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Old 10-21-2008, 02:30 PM   #646
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Great photo of the three of you Amy. I hope I get to meet up with you next month while I am there. The first year we went for F&WF and there were a few ladies that we ten sheets to the wind, but nothing like what you are describing. Sorry you had to see that, some people have no social skills when they start drinking.

Let me know and I will PM you my cell number!!!

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Old 10-21-2008, 04:26 PM   #647
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sigh! those ship pictures make me want to book another cruise! Great pix Amy! Glad to hear you are enjoying your new life!
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Amy, it sounds like a great weekend. I love reading your updates, you are living my dream life.
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great weekend amy
sorry that there was a lot of drunks at epcot
hurry back with more please
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Great updates Amy. sounds like you had a blast though despite all the drunks.
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What a glorious sight of the cruise ships coming down the waterway!!! It's so nice that you and your DM can take the afternoon to do things like that. Sounds like you were able to meet a lot of PP's at Epcot. Sorry to hear that some of the crowds were acting unDisney like
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I love the picture of you three girls!
But - you all were freezing? No way!
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Amy,
I love your thread. Keep it coming.
I also watched Illuminations on Saturday. But it was a just a short snippit from the monorail through the park! We started with Wishes and ended wit Illuminations! It was really fun and could never time it like that again if we tried.
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Thanks for sharing the pics fo the ships. I have never been on a Disney cruise but really want to add it into future plans. Sounds like you had fun at F&WF even with the drunks.
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I have to agree with the F&W crowds. We ate supper at Epcot last year on the last Sat. (Biergarten) and the crowds we so bad we left as soon as we ate. Get through the crowd with 3 boys was just very stressful.
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Since this thread has gotten so long please visit the New Thread here
http://www.passporterboards.com/foru...ml#post2376392

I hope you continue to enjoy it!!! Just in a new thread for now!
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Amy - I've had the pleasure of meeting Lorie, too - and she is a delight. Don't you just impromptu Passporter meets!
Awww, that's so sweet, Lesley. And I agree about PP meets. Very cool!
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