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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 – Coral Reef Restaurant

Disney Vacation 2008 - EPCOT - Coral Reef Restaurant

Disney Vacation 2008 – EPCOTCoral Reef Restaurant


On our last night in Disney we went to a fancy restaurant at EPCOT – the Coral Reef.  This restaurant is part of The Seas pavilion and has views into the massive aquarium.  Part of what is really fun is that if you look carefully you can see people riding “Finding Nemo” on the other side of the aquarium.  Our favorite part of this experience was watching all of the fish and turtles swim by while we were there.  We had some amazing deserts and even found a “hidden Mickey” which made us very excited.

Disney Tip: Make reservations way in advance  – it may be impossible to make a reservation on the day that you are there.

Notice the left hand side of the spread – it includes a “fish guide” that we were given so that we could identify all the fish that we saw.

Disney Vacation 2008 - EPCOT - Coral Reef Restaurant - Open

Disney Vacation 2008 – EPCOT – Coral Reef Restaurant – Open

In this view you can see what the folder looks like open. I carefully cut a slit in the plastic page protector for the folder to slide through so that part of the fish guide is still under plastic. I did this by:

  1. Placing the background paper inside the plastic protector
  2. Placing the fish guide on top of the plastic protector where I wanted it to be
  3. Sliding the fish guide to the right about 1/4 of an inch, so that the fold of the fish guide would overlap the plastic a little on the left side. This keeps the plastic protector from tearing when people are viewing the page.
  4. Using an Exacto knife to carefully score the plastic.
  5. Using a pair of sharp pointed scissors to carefully cut along the scored line.
  6. Putting sticky tabs on the back of the fish guide and sliding it through the cut in the plastic and then pushing down on the plastic and fish guide to secure it in place.

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Disney Vacation 2008: EPCOT – China Showcase

Disney Vacation 2008 - EPCOT - World Showcase - China

Disney Vacation 2008 – EPCOT – World Showcase – China

Here is an example of creating a double spread on just one of Disney’s EPCOT Showcase countries – China.  My son really enjoyed the China showcase and we spent quite a bit of time in this area.  The area is beautiful and the stores are filled with some very exotic items – we enjoyed the food!  The entertainment in this area includes Chinese Acrobats which fascinated my son.

The technique that I want to highlight on this spread is using a corner cutter to cut into the photographs.  Be very careful and deliberate if you are going to do this, because if you make a mistake you ruin the photograph.  Also, if you look very closely at the corners of the spread you will notice 4 unique designs.  Those are actually the remnant of the cut made to the photographs that I decided to integrate back into the page.

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Disney Vacation 2008: EPCOT – World Showcase

Disney Vacation 2008 - EPCOT - World Showcase

Disney Vacation 2008 – EPCOT – World Showcase

These pages were created from our time in the World Showcase at EPCOT.  The world showcase is an interesting place for younger kids.  There are few rides and seems to be built mostly for adults.  When we went in March 2008 there was not the Kim Possible Adventure that was there when we went in 2010.  I have recently heard that the Kim Possible Adventure is being replaced with the Agent P (from Phineas and Ferb) adventure.

Disney Tip: Join the Agent P Adventure when going to the World Showcase at EPCOTit is an interactive cell phone based adventure (Disney provides the cell phones).  Kids receive calls when they enter certain areas and have to solve mysteries in order to make certain things happen in the park.  This is a must have feature to make the World showcase exciting for younger children.

I knew that this part of EPCOT would be less thrilling for my 9 year old son, so I let him run that pace.  If he found something interesting we stopped to see it and it often gave me a rest as well :).  I used “It’s a small world” paper background as we really felt like we were traveling around the world.  Instead of creating a spread for each of the countries highlighted in the World Showcase I just put one picture from each pavilion in this spread.

A fun technique that is appropriate on some scrapbook spreads was that I put a thought bubble right onto one of the photographs taken in the French pavilion.  I don’t usually do this – but in this picture it perfectly told the story.  My son was tired and just wanted to play in the water.

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Disney Vacation 2008: EPCOT – Garden Grill Restaurant

Disney Vacation 2008 - EPCOT - Garden Grill

Disney Vacation 2008 – EPCOT – Garden Grill


While we were at EPCOT we ate at the Garden Grill, which is a revolving restaurant inside of “The Land” Pavilion.  The food theme is natural and traditional American farm food.

Disney Tip: Some Specialty Restaurants include character visits  – which means you can kill two birds with one stone – you get a great meal and your kids get to meet the characters (without standing in long lines) and get their autographs.  Make sure that you make reservations way in advance – it may be impossible to make a reservation on the day that you are there.

While we were in this restaurant I actually felt like we had gone back in time a little bit, which is funny as the pavilion is supposed to foods and farming in the future.  Therefore, I chose a 60’s theme print that actually reminded me of a plastic picnic table cover that my family had when I was a kid.

This page doesn’t particularly stand out to me but there are two scrapbooking techniques that I want to point out:

  • The first is that the Title block on the left hand page is actually a picture that I took at the entrance to the restaurant.   This is an easy way to title a page, but also serves as an easy way to remember from your photographs of the names of the places that you are going.  I make it a habit to always take pictures of names of places and historical markers so that I can remember the story.
  • The second is the journaling block on the right hand page.  If you look carefully at the frame around the block you will notice that it is actually a photograph of the painted mural in the restaurant.  This is another thing that I do when we are visiting unique places – taking pictures of the “feel” of the location so that I can use those photographs to help recreate the feel on the page – occasionally they actually end up on the page themselves!

 

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 – EPCOT

Disney Vacation 2008 - EPCOT

Disney Vacation 2008 – EPCOT


The next park we visited was EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community (or City) of Tomorrow).  This was our last day in the Disney World complex and if you have been to EPCOT before you know that it really is two parks in one – Future World and the World Showcase.

Disney Tip: Plan on spending two full days at EPCOTone to visit  Future World and the other to go to the World Showcase.  If you try to do both parts you will feel rushed and not really experience  the beauty of this park.

For this spread I used the EPCOT paper, patch and coin that I purchased at the hotel gift store.  These pages serve as simple maps that help to remind us of the things that we did at each park.  On the right hand side I used entrance pictures in front of Spaceship Earth.  If you click on the pages above you will get a closer view of the page.  Look closely at the date on this page and you will see that the white letters and numbers have a small green border around them.  I accomplished this with my Cricut machine.  I first cut the white letters and numbers and then chose the “shadow” feature to cut a slightly larger version.  After gluing these together I glued them to the page.  While this is a time intensive process I think that it really makes the titling look much more professional.

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Disney Vacation 2008 – Liberty Tree Tavern

Disney Vacation 2008 - Liberty Tree Tavern

Disney Vacation 2008 – Liberty Tree Tavern

We had supper in the Magic Kingdom at the Liberty Tree Tavern right after the parade was over.  My son asked me how all of the characters from the parade got to the restaurant so fast.  He told me that he thought that they must be following us around the parks.  I didn’t have the heart to tell him that there are multiple Mickey Mouses.  😦

The Liberty Tree Tavern serves traditional Colonial American food in a fun atmosphere for both kids and adults.

Disney Tip: Some Specialty Restaurants include character visits  – which means you can kill two birds with one stone – you get a great meal and your kids get to meet the characters (without standing in long lines) and get their autographs.  Make sure that you make reservations way in advance – it may be impossible to make a reservation on the day that you are there.

My son was so excited that we got to see all the Disney characters as you can see from the smiles in the pictures.  I chose a light green print for the background paper as it reminded me of old wall paper and then used a slightly lighter paper for the photograph frames.  I also created frames for the autograph and used the same corner cutter for all.

 

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom – Cinderella’s Royal Table

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom - Cinderella's Royal Table - 1

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom – Cinderella’s Royal Table – 1

Disney Tip: Pay Attention to the Event Descriptions when making a bookingWhen I was booking the character meals I didn’t pay close enough attention to detail – I thought I was booking a pirate and princess luncheon – which Disney does have by the way – but, by mistake, I booked us for Cinderella’s Royal Table :). This was really an event for moms and daughters – not dads and sons – but Disney was graceful about it and had some male activities during the time.

So – this page isn’t very masculine either – I had to make the best of a very pink and feminine event!  If you look to the spread above you will notice that there is a large folder on the left hand page.  It is actually a picture folder, and if you look below you can see what it looks like open.  On the right hand page, bottom left, you will notice an invitation from Cinderella.  This was actually on the back of the picture folder and I carefully removed the photograph, cut it out, and then put the photograph back in place so that you can’t tell this was done.  I also included the autograph that my son got from Cinderella while at the meal.

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom - Cinderella's Royal Table - 2

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom – Cinderella’s Royal Table – 2

In this view you can see what the folder looks like open.  I carefully cut a slit in the plastic page protector for the folder to slide through so that the picture of us with Cinderella is still under plastic.  I did this by:

  1. Placing the background paper inside the plastic protector
  2. Placing the picture folder on top of the plastic protector where I wanted it to be
  3. Sliding the picture folder to the right about 1/4 of an inch, so that the fold of the picture folder would overlap the plastic a little on the left side.  This keeps the plastic protector from tearing when people are viewing the page.
  4. Using an Exacto knife to carefully score the plastic.
  5. Using a pair of sharp pointed scissors to carefully cut along the scored line.
  6. Putting sticky tabs on the back of the picture folder and sliding it through the cut in the plastic and then pushing down on the plastic and picture folder to secure it in place.
Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom - Cinderella's Royal Table - 3

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom – Cinderella’s Royal Table – 3

Above are pages commemorating the meal and the event.  Since we were men, my son was given a sword rather than a fairy wand for use during the themed meal.  If you have a young son you will understand why the sword was broken before the end of the day!  However this worked out great for the page since I was able to use the sword blade on the page (secured with a ton of glue!)

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom - Cinderella's Royal Table - Princesses

Disney Vacation 2008: Magic Kingdom – Cinderella’s Royal Table – Princesses

Disney Tip: Event Meal always include character visits  – which means you can kill two birds with one stone – you get a great meal and your kids get to meet the characters (without standing in long lines) and get their autographs.  I thought that my son would hate this part, but as you can see from the expressions on his face I think he really enjoyed all the attention from these beautiful ladies 🙂 .  When we got home I carefully cut all of the signatures out of the Disney autograph book and placed them along with the appropriate pictures and stickers on this page.  Notice the detailed corner punch that I used for the borders.

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Disney Vacation 2008: Fantasyland

Disney Vacation 2008: Fantasyland

Disney Vacation 2008: Fantasyland

We got up super early on this day to take advantage of the Disney guest early open hours. But when we walked outside it was raining! I was disappointed but decided to go anyway, and it really paid off! Since it was raining we were able to ride most of the rides in Fantasyland fairly quickly.  If you have been there before you know that many rides in Fantasyland can have the longest lines in the park!

Disney Tip: Fantasyland – Ride the rides in Fantasyland at night – by then most kids are tired and tired parents have taken them back to the hotels.
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I was trying to figure out how to showcase six different rides from this part of the park all on the same spread when I can up with the idea of using just single pictures from each event.  I was fortunate enough to be able to find 3-D stickers for each of the rides to use, and I found “Its a small world” paper to tie the rides together.  You will notice that I placed the stickers right over the photographs.  Be careful if you do this as you will not have opportunity to reposition them if you make a mistake.  This is usually true with most stickers, but when putting them on top of photographs it is doubly true.

Did you notice my son’s score on the Buzz Light year ride?  He maxed out the scoreboard – I didn’t even know that was possible and thought it was just broken.  But – when we got home I found out that it is possible to do this.  Disney Tip: How to get the High Score on Buzz Light Yearcan be found by clicking here.

Disney Tip: Sword in the Stone – Make sure your kids try to pull out the swordThere is a cast member nearby who using a remote control allows some guests to actually move the sword.  For others it wont move at all.  I have noticed that if the dads try first, then young children miraculously can do it after their big strong dads can’t!

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