Who Invited My Mother In Law? A Moderately Deluxe TR All New X 3 & PTR Link 2/3 !!

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  1. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

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    Thank you! I'll have more soon, and Maddie will certainly be showing off her wardrobe. ;)

    Alice was so great! Maddie still talks about her tickling her during the pictures.

    They were great character interactions, but really the bacon trumped everything for me. I was so happy!

    As someone who's mother in law invited herself on my honeymoon, I feel for you. My best advice is to keep you expectations for her realistic, and don't be afraid to suggest that the group splits up sometimes. I didn't do a good job of that and I regret it. Good luck!

    We had such great character meets this trip. Mads is still talking about Alice.

    Thanks! The rest of the day was less relaxing than I'd anticipated...

    They were such fun! You'll be happy at CP I'm sure, and it's in the MK :thumbsup2 Put it on your list for next trip.

    And speaking of trips, have a great one!
     
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  3. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

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    I was so happy! That's where they're hiding the bacon! The rest of the food could have been terrible and I still would have been happy after finding the bacon. :lmao:

    Thank you! I love my DSLR, and I'm so glad that we got it. WDW is the best place to use it!

    I am not prepared for Kindergarten. DD on the other hand is beyond excited.


    You are too sweet. I wish we lived near one another, I'd teach you to sew. It's really not that hard. :goodvibes

    I wish that I was exaggerating. I really do eat bacon several times a week (and I don't eat breakfast!) Good bacon is the only thing that my WDW vacations are usually lacking.

    You know, I have several vegetarian friends who say the only thing they miss about their meat eating days is bacon. :lmao:


    Thank you so much! She's great most of the time... :lmao:

    That was our first breakfast there, and we really enjoyed it! Mad Hatter and playful Alice were such a nice change of pace from our usual sedate princess meals. We loved it!
     
  4. RGirl

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    OK, I am totally :rotfl2:. I did not eat red meat or pork (and very rarely ate fish or poultry) from 13 years old until 30. Do you know the first meat I ate upon deciding to stop the "vegetarianism"??

    Of course you do!!! BACON, baby, BACON!!! :rotfl2:
     
  5. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

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    Thank you so much! She had such a great time, and she's still talking about Alice tickling her. :goodvibes

    Me too!

    I liked the breakfast too. The characters were lots of fun, I think that's what 1900 PF does best for breakfast or dinner.

    The rest of the day didn't go exactly as I'd planned...


    I think you guys will be fine. Most characters seem to love trying to coax some love out of the shy little ones. And, if not you and your mom will probably really enjoy Mary, Alice, and Hatter. Mary and Bryan chatted for quite a while before we got back from the ladies' room, and Hatter's humor is really more adult oriented anyway.

    I really do think you'll enjoy it. They were way more entertaining for me and Bryan than the princesses.

    Thank you for reading along! Don't be a stranger!

    Thanks for the kind words, I think that your little one will love it. It's so special taking them for the first time!
     
  6. laura74

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    Wait. We're only on day 4??? LOL

    Sounds great.

    I thought this was your day to take it easy and relax.

    So cute!

    Tea drinkers...

    Wow! Real bacon at Disney.

    The character interaction was great and Maddie keeps getting cuter!

    Great update Shannon! Love all the photos.
     
  7. mickeystoontown

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    Ohhhh, I am loving the CBR pictures! I soooo wish I were there right now instead of sitting behind this darn desk.

    I'll forgive you for not taking food pictures because the character pictures more than made up for the lack of food pictures. Maddie's dancing and twirling always makes me smile!
     
  8. megan511

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    Love the updates!

    I love the pics of CBR. Oh how I wish I could wake up to that...

    I laughed at your relaxing day having an 830am ADR! That sounds just like me!:rotfl2:

    Maddie looks adorable. I love her outfit!

    1900 Park Fare sounds great! Those pics with Alice are precious.

    Can't wait for more!
     
  9. katt789

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    I missed 2 updates and seriously DON'T know how that happened! Haha! See, great minds think alike, take a nice peaceful walk around CBR before anyone else is up (although you beat me by like an hour!) I'm glad you guys had a day to take everything slow & relax.

    I have to say, 1900 PF is bad at waiting, Sylvia & I ate there in Dec and it was definitely the longest wait I've had for a character meal. It was a bit ridiculous! I will also agree that the food is just better at the GF, the nighttime buffet was among some of the greatest food I've ever had!! Definitely a top ranker with me!

    I'm so glad Maddie had a good time with the characters, I'm glad Mary didn't just skip the table too, nice to see that sometimes they'll wait around and talk to grown ups too. That Alice is perfect! Ah the Hatter is always such a hoot!! I love meeting him!!
     
  10. TinksThree

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    Do you know what I find so sad about this latest update? :sad2: That as wonderful as Disney is you had REAL bacon and then how many people comment "REAL BACON AT DISNEY!!!" I honestly didn't know Disney knew that there was such a thing! Now I know where to go for my bacon fix!! :lmao:

    The pictures with Alice were adorable! Alice and Mary Poppins are two of my faves!!

    And I loved your early morning pictures! I love getting up while everything is still sleepy and quiet!
     
  11. PirateKate

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    All the character pictures really don't get old, Maddie looks so cute and happy in all of them!

    That front row view of Wishes looks so amazing! I'm tempted to book CRT, just in hopes of getting a good view of Wishes at the end of the meal. :rotfl:
     
  12. shan23877

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    Me too! I love it so much at CBR, it will be my first choice for mods from now on. I think that Maddie and Bryan are both leaning toward POFQ though.

    Thank you so much!


    Thank you so much!

    :lmao: yup, I actually changed the ADR from 8:00 when Bryan questioned how relaxing that would be. :lmao:

    It was a fun breakfast, Maddie had a blast.


    There's an update coming, the day didn't turn out exactly as we'd planned...

    We didn't have to wait at 1900PF for dinner, but the wait for breakfast was pretty annoying. The restaurant was pretty empty when we got in too.

    The characters were so much fun! Maddie really loved meeting Mary and Alice. I was so glad that Mary waited for her.


    Isn't that funny? Of all of the things that Disney is exceptional at, the bacon has to be terrible. I work in restaurants, it's not hard to make bacon good! :lmao:

    Thank you so much! The characters were a lot of fun.

    Mornings at CBR were so beautiful. I enjoyed my mornings at POFQ too, but there's something about looking out at a beach that really makes me happy
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  13. shan23877

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    :rotfl2::rotfl2: That's awesome! I have a friend who's like a level 2 vegan (or something like that) now, and she told me that she actually dreams about eating bacon sometimes!

    Thanks Laura! Photos I've got.
     
  14. shan23877

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    Our plan for the “relaxing day” was to bus to DTD from the Grand Floridan, do some shopping, and then hit the pool at CBR for a while before we left for the Luau that evening. That’s not exactly how it turned out.

    We left breakfast at 1900 Park Fare and walked outside to catch a bus. We usually seem to have terrible luck with DTD buses, but on this day one pulled up within 5 minutes of our arrival.


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    Once at DTD, our first stop was the Christmas Store. It took me no time to find about 37 ornaments that I’d like to have, but I restrained myself and only bought two. I got a concentric Mickey head ornament with 2012 engraved on it, and Maddie got a Princess Jasmine ornament as a memento of this year’s transformation.


    These are not them. :rotfl:

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    After the Christmas store, we popped into Design a Tee where it became apparent that Bryan wasn’t going to be very patient with Maddie and I idly browsing. This was going to have to be more of a “pick and purchase” type shopping trip. Not surprising, because he really does hate shopping with us, but I had hoped that Disney Magic might take over. In the photo store next door I found a picture frame that I thought might be perfect for Maddie’s room (the lyrics to “A Whole New World” are printed all around it), but wasn’t ready to commit.


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    I love Mr. Potato Head


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    We moved on to Once Upon a Toy where Maddie planned to spend the rest of her money, and Bryan and I intended to make good on the promise of a new Mr. Potato Head. Her old one was missing 95% of his parts so I’d thrown it away when we packed for the move. Bryan and I had a lot of fun choosing the Potato Head parts-they have some really cool ones. We got Tink hair, wings, and shoes, a half eaten Mickey bar, Mickey sun glasses, a Minnie bow and shoes, and a Jessie hat among other things. Bryan made fun of me the whole time for trying to cram as much into the box as possible. I thought we should get our money’s worth!


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    The princess room posed its own set of problems. You see, Maddie had only $15 dollars left, and there were two sets of ‘little princess’ dolls that she was trying to decide between. After about 15 minutes of going back and forth, her daddy offered to buy her the second set. She’s only 5 and already knows how to wear him down. princess:

    When we went to pay, an awesome CM insisted on repacking our Potato Head box. The way she did it we were able to shove 3 more pieces in! She was really serious about us getting as much in as we could, and it was my turn to make fun of Bryan a little bit.

    Next was Team Mickey. Bryan got a new ESPN shirt, and I found two that I couldn’t decide between so Bryan told me to get both! (like mother like daughter huh?) I looked again for the Cubs Vinylmation that I'd been searching for, but came up empty.

    Turns out, Maddie doesn’t have a great deal of patience for shopping some days either because at Team Mickey she began to whine and complain that she was ready to leave. Bryan and I assumed that she wanted to leave because I’d promised her a princess pillow for her new bedroom, and that I’d likely be persuaded to throw in a goodie or two. We were pretty frustrated with her, but trying to keep our moods up.

    Next, we went to World of Disney. We’d gotten as far as the jewelry room before Maddie got her very first WDW time out. Ironically, she got a time out while I was looking for a pair of gold or silver earrings for her (hoping that fancy jewelry would help thwart her piercing problems) for acting like a spoiled brat. She wanted to leave, she wanted to look at princess toys, she wanted to have a snack. I wanted her to behave. We got some stares while she sat on the floor for 5 minutes, but I didn’t care. I was hoping that she’d learn a lesson. Luckily I didn’t find any earrings because I don’t think that would have been an appropriate reward for her behavior. :lmao:

    Sadly, she continued to be whiny in the princess room. I probably should have put the Rapunzel pillow back on the shelf, but I’d promised to get it and honestly didn’t feel like tracking it down elsewhere. I was so fed up with her that I took a time out for myself while Maddie and Bryan waited in line.

    When they emerged, Maddie was apologetic. She tearfully admitted to us that she didn’t want to be at DTD at all. She really wanted to go to Disney World. (to her Magic Kingdom = Disney World) We had a little family meeting about trying to say what we’re feeling instead of getting upset, and then we hugged it out.

    I told Maddie that we weren’t going to go back to the Magic Kingdom, but that we could go to DHS if she really wanted to go to a park. Maddie and I agreed that we’d head there after lunch at EoS. (Thank God I insisted on getting those 7 day park hoppers “just in case”.) Bryan was so happy that Maddie and I had made up that he declared that we were skipping EoS. He (correctly) assumed that the peace treaty between the two of us could be dissolved with a single bratty comment and decided that he’d rather skip EoS and get us to DHS ASAP.


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    Remember on the PTR when I said that EoS would be the single worst use of a deluxe dining credit ever? How wrong I was. We were about to out do ourselves.
     
  15. ShortStuff

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    Awww, poor little sweetie!! When I get my grandsons in World of Disney, or any of the huge shops, they end up on overload. I think it is just too much stuff, too many choices and often a few too many 'no's', although they are pretty darn good at understanding 'pick one thing'. ;)

    It's hard though! I still remember on my first trip to Disneyland YEARS, no eons ago. We were on POTC, on the second day it was open. We had absolutely no idea what to expect. We went down the big 'hill', it was dark and my Mary Poppins hat flew off. I cried so much, that my parents bought me a replacement, which was totally out of character for them.

    It was funny, because on Wonderful World of Disney, they showed the POTC on a special they had, commemorating the opening and other park changes. Guess what? It was my family in the boat and whoosh, there went my Mary Poppins hat. :lmao:
     
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    Oh almost forgot! Love the Christmas store! Since our first trip to WDW I have bought my daughter and grandsons each a dated ornament for that year. We are getting quite a wonderful collection!
     
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    Love, love, love the Christmas store! It's so hard to choose just 1 or 2 or 10 ornaments to buy! :rotfl:

    I don't blame you one bit for wanting to get your money's worth on the Potato Head pieces. And isn't it scary how quickly kids learn which parent to turn to when they want certain things? When Reid wants to eat out, he always goes to Ed.

    Good for you for putting Maddie in time out in the WoD store. I'm sure that was hard for her but for you, too! :thumbsup2

    And I hear ya on the talk about talking about why we're upset instead of being whiny, etc. I am going through this with Reid right now. No lie - we probably had this talk no less than 3x today. I keep trying to explain to him that if you just whine, scream or make ugly faces & walk away, I don't know what the problem is & I can't help you. I'm glad Maddie was apologetic & was able to verbalize why she was unhappy.

    Can't wait to hear about the bad usage of DXDP credits at DHS!
     
  18. Stringbean&Wingnut

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    DTD is fun to walk around, but I definitely can see preferring to be in the parks over stores! :laughing: Glad that it was resolved fairly quickly!

    As someone who spends snack credits on bottles of water, I'm curious to see what an even worse use of the DDxP is! :rotfl:
     
  19. laura74

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    Let's see. You decided to visit two different parks and then catch a nighttime show and you get back to the room at midnight.

    I keep meaning to buy an ornament and then I think I'll wait until the end of the trip and I don't get one. Maybe next year.

    I love when they do things like that.

    Aw. It's a good thing she let you know what she was upset about. I wonder how often they stew about imagined slights, etc. without saying anything.

    Yeah. There goes that "relaxing" day!


    Turkey legs? Hot dogs?


    Great update Shannon!
     
  20. megan511

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    I love the Christmas store too! I am obsessed with ornaments. I am loving those ear hats ones they have online right now. I want every single princess one. I may have put them all in my online shopping cart just to see how much it would be...

    I want to get Tessa a Potato head next time. She likes so few toys but has actually played with those at school so I need to let her get that.

    I would put Anthony in time out anywhere! I totally understand.

    I had a feeling you all may end up at a park!

    I love tht picture of Maddie with the Lego dogs. So adorable!
     
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    I'm sorry DTD didn't go exactly as planned. In Maddie's defense, I tend to feel that way too whenever I'm there. Too much shopping for my tastes. :rotfl:

    That shouldn't be a difficult accomplishment at DHS. :lmao:
     

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