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Old 11-26-2010, 10:47 PM   #136
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Sorry you didn't get your photo op with Captain Hook. I've had issues with that before.

You lucked out on that bench.

We caught the second parade our first on the way out of the park and there was no one down by the train station, was it like that for you?
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:37 AM   #137
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WOW, those are some awesome fireworks shots!

ETA: Oh wait, might help if I learn to read...are the last 2 fireworks pictures the Photopass ones or your own? Either way they're amazing.

Looks like you had fun at the party!
The awesome firework shots are definitely not my own

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Sorry the roaming characters were so disappointing. Great fireworks shots!

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You can't win them all right? The Captain Hook really was the only disappointment of the night.

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Just like Captain Hook to ignore Peter! I'm sure it was just an obstructed vision thing, but that really is too bad. At least you saw Smee! And Marie too. And what a beautiful moment to have on Peter Pan, to remember every time you go on it.

Come to think of it, I think I might have rushed by you guys on my way to the washroom, a bit before the fireworks! Can you recall seeing a grown-up Ariel with a flounder purse?
I don't remember a flounder purse, but that sounds just adorable! I would have loved to have seen you! Seeing all the visitors in fun costumes was one of the highlights of the night!

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Sorry you didn't get your photo op with Captain Hook. I've had issues with that before.

You lucked out on that bench.

We caught the second parade our first on the way out of the park and there was no one down by the train station, was it like that for you?
That is right where we watched the parade and it was very uncrowded. I guess everyone took the advice to stay away from Main Street
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:55 PM   #138
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Oh no, thats so annoying about Captain Hook. I hope it was obstructed vision too

Sounds like you had a great spot for the fireworks though
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:54 AM   #139
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How disappointing about Captain Hook. I mean, really - what's the point if you can't really greet them? Lines are bound to happen.

Woohoo for scoring the bench!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:31 AM   #140
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What a disappointment that he couldn't take 2 minutes to spend some time with you guys You would have gotten some amazing pictures.....those fireworks pictures, my friend, are stunning.....beautiful!!!!!
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:48 PM   #141
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Oh no, thats so annoying about Captain Hook. I hope it was obstructed vision too

Sounds like you had a great spot for the fireworks though
You can't win 'em all, but our fireworks spot was great!

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How disappointing about Captain Hook. I mean, really - what's the point if you can't really greet them? Lines are bound to happen.

Woohoo for scoring the bench!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I don't really see the point in the roaming characters either. I suppose they are trying to recreate the sense of spontaneity there used to be with the characters roaming the park. We've all been trained to hop in line, however, so it doesn't really work.

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What a disappointment that he couldn't take 2 minutes to spend some time with you guys You would have gotten some amazing pictures.....those fireworks pictures, my friend, are stunning.....beautiful!!!!!
I hope he just didn't see us, but that is a bit hard to believe since we were literally chasing him for a bit and he had a CM with him. Oh well. DH likes to tell John he was running from the alligator
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:00 PM   #142
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A Not So Scary Parade

Everyone was pretty pooped out. In fact, Michael had decided it was bedtime and was asleep in the stroller. As we were waiting for the parade to start I looked over to my right and saw the Pooh characters out for pictures. Score! This was a set of characters Id hoped to see because I think they are so cute in their Halloween costumes. Michael was asleep and DH agreed to stay with him and save our spot. So Wendy, John and I headed over and hopped in line. I was a bit nervous that the line would close before we made it to the characters because the parade was scheduled to start soon. The CM came up to us and commented on our costumes. I told him we also had a Michael and he said, Let me guess. Michael is asleep. I laughed and told him he was right on. He then asked us how Nana was doing. I said we hadnt seen Nana in quite sometime and the Darling Children were currently without a pet. The CM said hed talk to Pluto for us, but I politely declined. The last think I need is Pluto to take care of too! Anyway we didnt wait too long before it was our turn. Once again thanks to Photopass we got some decent shots.







They are just so adorable in those costumes and I love that the 4 of them are all together. So after this successful Meet n Greet we headed back to our parade stop. Didnt take too long before we saw this guy ride on by (Some of these parade photos are borrowed from Mickeysmyboy. Thank you.)




(This one is Photopass)

John was really nervous before he came by so he hid his eyes. Then he immediately wanted to know what he looked like. I told him he should have just kept his eyes open. Here are some other photos of the parade. This is a great parade. We had some great character interaction.





Wendy, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys came by. The Lost Boys all ran directly up to my Peter and started whooping and hollering and jumping up and down.





Hook saw Peter from his ship and challenged him to a fight. Peter whipped out his pocket knife and him and Hook starting dueling there on the spot (as well as a duel can happen when one participant is on a float.) It was great!



As the rest of the pirates came by one of them noticed Michael who was in a very interesting sleeping position. He was kneeling face down in his stroller with his behind sticking out for the whole world to see. The pirate saw it. He grabbed his wench, brought her over and said, Look. Hes sending you a message. Im not sure what message he meant, but it was pretty funny.



Shortly after this Michael woke from his sleep screaming bloody murder. Apparently he needed the restroom. So DH took him off to find a restroom which can be a difficult proposition in the middle of the parade. A kind CM led DH carrying a screaming Michael through the length of the Main Street stores yelling, Coming through. We have a kids who needs the bathroom. Must have been quite the site! While they were doing that Wendy, John and I enjoyed the rest of the parade.















We all agreed it was a great parade, but we also all agreed we were tired. So we left the park and headed to the monorail. We got off at the Polynesian, made the short walk to Shades of Green and headed straight to bed. The party was a great success. And we still had two Disney days ahead of us!
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:34 AM   #143
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I'm not a parade person - at all - but I LOVE Boo to You. I really want to go back to Disney sometime in Oct so I can attend MNSSHP and F&W. The photopass shot you included of the Headless Horseman was awesome! And too funny about the CM escorting Peter and Michael to a bathroom!
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Oh, and your ticker in your sig is making me go I don't think I'm ready for this marathon. We should be getting our bib number and corral placement soon. Im not certain how I feel about the changes made for this year. I really liked running the blue start last year and looked forward to that. Now all of us will be on the red start.
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I was a tad behind!


I love, love, love the pics of your kiddos in front on the castle and the ones with Dad and the ones with Tink! WOW! Fabulous!

What is the deal with the lighting in the Mickey and Minnie pic?! I would have been unhappy too! Boo!

I love how you describe Wendy, Michael and John in the bed reading! Isnt it great to have such wonderful memories?!

I love that your DH crowed like a Rooster!! Isnt it great that WDW can do that? Aww, the Captain Hook experience stinks! I would have been hoping for some great interaction too!

Im glad you got to see Pooh and friends! Those pictures are too cute!

It sounds like you had a fabulous time at MNSSHP!!! Its so much fun! I could go ever year and not get sick of it!
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Great parade pictures! That looks like an amazing parade.

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Oh, and your ticker in your sig is making me go I don't think I'm ready for this marathon. We should be getting our bib number and corral placement soon. Im not certain how I feel about the changes made for this year. I really liked running the blue start last year and looked forward to that. Now all of us will be on the red start.
My ticker is also making me go My training is right on schedule, but I'm still really nervous. I have an 18 miler next week and then the 20 miler a couple of weeks later. I just hope the weather holds out. That is a bummer about the change in starts. It wouldn't affect me since I would start red because I'm slow, but I see why you're a bit bummed. The blue start looks so much more interesting because you get to run most of WS at the start. Too bad they didn't move us all to blue start.

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I love, love, love the pics of your kiddos in front on the castle and the ones with Dad and the ones with Tink! WOW! Fabulous!

What is the deal with the lighting in the Mickey and Minnie pic?! I would have been unhappy too! Boo!

I love how you describe Wendy, Michael and John in the bed reading! Isnt it great to have such wonderful memories?!

I love that your DH crowed like a Rooster!! Isnt it great that WDW can do that? Aww, the Captain Hook experience stinks! I would have been hoping for some great interaction too!

Im glad you got to see Pooh and friends! Those pictures are too cute!

It sounds like you had a fabulous time at MNSSHP!!! Its so much fun! I could go ever year and not get sick of it!
Don't feel bad about being behind. Life actually goes on outside the DIS I agree with you about going to the party every year and not getting sick of it. It was so much fun. Don't think we'll get back anytime soon though. The kids are in school and it was pretty expensive to just head down for 3 days. I'm glad we did though!

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Old 12-01-2010, 01:03 PM   #148
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The Morning After

Day 2 dawned earlier than I would like, but my boys never sleep in much so I wasnt expecting it today either. We packed up our stuff and said goodbye to Shades of Green. At 9:00 we were heading out. The boys wanted to stop for a farewell picture with the Mickey so we did.



Then we headed over to the Polynesian because I had an appointment for some Tonga Toast. Wed never eaten at Kona before, but Id heard so much about this Tonga Toast that I wanted to give it a try. We checked in and as we were waiting I mentioned to DH, Im so hungry that Im nauseous. That is what I thought at the time, but as you will later see I dont think it was hunger. Anyway eventually we were seated. We placed our orders. Here we are waiting for the food.







Here are some shots of the food when it arrived. Michael insisted on this shot of his Mickey pancakes.



Here is DHs Big Kahuna.



And here is the famous Tonga Toast.



So we all dug in. What did I think? I think Tonga Toast may be a bit overrated. Of course by this point Id figured out the nausea wasnt just cause I was hungry so that probably played a role in my critique. Still I thought DHs meal was better. Im not a huge French toast fan anyway, and there really wasnt much banana in mine. We all loved the Jungle Juice though. Would I go to Kona again? Sure I would, but Id probably get the big Kahuna before Id get the Tonga Toast.

As we walked to our car after breakfast I reminded the kids of one of our earlier trips. In January 2008 wed gone to the Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner and the kids had fallen in love with it. They really wanted to stay there, but at the time I wasnt sure it would ever happen because the rooms only sleep 4. Fast forward almost 3 years and we now are DVC members. So it is affordable to actually stay in one of the 1 bedroom villas which sleep 5! So that is where we were heading. As we hopped in the car I told the kids, Were living the Dream. Everyone was so excited! DH and I were hoping the room was ready because we were both thinking a little rest would be nice. Considering it was only 10:30, however, we werent counting on it. It didn't take long before we parked in the Kidani parking and were walking in the building. Here is a shot of the entry way.



Then we headed into the lobby and loved it immediately.





It lacks the grandeur of Jambo House, but you can see right out to the Savannah from the lobby. I checked in and our room wasnt ready, but Id gotten my request of 2nd floor on the Sunset Savannah so I was excited. While I was checking in everyone else was enjoying a bit of animal viewing. Michael is our animal lover and he was loving this. DH took him outside to get a bit closer to the animals.





The plan was to head over to Animal Kingdom, but Michael needed the restroom so DH took him while me and the other kids went into one of the viewing areas off the lobby. We were enjoying looking at the animals, but my stomach still wasnt feeling quite right. All of the sudden I realized I was going to be sick. I left Wendy and John and headed for the restroom where I proceeded to get sick. I was still deluding myself into thinking it must have been something I ate. I headed back out and told DH, but said I was OK and we should still head over to Animal Kingdom. I really was feeling OK, not great, but OK. Plus we had no room to go to so I didnt see any other choice. So we headed back and were on our way to the park. Would I make it?
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Oooh!!! Cliff Hanger!!! I hope it went away!
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Loving your TR! I've been following alongwith this and your last TR, but I don't keep up enough to comment much. Those costumes are sooooo cute! I saw lots of Peter Pan themed groups when we did MNSSHP, but nothing as clever as how your boys are dressed. LOVE it!

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