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Old 10-25-2008, 11:58 PM   #1
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Moving Right Along...Part 2!!

Thank you all so much for reading my Report and making such wonderful comments I love reading them in between my postings and adventures!!!

Since the previous Thread has gotten to be SOOO long I am starting a fresh one here! For those who just found this thread please feel free to read from the beginning! http://www.passporterboards.com/foru...-half-fun.html


I have some major updates coming to the report and I hope you don't mind that they are so LONG!

I have a ton of photos and while I would love to share them with everyone they are far tooooooo MANY to share in one place! So I'll post some of my favorites and ones that fit into my actual report but the rest can be found on my smugmug account!

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So if you would like to see the ones that I don't post please feel free to visit there as well as read my report here!!
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:05 AM   #2
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:08 AM   #3
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Glad to see you are still writing!!!! I am ready for the updates!!!!!
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:22 AM   #4
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Cool. Thanks Amy. But I still think you should consider my idea...

I know the perfect job for you, Amy. You could do simple little grocery runs for our PPers to help them get supplies. Kind of like a personal PPer Shopper. And this way you could see all of us PPers. Besides have of the other grocers charge an arm and a leg and want so much money even just for a simple thing as a case of water.
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So the Rumor was that on Wednesday the Pixie Hollow was opening for Tinkerbell and her fellow fairies to do Meet and greets. Since I had no plans for the day I went over only expecting to spend 1 or 2 hours in the park.

I got out of the house and to the park by around 11am. Not to bad for someone who has been sleeping in until almost noon lately. Mom had to work so she couldn't join me today. It was a solo day Alone time...in the Magic Kingdom! Sweet!!!!

I told her i'd be home for dinner really that was the plan... will that happen ....will I get stuck eating beef stew we shall see.

I parked in Minnie 43 and this time they saw the tag and no questions pointed me to the end space of the row glad when things go as planned.

I gathered my belongings exited the vehicle locked it and boarded the tram LOVE LOVE LOVE the 2 mile hike to MK builds anticipation right?? Right!!

I chose the Monorail since we have taken the Ferry so many times there and decided when I leave i'll take the ferry back so not to leave it out completely.

I trekked up that LONG LONG LONG walkway to the top of the platform and asked if anyone was waiting for the front of the monorail. I was told to ask the CM by the front and she waved me into the "cue" for the front. Sweet!

We were soon loaded onto the express monorail and I was all alone in front I tried to find a family of 3 but there were large families and no one to join me. So that was cool. We made our way around I took a few photos but the glass was awfully clouded and not the cleanest so they weren't the best but how cool is sitting in front I mean really!





So we pulled into the MK and I unloaded but didn't get a Pilot's Pass since I already have one figured save paper! I thanked my driver and was let out loose on the MK. But was the MK ready for me??? we shall see

Since I only planned a 1 or 2 our visit I bypassed the scooter rental and went straight into the park would this prove to be a mistake? would Amy get stuck in the park unable to walk? suspense folks...without it I won't keep the readers!

I headed up to the Train Station I figured that the ride to Toontown would save on the extra steps. I took my seat and haven't ridden the train in many trips so i took a few photos!





It was a race






I thought it was cool that you could see BTMRR so closely from the train and realized that if we wanted to take the train on a regular trip with scooters we'd have to ride all the way back to Main St USA as there are no replacement scooters like they have strollers so it would be impossible for us. Glad I did this today when I was only hobbling for a little bit!

Once I got to Toontown I found my nearest Cast Member and ask if the Tinkerbell Meet and Greet was open. Well she didn't think it was but told me to ask inside the Tent where you meet characters and there is a store (forget the name) well the snotty CM there who was trying way to hard to make me "believe" told me Tinkerbell doesn't doesn't "come out" except at night for the fireworks to "spread pixie dust" and that is the only place to "see" her. Well I explained that I had read that it might be open in Pixie Hollow and could she please find out when it might be open for tours.

Well she stated that they hadn't even built pixie hollow as its only for fairies. I said thank you and walked away obviously she was willing to be of no help Seriously, obviously with no one else around, and i have no kids with me do you think I need to "believe" I mean I do but anyway I went over found another CM who looked more Managerish and asked her. She said that they were delayed and it would be sometime "next week" but to try back on the weekend for "sneak peeks" but it wasn't a guarantee.

I read online tonight that they did sneak peaks so that is a good sign!

I thanked her for answering my question it was at least a start!

Well since I didn't want to waste my 2 mile trek in from the parking lot I decide to stay a little bit and just enjoy some attractions and the decorations for halloween.

So I took a photo in Toontown


Then headed into Tomorrowland to see if Jyl was working, JPOD523 is working in Tomorrowland at Space Mountain and I wanted to congratulate her on passing her test that she took to be able to work there. I didn't see her at the entrance so I went inside. Since I was walking the GAC card came in handy as it was helping minimize my pain. She wasn't in the tower or on the side I was directed to.

Well I was going to "chicken" out and bypass riding it but I was ushered onto the ride so fast that Before I knew what was happening I was screaming my head off one hand holding on for dear life the other covering my eyes and they had to tell me to take both off because the ride was over.

Two CM's peeled me out of the ride vehicle and I was helped to the bench to compose myself. OMG that was the scariest ride EVER!!!!!!!

NEVER AGAIN! sorry Jyl but I will not go back on nope : not happening....this is one person not afraid to say I'm a chicken and rather ride RNRC then Space Mountain.

I think it has to do with the fact that RNRC isn't as dark and so my eyes can somewhat see what is happening. But thats my story i am sticking to it

After my almost death experience on SM I headed out and sat down for a few more minutes. While I sat I read emails on my blackberry, then I took a photo of the Palm Tree that is not really a palm tree per se.



Then I put the camera away and boy am I sad I did that because as I was getting up who came walking by but a Disney VIP guide with Curt Schilling and his wife and kids. Yep! Seems that he was on vacation since the stinkin Red Sox are out of the series and since he is rehabing from surgery. But HOW COOL WAS THAT!

After my run by Redsox Sighting I headed out of Tomorrowland and through the Castle Hub where I took some photos of the halloween statues and then headed over to Columbia Harbour House. I had the Tuna Sandwich with Apple Slices and then the Apple Crisp for Dessert. I had a sprite to drink and it was around $13 for lunch.









Those were really cool and they had the whole park done in oranges, yellows, pumpkins and I think it was really nicely done.

After CHH and lunch I headed to get a spot for the Parade. So far everytime we see it we are on the wrong side and I don't get to see Grumpy. (I have never met him one on one. someday )

I found a great spot where NO ONE would get in front of me and I sat down and waited for the parade to start. Now for those counting, I got to the park around 11 and now the 3pm parade was in my plans. So longer then the 2 hours I had planned but with the spot I got it was worth it.

While I waited I noticed on my times guide tonight was Spectro and Wishes both of which I have YET TO SEE but I was only here for a couple hours I couldn't skip out on beef stew .... or could I ...Would I??? who knows...suspense my friends suspense...

Here are some of my favorite shots (see the rest on my smug mug account located in my signature or the first post of this thread)











Grumpy noticed my "grumpy" pin I had on this was Priceless and worth the pain in my legs, back and price of admission!











After the Parade and wiping the tears away I still cry every time I see this parade! I decided to go see Philharmagic and headed up into Fantasyland. I was ushered in and picked up some glasses. I waited maybe 5 minutes and the doors opened and we were let into the theater. I cried...again. I this movie and it just is Disney for me and I was just in my happy place.

I got a Text from Jyl that she had gotten to work and to come see her. yeah ok....I'll just go see if she is outside because I am not risking getting put back on that scary scary ride

I hobbled (by now my feet, knees, hips, and back were telling me why my 1 -2 hour trip should have been done as promised and not extended! at least without a scooter) but made it to tomorrowland. I felt like a truck hit me full force thats how bad I was in pain.

Jyl must have been inside as she wasn't outside so I hobbled up to the TTA and rode that 3 times in a row just to get some rest in for my body.

I did look and Jyl must have been on A Side or in Tower Control as she wasn't loading the B Side. So I missed her today but its ok plenty of time!

Each time I got to the end of the TTA i asked to go again, by the 3rd time they just waved me through They were really nice to let me stay on so many times.






I got off after the 3rd time and since by now it was getting close to 5pm I decided that Beef Stew would have to wait and called mom told her I was staying for Wishes and Spectro since I had toughed it out this long. I got some food from casey's and made my way to Main St and got a seat up on the Train station to watch the Flag Retreat (for the first time ) and wait for the parade and fireworks.

Flag Retreat




Spectro and Wishes were Spectacular and I cried for the whole thing, when Wishes started I called Mom so she could listen. After both were over I headed out and caugh the Ferry back to the TTC and the tram to the car. I had a great day even though my 1-2 hour trip turned into a 10 hour adventure!

I will say that the view of the parade from the train station is great no one in front of you but the fact that they keep the lights on from behind you is really hard to get photos of Wishes. I think I prefer to be closer to the castle maybe half way up Main St. but we shall see as I will try different spots now each time!

Here are some of my favorite shots of the Parade, Fireworks and leaving the park!























It was a really Magical Day I hope you Enjoyed!

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What a great day Amy...sounds like the "extra" hours were well worth it...

Can't wait to hear more....
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What awesome parade and firework pics you got there - I love the shot of Grumpy.

By the way, your comments about Space Mountain confirm my belief that I will never ever ride it again as long as I live!
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Thanks for the update, Amy. I love that photo of Grumpy pointing you out. haha that cracked me up.
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Awesome Amy!! Sorry you got put onto Space Mountain!! But I guess you can say you've got the experience!!
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What a great day!! How awesome that you saw Curt Schilling, Shonda and the kids! I would have been horrified on SM too! Glad you found a spot on the train station to watch the parade - we try to spend at least one evening there. It's nice to people watch from up there and just rest for a while in anticipation of the evening finale. Not to mention the quick exit at the end. It's good to see you continue to make changes to your days, even though you live there now. Looking forward to more
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Glad you had a great day at MK Amy!! Glad you survived SM!! Love the pictures!! How cool to see Curt Schilling!
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Update 10/26

After Wednesday long day out Thursday and Friday were lets just take it easy days. Friday we did go to Early Voting as we won't be in FL to vote on the 4th. So other then that I spent my days on the couch Lazy I know but I did toooo much wednesday.


Saturday (yesterday) we did have plans though and I was excited! We were going down to Englewood Florida which is right next to Venice Florida. My mom's friend Sharon who had come to help pack us up had bought a house just before we left and she was going to be here for a few days. We decided to go visit her and the beach!

So we left around 10:30 and made a stop for gas before heading down 417 south to get to I 4 towards tampa. Then onto I 75 and to Englewood's exit and onto Sharon's house would be the route!

Not that long into the trip we found something we never knew existed and I was glad I had my camera out because I just had to take a photo of IT!



Did you see it? ...yes...no?? Here is a close up!


How COOL is that!!! I think all the electric line poles should be like that!

We continued on and soon we were in Tampa, then another hour or so we finally got to Englewood where we stopped at Sonic for lunch I Sonic!

We got to Sharon's house in no time and wow it was really beautifully landscaped and the house was very nice inside as well. She even had a pool.

I took a few photos of the outside but to protect her privacy didn't take any of the inside.





Yes that's my car with the grumpy on the back (we have to get it registered soon just trying to get my title copied and sent to me from the bank that's a whole nother story!)

We spent time chatting and touring the home and sitting by the pool for a while then we decided to hit the beach to see what it was like there.

On our way to leave we ran into a Gopher Turtle which is endangered and its illegal to harm them in any way. So we had to wait for it to move before we could back out!



Finally he got out of the road and we went on our way it was 1 mile to the beach and they had parking right there so it was very convienant.

The surf was rough though and water was cold. Since I am afraid of Fish I didn't put more then a toe in But we did walk the beach for shells! we came home with a small bag full.





Proof that I was on the beach


Gah that is a horrible photo but its ok I embarass my mother enough on here in photos time for me to do it to myself

We went back to Sharon's made a pit stop and then went on our way as it was a 2 hour ride home and I was exhausted I hadn't slept well the night before and I was getting a headache.

We said our goodbye's and left and I'll give you a photo tour of our drive home! We did make it home in 2 hours without incident which was great!

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In Tampa there is a big controversy over this flag


Then we saw these and they were all in a row from short to tall then back to short again I was glad we had the camera out once again!









Old Airstream Trailers and then right next door was an Airstream Dealer but that was hilarious!

I wouldn't pick this guy up would you? A hitchhiking dino???



yes Folks the Speed Limit was 70!!!!!


This photo was taken for Dyankj130.... Yes I feed her Bronson Addiction!


Ok so they named a town after my Aunt Kathy


What is with Florida and weird things by the side of the road ?


Did you ever hear of Orlampa? Neither did I but I guess they make citrus there?


Now we are just a "Big Papi" time away from Orlando


I think the Dino would have been a better fit here but glad to see they are advertising the new restaurant!


Some shots of the area around our house





Those are office buildings and a small shopping center across the street from us but I took the photos from the highway.

It was a great day and well worth the drive and Today (Sunday) we are cleaning, shopping, and packing for our trek back to CT and the Frozen Tundra for my Cousin's Confirmation. Which I'll fill you in on more later!

Until next time my friends!

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61!!! LOVE it!! Just don't tell me if you ever drive by Brooksville because I'll be hitching a ride with that dino! Sounds like you had a great day!
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I think you could spend a few days just documenting and cataloging all the interesting road side attractions!
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