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Old 11-15-2009, 03:17 PM   #31
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No need to give me a push...I'm jumping right on in!
No pushing here...It is a strictly stand in line and take your turn kind of PTR... and keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times...

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Sooooo far behind on your TR but I'm getting in on this one from the start!!
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pssttttttt...

New Disney Couture bags just rolled out....

Not showing a new D&B yet but there are some mighty cute things!
Already with the enabling and I haven't even gotten out of the starting gate...I am in so much trouble...
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:26 PM   #32
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17 posts in and you start with the bag talk already?

Okay, I'm in.
Bag talk is fun sometimes...hmmm....btw...how did all that shopping go...you know Mr. Kenneth Cole/Steve Madden...J. Crew guy?....hehehehe....

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i read your last TR and am along for the ride!
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They have the D&B bag at the parks, although it's mighty hard to find. I may have succeeded though ...
Do you have a secret source...so tell what did you score...?...I'm waiting to buy till after Christmas...I want to see if they do come out with any other colors...

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I glad you are here and hopefully I can provide a little more soon...
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:40 PM   #33
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I'm here!!! (and before page 6! )

Your pics made me homesick for NYC. It's been too long since I've been back. I miss the MOMA!
Hey B......you should go back with Henry...for a family vaca...or not for a romantic trip......if you go off season you could get a good airfare...maybe we could have a Dis Meet in NY...

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I'm here! And it looks like we are just going to miss you - I have us planned to arrived on 10/14 next year!
Is everyone going right after us......I'm going to have to look at those dates...except Alice's BD is the 7th...Da*n...

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I still have a lot of catching up to do on your other report, but I wanted to be here from the start!!


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...Oh wow...you're back...that went fast for me so it must have flown for you...(except the illness...but you haven't gotten to that yet on your TR..you're just making it to the Airport......Welcome to the PTR...

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Old 11-15-2009, 03:53 PM   #34
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PPP!!!! OH no...I'm channeling my inner White Rabbit here (hope David doesn't mind) BUT I"M LATE...I'm LATE for a VERY important Date!!!! How in the world did I miss this...I swear I need a GPS just to find my way around the DIS sometimes!!

Well you can definitely count me in!! I can't wait to hear more about the adventures of your family!!!!!

Oh and Nobby says he'll be following along...he's interested in what his pal Jedi Mickey is up to!!!
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:06 PM   #35
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Hmmm...

I just had one of those startling realizations today that are so obvious that you think you should have obviously realized it already because it is so obvious...



Our trip to Paris/DLP is in 4 months + a week...

Our trip to WDW is in 10 months + a couple of weeks...

So what you might ask...?

Well the issue that I have just realized is this...

One week after we come back from Paris...will be our 180 days out from Alice's 16th at WDW so...

I have to plan that trip simultaneously with the Paris trip...



So that I will know what ADRs we need......to make the week after we return...

Because apparently... it is easier to get reservations to eat in restaurants in one of the dining capitals of the world (Paris) than it is to get a reservation at Le Cellier or CRT...

So I am starting to brainstorm both trips simultaneously... (well as of today at least...)

PARIS/DLP

Since Hatter and I have been to Paris before...I don't feel the need to go totally loco and see everything like mad...I want (this sounds so cliche) for the kids to get a feeling for the city and the cultural differences and just enjoy being there...with that in mind...my plan is to try not to do more than two major attractions a day...one in the morning and one in the afternoon with a lovely lunch out at a restaurant at lunch...

We may do a breakfast or two out as well as a dinner out...but I thought since we are renting an apartment that we would have the fun of going to the markets and having meals in the appartment as well...

Today I was also thinking (yes my head is hurting...) that it might be fun to have something kind of French for dinner once a week-like French Fridays and along with that maybe watch some movies after dinner to tie in... (especially for Rabbit) I've been trying to think of some Disney films...but as of now...I've only come up with three...

Aristocats...

Hunchback of Notre Dame...

& of course

Ratatouille...



I am blanking on any others...(I know some/many of the Princesses are French but there isn't anything overtly French about them...

Am I missing anything?

(The Madeline movie is cute too...not Disney but that's ok...


So while that's going on on one hand...

WDW/Alice's 16th BDAY...

I'm starting to think about how we are going to carry out Alice's B-day theme...(btw-we won't be going to AK this trip since it is shorter and we had a very AK/L focused trip last time around...

Since we'll be there for 6 days/ 5 nights (shorter than our usual week) in some ways I feel more pressure to make sure I pick the best ADRs since we'll be having less of them......so should I slavishly stick to the Alice i W/English kind of theme.......



or

mix it up a bit and add some more funky teenage kinds of stuff also...







ie...

very Alicey ADRs...

-Tea at the Grand Floridian
-Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare w/ Alice and the Mad Hatter and MP
-maybe a lunch or dinner at the Rose and Crown in the UK WS

in between ADRs...

-Birthday dinner at Cali Grill with cake (they've been doing some really nice stuff...I've been peeking at the Cake boards...I know I could do a Alice cake but I also saw a fabulous Haunted Mansion Cake...

not as Alicey-but I know she would like...

-dinner in Japan at Teppan Edo (with shopping in the Japanese Dept store...)
-dinner at the Whispering Canyon Cafe (since we are staying in the WL...)

What to do...what to do......Should I stick purely to the theme or mix it up...maybe like a cool, funky, modern Alice in Wonderland?

and meanwhile I want Rabbit to have a good time too since this is going to be a very Alice focused trip...






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Old 11-15-2009, 05:16 PM   #36
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Hey Patricia...I heard the commercial for this and thought I'd share. Looks interesting!

http://www.syfy.com/alice/index.php
Thanks for this......It does look pretty interesting...I'd like to see it...thanks for thinking of me...

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PPP!!!! OH no...I'm channeling my inner White Rabbit here (hope David doesn't mind) BUT I"M LATE...I'm LATE for a VERY important Date!!!! How in the world did I miss this...I swear I need a GPS just to find my way around the DIS sometimes!!

Well you can definitely count me in!! I can't wait to hear more about the adventures of your family!!!!!

Oh and Nobby says he'll be following along...he's interested in what his pal Jedi Mickey is up to!!!
I know what you mean about a GPS system to navigate the boards...

It's not important that your late but it's great that you're here now...

Oh yes...actually I have a few photos for Nobby to see...we had a gnome show up claiming to be Nobby see David but luckily JM was here to send the imposter packing...
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:28 PM   #37
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YIKES! I'm not suprised that your head hurts!

Your trip to Paris sounds so lovely!! Can I stow away in your bag?

What are DD's opinions on the trip in the fall? Let her pick a few of the meals and then throw a few suprises in there for her. I think WDW is a theme in and of itself really. Throwing another theme in on top of that may become a little overwhelming!
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:29 PM   #38
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I love the idea of French Fridays!! How cute!! That sounds like a really fun way to build up excitement for the trip.

As far as a theme for the WDW trip... I guess it depends what you guys like. Our theme is usually "Where can we find chicken nuggets?"
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:09 PM   #39
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Oh my goodness! I love the Young George Washington. He's so adorable!

You must eat at Rose & Crown...it's so yummy and I think you'd really like it. Have you been there before?

I kinda like the idea of mixing up the theme a bit. You can still do a lot of Alice focused thing but throw in some more "funky" things in there.

I'm trying to think of French themed movies....but I can't. All I can think of is Beauty & The Beast.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:19 PM   #40
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You have to add Beauty and the Beast LOL definitely a French film LOL!!! They also put Aurora in France so that might be another film, Sleeping Beauty, you add to the list. BTW if I'm not mistaken Cinderella is also a French fairy tale so it might be safe to assume that it also takes place in France.

I'm all for a Haunted Mansion cake but my vote is totally bias LOL!!!!!

Love the photos and your plans so far sound amazing...ooh a bday dinner at Cali Grill...you will have such a great time with that!!!!!
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:32 PM   #41
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David made a great George Washington, I adore his costume!
All of your thinking today is giving me a headache tonight!
This 180 day ADR mark is getting the best of me too. I have to start thinking about our June trip in like a week..... and you have already given me a sympathy headache!
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I shall start thinking of les livres de Francaise tout de suite! (My French is so rusty there is no telling if I wrote that correctly. )

I love the idea of the French Fridays -- are you just limiting yourself to Disney movies? Some that aren't Disney that Emily and you might enjoy (David probably not so much) that come to mind are, Funny Face with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, French Kiss with Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan, and To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly set in Monte Carlo (in fact, it was while filming this movie that Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier).

Okay, I am super impressed with Emily's Greek costume and David's George Washington.

Another vote for mixing up the theme a bit for the 16th birthday celebration!
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:30 AM   #43
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I love the idea for french Fridays. What a great way to get in a vacation mood now. I have to agree with everyone else for mixing it up a bit on the theme. I'd go with a basic plan, but mix in a few non-themed surpises.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:01 PM   #44
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I think mixing the Alice theme up with something more modern teen is a great idea. After all it is Emily's birthday and she should get to do things she will love without being forced into a strict theme (not that I think you would ever do that, just trying to make a point). Will it be a surprise trip or will she get to help you plan it? It sounded like she really enjoyed getting involved in planning your last trip, so perhaps that would be fun for her as well to be part of the planning team?

Would she be interested in the Keys to the Kingdom Tour? This has a age limit, you have to be at least 16 to go on it.

I am trying to think of French films to see. I think it is a wonderful idea! The first that came into mind was "An American in Paris", but then I started to think more along the line of real French films. "Chocolat" is still American, but feels very French. But "Amelie from Montmartre" is French and has wonderful pictures. I also really liked "Monsieur Ibrahim". I think they all might be a bit over the top for David. I will try to come up with a few more films... You could always get an Asterix film, they are truly very French!

I think your idea of making use of the kitchen is great! It is actually nice to have a relaxing evening at home after a long day in my experience and you will also be battling the jet lag anyway. And you are right, there are so many interesting food things to buy!

I also meant to write for ages about your dates: If I see it correctly you will arrive about 1.5 weeks before Easter. The week before and after Easter are traditional spring break in most parts of Europe and this will be really crowded at DLP. So going to DLP on a weekday in the first half of your time there might be adviseable! Unless they start having much longer park hours the week after and you are up for a long day there.
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I can see why your head hurts!

Paris.

Movies. Definitely add in Beauty! While some of the others may be french fairy tales, they don't feel french. Belle does.

I love that you will have an apartment, absolutely the way to go, it makes for a deeper, richer experience. So fun!

For David...I'll muddle on that one!

Emily's birthday

I vote for some kind of mad hatter cake, they are SO cool! Dinner wise I would probably mix it up and let her have input, I know my kids love to read the menu's and help pick the ADR's.
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