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Old 11-30-2017, 07:41 PM   #166
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What a great wrap up. I'm even more excited about our upcoming stay at BLT after reading your TR. Looking forward to your January PTR.
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Definitely a super trip for everyone How is Miss Cora going to react when she finds out Grandma and Grandpa went back without her next month
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Great wrap up! You really did a great job with planning with a toddler, obviously something very important and it really worked.
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Great Final Thoughts! I really enjoyed seeing the joy in Cora's face when she met each character. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!
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Great finish Donna! Thanks for taking us along for the ride!!
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Sorry I've been MIA for a while. New baby grandson, Calvin Patrick arrived on Wednesday and we had Cora with us for three days. Liz and Calvin are doing well and Cora loves her new baby brother!

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Donna, thanks for sharing your first but hopefully not lat trip with Cora!! I enjoyed it immensely!,,
So glad you enjoyed the TR. Yes, hopefully there will be lots more trips with the Cora and the rest of the grandkids!

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Overall, I think you did rather well by having Cora on her first WDW trip and not too many meltdowns. It should only get better on future trips with her if you go on another one with her. I'm sure it was a bit stressful for you and Jeff at times. Good going by using Community Hall and FW to your advantage with Cora to keep her occupied.

Great TR and enjoyed it so much! Can't believe it's over so soon!
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I was so fun to see all the photos of Cora reacting to the characters in the meets. for sharing your trip with a toddler with us. Can't wait for the coming PTR.
I just love looking at the pics of her cute little face!
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What a great wrap up. I'm even more excited about our upcoming stay at BLT after reading your TR. Looking forward to your January PTR.
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Yes, I started working on the PTR for January, but life has gotten in the way!

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Definitely a super trip for everyone How is Miss Cora going to react when she finds out Grandma and Grandpa went back without her next month
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Great wrap up! You really did a great job with planning with a toddler, obviously something very important and it really worked.
It did work out most times. Though the moments she was acting up I felt like saying "We are not doing this again!"

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Great Final Thoughts! I really enjoyed seeing the joy in Cora's face when she met each character. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!
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Great finish Donna! Thanks for taking us along for the ride!!
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I just read your entire TR. It's so different travelling with small children. I loved the pictures of Cora meeting the character. Her reaction was adorable.

My sister is expecting her first baby in March. She wants to take her to Disney in 2019, making her 15 months at the time of travel. Of course, I'll tag along. It'll be interesting to see how that trip will go.
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I just read your entire TR. It's so different travelling with small children. I loved the pictures of Cora meeting the character. Her reaction was adorable.

My sister is expecting her first baby in March. She wants to take her to Disney in 2019, making her 15 months at the time of travel. Of course, I'll tag along. It'll be interesting to see how that trip will go.
Yes, it certainly is different traveling with a little one! And yes, Cora just loved meeting the characters!

How fun to tag along on your sister's trip with her little one. I'm sure it will be a big help for her as well.
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