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Old 10-21-2006, 04:05 PM   #316
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Old 10-21-2006, 05:16 PM   #317
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I am soooooooooooooooo impatiently waiting. BUT IT'S SO HARD NOT TO KEEP PEEKING OVER HERE.
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:05 PM   #318
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Don't mind me...just checking in....still waiting for more....
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Old 10-22-2006, 04:44 AM   #319
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Thank you so much for sharing this truly magical experience with us all, I have loved everything, and you are a natural story teller, I really felt I was there with you.

Your experience makes us all believe that sometimes our dreams can come true, all we have to do is wish, hope and believe.

I am really happy for you and your family that this wonderful thing happened to such lovely people and that you are gracious and humble enough to appreciate the hard work and effort that so many people put in to make it happen for you. Joey sounds like a treasure too.

Disney really is magical.

What fantastic memories to have forever.
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Old 10-22-2006, 06:32 AM   #320
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What a wonderful report! Thank you so much for sharing.
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:09 AM   #321
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WOW I am so happy to be reading this!!

We were just outside the trains station I guess when you guess were going around!!! It was very exciting seeing all the CM's and hearing all the cheering and now I get to read this awesome report!

I was fine until : "Cinderella told my daughter you look just like Belle......"



How beautiful!

And I agree that it is wonderful that the kids are old enough to enjoy, appreciate and remember every magical moment!

Thank you!
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:29 AM   #322
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Great report, and thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:45 AM   #323
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Tammy!!!!!

I remember seeing you and your family on GMA. I cried for you!!! And just now, reading your report.

The SMILES on all your faces in EVERY picture just says it all!!!!!!!

Cogratulations to you and THANK YOU for sharing!!!!
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Old 10-22-2006, 11:59 AM   #324
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What a beautiful story! It is so fitting that the winner of the sweepstakes be a DisBoard member! I am so happy for your family (and just a teensy bit jealous), and you seem like such wonderful people. I'm glad that the winners are good people instead of some ungrateful selfish people that would not even appreciate the experience. Congratulations to you and your family!
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:35 PM   #325
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Well...time was running out!!!
The big day was over and our trip of a lifetime was coming to an end. We still hadn't been to the Animal Kingdom, which is a park we love
So the goal was to get all the things in that we wanted to...in the shortest amount of time!
Joey arranged for us to get into the park before it opened, and to be the first ones on the safari. As we walked toward the safari, I made everyone stop! It was like empty! I remembered how crowded it always was and we were like the only ones there!



It was really awesome to just be there alone! It really is such a beautiful park and it was wonderful to be able to enjoy it with just my family.

Well, we get on the safari and our guide's name is Jack...



It was awesome to go on the safari when none of the other trucks were running. Jack was able to stop and linger, all the while sharing with us a wealth of knowledge. And because it was early, we saw many animals that we hadn't seen before...like the elusive warthog!!! A giraffe walked closer than I have ever seen! It was totally cool

We get off the ride and head out...what happens next is pure "Joey" magic ...
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:55 PM   #326
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I have to back up slightly to when we were waiting for Fantasmic! to start...

We were chatting and telling Joey a "Derick" story. When Derick was younger(about 4), he loved the Jungle Book. He absolutely loved King Louie. When the big song and dance number with Baloo came on, Derick would "zone out" He had the complete number memorized and he would dance and sing and just be completely enthralled with the whole thing that nothing else was seen or heard! So we were just sitting there strolling down memory lane and chuckling at the memory of him scratching his armpits and walking funny all the while singing, "Yoo-hoo-hoo, I wanna be like yoo-hoo-hoo!" and then the big "Take me home, Daddy!" at the end....HYSTERICALLY FUNNY!!!

So anyway, we come walking out of the safari and start heading toward Asia...who comes walking out at just the right moment? Why, it's King Louie of course...



That's right...a big ol' hug from my 13 year old!
He thought that was so cool!

Well, we gather up for a family pic and guess who pops up from behind?



Why, it's Baloo, of course!

How fun is that?!!! It was just pure, spontaneous (for us anyway) FUN!!!

We head over to Expedition Everest...a first for all of us. What a blast! We all loved that ride!

We get over to the Lion King show...that's a no miss show for us! We have front row seats in the Warthog section. Ray gets to be the warthog...funny! That is probably my favorite show...you can see it every time you are there and it's just as good!

We get all the "have to's" in..."It's Tough to be a Bug", Expedition Everest (again), Dinosaur...we're in Dinoland and here comes one of my favorites from when I was a kid...



I just love them guys...they crack me up!

I was hoping that "Nemo" was open...but that's OK...I'll catch it next time

We finished with AK faster than I thought possible, but with Joey in the lead...we did it!

That was great...because I really wanted to end our time on Main St. in the Magic Kingdom! Besides, I still hadn't found that keepsake that I was looking for!
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Old 10-22-2006, 08:06 PM   #327
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This has been one of the best reports! I've enjoyed every minute - thank you!!!
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Old 10-22-2006, 09:13 PM   #328
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Thank you so much for sharing you wonderful experience with us all!! I watched the video of your family on Main Street....again this morning...and cried like I do every time I see the expressions on your faces when you are surrounded by all those magical people!!

Thank you, again!!!

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Old 10-23-2006, 07:43 AM   #329
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wow.. your trip report keeps me glued here! lol

Did you get a photopass cd of your trip?
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Old 10-23-2006, 01:18 PM   #330
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thanks again for another magical installment!! I will check back quite often for your next one!!!
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