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Old 10-15-2013, 10:10 PM   #151
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I am a big fan of Crystal Palace breakfasts, as you well know. There's just something so comforting about the place. I always feel amazing there. I didn't know they did the Welcome Show for EMH! MICKEY MOUSE, people. That's the real deal right there.

September is my favorite time to go because it's pretty much like these pictures constantly. Rarely you'll see a crowd, but most of the time? This. I always want to go other times to see different decorations, but it always comes back to these lovely crowds!

We went into Big Top Souvenirs for the first time, too! I love the floors in there.

Yes, those ears and that lanyard were perfect for you guys! I am still in mourning that we didn't get the Sulley outfit for our Duffy Bears. And the girls are majorly regretting it, too . Sigh...maybe next year.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:28 AM   #152
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Shh... you're giving away Disney's second best kept secret... how slow the second week of September is. It's our favorite time of the year to go.

I just love your WL photos. The Imagineers did such fantastic work with this resort, it looks like your in the Northwest while in Florida. It kind of seems like a vacation within a vacation.

Mmm Mmm, your breakfast at CP looks might tasty! I especially love the photo of you and Piglet.

How fun to be able to experience new fantasyland with such low crowds.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:54 AM   #153
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I am SO glad you finally got to see the welcome show! It's so cute and it is such a great way to start the day!

Man, that early morning castle view from CP is my favorite!

Big Top is the cutest store, and I love that lanyard. Matt, you have really good taste in lanyards. Also, I am not the biggest Duffy fan, but dressed as Sulley he is freaking adorable. Those Minnie ears are awesome!

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Old 10-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #154
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I am in love with the Sulley Duffy. That is just one of the cutest things I've seen in a long time!
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:04 PM   #155
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HELLO......joining in for another great TR!!
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:14 PM   #156
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Just came across your TR as I was browsing around and joining in! I'm really enjoying your adventures so far!

My family and I were there September 17-25 and can definitely relate to your surprise about the low crowds!! We were shocked!! We'd never gone in September before, and now I don't think I ever want to go at another time of year ever again! Haha! It was amazing!!

Wilderness Lodge is a beautiful resort! It's on my "must try" list for sure!!

I loved your pictures of Wishes in the Tangled area! A very unique place to see them! That is such a beautifully done space as it is, but Wishes just adds to it!

Your breakfast at Crystal Palace looked lovely! Love all the Pooh characters!!!

Looking forward to reading more!! :-)
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:00 PM   #157
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Dani (and Matt, for that matter), I've been catching up on my trip report reading, and just wanted to say thank you for writing these. I'm leaving on Saturday for my very first ever trip to the World, and am going with my mom - also her first trip.

Reading your TRs has given me such good perspective on touring the World as grownups. Though our trip will be different - i.e. WE MUST SEE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE in this trip - it's been fun to read along and learn things about the park and how we might tour.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:58 PM   #158
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OH HIIIII!!!! What's this? It took me seven years to join in and get caught up on your TR? Yes. BUT I finally did! Obviously loving it so far! Wilderness looks fantastic. STARBUCKS ON MAIN STREET. Can't wait. And I'm sorry but did you say you hadn't seen Little Mermaid since you were a kid? I die. But thanks for giving my girl her props! Hahaha anyways, so I don't talk for days, I'm just gonna cut it off here. Can't wait for more!!!

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Old 10-17-2013, 11:09 AM   #159
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:02 PM   #160
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Hi Dani! I was so happy to see another TR pop up!
First of all, in the pic of Milo with the glasses and ears, he looks like Ceelo Green........a little, no, just me?
I am obsessed with your last trip video! Love that Imagine Dragons song and love watching you guys be silly. Cant wait for this trips video!

So happy to be a grown up when I see others with Mickey ears, Vinylmation collections, Duffys dressed like Sulley, breakfast with Pooh Bear!!! Thanks for writing the report....its gonna help me get through the days till my January trip....first time in January. Cant wait!
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:43 PM   #161
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Subbing and so glad to be along for the ride. I'm so glad you got to experience the parks at a different time of year, even though the heat is not awesome during September.

Looking forward to reading all about another Dani and Matt adventure!
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Oh I am SO JEALOUS of your empty park morning! When I started going in Octobers in '09, there were mornings and evenings that were empty like that, but I think Octobers have gotten a lot busier since then. It looks like maybe I'll have to switch to Septembers!
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:02 PM   #163
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I'm so sorry I'bve been MIA. Crazy life stuffs getting in the way of my TR reading. But I'm caught up now and OMIGAH your pictures are so fabulous!!!!!

I mean, really, really, beautiful. Great job!

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Old 10-18-2013, 01:39 PM   #164
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Yeah... I just watched the video from your Jan trip. It seriously made me cry it was so great!
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:54 PM   #165
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Originally Posted by courtneybelle View Post
I'm so glad you got to see the opening show! Not going to lie, if I'm having a tough time getting out of bed in the morning, I will put it on to perk me up...

Love your shirt!

Your Tigger selfie is so cute!

I've never seen the area in front of Gaston's that empty...that's so awesome!!!

SULLEY DUFFY. OH MY GOSH. I'm melting. Definitely the best Duffy costume I've ever seen!
I know! I was really happy I finally got to see it. And I'm with you on getting up that early, but that made me definitely a lot happier to be up and at 'em so early.

Aw thanks! I found it and thought it was kind of fun and different, haha.

Thanks, Tigger was super adorable and fun! I just like that there is video of us bouncing around, hahaha.

YUP, this is why I HAD to have that costume! It was way too adorable not to and it's so soft and perfect. I'm obsessed with it.

Originally Posted by katt789 View Post
Hold on….dude…we were like….TEN FEET from each other during the rope drop show, I somehow completely forgot that you guys were even in MK that day, this is insane!

Awwe!! So glad you got to see the rope drop show! It’s one of my favorites!

Stitch is so cute!!

Yay for a good experience at CP, I love breakfast there so much!!

UUUGGGGHHH that viiieeeewwww from the castle stage is quite possibly one of my all time favorite things in the world. I always need to take a moment to stop there, like, Mom thought I was going to jump the rope that morning, bahaha.

Sept crowds, seriously the best thing ever! Glad you guys took the time to explore and shop and such!!
Hahaha really?! How did we not see each other?! I loved the show though!

And yeah, that Stitch was adorable. It was very hard not to steal him and run away.

CP is fabulous and we HAVE to do it on every trip no matter what.

Yup, I totally agree... especially in the morning when you can see everyone just walking into the park all happy and excited. It's the best.

I agree, the September crowds were just awesome! It was nice to not feel rushed around the park.

Originally Posted by STLMickeyMom View Post
I love those pictures from the castle looking down main st. We're always so busy ooohing and aaahhing over the castle that we never think to turn around. Put it on the list for next time!

Hey--Matt's bacon looks pretty good for Disney bacon! I love a Mickey waffle, but I can't wait to try that puffed French toast!

Fantasyland and storybook circus look so pretty! They were obviously just waiting for you to come snap some pics!

And LOVE the Minnie ears!!
Aw thanks, you definitely should!! It's a perfect way to see the park in a totally different way.

The bacon was not terrible, which is nice since Disney is notorious for very sad bacon! The Puffed French Toast is SOOOOO good! It's basically a donut though, hahaha.

I think they were just waiting for me to stop by, haha.

Thank you! I was totally in love with them and definitely plan on bringing them with me for all future Halloweenie trips!!

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Haha, Ibuprofen for the Win!!

I have such a love for the topiaries like the DVC one without the added eyes and stuff. It just reminds me so much of when I was a kid.

YAY for the Good Morning show. So glad you finally got to see it. And don't feel bad as I've only ever seen it once (well, and I guess once from behind). It really is the best.

Awww that selfie with you and Piglet is TOO FREAKIN' CUTE!!!

Ahh there is nothing quite like September crowds (or lack thereof).

Is it weird that I'm really looking forward to walking through the path from NFL to Storybook Circus? It has never been open for me ever.
Haha it seriously saved me SO many times during our trip!

Aw yeah, they're really cute! I couldn't get a good photo of the DVC Villas at WL, so the topiary had to do!

I was so happy to finally see it, it's such a cute way to open the park!

Thanks! I had to take a little selfie and there is also video of Piglet and me getting ourselves ready for the photo hahaha.

The lack of crowds are so fabulous! It was way too awesome, and surprising, even though we thought January was pretty quiet!

Um nope, because it's the best thing ever! Makes getting over to Storybook and Tomorrowland WAY easier!

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Long time lurker, but I will be a big boy and subscribe.

I marathon read your previous TR's over some very unproductive days at work, and I look forward to reading your current one, but I'm not sure I how I will find the patience to wait for them to be published. Though my DW and I will be in the world soon and we will be co-writing a TR when we get back so that might help.

Congratulations on the DVC at OKW. That is our favorite resort and we find it hard to spend time at other places, though after reading about your stay at BC and the pool and the easy access to F&W I think that will be on our list soon.

Can't wait for the video, your first one was pretty cool. Can you tell me how much effort and time went into editing it, and is it something a novice can figure out? I'd like to try it but neither one of us has ever attempted to do such a thing and sadly we are pretty bad about taking pictures. I think we will try the TR first and then we might tackle video if that is a success.

September/October is a great time to travel there with the kids all back in school, but I don't understand what was going on your first night in the MK that was some seriously low crowd levels. If you think it is hot and humid on your trip now, try tent camping in August at FW. That was when my DW cam with my family and she didn't leave me for it, instead it kicked off our obsession with WDW. We are getting our first annual pass this year, and someday in the near future will be DVC members at OKW, maybe we'll meet you at the gurgling suitcase for a drink sometime.

Please keep the updates coming fast and furious, I look forward to them
Well thank you for coming out of lurkdom and saying hello!! And I'm glad you enjoyed all of my other TRs! I promise I'll keep these up to date pretty frequently! I've been pretty good about writing updates so that I have plenty to keep this TR going, woohoo! That will be fun to co-write a TR!

Thank you very much! OKW is an AMAZING resort. We haven't stayed there since our honeymoon in 2011, but I'm sure we will down the line! Beach Club is our favorite though and always will be our home. It's an amazing resort.

I am really excited to start working on our video this weekend! It's going to take a while, as I took a LOT of video while on this trip, but once it's done, I think it'll be fabulous. But I have to say, they take a lot of work and timing things right. I mean, it depends on how you want your video to be. I used iMovie on my iMac to make it, and it has its flaws, but I really liked working in iMovie. I would suggest the TR first, then videos in the future for sure. Writing and editing is a LOT of work but it's fun!

Yeah, it was such a weird thing to have it be so quiet in the parks... but we loved it! Matt and I have vowed to never ever go to Disney during the summer. We don't like heat, and September was plenty hot enough for us. I give you props for being able to handle the heat in a tent in August! That's impressive!

Thanks so much, I will definitely keep the updates rolling!

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Yay for the MK opening show!! I only saw it for the first time myself in 2010, and it was so amazing that I wondered how I had been missing out on it for so long. Seriously, what better way is there to start your day at MK with that fabulous opening show?! And I may or may not tear up when that song comes on in my car...

Your selfie with Tigger is seriously precious. And breakfast looks so delicious! I love breakfast there.

The park is DEAD! If I could handle September heat, I think these pics would convince me to go! Like seriously, where is everyone?!

That's me, dead from the cuteness that is Sulley Duffy.

Yeah, I was impressed with how much they do for the opening show! It was kind of the best!

Aww thanks, I LOVE CP so much. I can't wait to go back again and have breakfast with my favorite friends.

I know! The crowds were amazing... but I have to say, that heat was brutal some days. The nice thing was that it was SO not busy, taking a break was easy to do because you could get so much done so quickly! Plus, it made me appreciate the weather once we got home a lot more, hahaha.

I am obsessed with my Duffy as Sulley. He is the cutest.

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totally joining in for this TR!!!

And I will be going back and reading your previous ones!! (edit - went through and read all 3 of them)

Really enjoying your writing style and pictures!!!

And with Matt's love of Ratatouille, Disneyland Paris is opening it's ride about his adventure in 2014.... Maybe a trip to Paris is due?
YAY! Glad to have you here!! And that's awesome that you read all of my TRs! I hope you liked them!

Oh my gosh, I had no idea about a Ratatouille ride, but that is just ANOTHER reason we have to go there one day! Phantom Manor is the other huge reason, along with the beautiful castle!

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Yayness! I am so in for this TR!!! I can already tell you had a blast-I can't wait to read all about it!!!

ETA: Ibuprofen - definitely a life saver on Disney trips!!!
Awesome, so glad you're here! YAY! And yes, Ibuprofen is the best thing ever for Disney trips!

Originally Posted by gracer9977 View Post
Another great update with beautiful pictures.

Awesome that you finally got to see the opening show at MK.

I totally love going to WDW in Sept when there is no crowds. I have to say while you were there it seemed even emptier than usual. Can't believe your pictures in New FW of the almost completely empty park.

As other's have said I too need to remember to turn around when walking through the castle and take a picture down main street.

Great selfies with Pooh and the gang. That is a favorite breakfast of ours as well.

Looks like you are having an awesome time so far.
Thank you so much! I was so happy to see the opening show at MK, it was so cute and the perfect way to start our day!

September was just a perfect time for crowds. There was NO ONE around, and we enjoyed every second of it!

And yes, totally turn around, it's a great way to see the park!

Thanks, CP is just such a fun way to start a day in Magic Kingdom!

We were having a great morning, and things only got better!

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YES YES YES. I always feel that way when I see him. HE IS A BIG CELEBRITY. I mean, sheesh. I'm so happy that you finally saw the Welcome Show, it is so so magical. Good morning, GOOD MORNING! I haven't seen it in 3 years, I should probably do that in a few weeks when I'm there!

OH MY GOD I love Pirate/Halloween Stitchy!!!

Ahh, a near-empty MK. How lovely. I missed this luxury during my May trip. I know it sounds crazy but I am not used to crowds at Disney! I am thrilled to be going back during a quieter time. Yay yay yay!!!

I agree, Ariel is a HBIC. I really hate when people say that the movie gives a bad message because she ~gave up everything for a guy~. Actually NO in general she wanted to be human so back up. I love that not only did she see what she wanted and went after it, she really took huge risks. As Triton says, "HE'S A HUMAN!! YOU'RE A MERMAID!!!!!!!!!" The whole thing is very Romeo & Juliet, luckily way less tragic! I feel the same way about Jasmine, Rapunzel, Tiana, etc. These girls are great role models.

I've never seen the path between to Storybook Circus open! I can't wait to walk through there. It's the little things.

HALLOWEEN GOODIES. Omg. I'd better start eating 10 cupcakes a day to prepare my stomach for the utter sugar attack it is about to experience.


Wow, I guess it hadn't occurred to me that someone other than the famous Disney Tattoo Guy is covered like that in Disney tattoos! Very impressive. But also my thought is: OUCH. Glad to hear they were well done though. I don't mind tattoos, I even LOVE them in some instances, but poorly done ones KILL ME. My cousin had her friend do all of hers for cheap and literally when I see them I cringe. I don't get it. This is a lifelong commitment, this is one of the things you do not go for the discount on!
I knew you'd understand! I seriously just get star struck when I see him! I hope you go see the show when you're there, it's just so darn cute.

That Stitch, I can't even tell you my obsession with it. I mean, those little sneakers he had on?! I wanted to steal him!

No, I know what you mean! We aren't used to crowds either, so when January was busier than expected, I was a bit disappointed. But September?! Holy cow, it's just dead! I love it!

Ariel totally did what she needed to do for herself. Like you said, she wanted to be a human forever, and just happened to see Eric, soooo no. People need to just chill it. But I agree, it's why I love Rapunzel and Tiana SO much. Those girls knew what they wanted and went after it!

Hahaha, I think cupcake preparation is a fantastic idea. SO MANY GOODIES TO EAT!

Daw thanks, we both found some fabulous things that morning in Storybook!

Yeah, I couldn't believe how many tattoos this man had. They were so impressive. And I SO AGREE about bad tattoos. Sometimes I just shake my head and feel bad that the person has those forever. Like, at least make the effort to research a good artist and put the effort into choosing something that is meaningful to you!

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I can't tell you how jealous I am of the small crowds! We just got back from DLR and it was SO much more crowded than it was last year when we were there over Thanksgiving week. We hardly got to do anything. I hope you enjoyed every second of it!
Oh man, the crowds were just fabulous! That's so weird that DLR was that busy though! I would have thought it'd be quieter. I hope it's not too bad when we go next month!! I'm sure it'll be busier on Friday and Saturday, but here's hoping Wednesday and Thursday aren't too bad! We LOVED the crowds in Disney World!
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