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Old Yesterday, 09:08 AM   #1276
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Tale as old as time, con't.

Continued from previous

My first (and possibly only) time seeing the castle lit up for the holidays!





It was a quick peek. We had missed a very important FP earlier. One that I had missed twice already on the trip, due to it being down. Can you guess what it was?



Yeah...didn't take many pictures. Just enjoyed the ride!

If I had to wait until the end of the trip, riding BTMRR in the dark, with all the holiday lights on...well it doesn't get much better than that.

And then the walk out...

Pretty!!!!!!!!!





Time for a photopass!

















With that it was time to say goodbye to the Magic Kingdom. Tomorrow was our last full day and it was a "whatever the boys wanted" morning (Jeff would be flying). MK was not on the list since we had been there tonight. We didn't expect to be back.





In fact, at that time, I truly had no idea when we'd be back...at least anyone other than just me! I would be back in May. I knew, of course the rest of would, it just wasn't on the schedule yet. At the boys ages though, the clock is ticking on just how many times we can get back before college given other things in their lives and I knew as I stood there, for Evan at least...there was probably only one more trip possible in his high school years.

SNIFF!

Up next, operation Grandma and Cruise plans! (yes, we are going!!! and yes, I've made all kind of changes!)

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Old Yesterday, 09:49 AM   #1277
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Hooray for that CM and getting into dinner!!! Love all the pictures, the details are awesome. How wonderful you had such a great meal

I will not be telling my vegetarian mom that French onion soup is made with beef, she would be appalled! That's one of her favorite things.



Double hooray for the cruise!!!!!!!
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Old Yesterday, 09:56 AM   #1278
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However before I could say a thing to plead our case, he was overridden by a clearly more senior CM who told him it was fine and to check us in.

WHEW!
Whew is right. I'm glad that they worked you in.

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As it was night, we watched the snow swirl in the dark
I love the effects of that window. We watched Beauty and the Beast with the kids last night, actually, and I was sitting there just thinking about BOG and how impressive the detail is in comparison to the movie.

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I will be honest. It was a pricey meal, even with TIW. A lot of that of course was our choice of wine. It really, REALLY was worth every penny. It was such an amazing family dinner for us, incredibly special. Crankiness was gone, the boys enjoying being with just us, and vice versa. Great food, great service, great ambiance and great moods. It really was magical all around.
You're really making me regret not grabbing an ADR now... Oh well, I know we'll enjoy lunch there. We'll get there for dinner eventually. Likely when the kids are older and will appreciate the food a little more.

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I will say, I don't know that I'd like eating near it, so many folks trying to take pictures.
I've thought the same thing! I mean, I want to walk around that restaurant and check out all the detail, but I feel like I'm being rude to the people sitting there trying to enjoy their meal.

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Guess who I rode with?
Is this considered to be a moment of bravery or a moment of stupidity?

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Wow! It looks like you're going faster than 7 mph in this one!

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My first (and possibly only) time seeing the castle lit up for the holidays!
It is a beautiful sight. I certainly hope it isn't your last time!

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In fact, at that time, I truly had no idea when we'd be back...at least anyone other than just me! I would be back in May. I knew, of course the rest of would, it just wasn't on the schedule yet. At the boys ages though, the clock is ticking on just how many times we can get back before college given other things in their lives and I knew as I stood there, for Evan at least...there was probably only one more trip possible in his high school years.

SNIFF!
Well, that's kind of a downer. I hope that despite the added activities coming up over the next several years for the boys, you can still manage to find a way to get a few more trips in.

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Up next, operation Grandma and Cruise plans! (yes, we are going!!! and yes, I've made all kind of changes!)
Changes are to be expected, given the circumstances, but I'm glad you're at least going to get to make the trip!
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Old Yesterday, 10:01 AM   #1279
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What a great meal and evening at the MK. I love the icicle lights on the Castle. It's sad that the boys are growing up and there won't be many more chances for visits. Sniff.

Can't wait to hear about your cruise plans.

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Old Yesterday, 10:10 AM   #1280
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Although I didn't officially register my guess, I knew you would get in. I am also the perpetrator of a late ADR arrival that ended well.

So glad you enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere at BOG.

Yeah for Space!

It has been forever since we have done the cars, too. I'm ok with that.

Big Thunder Big Thunder at Night

I love the photopass pictures with castle and Christmas sweaters!

Got a little teary with your mention about the ever-decreasing window of opportunities to travel with the boys. Hits a little close to home.

That being said... that your couples cruise is still on!!!

Can't wait to read about the details!
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Old Yesterday, 10:54 AM   #1281
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Whew! Glad that they let ya'll in Be Our Guest! Isn't the restaurant's theming amazing? It sounds like the food was really good too. I know that our lunch there was a good use of our counter service credits.

The pictures of you guys in front of the castle are fantastic!
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Old Yesterday, 01:18 PM   #1282
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First, let me say I'm so glad the trip is on. Mark and I are willing to meet you anywhere you say on Friday night since that is your only available night (we have AP's...so we can pop into any park, etc.).

I am so happy that you enjoyed Be Our Guest. I read so many bad reviews of it, but yet we have had 3 very good meals there.

I love the pictures of you and Jeff with the Beast, and the photopass pics of all of you are just priceless. You can see how happy you all are to be together. What a special last night at the MK!
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Old Yesterday, 02:22 PM   #1283
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I'm glad you had such a lovely time at Be Our Guest! So many people give it a mediocre to just plain bad review that it makes me nervous. We'll be trying it on the Disneymoon - actually it'll be our first reservation as a married couple

I'm glad you had such a lovely final evening in MK. As much as I like to rave about Halloween time vs Christmas time at WDW, those dream lights really are a sight to behold.

I can't WAIT to hear the latest cruise news!
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Old Yesterday, 03:28 PM   #1284
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Oh no, i'm so sorry to hear about your dad. He must have fallen really hard to cause that much damage.


Congratulations on a new niece to love on!

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I really like the E's 'sweater' shirts. Those are so cool and hip!

Do they hand you Lumiere when you walk in?? Is this only for dinner? I don't remember them doing this for lunch. I lucked out and scored us a pretty early dinner ADR here for our January trip, so i'm super excited! And you're right. The west wing is so incredibly dark. That's where we ate back in October because there was hardly anyone in that dining room..now I know why


Love the photopass shots!

Your last paragraph makes me sad. I know one day, when we're done having kids, that those types of family trips will be done. I know i'm just getting started, but i'm really going to dread when that time comes. Until then, i'll continue to enjoy the time I do have with my little family
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I'm so glad your cruise is still on. I knew it would work out! YAY!

Adorable PP pictures and great pictures of you and Jeff with the Beast. Denny and I never posed with the Beast. I wish we had, but ...*sigh*

Glad you got seated without incident.

I am sure you hated to see your family go, but there was probably a whole new sense of .....not sure what the word is I'm looking for .....calmness maybe. Like one big collective sigh of relief because it was time for immediate family time. Nice! What a great pic for a meal.

Yay for Space and BTMMR and nice castle pics! Love it!
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I'm glad Be Our Guest was a big hit. (And that they let you in!) We'll definitely have to try that one when we go back.

Nice holiday photopass pictures.

It looked like a really enjoyable night!
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Sounds like a wonderful family meal. Very pleased to hear the cruise is on.
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