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Old 12-17-2012, 01:32 PM   #47
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Please Stand Clear of the Broken Doors

Sat. Dec 1, 2012


When we last left off, we had just finished unpacking and making ourselves at home. Translation, our room looked like a Buy Buy Baby truck smashed through the window.

We didn’t have time for naps, but we did get a chance to take showers and change clothes before we headed out for the evening. Our plan for the evening was to see the monorail resorts and then have dinner with Mickey Mouse!

We didn’t really want to haul the stroller onto a bus and then have to wait for a bus at MK late in the evening, so we decided to just drive to the TTC. We booked through AAA so that we could get the AAA Diamond parking passes. We’d planned to do a lot of driving so that we could avoid having to fight the stroller on a bus. We made our way up to the Resort Monorail platform and based on the fact that all the Disdads say “pictures or it didn’t happen,” The Avengers monorail wasn’t the first one that we saw on the trip as it pulled into the station, and therefore clearly wasn't the monorail that we boarded.

We climbed into the monorail and headed for the Poly. Just after we left the station the monorail came to a stop and we heard the recording about waiting for clearance. After just a slight delay we were on our way again, but the delay made us a little nervous. We wanted to make sure that we had plenty of time to make it to our ADR so we decided to just stay on at the Poly since GF was the resort we most wanted to see with the Christmas tree and Gingerbread house. We stopped in the station at the Poly and the doors closed… then they opened… then they closed… then they opened… then they closed and we sat and a few minutes. Some CM’s were scrambling around on the platform and headed to the very back car. A few minutes later, we saw people walking from that car to other areas of the monorail. 4 or 5 of them entered our compartment that was already standing room only. They said there was a problem with the doors on their car and they wouldn’t close completely.

Once they evacuated the faulty car, we were on our way. We arrived at the GF and headed in to take a look at the Christmas decorations. We noticed that they really went above and beyond on the Gingerbread House this year. We still had a picture from 2011 on our camera and were noting all the intricate differences from last year to this year.

2011


2012


The difference is impressive, isn’t it?

We headed back out to the monorail platform to give ourselves plenty of time to make it to the Contemporary when we saw a group of 10 or 12 teenage girls entering from the monorail. We assume they were there for the Christmas parade taping from earlier in the day, but we couldn’t figure out if they were part of the audience or part of the show. They looked like Nicki Minaj wannabes. They definitely stood out in the crowd!

Fortunately, we didn't not get the Avengers monorail this time and we were quickly on our way to the Contemporary without having to deal with malfunctioning doors. This was the first time I’ve ever taken a monorail through the MK station and not gotten off. Being that it was our first night, it was kind of odd, but also exciting to see a glimpse of what the week had in store for us. When we finally got to the Contemporary, it was about 40 minutes before our ADR. I didn’t expect to be seated early, but I figured we might as well go check in before we looked around. I got to the Chef Mickey check in desk and gave them our information. The CM told me that she couldn't check me in because they aren’t allowed to check us in until 15 minutes before the ADR time. By this time, the word check-in was becoming a profanity to me.

We went back out to the concourse area. I think everyone else checked out the gift shop while Dad and I found a bench by the restrooms to sit and give DD her bottle. We waited until 20 min before our ADR to go check in, and of course by then there’s a huge line of people waiting to check in and the waiting area was packed. It was past our ADR time by the time we actually got in to get our picture taken and we were finally seated 25 minutes after our ADR time.

Now for another mini-rant: I don’t have a problem with them not seating me before my ADR. I didn’t ask to be seated before my ADR. All I wanted to do was check in so that we had that out of the way. I don’t understand how our checking in 30 – 40 minutes before our ADR is such a detriment to them. I’d think it would relieve some of the logjam, seeing as how there was nobody even in line to check in when I first went there. As it worked out, we got there early like they ask you to do, yet didn’t get through the check in process until AFTER our ADR time.


They at least tried to make it worth our wait though. We had a big round table in the back section of the restaurant right next to a window with a view of the MK. I was seated with my back to the window, but I couldn’t resist turning my head every few minutes to soak in that view and appreciate where we were. We had time to go fill our plates before Minnie arrived for our first character interaction.



We had a hard time getting pictures. The camera actually died on me while Minnie was there, so I started reaching for cell phones, the iPad, anything I could use to take pictures. This was, unfortunately, our best Minnie picture. I got a new phone shortly before the trip and I hate it for a lot of reasons, one being the camera. My old one could take pictures almost as good as DW’s point and shoot camera, but my new one is awful. None of the character pictures I took with it turned out well. I put new batteries in the camera and got a few more later on, but I was so busy using the camera, my phone, DW’s phone, just trying to make sure we’d at least get one good picture somewhere along the line. Looking back at pictures, I think my mom must have forgotten to take her camera that evening. She didn’t have any pictures at all. This is when we decided to use the Barney Fife method for using the camera. We'd carry the camera and load some batteries into it right before we wanted to take a picture. Otherwise, it was basically dead weight because it was useless for spontaneous pictures.









We did get a few good pictures though



All in all, we were pleasantly surprised by our character interactions. At first DD was off to the side and I don’t think Minnie knew she was there. We moved her to the other side of DW so that she'd be right in front as they approached us, but then it seemed like the characters hardly seemed to pay attention to DS, because they were playing with her! She loved Pluto and tried to eat his nose, but then as each subsequent character arrived she seemed to become a little less interested in them. We were a little concerned about how DS would be with the characters since he really only liked them from a distance last year, and had been acting scared of basically everything lately. He did very well. He was reluctant at first, but after the first couple of characters approached him and knelt down to his level, he was just fine and looking forward to the next one!

We enjoyed our dinner and ate entirely too much. Not because the food was so good, but do you have any idea how much they charge for that buffet?!?!?! The food was actually fine, nothing special really, but we all know we go there for the location and the characters anyway.

We settled the bill and headed back up to the monorail and despite considering heading to the Poly, decided that we all just needed some sleep after our long day. We got off at the TTC and headed back to the cars.

We were back at CSR at probably 9 or 9:30 pm. I really don’t remember anything after we got off the monorail and I didn’t write anything down that night. I think both kids were asleep by the time we got back and I barely made it to the bed before I crashed for what would be a much needed full night of sleep…

Or would it be???
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oh how frustrating on the check-in, that would make me rant too. I can't see how early check in would hurt a soul, very annoying. Bummer about the camera issues, that is so frustrating I know but there are a few good ones in there and it sounds like once seated, it was a fun meal!
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We made our way up to the Resort Monorail platform and based on the fact that all the Disdads say “pictures or it didn’t happen,” The Avengers monorail wasn’t the first one that we saw on the trip as it pulled into the station, and therefore clearly wasn't the monorail that we boarded.
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We stopped in the station at the Poly and the doors closed… then they opened… then they closed… then they opened… then they closed and we sat and a few minutes.
They didn't put a toddler latch on that door, either?

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We still had a picture from 2011 on our camera and were noting all the intricate differences from last year to this year.

The difference is impressive, isn’t it?


You had me going there for a second. That little lit bush in the corner really makes a difference.

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Fortunately, we didn't not get the Avengers monorail this time
Wait a minute...

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The CM told me that she couldn't check me in because they aren’t allowed to check us in until 15 minutes before the ADR time. By this time, the word check-in was becoming a profanity to me.
We will now refer to check-in as the Beverly time.

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It was past our ADR time by the time we actually got in to get our picture taken and we were finally seated 25 minutes after our ADR time.
Yup, this has definitely been a magical trip.

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We'd carry the camera and load some batteries into it right before we wanted to take a picture. Otherwise, it was basically dead weight because it was useless for spontaneous pictures.
At least you know what to get for Christmas.

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We were a little concerned about how DS would be with the characters since he really only liked them from a distance last year, and had been acting scared of basically everything lately.
My boys do that, and they're almost into double-digits!

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We enjoyed our dinner and ate entirely too much. Not because the food was so good, but do you have any idea how much they charge for that buffet?!?!?! The food was actually fine, nothing special really, but we all know we go there for the location and the characters anyway.
I think buffet is French for "You are legally required to overeat."

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I think both kids were asleep by the time we got back and I barely made it to the bed before I crashed for what would be a much needed full night of sleep…

Or would it be???
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oh how frustrating on the check-in, that would make me rant too. I can't see how early check in would hurt a soul, very annoying. Bummer about the camera issues, that is so frustrating I know but there are a few good ones in there and it sounds like once seated, it was a fun meal!
I'm sure there must be a reason, but I've got to think we've been half hour early for an ADR at some point in time before and didn't have a problem with it. I kind of wonder if maybe it is just a Chef Mickey policy since their internal waiting area is so crowded.

Dinner was definitely a lot of fun once we were seated. The characters were great and it was fun watching DS and DD interact.

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They didn't put a toddler latch on that door, either?
Believe it or not, this wouldn't be the last time a door issue delayed us on the monorail.

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You had me going there for a second. That little lit bush in the corner really makes a difference.
It really does, doesn't it?

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Wait a minute...
Yeah, I've got a headache too. I really don't know what I just said there.

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We will now refer to check-in as the Beverly time.
I like it.

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Yup, this has definitely been a magical trip.
Hey, we were in Disney World. How bad could it be?

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At least you know what to get for Christmas.
No. Remember that iPad I mentioned? She had mentioned wanting one, so I got that for her for Christmas and just gave it to her early to use for the trip.

Now I wouldn't be surprised if I end up getting a camera for Christmas or something.

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My boys do that, and they're almost into double-digits!
Good point.

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I think buffet is French for "You are legally required to overeat."
That's the interpretation I always use.

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I actually just finished writing the update. It was going to be part of the next morning, but I hate to ruin the first day at MK and this night just deserves it's own. I'll probably post it tomorrow.
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Please Stand Clear of the Broken Doors

Sat. Dec 1, 2012



We didn’t really want to haul the stroller onto a bus and then have to wait for a bus at MK late in the evening, so we decided to just drive to the TTC. We booked through AAA so that we could get the AAA Diamond parking passes. We’d planned to do a lot of driving so that we could avoid having to fight the stroller on a bus. We made our way up to the Resort Monorail platform and based on the fact that all the Disdads say “pictures or it didn’t happen,” The Avengers monorail wasn’t the first one that we saw on the trip as it pulled into the station, and therefore clearly wasn't the monorail that we boarded.

I have to say we had the BEST bus service at CSR; but I can certainly understand not wanting to fold up the stroller, unfold, repeat, etc.

We climbed into the monorail and headed for the Poly. Just after we left the station the monorail came to a stop and we heard the recording about waiting for clearance. After just a slight delay we were on our way again, but the delay made us a little nervous. We wanted to make sure that we had plenty of time to make it to our ADR so we decided to just stay on at the Poly since GF was the resort we most wanted to see with the Christmas tree and Gingerbread house. We stopped in the station at the Poly and the doors closed… then they opened… then they closed… then they opened… then they closed and we sat and a few minutes. Some CM’s were scrambling around on the platform and headed to the very back car. A few minutes later, we saw people walking from that car to other areas of the monorail. 4 or 5 of them entered our compartment that was already standing room only. They said there was a problem with the doors on their car and they wouldn’t close completely.

Typical monorail...always something breaking on it. We only rode it twice...between resorts, and we got lucky. Every other time we've been on it over the last five years, we sit for 15 minutes.

Once they evacuated the faulty car, we were on our way. We arrived at the GF and headed in to take a look at the Christmas decorations. We noticed that they really went above and beyond on the Gingerbread House this year. We still had a picture from 2011 on our camera and were noting all the intricate differences from last year to this year.

2011


2012


Truthfully, you didn't miss much with the decorations at the Contemporary or the Poly...I was very disappointed. On the other hand, the decorations at the GF (although I still don't like the resort and find it too for me) were spectacular.

We headed back out to the monorail platform to give ourselves plenty of time to make it to the Contemporary when we saw a group of 10 or 12 teenage girls entering from the monorail. We assume they were there for the Christmas parade taping from earlier in the day, but we couldn’t figure out if they were part of the audience or part of the show. They looked like Nicki Minaj wannabes. They definitely stood out in the crowd!

They were all over the place.

Fortunately, we didn't not get the Avengers monorail this time and we were quickly on our way to the Contemporary without having to deal with malfunctioning doors. This was the first time I’ve ever taken a monorail through the MK station and not gotten off. Being that it was our first night, it was kind of odd, but also exciting to see a glimpse of what the week had in store for us. When we finally got to the Contemporary, it was about 40 minutes before our ADR. I didn’t expect to be seated early, but I figured we might as well go check in before we looked around. I got to the Chef Mickey check in desk and gave them our information. The CM told me that she couldn't check me in because they aren’t allowed to check us in until 15 minutes before the ADR time. By this time, the word check-in was becoming a profanity to me.

We went back out to the concourse area. I think everyone else checked out the gift shop while Dad and I found a bench by the restrooms to sit and give DD her bottle. We waited until 20 min before our ADR to go check in, and of course by then there’s a huge line of people waiting to check in and the waiting area was packed. It was past our ADR time by the time we actually got in to get our picture taken and we were finally seated 25 minutes after our ADR time.

Now for another mini-rant: I don’t have a problem with them not seating me before my ADR. I didn’t ask to be seated before my ADR. All I wanted to do was check in so that we had that out of the way. I don’t understand how our checking in 30 – 40 minutes before our ADR is such a detriment to them. I’d think it would relieve some of the logjam, seeing as how there was nobody even in line to check in when I first went there. As it worked out, we got there early like they ask you to do, yet didn’t get through the check in process until AFTER our ADR time.


We've often been told we can't check in until 10 minutes before our time. I forget where we were this past trip and they told us they were running about 15 minutes behind seating people.

They at least tried to make it worth our wait though. We had a big round table in the back section of the restaurant right next to a window with a view of the MK. I was seated with my back to the window, but I couldn’t resist turning my head every few minutes to soak in that view and appreciate where we were. We had time to go fill our plates before Minnie arrived for our first character interaction.



We had a hard time getting pictures. The camera actually died on me while Minnie was there, so I started reaching for cell phones, the iPad, anything I could use to take pictures. This was, unfortunately, our best Minnie picture. I got a new phone shortly before the trip and I hate it for a lot of reasons, one being the camera. My old one could take pictures almost as good as DW’s point and shoot camera, but my new one is awful. None of the character pictures I took with it turned out well. I put new batteries in the camera and got a few more later on, but I was so busy using the camera, my phone, DW’s phone, just trying to make sure we’d at least get one good picture somewhere along the line. Looking back at pictures, I think my mom must have forgotten to take her camera that evening. She didn’t have any pictures at all. This is when we decided to use the Barney Fife method for using the camera. We'd carry the camera and load some batteries into it right before we wanted to take a picture. Otherwise, it was basically dead weight because it was useless for spontaneous pictures.









Great character pictures, and your little guy did great.

We did get a few good pictures though



This picture made me smile from ear to ear...too darn cute!

All in all, we were pleasantly surprised by our character interactions. At first DD was off to the side and I don’t think Minnie knew she was there. We moved her to the other side of DW so that she'd be right in front as they approached us, but then it seemed like the characters hardly seemed to pay attention to DS, because they were playing with her! She loved Pluto and tried to eat his nose, but then as each subsequent character arrived she seemed to become a little less interested in them. We were a little concerned about how DS would be with the characters since he really only liked them from a distance last year, and had been acting scared of basically everything lately. He did very well. He was reluctant at first, but after the first couple of characters approached him and knelt down to his level, he was just fine and looking forward to the next one!

We enjoyed our dinner and ate entirely too much. Not because the food was so good, but do you have any idea how much they charge for that buffet?!?!?! The food was actually fine, nothing special really, but we all know we go there for the location and the characters anyway.

Not a fan of the food at all at CM's (last time we ate there was 2004 and the food was awful, but you can't beat the character interaction.

We were back at CSR at probably 9 or 9:30 pm. I really don’t remember anything after we got off the monorail and I didn’t write anything down that night. I think both kids were asleep by the time we got back and I barely made it to the bed before I crashed for what would be a much needed full night of sleep…

Or would it be???
I'm not surprised after the long day that everyone was ready for bed. Uh oh...that doesn't sound too promising on a "full night sleep."
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I have to say we had the BEST bus service at CSR; but I can certainly understand not wanting to fold up the stroller, unfold, repeat, etc.
Hmmm... we used the bus a few times. It was ok...

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Typical monorail...always something breaking on it. We only rode it twice...between resorts, and we got lucky. Every other time we've been on it over the last five years, we sit for 15 minutes.
Well our luck wasn't quite that bad, and never has been, but the monorail just never seemed to be completely functional that week.

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Truthfully, you didn't miss much with the decorations at the Contemporary or the Poly...I was very disappointed. On the other hand, the decorations at the GF (although I still don't like the resort and find it too for me) were spectacular.
I agree with you 100%. We saw the Poly last year, and while it might be one of the nicer resorts to explore on a day to day basis, it is at the bottom of the list when it comes to MK resorts for Christmas decorations. I don't think I could ever stay at the GF, and probably wouldn't go out of my way any other time, but I do love the Christmas decorations they have.

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They were all over the place.
You saw them after you got there too??? I only saw them a couple of times on Saturday.

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We've often been told we can't check in until 10 minutes before our time. I forget where we were this past trip and they told us they were running about 15 minutes behind seating people.
Ok, that was a new one to me. I don't have a problem with being seated a little late if that's the case, but I still don't understand why I can't at least check in and they can tell me they're running a little behind.

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Great character pictures, and your little guy did great.
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This picture made me smile from ear to ear...too darn cute!
I really like that one. It's such a huge smile it doesn't even hardly look like her.

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Not a fan of the food at all at CM's (last time we ate there was 2004 and the food was awful, but you can't beat the character interaction.
I can't say the food was awful, but it wasn't great either. The kids buffet items seemed good though. DS is a bit of a grazer, but he really ate well that night. I even had a some of the kids pizza and mac & cheese. Basically, they did the low cost items pretty well, but I was less than impressed with the roast beef they had.

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I'm not surprised after the long day that everyone was ready for bed. Uh oh...that doesn't sound too promising on a "full night sleep."
I'm going to go ahead and post that little update later this morning I think. I was going to put it on the next morning's update, but there's no reason to make the first morning at a park a downer too!

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Joining in !! I agree with Kathy, that picture of your DD made me smile. So precious !! Ahhhhh the memories of mine when they were that little ....

Thanks, that really is a great picture of her. I love that smile.
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Open the @#&% Door!!!

Sunday Dec 2, 12:15 AM



BAM, BAM, BAM!!!!

What the …?? *Sit up look at clock, 12:15 AM. Look at door. Silence. Try to go back to sleep.*

BAM, BAM, BAM!!! Open the door you @#$!

*Sit back up and look at door. Well it isn’t our door, must be some kids in a room nearby. Try to ignore it and go back to sleep.*

BAM, BAM, BAM!!! HEY, @$$#*!%, OPEN THE @$&#!^* DOOR!!!!

*I shot straight up out of bed as the realization hits… somebody’s pounding on mom and dad’s door!*

BAM, BAM, BAM!!! OK, #@*$ , It isn’t funny anymore. Open the @#*$ door!

By this point I’ve run over to the door and am looking out the peephole. It is a boy probably in his upper teens. He looks too old to be a Pop Warner kid, so I won’t blame this on them. I guess it could have been an older brother or something, but I really have no idea. At this point he’s relentlessly pounding and kicking at the door and yelling non-stop. I’d just put some shorts and shoes on and stepped back to the door. I had my hand on the lock and was ready to step outside and let him know he was in the wrong place and the noise wasn’t exactly appreciated. It turned out I got to the door just in time to see the good part.

At that insant, I saw my dad give him exactly what he wanted. Dad cracked the door open. He left the top latch on the door so it couldn’t open all the way and was trying to let the guy know he was in the wrong place. As he did that, the guy kicked at the door and tried to push his way in. Dad slammed the door right in his face. The realization hit him that he was at the wrong room and he took off stumbling away from the door and then ran away. I’m pretty sure he woke up with a headache and bruised foot in the morning though. Serves him right!

Despite the excitement, DW and DS slept right through it all… which is more than I can say for DD. She was awake and not very happy. She was due for a bottle that she didn't get since she fell asleep on the way back. I got her out of the pack n play and changed her diaper. I got a bottle ready and laid her back down. Usually she’ll relax and go right back to sleep this way. She’ll lay back with her hands behind her head as she drinks the bottle, and by the time it’s finished she’ll be calm and relaxed and just go right to sleep.

I couldn’t figure out why she was still upset and screaming. I reached down to try to calm her down and as I touched her, I noticed her pajamas felt wet. I felt around and she and the bed were soaked.

I didn’t turn on the lights when I was doing everything, so I didn’t realize that when I fixed the bottle, the nipple wasn’t in the right way and didn’t seal. As I was feeding her, more of the bottle was leaking out on her than going into her mouth. She and the pack n play were both completely soaked in formula.

Remember annoyed, impatient, grumpy guy from yesterday that really needed to catch up on sleep? He came back.

DW woke up and helped with the clean-up. I grabbed a couple of bath towels to lay down in the pack n play and fixed a new bottle. Before long she managed to drift back to sleep, and thankfully so did I.

Ok, maybe not a full night of sleep, but we can at least get a few more hours before we head out for our first park day!!!
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This trip is certainly NOT off on the right foot (well, except the adorable pictures at Chef Mickey's). I hope the morning looks better all the way around.
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[COLOR="Green"]Sunday Dec 2, 12:15 AM
Nothing good happens that late at night.

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BAM, BAM, BAM!!!!

BAM, BAM, BAM!!! Open the door you @#$!

BAM, BAM, BAM!!! HEY, @$$#*!%, OPEN THE @$&#!^* DOOR!!!!

BAM, BAM, BAM!!! OK, #@*$ , It isn’t funny anymore. Open the @#*$ door!
From now on, you're taking Fed with you on your trips.

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Dad slammed the door right in his face. The realization hit him that he was at the wrong room and he took off stumbling away from the door and then ran away. I’m pretty sure he woke up with a headache and bruised foot in the morning though. Serves him right!
I guess he made a wrong assumption. You know what happens when you assume.

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I didn’t turn on the lights when I was doing everything, so I didn’t realize that when I fixed the bottle, the nipple wasn’t in the right way and didn’t seal. As I was feeding her, more of the bottle was leaking out on her than going into her mouth. She and the pack n play were both completely soaked in formula.

Remember annoyed, impatient, grumpy guy from yesterday that really needed to catch up on sleep? He came back.
Worse? How can things get any worse?! Take a look around you, Ellen! We're at the threshold of he--!
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:05 AM   #59
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As you pointed out, I’m a bit behind here, so we’ll start off with the broken doors episode…





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When we last left off, we had just finished unpacking and making ourselves at home. Translation, our room looked like a Buy Buy Baby truck smashed through the window.
I do not miss those days.
Every outing to anywhere was like getting ready for extended deep-sea diving.

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We didn’t have time for naps, but we did get a chance to take showers and change clothes before we headed out for the evening.
And the rest of the guests appreciated that fact I’m sure.

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based on the fact that all the Disdads say “pictures or it didn’t happen,” The Avengers monorail wasn’t the first one that we saw on the trip as it pulled into the station, and therefore clearly wasn't the monorail that we boarded.
Mark should have your luck (or more rather, his kids should)

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We stopped in the station at the Poly and the doors closed… then they opened… then they closed… then they opened… then they closed and we sat and a few minutes.
¡Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas!

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We noticed that they really went above and beyond on the Gingerbread House this year.


The difference is impressive, isn’t it?
Very
I’ll have to check that against our pictures form 2010 to see if I need bother trying to see and “upgrades” that may be forthcoming in any future trips down there.


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We headed back out to the monorail platform to give ourselves plenty of time to make it to the Contemporary when we saw a group of 10 or 12 teenage girls entering from the monorail. We assume they were there for the Christmas parade taping from earlier in the day, but we couldn’t figure out if they were part of the audience or part of the show. They looked like Nicki Minaj wannabes. They definitely stood out in the crowd!
You have a daughter…
You’re just getting a small glimpse of the future that it to befall you.

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When we finally got to the Contemporary, it was about 40 minutes before our ADR. I didn’t expect to be seated early, but I figured we might as well go check in before we looked around. I got to the Chef Mickey check in desk and gave them our information. The CM told me that she couldn't check me in because they aren’t allowed to check us in until 15 minutes before the ADR time. By this time, the word check-in was becoming a profanity to me.
Yep… that’s a lesson I’ve learned in the past. I’m always early if I can help it, but early for an ADR still means that you’ll be waiting every minute of the time that was originally scheduled.

Frustrating…
Still better then the outcome of being late though (not that much if it’s a popular location, but still)





Sorry to hear about the camera troubles…

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…but the pictures you did get were excellent.
Well, the moments themselves were excellent, but the picture does let the rest of us try to be there with you.






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We did get a few good pictures though



Yep… that’s good one.


A mighty good one.



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All in all, we were pleasantly surprised by our character interactions. At first DD was off to the side and I don’t think Minnie knew she was there. We moved her to the other side of DW so that she'd be right in front as they approached us, but then it seemed like the characters hardly seemed to pay attention to DS, because they were playing with her!
Pretty girls always steal the show.
(It’s best that he learn that lesson early. )




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We enjoyed our dinner and ate entirely too much. Not because the food was so good, but do you have any idea how much they charge for that buffet?!?!?!
That pretty much defines the word “buffet”



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I think both kids were asleep by the time we got back and I barely made it to the bed before I crashed for what would be a much needed full night of sleep…

Or would it be???
That does not bode well.

Let me say up front that whatever it is that will be busting down your door in the next couple of hours here…

It wasn’t part of my master plan to make you miserable.
You must have more then one nemeses.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:27 AM   #60
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BAM, BAM, BAM!!!!

What the …?? *Sit up look at clock, 12:15 AM. Look at door. Silence. Try to go back to sleep.*

BAM, BAM, BAM!!! Open the door you @#$!

*Sit back up and look at door. Well it isn’t our door, must be some kids in a room nearby. Try to ignore it and go back to sleep.*

BAM, BAM, BAM!!! HEY, @$$#*!%, OPEN THE @$&#!^* DOOR!!!!

*I shot straight up out of bed as the realization hits… somebody’s pounding on mom and dad’s door!*

BAM, BAM, BAM!!! OK, #@*$ , It isn’t funny anymore. Open the @#*$ door!

Welcome to the happiest place on earth.


Well…
If you could get rid of the rest of the guests that is.





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I’m pretty sure he woke up with a headache and bruised foot in the morning though. Serves him right!

Yes… yes it did.


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I didn’t turn on the lights when I was doing everything, so I didn’t realize that when I fixed the bottle, the nipple wasn’t in the right way and didn’t seal. As I was feeding her, more of the bottle was leaking out on her than going into her mouth. She and the pack n play were both completely soaked in formula.

Yah… you ain’t having a good run of luck at all.



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Remember annoyed, impatient, grumpy guy from yesterday that really needed to catch up on sleep? He came back.

I have a feeling that the sunrise will bring better times.
That’s the story I’m going with here at least.

Now go back to bed.
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