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Old 03-12-2012, 01:49 PM   #76
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We were off to experience the many adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and since we were rocking out EMH and there was no wait, we decided to spend some time in the queue. And by ‘some time’, I mean 20 minutes!
It's easy to spend some time in that one, isn't it?!

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Heck, the butterbeer recipe in her link calls for butterscotch schnapps and cream soda. Are you kidding me? With butterscotch schnapps, that's worth a try!
Have you tried it yet? I found a recipe just after WWOHP opened for non-alcoholic Butterbeer that came eerily close to the real thing... and lost the link. It involved butterscotch syrup, cream soda and actual melted butter, but that's all I remember of it.
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We took pictures of us taking pictures!

Apparently the lady in the cup just behind his left shoulder (our right) didn't quite grasp the concept.

It always sucks to be sick. I can't imaging being that sick at Disney. Hope she got better quickly.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:39 PM   #78
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What a fun trip report. Very interesting insights on Universal and Wwohp. Looks like some of us disney people need to venture off the wonderful world of Disney. I too would love to stay at AKL, but would have to have a car. I really don't like staying anywhere on property without one. Even staying at BLT I was happy to have it on a busy park hopping day. The girls and the Hobos are so cute, it must have been so much fun to go with such a fun group. And another trip coming up soon? Love all the drama photos too.......
I agree, trips with cars just seem to move more smoothly. I don't mind the buses, but I definitely feel like we waste more time having to wait for them.

As soon as this report is over, I need to do the Christmas/New Year report including our first ever cruise!! And then, yes, another trip for just Matt and me coming up in a few short weeks. We are so blessed!!

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Sorry to hear that Jessica got sick. That would be horrible while on vacation. Hope she gets better later on and can join you guys.

Wow, what a great MK EMH! Love your pictures.

Can't wait to read more.
I felt SO bad for her... they don't have the luxury of coming to WDW several time a year like we do, so I felt extra bad that she lost precious time. Thankfully, it DID pass, and you will see her return before the day is over!

Morning EMH at MK are THE BEST!!! I have NEVER had a bad experience with them. SO worth rolling out of bed early for!
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It's easy to spend some time in that one, isn't it?!
Especially when there is no line, and you don't feel guilty about 'wasting time' playing!


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His what?!?! Gosh, it's just sort of amazing to think there are still people in the world who haven't been on a WDW monorail!
I know, right?!! Crazy!

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Have you tried it yet? I found a recipe just after WWOHP opened for non-alcoholic Butterbeer that came eerily close to the real thing... and lost the link. It involved butterscotch syrup, cream soda and actual melted butter, but that's all I remember of it.
No.... not yet... I had good intentions but, as usual, they fell through!
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Apparently the lady in the cup just behind his left shoulder (our right) didn't quite grasp the concept.
She actually looks appalled!

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It was terrible for her. I can't imagine, either.... I hope I never find out!
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Oh my goodness! I adore the new updates! That suuucks that Jessica got food poisoning!! I hope it cleared up rather soon! It looks like you guys had such a great morning, I have to say, having that sense of theatrical-ness makes for such great pictures!!
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they are really cute! all you guys look like you truly enjoy being together and performing. im joining in!
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Oh my goodness! I adore the new updates! That suuucks that Jessica got food poisoning!! I hope it cleared up rather soon! It looks like you guys had such a great morning, I have to say, having that sense of theatrical-ness makes for such great pictures!!
Aw, yay! So glad you enjoyed them!!
I felt just awful for Jessica. Missing out and feeling like crud on top of it?! VERY unmagical, indeed!
I was so excited for this trip for many reasons, but the pictures were one of them! We had JUST as much fun taking them as they seem!

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they are really cute! all you guys look like you truly enjoy being together and performing. im joining in!
Welcome! I'm glad you could join us! And, you are right, we TRULY enjoying being with, and performing with, each other!
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:24 AM   #83
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See this?



This is the face of a man who is sitting on the monorail for the very first time! This is not a man using his skills of drama to create his smile. This is pure Disney magic working on an adult! LOVE IT!

The boys (who are monorail pros, of course) took our empty side of the monorail car as an opportunity to monorail surf!


And this is Tom saying, “If any civilians get into our car, you boys have to sit down!!” (This is one of our rules of the monorail. When civilians enter, we must act civil. If we have the car to ourselves, all bets are off!)

We had a late reservation at Chef Mickey’s and the breakfast crowd had already cleared out. We were escorted right to our table. While we were all happy to be there, there was definitely a void without Jessica. It was so sad that she couldn’t be there with us to witness these fun character interactions. Here they come… the typical Chef Mickey’s photographical fare!





Side note: I had never sat at a table on this side of the restaurant. We had awesome views of the monorail coming through, and a gorgeous view of Bay Lake on the other side of our table. Loved it!





This next one is my current Facebook Cover Photo. I love Mickey!!


Gah! Look how tall Tyson is! His hopes of being a character at Disney are dwindling!!





Addy looks like she is up to no good in this picture!




Nobody seems to know where to look!




It was a fun breakfast. We ate until we couldn’t fit any more. We added autographs to our books. We took cute pictures. But without Jessica, it just couldn’t be the perfect Disney moment. We missed her a lot!

By the end of breakfast, she had called and said that she was up and trying to get going. We decided to give her some more time by having the kids come back to AKL to swim! Of course, this was not planned earlier in the day, so Bryan offered to go back to their resort, grab their swim suits, then catch a bus to AK, then another bus to AKL. Whew! We parted ways excited to meet up in a bit back at our home!

The kids and I returned home and spent some time on our balcony. We really did see a lot of animals in our little corner of the savanna!







It felt good to unwind and rest for a bit. Before we knew it, Bryan and the little ones had arrived, and we were headed to the pool. Bryan quickly found himself a lounge chair at the water’s edge, an adult beverage, and a bit of time to actually relax! Me? I had to brave the much-too-chilly air and water to make sure my babies stayed safe! Here are the girlies:


And here are the boys, who swam away as quickly as possible!


See how empty the pool was?! Yeah…. It was pretty chilly! The sun was shining, but there was a definite if-you-weren’t-in-Disney-there’s-no-way-you’d-be-swimming chill to the air!

We hung out for about an hour, then went back to change our clothes and head back to the MK. Jessica was feeling much better, and we were ready to finally be all together in the Happiest Place on Earth! YAY!

We hopped on the bus, where the girls immediately got into princess-mode!




And the boy immediately got into make-fun-of-our-sisters mode!





The girls were in such a magical mood, that they didn’t care. We were all in such great spirits knowing that Jessica was feeling better and that we still had the whole afternoon and evening to spend together.

Let the next round of magic begin!
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Another great update!

It's too bad Jessica wasn't feeling well enough to join you in the morning, but I'm glad to hear she was able to join you later in the day.

Chef Mickey's... It's a must do for us after Thing3 realized she could eat gummy bears and doughnuts for breakfast!

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I love how disney is so absolutely magical for everyone of every age, it makes it so fantastically awesome!!

Chef Mickey's looks like it was an awesome time! It's one that I have yet to do! I'm not really one for leaving the parks for a meal, and I like to get there right away in the morning, but now that I know what I like to do & such, we'll probably check it out eventually.

I definitely looked at the pictures of the girls all princessed out and was all "aww...adorbs!" and then saw the pictures of the boys and laughed out loud fantastic!
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I think it is great that Tyson and Shaelyn, both have a friend to pal around with at Disney.

Great picture of you and Mickey.
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Another great update!

It's too bad Jessica wasn't feeling well enough to join you in the morning, but I'm glad to hear she was able to join you later in the day.

Chef Mickey's... It's a must do for us after Thing3 realized she could eat gummy bears and doughnuts for breakfast!

Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my dream resorts!

Can't wait to read more!
Thanks!
We were so sad about Jessica and just felt helpless for her. I sure was glad it seemed to be 'something she ate' and not something more serious!

Gummy bears and doughnuts!

Hope you experience AKL someday... just make sure you have a car with you! It's too far away from everything!

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I love how disney is so absolutely magical for everyone of every age, it makes it so fantastically awesome!!
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Chef Mickey's looks like it was an awesome time! It's one that I have yet to do! I'm not really one for leaving the parks for a meal, and I like to get there right away in the morning, but now that I know what I like to do & such, we'll probably check it out eventually.
It's a great one for kids. The monorail whizzing by makes for an exciting atmosphere. Not to mention it's a quick ride or walk from Magic Kingdom. It was a wonderful way to top off EMH!

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I STILL laugh when I look at those pictures. And that is how those two boys act ALL THE TIME!!

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I think it is great that Tyson and Shaelyn, both have a friend to pal around with at Disney.

Great picture of you and Mickey.
Oh my gosh... was it EVER great?! It made me think that Tyson, for sure, should probably start bringing friends with him on every trip. He is just so happy to have someone else there with him that is just as young, goofy, and energetic as he is! Not that we aren't silly as parents, but it's just different with another kid, ya know?!
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And this is Tom saying, “If any civilians get into our car, you boys have to sit down!!” (This is one of our rules of the monorail. When civilians enter, we must act civil. If we have the car to ourselves, all bets are off!)
I love the idea of calling anyone outside of your travel-group "civilians".

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Gah! Look how tall Tyson is! His hopes of being a character at Disney are dwindling!!
Yeah, I think the possibility of him in a Minnie costume have gone out the window, but he still has a shot at Jafar or Captain Hook.

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Nobody seems to know where to look!
I cracked up at your comment on this one.

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Let the next round of magic begin!
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Love, Love, Love all the updates!!! Gosh, I was farther behind than I thought I was! Your pictures are fantastic. Sorry about your friend being sick all day. That is most defnitely a BUMMER! Too bad T-Rex didn't take the DP while you were there. They are doing so this year! That was my only peeve about T-Rex.

You are making me so anxious for our trip in May/June!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!
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Y'know, every trip I think, "We should really try breakfast somewhere..." and every trip I neglect to do so. Leo won't do character meals, but you've got me thinking... our summer trip will be slow and mellow anyway...

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