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Old 01-29-2013, 07:37 AM   #31
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All caught up. I loved the intros....especially peanut's picture. I'm ready for the good and the bad so bring it on.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:53 AM   #32
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I'm sorry that everything didn't work out exactly the way you hoped but I'm sure it will make for some very interesting reading...

I do hope that you did get some Disney magic... sometimes the trips that things don't go exactly as planned are the most funny in the long run (or not...depending on how dicey things got...

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Joining in! I loved your last TR so this one is a must read.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:45 AM   #34
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I'm here, yay!! Love the intro!! I'm excited to hear all the details! The good, the bad and the ugly make up life, there's no way around it and of course I wish nothing but happy Disney times but I'm glad to hear the honesty in trip reports!!
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:08 AM   #35
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Hi Mel
I'm mainly a lurked on the Disboards & I've been looking forward to this trip report. My little boy was getting his hair cut at Mickey's barber shop the same day as Claudia. I thought I recognised you but wasn't 100% sure so chickened out of introducing myself. I thought Claudia was simply adorable
Looking forward to hearing all about your holiday.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:05 PM   #36
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Haven't posted anything since Sept... I'm in.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:52 PM   #37
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Mel, you can't get rid of me! You know I'm here! I love how straightforward you always are...but let's admit it, I'm here for cute Claudia pictures and stories:goodvibes!
You mean my plan of getting rid of you did not work? Ah man!
Just kidding, of course!

I like that you appreciate my straightforwardness. It can get me in torubles sometimes, but I wouldn't trade it. And don't worry, I have plenty of cute Claudia pictures. What else was I suppose to do every time I waited for Otaku and Ron to come back from a ride?


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Count me in! A lot of the time those less than magical moments make the best stories
I agree, it's always interesting to read about those not-so-great moments. Kinda like watching a car crash. I hope I live up to your expectations.


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All caught up. I loved the intros....especially peanut's picture. I'm ready for the good and the bad so bring it on.
I made sure to choose an especially cute picture of her for the intro (not that it was a very hard task...) It's good that you are ready for the bad, because that is what we will start with... The good will come later on.


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Subbing on...

I'm sorry that everything didn't work out exactly the way you hoped but I'm sure it will make for some very interesting reading...

I do hope that you did get some Disney magic... sometimes the trips that things don't go exactly as planned are the most funny in the long run (or not...depending on how dicey things got...

I'm happy you are here.

Well I sure hope you guys will find it interesting. Some of the things turned out fine in the long run, or do make for funny stories as you said. Like the time when I spilled chocolate all over myself (yep, that happened. ) Others just plain sucked, but they do make for some good lessons on how to do things better next time.

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:53 PM   #38
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Joining in! I loved your last TR so this one is a must read.
Welcome back! It's nice to hear you liked my previous TR.


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I'm here, yay!! Love the intro!! I'm excited to hear all the details! The good, the bad and the ugly make up life, there's no way around it and of course I wish nothing but happy Disney times but I'm glad to hear the honesty in trip reports!!
Glad you are here! You are totally right. Life isn't all rosy all the time, Disney included.


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I'm mainly a lurked on the Disboards & I've been looking forward to this trip report. My little boy was getting his hair cut at Mickey's barber shop the same day as Claudia. I thought I recognised you but wasn't 100% sure so chickened out of introducing myself. I thought Claudia was simply adorable
Looking forward to hearing all about your holiday.
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OMG are you kidding? You should have said Hi! That would have been so cool! I mean I understand, as I mentioned in the intro I'm shy and I probably would have chickened out as well. I just wish you hadn't. For sure having a Dismeet would have made it onto my list of accomplishments. We were there around 11:30am, does that sound right to you? Most of my pictures are zoomed in on Claudia, but you can see a few people in the mirror's reflection. Once I get to that update let me know if you see yourself. Do you have any picture of that time? I'd love to see if I remember seeing you. You can send them to me by PM if you don't want to post them. Oh, I almost forgot. Thank you and


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Old 01-29-2013, 12:58 PM   #39
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I'm in! Can't wait to read your report...sounds like it was an interesting trip.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:21 PM   #40
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I'm in! Can't wait to read your report...sounds like it was an interesting trip.
Interesting is a nice way to put it.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:24 PM   #41
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The One With The Back Story

This update won’t be fun, and won’t have many pictures, but I do feel it’s necessary for me to write it so you guys know what frame of mind I was in when the trip started, as well as how my health would affect the trip.

The weekend before Christmas, Ron got sick. Based on the symptoms he had I thought it was just a cold and that he was making it sound worse than it was based on him being a man. We all know men are big babies when they are sick. He got better in time for Christmas Eve. Tired, but otherwise okay. We visited my family at my brother’s place that evening. We opened our presents the next morning,




Then around lunch time drove to his family where we were suppose to spend the afternoon and evening. Around the end of the afternoon I started feeling very tired, so we used the excuse of the baby to leave the party early. By 8pm I was feeling so run-down that I went to bed. 8pm. On Christmas Day. Even pregnant I never went to bed that early! The next few days followed the same pattern : I would feel relatively okay in the afternoon, but felt like crap at night. I tried to rest, but I visited a friend I had not seen in months, ran some last minute errands for the trip and went to Claudia’s 6 months check-up. That one I was happy to do because we have the same doctor and she checked both of us out and gave us the all clear to fly.

The other reason why I couldn’t rest that much is because we had a GIGANTIC snowstorm that week. We received close to 18 inches of snow! Couple that with strong wind, and our street looked like that (not my car or my street, but you get the idea):




This is Otaku clearing out the snow on our back balcony. We took the picture from the window she had to climb out of since we couldn’t open the screen door because the snow was too high. That railing behind her should be around the height of her ribcage!




While I was feeling okay all those afternoons, I had no appetite. Add that to the fact that this flu (it was not just a cold after all. Oops, sorry DH for doubting you!), ahem, made me go to the bathroom more often, and I became quite dehydrated. I waited too long to do anything about it, so by the weekend I was feeling very weak and nauseous. I was caught in that vicious circle of “I’m nauseous so I can’t eat, and because I’m not eating I get nauseous”. I was feeling so bad that I considered canceling the trip! . I was also extremely worried that Claudia would get a high fever while on the plane and we wouldn’t be able to get her to a doctor.

So there you have it. That was how I was feeling, both physically and emotionally, in the days leading to the trip. I was pretty useless in terms of last minute packing and preparation. I’m sure that did not help some of the bad moments we had on the trip.




It felt so weird to not be excited about going to Disney. I even had no problem sleeping the night before we left! That is so NOT me. Speaking of, check out the next post to read about departure day.

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Old 01-29-2013, 02:28 PM   #42
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Day 1 part 1 – The One When We Fly To Orlando


As I said in the previous update, I had no problem sleeping the night before our trip. So weird and unlike me! We got up around 4am the morning of. I was feeling nauseous (it doesn’t help that besides the fact that I was sick, I ALWAYS feel nauseous on early mornings and can’t eat for several hours). Somehow I pulled through and helped finish prepare our things. We left the house at about 5:15am and had an easy drive to the airport. No snowstorm today! Ron dropped us off with our luggage, we got out of our winter boots, and then he went to park the car in long term parking. He came back faster than we expected and we got into the very long line to check our bags. Security and customs (we go through the American customs before departure, love this!) went faster, but by the time we were through everything the nausea was back full force. I tried to eat a plain toast from Burger King, but it didn’t work.

*Skip this next part if you are not interested in the boring details of our flight. I’m including them because I know as the new parent of a little baby I was very curious as to how Claudia would handle flying and liked reading about other parents’ experience.*

Soon we were boarding the plane. Since I was feeling so bad Ron took care of Claudia for the first half of the flight.




She chose the “awesome” time of us waiting for the plane to be de-iced before taking off to poo. We couldn’t get up and go to the bathroom and I knew it would be at least 30 minutes before we were allowed to. She was crying and fussing so much that we changed her on our lap. Not our proudest moment, but at least she quieted down after. We took off soon after and she fell asleep almost immediately. Yay for that! After a while Ron’s arms were starting to hurt so he tried to transfer her to me, but she woke up. We spent the rest of the trip keeping her entertained with toys while watching some episodes of Modern Family. Claudia cried a little while landing, but mostly she was a pro at flying. Also, as we got closer and closer to Florida I finally started to feel better and get excited about going to Disney. I spotted a Magical Express bus while our plane was going towards our gate and that made me happy. I got a little confused after landing as to where we were supposed to pick up our stroller so I walked all the way to the terminal, only to have to turn back and wait just outside the plane’s door. I had to wait a while with Claudia in my arms, but eventually I got the stroller back. I’m still not convinced that having the stroller in the airport made things easier than using a baby carrier would have been. My arms were busy pushing the stroller while they would have been free to carry a bag or luggage, and it was a pain to get her out of and fold to pass through security. Plus, she spent at least half the time OUT of it anyway...

As soon as I exited the “tunnel” into the airport, PopArtGal came up to me and I had my very first Dismeet! We knew we would probably see each other there as she was leaving on the same plane I had arrived in. We chatted for a minute, then she went back to her family and we left. Sorry for no picture, but as I mentioned in the intro I was in survival mode and my brain could not think that much. Plus our arms were all way too full to take out a camera. Apparently they were not too busy to take a picture of this Christmas tree though.




We took the fake monorail.




Someone looked quite sleepy. Me thinks her airplane nap should have been longer.




We got our bags fairly quickly, then made our way to Magical Express. We’ve been to Disney 3 times so far, and every resort we’ve stayed at is in the same ME line.




We had to wait about 5-10 minutes before boarding. We got a real ME bus!




Somewhere along the way Claudia had fallen asleep and did not even wake up when I transferred her from the stroller (a first!). (What the heck was I thinking sitting next to the window? I had to spend the entire bus ride trying to shield Peanut from the sun!)




I was very happy to be in Orlando and taking ME. As soon as the bus was filled, we left.




Soon we saw those beautiful gates (sorry for the blurry picture).




While waiting they called to see if anyone was going to Caribbean Beach resort as I think the previous bus was only going there. That means we didn’t have to stop there and Art of Animation was the first stop!




There was no line to check in.




We had all gone to the counter, but the girl’s computer was so slow and it took forever (I thought of you Nermel!). They had all come up to the counter with me, but after a while Otaku left with Peanut and took some lobby pictures.








You can see more pictures in my AoA review. (You can click on the link)

Checking in was taking a long time and it was starting to wear on me. Finally the process was finished and we got our keys. Our room was ready and our requests of building 7 and first floor were met, so that’s a plus! We walked to our room, getting a glance at where we stayed during our Disneymoon along the way.



Our room was the very last one of the building, facing the pool.





We dropped off our luggage and took a few pictures of the room (more pictures available in the room review here).





We got two towel art. A Mickey head and a shell.






The girls hung out on the bed while we got situated. Be ready, here comes a couple of cute baby photos!








Up Next, Eating, Resting and Exploring


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Old 01-29-2013, 02:42 PM   #43
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So sorry you were so sick, but glad you had a good flight, got a real ME bus and the pictures of Claudia on the bed are adorable!!!!
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So sorry you were so sick, but glad you had a good flight, got a real ME bus and the pictures of Claudia on the bed are adorable!!!!
Thank you. That picture of Claudia sitting on the bed is the one that got the most "like" on Facebook!
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I am sorry you were feeling so crummy even before your trip. Having had the stomach flu last week, I know it is not pleasant and I probably wouldn't have had any excitement if we were leaving on a trip either.

The baby cuteness is just too much....your daughter is absolutely beautiful and I just want to very carefully pinch her cheeks.

Sorry you had to wait for awhile during check-in...especially not feeling well. But your room was ready. And what a cute room (I don't do value resorts, but I promised Mark one night at the AOA for his business trip in April). Cute towel animals.

Can't wait to hear where you went to eat and how you were feeling.
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