The Day the Mickey Died - In memoriam: Pal Mickey

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  1. Peter Panic Attack

    Peter Panic Attack sudden, discrete periods of intense anxiety couple

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    Absolutely...you need to take your Pal Mickey. In fact...we need to start a worldwide Pal Mickey revival...because we've started to take him for granted.

    I wonder what the legal drinking age would be for Pal Mickey.

    Good luck....I think you are making a wise purchase.

    First of all...I'm glad you're enjoying the TR.

    Regarding your "long story short - too late" questions...I have no idea where that qoute came from....but I know I've heard it a million times...and it just strikes me as funny especially when I've gotten a little "wordy".

    I wonder if we ran into the same guy that corrected your pronounciation. Maybe they station a guy in line to help out the ignorant masses.

    Where in the heck have you been? We were starting to worry.

    Glad you like the TR.
     
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  3. shebaxric

    shebaxric Disaholic Since 1980!!!

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    DH loves Biegarten, too! We've been there more than any other restaurant in Epcot. I told him this trip we're going to mix it up for a change and go to France. :cool1: His reaction was like this::scared1: I love Illuminations, too! The fireworks and that huge globe really work well together. I'll be interested to find out if you actually sleep in. Was that part of Tinkershell's non-negotiable itinerary?
     
  4. Peter Panic Attack

    Peter Panic Attack sudden, discrete periods of intense anxiety couple

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    Chpt 28 - Tomorrow we're sleeping in

    We were at the half-way point in our trip...which meant it was time to take a breath and assess our progress. Life is all about setting goals and measuring progress....unless you’re Pal Mickey...in which case it’s all about skipping meals and watching your girlish figure.

    So far..we had enjoyed a wonderful day at Animal Kingdom....where the rest of the family had nurtured there deep connection with nature and all it’s hidden beauty....and I had fallen victim to the enchanting siren call of the wickedly illusive DeVine. At Magic Kingdom...we had been transported to a world of make believe were life’s troubles were left behind...only to be wrenched back to reality when confronted with Dale’s self-destructive battle with the bottle. Finally, we had enjoyed a magical day at Epcot...where our family was treated to a rare glimpse at what things might look like in the future...while an unfortunate group of teenage boys battled for the chance to even have a future against a pack of rogue Canadian seagulls. In other words...things had gone exactly as we had planned.

    This day was special because it was our Cinderella’s Royal Table day. We had made a reservation for lunch...rather than breakfast....because then the princesses could sleep in instead of getting up at the crack of dawn to make us flapjacks. Plus...we had heard that Cinderella always burns the toast.

    As long as the princesses were sleeping in....we decided to do the same. In fact...I think it would have been a serious breach in royal etiquette to do otherwise...and the last thing we wanted was to start an international incident....like on our last trip. So...with no pressure to make rope drop...we enjoyed a leisurely morning....and arrived at MK a little before 11:00.

    It was a glorious day....blue skies...gentle breeze...and just cool enough to keep Pal Mickey comfortable in his santa coat. Even at this point in the day...the crowds were light. We took a lazy stroll up Main Street USA on the way to Fantasyland...stopping at a couple of photopass stations along the way to capture the moment. I believe it was American author and activist Helen Keller...who became known worldwide through her depiction in the film The Miracle Worker ...who said "the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched… but are felt by the heart"...or was that Helen Hunt.. who became known worldwide for seeing a flying cow in the film Twister...I always get those two mixed up.

    In Fantasyland....the line was reasonable at Peter Pan’s Flight...so we climbed aboard a mini pirate ship and pelted it with a handful of pixie dust. Next stop.....Neverland. What started out as a carefree ride soon turned sinister...or foreboding if you prefer...thanks to the society induced criminal behavior of one Captain James Hook...aka Hook Diddy....aka Captain Crunch...who notoriously financed his illegal activities by selling sugary cereal to unsuspecting children. Before our very eyes...Hook Diddy unleashed his evil plan to trap Peter Pan. Pal Mickey was outraged when he saw the captive Wendy below him...and it was all I could do to keep him in the boat....because he suffers from a rare medical condition called “enlarged chivalrous computer chip syndrome” ...or ECCCS. Thankfully...by the time we had rounded the pirate ship’s sail...the tide had turned and Peter Pan had saved the day. And not a moment too soon....because Pal Mickey is sneaky strong....and gets as slippery as an eel when he starts to sweat.

    After PPF....Pal Mickey had one of his physic fits were he gets a message from the great beyond....and he announced in his mystical tourguide voice that the line for Pooh was short. In the past....we had found his visions to be quite reliable...so we headed over to take a look. Turns out...it was Pal Mickey who was full of pooh...because there was line...but it wasn’t short. Why must you turn this into a park of lies Pal Mickey? Anyway, we passed on Winnie the Pooh with his new and improved longer line and headed for Philharmagic instead. I think the whole Pooh diversion had been Pal Mickey’s weak attempt to avoid Philharmagic....because large 3D glasses on his tiny head do not a pretty picture make.

    Next up: Chpt 29 - Lunch with royalty
     
  5. hucifer

    hucifer <font color=blue>The tag that was here was staler

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    CLUE! It's from the movie Clue. (Okay, I cheated and googled it.) That's been bothering me for a decade. Whew! Thanks, Mr. Attack.






    And now....your next installment follows...



    no?

    I mean *ahem* ...your next installment above.
     
  6. Peter Panic Attack

    Peter Panic Attack sudden, discrete periods of intense anxiety couple

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    How could you consider passing up an oom-pah-pah band for snails in garlic? That would be absolutely, totally, and in all other ways inconceivable.(I had to throw in a little Princess Bride reference because I know you're a fan)

    That's weird...because Clue is Tinkershell's favorite game....and nice recovery on the next installment announcement by the way....very smooth.
     
  7. shebaxric

    shebaxric Disaholic Since 1980!!!

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    You know, I really did struggle with the decision to not let DH go to the Biergarten. Perhaps he can go there with his parents and I'll take my sister with me for the snails with garlic and butter. Don't forget about the butter, it's all about the butter! (P.S. Thanks for the Princess Bride reference, I'll take it whenever I can!)
     
  8. MagicShell

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    "Why must you turn this park into a park of lies Pal Mickey?" :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
    Very funny updates. My husband knows O Christmas Tree in German.
     
  9. Peter Panic Attack

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    It is not the garlic or butter that concerns me......it's our friendly little garden pest.

    Thanks. Tinkershell knows a bunch of stuff in German....supposedly. She could be making it all up and I would be none the wiser.
     
  10. PirateFish989

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    How DARE she burn the toast! Doesn't she know that you people are paying a pretty penny to have her wait on you?? Sheesh!

    Another great update.
     
  11. luvngoofy

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    Another PPA update! I thought it was back to back but then I realized there wasn't one yesterday. BTW, hope you had a good fathers day.

    Tinkershells non-negotiable itinerary is working out great!
     
  12. teachallday

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    Poor Cinderella, she had to server her Evil stepmother and stepsisters before she found her prince, now she has her prince and is still stuck down in the kitchen out of sight. In most Royal Meals don't the royals usually entertain their guests. Poor Cinderella is forced to greet all her guests and then sends them up to eat, while she is made to go in the kitchen to prepare the meals. She doesn't even get to enjoy the meal with the guests or interact with them during the meal. She was a slave in the kitchen before she met the prince and is still a slave in the kitchen now that she is a Princess. All that has really changed is that she is in a MUCH bigger house and has to cook for MANY more people. Poor Cinderella. She probably doesn't even get to wear those pretty clothes once the guests are sent up to eat.
     
  13. Peter Panic Attack

    Peter Panic Attack sudden, discrete periods of intense anxiety couple

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    I'm sure Cinderella has tons of things she's good at......making toast just doesn't happen to be one of them.

    PPA.....woohoo...I'm an acroynym.

    I had a great fathers day....DD Woobie took me to Night at the Museum 2...and then we went out to eat later. I don't think 24 hours is enough though...I'm pushing for a Fathers Week....or possibly a Fathers Fortnight.

    Plus...I think she's back to sleeping in the fireplace....because I'm pretty sure I spotted a cinder in my soup.
     
  14. dallastxcpa

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    Wohoo! Great update. :cool1:


    Patiently awaiting the next installment.......:cool2:

    I just like this little guy :upsidedow
     
  15. Peter Panic Attack

    Peter Panic Attack sudden, discrete periods of intense anxiety couple

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    Thanks....and thank you for your patience....and thank you for sharing your favorite upside down smiley
     
  16. twinmom

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    I am new to this rodeo, or trip report, whatever, but I am loving it. Just found it and had to read the whole thing this afternoon. I have been laughing out loud through it all. :lmao::lmao::lmao:

    I have a Pal Mickey somewhere in this house but have not seen it since we moved in 3 years ago. Note to self: Empty those boxes stuck in the back of the closet. :confused3


    Quote from page 10.........
    "Anyway, after a short wait in line....during which Pal Mickey and I slipped over to Frontierland to watch Woody’s Ho-Down (who was surprisingly light on his feet for a seven foot tall child’s plaything by the way)... "

    I think my teenage boys and husband want to go to WDW with you and Pal Mickey. When we go they only get to see Woodys HOE-down. I think they would enjoy your version better.....I'm just saying.....:headache:

    I am joining in with the demands of faster writing.
     
  17. Peter Panic Attack

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    You have a sharp eye....must have been a freudian slip....but it's suprising how seldom "hoe-down" comes up in everyday conversation anymore.

    Glad you like the TR....and I know...I know...I'm hurrying.
     
  18. twinmom

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    Well there's the difference. I live in Texas. Hoe-down comes up in conversation a lot here ;)
     
  19. Peter Panic Attack

    Peter Panic Attack sudden, discrete periods of intense anxiety couple

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    Chpt 29 - Lunch with royalty

    We had scheduled our lunch with the princesses for 12:05....p.m. of course. Because at 12:05 a.m., Cinderella has already turned back into a ragamuffin and....at CRT prices....I'm expecting more than ragamuffin. Obviously, we hadn't spoken to the princesses directly when we set up our lunch date...they had people to take care of these trivial day-to-day matters. Anyway, we had our people contact their people and eventually came up with an agreement both sides were happy with. Pal Mickey was a big help in getting the deal done...because Sleeping Beauty owed him a favor for turning her on to Red Bull a couple years back. Plus....it hadn’t hurt that Tinkershell had been willing to get up in the dead of the night six months earlier to phone in our ADR. Three cheers for Tinkershell.

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    On our last trip to CRT, Tinkershell had disappeared with DD Woobie just before the castle steward had announced that our table was ready. Subsequently, I had panicked and tried to slip the Fairy Godmother a finsky to be my wife for an hour. Turns out that Florida has some pretty tough laws in place prohibiting the solicitation of a Disney character. Who knew? Anyway...everybody always dreams about spending a night in the castle. Well.....it’s not that much fun in the dungeon. I’m not saying...I’m just saying.

    On this trip...I had shackled everyone together with chains and ankle bracelets....because I wasn’t going to have a repeat of last time....plus castle security was eye-balling me pretty good. We were shown to our table without incident...and shortly thereafter... we started to wear our napkins as hats. Yup....you can dress the Panic Attacks up....but you can’t take em out. Even I have no idea what makes us tick. But...in any event...there we were...passing around the camera so we could get a picture of each one of us with a carefully folded napkin on our head. I’m pretty sure Pal Mickey started it.

    Pal Mickey has his elbows on the table....and his feet
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    Anyway, DD Woobie was tickled pink to find out that Jasmine was one of the princesses in attendance. Apparently...she had replaced Mary Poppins....which was just fine with us because last time she kept forcing a spoon full of sugar down our throats. Enough with the sugar already Poppins....we have no medicine to go down. Plus...I can't imagine Mary Poppins would have allowed napkins on our heads...because that no-nonsense nanny has a major bug up her....bonnet.

    DD Woobies favorite
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    After CRT...we headed for the Tiki Room...because listening to Iago’s soothing voice really helps my food settle. Let’s be honest....the Tiki Room doesn’t exactly stand on it’s own merits. The last time anything remotely interesting happened involving a tiki was when Bobby Brady found one in a cave and inadvertantly caused Greg to have a serious surfing accident. Anyway, the real fun of the Tiki Room is trying to pick out which kid in the audience will freak out first. “I’ve got a finsky on the three year-old in the pigtails nervously biting her lip.” “Dream on....it's going to be the four year-old in the lederhosen who’s already hiding under the bench.” Anyway, all bets must be settled by the end of the violent thunderstorm. DS Buddy was the big winner on this occassion....because he put his money on Pal Mickey....who started sobbing at the first hint of rain.

    Next, we grabbed some fastpasses for the Jungle Cruise and then headed over to Pirates. We made sure to sit Pal Mickey on the side of the boat away from the redhead....because even with a restraining order in place.....he is weak. Our biggest adventure at POTC was the gift shop we had to navigate afterwards. Our kids were bombarded with every type of bauble, bangle or bead ever dreamed up in man’s greedy little heart. And don’t they realize a lot of people fly to WDW? Honestly.....how am I supposed to get a life size ship's mast with crow’s nest accoutrement through airport security?

    After POTC....we headed over to Country Bear Jamboree to give it one final chance. Years ago....we had been to CBJ during the Christmas season and they had it all decorated for the occasion. Christmas outfits....twinkle lights....special music....it was a holiday joy. But the last time we tried it at Christmas.....it was the same old CBJ. No outfits...no lights...no music...no joy. On this trip....again.....CBJ didn’t get the memo. The rest of the park is decorated for Christmas and these dusty old bears are acting like its a sticky day in July. Not to mention the fact that there was only two other families in the whole theater. When I was a kids....every year at the state fair I’d walk down the midway and stare in wonder at the colorful banners for the bearded lady... or the sword swallower.... or the boy who lived....wait...I think thats Harry Potter. Anyway, when I finally plucked up the courage to buy a ticket......I found myself sitting in a tent full of empty benches. It doesn’t make you feel like you’re in a first-class attraction when your sitting in an empty room. CBJ was like that. All I’m looking for is twenty-five thousand imported italian twinkle lights....is that too much to ask?

    Next up: Chpt 30 - I don't know....I'll have to check my notes.
     
  20. MagicKisses2

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    You really are too much! This is hilarious. Thank you for the entertainment.

    :goodvibes
     
  21. MagicShell

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    That is a really good picture of your DD with Jasmine. Aladdin is my favorite Disney movie.
     

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