My Mother's Day surprise scavenger hunt!! The gift revealed! Pg 5

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  1. mousehouselover

    mousehouselover <font color=blue>Your life is an occasion; rise to

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    Hi everyone; I'm Noni, a huge Disney fan. My DH brought me to WDW for Mother's Day and he put together a little surprise for me. I'm on a scavenger hunt all over the park. I got my first clue from a CM in the Main St art shop. It was an envelope with a clue on it.

    The clue: this place is enchanted and full of wonderment. It recently fell under new management. Everything moves and everything sings and everyone sits in a great big ring.

    Off I went......
     
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    mousehouselover <font color=blue>Your life is an occasion; rise to

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    My first clue led me to the Tiki Room. The CM gave me a lei and made me do the hula before I got the next clue. They even called me by name and I'm not wearing a anything with my name on it.

    The clue: in one of the three mountians the next clue you will find; to make it a bit easier, in this mountian a diamond you might find.

    I'm off to.......
     
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    BTMRR! The CM couldn't have been nicer! She asked if I was having a great time before giving me the clue. I'm so thrilled and excited!! I'm sending posts between clues.

    The next clue is: This ride is annoying, the kids have been here for years. The water can be blue as sapphires but the place can still bring you to tears.

    I'm off again, almost running through the park in my pink and purple Mickey sundress; heading to.....
     
  5. OhMari

    OhMari WDW PreTrip and Trip Moderator Moderator

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    How fun.
    Hope you are heading to "It's a Small World"
     
  6. disneydreamer98

    disneydreamer98 Lifelong Disney Lover

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    What an awesome husband you have! HOW FUN! :woohoo:
     
  7. mousehouselover

    mousehouselover <font color=blue>Your life is an occasion; rise to

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    I was trying to leave updates between clues but my fingers and phone couldn't keep up. My battery is almost dead from the posts and pictures. I'm finished gathering clues but haven't opened the envelopes yet. I need to charge my phone or get my laptop before I can continue. I promise I'll finish the story over the weekend.
     
  8. mousehouselover

    mousehouselover <font color=blue>Your life is an occasion; rise to

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    Good morning DISboards! Now that I have my laptop, I can finish my story. I've decided to go back to the beginning so y'all get the full story.

    Back in March, DH told me he had figured out my Mother's Day celebration. I saw the ADR confirmation on the calendar and didn't think much of it. We moved to the Orlando area 6 mos ago and once a month or so make reservations to dine in the parks or resorts. Two weeks ago DH said we were going to spend the afternoon in MK as part of the festivities. (I :lovestruc:love::lovestruc:love: having an AP!!) I'm going along with everything and have no idea there is something afoot.

    I got up on Sat morning and went off to WDW to support the DIS Muddy Buddy teams. I got to see Chris and Jason come through the mud pit and finish line. Great Job you guys! I found OKWlover and A.Mickey and a few other DISsers whose screen names I don't know.

    The cheering squad:
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    Chris and Jason:
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    I couldn't be there too long because I knew we were headed back to MK after lunch and we still had some errands to run. I went home and DH went out shopping. I still have no idea what's going on and no one would tell me where we were going to have dinner. I thought we're going to CG just because DH said it was going to be special and that I'd love it.
     
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    This is a great adventure! Thanks for posting the link over there, and I'm here for the whole story, you have an amazing husband to do that for you.

    :goodvibes
     
  10. katiebelle21

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    How exciting! I can't wait to see where your hunt lead you!
     
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    can't wait to read more
     
  12. mousehouselover

    mousehouselover <font color=blue>Your life is an occasion; rise to

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    Thanks for checking out my story and continuing to follow along. My Husband is amazing and has made some one of a kind memories for me during our trips to WDW. He know how much I love being there and tries to plan for something special on occasion. This one is going to be hard to top.

    Now, no one asked me if there was anything I wanted to do for my Mother's celebration. DH said he wanted to get to the parks sometime after 2 PM so we wouldn't be there all day and in the heat. I love being in the parks so I like to get there as early as possible but any efforts I made to get my family out the door earlier were futile. I also wanted to go over to the outlet stores as there are a few stores I'd like to go to and my supply of trading pins has been nearly used up. Not being able to get my family going is not exactly unusual so I'm still in the dark about the adventure that was planned for me. Unfortunately, I'm also getting frustrated with them as well.

    I've mentioned DH several times so I suppose I should introduce him. DH is a pretty casual laid back guy. He very rarely hurries about anything because he's working out all the details and contingencies. He adores me and our children. When we started dating, he knew I was a package deal; three kids and two cats included. He has a razor wit and is quite sarcastic. Storytelling and creativity are two of his other gifts. We've been mariied for a little more than 10 years now. We've had our share of ups and downs and spent several years doing little more than surviving. Now that we are in a much better postion, he has tried to make up for all the years that he wasn't able to do anything for me. We are commited parents and the kids have always come first. We would forgo things for ourselves so the could be taken care of. He has worked hard to make sure that my dreams are coming true. First he surprised me with a do over honeymoon, then we bought DVC (SSR) when we brought our kids back for their first real vacation in almost 10 yrs. I got my first AP in Dec 2008 when we made an impromptu trip to the World for his birthday weekend. Our travel plans had included a trip with the kids (to use or DVC for the first time) and a week with friends for our 10th anniversary. Our APs let us add an extra week in Feb for our version of spring break plus additional visits for both of our birthdays. We lived 1000 miles away but APs were the the most cost effective ticket option. We have filled our home with Disney decor, much of which was purchased while we were on vacation. Our move to FL was his idea at first. I wasn't resistant to it as I have dreamt of living down here and would love to work at WDW some day. Here we are at the beginning of our park adventure:
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    This was my kid's idea. They wanted a couple of pictures of us for their cell phone and wouldn't Mom like to have some to commerate her day? (Wink, wink ;) ) You may have picked up on the fact that my kids are in on the little secret. The whole bunch of them were co-conspiriters and even roped our neighbors into helping plan this. I will find out much later exactly how involeve they were. But for now here they are:
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    Lissa is the oldest. She claims to be a tomboy but has diva qualities. Her sense of fashion is creative and ecclectic. This is my most challenging child but she is also very loving and kind.
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    Kara is my middle child. Her happy, easy going personality and quick laughter has earned her the nickname 'Giggles.' Being the middle child and the younger daughter; she has to put up with hand-me-downs and not being the first to do things. We've scheduled our last two WDW vacations for her birthday to help combat middle child syndrome and make sure she has wonderful birthday memories. Our adventures in birthday cake have been documented over on the cake thread, I think on the first page.
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    Bringing up the rear is my boy, Patrick. He has recently entered the transition from kid to teenager and his status as both the only boy and the baby has made him the target of his sister's teasing. Like his sisters, he is a great kids and lots of fun to be around, most days..... He gets back at them by monopolizing hte TV for his video games and picking on Lissa's boyfriend, usually while said boy is not around so Lissa gets irritated.

    Now that the rest of the cast has been introduced, it's tiime to get back to the story.
     
  13. mousehouselover

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    I ended the last portion of the story saying I was getting frustrated with my family. Well, it only got worse. My t-shirt and shorts DH announced he was shaving and putting on a collared shirt; he chanced into khaki shorts as well. He NEVER, EVER dresses like this to go to the parks. My girls put on dressy clothes and DS got upset that he could only find his Chef Mickey shirt to wear. He cracked me up as he stormed through the house. He said, "I don't wat to go to the park looking like a tourist. I live here and don't want to look like I'm on vacation." My family prefers comfort over looks most days so all of this is setting off alarm bells in my head. I asked again where we were going for dinner because I didn't want to wear anything inappropriate. Instead of telling me, DD1 picks up my Passporter, flips through it and says, "Your sundress is fine Mom." DH keeps tellng me I'll be fine and there are reference to the 'big thing' they have planned for me. Remember, I said I thought we were going to CG for dinner? I know their drees code says no tank tops and I was worried about having such tiny straps on my sundress. I was also afraid I'd be a bit overexposed for a signature restaurant. We went two years ago and I felt really under dressed. I finally decided to put a shrug and my make up bag in my park bag for the day so I could make myself more presentable for dinner if my suspicions proved to be correct.

    Now, I'm a type A person and have a lot of trouble not being in control. It scares me not knowing what's going on. Having people fuss over me makes me uncomfortable. DH knows how much I detest having people sing to me for my birthday and make a big fuss over me for the holidays. This is mostly because of bad memories thanks to certian members of my rather large family. I also spend a lot of time at work while DH is with the kids. They get to do all kinds of things together and I feel left out. They have inside jokes, some of which have never been explained to me. The kids also side with DH for almost everything. When it felt like they were ganging up on me; I lost my temper. DD1's BF was here and I'm loosing it with my family. I was almost afraid he'd think I went psycho but I was really, really angry. Little did I know, he was in on the whole thing........ I even broke down in tears at one point. DH got me to laugh and successfully averted anyfurther meltdown or me threatening to refuse to go. I HATE, HATE, HATE not being in control hand having others decide my fate for me. I had to try to make the best of it and hope I wasn't going to be embarassed.

    I got in the car and we left. While we were in the car, I dedided to update my Facebook status to reflect this adventure my family was taking me on. This is what I posted: Off to WDW for my Mother's Day surprise from my family. They won't tell me what they planned but are assuring me that I'll like it. I don't know if I believe them. Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust worked for Wendy Darling; hopefully it will work for me too. On the way, we engaged in family chatter and I tried to get some more info out of them. I may as well asked a wall. The shut me down.

    We arrived at MK, entered the pard and walked down Main Street. DH offered to get us a snack to help us last until dinnertime. Our ADR wasn't until 9:30 and it was barely 3pm. After our photo stop and a brief trip to the Tink store, we were off for a nice cool treat. I love Dole Whip floats.
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    Everyone got a treat and had to eat quickly because it was nearly 90° and the soft ice cream was melting. I was too busy trying to manage my own treat and keep DS from wearing his to get any pictures. DS wound up with melting ice cream running down his arm and dripping on his shoes. I don't know who teaches the CMs to make the treats at the Dole Whip stand but it would help tremendously if they didn't put a huge empty area in the middle of the cups and floats. I know it makes it look like there's more ice cream when it's filled to the edge of the container, but there's no where for the melting ice cream to go, except over the side and onto your hands.

    We wandered through Adventureland, took the bridge over to Frontierland and crossed to Liberty Square while eating. The HM was our next stop and we got in line. The que moved quickly and soon we were in the pre-show area. I know the entire script by heart and always recite it while we go through the attraction. We got to the mirrors at the end and noticed DS was lounging aagainst the back of the Doom Buggy with his sunglasses on. We joked that it looked like he was asleep. When we got to the end and started to get off, DS didn't move. We hollered, "Boy, time to get off the ride." He started, recovered himself and appologized. More good natured teasing ensued. How can you sleep on a ride at WDW??!?!?!
     
  14. disneydreamer98

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    Can't wait to read more, but what a perfect way to start your day at the MK off! I can't wait.....46 more days til I can have a Dole Whip Float!!!! :cool1:
     
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    I got turned onto the Dole Whips thanks to the boards and finally tried one at the Indy area DIS meet hosted by ADR two years ago. MenshaCorp rented the machine and ordered the mix from Hawai'i so we could have Dole Whips in honor of 'Bawb' at the meet. They did a phone link to the DISsers that were actually in MK at the official Dole Whip for 'Bawb' gathering. Now I have to have a float every couple of months. My Facebook picture was me on Main Street in front of the castle with a float.

    After waking DS and leaving HM, we had to decide what to try next. IaSW was vetoed vehemently by DS who thinks the ride is torture. We have been known to go on it and start clucking like chickens to the tune of the song as we flaot along. We decided that PotC sounded apealing as started walking through Frontierland again. We wound up arriving just in time to see the new show/ street party. I saw a blog on it once and can't find it now. It starts out with one or two people and more charaters and people join in until the whole cast is involved. We got the opportunity to see some rare characters and enjoyed the show. I took a few pictures:
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    At the end of the performance, they pull the audience in and have them dance along. It felt like a street party and everyone was having a good time. My DD1 got pulled into dancing the Electric Slide.
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    Once it was over, we picked up BTMMRR fastpasses and made our way to PotC. Lines were fairly short at many of the attractions so we didn't feel like we were wasting time in lines. I remember going on PotC in DL with my mom and grandparents when I was about 4. It's really neat to take my kids on the same rides I remember from my own childhood. It just seemed fitting to do it while celebrating Mother's Day. There's no way to leave the ride without going through the store so I decided to snap a picture:
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    I love my new phone with a camera and integrated Facebook. I was posting pictures and updates as we went along yesterday so I had a running record of our adventures and my friends could follow along.

    BTMMRR was our next stop and the coaster enthuiasists get their fix. We whoopped and cheered and held our hands up through the whole ride. DH started hollering about the 'naked' man in the bathtub. (He's in his long red underwear......) Always the clown that one.......



    We decided to head over to Tomorrowland and take in another coaster. When we got there, we were rather disappointed as they closed the ride for technical difficulties.
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    We picked up FP in case it opened up later so we didn't have to ride stand by. DH let the kids go off then and they took off at a dead run. I belatedly remembered that I had their tickets so they couldn't get any other FP for the day. DH tried calling and texting htem but there was no answer. DH and I decided to wind down a bit and cool off in the Carousel of Progress. I know parts of it are dated and the song is a bit corny but I have always liked the ride. I also have a Sherman Brothers CD (They are the composers for a lot of great Disney music, including several songs from the attractions.) and at the end of the CoP song is a little segment that has Walt singing along with them. When the sond ends, Walt says "That's just the right spirit." This is another attraction that I sing along to when we go through.

    added during editWe can't seem to pass the grainte ball without touching and playing with it. One of these days, I'll have to look up the story or meaning behind it. There's just something about being able to roll it around when it should be physically impossible. I'm sure if I look I have pictures of the kids doing this when they were little.
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    DH pointed out the brass castle and the kids held the ball still long enough for me to take a picture:
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  16. JanetMom

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    Signing up and curious about where you will go to dinner.:)
     
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    Hey Dsis, Love the suspense you're keeping us in. I know the ending but I want the details. Call whenever.
     
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    Hi Janet, welcome to my little adventure! I know I have a lot of lurkers too as my view count is pretty high. Y'all can say hi, I won't bite.....

    A!!! I'm so glad you came over to actually read the story. I know you know how it turns out since I called you right before dinner and again after because I knew you'd be so happy for me!

    Picking up where I left off.....

    My tummy started to grumble while we were in CoP. Dinner was still over 2 hrs away so I suggested a little snack. I said I'd probably be able to ignore the rumblings though if I had something to occupy myself and told DH that I'd like to go to Main Street. (Food and shopping..... I could kill two birds. :) ) He'd suggested Casey's earlier in the day, I still don't know why as we've never eaten there before and we have no big attraction to hot dogs. I figured we could share some fries or something so off we went. He decided he needed to find a restroom and told me to go order something. I told him I'd be right outside when I got done so he didn't lose me. (Yep, we've done that before..... twice in the same trip......) I ordered the corn dog nuggets, fries and a water. I figured DH would split them with me. As I came out of Casey's, a table right at teh edge of the seating area opened up so I took it. I kept an eye out for DH as I chatted with another guest and nibbled on my food.
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    When DH came back he told me we had to get moving. I'm a bit confused. He told me the crowd was staring to gather for the first Spectro of the night and he didn't want to get stuck in it. Well, ok....... I grabbed my tray and we went on our way; right up Main Street??!?!? For not wanting to get stuck in the crowd, it was an unusual path to take. I stopped outside the collecible shop and looked at the Dooney and Bourke bags in the window. DH called me inside and we started looking at the Jim Shore pieces. I already have a few of them and thought DH was going to buy me another one. But we walked on, into the art shop.

    We've spent a lot of very happy time looking at all the art work that's available so this was nothing new to me. I admired some new Alice in Wonderland prints and DH showed me a new Snow White cel in the display case. He went over to the CM at the register and talked to her for a moment. I thought maybe he was asking about the pricing and didn't think twice about it. He came and stood by me a moment later. The CM walked over with a piece of paper in her hand and said, "Is this it?" and handed it to DH. I looked over his arm thinking maybe she was showing him a price list of detail of something and it turned out to be an envelope. On it was the clue I typed out in my first post. There were Micky ears drawn at the top with the number 1 inside them. It said "Do Not Open" on the envelope. I looked at DH confused for a moment and he said "This is for you." Ok, what's for me? the envelope? Well, it's a clue of some sort.

    It took me a moment to register that my adventure had just started. DH asked me if I knew where to go. Without hesitation I said "The Tiki Room!" (Another attraction I remember from my first trip to DL. :goodvibes ) He said "You'd better hurry!" So I was off, almost as fast as the kids once he gave them their freedom. I didn't get very far before I decided to share my adventure with every one so I updated my FB page: OMG!!!! The surprise is my very own personal scave ger hunt through Magic Kingdom! I don't know how he got them to do it but my first clue was given to me by a CM in the art store on Main Street. (I sent it with the typo.....) A second later, I got the brilliant idea to post here on DIS as well. It took a bit to actually get my phone to do what I wanted (stupid tiny text on a small touch screen) but I made it work and began my story.

    I've never heard of anyone having a scavenger hunt like this so I was going to share it with everyone as it progressed. I thought it would be an unusual story and different from what I've read in the past. I also had no idea how he set it all up and was just thrilled that he went through all the trouble to even do it. Since it started out live, it's all brand new and raw. I didn't have any time to process anything; I was so in the moment and excited. Maybe I could convey that and people would think they were in the park with me.
     
  19. mousehouselover

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    The next part of the story will go pretty quick but I have to get up at 5 am and need to get some sleep. I will come back tomorrow night and continue where I left off. I have lots of pictures to add as well. I realized I forgot a few so I'll add them in the right spots tomorrow as well.

    Stick with me folks, I promise you won't be disappointed!
     
  20. wlwilliams9

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    Sounds AMAZING and FUN!! I'm in!:thumbsup2
     
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    Sounds so wonderful!! I can't wait for the rest..:)
     

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