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Old 12-28-2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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PRINCESS Palooza 2011! 9/9 Update: Departure Day

OK, since last year's trip report sort of morphed into a pre-trip report for 2011, I decided maybe I should get this under way before it became this year's trip report too!

I'll start this one off the same way as the last one....... with a picture of our favorite Fairy Godmother. If you didn't read along on last year's trip report, take a moment to check it out:

December 2010: Don't Read this TRIP REPORT If You're a Princess Hater!

I detail our history with the best Fairy Godmother ever. And we were lucky enough to find her again this time:


Homecoming by mom2rtk, on Flickr

I am Janet and that's my daughter Katie, age 11.

Like every other trip we take, we didn't just make a plan and go with it. Anybody who has known me for long knows that's just not the way we do things here. No, there were schedule changes and cast changes along the way. But I was really happy with the final plan. My husband came along for the first 4 days, then Katie and I had 3 days to ourselves, and we met our best girlfriends for the final 2 days. It really was the best of all worlds.

We also have boys age 16 and 18 who () shall we say.... don't care for Disney the same way we do.......... so they stayed home. OK, I'll say it. They're Disney haters. The 16 year old still had a week of school, including finals and an ACT to take in our absence. The 18 year old finished his first semester of college the day we left.

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Old 12-28-2011, 02:56 PM   #2
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CHAPTER LINKS:

12/8: On Our Way!
12/9: Man, They REALLY Want Us to Take This Dang Luggage!
12/9: FINALLY into the park!
12/9: On to FANTASYLAND!
12/9: Our First Trip Through the WASH and SPIN Cycles
12/9: Haunting the Mansion
12/9: Time for Adventure
12/9: Castle Gazing
12/9: Dinner With The Mouse

12/10: Indiana Jones
12/10: More DHS
12/10: Osborne Lights

12/11: Animal Kingdom (Where's the tripod?????)
12/11: Safari time
12/11: Pangani Trail
12/11: Everest/Dinosaur
12/11: Flights of Wonder
12/11: CRT
12/11: MVMCP
12/11: A Very Magical Parade
12/11: More MVMCP Parade
12/11: More MVMCP Parade


12/12: Pop Century Tour
12/12: Akershus Breakfast
12/12: Pick A Pearl
12/12: Teppan Edo

12/13: GIRLS Day in the MK!
12/13: In search of our Fairy Godmother
12/13: More Princess Fun
12/13: Heigh Ho Heigh Ho.... off to the Party We go!
12/13: Special Messengers to Flynn
12/13: Fun in Pixie Hollow

12/14: Back to DHS
12/14: Does Lightning Strike Twice?
12/14: DIS Magic Comes Through!
12/14: More BATB
12/14: He Really IS The Size of a Barge!
12/14: More Fun At DHS

12/15: Back to the MK
12/15: A Practically Perfect Morning
12/15: Stepsister Overload
12/15: We TOTALLY Ditched Our ADR!
12/15: Back to the Pop
12/15: Time for Some Girly Fun!
12/15: Sisterly Love
12/15: More 1900 Park Fare

12/16: Magic Kingdom with Friends
12/16: Bibbidi Bobbodi OH MY!
12/16: Visiting with Friends

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Old 12-28-2011, 03:08 PM   #4
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I've got my tickets for the PRINCESS Palooza 2011!
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I've got my tickets for the PRINCESS Palooza 2011!
LOL! I hope you didn't pay over face value for the tickets.......

And I'm loving your new signature BTW. You been out running that 60D through the paces yet?
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LOL! I hope you didn't pay over face value for the tickets.......

And I'm loving your new signature BTW. You been out running that 60D through the paces yet?
A few shots here and there. Some of the kids concerts and my oldest getting an award for National Honors Society (more parents being proud of their kids talk!!!). I am thinking of going to the Union Station to shoot tomorrow. I am off all week and have been taking the kids around using up some gift cards. There is a thread over at a Canon site where we are taking pictures of our hometown.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/....php?t=1124960

Some of them have invited me to go out shooting with them but I haven't had a chance yet. If you have any shots you would like to share you should come on over to the site. They also have a Disney thread under the Urban Life and Travel. Scott is over there (SrisonS) and some others that are contributors here.
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I'm here and can't wait to read about all your adventures! I was at Disney some of the same days yall were, but never ran into you. Anyways, glad to be here from the beginning this time!
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A few shots here and there. Some of the kids concerts and my oldest getting an award for National Honors Society (more parents being proud of their kids talk!!!). I am thinking of going to the Union Station to shoot tomorrow. I am off all week and have been taking the kids around using up some gift cards. There is a thread over at a Canon site where we are taking pictures of our hometown.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/....php?t=1124960

Some of them have invited me to go out shooting with them but I haven't had a chance yet. If you have any shots you would like to share you should come on over to the site. They also have a Disney thread under the Urban Life and Travel. Scott is over there (SrisonS) and some others that are contributors here.
Ooh... thanks for that link Mike! I need some inspiration for some hometown shooting! And your shots looked great in there too!
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I'm here and can't wait to read about all your adventures! I was at Disney some of the same days yall were, but never ran into you. Anyways, glad to be here from the beginning this time!
Too bad we didn't run into you. I loved meeting fellow DIS'ers on our trip and would have loved to meet you too.

I'm glad you're on board for this TR!
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Glad I checked your thread...I am here!
Hey Jen! Glad you made it over!

I had really hoped to have a complete trip journal done by now. I like to come home and get it all down while the details are fresh. But the computer issues really threw me for a loop. I'm happy to report I now have the first day done....... woo hoo! You kow, the airplane ride????? Man, I better get my fingers moving..........
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YAY! Looking forward to reading more and seeing more photos.
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Hey Jen! Glad you made it over!

I had really hoped to have a complete trip journal done by now. I like to come home and get it all down while the details are fresh. But the computer issues really threw me for a loop. I'm happy to report I now have the first day done....... woo hoo! You kow, the airplane ride????? Man, I better get my fingers moving..........
I know about that journeling. I try to write notes each day, but the last two trips I couldn't keep up. I think I wrote day 1 and maybe started day 2 and then the rest of the trip waited til lI got home and took a week or so to finish up. Heck this last trip, I don't think I ever finished up. LOL
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YAY! Looking forward to reading more and seeing more photos.
Welcome aboard! I'm glad you found us!

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I know about that journeling. I try to write notes each day, but the last two trips I couldn't keep up. I think I wrote day 1 and maybe started day 2 and then the rest of the trip waited til lI got home and took a week or so to finish up. Heck this last trip, I don't think I ever finished up. LOL
For one trip, I had journaled nonstop for a couple days, but made the mistake of not saving it. Oops. Guess I won't do that again. I lost ALL of it when I had to shut the computer down with some problem. I don't think I ever got that one done. But I LOVE having that journaling done later when I start scrapbooking the trip.

I tried hard to keep notes. Every trip I say I'm going to. I think I have notes from ONE day of this 10 day trip. Oops. Time to go journal some more. Oh, and to save the file again!
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Glad I found your new trip report. Can't wait to see more pictures from your trip.
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