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Old 09-21-2011, 05:19 AM   #136
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I didn't know the Dumbo Dash was actually a race! Good for you for acquiring such impressive statistics! Great pictures on and of the ride.

The rest of your morning looks pretty fun too. I am one of those crazy people who love the tea cups!
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:20 PM   #137
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I cannot wait to see the new interactive queues so awesome looking!!
You will love the new queues. They are awesome and they really get me excited for the whole new Fantasyland because I think they are a sign of what is to come there.

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I am planning on doing a trip report, so I will let you know if/when I start it! Are you on Facebook? I am planning on updating on there, so pm me if you are and you can read the details as they happen! The training has gone pretty well, I did 10.5 miles a week or so ago and it felt good. I'm going to try to sneak in a 6 and an 8 before we leave, but we'll see! I am feeling fairly confident about finishing, not sure how quickly though! I am so excited to do my first Disney race, and I'm sure you understand the feeling, but how in the heck do they get you so excited about running so many miles?!?!?

We have a pre-opening ADR at CP this trip, so we are in it to win it for the Dumbo Dash. Your pics have me even more excited to go to MK~luckily I only have to wait 8 more days. Can't wait to see the new interactive queues in person!
I'll see you a PM with my FB info. You will do great! Disney races are so fun! I'm a bit jealous! I'll be there in January though and I still have lots of training to do. Sounds like I have some competition for Dumbo Dash Champion. I'll be impressed if you manage to win it! You read last years trip report though so you know all the tips.

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Wow- you guys were so patient with MK! I'm not sure I could have done that.
I 've never come across a photopass at the Pooh ride. Great shots in the Queue!
It is pretty amazing that we waited so long to get to the MK. For most of my family Epcot is the favorite park so they didn't mind. I was chomping at the bit to get there though. I don't know why the photopass was in the Pooh queue that day. Maybe she was trying to get some shots they could use on the castle that evening.

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I didn't know the Dumbo Dash was actually a race! Good for you for acquiring such impressive statistics! Great pictures on and of the ride.

The rest of your morning looks pretty fun too. I am one of those crazy people who love the tea cups!
You aren't alone in not knowing about the race factor in the Dumbo Dash. In fact I think my boys may be the only ones that know about the competition
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:43 PM   #138
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Even More Magic Kingdom

So DH, Wendy and John headed off for Space Mountain. I asked Michael what he wanted to do while they were riding. He suggested the People Mover and I was happy to oblige. I love this ride. It is just so relaxing and there are always great views. Here is Michael.



I tried to sneak a peak at what was happening over in the old Toontown, but I couldn’t really see much. We missed Toontown this trip, but I told the kids we’d be able to go to Toontown in Disneyland and that it was even better. After our ride around Tomorrowland we met back up with the rest of the family for their report. What did they think? Well John loved it. He wanted to go again and proclaimed Space Mountain his new favorite ride. Wendy, on the other hand, didn’t have such a favorable review. She said it was OK, but complained about feeling cramped in the ride vehicle. I had to laugh at that because Wendy can still squeeze into a child size small. She couldn’t have possibly been that cramped. I think she is just not much of a thrill ride lover and those cars aren’t the most comfortable thing so that is what she focused on. Anyway at least for John, Space Mountain was a huge success. And this made DH very happy because while I don’t mind thrill rides, they aren’t my favorite thing about Disney World. So slowly DH is grooming a thrill ride partner in John. DH says they are going to give Expedition Everest a try next trip. Anyway it was getting close to lunch time and we had an ADR. (Remember we are on Deluxe Dining for 1 day so we get three table service meals.) We headed across the hub and I coerced the family into taking a castle picture. (We hadn’t taken one yet this trip.) Here it is.



Lunch was here.



I had never had the lunch menu here. We came here for dinner once when the characters were still here and I’d eaten lunch here once when the Crystal Palace was closed and characters were here for all 3 meals. I liked the all you can eat turkey dinner OK, but I was excited to try the lunch menu. It didn’t disappoint. I ordered the pot roast.



It was yummy! The dessert was even yummier.



I don’t remember what anyone else had, but we all enjoyed it. It was a nice cool break in the middle of the day. However, we were ready to get our ride back on. First stop after lunch was Splash Mountain (at some point DH had gotten fast passes for all of us.) Neither Wendy nor Michael were too keen on this ride, but I didn’t feel like sitting out with them. (I love Splash.) So I made them all go. The wait in line was kind of fun. The 2 guys in front of us were big Disney fans. They knew where all the Hidden Mickeys on the ride are and promised to point them out to us. So throughout the ride they would point and yell back to us. It was cracking me up. They are in the front of the log. We could have been in the front, but none of the kids wanted to ride in the front. These guys were more than happy to switch with us. Here is the ride picture.



John loved it. Michael liked it all except the big hill. Wendy tolerated it. After Splash Mountain we headed back over to Fantasyland for a couple of rides. First was Small World.



Wendy is now old enough this ride bores her to death. I remember the days when this was her absolute favorite and totally mesmerized her.



Oh well. Times change. Michael is still young enough that he likes it. It was one of his requests this trip so that is why we did it. (Before we left I asked each person to give their top 5 requests for each park and tried to work them in.) After Small World we headed to one of my Magic Kingdom requests.



I just love this show. I just can’t help but smile all the way through it. And the best thing to smile about? Our Magic Kingdom day wasn’t over yet.

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Great updates!!

My boys can't wait to meet Phineas and Ferb! It looks like a fun meet and greet!

Aww...your Garden Grill pictures turned out so cute!

Love all the pictures of OKW! It looks like a beautiful resort! Yay for the opening show at MK! Sounds like you had such a fun morning! I can't believe we still haven't done the People Mover. It looks so relaxing!! Definitely next trip.

Can't wait to hear more about your MK day!!
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Glad to hear that your husband is grooming a thrill ride partner. It is so much fun to see your child having fun on thrill rides. I hope my 9 yr. old son will be much more brave next time we go. My husband daughter and I all love the thrill rides but it will be so much fun to all go together!

Philharmagic is one of my favorites as well. I could watch it many time a day.
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I love LTT for lunch! Their pot roast is my favorite and that dessert is to die for isn't it!

I love the picture of Wendy when she was little....they grow so quickly don't they How lucky are we that we can look back and picture them on those rides not so long ago!

We try and make sure everyone gets to do the one thing they really want to do at each park. When there is 7 of us everyone usually gets their fill! Philharmagic is one of my favs too
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Old 09-23-2011, 04:28 AM   #142
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So cool that John is turning into a thrill ride fan! And Wendy complaining about being cramped.....that is too funny! Yeah - maybe add 100lbs and then she can complain.

I love LTT for lunch. I think its a fav and I am really looking forwards to it on my next trip. But I am bummed because I heard that you can no longer segment the DDP for DVC stays. Arrrgh! I wanted to get two days of the deluxe DP. Now its back to the drawing board.

Fun MK morning and pictures!
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That is too funny Wendy complained about being cramped, because she is tiny!! I sometimes feel like I am going to hit my head on that ride though and I am only 5'2

I love the castle pic!! That is a great spot for those, because you don't have all the random people walking around in the background
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Great updates!!

My boys can't wait to meet Phineas and Ferb! It looks like a fun meet and greet!

Aww...your Garden Grill pictures turned out so cute!

Love all the pictures of OKW! It looks like a beautiful resort! Yay for the opening show at MK! Sounds like you had such a fun morning! I can't believe we still haven't done the People Mover. It looks so relaxing!! Definitely next trip.

Can't wait to hear more about your MK day!!
Your boys will love Phineas and Ferb! That is such a fun show! A huge improvement over Hannah Montana (Disney Channel's last big hit.) You definitely need to do the People Mover next time! It is very relaxing and it has some great views.

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Philharmagic is one of my favorites as well. I could watch it many time a day.
I would guess your son will be ready for the thrill rides. I think 9 is about the age where most kids start liking them. Wendy will tolerate them, but she is too much of a control freak to really let lose and enjoy them. It really is fun when the whole family can go on all the rides together!

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I love LTT for lunch! Their pot roast is my favorite and that dessert is to die for isn't it!

I love the picture of Wendy when she was little....they grow so quickly don't they How lucky are we that we can look back and picture them on those rides not so long ago!

We try and make sure everyone gets to do the one thing they really want to do at each park. When there is 7 of us everyone usually gets their fill! Philharmagic is one of my favs too
My mouth is watering now just thinking about LTT lunch. So good! You are right about how quickly they grow up, but it is a fun process to watch happen. Your Jasmine has grown up to be such a lovely young woman. I think my Wendy is on the same path and that really does make the whole experience of watching them grow joyful.

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So cool that John is turning into a thrill ride fan! And Wendy complaining about being cramped.....that is too funny! Yeah - maybe add 100lbs and then she can complain.

I love LTT for lunch. I think its a fav and I am really looking forwards to it on my next trip. But I am bummed because I heard that you can no longer segment the DDP for DVC stays. Arrrgh! I wanted to get two days of the deluxe DP. Now its back to the drawing board.

Fun MK morning and pictures!
Even if you add a 100 lbs to Wendy she would still fit just fine. I think she weighs around 65 pounds. She was just looking for an excuse that didn't make her look too wimpy for not liking it. I read that they no longer allow segmenting the DDP. I'm not too suprised. Some people were making it very complicated. I'm glad we took advantage of it when we could. For us it worked out great because we got the 3 table service meals that we spread out over 2 days. Bummer you won't be able to do it.

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That is too funny Wendy complained about being cramped, because she is tiny!! I sometimes feel like I am going to hit my head on that ride though and I am only 5'2

I love the castle pic!! That is a great spot for those, because you don't have all the random people walking around in the background
Read what I said about Wendy above. Silly girl! I love that Photopass shot too. It is a pretty angle of the castle as well as no people in the background.
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And Still More Magic Kingdom

We’d done almost everything on our Magic Kingdom wish list. There were just a few things left. Buzz Lightyear was one of them. (We’d picked up fast passes at some point.) So we headed over and hopped on. Something amazing happened during this ride. I actually got to shoot a laser. Normally I ride with the boys and just steer, but I decided I actually wanted to play. So Wendy and DH hopped in a car, John and Michael went together and I rode by myself. The boys were bummed I wasn’t going with them because now they would actually have to steer the car themselves. Here are the red necked shots.







After Buzz Lightyear I was itching to use some of those 10 snack credits we had from our 1 day on the Deluxe plan. I had something specific in mind and so did DH. They were two different things. So I sent DH and the boys off to get their snack. What did they get?



What could I possibly want that would prevent me from a Dole Whip? It was something I’d learned about from the DIS. Wendy and I headed here.



Believe it or not I had never been in the Main Street Bakery. Hard to believe, but true. However, I had spent enough time on the DIS to know what I wanted from the bakery. I wanted one of those delicious ice cream cookie sandwiches.



This thing did not disappoint. It was huge. The boys showed up before we were done and we had some to share. Great use of a snack credit. We also picked up some pastries to eat for breakfast the next day. This was my first time in Main Street Bakery, but I don’t think it will be my last. Anyway we still had one final thing I wanted to do in the Magic Kingdom. I wanted to visit Mickey and Minnie at their new place in the Town Square Theater. So we headed down. They do have fast passes available for this meet and greet, but we didn’t need one. The line was pretty short. We headed in and waited a few minutes. While we were waiting I enjoyed reading the posters on the wall.



Wendy made faces at the camera while John tried to give her bunny ears.



Pretty soon we were escorted into a room. Next came a moment that can still make Wendy roar with laughter. I’m pretty sure this is a “you had to be there” kind of moment, but I’ll tell you about it anyway. The CM working this waiting area seemed a bit high strung. I’m thinking this may not have been the best fit for her. We were ushered into the holding room. She kept saying, “Scoot in. Scoot in.” She had us crowded into the front half of the room like sardines. Then she closed the door. And the back half of the room was empty. There were about 4 groups of people in the room. We all just kind of looked at each other and shrugged. The end group began to back up to fill up the space. Then what did the CM do? She said, “Scoot in. Scoot all the way forward.” Maybe some folks were there with invisibility cloaks. Who knows? Anyway then the CM opens one of the doors, leaves the room and shuts the door. We all stayed squished up because we did not want to get in trouble. About 60 seconds later we heard the CM scream at the top of her lungs, “Mickey!!!!!!” Remember the door was shut, but we all heard the scream. Wendy was pretty sure Mickey was having a heart attack. We all just looked at each other unsure what to do. I mean if Mickey was truly in trouble shouldn’t we try to help? We all just kind of stood around (squashed in a half empty room) for about 3 minutes. Then the CM who we’d just heard give this heart piercing scream walked back through the door and kindly escorted us down the hallway to Mickey’s dressing room without a word of explanation.

Mickey and Minnie seemed unaware of the drama we’d just experienced. They were happy to see us.







And of course we must split up by gender





My boys got Epic Mickey for Christmas and ever since have shown concern for Oswald (the rabbit.) Before we left I’d read that Oswald was in Mickey’s dressing room. So the boys asked Mickey where he was. Mickey showed us. Here is Oswald.



See him? He’s in Mickey’s hat. We said goodbye to Mickey and Minnie and headed out of the Magic Kingdom. It had been a great day, but we were looking forward to a relaxing evening just hanging out at Old Key West.

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Great updates

So glad Wendy bounced back so quickly and was able to enjoy the rest of the trip. OKW looks like a wonderful place to relax after a busy day in the parks

for Wendy and John trying new rides, especially thrill rides, that's a huge step!

Glad to see Wendy and Minnie are still best buds
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Great update! And what a weird CM with Mickey and Minnie.
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So glad Wendy bounced back so quickly and was able to enjoy the rest of the trip. OKW looks like a wonderful place to relax after a busy day in the parks

for Wendy and John trying new rides, especially thrill rides, that's a huge step!

Glad to see Wendy and Minnie are still best buds
It's fun to see the kids grow up and do new things (like Space Mountain.) But I also love how some things don't change (like Wendy and Minnie as BFFs). OKW is a great place to relax! Completely removed from the hustle bustle of the parks!

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I don't know what was up with that CM. Hopefully just a bad day for her.
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Another Old Key West Evening

This evening I must have decided to just relax and not worry about picture taking. Clearly I was not thinking about my trip report. So there aren’t tons of pictures. Anyway we left Magic Kingdom and headed back to our spacious Old Key West villa. The boys especially were looking forward to this evening because they knew the plan was just to hang out at the resort. Where did they want to go? The community center, or course. So off we headed to see what was going on. The boys happily began playing some game or other. Wendy wanted to see what craft project they were doing. They were making backpacks. She decided it looked like fun and so did I. So Wendy and I proceeded to outline and color Disney characters on the backpacks. Here are the final results.





Mine is Snow White. Wendy drew Minnie. I thought they turned out kind of cute. That actually took a while. By the time we were done with this the boys were ready to do something else too. So we borrowed some tennis racquets and headed over for a game of tennis.



Watching my kids play tennis is always a bit amusing. Wendy did go to a tennis camp one summer, but you wouldn’t really know it. All three of the kids were on one side of the court and DH was on the other. Even with this match up DH had very few returns to hit. The kids spent most of their time chasing balls. I even had to retrieve a few balls even though I was sitting outside of the court reading a book. Surprisingly this activity lasted up until dinner time. Dinner tonight was right there at the resort. We headed to Olivia’s.



The kids and I ate here last year, but this was DH’s first time. We all enjoyed it. It is nothing fancy, but has a great relaxed vibe. (Just like the resort.) Our server this evening was excellent and the meal only increased my love for Old Key West. The best part for me was the Key Lime dessert. Yum.



Here are some more random shots of the resort (that I took from the OKW thread). I love this place!









After dinner we headed back to the room and spent an enjoyable evening just relaxing at the villa. The next day was our last full Disney day.
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Isn't it funny how you can just tell with certain people that "this is definitely not the job for you". Makes me laugh everytime! Imagine the stress they must be under getting up and going to work everyday I could just picture that whol scenerio in my mind

Great pictures though!! We didn't even think to go in there to see them
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