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Old 03-13-2013, 11:44 PM   #361
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Yay for your first Dumbo ride! I'll bet that Ron will treasure those pics of his 3 girls on the ride.

I have to admit that I'm addicted to any of the puzzle games too. (Love Candy Crush Saga and Freecell). I think that it could have been worse-Otaku could have been on FB or texting or something. At least she's working her brain!

Kona or 'Ohana? For some reason I have the feeling it's Kona.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:16 AM   #362
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Glad you liked your first ride on Dumbo! I rode it for the first time that I really remembered during my November trip. I know I rode it as a kid but don't really remember. I'm so glad they added the second spinner and the play area so the wait times are not as bad.

Claudia looks like the ride was putting her to sleep!

I agree that the MK tree is kind of boring. You would think they could do something more related to the park rather than the generic ornaments that are on it.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:04 AM   #363
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Wow -- 220 minutes posted for Space Mountain -- I've never seen that before! That's crazy. Anyway, I've really enjoyed reading your TR.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:15 AM   #364
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LOVE the pictures of you three gals on Dumbo. I must say I am utterly surprised every time I read that someone had never ridden Dumbo. If we did not ride Dumbo at least one trip, I swear Mark would divorce me.

Sorry about the drizzle, but at least it didn't turn into a total rainout.

Cute picture of you in front of the MK!
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:46 PM   #365
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following along and loving your trip report, I too called my oldest "peanut" and my youngest "peapod" when they were babies ....still let the names slip on occasion, cant wait for the next report. Your photos look amazing.
I call my little one Princess Peanut. Gave her the nickname as a baby and still call her by it and she is almost 8.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:09 PM   #366
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Love all the updates and the pictures.

WOW!!! Those crowds are soooooo crazy!!! I hope to never experience that. I love Space Mountain and I would wait in the line but I wouldn't love it.

I go to Cedar Point in OH pretty much every year and it's normal to wait 3-5 hours for the big coasters so I am used to waiting forever to go on a 1-2 minute ride but I never love it.

I didn't realize that they closed Splash Mountain every Jan. That totally bums me out. We all LOVE that ride and this will be my last trip to Disney for a long time so I am so sad that I will not be able to ride it.

Anyway looking forward to the next update.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:13 AM   #367
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I love the photos of you guys in Dumbo! So great!! You guys look like your having so much fun!!
What a great first Dumbo ride!

The picture of Ron with his candy apples is awesome!!

I love your picture out the from of MK too! Looks so bright right there.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:17 AM   #368
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Great Dumbo shots! All of Ron's girls in one place--what a memory!

They way you managed to arrange the rain cover makes it look like it was meant for the stroller! Obviously our rain cover situation did not work out that great, but I'm glad yours did !

Does Ron get them to cut up his candy apples for him, or does he bite into them? I've never tried one because I'm honestly not sure how to eat them!

'Ohana??

I tried on the Teva Mush sandals before our first trip, and they are pretty comfy! I ended up not getting them because I wasn't sure how I'd do with something between my toes for that long. I tried on Reefs, as well, and you're right about them not being as comfy. I wear Croc sandals, and I don't even think they make the kind I wear anymore! I'm going to be out of luck if something happens to these!
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:24 PM   #369
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Hi everyone! I had a full work week. Though I had already worked one week before March break, this one felt longer. Then we had dinner with my family last night, and it ran late. Needless to say, I'm very tired today. Too tired to do replies now, but since my updates are already typed up, I thought I'd post one and come back later to reply to all your wonderful posts (I did read them ).
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:28 PM   #370
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Day 4 part 6 – The One With The BREAD!



We checked in at Kona Cafe (yes, this is one of our favorite restaurants in Disney. I'm not a big fan of meat, so we haven't tried Ohana for dinner yet and are in no rush to try it) and did not have to wait long before being seated. We tried to put Claudia in a high chair, but she wanted none of that. We had to spend the entire meal passing her around.




We all chowed down on the BREAD (yes, it deserves all capital letters). It was Otaku’s first time trying it and she liked it so much that we ended up asking for a second loaf.




I knew I wanted to eat mostly bread and dessert, so I got some Mickey Ravioli from the kids’ menu. It was okay, obviously a bit bland.




In the months prior to the trip Ron had been looking at the menu and he wanted to try something new, but he was in the mood for steak so he got the Teriyaki Steak again. It was just as yummy as during our Disneymoon.




Otaku is a big sushi fan and chose the Caterpillar Roll. She loved it. It looked so pretty too!




For dessert Otaku and I both got the Kiluau Torte, which is a chocolate cake with a molten center like the Chocolate Wave from Coral Reef. I wanted us to share one, but Otaku insisted we each get one.




We probably should have shared, as neither of us finished it. It certainly was not as good as the Chocolate Wave. It tasted more like a ready-to-bake cake from the grocery store, the kind that comes in a box, than a dessert made from a chef.

I had a thing for lights this trip, trying to take pics of as many different lights as I could. The first one is from the main area of Kona and the second pic is from over the sushi bar.






As I said earlier, Claudia was very fussy that meal. It didn’t help that at some point she did a head bump on her sister’s shoulder. She looked like this several times during the meal.




The family sitting next to us chatted with us a few times. At the end of the meal they told us that the crying baby did not bother them at all. They must have seen the look of worry on our face. They were really nice.


We were at Kona for a little over an hour. Ron was still really tired and decided to go back to our resort with Claudia while Otaku and I enjoyed a few more hours at MK. It was opened until 1am that evening (regular hours, not even EMH!) and she was hoping we’d stay until the end. We all rode the monorail back to MK together, then parted ways.

As Otaku and I entered Town Square, we saw that the wait for the Princesses said only 15 minutes, so we got in line. After waiting for almost 15 minutes, we realized we were not even halfway through the line and we got up and left (literally. We had sat down since the line was so slow moving). Mickey had no line whatsoever, so we paid him a visit instead.

We were practically alone in the room before you get to meet him so I had time to really look at the details.






It only was a few minutes before it was our turn to meet the Big Cheese.










It was drizzling again when we came out. We caught the tail end of Main Street Electrical Parade, but we did not watch it. Instead we got to do something unusual: we got to walk through backstage! That’s right; they were diverting traffic through the backstage area behind Main Street to get to the hub. I have no idea if we were allowed to take pictures or not, but I was too busy looking at everything. Sure you lose a bit of the magic, but I found it very interesting to see.

We beat the parade there. We took a right and went to the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant to get a cup of water. Once the parade ended we made our way to the center of the hub, close to the partner statue, to watch “Celebrate The Magic”.




It was great, but some people were blocking our view (that’s what we get for showing up last minute). I miss the music of “Magic, Memories and You” though.

The most beautiful castle in the world is even more gorgeous with the dream lights.




We watched Wishes from the same spot. We probably should’ve moved to somewhere closer to Casey’s as some fireworks were hidden behind the castle. Nevertheless, it was great as usual. Tink did not fly, I’m guessing due to the weather.

I was really in the mood for shopping, and surprisingly, Otaku was too. I wanted to check out Sir Mickey’s, therefore right after Wishes we tried to walk over the bridge towards Cosmic Rays. That was a big fail, as there were throngs of people heading in the opposite direction, presumably on their way out of the park. We finally managed to clear the congestion and went shopping. I saw lots of nice things, but nothing I felt compelled to buy at that time. We went to Tomorrowland next, where I checked out Merchant of Venus. Unfortunately, Stitch is not as relevant now and most of the merchandise had been replaced by Perry the Platypus stuff. Too bad, as Stitch is my favorite character. I love his girlfriend Angel as well. They did have two murals with lots of Experiments on them.






We wanted to do some attractions and started with Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor.






The doors to the pre-show had just closed, so we had to wait for the next showing. We were given this to help them know the standby wait time. It turned out to be our first of many this trip.




It was a good show, but not the funniest I’ve seen. We had texted a joke (forgot what), but I had not included the keyword of our showing so they did not use it. Our plan was to stay late, but Otaku’s stomach was hurting her a lot again (like the night before), so we just went back to the Beach Club instead and went straight to sleep.


Disney Accomplishments Day 4

Eating the BREAD
Trying out Kiluau Torte
Riding Dumbo for the first time ever
Peanut’s first ride ever, the Carousel
Peanut’s First Haircut
Walking through backstage


Up Next, Rope Drop At Epcot

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Old 03-16-2013, 01:02 PM   #371
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I'm sorry Claudia was fussy during dinner.

We've never eaten at Kona for dinner (only breakfast) and that BREAD does look yummy. The sushi...not so much (although cute).

We did the backstage area last year when leaving the MK during the parade...it sure was different.

Isn't the castle beautiful with the lights?

I don't think we've ever been in Merchants of Venus (perhaps because I am not a Stitch fan we've skipped it ).

Sorry that Otaku’s stomach was bothering her again and that you had to cut the evening short...hope this was the last of that for her sake.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:21 PM   #372
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That bread does look yummy! I am not a fan of sushi, but the Caterpillar roll is cute! Too bad the dessert didn't live up to the Chocolate Wave, but at least you know you can skip it next trip.

I've never been backstage, so that must have been neat to see. I like the new castle show, but agree that the music for MM&Y was nicer. I hope Otaku's stomach didn't keep bugging her for too long!
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:29 PM   #373
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Stitch is one of our favorites, as well. I hate that they seem to be neglecting him!

Monster's Inc Laugh Floor is now an obsession of our kids'! We still haven't texted any jokes, though, most likely because my kids' jokes make absolutely no sense ! Like, "Why did the flower die in the Spring? Because it wanted candy!" HUH??

Sorry Otaku's stomach was hurting. Such a bummer.

Other than that, it sounds like a great evening!
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:32 PM   #374
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What does the bread taste like? I heard how wonderful Ohanas was, and I was not impressed at all. I could taste coconut which I am not a fan of.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:30 PM   #375
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I love Kona, we have eaten breakfast twice there but think it's time we tried dinner as Ron's steak looked great, and so did your dessert! I definitely agree with Otaku about ordering her own torte
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