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Old 08-02-2011, 12:01 AM   #76
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Sounds like a great morning at DHS. Looks like your family enjoyed a nice birthday breakfast, in spite of the delays in getting a table.

My family really enjoyed our mid day naps back in June. At least the adults did. Glad to hear your boys took advantage of their break time.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:58 PM   #77
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Nap time is over and we really need to get moving. As good as it feels to get off of my feet, I don’t want Nick to miss any more of his birthday. Should I feel guilty that these boys are so tired that they would rather sleep for hours than get up and go have fun? Nah! It means that I’m doing my job by giving them a phenomenal trip!

On our way to the busses, we got to see a little of the pool party under way. This looked like a fun job to have! When they aren't guarding lives, they get to judge Big Wheel races!


This is the time that we got on the bus to go to Magic Kingdom for part 2 of Nick’s birthday.


As soon as we got to MK, we scurried over to Buzz Lightyear to get passes for later. My little nephew Corey tells his mommy all the time (when we're not at WDW) that he wants to go back to Magic Kingdom and ride Buzz Lightyear with Aunt Lala. They already had their FPasses so tonight, we get to ride it together! YAY! I’m so excited for that!

I wanted some birthday pictures in front of the castle and I got this one on our way back out to head over to ‘Ohana for dinner.


I also snapped a picture of this lovely lady. We wondered why on Earth she would wear that to a theme park. She was certainly getting a LOT of attention from passers-by.


On to ‘OHana to meet up with their cousins. We got to see the flag retreat while we made ours to the exit.

Let’s take the boat! It’s such a pretty ride. We get to the boat and it’s just finished loading and is full. Unsure how long it takes to get another one, I steer the boys to the resort monorail. We waited for a looong time for the next train and waited and waited. Some women pushed in to stand realllly close beside me and the boys and started going on and on about how long it takes to get places ‘here.’ They should really tell you that it takes forever! And on and on. They were headed to the Luau and were late. Yeah, we’re late too. Actually, we aren’t late yet. DSis was really early and texts me that they are at the restaurant already at about 5:10 for our 5:30 reservation. Great.

Finally, when it appeared that no train was ever going to come our way and the crowds had grown HUGE, I bailed and went BACK to the boat dock. My new BFF whiny ladies actually said “GOOD!” when we left the line. Seriously? Like me and the 2 tiny hiney boys were impeding on your chances of getting on the monorail. We were just standing here waiting (and seriously not saying ANYTHING) while listening to you b*&^%@ing for 10 minutes and you’re glad that I’M leaving? Wow.

We got another text from DSis while we were on the boat that they went ahead and got seated without us. Hey! Didn’t Stitch say that ‘Ohana means no one gets left behind? LOL. It’s 5:25 and we’re on a slow boat to Polynesia but we will be there as soon as we can.

We stop at the GF and as we’re about to pull away, two teenage girls, yell “WAIT!”and come running all the way down the boat ramp. The captain anchors us back to the dock and allows them to board. Come ON!!!!!

We putter on over to the Polynesian and we wind our way into the restaurant as fast as we can walk. I don’t ask anyone at the podium where we are sitting. We blow into the restaurant and find DSis and family already eating at a big table in the back corner. Hmph. Now her kids are a lot less patient in restaurants than mine uh, because they are 10 years younger so we know that we are going to have to speed thru this meal to avoid flying lo mien. We wolfed down the leftover salad and bread and noodles and pot stickers right as it was time for the limbo and the meat and shrimp portion of the evening.



This is really not a fun meal to eat that fast!! Not being a big fan of meat in general, I would have liked to have had more time to enjoy the veggies and bread. By the time dessert came around, her kiddos were really getting antsy and we knew we were done. I captured some yummy pics of the dessert and DSis using the camera’s ‘Food’ setting.





DSis and family bought Nick two very nice pins for his birthday present. Nick also got to make a wish on a cupcake at this restaurant and I took some photos for his Daddy who was missing his birthday.


Well rested and refueled, the whole group hit Magic Kingdom. First stop Buzz Lightyear fast pass line with just a few minutes wait. We spent enough time in line for Corey to decide that he would rather ride it with Alex than me. He’s 4. I forgive him for ditching me.

Alex really enjoyed Buzz tonight.


We watched the Laugh Floor together and then found a spot close to the castle to get a good view of the Castle preshow. I haven’t seen this yet and DSis is just gushing about how great it is and I’m thinking “Ok, crazy girl. It can’t be thaaaat good.” Well, I was blown away. It was a super fun awesome new thing and I loved it. Weird though. My boys didn’t really seem as excited by it. Maybe it’s a greeting card and birthday kind of sentimental thing?

Here they are waiting for Wishes.




After Wishes, DSis and family went back to the Yacht Club and we headed for Splash Mountain. There was no line at all and the boys rode it while I sat out and called DD to tell her all about Nick’s birthday.


They rode BTMR, we did Buzz again and we watched Philharmagic before heading to the exits for the evening. I had wanted to ride IASW but 1. the line was 10 minutes and 2. I was afraid that the slow moving boat ride might induce sleep at this point – remember I didn’t nap while everyone else did – so we skipped it.

Here is a picture of the birthday boy after his very long, very awesome birthday.


And here is a picture on the bus before we pulled away from Magic Kingdom.


Back at the hotel and I wanted just one more picture. The boys were thrilled.





Tomorrow, is going to be an exciting day! It’s our scheduled day off from the parks, moving day to the Dolphin and Aunt Lala’s big night to babysit all the kids! Can’t wait!
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:34 PM   #78
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aww. nicky had a great day, im sure!
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Old 08-09-2011, 07:25 AM   #79
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The Freak Out!

We had agreed to wake up when we wanted and get moving how we wanted before we head over to the Dolphin to check in. We woke up around 8ish and had to pack everything! Since we were here for 6 nights, I had unloaded most everything and stuffed it in the drawers and the shelves so we had a lot of repacking to do. Oh and you’ve got to love folding dirty clothes and underwear. There’s nothing better than that. Ick. We have to fold it because it’s not fitting back into the suitcases in the big heap that it is right now.

Pop has no true luggage services so we drag everything that we wish to transfer to the Dolphin down to the lobby (Ugh. Stupid lobby. I don’t want to be here again after everything that’s happened this trip) and make a left turn and out to the back corner where the suitcase mix and mingle is. We have no problems dropping them off with a request to transfer to the Dolphin. We stop in the Food Court for breakfast and then to the room to gather the rest of the belongings that we didn’t check (like the camera, the laptop, the BPFH, light sabers, etc.). One last trip to Everything Pop for free drinks and then we are off to the Dolphin.

Transferring to the Dolphin is a painless process. A quick bus trip to Studios and then a boat ride from Studios to the Dolphin and then we are there. Drinking in the beautiful lobby. Smelling that Dolphin smell - not a stinky, fishy Dolphin smell but a delicious, spiffy hotel smell.

I approach the desk and give him my best Disney smile and tell him we are checking in. In the course of doing business, I ask if there are any Epcot balcony rooms available. There are but he offers the upgrade to me for $20 a night. Hmmm. I look at the boys and they look at me and they don’t seem to care so I pass. We’ll just take a really awesome room in the category that I booked. Thanks.

Has anyone ever seen the Chevy Chase movie "Vegas Vacation"? You know the scene where they are checking into the Mirage? 'Now to get to your room, go thru the Casino. Veer to the left. Make a right at the first giant palm tree. You’ll see a bank of elevators. Those aren’t your elevators. Go down a set of escalators'…..Well that’s how it felt for a second and the movie popped into my head when he explained how to the get to the room. For some reason, whenever people explain directions to me, my brain dissolves and I zone out. I even do it in the drive thru at McDs. As soon as they tell me how much I owe, they tell me 'First Window' or 'Second Window' and I NEVER hear them. I'll be lingering at the first window wondering if this is right or not seeing anyone at window 1, I blow passed it only to be waved back. Clearly following directions is not a strength of mine.

No matter. We were here and instantly, we were feeling good. We pass the giant palm tree and a bank of elevator and go down the escalators. Just kidding. We head to the West Wing, 7th Floor.

We walked in to the room and dropped the belongings that we had carried from Pop.


Ah! Real, free Starbucks!

We were so anxious to see if we had a good view. Some of the balconies are rather low and face nothing much. I had pointed those out to the boys when we were riding in on the boat with a disclaimer that we don’t know which one we would get other than a room with a balcony. We already knew that we didn’t have a view of Illuminations. So we could have a inner facing 'resort' view room of nothing other than our neighbors on the other side.

We ran to the window like it was a pile of presents on Christmas morning. I pulled open the heavier curtain. As if the Disney Gods are toying with me, the faster that I try to pull back the lighter exterior curtain, the more difficult it is to get passed it. I am struggling to get the door unlocked with one hand and escape the room while holding my camera ready for pictures while standing ready to elbow the small children so that I'm first on the balcony.

Finally, after a few tense seconds of anticipation overload, the Freak Out.

Am I alone in saying that this is one of the most succulent parts of any Disney vacation . The anticipation of the resort experience begins when you start selecting this trip’s resort and culminates with cracking the door open the first time to see if you were on the good side of Mickey’s room selection team. There's always that hope that you received THE room. You know, the one that they could have used in the marketing materials that entices you to want to book a stay at that resort?

Let’s see. Where did we leave off? Oh yeah. Head ducked under the curtain, eyes eagerly locked on the horizon just beyond the balcony, ready to lay eyes on what our view will be for the next 3 nights. I stepped out on to the balcony first, followed right behind by Alex and Nick.

We all gasped and shouted at the same time….This is our view?!











We freaked out! We start shouting and pointing. There’s the Tower of Tower. Oh there’s the grotto pool! Look it’s Everest and the Tree of Life!! Are you kidding me?

This is the very best that we could have hoped for.



We could barely contain our excitement as we change into our swimsuits. We cannot wait to get ourselves into that Grotto pool. There were about 10 people at the pool. Ok. That’s an exaggeration. 5 people. It was not a problem AT ALL to secure my favorite spot at the pool and snagged three lounge chairs behind the waterfall.

The boys ran off to play on the slide and I quickly pull out some magazines and commence relaxing. A few pages into my first trash mag and I’m interrupted by a very cute pool boy wanting to know if I would like to order anything from the bar. Oh but of course. Intending to get lunch at the poolside restaurant today, this actually works brilliantly. I order burgers and chicken fingers, iced waters and a pina colada. After all, it is five o'clock somewhere.

Today’s face book status photo -



Well, this was the way we spent the day until it was time to get ready to head over to Yacht Club for babysitting duty. While the boys swam, I plotted how we could squeeze more time out of our schedule to repeat this afternoon again. The change to the Dolphin felt spectacular and I want more time here to really relax.



Come back to find out what plan I cook up and how a veteran Mom of 4 handles her night with the little guys.
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Sounds wonderful! I'm looking forward to doing some relaxing on our upcoming trip...not too much mind you! But just taking it a little slower than in the past!
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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.
Great meet! DD27 will be SO jealous if she sees this! And from what I've seen here, she just has to go for a SWW. And if she is ever able to be there at a time when you are, she would have a riot with you.

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Here's a picture of Alex's burger -

Too slow. I should have used the sports mode.
Just too funny!

And you have a lot of really good pictures, I'm enjoying all of them (and the pic of the dragonfly was really good - I'm glad you stopped for that).

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I also snapped a picture of this lovely lady. We wondered why on Earth she would wear that to a theme park. She was certainly getting a LOT of attention from passers-by.
Can I order an 8 x 10?
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YOU are SOOOO funny - and a good planner , Mom, and photographer too! How did you get so lucky - and great kids too!?

Really enjoying your TR, and I hope that I can find a FOOD setting on my camera too!

Now, do you want to plan my birthday celebration for our March trip? (The December trip from the planning group is only for our 30th Anniversary - and I've pretty much got the planning down for that one).

I'm holding my breath waiting to find out about the babysitting .....
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Oh my gosh. That made me laugh. I'm glad that you are enjoying the report. I'll be posting about the babysitting tonight. Promise!
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Sounds wonderful! I'm looking forward to doing some relaxing on our upcoming trip...not too much mind you! But just taking it a little slower than in the past!
I really wish I was there right now, listening to the waterfall and having a nice frozen drink.
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