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Old 08-16-2011, 10:25 PM   #91
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I'm sorry to hear it was so cold on the night of your party! That can put a damper on things!

I agree with you about the Memories pre-show! Very cool!

As for the desserts,I am with mom that those strawberries are heavenly!!

Your day isn't over? You guys had a lot of energy that day!
First day in the Magic Kingdom on our First Day back in Disney World!
OF COURSE we had lots of energy!

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If I shivered my way through the dessert party, you can bet I would ziploc a few goodies for later.

I'll stop back later when I can see the pictures!!!!!


Sounds like you all had fun, despite the cold!
I definitely would have rather gone on a warmer day but we still had a blast!

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I'm with Mom--my favorite part of the meal is dessert.

The Wishes Dessert Party looks really fun--and quite tasty! It's too bad that it was so darn cold, but it seems you still had a good time. I don't think I ever realized that it was technically "outdoors"--I always thought you saw the fireworks through windows. Bravo to all of you for toughing it out! (And an extra bravo to Mom for the Ziploc bag--extra chocolate for later is ALWAYS a good idea.)
And I'm not sure being "sort-of" inside even helped as it was probably a wind tunnel.
Oh well, still a great view of the fireworks with no reserving a spot.
And the hot chocolate made it all okay.

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Nice pictures - love the group shots! They are great. Love the couples shots, too. You all look like you are having a fab time!
It was definitely a great way to start the vacation!
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Now I have GOT TO say that while my DH usually goes into TOO MUCH detail about things, this time he did not say enough!

It wasn't just cold. It was frigid!!! No question it was below 40̊ (or 4.5 celsius for the rest of you). Plus, it was VERY windy.
The kids were wearing 4 layers and still shivered! Thank goodness there was hot cocoa!
Yes and no. As it turns out, while I managed to GET hot cocoa, I didn't manage to HAVE it. At least while it was hot, and that after standing around for about 5 or so minutes for new tureens of it to come out so I could get some for me, DD, and Mom. (OK, any thoughts on how *I* should refer to you on-list? Both Mom and DW seem odd for me.) Alas, moments after I put the chocolate chip cookie into my hot chocolate (something I did PLENTY of times in college - mmm....), I had a certain someone ask to go to the restroom. (With it being as frigid as it was and active shivering going on, it wasn't at all surprising.) So, by the time we got back (literally as the show was just starting off), my hot chocolate was cold. Still tasty, though!


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Despite the weather, however, I LOOOOVED the dessert buffet! Of course, as DH can tell you, the way to my heart is through chocolate.
And mine as well. Give me some good chocolate, especially dark or bittersweet chocolate, and my mood improves vastly.

I could easily go back to this again, and hope for warmer weather.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:45 PM   #93
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To the TTA and Beyond!

After hanging out on the terrace a bit more, we headed off into Tomorrowland.
You see, I had some fastpasses burning a hole in my pocket!
It was time to join the Space Ranger Corps.
To Infinity and Beyond!


For those of you playing at home, here’s a map of where we are.
Just find the “You are Here” and you should be able to figure out the rest.


And it’s always a good thing to keep your batteries in the Power Center.
We want them fully charged and ready to go for our mission!


Ummm.
So I’m not sure what X was doing here.
Maybe he was trying to be a Little Green Man?
Maybe he was just hyped up from all that chocolate.
Either way, I’m not quite sure what to say…


Buzz then gave us our last minute instructions before launch.
We hoped to do him proud.




And just before we boarded our vessels, one last glimpse of the enemy target.
The Evil Emperor Zurg.


DS joined me as I tried to teach him all the tricks.
I even manned the swivel controls to try and steer him toward the correct targets.
He did pretty good but then I hit some of the sweet spots and came out way ahead.
I didn't match my high score of all 9's but I did okay.


He was upset but he held it together this time – I was proud of him.
He’s getting much better at losing.
Meanwhile, J was battling the Princess head to head.
Looks to me like they were both concentrating pretty hard.
Unfortunately neither one did fairly well (DS’ consolation prize was that he beat them both).


DS was even happy enough to torment Zurg in his prison cell.


In the corner, I discovered this little picture.
Who knew Buzz’s right-hand Space Ranger was none other than the intergalactic alien himself - Stitch!


After returning from our missions as Space Rangers, the girls had another mission – the restrooms.
The boys took this opportunity to go tour Tomorrowland in one of my favorite attractions.
And yes, folks, the old and “proper” name is back.


For those of you needing proof of my high regard of this attraction,
Take a gander at the license plate on my new car:


So we bundled together in our Blue Line car and headed off on a Grand Circle Tour of Tomorrowland departing from Rocket Tower Plaza.
We tried to catch a glimpse of the girls heading off to the restrooms but had no luck.
Instead we took pics of each other.
And yes, X was still covered in chocolate.




The Peoplemover is so relaxing and a great way to unwind and watch the park at night.
Especially Tomorrowland with all the neon lights glowing.
And there’s the robots bustling all about.
What? You’ve never seen the robots rushing to get to their next robot appointments?


Our tour rounded some bends and we arrived at Starport Seven-Five.
This sign is a nice new homage to Space Mountain since it was created in 1975.


Which brings me to the other great thing about the TTA.
Since I will never in my lifetime go on Space Mountain, I can always go through it to see what I may have been missing!


Then there’s always the wonderful view of the castle lit up in all its glory.
You can get some great shots from the Peoplemover.


And from the castle to EPCOT – the “real” Epcot.
That’s Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow for those trivia buffs.
But, yes, here on the good ol’ TTA is Walt’s original prototype for the prototype.
Just imagine what could have been…


Alas, we returned to Rocket Tower Plaza as our journey had concluded.
I would’ve stayed on for another round but we had other plans.
We regrouped with the gals and heading towards the hub.
Mickey and Minnie were even showing us the way!


It was time for the finale of the evening.
And if we were lucky, we might even catch sight of a dragon…
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Looks like you guys were having a lot of fun!

I love your license plate! How cool!

That last picture is lovely! Nice job
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Looks like you guys were having a lot of fun!

I love your license plate! How cool!

That last picture is lovely! Nice job
Thanks so much!
We were definitely having a blast despite the cold!
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I will make sure to look for that license plate the next time I am driving through Virginia! Love it!

Fun evening!!!!! Love Buzz Lightyear - stink at it - but love it all the same!
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I will make sure to look for that license plate the next time I am driving through Virginia! Love it!

Fun evening!!!!! Love Buzz Lightyear - stink at it - but love it all the same!
Yeah we had fun coming up with that plate.
We love Buzz - it's alot of fun and a great family attraction for everyone!
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Thanks!
It's funny but DD has since moved on.
When asked who she wants on her backpack for school this year, the new #1 Princess is Rapunzel.
I think that change actually happened later this trip (more on that later).
And I think Tiana may have slid into the #2 slot leaving Ariel a distant third.
My dd would no longer call Ariel her favorite, but would still tell you she was her first (princess) love. she did the same thing- for her birthday, she asked for Rapunzel hair, Rapunzel shoes, Rapunzel bedding, Rapunzel backpack- i could go on

I'm really enjoying this. i like your writing style. Pair this TR up with some Magic Kingdom music on yoitube or cd, and its like i'm right there
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My dd would no longer call Ariel her favorite, but would still tell you she was her first (princess) love. she did the same thing- for her birthday, she asked for Rapunzel hair, Rapunzel shoes, Rapunzel bedding, Rapunzel backpack- i could go on

I'm really enjoying this. i like your writing style. Pair this TR up with some Magic Kingdom music on yoitube or cd, and its like i'm right there
Thanks for the kind words and I'm glad you enjoy my storytelling.
You should try the previous TR when I, according to my wife, went a bit overboard with that part of the TR.
Check my signature for the link.

As for DD, she's now come full circle back to Ariel.
I think depending on the day it's either Ariel, Rapunzel, or Tiana.
Hey, as long as she's still my princess, Daddy's happy.
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It’s Back! And it’s Magical!

We returned to Rocket Tower Plaza and found the girls and then headed for the hub.
The final entertainment for the evening was about to start!
Yes, we were still going!

J and DS headed for the restrooms while the rest of us found a spot in the hub.
The park was mostly empty around here as it tends to be for the second parade of the night.
So the kids bundled up but were very excited.


You see, this was monumental – our kids had never seen the Main Street Electrical Parade before.
Heck, they haven’t even seen Spectromagic before.
And Mom and I – well, we just missed good ol’ Elliott.
We even showed Pete’s Dragon to the kids recently so they could appreciate the jolly green dragon.
J and DS had trouble finding us but finally – minutes before Main Street went dark, they arrived.
We all beamed with anticipation.
And then, that magnificent song began…

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the Magic Kingdom proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nightime magic and imagination;
In thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds. The Main Street Electrical Parade!


And there, around the corner came that famous train…








We got some odd shots during the next wave of swirling characters.
The flash does some interesting things with those moving lights…




Alice made her appearance next riding on a mushroom.
Right in front of her (periodically disappearing) was the Cheshire Cat.






Following Alice, some more twirling creatures.
And butterflies, ladybugs, and mushrooms.




But not too far behind was that good ol’ caterpillar.
“Whoooooo R Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu?”




Following the caterpillar was a centipede of sorts.




And a creepy frog.


Dancing mice signified a scene change.
From Alice in Wonderland, we were now entering the world where the clock approaches midnight.
And just in time, Cinderella’s Coach appeared.








And an entire royal entourage followed the princess.
There was dancing and twirling and a grand ol’ time being had by one and by all!
Even Cindy’s stepsisters were getting into the act – pressuring the Prince into a dance no less!






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Main Street Electrical Elliot

Alas, the clock did, indeed strike twelve.
Except this was no ordinary clock.
It was Big Ben and Peter had just launched himself from its arms to Neverland!


Captain Hook’s ship was not far behind.
And there, on deck, the deadly foes were locked in mortal combat.
Watch out Peter!




Trailing behind was loyal Mister Smee trying to help his dear Cap’n.


Snow White was next along with her seven protectors.
They were covered in gemstones and must have just come from the mines themselves.
Grumpy even stopped by to say hello and shake the kids’ hands!




From Dwarve’s Mines to Paradise Island as wooden boys and donkeys were next around the bend.
Pinocchio and his “friends” led the next float and were up to their no good hijinks!








But that lighthouse at the end of Pleasure Island there signaled what we had been waiting for.
At first, we simply saw the smoke.
And then what was causing it.
He had the head of a camel and the neck of a crocodile.
It sounds rather strange, I know.
But there it was.
He was both a fish and a mammal and even had ears like a cow!
A big, green, smoke-blowing dragon glowing right before our eyes.
And there was good ol’ Pete right atop his best friend Elliot.
It doesn’t get any better than that.








Next up was a celebration of the United States which, I can honestly say, I don’t recall from my youth.
My guess was that I didn’t take my eyes off that dragon as he glided down the street so I never saw this float…








And then, all too soon, it was over.
It definitely did our memories proud.
And the kids loved it as well.
What a way to start a vacation in Walt Disney World.
We headed for the exits but not before a stop at our favorite khaki clad cast members:




Then it was off to the buses and back to Pop Century.
We arrived late (around 10:30), put the kids to sleep, and then downloaded the pictures onto the laptop.
What a blast and this was only the first day!
Hopefully by now, I have you hooked and you’ll join us for the rest of our adventures!
Until then, everybody sing!

“He has the head of a camel, the neck of a crocodile”
“It sounds rather strange…”
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Nice update! I love your enthusiasm for the parade

Sounds like despite the chilly evening you had a wonderful first day! Looking forward to more
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Nice update! I love your enthusiasm for the parade

Sounds like despite the chilly evening you had a wonderful first day! Looking forward to more
We were definitely looking forward to it.
One of Mom's favorite Disney movies is Pete's Dragon so seeing Elliot was a highlight of the trip.
Me? I just love dragons.
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Day Two - Hooray for Hollywood!

The next day we awoke with high hopes as we headed for our first full day in the parks!
We were out early and on the bus by 8AM for a 9AM opening of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Now I know the cardinal rule of touring is that you should not “waste” those early hours of the park with a meal.
And we usually obey this "unwritten rule" by scheduling an 8AM breakfast before the park opens at Play ‘N’ Dine at Hollywood ‘N’ Vine.
However, on this trip that timeslot was not available – even 180 days out.
We found out when we arrived that the kitchen is undergoing some repairs to the dishwashers and the early opening would return once the work was completed.
That explained a lot but meant no early morning in the park for us.
So we were stuck getting to turnstiles around 8:30 for a 9:00 opening.
And since we're not thrill riders, I figured there were really only 2 attractions that we really wanted to do.
We would need to get to both Toy Stoy Midway Mania and Jedi Academy early(Star Tours was currently being refurbished).
I calculated that we could split up and accomplish all of the above and then take a pitstop for breakfast.
So I actually scheduled us for breakfast at park opening (and no they wouldn't let us in even a little earlier which sucked).

J’s mission was to follow the crowd right and grab us all fastpasses for Toy Story Mania.
I would be escorting DS to Jedi Academy to sign him up for the second show of the morning.
Mom would be heading straight to Hollywood ‘N’ Vine and getting X and the Princess settled.
Upon arrival, we all had our assignments and were ready to go.

What we had not counted on was the appearance of every Brazilian tour group known to man.
Huge groups of people stood in different lines outside the turnstiles.
Each marked by a fluorescent-colored shirt and a person in front holding up a flag of the same color.
There was the flaming orange group, the lime green group, the bright red group, and the royal blue group among others.
I was in shock as I had not expected these extra groups and this could significantly affect our touring plan for the day.
Well, I prepared to throw my schedule out the window and figured we’d have to play it by ear.
But I at least knew we’d knock out the wishlist since we were getting those accomplished first.
So the turnstiles opened, we gave J all the tickets and split into our designated teams.

J weaved his way up towards the right and was able to catch the Hollywood Studios Opening with our Director for the day and one of the Streetmosphere stars:






DS and I broke left and found a couple of other father/son tandems heading in the same direction.
We squeezed our way as far forward as we could and turned around.
This is the sea of people that would be charging into the park after us:


Mom was pushing the double stroller and she can tell you about the horror stories she faced trying to make it to Hollywood ‘N’ Vine amidst the swarm of bodies.

The clock struck 9, the rope dropped, and all heck broke loose.
DS and I joined the other father-son tandems on a brisk walk towards Star Tours.
I had recently heard on the DIS about the new sign-up procedures allowing you to book your slot first thing in the morning.
We arrived and were about third or fourth in line.
The mom in front of us was already in an argument since she did not bring her child with her and they were not going to sign her up without him.
They pulled her to the side as she continued to argue.
DS stepped up, answered the questions a little nervously, and then they were about to put us into the first show.
I promptly requested a later one since we had breakfast ADR’s and was obliged.
We were slated for the 10:50 show and had to be back at 10:20.


Happy with our secured ticket, we strolled back to Hollywood ‘N’ Vine stopping only so DS could pull the rope over by Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular.
He loves that little hidden detail.
Finally, we arrived here and we were hungry!




Inside the room was decorated for Disney Junior.
While our kids were a bit old for this (except for X), this is always a fun breakfast.
The kids get to eat a bit and then get up and dance and get excited for the day!


We found Mom and the gang (J was already back) and settled in.
It was my turn to take X to the buffet and you can see how excited our little one was to meet his Disney Junior friends.
He had just finished asking us “When are the Disney chars coming to see me?”



First to visit was Handy Manny – a new character for our kids as he was not around last time.




Of course, me being the big kid I am had to get into the action as well.
After all, of all the Disney Junior characters, Manny is the coolest!


Another “new to us” character followed Manny out.
The kids got a real kick out of seeing Agent Oso in the fur!
After a great big hug, DS exclaimed “He’s so fuzzy!!”




But X was shy all of a sudden and ran away from the large panda bear.


The restaurant was still very empty so the characters spent some quality time with each table.
The kids were having a blast as they were treated to lots of goodies with the breakfast.
Mickey Waffles and strawberries anyone?




And don’t forget the chocolate milk to go with those tater tots!


About now it was time to dance!
A CM headed over with the Little Einsteins (Leo and June) while another CM danced on the other side with Manny and Oso.


The kids were moving and grooving to those Disney Junior Classics.
From the Imagination Movers to Little Einsteins to the Handy Manny theme, it was smiles all around!


After the dancing, the Little Einsteins came to visit.






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Playin' 'N' Dinin'

With all the characters met and the kids all fed, I decided to tour the restaurant a bit before departing.


My tour including the restrooms which are interesting placed between Hollywood ‘N’ Vine and the 50’s Prime Time Café.
So, of course, I snuck a peek in there on my way out.


It’s a cute concept for a restaurant but not our style.
We tried it once but don’t like the waitresses being on our case.
When I got back, everyone was up once again for a parade around the restaurant!


This was definitely a good way to get the kids all excited for a day of Disney!
The kids got their sweatshirts on (not sure why – it was really nice out) and we began to get going.
But before we were able to head out, Handy Manny came to say good-bye!




And with that, we were off to begin our day in the Hollywood That Never Was.
Lights!
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