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Trip Report So I guess Disney thinks Canadians do not celebrate Christmas?? A Max Trip Report- COMPLETED

A big hello to all my Disney friends:

As the title suggest this is a trip report regarding our recent Christmas adventure at Walt Disney World

Why the title you ask? I will keep you guessing on that one for a few days at least

Details leading up to the departure can be found here:

https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads...-max-the-girls-and-the-boys-do-disney.951075/

This is my 6th trip report on these boards so hopefully you have read at least one before

The reason I say that is that my style might not suit all - I can probably sum it up as

1) Shoot from the hip
2) Do not pull punches
3) Definitely not PC
4) Not always PG
5) As much Seinfeld references as @Tuvalu can handle
6) Not too heavy or too light on the Pixie dust -keep it real and call it as I see it

Quick introduction will come from:

Day 1 - Travel Day towards the US but not quite beyond the comfort of home:
Friday Dec 21, 2018

The original plan was to drive from our home in Waterloo Ont Canada to Buffalo NY on Sat Dec 22.
With a 10:35 am fight a same day drive could have worked.

We switched it up to a drive on the day before and booked a hotel in Niagara Falls Canada

(our B&B in Buffalo backed out on us - @Doc Disney can try to explain how she let us down!!!)

So here we are at the Embassy Suites on Friday enjoying our homemade Mickey cookies

Me (Max, Andrew, Clarence) and Tricia

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My younger daughter Cassie and Shane (BF)
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and my older daughter Stephanie and her fiancé Jordan
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and this is all of us at the Falls ( selfies are harder with six people!!!)
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This report will chronicle Disney trip 28 for me and lucky(?) 13 to WDW.
It is also 13 to WDW for Tricia
The girls celebrate 10 trips to the world
Trip 2 for Shane (though his memory of the first is limited)

And - 1ST TIME FOR JORDAN!!!!!!

More Day 1 to follow and then off to Buffalo the next day!!!

Welcome aboard, ashore and wherever we are!!!

Max
 
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amjt660

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
Wreath! ( finally)
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Either they were getting harder to find or we were just getting tired
Or it was ...
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Stephanie’s backup fiancé ( just in case)
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Jazz hands??
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Mexico!!

This one is for @Kiwiduck
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Found the last one fairly easily
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( and yes I know we did not have to find it because we only had I sticker left )

I spy with my little eye something that is green....

Tree!!!
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A little Canadian content from Brother Bear

( does anyone get that reference??? )

Challenge accepted??

And then we returned our sheet and got our amazing reward for our struggles
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A 4 pack of greeting cards!!!!
How exciting!!! (Not)
But it was a fun hunt that got everyone involved so it was worth it

Next up - liquid rejuvenation required

Max
 
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wdwfamilynh

Well-Known Member
I love the Stitch photo sessions! I probably won't let my son see those photos, though, or else one of these guys
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will be with us for this year's trip. Although he
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would be more appropriate for this year's trip, because we're celebrating our our 15th wedding/Disneymoon anniversary and Duffy became home with us on that trip (also my husband's 1st visit to the world!).
 

Kiwiduck

Premium Member
Wreath! ( finally)
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Either they were getting harder to find or we were just getting tired
Or it was ...
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Stephanie’s backup fiancé ( just in case)
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Jazz hands??
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Mexico!!

This one is for @Kiwiduck
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Found the last one fairly easily
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( and yes I know we did not have to find it because we only had I sticker left )

I spy with my little eye something that is green....

Tree!!!
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A little Canadian content from Brother Bear

( does anyone get that reference??? )

Challenge accepted??

And then we returned our sheet and got our amazing reward for our struggles
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A 4 pack of greeting cards!!!!
How exciting!!! (Not)
But it was a fun hunt that got everyone involved so it was worth it

Next up - liquid rejuvenation required

Max
Thanks Max/Drew/Clarence!! I love me some Mexico Donald.
 

amjt660

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
Day 5 cont’d
So based on photo time stamps the wreath hunt took approx 2 hours
It was now 1:30 and we had an early Christmas dinner planned
After all that time in the sun we were thirsty so we went back to France for some refreshments
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Just 4 of us - Tricia and Stephanie went back to the room for a snack and some wine

On the way out I asked a member of the sheriff department if she would be ok with a picture
She said ok so I handed her Stitch and took her picture
( she thought I was asking for her to TAKE a picture so she was a little confused)
Note : I am not posting it because I do not want her to get I to trouble

More pics on the walk back to the hotel
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A little friend by the hotel
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After a quick snack we went back to Epcot by boat
Lobby tree
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Boat pics
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Max
 

amjt660

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
More boat pics from the boardwalk area
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It was standing room only but eventually we all got to sit down at the back of the boat together
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Hey wait - that’s not Cassie!!!
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We went home for dinner!!!!
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This is Mellisa . She is from Cambridge Ontario which is a sister city to Waterloo where we live
My job at Toyota is actually in Cambridge
Small world indeed!!
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The pretzel bread was a table fav- as it should be since it represents Kitchener Ontario - the third sister city - Shane lives in this city
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I had the steak frites
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Max
 

amjt660

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
I might need help here
Cassie had a salad
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Shane has a steak
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Jordan has poutine and something else
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Steph has a Cobb like salad
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Tricia had the same
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Not sure what this is ( help!)
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The chocolate moose was not available so we got this instead
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The meal was great - probably the best of the trip

I took these as we were walking toward the Seas
(Probably because I forgot to take them in the morning !!)
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Max
 

TMax

Member
I might need help here
Cassie had a salad
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Shane has a steak
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Jordan has poutine and something else
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Steph has a Cobb like salad
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Tricia had the same
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Not sure what this is ( help!)
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The chocolate moose was not available so we got this instead
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The meal was great - probably the best of the trip

I took these as we were walking toward the Seas
(Probably because I forgot to take them in the morning !!)
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Max
Hi everyone. This will be my first post Thought I would clarify some of dinner choices. Stephanie and I had the farmhouse salad. Jordan had the Maple glazed Brussels sprouts with his poutine. Stephanie shared this appetizer with him. I believe they both loved this app. The other app on the table is creamed spinach. I believe Cassie had this along with her salad. Most of us thought this was best meal of vacay. I ordered salad because Stephanie and I had snacks ( and wine ) too close to dinner. Oops!

Tricia
 

DisneyGigi

Well-Known Member
Day 5 cont’d
So based on photo time stamps the wreath hunt took approx 2 hours
It was now 1:30 and we had an early Christmas dinner planned
After all that time in the sun we were thirsty so we went back to France for some refreshments
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Just 4 of us - Tricia and Stephanie went back to the room for a snack and some wine

On the way out I asked a member of the sheriff department if she would be ok with a picture
She said ok so I handed her Stitch and took her picture
( she thought I was asking for her to TAKE a picture so she was a little confused)
Note : I am not posting it because I do not want her to get I to trouble

More pics on the walk back to the hotel
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A little friend by the hotel
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After a quick snack we went back to Epcot by boat
Lobby tree
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Boat pics
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Max

I posted without reply... lol

Ahhh, the Grand Marnier Slushie! 😍😍 I make them at home sometimes, pretty darn close but not without Epcot.
 

DisneyGigi

Well-Known Member
Hi everyone. This will be my first post Thought I would clarify some of dinner choices. Stephanie and I had the farmhouse salad. Jordan had the Maple glazed Brussels sprouts with his poutine. Stephanie shared this appetizer with him. I believe they both loved this app. The other app on the table is creamed spinach. I believe Cassie had this along with her salad. Most of us thought this was best meal of vacay. I ordered salad because Stephanie and I had snacks ( and wine ) too close to dinner. Oops!

Tricia
Welcome Tricia, love reading about your family’s adventures. :)
 

Back!Elbow!Shoulders!

Omnia mutantur, nihil interit
Premium Member
More boat pics from the boardwalk area
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It was standing room only but eventually we all got to sit down at the back of the boat together
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Hey wait - that’s not Cassie!!!
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We went home for dinner!!!!
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This is Mellisa . She is from Cambridge Ontario which is a sister city to Waterloo where we live
My job at Toyota is actually in Cambridge
Small world indeed!!
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The pretzel bread was a table fav- as it should be since it represents Kitchener Ontario - the third sister city - Shane lives in this city
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I had the steak frites
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Max

Kitchener? Waterloo? I recognize those. DH and I go Stratford just about every year. That whole region is fantastic.
 

ajrwdwgirl

Premium Member
Hi everyone. This will be my first post Thought I would clarify some of dinner choices. Stephanie and I had the farmhouse salad. Jordan had the Maple glazed Brussels sprouts with his poutine. Stephanie shared this appetizer with him. I believe they both loved this app. The other app on the table is creamed spinach. I believe Cassie had this along with her salad. Most of us thought this was best meal of vacay. I ordered salad because Stephanie and I had snacks ( and wine ) too close to dinner. Oops!

Tricia

Welcome to wdwmagic!
 

Songbird76

Well-Known Member
So if you were paying attention you are now saying:
But Max - what do you mean PP photographer #2 in Morocco ?

Where here they are …..
Steph and Jordan tried to get one
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And the it is "Revenge of the Shane"
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and Cassie got into the picture - but Shane was not done!!
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So they let him into the foreground of the picture
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We finally got a group shot (all seven of us)

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And then Max wanted some solo shots
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Next up - Fun photo pass in Japan

Max
I love the PP war! So fun! I went with some friends from a Harry Potter forum to London and we did the studio tour. We had a somewhat large group and we were all wandering around looking at different things. 2 of our group had asked a random stranger if he would mind taking a picture of them, just as I wandered up, so they had me join, and then another of our group saw and jumped in as well, and the stranger taking the photo looked so confused, not realizing we were all in the same group. So he just gestures to yet another one of our group, that he didn't know was in our group and says "Hey, should we just invite this guy into the picture, too?" and we all said "Yes!" It was quite amusing to see the look on the guy's face as we kept adding people and he had no idea we all knew each other. He thought people were just wandering into our picture and we were letting them.
 

Songbird76

Well-Known Member
Day 5 cont’d
After a quick stop in Germany we continued our search for the hidden wreaths

Next stop was China
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At this point some people were looking , laughing and pointing as I was prepping Stitch for his photo shoot
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It was a beautiful sunny day- temps up around 73 and sunny so...
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It did not fit well so he gave his hat to someone else

Much better!
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This one was very tricky - I took awhile for Cassie to find it
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On to Norway
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Meeting new friends
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No time for ride buddy - we have a wreath to find
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Grass covered roof - check!
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Another friend
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Max
Did Jordan buy the hat? Isn't there someone who says it's ALWAYS teenage boys who wear those hats?
 

Songbird76

Well-Known Member
Hi everyone. This will be my first post Thought I would clarify some of dinner choices. Stephanie and I had the farmhouse salad. Jordan had the Maple glazed Brussels sprouts with his poutine. Stephanie shared this appetizer with him. I believe they both loved this app. The other app on the table is creamed spinach. I believe Cassie had this along with her salad. Most of us thought this was best meal of vacay. I ordered salad because Stephanie and I had snacks ( and wine ) too close to dinner. Oops!

Tricia
Yay! More of the Max family! Welcome!
 

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