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Old 01-26-2011, 03:16 PM   #16
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Saying "no" to The Living Seas with Nemo (bummer - since I'm a marine ecologist by training ...)

... and no visiting France and Danielle's (current) favorite Princess ...




... but I hope we see the princesses at the MK on Sunday ...

For the evening at Epcot, the main priorities were to see the Dragon Legend Acrobats (and Mulan) at China, and visit the Tangled Magical Garden (between Germany and Italy ...)

But a couple days ago the AllEars newsletter gave us some bad news: after 14 (!!) years at Epcot, the acrobats contract was not renewed and their shows will end this January ... ...

So that meant going back to the drawing board ...
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:29 PM   #17
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[All right - page 2 already ... I've been busy ...]

So - hitting the Tangled Magical Garden became the priority - with having dinner at some place good with something on the menu Danielle would eat the "second" priority ...

Now if you look at a map of Epcot - Germany/Italy are waaaaaay out there ... across the "pond" ... (in Europe ... ) ...

So we could trek all the way out there, getting dinner on the way ...

Or ...

... we could take one of the boats across the lagoon, saving our legs and taking pictures from the center of Epcot just as the sun starts to set and the lights go on!

Good idea, huh?

Well - is it a good idea?

Have any of you taken a ride on the Epcots boats?

So the plan is to get back to Epcot around 5 pm ...

... jump on a boat ... get off at Germany ... visit Rapunzel's Tower ... and then grab a couple of "dogs" at Somerfest and visit Snow White and Dopey in Germany (Danielle doesn't care for SW all that much - but she loves Dopey!!)

Now - that could change if they announce a real cool new act in China ... we'll see in a couple weeks ...

After that, we'll stroll back towards Future World, visiting China a bit, riding Maelstrom in Norway (maybe - it's not one of Danielle's favorite rides), and taking a "Grand Fiesta Tour" in Mexico (this one Danielle REALLY likes ...)

... ending up at the Fountainview Cafe for some ice cream ... before finding a viewing spot for Illuminations on the World Showcase Plaza ...

I've never watched Illuminations from there - have you?

Is it a good spot?

Which leads to evening EMH - assuming the DD-7.3 (and me!) is still going ...
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Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:38 PM   #18
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[P.S. Excuse any typos in this PTR - I'm not doing any serious proofreading with the DIS Boards site "treating" me the way it is ... ]

For EMH - assuming a big "sugar rush" hits Danielle after that humungous sundae she has at the Fountainview Cafe ...

It's off to Test Track ...

Danielle likes this attraction - even the post show "auto show" ... and it's supposed to be particularly "cool" at night ...

But I anticipate there being a big line ...

Now, normally I would hit Mission:Space (green version!!) instead ... but Danielle seems - for no reason I can fathom - to have major problems with this attraction (even though she has never done it ...)

So we may then head over have a chat with Crush ... or see Spaceship Earth ...

Whatever we do in EMH - if anything - the plan is to be at the bust stop by 10 pm ... and in bed at ASMo by 11 pm ...

We will not be "closing" Epcot!!

So that's it for Days One and Two (mostly Two) of the "D & D Adventure in WDW" ...

Whaddya think? - is there enough "adventure" for my DD-7.3? Too much?

Vicki's gonna be home from work soon - so I'd better get my fannie away from the computer!!

Until next time ...
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Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
Sep 2009 TR continued (but never finished) at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post36403597
March 2011 PTR at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2643038

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Old 01-27-2011, 09:11 AM   #19
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Yep - it's another

SNOW DAY!!!

Which works fine - cuz the DD-7.3 is still a tad under the weather ...

And since my work "start time" was delayed 4 hours - here I be ...

So, in the spirit of the season - and for the benefit of youse in warmer climes, I thought I'd share a couple pictures of what the neighborhood looked like after the last snowfall ...

Not the BIG 24+ inch job that hits us on Dec 26 ... nor the 6 incher that hits us a few days after that ... and not last night's 6 incher, either ...

No - this is the day after Snowfall #3, another good 6+ inches - when the snowplows were a bit late getting out and about - so Danielle finally had the chance to go sledding on the hill above our house ...

Enjoy!!









Now although the DD-7.3 looks like she's really bundled up - for some reason (and I didn't know this!!) - she didn't have any socks on!!!

BTW - they're calling for the chance of a little more of the white stuff tomorrow morning ...

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Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:16 AM   #20
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Only 27 Days to go!!


... and I'll be waking up for our first day at WDW (assuming I get any sleep that night!!)

We saw Disney on Ice - Princess Classics this past weekend - I'll post some pictures as soon as I get the time (and energy - the DD has passed her cold on to me ... )

I'm also "finalizing" our touring plan for Day #2 at the Animal Kingdom ...

... and still on the fence about whether or not to ME our checked luggage our arrival night ...

Later ...
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Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:10 AM   #21
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Only 18 Days to Go!!



The kid is having breakfast and emptying the dishwasher ... the DW is taking Ranger for a walk ... so I have some time to get back to this PTR!!

First - as promised - a few pictures from the Disney on Ice show we saw a couple weeks ago ... They don't do justice to the quality of the staging, costumes, etc. - it was very difficult getting good photos shooting from the dark seats to the lighted ice with your basic digital camera - and forget about getting moving skaters in focus!!

Needless to say - I need to reread the camera's operating manual and practice a bit more under different conditions before heading down to WDW!!

First off, the DW and the DD (with her Mickey ears crown):





A "fuzzy" Jasmine, Genie, and retainers ... The "castle" set would rotate and change a bit to be in sync with the theme of each of the princeesses ...










A nice shot of one of the princes ...





And last but not least ...





I'll be back after I submit this ...
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Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:25 AM   #22
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If you look at the "prince photo" in the previous post, you'll see some "blurs" of light behind him - those are skaters! ... and that's how most of my shots of the skaters came out ...

We had good seats - 2nd row up from the ice - but I guess your basic digital camera just can't adjust for the difference in light levels when you're shooting from about 50-100 feet away.

The first half of the show had 10 minute sketches about each of the "classic" princesses - Aurora, Ariel, Mulan, Snow White - and in the 2nd half the Cinderella story was performed.

Good show - and a fun time!!

Looks like I'll have to go back and change my Epcot touring plan a bit - I just found out that the Fairies are moving to Epcot for the F & G Festival ...

And I'll have to adjust my "draft" plan for the MK - since the Princesses will be on the Adventureland Veranda (not in Exhibition Hall) ...

But first -after talking with my BIL, I decided to pick up our luggage at MCO instead of having it delivered to our room at AS Mo.

His family had flown in to WDW last October about the same time we'll be arriving (after 10 pm) - and he had a little difficulty getting his bags from ME that late at night. And since they had stayed at AKL - and we're staying at AS Movies - I think I'll just get them myself before boarding the ME bus ...

The DD keeps asking me when we're going to start packing!!!

... next weekend ...
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Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:39 PM   #23
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It's Single Digit Dance Party Time!!!
















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Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:10 AM   #24
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Hey there~
I've missed so much! I'm here and going back to read! I hope you and Danielle had a wonderful trip!!! I hope you do a TR so I can live vicariously through you!!
Hope you're well!
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:53 PM   #25
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Hi Kristen!! (and everyone else out there in DISland ...)

Of course we had a great time ... and a little magic, too!!

And Fastpass rocks!!! - especially when you know how to use it ...
at one point I was holding FPs to Splash Mtn, BTMRR, and the Jungle Cruise ... ...
... but, of course, the DD was too tired to ride any of them ...

But that story will have to wait for the TR ... speaking of which:


Right now I'm working on putting my Photopass Photoalbum together and the Photo CD, so the TR will have to wait a bit ...

And I definitely have those "post-WDW Blues" ...

Although yesterday's arrival of my last minute shopping spree in the ASMo store was the right medicine ...

But I could REALLY use a Mickey Bar!!!

And these 3-4 day trips to WDW are just too short ... next time, at least a week!!

Later ... (if not sooner ...)
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Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:17 PM   #26
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Almost done dealing with the Photopass stuff ... TR coming soon ...

BTW - I wish the countdown timer in my siggie was correct ...
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OK - the Photopass stuff is done and ordered ... I took advantage of the special "10 free pages" offer and put together a 40-page photo book ...

... and that was for a 3.5 day trip ...

What will I do on our next trip, which I want to be at least a week?!?!?

... and I need to update my siggie and get rid of that countdown timer ... Athough, could it know something I don't ... ?
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Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:17 AM   #28
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Greetings!!

The photos from our trip are just about all organized ... which means it will be time to get the TR rolling along ...

Back soon ...
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Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
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Hey there! You still out there?
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Yep - still here!!!

"Here" as in NJ - not so much on DISBoards lately ...

You know how it is ... "Life" ...

I got motivated a couple months ago and printed out most of the pictures I took and put them in the WDW Photo album I bought - now I just have to finish the job!!

I posted a trip report on AllEars - so now I just have to load up the pictures and post it here ...

And I'm saving up for that next trip ... not sure when yet ...

But I may have something different to post in a couple weeks: the DD is going to a Theatre Camp for a month this summer - and they're putting on a version of Disney's "The Jungle Book" in two weeks - so keep an eye out for some pictures ...

She's playing a wolf cub, a prickley pear, and a tree ... I'll guess I'll find out what a prickly pear does!!

Have a great (and less hot and humid!!) day!!!
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Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
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