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Kevin Stringer
06-17-2009, 01:01 PM
DAY 8 FRIDAY 29th MAY

The participants:

Me, Kev, 51, husband, father, son, friend. In fact, just about everything to everybody on this holiday.
Wife, Tam, 45.
Daughter 1, India, 18.
Daughter 2, Georgia, 15.
Grandma, 84. The girls Grandma, my mother.
Susan, age kept quiet for fear of kick in soft tissuey area. Our friend from Tulsa.

Attending in part:

Sharon, see above for age. Friend from Texas.
Evan, 21, Sharon’s son.

If you want to know more about us, have a look at www.kevinstringer.co.uk/index

We’re up breakfasted and out the rooms by 10.00am on our way to the Magic Kingdom. It’s not a bad morning, but there is quite a lot of cloud around as we walk up Main Street.
As we get towards the castle at 11.00am a parade starts. I think it’s called Mickey’s Jump Up and Down Shouting to Loud Music Parade as 4 floats with characters and large gift boxes on move down and take up position around the hub. Another character jumps out of each box as the MC type person orders us to ‘Make some noise’. For one thing, I don’t like being told what to do and for another I am not particularly in the mood to make some noise, loud or otherwise.

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Turning our backs on the raucous goings-on, we enter Tommorowland in order to do a couple of attractions Grandma has not seen before. The first is the Monsters Inc Laughter Floor. It’s a nice little show, but Susan reminds me that it used to be Timekeeper and I liked that a lot more.

Next is Stitch’s Great Escape. I’m sat next to Georgia and Stitch must be leaking nasal effluent today as she ends up with a wet patch on the front of her dress from a constant drip above. At least I hope it was nasal effluent.

Mickey’s Philharmagic is next and we don’t have to wait too long before entering, although we are just 3 rows from the front and I think you get the effects much better from a few rows further back.

We decide on an early lunch now and choose Pinocchio’s Village Haus. The girls have chicken nuggets and Tam and I have Chicken Caesar Salad. We also have some Figaro Fries. This is a carton of French fries along with a pot of bacon bits and a pot of melted chesse. Lord, there must be enough salt in this to give you your monthly recommended intake in one go. When the roads are icy in the UK, forget the gritting lorries, issue the council with a couple of portions of Figaro Fries, that will keep the roads clear.
There is a little balcony outside that nobody is using for some reason, so we sit there and it’s so much nicer than in the packed restaurant. Luckily it’s covered as the rain starts to come down again. It’s actually very pleasant sat under cover in the warm Florida air watching the rain falling. By the time we’re finished the rain has stopped again.

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We stroll through Frontierland and head towards the train station. The crowds are large again today; in fact it’s been pretty packed everywhere all week. Susan tells us it’s not only due to Memorial Day, but also because many of the US schools have now finished for the summer.

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We get the train to Main Street and exit the park to get the monorail to Epcot. On the journey over it starts to rain quite heavily. Once again we are in the dry as the rain falls and once again the rain stops as we reach our destination. In fact there is bright sunshine as we enter Epcot. I have no idea why we are so lucky, perhaps it’s the clean living and virtuous life I have led.

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We chose to ride the monorail to Epcot and walk through to the Boardwalk for no other reason than that it’s fun to do. On the way we stop in Club Cool to try the free beverages. Of course, we have to trick Grandma into trying the Beverley. By pure coincidence I happen to be videoing her at the time. The look on her face is priceless, as Tam says, this could be a big hit on Youtube.
It’s a lovely walk through Epcot, out the International Gateway and round to the Boardwalk.

We’re all showered and changed by 5.00pm and walk to the lobby where Vernon (our DVC friend) picks me, Tam, India and Georgia up and drives us across to the Treehouses at Saratoga where he is staying for the evening with his family as a sort of DVC perk, but also so he can familiarise himself with the layout and check everything is working properly.
Vernon shows us around and we are all very impressed. There are 3 bedrooms, a master with en-suite, a double and a bedroom with bunk beds. There is also a pull out sofa and chair in the living room, so it can sleep up to 9 people.
Vernon tells us that it will cost the same number of points to stay here as a 2 bedroom unit in Saratoga Springs, which is amazing.

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The taps in the bath are pretty cool

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I think there are 60 treehouses in total and they are spread out just enough so that each one feels fairly isolated and quiet. The units are on legs, similar to the old treehouses, but are all brand new. This particular unit overlooks the golf course and Saratoga Springs on one side, but is surrounded by pine trees otherwise. It’s very nicely decorated with a comfortable living area and full kitchen. I could imagine coming back to this haven of tranquillity after a day of hustle and bustle in the parks.

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There is a raised external seating area with a table and 4 chairs and we sit and chat for a while until we have to get back to the Boardwalk as we are meeting friends tonight for an evening at Jellyrolls. Vernon drives us back and we say goodbye and thank him for showing us around the treehouse, it would have been nice to spend a while longer with him.

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Sorry the phots aren't better, but at least they give you an idea.

Back at the Boardwalk we head for the Belle Vue Lounge where margaritas are the order of the day. Martin and Mandy arrive around 6.15pm (they are staying up by Universal) and we chat away before leaving to eat at the Big River Grill and Brewing Works.

There is a 15 minute wait, but that’s no problem as it’s a beautiful evening and we enjoy the sights and sounds of the Boardwalk, which is buzzing as it’s certainly the finest evening we’ve had since we arrived.

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I find the food in Big River to be so-so. I have the burger, which looks very nice, but has a totally bland flavour. The portions are certainly huge as Tam has the meatloaf and there are 3 great slabs of it.

We leave around 9.15pm just in time to see the end of Reflections of Earth above the ESPN Club. India and Georgia leave us at this point to go to Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom as you have to be 21 to get into Jellyrolls.
The rest of us enter and we find a table for the 6 of us 3 rows from the front. The four piano players (they take it in turns to play in pairs) are as skilful as ever and we recognise some of them from the last time we were here.

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I’m not sure if I can find the correct words to put the next bit into a Disney trip report, but I’ll give it a go!
About half way through the evening, two seats become free right at the front of the stage and a couple make their way through to sit down. He reminds me of Gaston as he is roughly the size of a barge. You could lie me down sideways and I’d probably just about fit across his shoulders and he must be at least 6 foot 2 inches tall. He plonks himself down, puts his feet up on the stage and proceeds to eat popcorn and drink beer for the next 3 hours.
His partner is as close to a plastic Barbie doll as I’ve ever seen. She’s teetering around on enormous high heels, has bright platinum hair and is squeezed into a tiny orange dress. When I say ‘squeezed’, I mean ‘squeezed’, her neckline doesn’t so much plunge as plummet.
This is a lady who is clearly on first name terms with her plastic surgeon. I wouldn’t say her bust has been enhanced, more pumped up to full volume. Whatever undergarments she is wearing to restrain these beauties must be creaking at the seams as they manfully struggle to prevent full-blown fallout. Tam thinks they are a fairly recent addition as Miss Barbie thrusts them forward enthusiastically and stares down lovingly at them at every opportunity. Stick with me folks, I promise we’ll return to Miss Barbie shortly.

If you’ve ever been to Jellyrolls you’ll know that they do a fair amount of audience participation stuff, not something I particularly enjoy, but each to their own. Somewhere in the room there is a girl called April who is enjoying her first legal drink on her 21st birthday. The piano players call her up on stage and get her to do the ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ dance, which involves singing along and touching these parts of your body in time to the music.
Now April is not very good at this and, after several attempts, the piano players decide to get someone else up on stage to help her out and ask for a volunteer.

You may have thought me a little cruel to Miss Barbie earlier, but believe me, all the tables around where she has been sat have been staring incredulously, the table in front of us have been cracking up on a regular basis, so when the pianists ask for a volunteer everyone points to Miss Barbie in unison.

To her credit she teeters up on stage, enjoying all the attention she’s getting. The whole audience collectively holds it’s breath, waiting for the knees and toes part to see if there is a chest explosion of magnificent proportions.

‘Head’ …. Gasp!
‘Shoulders’ … here it comes!
‘Knees and toes’ …. Nothing.

We all stare into the abyss that is her never ending cleavage, but the bosom remains ensconced in fabric, although there’s probably a couple of 4 x 2’s and a steel girder or two helping in the restraint as well.
One of the guys at the table in front of us leans over to me and says (with the unrestrained American humour I enjoy so much) – ‘Dang! That’s like fittin’ 20 pounds of potatoes into a 10 pound sack’.

The rest of the evening can hardly live up to that excitement, but we still have a good time. The place is packed, but it’s not really jumping like we’ve seen in the past. Margaritaville and If I Had a Million Dollars are played and Tam says ‘Oh, I miss our friends’, referring to Deb and Matt and I agree with a small tear in the corner of my eye.

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I had rather thought that Susan and Grandma might get a little tired and go back to the room some time after midnight, but not a bit of it, they are still with us when the place shuts down at 1.45am.
We exit into the warm Florida night and stroll along the Boardwalk, although ‘wobble’ might be a better description for what Martin and I are doing as Mr Corona has paid more than one visit to our table tonight.

A taxi is hailed for Martin and Mandy and we say cheerio to them, wishing them well for the rest of their holiday.
We walk back to our rooms and I can tell it’s been a good night when Grandma attempts to open her door with a Tesco Clubcard.
Good night.

Kev

Pugsly
06-17-2009, 01:14 PM
There should have been a Kleenex warning with this one Kev. I am sat here with tears streaming down my face from laughing so much! :lmao::lmao::lmao:

And you said there hadn't been any humor in this trip. :rotfl:

jtlover
06-17-2009, 01:16 PM
Very funny about the figaro fries - they could also pack the cheese in the pot holes:rotfl2:

Boss Hogg
06-17-2009, 01:40 PM
Sounds like Jellyrolls meets Hooters to me Kev. I think probably better we weren't there, as if I'd consumed my usual amount of liquor and she'd got up I may well have said something and got myself in trouble with Gaston!!

Sure you had a fab night even without us though - any Elvis Costello played??:lmao:

UKDEB
06-17-2009, 01:52 PM
Oh, come on! Please tell me you took some photos of Tango Barbie.

mandymouse
06-17-2009, 02:05 PM
Oh, come on! Please tell me you took some photos of Tango Barbie.

I'm gutted that a photo of her hasn't been posted too ;)

It sounds like you had a great evening Kev :thumbsup2

PoppyAnna
06-17-2009, 03:08 PM
Today I've read all your TR, it's really cheered me up on one of those days of the year that I dread and can't wait to see the end of.
This particular installment is an absolute gem;) the icing on the cake is Grandma trying to open her room with a Tesco clubcard! Wish my Mum (59) had been as energentic as yours when we took her:rolleyes:

Looking forward to more:thumbsup2

GOS
06-17-2009, 03:54 PM
We walk back to our rooms and I can tell it’s been a good night when Grandma attempts to open her door with a Tesco Clubcard.
Good night.

Kev

Well blige me!!!:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

Did Grandma get her tesco points for that transaction?:lmao::lmao::lmao:

SusanEllen
06-17-2009, 04:57 PM
In case anyone thinks that Kevin exaggerated for comic purposes when telling the story about the top heavy blonde at Jellyrolls I can testify that he did not. It was a fair and accurate description--unbelievable, but fair and accurate.

jockey
06-17-2009, 05:17 PM
Great day :)

Kevin Stringer
06-17-2009, 05:22 PM
Sorry about the lack of photos of Barbie. I think a smack on the nose from Gaston would have spoilt the evening somewhat!

No Matt, no Elvis Costello. The piano players couldn't find the right incentive for some reason. :thumbsup2

Kev

jamjar84
06-17-2009, 07:03 PM
:rotfl: @ Miss Barbie.

Another great report. Thanks. :)

tony64
06-18-2009, 02:13 AM
:lmao:Barbie meets Hooters.:lmao:
Great report as always Kev.

cap'njack.
06-18-2009, 04:46 AM
Brilliant report Kev

I'm sat at work crying with laughter (Grandma's Clubcard just finished me off) with some very odd looks from people around me :lmao::rotfl2:

natalielongstaff
06-18-2009, 05:28 AM
:lmao: as always kev a truly fantastic trippie, no need for photos of miss barbie...sadly i can picture her clearly in my mind !

Chilly
06-18-2009, 06:26 AM
There are no words :lmao::rotfl::rotfl2:

Lizzybear
06-18-2009, 03:32 PM
Loved your description of the 'Move it shake it celebrate it' parade, I thought along the same lines when I first read about it :laughing: Hopefully we'll make it to Jellyrolls this time, and maybe Barbie and Gaston will make a repeat appearance ;)

SusanEllen
06-18-2009, 04:08 PM
Loved your description of the 'Move it shake it celebrate it' parade, I thought along the same lines when I first read about it :laughing: Hopefully we'll make it to Jellyrolls this time, and maybe Barbie and Gaston will make a repeat appearance ;)

I'd like to offer a different perspective on the Move It Shake It Celebrate It show. I liked it far better than the others in our group. It seems more a street entertainment than a parade (ala Disneyland's [ill-fated!!] Light Magic nighttime street show of a few years back). The four stages were moved down the street and parked around the Hub for the perfomance rather than paraded all through Magic Kingdom. This was done 2 or 3 times each morning. In the afternoon a regular parade was scheduled for a couple of time slots. As I recall it was generally agreed among my companions that Move It Shake It etc was loud and silly and I'm sure the word "tacky" was used more than once. Here's how I see it--it was colorful and engergizing and especially aimed at the youngest park goers in MK which seems to me perfectly appropriate. Although I think it's great when Disney pulls off an entertainment that the whole family can enjoy I think it's to be expected that sometimes something they do appeals more to adults than children and sometimes vice versa. MK parades often seem to have a more juvenile look--and music (anyone remember Rock the House in the Mouse song and the Mickey Madness parade 10 or 15 years ago?!) Nice thing about not being that enthralled with this morning entertainment, we were able to walk on past it and take advantage of the lines at the rides shorter because several thousand people were moving it and shaking it around the Hub.

tony64
06-18-2009, 04:31 PM
Kev what I'd really like to know is, does Barbie knit? you didn't happen to ask???? ;)

suzycute
06-22-2009, 10:06 PM
Thanks for another great report - loved hearing about your Jellyrolls experience!
Shame on you for tricking grandma in to drinking Beverley!! :rotfl2:

Pugsly
06-24-2009, 09:23 AM
Kev - After reading this installment and after picking himself up off the floor :rotfl2:, Evan determined that we also saw Gaston and Barbie - in the MK. You could not help but look as they really stood out in the crowd! Your description matched this couple to a tee!

For the record, she was still wearing her high heels - who does that?! (wears high heels in the MK!)

irongirlof12
06-24-2009, 02:08 PM
totally hilarious :lmao: sometimes the entertainment is not presented by disney but the crowd around you.

Lizzy Lemon
06-25-2009, 02:01 PM
I just love your reports, what a pity we haven't got a pic of Barbie although I too can picture her from your detailed description.

Pegasus928
07-03-2009, 08:06 AM
Excellent. And I think we can all think back to a time when we were equally as enthralled as you by our own Barbies - only you seem to put it into words so much better than the rest of us :thumbsup2
And well done Grandma for staying the pace - puts me to shame thats for sure.

tennisfan
07-03-2009, 09:59 AM
Another great day, Love the Grandma & Clubcard part:rotfl2:

Pinky166
07-05-2009, 05:05 AM
Another fab installment! I just love your description of Barbie....we saw one of those in December waiting in the queue behind us for the boat from MK to Wilderness Lodge. I failed miserably at hiding my amusement when her stiletto heel got stuck between the wooden planks on the boat dock! :rotfl2:

I just love Grandma using her tesco clubcard! :rotfl:

cannp123165
07-05-2009, 06:22 AM
:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

Another great installment! :thumbsup2

PudseyChancer
07-09-2009, 03:08 PM
Sounds like Jellyrolls meets Hooters to me Kev

:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: