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Old 02-07-2011, 04:21 PM   #136
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Thursday December 9th, PART II


Okay, since part I only had a few pics, you get part II right away!!!



We all awake and get ready and head over to MK at about 5:30pm. A little birdy was on our balcony!

The lines for Will Call are long, so glad I got our tickets from guest relations earlier in the trip! We get in with no problem, and get our bracelets immediately inside the gate.

We decide to take the train to frontierland- we get a few great pics on the train station platform too.



Will starts having a fit about something and we can’t figure out what it is about. When he realizes we are going on the train, he is suddenly fine. We timed it just right, one pulls up almost immediately. We board and enjoy the train ride, but boy, it is chilly! We get off at Frontierland and head to Pecos Bill for dinner. We can’t find a seat inside, so get one outside- yep cold!!! We would later find out that this night’s MVMCP SOLD OUT!!! Crazy, I know. I didn’t expect a Thursday night one to sell out- it is still so early in December.


So we get some burgers and enjoy some dinner. Our food takes FOREVER…..i swear I was standing at that window waiting on our food for like 15-20 minutes. It was nuts. We saw the cashier was a CP from OU, which is not far from where my MIL lives (Alan went there for 2 years too). So they chat it up. I love seeing the CM’s name tag and where they are from, especially the CPers. So we finally get food, lots of fun toppings, including cheese sauce for dipping fries. Will is one happy camper with the dip.

After dinner, we head towards BTMRR……..of course Splash is out, it is TOO COLD and there is zero line because of the cold. We make it over to BTMRR and decide to see if Will is tall enough. Now remember, he has already ridden soarin with no problem. So they measure him outside the line and he actually just measures up! Whew, barely!

This is a shot of us measuring him at another ride that night, I forget which one!


He is wearing crocs too (with socks), which are shorter than his tennis shoes. So we go in, wait about 10 minutes in line and ride. He rides with MIL and loves it- a little scared, but had a good time, in fact, as we exit, he asks to ride it again. The wait is still only 10 minutes, so we say, what the heck. The lady measures him again out front, since it is a different CM this time. We tell her we just got off the ride but we know she has to measure him anyhow. He’s good again and off into the line we go. We wait 10-15 minutes this time, just a bit longer than the first ride. We are finally at the front and just about to step into our spot in the ‘holding area’, where we would be next to board the train. Another CM stops us though and wants to measure Will again. I tell him we just rode literally 15 minutes ago with Will and he was tall enough and that he had been measured twice outside already.

He says he must measure him and even though his head hits the top, this CM must use a different standard of measurement and says nope, he isn’t tall enough. AHHHHHHHHHH, I was pissed. I understand the need to measure and safety and yada yada yada, but we had just ridden. Literally 15 minutes ago. And he had been measured twice and passed. Why did this guy say hitting the top wasn’t tall enough? Was there no consistency in what was tall enough and what wasn’t? I was mad. But worst of all, Will was devastated, remember he had asked to ride this again- he loved it. How do you tell a 3yo that you can’t ride this ride because you aren’t tall enough, even though you just rode it- they changed the rules mid stream? He didn’t understand and was crying his little eyes out as we walked through the train onto the exit platform. If Will couldn’t ride, none of us would.

This one lady in line behind me heard all of it (and had seen him measured outside) and she threw a fit. Being a CM, I know how tough their jobs can be, so I didn’t argue with the guy- plus I didn’t want to hold up the line for other guests by causing a scene, so we simply listened and walked out. However, before I could, I heard this lady going off on the CM about how rude that was, that he had measured fine outside and had ridden it just a few minutes ago and how dare they make us wait in line only to tell us as we are boarding that he can’t ride. Why let this kid wait in line and get excited and then dash his hopes at the last second? After hearing her talk, I was fuming, she’s right. Why do they do that? Well it ended up being a hotly debated thread on the DIS recently- not my situation, but others that have faced something similar too. They mentioned how the second measurement is due to folks skipping the first one---you know the CM might be busy measuring someone else and a family slips by without them noticing or the CM is distracted. So other CMs down the line have the authority to measure you again, in case you ‘cheated’ the system (or simply didn’t know and wandered in without the CM noticing). Anyhow- I get that. But make it consistent and don’t make it literally right as you board the ride, how crushing is that for a 3yo that has waited in line. Thankfully we had only waited like 15 minutes, but had it been a 30 minute wait, I would have asked for a manager and demanded a FP to another ride or something…………why let us wait and then tell us we can’t at the last second? The more I think about it, the more I think I will write them a letter about our experience (as well as a few other things – like resort specific and DVC merchandise that they no longer carry). I don’t want anything free or anything like that, but I want them to be aware of the issue. I know on the DIS, many solutions were offered up- like a centralized place that kids are measured in the park near the main entrance, they get a bracelet, stamp or something saying they meet the height requirement of such and such. That way, they don’t have to be measured each time- and we all know kids don’t stand straight or slouch or try and stand on tip toe or whatever, so their height can vary based on that- at least if we just measure once in a centralized place, it would help I think. What do you think? Any good ideas to fix this problem? Well you can bet the next day, we made sure Will wore his tennis shoes and not crocs, so there would be absolutely no question as to his height. We still don’t know why the CM said he was too short, he measured up touching the top just like outside, which is what the CM said he had to do in order to meet the height requirement. Anyhow- that was our one un-magical moment. It was a real bummer. I felt so bad for William.



So we head over to Columbia Harbor House area and get our free (haha at ‘FREE!’) cookies and juice and apples.

It is sort of crowded in there too now that the party has started officially. We then ride HM with no line, but I do see the new wall they have up- for building the new queue. Will enjoys the HM, although I can see his a little spooked by the dark in the first room. But pretty much, the kid isn’t scared of anything. He really gets a kick out of the ghosts at the end and is laughing.

We stop off and see Donald in his Christmas gear with hardly a line- so in we go!


After managing to NOT become the 100th happy haunt, we head to Philharmagic, we had not done it yet. Lindsey LOVES it, she is a big Donald fan, so enjoyed his role in it. Will also adores it and is reaching out trying to grab everything and laughing his sweet little heart out. Great time- can’t wait to take him back to see it again in October.

Lines are short so far, so we head to Pooh- 5 minute wait, second time riding it. We have a great time! Now, tonight, I was supposed to have my one and only DIS meet. And this was to be a special DIS meet…..there are two lovely ladies who I met on the DIS about gosh, 4 years ago or more on a Trying to Conceive (TTC) thread on the community board. So all of us had been trying to get pregnant at the same time, all ended up pregnant at the same time and so we all now still keep in touch on a ‘moms to toddlers’ thread on the community board and on FB. It is so fun to feel so close to someone online when you’ve never met. WE all have boys about the same age now, plus they have more kids now. I was so excited to finally meet them. We had planned this night for a while.

But lo and behold, after Pooh, we headed to Toontown. It was about 8pm and I had gotten texts from them that they were in the park, but we would try and meet up later at the hoedown in frontierland. Well by the time we got in touch again, they were heading to frontierland for the dance party and we were way over in toontown and Will was dying to go through Mickey and Minnie’s house again to see the trash cans. LOL……and he wanted to ride barnstormer. So I texted back that we would head there as soon as we could. After the fiasco at BTMRR, I wanted to let Will have some fun in toontown, plus it would be one of our last chances to do so since it is closing ( I believe next week?).

Little did I know I should have just grabbed Will and gone to Frontierland, because by the time we got done, they were already gone and moving on……..booo!!! I was so sad I missed our meet, but at the same time, little Will was having a ball and I hated to take him all the way back across the park again in the middle of having fun. So I missed it, but the other two families met up and had some fun. We still texted that night and have shared pics after the trip too- but I highly regret missing it- it was a once in a lifetime type thing- when will I get a chance to meet them again!

Well we did have a ball in toontown, it was nearly empty and we got to really explore Minnie and Mickey’s houses without any crowds.

I had never spent much time here before, so it was fun to see. William loved finding the trash cans in Mickey’s garage- he had recycling bins for different things and my ‘trashcan-obsessed’ little guy loved it. We also rode barnstormer with no wait. I checked out the princess and tink lines, but it said 45 minutes, so we passed on it.

After that, since I realized we had missed our meet, we headed to the indy speedway cars. MIL sat out and I rode with Lindsey while Alan rode with Will. Lindsey had a ball- she was so excited to drive. The wait was maybe 10 minutes here, not too bad.



After that, on to Tomorrowland. We head towards Stitch, but Will doesn’t measure up here, since the height requirement is taller (44” I think instead of just 40” like BTMRR). I guess it has to do with the harnesses that come down over your shoulders? Anyhow- Lindsey and MIL do this since she loves Stitch. Alan and I take Will on Buzz instead. After that, William wants to go back to toontown to see the trash cans again- I know, go figure. So Alan takes him (good daddy!). . As MIL and Lindsey exit, we head to grab a spot on the TL bridge for holiday WISHES. We time is just right and see Tink flying right over us. Lindsey is in awe! We don’t have the best spot, but it is pretty good since we hadn’t waited for a spot or anything. We don’t end up finding Alan and Will until the fireworks are over with. The crowds on the bridge were insane!!!!





At this point, we know we need to find a spot for the second parade, so we head back toward Liberty Square area. Have I mentioned it is freezing? Well it is, it is freezing!!!!! We stop by and look in a few shops, use the potty. We see Pirates has no wait, so why not? We head in and walk through the queue, but as we get up there about to board, they let this huge party of like 10 join the 2 people in front of us? Really? They were mostly CM’s, since you could tell they knew the guy working. Why not let our little party go and then let the 2 in front of us wait for their much larger group? Oh well, whatever. So that set us back a few minutes. We exit pirates and head to the parade.

Then we find a spot at the last second behind some folks in front of the shooting gallery area in Frontierland. We don’t have a great spot, since our potty trip and Pirates visit took a while. But some kind folks let Will and Lindsey inch up closer to the front. Will is getting tired, so we end up holding him instead, but Lindsey gets a decent spot thanks to some kind parents. This is the late, 10:30pm parade, so it isn’t super crowded.



The parade is great and Lindsey really enjoys it! Will however is getting pretty tired and fussy. It is after 11pm now. After the parade, we find a place to get another helping of snacks and then head home- leaving the MK about 11:30pm. It was a long, cold night, but lots of fun. Even though it was sold out and crowded, we managed to ride pirates, Pooh, HM, Philharmagic, Barnstormer, toontown houses, Buzz, Stitch, saw holiday Donald, holiday WISHES, the parade and got snacks. Not too shabby. We were not big on character hunting, we actually wanted to ride rides with no waits and that is what we did. We didn’t care about the other shows much- as we hate fighting the crowds and waiting.

Will was acting silly on his way out! Catching the snow on Main St- he loves that part!





I also got a cool shot of Will’s balloon with the castle in the background – we had brought his balloon and tied it to his stroller!
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Fantastic update! Your DS is too cute! While I understand that you can't wait for it to just be the three of you, Lindsey's face is priceless! Thanks for the update on the dining plan. I think that we will just get the Tables in Wonderland.

Can I just say that we measure my son every month and pray he'll be 40" by September? He was three on 11/2 and is only 38.5 without shoes. DH says he'll buy him combat boots so he can ride the bigger rides!
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Great updates! I have so much to comment on!

Love that you hit Earl of Sandwich twice this trip. I think it's tough to get in at least one trip since it is always so busy. The best luck DH and I had was when we took a late flight in this past June and ran to Earl right when it was closing. We found out there absolutely no line if you go in at 11:27 PM!

I remember Thursday CM nights at PI! I used to love to take the bus over with my CP roomies and dance the night away at 8 Trax. I loved that club!

I laughed out loud when you mentioned how when you didn't cancel your ADR it wasn't like you did something illegal like use a mug from 1997! My cousins do that every trip. They break out those HUGE mugs that are resort specific from the late 90's and have no problem filling up their unlimited refills at Captain Cooks!

Your story from BTMRR breaks my heart! Poor Will!!! I bet he was crushed. I would have been furious too! It would have been interesting to see what a manager would have said. They really need to be consistent with measuring. I have heard too many stories about how some CMs are strict and others let it slide. I agree the central measuring location would be a good idea!

It sounds like you guys got a lot done at MVMCP! I would applaud you guys since it was so cold! I bet it was so nice to just walk back home to BLT. What a perfect location!
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Another great update!!

We went to MVMCP on 11/19 and 12/19. The first one wasn't sold out and it was packed. Line for Winnie the Pooh was 70 Mins , you could barely walk around it was so crowded. Then when we went on 12/19 it was sold out, last party of the year, we walked on to everything and it seemed empty...go figure! Glad you had a great time. We really enjoy MVMCP!!

Can't believe what happened with Will on BTMRR....I would have been really upset. We have had our dd measured at the enterance and then again before boarding. They really need to come up with a system like the bracelets where you get measured when you enter the park, if you chose to. I think Busch Gardens Williamsburg or Hershey Park has it.

Can't wait to read more!!
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So gotta love Texas weather. Still cold, but everything melted mostly on Sunday. Still a little spot of snow or ice in the shady areas, but we are expecting more snow tonight apparently- another 1-6" they say. Lovely.

Makes me wish more and more for October to get here. LOL- but then again, i am trying to drop 20lbs for summer, so I guess i should be thankful we still have a while until shorts time!

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Fantastic update! Your DS is too cute! While I understand that you can't wait for it to just be the three of you, Lindsey's face is priceless! Thanks for the update on the dining plan. I think that we will just get the Tables in Wonderland.

Can I just say that we measure my son every month and pray he'll be 40" by September? He was three on 11/2 and is only 38.5 without shoes. DH says he'll buy him combat boots so he can ride the bigger rides!
Thanks for reading!! Yes, we are excited about the 3 of us only, but so glad we were able to take Lindsey along and let her experience something she otherwise probably wouldn't. She really had a ball the entire time.

You might do a comparison on the dining plan vs. TIW and just see how it works out based on where you will eat etc. We knew we would be eating almost all breakfasts in our room (except our two ADRs), plus we ate 1-2 lunches and one dinner in room, so having that luxury, it didn't make sense to use the DDP when we would have to pay for it. Do the calculations and see what makes more sense based on where you are eating. I am also excited for October because we have TIW now and our APs, so we don't have those expenses this time. Plus i won two free American Airlines vouchers at work during our United Way campaign raffle! And i have 35k miles, so i have enough for one free ticket too (25k miles). So we should have airfare done too (unless some restrictions prevent us from using them, you never know with AA). So i am glad we bought TIW last time, now i can use it this time and it is all paid for and we already started saving because of it last trip, so everything we save this trip is gravy!

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Great updates! I have so much to comment on!

Love that you hit Earl of Sandwich twice this trip. I think it's tough to get in at least one trip since it is always so busy. The best luck DH and I had was when we took a late flight in this past June and ran to Earl right when it was closing. We found out there absolutely no line if you go in at 11:27 PM!

I remember Thursday CM nights at PI! I used to love to take the bus over with my CP roomies and dance the night away at 8 Trax. I loved that club!

I laughed out loud when you mentioned how when you didn't cancel your ADR it wasn't like you did something illegal like use a mug from 1997! My cousins do that every trip. They break out those HUGE mugs that are resort specific from the late 90's and have no problem filling up their unlimited refills at Captain Cooks!

Your story from BTMRR breaks my heart! Poor Will!!! I bet he was crushed. I would have been furious too! It would have been interesting to see what a manager would have said. They really need to be consistent with measuring. I have heard too many stories about how some CMs are strict and others let it slide. I agree the central measuring location would be a good idea!

It sounds like you guys got a lot done at MVMCP! I would applaud you guys since it was so cold! I bet it was so nice to just walk back home to BLT. What a perfect location!
we love Earle....it is a must every trip. in fact when i am in Orlando on business, which doesn't happen much anymore (but used to be at least 1-2x a year), i always would stop at DTD to eat at Earle!! on the company's dime no less, but hey, it is cheap! There is always a line, i've never seen the line short, it is always doubled through at least, but it moves really fast. I still don't understand their whole set up, it seems totally inefficient. But we love it. I want to try Wolfgang Puck's sometime too, but i can't seem to give up my Earle! Lol at visiting it at closing- might have to try that sometime!

so glad someone else remembers the CM nights at PI. We had a good time- especially since all my roomies except one were over 21. Many of the CPers were younger- freshman and sophmores, so they weren't always of age to 'partake'. But all my roomies were 'older' like me (I was a senior in college). So we had good times. We also went to the TGI Friday's over there across 535 from DTD and they had free/cheap beer and wings for CMs on a certain night too- i forget which night.

LOL at your cousins....i can't believe you admitted that about them! Now someone from the boards will probably try and hunt them down!!!

Yeah, i think today i will write a letter about the measuring incident, just so they know, i was wanting to write about something else too- the total lack of exclusive merchandise, especially for the resorts and how hard it is to find DVC stuff too. so i'll do that today and complain about my poor little Will and his measurements!

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Another great update!!

We went to MVMCP on 11/19 and 12/19. The first one wasn't sold out and it was packed. Line for Winnie the Pooh was 70 Mins , you could barely walk around it was so crowded. Then when we went on 12/19 it was sold out, last party of the year, we walked on to everything and it seemed empty...go figure! Glad you had a great time. We really enjoy MVMCP!!

Can't believe what happened with Will on BTMRR....I would have been really upset. We have had our dd measured at the enterance and then again before boarding. They really need to come up with a system like the bracelets where you get measured when you enter the park, if you chose to. I think Busch Gardens Williamsburg or Hershey Park has it.

Can't wait to read more!!
So strange on the MVMCPs.......since we tend to avoid the shows and characters for the most part, we tend to avoid most of the lines and crowds, except of course during WISHEs and the parade. Yeah, someone mentioned other parks have a central measuring place in other parts of the country. Of course there was debate over how kids would still jilt the system by trying to copy stamps (or wet them and apply to a shorter siblings hand) and how bracelets are easy to take off and put on a shorter sibling too......but that is a lot of work, i am sure someone would still try and get around the system, but i doubt it would be that bad and surely would be more effective, efficient and fair than what they do now? who knows.
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Oh and a quick plug, i have started my OCTOBER 2011 pre trip report if anyone wants to subscribe!

MICHELLE's OCTOBER 2011 PTR
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Ok, I fell WAY behind, but Paxton sat quietly on my lap last night & let me catch up on the reading.

The Top of the World Lounge looks amazing! I love that picture of the lit wreath on the side of the Contemporary. I tried SO hard to get a decent picture of it from the monorail in 2009, but it was just impossible. From the pictures, it looks like the fireworks show must have been amazing from there. Is it similar to staying CL where they have food & drinks available there?

That Butterfinger cupcake looks INCREDIBLE! We already have it on our list of things to try in November because DH had read about it and wanted to try one, but I had never seen a picture of one. Is it as good as it looks? He wanted us to each get our own, but I kept telling him that would be too much cupcake for one person. Once he sees it, I know he will agree with me. That thing looks huge!

What a crazy experience at Le Cellier. I know sort of how you feel though. For Katrina, I was in school in north Louisiana, so all my family evacuated there so they could be away from the storm and close to me. After the storm, our cell phone service was totally spotty, so it was hard to get in touch with each other, but one night my aunt managed to call me to see if I wanted to come spend the evening at the hotel with them and eat some pizza. She called the place next to campus so I could pick up the pizzas on the way. So I get there and I tell them her name...no order for her. So I tell them my uncle's name, my OTHER uncle's name, my grandma's name, pretty much everyone that is with them but they keep telling me they have no orders under any of the names and meanwhile I can't get in touch with her to find out whose name she put them under. Finally after 15 minutes I get in touch with her, and she had put them under MY NAME! I sure felt like an idiot after that! Glad it all worked out for you though.

Seeing Jodi Benson for the CP sounds amazing. Did she sound just like Ariel?? I would love to see that show again sometime, but probably not until Paxton is a bit older. Although for now, he is really good in church, so who knows?

And it looks like you had a great time at MVMCP. Too bad it was so cold though! We had a similar experience at ours...it was a sold out night, but we got on everything with no problems. I think the people who complain most about sold out nights are the ones going for only the rare characters and hanging out on Main Street for hours for the parade & fireworks.

WHEW! All caught up, and now heading over to your PTR!
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Great update!!!

I agree about the measuring. We have a theme park near us called Canada's Wonderland and there is a spot on either side of the main fountain that they measure the kids and give them a wristband that says the height on it. It makes it easier when we are there and the kids just show their wristbands to the ride attendants
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Ok, I fell WAY behind, but Paxton sat quietly on my lap last night & let me catch up on the reading.

The Top of the World Lounge looks amazing! I love that picture of the lit wreath on the side of the Contemporary. I tried SO hard to get a decent picture of it from the monorail in 2009, but it was just impossible. From the pictures, it looks like the fireworks show must have been amazing from there. Is it similar to staying CL where they have food & drinks available there?

That Butterfinger cupcake looks INCREDIBLE! We already have it on our list of things to try in November because DH had read about it and wanted to try one, but I had never seen a picture of one. Is it as good as it looks? He wanted us to each get our own, but I kept telling him that would be too much cupcake for one person. Once he sees it, I know he will agree with me. That thing looks huge!

What a crazy experience at Le Cellier. I know sort of how you feel though. For Katrina, I was in school in north Louisiana, so all my family evacuated there so they could be away from the storm and close to me. After the storm, our cell phone service was totally spotty, so it was hard to get in touch with each other, but one night my aunt managed to call me to see if I wanted to come spend the evening at the hotel with them and eat some pizza. She called the place next to campus so I could pick up the pizzas on the way. So I get there and I tell them her name...no order for her. So I tell them my uncle's name, my OTHER uncle's name, my grandma's name, pretty much everyone that is with them but they keep telling me they have no orders under any of the names and meanwhile I can't get in touch with her to find out whose name she put them under. Finally after 15 minutes I get in touch with her, and she had put them under MY NAME! I sure felt like an idiot after that! Glad it all worked out for you though.

Seeing Jodi Benson for the CP sounds amazing. Did she sound just like Ariel?? I would love to see that show again sometime, but probably not until Paxton is a bit older. Although for now, he is really good in church, so who knows?

And it looks like you had a great time at MVMCP. Too bad it was so cold though! We had a similar experience at ours...it was a sold out night, but we got on everything with no problems. I think the people who complain most about sold out nights are the ones going for only the rare characters and hanging out on Main Street for hours for the parade & fireworks.

WHEW! All caught up, and now heading over to your PTR!
I've never stayed CL, but i know in CL, the food is all free. The TOW is just like a bar, so there is a huge bar and then some lounge seating, couches and bar height tables too- it isn't that big. You can order drinks and there is a small appetizer menu, but you have to order and pay for it all. The balcony outside is HUGE! it was way too cold to stay outside though, but it must be amazing in nice weather. the fireworks were to die for from up there! I've seen them from the Poly, from CG and other places and this was my favorite view.

definitely share the butterfinger cupcake, it is HUGE! and so rich, there is like a chocolate ganache inside of it too. it was way too sweet for just me to eat and I love my sweets and chocolate.

lol at your pizza incident! that is how i felt at Le Cellier!

Jodi was great, she didn't sing at all, which disappointed me, but she was very into it and very 'animated'. She had a very sweet voice and was reading it almost like you would read a story to a child, with lots of energy. She was on the DIS unplugged podcast cruise that weekend after and i hear she did a private concert for those on board with the DIS and that she was amazing.

Yeah, MVMCP was fine for us- like you said, we weren't character hunting or doing the shows. Those do get crowded even on NOT sold out nights, so i can only imagine how crowded they were on our night. Dh isn't a big 'show' person, so we avoid most and Will is still too young to sit through one and really get it. we might be doing more character hunting next trip- he seems to really like the characters now. He has never been a TV kid. I couldn't get him to watch more than 5 minutes of tV, much less a full disney movie. He is just always wanting to play instead, which is good, I guess. But at the same time, i've wanted him to experience all my favorite disney movies and know the characters when we go. He knows Pooh and Mickey and friends and Toy Story, but not much else. But after the trip, he is more into movies now. We have a playroom/loft upstairs with his toys and a tv up there where he can watch movies and it is totally his thing the last few weeks. Of course he wants to watch Barney and Dora more than anything, but at least he is watching more. He seems to like Peter Pan and CARS too. We also watched Cinderella, since i had sung him 'Sing Sweet Nightinggale' and Bibbidi Bobbodi Boo and so he likes that. So we just might have to find more characters next time since he will know them!

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Great update!!!

I agree about the measuring. We have a theme park near us called Canada's Wonderland and there is a spot on either side of the main fountain that they measure the kids and give them a wristband that says the height on it. It makes it easier when we are there and the kids just show their wristbands to the ride attendants
that's great to know other parks do it that way and it works. like i said, wristbands, stamps, whatever, people will find a way to cheat the system, but they cheat the system now too. Plus, they use wristbands for MVMCP and other parties and used to use them for EMH, so they must think they work for that? right?
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It's been a crazy last two weeks here. First, hit by the terrible snow/ice storm last week- schools and business closed from tuesday-friday. Plus our big annual sales meeting on mon-wed that i was involved in. Work has just been so busy- trying to get some copy written for a new web site plus tons of other stuff going on. Found termites in our home and Alan is working to repair some damage (and still trying to find the right vendor to do the treatment) and last night, the heat (gas) starts acting up- the sensors must be off- it won't stay on- it either just runs continuously, making it super hot upstairs where Will sleeps (up to 86 last night!) or it just shuts off completely and it gets cold. Last night was our coldest night in decades- at 11degrees! This morning- my car was sitting on a solid sheet of ice, since i did not drive it yesterday. Since we had more bad weather yesterday (and schools were closed), Alan drove me into work in the 4x4 truck. We didn't want to risk the caddy getting hit. Of course this morning- i go to leave and let off the clutch a bit and hit the gas and the wheels spin. So i try going backwards.......just give a little gas and boom, the car slides backwards on the ice, right into our brick mailbox. UGH! Now i have a headache (think it jarred me a bit) and am stressed out about getting it fixed. We have a few scratches and a small dent in the back corner.



So it's been a lovely few weeks here. I am so ready for the snow/ice to go away. It always happens in threes they say, right? Termites, heat acting up and now the car. So I am done? Right? I hope so!

Okay, so enough venting and back to the happy report!


Friday, Dec 10 PART I


Well this is it, that awful last full day. BUMMER! Isn’t it sad how when you only have a few days left of the vacation, you already start getting depressed. By the last full day, you are totally bummed out. So that was today. Our last full day. You plan for a year in advance, for a week of vacation- plan every single detail and then the week comes and half way through you are already getting sad that it is halfway over! Anyone else do that? At least now, I can always have another trip planned- thank you to DH for DVC!!!!! It has been a great 10th anniv wedding present! Our 10thst this year, but he bought it early for me! wedding anniv is actually May 1

As we walk out, I stare back at our beautiful new home, which I am really loving now- it does feel like home and I wasn’t sure it would. I was afraid it would feel too ‘cold’ – I mean the WL is so woodsy and homey and I loved it there, I just wasn’t sure BLT would feel the same to me, but by the end, it was great and I really love it.


By the way, I also took some pics of the artwork in our room too- don’t you love it?




So here we go- last full day. We slept in a little after our late night (11:30pm) at the MK. Of course Will is an early riser and most of us were stirring around 8:30am or so. At WDW, we are usually up no later than 7, unless we have a ‘sleep in’ day planned. So 8:30 was late to me. Heck, I barely get to sleep past 8am at home on the weekend- really Sunday is my only sleep in day. I am fortunate that I don’t have to be up for work until about 6:45-7am most days since I work so close to home (arrive by 8am). ON Saturdays, I do step aerobics and have to be out the door by 8:10am or so for that, so I am usually up by 7:30am on Saturdays. So Sunday is my only day to sleep in a little- and I am lucky if Will lets me sleep until 8am. So 8:30 was a real luxury! And this is coming from a woman that LOVES her sleep.

So of course I am a little panicked too- well-rested, but panicked, since it is so late already! And my MIL once again takes forever to get ready. I love her to death, but I am so looking forward to our October trip with just the three of us, where we can get up and go and not wait on anyone. It will be so much easier! So we finally all grab some breakfast in the room, trying to eat up what is left in the fridge, although we know we will leave a lot behind.

We finally head out the door at 10am………blasphemy, I know! Who on earth arrives at a park at 10am? Surely not me! That’s just downright crazy! LOL……but we headed over to the MK- taking that nice short walk that I so love! As we walk past the drop off area, near the bus stops, we see the cops and a guy with his hands behind his back being searched. Don’t know what that is about, but didn’t look good.

We head in and since we are already late, I don’t rush around to do anything, besides we’ve done almost everything here anyways, so we can go slow and just enjoy the atmosphere. I love when you get to that point in your trip, where you have done all the biggies and can just sort of take it slow and enjoy the scenery. Heck, I need to do that early in the trip too- especially now knowing we have lots of trips for years to come- I am going to force myself to do that instead of rushing around like a crazy woman. I think with just the three of us in October, it will be easier to do too- this trip, I was rushing around, trying to make sure MIL and Lindsey saw everything, or as much as possible, since who knows when or if they will ever come back. I wanted it to be perfect and give them the ultimate experience. But sometimes I push too hard and my family (mom and sisters and I) realized that on our last trip last December- when I think we just went too fast and hard for my great Aunt. She was so tired and beat (okay, and a little homesick, since she had just gotten married and left her new hubby at home)- that she took an early flight home midway through the trip and cut her trip short. If that’s not a sign to slow down, I don’t know what is!

So we make our way in, taking in all the sights and wonderful sounds that are main st. Today’s first goal- get a cinnamon roll on main st. We had ate some in the room already, but I knew I wanted a cinnamon roll! So into the bakery we go- there is a long line, but so what. We get in line and I am actually wearing my pin lanyard today- I have some pretty cool pins on there- from 2000. Not sure why I have so many 2000 pins, I guess that is one trip where pin trading was big for us and I bought or traded a lot. I have some of the old Disney store pins (remember the numbered ones?). I even have a cool Las Vegas Disney store toga mickey. I have no idea how much these would bring me on ebay, not enough to make it worth the hassle of selling them, so I just keep them and wear them on occasion. One day I might put them all in a nice shadow box. I have a nice collection with one from each park- MK, AK, Epcot and HS, plus a monorail one I love. So I am wearing my pins, more to show- since I won’t trade them. I have one or two I’ll trade. So while in line, this really loud, obnoxious guy that I can sort of tell is a local or at least pretty regular visitor (he is talking to the CMs like he knows them)- asks to see my pins and I see him get a twinkle in his eye…….he asks if I will trade any and I say no and the twinkle quickly disappears. LOL!

So we move through the line and finally get our cinnamon rolls and alan got a turkey/cheese croissant thing.

We got some chocolate milk for Will and find a seat outside of the ice cream shop, which a great view of all that is going on. We enjoy a nice little late breakfast, watching people stroll in. I love doing this----I am sure many are starting their vacation or ending it- I love trying to guess. Today is a little warmer too- in the 50s and slowly warming up- it is the first day other than our arrival that we can actually sit outside without shaking from chills!

We enjoy the sun starting to peak out and so we decide to do it- yep, brave Splash Mountain, one of my very favorite rides. We hadn’t hit it all week since it was way too cold. There was never a line all week due to the cold. But since it is warming up a bit, we decide to try it. There is no line, it says 5 minute wait. WE go up and Will measures up…………again. Take that BTMRR!!!!! LOL MIL decides to sit out- she doesn’t want to get wet. So the four of us head in. We have a ball riding, although it breaks down and stops at least twice on the ride. It did that last year too- in fact one ride, the audio was out half the time. No wonder they need to do a refurb. I know they have now added lap bars too. I wonder if all the times we have been stopped was due to people standing or trying to exit the ride while it is moving- so if that is the case, I am hoping the lapbars will prevent all the stoppages. We have a great ride and Will does great. None of us get too wet either. I did notice the jumping fountains in the frog scene are not working either. We also notice lots of people wearing ponchos on the ride and even a cart near the line selling them!


We get off and decide to ride BTMRR……….will Will make the height……..YEP. So let’s see, on this trip, we rode a variety of rides requiring the 40” measurement…. TT 2x, Soarin 1x, BTMRR 3x, Splash 2x and he made all of them except that one BTMRR CM……odd? I think so. Inconsistent? For sure.

BTMRR shows 20 minutes, but the wait is more like 10 minutes. Not sure why it isn’t busier at the MK on a Friday at like 11? Maybe because it is the morning after a MVMCP, plus it is another MVMCP day (so most non hopper ticket holders won’t come here today). Who knows, I wasn’t complaining.

Lindsey wants to ride Splash again, so we do. This time MIL braves it, but not before donning our dollar store poncho! She has a ball. I get a little wet this time, but not too bad. By now it is about 12:30pm. We decide it is time for a snack---we head to Adventureland and have my only Dole Whip of the trip. I don’t know what it is with the last few trips, but the last 3x, I have had my dole whip on the last day! So we all get something- I love the vanilla/pineapple swirl dole whip float.


Will gets some pineapple ice cream and Alan gets something too. I think MIL and Lindsey share one. We all sit in that little rocky area/alcove across from it and enjoy. Again, nice time just sitting, relaxing and taking it all in, no rushing around.


I eat the whole thing- it was so good! Next, Will says he wants to go back and see Mickey’s trash cans……….go figure. Alan says sure, since we know they won’t be here next year. Toontown will be no longer after next week to make room for the next Fantasyland expansion. So we decide to take Will back to Toontown. MIL and Lindsey decide to stay and watch the castle stage show going on.


I know, I don’t get it either, but Will loves trash cans. There are at least 3 in the garage at Mickey’s house. Bet you never noticed- in the garage. Well it was the first thing Will noticed and pointed out. See how excited he is? And this is after seeing them twice last night!


Mickey and Minnie’s houses are packed. So this is where everyone is? We barely make it through there. So after a visit to Mickey’s garage again, we head back towards the castle to meet up with MIL and Lindsey, but we spot the snowman popcorn buckets and stop and get one- I think they were like $10 or more? But Will loves it and promptly spills it all over the concrete. He cries. But he keeps eating. This makes a cute little decoration now at Christmas! Lindsey and MIL see ours and decide they want one too!

Next, time for a break- we decided to head back to the room and eat leftovers and sandwiches for lunch. We still have a lot of food left (remember my $100 garden grocer order?). We have drank almost all our waters and drinks (coke zero, DP 6pack and apple juice boxes). But we still have some apple sauce, yogurt and lunch meat left, so we make a dent in it best we can, plus leftover lasagna!
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Giving you a two for one!

Friday, December 10th, PART II
So we get Will down for a nap and we all rest and I start packing. It is like tetris trying to fit everything including all the junk we have just purchased!!! We end up breaking in the room only about an hour.

I knew the DVC Merry Member Mixer was today from 3pm-5pm. It was about 4pm now. I wanted to stop by and check it out, since we are new to DVC and wanted to experience the perks! Fortunately for us, the mixer was being held at the Contemporary in one of the ballrooms, so it was perfect. We simply loaded up the stroller and stuff for the night and headed across the walkway from BLT to CR and found the ballroom. I saw tons of people walking back to BLT that had obviously just been to the mixer, they were carrying special DVC 2011 calendars and an ornament and rice krispy treats.

So we headed in and I saw all sorts of stuff going on- a dance floor with characters and contests for kids.

Stations for rice krispies, station for drinks (tea etc.). Plus a huge line- I didn’t know what it was for though- but I found out it was for purchasing merchandise, they have sort of a little store with 2011 specific merchandise and of course special pins I guess you can only purchase there? Anyhow- we didn’t need to buy anything, so we avoided that line. I tried to get rice krispies, but they were out- the CM said they were bringing out more in a bit. I waited. I know, silly, all for a rice krispy I could pay $3 for, but hey, I spent a lot of $$ on DVC, I want my free rice krispies damn it! I got one for each of us. I heard they were all out of the calendars, bummer. I saw they were giving these cute DVC gingerbread ornaments out as you left the ballroom. It was in a cute red velvet bag. I was worried they run out of those too. So I was trying to rush us along.


But Lindsey spied the dance floor and they were doing a hula hoop contest, and she wanted to join in, so she did. She made it to the final 3 girls and then got beat. Bummer! But she had a ball being the center of attention for a bit and dancing with Goofy!



Once the contest was over, we headed out, but in groups, first I went out with just Will and was given an ornament. I gave it to Will to hold…………..bad idea, bad Mommy. Of course, I never saw it again. He must have dropped it along the way. Total bummer. I have found the ornaments on ebay, but they are $20. While it is a nice memory of our first year as DVC, not sure it is worth $20 to me now.

Lindsey, Alan and MIL headed out next and they were also given an ornament (one for the 3 of them). So Lindsey was able to keep hers, which was nice. I didn’t even think about losing the ornament until the night, and I was like, crap, what did I do with it and I remembered I had given it to Will to hold. Totally bummed!

So we left the CR ballroom and then headed up to the monorail platform to take the monorail over to Epcot for the night. It was just about 4:30pm now. We had 7:45pm ADRs for Via Napoli and it was an EMH night (12:30am) for Epcot.

So we headed in Epcot and I made a mad dash for Italy……..i had a goal, to see my old roomie perform in Italy at 5pm. She is part of the new act, the ZITI Sisters- you might see them in red dresses, performing sort of in front of the fountain. It was her last show of the day and I had not gotten to see her yet this trip, so I couldn’t wait to say hi!

Here is what Disney says about them:
On Oct. 3, the Ziti Sisters debuted at the Italy pavilion at Epcot. On a mission "to make life beautiful," the Ziti Sisters offer a comedic, interactive atmosphere performance ensemble that utilizes music and artistic behaviors to create a unique entertainment experience.
The Ziti Sisters replace the existing World Showcase Players at Italy. Their show can be seen daily at noon, 1, 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Performance times may vary weekly.


So we are almost running to try and make it in time. We make it over just as they are out and there is already a small crowd forming- we find some spots to take a seat on the concrete and she sees me and winks! Their act was so cute. She has always been quite the personality and is a great actress and singer. While this gig is only for a little while, it really fits her. She most recently was doing contract work for Kodak at the Journey into Imagination pavilion, right as you exit the ride (wearing lab coat, doing the big camera little show). Of course we all know that is closed now as Kodak pulled their sponsorship. So she was let go. Luckily she auditioned for this and made it. She’s worked in Disney entertainment since our college program 15 years ago. And no, she never finished college. LOL Entertainment is totally her thing though, she does a lot of community theatre in Orlando too. She is so good at it!

That’s her on the far left.

So we get our spots and enjoy her show. Alan is selected to participate in a wedding scene. They basically use their red dresses and scarves to do different little skits and scenes. They were doing a wedding, using their scarves as a veil for the bride, as a handkerchief to wipe tears etc. Alan was a guest at the wedding. Then at the end, they bring out this Italian ‘painting’ and want to recreate it with live people. Alan helps hold the painting with another guy. It is pretty cute, they bring out all these people to pose like those in the painting, of course there is one guy with simply a fig leaf in front of him……..and yep, they give him a fig leaf to hold. Pretty funny.

Here is Alan ‘crying’ at the wedding

she’s on the right


After the show, she came and gave us a quick hug and said hi. They can’t hang out and socialize though, she had to go backstage again and I got a text from her later that night- we never got to really chat, since she was working, but at least I got to see her.

Hopefully in October we can do dinner or something with her.

So now that is done and the only other time we have to hit is dinner. It is about 5:30, so we have 2 hours until dinner. So we decide to head back to do the pick a pearl again. Since I got a pearl larger than 8mm, it won’t fit in my carriage cage necklace, so I gave the necklace to my MIL and she wants to get another pearl for it for her sister. So we go back and let her pick another pearl. More fun- for sure! I highly recommend this to anyone. She gets a 7mm one that will fit. Perfect!


We looked around the store some more too and MIL was buying a shirt as a gift for someone.
Will was acting up some, so we took him outside for a bit.

After that, we headed to Germany, since had skipped it the other night we did WS.
We stopped in the new Karmel Kuche bakery. The line was long, but we didn’t care. We waited a good 15 minutes or more. It smelled delicious!

I got a caramel turtle and a free small bag of caramel corn since I am an AP holder- it was a special they were doing. Alan got two pieces of caramel dipped in dark chocolate. MIL got a few goodies too. We really enjoyed the caramel corn- delicious! We saved the other treats to take home back to Dallas. It was definitely worth waiting in line to experience it.

We were nearing our ADR time now, and we didn’t really have much time to do anything else, so we headed to Via Napoli to check in a little early for our ADR. The restaurant is at the very back of the pavilion. We went in and there were huge crowds. I heard them tell one guy in front of me that if he didn’t have a reservation, they couldn’t get him in, they were booked solid. So the guy stands off to the side. Not sure if he was hoping her answer would change or what? But I went up, checked in and we were seated about 5 minutes later and that guy gave me a dirty look. Make reservations dude!!!!! A little planning goes a long way! The WS was totally swamped that night too- forgot to mention that- due to the Candlelight processional so you can imagine people had booked meals here for that package too.

So we are seated and it is not my first preference- we are at the community/family table where you sit with others. It is high up too- you sit in bar stools and I hate that with a toddler. But we managed. I would have preferred our own table. The atmosphere is amazing- very open, somewhat loud, but we liked it. The pizza ovens are incredible!



We order some drinks and then pizza- we wanted the sausage pizza, but they were out of sausage, go figure, on a busy Friday night no less. So we go with the pepperoni instead. I also order the arinci for an appetizer, this was very good too!

The service was good and our pizza was one of the best I have had in a while, but then I don’t eat a ton of brick oven restaurant style pizza at home either. I stuffed myself silly, but we couldn’t finish it. We got a to-go box and Alan ended up eating it the next day!



Lindsey and Will had kids pizzas and enjoyed them. Of course we were paying OOP for this, using our 20% off with Tables in Wonderland.


It was a great meal and we will definitely be back! We did not have dessert, we typically just don’t have room (another reason the dining plan is a bust for us- too much food!).

So after dinner, we head out and make the round through the World Showcase, it is about 9pm. We head to China where we look in the store and get Will’s stamp on his kidcot Duffy craft. MIL isn’t feeling so well and runs to the bathroom, so we wait outside. The food at the QS place smells good here, we will have to try it sometime! We finish up China and keep walking, as we hear Illuminations starting and see folks lined up along the lagoon. Since we saw it our first night, we don’t care to see it now.

We check the line for TT, but it is super long, since it is EMH tonight. We do however, stop at Spaceship Earth on the way out for a ride since there is no line. I love this ride, it is a classic to me. I miss Jeremy Irons voice though. We all enjoy the ride, but Will is being a little troublemaker in the area where you play afterwards, he keeps running off. He is so tired, so I take him outside and we wait. The rest of the group takes forever in there. They are having a good time. I am sorry I missed it, but Will was not behaving and I know it was because he was so tired.

So finally they are ready and we head out, we simply couldn’t handle the late hours of EMH after our busy day. So really, most of the nights we did EMH, we didn’t stay long enough to really make it worth it. So I’ll be reconsidering that on our October trip. Will just gets tired and fussy and acts up, so no one has a good time then and it isn’t fair to him either. So we will shoot for more morning EMHs in October, since we do well in the am and skip most of the evening EMHs.

So we say good bye to Epcot and head out for the night. Back to BLT for sweet dreams (and a little more packing). Tonight is our last night. Boo hoo!!!!!

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lovely update!
so sad your trip (and TR) is nearly over!

I've wondered what the DVC 'meet and mingle' things are like so it was nice to see your photos & thoughts about it!

How great you got to see your CM friend performing in Epcot too!



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Old 02-10-2011, 06:38 PM   #148
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Great update!

I think we have an extra DVC ornament. We went to the member mixer this past year and got one and we also got one at the DVC Doorway to Dreams store that is in our mall. I have to check our Christmas ornament boxes but I will look for you!
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Oh, you have had a couple of rough weeks! I'm so sorry about the termites, heat and your poor car! At least it's almost the weekend, so hopefully things will get better and you can relax a little.

Great trip updates! I love the Dole Whip pictures. I'm glad you had a great experience at Via Napoli. I definitely need to check that place out. Everyone seems to be giving in great reviews.
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Wow!! I just read like 4 updates!!!

Sorry for the issues at BTMR I could have sworn or put money on it that if you went to GR that you can have an official measurement taken?!

I for sure would have asked for a manager. In my MK training (even though I wasn't attratctions) they told us that people..mostly non Engish speaking, would just say that he/she just rode when they really didn't. Also, sadly, the person outside of the ride might have been talking with other guests and didn't see you entering the line to do a measurment, that's why they would do another one before the ride. The front of the line obviously can't communicate with the ride loader. Sad but true but I would have stopped at GR or asked for a manager just to see what they suggest so that the issue with the particular CM could be fixed so he knows how to do an official height check. I worked rides for 2 summers at a local amusement park and while I loved it, it was tough dealing with the height issues

I loved all the MVMCP pics! You went the first night we arrived! We thought about going on the 10th but decided on the 12th which was still super busy too!! I had no idea that the 9th sold out!!

I can't wait to do Pick a Pearl. My CM friend that I sent the necklace to, picked her pearl this week and got a 7mm so hers fit great she said!

Sorry about the car!! We are finally seeing some warmer temps this weekend and next week! I'm hoping to be able to take my kids outside on Monday since it will be in the upper 40s! I think they said it will be in the 50s by Wed!!
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