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So in addition to a dolly addiction, and a lego addiction, I have a Disney addiction. And in February, I took my 13th trip to Disney World. Jessie the yodeling cowgirl came along, and she’s going to share our trip with you.

Howdy y’all! My pal Marjorie and I are back from Disney World. It was amazing!

At first, Marjorie tried to pack me in her suitcase

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But I insisted on riding in her carry on. I didn’t wanna miss a minute of our adventure!

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We left Seattle on a rainy Wednesday morning…

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…and landed in Florida on a sunny Wednesday afternoon!

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We boarded Disney’s Magical Express and finally arrived at our resort, the Animal Kingdom Lodge!

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No time to rest, we were soon on a bus to Epcot!

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With some time before our fastpass, Marjorie wanted a photo with Baymax.

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We rode Soarin and Spaceship Earth and Test Track.

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And we had dinner at the Biergarten in Germany and watched the fireworks. That’s it for day 1!

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Day 2 began with breakfast at the Contemporary Resort.

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Marjorie’s eaten there a few times (probably 13 times!).

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Then we were off to Hollywood Studios!

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As soon as we arrived, we got annual passes!! (well, Marjorie bought one. They let me in the park for free. Maybe because I’m famous?)

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First ride? Toy Story Mania of course!

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Then Marjorie wanted to meet Moana.

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And we rode the Great Movie Ride

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And went to the Frozen Sing Along

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And Muppets, 3D

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Next was Beauty and the Beast Live, then we rode out to the Wilderness Lodge for lunch. Delicious.

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We rode a boat and then a bus back to the hotel for a nap.

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After napping we went back to the Studios, and we had some free time…

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…to dance with Woody and Buzz before we went to see Fantasmic!

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Here’s our last photo in Hollywood Studios, waiting for the sun to set and Fantasmic to start.

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After Fantasmic we had dinner at the 50’s prime time cafĂ©. A tasty ending to a fantastic day.

Day 2 was Animal Kingdom Day! And it was a day full of surprises. Starting with giraffes outside our room in the morning (and a few zebra too!)

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The Animal Kingdom was fun as always. We hit all the rides and shows in the morning, then went back to Epcot in the afternoon.

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Looking for animals:

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Riding Primeval Whirl:

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And before we left Animal Kingdom, we saw a cast member holding a Passholder sign. We had overheard a rumor, and it ended up being true! A week before it officially opened, they were previewing Rivers of Light (the new nighttime show at Animal Kingdom) to passholders! So we grabbed our wristband so we could go back to the show that evening. How exciting! Glad I decided to buy a pass the day before!

So we went back to Epcot to watch the films in Canada, France, and the American Adventure. Also to get a photo with the characters on Marjorie’s T-shirt.

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Then it was time to go back to the Animal Kingdom!

It was a long wait for the show to start.

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It was a great show, but not quite worth all the anticipation (the show was supposed to open last summer!)

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Dinner that night was in Disney Springs at a restaurant called Homecoming. Delicious. Then we stopped at the Lego store and World of Disney. Then waited forever for a bus back to the resort. Typical Disney Springs.

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Our last day was Magic Kingdom day, and it was magical.

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Mickey welcomed us to his park in a new welcome show. Not as good as the old welcome show.

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A fastpass glitch meant we had to wait in a long line for Seven Dwarfs mine train, so we made that our first stop.

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Marjorie had a craving for breakfast lasagna, so she made reservations at Crystal Palace. We ate a late breakfast with Winnie the Pooh and Friends.

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Pooh and I played a little!

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Magic Kingdom is always fun. This day was a little less fun because it was pretty crowded. Here are some of the highlights of our day.

New Muppets present Great Moments in American History:

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Street Party with Woody and the other Jessie:

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Mad Tea Party:

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Festival of Fantasy Parade:

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and Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire:

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We escaped for dinner at the Grand Floridian

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then returned for more rides and fireworks. We went home early Sunday morning, then back to work on Monday. Good trip.

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Back in January, I went on a little adventure to Toronto. I say little because I was in Toronto for roughly 24 hours. But I’m so, so glad I went.

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Do you wanna know what’s in the suitcase? One change of clothes, Alexi, and Jenna. I brought 3 dolls to Toronto! I’ve never brought 3 dolls on a trip before. Charlsea was the lucky one to ride in the Maplelea backpack on the trip out. She enjoyed our window seat on the first flight:

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But then on the second flight she had a seat to herself! She didn’t seem to mind sharing it with some lady’s coat.

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We landed in Toronto in the early evening and got on a bus to the mall.

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Our destination was the Maplelea Seasonal Store!

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It might seem silly to fly all the way across the continent to shop at a store that sells things I already own, but we went because the founder and president of Maplelea, Kathryn Gallagher-Morton, was giving a presentation to adult doll collectors.

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I enjoyed the presentation so much! For weeks on the dolly message boards I would start sentences with, “when I heard Kathryn Gallagher-Morton speak…” It was a small group in attendance, but it was nice to make a few friends:

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After the presentation, we took the subway to our hotel. Charlsea continued to ride in the Maplelea backpack, but now that I was allowed to carry more than 2 items, Alexi and Jenna got to ride in the Maplelea carrier:

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Here’s a cute photo of all three dolls riding the subway!

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While we slept, it snowed in Toronto. I spent some time in bed the next morning planning my day. The dollies weren’t too enthusiastic about going out in the snow, they were content to stay in the hotel playing with their new bunnies:

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In reality, they got packed up into backpacks and suitcases and waited with hotel bell services while I explored Toronto. But I didn’t explore alone…

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…I brought Hoppit!

We took a lovely scenic walk toward Cabbagetown…

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…pausing at the Necropolis cemetery.

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Matthew and Anne drive under that arch in the beginning of the Anne of Green Gables movie!

Right across from the Necropolis is Riverdale farm. Hoppit got pretty excited by this pony:

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but then we saw a real pony!

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The houses in Cabbagetown were super cute! I think it’s pretty cool that Alexi’s character lives there.

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We grabbed a quick bite at Tim Hortons, then walked toward the Distillery District:

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and then walked briefly toward the waterfront.

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It was far too cold that close to the water, so I turned toward the St Lawrence Market.

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As far as markets go, this one was pretty good. Crowded. The lines for food were long and all the tables were occupied, so I actually ate lunch at a burger joint down the street. Yummy.

I stopped at American Girl in Eaton Centre, and at The Bay, which was right next to my hotel. Check out how fancy the Our Generation section looks! So much fancier than at Target!

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And it was soon time to pick the girls up from the hotel and head to the airport. For the journey home, Jenna was in the backpack while Alexi and Charlsea were in the suitcase. Here’s Jenna looking cute on the subway:

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and waiting at the airport (for a looong time; our flight was delayed about an hour):

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On the airplane Jenna got her own seat and some pretzels!

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We landed late at night, and stayed at a hotel near the ferry. We caught an early ferry home the next morning.

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The girls look as tired as I felt. We had such a full day! Alexi has pretty bad bed head in this lovely sunrise photo:

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And here’s one final photo…almost home!

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I had a lot of fun on this trip, even though it was quick. I’ve become a big fan of Toronto and everything it has to offer. And if you’re interested, I mapped my walk around the city and you can see it here. 8 miles is a bit ambitious for the typical tourist, but you could shorten it with the help of public transit. Love you Toronto! Love you Maplelea!

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