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Old 06-16-2012, 07:26 AM   #16
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oh the little princess! she looks so cute and super happy
I love the face shields they have for the spray and glitter, I need to get me one of those, every time I bring out the hairspray they freak out
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She's adorable! What a cutie!
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:45 AM   #18
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Just google mapped driving directions from my home to Disney World.

1,864 Miles
30 hours


Wow, thatís a long drive. Not anything DH and I arenít used to, but this will be Jaydens first time driving out there. Iím not so worried about Reya, however itís hard to keep Jayden still for more then 5 minutes.
When we took him in 2010 he was only 3 months old and such a GOOD baby. I also had lots of help from my sister in law and nieces.

Jayden and the girls waiting for our plane to take us to Disney.


Talking to Daddy on our long flight


Sleeping on mommyís lap


Reya was such a good girl too. I was surprised she wasnít the least bit scared of flying.




So today I need to:

1. Decide where weíre going to stay our first 2 nights. Itís going to be difficult deciding how to divide up our driving time.
2. Put a list of movies together to keep the kids occupied
3. Find some fun games to do while driving
4. Find creative ways to keep the kids happy and behaved while driving
5. Call AAA to ask why I havenít received my card yet?

Any suggestions would be very appreciated.




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Old 06-16-2012, 05:31 PM   #19
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I wanted to pop over and say hello!

How fun that you are staying in a Little Mermaid room! I'm sure your DD will love it. Your children are adorable! Happy belated Anniversary!
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:57 AM   #20
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How fun that you are staying in a Little Mermaid room! I'm sure your DD will love it. Your children are adorable! Happy belated Anniversary!
Thank you and Thank you. Glad you're here. I am beyond excited to stay in the little mermaid room! Think we'll bring a small air mattress with us as well for DD or DS so we don't have to be too smushed on the beds. We can store it during the day. ((Another reason I like driving)) I can bring as much stuff with me as I want.

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Thanks... I think so too. I'm hoping she doesn't grow out of the princess thing too soon? I'm almost thinking she only as a few years to go.. Right now she believes when she sees Cinderella and Snow White that it is actually them and not someone is costume.

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oh the little princess! she looks so cute and super happy
I love the face shields they have for the spray and glitter, I need to get me one of those, every time I bring out the hairspray they freak out
I know, it's pretty cool huh! Looking at the picture from WDW and the one from DLR i can't believe how much shes grown in only 2 years time. Where does the time go?
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:35 PM   #21
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Loving your PTR so far. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to add photos but I know it adds so much more to the report. I know if I ask DH he will say absolutely NOT .. Maybe I'll just add pics of DD to my report. We'll see.

You have a beautiful family. I would have no problems driving if I had unlimited vacation time. I prefer to pack the kitchen sink when I travel so having to fly is not my favorite method of transportation.

Looking forward to following along on your report.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:27 PM   #22
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Good Morning everyone!

I hope you all had a good weekend, and all the Fatherís out there enjoyed their Fatherís Day!

My kids and I made DHís Fatherís Day card this yearÖ He LOVED it and we had so much fun making it. ((Dh has the biggest sweet tooth of anyone Iíve ever know)) It was a BIG hit!



I also finished the kids bathroom. I've been meaning to turn it into something they would both like. So Mickey Mouse seemed like a good choice! There is just something about seeing Mickey Mouseís face every morning that puts a smile on your face.



I didnít get much accomplished as far as my trip planning is concerned. I was going to decide on the places weíd be staying during our drive out but I keep going back and forth as to whether or not we can afford to add an extra day to our vacation. If so weíll be leaving a day early or staying a day later so itís too soon to make any decisions on our driving days
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I sat on the couch for hours though trying to decide what Park we would be at on certain days. Right now this is what Iíve decided on.

Nov 13th- Epcot
Nov-14th-Animal Kingdom
Nov-18th-Magic Kingdom
November 19th- Disney Studios
November 20th- Magic Kingdom
November 21st- Unknown ((whatever park we decide we didnít get enough of))

So today I need to work on plans for our Epcot Day.
Any suggestions on where to eat and on things we could do besides the obvious like Soarin and Mission Space?
I was also wondering if any of you have been to WDW during Thanksgiving break? If so what are the crowds like? Are they as crazy as Spring Break?
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:00 PM   #23
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Just google mapped driving directions from my home to Disney World.

1,864 Miles
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Please tell me you have a DVD player in your car! Lol! We are looking at a 30 hour drive next year when we drive to Disneyland - DH is dreading it, but I'm looking forward to it since we'll be stopping at a lot of places along the way .

If it helps, our plan is to drive as far as possible each day (whether that's 8 hours or 13) and find a place in our AAA guide to stop for the night - we're hoping that means we'll get closer to our destination, rather than pre-choosing spots to stop .

Looking forward to reading more!
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:02 PM   #24
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Loving your PTR so far. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to add photos but I know it adds so much more to the report. I know if I ask DH he will say absolutely NOT .. Maybe I'll just add pics of DD to my report. We'll see.

You have a beautiful family. I would have no problems driving if I had unlimited vacation time. I prefer to pack the kitchen sink when I travel so having to fly is not my favorite method of transportation.

Looking forward to following along on your report.
welcome and thanks for reading. I pack WAY too much so driving is the better choice for us. The baggage fees these days add up so fast and it's just not worth it to fly anymore. I used to work for the airlines and could fly for free, I sure miss those days.

I mostly liked it for day trips or weekend get aways. I don't know how many times I'd fly to vegas for the day or go shopping at Mall of America and fly back home later that day. So fun... Also went to Pleasure Island in DTD for a bachlorette party once. Awe, those were the days.

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Please tell me you have a DVD player in your car! Lol! We are looking at a 30 hour drive next year when we drive to Disneyland - DH is dreading it, but I'm looking forward to it since we'll be stopping at a lot of places along the way .

If it helps, our plan is to drive as far as possible each day (whether that's 8 hours or 13) and find a place in our AAA guide to stop for the night - we're hoping that means we'll get closer to our destination, rather than pre-choosing spots to stop .

Looking forward to reading more!
Ohhhhh Yeah we do. It's a lifesaver. We used to have one of those ones that you strap to the back of the seats, but it was such a pain in the behind with the wires everywhere. We decided to just have one installed in the van that pulls down from the roof. LOVE it.

We STOP a lot along the way. I try to get the kids out of the car to stretch their legs as much as possible. I'm also planning on buying a bunch of stuff from the dollar store as rewards for good behavior. Everytime we stop and they've been good they can pick a prize out of the bag.

I used to just stop whenever we got tired. Then I ran into the problem of getting to a hotel and it being booked full or be priced way more then I wanted to pay. This way I know how much I'm paying and that there will be room for us. I do sorta miss just going with the flow and seeing where we end up, it was fun NOT knowing.

Thanks for Reading. Happy to have you here!
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Love the bathroom and the Father's Day card! He must have been pleased. The bathroom is so adorable!
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:48 PM   #26
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I really need some suggestions on where to eat in Epcot. My kids are really picky and I'm leary about eating at at table service restaurant. I was thinking about Biergarten Restaurant, Nine Dragons, and Via Napoli? Anybody have any advice about these three? We were also discussing just nibbling throughout World showcase? Has anyone else done this? Nachos in mexican, Fish in Chips in the United Kingdom, Bratwurst in Germany, etc, etc .... I think that sounds like more fun, but also sounds like a quick way to get a belly ache.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:23 AM   #27
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oh wow, I love your children's bathroom! That is so adorable! The father's day card is super cute. You are very creative.

We love snacking around World Showcase! Most of the CS places have some normal kids food so I think even picky eaters would be fine. We would get a snack at the countries and split everything so we didnt get too full. It was one of our favorite meals!

We have not been to any of those restaurants. We have been to Akershus, Coral Reef and Chefs de France. We really liked Coral Reef although I know it gets mixed reviews. They had a child's menu then also offered pizza for kids. Chefs had a kids burger and chicken tenders I think. My son got the burger. Epcot has so many choices!
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:52 AM   #28
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Oh my goodness, that's a drive! I bought a children's road trip activity book (for myself, haha) but I haven't looked through it yet so I'm not sure if something like that would be age-appropriate for your kids. I haven't even started imagining how we're going to pass the time with Luke. I miss the days when he fell asleep as soon as we put him in the car seat!

I wish I had dining suggestions but we've eaten practically NOWHERE in Epcot even though it's my favorite park. I love Sunshine Seasons because there's a lot of variety. I thought the food at Akershus was really good but my husband wasn't crazy about it (and it's kind of crazy expensive). I think sharing snacks around World Showcase is a great idea.
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How did I miss your bathroom post! haha I LOVE it!

This will be the first time my girls have been to Epcot and I'm not sure where to eat either

There is a good app I have on my ipad called Disney World Wait times (free)
it shows the maps of the parks and the rides and wait times, as well as if you click on the ride it will give you the info on it including height requirements
but you can click on all the restaurants and it will give you a little info on each one HTH!
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Love the bathroom and the Father's Day card! He must have been pleased. The bathroom is so adorable!
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oh wow, I love your children's bathroom! That is so adorable! The father's day card is super cute. You are very creative.

We love snacking around World Showcase! Most of the CS places have some normal kids food so I think even picky eaters would be fine. We would get a snack at the countries and split everything so we didnt get too full. It was one of our favorite meals!

We have not been to any of those restaurants. We have been to Akershus, Coral Reef and Chefs de France. We really liked Coral Reef although I know it gets mixed reviews. They had a child's menu then also offered pizza for kids. Chefs had a kids burger and chicken tenders I think. My son got the burger. Epcot has so many choices!
Thank you! Mickey Mouse was the only thing the kids could agree on... I think it's pretty fun. Will LOVED his card. We're living on a budget saving for our trip, so it as a bit of a present/card in one. He loves, loves, loves chocolate.

I'm thinking that's what we're going to do.... Snack around World Showcase. Hopefully we won't have a belly ache at the end of the night. Guess I should brings some pepto, gas x, and tums with me to epcot?

I've always wanted to try Coral Reef, but my husband refuses to eat anything that swims in the sea... Even the smell bothers him.

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Oh my goodness, that's a drive! I bought a children's road trip activity book (for myself, haha) but I haven't looked through it yet so I'm not sure if something like that would be age-appropriate for your kids. I haven't even started imagining how we're going to pass the time with Luke. I miss the days when he fell asleep as soon as we put him in the car seat!

I wish I had dining suggestions but we've eaten practically NOWHERE in Epcot even though it's my favorite park. I love Sunshine Seasons because there's a lot of variety. I thought the food at Akershus was really good but my husband wasn't crazy about it (and it's kind of crazy expensive). I think sharing snacks around World Showcase is a great idea.
Jayden doesn't sleep well in the car either. He'll fall asleep and once the car comes to a stop even for a second he's awake.

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How did I miss your bathroom post! haha I LOVE it!

This will be the first time my girls have been to Epcot and I'm not sure where to eat either

There is a good app I have on my ipad called Disney World Wait times (free)
it shows the maps of the parks and the rides and wait times, as well as if you click on the ride it will give you the info on it including height requirements
but you can click on all the restaurants and it will give you a little info on each one HTH!
Glad you like it...

I'm going to have to check out that app.... What is the name? i know there's a few different disney park apps out there?
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