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Old 07-04-2011, 09:14 PM   #91
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I didn't know your knee was that bad, what about december? Am I going to have to push you around again and get to go in the handicap line and stay on rides I'm not sure if I can handle doing that again

As per the building those are where the Safari Trek people partake in lunch after their "safari."
I don't know right now. I got shot up with cortisone the Monday that we got back. For 3 days I had 2 knees again but the WORST pain while the medicine kicked in.

It's starting to swell up and is extremely unstable still so a call into the specialist is back in order.

I figured those buildings were part of the Africa Trek but geez! Those weren't there in September... were they?
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Love the pictures in your Animal Kingdom update! So many, so pretty, so bright! Obviously it's not taking much to thrill me this morning, ooooo, pretty picture! Seriously, it looks like a lot of fun and I'm sorry they weren't more accomodating. That's a bummer.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:55 AM   #93
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I don't know right now. I got shot up with cortisone the Monday that we got back. For 3 days I had 2 knees again but the WORST pain while the medicine kicked in.

It's starting to swell up and is extremely unstable still so a call into the specialist is back in order.

I figured those buildings were part of the Africa Trek but geez! Those weren't there in September... were they?
No they were not there in Dec., but really they look like they were made of twigs and sticks it has to be easy to build something like that

Hope your knee gets better, but in truth I don't mind if I have to push you again, it will make me slow down
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It's not bad enought for that... yet!

If there isn't resolution by then, I will get another GAC to help with the stairs and queues with more-than-normal inclines.

I hope it doesn't come to that.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:18 AM   #95
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Day 4 – the home of the spiteful water gods

From there, we made a jaunt over to Kali to take the kids for a cooling off spin. We passed a huge crowd blocking the walk way to find DeVine doing her thing. I love AK, but I’ll have to say, this is part of my biggest complaint of that park… there isn’t much room if there is a crowd along the path. We made it over to Kali and checked the kids for the height requirement. All the kids but Bella made the cut height-wise. We didn’t get too wet, except DD’s rear got soaked. I was smart and packed a change of clothes for each kid. DS was fine, but we did a complete change for DD.

My family was the only one that had never been back to Rafiki’s Planet Watch so we decided to board the Wildlife Express back to the area.

While inside the building, we saw Rafiki and Jiminy Cricket. We didn’t stop for Rafiki but we definitely lined up for Jiminy.


We took the kids around the viewing windows where some of our friends from the morning were on display. From there, we went to brush some goats!


We had a bit of a time after we got back there (Uncle Murphy was knocking again). Both boys took off at one point. I found Prince Philip running around inside the building – he took off to trade pins. DS took off to go back inside the affection section after we decided to leave for the day. We were lucky that the boys didn’t have very far to go being that it is a pretty contained area but still. It didn’t make things any less stressful. We boarded the train again and headed back to civilization.

I asked the group if we could go find the baby gorilla, Lilly, so off to Pangini we went. There, we found another hippo that was VERY active for the daytime hours. The guy was HUGE!


Around the corner we pressed on to see my little friend! At 15 months, she is still really small, but the CM on the trail said that she FINALLY is considered in the “normal” range for adolescent gorillas. This little doll has had a very rough start. She was born early and has struggled with her health since day one. She was very active today. We were told that earlier that day, she had found a stick and was spinning around and around and around until she got so dizzy she fell over! Things were considerably subdued when we got to the exhibit. You can see “dad” was just chillin’.


And our little friend was busying herself with the toys in the exhibit.


Following our visit, we took a much needed potty break. We considered heading back to do Kali again, but heard some familiar sounds. It was the parade. There was NO way out of Africa at that time. For some reason where were, there was still a front row spot on the rope so I grabbed the boys and headed up to the parade route.



We decided to cash in our FPs for Kali that we grabbed during our first ride earlier in the day. Leia, Linzie, Norma, Philip, and I all piled into the queue (DS, DD, and Bella fell asleep). We barely got wet. More than slightly disappointed, we decided to have another go.

Have I ever mentioned that it is DANGEROUS to challenge the rafting gods???




























There was not a DRY spot on either of us. We managed to get sideways going down the hill. Needless to say, a large wave came over the top – it cleared the top of the seats – and hit us square on.

On our way out, I needed to add park days to our tickets and I should have taken a clue from our earlier encounter with guest services…

We went back home and fired up our grill again and had a wonderful meal before turning in for the night.
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Aw! Baby gorilla! So. Stinkin. Cute!!!!

You really angered those water gods, eh? Did you squish all the way back home?
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Aw! Baby gorilla! So. Stinkin. Cute!!!!

You really angered those water gods, eh? Did you squish all the way back home?
OIMGOSH yes! It even got into my shoes. Squishy shoes are so gross! I neglected to bring my flip flops for the journey... note for next time!
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OIMGOSH yes! It even got into my shoes. Squishy shoes are so gross! I neglected to bring my flip flops for the journey... note for next time!
Ewwww.....

I've gotten soaked on Kali before, but fortunately, I was wearing flip flops. Oddly enough, after that, it started raining. And then we got on the bus and it was POURING. Getting on a cold, air-conditioned Disney bus while you're soaking wet? Not the most pleasant experience.
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I am SOOOOOO jealous you got your picture with Jimminy, he was my first "fav" character growing up

and you getting wet this is all I have to say
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Aww the baby gorilla is sooo adorable!
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What great updates! I am sorry to hear you were hurting so bad! That is not at all fun. Looks like you had a prety good day though
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I'm not exactly sure what those building are, but I think they are new. I know one gal I follow had lucnh there when she did the new African adventure trek. I'm not sure if anyone can get ot it, or just those on special treks.
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Good Job on tempting the Jinx Fairy! I hate squishy shoes so much! We met Jimmny Cricket at the same place too. I heard he was a rare find.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:12 AM   #104
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Y'all remember that busy time I prefaced? Yeah... it's here! Sorry for the delay!

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Ewwww.....

I've gotten soaked on Kali before, but fortunately, I was wearing flip flops. Oddly enough, after that, it started raining. And then we got on the bus and it was POURING. Getting on a cold, air-conditioned Disney bus while you're soaking wet? Not the most pleasant experience.
I can imagine! Cold and wet is horrible!

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I am SOOOOOO jealous you got your picture with Jimminy, he was my first "fav" character growing up

and you getting wet this is all I have to say
Um... if you and Adam would have gone to brush a goat...

Let's make a quick trip back Rafiki's in December!

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She is a doll! I've followed her story because of the DIS. She was born several months early... they knew momma was expecting, but wasn't due for sometime. The caretakers came in one morning and SURPRISE! Little kiddo has fought the whole time!

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What great updates! I am sorry to hear you were hurting so bad! That is not at all fun. Looks like you had a prety good day though
It's been a pain, literally! I love, love, LOVE AK but all the hills make it for a rough day! I can't get enough of that place. Every time we go, we end up missing an entire part of the park. Today, we skipped two. One of these days though... I'll make the whole park in one day!

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I'm not exactly sure what those building are, but I think they are new. I know one gal I follow had lucnh there when she did the new African adventure trek. I'm not sure if anyone can get ot it, or just those on special treks.
It was surreal to see them out there. We actually passed one of the Africa Trek trucks while on safari. They were getting some great action from the animals that morning! I think the one thing that would bug me would be the actual ride vehicles coming through, obstructing my view!

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Good Job on tempting the Jinx Fairy! I hate squishy shoes so much! We met Jimmny Cricket at the same place too. I heard he was a rare find.
He's rare in the sense that Rafiki's is the only place you can find him. He's regular enough back there for people to know where to find him though.

You want to know my rare find wish?? Anyone from Robin Hood! I've seen the Sheriff in parades, but I would if I saw Prince John, Little John, or Robin!
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Day 5 – MK

We decided to try to be the family of the day today, so we knew we needed to get there E.A.R.L.Y.. Well, it didn’t work as we got to MK around 8:15a. We got separated at the parking gate (I was a dummy and put my purse, WITH MY MONEY IN IT, in the trunk with the rest of our crap. So once we got up to the gate, I had to get out of my car to retrieve my purse to pay for parking.

Therefore, we got separated in the parking lots as well. Both vehicles had handicapped placards, again, not knowing who would be in what vehicle, and at this point, my leg some slight resemblance to its former self, but the fact of the matter is, I was down to 2 pairs of pants (shorts really) that I could wear without going nuts. Other than my shorts, the actual pant leg of my capris that I brought was restricting and very uncomfortable.

Have I mentioned that I’m REALLY thankful for a washer/dryer in the condo?? No. Well I am. Otherwise I’d be up *S* creek without a paddle…


I considered our separation a lucky mistake. Following the blue line is a whole new concept, and sans caffeine, I missed it somehow. This is where the luck comes in. I went into the regular lot. And was the SECOND car in the front row. The only stinker here was that I had to deal with the little hill that the buses drive under when they drop you off. But it wasn’t bad… this morning.

We met back up at the gate. My compadres waited for us in the handicapped lot. And waited… and waited… I assumed they went on, so off to the monorail we went. The express monorail wasn’t running so we got on the resort monorail. We had just passed the GF when my phone rang.

“Where are you?”

“On the monorail. Where are you?”

“Waiting for you in the parking lot.”

“Oh. Oops… meet us at the gate.”

It was already crowded, so we headed to the left side. The rest of the group slowly trekked up to the gate and we took our positions in front of the turnstiles. We tried chatting with the CMs to no avail… they were a lot on the grumpy side. After a bit, the CM let us through the turnstiles and we stayed to the left side of the entrance area.

I dropped some Mickey mail in the mailbox and we struck up a conversation with the CM guarding the rope.

Now, we all decided to dress identically today to help increase our chances to noticed. We put the girls in princess dresses, the boys in Cars shirts, and us ladies were wearing these SUPER cute striped shirts that Norma picked up just days before the trip.



See what I mean about the collar Janet??? It’s a “signature” of the dress!

Since we now had an hour to kill, the kids got really antsy! We used every tool in our arsenal as the crowd began to pack in tighter and tighter.

The train rolled in, and while we couldn’t see it, the familiar sounds of the opening ceremony was loud and clear. Suddenly the show was over and all hell broke loose. Literally. We were getting trampled and run over from all sides.

There is a reason I avoid the blockbusters on Black Friday. This was a similar experience and I have absolutely NO DESIRE to do it again.

I hadn’t talked to the group about what we were going to do first, I just plowed through the gates and over the Exposition Hall where I pulled up a bit of real estate and parked the stroller. Along the way I saw the characters grabbing people by the hand and leading them off into the park. I saw Alice (she hadn’t nabbed anyone yet), greeted her with a upbeat, “Good Morning.” She returned the salutation and went off into the crowd.

Once we all reassembled at Expo Hall, we grabbed our things and went to line up for the princesses. We got through the long queue and had to wait a few minutes for the princesses to line up. We didn’t wait very long and off into the new room we went.

I was really impressed with the new set up. It was nice and cool and a fun little room to be in. First up was Aurora. (See?? Aren’t the adult shirts cute?)


Then Belle.


And finally Cinderella. One of the 2 princesses we didn’t catch in EP.


Darnit… I just realized I neglected to tell you about a small project we were working on that week. Grandma Norma found a small poster with Jasmine, Cindy, Aurora, Mulan, Snow White, and Belle on it. She bought one for each of the girls to get signed and later framed. Seeing Cinderella this morning nearly completed DD’s poster.

Walking through the gift shop, DD stopped in her tracks and wouldn’t budge until I bought her an Aurora doll. At this point, I’m REALLY glad my FIL gave each kid $20 to spend. That was her major purchase for the trip.

Leia and the other kids didn’t wait for us, so we met up with them back in line for the other side of Expo Hall so Philip, Bella, and Leia could see Mickey and Minnie as Bella LOVES Minnie and hadn’t seen her yet. DD began to complain that her feet hurt (and I’m not surprised… she was wearing jelly shoes and I came prepared for that – I packed sandals for when this happened).

She opted not to see Mickey and Minnie so she and I hung back with Debbie and Linzie while Norma sought a new GAC – one that matched the one we got at DHS.

Norma also grabbed an EVC for that day as well. She was feeling the distance by this point too and opted to not feel like carp.

She rejoined the group outside of Expo Hall and I went over to Guest Relations for a new GAC as well.

We changed both girls out of the princess dresses and into matching super adorable Minnie Mouse tees. You remember those sandals I mentioned earlier?? Yeah… they were MIA. I had to stop at the Emporium and overpaid for a doggone pair of Mickey Crocs so we didn’t get shipped over to hillbilly island!

Everyone got back together and we decided to head over to Tomorrowland and get Buzz knocked out before the lines got crazy. The kids absolutely love this ride. I prefer it over TSM because we get to control the spinning!




Upon getting off the ride we found some more CMs training and stopped to trade pins. After ransacking all four lanyards and hip packs, we saw Stitch head out into Tomorrowland, and of course the kids were off to see him!


The boys decided to ride Stitch’s Big Mistake... er… Great Escape – the ONLY attraction on the planet besides Mission Space and Star Tours that I outright refuse to go on – so I volunteered to take the girls on one of my personal favorites, Carousel of Progress! The girls loved it! They didn’t budge during the entire show!

It started to sprinkle so we found the rest of our group, parked the strollers and ran over to Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor. We submitted a joke, and used a shameful plug so the joke was used. Part of this trip was part of Philip’s 5th birthday present from Grandma so that’s how we signed the joke.

Moving on… it was still sprinkling so we decided to hop on the People Mover in hopes the rain would let up while we were on it. Boy, were we ever wrong! It poured just after we pulled out of Space Mountain!

We were about to have a full on food riot by the kids so off to Cosmic Rays we went. We had packed a lunch for the day, but by this point, we were sick and tired of PB&J! There were no seats inside because of the shower but we found a couple tables outside that were far enough under an overhang that they were pretty dry!
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