Go with the Flow....A Summer Trip to Remember! July 2012~ **Completed**

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  1. mommytothreeboys

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    Hey Angie! I'm all caught up and LOVING your report!

    I love that your family has Disney traditions that they don't like to stray from! We do too...like Root Beer Floats for breakfast at MK! It's funny the things the kids latch onto and insist we do on each trip.

    I'm glad you got to do some wandering in the WS on your own. I know your boys aren't big fans, but there are some really cool things to see if you slow down a bit. Speaking of that...I need to get into that caramel shop in Germany....:thumbsup2

    YUCK...rain. That's all I have to say about that. :)

    OOOHHHH...I can't tell you how excited I am that you visited AoA and posted some great pics! When (if :worried:) we go next spring, I am seriously considering staying there. It looks amazing!
     
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  3. DisMomAmy

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    All caught up! I'm glad you adopted a go with the flow attitide... sounds like it worked out well for your arrival day. We have yet to try out WPE - but it's on my list. :thumbsup2

    Bummer about all the rain... I hope that was the end of it.
     
  4. Angies1274

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    Thanks Lara!:goodvibes

    I had so much fun exploring Italy on my own.:thumbsup2 It was nice to see all those little details that we usually miss because the boys just aren't that interested.:rolleyes:

    Ooohhh....after seeing all the pictures of the Lion King section at AoA, that's where I would love to stay too! The suites look amazing! I just wish they would have put a pool in that section as they did with Cars and Nemo.

    Thanks!!!:goodvibes I'm so glad you joined in!!:thumbsup2

    Hi!:wave2: I'm so happy you're here!!:goodvibes It will be fun to compare notes about our trips!:thumbsup2

    Since we have stayed at Pop so much, I didn't take too many pictures around the resort this trip but I'll post some more pics from my past reports later on. It really is such a fun resort!! I think you'll really like it!:)

    So cool that we were at T-Rex the same night!! I remember World of Disney being so crowded that night! ::yes:: Which is probably why we only popped in really quick before we decided to head over to AoA.

    Too funny about sounding alike! I thought the same thing when I started reading your report.:laughing: I am such a super planner too!! I love planning every detail of our trip!! But, I have to admit it was so nice to slow down this trip and not stick to such a strict plan. Our days and plans changed so much this trip it made me wonder why I bothered planning at all.:rolleyes1 Ugh! We couldn't believe the amount of tour groups we saw!! They definitely got to us as well as the trip went on.:sad2:
     
  5. Angies1274

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    Hi Missy!!:goodvibes

    I agree! It's so nice to have those traditions when we go to Disney! I love your Root Beer Floats for breakfast tradition!! How fun!:thumbsup2

    Aww...I love the WS and it was so nice to do a little exploring on my own. I was so glad when they added Kim Possible (now Agent P) to the World Showcase! It has really gotten the boys excited about exploring the different countries. We had so much fun with our mission in Germany this trip!:thumbsup2

    I think it would be so much fun to stay at the AoA resort. The Lion King rooms look so amazing (actually Nemo and Cars do too!) and the Nemo pool looked like so much fun. I wish I would have been able to get a closer look. Fingers crossed for you that you get to go next year!!!pixiedust:

    Hi Amy!:goodvibes

    We love WPE! You should definitely give it a try!:thumbsup2

    The rain did put a damper on our first day at Epcot and I was scared it was the beginning of how the week was going to be. Luckily, the rest of the week the weather was pretty good. (for the most part;))
     
  6. Angies1274

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    Hi!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! DH and I celebrated our 17th anniversary over the weekend. I can’t believe it’s been 17 years already! Anyway, you might think our plans for the weekend may have included a nice romantic dinner just for the two of us. Nope..not even close! We actually went camping instead and brought the boys along. It was a really fun weekend despite the fact it rained every day. I thought I would share a couple pictures of our adventure.
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    When we got home, we found this in the mailbox—
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    We’ve never received one before. I was so excited!! It said “From all your Disney pals, we hope you created magical memories during your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort in 2012.” It was signed by Minnie, Mickey, Pluto, Goofy, Donald and Tinkerbell. So cute!! Aww….I love Disney!


    So, let’s get on with the report…shall we?


    “Step inside our storybook, imagine what’s in store.” Magic Kingdom Welcome Show

    July 12, 2012
    Magic Kingdom


    I always have a hard time sleeping when I know we are going to do an EMH park the next day. I don’t know why…maybe I’m afraid we won’t wake up in time or maybe it’s just excitement of being able to start the day so early. Have I mentioned how much I absolutely love EMH mornings? We have always been able to get so much done in that first hour. Anyway, as you can probably already tell I was up bright and early that morning and actually showered and dressed before the boys had even woken up. Needless to say they weren’t too thrilled when I woke them so early but once I reminded them that we were heading to our very favorite park, it didn’t take them long to get up and get ready to go.

    It was about 6:30am or so when we made our way to the food court that morning. Of course, we had our pick of tables since the place was pretty much empty. We all split up to get our breakfast. DH and Nick decided on a warm cinnamon roll. Noah had a chocolate croissant and I had a chocolate muffin. We also grabbed a bowl of grapes to share. After breakfast, we decided to browse the gift shop for a while before we made our way to the bus stop.

    A short bus ride later, we arrived at the Magic Kingdom and made our way over to the center in front of the train station so we could watch the opening show. We love this show! It’s a must-do for us on every trip.
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    I took a picture of the boys waiting.
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    Okay…let’s try that again.
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    Much better boys!!

    The crowd started gathering…
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    It was about this time when a CM approached the boys with a handful of confetti and asked them if they would like to throw it in the air during the countdown to open the park. Of course, they happily agreed.

    Soon, we were hearing…..

    "Welcome, welcome, welcome,
    Welcome, welcome, welcome,
    A kingdom full of endless dreams for every girl and boy,
    Wondrous lands of make-believe will fill your heart with joy,
    A castle leads the entrance way to seven lands and more,
    Step inside our storybook, imagine what's in store."


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    "Welcome to the place where dreams come true!"
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    Love this show!! I think it’s a perfect way to start a day at the Magic Kingdom. Apparently, I’m not the only one who felt this way as I watched the woman in front of me wipe her eyes and tell her husband that the show gets her every time! I couldn’t agree more!

    We ventured over to the left and made our way inside. I made sure and grab a map so I could circle our must-do’s that morning and a time guide.

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    Aww….my very first glimpse of the castle.
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    Seriously, there is nothing like walking down Main Street for the first time during your trip. The smell of buttered popcorn and freshly baked cookies. The sound of the train pulling out of the station and the music playing all around. But, mostly seeing the anticipation and excitement on everyone faces and the CM’s happily waving with their cute Mickey hands. As crazy as it may sound to some, Main Street U.S.A. is probably my most favorite place in the Magic Kingdom and I always walk away wishing I had spent more time there.
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    We made our way closer and closer to the castle.
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    Beautiful!!!!
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    We had arrived! But, now that we were there, where would we go first?

    Next up—Are you kidding me? Another change of plans.

     
  7. Mickey_Mom

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    Happy Anniversary!! party: It's nice that you went camping for the occasion and had some family time.

    I love that Mickey Mail!! I've never seen it before either but really hope we get one when we're back. Always fun to get Mickey Mail!

    This pic made me chuckle -- I always seem to catch characters when they're blinking. You caught three! :rotfl:
     
  8. wdwgirl03

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    I totally agree-there is nothing like walking down Main Street for the first time on your trip. I think part of it too is knowing that you have the whole trip ahead of you. No better way to start it off than with the opening show and a visit to the MK! :goodvibes
     
  9. NHKristy76

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    The only I can think of while looking at these pictures is HOLY CROWDS!

    We typically go in the slow season so your EMH pictures look like a busy afternoon on Main Street!
     
  10. solana131

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    Hi there :wave2: I'm a little late to the party, but it is a fantastic TR so far! A few notes I wrote down while I got all caught up:

    Loved your pictures of Burlington. I went to college there and I miss it alot! How is that airport?? I never even considered going up there, but Boston is a 3 hr drive for us, and Burlington is only a little further.....hmmm, might have to look into that.

    I am the same way about Stacey. My trip doesn't officially start until I can unpack while watching Stacey :) She just gets me so excited to be there!

    Good choice to go to DTD the first night. Looks like a great relaxing time. We tried to do DTD a couple of times, but it was just too hot to walk around the shops (we were there right after you from July 18-23rd)

    I laughed at your rainy time at Epcot, not because I am mean, but because our only rainy time the whole week was our first night at Epcot too. It was horrible. When you are doing your planning, you always think "its okay if it rains, we will just throw our ponchos on and go with it", but its another story when you are there and it is a torrential downpour!

    Glad you got to check out AoA! We had planned on going over there to eat one day, but just never got around to it. I know the suites look amazing, but Little Mermaid is my alltime favorite movie, so if I stayed there, I would have to stay in that section.....plus, it's much much cheaper :thumbsup2

    MK opening show: I get teary-eyed every time too. I don't know what it is about that darn show :confused3 I had been told they didn't do it during EMHs and I was very excited to see that was wrong!

    And finally....yes, I agree with you about the feeling walking down Main Street. I usually walk away thinking I should've spent more time there too. This time I made sure I spent lots of time just soaking up the atmosphere there. Such a great place :)
     
  11. DisneyDoc5

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    Wonderful updates! I tear up every time on Main Street - many of us do! Happy Anniversary! We are close in years, 16 years for us - can't think a better thing to do then celebrate with the kids!

    We are staying at AoA in October for 1 night before our Fantasy Cruise, I picked the Lion King area (Nemo was booked and even though we love the Cars movies, the rooms are a little not my taste). We can't wait to explore this resort! I am torn about just enjoying the resort and food court (we will get there about 5 pm) or taking the bus to the MK entrance and monorail to the Poly for dinner at Captain Jacks and watching Wishes on the beach???? (we just did this in March during our short water park stay at POR before going to a beach condo for the week) My mom will be with us and she hasn't seen Wishes. I guess it will depend on how we feel and the weather.

    I over planned the last trip we took, so I have to take a more relaxed approach next time. Erin
     
  12. mickeystoontown

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    You are such a lucky woman to have kiddos and a hubby that will get up early enough to see the opening ceremonies at Magic Kingdom! It's been years since we've seen the show but I do remember that I teared up the last time I saw it.
     
  13. Angies1274

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    Thanks Tracy!:goodvibes It was nice to get in a little family time before the boys go back to school!!:thumbsup2

    I had read about getting a thank you card from Disney but we've never received one before. I was so happy when I opened the mailbox!! Love getting Mickey Mail!

    Too funny about the pic. I didn't even realize until you pointed it out!!:rotfl:

    You're so right!!:thumbsup2 It feels like the trip has finally begun when you are walking down Main Street. Such a great feeling!!!:goodvibes

    Too funny that you mentioned this because when we arrived my main focus was the show and then of course seeing the castle. But, once I finally looked around, I realized that for EMH the morning was much busier than we are used to!!::yes::
     
  14. Angies1274

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    Hi!!:wave2: I'm so happy you joined in!:goodvibes

    We really like flying out of Burlington. The airport is small but still nice. We usually fly JetBlue and they have a direct flight to Orlando which works out great for us!:thumbsup2

    I'm happy with our choice to visit DTD the first night. It was nice to just take it slow, do a little shopping and have a great dinner. We actually didn't find it too busy that night and since it had rained that afternoon it had cooled down a little.

    I don't know what it is about Epcot. The last time we went during the summer (late August), we only had one day in Epcot and it poured the whole evening.:sad2: This trip, besides Epcot and one other evening it didn't rain as much as we thought it would which is good thing except it made the days so HOT!

    I didn't think they did the opening show at MK on EMH mornings either. I know they didn't on our last trip. It was a shortened version. I was thrilled when it was the full version!! Aww...I love that show!:thumbsup2


    Welcome!:goodvibes I'm so glad you joined in!

    Thanks for the anniversary wishes!:)

    How exciting to be going on cruise! We've often thought of going on one ourselves. They look like so much fun and so relaxing!

    The AoA resort was a lot of fun to explore! After seeing the pictures of the Lion King section that would be where I would like to stay as well. The rooms look amazing. Wow...that is a hard choice. Both options sound great. Good idea to wait and see how you feel.:thumbsup2


    I know! Although, I don't know how much longer I can talk the boys into getting up that early.:rolleyes1
     
  15. ellajeansmom

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    Wow you really were up early! I made it in time for the opening MK show on our last trip (loved it of course) but just in time and that was a nonEMH day!

    I'm hoping that by the time our next trip rolls around we'll be at the point where the girls will be able to manage getting up for amEMH...we'll be past Jean's need for 11 hours of sleep a night and Ella will not be quite at the teenaged sleep till noon stage. It may be a small window of opportunity :)

    Can't wait to see where your changing plans take you next!
     
  16. Angies1274

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    We were up very early that morning. But, it was worth it. I love the opening show at MK. However, I'm not sure how much longer I can manage to get the boys to go to AM-EMH. It was a struggle on this trip and next time we go Nick will be a teenager and Noah a pre-teen. I guess it was fun while it lasted.:rolleyes:

    Glad you may have a small window of opportunity.:goodvibes If you can get up in time, morning EMH can definitely pay off.
     
  17. DisMomAmy

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    I'll admit it... that picture made my stomach do a little flip! There really is nothing better than that first glimpse of the castle & the anticipation of a Magic Kingdom day!
     
  18. VACamm

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    Subbing!!!! love your photos and love love love to see your food pics :)
     
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    Hey Angie! Somehow I missed this starting (ok we left 3 days later so I have an excuse there) but also missed the PTR! Subbing and heading back to catch up.

    Ok, all caught up! What a bummer that your first night did not result in that extra sleep you'd hoped for. Being flexible, with heat and rain and lack of sleep is a great thing and can really help a trip get on or stay on track and it sounds like for the most part the changes worked out well so far. Bummer that it rained so hard though at Epcot, wet tennis shoes are NOT fun! While I don't have any desire to go to TRex, that food does sound yummy. I can't believe I didn't even go inside Basin while we were at DTD, I must have just spaced somehow! AoA looks really cool. My kids are a little old for it now but I think it would be a wonderful place to stay as a family.

    And now you've made it to main street! I know EXACTLY how you feel, I never feel I spend enough time there either.

    Happy Anniversary!!!!
     
  20. Angies1274

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    I couldn't agree more!!!:thumbsup2 That picture makes me so happy!



    Welcome!!:goodvibes So happy you joined in!!

    Hi Cynthia! I'm so glad you're here!:goodvibes

    No worries on the PTR. I still need to catch up on your Alaska cruise report and the PTR for your current TR. Which I fully intend to do since we have been talking about taking a cruise within the next couple years.:thumbsup2

    Thanks for the anniversary wishes. It was a fun weekend!

    Even though the first night wasn't exactly like I planned, I think it actually worked out better in the long run. It was a much more relaxing start to the trip.:thumbsup2

    I was very surprised how much I enjoyed T-Rex. It was definitely loud but fun just the same. :)
     
  21. Angies1274

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    “Mother knows best, Listen to your mother” Tangled


    After making our way down Main Street toward the castle I began to look around and realize just how busy it was for an EMH morning, definitely not what we were used to and we usually go during spring break. I had talked to the boys while we were waiting for the opening show to begin to find out what ride they wanted to visit first. If you read my PTR, you may remember that I had made plans but since the boys don’t usually want anything to do with the planning until we actually get to Disney. (Isn’t it funny? I could barely get an answer from them months before the trip but of course once we get there they are full of opinions!) Anyway, they unanimously voted that we head toward—

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    Tomorrowland!

    We found a cute Mickey and Minnie topiary on the way—
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    Yay! The People Mover! We couldn't wait to ride for the first time later on....
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    Don't let the picture fool you. Despite, looking so empty there was quite a few people in Tomorrowland that morning.

    The boys had only one thing on their mind …..Space Mountain.
    Apparently, so did everyone else because the line was way out of the building. I wish I had taken a picture because it was crazy and completely unexpected. The last time we went we used the same strategy (during Easter week) and hopped right on with no wait whatsoever. So, what did we do? Well, when in doubt….grab fastpasses, of course! And that’s just what we did! At this point people were everywhere and I was really starting to second guess getting up so early.

    We made our way over to Buzz Lightyear instead and it was a walk-on which wasn’t really surprising since it looked like everyone else was waiting in line to ride Space Mountain.

    My terrible attempt at a picture of Buzz as we quickly made our way through the queue. Sorry Buzz.
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    Now, usually I don’t do too badly at this ride but this time I did horrible! I know it must have been really bad because I can’t even remember my score. I don’t know what the problem was as you can see I was deep in concentration! lol
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    After Buzz, we debated whether we wanted to head over to see the new Storybook Circus or over to Peter Pan since I knew it always gets busy really quickly. Ultimately, we decided to head through here toward Peter Pan.
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    I think there was about a 15 minute wait posted but we didn’t wait that long and soon we were flying over London. I didn’t attempt any pictures because it’s so dark in there and they never come out anyway. Also, it’s one of my very favorite rides and I just wanted to sit back and enjoy it.

    As we made our way out of the ride, I noticed an almost empty Fantasyland. Now, this is how EMH should be!
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    A small peek at the Fantasyland construction
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    Of course, we couldn’t pass by Winnie the Pooh and not stop and say hello.
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    I thought the new queue was adorable. However, the line moved so fast that the boys didn’t get a chance to take advantage of it too much. But, they were able to test a few things out.
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    These interactive walls were so cool—
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    After enjoying our ride through the hundred acre woods, it was time to use our fastpass for Space Mountain. The boys were jumping for joy. We passed Mad Tea Party and I thought for sure the boys would want to stop and ride but surprisingly they didn’t. (I was thrilled about that decision!) I did stop and take note of a certain plaque that I had read about. Although, apparently I had tucked my camera away at that point and sadly didn’t get a picture. It reads “Be good at something; it makes you valuable… have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome.” – Randy Pausch. I learned about Randy Pausch and “The Last Lecture” in my media class last semester. It’s so inspirational. You should definitely check it out on You Tube!

    Anyway, after admiring the plaque for a minute, I ran to catch up with the boys who were anxiously making their way over to Space Mountain. Of course, they enjoyed the ride and couldn’t stop talking about it as we made our way out, stopping every few minutes to make silly faces in the camera as we made our way up the conveyer belt.

    Back out in the bright sunshine and heat we decided to finally make our way over to ride Dumbo. I’m trying to remember but I think it was just after 9:00am. I had read about the quiet pathway from Space Mountain over to Storybook Circus and thought it would be the perfect way to go. However, the boys were reluctant at first since we were the only ones on the path and apparently they thought that I was leading them into a restricted area or something because they kept asking me if I was sure that we were going the right way.

    Finally, I was able to show them this—
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    And they realized that maybe Mom does know what she is talking about once in a while!
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    The first thing I noticed when we entered Storybook Circus was all the little details everywhere. The peanuts and animal prints in the walkways were so cute.
    Even though it was so hot that morning, not too many kids were taking advantage of Casey Jr. Splash and Soak.
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    Then again, the park had just barely opened.

    Next stop for us was going to be this—
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    So excited!
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    The boys loved it! I don’t remember it being so short though. It seemed like it just started and then it was over. Oh well, it was still lots of fun. The boys wanted to ride again but I worried about how long the wait would be for Dumbo, so we (or I) thought maybe we should head over there first. Luckily, the crowds were still non-existent on this side of the park and wait times were still good. Hopefully, Dumbo would be the same. We would soon see…….


    Up Next-- Believe and Soar!


     

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