Dinglehoppers and Snarfblats! Sept/Oct TR at AoA ~ NEW Nov13 ~

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  1. Mickey_Mom

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    Great job David! Correct on both questions :thumbsup2 Perry and Sebastian were best buds that week... soon to have a third friend join the party too. ;)

    Hey Mike :welcome: Off to a rip roaring start I see... eleventysticks cracked me up! :rotfl:

    :welcome: I really, really need to take more night photos of AoA... I didn't realize how few we had!

    Demetri's favorite feature of the camera was the zoom. :laughing:

    Hello eleventysticks :rolleyes: He was too cute - he'd see me pause for a photo, quickly look to see what I was taking a picture of and then take one himself. Sometimes it was the same thing, sometimes... not. :upsidedow
     
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  3. Mickey_Mom

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    Hello!! :welcome: Glad you found me! The nails were a first for us and I'm so glad we did them. We got compliments all week long and Ariana had such fun showing the characters. We have some pretty cute photopass pics.

    I'll gladly take a 3am shuttle taking me to Disney any time! The pool shutting down was an unfortunate trend that week but at least somewhat predictable.

    Our photopass pictures are here so I'll get going on our park days. :teeth:

    Shocking! :stir:

    I liked Noah's pics in your last update. :thumbsup2 Keep trying on the trivia and have fun quizzing the boys on it!

    Maybe our next family trip report will be in Demetri's words using only his pics..... :laughing:
     
  4. Mickey_Mom

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    The intentions of our park days were to take it easy, have a few objectives planned around our ADRs and just see what the days brought. We did pretty well sticking to this game plan..... for the most part anyway and with a few very notable exceptions. :crazy2:


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    We headed on down to our favorite section of the park to get our game on...

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    Ariana was my partner this first round and her method of play makes me smile. Pulling the string is pretty much an after thought for her - with a grin plastered on her face she is constantly looking everywhere through out the game taking in all the action. Every once in a while I'd remind her with a laugh, "come on Ariana!" but points don't matter to her in the slightest. She's too busy enjoying it! :laughing:

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    Heading out of the ride, George noticed the line up to meet Buzz and Woody was pretty small. We'd never met them here before so we hopped in line and had some fun with the cutouts along the way. "Silliness" was our theme...

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    It really wasn't that bad of a wait at all and very soon it was our turn to go around that last corner and say hello to our favorite Space Ranger and Sheriff Cowboy.

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  5. Mickey_Mom

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    Ariana's hugs can be pretty intense and it always impressess us trip after trip how wonderful the characters are with her, matching her hugs with just as much gusto and care. :goodvibes Demetri loved getting to say hello to one of his favorite buds to kick off the day - he was Buzz last year for Halloween. As we said our goodbyes with hearty waves and blowing kisses, George was getting a laugh when a woman was trying to enter the door we were exiting so she could get 'just a quick picture with the characters'. :rolleyes2 Perhaps she missed the line.

    Not even a few steps out and guess who we saw next?

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    We adore the green army men and one was kind enough to have a quick dance with Ariana....


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    Up next.... Kachow and Duckie Who?


     
  6. cherylsmike

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    I am normally a bit of a lurker on TR's, but I am loving the energy of yours. Your kids take great candid shots and I can just feel your excitment about staying at AoA. I'm in.
     
  7. Mickey_Mom

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    Thanks and :welcome: !! Glad you've come out of lurkdom. :wave2:

    Disney just emailed me a free dining offer for January to March travel. I was desperately trying to make the math work to take Demetri for his birthday so we could go back but I just couldn't! :sad:
     
  8. pattyw

    pattyw WDW- We luv u!!

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    Wow- great pictures!!:thumbsup2 I love the magic shots with the photopass! Ariana with the balloons is wonderful! And I'm enjoying your TR.:)
     
  9. PracPerfPatricia

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    I like your that you incorporate the characters you want to meet on your daily plans...great idea... and you know what I do with great ideas... I "borrow" them...:rotfl2: so thank you...;)

    David has that exact shirt Demetri is wearing...:goodvibes

    I love love the photos of Demetri and Ariana in the Toy Story cut outs... really cute candids...

    Btw... is that a Disney charm bracelet Ariana is wearing? I was trying to make out the characters...

    I'm with her on the points...vs looking around at the ride... there's a lot to look at in that ride... and you do miss some of it if you're just focused on points...:confused3
     
  10. FauntleroyFAN07

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    awesome line shots really enjoyed them.

    and the smiles and genuine hugs are great with buzz and woody, they did a great job capturing those.

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  11. Mickey_Mom

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    Thanks and :welcome: !! Some of the magic photopass shots are a little difficult explaining to Ariana what to pretend to do but the balloons one she got right away. :thumbsup2

    Borrow away! :laughing: Besides listing our ADRs and scheduled night shows, the daily plans were more or less "don't forget must do's" notes to myself that we could accomplish on any day at that park. We had two DHS days so whatever we didn't get done on our first we'd be sure to do on our second. :thumbsup2

    It's a cute shirt! Perry has kinda taken over Demetri's wardrobe :teeth: Ariana's charm bracelet was a birthday gift from Daddy just before we left home. Here's a bit of a closer shot of it from later in the trip....

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    All of the charms are from Cinderella.... the clock tower, Gus Gus, the carriage... it really is quite pretty and she loved it.

    I am much, much, MUCH too competitive to look around during TSM... give me those points!! :rotfl:


    We spent a pretty decent amount of time with them, they weren't rushing us or anything. Sometimes the PP photographers stop taking pictures and we feel obligated to move along but the kids were switching back and forth and the characters kept calling them back. :rotfl:
     
  12. Angies1274

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    Great photopass pictures!! Love the balloon shot!

    The Stinky Pete pictures are too cute! Yay for seeing Woody and Buzz!! Looks like it was a great meet and greet!:thumbsup2
     
  13. Mickey_Mom

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    Demetri was a hoot getting him to look in the right spot at the same time Ariana's arm was up. It was pretty much an accident he looked straight up like he did - he tries to 'help' Ariana and was forgetting his role in the shot too. :rotfl:
     
  14. Mickey_Mom

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    After saluting our goodbyes to the Green Army Men, we headed on over to say our hello's to Phineas & Ferb. I fear we took the long way however because somehow we ended up in San Francisco.....

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    .... perhaps it was the runaway umbrella that blew us off course.


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    Back on track, we noticed a non existent line to see McQueen and Mater (get it..? back on track...? track... McQueen & Mater...? :duck: ok, I'll stop now) so we seized the opportunity and were next up.


    Demetri was getting his "ka-chow" on and Ariana opted to "peace out" when I asked her to take two steps forward. :rotfl2:


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    Silly girl :lovestruc

    Our family loves Phineas & Ferb! Demetri's favorite hands down is Perry, whenever we sing the theme song (which is quite often :laughing: ) Ariana's part is Candace's line at the end, George does an awesome impersonation of Doofenshmirtz, Alex hoots whenever Baljeet comes out with a gem and I regularly use the line "Whatcha doin'?" :teeth:

    Knowing we'd have a blast, I was armed with my video camera, George was ready with Demetri's camera and our photopass card was promptly handed over. Our timing was good too because as we got into a fairly short line, the Muppets theatre let out and a stream of people instantly crowded the area.

    We'd heard a rumor that on rare occasions Doofenshmirtz and Perry join the greet so we were crossing our fingers when the brothers came out that they would be too, but no such luck. We'd have to be content with the cardboard version of Perry.....


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    ..... and Doofenshrmitz' latest invention instead.


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    When it was our turn, the kids ran over and they did not disappoint. This is an awesome meet and greet... there was robot dancing, there was fun when Ferb refused to turn our autograph book over to Phineas, Demetri and Ferb had a high 5 with the wiggle fingers at the end and Phineas twirled Ariana in a sweet waltz. Seriously could not have been better!


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    Waves and blowing kisses for goodbye and we almost ran right past Duckie MoMo. I haven't seen this particular episode yet but Demetri just loves him and Ariana wanted a hug.


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    Best. Meet. Ever.


    Up next..... The hug that lasted forever :hug:

     
  15. PracPerfPatricia

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    It's really lovely and it shows up really nicely against her manicure...:goodvibes Nice Daddy gift...:thumbsup2

    Awesome P & F photos... we are also huge fans ... (and I think that Baljeet is under appreciated... he has some of the most awesome lines...:lmao:)

    Where exactly do they do their Meet & Greet in the Studios?
     
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    Yay for Phineas and Ferb!!:yay: We loved our meet and greet with them! One of our favorites!:thumbsup2
     
  17. scottny

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    Great update and pics.

    Looks like a lot of good meets in there.
     
  18. Daddy_of_Princesses

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    OK, So I have two daughters, both of whom would like a similar bracelet so... Where did you get it????
     
  19. Kathy Jetson

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    The last time we met Buzz and Woody at DHS they were in their other location so we never saw the cut outs. I knew they had some but there are more than I thought. I love the one with Demetri and the claw!

    That's great Ariana and Demetri had such a good interaction with Phineas and Ferb!

    Looking forward to more!
     
  20. Mickey_Mom

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    The bracelet has some nice oomph to it if you know what I mean... not fragile or would break after wearing it twice. She wore it every day of our trip and we bring it out now for special occasions. :goodvibes

    The Phineas & Ferb meet is right outside the exit for Muppet 3D and by Mama Melrose's. :thumbsup2

    Always a good time! They didn't have the fake movie skit going this time but we had fun singing along with the P&F tunes they were playing.

    Thanks! We were certainly on a roll with the great meets that morning...

    From the Disney Store! We have one not too far from us. I just tried looking it up now on the website but I don't see it there any longer. :( There is a Snow White charm bracelet watch that's pretty.

    Try and get there if you can, Buzz and Woody were definately worth waiting for and the cut outs do help pass the time. It was fun watching others in line come up with silly ideas too. :rotfl:
     
  21. Daddy_of_Princesses

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    So you bought the last one?
     

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