Easter Crowds + Lots of Fun Anyway= One Magical Trip and a Completed Trip Report!!:)

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  1. Angies1274

    Angies1274 DIS Veteran

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    It was a wonderful trip.:goodvibes.....so many great memories. I'm glad the boys got a chance to check out the TV/waiting room in the lobby before we left. It's really cute in there and a nice way to keep the kids occupied while you are waiting for the bus.:thumbsup2

    My hubby and I are always having that the "What?...I didn't hear you/answer you." conversation. UGH!! Husbands...sometimes..:rolleyes1...:rotfl:
     
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  3. mickeystoontown

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    Yes, Angie, at least you're already counting down the days until you are back in Disney!
     
  4. Angies1274

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    I know...We are sooo excited!! We are counting down everywhere here!!:laughing: Tomorrow, we will be making our countdown chain, which we always start pulling off 25 days before.:thumbsup2 I'm thinking of adding some trivia to each chain to make it a little more fun for the boys.;)
     
  5. mickeystoontown

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    I like the trivia idea! That'll help pass the time.
     
  6. Angies1274

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    Thanks:goodvibes I think the boys will really like it.:thumbsup2 Now, I just need to find some Disney trivia questions.:rolleyes1...hmmmm....Okay, now I'm off to look.;)
     
  7. Angies1274

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    So.... I went to the mailbox today and what did I see??? More Mickey Mail!!:yay: I got the resort info and the maps I ordered last week!! (Thanks to MickeyMom for posting them on her PTR;)) They're super cute and I just couldn't resist them.:woohoo: DS6 was so excited!! He sat down with me this afternoon and pointed out everything he wanted to do.:thumbsup2

    Also, if you have been reading along, you would know that I have been doing a Disney Day w/ the boys once a week to get them excited for our upcoming trip. So far we have done--Jungle Book, Lilo and Stitch, Aladdin and Meet the Robinson's. This week we have decided to do Toy Story and these are some of my ideas... I'm going to let the boys make their own mini pizzas to have for dinner. We are going to play Toy Story Yahtzee, color their favorite Toy Story character, go on a Space Mission (kind of like a scavenger hunt??) and of course watch the movie. That's all I have so far...but I'm still thinking.:confused3 Anyways it should be a fun day!!

    I'm hoping to have my last update posted soon.:goodvibes If not this weekend then definitely by Monday.....
     
  8. Mickey_Mom

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    Hey Angie! I'm caught up and finally got to see your sad farewell pics leaving Pop. :guilty: Loving the Toy Story ideas so far... let's see, how about 'Pin the tail on Sid"! :laughing: or Hamm (hot dogs) in a blanket with green ketchup?

    Woot for Mickey Mail!! It was just last week that you ordered your maps? :cool1: Aren't they fun?

    I picked up my Mickey Mail from my TA this afternoon and showed everything to my DS4. He was intrigued by the luggage tags for half a minute and then that was that, off to watch Handy Manny. :laughing:

    Your last update? :eek: Can't you just turn this into a PTR and keep going ? :rolleyes1
     
  9. Angies1274

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    Love the "Pin the tail on Sid" idea!!! That's too funny!! The boys will get such a kick out of that.:lmao: I like the Hamm idea also...hmmm... I just may use that one too!!:thumbsup2 Thanks!!!:goodvibes

    Ahhh....we love the maps!! They are much bigger than the ones I got last year!! and the characters are very cute!!;)

    :woohoo: for picking up your Mickey Mail today!!! My boys had no interest in the luggage tags either.:sad2: and there I was jumping for joy that we had finally got them!!!:rotfl:

    I can't believe that I'm already on my last update!!:sad1: It would be great if I could keep going into a PTR---hmmmm....but that might get a little confusing.:rolleyes1
     
  10. Angies1274

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    What we accomplished...

    So, it's finally time to wrap up my trip report.:( Although, sad because I have really enjoyed looking back at all the memories from our trip in April, I am excited and ready to start our next adventure!! Yay!! But this time it will be much different because we are taking some additional family members along!! It's going to be so much fun to able to show my family why we all love Disney sooooo much!!

    Anyways, I thought it would be fun to see what we accomplished on this trip and what we hope to experience next month. So, let's begin shall we......
    ( in no order)
    Magic Kingdom

    Magic Carpets of Aladdin—
    Jungle Cruise*--Silly fun!
    Splash Mountain*--WET!
    BTMR--4x or actually 3 1/2 if you count that we got stuck half way through.* Hold on tight!!
    It's a small world* Still trying to get this song out of my head. :laughing:
    Peter Pan's flight
    Mickey's Philharmagic* 3D effects were great and DS opened his eyes this year. :rotfl:
    Carousel*--Classic
    Dumbo—A magical ride—but long line.
    Winnie the Pooh*
    Mad Tea Party--2x* ----DIZZY!!!
    Mickey and Minnie's Country House's
    Barnstormer 4x* ---Great ride but very short?
    Tomorrowland Speedway—long lines, jerky ride??
    Buzz Lightyear*---fun but I need to improve my score….any tips???
    SpectoMagic ---Even better than I expected!!
    Wishes*---Ahhh….magic!!:cloud9:
    Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it! Parade 3x* ---Lively and fun!!

    What we would like to do next trip

    Tom Sawyer Island
    Liberty Belle
    Haunted Mansion
    Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor
    More Character Greetings!!!
    (and everything that has a star above)

    EPCOT
    Test Track* Fast!! Fast!!
    Innoventions*--A lot to see and do-- but we were in there too long!!
    Seas w/Nemo* ---Great ride/exhibits
    Soarin'**---I love this ride….hmmm….have I mentioned that before. :confused3:lmao:
    Living w/the Land*
    Imagination Pavilion and Figment*
    Mexico Pavilion and Gran Fiesta Tour* DS6 loves this ride!
    Explored Germany,Morocco, and Japan

    What we want to do-
    Explore more of WS countries!!
    Spaceship Earth
    Kidcot Stations
    Illuminations

    Disney Hollywood Studios
    Star Tours
    Muppet 3D*--Another great 3D show!
    HISTK Play Area—Wow! Lots of larger than life stuff!!
    Lights Motor Action—Explosions, fast cars…what more can I say?
    Toy Story Mania*--Awesome!!
    Backlot Tour
    Playhouse Disney—DS6 loved this show!! Bubbles!!
    Meet & Greet--Animation Building*
    Block Party Bash---a big surprise!!

    To do-
    TOT
    Rock-n-Roller Coaster
    Great Movie Ride?
    Indiana Jones
    Beauty and the Beast

    Animal Kingdom
    Explored trails around Tree of Life—Beautiful!!
    Killimanjaro Safaris*
    Conservation Station
    Affection Section
    Maharajah Jungle Trek*--Wow!
    Boneyard---boys had fun digging up bones!!
    Finding Nemo Musical* ---Ahhh…love this show!!
    Primeval Whirl* ---one of the boys favorites…
    Triceratops Spin
    Trails

    To do-
    FOTLK
    Camp Minnie-Mickey
    EE
    Dinosaur
    Kali

    So there you have it, those are the attractions/rides that we we were able to accomplish this trip. As I was reading back through my trip report I started thinking that maybe we didn't do as much as I originally thought. So that's what prompted me to make the list. Overall,I think we did get alot done for the amount of time that we were there especially since it was the week after Easter.:scared1:
    Before I post my final thoughts, I must warn you that apparently I have a lot to say because it’s pretty long. Usually I’m not so chatty because honestly I don’t want to bore you.:rolleyes1 But, hey if I can help someone planning another trip, give ideas or just provide some form of entertainment then that makes me very happy!!:thumbsup2
    Continued on next post---Final thoughts……
     
  11. Angies1274

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    "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney

    Honestly, if someone had told me a few years ago that I would be planning my 3rd trip to WDW, I probably would have laughed at them. I had always dreamed of visiting this magical place that I had only heard about. My desire to make my dream a reality became more intense after we had our two boys because I wanted to share my dream with them. Our first trip to the world was of course just as magical as I had always dreamed it would be. We felt alot of pixie dust was sent our way on that trip, as it was a wonderful vacation!! It wasn't really in our plans to return this year in April but after coming back and being hit hard with the Disney Blues, we finally decided to book again last fall. The only problem was trying to decide when to go. We fell in love with going in April because as I mentioned at the beginning of this TR, the weather was beautiful and it was so nice to be able to escape the dark, gloominess of winter that we had dealt with for many months beforehand. So right away I began looking into possible dates for the trip. I really wanted to go when the boys were on vacation, but after pricing airfare to leave the day after Easter.:scared1: We settled on leaving a few days later because the flights were much cheaper and the boys would only end up missing a couple days of school. We ended up booking for 6 days/5 nights, and decided to add the Quick Service Dining Plan as you already know...So there's the background and here are my final thoughts on how I think the trip went--
    JetBlue
    We love flying JetBlue!!! I think what we liked most about them is that they offer non-stop flights to Orlando. We love the TV's and the snacks that they provide and for a bunch of nervous flyers like ourselves--trust me all those little distractions help!!!:laughing:
    Pop Century
    We were extremely pleased w/ Pop Century. Now, of course I would love to stay at a Deluxe or even a Moderate someday. But for now the boys are at the perfect age to enjoy the value resorts. They are colorful, fun and very family-oriented. We didn't find the rooms that small, but we are staying with two young boys. I'm sure as they get older we will need more room. I really like the decor in the value resorts because they just seem so Disney to me, with Disney pictures on the walls and Mickey Mouse on your bed spread. I mean how much more Disney can you get. It definitely makes you feel like you are in the middle of the magic!! Despite hearing that the food court is always so busy and not enough places to sit..etc., etc. We never had a problem finding a seat, the place it huge!! Yes, it can busy but the only time we found it so busy was in the morning around 7:30-8:00 before everyone was getting ready for the parks and about that time at night as everyone was coming back. The only thing that sometimes caused a problem was when you had to get your food and because sometimes we all wanted something different and from different food stations, the food would be lukewarm when we got back to the table. The gift shop was super convenient and had most of the stuff we found at the bigger gift stores. The arcade was great!! The boys had a blast!! They were able to use the 30 minute voucher that we got with our resort package. But..we ended up getting another card and loading it up with credit because only one of them was able to use the card at one time. We quickly realized that this wouldn't work as it just isn't as fun to watch your brother play while waiting patiently for your turn.:rotfl:
    Best Meal-Greek Salad!! I didn't get to try the famous Shrimp LoMein that everyone talks about so we'll see it may change next time.
    Best Beverage--Frozen Coke!!! I'm so sad it's not there anymore.
    Best Dessert-- Tye-dye cheesecake!!
    Best Icons-- of course Lady and the Tramp
    Best Building-- 80's--Then again we've only stayed in the 80's and 90's so far but we liked being closer to the Classic Hall this time and the fireworks view was very cool also!!:cool1:

    Magic Kingdom
    Ahhh....what can I say about Magic Kingdom.:cloud9: We love everything about this park!! There is just something about seeing the castle that always puts a smile on my face and tear in my eye--very magical. This trip as I've said before I wish we would have slowed down and just soaked up everything, especially in Magic Kingdom where there are so many hidden treasures in every corner of the park.
    Best Ride-- BTMR! Even with the whole getting stuck thing. It just so much fun watching the boys faces on this ride!! They love it!!
    Biggest Surprise on a ride-- Definitely getting Soaked on Splash Mountain! Everything I read said you would get a little wet...hmmm...
    Ride we didn't expect to enjoy so much-- Jungle Cruise! After reading how dated the ride was and how corny the jokes are, we almost skipped it. Glad we didn't though because it was a lot of fun!
    Best Counter-Service-- Columbia Harbour House!! I thought it was definitely the best of the trip!! Probably because it was such a change from burgers and fries….Oh..and the upstairs seating is the best!!
    Best Snack-- Mickey bar ice cream! Then again I haven't tried the Dole Whip yet so that may change!
    Okay, no worst in this parks...well.. maybe except all the crowds while watching SpectroMagic.:scared1:

    EPCOT
    We had a great time in Epcot this trip. I'm really glad we were able to spread it out over 2 days though because this park really seems to do us in.:confused3 This time we have come up with a plan!! We are going to only do Future World in the morning and just WS at night! Hmmm....I don't know why I didn't think of this before. Oh well.. Maybe we won't get so tired out trying to conquer everything at once...
    Best Ride-- Soarin'!! I love this ride!! So much better than I expected, however I'm sure if I asked the boys they would say Test Track.
    Most Unexpected Moment-- Figment (big puff of air at the end) For a fairly tame ride, that part really freaked the boys out!!:lmao:
    Sad we missed-- Spaceship Earth!! I mean we only passed by this ride a ton of times but just never went inside.:confused3
    Biggest Disappointment-- Well....actually none!! We love this park too! I guess I was just disappointed that I didn't take more pictures in this park.:confused3

    Disney's Hollywood Studios
    Last year, when we visited this park I have to say it wasn't my most favorite park and we actually almost skipped it this year!! WHAT!!?!:eek: I know...I know.. but last year we didn't arrive until late afternoon, it was so crowded and so hot and the lines were too long!! We spent maybe a couple hours looking around and then left. This year I did more research on the park and decided we would definitely try to get there at park opening to ride as many rides as we could. Our original plan did actually include TOT and Rock-n-Roller Coaster but DS9 chickened out:laughing: (poor kid) and DS6 decided he didn't want to ride without his big brother…ahhh….But despite that minor disappointment...we were off to change our mind about this park...and it worked!!
    Best Ride-- Toy Story Mania!! Too short but such a fun ride!!
    Best Show-- Lights, Motor, Action!! Definitely fun for the boys, with all the explosions and cars.
    Best experience-- Okay..maybe not an experience but we had some pretty awesome rain karma at this park.:rotfl: But, seriously I would say it was seeing Block Party Bash..
    Worst thing about this park-- Worst?? Well..just that the layout seems kind of strange to us.. since I seem to have no sense of direction anyways we seemed to get lost a lot in this park!!:rotfl2:

    Animal Kingdom
    Finally Animal Kingdom....I'm so glad we were able to spend more time in this park this year. Especially being able to explore all the trails around the Tree of Life--something I think you should definitely do at least once!! Glad to have finally located the Boneyard for the boys!!We enjoyed seeing more animals on Killimanjaro Safaris. (although I didn't get the best pictures.:sad2: or at least not as good as on other's TR's.) Oh well.... I will do better next trip!!!
    Best Ride-- Killimanjaro Safaris---hmmm...is this considered a ride?? I'm sure the boys will say Primeval Whirl!! (Can't wait until EE in August!!)
    Best Show-- Finding Nemo the Musical!! We love this show but...with all the good things I hear about FOTLK. Who knows how I will feel when we come back in August?
    Favorite Animal that we saw!! Giraffe!! w/ the Lion a very close second!!
    Worst Animal The snake we saw or umm...I saw at Conservation Station.:scared1:
    Biggest Disappointment Not for the food which was yummy!! But for the experience with the birds while we were eating, would be Flame Tree Barbecue. It was just hard to enjoy our meal when they were always lurking around…..

    April Crowds
    We actually didn't find the crowds any bigger than last year when we there during Spring Break, few weeks after Easter. Of course you have to go knowing to expect larger crowds and prepare yourself. But, honestly we have nothing to compare this time of year to than any other time, so to us it wasn't bad. I actually thought our last morning at MK the crowds seemed larger with longer stand-by lines. So who knows....

    Quick Service Plan
    I'm very confused about this.:confused3 After reading back through my report it seems like I am saying I liked the plan but then the next time I'm saying I didn't. It's just that there was alot we did like about the plan, mostly the convenience, and all the snack credits you get-wow!! But, then looking over last year's pictures I was sad that we didn't get to experience more Character meals, or even just sit-down meals after a busy day at the parks. Would we use it again...hmmm....I honestly don't know? I guess it would depend how much park touring we wanted to do?

    Next Trip-
    As you all know, our next trip is....next month!!YAY!!:yay: I can't believe it!! I would have never thought it a million years we would be going back again so soon!! But when my father agreed I knew I had to say Yes!! My father changes his mind so quickly!! (sorry dad:love:) My parent's have had some health problems in the past so this was really important for us do and they are so excited!! Well....if they can get over their fear of flying for the first time!! They are both a nervous wreck!! I've been trying to calm their fears and hopefully it's been working…. So anyways, we can't wait to go back!! Truly a dream come true for them too.:cloud9:

    So that's it, my final thoughts....all in all it was a great trip and we were able to bring home lots of wonderful memories with us. I'm glad that we are able to do this for our boys.:lovestruc They are now just as Disney crazy as I am!!:laughing: Thanks for listening to all my ramblings....:rotfl: I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I have enjoyed writing this TR!! It's been so much fun and one thing I learned while doing it is to take more pictures!!! I seem to take pictures in spurts....a lot here and little there...but I'm working on it!!:thumbsup2 Thanks again for reading!!! Bye:wave2:
     
  12. dismagiclover

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    :sad: Your trip report is over. Thanks for the final thoughts. Disney is such a magical place:goodvibes I hope you do a TR for your upcoming trip. I'll be looking for it. Have a fabulous trip. I have no doubt you will:yay:
     
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    I know what you mean when you say, you never thought you'd be planning another trip to Disney. Way back in 1997, John said he wanted to go to Florida. I couldn't understand why since he's not a beach kinda guy. I said if I was going to Florida, why not go to Disney World. Never ever did I think we'd go back 13 times! It is THE most magical place on Earth for a family with kids.

    You guys will be going back very very soon so now that the trip report writing is over, you can concentrate on getting ready to go back!
     
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    You're done. :sad: But you have to do another one because I very much enjoyed reading along. :thumbsup2

    At the risk of this sounding like a PTR for your August trip ;), do you have any ADRs scheduled with the free dining?

    I've made note of your best of's and will be trying out a bunch of new things!
     
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    Awe.... another TR over. Actually alot of them that I have been reading are all done.:sad1:

    I have to say April was the nicest time of the year for us too. We also had a horrible New England winter and it was nice to see the sun:goodvibes
    (0f course I did not know that would be the only time I saw the sun after that since it has rained for months on end :lmao:)

    Hope you write about you upcoming trip! I'll be watching.
     
  16. Angies1274

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    Thanks:goodvibes Can't wait!! I'm sure we'll have a wonderful trip!! I mean it's Disney, right? How can you not have a good time there!!!:love:
    It's so funny because when I was planning last year's trip, it was actually supposed to be our once in life time trip.:goodvibes But we just couldn't resist not heading back because we love it so much!!!:lovestruc Now, we're just kicking ourselves that we didn't go sooner!!!:laughing:
    I'm very sad that it's over!!:sad2: I had so much fun writing this TR!! I'm glad you enjoyed reading!!:goodvibes

    I do have some ADR's scheduled for our August trip, but only 3 because it's such a short trip!! I have a Chef Mickey's lunch, Crystal Palace dinner on our MK night and a Ohana's breakfast on our last morning. Hmmm.....you don't think it's going to be character overload do you?:rotfl2: Actually my DP requested that I try and book mostly buffets because my mother has a special diet she must follow and the salad bar on a buffet seems to agree best with her.:thumbsup2 So excited!! Less than a month now!!!:woohoo:
    Thanks for reading!!:goodvibes It's been alot of fun reliving our trip!!
    We just love going in April because the weather is just beautiful and it really does help give us something to look forward to during the winter months.:thumbsup2

    I know how you feel about the rain!! Is the sun ever going to shine this summer??:sad2:UGH!! It's pretty bad when have to go all the way back to Florida to get a little sun!!:rotfl:
     
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    you got a ton done, and had fun, that's what counts!


    What a great summary and how wonderful your trip is so close! I hear you on the layout of DHS, it always feels disjointed to me, even though we really like it. I hope you do another TR, I've really enjoyed this one!
     
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    I agree-- even if we had only gotten half of that list accomplished, I still would have been happy because we had such fun spending time together!!:lovestruc and the fact that we were at Disney was just icing on the cake!!;)

    Thanks!:goodvibes We are so excited for our August trip!! Can't wait.:woohoo: I'm glad you enjoyed reading!! It was sooooo much fun writing!!:thumbsup2
     
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    An excellent report :thumbsup2 I'm really sad its all done :sad1:

    You did so many things and found so many new things to enjoy, and now a whole list more of new things to try in a few weeks :cheer2:

    Can't wait for the August trip report ;) have a fabulous time!!
     
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    How did I miss posting? Aw, I'm sad you're TR is over, it was so much fun to read. BUT you're promising to write another one, right?:flower3: I'm so excited for your upcoming trip and hope you'll share all of the details with the rest of us.:yay: Thanks for the summary, that was really neat. :goodvibes
     
  21. Angies1274

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    Thanks:goodvibes We had a wonderful trip!! I was surprised after making the list, because we got much more accomplished than I thought.:thumbsup2 We can't wait to go back, because as you said there are so many new things we want to see!! That's what's so great about Disney, it always feels like a completely new experience every time you go.:goodvibes
    Thanks again for reading!!;)
    I'm sad too.:sad1: I had such fun writing this TR!! I'm glad you enjoyed it!! (I'm enjoying yours too!!!;)) We are so excited for our August trip--only 25 days to go!!:woohoo: I'm hoping to write a TR for that trip too, as long as school doesn't get in the way.:rolleyes1 I start the week after we come back from our trip...hmm. I'm sure I should be able to squeeze some time in.;)
    Thanks for reading!!!:goodvibes
     

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