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Old 09-21-2006, 08:13 PM   #16
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:59 PM   #17
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Hey great trip report and I can't wait to hear more about your trip. But I will say no one has the right to look that put together on a trip. You look like you just stepped out of a beauty parlour. Wow! I look like someone stuck my finger in a light socket when I hit that humidity.

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Old 09-22-2006, 09:57 AM   #18
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Thanks to Everyone!

Thanks for the encouraging words! And thanks for reading. I'm actually have alot of fun writing this TR and remember all the crazy moments that happened. I even got misty writing about our first view of Epcot. I am totally hooked on WDW, even though we visit DLR all the time. DLR doesn't even compare. I am faithful to my DLR, but WDW is incredible!

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Momplanner22, Cjhinch, PrincessV, NewOrleansLady, 3Disneybugs: Thanks for reading. I hope you are enjoying it!

OhMari: I checked on the Junior rate and when you book through AAA they do have a Jr rate for kids 10-17.

C4alymom: I'm OCD, so this report will be done lickety-split.

DebIreland: Thanks! I have to give props to my older brother who started the Waldo reference. He traveled with Waldo to Yosemite earlier this year and warned me about Waldo's wandering ways. Try saying that 20 times...

Tammyandtommy: Looks like your about to head out for the world soon. Have a great trip! I'm so jealous!! Here's some pixie dust for a great vacation.

Daisy77: Thanks so much!

E.T: You know I get teased about that all the time. I'm a former artistist director for a major salon chain, so when I was in training, my director told me to never leave the house without being completely done. It's a hard habit to break. My hair seemed to love the humidity. It's curly, but I flat iron it. It behaved very well. Now, I've seen your photo, and you're beautiful! Who are you kidding???

I'll try to get another "episode" up today. Minnie is home sick from school today. Post Disney cold.

Thanks again, all! Hugs and Kisses!
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:25 AM   #19
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Disneyland Mama, I am loving your trip report!! Cant wait to read the rest! Did your kids have a hard time with the time change?
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Old 09-22-2006, 01:40 PM   #20
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enjoying your report and photos - too funny about the yeti man. cant see a clear picture of your sons face but your daughter is stunning!

thanks for sharing - looking forward to more
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I haven't been back to AK in quite a while, and it was so fun to "go" with your family for a few minutes!
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Sabrina- The kids did quite well with the time change. We let them have 6 hours of sleep on travel day and EE slept 3 hours on the plane. They went to sleep around 10:30 on the first night. From that point on, they were acclimated to the new time zone. Now that we're home, they're all messed up. EE is down at 7:00pm and up at 5:30am. Minnie is back on regular time.

Kathymc- Thank you! Minnie does have different look to her. She got a great tan this summer. We put in a pool, so we all came to Florida with a tan! My DS is otherwise a huge photo ham. As soon as we stepped on Disney property, he refused to look at the camera. I got a few shots to be added later in the story.
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Super report! Enjoying the pictures

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Drama in the WS and Somebody leash Waldo!

Day 2 Continued:
We arrive back at the Poly, completely melting. I'm sweating from places I had no idea had the ability to sweat. We peel our clothes of and throw on the swimsuits. I think about how gross that is, but I don't care. I'm sure I am swimming in everyone else's sweat water. The more the merrier, I always say.



So, we swim for awhile and decide to head back to our room for a nap. As soon as we make into our longhouse, the heavens open up and drench the joint. Haha! We just made it. We nap, shower and dress for dinner at Epcot. We jump on the Monorail and head on over. Have I mentioned that I love, love, love Epcot? We're early for dinner, so we do a little touring. We enter the Mexico pavillion and whoa! It's like we're in Olvera Street! Familiar territory... we all have a good laugh. It's funny how they portray the Mexican culture. Everything is so loud and gawdy. We ride the Rio del Tiempo. We're 3rd generation Hispanic, and this ride makes us realize how disconnected we are from our culture. We all enjoy the ride and it makes us nostalgic for Grandma's homemade food. Can you just smell the fresh tortillas? If you've never had homemade, handmade tortillas, you're missing out. They are something not to be missed in a lifetime. They melt in your mouth... just like butah!


That's me with the bra strap showing... tacky, huh?
We head over to France, not realizing how dang far it is! We check in for dinner at Le Chefs de France. We are seated immediately. This is not a good sign. Our server, Gaelle was wonderful. She was so attentive and sweet to our kidlets. Props to Gaelle! The food on the other, was less than par. I started with the goat cheese and tomato tart. I'm thinking, tart... smallish, right? Nope, it was a pizza. It had the most bitter tomato sauce and these small rounds of cheese. I just picked off the cheese, yum-o. My main course I had a porkchop that was so tough, I couldn't even eat it. The best part of the meal was dessert. I had these little puffs filled with Chocolate/Cinnamon ice cream. It was to die for. Also, Minnie's kiddie salad came with this cheesy poof thing. That was awesome! Total for dinner: $216.04 Thanks dining plan!
We leave Chefs and we're getting our strollers together, when a group of 3 ladies call to us "Dis-er!" Joe immediately points to me. "She is" he grunts. Thanks alot caveman! They're off before I can say..."Hey, I'm DisneylandMama... and you are....?? So, I grab my camera and take a photo of them walking off. So if this is you in the lime green shirt with black capris and the other 2 in Tink shirts... HI!



We head toward Morocco. Minnie spots Aladdin and must take a photo w/ him, since she was Jasmine last Halloween and he is sans the *real* Jasmine.



We head over to Japan. We love Japan. My SIL is 1/2 Japanese and because of her, we are really familiar with this culture. We shop in the huge gift shop, steering Minnie clear of the Hello Kitty corner. What's up with that? I turn and find.... OMG!!! My beloved toy from my childhood... Monnchichi!! I show Joe the little monkey that made my life complete as a child. I start to sing the song, "Monnchichi, Monnchichi.. oh so soft and cuddly... Joe looks and me, does the eyeroll and walks away. Thanks, alot caveman!



We're ready to leave Japan... oh man, where's Waldo. Oh he's right behind me. Ok, good. Now where's Waldo's wife? Of course, she's buying something we could buy in Little Tokyo in LA for half the price. Whateva'. I'm outta here.



We take a few photos out front and continue 'round the WS.


My very own Monchichi!
We ask Waldo if he wants to see the American Adventure. He says no, I ask "Why, 'cause you can remember it? Joe looks at me and we laugh. Poor Waldo.
We head into Italy... we do the Griswald neck thingy and move on.



Next stop, Germany. Little EE spys the Mini Train display. He's completely enchanted. Trains are his bag, baby. We have to drag EE from the train thingy with the bribery of a toy train. Minnie remembers her Kidcot stuff, so she and I hit that and Joe, EE and Walt are looking around the toy store for a toy train. Ok, hello... Germany? They have a huge train display and now the toy store doesn't have any kind of train toy in it???? What's up with that? Darn you, Germany. Little EE is freaking out. I pick him up and put him in the sleeper hold and he's out in 5. Sleep, my pretty, sleep. We're ready to leave Germany and guess who we can't find? Ding, ding, ding.... you win a prize. WALDO! Oh, Nini says, he went to the bathroom. Ok, which bathroom? Hmmm.... we wait, and wait... Finally we give up and head to China. And who do we see in China.... Waldo. He says he figured we'd figure to move to the next pavillion. Lord give me the strength to not have a full toddler tantrum right now. Breathe in, breathe out. Yoga positions... downward dog...bending tree... namaste. I made that up in case any of you Yogi. We hit Norway and ride Maelstrom. I tell Minnie, I don't think there's a drop. I think it's just about trolls and such. Hello, that ride freaked her out. Sorry, Minnie.
We find a spot for Illuminations just past Mexico. Little EE is asleep and Minnie and I want to do some shopping before IRE starts in 30 mins. We head to the first store in search of toys... no toys, but we find Waldo in there. Uh, oh... Mama has to use the potty. We run to the nearest restroom and start back and find a toy store. We find Tinkerbell Polly Pocket dolls for Minnie and a Disney bus with Mickey and Goofy for Little EE. I call Joe and he tells me to get back to our spot NOW. Uh-oh... he used the tone. The tone that tells me, *I'm losing it and you need to come and calm me down* I'm almost afraid to go back. Let's see.. what could it be.... did he lose Waldo? I haven't spent THAT much money... does he have tummy issues??? Me and Minnie high tail it back to Joe and company......
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:37 PM   #26
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Oh, NOOOOOOO!! A cliffhanger! I can't wait to find out what happens next!!
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Day 2 Continued:........
*I'm losing it and you need to come and calm me down* I'm almost afraid to go back. Let's see.. what could it be.... did he lose Waldo? I haven't spent THAT much money... does he have tummy issues??? Me and Minnie high tail it back to Joe and company......
AAAAAAAAAUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Let's see, she's got 2 young kids, she'll be up early, crap! then she has to make breakfast, get them dressed...maybe her DH cooks?...she'll have to do chores....

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I just have to say that you have the most adorable and beautiful children I have ever seen! I am loving your report and photos!!!!
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Old 09-22-2006, 11:58 PM   #29
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Yeahhhh! I found you! You are on FI-Yah!

LOOK at your babies!!! Your DS has cheeks, I tell you what! (We should hook up our toddlers some time! THAT would be a FUNNY play date! MY DD2 could out scream your EE with her eye's closed...wait, You know what I mean!)

You ALL look adorable!

I love how Waldo takes over and has no idea about ADR's etc! You are a patient woman!

I remember Monchichis too! I can still hear their commercial in my head!

Thank You for the cameos! I'm all reading, then, BAM! There I am on yer TR! I'm flattered!

I've been to Olvero Street!!! It has alot of that stuff that's at the Mexican Pavillion. I had purchased some wool blankets in LA for like $10.00 for 2 and the Epcot version is $30.00 for 1! I actually love some of the folk art! I felt nostalgic for "home"!! There's so much I miss about California (sigh)!

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