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Old 01-04-2014, 01:11 PM   #136
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I am so sorry! I am a month and several updates behind on your report!!!

I don't know how that happened, but I sort of do! Plus, it appears that I forgot to subscribe to this thread! Corrected now!

I need the drooling smiley for your baking day. The biscotti and the bark both sound awesome!

I'm glad to hear you had a nice Christmas. A kayak is a great gift! I'm sure you are ready for some nice weather so you can use it.

I am intrigued to hear about your new ticker when you are ready to reveal...

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Your sunrise picture from the balcony- are you freaking kidding me?!? GORGEOUS!

I loved the pictures from your early morning stroll. I noticed a lifeguard already at the pool. What time was it?

The foggy savannah picture? A masterpiece!

It was nice to see some pictures of you in the updates, but I especially liked the one of you and Johnny with Santa.

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You had a great morning at EPCOT!

You scored at Soarin' with the seating.

I have not noticed the Hidden Minnie at Living with the Land before. Thanks for posting that.

My, what a big lens you have! I love the picture Johnny took of you taking a picture of him with him in the reflection.

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More drooling smileys... Sunshine Seasons is my favorite counter service in the whole World, and the strawberry shortcake is my favorite dessert there.

Sunshine Seasons Strawberry Shortcake- There is some alliteration.

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What great pictures inside The Living Seas. The manatee on his/her back is precious.

I all of the aquarium pictures!!! The lionfish photo is stunning. Pun not intended, but I'll keep it. We saw one last year, which is not a good thing since it is an invasive species in the Caribbean.

Do you snorkel? We are going to Mexico next month and I am facing a camera setting dilemma. I am bringing 3 waterproof cameras (my Lumix and two Fuji XPs) and they all have special snorkel settings for pictures and movies. I have never used these in the past, I am usually too lazy to set the shots, but I think I will try both ways this time and try to remember which pictures were taken with the regular setting and which ones were with the underwater ones.

That's if they don't all die. I have had 3 Olympus "Not so tough" cameras die at the same resort on 3 different trips.

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But back to you, and EPCOT

You built a bad*** car at Test Track (I self-edited that with the stars)

That is so cool that you saw the parade of barges and the globe. And it was a good thing you were having a "lazing" afternoon and were not in a rush to get anywhere.

I'm looking forward to hearing all about your dinner! I'm expecting some fantastic food porn and some hot waiters!

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Old 01-04-2014, 06:38 PM   #137
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Just wanted to let you know that I'm following along! Your pictures are great!
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:14 PM   #138
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Oh my, that's some winter weather you are having. I'm sure not going to complain about ours.

Ahhh that kayak, I imagine it will be a few months before it gets some use. I saw your FB photo and thought someone is more motivated than I to wrap it. I would have just slapped a bow on it and declared it done. (your camera lens mug was awesome too!)

So...Epcot lazy day. Love it.

Ellen's ride is so hard for me to get photos since it is dark. Your photo of Ellen and the dino was awesome and that is the one that never comes out for me. I know, I know, turn the ISO up/down/sideways or something like that.

As for Test Track, I actually liked the old bumps and heat room. I'm glad that you liked it!

So do you have a Via Naploi pizza in your future? I hope it's not the horrid Boardwalk pizza window.

Stay warm!
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:01 PM   #139
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Hmmm, maybe I should try Universe of Energy - I haven't been on on it yet! I corrected my past omissions of Spaceship Earth during my last trip. Perhaps it's time I correct another one.

That design process for Test Track standby queue looks a whole lot more interesting than the ones they have for the Single Rider and Fastpass lines.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:17 AM   #140
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A kayak is a pretty cool Christmas gift. Hopefully, it'll warm up eventually for you to put it use. As it is right now, it sounds ridiculously cold. Way too cold for me, at least.
I'm sure this winter is being extra extreme for me just so the snow and ice will never melt and I'll never get to use the kayak.



Love your vehicle on Test Track! I agree, the parts they took out were not going to be missed by anyone. Glad the ride didn't live up to all the negative hype you'd read about.
I was glad too, my expectations were so low and I was pleasantly surprised!


Hmmm, sounds like it was a good thing you guys decided to wander through the WS that afternoon....
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I don't think I've ever seen the barge go up. If I have I totally forgot about it and have no pictures to prove it.
It was pretty cool, I'm glad we stumbled across it.

I agree that the new TT is better. I hated the heat and cold chambers too. I got stuck in the cold chamber once. Not one of my fondest memories.
Oh no, that would be a really terrible place to be stuck! (The heat chamber wouldn't be very nice either come to that.)

Love your car. You rock in the power department.
I may have had someone in my party who was a little power happy!

Via for dinner perhaps? I love it there!
We shall see!
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I am so sorry! I am a month and several updates behind on your report!!!
No apologies necessary, I was way behind on my Dising too!

I don't know how that happened, but I sort of do! Plus, it appears that I forgot to subscribe to this thread! Corrected now!

I need the drooling smiley for your baking day. The biscotti and the bark both sound awesome!
They were delish! (If I do say so myself!) I love to bake, it's one of my favourite parts of Christmas

I'm glad to hear you had a nice Christmas. A kayak is a great gift! I'm sure you are ready for some nice weather so you can use it.
I'm sure this snow will never ever ever melt now that I can't wait for spring to use my new toy!

I am intrigued to hear about your new ticker when you are ready to reveal...
I think today I'll post about it!

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Your sunrise picture from the balcony- are you freaking kidding me?!? GORGEOUS!
Ahhh I can't take any credit, all Mother Nature's work. I got to wake up to that every morning!

I loved the pictures from your early morning stroll. I noticed a lifeguard already at the pool. What time was it?
Around 7:30 I think. I can't really remember!

The foggy savannah picture? A masterpiece!

It was nice to see some pictures of you in the updates, but I especially liked the one of you and Johnny with Santa.

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You had a great morning at EPCOT!

You scored at Soarin' with the seating.

I have not noticed the Hidden Minnie at Living with the Land before. Thanks for posting that.

My, what a big lens you have! I love the picture Johnny took of you taking a picture of him with him in the reflection.
Hehehe I got a kick out of that one. I didn't realize how comically big that lens looked until I saw it.

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More drooling smileys... Sunshine Seasons is my favorite counter service in the whole World, and the strawberry shortcake is my favorite dessert there.

Sunshine Seasons Strawberry Shortcake- There is some alliteration.
Don't tell my mother, but that's the best strawberry shortcake I've ever had!

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What great pictures inside The Living Seas. The manatee on his/her back is precious.

I all of the aquarium pictures!!! The lionfish photo is stunning. Pun not intended, but I'll keep it. We saw one last year, which is not a good thing since it is an invasive species in the Caribbean.
Love the pun, intended or no. Yikes, invasive lionfish is really not cool!

Do you snorkel? We are going to Mexico next month and I am facing a camera setting dilemma. I am bringing 3 waterproof cameras (my Lumix and two Fuji XPs) and they all have special snorkel settings for pictures and movies. I have never used these in the past, I am usually too lazy to set the shots, but I think I will try both ways this time and try to remember which pictures were taken with the regular setting and which ones were with the underwater ones.


That's if they don't all die. I have had 3 Olympus "Not so tough" cameras die at the same resort on 3 different trips.
I've snorkeled before. Johnny's Fujifilm has an "underwater" setting that we use, it filters out the blue/green colour of everything and gives a truer colour. Hope they hold up for you! We've had our Fuji for about 5 years or more, didn't treat it particularly well haha, and it's still going strong!

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But back to you, and EPCOT

You built a bad*** car at Test Track (I self-edited that with the stars)

That is so cool that you saw the parade of barges and the globe. And it was a good thing you were having a "lazing" afternoon and were not in a rush to get anywhere.
It was a really interesting parade to watch. I was thinking about anyone who might have had an ADR to get to though, glad we didn't have anywhere urgent to be!

I'm looking forward to hearing all about your dinner! I'm expecting some fantastic food porn and some hot waiters!
Coming soon!
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:40 AM   #141
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Just wanted to let you know that I'm following along! Your pictures are great!
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Oh my, that's some winter weather you are having. I'm sure not going to complain about ours.
I'm going to go get some pictures today. We're getting some above freezing temperatures the next two days so I want to get a pic of the snow before it melts! (Though we would need a month of Florida summer weather to get rid of all the snow we have!)

Ahhh that kayak, I imagine it will be a few months before it gets some use. I saw your FB photo and thought someone is more motivated than I to wrap it. I would have just slapped a bow on it and declared it done. (your camera lens mug was awesome too!)
My parents are hilarious, they used Christmas table cloths!

So...Epcot lazy day. Love it.

Ellen's ride is so hard for me to get photos since it is dark. Your photo of Ellen and the dino was awesome and that is the one that never comes out for me. I know, I know, turn the ISO up/down/sideways or something like that.
It is really dark in there. ISO up! Hahaha

As for Test Track, I actually liked the old bumps and heat room. I'm glad that you liked it!
Really? That's so funny, always people on every side of every opinion, right?

So do you have a Via Naploi pizza in your future? I hope it's not the horrid Boardwalk pizza window.
Perhaps, perhaps!

Stay warm!
Oh we are, keeping the fire roaring!
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Hmmm, maybe I should try Universe of Energy - I haven't been on on it yet! I corrected my past omissions of Spaceship Earth during my last trip. Perhaps it's time I correct another one.

That design process for Test Track standby queue looks a whole lot more interesting than the ones they have for the Single Rider and Fastpass lines.

You should try Ellen! It's a nice 45 minutes off your feet. And there are dinosaurs. And Bill Nye the Science Guy. And Jeopardy.

We did Test Track with a fastpass and we got to design our car... that's the only time we did that ride though so I'm not sure if it was any different than the standby...
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:01 PM   #142
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Enjoying the trip report...but now wanting details on the new ticker you have in place.

Hope your New Year is starting off well. Thanks for coming to see my TR.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:11 AM   #143
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I love lazy days in Epcot! Sometimes wandering the World Showcase is the best thing to do!

I still have to go on the Universe of Energy. We just always skip it because it's so long, but one day I'll do it!
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Your pets are beautiful! I love the Christmas pictures~! We have fuzzy kids too....2 German Shepherds!
Really enjoying your trip report!! Thank you
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Enjoying the trip report...but now wanting details on the new ticker you have in place.

Hope your New Year is starting off well. Thanks for coming to see my TR.
Thanks, and I fully intended to post that the other day and the day slipped away from me! I have a few spare minutes now, I'll post the details
My new year is going pretty well so far, can't complain! Hope yours is too!


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I love lazy days in Epcot! Sometimes wandering the World Showcase is the best thing to do!

I still have to go on the Universe of Energy. We just always skip it because it's so long, but one day I'll do it!
Me too, I could just take it slow and look at everything around WS for days!
It is a long ride, I always use it as either a time filler, or a foot saver!


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Thank you! Do you have any pictures? I'd love to see your Shepherds!
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:27 PM   #146
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The Ticker Story

[Side note: I originally typed this up at work. I wanted to add the gifs, but for some reason they weren't working so I added them from home later on.]

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there lived Wendy and Johnny, a happy couple. For this happy couple, it was a year much like any other. They had just returned from their apparently (accidentally!) yearly Disney trip and were swearing that no Disney trip would happen the next year.



Then something magical happened.



Wendy's travel agent Mother in law won a free week at a three bedroom condo in Orlando. Of course she tried to get the couple to come with her, but with a trip to Germany (that WAS going to happen next year, no matter what!) and a potential trip across the country to visit friends, a basement reno that had been put off for three years in a row, the couple said no, there just wasn't room for Orlando this year.



A few weeks ago Johnny's young cousin had a birthday party that Johnny and Wendy attended. The Princess was turning 11. The happy couple were surprised to learn that the Princess and her family (King, Queen, and younger Prince, age 5) would be going to Orlando with Mother and Step-Father in law. Mother in law kept begging the couple to come. It would be so fun! A big family fun trip! I'll pay to upgrade to the 4 bedroom condo! It has its own pool!



The couple were intrigued.

A Disney trip with kids? It had never happened before! What would it be like? The couple just love these kids, they're great! The Princess was excited that Wendy and Johnny knew so much about Disney and Universal, and begged them to take her on all the biggest roller coasters. They thought about free accommodations, flights with AirMiles, just a few park tickets, and their carefully constructed walls of "No Disney Trip" started to crumble.





Then one dark and stormy day, while Wendy was at work, Johnny went to visit his mother at her travel agency. She was convincing her son (who is just so agreeable!) to come with her. He never actually said yes, but she called and booked the 4 bedroom condo anyway. September 20th - 27th.

Looks like we're going to Disney!



I'll save the details for later when I'll make a new PTR. It's going to be a totally different experience for us in many ways, and isn't really a Disney trip -- more an Orlando trip with a Disney component. But there you have it, the story of the ticker. I'll be back soon with a proper update, and I'll catch up on everyone's reports!

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Yay!!! And all the land rejoiced!! That's pretty exciting stuff!

We'll likely be there at the same time.
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Yay! Great news in the middle of the polar vortex!

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Well, now that was the easily the best ticker reveal of all time Wendy. Just lovely.

Interesting also... I've been noticing A LOT of tickers (or at least plans for tickers) set for September of 2014. So much in fact, that I've been seriously thinking about a September 2014 dalliance myself. This'll just add more fuel to that fire, lol. (spoiler alert... it's looking likely. How could I miss out on this HUGE volume of DISers in one place.) Boo... To... YOU!

Seriously though, this is SO AWESOME to have pretty much a whole trip paid for. I need to figure out how to do that sometime!!!

And for the record... I don't have a lot of experience with Disney trips with kids, but from my limited exposure (i.e. last trip), it's the absolute BEST! You'll love it!
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Yay!!! And all the land rejoiced!! That's pretty exciting stuff!

We'll likely be there at the same time.
No way!!! Yayyyy!!!! I'm happy dancing!

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Well, now that was the easily the best ticker reveal of all time Wendy. Just lovely.

Interesting also... I've been noticing A LOT of tickers (or at least plans for tickers) set for September of 2014. So much in fact, that I've been seriously thinking about a September 2014 dalliance myself. This'll just add more fuel to that fire, lol. (spoiler alert... it's looking likely. How could I miss out on this HUGE volume of DISers in one place.) Boo... To... YOU!

Seriously though, this is SO AWESOME to have pretty much a whole trip paid for. I need to figure out how to do that sometime!!!

And for the record... I don't have a lot of experience with Disney trips with kids, but from my limited exposure (i.e. last trip), it's the absolute BEST! You'll love it!


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REALLY!!?? Ohhhh buddy I am so excited!! Big ole DisMeet?? Please oh please let it work out!!
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