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Old 07-08-2013, 10:27 AM   #16
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Great TR so far! I too am bad about not finishing my TRs, so maybe I'll try it your way....if I get most of the way done before starting to post, maybe that will be the incentive I need to finish!

Your kids are adorable! It sounds like they were good road trippers too.
I'm glad to have readers.

Thanks. They were very good on the trip. Electronics did help. Ds had my Kindle Fire and dd got one from my parents for her birthday.

I love to travel though so I introduced travel pretty early in each of their lives. Being that I am on my own, I'm glad we flew before. It was helpful that my son could talk before I did this. We did a trip to the mountains during the fall last year that probably helped too. We spent a lot of time driving on that one, but when ds was younger, and could not verbalize his feelings, once he reached his limit in the vehicle, it got ugly.

I'm hoping typing it up elsewhere like this works. I really feel good about finishing this one. The only one I finished was the 2011 report which was mostly Sea World. I posted that one on the Sea World forum.

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Old 07-08-2013, 10:42 AM   #17
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Are We There Yet?

After we finally made it out of the traffic jam, we had to stop at another bathroom. But around 4:20, an hour and 20 minutes after I’d hoped, we saw the sign we’d been waiting to see since leaving home. We passed under the big arch. We’d made it.

I followed the signs and my printed directions to Pop. After showing the CM at the gate my driver's licens, I parked in the “check-in” parking lot and we all walked into the hotel for check-in. Then we had to go back to the van to move to the 60s parking lot. Ds was not too happy with this development. He didn’t understand I was just moving the van. Meltdown time. He went from to .

He was not particularly tired, but he’d had enough of the van for sure. He was also well aware he was in Disney World and he wanted no more of traveling. I don’t blame him. It took me a few minutes to get him calmed down and convinced we were just moving the van closer to our room. But we got there eventually. I will go ahead and say right now, that van didn’t move again until it was time for us to go home.

After parking the van, we walked the path to the side of the main building to get a cart, but the guys weren’t busy and offered someone to come with me. I was not turning down the help. He came to the van, helped me unload, came up to our room and unloaded everything for me. I thanked him and tipped him and we started getting settled.

The Garden Grocer order had also arrived. Well part of it. I had ordered a case of bottled water and several boxes of juice boxes so I wouldn’t have to haul them from the van. I’d also ordered some perishable items from them. As I went through it and checked the printout of the order, I realized the perishable items weren’t there. I figured they’d held them at guest services, so I called them and they brought the stuff immediately. Another thank you and another tip. We continued getting settled.





This was our first trip with the new RFID door locks. The children enjoyed tapping their cards on it whenever we returned to the room.



After we got settled, it was time to decide what we were going to do that evening. I’d given dd two choices. We could do hang out at the resort, have some pool time, eat at the food court, and relax in the room. The second choice was to visit Downtown Disney. We had never been there before. After telling dd again that her first choice (going to Magic Kingdom) really was out of the question, she sat down to make her choice.

I can’t blame her for trying. Magic Kingdom is usually what we do on the first day, but we just had 7 park days planned and I figured it would be best to just get a fresh start there the next morning. That decision would end up in the list of lessons learned at the end of the trip.

Up next, what did we do that first evening?
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:03 AM   #18
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Hi Just joining in and I'm all caught up! Your kids are adorable!! Can't wait to read more!
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:17 AM   #19
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Fellow NC Diser joining in.

My DH has far less vacation time than I do, so my DD and I often times take trips with just the two of us. We love visiting Disney World and have driven 1/2 the time and flown the other half.

I have a very similar picture of DD at the Florida sign from our trip this past April.

I am enjoying your TR and look forward to reading more.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:29 AM   #20
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I'm really motivated by having so many readers so quickly!
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:32 AM   #21
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My DH has far less vacation time than I do, so my DD and I often times take trips with just the two of us. We love visiting Disney World and have driven 1/2 the time and flown the other half.

I have a very similar picture of DD at the Florida sign from our trip this past April.

I am enjoying your TR and look forward to reading more.
fellow North Carolinian

to my trip report.

We still prefer flying, but I feel good about having done the drive. I'd certainly do it again if I had to.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:51 AM   #23
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First Night in Disney

Dd decided she wanted to see Downtown Disney, so we headed out.



There were quite a few of us going. It was an uneventful ride. Once we took a look around and figured out where we needed to return to once we were ready to go back to Pop, I put ds in his stroller and we headed inside. We were excited to be trying something new. We’d have a few firsts on this trip.



We spent the first few minutes just looking around. Dd kept saying, “There’s so much.” “It’s so big,” Big isn't even the word. She had no idea there's way more to it than just the Market Place where we were. Ds kept saying, “Mom, look at that.” “Mom do you see that?” We stopped at a Pin Trading store. Dd pointed it out because she knows how much I love pins. I looked, but didn’t buy anything.



We went to the carousel next. I had read the one at Magic Kingdom would be closed, so I was glad to let them ride this one, even though it was $2.00 per person.



These of course were much smaller so I just stood in between them.



Not sure why dd made this face, but it (making silly faces for pictures) would become a trend.



Next was the train ride. Ds loves trains. Dd graciously agreed to take the ride with him so that I could take pictures.



Our next stop was the Lego Store. They were amazed at the structures. A guy that worked there said they are done by master builders and shipped in to them.





After playing in the Lego store for a while we were hungry. We looked around and chose a place.



Here’s what we all had. Ds had the child version. I pulled out some juices I had brought from the room for us to drink.



We walked around a bit more just taking the place in. We went to the World of Disney store and stayed in there for at least an hour. Huge…just huge. Dd found the Minnie Mouse toy she had wanted since the 2012 trip. Ds found a Christmas train with Mickey Mouse in it. I went to pay and figured, I’d charge it to the room since I hadn’t withdrawn our spending money from the bank yet. Well, the door locks were not the only things that had been changed. It was here I found out that the process for charging purchases to your room had changed and you needed a four digit pin with your card. It is supposed to be set up at check-in, but no one mentioned it then. Thankfully I had my debit card as ds had become really attached to that train.

After I paid we decided to head out. It was getting dark, which meant it was close to 9:00 so we headed back to the bus stop. We had just missed a bus to Pop. I literally saw it leave. So we had a bit of a wait. I got nervous because of how many times I’d read about ridiculously long waits when returning from Downtown Disney. Another bus arrived in about 15 minutes though. We loved Down Town Disney and I hope to have more time for it on future trips. Boy a person could really spend a lot of money there, but I enjoyed just walking around looking at everything in the Marketplace. And they are open very late. When we got back, there was a full line of people waiting to get on the bus to head over there.

Once we got ds back into the stroller, I went to the front desk to take care of setting up the pin number in case I needed to charge something to the room. They apologized for it not being done at check-in. That’s an item for the lessons learned list. Then I went over to the resort store for some bowls.



I’d brought cereal along for breakfast in the room, but in all my planning and lists, I’d forgotten bowls. Once I realized there were no plastic or paper ones I could grab in the food court, I came back through to the store to look. They had some cute Disney bowls for $4.00. I got two of them.

We headed back to the room after that so we could get some rest. The plan for the next day was to make rope drop at Magic Kingdom. We fell asleep listening to Stacy talk about Disney’s must dos.
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I'm reading too! Seems like you have some great kids; the picture of them walking in the parking lot holding hands was adorable. Can't wait to hear more!
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I'm reading too! Seems like you have some great kids; the picture of them walking in the parking lot holding hands was adorable. Can't wait to hear more!




Thanks, I'm really into walking behind them snapping pictures right now. They really love each other. They have their moments when they annoy each other too of course...typical siblings. They are closer than I expected given their age difference. Dd is usually willing to do quote little kid things to be with him.
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Wonderful trip report so far. Can't wait to read more!
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Day 3, 1st Park Day: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5. 4. 3. 2. 1 Woo Hoo!

It probably seemed like forever since we’d left home. But the alarm went off at 7:15 and when I turned it off, ds was already up. He was still laying right next to me and playing on my Kindle Fire. We’d done baths the night before so I got dressed and put sunscreen on the children. Then I made the first of 3 attempts to wake dd. Doesn’t seem to matter how much sleep that child gets, she is never ready to get up. Finally I got wise and asked her if she remembered where she was. She sat straight up. As soon as ds was dressed, he hopped into his stroller. I double checked the bag and off we went. We got to Magic Kingdom in plenty of time for a great view of the opening show.



Once we were inside I talked about heading back to the new portion of Fantasy Land before it got too crowded. But my child is a creature of habit. Our favorite two things in Magic Kingdom were calling her and no way was she walking by them no matter how much she was looking forward to going Under the Sea with Ariel. So, we saw Philharmagic, then did our first ride of the day.



After that we did start to make our way back to the new Fantasy Land. But who could pass by the Tea Cups with just a small line. We hopped in the line for our 2nd ride of the trip. Dd took a seat on the little wall and her shadow followed.



This line never takes long through. I love getting their smiles on the ride.




After that we picked up fast passes for the Under the Sea ride, we headed over to go and meet Ariel. This was her first time meeting Ariel in fins. All the way down the queue, ds talked about seeing the mermaid. When the time came though, he decided against it. Dd enjoyed it. I’ll post the photopass shots because they are better than mine.





Once we got out of the meet and greet it was time to use something we’d picked up outside of the Philharmagic Theater. It’s important to note where that machine is as I saw people near the ride looking for it and it is quite a walk between the two.



There was basically no wait going through the fast pass entrance. I’m not sure the regular line was long at this point of the day, but I wanted those fast passes just in case knowing we had plans to leave around noon for a break.



We really enjoyed the ride. I liked the imagery, and how the projections made you feel you were under water. Dd wanted to ride it again later in the week. After we left there, we took some time to get hydrated and I reapplied sunscreen. Refueled we headed into the Story book Circus area.



There was just a couple of things I wanted to do here since we don’t do roller coasters and when shown the pictures online, the children didn’t want to meet the circus versions of Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy. We headed straight to Dumbo. I didn’t want to try the play area (and risk not being able to get out) because the line was not long. So we opted to just continue to move through. The ride was pretty much walk-on. I snapped a quick picture of the children before I hopped in with them.



We went over to the Casey Jr. Water Play area. The children love the splash area at Epcot and I was excited for them to see this. And it was plenty hot even though it was cloudy. Dd was all in.



Ds, to my surprise, decided against it.



After dd got pretty much soaked, we started heading back towards the front. It was getting close to the time I wanted to head back to the resort for a break. We redid our favorite two things on the way out. Just can’t seem to pass by Small World and Philharmagic. We should probably be in a 12 step program. The children love those and for me, those are my “I’m really here,” attractions. We made our way to the bus stop. We were all alone. I look at this and realize how much my daughter is growing up. I can’t believe sometimes the length of her legs. Ds decided the busses were a bit loud, so whenever we were at the stop, he covered his ears.



Once we got back I kept my promise for some pool time. I told dd we could only stay in the pool for an hour. She was shocked, but I had good reason. We were returning to Magic Kingdom later, but she already knew that. Once we got changed to head down to the pool I told her I did have good reason for limiting pool time today. I’d tell her, but first I needed something from the red bag. You might remember the red bag was holding some surprises and that I found some money for a few extras on this trip. I will say I was grateful dd was just as excited not knowing there would be any.



Here’s what she’s reading.



She has lots of thick hair and I’d need plenty of time to get it dry before we went back to Magic Kingdom. Pool time was great and I started about 10 minutes before that hour was up letting her know we’d need to head back to the room soon. She needs extra time to wrap her head around transitions all of the time due to ADHD, but when she’s really having fun, it’s tougher, even if she’s going to something else she loves.

Once we got back and I got her hair dry, she made the decision to dress in the room instead of waiting until we got to BBB. That turned out to be a good decision.
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