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Friday, June 30, 2006
WDW Trip Report
Day 1 - 6/25/2006
Billy's (age 5 months) first ever day at Walt Disney World! We celebrated the occasion by taking him to the Magic Kingdom. Walking down Main Street we stopped to listen to the Dapper Dans (love 'em) then I spent some time looking at my son as he got his first glimpse of Cinderella Castle. Beaming with pride and a small lump in my throat we continued on to the hub where I took a bunch of photos of the Partners statue before moving on to Liberty Square and lunch at the Liberty Tree Tavern.

Once we were full, we moved on to Tomorrowland (stopping by the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh for Fastpasses) and it was time for Billy's first Disney ride - drum roll - the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Space Mountain had the lights on as we went by and Billy did pretty well on the ride. Then it was on to Winnie the Pooh and the look on Billy's face was the stuff dreams are made of. Beaming from ear to ear, eyes big as lollypops, he was just the cutest thing I have ever seen and it really made me proud to be a dad. We then went back to the resort (Old Key West - WOW! the room and the resort were beautiful and it was a really nice first visit to OKW as Disney Vacation Club members).

We met one my friends and his family (and my wife made some new friends as a result) at Akershus in Norway for dinner. I had never met my buddy's family and my wife had never met any of them but it was a wonderful meal, complete with Disney Princesses. I swear Belle wanted me but maybe it was wishful thinking. After that I hung around by myself and watched IllumiNations then quickly monorailed over to the Magic Kingdom and caught Wishes! from the Transportation and Ticket Center. Two quick trips around the Carousel of Progress and it was time to call it a night.

Day 2 - 6/26/2006
We met up with our friends again at the Magic Kingdom and while they rode the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Karen fed Billy at the baby center and I walked through the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. We then stopped by Pirates of the Caribbean and saw Jack Sparrow doing his thing then it was off to the Liberty Tree Taven for lunch once again (do they have anything beside the Pilgrim's Feast? It's all I ever get). After another wonderful meal with our friends, they had to say goodbye to go home and we were off to play. We took another trip around the TTA and went back to the resort (Old Key West).

We went back to the MK later that night and Billy took his first trip through the Haunted Mansion. He went in bubbly and giddy and came out of it sound asleep. We then took two trips thought It's a Small World and it was time for his first ever fireworks. He watched Wishes! from Fantasyland and absolutely LOVED it. No fear of the noise, no fear of the brightness, just wide-eyed wonder and a tear in the eyes of Mommy and Daddy. Time to call it a night.

Day 3 - 6/27/2006
Back to the Magic Kingdom. Mommy fed Billy while Daddy went on the Enchanted Tiki Room. After that it was time for another trip through It's a Small World then off to Tomorrowland and Mommy and Daddy spent time with Billy while each other went on Space Mountain. Shocking enough, after that we went on the TTA. We then walked through Toontown and caught the railroad back to Main Street USA just in time to see the Share a Dream come true parade. We then went back to the resort and called it a night after Billy woke up from his nap screaming as he is teething. It was raining so we all just stayed in and enjoyed a quick restful night.

Day 4 - 6/28/2006
Off for adventure at Animal Kingdom. Yeah, right. It was so hot and massively crowded that we only got to see the Festival of the Lion King show and then we retreated back to OKW for lunch at Olivia's then it was time for a dip in the pool (Billy's first time in a pool). After a nap we went back to the Magic Kingdom for Dinner at Tony's Town Square Restaurant. We then watched SpectroMagic and Wishes! before going home for the night.

Day 5 - 6/29/2006
Epcot for the second time this trip. We went on Journey into Imagination with Figment before lunch at the Garden Grill and Billy's first time meeting characters. He met Chip and Dale, Pluto, and the 'man' himself, Mickey! To show his excitement for the occasion, he fell asleep but the characters were really cute with him and it was a nice proud moment for Mommy and Daddy. We then went on the Living with the Land boatride before a trip through Spaceship Earth and back to the resort for a nap.

Back to Epcot and we took turns going on Soarin' before heading out to World Showcase Lagoon to see IllumiNations once again. We ate dinner at the Liberty Inn (burgers) in the American Adventure and rode through Spaceship Earth before calling it a night.

Day 6 - 6/30/2006
Getaway day. We went back to the Magic Kingdom and went right to Adventureland for a trip through the Tiki Room and then the Jungle Cruise. We ate lunch at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe and then listened to the Tomorrowland Countdown band before we took another trip on the TTA. After riding Peter Pan, it was time to call it a vacation and travel 3 hours south to my mother-in-law's for a family visit.

Bye WDW, see you again in 3 weeks! Until then...

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
OFF TO FLORIDA
We are off to Florida for 11 days on fun in the sun. We will be visiting my grandfather, then visiting Uncle Mickey, then off to the mother in law's for a few days. The photos will return on or around July 3rd, so please check back then.

Coming soon....a MAJOR announcement regarding the future of this site and the delivery of the photos you love so much. I think you will be pleasantly surprised, so wait with baited breath!

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Frontierland (Magic Kingdom)




What a life!

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Saturday, June 17, 2006
Tree of Life (Animal Kingdom)




The unmistakable Tree of Life from DAK, towering tall above everything below it. Note the carvings of the animals in the tree's trunk.

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Friday, June 16, 2006
Disney's Boardwalk




This is the 'noisy pool' at the Disney Boardwalk Resort (called Luna Park). The slide, known as the Keister Coaster, is 200 feet long and you exit via the clown's mouth. The slide and pool are themed to resemble the old Coney Island style theme parks from years gone by. A true classic and a blast to visit.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Liberty Square (Magic Kingdom)




Past this gateway stirs a new nation waiting to be born. Thirteen seperate colonies have banded together to declare their independance from the bonds of tyranny. It is a time when silversmiths put away their tools and march to the drums of a revolution, a time when gentlemen planters leave their farms to become generals, a time when tradesmen leave the safety of their homes to be become heroes. Welcome to Liberty Square!
(from the Liberty Square dedication plaque)

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Monday, June 12, 2006
It's a Small World (Magic Kingdom)




The hula girls of it's a small world never seem to get tired of shaking their hips. IASM is one of those rides that you just *have* to go on at least once in every trip to a Disney park. I really love it and it brings a smile to my face when I experience it.

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Sunday, June 11, 2006
Sold 1st Set of Prints...
I sold my first set of the 8x10 prints online yesterday! Hopefully many more to come...for those who missed the offer, here is the permalink:

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Share a Dream Come True (Magic Kingdom)




The Share a Dream Come True Parade runs every afternoon through the Magic Kingdom at WDW. This photo, depicting Mary Poppins, is "practically perfect in every way". This is a really neat parade with some cool floats and characters.

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Friday, June 09, 2006
Spaceship Earth (Epcot)




This scene, from Epcot's Spaceship Earth, depicts several audio-animatronic figures acting out a scene from Oedipus Rex. The scene comes during the ride when Jeremy Irons is speaking about how "...in ancient Greece, the spoken word was elevated to a fine art...and storytellers found a new forum for personal expression - the theater was born."

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Disney 8x10 Matted Print Set

1 set sold so far!



This is a set of 8" x 10" prints consisting of Cinderella's Castle, Spaceship Earth, Sorcerer Mickey Hat, and the Tree of Life. Each print is 8 x 10 viewable, with an 11 x 14 matte, ready for you to frame and display. Each set is $80 plus $5 for shipping and with each purchase of the four WDW icons, and you get the Disneyland castle FREE!

You can also purchase individual photos seperately for $20 each plus $4 for shipping (shipping is combinable).

Each image is printed on Kodak Ektatheme Professional Paper and is dye-sublimation printed. These are not your ordinary ink-jet prints. Thumbnails of each image are below, click to see a larger sample image.

Please note: there is no large photoblog watermark on the finished printed image. If you have any questions, send me an email at timned88@comcast.net. I accept Paypal (to timned88@aol.com), money order, check, cash, etc...









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Lights, Motors, Action! (Disney-MGM Studios)




This stuntman in the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show has the fortune of being set on fire over and over every day in the Disney-MGM Studios. Cast as a villain on a motorcycle, he wipes out and catches on fire, runs around like a madman for a few seconds, then safely gets extinguished to the delight of the crowds. What a job!

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Main Street USA (Magic Kingdom)




Main Street USA in all of it's night time splendor. I have said this before, and I will say it again, but Disney parks just explode at night with magic and beauty. I love the way everything is lightscaped; it really does bring another layer of magic out when you least expect it.

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Monday, June 05, 2006
Star Tours (Disney MGM Studios)




This repair droid is giving the old whatfor to the R4 Astromech droid in the queue of Star Tours at the Disney-MGM Studios. Again, a really nice subtle touch in a great attraction. This concludes the Star Tours flood, I hope you enjoyed it.

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Saturday, June 03, 2006
Star Tours (Disney MGM Studios)




C-3PO greets guests as they enter the queue of Star Tours in the Disney-MGM Studios. Here we see C-3PO conducting a pre-boarding diagnostic check on the Starspeeder 3000 prior to the Star Tours launch to Endor. This audio-animatronic C-3PO is so realistic, you would think that the thing was real.

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Friday, June 02, 2006
Backlot Tour (Disney MGM Studios)




This snowspeeder (officially a T-47 airspeeder according to Star Wars.com) is seen in the auto graveyard at the Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour. The first time I went on the Tour, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised, because as I mentioned before, I am a huge Star Wars fan. I will be continuing to post more Disney-Star Wars photos in honor of the ongoing Star Wars Weekends, so stay with me.

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Thursday, June 01, 2006
Stars and Motorcars (Disney MGM Studios)




I am not really sure what it is, or why it happens, but I always get a little bit excited when I see R2-D2 coming across the walkway at the Disney MGM Studios for the Stars and Motorcars parade. Maybe it's my inner Star Wars ...well, geek... but the sight of a 3 foot tall remote control robot always seems to make my day. I grew up on the classic Star Wars Trilogy, so maybe it's a happy memory from when I was a kid. Anyway, during the parade, several Star Wars characters make a brief appearance, including R2-D2, Darth Vader, and a Studebaker that looks like a speeder, carrying Luke and Leia. A really nice touch if you ask me...

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Tattooine Traders (Disney MGM Studios)




This figure of Jedi Yoda was in the Tattooine Traders shop that you enter after Star Tours in the Disney MGM Studios in November of 2003. I don't really remember if it was a figurine to purchase or just a prop but it was really cool to see and I still look for it every time I get off Star Tours, although I know it isn't there. In honor of the Star Wars Weekends at the Disney MGM Studios, I will be having a Disney-Star Wars photo flood for the next few days so stay tuned....

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