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Old 10-05-2009, 04:31 PM   #271
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Fortunately, the weather was PERFECT for sleeping in:


Yep, that is POURING down, non-stop, Florida rain. Not so perfect for traveling solo to DHS... but at least I didn't feel like I was taking away from great weather in the parks as a family!

I sat on the porch of the Yacht Club until the rain let up enough for me to dash to the boat dock. Here are two little shots from my restful wait in the rain:

Holy Cow! That's rain.

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It was a wet, soggy, hair-destroying trip over to the Studios. But the crowds were T-H-I-N. Thin, I'm tellin' ya. Thin like a supermodel on a diet!
This made me LOL.

Congrats on getting selected! That's just crazy and awesome. I wonder if all the people who audition are as good as you guys?

What a great story and a great memory made!
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:30 PM   #272
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Ohhh my gosh! Love it! What a great experience! even in the out of focus pic it looks great!!!! Sweet Tyson! Awww what a guy!
It would've been so much better with pictures.. but thanks!

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very cool experience to read about, where are the pictures of the swag you got for competing
I didn't take pictures of the 'swag'... which really wasn't anything.. just my badge that got me into the backstage area when it was time to perform. Thanks for reading... it truly was awesome!

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Congrats on getting selected! That's just crazy and awesome. I wonder if all the people who audition are as good as you guys?

What a great story and a great memory made!
Thanks, Jordan! I did sit through a regular show, and the 3 contestants were very good! I'm sure they run into a dud once in a while, but I'm guessing people who audition have to have some talent (or a lot of guts!!)
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:50 PM   #273
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SOOZE! I have been a BAD disser friend lately! SORRY! I LOVED your last few updates, Belle's storytime looked fun other then the ignorant woman yelling at the lady laying down and the poor CM constantly telling people to MOVE...GEEZ!!! All of your pictures at T-Rex look SO COOL, we have a ressie there for Eric's b-day and I was going to cancel, now I am not so sure!! Hmmm OK, Your AI experience sounds AMAZING!!!! I got tears in my eyes reading about poor Tyson's reaction to his mommy not winning! I am so happy for you though that you got to experience it and made it as far as you did. Thanks so much for sharing that with us!
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I wonder how many people they turn away? Congrats again!!! Do you think you'll do it again? Or do they keep a record of who's done it?
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:51 PM   #275
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SOOZE! I have been a BAD disser friend lately! SORRY! I LOVED your last few updates, Belle's storytime looked fun other then the ignorant woman yelling at the lady laying down and the poor CM constantly telling people to MOVE...GEEZ!!! All of your pictures at T-Rex look SO COOL, we have a ressie there for Eric's b-day and I was going to cancel, now I am not so sure!! Hmmm OK, Your AI experience sounds AMAZING!!!! I got tears in my eyes reading about poor Tyson's reaction to his mommy not winning! I am so happy for you though that you got to experience it and made it as far as you did. Thanks so much for sharing that with us!
Are you kidding me? Who was the one who completely bailed on your amazing TR?! Oh, yeah.. that was ME!! You are just fine, my friend!!



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I wonder how many people they turn away? Congrats again!!! Do you think you'll do it again? Or do they keep a record of who's done it?
Since I made it to the stage, there is a rule that I cannot audition again for 3 months (I think.. something like that) So when we return for our family Spring Break in 2010... I'll be auditioning again!!

I wonder how many they turn away, too... I imagine it's quite a bit when it's crowded!
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:07 PM   #277
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What fun to read about your AI experience. I just loved all the details. I am not a fan of the show, barely even watch, but I did enjoy the attraction when I was there a few weeks ago. BTW I swear that is what the Simon character said during the show that I was at. That is so sweet about Tyson, of course he would think is mommy is the best. Just priceless. I also love all the pictures of Shae in the Minnie dress, just so cute.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:17 PM   #278
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YEAH!!!! The update I've been DYING to read!!!! I LOVED reading about your story, it was GREAT! I can't believe the detail they go through, WOW, talk about intimidating indeed. Not to sound like your mother here....... but........ I'M SO PROUD OF YOU!!!! Luke would have done the same thing tyson did, poor guy! You said "next time!" Do ya mean it???
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But I'm pretty sure Ty and Abby ARE roaring!
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Fortunately, the weather was PERFECT for sleeping in:
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I hope you get to the finals!!!!!!!!! and WIN!!!!!!!!!
Me too.. only because I could sell that pass to the front of the AI audition line for big bucks on eBay!!


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What fun to read about your AI experience. I just loved all the details. I am not a fan of the show, barely even watch, but I did enjoy the attraction when I was there a few weeks ago. BTW I swear that is what the Simon character said during the show that I was at. That is so sweet about Tyson, of course he would think is mommy is the best. Just priceless. I also love all the pictures of Shae in the Minnie dress, just so cute.
Ha! I'm sure the judges all have their favorite liners that they use. I mean, they ARE judging 8 shows a day!! How much original material can they have?! Thanks for commenting!!

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YEAH!!!! The update I've been DYING to read!!!! I LOVED reading about your story, it was GREAT! I can't believe the detail they go through, WOW, talk about intimidating indeed. Not to sound like your mother here....... but........ I'M SO PROUD OF YOU!!!! Luke would have done the same thing tyson did, poor guy! You said "next time!" Do ya mean it???
Great update as always, thanks!
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Aww.. thanks, Mommy! Glad I could FINALLY share my story.. sheesh! And OF COURSE I mean it!! Matt and I decided we'd wait until Spring Break again for me to try it, since the kids would love to see me on stage again!

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I think it's a requirement to roar in there!

OMG yes! One of my worst ever happened thanks to the blinds at CA Grill.

Wise choice, trust me.


Congrats! I'm glad you had such an awesome experience!
Thanks for your comments, V! That is crazy that you get light-triggered migraines, too!
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:03 PM   #281
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Time to WRAP THIS UP!

So how did we wrap up this amazing vacation? With double doses of Epcot!

After my wonderful AI Experience, we were all filled with adrenaline and ready to max out our remaining time. The skies had cleared and it turned out to be a beautiful day.

Back at Epcot, we took in some of the Flower and Garden sights...



...including this quaint little garden of fairy topiaries. It was adorable:

First, we walked through the butterfly tent



where we got up close and personal with some of these beauties



We emerged in Pixie Hollow, complete with inhabitants:

Tink


Tink's House


Fawn


Iridessa


Rosetta


and Silvermist


We spent time doing our favorites


And eventually made our way to scope out a spot for Illuminations


Tyson enjoyed playing with a set of Presidential Vehicles that we got at the American Pavillion, including a helicopter. This was great, because it kept the kids busy so we could get a spot earlier than we normally do with kids!



We soaked up every note and firework of Illuminations. We weren't TOO sad, because we knew we'd be back in July!

There were EMH tonight at Epcot, so we ventured over to the Character Spot for some time with our bestest Disney friends. I'm going to post them in a new post, so I don't run out of pictures!!
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So, here are a BUNCH of pictures from our Character Spot fun. Enjoy!

Tyson was so good about letting his little sis run up and get the hugs first!


Love this one:










Look at my tall guy! (or that short Minnie!)


A family shot:


DONALD!!




I just love how she ran up to each and every one of them!! She was so good about waiting until it was her turn, too!




After we had had our fill of characters (for tonight, anyway) we headed home for one more heavenly night at the Beach Club.


The next morning, we took it easy and took our time getting ready to head out for our last morning. The kids enjoyed lounging on their bed and watching the Disney cartoons featured on the resort TV:


We decided to spend our last few hours at Epcot again (see, I told you we did a double dose!)

Shae and I enjoyed exploring Mouse Gears. Hey, I need to start teaching her the finer points of Disney shopping, don't I?


She helped me pick out our annual ornament:



Then guess where we ended up?

Back HERE again!


Shae was DYING to give her new friends a hug goodbye. I didn't take pictures AGAIN... sorry! Matt and Ty missed out on this round, anyway.. they were busy getting some last rides on their big-kid favorites!

Another picture from our favorite place:


We all met up for lunch at Electric Umbrella:


Shae and I entertained ourselves at the table, while Matt and Ty got the food!

Oh my! She was so hungry she was eating her thumb! This is when you can tell nap time is near!!


Why would I be smiling on the day we are leaving?! Well, the wonders of being a DVC member meant that we'd be back...soon!


It was time to head out and back to the loaded up car... one more look at the beloved ball:


A quick glance at this rare character... what is her name anyway?


One last goodbye to Ariel:

Could you just crack up at Tyson!? What a typical BOY!!

Shae wanted a turn by herself.. but that statue was HOT!!


And just in case you missed the punch the first time:


We took a few more breaths of Beach Club Villa air... and made our way to the waiting car.

The ride home was completely uneventful... THANKFULLY!!! I'll post some final thoughts soon!!

And then, I'll whip up a QUICK mostly-pictures TR from our summer quickie!

Come back soon, will ya!?
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The character's name is Marie from The Aristocats. Your pictures are great of EPCOT. I have enjoyed your report and look forward to the next trip report.
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Wow ! What a trip! We leave in a little over a month and I can't tell you how these reports feed my Disney needs! great report, your kids are too cute and thanks for taking the time to post it all! Can't wait for the next round!!
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The character's name is Marie from The Aristocats. Your pictures are great of EPCOT. I have enjoyed your report and look forward to the next trip report.
Ah, yes! The Aristocats... thank you!! And thank you for reading along!!

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Wow ! What a trip! We leave in a little over a month and I can't tell you how these reports feed my Disney needs! great report, your kids are too cute and thanks for taking the time to post it all! Can't wait for the next round!!
Yay! A fall trip to Disney.. I just LOVE those. Thanks so much for following along with me. Have a great trip!
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