Our Christmas Trip in PICTURES!!!! ~~Oh...and I'm obsessed with the Castle~~

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  1. VandyFan10

    VandyFan10 GoDoReS!!!!

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    Hello Everyone:wave2:

    After lurking, posting, and bombarding many other DisPeeps pages I decided to do my own TR.....I'm not much of a writer so I will let my pictures do most of the talking....I'll give you guys as many details as possible without trying to bore you to DEATH

    We were there Dec 8-15 and the trip was WONDERFUL!!! I only took about 1000+ pics,and is the reason I decided to do a photo TR.....there are only 60 photos I uploaded for the first day so I hope I don't wear you guys out early .....and I will try to do this as quickly as I can....but no promises b/c I go back to the real world tomorrow, and between work, and trying to read all the other TR's I'm subbed to and also find along the way I'm a busy girl

    First I will introduce the cast and characters :grouphug:

    My hubby and I met in 2002 at a Luau....we got engaged on my birthday in '04 and were married 3 years from the day we met on 6-29-05 :love:

    My hubby - 37 - has only been to Disney once as a child....His sister took him when he was about 9 and doesn't really remember much of anything about the trip other than the ghost sitting in his lap on HM
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    Myself - 32 - I went to MK for the first time when I was about 3 1/2....and my parents took me I think 4 times, but we all have disagreements about how many times we've been as a fam.....of course we only went to the MK....Epcot didn't open until I was 7....we were always vacationing in Daytona and would make the trip over to Orlando....I went back in 1995 as an adult :hippie:and have been 7 more times and LOVE every bit of it!!!
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    And here's a pic of the 2 of us:
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    As you can see we already have SO much in common :lmao:

    And here are our babies
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    Darby and Dodger are my babies I've had them both for almost 12 years....

    And Tank....he's the big baby we both adopted about 4 years ago
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    **Disclaimer** ~~you will also see~~....I was OBSESSED:hyper: with the Castle....I could have sat and stared at it for HOURS :hourglass on end....and you will hear that many times along the way too :upsidedow
    Here's my fave:
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    I just LOVE :love: this picture...and I may use it many times :goodvibes...I wish they would keep the castle like this everyday...it is SO beautiful!!

    So lets gather around boys and girls....and a story you shall see :goodvibes
    We left Nashvegas about 6:30a :moped: and headed to Orlando....we made it all the way and stayed at a beautiful :rotfl2: LaQuinta Inn on I-drive to be able to get to Disney and have a full day on Sat!!

    We got to POFQ :jester: early and checked in and our room was READY!! :banana: So we got everything out of the car and unloaded in the room....we had 2 wonderful beds that we could NOT move together....with a couple accustomed to a king size bed I will say it did not make for the most comfortable sleeping situation....I was told to ask for a king at check-in, but I was so thrown off by our room being ready I didn't :rolleyes:
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    We also had a little 'thing' waiting for us too
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    How cute :thumbsup2

    And b/c I'm out of image room....on to the next post

    We are all headed to Animal Kingdom!!!!

     
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  3. VandyFan10

    VandyFan10 GoDoReS!!!!

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    So now we are off on our first VERY crowded bus ride to the AK :santa:

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    We went to go get fastpasses for Everest....and then headed around to come in the backside of the Dinosaur area.....and this is what we see....IT'S a gigantic.....
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    oh....dino....my hubby and I both thought it looked like a big butt crack :rotfl2: and that was the laugh of the day for sure :lmao:
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    And here's our 'red-neck' pic of the Dino ride....we both look a little shocked by that huge thing screaming at us!!
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    Next...we are off to EE!!!
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    It was a lot of fun....I couldn't get a pic of our coaster ride but I think there is one later....but I thought this view was cool
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    Next we went to Yak & Yeti....it was very good....sorry guys I don't have any food porn...I know....I know...I'm actually ashamed :headache: to say my hubby kept me from taking pics b/c I thought he would think I had lost my mind!! :confused: But I'll try to remember for each what we had and pass on the goodness of all the meals :upsidedow

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    For appy's I had lettuce wraps...very good :thumbsup2 and he had pork egg rolls...also very good....I got the Mahi-mahi and he had ribs....we were both so stuffed we only ordered one desert and it was the brownie sundae.....all AWESOME!!

    We had also gotten FP for the Safari and so we headed back over there...on the way we went on one of the trails and saw this....
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    This gorilla cracks me up....no pun intended :laughing:

    on the way to the Safari we ran into[​IMG]she is VERY beautiful and I couldn't get very good pics of her....but she was following me....kind of ended up freaking me out :eek: and then she went and hugged a tree

    The safari pics:
    this guy was just massive....this pic doesn't even do him justice...he was HUGE!!
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    I think this is the first time I've seen this guy awake
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    And before we left we went to hang out with the bugs...
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    We saw these guys on the way out....I thought they were very pretty
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    And the AK Christmas tree
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    Back to our room for a few and then to the MAGIC KINGDOM!!!!!!!
     
  4. VandyFan10

    VandyFan10 GoDoReS!!!!

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    We headed back to POFQ for a little while, since our room was ready :goodvibes and we already had everything in there it was a little bit of rest time....I went off and took some pics of the resort
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    More POFQ pics to come later...

    Now we are on to my FAVORITE THING!! THE CASTLE!!!!! :yay:
    My first ....long time no see.....picture
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    We stood on main street and sort of watched the castle lighting show....we couldn't hear it very well and we got there right at 5:45....but then I saw it....:love:
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    and it was love :love: at first sight!!!

    We headed straight for tomorrowland b/c the hubby wanted to ride Space Mountain....that was another thing he remembered about his trip....being mad at his sisters for not letting him ride it :laughing:

    We got FP's and then headed to Buzz....I think we went on this 3 times total...and I beat him all THREE!!! :woohoo:
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    you can see we were both very intense :lmao:

    He took a smoke break....and decided he wanted to hold the tree at the Contemporary
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    We skipped through Fantasyland and headed over to HM...which is what he wanted to do...and this is my FAVORITE ride at WDW so no complaints from me :rolleyes:
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    We went back to Fantasyland and watched wishes from there....and then went to get a counter service meal....headed around the front of the castle to get a spot for the second Spectro....these are some of my fave pics also b/c we were SO close to the castle and they turned out really good!!
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    Oh...and a pic of the Castle :santa:
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    We got a GREAT spot for Spectro....and it's up next :goodvibes (Just look down to post #12)
     
  5. punkin413

    punkin413 feel the magic, dang it!

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    am i first???? cool! although i don't know what i win for that. any ideas? :confused3

    i don't know why but this just made me laugh out loud! :rotfl2:

    is that a giraffe next to him?????? surely it's a baby or something?
     
  6. MA pigletfan

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    :goodvibes GREAT PICS!!! Loving your report..our trips overlapped a little...we were there from Dec. 6-10th..a short trip, but a trip nonetheless! How wonderful was the weather!!??
    Looking forward to more! :thumbsup2
     
  7. VandyFan10

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    YEAAAAAA!!!! :yay: I'm SO EXCITED!!! :yay: I have readers!!! And you are MY FIRST....you win.....ummmm I'll have to think about that one....maybe tickets to a Vandy basketball game??? :thumbsup2

    I guess we are both alike ;) ...I laughed at myself when I wrote that but decided to keep it....glad you enjoyed :rotfl:

    yea the giraffe is behind him...I didn't notice that until I looked at the pic...I swear whatever that thing is it was just HUGE and I didn't notice anything else....there are MANY giraffe pics to come though....we did the safari again and the giraffe's are my FAVE!! :woohoo:
     
  8. punkin413

    punkin413 feel the magic, dang it!

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    i was just getting ready to direct you over this way because i knew you and erica were there at the same time! :)
     
  9. mt mommy

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    I'm already planning a trip for Christmas next year just so I can see the castle like that in person!!! AWESOME PICS!!! Thanks.:thumbsup2
     
  10. VandyFan10

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    :jumping1: ....Wooooo hoooo now I have readers I didnt know before :rotfl: ....Thanks guys for joining in!

    I'm SO jealous you stayed at GF....we did go eat at Narcoosee's one evening...it was great :)

    :wave: Welcome....and don't worry there will be more pictures of the Castle!! :santa:
     
  11. scottny

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    Hi,
    Followed you over from Memom's tr. The pics are great. The castle shots are great and so are the FQ pics.

    Looking forward to seeing and reading the rest.

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  12. randy4au

    randy4au Ka-chow!

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    Erica, your TR is off to a great start!

    I see y'all have a mixed marriage (VU and UT). Fortunately, my wife is an Auburn fan like me. ;)

    You and you're hubby make a nice looking couple! He looks quite tall. How tall is he?

    I've seen a pic of Darby and Dodger before, but don't think I've seen Tank before. They're all cute!

    WOW!!! The castle looks beautiful!!! :eek:

    LOL @ the "big butt crack." :rotfl2:

    I'm jealous that you got to eat at Yak & Yeti. I love Asian food and had read prior to our trip that it was opening some time this year. I was hoping it would be open when we went in July, but it didn't open until November. :sad1:

    Looks like y'all had a great first day at WDW. Looking forward to reading more! :thumbsup2
     
  13. VandyFan10

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    OK...now I think we are on to Spectro.....

    We got GREAT seats on the curb at the top of Main Street in the circle hub
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    and right in front of....everyone say it....THE CASTLE!!!
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    I got some wonderful Spectro pics....
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    The Master of Ceremonies.....
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    And for us Nashville girls....this guy reminded me of someone at Opryland...I really think they drive him down I-24 to I-75 in to WDW
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    The boys....or girls??
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    A bird for Dawn ....
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    These 2 were scary ....
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    The Color...no white...no color...no white floats!!
    How in the heck does this work???!!!???
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    Ok....this is one of my disney magic moments....I was so busy taking pictures I didn't even notice it was Cinderella....after this pic...my mouth flew open like a 5 year old...she noticed....mimicked me and waved really big....I felt like I was a little girl all over again....just gives me warm fuzzies thinking about it :-)
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    Then my hubby swears that Alice told him Nice hat....so she must be from TN...he was wearing his Titans hat :cheer2: ....that one we can agree on!!
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    And another one of my fave characters....
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    I would have chased this parade all over the park if hubby would have let me
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    But I stopped to take another picture.....
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  14. scottny

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    great spectro pics.

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  15. VandyFan10

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    HEY Scott and Randy!!!

    Glad you guys are here :yay:

    Scott - Thanks and I'm going to make my way to your PTR soon...I've read some of it but don't' think I've posted there

    Randy - yes the mixed thing is fun...but not so fun sometimes....never mean spirited but just conflicts with games mostly....I end up going to a lot of VU games alone :sad1: or with other friends b/c the ut game time is the same

    Matt is right at 6 foot...I'm the short one :rotfl: at 5'4 1/2 (and I hang onto that 1/2 :lmao: )

    Poor Tank....from me he prob. gets treated like the red-headed step child....but really I've always said if he didn't' shed he'd be the perfect dog...he's wonderful

    Yak and yeti was really good...Matt is not to hip on Asian food...but he really liked the ribs....the Mahi I ordered was fried, but picked it over the salmon....I peeled the breading off and it was Sooooooooo good!!!!!! You'll definitely have to go there next time!

    I think I'm done with day one....and we'll see how quickly I get all of it finished :laughing: ....back to the real world tomorrow :guilty:
     
  16. randy4au

    randy4au Ka-chow!

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    You must have been in the middle of typing your last update when I posted my first reply. Great spectro pics! I still can't get over how beautiful the castle. :eek: :love:
     
  17. randy4au

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    LOL!!! This time you posted a message while I was typing one. :)

    Only 6 feet tall, eh? He just looks really tall, but I guess it's just the height difference between the two of you.
     
  18. VandyFan10

    VandyFan10 GoDoReS!!!!

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    I KNOW!!!!

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    Now you can see why I'm obsessed ;)

     
  19. scottny

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    I am eating at Yak & Yeti in january and am looking so forward to it.
     
  20. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    Wonderful photos. I just love TR's that include lots of photos, so two :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 for you!
     
  21. jordanyosh

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    You're back!!!!

    and still writing in large pink...:thumbsup2

    It's how I know it's you.

    Your pix came out great.

    You got alot done on your 1st day and you "rested" too....

    I usually draw the line at taking food pix....why, I don't know. I mean I'll take pix of restrooms and not food?????:confused3
     

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