Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Completed Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





 
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-18-2012, 02:30 PM   #31
Sandite
If only I had been a Halloween Baby!
 
Sandite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 64


I know I have a new lurker out there reading my TR, so I figured I better get on with it. It is sad getting to the end of my first TR.

I don't think I posted this earlier, but here is a pic in front of the lego store as we were headed out.



As I left you we were attempting to leave DTD to head to DHS. Problem was there is no bus directly to DHS from marketplace. So a CM standing near by said just grab the next bus to a resort then hop the DHS bus from there. Great idea sir!

The first bus to pull up was Art of Animation! We were pretty excited ot maybe at least get a glimpse of the new hotel. As we were driving I look over and see L sacked out in K's lap. I mean limp as a dish towel. Out like a light!

We pull up to AoA and can see....NOTHING! We almost went in and walked around at least, but with L asleep and a DHS bus pulling up off we went instead. Someday we will see it!





Next up was DHS! The only thing Lilli cared about was getting the silly Stitch picture made with PP. She really wanted to do the tinkerbelle, but we never found a person in MK for some reason. She was still out like a light though and with all our new DTD purchases our load was getting pretty heavy. As we walked into DHS I saw some fairly large lockers out near the ticket area. I said we should probably grab and put some of our stuff in it. It said $1 or $2 I don't remember, but none of us had any change or cash. We decide to head in and rent a locker inside. So we head inside and get ushered to where we are supposed to be able to rent a locker only to be told "that will be $15!". Ummm I don't think so. Especially when there were $2 lockers not 10 feet away. I decided we had hauled it this far, so we stuffed the animals underneath the stroller and way we went! Onward for a Stitch picture.

Here is the pre-Stich being added pic. As you can tell she is so happy!



She did actually get out of the stroller for the Stitch picture as well.



We knew as late as we were that TSM was out of the question. This was already the one park I was worried that L wouldn't really like anything. So we looked at the ride board, everything was pretty full. We decided to just start walking. First we happened up on the Great Movie Ride. The line was of course short, so we ran in and got in a car. L did not care for this as she had never seen any of the videos shown. She had seen maybe 1 or 2 of the ones shown in the last overhead sequence, but other than that it was a bit dull.

After that we headed over to Muppets 3D. I didn't remember this show at all, but with L loving Mickey's Feel My Magic so much we figured she would like this and she did! We grabbed DH an animal shirt from the dump shop (he is a drummer and loves all his animal drumming stuff we find). Here L decides to do another vinyl trade. We got really lucky and she got another one with a removeable item. It was chicken little and his glasses come on and off. Again, will post all her final vinyls at the end.

Our next stop was Star Tours. As from our earlier Luke Skywalker exchange L knew nothing about this, but it was fun none the less. L LOVED this ride! Proclaming it to be her favorite!

It was getting close to Fantasmic time and that was what we were waiting for!! Some crazy stroller stories are coming up! Sorry not too many pictures this post. I've got to remember to be better with pics next trip



__________________
_________________________________________
Me, DH, DD (6), DS (3)


SURPRISE MOMMY AND DAUGHTER TR! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2963399
Sandite is offline  
Old 09-19-2012, 03:22 PM   #32
Sandite
If only I had been a Halloween Baby!
 
Sandite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 64


Okay I am determined to finish our last DHS night. When I left we had just finished the all time new favorite Star Tours. Fantasmic time was fast approaching. K and R said they would go and save us seats while L and I walked around a few of the shops. We went through the villans store and contemplated buying some sweets for the show, but with it being so hot chocolate just wasn't sounding that great. L had still not bought any souvies with her own money, so she picked out the rapunzel polly pocket set and we got Baby Q a new sippie cup.

K was then frantically texting me that they were trying to make them all move over and not save seats and that they were having a hard time keeping our spots. So off we hurry towards the theater.

As we are trekking up the mountain of the hill I keep hearing "if you have a stroller you must take everything with you, all items must be taken off the stroller". I am sitting here looking at this stroller full of STUFF!!!! I have no idea how I am going to get everything off much less carry it another walkway down to the seats. The announcement keeps going on and on about this. I get to stroller parking and see that a few other strollers have a few items on them, but not everything taken. Thankfully they had some big Disney bags around for use, so I pack every single purchase from DTD and DHS into two of the big duffle size bags and we try to navigate through the crowd. As K warned they tried to not let us down, but we finally got the lady to look and see K wave at us that we did indeed have seats.

We got settled in and R went off to the concession stand to get some snacks. L had been so good the whole trip and had not even asked for a light up toy, but she had seen the really cool bubble guns that light up. I told her she could get one if she shared with her brother. So we got one of those and played. The concept of the bubble gun is really good, but ours wasn't working quite right. L couldnt' get it to work at all and K and I had a hard time getting any to come out consistently. I went back down to the cart where of course the CM held it and bubbles were just streaming out. So back I go with the same bubble gun and hand to L and she still can't get it to work. Oh well, no use crying over bubble guns I guess.

Here are a few pics of us from Fantasmic. The group one is one of my favorites from the whole trip.



L with the infamous bubble gun



Fantasmic was awesome as usual! By far one of my favorite shows on Disney property. Weird story, K and R went back the following night and the show went about 10 minutes in then it went black and everyone had to exit. Weird.

As we were trying to get back to the stroller I overheard someone talking and you only had to fully unload your stroller if you had a DISNEY stroller. Well thanks a lot for that information now. The big bags did come in handy for packing though, there is always a bright side

So now we only had about 45 minutes left in the park. We asked L what she wanted to try to do and she said Star Tours. So off we go running. We made it and walked right onto the ride. This one was awesome! It was the one with Darth Vadar in it. Well let me tell you 3D normally doesn't make me jump or try to dodge things, but this one did! I about jumped at the end...I won't ruin the ending, but if you have been on that one you know what I am talking about. I was happy we got 2 different rides.

Next it was time to head out. Thinking back we should have tried to make TSMM instead of doing Star Tours again, but L didn't really know about it, so she didn't mind. Plus Star Tours is still reigning as favorite ride.

As we were leaving we decide to get a drink. The line is forever long and to make matters worse these 2 CMs (off hours they were not on stage) were flirting with the coke CM worker. It was beyond obnoxious and all the adults in line were about to have it. They were interupting paying customers to ask him what wait times were for rides, etc. They knew the park was pretty much closed. Ugh I think I'm getting old...foolish teenagerisms/college kidisms just kill me.

L had to take one last pic by the coke man and we were off!



It was a great day. I am much less scared of going to DHS with a little one now. Her cousin just got back from DL and rode ToT. Now L is convinced she is going to ride it when we go back next year, so more DHS is in our future! Not too much for the baby to do there, but oh well.

We got back to the room and I started to pack up a few things. Tomorrow would be a last character breakfast at Park Faire and then a few hours before time to head to the airport.

__________________
_________________________________________
Me, DH, DD (6), DS (3)


SURPRISE MOMMY AND DAUGHTER TR! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2963399
Sandite is offline  
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 09-19-2012, 03:25 PM   #33
Sandite
If only I had been a Halloween Baby!
 
Sandite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 64


Sorry meant to say hello to Bedillamouse! Thanks for reading along!

To my 2 known lurkers...I know you are out there! Thanks for reading along too!

__________________
_________________________________________
Me, DH, DD (6), DS (3)


SURPRISE MOMMY AND DAUGHTER TR! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2963399
Sandite is offline  
Old 09-20-2012, 07:35 AM   #34
alyssaswish
Mouseketeer
 
alyssaswish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Dunn, NC
Posts: 116

Great TR! Your little girl is precious!
__________________
alyssaswish is offline  
Old 09-20-2012, 03:36 PM   #35
Sandite
If only I had been a Halloween Baby!
 
Sandite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 64


A personal and heartfelt welcome to Alyssaswish. I have to get a bit preachy here...if you have kids, if you know kids, if you know people go and read some of the MAW PTRs and TRs. The kids and the parents of these trips are so inspirational. So thank you again Alyssaswish for joining my TR and good vibes and happy wishes for Alyssa's upcoming wish trip.


__________________
_________________________________________
Me, DH, DD (6), DS (3)


SURPRISE MOMMY AND DAUGHTER TR! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2963399
Sandite is offline  
Old 09-20-2012, 03:53 PM   #36
Sandite
If only I had been a Halloween Baby!
 
Sandite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 64


The dreaded day has come...last day at DisneyWorld. To add to my sob story my husband told me last night that he was going to plan a surprise trip for me this October for my big 3-0 birthday, but since we went on this one he decided not to. What was he thinking!? I would have loved to go again. The non-Disney lover in him coming through. Shame, shame.

So for our last morning we had gotten added on to R and K's reservations at Park Faire. We had eaten here last trip, so we knew it was pretty standard breakfast buffet.

Let me tell you L woke up in a state. I think we are all a bit grumpy our last day at Disney, but she just wasn't having it. Finally she was told that R and K were leaving and we would just have to stay. We finally got her dressed and in the car...but were running extremely late! Especially since we wanted to get everything packed in the car just in case L decided last minute to go to a park or something. She could have convinced me I'm sure

So off we go and make it very late, but all is well. She won't get in the picture and has her blanket wrapped around here like a cape. As we walk through Alice sees her (her favorite character ever) and says "well look at that Princess' cloak isn't that just beautiful". That sort of kicked her out of her moody blues.

Soon enough the characters were coming around. So here you have our character pictures.



L didn't want to see Mary Poppins.



Alice had remembered her as the cloak girl, so L got a kick out of that and they discussed cloaks at great length.


L did NOT like the mad hatter, but at least took a picture with him. She loved the mad hatter at DL, but not here. He was a bit off.



The craziest thing happened as we were getting ready to leave. First off character places seem to have the worst wait on getting your ticket and leaving times. There was a table of probably 6 women in the mid 30's at a table behind us. All of the sudden they just disappeared. We were trying to flag our waitress down to get our ticket and she is just running around frantically. I guess that table just left without paying! I felt very sorry for her and could not believe someone would do that. Hopefully it was just a misunderstanding on how the dining plan works. At least I tell myself that.

After that we hit up the gift shop in the GF. I got my needed Goofy silouhette pin. I love those things! (at teh end of the report I will take a picture of our spoils).

Stay tuned, we have 4 hours what will we do now??

__________________
_________________________________________
Me, DH, DD (6), DS (3)


SURPRISE MOMMY AND DAUGHTER TR! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2963399

Last edited by Sandite; 09-20-2012 at 04:17 PM.
Sandite is offline  
Old 09-24-2012, 02:30 PM   #37
Sandite
If only I had been a Halloween Baby!
 
Sandite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 64

I have to start this posting with a pin trading update. Our last collection updates seem to have gotten lost. So you will remember we decide to collect Goofy. How hard can that be right?

The day before we were at DTD and DHS. The entire day we only found 2 Goofy pins! Can you believe it. Only 2!

Our last morning we found one more at Park Faire. We still had 6 to go.

So back to after breakfast I ask L what she wants to do. We have used all our park tickets, but I could have easily been swayed to buy another day. So what did L pick...swimming of course. So back we went. K got in this time with us and L went down the slide a million times again.



R and K were going to have a long day driving us back to the airport and then they were finishing up their last few days. So up we went to rest a bit. L was pretty hyper and just being loud, so I said how about we go finish up those pins - find some Goofy's.

So we head down to the AKL lobby. We picked up a last few souvenirs. We found one Goofy pin from the gift shop. No one else has any. We look down adn see the girls at Jiko desk have some out so we go down there, they were super nice and even went in the back to check other holders, but NO GOOFYS! They were even surprised.

There was no way we could get to another resort or park and we only had about an hour before we left. So I said how about we try to get to Kidani. We go outside and ask valet how to get there. The lady says there is a khaki van that will pull up, but that it only comes every 30 minutes. She says don't worry you will know when it is here.

So I look over and there is a lady doing free face painting. I figure that will be a great way to kill some time. So L is just sitting down to get her face painting and a non-marked khaki van pulls up. No hooplah occurs and several people get on with no announcement. This all seems odd, so as L is getting her face painting I ask one of the bell hops and he replies oh that was the van that just left...but they come about every 10 minutes.

Shesh, lesson learned. Plus L got a free face paint. After her face paint we boarded the van to Kidani.



r

Once in Kindani we head straight for the gift shop. No one has any Goofy's there either! Thankfully the lady could tell my desperation so she pulls out this giant book full of pins and lets us get as many as we want. They have 6, but L doesn't like one that only shows Goofy's feetprint. So we are down to only needing 1. The lady says go ask the DVC guy. We head over there and luck have it, he had one! So we got our full Goofy set too. So exciting!

So then it is back to AKL to grab K and L. We head off to the airport. Here is L's sad face in the airport as we head back.



Our flight back was uneventful and DH was there waiting. We were so ready to be home and see baby Q. Next post I will show all of our goodies, her Goofy collection, her vinyls and give a wrap up. Gotta get on our PTR for next year!
__________________
_________________________________________
Me, DH, DD (6), DS (3)


SURPRISE MOMMY AND DAUGHTER TR! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2963399
Sandite is offline  
Old 10-01-2012, 03:45 PM   #38
Sandite
If only I had been a Halloween Baby!
 
Sandite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 64


Okay going to have 2 more posts. First, the stuff we bought, then a wrap up.

For some reason I love to see what people actually purchase at Disney! Call me crazy, but it's fun to see things you might want to buy too or be appaled at all the crazy things people purchase...either way it's good fun. So without further talk...our purchases (I swear we bought more than this, but L and I searched high and low around the house last night for pictures).

First and foremost when traveling with a 5 year old...the stuffed animals:

I just love the disney babies ...even though they are ridiculously expensive



Her goofy pin collection...I was super excited we got the one that has the AKL theme on it.



Our trusty misty mate...which will go on future trips so we don't have to ever purchase one of these again



Potato Head parts for her and Baby Q to share...



Random lego parts



The rapunzel polly pocket set. Does it freak anyone else out that on this on you can change her head!



And for Baby Q the cutest block set ever!



Lastly her vinylmations. She traded all, but three. The chicken little had removeable glasses and Luke skywalker had the lightsaber, so those were pretty cool to get.



We were actually pretty frugal this trip. Pin trading is a great way to keep little ones entertained and away from gift shops!

__________________
_________________________________________
Me, DH, DD (6), DS (3)


SURPRISE MOMMY AND DAUGHTER TR! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2963399

Last edited by Sandite; 10-01-2012 at 04:00 PM.
Sandite is offline  
Old 10-01-2012, 03:58 PM   #39
Sandite
If only I had been a Halloween Baby!
 
Sandite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 64



Geez...I didn't think I would have this awful sadness in wrapping up my first TR, but alas the time has come.

First a list of our "firsts" on this trip

1. attempting to collect actual pin sets
2. coral reef for dinner
3. riding soarin' at WDW (had ridden at DL)
4. Chef Mickeys
5. Puking on public transit
6. Staying at a deluxe resort
7. Muppets 3D
8. Pirates league
9. Riding figment
10. The new perry adventure in EPCOT
11. Vinyl trading

Overall this was the greatest Disney trip ever. L is at the perfect age to really enjoy everything. Plus she can make it later into the night so I don't have to miss fireworks or fantasmic anymore

It was such a laid back trip and going at her pace made it so much more enjoyable. Taking rests during the day was a must!

Pin trading was awesome!!! I recommend this to anyone with kiddos probably over the age of 4. Pick a collection or a character to collect, it is a great way to pass time and keep them away from other goodies to buy. I know some people are against it, but if you are wanting to trade buy some of the cheapies on ebay. There are recommendations on here for valid sellers and the ones I use have been pretty consistent in not sending over scrappers. I can't imagine actually paying $7+ for a pin and trading it away.

Vinyl trading was just okay. They are super bulky to lug around and it seemed like there weren't many good ones in the cases. She did end up with some pretty cool ones, but overall it was just an okay experience. We might do like 2 or 3 next time, but for sure not 10 like we tried this time!

Pirates League was great! L really liked it, but she already wants to do BBB next trip. I'm so lucky that I have an in between girl...not too girly not too tomboy.

Staying at a deluxe resort made such a difference. We had always stayed value before and they are okay but the buses stink at value resorts. With renting DVC points, it wasn't that much more and the buses seemed faster and never as crowded. Plus seeing the animals every morning was pretty awesome too!

Only bad side was me being sick, but I know how much fun K, R and L had at MK by themselves. Next time though I will be there!

To those that have been to Disney so many times, relax and take time to just enjoy it! For those who haven't been, don't even think you can do it all in one trip..that is insanity!

I am so excited that we will be going again next year for MNSHP! Will start writing a PTR soon. We are really wanting to branch out and do new things and eat at new places, so will need some recommendations.

See 'ya real soon!
__________________
_________________________________________
Me, DH, DD (6), DS (3)


SURPRISE MOMMY AND DAUGHTER TR! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2963399
Sandite is offline  
Old 10-01-2012, 04:52 PM   #40
carlaewalter
Earning My Ears
 
carlaewalter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 73

Read through your trip report today. Sounds like a wonderful time (minus the stomach bug). We are heading down in November and I am so excited. Thanks for sharing your trip and L is a doll.
__________________
3/10-Offsite, 4/12-CBR, 11/12-AoA LM-Trip Report In Progress, 11/13-POR

carlaewalter is offline  
Old 01-05-2013, 09:46 AM   #41
nannye
DIS Veteran
 
nannye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: K-W, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,588

Enjoyed reading your TR! I love surprise trips.
__________________
Me Erin (30) & nanny to V (6)
August 2013 PTR! 3rd Times A Charm August 2013 PTR

A July TRIP REPORT! V's Ultimate Birthday Surprise! with 99 characters and costumes galore! AKA OMG YOU HAVE A DRIZELLA DOLL! UPDATED FINALLY: April 8/13
July 2012, V and I at POR in a RGR
August 2011, V & I @ POP


Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Weight Loss Tools
nannye is offline  
 



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:05 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: