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Trip Report The "My iCloud Takes Me Back to 2016" TR's

krisri18

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH 2017

Everyone was much more rested for our last day in Disney but J seemed to be feeling a bit worse.
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He had kept talking about how he wanted to meet Buzz but he seemed scared when it was our turn. I'm thinking it probably had to do with the way he felt.
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We bid farewell to POR but we weren't too sad. We'd be back in a few months!!
Trip overlap again! We were in the World Feb 12-16, 2017 and were in the MK on the 14th and HS on the 15th as well!
 

BuckyMom

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I just relayed the snoring story to my kids (ages 22 and 18). The 22 year old pipes ups and says "great idea Mom, you get your own room from now on." Yup, I'm the snorer in the family.
 

sheriffwoody

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So sorry about the snoring!! That stinks that you guys have to book separate rooms, but it does sound like the right move. My mom snores really bad and when I slept in the room with her in Chicago a couple years ago I got no sleep whatsoever. It was miserable! We plan to go to Italy together for her 60th and I'm planning to book us separate rooms 🤣
 

DisneyGigi

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Just getting caught up. I just wanted to say how very sorry I am to hear that you lost your mom. My dad passed away when I was 17. As many years as it has now been, it still stings when I think about it. It does get better with time but you never stop missing them. Sending much love, comfort and pixie dust to you and your family!
 

riverside

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I always wondered but you know what they say about curiosity so I was afraid to ask.
I know what you mean but you can feel free to ask me almost anything!!
Trip overlap again! We were in the World Feb 12-16, 2017 and were in the MK on the 14th and HS on the 15th as well!
That is crazy!! I know it's a big place but we would have had to have been in close proximity to each other at some point!!
I just relayed the snoring story to my kids (ages 22 and 18). The 22 year old pipes ups and says "great idea Mom, you get your own room from now on." Yup, I'm the snorer in the family.
In my family that award would actually go to my dad & brothers. I'm nothing compared to them!!
When I told E from then on we would be getting separate rooms I wasn't sure how she would take it. The extra expense really stinks for both of us but I was also getting tired of paying half for a room then going to get another. Now I've gotten used to having my own room. In a way it's nice. I don't have to worry about waking others up with lights or noise.
So sorry about the snoring!! That stinks that you guys have to book separate rooms, but it does sound like the right move. My mom snores really bad and when I slept in the room with her in Chicago a couple years ago I got no sleep whatsoever. It was miserable! We plan to go to Italy together for her 60th and I'm planning to book us separate rooms 🤣
I'm sure it was miserable so booking separate is the way to go. I would assume you'll be away for a week at least so imagine not sleeping for the whole week. It's a recipe for disaster. You really can't enjoy yourself unless you're well rested IMO.
Just getting caught up. I just wanted to say how very sorry I am to hear that you lost your mom. My dad passed away when I was 17. As many years as it has now been, it still stings when I think about it. It does get better with time but you never stop missing them. Sending much love, comfort and pixie dust to you and your family!
Thank you very much. That's very kind. I can't believe how often she is on my mind--more often than not. 17--I'm sorry. That's just not fair. I feel bad b/c I'm 44 & the oldest. My youngest sibling is 30 & I feel bad for him b/c I had 14 more years with our mom than he did.
 

riverside

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TRIP #5

WHEN:
June 19th-25th, 2017

WHERE: I think I'm going to just start skipping this part :hilarious:

WHO: H(my niece), R & myself
You may remember them from previous TR's

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WHY: R is a principal. During the summer of 2016 at his schools festival there was a raffle for a 4 day park hopper pass to WDW. My nieces H & B were with me at the festival. I told them that if one of them won the tickets I would take them & pick up the rest of the tab. I made them promise there would be no ill feelings toward each other if one of them actually won(they are sisters). They both promised. Lo & behold H won!! I did feel kind of bad for B but I couldn't afford to take her also. Don't worry--B has been there since & I'm taking her next month!!

Also, this was R's first trip to Disney in 20 years!! The last & only time he went was in 1997. He really couldn't grasp why I would go to Disney so frequently. I needed to make a believer out of him on this trip!! It had been so long since he had been there that it was almost like going with a first-timer!! Also, he had never stayed on property so that would be a new experience for him also.

I'LL THROW THIS IN SINCE HE WON'T BE MAKING AN APPEARANCE ON THIS TRIP:

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J at church the day before we left for the trip. Sharp dresser!!


MONDAY, JUNE 19TH 2017

We had the ridiculously early 5:30 flight out of Pittsburgh. I drove through a monsoon on the way to the airport--typical weather for around here. When we got to the airport I told R & H I would drop them off at curbside & I would go park the car. R insisted that they go with me since it was dark. I told him I would park near a shuttle stop & I would be fine. He wasn't having it & said they were coming with me. I told him it was ridiculous for all 3 of us to get soaked but whatever..... I wasn't winning the argument. But, I did have the last laugh when he stepped in a giant puddle that he didn't notice. He was very irritated b/c he was wearing brand new shoes. By the time we got on the shuttle he was really stewing. H & I just looked at each other & laughed. If he would have just listened to me in the first place......

So, what's worse than a crabby R combined with the ungodly 5:30 am flight? Oh, that would be the addition of the delay of the 5:30 flight b/c.......ready for this?? The pilot couldn't adjust his seat. Maintenance came out to fix it & was unsuccessful. They said under normal circumstances it wouldn't be a big deal but our particular pilot happened to be 6' 8" & absolutely needed the seat lowered. I don't know that I've every seen someone so tall!! Anyhow, since maintenance couldn't fix the seat they decided to put us on another airplane which meant we had to change gates. All in all I believe we were delayed about an hour. It really stinks getting up for such an early flight & then having it delayed. Another hour of sleep would have been nice.....

We finally arrived!! I was really excited for R since it had been so long since he had been here.
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We headed straight to HS.
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Talk about perfect timing--this started a few minutes after we got there. R is a big Star Wars fan so this was perfect!!
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We stopped for some PP pictures.
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The photographer had us do this. I believe it is something Star Wars related.
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Time for our first FP!!
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H loves this ride. I prefer not to go on it but will if I'm with someone who wants to. I'm happy to report that R is someone who no longer wants to. He remembered really liking it back when he was 23 but he didn't feel the same about it at 43. After the first drop all he wanted was for the ride to stop. He was literally banging his feet off the floor asking when it was going to be over. Now, again I don't care for this ride & normally I am holding on for dear life but all I could do is laugh at R during it.
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Welcome back to Disney R!!:D
 

riverside

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MONDAY, JUNE 19TH 2017

Our next FP was for a favorite of mine & H's. R wouldn't go on b/c he doesn't like things that go upside down. I told him to at least go through the preshow then he could exit but he didn't want to. Okay then--see ya!!
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Our last FP was for TSMM. He really enjoyed it!!
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We stopped to get our picture taken with "for the life of me I don't know what it's name is".
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He remembered this show from 20 years ago.....
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.....and this one also. Except, this one unfortunately got cut short due to rain.
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R really wanted to eat here. Not for the food but for the atmosphere. Well, the atmosphere didn't disappoint b/c every time he comes back to Disney he requests that we eat there:arghh:.....28 days until we have that less than stellar meal again
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After dinner we headed out of HS. It had been a long day!!
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MegRuss626

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TRIP #5

WHEN:
June 19th-25th, 2017

WHERE: I think I'm going to just start skipping this part :hilarious:

WHO: H(my niece), R & myself
You may remember them from previous TR's

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WHY: R is a principal. During the summer of 2016 at his schools festival there was a raffle for a 4 day park hopper pass to WDW. My nieces H & B were with me at the festival. I told them that if one of them won the tickets I would take them & pick up the rest of the tab. I made them promise there would be no ill feelings toward each other if one of them actually won(they are sisters). They both promised. Lo & behold H won!! I did feel kind of bad for B but I couldn't afford to take her also. Don't worry--B has been there since & I'm taking her next month!!

Also, this was R's first trip to Disney in 20 years!! The last & only time he went was in 1997. He really couldn't grasp why I would go to Disney so frequently. I needed to make a believer out of him on this trip!! It had been so long since he had been there that it was almost like going with a first-timer!! Also, he had never stayed on property so that would be a new experience for him also.

I'LL THROW THIS IN SINCE HE WON'T BE MAKING AN APPEARANCE ON THIS TRIP:

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J at church the day before we left for the trip. Sharp dresser!!


MONDAY, JUNE 19TH 2017

We had the ridiculously early 5:30 flight out of Pittsburgh. I drove through a monsoon on the way to the airport--typical weather for around here. When we got to the airport I told R & H I would drop them off at curbside & I would go park the car. R insisted that they go with me since it was dark. I told him I would park near a shuttle stop & I would be fine. He wasn't having it & said they were coming with me. I told him it was ridiculous for all 3 of us to get soaked but whatever..... I wasn't winning the argument. But, I did have the last laugh when he stepped in a giant puddle that he didn't notice. He was very irritated b/c he was wearing brand new shoes. By the time we got on the shuttle he was really stewing. H & I just looked at each other & laughed. If he would have just listened to me in the first place......

So, what's worse than a crabby R combined with the ungodly 5:30 am flight? Oh, that would be the addition of the delay of the 5:30 flight b/c.......ready for this?? The pilot couldn't adjust his seat. Maintenance came out to fix it & was unsuccessful. They said under normal circumstances it wouldn't be a big deal but our particular pilot happened to be 6' 8" & absolutely needed the seat lowered. I don't know that I've every seen someone so tall!! Anyhow, since maintenance couldn't fix the seat they decided to put us on another airplane which meant we had to change gates. All in all I believe we were delayed about an hour. It really stinks getting up for such an early flight & then having it delayed. Another hour of sleep would have been nice.....

We finally arrived!! I was really excited for R since it had been so long since he had been here.
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We headed straight to HS.
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Talk about perfect timing--this started a few minutes after we got there. R is a big Star Wars fan so this was perfect!!
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We stopped for some PP pictures.
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The photographer had us do this. I believe it is something Star Wars related.
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Time for our first FP!!
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H loves this ride. I prefer not to go on it but will if I'm with someone who wants to. I'm happy to report that R is someone who no longer wants to. He remembered really liking it back when he was 23 but he didn't feel the same about it at 43. After the first drop all he wanted was for the ride to stop. He was literally banging his feet off the floor asking when it was going to be over. Now, again I don't care for this ride & normally I am holding on for dear life but all I could do is laugh at R during it.
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Welcome back to Disney R!!:D
I was almost there the same time! The studio I teach at performed at Disney Springs on the 20th buuuuut my due date was the 26th so no traveling for me!
 

riverside

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I was almost there the same time! The studio I teach at performed at Disney Springs on the 20th buuuuut my due date was the 26th so no traveling for me!
Yeah--that would probably have been cutting it a little close!!
This one that you are reporting on actually overlapped with some dates we were there. I'll have to look for us in the background of your pictures. That would be cool if we were in the background somewhere.
Yes it would be!!
I know I was there during that week. 😉😂
Wait?? You were there too??:jawdrop: Too bad we didn't meet!!:banghead:
 

riverside

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TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH 2017

The plan was to get up extra early today so we could make it to AK at opening. Pandora had opened the month prior & we were lucky to get FP's for FOP but I still wanted to ride Navi River Journey with a minimal wait. I was really excited to see Pandora but I'm not quite sure why b/c I had never seen the movie. By the end of our trip I ended up seeing the whole movie. Never from start to finish but bits & pieces here & there. There was a channel on the tv that played the movie constantly.

AK wasn't even open the last time R was in Disney so everything would be totally new to him!
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After our PP pictures we headed straight to Pandora. I wanted to look around a bit but it was more important to ride NRJ with no wait.
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We literally walked right on.
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I was glad we got on with no wait. We all enjoyed the ride.
 

riverside

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TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH 2017

Pandora is a pretty cool land but man it was very confusing to me. To this day I still get lost making my way to FOP.
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We had a FP for EE next.
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R was not very thrilled with it. He said he liked it until it went backwards. He said it felt like it was going upside down & he doesn't like that so it's safe to say he's not a big fan of EE. He did ride it again the following year though.
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At this point I think H was tired of my picture taking. I had to take this to send to my niece E. It's tradition to send her a picture when I'm at Dinosaur since she dislikes it so much. :hilarious:
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Looks like we rode twice. I believe the park was pretty empty since everyone was at Pandora.
 

riverside

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TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH 2017

H & I went for another ride on Everest. R sat that one out.
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Back to Pandora for FOP. To say we loved it is an understatement!!
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We spent quite a bit of time at the Tree of Life. H really enjoys looking at the animals on it.
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These two were hanging out with no one around so they begged us to come over to them. None of us really wanted to so I kind of forced H to get her picture taken. His lack of clothing creeped me out.
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Then it was time for our safari.
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riverside

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TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH 2017

I had made us a dinner reservation at Tusker House with the ROL dining package. Dinner was decent but I must say that I prefer the breakfast much more.
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I think H was trying to ignore Donald.
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I wasn't thrilled about seeing ROL again since I wasn't impressed with it the month prior but I wanted R & H to see it. I also thought I might like it more if I gave it a second chance. Spoiler: I didn't.

Besides booking this dinner for the reserved seating my other reason was to be able to see some characters. I didn't think either one of them would want to go out of their way to see characters & it would be sacrilegious to come to Disney and not see Mickey!!
 

riverside

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TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH 2017

After dinner we saw FotLK.
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We headed back to Pandora again just to look around some more.
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Back to Africa.
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It was finally time for ROL.
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R & H weren't too impressed with it either but I'm glad they got to see it. After that we headed back to POR.
 

riverside

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21ST 2017

Today we were going to Epcot.
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We rode TT single rider. Well, at least H & I did. R didn't go on b/c he had to make a call for work. My ride photo never showed up.
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Had to pay the manatees a visit!
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I know we went on Soarin even though I have no evidence of our flight.
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The Muppets Mobile Lab was out & about. I was so excited so we stopped to watch. I really enjoyed it but it was during this that I realized how darn hot it was. H & R wanted to go somewhere cool. The sun was really beating down on us.
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I took them to Club Cool to get a drink.
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Needless to say they weren't fans of Beverly :hilarious:
 
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