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Old 10-20-2008, 10:52 AM   #31
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Great start to your tr!

Your kids look so excited and happy!!!
Even after that long car ride.

Sounds like you had lots of fun at DTD!
Yay! for the first magical moments!
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:18 AM   #32
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What a long car ride!! My DH and I used to make a similar trek from Minneapolis to Austin, TX all at once, we did it a few times and it would really wipe us out! Your children are adorable and I can't wait to hear more!!
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:53 PM   #33
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Sorry to hear about the lack of fridge and micro but it looks like it turned out well anyway...and the hotel looks nice! Clean and neat and like you said, the kids probably couldn't care less because they just love hotels haha I'm so happy for them that they got those 2 magical moments and 2 free pins each! What a way to start off the trip!
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:40 PM   #34
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Nothing like DTD to start a trip off right.... We have planned it for the 30th during the day before we do MNSSHP. Figured that would be a good day for it...now lets hope I don't spend all my money in one place!!!

Sounds like the you guys bounced back nicely after that drive....I think I would have been in bed crashed....

Waiting patiently for next installment....
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:01 PM   #35
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Oh, I am so guessing that DH ends up wanting a lanyard!!!

That is so great about the Magical Moments for the kids -- how cool!!! And on your first night at Disney!
We ended up having quite a few magical moments on this trip. Which sure sweetened the deal w/DH... as you'll see!

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Aw, the kids look so happy!!! Sounds like a great first night! Kids are so funny. They get so excited to stay at a hotel. My kids are like that too. They love adventure! Can't wait to hear about you first park day!
They do look so happy, don't they?! I love it.

And you know what? Come to think of it, I love staying at hotels too! It's always nice when someone else cleans up after you and gives you clean dishes and towels every day!

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Old 10-21-2008, 12:06 PM   #36
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Great start to your tr!

Your kids look so excited and happy!!!
Even after that long car ride.

Sounds like you had lots of fun at DTD!
Yay! for the first magical moments!
Hi, Kathleen! I haven't made it very far in your Sept. TR, but I've been tryin! I really can't believe how good they were, they were wonderful!

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What a long car ride!! My DH and I used to make a similar trek from Minneapolis to Austin, TX all at once, we did it a few times and it would really wipe us out! Your children are adorable and I can't wait to hear more!!
Wow! That's an even longer trek, I think! Next update will most likely be on Thursday!

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Sorry to hear about the lack of fridge and micro but it looks like it turned out well anyway...and the hotel looks nice! Clean and neat and like you said, the kids probably couldn't care less because they just love hotels haha I'm so happy for them that they got those 2 magical moments and 2 free pins each! What a way to start off the trip!
I'm happy w/the hotel. We had the top floor (I requested that) which was 5th floor, and it was QUIET. I never heard another family the whole time. Also, they redid their pool from the pix on tripadvisor, and it's decent now. They must use saltwater instead of chloriine because it wasn't stingy for the eyes or stinky at all and was SOOO warm when we swam!

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Nothing like DTD to start a trip off right.... We have planned it for the 30th during the day before we do MNSSHP. Figured that would be a good day for it...now lets hope I don't spend all my money in one place!!!

Sounds like the you guys bounced back nicely after that drive....I think I would have been in bed crashed....

Waiting patiently for next installment....
Yes, it was a great beginning to the trip. Cute photo-ops abounds. Fun shopping. Lots of happy excited people milling around. We crashed back at the hotel about 8:30-ish, I think.
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:04 PM   #37
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I can't imagine driving all that way without stopping - what great troopers you all were!!

I'm glad you were happy with your off-site hotel - great rates too! I've contemplated staying offsite to save money but I love the ease of Disney transportation too much (plus when we went in 1997 & rented a car, we never used it except to go back and forth to airport. There were 12 of us for 10 days and I thought having a car would be easier.)

Your kids are adorable! Am anxious to read the next chapter!
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:36 AM   #39
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I can't imagine driving all that way without stopping - what great troopers you all were!!

I'm glad you were happy with your off-site hotel - great rates too! I've contemplated staying offsite to save money but I love the ease of Disney transportation too much (plus when we went in 1997 & rented a car, we never used it except to go back and forth to airport. There were 12 of us for 10 days and I thought having a car would be easier.)

Your kids are adorable! Am anxious to read the next chapter!
I think with our proximity, it was good, otherwise, I def. wanna try on-site for a next trip, as I just hated the driving down there! The idea of the busses just being there for me would be fantastic!

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Chapter 3: Oct. 10th- Part I: 1900 Park Fare

I woke up BEFORE the alarm clock, of course, on the morning of Oct. 10th. We had a 9:45 reservation for 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian with Mary Poppins & Friends. I made coffee after checking my reservation times and the weather forecast for the day.

Yikes! Rain. So.... rain all the way into Orlando. Rain drizzling all evening at DtD.... raining as we fell asleep on those wonnnnnnderful pillows at our hotel the night before. Were we seriously going to be rained on this whole trip? And more importantly- tonight, during MNSSHP?

With a sigh, I decided I'd just have to get rain ponchos, I guess and started my shower. The kids were getting up as I was getting out and I got them both bathed and dressed. DH was drrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaggggging his feet. He was TIRED. Surprisingly, I got them all out of the hotel my 8:45. We got to the parking lot of MK and DH was very confused about what was going on.

We had to park at one place, only to get on a monorail to get to where we wanted to go? We WERE going to try to go straight to GF, but to be honest, we got lost and somehow found our cars going with the flow to MK. So whatever, thanks to the DIS I knew we could park there and take the monorail.

WELL.... once we got the the parking lot, we found out we first had to board trams to get to the TTC, where the monorail would be! Oh yea, I'd read that on the DIS too! Seriously, thank goodness I decided to research my trip before going. I can't imagine how much time and confusion people go through if they just pack up and head to the World with no clue of how it all works. DH had absolutely no recollection of any of this stuff as a kid. Which I was happy about- cuz it was like we were going through it together!

Once we finally got to the TTC, we headed towards the monorail. DH followed the crowd, of course, and I quickly veered him in the direction of the RESORT monorail. Something I learned about my husband during this trip was that HE DOESN'T READ SIGNS. This will come into play later in our trip.

So as we are the first in line for the monorail to the resorts, we notice the cast member is from Gary, Indiana. DH spent some years growing up, and was born in, Hammond, Indiana and East Chicago, IN, which is a neighbor to Gary, so they started chatting. When the monorail arrived, she directed us to.....

The first car!

I nearly ran as I took the kids hands and told them how special this was, and that not everyone gets to ride the front car of the monorail. The driver's name was Tom, and he was ALSO from a city near DH's hometown, DH was just tickled. The kids were beyond excited, and mom was grinning ear-to-ear. Magic Moment #3!!







The next exciting sight was of the Grand Floridian. Man, is that one seriously pretty resort. I told the kids that's where we're having breakfast and they were even more excited!



We recieved our monorail licenses and headed into the GF.





Believe it or not, DH is stealing the computer from me right now, so I'll have to finish this update tommorow. But I'm sick anyway and plan on calling in right at 6am so after the kids go to school, I'll have all day to sleep and update.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:51 PM   #41
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Wow! Magic moment #3 -- you lucky ducks!!! I love seeing the excitement on all of your faces!!! Too fun! So, did you take back everyone's licenses as soon as the picture was taken so they wouldn't be damaged before putting them in a scrapbook?

Hope you feel better soon!
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That's great! First trip on the monorail and you get front car without even asking? Woo-hoo!

Can't wait to hear more...but sorry you aren't feeling well. Feel better soon!

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OH man I'm getting nervous for you that you might have had rain on your MNSSHP night! Keeping me in suspense here girl. lol That picture of your DH, DS and DD with their monorail licenses is sooo cute! Feel better!!
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I really like your trip report. It is so fun to see the world through someone's first trip. Can't wait to read more!
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OH man I'm getting nervous for you that you might have had rain on your MNSSHP night! Keeping me in suspense here girl. lol That picture of your DH, DS and DD with their monorail licenses is sooo cute! Feel better!!
Ahhhh.... suspense!

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Can't wait to hear more...but sorry you aren't feeling well. Feel better soon!

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I was so much more excited then the kids, DH totally was laughing at me.

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Wow! Magic moment #3 -- you lucky ducks!!! I love seeing the excitement on all of your faces!!! Too fun! So, did you take back everyone's licenses as soon as the picture was taken so they wouldn't be damaged before putting them in a scrapbook?

Hope you feel better soon!
Why, of course!



Thanks for the well-wishes everybody! I've got a killer headache but the antibiotics are kickin' in. But I digress.....

Now....on with the update.....
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