This is the last trip the 4 of us ever take to WDW. Nov 2-12 *FinalUpdate 3/19* Pg.59

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  1. that's nice

    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    We had just arrived in Florida and spent a few hours at Give Kids the World. It was time to say goodbye and make the 20 minute drive over to Disney. The kids were excited... and so were the parents when we saw this:

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    It was a great feeling knowing we finally made it back. I had the GPS but I knew I just needed to follow signs for Animal Kingdom. We were almost there...

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    There it is!

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    I think someone was getting a little giddy!

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    We parked and walked over to checkin.

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    The checkin process went nice and smooth. I asked the CM about adding one more day on our reservation but it couldn't be done. She suggested trying on Friday and then again on Saturday. Our room wasn't ready so we took a walk over to the gift shop and then outside. We were outside for 2 minutes when I was getting a text. Our room was ready! Sweet!

    We drove over to Cabanas 8B and saw we had a first floor standard room. Awesome. Just what we wanted. I forget our room number (i forgot to take a picture of it) but we were on the right hand side of the building- a mere 30 second walk to the bus stop. We plopped all our belongings down- well, it was more like I took numerous trips to the car- and started to unpack a bit. Christopher decided he would help.

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    We didn't have much time to play around though. We had to get ready for dinner. A couple quick showers and we were off. Christopher passed out before we were even off CSR property. It didn't take long till we were pulling into the Contemporary.

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    I took Christopher out of the car and laid him in the stroller. He didn't even move. The kid was beat. We walked over and got checked in for dinner at Chef Mickey's! The line was no existent. I guess we were the line. LOL

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    I think I take this picture every time.

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  3. that's nice

    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    We skipped the picture at the plate and waited for less than 5 minutes. Our buzzer went off and we were brought to our table. We brought the stroller because we couldn't leave Christopher behind…..

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    We ordered our drinks and the characters were coming.

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    I felt bad that Christopher was going to miss out, but he woke up right when after Minnie came to visit. Good thing because his favorite, Mickey Mouse, was coming over next. He watched Juliana take a picture with him but wanted nothing to do with him.

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    When Mickey got close Christopher started screaming. Oh Boy!

    Goofy was next.. and was sneaking up on Christopher.

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    That wasn't a good idea. Christopher started screaming and crying… You can see him trying to have Melody hold him here..

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    Pluto was up next… It was like rapid fire. He got down to Christopher's level but still Christopher was flipping out.

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    I wanted a picture with Juliana and Christopher but Mr. Crying Pants didn't want anything to do with it.

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    There was a little break so I ran to get Juliana, Christopher, and myself something to eat while Melody hung back and hung with the screamer.

    I couldn't believe Christopher hated the characters. I mean- he knows them. His whole room is Mickey Mouse. He has been staring at Mickey since he was born. This was going to make for a looooong week.

    Juliana and I got back to the table with our food and Donald was 2 tables over. I got ready for more screaming. Donald came over and once again, Christopher started to cry. Donald didn't like that. He got down on his knees and started waving to Mr. Cryee.

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    Christopher stopped crying and Donald got closer…

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    Donald started playing peek-a-boo with Christopher and Mr. Cryee's mood changed from crying and hating the characters to laughing and liking Donald. We left Christopher in his seat- we didn't want to ruin the moment and took a few quick pictures with the 'Don'

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    From the moment Donald came to our table, Christopher started to love the characters. It was like a bit of Disney magic. Mickey even stopped back and we were able to take a picture with him and the kids without screaming.

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    I don't really want to talk to much about the food here because, well, it wasn't every good. I was really disappointed with it. Melody was too. The chicken was dried out. The sauce tasted worse than jar sauce. Some food was cold…. etc. But we did like the desserts.

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    We finished up with dinner and walked toward the monorail. It was going to be the first ride of the trip!

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    We made it on the monorail for our first ride around the loop. Christopher was more interested looking at all the people than smiling for pictures…

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    MNSSHP was going on and I thought about getting tickets. I'm so glad we didn't because the kids would have been miserable… and the parents might of been too. Here is a blurry shot of the train station!

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    We got back to the Contemporary and headed back to the car. We made the short drive back to CSR. Melody got the kids ready for bed and I had took a walk to grab some milk.

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    Once agin the place was empty…

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    We got the kids to bed and I turned in early too. I had to be up at 5 to run in the GKTW Gingerbread Run 5k in the morning!!!!



    Up next…. run, run as fast as you can!
     
  4. petals

    petals Irish Princess because Cinderella said so!

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    Aws poor Christopher was probably just tired for the first few characters, I'm glad he came round though. :thumbsup2
     
  5. mommy2mrb

    mommy2mrb Mama to a Princess - But I'm A Scrap Princess!

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    hey I have good timing once again :goodvibes


    oh my not a good start with Christopher's first character meet & greet....they are so big to such a little man...happy Donald was able to break the ice and it was fun for all after that!

    bummer about the yucky food, dessert does look yummy - we think the food for breakfast is better!
     
  6. glennbo123

    glennbo123 DIS Veteran

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    He probably was afraid that he was going to try to steal his Yuengling. :rolleyes:

    Sorry the character interaction didn't go better, but you guys are off to a fun start....unpacked and hitting Chef Mickey's. :thumbsup2
     
  7. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I'm glad he got over his fears. Poor guy. I have heard the dinner isn't too great. We had breakfast once and it was just ok.
     
  8. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Is that what you call it?

    That's the fastest maid service ever!

    :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

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    Welcome to the Happiest Place on Earth!

    Goofy was next.. and was sneaking up on Christopher.

     
  9. Stringbean&Wingnut

    Stringbean&Wingnut DIS Veteran

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    Glad to hear that Donald was able to warm Christopher up to liking the characters!!! Hopefully he was better with them throughout the week!
     
  10. shalom

    shalom DIS Veteran

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    Donald's not the one who first comes to mind when you think of charming a crying child, but timing is everything, I guess. :teeth:
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I'm sure the lack of sleep and just waking up had a big part in what was going on with him.


    Yes. Yes you do! :thumbsup2


    We were still worried... we had a long trip ahead. :scratchin

    We have eaten breakfast & dinner there a few times. I think I'd just stick to breakfast.


    Good eye! Christopher loves Yuengling! :rotfl2::rotfl2:

    We did have a good time at dinner... even with Christopher being fussy. He did love the monorail though.



    We have eaten dinner there 3 times and I feel like the quality has gone down each time. :sad2:
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I guess... what do you call it?

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    I think Christopher would beg to differ. :headache:

    Goofy was next.. and was sneaking up on Christopher.

    That would be terrible... we could have been torturing him since birth! :scared1:

    I guess so. I'll have to remember that. ;)

    A food review from Mr. Burger himself? WOW! :rolleyes1:rolleyes1:rolleyes1

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    What else is there to do at 5:00am?



    Thank goodness for Donald!!!!

    We were hoping he wasn't going to be like this for the rest of the week. :rolleyes1




    No, you are right. But we were so thankful Donald got down and started playing with Christopher. It really broke his mood and was a wonderful moment. :)
     
  13. brookelizabeth

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    What?! No line at Chef Mickey's?! Unheard of! Generally there are so many people there are children laying on the floor! :rotfl:




    :love: SO glad Donald brought some magic!!!

    Sorry to hear about the food. Our 1 dinner there was like that too - even though some people seem to have the opposite experience and love their dinner. We've had a good breakfast there though.
     
  14. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Hey, I also went way out on a limb and had a steak and some pizza at WDW. So there. :rotfl:

    5:00 a.m. should never consciously exist.
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I guess I should of took a picture on the way out... it looked exactly how you are describing it. :eek: :lmao::lmao:

    I'm sure you can eat at any restaurant and have off days.... but paying the premium at WDW, I expect decent food. :duck:




    Wow! Stop the presses! :surfweb:

    LOL... I've seen 5am way too many times in the last 16 months. :sad2:
     
  16. archdandy

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    That's so sweet that Donald was able to get your son to warm up to the characters! I probably would have teared up if I was in your situation. I hope your race ended up going well! :thumbsup2
     
  17. KatMark

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    I'm back and FINALLY catching up.

    Too bad the wreath wasn't up when you took the pic!
     
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    Great first day; can't wait to hear about the race.
     
  19. MissPrice

    MissPrice Treguna, Makoidees, Trecorum, Sadis Dee!

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    HI there :) Joining in. Really enjoying the TR so far. -Amanda :goodvibes
     
  20. Moira222

    Moira222 Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!

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    Hey Tim! I have been Awol from your ptr but had to sub to your new TR. I can only think of one reason for that title. But i will wait to see.

    I remember traveling with Katie when she was 11 months old. We had to rent a turtle for the roof for all the baby gear. Can't imagine how much stuff we would have had to take on a plane!

    I just loved that phlto of Christopher sprawled out in his stroller. So cute! Did Ana enjoy showing Christopher little things throughout the trip? She is such a good big sister.

    Thank goodness for Donald breaking the ice with Christopher. That memory is a keeper!
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    5:45 came quickly on Saturday morning- I didn't sleep too well. I kept thinking I would oversleep and miss the run. Even though my clothes were all laid out, it was hard trying to be quiet and not wake anyone up. For some reason I thought it was a good idea to put some of my items in a plastic bag. Do you know how loud a crinkling plastic bag is at 5:45am?? LOUD! I was able to get out without waking anyone up. I drove back over towards GKTW. I had to park in the Walmart parking lot and they had shuttles to bus people down the road to GKTW. There was a stage set up with a DJ playing, characters starting visiting, and I was getting anxious for the run to start.

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    About 7:45 they started calling people over to the starting line. They started with people who run a 6 minute mile, then 8, then 10. I walked over when they said 10. I'm not sure if people weren't listening or just wanted to be near the front, but when the race started I was dodging slow joggers and runners for at least .3 mile.

    The race was fun. It had 2 loops in the village and I passed the villa that we stayed at 2 times. It was pretty emotional. After the run they handed out gift bags, certificates, and had breakfast for us. I stayed for a while and listened to a few families speak.

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    This particular family was from Canada and moved to Florida after their son Noah passed away to be closer to GKTW and volunteer there. The mom is a DISer and posts on the WISH threads. Have you ever noticed when you roll your cursor over the angel smilie while responding to a post it says Noah? Well that's in honor of their son.

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    They gave out awards for the top runners...

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    The finish line...

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    I finished the run in 29:30.. not too bad.

    I left GKTW around 10:30 and headed back towards Coronado Springs.

    While I was gone, Melody and the kids ordered room service and had breakfast in the room. Then they went exploring....

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    A little relaxing on a hammock.

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    Christopher playing in the sand.

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    How's the pool look Juliana?

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    Looks like they continued walking words the dig site....

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    I got back to the room and they were back from their walk. I had a little breakfast and Melody & I tried to form a plan for the afternoon.



    Up next.... waiting for a special guest, & a cut, a flag, & a mouse
     

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