Nov 2009 Family Reunion in Disney with pics! Final Update 3/22/10

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  1. minnie2

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    Looks like the girls put on a cute show:thumbsup2

    I want more!!!!!
     
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  3. revrob

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    Where's the popcorn smiley?

    Great update! Can't wait to hear about MK day!

    Love the jokes too!
     
  4. twob4him

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    Hi Jo!!! I just was reading your reunion report too!!! Thanks for reading along!!! Can you believe how big the girls are??? So when are you coming back to the States for a little Disney?

    OK I wrote the chapter and now I am going to bed!!! lol! Tomorrow I will begin our MK day..it may take several installments! ;) See note below...

    Hehehehe sorry its going so slow! I am stalling till my photopass pics arrive....darn...I may not be able to hold off much longer. Perhaps I will add them in after? :confused3
     
  5. PrincessLeighsDaddy

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    So glad that you finally made it!

    Loved this installment, can't wait to read and see all about MK Day!
     
  6. ireland_nicole

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    What? You're stalling? Get on girl and tell us about your MK day!
     
  7. twob4him

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    Let's see ...

    • Snow White is awakened by a kiss.

    • Sleeping Beauty is awakened by a kiss.

    • Ariel the Mermaid needs a kiss to make her dream come true.

    *Giselle waiting for true love's kiss.

    ... Is it any wonder Walt Disney World is located so close to Kissimmee, FL?


    hahahaha...Welcome back!

    So, I arrived in the last update and this day would be our Magic Kingdom day with everyone (1 of 2 actually). I woke up at 5 am. I was pretty excited to finally be in Disney so rather than trying to sleep another half hour, I just got up and took a shower! After dressing, I went downstairs and organized my park bag and eat breakfast. Soon enough the whole house was awake! I think Devon was the last person up…which is pretty typical! After breakfast…I think the girls had cereal and toast…they got washed up and ready. Today we were wearing our white Minnie Mouse tees and Brooklyn wore her patchwork skirt. I made one for Devon too but she opted for just plain shorts.

    Weather wise…it was cloudy and looked like rain but it never did rain and it was in the 70’s. A perfect day to tour! According to Tour Guide Mike, it was to be a green morning….that means not too many people were supposed to pick Magic Kingdom this day. And besides, we had a plan!!!! It was NJ week and the crowds could get pretty bad. I was quite worried that we wouldn’t get to all the attractions I wanted.

    Trivia:What is the name of the ride reservation system at WDW???


    Answer: Fastpass


    So my plan included fast passes and strategy! By 8 am, everyone was ready. That’s what I like about Edmund and his family…they are NEVER late. So we loaded up into our cars and headed to MK. :cool1: Windsor Hills is only about 1 ½ miles to World Drive. Once on World Drive it is a few miles to the MK parking lot. I think it took us about 15 minutes…maybe 20??? We weren’t rushing and there weren’t too many people at that hour. We got to park in the AAA Diamond Parking and the excitement began in earnest. It was so much fun being there with so many people.


    Here we are walking in from the parking lot!

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    We stopped at ticket and transportation to get tickets for the ticketless.

    Trivia: What is an E Ticket?

    Answer: Coupons first offered in 1956 for teh most exciting Disneyland attractions, they were replaced in June 1982 with passports.




    Around 8:30 am, my friend Leanne called from the turnstiles. They were already there. She had a dream that she arrived and we couldn’t find each other and we were looking and looking for each other. We headed to the monorail since the boat wouldn’t be running until 8:45 am….way too late for any good TGM! We had a rope drop to see!!! The girls loved the monorail and it was fun being whisked away to a magical place!!!

    Trivia: How many miles is the monorail system at Disney World?


    Answer: 14.7 miles



    We disembarked and headed down the ramp…through bag check and then I had to assist the girls through the turnstiles. Sarah was old enough to do the thumbprint and my ticket was a non-expiring 7-day from my Feb trip. What if it didn’t work??? I was actually nervous. But, the green light flashed and I was through the turnstiles!!! Yaaa! :woohoo:Leanne and her girls were there and we swung around to join the crowd. We were so excited and took lots of pics!

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    After about 10 minutes, the opening show started. We made it!!! We were all here!!!


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    Continued in Next Post!!!
     
  8. minnie2

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    WAIT you said continued next post!!!! Where is the rest!!!!!!!!!!???????
     
  9. twob4him

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    Soon after the show…the rope dropped and the crowd moved forward!!! The plan was that some of Edmund’s family were going off on their own and were going to meet us later and the rest of us were going to stick together and do Fantasyland. We headed up the glorious Main Street and found a photopass photographer about ¾ of the way up. We got some pics of our group in matching shirts! So fun!

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    Photopass pics are here!!! Yaaa!!!

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    And look, Tink was spreading pixie dust on the girls too!


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    And Devon "caught" Tinkerbelle the next day..
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    We continued up Main Street towards the castle:

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    Trivia: How much taller is Cinderella's castle than Sleeping Beauty's?


    Answer: Over 100 feet



    And continued through the castle to Fantasyland. The girls were pairing up as we approached Dumbo. Unfortunately, we weren’t on the first few rounds of Dumbo and there was about a 10 minute wait…honestly…I started to panic. What if the crowds came streaming in while we waited? I really wanted to be able to get on everything in Fantasyland…would we??? I tried to ignore my panic and just relax…what will be will be I told myself. I love how organized Disney is with Dumbo. They give you the colored cards and put you in a holding area while they prepare the next holding area with just the right amount of people. While we waited we talked about the Fantasyland Expansion and how Dumbo would be in a tent. I noticed they were refurbishing the outside of the castle. Disney put up fabric-like screens that were painted to look just like the blocks on the real castle. Then it was our turn to fly with Dumbo…what a fun ride! I had to laugh though…Brooklyn wasn’t letting me out of her site and so that left my hubby riding with Leanne! LOL! She said he seemed to be enjoying Disney despite his saying the opposite. I also relaxed while flying around Fantasyland. This was fun!!! And the kids were having a blast!


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    (Can you see in that last pic how they were doing construction on the castle and surrounding areas?)


    Trivia: What ride was original in the location of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh?


    Answer: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride



    Next we headed over to be adventurous with Winnie the Pooh. Brookie was afraid of the rides at this point and insisted on going with mommie. We boarded our honey pot and I talked her through each part of the story and she actually liked it! I heard the girls screaming and hamming it up ahead of us. Devon loved hanging out with the big girls!!! It is such a cute ride. I noticed that Fantasyland was still pretty empty! Yaaa! :thumbsup2

    Next ride was Snow White. I warned Brook that there was the witch but that she died at the end and Snow White is just fine! While in “line” and what I mean by that is walking through the ropes to get to the ride, someone was asking if our group was from NJ. Of course we said!!! Its Jersey Week and we all said Go Phillies!!! :cheer2:We all hopped on our cars…two needed for our big group and enjoyed the ride…its so fast and the witch is pretty scary…weird that they focused on her and hardly on Snow White. Anyways…the Prince rides off with Snow White and our ride ended! A cast member stopped Brooklyn to say how much she liked her skirt and she gave Devon and Brooklyn some Mickey stickers…such a sweet gesture. We made sure Brookie gave her a thank you card. (I printed out a bunch of thank you cards to give cast members!)

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    Continued in next post!
     
  10. twob4him

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    Next we walked down to Peter Pan before a lined formed. I was shocked everything was still walk-on at this point. It was 9:30 am…were where the crowds?? I was happy to ride Peter Pan since we missed it last time. I love how you fly around in your pirate ship over everything. I wish the rides went a little slower so I could take everything in!

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    We exited and went across to It’s a Small World. No line. We had the whole boat to ourselves and waved at the attendant boated our way around the world. What a relaxing ride and the song didn’t even bother me…plus I was watching Brook and the girls reactions to everything!

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    I was really enjoying going around with everyone! We finished up and called the other part of our group since we said we would meet around 9:50 am. We headed to Liberty Square and there they were!!! Yaaa! They had ridden Big Thunder and a few other things. And that was exactly where we were headed.



    Trivia: What happened on the day Splash Mountain made its offical debut?



    Answer: It rained



    The problem was…Brookie was losing her bravery about riding Splash Mountain.:hug: We were trying to explain it to her but she took one look at the drop and totally backed out….not that I blame her. We weren’t going to make her go. A cast member who was in charge of trash detail took one look at her face and heard us talking to her. He was just the sweetest guy…he tried to talk to Brook too and gave her a sticker. She gave him a thank you card too…lol.


    One of Edmund’s sisters and sister-in-law also didn’t want to ride Splash Mountain….so the chickens…errrrr…I mean girls…hung out at the Splash Mountain play area.

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    Before we got on, we obtained Fast Passes for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. You always gotta be one step ahead! So the group headed up into the cue…and there wasn’t one. It took forever just to walk the distance up to the loading area. There were only maybe 5 or 6 people ahead of us~ and suddenly it was our turn! No turning back now! And off we went in our log boat….what a fun ride…I love Splash Mountain! As we headed around the bend to go up the first lift, we were hoping no boats would come down and splash us….we crept forward and almost made it to safety when…spplllaaaassshhhhh….a boat drenched us with water! Actually it drenched my husband…hahahaha. Up the lift and we were off whistling and singing. I love the little drops and Devon sat with me and was enjoying all of it! I seriously wish I could slow time down and relive this ride…everyone was laughing and talking. But alas, the final lift approached and we went up and up and up..then paused…I told Devon to hold her stomach muscles tight…and whoooshhhhh…down, down, down we went! We got a little wet and were cheering we were still alive!!! ZippityDooDaa indeed!!!


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    And here is a cute picture of Leanne's daughter...she got so wet she bought a towel!

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    We exited and went to look at our pic…my brother-in-law bought ours….I was blocked out by Aubrey’s arm…yaaa…but everyone looks great descending!!!

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    (Save this spot for official pic from Splash Mountain...as opposed to my pic of a pic...lol)

    *****A special thanks to my friend Leanne for letting me borrow her pics too!!!********


    So what happens for the remainder of our Magic Kingdom Day? Stay tuned for the next update....coming soon! :rolleyes1
     
  11. twob4him

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    Ok so I decided to move on! So the first part of our day is up now!!!

    I did!!! Read up....there may be a quiz!!!:teacher:

    Patience patience....I was setting it up whilst you were posting!!!:surfweb:
     
  12. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    You guys look great in your matching shirts! They turned out great and made for some awesome photos!
     
  13. disneymomof1

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    Love the matching shirts, you guys look fantastic. I'm anxious to see how the crowds were during Jersey Week, because I am thinking about that week for our next vacation.
     
  14. jessica52877

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    Enjoyed the update! Your group looks GREAT! I love all the matching shirts! They sure make a statement! It really sounds like you are enjoying your day and getting a ton of rides in early!
     
  15. praisehisname

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    So glad you were able to join your family uneventfully! Plus you got a quiet weekend to yourself...:rolleyes1

    You've had an awesome morning at MK so far! Even with it being Jersey Week, there doesn't seem to have been much of a crowd! :thumbsup2
     
  16. Boppintothetop

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    Loving the trip report...even though I was there!!!! i feel like I'm re-living it. What fun!!!! I'm so glad we had a chance to share the day with you. One of the best memories for me was of your face when we kept walking on ride after ride after ride. You had this look of disbelief...like is this really happening???? We had such perfect weather and LOW crowds. The kids were so awesome together too!!!!
     
  17. DisneyJo

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    I know :faint: Your eldest is so tall now especially as she's only 11! We're actually back to WDW in 2.5 weeks, we're staying at the GF for my reward trip :goodvibes

    What a fantastic MK morning, you all look so cute in your shirts and the fact that all the rides were walk ons was amazing :thumbsup2
     
  18. twob4him

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    Thanks so much...it made for easy finding of everyone too! :thumbsup2

    Jersey week was great....the only stress was keeping everyone healthy before the trip! Also, I would only travel via TGMike's advice...don't worry...there were crowds just not where we were!!!

    We were so fortunate with the weather! Thanks about the shirts! I am a great copier huh? lol:rotfl:

    I heard stories of crowds and they were there...just not where we were! LOL! We enjoyed the entire MK day! Thanks for reading along!!! :goodvibes

    I agree with all of that! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful girls and day with us! It was really fun to travel around MK and do all the rides together! And thanks again for lunch at Crystal Palace!!! What awesome memories!!! :cool1:

    Yaaaa the GF is beautiful! And it shouldn't be too crowded then and the castle will be lit...oh what a fabulous trip! I see a link in your siggy so I can follow along!!! :goodvibes
     
  19. Tnkrbelle565

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    I'm hoping the rest of your day goes as great as the first part!!!!

    Were you ready to kill Devon for not wearing the patchwork skirt?????

    PP pics are coming soon ;)
     
  20. twob4him

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    Well...do you know how long that skirt too me to plan and make??? (I should say copy and make!) I would say at least 10-12 hours. I was a little upset at first but I just brushed it off...plus they have actually been rewearing all of their outfits to school so she will wear it eventually! :confused3

    Yaaa about the pp pics!!! :cool1: I can't wait to see them!
     
  21. PrincessLeighsDaddy

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    What a great start to your MK day!
    You girls all looked so great in your matching shirts! Your photos are awesome!
    Leighanna loves Splash, but was very scared the first time she rode it too!
     

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