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Old 02-14-2010, 06:42 PM   #136
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and finally- after our big snow event, continuing on! all the schools shut down on friday and I had to stay home with Pooh. I finally managed to write more tonight!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15th- part II

After a busy morning at downtown Disney, we were rested and ready to tackle Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We had ordered our tickets way in advance and were ready to go! I know many try and head to the MK early, since you can get in by 4pm with your MVMCP tickets, but since we had length of stay tickets, we felt no rush. So we met down in the lobby about 5:30 or so I believe. After we all gathered, we headed to the boat dock for the quick ride to the MK. Have I mentioned just how convenient this boat ride was? Before staying at the WL, I had read about taking the boat, but never realized just how convenient it was. As a family that typically drives/rents a car over taking a bus, it was such a treat to be dropped off right at the front of the MK without having to deal with the TTC.




So while heading over on the boat, we saw one of the monorails was stalled right outside of the contemporary. We arrived at the MK and immediately were in the holiday spirit- as the cast members garned their best holiday gear too! Us girls were wearing matching t-shirts we bought earlier in the day too.








So first stop? I think we did a quick ride on Space Mountain! Then it was time to eat- we were hungry! We headed to an oldie but goodie, Cosmic Ray’s. Wow, can we say packed? That place was a madhouse. I had never seen it so crowded. So a few of us tried to find seating without much luck. I led them around to the side closer to Main Street, around the back on the other side of the bathrooms and we found open seating. So we grab a few tables and take turns getting in line. The lines were long, but we found ones moving quickly. I think Alan and I both had the double cheeseburgers. Yum! And huge! We all love the topping bar, nothing like cheese sauce with your fries! No wonder I gained 10 pounds since December. Ouch!

So we all sit down finally and enjoy our dinner. We actually had a great view of the castle from our seats, but are missing out on all the action with the music and dancing with Sonny Eclipse. We finally finish up and head back out to tackle the MK. Now our family, while we love shows, are not big on waiting. We refuse to wait more than 20 minutes for anything for the most part. So we don’t go to MVMCP with the goal of seeing all the shows, especially since you have to wait often 30 minutes or more to get a seat. We do try and see holiday wishes and then the second parade of the night. Other than that, we simply enjoy the extra time at the MK, the holiday flair, the hot chocolate and the characters in their holiday best! So after dinner, we decided to tackle more of tomorrowland. We split up into several groups. Alan and I took Pooh to do the speedway- I mean, what little kid (and dad) doesn’t want to drive the little cars? The lines are always so long here, but it was only 20 minutes, so we hopped in. I watched from the bleachers and tried to take pics without much luck and let them enjoy some daddy/son bonding time. It was very cute.

After the speedway, I think we tackled more- including Buzz and the tomorrowland transit authority. The only bad thing about doing Buzz or TSM for that matter with a toddler is that they want to play, so of course my score was always pretty low. I think I also enjoyed a frozen coke this night from near the astro-orbiter. They used to have these yummy cheese stuffed pretzels, but not anymore. We skipped COP since we knew Pooh would not sit through it all. We also passed on Astro-orbiter, since it has such a slow moving line. So we headed over towards toontown. I’ve never spent much time here at all- I guess there was just never a reason too- I had no kids and I always managed to see Mickey elsewhere, so never felt the need to go in there. Seeing mickey’s house just didn’t entice me much. So knowing ToonTown is short lived and will be going away over the next 2 years or so, I decided it was time to finally see it all and also ride barnstormer. So we headed that way- first up, barnstormer. There was literally no line at all- I think by this time, a lot of folks were watching the first parade at 8:15pm. Great time to ride rides!


first ride on BS, Pooh rode with me. Now, the kid is pretty fearless, but this was his first real thrill ride- at just 26 months old. He did fine, but did grip on to me a little tight. While the ride is super short, it is actually pretty quick for a little kid. Since the line was so short, we decided to ride a second time- walked right on again. This time, Pooh rode with Dad and I got a few pics. Poor guy was more scared this time, I guess now he knew what he was in for. He didn’t cry or anything, but the look on his face says it all.

So after his daring ride on the Barnstormer, we headed to check out Mickey’s house. It was almost completely empty, but we didn’t see Mickey around either. So we took our time exploring, pretty cute, but I definitely wasn’t missing anything all these years. Then we went in the big top to explore the store a bit- again, it was completely empty! I saw the line for the princesses was pretty short, 15 minutes or so, but we weren’t really interested, we would be seeing most at our Norway breakfast later in the week. But I was interested in seeing Tink, but the line said 40 minutes and I knew we had to catch WISHES, besides we never wait that long. Only later did I hear that the line actually was only like 15 minutes. Oh well, live and learn- one day I’ll see Tink! I don’t think Pooh could handle waiting that long, so we will see.

So we headed out of Toontown, and went to the teacups. Alan passed on the teacups, he doesn’t do well with spinning rides or the 3D type movie rides like star tours. So Pooh and I span to our hearts content, although he looks a little overwhelmed and not so sure.

Again, the line was minimal, about 5 minutes. So we had managed to do Space Mtn, Buzz, TTC, Speedway, 2x Barnstormer, Mickey’s house, teacups and dinner in almost under 2hours. Not too bad. At this point, we knew we needed to head to the front of the castle to grab a spot for WISHES. We managed to get around through Liberty Square and get a spot in the main hub. I would have preferred to be further back or on the bridge to TL, but our location wasn’t bad. But it was definitely crowded!

Alan, Pooh and I enjoyed some cherished family time just enjoying Holiday WISHES together. Pooh loves fireworks, and alan held him and put him on his shoulders for part s of it. We had a ball just enjoying the fireworks together.




Afterwards, we headed towards adventureland and stopped for hot chocolate and cookies and apple slices. It was an area I had never been in before. They were out of hot chocolate, so we took apple juice instead.

Since Holiday WISHES was at 9:30, we decided we better find seats, just then we heard from the family, they had great front row spots on the rope in frontierland- near diamond horseshoe, so we braved the crowds and managed to find them. I grabbed a seat on the ground with Pooh and waited for the action to start. Before long, it was happening and we enjoyed watching the gingerbread men march past and the toy soliders too. We loved all the sights, sounds and smells- hot chocolate, gingerbread and more. The kids were mesmerized. It was 10:30 now when the parade started, but they managed to watch the whole parade. Towards the end, Pooh was getting tired, but we toughed it out.









I think by the time the parade was over, it was nearing 11:15 or later. We needed to make a quick bathroom break, so we headed back around towards fantasyland and took a break. we saw the dance party going on!

I highly recommend if you can make it that last hour, then do- with small children, we just couldn't manage much longer, but the crowds were so light, that last hour is an ideal time to take advantage of rides, characters etc.

The party/park closed at midnight, so we just went ahead and headed out. I forgot to mention, we also had searched the stores in tomorrowland for MVMCP merchandise, including t-shirts for us and the kids as well as pins. We found t-shirts for us, but the ones for the boys were too big, but we got them anyhow and he can maybe wear it this December when we go back! So tired, but happy with the party, we headed towards the entrance to take the boat back to WL. By the time we got back and into bed, I think it was almost 1am. But we all laid down with visions of happy holidays in our heads!

SANTA’S NICE LIST
• MVMCP party experience
• Great food at Cosmic Ray’s
• Beautiful family time watching WISHES
• Awesome Christmas parade with great view
• Free cookies, juice and hot chocolate!
• Short lines during first parade for rides
• Pooh’s first time on a roller coaster

SANTA’S NAUGHTY LIST
• Pooh’s first time on a roller coaster (LOL- I think it deserved both lists!)
• Crowds for WISHES
• Ran out of hot chocolate at location we stopped at

Dining review- Boma- AKL
Our breakfast here was fine, but nothing spectacular. I know lots of folks rave about the juice, but it just didn't do anything for me, although mom loved it. The food was hot and plentiful and did have some more exotic choices. We did find a few basic favorites missing though too that we would have liked. It was crowded in there as always, and it was hard sometimes getting around with mom with her impaired vision. Our server was good and kept our drinks filled. I wasn't that hungry this am, so I didn't eat a ton. Pooh is always happy with the basic eggs and bacon. overall it was just mediocre. We enjoyed having an excuse to visit the AKL, but will probably pass on breakfast here again in the future. Not bad, but not fantastic or memorable either. One of those I can mark off the list as 'done'.
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So glad you enjoyed the party! You really got a LOT done, especially for having a toddler and it being so late at night!

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So glad you enjoyed the party! You really got a LOT done, especially for having a toddler and it being so late at night!

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Yes, and he was actually pretty good that night!
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, DAY 7

Well today was our ‘break day’. So much for a break! Lol----our break day was intended to be a ‘sleep in’ morning if wanted, or head to HS again. We had lunch planned for 1:30 at Whispering Canyon Café in our hotel, WL. The evening would consist of MK and the WISHES Dessert Party.

So ‘sleeping in’ isn’t really an option for us with a toddler that is usually up by 7 or 7:30am. Some weekends, if he goes to bed late, he might sleep until 8am, but that is as late as we get. So knowing this, we decided to head to HS this morning- there was still a lot we had not done here. My parents decided to come with us too. So we headed on to HS and arrived shortly after opening.




We had not yet done RnR and I wanted to do ToT again, as did my mom- it is one of her favorites! So I grabbed a few fastpasses for RnR and then we got in the short standby line for ToT- I think it was under 10 minutes. I got a child swap pass and I sat out with Pooh while my parents and Alan rode. It seemed like forever before they came out. Then we switched and my mom sat out with Pooh while my dad, Alan and I rode. Another great ride on ToT, just when I thought the ride was over, we were going up for another drop. I love the random sequences!

It was now time for us to go use our RnR fastpass. Alan and my mom were not interested in going, so it was just Dad and I. I noticed things were a bit strange when we walked up, but thought nothing of it. There were cast members greeting us right under the big sign before you even entered that open concrete area in front of the ride. They saw our fastpass and waved us on by. We headed towards the queue line and waited, and waited and waited. For a fastpass, it sure was taking forever. We waited over 20 minutes in line. As we walked up to the queue though, I noticed they had rope off an area outside the ride and had a stage setup, video screens, Wii games and a DJ. Folks were playing games, dancing etc. I figured it was just a ‘rock n roll’ type thing.

Only later did I read on the boards that this was a day of testing the new virtual queue line that they hope to use on the future twin dumbos in Fantasyland in a few years (and possibly on other rides sooner). The whole process was, if you were going in the standby line, you were given a ‘boarding pass number’- like C3. You would then be free to explore entire roped off area which included games, food/beverage carts, bathrooms and more. So basically you were able to grab a drink, change your kid’s diaper or sit on a bench INSTEAD of waiting in line. The large video screens would show what group number was boarding now and who was next. When your boarding group is called, you head up to the CM and they put you in the line. I am guessing this is why the wait was longer for our FP, we had whole ‘boarding groups’ in front of us, not just a family or two here and there. It seemed like folks were having fun and it was pretty well organized, but not sure how they will handle FP and child swap with this in the future. It is an interesting concept and definitely a good idea in theory, especially for someone with young children who aren’t very patient waiting in line – or someone like me that has a toddler have an ‘accident’ right before you get on the ride. This would allow me to run and change Pooh’s diaper right before we would get on. I guess we will see how it goes. I hear they were testing it for like 2-3 days at the studios on RnR that week. I haven’t heard of any testing since though.

So Dad and I rode RnR and had a blast- love it! After our ride, we decided it was time to do something for Pooh- he had been patiently waiting while we tackled two thrill rides he couldn’t ride, so we decided to do playhouse Disney. So we headed down the street and ran into some streetmosphere……..it was a police man in a trash can. Pooh is obsessed with TRASH. Why, I don’t know? But everywhere we go, he points out trash cans. Loves throwing things away and seeing trash cans. So this was just perfect. Pooh saw him and wanted to look inside the trash can, it was too cute! Turns out the officer was ‘undercover’ in the trash can. Lol



So we headed to Playhouse Disney and got in a line, but realized it was a line to see a character, not to get in. We found our way to the entrance and just made it in before they closed the doors. Now Pooh isn’t a big tv kid. He just is so busy playing that I can’t even get him to sit down and watch a full 20 minute show. But he will now slowly watch 5-10 minutes here and there of mickey house clubhouse and pooh. So I was hoping he would enjoy this. The problem was to keep him sitting down- he wanted to get up and go up the stage and wander around. So keeping him sitting was tough. He did love the bubbles though. My parents sat in the back and took a nap.




We were getting hungry, so decided to head towards the Honey I shrunk the kids playground and find something to eat. The Studio Catering Company was there so we gave it a shot. It wasn’t bad, but HS isn’t known for having great counter service. I had a chili cheese hot dog- splurge! Alan had the healthy offering, which I think was something along the lines of chicken with beans and rice. My parents had wandered off to do their own thing for a bit, so it was just the three of us.


After that, I wanted to take Pooh to the honey I shrunk the kids playground. I had heard mixed reviews on it- how easy it is to lose your kid in there, but we ventured out. Pooh loved it. Some things he wasn’t quite big enough to do yet, but he enjoyed getting to run around a bit- freedom! I went in with him first and then Alan did while I sat at the exit, that way if we ‘lost him’ inside, one of us was near the exit to catch him. It was quite crowded in there though!


After we drug Pooh kicking and screaming from the playground, we headed over to Studio Catering Company where my parents were now having lunch with Nene and Jeff. So we joined them at the table as they finished up.

SOne of the big things we wanted to do today was catch the Lights Motor Action Stunt show. I knew my dad would enjoy it. I think we caught the 1:30 show. The show was good, but we had to walk forever to our seats on the far side of the stadium. The stadium was almost full when we arrived. We found some seats pretty low though, just at the far end. Of course I had to leave the stroller out front, so walking/carrying Pooh was not easy. He’s heavy! And because these are just bleachers, it was hard sitting. Pooh doesn’t sit well and watch TV, so this was going to be tough. His attention span is usually 5 minutes for TV, so doing this show was a test! Luckily, he fell asleep about 5 minutes in. So then my back was really killing me, sitting up with this 30lb toddler in my arms. His foot kept falling and hitting the poor guy in front of me. I kept apologizing, but he didn’t speak English and was more interested in the big explosions going on anyhow.

The show was fun, but now I can say I saw it and no need to go back for a while, unless we are just with someone that wants to go. Another thing marked off the list!

There was yet one more thing I wanted to do here though before we left. This was our last time at HS, so I knew I had to do the Walt’s One Man’s dream or I would regret it. I missed the movie last time and regretted it a lot. So Alan sat outside with Pooh on a bench while I wondered in. I didn’t spend a ton of time in the exhibits, since I had seen those in detail before- they are amazing! But I really wanted to see the film again, but it wasn’t showing for 10 minutes, so I waited and hoped Alan and Pooh were patient. The doors opened and I enjoyed the show- yes, a few tears were spilled. I definitely recommend this for anyone that is interested in learning how the parks came to be.

We didn’t do it all at HS- even with two evenings and one morning/day here, we missed a lot. Again, our two sit down meals here took up time, as did the Osborne lights. We skipped the Mermaid, drawing academy, backstage tour (which I am fine skipping anyhow), Indiana Jones and Star Tours. We’ve done them all before and felt no need to do the Indy show. Alan gets sick on Star Tours type rides, so we passed, but did check out the shop! I would have liked to have seen Mermaid. We had no interest in American Idol. So we got done almost everything we wanted here. But one more thing I missed- is shopping – there is the Villains store and a few others on the street going towards ToT and I never got to go in them. They are a few favorites. I also missed the whole right side of the main street as you walk in too. So next trip- I plan to NOT miss those!

By now it was nearing 3pm, so we headed out for a break. At least Pooh had taken a short nap already. This was the first time he had fallen asleep in the park while touring. He never once really fell asleep in his stroller. We had of course cancelled our 1:30 dining plans at WCC that day- no one ended up using them. Nancy was getting really sick now- she had a terrible cold/sinus thing going on. She has a very weak immune system ever since winning the battle against breast cancer over 5 years ago. So she was spending most of these last few days in her room, just relaxing and trying to get well.
MY OLD STomping grounds!

Pooh spilled his juice this morning too all over his shirt and stroller. you might notice him wearing a star wars shirt in the am and then a different shirt later on. We had to sit him on a poncho on the stroller since it was so wet from the juice! good thing we had plenty of dollar store ponchos on hand in our backpack!

So the plan this evening was to head to the MK and do our WISHES Dessert party at 7pm. We planned to head over at least by 6pm to eat a fast food dinner first at MK. So we had a few hours to rest up. We got back to the lodge, refilled our mugs and took some more photos of the lodge. I really enjoyed the little outdoor seating area outside the Roaring Forks. During our ‘break times’, it was nice to fill my mug, grab a snack and just sit out there, take trip notes or people watch. Strangely enough- even with a 2-3hour break each day, I only managed to take trip notes on one day!!! So a lot of this might be a bit off, as I am doing it strictly from memory of over 2 months ago (and using my photos and itinerary as a guide to remember!).


SEE, obsessed with trash, i tell you!


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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16 continued

So we enjoyed a little break- Pooh napped a bit. By 5pm, most of us were ready to go again. I can’t remember why- but Alan didn’t join us right away this night. I can’t remember if he just was tired or was doing his review for work on the computer in our room. But regardless, it ended up just being me, Mom and Pooh that headed over to the MK by boat. The rest of the family would meet up with us later. We decided to just take our time enjoying the sites and sounds of Main Street for a bit and not rush off to a ride. It was nice being just my mom, Pooh and I- we both took the opportunity to explore the shops in great detail on Main Street. Normally we have my dad and Alan waiting outside for us- while they don’t ‘rush’ us, we feel rushed nonetheless and feel bad making them wait while we shop. The girls in our family really really love shopping- especially at Disney. So this was a nice little treat for us. As we walked into the MK- we also saw the Flag ceremony. They had the marching band there, and a veteran selected to participate. So we watched this and really enjoyed it. It was something I had not experienced before, so it was another special treat! Two treats in one afternoon!




We shopped til our hearts content and then called to see where everyone else was. WE headed back towards Fantasyland and ended up meeting Wendy, Mike and the kids. We decided to give Pinnochio’s Village Haus a try for dinner. They had pizzas etc. Soon enough Nene and Jeff showed up too. Then right as we sat down, my dad and Alan arrived- they had boated over together. My dad had stayed behind to rest a bit more too- his feet were hurting him (he’s been having foot trouble recently with shooting pains due to a bone spur in his spine).

So we all enjoyed a nice counter service meal of pizza. Nene met us too and Jeff came later. The restaurant was fairly empty, I guess they closed at a certain time- we saw cast members already emptying trash cans etc. We found seats near the window overlooking Small World. The food was actually fairly good here. I had eaten here before, but they have changed the menu since then. Almost all of us had the pizza.


After dinner, we headed over towards the Noodle Station area, which is where the WISHES Dessert Party is held. The MK closed early this night- at 8pm and WISHES was scheduled for 8pm. The party started at 7pm, so we lined up with others waiting. Many guests walked by and asked what we were waiting for. I guess it is so new, not a lot of folks know about it and I don’t see it advertised anywhere publically, unless you just happen to know about it from visiting boards like these. Your standard traveler to WDW probably wouldn’t know about it. We had made reservations a while back and I know they limit it to a certain number of guests- I am guessing like 75 or so max.

So while waiting, Nancy and Chase showed up. So glad they came out! After waiting about 10 minutes, we were finally let in and were directed to our tables. Tables were pre-assigned with a little name card on them. We had the best tables in the house- on the lower level, front and center, closest the railing as we could get. The only bad thing about this evening is that it was bitterly cold and windy. We hadn’t really planned on that. I did have my rain jacket, which was light, but helped a bit over my shirt. I had pooh’s hoodie for him. But the poor table behind us had two young children in sleeveless shirts and shorts and they were literally shaking, they were so cold. They were from the UK and asked us if we had any blankets or coats they could borrow. Unfortunately we didn’t have anything else to share, or I would have shared. I felt so bad for them, but most of us were freezing too and barely had enough for our kiddos.






WHERE


WHERE is everything?
After being seated, we took turns heading over to the buffet, which was slightly behind us on the ‘second level’, just like a step up. They had 3 long stations for food and one big station for beverages. The desserts were plentiful and included chocolate covered strawberries, key lime pie, cheesecake, peanut butter pie and other sweet concoctions. There was one in particular I really liked, but when I went back up for it, it was all out and everytime I tried to get more, they had not restocked it. They did good at first restocking, but as time went on, they restocked less and less, so that was a bit disappointing- not finding what I liked and wanted more of. Of course fruit was available too. It was a really wide variety and good selection. The portions were bite size, so you could try a little of everything. The beverages included coffee, tea, water and lemonade. Spectromagic was happening as we ate, but we didn’t have a fantastic view of it. We could see the lights and floats from a distance, but don’t count on being able to really see it from there. We all enjoyed our food and drink and they also had a photopass photographer available. So we all took some pics.



Then it was time for WISHES. Talk about a great view- it was awesome! Completely unblocked. Anytime someone tried to pull a chair up to the railing area, the CM’s pushed them back and said no. The other guests at the party, while not having as great a view as us (we were front row), didn’t try and get in front of us and if they did, they stood off to the side or kneeled down as not to block our view. It was really nice. It was a great experience. Not sure I would do it again, unless we just wanted to take someone else as their first time. It was about $24 per adult, so it is pricey, but worth trying once. Not sure if/when they will offer it again. I know right now (Feb), the Noodle Station area is undergoing some renovation? That whole area is a seasonal area anyhow- they only open the Noodle Station during extremely busy times. I think using it for this dessert party is a smart move on their part. If you want to see more pics and info- check out the DIS’ very own blog on the Dessert
http://www.disunplugged.com/2009/06/24/disney-debuts-magic-kingdom-wishes-dessert-party/








After watching an amazing WISHES show, it was time to go. The park closed at 8pm, so we actually had an early night tonight. Of course by the time we left the party and window shopped on the way out and took a boat, it was still nearing in on 9:30-10pm. The boatride home was chilly too- good thing we caught the larger indoor seating boat!

So we fell into bed at a decent time, bellies full and smiles on our faces. My family got some truly amazing shots with their new Nikons of the castle and fireworks. Tomorrow would be another busy day with breakfast at 1900 Park Fare, time at MK and dinner at Hoop Dee Doo Revue!


SANTA’S NICE LIST
  • Amazing view at WISHES dessert party and amazing food!
  • Finally catching Walt’s Dream walk through again
  • ToT!! enough said!
  • Time with my mom shopping in MK- just us!
  • Catching the flag ceremony at MK

SANTA’S NAUGHTY LIST
  • Long wait w/ FP for RnR
  • Not shopping at HS
  • Heavy child in my arms during Stunt show! Ouch my back
  • Not restocking desserts after the first 30 minutes or so at the party
  • COLD night at the party
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I am finally caught back up..we had such cold weather on our trip. I had the cutest shirts for Caleb to wear but no one ever saw them it was soo cold! He also fell asleep about 2 seconds before spectro magic started one night...i think he would have loved all the music and lights...oh well! LOL!
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I'm all caught up!! I especially liked your pics of the MVMCP and WISHES dessert party. It all looks so amazing and magical!!! You had a great view of WISHES--wow!!!
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I'm all caught up!! I especially liked your pics of the MVMCP and WISHES dessert party. It all looks so amazing and magical!!! You had a great view of WISHES--wow!!!
thank you! the wishes dessert party i think is a 'try it once' type of thing! hopefully they bring it back!

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I am finally caught back up..we had such cold weather on our trip. I had the cutest shirts for Caleb to wear but no one ever saw them it was soo cold! He also fell asleep about 2 seconds before spectro magic started one night...i think he would have loved all the music and lights...oh well! LOL!
so glad you guys had a good trip- i can't wait to hear all about it- i've been checking out your pics on FB.
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I am really enjoying your TR!!! We are thinking of going on Dec 13-18th of 2010, so I loved your review of MVMCP!! I noticed that some parts of the party were really crowded, but the waits in the llines were still short??? I am so confused by this when I read the reviews. Would you say that most people are there to see the snow on Main St and the entertainment, so the Main Street area is really crowded for that reason? How would you rate the crowd level overall compaired to a normal MK day? I hope you don't mind me asking all of these questions!!! Just happy to find someone who was there at the same time we are thinking of going

GREAT Wishes view at your dessert party!!! I am really thinking of booking that!
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Aww, poor Will's face on Barnstormer! Alex was just under 35" when we took him at 22 months, so he wasn't able to go on it. We did take him to the Little Mermaid show at HS, but the witch on that scared him and he buried his face in DH and didn't watch most of it.

It's good to hear that I'm not the only one that has to drag my kid kicking and screaming away from play areas and parks. I used to get so embarrassed, but now I've gotten used to it.
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I am really enjoying your TR!!! We are thinking of going on Dec 13-18th of 2010, so I loved your review of MVMCP!! I noticed that some parts of the party were really crowded, but the waits in the llines were still short??? I am so confused by this when I read the reviews. Would you say that most people are there to see the snow on Main St and the entertainment, so the Main Street area is really crowded for that reason? How would you rate the crowd level overall compaired to a normal MK day? I hope you don't mind me asking all of these questions!!! Just happy to find someone who was there at the same time we are thinking of going

GREAT Wishes view at your dessert party!!! I am really thinking of booking that!
Welcome! thanks for reading along- that is a great time to go! for MVMCP- the weekend parties are more crowded- do a weeknight party if you can (tue/thurs). Our strategy is to ride rides during the first parade (8:15pm i think). Most people watch the first parade. So we were in fantasyland by ourselves almost with no lines! Then holiday WISHES is at 9:30, so we watched that and then caught the second parade at 10:30pm. Yes, holiday WISHES was crowded, much like any fireworks show. The parade route gets a bit crowded too- but by seeing the second one, it isn't as bad. We always stake out spots in Frontierland and get great spots to spread out more.

A lot of people are there for the entertainment, which some happens at the castle stage and some in tomorrowland. there is a special beauty and beast reading i think too in her little reading nook area. there is a dance party in the back by ariel's grotto too. So Main Street isn't any more particularly crowded than usual except during parades and WISHES.

as for rating it- we did a Tuesday night party, which i think can be the least crowded of them all. it wasn't that crowded to me, but again, we rode rides when most wehre watching the parade. we enjoyed it and didn't really fight any crowds. of course we plan very well using Fastpasses etc. and won't wait for anything more than 20 minutes. And.....DH and I are people that do not like crowds. I just hate having to fight through a sea of people in the streets/walkways. the only time we experienced that was trying to get to the hub for a spot for WISHES. It is always like that though for any WISHES, not just the holiday one.

for the second parade, my family had staked out a spot right on the ropes in frontierland. we were able to walk up literally 5 minutes before and still had plenty of room to sit in the front with them.

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Aww, poor Will's face on Barnstormer! Alex was just under 35" when we took him at 22 months, so he wasn't able to go on it. We did take him to the Little Mermaid show at HS, but the witch on that scared him and he buried his face in DH and didn't watch most of it.

It's good to hear that I'm not the only one that has to drag my kid kicking and screaming away from play areas and parks. I used to get so embarrassed, but now I've gotten used to it.
ah, poor Alex! just missed it. lol at the little mermaid- i know, my niece was scared to death of the 'sea witch' as she called her when we took her in 2007. lol.

yeah, Will loved all the play areas. it is alwyas the little things, right? lol
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I'll get back to our last few days here pretty soon. In the meantime, I had made a list of things we missed that I want to tackle on the next few trips.........


THINGS WE MISSED
So you might think, gee they were there for 9 days and 10 nights, surely they saw everything at Disney. Right? Wrong……BIG Wrong. I know, it sounds crazy and yes, 9 days actually got to be a little too long for us. Seriously, when I worked at Disney World for almost 4 months back in 1996, I still never had time to see it all. Most folks don’t realize there are 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 2 mini golf areas, over 25 disney resorts, downtown Disney, tons of restaurants and so much more- just on Disney property! With all the special events they throw in, it is hard to see and do it all. Especially if it is crowded. Plus, I'd like to spend more time just enjoying the atmosphere and not rushing around.

So 10 nights, 9 days……. If Pooh was a little older, it might not have been too long, but at his age, it was slightly too long and too much for us. I think it was a lot to take in for him and overstimulating! Not for me of course! But we still had a good time and loved everything. But travelling with a toddler meant 3 hour midday breaks everyday for a nap. Heck, we needed the rest too. While we were usually up and out the door by 7;30am or 8am most days and out until 10pm or later- we still didn’t fit it all in. There are a lot of things we missed that I am really disappointed we skipped or just simply didn’t have the time to get too or they didn’t make sense to do with Pooh on board. I think part of our issue was all the sit down meals- which took 2 hours on average per meal. That ate into a lot of our time. Plus in December the park hours are shorter. And we were busy trying to fit some of the holiday stuff in too. It really made for a busy week, despite 9 days!

So what did we miss that I hope we get to do next trip?
  • Spaceship Earth for a second time- we rode once, but I wanted to ride again, since it was renovated. I forgot to take a picture of our picture and we didn't spend time exploring the new exit area with the games etc.
  • Illuminations- I know in 9 nights we never managed to see it! We were at Epcot only two evenings and one of those was drinking around the world and the other was dinner at Le Cellier and we just missed the show. Bummer. Actually, we saw it as we were driving in on our first night from the airport, but that doesn't count!
  • Fantasmic- with fewer shows, it was hard to get into and I think was a little too scary for Pooh at his age anyhow- save for a future trip in a few years.
  • Maelstrom at Norway- we had breakfast there, but the ride wasn’t open yet and we never made it back
  • World Showcase- we did a ‘drink around the world’ night, but were very rushed and didn’t actually shop or explore. Alan and I rushed through the countries on the last morning, but again, didn’t get to take the time I really wanted to. Didn’t get to enjoy the entertainment each country offers- like the drummers in Japan etc.
  • Jumping fountains at the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot- my sisters and I always get a picture here of us trying to ‘catch’ the jumping water, but we didn’t do that this year. I missed the fountains completely in my rush to get to our Coral Reef lunch. Again- the dining sort of took over too much I think.
  • Big Thunder Mountain at MK- I completely missed this one. Just never had time to get back there. We did Splash a few times but never Big Thunder.
  • Pixie Hollow- I intended to get back there and see Tink, but never did- the one time I tried, the line said it was 45 minutes and I just wasn’t willing to wait that long.
  • Carousel of Progress- an oldie but goodie- missed it this time- I knew Pooh wouldn’t sit through it. We may have to save this for way on down the road, not sure he will even sit through it at 3yo.
  • Candlelight Processional- I did this back in 1996 and saw Lou Gosset Jr. narrate when I worked at Disney. It was amazing- but again, not something Pooh would sit through. Really sad I missed a chance to see this. It is really amazing.
  • Voices of Liberty- I love them!! The American Adventure show at Epcot is good, but the voices of liberty that come out beforehand are the real show. Again- something Pooh wouldn’t sit through, so I didn’t even attempt.
  • Talking Trash Can or the Jammitors- since Pooh is so into trash, I thought it would be fun to see one of these, but never found ‘PUSH’ the talking trash can or the Jammitors (a drumming group that plays on trash cans as drums), but our schedule was so packed, that I didn’t make the time to seek them out and check when they would be out and about.
  • Innoventions at Epcot- it is fun strolling through here and I think had some things Pooh would have enjoyed- like the fire truck. Plus I wanted to see the Raytheon ‘Sum of All Fears’ design your own coaster thing- since I worked at Raytheon- but we never found time to even go in Innoventions.
  • VISA photo time- never made it for the free Disney VISA photo opp at Epcot
  • Christmas Tree at Epcot- never really spent anytime in that area to see it up close and personal!
  • Chocolate Mousse in France at Epcot- LOVE the French bakery and missed it this time. Again, just eating too much as it was,so there wasn’t a good time to go.
  • Mickey’s Toon Town Fair- I know this area will be going away in the next few years- I think construction starts on the new Fantasyland rehab in January! I’ve never spent much time here and Pooh would have loved the Donald’s Boat area with the water sprays. It was too cold the times we were in that area for him to play there.
  • Train at Animal Kingdom- we ended up only spending one morning/afternoon at AK and missed our chance to take the train to the conservation station for Pooh to see the petting zoo and pet the animals.
  • Primeval Whirl-at Animal Kingdom- one of my favorites- just didn’t find the time!
  • Lion King or Nemo show at Animal Kingdom- due to our limited time at AK, never made it to a show- saw all the attractions almost though.
  • Shopping at Hollywood Studios- didn’t get to go into the Villains store or a few others that I wanted to visit.
  • Downtown Disney- wish I had spent more time in Tren-D, but I knew Alan was ready to go as was Pooh. Also would love to get down to the other end and see the other restaurants like the Irish Pub and the Characters in Flight balloon.
  • Activities at our resort- I wish we had more time to do more at the resort- they had an afternoon cookie baking session everyday for the kids, activities at the pool and more.
  • Disney Outlet Store- would have liked to made it over there (off site) for some deals!
So yep, we've got a good list going now of things we want to do on our next trip- which is just 9 months away!


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Absolutely loving this Trip Report, it is actually helping me on our trip for Dec 5th-10th with our two year old.

Question is, on the child-swap pass.
Is this just for certain big-thrill rides or all of them?
And how do you get them?

Thanks and keep the report coming.
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THURSDAY, December 17th

Today the plan was hit 1900 Park Fare for breakfast, morning at MK and then dinner at Hoop Dee Doo Revue! Our family is a little obsessed with HDD! We do it almost every trip. Our breakfast was scheduled for 8:05am. We all drove separately over, so arrived at different times. We had to park across the street and had a short walk to the GF to the breakfast. We’ve done this meal before, but it has been awhile.

I wasn’t sure if we even wanted to do this meal originally, this was one of those ‘extra’ meals my sister scheduled. Since we were up and at em anyway, we decided to head over. We had barely any wait before we were being escorted in for the obligatory picture. Then to our table, in the corner near the entrance. I had made a big mistake, albeit on purpose all week…….I always seated Pooh on the inside of the table- so that he would be ‘trapped’ and couldn’t easily get up and ‘escape’. Being just over 2, he doesn’t sit well through long meals and tries to get up and run around, which isn’t very friendly to the hard working cast members carrying large trays of drinks overhead. Nothing like trying to avoid a toddler loose on the floor! So we intentionally always sat against the wall when possible or on the ‘inside’. Of course for character meals, that made it hard for us to get photos with the characters. I had to drag him out each time, which was difficult. Next trip, we will sit on the outside and hope he does better with mealtime by then. It was very difficult at this particular meal, as we were at the end of the table, up against the wall in a corner. I had to scoot behind 4-5 family members and chairs to get out for pictures.


So anyhow- we enjoyed an okay breakfast here. I wasn’t extremely hungry- I am not a big breakfast eater, I have to be in the right mood. I did enjoy the characters- Alice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins and then of course Pooh’s favorite- Pooh! The buffet was good and plentiful- I just prefer Crystal Palace. I don’t know, something about the atmosphere here just doesn’t do it for me. I can’t quite place my finger on it though. I just don’t see us going back anytime soon. It was a mediocre meal, but there are just other meals I want to try. So Pooh enjoyed the m&ms and gummi bears with his eggs. We all got autographs in our custom autograph books, which were always a big hit, especially with the ‘face characters’ that could actually express how much they liked it verbally!





After breakfast, Alan, Pooh and I headed out to explore the Grand Floridian a little bit. We had been here before many times. I’ve eaten at the fast food place here, enjoyed drinks at the lounge/bar upstairs more than once and explored the outside too. But Alan really hadn’t seen it all, so off we went. We did see the famous gingerbread house, but it was still so early that it wasn’t open. I did get to see it open last trip though and we did purchase a shingle then. This time, we just enjoyed taking a few pictures of the gorgeous tree and house. As we exited into the back near the pool to explore outside, we noticed they were doing some major construction work to the floors. They were adding custom marble that had the characters built in. It was just beautiful! We could see the already finished work by the front entrance.





So we exited and went out to walk around and enjoy the scenery and smell the roses, literally! Nene and Jeff were also out here looking around. Pooh wanted to go down to the beach area and walk on the sand, so we did that too. Then we finally headed back out to the car and drove over to MK. We had considered just taking the monorail and leaving the car there, but we knew the ‘rules’ and that we shouldn’t do that since we had completed our time at the GF. So we made the short drive over to the TTC, parked and took the monorail to the MK.

Not sure where my parents or Wowo/Mike ended up, but we met up with Nene and Jeff and took the train. We timed it just right- barely a wait at all and we were off. Pooh’s at that age where he is just really getting into trains, so I figured he might enjoy this. We took the loop around to the Toontown station where we got off and got some great shots of the train. Really a beauty!



Then we headed to Buzz and with a short wait, we were saving the empire from the evil Zurg. Of course as Alan was concentrating to get the best score, I was getting barely anything with Pooh at the helm! Alan and I are both pretty competitive! Needless to say, I (or Pooh), lost. We explored TL a little bit more and it was sort of a dreary day, although not chilly or anything. We also did Space again I believe here!

Then it was still so early, probably about 11am, we decided to head to Epcot for a few hours for lunch and exploring. So off we went.


We hit Epcot for a bit and then decided to do the ride in Mexico and then eat lunch at the quick service outside. They’ve changed up the menu since last time I ate here. I used to like their nachos, piled high with black beans, beef and other toppings. I think the beans were gone now (and I love black beans) and it just wasn’t the same. We met up with my parents who also enjoyed some lunch.


We got a nice table near the water and of course Pooh would not sit still, he was obsessed with the trash can nearby. He kept walking over to pretend to throw stuff away.


We had grabbed test track fast passes on the way in, so we rode test track after lunch (not the best idea probably? Lol) . We had a good time. I think Alan really enjoys this one. He used to work for the GM plant in Arlington TX and his brother still does. So we probably could have used his old GM ID to get into the GM lounge, but we never have tried. Anyone been up there? By now it was getting late and we needed to be ready to head to Hoop Dee Doo by 5:15 or so. So we headed back to the room for another break.
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Absolutely loving this Trip Report, it is actually helping me on our trip for Dec 5th-10th with our two year old.

Question is, on the child-swap pass.
Is this just for certain big-thrill rides or all of them?
And how do you get them?

Thanks and keep the report coming.
Thanks for reading! We will actually be going back again this year Dec 4-11th- so same time frame. Where are you staying? we just bought DVC, so we are going to BLT, our new home resort!

on child swap- it is available for i think almost all rides- although i have read that one guest attempted to do child swap on toy story mania and was denied (becuase you can take a child on the ride with you, but that still doesn't make sense to me, and not sure if it is true or was just one particular cast member htey came across)

Child swap works like this- so for example, it is me, my husband and my child. We walk up to say Tower of Terror, i tell the cast member at the queue line that we need a child swap pass. He sees the child with us and so then provides us a 'pass'. it is like a fast pass usually. So then my husband goes through the stand by line (however long it is) while I then go wait at the exit with my son. Once my husband exits the right, he then watches my son, while i go back to the queue line and show the cast member my pass- he then usually directs you to the fastpass line, so then i have a minimal wait. So it basically saves from both parents having to wait in the standby line.

I've used it on all the thrill rides. I've never tried to use it on a ride that our son could ride, since we usually take him on. But youc ould use it at Haunted Mansion i am sure, and probably Pirates, as some kiddos are scared of the dark. Just ask the CM.
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