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Old 05-24-2013, 10:23 PM   #1306
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My biggest problem with the walk is that I am impatient and I just want to be there and it takes so long to either walk or boat. I think the walk might be faster at times though.
Oh it's definitely faster at times. I remember once coming out of DHS and we saw the boat at the dock. We figured the chance of us running to the dock and catching it was slim, so we walked. Turns out,we would have had time to make it on the boat, because it stayed at the dock a while. Good thing we didn't, though, because if I remember correctly we made it back to the resort before or at the same time as the boat. I felt much better walking, than sitting around in a slow moving boat.
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Loved your pics of ToT. My first time riding it was at DHS (MGM studios then, in '94). I was feeling kind of Chicken, but there was an 8 year old and her Grandma on it ahead of me, telling me how great it was. I figured if they could do it, surely I could!!! lol
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:41 AM   #1308
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Oh it's definitely faster at times. I remember once coming out of DHS and we saw the boat at the dock. We figured the chance of us running to the dock and catching it was slim, so we walked. Turns out,we would have had time to make it on the boat, because it stayed at the dock a while. Good thing we didn't, though, because if I remember correctly we made it back to the resort before or at the same time as the boat. I felt much better walking, than sitting around in a slow moving boat.
I think my parents got on the next boat that came after Claire and I left and we were way ahead of them. I have heard from others how much faster it is to walk. Of course it depends on how fast you walk too. Claire and I had a pretty good pace going and there was a family that passed us and left us in the dust.

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Loved your pics of ToT. My first time riding it was at DHS (MGM studios then, in '94). I was feeling kind of Chicken, but there was an 8 year old and her Grandma on it ahead of me, telling me how great it was. I figured if they could do it, surely I could!!! lol
LOL. Yes, I've seen that many times where the child is excited and the adults are the nervous ones. It's a fun ride, but I can't do it too many times in a row. One year...back in the MGM days, I took my older 2 kids and my DD Paige loved TOT bu my son hated it. So we took turns riding it over and over with her while the other adult took Michael to other things. I think after the 5th or 6th ride for me I just said thats it. I am gonna get sick.
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Great update, Jen.

I love the photopass pictures of you and Claire and then with your niece and you two.

Starring Rolls has such good cupcakes.

Love TOT.

What a horrid bus experience...I'm surprised you were only 10 minutes late.
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Great update, Jen.

I love the photopass pictures of you and Claire and then with your niece and you two.

Starring Rolls has such good cupcakes.

Love TOT.

What a horrid bus experience...I'm surprised you were only 10 minutes late.
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We did enjoy starring rolls and do hope to make it back again for another snack.

The buses were not on my side this trip.
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:58 AM   #1311
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I finally was able to calm down after the bus incident and Carey, John and I all chatted while the girls had fun at the tea party. It was so nice to just sit and talk to them. They are such nice people. I am so happy we had met on Dis and became friends.

While we sat and chatted, the girls were having a great time as well. The new addition since the last time we went is that they now have a photopass photographer in there. So even though we missed some of the party, we did get a few shots of the fun.

















Sadly Claire did miss the entrance of the Mad Hatter and Alice, but they were still there when she arrived.

















It was time for us to pick up the girls now. We entered and they were ready. I think they did the same thing as last time and pretended to sleep when we walked in, but I can't remember for sure anymore. They had flowers to take home again.



They had a really good time together.

I tried to take a quick picture of this, but failed completely there.



We had the girls go out and get a few pictures in the waiting area. I am surprised I only took 2 for some reason.





And I only took one of Claire.



We had to go up to the next floor to pick our photopass pictures to be added to our cards.

I attempted a couple of shots of Claire on the way up too. It looks like Ive been drinking or something because they are tilted and just awful.





Carey allowed me to pick mine first since she knew we needed to get back to Hollywood Studios fairly fast. I picked out all the ones I posted. I was disappointed the Claire had been late, as it looked like they took quite a bit more early on of the kids.

We said goodbyes and headed down and out the front .......where we dawdled around instead of heading to the bus stop.





Now you would think we would know better by now, but we just arent always as smart as we look. Sure enough we walked to the bus stop and the Hollywood Studios bus was pulling away. SERIOUSLY????? UGH! I had had it with the bad bus mojo for the day. I told Claire we were taking a taxi this time around.
I went up and asked one of the CMs where I could get a taxi and they called one over and we hopped right in and off we went. It didnt take too long and we were being dropped off at DHS. It wasn't cheap either. I think with the tip I paid $20. It might have been less, but it sure was worth it. I just couldn't go through that wait for a bus again.
Strangely he dropped us off kind of in the middle of the bus/taxi area. I didn't see an easy way to get over to the sidewalks. Maybe I was missing it, but we just carefully walked very fast across the roads to get to the nearest sidewalk.

I texted Gail that we were back and would meet them at Toy Story Mania.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:03 AM   #1312
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We made our way back to Toy Story Mania and quickly found Gail and the girls. I think Mom, Dad, Geoff, and Mary had gone off on their own and Pete and Vicki had headed over to Epcot to spend some time with Katie and family.

We jumped into the fastpass line and if I remember right it wasnt too long of a wait.





It was such a fun ride but my arm was killing me after I was done. I don't know how people get such high scores because I think my arm and shoulder would fall off if I pulled any faster to shoot. The kids loved it too. Claire became obsessed with the ride. She wanted to ride it again, but there was no way I was waiting in the standby line.



We came out and located the stroller and got things together. Evidently when you mother isnt looking is the best time to play in the trash can. Notice Gail's hand is pushing Alexis out of the way to get to Abby.



And then when you get yelled at for playing in the trash can, be sure to wipe your hands all over your face and mouth so you can keep your newly found germs!



It was now around 4:15 and Claire and I had not had an official lunch yet today. I am one who needs lunch. I was running on low. Breakfast was LONG time ago and the cupcake from starring rolls had been a good treat to hold me over, but I was at the end. Claire had had a cupcake at the Wonderland Tea Party, but I dont know if she actually ate it. She is usually one who only eats the frosting off. So we headed off in search of food. Gail made a stop somewhere to get snacks for the girls and her and would meet up with us. They had eaten lunch while we had been gone.









We headed down Sunset Blvd. and settled on Rosies All American Caf. I was hoping for Starring Rolls, but it was already closed for the day. I got a cheeseburger and fries and Claire got chicken nuggets.





We had settled at a table right there and Gail found us right away.

It was good and hit the spot. The girls enjoyed their treats as well.



Abby was mad I was taking pictures of her messy face and she would try to hide under the table and I tried to get a few more, but they were just blurry blobs. We had a good time sitting there and relaxing and laughing about who knows what.



Alexis was trying to steal my dessert as I took a picture of it.



While sitting there we saw Aunt Mary and Geoff. They came over and joined us. Gail called Rob to see how he was doing and he was so sick. He said he has never felt so awful in all of his life. Gail decided to go out and get him some Sprite or something like that and maybe something to eat.
While we were discussing options, Abby decided this was the best time to just roll around on the ground. I picked her up and held her like a baby and told her she was going to need to be DIPPED in sanitizer and I would bounce her when I said dipped and she was just laughing so hysterically. She thought that was the funniest thing.

It was then decided that Gail and Abby would leave and I think Aunt Mary was leaving as well. Geoff was going to stay with Claire, Alexis and I for bit longer. We all had dinner reservations at Cape May that night. We actually had 3 different ones as I had made ours first, then Gail decided to go as well since Rob loves crab legs (that didn't work out to well for him) and then while trying to figure things out for my parents group, I just settled on that one for them as well. The plan was just to meet at Cape May later on.

Alexis wanted a tattoo. I am not a fan of spending money on these types of things. Nothing wrong with it at all, it always just seems like such a waste, but she had her own money and her Mom said she could. Of course Claire then wanted one as well so we all headed towards Rockin Roller Coaster to the tattoo station.





We had a little wait. Who knew this was popular? The girls decided on their tattoos and I did have to limit Claire. She was looking at bigger ones and more expensive ones and I told her to stick in a certain price range.

Alexis was started first and Claire wasnt too far behind.











They started Claires and didn't like it for some reason and then cleaned the whole thing off and another person redid hers. I don't know what the issue was but I really didn't care. I was glad they were taking care to make it look right.

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:43 PM   #1313
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That's funny about your pants tag. River came home from school a couple weeks ago with one of those long tape ones going down his leg

Yeah! You got to see another Christmas Tree!

How cool that you got to meet the ToT cm who was in that show

Wow that sounds like a stressful trip to the tea party.

A cliff hanger which tattoo did she get?
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:35 AM   #1314
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Woe you were a posting fool yesterday. Makes me feel so lazy, I should follow your example!

The tea looks so nice, but I didn't realize the parents don't join in the fun. I have to admit Alice in Wonderland was one Disney movie I could never warm up to. I disliked it when a child & still do. Maybe if I would get a buzz on I could get it! LOL
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:45 AM   #1315
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That's funny about your pants tag. River came home from school a couple weeks ago with one of those long tape ones going down his leg

Yeah! You got to see another Christmas Tree!

How cool that you got to meet the ToT cm who was in that show

Wow that sounds like a stressful trip to the tea party.

A cliff hanger which tattoo did she get?
thats funny. At least I had the tape thing off.
I was really loving all the Christmas decor. I hope to get back to see it again. I really love that time of year there.
I need to go through my DVR and see which special he was on. I watched one recently and he wasn't on that one.

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Woe you were a posting fool yesterday. Makes me feel so lazy, I should follow your example!

The tea looks so nice, but I didn't realize the parents don't join in the fun. I have to admit Alice in Wonderland was one Disney movie I could never warm up to. I disliked it when a child & still do. Maybe if I would get a buzz on I could get it! LOL
I am trying to get this going. It just takes me forever to edit. I get started and then distracted. LOL

I am not a big fan of the Alice movie either. I do like the new one though. I like the story, but I think the Disney cartoon is kind of boring. When I was little, one year on Thanksgiving we went to my grandparents house and they had a special on that day and it was Alice in Wonderland, with real actors. it was the best I ever had seen ...of course as a kid my opinion might be different than if I saw it now. But I never saw it again. I also saw a Peter Pan and a Cinderella with actors and loved those too and never seen them again either.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:30 PM   #1316
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I'm with Claire, I'm obsessed with Toy Story Mania. I agree with you though, after a couple of rides my arm starts to kill me. I think the trick is not so much to shoot faster, but to know which targets to hit to get the bigger points targets.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:42 AM   #1317
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I'm with Claire, I'm obsessed with Toy Story Mania. I agree with you though, after a couple of rides my arm starts to kill me. I think the trick is not so much to shoot faster, but to know which targets to hit to get the bigger points targets.
LOL. it is fun. But I need to learn where to shoot, or I guess get better aim.
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While we waited for the girls to get tattooed, Geoff called the JW Marriott where he and Aunt Mary were staying. They had decided since Rob was so sick that they would get a 1 night room only for Gail and the girls. Rob is always paranoid about the girls getting sick, but this was a good choice. We sure didn’t want them to get sick at the happiest place on earth …or even worse, be sick flying home in just a few days.

Alexis’s finished product.





Claire’s finished product.





Of course now we had to decide what to do next. The girls wanted to ride Toy Story once again. We did have the fastpasses given to us by the other people earlier, but they were not ripe yet. We had a deep discussion about going. BOTH girls wanted to go, but we knew we would need to get to Cape May as Geoff’s reservation was earlier than ours. I told Claire if she got up early the next morning, we could head here and do it first thing. Alexis wanted to do that as well and Geoff said he would take her, but there was a problem with that ….she didn’t have a park hopper pass, and I knew Gail would NOT upgrade for just one day and 1 ride. In the end we decided to wait for Toy Story. It would be cutting it kind of close, but if we got on fairly fast, it would work.
Since we had a bit of time to waste yet, we took off walking.









I just love the Christmas decorations!!!!



Tonight was the first night for the Osborne Lights. I didn’t have plans to watch it, but I did want to nosey over to the area and check it out. It was already getting crowded and Mulch, Sweat, and Shears were warming up the crowd.





After getting my curiosity cured, we headed over to Toy Story.



Alexis was having shoe issues so we made a stop.





I love the twilight look in the parks.







And we made it! We got in line and it was a little slow going, but not the worst I have seen.







Someone is excited!









And we’re ready!

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We had another fun ride and of course I killed my arm again trying to get a higher score. Claire was mad that I beat her again, but I think she had better accuracy.



It was now time to head back to the Beach Club for our dinner reservations.



I took several very blurry pictures on the way out.







I just love this tree.





I don’t think we had to wait too long for a friendship boat.



We got back to the Beach Club with time to spare. Geoff met up with the others. I think he was also going to go and add another day to he and Aunt Mary’s ticket while they waited to get seated. I can’t remember if Gail had arrived yet or not, but somewhere along the line I had extra clothes for Alexis to change into. I don’t know if Gail gave them to me earlier or if she gave them to me in the lobby, but at some point in time Alexis did change her clothes.
I took the girls to our room so we could get Claire changed (and most likely Alexis too). We had to stop and see Ariel first.





We did a quick change and Alexis had to check out our room too. We then headed back down to the lobby. Gail had checked us in and asked if we could be seated at the same table since Rob was not going to be with us. They canceled my reservation and seated us together. Ironically, we got seated immediately, while Mom and Dad’s group, who had an earlier reservation, were still waiting to be seated. We snuck past them though, because Gail didn’t want Abby to see Mom. She knew that if she saw them, she would want to sit with them and they wouldn’t have a relaxing meal then.

We got seated and hit the buffet.



When I saw who our waitress was, I had a little sinking of the heart. I was pretty sure we had in a few years back for breakfast when we came with Skip ….and she was just awful. Sadly I was right . It was her.

I just LOVE tomato and mozzarella.







I love crab legs and I was really enjoying the all you can eat. At one point, Alexis asked if she could help me crack my crab legs. Well sure thing. Less work for me is good. Claire asked too and we all went to work. Then they asked if they could try it. Well sure, we could go back up and get more if needed. Well they LOVED it and we soon went back up and got them each a plate full to crack.

After Abby was done eating, she busied herself with a toy. One of those pollypocket type dolls with clothes. She was having a good time. We spotted my parents were seated at a table actually not too far from us, but Abby’s back was to them, so we just gave a quick wave so she wouldn’t see them.

A little dessert.



After we had filled ourselves I went up to the buffet to take some pictures while we waited for the bill. So far Susan hadn’t been too bad. At least she was clearing plates and refilling. But last time our biggest issue came at bill time and once again we had a similar issue.











Gail told her we were waiting on the bill. Abby started to get antsy. Gail packed up the doll set and we still waited. Gail then went and searched for her and actually went through the swinging doors prep area to get her attention. In the meantime, Abby spotted my parents and took off running. We gathered her back after a few hugs and she came back to pull her doll back out again.
Susan then brought the check and Gail was using the dining plan for herself and paying out of pocket for the kids. Originally this whole meal was going to be out of picket, but since Rob missed breakfast she had an extra credit. Well Susan charged it wrong and charged everything to Gail’s room,, including tip. Gail was so furious. She went and found her again and Susan tried to tell her it had to be done that way and Gail told her no it doesn’t. This is the issue we had with Susan last time too. She told Skip that the tip had to be added to the room and he kept telling her no and she insisted. Skip left her nothing then, but I felt bad and left a few bucks.
This was getting ridiculous. She was arguing with Gail and finally Gail got it settled. I think she charged me too and I had it fixed and wrote in bold letters on the tip line CASH. I only left a few bucks again. It was just an awful experience and no waitress should ever argue about things like this. I am pretty sure Gail left her nothing. She was fed up. Also because Abby had pulled out her doll again 3 pieces became missing. We searched the seat cushions and Claire and Alexis were on the floor (yuck) looking and we ended up finding 2 of the 3, but never that last piece. Gail was ticked about that too because it had just been purchased and now we were already missing a shoe.

We finally left and Gail took the girls to the Marriot for the night. I know Alexis wanted to swim and Geoff told he would go with her, but I think by the time they got back they were just too tired and saved it for the morning.

I did get one picture of Alexis before they left. I wanted both girls to sit in the big chairs, but Claire refused to.


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