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Old 08-01-2012, 07:31 AM   #121
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Oh my goodness, sounds like a dramatic few weeks
Hope things are on the up now for you and I for one would love to hear more of your fab TR
Oh and book another trip to WDW, that'll cheer you up
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:41 PM   #122
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I'm up for more too!!

Loved reading your report so far, and had been wondering if you were OK, and what had happened...

So sorry to hear you've been through the wars in so many ways
Sending you lots of pixie dust that everything works out - and better than before! You know what they say... There is no need for revenge, Karma will sort everything out, and if you're lucky, you'll even get to watch

Bring on the bus-stop photos!!!
Thanks for the concern It's all very odd in terms of work but my foot is alot better - still hurts 4 months later but definitely improving thank goodness! Clearly your pixie dust is working already I do like that karma philosophy

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Oh my goodness, sounds like a dramatic few weeks
Hope things are on the up now for you and I for one would love to hear more of your fab TR
Oh and book another trip to WDW, that'll cheer you up
A very dramatic few weeks, you are not wrong!

Another trip to WDW....hmmm....well I have to admit we did have a short trip to DLRP over the Easter break but that was experienced on crutches - decidedly interesting - although quite handy getting in the disabled entrances...ahem...

Hoping that WDW might just make a little appearance next year....ok, who am I kidding....we're going back next year. No details yet though - believe you me, as soon as I know....you know....

I've actually just finished reading your most recent dining report and loved it. Remy on the cruise sounds incredible - very jealous but glad you had an amazing trip

Thanks for persevering with my TR.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:42 PM   #123
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Day 6 Part 3: ...oh....you don't mean that Pooh...??

So.....where were we? Ah yes, Animal Kingdom, Day 6 in a series of 21...and I think we had just left the Pangani Forest trail....

We left the trail and popped over to the nearest shop where there were some fab beaded animals for sale. DD fell in love with a beaded chameleon (ok if it takes that long to spell every word...we could be here for a veeeery looooong tiiiiime) and she decided she wanted to spend some of her 'cash' on it. Who are we to deprive our daughter of a chameleon (needed to make the most of the effort of working out how to spell the blooming thing...) - so as soon as she had made her purchase, she of course needed the loo so she and I left DH to find the nearest toilets. On our return could we find DH? No...we looked....and looked....and looked...you get the picture...it took us about 5 minutes to find him. This probably doesn't sound like much to you but I am a relatively dramatic person and believe you me my brain had managed to come up with some fairly incredible scenarios as to what had happened; eaten by a tiger; mobbed by squirrels; run off with Minnie....who knows???? ...sometimes I hate my brain....I think sometimes DH hates my brain too....

Next up was a fantastic, fantastic part of our Animal Kingdom day - really surprised us...and I am fond of a nice surprise....



We hopped on the train over to Rafiki's Planet Watch. Now, in 2009 we had been on this train, but more as a 'bit of a sit down' - I don't think we even disembarked....yes, I am ashamed now. This time we ended up spending ages in conservation station:



There's the baboon....oh yes...and Rafiki too...sorry...too obvious???



*** A brief interlude...please excuse me...DH has just come over and read the opening of this installment and is insistent that I clarify that he didn't run off with Minnie or get mauled by Safari animals....he was in fact waiting patiently outside the loos like a dutiful husband....I hope you are all reassured that his penchant for ginormous mice didn't take over completely....as if you didn't realise??? the buffoon...I mean....who else would put up with a man who photographs bus stops....hmmm???? ***

We really had no preconceptions about this area which was kind of refreshing. Once inside DD had the chance to meet the real Rafiki and Jimminy Cricket (I kept a close, close eye on DH )





She also got up close and personal with a baby alligator...



We then had a general wander around the area. At that point, we discovered the most fantastic quiz ever....and I mean EVER!



Catchy title or what???? Goodness it made me laugh....and of course...the invitation to play was just too strong....



DD is certainly not squeamish...yet...I am anticipating that there will be a day relatively soon when she asks what she's holding....bwah hah hah....

In my series of photos saved under ridiculous titles (Lift Beaver being one of them...) this one is saved as AKPoo - nice The cast member who was on that particular 'game' was absolutely lovely and extremely knowledgeable about poo...I bet her parents are proud...I'd love to be at that family do...

GUEST: So what is .....doing now?
MUM: She works for Disney...
GUEST (extremely jealously of course ): Really! How fantastic. Is she a character? Does she man one of the rides?
MUM: No, she specialises in poo...
GUEST: Winnie the....
MUM: No, no. Animal poo.
Abrupt end to conversation.

Anyway...moving swiftly on...after talking a whole load of poo...ahem....we walked past the treatment room which was fascinating. Again, the Cm was more than willing to talk to us and explain about both the routine examinations and more intensive treatments that are undergone. They had a selection of great Xrays on display; a snake that had swallowed a golf ball; a duck that had swallowed 3 dimes; a tortoise who had smashed it's shell and had it restructured with wire and screws - really fascinating (the last time I saw an Xray like that was when my brother was about 7 and he swallowed a rather large dome screw from one of his Tonka lorries...) On the wall, was a schedule of examinations which the general public can watch (there is a constant rolling programme of examinations) It is all very open - there are blinds all around the large windows which we presumed was to shut away particularly intense operations etc but apparently not. According to the CM, the blinds are there for 2 reasons:
1) If any birds escape, they don't fly into the glass
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2) So if maintenance is going on, the guests don't have to watch "butt on a step ladder"

Her words ladies and gents, not mine!!!!
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:25 PM   #124
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YEAH your back and with an awesome update. SO sorry to hear about your troubles though, re-living your Disney trip will cheer you up though!
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:31 PM   #125
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So glad your back with the trippie & so sorry you've been having such a rough time. I'm looking forward to sharing your families trip.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:53 PM   #126
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YEAH your back and with an awesome update. SO sorry to hear about your troubles though, re-living your Disney trip will cheer you up though!
Thankyou It has been great re-reading the notes I wrote - they're fairly comprehensive and, yes, very cheering Glad you're happy to keep tagging along.


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So glad your back with the trippie & so sorry you've been having such a rough time. I'm looking forward to sharing your families trip.
I'm looking forward to you sharing it with me More coming soon and I'm hoping to do the next day in a shorter number of posts....
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:57 PM   #127
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glad you are back , and sorry you have such a difficult few months, really missed your trippie, loved your writing style. really funny and your daughter is such a cutie.


now carry on .....................................
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:03 PM   #128
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glad you are back , and sorry you have such a difficult few months, really missed your trippie, loved your writing style. really funny and your daughter is such a cutie.


now carry on .....................................
I'm glad to be back - thankyou!!! I'll try and keep the style (whatever it might be ) Plenty more pics of daft daughter to come. Glad you're back with me
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:31 PM   #129
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so glad you're back. I really really missed your report. Sorry you had a bit of a bad time but you must be feeling on the up now tobe doing this again.
I subcribed to your thread and when it popped up in my emails that you were back I thought 'fab now for some fun times'
LOVE that quiz at AK it made me laugh out loud and DH just told me to shush!
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:10 PM   #130
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Day 6 Part 4: Jammin'!!!

Suitably amused by the prospect of 'butt on a stepladder', we carried on round conservation station into the nutrition section. You don't get any points for guessing that this part had examples of food fed to the animals, however if you also guessed that there would be a display of animal skulls, then well done - extra points for you... and you know what points mean... hmmm... I am a little confused about the combination of nutrition and skulls...surely, surely an animal that is only a skull is a classic example of anti-nutrition...

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I've posted the picture of the giraffe skull, because it surprised me (and no it didn't jump and shout 'boo') - now call me stupid (alright, not all at once...) but I really didn't know that the horns of a giraffe were bone...I presumed they were cartilage or something...but no, bone they are. The picture is proof! Either that or the CMs at conservation station have gone in for a really elaborate gag....I kind of like that idea too....Again the CMs (probably through sympathy because I fell for the hilarious 'giraffe horns are made of bone' joke) were very informative and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. DD also got to play with one of these (no, it's not a skull, I'm not that bad a mother...)

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So, as I say, we spent absolutely yonks at conservation station before getting the train back. We originally wanted to go back during our stay to watch one of the examinations, but for some reason it never happened. DH and I can not remember why we never got back there...answers on a postcard please...

We headed over to Kali River Rapids but were severely distracted by Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade that happened to be coming past. Well, it would have been rude not to stop

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We've never seen this parade before, and now I never want to miss it. I looove the floats - so imaginative and creative - they reminded me a little of the style of puppetry that's used in the stage version of Warhorse (if you've not seen it, save all your pennies and GO - it's incredible!) So, onto Kali - DD was able to ride it and we did get wet, but nowhere near as badly as last time (thank goodness - no shorts ringing out required )

Lastly, before we exited the park, we had a quick trip round Maharajah Jungle Trek - I really like the theming of this area.

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Of course we had to check out the stinky bats - I love them really (why don't they do a smilie that wafts its nose?)

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And then we had to play hunt the daughter...

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It really was extremely hot (I know...Florida....August....not going to be cold...) so we headed over to the exit via frozen lemonade...yum - although I didn't get much of a look in thanks to guzzle guts DD - I love her really

We drove back to WL and popped into RF for tea for DD (we were still too stuffed (I originally typed that as struffed - what on earth is struffing? - sounds fun...)) She had a tuna sandwich with fries and jelly - not all at once - in fact we saved the jelly and put it in our room fridge...bet you wanted to know that...hmmm? There then began a torrential rainstorm - some of them were totally awesome this holiday.

It was a quick shower before bedtime for DD and then yes...it was balcony o'clock for me and DH....ahhh...Miller Lites (in the funky metal bottles - I like them!) We watched the storm a bit more...well, until it ended, strangely enough...

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...and I wrote my trip notes. We also indulged in some other drinkies...

DH: Red Hook, Mojito (bleeaargh - I will say now that I think Mojitos are grim...I detest mint....it is the food of the devil....well, that and ginger...) Pina Colava.
Me: Pinot Grigio, Pear Martini, Kentucky Peach.

We were very badly behaved and didn't have a proper dinner (what would our mums say??) but insted, filled up on Lays, Spicy Mickey Mix and nacho cheese dip...soooo wrong....but soooo right!!!

I unfortunately ended the evening feeling like a total idiot as I went down to the Territory Lounge for the last round of drinks and on the way back, got in the lift where there was already a couple. This was fine until, when exiting the lift, I went the same way as them, before realising it was the wrong way...doh... I then had to go throught the whole ridiculous debacle of slowing down so that I could change direction without drawing too much attention to myself... all whilst holding two cocktails... classy...

Yup...total twonk!! Nothing like a bit of elusion (is that a word??) to round off an evening!
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:15 PM   #131
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so glad you're back. I really really missed your report. Sorry you had a bit of a bad time but you must be feeling on the up now tobe doing this again.
I subcribed to your thread and when it popped up in my emails that you were back I thought 'fab now for some fun times'
LOVE that quiz at AK it made me laugh out loud and DH just told me to shush!
Thanks for missing my report...I have to say, you guys at the Dis are definitely helping in the whole 'feeling better' stakes. I hope I don't let you down in having fun times - I'll try my best

I think when I saw the quiz name for the first time there was a distinct quantity of loud embarrassing guffawing...brilliant! Very impressed you had to be shushed....

Glad you're back too...
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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?
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:01 PM   #133
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You know they aren't any calories in Disney, Walt banned them !!! So you can eat what you like ! ............. If only !
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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.
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"Match The Feces With The Species" ............ there's a TV show in there somewhere, it could re-vitalise Dale Winton's career
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