COMPLETED Disney TR by RAPstar (again with the rhyming)

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  1. RAPstar

    RAPstar <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=darko

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    Day 1, pt. 1


    So I'm finally starting my TR, sorry for the delay!

    The day before I left, I had an uneventful day at work. Well, besides having someone come in like 2 minutes to close to make a payment, after I had my drawer all ready to go. It figures. I then headed over to my honey's and we watched the first season of Glee all nite. I think the last episode I saw before I left for the 'port was Kristen Cheno's 2nd episode, in which she sang "Home" from The Wiz which is one of my favorite songs. I then left for The Parking Spot, which I got free parking for working at AAA (woo hoo).

    With my new computer, I was going to do video updates every day so everyone can see the wittiness of my crazy. But that kinda petered out after the like first day, lol. So I'll update with the few I did do.

    Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoL0hbJVWos

    So my flight was delayed because at the last minute they switched planes. It went from a 757 to a 767. And I was like "I don't care, you're now making me late!!!". But it was actually in my favor, cause they had to change everyone's seat selections, and mine turned out to be crazy amazing. Since the new plane is the kind usually used for international flights, I ended up being seated in the area the flight attendants use to rest during hte flight. So it was this little 2 seat area, and just me sitting there.

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    Best pic I could get of the area, because I didn't think to stand up and get a pic. lol

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    My armrest console. I could lay the seat all the way back. But I still wasn't able to sleep. I maybe dozed off for about 30 mintues?

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    Clouds!

    After we landed, I headed over to the ME check-in. While I was impatient when in line, I don't think I waited more than 20 minutes for a bus to Pop. I was soo excited!!! See:

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    Video 2:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7K40fU7CAE

    We stopped at Carribbean Beach first,

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    then it was off to Pop!!

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    I had done internet check-in and only had to wait a couple of minutes for a front desk attendant to help me. I had gotten all the requests I had wanted, a room in the 70's building on the top floor next to a staircase. And it was one of the new rooms, which are beautiful IMO

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    I wasn't sure if it was left by the previous people in the room or not, but I found a towel animal in my window

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    I then called my friend Dainan to let him know I was there casue he was gonna go to DHS with me. Then when he got there we had to wait for our friend Jackie. Then it was off to DHS!!

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  3. RAPstar

    RAPstar <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=darko

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    After Jackie got there we walked over to where they parked and I saw the dead resort/future site of the Disney Animation resort

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    Then it was off to DHS!

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    We went to GMR first, cause its always been tradition to do that first. And that's where Jackie and Dainan's roommate worked! We requested her for our tour guide, and we also happened to get the bandit/cowboy scene (fire pretty). After we finished, Jackie had to depart to go to a class. So me and Dainan headed over to ToT/RnRC.

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    God bless Jim Henson and his crazy genius

    It was around 2pm and DHS was kinda empty in the back part of the park, so there was no wait for either ride. We headed to RnRC first

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    I was very excited to ride it, since I had only gotten to ride it once one of the last times we went (it was its soft opening too). It didn't disappoint

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    After that we headed over to ToT

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    I love ToT! The queue is amazing, the ride is amazing, even the sign is amazing!

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    After we got off our first ride, we ran into a friend of Dainan's and she back doored us, so we got to ride twice in a row without having to go back through the line! :banana: Me and Dainan were both kinda hungry so we headed over to the Backlot Express. On the way we ran into one of Dainan's old managers, who gave us some FP's for TSM! :woohoo: Then we ate, which I was starving. I got some kind of burger.

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    While we ate, me and Dainan talked and cught each other up on our lives since we last saw each other. It was a nice, relaxing break. We then headed to the Muppets, since it was right there, pretty much.

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    A net full of jell-o. Or is it Annette Funicello?

    About the time we got done, Jackie was on her way back to DHS so we could ride TSM together. It was fun......but not worth the wait it gets, IMO. We then went over to the Animation building cause I wanted to meet Lotso. I was amazed how many characters were out over there!!

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    Jackie is kinda terrified by characters, but was trying to get over that fear. Lotso didn't help lol.

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    After the characters we headed out partly cause it was close to closing.
    Jackie dropped me and Dainan off at Pop (cause Dainan's car was still there), so we chatted a bit more. Then I got ready to go eat at Cali Grill, and Dainan was nice enough to drop me off at the Contemporary. I got there a little early so I could check in and either get a table a bit early or get a good place on the balcony for the fireworks. I checked in about 8:30 and was let up. I talked to one of the waitress who poitned out where the balcony was. I decided to go out there for a bit, in case I didn't get seated early.

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    I chatted with a nice couple (I think they were) from the UK, and then got buzzed right at 9 to be seated. I got the most amazing window seat with a perfect view of the MK!

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    My waitress came and took my order, which I decided on just getting a flatbread and some sushi. The flatbread was the chicken BBQ, and it was delicious!!

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    The sushi was good too, but I made the mistake of getting the spicy roll, and I'm not a big fan of spicy food. But I still enjoyed it! Hallowishes was amzing, especially when seen from the vantage point you get at Cali Grill. I got some dessert, which I think was some chocolate cake. It was ok. I didn't have much luck with desserts my entire trip, except Dole Whips. *drools*

    After I paid, I took the monorail over to the MK to take the bus back to Pop. When I got to Pop, I headed to the food court to get my refillable mug.....and I got a piece of tye die cheesecake, I guess to make up for the dessert at Cali Grill. It was delicious!!!

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    I then went to bed.
     
  4. OhioDisneyLover

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    Wow, am I first? :thumbsup2

    Nice score on the plane seat. :thumbsup2

    Sounds like you got a lot done on your first day. Must have been nice to get the FP's for TSMM. :woohoo:

    We stayed at POP last year and I wanted the 70's so bad....but we didn't get it. I was kinda bummed.

    Looking forward to reading more. popcorn::
     
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    second to sign in for andy's report........
     
  6. __disneygirl

    __disneygirl well, all that's left now is the happy ending.

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    Yay, i'm here! Love the report. Wow what an awesome first day!! You are such a VIP getting backdoored!

    I'm so jealous of the FP you got for TSM too!! I am usually the best at getting on every ride with almost no wait, but TSM gets me every time... I love it so much and it's just so hard to get on. I mean 5 mins after park opening the wait is already 50 mins.

    California Grill is one of my favorite places at WDW! SO delicious! I've never had one of their flatbreads though but I'd really like to try one. Maybe next trip. =) That view is just to die for!
     
  7. Cdn Friends of Pooh

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    :wave2: ... so far so good ... can't wait to read more :thumbsup2
     
  8. debsters41

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    Well, it did take you a little bit to get started but so worth the wait! I can't wait to read more!:goodvibes
     
  9. RAPstar

    RAPstar <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=darko

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    Aww! Maybe you'll get 70's next time. I loved it! lol I liked hearing the disco music during the day and when I woke up. It made me wanna dance! :dance3:

    Hi mac!!! :hug:

    If you're jealous of this FP story, wait for the one from my second day! :rolleyes1

    I loved the view from CG!! And you really should try one of the flatbreads. They'll make you say "whuck" they're so good

    Thanks for joining!!! Stay tuned, I should have an update next sunday with my second DHS day.
     
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    Day 2: Drama at DHS....kinda

    So I woke up early, what time I don't remember, but it was before my wake up call. In fact I only actually heard my wake up call once the entire trip. Headed down to Everything Pop for b-fast.

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    Then I went back to my room, I think just to drop off my mug

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    I then bused it over to DHS, which it was about....8am I think when I got there approx. So I had to wait a while. Then we had the RD thingy. Ran into my favorite duck.

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    After which I headed to AIE to audition. Which went horrible. Well, honestly I thought I did well. But the judge didn't. :sad2: And at that point I had wished I had a park hopper so I wouldn't have to waste another day there. But there was still things I wanted to do, and I was meeting some DIS friends there. So I stayed.

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    I headed towards TSM just to see how crazy the wait was, and decided against a FP.

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    Then I went to see TLM, which I still love. And then headed back to TSM cause I decided to get a FP after all.....and they were gone!!! I was shocked. I mean I heard they run out quickly, but it was just now 10am and I didn't think they could go that quickly. Oh well.

    I then headed back to the front to find my friends who were just getting there (this turned out to kinda be a theme with them, me getting there at open and them showing up around 10 or so, lol).

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    We kinda walked around a bit (I honestly can't remember what we did when they first got there), and ended up at the Indy show, in like the first couple of rows!

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    Me, Matt and Chris

    I had made up mind that I was finally going to get picked to be in the show since it was my first time being there and being old enough to be picked. And there was no way I wasn't going to get picked. I'd cut a person. No not really, I didn't want to be kicked out, but I really wanted to be in the show. And I did get picked!!!

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    We were supposed to look "confused"

    After Indy, I was incredibly thirsty and we were all slightly hungry, so I suggested Starring Rolls cause Chris had said he was tired of burgers (they were on the DDP). We all got some sort of sandwich, and I asked if I could get a slice of grapefruit cake......and they got it for me!!!

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    It was really quite good. Yes, it was slightly bitter, but I found the sweetness of the icing and the cake itself lessend it some. After we ate, we decided to hit up RnRC and ToT. Yes, on a full stomach, we're rebels. lol Even this early in the day, there was barely a wait at either of the rides.

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    Funny RnRC story. As we were getting off after one ride, on the floor like just where we got off the ride was 3 FP's just lying on the floor, no one looking for them or anything. I go to see what ride the were for. Well they just happened to be for TSM. I grabbed them, cause obviously the Disney gods were making up for the whole AIE debacle. Or at least that's what I told myself. :rolleyes1 Also, I totally blanked on my ADR for 50's Primetime. Luckily Matt and Chris said I could join them for their ADR at Mama Melrose later in the day (good thing I had gotten that sandwich lol)

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    After we rode those 2 for a while, we headed.........somewhere. Actually I believe we did some shopping. We somehow ended up at TLM again.

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    My diva!

    I think we used the FP's for TSM after that. Still kinda fun, but not worth the wait it gets. Then we headed over to the animation building.

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    I had the most amazing interaction with the Incredibles characters. When it was our turn Frozone noticed the button I got for auditioning for AIE and tried to get me to sing.....which oddly I get shy doing in fron of people unless I'm auditioning. I know I'm crazy. But I did it.

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    Then, we had gotten a nice woman waiting in line to take our pictures with our camera, and we did some flexing pose, but she had something about not seeing leg :confused3. So I of course had to put my leg out, and she said something about it, what I can't remember now, but I replied "Well, I can hitchike with this leg" and Frozone lost it! He was (silently) laughing so hard! It was hilarious.

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    About that time, it was getting xlose to the ADR for Mama Melrose. I love the interior there, it feels so homey. I got the mussels for my appetizer, which were really good.

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    Then for my entree I got the chicken parmesan, which was probably the best I've had anywhere. No lie.

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    They were unfortunately out of the tiramisu, so I had to settle for the canoli cake, which wasn't too bad, I'm just not a fan of chocolate cake.

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    After we ate, DHS was closed, and empty!! So we headed to the exit.

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    Matt and Chris invited me to come to their hotel, POFQ, to take the bus to DTD cause I wanted to get my Mickey ears.

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    We rested a bit there, then took the boat to DTD, lol.

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    We walked around for a bit, and I got my ears.

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    I loved these things in the jewelry section at World of Disney:

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    Then I headed for the bus to Pop cause it was getting late and I knew I'd be up early to go to AM EMH at MK.
     
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    Nice update. The judge hadn't had coffee yet, maybe.
     
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    I finally had time to catch up on your update ... :thumbsup2

    We totally agree about TSM ... it's fun but not worth the long waits it gets :sad2:

    ... and you got picked for Indy ... how cool is that!!! :woohoo:
     
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    RAPstar <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=darko

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    Sorry for not updating in a while. Holiday season and office move and what not. Will update soon I promise!!
     
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    :thumbsup2
     
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    We'll be here waiting! Take care!:surfweb:
     
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    Enjoying your trip report. You room at the POP looks nice, I see they made some changes,
     
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    Blah! Sorry for taking so long!! Just business keeping my busy lol. Anywho, here we go!

    The Longest Day in Human Existence!!! Or, The Day I Killed My Feet by Doing AM EMH at MK and Staying to Close MNSSHP!

    So, after a semi-late night the day before, I was slightly hard to wake up this morning. I think this was the only morning I actually answered my wake-up call. Anywho, I hastily got ready and grabbed breakfast on the way to the buses. Then I was off to MK!!

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    I got there I think right about an hour before EMH opening. They hadn't started scanning tickets yet. But I got in line for that. Then they let us in, and I got in line to wait for them to do the RD. My feet were so sore. I swore this is the last time I'm wearing Crocs to Florida. Luckily Everything Pop had mole skin or I'd never make it the rest of the week!! Anywho, rope drop happened and for some reason, I assume peer pressure from the lady next to me, I ran down Main Street. Yes, sore feet and all, but I was at the Magic Kingdom for the first time in 10 years!!!!! I came so close to bawling after I turned the corner and saw the castle. But I cried the day before, so no tears today!

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    I had read somewhere, touringplans.com I think, that Splash and Big Thunder Mountains were open for AM EMH. Nope, not true. So my original plan was scrapped, and since I couldn't bear to walk all the way across the hub to Tomorrowland (Curse you feet), I walked through the castle to Fantasyland. I knocked out Snow White, Peter Pan and Pooh, not literally though. Then, since I knew I wouldn't have another chance this trip, I hopped on the tea cups.

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    After that, I headed over to Tomorrowland to check out the (slightly) revamped Space Mountain. It had been even longer than 10 years for this ride since I remembered not riding it the last time I was at MK cause it broke while in line. I did like the remodel of the queue, since I could remember being able to kinda see the ride while you boarded. And I don't remember it being that dark either! It was quite awesome!!

    After Space Mountain, it was close to regular park opening by a few minutes, so I started heading towards the other side of the park, but rode Buzz on the way. I don't remember the triggers being so hard to push, but maybe it was my car. I think Buzz needs some love, IMO. Then I was off to:

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    Boy, that was a long walk!! I headed back to Splash and Big Thunder.

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    Splash was fun, I barely got wet! lol Then I headed to BTMRR, but it was down. :sad2: So, off I went to Adventureland. Along the way was

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    I like the addition of Cap'n Jack Sparrow, but the Davy Jones mist wasn't working this ride. Afterwards, the line for Jungle Cruise seemed long so I skipped it for now. Then I went to see if the Dole Whips were open, nope. :sad2: I then checked my clock and it was like ten till 10am. Egads!! I promised my niece pictures of Tink!!! So I booked it as fast as my poor sore feet could carry me to Toontown.

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    It was like 5 till ten by then, I think, or 3 till, something. Apparently 10am is just a guide cause Toontown was open. :sad2: lol So I got in the already close to 2 hour line to meet the fairies.

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    I do have to say, even though the wait is horrendous, how they handle things after you get behind the velvet rope (thank goodness these aren't Area 54 bouncers, or no one would be getting in the way us tourister dress) is done quite well!

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    Tink, of course, who was nice enough to make a video saying hi to my niece.

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    and Vidia!

    After that, I think my friends (Matt and Chris) from the previous day had arrived, so I was on my way to meet them over by BTM. On the way I went by the Tom Sawyer rafts to see a familiar face:

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    Yay! lol He's a good raft captain/driver/person too, so don't be scurred if he's on duty when you go by there. While I was talking to him for a second or two while he loaded the raft, he asked if I had ridden Splash or BTM yet, and I told him only Splash, he slipped me some FPs to ride it. He's a really nice friend lol. Anywho, I found my friends and introduced them to Dainan, and then we were of to BTM! The back row is still the best!!

    After we rode that, Matt and Chris were hungry, so we headed to Columbia Harbour House. They had some shrimp there, I waited since I had an ADR at Liberty Inn soon. They headed off to Haunted Mansion while I ate. Liberty Tree was ok. I had the Tricorner sandwich thing and the toffee dessert. Nothing special honestly. Then I met up with Matt and Chris again and we rode the mansion again

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    Then I believe we headed to Jungle Cruise and got Dole Whips, or I got a Dole Whip. It was close to 3 by then, and they had to get ready for dinner reservations at I believe Coral Reef, so I told them to book it to avoid the parade craziness. I helped them get to the front and took a break at the bakery and watched the parade through the windows while I enjoyed my treat and beverage. It threw me off to see the parade go backwards down Main Street (towards the castle instead of away from it). After the parade, I walked around, rose the Haunted Mansion a couple more times, and saw Philharmagic, and generally just waited for MNNSHP! Oh, and I saw Monsters, Inc. which was actually pretty funny, but I love cheesy jokes. Oh and I rode the TTA, pics:

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    Sometime during the day, Dainan had changed jobs and was now working with some animals

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    We chatted, and I watched the show and sat in the back with him. It was just as I remembered it, but was a lot more fun with Dainan's running commentary. Gotta love fellow Disney nerds! :rotfl: After that, it was Dainan's break time, so I grabbed a burger from Pecos Bill then headed over to Tomorrowland to get my MNSSHP bracelet thing, grabbing a Dole Whip along the way (I had maybe 20 over the course of the trip, they're addicting!!). Then I hung out a bit to wait on Matt and Chris (I had talked them into going to MNSSHP. Maybe I do have a future as a travel agent, lol). OMG, the costumes some people had were amazing! I just about lost it when I saw a couple dressed in the TS3 Barbie and Ken costumes! They were spot on.

    So, Matt and Chris showed up, and we made our way back to the Alice trick or treat maze.

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    We got there just in time to meet the Hatter, since he and Alice were about to switch out

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    We then went and rode Snow White and Peter Pan, since Matt and Chris hadn't gotten to yet and that was on their must-do's. We also hit as many treat stops along the way as we could. After the rides, I had to go meet my girls

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    Time goes so quickly when you're having fun, after a couple more treat stops, it was already time to get a spot for the fireworks. Which were just as amazing from the view in MK as the view from Cali Grill.

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    Then we waited to see the next villain show, cause I had to meet at least the Snow Queen and Cruella!

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    I found him while waiting! Who knew he was a Disney nerd too?! lol

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    While we were watching the show and meeting them, Chris had gotten us spots for the parade, right on the curb! Parade shots:

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    Mat had really wanted to met Maleficent, so we watched the show (a third time), and met her.

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    By that time, it was almost close to closing, and we had wanted to ride BTM in the dark. So we booked it over there, and I think had a train to ourselves (back row of course). I even think we rode it twice. Then we had a little time left so we rode Splash, which was empty!! We were the only ones in our log and there were 2 empty ones in front of us. After that we dragged ourselves to the buses (if I never have to walk that far again, it will be too soon!!!). After gettin in my room, I promptly showered, then collapsed into an exhausted sleep.
     
  20. Cdn Friends of Pooh

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    Awesome update!!! We absolutely love MNSSHP :love: ... and we can totally sympathize with you about your feet ... we've done the all day thing and then the evening thing as well, but that's usually when we do a Universal/HHN day :rolleyes1

    ... Did you happen to get a Ghost Mickey popcorn bucket when you were at MNSSHP??

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    I also got a travel mug (same size/style as the resort refillable ones) with a Halloween theme at one of the drink booths in Frontierland. :rolleyes1
     
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    No. :guilty: I don't really like popcorn and didn't think to ask to buy just the bucket. I only ended up getting a shirt with Vampire Mickey on it that says "I Don't Bite". :goodvibes
     

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