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Old 08-11-2012, 03:03 PM   #136
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I too am so glad you're back...we started out our holiday being really healthy with fruit for breakfast and then towards the end we were having mickie rice krispie treats or chocolate macadamia cupcakes instead ;-)
So I'm totally ok with having lays and cheesedip for dinner ;-)

I can't quite see your ticker at the bottom of your signature, are you going back to WDW anytime soon or is that still an old ticker?
Thanks for wanting me back. It's a downward spiral once it starts...but gosh it's a fun spiral...!!!

We went back to DLRP this year for four days but have nothing definite to report about a return to WDW....yet....there is A LOT of discussion going on...I mean A LOT As soon as there is anything concrete to report...I will be on here like a shot!!!!
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If only indeed....although I think I might just make that the philosophy anyway....less guilt that way... Thanks!

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love the photo of your DD peeping around the rock/urn/thing.

I really fancy some jelly now which is quite odd at 8.20am.
I think she looks really mischievous in that photo! Oh yeah....that's because she is....I think it was a brief foray into hide and seek...possibly not the best game to play next to a tiger enclosure....glad I only just thought of that...phew!

Jelly at 8.20...what flavour???

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Old 08-11-2012, 05:03 PM   #138
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Day 7 Part 1: Moving on...

FINALLY!!! I hear you cry...it's only taken about 7 years...but she's finally on another day. It feels like we have been in the Animal Kingdom for an absolute age and in fact both DH and DD have celebrated another year of their lives since I first began writing about Day 6....ok that's not sounding too great...moving on....

Day 7....Woohoo! Daaaaayyyyy 7...... and I have just noticed that I have not used a banana for a very long time.... (not a sentence I will be sharing with anyone else other than you guys....)...cue... That's better...ah!

So, having left Animal Kingdom, old and grey, we woke at 7.15 the following morning ready for a day at Epcot. Now, I am sure DH and I are not alone in the frequent 'What's your favourite park?' conversation. Although all of the parks have their pros and cons (not many I admit ) and surely with any Disney fanatic Magic Kingdom must hold a special place....I think if push came to shove...Epcot would probably top both mine and DH's list. It's so varied and the World Showcase is just incredible. So, needless to say, we were fairly excited to be having our first proper day there (you'll remember that we went to Le Cellier for lunch earlier in the trip....oh no, you won't remember...I wrote about that 7 years ago...)

So after waking, DH made coffee as DD and I got ourselves organised for the morning. DD was particularly excited as we had a breakfast reservation at Akershus...princesses here we come! Strangely enough, DH wasn't quite as thrilled...

DD wanted to wear the very cute dress we'd bought her in Animal Kingdom the previous day (no, amazingly, given the length of time we were clearly there...she hadn't grown out of it...)

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I think she wears hot and sweaty very well for a four year old...

It's possibly worth mentioning at this juncture, that some of the photos (including the one above) are from our photopass...we thought photopass was fab and some of the shots, particularly of DD , are brilliant!

We hopped on a bus and it wasn't long before we were headed for the Norway pavillion in the peculiarly empty park. We had to wait a short while before our names were called but that gave me just enough time to snap a couple of shots...

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and of course...no don't panic...it's not a Norwegian bus stop...it was me with the camera...not DH

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Yeah!!!!

So, our first stop, once inside the building, was to wait in line to see Belle and have photos taken.

It occured to me that if we make this a fairly regular event it will be really odd to look at all of the Belle and DD photos at once - DD gradually growing up and Belle not changing at all (other than being a totally different person each time...but meh...I'm not going to pick holes...) - I like the idea of Belle aging too...a few more wrinkles each time...maybe some crows feet appearing...some middle age spread...perhaps her dress becoming a little moth eaten and tatty...now that would be an amazing set of photos............no takers???? Ok, I'll keep that idea on the back burner....

Having given that long ramble about the Belle/DD photo....I don't even have it scanned to post it....oops! Sorry....might be able to rectify that if I talk nicely to DH....could well appear in another post....I will, of course, attempt to place it at a totally inappropriate moment...maybe in the middle of SeaWorld or something...hmmmm....thinks.....

We really enjoy the breakfast here and helped ourselves to the cold buffet (smoked salmon, cheese, fruit, pastries) before being brought a plate of sausage, bacon (I know Disney bacon is notorious but I don't mind it....I find its whole bendiness fairly appealing....should I admit to that?.....), potato and scrambled egg. Whilst consuming our body weight in breakfast foods, the main attractions appeared. Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White and Ariel graced us with the presence and were more than happy to have photos and sign autographs. DD went strangely quiet as is evident in the photos...

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There were ones with the other two princesses but they came out very oddly...
It was during this meal we discovered DD's vocation in life...a lady on the table next to us asked DD which princesses was her favourite and DD replied "They're all my favourite" - a diplomat at four ladies and gentlemen!! I still think she'll be a fishmonger (have I said about DD and fish??? ) but maybe if that doesn't work out, she can be a diplomat....

So, breakfast done, we rolled our way back to Future World/Land/Ville/The other part that isn't World Showcase ....OMG....total mental block...Epcot shouldn't be allowed at the top of my favourite park list - total and abject failure...I am not a true fan...

Our first port of call was The Land....for Soarin' - I loooooove this ride....at that moment in time it was definitely top of my favourite ride list....I say 'at that moment' advisedly... would it stay top??? Hmmm??? (at least I can remember its name I suppose....) Much to our sheer joy, DD was tall enough... In 2009, DH and I had to ride Soarin' separately....Much as this was sad, it did allow a little pixie dust moment to happen to DD and I... Whilst DH went on the ride, DD and I bought a Mickey Bar and sat in Sunshine Seasons intending to pass the time eating (or smearing in DD's case - quick reminder...she was 2) ice cream. Well, it must have literally been a minute since we had sat down before the Mickey Bar ended up on the floor....aaaarrrgghhh. Now, that might not sound like an issue but our push chair was outside, I had been left with all of the paraphenalia, plus DD. There was no way I could carry her and all the stuff and juggle with an ice cream bar, and pay etc....it was not possible. It was also not possible for me to leave her to replace said Mickey Bar. Equally, I was now stuck with an ice cream obsessed and now ice cream deprived child...not a good situation. So anyway, I noticed that a family next to us was about to go up to buy some food, so I bravely proffered my money towards them and, very very politely, explained my predicament and asked if they wouldn't mind taking my money and buying a Mickey Bar as well as what they were already getting... Well, they were more than happy to do this and suggested they get it and then let me know the cost once they had the receipt...I was immensely grateful and relieved and it was a matter of minutes before the chap who went to buy it had returned and handed it to DD. My immediate reaction was to grasp money and fling it in their direction...would they take it??? Not at all... as they parted they just said it was nice to buy an ice cream for a cute little girl... I was stunned...Pixie Dust or what.

Much as we've only just reached Soarin', and at the risk of being in Epcot for even longer than Animal Kingdom...I like that tale as it's a good example of what WDW does to human nature... so I'm going to leave it there for now. Back to 2011 in the next installment
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:17 PM   #139
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Woo hoo, another great installment !!
DD looks so cute in her fab new dress, she even out-cutes the princesses
Love the story about the Mickey bar
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:20 AM   #140
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loving it.

looking forward to the rest of Epcot.

I've said it once and I'll say it again. Your daughter is just so cute
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:23 AM   #141
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Yay glad you're back to update! Sorry about your recent run of bad luck but I hope everything is going great now!
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:45 AM   #142
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I was really pleased to see from my e-mails that you were posting updates to your TR, I'd missed you (if that doesn't sound too OTT!). I haven't been around the last few weeks myself - nothing as dramatic as a broken foot and a poke your job story though - I was just sat on my backside glued to the Olympics!

That Mickey bar story definitely brought a tear to my eye.

Glad to hear that your foot is healing. Any news on the job front yet? We could have done with you at DS school as my favourite teacher left at the end of term!

Anyhow, don't leave it too long as I'm holding my breath waiting for the next installment; even another bus stop photo will do for now!
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What a great story. I always get excited when I see you've updated your TR.

I managed to get a little bit of jelly on Friday you'll be pleased to know, strawberry flavoured!
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Day 7 Part 2: Future World/Land/Ville

I'm finally braving the return update...again life took over I'm afraid and probably will do repeatedly, so as long as you don't mind, then I'll potter along and take a gazillion years to write this TR

So, we were in Epcot I believe, having dined with the Princesses and gone to the The Land pavillion. DD was tall enough for Soarin' so we acquitted ourselves with Fastpasses before going on...thrill ride of the century...Living with the Land....oh yes, we know how to live....
This had been closed when we were here in 2009 so we had no real concept of what it was....and the 0 minute wait made us slightly suspicious, but we needn't have been. We really loved this ride - very serene and generally relaxing It was really fascinating to learn about the technologies - DD really enjoyed it. I mean...what's not to love about a nine pound lemon???
I just googled nine pound lemon to check that I got the weight right and look what came up

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ni...w=1280&bih=631

Seriously, who is the guy? Other than a nine pound lemon of course....I bet he's so proud. Bwah hah hah!!
Anyway, on with the tour...

Once we had lived with the land, we hopped (not literally, that would have been both stupid and time consuming, especially with a four year old...) over to the Seas to take a jaunt with:

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Oh yeah! We love this ride - granted, we love a lot of rides, but not ALL rides (I know, hard to believe but true) - DH, as we all know, hates teacups and anything that spins...me, I have a bit of a thing about Dinosaur...yeah...not good! On my second trip to WDW (in 1998) I went with a friend from University - this was when Animal Kingdom first opened and Dinosaur was called Countdown to Extinction....yes indeed, that long ago!!Well, I had no idea about what Countdown to Extinction was like (I suppose some might say I should have got the clue from the title but...hey, maybe I'm just a few coupons short of a toaster...) Anyway, the point being, we did the ride and - given that I find the dark-bit-in-Space-Mountain section of the People Mover fairly creepy - I was TERRIFIED - believe you me the words I would use to describe my fear in its entirety would be way more censored than Blue Footed Boooby Birds (I know I've been writing this for a long time...this is referenced earlier in the TR!!!) The sheer was evident when we went to look for our ride photo - we could not find it...it was gone...and then we looked again. There it was - our mistake when trying to find it was that we were looking for TWO people; me and my friend - we should have just been looking for her - yes, I was so blooming terrified that at the point the camera flashed I actually had my head in her lap Yet another proud moment I can chalk onto my blackboard of life...Glory Be!!

Wow - tangent - sorry! I think we were just getting on Nemo until I reversed everyone's lives by fifteen years...
A question...has anyone ever seen the Nemo queue full...or even partially used? Whenever we go on it, the queue is merely an inconvient series of barriers preventing speedy clam-shell boarding. Now, I'll give you 3 guesses as to which part I find scariest....hmmm? What, you only need one guess?
DD is thankfully way hardier than me (not difficult, I know) - clearly got DH's genes for that. Mine for Teacups, his for scary rides.
I think our favourite section is the EAC section - so clever - but the end animations in the tank are fab too. Obviously, post-Nemo meant a trip round the Aquariums and the obligatory inside/next to sharks photos - we were really pleased that DD would pose this year - in 2009 she was too scared to get into Bruce - yet she loved the skeletons in POTC - go figure??

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I think she's very convincing! What we actually did was drop her in there and then run away really fast to get the real emotion...no...not really...honest...no children were harmed in the making of these photos...

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Ah, those mother, daughter bonding moments....

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do you think she was embarrassed???? I read on someone else's TR (I can't remember whose, sorry!) about someone having the idea of posing with the sharks with their feet hanging out - this I have to try!!!

So after our foray with the sharks, we headed to the manatees - DD asked questions which was great and we learned plenty about them - the 2 we saw were Lou (18 years old) and Vail (25 years old) - both male. The CM was telling us about their potential for release into the wild. Apparently Lou had been there for 10 years so was taking ages to be released but he had lost 90% of his tail which was causing huge issues in terms of release. One of the other conditions for release is that they have to have been free from medical intervention for a year. It was really fascinating. I know it's difficult to believe but I'm actually fairly shy when it comes to making conversation with strangers but we all made a real effort this trip and were rewarded with much information!
After our lesson in manatees we waited for the next show of Turtle Talk - DD sat at the front with the other kiddies and we plonked ourselves down somewhere near the back - I remember it being fairly hard to see... We'd never seen this show before - how on earth is it done? I really can't fathom it. Some of you may well be thinking 'how can she not know? Gah!' but I refer you to my earlier comment regarding toasters and coupons....
We enjoyed it and would definitely like a chance to see it again with a difference audience if only to see how the responses change...
We pootled around FutureWorld/Land/Ville -still don't know - popping into Club Cool (Beverley - blearrrgghh) where DD became obsessed with a multicoloured Mickey toy that we resisted buying - and then spent a short time in Innoventions - I think that'll be somewhere for when DD is a bit older. For lunch we went to the Electric Umbrella which was paaaacked - mainly because it decided to rain like mad - if there was a smiley with an umbrella I would insert him _____ <--- here... DD and I had bacon cheeseburgers with fries, apple juice and a chocolate brownie. DH had a meatball sub with fries, coke and strawberry cheesecake. Whilst it wasn't what you might call gourmet, it filled a hole and we were dry - a win win situation I think you'll agree

We then went and Soared over California - we embarked quickly and DD loved it - hooray for a child with impeccable tastes

We fairly leapt onto Living with the Land again - see, I told you we'd enjoyed it.... and then off to the land of Imaaaaaaginaaaation. I always jump at the end sequence....such a wimp

One more photo before I leave this installment - we're off to the World Showcase next. I will try and post another update very shortly but I won't make any promises! Oh and of couse....I need to update my signature....and TICKER!!! Woo hoo!!!

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hurray you are back!

excellent trippie and photos, really funny love your writing style.
keep 'em coming ....
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so lovely to see you back.
I almost jumped with joy when I saw the email of another installment (yes I subscribe to your thread)
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excellent trippie and photos, really funny love your writing style.
keep 'em coming ....
Thanks - it makes me feel very loved - I've been lurking again for ages and reading masses and masses of other trippies but for some reason couldn't decide whether to write again - purely because I'd been away for so long...decided to take the leap and ta da!! Will try to keep 'em coming - aiming to finish before we go again!!

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You subscribe!!! Awesome I love the idea of anyone jumping for joy! Was it like this ??? I hope I can keep it up this time - not the jumping....that was you....I mean the writing - ok I'll shut up!
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I was hoping you were going to come back and finish off your trip report. I have had so much fun reading it. I wouldn't worry about life getting in the way, it has a habit of doing that. And for having a new ticker! I only wish I had one too.
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I was hoping you were going to come back and finish off your trip report. I have had so much fun reading it. I wouldn't worry about life getting in the way, it has a habit of doing that. And for having a new ticker! I only wish I had one too.
Wise words re life gettting in the way Thanks for sticking with me over the past....ahem....year and a half That sounds bad doesn't it...a year and a half to write 7 days
Yay for ticker indeed! More details will appear as time goes on...have you any plans to go again soon?
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Day 7 Part 3: How many benches are in the UK pavillion? Ask my DD...

It's funny what madness does to you. I was just getting ready to write this next installment when disaster struck...I noticed that in my previous installment, all of a sudden all of the photos that I had included were coming up as 'Sorry, this photo has been deleted or moved' (when I typed that it was said in my head in a really strange, manly voice...as I said..weird what madness does to you ) - now, I have been playing around with my Photobucket account and reorganising my photos - reliving the memories...sigh - so I went into sheer panic mode because I think the photos in a TR are intrinsic and if I were to start reading a report and all it had was grey boxes stating 'Sorry, this photo has been deleted or moved' in a manly voice, I'd probably stop reading it...The thing that shocked me was that my immediate reaction was not 'Oh no, all of those delightful photos of my gorgeous daughter that have received so many lovely comments from all of the fab readers of my report ' - no, no, no, no, no, no - my first reaction was in fact....'Oh no, the bus stops!!!' What is my life coming to????

Well, let's not worry too much - on to World Showcase...

As we left Future World/Land/Ville - SOMEONE PLEASE THROW ME A BONE HERE!!!!! we headed right towards Canada, passing some contented ducks:

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One had clearly dressed as a rabbit for the occasion...who knows why?
We carried on past Canada (as we had been there only a few days prior - I know to you it feels like a millenium but honestly, it was only a matter of days...) and went directly to the UK. Ah yes, the logic whereby you leave the UK and travel many miles to go to...the UK.... How does that work?

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Now please don't get me wrong here...I really love the UK pavillion and we will continue to go there but there are a few things that perturb (???correct spelling???) me about it, namely:
1) Why, in the UK pavillion do they serve beers such as Hoegaarden? Surely with that number of 'a's in a row it has to be Belgian...surely???? I know the Kingdoms are United but Belgium aint one of them....hmmm????
2) Why do they insist on serving bizarre drinks that only 19 year old students with an intense desire to get hammered as fast as possible drink? Snakebite anybody??
3) Which bar in the UK has scotch eggs and sausage rolls as bar snacks??? Tell me where it is and I am there!! I get excited if there's a possibility that Scampi fries might be available

Nevertheless, we went in the Rose and Crown and ordered a pint of Bass and a pint of Harp - I always love the presumption made (everywhere, not exclusive to the UK pavillion...) when we order lager and ale - the ale is ALWAYS placed in front of DH and the lager in front of me...er....excuse me...I'm the Geordie...he's the lightweight

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Yes...well, that's what I'd look like if I was a lightweight...

We had a really good chat with the barmaid who was originally from London but had lived in Florida for 16 years - I can't honestly remember any of the conversation but I suppose that's the price you pay for taking a year and a half to write a TR
After our chat we took our plastic glasses (erm...oxymoron anyone?) round into the gardeny area with the bandstand.

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We have never managed to arrive here when there's music on - granted, we have never checked the schedule, but you'd think that coincidence may have afforded us the pleasure at some point, but no - sigh.
DH and I made ourselves comfy on a shady bench (makes me think it was wearing shades, trilby and a long mac - it wasn't) while DD mooched around the area - it's a really nicely confined spot which allowed her just a teensy bit more freedom!

She inspected a tree...



And then we played the lengthy game of 'How many benches are in the park?' Once the answer returned 'Are you sure?' and then 'I bet you can't count them again..' So mean



Hmmm...I think I'll continue this in another post as I feel like there're lots of photos and smileys in this one...who knows, I might even get round to posting again this evening....
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