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Old 02-27-2013, 03:05 PM   #136
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WDW Day 2, Part 1.5: The pictures from breakfast

Here are the pics from breakfast.






























Both times we've eaten here, our table has been on the aisle. Which is great for the parade and makes you feel like you have a little extra room, but it puts everyone's seats in positions where they are back-lit from the windows. Makes for some less than stellar pics. A better photographer could handle it, i'm sure, but we did what we could with what we had to work with.


As you can see, Bella's very happy to see Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. On the other hand, Jackson seems more interested in his food. He seemed more interested in the characters when they were at other tables across the room. Lisa and I were a little disappointed that he wasn't more excited. It lowered our expectations for how he would react to meeting the characters in the parks.


'Ohana was a great start to the day, despite Jackson's lack of enthusiasm. We were all full from eating, and it was time to catch the monorail to head over to the Magic Kingdom!
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Breakfast looked like so much fun!
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:37 PM   #138
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Only had time for a glance but, looks great! You and your DH are very talented! I like the logo
Thank you! How's everything on the WITW thread? We're about to get to where I start taking pictures for that thread... got to get back over there so I can post them.

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Old 02-27-2013, 07:31 PM   #139
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2. Because of said allergies, I had to purchase some medication from the gift shop/general store in CR. While we were in there, we were browsing the souvenirs and there was a young girl who was looking at the same rack as me. She shouted over to her mother to come look at something. It was a magnet that had characters on it and the number 12. "Why 12?" the girl asks her mother. "Obviously it is for a 12 year old. I'm not sure why they don't have any other ages. They seem to have a lot of things for 12 year olds, but no other ages. That's stupid."


Yep. That's stupid alright.


I literally laughed out loud on this one.....
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:52 PM   #140
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I'll have to go check out the new blog!

Looks like y'all were off to a great start that day! I love the picture of Jackson pulling back from Stitch!
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2. Because of said allergies, I had to purchase some medication from the gift shop/general store in CR. While we were in there, we were browsing the souvenirs and there was a young girl who was looking at the same rack as me. She shouted over to her mother to come look at something. It was a magnet that had characters on it and the number 12. "Why 12?" the girl asks her mother. "Obviously it is for a 12 year old. I'm not sure why they don't have any other ages. They seem to have a lot of things for 12 year olds, but no other ages. That's stupid."


Yep. That's stupid alright.


I literally laughed out loud on this one.....
I couldn't believe she said that. I would have tried to correct her, but the way she said it, you could tell there was going to be no convincing her she was wrong.

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Looks like y'all were off to a great start that day! I love the picture of Jackson pulling back from Stitch!
That one is great! He definitely had an interesting reaction to all the characters that came over.
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Congratulations on starting the blog. I haven't looked at it yet, but I'm only almost a week behind on reading this update at this point.

The story about the girl and the "12" souvenirs is great.

So, were you able to keep from laughing out loud when she said that???

Looks like a great breakfast at Ohana. I really need to do that one sometime. It would probably be higher on the list if they would replace Lilo and Stitch. We just don't have much interest in meeting them and I just have a hard time pulling the trigger on a character meal where we don't care about half the characters.
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i'm such a stalker! I am all over your blog and facebook!

Always fun to read, i'm going to exhaust all the adjectives in how much i enjoy your posts!!!

You family is so beautiful! Just love Jackson and those CHUBBY CHEEKS!
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Congratulations on starting the blog. I haven't looked at it yet, but I'm only almost a week behind on reading this update at this point.

The story about the girl and the "12" souvenirs is great.

So, were you able to keep from laughing out loud when she said that???

Looks like a great breakfast at Ohana. I really need to do that one sometime. It would probably be higher on the list if they would replace Lilo and Stitch. We just don't have much interest in meeting them and I just have a hard time pulling the trigger on a character meal where we don't care about half the characters.
No worries on getting over to the blog. It's still a work in progress, although I am doing a better job so far on that than I am with this trip report.

I just stood there looking at that lady with my mouth open. I wanted to pull the girl aside and explain it, but there was no opportunity. Once they left, I was laughing as I told Lisa what happened.

As good as breakfast at 'Ohana is, I can understand how you feel. Characters Meals are about Friends, not Food! So if those aren't the characters you want to see, then I'd agree that it's not worth it.


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i'm such a stalker! I am all over your blog and facebook!

Always fun to read, i'm going to exhaust all the adjectives in how much i enjoy your posts!!!

You family is so beautiful! Just love Jackson and those CHUBBY CHEEKS!
Thank you so much. I don't think we mind having a stalker or two... yet!

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WDW Day 2, Part 2: Attack of the Character Hogs!



We made our way out of Poly to head for the monorail and on to the Magic Kingdom!! Surprisingly, we were on schedule to get over there in time for the Welcome Show!! So I didn't bother to stop at the photopass desk on our way out. I made a mental note that we would need to stop back there on Wednesday morning after breakfast.

Part of the deal with Photopass+ is that your picture packages at the meals that offer them are prepaid, like this morning's breakfast at 'Ohana. You can also have them added to your photopass by taking the receipt to the photopass desk. During our planning, we made an additional ADR for breakfast at Kona Cafe on Wednesday, the day we would depart for the cruise. So I just had to remember to bring the receipt with us to breakfast that morning.

Leading up to this trip, we'd been listening to A LOT of disney music. I had discovered the Live365 app for my phone, and was always playing the park music in my car or at home. Bella's favorite song was the "Welcome Song". I had to play it for her constantly on YouTube. So making the Welcome Show had become a pretty. big. deal.

So once again, we were standing clear of the doors and on our way... and after a quick stop at the Grand Floridian, we stood clear of the doors one final time and got over to the MK entrance. We arrived and saw that everyone was still waiting out front. We hadn't missed it!! WE MADE IT!!!

Not only did we make it, but guess what family from Long Island was family of the day for the opening of the Magic Kingdom??????



If you said the family in that picture, that we don't know, but coincidentally happened to be from Long Island, you were right!!! I think they were the Burns or maybe the Burke family. I'll have to go and watch the video again.

It makes me wonder what are chances are to be picked as Family of the Day one of these trips... Alas, it will not be our upcoming trip. We have a pre-park opening ADR at CRT on our MK day. It's the only time we'll be there.

Following the show, we lingered to get a couple of pictures at the entrance. A Photopass photographer was setup there, so we wanted to get a picture. It ended up just being Lisa and Bella.



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Then we walked under the train station, grabbed our maps and time guides, and stepped into the Magic Kingdom.

We grabbed FastPasses for Mickey and Minnie at the Town Square Theater, and then went to meet Daisy Duck. Jackson didn't seem into it, so Lisa just held him.



We also got our mandatory family picture on Main Street with the Castle behind us. It's Disney Law by the way. If you don't do it, well... you don't want to know what happens if you don't do it.



Then we made our way to the Town Square Theater. The Fastpass line was about a 15 or 20 minute wait. Soon, it was time for us to go in and meet Mickey! I was caught by surpise when the CM had us count and opened the door to reveal Mickey standing there!!



Had I known that was going to happen, I would have gotten a better picture.
We weren't the first family in our group, so we had to wait a bit longer. But not too long.

Now, you know those families that you get stuck behind in line for characters? The ones who take FOREVER? Just when you think, "We're Next!", it turns into another ten minutes as they take picture after picture in every character/family member combination imaginable... You know the ones I'm talking about, right?? The character hogs! Well...

That was us!

I didn't even see it coming. Jackson seemed uninterested in the characters at breakfast. He was shy with Daisy out in Town Square. But we put him down and let him go to see what he would do with Mickey.... and instead, he went to Minnie.






At first he was tentative, only standing next to Minnie as she put her arm around him. Then Minnie gestured for Bella to come say hello, and when Bella hugged Minnie, Jackson leaned in... and buried his face in her dress.





And Mickey moves in and we get the big picture of all of them... IF we can get Jackson to turn and look... but no amount of calling his name could get him to lift his head.





So I run in there and turn him around...





Well, he's not looking at the camera, but it's a lot better than we expected. Now we can go, right?

Nope. Mickey never got a hug from Jackson. Mickey opens his arms, and Jackson walks into them.









And then we get another group shot opportunity...







and then comes the, "oh, do mom and dad want to get in the picture?" Sure!






I can remember thinking, "oh wow, this is taking forever", and getting that anxious feeling like other people are staring daggers at our backs for being character hogs. But the CMs didn't seem to mind, and Mickey and Minnie were eating it up, and I heard an occasional "awwww" from people in line, so that helped put me somewhat at ease.

It was only at home, looking at the video, that I noticed the look on these faces of the kids who were next.



Eventually, the photopass photographer and the CM seemed to have decided that was enough. But Jackson went back to Minnie for more love. We were trying to make our way out, but he just wouldn't leave. Mickey and Minnie had to escort Jackson from the area.



What could you do? Our little Jackson was a character hog. At least, he was one when it came to Minnie Mouse. We'd have to wait and see how he would do with other characters in the park.

So we exited through the gift shop and out into the park. We had another appointment to keep.



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Wow! You've been busy!

How old is Jackson on this trip? That was so unfortunate about the back light at the character breakfast But, still a great memory.

Yes, we are still there on Where in the World: http://www.disboards.com/showthread....48815&page=198

And would love to have you come back with some good crops!
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Wow! You've been busy!

How old is Jackson on this trip? That was so unfortunate about the back light at the character breakfast But, still a great memory.

Yes, we are still there on Where in the World: http://www.disboards.com/showthread....48815&page=198

And would love to have you come back with some good crops!
Jackson is just 15 months old on this trip. He's such a different kid now.

I miss WITW!! I love that game. I incorporated it into our blog for photo fridays. but nobody played along the first week. I went over and posted the same puzzle in the new thread!!
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Character hog, that's a riot! I know you weren't thrilled with the breakfast pictures but I think the one of Stitch and Jackson is adorable. He's just looking up at him going WHAT and WHO is this giant wierd blue face next to me? It's priceless.

Fun updates and some really great pics. Nothing cuter than a kid burying their faces in mama's, I mean Minnnie's, dress.
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Lovely update! The pictures are great! That's fantastic that Jackson loved the characters so much.
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Yes you can get the forms for Dis stalking on line... ahem.. Not that i would know... just kidding... and just an FYI. we will be there in Sept 2014... just in case you had any ideas.. The Blog is AWESOME. so is the facebook page... hey keep it up with public stuff and i am ON IT!

TOOO FUNNY! Jackson was ESCORTED OUT by the main mice! honestly you have a beautiful family! your kids are just so adorable.
the sunrise/sun set pictures are breathtaking!!! where's the video???
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