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Old 12-28-2009, 07:54 AM   #61
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Loved your update. :-) It's really helping me get excited.

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Allow me to add just a bit on the whole DD hair incident.

During the time while DW and DS went to use the washrooms, I was overheated and could use a few minutes off my feet. As I sat down and plucked one of our portable fans off the stroller than DD was sitting in to help cool me down, DD had the other and was blowing it on herself, more so to copy me than anything else.

I kept on eye on the washroom to wait for the return of DW and DS only to hear my name being called by DD, and as I turned to see what it was that she wanted...horrified at the sight of a large amount of her hair tangled into the blades of this very small and rubber fan. What made it all so comical, is that as DW has mentioned...DD is a screamer. If anything does not go her way, she responds quite loudly by letting us, and everyone in a miles radius know. Although, with her hair wrapped up in the blades of this fan, she simply called out my name quite calmly and asked for help.

I tried my best to untangle her, and to do it quickly so that DW would not notice, as I knew I would get a earful from her upon her return. But my attempts were not successful, and I think I might have managed to get even more of her hair wrapped up in the fan than she did. As DW and DS returned from the washroom, I filled her in on the situation...and maybe because of the hour, or maybe because of how calm DD was at that moment, everything just seemed to be funny.

DW sent me to find a pair of scissors from one of the shops that was directly across from us, and let me tell you...they certainly had no problem giving a complete stranger a pair of razor sharp scissors in the middle of the happiest place on Earth! Is it possible that they are often asked to have their scissors borrowed, or did I just have a trusting face at that moment? Oh, I promised to bring them right back, and did so promptly as DW cut free DD's hair.

Good thing that she was going for her first haircut in a few days!
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Really enjoying your trip report! And yes, we found out in May that Disney can be the place for monsoons. Approx 7 straight days of them. Hope your trip dried out quickly!
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Please disregard the date stamp on the photos. It reset with the batteries and I never noticed, LOL.

After a restless night I woke up feeling like a truck had hit me and putting my feet to the floor was one of the hardest things in the world to do. Amazingly I was up before the wake-up call arrived and DS was stirring in the next bed. He is a VERY early riser at home and no matter his bed time he always wakes up between 6-7am. He NEVER sleeps in. Because of this and the fact he doesn’t take a nap he has an early bed time. I was still surprised he was waking up on his own this morning. Since we were the only ones awake we cuddled for a few minutes but we were both anxious to get on the move.

I allowed DS to jump on DH until he got up (sorry) and I started pulling out the day’s outfits and getting things ready. We were all up and almost ready by the time our wake-up call came. We were ready and out the door well before we had planned!

Since we hadn’t really taken the time to really let the kids explore the lobby yet we took our time. The kids LOVED the WL lobby and even now when we talk about WDW he talks about the bridge, lol.




Like I said before I can see why the WL is the favorite resort of kid’s. It is great for exploring and there is a ton of room to let them spread out without them beign out of eye shot. After we let the kiddos explore a bit we rubbed Humphrey’s nose and headed out to the busses. I am pretty sure there was a bus waiting when we got there and we got right on with no wait. It was then we noticed that DS was missing his new Toy Story Bo Peep and he must have laid it down in the lobby. He was upset but I held hope that someone would turn it in.











We arrived at DHS fast and we were excited to get a move on! It was pretty busy and crowded but we were a bit ahead of schedule so we headed for TSM to grab FP’s hopefully! We were able to grab FP for 12:45-1:45 and headed back to find Hollywood and Vine. At first we took our time and took some photos as we looked but then we passed it. For some reason we walked by it 3 times before we realized it was in front of us!





I checked us in and we sat on the patio and melted for a few moments:




This meal is one that I wasn’t sure about the kid’s and the characters since they don’t really know JoJo and Goliath but love the Little Einsteins. We were seated to the right, nearly directly in the middle. I have to say that our waiter here was my favorite of the entire trip! He was attentive and great with the kids! The restaurant was almost empty since we missed the breakfast crowd.

We were able to grab some food from the buffet before any characters made it to our table. The food here was comparable to Crystal Palace and neither DH or I had any complaints, DH again liked the omelet station. The kids ate muffins and I believe (though it doesn’t show up in the photos) that I had a bowl of oatmeal that they ate a few bites of.

First up was JoJo and I learned a lesson. It doesn’t matter who the character is, DS loves them! He was as happy to see JoJo as he was to see Mickey. DD touched hands and that was a stretch for her.







Then it was time for the entertainment and although we tried to get DS to go up and join he was being a bit shy. He did sing along from his chair or standing beside his chair but he didn’t dare step into the “party area”.
Finding Mickey during the "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Theme Song":


Leo was next and DS jumped up for his hug. Leo saw DS’s Buzz and even picked him up and zoomed him around a bit. DD was very uncomfortable with Leo and wouldn’t even touch his hand. DS kept saying “Lorelai its okay its little Leo,” over and over.







Then it was time for another song or two. This time DS got into it a bit more but didn’t join the crowd yet. He did yell as loud as he could when our side needed to yell “DOG” for the “HOT DOG” competition.







June was next and DS seemed determined that DD was going to like her. He was insistent saying “Lorelai, she’s a PRINCESS like you.” What a kid we have! He is such a great big brother! She did however warm up to June and even allowed her to get close enough for a picture and gave her a hug!





Goliath made his way next but DD want NOTHING AT ALL to do with him and she seemed to have satisfied DS’s need for her character interaction for the day since he enjoyed Goliath all himself.



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Again it was time for more music! At this point it was a little annoying but we had finished our breakfast for the most part so I let DD down to dance and that gave DS the courage to go up as well. They boogied down!






Now for some reason at this point DD got upset but I canít remember why. She wasnít screaming but I she was crying a bit. When our waiter came with our checks he brought both DD and DS a star glow cube that was flashing. It instantly made DD stop! Great Pixie Dust! Great CM!

Before leaving we posed for a few pics and hugs with the entranceway display, lol.




Since we didnít have a touring plan we figured weíd wing it, how hard could it be! More famous last words and lessons to learn from for our next trip! We stopped to take a couple Photopass pics but the CMís camera wasnít scanning the cards so she told us to go to the camera station to have them uploaded before we left.


Since we had a little while until our FPís for TSM were good we decided to stop in for Playhouse Disney Live. The line was long but the wait for the next show was close so we got in line.

Here began my first encounter with losing a child in WDW. For some reason while we were in line the line suddenly moved drastically (the doors did not open yet). DS was walking right beside us but all the sudden he was GONE. I have no idea how; he must have ducked under the bars or something. I left DH with DD and I was yelling for him but nothing. I was fighting against people trying to retrace backwards, it was obvious I had lost a child but no one was moving out of my way most just looked annoyed. I finally found him buried in a group a good ways away. He had no idea he was lost.

We entered Playhouse Disney live and sat to the left right in front of the stage really. The show was pretty good but it didnít really keep the kidís attention. The bubbles were their favorite and it was very hard to get them to sit back down after the bubbles. DD was restless and took off toward the stage before I could stop her. The CM at the stairs stopped her in time. She wasnít the only one though many kids headed that way as well!






DD making a run for it:


It was still a few until we could enter TSM so we decided to hit The Little Mermaid. It is amazing to me the size of stroller parking in that area. It is huge!!! It would be very easy to lose your stroller there! We parked the stroller and headed into a nearly empty queue with not a cloud in the sky. See where this is heading? It was a beautiful day! We were nearly alone in the waiting area and most people were sitting down against the walls, so thatís what we did as well. The doors were closed to the outside so it was nice and cool. The kids were exploring a bit and we relaxed.

Then out of nowhere the doors slung open and we were invaded by TONS of people. It was crazy! Then we noticed that it was not only raining outside but POURING!!!!! HARD!!!! I didnít cover the stroller and we had left our backpack hanging on the back of it. There was nothing to do about it now, it was already wet but the rest of our wait wasnít that fun with the crowd that had descended to get out of the monsoon outside!

The show was good and I canít wait to go back since The Little Mermaid is DDís favorite princess now. She doesnít remember the show so it will be great for her! The bubbles did send the kiddos into another fit of trying to reach as many as possible and pop them, but at least they didnít have as far to move as in PDL so it was over faster. The one thing I remember about the show that Ariel ďflappingĒ her tail was distracting to me, I felt like I was a drinking game at times, lol.

When we exited it was still raining so I moved to the side into the gift shop and let DH run to find the stroller. As expected it was drenched but the backpack had stayed mostly dry shielded by the stroller. I tried to dry the seats as much as possible with the towel that had been in the backpack and the kids climbed in with very few complaints.

Next Up: WOODYíS ROUNDUP!!! Or TSM to those who are technical!
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I just had to add this video of the kiddos doing the "CHA CHA CHA" that morning.

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What I still remember from that morning is that even though it was hotter than blazes out that morning...notice the pic of me with my towel wiping the beads of sweat from my face, is that from the first moment upon walking into Hollywood and Vine, it was like walking into the artic circle.

They must have cranked the air conditioning, cause I swear the temperature had to have been in the 30's and that is no joke. I remember my sniffles coming, and coming quickly, and I had to ask for additional napkins to keep one situated on my nose at all times.
Other than that, the meal was great...and DW was right, I did love their omelette station.

Now as for the rain...if I can pass along any helpful hints...it would be to cover your stroller or anything else you are leaving behind while attending a show or riding a ride. Even if the Sun is out and the sky is blue. That is exactly how it looked as we stood inside for the Little Mermaid show, but it amazed me how fast and furious it came about. Good thing the Sun showed up shortly after and dried the stroller in just minutes.
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It did end up being a strange day for weather for sure. One minute it was a monsoon the next it was blazing hot.
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Wow! Iím actually shocked we managed to avoid a similar predicament. My two kept bumping the fans against their heads.


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Then out of nowhere the doors slung open and we were invaded by TONS of people. It was crazy! Then we noticed that it was not only raining outside but POURING!!!!! HARD!!!! I didnít cover the stroller and we had left our backpack hanging on the back of it. There was nothing to do about it now, it was already wet but the rest of our wait wasnít that fun with the crowd that had descended to get out of the monsoon outside!
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Those instant monsoons they have down there are a trip!
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Here is another picture packed update that has to be split in two!

After the show it was finally time for TSM!


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We handed in our FP’s (which were already gone for the day by that time) and we headed into the FP queue. We still had quite a wait even with our FP’s!



We grabbed our 3-D glasses and finally got into our cars. I rode with DD and she had no interest in the game portion but she did like the “show”.

I have to say we all loved the ride very much! I can’t remember what my score was (I think it was respectable and in the 80,000’s) but I know DH beat me. DS did pretty good as well! It was an immediate “again again” from DS, and let’s be honest, from DH and myself. But the wait was out the door and there was no way we would or could wait.

Our next course of action was meltdown control in the form of snacks! DD and DS are snackers and that was our deciding factor on buying the DxDDP, we got 2 snacks per day per person for a total of 6 snacks a day and we didn’t have to worry about it. We grabbed popcorn for the kids and I got a Mickey Ice Cream and I think DH got something but I don’t remember what it was. While I was standing in line DH ran up to me and grabbed the camera from the case, grabbed DS and ran away. I had no idea what was going on.

After I got the snacks (hands full, trying to steer the double stroller at the same time) I tried to maneuver through the HUGE crowd outside of TSM and finally found DS next in line to meet a Toy Soldier. I think these are some of the coolest characters at DHS and DS LOVED him. You can’t see the crowd in the picture because the character handler moved us down a bit from TSM. The soldier guided DS with him holding his hand. It was great seeing how much DS loved all the characters.







We had made the decision at breakfast that this was a do or die day, no hotel breaks would be taken since the bus ride was longer than expected. At this point we should have consulted the show schedules and headed for a show, but we were rookies and figured we’d hit them in the evening (note this is a BAD plan!). We took a stroll not really looking at the map and ended up here:



I love that Disney adds hidden touches everywhere and if you didn’t know what it was you would walk right by it, which is what everyone was doing. I nearly screamed when I saw it! DH had no clue what it was or why I was excited. He got the camera ready and I did my pose! And down came the water! You can’t see it in my photo but it was there! DH was now excited and wanted a picture but tried and tried but no water came.



By this time other people had stopped to watch us and they now could enjoy the hidden treasure and we didn’t want to hog it so we headed off again! We did however have a loose destination, we wanted to find Cars! We ended up asking a passing CM for directions and found them in no time. There was a bit of a line but it was fairly fast and we made pressed pennies while we waited.

I have to say the Character Handler and the photographer were very rude here! They were shuffling people through and when DD was a bit afraid of Mater they didn’t even allow me enough time to calm her down for a photo.


DS was pushed out of the way (not literally but the other kid was called) and DS didn’t even get to pose with Mater. We managed to get this photo but the CM was not happy and was looking at us like we were doing something wrong.


At this point we really had no direction on where we were going, again we should have gone to a show at this point but we were newbies and didn’t think it through. Instead we headed around the corner and another corner and another corner looking for Muppets 3-D.


It took forever it felt like! We are not Muppets fans but we like 3-D and we figured we would like it. We of course had to take a pit stop at the Muppets’ water fountain with our insane love of water fountains.




I am not kidding that it is insane. The kids FREAKED over the water fountains and waterfalls! Pulling them away from them was like pulling teeth. There was screaming and crying and yelling…. “water, water, water” like they were dehydrating and that fountain was their link to life. When we got back from WDW we took a trip to an outdoor mall to the Disney Store (WDW withdraw) that weekend to get DS a new Wall-E since he had broke his. The mall apparently has a thing for fountains as well since they are EVERYWHERE! It was a disaster and they screamed the entire time trying to get to every fountain.

We headed into Muppet’s 3-D and stood in the loading area which if I wasn’t holding a very heavy DD I would have enjoyed exploring but it was packed and DD and DS wanted to see the TV’s. At this point DH and I realized we didn’t like the Muppets and DD and DS had no clue who they were, “What were we waiting to see?” But we were already committed so we stood and stood and stood and stood.

We must have just missed going in to a show but it was packed already. By the time we sat down in the theater I was bored stiff! The show didn’t do much to lighten our mood since I fell asleep I was so bored and the 3-D seemed so forced. I like the style of 3-D more in Mickey’s Philharmagic so I wasn’t really into the show. The kids and DH weren’t really impressed either and DD straight out refused to wear her glasses.

We headed back out to make the very long trudge back to the stroller and the kid’s popcorn which they had whined about the entire wait. We were happy to let them sit and enjoy the popcorn and we explored the “Streets of America”. We again didn’t have an agenda just time and we walked around and enjoyed. I am looking forward to visiting here again during the “Osborne Lights” this year. If the kids would have been in better moods we could have got some great pictures!



TONS MORE PHOTOS UP NEXT!!!
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Before long we came upon a world of Jedi and Sith! The Jedi training was about to begin and there was already a big crowd around the stage. I ask DH if he wanted to try and get DS closer but he said they would ride ďStar ToursĒ instead. Fine by me! DD was grumpy and I needed a break!

Us girlies headed into the outside seating area for the CS restaurant. I parked my tired tushie under a table umbrella and grabbed the stroller fan out of the backpack and positioned it on the handles for a nice breeze. I knew I could get DD to sleep if I kept her moving so thatís just what I did.

She was out like a light in minutes and I sat there enjoying my Disney quiet. The seating area was completely empty besides me and DD and it was very relaxing. I tried checking my voicemail since we had been so busy we hadnít even talked to my mom since we arrived and had been playing phone tag with her, but there was barely any service where I was sitting so accepted defeat and took to studying the shows schedule. DH did not want to see the car stunt show but he had wanted to see Indiana Jones, and so did I. This is when I realized we had been looking at the wrong day of scheduling and the last show we could have watched was about to start! There was nothing I could do at this point but wait for DH to come and break the news!

As I was waiting I was watching the Jedi Training from afar and I could have sworn that DS was on stage. The kid looked just like him and his shirt was the same color! I almost was upset at DH for not coming to get me! Then DH and DS walk back from the opposite way! DH and DS finally arrived back I could tell DH wasnít too impressed with the ride but DS liked it well enough. I broke the news and we tried to make it to the show but we were pretty late!

There were other showings but the timing was bad for us since we had an early dinner ADR at The Brown Derby for a Fantasmic package. We were not giving that up! We consulted the times schedule and everything we wanted to see just didnít work out for our schedule. We decided the shows of DHS would wait for another trip (which we were already sure was going to happen) and decided to let the day be what it wanted and that was relaxing.

Since it was close to time for the Block Party Parade and although DD was passed out DS was ready to boogie!! While DH scoped out a place to watch the parade and I took DS on a hunt for a potty and cold snacks and drinks. Does anyone else think they hide the bathrooms in DHS?

I didnít have our map so I actually found the guest information area while looking for the bathrooms and DS fell in love! Another strange obsession is maps for him. He loves them! I was cleaning out my Disney planner to start new and found some park maps I brought home and gave them to him, he was ecstatic!

We finally found a bathroom hidden at the back of the alley across from Starring Rolls. It was crazy hidden IMO and we almost didnít make it! DS had to GO! After our potty break we were on the search for cold caffeine and I had promised DS ice cream. Luckily they had a snack vendor near the map we had found and we headed back there. DS was literally bouncing around waiting for his ice cream Mickey! He was so excited! I grabbed DH and I pops, yes pops Iím a northern girl now and DH broke me of my southern habit of calling everything coke. Then we headed to find DH and DD. We found them pretty close to us actually and DH had a great story to tell about Disney at its best. Iíll let him share it!

I let DS sit down on the edge of the sidewalk and opened his Mickey Bar. It was crazy hot out and DS tends to be a SLOW eater even with ice cream and it began melting instantly. I tried to speed him up but he was so distracted with the performers he went at his own pace. I did manage to get a few pictures of DS and his first Mickey Bar before the inevitable happened and part of it fell to the ground. He was so upset but luckily promises of another one later and the parade starting made him happy.









As for the Block Party Bash, we loved it! DD slept through the entire thing and only stirred during this part:


When we were competing with the other side of the street. It wasnít enough to wake her up though, she was out! Pixar movies are DHís favorite Disney movies so he loved the parade and tried (and mostly succeeded) to take pictures of every Pixar character in the parade, but he missed his favorite. I loved the Toy Soldiers! They were so fun!




When they started pulling people from the audience for the ďdance partyĒ DS was chosen and we were a bit surprised how willing he was to just walk away and join the parade! He was fantastic and so adorable!














We watched the rest of the party and hated when it was over! We had a little bit until our ADR at Brown Derby and we were all ready for some quiet. DS was begging to go back to the map so we headed over to let him see it again. On the way we saw parts of BPB again and DH finally got a picture of his favorite character!



By the time we got there (a quick 2 minute walk if that) he was asleep! This made the decision for us that we were not going on any rides now! LOL Instead we decided to explore a bit more and found a great little quiet nook down next to Echo Lake. It was perfect, quite, shaded and uncrowded. I am not sure how long we sat there just talking and letting the kids sleep. It was a perfect Disney moment in my opinion and one of my best memories from the trip. We were able to talk about everything that had happened so far in the trip and just enjoy the moment.






DD woke up after quite a while and got a treat as well:


We donít let the kids have pop very often so this made her happy! I knew they needed a bit of a snack but dinner was close. DH ran to find them something, my request was apples and he delivered! He returned with two packs of apple slices! DD seemed to enjoy our relaxation spot as well and loved the view and the ducks!








We decided after a long while that we needed to clean up for our ADR as DS was waking up. I didnít bring me and DH extra clothes since I assumed we were going back to the resort, oh well. We headed to the hidden bathrooms and I gave DH strict instructions on what to do. Wipe DS down with cool wet paper towels to clean and refresh him then put on his clean clothes. And I would do the same with DD. Apparently DS gave DH a run for his money and pulled a meltdown the DD would have been proud of! DD on the other hand was fantastic and even let me fix her hair!

We stopped and took some photos before heading in for our ADR!






NEXT UP: A ďGoofyĒ phone call and our first Signature Meal!
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