Tasty Planning Time with ZeBrook! A 2 for 1 PTR - 12/24 - All our bags are packed

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  1. shebaxric

    shebaxric Disaholic Since 1980!!!

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    HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!!!:banana::banana: The trip sounds like it'll be a ton of fun! Enjoy it, you don't get to turn 30 twice!
     
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  3. jordanyosh

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    I'm in...I will be curious to see how your trip is now that you're going during Premier Season.....

    Happy Early Birthday....
     
  4. Charleston Princess

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    Oh, you are going to have a wonderful birthday, Brook! I am so excited to hear all about it when I get back!

    I will sing you happy birthday as I arrive on Disney property -- I hope my voice travels all the way to Minnesota! :laughing:
     
  5. Lovemy3babes

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    Awww! Good job Joe! :)
     
  6. brookelizabeth

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    I've heard that the 30s are great from several people, so I'm looking forward to them! It will be a bit strange to not be in my 20s though.

    And yep, I'll share the details when we get back! I have to finish the Dells first though-otherwise I'll have PTR, Dells and Birthday all going at the same time! :laughing:

    I think it will be! I'm kinda lovin' that he has kept it as a surprise too.

    Thank you!!

    Welcome aboard! Thanks for reading! I am slightly frightened about going during Premier Season. I am hoping to find more information here on the DIS about it-read TRs, etc.

    I'll make sure to listen for it! :rotfl2: I can't belive you leave so soon!!! I can't wait to read your TR.

    Yes, very well done!! :lovestruc
     
  7. brookelizabeth

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    I left off just as we had opened some birthday gifts from our dear friends.

    We then headed to the Kalahari Indoor Theme Park. It still amazes me that not only did this hotel have a GIANT indoor water park, but it also had a indoor amusement park, 14 screen theater, pottery shop, 4 restaurants, several "counter service" type places and more.

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    On the way to the theme park, there were several sitting arrangements that looked pretty comfy and inviting. One even had a table with what looked like zebra fur under the glass. It was way prettier and less icky than that sounds! :laughing: Silly me did not take a pic! :sad2:

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    We stepped foot into the theme park, completely not knowing what to expect, and were greeting with an INCREDIBLE amount of arcade games. Directly inside the doors were several car games lined up-Henry went bazerk!

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    We eventually peeled him away from the cars so we could go more than 19 inches inside the park!

    A few arcade games later and we came across this:
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    And then, across the room IT was spotted:

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    The litte red car.
    (and it is official, Henry has good taste-it's a Mustang! ;))

    Henry loved this car!! Forget about the ferris wheel, the giant fake animals, even the car games with blinky lights. This thing was just his size and so close to real-he didn't care about anything else!

    This click-happy Momma took 31 pictures in less than 24 hours of him in this car. That is how often we visited it! :laughing:

    So, Henry is hanging out in the car. When suddenly this little lady struts by and Henry works his charm and he snags a date.

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    "Where to babe?"

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    "You want some tunes?"

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    "Daddy! You can't be here, I'm on a date!"

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    Older protective brother to the date makes sure the car is in tip-top shape. Apparently this car runs on stickers and a manual!

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    "Let's blow this pop-stand!"

    A miracle then occurred and we managed to pull Henry away without a tantrum. Thankfully there were 9 million blinky lights to distract him!

    More arcade games...
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    And more cars!
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    Oooh, and lookie what I spied...
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    Dut Dut!

    Big surprise I found the crane machine with the Disney character prizes, eh? ;)

    Because Henry kept running back to the little red car, Joe hiked him up onto his shoulders.

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    "Da da, the car is that way!" (Joe's facial expression is priceless as Henry pinches his cheek!)

    Continued in next post
     
  8. brookelizabeth

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    Continued from previous post

    More arcade games...thankfully the kids don't yet know the difference when you insert money!
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    "Where is that red car???"

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    For some reason I love pictures where Henry is on his tip-toes, or stretching to reach something-I guess it just shows that he isn't all that big! :goodvibes

    Eventually we made it past the ferris wheel, past the elevated go-karts, through the entire arcade, past the "high-ropes" course, climbing wall and counter service place to find what the gal who checked us in called "like a McDonald's playland".

    Let me tell you, the McDonalds playlands in Wisconsin must be dynamite because this play area was awesome!!

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    They were racing and Friend's Son was pretty pumped he won! It was cute.

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    Have you ever seen a SOCK vending machine? For the curious, they were $3 a pair.

    Henry was a bit small to really take in the playland, so Joe and I explored an adjacent area with things more his speed.

    Of course, what did we find?

    A car! And not just a normal car, a car that looked like a dog! Double the excitement for this little boy!
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    Wearing my new necklace and earrings! (Though you can't really see 'em in this picture)

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    Just a couple things to do here!

    Earlier at the play land, Joe and Mr. Friend had decided they would like to catch a movie. Going to the movies is one of Joe's favorite things, and with a 1 year old-it doesn't happen for us too often. And, this trip was for his birthday, so I encouraged him to go. So, the boys seperated and us ladies and the kids explored a bit more. We found the bowling alley.

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    I thought the couches were so cool!

    On the way back out of the park, we had to make a stop at a couple more arcade games...

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    We watched someone win one of these big balls

    And...guess what Henry spotted on the way back through?

    YEP!

    But, this time, Friend's Son got in!

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    "Where's my girl???"

    Friend's Son had pushed Henry in the car away from the wall, but now that he was in the car, who would push it back?

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    Make the girl do the hard work! :sad2:

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    I think Older Brother was eating it UP!

    Soon, we were out of the park and back in the room where we got the kids ready for bed. All of the kinds found complete facination with the King sized bed, and had crawled all over it.

    Pretty soon Friend's Son was standing and looking at me with a look that said "Please, pretty please, can I jump?"

    My response was:

    "Beds at home are not for jumping on. But hotel beds ARE!!!!!!"

    That was all he needed to hear!

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    Henry wanted to join them, so I let him. I will admit though, my heart was beating pretty fast in fear he would either fall off the bed or get trampled! BUT, everything was fine (of course), and the kids were very good with Henry on the bed too.

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    Henry drilling his head into the bed-he was soooooooo tired. But he was squealing with laughter at the same time.

    A few more minutes of jumping and we roped them off the bed. Within minutes of laying down every kid was sound asleep-what a day we had!

    Up next: The part of the trip I was looking forward to...BREAKFAST BUFFET!
     
  9. PopArtGal

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    Cool.

    Sounds like a cute place.
     
  10. Lady Lallie

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    Henry is just the cutest. I can't get over his cuteness!

    I love him in the red car, little boys and their cars. Hehehe.

    I also love the picture of you and Pumba...that is his name right, the warthog?
     
  11. IluvXU

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    A bowling alley... the one here in OH has a putt putt, but no bowling alley. The playscapes are fantastic there, my girls could have spent weeks playing there.

    This is making me want to hit the Kalahari... maybe we can snag a deal for sometime soon!
     
  12. MeMom

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    Looks like much fun! You really have a good time with your mini-trips in between your Disney trips, don't ya? :woohoo: My weekends aren't nearly as exciting.

    Not that I've seen many bowling alleys, but I've never seen couches like that in any of the ones I have seen. Pretty spiffy!

    Good for you for spotting Donald and Daisy, too.

    I'm sure Henry enjoyed jumping on the bed. :yay:

    I might have a jumping on the bed, falling off the bed, and going to the hospital for stitches story about one of my sons, but since Henry made it through unscathed this time, I'll save it. :laughing:
     
  13. k_reile

    k_reile Slowly converting my son into a Disney lover!

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    henry is too darn cute in that car. Ladies man already huh?? :lmao:
     
  14. TyRy

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    Wow - that place is huge...I've always wondered what it looked like...we see the commercials all the time in Chicago. And the pictures of Henry and his "girlfriend" are priceless! :rotfl2:

    I'll stay happy early birthday now in case I don't get back on before Saturday...welcome to your 30's. Unfotunately, I get to leave them this year :scared1:
     
  15. princess&her4princes

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    Boys and their toys....love the Henry story and the chick picking up already!! You're going to have your hands full with that one!!!;)

    Love the pic of you and Pumba and Joe and the sock machine, you guys crack me up!!!!!:laughing:

    And love the rule of bed jumping....beds at home are not for jumping but hotel beds :thumbsup2 go for it!! Fun!!!!!!:banana:

    Can't wait to hear more!!!!!:surfweb:
     
  16. moparop

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    That hotel looks AMAZING! So many fun things to do! That car IS awesome! Glad to hear that Joe got to see the movie and had someone to go with.

    Have an awesome birthday weekend! Can't wait to hear about all of your fun!
     
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    WOW! Have a wonderful birthday! It sounds like Joe planned a lovely weekend!!

    That hotel looks awesome!! My kiddos would LOVE that place!! There's a place with an indoor water park in the Poconos near my parents that we've talked about taking the kids to but I don't think they have all that!!! WOW!

    Have fun and enjoy your weekend!! I can't wait to hear about it !!
     
  18. Charleston Princess

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    What a great update!!! I love every single picture of Henry and the little girl in the car -- so cute!!! What was even funnier though is his less-than-pleased look when the older brother was in the car with him -- Henry really does seem to be missing his "girl." :lmao:
     
  19. brookelizabeth

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    It really is!

    Thanks LL :goodvibes And yes, boys and their cars! Most of them never grow out of it either. :rolleyes:

    I do think that's Pumba. I didn't put his name in there on purpose because I wasn't sure and didn't want to Google! But, I'm pretty sure...

    Oh! I forgot about the putt putt! Below the elevated go-karts was a mini-golf course. The whole indoor park is very new to the Wisconsin Dells one, so I wonder if they find the bowling alley successful, if it will be added onto the other ones?

    They seem to always be running deals-esp during the week! Go for it!

    After the 4th of July we don't have much going on...but I guess it's Henry's birthday :-)sad1:) in September, so that might tide us over, then Thanksgiving not too far from that. But, yep-we filled up our weekends, kind of on purpose so Disney didn't seem soooooooo far away.

    And Joe had me pricing flights in late July/early August to Orlando the other day...we'll see if anything comes of that!

    I am with ya on the couches-I've never seen anything like that before. It made me want to bowl, just so I could chill on the couch!

    Oh my goodness---I know, I know, I KNOW, with a boy, I HAVE to come to realize stitches are most likely GONNA happen during his growing up years, but I'm sooooo glad you can save that story right now! :laughing:

    He's such a ladies man!

    It is MASSIVE. When you pull around to the resort it stretches so far from end to end-it would be miserable to walk from the one end to the other, I'm pretty sure it's even bigger than AKL. :eek:

    Henry looooooves that little girl. The Mom of the group is the one that watches Henry 4 days a week, so he spends a lot of time with her and he's already giving her hugs and kisses! :eek: :laughing:

    It is a very cool hotel-and would be a blast in the winter so you don't even have to leave!

    The little red car was really neat, I have no idea why it was there other than just for kids to sit in. :confused3 But we sure are glad it was!

    Thanks! I am fairly certain a spa is involved as well...:yay:

    The Kalahari is a great hotel-I knew it had a lot to do, but I didn't really comprehend just how much!

    I see you have a Jan 2010 at AKV in your siggy!! I don't think I recall that being there before...or maybe I just forgot! :rotfl: Regardless, :woohoo:!

    Glad you liked the pics of Henry in the car...because there are MORE coming! :rotfl2:

    I didn't even realize he had that look when the older brother was in the car-but looking back at the pics, he's not smiling in ANY of them! He was concerned about his lady pushing the car. :laughing:



    Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! I wanted to get an update for the actual PTR up tonight as well, but, it's 10 pm and I still have laundry and packing to do!


    Have a great weekend all!
     
  20. KathyRN137

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    Absolutely adorable!! :goodvibes You've got a real chick-magnet on your hands!!

    Wow, Brook, that place looks amazing... a kid's paradise!!

    So glad you were having such fun!


    Kathy
     
  21. A's Princess

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    Have a great birthday Brook! The Dells sounds like so much fun!
     

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