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Kings Island: Opening Day 2013 Trip Report


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Today was opening day at Kings Island.  After months of waiting, it’s always exciting to finally get to visit the park and kick off the new season.  Opening day can bring heavy crowds and sometimes there can be a few hiccups as the staff gets things up to speed.  But even with a few downsides, opening day is not to be missed.

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Kings Island: A Dad Looks Back


My brother and me at Kings Island as kids. I am not the one in the plaid pants!

Recently, I wrote about a spell of the Wintertime Blues.  Every year, Cabin Fever sets in and I can’t wait to get back to Kings Island.  Finally, spring has sprung and opening day is only 10 days away!

Writing the previous article prompted me to go back and read some of my previous trip reports.  Seeing the pictures from years past got me feeling nostalgic.  So before the new season starts, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane.

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Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 14


 

When we left off, the girls had just finished princess make-overs at the Bippity Boppity Boutique.  They were very tired.  Kara in particular probably should have taken a nap.  But we were locked into reservations I had made 180 days before the trip and had to work around those.  Read the rest of this entry

Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 13


 

When we left off, we blew through three princess meet-and-greets in a row finishing off our list of must-see characters for the trip.  We were winding down our morning before our afternoon break.  On our way out, we decided to hit Tomorrowland.  Read the rest of this entry

Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 12


 

When we left off, we had kicked off the final full day of our trip in Adventureland.  My mom wasn’t feeling well and stayed back at the hotel.  Our primary mission of the day was to finish off any and all remaining meet and greets.  With Tinkerbell crossed off the list early, that left a parade of princesses.

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Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 11


 

When we left off, we had finished the fourth day of our trip at Animal Kingdom.  We had spent a little time in each of the four Disney theme parks plus Downtown Disney.  With a day and a half left to go, we would spend the rest of our time at Disney World at the Magic Kingdom.

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Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 10


 

When we left off, Mindy and my mom had departed for a shopping excursion at Downtown Disney.  I took the girls back to the Art of Animation Resort for a pool break at the Flippin’ Fins Pool.  The plan was to meet up at Animal Kingdom after Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade.

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Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 9


 

When we left off, we had finished Day 3 of our trip at Hollywood Studios.  It was a fun day that included family traditions like dinner at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe and new experiences like Fantasmic!  But I couldn’t help but notice that we had hit a wall.  The kids were tired and occasionally crabby.  And the adults were sore from walking and carrying Kara.  We needed to slow down a little.

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Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 8


 

When we left off, we had spent the morning at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  We had ridden Toy Story Mania twice, knocked out both of the park’s big thrill rides and capped it off with Star Tours.  Mom was taking the kids back to the hotel for a break and Mindy and I were headed to the Dolphin Resort for a couples massage at the Manara Spa.

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Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 7


 

When we left off, we had finished the first day of our trip with dinner at Chef Mickey’s and shopping at Downtown Disney.  It was a great day that included Josie’s first ride on Splash Mountain, a sneak peek at the Fantasyland expansion and Donald Duck putting me on notice.  When we got back to our room, we set about getting ready for bed.  We had another full day ahead of us. 

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Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 6


When we left off, the girls cooled off in the Big Blue Pool while Mom and Mindy napped in the suite.  After a little rest and relaxation, we were headed back to the Magic Kingdom for a few more attractions before dinner.

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Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 5


When we left off, we had blasted through Fantasyland and Liberty Square.  The next item on our agenda was to tackle both of the mountains in Frontierland.  The only problem was, Big Thunder was down.  Fast thinker that I am, I immediately grabbed FastPasses for the attraction and off we went to Splash Mountain.  Read the rest of this entry

Disney World Trip Report 2012 Part 4


WDW - Cinderella Castle

When we left off, we had finished our first night at Epcot.  All in all, it was a pretty perfect first day.  The next morning, we got up early for our first full day at the Magic Kingdom.

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