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Old 10-08-2012, 08:24 PM   #76
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Loving the pictures and the updates! Your girls are beautiful.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:58 AM   #77
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A great MNSSHP. I didn't post any pics after those and just had enough battery power to make it thru. WDW will have to add cell phone recharge power stations or battery exchange program next. Closed the party down at midnight and all are still sleeping at 9:00 AM.

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Well I certainly can respect that, after doing a redeye and losing all that sleep it certainly is hard to catch up when you will be up early and out late all week, this is why we have done the Autotrain since it's on our way the chance of resting before getting there is awesome, I've driven but it does beat you up really good, Get some sleep my friend for tomorrow your instincts will return
We looked in auto train- too far to drive to get there. Flying for two isn't bad, but flag for four is way out of budget. We tried stopping before, but didn't like that either. For the moment, it is th best plan I've figured out.

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It looks like you guys are having a great time! Thanks for the report. It makes my wait go by so much faster. I can't wait to get there on Sunday. Hope you guys have great week!
We will miss you by two days. We'll try to leave it in order.

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Looks like a 4:00 FL thunderstorm is on its way in...
Not too bad last night. I bright my Lands End waterproof rain jacket, so that was the reason it didn't rain.

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Loving the pictures and the updates! Your girls are beautiful.
Thank you. On to the trip report.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:07 AM   #78
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We were the first to enter the party, snagged the wristbands, and onto the show. They didn't even have candy bags at this point.

Right away, we go in for princess and Mickey pictures. The lines are short and we may not have a chance once th party starts. On the other side of main street, they may have Agent P and Phineas & Ferb. We'll try for them Thursday.

Belle


Cinderella.


Rapunzel.


Mickey


Overcast and dreary. I had my nice rain jacket (so, knew it wouldn't rain) and DW and dds had disposable ponchos.



It was a little more crowded that usual, which I wonder if it wasn't due to the actually holiday itself. We had to Jungle Cruise in Adventureland right away, as that one closes for the party. I didn't realize the tarantula moved. I always find new stuff at WDW - so much fun.



DW was happy as she got some beer to go.



They are the same old jokes - point out favorite plants, 2 heads for your 1, 8th wonder of world, crash course, etc - but still one of my favorites.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:24 AM   #79
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Onto the Tiki room. I hadn't seen it since Gilbert got the axe, so I wanted to check it out.

I must say that I was quite disappointed. I liked the one with Gilbert and Zazu much better. Maybe this was the original version, but I didn't care for it. I will probably skip it from now on, unless we just need some AC or rain shelter.

Speaking of that, when we exited, we went back for Magic Carpet rides. All the outdoor exhibits were closed due to weather with know time info. But, no rain. That was a first for me.

Went and did POTC. One of our fans. We also have all four movies and can't wait for five. A new change. Davy Jones is gone from the front entrance and replaced by Blackbeard.

Youngest dd was hungry so we went to eat. My first bad part of the trip, which wasn't terrible, just annoying. According to the MNSSHP brochure, Sleepy Hollow was open and serving "sandwiches". Well, the plural stands for one sandwich only - the nutella. The chicken n waffle sandwich only gets served to five. I knew that, but since their brochure was plural, I thought more than one choice would be available. Oh well, so one to Casey's for some hot dogs.

The ducks like bread, but not peppers.

Off to check out the new Fantasy land upgrades. But first, the sword in stone. Still haven't got it yet.



Another set of rudeness. Little kids butted in after my oldest tried and before youngest. Of course, I yell very loudly, "thank you for having manners and waiting your turn". The mother aplogizes, but it is still just one of those - hey, shut down WDW because my family paid for a ticket - attitude that is just so annoying.


I am really exited to see everything once all the construction is removed. It will be awhile, but it is just another reason to return and check it out.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:10 AM   #80
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No more negativity. This is all about Disneytopia. Let's keep going because it just gets better.

We start every year MNSSHP on the Haunted Mansion.

We rode IASW. I really like the ride. And, it didn't back up this year, so even better.



Then, onto the carousel. After all these years, my youngest (8) still pleads to ride it. I am happy to oblige her.





The rain was sporadic, but it would stop for the rest of the evening. Yeah! . Except, I had to carry the smashed ponchos inside my jacket pockets. Oh well.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:21 AM   #81
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While on the carousel, I was able to reach one of our fellow DisDads by text. We knew we were going to be at WDW, but we all try to meet up and take a picture when our paths cross at WDW or anywhere else. And, my family permits some time to allow me to do this. So, a big thank you shout out to everyone.

I was able to meet up with Lee and his family from New York. Lee was with his family and extended family, and while I like to get a picture and chat, I certainly don't want to interfere with family time. So, we had a brief meet inside the exit area of IASW and would bump into them again at Dumbo, so after a brief conversation, we rejoined in our Disney adventures. You all seemed like a great family and we wish we could have spent some more time together. But, I think this was their day to go home, so they may be on a plane now. Thanks for the meet up.

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After Peter Pan ride, we went to Pooh. We missed Philharmagic, but the party was a little more crowded than usual. We really like the new cue at Winnie the Pooh.

Gophers.


Ping pong balls.


So, while having fun on the cue, the ride gets shut down. The explanation in that Pooh spilled some honey. I don't buy it. I mean, because Pooh loves honey and wouldn't spill it. He would eat it. Something else must have happened. So, we finished playing at the cue and left to go to Mad Hatter Tea Party. The every year self-picture.



They refurbed the ride and made the tea cups smaller. Yeah, that's it.



Then, onto the new Dumbo. This is our first top under the new big top. While there is no line, dds run ahead and go to the play area.

We have to drag them out and go to get on the ride.



So, while we are outside on the ride, the power goes out. Huh? Two rides in a row. After 5 minutes, they walk around and say to leave. Just as hit the exit, the power is back on. So, we decide to be the test dummies (Along with most everyone else) and we jump back in for a ride. Maybe not the smartest plan.

Then, the barnstormer and new water play area are right next door. We skip the water area at night, but both dds go ride Barnstormer. Again, the refurbs make those cars smaller, so I watched while they rode it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:06 AM   #83
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It is the MNSSHP and we haven't done any trick or treating, so let's get some candy. The best area is over at the train station walkway from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland. There area 3 multiple stations, and if you trick or treat one station, you then go to the next one and get some more candy. The cards are standing guard, but don't do the best job.

Onto Space Mountain with a 10 minute wait. Certainly, one could just ride SM repeatedly throughout the night. We had thought of that strategy, but decided against it.


After Space Mountain, onto the People Mover, one of my favs. Managed a couple good pictures from the backwards seats. While I don't like this Stitch ride, I like this photo op.


And, the castle is just awesome at night.

Not bad from my cell phone. Then, it is on to the bridge over to Tomorrowland where we watch the fireworks. There are seats there. Depending on your angle, the tree blocks some of the fireworks, but you can still see the castle, light images there, most of the fireworks, and of course, feel the explosions and listen to the loud music. Hallo wishes is my favorite firework show and it does not disappoint.
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After the fireworks, we head over to LTT for the parade watch. We like it over there because you can sit on the stone wall or benches if lucky (or rocking chairs at back of Presidents) if really lucky or early, and dds can sit on ground for front row if they want.

The parade did not have the headless horseman tonight, which was disappointing. Not sure if it was the weather or the ground was wet, but it is still a great parade.

We also like this area as the parade starts at Frontierland (opposite the others), and as th parade ends, either ride rides at Frontierland, escape to Adventureland, ride Haunted Mansion again, or escape to Fantasy Land easily.
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I was able to connect with another DisDad. Again, we knew we would be at the party at the same time, and just had to figure out how to meet up. Philip, his daughter, and mother came and joined us at the parade. Before he got there, we inadvertently sat with another family from our home town, with a child one grade older than my oldest. So, we chatted about middle school tips.

Philip and his family got there, and I could tell his little girl, all dressed up from BBB, was tired, but she seemed to do well with my dds and once the parade got there, was standing and waving to all the characters. It looked like they all had a great time. Philip, it was great meeting you and your family. Thanks for spending time with us at the parade. Of course, the picture.

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To end the night, we went and finished the mountains. First, a 10 minute wait at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Then, Splash Mountain.

And, finally morer trick or treating. Splash Mountain has several multiple candy stations set up. We shut the party down at midnight and finished up with our short walk to BLT and no bus lines. .

Youngest dd slept to 10:00 AM. She has not had breakfast and we are ready for an easy day at the pool before dinner tonight at Citricos. Until then, later everyone.
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great meets and looks like your having a great time!!!! have a nice trip norm!
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Had a fun day of swimming today. The CR pool is still way less crowded than Bay Cove pool. And, as DVC Membs may use CR pool, but people staying at CR aren't supposed to use BLT pool, I don't get it. Well, as long as we get to use the less crowded pool, it works for me.

Played some more pool games. Apparently, the CR crowd isn't much for games or they just new I was there and it was once again futile. It was name the attraction from the song, and we played parents against kids. Of the eight songs, I got 8 attractions and missed the one from Buzz light year. But, that was a ride we missed last night, so I guess I just wasn't thinking about it. I did get a song from Mexico in Epcot that no one else did.

My prize? A lion. Youngest dd traded her frog the other day for my lion.

Oldest dd wins at bingo - I didn't play that one - and her prize is? Giraffe.

I have thought this Year's group of WDW patrons has been much ruder than years past. It seems to go in cycles. Today, there was a group of 5 boys, ranging from oldest around 17 to 7, as well as a younger sister. The boys were being jerks on the water slide at CR and lifeguard kept getting on them. Parents? Absent of course. They kept cutting in lines and running up the stairs and pushing younger children. A dad went upstairs and stood on the water slide platform to direct traffic. The CR pool finally put a 4th lifeguard on top of the slide. They didn't go near my dds, or I would have went and pushed them back.

Finally, I saw them with their parents, drunk outside the bar, and the dad put on a New England Patriots shirts. Coincidence? You decide.

Anyway, we are going to Citricos for dinner tonight. I'll get some pics of the food (if I remember and post later).
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:00 PM   #90
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Late to the party...been occupied lately, but this is making for a welcome break. Glad you are having a blast!


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The food has declined there over the years, but the girls still love the characters. The croissants were excellent.
How odd, last time there I preferred the food to the character, they were barely going through the motions last time. Rather do dinner there anyways...

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I remembered that we missed each other arriving and departing. So far, no problems other than two dds who just want to fight with each other all the time. I was hoping the sleep would have made things better, but not yet. If they continue much longer, I may post my kidney on eBay and see how much all day babysitting costs .
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Instead of selling the kidney we will mail them to their paternal grandparents. We will scalp their MNSSHP to pay for part of shipping and we will break even from what we would have spent on Epcot tickets, food, & souvenirs. I have been putting a lot of thought into this.
I sympathize, my two girls seem to love to fight. I was shocked they got along so well last trip, but it was too hot to anything else.

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Ah, since I am a Commando member and DisDad, I guess I need to better reference the code. The DisDad code is that no able bodied DisDad, except for those carrying children, should take a seat on the bus when women, children, elderly, or disabled are standing.
Last trip we stayed at EMHs and the bus was crammed. Audrey had already passed out so I had her in one arm, the stroller in the other, and a near-passed out Amelia. One amazing family offered me a seat but I let Amelia use it, another dad held my stroller for me so I could hang on to balance. Amelia passed out too, the other fam kept her from falling over in her seat. Wonderfull, wonderfull people to help out.
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