Mom/Daughter Birthday Celebration: Lots of Firsts and Laughs! (Update 3-18-13)

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  1. MelMel11

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  3. BABY_EINSTEIN'S_MOM

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    Sounds great so far! We were there during this time as well!
     
  4. alice99

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    I am loving this trip report! It is simple and sweet with nice photos!
     
  5. heaven2dc

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    What a great trip you are having already! The room at Best Western looks really nice and has a great view! I loved the pic of your lunch at Caseys - what kind of hot dog was that? It looked yummy :love:
     
  6. mousetravel

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    Thanks! We seen her last year, but didn't even know who she was!


    I know, I want to go back, too!

    I know, I'm surprised the wait times were so short!


    Thanks for joining my TR!


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    Welcome to my TR!


    Thanks!


    Thank you!

    It was a BBQ slaw dog. It was a standard hot dog, with BBQ (pulled pork kind, I think) and slaw on top, then topped with BBQ sauce. DD ordered that, but probably only ate about half of it. (It's huge!) I had a few bites of it, and it was really good!!
     
  7. mousetravel

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    DD had the idea to watch the parade from a different angle, where the train stop is at the front of the park.
    So we headed up the steps and rest for a bit until the parade started.



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    I'm glad we viewed it from up there, because it was such a good view, and without fighting the crowds.

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    After the parade, we went over to check the wait times for pics with Mickey. It was only a 5 minute wait, so we quickly got in line.

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  8. mousetravel

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    As we came out from seeing Mickey, we could tell it was about to rain!


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    We were quickly trying to make our way over to Tomorrowland and figure out the best place to take cover!
     
  9. mousetravel

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    We thought the TTA would be a good place to try to get out of the rain, until it started to rain "sideways" !! :lmao: So we did get a little wet!

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    Coming off of the TTA, it was pouring rain, so we ran over to BuzZ Lightyear ride. We weren't worried about the wait time, we just wanted a dry spot to stand in! But it wasn't too bad, being only about 20 minute wait.


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    Always have that serious look on these pics!! :rotfl:

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    After Buzz Lightyear, the rain had cleared, but it was very hot & humid, so we thought we'd take a break and come back later.

    A few pics along the way:

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    We decided to go get a Dole Whip before we left:


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    We left MK and went back to the hotel to rest. By the time we got there, it started raining again. DD took a nap for about 2 hours, and I dozed off for about an hour. After some much needed rest, and cooling off, we decided to make our Wal-Mart run to get some drinks, snacks, and some toiletry stuff. (It was still raining). By the time we took our stuff to the room, it had cleared up, so we went back to MK.


    We went straight to Space Mountain, where it was a 20 minute wait.


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    That's about the only ride we did after going back. We just walked around for a while until time for the Memories show by the castle. We watched that, then decided to head out before the fireworks show got started. I really didn't want to fight the huge crowds after the fireworks!!

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    Next up: Animal Kingdom Day (DD's birthday), Visiting Art of Animation, and DTD

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  10. mousetravel

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    Update on our Lion King on Broadway trip!



    It was very hot today, and I was just dreading being out in the heat, but we got on the road about an hour & a half before show time. We arrived, got a fairly decent parking spot, but still had to walk a good bit. It reached 106 degrees today and I was glad to get inside!! We got some snacks, shopped at the little merchandise stands, and made a restroom stop before the show.


    It was a great show!!! Fantastic, Amazing, Wonderful!!!!!
    We LOVED it!!


    I had to share some of our pics!!


    A few pics before we went in



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    I tried to get some pics of the merchandise

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    I didn't get any pics of the show since it's strictly enforced about not allowing pics inside, but I did get a quick pic to show where we were seating. We had really good seats!


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    More pics on the way out. And I just love the downtown area there. It's so pretty!


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    Afterwards, we went out to eat, and headed home, ready to get out of the heat!! We had a great time! It was such a wonderful show, definately the best I've ever seen!!!!


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  11. Pinkocto

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    I'm glad you enjoyed the show! What fun :)

    Great parade viewing spot, I'll have to remember that.

    Dole Whips :cloud9:
     
  12. mousetravel

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  13. mousetravel

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    Animal Kingdom Day and DD's 17th Birthday!!









    I chose AK for our park day on DD's birthday, mainly because she LOVES Tusker House and I wanted to have breakfast there for her B-Day!

    We arrived at AK a little after opening, and headed straight toward Tusker House.




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    A few pics along the way:


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    Passing the time for a few minutes, we went over to the gift shop across from Tusker House. They had some cute new merchandise designs:

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    We also went over to the Safari, to get fast passes. Then arrived back at Tusker House a little early, but we were seated right away!


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  14. mousetravel

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    But first, we got our pic with Donald:

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    A few pics from where we were sitting:


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    Time for food!!!!!!


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    And characters making their rounds:


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    A CM brought DD a birthday cupcake & B Day card:


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    Since the characters had came for pics, we could relax and enjoy more food!!

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    But then Daisy came back around, and I told her that we already got pics with her, but she pointed at DD's birthday stuff, then had her get up, and strike a pose with her!! Too cute!


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    After our wonderful breakfast, we headed out so we could get to the Safari with our fastpass. A few more pics along the way, and we even seen Devine!!


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    Coming up: More AK :cheer2:
     
  15. Pinkocto

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    Breakfast looks fantastic! I'm currently on my breakfast break at work and would much rather be having those goodies! Love all the character photos :) what an already wonderful birthday morning for DD :)

    That card is such a cute touch!!!
     
  16. jenseib

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    MMM...looks good. We are going to give that a try too this next trip. It looks so empty.
     
  17. mousetravel

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    Breakfast was really good! She loved the card!


    I'm glad you're going to Tusker House! I think you'll enjoy it!!!
     
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    We made our way to Kilimanjaro Safari with our fastpasses. We actually went on this twice that day, and for some reason I got better pics the 2nd time around. But here's a few from this one:


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    We then wanted to make our way toward Festival of The Lion King:

    Loved this:


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    I just LOVE the benches at AK! :rotfl:


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    It was too crowded where the characters were taking pics, so we went ahead and got to the FOTLK, and we were early and 1st in line!


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    So, the CM at the entrance was talking to us, and we were talking about how me & DD always travel there by ourselves, and it being her birthday, etc. He then tells us to go to the exit area and ask for Candace, a CM. We went over that way, then it dawned on me that he may be sending us over there to get in early or be a participant in the show (you know at the beginning where they get people to do the animal noises?). Well I was right. We met with Candace and she asked if we wanted to do it. We are both shy when it comes to stuff like that, so we both said we probably wouldn't want to (I know...we're party poopers! :rotfl2: ). She said that was fine, for us to stay there and we could get in early and get front row seats anyway! I started feeling bad though because I didn't want to take someone's place that might really want to do it. I also told the CM this, and she assured me that it was fine, and we could stay and get the good seats!



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  19. mousetravel

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    I got some really good pics from where we were sitting! And I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show, so I was so excited to have such great seats!!



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    I forgot to mention, but as we were going in, it started raining, and when we came out, it was cleared up! How lucky!! :rotfl:


    DD seen this cute little red bird, and followed it around taking pics:



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    We only got pics this time with Minnie, because the lines were still long:

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    We seen these yummy-looking things that we've never seen before, and decided to get one: A delicious, fresh, fruit salad!!


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    We sat in this nice little, quiet area with a great view!


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    We then made our way to EE, and it was a 25 minute wait, not too bad!!

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    Coming up: More AK!
     
  20. mnrhannah07

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    That fruit salad looks so good!!! I'm scared to ask how much it cost though :rotfl2:
     
  21. emmysmommy

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    I'm joining in! How wonderful to have a mother/daughter trip - and to celebrate your DD's bday! :thumbsup2

    Since I've read your entire review I have a few comments:
    * GREAT idea for viewing the MK parade from the platform! Awesome angle.
    * I've never eaten at Tusker House so I was glad to see your review.
    * We LOVE the Festival of the Lion King - you scored with those amazing seats!

    I'm looking forward to reading more! :)
     

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