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Old 07-16-2010, 02:16 AM   #106
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Yeah for another update!

Your pics are awesome and the story about Snow White was too funny..but awesome that you guys were able to have that extra time with her alone.

Can't wait for the next update
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:18 PM   #107
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Yeah for another update!

Your pics are awesome and the story about Snow White was too funny..but awesome that you guys were able to have that extra time with her alone.

Can't wait for the next update
It was very cool meeting her like that! I think I was just so taken by surprise. Usually the lines are so super long to see any character!!
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:52 PM   #108
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I can't believe he said yes! We conquered June! Ghosts, Pirates and An alien 7.16.10

Our Magic Kingdom day begins in a post on page 7!
My plan was to head straight for the BTMR/Splash Mtn area but I realize we are right by Haunted Mansion. There is a “5” minute wait. I think the 5 minutes was for you to go into the shrinking room!



After we finish Haunted Mansion we make the trek over to Frontierland. We see Frontier Donald but pass him by. We really wanted some autographs but we also realized our day was going to be an impossible task as it was. We get to Splash Mtn and see Jesse and Woody, wave and keep walking. I did not even think to get a picture! Another down fall of having to cram stuff into one day is you don’t get to enjoy moments and do not think about taking certain pictures until it is all over and you are home!

We get to BTMR at 9:30am and the wait is 5 minutes!!


We line up and very soon we are heading into the desolate west!

We begin our journey!!


We could not get new FPs until 10am. I had planned on leaving for the Polynesian at 9:50 for breakfast. I made a decision that I admit was my entire fault…and made us late once again for our reservation….but at least I am on track for being consistent…right??

We head over to Pirates of the Caribbean and walk-on….again!


After we leave POTC, I send the kid to Splash Mtn to get FPs so we can ride as soon as we return at noonish. This is around 9:50 so I am thinking we are okay. Except, when Chris puts in our tickets, he gets one FP and then all the others say he has to wait until 11am for more…that makes no sense! He comes back and tells us. I realize what had happened; send them back as we head to the exit--that was my bad decision, we should ahve just left! To make a long story short….he was putting the same ticket in each time!
We get to the monorail and load up. Our reservation for Ohana was for 10:25am and we make it to the Poly at 10:35am.

I was slightly annoyed but more at myself. I grab the kids for the photo but left Keith out (I figured he wouldn’t want a picture made and I didn’t want to force him). Well, as it turned out he told me I should have told him we were getting a picture…oh well…. I really just wanted the leis!

We snapped a few pictures to pass time while we waited.


Then we were seated!!


This is probably my favorite character meal of the few I have been to. The food is good and plentiful (plus it is brought to your table!) and the juice is awesome! Pretty sure it is the same as what we had at Tusker House, but who cares??? I have been craving this juice since day one of planning our trip!!! We had 4 bottles of this stuff! We east, see the characters and then we decide to make our way back to the Magic Kingdom!


As Mickey was passing Keith...I asked Mickey if he would take a picture with Keith...it was sneaky but it worked!! Of course I was threatened if it went on Facebook for his friends to see. But the DISBoards are different right??


Continued in the next post....
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:04 PM   #109
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I can't believe he said yes! We conquered June! Ghosts, Pirates and An alien 7.16.10

We looked around the resort a bit because I love this resort!!


We decide to take the ferry back. It is a "long" 1 minute wait before we board the ferry and soon we are headed back!! Did I mention that I love the Poly! This is my “dream” resort….one day…..


The Contemporary


The Grand Floridian


Our view as we approach MK:


And....we are back!!


By this time it is around 12:00 or 12:30pm. So what does our afternoon hold?? Stay tuned!!!
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:31 PM   #110
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Your breakfast at Ohana looks so yummy and the Poly is so beautiful...definitely my dream resort too.

Looking forward to hearing more
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Old 07-17-2010, 12:42 AM   #111
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If running to Snow White is the low point of your adult life, I think you're in pretty good shape. :D

I really envy your MK wait times!

Your DH looks so happy in the pictures taken at the Polynesian! But who wouldn't be?!? I obviously share your love of the Polynesian. My family used to stay there when I was a kid, and we'd love to stay there again someday. We're always sure to go back and visit every trip.
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:54 AM   #112
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Wow! I leave for a while and there are several updates!

In your video I can just catch me and Dianna (in pink) in the lower left corner for a second. It's too bad about the video mixup. So you went in the same side as us but we decided to hang around the middle to catch the show.

Our original plan was to start at SM but we ended up starting Dumbo and moving clockwise. Your encounter with Snow White was really magical! No one else around at all? Had to be a great moment. Dianna pretty much had the same reaction when she saw her coming out so don't worry about your reaction. It's the Magic Kingdom after all!

You were covering more distance than we did since we really didn't have any skippable rides being our first time. Futureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Adventureland all in a few hours!

The Poly is great isn't it? The lushness really gives the illusion that you have traveled to a tropical locale. I'm glad 'Ohana had such a great breakfast! We were in too much of a rush in the mornings to have an ADR meal and with the Hawaii Lounge right there. Are you talking about the orange guava passionfruit juice? The Poly lounge has that available throughout the day and at night they mix an adult punch called the Ku'ulei Special.

We left the Magic Kingdom via Monorail around noon on our way to EPCOT so we may have passed by each other without knowing it.

It still looks like you have plenty in store for the second half of the day!

P.S. - It looks like Keith is starting to get into the Disney spirit. At least a little bit, right?
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:42 PM   #113
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Your breakfast at Ohana looks so yummy and the Poly is so beautiful...definitely my dream resort too.

Looking forward to hearing more
Te breakfast is so good! And add that to being in the Poly...ahhhh...

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If running to Snow White is the low point of your adult life, I think you're in pretty good shape. :D

I really envy your MK wait times!

Your DH looks so happy in the pictures taken at the Polynesian! But who wouldn't be?!? I obviously share your love of the Polynesian. My family used to stay there when I was a kid, and we'd love to stay there again someday. We're always sure to go back and visit every trip.
LOL I am pretty sure I have had other low points but this is the most recent! (And one I don't mind sharing!!! )

Our wait times were not bad at all! That is one thing I like about early EMH, at least so far it has really worked in our favor!

DH really liked the Polynesian! I think those pictures are some of the best I have from this trip!!

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Wow! I leave for a while and there are several updates!

I felt like a slacker...everyone else's TRs from that week are almost over!! I thought I needed to pick up the slack some!

In your video I can just catch me and Dianna (in pink) in the lower left corner for a second. It's too bad about the video mixup. So you went in the same side as us but we decided to hang around the middle to catch the show.

Isn't it weird that you could almost run into someone and never know it?!?! That is cool that you were able to see a part of yourselves!!

Our original plan was to start at SM but we ended up starting Dumbo and moving clockwise. Your encounter with Snow White was really magical! No one else around at all? Had to be a great moment. Dianna pretty much had the same reaction when she saw her coming out so don't worry about your reaction. It's the Magic Kingdom after all!

I am so glad that another adult had a similar reaction!! It makes me feel "normal" and you are right: it IS the Magic Kingdom!!! We never even got close to Dumbo.

You were covering more distance than we did since we really didn't have any skippable rides being our first time. Futureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Adventureland all in a few hours!

We hit all of the rides last year (but we were at MK 2 1/2 days also) and I was really trying hard to show Keith that Disney and the Magic Kingdom wasn't all about little kids and characters! So we left out things I knew would not interest him! Next time I hope to have my mom with me and we will cover all the rides again since it has been 12 years since she has been!!

The Poly is great isn't it? The lushness really gives the illusion that you have traveled to a tropical locale. I'm glad 'Ohana had such a great breakfast! We were in too much of a rush in the mornings to have an ADR meal and with the Hawaii Lounge right there. Are you talking about the orange guava passionfruit juice? The Poly lounge has that available throughout the day and at night they mix an adult punch called the Ku'ulei Special.

The Poly is wonderful!! I am talking about that juice!! Good to know the other places it is offered! I want to try that Lapu Lapu you had also. I hear raves about it!!

We left the Magic Kingdom via Monorail around noon on our way to EPCOT so we may have passed by each other without knowing it.

It still looks like you have plenty in store for the second half of the day!

P.S. - It looks like Keith is starting to get into the Disney spirit. At least a little bit, right?
There is a lot left to tell for this day! This was a very, very long day!!

Keith is loosening up just a little bit...he just won't admit it!! Pictures tell no lies though!!
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:59 AM   #114
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great update!! i loooove the ohana's character breakfast... we did that on my last visit, we asked for a character breakfast taht was the only one available and we loooved it! its a must do for the next trip when i finally get to take my daughter!

and why is it that some men just dont get the whole disney magical feel?!?!?
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I fell behind!! Loving your updates! The Snow White story was too sweet and I loved your Mickey & Minnie pic by the castle. Too cute! I've never taken their picture at all. It always seems like there's a photopass person using that spot when we pass it.

Breakfast at 'Ohana looks great! I have made ADR's there, and then cancelled them sooooo many times. We have got to finally do that! The Poly looks sooo pretty! I wish I could bring myself to justify that price. Someday!!

Can't wait to read more!
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:35 PM   #116
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The Ohana breakfast looked really good. I have never considered eating there. Maybe I ought to put it on my list for the future - of course, the kids will need to watch Lilo and Stitch first...

You take really nice pictures in the attractions. I have never tried to do that. I am always afraid I won't remember to turn off my flash and then people will talk about me on the DIS.

I don't think you had too bad of "princess luck" if you had Snow White all to yourselves! I Snow White!
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:12 PM   #117
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Enjoying reading your trip report!!
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:43 AM   #118
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great update!! i loooove the ohana's character breakfast... we did that on my last visit, we asked for a character breakfast taht was the only one available and we loooved it! its a must do for the next trip when i finally get to take my daughter!

and why is it that some men just dont get the whole disney magical feel?!?!?
I personally think it is one of the best (at least of the ones I have done so far!)

I don't understand men not getting it soemtimes!? My dad gets Disney...he loves it! And I honestly think that if it had not been for him talking about it one day, Keith never would have even contemplated going! Of course I know a few women who go because their husbands like it...what a switch!!

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I fell behind!! Loving your updates! The Snow White story was too sweet and I loved your Mickey & Minnie pic by the castle. Too cute! I've never taken their picture at all. It always seems like there's a photopass person using that spot when we pass it.

Breakfast at 'Ohana looks great! I have made ADR's there, and then cancelled them sooooo many times. We have got to finally do that! The Poly looks sooo pretty! I wish I could bring myself to justify that price. Someday!!

Can't wait to read more!
We got so lucky in that area...we were the only ones anywhere around and then my Snow White surprise! It made the beginning of my day very magical!!

Personally, I can justify the cost of the Ohana breakfast over Chef Mickeys. The atmosphere and food are so much better. But I do like the characters at Chef Mickeys better (no offense Lilo and Stitch! )

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The Ohana breakfast looked really good. I have never considered eating there. Maybe I ought to put it on my list for the future - of course, the kids will need to watch Lilo and Stitch first...

You take really nice pictures in the attractions. I have never tried to do that. I am always afraid I won't remember to turn off my flash and then people will talk about me on the DIS.

I don't think you had too bad of "princess luck" if you had Snow White all to yourselves! I Snow White!
Lilo and Stitch aren't our faves but the meal is so good! I think my kids were around the ages of yours (maybe a little older)when Lilo and Stitch 1st came on the scene so they know who they are. I tried watching the movie prior to going...to get us in the spirit...it's not one I would watch over and over...

I never leave my flash on. Most of my pictures are withou the flash. The POTC, though, were with the flash....I know....people will talk bad about me!! Yikes...it can be vicious!! But in my defense, others in our boat asked us if we minded them using their flash and I said no...then I used mine! Plus there wasn't anyone in the boat in front or behind us so I felt like we weren't ruining it for anyone else.

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I am so glad you are enjoying my TR!! I hope to be able to add a new installment or two this evening!! My job tends to slow me down!
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all caught up! I love the way you ran to Snow White! I swear I will do that one day, but get way too chicken to actually do it! I hate the Stitch ride too, never again will I ever do that!!!!
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I can't believe he said yes! We conquered June! MK continues 7.21.10

When I last left of we had just gotten back to the Magic Kingdom and I think the temperature must have sky-rocketed or else that ferry took us to the sun rather than the Magic Kingdom!! Oh boy was it hot! And heat hot…not humidity—there is a huge difference! Normally I can make it in just heat hot. I live daily in humidity hot and it just makes you feel gross! This was baking!!! People say AK is so hot but I always find MK much hotter! To add to it, they had made an announcement to the entire state of Florida that Tuesday, June 8, 2010 was a completely FREE day! So due to this announcement all of Florida decided to go to the Magic Kingdom. Oh, okay….I made that up, but seriously I think there must have been a million people trying to make their way down Main Street! It was jam packed. I snapped a picture of this group while we wove our way between people:


We were heading to Splash Mtn to use those FastPasses. Now I had planned to stay at least until the parade at 3pm. By the time we got to the Adventureland bridge, I told Keith (who had already determined he wanted no more of MK and was going back to the resort after Splash Mtn) that I thought a swim would be good. But first I had to see Ariel…I had promised Madison. The kids and I would come back at 6pm to use the Space Mtn FPs and see the parade and Nightastic. The heat was awful and it was just too crowded, even for me!

We get to Splash Mtn and wait in the FP line 10 minutes or so. Keith is not really into any type of amusement rides (one reason he says he doesn’t like theme parks) but he always likes the water rides. And I just knew he would like Splash! I love Splash…it is my happy place. I ride the entire thing with this goofy grin on my face!

Looking for our happy place

Woo-Hoo! Not too wet!

And my favorite part...I hum this song the rest of the day!!


Our ride pic!


So we finish up on Splash slightly damp but not too bad and head over to the veranda where Ariel and Eric are now located. No one is around so we wait. Madison bought more pins and made the realization that this is a really expensive hobby! She told me she just couldn’t decide but…well, she has a very nice collection now!! I told her we will e-bay prior to the next trip! We got to the veranda around 1:10pm and find out Ariel will be back at 2pm. So we decide to wait. We will be first in line anyway. We are right next to the place they sell Dole Whips so we each get one. It was my first and it was so yummy!! Plus it was nice and cool in the heat!
See….don’t we look like we are having a blast???


Finally Ariel and Eric appear. They are very gracious and polite. Madison insisted I be a part of this meet and greet:


After this we make our way out of the park. On the way we walk past a Photopass photographer by Crystal Palace. We get a quick picture and then we are on our way.


We missed the parade but we saw it last year and now seeing everyone else’s pictures…it is the exact same parade so we missed nothing and Keith didn’t care anyhow! As we get to Main Street we are greeted by the Mayor! He calls Chris Carrot Top...but he didn't get it!

I take a walking photo of the train station:


When we get back to the resort I snapped this picture. I loved the pink in the Crepe Myrtles and the blue sky!


We get back to the resort and are in the pool no later than 3:30pm. We swim a bit and then take a nap under the trees. I really liked having the tree cover by the pool on Ol Man’s Island!! There was even a breeze! Plus the Pina Colava was refreshing!

continued in next post!!
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