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Old 02-02-2011, 08:19 PM   #31
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Finally one of the very main reasons for coming to Disney in December. . . Getting to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We heading right to MK from WL and arrived a little before 4pm. You can officially enter the party at 4pm, but since we had our all new annual passes, we could enter whatever time we wanted, lol.

I loved these poinsettia trees and missed not seeing them more often this visit.



We quickly got our bracelets and started our way down main street.







We rode BTMR, waiting a bit longer than I normally like to wait, but it was still early. We did some other rides, but for the life of me, cannot remember at this point. I just knew we had to be in front of the castle for the lighting. So soon we took our spots and waited for the magical moment.







Then it was time to walk around and get in line for the seven dwarfs! Oh, wait, did you notice my soft, fuzzy, warm coat! This was what I got this am at MGM (or DHS)!







Up next, video of the lighting and the Christmas parade...
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:06 PM   #32
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Hi Pat and Dale! These updates are so worth the wait. The pictures of the animals on the savanah are amazing! I never realized how close the animals were!

Ohmygoodness, that picture at MGM (ahem) Hollywod Studios when Dale is giving you a kiss is just about the cutest thing I have seen in a while!

Also, isn't it funny how incongruous it is to see the fab 5 in their winter finest and you two in shorts and short sleeves! I hope those poor characters weren't suffering in the heat!

Love the warm fuzzy jacket! Are you getting a lot of use of it now that it is so cold everywhere over there? If I got one like that my one daughter would turn up her nose in disdain at me and the other one would just take it for her own Yes, it is the second one coming on the cruise with us in Sept! Can't wait to see you guys in person!
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:18 PM   #33
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Your photopass pictures are so cute! I love your coat! It is adorable! I would love to go the MVMCP sometime. When we are there the Halloween party is usually going on. My youngest daughter probably wouldn't go for the scary stuff. She's still a bit of a chicken.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:58 PM   #34
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Hi Pat and Dale! These updates are so worth the wait. The pictures of the animals on the savanah are amazing! I never realized how close the animals were!
Deb, The animals are 'close' but not that close. I posted the two to show you how far they were and how close my zoom lens brought them. But really they are very visible from your balcony.


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Your photopass pictures are so cute! I love your coat! It is adorable! I would love to go the MVMCP sometime. When we are there the Halloween party is usually going on. My youngest daughter probably wouldn't go for the scary stuff. She's still a bit of a chicken. Great updates.
Kelly, We did MNSSHP and I think your daughter would love it. It's a lot of the characters dressed up in costumes, lol. The only 'scary' part might by the headless horsemen as he starts the parade. You can avoid that though as there are lots of things to do that night.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:14 PM   #35
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Video of the Castle Lighting

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Kelly, We did MNSSHP and I think your daughter would love it. It's a lot of the characters dressed up in costumes, lol. The only 'scary' part might by the headless horsemen as he starts the parade. You can avoid that though as there are lots of things to do that night.
I think I am going to check into it. It looks like it would be a lot of fun. I am guessing that the crowd in the park is a lot lighter for that night too. Abby (youngest daughter) might just have to close her eyes for the headless horseman.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:56 PM   #37
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Hi guys....love the pictures, especially with the dwarfs.

Did you like staying at Kidnai. We are going in 2 weeks, and haven't stayed there yet.

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Old 04-27-2011, 08:46 PM   #38
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Hi guys....love the pictures, especially with the dwarfs.

Did you like staying at Kidnai. We are going in 2 weeks, and haven't stayed there yet.

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Cheryl, I suck at TR!!!! Guess you have given me the umph to get going and finish this baby up.

We LOVE Kidani. It's our 'home'. We bought into DVC after our VR. Could kick ourselves for not doing it sooner. We so LOVE staying there. We've only stayed at the Boardwalk one time and Kidani all others. Prior to DVC we loved Pop (and would stay there again if need be).

I hope you have a great time. If you want any tips on stuff at Kidani, let me know.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:10 PM   #39
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade.

We’ve been fortunate enough to have watched this parade before, so I tried to enjoy the parade more so than take a ton of photos. Sorry if these aren’t the greatest, they were with my quick point and shoot.

We planted ourselves at the very entrance of Main Street (just in front of the circle). We got our seats a good hour or 45 minutes before the parade was to start.











































After the parade, we quickly exited the park (we were beat at that point)!

Up next, Epcot and Holidays around the World.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:32 PM   #40
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Wow, it’s hard to believe that our trip is almost over. This is our last FULL day at Disney. Today was Epcot day! We’d planned this so we could see the Candlelight Processional.

Before heading out to Epcot, we wanted to go by Pop (our first home). Somehow we got turned around and completely missed Pop, ended all the way at Magic Kingdom and turned around and headed back, lol (funny now, NOT at the moment).

Dale and I have stayed at Pop several times (he LOVES their food court) so we always call this our first home since it was pre-DVC.

The tree in the lobby.



Some of the icons we love about Pop!







The bridge to no-where!



Peeking through the greenery to see the status of construction on the Legendary Years!





Up next Epcot!
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Your pictures are sooo pretty! I am really wanting to go to MVMCP now. I guess I will just have to keep dreaming.
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:46 AM   #42
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Your pictures are sooo pretty! I am really wanting to go to MVMCP now. I guess I will just have to keep dreaming.
Thanks Kelly! We love MVMCP. These pics were 'ok' but I am determined to take a vacation to Disney without a million pics, we'll see when that happens. Thanks for sticking around for my very very slow TR.

Since it appears that I can't add a post since this was marked 'completed' even though I wasn't done, I thought I'd try adding my post here....

On our way into Epcot from the parking lot we were just about run over by an older man on a scooter. (remember him, you'll hear more). He was zipping around people, forcing some off into the grass, rather rude!

We finally made our way to Epcot. Our main reason was to see the 'worlds' at Christmas and to see the Candlelight Processional! I can't say how much we love the decorations at Christmas time in Disney.







We started to make our way 'around' the world to see some of the story tellers. We've never taken the time to stop and listen. We did this time (only a few times, but still, better than none).







We then made our way to LeCellier for our late lunch reservations. YUMMY!!!! (sorry no food porn). We did walk around this area a bit.









It wasn't too long that we had to go get in line for the Candlelight Processional. We didn't do the package as it's just a lot of money for a 'seat' and made it a point to get in line early. Was a bit shocked how many people were in line at that point. It was a long line, but I started talking to the couple behind us and Dale to the girls in front of us. This sped the time along. While standing around we see the man from the scooter this morning, walking very well, with no assistance carrying his TWO beers back into line. I know some people truly need those scooters as they can't walk the distance, but it annoyed me that he was so rude on it and 'appeared' capable of walking later on.







After the show, we headed back around to head out (Dale was still annoyed, I think about not getting his dark beer). We did see a few more story tellers on the way out.









I really wanted to stay and watch Illuminations, but we needed to head back to start packing, we had to leave the next day.
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