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Old 02-13-2013, 11:14 PM   #811
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Sounds like it is a lot like the story time that they used to have in MK. (in that section near cosmic rays) I hate the thought of a long wait for something like that...but having a little girl, I bet we will have to brave it regardless.


The photo pass pics with the hitch hiking ghosts are AWESOME!
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:30 AM   #812
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The Enchanted Tales with Belle does sound like a strange concept. And how weird that you got all of those pictures of random people with your PP!

Love the picture with you and the Hitchhiking Ghosts! Sounds like the party was a lot of fun!
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:18 AM   #813
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@ Pat - Awesome photos!!!

Now here is my annoying photo-ruining obstruction.

I was watching Nightastic from the Poly Beach and some idiot who was making a video of the show got her hand and camera in my picture.

Oh, wait. That's my hand.





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Nice update. I'd be question how randomers pp pics ended up on your card. lol That can't be a good thing like
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:30 AM   #815
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Can you purchase this really cool Lumiere hat in the gift shoppe?

Loved your update!

The cottage/castle look really cool. I liked your review of the show. I'm glad it didn't blow you away, because there is no chance in heck I will ever get to see this on a visit with my family.

It will be interesting to hear Cynthia's take on it.

The photopass pictures made me smile!!! LOVE the haunted mansion and hitchhiking ghosts.

What a fun (and exhausting) night.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:11 AM   #816
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Ok, I have one word for you... caffeine.

I'm sorry that Enchanted Tales fell a bit flat for you. I have yet to experience it, but I've got to say that as long as the lines were that I saw for it, it would have to be one of the top 2 or 3 attractions in all of Dinsey World to make it worthwhile. Despite that fact, it is an interesting concept, and I really do hope to see it sometime soon... I just won't be waiting and hour to do it.

I'm glad you all had a great evening at the party. Even if you were too tired to remember most of it.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:11 AM   #817
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I don't know that we'll want to stand in line for Enchanted Time With Belle. It doesn't look like something that would "enchant" our family. But, knowing me, I'll want to do it just so I can see what the hype is all about. Is it just me or does that Belle not look so...so...so Belleish? And none of the participants but that one little boy look like they are having a good time.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:20 AM   #818
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I am excited to try out Enchanted Tales with Belle, but mostly because I'm hoping Paxton will be in the show. I can see how that would make it more enjoyable than just watching a bunch of strangers participate. Sorry you didn't enjoy it though.

It sure looks like the rest of the party was very enjoyable though! The PP pics of the three of you are great. I love the ones with the hitchhiking ghosts!
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There were a few times I felt like Huey, Dewey, or Louie in drag.
Yeah - I can definitely see where that could be a possibility for me as well, especially with that darn wig.



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Because it is.....

Agreed!!!!!


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Had no idea hat lady was there. I had no idea MEK was right behind her or I would have moved over more.
If I knew she was there there would be MORE hat pictures



Well maybe you were thinking my right, since I seem to get right and left mixed up at times. Yeah Yeah I know MEK was to my right.

Now I am all confused. Thanks for that!

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I know I had to take a bus back, but don't rememebr either. I can only imagine how funny I looked alone dressed as a lone duck going back to the beach club.
I guess we took the bus back to the WL and then you got your car. I can only imagine how silly you must have felt getting out of the car like that and walking through the parking lot.

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I did have fun. Always better with a group. We did get some good shot that night. I think we all may have gotten a special PP card for Belle. I loaded it because I didnt really have many pictures of the whole show and those while with other people were some of the better shots to tell the story.
Is that what happened? That would make sense. Maybe they asked if we wanted it and we said "yes" just for the heck of it. Those PP pix definitely do tell the story better. But I am afraid, as Christine would say, that I am going to lose my Disney card for not knowing the storyline better before I went into the attraction.

The party is definitely more fun with a group. It was a blast!

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I am absolutely over this update! I completely forgot about you laying down (or really, if memory serves you pretending to and then sitting up) at Enchanted Tales.
Once I got recumbent I decided it was probably really uncool to do that, so I sat back up. I needed a chair like in Hall of Presidents or the American Adventure! If that had been the case you guys would have been waking me up!

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I'll post my own take on it as I apparently remember a little bit more than you do.
And that's not saying much! Whatever you do, DON"T post the PP pix where I look like I am either going to pass out backwards or have a seizure. It's probably the most unbecoming picture of me during the entire trip!

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I am back from my trip tonight but wow, thank goodness I caught an earlier flight. Amazing how neither kid remembered they needed stuff for valentines until we were on the way home from Eric's honor band practice and Evan just happened to be asked to help at. They would have been SOL had Jeff been doing pick up as originally planned.
UGH! I so do not miss those days! Although, remember how Nick totally missed the game he was supposed to ref while we were in Florida. I sent him the email, but I never texted him as a reminder so he showed up late or not at all and then I was SO PO'd at him.

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An interesting update for you, Mary Ellen.
Is that your polite way of saying that I had absolutely no idea what was going on in my own update? Because you're right - I had no clue. I probably should have let Cynthia post first so I could have sounded more knowledgable.

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Seriously, I know how you were feeling...I've had those moments at Disney and have no idea what I did.
Here's what I want to know? It's it possible to pass out completely while still standing up. If so, that's what happened!

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I have heard pros/cons on Storytime with Belle. I can tell you that I will not be going to see it unless I have grandchildren. To me it is much more for children and I sure am not waiting 90 or 120 minutes for it which was the post time when we were there in December.
If I was with Cayle and Avery or Sheree's girls , I would definitely wait for it because I think they would like it. But I can't see Denny or my nephews really loving it all that much. Though I must say that Belle was stunning and she takes great pictures!

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I loved every single one of your Photopass pictures. Besides you all dragging, they looked great.
Pat and Cynthia were still full of life. I, however, started to drag about 10 minutes after I had that Pecos Bill taco salad. Talk about post meal lethargy! OUCH!

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Sounds like it is a lot like the story time that they used to have in MK. (in that section near cosmic rays) I hate the thought of a long wait for something like that...but having a little girl, I bet we will have to brave it regardless.
Oh I can definitely see Zoe loving that attraction. I would brave it for her. She would take some awesome pictures with Belle and they would be fun to have. I'm with Kathy - I'll go back if/when I have a granddaughter.



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The photo pass pics with the hitch hiking ghosts are AWESOME!
I don't even think we waited in line for those pictures, which made it that much better! Fun stuff!
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Is that what happened? That would make sense. Maybe they asked if we wanted it and we said "yes" just for the heck of it. Those PP pix definitely do tell the story better. But I am afraid, as Christine would say, that I am going to lose my Disney card for not knowing the storyline better before I went into the attraction.
Everyone who was there got a PP of it. Which honestly I thought was odd, and kind of cool, at the time. I get it for those who were in it but for the rest of us? A bit odd.

I am pretty positive we took the boat but it was a call based on walking out and if one was there or pulling in ready to go.

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Once I got recumbent I decided it was probably really uncool to do that, so I sat back up. I needed a chair like in Hall of Presidents or the American Adventure! If that had been the case you guys would have been waking me up!
See and here I thought you were joking with the laying down.

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And that's not saying much! Whatever you do, DON"T post the PP pix where I look like I am either going to pass out backwards or have a seizure. It's probably the most unbecoming picture of me during the entire trip!
Now I'm going to have to look and see if I can figure out which one you mean.

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UGH! I so do not miss those days! Although, remember how Nick totally missed the game he was supposed to ref while we were in Florida. I sent him the email, but I never texted him as a reminder so he showed up late or not at all and then I was SO PO'd at him.
You were livid! I totally remember that incident. Hadn't he already blown it once with this guy for ref jobs?
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We were able to do the Enchanted Tales during our MNSSHP too and we only had to wait one "cycle" in the little cottage room. I took tons of pictures, so it didn't seem very long.
I was really impressed with the details and the mirror, and the animatronic Lumeire. I don't think there's ever been anything like that before.
Sarah was chosen to play a part and at the end they gave us a special PP card with everyone's pictures on it that was in that show. Maybe they gave them to everyone in the room? We just added them to our PP account. We enjoyed it quite a bit, but then again, it's one of our favorites. I wouldn't want to have to wait an hour for it though - I don't want to wait an hour for much of anything!

I LOL'd at you MEK laying on a bench! You must have been so worn out!! You still got good pictures on the way out though!
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I use my phone in a pinch, too and I use it a lot for food pictures. It's a lot less obtrusive!
I hadn't thought about that.......great idea!!

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I hope the picture is as good as I remember.
Well I hope so now that you're making me wait for it..........

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I thought Pat was to my right, but clearly she was not. So much for my memory!
Oh, now I'm really worried about that HM picture.

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So now I present........

Enchanted Tales With Belle
What? No Spoiler Alert???

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So what did I think of Belle's Tales. I didn't really get it. Maybe because I was tired. Maybe because I've seen Beauty and the Beast once. Maybe because it was poorly conceived. I don't know. But to me, it was sort of a sleeper. I surely wouldn't stand in a long line for it. Hopefully Pat or Cynthia will have a better assessment of the attraction.
Looks like the kind of thing where it is only as good as the group of people who participate, and probably how well Belle interacts with them???

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This little guy in really cute

Now HE looks like he is having fun with it.......

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This little girl.........not so much.

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I will admit - he sure does look happy!
He certainly does! Just something about this Belle that doesn't quite go with the name to me............ Nice Hidden Mickey in her hair though!!!

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Oh Belle, why can't I take you home with me tonight?

Hey cool! How did they get Lumiere to sit on his head like that???

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A few more photo pass pics to cap off the night

Well there IS one scary thing in this picture.......okay, maybe three!!!

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I like this one, but what's with the no little duck butts on the back of your shorts???

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You sure this is the first trip together for the three of you??? You look like you have been friends forever!!!

It sure does look like you three had a great time together! Glad you enjoyed the Party!

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There were a few times I felt like Huey, Dewey, or Louie in drag.


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Because it is.....


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Well maybe you were thinking my right, since I seem to get right and left mixed up at times. Yeah Yeah I know MEK was to my right.
So you're one of those TOO huh???

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Okay, got it! Better in a group!!!

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I loved every single one of your Photopass pictures. Besides you all dragging, they looked great.
You mean my Huey, Dewie and Louie dressed in Drag sort of dragging???
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Very interesting! I would like to see Story time with Belle, it's too bad you weren't sold on it.
All in all it sounds like a wonderful party! Love love love those pp pics with them ghosts!
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Hitchhiking Ducks

Where was I? Well, we had just finished the parade and now found a spot for the castle show after our sad attempt at food. I was really bummed they didn't have the waffle sandwiches at night. I knew they didn't, as I did have the menu on my phone but had hoped it would be a party special I guess. I admit, the actual villains mix and mingle or whatever the show part is called...I didn't track all that closely. I never do on any of the ones that are up there, I think it’s just too far away for my taste.

See? You can't even see who is there



And then half the time it’s semi random dancers



Which I enjoy but again, wasn’t super focused on



As usual, Mary Ellen’s pictures are much better than mine!

Hallowishes though, now that’s a different story! Something so wonderful with all the Haloweeny colors!

I mean seriously, how cool (and yeah, I got carried away)































These aren't all that Halloweeny to me but I do like the colors







Somehow the aftermath isn't quite as pretty!



Sadly, my picture of KISS did not turn out at all



Continued in next post
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Hitchhiking Ducks continued

Show over we needed food! I had actually never been to Pecos Bills and went for the Taco Salad as well



YUM! This totally hit the spot and I would gladly eat there again.

At this point in the trip I had photopass paranoia and took a picture of my PP card. Hey, you never know when you might lose it!

Now according to my time stamps, we actually ate before HM but you never know. All I know is I was starving and so much happier after we’d eaten. When you think about it, all we’d really had was breakfast at the wave and then chips and salsa in the room so we were long overdue for food.

She was wonderful! And hysterical as well. Just a ton of funny little comments.





Before HM we did stop for our extra magic shots. I know Mary Ellen already posted this one but it’s fun so I’m posting again.



I really wish my pictures were better of her. I had never been through the queue since it updated so Mary Ellen and Pat were kind enough to go through it with me and let me play.











Now I am fairly sure that after HM our first stop was Trick or Treating over by Splash, and a bio break although not necessarily in that order. Which seemed to be the longest candy trail we went through and there were some cool character photo ops if I recall but none of us felt like waiting.

After that I believe we rode BTMRR in the dark, which is of course the BEST way to ride. And was a riot, something about hanging onto your wig as you are clickety clacking around is pretty darn funny.

Heading out of the mine I know we hit a couple more candy trails by Peter Pan and Small World. One of those I think we did a double dip and got the evil eye that Mary Ellen mentioned. Hey, there was no line and if they’d have been less stingy the first round, we’d have kept moving. LOL! Bags partially full (not enough to satisfy my kids but tough) we headed to see what could be seen in new Fantasy land and practically walked right into Enchanted Tales.

Now, I LOVE Belle. I LOVE Beauty and the Beast. Favorite Princess. Favorite Movie! So I was pretty excited.

The theming, walking up to Maurice’s Cottage, is just darling! No good shots of it as it was too dark but I have some later in the trip. Beautifully done. Once inside we moved so quickly it was hard to get shots
Loved the mirror







And the Wardrobe who invites everyone to surprise Belle with a story





At this point they start pulling out the props and getting all the volunteers



We had some step right up and offer to participate, others were basically guilted into it by the CM.

Once seated, Belle has a nice chat with Lumiere (which was awfully fun) and then he directs the re-enacting Belle’s story



He really kind of runs the show, Belle is helping/coercing as much as anything







Basically everyone who was given a prop plays a part in the story. Some of it was very cute and funny, some of it awkward. It is (and I LOVE Belle and the story) a little bit on the long side. And, if you didn't know what you were getting into you could feel trapped. For me, I enjoyed it. I’d likely have enjoyed it more had my kids been in it or an adult I know roped into it (I think the duck costumes may have been a deterrent lol). My personal big beef with it is that they did NOT ask if anyone else wanted their picture with Belle. Only those participating got one but then we all got the PP card with the entire show and PP pics on it. As this was in preview I am not sure if that is still what is happening. Overall I thought it was cute.

For someone who was passed out, Mary Ellen got a lot more pictures than I did but then again I had completely put away my camera and was only using my phone as I've yet to figure out the low light settings (pathetic) and just didn't feel like getting frustrated with crummy shots. The CM who played Belle was fabulous, just wonderful with the very shy boy and all the adults. I can’t imagine doing that show over and over and over again non stop and she clearly seemed to be enjoying herself. I do like the look of the new Belle’s hair a LOT better even if they’ve gone too pale on the dress.

With that it was time to head out, though as you can see there were plenty of folks still in the park. First though we had one more extra magic shot to track down, which was NOT that easy to find



And then one last castle shot



And even though Mary Ellen posted the one where I look asleep, I’ll be nice and not post the one she requested I don’t. LOL! I don’t think she look like she is about to have a seizure but...





Nighty night!



We bid goodbye to Pat and were able to catch a boat fairly soon back to the WL (and for reference I’m pretty positive there isn’t a bus available to the WL, or FW for that matter,. Boat is the only option; it’s just a matter of which boat route so clearly Mary Ellen was more out of it than I realized if she recalls us taking a bus hee hee). It had been a long day and I know I was glad to make it back to the villa, get the wig and tights off and crash! I had an ambitious plan for the morning.

Rope Drop and the opening show. Something I’d never done before!
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