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Old 01-14-2012, 03:23 PM   #136
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ohhh, love the little mermaid shirt!

And that mac n cheese looks SO good!

We waited in the long line for Earl of Sandwich. (twice!) It was just so good!
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:32 PM   #137
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It was SO good! And yes, I believe it was! I wonder what you were doing haha. You'll have to see if any of our days matched up as the TR goes along!

I was at MK that day Actually, it was probably the only day of the trip I was not at DTD, since we were staying at SSR!
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:58 PM   #138
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Ok, I'm in! I could use a Good Christmas TR about now.

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Old 01-14-2012, 10:37 PM   #139
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just finished your last trip report, so now I can start to enjoy this one!
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Joining in. I really enjoyed reading your last TR.
Thank you so much! I'm glad you're here!

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Very excited to be reading this since I've always wanted to go to Disney at Christmas - maybe some year. I am looking forward to your photos which are always beautiful.
Thank you! I'm glad you're here! And aww thanks! I have a couple thousand photos (which I really need to sort through hahaha) so there are plenty to come!

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ohhh, love the little mermaid shirt!

And that mac n cheese looks SO good!

We waited in the long line for Earl of Sandwich. (twice!) It was just so good!
Thank you!
Oh my gosh it was!! YUM!
I know, it really is delicious! Don't worry - we went there at some point during this month! Haha I love it too much!

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I was at MK that day Actually, it was probably the only day of the trip I was not at DTD, since we were staying at SSR!
Were you? Haha that's funny. Of course I would be in DTD on the day you weren't there!

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Ok, I'm in! I could use a Good Christmas TR about now.
Aww yay well then this is perfect for you! Thanks for being here!

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just finished your last trip report, so now I can start to enjoy this one!
Yay! I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks for being here!
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:33 AM   #141
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Well everyone, tomorrow is the big day! I'm moving into college and officially (and finally!) starting that next chapter of my life! I hope it all goes well!

I thought I'd squeeze in one last update tonight. I don't know how busy I am going to get over the next few months, but as far as I can tell, my major is going to be pretty demanding. I will update as often as possible, though, so don't worry!

And also, yesterday (January 14th) marked the one year anniversary of the VERY FIRST Frump trip that ever occurred on this earth! At this time right now, Kristen, Vickie, Me, and My Mom were at the Yacht Club! Kristen and I will be feeling very nostalgic for the next couple days while we remember the fun times we experienced. Ahh that was such a fun time.

And also, I added a new portion to the this trip report! You may notice my "Christmas Tips" being thrown into the updates. So if you haven't already, please catch up with my edit that I added in to this post right near the beginning!
That should explain it! If you have any questions, let me know!

Alright I think that's enough rambling for tonight. Here's the update! Enjoy!
Chapter 3: What's Christmas Without A Little Disney Shopping?
December 6th, 2011

After our delicious lunch, my Mom and I decided to browse through the stores in Downtown Disney. There was a lot of fun merchandise to look at that day!

Our first stop was the Christmas Store, which was the perfect place to visit around this time of year! The first thing I noticed when I walked in...

DEER GENIE! How fantastic is that!?

I was very partial to the Toy Story Merchandise in this store. Specifically this beautiful stocking (that Nat would LOVE):

And this Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Ornament! So precious!

I loved this 7 Dwarves mural that was on the wall. It's such an amazing piece of artwork!

This leads me to my next tip:

Christmas Tip #3: Pay attention to the decorations in the stores in Downtown Disney. Oftentimes they are overlooked because everyone is distracted by the merchandise. But they really are beautiful!

I kept walking through and then saw the best ornaments ever.... DISNEY TRANSPORTATION ORNAMENTS! There's a Bus... and a Monorail... and a Tram... and a Jungle Cruise Boat!!! How awesome is that?!

They had the Mickey's Christmas Village Displays all set up. They are also for sale, but they are SUPER expensive. However, one day when I win the lottery, I am going to buy them all so I can have my own Disney Christmas Village. They are SO CUTE!

I saw this Advent Calendar that I LOVED! We almost bought this because our one at home is very old. However, I don't think we ever got around to purchasing it. It's just perfect though, isn't it!?

We made our way completely through the Christmas Store, and then we went over to Tren-D to look around. This has to be one of my top favorite stores in Disney. I don't often buy anything from here (well, I got a few things on my most recent trip!) but I LOVE looking around. It's a disney loving teenage girl's dream store.

The light fixtures in here are so cool. I'm telling you, LOOK AT THE DECORATIONS IN THE STORES!! I noticed so many cool things that day.

I thought this shirt was really cute. Very clever Tiana merchandise.

I LOVED this Little Mermaid shirt. Sadly, I didn't see it when I went back later that month. Good thing I took a picture of it!

We exited Tren-D and made our way over to Guest Relations! We decided that we wanted to get a Tables in Wonderland Card!

Christmas Tip #4: For Annual Passholders and Florida Residents, Tables in Wonderland is a great way to save money on Disney Dining. What the card does is that it takes off 20% of your bill, and then adds back on 18% gratuity. So basically, you're saving the tip. It really adds up and my parents are VERY happy we got it - they like this even better than the dining plan!

The Tables in Wonderland Card cost $75 dollars and it's going to stay good until January 31st, 2013! So that's a good long time!

Our next stop was Ghiradelli's because I WANTED ICE CREAM! Ice Cream is my favorite food and since I didn't have dessert at Wolfgang Puck Express, it was time to load up on some sugar!

We got The Domingo - aka the Banana Hot Fudge Sundae. We split it between the two of us and it was plenty! Ghiradelli Hot Fudge is RIDICULOUSLY phenomenal. Oh my God.

Once we were filled up with that chocolately goodness, we headed over to The World of Disney.


My idol.

Here I go with the decorations again. THEY'RE JUST SO AWESOME! Like... look at this castle. It's basically like the real thing shrunk down and plopped in the middle of the store. So cool.

And this is an even better sight... ALADDIN AND JASMINE!!!!

So while I was looking around, my Mom got a phone call. She was chatting away, and then all of the sudden I found the best merchandise I have ever seen in my life. Whoever my Mom was talking to on the phone probably thought I was a nut because I was FREAKING OUT and talking a million miles an hour.



And you all know how much I love the PeopleMover!!!! IT'S A PEOPLEMOVER SHIRT!!! PAGING MR. MORROW, MR. TOM MORROW!!!

Seriously the best shirts I have ever seen in my life. They were actually reasonably priced too!

So yes, I bought both of them. And I bought the monorail one for Kristen for her Christmas Present. She screamed when she opened it. PROBABLY BECAUSE IT'S THE BEST SHIRT EVER MADE.

At World of Disney, I also bought a Santa Mickey Hat, Mom bought some polka dot socks with hidden mickeys in them, and then I got the promotional christmas castle blanket of the year!

We cashed out and then exited the store. Our next stop was Basin, which my Mom and I never had been to before!

THIS STORE IS AWESOME. Oh my gosh, I can't even get over how cool it is! For those of you who have never been in there, Basin is basically a store full of soaps. But really cool ones! Like take a look:

Hidden Mickey Soap:

Ice Cream and Cake Soap:

Princess Soap (Perfect for me, right?!):

Caffeine Soap (which I really needed that day after getting up so early!):

"Not recommended for couch potatoes." LOL

And last but not least... DEER SOAP!!!!

Those are only a few of them, too. There were SO many cool designs. I loved it!

Then we went over to the hand scrub table, which was SO cool. This stuff seriously worked - my hands felt amazing afterwords!

Christmas Tip #5: Make sure you use the exfoliators at the hand scrub tables at Basin! They work so well and they smell fantastic! Plus, it's a free trial! It's awesome.

We used the Almond kind, which smelled AMAZING. My Mom ended up buying it because she loved it so much. As well as the almond scented lotion. It had a unique kind of Almond smell to it.. it's hard to describe. It was sweet. I loved it.

While we were standing around the hand scrub table, my Mom struck up a conversation with this old woman who was from Minnesota. My Mom asked her if she knew about the Mayo Clinic. The old lady did, and she had only good things to say about it!

My Mom asked about the Mayo Clinic because during my sophomore year of high school, my Mom was actually diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The doctors were going to perform a very serious surgery on her, but my Dad insisted on her going to get a second opinion. He had heard of how amazing the Mayo Clinic is, so my parents took a trip there. My Mom was given the amazing news that she did in fact not have cancer, but a different non-cancerous condition that was treatable! My parents swear by the Mayo Clinic and ALWAYS recommend that people go there if they are diagnosed with cancer to get that second opinion. It is absolutely an amazing place and truly turned my Mom's life around.

So my Mom told this old lady her story and the lady was so touched. She was so happy that it all worked out for her. I do know that this lady told us a story about people she knew who went there as well, but unfortunately I forgot to write it down. However, I know it was about how the Mayo Clinic helped out people she knew. It's such a great place - my family is so thankful for it!

So after chatting for quite a while, we parted ways. My Mom made her purchases and we were on our way to our hotel!

Continued in Next Post

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Old 01-15-2012, 01:02 AM   #142
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I did the salt scrub too! AH-MAZ-ING!!! Basin is super cool!! When my best friend and I went to Tren-D she got this gorgeous scarf that's pink and has darker pink outlines of hidden mickeys on it! It's so soft and I want to steal it everytime she wears it

Totally off topic question, but we're going in May and want to try more restaurants at the resorts. What would a couple of your top picks be for resort dinner dining?? THANKS!!!!

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Old 01-15-2012, 01:25 AM   #143
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Oh man... DEER AND SANTA GENIE!! I love it!

I agree so much about the store decorations/displays... especially at Animal Kingdom, so much of that stuff looks like priceless art and they just use it to hold up t-shirts!

OMG THOSE SHIRTS. WHEN are they going to bring back the old PeopleMover spiel? The new one is nothing compared to the old one!

Basin is one of my favorite places at WDW but I've only been to the Grand Floridian location! I've heard the DTD one is even better.

WOW that is an UNBELIEVABLE story about your mom and the Mayo Clinic! She sure had an angel on her shoulder. I wonder how many misdiagnoses occur every day, it's so terrible. I'm so happy your mom is ok
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I totally agree, the shop decorations are amazing!

Love all the shirts that you saw at Tren-D and of course the monorail and Peoplemover shirts.


What a wonderful story about your Mom and the Mayo Clinic.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:11 AM   #145
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We got that advent calendar the last time we went. I did too much damage in their christmas store.
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Great update! I am anxious to spend a day at DTD... I am sure my girls will love Tren-D, and maybe (gasp) they might actually buy something Disney???

We'll have to try the hand soaps and the Ghiradelli sundae - need to add that one to my spreadsheet, it looks delicious!

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Old 01-15-2012, 09:52 AM   #147
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What a great day at DTD! We love to have that first half day there. I suggest to everyone that they have to wander it, there is so much to see!

Kadence got that exact Miss Piggy for Christmas! The Disney store was having a sale, 2 plushes for 28 so we got her Miss Piggy and of course Kermit!

The Mayo clinic is a few hours drive from here, and I personally know 3 families who have been treated there. There is a kind a awe the that place, you know you're going to be taken care of there!
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Oh, wow, Jess- how scary about your mom's cancer scare.

I live in MN, and one of my friends from high school actually was diagnosed with leukemia while pregnant, and the Mayo clinic saved her and the baby's life. My friend is now an oncologist nurse.

DTD is absolutely beautiful at Christmas. I can't wait to take my children there someday.
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I just wanted to post and say how much I love all your trip reports! I don't post much due to loads of uni work and a full time job but over christmas I sat and read all of your trip reports, it was sooooo much fun!

I wish i could get to WDW as often but living in the UK airfare is a killer and student/business trainee money is poor!

I love the deer face, all your cute disney clothes and how much fun you guys have. I think you look sooo much like jasmine....is that who you auditioned for? I would love to be Belle! In fact id take any job there!

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