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Old 05-12-2012, 11:55 AM   #91
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So...first things first. I have a confession to make. I totally lied to you all on my last post. I had told you all that we had told Emma that we were eating breakfast with Pooh and Pals. Well...one teensy weensy little problem. I got my days mixed up when writing. Somehow, some of my pictures got mixed up, and that confused my brain a tad (which is not at all hard to do!)

This particulary day, we would be eating LUNCH with Mickey and the Gang today. Now that we have that little bit of info cleared up, let's get on with the next part of our day.

As I had said in the last post, we had just gotten our picture taken in front of the castle. It was still really early at this point. The park had not yet opened for the general public, but it was just about to. We decided that we would taken in a few things on Main Street before it got busier, so Emma and I did some "window shopping"



After looking in the windows for a bit, Emma decided it was time to see some characters. My trusty iPhone told me that Princess Tiana was about to come out soon, so we strolled over to Liberty Square to wait for her to appear. While we waited, Daddy got us our first set of cards so we could try our hand at Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.

After virtually no wait at all, we finally got to meet Princess Tiana.







Princess Tiana was PERFECT. The accent was totally beautiful, and she was so so pretty!

After meeting her, we started toward Adventureland to try to meet some more characters. My app told me that Peter Pan was out, and so was Ariel and Prince Eric. Unfortunately, none of them were out. Not a problem though! There were fairies to see!

Now, this is where we started to tell that it was getting busy. The line to see Tinkerbell and her fairy friends was really long. We waited about 45 minutes to get in. The wait was definitely worth it though!

First up, was Rosetta:







Rosetta was sweet as sugar, and her Southern Accent was so cute!



Next up was Tinkerbell!







Tinkerbell was very sweet too, but interaction with her seemed a little rushed to me. Maybe it's just because she was in full Tinkerbell mode, and was talking a mile a minute. All in all, meeting the fairies was so much fun! Emma was excited to finally get to meet them! We had missed them on our previous trip, so both M&G's that morning were new for her.

The crowds were rearing their ugly heads at this point. Emma decided that she wanted to ride The Magic Carpets, so we went over and got in line. This is a ride that we had never waited on. Last year, every time we rode it, it was walk on. NOT TODAY! We waited for around 35 minutes to ride! The line snaked around in spots that I never knew existed for a line to be there. It was definitely a strange feeling.

Here we are patiently waiting for our turn:



After flying over Agrahba, we sauntered over to Jungle Cruise. The posted wait was 45 minutes. We decided to skip it for now, because we'd get a chance to ride it later on anyway.

It was starting to get close to lunch time at this point, so we started out toward the front of the park. We finally made it to the monorail, and hopped on the one headed to the Contemporary.

We were going to Chef Mickey's today for lunch! It was still early enough, that they were still serving breakfast there, so I guess it was more of a brunch.

We checked in at the podium and were directed over to the Mickey statue to get our picture made. I still haven't gotten my photopass CD, so I have no pictures of this yet.

After cheesin' with Mickey, we had a seat to wait for our table to become ready.



In no time at all, our table was ready and we were seated at a table on the right side of the restaurant. We could see MK from the window we were seated at. I tried to take pictures of it, but my camera kept focusing on the bugs on the window instead of what I wanted it to focus on. I'll spare you the random pictures of bug guts that I have.

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Old 05-12-2012, 11:56 AM   #92
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cont'd from prevous post


I have to also apologize here too, because I didn't take any pictures of our food! I did, however, take lots of pictures of Emma and all her friends!















Chef Mickey's was a lot of fun, and we did enjoy the food. Mine and Emma's favorite were the strawberries. They were so SO good!!! Dada had his fair share of Mickey waffles here too. Man those things are good!

Once we were done eatin' and napkin twirlin' we decided to head back to the park for a while.

The park was so busy, that we knew we would have long waits no matter what we did, so we headed straight for Dumbo.



You can see by the picture, that we were very happy to finally be close to riding. We had waited for such a long time! And it didn't help that this one woman kept getting out of line to ask a cast member how much longer she was going to have to wait, then she would climb over the chains and rails to take her previous spot in line. She really got on my nerves. It didn't appear that any of her family was in line with her either because she never talked to anyone when she got back in line. It was really strange.

Anywho...we rode Dumbo, then hopped in line to ride the Barnstormer. That was a very long, and very hot wait, but the ride was SO MUCH FUN! Emma loved it! It quickly became her favorite,too. After we rode, we got off and made tracks over to Tomorrowland. We hadn't been there yet at all! The wait times were just horrific everywhere. And there were so many people that you couldn't really move much! There were still fast passes available for buzz, so we grabbed some. I was extremely surprised to see that the return time was only an hour later. I guess everyone was just getting in line and not using fastpasses on it. The wait was 45 minutes, so we tucked away our fast passes and went over to Carousel of Progress to use the surprise fast passes that came with our Buzz one's.

I had never seen this show before, and was very surprised with how good it was. I really enjoyed it and so did Emma. It was a nice, cool break to have, and we loved it. (So did our feet.) After CoP, we hopped over to the People Mover. It actually had a 15 minute wait. No matter though, we still had time to kill before we could use our fast passes for Buzz.

After our relaxing ride on the People Mover, it was time for BUZZ!!! We handed our FPs over and with no more than a 5 minute wait, we were riding! Emma giggled a ton and kept spinning our car around. It was so much fun to ride with her! I just love to hear her laugh!

After Buzz, we started to notice the crowds getting heavier, and BOY was it ever hot! We walked around Tomorrowland a little more, but never rode anything else because it was so darn busy! Eventually, we finally made it to the front of the park, and headed back toward our room for a break and a nap.

WE WERE POOPED!

Up next, a Princess and Evening EMH's!!!
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:31 AM   #93
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I love the fact that you all enjoy Disney so much and that there are no party poopers in your group. And Emma seems like she is on cloud 9 in every picture--just thrilled to be at WDW.

During my first visit to WDW, I remember having read briefly about Chef Mickey's and decided to bring my friends I was touring with over to the Contemporary via Monorail. They thought we were just checking out the famous hotel but I sprung for a surprise dinner at CM. One of the best things I've ever done.

What was great was that we were sat right next to a window, (much like your description) looking at the Magic Kingdom and there was a dark thunderstorm that started as we began to eat. It was perfect timing, great food and lots of fun with the characters. And oddly enough it is one of our favorite memories together.
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I definitely have to agree with the above poster....your TR is so much fun to read because it's so upbeat and it seems like you guys are having an absolute blast. I've abandoned a few TR's because of some more....unsatisfying tones. This must've been a real dream trip for your family and Emma just seems so happy - I hope DD has as good a time in 2 weeks!
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:19 PM   #95
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I love the fact that you all enjoy Disney so much and that there are no party poopers in your group. And Emma seems like she is on cloud 9 in every picture--just thrilled to be at WDW.

During my first visit to WDW, I remember having read briefly about Chef Mickey's and decided to bring my friends I was touring with over to the Contemporary via Monorail. They thought we were just checking out the famous hotel but I sprung for a surprise dinner at CM. One of the best things I've ever done.

What was great was that we were sat right next to a window, (much like your description) looking at the Magic Kingdom and there was a dark thunderstorm that started as we began to eat. It was perfect timing, great food and lots of fun with the characters. And oddly enough it is one of our favorite memories together.

Oh, how fun! It must've been an awesome feeling to get to surprise them with that!

Thanks for reading along! We really do love Disney, and everything about it, so to be happy is easy! It's our happy place!


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I definitely have to agree with the above poster....your TR is so much fun to read because it's so upbeat and it seems like you guys are having an absolute blast. I've abandoned a few TR's because of some more....unsatisfying tones. This must've been a real dream trip for your family and Emma just seems so happy - I hope DD has as good a time in 2 weeks!
Awww...thank you! It's really easy for my TR to be upbeat, because that's exactly the way we are any time we're at WDW. The way we look at it, it that it's definitely a dream trip if we're there, because that's where we'd rather be than anywhere! KWIM?

I can't believe ya'll are leaving so soon! It certainly did get here quick!
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:28 PM   #96
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I was looking through some pictures today, and noticed that I had missed posting some pictures in the last post!

So, here ya go!

First up are some of us waiting to go in Chef Mickey's.




It's like our own little version of Where's Waldo, but in this case it's Where's Dada.



One of my favorites:



On the People Mover:









and imprisoned with the Evil Emperor Zurg

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After naptime back at the hotel, it was time to tell Emma about her second surprise for the day. We were eating dinner in Cinderella's Castle! As if that was exciting enough for her, then I showed her what she would be wearing.

Those of you that read my PTR, know that I had one of my friends make a dress for her to wear to the castle on this night. Emma was going dressed as Belle, in her blue, provencial dress. Emma was beside herself with excitement!

We got ready, and snapped a few pictures on the way out. First off, Emma's hair:



I wanted it to be as close to Belle's style as I could get it, and this is what it looked like in the back. I loved her hair like this, and still fix it like that every now and then.

Here she is, looking out toward Sassagoula River from right outside our room:



I think that's one of my favorite pictures EVER. You can't see her face, but somehow, it's perfect to me. I think it really captures the sweetness factor. Does that make sense?

Now for some posing, and some shots with Mommy and Dada:







And yet another hair shot. LOL



Emma was already loving being dressed up. Everytime we saw a cast member they would say something like "Good Evening, Princess Belle". It was precious!

When we finally made it to the park, this is what we saw:



Yes, the castle does look gorgeous...

but that's not quite what I was referring to. Check out all the PEOPLE! They were everywhere!!!!

Wanna see it again? OK...here ya go:



Anyway. It's didn't matter one bit to us. We knew that they were all lining up to watch the parade and the fireworks, so we just walked right past them and around to the backside of the castle where we got checked in for our very special dinner.

There were TONS of families waiting to go upstairs, but really, the wait wasn't that bad at all! Emma had her picture taken with Cinderella:



and then we were ushered upstairs to our table. The cast member seating us said "Right this way, Princess Belle." And he proceeded to seat us at the very first table to the right as you come up the stairs. We didn't know it at the time, but this was a PRIME location.

We settled into out seats and began perusing the menus:



We ordered shortly thereafter, and the appetizers began coming out.

DH and I both got salads, and Emma got the Cheese and Grapes. Now here's where I become a bad Diser. I didn't get pictures of any of the food except for our two salads and our two entrees. I was a bit distracted during this meal. You'll see why soon.

Nonetheless, here are our salads:






Mine was definitely the superior of the two. Mine was the beet salad. It was so yummy! I do love beets though.

Not long after our salads arrived, they began announcing princesses! This is where we discovered that we were sitting in a great location! Our table was the first to be visited by every princess!

Snow White was first:



Princess Aurora was next:





Third, came Princess Ariel:





Now all of these interactions were just wonderful. The princesses were all sweet and pretty, and Emma loved every minute of it. Especially when Ariel kept calling her Angelfish. She really like that.

BUT...

None of it would compare to what we would experience next.
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Evil, evil cliffhanger!!
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BAH! I second this!
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That was kind of mean wasn't it? MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!



Alright...you twisted my arm. Next installment coming right up!
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The next princess that would be gracing us with her presence was none other than Belle. This is the princess that Emma was most excited to see, especially since she was dressed like her that night.

Suddenly, the music started, and they were announcing the arrival of Princess Belle. If you remember from my last post, we were sitting at the table that the princesses visted first, so I was so excited that Emma wasn't going to have to wait long to meet her twin.

Belle started toward our table, and Emma jumped up out of her chair. Without saying a word, Belle grabbed Emma up in the biggest, sweetest hug ever.



After she hugged Emma, she looked over at us. Belle covered her mouth and said "They told me she was out here, but I just didn't believe them. I didn't believe them at all!" I seriously thought she was going to cry. She kept grinning and holding her hand over her heart. It was so precious! Of course, I cried, and tried my best to get pictures while she talked to Emma and signed her autograph book.



Belle had a lot of other tables to go to, so we knew we wouldn't get to spend a whole lot of time with her. She and Emma talked a few more minutes, and I was able to get a couple of pictures before she had to move on.









Emma was on cloud 9 from getting to meet Belle. She knew that she was dressed like Belle was in the beginning of her movie, but she had NO idea that they would be dressed alike on that night. She talked a mile a minute the rest of dinner.

Meanwhile, our entrees were brought out. I had the stuffed chicken, and DH had filet (i believe). Honestly, the rest of our dinner was pretty much a blur. LOL





We finished our entrees, then dessert was brough out. Then they did the "wish" thing which was absolutely adorable.

We finished our dessert and the waitress had just cleared our table when someone started to sneak up behind Emma.



Belle finished her rounds at all the other tables, and came back to visit Emma again!

She sat down at our table, and began to have the sweetest, most candid conversation with Emma EVER.



Belle asked Emma how old she was, what her favorite color was, and what her favorite thing to do was. Of course, everything that Emma said, Belle said she liked too! Emma said that her favorite thing to do was read, and Belle was ALL OVER that. She asked Emma what kinds of books she liked to read, and Emma said "princess books". Belle asked which princess she liked to read about. I almost died when Emma said "Sleeping Beauty". But, Belle said "ME TOO! Did you know that I was reading about her at the beginning of my movie?" She started to quote things from the song that she sang in the movie to show Emma that was WAS reading about Sleeping Beauty! I swear, it was the coolest thing ever!!!







Belle sat there and talked to Emma for quite a while, and one of her handlers suggested that we move to a better spot to get some pictures with her.







Before we left, Belle gave Emma another great big hug, and a big ole' kiss on the cheek.





The entire experience there was so wonderfule, but getting to watch Emma spend all that time with Belle was absolutely priceless. I wouldn't trade it for anything. It was such a wonderful moment!

I just couldn't believe that Belle came BACK to our table to talk more with Emma! I'm still in shock about it!

I wish I had a picture of it, but what she wrote in Emma's autograph book was so sweet. It said:

"To Princess Emma, my twin.

All my love,
Belle"
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I'm loving this TR so far!! Can't wait to read about what happened next!!

I have to say, I used to work at CRT and we all LOVED when girls would come in Belle's "plain" dress or Cinderella's rags...SO CUTE!
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What wonderful memories to have!! I love all the cute pics of Emma with Belle.
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I'm loving this TR so far!! Can't wait to read about what happened next!!

I have to say, I used to work at CRT and we all LOVED when girls would come in Belle's "plain" dress or Cinderella's rags...SO CUTE!
Thank you so much! I'm glad you are enjoying it! It really is a blast to write it. It's fun reliving our vacation again!!!

Emma knew that we were having this dress made, but she thought Mommy was getting an early start on Halloween this year. LOL

Cinderella's rags...I bet that is adorable!!!! May have to think about that one for next time, but Emma is SET on dressing as Belle again! =)

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They really are wonderful memories. It's something we will never forget! It was so fun, and meant so much to us that she came back to hang out with her twin. Makes me tear up just thinking about it!
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Oh wow I actually cried reading that, what an amazing character experience.

I think the girls who play the Princesses are really special, I hope they know just how happy they make little girls, Emma is going to remember that day forever.

I always liked Belle's blue dress much better than the yellow one, probably because I never liked dressing up when I was a kid.

Oh and your stuffed chicken looks DELICIOUS. I was planning CRT for breakfast as I wanted to see the park early morning but I might have to rethink now. Using 2 credits for dinner would be less of a blow.
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