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Old 01-30-2013, 10:20 AM   #61
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Ugh I'm sorry you guys were both sick before your trip! Especially you though, still not feeling well while traveling, that's the worst!

Glad to hear Claudia did a good job flying! She's so cute! Love the pics of her on the Little Mermaid bed! Isn't that room so adorable?
The nausea was so bad, I was afraid I would get sick on the plane. I was so happy when I finally started to feel better.

I love love love AoA and the Little Mermaid rooms. I mean, could it be anymore perfectly Disney?


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Hi! I just found your trip report and I'd love to hear about your trip with a little one! We took our daughter when she was almost 2 and it was kind of a disaster. We went when she was almost 3 and it was awesome. Now she's 4 and we have an infant, but want to go back! While we're deciding, I'm reading trip reports to get my Disney fix.
It seems that traveling with little ones is like rolling the dice. It could go well, or be horrible. Truthfully, the sickness and the crowds had more of a negative impact on our trip than traveling with a baby. I've read other TRs here of people traveling with two kids the age of yours and they had a great time, so it is possible. I hope that if you do decide to go, my TR helps you learn from my mistakes so you have a great trip.


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Definitely NOT the way to start a trip . I'm so sorry that you guys had to be sick!

WHOA. Now that's some snow! I've only seen that much snow once in my life when there was a freak blizzard here in GA. Everything shut down for two weeks!

Otaku likes the thumbs up, I see. All the kids at Julia's school are favoring the peace sign these days. Kids crack me up...but I guess she's a young lady, really!

Those Claudia pictures are just for me, right? Such a cutie pie! Can never tire of seeing that sweet face!
Yep, not a good start at all. It got better though, I promise!

I remember one year when I was just a little older than Julia there was so much snow that my dad let us climb on the roof of the house and jump in the snow. This particular snowstorm happened over the Holidays so no school closure, but my guess is it would have only shut down for a day, max 2. Basically if the buses can make it to school, it's open.

Oh you noticed the thumbs up? I don't know how, they are pretty hard to see... NOT! It's her new thing apparently. She did favor the peace sign for a long time, including during our Disney trip in 2009.

Thank you! I can never get enough of Claudia's smile either, so I don't blame you.


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Oh man, that darn flu! It has been an awful winter for illness so far! I am bummed to hear you had to take it to Disney with you!
I am glad to hear your flight went well though! Uneventful flights are the best! And changing poo diapers on a plane....... I hear ya there LOL!!!

Claudia has sent us into cuteness overload! What a sweetie pie, I know this report is going to be full of sweet pictures! Otaku seems like a wonderful big sister! Love AoA too!!
Really awful winter for illness, I agree. Don't kids always have the best timing for diaper changes?

Otaku is a great big sister. Very helpful and they both love to hang out together.


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Awesome! Sounds great!!! This is my first time reading one of your TRs so im very excited!

Thanks again!
I hope you enjoy my TR! While waiting for updates you can always go check out my previous ones. The links are all in my signature. Zombie Apocalypse is my Disneymoon, and in the PTR for that trip are also included the wedding TR and 2009 Disney trip.


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Hi Mel

I'm back along for the ride. Sorry to hear things didnt start off too well, your flu sounds awful.

Claudia seems to have grown so much - she is gorgeous. Love the photo on the bed.

Hope you are all doing okay and looking forward to keeping up.
Welcome back! It was an awful flu. I rarely ever get sick, then get one of the worse flu of my life at the worse possible time!

Claudia has not gained much weight, but she has grown quite a bit taller. That bed picture seems to be everyone's favorite.

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Definitely cannot wait to read more!! Your daughter is adorable!!
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Looking forward to hearing about your first trip with DD, even if it wasn't quite as magical as you'd hoped

Great start so far, the theming at AoA looks really fun!


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There is only one more regular update I can post, then I have to wait for the photopass CD to get here. However, I have so many pictures of the resorts we stayed at, especially Art of Animation, that I’ve decided to post them separately as mini reviews. I'll start with the Art of Animation lobby.


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Great start so far, the theming at AoA looks really fun!


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Hi Emma! I'm glad to have you here.

The theming of AoA is absolutely wonderful! I'm just about to post an update with just AoA pictures. I know you usually prefer deluxes, but you should at least check this one out.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:44 PM   #66
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Art of Animation Review part 1  Lobby


I have so many pictures of the resorts we stayed at, especially Art of Animation, that Ive decided to post them separately as mini reviews. Lets start with the Art of Animation lobby.




If youve ever been to POP Century, the entire resort is laid out very similar to AoA.




That includes the lobby. Magical Express drops you off near bell service. When you enter the lobby this is what you see.




On the wall to your right you will see several sketches of animated characters. They get progressively more polished as you get closer to the end.








You cant see very well, but at the very end on the walls around the souvenir shop, the drawings now have colors and other details added to them and are very close to the finished product.




Also at the very end, if you look up you will see this incredible chandelier.




Immediately to your left is a little area with benches where you can watch cartoons.




Sometimes they have an animator come in and teach you how to draw a character, kinda like the drawing class at Hollywood Studios. I believe it happens twice a day. They even have a catalog with all of the possible characters they can draw.





Along the left wall is the check-in counter. Let me tell you, the lighting of this is incredible and the pictures do not do it justice AT ALL!




Whats interesting about this particular check-in/concierge area is that each station is individual, instead of one long big counter. That means that the CM can come out of behind their station and come and greet you right at the line, then accompany you back to their computer.

They still had their Christmas decorations up when we checked in. The Christmas trees are white and have little animation drawings in them.












In the food court they also had some gingerbread houses displayed. I believe they were created by cast members as part of a contest.

















Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of the souvenir shop or the food court, which are both located at the end of the lobby. Too bad, as its just as gorgeous as the rest of the resort. In between the check-in area and the Ink & Paint Shop is a passageway that leads straight from the buses to the main pool. The arcade is also located there.


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Old 01-31-2013, 01:49 PM   #67
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I never made it over to AoA this past trip, so I LOVE seeing all of your pictures of the lobby. It is gorgeous! It does look like the same basic set-up as POP in terms of layout of the resort. Makes sense since they used some of the buildings that were started for what was supposed to be the other half of POP, but became AoA.
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AoA just looks so lively and fun! Thanks for all the pictures!
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That Cinderella's Castle gingerbread house is amazing!
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The AoA looks so bright and colorful! I'd love to stay in the suites there someday.
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This looks like such a fabulous lobby! I had no idea that the sketches get more finished as you move along; very cool! And that chandelier is gorgeous, as are the Christmas decorations.

Unfortunately, I don't think we'll get to stay here next time like I wanted to. We'd have to get a suite, and it seems the discounts aren't that great lately. We're hoping to wait a year and see if the "new" wears off and the discounts get better. With a family of 5, our options are limited by space and what we can afford! Looks like POR for us with the murphy bed, then switching to CR for a few bonus nights. Now, if we can just find a way to pay for it all...

Secretly, I'm hoping that some fabulous offer for AoA is going to come out for the Fall. Here's hoping!
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Loved your pictures, Mel! It was really nice to see Art of Animation again!!! As I told you previously, I am very glad that I saved our tour of AoA for our last afternoon! Had I toured it prior to that, I KNOW I would've gone straight to the check-in desk at POR and told them to call Bell Services to pick up our bags!! I would've transferred my reservation over to AoA in a heart beat!!! It's so "Disney"!

My pictures from my trip are uploading to my photo program right now, but as soon as they're done, I will post some of the Food Court for your readers to see! We were there just three weeks before you, so it looked pretty much the same lol

I took pictures of the Gingerbread Houses too!!! Our pictures pretty much look identical! They didn't have winners to the contest yet when we were there though...they had a pencil & box for voting!
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I hope you don't mind me posting these here. I'm not doing a TR myself, so I thought your readers might enjoy seeing. Unfortunately it was really crowded in the gift shop so we didn't spend much time there. I only have a couple pictures of it, but I have a ton of the food court!







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I was excited to see so many dessert options & coffee on the menu!!!


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