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DaveInTN
12-08-2009, 04:29 PM
Well, we are back from our 11 night stay at the Fort. It was a great trip! :banana: We ran ourselves ragged a bit more than we like, but we saw and did SO much. I’m still getting pictures organized, and I don’t have that many to share anyways, so this might not be the most extensive report ever. But, I’ll give it a whirl.

So, what did we experience in our nearly 2 week trip to Florida?? Here are some of the headlines you can expect to read about in my report:

• Dry Season my Azzz
• OK, Not Everyone Shops on Black Friday
• Snow White is an Elusive Biotch
• She Looked Like She Hit a Wall
• I’m Not Drinking Enough for This to Taste Good
• Rubber and Bricks Don’t Mix

Ok, on to the report.

DaveInTN
12-08-2009, 04:33 PM
The Trip Down and Set Up
sorry....the pics will start with the next post

We left home around 4:30 Monday afternoon the week of Thanksgiving. Wasn’t supposed to leave until Tuesday morning, but we got itchy and were ready, so off we went. Spent the night south of Chattanooga. The next day went incredibly smoothly. Sailed through Atlanta like it wasn’t even there. :thumbsup2 We were making great time, but weren’t scheduled to arrive at the Fort until the next afternoon. So, what to do?? :confused3

At somewhere around Valdosta, I asked my DD13 to dial the phone for me. You know the number….407-WDISNEY. Got a real nice CM. Asked if there was any chance we could get a site a day early. “SURE” she said! WOW! An extra night at the Fort! Bonus! :cool1:

We arrived around 7:00pm after a harrowing drive through a rainy Gainesville where cars were playing pinball with each other. :scared1: Check in was backed up a bit. Only two lanes were open, and then they closed one so we had to merge over. What a pain. But finally we got up to the booth. I had checked in online, and unbelievably they had my papers and KTTW cards ready even though I had moved up our check in. So, the check in process once we actually reached the front of the line went quite quickly. :yay:

The only issue I had was that the KTTW cards they gave me were not set up for charging privileges, which I didn’t realize until I stopped at TE to buy a mug. Not a big deal, I stopped by the Pioneer Hall concierge window and they replaced them. But it is something to be on the lookout for if you use online checkin.

Ok, anyways, we were put in the 700 loop, which was a first for us. I had faxed the Fort a couple days before leaving requesting our usual 500, or 700 as a second choice. I would guess that our early arrival had something to do with not getting our first choice. But honestly, when I consider not only the early arrival, but the fact that our 11 night stay was made up of two separate back-to-back reservations, the fact they were able to honor any request at all AND keep us in the same site the entire stay made me very happy.

So, we got site 729. It was a very nice site, backing up to the old railroad bed. Quite private, but yet only three sites away from the exit of the loop near the Settlement. So convenient to walk to Pioneer Hall, the marina and the store. We also got to enjoy the amazing decorations at the final two sites in the loop, including Whips pirate ship. :worship:

Wednesday the 25th was my set up day…and it poured a good part of the day. Honestly, this is the third year in a row we’ve come to the Fort around Thanksgiving and the first time we’ve encountered significant rain. It poured! I thought this was Florida’s dry season, but I guess the weather patterns are a bit off what with El Nino, La Nina, global warming or whatever the heck is going on. :rolleyes1 But, I did get my decorations up. Blow ups, a Mickey head wreath I made for the front of the motorhome, and other lights. Wanna see a pic? Me too….only I forgot to take one! Oops. I promise some pics later in the report. We took some once we got to the parks.

Next Up…. Not Everyone Shops on Black Friday!

Minnie&Mickey
12-08-2009, 06:47 PM
Oh good! A trip report! Keep it coming...I need my Fort Fix really bad right now.

KPSmithSr
12-08-2009, 06:49 PM
Great report, waiting for those pics you promised !!!! :banana:

Tnbob
12-08-2009, 07:07 PM
popcorn::

DaveInTN
12-08-2009, 07:19 PM
On Thanksgiving Day, we drove down to DW’s brother’s house in Palm City, about 2 hours south, to spend the day with the entire DW family. It was a nice day, but I was itching to get the Disney thing underway, so after dinner we happily headed back up the turnpike to the Fort.

Friday morning my parents came for a quick visit. It was a beautiful day, and our first stop was the pony rides at the Settlement. My 3 year old LOVES the ponies. She usually rides Snow, but union rules prevented Snow from working that day, so we were left with Nemo. Well, Nemo is no Snow but he did a fine job.

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After lunch at our campsite, my parents headed out leaving us with some free time. What to do?? We had decided before the trip to buy AP’s this year…a huge splurge for us and a one time thing. I bought the vouchers at AAA, and we planned on activating them on Saturday. To get the most out of our AP's, when we activated them was very important, as we hope to get several trips out of them, including next Thanksgiving. So, by activating them on 11/27, they are good through 11/27/10...the Saturday after Thanksgiving 2010. Our original plan was to activate on Saturday 11/28, which would make them good through the Sunday after Thanksgiving 2010. Got it? :idea: Ok. But here it was, Friday afternoon, and we had nothing to do. So….we hopped the boat to the MK! I mean, it’s the day after Thanksgiving. Everyone is out shopping, right??

YIKES!

I’ve never seen the MK so busy. I'm not too stupid, so I did expect crowds...but holy crap! Not only were the lines unbelieveable, but it was the kind of crowd you couldn’t even walk through. Wow, have we made a mistake? Uh, yeah. BUT, we made the best of it and did enjoy a couple rides and a great show in front of the castle.

My little one on the carousel:
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DD9 enjoying the ride:
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My girls think the horse looks pretty funny here:
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Disney always puts on a good show, and this day was no exception.

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Awwww:
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The castle is always beautiful, but never so much as at Christmas time.

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After we had had enough of the crowds, we decided to leave and go get some dinner. Our plan was to hit Roaring Forks at the WL, one of our faves, but in the end we decided to hop on the launch to the Grand Floridian and check out the lobby and grab a bite.

The gingerbread house is so cool!

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We then grabbed some dinner from the counter service location at the GF, and discovered an awesome place for ice cream! The self serve ice cream is very good....nice soft serve with various toppings, including REAL hot fudge!

Well, that was our Friday. Next up...Hollywood Studios, and Snow White is an Elusive Biotch....

stacktester
12-08-2009, 07:43 PM
Dave you walked passed us one day when I was talking to Mobile Mickey or Mickey Mobile. I was going to say hey but we didn't see you again.

OK GRUMPY
12-08-2009, 07:50 PM
Your doing GOOD!!:thumbsup2

krier32
12-08-2009, 07:54 PM
popcorn::

Anxious to hear the rest of your trip report.

DaveInTN
12-08-2009, 08:01 PM
Oh good! A trip report! Keep it coming...I need my Fort Fix really bad right now.

Great report, waiting for those pics you promised !!!! :banana:

popcorn::

Great so far! I'm in!
popcorn::

Your doing GOOD!!:thumbsup2

Thanks for checking in everyone! I'll try to keep it coming.

DaveInTN
12-08-2009, 08:03 PM
Dave you walked passed us one day when I was talking to Mobile Mickey or Mickey Mobile. I was going to say hey but we didn't see you again.
You mean I had a brush with the mayor and didn't even realize it?? What a missed opportunity...I would have loved to have met you. I saw Mickey Mobile's name on a GC a couple sites over but didn't see them, and then they checked out. I hate missing the opportunity to meet folks.

BradyBz12
12-08-2009, 08:07 PM
Good stuff... keep it coming! popcorn::

campingpug
12-08-2009, 08:46 PM
Great TR. More More Morepopcorn::

DaveInTN
12-08-2009, 09:00 PM
Saturday was an early day for us. Hollywood Studios had Extra Magic Hours, opening at 8:00. We had NEVER hit a park at rope drop before, so decided to get a jump on the crowds and be there at 8. We didn’t chance it with the buses, deciding to drive instead. We arrived in the parking lot around 7:45, got through the gates and onto the main street area about 5 minutes prior to rope drop. Perfect! :yay:

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So we had a plan. At rope drop, my wife was going to take my 3 year old to Toy Story Mania for Fastpasses for all 6 of us, while me and the three older DD’s went to ride Rock n Roller Coaster. We had never ridden Rock N Roller Coaster…so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. WOW! :eek: That is some ride. After picking my stomach up off the floor, I needed some quiet time, so I traded places with DW and took my DD3 to meet some characters.

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It was then almost time for our Toy Story Mania fastpasses. We had heard a little bit about this ride, and there is incredible interest in it, so DW did a great job scoring those fastpasses. When we arrived there was an 80 minute stand by wait! We only waited about 10 minutes to get on. :thumbsup2

If you’re not familiar with the ride, I will describe it as similar to Buzz Lightyear at MK, only 10 times better! This ride was a BLAST! You wear 3D glasses, and shoot virtual paintballs at targets. :3dglasses I thought I had a good score, but DD12 blew me away! Oh well. We tried to get more fastpasses for later in the day but they were all gone by 11:00.

By this point, we were hungry. I hadn’t planned an ADR for lunch, so we walked up to 50’s PT Café to see what the wait would be. 5 minutes! We timed that well.

I like the theme and feel of this restaurant. So homey! Like waiting in an old living room.

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We started our meal with the best appetizer I could think of….a Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake! If you have never had one there, try it. It’s heaven in a tin cup!

Our waitress was awesome! It happened to be her last day. She was moving back to Syracuse to get married…and being that we are originally from Buffalo we had lots in common. She really made the meal special….she was so funny and attentive.

One of things I like about this restaurant are the TV's showing old 50's shows. Check it out above me in this pic:

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BTW, I had the fish sandwich for lunch. I HIGHLY recommend it! :woohoo:

After lunch we saw the Lights, Motors, Action stunt show. Again, this was our first time for that. We really enjoyed it, especially the car designed to drive backwards.

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Ok, after the debacle of our first park day at MK, this was much more enjoyable. We really felt that our Disney trip was on a roll at this point!

Next up....Animal Kingdom! And still to come: Snow White is an Elusive Biotch!

The Thomas Fam
12-08-2009, 09:11 PM
Dave:

I'm so glad I caught the beginning of your trip report. I'm hoping to rent tina's "camp at the fort" for June 2011 for our next trip. I use to go camping when I was a kid and loved it so!! :love:

Keep the report updates and pics coming.

Kim

DaveInTN
12-08-2009, 09:28 PM
popcorn::

Anxious to hear the rest of your trip report.

Thanks! I hope it's remotely interesting!

Good stuff... keep it coming! popcorn::

Thank you for checking in!

Great TR. More More Morepopcorn::

You got it!

Dave:

I'm so glad I caught the beginning of your trip report. I'm hoping to rent tina's "camp at the fort" for June 2011 for our next trip. I use to go camping when I was a kid and loved it so!! :love:

Keep the report updates and pics coming.

Kim

You will LOVE the Fort! As most of us on the camping board would agree, it is the best place to camp, and the best place at WDW to stay and enjoy the magic!

Tnbob
12-08-2009, 10:07 PM
Keep it comming, since I was living vicariously through you last week I want to see what else we did.popcorn::

stacktester
12-09-2009, 01:04 AM
You mean I had a brush with the mayor and didn't even realize it?? What a missed opportunity...I would have loved to have met you. I saw Mickey Mobile's name on a GC a couple sites over but didn't see them, and then they checked out. I hate missing the opportunity to meet folks.

Sorry, we were sitting there when you and one of your dd's walked by. I was in a tan golf cart with a Musket Mickey on the windshield. I'm sure we'll be there again at the same time.

BTW, you're trip report is great. Keep it coming.

Tri-circle-D
12-09-2009, 06:40 AM
Hey there Dave!

This trip report is not lame at all!

You are doing great.

I love the headlines.

And the photos are great!

Sorry about Snow White. I have always found her to be very sweet.

Must have been you.

TCD

DaveInTN
12-09-2009, 07:25 AM
Hitting Hollywood Studios at rope drop worked out so well, in that we hit several rides before any lines or crowds built up, that we decided to do the same thing on Sunday with Animal Kingdom.

First, a little background on our past experience with Animal Kingdom. We visited this park just once before, about 3 years ago for only a few hours. We were very disappointed and happy that we were able to “hop” over to another park. I’m not sure why, but we really didn’t do much other than ride the River Rapids, go on the train and walk around a bit. That was in March 2007.

I was intrigued about visiting again though, especially due to some comments BDR made about the park after his recent visit. Rog and others indicated how beautiful the park is and how they had gained an appreciation for it. So I was determined to get there early and give it our all. Worst thing that could happen would be we would hop again.

We arrived just a few minutes before the 9am rope drop. They do a really cool rope drop here, with Mickey and the usual characters, including Minnie up in the Tree of Life. TCD posted pics of this a while back…..I don’t have any to share as we had the camera packed away in preparation for our sprint to Expedition Everest! Remember, if you want lots of great descriptive photos, read a TCD trip report. You ain’t gettin them here!

So after rope drop, DW, DD9 and DD3 wandered over to the safari ride to check things out, while DD13, DD12 and me bolted for that big white mountain. Along with everyone else. Even with the mad rush of humanity, we arrived there with just a 5 minute wait. And we really enjoyed this ride! I’m the geeky type that likes to read all the displays in the queue and get immersed into the experience, and I think Disney did a nice job setting this one up. The whole “lost expedition” thing where the rescuers discovered their camera with ominous photos of the Yeti reminded me of Blair Witch…very spooky. This was fun. :thumbsup2

We were able to get 6 fastpasses afterward for later in the day. We ran over to meet up with the rest of the family, and all of us rode the safari ride together. That was great! Only, after the ride we were talking about our guide. I said “yeah, she was great!”. Then DW and the daughters said “that was a man”. Huh?? :confused3 I swear I was convinced this was a woman in her 50’s. They swear it was a guy in his 20’s. Poor guy. But he/she did a nice job!

Next up, the River Rapids ride. This is one of the only pics I have of the park. I was so pathetic on this trip about taking pictures. Thank goodness DW took some. Here I am with DD3…who LOVED it!

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After lunch, we used those EE fastpasses, while DW and DD3 played at the Dinosaur dig site:

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We then left AK. My verdict? I am now firmly in the "Pro-AK" camp! It truly is a beautiful park, and we enjoyed the rides and attractions.

We then headed back to the Fort to check out the pool. I had last been at the Fort in late March when the pool was under construction, and watched the progress each day on the slide. So I’d been excited to try it out. And I love it! I think they did a very nice job. The slide is nice and fast, and the kid splash area is great too.

In the evening, we went back to Hollywood Studios. I wanted to see Fantasmic and then check out the Osborne Lights.

Ok, I hope I don’t offend anyone here. I understand everyone has different perspectives on things. Even within my family we disagree on the following. But personally, I think Fantasmic was HORRIBLE. My older daughters liked it, but DW, DD3 and I absolutely hated it. It was pretty scary for my little one. Both DW and I think that the production of it was cheap by Disney standards. I was really looking forward to it, and left feeling almost angry. The show is so “dark”, it scared the heck out of DD3, and it just seemed weird. I mean, they spent a whole segment on John Smith?? I understand the connection to Disney with Pocahontas…but of all the great stories Disney has told and the villains they have created over the years, this segment seemed really misplaced to me. Oh well, enough on that. Time to check out the Osborne Lights.

This was our first time seeing the lights. WOW! So beautiful, and it was nice hearing Christmas tunes and watching it “snow”. Very festive. :santa: And a good way to end our day.

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Next up….Back to the Magic Kingdom, including that story about Snow White…

FansoftheMouse
12-09-2009, 07:31 AM
I'm digging this report. Can't wait to hear what's next.

dblr
12-09-2009, 07:44 AM
More More Great trip report feels like we are there.

blm2003
12-09-2009, 08:14 AM
Great TR so far! Can't wait to hear about your Snow White adventure! popcorn::popcorn::

CampingBandit
12-09-2009, 08:19 AM
Dave this is a GREAT trip report. Now I know why we never crossed paths.

TSM is fabulous isn't it? I can't believe I missed it on our trip last year.

We LOVE AK. It's probably at the top of our list of DW parks - there is alot to do there. And you can have beer.;)

Keep it comin!popcorn::

BTW, what's up with that pic - you two don't even look wet at all....

Judy in Texas
12-09-2009, 09:19 AM
Did you see Festival of the Lion King at AK? It's definitely my favorite live Disney show. It's on my top 5 WDW list.

BradyBz12
12-09-2009, 10:05 AM
Totally agree about the Everest queue. I actually spent much of our recent trip just taking tons of pics of the little details (signs, props, etc..) I think the theming here is among the best in all of WDW and I actually don't mind waiting in line here. Plus I just LOVE the ride!! :banana:

Also gotta agree with you about Fantasmic. DH and I saw it in 2000 and just weren't impressed. I love shows and parades (Spectro is my most fave ever) and could watch fireworks every night - sometimes we run around just to watch them at 2 parks in one night - and this show just did nothing for me. We actually haven't had any desire to see it again in the past 9 years - and especially not now with the crazy crowds and needing to line up so far ahead of time just for a chance at a seat.

Great TR - pics or not. :thumbsup2

DaveInTN
12-09-2009, 10:29 AM
Keep it comming, since I was living vicariously through you last week I want to see what else we did.popcorn::

Well Bob, hate to break it to you, but you gained 6 pounds last week.

Sorry, we were sitting there when you and one of your dd's walked by. I was in a tan golf cart with a Musket Mickey on the windshield. I'm sure we'll be there again at the same time.

BTW, you're trip report is great. Keep it coming.

Considering I was with my DD, I'm glad you didn't say hello...I try to shield her from politicians. :laughing:

Hey there Dave!

This trip report is not lame at all!

You are doing great.

I love the headlines.

And the photos are great!

Sorry about Snow White. I have always found her to be very sweet.

Must have been you.

TCD

This means a lot coming from the King of TR's. And yes, I'm sure it was my fault that Snow White was an Elusive Biotch.

I'm digging this report. Can't wait to hear what's next.

Thanks!

More More Great trip report feels like we are there.

Thank you...hope to post more later today.

Great TR so far! Can't wait to hear about your Snow White adventure! popcorn::popcorn::

Well, my Snow White story may be somewhat anticlimactic...it was just one of those not-so-magicial Disney things...

Dave this is a GREAT trip report. Now I know why we never crossed paths.

TSM is fabulous isn't it? I can't believe I missed it on our trip last year.

We LOVE AK. It's probably at the top of our list of DW parks - there is alot to do there. And you can have beer.;)

Keep it comin!popcorn::

BTW, what's up with that pic - you two don't even look wet at all....

We got wet...about 5 seconds after that pic was snapped! We were so wet we had to take DD's clothes into the restroom to use blow dryers on them!

DW and I passed your site in the 500 loop a couple times on our morning walks...you were either gone or sleeping. Since I banged on your door for 10 minutes straight yelling obscenities, and you didn't come out, I can only assume you were at the parks already. :rotfl:

Did you see Festival of the Lion King at AK? It's definitely my favorite live Disney show. It's on my top 5 WDW list.

No! We missed that show...gotta put that on the list for March!

Totally agree about the Everest queue. I actually spent much of our recent trip just taking tons of pics of the little details (signs, props, etc..) I think the theming here is among the best in all of WDW and I actually don't mind waiting in line here. Plus I just LOVE the ride!! :banana:

Also gotta agree with you about Fantasmic. DH and I saw it in 2000 and just weren't impressed. I love shows and parades (Spectro is my most fave ever) and could watch fireworks every night - sometimes we run around just to watch them at 2 parks in one night - and this show just did nothing for me. We actually haven't had any desire to see it again in the past 9 years - and especially not now with the crazy crowds and needing to line up so far ahead of time just for a chance at a seat.

Great TR - pics or not. :thumbsup2

Thanks! Glad to hear we are not the only anti-Fantasmites around!

Tnbob
12-09-2009, 10:36 AM
You mean I've lost my girlish figure?????:scared1:

DaveInTN
12-09-2009, 11:03 AM
You mean I've lost my girlish figure?????:scared1:
Sorry to break it to you Bob, but yes.

DaveInTN
12-09-2009, 11:11 AM
Ok, time to get this story behind us, as I don’t want to create high expectations for a story that isn’t really funny….it was just beyond belief to us.

On this trip, 2 of my 4 DD’s were really into the character interactions. DD3 is completely into the princesses, to the point that we actually broke down and bought her a Sleeping Beauty dress at the Toon Town Gift Shop! Cha-ching….funny how we do things for our "baby" that we never did for our older 3 DD’s. Oh well.

DD9 was into the character interaction by way of an Autograph Book. She used her own money to buy a book when we arrived our first day….notice how I dropped $54 on DD3’s dress but made DD9 buy her own $6 autograph book? Life just isn’t fair, is it? :rotfl:

So we were pretty focused on seeing and meeting characters. We did some character meals, including Chef Mickey’s and 1900 Park Fare. We went to the Princess greets in Toon Town, and stopped in the lines throughout the parks when characters were there. We met and got autographs from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Ariel, Tinkerbelle and other Fairies, and a host of non-princess characters. But we were determined to meet Snow White….the fairest of them all.

On our first park day….last Friday, as we were making our way out of the Magic Kingdom, what should we stumble across underneath the Main Street train station? It’s Snow White! And the line to see her is not TOO long. So we move to get in it. And a CM comes up to us and announces “I’m sorry, but Snow White is done for the day”. :sad2:

Ok, that’s understandable. She does have to go home and cook for those 7 dudes at some point. So we moved on.

So Monday came, and we were back at the MK. We did our thing…met some characters, but still no Snow White. And as we were leaving the park in the early afternoon, who should be in her spot again near the train station??? Jackpot! We’ve got her now. So we moved toward the line and…what’s this? Another jackazz Cast Member?? And he came up to us and, pointing to the last family in line, said “this is the Johnson family. They will be the last family to meet Snow White today.”. What?? That seemed like a pretty condescending way to tell us Snow White was leaving. And at 2:00 in the afternoon no less. Must be nice. :confused3 Oh well. We left and went on with our day.

Forward to Wednesday. We were at EPCOT, strolling around the World Showcase. We were tired, and starting to think about leaving, when who should be holding court near the American pavilion but Her Heinous herself….Snow White! Finally! So we dashed toward the back of the line and….uh oh. A Cast Member is approaching! “I’m sorry, but Snow White is going on break. She’ll be back at 3:30.” You have GOT to be freaking kidding me!!! I said to the CM “wow, this has happened 3 times to us now”. She wasn’t moved. “I’m sorry”. Yeah , sure you are. :headache:

Ok, so as unbelievable as this all was, we did get one more opportunity to meet the elusive biotch. Our last park day, Friday 12/4, was a very rainy day. We spent a short time at the MK. And as we were leaving the park to head out, like a gift from above….holding court in her spot near the train station…..was SNOW WHITE!!! Yea, dreams DO come true. We went to get in line…and…..

Well, you know what happened. They don’t call her the Elusive Biotch for nothing. Just how many breaks does this chick get, anyway??

So we left. Empty handed. For now. I will make it my personal mission on our next trip to stalk that girl and get my picture with her. And I will post that picture here on these boards for all to see. It could be the makings of an all-new Disney movie....Dave and the Elusive Biotch!

So for now…this is all I have to show:

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Yeah, keep waving girlfriend. Keep waving....

Next up...our magical Magic Kingdom Monday!

DaveInTN
12-09-2009, 04:25 PM
Maybe next time you should play "hard to get"... :lmao:
Maybe you're on to something. I'm too pushy. Come to think of it, I could be the 8th dwarf....Pushy!

Born 2 Fish
12-09-2009, 05:44 PM
:thumbsup2

So we left. Empty handed. For now. I will make it my personal mission on our next trip to stalk that girl and get my picture with her. And I will post that picture here on these boards for all to see. It could be the makings of an all-new Disney movie....Dave and the Elusive Biotch!

So for now…this is all I have to show:

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Yeah, keep waving girlfriend. Keep waving....


:lmao::rotfl2:Dave, I am so sorry about that EB,,:lmao: but I'm splitt'n a gut at your expense !!:laughing:
Just think how much ammo you'll come up with between now and the time you actually catch up with Ms.White , :lmao:

Love your report and pics,,beautiful family,

liv luvs disney
12-09-2009, 05:49 PM
I've been away for a few days so it's wonderful to come back and see this!!

I'm elated to finally put a face with a name and to be reading this wonderful, not lame at all, trip report! Your family is beautiful and it sounds like ya'll had a wonderful time..despite Snow White.:)

DaveInTN
12-09-2009, 07:26 PM
:thumbsup2

:lmao::rotfl2:Dave, I am so sorry about that EB,,:lmao: but I'm splitt'n a gut at your expense !!:laughing:
Just think how much ammo you'll come up with between now and the time you actually catch up with Ms.White , :lmao:

Love your report and pics,,beautiful family,

Thanks Frank. Maybe you could reel her in for me. :rotfl:

I've been away for a few days so it's wonderful to come back and see this!!

I'm elated to finally put a face with a name and to be reading this wonderful, not lame at all, trip report! Your family is beautiful and it sounds like ya'll had a wonderful time..despite Snow White.:)
Hey Liv! Good to hear from you, and thanks for reading.

DaveInTN
12-09-2009, 07:44 PM
Ok, on this trip there were two days in particular that I had planned months in advance, and I was most excited about. The first was Monday, our big MK day…where I had planned a morning at the park, a late lunch at Tony’s (mixed reviews not withstanding), a break back at the Fort in the afternoon, and then culminating with an evening at the park including the Wishes Dessert Buffet!!! So, let’s get to it.

The first thing we noticed upon arriving at the park on Monday morning was how un-crowded it was compared to the day after Thanksgiving. It was awesome! :thumbsup2 We were getting on rides like BTM, Splash Mountain, and Pirates with 5 minutes waits. Even Dumbo only had a 10-15 minute wait. Space Mountain, being recently reopened and all, required fastpasses…no big deal there.

We did the usual Small World, Peter Pan and Pooh rides in Fantasyland. Did not ride Snow White’s Scary Adventures. I am, of course, boycotting her.

We saw lots of characters.

Sleeping Grandmother (my kids call her the Fairy Godmother....I like my name better)
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Sleeping Beauty
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Cindy
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Belle
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Hmmm, any princesses missing? Nope, we got to see all the good ones.

We rode the train around the MK, ending back at Main Street for our Tony’s Town Square ADR. Our plan was to eat a big lunch, so we could skip dinner and stuff ourselves with desserts at the Wishes party that night.

I know Tony’s gets mixed reviews on the dining boards, so I was a bit nervous about this meal. But, we really enjoyed it! DW comes from an Italian family in NY, so she knows good Italian food. This wasn’t the best…but it was pretty darn tasty! We enjoyed ourselves. And I highly recommend the Tomato and Mozzarella Salad. Yummo!

Notice my little one...all those princesses tired her out. This is why we take afternoon breaks...
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After lunch, there were a couple character interaction opportunities in the town square along Main Street. We met Daisy! She’s a sweetie.

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We then had one of our Snow White close encounters as I previously posted about, and headed to the boats to go back to the Fort and rest up for our big night.

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Around dinner time, we headed back to the MK. We had Space Mountain fastpasses to use, before having to check in for the Wishes Dessert Buffet at 6:45. Check in was smooth, and everyone is given a wristband for access to the party, which is held at the Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station. We could see the CM’s setting up the buffet inside….and it looked great! We were getting excited! Remember, we skipped dinner so we could pig out here. And we were up to the challenge! :woohoo:

Next up…The Wishes Dessert Buffet….and She Looked Like She Hit A Wall!

campingpug
12-09-2009, 08:00 PM
Loving your trip report, not lame at all. Snow White and all.:rotfl2:

FansoftheMouse
12-09-2009, 08:00 PM
Your Snow White story was well worth the wait. Stinkin' hilarious.

I'm fairly new here and am learning the ins and outs of the board. I think its great that y'all get on here and post your trips. Thanks so much for sharing.

DaveInTN
12-09-2009, 08:10 PM
Ok, at just before 7:00 we were let into the Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station to find our tables. They assign tables, and we had a great one right near the railing. We enjoyed this party a lot! The desserts were very good, and there was a nice selection. They had a variety of beverages to choose from, including milk! (a must with dessert for me!) And we had great seats for Wishes. What more could you ask for? :yay:

The party started at 7pm, which allowed us to get some dessert and take our seats to watch Spectromagic. You see the parade from a distance, but it was close enough to see the floats and make out individual characters. It was SOOO worth it to me when DD3 jumped out of her chair yelling “Goofy! Goofy! I see Goofy!”. The look on her face was priceless. There is nothing like viewing the Magic Kingdom through the eyes of a child.

After Spectromagic, we had a little time to chill before Wishes, so I worked my way back through the buffet 2 or 7 times…I had to try it all! Most everything was delicious. Finally, when I couldn’t stuff anything else in, I made a couple cups of tea for DW and me and settled in for the fireworks. DW snapped some castle shots.

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We were very excited about the prospect of seeing Tinkerbell come down, as the wire comes right to the roof of the Noodle Station building. We would have gotten an up-close and personal view. Wishes started….but no Tink! Oh well, the show was awesome as usual. We watched the fireworks, and when they ended there was the usual mad rush of people to leave. We decided to stay put for a few minutes and help clear our table. A very nice CM, an older gentleman, came by to collect our plates. He told us to stop helping him as he needed the job! And then, we mentioned how it was too bad Tink didn’t fly that night.

He proceeded to tell us some things we didn’t know. Now, the biggest revelation to me, and I realize I’m probably the only dope in the world that didn’t know this, is that Tink is a real person! I always thought it was just some Disney lighted animatronic thingy. I had NO idea a real person came down on that wire. Holy crap!

He then told us some other tidbits….which I realize must be filed right there in my box of things I’ve heard from bus drivers and the lady behind the counter at Trails End. But they are interesting nonetheless. First, there are 3 girls that take turns being Tink. They have to weigh 125 pounds. No more. They get weighed each time they arrive to perform, and if any less than 125 pounds the ballast has to be adjusted. There are no brakes, but there are guys that “catch” her at the end, and there is a foam wall to crash into if need be.

They get paid $700 each time they perform. They sign a waiver and cannot get insurance. Not sure how much of that I believe!

And he was a funny old guy. He said “they have to be skinny, but if don’t matter what they look like. I saw one coming down the stairs once…she looked like she had hit the wall! Good thing she performs 185 feet in the air. Can’t see the face up there.”. This guy was a hoot!

Ok, so after that enlightening conversation, we headed out to hit some more rides before our evening came to an end. The Dumbo line wasn’t too big, so DW and DD3 went there while the rest of us hit Space Mountain.

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We then all rode the Peoplemover, or TTA or whatever they call it now. That was actually more interesting than I ever realized. I insisted we all hit the Carousel of Progress, and that too was more interesting than any of my family expected. And it was a blast from the past for me. We closed out the night with Buzz Lightyear. This has been one of my faves in the past, but I think it now pales in comparison to Toy Story Mania.

So, that was it for our Magical Magic Kingdom Monday. We needed to get back to the Fort and get to bed to rest up for our Tuesday morning ADR at Chef Mickey’s……

DaveInTN
12-09-2009, 08:13 PM
Loving your trip report, not lame at all. Snow White and all.:rotfl2:

Thanks campingpug! And enjoy your trip in 10 days!!

Your Snow White story was well worth the wait. Stinkin' hilarious.

I'm fairly new here and am learning the ins and outs of the board. I think its great that y'all get on here and post your trips. Thanks so much for sharing.

Thank you. I love reading other folks' trip reports, so figured I'd try to pull one together. It's pretty fun to write, as you get to relive your trip in your own mind. Glad you are enjoying it!

kaguilbeau
12-09-2009, 08:21 PM
Really enjoying reading this!

So, do you think Tink didn't fly because she weighed in at over 125 lbs?

DaveInTN
12-09-2009, 09:47 PM
Really enjoying reading this!

So, do you think Tink didn't fly because she weighed in at over 125 lbs?
Could be! :lmao: It was a very nice evening weather wise. If there is high wind or lightening within 25 miles she won't fly, but we had neither of those. Maybe she stopped for pizza on the way into work. :rotfl:

LWQuestie
12-09-2009, 09:50 PM
Dave, if you want to see Snow White on your next trip, you've got to head to Epcot. I must have seen her 600 times to the left of the Hummel shop in Germany last week.

That girl gets around!

all4themouse
12-09-2009, 09:52 PM
The Snow White in EPCOT is the only one we have ever seen or been able to get a pic with....

DaveInTN
12-09-2009, 09:54 PM
Dave, if you want to see Snow White on your next trip, you've got to head to Epcot. I must have seen her 600 times to the left of the Hummel shop in Germany last week.

That girl gets around!
That's where our third encounter with her was. I'll have to remember that though. Next trip, I am all over that Hummel shop! Thanks for the tip!

Tnbob
12-09-2009, 10:09 PM
Keep it commin Dave!popcorn::

liv luvs disney
12-10-2009, 06:38 AM
What a wonderful way to wake up! I was hoping for a continuation and I got one...thanks! I am lovin' this TR.

FansoftheMouse
12-10-2009, 07:19 AM
Wanted to ask what the dessert party is. How does one go about getting into it?

This is a great report! You've got a beautiful family!

Tri-circle-D
12-10-2009, 08:05 AM
Wow, Dave, now I understand why you feel the way you do about that EB! I love how she is mocking you in that photo. I am definitely on Team DaveInTN on this one.


He proceeded to tell us some things we didn’t know. Now, the biggest revelation to me, and I realize I’m probably the only dope in the world that didn’t know this, is that Tink is a real person! I always thought it was just some Disney lighted animatronic thingy. I had NO idea a real person came down on that wire. Holy crap!



Not to hijack your thread or anything, but I have to say that I am surprised that you have not seen the many previous threads about the controversial Tinkerbell. This one is, by far, my favorite:

Tinkerbill? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=976280&highlight=tink)

There are some wild rumors about that little fairy!

TCD

CampingBandit
12-10-2009, 08:13 AM
We met Snow White at Hollywood Studios - this was in 2005. (Ignore my pose, please...)
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Not trying to rub it in your face or anything.... but since that was YOU that knocked so loud and woke me up? And then I saw you running from my camper.....:lmao:

We became "experts" that year on Character greets because our kids refused to ride anything more exciting than Peter Pan, 'cept Buzz of course that was acceptable too. Anyway we spent countless hours in lines to meet them all.

One tip for future autograph hunters - when you enter the parks you can get a map and the little 8.5 x 3 sheet called the "Times Guide & New Info" - they pass them out at the entrances or near the entrances - and the sheets have the weekly info printed for each park. On the back they give the Characters names, locations and times they can be met. They do this for each park and they change frequently.

Sometimes you luck out though - that year we met Pocahontas on the fly - she was on her way for a personal greet near the Castle and the CM let us get her autograph. Actually said - "hurry, before anyone else sees her"....

DaveInTN
12-10-2009, 07:22 PM
Wanted to ask what the dessert party is. How does one go about getting into it?

This is a great report! You've got a beautiful family!
I called the 407-WDWDINE phone number once they announced dates and booked it that way. Not sure if you can book it online through the dining system. Unless they have extended it again, it is due to end around January 2nd IIRC. As popular as it's been, I wouldn't be surprised to see them extend again.

And thanks on the compliments!

DaveInTN
12-10-2009, 07:25 PM
Not trying to rub it in your face or anything.... but since that was YOU that knocked so loud and woke me up? And then I saw you running from my camper.....:lmao:

:rotfl2:

One tip for future autograph hunters - when you enter the parks you can get a map and the little 8.5 x 3 sheet called the "Times Guide & New Info" - they pass them out at the entrances or near the entrances - and the sheets have the weekly info printed for each park. On the back they give the Characters names, locations and times they can be met. They do this for each park and they change frequently.

Thanks for the tip!

BradyBz12
12-10-2009, 07:34 PM
This trip report just keeps getting better (and funnier!) Glad to hear about the Dessert Buffet. We were sorely tempted to give it a whirl last month, but the price mad me leery of ending up with paying a fortune for Hostess cupcakes and ho-hos. :rolleyes:

If they still have it next time we're there, you've got me convinced to give it a whirl. :thumbsup2

DaveInTN
12-10-2009, 07:50 PM
We had a strange Monday night, due to the excessive amounts of sugar we all ingested at the Wishes Dessert Party. Had a tough time going to sleep, and then crashed and slept like the dead. And not surprisingly, after our bodies burned through that sugar and worked hard all night storing it away as nice new fat deposits, we awoke HUNGRY! Good thing I had planned for this! :woohoo:

We had 9:30 ADR’s at Chef Mickey’s! Now, I wasn’t excited to be going for the food. That was secondary to getting some quality face time with the Big Cheese. Minnie that is. Don't forget, I have 4 girls. Minnie is the Queen Bee.

So as far as the food, we had heard that Chef Mickey’s food left a bit to be desired, but that breakfast was the better of the meals. At least this seemed to be the consensus on the DIS dining boards. And you know what…that wasn’t far off. We certainly ate enough, but I can’t say it’s the best breakfast I’ve ever had. Sort of like a really high priced Shoney’s buffet. But as I said, we weren’t here just for the food. So let’s get to some character pics.

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You will notice something in the above pictures. I am holding DD3 for all the character shots. Not surprisingly, she was afraid of all the "non-princess" characters...except she finally agreed to be photographed with one of them minus Dad. Guess who??

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You just can't beat Minnie.

Ok, so all the characters came by, we stuffed ourselves, and paid the bill. Our plan was to hop the boat back to the Fort after breakfast for some downtime. That was the plan at least. But, after ingesting 3 or 4 plates of mediocre food, a walk seemed in order. And it occurred to me that there is a certain walking path from the Contemporary to a certain theme park. And we had AP’s just sitting there in my wallet. So, we WALKED!

We’ve never stayed at the Contemporary, but being within a 10 minute walk of the MK is certainly one of the compelling reasons to do so. In fact, the walk was so short it barely was enough to burn off one ear of one Mickey Waffle. But, at the end of the path we were standing at the gates to the MK, so all was well. :yay:

Immediately after entering, we climbed the steps to the train platform and boarded a waiting train. The three older DD’s and I got off at the Frontierland station, while DW and DD3 continued on to Toon Town to track down some fairies.

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The girls and I rode BTM together, and then jumped over to Splash Mountain. It was a chilly day, so I really didn’t want to get wet. So, we were pleased to get seats in row 3. Hopefully we would be shielded on the big drops. Unfortunately, good fortune was not on our side on this day. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time when a nearby log went down the big hill, throwing a plume of water right up onto us. We were soaked. And cold. But, it was fun.

We then headed over to Toon Town to see what DW and DD3 were up to. Well, we found them in the gift shop. Trying on princess dresses. And as I mentioned in an earlier thread, we bought one. We don’t get sucked in too often, but every once in a while it happens. This was one of those times. But, nearly a week after arriving back home, DD3 still hasn’t stopped wearing that Sleeping Beauty dress.

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Check out DD9's shirt in this shot. We made those for our last trip. All 6 of us wore tshirts with this design to the HDDR on that trip. Thanks again to Rog for that one! :thumbsup2

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Well, that was our Tuesday. Next up....a little EPCOT, and a little DTD.

DaveInTN
12-10-2009, 07:59 PM
This trip report just keeps getting better (and funnier!) Glad to hear about the Dessert Buffet. We were sorely tempted to give it a whirl last month, but the price mad me leery of ending up with paying a fortune for Hostess cupcakes and ho-hos. :rolleyes:

If they still have it next time we're there, you've got me convinced to give it a whirl. :thumbsup2
I think you'd like it. I snapped a few photos of the buffet on my phone that evening but ended up deleting them. But they had lots of good fruit tarts, creme brulees, cheesecakes, chocolate stuff, chocolate covered strawberries, little peanut butter pies...and on and on. Had to be 15 different desserts. And I tried them all!

It wasn't cheap at $119 for the 6 of us. But I justified it as we didn't eat dinner that night...so it counted as dinner AND dessert...plus it was just plain fun!

FansoftheMouse
12-10-2009, 08:43 PM
I've started reading your report to my DH. Great stuff.

Born 2 Fish
12-10-2009, 08:47 PM
Dave , I have so enjoy'd your pics and reports,,hope ya gotta few more.
You may not believe this but when Denise and I start'd going to Disney, you could walk up to ANY restaurant without ressies at any time and get in. AND the food at EVERY restaurant was absolutely TOP NOTCH.
Ain't so anymore, :sad2:

DaveInTN
12-10-2009, 09:09 PM
Dave , I have so enjoy'd your pics and reports,,hope ya gotta few more.
You may not believe this but when Denise and I start'd going to Disney, you could walk up to ANY restaurant without ressies at any time and get in. AND the food at EVERY restaurant was absolutely TOP NOTCH.
Ain't so anymore, :sad2:
Yep Frank...I have about three more posts to cover I think.

And it is sad about the food quality. There are certainly some restaurants we enjoy. Personally, I love 50's PTC! We really like Roaring Fork for counter service. And we always enjoy Earl of Sandwich, in particular for the value. But overall, we do meals more for the experience than the food. And that's too bad...but I guess when so many people are getting "free" food it becomes a quantity over quality thing.

Oh well, it doesn't stop us, does it? :lmao:

DaveInTN
12-10-2009, 09:10 PM
I've started reading your report to my DH. Great stuff.
Thank you! I hope to continue tomorrow with our EPCOT experiences.

FansoftheMouse
12-10-2009, 09:12 PM
Have y'all tried the Picnic in the Park at the AK?

DaveInTN
12-10-2009, 09:23 PM
Have y'all tried the Picnic in the Park at the AK?
No, but I was talking to DW about it while at AK last week. We saw the signs for it, and thought it sounded good. Have you?

FansoftheMouse
12-10-2009, 09:32 PM
You're killing me with your avatar. :rotfl2:

We tried it and really liked it. It was a pretty good deal and the food was great. I highly recommend the wraps. YUM!!!!! It was great to hop off the Safari and grab some chow without having to go too far. My boys even enjoyed it. They liked the mac and cheese. It's not just sandwiches either. There's rotisserie chicken too. We would definitely do it again.

DaveInTN
12-10-2009, 09:36 PM
You're killing me with your avatar. :rotfl2:

We tried it and really liked it. It was a pretty good deal and the food was great. I highly recommend the wraps. YUM!!!!! It was great to hop off the Safari and grab some chow without having to go too far. My boys even enjoyed it. They liked the mac and cheese. It's not just sandwiches either. There's rotisserie chicken too. We would definitely do it again.
That's good to hear....we will have to give the picnic a try sometime.

Funny you noticed the avatar. i just changed it 10 minutes ago!

BradyBz12
12-10-2009, 09:57 PM
No, but I was talking to DW about it while at AK last week. We saw the signs for it, and thought it sounded good. Have you?

DH and I tried it a few weeks ago. We got the sandwiches - I got tuna and he got the ham grinder. We got mac 'n cheese as a side and a brownie and corn bread for dessert.

Sandwiches were good, but you could tell they'd been made a little ahead and refrigerated. The tuna was delicious - no celery, not too much mayo and a hefty portion, but the bread was a wee bit soggy.

Mac'n cheese was standard WDW fare (Stouffers) but hot at least. Desserts were good - brownie was super chocolatey.

Meals were ready an hour after we ordered them as requested, and we ended up eating at a table by the Dawa bar.

We felt it was a good value for the money (esp at WDW) and it was a good, fresh meal that was a nice alternative to burgers or pizza. Oh and we got a snazzy tote bag too. :thumbsup2

We would definitely do it again.

Tnbob
12-10-2009, 10:00 PM
Thank you! I hope to continue tomorrow with our EPCOT experiences.

I'll be right here glued to the screen waitin', Love your Avitar and your little ones look like they enjoyed almost every minute.

stacktester
12-11-2009, 03:23 AM
I too agree that the food used to be a treat at WDW. I got an email survey from Disney yesterday from our Thanksgiving stay and I bashed the food at TE once again. I guess they don't realize there's regulars who come often and have taken notice of the cheesy offerings they put out. There's no place we've been recently on property that I can dance about. I'm sure Grand Floridian has some good food but I don't have any interest in V & A. I hear 1900 Park Fare is decent as well but haven't tried it. Like someone posted, with the dining plan it's ruined the good food. For instance we tried Yak & Yeti after it opened and I can honestly say I've had better at a takee outee and for about 25% of the cost. There's too many good places on 535 and 192that serve better and that's a shame you have to leave to get it.

DaveInTN
12-11-2009, 07:09 AM
I'm sure Grand Floridian has some good food but I don't have any interest in V & A. I hear 1900 Park Fare is decent as well but haven't tried it.
Stay tuned...I have an upcoming post on just this subject!

blm2003
12-11-2009, 07:11 AM
It could be the makings of an all-new Disney movie....Dave and the Elusive Biotch! :rotfl2:

I think I saw a trailer for this the other night during the new Disney Christmas special on ABC! I'll certainly tune in for it :happytv: I wonder if they'll make a sequel?

DaveInTN
12-11-2009, 07:14 AM
......We felt it was a good value for the money (esp at WDW) and it was a good, fresh meal that was a nice alternative to burgers or pizza. Oh and we got a snazzy tote bag too. :thumbsup2

We would definitely do it again.

Good to hear! Thanks!

I'll be right here glued to the screen waitin', Love your Avitar and your little ones look like they enjoyed almost every minute.

Thanks Bob, and yes, they did enjoy the trip! Of course, I don't have any pics of the moments they WEREN'T enjoying themselves. Funny how, even at Disney World, kids can get mad at their parents. :confused3 I mean, you're spending thousands of dollars. They have NO RIGHT to be mad at you, right?? :rotfl: But I guess when you run them ragged every day, there will be the occasional breaking point.

DaveInTN
12-11-2009, 07:25 AM
:rotfl2:

I think I saw a trailer for this the other night during the new Disney Christmas special on ABC! I'll certainly tune in for it :happytv: I wonder if they'll make a sequel?
My agent hasn't been contacted yet, but I'm certainly open to it.

liv luvs disney
12-11-2009, 10:34 AM
Dave, when your "real" TR is finished, will you consider doing a "fake" one? I have enjoyed reading it THAT much! A few weeks ago, I thought about finishing mine from 3 months ago but after reading yours, nah!

DaveInTN
12-11-2009, 10:36 AM
Dave, when your "real" TR is finished, will you consider doing a "fake" one? I have enjoyed reading it THAT much! A few weeks ago, I thought about finishing mine from 3 months ago but after reading yours, nah!
Hey, a fictitous trip report. that's a good idea!

Memph1s
12-11-2009, 11:02 AM
Hey, a fictitious trip report. that's a good idea! Yea, it's great, you can do anything you want and save THOUSANDS. I recommend the lifetime passes and parks all to yourself on a Segway experience.

I am enjoying the real one though.

DaveInTN
12-11-2009, 11:30 AM
As you might be able to tell from reading my trip report, while the Fort is my number one love at WDW, eating is a close number two! I grumble about the food quality overall at WDW, but there are enough things I enjoy, and enough things I haven’t tried yet, to keep me interested. So, despite how much we had eaten that past couple days at the dessert party and Chef Mickey’s, I was ready to sample some foods from around the World. :cheer2:

So, on Wednesday, we decided to hit EPCOT.

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Considering we had never ridden Soarin’, and considering how hard it can be to get fastpasses, we decided it would be another good rope drop opportunity. We opted to drive again, and headed out to the park early. We were at the gates in line by 20 minutes before opening. They open EPCOT a bit differently from the other parks, in that they let us through the gates about 15 minutes before rope drop, and they then allowed us to stampede to a rope about halfway between the giant golf ball and the Land pavilion. They did have characters present, which was nice but since everyone was completely focused on beating everyone else to the Soarin’ queue, nobody really seemed to give a mouse’s azz about the characters.

We decided that I would run ahead and grab fastpasses while the rest of my family moved toward the standby line, in case we wanted to ride twice. So, upon rope drop, I bolted along with the sea of humanity for the pavilion. What a zoo! I wound my way into the building, toward the escalators, where the giant mass has to squish its way onto the elevators and stairs. I began to fantasize about being a super hero and being able to lead over the railing and down to the floor below, bypassing the crowd. I actually considered doing it briefly, before coming to my senses. Broken legs do not make for good trip report material.

I made my way down and got in line for fastpasses. Just one guy ahead of me at the machine I chose. And it turns out he had MANY MANY tickets to process. He took forever, and I watched the fastpass clock ticking ahead at a rapid pace. Finally he was done, I took my place, and got my 6 passes. And I turned around and there were my 3 oldest DD’s. “Where’s Mama and Stella??” I asked. “Why aren’t you guys in line?”.

“Stella had to tinkle.”. And with those four words my entire plan was beginning to crumble. How is it that 3 year olds have to use the bathroom at the worst possible moments? So, we waited. And waited. I was beginning to think this had turned into a #2 session :eek:, when they came out of the ladies room and we took our place in the standby line. It was still only a 20 minute wait, so not too bad.

So, we finally got to the front of the line, and we got front row! :cool1: And we LOVED Soarin’!! It was so cool. So, all was well, and we had fastpasses to ride again within the hour. Which we did. 2nd row the next time, which was almost as good as first row except being able to see all the feet dangling down from the front row folks above you. Which was fine when I was in the front row, but when you are in the second row you wonder why those idiots have such long legs. :headache: Anyways, we enjoyed it.

Enough about Soarin’. After doing Mission Space and the Nemo ride, it was time for the World Showcase to open. So we headed there. Hungry.

The girls rode the Maelstrom while I scoped out food options. I decided it would be fun to try a few quick service things at various countries. I wanted a pretzel from Norway but the line was too long. Guess everyone was trying to get into the Norwegian spirit what with the Nobel Prize being handed out and all. So we started with China. Had some orange chicken, egg rolls and dumplings. Actually pretty tasty, although somewhat “food court” tasty.

Next, we hit the country of my ancestors, Germany. Tried a Beck, bratwurst, and black forest cake. That was fun, and the Beck helped me through our encounter with the Elusive Biotch a couple pavilions over. After that, we hit Japan. Now, I like sushi, but my family doesn’t, so I tried to order some things they might like. Teriyaki chicken, udon noodles and ginger cake. I have to say that all of it pretty much stunk. We didn’t eat it all. But, at this point we were pretty much full, so we were ok. And we were tired, so it was time to head back to the Fort for more fun at the pool.

That evening, I think we headed to DTD to hit Earl for dinner. My memory is fuzzy at this point, and it's possible we had hit DTD the night before. And based upon my kids' clothes in the pic below, that may well be the case. The dating on our camera was off the entire trip. Whatever....in any case, I HAD to have the holiday sandwich. It was awesome…just like I would make at home if were there for Thanksgiving. After dinner, we went to see Santa outside the World of Disney store.

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And we closed out our night with a visit to Goofy’s Candy Co. for the make your own treats. They have changed the approach to this a bit since April, and I wasn’t as impressed as on past visits. Still good, just not rock your world good. Oh well, what’s new?

Coming up….The Candlelight Processional Dinner Package

2goofycampers
12-11-2009, 11:40 AM
Loving the report.


"Pushy". :lmao:


popcorn::

sshane
12-11-2009, 03:36 PM
This is such a great report. I've been reading it with my DS and he loves your pictures with all the characters. We will be leaving for Fort Wilderness on Jan. 2nd and reading your report is completely adding to the excitement. Thanks so much for sharing!

DaveInTN
12-11-2009, 04:34 PM
Yea, it's great, you can do anything you want and save THOUSANDS. I recommend the lifetime passes and parks all to yourself on a Segway experience.

I am enjoying the real one though.

Thanks Memph1s!!

Loving the report.

Thank you Denise. Please tell Frank I may need some help tracking down Ms. White. Is he available to come to the Fort in March?

Keep it coming! Love the avitar! I noticed it right away.

popcorn::

Thanks! Couple more posts and I should be able to wrap this report up.

This is such a great report. I've been reading it with my DS and he loves your pictures with all the characters. We will be leaving for Fort Wilderness on Jan. 2nd and reading your report is completely adding to the excitement. Thanks so much for sharing!

Thank you for reading! Is there really a town called Kickapoo?? :laughing:

FlaFortCampster
12-11-2009, 04:58 PM
I'm too pushy. Come to think of it, I could be the 8th dwarf....Pushy!


:rotfl2::rotfl2: Cute!
Great report. :thumbsup2

sshane
12-11-2009, 06:17 PM
DaveInTN, There is a Kickapoo.....its a lovely place, but don't blink as you drive through, you could miss it!:thumbsup2

DaveInTN
12-11-2009, 09:32 PM
I had mentioned in an earlier thread how there were two days in particular I had planned months ago, and was most looking forward to. The first was our Magical Magic Kingdom Monday, where we attended the Wishes Dessert Buffet. That was everything I had hoped it would be. The second was Thursday…which I had planned to be a big day at EPCOT culminating in the Candlelight Processional. :yay: I had booked one of the dinner packages, where you book one of three “tiers” of restaurant for dinner, and you get preferred seating at the Candlelight Processional, as well as access to a preferred viewing area for Illuminations. I chose the Rose and Crown in England for dinner (I like Black and Tans :drinking1…that was the deciding factor!)

Well, after spending about half of Wednesday at EPCOT, we were really in the mood for just a quiet day at the Fort, and then going over to EPCOT in time for the dinner and processional. So, we hung around the pool, rode bikes, and relaxed. Until around 3:00 or so, when we headed over to EPCOT. I didn’t feel like driving (puts a crimp on the drinking :thumbsup2), so we took the bus. We rode Spaceship Earth after arriving. I didn’t realize there was an option to select different languages when boarding your ride vehicle, and mine defaulted to German. So, all my ride narration was in German. Which I don’t speak. Or understand. Except certain words, like lager, pilsner, stout, etc. I assume those are German. Oh, and Siemens, which happens to be the ride sponsor. And a large German conglomerate. Hmmm, I’m seeing a conspiracy. :eek:

After my trip through the Fatherland, we wandered over to Canada and saw the Circlevision movie there. By the time that was over, it was time for our dinner reservation, so we made the short walk to England.

England happens to be one of my favorite sections at WS. I like how they designed it like London streets, and how the pub interacts with the street scene, including the beer stand out front. Which happened to be my first stop after checking in for dinner. DW wanted to share my first beer with me, and she’s not a Guinness fan, so I chose a Stella Artois. Not sure why they were selling Belgian beer at the English pavilion :confused3, but it was good. And since my youngest DD is named Stella it has always been a fave of ours. In fact, when she was born I handed out bottles of Stella Artois instead of cigars.

We waited about 30 minutes for our table, but it was worth it. We were seated on the back patio next to the lake. Beautiful! Since we were doing a dinner package, DD13 and DD12 were considered adults and could choose anything off the menu. It’s not too often I let then pick anything regardless of cost. In fact, this may have been the first time ever. They were both pretty happy with their selections (Surf and Turf, and Fish and Chips). We tried some interesting appetizers I would never have selected under normal circumstances, such as Scotch Egg. And our desserts were included as well. And, I did get my Black and Tan! :woohoo:

After dinner, we had time to stroll around England. We found a quiet little spot behind the shops where a pretty Christmas tree was set up.

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We then headed to the theater for the Candlelight Processional. I had selected this night as Steven Curtis Chapman was narrating. He is a personal favorite of ours, and happens to live just a couple miles down the road from us. We were seated down in front, which was ok. This was our first time seeing CP, and we were so moved. It was beautiful, from the scenery to the images of the choir proceeding in by candlelight, to the music and narration. Steven Curtis Chapman did a great job, and he interjected a bit of personal wisdom at the end. We loved it.

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After it was over, we hightailed it to the other side of the lake for Illuminations. The viewing area was pretty full by that point, but we found a nice spot and watched the show. Again, this was our first time seeing Illuminations. Holy cow! :worship: I love Wishes, but Illuminations is on a whole nutha level! It’s amazing. We loved it, except DD3 who was scared witless and beyond tired by this point. So, I held her, and left a bit early to begin the trek to the bus while the rest watched the remainder of the show.

Of course, after Illuminations was over the buses were PACKED! The Fort shares a bus with WL, so it was standing room only. But we made it back in one piece, and went to bed to rest up for our final day at the Fort.

Coming up…A RAINY Final Day, and I’m Not Drinking Enough for this to Taste Good

m1tchells
12-11-2009, 11:25 PM
Great Report! Thanks! Getting me even more excited for our trip ...22 LONG LONG LONG days from now! Gosh...I hate a Rainy final day. I hate any final day at the fort!:sad1:

The Thomas Fam
12-12-2009, 06:50 AM
I had selected this night as Steven Curtis Chapman was narrating. He is a personal favorite of ours, and happens to live just a couple miles down the road from us.


How completely jealous I am of you!! I love Steven Curtis Chapman. He has such a wonderful family.


I am really enjoying your TR but sad that its coming to an end.

4mickey2
12-12-2009, 07:53 AM
love the tr. makes me feel like i am there. well, other than when i look outside and see the foot of snow in my yard..

DaveInTN
12-12-2009, 10:25 PM
After the excitement of the Candlelight Processional on Thursday evening, we had another exciting day lined up for Friday, our last day at the Fort. We originally had no real plans for daytime on Friday, and had a character dinner planned for the evening before heading home. However, early in our trip I received a surprise visitor at our campsite....none other than TCD himself! :woohoo: I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew in person during our last trip in March, and was happy to see him drive up in his GC while I was out decorating the site. And he had a surprise for us!

TCD offered us passes to the MK Christmas Parade taping to be held Thursday-Saturday! He had tickets to all three days, and I opted for Friday. Enough passes for the 6 of us! I was blown away by his thoughtfulness!! Thank you again, Andrew, for thinking of us! :yay:

Unfortunately, Friday arrived and it was raining. POURING in fact. We didn't have high hopes for the parade taping, but decided to brave the rain and head over to the MK anyways. So, we hopped the boat and went.

The MK was fairly quiet. That was actually quite nice, even with the rain coming down hard. We were told at the gate that taping was postponed until Sunday. :sad1: Not surprising, but unfortunately we were leaving Saturday! That was a shame, but what can you do. We walked around a bit and rode BTM in the rain. That was actually kind of fun. Like Big Thunder Splash Mountain. But DD3 was tired, and we didn't want to be soaked, so we decided to leave. But not before making a stop at the Main St Bakery.

We had heard about those cinnamon roles before, but hadn't tried. So I stopped in and bought one, along with a Caprese Sandwich and a Chocolate Chip muffin. We took them back to the RV to eat....devour in fact. It was all so good! The Main St Bakery will be a usual stop for us now! :thumbsup2

So, what to do during a cold and rainy afternoon at the Fort? Well, besides napping, we caught up on laundry. Lots of laundry. And we waited until it was time for our trip over to the Grand Floridian for the Cinderella's Dreams Come True Dinner at 1900 Park Fare!

So the question was, how to get to the GF in a cold, pouring rain, with getting completely cold and wet? I had already loaded up our toad with bikes and stuff for the trip home, so driving was out of the question. We could play hop the bus, which could take forever, or we could boat it. We boated it.

We took the MK boat as its indoors. That was fine. But when we arrived at the MK, the monorail line was HUGE, so we decided to hop the GF/Poly launch. That was ok, although the seats were soaked. But then, upon arriving at the GF dock, we had a long walk up to the lobby. So, we ended up WET and COLD. Oh well.

We checked in for dinner, and it took about 30 minutes to be seated. They wanted to take our picture before getting our table, but we politely declined. At this point we looked like something the cat dragged in, so what was the sense? :confused3 So, we got our table. Almost immediately, we were visited by Lady Tremaine.

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Soon thereafter, we saw Drizella.

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And Anastasia.

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The three of them were the highlight of the dinner. They were HILARIOUS! The way Lady Tremaine spoke to DD9 was priceless! It was a great memory.

If only the food was half as good. Donnie had mentioned GF food in an earlier post:

I'm sure Grand Floridian has some good food but I don't have any interest in V & A. I hear 1900 Park Fare is decent as well but haven't tried it.

...and I promised some details based upon our experiences here. Let me just say...not good. I understand this was a character buffet, but being in the GF I expected something a bit different. The food just stunk! There were a couple of tasty items, but overall everything was a mushy, bland piece of crap. And oily. Yeah, not very appetizing. Don't get me wrong, I ate it. I eat almost anything. But it wasn't good. Had I had a few beers...or 4 or 8, it might have tasted better. :sad2:

But the character interaction was great. And worth the expense and effort for us. DD3 was SO excited! And, according to DW and my daughters, Prince Charming was a "dish".

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And Cindy arrived.

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DD3 was in awe.

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And that was it.

We headed back to the Fort, and finished packing up for our morning departure. :sad1:

Coming Up....The Final Post, including Rubber and Bricks Don't Mix.

nat1234
12-13-2009, 09:09 AM
I'm loving your trip report. We were at the world at the same time as you were. We did manage to find Snow White and get our picture with her, so sorry about your luck. In fact we were at 1900 Park Fare the same night as you. You're right, the character interaction was good, even though we had to wait forever for Lady Tremaine and Anastasia to come over to our table in that little side room; but the food was really so so. I'm so glad that all of you had such a good time.

gmflanigan
12-13-2009, 10:15 AM
I'm loving your trip report. We were at the world at the same time as you were. We did manage to find Snow White and get our picture with her, so sorry about your luck. In fact we were at 1900 Park Fare the same night as you. You're right, the character interaction was good, even though we had to wait forever for Lady Tremaine and Anastasia to come over to our table in that little side room; but the food was really so so. I'm so glad that all of you had such a good time.

We really enjoyed our dinner @ 1900. Anastasia got engaged during our meal. Our entire group enjoyed the interaction. It was one of the best during our trip.

DaveInTN
12-13-2009, 10:33 AM
I'm loving your trip report. We were at the world at the same time as you were. We did manage to find Snow White and get our picture with her, so sorry about your luck. In fact we were at 1900 Park Fare the same night as you. You're right, the character interaction was good, even though we had to wait forever for Lady Tremaine and Anastasia to come over to our table in that little side room; but the food was really so so. I'm so glad that all of you had such a good time.

Glad you had a good time as well! And congratulations on finding Ms. White!

We really enjoyed our dinner @ 1900. Anastasia got engaged during our meal. Our entire group enjoyed the interaction. It was one of the best during our trip.

That's good to hear. Maybe we just had an off night. I'm not at all a picky eater, so I'm guessing we just hit it at an off time. But yes, the characters were awesome! :thumbsup2

DaveInTN
12-13-2009, 08:45 PM
Well, this trip report is coming to an end. On Saturday 12/5, we pulled out of site 729 and started the long trek north in cool, rainy weather. Due to the SEC Championship game that afternoon in Atlanta, and the forecast which called for the chance of snow on Monteagle in TN, I opted to take the route up 231 through Alabama. We overnighted (in the COLD!) south of Birmingham, and then made it home on Sunday around noon.

Something remarkable happened to us on that Sunday morning that I wanted to share. After our overnight in Pelham, we headed up I-65 and stopped for breakfast at a Waffle House north of Birmingham. The six of us can't usually enter a Waffle House in a small town unnoticed. We are unfamilar faces...and lots of them. We took one booth and three counter stools, and proceeded to order and eat our breakfast. (Yummy as usual).

After we finished up, I waited a few minutes for the check. Finally, our waitress came by and said "you're free to go, it's been taken care of". I must have looked shocked, because she repeated herself. I didn't know what to say...the first thing that came out was "Thank you!". She said "not me". I looked around the restaurant, and she said that he was gone. Someone anonymously paid for our breakfast!

That simple and gracious act gave us so much food for thought for the final 3 hours of our drive. We are so blessed as it is, and still someone bought our breakfast. But the really amazing thing is the gift he gave us beyond breakfast. That act reminded us that the simple things we can do for others, family, friends and strangers alike, can make all the difference. We explained to our kids the idea of paying it forward. These days it is so easy to just dismiss every stranger you encounter and focus on your small circle of family and friends, but this reminded us that the vast majority of people in this world do have good hearts, and they are no different than any of us.

Ok, after that final deep thought, this report is finished...well, except for one last headline to wrap up. After getting home, unloading the motorhome, cleaning it, winterizing it, getting laundry squared away, packing away food for the winter, etc etc, it was time to put it into storage for the winter. It was dark, rainy and I was exhausted, but I wanted it done. So, I pulled it out of the driveway like I have dozens of times before, only this time I cut it too close and hit the brick headwall at the edge of my driveway. And those bricks are sharp! I sliced open the sidewall of my rear, outer tire like a hot knife going through butter. So, back in the driveway the MH went. And out came my checkbook.

Coach Net paid for the mobile repair service to swap out the spare, but I ended up putting two new tires on the front and rotating those to the rear. I now have an extra spare in case I ever get stoooopid again. So, our Disney vacation cost $800 more than I had anticipated. But, I didn't pay for my breakfast. I'm ok with that.

Well, that's it. :yay: I tend to get longwinded at times, so hope I didn't bore you too much. Thanks for reading!

BradyBz12
12-13-2009, 09:14 PM
Thanks for a really terrific trip report, Dave! I'm sorry about the expensive end to your trip, but really appreciate you sharing your little breakfast miracle. It's the perfect time of year to remind people of the message behind that.:flower3:

Glad your family is home safe and sound. :goodvibes

DaveInTN
12-13-2009, 09:21 PM
Thanks for a really terrific trip report, Dave! I'm sorry about the expensive end to your trip, but really appreciate you sharing your little breakfast miracle. It's the perfect time of year to remind people of the message behind that.:flower3:

Glad your family is home safe and sound. :goodvibes
Thanks Monique! It was a great trip, and was so fun reliving it as I wrote the report.

stacktester
12-13-2009, 10:07 PM
What a great attitude you have Dave. It's tough when you mess something up. Glad you had a good trip home.

Minnie&Mickey
12-14-2009, 06:00 AM
Great trip report, Dave. I loved the ending!

Born 2 Fish
12-14-2009, 06:25 AM
Dave, I really enjoy'd your trip report.

I think it would be great if you just posted some random pics and made up a trip report just for our enjoyment :thumbsup2.

OK GRUMPY
12-14-2009, 07:58 AM
I really liked the ending of your Trip report. I love those random acts of kindness! Great Job!

dblr
12-14-2009, 08:04 AM
I just love a happy ending, thanks for the great trip report.

blm2003
12-14-2009, 09:16 AM
What an awesome Trip Report! Thanks for sharing with us, we really enjoyed reading it! And I agree with Frank, some random pics and another TR just for our enjoyment! popcorn::

DaveInTN
12-14-2009, 09:34 AM
Thanks Everyone! Glad you all read along. If I get bored after Christmas maybe I'll throw a quick TR together for our fictitous Christmas week at the Fort. But, I'd rather read some REAL trip reports from those of you who will actually be at the Fort over the holidays!

2goofycampers
12-14-2009, 10:24 AM
Loved the TR, not lame at all, the kind stranger paying for breakfast does remind me there are still some good people out there.

I totally agree on the food at 1900, yuck, too bad, it use to be our favorite buffet in years gone by.

LindaBabe
12-14-2009, 03:54 PM
Good Job, Dave! Thanks for writing.

FansoftheMouse
12-14-2009, 07:52 PM
What a great report! Thanks so much for letting us "tag along."
What a wonderful way to end your trip. Well, not the ending ending, but your breakfast. How wonderful to know that people can still be so kind and generous to those they don't know.
Really sorry about your tires though. Yuk.
Thanks again!

mamaloya
12-14-2009, 09:31 PM
:cheer2::woohoo:

Good job!!!

Sorry it is done. :sad:

stacktester
12-15-2009, 02:47 AM
My TR would be lame. Went to the fort Thanksgiving night. Changed the tires on the golf cart, looped and went to bed. The End.

Born 2 Fish
12-15-2009, 04:32 AM
Don't be so hard on yourself Donnie,,thats a great trip report ! Got any pics ? :rotfl2:

DaveInTN
12-15-2009, 06:19 AM
Don't be so hard on yourself Donnie,,thats a great trip report ! Got any pics ? :rotfl2:
That's what I was thinking! Did you see any characters? We've got a lot of them on these boards. :lmao:

PigletsMommy
12-15-2009, 02:34 PM
We are planning a trip back to Fort Wilderness in the next year or so and I thought I would look for info on this board. I stumbled across your TR. I've just spent half the day reading it! I cant believe all the problems you had with Snow White! It sounds like you guys had a blast tho!

Its nice to see another Tennessean who enjoys WDW so much!

DaveInTN
12-15-2009, 03:05 PM
Its nice to see another Tennessean who enjoys WDW so much!
We've got lots of Tennesseans on this board! Born 2 Fish, 2goofycampers, TNBob, liv lus disney, Memph1s....and I know I'm missing several. A bunch of us are right here in Middle TN, and there are some in west and east TN as well. We've even been talking about doing a regional Grand Gathering next summer!

Keep checking back here often, and enjoy your trip next year!

On edit, I see campingpug checking in below from east TN, and I just recalled Element Camper from Nashville as well. Any others? Feel free to check in here and keep an eye on the Lake Guntersville GG thread as it develops.

Born 2 Fish
12-15-2009, 03:23 PM
We are planning a trip back to Fort Wilderness in the next year or so and I thought I would look for info on this board. I stumbled across your TR. I've just spent half the day reading it! I cant believe all the problems you had with Snow White! It sounds like you guys had a blast tho!

Its nice to see another Tennessean who enjoys WDW so much!

Welcome to the boards ! There are a buncha Tenn. folk here !

PigletsMommy
12-15-2009, 03:32 PM
We've got lots of Tennesseans on this board! Born 2 Fish, 2goofycampers, TNBob, liv lus disney, Memph1s....and I know I'm missing several. A bunch of us are right here in Middle TN, and there are some in west and east TN as well. We've even been talking about doing a regional Grand Gathering next summer!

Keep checking back here often, and enjoy your trip next year!

Welcome to the boards ! There are a buncha Tenn. folk here !

Wow I must be hanging out in the wrong places because I rarely see anyone else from here. We loved Fort Wilderness when we went in 2008. My FIL said he wont stay anywhere else:lmao: He said he will not buy park tickets next time and just hang out at the resort.

A regional Grand Gathering would be fun. I will try to keep up so I can take part.

campingpug
12-15-2009, 08:32 PM
welcome, the more TN folks (Fort Fiends) the better.:welcome:

Tnbob
12-15-2009, 10:49 PM
Welcome over to the Fiend side in Middle Tn.:wave2:

stacktester
12-16-2009, 03:30 AM
Don't be so hard on yourself Donnie,,thats a great trip report ! Got any pics ? :rotfl2:

Sorry to say I don't Frank. My present to myself this year is a camera and a photobucket pro account. One day in 20 years we'll be like remember when they had the movie screen at the Meadows with all the benches in front? Well here is a pic of it. The screen will be fallen over and potato vine will completely cover the area. Lol, this is my vision of another thing they will let go to waste because it cost too much to maintain. But, I'll have a pic of it.

DaveInTN
12-16-2009, 06:44 AM
Sorry to say I don't Frank. My present to myself this year is a camera and a photobucket pro account. One day in 20 years we'll be like remember when they had the movie screen at the Meadows with all the benches in front? Well here is a pic of it. The screen will be fallen over and potato vine will completely cover the area. Lol, this is my vision of another thing they will let go to waste because it cost too much to maintain. But, I'll have a pic of it.
Wow, that's sad, although with their history not too hard to comprehend. I imagine TCD snooping around there someday and gaining access to the chuck wagon, which was abandoned fully stocked with smores sticks. And bingo cards will be scattered around beneath the potato vines like some post-apocolyptic movie where time just stopped. Seems to be how Disney abandons things.

FlaFortCampster
12-16-2009, 07:23 PM
My TR would be lame. Went to the fort Thanksgiving night. Changed the tires on the golf cart, looped and went to bed. The End.

:lmao:

FlaFortCampster
12-16-2009, 07:26 PM
Excellent TR TenDave. Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup2

liv luvs disney
12-16-2009, 07:54 PM
Dave, I'm sorry your trip and your TR had to come to an end. I enjoyed reading about your eventful vacation, except the MH accident. That is so neat that someone paid your bill at Waffle House. (There is a restaurant in Knoxville that DH and I eat at occasionaly and every time we eat there, our bill is anonymously paid? It is so bizarre!!)

liv luvs disney
12-16-2009, 07:55 PM
My TR would be lame. Went to the fort Thanksgiving night. Changed the tires on the golf cart, looped and went to bed. The End.

At least you were at the Fort Donnie...there's nothing lame about that at all!:thumbsup2

stacktester
12-16-2009, 10:02 PM
At least you were at the Fort Donnie...there's nothing lame about that at all!:thumbsup2

It wasn't too bad. I hung out more at the fort than usual. I'm going to US/IOA this weekend and then going to DHS at least Monday night to show my mom the Osborne Lights. No FW stay this time. Staying at Turkey Lake since it's only $15 a night and closer to Universal. We may come to the fort for some looping as well.

liv luvs disney
12-17-2009, 12:21 PM
It wasn't too bad. I hung out more at the fort than usual. I'm going to US/IOA this weekend and then going to DHS at least Monday night to show my mom the Osborne Lights. No FW stay this time. Staying at Turkey Lake since it's only $15 a night and closer to Universal. We may come to the fort for some looping as well.

Recently I was able to snag the last week of January (in a Full) at the Fort. I thought about staying at Turkey Lake because of the price, but my Mom is not sure she's able to go to the parks this trip. That would be a lot of back tracking for the kids and me and if she decided to hit the parks, it would be way too much for her! My oldest is really wanting to go to US and IOA so when and if hubby ever comes to Orlando again with us, we'll stay at TL and probably not do WDW that trip.:eek:

(We'll be at Hanna Park for 2 weeks in June, I might hollar at you when I'm there.)

Minnie&Nana
12-19-2009, 03:38 PM
What a fabulous TR! I'm generally not one for reading TR's, but I happened to see your link and the title was intriguing (definitely not lame!)....I just read it through and absolutely loved every word. Your family is lovely, the pics wonderful...and you are a natural story-teller.:goodvibes I'm sorry to for it to come to an end....and sorry to read of the little accident after arriving home.

The kindness to your family at the Waffle House (have never eaten at one - is it really good??)- was a gentle reminder how important it is to do such things now and then.

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your trip with us...I'll be watching for one in March with pics of Snow White and the girls!

(p.s FW folks sure are a happy and friendly bunch!)

DaveInTN
12-19-2009, 08:02 PM
What a fabulous TR! I'm generally not one for reading TR's, but I happened to see your link and the title was intriguing (definitely not lame!)....I just read it through and absolutely loved every word. Your family is lovely, the pics wonderful...and you are a natural story-teller.:goodvibes I'm sorry to for it to come to an end....and sorry to read of the little accident after arriving home.

The kindness to your family at the Waffle House (have never eaten at one - is it really good??)- was a gentle reminder how important it is to do such things now and then.

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your trip with us...I'll be watching for one in March with pics of Snow White and the girls!

(p.s FW folks sure are a happy and friendly bunch!)
Thank you Christine! I appreciate you taking the time to read my report. I do hope to put one together after our March trip, so long as I have some interesting stories to tell! And I also hope to get that pic of Ms. White and me!

As for the Waffle House...you will have to try one sometime and see for yourself. Some folks hate it, as it is a bit of a "greasy spoon". It certainly won't be mistaken for Victoria & Alberts! But, the service is typically friendly, the hash browns are awesome, and the waffles are tasty too. Throw in a good cup of coffee and I'm a happy guy!

Stefy
01-17-2010, 11:26 AM
Finished :) Loved the titles :)

(am reading and typing at the same time, so apologies if the post is a bit random at times).

You have a lovely family and DD3 is just adorable, she looks like a total daddys girl :goodvibes

I am glad you like AK, is a beautiful park with so much to see and do. So overall what did you enjoy best about the park?

Wow Snow really was elusive for you guys and two of those CM's could have been nicer to you guys about it. Oh well, have you devised a plan of attack for your next trip?

How cool you got to do a Wishes Dessert Party, I so hope they extend it to Sept/Oct as I would so so love to do this (being a cake fiend and all).

That CM sounded like fun, burst out laughing at the "hit the wall" descrip :lmao:

DD3 looks so cute in her princess outfit

Sounds like you had a great time at CP, never done it myself though. Rose & Crown is a cool restaurant in Epcot and I am glad that England is your fav country in WS, I agree that the street design is lovely (very Victoriana).

How nice that someone paid for your breakfast. Like you say you think you know it all and then someone comes along and does a selfless kind act like that.

I have had a blast reading and look forward to the next one (which looks to be not too far away) :goodvibes

DaveInTN
01-17-2010, 01:01 PM
Hi Stefy - thank you for reading! We did have a great trip, and are really looking forward to our next visit.

I think the thing I liked about AK this visit was taking it slow and appreciating the beauty. It doesn't seem like a zoo like the other parks....no pun intended!! We had a very peaceful visit there.

Kind of funny that you live in London, and I commented on how I like the English pavilion at EPCOT....I imagine it is NOTHING like England itself! But is a Disney imagining of an old London streetscape. In any case, it is a pleasant place to spend some time and get a beer!

Stefy
01-18-2010, 02:33 AM
Yes AK is a beaut, we are going to try a PM EMH this year as I have never seen AK in the dark and from pics I have seen it looks pretty awesome and riding EE in the dark must be great (and a bit scary).

The English Pavillion is nothing like London, but there are some places out of London that still keep the quaint old world-y feel.

It's v pretty and I love the Twinings shop (gotta love the tea). Did you check it out when you went last?

DaveInTN
01-18-2010, 06:45 AM
It's v pretty and I love the Twinings shop (gotta love the tea). Did you check it out when you went last?
No, but that's on my list for the next trip. We did walk past and make note, but were in a hurry to get to CP at that time.

Born 2 Fish
01-18-2010, 06:50 AM
I like tea.


and fishing.

katina816
01-22-2010, 10:18 PM
You Tenn folks are too funny! I am Georgia girl myself (only just barely) :rotfl2: I live in North Ga 4 miles from Tn border. As a matter of fact many of you have probably stopped over for the night in my town, Ringgold. No one remembers stopping here. Small Town, USA. I loved reading the TR and all the comments. Disney is awesome!!! Keep the TR's coming!

SandrA9810
01-23-2010, 12:27 PM
For future reference... the elusive White appears for 30mins on the hour every hour from 9am-2pm on the porch of expo hall. Sometimes she wanders around the Train Station. Rarely is Dopey with her here. She comes back out at 4pm for one last 1/2hr, but inside expo hall, behind the studio thing for BBB. Just ask the photographers in expo hall when she'll be coming out again.


And she appears in Germany at Epcot with Dopey. You'll have to check the times guide for this one.

At 4pm or 4:30 characters from Fantasmic come out for a half hour in front of the Hat. Some times it's a toss up, but you get some of the villians and some princesses. If you don't see them there, they might be in the animation building. Ask an attendant where they'll be doing it. (I think it's sometime around 4, maybe it's 5).

And even if they say "sorry, line is closed" ask if she'll be returning in a half hour or if it's the final set of the day.

Born 2 Fish
01-23-2010, 04:08 PM
You Tenn folks are too funny! I am Georgia girl myself (only just barely) :rotfl2: I live in North Ga 4 miles from Tn border. As a matter of fact many of you have probably stopped over for the night in my town, Ringgold. No one remembers stopping here. Small Town, USA. I loved reading the TR and all the comments. Disney is awesome!!! Keep the TR's coming!

We have stay'd in Ringgold a few times, been a while tho. Never fished there,,have you ?
You know, being that close to Tennessee, you could most likely claim yourself to be a big orange fan and get away with it, :thumbsup2

flamtap
01-23-2010, 08:11 PM
As a matter of fact many of you have probably stopped over for the night in my town, Ringgold. No one remembers stopping here. Small Town, USA. I loved reading the TR and all the comments. Disney is awesome!!! Keep the TR's coming!

I grew up near Atlanta, but in grade school we took a field trip to Ringgold to dig for fossils along this steep wall next to the interstate. Found lots of trilobites & brachiopods, I think. Ate at McDonalds afterwards. Funny the things you can remember while forgetting the important stuff!

flamtap