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Old 03-24-2011, 12:14 AM   #16
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Perfect Day to Be a Princess...

Wednesday morning found us at the gates first, and then at the rope first! By now, the family was as eager as I to get to the parks ahead of the crowds and we all had a spring in our steps that carried us quickly to the rope...After waving at the characters in the window at Plaza Inn and waiting very patiently for a 6yo, the princess was chosen to open the park!



She was very excited, even though at first she wasn't sure what was going on...she got a laugh from the people near us when the CM asked her if she was excited (yes) and if she knew what the button meant (no)....

After she pushed the button, the CM gave us a head start and we headed straight for the PFF...while I was still keeping up the pace, there were a few runners that got ahead of us, but that just meant we got to spend a few minutes laughing it up with the great CM managing the line...

Inside PFF, we saw Aurora and Snow White:



Next we headed back to FL, and took a quick spin on the carousel before checking for our 10:00 appointment at the BBB. The BBB was packed! There were a handful of customers just wandering the store shopping, and a cluster of people around the check in kiosk...when we finally got through to the CM, we were given a pager and told it would be about 15 minutes...sooo...back out the door we headed and into Sleeping Beauty's Castle for a quick tour...



Upon exiting, we found Fairy Godmother taking pics in front of the statue, but our beeper went off and it was time to meet our own Fairy Godmother! The FGIT asked which princess she wanted to be, then led her over to the dress, shoes, etc...she was given a choice of 2 accessory sets, which I think were: gloves w/ purse; crown w/ wand; or jewelry...then the FGIT said she had to go consult with the mice and birds and would be right back...we wandered around the store looking at the other princess attire, and then we were led back to the changing room.

It was just as crowded in the back! The salon area is 2 rows of chairs with seats for the parents in front of each chair...you walk between the seats and the chairs, and almost every chair was full, plus there were people lined up at the back wall...the FGIT held open the curtain and told us that the mice hadn't been able to make glass slippers in the princess's size, but that there was a pair in the next size up and a pair of flip-flops in the right size...

Well, quoting the princess here: "Everyone knows Cinderella needs her glass slipper to become the princess"...and our little princess was not leaving without a pair of glass slippers, lol...Not a huge deal, she was in a stroller most of the day and we had a pair of shoes to swap out if she got tired of them...so:



After she had changed, we were given a bag to put her clothes and shoes in and led to the station where she would get her makeover...our FGIT was very quiet, but very friendly and she listened to and responded to the princess very happily...the princess was consulted on everything from which style up-do she would like to which colors of make-up she would wear...and...score! They had nailpolish! Woo-hoo!



I wish during this process our PP photographer had taken more pictures, but she was working the 2 stations on either side of us as well, so, I pulled out my camera and clicked away....after the transformation was complete, the FGIT turned the princess around to face the mirror, they said the magic words, and presto-chango the curtain opened to reveal her transformation...

Afterwards, we were led to the back of the salon where we waited to get into the carriage room, ie the photo room...I loved the room...the carriage and the little scene they had set up were perfect for little girls getting princess makeovers...the beelined it for the animals and sat right down smiling...the PP photographer here was different, and absolutely wonderful with the princess...I felt as though she would have been happy snapping pictures of the princess all day...I asked for a couple of specific things (such as the princess blowing a kiss from the coach) and she was like "great idea!" and "absolutely!"



...however, the princess soon grew tired of posing and so we headed out to wait for our pictures to be brought to us, then headed on over to the wishing well for a minute of peace and quiet while we all stretched a minute and regrouped...

Side note: when I asked the PP photographer in the carriage room about it being so busy, she said they are always busiest between 9 and noonish and commented that most of the people they see are headed over to dine with the princesses afterward (like us, of course)...she said the best time is after two, but of course that doesn't help anyone trying to make a princess lunch, lol...

Our next stop was the silhouette shop, so I could get one done of the on a guaranteed good-hair day , and then we headed over to DCA...we rode the Jumpin' Jellies, Golden Zephyr and had a quick visit with Duffy before checking into our 1:00 appointment...we were told we would be paged in about 10 minutes, and we were glad to wait in the air conditioning on the chairs while the other groups scheduled for the same time began trickling in...



The princess caught up on her reading, and we all people watched as the crowd at the top of the stairs/in the doorway grew...

At last we were beeped, and we headed down the stairs...first up was Ariel, and we were told that we would only get 1 chance for a picture/autographs w/ Ariel:



We were seated at our table, a nice booth near the doors that kept us away from the noise of the restaurant while still giving us a great view of the goings on...the enjoyed the appetizers:



...and we ordered our food before the ceremony began...the princesses circulated slowly around the room, stopping at every table and taking the time to sign autograph books, spend time with the children and chatting with the adults before taking pictures...it was absolutely wonderful!





...our was dazzled by the princesses and I know I was grinning like a dopey fool each time she hugged a princess or her face lit up while conversing with a princess...

The food was YUMMY! I had the chicken and everyone else had the tri-tip, all with mashed potatoes and veggies...the server even brought over extra olives and pickles for the princess when he noticed she wasn't eating her seashells...delish! and our drinks were never empty, either...we were so stuffed by the end of the meal, that we had to take our dessert back to the hotel.

After the meal, we waddled over to Wine Country Trattoria to pick up picnics for WoC for the night (Monday had been our planned night for the show, but w/ mom and sis sick, we decided to wait until Wednesday when we would be in the park anyway)...we lucked out and they still had blue FPs w/ the picnics ...after bagging everything up in the WoC bags they gave us for ordering so many picnics, we headed back to the hotel...

It took some creative reorganizing of the meals to get everything plus the dessert in the fridge, but we managed it, and then it was time for the princess and I to swim while everyone else passed out, lol...

After the break, we headed back to DCA, where the insisted we take her auntie on Monsters and then the , nana and sis #2 headed to Bugs Land while sis #1 and I rode Tower of Terror (standby, 10-15 minutes)...Then we walked down the pier and I showed everyone where we would be heading to get to TSMM on Friday...when they saw how long the line was, the sisters were like "NO WAY"...but I convinced them if we played our cards right, we would be able to walk right on ...it was pretty crowded on the pier, so we decided to work our way back and see if we could find a place to sit and rest for a bit....

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Old 03-24-2011, 12:35 AM   #17
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Finally, WoC From the Ground!

Grabbing some ice cream, we headed back towards the WoC area...already people were standing around and CMs were clearing people out of the walkways and telling people there was no need to line up so early, etc. etc... ...it was about 6:20 when we grabbed a bench behind the WoC standing area, and by 6:30 a CM came over to let us know that at 6:45 they would be clearing the area out to get ready for the show and to tell us we didn't need to wait around, everyone who had a ticket was guaranteed a seat, etc....

We chatted w/ the CM for a bit, and then I asked him where we might expect to be directed, since we were blue section and was in her ECV...he showed us the preferred disabled seating area and said hopefully they would let us sit there, and that the bench on the far left front of this section has the best view of the show...

Finally we had to move, so we rounded the corner and stood by the fence just next to the WoC entrance....there was already quite the crowd of people and it only became worse as the minutes ticked by...then, at almost exactly 7:00, they let everyone in...we were directed to the benches to the left of the preferred section (when facing the wheel) and chose the bench on the far right up front...we thought about splitting up, since the blue area next to us was completely empty for about 15 minutes, but we figured it would be better to stay together and we could swap out turns sitting on the bench until we needed to give up the seats...

Soon vendors were circulating through the crowds and we wound up with some light up cotton candy for the ...we broke out our own glow sticks, and shared with the family that joined us on the bench...we wound up w/ 3 families sharing the one bench/area behind the bench...and we all chatted about our trips and laughed at ourselves for lining up so early for the show, and how we would hate to be the CMs trying to convince everyone not to line up...

Our view of the show was pretty good...we were almost center and we had a fabulous view of the character projections and larger fountain displays...



...although I could barely see the little screens/bubbles or some of the lower fountain displays; and I can't imagine that could see them any better since she was sitting down, even though she told me she could...we definitely got a different perspective and saw way more details than from our room...and we understood better what was happening/the progression, so to speak...we waited for the crowds to clear before heading slowly back to the hotel...thank God for the shortcut through the GCH! Back at the hotel, I wished I had the energy to go down to the hot tub to soak my feet, lol...but settled for propping them up on a pillow while discussing the next day's plans with everyone else before passing out...
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:17 PM   #18
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Lazy Daisies...

After some discussion the night before, we set the alarm late and skipped MM on Nemo...we needed the extra sleep and our bodies were getting tired of running on full-speed...we took our time getting ready this morning and strolled towards the park......none of us had it in us to move anywhere fast this day, lol...

We entered the park at opening, and were behind the crowds as they rushed in various directions...we stopped to take pics w/ Alice and the Mad Hatter...these two are amazing together! We had seen them in the park all week, working from FL to the front gates and back several times a day, and they always kept up silliness going...the would not go near the Hatter, because, and I quote: "he is mad...don't you know what that means...it means he's Crazy!"...lol...but, while we distracted the Hatter, she stood next to Alice for a moment...



Alice sat down to read her section of the book, reading some sections out loud and showing them to the Hatter...when the Hatter read, he was quite suprised to learn he had a lisp, lol...Alice told him that she didn't want to tell him on his un-birthday... Really, these two were awesome together, I don't see how they could bring out one w/o the other...


We then meandered over to BTMRR, waiting in a 15 minutes (or so) line...then it was over to the Mark Twain for a nice leisurely ride in the shade of the second level...



The princess was very excited to see ducks in the water and carefully pondered before she named each one...

After Mark Twain, we walked over to Pirates...the princess did not enjoy the ride...she didn't scream or anything, but she scrunched up really close to me and asked if next time we could go without her...

Then we stopped and the princess and I checked out Tarzan's Treehouse while the others shopped for a little bit then grabbed some Bengal BBQ skewers...we also took a minute to admire the flowers:



The princess adored this plant and wanted to know if we could plant one in our yard, so we had to take a pic...lol...

After they ate, we headed over to the Golden Horseshoe, but somewhere along the way we lost sis #2...had to wait for her to find her way over...while we did so, we chatted w/ one of the CMs from the show...the princess had fun exchanging knock-knock jokes w/ him...

Once inside, we grabbed nuggets and fries for the princess and rootbeer floats for everyone else...then we settled in upstairs to wait for the show...which we then wound up leaving early because the couldn't take the loud noise...we didn't realize it when we picked our spot, but we were right under a speaker...something to think about when picking a spot...

We headed over to Pooh's Corner, which had just opened that day...we rode Pooh a couple times, took pics w/ Pooh and checked out the candy shop before heading on over to Tom Sawyers Island...

We let the roam and explore...she turned into a bit of a for the day, lol...we had expected it to be hot and bake in the sun, but the trees and buildings provided plenty of shade, and the caves were very cool...we made plans to make this a picnic spot next time we visit, bc everyone thought it was a great spot to take a break from the park...



After the island mom and sis #2 were ready to head back to the hotel, but sis #1, and myself were just getting started, so we headed over to the petting zoo...what a joke! Goats in a pen does not a petting zoo make, lol...the princess petted the goats and then we washed/sanitized before starting for FL...we didn't make it more than 20 steps before we ran into Jessie and backtracked a few paces to take pics behind BTMRR and across from the petting zoo...well...the princess refused to take a pic w/ Jessie, or even go near her for that matter, so we got some autographs and headed on our way...

We rode Alice, then the Matterhorn (which was a 10 minute standby until someone lost their prescription sunglasses on the ride and insisted they find them )...since we were 1st in line and they told us it would only be about 5 minutes, we decided to wait it out...glad we did, bc the princess loved the ride...

After scoping the lines for everything in Tomorrowland, I convinced the sister and the princess to check out Innoventions w/ me...wish we could've skipped the intro part, but once we got in, we had fun...the CM working the pre-show of ASIMO was giving out buttons to people who got the answers to the questions on the screen right, and gave one to the princess just because she raised her hand and asked nicely, which of course just made her day...the princess was in awe of ASIMO...

Afterwards, we decided to scope out FL, and hopped on Peter Pan before the princess asked for another trip to TT...we rode Gadget's Go Coaster, then met up w/ us and took the into Minnie's house while sis and I rode RR...then we headed back to Tomorrowland (with a quick stop to walk on to Dumbo) and we hopped onto Nemo through the exit w/ on her ECV...we all thoroughly enjoyed the ride, but I was very glad we hadn't had to wait in a long line for it... managed the stairs ok, but afterward she was ready to head back to the hotel...

Overall, we were able to spend the day recharging our batteries and relaxing before taking on the crowds and the longer days of the upcoming weekend...we know we could have done way more, but we just rolled w/ the flow and skipped over anything that looked like waiting...
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:10 PM   #19
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Fantasmic Friday

Friday started bright and early for the , myself and ...we had Breakfast w/ Chip & Dale scheduled for 7:30...so up and over we went....

The food at Storyteller's was pretty much the same breakfast buffet we had all week, although we were given the choice to order off the menu...we were seated on the left of the restaurant (coming in from the doors) in the central section near the railing...unfortunately, the 1st 3 characters to circle the room did exactly that, circle the edge of the room and head right out the door...the was crushed after watching Chip, Meeko and Terk walk right past us on one side, around the room and out w/o even waving hi....

We had asked our server after Chip and Meeko didn't seem to see us, then after Terk walked on past, I headed over to the check in desk and let them know our section wasn't getting any character interaction...shortly thereafter, the Cast Manager came over and apologized and let us know the characters would be coming back around...which they started to do about 10 minutes later...

Once they did start coming into our section, the interaction was everything you would expect it to be...hugs, autographs, pictures, etc...





Just before 9, we saw the sisters pass by on their way to the DCA entrance and decided it was time to join them...

Here is something I haven't seen anyone mention-they were handing out FPs for WoC to everyone standing in line before they even opened bag check...they had stacks of them and were giving people as many as they said were in their group...which severely cut down on the line as most people then headed on over to DL...they ran out of these FPs by 9:10 or so, and then they were telling people they could get them at GRR getting in the park at about 9:30...

We lined up, waited a few before bag check opened then went through the gates...we by-passed everyone who stopped at GRR for WoC fastpasses and headed over to line up at the rope to wait to be let in for TSMM...we debated going on Soarin', but the mass of people that filled in behind us convinced us otherwise, lol...

We got in and walked briskly to TSMM, a ride that everyone enjoyed but, nonetheless, not something I would wait 45 minutes + for...I guess I just have a low tolerance for lines, lol...

Afterwards the , myself and rode the carousel a few times while rode CA Screamin' and grabbed FPs for it later...then we headed over to Mickey's Fun Wheel...outside only, thanks anyway, lol...



As you can see the princess thought this was the coolest ride ever, and I managed not to freak out and actually enjoyed the ride the second time around, lol...

After Mickey's Fun Wheel, we stopped for a picture w/ Woody:



That soldier was hilarious...he was giving everyone in line orders to prepare them for their experience, lol, and then he convinced Woody we had shrunk Bullseye in the dryer and they tried to stretch him out...

Then the princess, myself and headed over to Bugsland, stopping at It's Tough to Be a Bug first...BIG MISTAKE...the princess freaked out during the wasp scene and we had to leave...here she is explaining to her papa about the bugs stinging you:



We left the show and headed over to ride Heimlich and all the other rides:



Then the sisters caught up to us and we wasted an hour trying to decide what to have for lunch...no kidding...

We stopped at Award Weiners...nope, mom wanted fries...we stopped at Taste Pilots, nope, the thought it was way overpriced and refused to buy anything...finally I lead them out of the park and over to Whitewater Snacks...only to have the princess need to use the bathroom...no problem...you guys go ahead and order, we'll be out in a minute...

Only...when I came out, the sisters were back at the hotel and said they just wanted to order room service and relax in the room...only problem...there is no room service for lunch!

We wound up getting sandwhiches/burgers and fries from the Surfside Lounge that were pretty yummy, but I wish we had made that decision an hour before instead of traipsing all over the place......

After eating, the and I watched a movie and played w/ her toys while everyone else took a nap...we were resting up for the excitement and crowds still to come that evening...
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:53 AM   #20
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Fantasmic Friday Cont...

Friday evening we strolled DTD before heading into the park...we had a few souvenirs to pick up still, and we knew we would forget them on Saturday, plus we weren't in a hurry since the only thing on our agenda for the rest of the day was Fantasmic...

When we made it to the park, we stopped at City hall, where I picked up our Fantasmic tickets and some Disney Dollars...then we strolled into Adventureland and stopped to ride the Jungle Cruise...my loves this ride...then we strolled over to the Fantasmic check-in area and sister #1 volunteered to get in the line that had already formed...she told us right after we left, the CM working the line took down our reservation info and wrote our names on the seating chart and our assigned row (front row, all the way to the right) on the backs of our tickets...

We hung out in Critter Country for a little while, stopping in the Briar Patch to pick up some hats/ears and chat w/ the funny CM working the machines...this turned out to be a great time killer, as the drawers were being pulled and they couldn't ring anyone up for about 10 minutes and they couldn't monogram anything until it had been paid for...so we all took the chance to use the bathroom at Hungry Bear (not open, but the bathroom was) just soak up some atmosphere/people watch outside...

When we finally headed back towards Fantasmic, the bundled up in her stroller and promptly fell asleep......

As we checked in, we parked the stroller and the ECV out of the way, and a CM took out tickets then introduced us to the CM who would show us to our seats and help us throughout the show...we were so happy to have seats to sit in for the show (especially after all the standing for WoC earlier in the week) ...that alone made it worth the price for me, lol. The CM working our section was very solicitous and brought us all cocoas (there were other options, but cocoa was the consensus) and pointed out where to watch for the fireworks and where we could see Tinkerbell...

We had a great view of the fireworks...and we very clearly saw Tinkerbell, too, for anyone wondering...just when everyone was settling back w/ happy smiles, our CM brought over our dessert trays...YUM! The lemon tart and cheesecake were absolutely delish!



He also took our picture (and everyone else in the section) and waited for us to check it (his suggestion) in case we wanted another one...

We got more cocoa and settled in to watch Fantasmic! What an amazing show! said the show was worth the cost of the seats, lol...even if she didn't get dessert or cocoa, lol...

The woke up as the princess floats drifted by and was promptly ...at the end of the show, the CM came over and asked us if we would like any more cocoa before we left, and even brought another dessert tray because she had dropped hers at some point (she got so wrapped up in the show she said she forgot she was holding it, lol)...

The Fantasmic Dessert just added that extra magical touch to our experience...we all felt a little pampered and very comfortable as we sat in our folding chairs and covered w/ a blanket while we sipped our cocoas and watched the show...

At this point, the was glad to have seen the last half of the show but upset because she had missed the first half...she asked if we could watch it again, and of course I caved...really, why not? I enjoyed the show, I wanted her to see it, she was going to be up crying or up enjoying the show...so it was a wash, lol...Mom and sis #2 headed back to the hotel and sis #1, myself and the princess strolled behind the crowd for a minute while everyone else cleared out...sis #1 wanted to stop and order an umbrella, and offered to get one for the , so we spent a minute picking designs and arranging for pickup the next day, then headed back down to the seating area to find a good spot...

We wound up front and center, great seats (other than the fact that we were on the cold hard ground )...we all piled on top of the blanket and pulled the edges up to keep out as much of the cold as we could...when the second show started, we were just as mesmerized as the first time around...seriously, I Fantasmic...and so does the and , both of whom asked if next time we go, we can see it more than one night...

In the end, the made it long enough to see the end and then get back in her stroller before she fell right back asleep...

On that note, we decided to head back to the hotel and call it a night.

(BTW, we did take pictures of the view and the seating area, but somehow I lost them )
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:13 PM   #21
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Saturday Already?!

Saturday morning we slept in again...and then we decided to take some time and pack up as much as we could so we wouldn't have to stay up all night or wake up at the crack of dawn to get out of our room in time on Sunday...we entered the park just in time to see Pinocchio skip past...we followed him until he settled in for pics/autographs and he and the played and watched the marching band for quite some time...



When she kissed him back, he kicked the ground and acted all embarassed, which amused her to no end, lol...

Then we meandered over to NOS to pick up our umbrella and for the to get her caricature...we had to wait for few minutes since the artist wasn't set up yet, so we stepped over to the Mint Julep bar and grabbed some beignets and cocoa......they are divine! My sister and I joked that it was a good thing we hadn't had any earlier in the week or we would've planned our entire week around eating beignets...

The princess was very particular about how she wanted to pose...



She was very proud of her picture, and showed it off to the passengers on the train around us:



Before putting it down and making faces at the people in the next car, who took it in the spirit of Disney and promptly made faces back at her ...which of course, encouraged her to continue throughout the whole ride....

We rode the Monorail back to DTD (since the hadn't yet and I needed to swing by Goofy's Kitchen to pick up buttons). Then it was time for a brief rest and then back to the park...

The had her heart set on one last visit w/ Mickey in his house, so tha was priority #1-we waited an hour in line smushed between two groups of really impatient, really grumpy people......so impatient, in fact that as we came out of Mickey's yard and into the casting barn, the second group took the exit and a few minutes later the first group followed them....we were at the fact that they had waited so long only to bail on the line when they were so close to seeing Mickey...

The said goodbye to Mickey:



And entertained the room w/ a play by play of her week and her plans for returning, then we headed out of the overcrowded TT and veered right when I realized the PFF was still open ...we made it just before the CM dropped the rope...



We were all super excited to see Tiana!

After the princesses, we grabbed corndogs and and played in the Penny Arcade:



...before deciding it was time to brave the crowds and grab a spot for the fireworks...we wound up towards the front of the hub and began to worry about the crowd...she thought about leaving, but the mass of people pushing at us from behind vetoed that idea for her (there was no way for her to safely maneuver the ECV w/o running someone over on accident)...once the show started, all discussion of leaving stopped anyway...we were all glad in the end that we stayed for the show...the lights on the castle and the view of the fireworks and Tink was definitely worth it...

After the fireworks we trudged out of the park, each of us knowing these were our last moments in the park...we debated not leaving until we had to, but really, we were done even if we weren't ready to leave...however, we were all convinced by this time that we will be returning soon, so we weren't too terribly about having to go...plus we had one last character meal to look forward to in the morning...
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The Day We Made Minnie Cry...

Sunday morning started quietly...we finished up w/ the packing and mom checked in her ECV early...after a final sweep of the room, we headed down to the concierge lounge to get waters for the road and stashed them in the fridge before heading down to breakfast w/ Mickey at the PCH Grill!

This breakfast was by far the funnest! We checked in and stopped for a picture with Mickey before we were shown to our seats...as soon as we sat down, Stitch came over to play/take pics/sign autograph books...then it was time for dancing...followed by more characters, then surf lessons...more characters and then dancing again...





Stitch kept coming back to the table, messing up people's hair, standing quietly behind us until we noticed him and jumped (and yes, he got 3 of us this way) growling and wiping it off when the princess kissed him on the nose, then promptly wrapping her in a big hug...

We only saw the 5 characters, but it seemed we never sat for more than a minute or two without one being at the table or us going to the front of the restaurant to interact w/ the characters...definitely a nice way to end the vacation (or for that matter, it would have been a great way to kick off our vacation)...

As we neared the 90 minute mark, Minnie stopped by our table again and the must have sensed that our time was drawing to a close, because she just bawled all over Minnie...



Poor Minnie was floored...she sat down in the chair and pulled the princess close and just held her for what felt like forever while the princess and I saw her gesturing as if she were wiping her own tears away....I myself felt like shedding a tear or two...finally the princess pulled away and gave Minnie a wobbly smile before giving her one last squishy hug and telling her she would see her next time she came...

Minnie left, and so did we...they went upstairs and called bell services to have our stuff taken down and called the front desk to check out while I pulled the car around...then came the fun task of finding a place for everything...in the end we wound up w/ bags all over the floor of the back seat, two bags in the space between myself and the passenger seat and we left the stroller behind...



...not a problem since we had taken all the buttons off and we only needed it for the park...

...we joked the whole way home about feeling like a clown car...the drive home was quiet and uneventful...and suprisingly quick...

ETA: totally forgot! the name of this TR came from the song that was playing as we were seated inside the PCH Grill...the heard it and asked me if I heard the song...then told me it was her favorite song ever...now every time I think of the trip, especially that last morning, the song pops into my head ah, well...I suppose its better than IASW (which, btw, the princess found to be "soothing" )

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Loved your Daughter's reaction to the mad hatter LOL. Teared up when she cried on Minnie! Thanks for taking me along for the ride!
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Loved your Daughter's reaction to the mad hatter LOL. Teared up when she cried on Minnie! Thanks for taking me along for the ride!
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:36 PM   #25
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So What Didn't We Do?

First off, I want to say we have no regrets or complaints...this was a magical, dreams-come-true trip...that being said, with 6 days in the park and 8 days on-site, I have heard "wow, you must have done everything" or a variation of it more times than I can count...and no, we didn't do everything...

The most important thing we didn't do was stress out or feel rushed or feel like we were missing out on anything...thanks in large part to the Dis, we were prepared and able to enjoy ourselves and be in the moment, rather than wasting time trying to figure out where to go next or if we were missing something while we were here or racing to do it all and getting nothing done...so, once again, thank you Disers!

The one thing we didn't do that is at the top of my list for next time is Aladdin...we were supposed to do it Monday and opted out when mom and sis got sick and somehow or other we just never got around to it...the loves live shows (ballet, theater, etc) and I have a feeling she would be awed by this show...not to mention I want to experience it for myself, too!

On a similar note-we never met Aladdin or Jasmine...they were apparently at the Oasis off and on all week, but Every. Single. Time. we tried to see them we either just missed them, or got in line only to be told the person ahead of us was last, or (and this one actually made me a bit ), we were in line (after having gone to guest services to find out what time they would be there) only to have Aladdin himself count off to about 3 people ahead of us and say "sorry folks, this is going to have to be our last group" (right after opening the line in the first place)...so...we decided we didn't want to meet Aladdin anyway ...

Another biggie was we didn't do fastpass ...I know, I know...we did grab FPs a few times, but we really never used them...the even got those "good for any FP ride" passes from a DVC CM, but we just didnt' need them...the rode any rides they wanted during the mornings, and I felt no compelling urge to ride any particular ride...yes, I got in line for a few in the evenings, but a 10 minute wait while the and ate a snack/took a break was fine by me...

We didn't see the show at MTMM...well, the did, but and myself were busy on the other side of TT while it happened...

We also didn't meet Rapunzel...that's another one that is at the top of the list for next time...our timing was off for this one...they didn't open until 11 every day we were there, and by then we were at a character meal, or DCA or otherwise occupied, and the line was ridiculous from that point on...luckily, I had never mentioned the meet'n'greet to the , so there were no about it, just a moment of on my behalf on Saturday when I realized we had never made it...

We did not ride Autopia, though the really wanted to (until she saw the line and smelled the fumes)...we didn't do anything on Main Street, except the Penny Arcade and Silhouette Shop, and we may never stop long enough on Main Street to do so...by the end of the night, we're ready for bed, early in the day, we are eager to be somewhere in the park...

We didn't eat many snacks/meals in the park (other than the character meals)...really, between breakfast/snacks/drinks/dinner every day from the concierge lounge, we were never really hungry...lets see, we had BBQ skewers, beignets, ice cream, chicken nuggets and fries...I can't think of anything else we ate in the park that wasn't already planned out and paid for...

We didn't do anything in Animation Academy except for Turtle Talk...the loved the show and even got picked to ask a question...but after the show she wasn't interested in any of the other rooms...

I'm sure there are more things we didn't do...but note, I do not say we missed...because we were having too much fun to miss anything, and loved what we did so much we wouldn't have changed it for anything
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:16 AM   #26
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Apples to Oranges-Attempting to Compare Character Meals

While I'm not sure one should even try to compare the character meals (too many variations in both the meals and the guests), I myself looked for comparisons when planning and I know many others do the same, so here goes :thumbsup...

If you are looking for sheer number of characters, go for Breakfast with Minnie at the Plaza Inn ...we saw 7 characters at our table and an one more from across the room...also, the variety of characters was wider than the other meals we experienced...a couple of classics, a couple critters, etc...the only thing we will change about this meal is getting an earlier ressie...the thought it was so cool to see people in the park before it even opened and asked if next time we could try that...

For princesses, of course, you will want Breakfast or Lunch at Ariel's Grotto ...5 princesses, very calm and well organized...the food alone (we had lunch)was definitely worth the price difference between this and "non-premium" character meals...not to mention the priceless time your princess gets to spend with the princesses...I know some people don't like the whole waiting to get in process, but we would gladly wait longer than we did (and really, we maybe waited 10 minutes, in air conditioning) knowing that we were all coming into a level playing field (so to speak) as far as timing and chances to see the princesses...honestly, I think the other meals could take a cue from this one as far as organization and ensuring that each table gets visited by every character....

Lunch at Goofy's was okay...the characters (other than Baloo and Peter Pan) were ones we met frequently throughout our stay. The food did not wow...we were there for lunch, but did not see anything extraordinary offered that we didn't see at the other breakfasts...there was a peanut butter jelly pizza that intrigued the ...but overall the meal did not feel "premium" to us...that being said, as I told everyone on the trip the character meals (for us, at least) are about the characters, not the food ...but that, too, didn't wow...if we go again, we will try breakfast (or maybe dinner).

Breakfast with Chip and Dale at Storytellers...lets just say if it was up to me alone, we would not be returning...I already knew which characters to expect, so no disappointment on that count, but on the whole, I did not enjoy the experience...the characters zipped past us for half the meal. Yes, they did start coming to the table after I found someone to rectify the situation, but honestly, there shouldn't have been a situation in the first place. The restaurant wasn't anywhere near to being full, so they couldn't even blame it on being busy. Seeing the princess because she was being left out was awful

A surprise favorite of the was Breakfast with Mickey at the PCH Grill. Getting up and dancing/surfing with the characters was a blast for her and I think we had more face to face (so to speak) contact with each of the characters at this meal than any other...we were very glad we saved this meal for our "farewell breakfast", but next time we might just use this to kick off our week...or we may make it a tradition to eat here before we leave to fight off the end of vacation blues ...the energy of the meal just charges you up...

After all is said and done, I am grateful and glad we were able to do all 5 meals...the has magical memories of the characters that would never had happend outside of the meals...she, of course, wants to do every single meal again next time we go and I am having a hard time picturing a trip w/o at least dining with Minnie or the princesses ...even though the food was pretty much (if not exactly) the same across 4 of the meals, it was delicious and filling, and there was something for everyone in our group (even the self-proclaimed 6yo vegetarian who eats bacon )...again, each meal was different in terms of types of characters, setting and even mood...hopefully my review here and previously in this TR will help more than it hinders
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:42 AM   #27
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Just wanted to say I loved your trip report!! Found it tonight and stayed up late reading--couldn't put it down--like a good book!!

Your is adorable. What a fun girls trip this must have been!!
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:14 PM   #28
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Thanks and glad you enjoyed it ...we had a blast, and now the boys want to come on the next trip and the girls are thinking about making this our "official" girls only destination ...

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Just wanted to say I loved your trip report!! Found it tonight and stayed up late reading--couldn't put it down--like a good book!!

Your is adorable. What a fun girls trip this must have been!!
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:56 PM   #29
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Your TR was fantastic! I am so jealous of your little princess! I wish my mom would have done something like that for me when I was little
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Old 04-09-2011, 04:12 PM   #30
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Ah, well......it may have been as much for me as it was for her....
Glad you enjoyed it!

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