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Old 12-30-2009, 06:17 AM   #151
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Okay, I am curious girls (Cathy and Marlo), do your husbands ever go in the parks with you? Cathy, I think Edmund had family there the entire time so did he ever go off with them to a park? Does he enjoy seeing the girls so excited and cute? I know he does!

The update was wonderful. I love the world showcase and I also hate making people wait. Such a hard thing when trying to get on a ride. You just never know how long the fast pass line will take. i find test track to be the longest fast pass line always!! We were late to China because the kids were on it with Lin! But I did call atleast halfway around the world almost! LOL!

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What a fun update! I nice to see what you did when I left you.

Jessica Yes George goes to the park almost every day with us! This day G was originally going to play golf but he bought a new fancy shmancy camera and decided he didn't want to spend the extra money. He also likes to take one day or part of a day to just relax at the hotel but me ad the kids LOVE to be on the go so we always take to the park and meet him later. That day we left Cathy at 2pm and meet George at MK around 3:30pm It would have been earlier but he slept late! Then we spent the rest of the night at MK Spectro and wishes!!!! If you look at my pics on FB He is in some of them but he usually is the photo guy
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What a fantastic Epcot day!!

You met so many characters, I am jealous you got to meet Beast, I always wanted to meet him! Lucky that the weather was nice and comfortable...that World Showcase can be quite the trek in the heat and humidity...I am def. speaking from recent experience.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:37 AM   #153
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I am enjoying your TR very much! I love all the pictures and it's great that you were able to meet soooooo many characters. looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip.
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The girls look so cute with all the characters, I love their faces in all the photos
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What a fun filled, action packed epcot day! I wasn't planning on trying to fit in one of the kim possible missions, but now I'm thinking I might have to.
They can take up to 45 minutes so you can only do one or two at the most...and still get around the rest of Epcot. I wish I had a longer trip (or more of them) so we didn't have to try to pack so much into one day!

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Okay, I am curious girls (Cathy and Marlo), do your husbands ever go in the parks with you? Cathy, I think Edmund had family there the entire time so did he ever go off with them to a park? Does he enjoy seeing the girls so excited and cute? I know he does!

The update was wonderful. I love the world showcase and I also hate making people wait. Such a hard thing when trying to get on a ride. You just never know how long the fast pass line will take. i find test track to be the longest fast pass line always!! We were late to China because the kids were on it with Lin! But I did call atleast halfway around the world almost! LOL!

I really love the outfits. ALL of them!
Hubby told me he wasn't going to any parks with me which is fine with me BUT he did end up going to MK the first day (Tues) and AK (Sat) and I have to say...I think he liked it. He is not a park goer though..and heat and crowds....forget it!!!
I guess in MK the fp line gets you right up to the front practically....but for non-continuous rides...its a lot longer...lesson learned!!!

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What a fun update! I nice to see what you did when I left you.

Jessica Yes George goes to the park almost every day with us! This day G was originally going to play golf but he bought a new fancy shmancy camera and decided he didn't want to spend the extra money. He also likes to take one day or part of a day to just relax at the hotel but me ad the kids LOVE to be on the go so we always take to the park and meet him later. That day we left Cathy at 2pm and meet George at MK around 3:30pm It would have been earlier but he slept late! Then we spent the rest of the night at MK Spectro and wishes!!!! If you look at my pics on FB He is in some of them but he usually is the photo guy
Sorry missy but I need a trip report from ya!

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What a fantastic Epcot day!!

You met so many characters, I am jealous you got to meet Beast, I always wanted to meet him! Lucky that the weather was nice and comfortable...that World Showcase can be quite the trek in the heat and humidity...I am def. speaking from recent experience.
OH ya...completely different place when its nice out...before you have kids you gotta try it when its NOT hot out...so nice!

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I am enjoying your TR very much! I love all the pictures and it's great that you were able to meet soooooo many characters. looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip.
This trip turned out to be about the characters! Such a small window of opportunity! Sarah even went along with the princess thing for her little sisters but I fear...it won't last long. I just realized she is turning 12 in a few short months....ack!

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The girls look so cute with all the characters, I love their faces in all the photos
Thanks Jo...they really loved it! Not sure if our trip in two years will be so character filled but for this trip it was so much fun!!!




So I am taking down Christmas decorations today and cleaning. Then sewing...then Sarah is having a sleep-over I think...and we're having a football party tomorrow. And I have labs to grade. And then I will update the trip report in the midst of all of that!!! Next up is our Hollywood Studios Day!!!
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Cathy, you are always doing so so much! I would be exhausted if I was you!

We loved the KP missions at Epcot. I think we did 4 of them but they do take a while. Some seemed to be more fun then others too. I enjoyed the one in Norway best. I know we'll be doing it again when we go back.
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Love all the character pics around World Showcase!


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More Soarin pics...notice Brook is excited and not worried this time!
Yay!!!


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The girls swam until the pizza came and played pool and foozeball and got into their pj’s! I think they were asleep by 7:30 or 8 pm!!! Nighty night and sweet dreams!!
Wow, they were tired out!
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Hollywood Studios morning

Hollywood Studios Day

I have never been to HS. So I studied and reviewed TGM’s advice over and over again. I decided our priorities this day would be Toy Story Mania, Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and all else would be icing on the cake. We also had 11 am ADR’s at Hollywood and Vine for the Play N Dine.

So we woke up, got ready and headed out the door with two umbrella strollers. DH had to return the double stroller since we couldn’t fit both us and our luggage in the car the next day when we checked out. It was quite cool as we left the house and truthfully, the girls weren’t completely awake when we left…Devon in particular was grouchy! But if we wanted to make rope drop and TSM…we had to leave early!

We arrived and parked at HS in the AAA parking lot! No tram needed. The girls climbed in their strollers and I had no idea where to go…we kind of followed some other people until we saw the turnstiles and our first Christmas Tree. Its funny, we started the week at MK with the Halloween decorations and ended the week with Christmas Tree! And the morning was chilly enough to be close to Christmas too…the girls were fighting over a blanket to cuddle under!





Now along with us today were our friends, Nancy and Arielle. I was hoping between all of us being able to navigate this park….I think they had been there before! I did know about the TSM rope drop and was trying to explain how it worked. I saw an empty turnstile to the left of two very long lines. I took it.




We we right behind another family with a stroller. I was in charge of one stoller and child, and Sarah had the other child and stroller. I told Sarah that as soon as the turnstiles opened, to push the stroller through and feed the two cards in the machine and keep going!!! I did the same and Nancy and Arielle were right behind us. When we got to the next rope we were about 3rd or 4th back…not bad!




Looking back at the crowd coming in...






We enjoyed the opening show at rope drop with the director and then soon enough we were all headed as one big mass towards TSM. I was laughing for part of the walk cause I had no idea where to go but we were going…and fast!

Next stop…gather fast passes for everyone. I took the tickets and went to the last turnstile farthest away. All of them had lines!!!! I scored FP and then we had to find the standby line. It was 30 minutes posted…which I said was a little long but hoped it wouldn’t be so bad. There were scores of people here! Don’t ever try this TSM stampede if you don’t like crowds!!!!




We passed around the Green Army guy and finally made it to the ropes. That’s how quickly the line fills. We were giddy with excitement! Devon asked for her lanyard…a positive sign she was waking up!





There you go..... FPR time of 9:11 am and a 30 minute wait already!








As you can see the girls really enjoyed each other in line!!!


The cue was so cute…lots of bright colors and games and the line moved continuously. We paused by Mr. Potato Head for a pic. Soon after we got our 3-D glasses and the next thing I know we are going up a ramp to the main staging area! I loved the décor and the cars and everything!






We boarded our spinning ride vehicle…do these have special names yet?… and off we went. I rode with Brooklyn, Nancy and Devon paired up and Sarah and Arielle rode together in their car. I had no idea what to expect but this was the best ride…we whirled and shot at the midway games…loved this gun…much better than the laser gun on Buzz!





It was just a blast and Brooklyn could play right along! Such fun! I forgot what my score was but since it was the first time through...I am sure it wasn’t spectacular.

When we exited, it was already too late for the first Mermaid show. I was trying to squeeze it in but alas…no go. I knew the Up Characters were going to be at Animators but I thought we could get them another time. I had to quickly reformulate a plan. Everyone was hungry cause by now it was 10 am. So, I figured we could grab a bite to eat and then head to Playhouse Disney Live.




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Hollywood Studios morning

So we headed to Starring Rolls café. There were no tables so at first we started out on benches. Brook picked the biggest cupcake known to man. Devon, and I had cinnamon rolls and Sarah had a chocolate chip muffin. Nancy and Arielle got stuff too and then found a table opening up.






I had already inhaled my roll soooo….while everyone enjoyed their breakfast, I took our tickets to go get FP for Sarah and Arielle for Tower of Terror and Rockin RollerCoaster….that way they could ride both later without waiting. I walked down and back quickly.


We headed back to Playhouse Disney, and parked the strollers. Everyone got in line but Brooklyn needed a quick potty break so I headed there with her. The timing was perfect because when we came out we jumped in line and were inside the theater within minutes!
We opted to sit in the back just so we weren’t scrunched by people all around. For this show…you sit on the floor. Ummmmmm….I am not complaining or anything but really…couldn’t they have been a little more creative. I would have taken kindergarten-sized chair after about 15 minutes into the show. I shifted and shifted….and thought that I was getting too old for criss-cross applesauce! Luckily the show ended about 10 after that and we were outa there. No one really enjoyed it much except for Brooklyn. Oh well.

















So now we had to locate our lunch ADR locale. We used the map to find our way ….got a little turned around and ended up getting to H and V by going past Indiana Jones…yaaaaa, I know…we went the wrong way! LOL! But arrive we did…and we checked in…and waited just a few moments.








The place was practically empty when we came in. The very nice hostess explained everything in detail…especially how the characters go around the room. I have to say that this is extremely helpful! We decided to go get food right away…they had a great lunch selection and everyone loaded up their plates! I was helping Brooklyn so I was the last to sit down…at that point, Goliath came around! He was tall and furry! Brooklyn just loves to hug the characters!








JoJo was next and as friendly as can be! All of the girls gathered round for pics! And I believe both characters signed the book…I think JoJo actually signed for Goliath.













We ate a little and then Leo appeared. He was so sweet! I pointed out to Brooklyn that he was wearing glasses just like her. He bowed and really took his time with the girls!







There was a little parade around the restaurant....










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Hollywood Studios morning

We ate a little more and then June found us! She looked so pretty in her purple dress! Then we ate a little more and all four characters came back around again! The tables around us were beginning to fill!



Few last hugs....







A little show....






We went up for dessert. I was a little disappointed that they had no chocolate but the girls loved the ice cream!!! There were no toppings like at Crystal Palace. But we were certainly stuffed and it was getting closer to our time to head out. I would definately do this early lunch again! The character interaction was great and the food was delish!!!


I brought the girls to the bathroom and then we paid our check. The waitress was taking forever to get back to me so I sent everyone out to head over to get seats for the 12:30 showing of Beauty and the Beast. It was about 11:50 am already.


I felt like we had been having a great time even if we hadn’t done a whole lot. I knew with a lot of shows to see, we weren’t going to make great progress. Instead of heading along, everyone went outside and waited for me….lol. We loaded the girls in the strollers and took out our map. How embarrassing….here I am a TGM’r and repeat Disney tripper…and have no clue where to go…lol. OK so we just had to go back to the hat and turn to face Starring Rolls and go down that street.



So...would we make the show? Would we get lost? Stay tuned for the next installment of our Hollywood Studios Day!
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Play and dine looks cute! We love TSM in our house!
You are lucky you got on because later that day when we saw you through the window it was broken! We waited and chatted with some CM who where really great and after about 20minutes it opened up and we where the 1st ones on it!!!!
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We have never done playhouse disney and it was on the list for our only DHS day but learning that you have to sit on the floor, we will be taking it off the list. I guess I should have paid more attention to other trip reports because I never even clued in...thank goodness you did an update!

I don't think anyone will be disappointed though. More time to make it to VotLM and B&tB!!! (I think that my DH, DS and DFIL are gonna high tail it over to LMA....while we try to do the girlie stuff!!)

Another day of great character interaction! That is awesome. I hope we have as much luck. We have Storybook princess meal booked to make sure we see some princesses and then we will just hope that luck is with us for our journey around each park.
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Yippie I made it here!

FINALLY - Thankfully I am at work scrubbing databases , that takes for hours & I get to catch up on all the TR's.

You are SHOCKING me with this Report. They are Highlghted in red below.

I read everything so far, and GREAT PICS
I love the trivia, you 'got me' alot!

Here is my comments...

You are married to a DIS Hater!!!! YOU???? See what happens too Dis Haters they marry a DIS lover & have 3 DD's who are even more DIS crazy then their Dis Mama! He does work in mysterious...and often hilarious ways...dont he!

I love that house, and for 500 bucks for the week...is WONDERFUL.

I cant believe how big and beautiful the Girls are now. WOW!

The Devon & Piglet story! Perfect

You understand TGM??? For the life of me I cant figure him out!

The Bridge near China GOES UP!!!! Coulda knocked me over with a feather with that pic.

You NEVER been to Disney Studios????????? Even when it was called Disney/MGM??? NEVER???


I'm gonna contact you next time I go, you can help me plan! By the looks of your pics, November is the time to go....It looks empty there. EMPTY!


Ok! I am in! And will will keep abreast of the TR as it develops.

Really you married a DIS hater? I have 'officially' heard it all now.
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Great pictures of a fun day at Hollywood Studios!

I can't do the floor at Playhouse Disney any more. I am a bench sitter these days.

So glad you got there in time to experience Toy Story Midway Mania without a huge wait.

The girls look so happy!

Starring Rolls - so many good things to choose from! Yum!

Thanks for a good start to my morning.



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So pleased you were part of the TSM crowd, it's so much fun isn't it and wonderful how all members of the family can join in

I'm so glad my girls are too old to want to do Playhouse Disney and I loved your description of sitting cross legged

Your meal sounds fun and I love the photos
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