How To Lose Waldo in 10 days-The Trilogy~NEW 10/26 - Final Thoughts; Adios Amigos!

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  1. Lauralee131

    Lauralee131 DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2005
    And...I'm back....​

    Imagine my surprise when I got the first text around 8:30...Mojito's R the devil...

    Ok, that part wasn't the surprise, but the fact that everyone was up and moving was the surprise...My boys certainly needed the Shake & Wake this morning...​

    OMG - I can totally picture Waldo - possibly with a slight hangover himself, sitting at the table with that mug in hand...just waiting...head throbbing...maybe flashing back to his mental picture of Ariel...head throbbing some more...:rotfl:

    Our bus mojo was ON FIYA!!​

    Boy it took forever and a day to renew that AP...some computer problems or something. And, a little factoid you may or may not know that I discovered...those CM's can track your every movement by entering your AP # in the system. The CM was able to see that I've used mine "several times" since January and exactly WHERE I was...​

    Big brother's always watching...:cool2:

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  3. Lauralee131

    Lauralee131 DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2005
    Oh're RIGHT...

    Yes, that would be me...I left the car...

    After our evening at the lounge, driving would NOT have been a good idea. :sad2:

    And besides...SOMEONE had to walk Tracy home...:lmao:
  4. OhMari

    OhMari WDW PreTrip and Trip Moderator Moderator

    Apr 23, 2000
    People have been posting this picture and I never knew there were bats hanging too.
  5. englishrose47

    englishrose47 DIS Veteran

    Jan 31, 2007
    Good Morning!!
  6. cmp1111

    cmp1111 DIS Veteran

    Dec 17, 2006
    :rotfl: :rotfl: Ahem. Sorry, do go on.

    :thumbsup2 Still waiting on the prize, though. :rolleyes1 ;)

    And I have to say, he looked a little lost.

    Ooh, fancy!

    Except for me... Sniff, sniff...

    ::yes:: T was looking for you. She texted me that since I'd found Waldo, could I find you, too? :goodvibes

  7. Lauralee131

    Lauralee131 DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2005
    I couldn't get Michael out of that stinkin' Conservation Station! He wanted nothing to do with the characters, but loved all the little windows he could look in and see bugs, snakes, etc...

    And then, sadly, he saw the petting zoo...:scared:

    It was NOT easy getting him out of I was starting to feel kind of crappy...I began my trip with a raspy voice I woke up with on Thursday and this day I was really starting to feel like I was coming down with I was wayyyy low on patience that day...He was not happy with me hustling him out of there like I did. By then, everyone was already done with lunch and moving on and we had some catching up to do!!

    And then the rain, rain, rain....well, you know the drill....:rolleyes:
  8. ncsjodi

    ncsjodi GO COLTS!!!!

    May 31, 2007
    Okay, T. I've got to be more careful reading your installments. Don't you know that laughing still hurts me??

    I can't believe you lost Waldo and CE found him! That's hilarious. And the people on the bus with the 12 pack?? I think they must be the same family that sat with JenV on the plane!

    The Focker kids are just adorable!
  9. Disneyland_Mama

    Disneyland_Mama <marquee><font color=peach>His head instantly infl

    Aug 13, 2006
    D'Oh! :headache:
    Those 2 were holding hands all over the place. See the thing is, LL and I both dreamed of a Disney wedding, so since neither of us had one, we have to push it on our kids! :lmao:
    Nope, Waldo's just lazy.
    Me neither. Last year was his last trip. BUT, he won't be back next year or 2010 - no room for him. ;)

    Story of my LIFE! :faint:

    Heh heh... I'd forgotten about that! :lmao:

    Ditto! It was nice to know that I'd know someone at the pool bar. :laughing:

    Oh SNAP!! You are right, my friend. Darn fuzzy notes! :headache:

    That's right! :lmao:


    I missed the rock, I couldn't get past her eye-brows. :scared:

    Yup, it was just enought togetherness. :thumbsup2

    Ewww! Let me just say, they're so ewwww, in person! :scared:
    Morning, Rosie!
    He did? WOW! Usually when he's lost he just walks like he knows where he's going. :rolleyes:

    Sorry Jodi! :blush: But pain through laughter is good, no?
  10. cmp1111

    cmp1111 DIS Veteran

    Dec 17, 2006
    :rotfl: Yes, yes I do...

    Nope, he was kind of peering around and looking like he really had no clue where he was. I should have said something. :hug:
  11. englishrose47

    englishrose47 DIS Veteran

    Jan 31, 2007
    Checking in home from work! Gotta work 2nd job next 2 days !! No rest for the wicked sooo I must be really BAD!!!!:rotfl2: I think Waldo and my Mum would have made a great touring pair !! CE could have found them both!!:lmao:
  12. Disneyland_Mama

    Disneyland_Mama <marquee><font color=peach>His head instantly infl

    Aug 13, 2006
    Actually, I should say I heard them before I actually saw them! :lmao: I ran over and shouted “HI!” and then ran around like a crazy woman hugging and saying hi to everyone!

    I finally got to meet Kate (sharkb8), Mel (MuffinyMel) Z (LurrrvtheDuck) & her friend Yanni, Kat (KatGarcia) – that was fantastic! Then I got the biggest surprise of all … Jo was there! I wasn’t expecting to see her or her DD Jessica, but I was ecstatic that they made it after all!


    I ordered a cocktail and attempted to make my way around the group to try and get a chance to chat with everyone. Not possible, let me tell you. I sat for a bit and caught up with Jo and Jessica. They told me about their trip so far and then Evan came over and snatched the cherries from their drinks! :lmao: He’s a cherry fiend, and couldn’t have been happier.

    The I started chatting with Z, Kat and Yanni. Let me just say I got much love for Kat! She’s so warm and bubbly, and sassy. She’s got that New York zest to her, but she’s also very sweet and hilarious! And then there’s Z and Yanni – my brown sisters! They were so cool! I felt like already knew Z, as she sounded exactly like I thought she would. She’s too crazy & I had to tell her how my nephews have a crush on her! :lmao: And Yanni – let me tell you. She was a good sport. She sat with all these nutty Fockers like she was a life long member! I also found out from these ladies that they drank the Tambu out of pineapples again! Whoo Hoo! 2 years running now!

    I turned around to find V and LL, and was so excited to see them sitting with Kate. I went over and gave Kate a big old hug! I had so been looking forward to meeting her. She’s so sweet and her kids are absolutely fantastic. Her eldest was super nice to Maddie and reassured her when there was some conflict among the little ones. She was the only little girl this night, besides Jessica.

    The night went on and it became apparent my family was ready to head out. Heck, I even considered sending them off without me, but I knew we had an early morning at MK the next day, so I called it a night. I said my good-byes and then when I got to Kat and Z, they gave me a bag.

    When I opened the bag, I must have let out a small scream when I saw ….


    I was completely shocked that they had “found” him and liberated him on my behalf! :hug: It was so funny and so sweet! Finally, my man was coming home with me after being lost for almost a year!

    Thanks Kat and Z! You girls made my night! :goodvibes:

    My family and I made our way over to the monorail station and luckily one just pulled in. We climbed aboard and as we made it to the next station, I realized had I forgotten my camera on the table at the Tambu. I figured I’d just go ‘round again and jump off and grab it. Andy told me to try V and see if she could grab it for me. I called V, but she didn’t pick up, but 2 seconds later, she texted me that she had my camera. Ah, that V, she’s my saving grace!

    We got back to the room, showered and hit the sack. We were all beat, but looking forward to our first day in the Magic Kingdom!
    Here’s what my itinerary said:

    8/23 Magic Kingdom AM

    8am Bus AIS time
    9am Rope Drop
    Ride Dumbo, IASW, Peter Pan, Pooh & Teacups
    10am Ride Barnstormer
    Train to Frontierland
    FP for Splash Mtn.
    10:30 Ride BTMRR
    11am Snack Time!
    Ride POTC, Jungle Cruise, Aladdin & Splash Mtn
    1:00 Lunch & Leave Park

    Here’s what actually happened:

    The night before, LL and V decided to join us at Magic Kingdom. I was excited. We’d all had such a good time touring together, it seemed natural to hit the next park together, KWIM?

    I let them know AIS time was 8:00am and I knew they’d do their best to make it, if not we were fine to meet up some time later.

    The alarm went off and everyone woke with very little drama and/or persistence, with the exception of Waldo and TE. They were tired and decided to take it slow this morning and they’d call when they got to the MK. That was fine with us. The kids, well they were geared up and ready to get their ride on with their buddies, Michael and Leo! We readied ourselves and at 8:00 am I texted LL & V to let them know we were heading to the bus. V texted back she was ready and heading to the bus. No word from LL.

    We waited forever for a MK bus. I want to say at least 30 minutes. That really sucked! Finally a MK bus arrived and off we went. I texted V and let her know a bus finally showed and we’d see her soon. V and Leo boarded at the Springs and we were off! LL had let V know that she was a few minutes behind, and she would catch up with us at MK.


    We actually made it to rope drop with about 10 minutes to spare. We stood and waited for the opening show when I spied this:

    Who do you see in this picture??

    Hey, it’s a two-for! There’s LL, Tony & Michael … oh and look Waldo & TE!

    It appears Waldo and TE met up with LL at the bus stop and they rode over together. They did the opening show and we thought of Jo as the Family of the Day were from England. We did a double take to see if it was the DisneyJo family!

    As we headed down Main Street, Dream Team CM’s were blowing bubbles and I reached out and caught one, and made a Disney wish! We are so winning a dream today – I told the girls! I just had that feeling and was going to bank on it. They gave me the rolling eyes and off we went. As we made our way toward FL, we ran into to Jo and her family. They were heading toward Buzz, naturally.


    The plan called for Dumbo, IASW, then Peter Pan. Well, Tour Guide Leo had other plans. He suggested we all go on Peter Pan instead. V gave me a look like “I hope you don’t mind?” I didn’t mind at all – you see I kinda threw the plan to the wind. I let the kids take over and let them determine where we would go. Before we climbed aboard our ships and sailed through Neverland, I spied the Dream Team at the exit of the ride. Woo hoo! Here it is! This is our chance. I anticipated a win as soon as we exited the ride, but the Dream Team was long gone by then. Oh well.

    I let Evan choose our next ride, and naturally he chose IASW. When I announced it to the group, my little friend Michael announced “Oh MAN! That ride is soooo lame!” :rotfl2: OMG! He made me crack up. I asked him if he’d just go along with it as it’s Evan’s favorite, and he rolled his eyes and nodded his head. Gotta love Mr. Michael.

    Tony decided it was lame, and chose to take a “butt” break instead. Bad decision, Mr. Tony. As we exited the ride … guess who we ran into? Yup, you guessed it! The Dream Team, baby!!! :woohoo: We won Dream Ears!!! I was so excited, I didn’t care that they weren’t Dream FP’s – I was excited to win anything that wasn’t a Certificate. NO-V


    Wouldn’t this make a cute Christmas card?

    It was Mr. Michael’s turn to pick a ride, and he went with Buzz Lightyear. We started to head toward Tomorrowland, when we ran into Jo and her family. They saw our Dream Ears, and I told them we just won at IASW. They ran off in that direction. On our way to Buzz, we got side tracked by Pooh and decided to go ahead and ride that. Then we got side tracked by the Teacups.

    Making our way through Fantasyland:


    V needed a potty break, so LL and I took the kids on. Well, Waldo and TE jumped in there and took Evan in one cup and LL had Michael, Leo and Maddie – so I sorta made my way to exit. Sorry LL. :guilty: I stood on the side lines and got some pics of them spinning ‘round and ‘round.



    The ride ended and they all came bouncing off the ride, laughing and giggling, LL included! She’s so much fun!

    Next up was Buzz – we attempted to let the kids ride alone, but the CM’s wouldn’t let them, so we all paired off. Sorry, no pics there.

    As we exited the ride, Maddie and LL wanted to do the Carousel of Progress. V and Leo decided they wanted to get their ride on and headed toward Toon Town to ride Goofy’s Barnstormer. The rest of us entered CoP, but then Evan decided he didn’t want to see the show so he and Andy headed out. I should have sent him with V and Leo to ride Barnstormer, oh well.


    As we left CoP … It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow … I love that ride. Oh, sorry – as we left CoP, we met up with V, Leo, Andy and Evan and it was Leo’s turn, and he chose the People Mover. All the kids were happy with that and we got in line for that. Somehow, I got caught toward the front of the line with the kids and ended up riding with all 4 of them! :eek: Pay back, eh LL? :lmao:


    I enjoyed the ride, scaring them a little bit when we entered the dark tunnel… heh heh heh, and just being silly with them. I don’t know how it started, but the boys started bantering back and forth and Maddie was in the middle telling them “Now boys, no arguing.” I quickly diverted their attention to other things, and the bantering stopped as quickly as it started. We exited the ride and I think everyone sensed, we’d had enough togetherness for the morning.

    V and Leo decided to see some Pirates, and LL and her boys were going to see some ghost. My group decided we’d hit the Amazon and then grab some lunch. We said good-bye to our friends, with hopes of seeing each other at the pool later this afternoon. As we walked away, I notice no line at MI: LF, so we stopped there only to be told the show was “down” and would be running momentarily. Momentarily in Disneyspeak could be minutes or could be hours. We decided not to wait and headed to our original plan, JC.

    As we walked toward Adventureland, Maddie started getting pissy and whining about MI: LF. Well, Andy snapped, hauled her off to the side and gave her a talking to. What ever he said worked, as I didn’t see a sign of an unhappy girl for the rest of the day.

    The only shot we got of us infront of the castle:

    When we got to JC, the Stand-by line was 30 minutes, so we decided to put our Magical DVC FP’s to work. We walked right on with those bad boys! I’ve never been on the JC at WDW, only DLR and let me say they are quite different. JC at WDW is far superior! I loved it!

    It was just about time for some lunch, so I steered my family toward CHH and the hopes of some magical tuna. It was quiet in there – hardly any people and we had our choice of seats. We found a small empty room with maybe 8 tables and sat down to enjoy our meal. Wow, when she says “Trust V”, she’s right. The tuna was magical. It was probably the most perfect tuna Sammie I’ve ever had. The tuna, was moist, without being “wet” or “soggy” – it had finely chopped celery and something else, parsley maybe? It was so fine you couldn’t really tell. Along side the tuna, was a nice slice of tomato and a lettuce. And it was all held together with the most wonderful whole grain bread. I was in magical tuna heaven. V had steered me in the right direction, not once, but twice now. ;)

    We finished up lunch and headed back to our room. Not before hitting every single store on the right side of Main Street. Maddie found more of those “My Disney Girl” doll outfits and bought Belle a Minnie Mouse outfit. Evan found the WDW Railroad Train set in the window and had to have it. We searched the store high and low for the darn thing, but couldn’t find it. Finally we asked a CM where it was and she told us they only sell them at Christmas time. WTH? Why do they have it in the window then? :mad: Another CM overheard this and told us to try Once Upon A Toy in DTD.
    As we made our way out the gates, a CM asked why we were leaving so soon. I told him we haven’t had a chance to use our resort pool and with the sun out, we wanted to take advantage of that! Fair enough he replied.

    We got back to the room, and threw our swim suits on. I texted the girls to let them know we were going to the High Rocks Pool. V texted back that she would see us there in a little while. No word from LL. We got to the pool and it was only slightly crowded. I sent Andy to get Maddie a life vest and kept Evan in zero entry area until Andy came back. Maddie put on her life vest and decided she wanted to hit the big slide. I asked if she remembered how to get up there and she said she did. I watched her go up the stairs and disappear only have her reappear at the top of the little rocky mountain.

    V & Leo showed up and watched with me as Maddie made her way down the slide. She conquered that slide last year with Jessica and Ellie and this year she owned it! I was so proud of her. Andy, V and I hung out and watched the kids play and swim for about and hour and then decided we’d better get back as we had something very exciting tonight and we didn’t want to be late.

  13. jcc0621

    jcc0621 DIS Veteran

    Mar 8, 2007

    If it were me he'd still be waiting. I don't make coffee since I dont drink it!;)

    Michael sounds like he was really enthused about this:rolleyes1 :laughing:

    Somehow I don't think is what happened:rolleyes:

    Jimmy and Andrew liked the pizza here.:confused3

    :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

  14. PrincessV

    PrincessV DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2006
    Well done Fockers!! :cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

    :rotfl: That was awesome!

    That's 2. ;)
    Nah, I was just in the right place at the right time... lagging behind as usual! :rotfl2:

    Seriously, 10 minutes? Felt like eternity. :rolleyes:


    You all were so sweet - really, I'd have happily taken Leo wherever and met back up with you, but it worked out well, didn't it?! :hug:

    None taken. BUT...
    WHY didn't someone tell me how stupid the ears looked on top of my hat?!?!

    This is a hoot! Yep, we stuck you with the kiddos. Who loves ya baybee?!

    I have a theory... I threw some dill in my tuna salad the other day and it reminded me suspiciously of the Magical CHH Tuna... maybe that's the secret green flakey ingredient?

    She rocked the slide! GO MADDIE! :cheer2:

    :lmao: :rotfl2: :rotfl:
    Yes, that was the plan! :rolleyes:
  15. Goofyluver

    Goofyluver <marquee behavior=alternate><font color=red>Knock

    Oct 31, 2006
    :woohoo: A dream!

    A dream is still a matter how small! ;)

    And what a fun day with all of you guys together. What better thing to bond over for kids...than WDW!!!
  16. DisneyJo

    DisneyJo Missing my tags!

    Oct 22, 2006
    That was so hilarious girls :rotfl2:

    Oh no, good job V came to the rescue!

    What no photo? You're slacking T :rotfl2:

    Another reason to stay there :thumbsup2

    Awww it was good to see you too :goodvibes

    He was so sweet asking, how could we refuse :goodvibes

    How sweet!

    Uh hum didn't 2 other people ride with you :rolleyes1


    What do you mean naturally????? Is Buzz getting the same reputation as TT now? :rotfl2:

    You had said the night befoe that you would win a dream on IASW :thumbsup2
  17. cmp1111

    cmp1111 DIS Veteran

    Dec 17, 2006
    Aww, nice! :goodvibes

    I was wearing Evan's shirt yesterday. :goodvibes Well, the grown up ladies version of his shirt. If I was wearing HIS shirt, nothing good would be happening. :eek: :rotfl:


    :banana: :banana: :banana:
  18. KatGarcia

    KatGarcia Just Keep Swimming.

    Aug 19, 2006
    :hug: I had the best time that night, it was really like meeting up with old friends, never an awkward moment at all! Too bad I didn't get drunk enough and start talking in spanish! :lmao:

    We had to do it! It was our contribution to the legacy that is Focker Fest!

    What a great morning! Finally some of us win dreams!! It was really neat that you were all together when it happened!

  19. puggymom

    puggymom Mouseketeer<br><font color="00a0ba">The Tag Fairy

    Sep 30, 2004
    Wow T you have been a busy girl or should I say busy Focker!

    I love the text from CE:lmao:

    Did you really eat at Pizzayucky?

    Congrats on the dream that didn't include a certificate, Oh well TOny.

    I love all the pics of the kids, it's amazing how they all come together:goodvibes
  20. Castillo Mom

    Castillo Mom DIS Veteran

    May 5, 2003
    Hi DL Mama! Remember me? 'Member? You 'member! We met at LAX before our respective trips last year.

    I sure do have lot to catch up on since I haven't been DISing too much lately other than the DVC boards.

    I'm thoroughly enjoying your TR! Looking forward to more!:)
  21. Miz Diz

    Miz Diz <font color=darkorchid>I'll give up anything, as l

    Oct 27, 2006
    Great update, T! I absolutely love your photos. The one of Michael and Maddy is adorable and I love the silly one with the kids sticking their tongues out. That is totally the picture I would have had them pose for. Last year, I chaperoned one of the school field trips and four of us moms were standing there with a few kids. We all had our cameras ready to take a photo of them and I told them to give me their best silly face. The other moms didn't like that at all. I got some evil looks. They wanted perfectly smiling pics.

    Glad you won a dream!

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