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Old 01-31-2011, 09:23 AM   #76
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Enjoying your tr.
Your daughter is too cute shopping for Disney goodies.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:36 AM   #77
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Yah for getting to ride TOT, it's always so much fun.

How awesome for you that your daughter loves being a window shopper, I'm sure that's a rare treat for most parent's at WDW.

Can't wait for more
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:34 PM   #78
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I also love ToT. I actually scream throughout the entire thing and am happy when it's over. But I still love it. The theming is so cool!

I love when my kids get along so well. The pictures of Ty pushing Shae in the stroller are priceless.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:58 AM   #79
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Great update! I totally agree with you about ToT!!!!! I simply can't ever get enough. I LOVE that free-falling feeling.
Me too! I want it to go on for at least five more minutes!!! Great ride!

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And dude, no shame in the ghetto ride picture. I totally take pictures of my ride pictures all the time now - and I learned it from you!
I am honored that I actually taught you something!

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I'm never opposed to an adult drink in the middle of the day, so I will totally be looking for that yummy drink you got!!!
It seemed to be some kind of Christmas or holiday specialty drink. I hope it's still around the next time you go!

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Look of joy and terror on ToT.....priceless.

I love going to ToT with newbies. I just love listening to their screams of pure terror and how they say they'll never do it again.
I haven't taken a newbie on ToT in so long! Hoping to do so in June when we take my in-laws to Disney!!

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Um, I totally would have been playing with the stuffed animals and dressing them up too!
I know, right? Such fun!

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The Disney pets with accessories were so cute. I can see why Shae enjoyed playing with them.

It is great that Shae enjoys window shopping. I can see alot of Disney window shopping in her future.
It's so wonderful to have her old enough now to enjoy Disney window shopping with me! The boys would have none of it. In fact, NO ONE is worst about 'window' shopping than Matt- he wants to BUY it all!!

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I just have to add that you ARE totally lucky that Shae is a true window shopper. My eldest niece is anything but. She always asks if we can buy things. I haven't been out "shopping" with my youngest niece enough yet, so we have yet to see how she fairs in that kind of environment.
I truly AM lucky... we shall see how long it lasts, right?

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those were some good on ride shots, at first i was wondering how did she get those good shots, then i figured it out.
Glad you solved the mystery! I need to do that more often, because that picture of me screaming, as embarrassing as it is, is one of my favorites of the trip!! It just captures that moment so perfectly!

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I haven't been on it since last summer - I miss it! Can't wait for the day Leo either gets brave enough to go with me... or is old enough to leave in the dump shop while I ride, lol!
Or leave with Gramma, right?


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Yay! Thanks! My mission on our next trip is to take a bunch of pictures just like it.. self portraits of everything we do!! Not Narcissistic or anything...

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Aw, I miss those guys! Are they still on TV? LE was my favorite of little-kid programming.
They are still on, but they are hard to find! Middle of the day time... when most of us are at work and school.

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Enjoying your tr.
Your daughter is too cute shopping for Disney goodies.
Thanks so much!!

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Yah for getting to ride TOT, it's always so much fun.

How awesome for you that your daughter loves being a window shopper, I'm sure that's a rare treat for most parent's at WDW.

Can't wait for more
Just can't wait to get back there to ride ToT again, and to do more window shopping!!

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I also love ToT. I actually scream throughout the entire thing and am happy when it's over. But I still love it. The theming is so cool!

I love when my kids get along so well. The pictures of Ty pushing Shae in the stroller are priceless.
I am a legit screamer on ToT too!! I don't know how people ride it and DON'T scream (like Tyson... if you look at him in my screaming picture, he is just so chilled out!).

That's one of my favorite magical things about Disney... how amazingly well my kids get along!! How amazingly well we ALL get along!!
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:20 AM   #80
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We were able to catch this photo of Ty and Shae pretending to be the Walt and Mickey statue:


Love this picture- I can totally see it!

We just got back from WDW and I am missing the Wishes fireworks the most!
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Love this picture- I can totally see it!

We just got back from WDW and I am missing the Wishes fireworks the most!
Yes, we had a lot of time to stand there and make it perfect while the crowds thinned out! Thanks!

Welcome back... it's so hard to come home and miss those wonderful things at Disney, isn't it?
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Shae is just adorable! What a cute little shopper!

We will be staying at AKV and BLT when we are there this summer. There was no availability at the Boardwalk for a studio. We will definitely have to plan a dis meet sometime!

Can't wait to read more!

We are heading down over Thanksgiving week this year as well! Isn't it such a beautiful time to be there?

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Old 03-11-2011, 02:34 PM   #83
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Updates are coming... I promise

Thanks for hanging with me, friends! I open a new show tonight... I'm playing Gladys Hotchkiss in The Pajama Game. It has been a wonderful process getting this show ready, but it has, obviously, kept me from the DIS. Hoping to have much more time to update... and Spring Break is two weeks away, and I will FINISH this during spring break....

For crying out loud, it's time to get my next PRE TRIPPIE up and going, so I will focus on getting this done!

Thanks again!!
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Thanks for hanging with me, friends! I open a new show tonight... I'm playing Gladys Hotchkiss in The Pajama Game. It has been a wonderful process getting this show ready, but it has, obviously, kept me from the DIS. Hoping to have much more time to update... and Spring Break is two weeks away, and I will FINISH this during spring break....

For crying out loud, it's time to get my next PRE TRIPPIE up and going, so I will focus on getting this done!

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Still here! Hoping your show is going great!
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Thanks you guys!! I'll be back soon!!
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Shae and I decided to hit up the Beauty and the Beast show (one of our favorite experiences!). On our way over, we realized the Block Party Bash was about ready to begin! We found a place to sit and soaked in the fun. Please enjoy the bajillion pictures I took. I just can't get enough of parade performers!!














I thought this one would make a great picture for a caption contest! Any takers?














The cast members were trying to get Shae involved but she was NOT feeling it today! I think all she wanted was to get over to the theatre to see the show. So we ended up leaving the parade halfway through. We found some seats in the theatre that were on the aisle, so Shae enjoyed some of her own 'dance' time.



I wish I would've video recorded this because she was just going to town!


I took no pictures of the show this time. I just enjoyed the production along with Shaelyn's sheer love of the whole experience. It was fabulous as usual!!
We also enjoyed watching the sound/light booth, as we had an excellent view of these hard-working CM's!


We made a few stops before heading over to the Osborne Lights (which we were SO excited to find out that they would be up and running!). 1st stop was past the dino-snack stand, where I found these neat details in the pavement that I had never noticed before:


Then we suffered through another lame ride on “The Great Movie Ride”:

Finally, we met back up with the boys and secured a nice spot for the Osborne Lights. We sat for a good 30 minutes, but it was a wonderful wait. We just chatted as a family, people watched, and built up the excitement for the upcoming spectacle!! At last, the moment arrived! And it was as beautiful as I remembered it being last year. It was such a joy to share the moment with our kids this time!

Enjoy the video of the kids’ amazement!


Due to the poor quality of my camera, and knowing that I would NEVER capture the beauty of this display, I only took a few pictures:





And a short video of the lights actually “Dancing”:



Well, believe it or not, the day did NOT end here! We still had PM EMH at AK and a visit with the Lion King waiting for us!!
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We left DHS very happy as we had just witnessed the Osborne Spectacle of Lights for the 1st time as a family. By the time we made it over to Animal Kingdom for Extra Magic Hours, our happiness had turned to hunger, and BOY were we ready to eat! Can you guess where?



Yes! My favorite counter service at AK… well, almost ANYWHERE! I love this place!


And we basically had the whole place to ourselves! While we waited for our food, Shaelyn took advantage of the wide-open spaces to enjoy some dancing time! Enjoy:





I LOVE this face:



We found a lovely spot on the water overlooking Expedition Everest and chowed down on that DELICIOUS pulled pork. YUM YUM YUM!! We took our time walking over to Camp Minnie Mickey for another of our favorites, Festival of the Lion King. I could watch this show every day and not tire of it. The performers are BEYOND talented… singing, dancing, tumbling, flying on a wire… you name it.. they are fabulous at it! Shae was still in a dancing mood while we waited for the show to begin, but this time, she was channeling her inner animal!



We rocked out to another wonderful show. I love turning and looking at my family during the big finale of that show. It’s like a commercial for the dentist’s office… big, wide, shining smiles from ear to ear. Next time, I need to capture that on film! (Or digitally, I guess…)

After the show, Matt and Ty were off to Expedition Everest, while Shae and I headed to Dino Land. There was no wait whatsoever for the Triceratops Spin, so I think we rode it about six times in a row!

Shae LOVIN’ it:



I guess I was lovin’ it too! You can never get too much mommy-daughter time on Triceratops Spin!



We eventually made our way to the Boneyard, which I knew would be the end of the line. We can NEVER get Shae to leave this place. She just has a ball in here. And, I admit, so do I! The slides are great!



Lots of climbing and sliding = Disney exhaustion!!



Happy little camper in her own special dig spot:



Eventually, Matt and Ty came and found us and we switched off. Matt relaxed in the Boneyard while Ty and I battled the Yeti, that still wasn’t working. I can never say enough about Expedition Everest. It is my ABSOLUTE favorite ride in all of Disney World. I just beam from head to toe when that train pulls me backwards in the dark. Awesome!!

When we had had our fill of Yetis and dinosaur bones, we made the long trek back to our resort. What a long, wonderful day!! Beautiful weather and LOTS of experiences to share. What would tomorrow bring?

PS. Here are two performer pictures I left out of my last update. Just in case you can’t get enough of those adorable Block Party Bash costumes. (I shall miss them so..)





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Another great update.... I am sure you are ready for summer break and your next trip. I think splitting up is in our summer plans, do you set meeting times ahead or just call when you are ready to switch off again or get back together. I just wonder what people find to work best?
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Another great update.... I am sure you are ready for summer break and your next trip. I think splitting up is in our summer plans, do you set meeting times ahead or just call when you are ready to switch off again or get back together. I just wonder what people find to work best?
1st of all... thank you SO much for not giving up on me! I was prepared to finish this trip report alone! It has been a LONG end-of-winter!!

Secondly, when we split up, it is always 'played by ear'. We each usually have something we want to accomplish (ride Tower of Terror, or watch Lights Motor Action) and when we are done, we just call each other to see where we are and what we are doing. We are totally fine with this kind of vacation, but if you and your family are extensive planners, you might not like that! But we feel like we accomplish SO much more since we are willing to divide and conquer!!

When are you going this summer?
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