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Disney Vacation 2008 – Ephemera

Disney Vacation 2008 - Funny Story and Ephemera

Disney Vacation 2008 – Funny Story and Ephemera

So our adventure at Disney World was almost over – but we had one last funny story from the last few minutes we were on the property.  If you click on the picture above you should get a bigger version of it and you can zoom in to read what happened.  But this Mickey was part of the outcome of the story.  Our bags were so full that we had to carry him on to the plane for the trip home!

This set of pages highlights all of the ephemera that we collected on the trip that didn’t make it onto the other pages.  I don’t normally do something like this – but my son was so excited about everything that we collected that he didn’t want any of it to be thrown away.  The letters in the right hand page above were cut with my Cricut machine and I used the shadow feature to cut a black “shadow” for each of the letters.  This very small shadow really helps the letters to stand out on the page.

Disney Vacation 2008 - Ephemera

Disney Vacation 2008 – Ephemera

The left hand page of this spread contains all kinds of things including stickers that we picked up along the way,  a Disney stamp on a letter we received, our Disney Photopass, origami from the China Showcase at EPCOT and one of our favorites – a red feather from the Enchanted Tiki Room.  Don’t worry we didn’t pull it off of a bird! – during the show some feathers fall from the ceiling and this one fell right into our lap!  The right hand page includes digital copies of all of the pictures that we took on the trip as this is a nice way to organize your digital pictures and have backups in case your computer dies.  It also includes some fast passes that we never used and the folio with our bill at the end of the vacation.

Disney Vacation 2008 - Ephemera - Park Maps

Disney Vacation 2008 – Ephemera – Park Maps

This is the last page in the album and it is simply extra maps that I picked up from each of the parks.  They have no crease marks and are not attached to the paper in anyway.  They float freely behind the plastic and are there if we ever want to pull them out and look at them.

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Disney Vacation 2008: EPCOT – Test Track

Disney Vacation 2008 - Test Track

Disney Vacation 2008 – Test Track


When I was planning our Disney World trip I knew that we would want to ride Test Track and I knew that the lines would be long to get on this ride.  So my son and I moved as quickly as we could (without running) to get to Test Track as soon as we were allowed to enter the park.  We ended up being the first people in line!

Disney Tip: Get to the Park early and go the most popular rides firstthat way you won’t have to spend a lot of time later waiting in line.

At the beginning of the ride Disney took two automated pictures which you can purchase after the ride.  Fortunately we had Photopass, so I was able to connect those photos to our account which we purchased later when we were at home.

Disney Tip: Photopass – is a card that you can get that is scanned each time a Disney photographer takes your pictureIt allows you to order all of your pictures later from home, and to manipulate and add Disney characters to them.  Some select rides also allow the automated pictures from the ride to be added to your photopass.

If you look carefully at these pages you will notice that two of the pictures are the official Test Track photos and they came with a caution border.  I wanted to continue these theme to the other pictures on this page so I used a think black marker to draw lines on yellow paper to create these frames.  I did it freehand and so some a little crooked.  If I were to do this again I would use a ruler to make the lines straight.

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Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Entrance

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios - Entrance

Disney Vacation 2008: Hollywood Studios – Entrance

Our next park to visit was Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  I wanted to highlight a cool feature of Disney’s Photopass on this page.  If you look at the center picture on the right hand page you will see that my son and I are pointing at Stitch from “Lilo and Stitch“.  Several of the Disney Photographers will have you make faces, point, or look a certain direction and then digitally insert a character – this was one of my favorites from the trip.  You will noticed that all of the pictures from this page have Disney character enhancements.

Disney Tip: Photopass The Photopass is a card that you give each professional photographer and they scan it before taking your picture. When you get home from your trip you can go online and choose the pictures you want, edit them, and add in some fun Disney characters and then have them printed, or sent to you on a CD. My sister and her family had gone to Disney a couple weeks before we did, so we shared a card to help share the cost.

You will also notice the Disney Hollywood Studios paper on the left hand page, and the copper coin on the right hand page.  Both of these were purchased a the Disney Hotel gift store.

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Disney Vacation 2008: Animal Kingdom – Entrance

Disney Vacation 2008 - Animal Kingdom

Disney Vacation 2008 – Animal Kingdom


Our first day at Disney World we went to the Animal Kingdom.  This may not seem like the first choice for many – Disney Tip but if you stay in a Disney World Hotel there is one park a day that has extended hours in the morning.  In other words, hotel guests can get in early.  For this date it was the Animal Kingdom and we were in the park before the sun came up.  It was cool to be there and hear the animals waking up in the morning – and we had wonderful opportunities to see animals being fed.

Two hours later we were joined by my Aunt, Uncle, and their granddaughter who live in Orlando.  We went back outside of the park to give them tickets that we had for them.

Disney Tip: PhotopassOutside of the park we had our first experience with Disney’s Photopass.  It is a card that you give each professional photographer and they scan it before taking your picture.  When you get home from your trip you can go online and choose the pictures you want, edit them, and add in some fun Disney characters and then have them printed, or sent to you on a CD.  My sister and her family had gone to Disney a couple weeks before we did, so we shared a card to help share the cost.

If you look closely at the photos you will notice Disney logos and characters in the pictures.  The only downside to these character additions is that they seemed to have washed the pictures out a bit and they all came back much lighter than I would have liked them to.

Disney Tip: Buy Disney Scrapbook kitsAt our hotel their was a souvenir store that had several items that I decided to purchase for the scrapbooks.  I purchased paper packs, patches, and souvenir coins.  While these were expensive I am glad that I bought them because they are impossible to find back at home and when I did find them they were even more expensive.  You will notice these items pop up several times on my pages and serve as a nice way to tie all of the different park pages together.

On this spread the left hand page is straight from the Disney paper pack without anything added – I did this as this page serves as a wonderful map of the park as you peruse the following pages.  I also used an Animal Kingdom patch on the right hand page.

If you look carefully at the borders of the pictures and the journaling you will notice that I used a corner cutter to cut a design in them, and that I used the cuts that came out as part of the design elements on the page.  The date was cut using the Cricut Disney Cartridge.

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