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Old 08-30-2012, 09:51 PM   #31
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Finally....the Magic Kindgom!

It was FINALLY time to go to the Magic Kingdom! Typically, that is the first park we go to...but not this trip...so I was super excited to get there!

As I said, we had napped and took our time getting ready. So we didn't get on the bus until 7:45 pm. We luckily didn't have to make anymore stops...so arrived at the MK after about 15 minutes.


Kids decked out in their dollar store light-up "jewels!"

As we got off the bus we could see it was packed!! The lines to get bags checked was long...so immediately Mr. Grumpy pants starts complaining! I gave him the "don't ruin this moment" glare! We entered the park and everyone was waiting for the parade. We decided to head straight to Tomorrowland! DS had one thing on his mind..."Buzz Shoot!" That's what he called Buzz Lightyear's Spin!

After we zig-zagged through all the people, we made it to Buzz's Spin. It had like a 30 min. wait, so we immediately got a FP for 9:30 pm. While we were waiting we decided to do one of my favorites! I just love....The People Mover!!! I don't know what it is...but I could ride that thing over and over and over!! It's relaxing and I love the view you get...especially at night! It's so pretty! Plus...there's not usually a long line!!






After this we decided to do Monster's Inc. We had about a 10 min. wait. The participants in our show were awesome...it was hilarious!! I even saw DH crack a smile! Carson did well sitting during the show! He was taking it all in!

When done...we did our FP for Buzz! DS was in HEAVEN!! He loved it...even though he wasn't very good at it! I will admit...I wasn't very good at it either!









Then we decided to head over and check out the new Fantasyland! My first impression...I thought it was beautiful! Seeing Dumbo all lit up at night was just magical! And I really like the water/splash area. I just wish it didn't have so "much" water coming out of it. I never let the kids play because I didn't want them getting drenched!

We decided to head to Barnstormer since there was only a 10 minute wait...which really was like a 5 minute wait! We were anxious to see how Carson would handle a "fast" ride!


Here are the kids waiting!



Carson LOVED it...he just laughed and laughed! He is just like me...he loves the fast rides! I can't wait until he's tall enough to ride them all with me! (Since DD won't do ToT, EE, etc. with me)

We decided to skip Dumbo...it was like a 30 minute wait...and at this point I didn't realize they had the new play area! So we decided to head out...

On our way out of Fantasyland, of course we had to do the Tea Cups! Had about a 5 min. wait! And we had that cup spinning....and the kids laughing...







Next up....Small World of course!! Not a favorite...but a definite classic, must do! Kids loved it as well!



I wanted to do Haunted Mansion so bad at night...so we headed there. We had about a 10 minute wait. We took the Cemetery Route since I haven't seen it! It was neat! Kids liked playing! Callie knew what was coming...so she was whining she was scared....





Carson had no idea what was going on!



Both kids did really well! Neither were scared! And I loved that we got stopped at the scene where the ghosts are eating and dancing! It's my favorite part and it was so nice to really get to see all of it!!

It was now like 10:00 pm....we hadn't really eaten supper...so we stopped at Peco's Bill. DH and I got Pulled Pork...kids had peanut butter and jelly. Carson was tired and got cranky. He hardly ate...so we decided it was time to go.

But not before we did PoTC!!! I just "had" to!! Another one of my favorites...DD's too!! We had about a 10 minute wait!

Once we got off...we decided to go. We were glad to go...it was one of the most packed EMH's I had ever seen!

One last pic before we left....if you look real close...you can see a bride and a groom up ahead...she had her wedding dress on...and he had a kilt on. I think they had just gotten married that day...everyone was congratulating them as they were exiting!!



We had an uneventful ride home....and went straight to bed!

Tomorrow I was doing DHS EMH alone!!

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Loving your TR, we will be at Disney in 99 days. Sorry your husband is not a big Disney fan. I think my husband and ds 10 love it more then me. Looking forward to more posts.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:16 AM   #33
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I'm loving your trip report! Your husband's facial expressions are so funny- reminds me of myself. I hate schlepping on and off rides and waiting in lines and oohh the germs so many germs. That being said I love the place and can't wait to go back....always planning our next trip!
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:36 AM   #34
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Loving your TR, we will be at Disney in 99 days. Sorry your husband is not a big Disney fan. I think my husband and ds 10 love it more then me. Looking forward to more posts.
I'm so jealous...of both your upcoming trip...and your DH is a big Disney fan!!! I just wish mine was!!

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I'm loving your trip report! Your husband's facial expressions are so funny- reminds me of myself. I hate schlepping on and off rides and waiting in lines and oohh the germs so many germs. That being said I love the place and can't wait to go back....always planning our next trip!
LOL!! Yup....those all describe DH!! Except the loving it....I will say....at times he does look like he's having fun...that's all that matters!! I don't know when our next trip will be....I keep debating! We'll have to see!!!
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:19 PM   #35
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Please stay seated...a Cast Member will be with you shortly...

Since we got to bed late....I decided to head to DHS alone the next morning. My mission...get Fast Passes for TSM!! (Yeah, yeah...I found out you can only get a FP if you have entered the park...I had no idea...duh me!!! In the end...you'll see it worked out!!)

So I got up at 7:30 and headed for the park. At first I was going to take the boat...but decided since it was a beautiful morning...I was alone and it was so peaceful....to make the walk. I had to stop and ask for directions...I didn't want to walk more than I had to!

I found the path and made the trek to DHS. It took me about 15 minutes. Not too bad...it wasn't hot yet...so that made it better!

As soon as I got there....I saw this....at 7:55 am.



I knew it would be crowded...but I was hoping it would be less, beings 8 am is early to get an entire family there by then!! I guess other families with small children move faster than mine do in the morning!!

Since I didn't bring a bag, I didn't have to wait in that line. I got in line to be let into the park...was almost to the front...thought I was in the wrong line (I wasn't )...went to the back of the line to start all over. UGH...I was so mad at myself.

After waiting an extra 10 minutes...I was in and headed for TSM. I got my one Fast Pass...UGH at myself again!!

I decided since I was there...alone...to go do some other rides. I figured I should do RnRC first...since ToT usually has a shorter wait time. I got there by 8:30 am, and waited about 20 min. to get on. I was excited...this is one of my favorites!! I got in my limo...took off....then midway through the ride...the lights came on. I'm thinking, "I don't think this is suppose to happen." It was weird...you could see everything that was going to happen...which totally ruined the experience!

We finally came to a straight away...and stopped!! And we heard the announcement about technical issues and then, "Please stay seated...a Cast Member will be with you shortly!" I think it's funny they say that...I know they have to...but there's no way you can get out of that harness on RnRC!! Luckily, I was stopped with some very talkative people! We made the most of our 25-30 min. wait! That "we'll be with you shortly"...is so untrue!!

It was fine though...we all fished our cameras out of our pockets...and took some pics.

Here is where we got stopped...right at the stop sign!!



Had to take a pic of the "Civic Center" sign. I know they're not talking about the one in Illinois...but we do have a Civic Center in Peoria!



And the track



Six CMs finally came...and escorted us off the ride, down the stairs, and back to the starting point. We were all offered Fast Passes for the ride to be used before Wed. the 15th. Unfortunately, I never got to use mine.

While I was on the ride...DH was texting that the kids were up. So instead of riding ToT....I took the boat back to the hotel. The boat was so much better!!!
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Hi from a fellow Central Illinoisan! Enjoying your trip report I thought about that civic center too when I saw your picture
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:34 PM   #37
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YAY Illinois!! Glad you're enjoying my TR!!! There will be more soon!!
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:09 PM   #38
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Come on Mom...Woody Shoot....

When I had gotten back to our room, DH had fed the kids breakfast in the room...(Good DH!!) I informed them what happened with the FP situation...ran a couple scenarios of what we could do...and here's what we decided on.

1) Carson and I would go back to DHS to ride TSM. Since he was the one OBSESSED with it, I felt this was a good decision.

2) Callie wasn't feeling the best, I could tell, so she and DH decided to stay back and swim while we were gone. DH wasn't too excited....but Callie was! That girl is a FISH!!

I ate a quick bowl of cereal, and Carson and I were on our way!

We decided to take the boat over. I knew Carson would love it! Plus, I took nothing with us except the camera! Not even the stroller.....

Here was our boat coming to get us...



Carson on the boat....



As soon as we got to the park, I headed over to 50's Prime Cafe. We were suppose to have a lunch ADR there, but since half the crew didn't come, I decided to cancel it.

Next up, Photopass pictures! DH isn't thrilled about them, so while it was just us to, I went for it!!







Our FP return was from 10:30 am - 11:30 am. I think by this time it was close to 11 am, so that was our next stop!

We walked right into the FP line and off we went!! The entire time, Carson is yelling, "Woody Shoot!!" I was cracking up....it's funny how on his own he came up with "Buzz Shoot" at MK and "Woody Shoot" at DHS!!

I tried to get a couple pics while we were going through the line!!







Come on Mom....!!!!! He has NO patience like his mother!!



We finally got where we could see the ride, and Carson was literally trying to budge everyone to get to the ride! He just kept yelling, "Come on Mom...Woody Shoot" over and over!!

We finally did the ride! I don't know how much he actually played the game...I was too engrossed in my own game playing!! I don't remember my score...but I know it was over 200,000!! We have the Wii version...so I felt I was quite prepared to play!!

As we got off...I could see the line to meet Buzz and Woody was LONG!! But I knew it would make my boy's day....decisions, decisions!!

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Hello from another Central Illinoisan! Following your post. Didn't realize we were practically neighbors! I lived in Peoria for 10 yrs.
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I lived in Peoria for 4 years....went to Bradley University!!! HI!!!
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:22 PM   #41
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Great report! I know how it is to go to Disney with people that are less than enthusiastic, to put it mildly , so me, adult DD, and DGS13 usually go ourselves. Sometimes when Dd can't go, it's just my grandson and I. Been doing this since he was four years old. We even did a 3 day Disney cruise by ourselves. Had a blast!

You never know about kids... your DD could end up liking the more thrilling rides when she gets a little older. My youngest DD would not go on rides like TOT until she was about ten and after that, she became a real dare devil at all theme parks. I would have never guessed.

I liked your lights on photos of RnRC. Have to say... one of my fears/phobias is being stuck on that ride with a harness on. I would have freaked if it had been a 25 min wait. Yikes! I didn't used to be like this when I was younger, lol.

Nice report and terrific pics!
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Great report! I know how it is to go to Disney with people that are less than enthusiastic, to put it mildly , so me, adult DD, and DGS13 usually go ourselves. Sometimes when Dd can't go, it's just my grandson and I. Been doing this since he was four years old. We even did a 3 day Disney cruise by ourselves. Had a blast!

You never know about kids... your DD could end up liking the more thrilling rides when she gets a little older. My youngest DD would not go on rides like TOT until she was about ten and after that, she became a real dare devil at all theme parks. I would have never guessed.

I liked your lights on photos of RnRC. Have to say... one of my fears/phobias is being stuck on that ride with a harness on. I would have freaked if it had been a 25 min wait. Yikes! I didn't used to be like this when I was younger, lol.

Nice report and terrific pics!
I agree...I will say...when just DD and I went last year...it seemed so much more relaxed! We kind of did our own things and didn't have to please anyone but ourselves!! And I really do hope she becomes a dare devil!! DH will not do the rides...so I need someone to do them with me!

I will admit...I was starting to get antsy being harnessed in. At first it wasn't bad...but yes...after a while I was feeling "tied down!!" Literally!!

Thanks for your compliments!! Keep reading!!
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Carson is in Heaven!!

Like I said, we came out of TSM and saw the line was out the door to meet Buzz and Woody....but I didn't think twice...I knew Carson HAD to meet his two favorite Characters!!!

We waited 50 minutes!!!!! The longest we waited for anything the entire trip! It was just me...and Carson....what would we do during the wait?

Well....

We played in Andy's room....



We made new "imaginary" friends....





We even talked to them...



We hid....



We sat...



We got strapped to a rocket...



We sat some more....



We played with the Sheriff....





We made new "real" friends...



And we got in some luggage...



Until FINALLY...it was his turn to meet Buzz and Woody!!!

And he was in LOVE!!!!







Woody saw Carson's hat...and thought Buzz should wear it!! Carson just laughed and laughed!!









This Buzz and Woody were AWESOME!!! They even followed Carson outside to get one more high five! It was truly a magical moment!

And as we were leaving...the soldier stopped us to get a high five...then posed for some pictures!!! How lucky...whenever we've seen him before...the line is so long we don't stop!!







I was so glad that we made the trip back over to DHS!! It was truly an awesome morning!!
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First off, I would like to say Thank-you! As the parent of a special education 6 year old, I think that it is awesome that you have chosen this career path!

I applaud your patience and your tolerance! Not everyone can do your job, so thank-you!


Next, awesome pictures. That is great that the Army Man was there and ready for such awesome interaction. We have had the chance to horse around with those guys before and they are great fun!

I can't wait to follow along for the rest of this trip!
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First off, I would like to say Thank-you! As the parent of a special education 6 year old, I think that it is awesome that you have chosen this career path!

I applaud your patience and your tolerance! Not everyone can do your job, so thank-you!


Next, awesome pictures. That is great that the Army Man was there and ready for such awesome interaction. We have had the chance to horse around with those guys before and they are great fun!

I can't wait to follow along for the rest of this trip!
Awwww....THANK YOU!!! It's nice to hear....I don't hear it often! I love my job...it can be very trying at times...but very rewarding!!

Yes...DS had such a great time with the Army Man! He loved it all...every morning he wakes up telling us that he's going to Disneyworld!

I'll get more posts up soon...so stay tuned!

And SO JEALOUS of your parent's only trip....!!!!!
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