Jeccaboos First Time : Day 1

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  1. Jeccaboos

    Jeccaboos <font color=green>it is worth going just for the v

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    Cast : Me, DH, DS (9yrs), DD (3yrs)
    All new to the Disney experience.

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    I'll cut to the chase as I am sure you don't want to hear about how we spent the night before arriving in a hotel that was so obviously a place frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers.....oh yes, seriously!

    Arrived at the DCR at around 9.30am, quickly booked in and got straight off to the park as our cabin was not available until after 3pm. We were amazed at how quick it was to get there - only about 6mins - and the excitement in the car was reaching fever pitch as we pulled into the car park.

    Luckily it wasn't too busy (we were only one travelator back) and we got to the gates the studios just after it opened. I can't remember why we decided to go into there first but just as we walked in, we spotted Minnie by the car and DD was overawed. I think it was a combination of her being her favourite character and seeing her in the flesh, so to speak.

    Photo duly taken and we wandered through, trying to avoid looking in the shops so as to avoid the credit card being maxed out in the first half hour! Saw Sully but there was quite a big queue for him and neither DS nor DD were too bothered about meeting him so made our way over to Agrabah and used the fast pass tickets as the queue was already huge.

    DH and DS decided at that point they needed to go to the toilets, something that my DS now rues, as while they were gone, DD and I got to see Donald and Daisy duck, DS's favourites. Unfortunately we were a bit too late to get photo's but we did manage to get a stroke of Donald's bottom :thumbsup2

    Decided to do Stitch while waiting for Agrabah as there was no queue and thought that was brilliant. Even DD - who really did not like him before we went - liked it after a while. Agrabah was good - well, it would have been if DD hadn't been in control and insisted on it going up and down and up and down.....:sick:

    Off to Cafe Mickey for lunch which was great. We met Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Mr Smee, Balloo, Gepetto and King John. DS swears he saw one of the dwarves but I am not too sure on that. :confused3 As it was DD's birthday the following week, we arranged for her to have a cake (only I thought I'd booked it for the tea party the following day). She absolutely loved it as she danced with Mickey and Baloo and they made a big fuss of her.

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    Went back to the studios and had a mooch around as the queues were quite bad by this point and we were all pretty tired (We'd been up since 6am and most of the previous night with all the shenanigans!) so we decided to go back to the DCR to dump the suitcases and just chill for a while, knowing we were staying for the fireworks.

    Headed back to the park at around 6pm and had a browse in the shops before taking our position around the bandstand for the parade. And oh, it did not disappoint. I will remember for a long time the look on both my children's faces as they saw all these characters come past them. I must admit to having a few tears in my eyes as - and I have said this to everyone since I have come back - you really cannot imagine how magical it is unless you have been there. All the time I was in Disney, I 'forgot' that these were people in costumes....to me, they were real!



    (Look at the sky in the last one!)

    The parade had no sooner gone through the gates when the heavens opened and there was a torrential thunderstorm, so we took shelter in the Liberty Arcade and enjoyed Mickey Brioches and hot chocolate while we dried off and it passed over.

    It soon did and we headed off and managed to get onto POTC ride (twice, as the kids loved it), the teacups, Dumbo and the Carousel. Oh, and Small World as well which I had been telling DH and DS ' everyone says that this is wonderful and we must go on it.' They got off and they were like :rolleyes: :rolleyes: at me! :rotfl2:
    We watched Fantillusion up by Small World and it was a fantastic spot - we could see Mickey dancing and waving behind the gates before it started and although it was late and the kids were really tired, it was well worth the wait.

    Oh yes, and we saw the fireworks which were magical, although I didn't take any photos as I had a sleeping 3yr old on my shoulder who simply could not stay awake to see them.

    So midnight comes and after a long, long walk back to the carpark, we arrive back at the DCR, absolutely knackered with 'It's a Small Small World' going round in all our heads and the alarm clock set for 7am the following morning.

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    Day 2 and Day 3 (which never should have been), to come.
     
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  3. hildasmuriel

    hildasmuriel <font color=magenta>I'm a really really scaredy sc

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    What a great first day - sounds like you loved your first touch of Disney magic. :goodvibes
     
  4. torsie24

    torsie24 Mummy to a perfect princess.

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    Wonderful first day.....

    im scared for dasy 2 and 3 now though!.....?!?
     
  5. stargatebarbie

    stargatebarbie <font color=blue>There must be more than this prov

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    great start you did well on your first day cant wait to hear the rest
     
  6. Jeccaboos

    Jeccaboos <font color=green>it is worth going just for the v

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    Oh no, it was nothing bad, it was just that we shouldn't have had a third day at Disney if things had gone to plan.
     
  7. torsie24

    torsie24 Mummy to a perfect princess.

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    phew!! i'm back to being excited about hearing then!!! :goodvibes:
     
  8. thelittlemermaid83

    thelittlemermaid83 <font color=green>My reign will be a super-awesome

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    Sounds like a great day, looking forward the rest!
     
  9. Dianetigger

    Dianetigger <font color=peach>May have to give the corkboard o

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    Sounds a fabulous day and I totally understand about the magic - it's wonderful!
     
  10. A Small World

    A Small World <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/509

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    Can I ask where you stayed the night before?
     
  11. Jeccaboos

    Jeccaboos <font color=green>it is worth going just for the v

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    I would highly recommend it, obviously!

    It was a Premier Classe hotel about 2.5hrs away from DLP - need to check the town name.
     
  12. mommy2ash

    mommy2ash <font color=deeppink>Has a Pooh pushin' Ash<br><fo

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    sounds like a great first day. why do i have to wait so long to go lol
     
  13. Jeccaboos

    Jeccaboos <font color=green>it is worth going just for the v

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    Don't worry, you'll get back and straight away be booking your next one :goodvibes
     
  14. Bolanette87

    Bolanette87 <font color=deeppink>The Queen Bee<br><font color=

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    Looks like quite a nice start to the trip! :goodvibes

    Bob xoxoxox
     
  15. A Small World

    A Small World <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/509

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    Thanks - we've booked into a cheap hotel for one night as well - I think thats Premier classe but not the one at Bussy that quite a few have stayed at
    but nearer than 2.5hrs away. I think I'll check it out a bit more though.

    Meant to say a good start to your report and intrigued about day 2 and 3
     
  16. DLPdaft

    DLPdaft <font color=royalblue>Cannot stop singing "Just li Moderator

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    Lovely lovely first day trip report - I got goosebumps when you were describing the parade passing you.

    Of course they are all real :flower3: !!!!!!!!
     
  17. karenmoloney

    karenmoloney DIS Veteran

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    Lovely report & photos & I am intrigued about the story of Day 3 - looking forward to reading more.
     
  18. MJ_always

    MJ_always DIS Veteran

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    What a lovely and magical day!! The birthday looked really fun and the part about the parade- awwwww beautiful!!

    Ashleigh x
     
  19. Cyrano

    Cyrano Moderator Moderator

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    What a wonderfully descriptive report :goodvibes
    You did very well considering the early start :)
     
  20. Ware Bears

    Ware Bears Bring me that horizon Moderator

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    A great first day :goodvibes
     

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