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Old 07-11-2013, 10:20 AM   #16
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Just wanted to say I'm here and reading along! Your kids are adorable, and I love love love the note from Tiana how cute! Here's hoping for a growth spurt!
Welcome!! I had a lot of fun writing her little card! I also plan on making something for our ADR @ CRT, a formal invitation from Cinderella I actually made a bunch of little notes and a welcome note from Mickey for our last trip in 2012. I'll have to post those too, just to share!! I love little details!
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:22 AM   #17
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Welcome!! I had a lot of fun writing her little card! I also plan on making something for our ADR @ CRT, a formal invitation from Cinderella I actually made a bunch of little notes and a welcome note from Mickey for our last trip in 2012. I'll have to post those too, just to share!! I love little details!
With all of the time I spend on the DIS getting ideas my future children are going to have all sorts of extra pixie dust!
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:36 AM   #18
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I am totally in!!!

First off, the girls are absolutely beautiful princesses!!!! We have two boys but are going to try for our third in the fall and we hope so bad to have a princess!! My DH LOVES the name Logan on a girl and we have a Lawson and a Landen so it would flow nicely.

Love those outfits you picked. I love Chevron print on little girls! I also love that Keep Calm shirt.. I am going to look for one like that. I spend too much time on Etsy as it is!
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:51 AM   #19
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Ahh a short little trip down memory lane...

Like I said before we drove from central Texas to central Florida for our last trip. 18 hours. Yikes. In order to keep Lo happy I had a bag filled with little surprises from our friends at Disney World. Each surprise had a personal message for Lo:










Once we arrived I snuck into the room and set up a surprise from the big cheese himself!!






She was so happy and surprised by everything, but honestly I think I had more fun making everything for her!! Here are a few of my favorite pictures from 2012. I can't believe how little Logan was...






That was a fun little trip down memory lane!! Gives you some more ideas, Heather !! Yesterday was crazy, Reese had a bad allergic reaction to those baby yogurt melts. She got a rash all over her face, her eyes got all puffy and she was coughing a lot. It was terrifying!! Thank God she is all better today, I think she might have a dairy allergy. I needed a little dose of Disney memories to make things 100% better!
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:56 AM   #20
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I am totally in!!!

First off, the girls are absolutely beautiful princesses!!!! We have two boys but are going to try for our third in the fall and we hope so bad to have a princess!! My DH LOVES the name Logan on a girl and we have a Lawson and a Landen so it would flow nicely.

Love those outfits you picked. I love Chevron print on little girls! I also love that Keep Calm shirt.. I am going to look for one like that. I spend too much time on Etsy as it is!
Welcome, welcome!! My husband named both of our girls... I guess if we couldn't have boys he could at least give them unisex names The funniest thing is we have a Hispanic last name and so I have these little blue eyed, fair skinned, can't speak a word of Spanish little girls with boyish names. Their poor Kindergarten teachers are going to be so confused on the first day of school, hahahaha!!
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:37 AM   #21
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P.S. I just watched the trailer for 'Saving Mr. Banks', I am dying with excitement over here!!! Mary Poppins was my absolute favorite movie growing up and I think I watched it at least once a day over the coarse of a year. It is such a perfect movie. Also I adore Tom Hanks. Seeing him a Walt Disney is beyond thrilling. I just LOVE it!!!!!
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:19 PM   #22
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Alright, the girls are down for a nap (@ the same time. It is a miracle!!). Finally time for me to start laying out some plans for our trip!! Lets start with my general plan and then I'll go more into detail as I have time. I'm going to leave out exact dates for safety reasons, I'm sure all of you Disers are fantastically nice people that would never ever dream of stealing our stuff while we're away... But who knows. There could be some sneaky pirates in the mix!! If so, "Yo ho, yo ho, don't steal my stuff from me".

Saturday: Arrival Day
Sunday: Resort Day
Monday: MK
Tuesday: Epcot
Wednesday: HS
Thursday: Resort Day
Friday: MK
Saturday: Epcot
Sunday: MK
Monday: Depart

I know. I know. We are missing Animal Kingdom this trip. We decided that it would make more sense to spend more time at Magic Kingdom. There are just so many thing we want to accomplish there and I don't want to feel rushed. AK was our sacrifice because we only have two musts at that park... Kilimanjaro Safari and FOTLK. I will miss those this year, but something had to be cut and V needs his down time or he is a grumpy dwarf.

Okay, let's jump right on in!!

Saturday:
Our flight departs at 3pm central time. We can all assume at that point I will be happily drugged and zombie like. I do worry about V potentially having to take care of all three of us girls on the flight, but he is a tough man. We will load the Kindle up with a couple of movies for Lo. Plus this is her first flight so I am sure she will be thrilled to take it all in. There is the minor detail that I will need nurse Reese for take off and landing, but I'm sure we'll manage. She's a pro!! We are scheduled to arrive @ 6:35pm eastern time.

We are planning on taking the ME to Port Orleans, but I've never actually used this service before so I'm not 100% sure I completely grasp how it works. Do we have to wait around at the airport until the bus is full? Do we have the option of getting our own checked luggage? I love the convenience of the luggage delivery, but if it takes up to three hours to get the bags we may not get them until past 10pm. On average how long does it take from landing at MCO to checking into the hotel? Any guidance on these things would be so so helpful!!

I assumed it would take about an hour and a half until we were walking into our room at POR, so I made an 8:45pm dinner reservation at Boatwrights. Plenty of cushion time and time to have the groceries I order delivered. So now, here is my latest pondering... Do I surprise everyone at dinner with a custom cake? Here are my thoughts, I love cake. The custom cakes are adorable. But would it be too much dessert since we already get desserts with the dining plan? I say no. We could have it for breakfast or a snack, right? Also do I get a mini cake that feeds one-two or the 6" round that feeds 5-6? These are the questions that fill my brain constantly right now... It's a good problem to have Apparently it can be tricky to get through and order the cakes @ POR. We actually booked this vacation with a TA, my cousin. She's the one that woke up at the butt crack of dawn to book with free dining, but other than that I like to do everything. I think I'll have her take care of this cake thing too!!

I anticipate a late night tonight, so the next day we will sleep in and take it easy!
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:56 PM   #23
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Joining in! You have such a beautiful family. All I could think about when I was reading your plans for flying was that scene in Bridesmaids. Just don't mix idea B with idea C and you will be fine!
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:15 PM   #24
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I read all the info on Magic Express, they will pic up your bags if you want but if you choose to get your bags yourself do not put the Me tags on the luggage then pick them up at baggage claim. Bring them to the bus, they will put them under the bus like greyhound. Then you can get them when you get off. I haven't heard of anyone waiting long for the bus I think they fill up pretty fast. So that's what I know lol
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:34 PM   #25
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Joining in! You have such a beautiful family. All I could think about when I was reading your plans for flying was that scene in Bridesmaids. Just don't mix idea B with idea C and you will be fine!
Thank you & WELCOME!! I'm cracking up!! Can you imagine a Disney version of that scene? "There is a colonial Minnie Mouse on the wing!!!" I'm just imagining Minnie in her Liberty Tree outfit. Oh, that's funny!!
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:37 PM   #26
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I read all the info on Magic Express, they will pic up your bags if you want but if you choose to get your bags yourself do not put the Me tags on the luggage then pick them up at baggage claim. Bring them to the bus, they will put them under the bus like greyhound. Then you can get them when you get off. I haven't heard of anyone waiting long for the bus I think they fill up pretty fast. So that's what I know lol
Thanks for the info!! V had a good plan tonight that we will just wait and see how much junk we would have to drag around and then make a decision on whether or not to check the luggage with ME, he's so smart I knew I kept him around for something!
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:21 AM   #27
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The Day I was a Part of the Magic!!

I interrupt this PTR to insert a story about when I was a part of creating the Disney magic!!

I grew up in a single parent home as a single child. My mom was a very very dedicated business woman who quickly climbed up the corporate ladder at one of the largest companies in the world. Because she was so dedicated to her work we moved around quite often. From the ages of 8-10 I lived in a small suburb of Paris, France and attended the American School of Paris. It just so happened that during that same time period Euro Disney was putting on its finishing touches and preparing for it's Grand Opening. Several of the students at my school were the children of Imagineers, in fact the father of a good friend in my class was responsible for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. If I had known then what I know now about Disney... I would have exploded.

A perk of having so many Disney kids at my school was being able to be a part of the Grand Opening celebrations!! Disney wanted to have children standing at the castle opening morning singing and skipping and smiling for all the international media to see... I COULD DO THAT!! I could sing and skip and smile! So my school choir learned to sing 'it's a small world' in French and a couple other songs. We were bused out to the site a few times to practice with other schools, learn where to stand and we were also fitted for our costumes!

Let me tell you, the bus rides and the costume fitting were traumatizing for a 3rd grader. First of all the bus ride. Disney acquired land in France much like they acquired land in Florida, under an assumed name without disclosing their intentions initially. Well, the surrounding farmers were non too pleased when they found out Disney would be opening their gates. So, in protest, they placed signs on the property they owned leading into Disney property. These signs were graphic. Mickey with a gun wound in his head, Mickey hung by a noose and other things I can't remember. It was crazy!! I remember all of us being so excited to see the castle for the first time and then all of our innocent little eyes getting bigger and bigger filled with fear as we saw these insane signs. Poor little kiddos. Once we got there of course everything was wonderful and did not include the horrors we imagined. UNTIL we were fitted for our costumes. I think by that point I was clued in on Santa and the Easter Bunny and I'm pretty sure that I knew the characters were not real. But, seeing Goofy try on his costume was a shock to me!! Here I was seeing him in his body costume without a character head on. NO HEAD. It blew my little 9 year old mind. That's the day I grew up. Hahahahahaha, just kidding. But really it was life changing.

The rest of my experience was really cool! Our voices were actually recorded for the American portion of 'it's a small world' (the Euro Disney version has the song sung it the native language of the section you're in) so my little voice is immortalized on that ride!! Opening day was overcast and grey but non the less went wonderfully. I vividly remember standing inside the castle waiting to run, I mean SKIP, out on stage to sing. While we were standing there all the characters took their places too. Every character imaginable was standing around us and although I knew that Goofy need to have some dental work done it was still so magical. Disney gave us all one free pass to visit the park and we were all very happy little kids.

Here's a youtube video of the Grand Opening. We were the little ones in the peach cardigans starting around 5:40ish. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9TpO6Oy850

Yup, there's my 15 minutes (more like seconds) of fame. Such an incredible experience!!
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I'm joining in, and I'm all caught up! I'm so glad your whole family is healthy and happy now. I can think of no better place to celebrate life!

Also I just have to tell you how attractive your family is. Seriously. Your daughters are just beautiful!

I bet yall will just love POR! I just stayed there last month and I was in love right away. The note and gift from Tiana was such a cute idea.

You're ACTUALLY a part of Disney history! That's amazing!
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:12 PM   #29
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I'm joining in, and I'm all caught up! I'm so glad your whole family is healthy and happy now. I can think of no better place to celebrate life!

Also I just have to tell you how attractive your family is. Seriously. Your daughters are just beautiful!

I bet yall will just love POR! I just stayed there last month and I was in love right away. The note and gift from Tiana was such a cute idea.

You're ACTUALLY a part of Disney history! That's amazing!
Welcome!! Thank you so much for the sweet compliment! They are just as sweet as beautiful
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:58 PM   #30
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Okay!! Let's get back to planning, shall we?

Sunday:
I plan on sleeping in as long as possible, waking up and heading to Riverside Mill for breakfast. I plan on ordering anything that includes Mickey waffles!! After that we will either go swimming, fishing or take the boat over to DTD to explore. No matter which option we choose some how we will end up in DTD for lunch. On our last trip V fell in love with EOS so we will be hitting that one up early in our trip! We'll head back to the resort, rest and then continue to enjoy a relaxed resort day. I want to ease the girls into vacation and keep this day very low key. We have reservations @ Cape May @ 5:30pm this evening. To get there I was planning on catching a bus to either Epcot or HS and then hopping on another bus to Beach Club and doing the same on the way back. Is this the best plan of attack? Any better recommendations on how to get over to the BC? Hopefully getting to and from our dinner reservation won't be too big of a pain. We will get to bed as early as possible (maybe after catching some of the movie on the lawn) because we have big big plans for the next day!!

Monday:
We have 8:35am reservations @ CRT so I don't want to be at the bus stop any later than 7:35am. I would love to have time to get photos on practically empty Main Street. Lo will, of course, be wearing her Cinderella dress!!

**Oh my goodness. Writing this out I just had one of those moments when your heart skips. I am so incredibly excited for her to see it all again!! Last time she enjoyed it but didn't really get it. This time she is going to FREAK out. Hopefully I can keep my self together and not go into the ugly cry.**

We will get to Magic Kingdom. At least 50% of our traveling party will then need to be revived. Lo and I will float on a cloud through this entire morning. I have no doubt. Since we will be at breakfast when the park opens I am considering focusing on Main Street, Tomorrowland, and parts of Fantasyland leaving the New Fantasyland section for another day. We will see how crazy the crowds are once we leave the restaurant. I do think our first ride should be the carrousel. Ahhhhhhh,so warm and fuzzy inside!! I am planning on taking a mid day break most days, again we will play it by ear and see how the girls handle everything. Since we are having a large breakfast I plan on snacking through lunch and having Dinner at Casey's Corner. I hope the girls can make it to see MSEP and at least part of Wishes!! I've heard that taking the POFQ bus back from MK in the evening is the best plan of action. We might end up doing that and walking back to POR rather than waiting in a huge line of tired people.

Time to take a break... But I'll be back with more plans!!! Happy Monday everyone!
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