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Old 03-07-2014, 01:23 PM   #151
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Wish Upon a Star

After a quick break at POP we grabbed a bus to the MK!
Iím sorry I donít have a ton of pictures of all of this but we had the most magical entrance!

As we were walking thru Town Square we noticed they had set up the Christmas Tree finally. A few CMs had guests gathered around to do the Tree Lighting Ceremony. They had one of those big light switches out like they do at the Osborne Lights for a lucky guest to flip!

We watched from the sidelines until the light got flipped because I wanted to catch the castle lighting but it was very cool!

We hurried down Main St to catch the castle lighting, we made it just in time!



The Fairy Godmother was out with Cinderella to turn the Castle lights on. Itís a short little ceremony and I honestly donít remember all the details but it was great!



When they finally turn the lights on they ďswirlĒ on up the castle. I tried to capture it on video but it didnít come out very good : (

But it was so cool to see I loved it! I donít know if I would go out of my way to see the ceremony but if you are in the area I highly recommend stopping to watch!

After the ceremony I wanted to ride Splash before it got too chilly so we headed over there. It was downÖ again! So we grabbed some FPs and hoped it would open up later. We also grabbed some FPs for BTMRR (I had old room keys my Dad and I were using for thrill rides, Iím a terrible person I know! And we were using our tickets for rides the 3 of us all wanted to do)
We decided we might as well have dinner while we were waiting so we ate at Pecos Bills. I had the pulled pork again, it was ok nothing special.

After dinner we rode BTMRR with our FPs, it was a fabulous ride per usual.
When we came out Splash Mountain had just re-opened!

Now we had the dessert party coming up soon but I really wanted to ride. I didnít really think about not being able to get over there with the parade going so my Dad and I headed up the FP line to his objection.

I knew Splash was going to be closed in February and I just really wanted to get on it.





Some blurry ride photos





I really hate the drop part of Splash mountain but I LOVE the animatronics and the music, its fabulous!



Itís always so quiet and peaceful back here at night.



We had a fantastic ride on Splash but I could tell my Dad was stressing that we werenít already over to the dessert party. They refill everything so you donít need to be there right on time.

Anyways, we set off to get to the dessert party, Iím not sure why but my Dad led us over to liberty square where the bridge was already closed, so we walked all the way around to get to Tomorrowland and the Dessert Party. He was rushing over there and ended up with a pretty sore knee at the end of our journey.

I felt REALLY bad because I was the one that wanted to ride Splash, but at the same time we didnít need to rush over, we got to the dessert party at 8:10, the parade was just starting to go by the hub so we definitely could have slowed down and not worried about it so much. But ANYWAYS



Pretty Castle

We filled up on more desserts and soon enough it was CTM time!
I took a few pictures but they were terrible so yeahÖ

Moving right along!

It was then time for Wishes!



Tinkerbelle!





After Wishes finished up my Dad decided to go home and take it easy so that hopefully his knee would feel better the next day. My Mom and I decided to stay in the MK for some EMH!

First we headed over and took a spin on the people mover.

Next we headed over to Storybook Circus.



I have a confession to makeÖ

I had never ridden Dumbo before.

Crazy I know

But it seemed like the perfect night to put an end to that since I donít think we could get my Dad on Dumbo.



There was no wait we just had to wait for the cycle ahead of us to finish.



Dumbo selfie!

I have to say it was a fun little ride and the new lighting and water are gorgeous at night!



Next we headed over and stopped to go Under the Sea with Ariel!
My Momís favorite Disney movie is the Little Mermaid so of course we had to stop, and it was a walk on!



I didnít take any more pictures. I think I was in total take it all in mode!
After swimming under the sea we headed over to Gastonís Travern! I really wanted to try Lefouís brew!

I love hanging out with just my Mom because when I was deciding if I wanted to souvenir cup she was like ďits only an extra 5 bucks and you get a cup!Ē My Dad totally would have said the opposite, ďyou donít need that 5 dollar cupĒ haha.

Not gonna lie we were a little afraid to give my Dad the receipts from our last tripÖ oops.



Verdict on Lefouís Brew?

I liked it, my Mom didnít. It was a little sweet but it was pretty tasty. Loved that it was frozen!

It was nearing time for the second parade so we walked over to Liberty Square to enjoy our Lefouís brew with a parade view!
I didnít take any more parade pictures, but I will tell you it was fabulous as always!

Since we were right next to the HM when the parade finished we headed over there next, I think now it was officially EMH if I remember correctly!



I think the stretching room is my favorite part.

It just give me chills ďWelcome foolish mortals to the Haunted MansionĒ
Ahhh I just love it!



Iíve been eying the HM merchandise but I havenít bought anything yet. I am pretty pumped the attraction seems to have been revived a bit, its such a fabulous attraction its nice to see it getting some love!



I need to get a phone case with her on it *love*

After the HM we walked over and rode BTMRR again, of course. My Momís absolute favorite.

I would have stayed longer but my Mom was pooped and ready to head back. She was staying in my room even though she was on my Dadís reservation so she couldnít get into the room without me so I headed out too.



One more castle picture.

Normally I want to cry when I leave the MK for the last time in a trip but I knew Iíd be back soon so it made it MUCH easier!





Bye perfect Main Street!



The train station, holds such a special place in my heart. Itís just beautiful sitting there in Town Square, just perfect!

Once again to my Momís dismay we saw the day change on the bus.
We headed to bed after packing our stuff up, we only had one more day in Disney
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:26 PM   #152
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Having a Wild Last Day!
Tuesday December 10th, 2013


We woke up bright and early the next morning. We got everything all packed up and headed over to the food court for some breakfast.

Before taking off I bought a few things at Everything POP and admired the beautiful tree in the lobby one more time.



We were off to one of my favorite parks, the Animal Kingdom!



We parked in the parking lot, taking no note as to where we parked (Iíll revisit this later) and quickly headed towards the entrance.



While thank you I plan on it : )



I honestly donít know if we were there before the park opened or not. We were close if we didnít make it quite in time.

We headed over to Africa to do the safari first thing!



We didnít wait long, just a slow shuffle through the queue.





The Disney details



We were off on our safari before we knew it!

Feel free to skip over the animal pics



Rhino and a tourist



Bongos



Just look at those lazy hippos





The giraffes are my favorite!



Posiní





The Rhinos are just beautiful

We got to the lions and this is where I got super excited.



See the lion up in the rocks?! I have never seen them up in there before!



Male lion!



This I thought was awesome, look at that Lioness up there on the very top! How did she even get up there?!? Plus I didnít realize there were more than 2 lions.



The zebras, demoted back to the grass lands because they canít be nice to each other.



The new deer? Antelope? I forget which in the old zebra area.

Overall we had a great safari, we saw almost every animal except for the female elephants which I thought was really weird because you always see a bunch of them out normally. They must have not been out yet or their area goes back there farther than I think and you just couldnít see them.
Next up was the Pangani Trail.



I absolutely love the AK walking trails, they are normally pretty peaceful and beautiful. Its so nice to view animals at your own pace.

This baby Okapi was the cutest





Beautiful fish



I actually like to grab one of the bird spotting guides and take my time in the bird area trying to find all of them. I think the different kinds of birds are too cool.

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Old 03-07-2014, 01:29 PM   #153
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The One with the Trip Report Title Reveal





There was actually one lone little meerkat out.

The gorillas : )





They are such beautiful creatures. I just love watching them.

We didnít see any hippos but *spoiler alert* our Feb trip totally made up for the that! Overall we had a great little walk!

But it was time to move on to something more thrilling.



A couple pictures walking overÖ



Our destination was looming in the distance and I could tell my Mom was already starting to get nervous.



Everest was looking lovely this morning. I was so excited to ride, Everest is just fabulous! My Mom not so much. She tolerates it but its little too intense for her liking.



The one good thing about my Mom is that she tends to forget how much she hates things haha. So she agreed to ride with us.



Once we walked thru the queue is was basically a walk on. I also think my Dad and I grabbed FPs for later. We also had FP+s to use too.

We got up to the front of the line and they put my Mom and I in the front row! I was pumped. My Mom not so much. My Dad wanted to switch and go in the front but there was no way I was turning a front row seat down and my Mom wanted to ride with me so in we got.



I just love this view!

I think what my Mom hates most about Everest is that tall fast lift hill. She started freaking out immediately. What goes up must come down!



I thought she was going to hyperventilate when we were waiting here. She was just waiting for her second least favorite partÖ going backwards.



I was of course laughing at her and being no help, pointing out that Epcot is way over there!

Soon enough we were sent down the mountain. I must say I really love this ride in the front! It was awesome!

My Mom however, disagreedÖ



Haha I love this ride photo.

Once we got off my Dad was like ďthere was an awful lot of screaming going on in that front seat.Ē To which my Mom replied ďWell at least if you are screaming you know you are still alive!Ē

I burst out laughing, she said it so seriously. Like screaming is the only thing that keeps were from thinking sheís dead on a ride.

I had too much fun riding in the front seat on that ride with my terrified mother, it was great!

After though my Mom felt like she needed a little bit of a break so we headed over to Dinoland



My Dad and I actually enjoy Primeval Hurl so we headed there next and my Mom went to sit down and calm her nerves.



I know this area is tacky but I do kind of like it



I love all the cheesy signs, they crack me up

We survived the ride with only a few bruises and headed over towards Dinosaur



As I think Iíve mentioned before I have a love hate relationship for this ride.



It definitely freaks me out a bit but I love the ride vehicle technology and the background story.





T-Rex butt



How cool would it be if the Dino Institute actually exists and you could time travel?

I also love the preshow to this ride. Its almost a bummer when thereís no line and they will send you in when the show is half over.



Bahahaha to the faces captured here.

After the screaming episode on Everest my Dad tried to pretend we werenít with himÖ



Our ride photo.

Next up I wanted to meet a couple Disney dogs who were set to appear in just a few minutes so I hoped in line while my parents got some ice creamÖ too much screaming this morning apparently.

Stay Tuned!
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Woooo, well done on completing both your races, loving the bling
Love the story behind your TR title, it's good logic your mum has there!
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I'm so glad to hear your recent trip was wonderful, you look great with all your medals! Congrats!

I don't blame you for wanting to get on Splash!

You got a great pic of Tink flying!

Never ridden Dumbo?! AHH, well glad you finally took a spin on it!

Sounds like you and your mom had a great evening together!

love the TR title reveal!
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I actually would recommend seeing the Castle lighting at least once. I love how the sections light up individually and then BAM, gorgeousness. I only wish I had never seen the Castle already lit before having seen the ceremony because, WOW, THAT would really be something.

What... Splash was Down???? I don't believe it!!!

Ahhh, there's something even more special about your CTM and Wishes photos because I was watching the very same thing at the very same time!!

Don't feel bad at all. I took a ridiculously small amont of photos that night. Just like you, I was just "in the moment" all night finishing off what was arguably my favourite Disney day EVER.
And if it's any consolation (and I'm certain it is) I was there until the very end. Ahh I can't wait to get to this day in my TR.

Is it wrong that I want a giraffe??? But I do.

AHHHHH FRONT ROW EVEREST!!!!!! It's the only coaster worth waiting for the front in my opinion (other than Sheikra at Busch Gardens). Just

Haha, first kudos for getting your TR title from the very last day!! And also, truer words have not been spoken.

Yup, Dinoland is totally tacky, but also totally on purpose so that makes it all ok.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:33 AM   #157
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Woooo, well done on completing both your races, loving the bling
Love the story behind your TR title, it's good logic your mum has there!
Thank you! I'm not gonna lie I'm totally in love with the bling. I'm having the worst time deciding how to display them!

Haha my Mom is too funny when it comes to thrill rides, she's so much fun to ride with!

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I'm so glad to hear your recent trip was wonderful, you look great with all your medals! Congrats!

I don't blame you for wanting to get on Splash!

You got a great pic of Tink flying!

Never ridden Dumbo?! AHH, well glad you finally took a spin on it!

Sounds like you and your mom had a great evening together!

love the TR title reveal!
Thank you! I can't wait to start that trip report!

Poor Splash is always down but it's SO fantastic.

Thank you! I've been trying to get that shot for YEARS.

I know right? My parents never wanted to wait for it when I was little, deprived childhood really

It was nice to get a taste of what our girls trip would be like!

Haha my Mom is too funny on thrill rides, I love it.

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I actually would recommend seeing the Castle lighting at least once. I love how the sections light up individually and then BAM, gorgeousness. I only wish I had never seen the Castle already lit before having seen the ceremony because, WOW, THAT would really be something.

What... Splash was Down???? I don't believe it!!!

Ahhh, there's something even more special about your CTM and Wishes photos because I was watching the very same thing at the very same time!!

Don't feel bad at all. I took a ridiculously small amont of photos that night. Just like you, I was just "in the moment" all night finishing off what was arguably my favourite Disney day EVER.
And if it's any consolation (and I'm certain it is) I was there until the very end. Ahh I can't wait to get to this day in my TR.

Is it wrong that I want a giraffe??? But I do.

AHHHHH FRONT ROW EVEREST!!!!!! It's the only coaster worth waiting for the front in my opinion (other than Sheikra at Busch Gardens). Just

Haha, first kudos for getting your TR title from the very last day!! And also, truer words have not been spoken.

Yup, Dinoland is totally tacky, but also totally on purpose so that makes it all ok.
You have a point there, if you had never seen the castle lit that ceremony would be even more amazing! I'm really glad we stopped to watch, it was awesome!

Haha poor Splash, always struggling.

I can't believe I didn't run into you at some point that night! And Rob watching Wishes, no way

Favorite Disney Day ever?? I can't wait to hear all about it!

Ahh the Giraffes are so awesome, I kinda want one too.

It was awesome! Almost like a completely different ride, I loved it!

The moment that came out of her mouth I was like trip report title done

Super tacky but I love it anyways!
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Lazy Tigers and a Show!

Goofy and Pluto appeared 5 mins after I got inline and the line grew like crazy once people saw them.

Good tip: Always show up at least 5 mins before the next character set to cut down on your wait time.

Soon enough it was our turn to meet them!

They looked so cute in their Christmas stuff.



It was a bit of a struggle but Goofy managed to sign my vinylmation.



They were both super energetic and really happy to see us. Goofy is my Momís favorite so it was great to meet them!



After my Dad and I rode Everest twice with our FPs, the ride was fabulous both times! I would have happily ridden more because there wasn't a line but my Dad was starting to look a little green so we moved on!

Next up was the Marajarah Jungle Trek!



The Kimono Dragon was actually out and about and moving! Iíll admit that he is very cool but I would not want to cross him in the wild.



My Dad and I looked in the bat area while my Mom ran through the chicken way. These bats were climbing all over the place! Pretty impressive since they were upside down.



I really love all the details on this trail. Itís so beautiful and quiet back in there most of the time.





We got to the tiger area and once again they were sleeping. Iíve never seen the tigers at Disney do anything but sleep.

Iím not completely convinced they are even real, they are always in the same spot haha.



They do look pretty cute and snuggly though.





The Flags <3>3>3



We continued onto the bird section and spent quite a bit of time in here. For it being the afternoon there was lots of activity going on in here.

After emerging from the Marajarah Jungle Trek we decided to head over towards Camp Mickey Minnie to see the next Lion King show! We wanted to make sure we checked it out before it moved over to Africa!



We were seated in the Lion Section!



The show was fabulous per usual, the dancers, the singers and the tumble monkeys are just phenomenal.



After the Lion King let out we had a FP to go meet Mickey and Minnie in their adorable Christmas outfits so we headed over there next!

There was an adorable little girl behind us in line that was super chatty. She was chatting up the little girl infront of her about what characters they had seen, autographs they had gotten and who they wanted to see next. It was so adorable, some future character hunters in the making!

Soon enough we were let into the room to meet the mice themselves.
There was a super funny and awesome gentleman from Japan ahead of us. He had Mickey and Minnie pose so many different ways, got character selfies, it was so funny and cute to watch. He was so excited.



He kept apologizing for taking so long but we were just like you came a LONG way, take all the time you want!

When it was finally our turn, Minnie and Mickey were so worth the wait. They both LOVED my vinylmation and Minnie was so excited to see my mickey Christmas earrings.







Group picture!

I apparently bend down with some characters too haha.

Overall this was a great meet and greet but Iím definitely glad we used a FP+ on this because it is a slow moving line. Dinosaur was a walk on so we used our other FPs on Everest and the Safari, it worked out great!
Next up we had FPs to do the Safari again so we headed over that way. I donít think I had ever done an afternoon Safari before so I was excited.



We boarded our vehicle in no time and we were off to Harambe wildlife reserve.

I donít have many notes on this safari because I got distracted soon after departing, more on that in the next update!



I did take a few pictures, crocs.



I love the giraffes





The Elephants were back out!



Rhinos!

Overall it was a great Safari and we saw a ton of animals. Not quite as many as the morning but it was still a great ride!
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Officially Stuck in Disney!

So we got off the Safari and I pulled my parents off to the side over near those Gorilla viewing areas to tell them the newsÖ

My Mom and Iís plane out of Orlando was delayed 3 hours, weíd never made our connection in BaltimoreÖ

We definitely didnít want to spend the night in Baltimore so I called Southwest to see what they could do. We ended up getting re-booked for a 7am flight out of MCO. Weíd make it back to Maine around 11:30 so I could at least work half a day (I live and work 5 mins from the airport).

So that taken care of we had to decide where to stay for the night. I voted on going back to POP and just getting one room for the night but my Dad didnít want to sleep in a full bed with my Mom, which is funny because they just upgraded to a queen at home like 2 years ago. In retrospect my Mom and I should have just shared.

But my parents had stayed off site for one night in April at the Buena Vista Suites so my Dad booked a room over there so weíd have some extra room and queen beds. I was bummed because if we had stayed on site I could have bussed back to the hotel alone but I wasnít footing the room so my vote didnít really matter haha.

After finished up our logistics we talked about what to do next. After the safari we were planning on heading to the airport but since we no longer needed to do that we had some extra time available.

I wanted to stick around for Mickeyís Jingle Jungle parade since weíd never seen either version. My Mom agreed so we staked out a spot near the exit across from the big gift shop.

Soon enough the parade began!





This picture makes me giggle.



These all came out really dark but I did the best I could!





I really enjoyed all the floats/puppets?!





I really loved how many families got to ride in the parade, that was very cool



My favorite munks!



So adorable with their little backpacks



Minnieís car was fabulous look at those eyelashes



The ďGoofyĒ family



All the parade dancers were great, they had so much energy!







Donaldís truck was awesome









I loved Plutoís Christmas bone hat!



Overall I really enjoyed the parade. Iím sad to hear the Jammin Jungle version may be going away for good. Iím really glad we stayed to watch it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it!



One last tree picture and we were off to find the car to go check into the new hotel!

We wandered the parking lot for a good ten minutes looking for our car. We hadnít take the car much that week so none of us really knew what it looked like and apparently no one paid attention to where we parked that morning.
My Dad is normally all over those types of things so my Mom and I just follow blindly haha.

Eventually we found the car and we loaded up to head over to the hotel!
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Solo night in Hollywood

We headed over and checked into the hotel without incident. I did not like being outside the Disney bubble though, I donít know if offsite could be for me.

We checked in and got everything laid out for our early wake up call before heading out again.

My Dad wanted to go see the Candlelight Processional again and I really wanted to go see the Osborne lights again.

We decided to go park in the overflow lot at the Boardwalk so that we could each go our separate ways but have a convenient place to meet afterwards.
I grabbed a Friendship boat and booked it over to DHS! I was hoping to catch the 6pm drawing class but I didnít get to DHS until 6:15 so I headed over to the Animation building to catch the 6:30pm class.

I donít know if it was just the particular night but the class was maybe a quarter full. They run them until half an hour before park closing (I think) so it may be worth it to head over there later in the evening if itís busy mid morning.

I had the same animator as when I drew Elsa so I was nervous who he was going to pick!

He ended up choosing Mike from Monsterís Inc which worked for me! He was super easy and other than his lip Iím happy with how he came out!



After the class I was tempted to go back around again but I was hungry and wanted to get some food before all the counter service places shut down for the night!

I headed over towards the eatery by the Indiana Jones show because there was literally no one over there. I ordered some buffalo chicken nuggets and scarfed them down.



These were surprisingly delicious. I love all things buffalo but itís not available many places in Disney so I felt like I was having a withdrawal being there all week with no buffalo chicken tenders, wraps, pizza, quesedillas or wings so I was so happy to eat these!

I know, I know first world problems.

After dinner I started to head towards the lights but I was distracted by the non-existent wait at Star Tours. My mom isnít a huge fan so we had skipped this on our DHS days but I like the ride so I decided to check it out.





The ride was pretty much a walk on. I saw pretty much because some poor guy lost his phone in our ship so we spent some time looking for it before departing.

I donít remember much about the sequence but it was fun as always!
Next up was my beautiful Osborne lights!



I stopped for a picture of the fabulous muppet fountain before heading over.
Ready for more Osborne Lights pictures?

I had a solid half an hour before park closing so I just wandered slowly and took it all in.





I was so happy to get one more night to enjoy these beauties.





About 5 mins before park closing I tore myself away from the beauty of the lights and hurried to get in line for one last ride of the trip.

Any guesses?



Yes TSM!

I couldnít leave without riding one more time. Even getting in line 2 mins before park close I waited around 40mins. I was surprised they were letting fps in until 20mins past park close.





Can I just get some of these for my future childís playroom someday?
Eventually it was my turn to ride.

The wait wasnít bad but there was a very annoying family in front of us. You know the type that the Mom barks orders at the Dad the whole time and doesnít help with the restless children at ALL. I was happy to get away from them.

It was a great ride and I achieved a new high score!



And Best in Vehicle!



I stopped for a snack at sweet spells before heading out.



My Mom texted me when I was on TSM asking where I was. I told her I had waited for TSM and she said she knew it haha.

Iím definitely predictable.



I tried to soak up every last bit of ambiance before heading out.





Bye DHS!

The line for the Friendship boats was super long with no boat in sight so I decided to walk back to the Boardwalk since my folks had already left Epcot and were waiting for me.

I found them being entertained by a juggler so I didnít feel so bad about making them wait.

We jumped in the car and headed out after that, it was going to be an early morning!

Travel Day
Wednesday December 11th 2014



We got up and got going with plenty of time the next morning. My Dad hates using GPS and I thought he knew how to get back to the airport so I wasnít paying attention on the way to the airport.

We ended up getting quite lost and got to the airport super late. I felt bad my mom and I basically jumped out of the car and ran in without thanking my Dad for the ride.. oops.

We made it with a few minutes to spare but it was nerve wracking!
Soon enough we were back home in Maine.





There was even a fresh coat of snow to welcome us home.
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Final Thoughts.

Overall we had a fabulous trip to the world. Disney at Christmastime just canít be beat, it was simply fabulous. We enjoyed the decorations, MVMCP, Candlelight Processional and the Osborne lights so very much.

I also really enjoy traveling and spending time with my parents so it was wonderful to spend the week with them. I am hoping DBF will be able to join me for the next trip though, I did miss him.

We also had a great experience with the magic bands. We didnít have any problems with our bands or FPs. Iím not a huge fan of only getting 3 and the tiering but I love the concept and it was super easy to change stuff around on the mobile app.

Iíll leave you with my souvenirs from the trip!





Pin trades from the trip. I definitely didnít trade as much as I wanted but I got a few good ones



Updated pin board!

I think I may need to pick up another one of these to display my latest pins and trades, problem is I can't find a matching one...


And last but not least my vinylmation







Some of the paint chipped off and I got a transfer from the paper bag I had him in but overall he worked out great. I was able to paint over his imperfections when I got home and I actually brought it again in February to get some more signatures!

If I did it all over again I would put more than one protective top coat on it. I put another on over the signatures after I touched it up and it held up much better this second trip!

Iím hoping to get my Princess Half Marathon trip report started soon so keep your eyes open for that, Iíll post a link in this trip report when I get it up and running.

Thank you so much everyone for following along with me and commenting. It really meant a lot to me that so many of you cared what I had to say about my trip!

Thanks again for reading and have a magical day
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While it sucks when your flights get cancelled, it's nice that you were able to get in a full Disney day out of it!

As much as I love CP, I definitely would have gone with the Osborne Lights too. They are so amazing! It's nice that you were able to fit in a few other things at DHS too, and still have plenty of time to enjoy the lights.

Great TR! I look forward to your race TR!
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Such cute character pics, I love their Christmas outfits! I agree that the Mickey & Minnie line is very slow moving!

I'm glad you were able to sort out your flight/hotel without any problems, though a bummer that you couldn't stay onsite! I completely understand not having a say in the matter though.

And you got to stay and see the parade which is awesome!

How cool that you got to draw Mike! I definitely would like to draw him! Yours came out great!

I think it's awesome that you were able to use your extra night to explore DHS on your own and do things that you wanted to do at your own pace!


Your updated pin board looks so great, as does your vinylmation!

Can't wait for the next TR
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Ha, this is a great character meet to beat the crowds as long as you know when they come out. Same thing for me. I was ready beforehand, and once I was done, the lines grew like crazy!

AHHH I love watching the bats. Just fascinating.

Lion section for the WIN!!!! Yeah, it's my fav.

I LOVE watching the other interactions with the characters. Some people just want to get in and out, but my GOD you really miss out if you don't watch the other ones.

Wow, glad you were able to rebook your flight, but BOO on offsite. But extra time is still a wonderful thing.

OMG the AK parade is LOADED with families. I thought it was so funny. I guess the logic is you don't have to pay them.

It's certainly not a must do for me, but I do appreciate Disney "Christmasing" it up.

All right, more bonus Disney time. Can't complain about that. And what a great finish too.. Osborne Lights and TSM.

BAHAHAHA, typical male not asking for directions... even from a GPS.

It had to be a fab trip. There's nothing quite like Disney at Christmas and all the "extras" that are unique to that time. PLUS you met ME!!!!!!!!

And last, but certainly not least, the final product of the vinylmation is truly fabulous. That would be my favourite souvenir bar none. Just Fabulous!

OK, you can start the Marathon TR now...
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What a great report! Thanks for posting.
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