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Old 07-28-2012, 09:52 PM   #556
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all caught up....carry on
Sorry for the delay.
A little summer vacation set me back a bit.

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Wonderful pictures. Definitely the best I have seen of the WTP queue. I am embarrassed to admit I have not been in that queue yet. October! It's on the list!
Definitely check it out - it's alot of fun!
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Two Different Ways to "Circle" the Park

After wandering the Hundred Acre Wood, it was time to go from DS’ favorite ride to Mom’s.
And that meant a trip to Wonderland and a certain Hatter of sorts…


We arrived with basically no line and just waited for the current round to end.
So, of course, I took pictures – all the while trying to catch that elusive dormouse!
But, instead of a clear shot of the mouse, I found a Princess.




Mom and the girls grabbed their own cup o’ tea and left the boys to fend for ourselves.
So we all ran over to the blue cup and crowded in for some giggles.
With me spinning our cup, we were definitely going to get dizzy!


But, before we started, a last look at the girly pink teacup across the way.
Usually I like riding with Mom since she makes the greatest faces as she giggles throughout this ride.
The princess confirmed that this ride was no different.


Too bad I missed it – instead I watched the boys faces as they held on tight.
We felt like we were on Mission:Space Orange Team.
But luckily, it wasn’t that bad and we weren’t spending the day in the resort like someone else we knew...

Next stop was something the kids have yet to try.
And it’s because I always found it lacking as a ride.
But, since this was X’s Birthday Trip and he loves race cars, off we went to the Tomorrowland Speedway.


Can anyone tell me why tomorrow’s cars are clunky old gas guzzlers that top out at 7 miles per hour? No? Me neither.
Anyway, I figured it was worth it as long as there was no line since this is a very slow loader.
And since this was basically our 3rd ride after early morning rope drop, the wait was under 10 minutes.
It would have been sooner but they were still loading cars onto the track every couple of people or so.
So we headed up and over the track and noticed that only two lanes were running this morning.
We asked to split up on opposite lanes so we could “race” each other.
Who would win and earn their place in Victory Circle?


Mom was already posing for her victory shot.


X was too busy chomping at the bit to get into his car.
As luck would have it, we were given a shiny Lightning McQueen-red racecar.
And just like that, we were off leaving Mom and DS in the dust.


Along the way, we passed my favorite ride in Tomorrowland – a transit that is actually a bit more futuristic.
So I snapped a picture from a different angle of course.


About that time, Mom finally loaded in her car with DS and prepared to race.
DS had a blast as he got to drive and he giggled as he raced to catch up.




Meanwhile, I was easing up on the throttle as X made sure we hit every bump and rail for good measure.
It was a bumpy ride and we were coasting so that the slowpokes could catch up.
Finally, with DS flooring it, they flew by us for some pictures.
Can anyone see who is driving?


Yup, the little guy is in there.
But he wasn’t about to let his big brother win this thing…


As the boys battled it out, Mom and I started snapping away at each other…


But with a sneaky move, we pulled away and onto Victory Circle!
Mom and DS weren’t too happy about that!




Looks like we finished 17th overall.
That’s fine – Mom and DS didn’t place at all.


When we arrived back at the pits, a friendly CM saw X’s birthday button and gave us a surprise – an Official Speedway License 1st Class signed by Mickey Mouse!
How cool is this!?!?!




So now that DS, Mom, and X got their fills, it was time to appease the princess with yet ANOTHER new attraction.
Any guesses to where we were off to in order to “let our hair down?”
Come along and make sure you don’t get “tied up” along the way!
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:10 AM   #558
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It sounds like you were all having such a fun morning

Very cool that little X got to drive but even cooler that he got his license. I don't think I've ever seen one of those before. Gotta love that extra pixie dust!

My guess is you're off to meet Rapunzel?
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Such an adorable picture!


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Too bad I missed it – instead I watched the boys faces as they held on tight.
We felt like we were on Mission:Space Orange Team.
But luckily, it wasn’t that bad and we weren’t spending the day in the resort like someone else we knew...
Ouch! Major burn!

Great pictures on the speedway and woo hoo for X earning his driver's license. Way to go X - 17th place is not shabby at all!
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Too bad I missed it – instead I watched the boys faces as they held on tight.
We felt like we were on Mission:Space Orange Team.
But luckily, it wasn’t that bad and we weren’t spending the day in the resort like someone else we knew...
Hey!
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It sounds like you were all having such a fun morning

Very cool that little X got to drive but even cooler that he got his license. I don't think I've ever seen one of those before. Gotta love that extra pixie dust!

My guess is you're off to meet Rapunzel?
I didn't know about the licenses either but it was pretty cool.
As for our next destination, my clues were too easy on that one, huh?

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Next time maybe someone will listen to our advice!

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Such an adorable picture!
Ouch! Major burn!

Great pictures on the speedway and woo hoo for X earning his driver's license. Way to go X - 17th place is not shabby at all!
I hadn't realized that they actually track the car numbers on the standings.
I wonder if they accurately track the cars going around the track.
Sounds like we need a research trip!
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:24 PM   #562
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Tangled!

As some of you guessed, our next stop was the Fairytale Garden for our first visit with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.
We had heard that lines here grew rapidly since this just came out (remember, this TR is from January 2011), so we got there early.
We easily made the first group but were about 20 people back in line.
While the parents stayed in line, the kids gathered round the table and colored.
And we told the Photopass photographer to take lots of our kids.
So we have a ton of pics (as if you’d expect anything less).
While the photographer snapped the kids, I shot the scenery of course.
I liked how they redecorated this area in Rapunzel’s coat of arms and colors from the movie.








Even the big table in the middle had the famous golden seal…


I heard now it’s taken a Scottish turn and become the home to Merida but for us, it was time to get Tangled.
Let’s check out the artists at work…










After some coloring, the CM’s had the kids all hold hands and get ready to dance.
That was the boys’ cue to leave the area and go hang out with Mom.
I stayed on line to watch the festivities.
Our princess wasn’t too sure about this…


After the children all made their circle, the magical gates opened and Flynn Rider appeared!


He was followed shortly by Rapunzel.
While Flynn looked a little odd in the real world, I thought the Rapunzel was very pretty and fitting for her character.






Then Rapunzel and Flynn jumped into the circle of children and they all danced around the table.




Our princess was a little too far away from the Disney princess but I did manage to get them both in this shot.
Not that is was a good picture mind you…


Then Rapunzel went back on stage and the Meet and Greet portion began.
The children ran over to their parents and, when it was their turn, they got to talk to and take pictures with the famous couple.
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Tangled Ever After

Those still in line, however, got to meet someone else.
It seems Pascal joined us as well.


So the boys got into line with our Princess and a huge game of “hot potato” began except that Pascal was the potato!








After the game, each child got to pose with Pascal.
X wasn’t too into this but he did want to hug the stuffy.


But it was DS who stole the show.
From perfectly posed pictures to this great look of shock when Pascal turned to give him a Wet Willie!
I LOVE that picture!






Our princess was a bit more elegant with the little guy.




After the pictures with Pascal, the boys headed off with Mom for some snacks.
I promised to stay with our Princess so she could meet one of her new favorite princesses.
The wait was a little long as the duo actually spent a lot of time with each girl which was really nice.
Finally it was our turn and I started with shots of the happy couple






My little princess was busting to meet a new princess.
All decked out in her brand new Rapunzel shirt, she darted over to the couple.
They talked for quite some time about my little princess’ shirt, her long hair, her day, and things like that.
Then my little girl tried to stump them and almost got away with it.
“What’s your real name?” she asked Flynn nervously.
Now I think Flynn thought she was asking what the CM’s name was.
He looked confused and answered “Flynn Rider.”
“No, your real name.”
It was Rapunzel who saved him though.
“Why, it’s Eugene Fitzherbert of course.”
A smile grew across Flynn’s face when he realized what was being asked.
It was really cute.
But they passed the test!





















How adorable is that?
I’ve heard since that Flynn actually carried Rapunzel’s crown in his satchel and would show it to knowing girls who asked.
Shame I didn’t know that earlier.
But we had fun nevertheless.
So with a girl on cloud nine after her wish came true, where could we possibly be off to next?
It was yet another location the kids have never been.
I figured since one wish came true, it was time to make some more…
Come along!
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After the game, each child got to pose with Pascal.
X wasn’t too into this but he did want to hug the stuffy.

Looks like someone should've been wearing a Grumpy t-shirt. But you can't help but smiling at the ears on that sweatshirt. Too cute.


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From perfectly posed pictures to this great look of shock when Pascal turned to give him a Wet Willie!
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What a great shot.

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Then my little girl tried to stump them and almost got away with it.
“What’s your real name?” she asked Flynn nervously.
Now I think Flynn thought she was asking what the CM’s name was.
He looked confused and answered “Flynn Rider.”
“No, your real name.”
It was Rapunzel who saved him though.
“Why, it’s Eugene Fitzherbert of course.”
Now all DD needs to do is get herself picked to ask Crush a question at Turtle Talk to ask your favorite question.

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Now you know I think that you have the most photogenic kids and you always have the best PP and regular character pictures, but honestly - this IS the best I have seen to date. Holy Moly. This needs to be in a contest, on a poster, on the castle. It really captures the magic is so many ways.

What a great experience for all of the kids. Thanks for sharing.
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I totally agree with MES's above post! That picture is absolutely beautiful!
Great update! All the pics are wonderful and it looks like you made some great memories
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Now you know I think that you have the most photogenic kids and you always have the best PP and regular character pictures, but honestly - this IS the best I have seen to date. Holy Moly. This needs to be in a contest, on a poster, on the castle. It really captures the magic is so many ways.

What a great experience for all of the kids. Thanks for sharing.
It did come out rather well.
Usually the "hug" gets the back of your child as they hug the character tightly.
But this photographer actually got her face and that makes the whole difference!

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I totally agree with MES's above post! That picture is absolutely beautiful!
Great update! All the pics are wonderful and it looks like you made some great memories
We were having alot of fun this morning.
Too bad we all weren't there.
Talk about missing one of the better days...
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A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

We headed up the pathway towards the castle to see Cinderella’s Wishing Well.
DD was very excited to see this and didn’t even know it existed!




I love the artwork of Lucifer and the mice all around the base of the well.
It’s all about those Disney details.
Then we continued up the path and I called Mom.
They were busy snacking and were starting to head up our way.
Since we had some time, it was time to continue our regal morning and take a ride on Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel.
(And yes it still was Cinderella’s at this point).
I remembered the urban legend about one special horse so we went looking and found it.
A long time ago a CM told a child that the one horse with the golden ribbon was Cinderella’s favorite.
I told this story to DD and, of course, she had to ride this special horse.
So she found it and hopped on!
She was so excited to know the secret of the carrousel and Cinderella’s favorite horse!
I just thought the details on the horse were stunning.








Mom still had not arrived so we ventured from equines to pachyderms – flying pachyderms.
The line for Dumbo was very long as one might expect so we grabbed a different picture.
I really like how this elephant is always available for a photo shoot.
I wonder if one like this exists in the new Storybook Circusland.


There was one more fantasy we had to try – who is the strongest in the family?
DD gave it all her might but to no avail – she could not life the Sword from the Stone.


Instead we wandered into the Royal Dressmaker’s shop to see the dresses.
In a corner reserved for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique photo sessions was Cinderella’s dress.


Finally, Mom arrived with the boys in the store.
We stayed for a moment to shop as DD was looking for her new charm.
You see, we had started a tradition that she purchases a charm for each trip.
After looking a bit, our observant little princess asked,
“Why is everything made in China?”

Mom and I chuckled and had to explain.
Then we headed back into Fantasyland.
But before we move forward, let’s hear how Mom and the boys spent their morning…
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Right Down the Middle of Main Street USA…

While DD was waiting to take pictures with Rapunzel, the boys and I took a quick walk over to one of my favorite snack places in MK…
But first, we stopped on the way to take some quick pics in front of the castle.
Unfortunately, the sun was way too bright and the boys were way too wacky.


So I quickly gave up and headed over to the Main Street Bakery!
For some reason, my DH just doesn’t love this place as much as I do, so I often try to stop here without him.
They have some really tasty breakfast-on-the-go options and some surprisingly good sandwiches for lunch/dinner too.
This time, I got myself a much-needed cup of hot tea and a chocolate croissant.
The boys agreed to share a cinnamon muffin and a bottle of juice with their sister.
Everyone was happy- although I had my hands too full to take any photos of our snack.


One note of warning to any readers who have never been to the Main Street Bakery:
When you enter MK, this is the FIRST place you pass that serves breakfast.
Consequently, if you try to go there right when the park opens, the place is jammed with twitchy parents jonesing for their coffee.
And don’t forget those grumpy kids desperate to get further into the park and onto the rides!

I avoid it at all costs before 10am (especially when it’s cold out)!
Even later in the day, the lines can be long but if the line is inside the doorway, I think it’s worth the wait.
If the line is out the door and onto the sidewalk, try again later!
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Fun With The Boys

Reunited, we headed back into Fantasyland to get our bearings.
And just as we gathered, we noticed a lost little boy – one who would never grew up.
Instead of calling CM’s to help out, we decided to take pictures!!

DD approached first and started up the conversation.
Her brother joined in shortly but little X was protesting.








I love that last pic of X’s protests.
He would not show his face for this picture.

After our brush with Neverland we headed to the back of Fantasyland.
For starters, I had to get a picture of the new designs for Fantasyland Forest.


And then, DD decided it was time for restrooms.
These are some of my favorite due to the theming…


Duck, Duck, Goose!


Outside the restrooms, we had another encounter.
This time, the boy was not lost but wooden!!








The best part of this encounter was Mom’s return.
Pinocchio caught site of my beautiful bride and wanted her for his own.
So he told me to go away, grabbed Mom, and off they went.
Quickly, I switched the camera to continuous shot to capture his antics.














Finally, he stopped and giggled.
And he allowed us to take a nice picture before he “freed” Mom.




Fantasyland was a happening place about now.
But we had more things to see today!
Next up was another one of Mom’s favorites.
It was time to meet some ghosts!
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