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Old 09-08-2011, 10:19 AM   #46
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It was Saturday Aug 27th.

YOU gave me the courage to go ahead and whine about my whiny kid. But seriously, everything I planned was for them and it just annoyed me because the 5 year old would go along with anything and everything knowing if we were doing it, he'd like it. But Matthew is not the happiest go luckiest kid around normally, so I know this, but it just was so much worse on the trip. When you're stuck together 24/7 it's hard to ignore. I couldn't send him to his room, because it was my room too!!! I felt bad because in order to not make bigger scenes, we just gave Matthew his way when he got like that, but then Eric missed out on things he wanted to do. Poor kid barely saw any characters this trip because Matthew didn't want to. By the end of the week I said too bad, go somewhere with Daddy, but Eric and I are waiting in this line to see this character whether you like it or not. It's his trip too. We spent a fortune to bring you to the happiest place on earth, at least pretend to be happy for more than just the time you are actually on your favorite rides or in the pool.
Yep I hear ya... that is why I let the teens go offf cus I couldn't deal with the drama. My 9 year old is NOT a go with the flow and it caused a few issues.. my daughter is more willing to go with things. The now 6 year old.. well you'll see if you continue reading my report..LOL.. and yep.. we had the 3 wee ones and us in that tiny Pop room.. no break from the nonsense.. and it built as the 10 in park days went on.. by the end I couldn't wait to get home and just send them all to their rooms!
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You totally should have abandoned the boys and joined our mom party!!

I know about the whine element. If my youngest isn't happy - no one is happy. It's amazing how stubborn they can be til they get their own way. And yes...at the parks, it's just so much easier to give in.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:14 PM   #48
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You totally should have abandoned the boys and joined our mom party!!

I know about the whine element. If my youngest isn't happy - no one is happy. It's amazing how stubborn they can be til they get their own way. And yes...at the parks, it's just so much easier to give in.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:02 AM   #49
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You totally should have abandoned the boys and joined our mom party!!

I know about the whine element. If my youngest isn't happy - no one is happy. It's amazing how stubborn they can be til they get their own way. And yes...at the parks, it's just so much easier to give in.
Ya know Kat...I should have! Had I to do over again, I think I'd suggest splitting up more. But then one of us DH most likely, would have been stuck with the Pout Master.

And yes, we bring them there to show them a good time, so if they are not having fun, what's the point, we went in with a total flex option everyday. We just thought maybe by 8 he would be starting to realize it's not JUST about him all the time. His brother gets to pick and have fun too. But no. Not yet.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:24 AM   #50
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I'm another who appreciates a good complain-y kid story in a trip report! I really want to buy a Grumpy t-shirt for my oldest, but he won't go for it. If I have to know that he's grumpy, it seems like everyone else should know, too
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Little Man is a Star (AKA a very quick blur across the castle)!

So, after leaving DHS with Matthew Whiner, we headed back to the resort for a little swimming and calming down time. We had a late night planned. We changed and went to the pool, but within 20 minutes of getting there, guess what? Dark black ominous clouds started rolling in and they closed the pool due to lightening in the area. If it's within 6 miles they have to close they told us. Lovely.

So maybe, just maybe...it was a good thing we left DHS? Maybe Whiny Boy saved us from getting poured on at the LMA show? Maybe. But I refuse to acknowledge that one way or the other.

We headed inside to the 4th floor to check out the stores again. Matthew picked out a Woody Hat and Eric got Mickey Ears. His first! He also got a Monorail and some track. We grabbed a few things at the market for the room and then headed back.

Goofing off in the room waiting out the storm...



It wasn't raining anymore, only lasted a few minutes, but the pool was still closed. We hung out in the room for 20 minutes when we finally saw from our window the pool being open again. Back to the pool. Very convenient to be able to see the pool from our room. Keep this in mind for later in the trip...




So about 6pm we head out towards MK for the evening. Tonight we have the late night, getting everything in, one shot. Parade, Memories and then Wishes. We'll park ourselves right in front of the castle for the best view of Memories, have a good spot of the MSEP and Wishes too. So we walk to MK. Along the way, I yell out, "I FOUND PERRY!" The kids start laughing when they see (they were too busy staring at the ground looking for salamander to notice) the guy in front of us.


We get there and I take this picture, then stop into Guest Service where the lovely girl at Epcot Guest Services told me to go to find my lost waist pack. I wait 5 minutes in line for the next available CM. I tell her my story. She tells me she is TERRIBLY sorry, but I was given misinformation. The Lost & Found is not here, it's at the TTC in it's own separate building off to the side. I mean Epcot chicky was very specific, it's to the right after you go through bag check. Bag check...AT THE PARK. Not the TTC. Ugh, what!?! Well, I'm not getting it now. We're hungry. Good thing I brought the ziplock baggy with me to protect my camera incase it rained. I can fit the camera in the waist pack and was planning on putting it in there, I was quite confident I was getting it back.


We head over to the kids favorite place, Frontierland and decided on Pecos Bills for dinner. Have never eaten here actually. I had the Taco Salad and enjoyed the DIY toppings bar. DH looked at the tray when we got the food and said, "umm they forgot your salad." It was just a tortilla shell with ground beef in it. LOL I said you get everything else at the toppings bar I assume. I assumed right. Kids got burgers an DH got the BBQ Sandwich.


Again, we went on Splash and Thunder Mountains and we made it through Swiss Family Treehouse which we'd never done. Then it was time to head over to the hub and grab a spot right in front of the castle. We wanted the best view to see Eric up there in the video. I proceeded to take a lot of pictures of the castle changing colors as it got dark.

Matthew was instantly exhausted because sitting and waiting is just not what he wanted to do. I've been waiting 6 months to see this in person. We're seeing it.

The "tude" started right away when we got to our spot. 8:12pm...

We had planted ourselves a few rows in from the curbside and everyone was sitting and there were 2 strollers and a wheelchair in front of us. We thought this would be good since we knew could all easily see over the wheelchair. Worked out well, everyone stayed sitting during the parade and we were the first row of standing people so the kids had a good view. One lady decided to stand to take pictures and people were yelling at her to sit down since she chose to sit curbside she should stay seated. Honestly, standing and taking picture from in the road is not going to give her the best view or angle, she's too close. If she wanted to take photos she should have come back a few steps. But whatever. I shot around her mostly. Matthew did get up and enjoyed the parade, he said he liked that the best, better than the fireworks or Memories.

He did smile during the parade too, but I haven't seen the evidence yet.I took a snapshot from a video.

The everyone just turned in place and sat down and waited for Memories. I thought it was an incredible show, much better in person than just seeing it on YouTube. And being so close. Amazing. I warned DH and Eric when he was coming up and we all saw him. Matthew was half sleeping in DH's lap, he says he didn't fall asleep, but who knows. He didn't react to the castle on fire scene which he always does when he's seen the video so I'm pretty sure his eyes were closed for most of it. Eric thought it was cool to see himself even if it was real quick. They took away the screen they had up I see during the videos online, probably because people complained about it being up there all the time. But it's harder to make out the video without that screen there, the arches on the castle make it harder. Then Wishes was due to start in just a few minutes so we stayed in place as did most people. Well...I never realized this but the front of the castle is probably the very worst spot to watch Wishes from. We couldn't see anything around the castle, they were right behind it and the far away high ones were slightly better. Now we know.

Scoping out my view of where the video will be during Memories




















Eric's moment... a snapshot from the video I was taking on my Flip.


I posted a brief clip of that part of the video on YouTube...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvKfRzYpM5o


Getting out was slow going, but we were very happy when we finally reached the exit and could just walk home. Only a few people on the walkway and hoardes of people everywhere else heading to the buses and such. It was nice I gotta say.

Took this at 10:10pm on the escalator heading to our room. We had gone up to get an ice cream snack at Contempo. Happy little guy got to see himself in lights!



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You think these guys will mind I posted their backsides on the internet?

I just edited the post to include a clip of the video, I extracted the part we saw Eric from the video since I filmed the whole 10 minute show. If only that guy in front of me had stopped moving constantly with his puffy hair.

And the Photopass CD shipped yesterday so those are on the way!!! I'll be away this weekend so no more updates till Monday, hopefully PP gets here Monday.
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Great TR! We were there Aug 28- Sept 3rd!!! How did you know DH was going to be in the MMY video??
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I'm here! And all caught up... you got some great pics of the castle in different colors and of the MSEP. Makes me wish I had taken the "big" camera with me on my trip. Oh, well... there's always next time, right?
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First off, loving your TR!

DH and I are planning a surprise trip in 2012 and I'm looking to get a new camera. Am thinking I'd like one of those waterproof, dirtproof, shockproof types - you know, safe for even the 7yr old to use even though I dropped the last one in Lake Erie (FYI it still works, just had to take it all apart and do some heavy duty praying it was going to still work since it was the beginning of the vacation ) So what kind of camera do you have? Your water shots look very good.

Will also have to add the P&F meet & greet to the list since it seems to constantly be on at our house. Can only think there must be some kind of time/space issue in PA where that is on every channel 24 hrs/day. Where is that spot? We didn't explore much at DHS during our last trip because it seemed as though everytime we were in that park it POURED!
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Josh was our waiter too at Tony's

We had lunch at Tony's on Saturday, August 27th. We literally just checked in to our room at CSR about two hours before that. I gave Josh my room key because we were on the DDP and he came back to tell me that he lost my room key! Ok, that had my room key on it, my dining plan on it, my hopper pass on it and I had charging priviledges on it. He was soo sorry for misplacing it. He came back to the table with two special FPs for our family to use at any attraction at any time at the MK during our entire stay. He told me to go to City Hall and tell them what happened and they would void my lost card and issue me a new one. The FPs were for the inconvenience of having to do that. Nice guy, but not a super great way to start a vacation.
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We had lunch at Tony's on Saturday, August 27th. We literally just checked in to our room at CSR about two hours before that. I gave Josh my room key because we were on the DDP and he came back to tell me that he lost my room key! Ok, that had my room key on it, my dining plan on it, my hopper pass on it and I had charging priviledges on it. He was soo sorry for misplacing it. He came back to the table with two special FPs for our family to use at any attraction at any time at the MK during our entire stay. He told me to go to City Hall and tell them what happened and they would void my lost card and issue me a new one. The FPs were for the inconvenience of having to do that. Nice guy, but not a super great way to start a vacation.
Oh my goodness! Josh was a super nice guy, but I gotta say, he was kinda flaky and just seemed to not be paying attention. That had to have been a major inconvenience. How do you lose someone's "credit card" basically when you are the waiter??? I asked for ginger ale and he asked if sprite as ok. Then brought me a coke. And was like, oh did you not want a coke? You actually said the word sprite out loud buddy since you don't have ginger ale. He said the drink out loud and then brought the wrong one. I was like, this guy's in space. I woulda said, well, we can't pay for dinner now since you lost out KTTW card.

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DH and I are planning a surprise trip in 2012 and I'm looking to get a new camera. Am thinking I'd like one of those waterproof, dirtproof, shockproof types - you know, safe for even the 7yr old to use even though I dropped the last one in Lake Erie (FYI it still works, just had to take it all apart and do some heavy duty praying it was going to still work since it was the beginning of the vacation ) So what kind of camera do you have? Your water shots look very good.

Will also have to add the P&F meet & greet to the list since it seems to constantly be on at our house. Can only think there must be some kind of time/space issue in PA where that is on every channel 24 hrs/day. Where is that spot? We didn't explore much at DHS during our last trip because it seemed as though everytime we were in that park it POURED!
For the waterproof camera I just got a Kodak Easyshare Sport I found on Amazon for $66.00. I didn't want to spend too much on it. It works great, does video underwater too.

P&F is on 24/7 here too. I like it though at least. I can handle it being on a lot, I'm just glad they aren't watching SpongeBob any more. I hate that show. P&F are by the Muppet Theatre on Streets of America, there is a sign, you can't miss it.

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Next time, that's right! Welcome back, can't wait to hear about your mom's trip!

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Great TR! We were there Aug 28- Sept 3rd!!! How did you know DH was going to be in the MMY video??
I had been contacted by a marketing firm working for Disney back before Christmas last year about my video I submitted to their memories site being on the short list of videos they might use for marketing purposes. Those new commercials using people's home movies. I had to sign some paperwork to allow it, if they chose to use it, which they haven't. They sent us 5 lithographs for the trouble. But when in January the new castle show premiered I found it on Youtube and watched thinking maybe since they liked the video enough to consider it for a commercial they might have used it in the show. I was crying by halfway through and it wasn't until almost the very end that I jumped off my chair when I saw my little guy's face there. They did use it! They never told me though, it had nothing to do with the other stuff. If I hadn't of watched it closely I never would have known. They never informed me it was being used in the show.
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I just got all caught up! I am sorry about the runaround with your bag you lost. Glad to hear you enjoyed Tony's - we liked it too, despite all of the bad reviews. I love your Perry game! We play similar games in the park, and it is always fun. I think that P & F is a cute show, and saw TONS of stuff in the parks when we were there too. Since we were there on some of the same days as you, we also had pool closures from the storms, but we were really lucky that it never lasted for long.
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