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Old 02-18-2010, 07:02 PM   #121
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Today was our off day. Riley and I were looking forward to spending the day exploring AKL and just goofing off. What she didn't know was that I had a surprised planned for her later this evening.

For now, our first stop was breakfast, and since we had counter service credits to blow from the dining plan, we made our way to the food court downstairs. Riley was most happy to find Mickey waffles on the menu!

We walked down by the pool to catch the first kids activity of the day, a lecture of flamingo feeding. They also did a lecture on how the cranes feed. After the demonstration each kid was given a bead. If you complete all of the bead activities on the activity sheet, you get a special tiki bead.





I let Riley take the lead after the flamingo feeding, and she decided she wanted to swim. A quick walk back upstairs, we changed into swimsuits and grabbed our pool things, and headed down to spend the late morning/early afternoon at the pool. We took a break and headed over to the pool deck for the afternoon activity, piggy bank decorating


After some more swimming, we took a break to head over to the rock formation to learn about animal tracking. They briefly explained the use of sonar equipment, and each child in the group took a turn hiding a stuffed Donald Duck with the sonar chip in it, and each child had a chance to carry the sonar equipments to listen for the beeping

Riley finding Donald


Holding the sonar


We headed back upstairs to change and then went to do the medallion rubbing in the lobby


We had one counter service credit left and went to Mara (chicken flatbread good!!!!) We were so unbelievably full at this point, but Riley still wanted to go to Boma for the cookie decorating!!!






At this point I insisted Riley go upstairs to take a nap. She had no idea why, but I just kept saying I was tired and needed a rest. However, when we got back to our room, Riley got completely distracted by this





I finally had to drag her off the balcony and wrestle her into bed I did compromise to let her watch Kid Vs Cat first. We set up a wake up call, and drifted off, Riley not knowing what to expect when she got up!
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You are so good at the cliffhangers, lady! I can't wait to see what the surprise is, and love that you took a day off. AKL seems to have sooo much for kids to do, and I love that so much of it is educational AND fun. Can't wait to find out about the big surprise! :
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:34 PM   #123
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Awwww... I've read through your trip report only to be caught at a cliffhanger. I noticed your very consistent at putting updates so I know I won't have to wait long for the next one, right?

I'm off to read your dining report. I can't wait to read what you thought about 1900 Park Fare. I loved it when we went and the characters were great. I'm sorry you didn't have the same experience.
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AKL seems to have sooo much for kids to do, and I love that so much of it is educational AND fun.
We loved AKL. Riley learned so much there, and there were tons of activities we didn't even get to do.

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I noticed your very consistent at putting updates so I know I won't have to wait long for the next one, right? .
I'm trying to get them done as fast I can. I hate getting all involved in a trip report and then person disappears and you don't get the finish!
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That person would be me! See my tag I've given up on writing them though.
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I forgot to mention that this was our last day on the dining plan. When I booked, we did the Buy 4 nights get 3 free and added the dining plan and tickets. Our last 3 nights were a room only 40% off code. Before our nap, we ran down to "check out" and then checked back in under our room only reservation. It took a whole 2 minutes at the most. Honestly, I was so glad to see that dining plan go It was too much food for us!



At 3pm, the phone rang and I hit speaker so that Stitch could tell Riley to wake up. She had no idea what was in store for her.

Both of our last trips have been over Halloween week. Oh, I love MNSSHP!!!! They are so much fun and the whole atmosphere is just amazing. They had just started the Christmas parties the week before our trip, so I knew we had to go.

I handed Riley a Minnie Mouse Christmas "Joy" shirt, put on my matching one, and marched her to the bus stop, not telling her where we were going. She figured it out once she saw the entrance sign, but said she didn't realize there were parties for Christmas like Halloween, or she would have guessed much sooner!



It was just a couple of minutes past 4, but we had no problem entering the Magic Kingdom with our party tickets at that time. I don't know that we would have gone that early, but, the only dinner reservation time I could get for this night was 4:15, and we just had to eat at


I had heard horror stories on the Dis of people waiting a long time to get in, but we checked in and within a couple of minutes, we were called. You have to love the topiaries dressed for Christmas!


Our table was all decorated for Riley's birthday


First up, the main man himself, Pooh


We ran to the buffet to beat back the rest of the characters. We were so stuffed from having counter service breakfast and lunch both that I don't know how we choked down any food at all. This was our last counter service credit, so I didn't want to waste it, but wow. We really didn't eat much at all!

Except for Riley who obviously has a mouthful of food here


Tigger came by and grabbed Riley for the parade, then turned his balloon sign upside down and played it like a guitar


Of course, a cupcake and a card for the birthday girl



Then we had to wait a couple of minutes for our last 2 friends to come by





Dinner done, we had almost 2 hours to head out to ride before the Christmas party activities started!
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Our first stop was Jungle Cruise since it's closed during the party. Our ride earlier in the week was amazing with a great captain. This guy was pretty dry. But, you still have to love the ride


Next up was a ride on the Magic Carpets. I have no idea what my daughter's fascination is with this ride, but she insisted. The CM running the ride gave her an Aladdin pin, telling her Aladdin wanted her to have it for her birthday. I thought that was very nice of him!

See the laughter?

She aimed our carpet right at the camel and I ended up with a lapful of water. Did you know you can get wet on that ride? Well, trust me, you can


If you've been reading our trip report, then you know my daughter has a need for speed. So of course, our next stop is to ride Big Thunder twice in a row (or 3 times...I've lost count anymore)



We decided we wanted to be close to the front of the line to meet Christmas Minnie, so we hopped the train to ToonTown


It was still not 7pm, so we had time to go through Minnie and Mickey's houses first.




I let Riley pick her next move since we still had time to kill, and of course, the teacups were her pick. Getting me wet wasn't enough, now she's trying to make me puke 2 counter service meals and one table service meal.

We went back to Toowntown and still had 5 minutes or so before Minnie came out, so we took a quick spin on Barnstormer


We walked to Minnie's gazebo, and saw a CM coming out, so we walked back and we were the first people in line for Minnie!



And look! I do exist! And I get my pictures taken with characters sometimes too!!


There was quite a line forming for Mickey, but we probably only had to wait 10 minutes once we got to his house.

It's me again!




Once we were done with our Christmas pictures, it was time to decide what to do next. Those were the 2 biggies on my list (other than the parade and Christmas wishes for later)

So, I rattled off ideas to Riley and let her pick our next move. Any ideas?
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I'm loving your TR - I hope I can be as good a Mommy on our Mommy and me trip in 60 days! I am really enjoying all these updates!
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I'm too OCD to stop writing it. It may take me years, but I'll get it done

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I'm loving your TR - I hope I can be as good a Mommy on our Mommy and me trip in 60 days! I am really enjoying all these updates!
You will have so much fun! I really enjoyed that one on one time with Riley!


I've spent all day running errands and grocery shopping, so I'm ready to sit down! At least this way I can do 2 things at once!
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So, I rattled off ideas to Riley and let her pick our next move. Any ideas?
If you know my daughter, you know where she wants to go. Space Mountain.



Unfortunately, it wasn't running


Instead we rode Buzz Lightyear. And it stopped in the middle. The CMs came through and told us it was technical difficulties and to stay put. We were in there for almost 15 minutes. The fun part was that the scores kept adding, so we tipped it past 999,999!! I tried to take a picture but it's hard to take a picture when it flashes!

Next up an example of patient Mommy letting Riley do the trip her way.....Tomorrowland Speedway.......again



Next up we headed towards Fantasyland and stopped to dance with Anastasia, Drucilla and Lady Tremaine. The sisters were fantastic, but Lady Tremaine was talking to people, and being NICE! I don't think she's seen her movie before. She asked me which child was mine and if I was having fun etc. I was so thrown I almost couldn't answer!



Riley insisted on a ride on Dumbo since there was no line


And then we went to collect our "free" treats




Bad flash on the cookies!


There's nothing better than hot chocolate when it's almost 80 degrees outside!!!!!

We sat outside behind Pinnochios and got to watch Anastasia and Drucilla sing, er scream, the song "Sisters". Those girls had to be tired at the end of the night!


We had time to ride one more ride before I wanted to plant ourselves somewhere to watch Wishes, so Riley picked Peter Pan. There was not one other person anywhere in line, so I used my flash to take a picture (shhhhhh)


We walked to the front of the hub, not thinking we'd find a spot, and actually scored a spot in front of the fenced in area where we could sit on the curb!!!
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I love Wishes. The music and the words just get me all goose bumpy







We took our time heading down Main Street to find a place for the parade. Riley was enjoying playing in the "snow". It was magical to watch all the little kids jumping around grabbing snow flakes on Main Street





We had snack credits left, and decided to hit Main Street bakery for breakfast items to take back to the resort, but the bakery was closed We ended up getting peppermint ice cream instead. We found a spot in front of the ice cream store on the curb and sat to enjoy our ice cream and people watch.

Note: Main Street snow likes to "jump" into ice cream.


While we were waiting, I offered to take a group picture of the moms and kids next to us, so they returned the favor. Stef, are you watching? 3 pictures of me this night!


We had some live entertainment stop by. These guys were fantastic. They sang, tap danced, played bells and told jokes.


Finally, we heard the music and the parade was on its way!!!
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Christmas themed pooper scoopers!


snowfight




And then the smells piped out from this. Candy!


and the gingerbread smell Yummy!


These guys were the highlight of the parade. If you've never been, you should watch it on Youtube. It was amazing!






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It started to get chilly during the parade. I was so glad I had shoved our hoodies in my bag before we left AKL. We learned the hard way to take them to party nights. Our last trip I left sweatshirts behind for MNSSHP, and we ended up having to buy some! Since Riley was chilly, we stopped in Liberty Square for some hot chocolate on our way to, where else, Big Thunder.

However, it was well worth the walk, as there was NO ONE there. I think everyone left after the second parade. We not only got front row, but rode it twice in the front row without getting off. Riley informed me we had never been in the front row before!


We skipped Splash since it was cold, and I told Riley to pick where she wanted to go. This was our last time at MK. She decided on Fantasyland, so off we went. On the way we ran across a great character meet. They were just standing in the middle of the "road".




Funny story. Our first trip we saw Liverlips out and his pants strap had broken and the CMs were holding his pants up for him Nice to see he got new pants this year!




We rode Peter Pan, Small World (ick) and Snow White with no line, then went to Dumbo. The CM told Riley she could have her own Dumbo this time since there was no one else there.


We rode it twice in a row, and were midflight on our second ride when Cinderella's castle's clock struck midnight. It was so cool to be in Fantasyland when that happened

On the way out to the bus stop, we decided to stop for one last Christmas-y photo op


Riley slept all the way back to AKL, and basically crawled into bed in her clothes No alarm for tomorrow! We're sleeping in!
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I woke up around 10, Riley around 11. This was a little later than I planned, but that's okay, she needed it. I gave Riley the option to either do Mara at AKL for lunch or head to DHS. She decided on Pizza Planet, so we hopped a bus to DHS and headed straight for lunch


I think she picked Pizza Planet thinking she'd get to play arcade games, but I nixed that plan. That did not earn me Mom of the Year.

After lunch we headed for Toy Story Fastpasses, then stopped by the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show. Riley was not happy about it. She tends to get very anti-girl stuff, especially when she's already in a bad mood, but she enjoyed it after all the fuss.



However, one complaint from me...it was COLD in there, and the misting water did not help at all. Turn the AC down, people!!!!

Since we were right nearby, Riley wanted to go take another drawing class, and while we were waiting found Frozone



We had some time to kill before the next class started, so we played around
Check out my tomboy daughter laughing when it said the character she is most like was Cinderella



However, it was dead on about me


We went in for the Animation Academy, and I was not happy about seeing the same lady we had the first time around. She just made the whole experience not magical at all. She's just very abrasive and snotty



Riley decided she wanted to ride RNR (of course!) so I bargained a ride on Tower of Terror in payment We grabbed a fastpass for RNR, but then rode it standby



and then headed for TOT and rode it twice (yay!)



When we were done, we did a quick potty break and it was time for our RNR fastpasses. We walked up to the fastpass return, and got the surprise of our life!!!!!!!!
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