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Old 01-19-2009, 01:41 PM   #121
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DH won't even talk Disney right now. We are trying to sell our home and so that is the focus. We will just have to see....
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Your DD is too cute! I love your countdown calendar. I also make one for my son (he's 2 and a half), but nothing as elaborate as yours. Great TR and pictures.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:48 AM   #123
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DH won't even talk Disney right now. We are trying to sell our home and so that is the focus. We will just have to see....
Awwww..that sounds like my dh! Although he doesn't seem to mind if we leave him at home! Good luck selling your house. We sold ours this past summer so I def know how hard it is!

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Thanks! I'm so glad you like the TR. Making the countdown calendar was a fun project. Nora "helped." I have lots of scrapbooking stuff so we've done a countdown calendar for each of our previous 2 trips
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:36 AM   #124
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I am enjoying this trip report so much!!! Also loving Sarah's dining review. Can't wait to read it all!!!!
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:47 PM   #126
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Day Six-Part One!

Hey Guys! Sorry about the lengthy delay. We had to make an unplanned trip to Maine to spend some time with my DH's ill father and are just getting back into our routine. The thought of just forgetting about the TR crossed my mind, but I figure I owe it to myself to finish-especially since it's so close to the end of the vacation I hope you are all doing well and surviving the winter weather-that's if you have to deal with it-we certainly do! Okay, enough of reality, let's get back to FANTASY....

Day SIX: Our LAST full day at the Happiest Place on Earth. Could it be?! Here was our plan:

Monday, November 24th

*CS bfast to share or bfast in the room?

9:00AM: Shopping at Downtown Disney Marketplace and snacks at Goofy's Candy Company (2 SC)

12:00PM: Lunch at WPE (2 CS)

1:00PM: Back to resort for naps/pooltime

4:00PM: Spend last evening in MK (ice cream cookie sandwich at Main St. Bakery?)

8:15PM: Tutto Italia (1 TS credit/person) (Optional)

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One of the worst parts of a Disney vacation is waking up to find the Magical Express paperwork has been shoved under the door! That is exactly what we found on this morning! BOO! That means vacation is almost over. As a result, I think we were all kind of grumpy on day #6. All of us except for Nora of course. She was excited because A. Those wonderful Mickey cartoons were "amazingly" still be played over and over again on Disney TV and B. She had Princess mail! Who wrote to her this morning?

Dear Nora,
Wow-What a vacation! Sounds like you have been very busy! It was so nice to meet you at the princess lunch earlier this week! What a sweet girl you are! I hope you enjoy your last day in Disney World! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Love, Belle



Our plan was to try for a relaxing morning consisting of eating (big surprise), swimming, and shopping! Sounds like fun to me! We opted to head down to the Volcano pool and eat breakfast on the beach.



Princess Castle!


I can't remember what we ate for breakfast, but I'm pretty sure I went in to Captain Cook's and got it all and that there was definitely a chocolate chip muffin! I know this, because there is proof....

Mmm..that really makes me want a choc-chip muffin! Okay, so we also enjoyed some pool time. It is such a cool feeling to be swimming at the volcano pool and be on the same "level" with the lagoon and being about to look right across to the MK! The water of course was nice a warm-like bath water-and it felt really nice and refreshing that morning.




Have I mentioned how much Nora LOVES the water? She is like a little fishy! She has taken one batch of swimming "lessons" at the Y and I can't wait to take her for more. Actually, I have a really cute video from this trip when we were on our way to MVMCP and Nora stops and is watching the kids in the pool- "kids swimming" "Nora go too!" Hehe...anyway, enough Mommy gushing. After our picnic breakfast and swim time (we never did get to try the slide, by the way, it didn't open until 10 or 11 and never made it back to try it! ) we were ready for some shopping! We made our way back to Tokelau to get ready for Downtown Disney.

Can you find some Hidden Mickeys? (sorry about the flash--if you haven't already notice I am NOT a photographer!)


Oh...here is the "Dancing" light up Minnie that Aunnie bought Nora during FANTASMIC! She still really loves it-money well spent, Aunnie!


If I remember correctly, we didn't wait long for a DTD bus. Although, the whole waiting for the bus thing was something we were glad we didn't have to do too much on this trip! Such a great perk of staying at the POLY!



On our previous trip in April we stayed at SSR. Because we were just a quick walk away from DTD we spent quite a bit of time there on that trip. We knew, therefore, that we wanted to have plenty of time to shop and make treats at Goofy's Candy Company. We also were super excited (mostly thanks to DIS food porn) for Wolfgang Puck's Express! Sarah and I figured that the end of the trip would be the ideal time to fit DTD into our itinerary, as we would have had all week to get an idea of what merchandise we just HAD to have!

As has become tradition for us at DTD, our first stop was the Christmas Store. We spent more time than I care to admit in there. Of course Nora trying to decide on her favorite princess ornament was where the majority of the time went. She ended up with Snow White. We had picked out some really cute ornaments to have personalized, including a pretty pink Alice In Wonderland one for Sarah, but it wasn't until we got up to the register that we saw the sign saying any ornaments needing personalization wouldn't be ready until well after we were leaving! waaa We were still satisfied with our purchases, however, and ended up with some really cute stuff! The Mickey head bulb ornaments that Sarah bought for me looked great on my Christmas tree

After we dragged ourselves out of Disney's Days of Christmas we decided to head down to World of Disney! We faced another temptation on our way there---Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shop! MMmmmm! Grammie really wanted to stop, but we had to convince her that it would be worth it to wait for our lunch at WPE-not sure that she would agree with that-hehe. Anyway, HOLY MOLY-World of Disney is huge and overwhelming. I guess we really hadn't spent much time in this store before. We literally lost eachother a few times! Since Sarah has a Disney VISA we were entitled to 10% off our purchase, which was enough for us to go "wild"! I'm trying to remember what we bought--I got a photo album for myself, a travel mug for Grampy, the cutest red Minnie Mouse outfit for Nora (I really wish I had a pic of her wearing this-SO cute!), a set a "baby" princesses that Nora got from Santa, and some chocolates and mickey undies for stocking stuffers. I'm sure there was more but I can't remember now. Eitherway it was a very fun shopping experience. And yes, we did take a good long look at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with the realization that it wouldn't be long and we would be taking our little Princess there!!! By the time our shopping spree was over we were ready for WPE.

On our walk back towards WPE Sarah and I made a quick detour into Once Upon a Toy. Now, a little side note-before our trip in April I, being the dedicated DISer that I am, had read about the box full of Potato Head parts. A clever DISer had posted that she, instead of buying the actually potato at Once Upon a Toy would save the money and get a regular Mr. Potato Head at say Walmart and then use the $20 box of just the Disney unique accessories. Well, this is what I did. I was so proud of myself and stuffed more parts than I could have dreamed in the box. So, imagine my dismay when I get home and realize that a lot of the Disney parts were not usable because the arms/hand parts that come with a normal Mr. Potato Head don't have holes for the little accessories to fit. UGH! So, I vowed that the next time we went to DIS that a stop at Once Upon a Toy was a priority. Sorry if that seemed long winded and dramatic! Okay, so Sarah and I went in while Grammie and Nora kept walking towards WPE. Fortunately they had a lot of new accessories since the last time we were there and we stuffed another whole box included extra sets of hands/arms! Yay! I could now rest easy.

Now we were REALLY hungry. WPE was not busy at all. Nora and Grammie went to get seats outside while Sarah and I had the near impossible task of decided what we'd have for lunch. Grammie let Nora have an "appetizer." Not sure why Grammie looks so mad in this pic-maybe just THAT hungry!

I'll let Sarah explain it all-http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2028255&page=8. I will just say it was YUMMO (thanks Rachael Ray)

No trip to DTD is complete with a visit to Goofy's Candy Company! What a perfect way to use up some snack credits!

Nora was getting antsy (she still hadn't napped today) so she and I entrusted Grammie and Aunnie to get some delicious snacks while we checked out another fun part of DTD--the fountains!


Nora went right into the center without hesitation. I don't think she understood that the fountains would keep coming up with her on there. Well, she learned the hard way-she got a squirt of water right up the back of her dress! She looked at me like, "what happened" and just stood stone still. I think she was in shock! A couple ladies were walking by just as it happened and were laughing hysterically at her! Poor Nor! I went in a rescued her. From then on she stayed on the perimeter of the fountains, trying to convince me and then Aunnie to go in-Yea, right!
Check out the wet dress! Luckily it was the warmest day of our trip so I don't think the water felt too too bad to her.

"Come on Aunnie, let's go!"


Before we were done at DTD Nora wanted to visit with some friends!

I almost can't stand what a big girl she looks like in this photo!


At the bus stop we took full advantage of the short wait to dig into our "Goofy" treats. I think Nora was a bit annoyed that she didn't get her own PB cup covered rice krispie treat! She certainly didn't feel like sharing! If I remember correctly Nora feel asleep on the bus ride back to the Poly-she was so tired- All this Disney fun is certainly exhausting! The day was not over yet, though, we still had a mission: to get to MK to ride "It's a Small World" Will we make it there?!

Stay tuned to find out!!
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Sounds like a great last day so far!

Love that last picture of her in the middle of the characters.

Sorry to hear about your father-in-law.
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yay! Thanks for the update!! Loved it, and the pictures could not be any cuter, Nora is so photogenic!!
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:20 AM   #129
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mmm thinking about WPE makes me hungry! I will work on my post so everyone can drool with me!!
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Even though Nora was "shocked" at the fountain, I think I would have been laughing hysterically too- unless of course, she would have gotten hurt. But she didn't, and you have to admit that must have looked pretty funny

The water being as warm as a bathtub at the Poly sounds truly divine! Oh how I wish I could be there right now!

Sure can't wait for the MK installment! Hope the "grumpys" don't follow you there.
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Love that last picture of her in the middle of the characters.

Sorry to hear about your father-in-law.

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yay! Thanks for the update!! Loved it, and the pictures could not be any cuter, Nora is so photogenic!!
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Even though Nora was "shocked" at the fountain, I think I would have been laughing hysterically too- unless of course, she would have gotten hurt. But she didn't, and you have to admit that must have looked pretty funny

The water being as warm as a bathtub at the Poly sounds truly divine! Oh how I wish I could be there right now!

Sure can't wait for the MK installment! Hope the "grumpys" don't follow you there.
Hi Guys. Just wanted to say thanks for reading. I'm not sure when I will have the chance to finish up the trip report. My father-in-law passed away last week and we are back in Maine. It has been and will continue to be a tough time for us. I definitely want to finish the TR, though, and will surely welcome the distraction at some point. Hope you are all doing well and maybe are having fun planning upcoming trips -Kelly
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Oh, no, Kelly. I'm so sorry to hear about your family's loss. I wish you and your husband's family the best in getting through this tough time.
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Kelly I was just thinkng about you yesterday and was wondering what happened to your report. I am very sorry for you and especially your husband's loss. I hope you will get through those hard times!!
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Kelly~I am so, so sorry for your loss. I know this is a very difficult time for you and your family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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