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Old 07-03-2009, 09:22 AM   #91
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Sounds like a great day so far! Epcot is easily our favorite park! So glad you got to ride Soarin....it is such a great ride!

We love Crush too. Jonah has been lucky enough to get chosen on both of our visits. Too cute! I laugh at Dory getting smooshed into the glass every time! That never gets old for me!

I can totally tell your boys are done with the whole picture-taking thing! LOL! Too bad boys....suck it up!

No WS pics?? Morocco is my FAVORITE!! I could wander around there for a very long time and be a happy girl!

Can't wait to hear about your DTD evening!
Epcot is one of my favorites as well. But, unfortunately we have never really spent as much time exploring WS as I would like. The boys love Future World and by the time that we make our way over to the WS, they are usually getting tired and cranky.

Sadly, I looked through all my pictures and can't find any WS from that day. I probably got some of it on video but I took so many little clips here and there--that I am still going through them and trying to get them organized into one complete video-


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Two great updates Angie. Somehow, I never take as many pictures in World Showcase. I don't why? Looking forward to your next installment.
Thanks, Lisa I know--it's so strange looking over my pictures from this trip and last year's. There is very little pictures of the WS. I don't know if I'm just so busy looking at the sights or if it's because the boys start getting cranky and taking pictures is the last thing that I want to do?? I'm hoping with a few incentives this trip, they will enjoy the WS more.
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After reading your report updates, I'm off to find out exactly what Soarin' is -- I've heard great things, but I don't know what exactly the ride is! Off to find out - Thanks for the updates!
Thanks for reading. Soarin' is such a fun ride!! You will love it!! It's basically a huge IMAX theater but you are lifted up in the air so it actually feels like you are flying. It's Disney so there are tons of special effects. I'm so happy I finally got to ride...it's so fun!! I could go on and on about it.
You could check You Tube to see if you can get an idea of what the ride will be like.(that's what we did)
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Great pictures! Yes, your boys do look mightily impressed in that one shot eh? Test Track and Soarin are definate favorites and one of my goals this trip is to ride Soarin in the front row. I took video of it and it turned out fabulous, but our equipment malfunction lost it all. Can't wait to get back!

Waiting for more!

I kept telling them that they could at least look a little happy--we were at Disney after all. They were having a great time but I admit I was taking a lot of pictures! (I only posted a few from that day) We love Test Track and Soarin'!! We are very excited to be bringing along the family so they can experience them for the first time. Sorry about the equipment malfunction. Hopefully you can get another great video when you go back....
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:06 AM   #92
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Happy 4th of July!!!!!!

I wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!!!

I also thought I would share a few pictures of last nights fireworks---(I figured it would be good practice for Wishes as I can never seem to get good fireworks shots)

A picture of the boys waiting for the fireworks to begin. We had to wait in the car because it was raining...Luckily it stopped just in time.


Here are few of the better pictures I took of the fireworks.



Okay--off to get the boys ready to go to the parade!!
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Happy 4th of July!

Pics look great!
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Happy 4th of July!

Pics look great!
Thanks I thought it would be great practice for Wishes and Illuminations.(never been to Illuminations but hoping to in August.) You know how much I love taking pictures Any excuse I can for taking out my camera-- I will.
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Thanks I thought it would be great practice for Wishes and Illuminations.(never been to Illuminations but hoping to in August.) You know how much I love taking pictures Any excuse I can for taking out my camera-- I will.
Can you believe I forgot to take my camera to our Canada Day fireworks?!

But I must thank you because you prompted me to find the setting on my new camera to take high speed continuous shots for fireworks and I found it! I tested it out (on passing traffic in front of my house ) and it works great. I have two options, one shutter click that takes 15 pictures but then takes over 20 seconds to get ready for more, or one shutter click that takes 6 pictures but then gets ready for more after almost 10 seconds. I think I like the second option better.
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Can you believe I forgot to take my camera to our Canada Day fireworks?!

But I must thank you because you prompted me to find the setting on my new camera to take high speed continuous shots for fireworks and I found it! I tested it out (on passing traffic in front of my house ) and it works great. I have two options, one shutter click that takes 15 pictures but then takes over 20 seconds to get ready for more, or one shutter click that takes 6 pictures but then gets ready for more after almost 10 seconds. I think I like the second option better.
What!?! You forgot to take your camera?......

I agree--I think the second option would probably work better. That's so funny that you tried it out on the passing traffic out front. Hey--it worked, right? I'm sure they didn't suspect a thing.
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Where's the bus???

After heading back from Epcot, the boys were begging us to let them go for another quick swim. DH wanted to take a quick nap so I offered to bring the boys down and he could catch up with us later on. He must of grabbed the camera because here is a picture of us in the computer pool-


After our swim, we changed and headed down to the bus stop to catch a bus to DTD for some dinner at Wolfgang Puck Express and some shopping!!!!I love to shop!! DH and the boys not so much.
So as we stepped into the line for DTD, we noticed a few irritated people at the very front of the line. Apparently they had been waiting for a bus to DTD for awhile. So again, we waited...and waited (see the theme again.) We had probably waited for about a half hour and remember they had been there waiting longer than us. Finally a bus pulled up for Animal Kingdom (I believe that's the stop next to the DTD bus stop) Anyways, one of the guys who was waiting at the front of the line went over to the AK bus and asked if there was any way they could send a bus for DTD because we had all been waiting awhile-- I heard a couple near us call up one of the restaurants that they had an ADR for to see if there was anyway they could get a later time because they had already missed their reservation. Finally, a bus showed up and there was literally applause from everyone!! To be clear, this was just one incident at Pop. Overall during our stay bus service was great with this exception, we never had to wait for a bus. So I guess it was just one of those things.......

When we arrived the first thing that we wanted to do was get something to eat. It was around 6:00pm at this time so we made our way over to Wolfgang Puck Express. I was so looking forward to trying this place!! I had heard such great things about it before we left. The first thing I noticed when we walked inside was how empty it was. I think that there was only one other couple and a family sitting inside. DH and I ordered the spaghetti and meatballs and the boys got pizza. We all wanted a brownie but all they had was cookies. We got our drinks and found a table. A server came by right away and welcomed us and then before you know it we had our salads and then soon after, spaghetti for us and pizza for the boys. Everything was so good!! The boys loved their pizza and ate it all right up!! DH declared this the best meal of the trip!! So with our bellies full we made our way out to begin shopping!!

We decided to head right to World of Disney!! I love this store--there is so much to choose from--almost too much!! But it's always so busy when we come here. Which sometimes makes it hard to find what you are looking for. But we ended up with some great purchases!! I got a t-shirt for myself, a bracelet that said "Nothing is impossible, if you believe", a photo album to hold all our pictures from the trip. (unfortunately it only holds 200 so I had to go out and buy a couple more plain ones when we got home). DH got some pajama pants, a hat, mickey ears for our car antenna, and key chain. DS6 got a stuffed Mickey (and informed me the other day that Mickey is getting really lonely for his Disney friends so he plans to buy a stuffed Goofy when we go back to keep him company.) That boy--he's too cute Anyways, he also got a Peter Pan and Aladdin play set. DS9 had already spent a lot of his money when we were in Epcot in Japan. (if you remember earlier in the trip, how I said he loves Pokemon--well I finally gave in and even though we were in Disney and I wanted to him to get Disney souvenirs-I decided to just let it go. I think he ended up with a Disney journal,some tattoos and a pen and pencil. Despite how busy it was, I think we managed to get alot of shopping accomplished
Here is a picture of the outside of the World of Disney--

We decided to head over to the Lego store after our successful shopping trip. We watched and let the boys play a little while with the legos out front. As you can see, I didn't get many pictures at DTD--but I never seem to. I guess I'm so busy shopping and looking for the right item that I forget to pull out the camera. First the WS earlier in the afternoon and now DTD--what is going on???.:...... Oh well... but I did remember to grab a quick picture of the boys.

So now we were off to check out the new T-REX. Since we didn't have ADR but we wanted to check out the inside of the place. We decided to go in and let the boys make a dinosaur in Build-a-Dino. They had a great time!! But......now we had to carry these dinosaur houses back on the bus with us to Pop. I suppose we could have thrown the boxes away and just took out the dinosaurs. But the boys would hear nothing of it. No way!! They wanted to keep the houses!!! So armed with our Dinosaur houses we made our way back to Goofy's Candy shop so the boys could use some of there snack credits on some goodies. Last year they decided to get cookies and they added everything you can think of to those poor cookies. They were so sweet!! That after a few bites they wouldn't eat anymore. So this year I suggested that maybe they just get some pretzel rods and only add one or two things so ummm.......well maybe they would eat them this year. I know.....I'm no fun!! But it worked--when we got back to the room each actually ate a couple pretzel rods. I was very impressed!!!

So, we made it back to the room juggling all our stuff and then headed back to the food court to refill our mugs. I was very sad because I was all set to get my Frozen Coke again (I think I had either the first or the second night and it was so good and refreshing.) But the machines had been removed..what??? and in there place was tea???? Now, I like tea but I was really looking forward to my Frozen Coke--ugh....settled on the tea and made our way back to our room.
Here is a picture of DS and some of the dino houses we lugged back from DTD.


If you remember from earlier--we were able to see the Epcot fireworks from our room on the 4th floor. They were very far away and the view wasn't as good as they are from the 50's section. But we thought it was really cool to go out on the balcony every night and watch them, after a long day at the parks. Well, or at least I thought it was cool. The boys were entertained for the first two nights but by this time in the trip, when I asked them if they wanted to come outside and watch them with me. DS9 said no, that he would prefer to play his Nintendo DS and DS6 was too busy playing with his playsets to even notice that I had asked. So out I went alone and had a nice conversation with another guest who was staying a few rooms down from us. Apparently it was their nightly ritual too. (while the family waited inside the room) Here are a few of the pictures I got again--Now, I'm kicking myself because I should have tried to get some closer shots but just getting them to come out not so blurry was a challenge for me.


A picture of DS peeking through the window--

Well after the fireworks, we watched a bit of TV and then decided to go to bed early to get ready for our early breakfast at Chef Mickey's We were all very excited!! We love this place!! Another great day at Disney!!! Next day was Day 5 and DHS!!!
Next up----A Chef Mickey's breakfast--wave those napkins!!!!
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Angie, I looks like you had quite a successful shopping trip. I am so not a shopper.....until, I hit Disney World. I find that I never take many pictures of Downtown Disney. I vow I will do it this year though.

I think you did a fine job on your local fireworks and the fireworks at Pop. I'm going to try to get better with my nighttime pictures as they never seem to come out just right.

Looking forward to more.
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My son soooo wants to try Wolfgang Puck. He loves watching Chef Gordon Ramsay and always wants to try the more extravagant dishes Not in the cards this trip but something to look forward to on a future trip.

Your shopping excursion sounds very successful and that bracelet sounds lovely! I may try and find matching ones for my daughter and I, it is sooo something I would say.

You got a lot done but still sounded relaxed -- my kind of day!!
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Angie, I looks like you had quite a successful shopping trip. I am so not a shopper.....until, I hit Disney World. I find that I never take many pictures of Downtown Disney. I vow I will do it this year though.

I think you did a fine job on your local fireworks and the fireworks at Pop. I'm going to try to get better with my nighttime pictures as they never seem to come out just right.

Looking forward to more.
It was a pretty successful shopping trip. I got pretty much everything that I wanted to pick up while we there, with the exception of my Christmas ornament. I had wanted to stop at the Christmas shop on the way out but decided against it because of those darn dinosaur houses!!

I hope to take more pictures this time in Downtown Disney too.
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My son soooo wants to try Wolfgang Puck. He loves watching Chef Gordon Ramsay and always wants to try the more extravagant dishes Not in the cards this trip but something to look forward to on a future trip.

Your shopping excursion sounds very successful and that bracelet sounds lovely! I may try and find matching ones for my daughter and I, it is sooo something I would say.

You got a lot done but still sounded relaxed -- my kind of day!!
Wolfgang Puck was so good!! You will definitely have to give it a try sometime.

We were lucky to find pretty much everything we wanted at DTD. I love my bracelet!! It's exactly something I would say too!! So I knew I just had to have it!!!

It was a relaxing night, we slowed it down and just took in the sights, and let the boys play some. It was really nice because I am all about following the plans--so it's definitely nice sometimes to just slow down and take it easy!!
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Great updates! I'm all caught up. I Test Track and Soarin'! TT is probably my all time favorite but Soarin' is right up there.

I see the dino boxes but where are the dinosaurs?

I was surprised my boys didn't drag me in there, if it was a build a bear build your own mickey (or goofy or the like) they'd have been all over it. I love the fact that at 8 and 10 they are still into it. They have outgrown dinosaurs though of the stuffed and playset variety at any rate!
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Great updates! I'm all caught up. I Test Track and Soarin'! TT is probably my all time favorite but Soarin' is right up there.

I see the dino boxes but where are the dinosaurs?

I was surprised my boys didn't drag me in there, if it was a build a bear build your own mickey (or goofy or the like) they'd have been all over it. I love the fact that at 8 and 10 they are still into it. They have outgrown dinosaurs though of the stuffed and playset variety at any rate!
We had such a great time riding Test Track!! We couldn't stop laughing.....the boys expressions were just too cute!!! I love Soarin'!! It was definitely a favorite!!

Well....if you look really closely in the picture with the Dino boxes, next to DS is a gold color stuffed animal--that's the dinosaur. They both got the same one. I was actually surprised that they wanted to make one--since they really aren't in to dinosaurs. But they just love those Build a Bear stores!! My boys are 6 and 9 and they still love their stuffed animals!! I'm so glad they do...but on the other hand they are everywhere in their rooms. The closets are even stuffed full..... May be time to start cleaning things out---now if only I could convince them..........
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Hi Angie! Is there room for one more? I've got to head to bed now, but I'll catch up tomorrow.
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Hi Angie! Is there room for one more? I've got to head to bed now, but I'll catch up tomorrow.
Of course there's room for one more. So glad you joined in!!! I'm hoping to get my Chef Mickey's update posted today.
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