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Old 01-07-2014, 03:11 PM   #1351
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Great update as usual. You know a hell of a lot of cast members at disney.....!
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:15 PM   #1352
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All caught up !! Loving your warm looking photos. We are in SC, but it is still in the teens here - brrrr.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:53 PM   #1353
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Your reading sounds very Disney centric - I love it! I have a couple Disney coffee table books that I've never read since I just flip through and look at the photos!

Believe me, I completely understand the whole mommy reading time is limited! You probably read more Elmo books than adult stuff. But what a great trade off though huh?

Thanks and I'm looking forward to sharing.



Hi sarahkate! I'm glad you found this! Thanks for joining in and letting me know that you are here. Hopefully the chapter links make it easy to get caught up and read through the updates.

The actual Dream Suite will be here soon....



Hi Dave! Yeah, If the Mayor did that to Dean I'd want a photo. That takes being a pal to a whole new level.

Thanks! It only took one take to get that action shot!

You should definitely get those coasters. Seeing as how you will be in WDW in mere weeks...



Hi there! I'm glad that you are back and caught up. Ha ha. Hang in there a little longer. I'm so close now.



Yes indeed! Those sisters were awesome! Truly spot on in their characters.



Hi Erin! Sorry I couldn't be better help. I spoke with Dean and the company that he uses to distribute and ship the books doesn't ship to Canada. I can be a filter for those requests. He did confirm that he received the order through your friend so thank you for the extra effort. He'll sign it for you this way.

Oh man! I will have 7 more days to compare notes and see if we were in the same parks at the same time.
No worries thanks for taking the time to help me and signed too. I'm excited I haven't bought a book in......

We'll yes.
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:06 AM   #1354
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Hi Brenda! I'm a little late but I'm all caught up on your report! It sounds like you two had a wonderful trip! I've always wanted to go to Disney with just my Mom but I think my Dad would be upset if we left him at home, maybe someday

I actually met Alex on my last trip! I agree his is fabulous and hilarious. So nice to see someone really enjoying their job!

My parents made fun of me the entire trip because of how badly I wanted to see the Tangled bathrooms and then how much I liked them after I finally saw them. I don't even care, I agree with you they are so fabulous and perfect!

The Tremine's are too funny. I missed them my last trip, but I definitely want to stop and see them sometime!
Hi Jess! Glad you are caught up!

Awww that's really sweet that your dad doesn't want to be left behind. I have the opposite problem with my DH, I have to bribe him.

Alex was awesome wasn't he? We watched him pose other families and was hilarious. He's a one man show on Main Street.

I'd NEVER mock you for seeing the Tangled rest rooms.. in fact I may have another update featuring them.

Ahh the Tremaine's - Just look at their antics in the MSEP!

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I'm still here reading each update and doing my best to stay caught up w/ both your reports. Thank you for posting the link to Dean's book! He/you just sold another copy and I can't wait for I to arrive (I put a note in my order comments that I got the link from you and thankful for you doing so and for dean sharing his stories). Anywho, back to work I suppose. Can't wait to read more from your trips!
Oh, thanks for hanging in there - for both reports!

On behalf of Dean, thank you so much for ordering the book. (I spoke with him last night and he was very thankful for anyone who took the time to order a copy.) I really hope you enjoy the book.

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Oh a cliff hanger! Grrrr lol. I am going to have to look up that book! Sounds like a good Disney one. Looks like you all had a fun day in Fantasy land!
Sorry about that...I reached my photo maximum so I HAD to put a pin in it. I'm glad that you are still hanging in there and reading.

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Dean's book sounds great, I'll have to keep an eye out for it as doubt whether it's on Amazon.co.uk yet! Before you said I thought the red headed lady on the front cover was you

I love the interaction you had with the ugly sisters, they're always such fun
Unfortunately, I can confirm that the book is only sold/shipped in the USA. I hadn't noticed the gal in the car before. Ha ha! Nope, not me.

Those sisters were absolutely perfect.

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Great pictures meeting with so many MK celebrities! And what a great one-woman wave in Casey's

I really wanted those HM coasters, but my roommates are not the Disney fans that I am so I wasn't sure how they'd react...

Sounds like a super fun interaction with the stepsisters! They're always great.
Hi Courtney! You liked my wave skills? You should see my one woman teeter-totter.

What? You have roomies that are not Disney fans? They obviously didn't match you up well.

Of the 3 times that we have interacted with the step sisters, this was the best.

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Great update as usual. You know a hell of a lot of cast members at disney.....!
Thanks Lisa! Just goes to show you that I don't make if far from Main Street sometimes!

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All caught up !! Loving your warm looking photos. We are in SC, but it is still in the teens here - brrrr.
Wow! I didn't know it gets that cold there. You need to return to the sea on another cruise!

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No worries thanks for taking the time to help me and signed too. I'm excited I haven't bought a book in......

We'll yes.
I'm glad that worked out. Your book should have been sent out today. I confirmed with Dean that Square does not ship to Canada or anywhere outside the USA. It has to do with the shipping that they charge back. I'm glad it worked out though.
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Old 01-08-2014, 02:15 AM   #1355
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Friday August 23, 2013: Day 8, Part 3




Backing up a little since there were a few photos that I forgot to include in my prior update. I know.. so close and then I go backwards.

When we were posing on Main Street the following moments were captured by our lovely PP photographer:

It was actually their anniversary that day:

The Mayor was once again getting friendly. He tried to pull off the ole kiss on the lips but I narrowly avoided that by my turning my cheek. That was close!

Still trying

I didn't notice the lady smiling in the back ground until now. Apparently it was quite the show.

Posing with Hildegard

Ok, moving forward again....Meeting back up we were checked in and seated for lunch at the Plaza Restaurant. My dining review has the details of what occurred to reveal this surprise. However, I will recap here since this is the preamble to the actual Dream Suite tour.


While we were waiting for the food to arrive, the VP of Media at MK came over to our table and greeted Dean. They were not only former colleagues but he is THE GUY that all media requests go through for the park. They had been working together early that morning for filming of the book promo. He casually said, That thing you asked about earlier is a go. Hmmm whatever could he mean? Since we dont read minds someone had to explain it to us. Dean offered an interpretation of their covert conversation and said that we had been given permission to tour the Dream Suite inside the castle. What? Did he just say that we were going to be INSIDE the DREAM SUITE of the Cinderellas castle??? THAT CANT BE.

Euphoria, utter joy and excitement occurred all within seconds of that announcement!!

I believe this is an accurate representation

I HAD to hug this kind man he didnt stand a chance of avoiding it when I leaped from my chair and went in for the hug and thanked him.

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Needless to say, we were pretty excited that it worked out. The only down side was we were so giddy that we didnt eat much of our lunch.

Recreating my reaction

While we were still eating Mayor Christopher Weaver came over to the table to give us love and attention. We kept chatting and took it outside where we took more photos. These photos were from the photopass guy that was shadowing the Mayor. Maybe he was there to keep tabs on him Mayor Weaver who was a bit on the frisky side!


And yet another smooch.





The Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It Parade was starting soon so we decided to watch it together. In the mean time there was another meet up planned with a CM who had worked with Dean in Entertainment at MK. He wanted to share a shout out that he had in the acknowledgments section of his book with her. It was a very touching and personal moment between the two of them that we were privileged to share. There was yet another PP photographer who stayed with us for the parade and took a LOT of photos of our meet up.




The best backdrop to this happy scene was the Celebrate You soundtrack playing with the parade that was passing down Main Street.


Barb and Dean were clowning around with each other and seeing Dean try to dance like her was hilarious!



We had about an hour before we were to meet for our castle tour so we decided to take some time to shop on Main Street since a.) it was inside with a/c and b.) it was inside with a/c! Actually, I had my eye on a little Dooney bag. I think the euphoria of being able to tour the castle affected my judgment since I'm the type to ponder and deliberate the necessity and analyze the usefulness before I drop my hard earned cash on a non-essential accessory. No impulse purchases for me... too often! I'm also all about finding a way to get things cheaper and when I considered that I'd at least get the AP discount I had completely justified the purchase.

Whoa! I didn't realize that there were different prints (characters) for the Dooney Charms bags. For someone who is indecisive giving them more choices is not a good thing... especially since I analyze things beyond reason. However, I love Marie and there was a version that had her prominently displayed on the front of the bag so decision made. I wasn't the only one in a shopping mood, Em picked out a cute CZ Mickey ring.

We greeted more Citizens of Main Street outside.


Bea Star is one of our favorites since she is such a sweet lady. She was hanging out down by the Emporium.

Next Up....It's now 2:00! Let the tour begin!

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Old 01-08-2014, 02:49 AM   #1356
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Friday August 23, 2013: Day 8, Part 4




Ok guys, it was time to meet up for our Dream Suite tour. Even condensed theres zero chance that I will get this updated in only 1 or 2 posts. I think the best way to share the Dream Suite tour is to break this up into several parts. Each part will feature different rooms of the suite since I have a lot of photos and details to share.

I will try to stick with what I think is relevant and interesting although I will say up front that every detail of the Dream Suite (DS from here on out since its just so much easier!) has a purpose and a meaning and ties so perfectly to the Cinderella story. I cant possibly remember every one of them but what I recall I will share. Since I wrote all the details right after the tour I pretty much guaranteed that I would be able to share this here without time erasing many of the details.

The tour included our official plaid tour guide (Caroline) and a park photographer (Joe) who works with global media (I cant remember his official title but he was talented.)

Remember this photo in my earlier update....

The gentleman on the right was our official photographer for the tour... Joe.

We started by being introduced to Joe on the back side of the castle where he showed us where the windows for the DS were located. Way cool! Wed not really taken notice of those windows before but you can bet that just like the turret that houses the Admiral Suite at the YC we wont pass the castle without looking up at those windows and remembering the details of the suite ever again.






The entrance to the DS is located in the corridor where the Mary Blair Cinderella mosaic is located. Youve walked by this door many times  not sure how many people know what is behind that door. Before Caroline opened the door we were registered as guests of the DS and provided our information  I used my real name! Very official! Joe started taking photos right away.




Caroline shared the Mary Blair story for the mosaic in the castle walkway

Although I took a gazillion photos many of them just dont capture the amazingness of the DS. I was on sensory overload and trying to just take it all in. My initial strategy was to go through each room and do a sweep with my camera and capture all the details. However, 60 seconds into the tour I abandoned that idea as unrealistic since I kept bouncing around the rooms as someone would call out a new detail that I had to observe. Plus Caroline was giving a running commentary on all the details and I didnt want to stray far from her until I had heard the entire spiel. Realistically, this was the only time that I would ever be in the DS so I wanted to see everything even if I didnt have a photo. This site; Disney tourist blog dot com has some awesome photos that capture the DS in beautiful detail! (Apparently Disboards doesn't like the link since it removes it.)

All this commentary and I havent even shown you an inch of the DS! Shame on me! Lets officially get this started. Please feel free to ask questions along the way. Just raise your hand first. J

And here's a glimpse behind the door..

Continued Next Post (don't send hate mail.... I have to stop here because it's a) really late and b) the Disboards poops out on me at 1am so I need to post this before I lose it. At least I'm throwing this much out here for now...

Tour continues next post


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Old 01-08-2014, 04:36 AM   #1357
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Wow! Wow! WOW!

I can only imagine that you must have been out of your mind with excitement at this point. Not only getting to meet Dean and his wife and get tons of wonderful PP pictures, but to tour the DS! That is truly beyond a dream! I imagine that it was pretty hard to focus and take pictures. The whole experience must have been beyond amazing.

I love your new bag. It's gorgeous and good for you for having a spontaneous purchase without a lot of deliberation! You'll always have it to remember this special day!
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So, so, so exciting!!! I am giddy in my chair just waiting for it!

I loved the photo of Dean trying to dance like the other CM in the parade (her name excapes me) - I watch her every single time there's a parade, she is so funny - and she just screams "happiness"!

Anxiously awaiting another update!

D~ <---- BTW... The book is awesome - thank you! I love that it's broken up into many stories, so I can pick it up and put it down on a whim - however - I find it hard to put down! LOVE IT!!!!
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Oh that Mayor! He's awfully frisky, isn't he?
Wow, I think my heart would have just stopped when learning I would get to tour the DS. Now that's a heck of a surprise! Those pics in front of the parade are adorable.
Nice purchase on the Dooney bag! Like Mary Ellen said, you'll always have that to remember the special tour.
Oooooh I can't wait to see the rest!!

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So excited to read about your tour! What an amazing - unexpected surprise!!! You are so right............your eyes will be forever drawn right to those windows every time you walk by the back/side of the castle. It is such a special place!!
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Brenda, I am so amazed at how many people you know at WDW; I'm going to start using your name around Disney from now on. At check-in... Yep thanks for the presidential suite ohh you also say it is a theme park view. At ADR's... Thank you, love the view from this window...appetizers complements of the house, thank you. At park entrance... An all day unlimited FP for my entire party, thank you..

August 23rd is an important day every year in the Goofy4prez household. It was on that date 27 years ago my DW's (Carolyn) dreams came true. Yep, she said "I do" to her Prince Charming. Yikes, how did that flying object come from the other room. Yes dear, it was my dreams come true.

As for the mayor; I would say there is a bit too many hormones raging through his system. But too his defense, he does have good taste.

My wife is much like you when it comes to impulse buying; She is the one that is more reserved and thinks it through. As for me, when I turned 40 I purchased a "Screaming Yellow" 2014 Mach 1 Mustang. I warned her that I would love to see the 2015 Mustang Shelby GT350... Oh, I turn 50 in five days.

My point with impulse buying, while my DW went to take a little detour for a moment (as KatMark calls them, bio breaks, LOL), I ran into the store quickly, pondered for a few seconds which seemed like an hour, and bought my wonderful wife one of these pictured below. She squaked about the price for a few moments when she got back, but it didn't take her very long to transfer her stuff from her old purse into this one and have it hanging over her shoulder in time for the DIS meet that evening.



Brenda, I will end with this, your trip reports are among the most enjoyable things about the DIS. I look forward to them.
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You do know that we are all in our chair clapping, jumping up and down in our seats like little kids waiting to hear the rest of the story don't you???

This is so cool! I would have been beyond giddy at this point.

I never realized the whole "charms" aspect to that Dooney line! Now I am like..duh! Nice pick with Marie on the front, she's a favorite in our house as well.

Now back to sitting and clapping waiting for the rest of the story!

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Shhh...don't tell Becky

I can NOT handle how handsy (lippy?) the Mayor is! Holy cow, I'll never be able to look at that man the same way again!

I've decided that I need to go on a WDW vacation with you an Em. You have so much good luck. Grand Marshals, Admiral Suite, Dream Suite

Love the Dooney you picked out. Marie AND Mary Poppins' carousel horse? Looks like a winner to me!

This is so random but I think about it every time I look at your signature Grand Marshal picture. The first time I saw it I thought the other girl (not Em, the girl with the Mouse Ears) was Miranda Lambert
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My point with impulse buying, while my DW went to take a little detour for a moment (as KatMark calls them, bio breaks, LOL), I ran into the store quickly, pondered for a few seconds which seemed like an hour, and bought my wonderful wife one of these pictured below. She squaked about the price for a few moments when she got back, but it didn't take her very long to transfer her stuff from her old purse into this one and have it hanging over her shoulder in time for the DIS meet that evening.


I'm sending this little snippet to my fiance. Maybe he will take a hint and do the same thing when we are in WDW for our DisneyMoon.

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Ahh this is all so exciting!! I CAN'T WAIT TO READ ALL ABOUT YOUR DREAM SUITE TOUR! I bet it was just absolutely GORGEOUS!

The pictures of the Mayor trying to kiss you are hilarious. He's pretty brave going straight in for the lips! MORE THAN ONCE!

I seriously need to order Dean's book. I bet it's an excellent read! And like you suggested, I'll definitely have my tissues ready.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the Dooney purse you chose!
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