Surprised the kids, wife, and my readers w/ a 2 week trip to AoA!(*NEW* 11-7)

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  1. cheekypoppins

    cheekypoppins DIS Veteran

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    My 7 year old doesnt like rainforrest cafe either,but that might be because she's terrified of gorillas or monkeys or anything like that really
     
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  3. glennbo123

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    That is so funny that you say that because one of our favorite family stories is a time back when Lauren was about 4 or 5 and she said something to me from the other side of a kitchen counter and I turned, looked at her and said, "Lauren, come down from there!" I really thought that she was standing on a stool or something, but she wasn't standing on anything!

    Aw, that's a shame that dinosaur-theme in the restaurant was a little too much for Parker. And I'm sure you were frustrated that the meal didn't turn out quite the way you had pictured it, but kudos to you for apologizing to Parker for your reaction. That is worthy of consideration for parent-of-the-year. :thumbsup2 (You won't win it, 'cause I've got it all sewn-up, but it's worthy of consideration ;))
     
  4. FauntleroyFAN07

    FauntleroyFAN07 Commander of Donalds Crew Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy

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    sorry for the brief replys back have a short amount of time right now.


    thanks glad you see it our way, sure we could wait till they get bigger, but the little kid innocent at this age is priceless and seeing there reactions both good and bad to things are something we would never change.

    those stories you shared are pretty funny.

    yep im a secret ninja with my posting for sure.:thumbsup2

    i hope so, but then noelle might not like it, we will just have to judge it and try it again. you are right that so much going on can get over the top.

    and it is loud...wonder if other rooms would have been different.:confused3

    thanks for the kind words,
    it does stink when you build it up in your mind but then you forget that they are little and are not grown up yet and you should not grow them up before they are ready and not get upset when they get scared of stuff.

    thanks for still awarding me hte award.:wave2:
    thanks we plan on it, but maybe when both kids are a little older and will aprreciate it.


    thanks for the tip and words of encouragement, will def. look into it again for the future.
     
  5. FauntleroyFAN07

    FauntleroyFAN07 Commander of Donalds Crew Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy

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    sorry for short replies short on time right now.

    you hit the nail right on the head, we all mess up from time to time just have to learn from it and move on and love them more.

    well if yo udont want it out there for everyone you can just PM it to me...or not its up to you.:)

    thanks for the words of encouragment for the next time.

    thanks rosie, hoping for a better time there next visit whenhe is bigger.


    thank you very much, it is greatly appreciated...we try sometimes we fail but always try and just not repeat the same mistakes.


    we try the same thing to make up quickly doesnt always work, but just have to try. and will get to the dino story tomorrow sometime hopefully to see how that turned out.

    that is a smart invention isnt it.
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    i have never been in that one so not sure how big and scary those things would be to a kid, i can see how if they are big and animated alot they would be though.

    i do double takes on the size growth as well seeing them each day you dont notice it as much as like all of sudden they seem huge.

    thanks for your nomination glenn, even though you think you have me edged out.:upsidedow
     
  6. jenny105

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    The first time I was there I sat in the ice room. There are no dinosaurs in there other than fossils and they don't make noise! The only thing that happens is that the 'ice' changes colors every so often. Maybe you can sit in there next time?
     
  7. katt789

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    All the AoA pictures are making me miss the resort so much, it’s so awesome!!

    Thanks for the themeing pictures of TL, having never been to the waterparks I like to know what they look like haha!

    That looks like a pretty awesome mini trip/hike! That’s awesome!

    I love that the AoA food court has so many different options of food, stuff you don’t really see otherwise, like, YUM!

    Yay! TRex! Love that place! Oh no, looks like Parker didn’t really enjoy it! Though I can definitely imagine it being kinda scary for smaller kids, or really scary, I know over at Rainforest Café I thought the effects were just a bit too loud or annoying, or too often, TRex wasn’t as bad for us, but at least you guys got a food, (and hopefully a new dino!)
     
  8. FauntleroyFAN07

    FauntleroyFAN07 Commander of Donalds Crew Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy

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    hmm, that is a good point, might have to do that next time. i really liked the look of that room when we went by it, and know that you said it isnt as loud with the dinos in there might have to try that one.


    your welcome, glad you liked the TL ones, does help show it to people that have never been there before.

    we also loved the AoA food court many good options, even though i loved the burrito bar at Pop when we went there one day overall i liked the AoA one best.

    i have never been to rain forest just walking in the lobby once, might have to try that one sometime.

    next chapter will reveal the dino happenings.
     
  9. khertz

    khertz Proud member of the WHO DAT NATION!!

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    Wow, poor Parker!! And I know as parents, we all do things we regret. At least you were able to cool down and let him know you weren't really mad at him.
     
  10. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    Yup we would get teh beach at TL with a DJ and food set up near Leaning Palms.

    No water time for us but the big waves were going so we could see. I am really surprised that no one "went swimming" With Pool people usually someone ends up in the pool. :cool1:


    Some of the cool things is we get to see the mechanics of it all. Behind the scenes for all the pool geeks.



    I remember hearing about the TRex experience. Too bad Parker was so scared. I am sure at some time you can try it again, hopefully after Noelle get over that stage too.

    I will tell you, you did better than I would have. YOu do get thtat nomination for Parents of the year. :thumbsup2
     
  11. Captain_Oblivious

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    Parker's improvised rain gear had me :rotfl2::rotfl:

    Poor guy. I know exactly how you feel. We tried eating there a few years ago because of my daughter's love of dinosaurs, but my son was so freaked out he refused to even enter the building. We ended up at the McDonalds that used to be there. :crazy2:

    That's such a hard position to be in as a parent. You go through all this effort to make your kids happy that you sometimes want to shout, "This is for you! Now start enjoying it!" :rotfl2:

    I'm sure he was back to loving Mommy and Daddy soon after you guys made up.:thumbsup2
     
  12. FauntleroyFAN07

    FauntleroyFAN07 Commander of Donalds Crew Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy

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    very true, just have to learn to not keep doing the same boneheaded moves over and over again.:rotfl:
    hmm no one ended up in hte pool, then i guess it was a non alcoholic party :confused3

    thta would be neat to see the behind the scenes of those things, are you allowed to take pictures when yo ugo to those?

    hopefully noelle wont be scared of those things, she is pretty fearless right now. doing stuff parker would never attempt when he was little.

    i thought that rain gear was awesome as well, thanks.

    there were a few times we said things like that when he acted up on the trip but then had to realize that being scared is part of growing up and we needed to explain why things are what they are and they are and so forth.

    as you will see in hte next chapter going shopping and dinos love was back on the table.

    :thumbsup2
     
  13. FauntleroyFAN07

    FauntleroyFAN07 Commander of Donalds Crew Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy

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    Chapter 32. Time to Redeem Ourselves.

    After we finished up our meal we still wanted to take parker to the build a dino, he was really looking forward to it. Since he knew his destination he had no trouble walking straight to the shop and checking out all the had to offer.

    I mean walking to your table and going right past this guy could have no affect or scare a little kid now could it.
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    we looked over all the animals and despite the t-rex as his favorite, he chose a lovable friendly plant eater for the build a dino

    checking out all that stuffing that is going to go into his new best friend.
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    he already knew his name at this point so we will from this point forward call dino friend
    Bronty, get it brontosaurus.
    Seeing bronty come to life caused him to jump up and down with excitment.
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    Time to pick out the perfect heart for bronty.
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    Give him a big squeeze to make sure he is the perfect squishyness.
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    Then make sure he is really smart like parker and rub his heart on his head.
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    Have some muscle bulging bicepts to scare away other dinos.
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    Have a good heart like parker to love others, that is apparently in parker stomache.
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    Then kiss the heart and stuff it in.
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    while bronty was sewed up, parker continued to jump around like a very excited nut. so we knew that all was forgiven and we were off the hook.

    noelle was not impressed with his dino or his showing off dancing. dont worry about her though she has plenty of stuffed animals and will build her own dino when she gets older if she chooses.

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    now that the dino was all his he could hug away all he wanted.
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    bronty was due for a good air wash.
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    and a srub down.

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    we then named him officially on the computer had his birth certificate printed out and made our way out.

    I still dont see what is so scary about this restaurant. :scratchin
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    i really liked there boxes here, they had room for the heads and tails to pop out of the box so they were not squished in to the little house.
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    we then made our way to the side of the world of disney store, after checking out the legos that were new to us. im sure you have all seen them plenty so ill just bore you with two of our pictures.

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    and here was a window on the side of world of disney i have never noticed before that had a great bathroom location just down the way that was nice and quite and good spot to stop.
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    we planned on letting parker pick out a pillow pet this trip, and since he knew that he wanted a mickey one and was not going to change his mind despite there being alot of other characters to choose from, we let him use some of his souvenir money to pick on up so he could use it that night in bed.
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    Anytime we are a store noelle sees a stuffed animals she pretty much wants one. Now at home she is allowed to hold it in the store then it is sneakly taken away and put down before we leave, but disney has its own rules and she had some money to spend so she saw a tramp puppy she loved so needless to say it came home with us.
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    and what better way to end the day with a ride back to the resort than to sit on your brothers head on that ride back to the resort.

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    that pretty much summed up the rest of the evening, we got back to the room, relaxed and got ready for bed, kids bathed up, i headed to fill drinks, and we all crashed down in bed around 10:00 for our next park day.



    Just a little update on my Head Shaving Event, I had some more good donations come in today and I am 30% toward my goal amount. If anyone wants to donate or view my participate webpage, please let me know and I will send you a PM for it.
     
  14. jedijill

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    Well, you know they say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. :rotfl2:

    Parker is too cute...love his reaction to building Bronty! Noelle is a sweetie with her Tramp baby too!

    Jill in CO
     
  15. KatMark

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    Someone has been skimming my TR's in the past!!!! I have a picture of this window with Mark sitting in front of it! :rotfl::rotfl:
     
  16. Trentmom

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    Glad parker was okay with going back to make his own dino.

    he picked a very cute one :thumbsup2

    Yay on Mickey Pillow pet. I got my friend's daughter a Pluto one and that thing was so soft, I wanted to keep it :rotfl:
     
  17. MAGICFOR2

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    Nice updates!!!! At first glance the kiddie area at TL looks a little underwhelming, but it looks like it was just perfect for your crew! I tried to snorkel there, and the water was so cold I jumped back out - the CMs were not happy with me. :worried:

    Parker's water skills are pretty good - he looks totally at home on the water slides! I love Noelle's little shoulder flirts - just keep her locked up for a long time! princess: Like Rapunzel. princess:

    PARENTS OF THE YEAR!!! :rotfl2::rotfl2: DGS reacted the same way at Rainforest Cafe - We took him out to the gift shop in shifts and then got his food to go. :goodvibes

    Parker was really brave to go back in and make a dino of his own!
     
  18. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    Plenty of alcohol flowing but everyone being pool people we "know" not to get in the pool after we are drinking....;)

    No really somehow I am surprised there is not one wet person after we have these parties. Kind of baffling really...



    I think we are told "no pictures" while in teh pump rooms and such. I never seem to have any pictures of them so that must be it.

    Disney is pretty secretive. We are not even told what the water temp is kept at and how they chill it down because you know during the summer it must get pretty yucky but it always feels cool and refreshing.

    I think BB is kept a bit cooler to fit in with the melting snow theme.
     
  19. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    Way to redeem yourselves.


    Parker sure is loving that Dino and I LOVE the box with the head and tail sticking out. :rotfl2:

    A much better end to the evening....
     
  20. cheekypoppins

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    I didnt even know about the build a dino,thats so cool n I think the pillow pals are so awesome my 10 yr old has a lotso one n I love it so much I wanna pick one out the next time,of course I'll also be picking up a PLuto for my 7 yr old :)
     
  21. emilyindisney

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    Even though the restaurant experience didn't turn out quite like you hoped, I'm glad everything was forgiven in the end. There's nothing more comforting than a brand new build-a-bear (dino) to cheer him up!

    Noelle seems like she's pretty darn hard to impress! :rotfl2:

    Glad both the kids found something nice to snuggle with. There's something pretty irresistible about those bright, soft Disney plushes!
     

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