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Old 03-22-2012, 02:47 PM   #886
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Great TR! You and your son take amazing pictures. I wish I had your talent.

I can't wait until I am back in May. I will definitely slow down and take a look at what's going on on Main Street. I missed so much!! I also hope that the Soundsational Parade is on in the afternoon. It was only at 7pm when I was there in Feb (Mon night -Fri early afternoon). And my night pictures were horibble because I was in the wrong place with the lighting.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:54 PM   #887
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Now we have the Chimney Sweeps from Mary Poppins!!






Mary on her Carousel horse (that does go up & down):




Bert on his Carousel horse:





The final float of the parade...........












What a fun parade this was.....great music, bright & vibrant colors on the floats & costumes, lots of fun characters!!! I highly recommend this parade!
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:57 PM   #888
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Great TR! You and your son take amazing pictures. I wish I had your talent.

I can't wait until I am back in May. I will definitely slow down and take a look at what's going on on Main Street. I missed so much!! I also hope that the Soundsational Parade is on in the afternoon. It was only at 7pm when I was there in Feb (Mon night -Fri early afternoon). And my night pictures were horibble because I was in the wrong place with the lighting.
Thank you so much & Welcome!!!

Night parades are hard to photograph.....so I hope you get a chance to see if during the afternoon......much easier to get pics!!
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:26 PM   #889
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That parade was a good one!! Erin and I just sat here looking at all the costumes oooohhhhing and aaaaaahhhhing. Loved the colors and all the wonderful details. Just like Disney to not forget the importance of detail.

You are soo right about the little touches here and there. The seasonal flowers, the deocorations and the awesome entertainment.... If it wasn't for Scott (my dh) for pointing out all of those things when we first started going to DL together it would just be "rides, rides and more rides"... Now it's the subtle touches, entertainment and FOOD!!!!!
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That parade was a good one!! Erin and I just sat here looking at all the costumes oooohhhhing and aaaaaahhhhing. Loved the colors and all the wonderful details. Just like Disney to not forget the importance of detail.

You are soo right about the little touches here and there. The seasonal flowers, the deocorations and the awesome entertainment.... If it wasn't for Scott (my dh) for pointing out all of those things when we first started going to DL together it would just be "rides, rides and more rides"... Now it's the subtle touches, entertainment and FOOD!!!!!

I found Scotty and my last trip so much more about just stopping to smell the roses and just not rushing from ride to ride. To him it was the best trip ever, I have to agree. Maybe after November it will become one of the best trips ever.
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Enjoyed the rest of your parade pics

Forget what name is of the princess in Tangled, but she was such a pretty goodvibes

Loved the Mary Poppins part

Now you guys have me checking out everyone's expressions in each pic
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That parade was a good one!! Erin and I just sat here looking at all the costumes oooohhhhing and aaaaaahhhhing. Loved the colors and all the wonderful details. Just like Disney to not forget the importance of detail.

You are soo right about the little touches here and there. The seasonal flowers, the deocorations and the awesome entertainment.... If it wasn't for Scott (my dh) for pointing out all of those things when we first started going to DL together it would just be "rides, rides and more rides"... Now it's the subtle touches, entertainment and FOOD!!!!!
So many details in the parade......the back of the Tiana float has beads hanging from the bottom.....it's not Mardi Gras without them beads!!

I think spring time is the prettiest when it comes to the seasonal flowers.....just gorgeous!! I'm glad you've joined the true Disney lovers in appreciating all the things around you and not just the rides!!! The rides to me are just bonus......icing on the cake!!

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I found Scotty and my last trip so much more about just stopping to smell the roses and just not rushing from ride to ride. To him it was the best trip ever, I have to agree. Maybe after November it will become one of the best trips ever.
I'm glad you two got the chance to experience the parks as a couple.....it really does take on a new feel. I'm lucky now that I've had the chance to see it solo, as a couple, with a group of gals & with family. Each way was different & special in its own way.

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Enjoyed the rest of your parade pics

Forget what name is of the princess in Tangled, but she was such a pretty goodvibes

Loved the Mary Poppins part

Now you guys have me checking out everyone's expressions in each pic
Rapunzel.........she's just as pretty in person!! It's kinda funny.....I see Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, Belle, Tiana, Jasmine & Ariel to all be beautiful......but Rapunzel only works with someone "cutesy"....not elegant (if that makes sense). Ariel needs to be a bit child like, but still beautiful.
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I'm all caught up. Those pictures are really good!!
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I'm all caught up. Those pictures are really good!!
Thanx Kaitlin!!
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After the parade was over & the crowds had cleared a bit, we decided to catch the ToonTown train to NOS. Ty & I had a dinner ressie at Cafe Orleans. Of course with the parade letting up, the line for the train was quite long. We didn't need to be there for a while, so we decided to wait a bit before getting in line. We went up to the PFF and sat in the picnic tables to the left. We could see over the wall onto the stage & they were just getting ready to start a show. I've never seen it, so we decided to stick around & watch.

We found it hard to take pictures because of all the movement, but here's the best ones I could get.

This is the stage.......wowsers....pretty fancy!!



One of the songs to teach you to bow, curtsy and dance.



They announce each

First was Aurora, unfortunately not one picture came out. Followed by Snow White:



and then Cinderella!!




The three princesses step to the side & I don't remember what was going on.....maybe the audience was showing them their new dance moves??




Finally a picture of Sleeping Beauty......



The three princesses dance for us.





Snow White:



Cinderella:



They come off the stage and do a May Pole with the kids.




And one last song before the show ends.





It's a nice little show & if your kids like to participate in things....they get to dance & do the May pole. I also understand that the PFF is getting moved to the Carnation Plaza & they're going to do something different with this area....but not sure when & how soon that will take place. If they move this, I'm thinking the stage show will be done. Wonder if they're going to put a new show in here???? (it used to house Snow White, An Enchanted Musical from 2004-2006)


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After the show, the line at the train looked better, so we headed over to ride it around to New Orleans. Michelle was ready to head out & drive home, so she rode the train with us to the Main Street Station & then got off. I hate goodbyes!! Ty & I continued on to the next stop.....Frontierland/New Orleans Station. We head over the Cafe Orleans to check in.

So if you've eaten here before, you know you check in & wait across from the exit of Pirates & this area gets extremely congested, as it's a narrow walkway to start with....but also the waiting area for the wheelchair entrance to POTC. Well, they got smart & changed the entrance to the other side of the restaurant.......mucho better!!

The weather had taken a turn & it was cold and breezy, we're hoping for an inside table.....brrrrrrr. We check in & are seated immediately (well that's never happened before). We were about 2 tables in from the door.......that they keep open......all the time......and the cold air blows through it.......the whole meal........did I mention brrrrrrrrrrrrr??!! lol

Here's the menu for Cafe Orleans.



Ty got a Mint Julep and I got the standard Coke.....lol Here's Ty's drink:



We started with a cup of Gumbo......this is soooooo good!! The gumbo here is better than at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in our opinions.




We also got the Pommes Fritas.....these were extra yummy tonight....hot, cheesy deliciousness!!




Ty got a pic of the gumbo, pommes & his julep.



We shared the Monte Cristo sandwich. Hot & crispy outside, chewy & melty cheesy inside.......but SO rich!! I have no clue how anyone could eat an entire plate of these.




While we were eating Miss Sally & Paula came in and were seated.....and as we were leaving we noticed a number of other Divas out at the check in podium.....can't remember who all was there: Tina, Jessica, Melody, Cheryl.....and I'm trying to remember if Linda & Brianne were there too?? Forgive me if I am wrong on this....I didn't get it noted down & my memory isn't like it used to be. It was nice seeing a few of the Divas so we could say goodbye. We really need an official Goodbye party.....everyone leaves at different times, so you don't end up seeing some of the ladies before they leave.

Anyways........after our meal....we debated about waiting around and catching the fireworks (since neither of us had seen them this trip & if you know me at all.....that's unheard of!!)......but the weather was questionable and so darned cold that neither of us wanted to stay. I was even wondering with the wind if they'd do them......so we headed towards Fantasyland because Ty wanted to show me these dolls that are based on cartoonist's drawings. There are 3 or 4 done by the guy that drew the Family Circus cartoons (Bill Keane). His son is a Disney animator.....there's your trivia for the day!!

We both had been looking for a special gift for Michayla, because when we got home....she'd be going in for her open heart surgery. So we went to the Castle Shop. A really small gift shop on the right side prior to going thru the tunnel (heading out of Fantasyland and towards Main Street). The dolls were really cute!! They had Ariel, Rapunzel, Aurora, Cinderella & Snow White (I believe)....there was another artist but I don't recall who it was that worked on the designs of these dolls. I had Ty pick which one for Michayla.....he chose Aurora. (to be honest with you.....if the hair was short & brown....it kinda looked like Michayla). When we got back to the motel, Ty posed with our new doll!!




I headed outside before the fireworks would start and got a picture of DCA from the 3rd floor balcony & the pool at night.





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Well let's finish up day four........with FIREWORKS!! I stepped out our room door and onto the 3rd floor balcony to take these pictures. It was kinda neat framing the fireworks between palm trees....but it also made the camera want to focus on the tree instead of the fireworks. Here's the best ones I got.















A smiley face!!














So after watching the fireworks, I went back in and finished repacking our suitcases to get the doll in & make room for 2 more of them........I decided I had to get Addy & Shyann a doll as well.....so we'd look into doing that first thing in the morning before we had to check out.

Ty & I watched Twister and then called it a day.....a very long, but awesome day!!


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I love the fireworks pics...they look cool with the palms in front Those dolls are adorable!
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I love the fireworks pics...they look cool with the palms in front Those dolls are adorable!
The dolls weren't that expensive either....I believe they're $24.99 each & with my AP Discount....they were $21 and change.

The fireworks were a little more blocked than I like....but at least I got to see them & the palm trees add a different feel to them.
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I think that the PFF stage used to host an Aladdin show a long time ago too. I know when we went in 96, they advertised an Aladdin stage show, but we never ended up seeing the stage or show or anything.

I wasn't that big a fan of the Pomme Frittes. There was too much cheese on them for me. I love cheddar cheese, but not that much parmesan, lol. The Monte Cristo looks good though. I probably could only eat one or two pieces.

That doll is so cute. And I agree, it does look a little bit like her.

Your view of the Fireworks wasn't that bad, minus the trees. Could you hear a bit of the music?

I like that you mentioned Twister. I haven't seen it in a long time, but I really enjoy that movie.
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