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Old 07-04-2011, 02:21 PM   #46
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Joining in! Just caught up and I can't wait to read more. It was great to read about Star Wars weekend.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:58 PM   #47
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Hi! Sorry for the delay in getting the next chapter up.

In the meantime, for those that are thinking about taking the kids next year, enjoy this little video. This was from our meeting with Chewie on our first day.

Chewbacca Meet and Greet

You will want to turn your sound down. My camera records really loud. Sorry for being a loud mouth.
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:10 AM   #48
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Epcot

Test track never disappoints. The single rider line is the best way to move right through. I can't wait until our kids are big enough to ride things that way!

Just how tall is that Chewie anyway?
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Kringla - Kring u lah - Kringa lahhh

Ok so our lunch break didn't go as planned. Let's get out of here for a swim break to lighten our spirits. We all begin the exceptionally long walk from the back of World Showcase.

As we are walking by Italy, I mention to DSis and family that they should see the Ziti sisters show if they have time. I saw it last year and thought it was funny. DBil reads the sign as we walk by and says to DSis "It's starting in 4 minutes..." She waves him off and we all keep walking. When you are hot and headed to the pool, 4 minutes is an awfully long time.

It was so hot. We saw no shows. We saw no movies. We met no characters. We did get a fastpass on our way out for Maelstrom. I've never needed one but the crowds seem thick today. I pocket these just in case.


On the first monorail from Epcot to the TTC, I took pictures of Matthew. He stood up, he sat down. He laid down. At one point, he was holding on to the pole and hanging in a standing backbend looking at the boys. One of us wasn't tired yet.



We changed in DSis's room which took an awfully long time with one bathroom and eight people - three of whom were very excited people happy to run around with no clothes on in anticipation of another fun swimming break. No! It was not me, my sister and her husband! We skillfully averted our eyes by speaking while staring at the ceiling while my DSis and DBil wrangled everyone ages 7 and under into swimming suits.

Returning to the park later after a nice respite, DSis took my boys to Mission Space while I went with DBil to the UK. They had dinner reservations at Beach Club at 5:20 so I walked with him to help get all the kids closer to the hotel. The Showcase Players are starting their show and we decide to watch. As I'm starting to sit down, DSis texts "Can you come to Mission Space? I need to leave for dinner." I walk to M:S but I don't see her anywhere. My boys always stop in the arcade to make a video in the little photobooths so this is the best place to wait for them. I make a video and I'm ready to start another one just as DSis and the boys exit the ride. DSis says that she decided to ride with them after all and she has to run! I could have stayed in the UK for the show after all. She races to the back of the park to meet up with her family.

Alex, Nick and I hit Spaceship Earth then Imagination. There was no one in the Imagination Pavilion so we took our time walking in, taking pictures.



We rode the ride, holding our breath in the scent room and then played in the music makers. I was disappointed to see that they had removed the computers where you used to take pictures and email them.
Fun with the Music Machines!

We had dinner reservations in Mexico at San Angel - another new place for us. We walked to the restaurant and looked at the menu. The boys don't like the menu choices though so we pass on both eating here and doing the boat ride. Are the boys too big for a Donald Duck boat ride through pseudo-Mexico? I guess so.

I must say that it's a nice option to walk away from a restaurant and not feel compelled to burn dining credits! We have had the dining plan on the last 4 or 5 trips but this time we don't. I'll opt in for Nick when it's free dining time and not worry about how little he eats. When I have to pay for it, it's not worth the money for him to get it. He barely eats more than what you get with an average kids meal but I have to pay for an adult plan. I can't help him out with his dining credits either because I can barely finish my credits without sleeping sitting up!

We go next door and ride Maelstrom with FP. This is the line and the queue inside was FULL!

That's a first! I've never seen it busy. Gloating slightly, we walked on to the front row of the boat via the fast pass line without even pausing and cut through the movie just as it was starting when we got back.

We split 2 sandwiches for dinner and get 3 school breads to-go at Kringla. I like the food here but I like going just to say the name. Kringla. Kring u lah. Kringa lahhh...sorry. The sandwiches were great. One was turkey, cheese and bacon and the other was ham and apple. Loved.them.both! DSis texts where are we? Meet us at Kringla. Yeah in Norway. Kring u lah. The boys were still hungry so they asked if they could share one of the schoolbreads while we waited for her. They were so good that they asked if they could each eat their other half. Well, I ate mine too. So much for to-go for tomorrow.

DSis arrives with just her two boys. Zoe choked on some fruit during dinner and got sick all over herself and Cape May. DSis was thankful that the bathrooms at Beach Club have real washcloths for damage control.
Schoolbread -

Mmmm. Kringla


We rode Test Track with a fast pass and call it a night. Fun on Test Track!

We still had 3 fast passes for TT (and a rider swap for TT and Soarin) and as we were walking out, we pulled out the fast passes to regift them as the wait was
. Yep - 70 minutes!

We got distracted walking DSis to the monorail and ended up carrying them back to the hotel. We were going to give them to people waiting at the bus stop but somehow forgot to do that too so we took them back to Pennsylvania with us.

See ya boring, old Epcot.

Next up: 10 hours at Animal Kingdom (was not enough)

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Old 07-07-2011, 09:38 PM   #50
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A busy orange line?

To be fair, I would say that the original plan was for the "big boys" to go on the Orange line of the Mission Space ride. As we got there, there was definitely some hesitation, even if they are big boys. That is the first time that the Orange line was waiting 15 minutes with a fast pass, whereas the Green was not waiting. Waa laa! I think that provided the "perfect out" for the older boys since we could ride green and I could still sprint across the entire park then arrive at dinner (sweating and red faced).

Who ever thought the Orange line would be crowded? Most of the time people are avoiding that line like the plague!
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So Epcot is boring? My kids would agree. I meant for them to try a KP mission, but forgot to do that.

The school bread looks yummy. I'm still kicking myself for not getting any when we were there. I was even standing outside the Norway pavilion thinking I should go get some and still didn't do it. Oh well, next trip, right?

We loved Animal Kingdom, too. Can't wait to read about your day there.
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:32 AM   #52
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Joining in! Just caught up and I can't wait to read more. It was great to read about Star Wars weekend.
Thanks! We have another Star Wars weekend planned at the end of the trip so stick around.
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:34 AM   #53
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To be fair, I would say that the original plan was for the "big boys" to go on the Orange line of the Mission Space ride. As we got there, there was definitely some hesitation, even if they are big boys. That is the first time that the Orange line was waiting 15 minutes with a fast pass, whereas the Green was not waiting. Waa laa! I think that provided the "perfect out" for the older boys since we could ride green and I could still sprint across the entire park then arrive at dinner (sweating and red faced).

Who ever thought the Orange line would be crowded? Most of the time people are avoiding that line like the plague!
And for those of you just joining, this is DSis folks.

Orange line. Green line. Guess which line I pick. No line. I think it's awesome that anyone is brave enough for this ride. For me, it was a Once in a Lifetime experience. As in, one time was enough to hold me for the rest of my life.
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So Epcot is boring? My kids would agree. I meant for them to try a KP mission, but forgot to do that.

The school bread looks yummy. I'm still kicking myself for not getting any when we were there. I was even standing outside the Norway pavilion thinking I should go get some and still didn't do it. Oh well, next trip, right?

We loved Animal Kingdom, too. Can't wait to read about your day there.
We were just saying that after a weekend of chasing bounty hunters at Star Wars events, that Epcot was much more tame. We still loved it although we didn't really do much this time because of the heat.

I love School Bread. I only tried it the first time because of reading raving about it on Disboards. Now we love it!
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keep the posts coming mom! want to hear about the rest of your trip!
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10 hours at AK (was not enough)

Animal Kingdom morning dawned after a nice, long sleep. We showered, dressed and left the room early enough (we thought) to make rope drop. I had to stop by the front desk to check out/in. We had a continuing reservation here and these were the 2 nights that DSis was paying for so I had a separate ressie for tonight/tomorrow. The computers were all down and they could not issue any new keys at this time. I was advised by a very smiley cast member to stop back again tonight when we return and we can get new keys. I certainly did not have luck on my side at the Pop this trip and would need to return later for my SIXTH trip to the check in desk on this trip.

We waited a longer than usual time for a bus. Lots of every park except AK buses until we got one. Bad key and bus karma this morning and we missed the park opening time! I'm stressed out because we were definitely supposed to meet sister for RD and now we're late.

We text her when we get in the park and she texts that she is headed to Everest for Fast Passes. Can we get Kali FP and meet at the Safari entrance? They were a smidge after RD too so it's all good. Phew. Alex is off like the flash that he is to Kali and meets up with us as we are watching the African drummer near Tusker house. And we wait. And we wait as the crowds file passed us to get on Safari. We bought breakfast at the stand outside of Tusker house. I finally have to text her "Where are you?" They decided to jump on Dinosaur. The standby is now 30 minutes for Safari so we don't get in line to ride it. We walk towards Everest stopping to take a few quick pics -



The boys ride Everest Standby 10 minutes then 2 more times in single rider! While they were gone, I tried out the camera's Close Up button on this dragonfly.

When did I get so old that taking pictures of dragonflies is more exciting that riding roller coasters?

We make our way to Dinoland and DSis's family is riding TriCeratops. The boys get a turn to spin on a triceratops.

All we need to do is round up the group and move on so we send DBil and Alex off to Africa for FP for Safari. We told them to meet us outside of the Pangani Trail after they get FP. As we are herding the cats together, we see Goofy walking towards the M&G line. We jumped over the chains and lined up right away and we are the second family.

We also tried to get a cute random picture of the boys. Can't decide which one is my favorite -





Oh forget it. We'd better go. We rush our way over to the Pangani trail ready to apologize for the impromptu character pictures slightly detaining us. We arrive but Alex and DBil are nowhere to be found. A quick text and we find out that they went to the other trail - the tiger trail in Asia. Ooops. We wait for them, hitting the bathrooms and then the gift shop.

While we waited, I bought a postcard to send home. Every trip, I always vow to send a postcard home on the first day. The first day slips into the next and sometimes, I'm mailing something home hoping that it beats my plane home. So here we are on Tuesday of the trip (5th day into the trip) and I've yet to mail anything. I select a cool Gorilla postcard but they don't sell any stamps. So I carry the postcard around all day. We are reunited and now DSis wants to get her kids a snack. We move the group closer to the Forest Trail and she and DBil head off for Jalapeño pretzels. I stand with the kids and entertain them by playing Disney theme park music on my phone.

"Play the Haunted Mansion one again Aunt Lala!" DBil and DSis return to the group huddled over my phone and I graciously wave my hand over the group and say "I've got everything under control." like I'm the Pied Piper of Parenting. DSis and family decide to sit out the Trail and enjoy their snack while the safari FP mature. Can I ask why they put the gorillas at the end of the trail? That's all that I want to see. We hurry thru the deer and the fish and the birds. We found one Timon standing guard and then head off in search of the stars of the show.

Not too much happening today. We did find this guy heading off to take a nap with his blankey.

After the trail, we ride the Safari. Ok. Show of hands. How many repeat visitors ride the Safari vowing at the beginning not to take any more animal pictures? "We've ridden it plenty of times and always take the same ones. You'll just have more pictures to delete when you get home. Don't do it again this time." I say to myself. Well, as soon as we are off on our 2 week adventure, the lens cap comes off and I am animatedly snapping away.

Rationalization - I'm having fun and last time I didn't have this fancy new camera with the sports feature that allows me to take 30 pictures in a row of the same giraffe.


We made two more trips to Everest. I sat out as did DBil and their younger two. With 4 FPasses and a kiddie swap pass used now and another 3 FPasses for later, we head for Kali River. DBil took my boys and Matthew and got a kiddie swap. DSis used that to take Matthew and Alex and 1 FP for Nick. I enjoyed the downtime with a delightful Raspberry iced tea from the tea stand. It was $4 for a large tea but oh so good. In fact, it was so good that when we came back later for another round of Kali, I bought another one. They were 'Mrs. Cheapskate spent $8 on two iced teas' good.

DSis got a set of Kali river Fast Passes for later and we went off on our own in search of lunch. We didn't go far and voted for A/C and burgers in Restaurantasaurus. Alex and I ordered a 1/3 pound burger and Nick got a Po boy sandwich to go with the Po Century resort (that still wasn't fixed from the other night by the way). Nick didn't care too much for his entrée - too much bread for him. Here's a picture of Alex's burger -

Too slow. I should have used the sports mode. He inhaled it so I gave him half of mine which he ate along with all his fries. Too bad I couldn’t get the dining plan just for him!

Not the best choice but we rode Dinosaur right after lunch.

Run, boys, run!

We saw the parade after finding a spot at the rope. My boys didn't want to see it but we were right here and it was about to start so I made them watch it. We rode Kali with DSis 1 more time. I rode it this time with the boys and my pretty light and airy sundress became a cling-to-my-skin-and-show-the-goods dress that I needed to blow dry in the ladies room. NO photos for that 1. Sorry.

My DSis left for dinner at Boma and the boys used their leftover Everest FP to push their total for the day to SIX times on Everest and 3 trips on Kali. We also saw Tough to be a Bug and went left instead of right at the exit and saw the big tortoise and some beautiful birds.

The park was a bit congested today don't you think?


We hit the Safari with our last set of Fast Passes that I don't remember when exactly we obtained them (the heat must have been getting to me, maybe we got them before the parade?) at 6:30. The last Safari departed at 7 today per the sign and the standby line was backed up. How does that work when the queue is full but the animals need to go to bed?

The animals were on the move and before I knew it, the lens cap was coming down and off I went, snapping away.

This time the giraffes were walking the other way. I should take a picture of that. 30 to be sure I got it.


The driver stopped the jeep and told us that if we were quiet, we could hear the lion roaring but we didn't. I did use the sports mode to capture a 150 semi-identical photo sequence of the male lion pacing around.


We stayed until just before the park closed and as we were leaving they were preparing the front area for something. We stuck around to see what was coming. It was the closing show for the park which I hadn't heard of or seen before.


There we go - 10 hours in Animal Kingdom. We didn't see Fish Sticks (the name that my sister and I have given to the Nemo show) or Lion King. We only stopped to grab breakfast to go and a counter service lunch. Somehow we didn't fit anything else into 10 hours!!!

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Animal Kingdom Safari Pics

I know that you've been just...hanging around....

hoping that I would come back tonight at post some more great photos that I snapped on the Safari ride and around the park.
Thought so!!!

The Timon - ok. I don't remember his species but I do know his stage name.




Betcha can't spot the fake bird in this photo series:












Don't let the vultures fool you. This rhino was merely resting on the Safari.
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Photo album for the animals

I do believe that if everyone combines their pictures, we could make a family album for the animals. It's like a family reunion with the animals every year. LOL
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I do believe that if everyone combines their pictures, we could make a family album for the animals. It's like a family reunion with the animals every year. LOL
That's a good idea. Too bad they can't look at it like humans do. "Oh, Giraffe1. You look good in this one." "You don't think it makes my neck look short?"

There was a thread awhile ago where people were to post a picture and if someone else had the identical picture, they posted it. I wonder how many duplicates we could get? I think I may start that.
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Well I have sat here for an hour and read through your entire TR. Guess I'm enjoying it Seriously, great report so far, Looking forward to more!
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