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Old 10-02-2009, 01:52 PM   #31
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Day 4: Dinner at the Crystal Palace

Warning: If you are a Disboutiquer, don’t look at my kid’s costumes. DD1 went as Cinderella. I made her a tutu with a slip skirt underneath to keep the itchies off of her legs and to hide her diaper. Then I cheated and had my DD9 use her bejeweler to create a crown on a tank top I purchased since I ran out of time to create a top. Then DS4’s outfit was a white t-shirt that was cut to look like a pirate after I ripped the seams out of the arms and bottom prior to cutting in the triangle cuts. I sewed him a pair of pirate pants and a belt. I also took an extra pirate from the material and sewed it on to the shirt to give it character, but I don’t know how to keep the edges from fraying. Then I used some scrap material to make DD9 a Sharpay prom dress and she bejeweled the front of it to make it fancier. I have never had sewing lessons and I purchased a sewing machine and an instruction book about 9 years ago. After DS4 was born I purchased a serger, but I can only make weighted therapy blankets with it. I am sure it can do so much more, but I do not know how. Anyway, that is how their costumes were created for this special night!





We started by eating at the Crystal Palace. I thought the characters would be in costume, but they were not. The restaurant was about 30 minutes behind. We met a wonderful family from Canada who was there with their son in his Wish trip while we waited.

Then we were seated. Piglet came right away. Piglet is DD9’s favorite character or he used to be. She has over 50 stuffed Piglets.

















I went to get some food. I tried to get in line for the main entrees while skipping the salad section and the people in front of me kept moving forward and going backwards. I started up a conversation with a nice gentleman behind me about how I could not seem to navigate the line. It turns out that he works with special needs adults. He was there with his mom, but he was coming back in October with the other adults and they were so excited about his trip. He complimented me on my shirt and asked where I got it. I told him that I made it two years ago from a design on Disboards. He asked if the designers charged for their designs and I said, “No”. He was familiar with Disboards and said he would check it out. He then also complimented me on the kids’ costumes when he saw them. I also shared with him their autograph books and he then decided I was a future Martha Stewart. I wish I could take credit, but I just printed the stuff that others designed. The only thing I did was sew some very basic costumes for the kids. I bumped into him a few more times at the buffet and we conversed some more. He was so friendly and he stopped by the table to say bye before they left. It turns out he was sitting two tables over from us!

Here are the pictures from the rest of dinner. You can see DD1 being scared and DS4 being overly excited while DD9 is just happy! It was a fun dinner.



















Next up, a Dis-meet and the MNSSHP!
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Old 10-02-2009, 04:44 PM   #33
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Welcome! I have 4 1/2 more days to write about. I hope you enjoy!
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Evening of Day 4: MNSSHP and a Dis-Meet!

Now I was supposed to meet Corrine 1973 and her family at the County Fair at 7:00 PM. We left dinner at 7:03 PM and we still had to walk to Toon Town. I called her and they had just arrived and were in the shop across from it purchasing something. I called her back when we arrived and a few minutes later she came across with her brother and her 3 kids. All 6 kids were now super excited to meet new friends.

First we asked to go and see the princesses. We showed the character attendant both of our GACs. We only had to wait a few minutes. The kids were so excited. This year it was Aurora and Phillip along with Cinderella and Prince Charming. It was a little chaotic at first. We did individual family photos and group photos.

First are my DH and three kids with Corrine 1973 and her 3 kids.



I am not sure what happened to the rest of my family’s photos with Aurora and Phillip, but I know there are some on the Photopass once it arrives.

Next we met Cinderella and Prince Charming. During MNSSHP is one of the few times guests can meet princesses with the princes that I know of.



Next Corrine 1973 and her family are photographed with me and my family.





Now we are exiting again and who should be in the hallway to the exit, but Alice!





After photos with Alice, the character handler asked us to follow her to Pixie Hollow. So we all went to Pixie Hollow. The kids loved watching the flashing lights on the walls and ceiling that represented the fairies in the hollow.





Finally, it was our turn to meet the fairies. Tonight only Tinkerbell was present. She explained that Irridessa was preparing for the fireworks show.







Then while Tinkerbell was signing autograph books, the kids all climbed into the chipped tea cup. They had more fun in it than meeting Tinkerbell!



Then my DD1 got to meet her favorite character, Tinkerbell and give her a hug. She was going to be Tinkerbell for Halloween, but the fabric store did not have any light green or lime green tulle so she became Cinderella.



We went down the exit hallway again and this time the Mad Hatter was there with Alice, but Alice had to leave. We said that we had met her so it was ok.





Then as we were finishing up our pictures, the stepmom from Cinderella and her two daughters walked past us. We were asked to follow them to another location and the kids got to meet the three of them.

Drizella took to DD1 and played with her.







Lady Tremaine was her nasty mean self unless you told her one of her daughters was beautiful. DS4 really took to Anastasia. However, Lady Tremaine said that unless he was rich she could not marry him. Then DS4 lifted up the dark green part of her dress. Now the light green part was still down and nothing showed, but my husband was mortified. To make matters worse Lady Tremaine chastised him and told him that it was not gentlemanly. I thought it was funny, but I was the only one. What can you expect from a curious special needs 4 year old?

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Evening of Day 4: MNSSHP Parade

By this point it was about 7:45 and the first parade started at 8:15 so we decided to try and catch the first parade. We went to where the cast member at the park entrance told me to go for handicapped seating. In the process my DH went one way and Corrine and I went the other. We tried to get into the handicapped seating area by showing our stroller as a wheelchair tag and we were denied access. Before I could argue more my DH called and he was a few feet down the rope line. The cast member at that end of the line let us in. I did write a letter to Disney about the many problems we had with cast members each having their own policies on what wheelchairs could and could not do in the parks. I received a phone call yesterday letting me know that my letter was received. I was thanked for writing it and told it would be sent to the vice president of operations for the Magic Kingdom. I turned this 3 page letter in on the 17th of September and I got a call that it was being forwarded on Oct. 1st. Maybe the problem will be solved before we go back in November. I tried!

Then the parade started. I will apologize in advance, but I took lots of photos of the parade and I am only putting about half of them in this report!

















Captain Hook and Tic Toc were next:









Next up were the pirate dancers and the pirate float:







Now for the part you have all been waiting for: Johnny Depp. We had been told that he was in the Friday parade and we were hoping it was him again tonight. I did not get a really good picture. I noticed that the pirate’s hands were older looking than a younger cast member’s might have been. It was confirmed a few days later that is was Mr. Depp! The cast member told me that he loves Halloween time at Disney World and he often pops in and plays Captain Jack in the parade. He said that he also posses for pictures outside of the pirate attraction. He first arranges everyone where he wants them and then he walks off right before the picture and when they protest, he explains that he is a pirate. However, he always comes back for the photo. They keep it very hush hush when he is there so if you ask cast members most of them won’t know. I think this is too cool!











Corrine 1973 videoed the parade and her brother took photos so I can only hope that one of them got a better shot than me!
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Evening of Day 4: MNSSHP Parade Cont…

After the pirates were my favorite part of the parade, the Haunted Mansion dancers, ghosts and float. I love how the shovels scrape the pavement to create sparks that light up the night. They have some fabulously talented dancers. They were also dealing with wet pavement as it had been raining for the first part of the party and the headless horseman did not ride.























Next up were some familiar and some more unique Disney characters.













Then the villains came out in all of their glory.











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Evening of Day 4: MNSSHP Parade Cont…

Then Pluto and Goofy came with Candy Distributors and the end of the parade!











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Evening of Day 4: MNSSHP Cont… HalloWishes & Villains Mix & Mingle

After the parade Corrine 1973 and her family had not eaten so we headed towards Frontierland. My DH took them to The Golden Oak Outpost. I headed over to the Frontierland Trading Post. I had promised a friend I would purchase the framed pin set for her. It was only available during the party and she had the sets from the last 2 years. The shipped it for free and if you had a Disney Visa you saved 10%. While Corrine 1973 and her family were eating, my DH and kids trick-or-treated some more. I caught up with them outside of the pirates ride. We were invited into the Pirate’s League and they were handing out candy in there. When we exited there we were in the store outside of pirates. A cast member greeted us with a bowl of rubbery bugs and invited us to hunt for a gem. I pulled out a bug. She let me hunt until I found a gem. I got to keep my gem and the bug. We each took a turn doing this. Since Corrine 1973 and her family were not with us, my DH gave her kids some bugs when we met back up with them. I also tried to find out where Abu would be and after numerous phone calls between cast members no one seemed to have an answer. We never found him. Then the whole group got back together. We did some more trick or treating.

Then we decided to ride the Haunted Mansion. The guys went first. Then it was our turn to go. There was no line and we told the cast member that we wanted to skip the opening show since our special needs child was scared. She said ok and had us wait a minute. Then she led us down a hallway and told us to go through a door. We did. The cast member on the other end of the door said that we could not be there without a cast member escort. He sent us back to the handicapped entrance and said that someone would be with us shortly. Fifteen minutes later no one had arrived. Finally, an official looking person showed up and I told her the story. She put us right on the ride and apologized. She told us her name and told us we could stay on the ride a second time if we wanted, but it was not going to happen. This incident also went in my three page letter. The letter did also include some compliments for staff members.

After this we went to see the 9:30 showing of HalloWishes! It was amazing. They put holographic characters on the castle and lit up the castle in different colors to go along with the Halloween music and fireworks. I love these fireworks. I tried to take some photos of them.

























Next we did a little bit of shopping in the official store for the party, The Merchants of Venus. It did not have all of the party merchandise. We were told that one shirt only came in kid’s sizes and later saw it in another store in adult sizes. I know that it was one of the first parties and the rain wrecked havoc on the set up of things, but it was very disorganized.

Then we all went to the 10:05 viewing of the Villains Mix and Mingle. By this point we had two sleeping children.

















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Evening of Day 4: MNSSHP: A conclusion

Ok, now that you are all tired of looking at pictures, I will finish with my last 25 and the rest of the story. During the night I made a wonderful new friend, Corrine. She is a fabulous mom and I don’t know how she does it with taking care of three fabulous kids!

We decided to try the Get Up and Boogie Dance Party in Ariel’s Grotto. The character’s costumes were so cute. The characters roamed around the dance floor and made sure to acknowledge each child.

















Next, we were heading to Toon Town to trick or treat. We ran into Pooh and Eeyore. We also met George. George is a caring and compassionate character handler. He told us that the Seven Dwarves would be coming out in five minutes if we would like to wait to meet them. We told him that we would come back and he told us that we would have to be back by Midnight.





Prior to starting down the trick or treat trail we saw Perla and then Mary so my DD9 had to have her photos taken with them.





Earlier in the evening the trick or treat trail had been closed and we had trick or treated through Minnie and Mickey Mouse’s houses. We had lined up to meet Mickey, but people in the line stated that they had been waiting an hour and the line had not moved. We could not find any cast members to assist us when a cast member came out and apologized for the delay. She told us Minnie would be meeting people in her outdoor gazebo and only Mickey would be in the Judge’s Tent since the rain had stopped. We decided not to wait.

We went down the trail from Toon Town to Tomorrowland. Even though the rain was gone, no characters were on the trail which was disappointing. I took a few photos of the signs.





We made it to the Boo-gie Dance Party. Stitch was there! DS4 had more fun playing with the hula hoops.













At this point Corrine 1973’s oldest son, my oldest daughter, my DH and her brother decided to go and ride Buzz Lightyear Spin. The cast members started picking up the hula hoops and it was 10 til 12 so we decided to try to go and see the 7 Dwarves. We made it!

I took DD1 out of the stroller and unbuckled DS4. Corrine 1973 took her youngest out of the stroller and then the stroller with her daughter started to tip. We caught it right before it hit the ground. While this was going on we lost DS4. It was our turn and the Dwarves were leaving. We were the last group. So, we took the picture.



The whole time I am yelling for DS4. I have no idea where he went. George is looking for him. Remember, Rosa from one of our first days? She is also looking for him. We keep yelling and he finally returns from somewhere over by Toon Town. We were by a fence diagonally across from the Tea Cups ride. Corrine 1973 had worked some sort of magic with the cast members. They allowed me to pick him up and take a picture with the Dwarves. In the middle of all of the chaos, my DH called and asked where we were and I told him and I told him that I lost DS4. Well the magic continues. DS4 got to give high 5’s to each of the Dwarves as they walked off. I was only able to get pictures of three of them as my flash was not resetting quick enough.









We said our goodbyes and hugged our new friends. We were glad we were able to share an evening of their Wish trip with them!
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More, more Really enjoying reading about your trip so far, can't wait to read the rest...
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I promise more will come, but you may have to wait until Monday. I am so glad you like it so far! I have to coach both my 4 year olds and my 9 year olds soccer games tomorrow. I also need to paint the living room. We just moved into a new house 3 weeks before our trip and so far I have only painted the 3 kids rooms and my office.
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What wonderful pictures!! Thank you for taking the time to upload them and share your awesome trip with us!!

I have to tell you, when you post your frustrations, and your dh's reactions - hah - btdt!! I know what you mean!! We also went thru some not so magical experiences, and dh was mortified, and I was incensed! (trying to use a fast pass that was expired time - late by one hour DUE TO DD medical issues! But we had a not so magical experience at Epcot Guest Relations - she told me that GAC were ONLY for Autistic kids!! I am so grateful to all I learned from Disboards! Since that trip we had one other trip - and it went so smoothly - but like you we dont like to use the GAC - but its nice to have if you get a CM that tries to ruin the magic!!

Also - I loved your Halloween sewing!! and Johnny DEPP!! WOW

The pictures from your MNSSHP make me want to try it once more!! shocking that!!
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