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Old 08-09-2009, 09:27 AM   #136
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I spent the morning relaxing and reading your report. Thanks so much for shareing your trip, I really enjoyed it so far!! It looks like your family had a wonderful time.
Very funny about the UK bathrooms not being accurately depicted!
I can't wait to plan a Disney trip again.
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:18 PM   #137
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I love your pictures from the beach! The girls are too cute.

I'm glad you enjoyed Fantasmic!
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:44 PM   #138
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Just wanting to say I am reading along only up to page 5 though, pesky children keep interupting me....... really you think on the weekend they could go and bother their dad.

Have added one of those bike things to my list of things to do if and when we get back to WDW.

Just tried to talk hubby into trip with the free dining call and the kids would love it. No dice. In fairness we hope for another baby and a house extension next year so probably not a lot of money for a holiday. Although during said extension we will have to move out for a bit maybe we could go then.....

Your kids are so cute sounds like you are having a good time. Look forward to seeing how the rest of the trip goes.

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You should try the bikes. They were great fun but hard work. My legs ached really quickly - they are heavy things to power!

Planning a trip is one of the best bits isn't it? We will be another 3 years I think before we make the trip again as I am retraining and we won't be able to afford it.

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I spent the morning relaxing and reading your report. Thanks so much for sharing your trip, I really enjoyed it so far!! It looks like your family had a wonderful time.
Very funny about the UK bathrooms not being accurately depicted!
I can't wait to plan a Disney trip again.
Glad you are enjoying my report. Glad to have you here! We really did have a fantastic time. I am not joking about the UK bathrooms. They are horrible!!!

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I love your pictures from the beach! The girls are too cute.

I'm glad you enjoyed Fantasmic!
The beach was lovely. Such a gorgeous place.
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:06 PM   #139
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Day 12 - Alice and the seriously large mermaid!

So again was supposed to be up bright and early but for some reason we did not get up with alarms and there was a panic when we surfaced and realised that we were running seriously short of time for our ADR at 1900 Park Fayre. I had a super quick shower and got everyone dressed and organised. We zoomed out the door and headed to the GF. Boys dropped us off at the door and went to park while we checked in. We got our pager and found a seat in the lobby. Mum loves this hotel and she is in seventh heaven sitting there! Before long the boys arrived with the car safely parked and our pager goes off. We go to the desk and they take our pics. We are escorted to our table and get seated. I can’t remember the name of our server but eventually she came over and took a drinks order.
K was really excited to see Mary Poppins and I knew she would eat very little. The characters here were Mary P, Alice, Mad Hatter, Pooh and Tigger. We got the chance to eat a little before the characters got to our table. Katie was excited to meet Alice and of course Mary Poppins but decided when the others were coming to sit on the other side of table away from them!!! So brave! E enjoyed meeting the Mad Hatter who was very funny.
K ate some fruit and was totally taken with the Mickey shaped waffle. Not sure if she actually ate it or not!













E ate quite well if I remember rightly. OK – I admit it – I am a bad Mum. I let the girls have ice cream with gummy bears on it for breakfast!!! It’s a holiday after all!

The only thing was that we never saw our server at all. We tend to get small amounts at a time and go up several times and the plates on the table were never cleared. To the point there was no room. Another server noticed our table and cleared it for her. I even had to ask someone else for the bill and pay someone else. I really resented that tip! She was the only server we had the whole trip who did not deserve the tip. All in all I would not be too fussed about going back to 1900 Park Fayre for breakfast. Maybe it was our invisible server that put me off. The food was OK – not really worth the money you pay though. Would rather spend it in Chef Mickeys. The photo they brought to the table was terrible too. He took 3 but the one he brought over Emma had her eyes closed.

So perhaps controversially we decided to leave the car to the GF to go to the MK. Did not feel too guilty as we had an annual pass so don’t pay for parking anyway. We walked down to the boat dock and caught the boat to the MK via the Poly. It was a lovely day as we made our way up Main Street.



Our main plans for today were to watch the Dream Along with Mickey show and the afternoon parade. We obviously could not come to the Magic Kingdom without doing the carousel and IASW.





K also had a go at pulling the sword from the stone. No luck!!!!



Mum found a good spot to watch the castle show from and sadly K fell asleep when we were waiting. Typical. So Dad and I took K down Main Street for a look in the shops in the cool. The spot Mum had was in the sun and it was really hot. DH watched the show with them taking some video for K to watch later.

E posing in front of the castle and with the little statues.





After the show DH, Dad and E went to ride Splash Mountain standby so what could Mum and I do? We were on Main Street. Near the bakery. That’s right!!! We got cakes!!!! They were super yummy! I got a cup cake and Mum got a cinnamon thingy and both were delicious. I saved some of my cupcake for K when she woke up. After we finished we went out side and found a spot on the pavement in the shade to stake out for the parade. We saved a little space for Emma and the boys. They appeared and owned up to having a Dole Whip on the way back. Cheeky! Turns out they didn’t ride Splash due to the long wait and rode Thunder Mountain instead. After they got seated more people started to sit round us so was glad that they got back and got a space before it got too busy.

Here we are patiently waiting!



During our wait I took the girls to the Main Street Emporium and they both chose a toy. K chose an Aurora doll and E chose a cuddly Daisy Duck.

Forgot that i took a pic of Walts window on the way past!



Continued in next post....
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:37 PM   #140
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I am really enjoying your TR so far, sounds like a great time! I love all the pics, makes me look forward to our trip even more!

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Old 08-12-2009, 08:28 AM   #141
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How could you possibly say no to ice cream for breakfast at WDW!? Did you have some too?

The picture of your family waiting for the parade is really cute!
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:16 AM   #142
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I love reading how happy you and your family are while at Disney!!
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Old 08-13-2009, 03:47 PM   #143
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I am really enjoying your TR so far, sounds like a great time! I love all the pics, makes me look forward to our trip even more!

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Thanks! I am off to check out your trip report!!!!

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The picture of your family waiting for the parade is really cute!
I might have had a little!!!!!!!!!

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It would be impossible to be anything else at Disney!!!
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:08 PM   #144
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Day 12 - Alice and the seriously large mermaid! - Part 2

As usual the parade was lovely. Both girls loved it and waved so much their arms must have been sore! The parade is so nice – there seems to be so many characters involved. Although it did seem shorter. Maybe it was my imagination.





Didn't notice this little detail before.















After the parade was over we caught the boat back to the GF. We were the only ones on the boat this time. Here is my Dad enjoying the trip!



View from the boat!



Mum, E, K and I waited in the lobby of the GF while the men got the car. They parked far away and the girls were tired so they kindly let us wait. E and K traded some pins with 2 CMs in the lobby. K wanted to trade a mickey pin for one of the monorail pins the CM had as she loved the monorail. And pink was her favourite one. I didn’t realise the significance of the pin until the CM said it would be worth keeping. Really quite sad. Anyway the CM gave her the pin and told her to keep her own one as she had lots. So kind. Then one of them asked E if she knew how to do the Hoedown Throwdown from the Hannah Montana movie. She said she did so the 3 of them did their version right there in the lobby!!! It was very funny. The girls were lovely – full of fun and it was a very Disney experience!



Off home and relax for a bit before going out for some dinner. I can’t remember what we had that night or whether we ate in or out. Sorry!!! We did have a stop at Walmart!!!! (surprise surprise!) and the girls were happy to find yet another strange looking trolley which they could both fit into!



We also had to make one last stop. Every day we passed this shop. K started to call it the ermaid (mermaid) shop and would spot it every trip out. The mermaid then was christened Shelly! K was very attached to Shelley and was highly disappointed if our route meant that we did not pass her or ear enough to spot her. How could we go home without dropping by to say Hi and see what wonders were inside????!!!! So here she is!



In case you are wondering – she was full of souvenirs. Mostly rubbish but a few good bits and bobs. I think we left with a tshirt and some pens and a bangle.
Tomorrow – off to Animal Kingdom!!!
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:52 PM   #145
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Great update! I'm sorry you had an invisible waitress at the character breakfast! That's not fun.
The rest of the day seems to have been good... I really like the picture you took of the Grand Floridian from the boat, pretty shot.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:06 PM   #146
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Ahh...I love the daytime parade at the MK. You got some great pics of it!
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Great update! I'm sorry you had an invisible waitress at the character breakfast! That's not fun.
The rest of the day seems to have been good... I really like the picture you took of the Grand Floridian from the boat, pretty shot.
At least the food was still good. I guess you are spoiled at Disney as you get used to excellent service. I love that boat trip!

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Thanks!!! And just noticed your ticker. Do I sense another PTR and TR coming on??? Hope so!
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:20 PM   #148
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That is a seriously large mermaid!

That's so nice the CM's did the dance with E in the middle of the lobby! I bet she loved it.
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Great updates. Sorry your visit to 1900 Park Faire didn't go well. We had some issues when we went, but nothing like that.

Love the little detail in the parade you spotted. I love finding something I haven't noticed before. And the pic of the family is great.

What a special memento that monorail pin is, very nice of the CM. And dancing in the lobby of the GF, what a memory!
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That is a seriously large mermaid!

That's so nice the CM's did the dance with E in the middle of the lobby! I bet she loved it.
She was rather large!!! The girls in the lobby were great fun. Clearly enjoying their job which is always great to see.

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Great updates. Sorry your visit to 1900 Park Faire didn't go well. We had some issues when we went, but nothing like that.

Love the little detail in the parade you spotted. I love finding something I haven't noticed before. And the pic of the family is great.

What a special memento that monorail pin is, very nice of the CM. And dancing in the lobby of the GF, what a memory!
I love that little detail too. Never noticed the Partners statue in there any other time! It is the little details that make disney so great.




Sorry not updated in a while. Had a busy weekend as on friday it was our 10th wedding anniversary so we had a lovely meal out to a nearby Indian restaurant. It was yum!

Then on Saturday we had people over for a BBQ. Except we ate inside!!!! It was a bit rainy and very windy! So much so the gazebo that my brother brought over blew over and the metal pole bent. Planning a BBQ in Scotland is never easy!!!! You can't bet on having a nice day for it. Apart from the weather it was great seeing everyone.

I have only 1 week left before I go to Uni whish is scary! E starts school again on Wednesday so I have a few days where I can take her. I have got all her uniform organised so she is good to go. K starts preschool too but not a for a few weeks and all her uniforn is also ready.

Going to be very busy soon and not sure I am entirely ready! Will hopefully get the chance to upload pics and post my next day tomorrow. Hope all are good.
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