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not_Joanna_eggs
12-28-2010, 06:19 PM
Hi there - thanks for reading. This trip report started as a report about my December 2010 trip, which was supposed to lead into a "Disney Free" 2011, but plans changed, and more trips developed, I have kept this TR going. The index links below the pictures in this first post will direct you to the correct trip.


What: Christmas at Disney; DH and my 1st Christmas married, and my parent’s 36th wedding anniversary.

When: December 18 -27th 2010

Where: 2 bedroom Savannah view, Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidiani.

Why: Well if you've been following my other TRs you know this is DH and my "year of Disney" due to our "free" APs from our wedding and our newly purchased DVC points.

Christmas trips are a family tradition of ours, and because of the previously mentioned "free" APs and DVC points, we chose Disney for this year's trip!


Who:

Me – Super glamorous planner of this trip. Out and out beauty queen really.

http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/qq230/pheifej/Wedding%20Trip%20Picts%20JDP/DSC00799JPG.jpg


DH – Smiley and peacful

http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/qq230/pheifej/Wedding%20Trip%20Picts%20JDP/Picture144.jpg

My sister, Monica – (a.k.a. Panic – Dis name PanicAttack)

Cute and cuddly are the words I often use to describe her

http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/qq230/pheifej/Sister%20Trip/102_0695.jpg


My mom (a.k.a. Queenie)

Definitely the attention hog in this group, sometimes we have to physically restrain her

http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/qq230/pheifej/Phun%20Phest/DSC00022.jpg


My Dad (a.k.a. Grumpy)

Always Grumpy, never wants to have any fun.

http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/qq230/pheifej/Wedding%20Trip%20Picts%20JDP/000_0172.jpg

and a Special Guest appearance by Panic’s DBF, Greg

http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/qq230/pheifej/Wedding%20Trip%20Picts%20JDP/DSC00742JPG.jpg

I'm loading the pictures right now, so hopefully I'll have the first installment ready tonight.

Index

December

Day 1

Lunching like champions! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39397621&postcount=6)
Jiko! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39397838&postcount=7)

Day 2

How...How...How...What the Dude? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39400071&postcount=8)
South-of-the-boarder style (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39409639&postcount=14)
Mid-afternoon break (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39422411&postcount=20)
Ooo la la (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39438538&postcount=32)

Day 3

My Spidey Sense is tingling (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39449761&postcount=38)
How the freak out Panic... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39449825&postcount=39)
Refresh and Refuel (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39455609&postcount=44)
Joanna Meets an old Friend (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39455760&postcount=45)
Wizarding World of Crowds (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39462059&postcount=46)
More Crowds... I Mean Harry Potter (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39462089&postcount=47)

Comments from Panic

Mummy (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39482521&postcount=56)
The Forbidden Journey (aka: wait in line forever) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39515749&postcount=64)

Day 4

Flame Tree Yumminess (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39468771&postcount=54)
I'd like some Mayo with my Dino, thank you (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39532818&postcount=73)
Finding Fear (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39548512&postcount=82)
Adios Greg! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39559381&postcount=85)
Chillin' at the Boardwalk (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39562410&postcount=86)
Did someone say Gingerbread? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39562515&postcount=87)
Flyin' with the Fishes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39580815&postcount=90)

Day 5

Magical Mornings (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39587504&postcount=95)
How Many Rides Can You Ride in 30 Minutes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39611482&postcount=100)
Meanwhile... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39611499&postcount=101)
Guess What We do Next... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39626237&postcount=107)
Queenie and Panic, Reporting for Duty (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39646178&postcount=112)
Queenie and the Kona Kone (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39663684&postcount=116)
Kickin' it in the Wilderness (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39678634&postcount=121)

Day 6

I'm confused are you? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39694396&postcount=128)
AIE-tastic! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39796227&postcount=132)
The Art of being Panic (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39796243&postcount=133)
Naps, Cavities and Other Things (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39805107&postcount=138)
Mother Daughter Moments (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39841921&postcount=147)
Toy Story Mehym! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39885712&postcount=154)
Are you sick of Fantasmic Pictures yet? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39885844&postcount=155)
Fists of Rock and Osbourne Lights (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39965651&postcount=162)
More Lights... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39965692&postcount=163)
Yep...Still More Lights - and a Little Pixie Dust (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39965724&postcount=164)

Day 7

How to do AK without actually doing anything (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40022572&postcount=170)
Merry Margarita-mas (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40022596&postcount=171)
Squishy Baby Yettis (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40024396&postcount=175)
Black Raspberry Sherbert!
(http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40146999&postcount=182)

Day 8

We are Here to Change the World (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40160921&postcount=186)
World Showcase-a-licious (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40175160&postcount=190)
Conquering nine dragons (at once!) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40188525&postcount=195)
Merry Christmas, Dude from Blade Runner (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40198550&postcount=199)
IllumiNating (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40207847&postcount=205)

Day 9

Down(town) with the cold! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40227947&postcount=209)
How many bad photos can one post handle?
(http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40258695&postcount=214)Go Pack Go! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40304538&postcount=223)
OOO...More pretty lights (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40304618&postcount=224)
Even More pretty Lights (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40304639&postcount=225)
Holiday Wishes for...that bird (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40333723&postcount=231)
Rule Breakin' and Spine Savin' (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40391877&postcount=234)
The loooooooooooooong goodbye (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40427067&postcount=243)

Day 10

Le Fin (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40534471&postcount=255)

Bonus Features

Next Trip (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40570853&postcount=262)
The Lost Photos (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40570853&postcount=263)

Panic & Joanna Conquer the High Seas (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40950986&postcount=296)
Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40950991&postcount=297)

May

Plans

Starting Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40758114&postcount=271)
More Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40764649&postcount=280)
Even More Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40765718&postcount=284)
I promise these are the last plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40811443&postcount=291)

Friday

Allergy Eyes, Sandwiches and Wildfires (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40974831&postcount=301)
Welcome Home never felt so good! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41075719&postcount=308)

Saturday

Not wastin' a single minute (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41089507&postcount=313)
No, really I just want a 1 day park hopper. Really. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41100955&postcount=314)
Is the park open yet? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41107133&postcount=318)
Animation Frustration (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41107548&postcount=319)
Rockin' Nap time! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41120377&postcount=322)
Birds Nests and Band-Aids (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41133732&postcount=323)
I hope you like pictures of the AK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41133844&postcount=324)
For the love of Pretzels (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41133916&postcount=325)
Look Ma - I'm a Yetti! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41298768&postcount=335)
Am I allowed to ride the train without DH? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41312223&postcount=338)
The Mildest Ride in the Future of the Past (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41323939&postcount=342)
My Prince has come! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41325508&postcount=343)
Dynamite, Corndogs and Candy, what more could a girl want? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41338293&postcount=347)
4 parks by 4:00 - easy! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41350968&postcount=353)
Butter flies (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41351019&postcount=354)
Blame Canada (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41381702&postcount=359)
I smell London, I smell France (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41408376&postcount=362)
World Wanders (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41521638&postcount=367)
Hunger Pains (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41531282&postcount=371)
Finally, our Must-Do Epcot! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41651870&postcount=376)
Good Luck Panic (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41688677&postcount=383)


Sunday
Happy un-Mothers Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41742359&postcount=390)
Magical Distress (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41787631&postcount=395)

Bonus!
Alaska (part 1) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41823702&postcount=404)
Alaska (part 2) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41823728&postcount=405)
Alaska (part 3) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41823743&postcount=406)


September

Plans
Dining (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42009901&postcount=418)

TR

Prologue (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42750704&postcount=454)

Day 1

Animal House Airlines (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42750895&postcount=457)

Day 2

How many pictures can I take before the sun rises? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42752194&postcount=461) ....Continued (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42752217&postcount=462)...seriously, I warned you there were a lot of pictures (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42752235&postcount=463)
So much for de-stressing (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42762547&postcount=466)
When life gives you lemons, go to EPCOT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42762640&postcount=467)
Jounce and Squrim! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42762655&postcount=468)
Wandering the World (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42765438&postcount=473)
This Epcot has no Catchy Post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42776034&postcount=478)
Princess Joanna and the Force (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42786341&postcount=482)
Muppet Mayhem (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42797237&postcount=488)
Didn't your Mamma tell you there's no crying at Disney World? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42836054&postcount=495)

Day 3

When the going gets rough - Eat lobster! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42838149&postcount=502)
The (Bou)Tiki Gods fail me (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42846811&postcount=507)
Goldilox and the handbags (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42858166&postcount=510)
In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Room (you can thank me later) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42887596&postcount=517)
Pirates of the Broken Rides (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42890857&postcount=520)
Should I stay or should I go? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42890877&postcount=521)
Seriously guys, I have no idea what I was doing! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42890908&postcount=522)
Moment of truth...dun dun dun (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42890912&postcount=523)
Hey Mister, you have a pretty nice noggin! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42898463&postcount=531)
Splash Down (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42906161&postcount=538)
Train Rides and Crazy Crowds
(http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42917115&postcount=544)
A Poly-riffic Evening (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43031717&postcount=549)
Wishes and Wine Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43067837&postcount=552)
Wishes and Wine - Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43067849&postcount=553)

Day 4

Good Morning in 0-60 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43091926&postcount=557)
Stranger Danger (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43124235&postcount=563)
Gettin' Animated (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43133021&postcount=566)
The cookie of my dreams (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43156746&postcount=572)
Let the nerd be with you (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43230157&postcount=577)
Rockin' Rain-a-Coaster (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43657707&postcount=582)
Hello, my name is Joanna, and I'm a nerd (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43657736&postcount=583)
Another Thrilling Update (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43657968&postcount=584)
Food! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43658088&postcount=585)

Day 5

Last day Blues -Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44360982&postcount=595)
Last Day Blues - Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44361014&postcount=596)
Last Day Blues - Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44361016&postcount=597)
Last Day Blues - Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44362071&postcount=598)


Interlude Joanna & Panic on the High Seas (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44390580&postcount=604)


January

Change the plans again! Will we ever get there? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44423055&postcount=609)
Black truffle french fries and glow cubes - need I say more? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44620505&postcount=614)

Day 2
Day 2 and I'm bored already (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44632179&postcount=619)
A Tale as Old as Time (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44655462&postcount=624)
Be My Idol (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44712451&postcount=625)
The Force is With Us (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44835474&postcount=630)
Frozen Butts and Fire (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45405867&postcount=634)
A Mermaid, A Buzz, A Boat and A Steak (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45409951&postcount=638)

Day 3

More to come...

wdwgirl03
12-28-2010, 11:01 PM
Ooh, I get to be first. And here I was thinking I was late when I saw your post (and therefore a new TR link in your signature!) on Rachel's TR. :laughing: :rolleyes:

lovealldisney
12-29-2010, 09:35 AM
Yea for a new TR! Can't wait to read more! :thumbsup2

meeko_33785
12-30-2010, 08:21 AM
Looking forward to the report.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-03-2011, 06:25 PM
Ooh, I get to be first. And here I was thinking I was late when I saw your post (and therefore a new TR link in your signature!) on Rachel's TR. :laughing: :rolleyes:

:goodvibes Yay for being first!

Yea for a new TR! Can't wait to read more! :thumbsup2

Thanks for joining. Sorry it took so long to update, I got hit with the stupid post-plane sickness which is becoming like an every time thing. Grr.

Looking forward to the report.

Hi Meeko! Thanks for joining in!

Okay, here we goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-03-2011, 06:26 PM
Early morning flights just aren’t my thing. I mean I like arriving early, but getting up at 4 just isn’t for me. I drew the short straw and had to drive to the airport, and as we were driving in we learned that the entire freeway was unexpectedly closed that morning. Nothing like a little traffic nightmare to start off your vacation, right? Fortunately we found out about it early enough to change our route and go to the airport the back way, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

The line at security was outrageous, but we opted for the scan-y thing since my dad has an implanted defibulator and can’t go through the x-ray machine. It went pretty quickly – though both of my parents got stopped. My mom for having Kleenex in her pocket and my dad for not having his arms high enough. Really we can’t take them anywhere!

The flight was pretty uneventful, but we were running about 20 minutes late. Bizarrely, Panic’s flight that was supposed to land a minute after ours was also running 20 minutes late, so we still arrived at about the same time. Unfortunately, Greg’s flight was actually early, so he had to wait a little longer for us – but well we’re worth the wait.

We coordinated to meet at the giant tree – and soon we were on our way to the ME.

We actually had to wait in a line for the ME. We’re so spoiled. We waited about 15 minutes or so, and we were on our way.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/102_1027.jpg

And soon, we were headed through the familiar gate.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/102_1029-1.jpg

We were the 2nd stop, Even though we’d checked in online we waited an inordinate amount of time to check in. While we were checking in, we sent Panic and Queenie into the store to get lunch. It never occurred to any of us that the room wouldn’t be ready. So we ended up with 2 frozen pizzas, and nowhere to go.

It was raining, so we didn’t want to go outside, and all of the public areas were taken. So we ended up in a hallway having a nutritious lunch of cheetos and potato chips.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/102_1034.jpg
How classy are we?

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/102_1035.jpg

I’m sure we looked really pathetic sitting in the hallway stuffing our faces, but we were so hungry we didn’t care.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/102_1036.jpg


We ended up scoring seats in the library and vegging out for a bit. I was starting to get antsy so Grumpy and I decided to go for a walk. True to form, as we were walking out of the library, I got a text that our room was ready.

So we headed back and went to check out our room.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1137.jpg

Our luggage still hadn’t arrived, so we just half-slept, half-talked for a while., and ate cooked the pizza.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1140.jpg

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1139.jpg

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1138.jpg

We were pleasantly surprised how comfy the furniture was, we didn’t have high hopes after our room at BLT.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1141.jpg

Eventually, we broke out the wii, and open my Christmas present – a drawing tablet!

How does this work?

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1142.jpg

Maybe we should read the directions?

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1144.jpg

ohh is that what those things were?

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1143.jpg

We played Pictionary for a bit. It is really fun if you haven’t tried it yet?

not_Joanna_eggs
01-03-2011, 06:44 PM
We had 5:45 ADRs at Jiko. Originally I had a ADR at 7, but when we added a 6th person they made me change. I was okay with it because I figured it was a busy time of year and we’d be tired. I was kind of confused because the restaurant was nowhere near full – and ever became full the entire 90 minutes we were there.

Anyway, we headed over to Jambo House. Our first Disney Christmas Tree!

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1146.jpg

(oh hush you… okay, there’s one at Kidani, but I didn’t take a picture of it until later, so we’ll just pretend that we didn’t see it.)

Queenie Photo-bombed me!

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1145.jpg

We headed to Jiko and were seated pretty quickly.

They gave us an amuse-bouche. It was some kind of soup. I didn’t write down what it was, but it was strange and it had raisins. Not bad, not good, just weird.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1148.jpg

We split the cheese plate (good!)

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1149.jpg

And the African Dips (Meh.)

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1150.jpg


The have taken the filet with mac & cheese off the menu, but they made it for us anyway. YUM! Although Queenie said she wishes she would have followed Panic’s order instead.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1153.jpg

Panic had the short ribs (delicious!)

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1151.jpg

Greg had some weird vegetarian dish (too lazy to look it up now, sorry!) He really liked it.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/IMG_1152.jpg

Our old favorite Jiko didn’t disappoint, though I’m not sure it glowed either. But it was good, and ranked among our favorites of the trip.

We stopped at the store at Jambo to pick up some wine and other groceries, and discovered we could use our AP discount on it – even the wine. Awesome!

So we walked back to Kidani, and when we got back to the room and found our luggage waiting for us. So we all unpacked.

Then I set up our really pathetic Christmas tree.

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Charlie Brown ain’t got nuthin’ on me!

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After that, we cracked open a bottle of wine and played a few rousing rounds of Bananagrams.

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Then we played wii Pictionary.

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Um Queenie and I make the worst team ever – just FYI.


But the technology was really cool, and it was nice to just be all together.
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A nice boring first day.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-03-2011, 09:26 PM
The plan was to go to Epcot for rope drop, but you know us and our aversion to mornings, so we slept in a bit and headed to Epcot around 10:30. I was a bit worried about Soarin but I figured we had plenty of time, so if we didn’t get to Soarin’ today, we’d still be okay.

OMG it’s so early

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Wait… It’s 11:30… Nevermind

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We handed our tickets to DH and sent him off to get FPs for Soarin, and we headed to club cool. Which has become a strange tradition for us. Upon tasting Beverly, Queenie declared “this would be really good in an old fashioned.” Haha!

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Anybody got some whisky? Seriously – she went back for 2nds!

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Grumpy was not as impressed – he went for the Kinley instead.

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Our whistles whetted, we headed to the Living Seas

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The fountain was dry, so the seagulls weren’t moving, but they were still talking. The effect was really lost.

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This is why I love Disney – all the little details. The “flowers” outside Nemo look like coral!

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Next we met up with DH at Nemo. He had scored us FPs – for 7 pm! The line for Nemo was posted 30 minutes, but we go in it anyway.

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I’ll admit I started to panic a bit that we’d fall victim to the awful crowds and long lines of the Christmas season. But in reality, I’m just spoiled that we’ve never waited more than 10 minutes to ride Nemo, and the actual line was maybe a 20 minute wait, but in that line you keep moving and there’s so much to see that it didn’t feel horrible.

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Queenie and Grumpy have never seen Finding Nemo, so the story line was a bit lost on them, but the effects are still cool.

After Nemo, we wandered over to Crush.

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There was maybe a 5 minute wait. I was a little worried about Crush, since it is so child-oriented, but they loved it. We had a great Crush. He was so good at Ad-libbing.

During the Q&A session, there was this little boy who was called on and started a bit “How…How…How…What does Squirt look like?” Crush was hilarious. He bantered back and forth with the little kid and then said “I have a question for you… How…How..How…What does your Dad look like” So funny!

Because we’re all like 12, we spent the rest of the vacation saying “Dude” as much as possible. Even my parents!

TwiddleDeeTwiddleDum
01-03-2011, 09:48 PM
I enjoy your TR's - yeah, I found another

popcorn:: popcorn:: popcorn::

norybell
01-04-2011, 10:48 AM
I'm here! And I promise not to slack off and disappear for two months this time!


The line at security was outrageous, but we opted for the scan-y thing since my dad has an implanted defibulator and can’t go through the x-ray machine. It went pretty quickly – though both of my parents got stopped. My mom for having Kleenex in her pocket and my dad for not having his arms high enough. Really we can’t take them anywhere!

It's a commonly-known fact that terrorists totally use Kleenex. So they really can't be too careful. :rotfl:

I've had two really amazing meals at Jiko, and two eh ones. (Or maybe three amazing, one eh? I'm beginning to lose track.) But one thing I've definitely noticed isn't as good as it used to be is that dips trio...I have to remember not to order it again!

Now that I know you have a Wii...have you tried out Epic Mickey? I got it for Christmas, and man, it is a pain in the ***. Of course I'm addicted to it anyway.

Disneyland_Mama
01-04-2011, 11:12 AM
Oh my! I love your TR. Your sarcasm is subtly fantastic! ;):lmao:

You remind me of me, if I were you.

And your family? Totally like mine!

We even have a Grumpy, too. Except we call him Waldo.


Very excited to read on, as we're WDW bound with my crazy family for Christmas this year.



NOTE TO SELF: Bring the Wii and the UDraw. :thumbsup2

Panic Attack
01-04-2011, 11:32 AM
Now that I know you have a Wii...have you tried out Epic Mickey? I got it for Christmas, and man, it is a pain in the ***. Of course I'm addicted to it anyway.

We totally have Epic Mickey! Actually Joanna got a copy of it and we were playing it throughout the trip and then our dad bought me a copy when we left Disney. I'm definitely impressed. I was a huge fan of the Kingdom Hearts games and when they announced Epic Mickey it looked like it could be a little retro, but it doesn't hold it back at all.

For the past week that's all I've been doing. Using the Wii to play Epic Mickey and watch Netflix ^_^'

not_Joanna_eggs
01-04-2011, 05:17 PM
I enjoy your TR's - yeah, I found another

popcorn:: popcorn:: popcorn::

Welcome aboard!

I'm here! And I promise not to slack off and disappear for two months this time!



It's a commonly-known fact that terrorists totally use Kleenex. So they really can't be too careful. :rotfl:

I've had two really amazing meals at Jiko, and two eh ones. (Or maybe three amazing, one eh? I'm beginning to lose track.) But one thing I've definitely noticed isn't as good as it used to be is that dips trio...I have to remember not to order it again!

Now that I know you have a Wii...have you tried out Epic Mickey? I got it for Christmas, and man, it is a pain in the ***. Of course I'm addicted to it anyway.

Welcome Back! Glad you found your way over. :laughing: I forgot about the ever present Kleenex threat! I get that the have to stop you for anything -but seriously can you get more innocuous than Kleenex? You know, we ordered the the dips because I remembered them being really good. Glad to know I'm not loosing it - they are!

Like Panic says below, yes, I got Epic Mickey for Christmas too. It's cool - but I agree, it is a total PITA if you aren't used it that kind of game. But I too am totally addicted too!

Oh my! I love your TR. Your sarcasm is subtly fantastic! ;):lmao:

You remind me of me, if I were you.

And your family? Totally like mine!

We even have a Grumpy, too. Except we call him Waldo.


Very excited to read on, as we're WDW bound with my crazy family for Christmas this year.



NOTE TO SELF: Bring the Wii and the UDraw. :thumbsup2

Hmm.... that logic reminds me of me if I were you. Uncanny.

First off - your family is like mine? I'm sorry :laughing: Secondly, I should clarify, we actually call our Grumpy "Captain Crabby Pants", but that's too long to write, so Grumpy won out :rotfl:

We totally have Epic Mickey! Actually Joanna got a copy of it and we were playing it throughout the trip and then our dad bought me a copy when we left Disney. I'm definitely impressed. I was a huge fan of the Kingdom Hearts games and when they announced Epic Mickey it looked like it could be a little retro, but it doesn't hold it back at all.

For the past week that's all I've been doing. Using the Wii to play Epic Mickey and watch Netflix ^_^'


Regardless of what you say, it still sort of reminds me of Bugdom. :lmao: But it i super fun!

P.S. Tell Greg to send me his pictures!

not_Joanna_eggs
01-04-2011, 05:22 PM
After Crush, we were hungry. So we bid the Seas farewell.

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After a quick poll of what people wanted, we decided on Sunshine Seasons for the variety, so we headed to the Land.

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Panic and I were the designated table holders.

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DH and I split the beet and goat cheese salad and the seared tuna. Both were yummy!

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Panic and Greg each got a Ruben Panini, Grumpy got a turkey Panini, and Queenie got the goat cheese beet salad. We were too hungry to remember to take pictures.

As always, Sunshine Seasons was a winner for us. I just hate how wild it gets. If only it wasn’t adjacent to Soarin’

After lunch we headed out and caught a bit of Joyful! Which was a Christmas Music concert series. They were actually pretty good.

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At this point, we were ready for some serious thrills, so we headed to Mexico for the Gran Fiesta Tour. It’s a thrill a minute for realz.

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See so thrilling, it was like a blur!

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A new twist on a classic - Senior Portrait! Ole!

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I just love these fake fireworks. I know they’re cheesy, but they’re awesome!

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Wasn't that just the wildest ride ever?

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Caretames1
01-04-2011, 06:01 PM
Hello Wisconsin! ....I mean fellow Wisconsinite ( sorry, It never losses it's fun for me)

Anyhoo, Glad to see your back. I was wondering how Christmas in Disney went.

pixiegirl
01-04-2011, 07:42 PM
Your parents face in the last picture is priceless!!

Love the senior picture throwbacks. Definitely an oldy but goody!!

Princess_K
01-04-2011, 08:46 PM
I didn’t know you had started this TR. Luckily I saw it in your signature!

I just love Disney at Christmastime! I love seeing all the trees! Your Charlie Brown tree is too cute. At least you had some Christmas cheer in there :)

Too funny your mom liked the Beverley. I only tried that once and it was enough for me!

I always enjoy the Mexico boat ride. Such a nice break from my commando-touring ☺

On a side note...I got engaged on New Years Eve! We are so excited and are hoping for a Disney Wedding in the next few years. Your wedding TR was one of the ones that got me really excited about the idea!

meeko_33785
01-05-2011, 09:57 AM
Did I read that correctly? 7pm Fastpasses and a 20 minute wait for Nemo in the morning?! Sounds like some pretty good-sized crowds at Disney for Christmas.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-05-2011, 05:42 PM
Hello Wisconsin! ....I mean fellow Wisconsinite ( sorry, It never losses it's fun for me)

Anyhoo, Glad to see your back. I was wondering how Christmas in Disney went.

I so love "meeting" Wisconsinites on the DIS. The novelty just doesn't wear off!

Your parents face in the last picture is priceless!!

Love the senior picture throwbacks. Definitely an oldy but goody!!

I love that picture too. They were both looking at me like "why did you take us on that ride" Um... cuz it's awesome - you're welcome! :lmao:

There are a few senior portrait poses in the group! We amuse easily!

I didn’t know you had started this TR. Luckily I saw it in your signature!

I just love Disney at Christmastime! I love seeing all the trees! Your Charlie Brown tree is too cute. At least you had some Christmas cheer in there :)

Too funny your mom liked the Beverley. I only tried that once and it was enough for me!

I always enjoy the Mexico boat ride. Such a nice break from my commando-touring ☺

On a side note...I got engaged on New Years Eve! We are so excited and are hoping for a Disney Wedding in the next few years. Your wedding TR was one of the ones that got me really excited about the idea!

OMG! Congratulations!! :bride: WTG dbf (well now dfi) what a great way to start the new year!

I hope you get to have a Disney wedding! I'm so going through withdrawal not planning mine anymore! Let me know if you have any questions - I know I'm an old married lady now, but I did a TON of research when we were planning.

Disney at Christmas time is so fun! I highly recommend it. I was quite please with my tree, until we went to the boardwalk, and saw a bunch of rooms with full sized trees and lights on the balcony. I so had decoration envy!

I like the Mexico ride - my family not so much!

Did I read that correctly? 7pm Fastpasses and a 20 minute wait for Nemo in the morning?! Sounds like some pretty good-sized crowds at Disney for Christmas.

It definitely wasn't January or September crowds, but trust me - we haven't even hit the tip of the crowd iceburg...

not_Joanna_eggs
01-05-2011, 05:47 PM
After our exhausting thrill-o-minute trek around Mexico, we were in dire need of replenishment. So it was off to la Cava del Tequila for us!

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Hmm…. Now these are our kind of thrills

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Now be honest, you haven’t seen smiles from us this big yet on the trip!

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Wouldn’t you smile if these pretties were greeting you?

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DH got an Avacado Margarita
Queenie had a Passion Fruit Margarita
I had the Blood Orange Margarita
Grumpy had a Classic Margarita
Panic had a Magic Blue Margarita
Greg had some kind of tequila – I can’t remember which one.

So colorful!

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Okay, so lets recap. Pre-Margarita.

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Post-Margarita.

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Tequilla does a Grumpy dad Good!

After our cocktails, we headed to the International gateway

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We hopped onto a friendship boat and headed towards our destination.

Do you have to be friendly on a friendship boat?

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Um…No, don’t be stupid

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We soaked in the scenery of lovely crescent lake.

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Where were we headed?

The Dolphin.

This picture doesn’t do this tree justice. It was gygundo-huge-ginormous!

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We were at the Dolphin to collect our rental car. Panic was able to score us a super-secret discount on the car – so we felt validated in inviting her along.

After picking up the car, we decided to head back to the room for a while. And we’re so glad we did – the animals were definately

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It was feeding time, for the giraffes, and there was one giraffe that apparently had been sick for the last two weeks, and this was the first day he had been out in a while. He was so excited he was chasing the truck – I mean RUNNING – it was so funny. This giant giraffe and he was acting like a little puppy!

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After we got bored with the giraffes, we broke out Epic Mickey and played for a while. A nice afternoon break.

pixiegirl
01-05-2011, 08:45 PM
Tequila always makes everything better!!!

Princess_K
01-05-2011, 10:21 PM
Those margaritas look so good! I'm adding that to the to-do list too :)

I will probably definitely have questions throughout the planning process. There are just so many options, and if we get to do the Disney wedding, it'll be budget friendly so going down to see the locations will be out. I"ll have to rely on other people's opinions! I'm glad to know you're here for me :goodvibes

meeko_33785
01-06-2011, 08:11 AM
Gotta love watching the animals from your room. :thumbsup2

thechesters420
01-06-2011, 08:27 AM
Love your trip report so far! Where is that margarita place located? I have to go!!

Panic Attack
01-06-2011, 12:15 PM
Love your trip report so far! Where is that margarita place located? I have to go!!

Go to Mexico in Epcot. Enter the pyramid-thingie, walk past the colorful animal statue makers, take the RIGHT-HAND ramp down to the main area inside, and look to your right. There'll be a stone-looking archway-type door with a menu stand in front of it. That's Cava del Tequila. It is mucho awesome-o. We've hardly ever had to wait to get a seat / table in there. Kind of amazing, since the bar is pretty small.

^_^

thechesters420
01-06-2011, 12:29 PM
Go to Mexico in Epcot. Enter the pyramid-thingie, walk past the colorful animal statue makers, take the RIGHT-HAND ramp down to the main area inside, and look to your right. There'll be a stone-looking archway-type door with a menu stand in front of it. That's Cava del Tequila. It is mucho awesome-o. We've hardly ever had to wait to get a seat / table in there. Kind of amazing, since the bar is pretty small.

^_^



I can't wait! Thank you so much!!

norybell
01-06-2011, 03:08 PM
On a side note...I got engaged on New Years Eve! We are so excited and are hoping for a Disney Wedding in the next few years. Your wedding TR was one of the ones that got me really excited about the idea!

Congrats, Princess K! My DH and I got engaged last year on NYE -- it certainly is a wonderful way to start the year!

Joanna, I can't help but think that the Mexico ride would have been even more thrilling (hard to imagine, I know) if you had visited the tequila bar first!

Speaking of drinking, and Wisconsin (OK, not like we were necessarily speaking of these things, but I'm dealing with a bit of a cold medicine situation today, my brain is affected)...we were at my parents over the holidays, and we went out to lunch, where my DH ordered a Bloody Mary.

He was shocked to see that it came with meat (Slim Jim) and cheese (cheddar) on the toothpick, along with the more-typical olive and celery.

Classic Wisconsin!

not_Joanna_eggs
01-06-2011, 05:16 PM
Tequila always makes everything better!!!

Why yes, yes it does! :thumbsup2

It works double-especially extra if you combine your tequila with a glow cube :laughing:

Those margaritas look so good! I'm adding that to the to-do list too :)

I will probably definitely have questions throughout the planning process. There are just so many options, and if we get to do the Disney wedding, it'll be budget friendly so going down to see the locations will be out. I"ll have to rely on other people's opinions! I'm glad to know you're here for me :goodvibes

Definately put the Cava on your list! My favorites are the blood orange and Jalapeno margaritas. So good. We average at least 2 visits a trip num-o!

If you haven't already, check out the disney wedding blog - she's got great detail about all the sites. I'm sad that it wasn't around when I was planning. But seriously, feel free to ask away. We were lucky enough to have 2 site visits and a planning session, so I'm happy to share!

Gotta love watching the animals from your room. :thumbsup2

I didn't think we'd be as into the Savannah view as we were, but I'm SO glad I sprung for the extra points. It was so worth it. You never get over that "OMG there's a giraffe outside my window!" feeling.

Love your trip report so far! Where is that margarita place located? I have to go!!

Go to Mexico in Epcot. Enter the pyramid-thingie, walk past the colorful animal statue makers, take the RIGHT-HAND ramp down to the main area inside, and look to your right. There'll be a stone-looking archway-type door with a menu stand in front of it. That's Cava del Tequila. It is mucho awesome-o. We've hardly ever had to wait to get a seat / table in there. Kind of amazing, since the bar is pretty small.

^_^

I can't wait! Thank you so much!!

Yep, what she said. In fact, I *think* the only time it was super crowded is when we went there for my bacholerette party and it had just opened a month or so before, AND the canteena was closed for referb. Otherwise, it's a hidden little delicious gem! Panic's step by step directions are spot on!

Congrats, Princess K! My DH and I got engaged last year on NYE -- it certainly is a wonderful way to start the year!

Joanna, I can't help but think that the Mexico ride would have been even more thrilling (hard to imagine, I know) if you had visited the tequila bar first!

Speaking of drinking, and Wisconsin (OK, not like we were necessarily speaking of these things, but I'm dealing with a bit of a cold medicine situation today, my brain is affected)...we were at my parents over the holidays, and we went out to lunch, where my DH ordered a Bloody Mary.

He was shocked to see that it came with meat (Slim Jim) and cheese (cheddar) on the toothpick, along with the more-typical olive and celery.

Classic Wisconsin!

See, that's why we had to do the ride first. Tequila first would have pushed us waaaaaaaay over the excitement limit. :laughing:

It's okay, with me, I'm always thinking about drinking and Wisconsin, so those subjects are never off-subject.

Seriously, it was a sad day for me when I learned that in the rest of the country you don't get lunch served with your bloody. I'm sort of surprised your DH didn't also get Shrimp and a pickle - that's the "proper" way :lmao: Also devastating is there you can't order a good old fashioned out of state either. Reasons 3 & 7 why I probably won't ever live outside of WI :rotfl:



Okay, My update today will be a little later. DH and I are having a discussion about whether or not we should go on one more weekend trip for our anniversary in 2 weeks! I found really cheap airfare, and he seemed pretty interested, so fingers crossed!

wdwgirl03
01-06-2011, 05:31 PM
Ok really, your mom got stopped for having Kleenex in her pocket?! I guess I better plan on being stopped then. :rotfl:

That Wii drawing tablet looks really cool!

I'm curious to hear more about the crowds...we've been after Christmas a bunch of times so we've seen it pretty crazy. My dad just subscribed to one of those websites where you can check out wait times and crowd calendars. Apparently on NYE (or sometime last week) the wait for Maelstrom was 200 minutes. :scared1: And yes, I meant 200.

Disneyland_Mama
01-06-2011, 06:26 PM
Well, if that isn't a picture of happiness, I don't know what is!

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Oh WAIT! Now THERE'S a picture of happiness!
:lmao:

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Ahhh, the Tequila bar, lovingly know as "The Ditch" with our folk has quickly become our go-to spot to get away from the elements (and crowds) and add a little happiness to our day. :thumbsup2

The Avocado Margarita is hands-down my fave, but that Blood-Orange one, looks mighty tasty! :thumbsup2

not_Joanna_eggs
01-06-2011, 06:40 PM
Ok really, your mom got stopped for having Kleenex in her pocket?! I guess I better plan on being stopped then. :rotfl:

That Wii drawing tablet looks really cool!

I'm curious to hear more about the crowds...we've been after Christmas a bunch of times so we've seen it pretty crazy. My dad just subscribed to one of those websites where you can check out wait times and crowd calendars. Apparently on NYE (or sometime last week) the wait for Maelstrom was 200 minutes. :scared1: And yes, I meant 200.

Yes, she really got stopped for Kleenex. They tell you to make sure your pockets are empty. She didn't realize she had the kleenex in it, and they stopped her and patted her down.

I don't want to give too much away, but I will say at Disney, we never waited more than 25 minutes for anything. But that was using Tour Guide Mike's green days and general DIS tips. On Christmas day, we saw the posted time on Soarin' was 200 minutes at one point - but we didn't wait in that line :rotfl:

We actually all commented that (and I reiterate) at Disney we did a really good job at avoiding the crowds and long lines. We could tell that on the 23rd it got a lot more crowded, but by going early in the morning, we hardly waited in lines. But the crowds weren't unbearable as I'd worried they would be.

We did run into unbearable crowds, but I'll get into that when the time comes....





So DH and I talked and we decided not to go to Disney in January. I'm kind of bummed, because it would be cool to have an anniversary dinner are California Grill, but we've got a lot more years for that. Plus we were just there. And we're definitely going in September, so it's a win win I suppose :)

not_Joanna_eggs
01-06-2011, 09:18 PM
Soon, we were back on the bus headed back to Epcot.

I haven’t seen these lighted sidewalk pieces before. They’re awesome.

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Next, we were finally able to cash in those FPs for a flight on Soarin’. You know there was no way I’d be standing in that 120 minute line!

Even with a FP – the line is still BORING

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Seriously Soarin' get an exciting line!

Soarin’ impressed both Queenie and Grumpy – which is quite a feat. Though this is the first time I’ve been on it and people didn’t clap when it was done.

After Soarin, I suggested we go to Greg’s favorite…

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Capitan EO! He looked at me like I had suggested we launch a campaign against sunshine and fluffy bunnies. Um. NO! So we just wandered around.

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We happened upon the British Invasion. So we stopped and listened for a while.

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Afterwards, we went to take some pictures and as we were walking to the picture spot, I stepped wrong and off the curb and face planted right onto the sidewalk. There’s nothing worse than tripping in public. Except maybe tripping in front of your family. Especially when you have a family full of really helpful people who all swarm around you trying to help and you just want to get up and pretend it never happened. Unfortunately for me, it did happen and my ankle was sore for the rest of the trip. Not enough to slow me down, but enough to make me have to pop a few advil every day.

See the look of sheer pain in my eyes?

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This sent us on a picture taking frenzy!

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Photogenic we're not

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After posing for a few pictures, we headed to Bistro de Paris for our ADR. They also made me change times when I added a 6th person, and the restaurant was never more than ½ full. That really ticked me off.

We started off with a mushroom mouse amuse-bouche

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We ranked this about a 4 out of 10. It would have been better warm.

Grumpy and Monica got the Duck Pate

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Greg, DH and I got the escargot

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Queenie got butternut squash soup.

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For our Entrée, I got the sea bass and gnocchi

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Greg and DH for the Pork Tenderloin
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(here’s a picture of DH’s so you can see the portion difference between the regular menu and the prix-fixe menu)

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Queenie got the lobster risotto

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Grumpy and Panic got the Duck

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Pictures out of the way, it was time to eat!

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Everything was good, but not great. I was expecting so much more, given its hoity-toity reputation and atmosphere.

After our entrees, Panic and Greg ordered coffee drinks, and Queenie ordered a coffee, and DH and I were waiting for our desserts.

This is where the service took a nose dive from okay to awful.

We waited for the coffees and our desserts for an easy 30 minutes

So much for our goal of watching IllumiNations. We could sort of see them from the window, but we’d have to come back and catch it another day.

Seriously, are you going to Columbia to get the coffee yourself?

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Then when our chocolate almond cake came, imagine my dismay when it came with a strawberry, even though I made mention of my allergy on our reservation, and when we sat down.


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The service wasn’t “French”, in France they don’t ignore you, they give you time to eat. This was out and out ignoring. I was disappointed. I was expecting a lot more.

After we finally could leave, Epcot was closed, and so we made our way to the front of the park.

My mom was worried we’d be swept from the park and forced onto the “naughty” bus. Apparently this happened to us once in the 90s, and she forever lives in fear of the naughty bus. LOL

When got back to the resort and some of us played Epic Mickey, and the rest of us watched our Packers fall to the Patriots . But we went to sleep rather early, we had a big day the next day.

meeko_33785
01-07-2011, 07:49 AM
The queue in Soarin' could use a little more excitment, couldn't it? I know it had those games, but I've never seen them on and the Fastpass line skips right over them. :confused3

Sorry to hear that Bistro de Paris was so disappointing. I've never been there, but I thought that they'd have better service than that.

Princess_K
01-07-2011, 09:27 AM
I've actually spent a lot of time on the Disney Wedding Blog...she does a great job with it!

You all looked so nice in this update. But how disappointing about Bistro. At least you can say you've tried it :thumbsup2

That stinks about your ankle. What a thing to happen so early into a trip. I hope it didn't bother you too much!

norybell
01-07-2011, 10:32 AM
Seriously, it was a sad day for me when I learned that in the rest of the country you don't get lunch served with your bloody. I'm sort of surprised your DH didn't also get Shrimp and a pickle - that's the "proper" way :lmao: Also devastating is there you can't order a good old fashioned out of state either. Reasons 3 & 7 why I probably won't ever live outside of WI :rotfl:

I've seen the shrimp elsewhere...the slim jim/cheddar combo was new to me, though!

Okay, My update today will be a little later. DH and I are having a discussion about whether or not we should go on one more weekend trip for our anniversary in 2 weeks! I found really cheap airfare, and he seemed pretty interested, so fingers crossed!

Bummer that this didn't work out! If you had gone, though, we would have just missed each other for the second time...I'm going in 3 weeks. This addiction is getting out of hand.


Even with a FP – the line is still BORING

Seriously. Possibly the most boring line in the universe. And why does it always take so long, even with a FP?

Afterwards, we went to take some pictures and as we were walking to the picture spot, I stepped wrong and off the curb and face planted right onto the sidewalk. There’s nothing worse than tripping in public. Except maybe tripping in front of your family. Especially when you have a family full of really helpful people who all swarm around you trying to help and you just want to get up and pretend it never happened. Unfortunately for me, it did happen and my ankle was sore for the rest of the trip. Not enough to slow me down, but enough to make me have to pop a few advil every day.

Aw, that really sucks. At least they didn't laugh? I'm pretty sure my family would've been laughing their b u t t s off at me.

Photogenic we're not

Baloney. You all look really nice! - perfect for a Christmas card!

After posing for a few pictures, we headed to Bistro de Paris for our ADR. They also made me change times when I added a 6th person, and the restaurant was never more than ½ full. That really ticked me off.

Do you think it's because of the online reservation system? I'm really torn over how I feel about it...I love being able to make reservations so easily, but everywhere I've eaten these past few trips has been at least partly empty (even Le Cellier!), so it doesn't seem like it should be so hard to make ressies!

It's too bad Bistro was a disappointment...bad service is the pits.

My mom was worried we’d be swept from the park and forced onto the “naughty” bus. Apparently this happened to us once in the 90s, and she forever lives in fear of the naughty bus. LOL

:lmao: See, now maybe it says something disturbing about myself, but I'd get a total kick out of leaving a Disney park on the "naughty bus"!

Caretames1
01-07-2011, 06:45 PM
Good thing you weren't hurt in your fall. My family would have pee'd themselves before they helped me up!
Sometimes I think fancy isn't all what it's cracked up to be. I get good service at Taco Bell:lmao:

not_Joanna_eggs
01-07-2011, 06:58 PM
The queue in Soarin' could use a little more excitment, couldn't it? I know it had those games, but I've never seen them on and the Fastpass line skips right over them. :confused3

Sorry to hear that Bistro de Paris was so disappointing. I've never been there, but I thought that they'd have better service than that.

I'm so not a fan of the Soarin' line. Good thing the ride is so exciting!

I was really bummed by the Bistro. I wish we would have saved the cash and just gone to Chefs instead.

I've actually spent a lot of time on the Disney Wedding Blog...she does a great job with it!

You all looked so nice in this update. But how disappointing about Bistro. At least you can say you've tried it :thumbsup2

That stinks about your ankle. What a thing to happen so early into a trip. I hope it didn't bother you too much!

Yeah, that also bummed me out, we dressed up a bit for dinner, and people were totally scrubby there. I know it is in a park, but i thought the whole no DDP would mean it would be a bit nice. Oh well, at least we tried it.

I've seen the shrimp elsewhere...the slim jim/cheddar combo was new to me, though!

Bummer that this didn't work out! If you had gone, though, we would have just missed each other for the second time...I'm going in 3 weeks. This addiction is getting out of hand.

Seriously. Possibly the most boring line in the universe. And why does it always take so long, even with a FP?

Aw, that really sucks. At least they didn't laugh? I'm pretty sure my family would've been laughing their b u t t s off at me.

Baloney. You all look really nice! - perfect for a Christmas card!

Do you think it's because of the online reservation system? I'm really torn over how I feel about it...I love being able to make reservations so easily, but everywhere I've eaten these past few trips has been at least partly empty (even Le Cellier!), so it doesn't seem like it should be so hard to make ressies!

It's too bad Bistro was a disappointment...bad service is the pits.



:lmao: See, now maybe it says something disturbing about myself, but I'd get a total kick out of leaving a Disney park on the "naughty bus"!

Our neighborhood bar serves bloodys with slim jims, cheese wedges, shrimp, pickle, celery So yummy!

Ohh another trip? I'm jealous. The addiction is real isn't it! Have an awesome trip!

Yeah, there is something wrong with the system for Soarin. The line is like painful.

My family didn't laugh. They know better. Once when were were riding horses in Sweden, my horse was a bit on the chunky side, and while we were running, the saddle loosened up and so while we were standing still, the saddle slipped and I rolled off the horse with my foot caught in the stirrups. The horse started walking and eating dragging me behind. My family was laughing hysterically the other people in the group came running. It was so funny.

I think your right, I think the online reservation system has really changed things. Not that I'm complaining when restaurants aren't full, but when I can't get a reservation because the number of people I have isn't what the computer thinks I should have and the restaurant is 1/2 full then something just isn't working right!

Haha... your love of the naughty bus does say a lot :rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
01-07-2011, 07:00 PM
Before we went to sleep, I told everyone they needed to be out the door by 7:30. I knew this was a lofty goal for this group, since getting us anywhere is like hearding squirrels, but I thought we should try…

What do you know, we were piling into the rental car by 7:45. Not bad squirrels, not bad at all…

Soon we were at our destination…

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That’s right… It was Harry Potter day!

I think that Disney has spoiled us, because the parking at Universal was awful, lots of winding and walking without really knowing where we were going.

We got there right after 8:00, and it was pretty deserted.

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Grumpy and I haven’t been to Universal since 1999, Panic an Queenie were there in 2004, so this was all new territory for us.

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Our game plan was to do Spiderman and then head to Harry Potter to see what the line was like.

Grumpy has been taking about wanting to go back on Spiderman since 1999, so this was #1 on the list. We got there and the wait was posted as 0 minutes.

What the queue looks like when you’re dad is dragging you behind him like a puppy on their first walk.

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Coooooooooooooooome ooooooooooooooon… You’re slooooooooooooooowing me dooooooooooown

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It was literally walk on, and soon we were roaming the mean streets trying to get the scoop. This is a great ride.

When we got out, there still was no line, so Grumpy empathically “suggested” we ride again. Queenie decided to sit this one out, so she waited for us, as we rode again.

We seriously considered a 3rd ride, but decided that the Hulk was calling us instead.

The line here was a little longer, about 10 minutes

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Which is good, because as waited, we got in character….

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you puny roller coaster – we will conquer you.

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Something happened on this ride that has NEVER happened to me before. The harness wouldn’t close. It wasn’t my gut – there was plenty of room there. It was my DDDs! There were 3 staff members trying to get it closed. Then suddenly this tiny girl came up and got it closed. But my chest was numb! I couldn’t feel the girls. It kind of felt lonely – I was worried they would fall off.

The ride was fun, but I was really worried about Harry Potter since I hadn’t heard of anyone not fitting in the Hulk. Needless to say, we only rode this one once!

Then we headed through Comic Island.


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It was cold – like in the 40s, so we all voted not to do any water rides. was about 8:45 at this point, so we thought “well it’s still early, the Harry Potter line can’t be too bad.” So we thought we’d check it out.

Well we walked like 10 smack into a wall of people.

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Um… This is the line for Harry Potter? That better be some delicious pumpkin juice!

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Panic and Greg ran ahead to see what the story was…. They made it to the Jurassic Park gate, and found out it was a 90 minute wait from that point to get into line to get a ticket to get into Harry Potter World. Yes, you heard me right it was a 90 minute line to get into another 60 minute line to be able to get into a 2 hr line for FJ. Um…. Yeah… No! Apparently this is where all the people were!

We figured that it must be a early morning thing, so we decided we’d come back. We consulted the map and decided that the only other rides we were interested in were all water rides and we really had no interest in being wet. So, we decided to head to Universal and come back to HP in the afternoon.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-07-2011, 07:05 PM
At this point, we were all kind of hungry, so we set out in search of breakfast. We found a Starbucks – we were going through massive withdrawl.

This is sooo good, why can’t Disney have coffee like this?

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Must suck up every last drop of real coffee before going back to Disney…

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After Starbucks, we headed towards Universal.

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The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons were up all over the park. It was kind of a fun holiday thing.

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It was about 9:15, and the park opened at 9:00, so there was a bit of a line for the Shrek movie, but it wasn’t the HP line, so we hopped in. It was a 20 minute line or so.

The line was promising

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Hmm… cleaver.

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Maybe this won’t be so bad?
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There better not be any ogre burps – ala Stitch.

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Okay, this line was pretty boring too – well not Soarin’ boring. But still

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So, um… yeah… the movie makes no sense. You’re supposed to be in a dungeon, but then your watching a movie, it just makes no sense what so ever.

After Shrek, we decided to walk towards Rip it Rock it to check out the line. It was 40 minutes, so we decided to pass. We went to the Mummy instead. Queenie and Grumpy struck out on their own, and we went into line.

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Now, something you need to know about Panic is she is a total Necrophobe. Like afraid of the Haunted Mansion, hates ghosts, mummies and other dead things. But she decided to stick it out and ride it anyway – what a trooper!

Do you think there will be Mummies on the Revenge of the Mummy ride?

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Donde esta le fast pass?

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Don’t stare directly at the ceiling – you will become a mummy

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Oops too late.

In the first room, of the ride, there is a part where 6 mummies pop up. We heard a yelp from Panic, and then she closed her eyes for the rest of the ride. When asked she said the ride "felt good" LOL! The rest of the ride was okay. There was a fire effect that was really cool, but the ride tired to have a story and again the story made no sense what so ever, so spoiled by Disney.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-07-2011, 07:12 PM
Good thing you weren't hurt in your fall. My family would have pee'd themselves before they helped me up!
Sometimes I think fancy isn't all what it's cracked up to be. I get good service at Taco Bell:lmao:

Ack - how'd I miss you?

My family like lurched on me trying to help. I hate that feeling!

:rotfl: See I get crappy service at Taco Bell too -maybe it's just me :rotfl:

wdwgirl03
01-07-2011, 09:11 PM
Yeah, the WWOHP line can be nutty. We were glad we went and got in line first thing in the morning because when we left the crowd you described was kind of like that. OK not quite that crazy but still bad. :scared1:

Maybe I'm just a Disney snob :snooty: but I didn't care for the Shrek movie either. But then again I don't really like Shrek period. I think I'm the only one on the face of this planet who doesn't. Everyone seems to love it.

luckylady
01-08-2011, 08:20 AM
Just read all of the report. Nice room you had. As for WWoHP ya we went there in July stayed at Portafina Bay and was glad we did just for that reason. Long lines to get in.Crazy long. What a great time you had. Can't wait to read more.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-08-2011, 09:40 AM
Yeah, the WWOHP line can be nutty. We were glad we went and got in line first thing in the morning because when we left the crowd you described was kind of like that. OK not quite that crazy but still bad. :scared1:

Maybe I'm just a Disney snob :snooty: but I didn't care for the Shrek movie either. But then again I don't really like Shrek period. I think I'm the only one on the face of this planet who doesn't. Everyone seems to love it.


Just wait until we actually go into WWOHP. Universal was the one place where we really felt the "Christmas Week" crowds. We probally should have gone first thing, but with when we arrived, I'm not sure it would have made a difference. It was a crowded day. When we left, there was a 90 wait for the sneeches ride - at like 8 pm.

I like Shrek - actually my family thinks I look like Princess Fiona - in ogre form. I know it sounds weird, but I totally see it - I used to have red hair too! It was kind of uncanny, well except the whole I don't have green skin or ears poking out of my forhead, but other than that I'm a dead ringer :laughing:

Just read all of the report. Nice room you had. As for WWoHP ya we went there in July stayed at Portafina Bay and was glad we did just for that reason. Long lines to get in.Crazy long. What a great time you had. Can't wait to read more.

Welcome aboard! We liked our room it was a good size. A bit of a come-down from the Grand Villa at BLT we stayed in last January, but it was a good size for us.

We all commented about the lines at Universal. After the 10, nothing had less than a 30 minute wait. Everything just seemed crowded. We never experienced that feeling at Disney.

You won't have to wait long - next update is coming up shortly

not_Joanna_eggs
01-08-2011, 09:44 AM
After the Mummy ride, we finally convinced Panic to re-open her eyes. What a trooper, even if she did only last 20 seconds into the ride.

Since Queenie and Grumpy did’t join us on the Mummy ride, we had pre arranged a meeting spot by this giant tree.

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Queenie? Grumpy Where are you?

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Meanwhile, Grumpy and Queenie were rocking out to the Blues Brothers

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We’re waiting…

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And waiting,…

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Then the Blues Brothers’ concert ended…

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and we met up with Queenie and Grumpy.

We decided it was time for lunch, so on a decision based solely on proximity, we had lunch at Finnegan’s.

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I’m so hungry I could eat you!

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Hmm… My Guinness looks funny…

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It was a nice pub/bar atmosphere.

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We ordered the Onion straws to start with

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Grumpy got the scotch eggs.

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Queenie and I split the Sheppard’s Pie

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Queenie liked it, I didn’t so much – I should have ordered the Scotch Egg instead!

Greg got a Guinness stew.

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Panic got some kind of sandwich? (my notes don't say what it is...maybe she remembers?)

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DH got theCorned Beef and Cabbage

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Food is good. Must eat now.

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not_Joanna_eggs
01-08-2011, 09:56 AM
After lunch we headed towards the MIB ride.

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First we checked out the line for Jaws – 40 minutes and you get wet. No thanks!

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At last MIB

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Except there was a 120 minute wait. Not for us! Same with the Simpson’s ride though I think that might have been a 140. Since none of us are huge Simpson's fans, it was easy to cross that one off the list.

So we headed over to ET.

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Freaky Flowers!

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ET Phone Home?

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This ride could use an update or 12.

After ET, there was a little holiday show that totally wigged me out. Why on earth would Scooby, Shaggy, The man in the Yellow Hat and Woody the ‘Pecker be dancing together?

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Oh yeah, the man in the yellow hat was rapping

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It was like a train wreck, we couldn’t stop looking

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But I was excited to see Woody the Pecker – my childhood fave.

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For those of you that didn't read my PTR, When I was little - like 2 or 3 - I used to love Woody the Woodpecker, but I would call him Woody the Pecker and when I would see him I'd get excited and run around in circles yelling Woody the Pecker Woody the Pecker :rotfl:

I can’t describe on how many levels this show was wrong.

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Just WTH?

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By this point it was after 3, so we started walking towards the exit to head back to IOA.

Along the way we ran into my favorite blue monster.

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Along the way, they were recruiting people to go into the Horror Makeup show…. So we decided to check it out.

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I don’t know, the over the top predictable comedy is just not my cup of tea.

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After the Horror Make-up show, we decided to head back to IOA and hope the line for WWOHP was shorter.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-08-2011, 07:26 PM
This time we made it past Jurassic Park – things were looking up!

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Then we hit the wall of ropes and lines. We had no idea where we were supposed to go or what we were supposed to do. There was no signage, or staff people directing you where to go – just people telling you were in the wrong place.

So essentially what we had to do was get into a line in order to get a ticket. Once we got the ticket, we had to go into another line to get into HP world, so we could have the privilege of waiting in more lines. Ugh.

This Harry Potter fella better be worth it.

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Oh toto, I don’t think we’re in Disney anymore.

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After an hour or so of wandering around and finding the line we were supposed to be in, we finally caught a glimpse of the holy grail.

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It was so blinding, we had to look in the other direction.

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Finally, after about an hour, we got our tickets and got into the 2nd line. After about 90 minutes total we were walking into Harry Potter world….

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Immediately we were struck by the detail and beauty of the world.

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Almost instantly after we were struck by the detail we were smacked in the face by the immense wall of people.

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It was just wall to wall people everywhere.

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Nothing was marked, we had no idea where to go or what lines were for what or where things were or how to get anywhere. It was just sensory overload.

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Queenie and I just melted down there were too many people so we broke from the group, found a bench and waited in the one line that we could discern.

Pumpkin juice!

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DH, Panic, Greg and Grumpy braved the line for FJ. It was posted as 3 hrs.

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They had a good view of Hogwarts

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Just look at the people – seriously this is in the “line”

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Hey there’s no people up here!

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Meanwhile, Queenie and I camped out near the Owl Post.

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not_Joanna_eggs
01-08-2011, 07:29 PM
The others were still in line.

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Maybe I stand corrected… this could be the most boring line ever.

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Eventually Grumpy decided to come join us, the crazy line got to him. But Panic, Greg and DH soldiered on. I thought about joining them, I did. But every time I ventured out of our little spot I was just smacked with people. I just couldn’t handle it. So instead, we headed over to the Hogs Head and got a butter beer!

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Meanwhile – they were still waiting.

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Yep, still waiting.

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It had been over an hour and they weren’t even in the castle yet.

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The sign said 60 minutes – LIES! Since they had already been in the line for over an hour!

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Their comment was that the lockers need to be marked better.

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They all came back with notes on how to improve this process –it was just a hot mess.

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Meanwhile, we had more Pumpkin juice!

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They finally made it into Hogwarts.

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Sorting hat!

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and lots of people.

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Apparently DH was really fascinated by the hat.

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Luckily Panic had a stroke of genius and they hoppped into the single rider line - it cut their wait time in 1/2. And there wait time was close to 3 hrs - so just imagine.

Meanwhile….. I played solitare….

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Finally, they rejoined is and we got some more butter beer. Panic learned a valuable lesson…. DO NOT STIR YOUR BUTTER BEER. Just don’t do it.

Eventually, we bid farewell to Harry Potter world and our 6 million new friends.

After fighting all those crowds we were just done, so we headed back to the car.

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Our verdict. It was fun, but we’re probably okay for the next 10 years. The crowds were just outrageous they could have done a lot to help the situation, but as it was it was uncomfortable and not fun.

So we headed to Downtown Disney!

Specifically, Fultons. We didn’t have an ADR, but we were seated right away.

Panic, Greg and Grumpy split the seafood tower. Queenie, DH and I split crab claws, the mussles/clams and conch fritters. We were so hungry and tired we forgot pictures. Sorry!

It was quite good as always. Fultons ranks up there with Kona as a trusty standby that never disappoints. Mmmm.. I want some Fulton’s now.

After dinner we were all just spent so we headed back to the room to play some Epic Mickey and catch some zzzzzz.

luckylady
01-08-2011, 09:35 PM
I agree they could have done a better job with lines etc.. Did you try the frozen butterbeer? IMHO it is better then the reg. one.Think i'ts going to be awhile before I agree togo there again. I didn't care for the two parks. Disney spoiled me.So what park did you hit next?

portobello_rd
01-08-2011, 10:02 PM
Yay its so nice to see you have another trip report going! i live through your words, since i still have 250 days to wait till i go on my first visit in 25 years! haha.
so what did you think of the butterbeer? i hear you love it or hate it. and what the topping on it?
hope your keeping warm in the frigid weather we have going on!
play off packer game tomorrow, woot woot, we're going to totally fudge it somehow, but here's hoping!

Caretames1
01-09-2011, 09:24 AM
WOW :scared1: Way to crowded for me, I would have been so unhappy. I'm a "this is my dance space" kinda gal ;) Good thing my kiddos aren't into HP. I think I need about 65 more trips to Disney before I go somewhere else.


!GO PACKERS!

wdwgirl03
01-09-2011, 10:28 AM
While it was crowded when we went I don't think it was nearly as crowded as it was for you guys. But I do agree, they could have done a better job marking the lockers and even the single rider line. We had to ask how to get in the single rider line.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-09-2011, 11:23 AM
I agree they could have done a better job with lines etc.. Did you try the frozen butterbeer? IMHO it is better then the reg. one.Think i'ts going to be awhile before I agree togo there again. I didn't care for the two parks. Disney spoiled me.So what park did you hit next?

Yes, we were waiting so long we tried a little of everything :rotfl: Personally, I liked the pumpkin juice the most, then the regular butter beer - the topping was my favorite part, but don't stir it! :laughing: Then the frozen. Though my opinion might be skewed by the fact that it was 40 degrees and the frozen one was giving me brain freeze.

Yeah, I remember being much more impressed with Universal as a teenager. Probably because of the roller coasters, but now as an adult I have grown to appreciate the story and details of Disney rides, Universal just fell flat for me. The crowds didn't help at all I suppose.

Next up: Downtown Disney. We had talked about going to Epcot for dinner, but we just couldn't handle another park that day.

Yay its so nice to see you have another trip report going! i live through your words, since i still have 250 days to wait till i go on my first visit in 25 years! haha.
so what did you think of the butterbeer? i hear you love it or hate it. and what the topping on it?
hope your keeping warm in the frigid weather we have going on!
play off packer game tomorrow, woot woot, we're going to totally fudge it somehow, but here's hoping!

Ohh how exciting! Your trip is going to be so fun. It will be like your first trip all over again. I'm jealous!

I think I'm one of the rare people that liked it, but didn't love it. I preferred the Pumpkin juice. Queenie loved the butter beer and has called me twice now asking where she can get some :rotfl: In our group of 6 we were split 3 to 3 on butter beer vs. pumpkin juice as our favorite, and none of us hated either of them. The topping on the butter beer was my favorite. I think it's tapioca based, but whatever it is it explodes when you stir it :laughing:

I hate the frigid cold of January. Give me snow any day. Hope you're staying warm too. Go Packers! If they can stop Michael Vick they have a chance - Go Clay Matthews!

WOW :scared1: Way to crowded for me, I would have been so unhappy. I'm a "this is my dance space" kinda gal ;) Good thing my kiddos aren't into HP. I think I need about 65 more trips to Disney before I go somewhere else.


!GO PACKERS!

Yeah, I kind of just shut down. My dad found a little alcove behind 3 broomsticks and Hogs Head that was off the main drag and no one knew about. Seriously it was us and 1 other family. It was the only thing that made it bearable, I too need me "dancing space" and people were just everywhere - it was uncomfortable. The good thing about Universal is you can pretty much do the 2 parks in one day, but that's kind of because the rides and everything just aren't good. We'll be sticking to Disney for a while too.

Fingers crossed for the game today! I have faith - this is A-Rog's year to finally win a play off game!

While it was crowded when we went I don't think it was nearly as crowded as it was for you guys. But I do agree, they could have done a better job marking the lockers and even the single rider line. We had to ask how to get in the single rider line.

Yeah, it was uncomfortable crowded for us. Friends of ours were down there in October, and said that the crowds were nothing like what we experienced. Apparently (and of course we didn't find this out until we got home) JK Rawling had been on Oprah the week before talking about WWOHP. So we we didn't stand a chance.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-09-2011, 11:27 AM
Whoops. I thought I had pictures for the end of the day, but I think my camera died. To make it flow, I went back the the previous post and added a few sentences about the end of the day - Sorry!

not_Joanna_eggs
01-09-2011, 11:31 AM
Our original plan for the day was to go to DHS for rope drop. But by 9:15 it was obvious that wasn’t going to happen, so we decided to just take it easy and go to AK instead.

So we took our time in the morning.

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Some of us kept sleeping…

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Jim Bob I think the twister is a comin’

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That ain’t no twister

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That’s a Disney Bus - silly!

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What’s wrong with you people?

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Is there Butter Beer at the AK?

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Ugh – the Paparazzi followed us here!

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Soon we were met with the giant AK tree.

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Hello Beautful

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There may be a lot of people, but after Harry Potter this felt like Montana-sized space.

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It was about 11:30 at this point, so we decided to head to Flame Tree for lunch, since they were giving away 30% off coupons if you ate before 12.

Queenie and I were in charge of finding a table – I claim this table as ours!

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I love the view from Flame tree!

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Hey there buddy. No, you can’t have any of my ribs.

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Mmmmm food!

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By this time I think everyone was tired of me taking pictures - can you tell?

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Who likes discounts? This guy!

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Princess_K
01-10-2011, 09:19 AM
I would love to see WWOHP, but I'm pretty sure nobody would go with me with those crowds! That's just awful. Was the butterbeer good?

Panic Attack
01-10-2011, 12:04 PM
Alright, first off I'd like to clarify. I'm afraid of dead things and things that look like dead things. Ghosts, as long as they're not all decayed looking, are totally fine. Vampires, demons, werewolves, sucubii etc are also okay in my book. Skeletons, zombies, ghouls and mummies are NOT OKAY.

I've seen The Mummy movie (not sure if I've seen the sequels all the way through) and they treat the mummy-lore correctly in the movie... but somehow forgot about all that in the ride. The line is pretty cool. Lots of movie memorabilia, some fun games and things to freak out other people in the line, giant statues of anubis hanging from the ceiling... better than Sorin' at least ^_^'.

The ride concept, however, is incorrect. I was fine when it started and it was just the floating somewhat decaying mummy head of Imhotep talking - I knew to expect that - but what he was saying was dumb. He was all "I'm going to steal your souls!" so I, being a dork, start talking back and I'm like "That makes no sense! You probably want our internal organs, not our souls, duh! Mummies can't do anything with souls! Srsly!?" (if you can't tell, I'm way fun to take on a ride, just like how I corrected Dinosaur the first time we rode it too)

AND THEN, right after I was talking smack back at Imhotep, a whole bunch of super decayed and skeletal mummy things popped up out of the floor and I was terribly ashamed of how loudly I screamed. So yeah, I didn't see the rest of the ride but I kept yelling back at Imhotep whenever he claimed he was going to steal our souls.

Honestly Universal, if you can't do the research to make the ride accurate, at least watch the movie. What's scarier, claiming to steal someone's soul, or claiming to steal their eyeballs?

Panic Attack
01-10-2011, 12:10 PM
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Ugh – the Paparazzi followed us here!



This is actually a picture of me telling you how many Downtown Disney buses we saw before our 1 Animal Kingdom bus came.

Answer: 5

luckylady
01-10-2011, 12:39 PM
Alright, first off I'd like to clarify. I'm afraid of dead things and things that look like dead things. Ghosts, as long as they're not all decayed looking, are totally fine. Vampires, demons, werewolves, sucubii etc are also okay in my book. Skeletons, zombies, ghouls and mummies are NOT OKAY.



I'm right there with you. Makes me happy now that I didn't go on that ride in July.

Caretames1
01-10-2011, 01:15 PM
Skeletons, zombies, ghouls and mummies are NOT OKAY.

I agree, but for some reason I find I keep glancing at them:confused3 Maybe to make sure I'm able to out run them.........

not_Joanna_eggs
01-10-2011, 06:19 PM
I would love to see WWOHP, but I'm pretty sure nobody would go with me with those crowds! That's just awful. Was the butterbeer good?

Yeah, the crowds were awful, but I think they were a bit higher than normal. We all liked the butter beer - though we were split 50/50 on if we liked butter beer or pumpkin juice more

Alright, first off I'd like to clarify. I'm afraid of dead things and things that look like dead things. Ghosts, as long as they're not all decayed looking, are totally fine. Vampires, demons, werewolves, sucubii etc are also okay in my book. Skeletons, zombies, ghouls and mummies are NOT OKAY.

I've seen The Mummy movie (not sure if I've seen the sequels all the way through) and they treat the mummy-lore correctly in the movie... but somehow forgot about all that in the ride. The line is pretty cool. Lots of movie memorabilia, some fun games and things to freak out other people in the line, giant statues of anubis hanging from the ceiling... better than Sorin' at least ^_^'.

The ride concept, however, is incorrect. I was fine when it started and it was just the floating somewhat decaying mummy head of Imhotep talking - I knew to expect that - but what he was saying was dumb. He was all "I'm going to steal your souls!" so I, being a dork, start talking back and I'm like "That makes no sense! You probably want our internal organs, not our souls, duh! Mummies can't do anything with souls! Srsly!?" (if you can't tell, I'm way fun to take on a ride, just like how I corrected Dinosaur the first time we rode it too)

AND THEN, right after I was talking smack back at Imhotep, a whole bunch of super decayed and skeletal mummy things popped up out of the floor and I was terribly ashamed of how loudly I screamed. So yeah, I didn't see the rest of the ride but I kept yelling back at Imhotep whenever he claimed he was going to steal our souls.

Honestly Universal, if you can't do the research to make the ride accurate, at least watch the movie. What's scarier, claiming to steal someone's soul, or claiming to steal their eyeballs?

Thank you for the clarification. Could you also provide a review of the Harry Potter ride since I didn't go on it?

This is actually a picture of me telling you how many Downtown Disney buses we saw before our 1 Animal Kingdom bus came.

Answer: 5




You're right - I totally forgot about that - that was annoying, but it was one of the only times we had to wait long for a bus.

I'm right there with you. Makes me happy now that I didn't go on that ride in July.

Honestly, you didn't miss much. I was not a fan, poor story line, and the ride just wasn't that exciting.

I agree, but for some reason I find I keep glancing at them:confused3 Maybe to make sure I'm able to out run them.........

Haha... I'm pretty sure you could take them - you know with their limbs being tied up and the wrappings and stuff :rotfl:

norybell
01-11-2011, 10:29 AM
Wow...three hours in line???

That's insane.

I've never been to Universal, and your review makes me feel better about that. :goodvibes But I'll probably still try to go sometime, anyway. My sister just moved to Jacksonville and we'll probably do a WDW trip together one of these days, when we do I'm thinking maybe we need to do a night at a Universal hotel, so we can skip all the lines?

meeko_33785
01-12-2011, 08:01 AM
I'd love to go to Islands of Adventure since I've never been and have heard so many good things about both Harry Potter and Spiderman, but that crowd looks crazy! I'm sure it's more crowded because it was Christmas, but still...

The Man in the Yellow Hat was rapping? Oh dear. He wasn't doing that in the Halloween version of that show that I saw. I thought that one was a little strange, but the Christmas one sounds like it takes the cake! I do like reindeer Scooby-Doo though.

beachgirl2000
01-12-2011, 03:46 PM
I am so glad I found this -- I love your trip reports -- they always crack me up! :rotfl2:

Panic Attack
01-12-2011, 04:20 PM
The Forbidden Journey ride in Wiz World of HP is apparently where all of the people are at all times... ever. SO let's talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Not necessarily in that order.

The BAD:
The queue process in Universal is no good. When I retire, I'm going to move to Florida, Greg is going to drive one of the Friendship boats, and I'll be a Process Improvement consultant for queues... and I will start with Universal. The line for this ride isn't so much of a line as it is a mass of fuming fan-peeps. It's a living breathing glob of people that are all complaining about how long the line is in between screaming "like oh my gawd this is soooo cewl!" There's no marking to indicate where it ends let alone STARTS. When we were there... it started in Jurassic Park. IN Jurassic Park. I was next to a dinosaur. The real big deal was that you couldn't bring your bag onto the ride... and there was no signage about the lockers. So when people carting around their 15 billion dollars worth of HP memorabilia got to the point in the line where you ENTER the castle and there's only 60 more minutes to go... they had to get out of line and get a locker.

Fortunately, that was not me. That was other people.

The single rider line (yay) lets you skip most of the waiting... but you miss all of the castle (boo). There is apparently cool stuff in the castle that we missed out on because we're impatient... and also not crazy.

I won't give too much away about the ride itself... but if you are at all claustrophobic, you might have a few minor panic attacks. You get pretty close to some walls and... other things.

The ride spits you out into a gift shop. Normally this is fine, even welcome... this was MADNESS. Movement was not an option, being pushed around and feeling like you're the last bit of toothpaste in the tube of someone who doesn't want to buy another tube of toothpaste... that's what you got.

THE GOOD:
The castle is way cool from the outside. Exact replica.

Most of the staff that day were Slytherin. ^_^

As we waited in line, there was a little show going on right across from us. Music from the movies and the like. We couldn't see too much because of all the people, but we could still hear it and be entertained.

Single Rider line for the WIN!

The inside of the castle is AWESOME! We only got to see the moving and talking pictures but they were incredibly well done. PLUS they didn't always say the same thing every time.

You get to see the Sorting Hat right before you get on your Flying Bench (tm). It's pretty cool. I wish it would've said different things every time it activated, or even bantered with the crowd a little a la "Looks like we've got a Gryffindor who's ready to ride" or "Look out, that one behind you definitely belongs in Slytherin." But no, he just did a little rhyme about how lucky we are and to be careful.

THE RIDE TECHNOLOGY IS AWESOME. Imagine the technology of Soarin' - a flying bench - with the technology of Spiderman - physical rooms & items plus screens that only intensify the feeling of movement. Sometimes, you go all the back, like you're lying on the bench. The characters are all recognizable and happy to see you. The monsters - of course there are monsters - are pretty freakin' real. (THE UGLY goes into detail, but contains spoilers)

In the end, you save the day or something or other.

The giftshop at the end has awesome stuff. The scarves were clearly the biggest hit. The way they're designed is almost like college pride gear. I, of course, got a Slytherin scarf. An easy way you know you should be in Slytherin, is that if you get a Slytherin scarf and see someone else wearing one you don't think "Oh hey! We're in the same house!", you think "Psht, how pretentious."

THE UGLY
*SPOILERS*
There's a dragon. It gets close to you. Very very close. And then it breathes fire! Colored fog/steam but still Super Cool Effect. And it looked GOOD.

There are spiders. Gigantic spiders. They get close to you. They spit on you. ;_; This part made me a little claustrophobic. The spiders were ugly. At some parts, I felt like I had to lift my feet so I wouldn't touch them... a ridiculous movement since I'm only 5'2".

There are dementors! THEY ARE HUGE. They get close to you. Apparently if you sit on the far left, one of them sometimes is just close enough that its cloak will brush you.

FINAL THOUGHTS
So there you have it. Overall, if you're a fan of the series, it's definitely worth it. I almost wish the ride wasn't scary though. It was, kind of. I would've liked more of a "Fantastic Journey" than a "Forbidden" one.

But hey... maybe I'm just getting old. ^_^'

I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

meeko_33785
01-13-2011, 07:56 AM
Thanks for the review Panic. Forbidden Journey sounds fun, but the queue... not so much. So does the Single Rider line really skip that much of the Castle tour? I saw a video online when it first opened that appeared to have holograms or something of Dumbledor(sp?) and Harry and friends exlpaining what was going on. Do you get to see any of that from the Single Rider line?

Panic Attack
01-13-2011, 08:24 AM
I agree, but for some reason I find I keep glancing at them:confused3 Maybe to make sure I'm able to out run them.........

Running is important when faced with the living dead.

You and me, we can be zombie apocalypse buddies. ^_^

Panic Attack
01-13-2011, 08:30 AM
Thanks for the review Panic. Forbidden Journey sounds fun, but the queue... not so much. So does the Single Rider line really skip that much of the Castle tour? I saw a video online when it first opened that appeared to have holograms or something of Dumbledor(sp?) and Harry and friends exlpaining what was going on. Do you get to see any of that from the Single Rider line?

Yes, it skips a lot. It's basically a shortcut to the room right before you get on the ride. For those of you that are super familiar with the movies, its looks like the Gryffindor common room. There are 3 talking pictures of unrecognizable people that explain how to sit in the bench. You don't get to see any of Hogwarts or the other characters. Though Harry and friends show up during the ride to explain what's happening so I'm sure we missed out on the "secret" that they're going to take over our journey of Hogwarts and show us the cool stuff... but doing so wasn't a huge loss.

If I had infinite time, I might have wanted to take the scenic route. But this did save us HOURS.

Princess_K
01-13-2011, 09:52 AM
Thank you for the review! I definitely want to ride it, but I'm afraid my eyes my be closed most of the time!:scared1:

norybell
01-13-2011, 10:48 AM
Thanks for the FJ review, Panic. It really sounds like an amazing ride, despite Universal's nonexistent queue skills!

Quick question: do you have to stow all bags? Like, could a small cross-body purse get through? The whole locker thing seems like such an extra hassle.

Also, I forgot to mention last time: Man in the Yellow Hat rapping = so, so wrong.

Caretames1
01-13-2011, 02:05 PM
Running is important when faced with the living dead.

You and me, we can be zombie apocalypse buddies. ^_^

:lmao: I'll add you to my group. My sister and nephew have a plan, but it will only work if they are the slow, shuffling zombies.. If they are the fast kind we're up a creek! :rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
01-13-2011, 08:09 PM
Wow...three hours in line???

That's insane.

I've never been to Universal, and your review makes me feel better about that. :goodvibes But I'll probably still try to go sometime, anyway. My sister just moved to Jacksonville and we'll probably do a WDW trip together one of these days, when we do I'm thinking maybe we need to do a night at a Universal hotel, so we can skip all the lines?

The whole WWOHP experience was just insane. I don't think it is like that all the time, but wow was it nuts.

Ohhh.... how cool that your sister is moving to Jacksonville - it's a built-in excuse to go to FL! Although, do we really need an excuse?? :confused3:confused3

I really thought about booking a room at a Universal hotel so we could take advantage of the line skipping. But it kind of got pushed off until it was too late. Plus, it wouldn't have helped us at all in the WWOHP fiasco. Though it would have helped with some of the other crazy lines, like for MIB and Simpsons.

I'd love to go to Islands of Adventure since I've never been and have heard so many good things about both Harry Potter and Spiderman, but that crowd looks crazy! I'm sure it's more crowded because it was Christmas, but still...

The Man in the Yellow Hat was rapping? Oh dear. He wasn't doing that in the Halloween version of that show that I saw. I thought that one was a little strange, but the Christmas one sounds like it takes the cake! I do like reindeer Scooby-Doo though.

Spiderman is so worth it! I love that ride! I think if I go again, I will get a room at one of the hotels, just to get the line-skipping privilege. It is amazing what a difference the fast passes make!

Yes, the Man in the Yellow Hat was rapping - it was so so so wrong! The Christmas costumes of the characters were kind of cool, but that didn't make up for the wrong-ness!

I am so glad I found this -- I love your trip reports -- they always crack me up! :rotfl2:

Welcome aboard!

The Forbidden Journey ride in Wiz World of HP is apparently where all of the people are at all times... ever. SO let's talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Not necessarily in that order...


Thanks so much Panic dear - now beat that dbf of yours into giving me his pictures :rotfl:


If I had infinite time, I might have wanted to take the scenic route. But this did save us HOURS.

Yeah... plus we probably would have left you there if you would have waited in the whole line :lmao:

P.S. Chris says, that you are getting old he thought the ride was awesome, but he agreed with every word. :laughing:

Thank you for the review! I definitely want to ride it, but I'm afraid my eyes my be closed most of the time!:scared1:

Okay, so I have to tell you a HIGH-larious story about DH. You know my macho-manly man DH?

So the story starts in Aug of '09 when on a family vacation, DH and Greg went to the beach together (it was raining so Panic and I stayed in) and Greg asked DH to put sunscreen on him. This weirded DH out, so when Greg asked DH if he wanted him to put sunscreen on him, DH said no.

Anyway, he came back totally sunburned with a clear sun-screened hand print and smear down his back.

So on the FJ, even though they were in the single rider line, DH and Greg were placed next to each other. And when they came back, and we asked DH how the ride was, he said "I don't like spiders" So we asked if there were Spiders, he said "yes - big ones. I got scared and grabbed Greg's hand." :rotfl: :rotfl:

I'm almost glad I didn't go, because if it made DH scream - Yeek!

Thanks for the FJ review, Panic. It really sounds like an amazing ride, despite Universal's nonexistent queue skills!

Quick question: do you have to stow all bags? Like, could a small cross-body purse get through? The whole locker thing seems like such an extra hassle.

Also, I forgot to mention last time: Man in the Yellow Hat rapping = so, so wrong.

I don't know for sure the answer to your question - my main focus was pumpkin juice :cutie: hopefully Panic does....

Rapping man in the yellow hat = so so so so so so so so so so so so so so wrong!

What's also wrong, is how long we watched it. :rotfl:

Princess_K
01-13-2011, 08:23 PM
Okay, so I have to tell you a HIGH-larious story about DH. You know my macho-manly man DH?

So the story starts in Aug of '09 when on a family vacation, DH and Greg went to the beach together (it was raining so Panic and I stayed in) and Greg asked DH to put sunscreen on him. This weirded DH out, so when Greg asked DH if he wanted him to put sunscreen on him, DH said no.

Anyway, he came back totally sunburned with a clear sun-screened hand print and smear down his back.

So on the FJ, even though they were in the single rider line, DH and Greg were placed next to each other. And when they came back, and we asked DH how the ride was, he said "I don't like spiders" So we asked if there were Spiders, he said "yes - big ones. I got scared and grabbed Greg's hand." :rotfl: :rotfl:



Oh my gosh! That's hilarious :lmao: Literally made me laugh out loud picturing that hand print on his back!

not_Joanna_eggs
01-13-2011, 08:29 PM
Next up, we headed towards DinoLand!

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There’s a 20 minute line for Dinosaur? Those kind of lines are for wimps

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Seriously, 20 minutes – I think I love you!

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Okay… I can’t lie…20 minutes? I’m still bored.

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Rarrr!

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Hey – I was on this trip too – I nearly forgot!

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Woah – I think the time vortex thingy got loose!

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Somebody better go adjust the flux capacitor.

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Okay, that’s better.

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Genuine imitation dinosaur parts!

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In like 15 minutes we were being briefed by Dr. Seeker.

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After that we made our way to the loading doc.

Mustard anyone?

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And we’re off!

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Okay, funniest ride picture – for realz. Panic and Greg are mean Mugging the Dino, DH is taking a picture, I’m waving, Queenie is hiding and Grumpy doesn’t seem to know where he is. 4 out of 6 of us knew what was going on. I’ll never tell which were which.

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not_Joanna_eggs
01-13-2011, 09:45 PM
Oh my gosh! That's hilarious :lmao: Literally made me laugh out loud picturing that hand print on his back!

Yeah, we all harassed him hard core about that one. We're going on a family vacation to Alaska in May, and we keep joking that it started with the lotion, then the hand holding, we're afraid what the "next step" of their relationship will be. :rotfl:

Seriously... are you sure you want to get married?? This is what you have to look forward to :rotfl:

meeko_33785
01-14-2011, 08:26 AM
Great pic of you guys hamming it up on Dinosaur. Your DH and you had the best poses. :laughing:

Panic Attack
01-14-2011, 09:15 AM
Quick question: do you have to stow all bags? Like, could a small cross-body purse get through? The whole locker thing seems like such an extra hassle.



I'd say you're safe with anything smaller than the size of those backpack-purses from the 90s. Anything of equivalent size or larger you'd probably need to store.

Basically, if you can hide it under your jacket, they'll never know ^_^'

Panic Attack
01-14-2011, 09:21 AM
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Greg and I = STONE FACE
And yes... this became a thing for the rest of the ride photos.

Mom claims she was "fixing her earring"

norybell
01-14-2011, 09:26 AM
Joanna, I feel we have a lot in common. Except when it comes to Dinosaur. Dinosaur is scary. And not even Clair Huxtable can convince me otherwise.

I'd say you're safe with anything smaller than the size of those backpack-purses from the 90s. Anything of equivalent size or larger you'd probably need to store.

Basically, if you can hide it under your jacket, they'll never know ^_^'
Thanks for the tip, Panic! And for the awesome '90s reference. My purse is probably a little too big; maybe I'll get a super-attractive little fanny pack or something before I ever venture to Universal. Oh yes, I'm that fashionable.

beachgirl2000
01-14-2011, 11:54 AM
After ET, there was a little holiday show that totally wigged me out. Why on earth would Scooby, Shaggy, The man in the Yellow Hat and Woody the ‘Pecker be dancing together?

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Oh yeah, the man in the yellow hat was rapping

I can't even tell you how this cracked me up when I read this! :lmao: I saw the same show in October but it was Halloween-themed! And I got some video of it because I was in awe and shock! :eek:

Also, I am a big Universal fan -- I love all the rides there -- I hope you got to stop at Margaritaville at some point too (I haven't finished reading your report yet) -- I am a huge Jimmy Buffett fan (see my avatar - is that the right word) -- I like to go to Universal just to go to Margaritaville!

Anyway -- I hope you eventually got to ride Harry Potter -- I went in October and it was great -- but I had to do single rider line just to NOT wait in line for 120 minutes!

beachgirl2000
01-14-2011, 12:26 PM
And for fun, I thought I would post the picture from October! This show really was ridiculous!

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not_Joanna_eggs
01-15-2011, 09:42 AM
Great pic of you guys hamming it up on Dinosaur. Your DH and you had the best poses. :laughing:

What's so funny is Queenie and Grumpy had NO IDEA that the picture was even being taken. That was totally natural. And you wonder where we get it from :rotfl:

I'd say you're safe with anything smaller than the size of those backpack-purses from the 90s. Anything of equivalent size or larger you'd probably need to store.

Basically, if you can hide it under your jacket, they'll never know ^_^'

Um... they're called mini-back packs, and I'm not ashamed to say I still have one that I can't bring myself to get rid of.

Greg and I = STONE FACE
And yes... this became a thing for the rest of the ride photos.

Mom claims she was "fixing her earring"

Sorry - I didn't mean to offend - stone face it is. Yeah Queenie's got her story and she's sticking to it. I showed her the photos yesterday and she reiterated that she was "fixing her earring" almost makes you believe her.... almost...

Joanna, I feel we have a lot in common. Except when it comes to Dinosaur. Dinosaur is scary. And not even Clair Huxtable can convince me otherwise.


Thanks for the tip, Panic! And for the awesome '90s reference. My purse is probably a little too big; maybe I'll get a super-attractive little fanny pack or something before I ever venture to Universal. Oh yes, I'm that fashionable.

Um, yeah for me the scariest part of Dinosaur is the freaky puppet that guy from CSI has at the beginning! :rotfl:

Fanny pack? Then you could be as stylish as us!

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After ET, there was a little holiday show that totally wigged me out. Why on earth would Scooby, Shaggy, The man in the Yellow Hat and Woody the ‘Pecker be dancing together?

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Oh yeah, the man in the yellow hat was rapping

I can't even tell you how this cracked me up when I read this! :lmao: I saw the same show in October but it was Halloween-themed! And I got some video of it because I was in awe and shock! :eek:

Also, I am a big Universal fan -- I love all the rides there -- I hope you got to stop at Margaritaville at some point too (I haven't finished reading your report yet) -- I am a huge Jimmy Buffett fan (see my avatar - is that the right word) -- I like to go to Universal just to go to Margaritaville!

Anyway -- I hope you eventually got to ride Harry Potter -- I went in October and it was great -- but I had to do single rider line just to NOT wait in line for 120 minutes!

Yeah, the combination of characters was just weird.

We love Margaritaville! - We didn't stop at Universal - mainly because when we walked by it was 10 am, which isn't really too early for a margarita on vacation - except it wasn't open yet :rotfl: but when we go to the Caribbean it is a must stop!

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And for fun, I thought I would post the picture from October! This show really was ridiculous!

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Haha. I love Woody as a vampire, but Curious George with an eye patch? How weird!

not_Joanna_eggs
01-15-2011, 09:51 AM
Next we headed to Finding Nemo – we were still incesently using the word Dude from Crush a few days before, so this would just cement our turtle talk vacation.

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I just love this show.

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It is so cute!

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It even impressed Queenie and Grumpy!Since we were so close, we decided to check out the line for Everest.

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It was a 100 minute wait so we said yeah no.

I think this says…. If you come at chistmas, be prepared to wait in lines sucker!

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After saying no to Everest, we walked by and they were doing last call for Flights of Wonder. So we ducked in.

Okay, Panic is afraid of dead things – I’m afraid of birds. Since she put on a brave face for the Mummy I stuck it out.

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I only screamed a bit with the bird flew right over my head. Only a little.

We thought about doing the Safari, but the line was long and with our savannah view, the safari seemed kind of anti-climatic.

So, after Flights of Wonder we wandered a bit, but we were fading fast. What’s the surefire way to perk us up?

Alcohol – who said Alcohol?

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We stopped at Dawa Bar for a refreshment.

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Good choice!

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Ahhh refreshing

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norybell
01-15-2011, 10:26 AM
I'm scared of birds, too. Apparently I'm just one big chicken.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-16-2011, 09:33 AM
I'm scared of birds, too. Apparently I'm just one big chicken.

No... you're not a chicken - cuz then I'd be afraid of you :rotfl:

Birds are creepy creatures, so in my book you're a weirdo if you aren't afraid of birds :cutie:

not_Joanna_eggs
01-16-2011, 09:38 AM
After our drink, we slowly made our way to the exit.

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I think it’s broken!

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With all the bad pictures of my family that I post, I will just say that this next series is repayment – okay are we even?

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In any event, we weren’t quite done yet… We had one more thing to do….

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No, it wasn’t shopping…but we did that anyway…

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We had to get a jalapeno pretzel! Of course I thought I took a picture, of it, but I guess not. Yummy as always!

Afterwords, we checked out the view from our balcony.

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Nothing like a good zebra butt to say Merry Christmas!

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It was almost time for Greg to leave, so we made sure he was well stocked before he left!

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Mmmm Chocolate!

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Then it was time for Greg to go home. Bye bye buddy!

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His heartfelt goodbye was met with…

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Um guys? Seriously, I leaving like now….

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That was today?

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Adios Buddy - We’ll miss you.

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Apparently some of my luck was rubbing off on him because he almost missed his ME – it was there when he went out – yikes!

After Greg left, we relaxed for a while and played some Epic Mickey. We’re not addicted. No not us!

Soon, we piled back in the car. A little note, we got a 6 seater SUV instead of a mini-van because it was cheaper and we didn’t think it would be bad. The back seat was so hard to get in and out of that eventually Panic and especially I just gave up. Me getting out was always an adventure. So we made poor DH (a.k.a.) the tallest person in our group. Sit back there. He’s such a trooper!

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We headed to the Boardwalk

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not_Joanna_eggs
01-16-2011, 02:05 PM
At the Boardwalk, we took advantage of the free valet parking with tables in Wonderland. This was our first time doing it, and it worked out pretty well (this time)

We were a bit early for our ADR, so we went around and looked at the gingerbread stuff in the lobby.

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It smelled sooooooooooo good!

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Then Minnie and Mickey came in and the masses decended on the lobby, since we were still having WWOHP flashbacks, we skdoodled as fast as we could.

Adios mice!

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On the way to the boardwalk, Panic met a friend with a similar disposition.

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Ahhh....Shark!

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First we went into the store to check out the selection of wines and other fun things.

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Princess bag where are you? I saved all my pennies for you…..

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No princess bag in sight.

So we headed out to the boardwalk.

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Dance party break!

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The moon was gorgeous that night,

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We still had about 30 minutes until our ARSs, so we decided to head around the lake.

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Since we’d already seen the decorations at the swan, we headed to the Yacht club.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-16-2011, 02:11 PM
Our trek to the Yacht Club was slow…

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We were entranced with the moon.

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Are you sure none of us are werewolves?

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Finally we made our way to the Yacht Club.

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We were very picture happy this night!

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The Yacht club had a huge train / village display for Christmas.
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There was a madrigal choir performing when we arrived, so we stopped and listened to them for a while.

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I don’t know this sail boat tree just seems lazy to me. It’s the yacht club so let’s just throw a bunch of boats on a tree and call it a night

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Then we headed over towards the Beach Club

The Christmas décor changed no-so-subtly

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The carousel was pretty impressive

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Do these count as hidden mickeys?

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Do you think anyone would notice if I took a big ole bite outta this thing?

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This horse made a break for it.

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meeko_33785
01-17-2011, 02:07 PM
Isn't Finding Nemo the Musical great? It really was a highlight of our last day at the Animal Kingdom. :thumbsup2

Enjoyed seeing the pictures from the Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach. Brings back memories of when I was there last month.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-17-2011, 05:27 PM
Isn't Finding Nemo the Musical great? It really was a highlight of our last day at the Animal Kingdom. :thumbsup2

Enjoyed seeing the pictures from the Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach. Brings back memories of when I was there last month.

We were totally impressed with Finding Nemo the first time we saw it, and the 2nd time was just as impressive. It kind of makes me sad we never got to see Tarzan Rocks, because I think Nemo is awesome, and I read people who loved Tarzan more!

I really liked the boardwalk and beach club's display. We hit up all of the deluxe resorts, and theirs were my favorites - bar none.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-17-2011, 05:31 PM
Next, we headed back to the boardwalk for our ADR at the Flying Fish.

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Ohhh so many choices!

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Quick, someone order a cocktail!

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DH got the daily special – Tilapia fresh from the Land pavilion! It was excellent.

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Queenie and Panic both got the potato wrapped red snapper.

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Queenie liked hers, but Panic’s was over cooked, so she wasn’t a fan.

I got the ravioli special – mushrooms and goat cheese. YUM!

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Grumpy got the scallops. He loves scallops – and these were no exception

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After dinner we were FULL

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but we went to the boardwalk bakery to get some treats to go anyway!

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What? You didn’t think I’d go to the boardwalk and not get a piece of chocolate peanut butter cake did you?

Key lime pie
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heaven

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NUM!

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We went back to the room and played…. Epic Mickey duh!

Apparently, i was bored during someone else's turn on the wiimote, but hey look I found a hidden mickey on our ceiling!

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norybell
01-17-2011, 07:57 PM
That train at the YC is awesome!

I've had the bacon-wrapped snapper at Flying Fish twice, and didn't like it either time. It sounds like such a good idea...but the fish never tastes that good. What a waste!

Princess_K
01-17-2011, 10:16 PM
Just caught up on your last few updates! The Nemo show has been on my to-do list for the last 3 trips, and for some reason, we never find the time to go. But I swear we'll do it next time!

That's awesome you got to see so many resort decorations. But I definitely agree about that sail boat tree....kinda strange! But I guess it does kinda fit the theme? :confused3

wdwgirl03
01-18-2011, 07:11 AM
The Forbidden Journey ride in Wiz World of HP is apparently where all of the people are at all times... ever. SO let's talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Not necessarily in that order.

The BAD:
The queue process in Universal is no good. When I retire, I'm going to move to Florida, Greg is going to drive one of the Friendship boats, and I'll be a Process Improvement consultant for queues... and I will start with Universal. The line for this ride isn't so much of a line as it is a mass of fuming fan-peeps. It's a living breathing glob of people that are all complaining about how long the line is in between screaming "like oh my gawd this is soooo cewl!" There's no marking to indicate where it ends let alone STARTS. When we were there... it started in Jurassic Park. IN Jurassic Park. I was next to a dinosaur. The real big deal was that you couldn't bring your bag onto the ride... and there was no signage about the lockers. So when people carting around their 15 billion dollars worth of HP memorabilia got to the point in the line where you ENTER the castle and there's only 60 more minutes to go... they had to get out of line and get a locker.

Fortunately, that was not me. That was other people.

The single rider line (yay) lets you skip most of the waiting... but you miss all of the castle (boo). There is apparently cool stuff in the castle that we missed out on because we're impatient... and also not crazy.

I won't give too much away about the ride itself... but if you are at all claustrophobic, you might have a few minor panic attacks. You get pretty close to some walls and... other things.

The ride spits you out into a gift shop. Normally this is fine, even welcome... this was MADNESS. Movement was not an option, being pushed around and feeling like you're the last bit of toothpaste in the tube of someone who doesn't want to buy another tube of toothpaste... that's what you got.

THE GOOD:
The castle is way cool from the outside. Exact replica.

Most of the staff that day were Slytherin. ^_^

As we waited in line, there was a little show going on right across from us. Music from the movies and the like. We couldn't see too much because of all the people, but we could still hear it and be entertained.

Single Rider line for the WIN!

The inside of the castle is AWESOME! We only got to see the moving and talking pictures but they were incredibly well done. PLUS they didn't always say the same thing every time.

You get to see the Sorting Hat right before you get on your Flying Bench (tm). It's pretty cool. I wish it would've said different things every time it activated, or even bantered with the crowd a little a la "Looks like we've got a Gryffindor who's ready to ride" or "Look out, that one behind you definitely belongs in Slytherin." But no, he just did a little rhyme about how lucky we are and to be careful.

THE RIDE TECHNOLOGY IS AWESOME. Imagine the technology of Soarin' - a flying bench - with the technology of Spiderman - physical rooms & items plus screens that only intensify the feeling of movement. Sometimes, you go all the back, like you're lying on the bench. The characters are all recognizable and happy to see you. The monsters - of course there are monsters - are pretty freakin' real. (THE UGLY goes into detail, but contains spoilers)

In the end, you save the day or something or other.

The giftshop at the end has awesome stuff. The scarves were clearly the biggest hit. The way they're designed is almost like college pride gear. I, of course, got a Slytherin scarf. An easy way you know you should be in Slytherin, is that if you get a Slytherin scarf and see someone else wearing one you don't think "Oh hey! We're in the same house!", you think "Psht, how pretentious."

THE UGLY
*SPOILERS*
There's a dragon. It gets close to you. Very very close. And then it breathes fire! Colored fog/steam but still Super Cool Effect. And it looked GOOD.

There are spiders. Gigantic spiders. They get close to you. They spit on you. ;_; This part made me a little claustrophobic. The spiders were ugly. At some parts, I felt like I had to lift my feet so I wouldn't touch them... a ridiculous movement since I'm only 5'2".

There are dementors! THEY ARE HUGE. They get close to you. Apparently if you sit on the far left, one of them sometimes is just close enough that its cloak will brush you.

FINAL THOUGHTS
So there you have it. Overall, if you're a fan of the series, it's definitely worth it. I almost wish the ride wasn't scary though. It was, kind of. I would've liked more of a "Fantastic Journey" than a "Forbidden" one.

But hey... maybe I'm just getting old. ^_^'

I give it a 4.5 out of 5.



Excellent review. Having been there in August and experiencing the madness (though not quite to the extent you guys did) I agree with a lot of the points you made. The whole queuing system definitely could've been designed better and the lockers were annoying. I like the Flying Bench tm. LOL! :rotfl: But really that's kind of what it is...that would be so awesome if the sorting hat said stuff like that! You really should go work for Universal. :thumbsup2

Loved all the other updates too. Yay for getting to see all the Christmas decorations at YC/BC.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-18-2011, 07:32 AM
That train at the YC is awesome!

I've had the bacon-wrapped snapper at Flying Fish twice, and didn't like it either time. It sounds like such a good idea...but the fish never tastes that good. What a waste!

The train was really neat, there was so much to look at, I could have spent hours. There were disney and non-disney bulidings alike. The YC display was the best non-edible one we saw. But really, if it's not edible, what's the point? :rotfl:

I agree - I actually think that is why FF gets a bad rep. I've always ordered something else, and it has always been fantastic, but somehow their "signature item" just doesn't cut it.


Just caught up on your last few updates! The Nemo show has been on my to-do list for the last 3 trips, and for some reason, we never find the time to go. But I swear we'll do it next time!

That's awesome you got to see so many resort decorations. But I definitely agree about that sail boat tree....kinda strange! But I guess it does kinda fit the theme? :confused3

Definitely try to squeeze in Nemo. We would always skip it for other things too, but once we finally saw it we were hooked. It is so well done! Hope you get to it.

Yeah, the sail boat tree seemed really lazy. Other resorts had trees with things just stuck to them - like AKL had wooden animals, but they were more to scale with the tree so it didn't look quite so out of place. I wonder if they used to have a bigger tree and down-sized but didn't get new decorations.

Excellent review. Having been there in August and experiencing the madness (though not quite to the extent you guys did) I agree with a lot of the points you made. The whole queuing system definitely could've been designed better and the lockers were annoying. I like the Flying Bench tm. LOL! :rotfl: But really that's kind of what it is...that would be so awesome if the sorting hat said stuff like that! You really should go work for Universal. :thumbsup2

Loved all the other updates too. Yay for getting to see all the Christmas decorations at YC/BC.

There were a lot of things at universal that we felt could have used a good process improvement overhaul. But then again, that's what pretty much all of us do - process improvement - so we'll try to improve the process wherever we go. We're really quite obnoxious actually :cutie:

The decorations were really cool. Though, we got the impression that things had been way scaled back - which was a bummer.

not_Joanna_eggs
01-18-2011, 07:35 AM
When I was asked Tuesday night when we needed to leave, I optimistically said 7 am – because today was MK day. The park opened at 8, and we’d noticed the parks getting more and more crowded as the week progressed. I knew we had to get there early.

Yeah, yeah, I’ll be up…. Checking my email… just tell me where to go.

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Srsly, you got me up for this?

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Mmmm…. Coffee

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Given our track record, I thought maybe I’d stepped into the Outer Limits or something, because we were walking to the bus by 7:15.

We better not have to watch 5 DTD busses go by this time….

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Could it be? Could I hope? Was there an opening ceremony in our future?
Can you feel the enthusiasm? We had to restrain them!

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The little recording thingy was broken on our bus, so the bus driver had to do it “old school” Yeah, he was like singing and everything. It made me miss the recording :laughing

As we’re pulling up I see the Lilly Bell (steam engine) stopped around the corner. The show hadn’t started yet!

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So we made our way to the gates, without a real sense of urgency.

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And when we got to the front, what did we see?

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The Opening Ceremony. And you (okay, I) thought it couldn’t be done!


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I got a bit of crap, “I thought you said it wouldn’t be crowded…”

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But even this was NOTHINNG after the WWOHP, so we weren’t concerned.

So after we were able to enter the park we headed down Main Street.

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Can you tell I was excited about the Christmas Decorations?

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Princess_K
01-18-2011, 09:28 AM
Woo hoo! You made it to a rope drop! Is this a good time to admit that we rarely make it to them?...usually just DHS because the TSM mad dash cracks me up :rotfl2:

norybell
01-18-2011, 10:13 AM
Congrats on making the opening show! Now tell the truth...was it a bit anti-climactic?

The YC display was the best non-edible one we saw. But really, if it's not edible, what's the point? :rotfl:
This makes me wonder...how often do they redo the edible ones? Do they really make them fresh every year, or is some of that chocolate and gingerbread actually a few years old? Hm.

There were a lot of things at universal that we felt could have used a good process improvement overhaul. But then again, that's what pretty much all of us do - process improvement - so we'll try to improve the process wherever we go. We're really quite obnoxious actually :cutie:
Actually (and I say this in all honesty), the thought of visiting a theme park with a couple of process improvement people (process analysts?) sounds TOTALLY FUN. :goodvibes

Panic Attack
01-18-2011, 11:40 AM
Actually (and I say this in all honesty), the thought of visiting a theme park with a couple of process improvement people (process analysts?) sounds TOTALLY FUN. :goodvibes

We like the term Process Improvement Engineers (or Process Excellence Engineers) mostly because the initials spell out PIE ^_^

not_Joanna_eggs
01-18-2011, 06:06 PM
Woo hoo! You made it to a rope drop! Is this a good time to admit that we rarely make it to them?...usually just DHS because the TSM mad dash cracks me up :rotfl2:

It's okay, in 8 trips this was the 2nd time I made rope drop - and the first time was totally by accident!

When we normally go, it just isn't worth it. But wow was it worth it this time!

Congrats on making the opening show! Now tell the truth...was it a bit anti-climactic?


This makes me wonder...how often do they redo the edible ones? Do they really make them fresh every year, or is some of that chocolate and gingerbread actually a few years old? Hm.


Actually (and I say this in all honesty), the thought of visiting a theme park with a couple of process improvement people (process analysts?) sounds TOTALLY FUN. :goodvibes

Yeah, rushing to get to the show would not be worth it. But the lack of crowds that accompanied being there for the opening show - now that was the highlight of the trip!

You know, I was thinking that exact thing, especially as I was reading someone's TR from Christmas '09...and the horses seemed the same. If you really think about it, it would be a waste to make the whole thing new every year.

Well, I might be biased, but I think this particular group of Process Improvement Engineers can be kind of amusing. We do tend to go overboard, but it occupies our time.

We like the term Process Improvement Engineers (or Process Excellence Engineers) mostly because the initials spell out PIE ^_^


See, everything is better if it's edible! Even you :rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
01-19-2011, 05:48 PM
When we got to the Hub, we split up. Panic and DH headed to Tomorrow Land and Queenie, Grumpy and I headed towards Fantasy Land.

This was the one park that I had a clear strategy for – I knew what rides to ride when and had a method to my madness. And it worked out amazingly – we pretty much never waited in line.

Panic isn’t a fan of the Fantasyland rides, and DH doesn’t care, so we hoped to take advantage of them not being with us and hit up a few.

Conversely, Queenie and Grumpy don’t do roller coasters, and I refuse to ride space mountain again because, well, um… I like my spine. Last time I rode it I’m pretty sure it was millimeters away from detaching. It took me like a week to start walking correctly again.

So, all that to say we spit up, so the next part will be broken into two sections

Joanna, Queenie and Grumpy

As we headed through the castle, all the people disappeared – I presume they all headed to the Mountains. Queenie asked where we were headed, I said “Peter Pan” and responded “really, I thought we’d be going to a big ticket ride” I responded that this was the only time of day there wouldn’t be a 45 minute line… She seemed unconvinced, so when we hit Snow White, and the posted time was 0 minutes – we hopped on. I’m pretty sure we were the first people of the day.

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall…. Who’s line is the shortest of them all?

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After Snow White, we headed to Peter Pan… This one had a line…. Of 3 families!

How dare you be in front of us!

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Okay, maybe there is something to this early morning thing…

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Soon we were boarding our pirate ships…

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And sailing to Never Never Land.

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By this time it was 8:15. I kid you not. Since none of us are fans of the Pooh ride, or ISASW we decided to head to head to the Haunted Mansion.

The posted time was 5 minutes.

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but the line was EMPTY

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Like no one ahead of us, no one behind us

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We get into the stretching room, and we were the ONLY people in the room. It’s creepier when there’s no one else there!

We got into our Doom buggies, and headed out in search of some Happy Haunts


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Once we exited HM, it was about 8:30, and the park was still EMPTY

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We hadn’t heard from Panic and DH yet, so we headed towards Pirates

I tried to get Queenie to go on Country Bear Jamboree, but no dice.

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Soon we were at pirates – another walk-on, though there were more people than at HM.

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Davy Jones!

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This ride is so politically incorrect, and besides the Captn’ Jack additions, it doesn’t really fit the movies – I hope they do more updates.

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Apparently this guy has hair on his legs. How gross!

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So for those of you counting, in 30 minutes we rode 4 (different) rides.... not too shabby.

Meanwhile….

not_Joanna_eggs
01-19-2011, 05:49 PM
Panic & DH

Meanwhile, Panic and DH set out with the crowd and headed towards Space Mountain. DH was anxious to see the updates that they were doing when we were there in January. I think last time he was on Space Mountain was 2004.

On their way to Space Mountain, they went and picked up FPs for Buzz Light Year, so when they got to SM, there was a 15 minute wait – not bad at all, but a stark contrast from what we experienced.

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Even with the updates, this ride still looks a little worse for wear

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Oooohhh Space stuff!

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Apparently Space Mountain has caught onto the DIS trick of taking a picture of your ride picture so you don’t have to buy it…

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DH still talks about the exit thing with the pictures.

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They said they liked it, but it was really choppy. Perhaps more telling was when DH and I went to the MK by ourselves, I offered to go on SM with him, and he said “no, it’s okay”

After their ride on the Mountain, they set out to find us. When they got to Pirates, we were on the ride, and since there was still no wait, they rode Pirates too!

I think this guy was in line for WWOHP….

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Are you sick of pictures from Pirates yet?

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After Pirates, we decided to head over to Frontier land to see what the line for Big Thunder was…. 10 minutes longer than we wanted, but we hopped in anyway!

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It ended up being about a 7 minute wait.

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Queenie and Grumpy sat this one out, so the 3 of us set out for the wildest ride in the wilderness.

Doesn’t he look thrilled?

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Which was fun as always.

After we returned safely from our runaway mine cart, we were all starving. So, we decided to head to the Main Street Bakery for some fortification.

Panic Attack
01-19-2011, 06:12 PM
The Space Mountain line is actually pretty cool - for those of you who haven't been on it since 2004. They added video games! it's a simple 3 button touch station where you race / battle your colored spaceship against the other players in line on a huge screen. It wouldn't have been awful to wait in line with a game like that available.

We were walking a bit fast through the line so we couldn't stand and play, but took great pleasure in trying to hit all the buttons as we walked past, sending all the little spaceships careening into one another.

^_^'

Princess_K
01-19-2011, 09:50 PM
Wow! The crowds were great that morning. Walk-ons are the best!

I can’t believe the cracks in the ceiling on Space Mtn. You’d think that’s something they could’ve fixed while it was down. We loved those games they installed in the queue. So simple, but a nice way to waste time!

meeko_33785
01-20-2011, 07:39 AM
What a great morning! That's amazing that you were they only ones in the stretching room at Haunted Mansion. That sounds fantastic.

Panic Attack
01-20-2011, 09:00 AM
For those of you that are interested, I found this the other day. It is the official recipe used at Universal.

Here's the recipe for the formerly fictional drink made famous by Universal Studios Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

BUTTERBEER

Start to finish: 1 hour (10 minutes active)

Servings: 4
•1 cup light or dark brown sugar
•2 tablespoons water
•6 tablespoon butter
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
•3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
•1/2 teaspoon rum extract
•Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer. Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 cup heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

WARNING: DO NOT STIR ^_^'

not_Joanna_eggs
01-20-2011, 06:09 PM
The Space Mountain line is actually pretty cool - for those of you who haven't been on it since 2004. They added video games! it's a simple 3 button touch station where you race / battle your colored spaceship against the other players in line on a huge screen. It wouldn't have been awful to wait in line with a game like that available.

We were walking a bit fast through the line so we couldn't stand and play, but took great pleasure in trying to hit all the buttons as we walked past, sending all the little spaceships careening into one another.

^_^'

Chris is Still Talking about those games. But the ride - not so much.

Wow! The crowds were great that morning. Walk-ons are the best!

I can’t believe the cracks in the ceiling on Space Mtn. You’d think that’s something they could’ve fixed while it was down. We loved those games they installed in the queue. So simple, but a nice way to waste time!

Yes, if we ever go around Christmas again - we'll definitely do the early mornings again - we had pretty much done everything we wanted to do at the MK by noon!

The games sounds fun - but I like my spine :cutie:

What a great morning! That's amazing that you were they only ones in the stretching room at Haunted Mansion. That sounds fantastic.

It was so funny - you know at the beginning when the voice is like "step to the middle of the room and make room for everyone" Queenie started going towards the middle of the room, and stood dead center, then looked back at us and realized that she didn't actually have to go to the center and just shrugged. Okay, maybe you had to be there, but it was so funny!

For those of you that are interested, I found this the other day. It is the official recipe used at Universal.

WARNING: DO NOT STIR ^_^'


Queenie will be so happy. We might have to try it this weekend!

not_Joanna_eggs
01-20-2011, 06:22 PM
When you’re in Frontierland, and need to get to Main Street, and your traveling with my DH, what do you do?

Ride the train of course! ( I know you were all as proud of him as I was for going a whole hour in the MK without forcing us ride the train with him...)

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This is an awful picture, but it is hilarious,…

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So funny story, We (DH, Panic and I) ran to catch the train and the gate CM yelled to Queenie and Grumpy “run, the train is leaving”

They didn’t run – they only have 1 speed!

So she was teasing them, and us that we would have left them, and we said it was our plan. She said she sympathized, and she tries to loose her mother too.

So as we’re pulling out, Queenie yells, “and Call your Mother!” The CM was doubled over laughing!

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Next stop, Toon Town.

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Good bye Toon Town, It’s been nice knowing you.

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This was as close as we got to Toon Town this trip, and now we won’t be back until after it is closed. Bummer.

We got off at the Main Street Station, and headed to the Bakery.

It was crowded but I was able to strong-arm a spot for us

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The breakfast was okay, but not memorable.

After breakfast, we headed back down main street to Tomorrowland.

Here’s my attempt at a funky balloon shot.
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Our first stop? Only my all time favorite – the TTA!

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Grumpy was ready for the excitement to begin

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I kind of wish Progress City would have been built.

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About ½ way through, the enthusiasm had died down…

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Astrorbiter – the ride that looks so cool, but I have no desire to ever ever ever ride. No thank you!

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meeko_33785
01-21-2011, 08:21 AM
Love the train (though not as much as your DH seems to :laughing: ) and the TTA. Looks like you guys had a nice time on them.

thechesters420
01-21-2011, 08:50 AM
Love the update!

Princess_K
01-21-2011, 09:08 AM
It certainly wouldn’t be a trip to the MK without some time on the train! Too funny about the interaction between your mom and the CM.

I also love the TTA. Such a nice break from the crowds. Except when we were there last year, we ran over to it as our last ride before we headed back to the hotel. There was a 20 minute wait! I couldn't believe it!

not_Joanna_eggs
01-22-2011, 09:56 AM
Love the train (though not as much as your DH seems to :laughing: ) and the TTA. Looks like you guys had a nice time on them.

I'm pretty sure Walt himself didn' t love the steam trains quite as much as my DH! I never really thought of the train as a "cool ride," but I'll admit after the steam train tour I have a new respect for it - and *glup* I like it too! (though I'll deny it if DH ever calls me on it :laughing:)

It was a really nice relaxing morning at the MK!

Love the update!

Thanks - there's more where that came from coming right up!

It certainly wouldn’t be a trip to the MK without some time on the train! Too funny about the interaction between your mom and the CM.

I also love the TTA. Such a nice break from the crowds. Except when we were there last year, we ran over to it as our last ride before we headed back to the hotel. There was a 20 minute wait! I couldn't believe it!

Since I have a DH who has been know to make me go to the MK JUST to ride the train and then leave, I am painfully aware how incomplete a trip to the MK is without the train. There's a lot of pouting and tears... :rotfl:

We had that on our September trip. I love the TTA as much as, if not a little more than the next guy but a 20 minute wait - are you kidding me?

There was no one in front of or behind us when we went this time!

not_Joanna_eggs
01-22-2011, 10:00 AM
Next up? It was time to use our FPs for Buzz.

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I don’t know why, but I just love these batteries.

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Cadet Panic, reporting for duty.

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Capt'n Queenie - at your service!

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Panic and Grumpy were in a car together, Queenie and I were together, and DH double gunned it in his own car.

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I sucked, as usual. Queenie kicked my butt!

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Next up, Queenie really wanted to go on CoP.

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Apparently I was taking too many pictures, because DH took one of me taking that picture.

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Panic was not pleased, but there was no line, so we hopped on and saw our “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”

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After that, we hit up the Laugh Floor.

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I found this so funny

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We got into the show, and I snapped this picture before I got yelled at…

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I’m torn, I want to like Monster’s inc. I did like Monster’s inc. But after seeing Crush, it’s just not good. Bummer.

After Monster’s inc, we headed to Mickey’s PhilharMagic!

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On the way we checked the line for Snow White – 35 minutes!

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After Mickey’s PhilharMagic, we pretty much had done everything we wanted to at MK, and we were getting hungry, so we headed to the Monorail.

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norybell
01-22-2011, 11:06 AM
What a nice day at the MK!

I rode Space Mountain a bunch of times on my last trip, and I realized that there's a huge difference, jerkiness-wise, between the front seat and the back seat. You wouldn't think it would make such a big difference with just three seats, but somehow it really does! The front is way smoother.

Just in case you ever decide to risk your spine again. Not that I'm suggesting you should, or anything. But just in case.

portobello_rd
01-23-2011, 06:19 PM
not disney related, but i have to- WERE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!! BOOOOOYAH!!!!!:laughing::woohoo:

not_Joanna_eggs
01-23-2011, 06:44 PM
What a nice day at the MK!

I rode Space Mountain a bunch of times on my last trip, and I realized that there's a huge difference, jerkiness-wise, between the front seat and the back seat. You wouldn't think it would make such a big difference with just three seats, but somehow it really does! The front is way smoother.

Just in case you ever decide to risk your spine again. Not that I'm suggesting you should, or anything. But just in case.

Thanks for the tip. DH and I always have the conversation if we should go or not. There's a part of me that wants to try it one more time. Good to know that if I insist on a front seat, there's a chance for me. I Maybe someday I'll be brave enough to try it :thumbsup2

not disney related, but i have to- WERE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!! BOOOOOYAH!!!!!:laughing::woohoo:

I know!!!!! They gave me a heart attack or 12 getting there, but they did it! YAY GO PACK. Football talk is always allowed on my TRs - and in this case, it's totally IS Disney related because *when* they win A-Rodg will totally be saying "I'm going to Disneyworld!" See - totally Disney related :rotfl: :rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
01-23-2011, 06:48 PM
The first monorail ride of the trip! YAY!

We got off at the Poly. DH and I stayed at the Poly for our honeymoon, and even though I'm not sure I'd ever stay there again - the rooms were not the best - the shower was eye level for 5' 2" me - it is hands-down my favorite resort. I just love everything about it. The restaurants, the bar, the shops, the decor, the everything.

Hello gorgeous, how I’ve missed you!

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And decided to try our luck walking up with no ADR to the Kona Café

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We had no problem getting a table, and we all decided to get appetizers to share. Sticky wings and Pot stickers for us.

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The sticky wings were good as always, but they slathered them in mustard, which was new for us. I thought it was too much mustard, but the wings themselves were good as always!

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The pot stickers were their usual goodness.

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After lunch, we decide we all want dessert. Looking at the menu, Queenie asks, what’s a Kona Kone? So we tell her it’s the child’s dessert, and we point to a child at a different table that has one. So she emphatically declares that’s what she wants.

We looked at her like she’s nuts, but she knew what she wanted.

DH and I shared the chocolate volcano (I think that’s what it is)

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Yum!

Panic got the banana crème brulee

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Yes, this is the dessert my adult parents ordered.

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Queenie was so excited about it – it was hilarious!

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Then Panic dared try to steal some cotton candy…

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Which lead to..

This cotton candy is MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE… Yooooooooooou can’t have any!

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Overall, a great lunch!

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After lunch we wandered around the Poly for a while.

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There was a display of gingerbread houses


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They were cute, but kind of a letdown after the boardwalk and Beach club…

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So, after lunch, I checked the wait times at the MK on my phone, and they were in the 60-90 minute range, so we decided to head back to the room for a rest.

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We got back to the room around 3, and though Panic, DH and I discussed going to another park for a while, all 5 of us took a nap. We’re a really exciting crowd.

thechesters420
01-23-2011, 08:06 PM
Cute update!! Love the little gingerbread houses!

Princess_K
01-23-2011, 09:54 PM
We stayed at the poly last year. And you are right...the rooms are definitely a bit run down...but I loved everything about staying there. It'll be so hard for me to want to stay anywhere again. Of course, the financial situation will likely have an impact :laughing:

I've got to admit...when we ate at Kona Cafe my dessert was none other than the Kona Kone!

not_Joanna_eggs
01-24-2011, 06:09 PM
Cute update!! Love the little gingerbread houses!

Thanks!

Almost all the resorts had the little gingerbread houses. I think it was like at Halloween where the different departments at the resort had a little friendly competition. It was a cute touch!

We stayed at the poly last year. And you are right...the rooms are definitely a bit run down...but I loved everything about staying there. It'll be so hard for me to want to stay anywhere again. Of course, the financial situation will likely have an impact :laughing:

I've got to admit...when we ate at Kona Cafe my dessert was none other than the Kona Kone!

The Poly is so wonderful. The great thing about Disney is that you can stay at the POP and easily get to the Poly and just pretend you're staying there :rotfl: And bonus - you get a shower you can use without getting a crick in your neck!

HAHA. Okay that makes me feel better that you got a Kona Kone too. When we were there the only other people that had them were all under the age of 10. :lmao:

not_Joanna_eggs
01-24-2011, 06:26 PM
DH and I got married at the Happiest Place on Earth. It was a magical day that spawned 6 amazing trips this year and a lifetime of memories to come.

Sorry if you've already seen them, but I just have to share a few pictures with you...

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Happy Anniversary to my dear DH!

not_Joanna_eggs
01-24-2011, 07:28 PM
Around 5 I woke up and Grumpy and I decided to take a walk to Jambo house.

They too had a small gingerbread display.

I think the scale of the giraffe compared to the house next to it is so funny.

Attack of the killer giraffe!

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We went back to the room, and got ready for dinner, we had 8:00 ADRs at Artist Point.

So we took the bus to MK, and then waited for a boat to WL.

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And we waited…

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Finally a boat came, and we were headed to the Wilderness

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We were a little (10 minutes) late for our ADR, but the resturant was nearly empty, so it actually didn’t matter – but they made us wait like 15 minutes anyway. So we explored the lobby for awhile.

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Truer words have never been written…

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So we were finally seated at Artist Point and Panic Queenie and I got a drink. It was like cranberry juice, sprite and vodka. It gave me the worst heartburn. When my buffalo came, I couldn’t breathe and I just felt awful. It went away after like 10 minutes, but I think it effected my thoughts on the meal.

My buffalo came with mac & cheese.

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It was okay. But when we were there in January, it was FANTASTIC. I had high expectations probably unrealistic, and it didn’t live up to them.

DH had the seared tuna.

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He liked it, but I thought it was really spicy.

Grumpy got the Salmon

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Queenie got the fillet

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And Panic got the gnocchi.
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It was good, but not the fantastic meal that I remembered from January.

We caught the fireworks from the boat back to the MK

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Uh Oh – the bus is going to be mad crazy!

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It won’t be that bad

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It was, but fortunately we were first in line for the 2nd bus that came while we waited, so we grabbed the back seats and it was fine.

After dinner, we had our nightly routine of a drink in the room and some Epic Mickey.

wlake
01-24-2011, 09:10 PM
Happy anniversary! Your wedding pictures are beautiful!

wdwgirl03
01-24-2011, 09:47 PM
Love all the resort pictures. And Happy Anniversary!

luckylady
01-25-2011, 09:46 AM
Happy Anniversery. May you have many more happy years. I agree with the showers at Polly, they are so low that even at 5"4" I had to duck. Rooms were okay in May although I don't think I will stay again, To pricey compared to the first time we stayed for $120 a night. Great pictures looks like everyone had a great tim. Except Panic on CP. WHAT she doesn't like it!!!!!! Love the Grumpy shirt.Did he get it?

Princess_K
01-25-2011, 09:58 AM
Happy Anniversary to you and your DH :love:

Panic Attack
01-25-2011, 02:15 PM
Great pictures looks like everyone had a great time. Except Panic on CP. WHAT she doesn't like it!!!!!!

More like Carousel of SNOOZE-FEST! Amiright?!

*insert laugh-track sound here*

not_Joanna_eggs
01-25-2011, 08:26 PM
Happy anniversary! Your wedding pictures are beautiful!

Thanks! I get so few chances to flaunt them anymore :rotfl:

Love all the resort pictures. And Happy Anniversary!

Thanks! :goodvibes

Happy Anniversery. May you have many more happy years. I agree with the showers at Polly, they are so low that even at 5"4" I had to duck. Rooms were okay in May although I don't think I will stay again, To pricey compared to the first time we stayed for $120 a night. Great pictures looks like everyone had a great tim. Except Panic on CP. WHAT she doesn't like it!!!!!! Love the Grumpy shirt.Did he get it?

Thank you. :goodvibes

We always plan on spending time at the Poly, but I think unless there is a major overhaul of the rooms, we won't be staying there any time soon.

No, Grumpy doesn't wear t-shirts. But that one was so on the money, it was hilarious.

Happy Anniversary to you and your DH :love:

Thanks :goodvibes

More like Carousel of SNOOZE-FEST! Amiright?!

*insert laugh-track sound here*

Who can snooze? That bleeping song is still in my head :rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
01-25-2011, 08:29 PM
Today was DHS day. We were aiming for park opening, but one was pretty much it for us.

I was told it was supposed to be warmer that day so I wore short sleeves. It was cold that morning! I probably should have brought my sweatshirt, but more on that later..

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We got to DHS around 10.

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We Split into 3 groups this time.

Queenie and Grumpy

Queenie really wanted to go on the great movie ride. DH and I had just been on it in January, and that’s one of those like every 10 years rides for me, so we sent them on it by themselves. Thinking that it would occupy them for 45 minutes while we did what we wanted to do…

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Me

I was the designated FP getter, so I headed over to TSM and got our FPs. I got some friendly jabbing from the Patriots fan CM at the FP machine, since my green and gold had just lost to them that Sunday. But the FP line wasn’t nearly as long as I thought it would be (maybe because the FP time was already 6:30!)

So I decided to hop into One Man’s Dream, because I figured no one else would want to go in there with me…

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But I didn’t get very far before DH and Panic called me.

Panic and DH

The dynamic duo headed to Rockin Roller Coaster and TOT. When they got there both lines were in the 40 minute range, so they decided to do the single rider line at RnRC

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The single rider line for ToT wasn’t open, so they called me to see where I was. So I arranged to meet them by the hat.

When they came to the hat, we talked a bit and they decided to go to the animation class since we knew Queenie and Grumpy wouldn’t want to do it.

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So that left me to wait for Queenie and Grumpy….

Me

So I just wandered around the hat for a while and took pictures

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meeko_33785
01-27-2011, 07:42 AM
I enjoyed the pics from Wilderness Lodge. It has to be one of the most beautiful of the Disney resorts at Christmastime. The decorations are great.

You look pretty cold in those short sleeves. I hope you can get a sweatshirt or something before your 6:30 ( :eek: ) Fastpass time.

clayfolks
01-28-2011, 09:29 AM
I have now read all of your TRs and am officially addicted!! Thank you for all of the entertainment. :worship: Please keep posting!
Sue

not_Joanna_eggs
02-02-2011, 06:30 AM
I enjoyed the pics from Wilderness Lodge. It has to be one of the most beautiful of the Disney resorts at Christmastime. The decorations are great.

You look pretty cold in those short sleeves. I hope you can get a sweatshirt or something before your 6:30 ( :eek: ) Fastpass time.

I really liked the Wilderness's decorations. There's something really Christmas-y about the rustic decor there.

It was cold. I felt so stupid about not bringing my sweatshirt along.

I have now read all of your TRs and am officially addicted!! Thank you for all of the entertainment. :worship: Please keep posting!
Sue

Hi there! Thanks for reading along, glad I could provide some entertainment.

I haven't gone anywhere, I've just been super busy at work and other life things. However, due to Snowacaine 2011 (also known as Snownami, Snowmageddon, or Snownado) I have a snow day today! I'm hoping to get at least 1 or 2 updates done.

not_Joanna_eggs
02-02-2011, 07:17 AM
Let me just point out that at this point, we had been at DHS for just over an hour, and I have done exactly NOTHING. Epic fail on the planning on my part. After such a good morning at MK, DHS was just not working.

Soon, I found Queenie and Grumpy and we headed to the AIE show.

They were doing some pre-taping for the show when we arrived.

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The show wasn’t crowded at all and we ended up in the 2nd row center.

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The show was cool, a little predictable, but nice. I wish we would have been able to catch the finale show too…maybe I can get DH to go with me in the future

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After the AIE show, we met Panic and DH at the Brown Derby for our 11:45 ADRs

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We all had the brie soup (YUM)

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And the Cobb salad (okay, but disappointing)

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Our waiter was HILARIOUS. His parents were there for the holidays and were actually there that day, and he was totally out of sorts – but in a jolly, funny way.

He’s also the only one that “understood” Grumpy’s hat. As you’ve probally noticed, we’re a group that doesn’t often sport overtly Disney stuff. Grumpy is no exception. But he would tell everyone that would listen that he was wearing a Disney Hat.

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It says JB on the front and on the back it says Jamaican Bobsled Team. Get it?

Anyone?

Anyone?

Buler?

Our waiter got it! Cool Runnings. Grumpy’s favorite Disney movie. Have I ever mentioned that we’re obscure? I say as I’m humming “why should I worry” from Oliver.

not_Joanna_eggs
02-02-2011, 07:18 AM
After lunch, Panic said she wanted to check out the Art of Animation film.

This better not be lame missy!

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We got there in between shows, so we had to wait a while.

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Look it’s art from the most awesomest Disney movie ever – The Rescuers Down Under!!

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Art of the fashion model?

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When is she going to stop taking pictures??

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See – I’m still here. I had to keep taking self pictures to prove I was there!

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When we got into the “studio” Panic was asked to be part of the show….

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As a child, I’m sure the show is fun and entertaining. As an adult, I wish they had a more informative show with less obnoxiousness.

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After the show, we walked around the gallery (it was warm in there, I milked it for all it was worth!)

They had Tangled Art.

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It makes me sad that this isn’t a working studio anymore.

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I remember being fascinated watching the animators at work.

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Then again, as I child I was fascinated by wet wipes too, so maybe that isn’t the best selling point.

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Princess_K
02-02-2011, 08:59 AM
I love Cool Runnings! Sometimes DBF and I will say in our best accents: "Jamaica's got a bobsled team." Does that make us strange too? :)

beachgirl2000
02-02-2011, 01:55 PM
Wow -- I totally thought JB meant Jimmy Buffett -- but then again - all things mean Jimmy Buffett to me -- I mean WWJBD, right? (What would Jimmy Buffett do?) :rotfl2:

not_Joanna_eggs
02-02-2011, 05:25 PM
I love Cool Runnings! Sometimes DBF and I will say in our best accents: "Jamaica's got a bobsled team." Does that make us strange too? :)

Well that and so many other things :rotfl:
Sorry you totally set yourself up for that one - and I'm never one to miss if you lob it over the net like that :goodvibes :laughing:

I love Cool Runnings, I think it's a great movie. I like that other people acknowledge the under-appreciated movies like that!

Wow -- I totally thought JB meant Jimmy Buffett -- but then again - all things mean Jimmy Buffett to me -- I mean WWJBD, right? (What would Jimmy Buffett do?) :rotfl2:

Hahaha :lmao: Now I TOTALLY have 5 o'clock somewhere in my head!

Hmm... and look at that it is 5:00 and I think I need a margarita (snow day today - all day stuck in my house alone with Queenie.....) You're a really really good influence :cutie:

Caretames1
02-02-2011, 05:31 PM
How'd you make it through "BLIZZARD 2011" We are too far north to nhave gotten anything. I was so dreaming of a snowday:)

not_Joanna_eggs
02-02-2011, 05:36 PM
After that, we didn’t really have anything we wanted to do. Our FPs for TSM weren’t ready yet, and Star Tours was closed, so we were wandering. We wandered over to TSM to see if the line was sane. It was not. 140 minutes.

So we wandered into One Man’s Dream.

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This is one thing that I really wanted to do, and have for a while, but I can never convince who I’m with to go with me. I think we were all so cold that someone could have suggested “hey come to this 4 hr. dissertation on the importance of the banana slug, and ps the building has heat” and we would have signed up in a heartbeat.

Fortunately, One Man’s Dream was much more interesting than a lecture on banana slugs.

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Some classic EPCOT memorabilia. Despite how much I love soarin’, I do have fond memories of food rocks. It was delightfully creepy!

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Rocketeer!

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Oh Tokyo DisneySea

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I could have spent hours in there looking at everything. Unfortunately, Queenie and Panic didn’t feel the same way.

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DH even said it was interesting.

I love seeing all the models of all of the parks and castles.

The movie was kind of a sappy snooze, but really what movie isn’t?

After OMD (yeah, that abbreviation doesn’t really work does it?) Queenie said she wanted to go to the backlot tour despite our warning that it was dumb.

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I know they had to change it when their contract with MGM ended, but it is so lame and pointless now.

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To make it extra lame? Apparently it was too cold to have actual “extras” in the first part, so they did the whole disaster movie thing with no people.

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Look, I see the two headed monster from MIB…wait wrong company…

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Yeah. It’s pretty lame with people. Remove the people and it’s just like ?????

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We walked through the prop room.

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Then we basically all took a nap…. We all declared it meh.

Afterwards, Panic was reunited with her people.

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In the shop we found another t-shirt that describes Grumpy to a T.

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After this, it was 2:45 and we wanted to head out. Problem. The parade starts at 3, and we were at the backlot. You have never seen these 5 people regroup and move so fast and with such a purpose.

We made it to the bus stop at 2:55, and watched the parade deploy from the confines of the bus stop. Success.

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We hopped onto the bus to the Contemporary and headed to the DVC Merry Member Mixer.

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I was interested in this, because I couldn’t find very many TRs that mentioned it.

Sorry DVC, this was the biggest waste of time ever. I was so perplexed and we stayed there for such a short amount of time I forgot to take pictures.

The 1 “treat” we were allowed was a rice krispy treat. 1 each. No snacks, just the pre-packaged sugar. They were so sugary the 5 of us split 1 and that was enough – for the entire trip.

(taken later that day)

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There was a DJ, child craft area, and a character opportunity. But seeing as we didn’t have any children with us and characters aren’t our thing after a glass of watered down punch, we headed out.

From reading the few previous reports I was able to find, I was expecting to receive an ornament or something as a departing gift. No dice. Not that I feel that we deserve something, and I do understand that we’re in a recession, but I think DH put it best, “Enjoy that $20,000 rice krispy treat”

It just felt like “we have your money already, so whatevs – get a cavity - on us”

I’ll get off my soap box in a second, but I feel if you are going to advertise something as a member perk, it should actually be um…a perk! Even if they just had popcorn and cookies, I think it would have been nicer.

After that disappointment, we wandered around the Contemporary for a while.

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At this point it was becoming apparent that we weren’t going to get back to the room this afternoon, so I went on the search for something warm to get me through the night.

I didn’t find anything at the Contemporary, and we weren’t quite ready to go back to DHS, so we hopped on the Monorail to our old friend – the POLY

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Though some of us briefly entertained the idea of getting another Kona Kone, our destination was the Tamu Tamu Lounge.

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Get these people some alcohol STAT

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Much better.

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not_Joanna_eggs
02-02-2011, 05:59 PM
How'd you make it through "BLIZZARD 2011" We are too far north to nhave gotten anything. I was so dreaming of a snowday:)

First off, its proper name is Snowacaine 2011 :rotfl:

I did get a snow day, but I am so busy this week, I was praying for a not-snow day! :rotfl:

We live slightly North of Milwaukee, so we were in the thick of it - but not as bad as those south of Milwaukee.

We had about 10 inches of snow, and the drifts were about up to my waist. My aunt who lives south of Milwaukee had drifts over her head!

To make matters worse, my mom was snowed in with me, so she forced me to clean the house all day. Not how I would have liked to have spent my snow day. However, my house is nice and clean now :rotfl:

portobello_rd
02-02-2011, 07:30 PM
yay! so happy you are still alive!
my husband is down there right now, working. hes working nights at the power plant in Racine. he got done at 4 am, and said that there were abandoned cars everywhere in the road including the intersections! he had to drive on the wrong side of the road most of the way back to the hotel- then he had to dig through a four foot snow drift with tupperware just to get into the parking lot! im so glad it didnt come up here!!!
he also stood in line outside walmart for his turn to go in- apparently only like 5 employees made it into the building so they were only allowing a dozen or so people in at a time! nutters!

meeko_33785
02-03-2011, 07:16 AM
Wish that I got over to the Studios to see the Tangled stuff over there. I'm sure by the time I finally get back they'll have switched it to Cars 2 or whatever movie comes after that. It seemed like wherever we went in December, there was absolutley nothing Tangled there except for what few souvenirs were left.

Enjoyed the One Man's Dream pics. Can't wait to go back and see it again since they've added more to it (I know the EPCOT display and Rocketeer stuff weren't there last time I went).

Sounds like one disappointment after another in the afternoon. Hope the day picked up fpr you after this.

Princess_K
02-03-2011, 09:09 AM
Their expressions after One Man's Dream crack me up. I gotta tell you..I spent a lot of time in there on my last trip. So I would've been there with you :thumbsup2 It is just too cool to see all of those things!

beachgirl2000
02-03-2011, 02:25 PM
From reading the few previous reports I was able to find, I was expecting to receive an ornament or something as a departing gift. No dice. Not that I feel that we deserve something, and I do understand that we’re in a recession, but I think DH put it best, “Enjoy that $20,000 rice krispy treat”

It just felt like “we have your money already, so whatevs – get a cavity - on us”

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Oh that cracked me up :rotfl2: But I totally agree with you! :thumbsup2

Glad I can help out with the Margarita time -- I am all about that! In fact, Thursdays is my wine and Jersey Shore night -- my favorite night of the week! :woohoo:

I feel your pain with the snow -- I live in Philly and every week since Christmas we have had snow or ice -- It has been horrible -- I think I am ready to go out of my mind!!!!!:eek:

Anyway -- 46 more days until Spring and even less until Spring Training! Go Phillies!!!!! :banana::cheer2:

pixiegirl
02-03-2011, 07:23 PM
So glad you made it through the blizzard. I had a snow day yesterday too. What did I do???? Clean. Lots of fun right but hey I figure now I don't have to do it this weekend. We had about 10 inches in Sheboygan too but the drifts were awful.

TwiddleDeeTwiddleDum
02-03-2011, 11:43 PM
I'm caught up again :goodvibes Your wedding pictures are lovely :bride:
Happy 1 year Anniversary!

not_Joanna_eggs
02-05-2011, 01:05 PM
yay! so happy you are still alive!
my husband is down there right now, working. hes working nights at the power plant in Racine. he got done at 4 am, and said that there were abandoned cars everywhere in the road including the intersections! he had to drive on the wrong side of the road most of the way back to the hotel- then he had to dig through a four foot snow drift with tupperware just to get into the parking lot! im so glad it didnt come up here!!!
he also stood in line outside walmart for his turn to go in- apparently only like 5 employees made it into the building so they were only allowing a dozen or so people in at a time! nutters!


Oh my, that sounds awful! I'm so glad he's okay. I'm sure it was not fun, but the mental image of your DH shoveling a drift with tupperware. He's such a trooper! I wold have just been like screw it!

Wish that I got over to the Studios to see the Tangled stuff over there. I'm sure by the time I finally get back they'll have switched it to Cars 2 or whatever movie comes after that. It seemed like wherever we went in December, there was absolutley nothing Tangled there except for what few souvenirs were left.

Enjoyed the One Man's Dream pics. Can't wait to go back and see it again since they've added more to it (I know the EPCOT display and Rocketeer stuff weren't there last time I went).

Sounds like one disappointment after another in the afternoon. Hope the day picked up fpr you after this.

We only saw Tangled stuff in the animation pavilion - they didn't seem to be promoting it too much. The stuff in the animation pavilion was really cute - it made me want to see the movie! Hopefully they keep it up for a while and you get a chance to see it.

I could have spent hours in One Man's Dream. They had really fun memorabilia. It was a good time waster.

Normally, I'm a huge DHS fan. But I realized it is because we ride RnRC and ToT multiple times, and DH and I like wandering around and looking at the exhibits. When you eliminate those two rides, and have impatient people, there's really not much that appeals to me there. It was a huge disappointment.

Their expressions after One Man's Dream crack me up. I gotta tell you..I spent a lot of time in there on my last trip. So I would've been there with you :thumbsup2 It is just too cool to see all of those things!

I can't wait to go back with DH and look at the stuff more closely. The fam just wasn't having it. Though this is from the group that got bored looking at the antiquities at the Louvre. :laughing:

From reading the few previous reports I was able to find, I was expecting to receive an ornament or something as a departing gift. No dice. Not that I feel that we deserve something, and I do understand that we’re in a recession, but I think DH put it best, “Enjoy that $20,000 rice krispy treat”

It just felt like “we have your money already, so whatevs – get a cavity - on us”

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Oh that cracked me up :rotfl2: But I totally agree with you! :thumbsup2

Glad I can help out with the Margarita time -- I am all about that! In fact, Thursdays is my wine and Jersey Shore night -- my favorite night of the week! :woohoo:

I feel your pain with the snow -- I live in Philly and every week since Christmas we have had snow or ice -- It has been horrible -- I think I am ready to go out of my mind!!!!!:eek:

Anyway -- 46 more days until Spring and even less until Spring Training! Go Phillies!!!!! :banana::cheer2:

Panic leaves near the NJ/PA border, so she's been experiencing most of the same weather you are. Not fun at all! I hate February - I always get cabin fever. No more snow PLEASE!

I am hoping to cure it with a a Caribbean cruise and a trip to Margaritaville in Key West next week :cutie:

So glad you made it through the blizzard. I had a snow day yesterday too. What did I do???? Clean. Lots of fun right but hey I figure now I don't have to do it this weekend. We had about 10 inches in Sheboygan too but the drifts were awful.

:rotfl: Were you snowed in with my mother too?? :rotfl::rotfl: I agree, cleaning on your snow day not super fun, but at least now it is clean. I'm so over snow. Bring on Spring!

I'm caught up again :goodvibes Your wedding pictures are lovely :bride:
Happy 1 year Anniversary!

Thanks so much!

not_Joanna_eggs
02-05-2011, 01:11 PM
After our drinks, we decided to grab some dinner at the Poly. We weren’t super hungry, so DH, Panic, and I decided to get some Sushi from the Sushi Bar, and Queenie and Grumpy went to Capitan Cooks.

Queenie’s burger;

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Grumpy’s Pizza

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Our Sushi

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The sushi was okay. Not great. I should have gotten something from Captian Cooks instead!

So we headed to my favorite store, the BouTiki. I was on a mission to find something warm to wear. I already have a Disney World sweatshirt, so I was looking for something kind of subtle and warm.

I found it at the BouTiki, a nice grey fleece with small embroidered Mickey and Minnie on front – and they had it in my size (for whatever reason, this is a huge deal for me at Disney – it is hard to find larger sizes in the parks) I was a little hesitant because it was $55, so I showed Queenie. She looked at it and said, hmm… I think I’ll get it.

And before I knew it she was at the counter buying my jacket for herself! This is why we call her Queenie. Seriously. So I kept looking, but I couldn’t find anything else I wanted, so I just sucked it up and we headed out.

(For the record, since we've been home, I've worn the jacket 3 times, and she has worn it 0 times :lmao:)

We were greeted by the torch lighting ceremony.

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I bet this guy was cold too!

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Then we headed to the bus. Look she stole your jacket

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What is so bizarre, is that she was so proud she found it. Oh Queeenie.

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What a meanie!

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Soon we were back at DHS..

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And we headed straight to TSM.

norybell
02-05-2011, 03:43 PM
Catching up, again -- the story of my life around here!

Glad you survived Snowicaine! And happy anniversary -- I love your wedding pics!

Ah, the Poly...maybe the most magical Disney resort there is?

I often have that problem with DHS...I love RNR, TOT, TSM, and One Man's Dream, but it's a much harder park for me to be happy just strolling around in. Not sure why that is?

And I have just learned for myself how much chilly weather can affect a Disney trip. I'm not sure if I'll ever rush back in January, for that reason. (Of course, this could be the winter doldrums talking. I need some warmth and sunshine, please! Right now! I am sick to death of winter precipitation!)

Princess_K
02-05-2011, 09:55 PM
Too funny about your mom stealing your jacket!

I really like Boutiki too. I bought quite a few things in there when we went last year!

rpbear
02-06-2011, 12:06 PM
Great trip report. I love your style of writing. I stayed up way past by bedtime reading it last night. I am surprised I didn't wake up my husband giggling. Boutiki has been added to my list of shopping experinces for my March trip. It has been several years since I have been to the Poly.

Lucy

TwiddleDeeTwiddleDum
02-06-2011, 09:46 PM
I was thinking when I read about the jacket you found that Queenie snatched it up so she could buy the jacket for YOU :thumbsup2 ANd then you continue she kept it for herself :lmao:

Queenie was being a meanie :rotfl2:

beachgirl2000
02-07-2011, 12:22 PM
Cruise? Really??? I am so jealous!!!!!!!!! I want to hear more about that when you get back!!!! Have fun and say hi to Margaritaville for me!

not_Joanna_eggs
02-08-2011, 10:11 PM
Catching up, again -- the story of my life around here!

Glad you survived Snowicaine! And happy anniversary -- I love your wedding pics!

Ah, the Poly...maybe the most magical Disney resort there is?

I often have that problem with DHS...I love RNR, TOT, TSM, and One Man's Dream, but it's a much harder park for me to be happy just strolling around in. Not sure why that is?

And I have just learned for myself how much chilly weather can affect a Disney trip. I'm not sure if I'll ever rush back in January, for that reason. (Of course, this could be the winter doldrums talking. I need some warmth and sunshine, please! Right now! I am sick to death of winter precipitation!)

Well, see if you'd stop going to Disney - maybe you could keep up with my report :lmao:

Yes, Snowacaine 2011 is done and dusted - thank goodness! I hate February. I can handle the snow in December and January - but by February, I'm like get me to the Caribbean ASAP! I can't stand the snow anymore!

I agree with you about DHS. I think it is "studio lot" feel to it. It is a bunch of buildings and sets instead of the prettiness of the other parks. I feel like the clear roads some how make it longer and harder to walk in. Weird - right?

I love going in January/February (not that I'm biased at all) I think if you are expecting the chilliness it is fine - but if you're like "ooh Florida = warm" it just sucks.

Too funny about your mom stealing your jacket!

I really like Boutiki too. I bought quite a few things in there when we went last year!

That's my mother for you. I'm not sure what it is about the BouTiki but it is such a great store.

Great trip report. I love your style of writing. I stayed up way past by bedtime reading it last night. I am surprised I didn't wake up my husband giggling. Boutiki has been added to my list of shopping experinces for my March trip. It has been several years since I have been to the Poly.

Lucy

Hi Lucy! Thanks for reading - glad you didn't wake your DH. My experience is they aren't super understanding when you squeal and wake them up with the excuse "it's the Disboards" :confused3 But maybe that's just my DH :lmao:

Yay for your March trip! If you can, definitely stop by the Poly. The BouTiki is great! As is the CS and both TS restaurants Not to mention everything about the Poly ever, except for the rooms.:rotfl:

I was thinking when I read about the jacket you found that Queenie snatched it up so she could buy the jacket for YOU :thumbsup2 ANd then you continue she kept it for herself :lmao:

Queenie was being a meanie :rotfl2:

:lmao::lmao: Honestly, I had the same thought when she grabbed it from me :lmao::lmao: And I should know better! DH was jokingly calling her Meanie Queenie all night. It was pretty funny!

Cruise? Really??? I am so jealous!!!!!!!!! I want to hear more about that when you get back!!!! Have fun and say hi to Margaritaville for me!

Yep - we are outta here on Thursday! Sunshine here we come. I'll definitely tell the 'ville you say hi :rotfl2:

I'm seriously contemplating doing a little non-Disney bonus "Panic and Joanna conquer the high seas" at the end of this report. We'll see...

Also, speaking of Joanna/Panic adventures... we are seriously seriously seriously considering a Disney adventure in April. We'll see how it goes :rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
02-08-2011, 10:15 PM
So, we headed into TSM, and walked right into the FP line. I just love all the props in the TSM line. It is so fun!

I want to color damnit!

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What’s wrong Panic?

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We were so close.

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Then we waited…
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and waited….

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It didn’t seem as though we were moving.

Then we heard the announcement that the ride was down temporarily.

Then we saw matinence workers coming into the ride.

Then we watched them evacuate the ride.

Then they evacuated the line too.

So close I could almost taste it.

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They said they’d give us all fast passes, but waited and didn’t get any, so we figured we were just SOL...

Next, we decided to head to the Fantasmic line. Finally after 6 trips, we were going to make it to Fantasmic!

My dad summed it up pretty well Mickey shows up..

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And everything is good.

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I just love the way the kid in front of me’s Mickey ears glow in this picture.

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Is is just me, or do the projections on the water seem really cheap and totally 90s?

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Freaky-Trippy Monkeys!

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Ahhh love…

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02-08-2011, 10:26 PM
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Then, something goes terribly wrong….

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But Mickey and the Power of Dreams come through

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Then suddenly the floor on the stadium gave out

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Okay that’s better

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Then all of the Characters rejoiced that Mickey saved the day

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Hey you… yeah I’m talking to you… I know you’re scrolling… there could be something really important to the story here…

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But there’s not so keep on scrollin’ baby!

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meeko_33785
02-09-2011, 07:43 AM
That's really too bad that you waited all that time to use those TSM fastpasses and never got to ride. At least it sounds like you enjoyed Fantasmic for the most part.

norybell
02-12-2011, 10:15 AM
That sucks about TSM! So close!

So...do you love Fantasmic? I've only been once, years ago, and all I really remember about it is how much those benches hurt after a while! Since then, it hasn't seemed worth all the crowds to me. But sometimes I feel like I might be missing out?

Purpleblanket
02-12-2011, 11:37 AM
HI!
Just found your TR this morning and spent the last hour or so reading through!!!
So now I'm caught up!!
We were at WDW on Dec. 27 - Jan 1st and we really beat the crowds by being up for the rope drops and using the EMH's!

I was glad to read that your opinion of the movie at WD - one man's dream was not a big deal as we decided to skip that!!

I look forward to more updates and photos!! :thumbsup2

Debbie

Caretames1
02-12-2011, 12:24 PM
LOL, I had to scroll back to catch your comment to keep scrolling :lmao::lmao:

Princess_K
02-12-2011, 09:42 PM
I've never done Fantasmic. It looks kind of fun though!

That stinks about TSM. I wish you'd gotten your fastpasses :(

not_Joanna_eggs
02-15-2011, 06:55 PM
That's really too bad that you waited all that time to use those TSM fastpasses and never got to ride. At least it sounds like you enjoyed Fantasmic for the most part.

Well.... we didn't get to ride then, but all wasn't lost. More on that later though...

Fantasmic was fun. It's not an every-trip thing for us, but it was fun to see!

That sucks about TSM! So close!

So...do you love Fantasmic? I've only been once, years ago, and all I really remember about it is how much those benches hurt after a while! Since then, it hasn't seemed worth all the crowds to me. But sometimes I feel like I might be missing out?

There's nothing like being so close to a great ride and not being able to ride it!

Fantasmic was neat to watch - but I don't think it's like super-awesome-must-see-every trip. It's kind of predictable, but what do you expect from a theme park show - even Disney. I think you should check it out if you haven't in a while - but if you have the chance to go to the Disneyland one instead - see that one! Yes the seats are super uncomfortable and there's always a snotty kid with a glow toy in front of you.. just saying.

HI!
Just found your TR this morning and spent the last hour or so reading through!!!
So now I'm caught up!!
We were at WDW on Dec. 27 - Jan 1st and we really beat the crowds by being up for the rope drops and using the EMH's!

I was glad to read that your opinion of the movie at WD - one man's dream was not a big deal as we decided to skip that!!

I look forward to more updates and photos!! :thumbsup2

Debbie

Hi Debbie - Thanks for joining the insanity.

Wow we really just missed each other! The early mornings really were a blessing to avoid the crowds. It took every bit of will power I had to get up - i'm so not a morning person - but it was so worth it!

The exhibits at OMD are much better than the movie - good call skipping it!

You're in luck - I've got more of both coming up :thumbsup2

LOL, I had to scroll back to catch your comment to keep scrolling :lmao::lmao:

HAHA You know me - always trying to keep you on your toes! :laughing:

I've never done Fantasmic. It looks kind of fun though!

That stinks about TSM. I wish you'd gotten your fastpasses :(

If you've never done it, I think Fantasmic is worth it. It's fun every once in a while - though Nory's right - the benches are really uncomfortable!

TSM was a bust that time - but just hold on... we might get some pixie dust...

not_Joanna_eggs
02-15-2011, 07:00 PM
After Fantasmic (we went to the 2nd show, if I didn’t mention that already…) the park was still open for 2 hrs, but the crowds had really thinned out. This was surprising as it was Christmas Adam (you know…. The day before Christmas Eve… when I was 7 that was hilarious and it stuck.)

So we once again split up. Panic and DH braved the post-Fantasmic crush and headed to TOT.

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Then they went to the single rider line for RnRC.

They both wanted to do the fist of rock for their pictures.

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DH was able to convince the complete strangers in his car – way to be a good sport random strangers!

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Queenie, Grumpy and I headed over to the Osborne Lights.

I have seen pictures of these on DIS before, but really they don’t do it justice. They are just amazing. I really hadn’t said too much, just that I wanted to go – and Queenie and Grumpy were blown away.

Okay folks, get your scrolling fingers ready!

On you Marks

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Get Set!

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Scroll!

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Okay quick take a picture so we can go back to looking at the lights!

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not_Joanna_eggs
02-15-2011, 07:03 PM
The lights are so bright they’re blurry!

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That’s better!

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not_Joanna_eggs
02-15-2011, 07:06 PM
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Just when you thought I couldn’t surprise you – here’s a picture of a fountain just to throw you off your game.

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Okay more lights…..

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After we’d been seriously dazzled by the lights we headed back to the front of the park.

On our way we passed TSM – which still had a 102 minute wait (the park was only open for 45 minutes more!) Oh well.

But Grumpy decided to take a chance and try to shake some pixie dust out of tinkerbell. He walked up to the FP CM, and explained how we’d been denied our FPs earlier and she let us in! YAY.

They both really liked it, but couldn’t imagine waiting 100 minutes for it. I can’t say I disagree.

So finally we felt that we have done DHS as much as we wanted, so we headed out.

We’d never noticed this sign before – thanks for the shout-out DHS!

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We headed back to the room to sleep and play some Epic Mickey.

Stringbean&Wingnut
02-15-2011, 07:25 PM
Love your report! I'm glad to hear you weren't foiled by TSM entirely (I still have never been on it - NO patience for a line like that!).

norybell
02-15-2011, 07:47 PM
Sooo...did you guys like, I dunno, look at some lights, or something?? :rotfl:

I really have to stop working retail, so I can take time off and get to WDW for the Christmas decorations sometime!

(Wow, that sentence really displayed some messed-up priorities, didn't it?)

Princess_K
02-15-2011, 09:03 PM
I just love the Osborne Lights!

That's great the TSM CM let you ride. A good way to end the night!

wdwgirl03
02-16-2011, 07:16 AM
Glad you were able to ride TSM after all.

Isn't it cool how they have the Milwaukee sign? It's so random because all of the other ones on that sign are huge/famous cities. Maybe someone from around here made it. haha

not_Joanna_eggs
02-20-2011, 12:55 PM
Love your report! I'm glad to hear you weren't foiled by TSM entirely (I still have never been on it - NO patience for a line like that!).

Hi there - thanks for joining in! TSM is fun, but I totally agree, it is not worth waiting in a 2 hour line!

Sooo...did you guys like, I dunno, look at some lights, or something?? :rotfl:

I really have to stop working retail, so I can take time off and get to WDW for the Christmas decorations sometime!

(Wow, that sentence really displayed some messed-up priorities, didn't it?)

:rotfl: yeah, i guess there were a few lights :rotfl:

Yeah, working retail would really prevent a trip at that time. But it is so worth it if you can make it! and P.S. your priorities seem totally fine to me :rotfl:

I just love the Osborne Lights!

That's great the TSM CM let you ride. A good way to end the night!

We were so impressed with the Osborne Lights, they were amazing! We were so happy for the pixie dust. It was great!

Glad you were able to ride TSM after all.

Isn't it cool how they have the Milwaukee sign? It's so random because all of the other ones on that sign are huge/famous cities. Maybe someone from around here made it. haha

A trip to DHS wouldn't be complete without a ride on TSM, ToT or RnRc, so I was trilled we made it too.

I can't believe I never noticed that sign before. There must be a story behind it because it is pretty random comparatively.

not_Joanna_eggs
02-20-2011, 12:58 PM
Finally, it was Christmas Eve! We had planned on doing all the parks before Christmas day so we avoid the crowds. So this was a nice relaxing morning.

No Queenie, I’m not taking a picture of you in your jammies to post on the internet. No, not me!

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After breakfast, we lounged around for a while just a nice peaceful morning.

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By 11 we started discussing what to do. Panic wanted Mexican food for lunch. So Panic, DH and I decided Epcot was in our future. Queenie and Grumpy declined, and decided to stay back.

On our way to the bus, we decided to head to AK first to pick up Everest FPs so we could ride it on our way back.

Off to AK we go!

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Hey, we’ll be in AK? That me jalapeno cheese pretzels!

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You know what this calls for? SENIOR PORTRIAT POSE!

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Soon we were arriving at the AK – could we be lucky with the crowds?

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We ducked into the shops to avoid the bottleneck of discovery island. And that’s when I saw it…

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My new love. I forgot all about the princess bag, and focused my sights on this beauty. The problem? The princess bag I wanted was $140, this one was $220…that’s a lot for a handbag. So we decided to wait….

So we headed out to Everest. My ankle was really hurting from my fall in Epcot a few days earlier, so I sent DH and Panic ahead and took my time to take pictures.

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Have I ever mentioned that AK is my favorite park?

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My summer home

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I know the history, but I’m so sad I never got to ride the discovery boats, I just love how pretty the AK is!

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Something from the hidden magic book – this little shrine things aligns almost perfectly with the mountain.

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The standby line was over 100 minutes, so they grabbed FPs and we headed back to the front of the park.

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Our destination was Epcot, but we had a mission to get some Advil and of course, a jalapeno pretzel.

The pretzel was the easy part

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Soooooo good

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Finding the advil was another story. Seriously, it shouldn’t have been that hard.

Definitely not advil… But super adorable

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After talking to like 12 people, we found the Advil and headed on our way. We decided to hop on a Yacht/Beach bus instead of an Epcot bus so we could enter at the International Gateway.

not_Joanna_eggs
02-20-2011, 12:59 PM
Ahhh an empty bus - yep definitely super crowded.

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I took advantage of the space and put my ankle up. It was really hurting me at that point.

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When we arrived at the Yacht Club, we split up. DH and I hopped on the boat, and Panic walked and talked to Greg.

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We arrived at Epcot to find a bunch of characters out. However, these were really random characters and they all had huge lines!

I think this is Rabbit from Whinnie the Pooh

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Wheezer?

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Um… the bear from Country Bear Jamboree? (If so why would he be at Epcot?)

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Rafiki was there too – I knew who he was but still pretty random. Especially for Epcot.

So we met up with Panic and headed towards Mexico

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I couldn’t resist a Canadian fence photo.

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Oh yeah, it is Christmas…

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Finally we made it to Mexico. We talked about trying one of the other restaurants, but of course we ended up at the Cava del Tequila..

Huh where are we?

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Mmm glowing!

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DH got some tequila.

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And we got some guacamole and taquitos

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Mmm…. I just love the cava!

We distracted ourselves with glowing things

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Boo, all done!

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After Mexico, we headed to Japan

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When we arrived at Japan, the drummers were out, so we watched them for a bit.

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We went to the store and Panic bout Greg a sake set for Christmas

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They had a Sake bar in Japan (who knew?) Panic an I both loved the kinds we had – she unfiltered, me sparkling.

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Then we headed to the front of the park and stopped in MouseGears, where I found my present for Greg. You know, cuz he loves Captain Eo so much!

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So we decided to head back to resort to drop off our goods our trip to Epcot, a success.

Purpleblanket
02-20-2011, 01:57 PM
loving the photos!

Debbie

Stringbean&Wingnut
02-20-2011, 01:58 PM
Hahaha I loved that little cart outside Captain EO with all the swag. I didn't know it had spread into Mousegears though. Definitely didn't think there would be that much (any?) demand for a Captain EO backpack or whatnot.

Also, I love the random character smattering in Epcot. I believe that is the penguin from Mary Poppins, but it would be pretty awesome if it was Wheezy.

not_Joanna_eggs
02-20-2011, 03:24 PM
loving the photos!

Debbie

Thanks! I took a lot!

Hahaha I loved that little cart outside Captain EO with all the swag. I didn't know it had spread into Mousegears though. Definitely didn't think there would be that much (any?) demand for a Captain EO backpack or whatnot.

Also, I love the random character smattering in Epcot. I believe that is the penguin from Mary Poppins, but it would be pretty awesome if it was Wheezy.

I totally agree. I don't remember seeing Captain EO stuff in Mouse Gears in October. I kind of wonder if (hope that) they are trying to get rid of the merchandise because they are going to switch it out with something new and awesome (a girl can dream right?)

Oh, Marry Poppins makes way more sense than Wheezy! Though, that seems like it is even more random than Wheezy. I didn't even remember that there was a penguin in MP though. Guess I'll have to watch it again.

not_Joanna_eggs
02-20-2011, 03:25 PM
After our afternoon of going to 2 parks and doing pretty much nothing, we headed back to the resort to drop our stuff off.

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Got to the resort, and found Queenie and Grumpy playing Toy Story Mania on the Wii. Queenie proclaimed “why would anyone wait in a 102 minute line? This is exactly the same.” Can’t say I disagree.

They went to Saana for lunch. Grumpy had the Turkey Club Sandwich, and Queeine had the Salad Sampler. And for dessert they had a chai cream. They loved it. I was surprised since they’re not very adventurous eaters, but they even got the chai cream recipe to make at home (we have and it is yummy!)

After a brief visit, we headed back out to the AK to use our FPs.

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My version of Disney Hell yeek!

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The crowds had thinned considerably.

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We passed the pretzel stand again, but we decided one a day was enough…

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So we ambled our way back to the far reaches of AK. Maybe we should have stolen this rigshaw.

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We rode Everest

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The picture is bad, but we’re all waving at the Yetti .

We exited into the gift shop where we found or kin – squishy baby yetis!

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We considered riding again, or hitting up Dinosaur, but it was getting late and we had to get ready, so we headed back.

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Soon we were a the Exit, and headed back to the hotel. We chillaxed and got ready for our big dinner.

We clean up all pretty and stuff

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We got to the GF and we were floored by the sheer number of people there. Yikes!

We tried to get close to the gingerbread house,

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but quickly gave up and went to the 2nd floor and walked around.


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beachgirl2000
02-20-2011, 09:25 PM
Welcome back -- I would love to hear about your recent cruise! So jealous!!!:goodvibes

norybell
02-20-2011, 09:28 PM
You all look so nice, all dressed up!

I'm very attached to Christmas at my parents' house. But I dunno...as the years go by and the family gets bigger and there's more travel involved, it all starts to feel a bit more stressful...

I guess what I'm saying here is: Christmas at Disney looks NICE! :thumbsup2

marymac123
02-24-2011, 07:10 PM
OK caught up. Reading your report makes me actually consider 2 things...#1-doing Christmas at Disney can be fun! And, #2(dare I say it) it might be fun with the whole family?? You have a great fun family!

boys938
02-24-2011, 08:50 PM
Love the picture of you and DH by the tree. Makes me wish for Christmas. No, never mind. I am ready for April and our family vacation!

meeko_33785
02-28-2011, 07:25 AM
I think I'm all caught up.

Loved the pictures of the rare characters at International Gateway. I think I might have braved that long line to see Rabbit since he's so rare to come by and I haven't seen him in years.

not_Joanna_eggs
03-01-2011, 06:55 PM
Welcome back -- I would love to hear about your recent cruise! So jealous!!!:goodvibes

Stay tuned, I will be doing a little mini-TR Joanna and Panic on the High Seas at the end of this report!

I love cruises, they're my 2nd favorite vacation after Disney!

You all look so nice, all dressed up!

I'm very attached to Christmas at my parents' house. But I dunno...as the years go by and the family gets bigger and there's more travel involved, it all starts to feel a bit more stressful...

I guess what I'm saying here is: Christmas at Disney looks NICE! :thumbsup2

Just takes a lot of scrubbing to get us there :laughing:

We really loved it. Just the other day, my mom was still talking about Disney at Christmas time and how nice it was. I don't think I could get them to do it every year, but I doubt this will be our last Christmas with the Mouse. There is something liberating about leaving all the stress of the holidays behind!

OK caught up. Reading your report makes me actually consider 2 things...#1-doing Christmas at Disney can be fun! And, #2(dare I say it) it might be fun with the whole family?? You have a great fun family!

We had a ton of fun! Something about the magic of the holiday being combined with the magic of Disney is just wonderful.

I think the best thing we did was have the vacation before Christmas. By Christmas Eve we could tell it was getting much more crowded and by our last day it was just nuts.

As crazy as they make me, I love my family. They're crazy just like me! :lmao:

I recommend it to anyone. I love traveling with my family.

Love the picture of you and DH by the tree. Makes me wish for Christmas. No, never mind. I am ready for April and our family vacation!

Thanks, that picture was one of my favorites too! :thumbsup2 Christmas at Disney was awesome, but April and the F&G festival are even better because it's so close. I'm mad jealous!:cutie:

I think I'm all caught up.

Loved the pictures of the rare characters at International Gateway. I think I might have braved that long line to see Rabbit since he's so rare to come by and I haven't seen him in years.

:wave2: Hey Meeko! I thought about what a dream the rare characters would be for some people - but we were on a serious margarita mission. :rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
03-01-2011, 06:58 PM
We checked into Victoria and Albert’s a little early, so we went to Mizner’s lounge for a drink first.

Then we were seated and met our waitress. Who happened to be from the Milwaukee area too, and her in-laws live less than a block from my in-laws. Crazy.

I apologize for the poorly lit pictures to follow. I just couldn’t bring myself to use the flash in such a nice resturant.

So they brought out the amuse bouche. It was lobster 4 ways. Delish.

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Course 1

Queenie went vegetarian and got the Beet Carpaccio.

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Applewood Smoked Buffalo Waldorf

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Tuna and Octopus

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Course 2

Sake-Soy-marinated Alaskan King Salmon (DH, Grumpy, Panic)

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Vegetable Ash-Crusted Halibut with Butter Clams (Me, Queenie)

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Course 3

Duck Breast, Duck Sausage and Confit with gooseberries

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Tortellini

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Course 4

Poulet Rouget with Yellow Chantrelles, Black Trumpet Mushrooms, and Truffle Gnocchi

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Marcho Farms Veal Tenderloin with Marble Potatoes and Sauce Soubise

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Krubuta Port Tenderloin and Belly with Cannelini Bean Sauce

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Course 5

Cheese Plate. No idea what kinds of cheese these are. But we’re from Wisconsin so we like cheese – right?

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Fancy coffee contraption

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Course 6

Meyer Lemon and Blood Orange Purse with Blackberry-Violet Sherbet

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Caramelized Banana Gateau

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Tanzanie Chocolate Pyramid with a Champangne-Chambord Truffle

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Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Soufflé

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So while we were eating dessert the rest of the restaurant cleared out. Completely. We were the last people there. So Queenie asks Grumpy “what time is it?”

“Actually, It’s exactly midnight”

“Well, I just have one thing to say to everyone..”

Now I know you’re thinking that something sweet is forthcoming. You know like Merry Christmas, or this is a great meal. Because heck, I was so swept up in the moment even I was expecting that. But truthfully you should know my family by now… So she actually said

“Black Raspberry Sherbet. Seriously guys, this stuff is awesome”

We all bust out laughing, and she had no idea why. Grumpy said “glad it’s good, we would have gone with Merry Christmas, but that’s another way to go”

So after shutting the place down, and being so stuffed we could hardly move, we posed for one last photo.

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You can actually see how full we are

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Stringbean&Wingnut
03-01-2011, 07:32 PM
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So while we were eating dessert the rest of the restaurant cleared out. Completely. We were the last people there. So Queenie asks Grumpy “what time is it?”

“Actually, It’s exactly midnight”

“Well, I just have one thing to say to everyone..”

Now I know you’re thinking that something sweet is forthcoming. You know like Merry Christmas, or this is a great meal. Because heck, I was so swept up in the moment even I was expecting that. But truthfully you should know my family by now… So she actually said

“Black Raspberry Sherbet. Seriously guys, this stuff is awesome”

We all bust out laughing, and she had no idea why. Grumpy said “glad it’s good, we would have gone with Merry Christmas, but that’s another way to go”

That souffle looks seriously awesome!! Well your whole meal looks seriously awesome, but I can't stop eying up that chocolate!

Too funny about the "toast"!! And technically, sherbet is sweet...so there's a nice sweet sentiment to end your Christmas dinner with! :thumbsup2

Princess_K
03-02-2011, 12:15 PM
That meal looks wonderful! Too funny about your mom's big statement.

I'm excited for your mini cruise TR :thumbsup2

not_Joanna_eggs
03-02-2011, 05:46 PM
That souffle looks seriously awesome!! Well your whole meal looks seriously awesome, but I can't stop eying up that chocolate!

Too funny about the "toast"!! And technically, sherbet is sweet...so there's a nice sweet sentiment to end your Christmas dinner with! :thumbsup2

The souffle is really good! That's what I had when we went in January. So warm and delicious.

I like your logic. I just think that my mom is crazy! :cutie::laughing:

That meal looks wonderful! Too funny about your mom's big statement.

I'm excited for your mini cruise TR :thumbsup2

Victoria & Albert's is always a great meal. It was a perfect choice for Christmas Eve!

not_Joanna_eggs
03-02-2011, 05:55 PM
So it’s Christmas morning after a fabulous 6 course meal that ended at midnight the night before. What’s a girl to do? Well make a big breakfast in the room of course!

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You can see our V&A roses on this one…

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It actually was kind of nice, we hooked up the ipod and had a holiday play list going and just chilled and had a relaxing morning with eggs, bacon and pancakes. Yum!

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After a nice relaxing morning, we bundled up and headed out to the bus.

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Yup. I know. Sacrilege I know. Going to a park ON Christmas day… and Epcot none the less. We live life on the edge.

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Meanwhile, Panic called Greg… and took a few moments to wish him Merry Christmas. We miss you Greggy-pooh!

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This was promising, the bus was practically empty.

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We got to Epcot, and as usual, we got through no problem, but had to wait for Queenie who had to go through Bag Check.

I’m with Goofy.

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We started walking into the park.

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It was really cold that day, so we ducked in Innoventions. I tried to get anyone to make a Velcro frog with me. But I had no takers, so I settled for a picture.

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I think I’ll be going with my friend and her 8 year old later this year. So maybe he’ll make a frog with me!

We slowly meandered. It was definitely crowded, and we really had no where to be, so we kept wandering looking for a wait time under an hour.

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Hmmm…. We’re getting close to the imagination Pavilion…

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The wait for Figment was 40 minutes…. But…. There was no wait for Greg’s favorite… too bad he wasn’t there to join us.

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Yep. This is our kind of crowd.

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We arrived when the lights turned off, and I was with Queenie and Panic, and we thought that DH and Grumpy were right behind us…. But when I turned around they were gone.

We watched the glorious pre-show. But I couldn’t find them anywhere.

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We were pretty convinced they’d ducked out and would be waiting for us on the other side….

But once we entered the theater, we able to find them, and we all settled in for 15 minutes of George Lucas / Michael Jackson fun!

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I can’t believe you made me sit through that again!

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This is true love.

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wdwgirl03
03-02-2011, 09:42 PM
So behind on your TR! But what a nice way to spend Christmas, in Disney. :thumbsup2

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-03-2011, 12:43 PM
What an awesome way to spend Christmas!!! (Although, I'm not sure that a second spin on Captain EO would have been on my Christmas list...:lmao:)

And I would have totally made a velcro frog with you!! (I really want to make one of those World Showcase masks, but am afraid I'll look way too silly doing so! :upsidedow)

not_Joanna_eggs
03-03-2011, 05:53 PM
So behind on your TR! But what a nice way to spend Christmas, in Disney. :thumbsup2

It's okay. I'm so behind on everyone's TRs too, I totally understand! Disney on Christmas was nice, and not nearly as stressful as I thought it would be.

What an awesome way to spend Christmas!!! (Although, I'm not sure that a second spin on Captain EO would have been on my Christmas list...:lmao:)

And I would have totally made a velcro frog with you!! (I really want to make one of those World Showcase masks, but am afraid I'll look way too silly doing so! :upsidedow)

Somehow, I managed to do Captain EO 3 times 2010. I'm not sure how I handled that :rotfl: It is "special." the day was weird, because the day didn't really feel like Christmas day until the CLP later. But it was really nice.

I know what you mean. I can't wait to go in September because there's so much that I want to do, but I'm afraid I'll look silly with out a kid. I told DH we had to start trying to have kids so we could take them to Disney. He told me my priorities were messed up :confused3

not_Joanna_eggs
03-03-2011, 05:55 PM
After Captain EO we wandered around the WS for a bit.

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We stopped in England and excitedly had a beer

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Where’s my Black Raspberry Sherbet?

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What are you lookin’ at Mister?

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Hmm… the view from here is pretty nice…

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We kept wandering and found our old friends British Invasion

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Mop Tops with Santa Hats? Sign me up!

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Once their set was done, we kept wandering, and took in the sights along the way…

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Duffy!

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Creepy tree!

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What’s this?

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More Beer? Sign us up!
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Merry Christmas!

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Caretames1
03-03-2011, 08:50 PM
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Love the excited fan in the bottom of your picture :rotfl:

portobello_rd
03-03-2011, 09:09 PM
Thats my kind of Christmas. Lots of drinking.

norybell
03-04-2011, 01:47 PM
This Christmas of yours is just looking better and better as it goes along.

not_Joanna_eggs
03-04-2011, 05:44 PM
Love the excited fan in the bottom of your picture :rotfl:

OMG I didn't even notice that. That's hilarious! I feel ashamed that I missed that prime caption opportunity! :rotfl:

I hope someone told her that those weren't actually the Beatles - shocker I know!

Thats my kind of Christmas. Lots of drinking.

Amen to that! We are from Milwaukee - Beer makes everything better! Right? :rotfl:

This Christmas of yours is just looking better and better as it goes along.

Muhahahahaha...my (evil? genius? completely unintentional?) plan is working :rotfl::rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
03-04-2011, 05:47 PM
After about an hour of meandering, it was almost time for our ADR, so we headed to China.

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Due to some “this could only happen to me” circumstances, I booked our Candle Light Processional package a little too late and there weren’t many options open. I would have loved to go with our old favorite Coral Reef, but Queenie has a strict “No aquariums while eating fish” rule, so of my remaining options – Biergarten, Restaurant Marakesh, 9 Dragons, and Teppen Edo. None of them really screamed “Christmas” to me. When I learned that the only time we could get in was 4:00, that kind of sealed our fate – 9 dragons it was. Chinese food was the right kind of food for that time frame.

I was worried because it’s not an oft-mentioned restaurant – and the old reviews were uniformly bad. But as soon as we were seated and given crayons, I knew it was the perfect choice for us!

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Since we had the Candle Light Dinner Package, we got appetizers, which we shared for the table.

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Walnut Shrimp toast and Pot Stickers.

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Honey Sesame Chicken

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Sweet and Sour Pork

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Nine Dragons Fried Rice

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Red Bean and Rice Pudding (bleh!)

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Strawberry and red bean ice cream

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Ginger cake

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Overall, I was impressed with 9 Dragons. We will be back.

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Now, will we be back for the candle light package? Probably not. The price was waaaay too much for what we got. I think we could have stood in the stand by line and gotten similar seats.

But anyway, back to what actually happened.

Once we were done with our yummy dinner, we had about an hour until the CLP. We were going to explore the store in Japan, but when we got there CLP line was already stretching to Japan, so we decided to just hop in and wait.

Are we having fun yet?

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Seriously, are we?

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So then we spent the next 40 minutes waiting in line. Yup. The longest line we waited in was for the thing that we paid extra for so we wouldn’t have to wait in line. Something kind of poetic about that, no?

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At least the scenery was nice

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My desktop picture

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OMG seriously are we there yet?

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Can you handle the excitement?

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This ride better be worth it!

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Purpleblanket
03-04-2011, 08:06 PM
Hey there,
I'm still here, following along!! I loved your mega course dinner!!!
Looked like so much fun!!!
I'd like to go back again so that this time... we can sit around world showcase and take in all the sights!! Although, we did get a lot done during the week between Christmas and New Years!!

Debbie

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-05-2011, 06:57 AM
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Gorgeous picture!!!

It's too bad you didn't get your first choice of restaurants for the CP, but it's nice you enjoyed your meal otherwise! I have always wondered that about the CP - how you have to stand in line after reserving your spot. I'm more of a "wander up after it starts and stand in the back for a song or two" attendee :laughing:.

not_Joanna_eggs
03-05-2011, 03:08 PM
Hey there,
I'm still here, following along!! I loved your mega course dinner!!!
Looked like so much fun!!!
I'd like to go back again so that this time... we can sit around world showcase and take in all the sights!! Although, we did get a lot done during the week between Christmas and New Years!!

Debbie

Victoria & Albert's is AMAZING. We were lucky enough to do this "once in a decade" type meal twice last year. And it was unbelievable both times.

That is one of the pluses of going as often as we did last year, we didn't feel rushed or like we had to do everything - since we'd already done it :rotfl: It was nice and relaxing just to drink and people watch. I whole heatedly advocate that you plan another trip to do the same. I'm really good at spending other people's money, aren't I:rotfl:

Gorgeous picture!!!

It's too bad you didn't get your first choice of restaurants for the CP, but it's nice you enjoyed your meal otherwise! I have always wondered that about the CP - how you have to stand in line after reserving your spot. I'm more of a "wander up after it starts and stand in the back for a song or two" attendee :laughing:.

I love how that picture is Epcot, but not in your face about it. It came out really nice!

It all worked out with the CLP. Our first choice would have been Chefs de France which would have been too much heavy food. Plus I'm not sure we would have tried Nine Dragons otherwise, and it was a really great meal.

Normally I wouldn't have booked the CLP package, but I was reading horror stories of the massive amounts of people that flock to the CLP on Christmas Eve and Day, so I thought it best to play it safe. But the whole process was stuooooooooooopid if you ask me (which I'm pretty sure you didn't, but hey!)

not_Joanna_eggs
03-05-2011, 03:12 PM
So finally, the line started moving and we were herded into the America Gardens Theater. We ended up scoring pretty good seats – 3rd row, on the left or “Japan” side.

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Then we got to wait some more…

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Is this the ride with the big drop?

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Finally, the music started.

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Yep. Get those scrollin figures ready, because you all know what happens when I’m not distracted by rides and things.

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Our narrator was Edward James Olmos. Or as Panic referred to him “ the dude from Bladerunner”

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He was really passionate about the story and got all teary-eyed. I suppose this is better than a narrator that gets bored with the story, or rushes through it. It was a little intense for us though – but we’re cynical. And frankly were paying way more attention to the choir members on our side that were dropping like flies. We saw about 5 people ushered off the risers during the show. Who needs the famous celebrity – we had gripping drama right in front of us!

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Overall, The show was nice. I was glad I didn’t listen to the experts and stay away, because I think it was much more magical to see it on Christmas. TGM had me thinking that we were stepping into the second coming of our day at WWOHP, and I was going to have a nervous breakdown because I wouldn't have butter beer to distract me. But that wasn't the case at all. Yes, the theater was full, but it wasn't like there were hoards of people clamoring to get closer and buy a wand or anything. It was very nice, and it was really the piece that made the day feel Christmas-y at all. Well okay, the Beatles cover band wearing santa hats was pretty Christmas-y too.

RachelNinja
03-05-2011, 04:05 PM
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! There's so much to read and catch up on. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! Of course, we're going out to dinner now ...

norybell
03-05-2011, 08:23 PM
I love Edward James Olmos. Though I'd refer to him as "the dude from Battlestar Galactica", thank you very much.

CLP looks nice, though the idea of paying extra to wait in such a long line kinda turns me off!

Princess_K
03-05-2011, 09:23 PM
I really loved the CP. I bet seeing it on Christmas did make it even better! But I agree. It doesn't make a lot of sense that you pay to have reserved seats but still have to stand for an hour. You'd think there would be a better system in place.

RachelNinja
03-06-2011, 12:18 AM
What a fun night! I have update after update to read! WOOHOO! I love your trip reports; I love your humor!

Yum, the airport lunch of Cheetos and potato chips sounds really good! The Cheetos were probably long lost relatives of Leo the Cheeto, the one who rode along with Howard and me on our Amtrak ride. And it has to be a very nutritious lunch because it explains why I had potato chips for dinner.

What exactly do you do with a cheese plate? Haha, I mean, how exactly do you eat it? I know some of them have accompanying goodies, but do you eat it in the same bite? Do you just put a morsel in your mouth and savor? I'm so intrigued by them because I LOVE cheese! I just don't think I'd know what to do with it if I ever ordered it. In the meantime, I'll probably just go to Costco and get a wheel of sharp cheddar and a tub of bleu cheese crumbles to snack on ... haha.

WOOHOO to Bananagrams! That's how Howard TRIED proposing!

I am so going to get the tablet for pictionary on the Wii. The one we have in the house is mine since my older brother gave it to me, so it's coming with me when I get married. I love playing Pictionary online, but this would be so much fun to do at home! Or with friends! Okay, I should make a list. (1) Buy tablet for pictionary (2) Make friends. Oh wait, should it be the other way around?

Ooo, I want that beet and goat cheese salad from Sunshine Seasons! I tried the one from Wolfgang Puck Express. If I had known there was one at Sunshine Seasons, I could've had that yummy combination twice!!! And I'm sure Howard would've wanted the seared tuna thing!

The fake fireworks on the Gran Fiesta ride really are fantastic! Howard looked up this time and noticed them. I took video of it, haha. I couldn't help it. I think they're so cool and would love to have that in the ceiling of my room!

Avocado margarita sounds so enticing. However, I can't handle much alcohol at all. I might as well go make some guacamole then. It'd probably be cheaper too.

I am absolutely ravenous, so looking at your yummy food pics is making my stomach growl. Literally. I could shove that whole piece of seabass in my mouth right now.

Oy, that Harry Potter line thing is just crazy. My cousins were able to get in fairly early in the morning since we dropped them off early in the morning. Even so, they said they couldn't believe the waits for some things. They did bag swap to get on Forbidden Journey so they wouldn't have to do the locker thing too. After all that stuff, they left saying that it was disappointing. They were glad to experience it because they love HP, but it was small and so not like Disney! Haha, that made me happy just because I know they'll be willing to go back to WDW in the future!

Haha, i got a kick out of the sign that says "Drunkenly Calling Old Girlfriends Hour" because it's so opposite of what Disney would put! The man in the yellow hat thing got me laughing as well!!! What an odd combination. How is Curious George a Universal thing?

Yay for Panic's review of Forbidden Journey! My cousin Danielle got dizzy from him, and my other cousin Nikki was scared during it. She said that she freaked out when she saw one Dementor and after that, she closed her eyes until she heard Harry say the spell to make them go away. Since they did bag swap, one of the girls could have gone on again with Ray, but neither of them wanted to, so he had to go on by himself!

If my dad were willing, I'd so take him to Flying Fish to treat him to dinner. Those dishes look absolutely fantastic, and he loves fresh seafood! I think it's so cool that you can have a tilapia from Living with the Land!

WOW, I love those Fantasyland and Haunted Mansion ride lines! I never get to HM in the morning, so I've never seen the queue so empty! I admit that I'd probably be a little scared if there weren't a lot of people around though.

Okay, I'm at the top of page 8, but it's about time I get some sleep so I'll leave off here. What a fun night! Thanks for the updates and the laughs!

not_Joanna_eggs
03-06-2011, 11:33 AM
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! There's so much to read and catch up on. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! Of course, we're going out to dinner now ...

Hmm... were you busy with something? :rotfl:

I love Edward James Olmos. Though I'd refer to him as "the dude from Battlestar Galactica", thank you very much.

CLP looks nice, though the idea of paying extra to wait in such a long line kinda turns me off!

Panic doesn't really watch Battlestar (right? and she calls herself a nerd :confused3) so when we were trying to explain to her who he was, she wasn't getting the reference, but when she saw him, she said "dude, why didn't you just say he was the dude from bladerunner" But I'd agree that he is much more the dude from Battlestar Galactica.

If we weren't going on Christmas day, I would definately have heeded others' advice and just gone in the standby line. It's a nice show, but really not worth the extra money and hassle.

I really loved the CP. I bet seeing it on Christmas did make it even better! But I agree. It doesn't make a lot of sense that you pay to have reserved seats but still have to stand for an hour. You'd think there would be a better system in place.

It made it so Christmas-y and was a great cap to the day. But that line thing really got my goat. I'm not sure what else could be done - reserved seating maybe? But it sucked.

What a fun night! I have update after update to read! WOOHOO! I love your trip reports; I love your humor!

Yum, the airport lunch of Cheetos and potato chips sounds really good! The Cheetos were probably long lost relatives of Leo the Cheeto, the one who rode along with Howard and me on our Amtrak ride. And it has to be a very nutritious lunch because it explains why I had potato chips for dinner.

Glad I could entertain you :thumbsup2

I totally thought of our experience when I was reading your report. Maybe Leo was catching the train to try to meet up with his friends that we dropped in the hall at AKV-K. :laughing:

I'll agree. Potato chips are in dinner/lunch of champions. Very nutritious.

What exactly do you do with a cheese plate? Haha, I mean, how exactly do you eat it? I know some of them have accompanying goodies, but do you eat it in the same bite? Do you just put a morsel in your mouth and savor? I'm so intrigued by them because I LOVE cheese! I just don't think I'd know what to do with it if I ever ordered it. In the meantime, I'll probably just go to Costco and get a wheel of sharp cheddar and a tub of bleu cheese crumbles to snack on ... haha.

I read the first sentence, and I was going to reply "um eat it, duh Rachel" :rotfl:

I don't know that I'm an expert of cheese plates - I know, I fail at being a Wisconinite - right? But this is how we do it. Usually the cheese plate has crackers, walnuts and dried fruit on it. We eat the cheese with the crackers. Depending on the size of the hunk on the plate, you either cut off a piece or just take the whole hunk. Then, in between the different cheeses, you cleanse your pallet with the nuts and dried fruit.

This has nothing to do with your question, but yesterday I had an AWSOME grilled Cheese sandwich that was cheddar and blu cheese with bacon. Mmmmm... Your snack made me remember how yummy that was :cutie:

WOOHOO to Bananagrams! That's how Howard TRIED proposing!

I totally forgot about that adorable story :goodvibes It was the first time I'd played it, it was really fun!

I am so going to get the tablet for pictionary on the Wii. The one we have in the house is mine since my older brother gave it to me, so it's coming with me when I get married. I love playing Pictionary online, but this would be so much fun to do at home! Or with friends! Okay, I should make a list. (1) Buy tablet for pictionary (2) Make friends. Oh wait, should it be the other way around?

From experience, it should be reversed. I have the tablet, but no friends, so it just sits there all lonely longing to be back in Disney. Wait... no that's me :rotfl:

Truthfully, You really need a group from pictionary, but there's an "art" studio game that comes with the tablet that kind of reminds me of this program called "KidPix" that I used when I was younger and I loved it. So i do use the tablet to play with that when I'm bored. You can like color and stuff - it's pretty fun!

(I swear I'm not quite as pathetic as that sentence made me sound :laughing:)

Ooo, I want that beet and goat cheese salad from Sunshine Seasons! I tried the one from Wolfgang Puck Express. If I had known there was one at Sunshine Seasons, I could've had that yummy combination twice!!! And I'm sure Howard would've wanted the seared tuna thing!

Wait... they have it at WPE? I love goat cheese and beet anything. How did I not know this? (putting on my list for next time) Sunshine Seasons is my favorite counter service restaurant by far. It is so yummy and there's such variety. I just wish it wasn't near soarin' because it gets so crazy crowded in there.

The fake fireworks on the Gran Fiesta ride really are fantastic! Howard looked up this time and noticed them. I took video of it, haha. I couldn't help it. I think they're so cool and would love to have that in the ceiling of my room!

Avocado margarita sounds so enticing. However, I can't handle much alcohol at all. I might as well go make some guacamole then. It'd probably be cheaper too.

I'm totally with you. I would love those fake fireworks in my room. I'd never sleep. I'd just stare at the ceiling and be happy!

The Cava del Tequila has really good guacamole too. Mmmm I love avocados! Later in the TR you'll see a picture of it. When Panic and I went in July, we got a Margarita flight, which was like shot-glass sized margaritas. The avacado one was one of them. I wonder if you could order just that size to try it? But you're right just sticking to the guac is much cheaper. A full size margarita there is like $13! But they're so yummy!

I am absolutely ravenous, so looking at your yummy food pics is making my stomach growl. Literally. I could shove that whole piece of seabass in my mouth right now.

I'm sorry. I know how evil the Disney food pics can be when you're hungry. The other day I was going through my pictures from V&A's to post and I was looking at my cheese pizza I was eating and trying to will it to be some yummy Disney food. It didn't work :rotfl:

Oy, that Harry Potter line thing is just crazy. My cousins were able to get in fairly early in the morning since we dropped them off early in the morning. Even so, they said they couldn't believe the waits for some things. They did bag swap to get on Forbidden Journey so they wouldn't have to do the locker thing too. After all that stuff, they left saying that it was disappointing. They were glad to experience it because they love HP, but it was small and so not like Disney! Haha, that made me happy just because I know they'll be willing to go back to WDW in the future!

The crowds at WWOHP were awful for us. I think they're bad normally but apparently when we were there in addition to it being newish, and Christmas, and the movie recently opening, JK Rawling was on Opera earlier that week talking about it. So the crowds were bad. We all had a great time, but we kept commenting how evident it was that we really weren't in Disney.

I told DH that it had been 10 years since I'd been to IOA, and he said, okay, we can go back in 10 years :rotfl:

Haha, i got a kick out of the sign that says "Drunkenly Calling Old Girlfriends Hour" because it's so opposite of what Disney would put! The man in the yellow hat thing got me laughing as well!!! What an odd combination. How is Curious George a Universal thing?

Yay for Panic's review of Forbidden Journey! My cousin Danielle got dizzy from him, and my other cousin Nikki was scared during it. She said that she freaked out when she saw one Dementor and after that, she closed her eyes until she heard Harry say the spell to make them go away. Since they did bag swap, one of the girls could have gone on again with Ray, but neither of them wanted to, so he had to go on by himself!

Yes, there were a lot of "not very Disney" things at universal. Which on some level made it kind of fun - because they were more "adult" jokes, but the shtick got old.

I have no idea why Curious George was there. I wonder if they bought the rights to him when they made the movie? I don't know.

I do sort of wish that I had gone on the FJ ride, but then again, DH said he kind of got scared at points, so I'm sure I would have been leaping out of the restraints. Your cousin closing her eyes, reminds me of Panic on the Mummy :rotfl:

If my dad were willing, I'd so take him to Flying Fish to treat him to dinner. Those dishes look absolutely fantastic, and he loves fresh seafood! I think it's so cool that you can have a tilapia from Living with the Land!

Flying Fish is one of our favorites. The seafood is so good. And you can't get much fresher than "swimming this morning" Hopefully some day you can get him to go!

WOW, I love those Fantasyland and Haunted Mansion ride lines! I never get to HM in the morning, so I've never seen the queue so empty! I admit that I'd probably be a little scared if there weren't a lot of people around though.

Okay, I'm at the top of page 8, but it's about time I get some sleep so I'll leave off here. What a fun night! Thanks for the updates and the laughs!

I will say HM was a bit creepier than normal with no one around. It made it feel more "real" and less of ride that everyone was waiting for. If I ever go at a crowded time again, I am definitely doing the rope-drop thing. That was fantastic we got so much done in an hour.

Thanks for reading along!

not_Joanna_eggs
03-06-2011, 11:38 AM
So After the CLP, we though about making our way to the special “reserved” illuminations viewing area, but decided we could do better on our own, so we wandered around a bit.

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We ended up at the Yorkshire County Fish Shop with some beer and chips, and just chillaxed until Illuminations. We had a little run in with a really rude guy who was making a big stinking deal that we were sitting at a table and only having beer and fries. He was so rude it made me want to scream “merry freaking Christmas to you too buddy” but I just drank my Strongbow instead. Apparently, it is not nice or very Christmas-y to scream at mean people when their snotty kids are there.

Anyway, we were sitting there and a CM came up to us, and started talking to us. He had Autism or something similar, and really wanted to talk football with us. We must just look like Green Bay fans, because people always want to talk football with us, but I digress. What was HILARIOUS about this interaction, is that he pretty much only wanted to talk to Queenie. Who was struggling to talk football with him, and kept looking to us to help her since she had pretty much no clue what he was talking about. And he probably talked to her for 15 minutes. So the rest of the trip we would tease her about being such a big football fan!

Soon, it was IllumiNations time. I’ve got to stay after the 9th time we’ve seen Illuminations this year, it’s not really my favorite. I like the MK fireworks a lot better. The globe part is kind of boring when you can’t really see it. Just my opnion.

So anyway…. IllumiNations…

ARE YOU READY…

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TO….

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SCROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLL?

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Da da da du dun

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da da da dun dun

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da da da dun dun (hmmm that really doesn't translate into writing... but you can use your imagination right?)

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Did I mention we were watching a firework show?

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Okay, I'm sorry but the "holiday" part of this show was kind of stupid. Maybe I'm just cynical and have seen it too many times, but I just didn't get it. We were all kind of scratching our heads at the point.

After IllumiNations, we slowly meandered to the front of the park to catch the bus.

Look – DH is super double-y official!

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Whatevs Dude, you wish you were as cool as me.

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OhioDisneyLover
03-06-2011, 11:42 AM
How the heck did I miss this! I guess being away from the DIS 3 months is what did it to me.

Going back to catch up!!! :goodvibes

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-06-2011, 05:51 PM
Oooh pressing human drama at the CP!!! That definitely sounds like what my attention span would meander over to as well...:laughing:.

I LOVE Illuminations, and I'm sure that you will be proud that I absolutely did sing the "da dun dun dun dun dun dun dun..." part while looking at your photos. There may have also been a tiny bit of dancing involved. And a flourish at the big finish.

What can I say, I'm all about that spinning globe turned-cracked-open-Terry's-chocolate-orange. Yum. Chocolate. :thumbsup2

not_Joanna_eggs
03-07-2011, 06:04 PM
How the heck did I miss this! I guess being away from the DIS 3 months is what did it to me.

Going back to catch up!!! :goodvibes

Better late-ish then never! :goodvibes Welcome back!

Oooh pressing human drama at the CP!!! That definitely sounds like what my attention span would meander over to as well...:laughing:.

I LOVE Illuminations, and I'm sure that you will be proud that I absolutely did sing the "da dun dun dun dun dun dun dun..." part while looking at your photos. There may have also been a tiny bit of dancing involved. And a flourish at the big finish.

What can I say, I'm all about that spinning globe turned-cracked-open-Terry's-chocolate-orange. Yum. Chocolate. :thumbsup2

:rotfl: We started making up all these crazy stories about the people passing out. So much more entertaining :rotfl:

I literally spit juice all over my computer, I was laughing so hard that you compared the globe to the "wack-a-chocolate-orange" as I call them :rotfl: It is TOTALLY like that, but considerably less delicious:rotfl:

It's not that I HATE IllumiNations. I mean we had part our Welcome dinner for our wedding was during IllumiNations for Pete's sake, but I don't know, it kind of bored me this time. I'm much more of a Wishes girl I guess :cutie:

not_Joanna_eggs
03-07-2011, 06:06 PM
For us, probably like most of you, the last day of trip is always sad, and usually chock-full of rushing around trying to do everything we thought we’d have more time to do later. But this trip was different. I don’t know exactly what it was. The increasing crowds, the 8 days prior, the fact that it was our 6th trip this year, but there was only one thing left on my list of must dos.

So, this freed us up for a leisurely last day. We had to return the rental car to the Swalphin by 10 am, so Grumpy and I hopped in the car, and planned to meet the others at DTD at 11:30.

We got to the Swalphin and returned the car no problem. The process took all of 3 minutes. Although, we agreed that we probably could have done without a car in general, I would really recommend renting from the Swalphin. It was really easy and allowed us to have a car, but not have to drive from the airport. It was quite nice.

As we were returning the car, I saw a DTD bus, but I couldn’t run fast enough to catch it. No biggie, DTD busses come every 10 minutes. Right? So we waited.

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It was cold. I mean really cold. It was the coldest day of the trip. We were hiding behind pillars and stuff, but it was windy and miserable.

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We kept waiting, and waiting. Both grumpy and I commented that we were SO glad to not be going to a park that day. I felt bad for all the little kids we saw all bundled up. Brr!

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I really should have run, because we ended up waiting 40 minutes for the dang bus.

We finally made it to DTD, and found them.

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I was on a mission for a D&B bag, so we though the best place to look was Tren-D.

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The ceiling in this store is awesome!

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I was totally right! This is the BEST place to find the D&B Bags! they have the Princess Bags! Seriously first place in 6 trips that I’d seen them Even WOD didn’t have them!

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Too bad I fell in love with the other bag. I was so conflicted.

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I couldn’t decide, so I walked away empty handed. Ugh. I’m such an indecisive freak!

So we kept wandering around Tren-D

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Really Tren-D? Stirrup Pants? Really?

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And then we ended up in Team Mickey (I think that’s what it’s called)

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We left Tren-D and realized that Panic and Grumpy were gone. So I went to look for them, Queenie went to the bathroom, and DH took this picture

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I went into Once Upon a Toy looking for Panic and Grumpy.

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Where are you Panic & Grumpy?

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Panic? No Duffy!

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Finally we found them, they were buying Panic her own copy of Epic Mickey!

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-07-2011, 08:00 PM
I literally spit juice all over my computer, I was laughing so hard that you compared the globe to the "wack-a-chocolate-orange" as I call them :rotfl: It is TOTALLY like that, but considerably less delicious:rotfl:

:lmao: Hope your computer isn't all citrusy now!! (Not sure why I'm assuming you're drinking orange juice, but that's the image I have, so I'm going with it!)

BOOOOO for D&B indecisiveness!!!!!! :sad2: I love those bags, right now I'm eying up the 40th anniversary one. I probably should be more like you and walk away, but they're just so pretty! I'm hoping for the next chapter in your TR to be like "...and then I ran back to Tren-D (is this pronounced "trend, or "trendy" - I've always wondered? :confused3) and got the bag" :woohoo:

And if you didn't, they ARE always available on disneystore.com...I'm bad, I know. :rolleyes1

norybell
03-08-2011, 08:41 PM
Panic doesn't really watch Battlestar (right? and she calls herself a nerd :confused3) so when we were trying to explain to her who he was, she wasn't getting the reference, but when she saw him, she said "dude, why didn't you just say he was the dude from bladerunner" But I'd agree that he is much more the dude from Battlestar Galactica.
Panic, I'm afraid we have to officially revoke your nerd status. Please hand your ID badge in at the desk. Now you will default to "cool," which we hear involves things like wearing stirrup pants. :rotfl:


Really Tren-D? Stirrup Pants? Really?

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Because, yes, apparently the '80s are cool again. Let's all run screaming now, before we're forced to curl our bangs.

I'm sorry to hear that it's your last day! I really think you're going to need to buy yourself a bag, to help ease your transition back into the real world... :rolleyes1

lovealldisney
03-09-2011, 05:52 AM
Panic, I'm afraid we have to officially revoke your nerd status. Please hand your ID badge in at the desk. Now you will default to "cool," which we hear involves things like wearing stirrup pants. :rotfl:


Because, yes, apparently the '80s are cool again. Let's all run screaming now, before we're forced to curl our bangs.

I'm sorry to hear that it's your last day! I really think you're going to need to buy yourself a bag, to help ease your transition back into the real world... :rolleyes1


I have a friend that is perpetually stuck in the 80's and yes she still wears stirrup pants with the slouchy socks. :rotfl: She see's nothing wrong with it! :scared1:

not_Joanna_eggs
03-09-2011, 06:55 PM
:lmao: Hope your computer isn't all citrusy now!! (Not sure why I'm assuming you're drinking orange juice, but that's the image I have, so I'm going with it!)

BOOOOO for D&B indecisiveness!!!!!! :sad2: I love those bags, right now I'm eying up the 40th anniversary one. I probably should be more like you and walk away, but they're just so pretty! I'm hoping for the next chapter in your TR to be like "...and then I ran back to Tren-D (is this pronounced "trend, or "trendy" - I've always wondered? :confused3) and got the bag" :woohoo:

And if you didn't, they ARE always available on disneystore.com...I'm bad, I know. :rolleyes1

:laughing: Sorry orange juice, pomegranate lemonade, but the citrusy comment still works, so it's all good!

I pronounce it trendy. But I have no idea if that's right of not...

Sorry to disappoint. I didn't end up buying the bag - BUT - I am VERY aware they are available online, and have since decided which one I want, and my birthday is Sunday... so there is a chance the hint was received :rolleyes1

Panic, I'm afraid we have to officially revoke your nerd status. Please hand your ID badge in at the desk. Now you will default to "cool," which we hear involves things like wearing stirrup pants. :rotfl:

Because, yes, apparently the '80s are cool again. Let's all run screaming now, before we're forced to curl our bangs.

I'm sorry to hear that it's your last day! I really think you're going to need to buy yourself a bag, to help ease your transition back into the real world... :rolleyes1

Yikes. "cool" sounds awful. Must keep watching the Dr. Who marathon to keep this affliction from happening to me. :cutie:

Yikes, I can almost feel my crimping iron trying to resurrect itself from the depths of my closet! Though, yesterday I somehow ended up with 3 ponytail holders in my hair, so maybe the 80s are taking over without us even knowing. :laughing:

I have a friend that is perpetually stuck in the 80's and yes she still wears stirrup pants with the slouchy socks. :rotfl: She see's nothing wrong with it! :scared1:

Haha. I also picture her with turtle shell glasses and uncontrollably frizzy hair. :laughing: Queenie still has some stirrup pants (that we don't let her wear in public) but she won't get rid of them because she says they're so comfy. I just can't even fathom something more unflattering than tight on top and tent on the bottom :rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
03-09-2011, 07:01 PM
Soon we were getting hungry. I was pushing for Earl of Sandwich, but Queenie wanted a sit-down meal.

We’d already eaten at Fulton’s during the trip, so our old standby was out. We suggested Raglan Road, but we’d eaten at Finnigans at IOA earlier which was similar food, and we had a bad experience at Paridiso 37 in January and didn’t want to go back, and I’ve never read anything remotely positive about Capt’n Jacks. So, we decided to try out Portobello Road.

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Ummm Garlicy!

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We ordered an antipasti platter the grand misti

Num!

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I’m eating – no pictures please!

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Rigatoni Calabrese (YUM!)

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Penne Bolognese

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Gnocci (gave me horrible heart burn, but was yum-o)

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I have NO idea what this is….

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Over all it was pretty delicious. A new place for us – be proud, we’re branching out!

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Um…. Are we heading back now? There’s a Packer game to be watched!

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He was right, so we headed to the bus, and tried in vein to take a nice picture, so I give you a bunch of crappy ones...

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Okay, this one isn’t so bad…

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It was really cold!

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Thankfully, the bus came and stopped our little photo shoot.

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IheartDDuck
03-09-2011, 09:39 PM
I totally missed your report!!! How did that happen!

So anyway.....

I'm so sorry that your experience at the Bistro was bad. We ate there on our last trip, and the experience and food was great, so I'm sorry it wasn't good for you.

WWoHP......CRAZY! I would have turned around myself! I too loved the butterbeer too. I would suggest if you guys can make it back, definitely go during a time of year that it's not as busy.

Love that you guys ate at Victoria's and Alberts. That's a dream place for me. One day, I will make it!

Epic Mickey? I totally have that game.....and Toy Story Mania!

Caretames1
03-10-2011, 09:55 AM
Love your "bad" pictures! Looks like you all were enjoing the moment. I have a couple of reall doozies when I let the kids play with one of my cameras. I do think one picture is from up one of their noses :confused3 Now thats bad!

norybell
03-10-2011, 10:45 AM
I have a friend that is perpetually stuck in the 80's and yes she still wears stirrup pants with the slouchy socks. :rotfl: She see's nothing wrong with it! :scared1:
I guess she's proven that if you never stop wearing something, eventually you'll be a trendsetter! :rotfl:


Yikes. "cool" sounds awful. Must keep watching the Dr. Who marathon to keep this affliction from happening to me. :cutie:
Good work, it's important to continually take such prophylactic measures to avoid the "coolness" germ! I just ordered myself the first season of Torchwood, I'm hoping it will be a good Dr. Who substitute. I'm still trying to get over my crush on David Tennant as the doctor. It's been a difficult time. :rolleyes:

Portabello looks great!

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-10-2011, 12:06 PM
Portobello Road looks like it was yummy! There's nothing I love more than a huge giant roasted head of garlic. I'm such a lovely dinner companion, aren't I? :rolleyes1

Love your attempted shots at the bus stop! We once tried to get my parents and DBF and I into one shot while waiting for a Friendship boat...but we gave up after two tries! :laughing: I admire the perserverence!

RachelNinja
03-12-2011, 11:53 AM
Back to catching up! Oh how I love my weekends spent with you, Joanna!

Ooo, we didn't get a chance to ride the train this time. I do very much like the ride. It's so soothing. I like that you can stay on it for as long as you want. I'm at that stage where I need to rest (ahhh, the distant memories of abundant energy during childhood ...), but I still want to do something. The train is just perfect for that.

Love the detail of the Monsters Inc garbage can! I've never seen it before.

Who yelled at you for taking that pic in Monsters Inc? A CM? I always wonder why you can't take pictures in there. I mean, most attractions say no flash photography, but this one says no photography at all. I would understand no video recording because it is a "live" show, so it could be for legal reasons. Oh, I guess that's why they say no pics too then? Because you could be recording? I could've just made that up, btw.

I love the idea of just going to a restaurant and having appetizers to share. I could probably do that at every restaurant on property and just not order an entree at all.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pic of you and DH looking at each other with the fireworks in the background! Hehe, a normal happy pic of the two of you (haha, as compared to the wacky faces DH makes now when you take a pic of him)! And you look absolutely stunning.

I'm with you when you said the Cobb salad was disappointing. I was expecting something life-changing, especially I love Cobb salad! Strangely, I prefer it elsewhere. Maybe the fact that everything was so chopped it didn't entice me. I'm not sure what it was that just didn't sit well with me.

Food Rocks really was "delightfully creepy"! I miss it because I want Howard to watch it, but at the same time, I'd just have to make sure we were sitting FAR away from the stage! I liked it as a kid though! I don't remember that Epcot display case at One Man's Dream. I was a little creeped out by the place because of Kingdom Keepers. Plus, there's the submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (I'm afraid of that!), so I stayed away from certain areas.

What an interesting set-up of having the sushi in the cardboard box! It's a good thing Howard and I are already planning to get sushi tonight (haven't had it in so long!) otherwise I'd yell at you for posting that yummy-looking sushi pic! Too bad it wasn't as good as it looked.

How hilarious is it that Queenie bought the jacket for herself at BouTiki!!! Haha, I started cracking up when I read that.

Up to page 11!!! Will continue some other time!

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-13-2011, 09:19 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Hope you have a fabulous day!!! :cake::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::cake:

portobello_rd
03-13-2011, 01:17 PM
i cant remember if it was this trip or a different one but im pretty sure youve rented a car through swan/dolphin resort right? i think we are going to go this route, can you tell me how you booked it?

not_Joanna_eggs
03-13-2011, 02:48 PM
I totally missed your report!!! How did that happen!

So anyway.....

I'm so sorry that your experience at the Bistro was bad. We ate there on our last trip, and the experience and food was great, so I'm sorry it wasn't good for you.

WWoHP......CRAZY! I would have turned around myself! I too loved the butterbeer too. I would suggest if you guys can make it back, definitely go during a time of year that it's not as busy.

Love that you guys ate at Victoria's and Alberts. That's a dream place for me. One day, I will make it!

Epic Mickey? I totally have that game.....and Toy Story Mania!

Haha - See we're even! :cutie: I'm glad you made it over!

I was quite bummed about our Bistro Experience because I'd read such good things - but really every trip has to have a least one less than stellar dinner, right? We just chalked it up to that. I'm not sure we'll be running back anytime soon, but it wasn't so awful that we'll never ever be back.

I do want to try WWOHP when it's not so crowded. We are maybe going in September with my friend and her son, and were talking about going to IOA. My fear is that I would suck it up, go again and not be able to ride (my DDD's were awfully squashed on the Hulk - I almost didn't make it on that one!) But either way, it would be worth it just for the Butter Beer and Pumpkin Juice!

Victoria & Alberts is a wonderful treat! We were fortunate enough to go there twice this year, and both times the meals were out of this world - like both are on our "top 10" meals ever list. My parents said that same. It is a wonderful way to celebrate - I do hope you make it some day!

I love those two wii games. They're so fun - and even more fun to play while in Disney!


Love your "bad" pictures! Looks like you all were enjoing the moment. I have a couple of reall doozies when I let the kids play with one of my cameras. I do think one picture is from up one of their noses :confused3 Now thats bad!

Haha. Too funny about your girls! That makes me think of all the eyeball pictures I have of DH because I forget to take the zoom off :lmao:

We were all so cold and kind of punchy, I'm sure the other people at the bus stop thought we were nuts, but we were entertaining ourselves.

I guess she's proven that if you never stop wearing something, eventually you'll be a trendsetter! :rotfl:


Good work, it's important to continually take such prophylactic measures to avoid the "coolness" germ! I just ordered myself the first season of Torchwood, I'm hoping it will be a good Dr. Who substitute. I'm still trying to get over my crush on David Tennant as the doctor. It's been a difficult time. :rolleyes:

Portabello looks great!

Don't hate me, but I just haven't been able to get into Torchwood - I'm not sure why since I love me some Dr. Who. Maybe I need to give it more of a chance...

I do agree with you about David Tennant's yummyness, though I'm warming to Matt Smith. Not really crush-worthy, but I like the quirky mad-scientist thing he brings.

Portobello was good. I'm surprised that I don't read more about it. Because I think it is one of the better DTD options.

Portobello Road looks like it was yummy! There's nothing I love more than a huge giant roasted head of garlic. I'm such a lovely dinner companion, aren't I? :rolleyes1

Love your attempted shots at the bus stop! We once tried to get my parents and DBF and I into one shot while waiting for a Friendship boat...but we gave up after two tries! :laughing: I admire the perserverence!

I'm right there with you about the garlic. I figure someone at the table has to be responsible for keeping the vampires away - right?

I'm not sure why I was so persistent. Usually something comes along to distract me. I guess it was too cold for the butterflies that day. :laughing:

Back to catching up! Oh how I love my weekends spent with you, Joanna!

Ooo, we didn't get a chance to ride the train this time. I do very much like the ride. It's so soothing. I like that you can stay on it for as long as you want. I'm at that stage where I need to rest (ahhh, the distant memories of abundant energy during childhood ...), but I still want to do something. The train is just perfect for that.

Love the detail of the Monsters Inc garbage can! I've never seen it before.

Who yelled at you for taking that pic in Monsters Inc? A CM? I always wonder why you can't take pictures in there. I mean, most attractions say no flash photography, but this one says no photography at all. I would understand no video recording because it is a "live" show, so it could be for legal reasons. Oh, I guess that's why they say no pics too then? Because you could be recording? I could've just made that up, btw.

Thanks for spending time with me :cutie:

You were at the MK and didn't ride the train???? :scared1: What's that like? I don't think I've ever experienced that :rotfl::rotfl:

Don't tell my DH, but I totally agree with you. The train is a nice little "break" from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the park. Shhhh....

I wouldn't have seen that garbage can either if I hadn't had to stand against the wall to re-tie my shoe! I just love the attention to detail on something that most people won't even notice!

Yes, it was a CM that (okay didn't really yell, but snappily) told me no photography. I don't know why that is either. I didn't have the flash on. The recording thing makes sense though...

I love the idea of just going to a restaurant and having appetizers to share. I could probably do that at every restaurant on property and just not order an entree at all.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pic of you and DH looking at each other with the fireworks in the background! Hehe, a normal happy pic of the two of you (haha, as compared to the wacky faces DH makes now when you take a pic of him)! And you look absolutely stunning.

I'm with you when you said the Cobb salad was disappointing. I was expecting something life-changing, especially I love Cobb salad! Strangely, I prefer it elsewhere. Maybe the fact that everything was so chopped it didn't entice me. I'm not sure what it was that just didn't sit well with me.

Food Rocks really was "delightfully creepy"! I miss it because I want Howard to watch it, but at the same time, I'd just have to make sure we were sitting FAR away from the stage! I liked it as a kid though! I don't remember that Epcot display case at One Man's Dream. I was a little creeped out by the place because of Kingdom Keepers. Plus, there's the submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (I'm afraid of that!), so I stayed away from certain areas.

What an interesting set-up of having the sushi in the cardboard box! It's a good thing Howard and I are already planning to get sushi tonight (haven't had it in so long!) otherwise I'd yell at you for posting that yummy-looking sushi pic! Too bad it wasn't as good as it looked.

How hilarious is it that Queenie bought the jacket for herself at BouTiki!!! Haha, I started cracking up when I read that.

Up to page 11!!! Will continue some other time!

We do the appetizer thing at home a lot too - mostly with chain restaurants like Chillis or Friday's. It's a great (and pretty cheap) way to experience a place and sample a bunch of stuff without getting too much food!

Thanks for the compliment on the wedding pictures. DH and I had a little "chat" about how he had to smile and not look like a goofball for the pictures we were paying a lot of $$$ for :rotfl: I like the firework pictures a lot too. Some of my favorites, I'm so glad we chose the California Grill for the reception so we could get those!

I totally agree with you on the Cobb Salad thing. For me the biggest thing I didn't like about that cobb salad was the INSANE amount of parsley. It was like they used parsley instead of lettuce. I LOVE chopped salads, but it just wasn't tasty in my opinion.

I LOVED Food Rocks as a kid too. But when I saw a clip of it on YouTube recently, I thought it was kind of creepy. Funny that I didn't when I was little! I totally have fond memories of that attraction! I was so excited to see them in One Man's Dream I was "OOOO ing" and pointing like a crazy person.

I didn't even think of how weird it was to eat sushi out of a cardboard box. If it was anywhere else, I'm not sure I would have done that. :laughing: Hope your sushi was yummy!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Hope you have a fabulous day!!! :cake::yay::yay::yay::cake:

Thanks! :goodvibes I am off to have a free "birthday margarita" in a souvenir glass, so what could be bad about that :rotfl:

Although, the I think about my birthday 2 years ago and we were having dinner at Le Cellier and I remember exactly what could be better :rotfl:

i cant remember if it was this trip or a different one but im pretty sure youve rented a car through swan/dolphin resort right? i think we are going to go this route, can you tell me how you booked it?

It was this trip. We rented from National. I just went to the national website (https://www.nationalcar.com/) The location code for the Swalphin is ORLR13.

Grumpy is an Emerald Club member, so we used that discount instead of a coupon code, but there is a place to put the coupon code if you have one online.

I'm one of those people that HATES booking stuff on the phone, so I stuck to the internet, but I believe they have a 1-800 number too.

HTH:goodvibes

After we booked, everything was really easy to do - we took the ME to our resort, and then took Disney Transportation to the Dolphin. It was really really easy!

not_Joanna_eggs
03-13-2011, 02:55 PM
So after heading back to the room, we did something that a year ago I would NEVER imagine being okay with, we had a fantastic afternoon chilling in the room and watching the football game!

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After just catching the tragic last minutes of the Patriots game the week before, it was great watching our Packer kick the Giants’ butts

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It felt really silly because we totally could do this anywhere, and at first we were talking about going to the ESPN club - but we were kind of peopled-out and the game was on TV, and we had great afternoon chilling with the family not worrying about crowds or anything. Just relaxing and fun.

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Since we had such a big lunch, we had munchies for dinner.

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After watching the Packers win, and packing a little bit, I realized I still hadn’t crossed the last thing off my list, so after much debating, DH and I headed out solo. Well, not solo because we were together, but Panic, Grumpy and Queenie stayed behind to pack and they watched “Along Came Polly”

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On the other hand, we headed to the Magic Kingdom, because I couldn’t go to Disney World on Christmas and not see the Castle lit up!

not_Joanna_eggs
03-13-2011, 03:02 PM
We arrived, and the MSE was going down Main Street, DH was interested in seeing it, but there was a 2nd showing that night, so instead of braving the mass of people, DH suggested we catch the train. (Admit it - you are shocked by this suggestion aren't you!)

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We caught the last train out of the Main Street Station. Talk about timing!

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I was worried about the crowds since the MK was open until 3 that night, but it was so freaking cold that the crowds were really scarce.

We got off the train at Frontierland, and headed to Big Thunder Mountain, but it was down. We watched a few empty logs go down Splash Mountain. There was a 0 minute wait. No one was going on it because it was so cold and the thought of getting wet was hypothermia inducing in and of itself. Brrr.

So we started wandering, and I realized we were at the end of the MSE route, and it hadn’t arrived yet! So we decided to check it out and there was no one around, so we grabbed a spot!

(I'm sorry something happened and these pictures are super out of order, but I'm too lazy to re-order them now - so prepare to be confused as you're scrolling!)

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When I was little, I LOVED this turtle. LOVED. DH thought it was hilarious!

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It was so cold, we snuggled together and tried to keep warm and watch the pretty lights!

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not_Joanna_eggs
03-13-2011, 03:04 PM
DH, will you buy me jewelry like these please?

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Randomly Patriotic! Gotta love it!

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With BTM still down, we didn’t have that much we really wanted to do except watch Wishes, so we kept wandering.

We caught a glimpse of the castle.

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We went on HM, and it was almost as empty as the first time, but not quite. After opting to not become the 1,000th happy haunt, it was almost time for Wishes.

portobello_rd
03-13-2011, 07:08 PM
It was this trip. We rented from National. I just went to the national website (https://www.nationalcar.com/) The location code for the Swalphin is ORLR13.

Grumpy is an Emerald Club member, so we used that discount instead of a coupon code, but there is a place to put the coupon code if you have one online.

I'm one of those people that HATES booking stuff on the phone, so I stuck to the internet, but I believe they have a 1-800 number too.

HTH:goodvibes

After we booked, everything was really easy to do - we took the ME to our resort, and then took Disney Transportation to the Dolphin. It was really really easy![/QUOTE]





thanks a bajillion! mousesavers.com has the Emerald Club member sign up for free! the website does make it very easy!
my husband wont go for the sweet cadillac so im going with the compact car this time.

IheartDDuck
03-13-2011, 07:36 PM
Hee hee. I love the turtle during the MSEP too! He's my favorite for sure.

tksbaskets
03-13-2011, 09:29 PM
I found your trip report now too :woohoo: Can't wait to see how you battled the temps! :eek:

I'll be reading late into the evening to catch up :surfweb:

TK

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-14-2011, 06:04 PM
Fun pics of the Electrical Parade! I totally understand the not wanting to get ice up your nose on Splash Mountain - we were frozen just walking around!! Hope you don't freeze during Wishes!!

not_Joanna_eggs
03-15-2011, 05:08 PM
thanks a bajillion! mousesavers.com has the Emerald Club member sign up for free! the website does make it very easy!
my husband wont go for the sweet cadillac so im going with the compact car this time.

Yay for booking the car! Bummer that your DH won't go for the Caddy :laughing:

Hee hee. I love the turtle during the MSEP too! He's my favorite for sure.

Isn't the turtle the bestest ever! I totally remember it from the early 90s. Good stuff!

I found your trip report now too :woohoo: Can't wait to see how you battled the temps! :eek:

I'll be reading late into the evening to catch up :surfweb:

TK

:goodvibes Glad you made it over. Happy reading!

Fun pics of the Electrical Parade! I totally understand the not wanting to get ice up your nose on Splash Mountain - we were frozen just walking around!! Hope you don't freeze during Wishes!!

That night was so cold, my memories are even just making me chilly! Actually I stole Queenie's jacket for the night - and it was really toasty. Made it even madder that she stole it from me :rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
03-15-2011, 05:20 PM
After HM, we grabbed a spot for wishes near the Christmas Shop. Good spot –close to the Castle but not crowded!

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Unlink IllumiNations, the holiday portion of Wishes was AMAZING. I’m so glad we braved the cold for it!

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I love this picture. The bird is hilarious - just chilling oblivious to the fireworks

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Verdict? I LOVED the Holiday Wishes!! It was so great and holiday-y compared "holiday IllumiNations" I'm sad we waited until the last day to see it because I so would have dragged everyone's butts there a least one more time! So worth the freezing.

Did I mention it was freezing?

Pretty castle, Cold Joanna

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wdwgirl03
03-15-2011, 05:30 PM
I agree, the holiday version of Wishes is awesome. I love all the Christmas songs in it. So festive! Glad you enjoyed it! :thumbsup2

not_Joanna_eggs
03-20-2011, 07:42 AM
I agree, the holiday version of Wishes is awesome. I love all the Christmas songs in it. So festive! Glad you enjoyed it! :thumbsup2

Totally agree. It was so holiday-y and awesome. Now I'm determined to see Hallo-Wishes since everyone raves about those too. I used to be like "they're just fireworks..." :rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
03-20-2011, 07:43 AM
So after the crowds from Wishes cleared out, we kind of just hung back and wandered around for a bit. We were kind of just hanging on not wanting the trip to be over.

I went all rogue and snuck into the area that the Princess and the Frog (I’m pretty sure) characters were signing autographs. They weren’t there and the lights were pretty. No harm right? You won’t tell anyone will you?

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As we were leaving another group had the same idea. I’m a rule-breaking trend setter!

By this time, we were so cold, we decided to warm up at Mickey’s PhilHarMagic

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No matter how many times I see this movie, I just love it it’s so cute!

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Next, we headed back to the castle.

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Sorry, but it’s kind of Chincy looking that they only light the front.

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We were just wandering around enjoying being at Disney and with each other. No pressure for anything – over the last year we’d pretty much done it all – at least twice. It was so nice!

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We went to our old favorite the TTA/People Mover/Blue Line/WEDWay whatever it is!

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Hey, this is a surprisingly not super blurry Progress City picture!

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DH just looks like he’s in pain!

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After our ride, we decided to hopped on Buzz Lightyear. My butt was kicked per usual.

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So serious…

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I asked DH if he wanted to go on Space Mountain, but he said that it was rather choppy and I wouldn’t like it. I told him I’d go anyway. I was on a Disney high – spine be dammed – it was warm in there! But he basically said thanks, but no thanks. My spine let out a sigh of relief.

Princess_K
03-20-2011, 09:36 AM
I loved holiday Wishes! Definitely puts you into the Christmas spirit :)

How fun that you got to spend some time in MK with just your DH!

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-20-2011, 10:16 AM
Philharmagic is such a cute show, I love it!! (One of the things I love is that they tossed Peter Pan in the movie mix along with the new ones like Lion King. Gotta love the classics!)

I have like an inability to do well on the Buzz Lightyear ride. And I always try to psych out DBF when we're in line, like "you're going down..." And then I get a new high score of like 800 points. Not even kidding, I think my score last time was 802.

Needless to say, DBF doesn't exactly have to worry about coming in second place to my super-honed aiming skills. :rotfl:

Caretames1
03-20-2011, 02:40 PM
Nice pics of you and your DH. I someday want to go just me & my DH. although not when it's soooo cold. I get enough cold here :thumbsup2

OhioDisneyLover
03-20-2011, 02:59 PM
Great update. :thumbsup2 I've never seen the holiday version of Wishes but I hear it is awesome. Thanks for sharing. :goodvibes

I love Philharmagic. It just never seems to get old to me. :goodvibes

norybell
03-20-2011, 07:40 PM
I went all rogue and snuck into the area that the Princess and the Frog (I’m pretty sure) characters were signing autographs. They weren’t there and the lights were pretty. No harm right? You won’t tell anyone will you?
You'd better destroy those photos -- you don't want all this evidence floating around the internet! What if the Disney police find it? :rotfl:

Panic Attack
03-21-2011, 11:25 AM
Panic, I'm afraid we have to officially revoke your nerd status. Please hand your ID badge in at the desk. Now you will default to "cool," which we hear involves things like wearing stirrup pants. :rotfl:


Absolutely not. While I may not watch Battlestar Gallactica, I have SEEN the Start Wars Holiday Special which is a clear sign of uber-nerd-dom dedication.

It also gives me the authority to say "Joanna... it's Blade Runner! Not bladerunner."
GEEZ. YOUR nerd status is revoked...

norybell
03-22-2011, 01:13 PM
Absolutely not. While I may not watch Battlestar Gallactica, I have SEEN the Start Wars Holiday Special which is a clear sign of uber-nerd-dom dedication.

It also gives me the authority to say "Joanna... it's Blade Runner! Not bladerunner."
GEEZ. YOUR nerd status is revoked...

All right, all right, girls, no need to fight. Really, we're all nerds here. Clearly. :rotfl:

And the real question is: What are your thoughts on Dr. Who?

not_Joanna_eggs
03-22-2011, 07:16 PM
I loved holiday Wishes! Definitely puts you into the Christmas spirit :)

How fun that you got to spend some time in MK with just your DH!

I'll admit, I was like "yeah, okay hoilday Wishes, whatever" but now I'm peeved that we didn't go to Hallowishes when we were there in October and only went to Holiday Wishes once. Oh well - just means I have to go back right?

It was nice to break away from the family to be with just DH. Especially since he's much more snuggly than Panic on a cold night :lmao:

P.S. How's the planning going?

Philharmagic is such a cute show, I love it!! (One of the things I love is that they tossed Peter Pan in the movie mix along with the new ones like Lion King. Gotta love the classics!)

I have like an inability to do well on the Buzz Lightyear ride. And I always try to psych out DBF when we're in line, like "you're going down..." And then I get a new high score of like 800 points. Not even kidding, I think my score last time was 802.

Needless to say, DBF doesn't exactly have to worry about coming in second place to my super-honed aiming skills. :rotfl:

PhilharMagic is just such a cute feel good show. I agree - I like that they throw in Peter Pan too so it's not all "new school" classics.

HAHA... we should go on Buzz together. I usually manage to hit something in the last room to get my score up to 10,000 , but just barely. I find Buzz much harder than TSM. But then again, I find TSM really hard too. Then again, I also find throwing kleenexes in the trash on the first try challenging :rotfl:

Nice pics of you and your DH. I someday want to go just me & my DH. although not when it's soooo cold. I get enough cold here :thumbsup2

Adult-only trips are great. It's amazing what kinds of fun stuff there is to do without kids (though I'll admit the grass is always greener because I'm dying to go with a child so I can do some of the stuff I feel weird doing as an adult)

I hope you and your DH make it some day. I agree with you there's too much cold up here. When I go to FL I want warm - but then again when we went in September, I was complaining it was too hot, so maybe I'm just too hard to please :laughing:

Great update. :thumbsup2 I've never seen the holiday version of Wishes but I hear it is awesome. Thanks for sharing. :goodvibes

I love Philharmagic. It just never seems to get old to me. :goodvibes

I'm not sure if it is the Holiday music, or the time of the year or what - but they really are more magical than regular Wishes. :goodvibes

I'm totally with you on PhilharMagic. It's on my "every time" list!

You'd better destroy those photos -- you don't want all this evidence floating around the internet! What if the Disney police find it? :rotfl:

Oh man - you're right... guess I next time I break the rules, I shouldn't post photographic proof of it on the internet. Isn't there a PSA for that?? :rotfl: I'd be the worst criminal ever! :rotfl:

Absolutely not. While I may not watch Battlestar Gallactica, I have SEEN the Start Wars Holiday Special which is a clear sign of uber-nerd-dom dedication.

It also gives me the authority to say "Joanna... it's Blade Runner! Not bladerunner."
GEEZ. YOUR nerd status is revoked...

All right, all right, girls, no need to fight. Really, we're all nerds here. Clearly. :rotfl:

And the real question is: What are your thoughts on Dr. Who?

How can you tell a nerd? They're the ones fighting on a message board about who's nerdier! :rotfl:

I'm gonna go out a limb and say we're all safe from the dreaded cool germ. :rotfl::rotfl:

not_Joanna_eggs
03-22-2011, 07:22 PM
By this point, it was a little after midnight and we were tired and cold. We didn’t want to leave because that meant that then end of the trip was real – I mean the MK was open until 3 that night…. but after a quick inventory what else to do and how much we had left to pack, we gave in to our sleepy/cold selves and decided to head out. On our way, we stopped to (over) photograph the pretty castle!

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The pictures don’t do it justice. It is just amazing.

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Sparkly!

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It was pretty empty, and it the castle was so beautiful. It was just really magical.

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And cold. It was really cold.

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Wow. We took a ton of pictures of the castle. Just to be sure you know where we were!

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/102_1592.jpg

Epcot, obviously!

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/102_1594.jpg

After the castle had been sufficiently photographed, we headed out…

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The MSE parade was ending and we headed out, we paused to look back at the castle, and I’m so glad we did. I LOVE this picture!

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Favorite!

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Then we headed out for real.

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It was the PERFECT end to an amazing trip, and an amazing year of trips.

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It kind of brought a tear to my eyes. Knowing that this was the last time we’d be there for a while, and seeing how gorgeous it was and being with my DH, it was just sappy and emotional.

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This was way too serious and emotional for me. I mean I’m the girl who had to look at the best man while saying our wedding vows because I had an uncontrollable urge to laugh loudly when I would look at DH…. But I couldn’t help it. I think I was too sleepy – but the sappiness was taking over….
Quick someone make a joke. Too much sappiness! (So much sappiness that apparently the only joke I could up with, I’m pretty sure I stole from Lamb Chop – sorry Sherry Lewis!)

How do you catch a squirrel?

Act like a nut!

Okay, sappiness aside. It was really magical!

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/102_1604.jpg

And we really didn’t want to leave. We kept looking back.

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/102_1605.jpg

Good bye MK. Hope to See you real soon.

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So we headed back to the the hotel for our last night and to finish packing.

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-22-2011, 08:07 PM
HAHA... we should go on Buzz together. I usually manage to hit something in the last room to get my score up to 10,000 , but just barely. I find Buzz much harder than TSM. But then again, I find TSM really hard too. Then again, I also find throwing kleenexes in the trash on the first try challenging :rotfl:



:laughing: You're on!! We'd be in the all-time low score spaceship or whatever they call those ride vehicles!

(And ironically right before reading your update, I did miss the trash can with my tissue on that first try...:rotfl:)




Wow. We took a ton of pictures of the castle. Just to be sure you know where we were!

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/not_joanna_eggs/December%202010/102_1592.jpg

Epcot, obviously!



What??? I was going to guess Animal Kingdom!! :rotfl:

Ugh the last Disney moments are ridiculously bittersweet, aren't they? Those same things that make you SO happy that first day are like an extra grain of salt in the wound. ("Area music!! :sad1:")

You're a bit more restrained during your sad moment than I would be, however. That would be when I'd declare the only thing that would make me happy is the $50 ginormous Mickey head rice krispy treat from the Main Street Bakery! (Has anyone ever purchased that? How awesome would that be to be gnawing on the ear of that thing on the flight home? Hmmm...:idea:)

Caretames1
03-22-2011, 08:24 PM
Ah crap, now I'm sad :sad1: I hate that feeling of "it's over" Not to wax poetic, but it's like your in another place ( well duh! DISNEY!) and then your real world barges back in.
Looks like an incredible last night. Love the sparkly castle pics!

Caretames1
03-22-2011, 08:29 PM
Ah crap, now I'm sad :sad1: I hate that feeling of "it's over" Not to wax poetic, but it's like your in another place ( well duh! DISNEY!) and then your real world barges back in.
Looks like an incredible last night. Love the sparkly castle pics!

Princess_K
03-22-2011, 08:36 PM
You have such gorgeous castle photos! I can't blame you one bit for not wanting to leave that night!

I'll admit, I was like "yeah, okay hoilday Wishes, whatever" but now I'm peeved that we didn't go to Hallowishes when we were there in October and only went to Holiday Wishes once. Oh well - just means I have to go back right?

It was nice to break away from the family to be with just DH. Especially since he's much more snuggly than Panic on a cold night :lmao:

P.S. How's the planning going?


The planning is going. We are thinking October 2012. I really wanted December, but after hearing how cold it was this last December, I changed my mind. We're trying to decide between the Whitehall Room & the Attic for the reception..couldn't be more different, right? But I just don't know. It's so hard without seeing them in person!

tksbaskets
03-23-2011, 01:47 PM
After lunch we headed towards the MIB ride.
After ET, there was a little holiday show that totally wigged me out. Why on earth would Scooby, Shaggy, The man in the Yellow Hat and Woody the ‘Pecker be dancing together?

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Oh yeah, the man in the yellow hat was rapping

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It was like a train wreck, we couldn’t stop looking

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But I was excited to see Woody the Pecker – my childhood fave.

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For those of you that didn't read my PTR, When I was little - like 2 or 3 - I used to love Woody the Woodpecker, but I would call him Woody the Pecker and when I would see him I'd get excited and run around in circles yelling Woody the Pecker Woody the Pecker :rotfl:

I can’t describe on how many levels this show was wrong.

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Just WTH?

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By this point it was after 3, so we started walking towards the exit to head back to IOA.

After the Horror Make-up show, we decided to head back to IOA and hope the line for WWOHP was shorter.

LOVIN' your trip report! I have to keep my snickering down as I'm at work 'on a break' when I read your 'this is just so wrong on many levels' comment.

The lines looks LONG at IOA. I too would have been asking 'where is the fastpass distribution?'

Off to read more....popcorn::

not_Joanna_eggs
03-23-2011, 11:06 PM
:laughing: You're on!! We'd be in the all-time low score spaceship or whatever they call those ride vehicles!

(And ironically right before reading your update, I did miss the trash can with my tissue on that first try...:rotfl:)

What??? I was going to guess Animal Kingdom!! :rotfl:

Ugh the last Disney moments are ridiculously bittersweet, aren't they? Those same things that make you SO happy that first day are like an extra grain of salt in the wound. ("Area music!! :sad1:")

You're a bit more restrained during your sad moment than I would be, however. That would be when I'd declare the only thing that would make me happy is the $50 ginormous Mickey head rice krispy treat from the Main Street Bakery! (Has anyone ever purchased that? How awesome would that be to be gnawing on the ear of that thing on the flight home? Hmmm...:idea:)

I think we have a great idea...they have a score-board for the lowest score like they do for the highest score. Sounds like I'd have some fierce competition for that title:rotfl2:

I totally agree with you. The little details always make me the saddest at the end. Though I will say freezing was helping us both be a little more okay with leaving. :guilty:

Hmmm.... I like your Mickey Krispy idea. But I don't think that I would be able to sit on the plane for 3 hrs. after consuming that much sugar. I'm pretty sure I'd be able to run back to Milwaukee and beat the plane :laughing::laughing:

Ah crap, now I'm sad :sad1: I hate that feeling of "it's over" Not to wax poetic, but it's like your in another place ( well duh! DISNEY!) and then your real world barges back in.
Looks like an incredible last night. Love the sparkly castle pics!

Yeah, I hate even writing about the last day. That darn real world, why does it insist on interfering with our Disney time?? Now on the plus side, I have a bunch of "bonus" features, so at least the TR isn't quite over yet :rotfl:


You have such gorgeous castle photos! I can't blame you one bit for not wanting to leave that night!

The planning is going. We are thinking October 2012. I really wanted December, but after hearing how cold it was this last December, I changed my mind. We're trying to decide between the Whitehall Room & the Attic for the reception..couldn't be more different, right? But I just don't know. It's so hard without seeing them in person!

I seriously was so in awe of the castle. I felt like cat, distracted by the shiny things!

Yay for planning! Tough choice. Both rooms are really nice. I can't imagine having to make the choice without seeing the rooms. I did get a chance to see both of them during our site visit - I know it was like 3 years ago now, but if you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to try and help. Good luck. :goodvibes I'm still going through planning withdrawal - pathetic, right?

LOVIN' your trip report! I have to keep my snickering down as I'm at work 'on a break' when I read your 'this is just so wrong on many levels' comment.

The lines looks LONG at IOA. I too would have been asking 'where is the fastpass distribution?'

Off to read more....popcorn::

Haha. Hope I don't get you in trouble! I have gotten a few weird looks myself for laughing at the DIS while at work :laughing:

Yeah, the IOA lines were crazy that day. I think it was a bit of a fluke due to the time of the year, but they so need a FP distribution!

Caretames1
03-24-2011, 10:05 AM
[QUOTE=not_Joanna_eggs;40444755]
Now on the plus side, I have a bunch of "bonus" features, so at least the TR isn't quite over yet :rotfl:
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Oh, bonus features! :banana: is that from the special 2 DVD set!:lmao: