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Old 03-03-2010, 11:47 PM   #256
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Yay for continuing low crowds--what a great way to experience MK (besides the Judge's tent area). Aiden rode his first coaster--did he want to do it again? I am so excited you had such a great experience at LTT--that is on our list for September. Aww--I hope you were able to meet Tiana another time. I sure hope she is still out when we go--I have heard nothing but great responses when you actually get to meet her. Looking forward to reading about your shopping escapades!
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:16 PM   #257
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Awww how fantastic that Aidan got to ride his first coaster, I actually won't ride that one any more as I don't like it

Your meal at LTT looked great I hope they bring the characters back full time
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:58 PM   #258
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Oh my goodness. You've updates so much! Sorry I've been gone forever again...it's been crazy. But your TR is wonderful!! I've loved catching up.

First off, your kids' customs are adorable. And Abby's hairbows are too! Do you have lots of non-Disney customs too, or do you mainly just get them for trips and things?

The WDW iPhone apps are amazing. It's good to know that the wait time one worked so well. I'm sure it saved you lots of time running all over to see the waits.

Poor little Aiden with his leg. But thank goodness it didn't really hurt him and he was fine the rest of the trip!

I think that I said "AW!" out loud when I read about Abby's first souvenirs. How sweet that she picked something to remember with her brother and something else for him. What a sweet big sister.

Tangerine Cafe looks amazing!! I'm still sad that we didn't get to eat there on our trip. Hopefully next time...

Aiden dancing all over WDW is just adorable. I'm sure everyone just loved watching him. And Abby's sombrero picture is SO cute!

How amazing that Mickey took the banner outside so he could write on it. The CMs are just incredible. I love how they go out of their way to make your trip so special.

And finally...this last post...

YAY! for Abby riding her first big rollercoaster! And for Aiden riding his first little coaster! Your kids look like they're such good ages for Disney World. Was this trip better than yours last year as far as their ages go? And Mickey's and Minnie's houses are so cute decorated for Christmas! The non-crowds look amazing. It looks like January is a lot like Sept/Oct.

I can't wait to read more!! And I promise I'll try my hardest to stay up to date this time!
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Old 03-04-2010, 03:53 PM   #259
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I just read through your whole TR!!

Wilderness Lodge looks amazing! I'm really enjoying hearing about your trips, and your kids outfits are super cute!!
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:26 PM   #260
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Hi Katie! Wow, I was really far behind! Ok, all caught up now.

We just LOVE Epcot! Everytime we go, I find myself wanting to spend more and more time there!

We've never eaten at Tangerine Cafe but my cousin's DW surprised me with a slice of baklava from there on our Dec. trip and it was sooooo good!! If the rest of the food is anything like that, then we're just gonna have to try it someday!

I love those stuffed animal babies! We have a Minnie Mouse one.

We just saw Marie in France for the first time last Dec. Isn't she the cutest!!

Yay for Abby and Aiden's rollercoaster rides! Miren's first rollercoaster was BTMRR on our short Sept. trip last year - funny, she's never been on Goofy's coaster and all of a sudden we're all getting on BTM and she says she wants to come too! Ok, I said thinking she would back out halfway down the line - well, it happened to be a walk-on so she wasn't able to think about it! When we got off......."That was awesome! I want to go again!" - so we did!

Low crowds! September last year was like that, too....December - not so much.

Hooray for pin codes!! We got one last year...haven't got one this year - yet. Fingers crossed!!!!!!
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HI EVERYONE!! I am so sorry that I have not posted lately on my TR or yours, but my computer is broken Hopefully it can get fixed soon (at the shop now) or I can talk my DH into buying me a nice, shiney new one Hope to catch up with all of you soon!!!
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:11 AM   #262
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Hey Katie!!! Sorry I've been MIA recently but I'm back now and all caught up!! I loved hearing about LTT--the characters were so cute and the food looks so yummy! I don't understand why they couldn't just keep characters there, too?!

Sorry to hear about your computer! Our regular computer just died--thankfully we had an external hard drive hooked up to it that updated everyday. I use my laptop mostly, anyway. I hope to see you back here very soon!!
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:16 AM   #263
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Double post--sorry!!
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Old 03-16-2010, 06:24 PM   #264
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I hope you got the good news about your computer you wanted--either a new one or the other was able to be repaired. I sure hope you did not lose any of your stuff (pictures, documents, etc).
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:49 PM   #265
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Parades and Shopping/MK

Hello everyone! Our computer is fixed, so now I can get going on the rest of my TR

I last left you as we secured great last minute spots for the Move It/Shake It parade---right in front of the castle

After the parade ended, we made a bee line for....

TOMORROWLAND!

We wanted to go check out the Monsters Inc Laugh Floor! I only have one picture of our experience. Partly because my husband was taking a business call and so I was trying to manage the kids in the waiting area—and partly because they do not let you take pictures of the show!

Here is a picture of the lobby and the television.



When you are waiting to go in, the monsters come on the television screen and do a little pre-show. It is cute, but we all felt that it was a little long, and just wanted to get in already!

Once we were escorted into the large auditorium, the show started. What a GREAT show!! We were laughing so hard and the kids were eating it up. We can not wait to go back! We especially loved how they pick real people out of the audience to involve in the show.

After we got out of the Laugh Floor, we decided to go and find the Astro Orbiter. Let me tell you…I did not realize it was ON TOP of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority! It looked SOOOO high and we were all a little intimidated. We decided instead to get on the TTA! What a nice relaxing ride and, of course, NO wait!

After some Tomorrowland fun, we made our way back into….

ADVENTURELAND!

And it was here that we experienced one of the best rides of the day—Aladdin’s Carpet Ride!
We were not able to ride this last trip and we absolutely LOVED it. Especially my DD (6). I think that we rode about 3 or 4 times in a row! She was giggling the whole way. Here are some shots while we were soaring above Adventureland!




I hear that the camel actually spits at you, but because of the cool weather, they had him turned off

When we exited the ride for the last time, I looked down on the concrete floor. My travel agent had sent me a few WDW tips about “hidden” fun and one pertained to the jewels that were on the ground right outside of the carpet ride. They were so pretty and colorful! Make sure to look next time you are there.

After taking a few family pics, we saw that it was time for the afternoon stage show and the parade! I sent my DH with the kids to check out the show while I went to secure our parade spot. Here are some pics that he took from the show. They really enjoyed it!





While they were enjoying the castle show, I staked out the perfect parade spot. I ended up deciding on the curb right in front of Casey’s Corner restaurant. My thinking was that the kids would be able to use the restroom behind the restaurant when they got there and we would be close to food and drink. Also, here was our view down Main Street!!



And our castle view (and the crane--haha)—



It was really the best of both worlds! Also, we were on the opposite side of the SUN! Lots of people were having trouble shading their faces from the bright sun while we were very comfy in the shade. I had read great reviews about waiting for the parade in Liberty Square or Frontierland, but there is something great about being on Main Street and soaking in the atmosphere. I do try out the Frontierland parade tip later on so, stay tuned to see how we liked it

I would say that I got to our spot about 30 minutes early. The kids and my DH joined me and they had picked up a few Mickey ice cream bars! They enjoyed eating their treats while waiting on the curb. It was an adorable site to watch them. At one point, my DS gave my husband a bite of his and then gave him a big kiss. You could tell that they were really enjoying themselves.

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Old 03-17-2010, 12:50 PM   #266
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The parade started shortly after the kids were done with their snacks. A new addition to the parade is the Volunteer pre-portion of the parade. The Muppets come out and “volunteer dancers” with paint rollers dance in the street. They also chose a family who was visiting WDW after volunteering and had them ride in the parade. Here are a few pics!








Then…the big parade began! I know that most of you have seen pics of it, so let me pick a few of my favorites—





My daughter especially enjoyed the extra “magic dust” that the Fairy Godmother was throwing to the children. She caught a little and put it in her pocket.



What an AMAZING parade!! We just loved it.

After the parade, we decided to do a little shopping. We headed into the candy shop and bought fresh cotton candy. My DH also got his WDW fudge fix and bought a peanut butter and white chocolate assortment. SOOOO GOOD!

We walked through the candy store and into Le Chapeau to buy our Mickey Ears! I had seen a little girl earlier in Tomorrowland with her Mickey Ears and she as using them in a very creative way! I was inspired and so I decided that we would do the same. My DD bought the pink princess ears and my DS picked the light blue “baby” ears. We put them away to use later on that night. Stay tuned to see how we use them!!

After hitting up a few more stores, we ended up buying Disney t-shirts, princess rings and necklaces and an adorable mini Toontown Mickey House with figurines. We had our purchases sent to our room and we were on our way to….

FANTASYLAND!

Abby had a very big decision to make. Should she buy an Ariel or a Belle costume? Let me tell you, this girl agonized over this decision all day and she was finally prepared to make her final choice!

UP NEXT: Tinkerbell Treasures—the big decision! We use our Mickey Ears to create memories and try again to see the fairies. Stay tuned!
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Great updates Katie! It sounds like a wonderful afternoon and all your Disney "swag" sounds great! Can't wait to hear about the dress choice and the Mickey ears!

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What a great update, Katie! Isn't the Laugh Floor soooo cute? We just loved it! We laughed so hard during the show! I can't wait to hear how you used your kids' ears, and which dress your daughter chooses. Belle is my favorite, and Ariel is my second favorite--I'm anxious to hear which one she wants more! It sounds like your family had an absolutely incredible vacation!
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:29 PM   #269
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I love the description of your children watching the parade and sharing ice-cream, so cute!

Can't wait to see what you do with the ears
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Costumes, Princesses and Ears!

That’s right everyone...a second update today!I figured I should catch up from the time lost while my computer was broken.

By the way, Happy St. Patty’s day!

We were making our way down Main Street, heading towards Fantasyland. Our mission was to get to Tinkerbell’s Treasures to let Abby pick out a new princess costume.

We made it to Tinkerbell’s and the kids posed for a picture outside—



When we walked inside, both Abby and I got very excited. I don’t know who enjoys princess attire more I am really trying to cherish these “Princess” moments with her because I know all too soon, she will move on from this phase of her life. While it is very upsetting to me, I also know that she will always have a special place for the Princesses in her heart (just like I still do as an adult---and I am sure most of you too!) But, on the bright side, I still have many more dress up/pretend princess years with her for now so for that, I am grateful. It is important for me to remind myself to soak in these moments while my kids are still young.

Abby had been wanting to get an Ariel costume since we were in Disney last year. She picked the gorgeous teal Ariel wedding gown from BBB when we were last here, but she really wanted the one with the flipper…the REAL mermaid costume. Well...when she began to see the Belle costumes upon arriving this trip, she was very confused. Belle has increasingly become one of her favorites recently. Here she is checking out some pajamas while still thinking---



What a BIG decision this princess had to make. The CM heard us talking about the two costumes and she offered her help. She had Abby come to the desk and she grabbed her wand. She said a special “princess/fairy” chant and sprinkled pixie dust all over her head and her bow! It was just beautiful


LOVE the little girl in the background. Look how excited she was to see it!


After she had her pixie dust moment, Abby knew which one to choose….

ARIEL!


She decided that she would stick to her original idea and that when we came back in December, she would get Belle. We got the crown, a necklace and the costume. Here is a pic of the costume. She looked great in it and really loves it!



BUT, the good news is that this princess does not have to wait long for her Belle costume…

She will be turning 7 soon and will be having an American Girl party. My DH and I are getting her the Belle dress that she wanted! Here is a pic of what it looks like. We have not gotten it in the mail yet—



I also ordered a special treat for her American Girls…..a matching Belle dress!! I found it on Disneystore.com. Isn’t it just precious?

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She will be thrilled and will bring it with her to BBB in December along with her American Girl all dressed up!

OK---kind of got off of the TR there---

We left Tinkerbell’s and were exited to go to our next destination, Philarmagic!



When we walked in, we were escorted into the waiting area.



With our 3D glasses in hand, we entered the auditorium after about a 10 minute wait.



What a GREAT show! I put the 3D glasses on Aiden (2) every now and then, but would take them off during the intense scenes as he had no idea why things were shooting out at him! Our favorite part was the scents of the pies on the B&TB part! SO FUN!

It was very nice to sit down after a long day of walking. At this point, I think we realized how tired we were getting from our full MK day.

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