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Old 10-05-2007, 03:37 PM   #136
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Yeah! You started! So glad to hear you and Lin are on the mend. I hate it when one of my crew catches something because I know it will circulate through the family for the next 2 months. For us the big trick is making sure no one catches the bug for the second time.

It was fun reading what you had posted so far...the "Happy" joke is very funny. I really enjoyed the GKTW pictures...like seeing photos of an old friend; and am looking forward to reading more from all the recent wish trippers.

Our kids get Fall Break here (like spring break only in October). It comes at the 1/2 way point in the semester. We are on our way to Texas to visit with my parents. I'll be looking forward to catching up on all the TR's when I get back....glad you all had a wonderful time!

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Day Three- Magic Kingdom

This was the day of days, the focus of Lysi's original wish.

All I can say about MK and the Disney Cast Member's is WOW. They were so over the top with royal treatment. The thing I noticed most was the CM smiles. Sea World was nice and the folks were kind and polite, but I never had the feeling that they liked their jobs. At DW, everyone smiled and acted happy. I don't know how WDW pulls that off on such a large scale with so many people, but it was AMAZING! I love Disney even more now than I did before our trip.

It was the night before..... We were walking across the village when the sky opened up and it started to pour. I just love my Pendleton hat the kept the rain off. I have had that hat for more than 10 years and it has kept me shaded from the sun, dry in the rain and warm in the snow for more walks than I could count.

It seemed to rain and storm all night. I kind of enjoyed the sound of the storm while we were inside, cozy and warm. There is nothing like a whirlpool bath to create a positive mental outlook. We had goodies waiting for us in the room when we got there Tuesday night. Dinner at the Gingerbread House was great, as were our ice cream sundaes at the Ice Cream Palace.

The next morning, still raining, we had a quick and early "Continental Breakfast" at the Gingerbread House. We were happy to see that the strawberry waffles were up and ready. They were great every morning. The House volunteers were so sweet, kind and friendly to us. Lysi and I started a game at meals, where we would play "I Spy" using the dolls around the roof.

We headed to MK.

We were told that we were on the fringes of Tropical Storm Ivan, or Irene, or something like that. The folks back home read on line that we were in the middle of a Hurricane. Well, our storms back home are a LOT worse than that storm.

We had our matching blue ponchos to keep us dry (Lysi's has Mickey on it and was Kyle's when he went 8 years ago with Lin).

It was a tad cool, but not cold at all. As at all the parks (Except Universal which made a BIG deal about seeing our Free Parking Pass), when we showed our Give Kids the World Button, we were directed to up front Handicapped Parking. It may have helped that we had our placard on the mirror.

From Disney Transportation, we took the ferry to MK. It was virtually empty. A lot more people got off the monorail on the other side, but they may have been from the resorts as Free Dining was still on. We did not get to do LOEMH in the morning, but that was okay as we did not have time or energy for that long a day.

After clearing the Bag Check, I left the side pocket open on the Video Camera Bag and lost my first cd from Sea World and the first day at the Village as well as some blank disks. I was pretty bummed, but still had a lot of Sea World footage on the disk in the camera. Feeling downcast, I retraced my steps back to the bag check, then went to Guest Services to report the loss. They never did find the disks, but a LOT of good came out of it. Guest services at MK makes you really feel like a guest and they sure provide good service.

A CM named Jeff (I wish I had taken his picture) took my report. He saw my Make a Wish Button and asked about Elysia's wish. At this time Lysi, Lin and Kyle were meeting some characters across Main Street. I told Jeff that Lysi had wanted to stay in the castle but that we understood why that was not possible. I told him that we had not gotten our dates in time to get a meal in the castle, and could she possibly have a chance to just peak in the room. In typical Disney CM fashion he said, "Let me see what I can do," and disappeared behind the magic curtain in the back. A few minutes later Jeff came back and asked, "Can you do breakfast at the Castle in half an hour?" He did not have to ask twice. He had pulled some strings to get us in at the last minute.

I found the crew and told them the good news, then we hurried off to the castle.

We met with Cinderella and had our pictures taken, then went upstairs for brunch. Jasmine, Belle, Snow White and the Fairy Godmother each came over to spend some time with Lysi. She was so ecstatic! I was extremely impressed by the acting skill, voices and mannerisms of the Princesses. The magic sure worked for me. Lyis got her signatures in a book we purchased when we got our free double stroller (We had double strollers the whole week for free, although for Universal, we had to get "tickets" at the House of Hearts beforehand).

I really enjoyed watching Lysi make her "Wish" with the wand she received from Cinderella. It was a moment beyond magic, dreams and wishes.

When we came down stairs after brunch, I was pretty choked up by all the magic and could not talk. Lysi wanted to know why I was crying. She does not yet understand the concept of happy tears. As an added bonus, the rain was gone as well. That storm must have scared a lot of the locals away, because the park was FAR from crowded all day long. The only crowd we ran into was at the Fireworks show as the park was emptying.

After the castle, we headed to Adventureland by way of Liberty Square. At the Haunted Mansion, we asked a CM if we could bypass the line, but their literally was NO line. We went right in. The ride had just been refurbished and it was WAY better than the one at DL. There is a magic stairway room that is new and has footsteps that magically appear, kind of like in Harry Potter. The "Bride" now has a face that moves and speaks and is really creepy. Lysi did not like the elevator room and hanging man at all, but was not scared on the rest of the ride. Kyle and I loved it, and found a chance to hit the ride again later.

After HM, we did the Tiki Room, where the fake storm was kind of funny after having the real thing that morning. Then it was off to Pirates of the Caribbean. We asked about line bypass again, and were told that the line was so short, their was no bypass line open. We had a very short wait as we went through the queue. I was really glad to see the queue because it is awesome in itself. Captain Jack can be seen in several scenes and is SO real looking.

We went on to take in the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.

Next was Splash Mountain. Lysi was psyched out for that ride after doing Journey to Atlantis the Day before, but she enjoyed the Uncle Remus theme a lot. She was NOT about to try a fast ride, so Kyle and I did Thunder Mountain while Lin and Lysi went to Tom Sawyer Island. We took the GAC with us. It turned out on many occasions that it was the actual pass that made the magic happen. Usually, the Make a Wish buttons were enough, but the occasional CM needed the pass to get us through. It did not matter if Lysi was with us as long as we had the pass.

After meeting up at Tom Sawyer Island, we went to Fantasyland for Dumbo (Where there was no line bypass). We waited four rides to get on, which was not bad. We took in Peter Pan, Small World and the Carousel. After that we went to the Wish Lounge to meet the famous Matt and Alex who had done so much for WendyGrace and her family. I told them that they were famous on the DISboards for their Disney CM magic. The Wish Lounge was a nice place to unwind, relax, get some bottled water and use a private restroom. Matt suggested that we try the Columbia Harbour House for great Fish and Chips. It was almost empty when we were there. They close at 5:00 p.m. so it was a great place for a late lunch/ early dinner.

Kyle and I ducked out early to hit the Haunted Mansion again. This time we went in the back way. It goes through a "servant's entrance" featuring servants bells for Master Gracie's room, etc. The only scary part of the ride happened for me here. As we were waiting in that hall, a door opened and a CM in costume popped out on her way somewhere. I did not even notice the door there and the whole thing scared the beejeebers out of me.

Before going to Tomorrowland, we found some more character greets including Captain Jack Sparrow. Again, we were able to "cut line." Captain Jack was so good in his speech patterns, accent, body movements, appearance and conversation that I could find NO flaw. It was JUST like talking to Johnny Depp in character. Later we met some of his friends who work as characters at MK. They were visiting the Village and told us that Captain Jack is THE best and stays in character even for his bus ride home each night. The video we shot with him is priceless.

At Tomorrowland, Kyle and I did Space Mountain and learned that I am a lot older than I was the last time I rode it. Still it was FUN. Lysi and Lin did the Transit Authority ride so they could see in Space Mountain. Next we took in the Monster's Inc. Comedy Club Laugh Floor. That was GREAT. Do not miss it. We did the go cart/ Nascar or whaterver ride. Stitch's Great Escape about freaked Lysi out. It was SO real to her that she looked up at the Castle afterward trying to see where Stitch had gotten to. Kyle left his shoulder bag with a mini camera and spyglass on Stitch. He IMMEDIATELY turned around to tell a CM he had left it, but the shows are Back to Back. He had to wait for the next show. While he waited with Lin, Lysi and I took in Winnie the Pooh. We never did get to Toon Town. The bag was not found that day, but later Disney found it and mailed it to us free of charge. Only Disney can work that kind of Magic.

We stayed to watch the Fireworks and look at some of the shops. Kyle and Lysi got souvenirs. Kyle's was the medallion from the Pirate's movies and Lysi got Minnie Pirate Mouse ears and a matching Minnie Mouse pirate doll. We checked at lost and found, then headed to the Monorail for a ride back to the parking lot, then on to the Village, and bed. Naturally there were goodies waiting for the kids when we got back. More whirlpools and sleep followed. Did I mention that we were getting really spoiled?

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Loving it! Loving it! Loving it! That is the Alexis of our trip but I don't believe that was our guy. Isn't she sweet?!

Lysi just looks sooooo happy! Glad to see you managed to squeeze into some of those pictures! LOL
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Magic, magic everywhere. The kids look like they are having the time of their lives. Mom and Dad look pretty happy too. Karen
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Awesome trip report Bill! My dd took a picture of the same cinderella and prince charming in the window! We just so happened to walk up to the Jack Sparrow show and were able to get a spot and see the last five minutes of it. He was amazing, just like you said. We used the whirlpool tubs at GKTW too. I am sorry your card was declined at dinner...argh! We had a similar thing happen at a dinner that our wish organization prepaid for...ha...at the end of dinner they gave us a bill...gulp....in the end it got worked out and we didn't need to do dishes!

You all look amazing and happy. I just think that all anyone would have to do is look at the smiles on these wish children's faces to know that by donating to these organizations, they were doing an amazing thing!

I am so glad that Lysi got in to see Cinderella and feed dolphins and seee whales!

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Awesome Job Bill! We also had a ------------ experience with Captain Jack Sparrow as I think you already know, but everyone will have to read my TR to find our just what kind of experience we had. Of course I've got to start the thing first!!!!!!
I feel the same way about the World. You know it's hard to explain to the "reg" folks how it is their, but it really is just like you've stepped into the pages of a storybook and all your fav. stories are in there and YOU are in the middle of it. I didn't feel the magic at first, but once I did ... I can count on one hand the # of CMs that weren't "magical" and as we were there all week, I think thats pretty awesome!
Well B's starting to move @ so I've gotta go. One funny thing about this surgery is the bandage they have on his head, they call the Princess Leia bandage. We had to just call it the Star Wars Wrap. When he gets antsy and starts pulling at it, I just say hey are you on Sar Wars and he starts grinnig. He said he needed to go to Disney World 'cause now he belongs on Star Tours!!!! I'm so glad we had this trip when we did! It's still helping us!
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Day Four- Morning at the Village

Thursday morning, September 20th, we went to breakfast at the Gingerbread House. While we were stuffing ourselves on the amazing food (and more waffles) Lysi looked out the window and saw Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto. She about went ballastic and had to HURRY to get pictures with them. Pluto and Goofy were available for photos outside, but for Mickey and Minnie, we had to wait in line at the Safari Theater. It was really special, since we had missed Toon Town Fair the day before. This was one of those times when I saw that it would save us more time to see them at the village and leave later, than trying to track the characters down at Animal Kingdom during the day. Lysi was so thrilled to see that her character friends had come all the way to the village to meet her.

Since we had a few moments, we got Lysi's star started at the Castle of Miracles and made Lysi and Kyle's special pillows on the pillow maker. The star fairy animation came down to "take Lysi's star" and told us to come back the next day to see it on the ceiling. The main ceiling in the castle is almost full of stars.

The Star:

The Magic Mirror:

Just a really cute picture:

On her Royal Throne:

The Pillow Machine:

Meeting the Characters:

All in all, it was a magical start to another wonderful Disney Day!

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Day Four- Animal Kingdom

Thursday, at Animal Kingdom, held more special Disney Magic for us. After the cool day before, it was kind of surprising to find that it was HOT. We had our Disney neck coolers and our misting fan. We kept the fan on the handle of the stroller so anyone could use it. This also served as a great way of marking our stroller so we could find it after rides. (For some reason, Universal has a rule against hanging things from stroller handles, but we found a way to hang it on the inside there).

Park Ambassadors, Balou, King Louie, and Stanley:

The Tree of Life:

We really loved these drummers:

And got a chance to try it our for ourselves, later:

Our favorite part of the trip was the Kilimanjaro Safari Ride. Our GAC pass really saved us a lot of time on this ride line. We sure did get to love that little piece of paper, and guarded it like it was King Solomon's Mine.

Animal Kingdom was one of the two main places I had, personally, been looking forward to seeing. I love animals, African music and clothes and animatronics. This made AK, the perfect park for me. It was really hard to get good pictures on the bumpy ride, but I managed to get a few that were decent enough:

The African animal trail was worth the walk. We really enjoyed the Ciclid Pool, but only the videos turned out. We ended up skipping the Asia trail for lack of time, but I hear the Tiger exhibit there is awesome.

Lin and Kyle went on Everest while Lysi and I looked around Asia. We all enjoyed the Kali River Rapids, and were thankful that we had brought the Towel Poncho that Linda had made for Lysi. I can't believe I did not get a picture of her wearing it after the ride.

I worked for weeks trying to de-sensitize Lysi to the Dinosaur Ride so she would not be terrified. It really paid off. The ride is dark, the car is very jerky and bumpy and the dinosaurs are awesome.

Near this ride, we ate at (can you believe it) McDonalds. Here the food was better than the typical McDonalds. We met out only grumpy Disney CM here. Lin went looking for napkins. She asked him where they were. He said, "I am only one person and I can't do everything." She just pointed to her Make a Wish button, and that was all it took to make him look sheepish and apologize. This event stands out in our minds because ALL of the other CMs treated us like royalty, no better than that because there were no Paparazzi.

Here we had a melt down experience. Lysi and I wanted to go on the Triceratops Spin, but Lin was starting to feel her cold a bit by then. Lysi tried to go too fast in her Crocs and fell. The sidewalks in AK are really BAD and full of cracks. I don't know if this is part of the ambiance or what. Lysi skinned her knee and there was real blood. This was TOO much for her, with being tired and all of the excitement. All she could think about was going back to our Villa at GKTW. I finally talked her into staying for the Festival of the Lion King. First, I bribed her with a Mickey-Shaped ice cream bar. We had been planning to go to the Asia trail, but I am glad that this changed our plans. The ONLY thing she was willing to stay for was the Lion King.

At the Lion King, we had the second-most magic experience of the trip. First, our GAC got us in for the last show of the day, second, a CM took Lysi to help teach the audience the "Hand Jive" before the show. Next, a CM gave her a Tinkerbell Pin. We did not have any pins up to that point because, frankly, we could not afford to get into that. After that, a CM took Lysi and a few other kids up during the show to play maracas and dance in a "follow the leader" circle around the main stage. She was transformed. Her owie suddenly was forgotten and she was a Star. She totally loved it. Finally, another CM gave Lysi a special Gift Pin. These pins come in sets of two, one to keep and one to give to a special person she might meet on her trip. These pins also had Tinkerbell, who is on Lysi's list of favorites. The show was WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL and MAGICAL. I only got video footage of the show, so I don't have any pictures of this magical time. Here are some screenshots from our video. You can see that, even in the dark, the GKTW video cameras took some decent footage.

When the show was over, the CMs in the stores really tried to shut down IMMEDIATELY and shoo everyone out of the park. This seemed just plain weird from a marketing standpoint. We did not find this happening at any other park. The fact is, we had figured on half an hour to an hour to shop after closing and planned to spend a good amount on souvenirs.

After closing, we had the privilige of meeting up with LeeLee2you and family. The kids hit it off right away and got into a misting fan water war. We also met Donald as you can see.

Back at GKTW it was Christmas. There were decorations up, artificial snow was coming off the roof of the Caring Center (until the rain started to fall and messed that up a tad). In the Castle of Miracles, we met Santa and the kids each got a lovely stuffed bear and a Polar Express Puzzle. Then each child was allowed to pick out a Hasbro toy from a table FULL of toys. Kyle chose a HUGE transformer and Lysi picked out a Mrs. Potato Head.

We met up with Who'syourMickey and family at the Christmas Party. That was really special. I cannot find any pictures of them.... so HELP Who'syourMickey! Do you have any pictures to post that we can copy for this page? Here is one we took with her right before we left for home.

Our favorite part of the evening was meeting some Disney CM's who were parading by in costumes with a Christmas theme. These young people (on a student internship at WDW) were SO sweet to Lysi. We talked about some of the CMs at MK, like Capt. Jack, who was a good friend of these folks. We were able to deduce that the girls we met, ordinarily played some of the major costumed characters that we had met and apparently they recognized Lysi. They offered to get us into Blizzard Beach for free on Sunday, but we were TOO tired to even think about it by then.

The day ended with more Whirlpool bubbles and a GREAT sleep.

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Yeah! Sounds so wonderful! I love the pics. Everyone looks so happy! Isn't Christmas wonderful! I think we're going to use our GKTW Christmas pic with Santa for our Christmas pics this year!

Can't wait to see more.
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Day-Five Universal Studios

In true serendipitous fashion, three of the characters that we had planned to meet at Universal Studios showed up at GKTW when we were having breakfast. This saved us having to go to the Barney area later in the day.

Then, it was off to Universal Studios.

BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR UNIVERSAL FREE PARKING PASS handy when you get to the booth. It looks just like one of the park tickets. They are VERY picky about seeing this pass. Starting with the parking attendant, we found the staff at Universal Studios to be much less HAPPY and friendly than at Disney. There were a few notable exceptions, but smiles were rare. One staffer at the Men in Black ride, even chewed us out for coming through the fast line without a staff escort. We explained that we had been told to come through that way. She said, "Well, when you get off the ride, you go and tell who ever told you that that you NEED to have a staff escort you." We did that, and the man said, "I'm really sorry. Never mind her, she is ALWAYS that way." His relaxed, nice spirit more than made up for her. Besides, it is hard to feel ill used when you are getting first in line treatment at rides and character greets. US was really good about seeing that we got through the lines. The younger staffers tended to be happier than the older ones.

With Handicapped parking we ended up three moving sidewalks away from the park. This was no big deal as we just stood there and rode. On the way home, though, we found lots of people trying to hustle along these things, and it got kind of annoying.

Once inside the park, we got our stroller (GET A FREE STROLLER PASS from the House of Hearts beforehand), then headed for the Jimmy Neutron Ride. It was Super. Afterwards, we found this guy in the gift shop. Universal Rides end in gift shops just like at Disney. We actually found this to be kind of convenient.

We all really loved the Shrek 4-D ride. It is not all that scary (for those whose legs don't reach the floor... don't ask... I won't give it away).

After the ride, we met Donkey and Shrek, in that order. Donkey talks.... just like in the movie and he is GREAT. He really bantered with Lysi.

Kyle loved the swords there, as he is a collector.

After this, Kyle and I headed for the MUMMY. This was far and away the most awesome ride of our whole trip. It is intense and has REAL fire effects. You will feel the heat. Lysi was too short for the ride, which would have scared the wits out of her anyway. While we did that ride, she and Lin went to the Curious George playground where Lysi got soaking wet. It was a hot day anyway. She tried to get wet at any fountains that we found. Sea World had a neat area that Lysi and I BOTH enjoyed on that hot day. There was also a kids fountain at Epcot.

There are a lot of characters near the Curious George area.

We went on the Woody Woodpecker roller coaster to dry off. It was way NOT intense. Then we took in the E.T. ride which was extremely CUTE.

I should mention that at each character kiosk, we got a free picture with our G.A.P. pass (the flip side of the Disney G.A.C.). The lady at the E.T. kiosk made a BIG deal about forbidding us to take our own photographs for copy rite reasons. Some folks took random shots around the park and gave us tickets for pictures to purchase. We were told that we could have our choice of one of these prints for free at the end of the day, but we forgot to take advantage of it and have not found the papers for this. By the way, Disney, at their parks, gives you a photo pass card when they take your picture the first time. Have each photographer scan this as the day goes on. You can check out pictures for purchase at the end of each day, or.... just go on line and find all of your pictures there to order when you get home. That is what we did.

After E.T. we went to Men in Black Alien Attack. It was similar to Buzz Light Year Space Ranger Spin at MK but a lot more high tech and a lot more fun. On the way we hit the Coca Cola Cooling station, which sprays mist on you. Be sure to try the little booth. It was HOT that day and the mist was bliss.

For some reason, I got grumpy about that time, and even my wife's "Which one are you now," comment did not work. We skipped Jaws, Earthquake and Twister and went to lunch at the American Graffiti Cafe. By the way, other than the brunch in the castle at MK, we got all of our meals for a very reasonable rate (under $10.00 per person including drinks). We did not do any other character meals (or parades for that matter) because we wanted to maximize ride times, so we went to a lot of cafe type places. We loved the Sea Fire Inn at Sea World (Burgers-Chicken-or Mahi Mahi with live music), the Columbia Harbor House at MK (has fish and chips and closes at 5pm for some bizarre reason), American Grafitti at U.S. (burgers, 50s quisine, root beer floats), and The Lotus Blossom Cafe at China in Epcot (surprisingly good quality stir fry for a great price). Most of our meals were eaten at GKTW. I really think it is worth getting a little bit of a later start each day to eat the great breakfasts in the Gingerbread House. That really fuels you up for the day. At any rate, you can get Continental earlier, or even have a cart delivered to your Villa.

After lunch at US, I was back to my cheerful self (I will let you figure out which dwarf I was). Let me digress here to tell you that, after my DWs comment at Sea World about "Which one are you then," I told Snow White at the Castle Brunch the next day, that my wife needed to know which Dwarf I was most like. She said, "Oh.. definitely Doc because you have glasses just like his." I figure that, on such authority, this pretty much settles the debate.

We spent the rest of the day at Islands of Adventure, which is a fairly short walk away.

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Michael just loves your pictures. he can't wait to go back! Thanks for sharing with us.
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Beautiful family. Someone I know has a 1 year old daughter that is suffer Luekemia. Hopefully one day the family will be able to do something like this.
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Day Five-Part 2-Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure ROCKS! I wish we had allowed more time there and less at US.

We found the gate to be a bit challenging. Once in the gate, through bag check and ticket check, we took a restroom break. After that, we took a wrong turn and ended up back outside the gate. This is kind of funny in retrospect. I had to say, "Well that wasn't much of a park."

Back inside we rode the Spider Man ride first. It was a really cool simulator that was quite fast paced. Stuff just keeps coming at you.

While Lin and Kyle went to Dr. Doom's Fearfall and the Hulk Coaster, Lysi and I found a kids water play area and played on "Me Ship, the Olive." After that we all went on the Popeye and Bluto Bilge Rat Barges. We got soaked, which dampened Lysi's enthusiasm, especially since it became overcast at about that time. We had to pay $2.00 for a one hour locker before going on that ride. There was no convincing Lysi to try the Ripsaw Falls water flume ride, so Kyle and I tried to get on. We showed the G.A.P. to the first guy in line and passed it on to Lin. When we got up to the ride, the man there was kind of rude and said, there was NO WAY he was going to take our word for it, and sent us back. Then we got the G.A.P. back and asked for a staff member to escort us in. This took a bit of time, but finally a VERY nice Mountie came and escorted us. He was not a BIT like the real Mounties I have met in Canada... he was, in fact much more relaxed and friendly. He explained that the grumpy man was new to the ride and did not understand about Wish Trip Kids. We enjoyed the ride and hardly got wet.

After this, we all headed on to Jurassic Park. We managed to cajole Lysi into getting on the ride. It was not nearly as scary as Dinosaur nor was it as wet as the Bilge Rat Barges, so she was happy. Kyle (being a coaster fanatic) wanted to go on the Dragon Coasters. Lin was feeling a bit ill, so he went on those on his own. The lady running the ride, sent him right on the second coaster when he finished the first, even though Lysi and I took the G.A.P. with us. We tried to get into Poseidon's Fury but we had missed the last show, which ends about one hour before the park closes. We took a picture there anyway because the building looks so cool.

Lysi and I went on the Seuss Trolley and Cat in the Hat while waiting for Kyle and Lin.

Then we all went on One Fish Two Fish and the Carouseussal.

We did this in a big rush as the park was closing. A guy running a souvenir kiosk there gave us 10% when he saw our Make a Wish Buttons. Suddenly we remembered that we had bought Jason a souvenir mug and had it sent to the store at the front of US. Kyle took the receipt for pick up and ran, theoretically to the US gate. He actually got totally lost and ended up at City Walk. Lysi started crying that her brother was lost, and it was kind of an interesting experience. She got even more upset when Lin went to look for him. All ended well, however and we got the mug.

Stay tuned for Friday evening at GKTW....
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Old 10-07-2007, 05:17 PM   #149
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Day Five-Part 3-Give Kids the World Village

This night was the Pirates and Princesses Party at GKTW with Sea World Characters, the Queen of the Castle of Miracles and a Pirate Duke.

It was a great opportunity for Lysi to wear her Princess outfit. She did not have it at MK because... we did not think we would get to go to the Castle brunch, it was raining really hard when we got there... and.. well Mom forgot and left in in the car.

Lyis had a great time dancing with Shamu, who could really cut a rug..

And with Dolly the Dolphin.

There was a ceremony to coronate the princesses.

It was kind of cute because we had one pirate and one princess ... however the princess had pirate princess ears with a matching crown.

The evening featured, crafts, dancing, cermonies... and more free ice cream at the Ice Cream Palace. My "ususal" was Chocolate Chip Cookie dough and Oreo topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and M & Ms.

Ain't she sweet:

We hit the whirlpool and went to sleep... after a walk through the Village at night. The colored lights on the whimsical buildings create a lovely, magical effect.

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Old 10-07-2007, 05:42 PM   #150
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I am loving your report!!! I am getting so much more excited!!! My daughter is loving the pics, now she knows what to expect when we get there! Keep it comin'!!!!!
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