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Old 10-02-2013, 12:24 AM   #1
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Throw out the rulebook! We make it up as we go along. Updated 4/10/2014!

Aloha! It has been two weeks since we've returned from our trip to WDW, and now I finally have an opportunity to sit down and spin the tale of our adventures. This is my first ever trip report, so hopefully I can match the high quality reports that I have read on this site for years.

I'll start with an introduction. My name is Joshua. I am an active duty Marine stationed in Hawaii. My wife's name is Becky.

We have been married for six years, and have three wonderful children.

Our two princesses are named Liliana (Lili for short), She turned 6 right after our trip,


and Alexa who is 4.


Our little pirate/experiment 627 is named Gabriel (Gabe), and he is 3. I'll explain the lipstick a little later in the report.


When we return: Part I, our magical vacation begins!

PS, does anyone know how to make the pics a little smaller in the thread? I'm sorry if they are taking up your whole screen.

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As I said, we live in Hawaii, so the first part of our trip was a very long flight into Orlando. We got to the Honolulu airport around 11:00 on September 9th for a flight that was set to depart at 1:10. Now, we went on a trip last year to visit family in PA and NY and security was a nightmare with the three kids and all of our stuff. Needless to say, this year we weren't looking forward to our travel days. Thankfully, Honolulu now participates in the TSA pre-check program, and allow active duty military to use this system. This was great because I was able to take the kids through without having to take out laptops, belts, shoes, etc. My wife had to go through the normal line, but was able to breeze through because it was just her. Our trip was already off to a great start. We got onto the plane, and began our overnight flight with one stop in San Diego. Overall, our flights were not too bad. We arrived in Orlando a little before 6:00 AM the next morning (September 10th). We were staying at SoG, so we couldn't use Magical Express, but that wasn't too bad of a deal because we had booked ourselves a van shuttle. They were already there waiting for us, so we grabbed our bags and rode to the resort.



I had set Becky up with a massage at Senses over at GF for 2:00 that first day, so she went to that while the kids and I rested and got used to losing six hours. We are huge Philadelphia Eagles fans, and unfortunately were traveling during their Monday Night Football game against the Redskins. So while we were resting at SoG, I got all caught up on the highlights from what looked like a great game.

Later that day, after Becky came back all refreshed and ready for a magical vacation, we boarded the bus for Downtown Disney for dinner and to activate our Armed Forces Salute tickets. We had dinner at Rainforest Cafe, which was a first for us. The restaurant was okay, but I don't know that we would go back again. The kids seemed to like the animals at first, but after about 20 minutes they were over it. The food was descent, but we will probably try a different place next time.



After dinner, we wandered around DTD for a while, activated our tickets, and waited for some old friends to meet us. They moved down to New Smyrna Beach last year, and it had been almost 10 years since we have seen each other in person. We got some snacks while we waited.





When they got to DTD, we sat catching up for a good 30 minutes and then decided to find a place to sit and have a drink. This would be the first example of us throwing out the plan and going with the flow. We had planned to get to bed somewhat early that night so that we could make it to MK the next morning for rope drop. When my wife and I went in 2006 with my family, we had trouble getting everyone moving (they are not morning people at all) and so we wound up hitting tons of crowds and couldn’t get much accomplished. Granted, that was June and this was September, but it was still important to us to make it for the opening. Well, we had 10 years, 4 kids (between both families) and other life-changing experiences to catch up on, so we talked for hours. We wrapped up a little before 11 so that we could catch the bus back to Shades, as those busses run once an hour on the hour. We made it to the stop just in time to get on the bus. Day one in the World was a success. It was great getting to see old friends and how our kids became instant best friends. We put the kids to bed and then got to work staging our gear for the next day.

Next up: Part II, just how many characters can we meet in one day?
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I'm in - great start - sounds like a great trip with a great crew. So, you know, great!

I just flew back from Seattle and they were doing a pilot program where in normal line we didn't have to take shoes off or laptop/liquids out of bags, .... made it so much easier. Ah, the good old days of air travel
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We got up the next morning around 6:30 and got to work on getting the kids up, showered, dressed, breakfasted (that is a word, I checked ), etc. and walked to the Poly to catch the monorail to MK. We got there about 20 minutes before the welcome show started, which was awesome. We got a good spot near the front of the train station and watched the show. Of course, I think it really clicked for the kids when they saw Mickey and friends arrive on the train and did the countdown. Lili loves Marie, and was super excited that she was there. We didn’t mention her before the trip because I couldn’t find anything definitive about her being there every day. I didn’t want to get her hopes up and then Marie not be there.

After the welcome show, we went and got our first PP card and photo taken so that the rush of people flooding into the park could dwindle down a bit. Then we entered the Magic Kingdom. We made our first stop at the flagpole. Lili and mommy were first in line for Marie, while I had Alexa and Gabe in line for Pluto.





After pics and autographs, we stopped along Main St for some family photos in front of the castle. Then, we made our way to Fantasyland. We rode the carousel (these are a big deal where my wife is from). Then we went on Under the Sea, and went to meet Ariel. Alexa love The Little Mermaid, but I guess Ariel chose her sister’s marker to sign all of the books, so Alexa looks grumpy in her pics with one of her favorite princesses.



We left the Grotto and went down to Storybook Circus. The kids ran around the Casey Jr. splash area for a few minutes. Then we met with Minnie, Daisy, Goofy, and Donald. At this point, we decided to get some ears. Lili picked out Cinderella, Alexa picked Jack, and Gabe picked Goofy after changing his mind 30 times. We had their names sewn on and rode Dumbo while we waited. We picked up the ears and decided to grab some lunch. This was another deviation from the plan. We were going to head back to the resort around midday to catch a break and relax for a while, based on suggestions I read before. Since everyone was in good spirits, we decided to just keep chugging along.

We went to BoG to check out the lunch menu, as we were unable to secure an ADR there for dinner. Lunch was good. I got the onion soup, the kids shared a macaroni and a meatloaf, and Becky got the tuna salad. I loved the window snow effect in the ballroom and the mirror and rose in the west wing. After lunch, we met with Gaston. Alexa loves Gaston. I'm going to have a problem when she grows up if that's the kind of guy she goes after.



Then we got on Mad Tea Party. The kids LOVED spinning the teacups, wanting to go faster and faster. My wife isn’t that into fast rides or spinning too fast, but she survived .

Lili wanted to do the speedway, so I took her on that while everyone else found a shady spot to sit. After surviving my first time riding with a 6 year old driver, we went to find Buzz Lightyear. When we got to his spot, he had just left for his break, so we rode Space Ranger Spin and the TTA while we waited. SM was under refurb that day, so it was kinda cool go through that part with the lights on. We got in line for Buzz, and then the girls needed a potty break, so I took them while mommy and Gabe stayed behind. We got back just as it was Gabe’s turn to meet Buzz, so the girls were able to join in. Afterwards, we went to the MI Laugh Floor, which was hilarious. I love Roz, because I can relate. I have an administrative job in the Marine Corps, and deal with both bureaucratic red tape and co-workers that don’t properly file their paperwork, leaving me with more to do.

After the show, we went to meet Merida. She has become Alexa’s absolute favorite princess, and Gabe is like all three of her brothers rolled into one. While we were waiting, I realized that it was actually hotter than it is here in Hawaii. I didn’t know that was possible, but I think it was because we were just standing there baking in the sun with no breeze. Anyway, we met with Merida and tried out our archery skills.



We started walking from Merida’s spot to Liberty Square, and got to the Hub just in time for the Dream Along with Mickey show. We watched that, and had enough time before our ADR at Tony’s Town Square to go meet Tiana. By the time we got to the gazebo, Gabe was asleep. I left the girls and mommy to meet Tia and took sleepy Gabe to Town Square because I wanted to catch the flag retreat, especially since this was Patriot Day. After colors, I went to check in for our ADR and let them know that the rest of the family would be by in about 10 minutes.

We were shown to our table, and I noticed that Gabe had a nosebleed. I still have no idea what happened, I’m not sure if it just started bleeding or if he bumped his nose as he was waking up. Anyway, we got him cleared up and he was his normal self. We though Tony’s was pretty good. The kids are huge pasta eaters, so any place that they can get plain pasta is a win for them. Plus Lili loves Lady & the Tramp. I had the Shrimp Scampi, Becky had the Chicken Parm, and the kids had spaghetti. For dessert, we shared a pumpkin cheesecake and some spumoni.

After dinner, we went to the theater to meet the Mouse himself.



After we were done, we swung back through to meet the princesses. This is where Gabe got his kiss. I guess he was puckering up for Rapunzel, and she gave him a big kiss on the cheek.



We also met with Aurora and Cinderella. All three have been rotating as Lili’s favorites. At the time, she wanted to bring her Aurora costume, so she was her favorite, but it really depends on the day, some days its Rapunzel, others its Cindy or Aurora.

Our next stop was to go to Adventureland because we wanted to check out PotC, which was down for refurb when we went in 2006. Gabe became an instant fan, and would ride it about 6 or 7 times by the end of the trip. We also rode Aladdin’s carpets, and got in line to meet some fairies.

We waited for a little bit for the fairies and we were hoping for either Vidia or Periwinkle. When we got into the Hollow, the kids were excited to see Vidia with Tink. We spent what felt like 20-30 minutes in there with just us, Tink, and Vidia with them bantering back and forth and playing follow the leader with the kids. Tink also showed them all of her found things, and Alexa happened to have a nickel that she found earlier in the day. It was an awesome experience and one that I’m sure doesn’t happen often.





When we left Pixie Hollow, I took Lili on BTMRR because she loves rides. Then, we made it back to the Hub to catch Wishes from the corner. It wasn’t a bad angle, but it wasn’t the best viewing location either. After the fireworks, we caught a bench in front of the castle and got to see Celebrate the Magic. The kids had seen it on Youtube before the trip, and were really excited for it. After that, the MK was closed, so we decided to catch the ferryboat back to the Poly, and walked back to SoG to call it a night. When the day was over, I couldn’t believe how well everyone handled a full day from open to close in the MK.

On our next episode: Part III, three parks in one day? Are we nuts?

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We again began our day early, and got on the first bus from SoG to Animal Kingdom. When we got there, we decided to stop at the shop and grab some new autograph books because we had met so many characters the day before; I thought we might run out of blank pages. We wound up having a nice conversation with the two CMs and another guest (a WWII vet) about my military service.

We then set out, autograph books in hand, and went straight for Everest. On the way over there, we had stopped and got Becky a zebra print ear headband. Lili had seen videos of Everest before the trip and could not wait to ride. We got over there and she and I got in line. The CM had to check her height first, and she was happy to be just over the bar. We got to the end of the queue and we only had to wait one train for the front row. She loved it. Her favorite part was when we went backward, and she said that she was a little freaked out by the Yeti. That didnt stop her from telling all of her friends about the ride or wanting to get an Everest pin later. We got a photo of us on the ride, and then we went to meet back up with everyone else.



I realized after the ride that I had left my phone with my wife for some reason, and now I had no way of getting ahold of her. And, naturally, they decided to go do something while Lili and I were on Everest. Having no idea where everyone else went, we started walking from one end of Asia to the other, not wanting to stray too far from where we had split up just in case. When we made it back to Everest on our second pass, I asked Lili if she wanted to go on again while we are looking. She wanted to, but said that she wanted to find everyone first. We caught up with everyone on our next pass through Asia. They had ridden TriceraTop Spin a couple times, and were on their way back to Everest for us. Now that we were all back together, we took a look at the time and decided to go check out the safari instead of another ride on Everest.

The kids were not that into the safari. They didnt like the bumpy ride, and most of the animals they see about once every other month at the Honolulu Zoo. After the safari we started to make our way out of the park. We had lunch reservations at Hollywood Studios and at the time, I thought we would have to go to Boardwalk or Beach Club and walk over. We got a picture of the family in front of the tree that unfortunately could not be found in the Photopass database.

Before we left Animal Kingdom, I checked to see what characters were around, as we walked past Russell and Dug without so much as a wave. We went over to Camp Minnie Mickey to meet the characters there. When we got there, we were told that Pocahontas was not going to be there for another hour or so. We met with King Louie and Baloo, and then made our way to the busses.



When we got out to the busses, we were happy to see that there was a bus that went straight to HS from AK. We got to HS with plenty of time to spare, so we had some pictures taken in front of the hat and then decided to go meet Sofia. Sofia was a fan of Duffy, and Lili let her hold him.





After meeting with Sofia, we went to our lunch at the Play & Dine. The kids had such a great time and we will definitely be doing it again. Lili had two big bowls of pasta and there was plenty of dancing and playing. As our meal was winding down, we were told by our server that the group of people at the table next to us were leaving WDW that day and they had some dining credits left over. They had offered to cover our lunch with their credits. It was such a nice thing to do, and that really made our day. We just couldnt believe that something like that could happen, and our server was telling us afterward that it was only the second time she has ever seen it done.
After lunch, we were going to head to Disney Junior Live, but it had started to pour. Somehow, this was the only time it rained during our trip, which was nice. We waited out the downpour and threw on the ponchos as it lightened up and went to the show. After the show, it was still raining. We went over to the Great Movie Ride. The kids liked the ride, though Lili didnt like from the Indiana Jones section until we got to Munchkinland. After the ride we went to Star Tours. I took the girls on that while Mommy and Gabe poked around the shop. I really liked the updated Star Tours much better than the one I rode in 2006. We met up with everyone else in the shop after the ride. The kids got some light up R2D2 spinners and I got myself an R2D2 ear hat.

Now that we all had ears, we said cheers and headed towards that ominous tower in the distance. It had finally stopped raining, and it had cooled down quite a bit. Alexa said that she wanted to ride the very scary elevator. I wasnt so sure about that, but I took her through the queue anyway. Well, we got to the boarding area, and she changed her mind so they took us out via the backstage&ELEVATOR! Go figure J. Becky decided to take the kids for a walk around so that I could ride ToT and RnR. The whole trip all of the wait times were about 10-15 minutes. There werent too many things that we were in line for a very long time for. Anyway, after walking onto both rides, Becky told me to meet her at the end of the street; she had a surprise for me. There she was, standing there with a Yuengling and a turkey leg. The kids had gotten popcorn.

After we had our snacks, we went to meet with Mater and Lightning, and then Phineas and Ferb.



Then we took a stroll down the streets of America and left as the park was closing. We decided that since it was still somewhat early, and MK was open for another couple hours, we would hop on over there. Lili had a hankering for M&Ms and I knew that the store at Shades would be closed. I also knew that the Confectionary on Main St had the choose your own color thing, so we did just that. We all got something from there and then we went next door to get some ears for my little sister, as she was the only one that didnt go in 2006, because she hadnt been born yet. The CM told us that the MSEP would be starting in a few minutes, so we could watch that while we waited for the embroidery to be done. I told her that we were boycotting it because it killed Spectromagic. She laughed. We got the ears and then went over to ride: Pirates and the flying carpets! This wound up being the theme of the trip, whenever we were in MK.

We caught Wishes from Adventureland and then headed back to the resort for the night. The line for the monorail was packed, as was the boat launch because of the water pageant, and we checked the busses, but would have to go to the TTC to get one for Shades, so we doubled back to the monorail. We finally made it back to the resort and everyone was ready for bed. We were halfway through our trip, and I didnt want it to end any time soon.

Coming up: Part IV, Friday the 13th!

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This was our EPCOT day. We were also meeting up with another friend that we haven't seen since our last Disney trip in 2006. When we got on the bus to the TTC, we saw a couple of the same people that were on the bus to AK the day before. Lili told them about riding Everest on the way. We got on the EPCOT monorail at the TTC and made it to the park right as the gates opened.

After getting family shots in front of Spaceship Earth, we went over to the Seas to ride Nemo and check out Turtle Time. Alexa got to ask Crush how old he was.

After checking out the fish around the Seas pavilion and checking out a seashell display set up in the gift shop, we went over to Mission Space. Lili and I got on the green team while everyone else went to Mouse Gear. Lili loves science and space especially, so she loved the ride so much, we did it twice in a row. When we got done the second time, I saw that our friend Jasen and his sister had arrived. Jasen and I took Lili and Alexa on Test Track. I think the wait for that was about the longest we had during the whole trip, and it was still only about 30 minutes. Lili and Alexa each made a car, and we got on to test them out. Jasen was in the back with Lili and I was up front with Alexa. He had barely gotten Lili's seatbelt on and was getting his buckled when we just took off with no warning to the seatbelt check stop. I'm not sure if that's how it is supposed to be or not, but I'm just glad we got the kids buckled before we moved.

After the ride, we went to the World Showcase for some lunch. We met with Duffy and then went to Mexico.



After trying on some sombreros, we grabbed lunch at the cantina.



After lunch, Lili and I did the Agent P thing at Norway. She didn't like the troll, but still had fun. I took Alexa to Germany for the Agent P thing there, and I think that one was better. Everyone else met Snow White while we were doing the adventure. I guess Gabe was asleep though, so he had no idea what was going on. She asked Lili which dwarf Gabe was most like and she said Sleepy right now, but Dopey because his ears are so big.



We dropped off the phone when we were done, and then we got ourselves a pretzel.



Alexa has just recently become a fan of Jasmine, and so we went to Morocco to meet with her. When we got to the spot, the door was open. We parked the stroller around the corner, and then we saw that they had closed and locked the door! I asked one of the CMs what was going on, and she said she would check. She came back a minute later and said that they close it when the queue fills up and that we would have to wait for the next M&G time. Frustrated, I decided to walk over to Rose & Crown to see if we could add two more people to our ADR and change it to a later time. On my way over, I saw that Belle was meeting and it was in an open area, so no getting locked out of this one. They told me at R&C that if we wanted to change the time, we would have to come in as a standby. I told them that I would get back to them with that one.

On my way back through, I saw that everyone was still in line for Belle. The girls decided they would rather get in line early for Jasmine than wait for Belle, so Jasen and I took them back to Morocco. We got up to the queue and we were the first ones there. The CM told us that we would be first in line for the next time, as Aladdin and Jasmine were getting ready for a break. We said that was ok, we could wait. The PP photographer saw that it was only us in the queue, and let us through.

After the meeting, we got the group back together and went over to the UK. Lili and Gabe met with Alice, and then I check us in for our ADR after deciding not to change the time. The kids played hopscotch while we waited.



I must say, the reason that we chose Rose & Crown for dinner was because I really wanted to do the single malt Scotch flight. I never wound up having it though. We were seated outside, which was okay, but it was still warm, and this was one of the hotter days of our trip, so I wanted some AC. Then, I asked if I could order the cottage pie without mushrooms. Our server told me that it came pre-made, but that the mushrooms were the large button type and could be easily picked out. I decided to take my chances and ordered it. DW had the fish & chips, while the kids had...pasta. The mushrooms in my dish wound up being broken up, and were unavoidable, so I wasn't a huge fan of it. By the end of the meal, I had been sitting outside in the heat and was disappointed in both my dish and our server's seemingly inattentive attitude toward our table so I just wasn't in the mood for Scotch (a crime, I know. I'm sure my fellow DISdads will levy a fine for that one).
After dinner, we went over to ride Soarin which was also about a 30 minute wait. Alexa changed her mind, again, as we were about to take our seats. Thankfully, Jasen's sister offered to take her out for us. I liked the ride, but I think they really need to update the projection system. Also, the only scents we noticed were the orange grove and pine trees.

When we were done on Soarin, it was time to say goodnight to Jasen and his sister. We got a quick photo and then Alexa said that she wanted to ride Test Track again. I took her while Becky, Lili, and Gabe went back to the Seas. When we got to TT, it was down for maintenance with no opening in sight. I took Alexa inside the post ride area so she could make and race another car. Meanwhile, everyone else did Turtle Time again, and this time Lili got to ask Crush if he had ever been to Hawaii.

We decided to meet up again in Morocco, where Mommy and Lili were getting ready to get some Henna tattoos. Alexa and I stopped on the bridge between the UK and France for a photo, and then got to Morocco.



While they were getting their "ink", I went to grab a beer from Germany before Illuminations started. Since they were closing down the carts, the CM asked Alexa if she wanted a pretzel, and so we got the best thing ever: free food! We made it back to the edge of France and Morocco to watch the fireworks.

After Illuminations, we wanted to get a few things from Mouse Gear. While we were shopping, I realized that there was a walking path from EPCOT to Hollywood Studios. Being Friday the 13th, they were having the special villains event. We got some pics of the fountain on our way towards the International Gateway.

As we passed out of the gateway, there was a guy arguing with the CM that he had walked all the way from DHS and wanted to cut through EPCOT to get to his car. He was told that the park was closed, and could not be allowed through. I have no idea what the outcome was, but I'm sure he had to find a different way to the parking lot.

We got to the Boardwalk, and I saw a lot of people walking up the stairs, so I assumed (you know what happens...) that it was the way to go. It was just the parking lot. We did see some fireworks in the distance, and, not knowing how far away we were, got on the boat. By the time we made it to DHS, the kids were tired, we were tired, and the park was packed. We made a lap around to see who was out, and almost got ran over by the Evil Queen. Then we decided to call it a night and got on a super packed bus back to Shades. We probably should have just went back after EPCOT instead of going to DHS, but live and learn I guess. It was the end of another great day in the World.



When we return: Part V, our last day in the parks.
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I've been reading! I have a bad habit of lurking a lot on these boards. Just wanted to say I've enjoyed your report and hope your kids had a WONDERFUL time.
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I'm not sure if anyone is reading this report but for anyone following along, I should have the next part finished and posted tomorrow.
I am reading!
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My in Progress Trip Report for my Oct 2013 Food & Fest (and more) Trip

Oct 2013 - 5 days (offsite hotel)
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:07 PM   #14
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I apologize for the extreme lateness of this last part. I thought I had completed the report and then work and planning our next trip overtook us.

So here it is: the epic finale!

Since we had gotten up so early each day of our trip, and we had been out so late the night before, we took it easy our last morning. The girls had an appointment for later in the morning at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique in Downtown Disney, so while they got up to get their costumes on and get ready for their makeovers, I took Gabe to EPCOT. We got there shortly after the park opened, and went straight to the Seas.



After riding Nemo, we went over to Journey Into Imagination. Gabe spent a good amount of time after the ride playing in ImageWorks.



By the time we were done, it was getting close to the time the girls were scheduled for their makeovers, so we decided to grab some lunch in the World Showcase before heading Downtown to meet up with everyone else.
We grabbed some sandwiches and dessert at the Boulangerie Patisserie, then headed out to the Boardwalk Inn to catch a bus Downtown.



We got to the World of Disney just after the girls had checked into the Boutique and they were called in for their appointments with the Fairy Godmothers in Training a few minutes later. Suprisingly, Alexa chose the traditional princess look, while Lili chose the diva princess. I thought for sure it was going to be the other way around. Both girls loved the attention and the big reveal.





We went to the Photopass spot in Guest Relations and got the complimentary photo session for the new princesses. Then, they marched in the parade that went from the store all the way down to the carousel, where they got to ride for free.



I thought that was great, and so did they. After their ride, we took a bus to the Contemporary so that we could get on the monorail to the Magic Kingdom for our dinner reservation at Cindy’s. I know that you can walk from the resort to the park, but it was late in our trip, and very hot so we welcomed the opportunity to ride over. When we got to the park I realized that we only had four tickets! Somehow, Gabe’s ticket was lost. I’m not sure where we had dropped it, but thankfully we were able to get into the park. We made it to the castle with plenty of time to spare.

We were very much looking forward to this dinner, as we had done it back in 2006 and knew that the girls would be beside themselves with all of the royal attention and eating in the castle. This time though, we were a bit disappointed. The murmur in the dining hall was so loud that you couldn’t even hear the announcements for the princesses or for the magical moments. When the princesses came around, it was a very quick hi, snap a picture, and leave. On top of all that, the kids were less than impressed with the food selection, which we sort of knew ahead of time that they might not, but we figured that the experience would outweigh that. In the end, it wasn’t a vacation killing experience, but it isn’t something that we are likely to do again for a very long time.

After dinner, we went around and rode some rides. This was the only day during our trip that Space Mountain was open due to refurb, so while I rode the Mad Tea Party with the kids, Becky went and grabbed a FastPass for me.





While I rode Space Mountain, she took the kids to the Haunted Mansion. We then finished out the night riding Pirates and the Carpets a few times, and slowly made our way out of the park, stopping to take one last picture in front of the castle and vowing to See Ya Real Soon as we left.



The next day was a buffer day. We had a very early flight the following morning, so we planned for this last day to be a packing and unwinding day. We had considered that morning heading down to the ticket office and grabbing one more day in the Magic Kingdom, but decided against it. We packed and spent the rest of the afternoon at Downtown, hitting some of the shops and having dinner at Earl of Sandwich. We grabbed some last minute souvenirs, and went back to the room to get to bed early so that we could meet our shuttle at zero dark thirty.

Thus ended the best vacation that we have ever taken, and the planning for the next trip began almost immediately. To those of you that have come along for the ride, thank you. I hope you enjoyed reading this, and watch out for my next trip report this May. We will have a full week this time, featuring some exciting new Meet and Greets and the first day of Star Wars Weekends. See ya real soon!
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:55 AM   #15
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Awesome Report!

You have a beautiful family and thank you for serving our country! Your report was great and I am glad to have read it!

Hope you have a great time in May! I was there last May for SWW and it was awesome!
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2013 trips: Feb 10-15, 2013 at AsMo & May 2013 at Pop
2014 trips: Wishes Do Come True! 10th Anniversary Trip April 26-30, 2014 at POP! & First trip solo! August 24-26, 2014 at POP!

Next trip? Hope to visit before Marc 21, 2015 when DS officially turns into a Disney Adult!
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