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Old 07-17-2008, 04:26 PM   #61
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And Wal-mart is notorious for understaffing its stores. Not only that, but with the way they treat their employees, it's no wonder they don't work with a spring in their steps. But I digress . .

Sorry...on with the TR!

Thats a shame - didn't realise that.......
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Old 07-18-2008, 02:03 PM   #62
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Thank you for your continued TR! Sounds like you had a great day with just the girls.

I love your pic of the Family Fun Day parade. You see that firetruck with all the characters in it? Well, DH and I were the ones sitting in it leading the parade on our honeymoon!
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Old 07-18-2008, 05:57 PM   #63
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Linlithgow is very close to me and it does have a beautiful palace - I take it that is where you visited?
Yes, the palace where Mary Queen of Scots lived. It's incredible.

Wow! Your daughters as princesses -- so cute! What a fun, fun day!! Thank you for doing this trip report
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Your girls are cutie pies.Great TR and the princess are dolls in thier outfits.How long was the plane ride.One day DH and I are going to make it to Scotland.
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and enjoyed a sidetrip to Lithingow (sp?!) even more.
I live in Linlithgow! I always have to spell it out when I call for my ADR's LOL

Loving the trippie. And I completely get the Walmart thing - mind you the asda in Livingston is nearly as big! if not such good value.
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Finally got to catch up on your TR. Your Princesses are so adoreable.
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Scotfan: I live in Linlithgow! I always have to spell it out when I call for my ADR's LOL

Scotfan - How lucky for you! I hope your trips were just as magical! I'm looking forward to the next installment of ScotsMinnie
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Old 07-27-2008, 04:11 PM   #68
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Shamu is calling today so we get up early and go off to SeaWorld. We all love this park and so everyone is looking forward to a great day. The only problem with SeaWorld is that there is far too much to see in one day. You only ever get a little bit of what you want to do done. We always say we will use the second free day you can get at guest services but never end up doing it.

One thing my Mum noticed is that the planting in this park is exquisite (she loves her garden). It did draw my attention to it and started to see what she meant. Our 2 wishes for this park are the Sealion Show and the Shamu show - Believe. We picked out which shows we wanted to see and then filled the time before they started with seeing the Penguin Encounter (which DK loved) and the Shark exhibit which we all enjoyed. By the time we sat down for the Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island show the sun was baking and taking its toll on the wee one. I had to take her to the back of the theatre into the shade and she was fine after that. The pirate with the white face who mimes and takes the mickey out of people coming in was hilarious as usual. I love that guy. I dread the day I come and he isn’t there. The show was great and we all laughed and gasped at the size of Winston Walrus – what a strange creature!

After lunch we made our way to the Shamu show. We were very early and the DK was sleeping so Mum and DH went on to find seats and I stayed outside with DE and DK. DE wanted to ride on the new Shamu coaster by herself which she did and loved it.



Unfortunately when I went back it was closed as it was full!!!! I explained that I have seats already but nipped out for a drink as the baby was still sleeping and she let me in……………. phew! That is a lesson!!!!! The show was great. I always marvel at how these creatures and the trainers interact. At the end when the whale comes out to splash to audience her baby came too and so the whale refused to do it. The trainers explained that when they don’t do what they are asked they are ignored. But no amount of ignoring was going to make the whale engage so the show ended there. No splashing! I suppose it was good to see that the animals are not forced to do things that they don’t want to do.







DE just couldn't resist the fountains!



After that DH and DE rode on Journey to Atlantis and DH rode on Kracken. That sort of ended the day as the heat was so bad and we were all shattered. We missed the Elmo show which was a shame as DK would have loved it but I suppose that gives us something still to see when we back next time. We also didn’t get the chance to see Blue Horizons which is disappointing. A return trip here is definitely on the cards.


Tonight was kid free zone! Mum and Dad were babysitting and DH and I had a night on our own!!!! We had reservations at the California Grill. We got there, checked in and got escorted in the elevator up to the top floor. We went into the lounge bar area and found a seat by the window with a drink. Our server was a lovely man and he walked us through the menu and made some recommendations. We started with the Rainbow Roll Sushi which was lovely and then we both had the lobster salad. It was delicious but by this time I was worrying that I wouldn’t manage my main course. For main course DH had the prime rib and I had the Kona fish and corn butter sauce dish. They were both amazing and so very filling. The different flavours were perfect – one of the best meals I have had in a very long time. Before dessert we made our way out onto the terrace to watch Wishes which was a real treat. It was very special to watch it from up there with such a beautiful view over the Magic Kingdom. I tried to imprint it on my mind so I never forget it. I didn’t quite realise how far back from the castle the fireworks are set off from as we usually watch it from in front of the castle. They pipe the music up there so you do get the whole experience. DH had dessert – a molten chocolate concoction which was very rich – too rich for me but he thoroughly enjoyed it. After a drink at the bar we made our way home. A very special night thanks to Mum and Dad for allowing us the time to do it. If you have the chance this was a very special thing to do and I would highly recommend it. The food and atmosphere was terrific and although slightly pricey, well worth the cost.

The view from the top!!! Unfortunately the fireworks ones didn't turn out well.



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I just found your trip report, and am loving it! Looking at your posting dates, I guess I missed the beginning because I was in...wait for it....Scotland! I was absolutely charmed by your lovely country. (Although I like the bacon here better, too!)

Your girls are darling--the pictures of them walking up to the castle in their princess outfits nearly brought a tear (I only have boys myself). Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip!
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I just found your trip report, and am loving it! Looking at your posting dates, I guess I missed the beginning because I was in...wait for it....Scotland! I was absolutely charmed by your lovely country. (Although I like the bacon here better, too!)

Your girls are darling--the pictures of them walking up to the castle in their princess outfits nearly brought a tear (I only have boys myself). Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip!
Thanks!!!

Glad you had a lovely time. I need to get my hands on some of your bacon. Its just tooo tasty!!!
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Love your pics of Seaworld! I can't wait until we can go. I figure when the weather is a little cooler. We did go to the one in Texas and really enjoyed ourselves.

It was so nice of your parents to keep the girls while you went out. You have me wanting to try CG.
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Loved your installment! I haven't been to Sea World for about 12 years(very rough estimate), I would really like to go back this trip! Yay for a kid free night!! Those are great, Cali Grill looks amazing, and the views were spectacular! That is one place that is on my wish list!! Can't wait to hear more!!
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Love your pics of Seaworld! I can't wait until we can go. I figure when the weather is a little cooler. We did go to the one in Texas and really enjoyed ourselves.

It was so nice of your parents to keep the girls while you went out. You have me wanting to try CG.
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Loved your installment! I haven't been to Sea World for about 12 years(very rough estimate), I would really like to go back this trip! Yay for a kid free night!! Those are great, Cali Grill looks amazing, and the views were spectacular! That is one place that is on my wish list!! Can't wait to hear more!!

California Grill was one of the highlights of my holiday. It was very special and being able to see the MK and Wishes up there was amazing.

Go Go Go!!!!
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Sea World is really beautiful. I love the picture of the baby and mom whale. I;m glad to hear they don't force them to do the tricks, either!

How nice that you had a night out by yourself. The pictures from the top of Cali Grill look amazing. I've never been up there. It sounds like you had a nice night!
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The pirate with the white face who mimes and takes the mickey out of people coming in was hilarious as usual. I love that guy. I dread the day I come and he isn’t there.

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Before dessert we made our way out onto the terrace to watch Wishes which was a real treat. It was very special to watch it from up there with such a beautiful view over the Magic Kingdom. I tried to imprint it on my mind so I never forget it.
We love the mime too! Don't worry; he's been there since the early 80s at least so I doubt they'll get rid of him any time soon.

Isn't the view from CG fanastic? That was one of my favourite experiences. The piped in music really made it special.
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