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Friday, December 31, 2010

Our Disney trip, 2010

Yes, once again we took to the skies for Disney World. Madison and Samuel looks forward to the hustle and bustle, the lights and action that Disney offers. For me, I am beginning to think more about an Alaskan Cruise. Something a mite calmer, something that doesn't twist and turn me upside down, and keep me out all hours of the night. So we left by plane and checked into one of Disney's All Star Resorts. The first day, we took a guided tour and never contemplated joining the Disney Vacation Club. Wow, now thats lots of money! We were actually wasting time, waiting for my sister and my mother to arrive. We were ready then to go to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party. The park shuts down at 4 and all guests that don't have a ticket/wristband are not allowed to participate in any of the attractions. The park closed at midnight and so did we.
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Our view from the 2nd floor at the All Star Music. The building to the right is the dining hall and directly in front is the laundromat and to the left is another building with rooms.
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This is the entrance before you get to the hotel.
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Mickey's 3D Philharmagic.
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This is Everest. Photo was taken with my iphone 4. Maybe I should have saved my self some money and just stuck with my iphone instead of a BIG camera.
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Aren't Cinderella's 3 sisters gorgeous?
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S.Dion just had to have her pic with the castle, yep, she can't wait to see it. Memories!
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Just a small part of a very large and unique parade that is put on nightly by Disney.
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Next we drove to Cape Canaveral and boarded the Disney Wonder and set sail for the Bahamas.
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Taxied to the beautiful hotel, the Atlantis. The Atlantis is a beautiful hotel with a giant water park, a aquarium and a full casino. Five buildings in all. One of the buildings has a suite that goes for 25,000 per night and is rented for 4 nights and then the next customer waiting in line checks in. It stays full year around! No Way!
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I'm hanging out the back window of the taxi to take this next shot.
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Yes, "just how do we get out of this casino?" I'm close to being broke before I ever got in here...
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I am in a tunnel inside the aquarium.
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There are 3 of these types of slides. Two of them you just lay on your back and one of them you use an inner tube. The one where you lay on your back is frightening! Once you are seated ready to slide you try to look ahead to see where you are going but the drop is so steep it is impossible. You just take a leap of faith. Samuel, bless his heart was so brave and yes, he did it. It doesn't hurt in anyway, it is just scary!
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The photo is slightly over exposed but the dude is cleaning the glass in the aquarium and he sees Samuel and gives him the peace sign with his two fingers, Samuel, gives it right back to him. :)
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The one with the tube takes you through a tunnel with sharks and all kinds of fish around you. I hope you can see the tubers.
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Now thats my little girl.
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The next day the Disney Wonder stops off at Castaway Cay, Disney's own private island. The only guests that are on this island are the ones that are on the Cruise Line. All food is provided and lots of things to do such as parasailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, or just laying in a hammock reading a book and watching the kiddos play in the sand.
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Madison trying to catch a fish in her bucket. See the wristband? This is put on the kids before they get on the boat so that they can be found in case they get lost. Sweet idea!
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A brand new water slide. See the bucket? Watch out cause once it gets full, it'll dump a bucket load of water...
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Samuel is 7 now and he is either climbing up something or he is shooting someone with anything he can get his hands on, help me mama! One good thing is that he is quiet about it, pure sneaky. He's up the pole or you've been shot before you know it. He says he is not going into the military, maybe that's good news, I don't know. He would be a valuable candidate.
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I love my Mickey Crocs. I bought 2 pair 2 years ago at Disney and they are so comfy. The only regret is, I wish I had bought 3 pair.
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A map of the island. Maybe you can zoom in to get a good look at all that is available to do on the island.
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Samuel played nearly all day in Scuttles Cove, the sand yard for kids. He loves it! The workers come off of the boat and spend the day playing all kinds of games with the kids. We check him in and he can't leave until we pick him up. Now that's a vacation.
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The girl with the yellow shirt is a Disney worker.
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Looks like she's putting it to good use.
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Ok, so if you have more money to spend, just rent a Cabana for the day. These are small houses that are private and have their own private beach. oooo.... aaaaaa........ That is a famous saying during the whole cruise.
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What's wrong with this picture? Me not sitting. Instead me taking pics, again.
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Whoa, who dat?
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As always, there is a time to say good bye and clean up the party. This water is cold, maybe he will be a navy seal one day...
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Meanwhile back on the cruise liner, the lobby is bustling with excitement. Mickey and Minnie are non-stop with their famous autographs. Families are having a photo shoot. The piano is alive with "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas...."
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Samuel in the Oceaneer's club stacking cups and some others playing Wii.
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The next day is spent on the boat relaxing out at sea.
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Goofy trying to take to the pool, I'm afraid it doesn't work like that Goofy.
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See, no sooner does he gets to the bottom of the slide he begins to scope the situation out, oh brother. Hi Ho, Bonjour Samuel, it's off to the Marine Corp you go.
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Each night our waiter performs a trick or treat. Mike agrees to this one. Two plates, ketchup and some words that go gooble di gop. Then he smashes both of their hands into the ketchup. Ewwwwww....
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The waiter, Teddy, shows not remorse either. We all get to laugh. It was a great time each night at the dinner table.
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And a big round of applause to the head waiters, waiters, cooks, head cooks and the lists goes on and on.
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This is pirate night. Everyone "willing" gets a scarf to put on their heads. A large percentage of the folks on the boat dress like pirates and at 10 p.m. on the top deck they have a pirate party with a full dessert buffet, ice sculptures and lots noise. Samuel is not in this photo because he is in the Oceaneer's club getting himself painted up like a pirate. Now it all comes together, he's gonna be a pirate some day:(

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