2011 Disney Trip – Day 3 Continued

January 5, 2011 – Day 3 – Continued

SO Pete and I rushed around to get ready for dinner. We walked to the monorail and took it over to the Polynesian. We were well rested and looking forward to the fun the night had in store for us.

We got to ‘Ohana and checked in. Pete got a beer and we waited maybe 10 minutes before we were seated. Our host was a college student in the college program and it was her last day. This is teh 3rd one we encountered this day that was sad to be leaving. She told me that the next week a whole new group of college students were starting. I wish I would have known about this college program when I was in school. How awesome would it look on your resume.

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I snapped a picture of where the cooking happens before we got to our seat. We had a kinda crappy seat with no view, but I knew we didn’t need it since we were staying with a view. I planned dinner so we would be done in time to watch the fireworks with some of our favorite people!

Pete ordered a Lapu Lapu and did share a rink with me. One of these knocks me on my tail so a sip or two is all I need. MMM

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In case you have never eaten at ‘Ohana the menu:

Starters

‘Ohana Welcome Bread

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Mixed greens with a honey-lime dressing

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Appetizers/Accompaniments

Chicken Wings

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Pork and Vegetable Dumplings

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Lo-Mein type noodles

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Veggies (Broccoli, Snow Peas and Carrots)
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Skewers Prepared over an oak fire

Oak Grilled Chicken

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Asian Barbecued Pork Loin

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Marinated Sirloin Steak

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Spicy Grilled Peel – n – Eat Shrimp

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Dipping Sauces

House Made Peanut Sauce
Chimichurri Sauce
Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Dessert

Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster

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I just got the Ice Cream, I can’t really eat it cause it makes me sick, butI needed something to transfer the Bananas Foster sauce to my mouth. A few bites didn’t hurt.

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We were almost done when I spotted Lisa M/ heading to the bathroom. (Told you we had a crappy view). I sent her a text. “I see you”. She was seated soon after that and I had plans to stop by her table to say Hi!!! I loved that my friends were all here this same week!

Pete and I took pictures after we got Lei’ed

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Then I feel a Tap! It’s LISA!!!! Yay! big Hugs. I love Lisa!!!

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We chatted a few minutes then she went back to her friend Tammy and we paid and get out of there. We had to get back to our room! LOL Notice a trend here, I wanted to be in our room the whole time. LOL

While we were waiting for the Monorail the sky opened up and poured! I was so scared the fireworks would be canceled.

While waiting in line some girls commented on my Awesome Dooney and Burke PURPLE Mickey Wristlet. My Sister in law is awesome. It was a christmas gift.

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I am not sure if I got a real picture of it or not. I will need to take one!

So we got back to our room and I made the bed from Nap Time. Jenna called and was on her way so I headed to the DVC entrance to let them in. What a great view from there. Pete set up the tripod for some pictures. LOL

Jenna got there with like seconds to spare. I was so excited to share the fireworks with them!

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I got extra Snuggle time with Boo Boo! and we all hung out for about an hour or so. It was so nice to be relaxing in Walt Disney World.

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I wish I would have taken those leis out of my hair. This is like the only picture Jenna and I had taken together all of vacation!

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Jenna, Bobby, Jillian, Sylvia & Riley had to get ready and go before the monorail stopped running. So I got one last hug and we said our goodbyes!

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It was only like 9:30pm or so and we were not really tired. i asked Pete if he wanted to go to bed early and get up in time for our 8:00am Breakfast Reservation at Hollywood & Vine or if he wanted to go swimming and stay up late and sleep in. Well of course I couldn’t do that so we went swimming AND got up early the next day! LOL

Picture this at night (since I have no night pictures of the pool!!)
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After swimming ….Brrr!!! It was freezing and raining too. LOL ….. I took some more Castle pictures, saw the Electric Light Parade and watched the castle until way early in the morning. I couldn’t stop looking at it.

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Finally Pete told me to GET IN BED!!! I did and fell asleep looking at the castle!!!

Day 3 – January 5, 2011

This was the day that was supposed to be our first day before we added the extra days on. We slept in again this morning, We never sleep in so this was a big deal! Pete went to get us breakfast and I showered. When he came back with a bagel for me and a muffin for him we ate and talked about our game plan for the day!

We packed up the last of the things we had laying around the room and bell services came to get our bags. They tagged them for Bay Lake Towers and took them away. We were sure to tip the guy, we had so many bags. LOL

We walked around the hotel grounds a little bit on the way to the bus.

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Jenna’s New Room!

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We finally made it to the bus and took the 1st bus that came. Downtown Disney. It wasn’t a real long ride and as soon as we got off the bus at Downtown Disney a bus for the Contemporary showed up! YAY!! We were on our way.

We got to the hotel and found out that Bay Lake Towers checks in at the main building. I don’t love this, but what ever!

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We waited in a very short line and went to check in. They told us that our room was not ready, no surprise since it was like 11:00am. I asked what floor we were on and was told the 4th. NOPE Not gonna happen. I was not going to stay in Bay Lake Towers and be so low. I sweetly asked for something higher up and was told oh look here, there is a room on the 10th floor and it’s ready now! SOLD! We will take it!

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We got our key and headed up to the walkway. The view is nice from the walkway!

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We passed this on the walkway, hmm a sign of things to come maybe?

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We get to our room, 8218 (why does our room on the 10th floor start with an 8??? Who knows.

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This is what I see when I open the door. I may have uttered a few curse words here in excitement! LOL

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I did not like that both sicks were in the “Kitchen Area”. We didn’t have any food here, but I doubt Pete would have appreciated me spraying hairspray in the kitchen if we did.

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After a quick tour of the room and a few iphone pictures we headed back to the monorail. We had Lunch reservations at the Grand Floridian Cafe.

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Pete loves Sorcerer Mickey.

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Here comes our ride!

In no time at all we were at the Grand Floridian. My friend Shawn loves the Grand Floridian Cafe and since this was our off day we thought we would give it a try.

I love the Grand Floridian, but it seems a little stuffy to me. I don’t know if I would want to stay there. Well of course I would want to, but I may feel out of place.

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We made our way to check in and we got a seat right away! It was so nice relaxing and not having anything at all planned for the day!

We both got the shrimp as an appetizer since we were on the deluxe dining plan.

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I also got a nasty smoothie. It was supposed to be “Very Berry” but I think is needs more berries cause it was “Barely Berry”!

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I got the Grand Club or something like that. Turkey and Ham and Cheese sauce. It was good, but boy was it alot. I finished maybe half!

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Pete got the Grand Floridian Burger. It had lobster on it. It was good he said, but I don’t think I would want that!

Now our waitress tricked us on the deserts. LOL She didn’t bring us a dessert menu and rambles things o ff. Well we both got a Mini dessert, that I later found out we could have gotten the Mini Trio. It was good though. I had the Lemon Berry Cheese Cake and Pete had something…I don’t remember what.

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Now obviously it’s lunch time, the family next to us was sitting there with maps planning their day (at lunch time). They were not on the dining plan, AND didn’t even know about the dining plan. They were asking us a bunch of questions like “Where is the Indiana Jones ride”? “where do we get the bus to Harry Potter”/ So I gave them a mini lesson and the dining reservation number, since they were going to be there 8 days and had no reservations and “detested” counter food. There were nice, but they were totally a different class of people then us! LOL The guy asked for my phone number in case he had any other questions and his wife scolded him. I slipped him a card on my way out!

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We walked around the Grand Floridian and went on all of the stores. I didn’t buy a single thing. So proud of myself! We got the monorail back to our hotel around 2:30 or so. On the way we passed a wedding reception.

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When we got back to our roomI wanted to go swimming.

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Pete said it was too cold and wanted to nap.

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He agreed to sit on the balcony for a while with me. What a site…

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Then he went and got into bed. I called my BFF and we talked over an hour. We had a lot to catch up on. After that clouds were rolling in so I went in and covered up on the sofa with my book and read two pages and fell asleep! LOL

Pete had set a wake up call and got up to shower, only to realize we didn’t have our luggage. I called to the front desk for them to bring it, but it took a little while so Pete skipped his shower. I was happy I had taken mine in the morning. LOL

2011 Disney Vacation Day Two, Part 2

January 4, 2011 – FIREWORKS & Hoop Dee Doo!

Yay Wishes, my favorite part of any Disney Vacation! Get ready for picture overload!

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As soon as Wishes was over I handed Pete the Camera and we took off to the exit. I was closing the tripod up as we power-walked to the exit. Pete knew I had a special dinner planned, but he didn’t know what or where. We got to the boat dock and he figured it out. We were about 15 people back in line so we really lucked out.

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The boat came and we had a nice relaxing ride to Fort Wilderness.

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Once we got there we checked in for the Hoop Dee Doo and had the pictures taken, I wish I could have justified $30 for it since it looked nice, but no way!

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We waited maybe 25 minutes for the prior show to let out while I talked to my Dad. Then we got our seat. It was a great one right on the floor!

Pete was sooo impressed, he told me it was the most fun he has ever had at Disney. Everytime I looked at him he was smiling!

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When the show was over Pete told me we NEED to bring his parents here next year! We walked out and they had a bus for us right there ready to go. We got back to Port Orleans around 12:30am. The room was perfect. It was clean and smelled fresh. I am so glad Disney came through. We got a drink and headed right to bed! Tomorrow we move to Bay Lake Towers!

2011 Disney Vacation – Day 2

January 4, 2011

We had an early morning dining reservation at the Crystal Palace, but I was tooo tired and I turned off the alarm and rolled back over. I just could not get back up at 6:30am! I just couldn’t.

I got up around 9am and Pete went to the food court to get us breakfast. I had a bagel (that he didn’t toast??) and he had something…Eggs and a biscuit maybe? We got showers and got dressed. Bobby called from next door and they were able to find them a ground floor room so they were moving. The room wasn’t ready yet so I gave Bobby my room key and they moved their luggage into our room. Bobby also gave us our rum for on the ship. The housekeeper kept coming to see if we were gone yet. They wanted to get in our room to clean. We told Jenna and them goodbye and told them we would see them at lunch.

Pete and I made our way to the bus. There are two side by side bus stops at Port Orleans and the Magic Kingdom is the 2nd one. We were there about 10:30 or so.

It was close to 11:00am when we got to the Magic Kingdom. I was just as excited today as I was yesterday. I love the Magic Kingdom.

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We walked around into the shops on the right hand side of Main Street. We spent a long time in the Art store. This is one of our favorite stores on Main Street. We picked out some Art, but didn’t buy anything yet.

I did take a picture of the cute Toy Story figures.

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I love this little street. I took Pete down here to hear the “Music Lessons”.

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The next store we went in was the glass blowing store. There wasn’t a person there at this time, but I got a picture anyway.

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We shopped a bit before we went to check in at the Plaza.

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I love the Plaza. It is so quaint and cute. We got sat right next to Jenna.

Pete ordered a Milk Shake as his drink. I love that they use Chocolate Ice cream for the shake instead of vanilla. It really does make a difference.

I got the Chicken Sandwich with Ham and Cheese on it and Pete got a Ruben.

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Can you tell I forgot to take a picture before Pete started eating. LOL Oh and his bread was not burned, it was marble rye bread. Mine was very good (Jenna’s sister got the same thing) and Pete said he enjoyed his too.

Jenna and crew was on the dining plan so they got dessert. We didn’t start our dining plan until tomorrow and were SOOO stuffed that we didn’t have dessert. Instead we got Riley!!!

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Look at Pete…He is making fun of Riley’s “serious face” LOL.

Pete always gets him first, but I got my turn and a kiss.

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and a nose squeeze

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LOL Silly Boy!

Riley wanted a group picture so of course we had to pose for one.

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I know I said it before but I love this kid. I feel a special connection to him since I knew about him before almost anyone!

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As we were leaving we saw these two.

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I love them. It’s so cute that Disney adds this little skit to your meal at the Plaza.

We got Jillian, Jenna’s sister to take our picture with Pete’s phone. He has a really cool app called “Simply Postcards” that lets you take any picture and turn it into a post card. So we wanted one in front of the castle to send to our parents.

The Move it Shake it Show was starting so we enjoyed it. I love the music.

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We said bye to Jenna and headed up to the Castle area since the show was getting ready to start. We took some Statue pictures while we waited.

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A nice lady offered to take our picture….CHEESE!

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The show started…

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I wish I had the zoom lens, actually I wish I had a 15mm-200mm lens!

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When the show was over we saw this cutie. Pete named her Princess of the Trash. LOL

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We wanted to see Rapunzel, but the line was starting for the 3pm show and it was maybe 1:30pm. I didn’t want to wait, so I snapped some candid pictures.

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She was really pretty. I always picture her as Mandy Moore since that is the voice I hear when she talks. This girl really looked like my mental picture.

We wandered around Tomorrowland next. It wasn’t real sunny, but the temperature was perfect. Pete bought a pin and I got a water then we jumped on the People Mover. We stayed on twice since I love it so much. Doesn’t it seem longer since the renovations.

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Now it was time for my favorite Walt Disney Attraction EVER!

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I wanted to ride Buzz Lightyear, but Pete said it wasn’t worth 45 minutes in line. So we went to Monster’s Inc. instead.

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I got yelled at for taking pictures as soon as I snapped this blurry one…LOL

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They used my joke in the Monster’s Inc. Show. What do you call an Elephant in Glass Slippers? Cinderellaphant! LOL

We walked past the desert party location and talked about how awesome the party was last year with all my friends. Here is a picture is refresh your memory.

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The sun came out and it was getting a little warm.

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So all this dessert talk made us want a sweet treat so we stopped by the bakery. I got a Cupcake (for icing purposes only) and Pete got an Ice Cream Sandwich.

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This turned out to be Cream Cheese icing and not buttercream. I should have asked. It was ok, but no Buttercream!

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We ended up back in the glass store and there was a guy making a vase. It was so cool, I wanna learn how to do that!

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We took pictures of overpriced nick nacks.

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Then I found the perfect sun glasses. Pete said get them, but I saw the price tag….$35. I decided to pass. But he made me get them. I am so glad, I love them!!!

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ahhh to be a Disney Bride again!!!

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We listened to some street music (why are they still playing Christmas songs, sure my tree is still up, but the Holiday is OVER) before we went back to the Art store.

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We bought two prints for our guest room and a picture of a beach scene for my Dad’s beach house. We are going to frame it and hang it next time we go down there.

I wanted one last look at Toon Town (Sniff Sniff) so we took the train that way, but in true Reese fashion stayed on an extra loop before getting off.

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I am going to miss Toon Town, I am not crazy over the Circus area at all. I don’t even like the real Circus!

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Pooh and Tigger were out, we just waved as we walked by!

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We walked hand in hand around Fantasyland talking about the new improvements coming and being there when it was empty for our wedding pictures. I set up this picture of Pete trying to pull the sword from the stone, I like it with the Castle in the background instead of the Carousel (feel free to borrow it).

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How cool is it that the fireworks from the Castle show went off soon as I took the picture.

My Picture is not as awesome, we need a class on how to focus properly, I wish I could take my own pictures.

Since we missed Mickey’s Philharmagic I made sure we saw it this time. We timed it perfectly, no line.

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I took this picture for our own little Wolfgang!

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I had idea for a Carousel picture. I set up the tripod and Pete ran to the bathroom. I got one picture before it started raining.

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We took cover under the overhang near Pinocchio’s. We got chairs and waited out the rain for about a half hour.

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I love it!! I want to frame it for the guest room!

It was about 6:30pm and I wanted a good spot for the fireworks so I took a few pictures behind the Castle before walking around to the front side.

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We still had almost an hour til Wishes, but I really wanted a good spot. I set up the tripod and stood cover to make sure it didn’t get bumped. This is about where I set it up.

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I took a few test shots while I waited.

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Now I had Pete standing in front of me and a nice guy and his little girl to my left who were in position for the fireworks. Then a lady walks up tp me and hands me her Photopass card. LOL I told her I was not a Photopass Photographer. Since when do they wear Tie Dye. LOL

I was nervous about getting bumped. I had to hold my arms out to the side to make sure no one hit me. It was worth it though….

Stay tuned, fireworks pictures are coming soon!

January 4, 2011 – FIREWORKS & Hoop Dee Doo!

Yay Wishes, my favorite part of any Disney Vacation! Get ready for picture overload!

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As soon as Wishes was over I handed Pete the Camera and we took off to the exit. I was closing the tripod up as we power-walked to the exit. Pete knew I had a special dinner planned, but he didn’t know what or where. We got to the boat dock and he figured it out. We were about 15 people back in line so we really lucked out.

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The boat came and we had a nice relaxing ride to Fort Wilderness.

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Once we got there we checked in for the Hoop Dee Doo and had the pictures taken, I wish I could have justified $30 for it since it looked nice, but no way!

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We waited maybe 25 minutes for the prior show to let out while I talked to my Dad. Then we got our seat. It was a great one right on the floor!

Pete was sooo impressed, he told me it was the most fun he has ever had at Disney. Everytime I looked at him he was smiling!

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When the show was over Pete told me we NEED to bring his parents here next year! We walked out and they had a bus for us right there ready to go. We got back to Port Orleans around 12:30am. The room was perfect. It was clean and smelled fresh. I am so glad Disney came through. We got a drink and headed right to bed! Tomorrow we move to Bay Lake Towers!

 

2011 – Disney Vacation Trip Report – Day One

It has been a little over a year since I was in WDW and I was dying to get back. A few weeks before our trip Pete and I were talking and we realized he was off work from December 31st to January 17th. We decided to start vacation early. We thought about driving to WDW, stopping in the Carolina’s to visit some friends and getting to Disney on our original check in date of January 5th. BUT a one way car rental was over a $1,000 so nope not happening. Then I switched our flight so we flew out of BWI on January 3rd. I made us a two night reservation at Port Orleans French quarter. I was excited to stay here! So two extra Disney Days! YAY! I was so excited.

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I finally finished our Disney Tie Dye shirts. I had to make 9 of them. They took forever. I am so happy how awesome they turned out.

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Day 8 – November 6, 2009 – Bahamas – Part 2

So since I lost my whole last post….lets try again!

After naps we headed up to go swimming a bit. It was nice and relaxing. That is what I love about DCL most. The relaxing. LOL

While we got ready for pirate night Laura took Alyssa to the kids club. Since she wasn’t 3 (or even 2) she couldn’t stay and play with the big kids unless mom was there. She had a blast though.

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We stopped by the room and grabbed my Dad the pirate and headed to dinner.

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We got all seated and the waiter came over and apologized over and over about the hair in Laura’s food last night. LOL They sent this fruit platter over. It was all so fresh and good.

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We got the Jerk Chicken, Some Dip, Mango Soup and a Salad for Appetizers.

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Alyssa colored and was very well behaved.

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Look at my Dad…LOL he cracks me up!

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I don’t remember what all we ordered for dinner. SOme sort of steak and the mushrooms with lentiles were really good.

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The waiter kept us entertained.

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The wait staff is top notched on DCL. I love the way they really try to get to know their guests.

Before desert my sister and Dad went to Limbo!

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Alyssa tried to fake us out.

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But a second later she was “wake” again.

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She started getting fussy right before dinner was over. But for almost an hour and a half she was good as gold.

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Brandon took her for a walk while we finished desert. A Trio thing for me and Laura had a Mickey Bar (notice a trend here?)

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Up next…pirates IN the Caribbean Party!

Day 7 – Cruise Day – Part 2!!! November 5, 2009

 

So Laura and I secured us seats for the sail away party on deck 10. We wanted Alyssa to be able to see. We got a table and chairs for us all right next to the railing.

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