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Old 01-02-2011, 08:38 AM   #46
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Can't wait to read more! As far as June, just drink lots of water and take a break mid-day to hit the resort pool. We had to do that every single day to make it bearable! By noon we were on our way back to the pool. Stayed until around 3 or 4 then headed back to the room to change and hit the parks again at night when it was a LITTLE cooler. Definitely not the touring style we have been used to by going in February.
I just noticed our tickers say the EXACT same thing!! When will you be arriving in WDW? We will be there from 6/26-7/1!
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:39 AM   #47
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Do you mind another reader? I stumbled across your report today and am really enjoying it so far.
Of COURSE not!!! Welcome aboard!!
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I just noticed our tickers say the EXACT same thing!! When will you be arriving in WDW? We will be there from 6/26-7/1!
Oh my gosh!!!!! We are actually getting there on the 23rd but we will be loading up on the ship first thing in the morning of the 26th!! HOW CLOSE AND CRAZY IS THAT???? Ok, if you guys end up going a day or so earlier for some reason.....LET ME KNOW!!! We will be staying in a 1 bedroom at the Beach Club Villa's for those 3 nights before the cruise.
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I'm in! We stayed at POFQ some years back and we really like it! Love the food area there! Your kids are so cute ~ AND I can't believe how they've grown up!

I love "surprise" trips!

How where crowds? I'm in a terrible debate of IF we should go over Thanksgiving next year. We went this year in the 1st part of Nov. But had to pull the kids from school for 8 days. Next year will be the last year I can pull do to school. We were there for Thanksgiving a few years ago, and stayed for the week after. Oh desicions!
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Oh my gosh!!!!! We are actually getting there on the 23rd but we will be loading up on the ship first thing in the morning of the 26th!! HOW CLOSE AND CRAZY IS THAT???? Ok, if you guys end up going a day or so earlier for some reason.....LET ME KNOW!!! We will be staying in a 1 bedroom at the Beach Club Villa's for those 3 nights before the cruise.
SO CLOSE!!!! We are driving down and will be pulling into Orlando that morning! If anything changes, I'll be sure to let you know.
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I'm in! We stayed at POFQ some years back and we really like it! Love the food area there! Your kids are so cute ~ AND I can't believe how they've grown up!

I love "surprise" trips!

How where crowds? I'm in a terrible debate of IF we should go over Thanksgiving next year. We went this year in the 1st part of Nov. But had to pull the kids from school for 8 days. Next year will be the last year I can pull do to school. We were there for Thanksgiving a few years ago, and stayed for the week after. Oh desicions!
Glad you're here! We love surprise trips, too! But this is the 3rd one we've done for Tyson, and I think he is TOTALLY on to us now. Not sure how many more we'll be able to pull off!

The crowds were bearable. There were A LOT of people there, but it wasn't like Christmas crowded! We just took our time and planned around the major attractions that we really wanted to do. If we had a full week it would've been better.

What I loved about going at Thanksgiving is:
#1 I didn't have to cook a meal or clean up after it!
#2 Getting in the Christmas spirit
#3 The weather was PERFECT!
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I have to agree on your reasons to go at Thanksgiving. I however, always cook Dinner on Thanksgiving, so going the weekend prior to the holiday works well for us. The weather is perfect. And the Christmas decorations; for the most part, are all up. We really noticed a huge increase in the crowd level starting on Sunday the 21st. I know that you are a teacher, so you have to fit the trips in when you have the time off.
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Love that you suprised the kids! Did T-day with my parents years ago and loved it. The time leading up to T-day was not as busy as that weekend is. I also remember my mom freezing and wearing her down jacket when we went to Fantasmic! Carosuel of Progress was my mom's favorite rides she use to sing every time you changed rooms - I would get so embrassed, but now miss it. Thanks for brining back wonderful memories of my family trips. We are bound to make a trip at the same time one of these years. Any chance you might make the venture west one of these times? Hint Hint - maybe in the summer when Matt is on tour - any chance they are coming west? I bet experiencing the park through Shae's eyes must be just wonderful.
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I have to agree on your reasons to go at Thanksgiving. I however, always cook Dinner on Thanksgiving, so going the weekend prior to the holiday works well for us. The weather is perfect. And the Christmas decorations; for the most part, are all up. We really noticed a huge increase in the crowd level starting on Sunday the 21st. I know that you are a teacher, so you have to fit the trips in when you have the time off.
Oh, if we could go the weekend before, I bet that WOULD be just perfect! Maybe someday..

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Love that you suprised the kids! Did T-day with my parents years ago and loved it. The time leading up to T-day was not as busy as that weekend is. I also remember my mom freezing and wearing her down jacket when we went to Fantasmic! Carosuel of Progress was my mom's favorite rides she use to sing every time you changed rooms - I would get so embrassed, but now miss it. Thanks for brining back wonderful memories of my family trips. We are bound to make a trip at the same time one of these years. Any chance you might make the venture west one of these times? Hint Hint - maybe in the summer when Matt is on tour - any chance they are coming west? I bet experiencing the park through Shae's eyes must be just wonderful.
Thanks for sharing that, Johanna.... I'm so glad you have those memories to make you smile, and even miss!

Hopefully, we will be back in CA during the 2012-2013 New Year's season. BOA is supposed to be bringing back the Tournament of Roses Honor band and we will hopefully be asked to be on staff again. Maybe we can connect then? Otherwise, my summer road trips are usually spent on the East Coast, where I can visit family and friends (the ol' 2 birds with one stone thing, ya know?).

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Well, just like the rest of the guests at Disney, we had intentions of riding TSM this day. And, just like the rest of the guests at Disney, it meant bee-lining it to Pixar Place as soon as we entered DHS.

Actually, it wasn't too bad. We slept in just a bit, and didn't kill ourselves trying to get there for rope drop. It was NOT EMH, and the trek over to Pixar Place was kind of okay! We even had time to stop and take a picture:


She was cute. She was announcing the days events and even ride wait times!

Of course, the LONGEST wait time was for this:


Ugh... It was easy to get discouraged, but this was really the ONLY thing we absolutely had to do today, and we were fresh out of bed and... oh, what the heck? We just hopped into the line. Why no fast passes? I don't know? They actually weren't even using them for some reason. You know what?! The standby line was MOVING and MOVING FAST!!! All because there were no FP people butting into line.... the standby was flying!!
(No offense to FPers... I'm usually one of them.)


Canadian humor I had not noticed before:


So, remember that cheap little plastic coin that Shaelyn received when we arrived at POFQ? Well, that inexpensive little trinket provided us with 45 minutes of sheer entertainment! DH kept hiding it in his hand and having Shae or Ty guess which hand it was in. Then it moved to pockets, shoes, ears, and any other place that would make the kids laugh. We had so much fun in this queue (and did I mention it kept moving?! Consistently!?)


That hand, Daddy!


Yay! There it is!


Tyson's turn to hide the coin:


Stopping for a picture in front of Mr. Potato head is usually a piece of cake, because you STAND THERE forever (While they let more FP people in line ahead of you). But this time, we had to quickly jump in and get a shot before we were on our way!


See this?


It's the FP line, with no one going in it? Okay okay... you're probably tired of hearing about it.. but I am convinced that sometimes FP is NOT a good thing. This queue was actually enjoyable, even though we were in it for 45 minutes (not the 100 posted). It was as if the line was working the way it SHOULD. When the FP line is there, you end up standing forever in one spot. It's the same with Soarin'. Don't get me wrong, when I'm using a FP, it's awesome. I just think if they weren't there at ALL, the lines would all move better. Ok, rambling over..

Matt and I battled it out... he KILLEd me. Shae and Ty rode together and, of course, Ty beat her. Guess the girls need some more practice!

After getting Toy Storied up, we decided to venture over to Lotso. We were surprised that they stopped us in the animation dump shop, our usual "back way" into the character meet and greet area. They made us go in through the main entrance, but they had set up an 'express' line that bypassed the movie and went right into the meet and greet area. So it wasn't too bad!

The queue for Lotso was adorable! It was set up like a daycare center with bulletin boards and kids' artwork. The line was actually very short (since, really, who wants to meet the big fluffy bad guy who sent the Toy Story characters into a burning furnace?!), so we didn't have too much time to admire the area. Here are a few shots of the kids' artwork:







Then it was on to Lotso:


FAMILY PIC!


I usually don't have a very good experience with PhotoPass photographers using my p and s camera, but this one turned out GREAT!


So, does Lotso smell like strawberries? Well, there was a distinct smell of strawberries in the area, but I don't think it was actually HIM. I think one of those mystical smell makers that Disney uses was hidden in the meet and greet area.... somewhere...

Next stop was an American Idol show. We had some great seats:


Of course, with all of the video screens and bright lights, I really don't think there's a bad seat in that house!

The crowd warm-up guy was hilarious as always!


What a fun job!


By this time, we were starting to get hungry. Everyone voted on Pizza Planet (meh), so we walked on over. It was a complete MADHOUSE!!! Shae and I broke the cardinal rule of not saving tables. Don't bash us... it was a necessity... it was such a zoo! We stalked some people who looked ready to leave, then snagged the table. We took some pictures of ourselves to pass the time:

Disney Glow:


One of Mommy:


And, just because we were getting bored... SILLY FACES!!






FINALLY the boys showed up with a tray full of pizza goodness and we filled up!
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Wow only having to wait 45 minutes instead of 100 sounds like a great start to any DHS day.

Maybe they've finally caught on to the "secret" entrance with the animation building? Your pics with Lotso turned out fantastic, and bonus that there was barely any line

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DH and I had a picture taken with Lotso this summer before we saw the movie, and found out he was a bad guy. He seemed so friendly, boy were we surprised after seeing the movie.

I love your pictures waiting in line for TSM and for pizza. They where so fun filled and full of smiles.
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joining in! Love it!

You're a lot like us! 10 yo boy & 5 yo red headed girl!

Enjoying all the pics too!
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Love all the pictures!!! Looks like your having a terrific time!!!

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Wow only having to wait 45 minutes instead of 100 sounds like a great start to any DHS day.

Maybe they've finally caught on to the "secret" entrance with the animation building? Your pics with Lotso turned out fantastic, and bonus that there was barely any line

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It was truly one of the best waits we've had for a ride. We weren't grouchy, and we were actually having fun for 45 minutes! I'd wait for that again in a second

Yeah, maybe I've told one too many people about that 'secret' entrance!

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DH and I had a picture taken with Lotso this summer before we saw the movie, and found out he was a bad guy. He seemed so friendly, boy were we surprised after seeing the movie.

I love your pictures waiting in line for TSM and for pizza. They where so fun filled and full of smiles.
I was not very friendly to Lotso... he was such a meanie in that movie!! I don't care what CMs say about him being 'rehabilitated' at DHS... he's still a BAD GUY!! (But he did make for a great family picture!)

Thanks! We had a bunch of fun this day, for sure!
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You're a lot like us! 10 yo boy & 5 yo red headed girl!

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HOW COOL! Welcome to the TR!!
Do you have any TRs? I'd love to see our similar families!

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Love all the pictures!!! Looks like your having a terrific time!!!

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