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Old 06-30-2013, 08:53 AM   #1531
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That is the same Cindy we saw in Nov at Town Square. I don't like her eitherÖ She's a very sweet girl, but just doesn't photograph well!
I remember seeing her in your pictures too ....with the same pained smile.

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I love all your night time shots and especially the castle shots. I have never done Laugh Floor and now I think I need to give this a try. Carousel of Progress however is one of my favourites. I was so upset when this went to seasonal operation at some stage as I was worried that it would close permanently in due cause as had happened with other attractions that were only open seasonally for a while.

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I love the castle at night normally, but with the icicles on it, it's just paradise!
Laugh floor is pretty fun. We really had a good group of people in therer too.
COp has always been open when I've been there, but I heard it was seasonal now too. We just never went on it till this past year.

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Ahhhh..... there's just no better sight than Cinderella Castle all done up in icicle lights. I first saw a photo in 2007 (I think that was the first year for the lights) and knew I'd have to be there the next year to see it myself.

Can you believe we have still never done CoP? I keep meaning to and we just always get too busy.

You know, I LIKED Ohana, but didn't LOVE it. But I'm sort of picky. I don't do coconut so passed on the bread. And I don't like bananas so passed on the dessert. I did love one of the sauces, but I don't remember which. I'm thinking it was the peanut sauce. But I also loved the pot stickers and chicken wings. I would eat there again, but Drew liked it even less, so I doubt we will.

I still wouldn't mind trying it myself one day. Maybe we can go together?
I guess I didn't realize that 2007 was the first year they lit it up like that. I do know I have been watching photos too for years and always jealous. I am so happy to have my own now.

I didn't hate "ohana, but it just wasn't really for us. if I had to go again, I would be Ok with it, but I would even ask abut getting meats without sauce on them.


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Jen, I have been busy with the end of the school year, I did read, but did not have enough time to post. (especially from my smart phone it's a pain )
I just love your new set of pics - the castle looks so awesome and Claire's dress is just too cute.
You know, I can ride any rollercoaster without blinking an eye, but the Teacups make me violently sick. How do the kids do it?
I've been behind too. I had a busy week last week and I have to tackle stuff today, but I decided to start out on Dis first.
I read on my phone sometimes too, and it is hard enough to read, let alone reply.
Teacups...ugh. I hate to spin.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:16 AM   #1532
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After the spin around on the cups, we headed over to Barnstormer. Gail had a fastpass for Abby. Geoff took Abby through the line and I took Claire and Alexis through the standby line.





It was every bit of the 20 minutes posted, but finally we were ready.





It was very exciting for them to be riding together too.
Our view from the top of the hill.



That was fun once again, but just way too short. We texted Geoff and he said they were over by Dumbo, so we made our way there.



Gail was in line with Abby.







While we waited Claire and Alexis got a few poses in.





Gail and Abby are now ready to fly.









Look how wild they are! I think Gail let Abby use the controls, which meant she didn't know what to do and they didn't go up very often.



While they were riding, my fastpass hour for Space Mountain had opened up. Claire did not want to go with me, but Alexis said she would. Well..... we got ready to head over and then Alexis had second thoughts. I am not sure why, as she had just rode it, but I really think it had something to do with her possibly missing out on something while she was with me and Claire was left with Geoff and her mom. LOL!

That's Ok, I am a big girl and I went and rode it by myself. I left Claire with them and headed off. They had planned to get a snack, so I left Claires KTTW card with Gail so she could get Claire some popcorn with a snack credit.
I do like Space Mountain......, but it is so jerky. I always feel like I am going to fly out, or crush my spine, or a combination of the 2.

When I came out I texted Gail and Geoff to see where they were. No one answered. So I found a spot to sit down for a few minutes and waited.





After bit I got a text that there had been some major drama and they would tell me about when I got there. Gail also said I had no snack credits left. That was odd. Mom and Dad must've gone hog wild and used all the credits. So I texted them and asked what they got and of course no reply from them either.
I asked if I needed to pick up Claire popcorn and they said she was fine and they had plenty of popcorn.
They were actually very nearby and I met right up with them.

So I asked what was up when I found them. I noticed Abby's beautiful princess do was no longer.
Claire said, "Wow you missed it. Abby turned into the Devil. She was possessed and went crazy. Her eyes were glowing and Uncle Geoff took a picture of it."
So what happened, you may ask? I sure wanted to know as well.
Well they went for popcorn and ordered and of course Claire's card is declined. I think Gail had ordered popcorn for Abby and Alexis to share and it went downhill from there. They said Abby all of a sudden just went wild and started crying. They assumed she wanted her own popcorn and got her one, I believe, but that was not the case either. They said she was just pure crazy and no one had a clue what she was saying. They mentioned her head spinning a few times, but I am pretty sure that didn't actually happen. She did however just start ripping her hairstyle out then as well. Finally they figured it out. She wanted the Mickey Santa popcorn bucket. They ordered one of those then and of course they are out. They asked where another one was being sold and Geoff ran over and got one. He said he wouldve paid $100 for the display model if he had to.
She looked like a perfect angel sitting in her stroller by the time I arrived back. I did find out however that NO one was allowed to eat her popcorn and she said she was saving it forever. She would sit there and talk to Mickey and then look around pop the lid open take a quick bite and quickly shut the lid like no one had seen her do it.
Claire insisted Geoff show me the possessed Abby photo.



We all just laughed. It DOES look like she is possessed.

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Old 06-30-2013, 10:26 AM   #1533
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Gail was ready to call it a day. They had to get up early to fly out tomorrow, but she did want to see Wishes. We all went on the bridge to Tomorrowland and just stopped there. It was so incredibly crowded and we didn't want to fight the crowds to find a better spot.
I took a few pictures while we waited.







Soon we saw Tinker bell coming.



Abby didn't like the booms of the fireworks, so Gail was holding her and trying to cover her ears. I ended up holding one of my hands over one ear to help Gail out.
As you can see, firework shots one handed really don't come out very well at all.







At one point I told Gail to just sit on the ground and hold her. It was the end of the day and who cares if you got dirty then, so she did scrunch down which made her a bit more comfortable holding Abby.





You can see in this next picture all the heads. It was crazy busy this night.



Here is PROOF that Abby was eating the forbidden popcorn. She would talk to Mickeys head then pop it open, take a few bites and close it. It was almost like she was apologizing to him before eating it. LOL




The time had come ......... Gail was going to head out and we most likely would not see them again till we were home. We said our good byes and we headed to Claires new favorite...... Carousel of Progress.













I think we had Buzz fastpasses and headed over there next.







I dont remember scores, but most likely I had a higher one, though sometimes Claire finds a high spot and kicks my butt.

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That Abby popcorn bucket story is WICKED funny! The stuff family folklore is made of! And LOL that Geoff said he would have paid $100 for the one on display. Kids that age can sure make for some magic on a Disney trip......... right along with the mayhem!

GREAT shot of Tink flying overhead! Looks like you watched from about the spot we ended up at one of our Christmas parties. Same sort of thing where it really wasn't worth the hassle to look for another spot. I think the only reason our spot was open was because the tree blocked the castle and much of what was going on..... Which is why I decided to devote a big piece of time to staking out a spot on our last trip.
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I could just picture the popcorn drama enfolding.

That little girl knows how to get whatever she wants, but the photo of her flipping open the lid and "secretly" eating is just the cutest!

Thanks for sharing, Jen.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:07 PM   #1536
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That Abby popcorn bucket story is WICKED funny! The stuff family folklore is made of! And LOL that Geoff said he would have paid $100 for the one on display. Kids that age can sure make for some magic on a Disney trip......... right along with the mayhem!

GREAT shot of Tink flying overhead! Looks like you watched from about the spot we ended up at one of our Christmas parties. Same sort of thing where it really wasn't worth the hassle to look for another spot. I think the only reason our spot was open was because the tree blocked the castle and much of what was going on..... Which is why I decided to devote a big piece of time to staking out a spot on our last trip.
It was a decent spot to just stop and watch them. We enjoyed them there....and we had a railing to lean against.

Abby will never live these things down. Between strangling the Flamingo and the possessed moment, we will have years of teasing. Now she is a very strong willed person, but she was also going on lack of sleep as well. Basically no naps for a week and she is one who needs one every day. So we were really pushing that poor kid beyond her limits too. And if a 15 bucket of popcorn is going to make her happy, then she can have that. I know I talk about her a lot, but really she was pretty good compared to what could've happened with the lack of sleep she had.

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I could just picture the popcorn drama enfolding.

That little girl knows how to get whatever she wants, but the photo of her flipping open the lid and "secretly" eating is just the cutest!

Thanks for sharing, Jen.
She sure does. But she was going on no nap for a week now too and that had to be hard on her. I might start crying too with no naps. LOL Well I had no naps that week, but it was about to change the next day. Going strong that long really did take a toll on all of us.
She is a cutie though. Even when her heads spins in circles and her eyes glow.
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I had to laugh at the Abby possessed story. It is so cute how she is sneaking some popcorn when she thinks nobody is looking. You definitely got a lot done that evening.

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I had to laugh at the Abby possessed story. It is so cute how she is sneaking some popcorn when she thinks nobody is looking. You definitely got a lot done that evening.

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She is hilarious, but sometimes it take patience to see her cuteness.
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Oooh yeahÖ Abby was done for the night!!! Poor kid! These kids! I can TOTALLY see Catie doing something like that! CRAZY!
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Oooh yeahÖ Abby was done for the night!!! Poor kid! These kids! I can TOTALLY see Catie doing something like that! CRAZY!
Yes she was. It had been a very long week for her and she really did well without much sleep.
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I forgot to post this, but I think after Gail left we took these photopass picture as well.







We decided it was time to call Skip before it got too late. It was still massively crowded and I was starting to feel achy again and I just needed a rest. We went in search of a peaceful spot.







We found a spot and sat on the steps. We gave Skip a call. It was really magical sitting there. The view of the castle was amazing and the Main Street Electrical Parade was going by as well. We described the castle to Skip, but he just didnít get it. After we got done talking to him we just sat there for a long time.





I was really starting to drag now. I was feeling achier, my throat was feeling sore and I just wasnít sure how much longer I could make it. It was extra magical hours now and I REALLY wanted to take advantage of it, but the crowds didnít seem to be going down at all. I then made a decision that I regret still. We decided to leave. Claire was OK with it, but I just hated doing it. I have heard that if I waited about 30 -60 minutes it did clear out quite a bit, but at the time it didnít look like it would.

We headed towards the front then around 11:40.







We decided to duck into a few stores.



In just a weeksí time the store was totally transformed from Halloween dťcor to Christmas.













Good bye Magic Kingdom! We WILL be back to see more of you in the next few days!



If memory serves me well, we didnít have much of an issue with getting a bus. I do remember it being full, but we had seats. It felt like a very long ride back. There was a race going on and traffic was heavy because of this. We did see many runners as we drove on.

We made it back to the Beach Club and made the trek to our room.
We could hear music blaring and lots of crowds. I assumed the race must be starting in Epcot.
We got settled into bed and even in our room we could still hear music blaring and loud crowds cheering. AND announcer who NEVER shut up. I went to check our sliding door, as I swore it had to be open for as loud as it was, but nope, the door was shut tightly. I even double checked it later because it was just so loud. I was NOT happy about this. Had I known this, I wouldíve stayed at MK. There was no sleep to be had with all this loud noise. My Mom even grumbled about it and said it had been going on for quite some time.
I donít know what time I finally fell asleep, but I can tell you it took a long time and I was just not in a good mood. I had never heard of this being an issue before, but I now know if I go during a race time, to be sure not to stay anywhere near where the race is being held.

All in all it was a good day. I wasnít feeling 100%, but I still accomplished a lot. We had visited 2 parks and had a wonderful ice-cream lunch Ö.Oh the Places We Go.
We met up once again with Carey and her family. Oh the People We See.
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Ahhhhhh, I love seeing pictures of the castle all lit up at Christmas time. It's so gorgeous!
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Ahhhhhh, I love seeing pictures of the castle all lit up at Christmas time. It's so gorgeous!
It is so beautiful. It's making me miss it more these past few days while I edited the pictures.
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Bummer you were not feeling well at the end of the night. Disney is a tough trip when you don't feel well. The Wine and Dine half marathon was going on that weekend and it starts and ends at Epcot, there is also a huge finish line party that I think stays open til 3 or 4 am! I cannot believe it was that loud though! I have started bringing ear plugs on vacation with me. Two of my last three trips I have traveled with chronic snorers, not sure what is worse, loud music or loud snoring!
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