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Old 08-10-2012, 03:55 PM   #571
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The pics of mom and Pinocchio are too cute! How nice that she got some extra attention and had such a fun meet and greet Afterall, at Disney parents are just big kids!
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The pics of mom and Pinocchio are too cute! How nice that she got some extra attention and had such a fun meet and greet Afterall, at Disney parents are just big kids!
I thought it was really funny.
He just took her and heading off.
I've heard of chars doing that with kids, but it's even funnier with adults!
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:15 PM   #573
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The Haunted Mansion

As we headed out of Fantasyland, we saw some very artistic CM’s.
I love when they make pictures like these!




Then we arrived at Mom’s “other” favorite attraction – the Haunted Mansion




Once again, I tried to snap some pictures inside but didn’t do a great job.
I did manage one of the recently added “floating” Madame Leotta


During the ride, we ended up stopping several times.
Once was in the hallway with the knocking doors.
By the time we were ready to go, I was going crazy.
“Let them out already!” I said.
I was with the boys and they busted out laughing and agreed!

Our second stop was when we were “falling” out of the attic.
This is a very weird place to stop.
You are basically backwards and at a 45-degree angle.
Very, very weird.
DS wanted to go to sleep...

Our last stop was right at the new mirrors.
However, when they stop the ride, the ghosts disappear.
When we started again, they re-appear but you lose the effect for the most part.
That was a bit disappointing.
Although I do like the new sequence where the ghosts are animated and do stuff to the unsuspecting riders.

Afterwards, we visited the pet cemetery to see good ol’ Mr. Toad.
I had to explain the story of why he was here.
The kids have since seen the Adventures of Mr. Toad so they sort of get it.
I guess it will make more sense after we visit Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in Disneyland.


One of my favorite details here is the hoof prints of the ghostly horse who pulls the carriage out front.
Entirely not necessary but it just is another example of that great Disney attention to detail.


Next up - a trip through Liberty Square!
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:25 PM   #574
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Liberty Square

After getting spooked, it was time to meet another favorite of DD’s so we headed across Liberty Square to Tiana’s Garden Glen.


There was some royalty waiting there and DD was very excited as usual.


X didn’t want to go but Tiana dragged DS into the gazebo.
He was a bit shy but warmed up nicely.
I thought this Tiana was perfectly cast but the Naveen didn't quite look right.

Anyway, when we got home, I had fun with the Photopass borders…






After our visit with Prince and Princess, we explored Liberty Square a bit.
DD thought this was the cutest thing ever…


But I think the highlight was putting everyone in the stocks.
This was a tradition of ours when I was a little kid.
The kids thought this was a blast!










Flashing back to 1978, here’s me as a little guy enduring the same punishment.
What a horrible outfit they had me in…


After the stocks, DS took the historical tour as he’s been covering the Revolutionary War in school.
And now, my trivia question.
For the bicentennial, each state was given a Liberty Bell made from the original mold.
Does anyone know which state has 2 of them?




The answer is Florida.
Each state placed the bell in their state capitol or a place of importance.
Pennsylvania, however, already has the original in Philadelphia so they didn't need a copy.
Walt Disney World stepped in and asked if they could have the copy for their new Liberty Square.
Pennsylvania gladly agreed so Florida now has one in their capitol and one in Walt Disney World!

Another interesting story here is replica of the Liberty Tree with 13 lanterns – one for each colony.


Behind Liberty Square is Ye Old Christmas Shoppe which I always thought was a bit out of place.
But the sleigh makes for fun photo op.




DD fell in love with the parasol stand.


Then it was back to Sleepy Hollow for one of our favorite treats.
Everyone knows about the Dole Whip Float and the Citrus Swirl.
But who among you knows about this hidden gem – the Liberty Swirl!


And sitting at Sleepy Hollow offers a great side view of the castle.






While the boys were eating their snacks, I snuck DD back to the photopass photographer near Tiana.
I had talked to her before and she told me to come back for what I requested.
Sure enough, there she was and she made DD pose for these awesome shots.






Unfortunately they don't do the "kissy" pose anymore with the frog.
Apparently there is now a rule against it.
No, I have no idea why.
But at least we got a new fun "magic" photopass shot.

Since there was still a bit of time before lunch, we headed back into Fantasyland.
Stay tuned!
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:46 PM   #575
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Great updates

I love the flashback picture It's so fun to recreate moments from childhood Disney trips with your own kids

I enjoyd the facts about the bell. I learned something

The pics with Tiana and Naveen and the frog are all adorable. I wonder why they stopped the kissing one though That pose was so cute!

The pic of the princess with the parasol brought back memories of Caitlin at 5 and she had to have one of those. We of course indulged her and she was to carry it to be "Miss U" in the kdg play. I remember watching her during the play and she broke it before she ever got on stage

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I enjoyd the facts about the bell. I learned something
See? Trip Reports (like Disney) can be educational!

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The pics with Tiana and Naveen and the frog are all adorable. I wonder why they stopped the kissing one though That pose was so cute!
I know, when I saw Caitlin in that pose, I knew I had take DD there.
I was disappointed when the CM told me that.
But DD didn't mind and had fun with the frog nevertheless.

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The pic of the princess with the parasol brought back memories of Caitlin at 5 and she had to have one of those. We of course indulged her and she was to carry it to be "Miss U" in the kdg play. I remember watching her during the play and she broke it before she ever got on stage
That's awesome!
Gotta love fun memories.
We held firm though.
No parasols on this trip.
(But we spoiled her in plenty of other ways so we didn't get off the hook scott free...)
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:48 AM   #577
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So, I've been away and I just did the quickest look-see at your pictures before I go to work. Great, as always.

I have to agree that mom looks like she is having a great time with pinochio (whose name I am not even going to try to spell right).

I see you got tired of the kids and tried to lock them up in Liberty Square. Poor kids.
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I see you got tired of the kids and tried to lock them up in Liberty Square. Poor kids.
Hey, I figured if my parents did it to me, I can do it to my kids!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:21 PM   #579
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I love the pics of the littler kids in the too-high stocks! LOL to the one of you from when you were small. Nice to recreate those memories!

HM always stops when we ride, too! And our kids are a little scared of it, so we almost never ride anymore. No need to terrify them by it being stuck even longer!
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I love the pics of the littler kids in the too-high stocks! LOL to the one of you from when you were small. Nice to recreate those memories!

HM always stops when we ride, too! And our kids are a little scared of it, so we almost never ride anymore. No need to terrify them by it being stuck even longer!
I think the "stops" on HM actually helped since we started making light of the situation instead.
And DS was so relaxed on the way down when we stopped, he almost fell asleep!
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Hey, I figured if my parents did it to me, I can do it to my kids!!
THANK GOODNESS you don't use that logic for all of your parenting decisions!!!
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THANK GOODNESS you don't use that logic for all of your parenting decisions!!!
Mercifully, he uses the exact OPPOSITE logic in a chunk of his parenting decisions.
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I finally had time to go back and look through all your pictures again. I was hoping to pick out a favorite and report, but they are all so good I can't pick the best mom.

I will see, mom looks like she is having far too much fun with pinocchio!
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I finally had time to go back and look through all your pictures again. I was hoping to pick out a favorite and report, but they are all so good I can't pick the best mom.

I will see, mom looks like she is having far too much fun with pinocchio!
Thanks!
I thought Mom and Pinocchio was hysterical!
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They Found Us!

We headed up one of cool little secret paths around the side of the castle.
It takes you right into Fantasyland.
This is a great path for when you are trying to get a child to sleep and it’s usually fairly quiet.

And our luck was practically perfect for when we reappeared in Fantasyland, Mary Poppins was heading over to the carousel.
The girls quickly got in line.
While we waited, I snuck a quick pic of one of the frames on the carrousel.
For those who don’t know, the top of the carrousel is full of little vignettes that tell the entire story of Cinderella.


But, we must not keep Mary waiting.
It was a bit sunny at this point so there is some bad glare.
But our girls made the best of it.




Then we headed over to cash in our Peter Pan fastpasses.
(remember those? It seems like so long ago…)
On the way, I had to snap a shot of some memories.
Anyone notice these scattered throughout Fantasyland?


Well, they are the remnants of the old Skyway – one of my favorite rides.
This is where the poles were implanted into the ground.
So if you follow these “memorials”, you can actually see where the Skyway went.
Alas, the Skyway is no more.

We turned the corner towards Peter Pan’s Flight and stopped dead in our tracks.


One of the Brazilian tour groups just showed up and entered the fastpass return line.
All 50 or so of them.
Dang tour groups – they’ll be the death of my perfect planning.
And I thought we had lost them after the Studios.
Plan B?
We headed across the way and took a spin on the “Happiest Cruise that Ever Sailed.”


I still don’t think I’ve ever seen the soldiers come out on the hour.
I’ll have to time it better next time around.


But this was weird – we headed down the “exit” as they just recently switched the entrance and exit ramps.
Very odd if you’re used to it the other way around…




Wave goodbye!


And remember kids.
Never dance while on it’s a Small World.
(I still love these signs)


Everyone neat and pretty?
Then on with the show!
And I tried to take some pictures that we haven’t taken before this time around so enjoy!
















After Small World, the fastpass line at Peter Pan was still insane from the Brazilians so we moved along to Philharmagic.
We had just enough time to catch a show before our ADR’s for lunch.


I love that they have Mickey’s back on the back of the this sign.


DD’s favorite sign in the lobby.


And a little detail for everyone out there.
Who knew Minnie Mouse was a famous art collector?
And a generous donor as well?






After a wonderful show (we love this attraction), it was off to lunch!
Any guesses for a table service location in the Magic Kingdom?
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