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magichusky
01-05-2011, 12:10 AM
Hey guys! Come get your yule on and celebrate the New Year w/ us as we regale you with cool tales from our Christmas adventure in the WORLD!! This was our first excursion to WDW and as Mickey Mouse would say, "Oh boy!". I slept around 3-4 hrs each night and we were hopping, skipping, and power walking commando style the entire time and still didn't see everything! We wound up with 2 Wishes cruises and a sleigh ride, breakfasted in the castle w/ Cinderella and Co., took a super duper extra special tour of the Kennedy Space Center and saw the space shuttle, I had a meltdown in Potter World, enjoyed a Le Cellier CP dinner package w/ Brad Garrett, got stranded on the Tower, braved Splash Mtn at 1:30am (twice, on 2 separate occasions), and who knows what else?? Plus I took 1000+ photos and filmed oodles of wonderful things in HD!

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Before I go any further and totally lose control (b/c I really have amassed quite an assortment of ridiculous stories), let me do the great honor of introducing ourselves, just in case you missed our lovely PTR (which you probably did), "25 yrs and just a little bit longer!" (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2606974). Here's all of us on our holiday sleigh ride through Fort Wilderness:

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That's me in the pink (Lauren, in grad school, CAUTION: cranky when hungry), my parents Maureen (3rd grade teacher, CAUTION: merciless power walker) and Joe (retired Marine Corps Colonel, CAUTION: usually grumpy), and my crazy sister Heather (she's a middle school counselor, CAUTION: can be pernicious) who was thankfully hubby-less for this trip (heheh). Note that the only kids in this sleigh are in our hearts which doesn't necessarily mean that this trip was devoid of meltdowns but it definitely means that we partied hard!

And don't let me forget to introduce our Christmas pooch, Loki, who is less like a pooch and more like a friendly behemoth:

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As I just mentioned, this was our first adventure in the World! (Well, my parents visited the MK in 1972 but that doesn't really count in the grand scheme of things) I've desperately wanted to go for the whole of my life but since we live about an hour away from DL my parents didn't really see the point (plus they hate flying and Florida is rather far away!). This past June my brother's family moved away to Texas and we were so sad that we immediately made plans to visit them on Christmas. And well, Texas is totally on the way to Florida. So that's how it all started; the monstrosity that is this trip was born on a hot summer afternoon in July. And I turned into a planning monster. Ever met one of those? Queue itinerary:

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In addition, I made my own park hours grid in order to (hopefully) strategically avoid the imminent holiday crowds:

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Here's how it's organized: (think of the traffic light analogy)
bright green = least crowded (best option)
light green = not too crowded (ok option)
orange = pretty crowded (2nd to worst option)
hot pink = most crowded (worst option)
*gift boxes indicate which parks we'll most likely be visiting that day.

Before we left, I made these nifty little pocket itineraries and my Mom laminated them at school. One side has our master itinerary and the other has the park hours grid:

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Even if you're not a planning monster like I am but maybe just a planning creature, I highly recommend pocket itineraries. The park hours grid w/ EMH was also a hit and was way more efficient than digging out the fifty million park brochures you acquire during the week.

So now that we're finally beyond all those TR formalities like the who and the when and the why (but you know we all love 'em here on the DIS) let's get started!

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~TABLE OF CONTENTS~

Here's what we have so far:

:santa:DAY 1: Friday | 12/17/2010

DAY 1.0: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39413685&postcount=2) Let's get the heck outta here, David Boreanaz!
DAY 1.1a: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39554445&postcount=16) Florida for the 1st time! Shades of Green!
DAY 1.1b: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39554485&postcount=17) Florida for the 1st time! Shades of Green!
DAY 1.2a: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40016443&postcount=23) Falling over a bench. Trapped in Mouse Gear!
DAY 1.2b: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40016500&postcount=24) Falling over a bench. Trapped in Mouse Gear!
DAY 1.3: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41114125&postcount=44) Dinner at Coral Reef w/ Super-Waiter
DAY 1.4: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41114137&postcount=45) Epcot EMH; There be a Maelstrom ahead!

:santa:DAY 2: Saturday | 12/18/2010

DAY 2.1: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41194792&postcount=50) Singin' in the Rain in the Downtown Disney
DAY 2.2: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41194858&postcount=51) The AK Lodge at Christmas: "Welcome home" / Destination: AK
DAY 2.3: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41364103&postcount=72) Festival of the Lion King!
DAY 2.4: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41364107&postcount=73) Camp Minnie Mickey
DAY 2.5a: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41398817&postcount=74) Jingle Jungle Parade Part I
DAY 2.5b: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41398828&postcount=75) Jingle Jungle Parade Part II
DAY 2.6: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41436194&postcount=78) Expedition "What in the Disney World???"
DAY 2.7: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41616181&postcount=90) WDW Meltdown #1- The Dinner that Wouldn't
DAY 2.8: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41733017&postcount=95) A Wishes Cruise: "I wish, I wish I could see something!"

:santa:DAY 3: Sunday | 12/19/2010

DAY 3.1: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42149620&postcount=104) The MK is OK
DAY 3.2: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42230079&postcount=105) A Belle smackdown at CRT!
DAY 3.3: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42331237&postcount=110) Welcum to Florida! Love, Tom & Huck
DAY 3.4: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42661521&postcount=119) I insist! WDW vs. DL: TKO!
DAY 3.5: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43012314&postcount=124) With liberty and shivering for all!
DAY 3.6: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43337063&postcount=130) It's a good thing that tree is Swiss!

And here's what's coming right up:

DAY 3.7: Dreaming along w/ a jerk.
DAY 3.8: Beaches 'n' Cream 'n' 28 degree weather
DAY 3.9: Disney's Antarctic Studios
DAY 3.10: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Freezing Lights

:santa:DAY 4: Monday | 12/20/2010

:santa:DAY 5: Tuesday | 12/21/2010

:santa:DAY 6: Wednesday | 12/22/2010

:santa:DAY 7: Thursday | 12/23/2010

:figment: Don't forget to read my random tangents, hosted by Figment

TANGENT 1: "Swing Kids" | Disneyland | Saturday 1/22/2011
PART A (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40455649&postcount=37)
PART B (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40455735&postcount=38)

TANGENT 2: "Casey Jr and I" | Disneyland | Monday 5/9/2011PART A: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41283379&postcount=59) Wedding Bells with the Stars
PART B: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41283396&postcount=60) Happy Mother's Day!
PART C I: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41283414&postcount=61) Casey Jr. and I
PART C II: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41283421&postcount=62) Casey Jr. and I

TANGENT 3: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41317198&postcount=69) "Ariel's Revenge" | Disneyland | Thursday 5/26/2011
TANGENT 4: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42369000&postcount=111) Party Like It's 1996! | Wednesday 8/24/2011
TANGENT 5: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42661511&postcount=118) Back from my Labor Day trip! | WDW | 9/17/2011
TANGENT 6: (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43012298&postcount=123) Loki's religious experience and a new baby! | 10/20/2011

CONTINUED IN NEXT POST...

magichusky
01-05-2011, 12:14 AM
DAY 1.0: Let's get the heck outta here, David Boreanaz!

So back to the night of Dec 16th. For some reason my to-do list was absolutely exploding that day- I had to clean my apartment (it was of course already clean but I hate leaving even the tiniest mess in my habitat before going away), do laundry, get last minute emergency travel snacks at the grocery store, finish my WDW arts and crafts, put finishing touches on our vacation binder, try and do some last minute school stuff before 2 weeks of well, not doing any school stuff (mwa-haha!), and pack. I accomplished everything except the last minute school stuff. Haha.

After dinner it was time for a crafting blow-out:

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During the blow-out I made sure to blast the extra special Full House 2 parter, "The House Meets the Mouse," in the background. I adored that Danny Tanner also approved of detailed itineraries:

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I actually had to finish up the header on my WDW countdown. Love that I did that the night before departure:

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Next I made some festive magnets so we could decorate our door at Shades of Green (SoG):

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Now that that was out of the way, I decided to start packing at 11pm (haha, whoops).

Plane games:

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Laura's "special" homemade Epcot map... where the hotties are! Let's go!

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My holiday movie collection and my new Mickey Mouse DVD case. I almost lost this thing in Texas! My fav out of all of these? By far, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

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Somehow packing wound up taking forever and I decided to stroll into bed around 2am, which was very stupid since our flight left at 8:40am that morning. The alarm went off at 5am and I arose feeling not refreshed as that would have been ideal, but rather delirious (I think I wound up getting barely 2 hrs of sleep). While jamming oatmeal in my face and catapulting my toothbrush and various last minute odds and ends into my suitcase, I decided that that was the perfect time to pay my bills???

Since we were flying out of LAX (flights to Orlando out of San Diego were the smelliest things ever and the only direct flight to Orlando that week was out of LAX) my parents and Heather were being picked up from their respective houses in San Diego and shuttled to LAX. Meanwhile I would depart from my apartment in LA and walk to the nearby FlyAway shuttle stop and meet them at the airport.

My goal was the 6:30am shuttle and I made it by the skin of my teeth!! I was power walking so ridiculously that my right heel kept kicking my poor suitcase plus I was carrying my crown in my other hand b/c I couldn't get it to safely fit into my suitcase or backpack. Must...get...to...WDW!!!! I probably looked completely mad stalking up the street and brandishing my crown in the early morning darkness. The people on the shuttle were definitely taking a good long look.

Well, we all eventually wound up at the airport! I was speechless when the grump of all grumps, my sister, stole my crown! That Disney magic is a most powerful thing:

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Our chariot awaits:

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As we were lining up to board, a man w/ his 2 small children, apparently just returned from a pit stop of some sort, walked up to meet his wife who was standing right next to us. Then they proceeded to the first class line. Suddenly my Mom whipped around: "Was that just David Boreanaz???"

"No way!" I scoffed and was highly amused at the utter randomness of my Mom's claim. But when we saw them board first class we were intrigued. As we prepared to board the plane I saw the man's 7-8 yr old son through the window and he was seriously a miniature, blonde David Boreanaz. Then we of course all secretly stole our respective glances as we walked past and OMG it was David Boreanaz! Crazily enough I was a HUGE Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan back when I was 13 and was absolutely THRILLED to be flying to WDW w/ my childhood obsession. Hahaha I LOVE flying out of LAX! Let's get the heck outta here, DB!

Next time: we arrive in Florida and check into Shades of Green!!!

misstheworld
01-05-2011, 12:21 PM
Loving it so far!! Can't wait to read more!

amazingact21
01-05-2011, 06:34 PM
Following from your PTR! Sounds like you had a lot of fun, can't wait to read the rest!
And National Lampoon is a family tradition in my house; we watch it every Christmas Eve because it's just so funny.

laur roo
01-05-2011, 06:47 PM
Okay, so I clicked because I saw DB in the title, but I'm glad I did. I was there with my best friend almost exactly the same dates, so I'm excited to read about what you guys did, especially with your super planning skills!

stich626
01-05-2011, 06:53 PM
I too saw David in the title and had to check it out.

VBsHustla
01-05-2011, 11:07 PM
Great start! :thumbsup2 I love a good celeb sighting that doesn't involve exerting our serious stalking skills :rotfl: (I prefer to reserve those for Helen.) Also love that such a beautiful photograph of Danny Tanner graces the first page of this TR! Looking forward to more, the summary of events sounds magnificent! :wizard:

UncleOrville
01-06-2011, 11:03 AM
I'm loving it too! :thumbsup2 Your summary of highlights is too good to pass up, as is that beautiful shot of Danny Tanner, as Laura noted.

magichusky
01-06-2011, 05:19 PM
Loving it so far!! Can't wait to read more!
:thanks: Thanks so much for coming!!!!


Following from your PTR! Sounds like you had a lot of fun, can't wait to read the rest!
And National Lampoon is a family tradition in my house; we watch it every Christmas Eve because it's just so funny.

:wave: OMG thanks for coming on over! I hope you guys had a blast at Shades- I really adored that place and need to return immediately. And that's hilarious that Chevy is also one of your Christmas traditions- people think I'm the kookiest for being obsessed w/ that film!

Okay, so I clicked because I saw DB in the title, but I'm glad I did. I was there with my best friend almost exactly the same dates, so I'm excited to read about what you guys did, especially with your super planning skills!

:welcome: How exciting! I hope you had a fabulous time!! Haha- our crazy David B encounter was such a fitting way to kick off our crazy trip!

I too saw David in the title and had to check it out.

Hahaha too bad I didn't get a chance to play paparazzi! I totally would've harassed him but he was obviously off to WDW w/ his wife and 2 kids, so absolutely no one that I saw bothered him in the least bit. We were all quite proud of ourselves.

magichusky
01-06-2011, 05:27 PM
Great start! :thumbsup2 I love a good celeb sighting that doesn't involve exerting our serious stalking skills :rotfl: (I prefer to reserve those for Helen.) Also love that such a beautiful photograph of Danny Tanner graces the first page of this TR! Looking forward to more, the summary of events sounds magnificent! :wizard:

Hahaha I know! David just fell into my hands. I really loved it SO much. Dude, Helen has escaped the wrath of L&L Investigations for far too long. She's on borrowed time now. :rotfl2: And seriously, I was literally cramming pizza into my face and drinking gallons of water while flipping out over Full House that night- it was ridiculous. I was like stupid excited!

I'm loving it too! :thumbsup2 Your summary of highlights is too good to pass up, as is that beautiful shot of Danny Tanner, as Laura noted.

Hahaha I'm glad you appreciate DT! He was my inspiration. And is that a new ticker I see???? You guys might as well just get APs! Someday when I have a real job I aspire to own the ultimate gold AP: good for both DL and WDW! :lovestruc

Eight
01-07-2011, 03:36 PM
Yay, you started! I can't wait to hear all about your trip! :goodvibes

But okay, confession. I had no idea who David Boreanaz was until just now. But now that I know, hey, that's pretty cool! :laughing:

magichusky
01-08-2011, 10:05 PM
Yay, you started! I can't wait to hear all about your trip! :goodvibes

But okay, confession. I had no idea who David Boreanaz was until just now. But now that I know, hey, that's pretty cool! :laughing:

:goofy: I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!! Now it's your turn! And haha that's so ridiculous about David Boreanaz- he's not Christian Bale or anything but he's still pretty awesome!

magichusky
01-08-2011, 10:08 PM
OMG I HAVE A NEW TICKER!!!!!!! :banana: What in the Disney World is going on here??? I'm gettin' really spoiled!

UncleOrville
01-11-2011, 02:19 PM
And is that a new ticker I see???? You guys might as well just get APs! Someday when I have a real job I aspire to own the ultimate gold AP: good for both DL and WDW! :lovestruc

It is a new ticker, but of course only I am going (with my parents - no Laura)! I did have an AP that expired after our September trip, and I'll be getting a new one for this upcoming trip - worth it for the discount on 2 rooms I'll be getting this trip, plus I'm sure I'll be back later this year. ;)

I'd also love a golden AP, but sadly I don't think I could ever make it to DL often enough to justify it.

Your new ticker is cut off in your sig! When are you going?! Christmas, I take it, but what dates? :cheer2:

magichusky
01-14-2011, 07:10 PM
It is a new ticker, but of course only I am going (with my parents - no Laura)! I did have an AP that expired after our September trip, and I'll be getting a new one for this upcoming trip - worth it for the discount on 2 rooms I'll be getting this trip, plus I'm sure I'll be back later this year. ;)

OMG Laura told me that she refused to go and I think I had an aneurism! I guess I can't relate since I've only been once! When we went on the monorail for the first time and passed the castle on the way to Epcot I was practically flipping out and the other people in our car truly thought we were insane. Couldn't stop staring at that thing! It's a monstrosity compared to Sleeping Beauty castle.


Your new ticker is cut off in your sig! When are you going?! Christmas, I take it, but what dates? :cheer2:

Oh dear- I just made my sig photos smaller so hopefully you can see it now! We're actually planning on the same exact dates: arriving 12/17 and leaving 12/24. I hope we'll be as lucky crowd wise as we were this year- I was frolicking through an empty MK on multiple nights. I think maybe since it was so cold people just went back to their hotels. I love how when it gets below 60 deg over here I go into shock but I don't seem to mind 28 deg while at WDW. :confused3

magichusky
01-15-2011, 08:25 PM
DAY 1.1: Florida for the 1st time! Shades of Green!

Sorry for the delay- hopefully I still have some readers left! School has once again reared its ugly head and I'm completely despising it. But in other news, to expand on the last post, we're going to WDW AGAIN next year at the same time!!!! Apparently the parents enjoyed it so much that they require a redo. My Dad was discussing how it'll be so much easier "next time" since we'll know where everything is and how to get around and my Mom was chattering about how we have to make new ADRs pronto for Coral Reef and Le Cellier and also wants to reschedule another holiday sleigh ride! So she called SoG the other day and we have our same room booked for next year! She was actually too late to book one of their suites (whaaat in the Disney World! at that ridiculousness) which I was of course crossing my fingers for since who over the age of 10 wants to share a room w/ their parents?? But as I've said many a time, my sleeping arrangements aren't too much of a worry when I get to spend all day and night in the World!!

So back to Dec 17th. We actually left on time and evacuated crazy Los Angeles which turned out to be rather convenient since we missed the entirety of the biggest rainstorm southern CA has seen in years. Two straight weeks of pouring rain! Completely unacceptable. Plus when we returned to our house, the front yard was riddled w/ huge branches and all of my clocks in my apartment were blinking since the electricity had apparently gone out. Haha. Anyway we were airborne and screaming across the country in no time toward the promise land.

The flight was actually only 4 hrs! But it seemed longer b/c our seats were truly the tiniest things ever (we flew United). My knees were jammed into the seat in front of me and it was just awful. And of course the only kid making any sort of noise on the entire plane was seated directly behind me, running his mouth and kicking my seat so I couldn't go to sleep.

Most of the country was covered in clouds so I couldn't see anything interesting until...the Gulf!!!

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OMG I SEE FLORIDA!!!!

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OMG WE'RE LANDING IN FLORIDA!!!

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OMG WE'RE IN FLORIDA!!!

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Haha yeah I was so excited that I forgot about the whole turning off all electronic devices thing and took like 20 photos of us landing. Whoops.

It took forever for those darn people to disembark the plane and I was disappointed that I wouldn't be able to stalk David Boreanaz. They had prob been whisked away by the ME eons ago! SoG doesn't participate in ME so we had to hire a van. We stopped at the Publix to get a case of water and then we saw...the SIGN!

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I felt so honored that our hotel was officially within the hot pink and purple confines of the Magic Kingdom:

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We're here!

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These pics were actually taken 2 days later on the 19th when it was dreary and overcast. When we pulled up to SoG it was happy and sunny!

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I found this set-up terribly amusing and exclaimed each and every time I passed it by:

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Care for a swim?

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A-tennnnn-HUT!!!!

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Checking in?

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Care for a movie?

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As I walked deeper into the lobby there arose such a clatter so I immediately had to investigate. It was a toy helicopter zooming over a quaint gingerbread village. I found the noisy copter funnily appropriate since this is a military resort:

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Umm excuse me, I want to build a gingerbread village too!

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I had requested our room to be lobby-level since I really hate dealing w/ elevators other than the tower, so I was more than pleased when we found ourselves swooshing down the hallway to our room, sans elevator.

Apparently we'll be seeing you next year, room 281!!

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CONTINUED IN NEXT POST...

magichusky
01-15-2011, 08:29 PM
...DAY 1.1 CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS POST

Heather scoping out the place:

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See this counter? Yeah. 5 min later it was a mountain of colorful toiletries. It snowed. There were avalanches, yetis, and goats.

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Are you guys ready? 'Cause I am!!!!

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A table.

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Our view:

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This was my corner. I refused to share a bed w/ my crazy sister b/c a few years ago we had to share a bed in another hotel and she randomly rolled over and punched out my pillow in her sleep! And my head was totally using that pillow! I was horrified.

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My family was being the slowest and I was enraged at such ignorant behavior. Umm excuse me but I need to go to Epcot immediately. My Dad had to go get a beer or something so he would meet us at Coral Reef later for our dinner ADR. Meanwhile, in my haste I shoved the other two on this shuttle:

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Onward!!!! What would our very first ride at WDW be and how was dinner?? And what's it like to see the castle for the very first time and trip over a bench??

TO BE CONTINUED...

BabyFu18
01-15-2011, 09:34 PM
Great trip report so far, I'm in!

We've stayed at SOG before and we really enjoy it, hoping to go back this summer. We've never been at Christmas time but, everything looks pretty though.

UncleOrville
01-17-2011, 10:32 AM
Loving the report! And what a delight that your parents are insisting on going back for another Christmas trip! :santa:

That SOG room looks really large and nice - I wouldn't mind sharing that room! Of course for my upcoming trip, my dad has decreed that I cannot share a room with him and my mom, so I will be bunking solo. Should be quite the indulgence.

My family was being the slowest and I was enraged at such ignorant behavior. Umm excuse me but I need to go to Epcot immediately. My Dad had to go get a beer or something so he would meet us at Coral Reef later for our dinner ADR. Meanwhile, in my haste I shoved the other two on this shuttle

:rotfl: Hahaha, I can just see it now. And I would have done the same thing.

And what's it like to see the castle for the very first time and trip over a bench??

Can't wait to find out! :thumbsup2 I kind of hope the first castle sighting and bench tripping are not related, just because it would be awesome to hear in a TR what it's like to trip over an ordinary bench.

VBsHustla
01-17-2011, 11:32 PM
Great pics of SoG! I'd never really seen it before, but it looks lovely. Your view is so pretty! I also like the waterfalls and their Christmas decor. That room is enormous compared to the Disney rooms! Your small corner looks just beautiful. I, too, have slept on many a couch (and even a bench at the GF haha) to avoid sharing a bed!

Can't wait to hear of your Epcot adventures! Even if you didn't successfully stalk any Norwegians :laughing:

Eight
01-19-2011, 12:37 AM
First! Hurray for going back to Disney World next Christmas!! That's so awesome! :goodvibes

It only takes four hours to get from LA to Orlando? It takes like six hours from Seattle. I guess that makes sense since LA is way south of Seattle, but still.

I'm loving the snowman display with the flamingo reindeer. It's so ridiculous, it's amazing. I've never seen pictures of the SoG lobby before, but it looks pretty.


This was my corner. I refused to share a bed w/ my crazy sister b/c a few years ago we had to share a bed in another hotel and she randomly rolled over and punched out my pillow in her sleep! And my head was totally using that pillow! I was horrified.

Haha, how does that even happen? That's terrifying, but from the perspective of someone who has never had that happen to them, also kind of hilarious.

magichusky
01-24-2011, 04:37 AM
Great trip report so far, I'm in!

We've stayed at SOG before and we really enjoy it, hoping to go back this summer. We've never been at Christmas time but, everything looks pretty though.
:welcome: Thanks for reading!! I really love SoG- it's way nicer than I imagined! The Shady Shuttle became my favorite attraction!


Loving the report! And what a delight that your parents are insisting on going back for another Christmas trip! :santa:

That SOG room looks really large and nice - I wouldn't mind sharing that room! Of course for my upcoming trip, my dad has decreed that I cannot share a room with him and my mom, so I will be bunking solo. Should be quite the indulgence.


Haha- yes I'm still rather surprised about our 2nd trip being scheduled pretty much immediately upon our return- I thought I was going to have to wait until I graduated and acquired a real job!! :rotfl: Pands is so hilarious- I wish my parents would kick me out of their room as well!

That room is enormous compared to the Disney rooms! Your small corner looks just beautiful. I, too, have slept on many a couch (and even a bench at the GF haha) to avoid sharing a bed!


That's crazy- I would refuse to share a room any smaller than the SoG variety w/ 3 adults. I was being harassed the entire time about my length of showers and how I arranged my items on the bathroom counter. So ridiculous! :sad2: And I'm glad I'm not the only one w/ bed sharing phobias. My sister is really far too disgusting to share even a large bed with.


It only takes four hours to get from LA to Orlando? It takes like six hours from Seattle. I guess that makes sense since LA is way south of Seattle, but still.

Wow- 6 hrs is a pretty big deal! I've never really thought about it but Washington is pretty far away. I was considering driving up to Portland for an Amazing Race audition and it's like a 15 hr drive!


I'm loving the snowman display with the flamingo reindeer. It's so ridiculous, it's amazing.

I know right?? I totally went bananas over the 8 tiny flamingdeer. The flamingdeer in the very front even has a red beak. :love:


Haha, how does that even happen? That's terrifying, but from the perspective of someone who has never had that happen to them, also kind of hilarious.

HAHA I have no earthly idea! :confused3 I was just stunned. And when I investigated and discovered she had been asleep during the entire attack I was even more stunned!

magichusky
02-19-2011, 09:39 PM
DAY 1.2: Falling over a bench. Trapped in Mouse Gear!

Oh dear- it's been so long! I'm preparing for this thing at school called the qualifying exam; passing it officially turns you into an official Phd candidate! Plus I get a raise. I decided that avoiding the DIS until I take my exam in early April is ridiculous and stupid, so I have returned! Plus I've been pining for Disney World in particular for the past few days. Even my parents are pining! I'm so proud.

Last time we left off we had just arrived at Shades of Green. My Dad was in want of a drink of some sort so he disappeared (people disappearing somehow becomes a strong theme during this trip). I was aghast at my Mom and sister's combined lethargy so I threw them onto the "Shady Shuttle":

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SoG is actually only about a 10 min walk to the Poly, however the Shady Shuttle gets you there in a preferable 2 min. Once you reach the edge of SoG property, you sprint across the road and down this lovely path toward the Poly dock:

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That pic was actually taken on the 19th as we were walking back from MK. And remember when I wrote that people disappearing was a recurring theme for this trip? There's my Mom and Heather disappearing into the horizon.

Once we arrived at the dock (where we would be departing from for our Wishes cruise on the next night, Sunday 12/19) I practically exploded b/c we could see this neon purple thing burning in the distance...THE CASTLE!!!!

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I was so ensconced w/ my view of the castle that I refused to exert any extra energy navigating and didn't notice myself zooming up to this randomly (and rather stupidly in my opinion) situated wrought iron bench:

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(You can also see the windows of 'Ohana in that pic, where we ate breakfast on Thursday, 12/23!) Upon running into the bench I straight up doubled over and practically said hello. "Oh my goodness, excuse me!" If it hadn't been for my extreme agility and coordination I certainly would've rolled into the water. I looked up and saw my Mom and Heather standing there, just staring at me w/ blank expressions on their faces. In extreme pain and indignation, I darkly inquired why they hadn't alerted me that I was dangerously close to a bench- I would've done the same for them! Still expressionless, they insisted that they thought I saw it. Why would anyone run towards a bench???

We headed into the main building and were totally confused trying to find the monorail. We finally decided we should probably walk up the stairs. There were so many people streaming into 'Ohana for dinner that I almost thought we were dining there as well! Somehow we eventually made it on the monorail and I had my face practically plastered to the window as we passed through the GF and approached the MK. Suddenly we rounded a bend and our car was instantly totally irradiated by blue and purple- THE CASTLE UP CLOSE!!!! I was sincerely surprised and started screaming. We all began exclaiming that it was even huger and "purpler" than initially anticipated. Everyone else in our car, the old, wise, and hardened WDW vets they probably were, were gazing at the floor and ceiling in boredom. I'm fairly certain that our fellow monorailers thought we were completely insane.

Transferring to the TTC and then to the Epcot line pretty much seemed to us like the most complicated thing ever. Explaining to Col. Joy how to get there was going to be impossible. Sometimes I am perplexed that that man used to be a marine. I was also disgusted by the high-tech fingerprinting process you have to go through at the turnstiles. I don't want to touch that thing! DL certainly doesn't fingerprint its guests. Isn't that illegal or something?

Anyway, I insisted upon having a photoshoot immediately upon entering the park:

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Even though they were in WDW for the first time ever, the only thing my Mom and Heather could think to do was to go shopping. I was in too much of a food coma to build up to my usual state of irritation, so we headed off to Mouse Gear.

CONTINUED IN NEXT POST...

magichusky
02-19-2011, 09:44 PM
...DAY 1.2 CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS POST...

Within the first ten minutes I picked up a festive Christmas plaid bag and hot pink neoprene Mickey Mouse camera case:

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Unfortunately, Mom and Heather weren't quite as quick. However, I was pleased to catch the usually grumpy Heather getting into the holiday spirit:

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An hour later, we were still shopping 'til we were dropping. My Mom was deciding between 2 types of plush Tinker Bell dolls for my niece and by that time I was so hungry that I imagined launching both dolls into a nearby Christmas display. Heather purchased a black, glittery WDW t-shirt and I eventually convinced my Mom that we could find an appropriate Tinker Bell at the World of Disney Store in DTD the next day.

Once we all stumbled out of Mouse Gear we still had around 30 min 'til our 8:45pm ADR at Coral Reef. A ride perhaps? But which one should have the honor of being our very first WDW attraction??? My mom reminded me that I had been babbling about Figment for months. That's right! Off to the Imagination Pavilion.

Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the pavilion since it was terribly dark in that area. After figuring out where it was, we immediately walked onto the ride. My Mom and Heather were perplexed but I was laughing my head off the whole time. My fav part was probably Figment's upside down hot pink bubble bath. I was pleased that the gift shop sold post cards featuring this great scene:

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In addition, I ran over to the wall of plush Figments and picked out the Figment w/ the best facial expression:

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We emerged from our imaginations, me clutching my new purple friend, and my Dad called us; he was apparently at the TTC and almost here. We still had some time to kill before dinner and noticed that Nemo lived right next door to the Coral Reef, so we ran inside and in about a minute were seated in our clammobiles. We all agreed that it was a cute little ride and approved, especially of the backgrounds of live fish.

By this time, my Dad was waiting for us outside the restaurant and had already checked in. I was unfortunately way too starving to even snap a pic of my fav, Gill, outside the ride entrance. Oh well- guess you'll have to wait 'til next Christmas, Willem Dafoe!

Stay tuned for a review of our rather astounding Coral Reef dinner and... super-waiter! See ya real soon! (I promise)

TO BE CONTINUED...

Eight
02-19-2011, 11:01 PM
Hey, an update! :goodvibes

I really think I need to look at a map of WDW because I had no clue that SoG was that close to the Poly.

I love your description of your seeing the castle in the monorail. :laughing: Every time I go to Disney World, it's like, "woah, it's so big! and pretty!" Sleepy Beauty's Castle just seems so small in comparison.

And I love Loki modeling your bag. :)

Looking forward to hearing about Coral Reef.

Edit:
P.S.
Is it cool if I quickly mention I started my TR? You can find it here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2649776).

pkdof
02-20-2011, 02:33 AM
Love your report so far. We were on the same flight LAX to MCO and also saw DB on the plane.

VBsHustla
02-24-2011, 11:34 PM
How on earth can one possibly spend over an hour in Mouse Gear?! That's quite impressive, but I definitely would have stormed out after about ten minutes! Glad you liked Figment and that you gave it the honor of being your very first attraction! What a ride! :lovestruc

ToonTagTrolleyDollie
02-25-2011, 07:59 AM
hey :) just found your thread and ive just caught up :surfweb: Loving the arts and crafts you did before hand, i may just have to invest in some pom poms and glitter glue :rotfl2:
Cant wait to read on! popcorn::

UncleOrville
02-25-2011, 10:17 AM
Woot, so pleased that Figment was your first ride! :figment: Definitely one of my favorites!

I also can't believe you spent so much time in Mouse Gear. Too bad you didn't know your way around at that point - I def would have been out of there about an hour earlier.

I do love that camera case you got! I am hoping they are still there this week; will certainly pick one up if they are! :thumbsup2

em6668
03-17-2011, 01:10 PM
I was sent to this report by VBsHustla on twitter. I was not steered in the wrong direction. Really enjoying it so far. Hopefully things will settle down in real life so you can continue.

TanzUnited99
03-18-2011, 09:14 AM
Have just come across your TR and had to comment, as I am also a planner and loved looking at your itinerary and colour coded sheet of the parks! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 Love Laura's map of Epcot with places to find all the hotties :rotfl:

OMG on seeing David Boreanaz!!! :cool1: I also loved Buffy so would have been sooo excited and what a way to start your vacation! :goodvibes

Boo on having that kid behind you on the plane - I have had that on a long flight and it isn't pleasant :eek:

Love the pics of SoG and that snowman set up sure is amusing! I imagine myself being as excited as you guys on our first trip and squealing in delight over every little thing!! Hopefully I won't get too many funny looks - don't think I'd care though :lmao:

Love all the purchases and yay on booking another trip and getting the same room! :)

magichusky
03-24-2011, 05:27 AM
I love your description of your seeing the castle in the monorail. :laughing: Every time I go to Disney World, it's like, "woah, it's so big! and pretty!" Sleepy Beauty's Castle just seems so small in comparison.


I know right?? It's just SO humongous! In my next post (a tangent post actually, about a recent DL excursion) I included photos of the backs of both castles. When you look at them both one right next to the other like that, it's pretty crazy.


Edit:
P.S.
Is it cool if I quickly mention I started my TR? You can find it here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2649776).

Hahaha- well certainly! :cool1: I finally caught up the other day and am loving it so far!

Love your report so far. We were on the same flight LAX to MCO and also saw DB on the plane.

Hahahaha OMG really??? :rotfl2: I'm finding that hilariously hilarious at the moment! What a very small world! Wasn't that a great flight?

How on earth can one possibly spend over an hour in Mouse Gear?! That's quite impressive, but I definitely would have stormed out after about ten minutes!

DUDE, I have NO idea!!!! My mom and Heather were frequently the most annoying touring companions! They kept leaving me and disappearing and I would have to exert SO much energy trying to find them again. How do you spend an hour in Mouse Gear and 5 min in the China pavilion? :eek:

magichusky
03-24-2011, 05:40 AM
hey :) just found your thread and ive just caught up :surfweb: Loving the arts and crafts you did before hand, i may just have to invest in some pom poms and glitter glue :rotfl2:
Cant wait to read on! popcorn::

Why thank you! Pre-WDW crafting is pretty much the most rewarding activity ever. I def recommend door magents- returning to our room was always such a riot. Plus when a staffer came by once w/ extra towels he gave me the most bewildered expression.

I also can't believe you spent so much time in Mouse Gear. Too bad you didn't know your way around at that point - I def would have been out of there about an hour earlier.

I am truly never venturing into Mouse Gear ever again. I think after getting an hour of sleep, a 3000 mile journey, and being starving I was too delirious to really put my foot down!


I do love that camera case you got! I am hoping they are still there this week; will certainly pick one up if they are! :thumbsup2

I hope you found one! I bought my new camera in the summer and all the camera cases I saw were terribly ugly so I refrained. So glad I waited for the perfect hot pink Disney variety!

I was sent to this report by VBsHustla on twitter. I was not steered in the wrong direction. Really enjoying it so far. Hopefully things will settle down in real life so you can continue.

Thanks so much! :flower3: VBsHustla has excellent taste in TRs. I prob shouldn't be DISing at the moment but oh well! Currently drafting a new post about a recent DL trip and another that should finish up our first night in Epcot finally!

magichusky
03-24-2011, 05:58 AM
Have just come across your TR and had to comment, as I am also a planner and loved looking at your itinerary and colour coded sheet of the parks! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 Love Laura's map of Epcot with places to find all the hotties :rotfl:

:welcome: Excellent- a fellow Danny Tanner-ite! I got such a kick out of those pocket itineraries and I actually consulted mine several times during our trip. I really recommend this great site that offers free "crowd calendars" and suggests the optimal park to visit for the day:

easyWDW crowd calendars (http://www.easywdw.com/category/calendar/december/)

Just pick whichever month you need from the right. Their December calendar agreed almost exactly w/ my predictions, so I find them reliable. Plus we ran into almost no crowds during this trip which was dangerously close to Christmas, so I consider crowd logic a really worthwhile exercise.

Laura's Epcot map I found to also be quite accurate!



OMG on seeing David Boreanaz!!! :cool1: I also loved Buffy so would have been sooo excited and what a way to start your vacation! :goodvibes

I know!! :banana: I still laugh out loud about it sometimes. I love that they were standing right next to us and I hardly noticed at first.

I imagine myself being as excited as you guys on our first trip and squealing in delight over every little thing!! Hopefully I won't get too many funny looks - don't think I'd care though :lmao:


I'm so excited for your first trip to the World!!! :woohoo: Seeing all of the notorious WDW landmarks for the first time was truly even more superb than I anticipated. And I was semi-worried that my expectations would be too high. Def not the case- even my parents can't wait to go back! :love:

magichusky
03-24-2011, 06:15 AM
BY GOLLY, I HAVE ANOTHER NEW TICKER!!!!

Hello there, long time no see! I've been terribly busy w/ school lately and haven't been able to DIS. In fact, I shouldn't even be DISing right now but one of the first things I thought to do after dreaming up my latest WDW adventure was to make a new ticker! My notorious comrades, Kendra and Laura (aka VBsHustla), and I are spring breaking in the World! I managed to scrounge up a reservation at SoG w/ less than a month to go (I had to call them several times per day for a couple days in hopes of snapping up someone's cancellation). In addition, we'll be running up to Cape Canaveral for a half day to (fingers crossed) see space shuttle Endeavor lift off. This is the second to last shuttle launch EVER, and once we realized that it became quite the emergency.

You can watch the launch here:
Spaceflight Now | STS-134 | Mission Status Center (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts134/status.html)

I have of course already constructed a crowd calendar and drafted our itinerary. I am SO not getting this paper done right now...

TanzUnited99
03-24-2011, 02:57 PM
I really recommend this great site that offers free "crowd calendars" and suggests the optimal park to visit for the day:

easyWDW crowd calendars (http://www.easywdw.com/category/calendar/december/)

I love that website too, especially as it is free! Have already been on it many times and have it saved in my bookmarks! :thumbsup2

I'm so excited for your first trip to the World!!! :woohoo: Seeing all of the notorious WDW landmarks for the first time was truly even more superb than I anticipated. And I was semi-worried that my expectations would be too high. Def not the case- even my parents can't wait to go back! :love:

Thank you!! I have the same worry but am glad that in actual truth you loved it and you all can't wait to go back!! :cool1:

BY GOLLY, I HAVE ANOTHER NEW TICKER!!!!

My notorious comrades, Kendra and Laura (aka VBsHustla), and I are spring breaking in the World! I managed to scrounge up a reservation at SoG w/ less than a month to go (I had to call them several times per day for a couple days in hopes of snapping up someone's cancellation).

I have of course already constructed a crowd calendar and drafted our itinerary. I am SO not getting this paper done right now...

:woohoo: on going to Disney World on your Spring break!!! :banana: :cheer2: :banana: Yay on getting a SoG reservation after calling several times and constructing your crowd calendar and itinerary!! :thumbsup2

I remember during my studies I used to look for every excuse possible so I didn't have to deal with my assignments :rolleyes:

magichusky
03-24-2011, 07:03 PM
TANGENT #1: "SWING KIDS" | Disneyland Saturday, 1/22/2011

Certainly I wasn't exclusively being academic for the duration of my month long absence from the DIS- I went to Disneyland! It was strange b/c when I was at the MK I kept thinking I was in DL and this day while I was in DL I kept thinking I was in the MK!

That morning, I drove down to Anaheim b/c there was a dollhouse miniature show in a hotel adjacent to DL. (I build dollhouses and furnish them w/ expensive things I can't afford) Kendra was actually totally available for a DL run and was planning on going swing dancing that evening in Carnation Plaza! So it was decided that we would rendezvous in the hub around 4pm.

I arrived at DL around 4pm but had to renew my AP before I proceeded. I was starving so planned on immediately running to Hungry Bear for my $2 grilled cheese specialty. When I finally finished shelling out $400 and had my shiny new AP in my hot little hand, I was appalled to find that Main Street was in a disgusting state:

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The hub looked even more atrocious:

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I've never seen the castle totally walled off before! After I recovered from my shock, I bustled to Critter Country:

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Once I got myself round the mountain I was infuriated- Hungry Bear was closed too!!! What in the Disney World was I supposed to eat now??? I hobbled over to Fantasyland to distract myself while waiting for Kendra.

The new Rapunzel (excuse me, Tangled) character meet 'n' greet area:

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I scoffed at all the poor suckers standing in the hour long Peter Pan queue. Then I noticed this alligator steeple:

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I don't recall seeing this before???

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Still love my hot pink California castle:

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However the Florida variety is rather imposing, I must say:

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I then strolled into the gift shop inside the castle and found another thing I don't think I've ever seen before- this great Sleeping Beauty display:

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My stomach was grumbling angrily at this point so I walked over to the Blue Ribbon Bakery and bought a monstrosity of a sugar cookie w/ hot orange sprinkles. I then went back to the hub where there were a million empty benches since the entire area was pretty much walled off and manically consumed the entire cookie in solitude. Unfortunately the 3000 sugar calories just weren't doing the trick so I wandered back down Main Street in a food coma and went through the shops, where all of the merchandise was quickly morphing into various food items.

Finally Kendra had arrived!! Even in my food coma, I spied her by the flag pole and we immediately set off to New Orleans Square for dinner since we were both starving terribly. Kendra mentioned that she had a hankering for this thing called a "Monte Cristo" sandwich that she had discovered on her last DL run, so we busted into Cafe Orleans w/ a 2 minute wait. Kendra ordered the sandwich and I settled on an $18 adult serving of mac 'n' cheese (what can I say? I don't do cajun-creole). The service at that place is the slowest ever but we wound up having a fabulous conversation and somehow dined for an entire hour. I sampled a bit of the Monte Cristo and almost had a heart attack. It was basically a fried donut enshrouding a block of meat and cheese, dipped in some sort of sweet fruit sauce. Definitely less of a sandwich and more like a dowich.

After eating we ran to Indiana Jones but it was broken! So we decided that we would instead go visit Abe, do the tower in CA Adv, then return to Carnation Plaza for swing dancing. Apparently a friendly gaggle of characters gathers in the Plaza every Saturday for a good swing. Kendra's recently been taking swing lessons much to my surprise since I can't imagine anyone voluntarily taking dance lessons. The food coma she was in made Kendra brave so she requested we eventually ride something "fast." I discovered that she hadn't been on BTMR in absolute yrs! We stopped for some FPs to use later on our way to see Abe.

We entered the Lincoln exhibition and I could barely take a pic of the original Sleeping Beauty castle model (Kendra's in the background gnawing on a turret) before the next show started.

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Abe, you're up rather early this morning:

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After the show ended, the silhouette of a brave, noble eagle swooshed dramatically across the walls and I became inspired and started brandishing my camera and singing: "Ameeeerrrricaaaa, spread your goooolden wings...." I was mortified when several people began gawking and Kendra exploded into laughter. I had been discussing this song earlier at dinner for some reason and Kendra exclaimed: "OMG, you really DO know the words!" Yes, unfortunately I can memorize songs and narratives from 99% of Disney attractions but can only recall 50% of my research on a good day. Oh well.

I took a few more pics while exiting the exhibition hall.

"You can't run from trouble, there ain't no place that far."

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We both loved these centaurs gathering for a festival for some reason:

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We followed that up w/ CA Adv, which is looking disgusting these days w/ all the construction. Kendra insisted we detour through the new Tron rave area on our way to the tower, just so I could "witness the insanity." Unfortunately I didn't take any pics b/c I was so terribly flabbergasted. There were obnoxious electric blue strobe lights, obnoxious techno music, and weird CMs clad in white and dancing obnoxiously atop these elevated platforms. Tweens, teens, and wackos with glow in the dark attachments were pretending they were cool and attempted to rave dance while fist pumping, some sipping drinks w/ glowing ice cubes. Small children were going bananas w/ neon blinking hula-hoops (Kendra and I tried to join in but all the hoops were being rudely monopolized). In short, I was pretty much bamboozled by the addition of a fake rave to my wholesome escape. What in the Disney World at you, CA Adv???

CONTINUED IN NEXT POST...

magichusky
03-24-2011, 07:10 PM
...TANGENT #1 CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS POST...

The tower was fabulous as usual. I was pleased to be ushered over to shaft #1. We returned to DL and were irritated to discover that Indiana Jones was still broken. So we continued on to Carnation Plaza. The place was in full swing:

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Plus, a super popular band called "Stompy Jones" had come down from San Francisco for the weekend. Apparently they're adored by the swing community, hence the large turnout.

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Funny story: Kendra met up w/ a guy (I think his name was Justin) from her dance class she had planned on rendezvousing w/ that evening. We finally found him and merely seconds after first contact, a girl w/ a purple scrunchie ran over, practically threw herself at Justin, introduced herself, and proceeded to hover. I was instantly amused and later pointed out the ambush to Kendra. Kendra confirmed my observation and explained that Purple was obsessed w/ Justin and was automatically jealous of everyone, however the two seemed to be perpetually locked in some weird pre-dating or worse yet for Purple, some pre-not-dating phase. Since I'm not really into swing dancing, I spent the rest of the time trying to take action shots of Kendra and spying on Purple.

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You'll be super duper excited to hear that I also filmed the madness that is swing:

Kendra swing dancing at Disneyland w/ Stompy Jones! (YouTube) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r6OLW-ugB8)

After Kendra had her fill of swing dancing, we realized we were positively freezing cold so we headed over to the now empty Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante and huddled under their heating lamps while we called our mothers (I wonder if I'll still have to check in like this when I'm 30?). Since the restaurant was conveniently adjacent to BTMR, we got in the FP queue. At that late hour our FPs only saved us about 5-10 minutes, but I'll take it!

Kendra, who hadn't been on BTMR in several yrs, totally flipped out and immediately requested another round later. We then ran back to Indiana Jones, which was still broken, so we hit up Pirates instead, during which the fireworks must've taken place. We were seated in the last row and unfortunately the boat behind us was chock full of ridiculous teens who decided to sporadically flick water at us. Once I realized where the water was coming from I was on the verge of jumping out and wading through the water so I could ring their little teenage necks when suddenly they disappeared into the fog. I assumed a CM was on top of things and spaced out our boats a bit to diffuse the situation.

After we emerged from the bayou, we rounded Tarzan's Treehouse and hesitantly peeked over at Indiana. It was open!!! People were straight up strolling into the temple so we decided to pass up the single rider line. Upon initially entering the queue, we paused and debated for about 10 seconds to make sure we weren't making a mistake by traveling into the regular standby line. Within that time, two giant, crazy college guys practically ran over us and started complaining loudly about the fact that we stupidly had no idea where we were going. I was like whoa there, I have 2/3 of a PhD- NObody w/ 1/10 of a bachelors in general studies calls me stupid! I whipped around in preparation for a smack-down and they began apologizing profusely. Unfortunately we got stuck w/ these strange characters for the rest of the queue and the entire ride.

We were pleased to discover that we had a full 10 minutes to get to BTMR for a 2nd ride before the park closed at 11pm. While screaming past my favorite goat chewing dynamite, we decided that we would get an ice cream sundae on Main Street on our way out. When we arrived at the establishment, we came across this exceedingly random but great photo opportunity:

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I don't understand how I've been roaming DL for 20+ yrs and never realized that the ice cream shop actually has a name: "Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor." We ordered a double cookie sundae and split it. I of course annihilated my cookie within seconds.

After Kendra caught up w/ me and, in turn, annihilated her own cookie, we traveled to the Emporium where I purchased a white lacquered Mickey Mouse silhouette photo frame. I later put a photo of my Mom, sister, and me in front of DHS back in December in the frame and gave it to my Mom as a thank you gift for WDW! My Mom actually almost bought the same frame in WDW. While exiting the store, I came across another thing that I had never noticed before- these scenes up near the roof of the store w/ animatronics. My fav was this woman sitting in an office and feeding her parrot:

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So that about wraps up my tangent. Kendra was off to the Lion King parking lot while I headed to Mickey & Friends. Can't wait to shove Kendra on the WDW version of BTMR!! I'm planning on posting our Coral Reef dinner and the remainder of our Epcot evening in the next few days- just have to finish this terrible paper first! 'Til then- see ya real soon!

magichusky
03-24-2011, 07:13 PM
I remember during my studies I used to look for every excuse possible so I didn't have to deal with my assignments :rolleyes:

Hahaha totally! DIS is really the ultimate procrastinating tool. I don't know why I don't simply just complete the paper up front and DIS afterwards- it would be so much less stressful. :laughing:

VBsHustla
03-25-2011, 02:59 PM
What a great DL Adventure! However, I am horrified by the following aspects: 1) Main Street: that castle looks even more pathetic than usual with that wall all around it! :sad1: 2) The Tangled meet and greet: that hair all over Fantasyland looks simply disgusting! 3) the fried meat/cheese donut combo! The cookie, however, sounded sublime.

The Lincoln show looks completely amazing! I just adore any combination of Disney and patriotism, so I imagine that show is extremely inspirational! I am appalled that Kendra was shocked by your performance of Golden Dream :scared1: Well, Kendra will know that song all too well soon enough! :thumbsup2

Love the swing dancing video! Kendra's dancing and Stompy Jones were both very impressive!

Eight
04-04-2011, 08:41 PM
Yes, unfortunately I can memorize songs and narratives from 99% of Disney attractions but can only recall 50% of my research on a good day. Oh well.
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So true. :rotfl: Well, except I'm not working on a PhD, but I mean, replace 'research' with 'everything important I should know' and you get me.

magichusky
05-15-2011, 04:43 AM
What a great DL Adventure! However, I am horrified by the following aspects: 1) Main Street: that castle looks even more pathetic than usual with that wall all around it! :sad1: 2) The Tangled meet and greet: that hair all over Fantasyland looks simply disgusting! 3) the fried meat/cheese donut combo! The cookie, however, sounded sublime.


Hahaha hey, that castle is perfect in every way! But yes, the hair in the new Tangled area is disgusting! I was appalled that they also added a Rapunzel tower complete w/ hair to the German train village in Epcot. I thought I took a pic of that thing but I guess I was too horrified. Dude, don't remind me about that donut sandwich. I'm probably still burning that one bite off.


Love the swing dancing video! Kendra's dancing and Stompy Jones were both very impressive!

She's actually far too embarrassed to watch the video straight through! Hilarious! I thought she appeared quite coordinated (especially compared to what I'd probably look like in that situation).

So true. :rotfl: Well, except I'm not working on a PhD, but I mean, replace 'research' with 'everything important I should know' and you get me.

Hahaha of course! I believe it's a motivational issue. :sad2:

magichusky
05-15-2011, 04:50 AM
AN OVERDUE UPDATE- I'M BACK!:disrocks:

Greetings my dear friends! I'm so terribly sorry for my long absence! I was encumbered w/ school activities, most notably the dreaded "qualifying exam." I believe there was a 2 week period during which I did not travel outside. I ate spaghettios on my birthday. But there was something splendid waiting for me on the other side of the madness: an April excursion to Disney World! I've since passed my exam and returned from Florida (this time it was scalding hot instead of bitter cold) and am now available for some major DISing. Plus I'm of course planning on whipping up a brand new TR for the occasion. In the meantime, I'll post this teaser:

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And now, for the conclusion of (omg I'm such a delinquent!) our first day at the World, back on Dec 17th, 2010...

magichusky
05-15-2011, 04:55 AM
DAY 1.3: Dining at Coral Reef with Super Waiter!

When we last left off (which was rather long ago :scratchin), I had just escaped from Mouse Gear within an inch of my life and we had journeyed into our imaginations for our very first Disney World attraction ever. We followed that up with the Nemo adventure which was quite convenient since it was adjacent to the Coral Reef, where we were dining that evening (8:50pm ADR). Thank goodness my Dad was already waiting there for us and had already checked in, because I was in a definite food coma.

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Lemme in!!!!

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We only had to wait about 2 min to be ushered into the dining room.

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I was enamored w/ the assortment of glowing seashells scattered throughout the seating area:

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There are 3 levels to the dining room and we were seated in the level furthest from the aquarium.

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I was a bit disappointed initially but after about 20 min we had the whole section to ourselves so it was perfectly tranquil. During the 20 min that we had neighboring diners we were pretty irritated b/c there was a large party made up almost entirely of obnoxious tiny children. Umm, I think you belong at Chef Mickey's?

I adored the menu and little fish guide the Reef gave us so that we could properly identify all of the fish we were staring at. I of course stole both of them:

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I got stupid excited every time the resident sea turtle drifted by but never managed to get a proper photo:

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We decided that the standard offering of bread wasn't nearly enough since we were all starving so we ordered the Surf & Turf Sampler. My Dad got the lobster soup and a drink called "The Abyss." My Mom also had the cupcake vineyards chardonnay.

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For our entrees, my Mom ordered the mushroom phyllo crisp:

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My dad ordered the pan seared seasonal catch (white sea bass):

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Heather ordered the pan roasted sea scallops:

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And I had the seared chicken breast:

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After we all decimated our meals, our super-waiter, Tony, caught me taking photos of the food and "writing feverishly" in my TR notebook. I informed him that I was "with the DIS" and he was delighted.

We didn't come all the way to Florida to miss dessert, right? To celebrate traveling 3000 miles, we went a bit wild...

Introducing the Bailey's & Jack Daniel's Mousse:

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The almond gelato:

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And Tony totally gave us a free "chocolate wave":

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Not only did Tony insist that we order the Bailey's Mousse (which was genius, even though I'm not one for alcoholic desserts) but he gave us tips on mixing all of the desserts together in different ways. Dude, it was like a wonderful kind of rocket science. I preferred mixing the mousse w/ the almond gelato. In fact, if I could only order one dessert, I'd probably order the gelato, but I highly recommend the mousse even if you're not an alcoholic!

I adored Tony so much that I insisted we have our photograph taken:

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When Tony found out it was our first visit to the World, he procured these light up Tinkerbell clip-ons that he presented to Heather and me:

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We were SO excited!!! Sure doesn't take much to get me hyper at WDW. The Tinkerbells were actually extremely useful for the rest of the trip, because we used them to find eachother in large crowds at night.

Coral Reef was easily our #1 WDW dining experience (it even slightly edged out Le Cellier) and my parents became Reef obsessed- my Mom has asked me at least 10 times when we can make our new ADRs for next December. Even Col. Joy has inquired! In addition, when I ate at Coral Reef in April I was once again seated in Tony's section and he totally remembered me and asked where my parents and sister were! Hopefully we'll see him again next Christmas! By far the best waiter at WDW- apparently he's been working at the Reef for around 12 yrs.

Anyway, the night was still young and we were right smack in the middle of Epcot EMH! We hadn't even caught a glimpse of the World Showcase yet and I honestly had no earthly idea where the darn thing was even located. But of one thing I was sure: there be a maelstrom ahead!

TO BE CONTINUED...

magichusky
05-15-2011, 05:02 AM
DAY 1.4: Epcot EMH

We waddled out of Coral Reef around 10:15pm; Heather and I were of course still glowing alien green with our light-up Tinkerbell freebies. Destination: World Showcase. But no one had any clue where it was!

Which way, Christmas Pluto?

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On the other side of the Christmas tree, of course!

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Once we rounded the humongous tree, I raced over to that wide open space adjacent to the Friendship dock, where most people park themselves to watch Illuminations. I ran up to the railing against the water and stared at the World Showcase for the first time ever. My parents and Heather were too Coral Reefed out to follow me and hung back by the tree area. Heather said that all she could see was a fire green orb of light zooming around in the darkness.

For some reason, Epcot was entirely empty- I had to consult my pocket itinerary just to double check that there was indeed EMH and it wasn't closing. As I leaned up against the railing, I found myself surprised at how large each of the pavilions was, especially the American pavilion! I remember it being so quiet and dark and being entirely stunned that I was in Disney World. Epcot has always been very "Disney World" to me, since it's so unlike anything at Disneyland, so I was quite delighted that it was our first park.

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The other thing that's very "Disney World" to me: Maelstrom! I've somehow become obsessed w/ Maelstrom over the years and had watched it countless times via YouTube. Now it was time for the real thing, the big kahuna. My Mom was also excited to see the Norwegian pavilion since she lived there when she was in her twenties. Colonel Joy even became inspired and the trolls magically transformed the grumpiest German in America into a Norwegian Viking:

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The grumpiest sister in America resisted the power of the magic trolls but had already sprouted a helmet:

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"What is this Maelstrom exactly?" my confused counterparts inquired. I explained that it was a Norwegian POTC. We entered the Maelstrom expecting peril and adventure but instead found beauty and charm. What a FABULOUS attraction! An instant favorite. The obsession continues.

We emerged from the Fjording with a few souvenirs (Mom went a bit nuts!). She purchased a jubilant troll (watch out, some of the trolls for sale were made in China! We had to look for a real Norwegian one), a red Dahla horse ornament, and a St. Lucia figurine (my favorite!):

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I also had to get a special Epcot passport- I was impressed by the quality! Quite similar to a real one:

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They also had a deal in which you could buy a discounted fleece throw if you spent more than a threshold amount. Figment and I have of course confiscated the throw:

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We were all rather delirious from our long journey, so after Norway we started to head out. On the way, we were overwhelmed w/ curiosity as to what exactly was inside that big ball (which I'm convinced looks fake if you stare at it long enough):

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So we hopped onto Spaceship Earth as there was no line:

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I read somewhere that if you take a pic w/ the flash on of the caveman scene, a message will pop out at you somewhere. Either I'm a sucker or just photographed the wrong wall segment:

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Heather and I were of course talking and had no clue that the ride was taking our picture. Consequently, our futures look ridiculous!

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We all agreed that SE was smelly inside and the strangest pseudo-educational attraction ever. Loved it! Although I must say that I despise the mammoth hunting scene at the beginning.

After inhaling the SE fumes for far too long, we teetered back over to the monorail for our return trip to SoG. I had no idea what these things were:

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Well, good night dear World! Hope to get to know you a bit better tomorrow- but I like what I know so far!

Next time: Our first full day in WDW but... rain, rain, go away! DTD, AK, and a Wishes cruise!

VBsHustla
05-16-2011, 11:43 PM
:rotfl: I LOVE the beautiful photos of you and Heather taken by that wonderful Spaceship Earth camera. So funny! Coral Reef looks super awesome, but I'm extremely impressed that you ate at like 9 pm and were out of there and in the World Showcase in time for Illuminations? What a speedy restaurant!

The Norwegian photos are certainly glorious. Everyone looks amazing in the viking hats. Such a superb accessory. I also love that red horse ornament! So cute! However, I must say that I am disappointed that you didn't scour every inch of those leave a legacy walls until you spotted the nsync photos. Thank goodness you have now witnessed that most important Disney World landmark! :thumbsup2 In spite of such an egregious error, it sounds like a lovely first day!

TanzUnited99
05-17-2011, 02:44 PM
It's a shame you were seated so far away from the aquarium but it seems that Tony made up for that!

All the food looks yummy and you definitely can not leave without dessert! Yay on getting light up Tinkerbell clip ons!

Great Christmas tree photos and I didn't know about the flash message at SE - may have to try it sometime! ;)

Darragh
05-17-2011, 03:17 PM
TANGENT #1: "SWING KIDS" | Disneyland Saturday, 1/22/2011

I sampled a bit of the Monte Cristo and almost had a heart attack. It was basically a fried donut enshrouding a block of meat and cheese, dipped in some sort of sweet fruit sauce. Definitely less of a sandwich and more like a dowich.

CONTINUED IN NEXT POST...

What more can you ask for? Sugar? Good..... Meat? Good.... Combined together? EXCELLENT!

magichusky
05-21-2011, 05:17 PM
:rotfl: I LOVE the beautiful photos of you and Heather taken by that wonderful Spaceship Earth camera. So funny!

HAHA I actually have a close up pic of my SE portrait but it was seriously so horrifying that I refuse to post it. We had no idea what was going on!


However, I must say that I am disappointed that you didn't scour every inch of those leave a legacy walls until you spotted the nsync photos. Thank goodness you have now witnessed that most important Disney World landmark! :thumbsup2 In spite of such an egregious error, it sounds like a lovely first day!

I wonder how much money they made off of those legacy walls?? I wonder if Nsync are the only celebrities included? Like, did they just send their photos in on their own or did Disney request them? So weird!

It's a shame you were seated so far away from the aquarium but it seems that Tony made up for that!

Tony is truly the most splendid waiter ever- if you dine at Coral Reef you should for sure request to be seated in his section!


Great Christmas tree photos and I didn't know about the flash message at SE - may have to try it sometime! ;)

I read about the message in this book, "The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World" by Susan Veness. I'll have to try the other wall next time!

What more can you ask for? Sugar? Good..... Meat? Good.... Combined together? EXCELLENT!

HAHA the sugar overload was definitely fabulous! I thought it was hilarious b/c Kendra actually managed to eat 3/4 of her meal since she had somehow not eaten anything at all that day. I took one bite and almost passed out! I was pretty impressed.

magichusky
05-21-2011, 05:33 PM
SATURDAY, DEC 18, 2010
DAY 2.1: Singin' in the rain in the Downtown Disney

I stumbled off of the pull out couch this cloudy morning and we had the breakfast buffet (the "Garden Gallery") in SoG. My internal clock was all messed up so I was absolutely ravenous- I remember heaping scrambled eggs onto slices of toast and just shoving it in my face. Haha whoa! The breakfast buffets at SoG are only about $10 per person, so it was a pretty good deal. The plan was to head straight to AK for most of the day, stop by DTD for dinner, and return to the Poly for our Wishes cruise. It was raining quite diligently so we decided that instead we would hang out in DTD and hide inside the shops for the morning, then travel to AK in the afternoon- by then it would hopefully have stopped raining!

We took an SoG bus to DTD. See how dreary it was?

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The bus driver of course dropped us off in the very back of the lot (it was ~10am) and we had NO idea where to go, plus it was absolutely POURING rain at this point. It's a good thing we had brought along our umbrellas b/c the ponchos wouldn't have been pleasant in such a monsoon! We waded through an assortment of monster puddles which were quickly growing and merging with other puddles to form baby oceans. Someone told us along the way that the bright orange building was the World of Disney store, so we swam in that direction.

We threw ourselves inside WOD and found ourselves in the princess section:

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Even though the place was packed (I think everyone else had the same Plan B due to the rain that we did) we actually had an extremely successful shopping trip. We got a plush Minnie Mouse dressed up like Tinkerbell as a Christmas present for my niece, Baby Lily. Heather got a Burberry scarf, Mom got a new glasses case (unfortunately she couldn't find the same kind that she found at CA Adv about a year ago), and Dad bought a massive black and white Mickey Mouse golf umbrella. Believe me, this thing was HUGE. He insisted upon opening and closing it several times in the middle of the store and almost knocked out a few unsuspecting kids in the process. My purchase was this fabulous hot pink Mickey Mouse credit card holder:

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I use it ALL the time since there's never enough room in my wallet for all of my credit cards and gift cards and things.

Mom wanted some sort of WDW T-shirt, so we traveled to TrenD. Col. Joy refused to go inside and waited in the rain w/ his golf umbrella.

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Mom eventually found a dark grey shirt w/ a black "key to the world" and scrollwork embellished on it.

We followed up TrenD with the Days of Christmas store, but didn't notice anything particularly special. I inquired where the "Disney Tails" store was, this pet accessories store I had heard about, but was informed that it no longer existed! I was super bummed since I had been really looking forward to purchasing Loki a Christmas present (poor little guy had to spend the entire holiday season in the pet hotel!).

By then it was around 11:45am and I was once again ravenous and becoming cranky. I had read raving reviews of Earl of Sandwich on the DIS so we headed over there after looking in the Christmas shop. At this point it was lightly raining and moving towards a manageable sprinkle.

We encountered a rather intimidating line at the Earl, but since it was raining and we weren't familiar w/ the area, we decided to just stick it out. The line was practically out the door. I told Mom what I wanted and was charged w/ finding us a table while the others waited in line and ordered. This proved to be an obnoxious, almost maddening task, since there were of course no tables available inside or outside on the covered patio.

I finally found an empty table after about 10 minutes but it only had one chair. I walked up to the table and had my hand on it, then stood there and scanned the room for any extra chairs. This twenty-something girl then suddenly appeared and sat down in the lone chair and stared at the table. I was pretty irritated since I had obviously associated myself w/ the table and was looking for more chairs. It didn't seem worth it to kick this girl out of her chair, plus the table was in an awkward location anyway, so I retreated. After about 5 more minutes, I saw a family half mobilizing to leave. The father had stood up and was putting on his jacket. The mother was gathering trash and the kids were still semi-eating. I positioned myself to swoop in once they left. 10 seconds after the father finished putting on his jacket a group of college-age boys surrounded them. One of them tapped the man on the shoulder and explained that they wanted the table. Ugh, seriously? I was fed up with these insane people and stationed myself on the patio, where I found the perfect, isolated table on the edge of the seating area.

Triumphant (only took me 20 min! Haha wow), I settled down and waited for my family to appear w/ our food. Within a minute, a huge group of maybe around 10 people or so materialized and commandeered about five neighboring tables. They proceeded to violently drag various tables and chairs across the patio, making a horrendous screeching noise as the metal scraped concrete; this went on for so long that I actually turned around to see what was going down. For the remainder of our lunch, they were SO loud and squabbled amongst themselves. The father loudly berated the teenage daughter and told her she was stupid, an idiot, looked like crap, and proceeded to use all sorts of foul language. It was so annoying, loud, and went on for such a ridiculous period of time that even Col. Joy complained. Thankfully, our Earl lunch was the only instance of encountering unruly people during our entire WDW excursion.

Finally, my parents and Heather arrived:

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But, of course, even after standing in line for over 30 minutes, the cashier had forgotten one of our sandwiches. Col. Joy practically blew a gasket b/c he was so hungry. Heather stormed back inside to recover the lost sandwich and returned in around 5 minutes or so.

Mom and Heather split the original sandwich and a tomato soup, Dad had the full Montagu, and I ordered the caprese (I only took a pic of my sandwich since they all looked practically the same!):

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I actually despised this sandwich and couldn't eat much of it. There was some sauce on it that was so strong that I could barely smell it without sending a chill down my spine. The cheese inside was super slimy and the slices were so thick that it was almost like a brick, and very unpleasant to bite into. Everyone else thought their meals were passable. Unfortunately, since the food was so-so and the place was almost unbearably overrun, I would not recommend the Earl! We certainly won't be returning in the future.

We hung out for a few minutes after finishing our lunches in order to gauge the weather. It was slightly drizzling and the clouds were lightening so we decided to walk to the bus stop and start making our way to AK. I was pretty disappointed b/c I had really wanted to do the Characters in Flight hot air balloon ride; it was grounded due to the weather.

Once we arrived at the bus stop, it stopped raining entirely and Characters in Flight immediately rose up into the steadily brightening sky just to taunt me. Oh well, maybe next time! We decided that we would wait for the AK Lodge bus and would then take the AK bus from the resort. This seemed like a great plan to me since I was super curious to see the AK Lodge. We waited for what seemed like forever as about 20 CBR, Pop, and WL buses passed us by. Would we EVER make it to the AK??

STAY TUNED!

magichusky
05-21-2011, 05:39 PM
DAY 2.2: The AK Lodge at Christmas: "Welcome home" / Destination: AK

The AK Lodge bus finally arrived after around a 20-25 minute wait! But it seemed like longer since I was so excited to finally see the AK. We were dropped off at the Lodge and I insisted upon going inside to check out the Christmas decorations.

Just outside the lobby in the turn-around:

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We walked into the lobby and the greeter standing there had perfect, jet-black skin and his teeth were so white that I was practically blinded. "Welcome hooome!" (In a perfect African? accent). Haha- very nice! I nerdily chuckled and probably said something really lame.

WOW!!!

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"Hurry up and sit down, so I can take your picture before anyone comes!"

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This is down by one of their restaurants- Jiko, or Boma or something or other. I ran down here to brush my teeth in the restroom, and when I got back everyone crankily informed me that I took forever and why did I need to brush my teeth right then, anyway?

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They all practically ran back out to the bus stop but there was only an MK bus sitting there. We had to wait for a surprisingly long time for an AK bus to arrive!

Some strange child had scrawled a message on the ground w/ sidewalk chalk: "Can you name a Disney character for every letter of the alphabet?" An Australian family took up the challenge but got bored by the time they arrived at letter J. I was just confused as to who would carry sidewalk chalk around w/ them at WDW?

Our bus finally appeared and within a short time, deposited us in the AK!

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We're finally here!!!

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And we once again have no idea where to go!

NEXT TIME: Off to Camp Minnie Mickey to see the FOTLK, plus the Jingle Jungle Parade!!!

Eight
05-21-2011, 05:58 PM
Oh dear, that weather looks miserable! Looks like Seattle. ;)

I love that Mickey Mouse credit card holder you got. I almost bought the same one when I was there, but I had to remind myself I have a wallet that works perfectly fine. Maybe next time...

And man, I hate having to get a table when places are crowded. It's always a pain. I'm kind of surprised you didn't like Earl, it always seems like it gets such good reviews, and I've had pretty good food every time I've gone there.

I LOVE your picture of the tree in the AKL lobby. So gorgeous. :lovestruc

NMW
05-21-2011, 07:10 PM
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VBsHustla
05-22-2011, 12:08 AM
Ewww Earl of Sandwich sounds highly disgusting and ridiculous. I cannot deal with finding tables/CS locations in general. Exactly why I find club level + signature restaurants with ADRs the only acceptable form of dining! That family with the dad yelling horrible things at the child really sounds atrocious as well. :scared1:

I find it hilarious that your dad would stand in a downpour to avoid that shop :rotfl: How sad that the puppy shop has closed down! Hopefully you managed to secure Loki an appropriate souvenir elsewhere!

I absolutely love the AKL photos! That lobby is insanely amazing. I def need to stay there at some point! But I would find it rather inconvenient to be in such close proximity to the worst park and so far away from all the rest!

Regarding those crazy nsync photos, I think they had a little shop/booth in Epcot where they took those crappy pics of people (probably in exchange for like $30 :rotfl:) to put on those walls, and they were there to tape a parade or concert or something and just got their pics taken. So glad they did, because I still find it extremely amusing every time I see it!

TanzUnited99
05-22-2011, 07:33 AM
Lol at your description of eating breakfast!! :laughing:

:woohoo: on making the most of the rain and doing some shopping!! Love the Micke Mouse card holder.

:eek: at the EoS fiasco! Sounds horrible and I bet it felt even worse since you didn't enjoy your sandwich.

Love the pics of AKL and yay on making it to AK! :yay:

amazingact21
05-24-2011, 10:54 AM
I remember the rain on the 18th was horrendous. It felt like it would never end! But it looks like you made the best of it; I love your credit card holder!


AKL looks so nice with all the holiday decorations up!

I have to agree with you on Early of Sandwich. I had high hopes for the place, but I ended up not finishing my Montagu sandwich, because I just wasn't impressed with it.

Can't wait to read more!

magichusky
05-29-2011, 04:11 AM
Oh dear, that weather looks miserable! Looks like Seattle. ;)

Haha yes- it was truly raining cats and dogs for hours. Thankfully, we managed to get to AK for a half day and besides the surprising cold, it was the only bad weather we encountered that week!


I love that Mickey Mouse credit card holder you got. I almost bought the same one when I was there, but I had to remind myself I have a wallet that works perfectly fine. Maybe next time...

I'm always trying to talk myself out of buying things at Disney but am always unsuccessful! :confused3 I usually try and buy all of my Disney stuff at DL since my AP gets a 20% discount on all merchandise, but I've never seen that credit card thing anywhere else!


And man, I hate having to get a table when places are crowded. It's always a pain. I'm kind of surprised you didn't like Earl, it always seems like it gets such good reviews, and I've had pretty good food every time I've gone there.

Yeah I was super surprised, too, b/c DISers absolutely rave about Earl. Maybe it was just too crowded.


I LOVE your picture of the tree in the AKL lobby. So gorgeous. :lovestruc

Thanks!! I'm SO happy we managed to get over there! I really wanted to check out all the resorts to see their Christmas decorations. We never got over to WL though, but AKL made up for it!

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I find it hilarious that your dad would stand in a downpour to avoid that shop :rotfl: How sad that the puppy shop has closed down! Hopefully you managed to secure Loki an appropriate souvenir elsewhere!

HAHA yes, TrenD was just too much for him! And unfortunately, Lo totally missed out! They had personalized Mickey Mouse dog license machines but each one was like $10- he hates wearing his license anyway b/c it jingles so violently. It's the most obnoxious noise ever! :laughing:


I absolutely love the AKL photos! That lobby is insanely amazing. I def need to stay there at some point! But I would find it rather inconvenient to be in such close proximity to the worst park and so far away from all the rest!

HAHA your hatred of AK is totally unfounded! I really enjoy that park actually. And yes, I would adore to stay there as well but I fear that it would take forever to travel everywhere. I always somehow find myself at MK in the wee hours of the morning, so I require to be in close proximity! :wizard: I'm surprised at how obsessed I became w/ MK- I thought it would be the least interesting park to me since I'm so familiar w/ DL.

magichusky
05-29-2011, 04:23 AM
Lol at your description of eating breakfast!! :laughing:

Hahaha yes, it was the craziest thing! I love my food but that was really just pigging out! popcorn::


:eek: at the EoS fiasco! Sounds horrible and I bet it felt even worse since you didn't enjoy your sandwich.

Yes, that place was such a zoo- never again!


Love the pics of AKL and yay on making it to AK! :yay:

Thanks! That was probably my favorite resort lobby that I visited that trip- I loved how the Christmas tree was reflected off of the dark wooden floor!

I remember the rain on the 18th was horrendous. It felt like it would never end! But it looks like you made the best of it; I love your credit card holder!

I know!! I was so afraid we'd get rained out- it turned out to be awesome though b/c once it semi-cleared up and we got to AK all of the animals came out!


I have to agree with you on Early of Sandwich. I had high hopes for the place, but I ended up not finishing my Montagu sandwich, because I just wasn't impressed with it.

That's too bad! The borderline food combined w/ the huge crowds was just a bummer for us.

magichusky
05-29-2011, 04:31 AM
TANGENT #2: Casey Jr. and I
SATURDAY, May 7, 2011
PART A: Wedding Bells with the Stars

I hope you don't mind my going off on tangents every once in awhile, but I enjoy littering the WDW TR thread w/ DL pics! This particular tangent finds us on Mother's Day weekend. Matt (my DBF actually- the funny part is that he later appears in this December TR but not in a DBF capacity; we were friends for ~6 yrs) arrived on Thursday (he's currently stationed in FL), and on Saturday we drove to Thousand Oaks, CA for his cousin Ryan's wedding. The wedding was at a rather elaborate country club (a bit strange I thought, since the interior walls were covered w/ paintings of bloodhounds and English hunting scenes, however we weren't that far away from Malibu- oh well!) that was rumored to be in the vicinity of Oprah Winfrey's CA house.

Oprah, where are yooooou??

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The ceremony was under a huge trellis that looked out over this canyon:

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The theme was white w/ white roses and black bridesmaid dresses.

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We were amused at ourselves b/c we both wound up decked out in Banana Republic:

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The officiant for the ceremony was apparently the same one Reese Witherspoon used for her own recent wedding:

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Inside, there was a live band- they were actually pretty good! Our table, however, burst into an uproar when they suddenly began singing "Tik-Tok" by Ke$ha. Ryan was scolded when he made the rounds and paid a visit to our rowdy corner.

Huge centerpieces:

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Matt playing paparazzi- yup, he's a camera geek:

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All in all, I did my best to stay away from the dance floor and not make a fool out of myself. We actually wound up not enjoying the wedding cake- it was some strange fruit mix w/ white frosting. Chocolat, s'il vous plait? In addition, the food wound up giving me a 2-day stomach ache. Lesson learned- be wary of wedding food even if you're in a country club!

NEXT POST: Happy Mother's Day!

magichusky
05-29-2011, 04:42 AM
TANGENT #2 cont.
SUNDAY, May 8, 2011
PART B: Happy Mother's Day!

The next day, Sunday, was Mother's Day. Matt and I had Mother's Day brunch w/ his parents and sisters and then got back on the road to drive down to my house, near San Diego, so we could have Mother's Day dinner w/ my family.

What a crazy coupla days! :scared1:

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He was pretty stoked to meet Loki after all of the stories he's heard. Take a look at this great video I took of Lo violently swinging his rope toy around:

Loki the Siberian Husky Gets a New Toy, Shakes it Around! (YouTube) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL5HRDtdDp4)

He's actually bruised me before w/ that thing!

I was super excited about my Mother's Day gift this year! Back in December, my mom and I had discovered these fabulous glass Mickey silhouette ornaments in Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. The color was this unquie, dark antique peach that we had never seen before and enjoyed immensely. We were on the verge of buying them but were afraid they would get smashed on the plane, especially since we would be traveling to Texas after WDW to visit my brother's family for Christmas. So when I went back to WDW in April, I couldn't stand it and totally bought one for my mom and had the Shoppe wrap it up safely. Not only did it survive the plane, but it made it through BTMR!

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Surprise!

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Mom absolutely LOVED it and was entirely surprised! Here she is loading up her plate w/ the fabulous treats she made for us all:

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The piggy boys had their turn at the buffet: :drinking1

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In the meantime I attempted to take candid photos of the celebration:

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Umm, excuse me? That's better:

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Everyone launched into hysterics when I insisted on taking a group photo- and this was after my parents instructed me to take one b/c my brother wanted one! Ugh, they're so exasperating- but I finally got them to pose semi-appropriately:

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Dave, my sister's husband, has yet to appear in this TR (he's sitting next to Heather). My parents were actually relieved that we weren't able to secure a 2-bedroom suite at SoG in December b/c that meant we weren't obligated to invite Dave to WDW w/ us (he can be a bit of a pill :ssst:). My Mom was asking Heather if she wanted to go w/ us again this coming December and she said that if she went, Dave would have to come too b/c he felt left out last time (poor baby), which doesn't make sense b/c Dave doesn't like Disney and didn't even want to go to DL w/ us back in April, when my Mom, Heather, and I went to celebrate my birthday and passing my qualifying exam. So anyway, now my Mom's worried! Haha! :rotfl2:

During dinner, Loki was banished to the yard b/c he was being obnoxious and squeezing his fanny into the space under the table, causing it to quake (like, the dishes were rattling). Having a 90 lb. dog under your table is quite precarious to say the least! He was allowed back in for dessert. This is his naughty expression- beware:

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Unfortunately (but fortunately for Dave, b/c he's the usual target), Loki had it in for Matt pretty much the entire evening. Novelty breeds insanity, apparently! Here they are battling it out:

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Too bad this one came out blurry- you can see Lo's eyes glowing!

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NEXT POST: Disneyland!

magichusky
05-29-2011, 04:57 AM
MONDAY, May 9, 2011
TANGENT #2 cont.
PART C: Casey Jr. and I

So the plan was to cap off our crazy weekend w/ a DL adventure! When my Mom, Heather, and I had gone back in April, DL had a Southern CA resident deal in which you could purchase a 2-day park hopper for the price of a 1-day PH. The ticket expired on May 15th and my Mom decided that she wouldn't be able to use her 2nd day by then so she gave it to Matt. He was super stoked b/c he hadn't been since we graduated from college in 2007.

The park opened at 10am that day so our plan was to leave by 8:30am in order to be guaranteed for rope drop (it takes almost an hour to drive up there from my house). I think I've only been to a DL rope drop once in my life (when I went w/ Matt in 2007). Considering I've been there probably a hundred times, that's pretty incredible. We left my house by ~9:20am (that was most definitely my fault- heehee) and after running into a random spat of traffic, parking in the infamous Mickey & Friends parking structure, and taking the even more infamous tram to the tram station in DTD, we got through security by ~10:40am.

The line to get into DL was completely disgusting, so we made an about-face and went to CA Adv instead. CA Adv is annoying me terribly at the moment due to the pervasive construction projects. Here are the turnstiles, which are also getting a makeover:

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When we got closer we discovered that the new design is actually identical to the turnstiles at DHS. We were quite offended- how hard could it possibly be to design a new turnstile?

Here's where the new mini-replica of the Carthay Circle Theater will be. Apparently, at its highest point, it'll be 89 ft tall (Sleeping Beauty Castle is only 77 ft tall!).

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Here's some concept art for what the park entrance will eventually look like (you can see the Carthay Circle Theater in the upper left corner). There will supposedly be a 2nd partners statue that will depict Walt upon his initial arrival to CA. Hopefully they won't turn CA Adv into another version of DHS!

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We passed the construction area and skedaddled to TOT. The great part about CA Adv is that it's entirely empty in the morning since everyone goes to DL first. The boiler room was consequently deserted and I just had to take a pic since that rarely happens!

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More pics:

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The line for the swinging gondolas (they have separate lines for the swinging and stationary gondolas) on the ferris wheel is usually like 40 min long (unacceptable!) but today it was 20 min. Sold!

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A view of construction on the new "Cars Land" from the top. They're apparently installing a Test Track-like but Cars themed attraction in there.

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Part of the entrance to the new Little Mermaid attraction, which should open June 1st!

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After we made our first pass through CA Adv and hoarded FPs, we ran over to DL. We decided that we would try to do things that we had never done before (or at least haven't done together, since at this point both of us have pretty much done everything a million times at DL!) so we boarded this lovely omnibus, powered by "Lucky."

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I filmed our approach to the castle- check it out:

Disneyland; pulling up to the castle in the omnibus (YouTube) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIOZcpmXD9c)

We then wandered into Adventureland. I tried to get him to purchase this pirate headpiece, but just got this angry photo:

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Unfortunately, Tom Sawyer's Island was closed since they were dismantling the stage and temporary seating for the POTC: On Stranger Tides premiere, which had taken place just a few days prior.

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We were on our way to lunch and Matt noticed this woman w/ a small child hanging out on this balcony in New Orleans Square, overlooking the Rivers of America. I was so startled that I snapped a quick pic- how in the Disneyland did they get up there???

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Splash Mtn was still closed (ahem, it's been closed since January). I don't know why I was so offended b/c I never go on the DL SM anyway, due to an inordinate amount of splashing, but I enjoy taking the train through the SM tunnel and attempting to wave at people on the ride.

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While waiting for Captain EO to start, we hung out in this Tomorrowland gift shop. I found this fabulous Dale headpiece but of course it was manufactured for a small child and wouldn't really fit on my head. Matt attempted to jam it on his head and do an impression of Dale's toothy expression:

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A proper CA castle:

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There was no one around so it was safe to travel inside the castle on the walk-through tour. Matt had actually never been in there so I told him to try and open this door to the dungeon. Watch what happens:

Matt's Surprise Inside Sleeping Beauty Castle (YouTube) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27Q_kSmhj68)

Make it pink!

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CONTINUED IN NEXT POST...

magichusky
05-29-2011, 05:01 AM
PREVIOUS POST CONTINUED...

After exiting the castle, we went on Snow White and Pinocchio (definitely things we had never done together) and then we decided we would take a spin on the Casey Jr. railroad (I hadn't been on that thing for at least 20 yrs!). Before entering the queue (which was far too long at ~15-20 min but oh well) I made Matt pose w/ Dumbo:

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What a great view from this queue!

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A view of the Storybook Canal (another great attraction that isn't at WDW):

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Our train finally arrived and we snagged the caboose:

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I went totally bananas on this ride!!! I became obsessed w/ the little song that plays as you chug down the track: "Casey Jr. coming down the track! Casey Jr.'s back! Casey Jr.'s back!" HAHA I was singing it for the entire rest of the day and Matt thought I was completely insane.

This ride actually has some insanely fabulous photo-ops. Get ready for some pictures!!

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We hoarded a record number of FPs that day but wound up not needing them. We managed to do another pass through CA Adv and then a second pass through DL before we left for dinner at DTD. What a super fabulous park day! DL closed at 8pm that evening so were out of there before it even grew semi-dark. Here's a pic of "Reggie" I took as we walked back towards Main Street:

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Well that's a wrap for this tangent- I hope you enjoyed the temporary DL invasion and that your Mother's Day weekend was a good one.

NEXT TIME: back to WDW for our day at AK! See ya real soon!

TanzUnited99
05-29-2011, 08:19 AM
Wow on the updates! Hope you managed to find Oprah! :rotfl:

Love the wedding pics - you both look gorgeous! Eek at the wedding cake and food - will def have to remember to be careful when it comes to wedding food!

I love the pressie you got your mum - yay on it making it back in one piece!

Loki looks so soft and friendly.

Great DL pics! Wow at DL SM being closed since Jan! I love Matt's surprise inside Sleeping Beuaty's Castle! :rotfl:

magichusky
05-30-2011, 04:10 AM
Love the wedding pics - you both look gorgeous! Eek at the wedding cake and food - will def have to remember to be careful when it comes to wedding food!

Haha why thank you! Yes, we were just so perplexed at that strange wedding cake concoction. :rolleyes1 I was definitely having chocolate withdrawal that evening.


Loki looks so soft and friendly.

Hahaha most of the time! :dogdance: He's shedding like crazy at the moment since it's getting warmer so there are literally tufts of white dog hair rolling around the house like tumbleweeds constantly. :eek:


Great DL pics! Wow at DL SM being closed since Jan! I love Matt's surprise inside Sleeping Beuaty's Castle! :rotfl:

Thanks! DL is just so very different from the MK- I find that very surprising actually. The trick door inside Sleeping Beauty Castle is crazily enough one of my favorite attractions at DL! There's also this great pirate head that pops out at you inside a cave on Tom Sawyer's Island- the first time I saw it I screamed SO loudly I was embarrassed! :scared1: Unfortunately I could find no similar tricks in WDW.

magichusky
05-30-2011, 04:30 AM
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VBsHustla
05-31-2011, 12:29 AM
I love the random tangents :goodvibes Pretty wedding! Your dress is awesome. I adore that color! Also glad to hear your mom liked the ornament and that it managed to survive all of its treacherous journeys!!

VBsHustla
05-31-2011, 12:44 AM
Did they remove the giant CALIFORNIA in front of DCA to replace it with that stupid MGM entryway impostor?! :scared1: I am highly insulted! I liked it the way it was! All of that construction looks disgusting. However, I am delighted that the lake is no longer drained. Now that was ugly! Your pic in front of the ferris wheel/roller coaster looks really cool!

Didn't we get to DL for rope drop the day we saw that crazy Christmas parade? I remember we of course selected the line that involved a broken down machine, but still managed to beat everyone to Fantasyland. And that other time when we chased down those "dream" people at Soarin because we wanted free stuff :rotfl: So you've really done quite well in terms of being there early!! (But remember that one extremely offensive time when we would have been there at 9, but our free parking lot was closed and we had to drive around for 30 minutes in some crazy circuitous route?! Hated that!)

I love your pictures from that train! Brilliant shots of the storybook boat ride thing! I am also proud that you survived that horrifying Snow White adventure. :eek: And now I have that Casey Jr. song in my head. What a song!

magichusky
06-01-2011, 04:41 AM
I love the random tangents :goodvibes Pretty wedding! Your dress is awesome. I adore that color!

Thanks! Yes, I was obsessed w/ that color in the store- it's that great 'hot-strawberry' shade that I've only really seen at BR. They had a black version which prob would've been more versatile but who can pass up hot strawberry?

Did they remove the giant CALIFORNIA in front of DCA to replace it with that stupid MGM entryway impostor?! :scared1: I am highly insulted!

YES! The CA has been shunned! Like, I'm totally concerned that CA Adv is going to turn into another version of DHS. How tragic and boring that would be!


Didn't we get to DL for rope drop the day we saw that crazy Christmas parade?

Haha omg, was that when the HSM cast filmed their Christmas concert in front of the castle? And we were entering DL through the tunnel and saw a sign explaining that they were filming that day and we both just screamed! HAHA! I truly don't recall a specific rope drop except for that one time- maybe that's b/c DL doesn't have a special rope drop ceremony like MK does. I still haven't seen that crazy train station welcoming performance, btw!

But remember that one extremely offensive time when we would have been there at 9, but our free parking lot was closed and we had to drive around for 30 minutes in some crazy circuitous route?! Hated that!

OMG YES!!! :scared1: And we were planning on entering CA Adv through the secret Grand Californian side entrance at 10am sharp so we could sprint to TSM! That stupid parking lot is like never open anymore- I think the CMs park there now since their old lot is the new Cars Land. Still can't believe we got away w/ free parking at Disney for a whole year basically! :laughing:


I love your pictures from that train! Brilliant shots of the storybook boat ride thing!

HAHA dude, I was SO excited on that ride! Those pics turned out super well. Can't wait to go back and sing that fabulous song! :rolleyes1 I knew I must've had a good reason to be obsessed w/ it as a small child!

magichusky
06-01-2011, 04:47 AM
TANGENT #3: Ariel's Revenge
THURSDAY, May 26, 2011

WARNING: the following is slightly :offtopic:
BUT: A massive amount of AK photos are coming right up!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! Since I have SO many AK photos to get through (most of them are from the 'Jingle Jungle Parade' which I randomly went completely bananas over) I thought I would squeeze in an extra update this week. In the meantime, as I wrestle w/ organizing my massive collection of Jingle Jungle photos, I have another DL tangent. I promise it's super short!

The new Little Mermaid attraction at CA Adv apparently opens June 1st, but I heard over the radio on Thursday morning, May 26th, that 'Ariel's Undersea Adventure' was having a soft opening that day. I wasn't planning on driving home for Memorial Day weekend but decided that I may as well and would just stop at DL on the way. I wanted to be one of the very first to check this thing out!

After parking and leaping out of the tram, I immediately scrambled over to CA Adv but discovered that Ariel was down!

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I asked a nearby CM who was standing guard by the queue what was up w/ Ariel and was informed that the ride was experiencing technical difficulties and they would try to reopen later. I was highly amused by the new CM Ariel themed costumes, so of course I sneakily took photos of them:

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I made the mistake of going over to the Burrr-bank Ice Cream Parlor and ordering a chocolate/rainbow sprinkles cone w/ vanilla scoop while I was waiting. Whenever I get CA Adv ice cream I always walk it over to DL and eat it on Main Street by the flag pole since it's way more pleasant than staring at Paradise Pier for 15 min. I thought it far too much of an inconvenience to grab a napkin on my way out of the parlor which proved to be exceedingly stupid since my cone promptly exploded upon arrival at Main Street (it was warm outside!). Apparently I was so outrageously messy that the woman sitting on the other end of the bench gave me a pile of Wetzel's Pretzels napkins. I was pretty embarrassed to say the least!

I stopped by the Blue Ribbon Bakery to pick up some Matterhorn Macaroons for my Mom, since she's obsessed w/ them:

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I paid cash at the register and was given a mound of coins as change. There were so many of them that I had to slide my stuff over to the other end of the counter so I could get a handle on the situation. Within seconds, I experienced a severe case of deja vu: all of the coins promptly exploded out of my wallet and rolled all over the counter, completely interrupting the new transaction that had begun next to me. Feeling like a total nincompoop and apologizing profusely, I scooped up the mountain of coins and macaroons and retreated.

The macaroons were in tiny bakery tissue envelopes and would be impossible to transport in such a state anywhere, much less under the sea. I was too embarrassed to ask for a larger paper bag at the Blue Ribbon so I went into the Emporium. Instead of just asking for a bag and leaving, I couldn't help myself and purchased this fabulous laptop case/messenger bag (I had been searching for one for quite awhile anyway):

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It was made out of the same neoprene material w/ the same pattern as that used on my pink camera case I found at WDW. I loved how the inside was a Mickey Mouse red:

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I also found this completely fabulous hot pink Mickey Mouse journal:

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And here's Figment modeling what the inside looks like:

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After the Main Street bonanza I headed back over to CA Adv to check on Ariel. The darn thing was still closed! At this point it was past 6pm. I didn't feel like driving home in the dark, plus CA Adv closed at 9pm anyway so I grumpily returned to the tram. You haven't seen the last of me, Ariel!

NEXT TIME: FOTLK- I swear!

Eight
06-01-2011, 02:54 PM
I love the ornament you got for your mom. The color is so different, but really, really pretty.

Also love the pictures of Loki. I feel like I've said this before, but he looks like such a sweet dog. :goodvibes

However, I'm having a bit of a love/hate (but it's mostly love) with your pictures of Disneyland. Love it because it's Disneyland and I LOVE (yes, I love it so much it deserves all caps) Disneyland. I only hate it because dang it, I want to go! I miss living in LA. I think I'm going to try and take a trip down to Disneyland in October for one of the Halloween parties though. Hoping that works out.

But anyway.

I would also like to know how that woman and child got up on that balcony. That would be really cool to go up there. I wonder if it has a good view.

Haha, I love the Casey Jr. song! It's so catchy!

Figment looks so sassy modeling that journal. Maybe he has a career in fashion ahead of him?

magichusky
06-05-2011, 04:08 AM
I love the ornament you got for your mom. The color is so different, but really, really pretty.

I know- it's such an interesting color! I searched DL high and low for them, but they're apparently exclusive to WDW. How rude!

Also love the pictures of Loki. I feel like I've said this before, but he looks like such a sweet dog. :goodvibes

Thanks! pluto: He actually escaped from the house today! My Mom said she practically had a heart attack :scared: when she realized he had traveled through a gate one of the gardeners had left open. She found him though!

However, I'm having a bit of a love/hate (but it's mostly love) with your pictures of Disneyland. Love it because it's Disneyland and I LOVE (yes, I love it so much it deserves all caps) Disneyland. I only hate it because dang it, I want to go! I miss living in LA. I think I'm going to try and take a trip down to Disneyland in October for one of the Halloween parties though. Hoping that works out.

I hope you get to go soon! DL really is a certain kind of special that WDW can never recreate- like Walt's light that burns in the window of the firehouse, for example. The Halloween Party in DL was AMAZING! Everyone was so friendly commenting on everyone else's costumes, the Rivers of America looked fabulous w/ the mist and Columbia posing as a pirate ship, and the character meet 'n' greets were stupendous, since I hardly see the villains at DL. I even liked the parade! :wizard:

magichusky
06-05-2011, 04:52 AM
DAY 2.3: Festival of the Lion King!

Well hey howdy hey there! I'm all 'tangented' out and am ready to roll again w/ the main TR- back to Monday, December 18, 2010...

To recap the first portion of our day, it was pouring cats and dogs until around 1pm or so. We went to DTD to hide in the shops for the morning and eat lunch. It took forever to get a bus from DTD to AKL and then another bus from AKL to AK, but we finally made it!

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As this would be our first AK adventure, we had no idea what to expect as we approached the turnstiles:

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Upon entering the park, we met some black swans:

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I really wanted to walk in here and look around but the family was restless to proceed:

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I mentioned that we should try our best to see FOTLK that day, since I had heard such amazing reviews of it here on the DIS. We consulted our park map and found that there was a show starting in 10-15 min! We found it convenient to start w/ FOTLK since Camp Minnie-Mickey was so close to the entrance. As we blindly power walked in what seemed to be a reasonable direction, I was super hyper and started sprinting through the various tunnels, disappearing and then popping out of a nearby, misty cavern and rejoining the group, and generally driving the rest of them nuts.

What is this strange place?

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Heather and I paused on the bridge, overlooking this swampy looking area and hunted for alligators:

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Huey, Duey, and Louie tried running after us to FOTLK but they were stuck on the other side of the river:

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I noticed that there was a massive collection of themed Christmas tress sprinkled around the camp but our parents were already out of sight, so Heather and I decided we better hurry up. I snapped this quick pic of the Lion King tree, which I loved:

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We entered the auditorium and spotted Mom and Dad, who were already seated, and raced over to join them in what turned out to be the Lion section:

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Once the show began and all of the animals rolled out on their platforms, Timon ran out and started chatting w/ Puumba, and the singing proved to be right on, I knew I would enjoy the show.

Crazy fire twirling guy:

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And here's a video I took of him; check it out!

FOTLK: fire twirler, Scar's song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXrQ6J2zlqM)

I call these guys the "bird-ballet-people." Their costumes were pretty much hilarious, and the blue one flew around on suspension wires like a noble hyacinth macaw:

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Another video I took featuring the bird-ballet-people:

FOTLK: bird ballet people, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP28ew5i0Z0)

I was obsessed w/ this crazy guy but couldn't really get a proper photo of him since he was in constant motion (however, I got a great shot of him in the bird-ballet-people video above!):

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Somehow, in the middle of all the "aweemaways", acrobats, and intermittent Puumba squeals, Col Joy fell asleep, still clutching his brand new Mickey Mouse golf umbrella:

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This actually becomes a recurring theme throughout the rest of the trip, and I wound up amassing quite a collection of pics featuring a slumbering Col Joy in the oddest of places! Haha stay tuned...

The grand finale:

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And one last video:

FOTLK: Aweemaway! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7YC-vH0gh0)

Overall, we all were pleasantly surprised at the quality of FOTLK; we're not generally show/parade people. The show was super colorful, multi-faceted, and the performers were especially entertaining- the singing was, as I said earlier, right on! I don't remember exactly how long it was (that's always the mark of a good show, when you're not checking your watch!), but the entire experience, including sitting down and filing out of the building afterwards, couldn't have taken longer than 30 min. I definitely recommend checking this thing out at least once, and we all agreed that we would definitely see it again.

NEXT TIME: Camp Minnie Mickey; my parents go bananas! (must be the Disney magic)

magichusky
06-05-2011, 04:56 AM
DAY 2.4: Camp Minnie Mickey

After we exited FOTLK, the others needed a pit stop, so I was free to wander and check out the assortment of Christmas trees displayed throughout the camp without anyone breathing down my neck.

Minnie's tree:

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Goofy's tree:

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Heather emerged from the restroom and I demanded she sit on this twig couch:

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Donald's tree:

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Nemo's tree:

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Pluto's tree (my favorite! It was decorated w/ mini doghouses and food bowls):

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Chip and Dale's tree, decorated w/ festive nut clusters and mini log cabins:

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There were a bunch of character meet 'n' greets being held in the various log built gazebos but the lines were semi-long and we were ready to continue on!

There was a lovely kiosk at the entrance/exit to Camp Minnie-Mickey, and I was drawn to these hilarious Mickey Mouse canteens. Yes, I was on the verge of purchasing one (I've always wanted a canteen of my very own after I became obsessed w/ 'Crocodile Dundee' as a small child) but they were $12 or something ridiculous:

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Behind the kiosk were a bunch of boards w/ painted on comic foregrounds and faceless cutouts; a sort of optical illusion and a potentially humorous photo-op. As I was admiring the canteens, my Mom suddenly went bananas and she and Col Joy literally RAN over to one of the boards. Heather and I were both so completely flabbergasted by this surprising behavior that it was all we could do to snap a quick pic before our parents reverted to their normal selves.

Drumroll please... possibly one of the most amusing photos from the entire trip:

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I was highly amused that my Mom's character wound up being the one under attack by the wacked out ostrich, since my Mom hates birds! :rotfl:

After everyone calmed down, it was around 3:15 - 3:20pm or so and I knew that the 'Jingle Jungle Parade' was scheduled for 3:45pm. I had seen this parade on 'Samantha Brown's Disney Holiday Magic' Travel Channel special and it was on the top of my list. I remember watching that special over and over again every Christmas for the past few years and wistfully wishing that I could travel to WDW someday! Now that I was finally here and, even better, it was Christmastime, I wanted to be sure to check out all of the fabulous things Samantha Brown did at WDW for myself. That's also how I got the idea for our holiday 'sleigh ride' through Fort Wilderness (but that's not until Monday!).

Anyway, the 'Jingle Jungle Parade' is a variation of 'Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade' and the 'floats' were actually designed by Michael Curry, who designed the animal puppets for the Lion King Broadway musical! We're really not parade people, but this definitely wouldn't be any ordinary, obnoxious parade.

We had almost 30 min before the parade started; just barely not enough time to squeeze in another attraction in the meantime. Since I REALLY wanted to see this thing and we wouldn't have another shot later in our trip, we decided to play it safe, find a good spot, and hang out until the festivities began. We consulted our map and decided that a perfect viewing location would be in Harambe Village, near Kilamanjaro Safaris (KS). That was the very beginning of the parade route, so that meant that while everyone else was waiting for the parade to reach them, we would be sprinting immediately to KS in order to avoid a line. Since we hadn't been in the park that morning, we hadn't had a chance to hoard FPs, so I was a little concerned b/c that meant we would have to rely solely on the mercy of stand-by!

So, in great anticipation, we headed to Africa...

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NEXT TIME: Get ready for some serious photo overload and... the Jingle Jungle Parade!!

magichusky
06-08-2011, 05:30 AM
DAY 2.5a: Jingle Jungle Parade Part I

When we last left off, we had a blast in FOTLK (except for Col Joy, who fell asleep), admired the adorable collection of themed Christmas trees in Camp Minnie-Mickey, and my parents jumped into a cartoon (Mary Poppins style). We began mobilizing for the Jingle Jungle Parade and headed to Africa, since we had decided that Harambe Village would be the most strategic viewing location.

Leaving Camp Minnie-Mickey:

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The roof to this gift shop made me laugh:

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I hung out by this gateway to Africa for awhile taking photos b/c it reminded me a lot of the entryway for 'Jurassic Park':

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I took some other pics but they were dotted w/ cranky people literally scowling directly into my camera!

We all paused on the bridge and enjoyed a great view of the Tree of Life and EE. Cool pic, but unfortunately it was so overcast that EE almost blended into the stormclouds:

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My parents and Heather inquired what in the Disney World that mountain was doing there and I informed them that it was like the WDW version of the Matterhorn. I was so unbelievably stoked to ride EE and had been looking forward to it for years!

Entering Harambe:

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We staked out the perfect spot near Tusker House. Col Joy became restless and started wandering around w/ his new golf umbrella and getting as far away from the impending parade that he possibly could:

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As I described in the previous post, I was STOKED to see the Jingle Jungle Parade. I don't know why exactly this random AK parade topped stuff like 'Spaceship Earth' and 'Rockin' Roller Coaster' on my must-do list, but I felt like it embodied so much of WDW at Christmas since I had seen it on 'Samantha Brown's Disney Holiday Magic' Travel Channel special years before.

It's STARTING!!! Cameras at the ready!

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There were these awesome caravans (I believe the technical imagineer term is 'Party Patrol') that were pulled along by creature puppet bicycle type things. Each caravan was completely different. A few lucky park guests were seated in each one- we were all so offended at these people b/c they pretty much just sat there and chilled out. No waving, no smiles, no facial expressions that read: "Hey, this is awesome! I can't believe I was honored to be a part of the Jingle Jungle Parade today!" I love how I become terribly offended when complete strangers refuse to return my kind waving.

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Minnie's Jeep emitted a hot cocoa scent that swirled through the air and made me feel especially Christmasy:

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CONTINUED IN NEXT POST...

magichusky
06-08-2011, 05:37 AM
DAY 2.5b: Jingle Jungle Parade Part II

...CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS POST...

My FAV party patrol! Loved how the electric blue alligator was festooned w/ sleigh bells:

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Loved how Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear had little rolled up, Christmas themed yoga mats slung over their shoulders:

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Goofy's Jeep:

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Goofy playing Santa. Notice the naughty and nice lists draped over the side. Donald was on both lists! Scar was definitely on the naughty list.

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Loved this hot purple party patrol! The lion puppet was wearing Christmas mittens!

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My FAVORITE part of the parade, Donald's Jeep; complete w/ a duck billed bumper and covered in snow:

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It started 'snowing' at some point!

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The CM was hanging out in this kanagaroo drummer's pouch!

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Pluto eventually came along and we adored the red and green dog biscuits decorating his safari hat:

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Pluto proved to be in a particularly festive mood and gave me a super high-five! We high-fived eachother so enthusiastically that my hand and his yellow paw connected w/ a thunderous clap. Haha whooops. He then proceeded to give my Mom a huge kiss and Mom was so surprised! I unfortunately missed that photo-op somehow, since we were all so ensconced w/ Pluto's presence.

Here comes the big cheese in his deluxe animal print Jeep! Love the hidden Mickey reflector on the top of the front windshield:

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Happy New Year, guys!

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Finally the parade was over and it was time to sprint to KS. But let me tell you, I LOVED all of the Jingle Jungling so much that this parade is now a must-do on every Christmas trip in the future! The background music was just adorable, w/ people chanting "Juuuungle JungLE!" while accompanied by friendly drums and rainsticks. The parade in general was so artistic, interesting (so many cute details!), and adorable in contrast to most of the other Disney parades which can be quite flashy and loud w/ more of a pop-culture appeal. The atmosphere and even all of the other guests were super laid back; it was so nice to be able to enjoy a parade without people staking out spots an hour beforehand and small children squeezing in front of you at the last second.

NEXT TIME: Expedition what in the Disney World????

Eight
06-08-2011, 03:06 PM
How does one manage to fall asleep during FOTLK? :laughing:

A few lucky park guests were seated in each one- we were all so offended at these people b/c they pretty much just sat there and chilled out. No waving, no smiles, no facial expressions that read: "Hey, this is awesome! I can't believe I was honored to be a part of the Jingle Jungle Parade today!" I love how I become terribly offended when complete strangers refuse to return my kind waving.

Haha, this. I can understand if by the end of the parade route they were all not smiling and waving, but I feel like you have no excuses at the beginning of the parade route. :sad2:

The parade looks so festive with all the little holiday details! So cute!

I am confused about yet loving Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear's yoga mats. Because I can't quite figure out what yoga mats have to do with anything in this parade, but I love it because they do look like yoga mats and I can't figure out what else they could be! And maybe I'm just waaay too amused by the idea of Brer Bear doing yoga.

Now I really want to watch this Samantha Brown holiday special because I'm not sure I've seen it before. Which is weird because I know I've seen other Disney specials with her (I even saw the filming of one! But I didn't see Samantha Brown.. :( ). Too bad it's June.

magichusky
06-11-2011, 02:39 AM
I am confused about yet loving Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear's yoga mats. Because I can't quite figure out what yoga mats have to do with anything in this parade, but I love it because they do look like yoga mats and I can't figure out what else they could be! And maybe I'm just waaay too amused by the idea of Brer Bear doing yoga.

Haha I have no idea what exactly those things are- I just loved that they specifically replaced the rolled up blankets/yoga mats w/ Christmas tree fabric especially for the holidays. So cute!


Now I really want to watch this Samantha Brown holiday special because I'm not sure I've seen it before. Which is weird because I know I've seen other Disney specials with her (I even saw the filming of one! But I didn't see Samantha Brown.. :( ). Too bad it's June.

OMG when did you see them filming a S.B. special??? That's so awesome! I found 2 S.B. 'Season of Disney' episodes on iTunes but the Christmas one is not the one I saw on tv, which is called 'Disney Holiday Magic w/ S.B.' and was made in 2007. It hasn't aired in over a year though, which is ridiculous! I've had it on my DVR for like 2 yrs out of necessity!

magichusky
06-11-2011, 04:54 AM
DAY 2.6: Expedition What in the Disney World???

After the Jingle Jungle Parade was finished and I had taken about fifty million pics in my extreme excitement, we sprinted over to KS before the crowd had a chance to disperse:

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Thought this sign was super funny! (particularly the 'Please do not throw or drop anything from your vehicle as the animals might eat of it' part!)

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After only about a 10 min wait or so, we were seated in the middle of one of the safari vehicles. I sat on the edge so as to hopefully get a better angle for photos but I discovered that it's obnoxiously difficult to take good pics on this thing!

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We were delayed a few minutes b/c the rhinos insisted upon blocking the road. There were a whole bunch of them wandering around and a little maintenance vehicle came out and tried to herd them out of our way. The rhinos wound up blocking the road for at least 10 min when I went on KS a few months later in April so I'm assuming this must be a rather frequent issue!

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I was excited b/c we caught an amazing glimpse of Mufasa on Pride Rock! Around this time, we noticed that Col Joy had somehow fallen asleep again! The ride was so bumpy that I never managed a pic of this insanity.

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Due to the delay, our vehicle sped through the rest of the safari so the remainder of my photos didn't turn out very well at all.

The plan after KS was to rush to the Wildlife Express Train to check out Rafiki's Conservation Station before it closed around 5pm. Due to the rhino delay though, the entrance to the train station was roped off before we got there! I was really bummed out since I had been super excited about the Conservation Station.

We decided to hurry on and continue to Asia, since EE was an ABSOLUTE MUST DO! I remember about a year ago I was talking my Mom's ear off about this ride b/c I had seen it on the History Channel's Disney World 'Modern Marvels' episode, so the anticipation was severe. We could see it in the distance and knew we were headed in the right direction:

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As we got closer, my Mom started to become skeptical. We asked a CM manning the entrance to the EE queue how intense the ride was; he told my Mom it was like a faster version of BTMR. If you say so...

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For a visual representation of our reaction to EE, take a look at my parents flipping out when they realized the train was planning on going backwards!!

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HAHA OMG I'm sure all of you WDW vets think EE is tame, but all of us completely spazzed out on this ride!!! We weren't exactly expecting the train to speed off in reverse, and all of the twists and turns in the dark made it even more confusing and dizzying. In light of the insanity, I pretty much cracked up after we finally escaped from the Forbidden Mountain and teetered away in confusion.

I think this is another one of my fav pics from our trip- it was taken directly after we exited EE:

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The facial expressions are priceless- from left to right: speechless, flustered, vacant. What a great ride! My Mom is still angry w/ that CMs blatant trickery- EE is obviously in no way similar to BTMR, which is one of her favorite rides.

I of course had to get in on the photo shoot and made my Mom take a photo of Heather and me. I was still cracking up and by that time Heather had recovered and was triumphantly pumping her fist.

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It was starting to drizzle and get dark so we once again hurried along. We needed to eat dinner and get ready for our Wishes Cruise which was scheduled for that night, so we really only had enough time to check the box on the last remaining AK headliner, Dinosaur.

We made it DinoLand USA and I just adored this sherbert colored long neck (my favorite dino- I was obsessed w/ 'The Land Before Time' as a small child):

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We finally found Dinosaur and were delighted that it was a walk on. I was also delighted to see Mrs. Cosby moonlighting as an archeologist in the pre-ride video! Even though I was still mad that this ride was basically a knock-off of 'Indiana Jones: Temple of the Forbidden Eye' back in DL, I was determined to have a blast since I'm a big dino nut (Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies!).

From our ride pic, you can definitely tell that we were the only ones in the car who had no idea what was going on!

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I must say, that I thought this ride was a hoot (as evidenced by my out of control cackling in the pic). My Mom, as usual, was just weathering the storm. Heather was surprised, and Dad was just ready to go get some dinner. I can definitely see though how a small child could become a bit nervous in this attraction!

The one thing that was really missing for me in this ride was a massive exploding volcano somewhere- for some reason you can't have dinosaurs without volcanoes in my wacky imagination. Maybe I just missed the huge pit of lava from the Indiana Jones version. Additionally, Dinosaur actually made me very sad when the meteor hit and we had to leave all of the dinosaurs behind. I didn't really appreciate having a dark moment on my WDW dream vacation.

By the time we had successfully transported the Iguanadon to the present epoch, the sky was growing ever darker. I of course wanted to mess around in AK a bit more but my parents thought we should do dinner and get back to the hotel before our Wishes Cruise (we had to be at the Polynesian dock by 9pm).

Since our itinerary initially had us scheduled for DTD that evening, that was the only night for which I hadn't acquired a dinner ADR. I had actually tried for months to get a T-Rex Cafe ADR and found it to be impossible, which made me excessively angry since I began hoarding ADRs back in June! I suggested we just eat at an AK CS location or go to the Rainforest Cafe just outside of AK, but my parents were adamant that they wanted to leave and get back to SoG. I was becoming concerned since it seemed like everyone was already becoming rabid and cranky yet we still had quite a distance to travel before we even reached the vicinity of SoG... I could smell trouble in the air!

NEXT TIME: meltdown city! Would dinner turn into a disaster? And would our Wishes Cruise be rained out??

conan
06-12-2011, 04:33 AM
Loving this TR so far! Your Dinosaur photo is so funny! Your Dad looks especially confused. :rotfl:

amazingact21
06-12-2011, 10:57 AM
I've never been to the Jingle Jungle Parade before, but after seeing your photos I want to give it a shot. I love how you pointed out details, such as Goofy's hat, because I never would've noticed them if you hadn't. :rotfl:

I can't believe Col Joy fell asleep in FOTLK and KS! To me, FoTLK is too engaging to fall asleep to, and KS is too bumpy!!! I wish I had the ability to grab a quick nap during any situation. :lmao:

Your poor family....EE can be overwhelming if you're not expecting it. The first time I rode it, I knew what to expect, but I was still startled by all the drops and turns. It is definitely intense. But that photo of your parents' reaction on the ride is hilarious! It looks like your mom was wishing she could exit the vehicle. :laughing:

Can't wait to hear about the Wishes cruise!

txmomto1
06-12-2011, 11:55 AM
Great report. We are going this December, and it's getting me excited!

VBsHustla
06-12-2011, 10:51 PM
So many great updates! First of all, I really just love those new Little Mermaid CM costumes. :rotfl: So dorky and amazing!

I find it so shocking to see the AK looking so cold! Never been there when it hasn't been about 105! I can't even imagine having to wear a big coat there, but I suppose it made the Christmas theming all the more festive. I especially enjoy all of those character themed trees! Minnie's, Goofy's, and Pluto's are so cute and colorful, and The Lion King's is just so pretty! The lion photo from the safari is also really awesome. :thumbsup2

Sounds like a terrifying Everest experience! (Although I certainly disagree hahah) How dare the Travel Channel deceive you and fail to mention the backward portion in their specials!

Btw, Pands saw an article about the Mermaid ride and asked me if you had been on it yet. When I told him no, he was so appalled! So you must take another tangential journey asap.

Eight
06-15-2011, 01:51 PM
OMG when did you see them filming a S.B. special??? That's so awesome! I found 2 S.B. 'Season of Disney' episodes on iTunes but the Christmas one is not the one I saw on tv, which is called 'Disney Holiday Magic w/ S.B.' and was made in 2007. It hasn't aired in over a year though, which is ridiculous! I've had it on my DVR for like 2 yrs out of necessity!

January 2008. I think the special was called Samantha Brown's Disney Favorites, or something along those lines. At the very end, they show SpectroMagic, and there's this group of kids in the middle of Main Street. If the camera had been further out, you probably could have seen us. I've had that special on my DVR for three years!

I'm a little surprised that you didn't know that EE went backwards. I don't know, that's my favorite part of the ride, so I guess I assume everyone knows about. Your parents' reaction is hilarious though! :laughing:

Side note: I was also obsessed with The Land Before Time as a child.

Love the picture of you guys on Dinosaur. More excellent reactions!

I'm looking forward to hearing about the Wishes Cruise! I'm hoping it didn't get rained out.

magichusky
06-18-2011, 05:17 AM
Loving this TR so far! Your Dinosaur photo is so funny! Your Dad looks especially confused. :rotfl:

:welcome: Why thank you! My parents turned out to be the stars of so many comedic moments this trip, which I found so surprising! Wish I could somehow get them back on EE for more great photo ops, but that's definitely not going to happen!

I've never been to the Jingle Jungle Parade before, but after seeing your photos I want to give it a shot. I love how you pointed out details, such as Goofy's hat, because I never would've noticed them if you hadn't. :rotfl:

I loved that parade SO much- a jungle/Christmas theme is such a random but perfect combo! There were def a bunch of details that I didn't notice until I inspected my photos more closely, weeks later!


I can't believe Col Joy fell asleep in FOTLK and KS! To me, FoTLK is too engaging to fall asleep to, and KS is too bumpy!!! I wish I had the ability to grab a quick nap during any situation. :lmao:

Hahaha he's so strange! I guess that's a Marine for you. In April I actually fell asleep in the American Adventure, but a dark theater is at least a bit more reasonable than that insane safari bus!

Your poor family....EE can be overwhelming if you're not expecting it.

They're still complaining about that terrifying ride! I felt so guilty b/c my Mom hates fast coasters, but I had no idea that thing would be so crazy.

Great report. We are going this December, and it's getting me excited!

Thanks! :flower3: After going to WDW in December and April, I found that the Christmas ambience was so much more special- plus I must say that I prefer 40 deg weather to 90 deg weather any day!

magichusky
06-18-2011, 05:53 AM
So many great updates! First of all, I really just love those new Little Mermaid CM costumes. :rotfl: So dorky and amazing!

Aren't they simply fabulous??? If I were a CM I would of course demand to be stationed at Ariel's Adventure.


I find it so shocking to see the AK looking so cold! Never been there when it hasn't been about 105!

Hahaha I found it shocking to be there when it was so hot! Just booked tix to go in September over Labor Day weekend so I'm just terrified that it'll be 100 deg and monsooning! I love how I found 32 deg weather to be perfect but a little humidity and I'm crank the cat. :confused3


Sounds like a terrifying Everest experience! (Although I certainly disagree hahah) How dare the Travel Channel deceive you and fail to mention the backward portion in their specials!

I knew it went backwards from the special but I had no clue that it sped in reverse so violently! I thought it just rolled backward for awhile and changed tracks!


Btw, Pands saw an article about the Mermaid ride and asked me if you had been on it yet. When I told him no, he was so appalled! So you must take another tangential journey asap.

Dude, it pains me so to think about that! I'm ridiculously curious about this thing- I love that Pands is curious as well! :laughing: You need to hurry up and get out here so we can check it out- I'm sure Phil will race to DL during the All Star break!

If the camera had been further out, you probably could have seen us. I've had that special on my DVR for three years!

COOL!!! :cool1: I've never seen that particular special but I think it's on iTunes- I shall certainly check it out!

I'm a little surprised that you didn't know that EE went backwards. I don't know, that's my favorite part of the ride, so I guess I assume everyone knows about. Your parents' reaction is hilarious though! :laughing:

Yes, S.B. and Joe Rhode rode EE in the holiday special so I knew it went backwards but I thought it just sort of rolled back down the hill, switched tracks, and continued in the forward direction. I had no idea that such a substantial, twisty portion of the ride was entirely in reverse! Plus, I forgot to tell my family that it went backwards- haha! :upsidedow


Side note: I was also obsessed with The Land Before Time as a child.

OMG I'm so glad someone else understands! My original VHS copy had this completely amazing 80's/90's Pizza Hut commercial that I was also totally obsessed w/. Man, what a great film. :love:


Love the picture of you guys on Dinosaur. More excellent reactions!

That really is such a classic photo! Each person has a totally different reaction. I still really have no idea what that dino at the end looks like; I was too busy screaming both times to really inspect him closely. :eek:

magichusky
06-18-2011, 06:06 AM
An exciting new development...

Hey there! I should have the conclusion of DAY 2 ready to post tomorrow but I just had to share this rather wonderful bit of news: I'm going to WDW for Labor Day weekend!!!! :love: The real goal is to visit the lonely DBF, but we both have WDW APs (I have the golden 'Premier Passport' which is an AP for both DL and WDW), plus SoG had special 'End of Summer' rates ($100 per night!) so it makes terrific sense to have a very Disney weekend. I've already drawn up an itinerary, park hours grid, acquired ADRs (including our new tradition: Coral Reef), booked my plane tix, and reserved our SoG room- I've apparently become so experienced in the Disney planning department that I pretty much whipped up a WDW vacation in about an hour this afternoon. SO EXCITED!!!! :banana:

Eight
06-19-2011, 01:34 PM
You're going again?! That's awesome! I'm so excited for you!! :goodvibes Can't wait to hear more about it!

VBsHustla
06-21-2011, 11:26 PM
That sounds brilliant! You must make the most of that AP after all! The crowds should be great toward the end of the weekend, so the only thing you'll have to contend with is the afternoon monsoons. In that case, just be sure to head into a three hour long patriotic production and the sun will be shining again before you know it!

magichusky
06-26-2011, 06:02 AM
You're going again?! That's awesome! I'm so excited for you!! :goodvibes Can't wait to hear more about it!

Haha thanks!!! :banana: I've got like a million ADRs currently w/ 2 future trips in the works- it's crazy! I have no idea what to expect with regards to the weather though!

That sounds brilliant! You must make the most of that AP after all! The crowds should be great toward the end of the weekend, so the only thing you'll have to contend with is the afternoon monsoons. In that case, just be sure to head into a three hour long patriotic production and the sun will be shining again before you know it!

HAHA yes I'll have to take another refreshing nap in the American Adventure! I've also heard that Ellen's Energy Adventure is a great spot to slumber. :rotfl: I'm so very concerned about the insane September weather. Hopefully it won't be super hot or I'll be quite the miserable touring companion. Getting ADRs is like the easiest thing ever so I'm anticipating light crowds. Oh well- off to my 3am Gilmore Girls episode- Logan is looking as disgusting as ever.

magichusky
06-26-2011, 06:09 AM
DAY 2.7: Disney Meltdown #1: The Dinner That Wouldn't

Hey howdy hey! Just got back from seeing 'Super 8' and having a super pig-out on pizza and sundaes (my Mom has to have a routine colonoscopy so can't eat anything tomorrow- boy, is she loading up today!). I would definitely recommend seeing it!

So as I was saying last time, after we got out of Dinosaur at ~6:15pm or so, my parents were for some reason becoming terribly anxious about hightailing it out of there and getting on a bus, any bus. This was the one night that we didn't have an ADR for dinner so they were getting stressed out. Plus we needed to have had dined and traveled to the Polynesian boat dock by 9pm for our Wishes Cruise.

We exited AK and approached the bus station. The SoG bus stop was adjacent to the monorail resorts' bus stop. While we were waiting for the SoG bus to arrive, the monorail resorts' bus pulled up. My parents became anxious and decided we should just get on this bus instead, get dropped off at the Poly, and walk back to SoG. This turned out to be a terrible mistake!

As we were boarding the bus, a couple in front of us were having a parental meltdown. They had 2 monster strollers for 2 tiny children and they could not for the life of them figure out the logistics of folding each stroller and escorting the children onto the bus. Like, they were just standing there, blinking at eachother. Somehow my Dad wound up carrying one of the fifty pound strollers onto the bus and the parents wordlessly sat in the back and just left my Dad w/ their second stroller. I remember being totally confused as to why we had somehow become responsible for this mystery stroller.

During the bus ride, my Mom, Heather, and I became highly entertained by another meltdown that was transpiring across from us. A little girl, probably about 8 or so, was for some reason refusing to sit down and wanted to stand. Her mother was demanding she sit down and the evil child refused and turned her back on her mother. The mother then suggested the child go sit w/ her 2 older sisters. The little girl eventually seated herself next to the sisters but after she did this she leaned forward and maliciously stuck out her tongue at her mother. The mother paused and you could see her blood start to boil; she got up, darted over to the girl, leaned in close, gave her a good stern talking to directly in her ear, and then returned to her seat. After a few minutes, the girl ran back crying to her mother b/c apparently one of the sisters had called her 'ugly.' She spent the rest of the bus ride taking refuge in her mother's lap and crying. The older sisters were cackling and giggling at the situation.

Anyway, we discovered that the Contemporary would be the first stop. I suggested we just get off and check to see if any restaurants were available; I knew that there was the California Grill, Chef Mickey's, The Wave, and the Contempo Cafe. My family didn't really want to but I said that I had seen bad dining reviews on the DIS for SoG so wasn't that enthused about eating there. We wound up getting off the bus and started searching the resort for all these places. My parents refused to go anywhere near Chef Mickey's (I was only curious since Jon & Kate Plus 8 had eaten there a few years ago and I found it highly amusing), we discovered that the Contempo Cafe only consisted of boxed sandwiches and things, and were told that there was an hour wait at The Wave. The hostess practically sneered at us when she found out we didn't have an ADR.

At this point, Col Joy was having an ABSOLUTE meltdown. He was straight up wandering around the resort and wailing in agony. My Mom started to get nervous b/c she was afraid he would soon completely explode (you don't want to see a full blown Col Joy explosion). Heather wasn't far behind and was snapping at everyone and pursing her lips in a rage. Hahaha OMG! I felt bad b/c I had suggested we go in the Contemporary in the first place. I didn't really know why they were having temper tantrums b/c we had just spent a great afternoon at AK and could easily hop on the monorail and speed to the Poly in minutes. Then, it was a 10 min walk to SoG. Really not that big of a deal, right?

We went upstairs to the monorail station and got in line. I was having a great time and when I spotted the glittering castle through the window, I became downright cheerful and started running my mouth about our special breakfast at CRT the next morning. This made my Dad and Heather even hungrier and subsequently even crankier than they were before!

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While waiting, my Mom and I admired the fabulous giant Mickey Mouse 'wreath' that was hung in the Contemporary's huge window above the monorail tunnel:

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After a few minutes our monorail arrived and we were whisked away to the Poly. On our way down the stairs and out to the SoG trail, I stopped by Kona to check if they had any tables available. The host was laughing at me and informed me that there was a 45 min wait. I became semi-annoyed at WDW for just a few seconds, but then retreated to SoG. If you think about it too much, it's really pretty nonsensical that you can't sit down to a nice dinner at WDW unless you scheduled it 6 months prior.

Everyone manically trooped in total silence from the Poly to SoG and we went straight to the room. My Dad was completely stressed out and needed to calm down w/ a drink in the room before dinner. Heather testily declared that she couldn't wait that long so my Mom sent Heather and me to an emergency dinner while she waited w/ my Dad (yes, complete chaos). Heather and I power walked to the lobby, again in silence, and came across 'Mangino's.' Here's Heather getting us a table:

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We were seated in the back room of the restaurant which was deserted, with ESPN playing quietly in the background:

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We quickly checked out the menu (I took pics for any of you SoG potentials out there):

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Heather ordered the chicken alfredo:

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And I just got a cheeseburger:

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Heather liked her meal and ate the whole thing. She said it was very much like 'home-cooking' and was basically like something we would prepare at home. I didn't quite finish my burger b/c it tasted a little off- I couldn't put my finger on it but it was almost watery or something. The entrees were $13-$19, so it was a bit less expensive than most entrees served at Disney sit-down places.

After we finished our dinners we hit up the dessert menu:

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We decided to split the 'Chocolate Mousse Dome':

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Boy was this a keeper! I would go back to Mangino's just to order this thing! It was very light and rich.

If you're staying at SoG, then I'd recommend Mangino's for a quiet night's respite from Disney madness- however I'd probably order a pasta dish next time. The prices are pretty reasonable, the food is just reasonable but not bad certainly, and the restaurant is pretty calm so you can just chill out, eat some dinner, and watch ESPN. Heather and I were happy w/ our choice and it gave Heather a chance to de-stress and 'de-grumpify.'

Heather and I rolled back to the room and found that our parents were still eating dinner somewhere, so we hung out and waited for them to return so we could travel to the Poly for our Wishes Cruise!

NEXT TIME: the foggiest cruise that ever sailed...

VBsHustla
06-26-2011, 10:36 PM
:scared1: Logan is beautiful! A superb 3 am activity, though!

Oh no, not having an ADR or two (or three!) is never fun at dinner time. I've learned my lesson to always have a plan and a backup plan at various times to fully ensure that the breakdowns stay away! Especially when the CS locations withhold their grape supplies :rotfl: Disney dining is insane. Totally agreed that it's outrageous that I have to decide where I'll be and what I'll want to eat months in advance. So strange! That Mickey wreath at the Contemporary, however, is pretty spectacular.

Eight
06-29-2011, 12:27 PM
I'm so torn about the dining situation at WDW. On the one hand, I like the logic puzzle that is putting together the perfect ADR schedule knowing you'll get a table, but it really doesn't allow for much spontaneity. And I like a little spntaneity on vacations. But with the system, what can you do? :confused3

Meltdowns are part of the reason I would be worried about traveling with more than one or two other people. There's almost always one whenever I travel, no matter where I am, and then you add in Walt Disney World with its constant overstimulation. I think it's hard to juggle everyone else's wants with your meticulously crafted plans at Disney World. Again, what can you do?

magichusky
07-06-2011, 01:11 AM
Disney dining is insane. Totally agreed that it's outrageous that I have to decide where I'll be and what I'll want to eat months in advance. So strange! That Mickey wreath at the Contemporary, however, is pretty spectacular.

Hahaha it really is! It's also difficult b/c WDW seems to almost always extend their Christmas hours by quite a lot once November rolls around, but in June it's so conservative that it's hard to tell what's going to happen. We should've just eaten at the Rainforest Cafe next to AK or gone straight back to SoG!

And yes, the Contemporary had such interesting Christmas decorations! The wreath was the perfect touch.

I'm so torn about the dining situation at WDW. On the one hand, I like the logic puzzle that is putting together the perfect ADR schedule knowing you'll get a table, but it really doesn't allow for much spontaneity. And I like a little spntaneity on vacations. But with the system, what can you do? :confused3

I totally agree! It's exactly like a logic puzzle- putting together your itinerary is definitely a huge part of the WDW experience. That would be awesome if they had like a restaurant FP system or something.


Meltdowns are part of the reason I would be worried about traveling with more than one or two other people. There's almost always one whenever I travel, no matter where I am, and then you add in Walt Disney World with its constant overstimulation. I think it's hard to juggle everyone else's wants with your meticulously crafted plans at Disney World. Again, what can you do?

:rotfl2: Ugh seriously! Plus my Dad and sister have the absolute lowest thresholds I've ever seen! I think a lot of parents just keep their little kids out way too late. What a great place!

magichusky
07-06-2011, 01:18 AM
HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful July 4th! Loki certainly did! I found this perfect 'Uncle Sam' chapeaux for him and we had a patriotic photo shoot in the backyard. He loved it! Of course, my Mom had to distract him w/ biscuits so he wouldn't rip off his hat and run away!

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Keep reading for the next post, all about our crazy Wishes Cruise!

magichusky
07-06-2011, 01:23 AM
DAY 2.8: Wishes Cruise; I Wish, I Wish I Could See Something!!

This will be a short update since I need to attend to school things rather desperately, but Loki's 4th of July photoshoot more than makes up for it!

Heather and I weren't waiting in the room long before Mom and Col Joy returned. They had apparently gone to the other SoG restaurant, 'Garden Gallery' (the buffet), for dinner so had missed us. Before long it was time to head out to the Poly for the much anticipated Wishes Cruise!

We arrived at the Polynesian dock at 9:30pm on the dot and checked in at the little hut on the other side of the volcano (it took us a minute or two to figure out where it was!). I had been worried all day that our Cruise would be canceled due to the rainy weather, but never received a call, so apparently it was still on!

Our captain was Kelly, and it was her very first time operating a Wishes Cruise! We had a bunch of sodas and bags of Disney brand potato chips available to us and Kelly had lined the seats w/ towels since it was misty outside and the mist had condensed on the cushions. We boarded our boat and pulled away from the Poly:

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As you can see it was quite dreary and strange looking outside but thankfully not cloudy enough that we couldn't see anything. We traveled over the water bridge to Bay Lake and checked out the Wilderness Lodge and Kelly also told us about 'River Country,' the old Disney water park that had opened in 1976 but closed due to declining popularity after Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach opened. Apparently some of the park is still there, like a ghost town!

At this point the Electrical Water Pageant appeared! I became obsessed w/ it due to its excellent King Triton segment. We watched the whole thing; Kelly told us that the parade was the longest running parade at WDW- it originally appeared on 'Dedication Day,' October 25, 1971.

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I filmed some of it and of course YouTubed it (the dancing dolphins are awesome!):

Disney World: Electrical Light Parade, foggy Wishes Cruise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWQCU0VKqAI)

Once the last segment came on and all of the floats turned into glowing patriotic flags, we could've sworn it was the 4th of July instead of a foggy December night!

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After the water pageant, we traveled back over the water bridge and back into the Seven Seas Lagoon. The fog seemed to almost instantaneously descend upon us. We could barely see the Contemporary:

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At this point it became completely dark and the Contemporary disappeared entirely about 30 seconds after I took that photo. Kelly cut the engine and we floated to a stop. I was confused. "Uhhh, is the MK supposed to be here?" I asked. Yes, apparently we were parked directly in front of the MK! I couldn't see the castle!!! I thought that at least once the fireworks started we'd be able to see those since how could it get so foggy that you couldn't see fireworks right in front of your face???

But alas, even Disney magic wasn't powerful enough to disperse the evil fog. This is what I filmed during Wishes (I YouTubed it just so you could see how ridiculous the situation was):

Disney World: Fogged out Wishes Cruise!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiGyzhMX6uM)

Yes, pretty much pitch blackness! If you watch the video you can hear the fireworks exploding, can make out a dim red glow every once in awhile, and can hear us snickering in the background!

I was definitely disappointed, especially since the cruise was so expensive! Plus we had paid an extra $45 for a boat equipped w/ speakers so we could listen to the Wishes soundtrack but apparently that boat was malfunctioning so we had to take another boat that didn't have speakers. I was definitely gearing up to ask someone at least for a partial refund! Thankfully, I didn't have to be anywhere near as pushy as I had feared- upon returning to the Poly dock, we were directed back to the hut where we had checked in and this great guy told us we could schedule a 2nd Wishes Cruise any time we wanted! We rescheduled for Tuesday, since that was our Kennedy Space Center day and was the only day that we didn't have a Disney activity or ADR planned. Thank goodness!

Even though the fog was insane (Kelly said that she had never seen the lagoon so opaque before, ever!) we really enjoyed going out on the boat and toodling over the water bridge, getting to see the Electrical Water Pageant, and checking out all of the resorts. Our favorite part, however, was getting a 2nd Wishes Cruise for free! Better luck next time!

NEXT TIME: my first foray in the MK! Plus, a special CRT breakfast!

Minniemini
07-06-2011, 01:43 AM
loved the TR ...awesome pictures.:lovestruc

amazingact21
07-06-2011, 07:49 PM
That's a bummer that the first Wishes Cruise was fogged out. But hey, at least they gave you a 2nd chance! Hope that one went better!:thumbsup2

VBsHustla
07-08-2011, 12:09 AM
Loki looks so majestic in that third photo. What a great patriot!

How annoying about that fog! Of course it would have to be that particular night that the weather was ridiculous. Glad to hear they easily had a solution that worked out! The patriotic Electrical Water Pageant photo is divine. I love that parade! It's one of the weirdest things I've ever witnessed, so naturally it is my fav. The Contemporary looks rather disturbing amidst all of that fog. It looks like a scene from a Pirates film!

Eight
07-09-2011, 01:09 PM
That's really too bad about the cruise. I'm so glad you guys were able to get a 2nd one though! I'm kind of surprised they didn't just cancel it in the first place.

River Country fascinates me. I never went there, but I remember reading about it my Birnbaum's Walt Disney World for Kids when we went when I was in fourth grade, and thinking that was the water park I would want to go to if we went to one. Maybe you've seen this thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2344523), but it has a bunch of pictures of it now. If I recall correctly, I think there's more pictures if you read through the pages.

I sent you an email, by the way. I used a different email than the one I originally gave you, but it has my username in the subject line so you know it's me.

magichusky
07-21-2011, 11:48 PM
loved the TR ...awesome pictures.:lovestruc

Thanks so much! :flower3:

That's a bummer that the first Wishes Cruise was fogged out. But hey, at least they gave you a 2nd chance! Hope that one went better!:thumbsup2

Yeah totally- I definitely wasn't expecting a 2nd cruise for free! The 2nd one thankfully had great weather- can't wait to post the pics and video!

Loki looks so majestic in that third photo. What a great patriot!

HAHA! I will tell him you said that! He prefers wearing his Christmas antlers however. I'll have to keep my eye out for an appropriate Halloween chapeaux.


How annoying about that fog! Of course it would have to be that particular night that the weather was ridiculous.

Yes! Seriously the rest of our trip was perfect weather (if you don't count the crazy cold, but I discovered while in FL that I prefer 28 degree weather to 98 degree weather!)

The patriotic Electrical Water Pageant photo is divine. I love that parade! It's one of the weirdest things I've ever witnessed, so naturally it is my fav.

I totally agree! I had no idea it even existed. I aspire to watch it from the Poly beach one of these days but I'm usually sprinting through Norway or the MK at that prime hour!

The Contemporary looks rather disturbing amidst all of that fog. It looks like a scene from a Pirates film!

I find myself just mesmerized by the Contemporary! I can't wait until I get to reenact the Jon & Kate Chef Mickey's breakfast. Haha I don't know why I'm so obsessed w/ Chef Mickey's! It's probably so gross and just crawling w/ cranky toddlers, flinging breakfast pizza around and such.

That's really too bad about the cruise. I'm so glad you guys were able to get a 2nd one though! I'm kind of surprised they didn't just cancel it in the first place.

Me, too! I was checking my phone like a maniac all day b/c I was convinced they would cancel it. However, the 1st cruise was actually in some ways cooler than the 2nd one, b/c it was so foggy and mysterious! We also didn't go over the water bridge and check out River Country on the 2nd cruise, or see the Electrical Water Pageant.


River Country fascinates me. I never went there, but I remember reading about it my Birnbaum's Walt Disney World for Kids when we went when I was in fourth grade, and thinking that was the water park I would want to go to if we went to one. Maybe you've seen this thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2344523), but it has a bunch of pictures of it now. If I recall correctly, I think there's more pictures if you read through the pages.

OMG that was like the coolest thread ever!!! I can't believe that guy had the gumption to sneak over there! I adored seeing the pics of how the park looks today and then comparing them to pics of it when it was still open. It looked really cute! The "Whoop 'n' Holler" water slides reminded me of the "Hootin' and Hollerin' " slides at CA Adv in the Redwood Challenge Trail. It's pretty insane to see how quickly nature reclaimed it all.

I found this other link within the thread that I also loved- this crazy guy actually secretly SWAM to Discovery Island and took pics of the abandoned facilities:

The Photography of Shane Perez: Discovery Island (http://shaneperez.blogspot.com/2009/12/discovery-island.html)


I sent you an email, by the way.

Got it! Replied yesterday- so excited for a very Disney Halloween! I don't know why I enjoy Halloween so much- I saw an ad for this great new film:

Disney's Spooky Buddies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tq9iUFTDIw&feature=relmfu)

magichusky
08-05-2011, 05:14 AM
UPDATE!

Well hello everyone! I hope people are still reading- I've been encumbered by ridiculous school things. I thought I would post a small update while I'm preparing my next post on our CRT breakfast; it should be ready quite soon!

I had a blast last Sunday w/ one of my scientist friends making our audition video for "The Amazing Race." We successfully submitted our application on Monday, July 18th! I was so excited that I took a pic of my computer displaying the "successfully submitted" message:

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Unfortunately I don't think I can post our audition video here or I would get in some serious trouble! We're still waiting for a callback- I love how I become completely convinced that I'll get a callback when I submitted one of probably 3,000 or so applications.

I also want to give a shout out to space shuttle Atlantis for successfully landing at the Kennedy Space Center, completing not only its final mission, but the end of NASA's space shuttle program. Hopefully a new manned space flight program will be developed in the foreseeable future... Fabulous DBF nabbed me the special patch that was made for this extra special mission (they're wonderfully rare!):

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And another new development: I have another new ticker! The darn thing barely fits in my siggy- at this rate, it's a good thing I invested in the golden Premier Passport (best $700 I ever spent haha). The DBF is getting promoted to Captain on Halloween and I didn't think I'd be able to swing it, but today I found a magical roundtrip plane ticket to MCO for $260! Usually a ticket from CA to FL is an easy $400-500 so I was stoked to say the least. Hopefully we'll make it over to WDW before Halloween to check out the lovely decor, but the main attraction is the F&W Festival! I'm so excited to finally get to experience the mystery that is F&W- DBF has been there before and wound up pigging out.

I'M SO EXCITED!!!! See ya real soon w/ the CRT breakfast post!

axpo23
08-05-2011, 09:12 AM
I have subscribed to your trip report. I just have to say that if you get selected for Amazing Race I will definitely DVR it. I love the show anyway, but your writing style already cracks me up, so I bet you'd be a hoot on the show to watch! Good luck! I can't wait to read more.

Have fun on Labor Day! I'm so jealous that you are in California and have gone to WDW more than I have and I'm in Va! :rotfl:

magichusky
08-07-2011, 05:57 AM
I have subscribed to your trip report. I just have to say that if you get selected for Amazing Race I will definitely DVR it. I love the show anyway, but your writing style already cracks me up, so I bet you'd be a hoot on the show to watch! Good luck! I can't wait to read more.

Haha thank you!!! That's the nicest thing anyone could ever say to me! :banana: I get so jealous every time a new season of The Amazing Race comes on b/c I want to be on it so badly- so I DVR all the episodes and refuse to watch them for a month. Then I watch them all at once and always cry when the winning team crosses the finish line. It's just so beautiful! :love:


Have fun on Labor Day! I'm so jealous that you are in California and have gone to WDW more than I have and I'm in Va! :rotfl:

Thanks! I don't understand it either! It makes me not really mind that my BF is stationed in FL for the time being! ;)

magichusky
08-07-2011, 06:04 AM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010
DAY 3.1: The MK is OK

Last time, we had just finished our first full day ever at WDW- we were monsooned upon at DTD, encountered insanity at the Earl, journeyed into AK for the first time and were rattled around a bit in that outlandish EE, Heather and my Dad had dinner-related meltdowns, and we embarked on a RATHER foggy Wishes Cruise, but that was ok b/c we were promptly scheduled for a free do-over.

Well, today was the big one. Let me remind you that this was our very first trip to WDW, so everything was delightfully brand new. Today we were entering the MK for the first time! And not only that, but we had an extra special breakfast planned inside the castle at Cinderella's Royal Table (CRT) for 8:40am. All of that combined made it pretty much alright that I had to wake up at 7:30am (which was basically 4:30am as far as I was concerned).

I managed to stumble out of bed but was horrified b/c I didn't have enough time to straighten my hair. As a result, I would surely look totally horrifying in my CRT pictures. Oh dear. My phone informed me that the high that day would be 67 degrees. I proceeded to happily put on shorts (this will be important later). I despise pants so much that 60 degree weather is perfectly acceptable short weather. I believe that the sign of a true Californian is the ability to wear shorts comfortably in inclement weather.

Anyway, we all walked to the SoG bus stop in high anticipation of a very royal breakfast; even my Dad was excited. I took a pic of the bus stop through the tunnel that leads back into the lower level of the resort. You can see my Mom and Heather standing at the very end looking back at me like I'm crazy. You can also see that the weather was still a bit dreary! But I still had faith in my phone, which assured me that it would clear up later.

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The SoG bus took us to the TTC, and then we boarded the express monorail for the MK. In my early morning stupor I started scrambling up the ramp towards the Epcot monorail, but my Mom immediately rectified the situation.

We arrived at the MK super quickly after that (we had tremendous luck w/ the monorails this trip) and went through the turnstiles. I wanted a picture of us in front of the train station before we went through the tunnel, so I instructed everyone to wait so we could get a hold of the PP photographer who was stationed there.

While we were waiting, I was super duper excited but so far, things were pretty Disneylandish and there was nothing out of the ordinary- I took a pic of the Mickey Mouse ornament made out of flowers planted in the grass. I thought it was really cute that they added the metal hanger at the top that you use on regular Christmas balls to attach them to the tree branches. I exerted a reasonable amount of energy positioning myself so that no one was in my field of view. And then this happened:

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Ummm excuse me??? Okay- that's better:

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The PP photographer was finally finished w/ this one family, who took forever. I then marched up and requested that he take a pic of us, but he haughtily informed me that this other family was waiting in line and that I would have to wait; the tone was practically accusatory, like I was trying to cut in line or something! So this second family wandered over from like 20 feet away and proceeded to have a photoshoot. How was I supposed to know that they were even queued up?

Okay dude, it's 5:15am PST- just take the darn thing already:

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We bid adieu to crankypants over there and traveled through the West tunnel, which is funny b/c we for some reason ALWAYS enter DL through the West tunnel, so why rock the boat? Whenever I had thought of going to FL and FINALLY making my way into the MK (which I had been wistfully doing for 25 yrs), I always imagined Main Street to be blazing hot and chaotic, w/ the view of an electric blue castle at the other end semi-disturbed by huge bundles of balloons and Danny Tanner striding across the hub. This wasn't what I had expected at all, but it turned out to be way better. It was cloudy and deserted, the pavement was so black and cold that it was almost blue, and it was completely silent. It was still dark enough that the clock face on City Hall was still illuminated:

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The first thing that caught me off guard and that jolted me to the full realization that I wasn't standing in DL was the scale of the place. The buildings were SO HUGE! Everything was just- bigger!

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DL 2 weeks prior:

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My family was annoying me b/c they were power walking past everything to get to CRT- and we still had almost 15 min before our ADR! You can barely see my Dad in the blue hat and khaki pants, taking up the rear, trying to catch up to my Mom and Heather on the right hand side:

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Loving the Christmas wreaths everywhere:

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Looking back towards the train station:

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The same view at DL:

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This pic cracks me up b/c my sister looks SO small just standing there in front of that behemoth castle:

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Toto, we're not in Anaheim anymore...look at the difference!

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I'M FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I was STOKED to be there!! My paranoid family insisted on continuing the powerwalk and getting to CRT, since our ADR was getting close. I wanted to just stand there and stare at the crazy huge castle for a little while longer, but I started getting hungry so I hurried after them all. And if you know me, you'll know that food always comes first!

NEXT TIME: CRT breakfast, Belle offends me

magichusky
08-13-2011, 04:50 AM
DAY 3.2: A Belle smackdown at CRT!

I'm planning on doing my best to move this TR along since I've been terribly negligent lately and only have 3 weeks left until my Labor Day trip! Today we're finally moving on to our much anticipated CRT breakfast. Back in late June when I was gathering all of our ADRs, CRT was probably the ADR that we were all most excited for. Even my Dad opted to join us instead of going to play golf that morning, which was his usual modus operandi this trip. Ugh, what a waste of a 6-day park hopper!

I was so excited and sleepy that I forgot to take a pic of the CRT entrance! Anyway, we went inside immediately to a huge foyer where Cinderella was waiting for us. I was wearing my crown from DL (which is slightly too small for my head since it was manufactured for a child but who really cares?) and my family made me take a pic w/ Cinderella solo! My Mom took a pic w/ my camera as did a WDW photographer so I do have photos of this, but I am just downright refusing to post them as I look like I just rolled right out of bed (which I did). Cinderella exclaimed that my favorite color most certainly had to pink and I replied that her favorite most certainly had to be blue.

After the photoshoot, we ascended a spiral staircase to the dining room. I took a pic of this stained glass window we passed along the way:

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And the view of the foyer down below w/ Cinderella:

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We finally got up to the dining room and it was so very pretty! It had vaulted ceilings, a million chandeliers glowing orange, and a fabulous view of Fantasy Land. We were ushered to our table, which was on the far side in an elevated section against the wall. Here's our view:

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Snow White arrived even before our food did. She wound up being pretty boring and simply came over and asked us if we wanted a photo. I find myself continually laughing at the resulting pic b/c her hand/arm was at a really weird angle!

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A basket of pastries and croissants was then delivered along w/ a "wishing star" for each of us, magic wands for me, Heather, and my Mom, and a sword for my Dad. We all terminated our pastry basket before I remembered to snap a pic, but I made Heather model the wishing star:

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Our meals arrived very quickly after that. The way it works in CRT is that they give you a menu made up of 3 or 4 dishes and you select one dish, then you can have your dish refilled as many times as you like. My Dad got the sausage/bacon/eggs combo:

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And my Mom, Heather, and I all got the stuffed French toast w/ strawberries and bacon:

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Pretty soon Ariel bustled over:

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Ariel was extremely personable and asked us where we were from. After hearing that we were from San Diego she exclaimed: "Oh! Well that's a very long way to swim!" She then proceeded to ask us if we had any suggestions for her Christmas present for Eric. I suggested some new boots b/c his old ones were a little fishy or maybe a new snarfblat. "Ugh yes, he's always throwing those things into the ocean!" Ariel complained.

Ariel was followed by Aurora. I insisted that Heather be in this photo w/ me w/ her wand. Heather was being cranky as usual and didn't want to at first, but she couldn't very well make a scene in front of Aurora! Haha!

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Aurora was funny b/c she just totally broke out of character during our conversation. I was thinking how it would be so much easier to play a character in a suit b/c then all you would have to do is wave and dance and give hugs and such.

I had read online that there was some special ceremony that took place about every 30 minutes or so and that Cinderella and Prince Charming came out and danced in the center of the dining room followed by Suzie, Perla, and the Fairy Godmother. It wound up being called the "wishing ceremony" and all of the princesses and knights were instructed to brandish their wands and swords. It was pretty cute but not what I had expected; I filmed the whole thing and YouTubed it- check it out here:

CRT castle breakfast; the wishing ceremony! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV6mzPd-A_E)

My sister was obviously quite agitated that her wishing star was refusing to be magical. I thought it was hilarious b/c even my Dad picked up his sword and participated in the ceremony!

Directly after the wishing was accomplished, Belle stopped by:

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We all had a little chat but the only thing that stuck was what I like to call the Belle smackdown. Towards the end of the conversation Belle noticed my crown and exclaimed: "Oh my! Well you're a little past the spindle pricking age, aren't you!" HAHA! Why thank you, Belle. Thank you. I had no idea what on earth to say to that so we just had our picture taken. Maybe next time we dine in the castle I'll wear my Nemo hat!

As we were finishing our meals our waitress appeared and delivered our complimentary portrait in a special pink CRT cardboard album:

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Inside was our "royal invitation":

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The photo was the one I had taken earlier w/ Cinderella in the foyer. I refuse to zoom in on this photo any further! Honestly in all of my CRT pictures it looks like not only did I just roll out of bed, but like I'm 6'2" and training for the Olympics. The princesses were just the shortest things ever! There was also a nice pic of the exterior of Cinderella Castle along w/ Jaq-Jaq, Gus-Gus, Suzie, and Perla dancing on the bottom:

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Before we made our royal exit we insisted that our waitress take our photo while flourishing our wands and sword:

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I took this on our way out:

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All in all, we had a REALLY fabulous time breakfasting at CRT. As far as we're concerned, you can't go wrong w/ any type of breakfast food, so we enjoyed our meals and cleaned our plates. I was convinced I was going to wind up being a pig in CRT since I am usually ravenous at breakfast buffets but our stuffed French toasts were super rich and filling so I wound up not ordering a second helping. I would recommend splurging on CRT at least once- I've actually already made us another CRT breakfast ADR for next December! My parents requested it, surprisingly enough!!!

By the time we were finished w/ breakfast it was about 10am. I was crazed b/c I had a special mission I needed to accomplish that I had been looking forward to for absolute months. I was ready to bust out of the castle and just do this! What was this special mission and would I be successful??? It's coming up in the next post!

See ya real soon!

amazingact21
08-13-2011, 09:16 AM
That sounds like a great breakfast. I've never been to CRT before, and I felt a little silly trying to get a reservation for just DF and myself, but seeing your whole family there makes me want to go. :rotfl:
And I don't know what Belle was talking about, you're never too old to wear a crown at WDW!
Looking forward to seeing what your mission is!

axpo23
08-13-2011, 10:53 PM
I love this! I had previously ruled out CRT bc of the expense (we prob won't be doing a dining plan and I have two little boys who could care less about princesses...) but based on pics, this may be back in the running. Maybe my daughter and I could have a girls breakfast while the boys go do something manly like shoot something...although, they would like the swords...


off to watch the video..

conan
08-17-2011, 05:27 AM
I really liked all of the CRT pictures- it's something you don't see very frequently! I'm definitely considering making an ADR there for our next trip. And omg, Belle was so out of line! :eek: :rotfl:

magichusky
08-21-2011, 03:56 AM
That sounds like a great breakfast. I've never been to CRT before, and I felt a little silly trying to get a reservation for just DF and myself, but seeing your whole family there makes me want to go. :rotfl:

Haha you should totally go! I'm totally surprising my BF w/ an Akershus breakfast when we go over Labor Day weekend. Just bring a crazy Disney headpiece and have a photoshoot!


And I don't know what Belle was talking about, you're never too old to wear a crown at WDW!

Haha seriously! :laughing: I was horrified!

I love this! I had previously ruled out CRT bc of the expense (we prob won't be doing a dining plan and I have two little boys who could care less about princesses...) but based on pics, this may be back in the running. Maybe my daughter and I could have a girls breakfast while the boys go do something manly like shoot something...although, they would like the swords...

I think they'd all love it so much! It is quite expensive but well worth it to do it once- your daughter would adore it b/c all of the kids were able to interact w/ the princesses quite a bit. Even my Dad insisted upon joining us!

I really liked all of the CRT pictures- it's something you don't see very frequently! I'm definitely considering making an ADR there for our next trip. And omg, Belle was so out of line! :eek: :rotfl:

Yes- I wish I could go to CRT again in September w/ my BF but had to settle on Akershus since it's a bit less expensive. I'm truly still laughing about that Belle comment! :lmao:

magichusky
08-21-2011, 04:11 AM
DAY 3.3: Welcum to Florida! Love, Tom and Huck

Hello again friends! I'm trying to maintain my momentum and keep up w/ the updates! I've been helping my parents clean out the garage and I tell you, if I have to squeeze into one more corner filled w/ dried out spider carcasses I am going to scream!

Anyway, last time we had finished eating breakfast at CRT and Belle basically told me that I was far too old to be wearing a crown. I of course heartily disagreed and continued to prance around the MK while proudly sporting my crown for the rest of the day.

We all descended the spiral staircase (it was far more crowded on the stairs and in the lobby than it was when we arrived) and somewhere along the way my Dad and I lost my Mom and Heather (this will become a theme as the trip progresses) who apparently had gone to the restroom. I remember my Dad and I waiting in front of Sir Mickey's for them to emerge from the castle for what seemed like 15 minutes! I took this pic to distract myself from the ensuing cold. The castle was looking very non-Florida-ey today:

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They finally appeared and we gave my Dad all of the wands, wishing stars, sword, and CRT paraphernalia to take w/ him back to SoG (it was seriously like 5 lbs of stuff). He was headed to play golf for the day and then meet us for dinner later. After my Dad left, I was practically bouncing up and down to explore the rest of the MK, plus I had a special mission that I had been planning for simply months- but we had to hurry b/c it was already approaching 10am! Enough of all of this standing around!!

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We headed past Peter Pan and I instructed everyone to get FPs, since I absolutely refuse to wait in line for that thing but at the same time insist upon riding it constantly. There are no FPs for PP in DL so it's almost impossible to get on w/out waiting in a line that seems to be perpetually 45 min long. Anyway, I was stoked b/c we received free, bonus Philharmagic FPs! My Mom almost didn't see hers- I've never gotten a bonus FP before!!!!

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Anyway, we were still on a mission so we hightailed it out of Fantasy Land, but of course not without me flipping out and yelling to everyone about how different it all was from DL. Don't hate me but I feel like some parts of Fantasy Land at DL are cuter than its WDW counterpart.

So where were we heading in such a rush? Here's a hint: we passed Splash along the way:

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Pretty soon we could see our destination:

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Tom Sawyer Island!! I'm a huge Mark Twain fan and absolutely adore The Adventures of Tom Sawyer but that wasn't why I was screaming over there w/ my crown flying off of my head. I read on the DIS a long time ago that every morning, a CM would hide a few paintbrushes on the island and if you found one you'd get free FPs. However, there were only about 5-6 paintbrushes hidden each day and they would usually not be re-hidden. I read that the island opened by around 10am every morning, so we were definitely cutting it close, since it was around 9:55am or so and I wanted to be on that first raft!

However when we were within eyesight of the loading dock, it was already bustling w/ other guests- it seemed as if TS island had opened early that morning! We raced to the dock so we could hop onto the raft that was just about to leave and I immediately started drilling the CM about the paintbrushes. "So. Are the paintbrushes out this morning??" I asked cryptically. I was horrified when the CM informed me that they had all been found except for one! We all got super excited and started strategizing- which way should we go first? As our raft neared the island, I was enraged (well not crazy angry, maybe more deflated) to see a teenage girl standing at the dock waving a bright red paintbrush in the air. Our entire corner of the raft let out a collective wistful sigh and the CM told me better luck next time!

I was so revved up about dashing from cave to cave and combing the island for the sole unfound paintbrush that once we finally got to the dock I had no idea what to do. So I resigned myself to a fairly leisurely pace and we went left!

Welcum!!! I was SOOO excited about the advertised "Zhakey Bridgez!!"

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Here's Heather modeling this fabulous windmill:

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Unfortunately this bridge was pretty solid and not "shakey" in the least bit:

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Looking back towards Fantasy Land:

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Entering Fort Langhorn. We were seriously the only ones in the entire place! Naturally, I loved being in such solitude while ensconced in the #1 tourist destination in the entire world.

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There was this great stable that you could peer into w/ a bunch of animatronic horses, cowboys, a dog, and chickens. I LOVE crazy, random stuff like this, which is why I LOVE Disney:

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I probably stood there for about 5 min b/c I was so amused by the situation. All of a sudden, Heather disappeared into a narrow cave! And like, totally didn't come back. My Mom and I were pretty confused. I eventually ran into the cave after her and discovered this secret passageway to the other side of the island:

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I went back through the secret tunnel to retrieve my Mom and we went around the long way, since my Mom refused to travel through such an uncertain, dank passage.

View of BTMR!

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Eventually, making our way back around to the other side of the island and passing the HM (shudder!), we finally found a good old fashioned "shakey" bridge! I was delighted and raced onto the barrel bridge, followed by my hilariously trepidatious Mom and sister. I then proceeded to jump all over the place and bounce everybody around!

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Heather disappearing around the corner of the half white-washed fence:

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On our way back to the dock, we passed Harper's Mill. I totally forgot to look inside- apparently there's a bird nest wedged into one of the gears, just like in that old Silly Symphonies episode.

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I don't recall how long we spent on TS Island but it probably a good 25 minutes to half hour. Even though I didn't get a chance to race for a paintbrush, I adored wandering around in solitude and clambering through the assorted secret tunnels and caves (it was pretty darn tight in some of those though- so be forewarned!). The island at DL is still officially called TS Island but has been recently tweaked to look more like a ghost pirate island w/ partially sunken ships and buried treasure and such, so I was thrilled to enjoy some good old fashioned un-Johnny Depp-ified Tom & Huck. If you've never been to this great place, then I highly recommend it- especially early in the morning when it's totally deserted. There's nothing worse than a traffic jam in a claustrophobic secret tunnel. Kindergartners don't really get the concept of traffic flow.

NEXT TIME: A ride that incessantly horrifies me but my sister insisted, and a ride that drives my Mom and Heather crazy but I insisted!

magichusky
08-24-2011, 05:24 AM
TANGENT #4: Party Like It's 1996

Hello everyone! I'm hard at work on another segment of DAY 3; in the meantime I hope you enjoy my fourth random tangent!

First order of business, I purchased a Tables in Wonderland card! It was $75 since I have an AP, but it will no doubt go beyond paying for itself once it's all said and done. The card gets me a 20% discount on the bill for 90% of restaurants at WDW and I believe 100% of sit-down restaurants (including CRT and all character dining!). It works for me and up to 9 other people! After getting burned by a ginormous Le Cellier bill back in April (I couldn't even order the mushroom filet b/c they jacked the price up to like $45 since December!), I knew something had to be done!

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Second order of business, I ordered a new park bag off of Amazon. After touring WDW twice, I've realized that my park bags I enjoy using at DL are not as efficient for my 15 hour days at WDW! I rotated between 2 park bags: (1) a mini Puma backpack, which was too small for all the stuff I needed at WDW, plus it was annoying to be constantly shifting the bag from the back to the front whenever I needed something or had to extract a FP. (2) A hot pink plaid Mickey Mouse tote bag, which had no interior compartments so everything kept getting jumbled around and it was hard to find stuff quickly. It also hurt my shoulder after a few hours.

I decided to look for a crossbody bag w/ interior compartments to avoid the problems I encountered w/ my DL bags. The Dooney & Bourke Disney crossbody bags were too small, the strap looked like it was too thin, and it was too expensive! So I eventually found this "Moped Day Pack" by "Lug Life." For some reason, "ocean teal" was almost $20 less than the other colors, so I did the unthinkable and passed up the hot pink version!

I got the bag in the mail today (btw funny story: it was Fedexed and apparently had to be signed for. It arrived at 11:15am but I was of course sound asleep, so instead of leaving a "sorry we missed you" post-it as usual, the Fedex guy had my neighbors across the hall sign for it and left it w/ them! He left a post-it on my door with the "neighbor" box checked off. I don't know my neighbors, who are elderly and don't come out very often, so I was pretty perplexed. I knocked on their door and the husband opened it a crack so I could only see one eye and he peered out. "Hi! Uh, did you sign for a package this morning...?" He shoved the package through the crack and slammed the door in my face! "Golly, well thanks! Sorry to bother (SLAM) you!" HAHA! I'll be sending all of my packages to my parents' house from now on, thank you very much!

Anyway, the bag is perfect but the color isn't quite what I expected. It's more of a green teal than a blue teal, and I'm not a huge fan of green, and it's darker than I'd like. I'm more of an electric blue/hot pink kind of crazy! I tried to take pics but it once again doesn't look like its true color.

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I was on the edge earlier and was thinking about returning it and just getting the pink one, but I hate going to the post office and don't feel like spending another $20 exclusively for a particular color. Can't wait to try out this baby during my Labor Day trip!

And the last order of business: care for a 1996 flashback?? I was at a used bookstore the other day and found this completely amazing WDW guide book from 1996. The photos inside were SO perfectly 90's and hilarious that I couldn't resist posting a few of them here. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Love the beach photo- flesh eating bacteria and all:

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Nice laptop!

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Do you guys remember America Online?? I love how when you look at old advertisements they spell out the entire URL, like http://www.thisisold.com instead of thisisnew.com!

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What a room! Wish I could enjoy some good old 1996 pricing; standard rooms at the GF are listed at $265 - $365, concierge rooms listed at $470! You could stay at the Poly for as little as $200 a night.

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What a great tip. Like I'd need to "disorient [myself] further by looking UP into the towering void before the shaft opens to a window on the park."

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This is from that old "Wonders of Life" "mostly whimsical pavilion devoted to health and fitness concerns" that closed many years ago. Never got a chance to experience such an amazing pavilion!

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Love the special illustrative emphasis on the American Pavilion that has been added to this map of the world showcase!

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My dear AK! You were but a dream:

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My personal favorite! This was in a section talking about the DVC:

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I would love to drive up to the GF in such a grand, suave fashion:

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Well, that's it for now! I hope you thoroughly enjoyed our blast from the past- the 90's was a truly special decade that is very dear to my heart. See ya real soon!

NEXT TIME: A ride that incessantly horrifies me but my sister insisted, and a ride that drives my Mom and Heather crazy but I insisted!

axpo23
08-24-2011, 09:10 AM
Ok...these pictures CRACK me up.:lmao: Seriously! I graduated high school in 1996 (ack! Showing my age here..) and I don't know ANY ONE that wore high jeans like that with the crazy belt buckles. Where were the grunge kids that wanted to be like Eddie Vedder and Kurt Cobain? Didn't they go to WDW? LOL.

amazingact21
08-24-2011, 10:12 AM
Those pictures are hilarious!!! I got a good laugh at all the clothes and hairstyles, not to mention Micjey and Minnie's outfits in that one picture by the pool. :rotfl:

Tom Sawyer Island sounds like so much fun! I've never been before, but you're the second TR I've read that people have had a great time at it.
And I had no idea that they gave surprise FPs! That had to be a nice surprise!

Eight
08-30-2011, 07:14 PM
Wow, I feel like it's been way too long since I commented! I've kind of been on a DIS hiatus, and now I need to catch up on everything! (and update my own TR.. )

Totally crossing my fingers that you get a callback for the Amazing Race - how awesome would that be? That's one of my favorite shows! As much as I would want to be on it, I would do so badly. I don't do well under stress haha. Aah, I really hope you get a callback!

I can not believe that Belle! :mad: Ugh, that's lame. I really want to go on a rant here, but I'll refrain. She had no right, man, no right.

Okay, you know what's weird? When my mom and I went to CRT in January, we were at a table next to a window except there were curtains over the window, and when I tried to look out, they told me there were no windows and the curtains were just for decoration. But in your pictures, there are very clearly windows that look out. Can someone explain this? :confused:

I've never been to Tom Sawyer Island at WDW but it looks kind of fun. Maybe I'll have to make a point of going over there next time.

I love the 1996 guide! That's so awesome. I love old Disney photos.

So, how incredibly excited are you for your Labor Day trip?

VBsHustla
09-05-2011, 12:59 AM
What great updates! CRT sounds pretty awesome. I love the wands, but what I really need is one of those swords. There's nothing I love more than crossing swords! pirate: That Belle sounds highly ridiculous, but at least Ariel was amusing! I'm afraid to go to CRT, though, because I hate having to speak to characters who aren't hidden beneath giant costumed heads and who have the ability to speak back. It looks really awesome, though. The MK photos are putting me in a Christmasy mood. I'll have to pop in The Santa Clause immediately!

I love the pics of that barn with the dog and horses on the Tom Sawyer island! So cute! I'm afraid to go there in the summer/fall months, though. I'm pretty sure bugs would be on the attack! You'll have to let me know if you brave it this trip!

Also, that bag looks completely different in this photo! Haha how odd. Well, it looks like the perfect thing to carry around there, so hopefully it's working out well! I love that crazy book, too. I'm especially loving that ridiculous Mickey golf cart that the one guy is sitting in and creepily observing that other guy playing golf. And obviously I can't get enough of that Muppets 3D picture! Plus all of those outfits! What a find that book was!

magichusky
09-17-2011, 05:05 AM
Ok...these pictures CRACK me up.:lmao: Seriously! I graduated high school in 1996 (ack! Showing my age here..) and I don't know ANY ONE that wore high jeans like that with the crazy belt buckles. Where were the grunge kids that wanted to be like Eddie Vedder and Kurt Cobain? Didn't they go to WDW? LOL.

HAHA fashion was just so great in the 90's! My sister graduated from HS in 96 as well and I clearly recall her participating in simply beautiful trends including the oversized flannel shirts, denim overalls, and jean shorts. You and your pals must've been ahead of your time!

Those pictures are hilarious!!! I got a good laugh at all the clothes and hairstyles, not to mention Micjey and Minnie's outfits in that one picture by the pool. :rotfl:

They really are! I really need to watch that old Full House WDW episode immediately!


Tom Sawyer Island sounds like so much fun! I've never been before, but you're the second TR I've read that people have had a great time at it.
And I had no idea that they gave surprise FPs! That had to be a nice surprise!

It's so awesome! Only in the morning though of course b/c you don't want to be jammed into those caves and trails w/ 50 million small children! I still didn't manage to get a paintbrush when I went back in April or over Labor Day weekend and it's driving me crazy!


Totally crossing my fingers that you get a callback for the Amazing Race - how awesome would that be? That's one of my favorite shows! As much as I would want to be on it, I would do so badly. I don't do well under stress haha. Aah, I really hope you get a callback!

Ugh still haven't heard back! I love that that's also your fav show! I want to be on that show so bad that I can't even stand it!! I don't think anyone could predict how they would handle such a crazy situation. I'd of course like to think that I would blast the competition away but just b/c I'm overeducated doesn't mean that I'd be a whiz at navigating the streets of India or climbing the Matterhorn! (I was STOKED that they actually went to the REAL Matterhorn!!!!)


I can not believe that Belle! :mad: Ugh, that's lame. I really want to go on a rant here, but I'll refrain. She had no right, man, no right.

HAHA seriously! I wasn't offended at the time but when I told various friends about it weeks later they were horrified and I was like oh, I guess that was slightly offensive, huh? :rolleyes1


Okay, you know what's weird? When my mom and I went to CRT in January, we were at a table next to a window except there were curtains over the window, and when I tried to look out, they told me there were no windows and the curtains were just for decoration. But in your pictures, there are very clearly windows that look out. Can someone explain this? :confused:

That's so funny! I would've been so confused! There definitely are real windows in CRT that look out towards the carousel but they're only on that one side. You can't look out towards Main Street, for example. However I recall seeing that the backside of Cinderella's Castle was at some point during this year under construction, so the CRT windows were blocked off. Maybe that was when you were there?


So, how incredibly excited are you for your Labor Day trip?

Dude, it was SO awesome! I seriously cannot believe that until December, I had never had the honor of visiting WDW and now I've been there 3 times within 1 year! Crazy! That place is darn hot in September though- I was so offended. Definitely prefer that 30 degree weather any day!

magichusky
09-17-2011, 05:06 AM
What great updates! CRT sounds pretty awesome. I love the wands, but what I really need is one of those swords. There's nothing I love more than crossing swords! pirate: That Belle sounds highly ridiculous, but at least Ariel was amusing!

:rotfl2: OMG well I'll have to get you an extra sword when we go back to CRT in December! My Dad even enjoyed brandishing that thing around a little, and he's such an incurable grump usually! Haha thanks to Belle, I am seriously not wearing my crown next time we eat there. Ariel was pretty hilarious- the CRT Ariel was much more amusing than the one at Akershus.


I'm afraid to go to CRT, though, because I hate having to speak to characters who aren't hidden beneath giant costumed heads and who have the ability to speak back. It looks really awesome, though.

I don't blame you- it is pretty strange! I would prefer just going to CRT and eating uninterrupted. I feel like it's totally reasonable to eat at CRT since you're obviously just there for the ambience. I wound up feeling like a total nerd at Akershus though b/c the food was mediocre and there wasn't anything particularly interesting about the inside of the restaurant. They totally seated us in the reject section w/ a bunch of empty tables, two other couples in their twenties, and a family of adults. I was snickering about it pretty much the whole time.


The MK photos are putting me in a Christmasy mood. I'll have to pop in The Santa Clause immediately!

I've really been needing to watch "To Grandmother's House We Go" lately! I can't even tell you how excited I am for Halloween when I get to watch my annual screening of "Double Double Toil and Trouble." It's the highlight of the Fall season!


I love the pics of that barn with the dog and horses on the Tom Sawyer island! So cute! I'm afraid to go there in the summer/fall months, though. I'm pretty sure bugs would be on the attack! You'll have to let me know if you brave it this trip!

We never managed to get over there! We didn't do any rope drops this time around so by the time we got into the MK, the island was infested w/ obnoxious small children. Plus it was SOOO hot that I couldn't imagine walking through those stuffy caves and little buildings! Speaking of bugs, we sat at the edge of the Poly beach one night for like 10 minutes to watch the fireworks and were attacked! I had two huge bites on my ankle that took seriously like 2 weeks to heal. Gross!


Also, that bag looks completely different in this photo! Haha how odd. Well, it looks like the perfect thing to carry around there, so hopefully it's working out well!

Haha the bag actually wasn't as great as I thought it would be! The strap wound up being a bit uncomfortable b/c it kept getting twisted around and it would make the bag fall at a weird angle. If it wasn't for the weird strap though, the bag would be perfect. I really think the perfect Disney bag is no bag. We went to the MK one night and didn't bring anything w/ us- Matt carried our passes and a $20 bill in his pocket and we just chilled out. It was so liberating! I'm trying to figure out how I can do that all the time but I fear it may not be possible during the day!


I love that crazy book, too. I'm especially loving that ridiculous Mickey golf cart that the one guy is sitting in and creepily observing that other guy playing golf. And obviously I can't get enough of that Muppets 3D picture! Plus all of those outfits! What a find that book was!

They don't use those AMAZING Mickey golf carts anymore but as we were walking out of SoG one night, we totally saw one through the window of the clubhouse for the adjacent golf course. It looked like it was on display or something! What a classic piece of Disney history. :laughing:

magichusky
09-17-2011, 05:11 AM
:figment: TANGENT 5: Back from my Labor Day trip! A few pics.

Hey there, friends!! I've finally emerged from my Disney coma enough to post another update. As you know, I traveled to WDW over Labor Day weekend to see the dear BF, who lives nearby. We stayed at SoG for $78 a night for 5 nights and had an absolute blast. It was HOT HOT HOT though! When my plane landed at MCO around 10pm, the windows instantly fogged up b/c it was so humid outside.

I've never actually experienced humidity like that before so I was seriously exerting energy a lot of the time to refrain from whining about it. It was reasonable at night, but there was one day at DHS during which we were positively boiling! It was so hot that we only went on TOT once!

We also discovered two things that we had never done before but insist upon doing every time from now on: (1) miniature golf and (2) the outlet stores! We played the fairways at Fantasia Gardens and it was one of the most hilarious and amusing things we did surprisingly enough! The outlet stores were equally as amusing b/c the place was absolutely exploding w/ tourists visiting from overseas. Those people were snapping up bags and bags of stuff like there was no tomorrow! I have truly never seen such a violent case of mall insanity in my entire life. The Adidas store was so crowded that I couldn't even really look at anything, and it was WAAAY more crowded than WDW. I always manage to find something though (my Mom and sister, who are both clotheshorses always make fun of me b/c I'm not terribly into clothes but whenever I go shopping w/ them they always come up w/ nil and I always find something perfect!) and I found a pair of pink Puma ballet shoes and a pink paisley Tigger and Eeyore from the Disney outlet store. I had seen them in the Pooh gift shop at MK back in April and just loved them, but they were $25 each. I even took a pic at the time:

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The Eeyore is even cuter and has pink and blue ribbons for his mane. Anyway, I wanted to get a Tigger for my niece, Baby Lily, and my almost-here-niece, Baby Avery, who is due in November. At the outlet store, I found the same stuffed animals for $14 each! I was so excited and got a Tigger and Eeyore to bring to Lily and Avery for when my Mom, sister, and I travel to Texas for Baby Avery's arrival in November. I guess Baby Lily can pick whichever one she wants and the remaining animal will be for Baby Avery. Haha I can't figure out which one she'll pick!

I haven't decided if I took enough photos to do an entirely new TR, but for now here a few of my fav pics:

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It was a relief to get back home where it doesn't feel like I'm walking around in a steam room (I actually required a jacket today) but it's so sad that dear BF has to be so far away!

After it was all said and done, we saved a total of $54.85 w/ my Tables in Wonderland card and $26.19 on regular AP discounts, for a total of $81.04! I only paid $286 extra on top of my DL Premium AP for my golden Premier Passport so this is really turning out to have been such a great idea!

NEXT POST: back to day 3 from December 2010 in the MK!

magichusky
09-17-2011, 05:17 AM
DAY 3.4: I Insist!

So last time we had raced over to Tom Sawyer Island after our CRT breakfast; we weren't fast enough to find a paintbrush but had a great time exploring the island. We decided to double back to Fantasy Land and use our FPs for Peter Pan and Mickey's Philharmagic before the usual Peter Pan insanity ensued. Unfortunately, we had gotten a terrific view of the HM during our island celebration, and crazy Heather being the creeptastic, zombie lover that she is (how is it possible that I share DNA w/ this character??), INSISTED upon going into the HM on our way to see Peter.

On our way to that looming mansion:

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An equivalent view at DL:

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My Mom made us pose w/ the stocks in Frontierland b/c the stocks were for some reason the only thing she remembers from her one and only other trip to the MK back in 1972. I'll have to see if I can find those old pics and post some of them! Unfortunately I couldn't get my head through the whole thing b/c my crown got in the way, plus there was this crazy kid who randomly posed with us! Excuse me!

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Shudder!!!

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The new queue was under construction at the time but I got to see it when I went earlier this month and took a few pics. I was quite offended b/c the HM at WDW apparently does not have a special holiday version like the one in DL. I pretty much only find it even slightly acceptable to enter the DL HM during the holidays since it's a wee bit more whimsical and not as disturbing in that state.

The DL HM decorated for the holidays:

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The one difference between the two that I did like was the staircase room at the beginning of the WDW HM- it reminded me of Harry Potter's Hogwarts and the Winchester Mystery House (I've actually visited the Winchester House and yes, there's totally a staircase inside that leads to nowhere!).

Just for fun, the real Winchester Mystery House:

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After Heather had her fill of hauntedness, we ran back over to Peter Pan and used our FPs. We pretty much walked on. Our FPs prob saved us about 15 min:

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I LOVED the little tee-pee village at the entrance to the ride:

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I enjoyed observing all of the differences between the MK and DL. The Fantasy Land architecture was no exception. I decided that I liked the DL Fantasy Land better- it really looks like it's from an old, worn out storybook. The WDW equivalent looks too new and polished. Plus the WDW FL is laid out strangely; I'm sure it'll look fabulous once that new Princess castle area is finished though! Can't wait to get my paws on an ADR for the future Beauty & the Beast restaurant!

WDW:

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The same area in DL:

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As revenge for Heather making me go in that terrifying HM, I insisted that she and my Mom accompany me to a Small World:

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Once again, I found the DL version to be far more appealing. Additionally, the train at DL travels right through the Small World facade, directly over the boats as they sail into the building; waving to train passengers from the boats and vice-versa is such a delight!

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Back to Florida:

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Well, Heather and my Mom wound up surviving 15 min of "It's a Small World After All!!" without any lasting effects. So when it was all said and done, Heather and I were even! Now it was time for my Mom to select a destination!

See ya real soon!

Eight
09-18-2011, 03:04 PM
So glad to hear you had a great time on the Labor Day trip!!
I've never done mini golf or the outlet stores, though based on your description, I'm not sure I want to go to the outlet stores! Sounds crazy! Though the paisley Tigger is absolutely adorable, and I kind of want one now even though I'm not even a fan of Winnie the Pooh. I would love to see other characters done in that style, or with other interesting fabrics.

I love the 101 Dalmatians pumpkin, it's way too cute. You don't see those little dalmatians much around the park, so I'm glad they at least got a pumpkin.

Man, the humidity is something else. It does feel like you're walking around in a steam room! My friend and I made so many jokes about that in June.

I'm kind of surprised you don't like the Haunted Mansion. I hate the stretching room part because it always makes me feel claustrophobic (and one time when I was 12, we got stuck in there for a few minutes, and I freaked out), but I love the rest of it. And I especially love the holiday overlay.

Yeah, I like the architecture at Disneyland better as well. I love your pictures comparing them, it's funny how similar yet totally different they look.

P.S. What is this new ticker? You're going back at Halloween? :laughing: Too awesome!

magichusky
10-20-2011, 04:30 PM
:maleficenHi everyone! So very sorry about my negligence lately w/ this poor TR- I've been quite busy. I'm working on a new update as we speak! Better finish it before Mickey's Halloween Party at DL tomorrow night!! :maleficen

magichusky
10-20-2011, 10:17 PM
So glad to hear you had a great time on the Labor Day trip!!
I've never done mini golf or the outlet stores, though based on your description, I'm not sure I want to go to the outlet stores! Sounds crazy!

Mini golf was the BEST!!! I didn't take many pics at all since it was nighttime and I was focusing on playing well- I can be ridiculously competitive about stupid stuff sometimes! We're planning on going to the "Winter Summerland" course in December. The outlet stores were just insane- I really wish I would've taken out my camera and filmed the inside of that food court! The Disney outlet store is worth it though, since the merchandise was legitimately sold at the parks at one time.


Though the paisley Tigger is absolutely adorable, and I kind of want one now even though I'm not even a fan of Winnie the Pooh. I would love to see other characters done in that style, or with other interesting fabrics.

I'll have to take a pic of the matching Eeyore! He's even cuter in my opinion!


I'm kind of surprised you don't like the Haunted Mansion. I hate the stretching room part because it always makes me feel claustrophobic (and one time when I was 12, we got stuck in there for a few minutes, and I freaked out), but I love the rest of it. And I especially love the holiday overlay.

Yes- the elevator portion is the worst! It's got a particular smell that really freaks me out. OMG I would've definitely spazzed out as a child if I had been stuck in there! I believe the only rides I've ever been stuck on are IASW, TSM, and the tower, but the it was pretty amusing to be stuck on the tower!


P.S. What is this new ticker? You're going back at Halloween? :laughing: Too awesome!

Yes!!! I found ridiculously cheap airfare at $265 round trip so I snapped that baby right up! BFF Matt is getting promoted to Captain that week so that's really the main reason I'm going, but we're of course going to WDW for at least a few days to check out the F&W Festival and possibly play some more miniature golf!

magichusky
10-21-2011, 03:32 AM
TANGENT 6: Loki's religious experience and a new baby! 10/20/2011

Why hello everyone! As I said in the previous post, my gross DIS negligence has been due to the fact that I've been terribly busy lately. So I thought I'd post another tangent since some of that business resulted in pretty amusing pics!

PART a) Loki's religious experience

"As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice something odd. A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets. This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures."

Somehow I had never heard of this annual "Blessing of Pets" until this year, and I knew that I absolutely had to take Loki. Mom and I drove Loki to the San Luis Rey Mission on Saturday, 10/1, to be blessed! There were actually a lot of people there w/ their pets, most of them dogs. There was also a bird in a cage and a (what WDW likes to call) "pocket pet" in a tiny box (probably a hamster or something). There was a little parade and all of the dogs walked together from one end of the mission to the other, where they lined up to be blessed. At the end of the parade, everyone gathered around the friar who gave a little spiel about St. Francis. It was pretty hilarious b/c at various points throughout the spiel there were intermittent dog snarls and barking. The friar declared that he was exceedingly nervous and backed up to go stand by the bird.

Lo and I waited on the outskirts of the line b/c Lo was being hyper and bothering all of the other dogs. Here we are from a distance in front of the mission. Lo made friends w/ the big black dog in the center:

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Lo actually sat down politely as the friar blessed him!

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Lo and I in front of the fountain:

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Lo and Mom:

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PART b) Whoa baby!

This week, BFF Matt's sister gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Baby Sofia Rose, so he flew over here immediately and we drove to his town to see his family and Baby Sofia. We were greeted by a purple burrito w/ mittens:

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I had to take pics of Baby Sofia's insane hot purple nursery b/c I found it so amusing:

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Here is the hot purple Minnie Mouse stuffed animal Matt and I picked out from the World of Disney in DTD back in September:

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Their crazy little dog, Bugsy was spying on us:

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Tiny baby sandals just crack me up for some reason:

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Whoa baby!

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Tiny socks!

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Matt and I raided Sofia's closet and thought this Halloween outfit w/ a "got candy?" onesie and candy corn print skirt was completely amazing:

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Baby clothing these days is so fashion forward!

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Bugsy was mesmerized by this mysterious, new tiny person and hopped around like a kangaroo for a better look:

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Baby Sofia had this high tech vibrating bassinet which I thought was such a clever invention!

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Out like a light:

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I'll probably go on another tangent within the next few days b/c I'm going to Mickey's Halloween Party in DL as Maleficent tomorrow night, plus I bought Loki a special costume for Halloween this year so I'll have to post the results of our most recent photoshoot!

NEXT POST: back to Day 3 at WDW from December 2010!

magichusky
10-21-2011, 03:43 AM
DAY 3.5: With Liberty and Shivering For All!

We emerged from IASW and quickly discovered that Fantasy Land had become significantly more freezing than it was when we left it. I was nerdily wearing my favorite pair of running shorts b/c my evil phone had told me when I woke up that morning that it was going to be in the 60's!

We decided to go ahead and use our bonus Philharmagic FPs that the Peter Pan FP machine had surprised us w/.

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On our way inside the building, we passed Lady Tremaine and the evil stepsisters:

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We all wound up REALLY enjoying Philharmagic! I loved the various transitions they came up w/, like when the magic mops come in to clean up the dishes from "Be Our Guest." Plus, who doesn't like that faux-cake smell???

After the show, we ventured into "Castle Couture."

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My Mom pretty much went bananas in this shop (she and my sister are shopping monsters) and we wound up buying various souvenirs for my niece, Baby Lily, along w/ some other items, including a big stuffed Maximus from "Rapunzel" (that wasn't for Baby Lily- it was for me!). My favorite was the Sleeping Beauty display inside behind the cash register; the fairies were fighting again over which color the dress should be.

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Once we finally emerged from Castle Couture (it felt like we were in there forever!), we passed the Cinderella fountain:

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And then we proceeded right into another store, Sir Mickey's!

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We didn't wind up buying anything in here, but I was excessively amused by the giant who was peering inside and trying to bust through the roof!

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It was getting disgustingly cold by this point but we pressed on! My Mom's favorite ride at DL is BTMR, so she was stoked to check out the WDW version. We had Castle Couture send our purchases to SoG (I think it's so fabulous that SoG also gets to participate in the souvenir pick-up program so we never had to lug around any of our packages through the parks) so we were free to power walk on over to Frontierland. We passed these funny critters on our way:

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We arrived at BTMR but we still couldn't get a new FP and the stand-by line was advertised as 25-30 min long. We find queues longer than 20 min to be completely unacceptable, especially for attractions that we love (doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but who doesn't feel over-entitled at Disney?), so we actually pulled over somewhere between Splash Mtn and BTMR and considered the unthinkable: why not just go on Splash? If you had been standing there w/ us you would've understood how completely psychotic such an idea was at that point; it was FREEZING!!! My Mom finally put the kibosh on that one so we decided to just bite the bullet and get in line for BTMR.

The BTMR stand-by queue only wound up being ~15 min long, which was pretty reasonable, especially since the CMs were claiming it was 30 min! After that we decided to get lunch so started doubling back towards Columbia Harbor House, where I had already decided we would lunch that day months before when I read great reviews of the place here on the DIS. On our way, we stopped in the Splash Mtn gift shop, "The Briar Patch," so Heather could buy some gloves (she called them "magic gloves." I'm not sure if that was b/c they were actually called magic gloves or if she was just so darn cold that they felt magical!). While we were waiting for Heather to pay for the magic gloves, I made my Mom pose w/ this set of Mickey ears:

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We continued on and soon reached Columbia Harbor House. Mom and Heather got in line and I ventured upstairs to find a table. I went to the back of the restaurant on the 2nd floor and discovered a quiet, semi-empty corner and claimed a table. Our window looked out towards the HM:

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I was at a loss as to why all of those people were congregating outside, and then I realized that they were actually in line for the HM. It was a pretty strange sight b/c I've never again seen such a large horde of people in the HM queue. It still wasn't even that crowded in the MK and we had pretty much walked on to everything that day, so why hundreds of people spontaneously thought it would be a good idea to be involved in such an unwieldy queue is beyond me.

Mom and Heather finally arrived w/ the food (it was an extremely long wait). They had both ordered the chicken nugget meal w/ fries and I had ordered the Lighthouse sandwich w/ chips and a chocolate milk:

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Just as we were starting to eat, these two little boys arrived and saved a nearby table obviously for the rest of their family who was ordering food. Eventually two other adults joined them and they started texting on their phones and paid no attention to the ensuing antics of the little boys. The squirrelly children began racing eachother around the empty tables and being obnoxious. My Mom is an elementary school teacher so her teacher radar immediately went up. Eventually, the little one (prob ~ 7-8 yrs old) started racing specifically around our table. He insisted upon running through a tiny space between my Mom's chair and the wall. As this annoying behavior continued w/out any sign of leveling off, Mom's face grew darker and darker and she wound up scooting her chair back even more so the space the boy was squeezing through was miniscule. But yet the child returned for another go! He grabbed Mom's chair and tried to force his way through. She turned around and used her teacher voice on him. It was pretty hilarious b/c it's like this kid instantly recognized the power of the teacher voice and immediately stopped and retreated, plus he never came back.

Anyway, the sandwich actually sort of made me lose my appetite, and I couldn't finish it even though I was pretty hungry. The hummus was super runny and made the bread soggy, so I pretty much just stuck w/ eating the crusts. Mom and Heather thought their meals were ok but very salty. We all decided that we would not eat at Columbia Harbor House again b/c there weren't a lot of menu options, it was terribly crowded, and the food wasn't all that great. Even though my lunch wasn't all that appealing, my chocolate milk placated me for awhile and I also had Beaches 'n' Cream to look forward to for dinner!

Despite the annoying lunch, we still had the entire rest of the MK to explore for the very first time! We ambled over to Liberty Square:

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I was pretty excited about Liberty Square b/c DL has nothing like this area whatsoever, except for the Abe Lincoln exhibit which is sort of like a mini version of the Hall of Presidents. I had particularly been looking forward to checking out Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. We found this amazing antique peach, glass Mickey ornament inside:

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Mom and I actually debated for several days about whether or not to buy ourselves this ornament. Mom was afraid it would get damaged on the plane. I wound up buying this for my Mom for Mother's Day when I went back to WDW in April. She was SO surprised! When I go back to WDW again next week, I'm planning on buying one of those Disney ornament stands for her Christmas present, so she can display her Mother's Day gift all year round!

Our last stop was the Hall of Presidents (HoP):

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Haha I don't think any of these people appreciated being included in my photo:

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I thought this pic of Nancy Reagan's outfit was pretty funny b/c you can see the reflection of my crown in the glass:

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Elizabeth Monroe's outfit (First Lady to James Monroe, the 5th president):

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We sat in the back of the auditorium for the show b/c there were quite a few people. I of course had to take a few pics (w/ the flash off of course) b/c I was enjoying the somber, patriotic ambience so much. I was pretty irritated though b/c for some reason, every time I tried to take a pic my Mom and Heather would go absolutely ballistic and were practically hissing at me to knock it off, thereby creating a much larger distraction than it would've produced if I had just snapped a quick pic w/ the flash off. This is one of the forbidden pics, which came out great if I do say so myself:

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Being stuck next to Itchy and Scratchy for the entire show was definitely a bore, plus I couldn't seem to stop coughing in there! I was still recovering from this alien virus my Mom had contracted from one of her students and then passed on to me, so I really didn't appreciate it. Of course when I finally manage to get myself to WDW after 25 yrs I have to wind up being sick. Thankfully I wasn't actively sick during that magical week, I just had a lingering cough, but I remember coughing uncontrollably in various attractions at WDW to the point that other people would start staring at me. Anyway, back to Barack:

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I'll be sure to be much more careful about who I vote for for president in the future since it would be a travesty if someone truly horrendous was elected and I had to stare at their animatronic every time I visited the HoP!

NEXT TIME: It's a great big beautiful tomorrow! Plus, a photo tour of the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.

Eight
10-24-2011, 02:25 PM
Aw, little Sofia is adorable! And wow, that is a very, very purple nursery! I like how well the purple Minnie Mouse fits in. :laughing: And I like the design above the crib. And that last picture of Sofia, so cute!

Oh man, I love that picture of the giant lifting up the roof in the shop. I've never seen that before!

We arrived at BTMR but we still couldn't get a new FP and the stand-by line was advertised as 25-30 min long. We find queues longer than 20 min to be completely unacceptable, especially for attractions that we love


So true, right? Anything over 20 minutes is just too much. Fast Pass system, you have ruined my patience. Actually, I did wait about 60 minutes for Space Mountain Ghoul Galaxy two years ago since I had never ridden it before, and it was probably the only day I would be there in October, so I waited, but it only reinforced my belief that anything more than 20 minutes is too long. But yeah, I'm with you there.

Oh man, those children at CHH sound so obnoxious! I'm glad the power of the Teacher Voice worked.

And I'm guessing I may have to wait a few more updates for this, but I'm really curious as to how you liked Beaches n Cream. It's on my list of things I haven't done yet, but really want to try. I've been saying I'm gonna go there for like the past three trips, and yet somehow, I never make it.

WSCAAPaul
11-05-2011, 08:38 AM
.Just a quick note on your post containing "Laura's "special" homemade Epcot map... where the hotties are! Let's go" - this was the only reason I joined DISBoards - I am one of the "Hotties" and wanted to message you all lol

I am Paul from the American Adventure pic (See cravat!)... I only knew about your map because a friend of mine from Disney text it to me last night!

I am very flattered!

Paul

:cool1:

VBsHustla
11-06-2011, 05:16 PM
.Just a quick note on your post containing "Laura's "special" homemade Epcot map... where the hotties are! Let's go" - this was the only reason I joined DISBoards - I am one of the "Hotties" and wanted to message you all lol

I am Paul from the American Adventure pic (See cravat!)... I only knew about your map because a friend of mine from Disney text it to me last night!

I am very flattered!

Paul

:cool1:

:rotfl: OMG, well I'm very glad to hear that you're flattered and not completely disturbed! :laughing: Thanks for posing for that pic for us. The American Adventure is the best! :thumbsup2

VBsHustla
11-06-2011, 05:28 PM
Just finished reading several posts and I loved all the updates! First of all, Loki looks so dignified at church and posing with priests. That new baby is SO tiny and cute! That nursery is definitely insane :rotfl: but I like the butterflies.

I love the illegal patriotic photographs. I'm sure your family hating on your pics certainly created a bigger commotion than the pics themselves. How ridiculous; who wouldn't want to commemorate that attraction? I can't get enough of it!

I hated the Columbia Harbor House as well. We once wanted to write one of those dining reviews about how much we hated every restaurant/food item the Dis heartily recommends (CHH, Tonga Toast, and some others that I can't recall at the moment) and entitle it Debunking Popular Dis Dining Myths, but I guess we were too lazy and never got around to it! That DTD sandwich place would be a great addition to such a report, based on your experience!

That's pretty crazy that you were wearing shorts in weather that was so cold that your sister had to resort to paying Disney prices for some new gloves!

magichusky
11-26-2011, 03:20 AM
Aw, little Sofia is adorable! And wow, that is a very, very purple nursery! I like how well the purple Minnie Mouse fits in. :laughing: And I like the design above the crib. And that last picture of Sofia, so cute!

Haha yes, my Mom and I joke that that child is going to go into a constant state of hypnosis due to the insane electric purple starburst emanating from her crib!


Oh man, I love that picture of the giant lifting up the roof in the shop. I've never seen that before!

My Mom and sister totally didn't notice it either until they looked at the pic! Such a cute touch!

So true, right? Anything over 20 minutes is just too much. Fast Pass system, you have ruined my patience.

Seriously- I recall waiting in line for hours as a child at DL and it was just the way it was. I particularly remember waiting for 2.5 hrs for Indiana Jones after it had just opened back in 1995!


And I'm guessing I may have to wait a few more updates for this, but I'm really curious as to how you liked Beaches n Cream. It's on my list of things I haven't done yet, but really want to try. I've been saying I'm gonna go there for like the past three trips, and yet somehow, I never make it.

Omg I love B&C!! I took a ridiculous amount of pics in there- that update is coming up quite soon. It's a shame b/c it's really out in the boonies unless you're staying at an Epcot resort. It took us a terribly long time to get there from SoG using Disney transportation, so my Dad was super cranky for awhile, but oh well, it was awesome!

.Just a quick note on your post containing "Laura's "special" homemade Epcot map... where the hotties are! Let's go" - this was the only reason I joined DISBoards - I am one of the "Hotties" and wanted to message you all lol

I am Paul from the American Adventure pic (See cravat!)... I only knew about your map because a friend of mine from Disney text it to me last night!

I am very flattered!

Paul

:rotfl: :rotfl2: :worship: :worship: :cool1: :scared1: :laughing: :lmao:

Hahaha OMG how in the Disney World did you (or your friend, I guess!) manage to come upon the pic of that map??? When I saw your post I practically rocketed out of my chair b/c I was laughing so hard. We're so honored that you registered w/ the DIS just to give us a shout out! Thanks for not being completely horrified by our wild antics!

Just finished reading several posts and I loved all the updates! First of all, Loki looks so dignified at church and posing with priests.

Hahaha I believe he's actually considered a friar! I don't know what the difference is though. Loki was pretty much just bewildered at the situation b/c he didn't understand why all the dogs were standing in line and not playing!


I love the illegal patriotic photographs. I'm sure your family hating on your pics certainly created a bigger commotion than the pics themselves. How ridiculous; who wouldn't want to commemorate that attraction? I can't get enough of it!

HAHA seriously!! That's what I told them. Later that evening, on the Great Movie Ride, they practically screamed at me when I was using Heather's camera to take a pic of Mary Poppins and the flash accidently went off.


I hated the Columbia Harbor House as well. We once wanted to write one of those dining reviews about how much we hated every restaurant/food item the Dis heartily recommends (CHH, Tonga Toast, and some others that I can't recall at the moment) and entitle it Debunking Popular Dis Dining Myths, but I guess we were too lazy and never got around to it! That DTD sandwich place would be a great addition to such a report, based on your experience!

HAHA OMG you really need to write this report! We could most certainly include the Earl of Sandwich fiasco. That slimy 2" thick brick of mozzarella in my sandwich still gives me chills. It's so unfortunate b/c I really don't like any of the CS eateries in the MK. Tonga Toast is great if you take like 2 bites of it, so it really needs to be shared w/ like 3-4 people. I couldn't imagine purchasing it w/ the intention of eating the whole thing for breakfast. Even Matt wouldn't order it when we ate there in September!


That's pretty crazy that you were wearing shorts in weather that was so cold that your sister had to resort to paying Disney prices for some new gloves!

I have no idea what in the heck I was thinking!!! :rolleyes: My phone honestly told me that it was going to be 67 deg and sunny. But even so, I'd never wear running shorts to DL in December, and FL was WAY colder than CA, so why I thought such an outfit was appropriate is beyond me!

magichusky
11-26-2011, 03:59 AM
DAY 3.6: It's a Good Thing That Tree is Swiss!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm so embarrassed: I still need to post pics from Mickey's Halloween Party in DL and my latest WDW trip from earlier this month. I'll hopefully get to them very soon! In the meantime, I'd like to offer up yet another installment from Day 3, back on 12/19/2010. I actually wrote this on the plane on my way back from WDW on 11/7!

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Hello again everyone! I'm currently writing this on the plane back home from yet another WDW excursion! I'll of course post a tangent soon along w/ our best pics. In the meantime, I desperately have to finish this TR before we embark on our next December trip! Oh dear!

Last time we had just finished up our first foray into Liberty Square and had seen the Hall of Presidents. I couldn't wait to see the Carousel of Progress so we headed off towards Tomorrowland. On the way we passed a Prince Naveen/Tiana photoshoot in this gazebo:

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We also passed the Crystal Palace, which I still haven't managed to frequent:

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On our way across the hub, we stopped to have a mini photoshoot. I tried to make Heather mimic the Walt statue but neither one of us succeeded and we both wound up looking like nerds!

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We had a photopass guy take a pic of all three of us. He was just amazed that I was wearing running shorts in such inclement weather (it really was RATHER cold, probably the low to mid 40's). He declared that the bottom halves of my legs were totally different colors than the top halves (gee, thanks, like I hadn't already noticed). Ugh.

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We had to run across the street and into Tomorrowland to avoid the impending parade.

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The TTA! Or People Mover or whatchamacallit! We were going to go on this, but it was SO cold that the prospect of being seated and enduring another kind of cold breeze wasn't that appealing:

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Had an amusing view of Stitch from the CoP queue:

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A few pics from CoP:

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Mom refused to even entertain the thought of going near Space Mtn, so Heather and I decided we'd go on it some other time. We were so freezing that we decided to retreat from Tomorrowland and double back to Adventureland:

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Our first stop was the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse:

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I was completely stoked to visit the treehouse b/c Swiss Family Robinson was one of those movies that I'd watch over and over again as a child (along with Pollyanna and all those other crazy Disney classics). The treehouse at DL was contaminated years ago by Tarzan theming, so I was pretty excited to be able to enjoy the Swiss Family once again.

Some pics:

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The equivalent view from the DL treehouse:

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The ground floor Swiss kitchen:

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What a fine tree! One of my favorite stories related to the tree is one I heard straight from the mouth of Julie Andrews, who was at the Los Angeles Book Fair promoting her autobiography, Home. She talked about how Walt gave her a personal tour of DL and they were driving around in a golf cart and came upon the treehouse. Walt's eyes started twinkling and he said: "And they said only God could make trees!"

NEXT TIME: Dreamin' along with a jerk!

Eight
11-30-2011, 02:15 PM
Good luck with trying to finish this before your December trip! :goodvibes I know I won't finish mine before my next trip, because my parents and I booked a trip for this December 9-14! I'm so excited to finally be able to go during the holidays and see everything decorated!
Sorry, I wanted to share my news with someone who gets it. Many of my friends are like, you're going again? :rolleyes:

Anyway.

I too have tried taking pictures mimicking the Partners statue, and yeah, I always end up looking silly. Though the worst pose has to be when I went this summer with my friend, and the guy told us to pose like Minnie Mouse. He took the picture, we walked away, and looked at each, and were like, "that was the awkwardest pose ever." It was kind of an unnatural position to be in.

But I'm with your Photopass dude, how in the world were you wearing shorts?! I think I would have given up and bought overpriced sweats by that point.
That's a nice picture with you, your mom, and sister. :)

Isn't the Swiss Family Treehouse so awesome when it doesn't have Tarzan? I never saw the movie, but I remember going to Disneyland as a kid, and being so amazed by it. I wanted to live there.

Eight
02-15-2012, 12:31 PM
Haven't heard from you in a while, so I'm hoping everything is alright with you and your family.

Wanted to let you know I'll be in LA in March, and there's a very good chance I'll be going to Disneyland on Friday the 23, so I was wondering if you'd want to meet up again at all.

Again, I hope everything is well in your life, and that you'll post another update soon because hey, I miss them!

Take care! :goodvibes