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TigerLaw
06-07-2009, 07:33 AM
Introduction

So this trip report is for our second tim home at BCV! This trip report also details the wettest trip we have ever had at WDW. It rained more on this trip than during all our other trips combined! (Actually, the only rain free days we had were at the end of the week, friday-sunday) I wish I had some better pictures to show just how bad some of it was. Having said that, we still had a great time on vacation, we just had to be flexible with some of our plans. Here’s some introductory info on our trip:

The Cast:

Michael, twelfth visit to WDW (Disney fanatic for years) :confused3

Melissa, wife of the fanatic, fellow lover of WDW, just nowhere near my level. This will be her eleventh visit (eleven visits together) :worship:

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The Time:

Saturday, May 23, 2009 to Sunday May 31st

The Resorts:

Polynesian Resort (first three nights of the trip, using AP discount)
Beach Club Villas – studio room (remaining nights of the trip)

The History:

Melissa and I first went to WDW in September, 2000. :banana: Since then we have gone every year at least once. :thumbsup2 Highlights of the different trips include Melissa surprised me with a mini-vacation to WDW for my 30th birthday and going to Disneyland for the 50th anniversary festivities. :yay: In the fall of 2007, I achieved a life-long dream (OK, it was a recent dream really) and talked Melissa into us buying into DVC. :woohoo: Unfortunately, various circumstances led to us not being able to use our points right away, and so this is only our second trip using DVC points.

The Planning: popcorn::

In September, 2008, the plan was originally was to make that trip sorta like a big blow out and then to do some other stuff for awhile. Having said that, life led us back to WDW in both good and bad ways, which I won’t go into here. We originally started to plan for a trip in February and I have to say, planning the trip is ALMOST as much fun for us as actually going! ;) It took a lot of calls into member services at DVC, but eventually, I got us a studio on points for most of the trip. (At various times, we had DVC room on cash instead of points). A couple new wrinkles in planning th trip included booking Airtran fo the first time (having previously always used American) and getting a rental car through Dollar (as we had always used Budget in the past, but no one could beat the deal I got at Dollar)

Here is a quote from my last trip report: “For the purposes of this report you also need to know that while I obsessively plan, Melissa will just come up with ideas just out of nowhere - things that I never think of.” Once again, it was true. For awhile, we were going to stay the whole trip in a BCV studio she decided one day that we should stay at the Polynesian instead and given the AP discount, it wasn’t a huge hit. She also planned “date nights” for the first and last nights of the trip.


COMING UP - THE PLAN OF ATTACK

TigerLaw
06-07-2009, 07:38 AM
THE PLAN OF ATTACK

Sat 5/23
arrival day
dinner at narcooses (sp?)
Try to get back to watch fireworks from poly (wishes 10pm)

Sun 5/24
Epcot EE morning (8am open)
take time to check out flower festival stuff (get topiary location list)
lunch - lotus blossom
afternoon - pool and nap
dinner - ohana (5:15 - 55327764), then leave for MK (7:30ish?)
MK EE night (park closes at 2am!) (spectro 9 & 11, wishes 10, EMH 11-2)

Mon 5/25 (memorial day)
MGM EE morning (8am open)
lunch at sci fi (mike may stay at MGM after lunch-mel pool?)
AK EE night (6-9pm) dinner at AK’s rainforest
then go to DTD?

Tues 5/26
MK EE morning (8am open)
Breakfast at ohana 10:45
HOTEL SWITCH IN AFTERNOON - ask for late check out just in case - DTD??
dinner at brew house OR ESPN, then get table in england for fireworks (stay later?)
Epcot EE night (park closes at midnight) (illuminations 9pm)

Wed 5/27
MGM morning (9am)
Lunch - ESPN or Trex
cape may dinner, then drive to MGM
MGM EE night (8-11)

Thur 5/28
MK EE morning (8am open) chef mickeys
(mike may stay at MK after lunch)
Dinner ??? then to epcot for drink around the world
Epcot added EMH that night (9pm-midnight)

Fri 5/29
MGM EE morning (8am) (star wars wkd SWW), then mike stays for SWW,
mel has pool morning, and then late lunch together (12:30ish?) beaches & cream
MK (MK has EMH for 10-1am) (wishes 9pm, still no spectro?)
crystal palace dinner

Sat 5/30
AK EE morning (8am open) donald’s breakfast
Maybe check out Kadani village afterward
maybe DTD to kill time in afternoon (lots of time for pool)
epcot le cellar
then leave time to drink, then find spot for fireworks (9pm)

Sun 5/31
Epcot EE morning (8am - get a couple hours in before leave for airport)
cape may breakfast 11am?

COMING UP - OUR FIRST BATTLE WITH THE RAIN

apurplebrat
06-07-2009, 09:10 AM
popcorn::

bobbiwoz
06-07-2009, 09:23 AM
Ok...I'm waiting to read the rest! We were at BCV during the week before you...the rains just kept going I agree, there was more rain on that trip than the total of whenever we had been there before, and we're lots older than you are!

Family left on Memorial day and got stuck on the runway/airport that afternoon (5-7?), but it was a gorgeous day before the skies opened up. They had a great time at Kidani pool. We left in the AM so we missed that day of mostly sunshine.

Bobbi:goodvibes

TigerLaw
06-07-2009, 01:35 PM
Ok...I'm waiting to read the rest! We were at BCV during the week before you...the rains just kept going I agree, there was more rain on that trip than the total of whenever we had been there before, and we're lots older than you are!

Family left on Memorial day and got stuck on the runway/airport that afternoon (5-7?), but it was a gorgeous day before the skies opened up. They had a great time at Kidani pool. We left in the AM so we missed that day of mostly sunshine.

Bobbi:goodvibes

Bobbi, from what I heard and read, I can only imagine what it was like the week before we got there! I might have been ready to sell my DVC points by the end of the week!

TigerLaw
06-07-2009, 02:38 PM
Sat. May 21st

Park Visited: None
Dining: House of Blues (dinner)

Saturday was our travel day. Due to cutbacks, the number of nonstop flights from St. Louis to Orlando had been cut back pretty hard. Usually, we took a 6-7 am flight out on American, which of course meant that we had to get up at 3-4 am, thus making it hard to actually do anything on our travel day. Because of this (and the costs of flights on American at the time we wanted to book) we decided to take a later flight in the day with Airtran (11:05 take off STL time and 2:20 arrival Orlando time). It was the first time either of us had used Airtran, which doesn’t have much of a presence in the STL market. The flight down was uneventful. It did take FOREVER for our luggage to come out and we had some trouble figuring out how to pick up our Dollar rent a car (a dodge avenger), so we left the airport a bit behind my desired schedule but no biggie. :confused3 On the way to WDW, we stopped at a wendy’s to get something to eat (we hadn’t eaten since around 8am) and eventually made it over to the Polynesian for check in.

Last fall, we had stayed at the Poly for a night before moving over to BCV and had gotten an upgrade to a water MK view so I had hopes given we were celebrating our anniversary and Melissa’s birthday, we would get some kind of upgrade, but no luck - they were sold out. The room we got on the third floor of Tokelau was just fine. While Melissa started to unpack and get ready to go out to downtown disney, I headed over to MK to pick up our annual passes and to buy our disney dining experience/tables in wonderland card. The latter issue was no big deal, but for whatever reason it took them awhile to process the APs. I eventually made it back to the hotel, moved our car to the closer, side parking lot and got ready to go out for our fist night date night.

We had originally planned to go to Narcoossee's for dinner, but Melissa decided about a week beforehand maybe we should do something less pricey, so we headed over to House of Blues, which we hadn’t been to in years. After a brief wait to get seated, we both had the shrimp & cornbread appetizer, which we both really liked, and then Melissa had the chicken fried chicken and I had the jambalaya. We also split chocolate cake and ice cream for Melissa’s b-day). Neither of us were “wowed” by our dinners, but we would definitely go back there again in the future (service was really good).

Here’s a couple HoB pics:

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Now comes our first of several rain stories. As many know, in mid-May, Orlando got hit hard with days of heavy rain. I had heard that before we even got down there, they had already broken their record for most rain in the month of May! Our forecasts had thunderstorms and rain forecasted for every day we were there, so I just hoped for the best. Well... while we were eating at HoB, it starts thundering and raining pretty hard, so we hoped it would be a typically Florida storm that would blow out in like 15 minutes... NOPE!! :scared1: I wish I had pictures to show this, but basically the rained cleared out all the pathways of DTD except those running for cover. This was the type of rain that would completely drench you in seconds. We had brought ponchos, but they were really of no use, as by the time we got to the car, we were soaked, our shoes were soaked, everything was soaked!! By the time we made it back to the poly, it had let up to become a normal level of rain, so we dried off in our room, watched some TV, and then got up and went to the main pool area to watch Wishes from the beach (which had been our plan all along, just with the bar open and with fruity drinks in hand!)

COMING UP - OUR FIRST DAY IN THE PARKS

oakmanner
06-07-2009, 07:23 PM
Nice TR so far, can't wait to read more.

TigerLaw
06-07-2009, 07:57 PM
Nice TR so far, can't wait to read more.

thanks, I'll have more for you soon!

Hunclemarco
06-07-2009, 08:13 PM
looking forward to hearing more.....popcorn::
Am i right to say the first picture at the beginning of your post was taken at Le Cellier???

TigerLaw
06-08-2009, 07:31 AM
looking forward to hearing more.....popcorn::
Am i right to say the first picture at the beginning of your post was taken at Le Cellier???

You are correct! :thumbsup2 We went to le cellier our last night of the trip (we always try to do a "date night" the last night of the trip). Thanks for checking in, I'll have an update soon!

bobbiwoz
06-08-2009, 07:34 AM
I really like the idea of a date night. DH is able to come with me for most of my trip next week, which was going to be solo. I do have table service for three meals, and I think I'm going to somehow surprise him with something special.

Bobbi:goodvibes

BigEeyore
06-08-2009, 08:07 AM
popcorn:: Looking forward to more!

TigerLaw
06-08-2009, 11:30 AM
I really like the idea of a date night. DH is able to come with me for most of my trip next week, which was going to be solo. I do have table service for three meals, and I think I'm going to somehow surprise him with something special.

Bobbi:goodvibes

"date night" was my wife's idea :confused3, but really, its a good idea as it starts the vacation winding down process as you aren't running around a park when you have to fly out the next day.

popcorn:: Looking forward to more!

I should have more posted shortly w. lots of flower festival pics!

TigerLaw
06-08-2009, 05:57 PM
Sun. May 24th

Park Visited: Epcot & Magic Kingdom
Dining: Seasons (lunch), O’hanas (dinner)

Sunday morning was early entry day at Epcot, and the weather looked good. I woke up first ( as always) went over to Caption Hook’s to get Melissa coffee (it is a family tradition that I get coffee for my wife every morning at disney - don’t know how I ended up w. this duty other than its how I get her up, but she loves it) and ended up buying one of the refillable mugs for my morning soda. One the way back to the room, I saw a family of ducks in the main pool and then some more right by our building, so I gave that second family of ducks some of my muffin. Anyway, we eventually walked over to the TTC and there was a monorail just sitting there, but it was having issues, so it was maybe like 10 minutes before we could get on it. As we did the loop around Epcot, I took some pics of an empty future world:

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Once we got off the monorail (maybe 20 minutes before opening), there was already a large line but I think it was b/c they had “herded” all the guest to only use like the most central ticket machines (something I had never seen before). Anyway, once they let us in early, we saw that there wasn’t going to be a character-driven opening (b/c it was an EMH day) and that the character spot wouldn’t be opening early, so we headed over to Soarin (along with everyone else!)

Once we got to Soarin, I ran ahead to get some FPs, but had problems with a couple of the machines, so by the time we got in line, it was a 25 minute posted wait (actual wait more like 20 minutes) and then a 15 minute wait the second time we went through the stand by line. After soarin through California twice, we did Living with the Land (a family favorite). I thought there was supposed to be something new at the end, but I didn’t see anything really (and they didn’t have any mickey pumpkins either!). From there, we got a second set of Soarin FPs and then we went and signed up to do a Kim Possible mission once world showcase opened at 11am and then headed over to Test Track. We often ride TT using the single rider line and this morning we did so twice with no waits (despite the fact that the standby line was out the door). After TT was done, we walked through Minnie’s Butterfly Garden, but didn’t see that many butterflies and so we also went into mouse gears and bummed around there for a bit. Next, we were trying to kill some time, so we went over to Spaceship Earth. It had only a 20 minute or so line, but we had never seen it so crowded before, as the lines were out on both sides of the “V” entrance. We actually enjoyed it more this time than in past trips, as we often have trouble hearing the narration for some reason.

Now at this point (10:30-11am), it was hot and sunny, so we ended up making a change in plans and decided to blow off the KP mission so we could finish the morning and get back to the Poly’s pool. We went over to the land and eat at the Seasons food court - Melissa got a turkey sandwich and I got a mix chinese plate of beef and chicken with rice and noodles. Once we finished our lunch, we used our two sets of Soarin FPs and headed back to the Poly.

Here are some pics I took from the flower festival:

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COMING UP - ONE OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS AND OUR FIRST TRIP TO THE MAGIC KINGDOM

TigerLaw
06-09-2009, 06:10 AM
Sun. May 24th (cont.)
After getting back from Epcot, we hit the Poly’s quiet pool for a bit and then we took a nap before our long MK night (but not before I walked around the grounds and took a few poly pics - I love the first two in particular):

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We went then went over for dinner at O’hanas. We had like maybe a fifteen minute wait, so Melissa got one of those fruity drinks in a pineapple at the bar. (One side note - we sat at the bar next to a british guy eating wings with a martini - thought that was an odd combination!)

Once we got seated we got stuffed eating all the good stuff that makes this one of my favorite restaurants anywhere! Melissa loved the pot stickers and I the BBQ chicken wings. One of the funny things to me at least is that while I love all the different meat skewers, my favorite thing about O’hanas is the banana bread pudding dessert! Its always a fine line to leave enough room for dessert at O’hanas, but I do it!

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The service was great at the beginning, but then just died off for some reason. By the way, this was our second dinner in a row where it monsooned while we ate (again no storm pics). At least this time, by the time we left dinner, the rain had let up, so we didn’t get soaked. After dinner, we went back to the room to rest for a bit (Melissa’s great idea to not go straight into a park after pigging out) and then headed over MK for the extra magic night.

If I can digress for a bit, if you’re reading this report, then you are a likely a disney groupie like me. As a WDW fan, you might snicker or even outright laugh when you hear people ask basic questions like “what is fastpass”? You might even look down a bit on “them”. Well, this Sunday night at MK, I didn’t feel like a WDW “expert”, I felt like them - I just couldn’t get much going right in terms of a plan of attack. The park was open until 2am, and I was dying to try to see how long I could stay in a park. This was one of the only times there was going to be two spectros, so I know there would be crowds, I think I just didn’t hit the lines right.

Coming into the park, I thought I had a good luck sign, as we saw a rainbow! (the second pic shows just how weird the skies loked after the dinner-time storm):

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After going down main street, we ignored those lining up for the first spectro parade and got a FP for buzz, did haunted mansion with like a five minute wait and then did pirates as a walk on, so I thought we were off to a good start. Our trouble started when we went to Big Thunder which had a 40 minute wait - we passed. Splash was down and the water was drained out of it. We tried to do jungle cruise, it had a 40 minute wait, so we tried to then do philharmagic, but it was closed too! We eventually headed over and did the monsters, inc. laugh floor after about a one room wait, with one of my favorite characters:

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ROZ IS WATCHING, ALWAYS WATCHING!!

After the monsters show, we watched Wishes from our usual place on the tomorrowland bridge.

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(The last picture is one of my favorites from the trip). After the fireworks were over, we tried to do Big Thunder again, but the wait was now up to 60 minutes (splash had water in it, but was just cycling empty boats). We ended up deciding to just rest for a while and stake out a place for spectro right in front of the partners statute. This was one of the best places we ever saw spectro at and here are some pics:

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After the parade was over, we decided to call it a night and headed back to the hotel, so of my dream to stay in a park past midnight, I still haven’t been able to pull it off!

COMING UP - MEMORIAL DAY, MGM STYLE!

BigEeyore
06-09-2009, 07:25 AM
Great pics! I love the sunset castle pic and the peacock Spectro one as well. The Poly looks so beautiful as well! If you have any Poly pool pics, could you post them?

TigerLaw
06-09-2009, 07:33 AM
Great pics! I love the sunset castle pic and the peacock Spectro one as well. The Poly looks so beautiful as well! If you have any Poly pool pics, could you post them?

I think I have some back on my home computer, so check back later today and I will try to post some!

TigerLaw
06-09-2009, 04:14 PM
BigE, all I have are pics of the main pool in the morning before it opened if you're still interested.

christa112
06-09-2009, 04:44 PM
I love the picture of Cindy's Castle!!! Beautiful shot

TigerLaw
06-09-2009, 07:36 PM
I love the picture of Cindy's Castle!!! Beautiful shot

thanks - the post-storm sky color was definitely unique that day

lisaviolet
06-09-2009, 07:40 PM
I really like the idea of a date night. DH is able to come with me for most of my trip next week, which was going to be solo. I do have table service for three meals, and I think I'm going to somehow surprise him with something special.

Bobbi:goodvibes

Bobbi - have fun!!!!!!:goodvibes

Sun. May 24th

Park Visited: Epcot & Magic Kingdom
Dining: Seasons (lunch), O’hanas (dinner)

Sunday morning was early entry day at Epcot, and the weather looked good. I woke up first ( as always) went over to Caption Hook’s to get Melissa coffee (it is a family tradition that I get coffee for my wife every morning at disney - don’t know how I ended up w. this duty other than its how I get her up, but she loves it) and ended up buying one of the refillable mugs for my morning soda. One the way back to the room, I saw a family of ducks in the main pool and then some more right by our building, so I gave that second family of ducks some of my muffin. Anyway, we eventually walked over to the TTC and there was a monorail just sitting there, but it was having issues, so it was maybe like 10 minutes before we could get on it. As we did the loop around Epcot, I took some pics of an empty future world:

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Once we got off the monorail (maybe 20 minutes before opening), there was already a large line but I think it was b/c they had “herded” all the guest to only use like the most central ticket machines (something I had never seen before). Anyway, once they let us in early, we saw that there wasn’t going to be a character-driven opening (b/c it was an EMH day) and that the character spot wouldn’t be opening early, so we headed over to Soarin (along with everyone else!)

Once we got to Soarin, I ran ahead to get some FPs, but had problems with a couple of the machines, so by the time we got in line, it was a 25 minute posted wait (actual wait more like 20 minutes) and then a 15 minute wait the second time we went through the stand by line. After soarin through California twice, we did Living with the Land (a family favorite). I thought there was supposed to be something new at the end, but I didn’t see anything really (and they didn’t have any mickey pumpkins either!). From there, we got a second set of Soarin FPs and then we went and signed up to do a Kim Possible mission once world showcase opened at 11am and then headed over to Test Track. We often ride TT using the single rider line and this morning we did so twice with no waits (despite the fact that the standby line was out the door). After TT was done, we walked through Minnie’s Butterfly Garden, but didn’t see that many butterflies and so we also went into mouse gears and bummed around there for a bit. Next, we were trying to kill some time, so we went over to Spaceship Earth. It had only a 20 minute or so line, but we had never seen it so crowded before, as the lines were out on both sides of the “V” entrance. We actually enjoyed it more this time than in past trips, as we often have trouble hearing the narration for some reason.

Now at this point (10:30-11am), it was hot and sunny, so we ended up making a change in plans and decided to blow off the KP mission so we could finish the morning and get back to the Poly’s pool. We went over to the land and eat at the Seasons food court - Melissa got a turkey sandwich and I got a mix chinese plate of beef and chicken with rice and noodles. Once we finished our lunch, we used our two sets of Soarin FPs and headed back to the Poly.

Here are some pics I took from the flower festival:

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COMING UP - ONE OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS AND OUR FIRST TRIP TO THE MAGIC KINGDOM

TigerLaw - thank you so much for your Trip Report. I loved it. And especially loved these pictures. :love: Since I didn't have park passes?!?!??!? So thanks for a peak.

lisaviolet
06-09-2009, 07:43 PM
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Gorgeous pictures!!!:lovestruc

TigerLaw
06-10-2009, 05:36 AM
Monday, May 25th

Park Visited: MGM & Animal Kingdom
Dining: Sci Fi (lunch), Rainforest Cafe (dinner)

Memorial Day found us at MGM for an extra magic hour morning (park open 8am). The forecast called for rain (big surprise) but our morning at AK was rain free. Of course, at open, we did the Toy Story Mania dash, with me weaving in and out to get our FPs. Once I got the magical first set of FPs, we did the ride together basically as a walk on. Both our scores were under 100,000 points, which is unusual for us (I swear my gun was off a large bit!) :rotfl2: When we got out, the line was out the door and the stand by time was for 30 minutes, so we headed over to RnRC, which we did twice, once together and then once using the single rider line. After that, we split up so I could Tower of Terror (ToT is the only ride Melissa won’t do). While I was freefalling twice, Melissa got our next set of FPs for TSM and then did RnRC by herself using single rider two more times. The lines at Tower didn’t feel long, but it still took me over 40 minutes to do just two rides. We next met up at RnRC and wait like over 20 minutes just in the single ride line (we have NEVER had such a long wait there!)

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Melissa had enough RnRC by now :confused3, so we decided to do something easier. My great wife suggested we go over to One Man’s Dream so I could look at the 20th anniversary stuff, so of course I agreed! :thumbsup2 Here are some pics:

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One the movie of Walt ended, we headed over for an early lunch at Sci Fi. We both had oreo shakes with our burgers and fries. It was a good lunch as usual.

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After lunch, we used our TSM FPs, and this time, we did much better, with my high score around 160,000-plus.:cool1: Once we used up our two sets of FPs, we drove back to the poly so we could go swimming and then rest before going to Animal Kingdom.

COMING UP - HOW DO YOU MESS UP A FOUR CHEESE PIZZA THAT BAD?!?

bobbiwoz
06-10-2009, 06:44 AM
I love seeing the pictures!
Bobbi:goodvibes

TigerLaw
06-10-2009, 07:29 AM
I love seeing the pictures!
Bobbi:goodvibes

yeah, people used to complain about MGM and/or AK not being a full day park - look at that old MGM map - it only had 5 rides/attractions when it first opened!

BigEeyore
06-10-2009, 08:58 AM
Thanks for another great update! You guys really know how to work the FP system! And sure - I'd love to see Poly main pool pics! :goodvibes

abbysmema
06-10-2009, 09:37 AM
Great pictures. I think that we'll need to make use of those EMH at Epcot if we want to go on soaring more than once. You made great use of the FP. Marie

TigerLaw
06-10-2009, 11:20 AM
Thanks for another great update! You guys really know how to work the FP system! And sure - I'd love to see Poly main pool pics! :goodvibes

Great pictures. I think that we'll need to make use of those EMH at Epcot if we want to go on soaring more than once. You made great use of the FP. Marie

Thanks! One of things we always find a bit amusing is the "when do you FP when going on a ride - before or after" debate. We are big belivers in getting the FP before you go on. As an example, lets say you are at MGM's rope drop, you could do it two ways:

1. Get FPs first, w. a return time of 9am, ride stand by and get off ride say at 8:20.

2. Ride first, then get FP with a return time of say 9:30, and get off ride by say 8:15

I think option one is better b/c the time to get your next FP is shorter, just my thoughts!

Turtle31
06-11-2009, 01:30 PM
Thanks for the report and great pictures - I leave in 4 days and I am getting SO excited !!!:banana:

TigerLaw
06-11-2009, 08:06 PM
Thanks for the report and great pictures - I leave in 4 days and I am getting SO excited !!!:banana:

Have a great trip!! :cool1::thumbsup2:banana:

TigerLaw
06-13-2009, 06:59 AM
Monday, May 25th (cont.)

That night we went to EMH night at Animal Kingdom. The extended hours were from 6-9 pm. We got there around 5pm, so we tried to do Safari first, as there were signs up that do the early sunset, it would close at 6pm. When we finally arrived in Africa, the line was out the queue and spilling out towards tusker house. There was no way it was only a 20 minute wait and I was right, as the stand by time switched to 45 minutes. We decided to do it anyway, and as we inched closed to the queue, it started to drizzle a bit, but we made it into the line pretty much dry. . . or so I thought! :rotfl2: What ended up happening was that there was a part of the line that they opened up (because of the size of the line I guess) that is not covered and right before we got to it, it started to rain HARD, so once again, out come the ponchos! :cool1: :woohoo: :yay: Eventually, we made it back under cover and got on the ride w. maybe a half hour wait. Here are some pics:

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From the Safari ride, we went back to the front of the park for our dinner ressies at Rainforest. Simply put, not a good experience! :sad1: Because of the rain and the park closing, it was REALLY crowded. Then, there was no separate line for people already w. ressies, so I had to stand in line for like 10 minutes w. everyone else trying to get a ressie just to check in. Eventually, maybe lie 10 minutes after that, we got seated. Apparently, we had both forgotten just how noisy the place was. The worst part was the meal though. Since our last time at Rainforest, they had substantially paired down their menu, and much of what I used to like on the menu was gone. We ended up splitting nachos appetizer and then I got a half slab of ribs (nothing special) and Melissa got a four cheese pizza that looked like it came out of a kids pizza bake box! :confused3 Melissa took like two bits and was done with it! I might have complained but for some stupid reason I was rushing us to get back into the park so we could see the EMH showing of the Lion King show, so I let it pass. Needless to say, we wont be going back there anytime soon!

As I said, after dinner, we went over to catch the 7pm lion king show, which was good as usual. Here’s a couple pics from the show:

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After the show, we went over to Dinosaur, which actually had a bit of a wait - maybe like 10 minutes. One ride on that, and we were good. As we walked through Dinorama to get to Everest, you could see the storm clouds coming in. The stand by line for Everest was out the door (so much for shorter EMH lines! :lmao:) so we did the single rider line, and even that was still like 15minutes. While we waited, it got darker and darker, and just before we got under cover, it started to rain AGAIN! :thumbsup2 While a drizzle at first, it got stronger and stronger. Here’s what the sky looked line just before the downpour:

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Somewhat surprisingly, they kept the coaster going, so Melissa got on first and rode w/o her poncho. She came back absolutely drenched and said she had to keep her eyes closed the whole time b/c of the rain slapping against her face! . I rode maybe like 3 trains after her, did it with a poncho, and still got pretty wet! After that Melissa wanted to go home, and while I thought about ride Kali, I didn’t push the matter, and we made it back to the Poly around 9pm.

COMING UP - IS ANYTHING ACTUALLY WORKING AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM?!?

TigerLaw
06-15-2009, 05:33 AM
Tuesday, May 26th

Park Visited: Magic Kingdom & Epcot
Dining: O’hanas (brunch), ESPN zone (dinner)

Tuesday morning was the first of two EMH mornings at the Magic Kingdom. The weather was hot and sunny (for a change - actually I don’t recall us ever having a rain issue during any of our mornings, it as always in later in the day). Anyway, when we went, it was about a few weeks since they switched the EMH attractions to include Splash, Big Thunder and Haunted Mansion instead of the Tomorrowland rides due to Space Mountain’s rehab. We were really looking forward to this, as we aren’t big Space fans so the tradeoff of rides worked in our favor (or so we thought). We got to the park at about 20 minutes before opening and then dashed along with everyone else when the park opened.

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Unfortunately, we got all the way to liberty square before learning that both Splash AND Big Thunder weren’t up and running yet. :confused3 Once we figured this out, we headed into fantasyland and did Dumbo as the second group to ride. By the time we got off Dumbo though, EVERYONE was in fantasyland due to the liberty square section being closed off, so it was a complete ZOO! :eek: (For example, at 8:15 am, Peter Pan’s line was already out of the queue and into the main walkway. We decided to head over to HM, which surprisingly was still a walk on. After that, we went over to the mountains to see what was going on, but both Splash and Big Thunder were still down. The bigger problem though was that everyone had started to grab fastpasses, so that the return times for both rides were now past our breakfast ressie time at O’hanas. :sad2: Eventually , the rides opened up, Big Thunder first, so we did that w. a 10-15 minute wait, then a similar wait time for Splash. We next tried to do jungle cruise, but it already had a 30 minute line, so we saved that for later and did pirates instead with maybe a couple minute wait. We then took some time to look around the Emporium shop and then took the monorail back over to the Polynesian so we can have our character breakfast at O’hanas. Here's a couple more MK shots I took leaving the park:

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We set the breakfast up for one of the last sittings, and we really came to like doing breakfasts this way, as the crowds were lesser, so easier for food purposes and for seeing the characters. The breakfast itself was really good :banana::banana::banana: and we saw Mickey, Pluto, Lilo & Stitch. Here’s a couple pics:

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After breakfast, I went to the front desk to deal with a bill dispute while Melissa waited in the lobby. That took about 10-15 minutes, and then we checked out and drove over the Beach Club Villas, where we were able to get into a studio without a wait. :cool1::cool1::cool1: Our room was on the first floor, looking out into the woods (so not much of a view) but a decent location b/c it was right next to the door exiting out to the dunes cove pool.

Once we got unpacked, we headed over to DTD and walked around there for a bit before heading over the grocery store to pick up a few things (including funoodles) for the room. Once we got back home, we took a nap and heard it raining outside.

COMING UP - OUR ESPN ZONE “EXPERIENCE”

mcrabeck
06-15-2009, 10:39 AM
Fun Review- Too bad about all the rain but it sounds like you had lots of fun anyway!

OurDogCisco
06-15-2009, 12:27 PM
Great trip report... I hope the rain wasn't too bad... We'll be at BCV in less than 2 weeks.

TigerLaw
06-15-2009, 02:09 PM
Fun Review- Too bad about all the rain but it sounds like you had lots of fun anyway!

Great trip report... I hope the rain wasn't too bad... We'll be at BCV in less than 2 weeks.

I won't lie, we were far from thrilled w. all the rain, but we still had fun (just would had a bit more fun...) :thumbsup2

TigerLaw
06-17-2009, 05:54 AM
Tuesday, May 26th (cont.)

The following is going to sound like one of Dennis Miller’s old rants, so please bear with me. For dinner Tuesday night we headed to the ESPN Zone. I like their BBQ wings (which are actually a leg and a wing), so Melissa humors me, as its not her favorite place. We got there at a normal or so time, only to find that the door to the restaurant is roped off and we have to wait. Fine. So we wait like 10 minutes or so until we are let in and then we see just how crowded the place was - take a look!

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So fine, if they want to try to create an appearance outside that its hard to get in, whatever. :confused3 So next, we see a empty dining room so we think we’re going to at least be offered a decent table right? WRONG!! :mad: They try to put us in the most far away corner of the room on barstools to boot! I think its worth noting here that if we had wanted to sit at a bar, we could have done so w/o any wait! I nicely ask for a regular table and we get moved to a little better location. When we get our waiter, he advises that they have a new menu. Now for dinner I wanted to get the wings as a meal and just get a side of fries. I asked about this, and was told not a problem. I can’t remember what Melissa got, but I think it was a hamburger and fries. Well, soon after we place our order, out comes this tower of fries1 :rotfl2: I ask what it was, as I wanted my side of fries to come with my meal (the wings), and the waiter says the only fries they can order separately is the appitizer which is like almost six bucks. My response (at this point) was still civil, this isn’t what I wanted, I was clear in wanting a SIDE of fries, and could he please send it back, which he did. Now here is where I start to lose it - Our meals come out and instead of getting the wings that I wanted, I get BBQ boneless chicken bites (basically chicken mcnuggets). :confused: When I asked the waiter did they no longer have the wings with the drumsticks on them, he goes that wasn’t what I asked for! :scared1: I am getting madder by the second, but I go ahead and start eating what was brought out when halfway through the meal, he brings out an order of the wings I had wanted in the first place! At this point, I just want to leave. The final insult was the bill, they only charged me for one of the two sets of wings, but it was for the higher priced, second set that I barely touched b/c I was getting full from the first set of wings! :rotfl: Needless to say, we won’t be going back there anytime soon!:thumbsup2

As an aside, while we are suffering in the meal from hell, our friends at the ESPN Zone decide they are going to host a live ESPN-like show while we eat, so we get to deal with all of this while nearly going deaf from the loud announcers! (See pic above)

After our fabulous dinner, we headed over into Epcot. We just walked around world showcase for a bit before eventually going into Mexico to do the boat ride - DONDE DONALD?!? (One quick aside, in all our years, we NEVER saw off kilter play, but this night we finally got to see them!) From there, we continued our world showcase stroll until we hit france, where I got in line and got us some grand mariner orange slushies :cool1: and Melissa went over to the beer garden area in England, where planned to watch Illuminations from. One funny note was as we made our way around world showcase, a marching band came by - that was a new one on me!

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By now perhaps you are wondering to yourself, hey, we haven’t heard about any rain on your trip lately?!? Well.... what was at the beginning a great looking night, slowly gets worse and worse and so for like the last hour before the fireworks, we are sitting w. our ponchos on totally getting rained on. Actually, I think it started to rain right when we get done with our alcoholic slushies! Thankfully, they had illuminations despite the weather, but after the fireworks, we came home even though our plan was to do the EMH night.

Here are some other Epcot pics from that night to get a sense of how the skies got worse:

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COMING UP - I GET ON THE TOP THREE SCORES AT TSM (FOR LIKE A MINUTE!)

jns
06-17-2009, 04:59 PM
really enjoying your report
love all the photos

TigerLaw
06-18-2009, 04:05 PM
really enjoying your report
love all the photos

thanks, I'll have more up soon!

TigerLaw
06-19-2009, 05:38 AM
Wednesday, May 27th

Parks: MGM
Dining: Pizza Planet (lunch) Cape May Clambake (dinner)

Wednesday was our first regular 9am opening of the week. We did our usual “get to the rope drop line” and I was worried given the size of the crowd:

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Well, by the time the dash to Toy Story Mania ended, I was the very first person to get FPs! :cool1: (I know, that and a quarter....) Anyway, we did TSM as basically a walk on and I score like 160,000+ which for a brief minute was the second highest score of the day :banana: (and before we even got off the ride, the score was off the top 3 list!) We next headed over to RnRC and there was a line already and the park wasn’t even open 20 minutes. We ended up doing it twice using the single rider line w/o any major wait. After that, we got another FP and then I went over and did Tower of Terror once with like a 30 minute wait. While I did ToT, Melissa continued to do RnRc by herself and then rode it one more time with me (maybe a 20 minute wait).

Next, I got a couple character pics in before we headed back over to TSM around 11:30 to get another FP (we knew we were coming back at night so we were trying to stock up on FPs).

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We then headed over to pizza planet for an early lunch and we were both surprised how good it was (Melissa got a cheese pizza and a cookie and I got a pepperoni pizza/salad combo). At last, a cheap (in disney terms) place for lunch at MGM that we actually like! :thumbsup2 Once we finished lunch, Melissa went back to the Beach Club to hit the pool and I stayed a bit longer at MGM, bascially to goof around and take pictures. I tried to get my pic taken with Mike and Sully, but Sully left right as I got there (and BTW, where’s Roz?!?) :confused3 I did get my picture with Sorcerer Mickey and took pics of the Up characters.

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I also went over and did the American Idol show, which I was impressed with even as a non-Idol fan. The girl in the middle below won singing “natural woman”.

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I wraped up my MGM day at 1:30 by scoring another RnRC fastpass so we had two sets each of RnRC and TSM fastpasses for that evening. Here are some more pics from my shooting spree:

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Finally, what does it say about the state of things at WDW when a star, an icon, like Fozzie Bear is left hanging out in a trash can?!? OH THE HUMANITY!!

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COMING UP - WE DO MGM TWICE IN A DAY!

BigEeyore
06-19-2009, 07:40 AM
Oh boy - the Up characters! I LOVED that movie - especially Dug. I hope they are still there when we visit in a couple months (staying at BCV - so I hope you post some BCV pics!). :goodvibes

TigerLaw
06-19-2009, 04:43 PM
Oh boy - the Up characters! I LOVED that movie - especially Dug. I hope they are still there when we visit in a couple months (staying at BCV - so I hope you post some BCV pics!). :goodvibes

Funny you should ask for BCV pics... ;)

podsnel
06-19-2009, 04:45 PM
We were there that week- the infamous week of ridiculous rain, right before your trip- May 16th (a sunny day!!) to May 20th. :sad2: Still had fun though!!! I'd love to stay at the Poly one day- it always looks so beautiful!!

TigerLaw
06-20-2009, 10:29 AM
We were there that week- the infamous week of ridiculous rain, right before your trip- May 16th (a sunny day!!) to May 20th. :sad2: Still had fun though!!! I'd love to stay at the Poly one day- it always looks so beautiful!!

We love the Poly almost as much as we love our Beach Club Villas home. I would love to add on point someday, and I think the easiest way to make it happen is if Disney would just wake up and give the people what they want, DVC at the Polynesian! :thumbsup2

podsnel
06-20-2009, 11:46 AM
We love the Poly almost as much as we love our Beach Club Villas home. I would love to add on point someday, and I think the easiest way to make it happen is if Disney would just wake up and give the people what they want, DVC at the Polynesian! :thumbsup2

Yea- I am very, VERY happy to own at AKV & BCV, but if they added the Poly, I think I'd have to be in for some more points too!!

TigerLaw
06-21-2009, 07:43 AM
Yea- I am very, VERY happy to own at AKV & BCV, but if they added the Poly, I think I'd have to be in for some more points too!!

I gotta tell you, kidani looks pretty nice right now too!

TigerLaw
06-21-2009, 01:59 PM
Wednesday, May 27th (cont.)

As we last left the trip report, Melissa had came back home to try to use stormalong bay for the first time this trip, well, as Annie Lennox sang, “here’s comes the rain again!” :woohoo: Literally, within minutes of getting her wristband, SAB was closed down on account of thunder and rain in the area, so Melissa came back to the room right around the time I got back. We waited the weather out for a bit and then once it cleared out, headed over to the dunes cove “quiet” pool.

After swimming at the BCV pool, we had dinner at the cape may café clambake. The surprise that night was they had included crab legs as part of the meal! :cool1: Apparently, this was like a 1 to 2 week test period. We had one of the two person tables next to the where they put the crab legs, and you would have thought this was people’s last meal ever given how that stuff was attacked! :rotfl2: I tried them, but to me, they always have been too much work for the end result, so after playing with trying to get the legs open, I gave up. That isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy this meal however, as it has lots of great stuff for carnivores! :thumbsup2 I especially liked the carving station (which last trip I TOTALLY forgot about ever hitting up).

Once we were done with dinner, we came back to the room, changed, and drove back to MGM for the extra magic night hours (which were 8-11pm if I recall right). First, we headed over to Toy Story Mania to use up our two sets of FPs (in case they wouldn’t honor them after 8pm). Around 8pm, I got FPs for tower and then we tried to do Great Movie Ride, but it was like a 40 minute wait, so we passed and did Muppet Vision. I love the two old guys and even though I know most of the jokes by now, I still laugh at this every time! :laughing: We headed back over to GMR, but it STILL had a 40 minute wait :confused3, so we went down sunset instead. RnRC wasn’t working, so I did Tower twice using my FPs and then RnRC was working again, so we used our two sets of FPs on that from earlier in the day. From there we head back over to GMR, where the line was finally like 15 minutes, so we did that and then head back to the resort.

Oh, someone had asked for BCV shots, so here are a few:

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COMING UP - WILL EVERYTHING ACTUALLY BE OPEN AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM?

BigEeyore
06-21-2009, 02:40 PM
I love that print from BCV - we are so excited about staying there at the end of the summer!
OK, so maybe I'm just realizing something that everyone else knows - but are you using your FP's pretty much whenever you want? I thought you had to return in the time frame they give you? Am I just clueless on this? :confused3

disyady
06-21-2009, 03:07 PM
I love that print from BCV - we are so excited about staying there at the end of the summer!
OK, so maybe I'm just realizing something that everyone else knows - but are you using your FP's pretty much whenever you want? I thought you had to return in the time frame they give you? Am I just clueless on this? :confused3

I just wanted to say that I LOVE that BCV print as well! Regarding the FP's - you can't use them before your window opens, but as far as I understand they will allow you to use them anytime after that.

TigerLaw
06-22-2009, 07:32 AM
I love that print from BCV - we are so excited about staying there at the end of the summer!
OK, so maybe I'm just realizing something that everyone else knows - but are you using your FP's pretty much whenever you want? I thought you had to return in the time frame they give you? Am I just clueless on this? :confused3

I just wanted to say that I LOVE that BCV print as well! Regarding the FP's - you can't use them before your window opens, but as far as I understand they will allow you to use them anytime after that.

Isn't that print the coolest thing?!? both my wife and I would love to have something like that in our house1

TigerLaw
06-26-2009, 05:36 AM
Thursday, May 28th

Parks: MK & Epcot
Dining: Chef Mickey’s (brunch), San Angel Inn (dinner)

Thursday was another EMH morning at MK. The day started out perfectly sunny and fine (so you know what that means later!:thumbsup2) This was supposed to be our big time to “do the mountains” but ONCE AGAIN there was issues! At the rope drop, we dashed over and I got FPs for splash. The idea was to then do Big Thunder, but it was down from like 8 to 8:45,so we just ended up doing splash a couple times in a row. (Also, there was an issue w. the FP machines, as they were spitting out return times of 10am instead of starting at 9am which is usually what they do form EMH). Anyway, after I realized that the splash FP return time wasn’t going to be any use to us b/c of our chef mickey ressie, I talked (OK, I b#llsh*ted) a CM into trading for a Big Thunder FP, so we ended up riding Big Thunder a couple times. We tried to go do jungle cruise again, but the lines were still bad, so we did Haunted Mansion and Pirates again I believe. (BTW, here’s a pic of donald in a costume I had never seen before, and if you have Donald, you need Daisy too right?!?)

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We decided to head over a bit early to Chef Mickey’s so Melissa could get back to the pool (I went back to MK after “brunch”). Even with our ressies, we still had a good 15 minute-plus wait before we got seated. The breakfast itself was good, but we got little to no love from the characters (while they spent HOURS at a 20-person table next to us). I was going to blow it off, but I said something to one of the helpers, so got a few good pics in the end:

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After brunch, Mel went back to the Beach Club to hit the pool and I went back to MK. I wanted to see the castle show, which I had never seen and got to it just as it was about to start. It was cute, but it was sunny and hot! Here are some pics:

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OK, so the castle shows ends, and I have like maybe 20 minutes until the new Move It! Shake It! Celebrate! Mini-parade, so I just hung around the hub, and it started to quickly look like storms were coming.

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By the time the parade came up main street, it was raining to the point that they decided just to “do a lap” and drive the floats right back down main street instead of stopping in the hub for the dance party portion of the parade - here are some pics of that:

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After having enough with getting rained on, I head back to Beach Club to meet up with Melissa. Here’s how things looked at the Beach Club (not much better)

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Finally, I have to show my favorite picture from the whole trip just about - what you don’t see in this in that there are signs EVERYWHERE saying don’t feed the animals - guess the "animals" didn’t get the message or seem to mind?!?

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COMING UP - ITS DRINK AROUND THE WORLD TIME AT EPCOT!

Imagineer5
06-27-2009, 05:14 AM
Nice TR! I'm subscribing! Last time we were at AK's RFC it was horrible too. I think I ordered the cheese pizza too (due to the the lack of options...) and ugh, how gross! :confused3

Also, we're planning to check out Ohana on our next trip for the first time...so great to hear such good things about it! :cool1:

BTW - I love how you and DW have a nice plan for your days at Disney due to your varying levels of reverence! My DH isn't a huge fan (shocking I know...) and I think we're going to try splitting up on the next visit. He just wants to relax, sit by the pool, and relax some more, whereas I feel like it's a waste of time at Disney!! Any other tips for dealing with a less-than-enthused DH? We only get to go every 3 years bc of this too... :mad:

manntra
06-27-2009, 02:50 PM
What a great report! I remember your report from your last trip and that I just looooooooove your pictures! :lovestruc I think that was from your first trip home?
The picture of EE before the storm is really creepy!!

TigerLaw
06-28-2009, 05:55 AM
Nice TR! I'm subscribing! Last time we were at AK's RFC it was horrible too. I think I ordered the cheese pizza too (due to the the lack of options...) and ugh, how gross! :confused3

Also, we're planning to check out Ohana on our next trip for the first time...so great to hear such good things about it! :cool1:

BTW - I love how you and DW have a nice plan for your days at Disney due to your varying levels of reverence! My DH isn't a huge fan (shocking I know...) and I think we're going to try splitting up on the next visit. He just wants to relax, sit by the pool, and relax some more, whereas I feel like it's a waste of time at Disney!! Any other tips for dealing with a less-than-enthused DH? We only get to go every 3 years bc of this too... :mad:

Simply put, Ohana's is my FAVORITE place to eat at WDW (In fact, we will be eating there next friday night! :cool1::cool1::cool1:

As far as the spouse situation, Melissa loves going to WDW, just not doing the parks 24/7. Our first trip ws done true commando style - a park a day, all day, and its a miracle we ever came back! :rotfl2:

What we do know which I think really helps is hit a park at rope drop, stay there until lunch time, go back to the hotel for pool then brief nap, then go back to the park at night. We also do at least one "date night" (usually the last night of the trip) this time it was dinner at le cellar and illuminations and no running around for rides. I also schedule a pool day for Mel where she is at the pool all day and I go do something on my own in the morning and then come to the pool at lunchtime. One other thing we do is drink around the world at epcot, maybe trick him into liking world showcase by do a beer tasting walk?!?

hope this helps!


What a great report! I remember your report from your last trip and that I just looooooooove your pictures! :lovestruc I think that was from your first trip home?
The picture of EE before the storm is really creepy!!

You are correct! I wish I could come up with a catchy name for the report, but I am just not that talented! :confused3 Glad you like the pics!

TigerLaw
06-28-2009, 07:47 PM
Thursday May, 28th (cont.)

As an brief aside, I forgot to say in the last report that after the Move It parade ended, I tried to use a FP I had for jungle cruise but the FP line was all the way out past the FP entrance, so I gave up on that - so once again, no jungle cruise! :sad2:

Getting current, not really alot to report for Thursday night. The afternoon was spent napping and at the pool (which is what we usually do). Dinner that night was at San Angel Inn in Epcot. Of course, the walk over to Mexico afforded us the opportunity to start on our drinking around the world night. :cool1::banana: We started out with our favorite, the orange grand mariner slushie in France and moved onto the lemon slushie in Italy, which we liked, but not as much as our favorite. Here are a couple pics from france:

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As far as our dinner went, it was fine, but by no means a favorite. I think they redid the menu and tried to make it more authentic, so the food was good, just didn’t wow us. After dinner, we went over to Soarin to see what the FP situation looked like and specifically, to see if they would reset the FP machines for the EMH night (answer was no). So we ended up doing nemo as a walk on and then living with the land. After the boat ride, we saw Soarin was down to a 40 minute wait, so we did that. As we came out of Soarin, Illuminations had just started and it had started to rain AGAIN as well :confused3, so we just watched it as we walked through world showcase and out of Epcot.

To round out things, here are a few more Epcot topiary pics:

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COMING UP - STAR WARS WEEKENDS!

arthur06
06-28-2009, 08:23 PM
Great TR and Pics.

TigerLaw
06-29-2009, 03:47 PM
Great TR and Pics.

thanks - more is on the way!

TigerLaw
07-18-2009, 07:38 AM
Friday, May 29th

Parks: MGM

Today was one of our “split up” days - I went to MGM for star wars weekends (SWW) and Melissa stayed at beach club to go to the pool. It was also an early entry day at MGM, so I got there, did the 8am rope line dash to toy story, got FPs and then rode it. I can’t remember my scores that day, so they must have been pretty unrememberable! :confused3 A lot of the rest of the morning was just walking around and taking pictures. :thumbsup2 I wanted to get pics of the stormtroopers on top of the entrance way, but never caught them there. Also, because there was a special american idol special event that day (the recent winner Kris Allen was there to help promote the AI experience), Mickey and Minnie would not be in their SW costumes until well after I left the park in the afternoon, so that was a bummer. I ended up waiting in like a 15 minute line right before 9am for chewbacca and got in a brief line for stormtrooper donald duck, but that was about it in terms of getting in line (for example the line for Vader was just way too long for me to care). Here are some of my SWW pics:

Me and Chewie and a Ewok

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Vader & Boba Fett

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R2D2 & Jabba’s Guard

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Me and Stormtrooper Donald and a regular trooper (who I thought looked weird signing a book)

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Darth Goofy and Jedi (looking all deep and jedi-like)

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Here’s a pic of AI winner Kris Allen at his little mini-concert after he got his own parade!

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Finally, as a huge lover of Fozzie Bear, I had never notices this sign before coming oput of Muppet Vision, so I had to take a picture!

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COMING UP - PICTURES FROM THE SWW PARADE!

TigerLaw
07-18-2009, 07:41 AM
By the way, forget to say in my last post, sorry for the dealy in updates - since my prior to today update, we went back to WDW for a brief stay at OKW for my birthday and then I was slammed like never before at work and had to fly out to CA for work as well, so I hope I will finish up this report in short order so I can start on our july report!

Simba's Mom
07-18-2009, 11:21 AM
yeah, people used to complain about MGM and/or AK not being a full day park - look at that old MGM map - it only had 5 rides/attractions when it first opened!
When MGM first opened in 1989, we went and there were only 2 attractions-the Great Movie Ride and the Backlot Studio Tour. At that time, the tour was about a 2 hour tour in 2 parts-one part was the tram, catastrophe canyon, etc. The other part was inside, walking, and included the Bette Middler little movie thing and the kids riding on the big bug.

I want to think you for your trip report. This has been so enjoyable to read. So which do you like better, OKW or BCV? Just wondering because those are the two favorites in our house. DH is an OKW fanatic, while my fave is BCV.

GGOOFY1
07-18-2009, 12:55 PM
Great TR and pictures. Glad to hear you are not letting the rain get you down:thumbsup2

TigerLaw
07-18-2009, 04:11 PM
When MGM first opened in 1989, we went and there were only 2 attractions-the Great Movie Ride and the Backlot Studio Tour. At that time, the tour was about a 2 hour tour in 2 parts-one part was the tram, catastrophe canyon, etc. The other part was inside, walking, and included the Bette Middler little movie thing and the kids riding on the big bug.

I want to think you for your trip report. This has been so enjoyable to read. So which do you like better, OKW or BCV? Just wondering because those are the two favorites in our house. DH is an OKW fanatic, while my fave is BCV.

Hands down, BCV is our favorite resort - its our home resort and we are just so spoiled w. walking to epcot, stormalong, etc. I will say that OKW is probably our second favorite place now - can you imagine if they built all the newer DVC resorts with that much room - I swear I felt like our OKW 1br was twice as big as one at BCV! OKW will now be our choice for when we need to save points or can't get in somewhere.

Great TR and pictures. Glad to hear you are not letting the rain get you down:thumbsup2

thanks for the kind words - Its funny, but it rained so much we just kinda laughed it off for the most part!

TigerLaw
07-19-2009, 06:51 AM
SWW parade pics:

Jedi Mickey & Princess Minnie

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Donald & Jedi training academy kids

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The 501st Legion

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Sand people (with and without child)

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Boba fett and other bad guys
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Chewie (in and out of costume)

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Ewoks and R2D2

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Greedo and Vader
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You talkin’ to me?!?

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COMING UP - NO MORE STAR WARS STUFF! :)

BigEeyore
07-19-2009, 08:38 AM
:woohoo: Yay for some updates! Taking a trip to WDW is a good excuse though for not updating!
I have never been for SWW - all of those costumes are just amazing. I don't understand why Disney doesn't do SW stuff year round at HS. It is so popular, and so many elaborate sets and costumes - wish it were around more!

BigDogHU75
07-19-2009, 05:30 PM
Enjoying your report and loving the pics. Also, glad to read about BCV. We will be staying in a studio at BCV for two days in about 8 weeks. This will be our first stay so I am glad to see the pictures. I hope it does not rain during our stay so that we can enjoy the pool. I know DS would love it.

Mahusky
07-20-2009, 03:17 PM
:thumbsup2great report!

TigerLaw
07-21-2009, 06:39 AM
:woohoo: Yay for some updates! Taking a trip to WDW is a good excuse though for not updating!
I have never been for SWW - all of those costumes are just amazing. I don't understand why Disney doesn't do SW stuff year round at HS. It is so popular, and so many elaborate sets and costumes - wish it were around more!

If I had to guess, its the costs - think about why the cancelled fantasmic over illuminations - manpower costs

Enjoying your report and loving the pics. Also, glad to read about BCV. We will be staying in a studio at BCV for two days in about 8 weeks. This will be our first stay so I am glad to see the pictures. I hope it does not rain during our stay so that we can enjoy the pool. I know DS would love it.

while we loved our first trip in a 1 bedroom room, a studio at BCV still is great! :thumbsup2

:thumbsup2great report!

thanks!

TigerLaw
07-21-2009, 06:41 AM
Once the parade was over, I came back and found Melissa at the room relaxing after spending the morning at Stormalong Bay. I can’t remember what we did for lunch (I assume Beaches & Cream but just can’t recall). We did go to back to the pool, where it ONCE AGAIN BEGAN TO RAIN!!! :rotfl2: :rotfl: :cool1: Thankfully, this time, there was no thunder or lighting, so we actually stayed in the pool while it rained a bit. :thumbsup2 After we were done at the pool, we came back to the room and took a nap to rest up for another long MK evening.

Upon arriving at MK , I went to get us some splash FPs, but they were out, so I got a set for Big Thunder instead. The cast members at both places said they wouldn’t be restarting the machines for EMH night. Sometime on my walk back to the hub, I realized that I had forgotten my camera (hence no pictures in this update!) :confused3 I met up with Melissa and we had dinner at crystal palace, which we both really liked. :banana: Our ressie was for 7:20 and we didn’t get in until around 7:40, so by the time we got out of CP, we just sat down bear the Tomorrowland bridge to watch the Wishes fireworks at 9 pm. Once the fireworks were over with, we walked over to try to finally ride jungle cruise, but the line simply didn’t move for like 5 minutes, so we left that and did pirates with no wait and then big thunder, using our fast passes. From there we did haunted mansion and philharmagic before heading back over to do splash twice, where we got drenched but the water shoots coming off the main drop. Not much of an EMH night, but we didn’t push trying to ride everything for a change.

Here a couple beach club shots. The second picture is maybe my favorite view anywhere - I stop almost every time I walk out of the villas and just stare at this for a minute - I can’t explain why I love it so much, just do!


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COMING UP - OUR LAST FULL DAY AT THE PARKS

TigerLaw
07-25-2009, 09:21 AM
Saturday, May 30th

Parks: AK & Epcot
Dining: Donald’s/Tusker House (brunch), Le Cellar (dinner)

Saturday mornings at WDW are usually a bit bittersweet for me, as most times, I know its my last time “in a park doing rides” on a given trip. :sad1: For the past few vacations that I can recall, this usually took place at MGM, as they would have their EMH mornings on a Saturday. This trip however found us going to AK for its EMH morning.

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At the rope drop, I race walked over to Everest and got us our first FPs of the day. We then did Everest twice in a row - first as a walk on and the second time with a 5-10 minute wait. Usually, two trips on Everest is enough for me (the backwards part gets me sick). :confused3 We next went over to do the Safari ride and had a really good trip :thumbsup2 couple highlights there was (1) we were delayed b/c giraffes stopped in the road and (2) we saw the lion yawning loudly (our safari driver said he had never seen/heard that before). After that, I ran through the Exploration Trail while Melissa waited and didn’t see all that much. Here are some pics:

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From there we left Africa and went back into Asia, first to use our Everest FP and then I went on Kali River Rapids first the first time in ages by myself. I didn’t get TOO wet, but wet enough that I didn’t want to take character pictures. As you can guess, we then went over to Tusker House for Donald’s character breakfast. We did this one late in the morning so it wasn’t too crowded and in fact we had more than enough time w. the characters. We had done this before when it was in dinoland, but we liked it much better over at tusker house and food was really good too (Melissa says its her new favorite WDFW breakfast) :cool1::banana::yay: After breakfast, we left AK and came back to beach club to go to the Stormalong Bay pool one more time and a nap.

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COMING UP - DATE NIGHT AT EPCOT

TigerLaw
07-29-2009, 07:28 PM
As discussed above, somewhere along the way in our last few trips we started making the last night of our trip a “date night” which is Melissa-speak for dinner, fireworks and no running around to get to rides! :worship: On this night, we went to Epcot’s Le Cellar restaurant, where we hadn’t eaten for years. While I wasn’t a big fan of the much-hyped cheese soup, overall we both really liked it a lot and we go back much sooner on future trips. :thumbsup2 (I got the steak and potatoes and Melissa got chicken and the baked mac and cheese.) After that, we headed across the lagoon to try to catch the American Adventure, which we just missed. I ended up getting a funnel cake and we just hung out until the next showing which we went to. (One brief aside - that night tony orlando was packing them into the concert stage and we debated whether Melissa’s father looked like him or not) From there, we found that the patio area between england and france was open that night, so we dropped down and sat on the steps and had a really good view of illuminations.

Here are some random pics from our Epcot night:

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Sunday was our travel day. Because of the way the flights went (and how the EMH morning worked), we were able to go into Epcot for a few rides on our travel day. Unfortunately, once again, we were let in from the Int’l Gateway area the same times as the people in the front were, so we were behind all of them heading over to soarin. By the time we got to Soarin, the Fps were already out to 9:35 and the stand by line was a 20+ wait, and when we got off, the line was over an hour! :confused3 I went and filed a complaint at guest relations about how the ropelines were unfair to epcot resort guests and was told they were aware of the issue. After I got done venting, we did test track twice and headed back over to soarin for two more rides before we had to leave. We rushed back to our room, changed clothes, and had a 11am brunch at cape may café. Because of the time, as our meal went on , the room really thinned out and we had the characters coming by over and over.

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After brunch, we went to the airport and (after getting lost for a bit) had the best surprise - for some reason, we were upgraded to first class! It was great having leg room, satellite radio, etc.

WELL THAT'S IT - THANKS FOR READING EVERYONE!!

BigDogHU75
07-30-2009, 01:39 PM
Great report. :thumbsup2 Really enjoyed the pictures especially of BCV & Cape May Cafe since we will be staying and eating there.

GGOOFY1
07-30-2009, 02:33 PM
Loved the report. We have a "Celebration Dinner" the last night of our trip also. The kids love eating in Japan, it is a tradition for us to finish our trip there:thumbsup2

BigEeyore
07-30-2009, 03:46 PM
Thanks for a great TR!

TigerLaw
07-30-2009, 08:25 PM
Great report. :thumbsup2 Really enjoyed the pictures especially of BCV & Cape May Cafe since we will be staying and eating there.

Can't go wrong at cape may for breakfast or dinner! :thumbsup2

Loved the report. We have a "Celebration Dinner" the last night of our trip also. The kids love eating in Japan, it is a tradition for us to finish our trip there:thumbsup2

Japan is one of the few places we still have to try - maybe someday?!?

Thanks for a great TR!

thanks for reading!