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Joyciemc
05-10-2011, 10:00 PM
This was a trip of firsts: 1st Anniversary celebration, 1st DVC stay, 1st split stay (at two 1st time resorts), 1st backstage tours, and 1st time doing several attractions we had skipped before.
We learned that there are a lot of new to us things about WDW that we loved. We also learned that we had avoided some things for a reason and that we can usually trust our judgment.

But I guess introductions are in order before I get too far into this.

http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%201/IMG_5011.jpg

I’m Joyce. I’ve loved Disney as long as I can remember and have been to WDW a bunch of times, and Disneyland a couple of times. Vacations are the highlight of my life (not that I don’t like my job, but time off from work is a wonderful thing in my eyes!) and WDW is my place of choice to spend them. I love to travel in general, though. Unfortunately, a series of terrible plane rides is causing a slow but steady fear of flying. Not sure how many more times I’m going to be able to fly places…

Ben is my husband (of just over a year) and also loves (that may be too strong of a word, but it’ll do) Disney. He’s way more outgoing than me and is a lot of fun to travel with. During this trip we learned that he is Minnie Mouse’s type and that Mickey better watch it! Ben will be reading this and will remind me of things I left out, I’m sure.

We were just at WDW in September, and we became DVC members on that trip. That story can be found in the trip report in my signature.

This anniversary trip was changed a lot in the planning process. The full story can be found in the pre-trip report in my signature, if you care to take a look.

But as things ended up, we stayed at Kidani Village from 5/1-5/8 and Old Key West from 5/8-5/9. These were both new resorts for us, and made for a very different kind of trip. It was a jam-packed adventure that left me completely exhausted by the end. We met some colorful characters, ate a lot of delicious food, and learned a few fun facts about love bugs (the male is the smaller and they are considered ‘beneficial insects’ because they eat decaying plant matter when in the larval stage. They don’t sting or bite but can cause problems clogging up the front grill of vehicles.)

I can’t wait to relive the trip through this report and hope that you’ll enjoy following along!

Since I had a bit of writer's block in starting this, I think I'll leave off there for now. But here's a little game called 'Where in WDW was this picture taken?':

http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%208/IMG_5540.jpg

Any guesses?

Joyciemc
05-10-2011, 10:03 PM
Day 1: Did I just say donut? Part one (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41090797&postcount=17), Part two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41142958&postcount=41), Part three (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41144886&postcount=45), Part four (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41207349&postcount=65)


Day 2: I got my flippy floppies. Part one (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41246164&postcount=85), Part two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41259156&postcount=92), Part three (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41271124&postcount=98)


Day 3: Didn't know there was a parking lot there... Part one. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41313207&postcount=112) Part two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41370632&postcount=126).


Day 4: What's sadder than a melting snowbaby? Part one (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41395182&postcount=136). Part two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41460456&postcount=145). Part three (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41461639&postcount=148).


Day 5: White Rhinos rule! (But fiberglass elephants are just ok) Part one (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41522156&postcount=165). Part two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41549296&postcount=178). Part three (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41549914&postcount=179).


Day 6: Epcot all day, baby! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41624768&postcount=193)


Day 7: Don't you just hate when lunch makes you gag? Part one. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41671317&postcount=212) (Dinner was better!) Part two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41749860&postcount=227)


Bonus chapter! Our next adventure... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41921152&postcount=258)

Day 8: The beginning of the end. Part one. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41894287&postcount=250) Part two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41967470&postcount=267). Part three (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42041987&postcount=279).


Exciting update! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42179548&postcount=289)

Day 9: We meet Fred (and her name was definitely Mary) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42199436&postcount=296). Part two. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42536849&postcount=309)

Stefy
05-11-2011, 02:38 AM
I'm here and first too :teeth:

Welcome back, glad to hear you had a great time, can't wait to hear all about it :hug:

You look like you are at Brown Derby, but I am most probably waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off there :laughing:

Nermel9
05-11-2011, 05:12 AM
Yay, can't wait to read your TR, welcome back! :banana:

amyrella
05-11-2011, 07:07 AM
Yay you are back!! Hope your trip was amazing!! Can't wait to read about it!

JMat
05-11-2011, 07:13 AM
Yeeesss :rotfl: so excited to read all about it, subbed in and ready to go <3

Welcome Home! Were there any 'Give A Hoot' sightings on this trip?!

amandaluvsgoofy
05-11-2011, 08:11 AM
Welcome home!! I can't wait to hear about your trip!!

If I had to take a (horrible) guess, I'd say Liberety Tree Tavern. Although I'm sure that is way off! :laughing:

jakeybake
05-11-2011, 08:20 AM
I'm going to say the waiting area at Tony's.

J

klacey1
05-11-2011, 08:38 AM
First page?? Yay!! Can't wait to hear all about your adventures :goodvibes
I have no clue about the picture...looks like it might be somewhere in Liberty Square or Frontierland, maybe...?

tankgirl427
05-11-2011, 08:55 AM
Can't wait to hear about your trip!

pinkxray
05-11-2011, 12:02 PM
I'm in. I can't wait to hear all about your trip. Kidani and OKW look beautiful, I hope you took a lot of pictures.

As to where in WDW are you? I have no idea. :confused3 It reminds me of an italian restaurant so maybe Tutto or Tony's?

Shannon84
05-11-2011, 12:38 PM
Found your TR randomly and I am joining in :cool1:

Joyciemc
05-11-2011, 05:39 PM
I'm here and first too :teeth:

Welcome back, glad to hear you had a great time, can't wait to hear all about it :hug:

You look like you are at Brown Derby, but I am most probably waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off there :laughing:

You're quick! Thanks for joining in!

Not the Brown Derby...

Yay, can't wait to read your TR, welcome back! :banana:

Thanks! I can't wait to write it!

Yay you are back!! Hope your trip was amazing!! Can't wait to read about it!

It was amazing! And I had no idea there were so many new things for us to do... we didn't even get to them all!

Yeeesss :rotfl: so excited to read all about it, subbed in and ready to go <3

Welcome Home! Were there any 'Give A Hoot' sightings on this trip?!

There may have been a Hoot sighting... but Ben was SUPER excited about another shirt he found... more on that later (Kris probably already has it :laughing: )

Welcome home!! I can't wait to hear about your trip!!

If I had to take a (horrible) guess, I'd say Liberety Tree Tavern. Although I'm sure that is way off! :laughing:

Not a bad guess! But not right, either :rotfl:

I'm going to say the waiting area at Tony's.

J

Welcome and thanks for reading!
Not Tony's either...

First page?? Yay!! Can't wait to hear all about your adventures :goodvibes
I have no clue about the picture...looks like it might be somewhere in Liberty Square or Frontierland, maybe...?

First page!
It is somewhere in Liberty Square

Can't wait to hear about your trip!

I'll try and post soon!

I'm in. I can't wait to hear all about your trip. Kidani and OKW look beautiful, I hope you took a lot of pictures.

As to where in WDW are you? I have no idea. :confused3 It reminds me of an italian restaurant so maybe Tutto or Tony's?

They are both beautiful resorts! I didn't take as many pictures as I meant to, but we do have lots to share.
Nope, not a restaurant!

Found your TR randomly and I am joining in :cool1:

Glad you found it, and glad you're reading!

Your PTR is one of the titles that keeps catching my eye, but I haven't read yet. Will correct that oversight now! :goodvibes

emma212010
05-11-2011, 06:07 PM
:wave2: Joining in! Excited to read :goodvibes

khertz
05-11-2011, 08:54 PM
Joining in! I was a somewhat of a lurker on your PTR but looking forward to reading the TR!

Is it the Hall of Presidents??

Joyciemc
05-12-2011, 07:31 PM
:wave2: Joining in! Excited to read :goodvibes

Hi, hi! Welcome aboard, hope you enjoy what's to come!

Joining in! I was a somewhat of a lurker on your PTR but looking forward to reading the TR!

Is it the Hall of Presidents??

Thanks for posting! I am a former lurker myself (not on my own reports- that would be weird :laughing: But I never used to post on TRs until sorta recently) and am very happy you decided to post!

Not the HOP, but you are getting closer!

Joyciemc
05-12-2011, 07:44 PM
I knew my photo game would be tough! The picture was taken in a place I never even knew existed.
Ben also had a mystery location picture taken.
http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%208/IMG_5541.jpg

And to give you some perspective (and a clue), check this one out:
http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%208/IMG_5521.jpg
Anyone know now?

So, think it’s time to actually start this trip report? I do!

In a second (haha). First, I need to explain how tired I was to start… the Friday before we left, I got home from work and we immediately headed to Boston for dinner. We then went to see our friend DJ at a club and stayed later then we meant to (we always do). I went to sleep around 1am, and had to get up at 7 for work. *yawn* Sleepy just thinking about it!

That brings us to… Day 0: The Day Before Disney World!
I woke up and dragged myself to the car and made it to work. And the longest 9 hours of my life. It was a super quiet day (I work at an animal shelter that never has quiet days. Figures) and time just dragged by.
Eventually, it was time to go home.

I was mostly all packed and figured an early bedtime was a sure thing. But then I got home and decided to get a quick workout in. Then I had to pack up my toiletry type stuff and find room for the food we were bringing.
With a final look at the countdown, we were set for the next day

http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%201/IMG_5133.jpg

I think I was finally ready to go to bed around 10, which is actually pretty early for me. And I was so tired; I was bound to get a good night’s sleep. Until I realized that no matter how tired I am, I will never be able to sleep well the night before Disney. I slept, I woke, slept again.

Day 1: Did I just say donut?

I know I slept some because the alarm woke me up at 3:45 and my eyes were burning. So, so tired! But that Disney adrenaline was flowing, and we got ready to go.
The very last thing we did before heading out was to feed the 3 cats who have free run of the house (there’s a blind cat named Boring Alice who was going to have to stay in one room for the week. She is still new, and we didn’t want her getting stuck somewhere or something!)

http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%201/IMG_5131.jpg
That is Blanche, Bluebell,and Wyatt.
Bluebell is the reason we can’t leave cat food out. She gets fat by looking at food. And is on a very strict diet. We normally feed her twice a day (she eats about 15 kibble a meal, and look at her!), but our friend was coming once a day and we made things simple and just had them all eat a bunch. Bluebell was thrilled!
Haha, can you tell we are obsessed with our pets? I’ll get back to the trip.

Pennydog (ahh! More pet talk, sorry!) was in the car with us because she was headed to stay with Ben’s parents for the week. We left the driveway at 4:05am and had a quick drive to his parent’s. FIL jumped in the car, and off we headed for Providence (I don’t think the airport is actually in Providence, but they call it PVD. Huh.)

We made it to the airport at 5:30, and our flight was due to leave at 6:30. After checking our bags, I turned around and saw a pretty long line for security. Uh-oh, let the travel nerves begin. Before I had time to get too worked up, I saw that the line was moving pretty quickly. The TSA workers were all quite friendly and were moving things along at a good clip.

We were through with enough time to stop at Dunkin Donuts. The only one I have ever seen with Coke products instead of Pepsi. This little detail excited me. There was another long line here, but we had our egg & cheese sandwiches before too long. Ben also got the world’s most delicious apple juice.

http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%201/IMG_5134.jpg

Seriously, this was good juice. It actually tasted like apples instead of like sugar as juice usually does.
We had plenty of time to eat, and to take obligatory airport pictures for the trip report:

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I don’t think I ever mentioned that we had the worst boarding position ever. Group C, position 137 or something like that (I may be exaggerating, but we were almost the last on the plane). We figured we wouldn’t be sitting together and just wanted to make sure we had a place to put our carry ons.
When they called the A group, this happened.

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http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%201/IMG_5139.jpg
Every single other person got up to board. I had to laugh- there was no way all of those people were actually in the A group. We calmly remained in our seats for another few minutes until it was time for us to board.

When we first got on the plane, it seemed like there were plenty of seats together in the back, so I was just trucking along towards them. But then I realized there were people in those seats. They were kids, and I couldn’t see them from where I was standing. Oops. So then I panicked and found an aisle seat, leaving Ben to find his own place.
As soon as I sat down, I hear him ask “Did you want to sit with me?” Ha, there were still two seats together. Woops. I stood up and dropped my magazine in front of the guy next to me. I bent down to get it, helpfully telling the guy “sorry, I’m a mess.” He seemed confused. And happy that I would not be sitting next to him.

We were buckled, and excited and ready to go! Then there was an announcement. I don’t remember it exactly, but this is my best attempt at recreating it:
“Hi, my name’s John. What’s your name?” *silence from the plane, except for a few people shouting out their names. Yes, Ben and I did* “So, there’s this thing on planes called the D.O.R. it stands for… I don’t remember what it stands for. It’s a sort of navigation thing. Even though planes fly by satellite and we don’t even use the D.O.R., we can’t fly without them. And one of ours is broken. But we’re gonna shut the plane off and turn it back on. That works 9 times out of 10.”
I swear to you, that is almost exactly what he said. I have no idea if those were actually the letters of the part he was talking about, but you get the idea. It was pretty funny… until they turned the plane back on and the part still didn’t work.

Nermel9
05-12-2011, 08:02 PM
Is your mystery location the Liberty Belle? It looks like it could be a boat, but I've never been on it, so I have no idea! :rotfl:

Your kitties are so cute! :lovestruc Especially the fluffy one! And the fat one! I have a thing for fluffy cats...and fat cats! I know it's terrible for cats to be fat, but they're just so cute when they're roly poly like that! :love:

Wow, I would have been in a panic if I got to the airport at 5:30 and our flight was an hour later...I have to get there at least 2 hours early! My DH hates it, he thinks I'm crazy, and hates that I make us do that, but I'm so paranoid about missing a flight! :eek:

C boarding group? Ughh...at least you guys ended up sitting together!

Uh, was that plane announcement real? Because if it was, then I would have really been freaking out...:rolleyes1

emma212010
05-12-2011, 08:14 PM
HAHAHA :laughing: I love your plane story!! It happens to us all!! OMG that announcement??? :lmao: Is that for real?! I would be laughing my butt off :rotfl2:

Aww your kitties are so cute!! :cutie:

And I second the Liberty Belle! :goodvibes

Can't wait for next update!! :goodvibes

sassyredhead
05-12-2011, 09:14 PM
Subscribing, because I love kitties, so free to regale us with more pet stories!

Loving the TR so far! Glad I stumbled across it!

Joyciemc
05-12-2011, 09:37 PM
Is your mystery location the Liberty Belle? It looks like it could be a boat, but I've never been on it, so I have no idea! :rotfl:

Your kitties are so cute! :lovestruc Especially the fluffy one! And the fat one! I have a thing for fluffy cats...and fat cats! I know it's terrible for cats to be fat, but they're just so cute when they're roly poly like that! :love:

Wow, I would have been in a panic if I got to the airport at 5:30 and our flight was an hour later...I have to get there at least 2 hours early! My DH hates it, he thinks I'm crazy, and hates that I make us do that, but I'm so paranoid about missing a flight! :eek:

C boarding group? Ughh...at least you guys ended up sitting together!

Uh, was that plane announcement real? Because if it was, then I would have really been freaking out...:rolleyes1

Ding, ding, ding! Liberty Belle it is. I'll tell more when we get there, but who knew there was a little room you could sit in on the boat?

Thanks for the love for my cats! Blanche is the fluffy one and she only has one eye. Some of her nicknames are: Pirate, The Baby (because she was the only one we got as a kitten), AvaBlanche (usually said when you are holding her and hand her off to someone. As in "Watch out, it's an AvaBlanche!"), and B.
I probably posted this picture before, but this is what she looked like when we got her (and she still had her yucky infected eye):
http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/IMG_0646-1.jpg

Holy cow, I really went off there, huh? Sorry!

The plan announcement was totally real. We thought he was kidding at first, but... well, you'll see ;)

HAHAHA :laughing: I love your plane story!! It happens to us all!! OMG that announcement??? :lmao: Is that for real?! I would be laughing my butt off :rotfl2:

Aww your kitties are so cute!! :cutie:

And I second the Liberty Belle! :goodvibes

Can't wait for next update!! :goodvibes

The announcement was nuts-o. It was the first officer or something, not a flight attendant. Definitely a laid back kinda guy!

Subscribing, because I love kitties, so free to regale us with more pet stories!

Loving the TR so far! Glad I stumbled across it!

I am glad you stumbled across it, too! Thanks for reading!

Cats are an obsession of mine. That's why we have four. And they are all a bit on the strange side. Even our dog acts like a cat. :laughing:

DisneyCrafter
05-12-2011, 09:43 PM
My one cat is so obsessed with food he attempts to help himself to OUR food nearly every single day!

Oh no, plane troubles. I don't like flying. I don't think I ever will but the flight to Orlando is short enough that I can handle it. Except when there's turbulence. I'm the one gripping the seat and turning white while everyone around me looks fine. :rotfl:

Melissa79
05-12-2011, 10:42 PM
Hi! Joining in. Can't wait to hear about your trip. I definitely wouldn't want to hear that the plane had to be turned off then back on to see if something would start working again!

Tracy161
05-13-2011, 06:09 AM
Yay!!! I'm in! Hope the plane issue didn't cause too much trouble!

JMat
05-13-2011, 07:27 AM
:goodvibes Excited you've headed to Greene! And I think you're right, Providence airport is actually in Warwick, RI - isnt it?!? I dunno, either way- I know that southwest gate well, and I hear your frustration during the cattle call. I had to laugh though, when you looked at the man "Sorry, Im a mess." :thumbsup2 I totally would have done the same thing. Mr. Grumplestilskin should be a little more cheery heading to Orlando.

Thanks for the update!! Having a blast following along already

Shannon84
05-13-2011, 08:05 AM
Good thing I didnt take a guess at the photo, because I was way off :rotfl:

What cute little kitties!! We are only allowed to have one and our cat loves that rule :goodvibes Its funny how the love of disney will get you moving on zero sleep at any hour of the day!!

I am always a mess getting on the plane for some reason and we always have assigned seats on our flights...I hate the boarding process, I think I would panic on Southwest :laughing: I can't wait to hear what happened with the plane...doesnt sound like everything went smoothly!

amyrella
05-13-2011, 08:41 AM
Ok so reading your post I was so confused and still quite am about the whole plane situation...?and now you leave us with a hanger.. Not nice Joyce, not nice ...:sad2:

CastleGazerMom
05-13-2011, 08:57 AM
I'm in! Looking forward to reading your TR! Cute Kitties!

Nermel9
05-13-2011, 05:16 PM
Thanks for the love for my cats! Blanche is the fluffy one and she only has one eye. Some of her nicknames are: Pirate, The Baby (because she was the only one we got as a kitten), AvaBlanche (usually said when you are holding her and hand her off to someone. As in "Watch out, it's an AvaBlanche!"), and B.
I probably posted this picture before, but this is what she looked like when we got her (and she still had her yucky infected eye):



She is so adorable! :lovestruc I love all of her nicknames! My cats have like 10 names each too! :laughing:

Brenle
05-13-2011, 09:19 PM
"Pennydog (ahh! More pet talk, sorry!) was in the car with us because she was headed to stay with Ben’s parents for the week. We left the driveway at 4:05am and had a quick drive to his parent’s. FIL jumped in the car, and off we headed for Providence (I don’t think the airport is actually in Providence, but they call it PVD. Huh.)"



It's called Providence because if they said Warwick, (which is the city it's located in) no one would know where the heck that was! It's bad enough people think Rhode Island is part of New York. :lmao:

klacey1
05-13-2011, 10:30 PM
:scared1: I have never seen a Dunkin with Coke products! And yes-- Jessica is right. PVD is in Warwick, RI, south of the city of Providence. Odd. It makes it tough for people who don't realize it's at least a $30 cab ride to actually get into the city!
I hope this plane ride went somewhat smoothly! I love Ben's t-shirt-- you guys do love your animals (rightfully so)!!

Stefy
05-14-2011, 10:09 AM
Great start to your TR, although not so great start to the trip. Love the jolly way the flight attendant was explaining the situation. You would think in this day and age with the advancement of technology etc you wouldn't get these problems with planes.

Looking forward to more popcorn::

Joyciemc
05-14-2011, 01:26 PM
My one cat is so obsessed with food he attempts to help himself to OUR food nearly every single day!

Oh no, plane troubles. I don't like flying. I don't think I ever will but the flight to Orlando is short enough that I can handle it. Except when there's turbulence. I'm the one gripping the seat and turning white while everyone around me looks fine. :rotfl:

I used to be fine with flying, but thse bad flights are starting to get me nervous!

Hi! Joining in. Can't wait to hear about your trip. I definitely wouldn't want to hear that the plane had to be turned off then back on to see if something would start working again!

Welcome!
Seriously- his explanation was not reassuring!

Yay!!! I'm in! Hope the plane issue didn't cause too much trouble!

Well, we did get to Orlando- so it wasn't too bad! ;)

:goodvibes Excited you've headed to Greene! And I think you're right, Providence airport is actually in Warwick, RI - isnt it?!? I dunno, either way- I know that southwest gate well, and I hear your frustration during the cattle call. I had to laugh though, when you looked at the man "Sorry, Im a mess." :thumbsup2 I totally would have done the same thing. Mr. Grumplestilskin should be a little more cheery heading to Orlando.

Thanks for the update!! Having a blast following along already

The whole boarding scene was pretty funny- people just couldn't wait to get on that plane! And then I had to go and get all flustered- which happens to me a lot.

Good thing I didnt take a guess at the photo, because I was way off :rotfl:

What cute little kitties!! We are only allowed to have one and our cat loves that rule :goodvibes Its funny how the love of disney will get you moving on zero sleep at any hour of the day!!

I am always a mess getting on the plane for some reason and we always have assigned seats on our flights...I hate the boarding process, I think I would panic on Southwest :laughing: I can't wait to hear what happened with the plane...doesnt sound like everything went smoothly!

I really like Southwest in a lot of ways, but I do stress when we are boarding almost last. Mostly beacuse I hate fighting to get my carry on in an overhead compartment- I always feel like such a doof!

Ok so reading your post I was so confused and still quite am about the whole plane situation...?and now you leave us with a hanger.. Not nice Joyce, not nice ...:sad2:

Sorry!!! I am house sitting and only can get online with my phone. Not the easiest to post updates... but I will try soon, promise! :goodvibes

I'm in! Looking forward to reading your TR! Cute Kitties!

Yay, welcome! And thanks- we think the cats are pretty cute, too!

She is so adorable! :lovestruc I love all of her nicknames! My cats have like 10 names each too! :laughing:

Ours too- it's amazing we can remember them all!


It's called Providence because if they said Warwick, (which is the city it's located in) no one would know where the heck that was! It's bad enough people think Rhode Island is part of New York. :lmao:

Poor Warwick, can't even get the credit for having an airport... ;)

:scared1: I have never seen a Dunkin with Coke products! And yes-- Jessica is right. PVD is in Warwick, RI, south of the city of Providence. Odd. It makes it tough for people who don't realize it's at least a $30 cab ride to actually get into the city!
I hope this plane ride went somewhat smoothly! I love Ben's t-shirt-- you guys do love your animals (rightfully so)!!

I was so confused by the Coke at the Dunks! But it made me happy.

That bunny shirt is from the shelter I work at. It is part of our logo. Pretty cute, huh?

Great start to your TR, although not so great start to the trip. Love the jolly way the flight attendant was explaining the situation. You would think in this day and age with the advancement of technology etc you wouldn't get these problems with planes.

Looking forward to more popcorn::

Thanks, Stefy!
He was pretty funny with the announcement- I think he was trying to keep us from getting too worked up. But mostly it just confused us!

I'm going to really really try to get another update soon!

AKL LOVER
05-16-2011, 06:32 PM
Already on page 3??? :goodvibes I'm going back to catch up now. Can you blieve that THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I've logged on to the DIS since I've been back?!? YIKES!!

I need to check in on my PTR and start my TR badly!!

AKL LOVER
05-16-2011, 06:43 PM
AW man. One post and I've already realized one thing I forgot to do on my trip--take the airport pics. *sigh* oh well...hope your flight went well. Wait til you hear about our flight on the way back. Ok. Must. Start. TR. Really...I'm going now.

Joyciemc
05-16-2011, 07:23 PM
AW man. One post and I've already realized one thing I forgot to do on my trip--take the airport pics. *sigh* oh well...hope your flight went well. Wait til you hear about our flight on the way back. Ok. Must. Start. TR. Really...I'm going now.

You can borrow my airport pics and just photoshop different heads on them.

I feel like the trip was soooooo long ago- I can't believe I'vee only been back a week.

Uh-oh, I hope your flight wasn't too bad!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
05-16-2011, 08:18 PM
:scared1: I can't believe I'm so late to the party! I'm going back to catch up now! :goodvibes

annmarieda
05-17-2011, 11:09 AM
I am so sorry that I am so late getting here. I guess I have an excuse... but still. Now to go back and read!!!!

annmarieda
05-17-2011, 11:23 AM
All caught up...

I love the "where in WDW" game. I will have to copy you on that game. I was a bit confused on your picture though.. .I thought Liberty square somewhere... but I thought the white beams were boat like so thought Beach club area.... :rotfl: didn't even think about the boat in MK!!!

Love all the animal talk and pictures... but that probably isn't surprising. :goodvibes

On the plane announcement :eek: I am sure that doesn't help your fear of flying much.

Ok... can't wait to read more!!!

Joyciemc
05-17-2011, 12:12 PM
:scared1: I can't believe I'm so late to the party! I'm going back to catch up now! :goodvibes

You're not late! I just started early :rotfl:
No, really- I started, then realized that while house sitting, I couldn't do a real update. So you haven't missed much!

I am so sorry that I am so late getting here. I guess I have an excuse... but still. Now to go back and read!!!!

All caught up...

I love the "where in WDW" game. I will have to copy you on that game. I was a bit confused on your picture though.. .I thought Liberty square somewhere... but I thought the white beams were boat like so thought Beach club area.... :rotfl: didn't even think about the boat in MK!!!

Love all the animal talk and pictures... but that probably isn't surprising. :goodvibes

On the plane announcement :eek: I am sure that doesn't help your fear of flying much.

Ok... can't wait to read more!!!

Yes, you have a good excuse! (Can't wait to hear all about the wedding!)

I knew as soon as we took that picture that it would be a good game- I had NO idea there was a little room on the Liberty Belle boat!

Joyciemc
05-17-2011, 12:22 PM
I have the day off from work, so I drove home from my house sitting gig for the day. That means I get to do a TR update (more than one, most likely- we may even finish Day 1. Honestly, I have no idea why I am writing so much about just getting there. Part of it is that I am remembering a lot of details, and want to write them all down so that I can hopefully remember stuff from the more interesting part of the trip, too. I hope you'll bear with me!)

Part 2:
Once the plane was turned back on, our friendly flight crew member came back on the mic to make another announcement:
“It didn’t work. Control Alt Delete usually works, but not this time. We already have a mechanic on the way, so it shouldn’t be long. I personally think we should just take the part from another plane.”
The guy was funny, but at this point I was starting to worry that we’d have to wait for another flight entirely. But then he came back on: “It’s working! I guess we just had to give it a few minutes.”

In the end, we took off about 20 minutes late, but we were happy to be on the way.
We took a picture to celebrate:
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The flight started off nice and smooth, and I was even able to take snooze:
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Thanks to Ben for always being there to snap pictures of me napping.

Ben was lucky enough to sit next to a nice man flying down for his mother’s birthday. They had a great conversation during which the man said things like: “You wouldn’t remember, but there used to be drive-in movies. There were speakers you’d attach to your car and you’d watch the screen while parked.” or: “… a man named Kennedy, he was one of our presidents…” I was sleeping off and on and only heard snippets, but I still thought it was hysterical that this guy assumed that Ben knew nothing about anything and he had to fill him in on all this background information.
Ben was very polite, and I think by the end of the flight the guy realized that not only did Ben know who Kennedy was, but also had seen a few movies at drive-in theaters.

Of course, not long before we landed, the flight got pretty bumpy. Luckily, it was towards the very end, and only went on for a few minutes before we landed. Despite the 20 minute delay in take off, we were only 10 minutes late landing. We were in Florida!

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I took this picture of Ben on the tram thing to the terminal.
It is a picture of him, but it is really a picture of the sandal-boots behind him. Is this a thing now? I know nothing about fashion, so forgive me if this is just some new footwear that is all the rage… but sandal-boots? Huh.

After we were done mocking strangers’ footwear, we headed down to Magical Express. It looked like a whole lotta people…

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But we were in our line pretty quickly

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And only had to wait a short bit before we were loaded up. I left Ben to stow away the carryon, and I climbed aboard to snag us some seats. I took this paparazzi picture while I waited:

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Soon enough, we were on our way!

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He is lightening quick with getting ready to pose for a picture!

After only about 30 minutes (way shorter than I ever remember the drive from MCO being!), we were whizzing by the welcome sign. I was so not expecting to be there yet, I’m not even sure how I managed to snag this picture, but I couldn’t stop praising myself for quite a while afterwards:
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At some point on the drive I had an idea to change our first day plans. We always rush to get there, then rush right out to a park, then exhausted, collapse into bed and start our whole vacation completely zonked. The plans for this trip were no different- check in quick, then run to DHS. Then run back to Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner, and then go to the MK till 3 am. Um, why did I think that was a good idea? Even saying it now sounds crazy!

Once we learned that we’d be the fourth ME stop, I started thinking… we could check in, actually relax a bit and enjoy the resort, take a nap… and still have tons of time in the MK that night. I asked Ben what he thought and it was decided- no crazy first day rushing around for us! With that, I sat back and enjoyed our stops at other resorts.
First up was Caribbean Beach- somewhere I’ve never been. It looked really nice, though!
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Then we got to see our previous favorite resort:
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Ben took that picture from the bus and was very proud of it! We just love POP century and it has been a while since we’ve seen it, so it was nice to swing through. I’d like to think we’d be back here some time, maybe as an add-on night to a trip in the future…

Finally, we were pulling into the Animal Kingdom Lodge complex.
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Jambo House was the first stop, and then it was off to our home for the week!
I only took one picture as we were walking into Kidani Village:
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We walked in, and oohed at the lobby. It looks a lot like Jambo house, but smaller and cozier. We got in line for check-in and only had to wait a few minutes. I had tried to do online check-in before leaving, but kept getting an error message. Surprisingly, when we got to the desk we learned that online check-in had worked, so we got our packet right away. And… our room was ready! It was only 11am, so we were very pleasantly surprised!
Off we went to find our room…

klacey1
05-17-2011, 12:47 PM
I love reading about all of your "getting there" details! I have so many different trip diaries and love looking back on those moments when you're close you can almost taste it!
I'm glad you decided to rest that first afternoon! I'm thinking 3 a.m. EMH would not have happened!

annmarieda
05-17-2011, 12:47 PM
:rotfl2: sandal boots!!!!!

Great pics!!! I think that choosing to relax first probably is a good idea. I think we all tend to think "got to get to a park asap". I know it tends to leave me exhausted right at the start of the trip. Hopefully choosing this other route gave made you ready for a busy trip!!!:goodvibes

Joyciemc
05-17-2011, 02:26 PM
I love reading about all of your "getting there" details! I have so many different trip diaries and love looking back on those moments when you're close you can almost taste it!
I'm glad you decided to rest that first afternoon! I'm thinking 3 a.m. EMH would not have happened!

It's true- the getting there is so much fun because of the anticipation!

:rotfl2: sandal boots!!!!!

Great pics!!! I think that choosing to relax first probably is a good idea. I think we all tend to think "got to get to a park asap". I know it tends to leave me exhausted right at the start of the trip. Hopefully choosing this other route gave made you ready for a busy trip!!!:goodvibes

Pink suede sandal-boots! Looked real comfy... ;)

I am sooooo glad we took an easy going approach on arrival day! This was a tiring trip!

Joyciemc
05-17-2011, 02:38 PM
Part 3:
Kidani Village is set up sort of like a big squiggly line. The lobby is in the middle, with wings of rooms jutting off to each side. We hadn’t made any room requests at all (unless you count the fact that 1: we had requested a room and 2: booked a non-savannah view studio. Technically, those are all requests) and had no idea where we’d end up.

Being folks who like convenience (and don’t usually have a car in WDW), we were very happy to learn that our room was one floor up from the lobby, right near the elevator. Running down to refill our mugs would be easy-peasy and we were close to the bus stop, too!
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We couldn’t help being a little nervous about what we would find behind this door. If you read our last TR, you know that our room at the Polynesian held some not-so-pleasant surprises. Please just let this room be clean…
We walked in and… yes! It was clean! But before we had much chance to take in the room, our view caught my eye and I rushed over to the window to open the sheer drapes. I think we had been upgraded.
To an exclusive hut view!
Here is Ben admiring our panoramic vista:
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We truly are not ‘view people’ and will never pay more just for the view. So this is the kind of thing we are used to. But it still made me laugh. As you will see, we ended up using our balcony a fair amount and were thankful for the hut. The room was right near the lobby, so it overlooked the hotel entrance- the hut blocked the view out of, but also into our room. Not a bad thing, really!
Once we pulled ourselves away from that view, we had time to admire the room itself.
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This was our first trip as DVC owners, and our first experience with a studio. I didn’t know what to expect from the kitchenette area (we had seen a model in September, but I couldn’t remember much). I was pleasantly surprised- while it was not big at all, it was very nice and had a full size coffee maker, a toaster, microwave and mini fridge.
Kidani Village is a pretty new resort, and the room showed it- very clean! We loved the décor and felt right at home.

Our bags had not arrived yet, but we were pretty hungry. It was getting close to noon, so we figured lunch was next on the agenda. We headed out to find the walkway to Jambo House. The weather was fantastic- warm but not too hot and not humid at all. The walk over took us about 10 minutes (it would be quite a bit longer if we had been on the far end of the squiggly line, but we were starting from the middle. I guess it would be a lot shorter if you were at the end of the squiggly line near Jambo…) We enjoyed the walk, but could see how it would be daunting for some people. There is a shuttle that goes back and forth, but we never used it.

Our goal was The Mara, and we found it practically empty. We got refillable mugs and a delicious lunch.
When we paid for our meal, the CM had a hard time charging it to our room. We had a feeling that this was something to do with the botched on-line check-in. They somehow managed to charge the meal, even though it would turn out that there was no credit card on file. Don’t worry- this still managed to show up on our bill at check out.

Ben had the African stew in a bread bowl:
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And I had a chicken flatbread:
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I took a picture of our mugs while waiting for the food to be ready:

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They would get much attention when we brought them back to Kidani Village- these colors/ designs were not for sale there yet, and CMs went nuts for them when they saw us carrying them.

Anyway, we loved The Mara- the food was really good!

Once we were done, we headed back to Kidani and stopped at the concierge desk to take care of the room charging problem. We also had our paper tickets added to our room keys. I didn’t think we could do this, but Ben wanted to try. Ben was right- we could. The CM here asked if we had received our anniversary buttons and made sure we took some. We weren’t going to (if you read the last TR, you know how un-magical our ‘Just Married’ buttons were on our ‘fake’ honeymoon) because our anniversary had been the week before (Easter made it too pricey to go that week, so we postponed the trip into value season). But we thanked her and took them anyway.

We next popped into the store and bought a bottle of rum. Being so close to the mug refill station, we figured we could make our own drinks and save a bit of money. The CM working the register was very nice, but odd. He was so excited about rum, and about mixing it with lemonade. Like, really excited. We get excited about rum, but this guy was on another level. He also did not card us (getting carded vs. not getting carded became quite interesting throughout the trip…)

When we got back to our room, it was about 1pm and our bags had been delivered. Even though I really didn’t want to do it right then, Ben won again and we unpacked and settled in. The room had very little drawer/closet space, but we made it work. I will admit, it was nice that we got this chore out of the way. Ben was right again. Jeesh!

After putting some stuff in a closet, Ben checked the iron to be sure it hadn’t been put away filled with water that would drip all over our stuff (we learned the hard way at the Polynesian). He also hooked his laptop up to the internet to be sure that we got free access (I had thought that was a DVC perk, but wasn’t sure…) and we did! Yay!

After that, it was time to head to the pool. A weird thing about Kidani is that if you are staying on the side nearer to Jambo, you have to walk through the lobby and out the front door to get to the pool. It was kind of weird to walk through in my bathing suit past all the people coming in and leaving fully clothed. I know it is because the savannah is along the back of the building, so all the amenities are in the front, but it felt a little awkward.

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This was a little viewing room area near the lobby. We stopped in on our way over to the pool. I loved the fire! (You'll notice that I am fully clothed- I didn't want to walk around the lobby in my bathing suit, so I put clothes back on over it.)

We loved the pool area right away. Except for the love bugs. We had noticed them earlier, but now there were swarms. They’d be still and you wouldn’t notice until you walked through an area and all the bugs would fly up and into you. It was unsettling, but once we realized that they weren’t going to bite or anything, they were easier to ignore. Once you settle down, they stop flying all over.
There were plenty of lounge chairs available, and we found a couple to hunker down on.

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I don’t have many pictures of the pool area, but I did take this one of our view through the fence. I thought it was neat how ‘undeveloped’ it looked.
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We each went down the slide and declared it a good one! Maybe even better than the slide at Portofino Bay… I did make Ben go down first because there were a bunch of dads hanging out at the bottom of the slide and I didn’t want to slide into them. I don’t know why they were all there- we were the only ones on the slide at that point.

After about an hour, we headed back to the room and I decided to change for a quick workout. We got to the gym (Survival of the Fittest- I love that name!) and were the only people there. There were tons of cardio machines, and a lot of weight machines, too. My one complaint would be that it was pretty warm in there. The elliptical have individual TVs, so bring headphones! The cardio machines face out through a wall of windows and there was one guy that was staring at me on the elliptical. It was kinda of funny, but also kind of creepy. I’ll go ahead and kill any suspense you may have about this: *this was the first and last time I worked out this trip*

We headed back to the room and got some juice to go with our rum. We enjoyed our drinks on our balcony and studied the love bugs some more. I researched them a bit and learned that they really are harmless- I became much less concerned about them after that.

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(Ben shared his drink with Mr. ChairZebra)

Pretty soon it was time to shower and get ready for dinner, and good thing- I was starving!

amyrella
05-17-2011, 07:46 PM
Yay thanks for the update!! you guys are just too cute!

Nermel9
05-17-2011, 08:00 PM
Glad they got that plane situation figured out! That would have freaked me out! :scared1:

Oooh, those sandal boots are frightening! (Sorry to anyone on here, if anyone has them! :laughing:)

Your room looks so pretty! I'm not a big view person either, I like having a balcony to sit out on, but the view just doesn't matter! (However, I'm not opposed to a free upgrade of a great view! :rolleyes1)

Those mugs are so cute...I never buy them, but I might in October, they're just too cute to pass up!

LOL at the guy who was excited about rum! Isn't Disney World SO weird about carding? I get carded all the time in CT, and hardly ever in Disney, except when I least expect it! :laughing:

annmarieda
05-17-2011, 08:52 PM
I like the mugs. I was a bit unsure of the new ones. We plan to buy some in December...but the new ones are so bright. These look better!

Your room looks awesome (view and all).

Love bugs eh? Hmmmm wonder if they are still down there.

Stefy
05-18-2011, 06:42 AM
Great update :thumbsup2

Love the "Ctrl-Alt-Del" reference from the flight attendance :laughing:

Those shoes, not to sound snarky or whatever, but the whole getup is not a good look for that woman, sorry :sad2:

Loving all your photos, its a shame about your view but it sounds like it didn't bother you much and the rest of the room looked lovely.

That stew in a bread bowl looks delicious, did it taste as good as it looked?

amandaluvsgoofy
05-18-2011, 07:59 AM
Great update!

And those sandal-boots, seriously?! I have never seen those, but they're hilarious!! :laughing:

So glad your room was clean when you got there! :thumbsup2 Now I'm anxious for our "value view" room when we go in August to AKL. Hmmmmm...maybe a view of the parking lot or the storage area! :lmao:

Mara looks sooooo yummy! May have to try that one!

And was the rum pretty expensive? I plan on buying some when we get there, too. Gotta love having some cheap beverages while at Disney!! :banana:

Can't wait to read more!

tankgirl427
05-18-2011, 09:06 AM
I can't believe I missed two updates!

Before even noticing Ben on the fake monorail I was already noticed sandal boot girl, not so much for her footwear but what is up with that outfit? Its almost as bad as the lady I saw while waiting for our flight in September. Now if I could only figure out how to post that picture from my phone!

Can't wait to hear more!

emma212010
05-18-2011, 09:55 AM
Great updates!! :thumbsup2

You're room seems so nice! I'd love to stay there one of these times..

:rotfl: Sounds like you already have funny stories and it's your first day there!! Love those types of trips! :lmao:

Looking forward to more!!

Shannon84
05-18-2011, 05:22 PM
I am catching up on all the awesome updates that I have been slacking on :thumbsup2

First I have to tell you that I feel the same way as your comment back to me about boarding the plane. I really hate when I board towards the last of the people and I cannot get my carry on in the overhead area..I always feel like a goof and that everyones staring at me :rotfl:

Your room looks beautiful and yay for being so close to everything. I have not stayed at any resort beyond POP in the last 3 or 4 trips, so I forget how big or small the layout of other resorts can be :confused3

I give you a ton of credit for working out during your vacation :goodvibes

TeresaG
05-18-2011, 06:19 PM
Jumping on board! I love the pilots commentary about the broken thing on the plane. That would've cracked me up (although I'm sure I would've been hyperventilating since I hate flying so hearing anything is broke would do me in. ::rolleyes:


And I'm sorry, but the picture of your "view" had me lol. :rotfl:

Joyciemc
05-18-2011, 07:11 PM
Glad they got that plane situation figured out! That would have freaked me out! :scared1:

Oooh, those sandal boots are frightening! (Sorry to anyone on here, if anyone has them! :laughing:)

Your room looks so pretty! I'm not a big view person either, I like having a balcony to sit out on, but the view just doesn't matter! (However, I'm not opposed to a free upgrade of a great view! :rolleyes1)

Those mugs are so cute...I never buy them, but I might in October, they're just too cute to pass up!

LOL at the guy who was excited about rum! Isn't Disney World SO weird about carding? I get carded all the time in CT, and hardly ever in Disney, except when I least expect it! :laughing:
Free view upgrades are great!

Last year, we got carded all the timee at Universal, but only once at Disney.

Yay thanks for the update!! you guys are just too cute!

Awww, thank you!
I like the mugs. I was a bit unsure of the new ones. We plan to buy some in December...but the new ones are so bright. These look better!

Your room looks awesome (view and all).

Love bugs eh? Hmmmm wonder if they are still down there.
It's true, the other colors were very bright!

Lovebugs seemed to ease up towards the end of the week.

Great update :thumbsup2

Love the "Ctrl-Alt-Del" reference from the flight attendance :laughing:

Those shoes, not to sound snarky or whatever, but the whole getup is not a good look for that woman, sorry :sad2:

Loving all your photos, its a shame about your view but it sounds like it didn't bother you much and the rest of the room looked lovely.

That stew in a bread bowl looks delicious, did it taste as good as it looked?

The room was very nice!

Stew was yummy! We both really enjoyed it.
Great update!

And those sandal-boots, seriously?! I have never seen those, but they're hilarious!! :laughing:

So glad your room was clean when you got there! :thumbsup2 Now I'm anxious for our "value view" room when we go in August to AKL. Hmmmmm...maybe a view of the parking lot or the storage area! :lmao:

Mara looks sooooo yummy! May have to try that one!

And was the rum pretty expensive? I plan on buying some when we get there, too. Gotta love having some cheap beverages while at Disney!! :banana:

Can't wait to read more!
I am relieved to know sandal-boots are not a new trnd!
The bottle of rum was $13. Not a big bottle. But when cocktails cost $10, still a good idea!

I can't believe I missed two updates!

Before even noticing Ben on the fake monorail I was already noticed sandal boot girl, not so much for her footwear but what is up with that outfit? Its almost as bad as the lady I saw while waiting for our flight in September. Now if I could only figure out how to post that picture from my phone!

Can't wait to hear more!
That poor lady- but she gave us some good laughs!

Great updates!! :thumbsup2

You're room seems so nice! I'd love to stay there one of these times..

:rotfl: Sounds like you already have funny stories and it's your first day there!! Love those types of trips! :lmao:

Looking forward to more!!
It was nice!
Weird things happen wherever we go!

I am catching up on all the awesome updates that I have been slacking on :thumbsup2

First I have to tell you that I feel the same way as your comment back to me about boarding the plane. I really hate when I board towards the last of the people and I cannot get my carry on in the overhead area..I always feel like a goof and that everyones staring at me :rotfl:

Your room looks beautiful and yay for being so close to everything. I have not stayed at any resort beyond POP in the last 3 or 4 trips, so I forget how big or small the layout of other resorts can be :confused3

I give you a ton of credit for working out during your vacation :goodvibes
Thanks for the credit, but it was just once :) and I still haven't got back on track...

Jumping on board! I love the pilots commentary about the broken thing on the plane. That would've cracked me up (although I'm sure I would've been hyperventilating since I hate flying so hearing anything is broke would do me in. ::rolleyes:


And I'm sorry, but the picture of your "view" had me lol. :rotfl:
The flight announcement was funny- especially since it all turned out ok!

I totally laughed when I saw the view- how could yoou not?

JMat
05-19-2011, 07:31 AM
I didnt know you had to walk out the front of AKL to use the pool either - thats kind of silly. Of course, I understand why... but had never thought of it until you mentioned that. Im sure people look like Animals themselves walking by new guests covered in sweat and oil and chlorine, squinting coming inside from the sun.

.. at least I would look like an animal ;)

Thanks for the fun update! Glad Ben could hydrate Mr. Chair Zebra

AKL LOVER
05-20-2011, 09:34 AM
Great pictures! After reading your TR I realize that maybe I didn't take as many pictures as I should for ours! :headache:

I love the zebra chairs at AKL. Only Disney would think to do something like that. One of those weird things that really makes you love Disney.

Oh Lord help us if sandal-boots are the newest trend! I do not like them. One bit. Period. :rotfl: They look ridiculous IMO. Glad you snagged a pic of them, though, because they are too funny!

We wanted to make it over to Kidani to try out their pool this trip but yet again didn't get the chance. When you're staying at Jambo house it makes more sense to go to the pool that's closest to you. Guess this just means that I need to book a room at Kidani in the future to try their pool out! Maybe I should look into making Kidani our home resort for DVC. ;)

Joyciemc
05-20-2011, 11:14 PM
I didnt know you had to walk out the front of AKL to use the pool either - thats kind of silly. Of course, I understand why... but had never thought of it until you mentioned that. Im sure people look like Animals themselves walking by new guests covered in sweat and oil and chlorine, squinting coming inside from the sun.

.. at least I would look like an animal ;)

Thanks for the fun update! Glad Ben could hydrate Mr. Chair Zebra

Ben is always looking out for the animals- he couldn't let that zebra go thirsty.

It was just a little weird when we came back from the pool and snuck by all the fully clothed guests.

Great pictures! After reading your TR I realize that maybe I didn't take as many pictures as I should for ours! :headache:

I love the zebra chairs at AKL. Only Disney would think to do something like that. One of those weird things that really makes you love Disney.

Oh Lord help us if sandal-boots are the newest trend! I do not like them. One bit. Period. :rotfl: They look ridiculous IMO. Glad you snagged a pic of them, though, because they are too funny!

We wanted to make it over to Kidani to try out their pool this trip but yet again didn't get the chance. When you're staying at Jambo house it makes more sense to go to the pool that's closest to you. Guess this just means that I need to book a room at Kidani in the future to try their pool out! Maybe I should look into making Kidani our home resort for DVC. ;)

Yay for DVC! Ben could explain it better, but Kidani may not be the best choice for home resort because of the dues. But certainly a great place to stay!

I am on the hunt for a great pair of sandal-boots. I'll let you know if I find any ;)

sbprincess
05-21-2011, 09:03 AM
Hi! Just wanted to say I'm subscribing and will follow along. :goodvibes I like your style of writing. I like reports with a good bit of detail without it being boring. You have a good balance! Very entertaining.

I'm impressed you decided to get in a workout at all! I know you said this was the only day, but still... I workout several times per week at home but have NEVER even considered it on vacation. Props to you!

Also, I have to say something about the "sandal-boot" picture you posted earlier. I was looking at the picture first and hadn't read your comment about the pic really being about the shoes. But one of the first things I noticed were those shoes. I was thinking, "OMG - what are those!?!" and then I read your comment! :laughing: Too funny. And I'm with you, I certainly hope they're not a new style. You'll never catch those hideous things on my feet.

Can't wait for more!

Melissa79
05-22-2011, 07:57 AM
Once the plane was up and running you guys had a great start to your trip! Your room looks nice and the view cracked me up. We stayed at AKL Jambo for a long weekend once and our view wasn't of a hut but the balcony was really small and the door wasn't a slider, it pushed open but there wasn't enough room to open it all the way. I remember getting to the room after a really late check in (around 1am) and opening the door to see the view and it crashed into the chairs hahaha. I was so afraid I woke up the people around us. Your decision to change your first day definitely made the day more relaxing! We always used to race off to a park the first day but now we just relax and enjoy the resort and go to dinner and start off fresh the next morning. We'll never go back to the old way - you might not either! Can't wait to hear more!

Queenofallthings
05-22-2011, 08:10 AM
I found your TR this morning and am thoroughly enjoying it...I love all the details and the pictures!

DizFan101
05-22-2011, 09:14 AM
I just started to read your trip report. if you already gave the answer to the picture question i haven't seen it but i believe you are on the boat in Magic Kingdom. :). I remember taking my photo in there as well a few years ago.

looking forward to reading your trip report. :)

dis_guy
05-22-2011, 10:11 AM
The navigation device the pilot was referring to was (probably) the VOR, a radio navigation system that yes, is required equipment on airliners. In fact all planes that I've flown have them.

Enjoying the TR!:)

Joyciemc
05-22-2011, 07:13 PM
Hi! Just wanted to say I'm subscribing and will follow along. :goodvibes I like your style of writing. I like reports with a good bit of detail without it being boring. You have a good balance! Very entertaining.

I'm impressed you decided to get in a workout at all! I know you said this was the only day, but still... I workout several times per week at home but have NEVER even considered it on vacation. Props to you!

Also, I have to say something about the "sandal-boot" picture you posted earlier. I was looking at the picture first and hadn't read your comment about the pic really being about the shoes. But one of the first things I noticed were those shoes. I was thinking, "OMG - what are those!?!" and then I read your comment! :laughing: Too funny. And I'm with you, I certainly hope they're not a new style. You'll never catch those hideous things on my feet.

Can't wait for more!

Thanks for joining in! I'm glad that you are enjoying the report so far (I promise to update more regularly now!)

I was glad to at least work out the once... at least I know what the gym is like there- and it is nice!

Haha, I was a little nervous that after I posted the sandal boot there would be replies telling me that I'm a dork for not knowing what they are and for making fun of them. Glad to know it wasn't just me that thought it was weird!

Once the plane was up and running you guys had a great start to your trip! Your room looks nice and the view cracked me up. We stayed at AKL Jambo for a long weekend once and our view wasn't of a hut but the balcony was really small and the door wasn't a slider, it pushed open but there wasn't enough room to open it all the way. I remember getting to the room after a really late check in (around 1am) and opening the door to see the view and it crashed into the chairs hahaha. I was so afraid I woke up the people around us. Your decision to change your first day definitely made the day more relaxing! We always used to race off to a park the first day but now we just relax and enjoy the resort and go to dinner and start off fresh the next morning. We'll never go back to the old way - you might not either! Can't wait to hear more!

:rotfl: Crashing the door into chairs is totally something I would do, so I can relate!

I think we'll try to plan a more relaxing start to our trips from now on...

I found your TR this morning and am thoroughly enjoying it...I love all the details and the pictures!

Thanks! I am so glad you decided to stop by! :goodvibes

I just started to read your trip report. if you already gave the answer to the picture question i haven't seen it but i believe you are on the boat in Magic Kingdom. :). I remember taking my photo in there as well a few years ago.

looking forward to reading your trip report. :)

You got the picture! :thumbsup2

Thanks for reading!

The navigation device the pilot was referring to was (probably) the VOR, a radio navigation system that yes, is required equipment on airliners. In fact all planes that I've flown have them.

Enjoying the TR!:)

That must be what he was talking about! He did say that planes are required to have them, but also made a point of telling us that they don't need them to fly. I'm just glad we were able to take off after only a short delay!

Joyciemc
05-22-2011, 08:36 PM
I am finally home from a week of house sitting! As promised, I can update more regularly now. So let's not waste anymore time.... here it is... the conclusion of Day 1!
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So after my strenuous work out (ok, not really… I ended up only using the elliptical for about 30 minutes, but it was hot in there and it felt like I was working really hard) I was starving! Once we were showered and ready, we headed back out to walk over to Jambo house again.
We arrived a little early for our 5:50 ADR at Jiko and asked a hostess to take our picture:

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We had to wait just a few minutes before we were shown to our table. This was a first time restaurant for us and we were both looking forward to our meal. I really like the atmosphere here- not too stuffy, but very pretty. You can kind of see the restaurant behind Ben here:

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Our server’s name was Ronald and he was super nice! I didn’t actually ask him for a suggestion on what to order, but I did ask him to let me know if what I was ordering wasn’t good :rotfl:). He assured me that I had made good choices- thanks, Ron!
There was some delicious bread and some kind of seasoned butter (ok, so food reviews are not my strong suit…). Ben liked the bread so much, that when Ronald went to clear his bread plate, Ben grabbed the remaining piece of a roll and shoved it all in his mouth. Ronald asked him not to choke, because he didn’t want to get in trouble with his boss for making Ben eat his bread so fast. We assured him that Ben would take full responsibility for any bad effects scarfing his bread had!

Ben ordered the Grilled Wild Boar Tenderloin as his appetizer and the Grilled Shrimp Curry as his entrée. He thought both courses were delicious, but wished he could have had just one big portion of the boar- I tried it and agreed; it was super flavorful!
I had the Jiko Salad to start and the Braised Beef Short Rib to follow. The salad was so good! I love goat cheese, so pretty I’ll love pretty much anything that has it as an ingredient. My short rib was also really good- but the stand out was the onion and carrots that came with it- they were scrumptious and fresh!

This was a pricey meal, but we really enjoyed it! We probably won’t be back, only because of the price and the fact that there are less expensive places we still want to try. But I absolutely recommend it!
Once we were through eating, I was exhausted

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(I’m not actually sleeping here, but it makes my point…)

We still wanted to visit the Magic Kingdom for evening EMH, but knew nothing was going to happen without a nap. We headed back to Kidani Village and were back in our room around 7pm. We set an alarm, and got into bed. I was worried that we would sleep right through the alarm and not wake up till morning, but it was a risk we needed to take if we were going to have any chance at having fun in the park…

When the alarm went off at 8:30, it only took a little prodding to get me out of bed. We used our refillable mugs for some coffee and got ready to head out.
When we got to the bus stop, a Magic Kingdom bus was waiting for us,
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and we climbed aboard.
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We got the park around 9:40pm. We still had 5 full hours before closing!
Since I had pre-paid for the Photopass CD, our first stop was to get a picture taken.
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Once we entered the park, we ran into a crowd of people clogging Main Street. Duh, I had forgotten about Wishes at 10! All of a sudden, music started and I realized the Magic, Memories and You show was starting! This was a must-see for us, so we figured we’d try to catch a glimpse of the castle. We sorta sidestepped our way into the middle, near where the flagpoles are just in time to see most of the show. Being that far back, we missed a bit, and there was a decidedly un-magical girl next to me. But I still managed to be moved enough by the show to tear up more than once. This has got to be one of the best things Disney has ever done- it is amazing. Which is why when the show ended and the girl next to me goes, “is that all?” I told Ben we had to get away from her right now before she sucked the magic out of me, too!

But the show ends and Wishes starts almost immediately, so we couldn’t go too far among the crowd. At one point we were on the sidewalk in the walk-way and we had to step off the curb (CMs don’t let you stop here, they keep a path clear). As I stepped onto the street, a woman put her hand on my shoulder and snipped at me, “Please do not stand directly in front of us.” Um, I wasn’t planning on it… but when you’re standing on Main Street to watch the fireworks (which are in the sky…), you’re going to have someone in front of you. Also, Ben and I are short people… anyone can see over us! Anyway, I get that she didn’t want her view blocked, but she didn’t even give us a chance to get out of her way before she snapped at me. I was letting it bother me way too much, but then Wishes started, and we stood still and watched. Ben had never seen it and I think he was really impressed.

Once we were able to, we made our way to Tomorrowland. Since one of our goals this trip was to try new things, Ben figured it was a good time to do Stitch’s Great Escape- a new one for him. I warned him that it probably wasn’t going to be anything he’d like, but was willing to go along. It was just like I remembered- kinda boring. Ben couldn’t believe that it was an attraction… he thought it was completely dumb and pointless. Well, now we both know that.
We rode Buzz and got a Space Mountain FP

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Then it was time to head over to Adventureland cause we needed dessert! We each goat a pineapple float with vanilla ice cream. Ben took this series of pictures, which cause him to laugh every time he looks at them:
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The first was just a face I made when I noticed him taking a picture. The second was me trying to be normal. The third is when I finally got it right.

As we walked away from the Dole Whip stand, I was talking about how much I love them when all of a sudden I asked Ben, “Did I just say donut?” He looked at me and answered, “No…” Then we cracked up. For whatever reason (lack of sleep, probably…), I thought I had accidentally called the Dole Whip a donut. But I didn’t. It was funny, but you probably had to be there :laughing:
Incidentally, this was actually the second time I said ‘donut’ without meaning to- when we were on our way to Kidani Village, a Donald Duck cartoon was playing on the Magical Express bus and I made some comment about what I like about ‘Dunkin Donut’ cartoons. I don’t know what it was about my subconscious and donuts that day!
So once I finished having a mental breakdown, we hopped aboard the Jungle Cruise and had an amazing skipper named Lindsay. She was seriously awesome- it was great!

The Electrical Parade had us trapped in Adventureland, so we did Pirates next. It was after this that Ben had to stop a teenager from vandalizing a sign. The kid kept pushing on a post with a restroom sign, making it tilt. The kid’s dad was right there, but didn’t seem to care at all. After watching for a moment, Ben had to say something: “You probably shouldn’t do that.” The kid and the dad both looked startled, and he stopped messing with the sign. Maybe none of our business, but it was really obnoxious that this kid felt like he needed to try to break something just because it was there.

The upshot of that interaction was that the parade had now passed so we could leave Adventureland. We took a spin on Splash, and then moved on to the Haunted Mansion.
I was so excited to check out the new interactive queue! There wasn’t much of a wait, but we just took our time and let people pass us. Folks didn’t seem to be stopping to check things out, but that could be because it was dark out. My favorite part was the ‘Ghost Writer’! I definitely wanted to come back during the day. We were also big fans of the changes made inside (the new hitchhiking ghosts are great!)

After a spin on Small World, it was time to use our Space Mountain FP. By now I was really hungry (I don’t know why- I had eaten plenty…) and we couldn’t find anything other than ice cream and popcorn to eat. Every counter service place we tried was closed. Does anything stay open for the late night EMH? I eventually decided that popcorn was better than nothing, so we walked up to the cart near Space Mountain.
The girl working did not speak English as her first language. I only mention that because it made it extra funny when Ben ordered a “small whatever”. She blinked at him and said “popcorn?” And I lost it- laughing hysterically. Because it was a popcorn cart and only sold popcorn, Ben was just ordering by size (the ‘whatever’ was because he wasn’t sure if the small was called a small, or if they called it a medium like at the movies…) but the CM thought he didn’t know what the stuff was called. I thought it sounded like he was ordering anything she gave him, as long as it was a size small. To my sleepy, hungry self this was comedy gold.

On that note, we figured it was time to get out of there and go to sleep. But we had to stop for a couple more Photopass on the way:

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We left the park just before 2am, and got a bus right away. We made it back to our room quickly (well, as quick as you can when you are staying at AKL…) and I was asleep before I knew what was happening.

Now the important question: Would MK rope drop happen tomorrow?

annmarieda
05-22-2011, 10:22 PM
Dinner sounded nice!

Wow...MK stayed open late for EMH! 2am? that makes for a really late night.

I love all the pp pics. I am going to preorder for our next trip...and try very hard to make good use of it. I think the last time I went with the guys we got under 10 pics taken. (there was no need to order the pp cd then)

Can't wait to read your next update! :thumbsup2

TeresaG
05-23-2011, 06:18 AM
Great update!!!

I can't believe rope drop after EMH and getting home at 2am was an option. You're nuts! :P Or maybe I'm just a wimp now that I have kids... lol. That's very possible.

CastleGazerMom
05-23-2011, 07:16 AM
Great TR! Looks like you were able to get a lot of attractions in on the first night!

Kudos to your DH for stopping that teenager from damaging the sign, those things drive me crazy and seeing parents not control their child is nuts! No Respect!

sk8jdgca
05-23-2011, 07:32 AM
Not that it will help you now but there is a way to get to the pool without having to go through the lobby especially when you are staying on the side you were on.

leave the pool at the gate near the bar.. there is a side walk that goes into the parking structure.. just walk through the parking structure until you get to the first elevator which will take you to your floor... we loved Kidani but it is a rather long walk for breakfast. We did jikko too but quite cheap by only having appetizers

JMat
05-23-2011, 07:34 AM
I think living in MA has got 'Dunkin Donuts' stuck in your blood!

Tell Ben Im sending him a digital high-five for telling that kid to stop being a twerp and wrecking a sign. Ugh, un-magic people. Go to 6Flags and complain there. Save the airfare.

Pretty dress at Jiko!

Fantasyland Mom
05-23-2011, 09:44 AM
This is a great TR so far!:yay: Can't wait to read more!

I laughed out loud about the lady telling you not to stand in front of her during Wishes! Uhm...where would she like you to stand, then!?! It's just a big mass of people!

tankgirl427
05-23-2011, 10:43 AM
I busted out laughing reading about having donuts on the brain. I do stuff like that all the time!

I like all your PP Photos!

Nermel9
05-23-2011, 05:26 PM
I love the dress you wore to dinner! Jiko sounds so yummy, I really hope to try it someday!

Yay, glad you made it to MK for magic hours, I love being in MK late at night! :cool1: I had to laugh at your un-magical experience watching the new castle show, standing next to that girl who was just too cool for Disney World, apparently! :laughing: I can't wait to see it, I know I'll cry!

And yay for Ben saying something to that child...isn't it amazing, when you speak up to people when they're being jerks, they look SO surprised, like it can't possibly be them you're talking to? :confused3 :rotfl:

Love all the photopass pictures! :thumbsup2

Joyciemc
05-23-2011, 06:25 PM
Dinner sounded nice!

Wow...MK stayed open late for EMH! 2am? that makes for a really late night.

I love all the pp pics. I am going to preorder for our next trip...and try very hard to make good use of it. I think the last time I went with the guys we got under 10 pics taken. (there was no need to order the pp cd then)

Can't wait to read your next update! :thumbsup2

MK was actually open till 3am! We couldn't quite make it, though.

We tried to get a lot of PP... though we could have done better and got more!

Great update!!!

I can't believe rope drop after EMH and getting home at 2am was an option. You're nuts! :P Or maybe I'm just a wimp now that I have kids... lol. That's very possible.

Well, at home when I was planning rope drop was an option. In real life... you'll see ;)

Great TR! Looks like you were able to get a lot of attractions in on the first night!

Kudos to your DH for stopping that teenager from damaging the sign, those things drive me crazy and seeing parents not control their child is nuts! No Respect!

We were able to fit a lot in that night- crowds tapered off a lot after midnight!

Not that it will help you now but there is a way to get to the pool without having to go through the lobby especially when you are staying on the side you were on.

leave the pool at the gate near the bar.. there is a side walk that goes into the parking structure.. just walk through the parking structure until you get to the first elevator which will take you to your floor... we loved Kidani but it is a rather long walk for breakfast. We did jikko too but quite cheap by only having appetizers

We were actually on the other side of Kidani (closer to Jambo House). Though I guess we could have walked through the building instead of outside...

I think living in MA has got 'Dunkin Donuts' stuck in your blood!

Tell Ben Im sending him a digital high-five for telling that kid to stop being a twerp and wrecking a sign. Ugh, un-magic people. Go to 6Flags and complain there. Save the airfare.

Pretty dress at Jiko!

I was glad he spoke up- maybe that dweeb will think twice next time.

Thanks- the dress was from J.Crew outlet last year and I never wore it. Finally got to break it out this trip!

This is a great TR so far!:yay: Can't wait to read more!

I laughed out loud about the lady telling you not to stand in front of her during Wishes! Uhm...where would she like you to stand, then!?! It's just a big mass of people!

Aww, thank you so much!

Seriously. I actually said to Ben, "What about the people you're in front of". She probably heard me but, oh well. I was just surprised that 1) she touched me and 2) she jumped on me so harshly! I wasn't ready for that!

I busted out laughing reading about having donuts on the brain. I do stuff like that all the time!

I like all your PP Photos!

My brain, mouth and ears were all on different wave lengths! :rotfl:

I love the dress you wore to dinner! Jiko sounds so yummy, I really hope to try it someday!

Yay, glad you made it to MK for magic hours, I love being in MK late at night! :cool1: I had to laugh at your un-magical experience watching the new castle show, standing next to that girl who was just too cool for Disney World, apparently! :laughing: I can't wait to see it, I know I'll cry!

And yay for Ben saying something to that child...isn't it amazing, when you speak up to people when they're being jerks, they look SO surprised, like it can't possibly be them you're talking to? :confused3 :rotfl:

Love all the photopass pictures! :thumbsup2

Thanks! I love that dress, too!

I couldn't believe someone could watch the castle show and not be impressed! It is just so amazing! Why do people waste money going somewhere they don't enjoy?

amazingact21
05-23-2011, 08:37 PM
Joining in! I love your trip report so far! Jiko sounds like it was a relaxing, enjoyable dinner for the evening of your arrival.
You guys got a lot of attractions knocked out during EMH! My DF would be jealous; he's always trying to get me to do as many rides as possible during that time frame, but I end having to give up around 2a.m. :rotfl:

I can see where your DH was coming from when he asked for a small "whatever," and I bet the look on that CM's face was priceless when she heard that.

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
05-23-2011, 08:47 PM
Ok, Joyce, I'm all caught up now! And I am of course loving your TR. You are such a great storyteller. You have inspired me to take more detailed notes for my upcoming TR. It's like we're right there with you! :thumbsup2

I'm glad to hear you liked Jiko. I think I'd like to try it out sometime. And why is it that parades and fireworks bring out the worst in people?! I guess it's because everyone is so worried about having the perfect view but geez! I love all of the photopass pictures - especially the kissing one in front of the castle! It is so cute. :cloud9:

If you make it to MK rope drop, I am going to be very impressed!

Stefy
05-24-2011, 05:49 AM
Not a bad evening at MK, apart from the annoying rude lady during Wishes.

Loving all your pics and the donut comment. I hope you satisfied your donut craving/thoughts later on in the trip :laughing:

Shannon84
05-24-2011, 11:27 AM
So glad to hear you guys liked Jiko...we are trying that for the first time in October :goodvibes

You guys sound like me when I am tired, just giggly and out of it :goodvibes but it looks like you had lots of fun at EMH!!

emma212010
05-24-2011, 02:29 PM
Your dinner sounded wonderful! I'm glad you made it through evening EMH at MK! Yay for Ben telling that boy to stop vandalizing!! :thumbsup2 Those type of kids (and the unmagical girl) really annoy me! It's WDW for crying out loud! :rotfl: Anyway, your PhotoPass pics are great! Oh wow, rope drop after a night like that! Phew you're brave! I'm curious to see if it happens- we can never make it! :lmao: Looking forward to more!!:goodvibes

Joyciemc
05-24-2011, 04:59 PM
Joining in! I love your trip report so far! Jiko sounds like it was a relaxing, enjoyable dinner for the evening of your arrival.
You guys got a lot of attractions knocked out during EMH! My DF would be jealous; he's always trying to get me to do as many rides as possible during that time frame, but I end having to give up around 2a.m. :rotfl:

I can see where your DH was coming from when he asked for a small "whatever," and I bet the look on that CM's face was priceless when she heard that.

Thanks for following along-glad you like it :goodvibes

The first part of the day was very relaxing and made EMH possible! We didn't make it all the way till 3am closing, but we did pretty well!

Ok, Joyce, I'm all caught up now! And I am of course loving your TR. You are such a great storyteller. You have inspired me to take more detailed notes for my upcoming TR. It's like we're right there with you! :thumbsup2

I'm glad to hear you liked Jiko. I think I'd like to try it out sometime. And why is it that parades and fireworks bring out the worst in people?! I guess it's because everyone is so worried about having the perfect view but geez! I love all of the photopass pictures - especially the kissing one in front of the castle! It is so cute. :cloud9:

If you make it to MK rope drop, I am going to be very impressed!

Thanks, Courtney! Sometimes I think I'm too detailed! I can't even get past day 1! :rotfl:

Jiko was great! Really, really yummy!

Not a bad evening at MK, apart from the annoying rude lady during Wishes.

Loving all your pics and the donut comment. I hope you satisfied your donut craving/thoughts later on in the trip :laughing:

I don't even like donuts that much! I have no idea what was wrong with me! :laughing:

So glad to hear you guys liked Jiko...we are trying that for the first time in October :goodvibes

You guys sound like me when I am tired, just giggly and out of it :goodvibes but it looks like you had lots of fun at EMH!!

I hope you enjoy your Jiko dinner in October! It's a great place!

There was definitely some sleep deprived looniness going on with us that night...

Your dinner sounded wonderful! I'm glad you made it through evening EMH at MK! Yay for Ben telling that boy to stop vandalizing!! :thumbsup2 Those type of kids (and the unmagical girl) really annoy me! It's WDW for crying out loud! :rotfl: Anyway, your PhotoPass pics are great! Oh wow, rope drop after a night like that! Phew you're brave! I'm curious to see if it happens- we can never make it! :lmao: Looking forward to more!!:goodvibes

I just don't get why a parent would drag their bored and slightly destructive teenager to the parks. Why waste the money? :confused3

We've always been rope drop people... but things can change... ;)

annmarieda
05-25-2011, 11:43 AM
I just don't get why a parent would drag their bored and slightly destructive teenager to the parks. Why waste the money? :confused3



Maybe I can help with this... since I have brought the bored teens. (my boys..not my dd's) Cause you HAVE to take them with you. :rotfl: Actually, if I had done a TR for my trip last spring it could have been summed up with... DS#1 did his best to enjoy, but had a few moments of getting irritated and spend most of the trip seeming like he would fall asleep at any moment. D#2 ate alone...went to the parks alone...only met with us when he HAD to for ts meals. (he was just to cool to spend time with us) They were not destructive... well... except for when ds#1 got mad that his birthday wasn't turning out the way he wanted and chucked his bday button. :rotfl: Really? Who did that hurt? Afterward, he realized he wasn't getting a new one cause that was the consequence for his little fit... his 17 year old fit. :rolleyes: So... bringing some teens is a challenge... and a waste of money... but for some of us it is the only choice we have if we ourselves want to go. Now... bringing my dd was always a joy... she still is my #1 person to take to the parks with...well her and my youngest dd. :goodvibes

Joyciemc
05-25-2011, 11:58 AM
Maybe I can help with this... since I have brought the bored teens. (my boys..not my dd's) Cause you HAVE to take them with you. :rotfl: Actually, if I had done a TR for my trip last spring it could have been summed up with... DS#1 did his best to enjoy, but had a few moments of getting irritated and spend most of the trip seeming like he would fall asleep at any moment. D#2 ate alone...went to the parks alone...only met with us when he HAD to for ts meals. (he was just to cool to spend time with us) They were not destructive... well... except for when ds#1 got mad that his birthday wasn't turning out the way he wanted and chucked his bday button. :rotfl: Really? Who did that hurt? Afterward, he realized he wasn't getting a new one cause that was the consequence for his little fit... his 17 year old fit. :rolleyes: So... bringing some teens is a challenge... and a waste of money... but for some of us it is the only choice we have if we ourselves want to go. Now... bringing my dd was always a joy... she still is my #1 person to take to the parks with...well her and my youngest dd. :goodvibes

Oh Ann, I didn't mean to say that people shouldn't bring their older kids so the family could go! Even I have hissy fits at WDW, and I love it as much as anyone. It was the casual way this boy was trying to knock the sign over and his father's complete lack of response that I didn't get. I don't think the average bored teen would do that.
I hope I didn't offend you or your boys!

annmarieda
05-25-2011, 12:11 PM
:rotfl: Awe, Joyce... No! I wasn't at all offended. I hope you were not by my comment..I was trying to be funny. (:rolleyes1 maybe unsuccessfully) I was just kinda realizing that I HAVE to bring Alex again. And your comment about why do people waste the money..well... I kinda wonder myself. :rotfl2: Actually, he is starting to show promise..and maybe he won't be a moody little..cus.. on the trip. :rolleyes: But..no.. he is not destructive... and typically I am not totally oblivious to what my kids are doing....and other than their own stuff (or unfortunately at times MY stuff) my kids wouldn't destroy other peoples property...

Joyciemc
05-25-2011, 05:25 PM
:rotfl: Awe, Joyce... No! I wasn't at all offended. I hope you were not by my comment..I was trying to be funny. (:rolleyes1 maybe unsuccessfully) I was just kinda realizing that I HAVE to bring Alex again. And your comment about why do people waste the money..well... I kinda wonder myself. :rotfl2: Actually, he is starting to show promise..and maybe he won't be a moody little..cus.. on the trip. :rolleyes: But..no.. he is not destructive... and typically I am not totally oblivious to what my kids are doing....and other than their own stuff (or unfortunately at times MY stuff) my kids wouldn't destroy other peoples property...

Haha, glad we worked that out :goodvibes
After reading your reply, I read again what I wrote and thought I sounded a little more grumpy than I actually felt!

Joyciemc
05-25-2011, 06:34 PM
You know those plans you make, change, change again, and obsess over the months leading up to your trip? The ones in which you figure out where you’re going each day and where you’re eating. Wake-up time is accounted for, travel time is figured out. We work so hard to get them just right. And our Day 2 plans called for us to be up bright and early. Not only to make rope drop at the Magic Kingdom, but to be able to visit the Polynesian first for some Kona coffee.

:rotfl: you think we’re crazy now, don’t you? I mean, we were at the Magic Kingdom till 2 am, how could we possibly want to be up that early the next day? Well, we didn’t! So for the second time in 2 days, we changed the plans. Before going to sleep, we set an alarm for the late hour of 9am.
When that alarm went off, we managed to get up but we didn’t rush. We had brought bagels with us, so we toasted a couple and had breakfast out on our balcony.
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We then headed over to the bus stop to begin our journey to the MK. Once there, we walked over to the boat launch and had a short wait for a boat.
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It’s funny that we stayed at the Poly for a whole week last year and never once took the boat launch to the MK! We made up for it this time, though…

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Ben wanted to be sure to get a picture on a boat, because he was wearing his favorite T shirt ever. If you are familiar with the “I’m On a Boat” SNL skit (even funnier is the explicit version you can find on You Tube), you’ll see why we found it hilarious that a Disney shirt had this phrase.

We thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely boat ride, and were soon docking at the Poly. As we pulled in, we saw a wedding ceremony on the grassy area near the Poly beach.
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They had an absolutely gorgeous day for it!

Ben originally had wanted to get coffees at the Kona Island coffee stand because we really like Kona coffee, and why not? We weren’t too impressed, honestly. But it was nice to have an excuse to wander the lovely Polynesian grounds. After our stay here, we don’t like the rooms, elevators, or corridors of the longhouses, but we just love the rest of the resort! We sat on a swing and drank out coffees on the beach. It was very relaxing!

Since it was now approaching 10am, I thought heading to the MK would be silly as it was bound to be getting more crowded. So, we decided to walk to the TTC and monorail ourselves over to Epcot. I stopped on the path to the TTC to finish my coffee and savor one of my favorite spots in Disney. I just love this little path!

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As we wearing sitting there, a gentleman asked us where the Ferryboat was, so we pointed him down the path to the TTC. He headed that way, and we followed a little after. Once we got to the sidewalk at the end of the path, we ran into the same man, still lost. I felt bad that I hadn’t given him directions further than this, but I thought that once he saw the TTC he’d be ok. Well, he was frazzled and obviously running late to meet his family and just didn’t see where he needed to go. So Ben and I walked him past the ticket kiosks and pointed out the Ferryboat. His family was right there waiting, so that all worked out well!

With just a short wait for a monorail, we were on our way to Epcot!
There was a pretty good group of people waiting to get in, but they were all lined up at bag check. We don’t carry a bag, so we were able to slip right in past the mob. Yay!

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Bet you can’t guess where we were headed.

Nope, not Soarin’. Not Test Track, either. No, not even Mission:Space. We made a beeline for Ellen’s Energy Adventure. :laughing: We were trying to experience new things this trip, and this was another attraction that Ben had never done. I don’t particularly care for it, and had never wanted to take the time to do it again with him. But now seemed like as good a time as any. I had warned Ben before that it was 45 minutes long, but as we walked up and he saw the sign that states how long it is and he decided that was too long to spend and not to ride. :confused3 I think he thought I had been exaggerating about the 45 minutes and just could not believe an attraction would be that long. I was more than happy to skip it, and we turned right around.

We walked past the old Wonders of Life Pavilion, and I remembered that it was open as the Flower and Garden Festival Center. So I just had to check it out.

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Something you should know about me: I am completely fascinated by abandoned buildings. It started when I first read about ‘dead malls’, but my true interest is in abandoned theme parks. I had no idea how common these are! In fact, there is one only an hour or so from where I live. You can actually still see the roller coaster from the road! We visited it with friends last year, and it was one of my best days, ever!

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The other thing you should know is that I loved the Wonders of Life. I loved Body Wars and Cranium Command. When my family visited Epcot in 1992, the pavilion was pretty new and I thought the hands-on displays and exhibits were so cool! I handled the closings of Horizons and World of Motion fairly well (I was probably the only 11 year old who insisted that her family go to Epcot first thing on the trip so she could ride those!), but when World of Life closed, I was so sad! Not to mention the fact that Food Rocks closed around the same time (maybe that’s why I can’t love Soarin’ the way most people do… ;) )
Anyway, that whole tangent was to explain why I needed to go inside WOL. I had to see what it looked like! And the answer? It looked like a dead mall. Very sad.

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They just had tons of potted plants blocking the places were stuff used to be!
There were areas set up for the festival, but it all felt very run down flea-markety. It was super interesting!
I wish I had taken more pictures, but I felt kinda weird. There were only a very few F&G Festival people in there, and I didn’t want to be the wacko taking pictures of ‘nothing’.

One thing we did find in one of the festival merchandise spots were prints of photographs by this photographer:

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We took the picture so we would remember to look him up when we got home. We loved his photos, and the fact that they were printed on canvases. We almost bought something then, but decided to wait so we could really figure out where we’d put the picture in our house before buying one!

Once back outside, we decided to visit one of our favorites- Mission:Space.

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A nice lady took our picture for us.

After, we could resist grabbing a Kim Possible FP. Even though we did all the missions last time, we knew there were alternate clues and we wanted to see them. What can I say? We are obsessive KP Mission nerds…

Now it was about noon and I was starving. Lunch wasn’t until almost 2 at Coral Reef, and I really didn’t want to miss it by eating somewhere earlier. But how would I make it that long without eating?

Nermel9
05-25-2011, 06:58 PM
Great update!!! I knew as soon as I read the title I'd like it...I was obsessed with "I'm on a boat" for a long time...I have the whole Lonely Island album on my Ipod, but the Boat "song" was always my favorite! :cool1: Where did you find that Donald shirt??? I love it! :rotfl:

Anyway, back to Disney stuff! Glad you let yourself sleep in a little! Sometimes plans need to change in order to enjoy the day! I have a few really early mornings scheduled for my trip, and I'm wondering how many of them will actually work out! :rotfl:

That was so nice of you guys, to show that lost man where the ferry was! :thumbsup2 I'm not really sure how you could miss it when your at TTC, but I guess if you're not really familiar with it, you might not see it!

Good choice going to Epcot over MK! :banana: I have yet to see Ellen's Energy Adventure...I feel like I'm not really missing much! I don't know if I could sit through 45 minutes of it!

I love abandoned theme parks too, especially Disney ones! Have you ever read the blog where those people swim out to Discovery Island from Fort Wilderness? It's SO creepy!! I think there is a thread where someone snuck over to River Country too and took pics of that...so sad! :sad2:

I miss Food Rocks too!! :sad1: But I do love Soarin!

Yay, Mission Space!! KP missions look like so much fun, I definitely want to try one!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
05-25-2011, 07:31 PM
I love learning about all of the old attractions at Disney. I didn't go to Epcot as a child so I missed the pavilions that you mentioned but I've read about them before and I think I would have really enjoyed the body stuff, too!

You know, I hadn't even thought about taking the boat from the Poly to the MK. We're definitely going to have to do that on the honeymoon. Does it run at night, too? I bet it would be so pretty and peaceful. :cloud9:

Stefy
05-26-2011, 02:18 AM
Great update :thumbsup2 Love that you changed your plans and it looks like so far your morning has been lots of fun.

What KP mission did you do?

amandaluvsgoofy
05-26-2011, 09:12 AM
Loving your TR! And Ben's shirt is awesome! J's favorite character is Donald, so he would love something like that!

Good for you guys to sleep in! :thumbsup2. Most of our days are early mornings, so we'll see how many we can stand before we throw in the towel. :laughing:

Speaking of abandoned theme parks, did you ever watch that show on the History Channel, "Life After People" (I think that's the name of it)? It was so creepy to see areas after people had left, like modern day ghost towns.

Can't wait to read more about your day at Epcot!

Shannon84
05-26-2011, 03:52 PM
I was wondering how you guys were going to get up early the next morning after a late night, sometimes its nice to just relax at Disney (how dare I say that :rotfl:)

I tried Ellen's Energy ride once and boy oh boy never again...its just such a long attraction! I wish I could ride Mission Space and enjoy, but it makes me motion sick :sick: I love hearing about how much people enjoy it, but I can barely do the tea cups :rotfl2:

Joyciemc
05-26-2011, 06:15 PM
Great update!!! I knew as soon as I read the title I'd like it...I was obsessed with "I'm on a boat" for a long time...I have the whole Lonely Island album on my Ipod, but the Boat "song" was always my favorite! :cool1: Where did you find that Donald shirt??? I love it! :rotfl:

Anyway, back to Disney stuff! Glad you let yourself sleep in a little! Sometimes plans need to change in order to enjoy the day! I have a few really early mornings scheduled for my trip, and I'm wondering how many of them will actually work out! :rotfl:

That was so nice of you guys, to show that lost man where the ferry was! :thumbsup2 I'm not really sure how you could miss it when your at TTC, but I guess if you're not really familiar with it, you might not see it!

Good choice going to Epcot over MK! :banana: I have yet to see Ellen's Energy Adventure...I feel like I'm not really missing much! I don't know if I could sit through 45 minutes of it!

I love abandoned theme parks too, especially Disney ones! Have you ever read the blog where those people swim out to Discovery Island from Fort Wilderness? It's SO creepy!! I think there is a thread where someone snuck over to River Country too and took pics of that...so sad! :sad2:

I miss Food Rocks too!! :sad1: But I do love Soarin!

Yay, Mission Space!! KP missions look like so much fun, I definitely want to try one!

Woah, you love "I'm on a boat", abandoned theme parks, and Food Rocks? Are we the same person? :goodvibes
Ben found the shirt at Target, of all places- just a day or two before we left.

I have seen that blog about Discovery Island- so creepy! We explore one more defunct location this trip (but we don't tresspass or anything- don't worry!)

I love learning about all of the old attractions at Disney. I didn't go to Epcot as a child so I missed the pavilions that you mentioned but I've read about them before and I think I would have really enjoyed the body stuff, too!

You know, I hadn't even thought about taking the boat from the Poly to the MK. We're definitely going to have to do that on the honeymoon. Does it run at night, too? I bet it would be so pretty and peaceful. :cloud9:

The boat does run at night- but I'm not sure what time it stops. Definitely make a point of taking it- such a nice trip!

Great update :thumbsup2 Love that you changed your plans and it looks like so far your morning has been lots of fun.

What KP mission did you do?

I think it was Japan... it'll be coming up in the next update!

Loving your TR! And Ben's shirt is awesome! J's favorite character is Donald, so he would love something like that!

Good for you guys to sleep in! :thumbsup2. Most of our days are early mornings, so we'll see how many we can stand before we throw in the towel. :laughing:

Speaking of abandoned theme parks, did you ever watch that show on the History Channel, "Life After People" (I think that's the name of it)? It was so creepy to see areas after people had left, like modern day ghost towns.

Can't wait to read more about your day at Epcot!

I have not seen "Life After People", but will definitely check it out! Sounds right up my alley...

I was wondering how you guys were going to get up early the next morning after a late night, sometimes its nice to just relax at Disney (how dare I say that :rotfl:)

I tried Ellen's Energy ride once and boy oh boy never again...its just such a long attraction! I wish I could ride Mission Space and enjoy, but it makes me motion sick :sick: I love hearing about how much people enjoy it, but I can barely do the tea cups :rotfl2:

We just couldn't get up early this day! But I am glad it worked out the way it did.

I love Mission: Space, but there is always a breif moment during the launch when I worry that this may be the time I get sick. Has never happened though- luckily!!

Joyciemc
05-26-2011, 06:59 PM
Part 2:
In desperate need of food, but still two hours away from our lunch ADR at Coral Reef, we did the only logical thing: get an appetizer somewhere in the World Showcase!

We made it to Mexico without anyone dying of starvation (barely), and checked out what La Cantina de San Angel had to offer. As we walked up, the place seemed pretty crowded. But we noticed that despite the lines of people at the first few registers, there were CMs at the end with no line at all! So we quickly ordered some nachos, a margarita, and a Dos Equis.
I turned around to try to find a seat, but all the tables were packed. Just as I was about to whine about it to Ben, a CM told me there was plenty of seating inside and opened the door for me. Sweet!
We sat next to a window, overlooking the lagoon. I really liked the atmosphere in here!

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I guess I have a lot of pictures of Ben eating. Heh, sorry Ben!

The nachos were not fancy or anything (just basic ground beef, cheesy sauce and jalapeños), but they tasted good and were filling. Maybe a little too filling. How were we gonna be hungry enough for lunch after this? Well, walking and saving the world from a super villain might help. So off we went into the World Showcase.

On our way to Italy to pick up our Kimmunicator, we stopped in China for a Photopass. First we had to put our drinks down- wouldn’t want any pictures of people drinking in the World Showcase, would we? :rotfl:
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This is "princess and warrior" pose...

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When we arrived in Germany, I was thrilled to see the mini Flower & Garden Festival in the train set village.
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Even better was Rapunzel’s tower, complete with her singing the Incantation Song. I love Rapunzel and I love that song!
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We finally made it to Italy and got assigned to our mission in Japan
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We were disappointed because this was exactly the same as the last time we did the Japan mission. We were hoping to get a few different effects. Oh well, we zipped through it and it was about time for us to head back to Future World for lunch (still not very hungry…)

It was getting pretty toasty outside, so we took a shortcut through Innoventions to take advantage of the A/C. Since it was still a little early for lunch, we took a little sit break in there.
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Ben found a Donald topiary on the way to Coral Reef, so we needed a picture of them together!
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We checked in for lunch right on time and they handed us a pager. We had exactly enough time to take this:
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We were shown to our table and I was thrilled to see where we were sitting!
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We spent a ridiculous amount of time taking pictures of the tank… we just couldn’t get over how cool it was to sit right next to it!
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Despite the nachos, we managed to work up enough of an appetite to place our orders.
Ben had the rainbow trout, which was really tasty! It was served on some kind of beans, which neither of us liked very much.
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I ordered the mahi mahi, which was good but not amazing.
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Even though I was totally stuffed, I insisted that we split the Chocolate Wave, which we both loved!
I am so happy that we ate here, but even more happy that we had that wonderful table! The food was perfectly fine, but nothing special. The whole experience, though, was wonderful!

After lunch, we figured we would check out the Disney Visa character greet area. There was absolutely no one there, so we walked right in to meet Minnie and Goofy! Minnie immediately reached for my hand to see my ring… which struck me as odd; how did she know I had a ring from all the way across the room? I guess if I didn’t, she could have used that moment to yell at Ben for not giving me one!
We had a great time with these two…
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Minnie came over to me to tell me how nice Ben’s muscles were (Ben was pleased). She was really good at communicating! Then she set us all up into this pose:
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Which was pretty hilarious. She was awesome! Goofy just kinda stood there, but I have never cared for meeting Goofy, so I wasn’t expecting much. Incidentally, the CM in the room was the first person to comment on Ben’s shirt.
When we went to pick up our free 5x7 of the picture, the CMs there asked about it. Ben told them to look it up on You Tube and they asked if it was ‘viral’. I answered that it wasn’t exactly ‘Disney friendly’. :laughing:

We were too full to head back to World Showcase (cause we all know we would have to eat and drink if we went back there…), but weren’t ready for a break. First we stopped for another picture:
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Then we headed out the International Gateway to catch the boat to Hollywood Studios!
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annmarieda
05-27-2011, 01:36 AM
Haha, glad we worked that out :goodvibes
After reading your reply, I read again what I wrote and thought I sounded a little more grumpy than I actually felt!

Nope... you didn't sound grumpy!

Great updates! How nice of you to help that man find his way to his family!!!

I think I am with you on the Poly as a resort. I loved walking around..and would be tempted to stay..but then the rooms look glooomy to me.

Those nachos... dd just got back and said they had them several times. I even have a picture on my phone that she sent me...from a window inside that restaurant. She was quite impressed.

Isnt it fun to sit at CR right at the tank??? I loved that about our last trip....except when you get a gaggle of children who feel that the tank is open for everyone and there for they should be able to share the space at your table with you. :sad2:

Love all the pics!!!

Nermel9
05-27-2011, 05:12 AM
Woah, you love "I'm on a boat", abandoned theme parks, and Food Rocks? Are we the same person?
Ben found the shirt at Target, of all places- just a day or two before we left.

I have seen that blog about Discovery Island- so creepy! We explore one more defunct location this trip (but we don't tresspass or anything- don't worry!)


LOL...well, to be fair, I'm more partial to Kitchen Kabaret than Food Rocks...I saw Kitchen Kabaret on my very first Disney trip when I was a kid, and that's one of the most vivid memories I have from that trip! I wish they would bring that back!

I've never actually gone to an abandoned theme park, I'm pretty sure there is one in CT that I've considered going to, but I think you might get arrested if you trespass there, so I probably won't be going there soon. :rolleyes1 Do you have any of those "Weird" books, like "Weird New England" or "Weird Massachusetts"? My DH and I have both of those and there are so many strange places we want to go, but it seems like most of them are illegal! :laughing:

I'll have to come back and read your update later, I'm on my way to work...ugh! :sad2:

Shannon84
05-27-2011, 07:58 AM
Love the Donald shirt, yeah that really isn't Disney friendly, but it is hilarious!

I am still going back and forth on getting a Disney Visa...any thoughts or advice whether to go for it :confused3

The photopass pictures in World Showcase are too cute!! I had to put my margarita down to snap a pic with Fiesta Donald in Mexico, but I thought it was because there was a character in it

I keep hearing the food is just ok at Coral Reef, but at least you got an awesome seat!! :goodvibes

AKL LOVER
05-27-2011, 08:35 AM
OK, now I really need to search for that video this weekend on you tube and check it out!

I really need to get on the ball with my photopass pics...I'm jealous that you have yours already! They look great :)

Joyciemc
05-27-2011, 04:51 PM
Nope... you didn't sound grumpy!

Great updates! How nice of you to help that man find his way to his family!!!

I think I am with you on the Poly as a resort. I loved walking around..and would be tempted to stay..but then the rooms look glooomy to me.

Those nachos... dd just got back and said they had them several times. I even have a picture on my phone that she sent me...from a window inside that restaurant. She was quite impressed.

Isnt it fun to sit at CR right at the tank??? I loved that about our last trip....except when you get a gaggle of children who feel that the tank is open for everyone and there for they should be able to share the space at your table with you. :sad2:

Love all the pics!!!

The nachos really hit the spot (the margarita didn't hurt, either)! They are a great snack when you get hungry in the WS!

LOL...well, to be fair, I'm more partial to Kitchen Kabaret than Food Rocks...I saw Kitchen Kabaret on my very first Disney trip when I was a kid, and that's one of the most vivid memories I have from that trip! I wish they would bring that back!

I've never actually gone to an abandoned theme park, I'm pretty sure there is one in CT that I've considered going to, but I think you might get arrested if you trespass there, so I probably won't be going there soon. :rolleyes1 Do you have any of those "Weird" books, like "Weird New England" or "Weird Massachusetts"? My DH and I have both of those and there are so many strange places we want to go, but it seems like most of them are illegal! :laughing:

I'll have to come back and read your update later, I'm on my way to work...ugh! :sad2:

The park we went to was very easy to get in, but we did feel a little uneasy. It was probably the most non-legal thing I've ever done! We didn't stay long!
I would certainly not make a habit of doing it- I was way too nervous!
Those Weird travel books are really cool- but you're right; most of the places are not meant to be visited!

Love the Donald shirt, yeah that really isn't Disney friendly, but it is hilarious!

I am still going back and forth on getting a Disney Visa...any thoughts or advice whether to go for it :confused3

The photopass pictures in World Showcase are too cute!! I had to put my margarita down to snap a pic with Fiesta Donald in Mexico, but I thought it was because there was a character in it

I keep hearing the food is just ok at Coral Reef, but at least you got an awesome seat!! :goodvibes

We got the Disney Visa because 1)we had an offer to get a $100 GC just for getting it. 2)We needed a second card because we mostly use AMEX, and lots of places don't take it. 3)rewards can be applied to our DVC annual dues.
The character greet was a nice bonus, as where the discounts we got in a couple of places.

OK, now I really need to search for that video this weekend on you tube and check it out!

I really need to get on the ball with my photopass pics...I'm jealous that you have yours already! They look great :)

Yes, you need to watch it!

I hardly edited my Photopass pics at all, and didn't add any borders. That's why I got it so quick!

Joyciemc
05-27-2011, 07:56 PM
We took the long boat ride all the way from Epcot to DHS. We were relying on boats for transportation quite a bit so far, and it was really nice! Even though it is a long trip, we enjoyed sitting outside and admired the Epcot area hotels. Boardwalk Villas, we will stay with you one day!

Once we got into the park, the first order of business was a Photopass pic to prove we were there.

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That’s our most pizzazz-y pose. Like it?

Ok, lots of people would head right off to a ride or a show or something. We make a beeline to buy me a Diet Coke on our way to the Writer’s Stop to get Ben a frozen cappuccino. As a note: we had a hard time finding iced coffee in WDW! We both drink a LOT of iced coffee, so we were sorely missing having it everywhere. (We live near Boston, where there are 17 Dunkin Donuts on every block. We are not used to being deprived!)
Anyway, we spend a lot of time here:

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I just loved sitting at this little counter looking out over the park!

Nice and refreshed, we headed over to Rock N’ Roller Coaster to take a spin with very little wait! Next was Tower of Terror, which we also got on very quickly. We had enough time in the hotel for Ben to strike a pose:
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In the boiler room, I spotted this playing card, which had never been there before:
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Huh.

Done with our trip to the Twilight Zone, we grabbed FP for RnRC, in case the wait got longer later. Then it was off to my second favorite place in the Studios:
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We don’t feel the need to eat at 50’s Prime Time again, but we really enjoy sitting at the bar with some beers! I had a Yeungling, and Ben had a Blue Moon.
Our favorite part about theme park bars? Ordering another round ‘to go’! We did just that, and then just wandered out into the park.
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I love that we get envious looks from dad-types when we’re just hanging out drinking beers.

While we were wandering, we found this billboard, which I thought was so neat!
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Then it was another couple spins on our favorite rides before heading out.

The park was closing, and we thought we’d squeeze in a bit of time at Disney Quest (since we have those Water Park Fun n’ More passes, and all!)
So how are we gonna get to DtD? Given the nautical nature of our transportation so far today, I thought we should go to a resort with boat service to DtD. Port Orleans does, and I was pretty sure Saratoga Springs did, too. Since the Saratoga bus was waiting at the stop, we climbed aboard and off we went!

Once we got there, I made the stupid assumption that the first stop would be at the main area. I knew this was a big place, and that it had internal bus stops. But in my head, there was no question that the first stop would have to be at the lobby. It wasn’t.

We had no clue where we were or where we were going. Ben found someone to ask, and it turned out that we were waaaay far away from any boat to DtD. But we could take a bus. So we waited. A while. And finally got on a bus and finally got to DtD. By now we were angry-hungry. Not good! This was transportation snafu #1. How many do you think there will be total? (Hint: it’s a lot!)

We kept our tempers in check just long enough to get here:
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I got a BBQ chicken pizza and Ben got a turkey club sandwich of some kind. We loved the food and ate every bite!

Once done with our meals, we were much happier. Phew! We also had a couple of hours to check out DQ, so that is where we headed. The one thing I wanted to show Ben was the Pirates of the Caribbean game. It’s one of my favorite things, and it is part of the reason why I was disappointed in Toy Story Mania. When I first read about TSM, I thought the new ride would be something as immersive and fun as this Pirates attraction. The real thing just wasn’t as good as what I pictured, I guess.

Anyway, back to DQ: Ben was as impressed by Pirates as I hoped, and we kicked butt! Once down with that, we did the Aladdin Magic Carpet thing which was ok, but the virtual reality mask hurt my head SO bad! We thought about checking some other stuff out, but we were pretty tired so we just headed out.

An AKL bus was waiting at the stop, and we were back in our room by 9:30 or so. The next day was our Backstage Magic tour, and we had to be at Epcot for 7:45 (I thought…)

Queenofallthings
05-28-2011, 09:06 AM
We love using the boats as our transportation as much as we can. If we're going to Epcot, we always take a bus to DHS and then the boat to Epcot....we love sitting outside and just enjoy the ride!

Thanks for the tip on the frozed capp...good to know...I put it in my notepad:worship:

WPE is hands down our favorite place to eat at DTD...we have never been disappointed!

precious pixie
05-28-2011, 09:36 AM
Im loving the trip report so far! I never knew of frozen cappuccinos in the writers stop, but will definitely be making stops there in the future :goodvibes

klacey1
05-28-2011, 10:50 AM
For some reason, I haven't been getting notifications of your TR. Weird! Haha, yours is one of the few TR's that I actually laugh out loud during. LOVE Ben's "I'm on a Boat" shirt haha (my nautical themed pashmina afghan).
The PP Visa picture with Minnie and Goofy really turned out great-- fun to see the unique pose.
WPE is the best! The fact that they take CS credits blows my mind.

Joyciemc
05-28-2011, 06:36 PM
We love using the boats as our transportation as much as we can. If we're going to Epcot, we always take a bus to DHS and then the boat to Epcot....we love sitting outside and just enjoy the ride!

Thanks for the tip on the frozed capp...good to know...I put it in my notepad:worship:

WPE is hands down our favorite place to eat at DTD...we have never been disappointed!

I agree- the boats are great!

The Writer's Stop is a great place to take a break!

Im loving the trip report so far! I never knew of frozen cappuccinos in the writers stop, but will definitely be making stops there in the future :goodvibes

Thank you! :goodvibes I am glad you enjoy it! Definitely stop by there, good source of caffeine!

For some reason, I haven't been getting notifications of your TR. Weird! Haha, yours is one of the few TR's that I actually laugh out loud during. LOVE Ben's "I'm on a Boat" shirt haha (my nautical themed pashmina afghan).
The PP Visa picture with Minnie and Goofy really turned out great-- fun to see the unique pose.
WPE is the best! The fact that they take CS credits blows my mind.

Not getting notified? That's crap! :laughing:

Ben was so thrilled to find that shirt. I forgot to mention the next time someone recognized it- a CM at RnR Coaster asked if Ben had his flippy floppies... we cracked up!
In reference to a particular racy lyric that gets stuck in my head at times... I wanted him to get a picture with Ariel, but since you can't find her in her mermaid garb at the moment, there wouldn't have been much point. But how scandalous would that be? :scared1:

Stefy
05-29-2011, 09:50 AM
Great updates, looked like you had a blast in DHS, its slowly becoming my new fav park (after Epcot and MK of course).

Rapunzel's tower looks awesome, its a shame its only there for F&GF. Did you get to see it again at night?

Cool table for CR, always nice to be right up close :)

Shannon84
05-29-2011, 10:40 AM
I love Dunkin Donuts iced coffee...I grew up in western MA with them everywhere, but there are only a few around here in Richmond :confused3

I wasn't very impressed the one time I visited DQ but I did not get to do the Pirates attraction and I feel like a lot of things were broken down when I visited, so that may have been the reason why, because DBF really liked it when he visited

annmarieda
05-29-2011, 11:53 AM
It looks like DHS was not crowded that day. I love going to the parks when the crowds are low.

Writers Stop is on my list for December. I have never been there. I am not certain of where it is exactly. (although, I seem to think I have asked this before and been given an answer... but my old brain can't recall. :upsidedow) Frozen cappuccinos? Yum!

The pics are great! :thumbsup2

declansdad
05-29-2011, 01:38 PM
Just found your report and it sounds like you had a great trip. Looking forward to the rest.

I have to disagree with Universe of Energy; it is a fun attraction.

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
05-29-2011, 11:27 PM
I love all of the PP pics! Escpecially the one's in China! :laughing: I'm glad you enjoyed lunch at Coral Reef. It sounds like you had the same opinion that we did when we ate there - the food was ok, but the view was amazing! We will probably go back one day to (hopefully) sit by the tank again.

All of these boat rides sound so peaceful! I've never taken the boat from Epcot to DHS but I bet that would be a really nice ride. I feel so unfamiliar with that area of Disney (passing the Boardwalk and such) so I think it would be fun to get a better view of the surroundings. :thumbsup2 Speaking of boat rides - I have a question since you seem to know quite a bit about the Disney boats...are there boats that go between all of the MK area resorts, or only certain one's?

Nermel9
05-30-2011, 08:04 AM
Ok, I'm finally caught up, except now I forgot what I wanted to comment on! :sad2: Kim Possible looks like fun, I'm definitely doing a mission or 2 in October! I love the PP pics, we never do fun poses like that, I guess the photographers think we look boring or something! :laughing: Rapunzel's tower is so pretty!

I love DHS...I've never taken the boat from Epcot over there, but I'd like to someday! It just seems like the boats take SO long sometimes! :eek: When I took the boat from POR to DTD, I thought I would die of boredom, I get so anxious! I just want to get there now!!! :)

The Writer's Stop looks so cute! And the bar at 50's always looks fun to me, but we never go in! There are so many places we just skip right over in DHS, probably because I'm like some crazy person when I get there, running to the Tower of Terror! :rotfl:

Mmm, Wolfgang Puck express looks so yummy, but it's another place we never go! We always go to Earl of Sandwich in DTD, I just can't pass it up, no matter how much I want to try WPE!! :laughing:

jelloarms
05-30-2011, 04:04 PM
Just lettin ya know I'm here!

Lifelong_Dreamer
05-30-2011, 07:46 PM
Hi Joyce, I'm joining in!

That episode on the plane would have had me freaking right out! I think it would have been better if they said nothing to you at all and just had a delay taking off. :rolleyes:

You two seem like a fun loving couple, I am looking forward to reading more. :thumbsup2

Joyciemc
05-31-2011, 05:35 PM
Great updates, looked like you had a blast in DHS, its slowly becoming my new fav park (after Epcot and MK of course).

Rapunzel's tower looks awesome, its a shame its only there for F&GF. Did you get to see it again at night?

Cool table for CR, always nice to be right up close :)

We really enjoy DHS, but don't really spend long stretches of time there, we just pop in for a few hours here and there.

I loved Rapunzel's tower! I'm pretty sure we saw it at night, but now I can't think of what it looked like..

I love Dunkin Donuts iced coffee...I grew up in western MA with them everywhere, but there are only a few around here in Richmond :confused3

I wasn't very impressed the one time I visited DQ but I did not get to do the Pirates attraction and I feel like a lot of things were broken down when I visited, so that may have been the reason why, because DBF really liked it when he visited

A lot of DQ isn't worth it, IMO. But Pirates is awesome! And since we had the admission to use anyway, it was a good time to check it out.

It looks like DHS was not crowded that day. I love going to the parks when the crowds are low.

Writers Stop is on my list for December. I have never been there. I am not certain of where it is exactly. (although, I seem to think I have asked this before and been given an answer... but my old brain can't recall. :upsidedow) Frozen cappuccinos? Yum!

The pics are great! :thumbsup2

It wasn't too crowded (though I'm sure TSM was!), very fun!
Writer's stop is kind of attached to the Sci Fi Dine-In Theater. Near Star Tours, etc.

Just found your report and it sounds like you had a great trip. Looking forward to the rest.

I have to disagree with Universe of Energy; it is a fun attraction.

Thanks for joining in! I hope you stick around for the rest!

I know a lot of folks like UE, and I didn't hate it... just don't wanna do it again! But I am also the person that doesn't 'get' Soarin and TSM, but I love Country Bears. So I'm used to having opposite taste in attractions from everyone else! :laughing:

I love all of the PP pics! Escpecially the one's in China! :laughing: I'm glad you enjoyed lunch at Coral Reef. It sounds like you had the same opinion that we did when we ate there - the food was ok, but the view was amazing! We will probably go back one day to (hopefully) sit by the tank again.

All of these boat rides sound so peaceful! I've never taken the boat from Epcot to DHS but I bet that would be a really nice ride. I feel so unfamiliar with that area of Disney (passing the Boardwalk and such) so I think it would be fun to get a better view of the surroundings. :thumbsup2 Speaking of boat rides - I have a question since you seem to know quite a bit about the Disney boats...are there boats that go between all of the MK area resorts, or only certain one's?

I know WL and Ft. Wilderness have a launch to the MK, then Poly and GF share their own launch. So you can get from GF to Poly via boat, but not to the WL. And I don't think the Contemporary had a boat to MK at all...

Ok, I'm finally caught up, except now I forgot what I wanted to comment on! :sad2: Kim Possible looks like fun, I'm definitely doing a mission or 2 in October! I love the PP pics, we never do fun poses like that, I guess the photographers think we look boring or something! :laughing: Rapunzel's tower is so pretty!

I love DHS...I've never taken the boat from Epcot over there, but I'd like to someday! It just seems like the boats take SO long sometimes! :eek: When I took the boat from POR to DTD, I thought I would die of boredom, I get so anxious! I just want to get there now!!! :)

The Writer's Stop looks so cute! And the bar at 50's always looks fun to me, but we never go in! There are so many places we just skip right over in DHS, probably because I'm like some crazy person when I get there, running to the Tower of Terror! :rotfl:

Mmm, Wolfgang Puck express looks so yummy, but it's another place we never go! We always go to Earl of Sandwich in DTD, I just can't pass it up, no matter how much I want to try WPE!! :laughing:

The Photopass CM in China was funny- she was very matter of fact, but then had us do some funny poses. We weren't expecting it!

I run right to the Tower of Terror, too! But then I make sure we have time for a trip to the bar!

Just lettin ya know I'm here!

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy it!

Hi Joyce, I'm joining in!

That episode on the plane would have had me freaking right out! I think it would have been better if they said nothing to you at all and just had a delay taking off. :rolleyes:

You two seem like a fun loving couple, I am looking forward to reading more. :thumbsup2

Glad you're here!

I wasn't too worried about the plane being ok- just that we might not get to Florida on time! My fears of flying revolve around turbulence. I cannot handle the bumps!

Joyciemc
05-31-2011, 06:54 PM
When we got back to our room at 9:30, our early wake up time was definitely on our minds. Backstage Magic tour was the next day, and we could not be late! So when I saw that we had a message, I was happy to learn upon listening that we were to meet at 8:45, an hour later than I thought. Phew!
We woke up excited for our day long tour. Breakfast was bagels on the balcony again.

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As you can see, we ended up enjoying this space, despite the view!

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Next, it was out to the bus stop to make our way to Epcot. We wanted to be down there by 8am, but we were just a teensy bit late and it was 8:10 when we finally got to the bus stop.

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We waited patiently, with hardly anyone else there and figured that we had just missed a bus. No worries, we had some time. More folks started filling in around us, and lots of buses for other resorts came by. I was slowly but surely starting to freak out, and began eying the cabs across the driveway. When it got to be past 8:30 (we had to be at Epcot for 8:45!), I knew we wouldn’t make it. It would take that long just to load the ECVs that were now waiting. Ben and I fled to the cab stand and were quickly on our way.
The combination of my discomfort in cabs (I can’t explain it, just have never liked riding in cabs) and concern that we would be late made me look like this:

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But we did end up at Epcot just a bit before 8:45, so I relaxed a little. Until Ben handed the cabby his credit card to pay the $17 fare. The guy swiped it (the wrong way), then told Ben it wouldn’t work. Minutes were creeping by here… suddenly a woman came up to the cab to ask how much the fare would be to Universal. Oddly, she opened the door and sat in the passenger seat while asking. At this point Ben told the cabby that the CC had better start working because we have no cash. Suddenly he remembered how to swipe the card and it magically worked :/ We wasted more precious moments while Ben tried to get a receipt.
I was well and truly losing it, but we were able to finally leave the cab and rushed over to the meeting area. This is not a cheap tour, and it was pre-paid… we would not have been ok if we missed it!

Incidentally, as we were waiting to depart, we saw the group of people we had been waiting with at the bus stop at Kidani. So I guess we would have made it after all…
Once we got our name tags, we had a few minutes to take some breaths and calm down after our transportation snafu (that’s #2 if you are counting…)

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This is me still feeling a little stressed...

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And us actually settling down a bit.

Finally, we headed off to the Cruise Line bus that would take us around all day.

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In the interest of not giving away too much, I’ll keep this very non-specific: we had a jam-packed day with stops backstage in all the parks, plus a couple other places. We saw all kinds of magic-making and learned some interesting things about WDW.

Lunch was halfway through the day here:
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And we fell in love with this place! We most definitely will be back here sometime. The food was delicious, the setting was wonderful, and dessert was an amazing cobbler that we could eat pounds of. Also, this was our first time at the Wilderness Lodge and we really thought it was a beautiful resort!
This was one of the few places we were able to take pictures, so we did. Here’s a few:
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The last stop of the tour had us back at AK to watch the parade from a roped off area. We would never ever have stopped to watch this, but we ended up enjoying it.

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The CM with this puppet was so fun- she was making her giraffe interact with the light giraffes!

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This was another awesome CM! She greeted us all by name (cause we were wearing our tour tags)

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After the parade, we got back on the bus and headed back to Epcot.
We got these pins to commemorate the tour:

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So, what did we think? It was a lot of fun, and we were both very happy that we did it. But… our tour guide was kind of lacking. He was very fun, and good at interacting with everyone on the tour. However, his level of WDW knowledge as a whole was not terribly high. For example: when we got off the bus for lunch, a guest asked where we were. The guide said he was having a mental block, and didn’t answer her right then. But when he did, he told her we were at Ft. Wilderness, and Wilderness Lodge was the campground further on. So he got that backwards. There were other questions that were asked (often by Ben…) that he either couldn’t answer, or just never got back to.

Don’t get me wrong- we had a lot of fun and saw all kinds of parts of WDW that were both super impressive and very surreal. I would absolutely recommend the tour, as long as you can spare an entire day from your vacation!

Once our tour was done, it was time to head back to Kidani for a rest and some chores. More on that coming later...

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
05-31-2011, 07:13 PM
I would have been so stressed that morning worrying about getting to Epcot! I think this is the main reason that we don't take the Disney transportation very often. It's too much of a loss of control for me. If we have somewhere we have to be I am always so worried that we would be late if we took a bus. I'm so glad you made it to Epcot in time, though! And I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the tour. The parade at AK looks like fun. :goodvibes

Lifelong_Dreamer
05-31-2011, 07:30 PM
Awww, that's too bad bad about the stressful start to the day but I am glad you enjoyed the tour, it has always intrigued me!

As for the guide, you would think that for the amount of money people shell out for that tour that they would make sure that they had one of their top notch people leading who not only would have great customer service skills and charisma but also the knowledge to answer guests questions! I would be a bit upset if I got a guide who couldn't even get the resort correct! :headache: At least you guys enjoyed yourselves and you got to see some neat behind the scenes things. :thumbsup2

annmarieda
05-31-2011, 07:38 PM
What a stressful morning!!! I am glad it worked out! The parade in AK is one of my favorites.... so whimsical. Very cool you got to go to WL. I appreciate the pics you took there. :goodvibes

Nermel9
05-31-2011, 07:40 PM
Ugh, I would have been in a panic too! Thinking you are late in Disney is never a good thing! :eek: I don't think I could ever rely on the Disney buses, I'd probably give myself a stroke, worrying about timing everything properly! :laughing:

The tour sounds like fun! Isn't my Wilderness Lodge so beautiful? I love WCC, it's so good! :cool1:

Watching the parade at AK looks fun!

Shannon84
05-31-2011, 08:57 PM
I have always wanted to do a tour like that, glad to hear that you guys had a good time! I would be a little frustrated with the tour guide not being prepared though, especially being in that position, they should really know that stuff :confused3

I am very uncomfortable in cabs too..I just feel weird riding in them, can't explain!

klacey1
05-31-2011, 09:27 PM
Ack-- I love the Disney buses, but I would have been freaking out that morning! I HATE when they come so irregularly! I'm glad you were on time and all was well, though!
Glad you enjoyed the tour! A tour guide who doesn't known a ton about Disney is kind of weird...almost like he memorized the tour stuff because it was his job, but doesn't really know DISNEY.

DisneyCrafter
05-31-2011, 09:45 PM
I literally felt your stress as you explained the minutes ticking by. I would have been freaking out! I'm so glad you made it in time! Phew! I would have a hard time giving up a day of our vacation, I think I would have to be in WDW for at least 10 full days to fit in a tour like that. But, DH and I love to spend time by the pool as well.

P.S. The Starring Rolls Cafe in HS has iced coffee and with a shot of syrup and some creamer-it was delicious! Yum! I know there are stands in Epcot that sell iced coffee as well. Even AK has a tea stand that sells frozen Chai!

jelloarms
05-31-2011, 09:48 PM
Omg that was a close one! I know I definetley would have been freaking out also. We missed the ME that was supposed to take us back to the airport on our last day and had to wait for the next one. I was freaking out like crazy!

sbprincess
06-01-2011, 02:11 PM
Oh man! I would have been so stressed about the tour starting without me too if I had been there. Especially since it was pre-paid and pretty expensive! :eek:

I would love to do that tour but the price is just a little too high right now for us. We did the Keys to the Kingdom tour last May and LOVED it! Our tour guide was excellent. He was fun and interesting and very knowledgable. But I would love to see backstage at the other parks too though. Maybe one day, hopefully!

Joyciemc
06-04-2011, 08:39 PM
I am TIRED! Just got back from NYC where I went wedding gown shopping with a friend. It was a lot of fun, and she found a dress!
We ended up doing the 'Running of the Brides', without the running part- we got there at 11am, well after the first wave of people. It was still very overwhelming! We were there for 3 hours, and she tried on at least 30 dresses.
It was great to bond with some of the other bridesmaids, and got me really excited for the rest of the wedding planning stuff :goodvibes



I would have been so stressed that morning worrying about getting to Epcot! I think this is the main reason that we don't take the Disney transportation very often. It's too much of a loss of control for me. If we have somewhere we have to be I am always so worried that we would be late if we took a bus. I'm so glad you made it to Epcot in time, though! And I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the tour. The parade at AK looks like fun. :goodvibes

We have never thought twice about using WDW transport... but with all our snafus this trip, I am now a little unsure. Part of it had to do with just how far Kidani is from most of the parks...

Awww, that's too bad bad about the stressful start to the day but I am glad you enjoyed the tour, it has always intrigued me!

As for the guide, you would think that for the amount of money people shell out for that tour that they would make sure that they had one of their top notch people leading who not only would have great customer service skills and charisma but also the knowledge to answer guests questions! I would be a bit upset if I got a guide who couldn't even get the resort correct! :headache: At least you guys enjoyed yourselves and you got to see some neat behind the scenes things. :thumbsup2

The tour really was worth doing. The other guests on the tour seemed to all be quite casual Disney fans (which seemed weird to me- I would have thought folks on this tour would be more Disney Freaks than I am!) so his level of knowledge was probably just fine for them.

What a stressful morning!!! I am glad it worked out! The parade in AK is one of my favorites.... so whimsical. Very cool you got to go to WL. I appreciate the pics you took there. :goodvibes

That parade was great- those floats are kind of amazing!

Ugh, I would have been in a panic too! Thinking you are late in Disney is never a good thing! :eek: I don't think I could ever rely on the Disney buses, I'd probably give myself a stroke, worrying about timing everything properly! :laughing:

The tour sounds like fun! Isn't my Wilderness Lodge so beautiful? I love WCC, it's so good! :cool1:

Watching the parade at AK looks fun!

Yes, and I thought of you while poking around the WL! I can see why you love it, for sure!

I have always wanted to do a tour like that, glad to hear that you guys had a good time! I would be a little frustrated with the tour guide not being prepared though, especially being in that position, they should really know that stuff :confused3

I am very uncomfortable in cabs too..I just feel weird riding in them, can't explain!

I've never met anyone else with a cab aversion! Glad to know I am not alone in that.

Ack-- I love the Disney buses, but I would have been freaking out that morning! I HATE when they come so irregularly! I'm glad you were on time and all was well, though!
Glad you enjoyed the tour! A tour guide who doesn't known a ton about Disney is kind of weird...almost like he memorized the tour stuff because it was his job, but doesn't really know DISNEY.

It was so stressful! And a theme for the trip... but I have always loved the buses in the past.

That is exactly how this guide was. It was like this was just an extra shift he picked up, and he did what he had to do.

I literally felt your stress as you explained the minutes ticking by. I would have been freaking out! I'm so glad you made it in time! Phew! I would have a hard time giving up a day of our vacation, I think I would have to be in WDW for at least 10 full days to fit in a tour like that. But, DH and I love to spend time by the pool as well.

P.S. The Starring Rolls Cafe in HS has iced coffee and with a shot of syrup and some creamer-it was delicious! Yum! I know there are stands in Epcot that sell iced coffee as well. Even AK has a tea stand that sells frozen Chai!

Because this was our second long trip in less than a year, we had the time to do it. But it was hard to take a whole day out for it!

We did visit a stand or two around the parks for iced coffee. But compared to how easily we can come by it around here, getting it in WDW was tough!

Omg that was a close one! I know I definetley would have been freaking out also. We missed the ME that was supposed to take us back to the airport on our last day and had to wait for the next one. I was freaking out like crazy!

Missed ME?! At least they schedule for a super early pick up, so it worked out ok!

Oh man! I would have been so stressed about the tour starting without me too if I had been there. Especially since it was pre-paid and pretty expensive! :eek:

I would love to do that tour but the price is just a little too high right now for us. We did the Keys to the Kingdom tour last May and LOVED it! Our tour guide was excellent. He was fun and interesting and very knowledgable. But I would love to see backstage at the other parks too though. Maybe one day, hopefully!

Ben and I still want to to the Keys to the Kingdom tour. It seems to focus on different stuff in the MK than what we saw with the Backstage Magic tour.

annmarieda
06-05-2011, 12:39 AM
Oh my goodness! 30 dresses?! I don't miss the endless dresses we looked at for dd's wedding.

Stefy
06-05-2011, 10:52 AM
Yikes, not a good start to the morning but glad you made it in time :) Sounds like it was a great tour, WL does look gorgeous and peaceful :)

Joyciemc
06-05-2011, 05:59 PM
Oh my goodness! 30 dresses?! I don't miss the endless dresses we looked at for dd's wedding.

Yes! 30, at least! It was insane... but she found a great dress in the end!

Yikes, not a good start to the morning but glad you made it in time :) Sounds like it was a great tour, WL does look gorgeous and peaceful :)

It ended up being a great day!

Joyciemc
06-05-2011, 06:06 PM
Once the tour was over, we were dropped off back at Epcot around 4:30pm. We headed back to Kidani Village. Ben threw a load of laundry in (which was free! A studio doesn’t have laundry in room, but the machines in the laundry room were free since we were staying at a DVC resort. Yay!) And we headed to the pool. Instead of spending a bunch of money on drinks at the pool bar, we got had some rum and juice in our refillable mugs.

After about an hour, the laundry was done and we headed back to our room to shower and get ready for dinner. Our plan had been to eat at Big River Grille on the Boardwalk, but we were too hungry to wait. So we walked over to Jambo House to visit the Mara again. It was over here that I fell in love with a food...
I can’t remember what we ordered because the side of cous cous rocked my socks off. This stuff was amazing. I could eat pounds of it!
I do have pictures; even though I can’t tell you what they are (I didn’t write it down this time…)

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I thought I’d be thorough and take a picture of my water :)

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I couldn’t resist a pack of Zebra Domes, either. Ben isn’t really into sweets, so I got most of them!

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That's Ben waiting for our food!

After our delicious cous cous with a side of something else, it was time to start our journey to the Boardwalk. We were finally going to visit Jellyrolls! I figured we’d just get on which ever park bus came first. So, when an Epcot bus arrived, we hopped aboard.

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Before too long, we were at the front of Epcot and had to figure out where Boardwalk’s bus was. Huh, didn’t see it anywhere. Then it hit me: “Uh… Oh, I bet there isn’t a bus cause you can walk to Epcot from the Boardwalk.”
I proceeded to get very annoyed at myself, and then I got mad at Ben for not getting annoyed. I actually accused him of “purposely not getting mad to make me get madder.” Yeah, I got a little nuts-o there. I was just so frustrated to be experiencing transportation snafu #3… and I was convinced that by the time we got to Jellyrolls it would be really crowded and we wouldn’t have any fun. Did I mention that we didn’t have park admission this day because of the tour? Grrrr.

But then Ben snapped me out of it, and suggested we just go through Epcot to get there. He rationally pointed out that it would only be $5 to add a day to our tickets for the end of the trip and it would be worth it just to avoid the hassle of going to another park when we were so close to our destination. Luckily, it was just a bit before 9, and Epcot was still open! We literally walked through the gates, and headed straight for the International Gateway. We took this one picture as we walked by to prove we were in Epcot:
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We got to Jellyrolls a bit after 9, and it was almost totally empty. Ben couldn’t help but make fun of me for being so worried about not getting a seat. Now that the drama of getting here was over, we were able to relax and enjoy the awesomeness of Jellyrolls!

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By 10:30, the place was pretty crowded, and stayed that way the rest of the night. The piano players were hilarious and incredibly talented- they could play anything at all! Ben and I regretted that we hadn’t thought to bring any cash, so we didn’t make any song requests (requests are written on a napkin and placed on the pianos with a tip). Next time, we’ll make sure to remember to bring cash!

We left Jellyrolls at about midnight, and headed to the Boardwalk’s bus stop. Before leaving, I had read on the DISboards that there would be buses to the other resorts. I can’t say if this was true or not, because a Downtown Disney bus was waiting at the stop, so we just got on it to transfer to Kidani. Amazingly, the AKL bus was waiting for us when we got there! We were exhausted, but had a great day!

annmarieda
06-05-2011, 06:26 PM
What a great day! Your transportation snafu is just the type of thing that would get me totally upset only to have there be an easy fix in the end. I am glad there was such a way for you. :goodvibes

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
06-05-2011, 08:11 PM
The pictures of you two from that night are great! :thumbsup2 I can't wait to try out Jellyrolls now. It sounds like you guys had a great time!

misscmac
06-05-2011, 09:05 PM
Jumping on board a bit late, but loving the report so far!

Lifelong_Dreamer
06-05-2011, 10:36 PM
Oh no! Not another transportation snafu!

Stefy
06-06-2011, 02:30 AM
Jellyrolls looks like fun and great pics of you two, you looks so cute :cutie:

I think the DTD bus being there and then the AKL one waiting was to make up for the transportation snafu you had at the beginning of the evening :)

Shannon84
06-06-2011, 08:55 AM
I always forget that those resorts don't have a bus from EPCOT...so I would have made the same mistake myself :headache: Glad that you guys figured it out though and were able to get a good seat and enjoy :thumbsup2 I have always wanted to check out Jellyrolls...but I am usually exhausted when I get done all day at the park :lmao:

AKL LOVER
06-06-2011, 04:26 PM
Jellyrolls sounds like so much fun--I think that might have to be our next date night in Disney! :)

Nermel9
06-06-2011, 05:23 PM
I actually accused him of “purposely not getting mad to make me get madder.” Yeah, I got a little nuts-o there.

OMG...:rotfl: I think we might actually be the same person! I say things like that to my DH all the time! :rotfl2:

Anyway, Jellyrolls looks like so much fun! I actually went to a place like that for my bachelorette party in New Haven, and it was fun, but I have a feeling it's more fun in Disney World! :banana: I'll have to try to get to the Boardwalk one night, maybe after an Epcot night or something!

Joyciemc
06-06-2011, 06:59 PM
What a great day! Your transportation snafu is just the type of thing that would get me totally upset only to have there be an easy fix in the end. I am glad there was such a way for you. :goodvibes

I really got pretty upset- it seemed like such a problem! But you're right- there was an easy fix!

The pictures of you two from that night are great! :thumbsup2 I can't wait to try out Jellyrolls now. It sounds like you guys had a great time!

So much fun!! We are definitely going back next trip- and we may even stay at Boardwalk to make it easier ;)

Jumping on board a bit late, but loving the report so far!

Thanks for joining in! You're not late- I'm slow, so there's plenty more to come :laughing:

Oh no! Not another transportation snafu!

It was a theme this trip!

Jellyrolls looks like fun and great pics of you two, you looks so cute :cutie:

I think the DTD bus being there and then the AKL one waiting was to make up for the transportation snafu you had at the beginning of the evening :)

You know, you're right! Now that I think about it, good transportation mojo usually happened after one of our snafus...

I always forget that those resorts don't have a bus from EPCOT...so I would have made the same mistake myself :headache: Glad that you guys figured it out though and were able to get a good seat and enjoy :thumbsup2 I have always wanted to check out Jellyrolls...but I am usually exhausted when I get done all day at the park :lmao:

It's worth it to take it a little easy someday and save some energy for Jellyrolls; it's a great time!

Jellyrolls sounds like so much fun--I think that might have to be our next date night in Disney! :)

Good plan! :thumbsup2

OMG...:rotfl: I think we might actually be the same person! I say things like that to my DH all the time! :rotfl2:

Anyway, Jellyrolls looks like so much fun! I actually went to a place like that for my bachelorette party in New Haven, and it was fun, but I have a feeling it's more fun in Disney World! :banana: I'll have to try to get to the Boardwalk one night, maybe after an Epcot night or something!

The similarities are piling up!

Visiting Boardwalk after Epcot is the perfect idea!

Joyciemc
06-07-2011, 07:06 PM
After a pretty late night, we were happy to sleep in just a smidge. We were both ready to be up and at 'em when the alarm went off at 8:30. We squirmed into our bathing suits (well, I squirmed, Ben just easily put his on. I wish I was a boy.) and headed to the bus stop.

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We were on our way to Blizzard Beach! This was a big first for Ben, but I had been here years ago. We were both very excited to visit a water park.
It wasn’t until we got on the bus that I realized that I had dressed to blend in with Disney transportation:

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That’s my best chair impression. Pretty good, right?

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We’re here!

We got to the park just as it was opening and headed to the locker rental first thing. We got the larger size, so that we could just put our whole backpack in. Once it was rented, it took us a little bit to find our locker. Something about the way they were numbered was confusing to us. :confused3
But we eventually found it and stowed our bag.

Next, I decided that we had to find a couple lounge chairs. Not sure why, since our stuff was in a locker and we weren’t planning on sunbathing. Next time I will just skip finding a chair! Though we did spot a couple of very nice, secluded beachy areas off the lazy river which looked like they’d be great places to set up camp at Blizzard Beach.

Once we were finally settled (all in all, it was probably only a matter of 15 minutes spent on all this- just felt longer), it was off to tackle some slides. Ben wanted to try Summit Plummet, and I did NOT. But we thought we should get that out of the way first. So we climbed the stairs. For a really long time. That’s a lot of stairs! I was actually a little winded from the climb. Once up there, no one was really waiting for the slide, so Ben was soon flying down the slope. I watched from the neat little overlook area- it was a great view!

Ben headed back up the stairs and this time we took Teamboat Springs down. You need at least 4 people per raft, and we were grouped with a dad and his two sons. This is a fun slide, but I remembered liking better in the past…

Next we did the group of slides called Runoff Rapids. These are tube slides, and were a lot of fun. We continued walking around the park and ended up in our favorite spot- there are a few slides which use mats and they are great! The best were the Storm Slides- we loved them!

By now we had done everything we wanted to at least once and it was only about 11:30 or so. Ben and I were a bit hungry, but not quite ready to leave the park. So we decided to grab lunch at BB and then re-visit a couple of slides before heading out.

We grabbed some burgers at Lottawatta Lodge and ate them. Barely. They were gross. The buns were the whole wheat kind WDW seems to be using all over and they were super dry and crumbly. The burgers were just plain not good. Lots of BBQ sauce helped, and we choked them down.
One thing I really liked about this CS place was the design- it was clearly made to be walked on by wet feet. I hate the way tile gets when people are walking in wet bare feet (like the bathrooms at a beach) and was worried this place would be skeevy like that. But the floor was made out of paver stones, and didn’t feel slimy or gross at all! Having just done the Backstage Magic tour, I was especially thankful to the Imagineers for getting this one right!

After lunch, we were actually chilly! Clouds had rolled in, and without the bright sun, we were shivering. But we still wanted to try out the lazy river, so we took a lap on that. It was a lot of fun, and the water was so warm that we weren’t chilly for long. Once we completed a circuit, Ben and I decided we were done with BB and headed out. Once we got our things from the locker, we needed to document the saddest piece of Disney theming I have ever seen…

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Button the baby snowperson was melting! And his parents were standing by taking a picture, because they needed to have a memory of him before he disappeared…

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There was water running down them, because they were melting. So sad! And funny…

A CM saw us and offered to take our picture:
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I snapped this picture on the way out:

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Ben didn’t want to get sand in his shoes, so he’s not in it. Picture him there, if you can.
You can use this picture of him at the bus stop for reference:
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(Jess! Just noticed this a Give a Hoot sighting! Hoot, hoot!)

So after just a couple hours, we were headed back to our room at noon. Getting to the water parks early is great! Things had started to get a bit more crowded on the way out, and were happy not to wait for the slides!
Next up, Magic Kingdom!

klacey1
06-07-2011, 08:18 PM
Sounds like you guys definitely had fun at BB! Um, no thank you Summit Plummet. That thing looks crazy-- glad Ben enjoyed it, though!
There is something a bit sinister about snowmen "parents" taking a picture of their "dying" "child" haha.

JMat
06-08-2011, 07:19 AM
Hoot Hoot!! Lets either make sure they NEVER wear these at the same time... or plan a time when they do so we can take pictures! (dorks)

Im still here and reading, I promise :) June is just busy. Lets get dinner some night around the end of this month?

amandaluvsgoofy
06-08-2011, 09:31 AM
Great updates! I had to read a couple back since I've been out for a while.

I'm glad you guys had fun on your tour! And that's awesome that you liked the WL! Makes me more excited for our upcoming stay! :woohoo:

And that soooooooo would've been me getting frustrated at DH for not getting mad too! :rotfl:

Your post is really making me want to hit up a water park this trip. We did TL last time and had fun, but I was prego and missed most of the rides.

Note to self, get the couscous at Mara! :thumbsup2. We LOVE the stuff and could eat it all the time!

Can't wait to read more!!!

P.S. Before you posted where you got Ben's shirt, guess where I went? Yep, Target. And yep, Johnny has a shirt to match Ben's. :lmao: I'll be sure to get a pic of him and give you props for finding it first! ;)

Shannon84
06-09-2011, 08:24 AM
Remind me never to eat a burger at BB, doesn't sound good at all!! I hate those buns that you are talking about, I don't know why they are using them because they fall apart so easily :headache:

Sounds like you guys had fun though!! I think you did a great chair pose and blended right in with the bus!! Poor snowbaby melting though!!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
06-11-2011, 04:58 PM
I love the BB update! That definitely gives me a better feel of what to expect for the day. I'll have to keep those storm slides in mind. :thumbsup2 It sounds like we might be saving lunch for the Poly, though! The CS place there doesn't sound too appetizing! :sick:

annmarieda
06-12-2011, 01:46 PM
I love your bus seat impression. :goodvibes

I am not sure how I feel about the snow family. :confused: Kinda sad.. scary... weird. :rotfl:

Great update. I have never really seen pics of BB. I have never been... and probably never will. It was nice to know what I am missing. :goodvibes

emma212010
06-12-2011, 02:10 PM
Great update! :thumbsup2 I love your BB photos!...Excpet for that poor snowbaby!! :eek: What the heck, how awful!! That's so sad! I loved your bus seat outfit! ;):laughing:

Joyciemc
06-12-2011, 06:54 PM
Sounds like you guys definitely had fun at BB! Um, no thank you Summit Plummet. That thing looks crazy-- glad Ben enjoyed it, though!
There is something a bit sinister about snowmen "parents" taking a picture of their "dying" "child" haha.

That melting family may be the weirdest piece of theming in WDW.

Hoot Hoot!! Lets either make sure they NEVER wear these at the same time... or plan a time when they do so we can take pictures! (dorks)

Im still here and reading, I promise :) June is just busy. Lets get dinner some night around the end of this month?

Just let me know when things settle down a little- things get calmer here after the next week or so.

Great updates! I had to read a couple back since I've been out for a while.

I'm glad you guys had fun on your tour! And that's awesome that you liked the WL! Makes me more excited for our upcoming stay! :woohoo:

And that soooooooo would've been me getting frustrated at DH for not getting mad too! :rotfl:

Your post is really making me want to hit up a water park this trip. We did TL last time and had fun, but I was prego and missed most of the rides.

Note to self, get the couscous at Mara! :thumbsup2. We LOVE the stuff and could eat it all the time!

Can't wait to read more!!!

P.S. Before you posted where you got Ben's shirt, guess where I went? Yep, Target. And yep, Johnny has a shirt to match Ben's. :lmao: I'll be sure to get a pic of him and give you props for finding it first! ;)

The couscous at Mara... oh how I would like some right now!

You should try a water park... stay tuned for or Typhoon Lagoon day- I'll get to it eventually, I promise!

Remind me never to eat a burger at BB, doesn't sound good at all!! I hate those buns that you are talking about, I don't know why they are using them because they fall apart so easily :headache:

Sounds like you guys had fun though!! I think you did a great chair pose and blended right in with the bus!! Poor snowbaby melting though!!

The burger was nast-ee. Yuck.

I love the BB update! That definitely gives me a better feel of what to expect for the day. I'll have to keep those storm slides in mind. :thumbsup2 It sounds like we might be saving lunch for the Poly, though! The CS place there doesn't sound too appetizing! :sick:

Definitely save your appetite for better food! It was the worst meal we've ever had at Disney, I think...

I love your bus seat impression. :goodvibes

I am not sure how I feel about the snow family. :confused: Kinda sad.. scary... weird. :rotfl:

Great update. I have never really seen pics of BB. I have never been... and probably never will. It was nice to know what I am missing. :goodvibes

Glad I could give you a peek inside BB! I don't think I'll be back there any time soon... water parks are not an every trip thing for us.

Great update! :thumbsup2 I love your BB photos!...Excpet for that poor snowbaby!! :eek: What the heck, how awful!! That's so sad! I loved your bus seat outfit! ;):laughing:

Thank you!!
I think it's hilarious that I managed to buy a cover up that is the exact color of the bus seats. And props to Ben for noticing, or we may never have got that picture!

Joyciemc
06-13-2011, 11:05 AM
It's been a busy, rainy weekend here! Now that I've got some time, here's the next update: hope you don't hate it!

We had left Blizzard Beach around noon and got back to our room fairly quickly. BB is one of just a couple places that are not a thousand miles away from AKL, so it was nice to have a short-ish ride home for a change!
Back at our room, we quickly got cleaned up and ready to head back out. We had an early dinner ADR at ‘Ohana, and wanted to get a little park time in before leaving for the Poly.

On the way out of the room, I snapped this picture of the anniversary stuff that we had been given:
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Then it was off to the bus stop, which must have been uneventful because I don’t have any notes about the trip.
We got to the MK and were so excited! This was the first time we were visiting during the day. (Except for when we dropped by on the tour, but that was mostly seeing parking lots behind Main Street and hanging out below ground)

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Ben and I were a little obsessed with ‘Letting the Memories Begin’. We would remind each other to begin our memories when we saw a banner. Here is Ben realizing he had forgotten to let his memories begin, and forgetting everything that had happened on the trip already:

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So sad!

Once inside the park, we had to get some daytime PhotoPass pictures! The PP cast member was super chipper, and very nice. (Though maybe not the most talented photographer... see blurry pic below for evidence)

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Then she asked for a Princess and Gaston pose:

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After she took the pictures she said to Ben, “Wow, looks like we have a real Gaston!” These PP pictures were seriously going to go to his head! :rotfl:

Turning to leave, we ran into a couple of Citizens of Main Street. They were two ladies who were shocked and appalled to learn the Confectionery was out of a particular type of fudge. They felt it was their duty to inform everyone of this disaster. These two were hilarious and we chatted with them for a few minutes before wandering off to ride some rides.

We hopped in line for Buzz, which was posted at about 20 minutes, but looked kinda long. Since this is usually a fast moving line, we decided to wait anyway. As we entered the line, I saw Ben reach over the rail with his hand extended to the CM greeter. The CM reached out to Ben and they shook hands. Um, huh? From my perspective, Ben clearly initiated this bizarre hand shake, and for no reason at all. They didn’t even speak to each other. I was laughing uncontrollably as we entered the building and finally managed to ask Ben why he wanted to shake hands with this guy so badly. Turns out, Ben saw the CM was going to hand him a red card for timing the queue and reached out for it. But instead of giving him the card, the CM shook his hand. Then he handed him the card.
With that hilarious mystery, the wait went by very quickly and we were soon done defeating Zurg.

While in Tomorrowland, Ben wanted a picture of him in his NASA shirt:

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This reminds me that on the bus ride earlier, a guy asked Ben about the launch that had been rescheduled. Ben had no clue about it really, but we managed to respond and have a little bit of a conversation about it. It wasn’t until later that we realized the guy assumed Ben would know because he was wearing a NASA shirt… how was the guy supposed to know that Ben just liked the shirt, and has no more than a passing interest in the space program? :laughing:

We also rode Space Mountain, cause we always do- it is our favorite ride. The wait couldn’t have been long because we rode stand by (and I’m sure we got FP for later)… here’s a picture of me in a place we spend a lot of time in:

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Even though I had made our dinner ADR for as early as possible, the unsatisfying and early lunch at Blizzard Beach meant that I was already hungry and we were still a ways away from eating. We wanted to be super hungry for ‘Ohana, but I was pushing it and starting to get grumpy. So what do we do? Got a delicious cream cheese pretzel to share!

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These are amazing! Sweet and yummy and just right for an afternoon snack.

Next, it was off to one of my new favorite things in the MK: the Haunted Mansion! I have always loved this ride, but they have made it so much better with the updates over the last few years… first updating the attic scene, then the queue and the ending. They managed to add so much without taking anything away. Good job, Imagineers!

There wasn’t much of a wait, so Ben and I just took our time going through the queue… I like that about these ‘next gen’ queue re-dos. There’s less of a ‘herd mentality’ getting on the rides, it’s more of a leisurely stroll that ends with riding a cool attraction. We did notice that most people still just trucked on through like it was a regular line, but that just made it easier for us to interact with the stuff. We also noticed that lots of people didn’t seem to know that there were interactive bits in the themeing. Once they saw us playing with things, they’d start.

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My favorite thing here is the ‘Ghost Writer’… the picture doesn’t really show it, but it is amazing!
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Once done with the Haunted Mansion, we had enough time to tackle an attraction we have never done before… since the Liberty Belle was closed for renovations, that left Hall of Presidents.

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A show was starting in just a few minutes, so we wandered around looking at things in the lobby area.

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We were excited to see the John Adams and John Quincy Adams items. These were on loan from the Adams National Historic Park, which is just a few minutes from our house and a tour we really enjoyed doing. If you are ever in Quincy, MA- check out this tour (and let Ben and I know you’re in town, we’ll get a beer with you ;) )
We were glad to have seen HoP, but neither of us felt like it was something we had to do again. At least it’s one more attraction of the ‘never done’ list!
Once done with visiting the Presidents, it was time to start making our way over to the Poly to eat and insane amount of food…

emma212010
06-13-2011, 11:24 AM
HAHAHHA that os too funny about Ben's mysterious handshake and the PP deal!! :laughing: Sounds like you had a fun start to your day! That pretzel looks yummy!! It's so funny about the enormous amounts of food we eat on vacation! :lmao: Can't wait to hear about it!

Joyciemc
06-13-2011, 12:17 PM
HAHAHHA that os too funny about Ben's mysterious handshake and the PP deal!! :laughing: Sounds like you had a fun start to your day! That pretzel looks yummy!! It's so funny about the enormous amounts of food we eat on vacation! :lmao: Can't wait to hear about it!

We really had some awkward interactions with people this trip... in fact, we always do. It must be us that are the weird ones (is anyone surprised by that? :rolleyes1 )

Joyciemc
06-13-2011, 12:33 PM
We left the park and gave some thought to actually taking the monorail, rather than the boat. But one glance at the station showed quite a line, and when we looked out on the water, we could see a boat already heading over. That was an easy decision!
Have you seen enough pictures of us on boats to the Poly yet? No? Well, you’re in luck:

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Considering how often we were using the boat this trip, I still can’t believe we never took the boat when we were staying at the Poly…

Anyway, we made it over there by 4:30, with our ADR at 5:00, right when ‘Ohana opens. With a little time to kill, we found a spot at the bar in the Tambu Lounge and ordered a couple drinks: an Island Macaw and a Sunset something or other. I can’t specifically remember what was in them, but I do know they were quite tasty.
Once we were done with the drinks, the line waiting to check in at ‘Ohana was really long. The restaurant wasn’t open yet, so folks were just all lined up. We decided to just hang tight in our seats for a bit, rather than waiting in a line that wasn’t going to move at all.
When the CMs came out to the desk, I watched as a woman skipped ahead of that whole long line. She spoke with a CM and was given a pager before everyone else. That seemed kinda weird to me, but didn’t exactly effect me at all. But what was really interesting is that she was checking in a group of about 40 kids, and just a few adults.

Anyway, the line was moving and people were starting to be sat, so Ben and I got in line. We chatted a bit with a lady behind us, and Wishes came up. She hadn’t seen or heard of the Magic, Memories and You show, and we very enthusiastically told her she needed to fit it in. Ben and I are probably the biggest fans of this show, and we love telling people about it! I hope her family got to see it, and I hope they loved it!

Our buzzer went off almost as soon as it was handed to us and Cousin Jennifer showed us to our table. She asked if we were celebrating anything (I hadn’t put our anniversary on any of our ADRs, except for one later in the week… we just didn’t enjoy the ‘celebrating’ we got on our previous trip with our honeymoon.) And we told her it was our first anniversary- she was very excited!

We had a great table, with a view of the castle in a sunny corner of the room. This was our first time eating here while it was light out, and it gave a different feel to the restaurant.
Once we were settled at our table, we had to take a picture of me holding the bread:
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(*side note: I look totally bat-poop crazy in that picture!)

If you read our last TR, you may remember the server taking handing me the bread and taking an awkward photo of us. Since Cousin Jennifer didn’t do this (I haven’t heard of anyone else doing this…), we recreated it ourselves.
If you haven't read it (and don't want to because you've already read enough about our weirdness), here's the pic I am talking about:

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Soon the food started coming out, and Ben and I got to work. We were careful not to over indulge in the food right away, instead only picking at it until the meat skewers came out. That way we could try everything, and only pig out on the stuff we really wanted. Saving room for dessert is key here, since the banana bread pudding is amazing!

In the end, we ate more of the food than I think we ever have… but didn’t feel too full. Probably because we skipped most of the meat skewers, now that I think of it.
Once the table was clear, Cousin Jennifer came over with dessert and a surprise! A cupcake! She lit the candle and warned us to be careful what we wish for: she said, ‘don’t wish for a cupcake, because you already have one.” We both found that hysterically funny. Jennifer took our picture blowing out the candle:
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The funny thing is- neither Ben nor I made any wish at all! We were both so concerned with not wishing for a cupcake and posing for the picture that we forgot. :laughing:

That beautiful bread pudding was calling to use, so we piled our plates high and dug in. Then Ben poured the sauce on the cupcake and ate that, too. Here is the evidence of how much we ate:

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We were oddly proud of our gluttony.

When the check was brought over, we quickly realized it was the wrong one… the bill we received included a kid’s meal and several cocktails (none of which we had ordered!). So we had to wait just a bit for that to be straightened out before we could waddle out of there and head back to the MK.

A storm had passed over during dinner, but the sun was back out by the time we were ready to leave. Perfect timing- I think this was the only rain we saw all week!

We actually went to the monorail platform instead of the boat dock and waited for quite a while with no trains coming by. Eventually, we decided that the boat was the better option and headed that way.
No one was waiting on the dock, and we just sat on a bench and looked at the castle. Very peaceful! Another family eventually joined us, and then a few more. By the time the boat arrived, there were a lot of people waiting and we had stood up to form a line.
The boat captain told us we would not all fit, and there was some mumbling and grumbling from the crowd. A woman near us said they were first, and before I could think I had answered with, “no, we were here before anyone. And that family was second. You’re third.” It was only after Ben pointed out that it didn’t matter- all of our groups would get on that I felt like a real jerk. It was out of character for me to say anything. I know I shouldn’t have said it, but I just didn’t like the thought of her not getting called on her lie. Sorry, lady! Hope I didn’t spoil your evening!

Apparently there were some major transportation problems leaving the MK, because the first people that got off the boat at the Poly looked at us and snapped, “good luck getting back, we waited forever”. All in all, the tension was high on that dock just then!
I am happy to report, though, that we made it to the MK without any more fights or altercations. Phew!

Once back in the park, it was over to Space Mountain once again. This time it was Ben’s turn for a picture:

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On our way to Tomorrowland, Ben was so surprised to see CMs inside Tomorrowland Terrace that he had to take a picture:

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We’ve never seen this place open, so it was a note worthy sight for us.
It was only after we walked away that I thought about the dessert parties and figured the CMs were saw were getting ready for that…

Once done in Tomorrowland, we headed over to my other favorite thing in MK: the Country Bears! But we had just missed a show, so the wait was about 20 minutes. Instead, we continued on to ride Splash and came back to the Bears after. This time, the wait was posted at just a few minutes. When the announcement came on that the doors were about to open, we all got ready to go in. But they never opened. A CM ducked inside the theater and never came out. We waited, and waited. And finally decided just to head out… clearly there was something weird going on!

Knowing how much we had eaten at dinner, you’ll never guess what we did next: got Dole Whip floats in Adventureland. Doesn’t it just make you sick thinking about it? I don’t know how to explain it, but WDW makes it possible to eat vast quantities of food that you would never imagine doing back home.

After this, we were both pretty tired and had an early wake up time the next day. We left the park at 9:20 and caught a bus pretty quickly. We were back in our room at 10. I was sad about missing the Country Bears, but I knew we’d have a chance to visit them later in the week…

Next up: I meet my new boyfriend!

And because I forgot to include it earlier, another PP pic:
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And because I forgot this, too:
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The Fantasyland construction was way more pleasing to the eye on this trip than when it was a big pile of dirt in September!

Nermel9
06-13-2011, 04:59 PM
Great updates!!! I love the princess/Gaston photopass pic! :cool1: So sad Ben forgot to let his memories begin! :laughing:

The new Haunted Mansion queue looks awesome, I can't wait to finally see it in October, I feel like the only person in the world who hasn't seen it!

That 'Ohana/bread picture is so weird! :laughing: I'm glad you guys took the time to try to recreate it! Brandon and I did that, but in his picture he was eating bamboo, and the recreation wasn't as funny as the first. :confused3

Oooh, I can't wait to see the Beast's castle!! The new Fantasyland is going to be so amazing! I'm still gonna miss Toontown, though! :sad1:

declansdad
06-13-2011, 06:06 PM
Looks like you had some good eatin'!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
06-13-2011, 06:57 PM
I love the updates! I don't think I could ever do standby for Space Mountain. There is something about the line that makes me so claustrophobic! Your pictures reminded me! :lmao: I like to breeze right on through!

Haha, love the awkward bread picture. You guys are so funny. And good for you for calling that woman out. I know it's Disney and it should be a happy place and all, but people still shouldn't lie! I wonder what the hold-up was with getting to and from the MK? :confused3

amandaluvsgoofy
06-13-2011, 07:02 PM
Ohhhhhhhh! I'm so excited about going into the new Haunted Mansion! Do you have any tips on what things you can interact with?

And honestly, I would've wanted to say something to that rude lady, too (although I'm so much of a sissy I might not have :lmao:). Good for you for standing up for yourself and that family! :thumbsup2

Cream cheese pretzel?! Ok, that's on our list now, too!!

I'm sooooooooo excited about riding Space Mountain (since the last time I rode was 1995!!)!

And cool shot of the construction (kind of an odd sentence, eh?)! I can't wait to see if anything will look different by August!

Joyciemc
06-13-2011, 08:01 PM
Great updates!!! I love the princess/Gaston photopass pic! :cool1: So sad Ben forgot to let his memories begin! :laughing:

The new Haunted Mansion queue looks awesome, I can't wait to finally see it in October, I feel like the only person in the world who hasn't seen it!

That 'Ohana/bread picture is so weird! :laughing: I'm glad you guys took the time to try to recreate it! Brandon and I did that, but in his picture he was eating bamboo, and the recreation wasn't as funny as the first. :confused3

Oooh, I can't wait to see the Beast's castle!! The new Fantasyland is going to be so amazing! I'm still gonna miss Toontown, though! :sad1:

The new HM queue is amazing!

I think the bread picture is going to be an 'Ohana tradition... we'll have to get creative with it in the future...

Looks like you had some good eatin'!

We sure did... had to get our money's worth at 'Ohana!

I love the updates! I don't think I could ever do standby for Space Mountain. There is something about the line that makes me so claustrophobic! Your pictures reminded me! :lmao: I like to breeze right on through!

Haha, love the awkward bread picture. You guys are so funny. And good for you for calling that woman out. I know it's Disney and it should be a happy place and all, but people still shouldn't lie! I wonder what the hold-up was with getting to and from the MK? :confused3

I know what you mean about standby for SM... even a short wait feels long. We don't usually wait for it, so I am guessing the line was exceptionally quick that time...

Ohhhhhhhh! I'm so excited about going into the new Haunted Mansion! Do you have any tips on what things you can interact with?

And honestly, I would've wanted to say something to that rude lady, too (although I'm so much of a sissy I might not have :lmao:). Good for you for standing up for yourself and that family! :thumbsup2

Cream cheese pretzel?! Ok, that's on our list now, too!!

I'm sooooooooo excited about riding Space Mountain (since the last time I rode was 1995!!)!

And cool shot of the construction (kind of an odd sentence, eh?)! I can't wait to see if anything will look different by August!

In the HM queue- touch stuff!! And hang around to watch the captain's crypt for a while- it does a few different things. Above all, make sure you stop to check out the ghost writer (it's near the end of the new part, behind a glass window) and don't be afraid to talk out loud to her!

annmarieda
06-13-2011, 11:52 PM
I love the updates. I love the pictures. The one of you recreating the magical moment at Ohana is EXCELLENT! :thumbsup2 I vote you do that every trip. And...as for your dinner... Wow.. your table is so clean! I guess it has been a while since I have dined without wild animals sitting next to me. :rotfl:

Funny about the tomorrowland noodle station and people working in there. I too have NEVER seen it open. Crazy... :confused3

tankgirl427
06-14-2011, 08:12 AM
I can't wait to play with the HM queue in October! You guys are too funny!

Shannon84
06-14-2011, 08:32 AM
Great updates!! Too many things I wanted to comment on that I cannot remember now :rotfl:

Love the pictures of the HM queue, it looks so cool!...I cannot wait to check it out in October!!

Glad to hear Ohana was great as usual, were the menu items the same as last time? I know there was some confusion about the menu (some things possibly being replaced, etc.) when I was booking ADRs earlier this year

I feel the same way about food at WDW...its like I am a garbage disposal there and can eat all day :rotfl:

AKL LOVER
06-14-2011, 11:26 AM
Love the update. We also enjoyed the new additions to the HM line. The kids had a blast playing with the stuff.

Glad to hear you didn't over-stuff yourselves at Ohana. My DH needs to take a few lessons from you both! ;)

Oh, and the HoP is one thing that DH wanted to do this trip and we didn't. Our first day at MK it wasn't open yet when we passed it, so we said we'd come back. Then, we forgot and he didn't even realize it until we were on the ME back to MCO. He's a bit of a history buff, so he would have enjoyed it too. That's ok though...gotta save something for next time, right?

Joyciemc
06-14-2011, 05:17 PM
I love the updates. I love the pictures. The one of you recreating the magical moment at Ohana is EXCELLENT! :thumbsup2 I vote you do that every trip. And...as for your dinner... Wow.. your table is so clean! I guess it has been a while since I have dined without wild animals sitting next to me. :rotfl:

Funny about the tomorrowland noodle station and people working in there. I too have NEVER seen it open. Crazy... :confused3

Haha, I don't think I have ever been complimented on how clean we kept our table during a meal :rotfl: Thanks!

I can't wait to play with the HM queue in October! You guys are too funny!

I swear it isn't us- it's the stuff that happens to us! :laughing:

Great updates!! Too many things I wanted to comment on that I cannot remember now :rotfl:

Love the pictures of the HM queue, it looks so cool!...I cannot wait to check it out in October!!

Glad to hear Ohana was great as usual, were the menu items the same as last time? I know there was some confusion about the menu (some things possibly being replaced, etc.) when I was booking ADRs earlier this year

I feel the same way about food at WDW...its like I am a garbage disposal there and can eat all day :rotfl:

I'm pretty sure 'Ohana food was the same as it was in September. Potstickers, sticky wings, lo mein noodles, steamed veggies, salad and meat skewers.

Love the update. We also enjoyed the new additions to the HM line. The kids had a blast playing with the stuff.

Glad to hear you didn't over-stuff yourselves at Ohana. My DH needs to take a few lessons from you both! ;)

Oh, and the HoP is one thing that DH wanted to do this trip and we didn't. Our first day at MK it wasn't open yet when we passed it, so we said we'd come back. Then, we forgot and he didn't even realize it until we were on the ME back to MCO. He's a bit of a history buff, so he would have enjoyed it too. That's ok though...gotta save something for next time, right?

To be fair to your DH, this was our 3rd time eating there and the first time we left not feeling ill! There's a technique to be learned when eating there! ;)

klacey1
06-14-2011, 07:37 PM
Fantastic updates, as usual. Haha, I remember you guys being awkwardly handed the bread last year, too. What a weird thing for Ohana to do-- totally don't understand it! I love the picture of you guys blowing out the candle-- too cute!
I hope you get to see those bears at some point this trip!

Stefy
06-15-2011, 02:33 AM
All caught up now :) Looks like you had a fun filled morning at Blizzard Beach, you utilised your time really well and got lots done :)

Love your MK updates, reading it sounded like it was nice and relaxed just going with the flow :)

khertz
06-15-2011, 08:37 AM
I was waaaaaay behind, but just got myself all caught up!! Gotta say, I LOVE your DH's Donald shirt!!! My DH is obsessed with Donald, but didn't appreciate the humor of I'm on a Boat the way I did, so I don't think he'd get as much out of the shirt, but I'm still tempted to track one down for him. :lmao: Where did you get it?

Anyway, hopefully I can stay caught up from now on. :thumbsup2

Jerseyguy's Wife
06-15-2011, 10:25 PM
Yep, this is me. Jumping in on the eleventh page. I am a slacker kinda lurker, I have to admit. I found this TR after reading your last one and I gotta say: I like your style. You crack me up! And (yeah, I know it's a little late), Happy DVC ownership! We ended up buying sorta the same way you did. And I am such a nerd that I spent the rest of the day singing..."we bought some of Mickey Mouse's house"! :banana:
Oh, and happy anniversary! :)

Joyciemc
06-16-2011, 06:14 PM
Fantastic updates, as usual. Haha, I remember you guys being awkwardly handed the bread last year, too. What a weird thing for Ohana to do-- totally don't understand it! I love the picture of you guys blowing out the candle-- too cute!
I hope you get to see those bears at some point this trip!

Oh don't worry- we will see those bears, and may even get a trip report title out of their show!

All caught up now :) Looks like you had a fun filled morning at Blizzard Beach, you utilised your time really well and got lots done :)

Love your MK updates, reading it sounded like it was nice and relaxed just going with the flow :)

It was a great, relaxed day... one of my favorites :goodvibes

I was waaaaaay behind, but just got myself all caught up!! Gotta say, I LOVE your DH's Donald shirt!!! My DH is obsessed with Donald, but didn't appreciate the humor of I'm on a Boat the way I did, so I don't think he'd get as much out of the shirt, but I'm still tempted to track one down for him. :lmao: Where did you get it?

Anyway, hopefully I can stay caught up from now on. :thumbsup2

Ben found the Donald shirt in Target. Though if he doesn't like I'm on a Boat, he may not appreciate all the comments the shirt will cause ;)


Yep, this is me. Jumping in on the eleventh page. I am a slacker kinda lurker, I have to admit. I found this TR after reading your last one and I gotta say: I like your style. You crack me up! And (yeah, I know it's a little late), Happy DVC ownership! We ended up buying sorta the same way you did. And I am such a nerd that I spent the rest of the day singing..."we bought some of Mickey Mouse's house"! :banana:
Oh, and happy anniversary! :)

Thank you, thank you for posting!! I have to say, when you write a TR, and see the number of page views going up but not so many comments... you start to think people find you boring. So plenty of people might think I'm boring, but I'm glad to hear you're not one of them! :laughing:

Congrats on your DVC ownership, as well!

khertz
06-17-2011, 06:08 AM
Ben found the Donald shirt in Target. Though if he doesn't like I'm on a Boat, he may not appreciate all the comments the shirt will cause ;)


Hmm good point...Maybe I will just get one for myself then!! :laughing:

Joyciemc
06-18-2011, 10:27 AM
When the alarm went off this morning, it was crazy early. 6:45, to be exact. And that is crazy early for this girl- I love my sleep! But we had another back stage tour planned and we were not going to be late this time… so, we got up and toasted some English muffins and had a quick breakfast while getting ready for our day. We were quickly ready and waiting at the bus stop.

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We didn’t have to wait too long for a bus, and the drive to our destination was the shortest one all trip: we were here before we even had time to take any pictures of me pretending to be a chair!

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This was our first time visiting the Animal Kingdom this trip, and we were very excited for our tour. Unlike meeting at Epcot earlier, the group meeting place here was not well marked and we could not tell where we were supposed to be. Ben asked at Guest Relations, but they were not much help. So we continued to hang tight near a planter and watch folks lining up for the park to open.

Just as we were starting to panic, we saw another couple waiting for something. They were on our tour as well, so the four of us waited uncertainly for a bit. At 8:15, two CMs came over and began checking us in. The other 3 people scheduled for the tour never showed up, so we ended up having quite the intimate group!

We started out on stage, in the Oasis area. The park was not open yet, so it was neat to be the only people wandering around. We stopped to look at the animal exhibits and the guides pointed out features of the habitats that are used to encourage the animals to be in view.

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Next, it was time to think about heading backstage. Just one problem- the character jeep was out doing the rope drop ceremony! We had to sort of hang back and wait for that, but then manage to slip in front of and past this wall of people rushing toward us to get in the park. It was a strange experience!

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Once we managed to get past the people, we headed down the little path near the Rainforest Café park entrance.

One last pic before we head backstage:
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We couldn’t go backstage until we got the ‘all clear’ from the performers just coming in from the opening ceremony. But before too long, we went through the gate and found our transportation waiting. One of the other guests on the tour used a wheelchair, so the van had a lift. I can’t speak for her, but it seemed to work out pretty well- she was able to go every place we did.

Once loaded up in the van, our first stop was the white rhino night barn. One of the keepers came out to talk to us, and brought us over to meet Sampson, a male white rhino. My new boyfriend. Sampson was adorable!
He obviously enjoyed being scratched and petted by the keeper, and stood near us the whole time we were talking about him. Seeing the level of care and affection the keeper obviously had for Sampson was really neat, too. We learned a lot, like how they rotate which animals are on ‘show’, and they don’t have to go out on the savannah if they don’t want to.

In the same complex is the elephant barn, so we walked over there next. We watched a couple elephants in the yard before they headed off to the safari. Once they were out of there, the elephant keeper spoke to us a bit about the herd and their care. Then, we got to go inside the elephant barn! I was so excited about this; it was just fascinating to me. Once again, I was really impressed by the facilities and how well the animals are cared for.

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After this, we headed back on stage to ride Kilimanjaro Safari with our tour guides. As part of the tour, you take a ride on KS without the normal spiel, and instead your tour guide points ‘backstage type’ things out to you. Unfortunately, we didn’t exactly get this.

There was a lot of confusion as we waited to board, which may have been partly because one of our group members was in a wheelchair. There was already a long line of guests in chairs or scooters waiting to board, so the CM loading the cars seemed a bit frazzled about having us ‘cut’ in front of them and boarded regular guests on with us. The driver of our safari vehicle saw that this wasn’t normal, and made a phone call but was told to go ahead and take the other guests. This meant that he still had to give the normal ‘show’ at the same time our tour guide was trying to point things out to us.

We did have our ear pieces, so I was able to hear most of what he said, but Ben couldn’t hear him at all and got very little out of the safari ride. I bet it would be really neat when done the way it is supposed to be on the tour…

I did manage to get some pictures along the way, though:
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And because I couldn't take a picture of Sampson, here are his friends:
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After this, it was back stage again for a small snack and a quick restroom break. Then we got to see the amazing Nutrition Center. This is where they prepare the diets for all of the animals, and was one of the highlights of the tour for me. My dream job would be to work here some day…

We then made a stop at the veterinary hospital, which is visible at Rafiki’s Planet watch. We were on the other side of the operating room that is visible to guests. This is where the tour ended, and we went back on stage.
We took this picture from the on stage viewing window. The window across the operating room is where we were standing while on the tour.

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We both really, really enjoyed this tour! It was so amazing to me how small a part the theme park is to what the Animal Kingdom is as a whole. So much is going on behind the scenes: caring for the animals in the park as well as research and conservation.

Now that we were done learning stuff, we were free to wander about on our own…

Fantasyland Mom
06-18-2011, 11:01 AM
That tour sounds wonderful! (Well, except for the safari mix-up...sorry, Ben!) I am keeping a list of tours I want to take when my kids are older or not with me, and this is one of them! I think if more people got to see all the work, care, and research going on at AK, they might be more respectful of the park.

annmarieda
06-18-2011, 11:22 AM
Sounds like an awesome tour! I love AK so much I am sure I would love the tour. It is a shame that the safari part got mixed up. All in all though.. sounds like a winning tour. :thumbsup2

klacey1
06-18-2011, 01:04 PM
I would expect no less from Disney than to really take care of the animals! Seeing the nutrition center must have been so cool-- and seeing the keeper and how much he loved the white rhino! What a cool tour!

AKL LOVER
06-19-2011, 11:03 AM
That tour sounds like a lot of fun despite the confusion w/ KS.

Queenofallthings
06-19-2011, 12:46 PM
That tour sounds amazing and well worth it! It's nice to hear how well the animals are cared for :woohoo: Great pics on KS btw!!:thumbsup2

Stefy
06-19-2011, 01:51 PM
So glad you enjoyed the tour, is really informative and fun. Meeting the white rhino is so awesome (can't remember if we had Sampson), so gentle looking and well cared for :)

Torrance
06-20-2011, 01:45 AM
Hi Joyce! I'm a little late, but catching up and loving your TR so far :) The tour sounds really neat! I'm looking forward to following along popcorn::

declansdad
06-20-2011, 06:49 AM
That tour sounds great! Hopefully we will try that someday.

Shannon84
06-20-2011, 08:46 AM
That's too bad that you had confusion and were unable to do the safari as planned, but I am glad to hear you guys had a good time on the tour :thumbsup2 The picture you caught of the Giraffe was really cool!!

Joyciemc
06-20-2011, 02:05 PM
That tour sounds wonderful! (Well, except for the safari mix-up...sorry, Ben!) I am keeping a list of tours I want to take when my kids are older or not with me, and this is one of them! I think if more people got to see all the work, care, and research going on at AK, they might be more respectful of the park.

I would highly recommend this tour! It was a great way to start the day in AK, and we had plenty of time after to enjoy the park on our own.

Sounds like an awesome tour! I love AK so much I am sure I would love the tour. It is a shame that the safari part got mixed up. All in all though.. sounds like a winning tour. :thumbsup2

It was great- and the tour guides were fantastic for this one!

I would expect no less from Disney than to really take care of the animals! Seeing the nutrition center must have been so cool-- and seeing the keeper and how much he loved the white rhino! What a cool tour!

The nutrition center was nuts! Those animals eat very well!

That tour sounds like a lot of fun despite the confusion w/ KS.

It was!!

That tour sounds amazing and well worth it! It's nice to hear how well the animals are cared for :woohoo: Great pics on KS btw!!:thumbsup2

Thanks! Had to get something out of the Safari ride ;)

So glad you enjoyed the tour, is really informative and fun. Meeting the white rhino is so awesome (can't remember if we had Sampson), so gentle looking and well cared for :)

I wasn't sure what to expect from this tour, and am so thrilled that we decided to do it!

Hi Joyce! I'm a little late, but catching up and loving your TR so far :) The tour sounds really neat! I'm looking forward to following along popcorn::

Hello! :wave2:
Thanks for joining in! I should have another update ready soon!

That tour sounds great! Hopefully we will try that someday.

I hope you get a chacne to do it! So much fun!

That's too bad that you had confusion and were unable to do the safari as planned, but I am glad to hear you guys had a good time on the tour :thumbsup2 The picture you caught of the Giraffe was really cool!!

The safari part bummed Ben out, cause he was really looking forward to that section of the tour. But all in all, it was a success!

Thanks- I love that giraffe picture! You'll see in my next update that it was a common giraffe pose that day...

Nermel9
06-20-2011, 05:11 PM
Sounds like a fun and really interesting tour! :thumbsup2 The white rhino sounds sooo cute! And I love that picture of the giraffe drinking! :lovestruc

Joyciemc
06-20-2011, 05:17 PM
Sounds like a fun and really interesting tour! :thumbsup2 The white rhino sounds sooo cute! And I love that picture of the giraffe drinking! :lovestruc

Sampson was the cutest thing! I had no idea how adorable white rhinos are!

Joyciemc
06-20-2011, 05:28 PM
The tour finished up at lunchtime and Ben and I were starving! We climbed aboard the train to leave Rafiki’s Planet Watch in search of some grub.

We swung by Tusker House because friends of ours had highly recommended it. We didn’t have an ADR, and the wait was about 25 minutes. We were just too hungry, so we decided to save this place for a future trip. On the way out, I did happen to notice that the bar here looks like it would be a super fun place to spend some time. This is going on a ‘must-do’ list for our next trip (especially since we’ll be travelling with the friends who recommended Tusker House in the first place!)

Plan B (which was actually ‘Plan A’ before we decided to try Tusker House :laughing:) was Flame Tree BBQ. Probably my second favorite CS place in all of WDW. (We’ll learn all about the first place CS in a future update…) I ordered what I always get here: the BBQ chicken salad. Ben got the pulled pork sandwich and we both got a Safari Amber beer. We grabbed a table in one of the further away sections and settled down to eat. This was a super yummy meal!

Done eating, we headed over to Expedition Everest. When we saw a Photopass CM, we had to stop!

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We grabbed a couple of Fastpasses, and then hopped in the single rider line to take a spin around the mountain. This is such a fun ride!
The FP wouldn’t be good for some time, so we decided to head over to Dinoland. We stopped along the way for a frozen chai and ended up drinking it while sitting on a bench on the Cretacious Trail near Dinosaur. This is a kind of out of the way place, and the trail was quiet (except for the occasional dinosaur noise, which was kinda cool!). A few groups of people passed by and we had fun observing them. Once we were done with our chai, we rode Dinosaur. That’s a ride I really, really like and can’t explain why. It’s just fun!

It’s Tough to Be a Bug was next, and we only had to wait a little bit.

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Have you ever seen anyone look so tough?

After the show, we took a left out of the theater to check out the Tree of Life carvings we never see. I thought this bunny was so cute!

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We headed back over to Everest with our FPs and rode again.

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We had just enough time before the parade to get a few Photopass pics by the tree:
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The cotton-top tamarind pictures and the one with the characters where surprise bonuses on our Photopass CD. Pretty neat!

By now we were ready to head out, and it was just about 3:30. On the way out, we took a picture of this Painted Stork learning about how to be a Painted Stork

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We took the short bus ride to Jambo house because we wanted to pick up some things in the gift shop there.
When we asked the CM for a bottle of rum, we got carded for the first time! When the CM saw the birth dates on our IDs, she actually said “Wow” because we are old. Then she said we looked young. But then she corrected herself and singled out Ben and said he looked young. I guess me, not so much :rotfl:

We walked back to Kidani and took short naps before getting ready for dinner at Sanaa. This was a meal I was super-dee-duper looking forward to!
We checked in early, and finally took advantage of the savannah at our resort:
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This was my signature picture of the day, I guess!

Then it was time for eats! We started with a couple of cocktails. A mango margarita for me and something with the word ‘cooler’ in it for Ben.

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I started off hungry and sad:
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But margaritas make me happy!
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We had the bread service and chose papadum, naan and paneer parantha. For dips we had mango chutney, cucumber raita and red chile sambal
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We loved this! The cucumber raita was my favorite- very refreshing!

For an entrée, I had red curry chicken and coconut curry lamb. Ben had Green curry shrimp and Durban chicken.
We both decided that the Durban chicken was the best!

Dessert was the Dessert Trio - Chocolate Cake, Tropical Fruit Kulfi, and Chai Cream and a pressed pot of coffee. This was also super delicious!

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Sanaa is a gorgeous restaurant with a delicious menu! We absolutely loved our meal here. I am positive we’ll be back sometime.

After dinner, we were feeling pretty good and not quite ready to call it a night. So off we set on another adventure…

Joyciemc
06-20-2011, 06:16 PM
Ben and I headed out to the bus stop, and it wasn’t long before we were on our way.
You’re not going to believe this, but I managed to do an even better chair impression:

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At about 8:30, we arrived at our destination: Magic Kingdom! We didn’t have many things on the agenda, just wanted to soak up some MK ambiance. Ben pointed out that I still hadn’t ridden Dumbo, and this would be as good a time as any.

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We waited about 30 minutes or so, and it was a boring wait. I took a bazillion pictures while in line, but I’ll spare you and only share this one:

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Finally, it was our turn!
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I’m glad we did it, because now I can say I’ve ridden Dumbo. I can also say we don’t have to do it again :rotfl:

We made our way over to Tomorrowland, since that is where we always seemed to end up this trip. After taking a spin on Space Mountain, Buzz and the People Mover, we headed behind the castle toward Fantasyland. Wishes was going off, and it was really cool to be right under the fireworks. The show definitely has a different feel over here!

There was just one more thing we had to do…

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I love the Country Bears. Very, very much. Ben used to just kinda humor me, but once he learned the words to some of the songs, he began to enjoy it a lot more. Seriously, those songs are just so bizarre- what’s not to love?
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I believe it was after watching the show this night that we realized Ben had learned one of the songs wrong. There’s a song that goes like this:

“Ring-a-ding-ding Mary, Prettiest little gal I ever did see.
Her name was Devilish Mary. (What a gal!)
Hadn't been married but about two weeks,
She got as mean as the devil.
And every time I looked cross-eyed,
She'd hit me on the head with a "shevil."

Ben thought the bears were singing “Her name was definitely Mary”. Once he told me that, I couldn’t hear it any other way. This was unbelievably hilarious to me, adding a little bit of Rainman to the Country Bears. Amazing!

Anywho, by this time it was around 11:30 and we decided to head back to Kidani. I don’t think we had too long of a wait for a bus, and we were in our room and snoozing away relatively quickly.

khertz
06-20-2011, 08:37 PM
Love those giraffe pics & the one of the stork cracked me up! :rotfl:

Riding Dumbo at night sounds awesome. I'm excited to maybe try it out on our trip.

Too funny about your DH & the Country Bear songs! I'm not a big fan of that show, but a couple years ago we did it and I got a nice nap out of it, so it's not all bad. :lmao: I'm sure we'll have to try it with DS at least once.

annmarieda
06-21-2011, 12:07 AM
Awesome updates! :thumbsup2 You have me excited about Sanaa. I have an ADR there for December. If you are still following along on my PTR, in a few months... you should remind me of what it was you had at Sanaa that you thought was the best. I know you mention it now... but I KNOW I will forget. Age is getting the best of me...and my memory. ;)

Too funny that you again do a seat impression. You couldn't have planned it that way and yet... :rotfl:

Stefy
06-21-2011, 02:01 AM
The rest of your day looked pretty good. Gotta love Flame Tree for lunch, love that place :)

Your MK evening looked really fun and relaxed, do you know we have never taken a ride on Dumbo either, its on our must do list this year. We're pretty much the same as you, go on it the once just to say we've been on it :teeth:

Shannon84
06-21-2011, 08:11 AM
Tusker House is GREAT for breakfast if you get to try that sometime, I recommend it and I rarely like breakfast food to begin with :rotfl:

You're right the giraffes were all posing for you that day :thumbsup2

Your dinner looked great, I will have to try that restaurant out on a future trip! And of course MK at night is amazing.

I was cracking up at work reading about Ben's incorrect words to the song :lmao:

klacey1
06-21-2011, 12:57 PM
Yum! I love Indian food-- especially naan! Glad you got to see your Bears! I love that you know the lyrics of their songs, haha.

Joyciemc
06-21-2011, 05:03 PM
Love those giraffe pics & the one of the stork cracked me up! :rotfl:

Riding Dumbo at night sounds awesome. I'm excited to maybe try it out on our trip.

Too funny about your DH & the Country Bear songs! I'm not a big fan of that show, but a couple years ago we did it and I got a nice nap out of it, so it's not all bad. :lmao: I'm sure we'll have to try it with DS at least once.

Sleeping during the Country Bears?! That's sad! :rotfl: I am used to being the only person I know who loves them, but it still hurts to hear ;)

Awesome updates! :thumbsup2 You have me excited about Sanaa. I have an ADR there for December. If you are still following along on my PTR, in a few months... you should remind me of what it was you had at Sanaa that you thought was the best. I know you mention it now... but I KNOW I will forget. Age is getting the best of me...and my memory. ;)

Too funny that you again do a seat impression. You couldn't have planned it that way and yet... :rotfl:

You'll love Sanaa! I will hop on over to your PTR (which I am still following, but I am just too slow to guess your pictures!) and post about the Durban chicken. So good!!

The rest of your day looked pretty good. Gotta love Flame Tree for lunch, love that place :)

Your MK evening looked really fun and relaxed, do you know we have never taken a ride on Dumbo either, its on our must do list this year. We're pretty much the same as you, go on it the once just to say we've been on it :teeth:

It was a relaxed night- we loved it! We did a lot of things just to say we've done it on this trip... it was fun!

Tusker House is GREAT for breakfast if you get to try that sometime, I recommend it and I rarely like breakfast food to begin with :rotfl:

You're right the giraffes were all posing for you that day :thumbsup2

Your dinner looked great, I will have to try that restaurant out on a future trip! And of course MK at night is amazing.

I was cracking up at work reading about Ben's incorrect words to the song :lmao:

Oooh, will have to try Tusker at breakfast- noted!

Yum! I love Indian food-- especially naan! Glad you got to see your Bears! I love that you know the lyrics of their songs, haha.

What do you mean... who doesn't know the words to all of the Country Bears songs? :rotfl2:
I'm weird, and proud of it! :thumbsup2

AKL LOVER
06-21-2011, 07:15 PM
I loved these 2 updates! Where to start...

TH really is good--definitely try it next trip! And I've always wanted to stop at their little bar area but never have. Maybe I should put that on my must do list for our next trip too!

You really were all about dressing to match the bus chairs this trip, weren't you? Too funny! :rotfl:

I have always wanted to go to MK and ride rides at night. So jealous you did. Maybe one of these trips I will! And correction to your Dumbo comment--you won't have to ride it again unless you have little ones one day! ;)

So glad to hear you liked Sanaa! I made sure to take lots of pics of our Sanaa dinner for my TR. Can't wait to get to that update to share them.

...I was so waiting for the update where we found out the meaning to your title. Glad to finally find out! And your DH singing the wrong words to the song on accident--I find this hilarious!!! Mostly because my DH likes to make up stupid lines to songs on purpose and it cracks me up :lmao:

AlliGirl
06-21-2011, 11:45 PM
You guys are too funny, I have loved reading along! And I kept wondering why someone's name was "definitely Mary" I was guessing either someone walked by wearing a million name tags saying Mary OR a mother was yelling at her daughter named Mary very loudly. :rotfl: the real story was priceless!

tankgirl427
06-24-2011, 09:32 AM
I almost texted you yesterday. I was in the disney store and thought of you and Ben.

Here's what did it:

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Not as good as On a Boat, but still cracked me up!

Joyciemc
06-24-2011, 10:36 AM
I loved these 2 updates! Where to start...

TH really is good--definitely try it next trip! And I've always wanted to stop at their little bar area but never have. Maybe I should put that on my must do list for our next trip too!

You really were all about dressing to match the bus chairs this trip, weren't you? Too funny! :rotfl:

I have always wanted to go to MK and ride rides at night. So jealous you did. Maybe one of these trips I will! And correction to your Dumbo comment--you won't have to ride it again unless you have little ones one day! ;)

So glad to hear you liked Sanaa! I made sure to take lots of pics of our Sanaa dinner for my TR. Can't wait to get to that update to share them.

...I was so waiting for the update where we found out the meaning to your title. Glad to finally find out! And your DH singing the wrong words to the song on accident--I find this hilarious!!! Mostly because my DH likes to make up stupid lines to songs on purpose and it cracks me up :lmao:

Ok, it's official: I will absolutely try Tusker House next trip!

We were singing the 'definitely Mary' line for the rest of the trip, cracking up each time.

You guys are too funny, I have loved reading along! And I kept wondering why someone's name was "definitely Mary" I was guessing either someone walked by wearing a million name tags saying Mary OR a mother was yelling at her daughter named Mary very loudly. :rotfl: the real story was priceless!

:laughing: I love the image of a chick with a bajillion Mary name tags! There is a second meaning to the title, but that didn't happen until we were on our way home...

I almost texted you yesterday. I was in the disney store and thought of you and Ben.

Here's what did it:

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m163/tankgirl427/2011-06-23_19-17-26_158.jpg

Not as good as On a Boat, but still cracked me up!

That is fantastic! It reminds me of the people washing their poopy kid off in the water thing at IOA last year. :laughing:

alliebelle3
06-26-2011, 11:10 AM
I'm just joining in! I'm a little late to the party, but I just found your trip report and read the whole thing -- loving it! :yay:

I'm interested to hear your thoughts on OKW. I'll be staying there on my next trip for one night and don't really know what to expect! I just bought DVC last year, too, so villas are a whole new thing for me, but from what I've experienced so far, I'm loving it!!!

Can't wait for more updates!

ronnmel
06-26-2011, 03:21 PM
Just read your whole Honeymoon TR and finally caught up with this TR. It's a great read so far. :)

Joyciemc
06-26-2011, 08:18 PM
I'm just joining in! I'm a little late to the party, but I just found your trip report and read the whole thing -- loving it! :yay:

I'm interested to hear your thoughts on OKW. I'll be staying there on my next trip for one night and don't really know what to expect! I just bought DVC last year, too, so villas are a whole new thing for me, but from what I've experienced so far, I'm loving it!!!

Can't wait for more updates!

Welcome, welcome! Happy to have you aboard!

Ooh, now I feel guilty for being slow with updates... here you are patiently waiting for me to get to OKW... I'll get a move on, promise!

Congrats on buying DVC!

Just read your whole Honeymoon TR and finally caught up with this TR. It's a great read so far. :)

You read all that? You deserve an award, or at least a cookie. Do you have any cookies in your house? If so, go get one and eat it! ;)

Seriously, I am flattered that you are enjoying hearing about our trips! Thanks for reading!!

Joyciemc
06-26-2011, 09:02 PM
This was a good day right from the start because we woke up to the sound of nothing. No alarm was set; we just leisurely got up and got ready for the day. We were off to Epcot, and had no plans until our lunch ADR.

In truth, we didn’t sleep all that late and made it to Epcot just a little after 10am. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but neither of us are crazy about Soarin’. But since we totally skipped it last time, we figured we’d give it a spin at some point today. So we headed there first to grab a Fastpass to use later.
After that, it was over to Mission:Space , then we rode Imagination. Yep, I love the Country Bears and ride Imagination every trip, but I don’t like Soarin’. Told you I was weird.

Anywhoo, by now it was almost 11 and World Showcase was waking up. We wandered into Canada and meandered through the paths we normally skip. It is so pretty back there! I had no idea those gardens and waterfalls even existed.

http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%206/IMG_5484.jpg

Since we were there, we figured we’d catch another ‘first time’ attraction: O! Canada. The show was starting in just a few minutes, so we timed it well. I thought the beginning of the film was hilarious, even though I’m not a Martin Short fan in general. He was very funny in this!

It was pretty rainy this day (I know I said earlier that the only rain we saw all trip was during our ‘Ohana dinner, but I lied. I’m experiencing all this right along with you guys!) But rain doesn’t bother us when we have beers, so we stopped in Germany to get some. Was that the sound of you gasping about how early we started drinking? :laughing:

We journeyed on, with me stopping to show how excited I was that Davy Jones would be playing here. We weren’t going to actually watch or anything, but I was still excited. Davy Jones was my favorite Monkey when I was younger. Now if you asked me, I’d say Michael Nesmith is my favorite Monkey. All that aside, here’s my excitement:

http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%206/IMG_5485.jpg

We found a covered spot in Italy and sat down with our beers.

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I think I took this picture for a reason, but I don’t remember what it was… unless it was just to show the level of detail found in the World Showcase pavilions…

By the time we wandered over to Mexico, it was time for lunch at San Angel Inn. This was a first for me, and I was very excited!

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While waiting to be seated, we had a “Chris from Orlando” sighting
http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%206/IMG_5489.jpg

For those not in the know: when a CM forgets or loses their name tag, they get to wear the gender neutral name of Chris. Ben and I learned this on the Backstage Magic tour, and then proceeded to notice every time we saw this tag.

After a short wait, we were seated and got to start our delicious lunch!
I ordered the Traditional Lunch, which included the tortilla soup. This was AMAZING! So yummy. In fact, the whole meal was scrumptious, right down to dessert. I didn’t make a note of what Ben ordered, but I know he really enjoyed it. We were thrilled with this meal!

Once done eating, we rode the Gran Fiesta Tour before heading out of Mexico. As much as I wanted to visit la Cava de Tequila, we were very full and getting kind of tired. More alcohol was not needed just then (blasphemy!)

Even though I was seriously dragging by this point, we decided to check out the American Adventure, which we had also never done before. I couldn’t believe how many escalators we had to go up before we got to the theater! As for the attraction… I didn’t fall asleep. But I also wasn’t all that excited about the show. And when we left, I was almost tired enough to through one of those tantrums that kids get to through. We needed to get the heck. Out. Of. There. Of course, I did manage to find enough energy to get a chewy caramel bar at Karamel Kuche in Germany, despite the super long wait. Ben stayed outside because the smell of the popcorn was making him sick. Weirdo.

So we headed back to Kidani and I took a nap. Even though we slept in that morning, I was just wiped out!

I woke up in time to get ready to head out for dinner. We took the bus to the Magic Kingdom, then grabbed the monorail to the Poly (wow, we didn’t take the boat!). Dinner was at Kona- one of our favorites. I had tuna oscar, and Ben had something else (sorry- no notes and I no longer remember!). As usual, we really enjoyed our meal here!

Epcot had evening EMH, so we headed back over there. We stopped by Soarin’ first to use our FPs from earlier.

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I can’t really explain any of those pictures…

We were finally able to visit the tequila bar, and we got our margaritas. I had the passion fruit and it was delicious! Ben got the hibiscus margarita and it was ridiculously strong. He seriously had a hard time drinking it.

We walked through the Showcase and ended up in the UK, where we texted our friends so they could call us in the phone booth. We chatted a bit, and one of our friends called the other booth. When it rang, the girl near it hesitated and we urged her to pick it up. I think we scared her…

I got a Bass Ale in the Rose & Crown, but Ben was done drinking after his almost straight-up glass of tequila. I drank my beer as we walked back across the Showcase. Walking through Morocco, we saw security meeting up with a CM looking for the ‘signal 2’. Ben and I immediately looked it up on our phone, and just as we thought: a ‘signal 2’ is an intoxicated person. I guess evening EMH at Epcot does get kinda crazy!

We rode Mealstrom cause we were walking by it, and then headed out of the park. We stopped for some (blurry) Photopass pics along the way:

http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%206/Photo0083FourBySix.jpg
They were all blurry... Photopass photographers are not always the best night time picture takers...

Once we got back to our room, we fell asleep super fast. I wish I slept as well at home as I do in Disney!

Tracy161
06-27-2011, 05:57 AM
I love that last night-time photo of you and Ben! Even though it's blurry, it's still a beautiful picture and reminds me how amazing it is to be at any Disney park at night... :cloud9:

Gotta shout out to Ben's shirt! I have almost the same exact one! (believe it or not, there's a few of us from upstate NY that are Red Sox fans... my Dad's from Boston though, so technically it's still in our blood! :laughing:)

jessily
06-27-2011, 06:49 AM
Great update! Love Epcot:lovestruc I laughed at your story about the CMs wearing "Chris" nametags. I worked at DHS for a few months and we had a small pile of lost and found nametags in the back which we had to draw from if we forgot our own. When I first started they had just issued new nametags and not ordered one for me.... for the first 2 months I worked at Disney I was "Janet" instead of Jessica. Answering to another name took some getting used to!

Shannon84
06-27-2011, 07:54 AM
Great update and very cool piece of knowledge about the name tags...I will be on the lookout from now on :goodvibes

tankgirl427
06-27-2011, 08:03 AM
I love the picture of you in Canada, it almost looks like you moved from your impression of a bus seat to your impression of the mountains. :rotfl:

I used to have a HUGE crush on Davy too. I was heartbroken when I found out the Monkees on TV were repeats that my mom used to watch when she was a little girl and Davy was old now. :guilty:

khertz
06-27-2011, 08:15 AM
I knew the CMs always had to wear a nametag, but I didn't know that "Chris from Orlando" was the dummy tag! :laughing: Now I will be on the lookout for that on future trips!! I always wonder though how many CMs are missing out on compliments left for them at GS because they are not wearing their own nametags! :rotfl:

Joyciemc
06-27-2011, 09:52 AM
I love that last night-time photo of you and Ben! Even though it's blurry, it's still a beautiful picture and reminds me how amazing it is to be at any Disney park at night... :cloud9:

Gotta shout out to Ben's shirt! I have almost the same exact one! (believe it or not, there's a few of us from upstate NY that are Red Sox fans... my Dad's from Boston though, so technically it's still in our blood! :laughing:)

There is something special about walking through the parks at night... ahhh...

Gooooooo Red Sox!!!

Great update! Love Epcot:lovestruc I laughed at your story about the CMs wearing "Chris" nametags. I worked at DHS for a few months and we had a small pile of lost and found nametags in the back which we had to draw from if we forgot our own. When I first started they had just issued new nametags and not ordered one for me.... for the first 2 months I worked at Disney I was "Janet" instead of Jessica. Answering to another name took some getting used to!

We were also told that all the CM name tags were made by this one guy (we saw his office)... but now I am beginning to wonder if they just tell you a bunch of wacky stories on these tours to see how gullible guests are... :laughing:

I'm made for working at Disney: I get called all kinds of names at work (Sharon and Judy most recently) and I always seem to know they're talking to me! :rotfl:

Great update and very cool piece of knowledge about the name tags...I will be on the lookout from now on :goodvibes

It was amazing how many we saw... and especially funny in the WS when the CMs were clearly not from Orlando!

I love the picture of you in Canada, it almost looks like you moved from your impression of a bus seat to your impression of the mountains. :rotfl:

I used to have a HUGE crush on Davy too. I was heartbroken when I found out the Monkees on TV were repeats that my mom used to watch when she was a little girl and Davy was old now. :guilty:

HAHA! Ben will be so happy you said that... I soon as I posted the update, he read it and told me I should've pointed out my mountain impression.

Poor Davy, but judging from the long line of folks waiting to see his concert at Epcot, he still has plenty of fans!

I knew the CMs always had to wear a nametag, but I didn't know that "Chris from Orlando" was the dummy tag! :laughing: Now I will be on the lookout for that on future trips!! I always wonder though how many CMs are missing out on compliments left for them at GS because they are not wearing their own nametags! :rotfl:

If you see a "Chris from Orlando", you can always ask their real name... I bet they'd be happy to tell you. Maybe. ;)

annmarieda
06-27-2011, 11:37 AM
This was a good day right from the start because we woke up to the sound of nothing. No alarm was set; we just leisurely got up and got ready for the day. We were off to Epcot, and had no plans until our lunch ADR.

I think those mornings are so nice. Weird that despite the fact they are so nice... I don't do this but maybe once on an entire trip. :rolleyes:


After that, it was over to Mission:Space , then we rode Imagination. Yep, I love the Country Bears and ride Imagination every trip, but I don’t like Soarin’. Told you I was weird.

Well, ok...so maybe weird that you don't like Soarin;) but I too really enjoy Imagination.

We wandered into Canada and meandered through the paths we normally skip. It is so pretty back there! I had no idea those gardens and waterfalls even existed.

http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%206/IMG_5484.jpg

I was amazed at what is there too. Kinda a hidden gem. And the pic of you is very nice... but as Betsy pointed out...:rotfl:


Since we were there, we figured we’d catch another ‘first time’ attraction: O! Canada. The show was starting in just a few minutes, so we timed it well. I thought the beginning of the film was hilarious, even though I’m not a Martin Short fan in general. He was very funny in this!

I like this well enough. I do find Martin Short funny and all... but I think it is a tad outdated. Of course... I think most of those country promo's could stand some updates.


It was pretty rainy this day (I know I said earlier that the only rain we saw all trip was during our ‘Ohana dinner, but I lied. I’m experiencing all this right along with you guys!)

:rotfl:

But rain doesn’t bother us when we have beers, so we stopped in Germany to get some. Was that the sound of you gasping about how early we started drinking? :laughing:

No gasping. I just read all about your drinking adventures.. and up until recently I really drink much because of medication interaction issues. BUT I discovered if I space the drinking between the doses enough I can have a yummy adult beverage with little ill side effects. So... while before I would just read about your beverages, not thinking of how I would be able to also have some of these items...now... I am takin notes. yes... mango margarita at Sanaa. (got it) Passion fruit margarita at la Cava de Tequila, (got it) :goodvibes



We found a covered spot in Italy and sat down with our beers.

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http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%206/IMG_5486.jpg

I know this spot. We sat in that exact spot a bit last September. I was thinking of posting a pic on my game taken from that spot.


While waiting to be seated, we had a “Chris from Orlando” sighting
http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%206/IMG_5489.jpg

For those not in the know: when a CM forgets or loses their name tag, they get to wear the gender neutral name of Chris. Ben and I learned this on the Backstage Magic tour, and then proceeded to notice every time we saw this tag.

I will have to share that with dh. That is the type of thing he would find interesting. I bet he would enjoy the backstage tour. Finding out little tid bits of stuff like that would keep his interest in Disney going a bit. For him... there is only so many times he can ride Dumbo. :rotfl:


Even though I was seriously dragging by this point, we decided to check out the American Adventure, which we had also never done before. I couldn’t believe how many escalators we had to go up before we got to the theater! As for the attraction… I didn’t fall asleep. But I also wasn’t all that excited about the show. And when we left, I was almost tired enough to through one of those tantrums that kids get to through. We needed to get the heck. Out. Of. There. Of course, I did manage to find enough energy to get a chewy caramel bar at Karamel Kuche in Germany, despite the super long wait. Ben stayed outside because the smell of the popcorn was making him sick. Weirdo.

I was surprised at how long this is. I really prefer HOP. I do like the choir that sings though. The way their voice resonates up into the ceiling is awesome. The show.. not so awesome. Kinda more sleep inducing.

I woke up in time to get ready to head out for dinner. We took the bus to the Magic Kingdom, then grabbed the monorail to the Poly (wow, we didn’t take the boat!). Dinner was at Kona- one of our favorites. I had tuna oscar, and Ben had something else (sorry- no notes and I no longer remember!). As usual, we really enjoyed our meal here!

:goodvibes love Kona.


I got a Bass Ale in the Rose & Crown, but Ben was done drinking after his almost straight-up glass of tequila. I drank my beer as we walked back across the Showcase. Walking through Morocco, we saw security meeting up with a CM looking for the ‘signal 2’. Ben and I immediately looked it up on our phone, and just as we thought: a ‘signal 2’ is an intoxicated person. I guess evening EMH at Epcot does get kinda crazy!

I wonder if Epcot has more trouble with this due to WS than any other park? I know on our Spring 2010 trip there were some people so bad off they could barely walk. (at least one in their group was needing to almost be carried) They were all stumbling about. No security then though. :upsidedow

We stopped for some (blurry) Photopass pics along the way:

http://i1007.photobucket.com/albums/af191/jmcfaddencaranci/2011%20WDW%20Day%206/Photo0083FourBySix.jpg
They were all blurry... Photopass photographers are not always the best night time picture takers...

Once we got back to our room, we fell asleep super fast. I wish I slept as well at home as I do in Disney!

It is a shame that not all pp photographers are good. You have this opportunity for a shot in front of SE and.. it is blurry. Granted... it isn't a bad picture. But.. just seems (and I know they are not all actual photographers) that they should be able to get better shots.

Nermel9
06-27-2011, 01:27 PM
I love Disney mornings where you don't have to set the alarm! I mean, don't get me wrong, I love rope drop and early ADR's, but sometimes it's nice to go at your own pace! :thumbsup2

However, I'm not sure I can continue with this TR any longer...you don't like Soarin???? :eek: :sad1:

Just kidding, I know, some people, including my very own DH, just don't care for Soarin. I love it, I could ride it over and over, but my DH said he could have done it once in his life and been fine with that! :laughing:

I'm so going to look for the Chris from Orlando CM name tags now, that's awesome! :banana:

Joyciemc
06-27-2011, 04:47 PM
It is a shame that not all pp photographers are good. You have this opportunity for a shot in front of SE and.. it is blurry. Granted... it isn't a bad picture. But.. just seems (and I know they are not all actual photographers) that they should be able to get better shots.

I completely agree! I would just assume that the people with the professional equipment standing around waiting to take your picture would be actual photographers. But the only thing different between their photography and mine is that they just happen to have tripods. Oh well, we still had fun stopping for the PP pics!

I love Disney mornings where you don't have to set the alarm! I mean, don't get me wrong, I love rope drop and early ADR's, but sometimes it's nice to go at your own pace! :thumbsup2

However, I'm not sure I can continue with this TR any longer...you don't like Soarin???? :eek: :sad1:

Just kidding, I know, some people, including my very own DH, just don't care for Soarin. I love it, I could ride it over and over, but my DH said he could have done it once in his life and been fine with that! :laughing:

I'm so going to look for the Chris from Orlando CM name tags now, that's awesome! :banana:

Haha, I hope I don't lose readers because I don't like Soarin! I don't hate it or anything, I just don't get the big deal... maybe because I went to a lot of IMAX movies at the Science Museum when I was younger? :confused3

Anyway, without me clogging up the line, you can get on that much faster! ;)

ronnmel
06-27-2011, 05:49 PM
You read all that? You deserve an award, or at least a cookie. Do you have any cookies in your house? If so, go get one and eat it! ;)

Seriously, I am flattered that you are enjoying hearing about our trips! Thanks for reading!!

Ok, I didn't read it all in one day. More like 3-4 days. And I didn't read the comments, just the updates. But thanks! Mmmmm, coookie... :laughing:

Sounds like a great day, despite the rain.

Stringbean&Wingnut
06-28-2011, 05:50 AM
I'm here! I'm here! Sorry I'm so late to the party!!!

Fantastic TR so far!! We enjoyed San Angel Inn too, idk why it gets the bad rap that it sometimes does on the boards!

Cool fact about the nametags! I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for those Chris's from Orlando!! :laughing:

tankgirl427
06-28-2011, 09:19 AM
HAHA! Ben will be so happy you said that... I soon as I posted the update, he read it and told me I should've pointed out my mountain impression.

Poor Davy, but judging from the long line of folks waiting to see his concert at Epcot, he still has plenty of fans!

If you see a "Chris from Orlando", you can always ask their real name... I bet they'd be happy to tell you. Maybe. ;)

How funny that Ben noticed that too! I get Sugar Ray playing while I'm down there. Want me to pass on any words to Mr. Mark McGrath? Extra Extra!

Joyciemc
06-28-2011, 05:32 PM
Ok, I didn't read it all in one day. More like 3-4 days. And I didn't read the comments, just the updates. But thanks! Mmmmm, coookie... :laughing:

Sounds like a great day, despite the rain.

Haha, either way: you earned the cookie.

I was reading about your wedding... it was beautiful!!!

I'm here! I'm here! Sorry I'm so late to the party!!!

Fantastic TR so far!! We enjoyed San Angel Inn too, idk why it gets the bad rap that it sometimes does on the boards!

Cool fact about the nametags! I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for those Chris's from Orlando!! :laughing:

Welcome to the craziness!!

We ate at San Angel for the atmosphere, and ended up loving the food. Yum!

How funny that Ben noticed that too! I get Sugar Ray playing while I'm down there. Want me to pass on any words to Mr. Mark McGrath? Extra Extra!

Haha, I never had quite the crush on Mark McGrath that I had on Davy Jones. :lmao:

soulmates
06-29-2011, 07:53 AM
LOVE this report.:thumbsup2 Can't wait to see pics and read about Old Key West! We'll be there in 32 days!!!! :banana:

ronnmel
06-29-2011, 04:04 PM
Haha, either way: you earned the cookie.

I was reading about your wedding... it was beautiful!!!


Thanks! Don't be shy to post comments there. :)

DisneyDreamerMN
06-29-2011, 11:13 PM
I also am not in love with Soarin....but maybe that's because I have never ridden it because I hate heights. I did check out Journey into the immagination with Figment for the first time. I guess you could say I thought it was cute, but interesting :upsidedow

soulmates
06-30-2011, 07:07 AM
I also am not in love with Soarin....but maybe that's because I have never ridden it because I hate heights. I did check out Journey into the immagination with Figment for the first time. I guess you could say I thought it was cute, but interesting :upsidedow

I'm TERRIFIED of heights!:scared1: For real, I won't climb a ladder more than the first 2 rungs. However, my entire family wanted to do Soarin' and I thought, how bad can it be?:rolleyes1 I will be honest here, it was AMAZING! I'm SO glad I did it. Yes, it was scary a few times and I closed my eyes but I think it actually helped me of my fear of heights.:thumbsup2 I plan to ride it again this coming trip!:yay:

Joyciemc
06-30-2011, 10:17 AM
LOVE this report.:thumbsup2 Can't wait to see pics and read about Old Key West! We'll be there in 32 days!!!! :banana:

Aww, thank you very much! I am looking forward to writing about OKW, but sad because that will mean our trip is just about over...

When you are there in a month, be sure to say 'hi' to the Gurgling Suitcase from Ben and I!

Thanks! Don't be shy to post comments there. :)

I'll see what I can do ;)

I also am not in love with Soarin....but maybe that's because I have never ridden it because I hate heights. I did check out Journey into the immagination with Figment for the first time. I guess you could say I thought it was cute, but interesting :upsidedow

You should try Soarin'! Lots of folks who don't like heights love the ride.
I am by far in the minority for not loving it; all those people can't be wrong!

Joyciemc
06-30-2011, 11:09 AM
While we did have an alarm this morning, it wasn’t too early. We woke up at 9 am and started getting ready to head to Typhoon Lagoon. I was so excited; this is my favorite water park!

By the time we got there, it was around 10:30, so the park was already open. There was a noticeable difference in the crowd level compared to our Blizzard Beach visit a few days earlier. I hadn’t really considered the fact that a water park would be more crowded on a Saturday.

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We got our locker, and then headed off to find Slush N Gusher (with just a bit of a delay because we went the wrong way. I was convinced I knew where they were- I was wrong). These are 3 separate water coaster slides that are so much fun! It didn’t take us too long to ride all three of the different gushers.
We then rode some of the tube slides, which all started to have fairly long waits (this is subjective; we’re talking probably 10-15 minutes. So not ridiculous, but longer than we had to wait at Blizzard Beach a few days earlier)
Once we got to Gang Plank Falls (the family raft ride), we saw a very long line. I kept telling Ben that I remembered this ride being underwhelming, and maybe not worth the wait. But he pointed out that it wasn’t as though we had somewhere pressing we needed to be so we may as well wait. After talking down the ride for so long, we ended up really enjoying it! I guess expectations are everything, huh?

My favorite part of the park is the section with the Storm Slides tucked behind the big Humunga Kowabunga mountain. They are super fun body slides, and this is just such a lushly landscaped area. It didn’t hurt that the crowds hadn’t reached back here yet!

Our stomachs were starting to growl, so we decided to find some lunch. After our gross Blizzard Beach lunch, I knew not to order a cheeseburger and instead went with some kind of chicken wrap. Ben got a turkey sandwich that was listed as a special. So, how was it? Let’s put it this way: I will NEVER eat at a Disney water park ever again. My chicken wrap was soaking wet and I actually gagged while eating it. Which is saying something, cause I’ll eat almost anything! Ben’s sandwich was fine (not great, but not gag-worthy), and because he is a wonderful husband (with a crazy ability to eat/drink the most disgusting things just so as not to waste them), switched with me. Thanks Ben!
After nasty lunch-time, we took a spin around the lazy river. It was really long, and pretty crowded but still a nice time.

We were done and ready to leave, so we made our way out of the park around 1:30.
Having written this, I realize that we toured both water parks almost identically: slides, lunch, lazy river, pose for pictures on the way out:

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I love how I am awkwardly posing with the mountain...

We had fun with the telescope pointed at the Miss Tilly boat and our camera…

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The wait for the bus was a bit long, but was actually very enjoyable. The bus stops at TL are well shaded and peaceful.

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The peace ended when our bus arrived, driven by a very strange dude. As Ben and I sat down, I commented to him that I was cold and the driver overheard me. So he snaps out, “I only have an off and on switch. If I turn it off, the windows will fog up and we’ll be stuck on the side of the road.”
Um, okay… wasn’t talking to you, sir. But thanks.

Then, the typical announcement spiel started up, and he shuts it off, saying “I hate that guy, so annoying!” Which was weird, but not too interesting, until he proceeded to talk loudly about random things for the whole bus ride. So that recording is annoying, but you’re not? Right…

The best part was when we stopped at Jambo House and a family got on the bus. They were going to TL, and the driver started talking to them about the park. That wouldn’t be weird at all, but what was weird was that he completely changed his voice and speech patterns to sound “ghetto”. Now I can’t say that this is why, but I do think it was relevant to mention that the family he was talking to was black. As soon as we got off the bus, Ben and I turned to each other and asked “did you notice…?” We were thinking the same thing... What a weird poser dude.

Once back at Kidani, we didn’t have much time for a break: we needed to be at Epcot for 3… for my very first official DISmeet!

Stringbean&Wingnut
06-30-2011, 12:10 PM
I've never been to either of the waterparks, but they do look like fun! That's funny you did basically the same order at both.

Ugh, sorry to hear about your gross lunch. It stinks to have to stick to the basics while at Disney, but I guess that is better than a gag-worthy lunch!

annmarieda
06-30-2011, 06:16 PM
Omg! Your bus driver story had me :rotfl: and I think based on your reviews... I probably won't be eating at the watermark...even if I did go to one

Shannon84
07-01-2011, 07:51 AM
I am refusing to eat at a waterpark if we go to one this trip, nothing about a soggy wrap sounds appealing :rotfl:

Nermel9
07-01-2011, 12:40 PM
Looks like a fun day at Typhoon Lagoon! I like TL much better than BB! The storm slides were my favorite too, we went on those so many times when we were there! If I ever do a water park again, it will be TL, I won't bother with BB anymore!

Your bus driver sounds a little insane...:eek:

Stefy
07-02-2011, 09:36 AM
Great updates, your Epcot day looked great. How was the passionfruit margarita, have got my eye on that one this year :teeth:

Love the telescope shot fo Miss Tilly's boat v cool :thumbsup2

What a weird driver, do you think he puts on a voice for other accents :laughing:

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
07-02-2011, 03:39 PM
I'm all caught up with your great updates, Joyce! Your AK tour sounds really neat. Was it one that any one could go on (meaning, not just people staying at AKL)? If so I might need to look into that. :thumbsup2

Ugh - your meal at TL sounds so disgusting. I don't think there is anything worse than soggy food. :sick: I remembered your BB dining review while we were at the water parks and we waited until we were back to the Poly to eat lunch both days. I'm so glad we did!

klacey1
07-03-2011, 12:46 AM
Yuck! I'm sorry the food at TL was so gross-- at least you know to avoid eating there in the future!!
Uhh, that bus driver sounds crazy! I'm pretty sure Disney would NOT be happy if they knew he shut off the spiel AND changed his speech patterns for families of different backgrounds. What a terrible way to represent yourself and your company!

AKL LOVER
07-05-2011, 01:10 PM
I cannot believe that you are already at the DIS meet in your TR and I'm not yet! I need to get a move on. By the way...I'm wondering if anyone from our DISmeet remembered to take any pics?? I was POed at myself afterwards for forgetting! Guess I'll see if you did in your next update! :goodvibes

Joyciemc
07-05-2011, 05:49 PM
I've never been to either of the waterparks, but they do look like fun! That's funny you did basically the same order at both.

Ugh, sorry to hear about your gross lunch. It stinks to have to stick to the basics while at Disney, but I guess that is better than a gag-worthy lunch!

The water parks are very fun, but for us only a couple hours worth of stuff to do. We only need to visit them every few trips. And we'll never eat there again!

Omg! Your bus driver story had me :rotfl: and I think based on your reviews... I probably won't be eating at the watermark...even if I did go to one

Whatever you do: don't eat at a water park!

I am refusing to eat at a waterpark if we go to one this trip, nothing about a soggy wrap sounds appealing :rotfl:

It was so gross. Funny... BB had bread too dry and TL had bread too wet :rotfl:

Looks like a fun day at Typhoon Lagoon! I like TL much better than BB! The storm slides were my favorite too, we went on those so many times when we were there! If I ever do a water park again, it will be TL, I won't bother with BB anymore!

Your bus driver sounds a little insane...:eek:

Me too! TL is way better than BB!

Great updates, your Epcot day looked great. How was the passionfruit margarita, have got my eye on that one this year :teeth:

Love the telescope shot fo Miss Tilly's boat v cool :thumbsup2

What a weird driver, do you think he puts on a voice for other accents :laughing:

The passion fruit margarita was delicious! Highly recommend.

Hmmm, maybe the bus driver was using his normal voice at the end, and had been faking a different accent for Ben and I... :rolleyes1

I'm all caught up with your great updates, Joyce! Your AK tour sounds really neat. Was it one that any one could go on (meaning, not just people staying at AKL)? If so I might need to look into that. :thumbsup2

Ugh - your meal at TL sounds so disgusting. I don't think there is anything worse than soggy food. :sick: I remembered your BB dining review while we were at the water parks and we waited until we were back to the Poly to eat lunch both days. I'm so glad we did!

Welcome back, Courtney!
The AK tour is open to anyone. It wasn't too expensive, if I remember correctly.

Glad I could help save you from nasty water park food!!

Yuck! I'm sorry the food at TL was so gross-- at least you know to avoid eating there in the future!!
Uhh, that bus driver sounds crazy! I'm pretty sure Disney would NOT be happy if they knew he shut off the spiel AND changed his speech patterns for families of different backgrounds. What a terrible way to represent yourself and your company!

He was obnoxious and un-Disney. I did not like him. Nope.

I cannot believe that you are already at the DIS meet in your TR and I'm not yet! I need to get a move on. By the way...I'm wondering if anyone from our DISmeet remembered to take any pics?? I was POed at myself afterwards for forgetting! Guess I'll see if you did in your next update! :goodvibes

Haha, well I have slowed down significantly. I worked all of the holiday weekend and I am too exhausted when I get home to write an update. So maybe you'll catch up!

Sad to say, I took no pictures. I was crazy nervous and socially awkward and thisclose to running away before you spotted me.

amyrella
07-05-2011, 06:47 PM
I'm all caught up! Yay! I want to do that animal kingdom tor one day! I have to wait Til my daughter is older tho.
I'm glad you like SAI. I've been there a couPle of times and loved it. And it seems to get not so great reviews.
That bus driver sounds lame...

alliebelle3
07-05-2011, 07:37 PM
What a crazy bus driver! It's always so crazy when you encounter a CM like that in Disney...it's just the total of opposite of what you'd expect!

I'm pretty sure I never want to eat at a water park after reading your TR. Thanks for the warning!! I think I probably would have puked if I bit into a soggy sandwich..yuck!!!

DisneyDreamerMN
07-06-2011, 07:40 PM
I'm TERRIFIED of heights!:scared1: For real, I won't climb a ladder more than the first 2 rungs. However, my entire family wanted to do Soarin' and I thought, how bad can it be?:rolleyes1 I will be honest here, it was AMAZING! I'm SO glad I did it. Yes, it was scary a few times and I closed my eyes but I think it actually helped me of my fear of heights.:thumbsup2 I plan to ride it again this coming trip!:yay:

I will be brave one day and ride it. Maybe I will have a couple of drinks around the world first. :lmao:

Torrance
07-06-2011, 10:18 PM
Hi! Just dropping in to say that it sounds like you guys had a good day at Typhoon Lagoon... aside from the gross food :sad2: (kudos to your DH for having such a tough/stubborn stomach). And what a weird bus driver!

Looking forward to the next installment :)

Joyciemc
07-07-2011, 09:24 AM
I'm all caught up! Yay! I want to do that animal kingdom tor one day! I have to wait Til my daughter is older tho.
I'm glad you like SAI. I've been there a couPle of times and loved it. And it seems to get not so great reviews.
That bus driver sounds lame...

SAI was great! I love the atmosphere and the food was delicious. Yum!

What a crazy bus driver! It's always so crazy when you encounter a CM like that in Disney...it's just the total of opposite of what you'd expect!

I'm pretty sure I never want to eat at a water park after reading your TR. Thanks for the warning!! I think I probably would have puked if I bit into a soggy sandwich..yuck!!!

I just hope I can spare others from the grossness of WP food. :laughing:

p.s. I Just read your June 2010 TR, it was great! How did a Boardwalk 1 bedroom work for you with 2 couples; was it enough room? Did you trade off sleeping on the pullout? We're hoping to go in 2012 with friends and would like to stay at BWV, but definitely can't do more than a 1 bedroom with our points.

I will be brave one day and ride it. Maybe I will have a couple of drinks around the world first. :lmao:

Now there's a good plan!

Hi! Just dropping in to say that it sounds like you guys had a good day at Typhoon Lagoon... aside from the gross food :sad2: (kudos to your DH for having such a tough/stubborn stomach). And what a weird bus driver!

Looking forward to the next installment :)

Thanks! It was a good day! And I promise to finish writing about it very soon (finally have some time off work!)

Joyciemc
07-07-2011, 10:11 AM
I never meant to wait so long between updates! Work is crazy, and when I get home and don't have to go right out somewhere, I either go to bed, or sit down and just stare at a wall. Forgive me for my slowness, but here is another update:


Once back at the room, we wasted no time getting cleaned up and ready to head back out again. I had made plans to meet up with some fellow DISers in France, and it was getting late! So we headed out to the bus stop and hoped we would have some good transportation luck.

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Before too long, an Epcot bus rolled up

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We were walking into Epcot at 2:45, and the meet was scheduled for 3. So we didn’t have much time to rush over to the back of the park. We hustled, but I did take some pictures on the way.

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Once we were in France, I suddenly remembered something: I am incredibly shy. Why on Earth did I think I was going to be ok meeting a bunch of strangers? I am socially awkward and terrible at small talk. Standing around trying to find a group of people who might be the DISers I was looking for, I began to whine a bit and finally just told Ben we needed to get the heck out of there. I apologized profusely for making us rush all the way to Epcot for no reason. I really felt bad. Not just for dragging him over there for no reason, but also because I did want to be part of the meet. I get so upset when I let my shyness ruin stuff I want to do…

Just when we were about to head out, someone called over and asked if I was Joyce. Decision made for me, I felt 100% better as I smiled and greeted Melissa (AKL Lover). She’s just too nice to be nervous around, and we were quickly chatting away about our trips. A few other DISers showed up then, but they were folks I didn’t really know from the boards, and I am sorry to say I don’t remember most the screen names… CheshireFigment was there, and Jvermillion and her husband (I don’t know their real names!)

Jvermillion was kind enough to treat us to a couple of adult slushies (yummy!) and we drank and talked for a good hour. In the sun. I didn’t really notice how hot it was at the time, but this would end up being the one and only time I got burned during our whole trip.
I am so glad that I stayed (and never would have if Melissa hadn’t spotted me!) and really enjoyed the meet. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take pictures, which is annoying.

Once we said our good byes, Ben and I wandered off to find a way to cool down. We were also pretty hungry, but didn’t want to spoil our appetites for our anniversary dinner at California Grill in a few hours. We ended up sharing an order of sushi in Japan, which worked out pretty well.
After, we just spent a bit of time in World Showcase. Here’s a glimpse of what we did:

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Of course, we had to do a Kim Possible mission or two.

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Along the way, I snapped this picture of the line of folks waiting to see Davy Jones (who was performing again this day). I was glad he had such a crowd!

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I love the Mariachi band in Mexico!
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During our KP mission in Mexico, I saw the coolest bachelorette party ever; they had pink wigs and were doing a mission! I was soooo jealous

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This is something you’ll see a lot in our reports: Ben with a drink and a Kimunnicator.
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By now, it was time to bead over to the Contemporary, so we headed up to catch a monorail

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We checked in for our reservation, and were seated pretty much right away. The sun was setting, and the view was so pretty! I took a bunch of pictures, but narrowed down to just a couple to share:
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This was the only ADR that I had noted our anniversary, and I was so excited about the confetti decorating our table.

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See? That is excitement!

I love the food here, and looking forward to sharing it with Ben. It’s not a cheap meal, but great for a special occasion. We got the rotisserie chicken flatbread to start and it was delicious! For an entrée I had artichoke and cheese ravioli that was also very tasty. Ben ordered halibut, which I am not finding on the Allears menu, so it may have been a special. I do know that he really like it!
During the course of the meal, we entertained ourselves with the Mickey head confetti:
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We are a real class act, people!

Of course we needed dessert, so I got chocolate crème brulee (amazing!) and Ben ordered a butterscotch bread pudding which was delicious. The desserts came out with a nice touch:
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I am happy to say that Cali Grill did not disappoint and Ben is now as much of a fan as I already was. I think we’ll certainly be back here at some point.

Dinner was done around 9:30, and we decided to head to Downtown Disney so we could transfer busses and get a little shopping in on the way. While waiting for the bus, Ben began talking to another couple. The gentleman was trying to get to ESPN club to see a fight (boxing, maybe?) so we tried to help them with getting there. At one point the guy gave Ben his business card. If we are ever looking to have kitchen renovation work done in Southern California, we will absolutely give this guy a call. :laughing:

I was really tired, but we had to get a few things for our niece and nephew, so shop we must!
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We ended up finding a pretty Tinkerbell necklace for our niece and a pirate play set for our nephew. We also got a few things for some friends of ours. Once that task was finished, we headed back to Kidani. But before we could go back to our room, we stopped at bell services to find out about transferring our bags the next day. The trip is almost over, but we still have a new resort to look forward to!

DisneyCrafter
07-07-2011, 11:07 AM
Joyce-I AM SO SHY, too! Gosh, I feel so awkward in social situations with new people. If I were to ever schedule a DIS meet it has to be with someone who can talk about their life to any stranger or after I've had a few drinks. :lmao: I'm one of those people that thinks about how stupid everything sounded after coming out of my mouth hours after the conversation is over! :laughing: Anyway...

I can't wait to do some KP Missions! What country has been your favorite so far?

On our last trip, there was this couple that DH and I named "Dolly Parton and Elvis". Seriously I thought they were going to MNSSHP but they actually were just lost and looking how to get somewhere (I'm guessing to a dinner res.) but they weren't being vocal about it so I just decided not to help that time. It was awkward...

You are RED in your pics at Cali Grill. Were you hurting the next day?

Shannon84
07-07-2011, 11:36 AM
I am so glad to see that your decision was made for you and you got to meet some other DISers!! :goodvibes I am not shy at all, but I know it is intimidating meeting someone new in person, much different than talking online!!

We went back and forth on booking Cali Grill for our upcoming trip and we decided against it, kind of regretting that now of course :headache: looks like you two had a great meal!!

ronnmel
07-07-2011, 02:21 PM
I'm very shy too, and terrible at small talk. I can talk okay, but as long as someone else asks me questions.

Doing Kim Possible missions with a drink in hand is one of the things I'm really looking forward to on my next trip. :)

BrdwayBoy
07-07-2011, 05:45 PM
I'm really enjoying reading your TR! :-)

heidijanesmith
07-07-2011, 05:53 PM
Fantastic TR! I am really enjoying reading it popcorn::

Stringbean&Wingnut
07-07-2011, 06:54 PM
Aww I'm glad you ended up going to the Dis meet!! How fun it must have been to get to talk to people and not just type :laughing:.

CG looks great, I'm very excited for the ADR I am planning to make there! I especially like your Mickey glitter antics! :laughing:

klacey1
07-07-2011, 07:39 PM
Of course you guys did more KP missions! Joyce, you are SO funny and charismatic in your posts, I can't imagine you being shy IRL! I'm glad you stayed and enjoyed the Dis Meet!

Nermel9
07-07-2011, 07:53 PM
Your Dismeet sounds like fun, I'm glad it went so well! :goodvibes I'm incredibly shy too, and socially awkward and horrible at small talk...I'd love to meet some Dis'ers sometime, but I'd definitely need to have a few drinks first! :rotfl:

I love the KP missions, they look like so much fun! I'm definitely trying one this year! :thumbsup2

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
07-07-2011, 07:53 PM
I completely understand your anxiety over the DIS meet. I am really shy, too! I am so glad that you ended up staying, though, because it sounds like you had a blast! :thumbsup2

alliebelle3
07-07-2011, 08:41 PM
I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed California Grill! I'm trying it for the first time in November. Can't wait!!

Thanks for reading my June TR :) The 1BR villa worked great for us. We didn't trade on and off for the bedroom, I claimed it and since my sister and her boyfriend were just happy to be there, they didn't mind at all. They also said that the pullout sleeper was really comfortable, no hard bar on their backs or anything. The 1BRs are so spacious, so as long as you're comfortable with the couple, you'll be fine. I HIGHLY recommend a Boardwalk view...it was the highlight of the room!

Stefy
07-08-2011, 02:04 AM
Sounds like you had a really fun Dismeet, bet you are glad you stuck with. I'm with you on the shyness, it takes me a while to come out of my shell, thank god for DF and his very outgoing personality :)

Glad you guys loved CG, such an awesome restaurant :)

Joyciemc
07-08-2011, 12:46 PM
Joyce-I AM SO SHY, too! Gosh, I feel so awkward in social situations with new people. If I were to ever schedule a DIS meet it has to be with someone who can talk about their life to any stranger or after I've had a few drinks. :lmao: I'm one of those people that thinks about how stupid everything sounded after coming out of my mouth hours after the conversation is over! :laughing: Anyway...

I can't wait to do some KP Missions! What country has been your favorite so far?

On our last trip, there was this couple that DH and I named "Dolly Parton and Elvis". Seriously I thought they were going to MNSSHP but they actually were just lost and looking how to get somewhere (I'm guessing to a dinner res.) but they weren't being vocal about it so I just decided not to help that time. It was awkward...

You are RED in your pics at Cali Grill. Were you hurting the next day?

It's so easy to sit at home and think I'll be ok meeting new people, but when the time comes- I freak!

Our favorite mission was in China, but it had changed a bit because they were doing construction on a store. I also really like Mexico- it has awesome effects and it's indoors (A/C!)

Yup, that burn hurt. I was so mad at myself for being careful all week, then being dumb that one time.

I am so glad to see that your decision was made for you and you got to meet some other DISers!! :goodvibes I am not shy at all, but I know it is intimidating meeting someone new in person, much different than talking online!!

We went back and forth on booking Cali Grill for our upcoming trip and we decided against it, kind of regretting that now of course :headache: looks like you two had a great meal!!

It seems like a lot of people don't get that excited about Cali Grill, but I still love it! It was the first 'fancy' place I ever went to years ago, and it is special to me.

I'm very shy too, and terrible at small talk. I can talk okay, but as long as someone else asks me questions.

Doing Kim Possible missions with a drink in hand is one of the things I'm really looking forward to on my next trip. :)

I'm sad that we've now done all the missions (twice... :rolleyes1 ) we'll have to find something else to do in Epcot!

I'm really enjoying reading your TR! :-)

Thank you very much! Glad you're reading!

Fantastic TR! I am really enjoying reading it popcorn::

Aww, that is so sweet!

Aww I'm glad you ended up going to the Dis meet!! How fun it must have been to get to talk to people and not just type :laughing:.

CG looks great, I'm very excited for the ADR I am planning to make there! I especially like your Mickey glitter antics! :laughing:

It was a great meal! And if they're gonna put Mickey heads all over our table, we sure as heck are gonna play with them! :laughing:

Of course you guys did more KP missions! Joyce, you are SO funny and charismatic in your posts, I can't imagine you being shy IRL! I'm glad you stayed and enjoyed the Dis Meet!

Thanks, Kylie! It takes me a while to be comfortable with people, and I usually make jokes that are either super weird or just plain put my foot in my mouth.

Your Dismeet sounds like fun, I'm glad it went so well! :goodvibes I'm incredibly shy too, and socially awkward and horrible at small talk...I'd love to meet some Dis'ers sometime, but I'd definitely need to have a few drinks first! :rotfl:

I love the KP missions, they look like so much fun! I'm definitely trying one this year! :thumbsup2

Haha, if some of us all got together for a Dismeet, it sounds like it would be a very quite affair. :rotfl:

I completely understand your anxiety over the DIS meet. I am really shy, too! I am so glad that you ended up staying, though, because it sounds like you had a blast! :thumbsup2

It was fun. And I am so glad I got to meet Melissa!

I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed California Grill! I'm trying it for the first time in November. Can't wait!!

Thanks for reading my June TR :) The 1BR villa worked great for us. We didn't trade on and off for the bedroom, I claimed it and since my sister and her boyfriend were just happy to be there, they didn't mind at all. They also said that the pullout sleeper was really comfortable, no hard bar on their backs or anything. The 1BRs are so spacious, so as long as you're comfortable with the couple, you'll be fine. I HIGHLY recommend a Boardwalk view...it was the highlight of the room!

Thanks for the info! We are SOOOO excited about the possible trip (even though it is so far away). If the pull out is comfy, I'm sure it will be easier for us to keep sleeping arrangements the same all week.

Sounds like you had a really fun Dismeet, bet you are glad you stuck with. I'm with you on the shyness, it takes me a while to come out of my shell, thank god for DF and his very outgoing personality :)

Glad you guys loved CG, such an awesome restaurant :)

Haha, you are so right about having an outgoing partner. Ben makes friends everywhere, and helps me see how silly I am being sometimes with the shyness.

DisneyDreamerMN
07-08-2011, 08:23 PM
Great update! I am so happy someone spotted you before you got away for the Dis meet :thumbsup2

Having never done a KP mission, did you ever get strange looks from CMs for not having children with you? I tried to talk my DH into doing one on our last trip, but he felt it would look strange since we didn't have any kids with us.

Joyciemc
07-08-2011, 10:13 PM
Great update! I am so happy someone spotted you before you got away for the Dis meet :thumbsup2

Having never done a KP mission, did you ever get strange looks from CMs for not having children with you? I tried to talk my DH into doing one on our last trip, but he felt it would look strange since we didn't have any kids with us.

No strange looks at all! In fact, we have noticed that the KP CMs are often a little... off... can't quite put my finger on it, but there have been a few that just don't seem to interact quite normally with people.
We never felt weird not having kids and doing the missions. In fact, I think I would get seriously annoyed if I had to share with a child! (Another reason why I would not make a good parent :rolleyes1 )

ronnmel
07-09-2011, 08:44 AM
No strange looks at all! In fact, we have noticed that the KP CMs are often a little... off... can't quite put my finger on it, but there have been a few that just don't seem to interact quite normally with people.
We never felt weird not having kids and doing the missions. In fact, I think I would get seriously annoyed if I had to share with a child! (Another reason why I would not make a good parent :rolleyes1 )

I sometimes get annoyed with having to share with my DH's DD(12), or having to put her needs first, though hopefully I hide it well. She's super nice and everything, I just prefer to think about me first once in a while. :rolleyes1 Hopefully it'll be different once it's MY child.

Disney is all about EVERYONE having fun, and acting like big children. :wizard:

AKL LOVER
07-09-2011, 11:27 AM
Your CG dinner looks like fun. We skipped CG this trip to try somewhere new, and I am not happy about that! :mad:

Thank you so much for the sweet compliments on meeting me!! :goodvibes I am sooo glad that I caught you before you bolted! ;) I was close to leaving myself, only because I didn't see anyone I recognized. I saw 2 of the other DISers meeting up at first, but I didn't recognize them, so was not too crazy about approaching them. Boy was I relieved when I saw you and Ben and recognized you both. I think my biggest fear about the meet was that I wouldn't recognize anybody, even though I had seen pics of people on their PTRs! So glad we got to meet.

I didn't really notice the heat while we were talking either. I finally realized how hot it was after we walked away, but for a different reason than you--I was thirsty. So naturally I had to stop and have a drink on my way out of the park! :thumbsup2 I guess the sunblock I applied that morning was still working, because I didn't get as much sun as you did!

Joyciemc
07-10-2011, 10:20 AM
I sometimes get annoyed with having to share with my DH's DD(12), or having to put her needs first, though hopefully I hide it well. She's super nice and everything, I just prefer to think about me first once in a while. :rolleyes1 Hopefully it'll be different once it's MY child.

Disney is all about EVERYONE having fun, and acting like big children. :wizard:

It's not like 12 is an easy age!
I am sure you won't have a problem sharing with your child! Me, on the other hand- not cut out for sharing!

Your CG dinner looks like fun. We skipped CG this trip to try somewhere new, and I am not happy about that! :mad:

Thank you so much for the sweet compliments on meeting me!! :goodvibes I am sooo glad that I caught you before you bolted! ;) I was close to leaving myself, only because I didn't see anyone I recognized. I saw 2 of the other DISers meeting up at first, but I didn't recognize them, so was not too crazy about approaching them. Boy was I relieved when I saw you and Ben and recognized you both. I think my biggest fear about the meet was that I wouldn't recognize anybody, even though I had seen pics of people on their PTRs! So glad we got to meet.

I didn't really notice the heat while we were talking either. I finally realized how hot it was after we walked away, but for a different reason than you--I was thirsty. So naturally I had to stop and have a drink on my way out of the park! :thumbsup2 I guess the sunblock I applied that morning was still working, because I didn't get as much sun as you did!

I was just kinda looking around all dazed and stressed out-like. There was no chance I was going to recognize anyone; I was too worked up. So when you saw me it helped a LOT!
I forgot to put on sunblock after getting ready to go back out for the second part of the day. Shame on me!

jelloarms
07-10-2011, 03:59 PM
Great to see some Typhoon Lagoon photos! Haven't been there in over 10 years at this point and don't know if I'll ever go back honestly. I'm not really big on water parks.

Hmm...sound's like your Bus Driver was having a really bad day!

Joyciemc
07-10-2011, 06:18 PM
Great to see some Typhoon Lagoon photos! Haven't been there in over 10 years at this point and don't know if I'll ever go back honestly. I'm not really big on water parks.

Hmm...sound's like your Bus Driver was having a really bad day!

Water parks are something I have to really be in the mood for. I don't love walking around in a bathing suit all day, for starters! But Typhoon Lagoon is such a pretty place!

soulmates
07-11-2011, 08:52 AM
Love this report!! We did KP in Oct but it was SOOOO hot we quit. Can you do it at night? Thinking about doing it when it's darker, and a bit cooler.;) Also, waiting patiently to see those OKW pics!! popcorn:: We'll be there in 20 days!!! :banana:

merbobear
07-12-2011, 01:33 AM
I'm following along and slowly catching up! I just had to comment because I had read your TR before going on our own May trip, and when we got to our room, I knew to check the iron to make sure it wouldn't drip on anything (it was empty, but still - good lookin' out).

I'm in the middle of your 2nd day, and love your choice of words 'angry hungry.' We had the same experience trying to travel from DHS to DTD to eat at Wolfgang Puck Express. It involved a boat and a bus, plus a trek through the Swan where we admired the Dolphin from afar (or were we in the Dolphin admiring the Swan?) I couldn't help but chuckle when I saw the picture of WPE as your final destination...why is it so difficult to get to that place? And why is my mouth watering for their pizza right now?

Looking forward to reading more about your travels!

Joyciemc
07-18-2011, 06:11 PM
Love this report!! We did KP in Oct but it was SOOOO hot we quit. Can you do it at night? Thinking about doing it when it's darker, and a bit cooler.;) Also, waiting patiently to see those OKW pics!! popcorn:: We'll be there in 20 days!!! :banana:

Thank you!
I'm not sure how late the KP missions are offered... I agree; night time would be a lot cooler!

OKW is coming, I promise!

I'm following along and slowly catching up! I just had to comment because I had read your TR before going on our own May trip, and when we got to our room, I knew to check the iron to make sure it wouldn't drip on anything (it was empty, but still - good lookin' out).

I'm in the middle of your 2nd day, and love your choice of words 'angry hungry.' We had the same experience trying to travel from DHS to DTD to eat at Wolfgang Puck Express. It involved a boat and a bus, plus a trek through the Swan where we admired the Dolphin from afar (or were we in the Dolphin admiring the Swan?) I couldn't help but chuckle when I saw the picture of WPE as your final destination...why is it so difficult to get to that place? And why is my mouth watering for their pizza right now?

Looking forward to reading more about your travels!

Thanks for reading! I am glad you learned something useful from my last TR (even if the iron proved to be empty)!

Haha, WPE is hard to get to... and since we're always so hungry when heading there, it makes it that much worse!

Joyciemc
07-18-2011, 06:36 PM
Hey, hello! Hi! Remember me? I didn't write the next update when I meant to, then I was too busy... But here I am again!

And I learned something last week: writing trip reports is a useful skill. I had to write the minutes for a meeting I attended the day after I got back from this trip- in May. I didn't write those minutes until a few days ago. But with my notes, I had no problem thinking back to the meeting and wrote the minutes with no problem. Also, this shows you that I procrastinate with everything, not just TR writing.

So.... let's get this update going...

Day 8:

Oh no! This is the last full day of the trip. That makes me sad… especially when I think about how far away our next WDW trip is! But enough of the pity party, I’ve been slacking on posting and I’m sure any of you out there still interested in this report would like me to hurry up and finish already!

We were so tired when we got in the night before that we didn’t pack like we had planned. So that meant we had to wake up pretty early and get packing so we could send our bags on to Old Key West. I had planned on doing this early enough for us to get to a park for opening. But when it was 9 and we still working on sorting out our stuff, I knew that wasn’t going to happen.

Once the bags were all set, Ben headed down to check out. Going over our room charges made me want to cry; we spent so much on food and alcohol! I mean, we enjoyed every bit of it and made no attempt to cut costs so I shouldn’t have been surprised, but jeesh! It was hard to take. By the time we were done going over the charges, we just had to wait a few moments for bell services to turn up for the bags. I took a few sad pictures:

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Then we had to say good bye to Kidani. We stopped at the desk on the way out to ask about room charges for the day since we had checked out of one room and weren’t checking in to our next room till a bit later. The CM told us we wouldn’t have a problem and the credit card was still on file…
So with that (ahem… wrong…) information, we headed out to the bus stop to go to DHS. It was about 10 am at this point, so plenty of time left in the day!
Apparently, Ben and I had a camera off:

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And admired our Crocs:

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A bus came along before too long, and we were at the park pretty quickly.

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We headed right over to get FP for RnRCoaster and to ride ToT, stopping first to a few PP pics in this part of the park.

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When we got in line for ToT, I had to take a picture… we’ve never waited at all for this and I wanted to document the fact that we were behind all of these people:

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The wait was honestly not very long, and we were soon back from whatever dimension we got zapped to. And we were HUNGRY. Really hungry. It was not quite 11, so CS places weren’t quite open yet. We walked and walked and ended up on the New York street just too hungry to think. The park was deserted over here

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I have this picture, too:

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And NO clue where I took it. It had to be in that general area, but I don’t remember… I was in a hunger induced trance by this point. Just in the nick of time, we wandered up to Pizza Planet as they were unlocking the door.
We each ordered a pepperoni pizza, which comes with a ceaser salad. When we handed over our KTTW card, it didn’t work. Surprise! You can’t charge to a room if you are not at that moment checked in to a room. This makes perfect sense, which is why we asked before we left the hotel. Somehow, the cashier managed to ring the food through and we got to eat…

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This was our first time there and we both enjoyed it. I have heard terrible things about the pizza, but I thought it was really good. Keep in mind that I was thisclose to dying from hunger, though… maybe it wouldn’t have tasted as good if I had only been normally hungry.
I felt so much better after eating, and enjoyed our view before heading out.

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This was the inspiration for our next destination: Muppets!
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We love this show, always have and always will. Food, muppets, sitting, air conditioning… we were now feeling pretty good! So we headed to another of our favorite places in DHS:

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We got a couple iced cappuccinos and just as Ben was about to pay, I piped up and ordered a little piece of deliciousness:

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Those carrot cake cookies are friggin good! We ate our snack in our usual corner, then headed out to make another stop at Tot and RNRCoaster.

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By this time we had done everything we wanted to and we were both anxious to see our new home (well, it would be home for the night, anyway). We headed out of the park, stopping in Sid Cahuenga’s first. This store is fun to poke around in; there’s lots of weird memorabilia and movie props for sale. And lots of it is CRAZY expensive.

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We were pretty excited to be heading to a new resort and found our way to our new bus stop:

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