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Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by KatMark, Dec 14, 2012.

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  1. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

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    I don't want to know what they did on the way there. :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

    I know you came back. :)

    Thanks, Lisa. I was really impressed with the Mermaid ride.

    Yes, kissing along the way may have played a small role in the arrival at Dumbo. ;)

    Oh that guess is being very generous.

    We really should have been on a first-name basis as I don't think we missed one. Nicki wanted lots of memories and that's what we got.

    I hope you get to see TLM soon.

    Distractions, distractions. It's called "ask a question!"

    You are going to love the LM ride, Karin. The kids got some great shots too. Des seems to think she and Andy are the cutest Disney couple ever. She has been firmly told that title belongs to Mark and I. :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

    Thanks. Stephanie. I'm so glad things are looking up for Dominic. It was a little scary there for awhile.

    Thanks...glad you liked the pictures.

    The "clamshell" is similar, but the ride is definitely different.

    It is a rare opportunity to get a shot in front of an almost empty castle.

    Thanks, Ann. I keep forgetting they have the LM in Disneyland. I'll be curious to what you think.

    Jen, I don't think we waited more than 10 minutes even though the sign said 20. The longest wait was going through and stopping for pictures.

    Thanks, MaryEllen. Princess Des does take cute pictures.

    I loved the Little Mermaid (I don't know why people were complaining about it).
     
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  3. KatMark

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    I knew some people didn't want to see the pictures...so I wanted to be sure to give an option.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the PP pictures though. :)



    Mark says thank you to each and every one of you.

    I hate when the phone won't load the pictures. :headache:

    Thank you; no, it will only be Mark and I in August UNLESS Andy and Des decide they want to come because Andy doesn't get a full-time teaching job by then. :(

    It is a great area, and you and the girls are going to love it.

    Thank you. :)

    Mark thanks both of you as well.

    It was great, wasn't it? I wish we'd had more time to go back again. But hoping to get several rides over the summer between my two trips.
     
  4. KatMark

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    Mark says thank you, thank you. Starr, I had to send yours to Mark personally because it has his favorite character. He loved it!

    We always get the PP...we enjoy having pictures together and it's hard when it is just the two of us. You really should get it, especially with the family going. We had no issues with the crowds at the Pop Warner whatsoever (well, except that first Saturday but it was the "grand opening" of Fantasyland and all the locals were there).

    Thanks, Christie. Hope you are having a good birthday today.

    Thanks, Lisa. It is so neat...I know you will especially love it.

    Too long...but more on that later.

    Did you just love OKW? It is so quiet and peaceful, and I think the themeing is wonderful. Can't wait to be back there for only one night in June, but then six nights in August.
     
  5. KatMark

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    You are still a babe in the woods. Just ask Nicki (below)...she just turned 40 this past year.

    Your Romeo said his perfect birthday gift would have been a Nicki sandwich.

    Thanks Jen. I did love the new Fantasyland...it is full of fun and themeing and details.

    US TOO!

    Mark says thank you...and we had a nice dinner.

    We've talked by PM and we will keep in touch about the dates.

    Yes, we had a very nice dinner and then went home and watched our two NCIS shows.

    Yes, he sure got spoiled this birthday, didn't he? :rotfl2::rotfl2:

    I like the ride too, and the fountain was a hoot. We did go inside the tavern (Nicki had to have one of those brews)...again, such detail.

    We did, Tink...thank you. My crab legs were especially good.

    Thanks for the birthday wishes.
     
  6. KatMark

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    So after we finished seeing the new area of Fantasyland, we strolled over to Storybook Circus to meet the kids. On the stroll over, we took some pictures of the walls surrounding the new Mine coaster:

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    Love the themed trash cans:

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    And we waited. And waited. And waited.

    Since they weren't there yet, we decided to go in here:

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    Where Nicki decided that Mark needed a new look:

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    And then he found this Mickey to match his shirt:

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    While we waited some more, we took some hat pictures:

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    Then one of the CM's decided that HE should outfit us and take our picture (I'm telling you...we had the best CM interaction on this trip):

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    And a view of the yummy cupcakes in the case:

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    As we so "not" patiently waited for the kids, it was time to take a seat while I was texting Andy to figure out where they were:

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    I have another picture of just Nicki, but I promised I would not post it and I won't disappoint my sister. Let's just say she was making this really funny face and had me almost wetting my pants.

    Todd wondering what the heck was taking so long:

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    The kids finally arrived. It turns out they went to Fantasyland to get FP's for Little Mermaid and then got lost. They didn't know that Dumbo had been moved and it took them a while to figure out they needed to ask where it was. Really? Seriously?

    Moving on.

    It was finally time to get our Dumbo ride. Nicki and Todd chose not to ride, but they walked through with us. We stopped and looked in the play area:

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    And then we were flying:

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    Continued in next post
     
  7. KatMark

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    Our ride over too soon, we discussed what to do next. The kids decided that they were going to split from us for the day and go do their own thing. They'd do some stuff at the MK, then they were going to go for a swim and go to DTD, and a designated time was decided to meet back at the MK for we had a very special dinner planned for the evening.

    After saying goodbye and splitting up, Nicki, Todd, Mark and I headed to Tomorrowland where we went to see our buddy...

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    Nicki and I rode together while Todd and Mark went together. Doesn't Todd just look thrilled??? :rotfl2::rotfl2:

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    It was then time for....

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    We got in separate cars so we could spread out and rest our feet.

    This would be Mark and I since we rode together:

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    And this would be Todd doing you know what:

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    Some photos while on the Peoplemover:

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    Had to make sure my tattoo was still there:

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    None of us were up to Space Mountain (Mark won't do it after his neck surgery and Nicki hits her head because she is on the shorter side), so we decided to go visit some ghosts.

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    We rested for a few while deciding what to do next while Nicki was on the phone about her car which had been dropped off at the mechanic before they got to Disney World.

    And what will that decision be? Come back and you'll find out soon enough.

    Oh, and what did Andy and Des do? They'd gone to see the ghosts before us:

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    And they hit Downtown Disney while we were still at the MK:

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  8. afwdwfan

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    I'm glad there's some good news there and I hope it continues!

    Don't worry. It isn't like I was sitting in front of my computer eagerly awaiting updates.

    Great pictures. Really kicking myself now for not taking the time to ride it standby at least once so I could see the whole queue.

    You sure do a lot of texting. Ok, now I can see how you and Nicki pulled off the surprise after all those texts. :rotfl2:

    Squirrel!!!
     
  9. Disney9.9.10

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    I love the picture of Mark with all of the Dumbos! How great is that "new look" for him lol And what a great CM interaction you had in there as well - I love those wonderful CM's.
     
  10. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

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    Kathy your posts are making me so excited to see all of the new Fantasyland/Storybook Circus stuff! When we were there in the spring, only one new Dumbo, Barnstormer, and the Trainstation were open. Maddie is just going to flip when she sees it all!

    Those crazy kids. Sorry you had to wait so long for them.

    Can't wait to hear what happened next.
     
  11. afwdwfan

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    By the way, happy belated birthday to Mark, and since you posted while I was catching up...

    And an interesting look it is. :rotfl2::lmao:

    Ok, yeah, that was a nice CM interaction!

    There's that texting thing again.

    Ok, now you have to post it! Come on Nicki, let her do it!!!! :thumbsup2

    Well, you've read my TR. My wife, parents and sisters all did the same thing. So yeah, I believe it. :rotfl2::lmao::rotfl:

    Well if they'd decided that a few minutes earlier, you wouldn't have had to do all that waiting! :rolleyes1

    Now he really seems to be enjoying the ride.:rotfl2:
     
  12. PhoenixStrength

    PhoenixStrength Waiting for my fairytale!

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    Great CM interaction with the dressing up for the picture in hats! :rotfl:

    Don't you love the new interactive ques, like Dumbo and HM? Much nicer now to wait in lines!
     
  13. Captain_Oblivious

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    Nice! The CM's seem to have been stepping up their game lately.:thumbsup2

    Post it! Post it!

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    Next did they ask you what time is the 3:00 parade?

    All that waiting, and they did one ride on Dumbo with you? :sad2:

    Well, it makes me feel better about my Buzz ride photo.:rolleyes1
     
  14. KatMark

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    Since the boys asked so nicely :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: Nicki texted me and said to post the picture. This is while we were waiting on the lost lovebirds who couldn't find Dumbo.

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  16. eandesmom

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    Oh my goodness. Lost trying to find Dumbo. That is hysterical!

    And I'm sure at the time, supremely annoying. Especially since they ditched you again right after the ride! Darn 20 somethings!

    Love that Des wore the Tiara, those are some darn cute pics. I'm not sure mark had enough Dumbo's going on in that pic and if nothing else it did make for some great Kodak moments.

    I like those DTD topiaries with all the Mickey Santa hats, cute :thumbsup2
     
  17. afwdwfan

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    He must love Ellen's Energy Adventure then. :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

    I think I'd have been making a similar face if I had to use up that much valuable Disney time on a Saturday morning waiting on someone. :lmao:
     
  18. mommy2mrb

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    :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: wouldn't want to mess with her :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

    the photo of Mark with Dumbo's OMG I lost it was laughing so hard :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

    so guess Todd can sleep anywhere :rolleyes1
    love the graphics in the Dumbo area...so bright and cheery! so want one of those cupcakes :bitelip:
     
  19. elaine1109

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    Hi Kathy, Just checking in enjoying all the updates. The kids are so cute love, love the tiara!! Both your boys sure have picked such pretty girls oh and Mark did too!!:thumbsup2 Elaine
     
  20. annmarieda

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    I totally missed the play area at Dumbo. (did I really go to WDW in the fall? cause I sure seemed to have missed a lot!)

    I can imagine the young ones getting lost was pretty frustrating! Glad they made it briefly.

    Love the picture of Nikki, btw! She always looks so perky and sweet... but wow... she looks Ang... GRY! :rotfl:
     
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    LOVE the Dumbo pic, and the hat pics!! Poor Nikki, yea, wouldn't want to make her mad either!! LOL

    Can't wait to see what the special dinner is!!!
     
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