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Old 04-26-2012, 02:30 PM   #136
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Great to-eat and to-buy lists!

Are you a Dole Whip fan? I tried one on my last trip and loved it, so I'll have to get that again. I also must have a chocolate frozen banana on every trip - yum!

I love coffee mugs, too, so I'm also planning to pick up a few. We usually do our souvenir shopping at the Disney store at DTD and end up walking out with much more than we planned! I also want to get DS a cute t-shirt (or five ) and one for DH and me. And for a totally random to-buy item: I got some Mickey-shaped reusable ice cube things once and I love them! They will be fun to use this summer (no more watered-down drinks!) so I plan to pick up a few more packs.

Your trip is almost here!!
Y'know, I've tried a Dole Whip before and didn't really care for it. I know I'm in the minority on that, but I prefer my desserts to involve chocolate.

Isn't that always the case? I know DS will want a few things, and even DH usually gets into the spirit and walks away with a couple of souvenirs.

Ooh, good idea on the ice cubes. I'll have to take a look at those, too!

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I've never thought about doing a must-eat list and normally I just keep a mental souvenir list in my head. But being the crazy organized person I am, I already know what I'll be doing this afternoon. Thanks for posting this and giving me the idea!


I think a figurine would be a really cool Disney memento to keep at work. A nice little reminder of great vacations...


Mmm, all your foods sound delicious. I haven't had a muffaletta in years (since I lived in LA)! And a sweet and spicy chicken waffle sounds oddly delicious.
LOL, I knew you'd appreciate that. It can go along with your outfits spreadsheet!

I didn't realize you used to live in Louisiana. Whereabouts? I'm from about a half-hour outside New Orleans. We're going "home" (I still consider it home) Memorial Day weekend, and I can't wait!

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Your list of food and souvenirs sounds great! Don't worry, I do the same thing. I actually end up making money envelopes for those things and fill them up before we go, that waY, they're basically already paid for.
That's a great idea, but how do you keep yourself from being tempted to buy other stuff? That's my biggest problem. I get into the Emporium or Mouse Gear and want everything.
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If there's something else I want, I'll still probably get it. The envelopes are basically for the things I've been promising myself for the last couple of trips and either forget about them or when I go back to get them, it's out of stock for the day.
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:42 PM   #138
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If there's something else I want, I'll still probably get it. The envelopes are basically for the things I've been promising myself for the last couple of trips and either forget about them or when I go back to get them, it's out of stock for the day.
Ahh, that makes sense. Cool!
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Joining a little late... but better late than never! YAY for single digit dancing! I love that last week of palpable anticipation!! I know y'all are gonna have a great trip!

Love your list idea of must eats and must buys. I will have to do one of those too. Great idea! I love me some Vera Bradley too... and fought it for a long time too. But I agree... just not loving the new designs at Coach lately! Vera Bradley all the way!

My middle son was 12 months old at his first trip and it was a great memorable trip!! Can't wait for the TR!
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Joining a little late... but better late than never! YAY for single digit dancing! I love that last week of palpable anticipation!! I know y'all are gonna have a great trip!

Love your list idea of must eats and must buys. I will have to do one of those too. Great idea! I love me some Vera Bradley too... and fought it for a long time too. But I agree... just not loving the new designs at Coach lately! Vera Bradley all the way!

My middle son was 12 months old at his first trip and it was a great memorable trip!! Can't wait for the TR!
Thanks for joining in!

Yes, what is up with Coach lately? It's gone so far downhill in such a short time. Vera all the way, lol.

Aww, how fun. I'll definitely be writing a TR, so stay tuned.

Five more days...!
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LOL, I knew you'd appreciate that. It can go along with your outfits spreadsheet!

I didn't realize you used to live in Louisiana. Whereabouts? I'm from about a half-hour outside New Orleans. We're going "home" (I still consider it home) Memorial Day weekend, and I can't wait!

My family was military, so we were at Barksdale AFB for two years, and lived in Bossier City (outside of Shreveport.) While I don't consider it my "home" it's where I finished high school, and because I ran the roads every weekend, I remember the city really well, and my best friend still lives there. I bet you're excited to be going back for Memorial Day!
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My family was military, so we were at Barksdale AFB for two years, and lived in Bossier City (outside of Shreveport.) While I don't consider it my "home" it's where I finished high school, and because I ran the roads every weekend, I remember the city really well, and my best friend still lives there. I bet you're excited to be going back for Memorial Day!
Awesome! I'm with you on "running the roads." There wasn't much else to do in my hometown, lol. Yes, I am super excited to be going home. We're trying to get all of our flying in before DS turns 2 and we have to pay for him on Southwest. Plus, it's crawfish season!
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I think your lists are a great thing!

I love coffee mugs---just sitting on a Saturday morning, drinking coffee from my Mickey mug, and reading the DIS....It's a great day!

One of the best souvenirs I ever bought was a watch---just the classic black band with Minnie on the face. I wear it every day-a constant reminder-and it always makes me happy when I look down at it!
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I think your lists are a great thing!

I love coffee mugs---just sitting on a Saturday morning, drinking coffee from my Mickey mug, and reading the DIS....It's a great day!

One of the best souvenirs I ever bought was a watch---just the classic black band with Minnie on the face. I wear it every day-a constant reminder-and it always makes me happy when I look down at it!
YES! I'm a morning person, and sometimes I'll get up before the baby on Saturdays so I can have my coffee while reading the DIS in peace. It's my Mommy Time.
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I keep crossing my fingers that this ugly storm above our state blows far far away by the time you make the drive to WDW. crossing fingers.
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I keep crossing my fingers that this ugly storm above our state blows far far away by the time you make the drive to WDW. crossing fingers.
Thanks. I am right there with you. Weather.com is saying there's a 30% chance right now (I'm sure it will go up as we get closer), but even if we do get some storms, I'd rather be at Disney World spending time with my family than at work.
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Final plans

I can hardly believe our trip is almost here, but tomorrow we go to Disney World!!! We've tweaked our plans a bit in the last week or so, but here is what our final itinerary looks like:

Day 1, Wednesday 5/2:
We will leave home after lunch and make the two-hour drive to WDW. Hopefully DS sleeps most of the way since it will be his normal nap time. After checking into POFQ, unpacking and resting or exploring a bit, we will get all dolled up for our portrait session and head over to the Poly.

After our 5 p.m. mini session, we will have dinner (DH wants to drive over to the Crossroads for Buffalo Wild Wings) before returning to POFQ to explore and maybe swim. I hope to get DS to bed at his usual bedtime ... and I'm crossing my fingers he sleeps well even though he'll be in a strange place.

Day 2, Thursday 5/3:
Animal Kingdom rope drop is 9 a.m., so I'm hoping to leave the room by 8:15, 8:30 at the latest so we can drive over. We may not make it for the actual rope drop, but hopefully we will still beat the midmorning rush.

Must-dos:
• Kilimanjaro Safaris
• Maharajah Jungle Trek
• Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
• The Boneyard
• Affection Section

Maybe-dos:
• Finding Nemo – The Musical or Festival of the Lion King
• Expedition Everest
• DINOSAUR

We will probably leave the park in the early afternoon, and I doubt we will return. We'll spend the rest of the day at POFQ, swimming or taking the boat to Downtown Disney. Early night this night, as the next day is Magic Kingdom day!

Day 3, Friday 5/4:
We will definitely be at Magic Kingdom for the opening ceremony and 9 a.m. rope drop. In fact, I'm planning to take the resort bus this day so we don't have to go through the TTC.

The plan is to leave the park after lunch so DS can nap back at the resort (and hopefully Mommy and Daddy, too!), then return to the Magic Kingdom in the evening. I don't know that we will make it all the way to Wishes, as much as I'd love to; we will play it by ear.

Must-dos:
• Dumbo
• it’s a small world
• The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
• Peter Pan’s Flight
• Tomorrowland Transit Authority/PeopleMover
• Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
• Carousel of Progress
• Walt Disney World Railroad
• Jungle Cruise

Maybe-dos:
• Mickey’s PhilharMagic
• Pirates of the Caribbean
• The Haunted Mansion
• Magic, Memories & You
• Wishes

Day 4, Saturday 5/5 (my 32nd birthday!):
This morning after checking out, we will hit Epcot for a few hours before making the drive home (booooo). Rope drop at is 9 a.m., and we have a Via Napoli ADR at 11:30 a.m.

We have a few must-dos, but for the most part will take it easy. Probably soon after lunch we will get on the road and head home so DS can nap. But again, we will follow his lead.

Must-dos:
• The Seas with Nemo & Friends
• Journey Into Imagination with Figment
• Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
• Flower & Garden exhibits, especially the playground

Maybe-dos:
• Turtle Talk with Crush
• Soarin’
• Living with the Land
• Spaceship Earth
• Innoventions
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Day 1, Wednesday 5/2:
We will leave home after lunch and make the two-hour drive to WDW. Hopefully DS sleeps most of the way since it will be his normal nap time. After checking into POFQ, unpacking and resting or exploring a bit, we will get all dolled up for our portrait session and head over to the Poly.

Hope the session goes well!! I hope you share the pics with us!!

Day 2, Thursday 5/3:
Animal Kingdom

Must-dos:
• Kilimanjaro Safaris
• Maharajah Jungle Trek
• Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
• The Boneyard
• Affection Section

Maybe-dos:
• Finding Nemo – The Musical or Festival of the Lion King
• Expedition Everest
• DINOSAUR

What about Camp Minnie to see characters? Your son might like Triceratop Spin as it is just like Dumbo. My friend's 2 yo loved Lion King, so I think we are going to do that with our DD. I think it is 25 mins, so shorter than Nemo.

Day 3, Friday 5/4:

The plan is to leave the park after lunch so DS can nap back at the resort (and hopefully Mommy and Daddy, too!), then return to the Magic Kingdom in the evening. I don't know that we will make it all the way to Wishes, as much as I'd love to; we will play it by ear.

What time is Wishes that night? Hoping you guys get to make it.

Must-dos:
• Dumbo
• it’s a small world
• The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
• Peter Pan’s Flight
• Tomorrowland Transit Authority/PeopleMover
• Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
• Carousel of Progress
• Walt Disney World Railroad
• Jungle Cruise

Maybe-dos:
• Mickey’s PhilharMagic
• Pirates of the Caribbean
• The Haunted Mansion
• Magic, Memories & You
• Wishes

Don't forget to consider the Tea Cups. He might love it if you don't spin. Also, don't forget the carousel in FL.Also Aladdin's magic carpet ride and Tiki room.

Day 4, Saturday 5/5 (my 32nd birthday!):
Happy Early B'day!!

Must-dos:
• The Seas with Nemo & Friends
• Journey Into Imagination with Figment
• Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
• Flower & Garden exhibits, especially the playground

Maybe-dos:
• Turtle Talk with Crush
• Soarin’
• Living with the Land
• Spaceship Earth
• Innoventions
I'd try Turtle Talk if you have time and Living with the Land.You are going to have such a great time!!! Enjoy yourself tomorrow. Lucky girl!
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You're leaving tomorrow! You're leaving tomorrow!!!!

That's so exciting! I hope departure day goes smoothly, and that you all have an awesome trip! Make lots of memories with your DS and DH!
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