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Old 12-19-2007, 05:50 AM   #16
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Congrats on the great rates!! Looking forward to reading more.
Stacy.... if it weren't for these great rates, we'd never be able to do this trip.

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Have fun on your trip.
Mari... we had a blast (as you'll see along the way).

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Your trip sounds absolutely fabulous. I am jealous. I was a CM at the Magic Kingdom ions ago, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I think I grew up a lot during that time of being away from my family. Have a great time. I have always wanted to visit during the holiday season.
momof2boyz... I know my daughter has grown a lot during this time away from home. She is so independent now. I know it will be a bit of a trial when she comes back home (living back at home with parents and rules, )

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can't wait to read more. I love the towel wreath.
Bama mom... All our trips to Disney and we never had a towel animal (or any decoration). I'd read about them, but didn't count on them, so this was a nice surprise.

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I know you will miss your daughter on Christmas Day, but what a fantastic opportunity to work in the CP at WDW. Looking forward to reading and seeing more.
Tina... I know Christmas day will be hard, but knowing she'll be home soon will make it a bit easier.

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Old 12-19-2007, 03:39 PM   #17
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We continued around the World, passing Germany

Oh, did I mention we were on the Dining Plan for only $21 per person (due to DD being a cast member). It was only 3:00 and our reservation was at 3:40 at Chefs de France. So we headed in that direction. We checked in just before 3:30 and were told it would be a few minutes as they don’t ‘open’ until 3:30. There were already people in there and it hit me that these people were the end of the lunch time, we were the start of dinner. Now I have to tell you, our oldest DS is a very picky eater! Why were we eating at a French restaurant you ask? Well, Aubre has been here for more than three months and honestly other than counters and a meal out with friends, she hasn’t experienced much and really wanted to try this one. So, that’s why we are eating here.

On the other hand, youngest DS will try anything so he tried the ‘snails’ (yuck)! DIL had the tartare of raw salmon, DH had the imported cheese plate and I had the flatbread (which I shared with DD and DS1). DS2 didn’t really care for the snails, but at least tried a few of them. DD tried them also, and then started dipping her bread into the snail (sauce or whatever the liquid was). It was garlicy and she loved that. Everyone enjoyed their appetizers (for the most part).

For the main course the following was enjoyed; DH had the duck, DS1 had the ½ chicken, DIL had the tuna, DS2 had beef short ribs (as did I) and DD had the vegetarian lasagna. We all enjoyed everything.

Of course we had to check out dessert (and of course we had to tried each others). I’m trying to go from memory (as I didn’t write anything down during the week). DH had the sorbets, DS1 had the Chocolate tart, DIL had the Puff choux, DD had the fruit salad, and DS2 and I had the crepes.

After a relaxing dinner, it was time for the first showing of the Candlelight Processional. We did not have a package, so I knew we wouldn’t get seats (and it was just after 5:30 when we left Canada). This night was Steven Curtis Chapman as the guest narrator. We did get to see part of the show and if you look closely you’ll see Steven in the photo below. We watched the lighted singers file in. They looked and sounded so beautiful. I really wished we had more time to enjoy all of this.


I don’t understand how rude some people can be. One, you are enjoying this lovely program and someone is talking very loudly on their cell phone. If you don’t want to enjoy the program, take your phone elsewhere to talk, honestly! Then, the parents who don’t teach their children manners. Kids who push to stand in front of you and then their parents come join them. Where did these people come from??? After getting annoyed and not really be able to enjoy the program, we headed the rest of the way around the world.

We worked our way towards the UK and saw these cuties.


Then in Ireland, I saw this santa telling about the Christmas traditions. Being ½ Irish, I always love to learn more.


It was starting to get dark and we wanted to see the tree lighting, so it was off again.

Up next (the conclusion of a very long first day).
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:29 PM   #18
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Finally an end to Day 1

The Epcot Christmas tree

It was getting dark so we started towards The Tree…


Needless to say, I was not prepared (remember no previous holiday trip experience) for the crowd at the front of the tree. It was actually roped off so you couldn’t walk down the main walkway if you wanted to leave at that point. So, we just stood behind (more to the side) of the tree and waited (and waited).

Then the ‘bus’ came….


and the celebrities were ushered to the front stage. We could hear the show, but unfortunately we could not see what was going on (wish they had one of those big screens that they have a sporting events so you can see what’s happening).

Then there was a tiny bit of light (and then a little more)


Finally a beautiful lit tree


It was now time to finally use our fastpasses for Soarin. We have all done this before and we have always been fortunate to be in the front row. This time, we were in the last row… we saw FEET!!!! Hey I never knew someone could see my stinky feet when we were up front!!!!

We then did Living with the Land. As anyone knows this is almost always a walk on as it was again this time. But this time, there were Christmas decorations also!!!


Well it’s time to head back (granted we didn’t see Illuminations, nor did we do a lot or rides), but we’ve been up since 3:30 am and we are all beat.

When we got back to our suite we had a the lovely ‘surprise’ of the Christmas elf who had left us all our new Christmas pjs. This is a tradition in our home and since we were here to celebrate Christmas with Aubre, we had to have Christmas Eve tonight (so of course the elf had to bring pjs). When everyone went to bed (very quickly), I put all the stockings together. In the morning when they awoke, each one had a stocking by them (in their bed).

Don’t they all look so cute when they are sleeping!

Up next Christmas Day (our Christmas Day)!!!
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:34 PM   #19
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Loving your TR! Glad you had such a wonderful time and got the great CM rates!

We do the Chrismas eve PJ's too!

Can't wait to read more
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:53 PM   #20
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Tinkerbell,

Welcome aboard. We've done pj's for quite a few years and it's something I think they kids (as you can tell are all older now) still look forward too.

Hope to have another update tonight.

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We do the Chrismas eve PJ's too!

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Old 12-20-2007, 06:55 PM   #21
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It’s Christmas Day (well for us it is!!!!!)



My husband who is such the morning person was up by 6:30 and showered and went down to get his coffee. When we decided everyone needed to get up, we didn’t have the phone alarm, we had the ‘Daddy annoys you till you get up alarm’ He would get right on top of each of the kids and repeat again and again and again….. “It’s a magical day in Disney!” It was cute the first time, but again and again and again!!!! My kids are NOT morning people (not sure why that is, I always got up early with my father when I was little). My kids are GRUMPY when they first get up. We had a LOT planned today, so they had to get up and MOVE!!!

First the kids started on their stockings… (you can see by Tyler’s eyes he was NOT awake).



It was then time for Christmas with AubreJ

Tyler got Aubre a shot glass with Tinkerbell and her name on it (Tyler collects shot glasses, so he thinks everyone should).

Dale & Steph gave Aubre earrings (and maybe a necklace) that Stephanie made. She is very talented.

We gave Aubre a bracelet that my online friend Liz (her daughter is a cm at Epcot also) made. We also gave Aubre a digital photo keychain. I loaded it with all the pictures she loves; her dog, her school friends and our Disney trips.



It was now time to get moving… we had to get to Magic Kingdom so we could enjoy some of the rides before we had to get to the Grand Floridian for lunch and our photo shoot.

Up next…. Magic Kingdom!!!
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Tinkerbell,

Welcome aboard. We've done pj's for quite a few years and it's something I think they kids (as you can tell are all older now) still look forward too.

Hope to have another update tonight.
Heck I'm 20 and still look forward to getting my Chistmas eve pj's.

It's one tradition I look forward to passing along to my kids in the future.


Looks like you had a wonderful "Christmas" morning. Can't wait to hear about your time at the MK!
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Old 12-21-2007, 05:51 PM   #23
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Photopass

Yea, my photopass cd came today. I am uploading them to webshots so I can add them to my tr. Wanted to share our first Magic Kingdom photo since that is where I left off.


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Old 12-21-2007, 06:03 PM   #24
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I love this sign, it just makes it all so real. We are really here!!!

At the TTC there was this beautiful pointsettia tree. I was surprised that there weren’t more ‘Christmas’ decorations outside of the park. When we had been there for MNSSHP they had mickey pumpkins and fall stuff all at the parking toll booths.


We then got to go in this VERY SPECIAL ENTRANCE! Can you tell I am so proud of my daughter (and maybe a little jealous).


Once we got in the park, this is what we saw


Our first stop was the bakery! Of course, food. We’re on the dining plan, got to eat (really on dh had to eat, ds1 got a frozen coffee type drink), but we all just sat and waited.

As soon as we finished in the bakery, what did we see but this creation.


Can you tell what it is??? (and if it’s you, sorry for not getting permission), but this was on somebody’s head!!! It’s a hat!!!!


I love the castle (like most of the DISers here). It is just so beautiful.
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What beautiful pictures. Is it just me or is Tink a little small?? Seriously in my pic you can barely tell she is there.
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:02 AM   #26
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You're right, I seem to think Tink was larger in our older pics (but I haven't pulled them out to look yet).

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Ok, it’s the Saturday before Christmas and what am I doing???

Working on my TR instead of wrapping gifts (that I just bought this am); baking all the stuff I need to bake, cleaning my house…. Do you see that the list goes on and on, but no, I am here to write.

Last up, we saw the castle, boy is it beautiful, but you can’t tell during the day how much it is going to be transformed in the evening. (I can’t wait to see it).

We headed over to Adventureland and checked out the wait time for the Jungle Cruise. Knew we wanted to do this later this evening when it got dark, so we would probably grab a fast pass. We’re headed over to POC. But, we can’t get there!!! There is a crowd of people and stopped and watching. What are they watching? It’s Capt Jack!!!! This guy goes a wonderful impersonation of the REAL Capt Jack.


Right as it was getting ready to finish up, we made a bee line to


It said a five minute wait!!! WOOHOO! We head in and get way down near the front and it just STOPS!!! What’s going on? There was some sort of ‘mechanical problem’ and we had to wait (couldn’t turn around now, people lining up a long way behind us). So we wait!!! Can you tell DS1 and DIL like to have their pics taken


I don’t think it took more that five or ten minutes and things were running smoothly again. We never sat in the front seat on Pirates (guess timing, just never got that seat). Needless to say, I did not know the front seat gets wet on the little drop. We all enjoyed our ride. Afterwards, we saw a photopass photographer and I saw he was doing the Capt Hook shot and could only talk one of our crew into this shot.


We then headed over to Jungle Cruise to grab our fast passes for later. We then decided to do Swiss Family Treehouse. We haven’t done this in at least seven years. It was a beautiful day and you could see so far away from up there.

Afterwards, it was time to head over to the Grand Floridian.

Up next, lunch at the Grand Floridian Café and our family Photo Session.
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:09 PM   #28
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Ok, off to lunch at the Grand Floridian Café. We leave MK and head to the monorail. DD says, ‘why don’t we walk, its just over there’? Side note here DD is very athletic (she was a competitive gymnast until a back injury. She also did high school swim team and field and track. Needless to say, she lives for going to the Y to work out and misses that terribly while living at Disney as they have such a small workout room at Vista… Ok, sorry, back to story. DH being the loving dad that he is, says, sure I’ll walk with you. The rest of us decide we are taking the monorail. (Lunch is in 15 minutes). As we are walking up the monorail hill, you can see it coming!!! Woohoo, no waiting. We walked up towards the front and the cm there asked where we were from (we all had our matching white polos on for the photo shoot at the GF. I asked if we could sit up front (we have NEVER gotten to sit up front). He said he’d have to check to make sure that the people in there now were getting off there at the MK. He comes back a few seconds later and says YES!!! But, they can only accomadate four people. That’s fine, cause there are only four of us. Right then, DD and DH walk up behind us. They weren’t sure if there was a walk way all the way around to the GF and they saw the monorail coming. So now there are six of us again. Being the kind mom, I say, let the kids sit up there, but pass my camera on so they can take some photos.

They took these nice pics….



And then these!!!!


Love my kids!!?? But they love to take weird pics.

The other monorail coming & Space Mountain




Arriving at the Grand Floridian





THE TREE!!!!!


This place is so beautiful. This is my dream to some day take a vacation and stay at a deluxe. I couldn’t get over how beautifully this resort was decorated.

We walked around looking for the GF Café. Not sure where it was, we actually walked around in circles. Of course we had to stop to see the Gingerbread house.


We finally found the Café and put our names in. We were seated almost immediately. The place was pretty empty, but that would soon change. The food here was delicious as all sit downs seem to be, but the service was slow. From the time we sat until we got our main entrée was an hour. This was the longest we’d waited anywhere and it was lunch. I don’t think anyone ordered a special requested item.

For appetizers DH had the Crab Cakes (loved them), DD got the Mediterranean Sampler, she really liked that; DIL got the Tomato-Basil Soup, which as I mentioned before, she likes anything so no problem here. DS2 got the salad PLAIN (no dressing), DS1 didn’t get anything for an appetizer and I had the French Onion Soup. I honestly had never had it, but it looked so good. I ate most of the cheese off the top (the best part). The soup itself was ok, but I didn’t eat much of that.

For our main entrée, DH had Cobb Salad, DD had Rustic Chicken Sandwich (I think); DIL had the Cobb Salad also, DS1 and DS2 both had the New York Strip and I had the Angus Chuck Burger. All was very good, but as I mentioned it took a long time until we got our main items. So long that we were NOT able to have dessert since our photo shoot was at 1:30.

We actually had ordered dessert, but it looked like it was going to take too long, so we cancelled them. I headed up to check us in at the Photo pass counter on the second floor. By the time the rest of the crew got up there, our photographer was almost ready.

Up next, our actual Photo Shoot.
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Our Grand Floridian Photo Shoot

I got to the photo pass counter and checked us in. The cm gave me a receipt to go into the gift shop (next door) and pay for our ‘sitting’ with the photographer. Well, knowing that our DD gets a special holiday discount (40% at that time) off a LOT of purchases, we asked if this item was discountable. After a couple moments, the manager confirmed that yes, indeed, she could get her discount on this. So our fee was just over $15 (normally $50, but $25 if you prepay the cd). So needless to say, we got a great deal.

I want to tell you that we had some awesome photos done with our photographer at the GF. In all she took about 60 photos, but by the time I added borders and such, we had 111 on this section. I have added just a few below, but if you’d like to see them all, I’ve put them in a separate album on my webshots account. Here is a link to that album... Our Grand Floridian Photo Shoot

We started with a basic shot on the second floor with the tree in the background.



then a couples shot



Then we headed outside, down near the pool (and fountain area)





Just Aubre


We moved onto the porch area… Just the guys




All of us



DH and our kids






We then moved down to the beach (we saw a bride and groom having a photoshoot with their photographer, not a photopass photographer).








Then it was back inside infront of the TREE

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Old 12-23-2007, 07:24 PM   #30
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Great trip report and beautiful family pics. I'll be going next december for my 1st time at Christmas,( many other trips but never to see the Christmas decorations), I can't wait.
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