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Old 01-01-2013, 04:14 PM   #436
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Awww... I'm really torn between thinking this is a bit funny and actually feeling really bad for Alex and his eye...

The thing is that for a lot of us who Dis and those we love and have pulled into our world... we know that going to Disney is partly a competitive sport... and the better we've trained (ie. prepared/organized) they better our game is going to be... so if you have your times preplanned and your tickets and know where you're going... Everything is going to be smoother...

but most people don't realized this...

and so it is bound to cause misunderstandings when these two come together...

The suspense is awesome...
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Oh man... what an ordeal! I hope Alex's eye didn't twitch right out of its socket!

I won't lie, you have me a little nervous about your car situation! Did something happen while at Disney?

I can't wait to hear about your first time in New Fantasyland! I'll have to skip the pictures though hahah.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:51 AM   #438
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Oh My! this certainly is starting out to be an interesting day.

More pocorn:: Please

Do you have a picture of Alex with his twitchy eye?

It was definitely a rough beginning for Alex. But things started to smooth themselves out after a few hours.

I should've captured Alex's face. It was tense!



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Awww... I'm really torn between thinking this is a bit funny and actually feeling really bad for Alex and his eye...

The thing is that for a lot of us who Dis and those we love and have pulled into our world... we know that going to Disney is partly a competitive sport... and the better we've trained (ie. prepared/organized) they better our game is going to be... so if you have your times preplanned and your tickets and know where you're going... Everything is going to be smoother...

but most people don't realized this...

and so it is bound to cause misunderstandings when these two come together...

The suspense is awesome...

I agree completely. It's hard for us Disney planners to go with the flow and not have any sort of concrete plans. Only because we know how to utilize our time, and we can't help but think that if we'd been more prepared we would've been able to ride 6 rides rather than 3, etc.



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Oh man... what an ordeal! I hope Alex's eye didn't twitch right out of its socket!

I won't lie, you have me a little nervous about your car situation! Did something happen while at Disney?

I can't wait to hear about your first time in New Fantasyland! I'll have to skip the pictures though hahah.


I tried not to take too many photos of the new Fantaslyand, but it was hard to resist. I definitely didn't take any of the rides, though, so you shouldn't have to worry about accidentally seeing those!
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December Day Trip 02

Eddie, Alex, and myself were off to take a look around the new Fantasyland, and the excitement was beginning to hit me.


A new part of the park!


Something I’ve never seen before!


Attractions that have only been open to public for 10 days!


We passed by the Mad Tea Party and the Tomorrowland Speedway, veering to the right and making it to:






I thi
nk Alex might have liked to walk through the area, seen the additional Dumbo and taken a look at the Barnstormer, but the place was packed. I mean, hello, it was an hour after opening. Where else were parents with their toddler-aged children going to be?


So, I gave the order to keep going and we walked into the new, new Fantasyland- as in, the part that wasn’t open last May when we were there.


I was immediately blown away by the architecture and the look Disney perfected in that area of the park.




Instantly, I felt the wait was worth the results. Ariel’s grotto and her ride entrance are absolutely stunning.


I could have stopped and stared at this forever:







This was my favorite Disney princess growing up, and I can only imagine how blown away I would have been if I’d seen this at seven years old. I would have believed beyond a doubt that that’s where Ariel and Prince Eric lived and played.




Honestly, I didn’t think I’d be as impressed as I was when I saw everything. Don’t get me wrong, I knew it’d be good, and I knew this was a milestone for the Magic Kingdom, but I wasn’t expecting me-an adult- to feel so swept away by it all.


Between Cinderella’s Castle, Prince Eric’s castle, and Beast’s Castle, you really feel like Magic Kingdom is the home of the princesses and possesses something magical.




I didn’t even know the park was missing anything until I witnessed the New Fantasyland firsthand.


As the three of us were wandering by in awe, Alex noted that Under the Sea was a 20 minute wait.


I didn’t know how Eddie would feel about waiting so long for a dark ride, (remember, these were non-Disney fanatics) but Alex whispered to me that Eddie was so go with the flow, he wouldn’t care.


So, we asked, and Eddie’s reply was, “Sure.”



This was a good start.


The start I needed to take the edge off my nerves.




I’m sorry to say that I didn’t take any pictures of the queue or the ride itself. I wanted to be able to concentrate on all the details and not lose focus snapping pictures. I will say, though, I loved the queue setup. It reminded me of a combination of The Seas and Pirates.


However, I would not want to be stuck in the outside portion of the line during the summer. The sun was really bright in those spots, and the waterfalls that were flowing around made the area kind of humid and muggy.



Yuck.


The ride itself was fun, and I felt like there was enough content to warrant a 20 minute wait in line. Even DS chimed in his approval by kicking me ferociously.



The Ursula scene was, by far, the best part, in my opinion. I don’t know if it was because the ride was still new that she was just moving really quickly, or if newer technology was able to make her animatronic a little more advanced; either way, she was a sight to be seen.


Nobody had texted us when we got off the attraction, so Alex, Eddie, and myself decided to keep moving through Fantasyland and see what else we could see.


“Hey, look, it’s Belle’s Castle.”


Alex pointed to the very ominous looking castle on top of the rocks.


“It’s Beast’s Castle, technically.”


“Whatever, it’s from Beauty and the Beast, and it looks pretty cool.”


I had to agree with him there. The forced perspective did wonders on adding that creepy element to the castle. You could look and it just tell Beast inhabited it.



We came to Gaston’s Tavern, where I thought this statue was awesome:



Statue, fountain, whatever you want to call it, it was cool looking. The three of us took a quick peek around the store just to escape the sun for a bit, walked back out, and saw the meet and greet going on for Gaston.


Is it just me, or is everyone kind of critical about the character’s appearances?


I know I shouldn’t judge too hard, the kids don’t identify key differences, but I can’t help but furrow my eyebrows when I see someone who’s not even close to their character.


This Gaston didn’t have any muscles at all. Not even the padding.


Hmmph.


That’s my two cents on the matter, I’ll stop the ranting now.


By this point, the others had finished their rides and walked up to us near the line for Be Our Guest.


I didn’t even realize what the line was for, at first.


I thought it was another character meet and greet for Belle.


Then I saw the case displaying the lunch menu and realized all those folks were waiting to get inside the restaurant.


Whoa.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m dying to eat at Be Our Guest, and I think the concept of a QS restaurant by day, TS by night is pure genius, but no way would I stand in line for 30 minutes just to get inside the castle to order.


Nope.




With all 7 of us reunited again, Leslie asked what the New Fantasyland had to offer.


Uhm, pure magic…


I kept my snarky remark to myself and let Eddie explain the area.


“Hey, what’s that in front of us?”




“Belle’s Castle.”


“Beast’s Castle. It’s Beast’s Castle.”


“Whatever.”




Not whatever. I mean, yes, Belle lives with Beast and we all know who rules the roost at home and all, but if you want to be accurate…then Belle came from Maurice’s cottage; Beast roamed that castle long before Belle dropped into it.


Nobody wanted to hear my argument and just kept saying Belle’s Castle.


Grr.


The other 4 said they could skip seeing Fantasyland (what?!) and wanted to start making their way around the rest of the park.


Alex said he wanted to do Haunted Mansion before we left, so that was the direction we headed.


We passed right on by Philarmagic; nobody even gave it a glance! I was a little sad to be missing my favorite show, but I wasn’t going to push my luck and ask everyone to sit through something so long. I figured shows were a no-go on that day.


A few people checked out Peter Pan’s Flight, and Alex and I laughed a little to ourselves.


45 minute wait.


Oh yeah.


We started to pass It’s A Small World when Leslie and Jessica began saying that we HAD to go on it; it was a classic Disney ride that they felt wrong skipping. Plus, they used the whole, “It’s something we can all go on together, even Alicia.”


Ahh, yes, use the pregnant lady for leverage.


Very clever.





I actually had no issues with going on IaSW. And I took a sick thrill out of the fact that I had yet to get Alex to go on it, but with 6 other people begging him, he couldn’t resist.


His “goal” if you will, was to avoid Small World until he had his kid to ride with.


I think he actually was trying to reach it, too, but he saw no way out that morning so he boarded a boat with the rest of us.


While exiting the ride, I somehow banged my knee pretty good on the handrails next to the boat. A few days after the trip, I happened to look down at my knee and go “Holy Crap!” because there was this ugly blue bruise covering my knee, and I’d temporarily forgotten where I’d gotten it from. I suppose IaSW is more dangerous than I originally thought…


Before Haunted Mansion, we stopped at the restroom.

That was now 4 times in about 2 hours. My partners in crime were starting to catch on that this was going to be a popular trend for the day.


Alex was hoping to skip the interative cemetery, but everyone else wanted to check it out. I had to remind him that just because we have seen it several times, doesn’t mean they have.


Riding Haunted Mansion was accomplished and on the way out I asked the others if they wanted to do any of the other mountains.


A teensy, tiny part of me was hoping they’d say no, and I wouldn’t have to endure seeing my beloved Thunder.


But alas, luck was not on my side. Everyone was pretty adamant about not wanting to ride Splash, because they didn’t want to get wet, but they all were looking forward to Thunder.


Even my non-coaster cohert, Liz (we’d talked earlier about how she’d sit out on the big rides and keep my company while everyone else went crazy on the rides) wanted to ride it.


Alex threw me a sad look.


He knew how much I wanted to ride Thunder. It had been under refurb in May, I was pregnant back in October, and now I was still in that same boat. Three trips and three times of missing my favorite ride in the whole wide world.




Alex had even promised to skip Thunder until I could go on it, out of love and kindness and bragging rights to hold over me in times of need. But the others were giving him a pretty hard time about not going on it, and he knew he didn’t really have a leg to stand on.


Saying, “I don’t want to ride because my pregnant wife can’t” was not going to hold up against, “You’re our brother and we’re spending the day at Disney with you and we want to make memories together.”


So, we headed towards Thunder, Alex shooting me guilty looks and me beginning to think, “The standby will be at least 25 minutes, then tack on another 10 for the ride, and I’ve got a solid half hour of shopping I can do!”




Terrible, I know, but I was looking forward to some time to myself to look for Christmas decorations and baby items.


Unbelievably, though, when we got to Thunder there were CMS standing out front telling guests that the ride was closed temporarily.


What luck?!


Alex and I couldn’t help but turn away and giggle. I mean, it was cruel of us to be amused that nobody could now ride Thunder, but what were the odds?


It was like the Disney Gods were looking out for me that morning.


With Thunder down and nobody interested in Splash, Alex suggested Pirates.



The 16th was a Christmas party night, on top of a weekend, so I was expecting Magic Kingdom to be a little busier than it actually was. Surprisingly, we didn’t encounter any long lines or have to weave around crowded streets. Everyone seemed to have gotten the memo to visit another park since MK would be closing at 7pm.


It worked out well for us, because not only did we walk onto my favorite dark ride (Pirates) we also had no wait for Jungle Cruise, Alex’s favorite.


While our boat for Jungle Cruise was approaching, Eddie and Alex were joking around, discussing a Weird Al song that was about being a Jungle Cruise skipper. Well, apparently our skipper heard them and at the end of our ride sang some of the song for us.


It had Eddie and Alex rolling, and I was so happy to have the others witness a little of the magic that CM can sprinkle over guests. It was something I could see myself using in future arguments over why we keep returning to WDW.


“Because each trip is unique and special in its own way. Take ours for instance, remember how the Jungle Cruise skipper sang to us?! Where else do you get that?”



By the time my group had finished Jungle Cruise, it was about 11 o’clock, and I was starving! As it turns out, so were two other people in my group, so I declared food the next order of business.


I wasn’t really feeling any of the counter service places in Magic Kingdom, and Leslie wanted to eat at Epcot, because she knew there would be a bigger variety than just burgers and fries.


Epcot food sounded great to me.


I even knew where in Epcot we could go and everybody could find something they’d like.


So, all 7 of us kind of decided simultaneously to leave Magic Kingdom and take a monorail to Epcot.




As we were heading out, I happened to look to my right and saw a peculiar look on Alex.


He was staring into the windows of the Emporium with a mixture of disappointment and frustration on his face.


And that’s when it hit me.




We’d been in Disney two hours, were about to go into a second park, and Alex had yet to go shopping!





I needed to get that boy by some Vinylmations!


Easier said than done, though….




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I'm a bit behind, but congratulations on your little BOY!!! Boys are amazingly fun (as are girls, I'm sure ), and I LOVE that y'all just happened to have the It's a Boy Vinylmation. What a great story!
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Oh boy....that sounds like quite the frustrating start to your day!!! Thankfully Alex's eye was able to eventually stop twitching!!

I absolutely cannot WAIT to see New Fantasyland in person! It looks amazing! (Especially Belle's Castle )
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I'm with you, I call it Beast's castle, too. It was Beast's castle long, long before Belle ever set foot inside.

MK is perfect to visit on a party day. Perfect! I've learned that hahah.

Hahaha, I hope Alex gets to go shopping soon.
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It is the Beast's Castle... (it's time to pull the DVD out...)

We got to see the New Fantasyland in previews at the very beginning of December and it was fabulous...... so incredibly well done... you should try to get back into the BoG to eat... we had Lunch... Maybe a 10 minute wait? and it's really cool in their... it's its own attraction...

They must have been having some trouble with BTMRR last month... it was down when we where there too...

I really hope Alex gets some good stuff over at Epcot...he deserves it...(especially with the eye twitch... lol)
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I'm a bit behind, but congratulations on your little BOY!!! Boys are amazingly fun (as are girls, I'm sure ), and I LOVE that y'all just happened to have the It's a Boy Vinylmation. What a great story!
Thanks! I grew up with boys and babysat boys, so I'm happy that I know little boys and how to handle them. I am really excited, and I cannot wait til April when I get to finally meet him in person.



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Oh boy....that sounds like quite the frustrating start to your day!!! Thankfully Alex's eye was able to eventually stop twitching!!

I absolutely cannot WAIT to see New Fantasyland in person! It looks amazing! (Especially Belle's Castle )

Haha, it was an interesting beginning to the day, but honestly, there were bound to be complications with 7 people going. It's difficult at times to manage Alex and myself, so I'm gratfeul with our 9a.m. start time.



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I'm with you, I call it Beast's castle, too. It was Beast's castle long, long before Belle ever set foot inside.

MK is perfect to visit on a party day. Perfect! I've learned that hahah.

Hahaha, I hope Alex gets to go shopping soon.

Alex and I had another discussion over this topic the other night over dinner. In his opinion, the Princesses rule all things Disney, nobody even remembers the princes, and in his words, "Let's be honest, who runs that house? Plug the movie in, you'll see that it's DEFINITELY Belle's Castle."



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It is the Beast's Castle... (it's time to pull the DVD out...)

We got to see the New Fantasyland in previews at the very beginning of December and it was fabulous...... so incredibly well done... you should try to get back into the BoG to eat... we had Lunch... Maybe a 10 minute wait? and it's really cool in their... it's its own attraction...

They must have been having some trouble with BTMRR last month... it was down when we where there too...

I really hope Alex gets some good stuff over at Epcot...he deserves it...(especially with the eye twitch... lol)


I really wanted to take a peek in the inside of the restaurant just to see what it looks like. Based on all the pictures I've seen on-line, it looks incredible. But I was afraid someone in that waiting line was going to freak out on me, thinking I was cutting.


I have noticed in a lot of people's TRs that Thunder was down a lot in December. Wonder what was up with that. Hope they get it fixed before Splash goes into refurb, otherwise there'll be a lot of unhappy guests over in Frontierland.
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OH, oh oh oh oh! New Fantasyland is just so absolutely stunningly gorgeous! I can not wait to see it some day!

Also yes, definitely Beast's castle. Maybe if more than half of the movie had consisted of Belle living with him consensually instead of as a prisoner...

No, even still. It's his castle.
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Congrats on the baby!!!

I have a friend who is wanting to take her little boy to Disney and was asking question about military tickets. I was hoping you can help me help her. Her father is retired military.

My friend, her son and her mother are going to visit her brother that lives near Disney. Her father is not going.

Can her father buy military tickets for him at the local base?
Does he have to be with them when they go?

I told her I did not have a clue but might could find out. When she asked I thought of you and was hoping you could help.
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OH, oh oh oh oh! New Fantasyland is just so absolutely stunningly gorgeous! I can not wait to see it some day!

Also yes, definitely Beast's castle. Maybe if more than half of the movie had consisted of Belle living with him consensually instead of as a prisoner...

No, even still. It's his castle.

Glad someone else agrees with me on the whole castle situation. I never even thought to call it Belle's Castle until I heard others in my group doing it. Yet another way the princes kinda get ignored in Disney.



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Congrats on the baby!!!

I have a friend who is wanting to take her little boy to Disney and was asking question about military tickets. I was hoping you can help me help her. Her father is retired military.

My friend, her son and her mother are going to visit her brother that lives near Disney. Her father is not going.

Can her father buy military tickets for him at the local base?
Does he have to be with them when they go?

I told her I did not have a clue but might could find out. When she asked I thought of you and was hoping you could help.

Thanks.

As far as the military tickets go, you said your friend's mother is going, as well. It sounds like she's the retired military person's spouse, and if she if then it is okay if her father is not there.

In order to activate the tickets, either the active duty/retired, etc military member has to be present or their spouse. If the spouse is going, then they can also buy the tickets ahead of time at a local base.

Just remember to tell her that only one of those 2 people can activate them and that they can only purchase 6 tickets in one promotional period.

The good news is, once the tickets are activated, you don't need the military member/spouse to use them. We activated my in-laws tickets, but only used one day of the 4 available. They are going to go back this summer and use the remaining 3.


I hope that all made sense. If not, there is an amazing thread here:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2972608

that covers any and all information about the military promotion. If you still have questions about it, you can post there and someone will bound to answer it for you.
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December Day Trip 03

It’s January 11th already?! I can’t believe half a month has gone by without me even realizing it. My goal was to have this trip report finished before April, when DS arrives, but I have my doubts. Sorry guys, for dragging this on forever, I’ve just been so incredibly busy, and in the last few weeks Alex and I have begun home projects, such as cleaning out the garage and creating a nursery. I haven’t had much time to DISboard! And when I do get on, I can’t help myself from reading all the discussions (or debates, in some cases) about the new MyMagic plans.
But, I really want to get through this December day trip, so here is another update on that:



December Day Trip 03:


When I last left off, the group of 7 of us were exiting the Magic Kingdom and going to Epcot for some food.


I attempted a group shot of everyone while we were waiting for the monorail to arrive, but it kind of failed:




Ah, well. The two girls in the striped shirt and the purple blouse are Alex’s older and younger sisters, Leslie and Jessica. The person who’s kind of hidden with sunglasses on is the “adopted” sister, Liz. The guy hiding behind Alex is Jessica’s boyfriend, Steve. And the guy waving is Alex’s older brother, Eddie.

I can’t believe I made it to 3 updates before having a picture of anyone to post. Yikes. Shows that I was suffering from a major case of baby brain that day.




My group hopped aboard the monorail when it showed up, and Leslie brought up the subject of the Food and Wine Festival while we rode. I guess her and Jessica had been one year and loved it, but she couldn’t help but go on…and on….about how expensive it was.


“I dropped at least 200 dollars at the festival, and that didn’t even include my park ticket.”

Ho Hum.



All right, I know Disney’s expensive, but let’s please not open THAT can of worms.

Alex, without hesitating, ended the whole discussion with a blatant, “Yeah, but it’s worth it.”



The usual overwhelming sense of excitement hit me when I saw this gorgeous structure right out my monorail window:




Even my non-Disney fanatic group members couldn’t help but smiling when they saw it. Steve made the comment, “I know it’s lame and silly, but I just love seeing that Epcot globe.”


Which I thought was pretty interesting. It showed me how big of an appeal Disney can be to just casual visitors. It has such a draw that very few can resist.


After we all got off the monorail and through bag check, I asked if everyone was all right eating at Sunshine Seasons. I told them it was in Future World, so it’d be close and described the variety of menu items.


I figured seven people with seven different tastes could all find SOMETHING to eat at that particular restaurant.


Alex had figured out that was where I was planning on going and, while everyone else was saying they’d be fine with that choice, he was proclaiming that he was going to get Fastpasses for Test Track first.


I couldn’t blame him.


Riding the new Test Track was his one To-Do he had for that day, and we all knew the wait time would be insane. We conversed for a few minutes, then Alex and I decided we would divide and conquer.


I was starving and not about to walk all the way over to an attraction I couldn’t even ride, so Alex and the menfolk took everyone’s tickets and shuffled off to get Fastpasses, while I led the girls to the Land and the restaurant.


Along the way, someone (I can’t remember who) pulled out a park map and was trying to tell me where to go.




“Thanks, but I know the way. Sunshine Seasons is near one of the more popular rides, so I’ve made this trek a time or two.”



Understatement of the year, right there.




Epcot was significantly busier than Magic Kingdom, but amazingly, as soon as we walked into the dining area we found two empty tables pushed together that would seat 7. Perfect!


We decided to grab it while the getting was good and took turns waiting for the boys/holding our spots/while others ordered.


Jessica and I manned the tables while Leslie and Liz went to get their food, and we had a nice chat just the two of us. With such a big group, I didn’t think I’d ever spend any one-on-one time with anyone, but it turned out my day was just the opposite. I was able to spend five minutes here and there with everyone, and it made the trip extra special.


Alex and the others found our table about ten minutes after we sat down, and they weren’t thrilled.


I guess the return time they got for their Fastpasses was 7:15 and 8:15.


Like I said, Epcot was really crowded that day. Everyone was avoiding the Magic Kingdom like the plague and was congregating where we currently were.



Alex and I went to get our food. He chose the Mongolian Beef with fried rice, and I got the Chipotle Turkey Sandwich with potato salad. And both of us, without thinking, ordered desserts.


We were so conditioned to the dining plan, that we did not stop to think that a dessert wasn’t necessary.


It was just habit.


You order a quick service meal, you get an entrée, a drink, and a dessert.




Duh.



It was a humorous mistake that we giggled about on our way back to our seats.


When I sat down, I heard Leslie going, “17 bucks for this lunch. 17! Don’t get me wrong, it’s good, but why is that expensive. I didn’t even order a drink, because I wasn’t going to pay 5 bucks for a bottle of water.”


This time, it was my eye that was twitching.




So….that’s how it was going to be.


We buy something…


We get a fifteen minute rant on how overpriced everything is.


OH.


KAY.


Rather than fall victim to the “Disney’ll wipe out your bank account” discussion, I turned to Alex and apologized for the late Fastpass time.


“It’s okay, I knew there was a chance of that. If we can’t ride it, we can’t ride it, no big deal.”


“Yes, big deal. You’ve been looking forward to it for months.”


And with that, I decided it was about time to get a status update with the group while we were all sitting down together and figure out the rest of the day.


I didn’t care if nobody wanted a concrete set of plans, this was me in Disney and that’s how I operated.


“Okay, I know we have two Must-Do’s later this evening. Eddie wants to try out Star Tours, and I want to see the Osbourne Lights. What else is there?”


Insert lots of grunts and map browsing.


“Spaceship Earth!”


Oh, that’s right. Steve had made it very clear when we were walking through bag check that Spaceship Earth was a must for him.


“All right, we can ride that after we eat. What else?”


“I’d like to walk around World Showcase and see the countries. I don’t have to visit each one, I just want to see them.”


That was Leslie’s choice.


“I’d like to go on Test Track, whether we use the Fastpasses or not,” Alex’s answer, of course.


“We’ve got to do Spaceship Earth!”


Got it, Steve.



Okay. Oh boy. Let’s see. How best to go about this….



I was using all my Disney planning skills to come up with the easiest and most efficient way to make sure everybody got what they wanted, and we weren’t wasting time running back and forth across parks.


“Why don’t we just go do Test Track standby and be done with it?” Someone asked.


“Because the wait time is 120 minutes.”




After everyone gave their input and suggestions for a good five minutes, I finally hashed out a plan that seemed foolproof.


“Okay, why don’t we walk around the World Showcase, starting with Mexico, head towards the International Gateway, take a boat to Hollywood Studios. By the time we get there, we’ll have plenty of time to ride Star Tours and get a good spot for the Osbourne Lights. We’ll watch the show, then head back over here and use the Test Track Fastpasses.”


“What about Spaceship Earth?!?!”


“All right, we’ll ride Spaceship Earth before we go to the World Showcase.”


Geez, hold your horses, it’s SE. I love it as much as the next person, but there’s no need to have a panic attack over it.




I felt exhausted after formulating that plan.




It’s quite the balancing act, trying to appease 7 people with 7 different ideas on what’s fun at Disney.


I won’t lie, I was hoping to avoid the brutal trek around the World Showcase, just because I knew we weren’t going to do anything, but since we needed to get on a Friendship Boat, anyways, I figured I could suck it up and walk the 6,789 miles around the world.


“Hey, guess what?”


Alex was whispering in my ear.


“What?” I replied, curious.


“I cut through MouseGears when we went to get the FPs. I got to go in a store!”



My poor husband.


He was definitely missing his perusing time.


“Don’t worry, you’ll have enough time to buy your Vinylmations, I’ll make sure.” Alex had had his eye on the new Pixar Vinyls, and I knew he’d be sorely disappointed if he didn’t get to pick one up while we were there.



Lunch was eventually finished (sorry there were no pictures, I wasn’t going anywhere near that can of worms with this group around.) and we all headed back to the Epcot globe.


I tried for another group shot:



Pretty good!


Except... Eddie wasn’t in it.


Ah well, that’s what Photopass is for.



Spaceship wasn’t busy, and we all walked right on.


I do love the attraction, but the exertion of making sure so many folks were happy had taken a toll.



I dozed off before we even made it to Rome burning.



Like most everything, I blamed it on the pregnancy.




And the fact that I was full and it was about 75 degrees outside, and the attraction was nice and cool and dark.


Either way, I felt a million times better afterwards.


With Steve a happy camper, we all headed towards World Showcase.



Doesn’t Epcot look beautiful in its Christmas garb?







I felt very lucky to be able to see the holiday decorations and enjoy Disney one last time as Annual Passholders.


Alex and I stopped and took a few photos in front of us his favorite tree on Disney property.







I tried to find one where his hand wasn’t all up on my belly, but there wasn’t one.




I agree with Alex; that particular tree is very cool. I love that it’s decorated in various languages and that it shines like a beacon in front of the Epcot globe if you happen to see it from the American Pavilion at night.



We directed our group to the left and took off into the countries. I was hoping nobody would notice if I slowed way down, and Alex was hoping he could break away for five seconds and shop. It was nearing 1 o’clock and the boy had yet to buy one single souvenir.


My mother happened to text me around that time to ask how I was holding up, and my answer back read, “Surprisingly good. Everyone’s having fun, but Alex is going to develop a complex if I don’t get him shopping soon.”




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Too bad your castle pic didn't show up on your cd Too bad you couldn't get it from the Asian people that took one. LOL. You know, I'll bet you just about ANYTHING it's on Facebook or Instagram somewhere!!!
If i ever come across it by fluke I'll let you know

Ariels grotto does look GORGEOUS!!! She's my fave too! Wish I could have seen it.
and Belle is my 2nd fave and DD's fave princess so totally jealous that you got to see all that area too. haha but you are DEFINITELY right on Gaston!! I agree, they don't have to be spot on for example if you want to make Prince Charming with no muscles go right ahead - the movie doesn't focus on that but come on!!! The focus in Beauty and the Beast and Gastons part is that he's a great big muscular huge brute!!! The muscles HAVE to be there weather real or fake.

Enjoyiing to stories Even if there are not many pics. You guys are very brave - we've vowed to NEVER tour theme parks with a large group. Nuh huh, not gonna happen bc we are too selfish with our theme park time. We are comado all the way. Well, ok we're getting older now so once we get older we'll be willing to do groups when dd has kids and we'll do the calmer kid stuff and her and her dh can go comando Works out perfectly i think.
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How did I get to be two updates behind? How did THAT happen? Probably started to read at work and gave up.

Belle's castle? Did that make your eye start twitching again?

I love the new mermaid ride. I thought it was fantastic and I love your pictures of the area.

So sorry you can't ride BTMRR while you are pregnant. But I had to laugh just a little that no one else could either.

OK - going to read the newest update now.
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