Look out World...Here we come Again!!!

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  1. momofdbsdc

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    Pre-trip:
    I have been in love with everything Disney since my mom first took me to WDW at the age of 8. It was love at first sight!!!

    We took our children for the first time in 2002. We had 5 children then and we had sooo much fun. We now have 6 children. In 2005, we had made plans to return, but life happened and our youngest had serious health issues that threw the family for a curve ball. We had to postpone! After 6 weeks in the hospital and a years worth of Dr's and therapy, we decided the family was in dire need of some quality time together. What a more magical and healing place than WDW!!! With our favorite Dr. Mickey!!! The trip did us all wonders! 2 weeks of no Dr's or therapy!!! Time to just have fun together!!! We didn't want it to end, but like all good things, it had to. So as we were packing the van, a lightbulb went off!!! Let's return next year!! After not much arm twisting , I convinced DH, that it would be soooo much fun to return. As soon as I got home, I was back on TGM and planning for our 2007 trip!!!

    How could I improve on the last trip? I know, we will surprise the kids-not an easy task when there are 6 of them and they are all home schooled! SSSHHH!!! They won't find out until Easter morning! Then I had another idea. DH has been such a trooper over the past few years, and we just celebrated our 10th Anniversary. I will surprise him and the kids with a vow renewal ceremony!!! Soooo much planning to do! Well, here we are with 16 days left and the planning is done, plenty of surprises and gifts for all, itinerary done, ADR's done....Whats left??? Leave those ADR's alone, stop packing and repacking as the kids sleep... Help, I am obsessed, but in a good way!!!

    I will save the rest of the details for the actual trip report! Now let me introduce my family...Kim (myself)-39, Eric-37, Dakota-13, Brandon-11, Savannah-9, Dalton-7, Cameron-5 and Ashleigh-3.

    Happy Planning Everyone!!!

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    April 19th-

    The big day is finally here!! Hubby went to work at 3:00am, and guess what, I can't go back to sleep! I am sooo excited! Bad thing is that I stayed up until midnight cleaning. UGH!! I am the first one driving,I have to get back to sleep. I toss and turn until 5am. To heck with it! I get up and take my shower. After I finish getting dressed, I have to wake up Ashleigh(3 yo) @ 6am. Her speech therapist is coming at 6:40am. After she is all set, it is time to wake up the troops! Move it, move it... I AM GOING TO DISNEY!!! Oh yeah, you are all coming to, but who loves the Mouse the most guys?! Thats right your mother does! They just look at me like I am nuts and go to get ready. Ashleigh therapist finally gets to the house while me and the kids are running in and out finishing any last minute packing of the van that wasn't accomplished the night before. Therapist leaves, van packed, ok kids, hit the bathrooms, daddy was getting out of work 15 minutes ago and should be home soon!!

    Kids get packed in van, DH pulls up! What timing!!! Hurry and change your clothes! I am so figgety with excitement I can't stand it! DH in his seat, me in the drivers seat...Look out Disney here we come...Again! I wanted to stop at Tim Hortons for coffee, but the line was wrapped out onto the street. Forget the coffee and hop on the thruway. We drove in my van last year, nice comfy Ford Windstar, the problem is that it only seats 7, there are 8 of us. I was elected to sit on athe cooler the whole way! Not good for the back or behind!So hubby bought himself an '89 Chevy Van that is an 8 passenger. Not a bad van, but not a smooth ride like mine...Well an hour into the trip the 3 y.o. gets car sick!!(eeewww) Get the bags out! Yuck, she procedes to get sick 3 times. Then the 5 yo is feeling sympathy pains and he isn't feeling well, so he pretends to get sick! This is not the lovely driving experience I had planned! Books on cd, Disney movies, Car games!!! Oh well, we get everyone resituated and cleaned up and off we go again. It waS a great ride until I hit NC. It is raining in buckets, sheets of rain start dropping off osf semi's. I pull off the thruway and wake DH up. He takes over driving and by the time we hit SC, I have had enough, find a hotel, we will start back out at 6am. So we stop in St. George and find a hotel at 11:30pm( one word yuck!) We all manage to sleep until 5:30. We get up , get cleaned up and start out again!

    I promise, it does get better, but we all need a little melodrama to start a trip!

    First full day to follow!
     
  4. Momof2princess

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    Great start to your TR:thumbsup2 I can't wait to read all about the adventures your family surley had.

    I love the Dr. Mickey comment....how true:wizard:
     
  5. momofdbsdc

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    Friday, April 20

    Today is our first official day of vacation! Yeah! We are back on the road and heading towards Disney!!! We have to make a pit stop in Daytona to visit my grandfather though. I really wanted to go right to Disney as we are staying onsite at the POR tonight (I know, I am mean not wanting to stop and see DGF), but I decide that we can stop for a couple of hours. I have never seen my DGF condo and it is right on the beach. I figure we can be out by 2 at the lateset. Yeah Right! DGF's wife and him had other ideas!!! We ended up getting out of there by 4:30pm. They wanted us to stay for dinner, but I politely had to decline as I still had to activate my AP and then check in at POR. I wan't to soak in all the Disney on-site magic I could , since we are checking into our condo at Windsor Hills tomorrow.

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    We arrive at POR by 6:30 after a quick stop at DTD . No line at check in, this is awesome, I should be in my room in 15 mins. Well, I had a new CM!He had to keep going in back to check with his manager on how to process my my registration. I changed from AAA rate to AP rate. Well, it didn't go as smoothly as I would have liked, but we were in our rooms by 7:15pm. YEAH!!!! We dropped our things off and then went to the food court. Here is DH with his, count them 3 separate dinners for HIMSELF!

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    After dinner we walked back to the rooms and went to sleep! It had been a long day and we wanted to enjoy the resort tomorrow!


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  6. momofdbsdc

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    Saturday, April 21

    I am too excited to sleep! I get up and get ready for our day of exploring the resort and DTD until we have to leave for Windsor Hills! After I am dressed the kids have breakfast in the room and then we head out to get the old folks coffee! We had had a problem with our room key the evening before, so I head to the front desk to try to get it worked out. I get a seasoned CM who has it fixed in 5 minutes! Yeah!!! After check in, I was a little nervous. We are off to go fishing at the fishing hole!

    We fished for an hour. I believe that it was $26 for the hour. $13 and change for 1/2 hour for the 6 kids, not bad! Two of the kids caught fish. They were sooo excited!
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    The fish were soo tiny, but the kids didn't care! Adter the hour was up, we decided to go to the pool. It was in the 70's today, but it felt cool for some reason. (I think I have lost my mind, because when I left Buffalo it was 46, it should feel like a heat wave!!!)The kids loved the pool!!!

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    Dh took the older kids to the pool with the slides while I stayed at the kiddie pool with the 2 younger children. We did eventually join them.

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    After some fun in the sun, which was becoming increasingly cooler as the clouds moved in, we decided to change our clothes and head to DTD for something to eat and to look around. We tool the boat from POR to DTD. It was awesome not having to drive or hop on a bus! And we all got to sit near one another, not an easy task with 8 people!


    As soon as we arrive the children start begging for Mc Donald's, so I send DH there with them, while I b-line it to The Earl of Sandwich to get The All american sandwich that I have been craving since our last visit! My oldest son, Dakota, decides to join me. He gets the Best BLT. ( Which he said was awesome!) After we get our sandwiches, we head over to Mc D's to meet up with the rest of the troops! They are in chicken nugget heaven! And Dh is in Burger heaven as he has ordered 2 double cheeseburgers, huge fries and a large shake!! The man kills me, he eats and eats and doesn't gain an ounce, I watch him eat and gain 5 lbs! DTD is hopping today, so after looking around a bit, we decide to take the boat back to POR. We arrive back around 5pm, so we load the kids in the van to head off to our home for the next 2 weeks, Windsor Hills.



    Here are some of the departing shots of POR (I loved this place even though we were only there one evening!!!)
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    Here is our new home from home for the next 2 weeks though!

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    This is the same condo that we stayed in last year and I absolutely adore! So do the children. We are checked into Windsor Hills by 5:30 pm, now it is time to unpack. I get all of the kids situated in their rooms. I sneak my gown and DH suit into the girls room to hang in their closet! SSSHHH!!! DH won't find out about the surprise VR until tomorrow when we go to the Coral Reef for lunch!

    Chores are done, kids are bathed and put in bed...It is now time to sit on the verandah and have a cocktail!!! A perfect ending to a perfect day!!!!




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  7. OhMari

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    Hi,
    One picture confuses me, your parting shot of POR, are those buildings over on the Bayoo side, I stayed on the Mansion side and all the buildings were white.

    Plus, where you at the main pool, or a quiet pool. When me and dh stayed, we found a quiet pool, but it didn't have a slide. I was just wondering, because I thought the main pool had lifeguards, or do they put that sign up when there are none on duty.

    Last question, are you from Buffalo NY?
     
  8. Renee1061

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    Kim, I just found your trip report!

    I'm sorry I haven't answered your e-mail. Lindsay & I enjoyed the cruise so much!! Thanks again for sharing it with us. And no, Dakota did not talk our ears off!
     
  9. momofdbsdc

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    Hi OhMari,

    We stayed in Acadian House on the Mansion side. They weren't all white any more. I remeber a taupe color and a mint color. We were at the main pool. It did have life guards the whole time we were there.

    And yes, we are from the Buffalo area.
     
  10. momofdbsdc

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    Hi Renee! I am sooo glad that your ears are still intact, that boy can talk up a storm!:rotfl: Also DH was a little wound up from the whole day!!!! I thought he was having a little too much fun with the driver of the boat!:confused3 :lmao:

    I can't wait to read your trip report!
     
  11. Hollywoodhaha

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    Cute Pictures. I love that pool.


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    Thank you to everyone for all of the nice comments! I am trying to update this in between work and homeschooling the children, so it is taking me a bit! I promise the VR itself will be coming, but today is the lead-up! The big surprise revealed!!!

    Sunday, April 22 EPCOT
    I was awake by 5:30, so I decided what the heck, get up and get ready!!! I get DH and children up around 7am, I want to get to the park for rope drop, MOVE IT!!!

    We arrive at the turn stiles by 8:30, YAAHHOOO! I actually accoplished being there before the park actually opened! This is not an easy task with 6 children and does not happen often on our magical journey. Today is Earth Day and they are handing out buttons for everyone. We all put them on and then participate in the big countdown. We gat through the turnstiles and head towards Test Track. I know Mike suggest
    Soarin' , but my children are TT junkies and have requested that this be the first ride of their vacation! So off we go! After RD, DH takes the 5 of the children on , while I grab FP's to use later. We ride TT 4 times before 9:30, the kids are pumped!

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    After Test Track, no one was interested in MS so we skip it and begin to explore. They have an area where they are allowing children to paint, so off my children go to create their masterpieces! My DD spots the butterfly house and begs to go through it once they are done painting. Not a problem! So off we go to visit natures beautiful creatures! This is one of their favorites! They went through it last year and have been talking about it ever since!

    By the time we are done, the WS is open, so off to Mexico we go! They all want to stop at the Kidcot station to make masks. There is also one of the fun email stations there, so we send grandma a bunch of goofy emails. When they finally finish, it is time to go on the Three Cabaleros ride! They think that it is hilarious!!! After the ride, everyone decides that they are hungry! I know lets go to Norway for a snack!

    We arrive in Norway and hit the Kringla for snacks! I have read so much about the School Bread that I must have one! (Even though, I am not overly fond of coconut!) So we order cinnamon rolls, school bread and chocolate cake. AAALLL were soooo delicious! YUMMMOOO!!! After our snack, I send DH on the Maelstrom with any children that want to go. I always loved this ride, they thought it was ok. Oh Well!

    Two of the boys have requested that we go to Japan for Pokemon cards today. All right boys, but I need to be at thhe Coral Reef by 2pm, I have a big surprise planned and Pokemon will not mess it up!!! So we walk to the ferry boats, and take it to Morocco. We get to Japan in no tiime and I find the cards right away!Way to go mom!I have been studying for this trip for a year and it has definitely paid off! Now lets choose what packs we want...this takes longer than the boat ride! They finall choose what they want and we head back to the ferry boat.

    We head towrds the Living Seas, It is only 1:15, so we decide to ride the new Nemo ride. It was a 15 min.wait and we have time. They all thought that it was cute.

    Ok guys,lets go check in for our lunch ADR. My palms are beginning to sweat! Will it all work out, will be react the way that I want him to?!?!? I check in at the podium. Not a problem everything is set. I go back to stand with DH and children to wait, when suddenly a gentleman approaches DH and asks him to step to the desk!!!! UHOH!! I think there is a mistake and they think he has set up the surprise!!! What to do??: I have my trusty notebook, and rush up, oh honey, let me handle this, he probably just wants to reconfirm Adr #'s!!! But he mentioned something about surprise... What are you up to? Nothing dear, just GGGOOO back and stand by the kids!!! So I procede to confirm everything with the restaraunt manager (whom by the way did not look old enough to shave!)

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    We are seated a few minutes later at a wonderful table near the tank. What a gorgeous view! I have never been here before.I think our servers name was Sergio? I can't find my notes right now!! He was FABULOUS!!!! He helps us place our orders and is off. My DH is very suspicious and keeps asking me what I am up to! My palms are really sweating now!!! Help! About 15 mins. into our magical journey at the CR, my children notice a diver swimming towards the window! OOOHHH my gosh, this is it! Now my stomach is in knots. Look he has a sign! What does it say? Eric Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary Love, Kim! AAAWWEE! Everyone is clapping, hubby gives me kiss! So this is what you were up to? Well not really, give it a minute! In what seems like an eternity, the diver finally flips the sign! It reads " Eric, Will You Marry Me Again? Kim" He has tears in his eyes!! This is great! He replies "Of course I would." He still didn't understand though, so I explain to him the plans for the next day. Sergio and the manager come up and ask him what his answer is and he replies "Yes!". They announce it to all of the other guests and proced to congratulate us and take pictures of us. Everyone claps again ang congratulates us once more. WHEW!!! What a relief that is over and his reaction was a good one. Why, I worried, I am not sure, it's not like he was going to say no...well, at least not say "No" and live to talk about it! Our lunchwas wonderful! The food was fabulous!!! I was also nervous about this, because I had read so many mixed reviews. To commemorate the occasion, the restraunt manager had Sergio give us a complimentary bottle of champagne and a beautiful dessert!!! It was a truly magical experience!

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    After I paid the bill ( they forgot to take off my DDE discount, but I didn't say anything , since they were sooo wonderful to us), we headed out of EPCOT. My oldest son had rquested that we stop at Target, since a game that he had wanted was being released today. ( I work for Target, I really don't want to go there on my vacation!) Oh well, I need to get some groceries anyway, so off to Super Target we go! He gets his game, I get groceries and Dh buys a necklace he has been wanting.

    What a great day we had! We got everything accomplished at EPCOT that we had planned ! And we were renewing our vows tomorrow!!!! PHEW!!! I need another cocktail on the verandah, after I give the kids a bath and do laundry!!Mom's never get a complete vacation, I guess!!!
     
  13. momofdbsdc

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    Happy Mother's Day Everyone!!! I am off to work, so I will try to post the Vow Renewal tomorrow! Have a great day!!!!:wizard:
     
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    Monday, April 23 Vow Renewal Day



    I don't know why I can do this on vacation, but not at home, I am once again wide awake at 5:30 am! So, out of bed I roll and start the coffee. I decide to turn on the news and fold laundry! How romantic!!!



    At 7:00, I begin to wake up the rest of the clan. After DH is awake and has had a cup of coffee, it is time for me to jump in the shower and get ready. I had set out the boys clothes the evening before, so DH can help them get dressed. The girls and I are getting ready in their room, which has a bathroom right off of it! I lock the doors, so we won't be disturbed. We need to leave the condo by 8:45, since the girls have an appointment to get their hair done at the BBB.



    Once we are dressed, we unlock the doors and let the boys see how we look. They approve! So, out the door we go. It takes a few minutes to load 6 children and to get myself in the van without getting my gown dirty! DH has put a sheet on my seat to make sure that I don't get dirty. I had considered getting a limo, but decided to spend the money on a Wishes Cruise instead!



    We arrive at DTD and get the girls to their appointment with time to spare. The BBB is packed! The girls are both called within minutes and "Yeah" they are seated next to one another! I let them pick whichever hair do they want. Weird, but they choose the same boring bun style hair do! I would have chosen the Pop Diva for myself!!! But hey, it is their hair! Maybe next time!!!

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    When the girls are done we head over to the photo center. I have a coupon for a free 5x7 from our BBB sitting, that I printed off AP website. I pick out a photo of Ashleigh and then I let Savannah choose a picture for herself. After we get our photos, everyone is famished and we still have time. The kids vote for where else... Mc Donald's of course! The looks that we received walking into Mc D's al dressed up were priceless! Ok everyone, please manage to eat without wearing your food!!! At least until the VR is over! They all do a great job!

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    We ar supposed to be at the chapel by 11:45. It is only 10:45, so we alk around and take some pictures around DTD. We head out at about 11:15 am. I have an idea of where we are headed, but not exactly sure. We arrive at the chapel in about 20 minutes. We are a little early, but they are ready for us!



    The girls and I choose our bouquets and Dh gets a boutenierre. The children are assigned their jobs for the ceremony! Dakota will be the best man, Dalton and Cameron will be the ring bearers, Savannah and Ashleigh will be flower girls and Brandon gets to give me away. It is all sooo perfect! As a family we have had a rough couple of years due to Ashleigh's illness and continuing therapy, but today everything is about all of us as a family, not just DH and myself. It affirms to the children not only how much we still love one another, but how much we love each and every one of them!



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    When the ceremony is over, our oldest DD has tears in her eyes. she goes on about how romantic it is that we still love one another. Bless her little heart!! We all high 5 one another and give hugs and kisses! Now the fun part, taking pictures with 6 kids!!! I am sure that all you parents out there know what I am talking about, especially if you have more than one child... trying to get everyone to smile and look at the camera at the same time is almost impossible!!! It was fun though!!!



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    When everything is over, we bid our farewells to Barb and Jay who own the chapel and to Heidi (their office assistant, whom by the way use to work for Disney , huh hmm, can anyone say Mickey Mouse...that is all I can write with children in the room!!!



    We have decided to rest for the afternoon at the condo before the evening activities. We get back to Windsor Hills and the girls and I take our gowns off, so they won't get wrinkled or dirty. The kids want to play video games. OK. DH and I sit out on the verandah and you guessed it have a cocktail! We have to drive later so only one! I just love sitting out there and relaxing!!! I wish I was there right now!!!



    We start to get dressed once again at 3pm. We have an ADR for 1900 Park Fare at 4:30. We arrive at the Grand Floridian at 4:15. I tell DH to valet the van, since I have DDE card it is free. What a riot this is with an 89 Chevy Van from the north! Anyone who lives in snow country knows what I am talking about! The salt that is used during the winter eats metal! The van is in decent shape, but it does have rust! Dh drops us off in front of the GF and tells the valet attendant not to chip the rust!He is sooo weird sometimes!



    We check in for our ADR and I make sure that they have marked on our ADR that I ordered a cake. They have, all is good! The fairy godmother hasn't arrived yet, the cildren are wondering where she is. They remember her in the foyer from last year. We are seated in a few minutes. OOpps they try to put us at a table for 6, uuummm hello, there are 8 of us! Not a probmel they pull over a couple more chairs and place settings. The children love the mac and cheese here! They could eat a boat load of it! The food is good as usual. The charcters, especiall the mice, are great! This is Ashleigh's first big test with the characters! She would not let them within 3 feet of her last year. We are all cringing when they walkup...but guess what, she loves them this year!!!! YEAH!!! I have scheduled a few characters meals and was prepared to cancel if she was going to flip! We get to go to them!!!

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    After dinner,our server, I believe her name was Carol, brings out our cake. It is very cute. I thought that it was a little dry, but everyone else loves it! The only problem is, for some reason the bakery didn't put it on the gold cardboad that they normally do, but instead they placed it right on the silver platter. It made it quite difficult for poor Carol to put it in the box, sdo we could take the rest of it with us!



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    We pay our bill and get ready to leave . The Fairy Godmother has arrived in the foyer, so we stop for a visit with her. We decide to drive the cake back to the condo, so our Mickey and Minnie won't melt in the van. It is only 6:30 and we don't need to be on the dock at the Polynesian until 9pm, for our Wishes Cruise. After we drop the cake off, we head to the Polynesian to explore the hotel and to have a cocktail at the Tambu Lounge. Can you say Lapu Lapu?! OOHHH so YUMMY! The kids bed to look in the gift shops so we roam around and explore, before we head down to the dock.



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    We meet up with the others from our party. Hi Renee and Lindsey, if you are reading this!!!! Our driver arrives about 15 min. after we get to the dock. He has towls set on the seats, which is great, since I was worried about getting my gown dirty. He needs to drive the boat back to the Contemporary to pick up our snacks, since they weren't ready when he left. We saw Smee and Captain Hook on the Grand Gatherings boat as we pull up to the Contemporary! It looked as if all were having a blast. Our driver was fabulous! My husband was all riled up ( I think it was the sugar from the cake!), and they were both goofing off and just haveing an all around good time. Poor Renee and Lindsey were seated up front with my 2 oldest sons. Lets just say, my oldest son, can talk and talk and TALK!!! Renee has assured me that they both still can hear though! I was worried that he may have damaged their ear drums with all of his talking!



    We were driven around the Seven Seas Lagoon before Wishes began. This cruise is sooo much fun and sooo worth the extra cost. We had a blast! I managed to get the boat with the music piped in. The sound system was awesome! Once we parked and Wishes began,it was unbelievable!!! The show was great!!! Words can't describe it! It is of course soo magical to be in the parks watching it, but to be able to enjoy it without the crowds and to reallly watch the looks on our childrens faces... it was priceless!!! I loved watching as Savannah closed her eyes to make a wish!!! IT WAS AWESOME!!! Can you tell that I liked it!



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    When we got back to the Polynesian, we bid Renee and Lindsey farewell, and off we went, back to our rusty van, and back to our home from home! It was a wonderful and magical day!!!! It turned out better than I could have expected!!!



    As we were approaching the condo though,DH mentions that he feels something sticking on the van??!! I get out when we get to the condo, uumm dear, I smell brakes burning! Well at least the problem didn't occur until the end of the evening! More on theat in the next installment!
     
  15. Renee1061

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    I am reading, and Hi!! I am enjoying your trip report so much. The pictures of the vow renewal are beautiful! Tell everyone we said Hello!!
     
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    Tuesday, April 24



    Well, our original plan for today was to celebrate Brandon's 11 th birthday at Chef Mickey's and then spend the afternoon at AK. Remember the burning smell of brakes from the previous evening?! DH works on cars, thank goodness, so he got up early to look at the van. Plans must be changed! A caliper has seized on the van and must be replaced ASAP! I have to cancel Chef Mickey's!!! What, I have had this ADR for 6 months!!! It is my favorite charachter meal!!! I am sooo disappointed! Luckily, the children did not know about the ADR as it was a surprise for them. So I call Disney Dining as soon as I know it must be done. The CM on the other line says that there are no openings for the rest of our trip!!!( Side note, I do call everyday, 3x a day)



    DH then goes to the front office to ask about auto part stores in the area and taxi services to get there. He ends up going to Advanced Auto. The van service there and back ran about $45.



    He fixes the van and is done and cleaned up by 2pm. (He also had to run back to the auto part store to return the core's.) Well, what should we do now? Go to Ak? No, it is too late and I am lazy!!! Let's go hang out by the poll and order a pizza tonight! Everyone is happy with this idea, so off we go! It really was a nice relaxing afternoon! Even if it was a crink in our plan! But the saga of trying to get an ADR for Chef Mickey's continues...(Enter Star Wars theme here!)



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    Tomorrow MGM and Typhoon Lagoon!
     
  17. wdwgirl03

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    Aww, the vow renewal ceremony sounds like it was so nice! How cool that everyone in the family got to participate!
     
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    Wednesday, April 25



    Today we were at MGM at rope drop. Off we went, I was the FP runner for RNRRC while the rest of the group(the ones that were tall and brave enough, that is!) went ton TOT! The lines for RNRRC were huge due to the fact that the ride was down!!!So, I grabbed our FP and then went to the back side of TOT to wait for the rest of our brave riders. The kids got bored, so we headed into the gift shop to look around. After we saw that the brave riders had survived we were off to RNR. The window for our FP wasn't open yet, so DH and oldest son were off to the single rider line. They were through in no time! And guess what we ...we could use our FP's! Yeah!!! After all 8 FP's were used, off we went!



    We had lunch ADR's for the Prime Time at 11:15. We still had time, so we headed over to see Ariel! We walked in, just in time for the next show! Everyone loved this show. I was impressed that my 5 yo DS, remembered everything from the year before, and told me what was coming beforee it did! He was sooo funny!



    When Ariel was over, we decided to check into PTC for lunch. We were a little early, but were seated right away! Our server was...well...interesting!Not really in character, but interesting! That is all, I am going to say on that! We saw our server from last year, he had been a hoot...too bad we didn't get him again! The food was very good. The kids all enjoyed their meals and ice cream sundaes!



    After lunch, we were off to Star Tours. I grabbed FP and then we got in line. I knew that they wanted to ride this at least 2x! After our trip to Endor, we looked around the gift shop and then on we went again! DD who is 3 loved this ride! She was sooo funny! We saw Darth with his troopers when we got off the second time! My kids had participated in the Jedi Training program last year! They were disappointed that it was only going on during the Star Wars Weekend this year!!!



    I had planned on leaving the park after Star Tours, but everyone begged to go to The Muppet Show, so off we went! They always laugh hysterically at this show, so it was well worth it!



    After the Muppets...we were out of here! We trekked it back to the van( With it's brand new calipers! ) And we were off to cool down at Typhoon Lagoon!!! What a blast! I hadn't been here since I was in my early 20's! Let's just say. I am somewhat more mature, agewise that is! What a blast!!! The kids loved the wave pool. Oldest son, became a bit sulky after a while... he is a teenager, so this scenerio will repeat itself! The other kids had a blast, while he sat around with me and Ashleigh (who had fallen asleep in her stroller at this point.) DH took the rest of the kids on the water slides, while we found a spot in the shade.



    There were some interesting people there. While resting in the shade with teenage son and sleeping daughter, this woman in her 50's proceded to put on her bra and change tinto the rest of her clothes right next to us!!!! The bathroom was 10 feet away! Hello, what in the world are you doing! She tried to not show body parts, but it was still extremely tacky!!! I ended up moving away from the area, after she didn't take the hints that I was giving her, that it was totally inapproopriate!



    I met back up with Dh and we headed towards Crush and Gusher. We played in the waiting pool, while everone else went on the slides. Oldest DS was still sulking! After a few rides on crush and gusher, the park was closing so off we went again! It was time to go back to the condo to relax and get ready for American Idol!



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  19. momofdbsdc

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    Okay, I have been looking forward to this day my whole life!!! Dreaming of it since the first time my mom brought me here when I was 8 yo! The girls and I are getting up early to eat breakfast at the Castle!!! I can barely contain myself!!! The one thing that makes me nervous though is parking my husband's HUGE van!!!



    I get up at 5:30 and take my shower! I get the girls up by 6:15. Savannah doesn't want to wear her Princess gown, she instead has chosen to wear the Princess Savannah t-shirt that the nice ladies from the design studio have helped me with! Ashleigh wants to wear her Princess dress! YYEESS!!! So after I get them dressed and their tiaras in, off we go!!!



    I get to the toll plaza as soon as they open. I manage to park the beastly van without hurting anyone else or their vehicle!!!We hop on the monorail and off we go! We get to the MK just as it is opening. It is EMH today (which made me nervous, but it was the only ADR that I could get!) We get through the turnstiles and make our way down Main Street! I just love the Magic Kingdom!!!



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    We check in for our ADR and get into line to meet Cinderella! We are all sooo excited! The girls meet Cinderella and get their photo taken! She is very sweet!



    Now it is time to go upstairs! Our server is very nice and explains to me how the breakfast will work. It is sooo much fun! Breakfast was tasty! Coffee was very good! That is the most important to me at this hour of the morning!!!



    The music sounds and the Princesses arrive!!! OMG!!! The girls ( ok, ok... and I are loving every minute!!!) The Princesses make their rounds and so does the Fairy Godmother. They have the Wishing Star ceremony! The girls still talk about this!!!



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    When we are finished with breakfast it is time to leave the castle! We will definitely return though!!! We head out to Fantasyland. The girls want to ride the carousel! We get on, pick out our horses and take a spin. The Dream Team is their, but they wait until the next group is getting on to hand out the Maical Ears! Oh well! We are already having a magical trip!!! Next we try to hit Peter Pan, but it keeps breaking down. We hop out of line and get on Small World. Ashleigh and Savannah both enjoy this! When we get off, it is time to go to Ariels Grotto. The line is beginning to get long, but it's not too bad. The girls loved Ariel almost as much as they did Cinderella!!!



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    After we say good-bye to Ariel, we walk around a bit more. Savannah would have stayed all day if I had let her, but I told DH that we would be back at the condo no later than 12pm. He's a worrier! Besides, we are returning this evening with the boys! As you will read later, we should have stayed there by ourselves!!! The boys were no fun!!!GGGRRR!!!



    We say good-bye to the Magic Kingdom and head back to the beast of a van. We get back to the condo and join the boys, who are swimming. DH couldn't find the sunscreen! Hello, Mc Fly, it was under the sink in the bathroom!!! Well, the boys have been in the pool for about 45 mins, and I can already see pink!I get sunscreen on them and we continue to have fun by the pool!



    We have an ADR for the Crystal Palace this evening at 5:45 pm. We were supposed to celebrate Brandon's birthday on Tuesday at Chef Mickey's but since that didn't work out, we get him his birthday button today! We arrive at Crystal Palace. It is very crowded, but we are seated within 10 minutes. Tjis is usually one of our favorites, but tonight just doesn't seem to be a good night! Our server was, well he was ok. The food was very good!



    During the course of dinner, my 7 yo was eating his mac and cheese with 2 spoons. I didn't care DH didn't care....but DS (13) decided it was his job to YELL at his little brother, because he found this to be unacceptable!!! UH-OH!!! This did not go over well with me, I gave him the Look!Well DH really didn't appreciate him yelling at his DB and gets really angry!!This was not good!!! I guess the 2 boys had been fighting all morning and then more at the pool , so this was the last straw!!! Happy Birthday Brandon! 3 people at our table look miserable now!!! Well, Brandon does get his cupcake and we sing for him. He is too full to eat it, so we put it in a Disney cup, pay our bill and leave.



    The tension is thick. DS(13) is in pout mode for the next 2 hours!!! We ride the Big Thunder Mountain, HM,SM and the Tea Cups. DS -13 goes on the Tea Cups 1 time and is more miserable than ever, at this point, I am ready to blow!!! This is supposed to be a magical night and the boys in my life are driving me insane!!!! I finally lose it! We are leaving, forget Spectro and Wishes! The 2 of you( DH and DS 13) have driven me to the brink!!!This is the most magical place on the face of the Earth, I have planned every aspect of this trip and the 2 of you can't get along tonight for some reason!!!!!!



    This was probably a bad decision, since people are lining up for Spectro and Main Street is insane! We finally make our way out of the park and onto the ferry boat. DS is still pouting DH and I are not speaking!!! What fun!!! I really need a drink tonight!!!!



    What started out as a magical day has turned into a really yucky night! I am so angry with the 2 of them, I was convinced that night, that I would never bring the 2 of them to Disney again! Just the rest of us would return!!



    Will I let them return to Disney only time!!! I had my drink and went to bed.
     
  20. momofdbsdc

    momofdbsdc momofdbsdca

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    Friday, April 27



    After the fun from last night, we all slept in a little bit this morning. My son did get up in the morning and apologize. I had gotten over the whole episode and put it behind me. (DH was quiet most of this day though, since he didn't want to say the wrong thing!Can you say "Build a bridge and get over it!" , I had and his quiet mood led me to believe he was still angry...but he wasn't , and we did manage to get this all straightened out by mid-afternoon!)



    This morning , we had breakfast reservations at the WCC. Our server was George and he was wonderful with the kids! They always love this restraunt. It was a little quieter than normal in there, but I so love the Wilderness Lodge!!! I think that we may have to spend a couple of nights here on our next trip! (it's for my 40th birthday, so why not live a little!!! We got the skillet and most of the kids had either pancakes or french toast. It was all very yummy!!!!



    After we left WCC, we were off the the Animal Kingdom. This is oldest DS's favorite park! He adores animals!!! On the other hand, DH and I are not overly fond of this park. Logistically, I find it difficult to navigate. I am not sure why, but I do!



    We arrived and the first thing that we did was to go see The Lion King! I love this show!! If we didn't see it first thing, I knew that we wouldn't make it back!! Once they are at the rides, it is oh so hard to get them to the shows!



    After LK, we decided to head to Dinoland. It had some rides that everyone could enjoy! I took the little ones on Triceratops ride. They enjoyed it. Primeval Whirl was next. They all LOVE this ride!!! DH was still in quiet mode at this time, so he was letting me go on all of the rides! Oh well, his loss!!!



    We the walked towards Everest. The FP were gone, so we decided to try back later as the wait was 60min. We decided to wait for Kali though. Fp were gone for this ride also and the wait was 40 min, but the kids were begging to go on it, so I took all 6 kids and we stood in line. DH was going to find a spot to sit in the shade and have a cigarette. It gave him about an hour away from us though! We were soaked when we got off the ride! What fun!!! Ashleigh was a little unsure at first, but she enjoyed it after the first soaking!!!



    Next, we were off to see the MT. I would try to spell it, but know that I would probably mess it up! The kids loved the bats and tigers!!! We probably spent about 45 mins in there.



    After we got out, we decided to get slushies and watch part of the parade. Dh was finally speaking once again!!! Yeah!!! After the parade we decided to head towards EE again! The sign says 20 min. Let's give it a try! DS 7, is begging to go on. OK, lets go. He is the only one that wants to go on. DH and the rest of the kids wait in a shady spot for us. The wait was only 10 min!!! We get on, I warn DS what to expect at certain times. HE LOVES IT!!!! It is now his favorite coaster!



    After EE, we decide to check in early for our dinner ADR at RFC. My ADR was for 6:15, we checked in at 5:30, the hostess said that it would be about a 10 min wait! Yeah!! Everyone is hot and hungry!! They sat us right be the bathrooms, which was also a good thing! The food was good as usual. The noise level in this place, does make me a little crazy at times though!



    After dinner, we decide to take a leisurely walk back to the van! We had to burn off some of the food we ate! DH is talking to a CM for a portion of the walk (he was just getting out of work) .



    Tonight, we are going to go to the pool for a bit to cool down and then go to bed early! Tomorrow we are going to the MK for rope drop!!!



    Oh yeah, guess what!!! I called DD when I got back to the condo!! BINGO!!! Breakfast adr's for a party of 8 have opened for Monday morning!!!! YEAH!!!! Only problem is that weare supposed to go to LeCellier that day at 2:50. Chef Mickey's was for 10:20, there was nooo way that we were going to be hungry by then. CM checks for a later ADR at LeCellier, but there are none, so I tell her to cancel LeC. But YEAH!!! We are going to CM"s!!!!!



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  21. momofdbsdc

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    Saturday, April 28



    We have a very busy day planned! Come on everyone get up!!! We have to be at the Magic Kingdom by rope drop!!! Move it! Children and DH up and dressed, neck coolers and water bottles packed! Lets go, go , go! Time to get in the van!



    We get to the Mk and through security. AARGH! (I am practicing my Pirate speak, as we are going to see Pirates this afternoon!!!Yeah!!! Sorry off topic!!) We missed the opening ceremony, but we are still doing well!!! We take some photos in front of the Castle and then off to Space Mountain we go!!! Dalton has requested this as the first ride! I grab FP's and then head into the gift shop to wait with Ashleigh, Dakota and Brandon. They didn't want to go on yet. They look around the arcade and play a few games. The rest of our party joins us and they all play a few more games.





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    Ok guys, it is time to take the red trail to Toontown. Come on ,we gotta go! I am a mom on a mission!!! We arrive at TT in plenty of time for opening. Now lets go meet some characters. Princesses first please. as their line always seems the longest. Today they have the center aisle filled with Chip and Dale greeting the kids while they wait in line! What a great idea!!! It kept them all happy! We finall make it into the Princess's Royal Chamber! Let me mention now, that Dalton does not like Princesses, they are for girls only and he wants nothing to do with them! He will not get into the family shots, he will not talk to them. ( He did say "Hi" to Cinderella at dinner on Monday, but he was only being polite as she said "Hi" to hime first!) This is an important tid bit. CM handling the Princess room also takes note of this fact! As the rest of us greet the princesses, Dalton just waits by the photographers. We meet Snow White & Cinderella. Next is Belle. As we wait our turn to meet Belle, the handler comes over to confer with DH for a moment. He verfies Dalton's name and then goes up and whispers into Belle's ear!! We all, except Dalton, go up to greet Belle. As we are getting ready to have our photos snapped, Belle interjects and says " Dalton, oh Dalton, we can't take a photo without you! " She procedes to chase him around the room! He tries hiding behind the photographer, who jumps out of the way!!! It was hysterical to say the least, except he is sooo angry that he looks as if he could cry! She leaves him alone after a minute, and comes back to take the photo with us. The handler is cracking up!!! Poor Dalton!It must be rough having a gorgeous girl chase you around the room ! I am sure his brother would not have minded so much!!



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    As we leave the room and get ready to get in the next line, Dalton proceeds to inform us of just how angry he is! He gets over it quickly, as we try to empathise with him, and then start laughing again whenever he isn't looking!! Sorry Dalton, but it was funny!!! The rest of the chracter meet and greets went smoothly.



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    Next we rode the Barnstormer. after that be left TT and took the red path back to SM. Our FP times had come up, so this time everyone except Ashleigh and I rode. Brandon, who generally is afraid of rides, has suddenly decided that he likes rollercoasters! Yeah! After today, the only coaster he won't ride is RNRRC. Not bad considering last trip he would only ride Big Thunder Mountain. Next we head to the Tea Cips. This is one of their favorites! Ok, off to Buzz! Everyone loves this one!! Next it is time to go to the Laugh Factory!!! They LOVED this!!!It was sooo funny!



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    Ok guys, I have a surprise set for the girls. Originally DH was supposed to take the boys to DQ, while I took the girls to the afternoon tea at the GF. He decides that he is uncomfortable separating, so they take the monorail with us to the GFThe boys go to eat at Gasparilla's while I wait in the lobby with the girls. There is a bride getting her photos done in the lobby! How gorgeous.! It is time to check in for tea though. Let's go girls! I order both girls the children's plate (Mrs. Potts, I believe it was called.) While I had strawberries and cream! Yum! They bring the girls chocolate mil in their tea server! They loved it!! Next our server asks if I am ready for their surprise. You bet! She brings out the glass slipper dessert that I had ordered them. It was so gorgeous! ALMOST too pretty to eat! It tasted yummy!



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    When we are done, we meet up with the boys in the lobby. We decide to go back to the condo to rest for awile before we head to DQ. It was a hot day, so this was a good idea. We went swimming for awhile and then got cleaned up around 7pm. DQ is open until 12 am, so we have some time. We have never been to DQ before. It was a blast!!! My DH loves the old Donkey Kong, so he was hooked. The kids loved it all! Can you say sensory overlode!!! They discover Virtual Space Mountain!! They are still talking about this! It was one of their favorites of the whole trip!!! We close DQ and head back to the condo,. It has been a jam packed, fun day! This is how it is supposed to be!!! This is why I love Disney soooo much! It was a magical trip once again!!!



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