Discussion in 'Doing the Happy Dance!' started by anjalee6, Aug 9, 2012.
DD and I love Space Mountain.
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Happy Mothers Day to All
Have a Great Weekend !!
Just want to show you where I am as far as packing.
We all love BTMRR. One of the only rollercoasters that we can all enjoy.
Wow! A little excited? I am usually right there with you, but this time we are in a retirement transition and have moved twice in 6 months - staying at DS's right now, and DH is interviewing out of town, so we will probably to the last minute dance this time- wonder what I'll forget?
Does anyone else here love 31 bags? I have a ton I am using for Disney that I got mostly for free and cheap from hosting two parties.... It's not really that big here in NJ yet. But I think 31 totes are perfect Disney bags, personally.
My DD loves 31 Bags. DD wants me to join and be a consultant. I think DD has other plans, maybe easier to collect more bags??
This year I purchased Tide pouches. 5 for 1.97, beats paying for each load a 1.00 for laundry soap. I will do at least 8 loads of laundry while at Disney.
I have never heard of 31 bags.
I love those bags! I have a good friend who sells them so I have stocked up! This summer there are flip flop patterns that I am going to get! Love them!!
The flip flop pattern is so cute! 31 is great!
My friend down the street sells them. Needless to say, I have way too many. Love them all! When I went to Texas last summer, I saw tons of moms toting stuff to the pool and the water parks in those bags. I just bought the weekender bag to use as a carry on for the plane and for our cruise. It is huge!
I too have never heard of 31 bags. Has it not his the northeast yet?
You can google it. Just spell it out instead of using 31. Super cute!
Question of the day....What is your favorite Disney memory?
Well my favorite memory is from our very 1st trip and it is actually 3 memories that combine into my favorite memory, because they are all a part of each other. Believe it or not this is the short version, I have posted the longer version before. So I copy and pasted this part:
Well here I am I have just stepped off of the magical express
we have just told the children 8 hours ago that we were going to our 1st Disney trip
I am at POR
.OH MY GOSH!!! It is beautiful, just like in the pictures (for a family of 5 this was the absolute cheapest option, off site was never an option
my DH needed to have to do nothing for this trip no driving NOTHING or it would not work, believe me!) I see the hidden Mickeys up in the rafters, I am exploding inside with excitement, and I am in line to actually check in
this is really happening I am here.
I tell myself get a grip
you got to control yourself
they are going to think you are a crazy lady
oh and keep in mind I had one hour sleep and it was 12 pm the next day. I just could not sleep the night before because I was just too crazy exited
Anyways I am waiting in line
I am getting closer, which CM will I get, which room will I get?...the moment is here
I cannot believe it! I keep telling myself act normal my heart was beating out of my chest and I am shaking
this is just crazy I think to myself.
I say hello trying to have a normal tone
the CM is talking to me, I am smiling calling her by her name, she is being super nice
I think to myself oh my God everything I have read about Disney CMs is true, they are as nice as I have read, IT IS ALL TRUE! Everything I have been reading about Disney over the last 8 months is true
this is magical and so special
Well I think something in my tone or face was coming through to the CM because I could tell she was starting to be uncomfortable by the way she was acting
I realized she thought she was doing something wrong
That was it
I blurted it all out
It was like the Hoover Dam broke through, I was crying, laughing
showing her my spread sheets from my Disney binder
now several CMs were by us and giving me tissues and my husband was shaking his head and rolling his eyes in resignation
but he was softening
Disney was working its magic on the man! The CM who was checking me in was LaShaunna, she was so sweet
every time she tried to tell me about something about POR I would finish her sentence, it almost became a game between the two of us
she definitely thought I was a tad crazy, but in a good way
at least I think
we shall see what you think later in my story
Well at the end I told her how since this would probably be our only trip to Disney that I had planned a Birthday for each of my DDs and all the stuff I had done
and if I could get a character card for their Birthday
she told me that it was too short of notice and I told her I totally understood, and I figured it hurt nothing to ask
so she gave us our room number and it was wonderful, not what I requested but I did not care because WE WERE AT DISNEY!!!!
Now fast forward to a few days later
it is our HS day we were at HS from RD to after Fantasmic, we were exhausted we opened our room door
On one of the beds were toys and cards
each girls had a card with their favorite character, pooh, Pluto and Minnie and each girl had a different gift.
Now my oldest DD the one this whole trip was for
got the little chubby looking princess babies
now let me back up a bit after we surprised her she weeped with happiness from the moment we told her
all the way to the airport
when she saw the castle
she even allowed me to put her in a princess dress and said yes to BBB
My dream came true she was a princess at the castle
Back to the story, so she got these chubby princesses and lost her mind! Me and DH looked at each other as if Did you do this? neither one of us did this
we told the girls the presents were not from us
they had to be from Mickey Mouse???
I started thinking of my DBIL or could it possibly be LaShaunna???
Well we called DBIL and he said it was not him
the next day LaShaunna called and I spoke to her but I had to choose my words carefully so DDs would not know that I was thanking her. I wanted to do in person, but we had to be at an ADR
so every day I would walk to the front desk to look for her she was never there
when I returned home I wanted to thank her so I sent a letter to Disney. I do not know if she ever get it, but I just wanted to hug her and thank her! Who knows maybe she is on the DIS/TGM and will read this
Now a couple of days later we were in the MK, Tink had given my girls 3 fanny packs to hold their treasures for the Parks. Now my oldest DD had been carrying her pins and chubby baby princess in her fanny pack with her everywhere she went. I warned her to be careful, but I was not too worried about this DD because she is the classic oldest child
SUPER responsible and just an all around good kid
you can feel whats coming cant you??
Yep, she lost it
we think it happened on Dumb
now she realized it was gone almost immediately, so we were surprised to no find it
now I started to console her as all mothers do, but I was not prepared for her answer
I told her we could replace anything that she had lost and that we would do it at that exact moment, money be d*****
She looked up at me with her red swollen face and with tears in her big blue eyes and said to me
But Mommy we cannot replace the Belle doll, because Mickey gave it to her
My reply was we could find an exact replacement
now here it comes
it just about took the breath away from me when she said this to me because it was so painfully bittersweet, I was getting what I wanted my little girl who believed in fairytales, magic and Mickey
here it comes
She said, but Mommy it would not be from Mickey (insert crying jag me and her) as I write this I am even getting teary that is how vivid that moment is to me.
Now this is the little girl that I was so afraid, that was turning the corner into becoming the full blown big girl who no longer believed in Disney, Princesses or the Easter Bunny
Just stab me in the heart already I was done
Meanwhile Daddy is watching the both of us and not liking his girls to be both crying
then her two sisters joined with the tears and we all were hugging
This is when my hero came to my rescue charging in with his white Nikes and his baseball cap
my DH said we are going to find it! I had told him about Town Hall and how I read sometimes they can help when people need some help
so we went down Main Street to Town Hall and DH told them the whole story of how Mickey gave this toy to our DD
they could not help us, but were very kind and apologetic. We tried to continue on with our day, but the whole day DD was sad, but tried to put on a brave face for our family. Ouch that just killed me just a little more
Now this was our Chef Mickey/Spectro night, so when we were waiting for the parade near the flagpole my Night in Shining Armor said he had to go to the bathroom
He again went to Town Hall, this CM said he was not sure if he could find her fanny pack, but he wanted my DH to come back after the parade.
So I know that none of this is going on, I am completely oblivious as are the girls. So during the parade, DH pretended he got a call from Mickey and we went to Town Hall. WELL GET READY FOR SOME MAGIC
So we are tired and the parade is over this has been a long roller coaster of a day, and I just want to go home. I kind of gave my DH a hard time about going again to Town Hall. So we go in and we wait for the CM Greg, he come out from the back, but then he looks at all of us and asked if we could be patient with him and hold on just a bit longer
now I am getting kind of exited in a good way, but my oldest DD is just getting more anxious hoping to get her fanny pack back..
About 15 minutes later Greg returns. He explains to all of us that he spoke to Mickey before the Parade and told him what happened to the gift he gave to Larissa and what happened to her other stuff. He said Mickey told him to let Larissa pick out some special pins from his very own collection. Greg again went through the door behind the counter, and he came out with a Huge and I mean Huge Velvet book. He told Larissa that Mickey said she could pick out ANY 5 pins that she wanted and folks these pins were awesome! So she picked them out and was very politely thanked Greg and Greg came around the corner with 3 big Disney bags. He said Mickey felt just awful about his Birthday present being lost, so he wanted to make it up to her and Greg gave Larissa the biggest bag, and then gave 2 smaller bags to her sisters.
Larissa opened up her bag and there was a very big Mickey Mouse in her bag along with a very special autograph book, that was signed my Mickey and all of his friends, there were lots of hard to get characters names in this book. Now Larissa got all weepy and smiley again and hugged Greg and asked him if he would thank Mickey for her. I told her we could thank Mickey ourselves when we go to Epcot.
So yes myself professed knight in shining armor saved the day with a whole bunch of help from Mickey and the Special CMs at MK.
Your story is wonderful and very touching. Thanks for sharing it with us.
DD's name is not a common everyday name in the U.S. (Midori) but in Japan, where I was born, it's pretty common. The best memory was in 2008 during Midori's picture and autograph session at Mickey's Big Top when Princess Aurora, after she asked Midori her name. Aurora stopped and looked at Midori and said I remember you from last year. Gave Midori and hug and said welcome back Princess.
Our favorite Disney memory was when it rained pixie dust on my six year old DGS, Patrick. A large crowd formed, and in this shot, he was so embarrassed by all the attention, he closed his eyes. This special moment happened, because Patrick struck up a conversation with one of the Disney photographers during the MK's opening show; he was curious about the big camera. The photographer asked us to meet him at Casey's for a surprise. He was so kind, and took many great photos of Patrick and our family. Disney magic at it's best.
There are just so many great memories!!
But I'll just try to post just one. We surprised our boys with a B-day trip in 2007. We had an ADR at Liberty Tree for DS15 (10 at the time). Goofy an Pluto brought out his cake as we sang happy birthday. And Pluto fed him his first piece! He thought it was hysterical. I wish I could post the picture it is just so darn cute!!
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