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Old 05-14-2007, 06:31 AM   #61
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Wow, it was WONDERFUL!! And I am really tired and just trying to unpack, wash clothes, and catch up. So I will start the trip report tomorrow, and try to start downloading several memory cards of pictures! Happy Mother's Day everyone!
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Old 05-15-2007, 01:31 AM   #63
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A packed but non-commando trip – I did it!

I did it!

Well, if you read the pre-trippie, you know that my favorite way to see DW is by doing my research, planning carefully, and seeing it all. So this trip I was going to make the effort to be more relaxed and not mind if I led and no one followed!! Well, I did the research, made the plans, and purposely put in quite a lot of flex time. The plan worked WONDEFULLY!! The rest of the crew was happy and we all had a great time!

So, off we went on Saturday May 5. DD and her family actually started on Friday, because they spent the night at the airport motel which offered free parking for the week. They had an early flight and live on the other side of Dallas from DFW, so preferred the security of already being there! DH and I drove to New Orleans, just under an hour away, to catch our flight. Coincidentally, DSIL’s parents were on the same flight with us, as they had decided to go stay at their time share in Orlando that week so they could visit with the grandkids some also. So when we got in line at the airport, guess who was right in front of us in line! So we visited with them until takeoff. Unfortunately for them, we were A people and they were B people, so we got on considerably earlier! Hooray, we got exit row seats with extra leg room! DD and family arrived in Orlando about 5 minutes after we did, so we met before we even got on the monorail to the terminal. Wild Child and Dreamer were very excited and couldn’t wait to get to DW, of course.

The in-laws were renting a car, so they visited briefly and then took off. The rest of us got on Magical Express and rode the magic carpet to Pop Century. Check-in went very smoothly with a VERY nice CM who got us wonderful connecting rooms in the 70’s just past the preferred rooms. We were in Bldg. 6, second floor on the inside, and not far from the elevator/stairs. It was very quiet and close to everything. DD’s room was ready but ours wasn’t but no problem. (It was actually ready before we ever left Pop to head for the park.) We went to see the room and drop off a few things, then headed for the food court. Thanks to the ratings over in the dining section, I got the parmesan chicken and the tie-died cheesecake. The chicken was good and the cheesecake was okay, but not memorable except for the color! The others had an assortment of burgers, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets. No one paid much attention to the food, because we were ready to get to the magic! Well, everyone but DH, who decided to rest his back a bit and then join us for dinner. (His back has been bothering him for years, but he refuses to talk to the doctor about it or go to PT. Not too stubborn! I nag him a little about it but of course it doesn’t work!)

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Old 05-15-2007, 01:35 AM   #64
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Thank you, thank you!! I decided to go ahead and start my trip report separately, so come join me at A packed but non-commando trip – I did it!
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Old 05-15-2007, 05:28 AM   #65
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Welcome Home! I'm so excited to be the first to post with you... can't wait to read about all of the fun.
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Old 05-15-2007, 06:27 AM   #66
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I have to read - I'm a planner, but we are hoping to relax a bit on our trip, also!
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Old 05-15-2007, 08:37 AM   #69
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We had a dinner reservation at 1900 Park Fare for the Cinderella feast, and we wanted to get in a little bit of MK first. Off we went to the bus, which whisked us away to MK. (Well, whisked is probably a little optimistic, but we were excited enough not to mind!)

We decided to hit Adventureland first, so we hopped on the train and off we went. Upon exiting, we grabbed fast passes for Splash Mountain and then headed for Pirates. Ahhhhh, our first real ride, and one of everyone’s favorites. We hadn’t seen it since Jack Sparrow joined the cast, so that was fun. We had forgotten that first little drop in the dark, so Dreamy was a little disconcerted by that and while he enjoyed the rest of the ride, he wasn’t eager to get back on it. Wild child, on the other hand, rode it 3 more times during the week! Afterwards Jungle Cruise was a short standby, so we rode that.



Wild Child and I then rode the magic carpets (which she loved keeping as high as possible). Dreamy declined, so he, DD, and DSIL dropped in on the Tiki Birds instead. Wild Child really wanted one of those wonderful swirly popsicles, so we stopped for that.



After this it was time for the fast passes to Splash so off we went. Dreamy didn’t want to ride, so DSIL went with him to try their hand at shooting space aliens in Buzz while DD, Wild Child, and I rode. This was a recurrent theme for the week, as you will see. I dubbed us the Fearless Femmes, because DD and I love all the thrill rides, and so does Wild Child. She rode everything we would let her ride! We got in quickly and remembering past rides were careful not to get in the front of the boat. We were in the next to the last row, and there didn’t seem to be any standing water there so we figured we were pretty safe. Wild Child was tucked between us, but likes to hide her face against her Mom. Well, something has changed a bit in the timing of the ride since the last time we rode. When we were passing by where the log drops into the pool, we paused long enough for the next log to come down, sending up a huge plume of water which landed right on us. We were all three soaked!! I was on the side closest and I got the worst of it, but managed to shield Wild Child a little. Now this wouldn’t have been too bad if we weren’t just about to leave the park to go for a nice dinner! After that the rest of the ride was rather anti-climactic, and we got very little more water during the drop! The plunge was a lot of fun though, as always.

After we got off, we tried to wring a little water out of our clothes and hair and took off for the front of the park to meet everyone to go to dinner. DSIL and Dreamy had met DH and were waiting when we got there. Dreamy was very happy with his fight against the aliens. We took the boat to GF and had a very nice dinner. DGD really loved the princess and prince, and the rest of us enjoyed the buffet.





After dinner we hopped on the monorail back to MK. The plan was to catch Spectromagic and Wishes. DH was heading back to Pop, and Dreamy surprised us by saying he had had enough for the day and wanted to go back with him. So off they went to relax and swim. DD, DSIL, Wild Child, and I headed back in to find a place to watch the parade. The curbs were lined, of course, so we looked for a fairly uncrowded spot where we could sit behind the front line and wait. We found a spot with room for all of us behind a family of Mom, Dad, and toddler with a stroller. We put Wild Child in front of us, but we were all well behind the family. Suddenly the Dad scooted backward right in front of Wild Child and spread himself out to take up as much space as possible. What the heck? What threat was a 5 year old girl who wasn’t even close to him? What a jerk!! Well, we had no desire to sit close to someone like that, so we got up and walked onward. Just before the curve in front of the castle we found an open spot behind a NICE family with a perfect view of Tink’s line and the castle, so we settled in to wait. DSIL strolled back later to see what was up with the other family and came back to gleefully report that a very LARGE family had taken our place and seemed to be taking over the space pretty thoroughly. So mean Dad got his comeuppance. We would have been NICE neighbors!

I pulled out the glow necklace I had brought for Wild Child and we waited for the parade until my seat was totally numb. (Shoot, I thought I had more padding than that!) Of course it was worth the wait, and Wild Child was absorbed by the magic, loving the parade, Tink’s flight, and the fireworks. Afterward we made our way to the busses for a LONG ride back to Pop. (Why does the trip back to the resort take 3 times as long as the trip over?) We got there to find DH and Dreamer just back from the pool. We got the kids ready for bed and tucked them in, but DD and I just had to unpack and settle in a bit. It was pretty late by then. The kids always sleep with Pop and Mimi when they are with us, so they alternate between us. Dreamy was already settled in my bed and Wild Child settled in with DH and they were soon asleep. It had been a very long day, but I was pretty wired still so grabbed one of the tiny plastic bottles of wine I had packed in my suitcase, got my reading light, and sat on the floor by the bathroom to read a chapter in my book and drink my wine. DD and I are re-reading the whole Harry Potter series before the new book comes out this summer, and she had brought me the first one to start. Finally I relaxed and climbed into bed for a little rest. I had only had two hours of sleep the night before, and had been up for about 20 hours at that point! Needless to say, I slept VERY well!
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Welcome back! Just catching up and loving it! The picture of you and your DGD is precious! Looking forward to more!
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Next are the tees for the whole family I found at the Disney Store in the mall on clearance for $2.99 each, adults and children.


Bought the same shirt for DS for the same price! You have GREAT taste! Thank you for sharing your pics, your TR is wonderful!!
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Bought the same shirt for DS for the same price! You have GREAT taste! Thank you for sharing your pics, your TR is wonderful!!
Excellent taste, Cory's Gal! I love that shirt! We all wore ours on our second day, so you will hear more about them soon. DD said DGS even wore his to school today, since although he had kind of outgrown "Mickey shirts", this one was cool!

MDF, glad you're here. It definitely won't be as funny as yours - I have LOVED reading it, along with Linnie's comments (corrections?)!
I just don't have any bathroom stories that I am allowed to repeat! But the unadorned toe will be there.
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:09 AM   #75
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I'm in!!! Reading what I can before I'm off to WDW. Sounds like your family had a faboo time. I'm really curious how difficult it was to NOT commando. Luckily, I can commando all I want, at least until Da boys derail me. <giggle>

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