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Old 06-15-2009, 12:59 PM   #16
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Yeah! We have pictures since I last posted. You are quite a cute family. I love the Fastpass give-away story. I've done this several times over the years and it gives me a warm tingly feeling knowing I just gave a family a "surprise".
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My youngest playing in the fountain while waiting to met Ariel. She was soaked!! But had an absolute blast!


Two of my daughters with a Cast Member that helped them track a Rhino. The CM was fantastic and all three of my girls loved the experience!
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:49 PM   #18
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Day 5 Magic Kingdom

Day 5 and our first full day at Magic Kingdom. We got up early and made it to the park just shortly after rope drop. We probably were there at 9:10. Now we had already rode Dumbo one time on our first day in The World but I have a 7, 5, and 3 year old and we promised to do Dumbo again. So we made a fast walk to Dumbo.....wait time....40 minutes. Wow! I had hoped for less. Well, as we waited, I ran to Peter Pan and got fastpasses. When Dumbo was over we went to Philharmagic and waited just 5 minutes or so before we were seated. Philharmagic is a great show! It was a bit loud for my 3 year old but the rest of the group loved it! I thought it was much better than the Muppet 3D movie. My 5 and 7 year old liked Philharmagic better but the 3 year old liked the Muppets. Anyway, after that show we fastpassed for Peter Pan. The standby line was not real long but the fastpasses let us walk right to the front and wait only one or two minutes before we were on the ride. Next we walked on to It's a Small World. Now this is an interesting part of the story. Many people that I heard talking thought Small World was closed. The very bland looking outside of the building and the small doors to enter made people think that. I told several people that they were mistaken and the ride was open. Anyway, we waited less than 10 minutes for Small World. Alll my kids liked the ride but my three year old loved it!! We had grabbed fastpasses for Winnie the Pooh for later and stopped at the ice cream snack shop right next to Pooh.

Then we made our way to the front of the Castle to watch the noon parade. We had a great view of the floats with the Castle in the background. It was a very entertaining parade with great music! After the Parade we then hit The Crystal Palace for our ADR lunch. The entire group loved eating at the Crystal Palace. The food was outstanding! Meeting Piglet, Pooh, Eyore and Tigger was a blast as well.

After lunch we hit the train, took one lap and grabbed a bus back to the beach club for more swim time.

When we returned to the park we went directly to Peco Bills for dinner. The adults loved this stop...the kids not so much. I do need to suggest that the self ordering kiosks are great. We walked up and ordered and only waited a couple of minutes to pick up our food. It was smooth sailing except for the fact that my three year old had to make an emergency potty run. Then I was stuck trying to carry food for 5 people. My 7 year old did help greatly and we made it to a table to eat.

After dinner we went back to Pooh to use our fastpasses from earlier. We had stopped by earlier in the day but the ride had shut down for some unscheduled work. Pooh was a nice ride that the kids all enjoyed. Then we headed over to The Haunted Mansion. This ride was fun and my 5 and 7 year olds liked the ride. The first room was a bit much for the three year old but after that she was totally fine. We may have hit the Mansion then Pooh or Pooh then the Mansion I don't recall at this point but none the less it all worked out very well.

We then wanted to find a spot to watch SpectroMagic from. We picked Frontierland to watch from instead of Main Street hoping that we could find a front row spot easier than Main Street. This plan worked out perfectly. We found a spot and I made a popcorn and coke run. After I delievered that I then went and bought the Minnie ears that my daughters are pictured in in a previous post. My three year old was heard to say after the parade, "Mommy, I like that Magic!" How cool!

When the parade was over we trekked back down Main Street trying to escape the park prior to Wishes. Which we did. Barely. We stepped onto our Disney bus back to The Beach Club after the fireworks had already started. We made the decision that the mass exodus that would happen after Wishes would be too much for our family. It was already late and the kids were doing well to this point so the fireworks would have to wait until another trip. So home we went. The next day was an Extra Magic Hour day and we discussed trying to get to the park by 8 but we really knew that 8:30 was probably more realistic!

Magic Kingdom....was magical!
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:58 PM   #19
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I love your pictures. They are sooo clear and crisp looking.
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I love your pictures. They are sooo clear and crisp looking.
Thanks for the comments on the pictures. I bought a new point and shoot Canon A1100. I had used it for a couple of weeks before our Disney trip but I was very happy with it and the quality of the pics. It also takes nice video as well. The only problem I had was taking pictures at night. Especially of SpectroMagic. Many of my pics were blurred. Also, our first night when we ate dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table, when we met Cinde for pics it was dark and a few of my pics were blurry from that as well. No biggie because we got a photo package with our ADR.
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:17 PM   #21
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The above picture is an example of what happened to many of my pics of SpectroMagic. I am sure if I was a better photographer that I could figure out how to take a better pic of a parade at night....but oh well. I did take a lot of video.



The things I will do for my daughters.......
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Splash Mountain. After seeing this picture of the faces on my girls I had to buy it. Sure it was expensive but worth every penny!



My three princesses with THE princess of all-time.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:35 PM   #23
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Well they are great. I had a Nikon camera there last summer and I never could get a picture of the castle changing colors. I swear I took 20 pics and always nothing!! All my Spectro pics were pretty bad too, so my goal when I go back is to get those pictures! I'm buying myself a nice new camera before the trip too. Your girls a precious. I also have three girls that are 7, 2 and 9 months.
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Day 6 Magic Kingdom

It really was a no brainer that we would do MK two days. And since we were staying on site we had the opportunity for use of Extra Magic Hours on this day. We didn't really hit the park that early though. I think we entered the park at 9:15 or so and it opened at 8 for the extended hours. The nice thing was that meeting Ariel was a HUGE priority for my girls this day. So we went straight to Ariels Grotto when we entered the park. Or I should say my wife, kids, and mother in law headed there. I went to splash mountain to get fastpasses since my older two decided after watching splash mountain the day before that they would like to ride it. After getting the fastpasses I joined the group at the Grotto. The wait was 45 minutes or so but that is why we came. So we waited and played in the fountain. We didn't mind the girls getting wet. It was a warm morning already and we knew they would dry out rather quickly. Which they did.

When we finally met Ariel it was worth the wait. First of all she was probably the best of the best CM's that we encountered. She was fantastic with the girls and they just ate it up. Certainly worth our time.

The Barnstormer was next on our agenda. My youngest didn't want to ride so she went with her grandma for a snack. The rest of the family rode and enjoyed it. I told my girls that it was a rule that you have to scream when riding a rollercoaster. Which they did almost all the way around. The only problem with The Barnstormer is it is way tooooooo short! But the wait was 20 minutes or so. So a second ride was not in order.

We ran to Story Time with Belle. Which we made by 5 minutes or so. When Belle came out my girls were awestruck the gal playing Belle was perfect! Belle's helpers even picked my middle daughter to be Illumineer. She got to wear a couple of candlesticks on her hands and be involved in the story. That was an experience that she will remember forever.

We then watched the show that happens in front of the Castle with all the princesses and princes, plus Mickey and Minnie and crew. I don't recall the name but something about Dreams coming True. The girls loved this as well.

Then we hit Liberty Tree Tavern for our ADR lunch. This may have been my favorite meal that wasn't a breakfast buffet. We had a friend suggest it to us and I am so glad we ate there. Not only did the adults love their food but the kids meals were better here than most places. The kids could get sliced turkey which is always a favorite at my house. We had a very relaxing lunch and we only had two stops left for our day at MK. My wife and I took our older girls to Splash Mountain while grandma and the youngest went to Aladdin. Splash Mountain was awesome. The ride is good but what made it great was doing it with my kids. If you look at the pic I posted you can see the girls faces. They were scared. I would have had two hands up but my riding partner required dads hand! So only one hand up Spash Mountain got a big thumbs up from my kids as did Aladdin from my youngest. The last stop was shopping on Main Street. My oldest had just had a birthday and saved her money to shop at Disney. It was nice as a father to see her "get it" when it came to the money. The girls all got something to add to the collection.

Then we were back at the Beach Club for some swimming and lazy river time. Staying at The Beach Club was perfect for us. We got in on the 4/3 deal so it wasn't too expensive but with three young ones who really couldn't do a park all day and night the pool at the Beach Club was incredible!

Dinner was simple that night. Me and the girls had stuff from The Marketplace at the Beach Club and my wife and her mother went to Cape Mays for the dinner buffet and some mom and daughter time. They didn't have reservations but just walked up and were seated right away. They both came back saying how wonderful that meal was!

More than anything I couldn't believe we only had one day left of our First Disney Vacation. I had been looking forward to it for so long and having so much fun with my family that I really wished we had another week. With my kids sleeping, my wife and her mom at dinner, I had some game on the TV but more than that just thought about the week and scanned the pictures on the camera. Already missing what wasn't quite over yet.
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One item I have failed to mention through out this report is the Housekeeping was great. I had read some people's criticism of Housekeeping before we left. Now this was our first trip so I didn't have another trip to compare it to. But we found the room to be exceptionally clean. And it stayed clean the entire trip. The people working our room would arrange all the stuffed animals and put them in bed. They also made a little wash cloth bed for my girls toothbrushes.
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I've enjoyed your report a ton! We're planning our first family trip in September, and I hope ours goes as smoothly as yours, and my boys' smiles are as big as the ones I see on your daughters' faces!
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I've enjoyed your report a ton! We're planning our first family trip in September, and I hope ours goes as smoothly as yours, and my boys' smiles are as big as the ones I see on your daughters' faces!
Thanks for the nice words.

A couple pieces of advice that I took to heart and they worked very well.

1. You can not see it all even if you stay for one week like we did.
2. No one knows your kids like you do. So if they are early risers like mine. Take that into account when planning out days.
3. Maybe the best singe tidbit......if this trip is for your kids...as mine was. Then don't worry about riding "the biggies" We didn't do Everest, TestTrack, or most of the major adult type attractions. My kids didn't want to.....so I didn't either.
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Day 7 Chef Mickey's and Epcot

Our last day in The World. It was hard to believe. We had very little planned for the day except our ADR at Chef Mickey's. Teena was so kind to explain to us how the best way was to travel from The Beach Club to The Contemporary. So we followed her advice and bussed to MK and then walked to The Contemporary. Breakfast was fantastic. I thought it was better than Cape May for breakfast but they both were great. After breakfast we rode the monorail to the station and then switched over to the Epcot line. Not many people were there so we waited for one train to load and leave so we could be first for the next train. So me and my girls asked to ride up front with the driver. My wife and mother in law had to ride in the first compartment..only 4 up front with the driver. The ride to Epcot was beautiful. Wonderful view of Spaceship Earth as we got close to Epcot. The girls got their Co-Pilot licenses and then our drive gave them collectors cards since we had to wait 7 or 8 minutes in the train at Epcot. They were adding a new train on the line.

We entered Epcot with a desire to get fastpasses for Soarin for later in the day. It was the girls favorite ride and they wanted to do it again. We watched TestTrack and gave them the option of one or the other and they chose Soarin so that is what we did. We walked through Epcot, got a few pictures taken. Hit World Showcase to see if we could meet any princesses with little wait. Luckily we found Jasmine and Aladdin just as they were coming out. So we met them, took pics, and then we headed back to the Beach Club for some serious pool time. I must of floated around the lazy river a dozen times with my kids. They loved it. They put swimmies on and just floated. I did it without any floatation device which was no big deal since you can walk half of it if you want.

After our pool time we relaxed in the room a bit. Cleaned up and headed back to Epcot for dinner. We went to The Land and ate at Sunshine Seasons. Which was excellent. The choices were fantastic. However, the best part of dinner was that we had extra counter service meals left. We had skipped a meal during the week sometime and now I needed to use these extra meals. As we approached the cash register I asked a father behind me if he was on the Disney meal plan and he said no. So I asked him if I could buy his family dinner. I explained I had these meal credits and we were leaving in the morning and they would go to waste if I didn't use them. He, of course, was surprised and grateful at the same time. He asked multiple times if he could pay me for it. I told him no, that is was my treat. As we talked he and his family were on vacation from the Isle of Man, Ireland. So we chatted for a minute or two and then he handed be a $20 bill. He said that was for a Guiness on him. I gladly accepted, we thanked each other and we went our seperate ways. That was fun!

We road Soarin, grandma and my youngest hit Turtle Talk with Crush again. We did some final shopping and ended our time in Epcot. My wife and girls walked back to The Beach Club. I, however, needed to drop our stroller at All Star Movies for the next person in the Swap. So I bussed to Movies and dropped it off then making my way back to The Beach Club.

My kids were asleep and my wife had just about everything packed up. We had a 6:40AM meeting with Magical Express so I had arranged for Bell Services to pick our bags up at 6:15 so we needed to be ready in the morning. So off to bed for an early morning!
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What a wonderful trip and very nice TR. I enjoyed it so much.
I loved your stories about giving away the FP's, it feels so good to give someone a little something doesn't it? We did it twice this time because we just ran out of time, it fun to watch for just the right people too...
And buying that family dinner how nice, glad you enjoyed the Dining Plan.
Wonderful Pics too! LOL, funny you mentioned why you only had one hand up on SM, because i looked at the pic before reading and thought, oh yeah, she totally has a hold on that other hand...haha

You were very well educated too your story indicated more then once of tips i know you would of had to get from the boards in order to know about it.
(Stroller swap)..... How cool, disboards is great!
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PhotoPass Pics

I just got my PhotoPass CD and I had to post a few pics to go along with the report.



This is our first PhotoPass picture of the trip. We were on our way to Cinderella's Castle for dinner and the thunderstorm had just let up. Not many people out for being 7:30 PM on Thursday June 4.



This picture was two of my girls faces when they came up to meet Minnie at Animal Kingdom. The photographer did a great job catching the wonderful look on their faces.



My 5 year old. What a princess This photographer asked us if we wanted some close ups of just the girls faces. I hadn't thought of it but I am glad he asked us.



The magic balloon shot from Epcot. I couldn't get my five year old in the picture. When the photographer was explaining this to us, she misunderstood the balloons.....she wanted real balloons to hold. Anyway, her frustration with not having real balloons kept her from getting in the picture.

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