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Mom and Nate See the World

All it takes is faith and trust......and a little bit of Pixie Dust.....



December 1, 2000

I felt lousy this morning, but really wanted to meet the group at Chef Mickey's for breakfast.  Opting for the bus to the Magic Kingdom, we jumped aboard and located a seat.  On the way I heard, 'Hello Lori'  Assuming it was a clubhouse member spotting my lanyard, I looked up, and smiled.  The smile became a look of total surprise when I saw who had spoken.  A man I work with, who had told me that there was no way he would ever be able to afford, nor would he ever spend the money on a trip to WDW.  I had no idea he was there as he's on a different shift than I am, and we hadn't talked in ages.  He has a beautiful family, and it was a wonderful surprise.  It also resulted in our being late for Chef Mickey's.  Fortunately we were allowed to join the group.

What a nice time.  Our hostess was the beautiful and sweet Y, and in attendance were Bobller, Brer, Pope Buck, Parker, his wife Ginger and darling baby Carson, myself, (fantayzya) and my Nate.  Carson was a character magnet and as a result Nate got to spend extra time with them too.  Major bonus!  As always, my ponytail took several tugs as they walked by our tables.

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After a surprise meeting with a man from work on the bus

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We joined Dale, Chip and the gang at Chef Mickey's

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Baby Carson meets Dale the Chipmunk

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Took two visits, but we got a shot with Chef Mickey!

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Nate and Carson had a great visit from Chef Mickey too!

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Nose to nose with the 'Main Mouse'

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Y, bobller, Brer and Pope Buck joke with the Chef

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Even 'big people' like bobller like Mickey Magic

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Nate loves Minnie, but says Pluto is still his favorite

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And along comes his buddy Pluto now!

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Magic Kingdom entrance plaza as seen from the train

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Brer Bear and Brer Fox hang with the fans

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Are we near your laughing place?

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Brer Rabbit is happy to share directions

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Adventureland home of Dole Whip! Nate's first one!

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Off to Tomorrowland to make good on a promise

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The longest line of the whole visit

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But even with the 'Meet' plans, this trip was for Nate

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Space Mountain will wait till Nate's a bit taller

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Here is is as seen from a car driven by Nate. YIKES!!

After brunch Nate and I revisited the Magic Kingdom.  We hopped on the train at Main Street Station and rode to Frontierland.  Nate was determined NOT to ride Splash Mountain tho it had been a favorite a year ago.  I had to play a little trick on him to get him to ride.   He said he had fun, but told me I had better not do that ever again.A treat was in order.(read:  peace offering)  Nate had never had Dole Whip, and I was craving one.

It was time to make good on a promise made last night and let him drive the 'race cars.'  It was the longest line we waited in the whole trip.  Nate was a much better driver this time, and I only got a slight whiplash. 

One of the objectives I had was to photograph the statues around the hub so off we went.  The sculptures and landscaping art at the World do much to make the magic for me.  I try to see it from a different angle, and take a bit more of it home in pictures each time I visit.

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Shots of the statues around the hub

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While waiting for a haircut, we got a treat.

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A clear view of the Magical Moments Parade

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A shot for Dsorcerer of Sorcerer Mickey

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There was a party going on Under da Sea

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Ariel waves to the crowd from her perch.

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Nate was invited to join in, but declined

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Belle and Beast invite you to Be their Guest

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And along came the royal entourage from Agrabah

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Aladdin and Jasmine waved from high above the crowd

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Jafar has been demoted and walks behind the float

I wanted to get Nate's hair cut, and since we had dinner plans for 5:30 at Boatwrights, we wandered back to Main Street.  There quite a wait, but we decided to, and the Cast Members waiting kept Nate entertained.   I peeked out, saw that the Parade was starting and there was a clear spot on the curb just perfect to see it from the doorway.  I called Nate over to watch, and Billie, the wonderful CM who would do Nate's haircut, told us to go watch from the curb, she'd come get us when it was his turn.  WOW!   Off we went to watch the Magic.  Sure enough, the CM who had been playing with Nate found us and told us that Billie was waiting.  Is that wonderful or what?

The haircut was such fun.  I highly recommend Billie.  She did a great job and kept Nate occupied the whole time.  While we were there a little one came in for his first ever cut.  His daddy was a CM and a friend of Donald Duck who was busy at his Christmas Tree Stand outside the barber shop.  Daddy asked Donald to come in and check out his little boy's haircut, and he did!  I guess he figured that as long as he was there, he'd inspect Nate's cut too.  He spent a good 15 to 20 minutes playing around with Nate and making sure Billie did a good job.  It was magical!

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The Pridelands were represented as well

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Simba and the gang paid a visit too.

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Rafiki enlightened us on the workings of the circle of life

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Merry Christmas? You want me to say that?

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Well, I'll have to think about that one.

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Time for my haircut. Nice to meet you Billie

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Nate wishes Billie could cut his hair at home too.

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OH NO! It's the Tickle Brush!

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While we were there a pal of Donald's got his first haircut

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Donald decided to inspect Nate's new doo too

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He rumpled Nate's hair to make sure it was ship shape

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Donald even instructed Billie on places that she missed

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Nate thanked Donald for his help

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Billie hit him one more time with the Tickle Brush

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Then came a final photo op, Mickey Cape and Scissors

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Time to go back 'home' to get ready for dinner

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We were both tired and Mom wasn't feeling well

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We had a bit of time to explore the resort

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So we took our time walking back to the room

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Here's 'home' Building 26 in Alligator Bayou

After the haircut, we had to head back to Dixie Landings.  There was enough time to relax a bit and since we both had colds, that sounded pretty good.  We got off the bus and did a short tour around the resort on our way back to the room.  I promised my water rat he could swim after dinner, if it wasn't too cold, so he was a happy camper.

We checked in at Boatwrights, and as there was still a bit of a wait, we were given a buzzer.  Nate wanted to hold it, and after trying to explain 'vibrate' to him with only a little success, I told him if it tickled to let me know.  About 15 minutes later he started giggling and I knew it was time.

Dinner was good, the service was only so so.  We saw our server when she took our order and when I got her attention to get the check.  They weren't full that night, and a second cup of coffee would have been great.  I was pleased to see Jambalaya on the menu at Boatwrights, as it was my favorite at Bonfamille's and I didn't think I'd be able to enjoy it this trip.  But when it arrived the person making the delivery (not our original server) introduced it to me as Chili Jambalaya.  It wasn't what I had hoped, but still very good, and with all the added spice I was able to taste it thru my cold.  Nate had the kids' chicken fingers, and barely touched them as he was busy coloring and too excited about his promised swim.

After a quiet walk back to the room, we got him into his suit and hiked over to the quiet pool.  I opted not to swim in deference to my cold, but had fun watching him make friends and splash around.  We have a pool at home and he would spend his whole summer in the water if we'd let him, so he went nuts.  I finally was able to coax him out, wrapped him in a towel and piggy backed him to the room to snuggle and watch some TV before bed.   It appeared this wouldn't be a big attraction loaded trip, but we were having a great time just being together.

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One of the views from a walkway of our building

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Folks waited by the marina to cruise the Sassagoula

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Ahh, time for dinner at Boatwrights

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We were given a pager and again wandered around.

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Nate wanted to hold the pager and did but


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explain 'vibrate' to a 4 year old without a demo. he jumped a mile when it buzzed

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He kept occupied coloring another picture for Mom

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A Dixie Christmas

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After dinner Mom had promised Nate a swim. so we visited a quiet pool

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As usual, Nate made a pal right off and had a blast. Mom sat out shivering.



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A little dark, but here's the pool close to our room


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What a silly boy, but what fun we are having.


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