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Old 03-31-2014, 12:37 PM   #2056
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Hi Brenda!! I hoping the same thing about the Mine Ride. We will be there from 4/21-4/25 so fingers crossed for some soft openings. There are rumors that there will be dress rehearsals starting on 4/20. Fingers crossed that this is the case!!

So, when are you going in April?
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Love all the updates and photos, especially NFL at night. I hope we are able to ride the mine train in May, it sounds very likely !
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:35 PM   #2058
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Wonderful updates Brenda
I was just looking at the park hours thinking "should we do MK EMH until 1am?" Well you've just sold it :-)
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Updates galore!! Love it!!

Your night photos are beautiful --- something about the lighting just makes the park so beautiful at night --- like a different place!
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Old 04-01-2014, 02:26 AM   #2060
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Wow! You got so much done during that EMH!

I have to agree with you about Space Mountain. I like the DL version a whole lot more just because it's such a smooth ride. I think MK's SM is more equivalent to DL's Matterhorn in terms of its jerkiness and likelihood to cause concussions

I'm predicting that the soft opening for the Mine Ride will begin in the next couple of weeks. Or at least I'm hoping! For New FL, they did the Media Day the day before the official opening date and after a month of soft opening activities. In any case, we can't wait to go on it in October!
I should have thanked all those people exiting after Wishes since it made for short wait times the rest of the evening!

Yes, you have the comparison down. MK SM = DL Matterhorn. For both you need to bring a cushion for your bum and some side impact air bags for good measure.

I'm hoping it has some type of AP preview or other soft open before May 8th! If so, I will have timed our next trip well. At least you know that by October it will be open.

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Hmmm.... I wonder who it was that wasn't using their cell phone?!? I tend to remember someone always having it in their bag and not paying much attention to it lol.

Do you think there is any way we can squeeze in seeing the Magic Memories and You show!?!? I have no idea where since we have so many dinners planned a bit on the later side...

I've never met Ariel in her fins! Always such a line when I've been there!

Awesome pictures of everything that night! Looks like you had a fabulous EMH! And being able to be "home" and sleeping that quickly is awesome!
Actually..... I'm usually the guilty one but Em was the non-responder this time. Hard to believe huh?

Yikes! You are right. I looked at all of our dining plans and they would be cutting it close. The only possible spot I see is after Citricos. Unless that takes more than 4 hours to be completely spoiled by Chef Philip.

Never? We may need to drag the guys there for a pose.... or let the guys do their own thing and we'll spend time with Ariel.

Oh yes! Our beds were not far away being practically next door.

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Soooo, we were in EMH at the same time that night with you!! No sightings of us in your photos, however!

You got a lot done in your short time there that evening. We were in Tomorrowland to start our EMH and ended at Pooh and TTA! Just missed you!

I will live vicariously through the rest of your TR now that I have finished mine.

Loved your photos in Little Mermaid. We were in DL the year it first opened in DCA. We had early entry and were able to ride that without a line. Sooo glad we didn't have to wait in a line. I think I would have been disappointed. It's cute, but not a "wait in line" kind of cute.

Never have had dinner at Kona. That will be on the try it list in 2015. Hoping Poly is all done by then.

Can't wait to see where you head off to "tomorrow".
I just looked back at the photos I didn't post and I don't have any Linda sightings. Awww man, so close!

Funny but back in 2011 when Little Mermaid opened in DCA we had no comparison so didn't think much about the lack of theming for the queue. Now that it's been open 3 years there's hardly a line - it's mostly walk on. (Except when World of Color finishes, then the line gets long.)

Keep Kona on your list for trying next year and then you'll thank me after you try the bread.

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Loved your review of Kona Café for dinner (and I skipped ahead to breakfast, too- you know I love it!)
You may have thought we'd camped out at the Poly since we were back the next morning! We both belong to the Kona breakfast fan club!

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I'm surprised to hear that you had such a wait to be seated. The restaurant is never very busy when we are there, but we are at off hours (11:30 breakfast, 5 pm dinner)

Nate orders the steak there and loves it.

I have to say that waiter did you a favor! We ordered the pineapple upside-down cake last time we were there and his description was right on!
I'd not had that long a wait for any meal at the Poly. Must just have been a busy time. The hungrier you are the longer the wait apparently.

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Your nighttime pictures of the Poly are gorgeous. I love the one with the matrix-like lights.
Thanks Dee! That was an oops setting on the camera! Guess it turned out well.

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Sounds like what we have here is a redneck Wishes cruise! People pay big bucks for this experience!
So true! Who needs to spend big money on a Wishes cruise. Just time your boat launch from the Poly just right.

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Great view for Celebrate the Magic. I love that Peter Pan shot!
I almost didn't include that photo since I reached my limit so I randomly removed a photo from that section. Glad you liked it.

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TTA/Space Mountain- not to rub it in or anything, but on one of my first trips to WDW, Space was undergoing renovations and I have pictures of the ride! Predigital, so I have no idea where those pictures are. The 8th grade class trip from our school often does the Y.E.S class where they ride Space with the lights on and off, but we didn't do it the year I went with Nate. We did Stitch instead!
Oh man! That's so cool. Even the YES kids get to see it sometimes.

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So let me get this straight... You went on the WDW Speedway voluntarily??? I know, mother-daughter tradition and all... Actually sounds like you have fun. And it must be much better at night, with no line to get on. I can't get past the HOT queue line and the diesel smell.

Fantastic pictures of New Fantasyland at night!!!

In the picture of King Triton, his triton looks like a dinglehopper.

Wow, really cool picture of the train station through the castle!!! Bet you can only get that shot late at night when everyone else has gone "home"
Yep. No coercion for the Speedway ride. I'm a sucker for that attraction when it means breaking all the rules of the road!

Why yes, it does look like Triton has a huge dinglehopper. He certainly has enough hair to make use of one.

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bummer about the wait for Kona but glad you enjoyed the eventual meal. The bread / butter there is heavenly. Oh, and the best dessert to get there is .... the bread pudding from 'Ohana (if you ask nicely they will get that for you)

I think that totally counts as watching Wishes from the Poly beach - and great "Finale" photo from the boat!

The "it all started with a mouse" seen from CTM always gets me - from that moment of brilliance on the train (plus Walt being talked out of calling him Mortimore) to what we have today and what Disney and the parks mean to so many people is pretty amazing

I don't think I have ever seen Space Mountain lit up while riding the people mover, but have watched on Youtube POV ridethroughs with it lit up. Actually is probably more scary with the lights on as all the tracks and supports are so crammed in there and on top of each other and totally looks like you will hit something

Even on non-EMH hours I feel like one can get a ton done in MK after Wishes! but EMH even enhances that
I had completely forgotten about the bread pudding for those that ask nicely. I just made a note for our next trip to remember that. Thanks for the PSA.

We had perfect timing with Wishes. We had a great skipper that timed it for us so we could see the finale before we docked.

I agree Phil! I loved the DL welcome speech by Walt but the quote, "it all started with a mouse" is even better for WDW. It is a sentimental favorite for sure.

So you're saying the cover of darkness masks the reality that that structure is darn scary and you may feel the urge to duck!

I think my photo on Main Street when we arrived is Exhibit A of your observation that wait times drop after Wishes!

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whew, you got a lot posted all at once.......yuuuuuuuum, breeeeeeaaaaad!!!! we aren't eating at Kona at all but we might have to go back, just for that! It looks delicious!

Looks like you guys had a great night with the EMH. I LOVE all your pics! it makes me so excited to go!!!!!
I know, shocker huh? I'm usually good for an update a week.

Oh yes, that bread is amazing! I'm a big Kona fan so I'll be back for more bread.

Thanks! It was a great evening.

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I just love your use of the EMH! I used them for the first time for a solo gig on Mother's Day last year and couldn't believe how much I could fit in. Hoping to maybe do something similar on our April trip, there is something magical about that time. You guys certainly got a ton done that evening. I share your feelings about ETWB, it isn't even on our plans this next trip.

I unfortunately couldn't swing a West Coast trip this spring break...but I'm hoping maybe next summer. I MUST get back to Disneyland and the beautiful SO CAL weather.

Looking forward to seeing what else you check off your must-do list!

I also haven't given my official congrats to Em, what an exciting time for you guys!
Hi Cara! I remember your solo park time when you were staying at BLT. EMH is really a great way to knock out some favorites quickly. I don't see us doing ETwB this next trip but I do love the cottage and the entire theming.

Gotta say, the weather in Orange County during summer is far better than Central Florida.

Hang in there because I will get more crossed off that must do list.

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Distance-wise it's closer... 100 miles vs 150. Depending on the border crossing and where you're trying to get to in Toronto, it can take a LONG time to get there! We went to a Blue Jays game for my birthday last year and sat on the exit ramp for close to an hour and a half! It was brutal.

YAY for another trip!!!!!! So glad I can live vicariously though everyone!!

I love this picture!!!

That's awesome that the boat driver stopped so you could watch!! But swimming upstream with all those people looks... painful. A practically deserted park makes it all worthwhile though I would guess!!

It's very interesting to me that not only did people take the time to complain about Ariel's hair, but that they actually changed it because of the complaints!
Yikes! That's a loooong wait to get to a ball game! I hope the team that you were rooting for won!

I'm looking forward to another trip.

I suppose it was a small price to pay to arrive at the park after Wishes but our skipper was really sweet to time the fireworks for us perfectly.

Ha ha! I didn't think anything of Ariel's hair, and we certainly wouldn't have complained. Interesting that Disney caved to the pressure. Maybe they'll listen to me if I tell them bring back Ariel's sea flower in her hair.
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A few more comments and I'll have to finish up more later!

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I'm so jealous of your EMH experience! Any time we try to do pm EMH in the MK, the lines are ridiculously long! You guys got so much done!
I love, love, love the queue at Under the Sea. The way it looks, smells, the extra touches, everything. I know a lot of people aren't a fan of the ride itself, but I think it's an adorable dark ride. Certainly better than Snow Whites Scary Adventure!
Oh my! You must have done EMH when it was particularly busy?? Or perhaps you and the rest of the people in the park were interested in the same rides.

Didn't Disney hit a home run with that queue? And I haven't even seen all of it since we've only done it a few times and it was always walk-on. Definitely better than the old Snow White with the old school props and characters.

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"I was taking photos of the resort and the pool area while Em kept walking."

Nonetheless, the photos are simply gorgeous Brenda. Wow.

Poly Peach Wishes is still on my to do list, but as far as I'm concerned, you did that and plussed it. You had pretty much a Wishes cruise!

I'm with you. I so miss “To all that come to this happy place welcome” (brilliantly cut there since the next word was "Disneyland"). I often wonder how many people think he gave that speech at Magic Kingdom.

Oh yeah, Space Mountain in DLand is FAR superior in every way. Unless you're a fan of headaches, then WDW wins.

Yeah, it's sounding like a May opening of the Mine Train. I guarantee it'll be open for Memorial day weekend, so soft opening early May (if not sooner) are VERY likely you lucky duck.

Haha, I remember the soft serve hair backlash.

Oh I don't like that the doorway was open. That's kind of the best part.

I expect you will have a picture of "the door" each trip from now on. If not, you should.

OK... this is spooky. Like REALLY spooky. Here's a photo I took in December... Hello Twilight Zone.

You know me.... stop to take a photo and Em keeps walking. It usually works out! If we'd known our way around the resort it may have worked out better.

Absolutely! It was a modified Wishes cruise. Without the snacks and drinks of course.

It only took me a time or two to be sold on the new Celebrate the Magic show. I loved the sentimental Walt speech. However, as you noted, it makes it appear that Walt was welcoming everyone to WDW. I'm sure he would have since MK is also a "happy place."

My timing could still be off for the Mine Train. We shall see... I may have to wait for the next trip.

Wow! Freaky! Seriously, weird.

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We went to ETWB for the first time on our last trip. When you use a fp you miss that first room. Some day we'll have to go standby just so we can see it. We had a little girl in our show that was wearing the blue dress. She looked like a young Belle with her dark hair pulled back with a big blue bow. It was adorable and I think Belle needs to appear in her blue dress more often.

Fantasyland really empties out just before Wishes starts. We were able to walk on Barnstormer without a wait. There is no way I would wait in line for that 30 second ride.

I hope you get to ride the new mine train ride when you are there in late April. Maybe they will even have the fast pass system upgraded a little to give more fp's per day. there are rumors that Disney plans to make some changes once testing is over.
The cottage is so well themed! If there were less people I would have wandered around and taken more photos. I loved all the little details. One of my favorites was a photo of Belle and her mother on the wall. My photo didn't turn out so well but I forgot to post it so I'm including here....

That little girl sounds absolutely adorable. You don't see the blue dress as a costume too often. Most little girls want to be princess Belle and not book worm Belle.

We did Barnstormer for the first time in December and I was surprised at how short it was. A few turns and it was over. I can't imagine waiting more than a few minutes for that one.

I hope they at least have an AP preview or other soft open for the Mine Train. If not, I will try to be patient until the next trip. And I wouldn't mind seeing some expanded options with FP+. I'm sure Disney has received a lot of feedback.

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Once again I am loving the pictures. The Magic Kingdom at night is always filled with extra magic with the addition of the lights and your pictures really capture that magic.
Thanks! There's something about MK lit up at night that captures the magic in a different way. It's just more twinkly!
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Thanks!

This TR is what got me hooked to these boards! I love love love reading all about your trip and even went back and read the last one too! I can't wait to see how this one ends and hopefully read the next one! Thanks for the addiction!!! hehe
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:42 PM   #2063
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Hi Brenda!

That is so cool that the boat skipper stopped so you could see and take pics of the end of Wishes. I love that!!!!!!

Oh, that picture of your way into MK after the fireworks - I have to admit, that gives me a little anxiety. Those crowds coming at you!

Love the pics from the projection show. We have never seen it……

I agree - the WDW Space is very jerky. All my love is with the DLR version.

I love that you and Em did the Speedway!

I noticed that Ariel’s ice cream cone hair had changed at DCA when we were there in January - the last time it had been totally soft serve!

I really wish we had managed to do ETwB last year. Someday……

You got some AMAZING closing pictures - beautiful!
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:12 AM   #2064
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Great update!

I love Kona dinner, and I'd love to stay at the Poly someday, I think it's so pretty. We debated it for a weekend in August, but the construction is not appealing, especially if the pool is down, so we're doing the Yacht Club. My sister is a kindergarten teacher, so we like to go the first weekend after school starts, since the first week of school is generally really rough. Terrific use of EMH, it sounds like you really fit a lot in. Tomorrowland Speedway is a new must-do for me since I travel with my just turned three year old nephew. I think I'm starting to get used to the smell there!
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Thanks so much for the warm welcome! You guys did look like you were having a great time at lunch that day. I do wish I would have said hello. Maybe we'll run into each other again some day!

Great updates! Kona's bread is so, so good. I'm not sure why they even bother serving other food besides that bread and butter. I sure don't have room for anything else. What perfect timing for the fireworks!
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I love shutting down Main Street. Nice pics.
Wish I was on an empty monorail right now.
Mission Space I like but have not had the nerve to try orange yet.
Congrats again to Em.
It has been years since we watched the movies in Epcot. Next time we will fix it.
MMM, Kona. Love that place.
Nice pics of Poly. One day I will stay there.
Nice he stopped for pics.
Those crowds I would have pushed my way through in the stores.
Ooh the Peoplemover. So fun and relaxing.
Great pics from Little Mermaid.
Nice departing shots of MK.
All caught up again.
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Ack! I got behind but I think I've finally caught up!

I've never been on the DL version of SM but I will agree it is definately too jerky! And, I'm with MEK...it's a big disappointment to actually see it with the lights on. It just looks like a big erector set. Definately loses the scary factor after seeing it that way.

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Love the pictures of main street and of the new fantasyland. I would love to be able to shut down Magic Kingdom this year when we go.

And no worries about rescheduling your trip. Hopefully you will still be able to come and enjoy the Food & Wine Festival this year. We are now able to go back to Disney World a little more often now that jason has a new job. And good luck to your hubby for starting a new job. New jobs are great!
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Oh Brenda! Your pictures of NFL at night are breathtaking....oh I can't wait to see it....just 4 and half more months!!! Sounds like a great evening and you have made me curious to try EMH at MK again! The last time we went, and it was awhile ago, it was a madhouse...but I guess we just have to stay longer
Thanks Jacquie. I'll say that the trip at the end of your countdown is pretty epic considering your plans! You'll love NFL. If you wait until after Wishes the parks starts to clear out. At least that night it did.

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Wow you had a wonderful evening, I loved all your photos and you really did close the park down didn't you
Thank you Jo! An afternoon siesta did wonders for helping us to last all night.

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Wow! You've been updating like a mad woman.

Something I could clearly learn from.
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Ha ha! Here's my helpful hints... a. Point b. hold still c. shoot Very technical advice!

I got a new Nikon 7700 bridge camera to replace my Sony last year. I have a Nikon D3300 as well but I don't get it out much since I still haven't mastered learning the difference between ISO and aperture.

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Your pictures, as always, are so beautiful.
Thank you!

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I think it's funny how you and Em get separated from one another when you are shooting pictures. Mackie gets just as frustrated with me for taking too many pictures. She's usually walking ahead of me because of it.
Em knows to just keep walking. I always say that I'll catch up since I don't want to make her pause and wait for me. This particular night I was a little challenged with the layout of the resort property.

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I love being in the park at night, there is something so beautiful about it being all lit up and hardly anyone there. I love being able to walk on all the rides and being able to turn around and ride it over and over again if it's something we really love. Mackie and I have been known to do that on Splash and caught Wishes during the ride, the best part is seeing Wishes when you are about to take the plunge down the big hill.
Ahhh I can imagine seeing Wishes during the splash down would be amazing! Wishes started when we were exiting Splash a couple years ago so our timing was almost right on.

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You can pretty much walk on in the mornings too, another favorite time of the day for me.
Nothing like starting your day in MK with some thrills right off the bat to wake you up! Get's your blood pumping and adds a great start to your day.
I'm a morning person too so I love the early EMH. My family not so much so I have been known to do solo EMH in the am. I like thrill rides any time so why not start you day off right!

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What a nice jaunt back over your resort. When you said you left when you did and got to your resort when you did I was thinking how in the world did you do that?!? But I forgot you were just a stone's throw away from the park, that must be the best feature about staying at BLT.

Staying anywhere that requires a bus is at least a half hour to an hour to get back.
The walk is really only 10 minutes when we are peppy and 15 minutes when we are dragging and tired. Just depends. But yeah, it is definitely a major reason why we love BLT. No need to take transportation.

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Y'all still have a few more days to go, huh?
Hi Camille!! My sweet friend!

Gosh, I'm ready to start day 11 of 15 so I still have a park tour, a water park and a tea party to share.

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Dinner at Kona sounds and looks delicious! Is it weird that in my mind it’s only a breakfast place?! Bahaha. I’ll have to remember to check it out!!
Anytime anyone mentions Kona I automatically think of breakfast too. I gravitate to the exceptional meal there which will always be those macadamia pineapple pancakes.

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Love the pics of the poly at night, and glad you found Em again! Ah Wishes from the beach!! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do that!! Definitely something I plan on checking out!
With your million trips to Disney you've not seen Wishes from the Poly beach? It's hard to separate oneself from Main Street so we have to book dinner elsewhere in order to justify being away from the park.

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UGH CTM!! The lanterns & the “started by a mouse” part seriously tear me apart, like, I’m totes nearly crying now, bahaha. It’s just so amazing!
Isn't it? They need to have little tissue boxes scattered throughout the hub!

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…..why have I never thought of going on the speedway strictly to quote ricky bobby…..
It's the perfect setting for quoting that movie! One of these days I'll post video of our driving adventures. I video every time. I may as well post the photo of what not to do while driving....
Disclaimer: There was NO drinking in this photo! It was a joke at DL!

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ARIEL DOESN’T HAVE ICE CREAM HAIR ANYMORE?!?!!?
I'm rather sad that her swirly do is gone. It was definitely unique.

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Have to agree that I’m just not a fan of enchanted tales, I’ll do it when there’s a newbie with me, but that’s about it…
I'm with you. It's not a must do for me. Although I may take my DH later this month since I want to see him make galloping sounds.

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Great nighttime shots around the park!!
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Thanks!

Hi Katt!! My fellow May tripper. Are you still going next month? Sorry for not paying attention of being up to date on anything.

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I love your Poly pictures!

EMH in Fantasyland. I love it! What a great way to end the evening.

I remember the ice cream hair! I think that surprised me most when I saw it in WDW for the first time... no, actually I think it surprised me first when I went to DL again and it was "fixed".

I'm glad you didn't panic when you lost Em. Better to stay calm!
Thanks! Even though I don't have your photo skills I was able to point and shoot quite well.

Wasn't that hair great? I didn't see any controversy with it but then again, they didn't ask my opinion.

Ha ha! Yes, I should have a tee that says "Stay Calm and Find Your Kid!"

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Somehow my life was so busy I didn't ever start reading your trip report until Friday but I've just read it over the past three days! Fabulous and I've loved it all. Thanks for a fun ride and can't wait for the rest.
Thank you for taking the time to read Aristocath! I'm thrilled that you are joining.
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Great pictures in this update. Would this be the time to tell you how awesome it was to see Space Mountain with the lights on while ride the TTA on our last trip??

We even got the opposite. We got to ride Space Mountain while the lights on the TTA were on which was very weird because we could kind of see where we were going and all of the bars that were very close to us. It is definitely better the other way around. Can't wait for more!
Thanks Jon! Uhhhh yeah, see? Another Diser that has actually witnessed this phenomenon. I feel so cheated! I just need to keep an eye out for Space Mtn being down and then I need to hop on the PM.

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Awesome update, Brenda.

You sure got a lot done during EMH's...very impressive.

I love how you walked right on to Pooh and Mermaid. We've yet to actually see the Ariel with the fins...I have to work on that next trip.

Your pictures around the NFL are absolutely spectacular. It truly is stunning with the lighting.

We have still not seen Enchanted Tales with Belle (not sure if Mary is getting FP for that or not).

Nice that you were able to just "walk back home" and hit the sack.
Thanks Kathy! You mean the girls have not taken you to see Ariel with fins? I have the feeling Mark may like that meet and greet.

I think my camera likes low light. It's definitely not me.

I recommend FP for ETwB if you are going during peak crowd times. It's worth seeing at least once. I love the cottage theming and I love Lumiere. The rest is just great to see because of the little kids that get to participate.

I was glad we were so close to "home" since I would have fallen asleep on a bus for certain!

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Brenda, Love your review of Kona. I feel in love with that steak also (and I'm not much of a steak eater) As for the bread, Elizabeth finished it after her meal before her Kona Cone. She mad a face when they tried to take it away after she ordered her cone.
I realized how tired I am when I first read your "NFL". I was trying to figure out how football, MK, and EMH fit together. I will say it came to me before I read on.
Love how empty MK was for you. You and Em got a lot done. Your night pictures of NFL are amazing. Can't wait to see it for myself.
Hi Sandy! Ha ha! Hey, if anyone tried to take away our 3rd serving of bread I would have growled too! Seriously, who needs dessert there? They have the amazing bread with macadamia nut butter.

I'm not sure who decided to abbreviate new Fantasyland that way since "new" isn't going to be the description forever. It should be expanded FL. We did get a lot done thanks to EMH.

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I have seen the lights on in Space Mountain - twice, I think. the pictures never do it justice. It honestly just looks like a maze of metal tracks. It looks entirely different than when the lights are down. Kind of cool but not earth shattering. It sort of wrecks the illusion.

OK - that is sort of freaky that you and Rob have the exact same clock picture.

I have never been in the MK that late I wish I could hang that long - it looks so cool that late at night. Your pictures are fab. I love them.

What a great evening! And to be right at BLT. Well, that's just the icing on the cake.
You too? That officially makes me the last Diser to see SM lit up. I suppose I should be glad that my illusions have not be shattered.

Isn't that freaky? It's like we were in the same place at the same time!

My secret to staying up so late is a little thing I call a vacation nap! It was a great late night with more than a few things crossed off our ride list.

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I love seeing pics of an empty Magic Kingdom! I just would not be able to stay up to 1:00 to take them.
Hi Credit! Glad I could be in an almost empty MK to share those photos! If we hadn't been at WDW over a week already I would say that our internal clocks said it was only 10pm Pacific Time.

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Love your nighttime NFL photos! The wall does look so pretty all lit up like that.

Eeek, I sure hope so!!! Keeping my fingers crossed!

I loved the LM ride at DCA when we went in 2012, but WDW definitely improved on a great attraction with their amazing ride building. It's a shame DCA didn't have a better space to work with, because it's a GREAT attraction!

It has to be so exciting to pass THAT DOOR now and know you have been up there to look around!!
Thanks Kristy! Disney makes it worth photographing all the sites due to their backlighting and such. They do a great job making the park attractive at night.

I heard more good news for us about the MT open. I think we'll have timed our trips perfectly!

MK one upped DCA with Little Mermaid ride for sure but they had the "blessing of size" by using converted space. Still love it though.

Now the nosey part of me will wonder who is staying there.

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Congrats on being Mother of the bride!

Congrats to Emily & Jordan, double congrats on a guy who can pick out a beautiful ring like that on his own! I wish them a lifetime of happiness.

You definitely need to drag him over to WDW a time or two! I'm happy you will get to continue the Mother & Daughter trips! I don't get to go with you guys and I would miss them!
Thank you Cassie! You are so sweet.

Em is finally admitting the Disney addict in her is alive and well. I can see a trip to WDW in her fiancé's future.

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Nighttime EMH is the time to be in the Magic Kingdom. You can get so many rides accomplished, and the later you stay the emptier the park gets. It's pretty fun to see the park so deserted, almost feels like you have the place to yourself.

I have to agree with you on the Peoplemover; it's set to an odd speed!
I agree Alicia! There's just something about the park late at night. Not to mention the MSEP and Wishes are two must dos at night.

The first time we rode People Mover I was thinking heck, if this thing goes so slow it will take forever to get through it. But then it picked up the pace until I was thinking, hey, slow down.

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Great photos. I like the perspective of the castle "tunnel" looking towards Main St/Train Station...artsy!
Thanks Lisann! I didn't really even notice that. So much for my artistic eye!
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