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Old 11-16-2012, 01:17 PM   #91
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LOVING your TR so far!!! Your pictures are INSANELY GORGEOUS! I totally subbed and look forward to reading more...now I am going to go catch up on your previous reports lol!
(LOL...I had to come back and edit this properly with color and smileys!)
Thanks and WELCOME!!! (I would put a cool smiley here if I weren't on my phone right now!)
Oh my last two TRs were way funnier and more dramatic, but as you can already tell, I have a flair for rambling, so you might be reading for days!! LOL!

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:25 PM   #92
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Yes, Karen I'm still reading and enjoying every minute of it!! I <3 the Magic Kingdom, especially in the rain. I feel like you can get much more done then!! Crystal Palace looks yummy. I have a Pre park opening ADR for there in January. First time. Looking forward to next update. -Amanda
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:53 PM   #93
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Yes, Karen I'm still reading and enjoying every minute of it!! I <3 the Magic Kingdom, especially in the rain. I feel like you can get much more done then!! Crystal Palace looks yummy. I have a Pre park opening ADR for there in January. First time. Looking forward to next update. -Amanda
Thanks Amanda! I LOVE the prepark opening ADR at Crystal Palace, we have done it every time we went! It's a tradition for us. This time, I was glad that it was Rey & I because normally I'm itching to finish before rope drop, but since I knew Rey & I weren't going on many rides, I wasn't worried about it. It was still REALLY DEAD that morning, even an hour after opening.

I already have an ADR for Savannah & I on our first morning at MK in February too!
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:13 PM   #94
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I'm still here and really enjoying your photos. I showed this latest batch to DH who is sitting beside me and he's enjoying them too. We loved Crystal Palace for supper, but haven't done the breakfast. We didn't feel funny without kids either. That's one of the things that makes Disney so special!

Is November 6th your actual anniversary? That's my birthday! (Not that I'm calling attention to those any more, if you know what I mean!)

I think the rain definitely keeps people out of the parks. Can't wait to see the next installment.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:49 PM   #95
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I'm still here and really enjoying your photos. I showed this latest batch to DH who is sitting beside me and he's enjoying them too. We loved Crystal Palace for supper, but haven't done the breakfast. We didn't feel funny without kids either. That's one of the things that makes Disney so special!

Is November 6th your actual anniversary? That's my birthday! (Not that I'm calling attention to those any more, if you know what I mean!)

I think the rain definitely keeps people out of the parks. Can't wait to see the next installment.
I'm glad you are still reading! I feel silly asking now but my other two TRs were very dramatic and funny and this one seems a little boring to me. I guess a trip without the IL's or kids is a little less crazy!

No, our Anniversary is actually at the end of October, we just couldn't get away until November! My 40th is coming up, I plan on staying 40 forever after that...no more birthdays!
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:49 PM   #96
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Hopefully the rain continued to deter the crowds for you guys!! Too funny about you adding the strawberries to your plate for decorative purposes!! Did you actually eat them? I always think that Disney strawberries are MUCH better than strawberries in the real world!
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:04 PM   #97
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I think it's really cute that Rey likes the Pooh Characters... my DH does too... Picture of him and Piglet really sweet...

& That's one of the few character breakfasts we haven't done... and it really looks quite lovely inside the CP...

That's def a priority for next trip...plus it sounds great to be able to get into the park early if you score an early CP ADR...
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:45 AM   #98
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Hopefully the rain continued to deter the crowds for you guys!! Too funny about you adding the strawberries to your plate for decorative purposes!! Did you actually eat them? I always think that Disney strawberries are MUCH better than strawberries in the real world!
Ah yes, the rain. More on THAT coming right up! No, I didn't eat them! I did eat them last time we were there, and they were fantastic, this time I was too full of puffed french toast!

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I think it's really cute that Rey likes the Pooh Characters... my DH does too... Picture of him and Piglet really sweet...

& That's one of the few character breakfasts we haven't done... and it really looks quite lovely inside the CP...

That's def a priority for next trip...plus it sounds great to be able to get into the park early if you score an early CP ADR...

There's nothing like walking down Main Street with it nearly empty! This time we had that group, and the park had already opened, but on previous trips, we had the whole place practically to ourselves! The meal is great as well, I normally don't love breakfast buffets and I think it's yummy!
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Let's all sing now...Rain, rain, go away, but thank-you-for-scaring-the-crowds-away!

So, we had just finished breakfast and I was stuffed full of stuffed french toast! This was all new to me, I'm usually a little anxious at breakfast, wanting the characters to hurry up a bit, wanting to get outside, wanting my IL's to hurry up (oh, that's another TR!) And trust me, in February, Savannah & I will be doing our Dumbodash! We don't run or anything crazy like that, but it's tradition to hit Dumbo first for us, so it was a little strange to just mosey out of CP and "wing-it"!

I couldn't totally break tradition, I told Rey I wanted to go through the castle. I just don't think it would feel right if we didn't! Stepped off the CP porch and realized I was going to have to pull out the poncho. I don't mind getting wet, but a wet camera is not a good thing. At first I tried to just cover the camera with the poncho all bunched up, but right about after I took this shot, I had to give in and just put it on.



I had my prime lens on (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE) and that was poor planning on my part. I started to see things I wanted to shoot with the wide angle as soon as we started walking towards the castle (including the castle) but the rain made me feel like I couldn't change out lenses. I wonder how much wider this shot would have been with the rented lens!



Onward we went! As we got back to FLE, I started getting really frustrated as it started raining harder. I couldn't get the shots I had looked forward to getting of the area b/c the rain was getting on my camera, even when I tried to just pull it out for a couple shots AND I didn't have the wide angle on. So, I just snapped a few shots and decided to let it go. Ok, it wasn't THAT easy, I believe I stood there grumbling and it was Rey's turn to use our trip-catchphrase..."We're together, that's all that matters!" So... FLE pics will have to wait until February! (besides, only passholders were actually getting into the new area, so I wouldn't have been able to get those shots anyway)












I hadn't planned on spending much time in Fantastyland with Rey, that's my special place with Savannah, so after getting so frustrated, I told Rey I wanted to head to one of my favorite rides! I then realized, on the way there, that this rain was a good thing! It was pretty dead. Then, I did something you won't believe. I walked right by this:



I know, insane, right?!?!? WALKED.RIGHT.PAST. (you can even tell I'm walking right past b/c it's just a snapshot of the wait time)

PP is one of my all-time-favorite rides. I tear up when I go on it, it's usually the 2nd ride we do after Dumbo. Something about the music, it just makes it all REAL. I'm here. I'm in Disney World! And, most of you don't know this, it seems like I go to WDW a ton, but it was a long, hard, road to get there. We had some really bad financial years and canceled trips. Our first trip had been just Savannah & I with a friend, so when we finally got back there and I sat on PP, I cried and just let it all go. It is such a symbol of WDW for me and getting through the tough years we did. AND...I just couldn't ride it without Savannah. It already makes me teary and I knew without her there I would be sad, she loves it as much as me. AND...I know you won't believe this from my Piglet-loving-husband, but Rey doesn't care for it?!?!?!? I know, crazy, right?

So, I sighed and walked right past that 5 minute wait. I think if we had ever had to wait for PP, I might have jumped at the opportunity, but the 3 other trips we have gone on, we have been able to walk right on in the morning, I'm always baffled at how people talk about the lines, but I know they get huge b/c I've seen the wait times in the afternoons and on my ride app. Ooops, off on a little ramble there!

Where was I headed then? 1 of the 3 rides that we went on the whole trip. None of you guess it! As we rounded the corner, I thanked the Disney raingods b/c this is what I saw...


and turn to the right!


That's right! PP and HM are tied for my favorite rides in MK. (LOL...look at all those abbreviations!) Rey humored me as I put the wide angle back on since we were in the covered area. WALKED.RIGHT.ON. WOOT!


The lens was FANTASTIC in the stretching room. I've always had an impossible time since it's so small. (and dark)




one shot before I stopped taking pics. I don't use a flash, but the light on my camera was coming on to try and focus. It's small, but Rey griped at me and so I figured it might bother others too and just stopped trying and enjoyed the ride! This is my favorite part of the ride though, I LOVE this room!


Yay! I got my ride fix and wanted more! We came out and this is what it looked like: The rain had stopped! Yay!




Up next: I was ready for another ride! Where do you think we headed? (not the People Mover, you guys already guessed that correctly...and easily looking at my picture!)
Here's the direction we headed after HM, that's a tiny hint (and rules out Frontierland!)



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Old 11-17-2012, 05:59 AM   #100
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Oh wow! I am loving your pictures! I know I've said that, but each one I think, this is my favorite, then I see more and think, no, this is my favorite. So clearly I can't choose a fav. I do really like the one of the little girl in the arch. She seems in awe. And of course the ones of HM! One of my favorite rides in MK! And love the shots of the EMPTY park. And that last one of the castle could be framed! See? I told you I couldn't pick a favorite! Keep them coming. Please and thank you!
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Followed you over from the nov fb group!! Really enjoying your trip report... Your pictures are gorgeous!!! We were there a couple days after you.... MK never looked like that lol.... It was packed most of the time!
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:45 AM   #102
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Oh wow! I am loving your pictures! I know I've said that, but each one I think, this is my favorite, then I see more and think, no, this is my favorite. So clearly I can't choose a fav. I do really like the one of the little girl in the arch. She seems in awe. And of course the ones of HM! One of my favorite rides in MK! And love the shots of the EMPTY park. And that last one of the castle could be framed! See? I told you I couldn't pick a favorite! Keep them coming. Please and thank you!
Oh, you can keep saying it, I have no issues with that! There are many, many more to come!

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Followed you over from the nov fb group!! Really enjoying your trip report... Your pictures are gorgeous!!! We were there a couple days after you.... MK never looked like that lol.... It was packed most of the time!
Thank you! Well, it did get busier than that, but since we had the freedom of no one that needed to do certain rides, we hopped away from crowds when we encountered them. More on that in the next update!
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Gorgeous pictures!!!
Rain is great at keeping the crowds down. But less great for photography.

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Gorgeous pictures!!!
Rain is great at keeping the crowds down. But less great for photography.

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Amanda!!! I hope you guys are recovering there. I know many people are still suffering and without electricity.

Yes, the rain helped with the morning crowds! I'm glad for it, I'm sure I'll have more opportunities to get those shots.
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Guess what?!?! I started our Pre-Trip Report for our Mother/Daughter February trip! I was going to wait until I was finished with this trip report, but we're at 80 days now and I still have MANY updates for this report! So, I'll have a TR AND a PTR! The more the merrier is my moto!

The Evil Spell Has Been Broken! A February 2013 Mother/Daughter PTR!
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