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Old 06-03-2014, 08:51 AM   #1501
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Hi again Rob, just a fun fact from So Cal. The man that does the orientation on Soaring, Patrick Warburton lives here were I live Camarillo, his kids go to the public school that my son attends.

The best part is one of the cities you fly over during Soaring is Camarillo, that is where you see and smell the citrus trees. See Rob, It's a small world after all!
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:59 AM   #1502
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Old 06-03-2014, 09:16 AM   #1503
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Caught up, Rob. What a magical extra hours experience!
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:16 PM   #1504
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Awesome update & another great dismeet. You're having such an amazing trip! The guy photographing your shirt cracks me up! Did he say anything to you? Or just take a pic & walk away?
THANK YOU!!! Despite some amazing trips, this one was easily my favourite. And that really is saying something. OMG Carrie and I both looked at each other, "Did he just take a picture of the shirt?" Nope, he said nothing. Everything happened exactly as described. It was hysterical.

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It sounds like a perfect Disney night! I'm so glad you were able to meet even MORE DISers and have such a magical evening. Carrie and Riley seem like the sweetest people! I'm just sorry that It's a Small World wasn't open and you weren't able to enjoy it. Now THAT would have just been the icing on the cake!

I totally got wet on Pirates last February and I thought the same thing. I was like since when do you get soaked on this ride?! Ha.

Have you decided on if you're going in September yet?
Oh my goodness Lauren, it sure was. They were so great and it's so much easier to tour with other "pros". It takes a lot of the decision making pressure off. It was nice to just go with the flow and have fun. I know, Small World would have totally been the capper if it had been open... I'll be honest though. If Riley had wanted to ride I probably would have.

Yes, this seems to be a thing now. I don't know when it changed, but something changed. I was literally shocked.

I haven't just yet, but I DID just renew my AP for another year. I've been waiting to hear back from a friend to see if she wanted to come, but either way, I'd say it's more than likely it'll be a yes for me. I mean, I pretty much have to with an AP... right?


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At least you remembered to turn in your red wait time card to be scanned correctly at Peter Pan. Last trip, they gave me one as I was entering Small World queue. You know how much I was looking forward to going back to this ride after October. Anyway, after trying to herd three kids on to the boat, trying not to get freaked out about the dolls that may or may not be coming to life to exact some form of human sacrifice, and then keeping the kids from standing up during the inevitable boat back up near the disembarking station, I didn't realize I was still holding on to the red card until I was getting off the boat. I had to sheepishly take it back to the CM standing at the front of the entrance and tell her I completely blanked out on this task.

Boy, your days appear to be completely packed with DIS meets! Everyone is going to want to include a meet and greet with Rob in their touring plans after all of these great and fun meets people are having with ya.
Well in fairness Dave, that was all Riley. I would have been flat out too scared on Small World. Oh and... um... stay tuned...

Dave, honestly I was so blessed on this trip to not only have some DISmeets, but on some to actually get to spend some time. I spent so much time with Brenda and crew (and you haven't seen the last of her yet) AND this amazing meet with Carrie and Riley (which isn't the last either), it made this trip my absolute favourite. AND there may be one more unexpected DISmeet to come.


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So many epic fails and such a great night with a great DIS meet with Carrie and Riley. I mean, come on Rob, you couldn't go back and get a picture of a zero minute wait time???

What an awesome evening. It looks like the three of you are having a complete blast and its awesome that Riley totally took to you. But then again, I'm not surprised at all!

Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!
Great night and epic fails. Hmmm... Maybe that should have been the title of this TR, lol. I know, seriously, such stupidity forgetting that photo. But considering the rest of the night, I can let it slide.

Mary Ellen, I could not have asked for more. Other than maybe more time of course. We did have a blast and MY GOD that is so sweet of you to say.

Why it may bring more of the same.


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What a fun evening. Of course, I'd already read about it, but it was fun to read from your point of view too!

Ok, what was the treat? It looks like a citrus swirl, but without the swirl. The citrus swirl is one of my favorite snacks in all of WDW.

Was this the licked/non licked picture?

from raw-8962 by disneyfreak0306, on Flickr
It was so much fun. Haha, yeah, I guess for some it was a little bit of deja vu.

It was a Dole Whip float, but orange Dole Whip instead of pineapple. The Orange Bird was, sadly, closed for EMH. Carrie was NOT impressed, lol.

Ha, surprisingly no. It was actually a smaller picture from a bin.


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to the "creepy" types rides! yep, positive you were sooo disappointed about HM replacing iasw for ride #1 of the night!

OMG, that's hilarious that a random guy came upon you, took a pic of your shirt, and disappeared into the night. Yup... Only at Disney.

Wow! Crazy about the 10/0 minute wait for Peter Pan! Worth a picture for sure!

What a special evening with two very special ladies.
Haha, yeah, that made me giggle too. Oh Yes, SO sad Small World was down. That would have been perfect for creepiness.

It was Tracy. It was the funniest thing. He never said one word and was just so nonchalant about it. Classic Disney.

I KNOW!!!! At least I got the 10 minute sign which was impressive enough. But I'm still sad I missed out on the 0.

It really was one of my favourite nights I've had in Disney. And I've had a LOT of nights in Disney. Really and truly special.
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:21 PM   #1505
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I had a little catching up to do!!

I laughed at your comment at the Friendship boat being such a "speedy" mode of travel. It's SO slow!! Haha, we could easily out walk that thing with a stroller!

Beautiful Osborne Lights photos -- along with another fun DISmeet...I'm jealous!

And then, your MK meet-up is just perfection....such an amazing thing to be able to meet someone new and have an instant connection! And I'm not at all surprised that Carrie and Riley enjoyed hanging out with you...you seem like such a fun, positive guy to be around!

Finally, your dole whip looks really bright orangey-yellow...did you feel like it was different? Mine seemed brighter in color in November...and maybe a little less creamy or something?!
That's ok Julie, I'll wait...

OMG it's ridiculous. When the Small World boats can beat you in a race, it's time for some more horsepower. But at least the Friendship boat ride doesn't scare me.

Aww thanks!! The Dismeet was what made it extra special.

It was such a great night that I really didn't want to end. I was having so much fun and surprisingly, I still had a lot of energy. Aww gee, Thank You!! I hope I was able to provide as much enjoyment as they did for me.

Yup, it was Orange Dole Whip with pineapple float. That's probably the difference. We had planned on Citrus Swirl from the Orange Bird but it was closed. But since I was craving orange...


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Yay for getting a good spot for Wishes this time!

Nice stumbling upon that LSEP

Sounds like you had a great time with Carrie & Riley You all look so happy and it definitely seems like you guys really clicked, so no awkwardness or weirdness! Can't beat EMH and getting to ride normally crowded rides with no wait!
Haha, Oh yeah, there was NO WAY I was screwing up this time Alexis

I didn't even plan to see it, but since it was right there, we kind of had to I think.

You know, we really did. It sure helps when everyone knows the park so well, so there's no pressure to lead. Just go with the flow. Plus, I loved EMH. The lines were great for everything we decided to do. I wish it was always like that.


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Oh course she took to you - you are clearly amazing! I adore that pic from the dump shop! So much fun clearly being had!

And I may have a tendency to want to lick certain portraits as well. Ahem.
Aww geez Dani... THANK YOU!!!! I was so glad about that. Oh yeah, I love that picture so much. Just heaps of fun.

Hehe, I have nothing to add to that, lol.


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Rob, I know you have answered this question already but, what model Elph camera are you using again? I've been shopping and cannot remember. Your pictures are great. I'm sure it has something to do with the photography.

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It's no problem at all Linda. The model I have is "300 HS". I think the current version is 330 or 340 HS. They really are a great camera for the price.

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Ok Rob, you are officially my favorite Trip Report writer ever! In fact, I found myself "quote-ing" one of your lines at the beginning of this report this past weekend and my friends now think I'm a little crazier than before. (It's ok tho, they are Disney peeps too.)

I just caught up with the rest of this report and will now be going to read your others! Keep writing please! You are awesome!
Oh my goodness. You just made my day. THANK YOU SO MUCH and WELCOME!!! I love that it's "quotable"!! And Disney and a little craziness go hand in hand, so it's all good!

Thank you again for your amazingly kind words. I appreciate it so much!!


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Hey Rob! Just wanted to let you know I'm still following your wild and crazy adventure here. Looking like you had a blast so far. Can't wait to read more. Also, I've started a PTR! It's in my signature!
Hey Jake!! Thanks for sticking with me! It was a trip of a lifetime and still more to go. I'll try to get over to your PTR. I've been awful at getting over to the PTR board. I have so many I want to get caught up on.
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Old 06-03-2014, 04:22 PM   #1506
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Hi again Rob, just a fun fact from So Cal. The man that does the orientation on Soaring, Patrick Warburton lives here were I live Camarillo, his kids go to the public school that my son attends.

The best part is one of the cities you fly over during Soaring is Camarillo, that is where you see and smell the citrus trees. See Rob, It's a small world after all!
OK, that's pretty cool Linda. I love Patrick in pretty much everything he does.
Ahhh, the Citrus Trees. One of my favourite segments.


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Caught up, Rob. What a magical extra hours experience!
Yes, it was a magical and fun night for sure.
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:09 PM   #1507
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Another great update Rob!! SO sweet. I love how you all bonded so quickly. What a special night
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:58 PM   #1508
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Oh my goodness Lauren, it sure was. They were so great and it's so much easier to tour with other "pros". It takes a lot of the decision making pressure off. It was nice to just go with the flow and have fun. I know, Small World would have totally been the capper if it had been open... I'll be honest though. If Riley had wanted to ride I probably would have.

Yes, this seems to be a thing now. I don't know when it changed, but something changed. I was literally shocked.

I haven't just yet, but I DID just renew my AP for another year. I've been waiting to hear back from a friend to see if she wanted to come, but either way, I'd say it's more than likely it'll be a yes for me. I mean, I pretty much have to with an AP... right?
YES! Definitely. Half of the trip is already paid for!
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:38 AM   #1509
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Oh, what a wonderful night! I'm so glad you got to experience nighttime EMH with some more DISers, and this time with a kid! Don't get me wrong, I became a Disney addict as an adult and love visiting the parks with just adults, but there is something special about riding rides with kids. They are two totally different experiences and both are fantastic in their own way.

Happy to see partaking in the Wishes viewing was much more successful this time around.



I love seeing short waits for Peter Pan's Flight. Albeit, I've only witnessed it once, and it was at 1am, but still...a pretty cool sight.


Oh man, I would have died laughing if I'd seen someone just walk up to you and take a picture of your shirt. Talk about the best compliment.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:29 AM   #1510
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Another great update Rob!! SO sweet. I love how you all bonded so quickly. What a special night
Thank you Jackie. It ended up so beyond my expectations to become one of my best Disney nights ever.

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That is a good point Lauren. My friend ended up backing out unfortunately, so now I'm just trying to figure out a different game plan.

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Oh, what a wonderful night! I'm so glad you got to experience nighttime EMH with some more DISers, and this time with a kid! Don't get me wrong, I became a Disney addict as an adult and love visiting the parks with just adults, but there is something special about riding rides with kids. They are two totally different experiences and both are fantastic in their own way.

Happy to see partaking in the Wishes viewing was much more successful this time around.

I love seeing short waits for Peter Pan's Flight. Albeit, I've only witnessed it once, and it was at 1am, but still...a pretty cool sight.

Oh man, I would have died laughing if I'd seen someone just walk up to you and take a picture of your shirt. Talk about the best compliment.
Oh Alicia, you really nailed it. Just like you you said, I love the Disney experience as an adult and with adults, but there was just something truly special and unique doing it with Riley. Once the ice was broken (rather quickly), the night just became magical and so much fun.

Haha, indeed. I learned my lesson.

In fairness, it wasn't much before 1am at that point, but even still, a pretty cool sight for sure. But then I was convinced it had a one hour wait even when the park was closed.

It was seriously the most surreal thing. I just kept thinking, "Did that just happen?" Yup... Yup it did.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:09 PM   #1511
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AHHH your picture in the "dump shop" makes me smile bc 1. Riley and yourself look cute sword fighting.. 2. On our last trip, I let the boys pick something from there and OMG, it took them forever to pick!! Like, we were in there forever and crying and pouting ensued.. MEMORIES!!

Peter Pan was a walk-on?? WOW- I'd have taken a pic too!

That castle though- Just wow!
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I love your report! Just caught up after 2 days of reading.

I was there last December and will be returning this year again! Nothing compares to Disney at Christmas time.

Love all the Dis meets I hope to one day have a bunch myself.

Can't wait to see what else happens!I mean 2 MVMCP COME ON!!!!
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Once again I'm beyond behind but now I'm caught up!

OMG SANTA DUFFY! If that's not the cutest thing ever, I don't know what is. Still mad that I didn't get to meet pumpkin Duffy in September.

The Osborne lights are AMAZING. I really honestly think they might be the most magical place on earth. Your pictures are gorgeous but you're right-- the pictures and videos don't do it justice!

Aw you bonding with Riley is ridiculously sweet! And her wanting her to wear her birthday button like you literally gives me that warm fuzzy feeling! How adorable!
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AHHH your picture in the "dump shop" makes me smile bc 1. Riley and yourself look cute sword fighting.. 2. On our last trip, I let the boys pick something from there and OMG, it took them forever to pick!! Like, we were in there forever and crying and pouting ensued.. MEMORIES!!

Peter Pan was a walk-on?? WOW- I'd have taken a pic too!

That castle though- Just wow!
Aww thank you Marcie, it makes me smile too. If there is one picture that truly reflects this night, this is it. I'm not surprised it took the boys forever though. There is some insanely fun stuff in there.

There was no one in line. I have never seen that before. AHHH how could I forget to get the 0 wait time photo.

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I love your report! Just caught up after 2 days of reading.

I was there last December and will be returning this year again! Nothing compares to Disney at Christmas time.

Love all the Dis meets I hope to one day have a bunch myself.

Can't wait to see what else happens!I mean 2 MVMCP COME ON!!!!
Thank you SO MUCH!!!!!! I'm so happy to WELCOME you and appreciate all that reading so very much.

This is very true. It's pretty amazing decked out at Christmas, especially the castle.

OMG, easily the highlights of the trip... Not even a question.

Up next is coming, well, up next!!!
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Once again I'm beyond behind but now I'm caught up!

OMG SANTA DUFFY! If that's not the cutest thing ever, I don't know what is. Still mad that I didn't get to meet pumpkin Duffy in September.

The Osborne lights are AMAZING. I really honestly think they might be the most magical place on earth. Your pictures are gorgeous but you're right-- the pictures and videos don't do it justice!

Aw you bonding with Riley is ridiculously sweet! And her wanting her to wear her birthday button like you literally gives me that warm fuzzy feeling! How adorable!
WOOHOO indeed Courtney!!! Now how about an update on YOUR report...

This is my favourite iteration of Duffy for sure BY FAR!!! Obviously he's freakin' adorable, but next update will make his supremeness and specialness extremely clear.

They so are. There's really a certain peace I find when you're there and surrounded by them. Thank you. I wanted a few photos obviously for the report, but yup, they need to be seen in person.

It was unreal and so unexpected Courtney. I just wanted to make sure she had fun. But a real bond did form I think, and still exists to this very day.
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