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Old 09-25-2009, 01:41 PM   #16
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Look at DD1’s face as she views Small World:

Priceless....Just priceless!


I love all of your pictures! They are really, really good!

And I love the rainbow picture.

Seeing a rainbow in the Magic Kingdom would be SO COOL.
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Hi there! I am enjoying reading your trip report! We were at Pop 9/15-9/22 and actually rode back to the resort on a bus from Epcot with your family one night. LOL Sounds like you guys had a great trip!
I am so glad you found my trip report! Welcome!
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Hey!! Looks like you had fun!! Love the new haircut!! We'll have to get together once the "dust" settles!!
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Hey!! Looks like you had fun!! Love the new haircut!! We'll have to get together once the "dust" settles!!
Thanks about the haircut! I heard your little ones were sick. I hope they are feeling better. Hayley came home from Disney with and ear infection and bronchitis. She is feeling better now. The other two had coughs which are slowly going away. I hope to post some more pictures and report info. tomorrow! I need to go coach 4 year old soccer practice now!
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Start to Day 3

This morning started a little rough. We decided to have breakfast at Pop Century’s Food Court. My DH went to get the food while I got the three kids seated. While we were trying to help everyone with their food, DS4 put too much food in his mouth at once. This happens almost every meal, but we normally watch him more closely and remind him to take little bites. It was too late. He choked and up came all of breakfast. So, while I cleaned up the mess and DH took DS4 back to the room for a new outfit.

We finally get everyone ready for the day and head to the Animal Kingdom. Timon was out with Ratcliffe from Pocahontas. My DH was in line with the kids to meet Timon. There was no one in line for Ratcliffe so I went to ask the cast member if with DS4’s card he could meet Timon. He said no problem. Then another cast member came over after I pulled the family out of line and at this point they were only 3rd in line and he said no because we did not have a green stamp. Well DH is furious with me and takes a picture with Ratcliffe and then walks off with the two little ones while I am escorted by the cast member to guest relations.



A manager comes over to ask what the problem is and the cast member was gone by this point. I explained the situation to him. He tells me that my card does not need a green stamp since a green stamp only means that your child is staying at Give Kids the World. It does not grant you any extra privileges. He apologizes and says that they character handler should have recognized my card. We go back out to talk to the character handler, but they are no longer out. Now, DD9 is with me this whole time. We go back to customer service and the manager asked some more questions about DS4 and it turns out we were missing one of the stroller as a wheelchair stamps on our card so he stamps it with that stamp and the green stamp. He explains that we should not need it, but if it will make our visit smoother he will add all of the possible stamps we may need. He also lets us know that in case anyone asks that Give Kids the World is a resort where many Wish kids stay during their visit to Disney World. It is now a truly magic card! I manage to reach my DH on the cell phone and he is no longer mad and the two little ones are looking at animals as they slowly stroll through the park.



Next we decide to head to Camp Minnie Mickey. We see Chip and Dale and get in line to meet them.





At this point all of the characters are just out in the street area, but within a few minutes they are all moved to their covered pavilions. DD1 and DS4 decide that they are afraid of characters again this morning.

Then DS4 came out and reluctantly gave Donald Duck his autograph book.





However, Koda and Kenai scared them!



When we met Goofy, they were a little less scared.





Then DD1 decided that Minnie Mouse was friendly.



DS4 wanted to hold Mickey Mouse’s hand.





After this exhausting visit we decided to go see the next showing of the Lion King. We were seated in the Pumba section. DS4 really liked this show, but he was a little scared when Pumba sat right next to him. DD9 was picked to be part of the show, but she was too scared and did not go.












Then we decided to ride the safari. On the way to the safari we ran into a character line. It was none other than Stitch! We used our pass to go up the exit as the line was long and in the sun. DS4 does not tolerate the sun well and turns bright red, but he does not sweat. One rude gentleman told us that the back of the line was back there and pointed to it. I heard the cast member quietly whisper to him that DS4 was special needs and he had a special card to allow him to go in the exit line. My husband was very embarrassed at this point and we did not use the card for characters for some time after this. He thought it was rude to cut in line even though Disney said it was ok. DS4 was so excited to see “his” Stitch!













More of day 3 to come later…..
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Midday - Day 3

We decided to go through the jungle trek and see the tigers. Our zoo recently added tigers and the two littlest love them. However, today the tigers were in the corners of the exhibit and sleeping.



After walking through this section we decided it was time for lunch. Everyone else had the same idea. After I stood in line for about ten minutes I was given one of those timer things to present when I was handed my food. We were in line at the Flame Tree Barbecue. The problem was there were two lines for each register with one attendant per register. She would take an order from the left and then one from the right. The line was in the sun and it took thirty minutes to get through the line that only had 3 people ahead of me on my left side of the line. There were lots of new cast members that were being trained.

We went down and sat by the water to eat. We had a wonderful view of Everest.



Next we went on the Safari. The kids loved this ride. There were lots of animals out today and the driver would stop and let everyone look at the animals and take pictures. We were on the handicapped tram so I think she gave everyone an extra special tour. It was amazing!





Next we took the trail across from the Safari. DD9 loved the naked mole rats. The cast member was so excited that someone was interested in them that she told us all about how they lived and which one was the queen. It was fascinating.






Next we went to see the gorillas. At first they were laying down, but then they got up and put on a show for the guests.







It started to rain a little at this point so we headed to the baby care center to change diapers and take a break. We also strolled through the gift shop. We discovered that the handicapped area for the parade is right outside the baby care center so we stayed inside until the parade.



I love this parade. It is so bright and colorful and fun. The kids got over their fear of characters and I will let the parade photos speak for themselves.



















Then we went back to the hotel for a nap break. DH took DD9 swimming while the two little ones slept.

Then it was time for dinner. We had reservations at Kona. We decided to take the Magic Kingdom bus and then take the monorail to dinner. We stood in the handicapped lane of the bus lane for Magic Kingdom. Another mom and her two daughters joined us. One of her daughters was in a wheelchair. She is a dis member too so maybe she will stop by and say hi. The bus pulled up, opened the front doors, filled up the bus and drove off. The other mom and I just looked at each other in disbelief. Well, I have the bus dispatch number from a trip two years ago. I immediately got on the phone and called dispatch and gave them the bus number and told them what had just happened. They sent a second bus right away. This driver was not going to let us put the stroller on through the back doors, but then he saw the sticker and said, “ok”. We got to the Magic Kingdom and the bus supervisor met us when we got off the bus. He asked us to fill out an incident report. I did and the other mom was late for dinner reservations so she just signed my report and agreed with what I said. Then the supervisor asked if there was anything else he could do and we said that we were heading to Kona for dinner. He put us back on the bus and we had a personal bus ride to the Polynesian. When we got off at the Polynesian the bus driver apologized again for not recognizing DS’s handicapped sticker. The busses were a challenge all week!






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Old 10-01-2009, 10:31 AM   #22
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Evening – Day 3

We arrived at the Polynesian and took a few photos. I checked us in for dinner and their computer system was down so there would be a 30 minute wait. We took the kids on a tour of the Polynesian. The whole family received leis from the hostesses.






Dinner was good, but the service was slow. Our meal took over an hour and a half just because our server kept disappearing and not returning. She presented us with dessert menus and did not come back for 15 minutes to take our dessert order. Normally this would not be a big deal, but we wanted to go to the extra magic hours at Disney Studios and it was only open until 9:00 pm.







After dinner we took a bus to Disney Studios. While on the bus we were able to see Wishes and Illuminations as the bus driver pointed them out to us. We were the only people on the bus. We got to the park 30 minutes prior to closing. DH and DD9 went to ride the Rockin’ Rollercoaster. DD9 said that she did not like it.

I took the two little ones to the Playhouse Disney Dance Party. DS4 would not get out of the stroller and kept signing scared. DD1 stayed in the stroller until she saw Minnie Mouse and she made a bee line for her. DS4 decided that if DD1 wasn’t afraid, then he would go and say hi to Minnie before climbing back into the stroller.







Then Annie and Quincy from the Little Einsteins came out. DS4 wanted to get out and dance. He danced with Annie and the rest of the night. Most of his time was spent with Annie and the other kids did not want to dance with her since they wanted the Fab 5. DS4 had so much fun!

























When we returned to Pop I needed to ask a question at the front desk so we took some photos of the decorations while we were waiting.







Then it was time to call it a night!
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Ok! WOW!

First....awesome that you got the green light! With all of the issues you have been having with not being able to stay at GKTW - it was nice to be able to get one!

That parade looks AWESOME. I have never seen character interaction like that at the parade...wonderful!!

The BUS. For all of the people that complain on the DIS because of the people abusing wheelchairs, etc...and to have the bus just come and go like that. Thank you for taking the time to call. Thank you for filling out the forms! This will help us in December when we have Rachel with us.

You had a LONG day! Looks like you guys got a TON done. Lots of character interaction. Lots of rides. Awesome day!!!
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It was a long day, but breaks throughout the day help. The two little ones will also sleep in the stroller!
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Day 4: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Today we thought we would venture to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I keep calling it MGM, since that used to be its name.

We started with a ride that DS4 would not be scared of – Toy Story Mania. We missed a lot of the pre-ride decorations since we went in the handicapped lane. It was so nice not to have to carry a 38 lb. 4 year old and a 28 lb. 19 month old through the lines. Everyone loved this ride!





Then we went to the Narnia exhibit. I was not sure what to expect. The movie in the beginning was a little dark, but the kids made it through it. The costumes and props from the movie were great. We never did figure out where the meet and greet was so we skipped it.







Then we wandered through One Man’s Dream. I love this exhibit. I think it is often overlooked, but it is amazing the talent and imagination that Walt Disney had.























When we exited there were a few Army Men directing traffic in the street and interacting with guests.



Then DS4 saw Woody and Buzz through a window. Of course we had to go in and meet them!















Scroll down to the next post for more of Day 4. I can only add 25 pictures per post and I take too many photos!
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Day 4 cont…..

Next, DS4 saw Lighting McQueen. He could hardly wait his turn to go and see McQueen and Mater. He was so excited. Today we had given up on the baby’s shoes as she kept taking them off. I found one shoe when I was coming down the staircase a few days before after eating in the castle. I thought it was fitting that Cinderella lost her shoe. DD1 dresses up as Cinderella later in the week for MNSSHP. I am just glad I saw the show stuck in the railing. My DH had taken her to change her diaper and did not notice it had fallen off. Anyway, no shoes = no getting down to meet characters! DD9 agreed to carry her over to meet Lightning and Mater.







We were walking past the Muppets show and decided to go in. I grew up watching the Muppet Show on TV. I know I am showing my age, but I love the Muppets. The photo taken of Stadler and Waldorf in the balcony was taken without flash.







At DD9’s request we stopped to have lunch at Toy Story Pizza Planet. For a counter service meal, it is a lot of food and it is good. The pizza crust is thick and crispy. The meal comes with a salad, pizza, drink and a dessert. The kids got Mickey Mouse Rice Crispy treats for their desserts, but they were not still hungry so we saved them for later.





DD9 wanted to pose outside the Christmas shop.



We decided to visit Mike and Sully. We went to where the cast member told us their meet and greet was, but we only found Boo’s door. They had moved to a different location for today. We got in the regular line. A cast member walked up to us and told us that Sully would be leaving and we would only get to meet Mike. I showed him the Magic Card while my husband tried to hide. I asked if we could meet Sully on his way out. The cast member chastised me for not showing my card sooner and pulled us up to the front of the line to meet them both. I was just trying to be considerate of all of the other families in line.











Then the kids wanted to ride Toy Story Mania again, so we did.



Two years ago our family visited Disney and we did not see Lights, Motor Action. I was five months pregnant and I had seen it with my friend the year before. I remembered it being hot and in the sun. I agreed to see it this time. We all went in. The handicapped person and one other person sit in handicapped seating. The rest of the family or group sits on the bleachers a few rows higher up. DS4 started screaming before it started and so DH and I traded places. DS4 was hot and did not want to watch the show. I tried to calm him down. The show was running 15 minutes behind the scheduled start time. DS4 is scared of loud noises. The show started and we barely made it through the first “Ballet Sequence” before I got up and left with the two little ones.

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Day 4 cont… again….

I took DD1 and DS4 to the Animation Building to see what characters were there. We went in through the gift shop and as we exited there was Mr. and Mrs. Incredible with no wait!







Next, we went to see Sorcerer Mickey. I just waited in the line. DD1 was asleep and we were in air conditioning. When I got to the front the cast member chastised me and told me to always show my card and not wait in line.















After visiting Mickey I was instructed to show my card when meeting the Up characters, so I did. Half way through our visit DD9 and DH returned from the show. DH loved it and DD9 was complaining that it was too hot!













We left the animation building and were heading back to the hotel for naps prior to MNSSHP when who did we see, but Handy Manny. We had to detour!






Handy Manny wanted to take DD1 out of the stroller. So, we helped him get her out for the photos!










The day does not end here! Next up is dinner at the Crystal Palace followed by a special dis-meet with a Wish Family!
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Johnny Depp Sighting!

Is anyone out there still reading? Here is a preview of what is to come.... Captain Jack Sparrow played by none other than the real Johnny Depp!



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Is anyone out there still reading? Here is a preview of what is to come.... Captain Jack Sparrow played by none other than the real Johnny Depp!




I am!! LOL Finally caught up this morning!
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Oh my what a great report! Can't wait to read more
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