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Old 10-02-2012, 08:39 AM   #136
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I don't get the flash on certain rides at all, HM being one of them. You are not going to get the effects and the flash bounceback is horrible off of the glass. If I am alone on POC I will cheat once in awhile but I really like the challenge of a good pic without the flash.

My dates are Oct 7th to the 13th. I leave in 6 days.
I'm the same way, the challenge to get those dark ride pics. That's why I want a new camera, for a higher ISO.

Keep an eye out for us and I will do the same with you. I'm guessing you will again be in a scooter, so that should help me.

Great updates! Sorry about the safari ride, guess the animals were feeling the heat too.

So sorry about Mikey and the bugs. That must really be scary that he will endanger his life running from something like that. I know he doesn't realize at the time.

My MIL doesn't like anything that flutters, so she will not go in any of the bird areas.

Love the pic of the Mickeyhead.

Wow, you got more character pics than I have had my entire life. My family isn't into the characters.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:00 AM   #137
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all caught up.

The MK days sounded like fun. COP is so fun to do.
We did have fun and I love COP.
I loved the princess and mickey meet and greet area.
That was one of the best areas this trip.
Does Jay get forced on these trips or does he volunteer?
He volunteers for the trips. I would never make him go on something he didn't want to do. He's mad that I don't bring him to IpDip.
That is funny about the guy who waved to him.
We still tease him about that. When you are 14 that can be unsettling.
AK is my favorite park for photos. Bummer about the safari. It really is take what you get. LOL
I really hope Kristel doesn't mind spending some time wandering around so I can get pics. There are so many areas I have to see yet.
Yum to Flame Tree.

Too bad about Mikey in ITTBAB. Such a fun show but glad to hear you were able to get him out.
It is a fun show but he is really bug phobic. We should have known better. I would have taken him exploring.
The chair is not good but good thing they were so good and came right away.That's why even though there are cheaper companies I will stick to this one.
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I'm the same way, the challenge to get those dark ride pics. That's why I want a new camera, for a higher ISO.
My DH teases me because right now I own 2 DSLR's and 3 lenses, 3 advanced P&S bridge cameras, 2 waterproof, and 2 P&S cameras. They all have different functions.
Keep an eye out for us and I will do the same with you. I'm guessing you will again be in a scooter, so that should help me.
I will definitely be in the scooter and it will be decorated for Halloween. We will be hopping so I don't know where I'll be from day to day. It would be nice to meet though.
Great updates! Sorry about the safari ride, guess the animals were feeling the heat too.
Thanks I think they may have been. We belong to the local zoo so the kids get to see animals quite often.
So sorry about Mikey and the bugs. That must really be scary that he will endanger his life running from something like that. I know he doesn't realize at the time.
It really is scary. We have to warn his teachers every year because they need to know to what extremes he will go to when a bug is near him. He doesn't understand that a bug won't hurt him nearly as much as a car will. I am hoping he outgrows this one day.
My MIL doesn't like anything that flutters, so she will not go in any of the bird areas.
I went in a store one time that had birds flying loose. I stopped breathing out of sheer panic. Sort of understand Mikeys fear. My mom had to literally force me to walk out of the store. I have gotten a little better but I blame Alfred Hitchcock for my fear.
Love the pic of the Mickeyhead.

Wow, you got more character pics than I have had my entire life. My family isn't into the characters.
I didn't think we had many til I started adding them up. Jay used to like the characters when we took him down. Now he's afraid his friends will see them on FB and tease him. 14 is such a tough age. He's a man-child now.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:09 PM   #138
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All caught up! I haven't been getting e-mails for thread updates
Must get ready for work now, you are really doing a great job on this report.

I noticed Jay is really tall!
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:27 PM   #139
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Must get ready for work now, you are really doing a great job on this report.

I noticed Jay is really tall!
Thanks I'm glad you're enjoying it. It's always nice to hear that people enjoy the effort you put into the TR's.

He is very tall. I think he's 5'10" now and he just turned 14. He takes a size 13 1/2 shoe. We're taking odds on how tall he will be when he's done growing. He want's to hit 6'5. Not sure he will get that tall but who knows. He still has to go through another growth spurt at 16.
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Well you survived the hot day at AK!!! Even though you didn't hit all your goals you had a very full day!
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Day 7 our last day for the parks and Jay's 14th Birthday

We decided that we were going to take it a little easy today. We got to the bus stop at 9 and just missed a bus. Another came fairly quickly but it was full. We finally got on a bus and arrived at EPCOT around 9:45. That was just a little to slow for me but nothing I could do. We were going to go to Spaceship Earth when I noticed something else. We headed over to see Daisy Duck and Stitch.




Then we had a quick discussion and Jim and Jay went to the left and headed to Mission Space. He likes the rides and we knew the little ones would not like that. Jen and I went to


I also knew Jay would hate waiting in line for the characters. I noticed a woman in line a little ahead of us who had gotten on the bus with us at ASMo's. I wondered if she was a DISer because as we waited she had a list in a plastic sleeve, a marker, maps and time schedules in hand. She was plotting out her day and making marks on her list. I had to laugh to myself remembering the days when I did that.

The posted wait time was 20 minutes when we entered. The kids enjoyed the cartoons as we waited


We really did only have about a 20 minute wait and because we already had autographs we just got pictures.




Ella was happy seeing Minnie again










When we exited Jay and Jim were waiting for us. They rode the orange side and only had about a 10 minute wait. I wanted to go on Spaceship Earth the kids wanted Nemo. Jay wasn't as happy but Nemo won. I got a picture of Poppy with the grandkids




continued as this was a picture heavy morning
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Nemo was a walk on. I am probably crazy, OK I am but don't tell anyone, but I would love to have a small wait here. I have never been able to get pictures of the queue. So within minutes we were in our clamobiles


As you can see Jay was just thrilled. This is another ride I take pics on trying to get the tricky shots. The jellyfish just annoy me as I have yet to get them with the right color. I was happy with some of these




I really liked this one as you get the feeling of movement but Crush is fairly still




Then we explored the Living Seas area. The kids, even Jay, liked this part. Some of the pics are mine and some are Crystal's.


Clown fish really do hide in the anemone


I struggled with this shot trying to get the colors and Crystal got a decent shot although there is some flash


These are hers too




She has loved taking pictures since she figured out how to use a camera and I let her use one of the spare cameras on trips. She has an interesting eye.
Crystal got this with my waterproof camera


And I got this with my expensive bridge camera. I culd not get anything but a blue overtone


Jay liked this crab


We got the kids in the sharks mouth




I wandered over to the gift shop while I waited for them to finish up. Jay's brother is obsessed with sharks, I had hoped to find him one of the cars shaped as a shark. No such luck. Jennifer got him the shark stuffed animal. OK I needed to get this kid something so I got him a book about sharks.

We left and Mike was there waiting for us. He slept in and met us in the park. While they all headed over to the land I went back to the Coral Reef to check our ADR time. I forgot the book with everything in it. Good thing I did as I was off by about a half hour.

Up next we head to the Land but do we do anything?
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We were in Epcot that same day, we also were just taking it easy.
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Mike had joined us and we were headed to the Land. Are we riding Soarin'? Nope I am one of the few people alive that is happier if we skip that. I actually get sick on it. Honestly all 3D motion type rides get me sick. I can't even play certain video games. Maybe a tour of Living With the Land. Nope they did that already. We went to eat. I love Sunshine Seasons and thought having such a huge variety would be nice. This update is going to be a review of the food there,

Jay and I went up first. We both got Mongolian Beef with Fried Rice. Jay got a cookie for dessert and I got the Strawberry Shortcake.




I liked the beef dish. It was a little spicy but not overwhelming. Jay did not like it. It has onions in it and he does not like onions. That was his only real complaint. The strawberry shortcake was absolutely delicious. I would return again just for that. Jay liked his cookie.

The kids all has macaroni and cheese with jello and chocolate milk.


I tried a small taste and it is macaroni and cheese, nothing spectacular but the kids liked it. The jello was disgusting. It is a prepack Kozy Shack jello. I tasted this also and it is horrible. The kids wouldn't eat it.

Jim and Mike both got Sweet and Sour Chicken with Jasmine rice and a Carrot Cupcake. Mike also bought sushi OOP because he wanted to try it.




No pic of the sushi. They both loved the chicken and cupcake. The sushi was not that great. It is pre-packaged, what more can I say. Mike would still like to try real sushi but won't get this again.

Jennifer got a chicken Caesar Salad and a Chocolate cake.




My youngest daughter works for a chicken place, (wings, grilled chicken, salads), and they make a fantastic grilled chicken caesar salad. Jen compared it to that and said it wasn't as good but without comparing was very good. The cake was very good also.

Ella decided it was her turn to take pictures.


You can see the sushi and jello in the pic








While Ella was taking her pictures Jennifer, Mike and I put the kids passports together. Our plan was to visit the countries next and get the stamps for the kids. Something I didn't do last year with my other daughter. I offered to get Jay one and he gave me a look. I didn't pursue the subject.

While we were assembling the passports I noticed 2 women staring at our table. I was starting to get really paranoid. Then they came over and approached Jay. He didn't have his birthday button on. I know he got refills on our drinks but we asked first and was told that we were allowed to do that. What could they possibly want with my DGS. They asked him his name, apologized and left. That wasn't good enough for me. I didn't want to get stopped everywhere. I made Jim go over and find out what was wrong. It turned out that they were looking for a young man, MARINE, who dropped his wallet and thought that Jay might be him. My 14 year old grandson looked like a 24 year old marine. I did hope that they found the right guy as his military ID was in there as well.

We finally finished lunch 90 minutes later. A couple last pics and we were off.


Ella and I thought alike
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We left The Land pavilion and headed towards WS. I got a shot of the monorail


We stopped at a rest room and I had a lot of fun watching some young men trying to eat. There were a couple of sucks that would not leave them alone. Now which way do we go? We opted for Canada. I would regret that later. We headed up to the stores first. I got a real kick out of this




I don't think I want to use Moose Spit lip balm or Dog Team Drool soap. I took a few pics




and actually managed to get a pic of Jay




Then we found the Kidcot Station. I figured we would sign the passports and move on. Not my family! We had to stop and color our Duffy on a stick.


I took more pics


managed to get a butterfly




I watched a photopass photographer take a few pics along the walkway and really liked the shots he was getting. went back in to see what they were doing. Still coloring the Duffy. Finally we were sone and on our way and of course no photopass pics. We headed towards the UK and the girls needed a bathroom - AGAIN! Crystal also changed into shorts. Found the kidcot station




Then stood in line for Pooh and Tigger. Jay was given orders that he had to have a picture taken here. His mother's favorite character is Winnie the Pooh and I get a picture of Jay with Pooh every trip. Of course I'm in line and some woman came and pushed herself right in front of me. I just gave the CM, who knew I was waiting, a really dirty look and ignored it. I was too tired to say anything.




I got my pic and Jay wasn't happy but I thought it was the least I could do for his mother since I had him on his birthday. Then I lost them all this time, not just Mikey. I managed a shot of the group


Finally we were off but where to now?
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We left the UK and moved forward. As I'm sure those of you who have read along noticed Mikey likes Perry. I had mentioned to Jen before we left for Disney that there was now an Agent P mission. We passed the booth for this just before we crossed the bridge to France. Our mission was in France, Jim's least favorite country. We had also spent over an hour and a half doing 2 countries now we were on a mission. The kids were really excited though. I grabbed the passports and Duffy's to get them signed. The CM for France was incredibly rude. He was chatting with a fellow French CM and we were an annoyance to him. It wasn't just me, he was the same with with the kids that approached him.
Reading a clue


It was really crowded in the France area and the clues were sometimes a little hard to see. We went out by Le Chefs de France to get our bearings and I got really excited. There was a new character - Gaston. The kids left the mission for pictures. I am glad we took those 5 minutes. Again we had a fantastic character interaction. Ella will watch Beauty and the Beast 5 times in a row. They watched it in the car on the way down to Florida so Mikey was excited. He knew Gaston. He told him "I liked when Belle pushed you in the mud." Of course Gaston denied all this. He would yell over to Belle, "I'm watching you Belle." The kids were so happy with all of this. Even Jay cracked a smile.




Ella refused to get in the picture she doesn't like Gaston. Then we were back to the mission


While they finished the mission I went over to Morocco to get the passports signed and to get a piece of Baklava.


The skies were getting a little cloudy and dark. Never a good thing. When I got back to France they had found Agent P. I missed it. Mission complete we moved on. We bypassed Morocco although Jay stayed behind for a minute or so. I think the way the dancer was dressed had something to do with it.


Next stop on our whirlwind tour - Japan. We got the passports stamped and then went in the shop. We actually spent a little time here as Mike and Jay decided to look at swords and then they bought a couple. I think I'm glad I didn't know that. I have an obsession in Japan. I have a pearl from every trip. None are in settings. Right now I think I have about 15 pearls floating around. And I got 2 more this trip because Jim bought me one while I had Jay get me one. Jen also got one for each of the kids. I got my normal 7 1/4mm white pearl. Mikey got - twins


Ella got a golden hued one


Poor Crystal got a plain white one


Ella helped bang the drum




The skies were really looking bad now


Hoping to get a little more done we headed to the American Adventure pavilion. I was still looking for colonial costumes and tri-corner hats. No costumes but they did have the hats - at $30 each. My mom decided to skip them. I went back out to


Then the skies opened up. It was about 5:10 so I wasn't too worried. Our ADR was for 6. The afternoon showers aren't always that long. Half an hour later we were still seeing this


Jim headed to the Coral Reef because he was worried about the ADR and Mike went with him. I refused to move because I was in a moving vehicle and there was a lot of thunder. It was funny to watch though. The adults were all huddled in a little shelter and the kids were all in ponchos running in the rain. I decided to use the water-proof camera for the pictures. I was hoping to get lightning over EPCOT. I went through my bag and it's not there. Turned to Jen, "Where's the camera?" She has no clue. I am now upset because I am down one camera. The waterproof started working fine after it dried out and now it's gone. I didn't get lightning but I did get the kids


We then decided rain or no rain we had to head to the Coral Reef for Jay's birthday dinner.

Up next the end of the last day.
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That Strawberry shortcake is the sooo good; whenever we eat there I always get that.

We were back at the OKW hoping to swim when that rain hit but it was a good thing because we all packed alittle while it rained.
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That Strawberry shortcake is the sooo good; whenever we eat there I always get that.

We were back at the OKW hoping to swim when that rain hit but it was a good thing because we all packed alittle while it rained.
I want to eat there again this trip just to get the strawberry shortcake,

At least you got something done during the rain. I just got wet.
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Did you find the camera? I love the pic of the rabbit!!! It was a surprise scrolling down the page.

For some reason my DH likes to stop in Morrocco.

We use to always pass by France, but thanks to the Kim P Missions, we explored it a little more.

Those missions are fun, but not on a hot day and they best when the adults enjoy a drink while following along.
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Did you find the camera? I love the pic of the rabbit!!! It was a surprise scrolling down the page.

For some reason my DH likes to stop in Morrocco.

We use to always pass by France, but thanks to the Kim P Missions, we explored it a little more.

Those missions are fun, but not on a hot day and they best when the adults enjoy a drink while following along.
The camera will be revealed in the next update.

Thanks that was a good shot of the rabbit. I was bored and tired of taking pics of flowers so I looked for animals and there was the rabbit.

Jay liked it there till I showed him a pic of the woman. His response, "I didn't look at her face." Yeah, he's 14 I know what he was looking at.

My DH has a deep dislike for all things French except Normandy Beach. He won't even go to Disney Paris no matter how much I try and convince him it's Disney.

I had never done any of the missions before because Jay wasn't interested. The kids really liked it. I had Baklava so I was happy.
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