Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by brookelizabeth, Sep 12, 2010.
Absolutely! We just want to have more of the Brook trip report goodness! We've been missing it so.
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Thank you EVERYONE for your kind words about me being absent from the DIS, the job, my friends wedding and the Thanksgiving wishes!
Just kidding, of course! I too will admit I've had better batches than others - I remember one batch being over done and it just wasn't nearly as tasty. Plus, they truly aren't for everyone - you are not alone in not liking them! No worries!
But, I would suggest to try them again...
Woo-hoo! A convert!
Congratulations on the job!!!!!
I was shocked at my own husband saying that!!!!!!!!
I think of you anytime I see those or see a picture of them! It's so strange that they have removed from from all the breakfast bufferts! They can't be all that hard to make (or buy from Enttemens!' )
I know! Can you believe it? The one I have chosen to commit my life to doesn't like the Golden Nuggets?!?! LOL! At least he still likes other options there--and he has to get the Cracker Jacks. He never buys them outside of Disney, but they are a must for him there.
Exactly!!!! Just this month things have gotten easier though, thank you Lord! October was rouuuuuuuuugh.
Yep, they have always been mini. I like it because in my head I can eat more and more and more. He he!
Ooooh, that sounds like it would be very cool!
Not a fan of the Tiki Room, eh Tim?
Tsk, tsk! You should at least try Casey's!
It's true! He doesn't even know what Star Wars is, yet loves that gift shop. One of these days I'm sure we'll come home with a light saber.
I too love to watch the little ones experience it all. That truly is magic!
I should submit that to the Memories site! It was a very sweet time standing there all watching it together.
Now, wouldn't it be lovely if they re-opened it WITH the desserts for free? I can dream, right???
And that's exactly what it was going to be...a lovely, much needed getaway for not only us, but other couples that are friends of the bride and groom.
Sigh! All well - it all worked out, but I still dream of snorkeling in St. Lucia!
Oh my gosh! That is SO FUNNY! Not at the time of course, but the whole Hawaiian shirt and khaki pants thing! Why did the pastor come in THAT?! Sooooo funny!
Everything ran PERFECTLY for them with the wedding! She said that most everything in NYC had been booked until the previous weekend, but since this was the weekend before Thanksgiving, there were very few weddings - they were able to do everything very easily! It turned out beautifully!
As for us loosing the money...that's another story. We lost a LOT. But, all well - it is what it is! We do have a teeny tiny credit on Jet Blue that will help with the Feb/March tickets though.
They mentioned they will probably go on their 1 year anniversary! They really loved the island and the resort and had built relationships with the people working there to help them plan their wedding. Thankfully none of those people, or their families were injured during the hurricane!
Thank you for reading and posting!!!
It is a JOY to travel with a little one! It's amazing to watch their eyes light up in wonder and glee at all of Disney has to offer. My biggest tip is to make plans, but be ready to throw them out the window. Be flexible. Follow the cues of your DS. Allow time to watch the water fountains, the ducks, and play on the playgrounds. It's wonderful!
Woo-hoo! I hope it works out for you!!!!!
I guess that's pretty true for our entire family too....
They ended up having the wedding ceremony in Central Park and the very intimate dinner reception at a wonderful restaurant. The food was DELISH! It was a beautiful wedding!
I WANT! How long is it there for? Please, please, please be there through Feb and March!
I think those feelings aren't uncommon at all with us SAHM's. I've spoken to a few friends about it all and they are either in that exact place, or have been there before and made a decision about it all. Right now I am still looking to go back to work, I just need to get very active with the job hunt/applying again!
Ellen! I have lurked on a few of your TRs! Thanks for reading!!
It was a position for Software Support. I'm a hardcore geek! I LOVE this field and truly hope to get back into it! This software was for online advertising for small businesses.
We were the only guests to loose airfare because they had booked everyone else's tickets - they were going to book ours too but ours had to be different due to flying back to Minnesota after the wedding....so in all, no one lost anything-except us! The bride and groom had travel insurance AND wedding insurance. They want to meet up with us soon and talk about what we lost - they want to help us out if they can, they feel so bad - but really, it's not their fault, I feel bad for them!!
This was the first time we were apart from Henry for more than 2 nights. I missed him, but I knew he was having an AWESOME time and actually didn't want us to come when Joe's Mom told him we were on our way. So, all that helped. Plus, just having an entire day of ALONE TIME was beaaaaaaaaaaaaaautiful.
I am afraid that is how it will work in this house too.
So glad your trip was wonderful!!!! And I hope that 2012 works out!
They didn't have a whole lot at the time, but enough to make Henry excited! They recently got a blizzard though, so I'm sure it's there to stay now. We still haven't gotten anything here!
There are going to be a ton of us down there! I gotta get my notes in order so we can all figure out when to meet up, etc. One big 'ol DIS meet would be a ton of fun!
Awwwwww! Thanks! It really is such a joy to watch everything through his eyes! I savor it now, I know time will fly and soon he will think things are baby rides and not get that same glimmer in his eye!
Or perhaps I have brainwashed him well.
That is HILARIOUS! Perhaps I should sell kids shoes!!!
And NO WORRIES on the nuggets and fries----we had Burger King yesterday for lunch!
There are a few different options that I have found that are good:
1) There is a TKTS stand here, one in Times Square and one at the South Street Seaport. They have tickets up to 50% off; however, you never know exactly what they are going to have AND you have to buy them the day of-you have to wait in line. You can sometimes score a good deal, but there aren't many options.
2) Playbill.com - join the free club, you'll get their emails and it will also give you access to their discounts, which are quite good! We got 30% off Mary Poppins - and they even took more off at the door when we presented them with the coupon printed from the website!
I've also heard of people snagging a good deal just by walking up to the box office for the show they want to see and asking for a deal. I haven't done that, but always worth a shot.
Joe gets some good discounts through work - your cousin might be able to snag some deals as a student too - there are OFTEN times student discounts. Visit the website for the show you want to see and look around at discount pages - or Google it. Often it's the very front row (which is considered a bad seat, but I don't think it's that bad!), and sometimes only for matinee shows. But sometimes you can get them for $25!
Exactly - I am very blessed to not be rushed into finding a job and I can be a bit picky and not set all my hopes on one thing. I know many, many, MANY people not in that same situation desperately searching for anything.
Henry loves those lights, when they turn on he says "It's Christmas outside!" We now have Christmas inside too - the tree is up and the stockings are hung!
That's how I feel about the country! I know NYC is not a place manyyyyyy people would EVER choose to live though. Most of my family doesn't get it!
We left off as we had returned to the beautiful BWV after indulging (and indulging, and indulging!) in those tasty sweets at the Wishes Dessert Party.
My notes don't tell me what time we woke up that morning or what time we headed to the park of choice...but from what I do remember, we just slept in until whenever we woke up, but we were just about 10 minutes late for Rope Drop anyway!
We didn't exit through the normal lobby doors to head to the buses that morning...
Going down in the elevator
And out to the Boardwalk!
It was another beautiful day!
It was just a short walk and we had arrived!
Oh yes my friends, we were LOVING that private entrance!
Into Epcot we went, and through the very quiet and closed World Showcase. It was a bit odd walking through that area when you knew it was closed...but made ya kinda feel like a VIP at the same time.
I love you fountain!
On the walk toward Future World Joe and I discussed our first ride choice. In the plans I made in my head leading up to the trip I thought we should do Figment first, grab Soarin' FPs and hit up Nemo....however, Joe had other plans.
I was NERVOUS about this. Henry did awesome on Soarin', but Test Track is another animal. And his first ride of the day??? I was thinking we should get him "warmed up" first, but as soon as Henry heard the words, "Do you want to go on the car ride?" he was all about it! I had shown him videos of the ride on YouTube, so he knew exactly what to expect and I was so hoping he would make that cut-off of 40 inches otherwise we'd have one disappointed little boy!
So onward to Test Track...the stand-by was only 10 minutes...Henry knew the drill to get measured and ran right up the stick.
He loooooooooved the queue. Joe and I were joking all the way through, we knew he must have been thinking, "Man! My parents were holding out on me! I never knew THIS was here!"
A big thumbs up!
Even though I am NOT into cars at ALL, this is a very cool queue!
We got to the front and were ushered straight through-no pre-show! The wait wasn't even 5 minutes, let alone the 10 that was posted.
Very soon we were loaded into a car and we were off!
Outside going 60 mph!
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And after it was all over, I asked, "So what did you think of it Henry?"
We still got a thumbs up! HE LOVED IT!
And as if the ride wasn't cool enough----the cars at the end and the dump shop---this kid was in HEAVEN!
We were in there for almost an hour!
While I love to see the magic through my little boy's eyes, and I know how much he loves cars...there is only so much of all the cars I can take. I hit my limit right around 45 minutes and we ended up taking a crying child out of the dump shop.
We made plans that next trip I'll be in Mouse Gear while the boys do the cars after-show and dump shop.
We haven't gone in this side of Innoventions in a LONG time. Next trip!
We crossed over Future World and our next stop was
I always attempt to get pictures, and always fail.
You can kinda see a blurry Mr. Ray in there...
Okay, those weren't coming out, it's the end of the ride, let's try this:
The World's Worst Family Self Portrait EVER.
Despite the poor picture attempts, we always enjoy this ride. Henry likes to find Nemo and I like to sing along.
Onward to the tanks and Turtle Talk!
Henry made friends with this little fish while we waited for the Turtle Talk show.
Why will he share with this fish but not his friends?
We were let into the theatre and tried to get Henry to sit up front, while we sat directly behind him on the front row but he lasted about 2.8 seconds and was on our laps.
The show was hilarious, as always....however this is one we won't EVER forget...
When Crush came out with the bathing suit top and asked what it was a kid piped up, "A bra!" and Crush asked what it was for and that same kid literally shouted out, "To cover your b***ies!"
How does a computerized Crush react that that?
The same way most adults did:
Then laughter erupted so loudly in there I swear the walls shook!
And Crush remained: on screen.
It was so, so funny. I'm sure the mother of that child was a nice deep shade of red.
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We next went to the tanks and wandered through for a short bit
They are so pretty!
And before we left we played around in here for a while.
And - exiting the aquarium area resulted in another meltdown from the little one; however, as soon as he saw the dump shop goods he recovered...and he found a cute little Nemo plush.
If you remember correctly, I had told him he could pick out ONE plush for the trip. He had already had several plushes in his hands, but each time had elected to return them to the shelf....but not so with Nemo!
He was very excited about his choice! I was a tad nervous - thinking he would get upset later when he saw a Buzz Lightyear, but nope! He was THRILLED with Nemo...and still is! He wants to find a Marlin.
And for the rest of the trip he got a ton of attention with this Nemo. I can't even count how many CMs would exclaim, "You found Nemo!" when they would see him. It brought a big grin to his face each time!
We also picked him up this cup. I saw this same cup in Brooklynn's hands over on MeMom's report. Popular choice with those little ones!
Love this one.
Video of the seagulls and a bit of Henry (34 seconds)
And next up was the ride I had been thinking we would do first - Figment!
I ended up taking Henry into the Imagineworks Lab while Joe went to grab some FPs for Soarin', when he got back we'd ride together.
Being in this area brought back sweet memories of Henry's first trip when we held him up and waved his arms and legs inside the yellow strips to make Figment play music. Now, here we were again and Henry could do it all himself.
Video of Henry "playing" the tuba with Figment (29 seconds)
Nemo was quite the musician.
Video of Henry running around on the light-up pads (54 seconds)
Henry had a great time in here, and many of my pictures are just a blur. We played and played and PLAYED. It had to have been at least 20 minutes...where was Joe????
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And suddenly he appears.
He had gone on the ride! He said he couldn't remember how to get into the Lab without riding the ride, so he just rode it solo in order to get to us. I haven't a clue why we didn't use our cell phones, but all well - we didn't. So we exited the Lab and went back around for a spin on Figment.
After the ride Joe showed me the goods:
Henry found several things he wanted in this gift shop as well, but thankfully he left it without a meltdown!
This picture makes me ache a bit! I want to be there RIGHT NOW!
We made our way down the Rose Garden path and into Canada.
We just wandered a bit and then hit up the KidCot Stop.
Amazingly, he didn't ask that I draw a car on this mask!
And then onward to the UK
Where we would be dining that afternoon!
What would we eat? Would we enjoy it? Would Henry have another meltdown later...or would it be someone else...?
Hope you are enjoying your first Christmas season in the city with Henry! I think NYC is so magical this time of year!
Henry looks drunk. Hitting the juice a little too hard?
And that cup was a nice price, too.
That is a very cute one of the boy and his fish friends. One of these days we need to get the whole gang of DIS kids together and have their pictures made together at all of these familiar places.
Great update! You are so right about feeling VIP using the Epcot back entrance! We loved that
Henry with Nemo is so cute! I think he made a good choice
Uh-oh sounds like a melt down is coming
AN UPDATE!! Love the drunk Henry Family Portrait!! Looks like our typical one.
I love your scenic EPCOT shots! Those are simply lovely!
Henry is quite the budding artist- the KidCot stops are so great for the little ones.
And I see you went on one of my personal favorite rides--- the farting skunk ride.
Fabulous update Brook! How great that Henry braved Test Track! That's pretty darn good for a boy his age. I saw too that Joe had his arm across him while on the outside track at 60mph! I laughed because I did the exact same thing to my then DD4 because I felt I needed to hold her in! Doesn't it feel much faster than just 60mph?
Epcot is such a gorgeous park and your pics do it justice. And I do love your family self-portrait! It's um, well, unique! I have plenty of pics of me doing that with my family and they are 99% hideous.
Ok, I faintly remember you mentioning YOU had a meltdown at Epcot so my guess is that is the next update! Every mommy is allowed to have one (or a hundred) It looks like you still had that great karma going on for this trip, what a laid back and relaxing time you had! Looking forward to the next update!
Love that Epcot back entrance - not that I've ever had occasion to use it - it's on my "someday" list to stay at the Boardwalk!
Love the family portrait - great memories!
Love the fish pictures with Henry!
How fun to watch him discover Test Track!
I like this idea! I can tell you right now, it isn't going to be easy with all the little ones. Should be interesting though to try.
Great update! Henry is such a cutie!! What a great choice--getting Nemo. I'm pretty sure I have him around my house somewhere.
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