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Old 07-31-2011, 10:57 AM   #1636
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We were led into the stretching room and Claire’s eyes were wide open. I think it’s been at least 3 years since she’s been on here, so I don’t think she remembered anything from any previous rides.





I held Claire close to me and kept reassuring her it was all pretend. She seemed to be OK though.















The part where you get a ghost hitchhiker was different. I guess they have done something different, but I don’t know what (or if it’s done yet). But we enjoyed it still, though I can’t remember exactly what they did different there this time around. (My memory is fading after a few months time) I do know it looked like construction there and had a big screen over the area. I think the hitchhikers were just standing there waving their thumbs or something. Maybe someone else can help jog my memory.

The good news is that Claire did fine!



I asked Claire of she wanted to leave now and she said no way. She still needed to ride the Carrousel. Ok then! So we headed back that way. The whole time she talked about how brave she had been on Haunted Mansion and how she just kept telling her mind that it was all pretend and it wasn’t scary then. She liked it. BUT, I’m not sure she would run back to go on it again anytime soon! LOL!

We got to the Carrousel and we had just a small wait. Basically waiting it for it to stop to unload the guests on and then it was our turn. I asked the CM for the Cinderella Horse. I was told it’s no longer there. It was taken away for refurbishment. She suggested another “special” horse. We looked for it and couldn’t find it at all. It was not where she said it was. So she restated again where it was, and we looked. Nope, nothing special at all! The horse was about the ugliest one on the thing! So we asked again, in the meantime a very pretty horse had been taken. I am wondering if that was the one she meant, though it wasn’t in the area she had said. This time she walked us to the horse, the same horse we had looked at. Claire got on it, but there was NOTHING special looking about this horse at all.

While we went around, I took a few more shots.









After the wonderful spin on the Carrousel we saw Donald was out by Mickey’s Philharmagic, so we went over to see him.



















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Old 07-31-2011, 11:19 AM   #1637
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I just show Kadence the Haunted Manison pictures and told her it was okay. I showed her that Claire did it! She said that if we go to WDW again "maybe" she try it! Thanks, I think Claire convinced her!
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:26 PM   #1638
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for two weeks... and

for Claire doing fine on Haunted Mansion. I know it used to really bother my dd.. but last trip she was fine with it.
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:29 PM   #1639
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I Peter Pan, it's my favorite of all the Fantasyland rides! It is a bummer that it's so hard to take pictures in there though, I've given up even trying!

Yay for Claire riding HM!! The first time I took Jared on it he was 4, almost 5, and we had a group of teenage girls in the stretching room with us that kept screaming really loudly - just being silly, but it scared the heck out of Jared! It was years before he would ride it again.
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:34 PM   #1640
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I won't do Haunted Mansion.. I went on it when I was 10 and didn't want to go on it so I went to sleep in my daddy's knee so I didn't see anything
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:57 PM   #1641
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I just show Kadence the Haunted Manison pictures and told her it was okay. I showed her that Claire did it! She said that if we go to WDW again "maybe" she try it! Thanks, I think Claire convinced her!
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I hope so. Claire did fine. Just keep telling her it's all pretend!

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for Claire doing fine on Haunted Mansion. I know it used to really bother my dd.. but last trip she was fine with it.
Claire rode it at 2 and loved it and at 3 said it was scary and I can't remember if we made her ride it anyways or not. But at 4 we didn't ride it.

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I Peter Pan, it's my favorite of all the Fantasyland rides! It is a bummer that it's so hard to take pictures in there though, I've given up even trying!

Yay for Claire riding HM!! The first time I took Jared on it he was 4, almost 5, and we had a group of teenage girls in the stretching room with us that kept screaming really loudly - just being silly, but it scared the heck out of Jared! It was years before he would ride it again.
Peter Pan is so classic! I am glad she went on HM. It's a fun ride.

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It's not bad. Actually part if it is kind of silly
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:10 PM   #1642
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Great pics with Donald Duck! And so glad Claire did well in the Haunted Mansion.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:28 PM   #1643
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Great Trip Report! Loved your details and pictures! Thanks.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:37 PM   #1644
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I've never heard that about the characters riding Dumbo at the end of the night you can bet we'll be stalking Dumbo at the end next time.


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I have seen pictures here and htere, but never offically knew that. I don't know if it was for only EMH or regular park closing as well.



I think that gig's up. I think it was an EMH thing, and now that the characters are gone from EMH, I'm assuming it won't happen any more.

YEAH! to Claire for doing HM and to you for getting some great photos!
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It's not bad. Actually part if it is kind of silly
I still think I'd be scared of some of it from pics I've seen that blue ghost freaks me out already! lol
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I don't think the haunted mansion is as scary as it used to be.

I used to love it when you'd hit the last stretch, look over in the mirror, and see which ghost had "joined" you for the ride. It's just not the same now.

I do like the refurb in the queue line now though. The interactive part with the headstones and musical instruments is fun.

I never made it on Snow White any time we were ever there. I'll have to put that on the never list.
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Great pics with Donald Duck! And so glad Claire did well in the Haunted Mansion.
I was glad I got her talked into it and she did OK.

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Thanks so much for reading along.

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I think that gig's up. I think it was an EMH thing, and now that the characters are gone from EMH, I'm assuming it won't happen any more.

YEAH! to Claire for doing HM and to you for getting some great photos!
I am thinking you are probably right. Such a shame.

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I still think I'd be scared of some of it from pics I've seen that blue ghost freaks me out already! lol
Thats funny. It really isn't scary at all.

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I don't think the haunted mansion is as scary as it used to be.

I used to love it when you'd hit the last stretch, look over in the mirror, and see which ghost had "joined" you for the ride. It's just not the same now.

I do like the refurb in the queue line now though. The interactive part with the headstones and musical instruments is fun.

I never made it on Snow White any time we were ever there. I'll have to put that on the never list.
It might still be open when you ge next time. I don't think they have a closing date yt at all.
I don't know if HM's new queue was open when we went. I didn't see it or notice it if it was.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:16 AM   #1648
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We strolled over to the sword in the stone and Claire decided to take a try at it. Now I was 99% sure it wouldn’t come out at such a late hour, but I guess you never know. Claire was determined to get it out. She even asked if I would help her try after it wouldn’t release.
You can almost read her thoughts!

“lets give this a try”



“I wonder if anyone else around here knows how to do it?”



“Ok, I need to put my whole body into it”



“Come ON! Pull out!”



“Must….Come…Out!”



By this time she had asked me to come help her, but I told her I wasn’t any stronger and it wasn’t meant to come out for us.



At this point we debated on staying. It was now 2:30. We would have to wait at least 15 more minutes for the characters to come over to Dumbo. Honestly we were sooooo tired and sore. I had been up for a good 20 hours now and Claire wasn’t too far off on that number either. Every muscle ached. I could feel every step I took and all the stair climbing I had done on the cruise was catching up to me. We made the decision to leave. I hated to do it, but I just couldn’t go any longer. And of course we still had to walk all the way up front AND out to the bus stop yet.
So off we went. And yes, I still took a few pictures along the way.













And we stopped for a few photopass as well.















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You can see by the time on the clock that we were about to turn into Pumpkins! It took us close to 15 minutes to walk up towards the front. We were exhausted, but we still stopped for more pictures.













The camera got packed away then. As we walked out of the park, everyone would say “Good Bye Princess” to Claire She was riding in her royal carriage, just like a Princess should, but she didn’t reply to anyone. I would say think, and sorry, she’s very tired, and they would say back “I can see that”. Well after about the 3rd “good bye Princess” I looked over at her to tell her to say thank you. I now knew why there were no replies. She was out COLD! He head was flopped onto her chest and she was just zonked out totally. It had happened in about 2 minutes time. I guess the day had caught up with her.
We headed out to the bus stop and a bus was loading right then. I got her up and told her she had to walk onto the bus and she did while I carried the stroller on. She sat down and went right back out. And her head did the bob the whole way back. I tried to hold it in place the best I could so she wouldn’t get whiplash. Some people were laughing at her because she looked so funny.
We soon arrived back at Pop and I got her up again and she made it off the bus and sat immediately in her stroller. She mentioned she was very thirsty, and I told her I would get her something after we got back to the room.
She slept for the long hike to our room. I know if I EVER get this location again, I WILL ask to be moved. It was so far out. For one night it was OK for us, but we like to be much closer to the action.
We got back to the room and Dad was having a fit that we were out so late. He was sure something happened to us. Mom had told him we were fine and knew what we were doing.
I got Claire undressed and ready for bed. She started crying. It was late and she was tired. She said she knew she was beautiful, but needed to have her hair taken out because it was too tight on her head. I was shocked. Last trip she wore the hairstyle for a WEEK. I actually took it out one day and washed her hair and put it back in.
I was a bit sad to take it out, but it made her happy to have feeling on her head again. LOL! I told her it was OK, she was still beautiful without it.
She told my Dad all about her encounter with Chip and Dale before she went to bed then. She was so excited about it.
I grabbed our mugs and ran up to the food court with out thinking. Yes it was locked up tight. DANG IT! So I hike all the way back to the room again, not such a happy camper at the moment. Grabbed some money and got a couple of drinks out of the vending machine. Claire was sound asleep by then, but I knew it would be good to have something there for her in case she woke up dying of thirst.
I soon was off to dreamland myself.
It was a wonderful day. We had a few mishaps, but nothing major. We woke up on the Dream and went to sleep in Disney World. Who could ask for more!
And that concludes day 5! We still have 2 more fun filled days of vacation!
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:30 AM   #1650
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I can understand why Claire was zonked out. Ya'll were up late and saw lots of great characters. Yay for Claire being brave and going on Haunted Mansion.

I had to laugh about your Daddy saying you should haven't stayed out that late. Parents never lose that parent mode no matter how old their kids are.
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