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Old 12-12-2012, 11:19 AM   #91
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Is that what you call it?
I guess... what do you call it?

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Welcome to the Happiest Place on Earth!
I think Christopher would beg to differ.

Goofy was next.. and was sneaking up on Christopher.

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Maybe he's hated them from birth. Mickey could be like that clown doll from Poltergeist in his eyes.
That would be terrible... we could have been torturing him since birth!

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Peek-a-boo is the ultimate secret weapon.
I guess so. I'll have to remember that.

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That stinks. I remember liking it when we ate there. I guess the mileage varies on the food quality.
A food review from Mr. Burger himself? WOW!

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5:00 a.m.? Runners.
What else is there to do at 5:00am?



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Glad to hear that Donald was able to warm Christopher up to liking the characters!!! Hopefully he was better with them throughout the week!
Thank goodness for Donald!!!!

We were hoping he wasn't going to be like this for the rest of the week.




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Donald's not the one who first comes to mind when you think of charming a crying child, but timing is everything, I guess.
No, you are right. But we were so thankful Donald got down and started playing with Christopher. It really broke his mood and was a wonderful moment.
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[SIZE="3"] We walked over and got checked in for dinner at Chef Mickey's! The line was no existent. I guess we were the line. LOL

What?! No line at Chef Mickey's?! Unheard of! Generally there are so many people there are children laying on the floor!

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From the moment Donald came to our table, Christopher started to love the characters. It was like a bit of Disney magic. Mickey even stopped back and we were able to take a picture with him and the kids without screaming.


SO glad Donald brought some magic!!!

Sorry to hear about the food. Our 1 dinner there was like that too - even though some people seem to have the opposite experience and love their dinner. We've had a good breakfast there though.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:02 PM   #93
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A food review from Mr. Burger himself? WOW!
Hey, I also went way out on a limb and had a steak and some pizza at WDW. So there.

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5:00 a.m. should never consciously exist.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:27 PM   #94
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What?! No line at Chef Mickey's?! Unheard of! Generally there are so many people there are children laying on the floor!
I guess I should of took a picture on the way out... it looked exactly how you are describing it.

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Sorry to hear about the food. Our 1 dinner there was like that too - even though some people seem to have the opposite experience and love their dinner. We've had a good breakfast there though.
I'm sure you can eat at any restaurant and have off days.... but paying the premium at WDW, I expect decent food.




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Wow! Stop the presses!

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LOL... I've seen 5am way too many times in the last 16 months.
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That's so sweet that Donald was able to get your son to warm up to the characters! I probably would have teared up if I was in your situation. I hope your race ended up going well!
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We had just arrived in Florida and spent a few hours at Give Kids the World. It was time to say goodbye and make the 20 minute drive over to Disney. The kids were excited... and so were the parents when we saw this:



No greater sight!

It was a great feeling knowing we finally made it back. I had the GPS but I knew I just needed to follow signs for Animal Kingdom. We were almost there...




There it is!



Despite our not "perfect" stay this month, I still love this resort!

I think someone was getting a little giddy!



You look just like Mark when he gets that close.


We drove over to Cabanas 8B and saw we had a first floor standard room. Awesome. Just what we wanted. I forget our room number (i forgot to take a picture of it) but we were on the right hand side of the building- a mere 30 second walk to the bus stop. We plopped all our belongings down- well, it was more like I took numerous trips to the car- and started to unpack a bit. Christopher decided he would help.



Love this picture!


I took Christopher out of the car and laid him in the stroller. He didn't even move. The kid was beat. We walked over and got checked in for dinner at Chef Mickey's! The line was no existent. I guess we were the line. LOL



Great picture of mom and daughter.

I think I take this picture every time.




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Too bad the wreath wasn't up when you took the pic!
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We skipped the picture at the plate and waited for less than 5 minutes. Our buzzer went off and we were brought to our table. We brought the stroller because we couldn't leave Christopher behind…..



Sleepy little angel

We ordered our drinks and the characters were coming.






Great pictures; Juliana still looks a little tired from being sick, but nothing takes away from her beautiful smile.

I felt bad that Christopher was going to miss out, but he woke up right when after Minnie came to visit. Good thing because his favorite, Mickey Mouse, was coming over next. He watched Juliana take a picture with him but wanted nothing to do with him.



When Mickey got close Christopher started screaming. Oh Boy!

Goofy was next.. and was sneaking up on Christopher.



That wasn't a good idea. Christopher started screaming and crying… You can see him trying to have Melody hold him here..





Pluto was up next… It was like rapid fire. He got down to Christopher's level but still Christopher was flipping out.



I wanted a picture with Juliana and Christopher but Mr. Crying Pants didn't want anything to do with it.



Poor guy...he just woke up from a nap and all these "big things" are coming toward him; I'd be flipping out too.

There was a little break so I ran to get Juliana, Christopher, and myself something to eat while Melody hung back and hung with the screamer.

I couldn't believe Christopher hated the characters. I mean- he knows them. His whole room is Mickey Mouse. He has been staring at Mickey since he was born. This was going to make for a looooong week.

Juliana and I got back to the table with our food and Donald was 2 tables over. I got ready for more screaming. Donald came over and once again, Christopher started to cry. Donald didn't like that. He got down on his knees and started waving to Mr. Cryee.




Christopher stopped crying and Donald got closer…



Donald started playing peek-a-boo with Christopher and Mr. Cryee's mood changed from crying and hating the characters to laughing and liking Donald. We left Christopher in his seat- we didn't want to ruin the moment and took a few quick pictures with the 'Don'






Way to go, Donald Duck...you're the man!

From the moment Donald came to our table, Christopher started to love the characters. It was like a bit of Disney magic. Mickey even stopped back and we were able to take a picture with him and the kids without screaming.



What a sweet picture.

I don't really want to talk to much about the food here because, well, it wasn't every good. I was really disappointed with it. Melody was too. The chicken was dried out. The sauce tasted worse than jar sauce. Some food was cold…. etc. But we did like the desserts.



We've not been back for dinner to CM's since 2000...it was awful then.

We finished up with dinner and walked toward the monorail. It was going to be the first ride of the trip!





We made it on the monorail for our first ride around the loop. Christopher was more interested looking at all the people than smiling for pictures…





It was all new to him and he had to be sure of what was going on.

MNSSHP was going on and I thought about getting tickets. I'm so glad we didn't because the kids would have been miserable… and the parents might of been too. Here is a blurry shot of the train station!



We got back to the Contemporary and headed back to the car. We made the short drive back to CSR. Melody got the kids ready for bed and I had took a walk to grab some milk.



Once agin the place was empty…



We got the kids to bed and I turned in early too. I had to be up at 5 to run in the GKTW Gingerbread Run 5k in the morning!!!!



Up next…. run, run as fast as you can!

Great first day; can't wait to hear about the race.
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Hey Tim! I have been Awol from your ptr but had to sub to your new TR. I can only think of one reason for that title. But i will wait to see.

I remember traveling with Katie when she was 11 months old. We had to rent a turtle for the roof for all the baby gear. Can't imagine how much stuff we would have had to take on a plane!

I just loved that phlto of Christopher sprawled out in his stroller. So cute! Did Ana enjoy showing Christopher little things throughout the trip? She is such a good big sister.

Thank goodness for Donald breaking the ice with Christopher. That memory is a keeper!
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:18 AM   #100
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Run This Town. Saturday 11/3

5:45 came quickly on Saturday morning- I didn't sleep too well. I kept thinking I would oversleep and miss the run. Even though my clothes were all laid out, it was hard trying to be quiet and not wake anyone up. For some reason I thought it was a good idea to put some of my items in a plastic bag. Do you know how loud a crinkling plastic bag is at 5:45am?? LOUD! I was able to get out without waking anyone up. I drove back over towards GKTW. I had to park in the Walmart parking lot and they had shuttles to bus people down the road to GKTW. There was a stage set up with a DJ playing, characters starting visiting, and I was getting anxious for the run to start.







About 7:45 they started calling people over to the starting line. They started with people who run a 6 minute mile, then 8, then 10. I walked over when they said 10. I'm not sure if people weren't listening or just wanted to be near the front, but when the race started I was dodging slow joggers and runners for at least .3 mile.

The race was fun. It had 2 loops in the village and I passed the villa that we stayed at 2 times. It was pretty emotional. After the run they handed out gift bags, certificates, and had breakfast for us. I stayed for a while and listened to a few families speak.





This particular family was from Canada and moved to Florida after their son Noah passed away to be closer to GKTW and volunteer there. The mom is a DISer and posts on the WISH threads. Have you ever noticed when you roll your cursor over the angel smilie while responding to a post it says Noah? Well that's in honor of their son.



They gave out awards for the top runners...





The finish line...



I finished the run in 29:30.. not too bad.

I left GKTW around 10:30 and headed back towards Coronado Springs.

While I was gone, Melody and the kids ordered room service and had breakfast in the room. Then they went exploring....





A little relaxing on a hammock.



Christopher playing in the sand.



How's the pool look Juliana?





Looks like they continued walking words the dig site....









I got back to the room and they were back from their walk. I had a little breakfast and Melody & I tried to form a plan for the afternoon.



Up next.... waiting for a special guest, & a cut, a flag, & a mouse
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so wonderful you gave back to GKTW and did the gingerbread run

I knew had Noah on it, just didn't know who "the" Noah was, thanks for sharing that

cute photos of the kids exploring CSR!
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That's so sweet that Donald was able to get your son to warm up to the characters! I probably would have teared up if I was in your situation. I hope your race ended up going well!
It was a sweet moment. The funny thing is I was video taping the first few encounters with the characters and I stopped taping because Christopher was screaming and that doesn't make for good video. Of course I wasn't taping when Donald came over.




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Great first day; can't wait to hear about the race.
Thank you Ms. Kat.
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Nice job on the run Tim. It's great that you could visit GKTW again, in that way. They're a great organization.

Melody got some really nice pictures of the kids and Coronado Springs. Juliana's too cute with that "hand on hip" pose of hers.
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I love it...we both posted an update today.

First, congrats on the run...I am very proud of you! And what a nice thing to do for GTKW.

I am so loving the CSR poster girl's photos all around the Coronado. And now she has her little brother with her. She sure has grown up a lot since that first stay at the CSR.
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I remember traveling with Katie when she was 11 months old. We had to rent a turtle for the roof for all the baby gear. Can't imagine how much stuff we would have had to take on a plane!
We don't travel light. Plus being gone for 10 days we needed a lot of stuff.

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I just loved that phlto of Christopher sprawled out in his stroller. So cute! Did Ana enjoy showing Christopher little things throughout the trip? She is such a good big sister.
He slept in the stroller quite a few times which helped out a lot. Juliana was really good to him.

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Thank goodness for Donald breaking the ice with Christopher. That memory is a keeper!
Oh yea!!!!




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I needed to write a little something (even though I already had most of this written) to get my mind off of what has been going on here.

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It was a really fun run for a great cause!

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I knew had Noah on it, just didn't know who "the" Noah was, thanks for sharing that
His TR is linked on the first page of the Wish Trippers thread if you ever want to read it. Make sure you have tissues handy.

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I couldn't really write much about what they were doing because, well, I wasn't there!
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