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Old 10-24-2012, 11:39 AM   #61
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I Got A Buzz Man....

Little update on life & junk right now:
-Still waiting to hear back from Disney about electronic submissions; they had the posting down for nearly a month and then re posted with some of the same characters and some new ones. Each time they do this, they say "if you sent in for one of the last ones, don't send in again"

-My ballroom competition is THIS WEEKEND! EEEEK. I'm dying. It's going to be so amazing. Just the "dress rehearsal" and buying all the make up & tanning stuff makes me so excited to officially be performing again.

-It's already snowing heavily here...I want to be in Florida

-I spent a couple of hours watching Disney videos on youtube last night and there's no way I'm NOT going back this year before Christmas, I'm thinking the last week of Nov, maybe early Dec for FLE (although I want to avoid crowds, so I'd prefer Nov....)

How's your life going?? Hope you're all well and amazing!!

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Our next stop on our explorations of the World? Well, the Seas of course!!





As Mom was taking a picture of me, she had a lovely person who was walking by offer to take a picture of the two of us, it seriously makes me happy when people do this in Disney, I try to do it as often as I can, I mean, people certainly are more friendly in Disney, that’s for sure haha.



Also, can we just talk for a minute about how dang DARK this cue is! And how long it is! Like, I’ve never seen if filled, and I don’t understand why it has to be THAT dark, especially at the beginning, when it’s all “beach” setting, like, that’s not a beach I’d want to hang out at!



Clearly, we walked right onto the ride and were soon boarded into a clam-mobile for our journey through the big blue world.





This is another place where Disney does an amazing job with their work, it looks exactly (like I would imagine) it to if we were actually under the sea, it’s amazing! And the way they do the jellyfish, awesome!









It’s also super cool how they incorporate the Nemo characters into the actual aquarium at the end, seriously, the things you can do with technology today! Ha, while we’re on the topic of cool things you can do with technology, let’s head into Turtle Talk, shall we?



Look up! Haha, Mom’s learning fast, take pictures of things that are up! The show was starting right as we were getting out of clam mobiles, so we jumped right in there, and took a seat near the back of the room and settled in.





As always, the show was great, super cute, and definitely some funny moments for parents that the kids wouldn’t get. Some of my favorites include when Crush pulls out a Buzz Lightyear after the kids explain what it is, he’s all “oh sweet, I got a buzz man…” lol. He also pulled out a bikini top and “put it on” asking “does this make me look fat?” and of course, when he found out it was for girls, he was super embarrassed. Oh Crush, it’s okay. Mom and I then explored a little bit, and enjoyed finding some fish in the exhibits around the area.





Now it was time to get some REAL exploring of cool stuff on the go! We cut back across that side of the park past the Land to go and check out what was hiding in our Imaginations!






I love how everything’s so colorful and awesome over here, it all looks so cool, there’s definitely a lot of potential here that could definitely be put in, make things more awesome. (well, that’s kind of Epcot as a whole…I feel like there’s a lot of cool stuff to look at, but not quite enough to *do*) Maybe next time I’ll do Agent P’s Mission, or at least get a little Duffy to color, haha! Clearly, Mom’s excited to do some imagining!











Jumping fountains! I got all excited about them, pointing out how cool they are, and apparently we have them somewhere in my hometown…or somewhere in Canada that we had been to a lot…one of the two haha, either way, I love them and they’re really cool! Mom thought the whole Imagination thing was cool, and cute, but there could definitely be some more playing afterwards, and she’s right, there isn’t a whole lot of things to do after you get off the ride, we did play around in the section with the light up floor square things though, ahah, that’s right, we’re clearly 6 years olds!!


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Old 10-24-2012, 11:49 AM   #62
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Hey Mickey You're So Fine!

Well, it was nearly 10:30 by now, and what else was there to do in Epcot, in Future World, but meet some characters!! YAYAYAYA *muppet dance* The wait time was posted at 20 minutes, but we got into meeting everyone in around 15 minutes! Yay! Super bonus, although I’m almost positive Disney wait times are always longer than they say they are, that way people are all “awesome, we got in in half the time”. I was interested to see how the first character meet would go, I mean, it’s been 15 years since Mom and I had met characters together, how would it go over this time? Ha! First up of course, was the Mouse himself!









Mom wanted to get one with us kissing Mickey’s cheeks, so of course, we did that as well!





Next we moved over to Pluto, who is as loving as ever!













Minnie Mouse was the next we had to meet, so cute!









She was so teeny!!





Donald’s next, yay! Seriously, my favsies! He’s completely adorable, even with he’s angry, haha, too cute!





Finally we got around to Goofy, and we had to take some different poses, as, according to my Mom, it was our chance to “be goofy!” Lawl.





I will say, I do love the opportunities to stand in one line and meet a bunch of characters, it just makes it that much better, truthfully, yes, the lines are a bit longer on average, but whatevs! When we left we circled through the back of the building and found some other friends out over there!

Brer Bear was on his way in for a break, and sat down beside an older gentleman sitting on one the of the benches, apparently he wanted to do if he was asleep or not, super cute! Now, here’s a piece of advice, for some unscheduled character meet & greets, check the pathways between the back of the character spot and the Imagination Pavilion! They do training over here, and today, we saw both Snow White & Belle out greeting people! Be sure to check it out! We circled around but both their lines were closed, although we did stop to watch some little princesses who were VERY excited about meeting real life ones! And now it was time to start exploring through the world!




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Old 10-24-2012, 12:38 PM   #63
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Your mom looks like she's having a ball! She's going to want to accompany you all the time now!


Looks like a nice Epcot morning--and thanks for the character tip!
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:55 PM   #64
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It's so great how your mom looks like a 5 year-old in a candy store. She seems to be having so much fun!!

I'm all for early mornings at DHS and MK for all the rides you can do, and even at AK to see the animals on the Safari out and about, but Epcot is the one park I don't mind coming in later. I just feel that most things don't get a line much (Living with the Land, Nemo, Turtle Talk, Journey into Imagination, Spaceship Earth), there are many things to just "explore" (World Showcase, The Seas, Innoventions). Just get a FP for later on Soarin, hop into the single-rider line at Test Track, and you're set!
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:24 PM   #65
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You are getting snow and I am happy we are finally getting weather in the upper seventies next week!

Cute pictures!
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #66
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Forgot to comment on your life update.

That must be so nerve-wracking to have yet to hear from Disney about those electronic submissions. I hate waiting for something, especially something this important.

GOOD LUCK!!! for your ballroom competition! I love dancing on a stage! You must be so excited!!

Snow sucks. The end.

New Fantasyland looks so freaking amazing!! I can understand your desire to want to go visit!!!
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Looks like Mom had a blast with the characters...

And are those hidden Mickey's I see on your dress??? Way cool!!!
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Haha I love your mom’s face on Spaceship Earth! I love making crazy faces on there.

I HATE how dark the Nemo queue is. I have probably crashed into people like five times because I can’t see where I’m going.

Your pictures of Nemo are great! Mine always come out awful and blurry.

Your pictures with the Fab 5 are awesome!
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Your mom looks like she's having a ball! She's going to want to accompany you all the time now!


Looks like a nice Epcot morning--and thanks for the character tip!
Hhaha I'm pretty sure I've already talked her into F&W for next year hahahaha!! It was a great morning, and it's barely over! Ha! UGH, I would have loved to meet them, but yeah, there's always a chance of randoms being out there. Also during summer, when they're training for MNSSHP characters, you could find princes, villians and more rare ones out there

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It's so great how your mom looks like a 5 year-old in a candy store. She seems to be having so much fun!!

I'm all for early mornings at DHS and MK for all the rides you can do, and even at AK to see the animals on the Safari out and about, but Epcot is the one park I don't mind coming in later. I just feel that most things don't get a line much (Living with the Land, Nemo, Turtle Talk, Journey into Imagination, Spaceship Earth), there are many things to just "explore" (World Showcase, The Seas, Innoventions). Just get a FP for later on Soarin, hop into the single-rider line at Test Track, and you're set!
So much fun! I'm really glad she had fun. Ugh, EMH really weren't needed at Epcot, but I didn't mind it, it gave us the time to park hop (although we would have anyways haha) Epcot's usually later in the trip and the park that I take a late start at haha

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UUUGGGGGGHHH SNOW it's so cold I'm dying
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Forgot to comment on your life update.

That must be so nerve-wracking to have yet to hear from Disney about those electronic submissions. I hate waiting for something, especially something this important.

GOOD LUCK!!! for your ballroom competition! I love dancing on a stage! You must be so excited!!

Snow sucks. The end.

New Fantasyland looks so freaking amazing!! I can understand your desire to want to go visit!!!

I STILL HAVEN'T HEEEEAAARD. And they posted the electronic submissions again with a change in some of the characters, and a thing saying "if you sent in to one of the last ones, don't send in again) Ugh

Thanks! I'm in the process of getting ready right now

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And are those hidden Mickey's I see on your dress??? Way cool!!!
YES! I have 2 dresses that are hidden mickey dresses, they're great!!

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Haha I love your mom’s face on Spaceship Earth! I love making crazy faces on there.

I HATE how dark the Nemo queue is. I have probably crashed into people like five times because I can’t see where I’m going.

Your pictures of Nemo are great! Mine always come out awful and blurry.

Your pictures with the Fab 5 are awesome!
Bahahaha, she wasn't even trying! I didn't even know where the camera was, but I knew it was happening eventually. Thanks!! I had a lot of fun that morning

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What Means Aye Carumba?

Just before we get into this, a huge thank you to all of you for being so awesome! I appreciate and love every single one of you, even if you're just a lurker! Also, I'm currently getting ready for my ballroom competition (and very possibly listening to Disney park music to pump myself up! Hahhaah) and am ready as I'll ever be! Baha, I'll be sure to keep you all updated!!

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Before our worldly adventures began, we of course stopped for some photopasses!





Yay! Because of our lunch reservations, we started World Showcase in Mexico, and before we knew it, we were well on our way!





We took some time exploring inside the pavilion, checking out all the little things you could buy, and then of course, it was time to take a ride with Donald! How could we not?!







This part always reminds me of POTC in DLR, there’s a restaurant right at the beginning part (Blue Bayou I think) and I definitely want to eat there, or here, either one really haha!! (p.s. did you know over in DLR you don’t need ADR’s?!? It’s insane, you just walk up the day before, or day of and they can generally get you in!) It was also right about now that my Mom’s camera battery decided to die! She’s one of those “charge it only when it’s dead” people, and I explained to her that I charged mine at the end of every Disney day and it never seemed to shorten the life, so hers should be okay!



Look at all of his hats! Who wears that many hats?!









Poor Donald, he sure gets the rough end of the stick….heh heh…(that’s bad, I know, I think I’m a little hopped up on cold medication….lawl)



It’s a cute ride, something to get inside and in the air conditioning, which is a major bonus in World Showcase. I do like that you can kinda just wander through, and they don’t care if you’re brining in drinks to the stores and stuff, makes it more enjoyable haha! We of course took some time to stop at the little shop outside, and I found something to play with!



“Look at my big hat!” Baha, this is just the start…wait til Paige shows up, the pictures just get more and more ridiculous! I said something about wanting a margarita as we passed the stand and got into China, and Mom said she had never had a margarita, WHAT?! If you’re going to have a margarita, you best be having one here! They’re delicious! She asked if that was the drink I had a picture of from last trip that she had commented on, on facebook, I told her that was the GM Slush, so she asked what was in the margarita. Turns out she’s not a big tequila fan (clearly I don’t get my love of tequila from her then….) and we decided to by pass the margaritas for later. However, in China, we picked up a Peach Snap!





It was some blended deliciousness involving Peach Schnapps, from the Joy of Tea. It was a little too sweet, but we split it, so it balanced out nicely, and we took some time to explore inside!





When I took that picture, Mom said something along the lines of “great! Now I can tell my sister that I’ve been to China and maybe she’ll stop bugging me to go!” They’ve been traveling a lot together in the past few years (Africa, Mediterranean Cruise, another cruise/trip coming up) and my Aunt has been bugging non stop to go to China, but it doesn’t really interest Mom at all. (Or me, the only reason I really want to go to anywhere in Asia is for the Disney parks over there! Ha!)



There was already stuff set up for Food & Wine all throughout World Showcase, and we took a picture of a booth that looked awesome (and for my cousin, lover of all things cheese)



We wandered through Germany, specifically, Karamell-Kuche! My Grandma always had these Werther’s candies that were small, flat, and covered in chocolate, but were crunchy, and I haven’t seen them in years, Mom had no idea what I was talking about, and we didn’t see any inside the store. What we did see, a lot of really delicious looking noms…which we bought non of… (seriously 4 years ago, I probably would have bought one of everything, but it’s been a lot of changes over that time, and sweets, and my sweet tooth, have gone out the window, lol)



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I love your trip reports! When my last trip to WDW ended up being solo at the last minute, I debated whether or not to go. Then I thought of your solo tr & it really inspired me to still go. I ended up having an amazing time, so thank you so much for sharing your trips with us
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Guilty of lurking here!

I've read every one of your TRs and have enjoyed them all.
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Dance Competition & Disney News

Hey guys! Hope your weekend went great and you're all having a great Tuesday! I just wanted to pop in here and give you all an update on the dance competition I was at this past weekend. It was my first ballroom competition, ever, and I did pretty well!!







I danced Waltz, Quickstep & Tango in Standard, in terms of level/category, I was Pro-Am Pre Bronze (if that means anything to you guys haha).

I also danced cha-cha, rumba and jive in Latin, in the same levels







Yay! So, I danced a total of 8 times, and placed 1st in 6 of those times, and 2nd in the last two, and for those ones I was competing alongside people who were a level higher than me, so I did pretty good.

It felt amazing to be out on the dance floor again, and the whole anticipation and stuff was amazing, I forgot how much I love it, and it just really solidified the fact that this is something I want to do.

Yay.

Now, onto the Disney news!! I'm going back! (are you surprised?!) After much deliberation, I officially booked the trip today. The plan is:

Nov 24-28th, staying at Coronado Springs Resort! (New resort for me!) Plans being:

Saturday Nov 24: Arrival, probably head into MK for the evening
Sun 25: DHS (I'll spend most of the day watching shows, and probably stick around for both Fantasmics) Definitely planning on checking out the Osbourne Lights and hanging out for a bit of EMH's.
Mon Nov 26: Animal Kingdom there's EMH's that morning, so I'll accomplish a lot, then go to lunch at Yak & Yeti!
Tues Nov 27: Magic Kingdom & MVMCP
28TH: Departure, super early so I can get to work on Wed bahaha

Short & sweet, but I'll do everything I want and more and check out Christmas at Disney in more detail, yay!!

Also, I'm looking for some new places to eat in DHS/Boardwalk/Boardwalk resort areas to eat, preferably some sit down places. Where are you favorite places to eat in that area??!!


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