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Old 01-25-2013, 05:41 PM   #466
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I'm amazed it's so far into your trip and you are just now getting to F&W! That is some willpower. I can't believe the CM teased the poor kid about the chicken exit, that's just cruel.

Really enjoyed hearing both of your takes on the races you did, sorry yours wasn't what you'd hoped but glad that your bug didn't impact the trip much after that. Ah...4 years old, I remember those kinds of moments and meltdowns, nice to see you took the time for a date night.

Absolutely loved your MNSHHP pictures, so many great character shots and love the costumes.
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Great start to an EpCOT day. I hear ya about Soarin'. I love it, black spots and all. I see it needs help, but I think since I rode it when it 1st opened, it has a special place in my heart.

Can't wait to hear how you like F&W. some kiosks are very hit or miss.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:48 PM   #468
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I can't believe how little time it took you to get to the bag check after JUST leaving your hotel. If I didn't like using DME so much I might just be rethinking my "no renting a car" policy.

The picture of Donald and Reid is one of my favorites too.

Very cool that you did Turtle Talk. I think some of the best character interaction comes out of that show!!!

Soarin is one of my all time favorite rides.. but I agree definitely a little "hyped up". Maybe because there are so few rides in epcot?

I wonder if the Queen of Hearts was out because the ToT villians bash? I know this was after... but maybe she managed to hide out a bit after the show?

Oh... now I just realized this was our last day and we went to Epcot. I will have to try and remember where we were.... and look in your pictures and mine. Maybe our paths crossed and we didn't even know it.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:24 AM   #469
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Those pictures are beautiful! Such a gorgeous sky!

Reid is just so photogenic! He certainly knows how to pull off some good poses.

Too funny about your interactions with Crush. I sort of clam up too when I get picked on in group situations, so I know what you mean. I feel my mouth get dry and my palms all sweaty.

I loved that Reid had multiple parents!

Bring on the grub!
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Reid's character spot pictures came out adorable!! I really don't see the big deal in Soarin as well. We did it years ago and have never even thought about doing it again.
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Luving the pics. Esp the one of Little Reid looking up at huge Goofy lol.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:54 PM   #472
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I feel the same way every time Willow wants to ride Nemo!

What an awesome time with Crush! I hope Willow will sit up front this year (she was only 3 the first and only time we have done it).

You know, I am a fan of Soarin' - I love the free feeling it gives me, and it makes me smile. But the dirty screen comes pretty close to ruining the experience for me. I wish they would do something about it. And I do totally understand why it wouldn't be a favorite - actually, I doubt I would wait more than 15 minutes for it either (but I can say that about almost every ride! ).

Can't wait for F&W!!!
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:22 AM   #473
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Love the pics!!!!!!! I agree with driving...especially early morning! Parking is easy peasy!!! We once parked first few rows all parks when we stayed FWC with FD! Of course this didn't work for MK, and I didn't know there was a boat there
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Baaaahahahahahaha

That picture of Reid dropping his map! OMG, I almost died laughing!

WOW! What a great experience at Turtle Talk! I am super shy too- I completely understand the panic! That's hilarious how outgoing Reid is!
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All caught up. I love the pics of Reid from the Character Spot....his smile is contagious. I'm a Soarin' fan...but it definitely needs a rehab.

Can't wait to hear what you think about F&W.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:04 AM   #476
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Hi coming out of lurkerdome to say hi! found your TR on someone's link of a cruise TR and read your old one over the weekend still catching up on this one!

Your little boy is soo adorable looks like you all had a great time on all of your trips thus far! looking forward to reading more
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:48 PM   #477
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Your character spot photos are amazing! Love all of them, but the Pluto and Goofy ones are my faves.
Thank you!! The photographers there got some really great shots of him.

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I'm so glad that you guys did Turtle Talk! Isn't it the cutest show? I was LOLing at your description of your personalities vs. Reid's. We're the same way. I hold my breath every time we're in a show that requires participation hoping I won't get picked.
Sometimes I just wonder where my kid gets his outgoing personality from. I am glad we did the show though. We all enjoyed it and Reid still talks about getting to talk to Crush.

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Too bad you didn't love Soarin. I like it and consider it a must do,but I'd rather ride Test Track.
Yeah, it was fun just not one I fell in love with. But, it'll definitely continue to be on our "to do" list. I really like Test Track, too!

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Ohhh the Red Queen! Cool!
I was so excited to see her. But, I was hungry, so I wasn't stopping.

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Can't wait to hear about Food and Wine!
I promise that will be in the next updates....just not tonight.

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Awww, what sweet character photos! I especially like the one with Pluto...too cute!
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Ah, the dreaded Nemo ride...not my favorite and yet I get suckered into riding it every time. It's amazing what we'll endure for the short people we love!
So true, right?!? And I'd love to know how much money Disney wasted on that flop of a "ride".

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Turtle Talk is a favorite of ours. When my niece was about 8 years old, Crush asked her what she liked to eat; and she said sushi. Poor Crush was appalled and asked a CM to escort her out of the building!


Now, that is hilarious!

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It is soooooo much easier. Especially with a stroller.
Right?!? I couldn't get over how much easier it was just to drive everywhere. Even MK really wasn't that big of a deal. It wasn't as easy as the other parks, but it wasn't bad either.

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That is so wrong.

And yet, so hilarious!

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That is a really good one.
Love that one!

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But I've got to say, I really like how he and Goofy are kind of doing the same pose in this one!
Poor Goofy....I can't tell you how long it took Goofy, the photographer and myself to try & explain to Reid how he was supposed to be posing.

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What?????? Seriously... why would they raise their hands??? Do they not speak English or are they just desperate for attention or what???
It was so bizarre! I was like, "I know my kid is cute and funny and all but I don't think y'all want to take him home."

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Either way, I'm glad that Reid got to chat with Crush and thankfully it wasn't too traumatizing for his parental units.
Yes, he had a lot of fun and we came out not needing therapy.

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I'm with you on this one. Yes, it is extremely impressive the first time, but after that... We always make it a point to ride it once, but after that, I'm using my FP's for Test Track.

I think it would be a much better ride if the movie actually had some structure to it... as in you're flying from point A to point B rather than what just seems like a collection of random clips. Also, I wish they would do something like they've done with Star Tours and make it so that there are different flights that you can take.
I'm so glad someone else feels the same way I do about this ride. It was just lacking.

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I just wanted to say I've been following your report and your son is adorable!
Thank you!! And thank you for reading along!

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I'm all caught up, and it looks like you guys were having a great morning at Epcot!
It really was a nice morning!

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I'm glad Reid enjoyed his first ride on Soarin', I can't wait to take Everett on it! I do agree that while it is an enjoyable ride, it certainly isn't worth a really long wait!
I bet Everett is going to love it like Reid did! And it was cute because he took off his shoes but he basically sat with his legs criss-crossed in the seat.

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I can't wait to see what you guys thought of the F&W festival!
I'm going to try and do that update tomorrow night.

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Oh my goodness... that picture with the 'backside' is just TOO funny.
I love it so much! Every time I look at it, I bust out laughing.

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I love the Character Spot pictures! They are too cute.
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Sounds like fun at Turtle Talk! I'm glad you didn't have to talk! Haha.
Me, too! I would have died. UGH!

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25 minutes for LWTL? Ummmm? No. It's a great ride but 'walk on' is a long enough wait.
Yeah, I thought that was crazy. I don't like it that much.

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I love how Reid always gives the characters a great big hug!! So cute!!
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My DH and I are more on the quiet side as well, but our DD9 is total extrovert!! So I know what you're sayin'!! I wish I could be more like her sometimes!!
Me, too! So funny how our kids can be so much like us and yet so different in some ways.

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The "backside" pic was hilarious!!
Isn't it though? I love it!
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I'm amazed it's so far into your trip and you are just now getting to F&W! That is some willpower. I can't believe the CM teased the poor kid about the chicken exit, that's just cruel.
If it had been just my DH & I, we definitely would have hit up F&W earlier. But, I do have to say that our son was pretty good about us stopping as so many kiosks to try food while he just sat in his stroller.

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Really enjoyed hearing both of your takes on the races you did, sorry yours wasn't what you'd hoped but glad that your bug didn't impact the trip much after that. Ah...4 years old, I remember those kinds of moments and meltdowns, nice to see you took the time for a date night.
Thank you! I'm glad we did the races.

Oh yes...4 has been a very fun age....most of the time. I had contemplated canceling our date night but was very glad I did not. I think it was what all of us needed.

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Absolutely loved your MNSHHP pictures, so many great character shots and love the costumes.
Thank you so much!! That was a great night!

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Great start to an EpCOT day. I hear ya about Soarin'. I love it, black spots and all. I see it needs help, but I think since I rode it when it 1st opened, it has a special place in my heart.
I think if they freshened it up it would definitely help the ride out.

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Can't wait to hear how you like F&W. some kiosks are very hit or miss.
Hopefully, I'll be able to do that update tomorrow night.

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I can't believe how little time it took you to get to the bag check after JUST leaving your hotel. If I didn't like using DME so much I might just be rethinking my "no renting a car" policy.
I think this trip made me never want to fly again. Or at least not be without a car. It was so ridiculously quick and easy to get everywhere on our own. And OKW is great because you practically park right outside of your room.

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The picture of Donald and Reid is one of my favorites too.
Thanks!

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Very cool that you did Turtle Talk. I think some of the best character interaction comes out of that show!!!
It was a really cute show! And all of the kids were so excited to be talking to Crush.

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Soarin is one of my all time favorite rides.. but I agree definitely a little "hyped up". Maybe because there are so few rides in epcot?
I think that has to be what it is. I don't see any other reason why it would be so popular.

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I wonder if the Queen of Hearts was out because the ToT villians bash? I know this was after... but maybe she managed to hide out a bit after the show?
Maybe so. I had never seen her there so it was quite a surprise. The only place I've ever seen her is in the Animation building @ DHS.

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Oh... now I just realized this was our last day and we went to Epcot. I will have to try and remember where we were.... and look in your pictures and mine. Maybe our paths crossed and we didn't even know it.
That would be hilarious if we're in each other's pictures!

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Those pictures are beautiful! Such a gorgeous sky!
Thank you!!

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Reid is just so photogenic! He certainly knows how to pull off some good poses.
Awww....thanks! When he wants to be taking a picture, he will definitely ham it up for the camera.

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Too funny about your interactions with Crush. I sort of clam up too when I get picked on in group situations, so I know what you mean. I feel my mouth get dry and my palms all sweaty.
It's so terrible. I wish I wasn't that way. That's part of the reason why I haven't done the Laugh Floor yet. It causes me so much anxiety.

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I loved that Reid had multiple parents!
All these people trying to steal my baby! It was really funny and bizarre that so many people raised their hands for him.

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Bring on the grub!
I'm going to have to write that update tomorrow night after I'm good & full from dinner. Otherwise, I'll get hungry and blow my diet.

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Reid's character spot pictures came out adorable!! I really don't see the big deal in Soarin as well. We did it years ago and have never even thought about doing it again.
Thank you!!

I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way about Soarin'.

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Luving the pics. Esp the one of Little Reid looking up at huge Goofy lol.
Thank you!!

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I feel the same way every time Willow wants to ride Nemo!
UGH - that is the worst "ride". Such a waste. But, at least you get to sit down for a second and it's air conditioned.

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What an awesome time with Crush! I hope Willow will sit up front this year (she was only 3 the first and only time we have done it).
I bet she will and I bet she'll be ready to ask him a questions. Just be prepared that he may want to speak to you, too.

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You know, I am a fan of Soarin' - I love the free feeling it gives me, and it makes me smile. But the dirty screen comes pretty close to ruining the experience for me. I wish they would do something about it. And I do totally understand why it wouldn't be a favorite - actually, I doubt I would wait more than 15 minutes for it either (but I can say that about almost every ride! ).
They really do need to fix that screen. With all the other refurbs they do, I don't understand why that ride is never on the list.

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Can't wait for F&W!!!
I just hope posting those yummy pics doesn't make me hungry and blow my diet.

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Love the pics!!!!!!! I agree with driving...especially early morning! Parking is easy peasy!!! We once parked first few rows all parks when we stayed FWC with FD! Of course this didn't work for MK, and I didn't know there was a boat there
Thank you!!

That's how we were at the parks - got to park on the first few rows every day. I didn't even mind driving to MK. Yes, it took longer than the other parks but it wasn't bad.

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Baaaahahahahahaha

That picture of Reid dropping his map! OMG, I almost died laughing!
I love that picture so much. Makes me die laughing every single time!

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WOW! What a great experience at Turtle Talk! I am super shy too- I completely understand the panic! That's hilarious how outgoing Reid is!
Reid is so much like Ed and myself. Yet, there are some ways in which he is so very different. I am glad that he's outgoing and not shy. I wish I would've been more like him growing up.

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All caught up. I love the pics of Reid from the Character Spot....his smile is contagious. I'm a Soarin' fan...but it definitely needs a rehab.
Thank you!!

I really wonder why they don't refurb that ride? Seems like it needed it more than Test Track.

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Can't wait to hear what you think about F&W.
Hoping to do that update tomorrow night.

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Hi coming out of lurkerdome to say hi! found your TR on someone's link of a cruise TR and read your old one over the weekend still catching up on this one!
I am so glad you stopped in to say "Hello!" And thank you reading my TRs!

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Your little boy is soo adorable looks like you all had a great time on all of your trips thus far! looking forward to reading more
Thank you!! There was definitely a lot of fun had on the trip.
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I've missed several update... I don't know how... I need a better system...


Anyhow lots of fun stuff here...

Sorry about the Grump Photog... very un Disney like...

Reid looks very happy with Phineas and Ferb... love them...

Wow what with TSM being down ... I'll bet that made people unhappy...

It sounds like Pizza Planet was good except for your cupcake which is a shame because something that looks like that should taste good...with you on the cream cheese icing... needs to have cream cheese in it...


That was sad about the boy on RnRC... I'll bet he felt awful...

I love the photos of Reid on the Star Wars vehicle .... he looks blissed out...


on the backside check out photo...

I always think that the character spot in Epcot is great for photos...

Great story about Crush... Awesome Interaction with Reid... Great memory
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That's how we were at the parks - got to park on the first few rows every day. I didn't even mind driving to MK. Yes, it took longer than the other parks but it wasn't bad.

We don't stay until closing so we also don't get "stuck" leaving...and the MK ferry to TTC is cool
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