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Old 07-01-2009, 12:48 PM   #16
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Great piccies. I do love POFQ.
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Great trip report so far! I can't wait to read the rest.
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This is such an entertaining TR! Can't wait for more!
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Great piccies. I do love POFQ.
Thank you!! It was my 2nd stay and I really enjoyed it better the 2nd time.

Welcome to my TR I hope you are enjoying it!

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Great trip report so far! I can't wait to read the rest.
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Oh - thank you so much! Welcome!


*** Stay tuned, I'm working on Day 2 now... I will do 2 chapters tonight - promise! ***
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Day 2 - Epcot / MY BDAY!! oh yeah, Father's Day too

I am SO excited to write about this day. Sunday June 21st was MY BIRTHDAY. The big 3-2!!! I didn't feel any older. I usually just feel older when my kids go into a new grade, or have birthdays themselves. Being a mother of an 8 year old, or 3rd grader, makes me feel older then being a 32 yr old. LOL -- Oh yeah, it was Father's Day too. I kept forgetting that throughout the day. Its okay though, nothing big is done for me for Mother's Day. The kids cook for me and everyone gives cards, hugs, I get flowers but that's it. He got DISNEY kinda.

Today's plan is: EMH at Epcot, Breakfast in Norway, mid-day break, swim/rest, dinner at Ohana - Steve's parents are driving over to eat with us, maybe Wishes!

This was our 1st day of early wake ups… not to hard since we get up early at home anyway. Stitch & Mickey called us at 6am. Ya know, this wake up call is really annoying. WHY must they hamper with the classics. I got up and started getting ready. Steve slowly followed, and at 6:30, he headed down to get coffee for him, Coke for me. While he did that errand, I woke the kids and got them moving.

Back with beverages, Steve helps the kids finish up and we finish packing our bag. Steve had bought a backpack with the water pack in it ….. this was a LIFEsaver – wow we loved it! We walk outside to be greeted by hot, muggy weather. Ick! I live here, but I still don’t love it when it gets like that. For anyone there that week, NO that heat was NOT typical. It was very unseasonably warm... errr HOT…. Heat index of 105 – YUCK!

We headed to the bus at 7am and did not have to wait long for the bus to Epcot. I was just getting on the bus (carrying my pink stroller) and I heard “Dee?”. I whip around and there is Wendy and her family. OhMyGoodness these were my kind of people. They sat towards the back of the bus, but as soon as we got to Epcot I stepped over and waited for them to chat. Talking to Wendy is so easy, she’s good people. Catherine looked at me and said “Mommy, why are you talking like you did when we lived in North Carolina?”.

Now, I moved from NC 2 yrs ago and still have my accent, but not as strong. When I talk to a friend from NC, Steve knows it, my accent comes by quick and easy – and that is what happened when I talked to Wendy. LOL

The fam got in line for the turnstiles, which were LONG – all the way up the ramp for the monorail, while I got into line for Will Call – had to get my Bday Fun card WOOHOO!

The line started moving just as it was my turn and I played the “should I stay or should I go” game. I stayed and it worked out perfect. Got my gift card AND caught up with the fam not long before the turnstiles. We were about to enter the 1st Disney park of our vacation! YAY!!!!!

Through the turnstile and I was a mom on a mission! – FP to Soarin! But…. I was also with a man who knew nothing about Epcot. I promised him I’d calm down, slow my pace and just ENJOY. While on the inside I was jumping to get FPs for Soarin! ((insert bouncy smiley here.... watching my limit on this post))

We were held at the typical spot near Innovations. A few pics from the wait.. again - it was MUGGY ... my camera did not like the 1st few hours of each day. Everyday it began the day a big fogged up, it was lovely!






As soon as we were let in we all walked with purpose to The Land. Once in, Steve and the kids waited for a short time while I got FPs for later, then we got in line to ride. Our return time was 9:30 – 10:30 (at 8:10ish AM).

We rode Soarin’, and fearless Emma was a bit hesitant at 1st, but LOVED IT! She’s so wishy washy with when she wants to be fearless – dork! But we love her! This is my favorite ride, by far!!! We loved it and Steve thought it was amazing! He thought pretty much everything about WDW was amazing! LOL


We were in Epcot later in the week and the water in the fountain was off and drained... I'm glad we got to see it this day!

After Soarin’, we headed across the park to Mission: Space. I wasn’t sure about height requirement but HOPED Emma would make it. Sadly No – she’s a couple inches shy. Kid can ride Tower of Terror, but not Mission: Space. I understand it, its because it was built to be a different ride then the green side is today. I get that, she didn’t. We took a Rider Swap and headed to the playland. This was a NICE break for me, and she really enjoyed the play area.

It did not take long for Steve & the kids to come out of the ride and they LOVED IT! Knew they would. I had talked to a gentleman while I waited who said Orange is NOT that bad. Made me want to give it a try…. We’ll see! Not this trip… but we’ll see.

Family reunited, we headed to Test Track to gather FPs for this ride on our way to breakfast in Norway. Did I mention it was HOT???? 105 heat index this day… yeah, it was HOT.

**To be continued.... shortly, I promise - I already have it started... time to tuck in the kiddos. It sounds as if they are giving Steve a hard time. Is it bad that I snicker at that? hmmm**
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Day 2 - Breakfast in Norway

Kids to bed - Emma is doing really well sleeping without Catherine. They share a room and if Cat goes off on a sleep over, she does not usually do well, but she's on night 6 and doing great - very proud of her!

Potty stop at Oasis (does anyone know this place is there, its always SO empty – not complaining) and we were RIGHT on time for our ADR. It was for 9:55 and we got there at 9:49. Yikes, too close for my liking.



I have to say something about ADRs and these character meals. They either need to explain the process better, or people need better patience. There were MANY families getting in line for pic with Belle before even being called. On our way out there was a father standing there being very rude to the CMs who told him he could not stand there yet. He was complaining that it was just all for his daughter etc. While she sat on the bench in the foyer, happy as a clam. *sigh*

I digress. After checking in we stood and waited, and waited


and waited. It felt like 20 min, but I’m sure it was only 10. We’d found a shady spot and there were decent breezes to assist us. However…. We noticed Emma was being very grumpy. She was clinging to Steve’s leg and pushing on him, hitting him (not hard just like grumpy hits), she was grunting, pulled her pig-tails out (groan)…. Hmmm… we’re thinking “Maybe we should have done Disney in December”. Just did not realize HOW much she’d be affected by the heat – I mean – We LIVE here!

Finally we are called and get in line for Belle – we had a great time meeting Belle and got to take TWO pics! One with the kids, and one with us parents – that made me very happy!!!



We were seated in a very nice spot, right under a window. I like being out of the way a bit and not in the middle of everything. Once the CM explained it to us, we were up and at the buffet. I’ve never been here when it was buffet. I’ve always JUST had family style. The buffet was good, but I prefer Family Style.






Steve had gotten very good at understanding the plan. He divided things between our 2 plans and kept track of it all. I am SO glad he did this, because I was still VERY confused by it all, and splitting 1 family between 2 plans made it that much harder for me. After we finished we paid the bill and were on our way to WS.
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YaY!!! I got mentioned. I feel so special. It was so funny when we were at the bus stop. We had just walked up and I saw that PINK stroller. I knew immediately.....It Was DEE!!!! My kids thought I was crazy when I told them, "Hey, I know that lady." I'm so glad we got a chance.....or actually quite a few chances.....to meet. You were so easy to talk to and really felt like someone I had know forever.

Glad to hear you got the gift card. I kept watching you in line as we were moving. It didn't look like your line was moving none too fast.

We headed to Test Track first that morning. It's Cody's favorite ride and he HAS to do it first. This year Tracey and Cody rode Mission Space on the orange side. They both said it was BAD!!!! I don't even do the green side......slight fear of closed in spaces!!!
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Thanks for the pics from breakfast. The newbie family accompanying us is going to take this in and I think their girls will love it. I'll have to remember to tell them to WAIT to be called

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YaY!!! I got mentioned. I feel so special. It was so funny when we were at the bus stop. We had just walked up and I saw that PINK stroller. I knew immediately.....It Was DEE!!!! My kids thought I was crazy when I told them, "Hey, I know that lady." I'm so glad we got a chance.....or actually quite a few chances.....to meet. You were so easy to talk to and really felt like someone I had know forever.

Glad to hear you got the gift card. I kept watching you in line as we were moving. It didn't look like your line was moving none too fast.

We headed to Test Track first that morning. It's Cody's favorite ride and he HAS to do it first. This year Tracey and Cody rode Mission Space on the orange side. They both said it was BAD!!!! I don't even do the green side......slight fear of closed in spaces!!!
Of course you got a mention! It was a fun morning - the rush of the 1st day.

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Camera fogHappens to us every time. Maybe the new camera won't do that!
I am sure they will LOVE it. I've done CRT (dinner only) and this place (3rd time for breakfast) and I LOVE it!!!
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Hey! I'm here! that's too bad we never ran into each other. But, I'll be looking for us in your pics and you do the same with mine!
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Day 2: We wandered World Showcase and totally deviated from the Plan

After breakfast we were forced to leave the nice air conditioner and had back into the HOTNESS that was Epcot. We wanted to hit WS, but we had FPs for Test Track burning holes in our pocket. So we hop in a not-so-short Fast Pass return line. Really – its this long. It looked like about a 10 min wait, BUT half way through that wait it was announced that there were technical difficulties on the track and it would be a few more minutes. So what to do---take pictures





Finally let in and it was again, a GREAT time. Catherine LOVES this ride, we’ve done it 4 times in one day before. But anyway, this ride was great, we giggled and squelled and it was so fun! All parties enjoyed it! Upon entering the dump shop of all dump shops, Steve & Jack headed for the Camero while the girls and I were a little more practical and headed for the Saturn Outlook. Kind of funny name as the outlook of Saturn's future is uncertain. But this was a great car. Steve finally wandered over and asked the lady TONS of questions. We have 3 kids and a CR-V. They are so squished. I watch my 17mos old goddaughter about once a week.... when we have her, we have to take 2 cars AND my best friend.. due in 45 days. YUP. I've already informed her that her babysitter needs a new car, and I'd accept any 7 seater she'd buy for me LOL. I can dream! But I liked the Outlook, a lot. Steve is a Toyota man.... and we can't afford a new car right now anyway.. but its good to look and get ideas.

After Test Track it was back around Oasis and into World Showcase. Steve and I had something to buy -> Margaritas! YUMM We LOVE Mexico! While Steve was getting our nice frozen beverages, I had to play a bit
Next stop – China. I was hoping we’d time it to see the acrobats, although I cannot imagine them doing their stuff in that heat. Poor kids. Instead we got to see Mulan. Jack was the only one who wanted to see Mulan, the girls.. a bit crabby – I’ll blame the heat!


I have a picture of Catherine in front of the China pavilion from EVERY trip to Epcot. Its allowed me to watch her grow and it makes me sad how big she’s getting.


After this we toured the pavilion, it was just beautiful! We wandered to the shopping area and scanned the restaurant. I don’t love Chinese food, Steve does, but there are a few things I’ll eat.




This was the 1st KidCot we did, and the kids really enjoyed it. Jack studies Kung Fu so of course he got excited to see his name in Chinese and insisted we take it to SiFu (I’m sure I did that wrong) to show him.
Pics of our WS wandering:

Germany: in the shop here - its to the Left looking at the fountain, there is a $37,500 diamond & silver Cinderella's Castle. UNREAL! Steve was scared to even breath near it.


Italy: It was pretty empty! VERY nice day!

From China we work our way around WS. It was hot and we didn’t spend nearly as much time as we’d have liked. We enjoyed Germany, kids loved the train set. Italy was beautiful! Steve has an aunt who travels to Italy once a year and brings him back a special chocolate. We found it in the shop and bought it. With the heat, we had to eat it right away! It was very good!
Next stop was Japan. Japan has a special place with our family. Growing up a Marine brat, Steve had the blessing to spend 3 of his later elementary years in Japan while his father was stationed there. He got to learn a lot about the area, the culture etc. He loves Japan and has said if we could live there, he’d do it in a second.

So 1st stop was to take a few pictures for Steve



Next Steve wanted to shop for a special cola. It was a cola bottle with a marble in it. He was on a mission. We walked into the shop and wandered a bit. We visited the Pick-a-Pearl, and the kids of course wanted to do it, but understood when we said “not this trip”.

Steve found a CM from a town he visisted often in Japan (the town name fails me now). That CM knew exactly what he was talking about and directed us to where to find it. Off we headed, but along the way we looked at all the amazing things, the fabrics they used were amazing. The socks, the shoes the funny toe things. LOL very cool stuff.

We found the cola bottles and steve took some time to look overthem. Sadly, I wasn’t feeling great and excused myself for a few minutes. When I came back, I met the fam just coming out of the shop. We stood there in the cool shade and drank the soda and Steve had gotten me a surprise. He got me some Japanese chocolates. They were so yummy, and I was good to share with the kids.

After we headed into the toy museum to do the KidCot and Steve ducked away to call his father, wish him a Happy Father’s Day and talk about Japan.

Leaving Japan we headed for France - we were HOT and tired. Jack was hungry. In America the girls had gotten pretzels so it was time for his snack. In France we stopped and got him some Ice Cream and I think Steve got the strawberry crepe. While they were waiting for their stuff, the girls and I watched the chair guy - he's amazing!


**Okay so after this we headed towards UK and that's where the next installment will pick up... so stay tuned!!! **
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Super quick I wanted to wish everyone a very happy 4th of July. I'm off to grill & firework and all that craziness. We've been cleaning and prepping for 2 days and are expecting 30 people. LOL

I hope you all have a safe and fun 4th!!! Take care!


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I know, you see so many people and wonder .. is that??? LOL But don't want to be an idiot for asking It was a HOT week wasn't it. Totally crazy!
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It was hot! Hotter than it was last year during the same time. But, we made the best of it!
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Oh man I must see this diamond castle! I wonder if I could can my boyfriend into buying it for me? Hah just kidding but that would be amazing! Was the cola any good?
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