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Old 01-30-2009, 11:00 PM   #1
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We love Donald Duck, oh yes we do! - Link to the PTR - COMPLETE

Well, my ticker said it was to be our "We love Mickey" trip, but it quickly turned into our "We love Donald Duck" trip. It became even more evident to DH and I that "duck" (or "dut" said with some serious toddler intensity) is our little man's favorite word, giving Donald a definite head start in the race for "Henry's Favorite Character." Two months ago, Mickey was his man, but as many people know, toddler's opinions can change as quickly as their moods...

This trip is not without it's adventures. I am beginning to think our family cannot have a vacation without at least one dramatic event occurring. If you read my last TR you will recall the Chef Mickey's Incident, along with the Great 'Ohana Debacle and DH and I learning where every single bathroom is in the AK. While the events in this report are not nearly as embarrassing - I promise the drama is still here....right up until the trip home!

So for those of you who might not know me yet, I'm Brook. Wife of Joe, Mommy to Henry. Henry is our little man, 16 months old at the time of the trip - his second trip to WDW.

Here is a pic of our crew from our trip in November:

We have different haircuts, and unfortunately have gained a few pounds due to binge eating during the holidays...


This trip was our first trip "Home", staying at SSR on Developer Points in a 1 bedroom for 7 nights and a Studio for 1. It was loosely planned and we were going to be purposeful in taking things slower and as they came, less ADRs, more things up in the air. This adventure will bring us to each of the parks, Kennedy Space Center, a DIS meet, experiencing Disney through the eyes of a toddler and to many firsts for our family.

Over 2,000 pictures were taken so prepare yourself to be flooded with pictures again (I'm sure you are so upset over that...).


Day One - Monday, January 19, 2009
Chef Mickey's relived?

Day Two - Tuesday, January 20,2009
The GF Tea that almost wasn't. Part One.
The GF Tea that almost wasn't. Part Two.
The GF Tea that almost wasn't. Part Three.
Turn your unhappy child into a happy one for just 15 easy dollars!
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Day Three - Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Everybody loves Earl. Part One.
Everybody loves Earl. Part Two.
Everybody loves Earl. Part Three.
Everybody loeves Earl. Part Four.
"I-I-I ca-a-n't s-t-t-op sha-a-a-aking!" Part One.
"I-I-I ca-a-n't s-t-t-op sha-a-a-aking!" Part Two.
"I-I-I ca-a-n't s-t-t-op sha-a-a-aking!" Part Three.

Day Four - Thursday, January 22, 2009
A cup of heaven at the Poly. Part One.
A cup of heaven at the Poly. Part Two.
A Magical Moment and a day full of Firsts. Part One.
A Magical Moment and a day full of Firsts. Part Two.
A Magical Moment and a day full of Firsts. Part Three.
"Hello, welcome to Spoodles. Thank you for dining with us tonight." Part One.
Hello, welcome to Spoodles. Thank you for dining with us tonight." Part Two.
"Hello, welcome to Spoodles. Thank you for dining with us tonight." Part Three.

Day Five - Friday, January 23, 2009
Fried food + too many sweets. Part One.
Fried food + too many sweets. Part Two.
How long will Joe sleep? Part One.
How long will Joe sleep? Part Two.

Day Six - Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wouldn't it be funny if...
Corny jokes and yummy cheeseburgers. Part One.
Corny jokes and yummy cheeseburgers. Part Two.
Corny jokes and yummy cheeseburgers. Part Three.
Corny jokes and yummy cheeseburgers. Part Four.
Forgetfulness costs $28.00 at the MK (and more corny jokes!) Part One.
Forgetfulness costs $28.00 at the MK (and more corny jokes!) Part Two.
Forgetfulness costs $28.00 at the MK (and more corny jokes!) Part Three.
Forgetfulness costs $28.00 at the MK (and more corny jokes!) Part Four.

Day Seven - Sunday, January 25, 2009
The Waffle Fry Vulture
Nerd Alert!! Part One.
Nerd Alert!! Part Two.
Nerd Alert!! Part Three.
Nerd Alert!! Part Four.
Nerd Alert!! Part Five.
The most embarassing, ridiclious and awful moment of the trip

Day Eight - Monday, January 26, 2009
An intercontinental DIS meet! Part One.
An intercontinental DIS meet! Part Two.
An intercontinental DIS meet! Part Three.
A gift from Mickey
Henry loves Dut Dut and Dut Dut loves Henry! Part One.
Henry loves Dut Dut and Dut Dut loves Henry! Part Two.
Henry loves Dut Dut and Dut Dut loves Henry! Part Three.
Don't you just love it when you laugh so much your cheeks hurt?
One "Cool" duck and a (not so) Hidden Mickey. Part One.
One "Cool" duck and a (not so) Hidden Mickey. Part Two.

Day Nine - Tuesday, January 27, 2009
A very lazy and glorious afternoon around SSR. Part One.
A very lazy and glorious afternoon around SSR. Part Two.
A very lazy and glorious afternoon around SSR. Part Three.
Room #1301. Part One.
Room #1301. Part Two.
The 3 Amigos. Part One.
The 3 Amigos. Part Two.

Day Ten - Wednesday, January 28, 2009
HENRY BEHIND BARS! Part One.
HENRY BEHIND BARS! Part Two.
HENRY BEHIND BARS! Part Three.
Meeting myself in 30 years

Non-TR Stuffs
Oh, Happy Day!
Henry - Birth to 18 months
Happy Mother's Day
Mother's Day weekend with Mom and Grandma

Link to the new PTR - Tasty Planning Time with ZeBrook!




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Old 01-30-2009, 11:25 PM   #2
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I am certainly in.... one question-does Henry like all/any duck? I know that my younger daughter loved Donald Duck, but she likes all ducks too!
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:02 AM   #3
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Great start Brook. Looking forward to hearing about all the drama and seeing all your photos. Glad you've started your report and we'll be waiting patiently for your next update... (smilie eating popcorn - can't find it)

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Old 01-31-2009, 12:04 AM   #4
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Welcome back! Not the same as Welcome Home !

So how did you like SSR..? The one bdr's are great and so spacious, especially when you have a sleeping little one! AND they have the best bed rails at SSR!! What section were you in? I have been in Grandstand both times...RachelTori and I have slept in the same bed....LOL..we actually had the same room..that's how we first met!

*Oh that sounds hilarious!* (Same room...different time......)!
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Brooklynn is a fan of Mr. Duck, too. There's just something about that little bundle of white feathers and bad attitude that makes her smile. Apparently she's not the only toddler with that same affection!

And like IluvXU's little one, she's quite fond of all Donald's many cousins who hang out at Disney pools, bus stops, and eating areas, as well!

I look forward to seeing lots of great pictures. Don't hold back! You know I'm up for seeing all 2000+.
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Hey Brook.

I loved your last trip report and I'm really looking forward to this one as my Dad and I are staying at Saratoga Springs on Developer Points in a couple of months.
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I am so excited -- 2,000 photos and your great story-telling!!!
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Yay!!!! You're home and you started your TR!!! Woohoo!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!!
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Yay, you've started!! I'm also game for tons of pictures, so bring 'em on!
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I am certainly in.... one question-does Henry like all/any duck? I know that my younger daughter loved Donald Duck, but she likes all ducks too!
Glad to see you made it over! Henry does like all/any duck - and for that matter, currently just about any animal with wings is a duck!

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Great start Brook. Looking forward to hearing about all the drama and seeing all your photos. Glad you've started your report and we'll be waiting patiently for your next update... (smilie eating popcorn - can't find it)

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Hi Nora! Thanks for reading along with this one too!

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Welcome back! Not the same as Welcome Home !

So how did you like SSR..? The one bdr's are great and so spacious, especially when you have a sleeping little one! AND they have the best bed rails at SSR!! What section were you in? I have been in Grandstand both times...RachelTori and I have slept in the same bed....LOL..we actually had the same room..that's how we first met!

*Oh that sounds hilarious!* (Same room...different time......)!
You CRACK ME UP! That is really funny that you two met that way and now are good friends - what a neat story!

We were in Congress Park. We liked how close it was to DTD and we used that as a hub for buses very often. We did like SSR overall, it was beautiful and quiet. The room size was awesome - we LOVED being in a 1 bedroom. More details on the room and our likes/dislikes coming up soon too.

Welcome back isn't nearly as fun to hear as welcome home...

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Brooklynn is a fan of Mr. Duck, too. There's just something about that little bundle of white feathers and bad attitude that makes her smile. Apparently she's not the only toddler with that same affection!

And like IluvXU's little one, she's quite fond of all Donald's many cousins who hang out at Disney pools, bus stops, and eating areas, as well!

I look forward to seeing lots of great pictures. Don't hold back! You know I'm up for seeing all 2000+.
Henry enjoys all Donald's cousins too - and for that matter any animal with wings! I think he enjoys seeing those ducks more than many attractions at WDW.

I won't hold back on the pictures - might not be quiet all 2,000 but pretty close!

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Hey Brook.

I loved your last trip report and I'm really looking forward to this one as my Dad and I are staying at Saratoga Springs on Developer Points in a couple of months.
Hey there! Thanks for joining up over here too!
One of my early entries will have some SSR pics and our reviews of it overall. Feel free to ask any questions you might have too!

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I am so excited -- 2,000 photos and your great story-telling!!!
Hi CP! I took one particular photo at DHS with you (or your daughter) in mind...

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Yay!!!! You're home and you started your TR!!! Woohoo!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!!
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YES! Another fan of DD! Way to start em out young!
We will continue to foster the DD love!

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Yay, you've started!! I'm also game for tons of pictures, so bring 'em on!
Will do! Lots and lots of pictures coming your way!!!
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Hi CP! I took one particular photo at DHS with you (or your daughter) in mind...
Oh, I can't wait!!!!
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Looking forward to reading about your adventures again!!
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Yea Brook!!!! I'm so excited to read more!

2000 pictures! Holy cow!! That's crazy! I thought my 780 or whatever it was was a lot!
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Welcome back! I am looking forward to your TR. I thoroughly enjoyed the last one. Great start.
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