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  1. Sunset Cliffs

    Sunset Cliffs DIS Veteran

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    Just wanted to say hi. I followed you over from Christine's PTR (cjackearl) and I am loving your TR so far. I have only gotten as far as the end of your first day at AK, but wanted to comment on a couple of things.

    First of all, your family looks like you have so much fun together! Your boys are so cute and the pictures w/ the characters are great.

    Second, it's always nice to hear about someone else who really likes AK. We love that park because of all of the details. Yes it's hot....yes it's spread out...yada, yada....it's still such a great place. Your pictures were great and your writing style makes you feel like you are there w/ you on vacation.

    I will be reading fast to get caught up, but thought I should say hi!
     
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  3. chocaholic110

    chocaholic110 Earning My Ears

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    Hi from England! Loving your trip report so far. We're also big AK fans. Also as a new family of five we're very interested in places to stay once our little one isn't an infant any more.
     
  4. mommytothreeboys

    mommytothreeboys DIS Veteran

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    Hi D! Welcome home from your soggy vacay! Glad you're here! :goodvibes

    No way! Do people not realize how RUDE that is?? :confused:
    Oh...and :welcome:
    Hi Stephanie! Dinner at 'Ohana is definitely on my list for next trip...whenever that may be!

    Yeah..we were surprised too, but dishonest people are everywhere. :mad: We were just very blessed that it happened so early in the trip and that it wasn't worse! :)

    I really thought my kids would be bored to tears, but they really enjoyed it! Thanks for reading and sticking around for the title explanation! :cutie:

    Hi and WELCOME! :yay::yay: I love to see my boys really "getting" what Disney is all about. I'll take it for as long as I can get it!

    Hi! :welcome: to my humble little TR! Gotta love a fellow AK lover! :thumbsup2

    Hi there! Lots of folks from England joining me on this TR! :welcome:

    It's kind of a shame that the choices for a family of 5 are so limited. But..we love POR! :love:
     
  5. mommytothreeboys

    mommytothreeboys DIS Veteran

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    After a quick tour of the Poly lobby and gift shop we headed to the monorail to head to the Magic Kingdom. With a 7:50 breakfast ADR, I did not expect to make rope drop so we were not at all in a hurry. We arrived at the MK monorail station about 15 minutes after the park opened. As big and intimidating as the line for bag inspection looks, they manage to really get people through quickly. I’m always impressed! :thumbsup2 As the “pack mule” of the family, I am the only one who carries a bag so I go through the bag line as the rest of the boys breeze through the no-bag entrance.

    By 9:20 we are on Main Street USA enjoying this view!

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    That first walk down Main Street....ahhhh.....**sigh**......there’s nothing like it! :goodvibes

    We go left at the hub and head into Frontierland to Sleepy Hollow Refreshments for our traditional Disney must-do Root Beer Float at breakfast time! My kids think it’s great that mom and dad allow ice cream for breakfast at Disney! It’s one of the things they most remember and talk about from our 2007 trip...so a tradition is born!

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    Our plan is to hit Fantasyland and try to ride Peter Pan’s Flight first. Not arriving right at rope drop we decide to ride if the line is short or get FP’s for later if the standby line is long. We head behind the castle...

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    ...and into Fantasyland. As we approach PPF, we immediately notice something is not right. There are 3-4 CM’s standing in front of the ride and NO LINE! Hmm....the one CM explains that TinkerBell has not arrived so there is no Pixie Dust, therefore no flying. :tinker: Closed until further notice...stink! :headache:

    Oh well, we roll with it and head over to It’s A Small World which only has a 10 minute wait. Before long we are boarding our boat and singing along with the children of the world! Corny or not, I LOVE THIS RIDE! It just gives me the warm-fuzzies! :cloud9: It’s a good thing my boys like it too, cause this would not be the last time we ride it this trip!

    As we exit IASW, we notice that PPF is now open. Apparently Tink has arrived and the Pixie Dust is doing its magic! :tinker: We get in the rather short line and take our magical flight. This time, Jeff and I scam riding in our own flying ship while the boys all ride together. Sweet! :love:

    Our next stop is Mickey’s PhilharMagic. I think this is the very best of all the 3D shows at Disney. (Followed very closely by It’s Tough to Be a Bug!) That crazy Donald :donald: is always getting into trouble! Like some boys I know...always doing exactly what I say not to do! :rolleyes1 I love the dessert smell and the spraying water....just a good time! And....I found this Hidden Mickey.

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    Off to visit the 999 ghosts who inhabit the Haunted Mansion. I think one of the boys’ favorite parts of the ride is the grave at the entrance that opens it’s eyes!

    After escaping the happy haunts, we head to Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. On our stroll through Frontierland we find this guy!

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    Donald moved Dan's lanyard out of the way to be sure you see that it's HIM on Dan's shirt!
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    We decide to get a FP for BTMRR and then get in line for Splash Mountain. The standby time says 20 minutes....not bad. Is it always cold in the line for Splash Mountain or is it my imagination? I always seem to freeze in there!

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    My favorite scene...even cartoons have laundry! LOL!
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    We picked up FP's on our way out so we could ride later and then.....


    Bring on that runaway railroad train! BTMRR here we come!

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    This end of the park always seems jam-packed with people. UGH....we make it through the crowds and hit this penny machine.

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    My boys LOVE the pressed pennies and we took a supply of pennies and quarters to the parks each day. They bought souvenir books on our last trip that we hope to complete with pennies from this trip. They especially like the ones you get to crank yourself!

    With our Frontierland Must-Do’s under our belts, it’s time to head to one of our very favorite places in the MK. Here’s a sneak peek!

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    Next up! Who’s Omar and why are we waving at all those people we don’t know?? Wait for it...wait for it........LOL!
     
  6. KathyRN137

    KathyRN137 ...and the greatest of these is Love

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    Very nice! Mommy & Her Three Boys :love:

    And I am jealous... I can never interest anyone in my family in where you seem to be going! ;)


    Kathy
     
  7. Happydog

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    Okay! I was quite a bit behind, but I am all caught up now! It is a blur of Benigets, DTD, Christmas ornament withdrawl, Blizzard Beach and "sledding" down some slopes, and then Ohanas and the MK!!!! :faint: Okay! I think I got most of that! Wow how much fun! And really your Ohana family photo was just lovely, and I think your matchy matchy shirts were delightful! We have that same Tink pin! Glad you got your ride on Peter Pan! Really enjoying your TR, great details! popcorn:: I am back on schedule for my daily read, so looking forward to more!!!
     
  8. ilovecupcakes

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    Oh my goodness, I agree about Philharmagic. It's so awesome! You really feel like you're in the little show.

    Also, I hear ya on the walking down Mainstreet for the first time during your trip. I think everyone who has been to Disney will agree it's a magical moment that never, ever gets old no matter how many times you do it!
     
  9. mom2mek

    mom2mek Obsessed with Disney

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    Great update! I love the post-breakfast snack of root beer floats!!! Only in Disney, right? My kids flipped out one time when I told them they could have ice cream for dinner one night! :thumbsup2

    Love that first walk down Main St! :cloud9:

    Sara
     
  10. cjackearl

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    Love it! What a beautiful day at the MK and you and your family appear to be loving every minute.:love:

    Good eyes on the hidden Mickey, mom!

    The pressed penny machines look like they could be fun. I've collected quarters and pennies for my kids to give them a try.

    Looking forward to more.popcorn::
     
  11. mommytothreeboys

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    Thanks....I made a very conscious effort to be in more pictures this time. If you look at our scrapbook from last trip, I may as well not have even been there! :rolleyes1

    Glad you're caught up Happy! :thumbsup2

    I agree...that first look at the castle is a feeling that just never changes! :cloud9:

    I'm not sure how they had room for Root Beer Floats after that breakfast, but tradition is tradition! ;)

    We actually found quite a few Hidden Mickey's this trip. More pics to come!

    The pressed pennies are a great souvenir. And only 51 cents....not bad! :rotfl:
     
  12. MagicShell

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    I LOVE Magic Kingdom! Philharmagic is my favorite, I also love Donald Duck. You have some great pictures, do you scrapbook? I can't wait to see what is next.
     
  13. nu2wdisneyw

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    YAY MK!! :cool1: I just love the sight of the castle...brings a smile to my face!
     
  14. MICKEY4EVER!

    MICKEY4EVER! Are we there yet?

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    Loved the update. Brings back some fond memories, especially the castle. :lovestruc

    Again, loving the family photos. Everyone rolls their eyes at me when I try to get some good pics. Usually, they have their eyes rolled in the picture, which makes me :headache::headache::headache:!!!!!!!!!
     
  15. Sunset Cliffs

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    I love the root beer float thing, and that it is one of the things that they talk about a lot from your last trip. What a great tradition to have!
     
  16. Planning fanatic mom

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    I always get choked up when I see the castle for the first time.
    Question: Did you see a difference in the lines of the other rides now that Space Mountain is closed? Does it make the other lines longer?

    Just curious.
     
  17. mousescrapper

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    Can't wait to find out who Omar is....:goodvibes

    J-
     
  18. mommytothreeboys

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    I do scrapbook and I love it! I am actually a consultant for a scrapbooking company...but right now it mostly just supports my habit! I have been contemplating doing a digital scrapbook for this trip. I did a traditional one for our last trip. I think I'd miss the traditional stuff, but I could do a small album to get my fix...like the ABC's of Disney or something. :confused3

    Me too.....smiling right now! :)


    I have eye-rollers too, but they are pretty good about the picture taking. They humor me and I let them!

    My boys are HUGE on tradition which I absolutely love! :lovestruc

    I really didn't notice that the lines were any longer at the other attractions. I just used the same strategy as always...hit the big attractions first, FP as often as possible. The ones that load slowly were long... Astro Orbiter, Dumbo....but they always are. Splash and BTMRR were no longer than I remember from last trip....Buzz was much shorter. We really did not stand in long lines at all. :thumbsup2

    Hi Julie! You are so good saving your extra $ for your next trip...I wish I were 1/2 that disciplined! I usually use it to print photos! :rolleyes1
     
  19. MagicShell

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    I have considered digital scrapbooking, and also felt like I would miss the traditional way. I wish I had time to do either one!
     
  20. clomahony

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    I just read your story about the person who was talking on the phone and can tell you a story as well. Saddly the person on the phone was me but we were on the Haunted Mansion ride and my cell phone rang and I immediately popped into work mode and answered and proceeded to try and have a conversation with all the spooky noises. Finally, the person on the other end asks where on earth I am and I tell them I'm on the Haunted Mansion. At least I don't think I disturbed anyone else but I need to go on vacation when I'm on vacation.

    Love your trip report - keep up the good work.
     
  21. 3princesses+aprince

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    Great Magic Kingdom update, we missed Big Thunder Mountain railroad. Our first MK day we were on the opposite side of the park and said we'd have plenty of time to do it. And our Big MK day Manny was at the hotel sick and Sam is not 40 inches, so me and the kids had to skip that. That's ok, it's on the to do list for next year.

    And the pic with you and the boys is awesome.
     

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