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Old 09-13-2010, 07:55 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by MaryAz View Post
Accccck. page 4 or maybe even 5. I am so behind. Can;t wait for another great report!!!
You haven't missed much though! No worries!

I gotta get some laundry in, but I'll be back soon to do an update!
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My goodness!! Page 5 already?!! You ARE popular Henry is SOOO cute - I can't wait to read all about your trip to my favorite places (WDW and BWV)!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:22 PM   #63
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I'm here!!!!! WOOT WOOT!! What a great birthday for Henry! He's such a cutie!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by brookelizabeth View Post
I don't think his name is really George...I'm not even sure he has a name! But as per this family, he's George.
Per your family and now per much of the DIS, his name SHALL be George! Wonder how long before a plaque appears with his name?

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Old 09-13-2010, 08:26 PM   #65
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Wow, I miss checking your PTR for one day, and I end up this far behind. Saw the pics of Henry on FB today and loved them. It looked like a wonderful birthday celebration.

Looking forward to your TR.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:47 PM   #66
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Guess I am WAY late to this party... page 5? PAGE 5??????

I really cannot believe it.

Oh well... I'm here now!
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:08 PM   #67
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WHEW! I'm so glad it arrived! I started writing Claire's with the pen I had and it pooped out mid sentence! So I grabbed the Sharpie and it just ended up as a mess - and fitting the whole address in the little spot with a Sharpie...ya...you saw the mess of it all! I felt bad, but I didn't have another postcard, and I figured a kid doesn't notice stuff like that, all they care about is the Princess or Mickey on the FRONT!

I sooooooooooooo wanted to write "Princess Claire, go tell your Daddy you need to come visit us." But I figured Skip might not appreciate that too much!
You should've! LOL! I would've loved it. She hasn't shown it to him yet. She's too busy singing and dancing right now. I need to get her to bed though.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:21 PM   #68
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Originally Posted by that's nice View Post
Guess I am WAY late to this party... page 5? PAGE 5??????

I really cannot believe it.

Oh well... I'm here now!
Really???? The proper response should be
PAGE 5 already ???? That's nice!

I am trying to catch up and I just missed the link yesterday. 5 pages WOW.
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I am way back page wise... but loved the FB updates and all. We loved the Boardwalk pool in June, and I roamed with Luke the hotel a bit... looking forward to lots of pics, it is in the running for June in where we want to stay.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:42 PM   #70
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Ah, caught this one only five pages in... Was watching on Facebook and Twitter, but looking forward to the rest of the story.
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I haven't gotten to FB, but looking forward to your TR here - I'm going pretty technology-free on our trip, so I'll have much to look forward to upon our return next week!
BTW, you take wonderful pictures of Henry! It doesn't hurt that he is so adorable

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Old 09-13-2010, 09:58 PM   #72
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A new trip report! How exciting! Can't wait for more

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Love the pictures of Henry from his birthday. Can't wait to read about the whole trip.
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Too funny...I was on your PTR report last night & was definitely still on DIS around midnight last night...but I missed your TR beginning until now!

Wow...you have 5 pages already! Congrats for that! Thats great for a 24 hour period!

Your pictures from the zoo & Henry's birthday are too cute! It looks like you both had a wonderful day!

I can't wait to read all about your trip!!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:50 PM   #75
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We are off to Disney World!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Before I was married I used four alarm clocks.

One real alarm clock that I could set 2 alarms on. A radio with a clock. My cell phone.

I set them ALL each night before going to bed, the first one would ring 2 hours before I had to get up and then the others would ring in 20 minute intervals.

My roommate LOVED me.

(Don't worry, she really did - we were old friends and she knew about my inability to hear alarms/get up!)

These alarms would do their morning song every single day and yet I would never hear them, I'd sleep right through - sometimes even being LATE for work.

All that to say, my alarm was set at 6:00 for Disney Morning. But, I knew Joe would be the one waking me up.

Or would he?

My eyes flipped open. I was pretty sure the alarm had not rung because Joe was still sound asleep.

I laid there, refusing to look at the clock, knowing that if I did I wouldn't be able to sleep again because I'd just be thinking "3 hours to Disney, 2 hours to Disney, 1 hour to Disney." You get the picture.

Well, I couldn't sleep, so eventually I allowed myself a glimpse at the clock.

5:34 am.

WHAT?!?! I figured it would be like 3 am or something insane, not actually a reasonable time!


Seriously folks, this is news.

I crept about the house getting myself and breakfast ready. Joe heard me after about 10 minutes, laughed at his giddy wife, and started doing some airline research. New York City was in the path of Hurricane Earl, and he was supposed to hit just before Joe's plane was supposed to take off the next evening. (in case you weren't on the PTR...The plans were for him to join us Friday night down in Disney World)

I continued getting ready and was pretty well set by about 6:30 and Joe had switched his flight - with no fee! - to a flight that afternoon! I had a nice slow morning, sipping coffee, DISing....it was an excellent way to start the trip.

Henry woke up at some point and we got him all ready to go. Our bags were set, it was time to go!!

Henry and I walked a few blocks to the bus, we only had to wait a few minutes when a VERY full bus pulled up.


Toddler + stroller + backpack + crowded bus, this could be a bunch of fun.

But, I took a deep breath and just tried to not worry...and Henry did AWESOME standing on the bus!!! I was so proud of him.

The bus ride to the airport is very short, maybe 15 minutes - but I was still relieved when after a few minutes someone noticed I was standing with a little one and gave me their seat. Thank you kind stranger!

We made it to the airport unscathed, went right through security where Henry was an all-star. He knows the drill!

I waited until the end to board, I personally do NOT like boarding first with a child because the least amount of time you have them on the plane, the better.

But, this time it backfired on me.

I boarded the plane and realized they had Henry sitting in an aisle seat, and me across the aisle from him. I confirmed with the man in the nice business suit that he in fact didn't want my child and no mother sitting next to him.

He didn't.

A flight attendant assisted me and we got situated pretty quickly, it all worked out but I felt bad for causing a ruckus at the last minute.

The flight went smoothly. I packed various things for Henry - some awesome Disney items sent along by another DISer, mickeysmyboy, and some iPhone apps. He did get restless, but overall it was fine.

It was just after 1:00 and we were waiting for the fake monorail at MCO, we had made it!

We made a quick bathroom stop and then to the stop of all stops.


I have heard SO much about this restaurant and never realized there was one in MCO until wdwgirl03 mentioned it in her TRs...and I had to do it. I HAD to try Chick-Fil-A!

The original plan was to get nuggets, but I just wasn't feeling them, so I opted for the Original Sandwich with waffle fries.

Good. Really, really good. I get the obsession now! It's done just right. The bun just has butter on it, and there are pickles - so it's basic, and kinda like McDonald's Southern Style Sandwich...but so much better! The chicken is nice and juicy....delish. My mouth is watering thinking about it - we seriously need this in NYC!

We made our way down to ME, and I gotta say...I love the fact that I know this airport. I don't have much of a sense of direction and largely rely on Joe to point me the right way, but MCO, I've got it finally after all these trips!

Straight to the elevators, and straight to ME. I pulled out my little ME booklet and was ushered into an empty aisle.

And what? Do my eyes deceive me? Is that a CM coming to the end of my aisle and opening the little rope gate, ushering me through with their giant Mickey hand?

Why, yes, yes it is!


It was random, but while we were walking down that lovely ME aisle, Henry shouted out "Dance Mommy!" so we did.

We danced right through that open gate and out to the waiting ME bus!

I love that kind of pixie dust when I'm solo-parenting with a 3 year old!

Henry chose the 2nd row seat for us to sit in. We got settled and then I smelled IT.

gellybean you know what I'm talking about.


I had just changed Henry before Chick-Fil-A, yet here IT was.

All the CMs were right outside of our bus, so I try to be discrete about asking them if I had time to change a
poopy diaper.

"Someone is in LABOR?!" a female CM asks.

So I say it louder and they all laugh with relief.

A CM motions to a bench that is out of the sight of the buses and we were fresh in no time, back on the bus -- and it pulled away minutes later.

Very soon we were on our way and the video was showing - Henry was pretty much glued.

So was I. I've seen it, but I love it. It's just another one of those signs that you've made it and your vacation is beginning. Now the video on the way back...that's another story.

I did FINALLY manage to get this as well!


Our bus stopped at POR first and then to the Boardwalk.

When I entered the lobby I got even more excited. We were here, this was real!! There was a small line to check-in, so we waited a few moments when the Conceriage Desk called me over. I had done online check-in so I had everything in my hands within just moments.

Then they handed over Henry's Birthday button and everyone at the desk leaned over to look in his stroller and shout out a "Happy Birthday Henry!" he glowed with excitement. As we walked away from the desk they continued their "Happy Birthday Henry" cheers and he was eating it up! It was a very sweet moment.

Okay, so smooth flight, Chick-Fil-A, straight to ME, pretty much zero wait to check-in...is our room ready?


Some really nice mojo going on here.

I had put in no requests. Not-a-one. Complete gamble.

Room #5059 was it. I knew the BW had some very long hallways....and I was very happy to see our door was just steps from the elevator - we were about the 6th door down. Excellent location.

I stepped into the room and smiled. Pictures don't do these rooms justice - they are really very, very nice.

He was thrilled about the Mickey on our bed! And immediately asked to jump on the bed, it's his favorite thing to do at Mickey's House and he KNOWS he can!

One happy little boy!

He continued to jump and run around while I took pictures.

Light near the doorway

Little entryway with shelf and perfectly fits a stroller. Loved that. Also would be a great place for shoes.

Much larger than I expected!

This bench is across from the bed - we only ever used it as a place to put all the decorative pillows and some other random stuff throughout the week.

Bed with child rolling around!

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Feb 2014 - Vero Beach ... Sept 2013 - CR/Disney Fantasy...March 2013 - AKL/SSR/POR ... Oct 2012 - OKW ... Sept 2012 - Disney Magic ... June 2012 - Disney Magic ... Jan 2012 - PPH/VGC ... Aug 2011 - Pop/YC/OKW ... May 2011 - ASMo ... Feb/March 2011 - BWV/BLT ... Sept 2010 - BWV ... Dec/Jan 2009/10 - AKV ... Sept 2009 - CSR ... Jan 2009 - SSR ... Nov 2008 - WL ... Oct 2006 - AKL

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