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Old 05-05-2012, 07:46 PM   #76
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Love it so far... too bad you missed the actual animation class, it is pretty fun, but it does take about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Pizza Planet stacked our food too...seeing your picture reminded me of it!!
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What a lovely update! I love all your pics...such REAL smiles! I found that about all our trip pictures...all my smiles were so real and filled with happy Your mom is one hot babe! She looks great, and when you three are together in the pics the resemblance is scary!
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:02 PM   #78
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Fun HS day! I can't wait to see all the shows. Thats one thing I know Dani will love. And I'm impressed at how easily the crowds thinned out after you entered the park. The crowd looked pretty crazy going in. They must have all run over to TSM
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Love it so far... too bad you missed the actual animation class, it is pretty fun, but it does take about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Pizza Planet stacked our food too...seeing your picture reminded me of it!!
Yes, next time perhaps DD and I will take the time to do the AA class and DH can take DS to TSM or something like that! I am sure we can find a way to work it into our day next time around!

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What a lovely update! I love all your pics...such REAL smiles! I found that about all our trip pictures...all my smiles were so real and filled with happy Your mom is one hot babe! She looks great, and when you three are together in the pics the resemblance is scary!
Yes, we certainly had a really fun time - there were some times later in the week when DD was REALLY tired and you could see she was forcing her smile. She turned around by the end of that day too though. That's funny you think we all look alike. I'm adopted!!! People always say my DD looks like my mom though, so there I see the resemblance, but me - not so much. If anything, I think I look a tad like my dad!

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LOL - you know, it always seems that way at RD. Once you walked through the gates - it was so relaxing. We really like HS for that especially. MK can't help but feel jammed since you can only go up Main St USA and then split up. Here in HS, you can almost split up immediately. We went the opposite way of everyone else too, so maybe that was a factor? I have often heard that when going to the parks, you SHOULD start on the left and then go around that way, because most people just start on their right for some reason??
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okay...I actually have a minute now. LOVE your pics from DHS! I love this park as well. We actually went two days this time, well, 1.5. We had a blast!! My oldest DD loves ToT and I loved being able to ride it with her this year (I was pregnant last year when she was finally tall enough). It was the only "big" ride that I really liked! I sucked it up and did space and EE with her, but I just can't do coasters anymore!
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Oh my gosh!! I feel silly! But as long as other people have mentioned it to, I guess that makes it ok?
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Oh my gosh!! I feel silly! But as long as other people have mentioned it to, I guess that makes it ok?
Of coarse it's ok! Don't be silly! M sure my mom will love to hear someone thinks we look alike!
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Day 2 - Part 2 (Downtown Disney)

This next update will be short, I don’t have many pictures and actually, not much to say - Then I’ll jump right into Day 3 of our trip….sorry it has been taking so long between updates everyone. Life has been very busy for us lately, and to be honest - the warmer weather is here, and I am just really enjoying be out in the yard, enjoying the sunshine with my family.

We left off last at Hollywood Studios - we knew we wanted to go and check out the shops at DTD, and I wanted to eat at Wolfgang Pucks Express, and this was the only day where we knew for sure that we would have time.

So, after leaving Hollywood Studios at around 3:30/4:00, we headed back to the Poly to shower and get changed. We were all really excited to go see what Downtown Disney was all about. We caught the DTD bus and we were there lickity-split. We were all VERY hungry, so we went straight to WPE. WOW! What a menu! DD ordered the Fettuccini Alfredo, Dad ordered the rotisserie chicken, Mom ordered the Chicken Aioli Pocket Sandwich and I ordered the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. We were given our order # and we found a nice corner table by the windows. I think we were all really surprised to see the restaurant was so empty at this point in time. It must have been around 5:30 by then. We sat for a short while, and were served our meals quickly. Our waiter was so cute - he came to our table, and he said “Good evening. How are you all today?” Well, I guess I didn’t realize how excited I was - cause when I answered him “GREAT!” He just looked shocked and said “Wow - someone’s happy to be here!” We all laughed - it was funny for me to realize my energy was so high. I hadn’t even noticed.

We all ate our meals quickly (we were STARVING cause our lunch at Pizza Planet just didn’t cut it for us all) even switching plates, and everyone tasted everyone else’s food. I quite enjoyed my meatloaf, but my Mom’s sandwich was SOOO flavourful - I recommend both to anyone eating there. My dad said his chicken was “so-so” and he didn’t realize it came with mashed potatoes and he HATES mashed taters, so that was a bit of a disappointment. Lucky for him, DD LOVED them, so he gave them to her and she licked the plate clean! LOL!

When we were done eating, our waiter was outside on the patio clearing a table, I went outside and gave him a tip. He said to me “Thanks again for being so happy - you really made my day!” Awe. That made me feel so good. It felt good to know that I was spreading joy without even trying.

After dinner, we decided that to keep things easy for us, and to not miss anything, we would just walk up DTD on the left, and back on the right. All four of us LOVE to shop, so we were excited to get started! We went straight to Disney’s Store of Christmas and went in search for a Christmas ornament to commemorate our big trip - well, all I have to say is - there was SOO many choices, we couldn’t decide and we left with ZERO ornaments for ourselves!!! I did find an adorable Xmas Ornament of Minnie & Mickey (Bride & Groom) sitting inside of a HUGE diamond ring, and I knew that it would be the perfect gift for my DH’s cousin’s bridal shower the following weekend. (She is a HUGE Disney fan and Christmas is her favourite day of the year, actually her fiancé proposed to her on Christmas, so she absolutely LOVED the ornament)

Just as filler for this BORING update - here's a pic of my parents with DD -



I am not sure what store we hit up next, but I do know that DD loved Pin Traders, I think she could have spent the entire evening there, but we had other stores to go to, so after she bought a pin for her cousin, and my Dad picked up a Star Wars started set for DS back home, we headed on down the line of stores.

DD had bought a pair of adorable black and white Mickey Mouse canvas runners while in DHS and she made the mistake of wearing them to DTD. Well, as you can imagine - her feet were KILLING her, and the canvas was stiff on the shoes and rubbing in her ankles, so we ended up buying some flip-flops at one of the stores along the route. After a quick footwear change, we were just about at Lego Land - HOLY CROWDS BATMAN! It was ridiculously busy here. My mom needed a quick puff (UGH - annoying!) so we had to sit around in the madness and wait for her. We snapped some pics of the Lego statues and walked over to the railing to take a pic of the Sea Monster Lego statue. We turned around to head back to the smoking area and we LITERALLY could not walk! The sea of people was so congested. It was really overwhelming because up till this point we had managed to really not have to deal with heavy crowds at all. I flagged my Mom down eventually and we thought briefly of heading over to T-Rex to get some pics, but when we looked over in that general direction, we saw that paramedics were taking a stretcher into the restaurant and figured we should probably keep our distance, as nothing draws a crowd more than an emergency vehicle, right?

Some pics of the Lego stuff (I like the dragon one that's super dark - I think it's kind of a neat way to see the dragon in a different way than most people photograph)





I like this one of my Dad and DD checking out the sea monster too:




Heading back towards the exit of DTD we came upon the Little Miss Matched store, and this was a “must-see’ on DD’s list, so we went inside. LOL - funny story actually. My Mom lasted all of 3 minutes and then said “This store is making me have a panic attack - socks are meant to match. And be in pairs of 2, NOT sets of 3!” and she left the store! Hahahaha! We looked around the store and DD settled on 4 sets of socks. (We bought all different heights - that was dumb, cause now she has 4 extra socks, of all different heights laying around in her sock drawer that she LITERALLY can’t wear with any other socks!) I tried ordering some online for her, but they don’t deliver to Canada, so we are out of luck for now I guess.

After Little Miss Matched was over and done with, we had a quick photo session with the Winnie-the-Pooh bench (hahaha - took WAY longer than planned cause Dad's camera was acting up):



After that, we caught our bus and headed back to the hotel. My Dad always skyped with his family that lives in BC (they are 3 hours behind us) and updated them on our daily adventures. After chatting with them, we hit the hay - HARD. We were all excited for tomorrow - our water park day!
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Great update! I wished we had more time at DTD and thought of going there solo one night but it didn't work out.
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Great update! I wished we had more time at DTD and thought of going there solo one night but it didn't work out.
You know what? It's funny, because we thought we would have loved it alot more than we actually did. I think because we had already looked through all of the shops at DHS and our hotel and we started to already see the same stuff over and over and over again....we thought there would be way more original stuff, when it fact, it really wasn't.

We all walked away from DTD and said - "OK, that was good, but we don't have to go back there again."
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AHHHHH....When I read " bacon wrapped meatloaf I figuratively/borderline literally drooled on my t-shirt. I must have it!!!!
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AHHHHH....When I read " bacon wrapped meatloaf I figuratively/borderline literally drooled on my t-shirt. I must have it!!!!

Well - look what I found for you - just so you can salivate a bit longer....



Oh. So. Good.
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Sweet mother....ALRIGHT!!! It's on my 2013 list.
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Sweet mother....ALRIGHT!!! It's on my 2013 list.



Oh yeah baby!! I saw a picture of it last year and I was just like you - MUST HAVE BACON WRAPPED MEATLOAF. And well, I had it. An easy-to-cross-off bucket list item, right?

Can't wait to hear what you think of it when all is said and done....the fried onions were sooo good. The gravy....oh good lord....I want some NOW!
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