The trip to make up for the cold (July 2012) Done 02/04

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  1. DisneyFreak06

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    Part 2: 1900 Park Fair

    I love the mural in the background. It’s so pretty. I wouldn’t mind having one of those painted at my house one day!

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    My first plate:

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    Yes, we liked the kids Mickey plates better than the adult ones, so we picked those up! LOL

    Blanche’s first plate.

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    She didn’t really like the juice, but I did. I had two glasses.

    Our waitress really wanted us to have our picture taken in front of this mural thingy. So we did.

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    Then Pooh came and found us, so she took our picture with him.

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    At least he didn’t try to eat Blanche this time.

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    He came around again and I got to snuggle in a little more.

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    My second plate. LOL

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    Alice was funny. She talked to us about the Chessire Cat and how he liked stripes too.

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    Oh my goodness! The Mad Hatter! He came around when Blanche was looking in the other direction and ducked down right beside her head. When she turned, he was right in her face and she screamed and jumped! He asked what she was looking at and she couldn’t talk. I said that she was looking for some handsome men, without realizing that there was one beside her. It was so funny. He was quite happy with my comment.

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    Next up was Tigger.

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    I don’t really know what happened to my lip in this one, but I’m happy to see Tigger.

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    Mary Poppins said that I know all her teachings. I said that I didn’t know all of them yet, but I would practice!

    I need to practice my hand placement for sure.

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    We really liked her boots.

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    All in all, the food was decent (I'm a big breakfast fan... even though I don't eat big breakfasts every day!) and the characters were fun! I'd go back. I still want to go for supper because of the Tremaines, but I am not so sure about the food for supper!
     
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  3. DisneyFreak06

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    Part 3: More GF

    I took a few pictures of this because Blanche wants her brothers to make her one similar to it.

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    Blanche forgot to smile.

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    So, being a good teacher, I made her do it again until she got it right.

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    Oh, we shopped a little at the GF. I bought a glass mug with GF on it, and a key chain I believe.

    The balloon wallet was a purchase from earlier.

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    Back at our hotel.

    I think this is where some of the CMs get dropped off. The bench must be to relax as they wait for their bus!

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    Our door to our second room.

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    Then I started playing with my camera and nearly fell off my bed.

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    I played some more and made it so Blanche had some very large and plasticky looking feet, but I decided to be nice and not post them on here!

    Again, I can’t remember what we did the rest of the day. I will have to get the receipts. I know we didn’t do a park though, we took the night off.
     
  4. DisneyFreak06

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    July 23, 2012 Part 1: Animal Kingdom

    Blanche and I got to AK a few minutes after park opening. We entered the park and split up so I could get our fastpasses for Expedition Everest. She went straight to the Safari and must have walked faster than I was expecting her to. She went in to the ride queue and then (thankfully) came back out and found me.

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    We started the Safari, and our guide lost his sound. It was still a nice safari ride, he stopped and let us take pictures. I like that now! They’d never done it before. As a person that loves taking pictures, it’s a nice plus when they allow you to do that.

    Our guide.

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    He told us that we’d be able to go around again after the ride, so we could get the full experience, if we wanted to. Without waiting in the queue.

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    Blanche and I were in the front row, and we noticed that the engine light was on in the truck! Sorry for the blurriness, but I thought it would be fun to document that! LOL Poor guy was not having much luck with his truck. He was on his CB radio quite a bit trying to let them know what was going on.

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    This giraffe was really close to our truck! I love when the animals are nearby!

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    Part 2: More Safari

    It was the baby rhino’s first day out on the safari!

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    For some reason I have a harder time getting a good shot of these guys than I do the lions.

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    That was the end of the safari. We decided that we may as well go around again, since we didn’t have to wait. I was hoping that the giraffes would be nearby again. We all got off at the exit, and there was only one other family with Blanche and I. We stayed at the exit, then got on the next truck after the guests got off. We got to go around and see “behind the scenes” for a minute. I should have taken some pictures. They wash off the wheels and sides of each truck in between guests. Disney is very efficient and clean! LOL

    Our next guide.

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    I want to do this tour one day.

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    Part 3: Safari, part 3 basically

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    This one was a little better.

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    He’s awake!

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    But she’s not! LOL

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    There are more Safari pictures on my flickr account if you want to see them. Just click on any picture and it will take you to my flickr.

    The Tree of Life. I took a few pictures that are very similar, so I played with them with my editing program. I haven’t decided which ones I like best… yet.

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    We were heading back to Everest to go for our ride.

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    Part 4: Expedition Everest

    I left my camera out and just snapped pictures without putting it up to my eye. These are some I got that I liked.

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    Hello Epcot/Swan and Dolphin. Is that Tower of Terror too? I believe it is!

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    Hee hee hee… I then turned the camera and snapped a few of Blanche. At this point I think she might have been saying “It’s okay, I’ll get off and walk from here” Along with all her regular “Why do I do this? I’m going to die” comments. It is so hilarious! She is usually terrified and I’m giggling like crazy!

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    Here is our photopass picture. I’m not really giving a thumbs up sign, I was reaching up to get my hair out of my mouth. I could easily have given a thumbs up sign though, I love that ride!

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    We bought our photopass picture and browsed the shop a few minutes.

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    Part 5: Food

    Then we decided that we (ahem… Blanche) needed a little break and we’d get a snack of some sort.

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    So this is where we went…

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    Or at least that’s the menu of where we went! LOL

    I believe I got a twist cone and Blanche got a float, although she was just going to get a Diet Coke at first. I didn’t take any pictures, but we found a stone bench to sit on and people watch while we relaxed and ate our snack.

    We must have browsed some shops because I have no pictures for an hour. And the next thing I have pictures of is by Pizzafari where we went for lunch!

    I took these because I know how much Blanche and Rose LOVE spiders! Hee hee hee… oops. I mean buahahahahaha.

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    My cheese pizza.

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    A parfait for dessert. (I wish they still had the apple pie things… those were so good!)

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    Caesar salad.

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    Blanche’s veggie pizza.

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    We both got the pizza and salad, and the strawberry parfait for dessert. Maybe it was because we’d just had a snack an hour before, but we didn’t finish everything! LOl

    We were in the snail room.

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    Blanche went to find a washroom, so I stayed near the exit and took some pictures.

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    Part 6: Camp Minnie Mickey

    When Blanche came back, we decided to head to Camp Minnie Mickey to see the Festival of the Lion King. It’s Blanche’s favorite show, and I love it. I also love trying to get good shots during the show, so that was fine by me.

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    Thank you. More to come now!
     
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    I'm on hold right now with Disney trying to book for my March trip. So while I....

    Oops... While I was typing that, a lovely CM named Laura answered my call. I am now booked for one night in a Little Mermaid room and then 6 nights at Pop Century between March 17-24. I know it would have been cheaper to stay at Pop the whole time, but I really wanted to stay at least one night at AoA.


    Part 7: Festival of the Lion King

    We found a back row that had a wall behind us, so we could lean. I wasn’t sure if I liked that idea or not, because it meant we had to climb up the stairs. Blanche took the end, by the stairs, and was able to stretch out when she needed to. So it worked out. Except when it was time to leave and everyone wanted to rush her.

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    Those pesky exit signs are annoying in my picture! LOL

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    Part 8: FOTLK part 2

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    I was going to stay and see the next Finding Nemo show, but it was over an hour away and it was starting to rain. I’m sorry, but there is not much in AK for me in the rain, so I left with Blanche. I believe we just kind of hung out in our room/at the resort and relaxed. I really do need to find those receipts! LOL

    I found my receipts! Finally. Sorry I’m so slow…. LOL

    Before noon, we used one of our 20% off coupons we’d received with a counter service purchase before noon, and bought ourselves some Dooney and Burke wristlets! We were so excited! We got the Disney park ones, mine was green and Blanche’s was yellow. They are so adorable!

    I guess we really just went back to relax, I think it stayed wet and we just stayed in and read and relaxed because I don’t have any more receipts for that day! Not even a food receipt.
     
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    UPDATE:

    On July 22, after our breakfast at the Grand Floridian, which we basically paid for with our refund for the room change, we went to the outlet malls. The one on Vineland I believe.

    At the GF, we browsed the shops. At Sandy Cove, I bought a glass GF mug, a little GF keychain and and a big Mickey Carabineer thingy. I use it to hold my shopping bags on my shopping cart.

    At the outlets, I tried not to spend too, too much. I did fairly well. At the Disney’s Character Warehouse, I spent just under $100. I bought a few things, but I can’t read what all of them are because of how the receipts work! So annoying!!! Hahaha

    I bought two scarves, one green, one white circle scarf type, some Christmas shorts that I wear as jammies under about 5 blankets (I’m in Canada and I hate being cold!), some pjs that I gave my sister, a paisley dress and something else that was grey. I think it was a shirt.

    I also made some purchases at Jockey, but I won’t give you the details on that! Hahahaha

    And I guess we went back to MK for a bit at list, because Blanche bought a scoop of popcorn at MK Popcorn carts on a snack credit. Hmmmm.... weird. I think it was wet so I decided I didn't want my camera. I do that sometimes where I just want to be and not document.
     
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    My first two trips I flew out of Halifax. One with Delta, one with Air Canada. Both times there were delays. With Delta, it had something to do with them and they put me up in a hotel in Boston. With Air Canada, it was the weather, and we stayed in the airport over night. I am a little nervous because I booked this trip out of Halifax too. I know it's not Halifax's fault, it just worries me since 2/2 March Break trips out of Halifax had issues. I guess my other trip during March Break was to DL and we had problems then too. Maybe we should change our March break! :rotfl2:

    This time I'm flying with Westjet and it's direct! I'm looking forward to that. I've never flown direct to Orlando, :scratchin except for the morning from Boston. This way I drive for about 3-4 hours :drive: (I never know exactly, so I take my time and leave WAY early... it IS for Disney and I am too excited!) and then wait around at the airport for 3-4 hours, then go fly for about 4 hours. So I will leave home at about 9:30 in the morning and arrive in Orlando about 11 hours later. When I fly out of Charlottetown, I usually leave home at about 4:30 in the morning and get to Orlando in about 7-8 hours. Maybe that's not worth it!

    Okay, back to the plans.

    Arrive in Orlando in the evening. Later than ever before as I like to arrive as early as possible.

    Take DME to Art of Animation for one night in a Little Mermaid room. I will take many, many pictures of the room and the resort that night. The plan right now is to just stay at the resort, swimming in the pool (to hear the underwater music!), taking lots of pictures and maybe eat something.

    The next morning I will get up and head over to Pop Century to check in and get my 6 day hoppers before heading to Epcot. I was going to do Music, but then I thought about how much easier it would be to get to Pop than to Music!

    I have an ADR for Les Chefs de France to practice my French and pretend I'm finally in France. I will hopefully get to see Remy since it's at lunch time. I'm planning to get the prix fixe items and go with the onion soup and macaroni and cheese. I haven't decided which dessert yet, any recommendations? I might not be able to eat all that food, but it's basically an appetizer or dessert for free. I'll likely just eat oatmeal for breakfast and then not snack until then.

    Other than that, no ADRs. It will be all quick service meals.

    Here are my extra must dos for the whole trip:
    Be Our Guest
    Off Kilter
    New Fantasyland
    Beauty and the Beast
    Finding Nemo
    Lights Motor Action
    Indiana Jones
    Festival of the Lion King
    Rafiki's Planet Watch
    The trails at AK
    Cheesecake at POR (to take a picture!)
    Night pictures at some resorts
    Napoleon (really?)
    visit AKL
    visit WL
    Dinosaur
    Wishes
    Fantasmic
    Illuminations

    By extra, I mean not including the certain rides that I make sure to do each trip. Most of the list above I either haven't done it before, or I just didn't get to it last trip. FOTLK I go each trip and challenge myself to get better pictures.

    *This could all change if my sister and her family come. They haven't decided and it's kind of stressful for me, so I thought I'd book and change things if I must! The plans could change easily with no worries, it's the resort/flights that bother me, not the plans at WDW. She's got a soon to be 18 year old son (my DN who came with me in 2007), a 5 year old and a 2 year old. We'd have so much fun with my little Disney Freaks! They love coming in and looking at Disney things of mine. LOL
     
  16. DisneyFreak06

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    July 24, 2012 Part 1: Last full day, breakfast at POR

    I opened the door and found this:

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    I almost cry every time I see that!

    Blanche wasn’t ready, so I snapped some pictures while I waited, as usual.

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    These ones appeared sometime through the week.

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    Blanche decided to wear her boot. Which was good, because she’d been sore from not wearing it.

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    See where she put her Mickey sticker?

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    I still think this is such a beautiful resort.

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    I decided to get an omelet this morning.

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    I got one of the cheeses, ham, green pepper and onions. It was yummy….

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    My omelets NEVER turn out like this. I think I do something wrong.

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    Blanche got one of my favorites. A Mickey waffle.

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    I always start with the ears for some reason. She usually leaves her ears! LOL

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    Why don't the links for some pictures show up? That is getting kind of annoying.... Oh well, nothing I can do about it! I think you can click on it to see the picture, if you'd like to see it. If that doesn't work, click on the picture above (POR 208) and then see the others.
     
  17. DisneyFreak06

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    Part 2: More POR and DTD

    I knew it was my last full day and I wanted to take as many pictures at POR as I could. It was such a beautiful resort.

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    Where did we go this day? To DTD of course! We had some more coupons to use at World of Disney! We also didn’t want to leave it too late because we’d need to pack all our new purchases in our luggage.

    Have I mentioned that I love shopping at Disney?

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    I just noticed how wintery that sign looks for a July offer. Maybe it was because it was outside the Christmas store.

    I believe this is Tren-D. I love Once Upon a Time, so it was exciting to see it advertised everywhere.

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  18. teekathepony

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    I thought I had subscribed to your TR long ago but apparently it never stuck!
    I'm very late to the party but I'm going back to get caught up! Love the downtown Disney shots!
     
  19. DisneyFreak06

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    Welcome back then! Never too late though either. ;)

    Thanks for reading. :) I love the Pirate skeletons. Once, I sent my sister Rose in ahead of me, and she didn't know they were there. They rattled the cage and she screamed so loud. I then began laughing until I was crying. Two elderlyish ladies kept looking at me smiling, and I couldn't tell if they thought I was crazy or if it was funny. :lmao:
     
  20. DisneyFreak06

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    Part 3: World of Disney and POR

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    More sort of Once Upon a Time merchandise with a picture of the show.

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    So at World of Disney I spent a lot of money! With my discount, it was just under $250… EEEK.

    I bought (according to my deciphering of the receipts): 2 keychains (they were exactly the same as the ones I bought in DL, so I wanted the same thing and one was for one of my sisters), a luggage tag, A Mickey cake mould, MM bag clips, MM Chef hat, a flipper, a pillow “A Dream is a wish your heart makes” is on one side and “when you’re fast is asleep” is on the other. Another pillow that has “once upon a time… once upon a time… etc” written all over one side and “happily ever after” various times on the other side. Some corn holders, (to hold the corn in your hands, not the plate things), a pie server, a shower curtain, 2 pairs of pink capris, one for a sister, some candy, a car magnet, something that says a tote and I can’t figure it out because it says w mn dot tote rd $19.95. (I really need to take better notes sometime!), a rolling pin and a Cinderella 3 pack cosmetic pack for the Golden Girls.

    I have 90% of my things stored away, so I sometimes forget what things are. I use the clothing and the pillows and such, but I have all the kitchen stuff stored away in the basement in plastic bins. One of the teachers from school is actually bringing me some tea towels tomorrow that her husband had bought her on their last trip, but she doesn’t want them! LOL She said it’s because it just reminds her of how terrible the trip was because everyone got terribly sick. Every once in a while though, I take out all my Disney things and look at them, making a list that I later lose, so that I know what I have. I will do that before my next trip so I try not to shop as much. Some days I say I want to move just so I can decorate Disney style!

    After spending all my money, we left for the boat to take us back to POR.

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    We brought all our purchases back to our room before we left for the Mill for lunch.

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    I was playing with the aperture on my camera to see what I liked best for this. Here are a few:

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    On our way back for lunch, one of the DTD boats was arriving.

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    Blanche’s lunch.

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    My lunch.

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    I cannot for the life of me think of why I didn’t take a picture of my cheesecake! I can’t remember how many times I got it for my desert, but I never took a picture of it! I guess I have to go back and take a picture of it when I’m there in March. With my tripod to take some night shots of POR I guess. LOL

    We went back to the room and Blanche decided she didn’t feel up to visiting any parks! I wanted to get to Epcot to buy something for my nephew in Japan and to see Off Kilter; I wanted to get to DHS to see Beauty and the Beast and maybe Fantasmic, and get to MK to see the fireworks. What was I going to do? I said I couldn’t decide and that I’d stay back because I was tired. What was up with that? Blanche wouldn’t let me though and kicked me out, telling me that I’d regret it. I knew she was right, so I left to take the long way around, through Alligator Bayou, to get to the main bus stop.

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    Two lizards for the price of one.

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  21. DisneyFreak06

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    Part 4: More POR

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    Because of the walk, I realized that as much as I loved Magnolia Bend, I could stay in Alligator Bayou. It’s almost like two separate resorts in one!

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    I think they were working on the sidewalks.

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    I was watching this little guy. People were walking buy quietly so they wouldn’t scare him away. I wanted to get two shots of him… You’ll see why.

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    Pretty! LOL

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    Looks like it might rain.

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