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skidisney
04-17-2011, 12:07 PM
Hey Everybody!

My name is Doug and I am a lifelong Disney fan. I have been going to the world since I was a child with my family and recently wrapped up my 15th trip down to the world. This one was a 2 week adventure to the world and surrounding parks in the Orlando area and a brief visit over to Busch Gardens in Tampa. I went down with my GF Brittany and it was our 3rd trip to the World together in 3 years. It seems that we grow a bit more addicted each time we head down which I am sure is what a lot of you feel.

We decided on a two week trip to celebrate her Graduation from UVA and before she was tied up with work while starting a new career.

I had been down for two weeks as a child before, but this one was totally different from what I remember. Well, to wrap up the introduction article, we travelled between March 26th and April 9th, 2011. We stayed at three different Disney resorts (really trying to do it up for two people on a limited income that are 30 and 23 years old.) We took many, many, many pictures and videos and had some interesting adventures so I hope you all will come along for the ride as we revisit our grand adventure into the vast Disney wilderness. This will be my first attempt at a trip report so please stick with me. Thanks for reading.

Please feel free to ask any questions you would like about any of the adventures we had or leave a comment. I will try to answer and respond as much as possible. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!!!

iheartbelle87
04-17-2011, 01:14 PM
Sounds like fun! Looking forward to reading more!

skidisney
04-17-2011, 02:21 PM
I will try to do a TOC for the trip report as I post them.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 1: Starting The Drive (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40765793&postcount=4)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 2: What Do We Do First? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40766687&postcount=6)
Day 2 cont'd: Lunch And Let's Check Out The Room (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40767585&postcount=8)
Day 2 cont'd: Finally Time For The Parks (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40768233&postcount=9)
Day 2 cont'd: Let's Go On Safari (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40768645&postcount=10)
Day 2 cont'd: Dinoland Surprise (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40769929&postcount=13)
Day 2 cont'd: Time For Dinner At Boatwright's (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40770239&postcount=14)
Day 2 cont'd: A Disney Night Cap Perhaps (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40770520&postcount=15)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 3: What's For Breakfast? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40781299&postcount=17)
Day 3 Cont'd: A Morning At The Movies (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40781909&postcount=20)
Day 3 Cont'd: Let's Check Out What Has Become The Backlot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40783276&postcount=21)
Day 3 Cont'd: More Discovering At The Studios (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40783707&postcount=23)
Day 3 Cont'd: Animation Exploration (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40783994&postcount=24)
Day 3 Cont'd: Lunch At 50's Prime Time (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40793747&postcount=27)
Day 3 Cont'd: Wrapping It Up At The Studios (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40794247&postcount=29)
Day 3 Cont'd: An Unexpected Journey For A Meal (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40794859&postcount=31)
Day 3 Cont'd: Dinner At Paridiso 37 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40796249&postcount=34)
Day 3 Cont'd: The Night Time Is The Right Time At The Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40799196&postcount=36)
Day 3 Cont'd: Let The EMH Begin!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40810894&postcount=37)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 4: Would You Like Your Touring With A Little Water? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40827146&postcount=38)
Day 4 Cont'd: Who Turned On The Faucet? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40835659&postcount=42)
Day 4 Cont'd: A Little Dinner At The Ice Cream Shop (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40859683&postcount=45)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 5: The Wind Swept Us Here, To Typhoon Lagoon (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40860221&postcount=48)
Day 5 Cont'd: Lunch At The Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40875896&postcount=54)
Day 5 Cont'd: Checking Out Conservation Station (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40877889&postcount=55)
Day 5 Cont'd: We Are Gonna Pangani (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40892257&postcount=59)
Day 5 Cont'd: We Are Jammin' In The Jungle With Mickey! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40904861&postcount=60)
Day 5 Cont'd: A Trip Under The Sea And Back In Time (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40917569&postcount=61)
Day 5 Cont'd: Night Time At DHS And Fantasmic (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40918100&postcount=62)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 6: Breakfast, Trail's End Style (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40936281&postcount=65)
Day 6 Cont'd: A Bicycle Tour Through Port Orleans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40936514&postcount=66)
Day 6 Cont'd: Finishing The Bicycle Tour (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40936586&postcount=67)
Day 6 Cont'd: A Brief Look At Flower & Garden (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40966138&postcount=68)
Day 6 Cont'd: Lunch At Le Cellier (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40966701&postcount=69)
Day 6 Cont'd: The First 3 Countries Of Our Worldwide Journey (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40979458&postcount=73)
Day 6 Cont'd: 3 More Countries With A Side Of Water (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40979920&postcount=74)
Day 6 Cont'd: From America To Germany And All The Topiaries In Between (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40988130&postcount=76)
Day 6 Cont'd: Finishing Off The World Showcase (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40988455&postcount=77)
Day 6 Cont'd: The Future (World) Looks Dark And Gloomy (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41025916&postcount=79)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 7: A New (Wet) Day In A Far Off Land (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41031704&postcount=83)
Day 7 Cont'd: A Peek At Harry Potter (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41034117&postcount=84)
Day 7 Cont'd: Poseidon And More Harry (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41060341&postcount=85)
Day 7 Cont'd: The Struggle To Find Something Inside (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41103951&postcount=89)
Day 7 Cont'd: Back To Where The Magic Happens, You Know What I Mean (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41132665&postcount=90)
Day 7 Cont'd: Finishing Up In The Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41134449&postcount=91)
Day 7 Cont'd: Back To Epcot For Teppan Edo (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41139987&postcount=92)
Day 7 Cont'd: A Relaxing Walk Through The World And Some More Riverside (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41143177&postcount=93)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 8: Saying Goodbye To Port Orleans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41148518&postcount=94)
Day 8 Cont'd: Another Morning At The Movies (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41150804&postcount=95)
Day 8 Cont'd: Lunch With Aliens (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41176658&postcount=96)
Day 8 Cont'd: From Sunset To Indiana (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41177161&postcount=97)
Day 8 Cont'd: Counting Down To Fun With Our Pixar Pals (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41191240&postcount=102)
Day 8 Cont'd: The Fun Keeps On Coming (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41194839&postcount=105)
Day 8 Cont'd: Bestest Attraction Ever!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41231475&postcount=107)
Day 8 Cont'd: Welcome Home!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41231694&postcount=108)
Day 8 Cont'd: Let's Take A Look At The Room (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41235345&postcount=109)
Day 8 Cont'd: Unfinished Business At The Studios And A Few More OKW Pics (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41248363&postcount=112)
Day 8 Cont'd: A Night Out With The Yachtsman (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41265669&postcount=116)
Day 8 Cont'd: Strange Decisions During Epcot EMH (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41306516&postcount=118)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day 9: A Sunny Shot At Universal (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41316027&postcount=119)
Day 9 Cont'd: Smooth Sailing Through Universal Studios (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41322315&postcount=120)
Day 9 Cont'd: The Longest Line We Had At Universal (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41357889&postcount=121)
Day 9 Cont'd: Start The Mardi Gras Parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41478924&postcount=122)
Day 9 Cont'd: Some More Mardi Gras Parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41509988&postcount=124)
Day 9 Cont'd: A Night Out In CityWalk (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41565770&postcount=125)

Sunday, April 3. 2011

Day 10: Time For A Float (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41590305&postcount=126)
Day 10 Cont'd: A Different View Of Downtown Disney (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41601032&postcount=127)
Day 10 Cont'd: A Walk To Our Next ADR (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41630082&postcount=128)
Day 10 Cont'd: Lunch At The New Place (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41740887&postcount=130)
Day 10 Cont'd: Walking Back Through World Showcase To ROC (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41745742&postcount=131)
Day 10 Special: The Chinese Zodiac (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41756556&postcount=132)
Day 10 Cont'd: From China To Spaceship Earth (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41757639&postcount=133)
Day 10 Cont'd: Bambi And Club Cool (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41758273&postcount=134)
Day 10 Cont'd: More Shots of Epcot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41759033&postcount=135)
Day 10 Cont'd: From World of Disney to the Carousel (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41866183&postcount=136)
Day 10 Cont'd: More Extra, Extra Magic With A Little Let Down (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41887899&postcount=138)
Day 10: The 3 AM Finale (For The Second Time) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41888158&postcount=139)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 11: The Day Starts Off With A Very Bad Blizzard (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41888449&postcount=140)
Day 11 Cont'd: Our Luck Starts To Change At Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42120369&postcount=141)
Day 11 Cont'd: Flights Of Delights (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42120570&postcount=142)
Day 11 Cont'd: A Journey Through The Maharajah's Palace (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42121161&postcount=143)
Day 11 Cont'd: Trying To Be The Animal Kingdom Fastpass King (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42167721&postcount=144)
Day 11 Cont'd: A Final Trip On The Safaris (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42167980&postcount=145)
Day 11 Cont'd: Final Housekeeping At The Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42168254&postcount=146)
Day 11 Cont'd: Delightful Desserts (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42258942&postcount=147)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 12: Starting The Day Off Early (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42311367&postcount=148)
Day 12 Cont'd: A Breakfast With A Bear And Friends (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42348248&postcount=151)
Day 12 Cont'd: The Frontier Seems A Little Wetter Than I Remember (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42534029&postcount=153)
Day 12 Cont'd: Bears And Is This A Jungle Or A Rain Forest (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42534751&postcount=154)
Day 12 Cont'd: A Tour Around The Rivers Of America (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42537583&postcount=155)
Day 12 Cont'd: More Rivers From The Boat And On Land (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42539561&postcount=156)
Day 12 Cont'd: A Tour Of A Mansion And Movin' It And Shakin' It (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42565565&postcount=157)
Day 12 Cont'd: A Lunch In The Plaza (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42688498&postcount=158)
Day 12 Cont'd: A Roundtrip Tour That Ends In Frontierland? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42702538&postcount=159)
Day 12 Cont'd: Let The Parade Begin!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42710112&postcount=160)
Day 12 Cont'd: Finishing The Parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42710488&postcount=161)
Day 12 Cont'd: Wrapping Up The Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42776169&postcount=164)
Day 12 Cont'd: Arriving At Our 3rd ADR Of The Day, That's Right I Said 3! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42838372&postcount=165)
Day 12 Cont'd: Gettin' To The Grubbin' (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43105361&postcount=166)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 13: A New Day, A New Destination (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43132689&postcount=167)
Day 13 Cont'd: Onto The Big Boy Rides (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43296328&postcount=168)
Day 13 Cont'd: Rhino Rally? And The Animals (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43345955&postcount=169)
Day 13 Cont'd: From Egypt To The Congo (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43346110&postcount=170)
Day 13 Cont'd: A Train Ride Through The Wild Tampa Savanna (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44443244&postcount=171)
Day 13 Cont'd: Totally Terrific Tigers (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44443909&postcount=172)
Day 13 Cont'd: Wrapping Up Our Journey To Busch Gardens (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44451826&postcount=173)

skidisney
04-17-2011, 02:35 PM
So we start the drive from the mountains of Virginia heading to the flatness of Florida. Of course, being down there for over two weeks and wanting to explore the other parks in Orlando and Tampa, driving was really our only option. We saved quite a bit of money doing it this way (to be spent elsewhere, lol.)

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A 12 hour drive ahead. The first state to enter on our long journey is North Carolina. Always exciting when you get to that first new state, isn't it.

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Shortly after entering North Carolina, Brittany (girlfriend) finished her first picture in her coloring book. Hey, I know were adults but we get excited about Disney World too. Don't judge, I don't need to make excuses for how we travel.:rotfl2:

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We got to the border just before sunset of NC and SC and saw Intimidator at Carowinds.

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A stop just across the border for dinner at one of our favorite "chain" restaurants, McAlister's Deli. Really cool place if you haven't been there.

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We were able to make it to Georgia and Savannah by that night. Tough night to sleep. I really just want to get in the car and pretend the parks will be open at 5 AM and act like I will never have to sleep while I am down there but I suppose we need some rest. Long day the next day.

Next: Day 2 and what park should we visit first.

francis6306
04-17-2011, 02:54 PM
Two whole weeks?! Wow... Sounds like a lot of fun! Interested to see what all you two get accomplished in this time! :thumbsup2

skidisney
04-17-2011, 03:51 PM
You see, this was a big question when we got into the car at 10 AM on Saturday morning. We had many things we had to get done upon arrival. Ok, not that many but some housekeeping to catch up on. We had our AP's from a previous trip in October/November 2010 (seems like we always straddle months.) But I wanted to make sure that we got our Tables In Wonderland card before our reservation at Boatwright's (hint to where we are spending the first week.) We had questioned ourselves as to whether the TIW card was going to be worth it at $75 for Annual Passholders for months before the trip but because we had many ADR's (27 in all) we decided it would be prudent to invest in one. Would it pay off? You will have to see later.

For now, let's get back on the road.

11:30 AM - Time to cross the state line into our final state.

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One more for good measure with Britt pointing out the state we had just entered.

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Another great work of art from Brittany

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Getting closer.

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And finally.

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Now here is where we get to some controversy. I swear I made the turn before our hotel so we could swing around to get a better picture of the arch. Brittany says this was a "wrong turn," but no matter. P.S. It was a better pic the 2nd time.

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So, after all the indecision as to which park we should go to first, we decide to go to the hotel to check-in. LOL. So where are we staying first, I am sure you have guessed this one already.

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Arrival at Port Orleans Riverside was about 2:30 PM. All we had to say about it was, fantastic!!!

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It really is a nice property. Obviously, we took our time exploring.

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Outside shot of Boatwright's during the day.

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A peek of one of the Mansion's (of which we had requested a room in)

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Just a very nice looking property.

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Here is a funny shot of the bathroom in the Riverside Mill food court. Brittany thought that the toilet with the high tanks were funny.

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Next: Day 2 - Lunch And Let's Check Out The Room

francis6306
04-17-2011, 04:57 PM
Awe! POR is where I want to stay!! Its the only Mod that really grabs my attention!

skidisney
04-17-2011, 05:14 PM
Let's do lunch at the Riverside Mill. We hadn't eaten since the Comfort Suites' "hot breakfast" at 9 o'clock that morning. It was now about 3 in the afternoon and we were starving so we stopped in at the food court.

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Brittany had the Bacon Double Cheesburger and Vegetable Pasta Salad, $8.59.

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I enjoyed the Roast Beef and Bleu Cheese on Ciabatta, $7.99. It was very Bleu Cheesey. Perhaps a little over Bleu Cheesy. In fact it was really Bleu Cheesy. Bottom line, you better like Bleu Cheese if you get this sandwich. But the chips were absolutely fantastic. They were almost worth the 8 bucks by themselves.

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The ambience of the food court.

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Well, let's go check the room. First let's check out our Mansion building. Brittany had requested that we stay in a Mansion room and we got our wish. Something we noticed about Riverside was that while there were people around it seemed very spread out and quiet. In the quiet pools, the bus stops, the common areas and even check-in and the store, it was always very manageable for the time of year we were visiting.

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Onto the room

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Overview of the room, obviously a king room. Seemed like it had a lot more space than the room we had Caribbean Beach Resort in November but I am positive it was just the bed size.

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Towel Mickey

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The sinks and vanities

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The shower and "potty". Pretty small.

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The King Bed

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Nice Art of the Liberty Belle on the wall

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The garden and fountain right outside the door. Impeccable landscaping at this resort.

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From the street

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Next: Which park do we head to the first day we are there?

skidisney
04-17-2011, 06:10 PM
We were finally ready to head out to the parks. It was about 4:30 on the Saturday and like I said before, we just wanted to pick up a TIW card before our reservation before Boatwright's that evening. So where did we head to:

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That's right

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Why don't we

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So we get the TIW card with a little wait at Guest Relations. No real problems though. The CM was very friendly and helpful and pointed out all of the perks of having the card.

Let's head to the tree.

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The Garden

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Look who was just sitting there with no one around

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Poor Lilo was by herself begging for us to come take a picture with her

On to Africa to get Fastpasses for Kilimanjaro Safaris

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Shot of Everest from the bridge

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Back on task

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Birds behind the Fastpass machines

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The walk to Asia and Everest. At this point the crowds are looking good and we figure we aren't in for a super crowded time.

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Ta-Da:wizard: Behold, Expedition Everest!!!

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The wait time for standby was only 15 minutes and we were itching to ride it considering we had missed it our last trip down, so we got in line. Actual wait time was about 20 minutes.

And the Everest Queue

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I love it when the smoke actually works coming from the stacks of the back of the trains. It is one of the small details I really do notice.

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Another outside shot

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Next: Back to the Safaris

skidisney
04-17-2011, 06:45 PM
Alright, when we last left off, we had finish our journey to Mount Everest and we were heading back to Harambe to go on safari.

But first, a photopass photographer offered to take a photo of us with our personal camera. He did a great job.

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And some monkeys. Who doesn't love monkeys.

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Onto the safaris and some obligatory animal shots

To the hippo pool

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A croc

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A Giraffe shot

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or two

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The cattle almost hit the safari truck with those big horns

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Nice shot here

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The backside of an elephant

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And Flamingos. Let me tell you something about flamingos. They are in every park in Central Florida and in each and every park, you will be told that they are only pink because of the shrimp that they eat.

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And a cheetah

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Big yawning lion. You know its tough being a lion at Animal Kingdom.

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As you can see here

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Pumbaa?

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That's it for the safaris. And yes, once again, we caught some poachers, hope you have as much luck as we did.

Next: A trip to Dinoland USA

ChattaAlley
04-17-2011, 07:34 PM
Loving all your pictures. I so want to stay in the POFQ.

skidisney
04-17-2011, 07:51 PM
Thanks Alley. Hope you keep checking back for the whole 2 week adventure. Tons more pics to come.

skidisney
04-17-2011, 08:23 PM
So after we leave Africa we duck down a small path just to the left at the end of the bridge while going back to Discovery Island. The path can also be accessed by turning the left after coming out of It's Tough To Be A Bug. It's a very nice hidden path with very few guests and some animals like this little fella.

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Nice waterfall here

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Another water feature

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And we duck into...

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And what premier attraction did we ride upon arrival into Dinoland.

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That's right. Triceratop Spin!!! Well, to be honest it had no wait, and we had never ridden it before so we figured we would mark it off the checklist of life. This may be where the seed to try and ride everything was born but at this point we were purely in chill mode.

I have no idea why we took this pic. That means I have to post it.

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A shot from the Spin toward the gift shop.

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And Primeval Whirl which was closed the entire time we were there.

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Nice detail, even on Triceratop Spin.

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And out of Animal Kingdom by 6:50.

Next: Back to the hotel for Boatwright's

skidisney
04-17-2011, 08:52 PM
We got back to POR at about dusk. I really feel that this is the time of day where Riverside becomes really beautiful.

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The carriage rides right outside of Boatwrights.

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On to the restaurant

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Would you care for a menu?

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How about some cornbread?

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This cornbread was so good, we had no choice but to ask our waitress Sue (fantastic) to give us some cornbread to go back to the room with. She filled an entire carry-out box with so much cornbread we couldn't finish it all.

I had the Grilled Pork Chop - Amber Ale Barbecue Sauce, Cheesy Grits, and Onion Rings $21.99

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Britt had the Grilled Tenderloin Medallions - served with mac and cheese, Crayfish beignet and red wine Demi-glace $27.49

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Boatwright's was suprisingly better than we thought. We figured it would be much like Shutter's at CBR. But this restaurant is really worth checking out. Espescially if you are staying at either Port Orleans Resort.

With a Corona and a glass of wine. We received a TIW discount of $12.10 here. With the discount and then the automatic TIW 18% tip added, the total for two of us was $62.42.

Back to the room.

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Next - But would we stay there?

skidisney
04-17-2011, 09:17 PM
The answer to the title is, of course not!!!

Heck we're in Disney World. Gotta keep going. But we weren't up for an evening in the parks. So we decided to use our Annual Pass discount to go check out Winter Summerland Mini Golf

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The check-in Airstream

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Here are some pics of the course. If you haven't been there, you should really check it out

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Awesome benches here. I know, random details again

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The backside of Santa. Don't know why Britt took this one.

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Mickey In A Box

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Now it's time to go back to Riverside to go for a quick swim in the quiet pool and then off to bed by 11.

Next - On to day 3

Goofy442
04-18-2011, 08:24 AM
Wow, you took some great pictures! We love Boatwright's food :lovestruc

skidisney
04-18-2011, 05:46 PM
Well, it's our first morning in Disney World. Why we head here for an 8:30 AM ADR

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First doormat of the trip

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Gotta have the lobby pic

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Destination?

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This is the only tradition we really have on our trips. We must go to Kona the first morning. Brittany needs her Tonga Toast.

Menu?

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Lilikoi Juice $4.19

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And Brittany of course had the aforementioned Tonga Toast - banana stuffed sourdough bread, rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with Strawberry Compote and your choice of ham, bacon, or sausage $10.99


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And for me, why it was the Two Eggs Your Way - with home fried potatoes, a biscuit, and choice of ham, bacon or sausage $9.99

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Total saved with the TIW card was $5.03

Total was $25.98

Quite reasonable compared to what is yet to come.

Seriously, Kona has some great food and is not as popular as neighboring Ohana but if you get a chance or just want good food at a price thats as affordable as you'll get in the world, check it out.

Next: Off to a park, but which one!!

NMW
04-18-2011, 06:08 PM
Subscribing

ronnmel
04-18-2011, 06:26 PM
Subbing!

I'm heading down to WDW this summer for a two weeks trip so I'm curious to hear about yours. :goodvibes

I like your TR so far, but I have to say that I particularly enjoy the pics of Winter Summerland as we so rarely see pictures of the mini-golfs. :thumbsup2

skidisney
04-18-2011, 06:37 PM
So here we go. We head out for our first morning touring at

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Where we are once again hoping to

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We have been doing this trip kinda backwards. We have always visited Magic Kingdom or Epcot first and so far, none of that. But that's ok. A refreshing breath of air actually. It is part of our plan to "take it easy and relax." Also, part of this plan was not fretting over missing rope drops and hence why the "later" ADR at Kona which put our arrival at Hollywood Studios at 9:30 AM.

A picture of one of our favorite's from outside the park

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Was it crowded at 9:30 AM on a Sunday in March

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Not too bad.

Going for a stroll down

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Who loves this? Okay some people do, some people don't.

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And over to

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to see if we could get some Fastpasses for Toy Story Mania!

We did get some for a return time at 2:20 PM which fits in nicely with our lunch schedule.

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Some of the newest releases.

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What, this was a movie?

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Now down Sunset Blvd. at 9:45 AM, the crowds had built to very large.

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This makes you wanna buy DVC, doesn't it?

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Nice topiary

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On to the original icon

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And right onto the ride because it was a walk-on

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Let's Go!!!

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Next: Still lot's to see at the Studios, which direction should we go next?

skidisney
04-18-2011, 08:28 PM
So where could we head to? Well, we turn right after the Great Movie Ride and down to the Streets Of America.

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And then on to another point of controversy. One of my favorite attractions and pre-shows is

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I love the Muppets and watch all the shows. However, I am pretty sure that Brittany could live her entire life without hearing the word Muppet again. She may be a full blown Muppet hater. You may direct your comments towards her. I wish they had made the originally conceived Muppet ride in the Studios. But alas, :mad:, they did not.

On to another attraction that I hadn't ridden in years.

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Let's talk about this. What a disaster. I am so saddened to see what this attraction has become. It used to be so much better. Now they don't even let guests act out the rolls in the water tank area.

See the empty, but used to be occupied by someone's unfortunate dad, captain's chair

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You just get the feeling that they didn't want to spend the money to even take the water tank portion out of the tour. I mean using Pearl Harbor and The Rock and Con Air to sell this attraction. Come on!!! :eek:

Poor empty chair

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Look, the water is on fire, exciting

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And a prop from Hannah Montana: The Movie

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The Tram Tour now basically drives around in a circle and has a few interesting sights. What was really cool about our portion of the tram tour was we were on it while Lights, Motors, Action was going on and we got to see a lot of the behind the scenes goings on.

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Lucky timing on that one.

The slightly lopsided, ok really lopsided cage from Pirates.

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The original icon

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Costuming for the entire resort's cast members

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Hi Mr. Man from LMA

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Walt's Plane

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And Catastrophe Canyon

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And the back of it

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Bashed up Herbie, poor Herbie

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And the finale

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Next: AFI and a gift shop of course

jmsdvc
04-18-2011, 08:48 PM
Great pictures and TR.
Especially love all your pictures of PORS. :goodvibes

skidisney
04-18-2011, 09:02 PM
At the end of the Backlot Tour, AFI puts an exhibit in that is changed every once in a while. This might be one of the most interesting parts if you like props from the movies like i do.

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And the Monsters Inc. area

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So our goal here on the first full morning at the Studios, espescially with it getting crowded, and knowing that we had two weeks to come back and hit the headliners, was to try some attractions we had never completely experienced before. On this list was

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If you have not been in here, you are missing out. There are great props and models from Imagineering in here and the movie (although a condensed version of Walt's life) is pretty good as well. And it is air-conditioned and a very relaxing place to take a load off for 10 minute.

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Of course Walt's office

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A model of Peter Pan

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Original Figment and Kitchen Cabaret and Horizons items

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Paris' Castle

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Model from Tokyo DisneySea

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California Adventure

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NEXT: More fun in the Animation Courtyard

skidisney
04-18-2011, 09:26 PM
So we come out of the theatre for One Man's Dream and come into the Animation Courtyard to this:

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Stroller Central. Granted, it was about 12:15 at this point. I spot the Art of Animation store to the left of Disney Junior and we are just trying to pad for our lunch ADR so we decide to go in. Upon exploration, we find this is the back way into The Art Of Animation meet-and greets and hands-on activities. So we keep going back and find some cool stuff

An actual animator

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She's working on Snow White

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And Lotso

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We played the "What Character Are You Most Like?" game and Brittany is, no surprise here

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Time to walk to lunch

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No, not Min And Bill's today

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Not Dinosaur Gertie's either

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Not even Hollywood & Vine

Next: Where could it be?

skidisney
04-18-2011, 10:31 PM
Subbing!

I'm heading down to WDW this summer for a two weeks trip so I'm curious to hear about yours. :goodvibes

I like your TR so far, but I have to say that I particularly enjoy the pics of Winter Summerland as we so rarely see pictures of the mini-golfs. :thumbsup2

Hope you have as much fun as we did. I am sure you will. Winter Summerland is a really fun place to spend and hour and have a great time.

skidisney
04-18-2011, 10:33 PM
Great pictures and TR.
Especially love all your pictures of PORS. :goodvibes

Thanks for joining in. There are more pics of Riverside and some French Quarter coming up.

skidisney
04-19-2011, 03:25 PM
I knew you would figure it out

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I was very concerned about this restaurant. I was interested in the food but not really happy about the concept with 2 grown adults. Call me silly (I am sure you will,) but it just didn't tickle my fancy on paper. The result was that it was ok. The food was pretty good but not great. The service (Aunt Janice) was nice enough without being to overbearing. The speed of service was slower than usual but tolerable. The one issue we seemed to have at all of the Table Service restaurants in the theme parks (not at all in the resorts) was that we would get put at a table that had about a foot and a half gap between another 2 seated table and there were always people at the next table. So it felt like they were part of the conversation. Oh well, what can you do, Disney is trying to fill up as much space as possible. Let's check out the restaurant.

The Living Room (Lobby)

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The Tune-In Lounge

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Not too bad with the ADR. About a 5 minute wait.

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You can see how close we were to the next table

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I had a milkshake ($4.99) that came with the extra cup with more milkshake. It was literally like 3 milkshakes. (Sorry Britt must have missed the pics of the shake.) Brittany had the Cherry Coke ($3.19.)

And for the meals

Brittany had the Grandma's Chicken Pot Pie - creamy mixture of chicken, mushrooms, carrots, celery, peas, and onions topped with a flaky pastry $16.99

It is huge!!!

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I really enjoyed Dad's Traditional Meatloaf - a blend of beef and pork topped with tomato glaze, served with mashed potatoes, and green beans $14.99

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One last shot of the hostess stand.

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All in all, a pretty good restaurant. Very noisy. Would I go back? I am in no hurry but I wouldn't discourage anyone from eating here.

TIW Savings on this meal was $8.03
And the total after the discout for two of us was $41.45

Next: 20 Minutes til Toy Story, What to do? What to do?

Sammy Cat
04-19-2011, 03:58 PM
I've only gotten to Day 2 so far in your trip report, but I wanted to stop and let you know that this is the BEST trip report I've ever read on this board (and I've read quite a few). I love that you are no nonsense and straight to the point about all the stuff that matters, such as getting there, your feelings upon arrival, the resort, etc. And THANK YOU for posting so many great pics! We'll also be staying at Port Orleans Riverside in about six weeks time, so seeing all the pics and reading your comments got me very excited about our trip! Good job so far, can't wait to read more! :)

skidisney
04-19-2011, 04:01 PM
So we got out of 50's Prime Time at about 1:45 and decided to see something we hadn't seen before (remember the goals of this trip originally was to focus on seeing things we hadn't seen before and was still holding true at this point.) So we wandered over to where the new Star Tours will be debuting in May and caught the Jedi Training Academy. Really fun show, but I will tell you, we walked by later in the trip and it wasn't as good with a different actor portraying the Jedi Master. This guy was really funny and good with the kids.

This kid was great. His hood is clearly too large and he would not take it off and he would bang his fists on his legs every time he would get "ready for battle."

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Old posters were still up over the stage

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Walking back through the Muppet Courtyard to get to Pixar Place

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Pretty crowded at this point

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And finally to

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Apparently, we were having so much fun, the camera disappeared until

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Now here is a hint I hadn't known about before. If you have Fastpasses or are just 2 or less people in your party in Standby (or are willing to split up into 2 or less,) when you reach the merge (right after you pick up your glasses,) mention to the CM that you are 2 or 1 and they will direct you through a gate that will send you right to the front at the loading station. This saves about 10-20 minutes of wait time. I'm just saying, haha.

On our way out we saw the pre-parade coming out

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And at 2:45 PM we decided to call it a wrap for the Studios for the day.

Next: More Riverside Exploring And Let's See How Disney Transportation Is Doing

skidisney
04-19-2011, 04:07 PM
I've only gotten to Day 2 so far in your trip report, but I wanted to stop and let you know that this is the BEST trip report I've ever read on this board (and I've read quite a few). I love that you are no nonsense and straight to the point about all the stuff that matters, such as getting there, your feelings upon arrival, the resort, etc. And THANK YOU for posting so many great pics! We'll also be staying at Port Orleans Riverside in about six weeks time, so seeing all the pics and reading your comments got me very excited about our trip! Good job so far, can't wait to read more! :)

So awesome that you are enjoying it. I hope you keep reading because I have some more Riverside coming up. Thanks again for your kind comments.

skidisney
04-19-2011, 04:55 PM
So we left DHS via our personal car at 2:45 PM and got back to our room at 3PM on the dot. Not to bad. I am guessing it was faster than Disney transportation based upon our next experience.

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So after a little rest at the hotel, we had a 7:15 ADR in Downtown Disney. So we left the room for the boat dock at 6:05.

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We arrive at the boat dock at 6:15 to what looks like a small wait.

Across from the boat dock

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Look, a boat

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Not ours

After about 5 boats, ours arrived. Now I have always thought that Disney Transportation was a nice thing to have and I was thinking that the boat to DD was an awesome feature. But as each of the 5 boats that weren't ours. Waiting for the boat to pull up, dock, tie up, unload, count new people to load, load, untie, and set off all done by one person (the captain of each boat respectively) with no one manning the dock. This process began to seem a bit ridiculous. The time we actually got on our boat was now 6:40.

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Remember, we have to go to French Quarter, repeat the above process and then set sail for Marketplace which is good enough even though we had to walk to Pleasure Island.

Regardless, here are some of the sights from the river. Fantastic views here.

French Quarter

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La Nouba and Disney Quest

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Would like to eat here someday. Not this trip though.

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The views are great. It is relaxing if you are not trying to get anywhere on time. Arrival in the Marketplace was at 7:05. With some speed walking through Marketplace we were able to make it to what is left of Pleasure Island and made our 7:15 reservation with no room to spare.

Next: It's what's for dinner.

ronnmel
04-19-2011, 05:09 PM
I'm wondering where all those other boats were going? I thought that POR only had boats going to DTD.

skidisney
04-19-2011, 05:39 PM
I'm wondering where all those other boats were going? I thought that POR only had boats going to DTD.

It does only run between Riverside, French Quarter and Downtown Disney. Our issues came because of capacity allowed on the boats. We had approx 45 people ahead of us but they would only allow a certain amount on each boat. We were the 5th boat out of the docks but at a spacing of 10-15 minutes, I just want people to be aware of the time investment it may take to do the boat. Busses run as well between Downtown and Port Orleans and I suspect it goes much faster than the boat trip.

skidisney
04-19-2011, 06:54 PM
We had questioned whether having 3 ADR's a day was possible for us but we really wanted to explore the restaurants on this trip.

We walked at a fast pace to

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So after cutting it close with the boat ride, we made it to our reservation right on time at

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That's right

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We were sat next to the bar at a high top table

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It has an open kitchen which is nice

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We decided to get 3 appetizers to split between the two of us

First the very delicious Chorizo & Beef Skewers - (serves 2) Spicy Chorizo & Marinated Beef Skewers. Served with Chimichurri Pita Bread, Marinated Mushrooms & Citrus Yogurt Sauce $15.99

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Also the very good Quesadillas - Flour Tortillas Stuffed with your Choice of Steak or Chicken. Topped with Imported Cheeses and Served with Sour Cream and Pico de Gallo $12.99

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And just because, the Mac & Cheese Bites - crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside, served with a jalapeno and cilantro dipping sauce $8.50

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All was very good and the server Chris was excellent. If I have to be honest, one of the reasons I wanted to come here was for the "coldest beer on earth." I had two, neither was very cold.

I lost the receipt on this one but I believe the TIW discount was around $8.00.
The total for the two of us after discount was $48.98.

After the meal, we decided to walk through

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Pretty busy in DD

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We then got to the boat ramp for the Downtown Disney boat shuttle. We waited for about 10 minutes, got on the boat, had to stop by the Pleasure Island dock, and finally to the Marketplace dock.

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At this point, we could go back to the end of the line to try and catch the water taxi back to Riverside, however the line was 30-45 people long again and we saw how long that took last time. We opted for the bus. Short walk past Rainforest to the bus stop. Waited 5 minutes there, boarded a bus and then how to stop at West Side (where we just came from, mind you,) where they needed to do a driver switch. 10 minutes there. I believe I said to Britt at this point "I don't care how many circles we have to drive in to find a parking spot, next time we are driving." :rotfl2:

I will say that once the busses are back in Port Orleans it may be the most efficient multiple stop hotel on the transportaion system. Bus stops are well spaced and the busses are very frequent but not in the way.

Next: Could this possibly be it for today?

ronnmel
04-19-2011, 09:01 PM
It does only run between Riverside, French Quarter and Downtown Disney. Our issues came because of capacity allowed on the boats. We had approx 45 people ahead of us but they would only allow a certain amount on each boat. We were the 5th boat out of the docks but at a spacing of 10-15 minutes, I just want people to be aware of the time investment it may take to do the boat. Busses run as well between Downtown and Port Orleans and I suspect it goes much faster than the boat trip.


Ahhh, thanks. I get it now.

skidisney
04-19-2011, 09:56 PM
Alright, so here we go. Time for a little EMH at the Magic Kingdom. Being that the regular operating hours are until midnight, that means EMH until 3 AM. That right there is Doug time. Obviously, I am a night owl way more than a morning person. We drove to the MAgic Kingdom and parked in the first row of Minnie and walked through the tram tunnel to the TTC.

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On the monorail 10:20 PM, got the whole monorail car to ourselves. Love that. It seems so peaceful, compared to those days where we are all crammed on together like cattle.

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We walked in during Magic, Memories & You but no time for that. We wanted to get out of the way for the Main Street exit that everyone was heading towards.

So we headed across the brand new bridge into Adventureland

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And found our spot in Frontierland for the Main Street Electrical Parade at 11 PM.

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My main man Goofy

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Alice

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Cinderella

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The Final Float

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Haunted Mansion was packed with the crowds from the parade afterwards so we moved on to Fantasyland.

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Next: Let the EMH begin

skidisney
04-20-2011, 05:49 PM
So we head to Fantasyland and walk by most everything, because of the long lines. It was still 11:55 PM and regular operating hours so all the days guests were running around trying to get in line for their last ride of the evening. We saw that Snow White had a small wait and jumped in line.

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Another shot of the castle as we let the crowds from the day filter out.

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We moved on to Tomorrowland where the crowds were still pretty heavy. Britt decided to have her first Mickey bar ever. Suprising considering we have been there 3 times together that it has taken this long.

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We rode Buzz with a little wait. I scored a weak 444900. Someday I will be a galactic hero.

The TTA was not operating :eek:. This would start a trend I have never experienced in the Magic Kingdom before.

We moved around to the hub. Look, castle from the front.

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At 12:30, we get on Pirates for the first time this trip. Side note, this was the first time our room key was checked during the night even though EMH started at 12. So we board Pirates and guess what, no sound and the Animatronics were not moving. We were basically floating through a Pirate Museum. It was very quiet, I will tell you that much.

So we get out of there and head to my favorite attraction in all of Disney World, SPLASH MOUNTAIN!!!

How exciting!!! (Brittany hates water rides as much as she hates Muppets, so she complains the entire time.)

Look at her in all her glory.

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Enjoying the cruise. Hey, at least the soundtrack and characters are working.

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And then the big drop is coming and ....

NOTHING. Broken down. Sitting in Splash for 25 minutes. Not being told anything and of course at the top of the mountain. The service lights come on, followed by some cast members and we are escorted out through a backstage area and by the parade float building.

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At least for our troubles on this one, we receive some of these.

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Poor Splash :sad2:. Thank goodness we are here for two weeks, right?

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Time to continue the cycle on our second trip around the park.

5 minute wait for Big Thunder so we ride that one.

And then we start walking on attractions. Isn't one o'clock in the morning great.

Walking on Haunted Mansion
Then Peter Pan.

Look what was a walk on.

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Empty elephants.

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On to Winnie The Pooh and the new queue. Really cool features here.

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Goofy was out. So was Chip And Dale (Cast Member took the pic)

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On to the Tomorrowland Speedway

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Guess what else was a walk-on.

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That's right

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Ever wonder what Main Street looks like at 2:30 in the morning.
Well here you go.

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A stop by the bakery (still baking things fresh) for an apple turnover for Brittany.

And a cool good night pic from the Magic Kingdom.

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Our car is one of the 10 left in the parking lot.

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And then it started raining.

Next: Remember when I said it started raining.

skidisney
04-21-2011, 09:10 PM
After our late night out at the Magic Kingdom, we took our time the next morning and headed out to Epcot around 1:30 PM. Epcot is possibly our favorite park and we couldn't believe it took us this long to get there. Espescially with our first Flower and Garden Festival. The weather was, well lets just say it was wet. Well more then wet. It was pouring rain. Abosolutely, pouring and the forecast did not look very good for the rest of the day.

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The rain was coming down and we even with our rain jackets, there was no protection it was coming down so hard.

So we stepped inside Innoventions West and did what any kid would do on a rainy day. Played some video games!!!

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Then we darted over to the east side, trying to find any cover for our travels.

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To be visited later.

We then went over to the festival center to check it out. Hey, it was dry inside.

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We had bought tickets that night for the Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals spring training game, but when we called Wide World of Sports, we found out that the game was cancelled due to the rain.

Now on to the real reason we ventured out into this weather today. Lunch ADR!!!

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It was an interesting choice considering Britt and I do not eat seafood and I had not heard great things about it but I had read in another TR that they had a great steak, so hey, I'm game. Besides, I had always wanted to see the inside of this restaurant since I was a kid.

Let's go in, shall we!

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Blurry pic, I know, but it was the only one that turned out of the whole restaurant.

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We were sat on the lower level, next to the window which was really cool.

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Let's take a look at the menu.

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I had a beer ($6.50 for 20 oz) and Brittany had a Sprite ($2.69.)

Brittany had the Seared Chicken Breast - served over spaetzle finished with Applewood smoked bacon - chicken broth $20.99.

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I, of course, had the Grilled New York Strip Steak - served with horseradish smashed potatoes, watercress, and marketfresh vegetables $28.99

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Another view from the table.

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We also had the The Chocolate Wave* - served with raspberries $7.99 for dessert. But somehow, looking at the bill again now, this didn't make it on the check. We'll call it a Disney gift, I suppose.

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Overall, food was decent. The chicken was made well and the steak was well prepared. Service was a lot slower than usual. It took a while to get our drink order and to get refills. The restaurant was far from full the entire time we were there. We overheard one family trying to find a place to have lunch and get out of the rain and they were told it would be a 45 minute wait. This seems to be the standard answer for walk-ins. We heard this time span at at least 6 different restaurants during our trip. The family left and the restaurant had 20 empty tables when we got to the dining room. I'm guessing they would have gotten a table within 5 minutes had they just stuck to their guns.

Our TIW discount for those keeping track was $11.83.

Total for the two of us, minus the dessert, was $61.07.

Next: And it rained, and it rained, and it rained, the deluge.

wdwgirl03
04-21-2011, 09:41 PM
Hey there...my sister and I were there for some of the same time as you guys were. Yes, we were there for all that rain too. I'm with you, never seen anything like that!

Wow, the MK sure was dead that late! We were there that night too, though we were looong gone (we left after Wishes). But we were there for early opening that morning and crowds were not bad then either.

Looking forward to more of your adventures!

elbodans
04-21-2011, 10:54 PM
first...i am loving this trip report. the pictures are great!

second...oh. my. goodness. you did SO MUCH on day one. that's an entire vacation's worth of stuff for me! i'm beyond impressed!

third...i hate the muppets, too. ;)

fourth...this numbering thing is getting old! :rotfl:

when i was at DHS in early march, they still did do the thing on backlot tour where they had people act in the opening show.

in reply to your DTD boat experience, i think that disney boats are painfully slow. i took a boat from MK to wilderness lodge for dinner. i left the park an hour before my reservation, and was twenty minutes late. i am quite confident that i could have swam there in less time! :lmao: i'm not sure why this is--but i'm glad i know that the DTD boats from POR are not great. the 'proximity' to DTD is the one reason i want to stay at POR; i will now change my mind and resume my love of the beach club.

i think getting to DTD is always annoying. when we visited DTD from BC, it took FOREVER to get back--we had a driver change, too, but it took WAY more than 10 minutes.

and in reply to your 'we will eat here some day' comment on fulton's--it's not great. your meal at paradisio (spelling?) looked great. i love sharing lots of apps! great idea!

have i mentioned that i'm loving this trip report??? can't wait for more!!! :thumbsup2

skidisney
04-22-2011, 01:46 PM
first...i am loving this trip report. the pictures are great!

second...oh. my. goodness. you did SO MUCH on day one. that's an entire vacation's worth of stuff for me! i'm beyond impressed!

third...i hate the muppets, too. ;)

fourth...this numbering thing is getting old! :rotfl:

when i was at DHS in early march, they still did do the thing on backlot tour where they had people act in the opening show.

in reply to your DTD boat experience, i think that disney boats are painfully slow. i took a boat from MK to wilderness lodge for dinner. i left the park an hour before my reservation, and was twenty minutes late. i am quite confident that i could have swam there in less time! :lmao: i'm not sure why this is--but i'm glad i know that the DTD boats from POR are not great. the 'proximity' to DTD is the one reason i want to stay at POR; i will now change my mind and resume my love of the beach club.

i think getting to DTD is always annoying. when we visited DTD from BC, it took FOREVER to get back--we had a driver change, too, but it took WAY more than 10 minutes.

and in reply to your 'we will eat here some day' comment on fulton's--it's not great. your meal at paradisio (spelling?) looked great. i love sharing lots of apps! great idea!

have i mentioned that i'm loving this trip report??? can't wait for more!!! :thumbsup2

Thank you so much for the great comments. I am glad you are enjoying our adventures. Paradiso was a really fun place to hang out and have a drink or a meal. A singer/guitarist came in half was through and was playing some great songs while people were singing along.

I thought the boats would be a major perk of staying at Riverside, but it just turned out to be something pretty to look at. As I said before though, I think the bus system has been the best so far of all the resorts I have been too. Thanks again for reading!!

Hey there...my sister and I were there for some of the same time as you guys were. Yes, we were there for all that rain too. I'm with you, never seen anything like that!

Wow, the MK sure was dead that late! We were there that night too, though we were looong gone (we left after Wishes). But we were there for early opening that morning and crowds were not bad then either.

Looking forward to more of your adventures!

LOL!! I have been reading your TR too. I like the fact that there is someone else on here who can verify how much water fell from the sky that week, haha. Thanks for reading and as I progress, I think you will find our trips will get even more similar.

skidisney
04-22-2011, 02:33 PM
Following lunch, we ran over to the Imagination Pavilion. We had meant to see Captain EO when we came down in October, but missed it. We finally caught up with it now, since it was a good place to hide out of the rain.

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We came out into a rain storm that was even harder than before so we rode Imagination and fooled around in the ImageWorks for a bit, just trying to wait till the rain lightened up enough to walk someplace else. It didn't. :laughing:

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People were heading out en masse

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Boy did it rain

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I actually don't mind the rain too much. I seem to find a way to keep my feet somewhat dry. My shorts were soaked considering I was wearing a jacket but not a poncho. We got to the parking tram and tried to find the driest spot to sit and I thought I had found a good one, until the tram started moving. That's when water poured from the overhead speaker and finished what the rain couldn't. We left at 5:30 PM. And got back to the room at

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Actually, the picture was taken because of the new towel bunny on top of the clock, but hey, you get the point.

Sunset was about 8 PM but at 6 PM, it was very dark around the resort.

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Just in case you wanted to know what the vending area looked like at Riverside. I know you do.

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Next: Now that it's raining, what should be do for dinner?

linnell
04-22-2011, 04:16 PM
I'm a UVA grad too! Enjoying your trip report - I can't believe how much you got done in the first day! Actually the first night I couldn't believe you went mini-golfing! I would have been in bed already.

I'm subbing, thanks for sharing!

Disneyfreak616
04-23-2011, 05:27 PM
Splash Mountain is my all-time favorite too!!! :yay:

Your pics are great and I am loving this TR!!! :thumbsup2

skidisney
04-24-2011, 05:49 PM
Well now, since it was still pouring and the Braves game was cancelled, we had to make a differnt decision than ballpark food for dinner :laughing:. So instead, we decided to try out the free valet parking option on our Tables In Wonderland card and head over to the

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We wanted to see how Beaches And Cream was and, hard to believe, I had never actually been in the Yacht or Beach Clubs.

Here is a look at the lobby of the Beach Club

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And the Yacht Club

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And then the walk beside Stormalong Bay towards the restaurant.

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So we make it to Beaches And Cream and we got the standard "it's gonna be 45 minutes" so we walked over to the Yacht Club to look around. Then we decided to go back and put our names on the list and risk the "45 minutes." It was not 45 minutes, it was about 10. Now I have heard this restaurant is small, but I had never seen a picture of it before. It is really small.

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Let's look at a menu of this soda shop.

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Didn't try this, but you can if you've got the guts, literally.

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I had a vanilla shake $4.99.

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And Britt had a Root Beer $2.69.

For dinner, I had the Cheeseburger - A juicy beef patty served on a fresh baked bun. Single $8.99.

I heard they were really good and it turns out it was a pretty tasty burger.

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Britt had the Chicken Noodle Soup $6.49

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Brittany also had an ice cream cone $3.19. No picture of that. In fact, the camera must have disappeared after that, sorry. :confused:

Total TIW discount at Beaches And Cream was a whopping $5.27.

Total for the meal after the discount and with tip was $27.20. Downright affordable and fun. You had in the $12 valet that we got for free and wowwee, what a bargain.

Back to the hotel, and an early night to bed while escaping from the rain.

wdwgirl03
04-24-2011, 06:00 PM
Wow, Beaches and Cream looks really good. I keep saying how I want to eat there but we never get around to it.

Disneyfreak616
04-24-2011, 06:10 PM
I am definitely stopping by B&C in August for a No Way Jose! :yay:

skidisney
04-24-2011, 06:39 PM
We woke up on day 5 at 9 AM and looked out the window and whataya know. Blue sky!!!!:woohoo: So where are we heading today?

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We bought our water park annual passes with the Disney Quest option. The reason we bought it seperately as opposed to the Premium Annual Pass when we bought our AP's originally was that we went for a weekend and only park touring in October. We knew we would go by the water parks this trip but now our water park passes are good until March of next year. Disney will not pro-rate a Premium Annual Pass upgrade to match the end date of our passes so we thought this was the best way to go about it. It was a big debate at the time.:laughing:

Funny thing, I got Minnie for my AP and for my water parks pass I got

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That's right. Same design. Makes me look like a Minnie lover whenever I pull the cards out of my wallet.

Back to the Lagoon. We got there, bought the passes and lined up about 10 minutes before opening at 10. Typhoon Lagoon was completely empty that morning.

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Miss Tilly

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Castaway Creek

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Crush 'N' Gusher, rode this twice with no wait

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Look how empty before 11 it is

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I thought this was creative.

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Rode Humunga Cowabunga with no wait

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Little update on what is happening in the rest of the world

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We left around noon, but even then, there were very little waits for anything and tons of availability of everything.

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Next: Time for another lunch ADR

momoflizandains
04-24-2011, 08:01 PM
Love your trip report (especially the pics). Looking forward to more.

Disneyfreak616
04-24-2011, 08:27 PM
Love the TL pics! I haven't been there in years!

That's crazy that everything had no wait! What a treat! :thumbsup2

Can't wait for more!! :woohoo:

Queenofallthings
04-24-2011, 09:54 PM
Came across your TR tonight and am thoroughly enjoying it!! You have some great pics...looking forward to hearing more about your adventures:goodvibes

ronnmel
04-25-2011, 10:41 AM
Wow! Typhoon Lagoon was really empty! I like no wait, but this is almost scary, like "is it really open???"

skidisney
04-25-2011, 06:25 PM
Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I am so glad you are enjoying the TR and the pictures. I really tried to get great pics of stuff you don't normally see. And to answer your question, yes Typhoon Lagoon was open to everybody, haha. We visited Blizzard Beach later in the trip, hoping for the same results. You will have to see how that turned out. Thank you again and I hope you keep reading, I am having a great time writing the TR!!!

skidisney
04-25-2011, 07:46 PM
So why did we leave Typhoon Lagoon when we had the whole water park to ourselves? Why, we had a lunch ADR of course.:lmao:

Where at?

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The check-in desk is past the Dawa Bar and around back. Really a hidden little gem of a place with a lot of details back there.

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As you enter the doors, you enter the main buffet area.

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Some of the details in the seating area.

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The chair backs

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Let's look at some food. To many items to list here, check out the menu here. (http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?Restaurant.ID=267#menu)

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Some desserts perhaps.

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My dessert was rather small :laughing:, after two or three trips to the buffet, I guess you'll have that.

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And the exit with the bakery window.

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The TIW discount on this buffet was $8.80.
Total for two of us was $45.39.

Also, for eating at Tusker House during a certain time we got priority seating to Finding Nemo: The Musical.

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Next: Looks empty from that last pic, think it stays that way?

skidisney
04-25-2011, 10:06 PM
So we came out of Tusker House and Harambe was packed. So where did we head to to escape?

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Even the train station was packed.

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Here comes the train!

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Let's enjoy all the sights from the train ride (:laughing: ok so there is not much to see here, you think they might have tried to do something about that.)

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Look, a dumpster!

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Finally, coming to the station.

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Let's head to Rafiki's Planet Watch

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We saw Pocahontas

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We saw them doing surgery on the elusive Florida Pond Turtle

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And some smaller creatures

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And of course, The Affection Section, best rhyming name ever. Other than Conservation Station that is.

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Awesome mural on the wall.

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And the one thing Disney felt they needed to build to give people something to look at on the way back to the park.

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Time to head back to civilization

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Next: A Lot More Animal Kingdom To Enjoy

Goofy442
04-26-2011, 08:21 AM
Great update! :thumbsup2 I have the TIW card and didn't know you got free valet parking. :banana: I guess I would have to read the fine print. :lmao:

heaven2dc
04-26-2011, 10:39 AM
What a great TR! Love all your pics and I agree with a previous post that your writing style makes this one of my all time fav TR's!

What a rainy day at Epcot! One great thing about Epcot is that they do have many things to do inside to keep you occupied until the rain stops (or even if it doesn't :lmao:). On our last trip the week after Thanksgiving 2010, it was my youngest 2 sons' first visit and I was surprised that they didn't interact with the video games and virtual roller coaster rides (they were 17 & 23 yrs old). We went to Epcot for our first day and they kept saying over and over "I can't believe this is only one part of Disneyworld!"

Coral Reef Restaurant is a fun place to eat - I have only been there once and that was with my daughter & grandson (who was 14 mos old when we went in Dec 2008). What I miss about the place is the personalized menu and the diver interaction with the personalized sign. It will be a memory I'll never forget! The food and service isn't 4 star but still enjoyable.

Can't wait to read more! (P.S. You are an adorable couple! Love all your pics :) )

skidisney
04-26-2011, 07:51 PM
Great update! :thumbsup2 I have the TIW card and didn't know you got free valet parking. :banana: I guess I would have to read the fine print. :lmao:

Haha. It was something we read and actually used a lot on this trip. You have to eat at the hotel and present your card with a receipt from that hotel on that trip. Worked out great!!! Saved us 12 bucks each time and we didn't have to park our car a long way away like most ofthe self parking lots were.

What a great TR! Love all your pics and I agree with a previous post that your writing style makes this one of my all time fav TR's!

What a rainy day at Epcot! One great thing about Epcot is that they do have many things to do inside to keep you occupied until the rain stops (or even if it doesn't :lmao:). On our last trip the week after Thanksgiving 2010, it was my youngest 2 sons' first visit and I was surprised that they didn't interact with the video games and virtual roller coaster rides (they were 17 & 23 yrs old). We went to Epcot for our first day and they kept saying over and over "I can't believe this is only one part of Disneyworld!"

Coral Reef Restaurant is a fun place to eat - I have only been there once and that was with my daughter & grandson (who was 14 mos old when we went in Dec 2008). What I miss about the place is the personalized menu and the diver interaction with the personalized sign. It will be a memory I'll never forget! The food and service isn't 4 star but still enjoyable.

Can't wait to read more! (P.S. You are an adorable couple! Love all your pics :) )

Thanks so much for the kind comments. I feel that Innoventions gets ignored a lot and there is a lot of stuff to explore in there. Every exhibit is way more imaginative and fun than it appears on the surface. Tons of interactivity here. Thank you again and please keep reading through all of our travels. :goodvibes

skidisney
04-26-2011, 09:04 PM
So while it seemed like mayhem around Animal Kingdom, we decided to check out Pangani to see if we could escape the crowds and heat and see some more animals.

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Let's see what animals are out in the afternoon.

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What is that you ask? Why that is an

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This is a hippo.

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This was a hippo in a way I had never seen one before!!!

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Gorillas

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This is unfortunate, with no boats anymore and no fountains to move the water around, it provides the algae a place to grow and overtake the river.

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Was Harambe still crowded?

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Oh yeah :eek:

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Another shot of Everest

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Next: What's next? Well, it's jammin', and it's in the jungle. What do you think?

skidisney
04-27-2011, 06:59 PM
Well, we started out of Harambe and found a spot on the bridge heading out on the right hand side. The reason I mention the side is because the left hand side was not available. This would be a benefit because the characters and performers only had one way to face to interact with guests. And it wasn't even crowded. Now granted, there was no escape while the parade was going by, but we made due. Let's check it out!!!

Here comes the parade!!

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They got really close when there is not much room on the bridge.

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Chip

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Minnie and the Minnie-Mobile

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Brer Bear

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And Brer Rabbit

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Time for the Goofster

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Timon was there

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And Turk

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Donald!

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Pluto

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And the big man

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Why twice you might ask? Well, we went the path behind the tree that we mentioned earlier in the TR thinking we could make it fast enough. We were wrong, so we were trapped and watched the parade again.

Did see this guy on the path though

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Next: Can we go back in time?

skidisney
04-28-2011, 05:09 PM
So after the parade passed, we continued on our way to Dinoland to use the pass we had received at lunch for Nemo. I am not the biggest fan of this show frankly, but hey, I am not the target demographic for it either. But we had the pass and didn't have to wait in line so what the heck.

Before we went in, we had a few minutes, and we would take a while anyway, so I ran over and got this.

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And then it was on with show

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We saw this cool planter made out of license plates that we had never seen before

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On to Dinosaur, the FP's weren't really necessary but we used them anyway

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I believe that Dinosaur may be the only attraction that exits into two seperate gift shops

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Britt had never walked through the Boneyard, so we decided to check that off her list of things to see.

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View from the bridge back towards Dinoland

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We started to head out of Animal Kingdom for the day

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We left around 6:30 and were back to Port Orleans by 6:45. Not too bad.

Next: Is Fantasmic fantastic?

skidisney
04-28-2011, 05:54 PM
We spent about an hour at the hotel before deciding we would head over to the Studios to see Fantasmic (another thing to check off Britt's list.) We were hungry and just wanted to pick up some counter service before the show.

The sky seemed right for picture taking that evening.

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We headed over to the Backlot Express

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Closed :confused: We thought it was a little early but oh well.

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So we headed to the ABC Comissary instead. It was adequate. They apparently only hae two shows on ABC they want to promote over and over and over again.

Time to head towards Fantasmic. We see this.

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So on to the chaos. There has got to be a better way of loading this show in. It is like herding cattle on Sunset, then on the pathway into the theater. Children are ancy, parents are grumpy. The whole thing does not work. Brittany looked at me at one point that said "this better be worth it." I went in knowing of the disaster that was the Fantasmic line.

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On top of that, apparently the camera didn't want to work well that evening:laughing:. So here is what we got.

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Britt said that it was worth seeing once but if they can't fix the line, it is not worth seeing it again. I know, we are crazy but we don't get that much out of Fantasmic.

We left Hollywood Studios at 11 and back to the hotel by 11:10 PM. To bed, another big day tomorrow.

Next: Starting Off The Day With Another Buffet

Goofy442
04-30-2011, 08:58 AM
We did the dinner so we had our seats saved for us which worked out well. I don't like waiting in that line way to many people.

ronnmel
04-30-2011, 09:04 AM
I love seeing pictures of the Boneyard. I've been curious about it and want to check it out on my next trip. It's so hard to find pictures of it though, so thanks for posting yours. :)

skidisney
04-30-2011, 09:47 AM
Another early morning, well early by vacation standards when you are trying to relax:lmao:. We got up at 8 AM ready to make our next breakfast ADR and where are heading this morning.

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I'm guessing no one saw that one coming. :laughing:

I wanted to head to Trail's End, I heard it was decent breakfast food at a decent price and in our neverending journey to check off every restaurant in the world, we had to go there sometime, right?

So you do have to park in the main lot and then bus back to the settlement where the restaurant is. Take any bus, it doesn't matter, it all ends up at the settlement.

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And finally

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The restaurant looking towards the buffet

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Trail's End has pretty much your standard breakfast fare served on these cool metal plates.

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The TIW discount on this meal was $6.40.
The total for two adult breakfasts after discount and with tip and tax was $33.01.

Time to walk around and explore the Settlement.

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A look out from the landing.

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Looking back at Trail's End and Crockett's Tavern.

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And the Tri-Circle-D ranch

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I am now a horse apparently

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After that, it was back to Port Orleans to take a morning off from the parks. That doesn't mean we didn't explore a little more though.

Next: A Trip Around Port Orleans

skidisney
04-30-2011, 10:16 AM
So we got back to the resort and decided to be a little athletic, haha. Well, not that athletic, but we rented a couple of bikes and rode around Riverside and French Quarter. Let's go take a look around, shall we.

A look at the quiet pool right outside of our building

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A look over at an Alligator Bayou building

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Another mansion

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Sassagoula with the main car and bus bridge

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Here is French Quarter

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French Quarter pool

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Back around to Riverside

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Next: Continuing Our Bicycle Tour

skidisney
04-30-2011, 10:26 AM
Let's finish our tour of Port Orleans with some more pictures

If you are curious about Alligator Bayou, here you go

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The arcade

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So there you go. All told, with a stop to walk around French Quarter and riding completely around Riverside at a leisurely pace, it only took 40 minutes. Total cost for the two bikes was a whopping 11 bucks. It was definately worth it and a nice change of pace to touring in the parks for the morning.

Next: Back To Epcot For A Very Important ADR

skidisney
05-02-2011, 06:21 PM
As we continue on, we had a lunch ADR in Epcot so we were headed back over there. This gave us our first non-rainy opportunity in our favorite park. On our way through to our ADR, we took a little time to get our first good look at the Flower & Garden Festival.

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I really tried to get into Flower & Garden but I kept finding myself asking "why don't they just make Epcot always look like this?" Oh well, a gardener I am not.

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Just Lightning McQueen while we were there

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The flags for the upcoming Cars 2 movie

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Next: Now it really is time for lunch

skidisney
05-02-2011, 07:03 PM
So where is this lunch taking place!!!

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That's right!

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The gardens heading into Le Cellier

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Here are the shots I was able to salvage of the inside

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The menu

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A nice Labatt's

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Britt started with the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup - Made with Moosehead Beer and Smoked Bacon

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For the entree's I had the Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon - with wild mushroom risotto, white truffle and herb butter sauce $26.99

It was fantastic!!! :worship:

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On the side were the Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes $5.99. These were awesome too.

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Brittany had the Open-faced Canadian Cheese Steak Sandwich - with sauteed onions and peppers, and Boursin cream sauce $15.49

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Time for dessert

I had the Chocolate Moose $5.99

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And Brittany with the Maple Creme Brulee

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And the total for this bad boy.

The TIW discount was $16.43.

The total for 2 of us after tax and tip was $84.79.

Was it worth it? Absolutely!!! Will we do it again? Unquestionably!!!

Next: Time to catch up around the world

wdwgirl03
05-03-2011, 07:21 AM
Great updates! It sure was nice to see the blue skies after all that rain. We were also at AK that day but we were there for opening. Looks like it was a little bit busier later in the day.

That's great that TL was so empty.

Goofy442
05-03-2011, 08:18 AM
We love :lovestruc Le Cellier, we were able to get in because someone canceled :cool1:. It was really good food, can't wait to go back in September.

ChiCat
05-03-2011, 03:43 PM
I just finished reading all of the parts to your trip report. It's getting me soooo excited for my trip!

skidisney
05-03-2011, 06:14 PM
Thanks everyone for the great comments, I really appreciate the fact that you would take the time to read about our trip.

As we continue, we leave Le Cellier but we weren't going far. We were gonna try to take some time to explore some of the presentations around the World Showcase. The first one of course, was in Canada.

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And down the stairs to:

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O Canada was really good. You should try and check it out when you are in the Canada Pavilion.

Off Kilter was out.

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And a walk through the United Kingdom Pavilion

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Peter Pan

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Captain Hook

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Who was being chased by the croc

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And off to France

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Here is Marie from The Aristocats

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And there is Belle

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and Beast

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Next: More France And Then It Happened :eek:

skidisney
05-03-2011, 07:00 PM
Let's continue on our journey through the France Pavilion with some more topiaries from Beauty And The Beast:

Lumiere

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Mrs. Potts

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Chip

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and Cogsworth

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Down the side streets

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To

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A gargoyle in the lobby

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And the theater

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Now, someone (the guy directly behind me) decided to have a coughing fit through half the movie. Not that big a deal I guess, but it would just add to a situation that happened later. Impressions de France is old. The film looks old and scratchy, the narration is old and boring, the theater is old and beaten up, it is all just very old. This is an attraction that is in need of an update and all of the way through it, it reminded me why I had not come back to see the movie in almost 15 years.

And then it happened. What was a sunny day at Epcot turned into a downpour yet again. It rained so hard and we were stuck with no rain jackets and it did not let up. Finally, after 30 minutes, it lightened to the point where we could move around.

Marie was out again.

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And we scrambled over to Morocco

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To the left of this fountain, there is a nice little museum which I had never seen before. Worth a look if you have a moment.

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And we were off to Japan

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We spent a lot more time in these countries than the pictures would represent. However, as I am looking through the pics now, I realize that the camera would disappear every time the rain would start. Sorry about that but what can you do.

Next: Walking in a counter-clockwise direction.

Goofy442
05-04-2011, 08:16 AM
I love the Flower and Garden Festival. You took some great pictures. :thumbsup2

skidisney
05-04-2011, 01:47 PM
So now we move through World Showcase as the rain starts to pick up again towards:

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The Voices of Liberty singers greeting after their performance

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The theater

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And the sides

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And close up

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And on with the show

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And then it happened, as if the coughing fit in Impressions wasn't bad enough, I mean, it not like that was avoidable. But to the guy, who mid-show, decided he needed to clear his nose and throat repeatedly throughout the show, I say, thank you for trying to destroy this show. :laughing:

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Very blurry shot of the finale scene, don't get how Ben Franklin came out but not Mark Twain :rotfl:

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And a look across at the storm clouds still hovering

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Over past Italy

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And Lady And The Tramp

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Rapunzel's Tower

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And into Germany

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Best shot of Snow White we had

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Her topiary counterpart

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Dopey & Grumpy

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And the rest

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Next: A Little More Of The World

skidisney
05-04-2011, 02:08 PM
Let's move past Germany for now, don't worry, we'll be back and it's time to look at some more of the topiaries

Timon

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And Pumbaa, of course

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Rafiki with little Simba

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A panoramic look at China

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And the Panda Bear topiaries

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A look through Norway

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And up to Maelstrom, the wait was actually longer than the Fastpass return time

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So we did something I thought we would never do

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Did I mention we had grabbed Test Track Fastpasses earlier. We grabbed them on our way to Le Cellier earlier in the day.

Here is a Maelstrom boat peeking out

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And we scooted over to Mexico, look at that sky moving in:

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And onto, you guessed it:

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It seems that this is the attraction we always end up next to when it starts to rain, so we have ridden it more times than I wish to remember :laughing:

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Didn't make it in here this trip, but we will someday

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And now a far off look at some pavilions

Germany

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The American Adventure

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Japan

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And back to Norway to use the Fastpasses for Maelstrom :laughing: Makes me laugh every time I say that

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The mural behind the loading station

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A look across to Canada again to remind us where we had started

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Next: The Future Looks Dark And Gloomy

LisaIL
05-06-2011, 10:19 PM
I'm enjoying your trip reports! Great pictures! :cheer2:

skidisney
05-07-2011, 08:01 PM
A glimpse of the swan as we leave World Showcase

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And a random bird

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You notice it was somewhat sunny in that bird pic. Now look at Imagination

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That's right, the rain started up again. We then used our Test Track fastpasses despite the warnings coming over the loud speakers about the impending weather. And for the first time, we found out that if you ride Test Track in a rain storm it feels like, well, it feels like driving a convertible in a rain storm. Not very pleasant, I will say that.

We scooted on over and there was no wait at Spaceship Earth. So we jumped on.

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I guess I'm scuba diving.

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A couple last looks at a rainy Epcot before we left for the evening.

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We left Epcot at about 8:15 that night and went back to the room. That is when the skys really let loose. Britt fell asleep but I decided to venture out into the rain and walk around the resort (sorry, no pics, just some quiet time.) Besides, I wanted some cheesecake. :rotfl: But when I got to the food court, it was packed. I should have known considering the rain and the parks closing pretty early that night with no EMH evening. Oh well, you live and you learn. I managed to get my food, just took a little longer than expected. Had to fuel up for a day that was to be a very long and wet one.

Next: A Very Rainy Day In A Far Off Land

I love disney123
05-07-2011, 08:11 PM
How was that trip you went on? Andyour girlfriend/ wife is pretty...:thumbsup2

skidisney
05-07-2011, 08:45 PM
Thanks I Love Disney 123. The trip was great, esp. the 2nd week when there was less rain. :) Brittany, my girlfriend, really appreciated your comment as she is reading along but too chicken to actually post a comment despite me begging her too :rotfl2:. Hope you enjoy the rest of the TR.

rndmr2
05-08-2011, 12:41 AM
Great TR! I Love the POR! We stayed there last year in a mansion King Bed Room too. I have stayed there before in alligator Bayou but I really didn't like that room that much.

I Love that chicken at the Coral Reef!!

skidisney
05-08-2011, 12:56 PM
So we woke up on Day 7 at 7:45 AM and looked out the window and it was raining even harder than when we went to sleep the night before. We decided to brave it anyway to try and get a ride in on Harry Potter over at Islands Of Adventure (IOA.) We arrived at Universal after a dreadful drive through flooding and really bad accidents that caused really bad traffic. We got to the parking garage at about 8:45 AM (15 minutes before park opening,) and we were directed to park in Jaws 212 which was about as far away from the entrance as possible. It does not pay to up early and there for park opening apparently. It was also at this point that I realized that Parking Managers came to work in the morning and just randomly picked a lot to park first. It was different every time. And it wasn't just Universal, Disney was guilty of this too. Just my little rant, let me know if you have run into the same thing. :lmao:

Let's get started on this rainy day:

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Did I mention it was raining? I am sure I did. :laughing:

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Random shot of CityWalk

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And we make it to the IOA entrance

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The Port of Entry of IOA

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It was pouring and everyone is heading in one direction

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The (Wet) Adventure Begins

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Next: A Visit To Hogsmeade

skidisney
05-08-2011, 06:08 PM
So let's get started with the pics of Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Once again, I would like to apologize for the blurry pictures but it was pouring down rain all morning.

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The theming is really amazing, even for someone who knows very little about Harry Potter.

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And Hogwart's

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And let's go through some of the queue of Forbidden Journey

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For what it's worth, the ride is fantastic. Unlike anything I have ever ridden in any amusement or theme park. It is simply awesome and I wish that I had gotten the chance to ride it again. But the weather and crowds really prevented us from that.

As we exit, we are really unable to navigate more than 100 feet at a time without being completely drenched.

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Next: A Run Over To The Lost Continent

skidisney
05-10-2011, 03:41 PM
So we left Harry Potter to do some more exploring. We could only get about as far as Poseidon's Fury and Brittany had never been through it before. I didn't let her know anything about it either. This made her grumpy:laughing:.

I have seen this attraction multiple times and in all the different ways they have presented it (when IOA opened it was a totally different attraction,) and while this is not the best one, it is still really cool to me how they pull off all the special effects. I see something new every time.

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After that we were getting worn out from being wet. So we went back into Wizarding World for another look

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And to try a:

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In our opinion, which counts for nothing, it was just ok. Very sweet.

The outside of Three Broomsticks

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And Honeyduke's

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And a look as we were crossing the bridge leaving towards Jurassic Park

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And a look out over the rest of the park towards Marvel Super Hero Island.

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Next: Alert - Due to inclement weather, all outdoor attractions have been closed for the forseeable future.

wdwgirl03
05-10-2011, 04:27 PM
Oh yikes, I can't imagine being at Universal (well, atleast WWOHP) when it's raining. My sisters and I went in August and there's really not a lot of indoor space in the Wizarding World. As we were leaving the park there was a sudden downpour (though that was more like a typical FL summer shower that lasted all of 5 minutes) and wondered what we would've done if we were still there. haha

I do agree about Forbidden Journey. It is unlike any ride out there. Amazing. And one of my sisters got the frozen butterbeer instead of the regular. We all agreed it wasn't as sweet as the regular one.

Goofy442
05-12-2011, 08:15 AM
I don't think we would have ventured out in to that rain. Great pictures!

ntikos
05-12-2011, 03:47 PM
Really enjoying the Trip Report. Good Job!:thumbsup2

skidisney
05-13-2011, 11:05 PM
Now if you read what's next in the last post, you saw what we heard. "Due to inclement weather, all outdoor attractions are no longer running." That's right, really not a whole lot to do in IOA thats not outdoors. Coasters are out. So are the water rides (not that we needed to get any more wet :laughing:.) So we headed toward Spider-Man. Walked through Jurassic Park (camera didn't come out :confused3.) Headed through Toon Lagoon and an empty Dudley.

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Nice new paint job on this ride though.

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No water, no boats :sad2:

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To Marvel Super Hero Island

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We rode Spider-Man and then made the decision to leave. We had been to IOA before and had checked off Harry Potter. Feet were wet, weather was miserable and Brittany was grumpy ;). We headed back to the hotel and then made another horrible mistake.

"What do we do?"

"Why don't we check out DisneyQuest?"

"On a rain day when everyone is thinking the same thing?"

"Sure, I know it'll probably be bad, but hey, we should be able to see something."

:rotfl:

Horrendous, everyone and their mother and their grandmother and their great-grandmother was in there. It was packed, hundreds of screaming kids and miserable parents just worn out by the weather.

Here is the obligatory shot of DisneyQuest.

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Don't know why we took a picture of that. I think it's the only thing we tried. :lmao:

We needed a break. We are pretty hardcore in our touring (I think.) But even we were pretty beaten up :headache:. So we headed back to Port Orleans.

Next: We Aren't Done Though, And This Time We Are Going Out Guns Blazing

skidisney
05-16-2011, 03:52 PM
So I mentioned that we were going out with our guns blazing. What were our guns?

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Our umbrellas of course :lmao:

Was I ready? Oh yeah.

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Notice the puddle of water near the soda machine behind me :rotfl:.

So we were leaving for the Magic Kingdom. We had that Fastpass to use from our evac on Splash earlier that week. Didn't know what we would use it on yet but we would figure it out when we got there. We left our room at 5:20 PM and I wanted to take the busses to see what the bus system was like from POR and I hate parking at the TTC. Seems like a long way to go about things. We must have just missed the bus because we waited for 20 minutes for the MK bus. And we got to MK at about 6 PM.

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It was raining on Main Street too. So now we know it wasn't just Harry Potter who was singled out :laughing:.

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Roy and Minnie were still happy in the rain

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And the castle was still standing

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The Emporium

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Don't mean to be repetitive, but it was damp.

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Casey's Corner

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The Crystal Palace

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And we headed into:

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And we jumped onto everyone's favorite:

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Should I even bother checking the radar? :laughing:

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And now some random shots from the Peoplemover!!!

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Next: Our Trip Around Tomorrowland Continued

skidisney
05-16-2011, 06:19 PM
So when we last left off, we were still on the Peoplemover. So let's continue our tour, shall we.

Some funky Tomorrowland trees

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And the Speedway traffic is backed up due to the weather :rotfl:

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And into:

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The upside-down space men

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Apparently there was no traffic after all

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If there was any consolation, crowds were pretty light

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And finally back to Rockettower Plaza Station.

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I hope you enjoyed your trip around Tomorrowland. Now please watch your step. :)

Next up was Buzz Lightyear. No need for Fastpass here. It was a walk-on.

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What did Brittany score?

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This was a fortunate series of events as I had just shown her where the 100,000 point target was, when the ride stopped and let her blast away at it. Hey, Galactic Hero nonetheless, right? :yay: :laughing:

Didn't ride the Carousel Of Progress this time but we noticed that they had changed over the sign to 2011, so we took a picture like we do every year.

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So we used the Fastpass on Space Mountain. Fun as always. Still a little rough, though we noticed on our many rides this trip that the front of the train is much less whip like than the back.

Then we moved on through Fantasyland

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Not eating here on this trip

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And a look down Main Street

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One last look at the castle on the way out

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The Firehouse

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And we were outta there. On our way to Epcot for another ADR.

Next: Over To Epcot For A Surprising ADR

skidisney
05-17-2011, 08:40 AM
So we jump on the monorail at the TTC to go to Epcot for our dinner ADR. When we arrive the rain is still falling, but not enough to deter us from our ultimate goal.

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And we make our way over to Japan

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Two restaurants, one building as it turns out in Japan. I mean, I knew that there was both Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo there, I just was never sure of the layout of the Japan pavilion.

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As it turns out, Tokyo Dining is in the front overlooking the Lagoon and Teppan Edo is in the back.

Ah, the menu

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And our grill and dining area.

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Of course some refreshment

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Britt was enjoying her custom made chop sticks

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Our chef was a really funny guy. He was great. Here he is striking a pose while delivering the sauces.

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And with a little knife work that was so fast, our camera was not fast enough

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The famous tower of onions

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To the smoking tower of onions

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A little seasoning

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The noodles were good

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As was the rice

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I had the steak, of course. Everyone enjoyed the sauces, especially the white sauce on the end which the chef called "the yummy yummy sauce."

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Britt had the chicken

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Overall, a great meal. I am not the biggest fan at sitting at large tables with other groups but whether its Teppan Edo or Biergarten (experienced on a previous trip,) it always seems to work out well. By the end of the meal, we figured out that when the group at our table was talking about "work," they were actually cast members and we were able to have some great conversation about it. We really wish we had engaged them in conversation earlier. One note about Teppan Edo, no Tables In Wonderland here. I was informed that TIW was taken right next door at Tokyo Dining though. Odd, but ok.

Total with tip including 2 beers, chicken and steak was $79.87. No the most cost effective place in the World, but a great meal.

Next: Taking Our Time On The Way Out Of Epcot

skidisney
05-17-2011, 12:37 PM
After our dinner at Teppan Edo, we exited at about 9:45 PM and took our time in Epcot with no people around and enjoyed the quiet time in the park. Here are some of the pictures we took after dinner.

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Italy

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An empty Germany

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The bridge was lifting up to let the fireworks barges through.

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China

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And back into Future World

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A brief bus ride back to Port Orleans for out final night there

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We were definately sad to see this go, what a beautiful resort :sad2:

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Good night Port Orleans. Onto something new in the morning.

Next: One last look at Port Orleans

skidisney
05-17-2011, 07:23 PM
A sad, sad morning was in store. We really loved Port Orleans and in wrapping up our resort review, we will stay here again, it was worth the money and we would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about a stay there.

Here are a few more pictures of the room for you Port Orleans lovers :love:

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The shower

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And over to Fulton's General Store to pick up some last minute Port Orleans keepsakes

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And a few more outside shots

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So long Port Orleans!!!

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Next: Another Morning At The Movies

skidisney
05-17-2011, 10:38 PM
We left Riverside at about 10:45 and headed over to Hollywood Studios where we had much unfinished business. We had been in the World for a week and hadn't ridden Tower or Rock'n Roller Coaster yet. :scared1: Unbelieveable.

When we got there, we were directed to the back of the parking lot in film (look at that blue sky, didn't recognize it)

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And we headed in on a bright sunny day.

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There's our target

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Thank goodness we had this one checked off our list already, if we hadn't, people would have started lining up by now. :laughing:

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And we got our prize

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Hey lookie

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People were out and enjoying a dry day

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And back up Hollywood Blvd. we went

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Look who was up near the hat

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And we decided that before our lunch ADR, we would catch the 12:00 showing of:

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Well, maybe that wasn't clear. It was:

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This show is a give or take for us. Not on our must-do list but it is a fun show to experience if you have the time.

The judges table with no judges

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And now with judges, magic :wizard:

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Our Ryan Seacrest, I am sure he loves being referred to as that :rotfl:

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The contestants were really fun and as always, the guy with the worst voice won :lmao:. That's what you get for letting us vote, right?

Next: Lunch With Aliens

skidisney
05-19-2011, 09:07 PM
Where did we head for lunch?

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An old phone right inside the door, but don't try to get the phone book

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The theme is that you are entering a soundstage, so the walk in is behind the set and the dining room is actually on set

A view of the screen from our car

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A look to the back of the restaurant

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Any empty car next to us

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We each had an Oreo Shake which was really good ($4.69 each)

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Let's have lunch

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Brittany had the Smoked St. Louis-style Ribs - Basted with barbecue sauce served with cole slaw and a choice of cucumber salad or baked beans $21.99

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And me, well I had the Smoked Turkey Sandwich - smoked turkey, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato with avocado mayonnaise on multigrain bread served with cucumber salad $12.99

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We see who the thrifty one was :lmao:

The picture the server took of us in the car, it was a little dark and she was a little shaky :laughing:

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One last look at the restaurant on the way out

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The TIW discount was $8.87.

Total for the two of us after discount and with tax and tip was $45.78.

We enjoyed the restaurant and theme. Service was adequate but nothing stellar. The food is nothing to write home about, seemed pretty counter service actually, but you can't beat the theming. It is really fun and worth a try.

Next: A Walk Back Into The Sunset

skidisney
05-19-2011, 09:59 PM
We left the Sci-Fi Dine In and headed back down Sunset Blvd. Scooted past Starring Rolls, we will see you real soon! :goodvibes

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Now remember, we have FP's for Tower, but we were still saving those. Our mission was this

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Our next stop was another new attraction for Brittany

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The empty set

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Let's get to the action

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Does he look like Harrison Ford?

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And the seas part

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Kaboomey!!! Gonna need one of these :firefight:

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This guy needed a nap

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Here comes the aeroplane

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Good Indy :woohoo:

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Bad Indy :eek:

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These are bad guys

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Hey, more fire!!! And spoiler alert, Indy does not die.

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Still a fun show.

Can anyone tell me where this cool little sign is located?

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That's a cool little detail for all you dentistry fans. :laughing:

Next: Time for a new parade, but first?

of the seas
05-20-2011, 05:28 PM
Cool pictures! You should try the peanut butter dessert thingy at the Sci-Fi. So yummy!

wdwgirl03
05-20-2011, 05:43 PM
Woo hoo, look at that blue sky!! We were at DHS that day too and it was such a welcome change from the rain. I agree, people were definitely out enjoying the nice weather.

I think we were at the 12:00 Idol show too, haha!

RedRed
05-20-2011, 10:33 PM
Wonderful trip review :)

skidisney
05-21-2011, 08:59 AM
Cool pictures! You should try the peanut butter dessert thingy at the Sci-Fi. So yummy!

Thanks for looking at the pictures, glad you are enjoying them. We will def have to try out more of the desserts at Sci Fi next time we are down there. JUst not enough room on that day :laughing:


Woo hoo, look at that blue sky!! We were at DHS that day too and it was such a welcome change from the rain. I agree, people were definitely out enjoying the nice weather.

I think we were at the 12:00 Idol show too, haha!

It was nice to escape the rain for a day. I actually enjoy a rainy day but it was getting a bit ridiculous, as I am sure you remember. The 12 o' clock winner was singing Old Time Rock N' Roll. What a coincidence if we were in the same show!!!

skidisney
05-21-2011, 09:15 AM
After the Indy show, we headed over to Hollywood Blvd. to catch the parade. Shortly after we arrived, the Citizens Of Hollywood showed up with their pre-parade show. Very funny performance and much better than the parade in our opinion.

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Everyone getting ready for the parade

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Get out of the way people, Pixar Pals coming through!

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Here it is

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Look, recycled scooters from Block Party Bash. Actually, most everything is recycled from that parade.

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But the have little Incredibles patches on the front :confused3

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Mr. Incredible is fun, that's what the sign says

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Time for A Bug's Life

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And then Ratatouille

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Monster's Inc.

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And Up:

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Next: Finishing Up The Parade

wdwgirl03
05-21-2011, 09:18 AM
It was nice to escape the rain for a day. I actually enjoy a rainy day but it was getting a bit ridiculous, as I am sure you remember. The 12 o' clock winner was singing Old Time Rock N' Roll. What a coincidence if we were in the same show!!!

Yeah, now that you say that it does sound familiar! I think he was the one who said his wife made him audition.

Tink2Day
05-21-2011, 12:07 PM
GREAT PHOTOS! :worship:
A little bit of everything, something for everyone from food to attractions and parades.

Makes me almost feel like I'm back there. Almost:sad1:

skidisney
05-21-2011, 04:37 PM
A few more pics from the parade to share with you!!

Toy Story Time

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For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, this parade is short. Much shorter than Block Party Bash. It has all the same floats (just redesigned and painted) and does not have the show stops which made Block Party Bash so much fun. As I said in the last post, the pre-parade was probably more fun than the actually parade. But that's just my opinion.

Goofy442
05-23-2011, 08:34 AM
Love all the pictures! :thumbsup2 We were going to eat at that restaurant, but if they do not take TIW I think we will skip it.

skidisney
05-24-2011, 04:54 PM
After the parade, we had our Tower Of Terror Fastpasses to use from before lunch.

There she is.

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Let's ride one of the best attractions in the world

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Another fantastic ride. Can't believe it took us this long to ride it. So what do we have to do to make up for it.

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That's right! Two more for later.

Random shot on Hollywood Blvd.

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Next: Time for our new home!!!

skidisney
05-24-2011, 05:16 PM
Well, we thought we woud be in love with Port Orleans Riverside forever. There was no place better. And then we came here.

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What a spectacular resort. We booked it through a week we had to trade at RCI. We didn't know what to expect, but we were blown away by the beauty of this place and the rooms.

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The walkway towards the marina

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Check-in and concierge

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More of the lobby

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Across from the lobby is Olivia's

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And the marina towards the main travel bridge

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And then towards the pool

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Olivia's along the waterfront

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Let's move to the room. We were put in the farthest building from check-in, but hey, no complaints. It was very quiet and relaxing back there and the units across the street were being renovated but nothing loud or obnoxious about it.

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Follow the Doug in :laughing:

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Love the Mickey's in the railings, cool details.

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Next: The Room :love:

skidisney
05-24-2011, 09:49 PM
As mentioned before, we traded a week with RCI for the room. We ended up with a 1 bedroom unit towards the back of the Old Key West resort.

Let's take a look at this room, shall we. Follow me!

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In the entry foyer

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The living room, look at all the space

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The kitchen side of the main room

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Towel bow on the oven

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End table, if you look at the lifeguard chair lamp, you will see a Mickey in it

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The Dining Table

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A look out at the deck

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And out at the golf course from the deck

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Random Artwork

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Here is the bathroom

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The Jacuzzi tub, you can see the bedroom behind it. Those shutters do close, but it is pretty much in the middle of the bedroom

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Here is the king size bed

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No one sits in my chair!!! :lmao:

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Next: Back to the studios for Fastpass time

mickeymouse108
05-25-2011, 09:44 AM
Hi just joined you trip report it looks great your first resort is my fav.

obxlover
05-25-2011, 05:24 PM
I have been reading your report and I love your style of writing!!

We stayed in a studio at OKW in November 2010 and LOVED it!! May-be one day I can book a 1 bedroom.

Can't wait to read more.

skidisney
05-25-2011, 09:13 PM
Thanks you everyone for the awesome comments. I really take them to heart and it helps me with staying on task and writing the TR. Britt and I really enjoy the feedback.

We went back to the Studios for some unfinished business. Primarily, we had fastpasses to use on two of our favorite attractions.

The crowds were still heavy at 6 PM when we got back to Hollywood Studios.

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We went over to Rock 'N' Roller Coaster and found that not only was the Stand-By line over an hour long still and teh FastPass line took almost 25 minutes to get through.

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A great ride as always. Next we headed over to Tower for our second ride of the day. Now, we have already seen the regular pics of tower, so here are a couple from the backside.

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Here are a few more shots of the 1 bedroom for all of you Old Key West lovers.

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Next: Another fantastic dinner ADR

anl
05-25-2011, 10:05 PM
Love all the pictures! Jealous of your adults only trip!

Goofy442
05-26-2011, 10:01 AM
Can't wait to stay at OKW next year. Wow, I know people who have tried to get a room through RCI and couldn't.

ronnmel
05-27-2011, 08:21 AM
Love all the pictures, as always. I really need to stop and take a look back at the rides after I exit, I'm sure I'm missing some cool theming.

skidisney
05-27-2011, 11:06 AM
Here is where we really did it up big for dinner. I decided to book an ADR here because I kinda wanted to celebrate the halfway point of our trip. Hey, every day is a day to celebrate when your in Disney World, right?

So where are we going.

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Follow me on in

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We ended up parking at Epcot because it was EMH there that night and walking through to

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Vegetarians look away :scared1:

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As always, a look at the menu

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Brittany had the Yachtsman Filet Mignon - 8-oz Filet, Mashed Potatoes, and Red Wine Sauce $40.00

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Me personally, I went with the "Prime" New York Strip Steak - 12-oz Strip Steak, Peppercorn Brandy Sauce, and White Cheddar Potato Gratin $42.00

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And we had to try the Truffle Mac & Cheese - Orecchiette Pasta and Reypenaer Cheese $9.00

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We also enjoyed Signature Banana Napoleon - Custard, White Chocolate and Banana Mousse, and Crispy Phyllo $9.00 for dessert.

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This is what the restaurant looked like at 9:30 PM. Empty.

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Goodbye Yachtsman!!

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The meal was really good though we still have Le Cellier a little bit higher. I believe this was also a touch more expensive. It is worth it once, but I don't think we will be planning 180 days out to eat there with an ADR. Besides, when we got there it was pretty empty (even though the hostess once again told walk-ins that it was a 45 minute wait, Disney trickery people :laughing:.)

Add to the check 2 beers and a glass of wine and our total TIW discount was $23.20. After tax and gratuity, total bill for 2 was $119.72. Not for the faint of heart or keeping the budget under control.

And then we started our walk back to Epcot, or should I say, our waddle (that was a lot of food.)

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Next: Interesting choices for Epcot EMH

shocky5
05-27-2011, 01:43 PM
Just now joining in! Great report! We are planning a trip in December so I love all of the food pics/reviews you have! So many decisions!

Can't wait to read more! popcorn::

skidisney
05-31-2011, 09:58 AM
After our huge meal, we walked back through the International Gateway and headed back towards Future World.

Here is a view of the sand sculpture they created for Disney's African Cats movie.

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The Imagination Pavilion

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And now over to The Land

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But not what you think we were there for. We went over to Living With The Land and rode that.

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Judging by these pictures, our boat was moving at warp speed. :rotfl:

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And then, no, not Soarin'. Something way more exciting then that.

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Oh yeah, Circle Of Life!

A look at the waiting area, in case you have never been in there.

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And the theater

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Circle Of Life is ok. Nothing to go out of the way for. The theater is very old and showing it's age. Many of the seats are broken and the fabric and carpets are torn. And it is loud, very loud. Blow out your ear drums loud. Just be forewarned.

This may have been the turning point and where the title of our TR really starts to make sense. We started thinking to ourselves that if we were gonna sit through Circle Of Life, that we should just try to do everything. Why, why, why? The next morning Britt broke out the guide maps and started making notes on what we hadn't seen yet and what we still needed to accomplish. And off we go on our new set of goals!!!

Our final stop of the evening was over at Nemo. Here is Britt with Nemo.

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We rode on Nemo again to get to our goal

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Which was?

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We had put off Turtle Talk on both previous trips to the world. And it was great. I am just a sucker for the interactive stuff like this and Monsters Inc. Now granted, we saw it at 11:30 PM, so it was a very small show, only about30 of us in there. But as always, the kids responses to Crush were great and hilarious.

Next: Slipping back to the dark side

skidisney
05-31-2011, 10:47 PM
We woke up at 7:45 AM to a much different look outside of our window than we had two days earlier. Bright sunshine was coming down. So we headed right back over to:

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Much more crowded in CityWalk.

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And we headed over to Universal Studios.

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Not going to the store

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Can't stop for Shrek this morning

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Here is what we came for!!!

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Oh yeah! It's wicked cool!!!

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You get to pick your own soundtrack, but pick fast, or else you lose (like me :confused3) and then you get a soundtrack picked for you.

We walked through their French Quarter area which we would revisit later that evening.

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The end of Rip, Ride, Rock It and a much quieter area of the park (for now.)

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Down through the New York section

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On our way to:

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Yet another awesome ride. Really intense though, be forewarned.

And another random building

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Next: To the other end of the lake and back

skidisney
06-01-2011, 01:02 PM
We now move through San Francisco.

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Through the always annoying midway outside of Jaws (I always feel like I am back at the local Six Flags when I walk through here)

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As I mentioned, Jaws

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We didn't end up riding this time, but needless to say, this is not Brittany's favorite attraction. I am guessing she would be happy to get behind the wheel of the bulldozer and drive this one over.

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A nice look back at Rip, Ride, Rock It.

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And finally to our destination

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Don't know why we rode this. We had ridden it the last time we were here and it was ok. Then again, not the biggest fan of simulators. It was still ok.

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We then skipped (not literally :rotfl:) over to Men In Black.

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It had been a while since I had gone through the entire corny pre-show. That was fun to see again.

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It was then back through Amity to wait in the longest line of our day.

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Next: What is the longest line at Universal Studios?

skidisney
06-04-2011, 11:55 AM
So what is the longest line in Universal

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Oh yeah! Disaster!!!

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We had some time in the queue to take a few pics of the fake props

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Funny tag line

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Disaster was pretty good. The new Christopher Walken part was cool. The end is the same old Earthquake. I hear this attraction may be on the chopping block soon but I still think it kinda holds up.

One thing is for sure, it is still better than:

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Maybe it's just me, but Bill Paxton just does not look interested. And the show is a little rough around the edges.

A few more pics on the way out for the afternoon

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We decided to go to the McDonalds down by Animal Kingdom and passed by

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My meal was fine. Brittany's was non-existent. They forgot to put it in the bag. This infuriated Brittany to the point where she wanted to drive all the way back. Now with the stop lights, this might be an hour round trip. I just told her to go to the snack bar at the resort. We went over to the Turtle Pond pool and snack bar and not a cast member to be found. We had to go to the snack bar outside of the main pool. It still took around 30-45 minutes when all was said and done to get Brittany her chicken nuggets. But hey, any time you can get Brittany fed and keep the cranky bug away, that's a win.

Next: Time for Mardi Gras

skidisney
06-14-2011, 06:47 PM
Sorry, it has taken this long to update the TR. I had a bit of a computer meltdown but now we should be back on track with our trip.

Let's get started with a drink at the Nascar Cafe (sorry this is the only pic we got of it, we were busy the rest of the time :laughing:)

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It was slightly busier when we returned for the evening part of our touring

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Some street performers

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Some Universal Beignets for you.

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People were already lining up for the parade

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Some decoration

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Let's start the parade, shall we?

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Some of the really fantastic float

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Tons of beads being thrown out

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A big bug doohickey

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Next: More Mardi Gras Parade To Come

iamtheprincess
06-14-2011, 09:41 PM
Very good report!!! Makes us want to go back now!:banana:

skidisney
06-17-2011, 09:41 AM
Let's continue with our parade, shall we? :)

Sparklies!!!

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Lots of bead throwers on this float

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About the parade, really well done. I am not a parade person but this one is fun with the interactivity of catching the beads. Yes I know, the beads mean nothing, and Britt has a stack of them somewhere just cluttering up something, but it was fun to have a few adult beverages and try to catch some.

Next: A Little More Mardi Gras

skidisney
06-21-2011, 09:29 PM
So we went over to the other side to watch the parade and catch some more beads ;). But we took a a pic of the small band for ya'll along the way.

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And then it was on to the Ne-Yo concert. And man, were we far back. It was packed and we only stayed for a few songs but it was fun.

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There is a blurry Ne-Yo.

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Look how far back we were. But kinda cool the coaster as the back drop.

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A Madhouse in CityWalk

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Time to go out in CityWalk for an evening out

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A look inside the Rising Star bar. A really cool Karoke place with a live band

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And then over to the dance club, The Groove

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We also stopped by Pat O'Briens but we were tuckered out at that point, so on to the long walk to the car and the drive back to Old Key West for the night

Next: Time for a float

skidisney
06-23-2011, 06:15 PM
It was time to check off something on our Disney bucket list.

So we headed to:

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Time to get our ride!

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This pontoon boat was really cool, and way oversized for two :laughing:. But hey, if your gonna do it, might as well do it big.

The view of Olivia's from the docks

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Carefully driving the boat :rotfl:. Notice that the thing has a CD player :cool2:

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The bridge heading into Old Key West

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A shot of the canal

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The guest room buildings at OKW

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Here I come in my Sun Tracker :)

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A Treehouse Villa at Saratoga Springs

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A look across the golf course towards Saratoga Springs

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Next: Downtown Disney from a different point of view

skidisney
06-24-2011, 02:58 PM
So here is a look at all of the pictures we took from the boat during our tour. It took about 15 minutes from the dock to get to the lake at Downtown Disney.

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Bongo's

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A look over at Disney Quest and Cirque du Soleil

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And Planet Hollywood/Characters In Flight

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House Of Blues And The West Side Dock

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The other side of the boat looking at Saratoga Springs

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At Fulton's

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Little boat fishing, big boat eating :laughing:

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World Of Disney

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Rainforest Cafe

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And then Brittany took over the driving

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Back at Saratoga

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Old Key West

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A lovely Disney Bus :laughing:

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Back to the docks at Old Key West

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The boat rental was one of our favorite things of the whole trip. It was really relaxing for someone like us who feel like we must keep moving or else time is wasting at Disney :rotfl:. i am sure there are other people like us out there. It was very open and once we left the dock, no one told us where to go and when to be back. A very nice experience.

Next: Back to Epcot for another ADR

skidisney
06-27-2011, 10:42 AM
So where is our next ADR at. I am sure, as I let the pictures roll from our walk there, you will be able to guess where it was at.

First things first, which park?

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There is the strawberry smelling Lotso

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Another shot of Spaceship Earth

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Britt's picture of a bush :confused: :laughing:

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Here is Daisy

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And Stich

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We went by Mission: Space

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Not to ride but to pick up these

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I know, we probably wouldn't need them, but why pass them up when we had the time to stop by?

Across the bridge towards World Showcase

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La Cantina was packed as always

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Norway was slammed (it looks like most of this was for the Akershus Princess lunch)

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Not stopping at China

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Unfortunately not here for lunch :lmao:

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Next: We have made it to our lunch destination

walt's girl
06-27-2011, 11:01 AM
Wow, looks like a terrific trip!! Looks like I've got a lot of catching up to do :)

skidisney
07-06-2011, 03:48 PM
So where did we end up for lunch!

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Italy!

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Not Tutto Italia

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There we go! Via Napoli

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A look at the inside

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The Menu

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The Strawberry Agua Fresca

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And of course, the Margherita - tomato, mozzarella, basil $28 for the large

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Dessert Menu

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The Coppa, which may or may not be on the menu any longer, $10

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The obligatory oven shot on the way out

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The pizza was good to great. The Fresca was ok as well as the service. It seemed very rushed even though half the tables were empty. We rarely saw the waitress except to take our order. The price is a bit steep, but as you saw the pizza was huge and that was only the large.

The total TIW discount at Via Napoli was $9.20. The total after tip and tax was $47.48 for two.

Next: A relaxing stroll through Epcot

skidisney
07-06-2011, 10:36 PM
After lunch, it was time to walk off the calories :laughing: and clean up some of the remaining things to see in the Showcase.

Here we go, walking out of Italy

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Lady And The Tramp topiary

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Rapunzel's Tower on the way to Germany

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A few shots of the train set outside Germany

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Town Square

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Like the Flower & Garden Festival banners

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And the little Lotso topiary

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Back to the rest of Germany

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Here is Pumbaa

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And Timon

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Little Simba and Rafiki

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And over the bridge into China

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Into Reflections of China

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Reflections of China was another 360 film, not as good as O Canada, but it far surpassed Impressions de France. Great little spot inside the waiting room with a ton of benches and air conditioning. A spot we will be visiting again when we need a break.

Next: The Signs of the Chinese Zodiac

skidisney
07-07-2011, 06:10 PM
Since Britt went around collecting the sculptures/topiaries of the Chinese zodiac before and after Reflections of China, I thought I should include them in this special entry.

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Monkey

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Sheep

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Horse

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Snake

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Dragon

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Pig

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Bull

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Rabbit

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Rat

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Tiger (which apparently has something to do with Kim Possible :laughing:)

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Dog

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Rooster

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I think that's it! Should be, considering Brittany ran around like a maniac collecting them all. :lmao:

Next: More of a look around China

skidisney
07-07-2011, 07:43 PM
So here we go around China

The outside of the museum adjacent to Reflections of China

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The ceiling

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And walls

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Inside the museum

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Exiting out of Reflections into the store

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The Panda topiaries again

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The trolls

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And back around to where we started, with Lightning McQueen

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And Tigger

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Eyeore

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Pooh Bear, of course

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Rabbit

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Ah, the scenery

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Brittany with the scenery :)

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Next: Some more flowering bushes ;)

skidisney
07-07-2011, 08:28 PM
A little more walking around and exploring the details of Flower & Garden.

First, to Bambi's Butterfly House

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Flowers

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Of course, a step into Club Cool while we are over on this side of the park

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Everyone's favorite, Beverly is here

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Next: Tinker Bell and Time for Mission: Space

skidisney
07-07-2011, 09:19 PM
So after our brief visit to the sticky floors of Club Cool and Britt trying Beverly, just to remind herself of "why everyone thought it was so bad." We moved on towards Mission: Space (checking off another attraction on our list of remaining attractions to do) via Tinker Bell's Pixie Hollow.

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Couldn't tell you the name of the fairies (I am 30 and male :rotfl:) but here they are.

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So we rode Mission: Space using the Fastpasses. Unnecessary, because we walked straight on. We chose the more intense orange side this time (we had ridden the green side the last trip.) The orange side wtill made Britt and I feel a bit ill. I love roller coasters and extreme rides and I still can't get the sick feeling away on Mission: Space. Probably won't have to ride that one again any time soon.

Here are a few photos on the way out of Epcot at about 5:15 PM.

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Everybody loves a Monorail picture, right?

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Next: Back over to DTD for everyone's favorite meal and more late night antics at the Magic Kingdom

skidisney
07-16-2011, 09:17 AM
So we went over to the Marketplace (by car this time) because we don't know the meaning of sitting still and we wanted to get some shopping done before we headed over to MK for EMH.

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Of coursewe stopped by Earl of Sandwich for a quick bite. And by quick, I mean the line went all the way to the kitchen supply store next door. Still, it moved pretty quick. We left the Marketplace around night fall to head over to the Magic Kingdom for our favorite, evening Extra Magic Hours until 3 AM.

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We decided to take the ferry boat across to the Magic Kingdom and wouldn't you know it, the fireworks went off while we were crossing. It was a private show for the 20 of us who were on the ferry. Spectacular view. We have video and I will provide links as soon as I get them uploaded.

We were now in full swing of the checking attractions off of our list game so that we could say we had seen everything, so we entered the Magic Kingdom and went straight to:

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Every time we go here I say, this won't be worth it, and it totally is. Makes me laugh every time.

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And then over to:

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There you go, a huge amount of photos for you Carousel fans.

Next: Working our way around the park

ronnmel
07-16-2011, 10:01 AM
Just wanted to say I'm still following your TR and enjoying all the photos. :)

skidisney
07-18-2011, 10:29 AM
So as you may have noticed, after midnight, the park is yours on Evening EMH in spring. We were cleaning up our list at the Magic Kingdom pretty fast and thoroughly. The moral of the story is, if you can stay up late, do it!!

So off we keep going. We took another round on the Peoplemover to let the crowds die down and then started moving through attractions.

Still had to check off this:

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Still just as bad as I remember it, though I do enjoy the preshows.

Onto a party

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Not so pleasing to my stomach, I must say

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And then onto something everybody's speed

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Britt failed at pulling the sword out of the stone

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We went and checked out Philharmagic, one of Britt's favorites

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And It's A Small World

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Onto Frontierland, where guess what. Splash Mountain was closed again.

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Poor Splash

http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee473/dougfantasyleague/Days9-11089.jpg

:confused: :mad: :sad1: 10 days in the World and no Splash, what was this trip coming too. Fine then, over to Big Thunder I suppose.

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Next: Finishing up day 10

skidisney
07-18-2011, 10:45 AM
We have walked from the land of Tomorrow to the land of the Frontier, so where are we headed next. The land of Adventure.

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Wanna ride Pirates, why not, there is no line and nobody around. Just one lonely cast member.

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And on to the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, why, because we need the credit for Brittany's list of course.

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And on to another unexplainable 2 AM attraction.

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The view from the top

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We had more time, so we went back over and rode the Haunted Mansion after dark, always better after dark, right?

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Back over to Tomorrowland, we just can't stop when there are no lines like this.

To the ride that really does make you super dizzy.

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And to end it all, another ride on Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. Why? Because we can, that's why?

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We went through the Emporium on the way out because we were having trouble letting go, took the Monorail to the empty tram where the tram operator was trying out his new stand up routine for the 10 of us on it. :laughing: It wasn't that funny, it was just that bad.

Back to the hotel at 3:30 AM. Time to sleep iin.

Next: Day 11 Starts With a Bad, Bad Blizzard

skidisney
07-18-2011, 11:04 AM
So we slept in on Day 11 as one might imagine we would after getting home at 4 AM the night before. We decided to use our new Water Park AP's and head over to Blizzard Beach for a dip. Now the parking lot didn't look that bad at 11 when we got there, but boy was that instinct wrong. It was packed, jam packed, not a chair to be found in the place. Wrong idea and so weird compared to the Typhoon Lagoon experience we had the week before. So we took a walk around the park, took some pictures for this TR and didn't get a toe in the water.

So here's the pics.

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They really shouldn't let this guy in the pool!

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So that was our tour around Blizzard Beach. Hopefully, the rest of the day gets better. :)

Next: Back To Animal Kingdom Where Our Luck May Turn Around

skidisney
08-04-2011, 07:31 PM
We left Blizzard Beach where there was a line for the lazy river and went back to the main pool at Old Key West. Here are a few shots of that.

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The pool is nice and the slide in the giant sand castle is fun (so fun I did it 3 times :).)

So would our luck change around, well some nice gentleman handed us this as we approached the gates for Animal Kingdom.

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:goodvibes:

That's nice, right! The last trip that we came down on, we gave two away to a family that was entering. Guess the good vibes were passed along.

Let's get to cleaning up some attractions in Animal Kingdom, shall we?

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Into Africa to pick up some Safaris FP's

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Cool light

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The Fastpass area for Kilimanjaro Safari's

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And whataya know, it printed out and extra one!!!

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Another shot of the tree from the back side

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We went over to catch a showing of Flights of Wonder, and it was hot and while we were waiting, Britt started to have a little meltdown and we all know how to treat a meltdown, right?

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Next: Flights of Delights

skidisney
08-04-2011, 07:46 PM
Well here we go!! For all of you Flights of Wonder fans, which happens to be a pretty decent little bird show;), here are some of the picture highlights.

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So that's Flights of Wonder. In reviewing it, the humans are ok but the birds are fantastic and do some pretty cool things and that's the way the trainers would prefer it, I think. If you haven't seen this show, you are missing out and you have not completed a full tour of Animal Kingdom.

Next: Time to enter the palace of the Maharajah

skidisney
08-04-2011, 08:26 PM
After the show, we realized we hadn't done the Maharajah Jungle Trek yet this trip, so it's time for a tour through the Maharajah's palace.

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This guy's not from Asia

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Ah, but these guy's are

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On to the Tigers

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Next: Finally Back to Everest

skidisney
08-08-2011, 01:00 PM
Well, we are working our way through Asia and on our way to use the Fastpasses we were handed for Everest.

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My timing was right on the Safaris FP's and it was time to pick up two more. So why not 2 more for Expedition Everest? I apparently was trying to be the Fastpass king of Animal Kingdom :rotfl:.

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Alright, so here are some shots while actually on Everest. We figured, with 3 rides in our future, we could ride through the camera one time just to have some cool shots.

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Looking out over the park from the top of Everest

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Uh-oh, broken track!!!

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A look back at Everest, oh we will be back we have 4 more Fastpasses to use :).

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We stopped by Flame Tree BBQ, one of our favorite Counter Service restaurants on the way to Festival Of The Lion King. I forgot the we could use our Tables in Wonderland discount here :confused3:. Too bad, another discount missed.

Here are some pictures of sandwiches from Flame Tree.

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And then on to Camp Mickey-Minnie

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On with the show

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Good show still after all these years. You have got to see it for the tumble monkeys alone.

We saw Flik on the way out.

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Next: Time For Another Safari

skidisney
08-08-2011, 01:20 PM
Now I have to admit. The Kilimanjaro Safari's is not my favorite attraction at Animal Kingdom (I would almost rather walk through a zoo.) I find the story line to be lacking and transparent and the animals are very predictable (you start to notice these things when you ride it a lot.) Just my opinion and hey, Brittany loves it and would ride it all day if possible.

So, as expected, here are more photos with animals, haha.

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Next: Some final Animal Kingdom housekeeping

skidisney
08-08-2011, 01:41 PM
Just two attractions to go before our list is complete for Animal Kingdom and just enough time left in the day to get them done.

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The first one:

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It's Tough To Be A Bug! I am suprised we don't do this one more often. This is a really fun show, if only to see the reactions of people who haven't experienced it before.

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And onto our final attraction in Animal Kingdom. The wettest ride in the World :laughing:.

KALI RIVER RAPIDS!!!

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I got wet

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Britt got wet

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The family we rode with got wet, but the kid loved every second of it and made me laugh the entire way as he rooted for the water like it was his favorite college football team :rotfl2:.

Next: A Fantastic Disney Event

skidisney
08-15-2011, 01:15 PM
Not enough can be said about the greatness of this next event. We had to pay a deposit for it and plan for it like an ADR and we didn't think it would be worth it, but boy, were our issues laid to rest when we went to it. What was it?

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It is awesome. Such an enjoyable way to enjoy the parade, Magic, Memories & You show, and fireworks. Worth every penny!!!

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We loved the fact that Disney did not oversell this event. It did not take long to get the desserts and it seemed like the views from all of the tables were great and nobody was really jamming up the rail in front. It was a very fun time.

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And here are some of the views that we enjoyed from our location.

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Once again, as a wrap up, the cast members were great, the views were very good and the desserts, we thought, were fantastic. If you have the moment and you don't feel like you need to be on crowded Main Street for everything, this is way to go!!!

Next:A Morning In The MK And The Return Of The Rain

skidisney
08-19-2011, 10:55 AM
We left the Magic Kingdom after the fireworks party, well, to be honest, we snuck in a ride on the Peoplemover, then walked around and left. Why? Because we knew we had an early morning. Where at?

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Right back to the Magic Kingdom :laughing:

Why, you might ask. Because we had a breakfast ADR of course, why else?

So let's jump on Monorail Orange and try to get over there for the opening ceremony.

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We barely made it for the end of the opening ceremony. The crowds were very light this morning. This may have had something to do with the park hours being extended to open at 8 AM every day.

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Crowds were light and we had time so in order to try and check off everything, what did we do?

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Of course, we jumped on the trolley for a ride to the end of Main Street. It had been forever since I had done that. Possibly since I was a kid. Here are some sights from the trolley.

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Our trusty steed

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Nice place to unload

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Looking back

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I was nice to walk around the hub with virtually no one else there to take these photos of the characters.

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And my favorite character :)

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Next: A breakfast ADR, thank goodness it's inside

SevenDwarfDiva
08-20-2011, 07:36 AM
I am loving your trip report ... like many have mentioned previously ... it is one of the best I have read in a while! Keep it coming! :cheer2:

skidisney
08-22-2011, 01:22 PM
I am loving your trip report ... like many have mentioned previously ... it is one of the best I have read in a while! Keep it coming! :cheer2:

Thank you so much for keeping with us and reading. We have so many photos from a two week trip and editing and posting is taking longer than I would have thought :). And of course, work constantly gets in the way. But I am sticking with it and trying to post as often as possible.

skidisney
08-22-2011, 02:13 PM
Well, another day has started great. The weather was a little cloudy so we brought our rain gear just in case. We headed down through Adventureland.

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Past the Treehouse

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And over to the Jungle Cruise where our plan was to get Fastpasses for later since we had breakfast ADR's. Needless, to say, with a wait time of zero, we got a lot of weird looks from Cast Member's who were wondering why we just didn't get on the ride.

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Had to take this pic of an empty Adventureland!!!

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Onto Breakfast

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The Entry Way

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The waitress came up and took our drinks and told us that we were welcome to go to the buffet. The buffet has your average breakfast foods. Nothing special. You are not coming here for the food after all. You are here for this:

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Winnie the Pooh liked Britt, looks like he just tolerated me :rotfl:

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And then the party/dance/parade/whatever you wanna call it happened right before Eyeore came to our table. And what heppened, Eyeore never came back, just skipped right by us. :laughing: Britt was not having this for the price we were paying, so she went and asked a Cast Member and wouldn't you know it, look who came back.

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Piglet stopped by after that

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And finally my man Tigger

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The character interaction was pretty good (for two adults.) The kids at the table over from us loved it. The food was mediocre. Our TIW discount was $9.20. Total bill after tip and tax for Crystal Palace $47.46.

Not running back to eat there but a good start to the day. And then it happened again.

Next: The Week 2 Deluge Begins

saintstickets
08-22-2011, 08:36 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SevenDwarfDiva
I am loving your trip report ... like many have mentioned previously ... it is one of the best I have read in a while! Keep it coming!

Thank you so much for keeping with us and reading. We have so many photos from a two week trip and editing and posting is taking longer than I would have thought :). And of course, work constantly gets in the way. But I am sticking with it and trying to post as often as possible.

Doing a TR is definately a labor of love! I found out doing mine that it is very time consuming and as you said, other factors get in the way! Thanks for doing your TR. Loving it!

skidisney
09-06-2011, 03:29 PM
We had gotten lucky in the new week. The rain hadn't come like it had in the first week. And then, while we were inside the Crystal Palace, the heaven's opened up. We waited it out for a bit and then ducked out into it to try and clean up some attractions in Frontierland.

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It was empty and very wet.

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We decided to jump into the Jamboree.

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Right after we took that last pic, they announced that the bears were having some technical difficulties. But it was inside, haha. So we braved the storm to see what was open.

Splash and Big Thunder, closed.

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Tom Sawyer Island, closed.

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The ponchos were out in Frontierland.

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The Riverboat, closed.

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The Hall of Presidents, open. :banana: Finally

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Into the theater

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One of my favorite hidden spots in Disney World. The back porch on Hall of Presidents has some rocking chairs on it prefect for sittin' and watching the crowds roll by.

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Next: Back To Frontierland

skidisney
09-06-2011, 04:20 PM
After the Hall, we ran back through the rain to the Country Bears to see whether up to performing again. Turned out that they were so we went in for the show.

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We then went back over to the Jungle Cruise and used our Fastpasses in a line that was non-existent. Our reward for getting FP's early, I got to sit in the gap where everybody was getting in and out of the boat with their wet shoes on. It was lovely. :headache:

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It was a very wet Jungle Cruise, but hey check it off of our list in our journey to do everything. So far, we had checked off 3 of the attractions we still needed to hit in the MK.

Next: A Journey On The Riverboat

skidisney
09-06-2011, 07:53 PM
Next, we went over to the Liberty Belle. It had been a while since I had ridden this attraction. There weren't many people on it with us so we were able to move around a lot and take a lot of pictures of the views around the Rivers of America.

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A look at the Mansion

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Aunt Polly's

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The Paddlewheel

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Inside the boat

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The River

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A look at Big Thunder

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Next: Continuing Around The River

skidisney
09-06-2011, 10:22 PM
So here are a few more pictures as you look from out from the Liberty Belle Riverboat.

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After the Riverboat, we moved over to the island and Fort Langhorn to cross it off our list.

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Into the fort

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The horses don't want anything to do with us :laughing:

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These guys too. Proves that the boy screaming at the wall in Spaceship Earth is not the only rude AA in Disney World.

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Next: The Mansion And We Move It, Shake It And Celebrate It

skidisney
09-08-2011, 11:10 PM
We had some time still before our lunch ADR and since crowds were so light, we decided to go by the Haunted Mansion and take our time in the new queue.

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The new queue is really cool and deserves some exploration time.

We were moving to our lunch destination and ran into the Move It, Shake, Celebrate It show/parade. So we decided to catch the show for a bit and check it off our list.

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He Want's You

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Next: An Overlooked Magic Kingdom Restaurant

skidisney
09-19-2011, 05:48 PM
After moving, shaking and celebrating, we headed on over to the Plaza Restaurant. I had heard that this was a pretty good value restaurant and boy did we need one of those after our large spending spree so far this trip. I once again made the mistake of scheduling ADR's too close together, but hey, what are you gonna do? Miss one? Nah. Let's head in!

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A look at the inside

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And the menu

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Britt had the Plaza Club - smoked ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise layered on toasted multi-grain bread $11.49

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While I had the Cheese Steak Sandwich - shaved beef, grilled with onions, mushrooms, red peppers, and white American cheese served on a hoagie roll $11.99

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A Coke and a Sprite with that at $2.69 each.

And for dessert, the Brownie Sundae - vanilla ice cream and a fudge brownie topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry $5.99.

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Britt said the Club was average, I thought the Cheesesteak was great and the Brownie Sundae was really good too even though Britt was a little stuffed from the too close breakfast and lunch ADR's. The TIW discount on the meal was $6.97. Total after tax and gratuity was $35.97. It was a bargain compared to what we felt we got earlier at the Crystal Palace, but then again, there wasn't a Tigger with this meal.

Next: Beginning Our Grand Circle Tour

skidisney
09-20-2011, 10:23 PM
After the Plaza Restaurant, we head up into the Main Street train station and had some time to check out the details around the station.

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The view from the balcony

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A look down on the Mayor, Pluto and Daisy greeting guests

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Let's head into the station

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Here comes the train!

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Then we decided to get off the train in Frontierland to get a spot along the parade route to check that off our list.

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And we found our spot across from the Liberty Bell and Liberty Tree.

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Before the parade, they had a few high school marching bands and the Main Street Philharmonic band march through

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Next: Let The Parade Begin!!!

skidisney
09-21-2011, 03:43 PM
The reason why we got off the train even though, in our minds, we had to make the grand circle tour to cross it off our list. We thought cutting the tour in two pieces was OK as long as we were checking another thing off our list. So we parked ourselves just over the bridge in Liberty Square and made sure we got a good photo spot. Hopefully, these photos paid off.

Before the parade, there was this elegant Grand Marshall Car

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Alright, let's get on with the Celebrate A Dream Come True parade!!!

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Donald and Chip were partying down

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As was my main man Goofy in his purple suit

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Which do you like better, the purple suit or his bathing suit (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41888449&postcount=140)? :laughing:

Here is Woody and Jessie

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Just Jessie

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Pluto

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And Stitch

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The main man himself

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Here is the Pinocchio float

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Love the Figaro on the back of this float

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And on the bottom

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On to Snow White

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And Dopey

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Next: More Of The Parade

skidisney
09-21-2011, 04:18 PM
Let's move on in the parade to the Aladdin float

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And moving on to some other random characters

Dumbo was there, in the same way Figaro was there

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Mary and Bert

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The Captain of the Hook

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And his arch nemesis

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Spent all these years being proud of telling Chip and Dale apart, forgot how to learn about Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

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Castle Float

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Some evil step-sisters (and step-mother, let's not leave her out)

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They really felt like dancing, evil dancing!!! :laughing:

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The Fairy Godmother

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Here comes the Princesses (Brittany's favorite part :))

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Ariel was ignoring us

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Next: Finishing Off The Train Ride

saintstickets
09-22-2011, 02:25 PM
Great parade pics! You had a prime viewing spot. Keep the fantastic TR coming!

skidisney
09-22-2011, 03:31 PM
Great parade pics! You had a prime viewing spot. Keep the fantastic TR coming!

Thanks Saints!!! Just edited 300 more pics to keep this thing going. Thanks for reading!!!

skidisney
09-27-2011, 08:34 PM
After the parade, we headed back towards the train station to finish the tour. Along the way, we passed the Briar Patch.

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And past Big Thunder

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We checked in at the station

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On our way around, we got a look at the New Fantasyland banners at the old Toontown train station

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Apparently I sat in something, Britt thought this was funny. Apparently, you should check the seats on the train carefully before sitting down. At least we had the washer and dryer back at Old Key West.

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Next: Out For Our 3rd ADR Of The Day

skidisney
10-03-2011, 09:42 PM
Never again will we try 3 ADR's in one day. It is just too much and this coming from a big eater.

So where are we heading on for this 3rd ADR?

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That's right! Another resort Britt had never visited and it just begs to be shown off.

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We got there a little early so we could look around and go outside and look around the savanna.

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It is a great place to spend some time watching the animals and so much quieter than the Animal Kingdom both times I have been here.

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The glass over the entry way from the savanna.

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And now a look at some of the details

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Next: Getting To The Grub

skidisney
10-30-2011, 07:48 PM
So for our third meal of the day, I chose another buffet. In retrospect, not the smartest choice considering we had started the day at a buffet too, but why not? Let's make ourselves pop at the place where calories don't count, Disney World!

Let's take a look at:

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Looking down on the restaurant from the cool bar above it

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And the entry way, where it seemed like pure mayhem going on, but Boma always feels this way to me. And Jiko looks so nice and quiet, haha.

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The cover of the drink menu

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And the buffet

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And now for the pics of the food

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And dessert, of course, I promise you, this wasn't the only plate.

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Boma is pricey. A little overrated for our liking. Animal Kingdom Lodge though, is always amazing. I think Britt would join me in saying that we think that Tusker House is a better deal with better food, at least for us. Two adults for dinner were $65.98 minus our TIW discount of $13.20. The total with tax and gratuity ended up being $68.10.

Next: Getting Day 13 Off With A Bang

skidisney
11-02-2011, 04:49 PM
It was time for us to go off campus again. This time it was over to Tampa to check out Busch Gardens, a place that I had not been since the early 90's.

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A look at the entrance

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And over to Gwazi to try out this rambunctious wooden roller coaster.

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A few shots of the coaster

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We didn't know that Busch opened the park in stages. We were there at park opening but only Gwazi was open for the first hour, we ran into a guarded gate trying to get to Sheikra.

Here are a few early shots of Walkabout Way (the Austrailian section, there will be more to come later.

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And finally a few pics of the gardens and flamingos

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Next: Shrieking On Sheikra And Other Wild Adventures]

skidisney
11-20-2011, 04:07 PM
So we were held up at the rope waiting to get to the large coasters and hit them before the rest of the people filled the entire park. Of course, our first stop on this coaster tour was:

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Now Sheikra is a huge drop coaster, not for the faint of heart and is like the Griffon that we have here in Virginia at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

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Really cool coaster!!!

Here are a few shots of the log flume which we passed on the way to our next destination.

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And a few more shots of landmarks on our walk. This nice Tiger striped flower bed.

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And the entrance to Timbuktu.

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And finally to our next monster!

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KUMBA!!! Another great coaster.

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And back into Timbuktu.

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We were here to visit my first looping coaster from many years ago!!

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And boy did it hurt. It was a very, very painful ride.

Here is Scorpion with Sheikra in the background

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Next: Seeing The Animals At Busch Gardens Vs. Animal Kingdom

skidisney
11-27-2011, 12:07 PM
So, we were done being beat up by Scorpion and were moving our way over to Montu when we decided to stop at Rhino Rally. Now, I know the river part of this ride was removed due to accidents/space constraints, so I figured it would be like Kilimanjaro Safaris but in smaller vehicles. And I thought that those smaller vehicles would offer a different, perhaps better experience being that it was a smaller amount of people in the Jeep. I was wrong! I could not of been more wrong. This attraction is completely worthelss, there ar barely any animals, do not waste your time. We didn't take many pictures, because, quite frankly, there wasn't a lot to take pictures of. Here is what we got (mostly signage.)

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Here are some of the few animals we saw.

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Now for the regular animal exhibits at Busch Gardens Tampa. These were fantastic, unbelievably detailed and you could get so close to the animals. These pictures aren't cropped that much, this is actually how close you can get to these magnificent creatures.

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Beautiful looking building called the Colony House Restaurant

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Next: Montu And More

skidisney
11-27-2011, 12:27 PM
Next up was Montu. It lived up to all of the hype. A great inverted coaster that will be enjoyed by any coaster fan.

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We then went over to a reproduction walk-through of King Tut's Tomb. I had great hope for this because I like parks that aren't all coasters and thrill rides. I was wrong again. It was a very bland, very boring disply.

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And here is a look at Cheetah Hunt (it was being built at the time, it is now open.)

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And then we headed over towards the Gorilla display.

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Next: Train Tour Of The Savana

skidisney
03-27-2012, 08:40 PM
The next item on our agenda was you guessed it, get more pictures of animals by taking the train through the savanna. The line was suprisingly long, but we made it on the train and began our journey.

First the train station.

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And a view of Montu pulling out of the station.

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And off we go for more giraffes

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And some other animals.

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A lot of Rhinos

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Rhino versus Bird (The bird won)

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And an Ostrich

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And as you pull into the next station, some African Cattle

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Next: Totally Terrific Tigers

skidisney
03-27-2012, 09:54 PM
So we got off of the train after the savanna portion to go explore Jungala. Jugala is the tiger exhibit/net climbing area for kids combined with a few small rides tucked in the various sections of the land. This area was fantastic and was so much fun to move around and explore in. There were hidden aquariums and small animal displays everywhere and the tiger display was out of this world. Dare I say it, yes I must, this was a better display and exploration area than Maharajah Jungle Trek at Animal Kingdom. I know, crazy but I feel it is true.

The pics we got out of this area do not give it justice since we were using our eyes to soak in the details so much and forgot to use the camera as much. But here is some of the goodness we captured.

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You can get so close to the tigers here!

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No zoom necessary. This is how close you are. Don't you just wanna scratch his head.

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The area also had an orangutan exhibit but most of them weren't out to play.

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And finally, a look at what we got in terms of the netted areas of Jungala.

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Next: A Few Ramaining Shots From Busch Gardens Tampa

skidisney
03-28-2012, 08:17 PM
At this point, Busch Gardens was getting really crowded so we stopped and took a couple more shots on the way out.

First up was the aviary.

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And a few shots of the really well themed Sesame Street childrens area.

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And some pics of the hundreds of Kangaroos that were in Walkabout Way

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And another shot of one of the gorgeous gardens in Busch Gardens

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Bye Bye Busch Gardens

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And final obligatory Brittany with the sign pic

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Next: Time to Pick A Disney World Park To Spend The Evening