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Old 09-05-2011, 03:03 PM   #76
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Those topiarys are SO cool looking, I hadn't seen any pictures of the cars ones

I have a photopass problem too I swear, just want to make sure I get all the shots I can
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:14 PM   #77
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Poor Wendy...hope she recovers quickly. Good thing she didn't get on MS...that could have been a complete disaster!!!!

Too funny how much your boys like Duffy! Go fugure!

Glad you got to have some bonding time with the boys.
It is a very good thing Wendy didn't get on MS. Though I think they may have barf bags on there. It is always fun to just hang out with the boys at Disney. No grown ups around to spoil the fun

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Hi Jenny!

So excited that you have another trip report to share with us all

Poor Wendy, that was not a good start to your trip, hopefully she recovered quickly. Too funny that Duffy was at the top of the "to do" list for the boys, and you definitely have a knack for spotting the photopass photographers!!

Looking forward to more
Hello my old friend! I'm glad you found me! I do love my photopass though my family is getting tired of it. I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to get them to go along with all the stops.

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Great updates!!

Love your character pics! But...poor Wendy. I hope she feels better soon! My boys can't wait to meet Duffy! He looks so cuddly! I'm so glad you liked the new CS in Mexico. It's definitely on our list of places to try next trip.
I hope your boys don't like Duffy as much as mine As you will see much of our time in Epcot this trip revolved around Duffy.

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I didn't miss too much! All caught up now. I really hope Wendy was feeling better when you got back. It's bad enough to be sick, but to be sick in the hot Florida weather. Bummer!

You got some cute pictures of the kids.

to the comfy resort bus!
Wendy getting sick was definitely a bummer. You'll have to wait and see how that ends ups I did love that comfy bus. Too bad the Disney buses aren't as fancy.

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Those topiarys are SO cool looking, I hadn't seen any pictures of the cars ones

I have a photopass problem too I swear, just want to make sure I get all the shots I can
I loved the topiarys. One of these years I want to go for the Flower and Garden Festival. It will have to be either a solo trip or I'll have to wait 12 years though because the kids are in school.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:17 AM   #78
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Poor Wendy...hoping she's feeling better soon!

Great pictures of the boys...those topiaries are so good! I did a walk thru of Innoventions this year when all the kids were in there to do Sum of all Thrills but by the time I got there they were done It's been many years since we've spent any kind of time there so I loved to see that the boys were in their own video game....every kids dream I'm sure
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We brought my 9 month old niece with us in January, and Duffy was the very first character she met! She liked him, but not as much as your boys do!!
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Poor Wendy...hoping she's feeling better soon!

Great pictures of the boys...those topiaries are so good! I did a walk thru of Innoventions this year when all the kids were in there to do Sum of all Thrills but by the time I got there they were done It's been many years since we've spent any kind of time there so I loved to see that the boys were in their own video game....every kids dream I'm sure
The update about Wendy's condition is coming right up. I don't think we'll spend much time in Innoventions when the kids are older. It's great stuff for school age kids so we're enjoying it while we can. And yes being in a video game was definitely my boys' dream.

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I don't think anyone likes Duffy as much as my boys
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An Epcot Evening

We headed back to our room and found Wendy and DH waiting for us. How was Wendy? She was feeling much better! So what should we do? Go swimming of course! We spent a lovely afternoon in the pool.



We rented tubes and I spent most of my time floating around the well named lazy river. One funny incident. At one point I was on the side and was attempting to hop into my tube. I plopped my bottom down and then proceeded to flip over backwards tube and all. I’m sure it was quite the sight. In fact it still makes Wendy laugh whenever I mention it. (She was lucky enough to see it.) Another amusing tidbit: The kids decided to play tag in the lazy river. They kept tagging me. Which was fine by me because I wasn’t playing tag. So they would get bored of me being It (because really how fun can tag be if no one is chasing you) and would approach me begging me to tag them. It amazed me how many times they continued to tag me. I always thought my kids were pretty bright, but I was wondering about that this afternoon. Anyway we had a great afternoon at a fabulous pool. If my kids were still really little or not good swimmers this pool might have been stressful because it is a big pool and there were no lifeguards. For us, however, it was great.

After our fun afternoon we had to determine where to head for dinner. Because we had the luxury of the car we decided to venture off property to save a little money. (Always thinking about that budget.) So we decided to go with Sweet Tomato which is one of those soup/salad/pasta bar places. It is in Crossroads Plaza which is right by Downtown Disney. Very yummy place and much more economical than anything on Disney property (or at our hotel.) The kids loved it so much they want to go back every time we are in Disney. (They just liked the self serve soft ice cream.) After our yummy meal we headed back to Epcot. DH and Wendy were really hoping to use some of our fast passes from earlier in the day since they had missed most of Epcot. My boys had one thing on their mind. What was it? Duffy. They wanted to visit every Duffy coloring spot. They even named their mission. Duffy Quest. I had a different mission. I wanted a family Photopass shot. So that was the first thing we did first.



Then we sent Wendy and DH off to Soarin while the boys and I continued our Duffy Quest. Since we’d gotten Mexico earlier in the day we decided to start in Canada. There are such lovely gardens here.





Here is some Canadian Duffy Questing



Here are some kilt wearing Canadians.



Duffy Quest continued as we headed towards the UK.



We were distracted for a bit by some Mickey Style Hopscotching.





I have no pictures of Duffy Questing in England, but after the boys were finished they said hello to some old English friends.







After this I’m pretty sure we colored Duffy in France and Morocco, but I have no pictures. I then told the boys our quest would have to take a break because I had another mission. The Sounds of Summer concert series was going on and it was Eagles night. So we found a seat in the auditorium and got our groove on.



Well I got my groove on. The boys were bored to death. So I took them over to Duffy Quest in America and listened to the music from there. At the very end of the set Wendy and DH showed up. By this point Illuminations time was approaching. We staked out a pretty good spot by the railing to the side of the auditorium. We had a great view of the globe. This picture isn't from this night, but you get the idea.



After the show we followed the masses out the Epcot main entrance. At this moment we were of course missing our Boardwalk home, but Bonnet Creek was right around the corner too. (We just had to drive there instead of walk.) We snuggled into our comfy bed, but I was already anticipating tomorrow because we were checking into Old Key West!
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Wow, Duffy Quest brings the Duffy obsession to a whole new level! I think it's so cute.

That pool looks seriously amazing!
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:27 PM   #83
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Wow, Duffy Quest brings the Duffy obsession to a whole new level! I think it's so cute.

That pool looks seriously amazing!
Believe it or not the Duffy Quest thing gets worse! Wait until Day 7
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Fun update! I will have a car in December and will be staying at OKW so maybe that Sweet Tomato will be a good choice. I think it is good to have a couple off-Disney meals. That's for the tip!

I am still amazed at how cool that pool is. So glad Wendy was feeling better!

Looks like a lovely evening at Epcot. Looking forward to your OKW check in!
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Great update my friend! Ok...that pool looks spectacular! We found Duffy pretty awesome! It was our first time seeing him too and I thought he was so adorable!
That pool was pretty awesome! I'm glad to hear someone else can at least kind of understand my boys' Duffy obsession. I see you've started your trip report. I need to get over there.

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Fun update! I will have a car in December and will be staying at OKW so maybe that Sweet Tomato will be a good choice. I think it is good to have a couple off-Disney meals. That's for the tip!

I am still amazed at how cool that pool is. So glad Wendy was feeling better!

Looks like a lovely evening at Epcot. Looking forward to your OKW check in!
There are tons of restaraunts at the Crossroads Shopping Center right across from Downtown Disney. They really are more reasonably priced. I'm jealous that you will be at OKW in a few months. I love that place!
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A Hollywood Studios Morning

We were up bright and early once again for another Disney day. We learned our lesson the day before about scrimping on breakfast so this morning we headed to the hotel breakfast buffet.



We like kids eat free. It was your basic breakfast buffet. I like breakfast food so I found it quite yummy. I made sure all the kids ate and drank plenty. I wanted no dehydration issues. So after a yummy breakfast we piled all the stuff into the car and said goodbye to Hilton Bonnet Creek. I would definitely stay here again, especially for such a great price. Yes, it isn’t a Disney hotel, but location wise it as good as a Disney hotel. The other non Disney place we sometimes stay is Shades of Green. I would rank Hilton Bonnet Creek higher and the rate we got was cheaper than Shades of Green. So perhaps we will be back. Anyway today was our Hollywood Studios day. Believe it or not we still made rope drop. We were, however, at the end of the street instead of up by the hat. We joined in the Toy Story dash. We’ve learned from past trips that the best strategy is to go through the standby line first and then pick up fast passes if we want them. The line was wrapping around outside by the time we reached it. We walked in the building at 9:17 and saw this.



The boys are waiting patiently.



Mr. Potato Head greeted us.



The ride was fun as always, but if the kids weren’t with us I’m sure we’d skip it. Just too much time and effort is required to get on it. We made it out around 9:45 and DH was dying to get his fast pass on. (Just a refresher for those that may have forgotten or may not have read my past reports. DH has a bit of a fast pass addiction. He just loves to collect them. Sometimes he uses them; sometimes he gives them away, but he is always looking for ways to obtain them. In fact he can't quite kick the addiction even when he is not at Disney World. He keeps a Soarin Fastpass in his wallet.) So this morning he was itching to get some Star Tours fast passes because it had recently reopened. So we sent him over to pick those up while the rest of us mozied over to the Animation studio. Wendy’s top choice at this park was the drawing class so we were hoping to hit an early one. DH made it back pretty quickly with 5 passes in hand and we were all escorted into the drawing class. I really like this. I’m not much of an artist. (I am an art historian. I can tell you all about old art, but I can’t create it.) So whenever we do this I’m always proud of myself when I see the results. So here is my proud creation.



DH did well as usual.



Wendy held her own.



John didn’t do too shabby.



Michael hates the drawing class. He is too much of a perfectionist and it frustrates him. Here is his result. I try to tell him it’s pretty good for a 6 year old, but he doesn’t go for that.



Notice my boys just drew Mickey. Not only will they not visit with the girl ones, they won’t draw them either.

Speaking of girl stuff that is what was next on the agenda. We hadn’t seen the Beauty and the Beast show since our first trip in 2006. I wanted to see it again, and I knew Wendy would really like it. My boys. Well you probably saw this one coming. Not so much. They do not meet the girl ones, draw the girl ones, nor do they watch the girl ones in shows. So Wendy and I were on our own. Conveniently there was a boy show taking place at the same time. So while Wendy and I headed to Beauty and the Beast, DH took the boys to Indiana Jones. Beauty and the Beast was as good as we remembered. Here are a few pictures to jog your memories.















It was already 12:00 by the time the show was over. This day was flying by. Where did we head next?

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I'm all caught up and joining in! I was so relieved that Wendy felt better after some rest. It's too funny that the boys love Duffy so much!
The resort pictures are great, I was curious as to what it looked like. Can't wait for you to get to OKW, it's my favorite. I'm glad you like the peacefulness so much that you brought DH to enjoy it. Some people just need to give OKW a chance and then they'd get it.
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How fun you got to squeeze in one last trip with your APs! I'm a little late but I'm here to catch up.
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I'm getting caught up!
Poor Wendy! I'm glad she perked up with some rest and water. Bonnet Creek looks lovely! Definitely something to consider in the future...

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