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Kevin Stringer
07-01-2009, 01:31 PM
DAY 13 WEDNESDAY 3rd JUNE

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, Sharonís son.

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Tam and I are up at 7.45am, but the girls are less keen to embrace the beautiful morning sunshine. Weíre going to the Magic Kingdom for a few hours and want to be there for opening in order to do the Fantasyland attractions that get packed later.
We leave the girls to sleep on while Tam and I meet up with Susan and Grandma and catch the bus to the Magic Kingdom.

We enter just after 9.00am and meet up with Sharon and Evan who have just arrived from the Polynesian. We go straight to Fantasyland and walk onto Pooh, Snow White, Peter Pan and Mickeyís Philarmagic in quick succession.
Next is Small World, which turns out to a ride too far for Tam who has a go on the carousel instead.
The Haunted Mansion is next and I really enjoy this again even though itís the third time this holiday.

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The ladies are hankering for some ice cream so we walk back to Mrs Potts Cupboard where Tam and I are going to share a Brownie Fudge Sundae, but the CM mishears and we end up with one each. Oh the hardship.
We walk round to Caseyís where we have arranged to meet India and Georgia at 11.00am. On the way we have the misfortune to run into Mickeyís Jumpy Shouty Parade again.

While here we phone to see if we can get an ADR for Le Cellier for our last night on Friday, but they are fully booked for dinner. We decide to eat at Le Bistro de Paris instead and an ADR for 6.00pm is secured.

Sharon and Evan now leave us as they are eating at Le Cellier this afternoon, but not before we all have our photo taken in front of the castle.

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The rest of us go over to Tom Sawyer Island. Iíve not done this for a few years and Susan and Grandma have never done it. Itís pleasant enough strolling around for a while and the caves are darker and longer than I remember. Grandma has fun bouncing around on the rickety floating bridge.

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Back on the mainland we head towards Main Street where we want to watch the glass blowing demonstration again; unfortunately itís not on at the moment. Tam seizes the moment for a spot of shopping and I briefly watch the Main Street Marching Band who are excellent. As India says, this is what Main Street entertainment should be about, not Mickeyís Crappy Leapy Parade. I may have given the impression that Iím not too keen on this particular piece of entertainment, if so I have succeeded in my mission.

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Itís now 2.00pm and weíre leaving to relax and get ready for the evening. Susan and Grandma decide that they would like to get the boat across to the Wilderness Lodge to have lunch, so we leave them and get the bus back to the Boardwalk.
We go to the pool for a while, but it starts raining after just a few minutes. We return to the room and luckily the rain stops after a few minutes.

We shower and change and then go down to the Belle Vue Lounge at 5.00pm to meet Rob (Fuse04 from the DIS), his wife Sandra and 11 year old daughter Hannah. We chat away for a couple of hours and enjoy a few beers, at least Rob and I do, the ladies have various cocktails.

We decide to go into Epcot just before 8.00pm, but before we leave the lounge, Tam asks a lady sat at the bar to take our picture. Unfortunately Tam picks the one person in the place totally incapable of taking a photo as I think she has been enjoying a little too much of the Belle Vue Lounge Disney magic. In fact sheís had so much magic, itís nearly coming out of her ears. She has trouble standing straight let alone holding a camera steady. It waves around all over the place and we must look like a lot of toy nodding dogs as we attempt to keep looking at the lens. She insists on taking 4 or 5 photos, it will be a miracle if any of them turn out ok.

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Attempt 1

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Attempt 2

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Ah, there we go!

In Epcot we find a spot by Italy to watch Reflections of Earth and various members of our party wander back and forth getting foodstuffs from various locations. With 15 minutes to go I leg it round to Japan with India and Hannah as the girls want Kaki Gori and Iím going to get something to eat and a couple of Kirin beers for me and Rob. Being a caring, sharing person I leave the girls in line for their Kaki Goriís while I make my way back as fast as I can without spilling the precious beer, arriving just as Reflections of Earth starts. The girls get back a couple of minutes later.

As the fireworks finish it starts to sprinkle with rain, so we take cover while I finish my food. One of the CMís doing the cleaning up asks if anybody would like a rubbish bag. Not having that much rubbish to dispose of, I decline. However, it turns out that the purpose of said bag is not for the removal of litter, but to keep us dry. Grandma accepts Feliciteís offer and she helps turn the rubbish bag into a makeshift poncho. This is just another example of how a friendly, helpful CM can make everyone feel important and a valued customer.

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Itís only sprinkling with rain so we all walk round World Showcase towards Mousegear. Georgia reckons that Grandma looks like ET when he has the sheet on at Halloween, I can see the resemblance.
Rob is taking loads of photos on his expensive camera. I know itís expensive because itís big and black and has lots of buttons on it. Iím relying on Rob to send us a few to remind us of the evening as theyíll be better than our own photos, the box brownie may well have had itís day.

Around at Mousegear Rob and I stand and talk at the entrance to the shop as the women disappear off in all directions. They appear from time to time, usually to ask for money. Sandra walks up carrying a cuddly Eeyore wearing pyjamas (Eeyore is wearing pyjamas, not Sandra). She looks at Rob with that sad expression women keep especially for when they want something from their men folk. I tell her that Eeyore looks like he wants to go home with her. As soon as the words leave my mouth I know Iíve committed a cardinal sin. When two men stand together in a shop they have to maintain a united front in the face of overwhelming female purchasing odds, otherwise they get picked off like wounded zebra.
Rob sighs and puts his hand in his pocket, looking at me with the disdain I deserve.

30 minutes or so pass. Iím sure the ladies are taking it in turns to return to us, only to disappear again. Itís like trying to round up slippery sheep.
The shop assistants are starting to yawn and look at their watches. One of them puts on the coffee for breakfast.
Eventually all the ladies reassemble with triumphant looks in their eyes and we leave the shop.

We say farewell to Rob, Sandra and Hannah. I donít know about them, but we had a thoroughly entertaining evening.
As we start to walk back to the International Gateway we pass several CMís who all wish us a good evening. Just as we reach Canada a woman CM who looks like a captain from one of the Friendship boats stops us. I canít remember her exact words, but she has a face like thunder and tells us the Gateway is shut and we have to go to the front of the park and get a bus to the Boardwalk. Most un-Disneylike. Having had a couple of beers and therefore being a little on the chopsy side, I tell her that we have always left the park via the International Gateway, even at this time of night. Still looking as miserable as sin she goes off to make a phone call.

In her defence, it is 11.00pm and she tells us that the Gateway shuts at 10.30pm. Well, we have left the park later than that on many an occasion without a problem, so if Disney has changed the policy they need to make that a little better known. Perhaps some signs at the International Gateway warning of closure times might help?
Anyway, she eventually walks us round to the Gateway where a pleasant, smiling security guard lets us out. I guess it would be easy to focus on the poor behaviour of this particular CM, but I prefer to remember the many, many CMís who go out of their way to make our stay just that little bit better.
Bed around midnight.

Kev

buzz for boys
07-01-2009, 02:32 PM
Another fab day !! Love your theory on men and shopping !!
I am probably going to go down in your books as the enemy now but I have to say we loved the jumpy shouty mickey mouse parade !!! We even waited to see it on the second time in MK ;-)

Lizzybear
07-01-2009, 03:10 PM
Great as always! I've never done Tom Sawyer Island either, definitely rectifying that this trip though :)

natalielongstaff
07-01-2009, 03:28 PM
:lmao: those ponchos are brilliant !

SusanEllen
07-01-2009, 03:29 PM
Another fab day !! Love your theory on men and shopping !!
I am probably going to go down in your books as the enemy now but I have to say we loved the jumpy shouty mickey mouse parade !!! We even waited to see it on the second time in MK ;-)

Thank you very much for the support, Louise. Though I was the only one in our group to enjoy it, I thought the morning Mickey thing was an exciting and colorful street entertainment. Your kid-lets are the ages I work with (4-11 years old) and I know that I often see things through the eyes of my students, so this might explain why we (your kids and I) enjoyed the Mickey whatever-it-was-called (I just looked on the events schedule I brought home and then online for parade schedules and guess what, the morning thing that we're discussing isn't listed at all--only the afternoon Celebrate the Magic parade and nighttime's SpectroMagic. That's funny! What was that thing that Kevin's called a half dozen different names called? Anyone know?)

Miffy2003
07-01-2009, 04:46 PM
Another great day!

Jets fan
07-02-2009, 08:22 AM
Another great report. Love the pic of the Marching Band as I seem to have missed them the last couple of years. Used to love the Epcot band as well.

Looking forward to the next installment:thumbsup2

Tina

mandymouse
07-02-2009, 11:42 AM
Another great day Kev :thumbsup2 Love the photos taken by the rather drunken woman :rotfl2::rotfl2:

buzz for boys
07-02-2009, 03:47 PM
Thank you very much for the support, Louise. Though I was the only one in our group to enjoy it, I thought the morning Mickey thing was an exciting and colorful street entertainment. Your kid-lets are the ages I work with (4-11 years old) and I know that I often see things through the eyes of my students, so this might explain why we (your kids and I) enjoyed the Mickey whatever-it-was-called (I just looked on the events schedule I brought home and then online for parade schedules and guess what, the morning thing that we're discussing isn't listed at all--only the afternoon Celebrate the Magic parade and nighttime's SpectroMagic. That's funny! What was that thing that Kevin's called a half dozen different names called? Anyone know?)

Im presuming Its the move it shake it celebrate it parade and when we were in wdw it ran 3 times a day !!
WE even recorded it *** my dd joined in with the shake your tail feather song - priceless !!
And yes susan I am a big kid so probably why we enjoyd it so much !!! It just summed up the wdw atmosphere for us and on the day we were celebrating cams birtjday he got so excited that he could he jump up and down and shout "ME"

SusanEllen
07-02-2009, 04:05 PM
Im presuming Its the move it shake it celebrate it parade and when we were in wdw it ran 3 times a day !!
WE even recorded it *** my dd joined in with the shake your tail feather song - priceless !!
And yes susan I am a big kid so probably why we enjoyd it so much !!! It just summed up the wdw atmosphere for us and on the day we were celebrating cams birtjday he got so excited that he could he jump up and down and shout "ME"

Yes, of course--Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It. Thank you, Louise. The parade's name slipped my mind and then when I looked at both an events flyer from the time we were there and then the current online schedule, it was not listed--and I can't imagine why it isn't. As you said, it runs 3 times each day. All I can think is that it's a bonus entertainment. It's not really a parade as much as it is a show that's moved on and off the hub area. Still, you'd think it would be listed somewhere!?! How great that Cameron got to shout out it was his birthday and I would have loved to have seen your dd shaking her tail feathers. You're right, the best memories often seem to be things you didn't even expect when you were putting your pass through the counter at the gate.

buzz for boys
07-02-2009, 04:11 PM
Youre so right Susan !! :thumbsup2
Thats why I for one love wdw just when you tink you have seen everything something takes you by surprise and you end up dancing in the street like a teenager :banana:
The first time we saw this parade thing we were actually about to leave and a cm told us that it was due to come out in 5 mins if we wanted to see it - it wasnt mentioned on our times guide either :confused3
I for onr hope this is still running when we return next year !:dance3:

irongirlof12
07-03-2009, 03:12 AM
fab day again

tennisfan
07-03-2009, 11:00 AM
Another fab day:thumbsup2

GOS
07-03-2009, 04:40 PM
In her defence, it is 11.00pm and she tells us that the Gateway shuts at 10.30pm. Well, we have left the park later than that on many an occasion without a problem, so if Disney has changed the policy they need to make that a little better known. Perhaps some signs at the International Gateway warning of closure times might help?
Anyway, she eventually walks us round to the Gateway where a pleasant, smiling security guard lets us out. I guess it would be easy to focus on the poor behaviour of this particular CM, but I prefer to remember the many, many CMís who go out of their way to make our stay just that little bit better.
Bed around midnight.

Kev

Wow...thanks for the head up Kev...I thought it was open as an exit all the time as well.

Pegasus928
07-04-2009, 01:45 AM
Thanks for the great report again. You do seem to like your Illuminations thats for sure.
And I can't beieve you let down one of your own during a shopping trip. If we are to win the war in such trying financial times it is up to us to stick together, to fight for the greater good and win even the smallest of battles (like saying NO at the foundation counter in Boots). Only then can we reign victorious and maintain control of the purse strings (damn - even that phrase sounds as though we have already lost)
Anyway next time you are in such a position make a stand and let the rest of us know how it goes. If you are successful we may well try it ourselves (no promises tho)

Kevin Stringer
07-04-2009, 05:18 AM
And I can't beieve you let down one of your own during a shopping trip. If we are to win the war in such trying financial times it is up to us to stick together, to fight for the greater good and win even the smallest of battles (like saying NO at the foundation counter in Boots). Only then can we reign victorious and maintain control of the purse strings (damn - even that phrase sounds as though we have already lost)


Wise words mate. I can only apologise once again for my reprehensible behaviour. We need a name for our movement. How about British Union of Male Shop-haters? Yes, we BUMS need to stick together. :thumbsup2

Kev

Pegasus928
07-04-2009, 05:41 AM
Wise words mate. I can only apologise once again for my reprehensible behaviour. We need a name for our movement. How about British Union of Male Shop-haters? Yes, we BUMS need to stick together. :thumbsup2

Kev

What a great idea. Maybe splinter groups will arise from the dust as its membership, popularity and successes grows mightier each day.
These groups could have names like British Order of the Irate and Languid Shop-haters.
And we can also work on catching them early and training them in our ways. We could call these young 'apprentices' Kids Learning It's Not Good to Overtly Nuture Shoppers.
These BOILS and KLINGONS can attach themselves to us BUMS, and together we can fight this madness.

Kevin Stringer
07-04-2009, 07:44 AM
What a great idea. Maybe splinter groups will arise from the dust as its membership, popularity and successes grows mightier each day.
These groups could have names like British Order of the Irate and Languid Shop-haters.
And we can also work on catching them early and training them in our ways. We could call these young 'apprentices' Kids Learning It's Not Good to Overtly Nuture Shoppers.
These BOILS and KLINGONS can attach themselves to us BUMS, and together we can fight this madness.

LOL. Sounds like we have the makings of a revolution. BUMS unite! Don't be sat on!

Kev

suzycute
07-04-2009, 01:57 PM
Great report as usual - I am definitely a BOIL!! :rotfl:

Pinky166
07-05-2009, 02:57 PM
A fab day - I think you did the right thing Kevin, Eeyore needed a new home. :eeyore:

cannp123165
07-05-2009, 04:30 PM
Another Great Day! :)

cap'njack.
07-08-2009, 03:55 AM
Another great day!

jockey
07-09-2009, 05:54 AM
Great day :)

Chilly
07-10-2009, 05:42 PM
I normally have DF under my thumb apart from when I want money at Disney when he gets all stubborn, very frustrating!

PudseyChancer
07-11-2009, 02:18 AM
Love the MK photos.

wicket2005
07-14-2009, 06:59 AM
Great report and great revolution ideas, however, we all know men like to keep their women happy so you might as well just give in now.;)

UKDEB
07-14-2009, 05:53 PM
I'm struggling to believe Tom Sawyer Island was a first for you, Susan. Tell me we're just talking WDW here, and you've at least experienced it at Disneyland?

SusanEllen
07-14-2009, 07:44 PM
I'm struggling to believe Tom Sawyer Island was a first for you, Susan. Tell me we're just talking WDW here, and you've at least experienced it at Disneyland?

It was indeed the first WDW Tom Sawyer Island ramble for me and hard as it is for you to believe, last summer's barge trip to the other side of the Rivers of America was my first visit to Tom's Island in Disneyland. There's been some re-theming in CA and it's now a combination of the original Tom things like the caves and pontoon bridge with pirate touches and is now called Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. In CA the Island is where Mickey performs during Fantasmic, so I got to stand on his spot and look back across the river. I can honestly say that every Disney trip I find/see/do something I've never done before--and I'm not talking about brand new attractions.