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amazingact21
05-23-2011, 10:27 PM
Introductions:


Welcome readers!:grouphug:

As my title states, this trip report will cover my experience at being at Disney during the Flower and Garden Festival, running in the Expedition Everest 5K, and celebrating an engagement at the world.

Before I begin diving into my explanation on how and why this trip came to be, let me begin by introducing the cast.


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There was me, Alicia, the writer of this TR and the "original" Disney lover. Normally, I'm the planner of the trips and the one who tries to do everything humanly possibly in one trip. I'm 20 years old and am a junior in college, and a rookie runner.

Then there's my DF, Alex. He's 22, in the Air Force, and works very hard so that we can take wonderful trips. I took him to WDW this past December, and he fell in love with it. So much, that he was the one who convinced me to go on this May trip.



This trip was never in the books for us. We had spent 4 amazing nights at Shades of Green during the holidays, and we were thankful that we got the wonderful experience that we did. It was fantastic to escape reality for a few days, but by the new year DF was occupied with work, and I was knee deep in school work. Anyone following along in my December TR could see how hectic our life was by the lack of updates I did.

The thought of another trip was just a nice fantasy that we pulled out when we didn't think we could stand another staff meeting or another group presentation.



But then, one day, DF ran into a man at his gym wearing a runDisney shirt.


It must have been fate.


And a whole lot of pixie dust.


Because DF and the runDisney man began talking and before I knew what had hit me, DF was asking me to sign up for the Expedition Everest 5K Challenge with him.



That was back in early March.


By the end of March, we had checked our financials and my school schedule and deducted that a short trip could, in fact, be done.


We set the dates.


May 6-11th.
With the EE 5K Challenge falling on the night of May 7th.

Then we called to reserve a room.


All Star Sports.

Then DF convinced me to add on the DP, because he really wanted to give it a try. So, we began making ADRs.





The details were done, the trip was ready, and we were in training!



Two weeks before the trip, DF popped the question, making this trip more than just a 5K run and a small get-away.



Despite the fact that the trip wasn't very long, and it wasn't very well-planned, DF and I had quite the adventure.


There were some tear-induced, heart warming, moments.


There were some really ugly moments.


There were some moments we wished we were back at home.


And there were some moments we wished would never end.


Initially (since I hadn't even finished my Dec. TR when we went on this trip) I wasn't going to do a TR for this one. However, there were too many times when DF and I caught ourselves going, "Won't THAT be a fun story to tell when we get back home?!" And, so, here I am, beginning a new trip report.

For anyone who followed my December one, I promise my posts are going to be more consistent and more organized.

And have more pictures!


So, without further ado, here is my May TR!!!

amazingact21
05-23-2011, 10:27 PM
Introduction
A 1922 Story and 203 Cars Later
The International Drive of Hate to a Painful Packet Pickup
Striking Out the King
Tangled Up in the End Zone
I Like a Little Coffee with my Creamer
There's Two Rules to a Happy Marriage
If You See Me on the Side of the Road, Just Throw Some Water on Me
She'll Think I'm a Stalker!
The Expedition to Everest
Searching for the Batmobile
Alex vs Toilet
You've Got to Pose Funny
Stitch for Pluto? Sounds Good
Just Lettuce and Cheese? No Buns?
You're Engaged...She Deservies Flowers!
It Reminds Me of My Room!
You're Eyes Were Bigger Than Your Stomach
You're Back
I Was Trying to Give the Gate Card my Suicide Prevention Card
I See Flashing Lights
We Give Up Our Orange Cards for Good
Congratulations, I'm a Captain, I Can Marry You...It Wouldn't Be Legal, Though
I Want a Starfish Like That!
Sum of all Segways
You're Having a Panic Attack and Your Pocket Book is Having One!
Can I Have Extra Teriyaki Sauce, Please?
Which Way Do We Go?
Where's Wishes?
Put Your Bag Down, Sweetheart
The Monorail of a Thousand Daddy's
Are You Going Bashful on Me?
Oh, Wait, That's a 100% Tip!
I'm Tired, My Legs Hurt, I Need a Margarita!
Caramel Coma
Yo Ho...Oh No!
Is That Your Final Answer?
But What'll We Do with these Snack Credits?

Extra Posts
The cons of Cruising
The Pros of Cruising
Going to Universal

amazingact21
05-24-2011, 09:00 AM
May 6th:


Normally, when I go on trips, I have all my bags packed and sitting ready to go 1 to 2 days before my departure. But for this trip, I became Princess Procrastinator.


I hadn't finished with my classes for the semester until late Monday night, and up until that point I hadn't so much as thought about what I wanted to pack.

Two days before we had to leave, I took my mother out for the day to celebrate Mother's Day, since I'd be gone. We had so much fun, I didn't even consider that it was time to pull out the dusty suitcases from the shed.


Thursday morning rolled around, and it finally dawned on me that we were leaving the very next morning.


I hadn't even done my laundry, yet, and it was almost 11 o'clock in the morning.


So, I spent the next four to five hours running around my house like a madman, grabbing shampoo bottles and flip-flops and praying I didn't need to run out to the store for anything.


My cat, Oreo, slunk into my room and zoomed in on the suitcase.


The last time she saw that suitcase, I abadoned her for two weeks.


If you're leaving again, you'll have to take me with you:
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With a lot of scolding and feet stamping, I got her to jump out of my suitcase.


Silly me, though, forgot how vindictive cats are.


Oreo proceeded to jump onto my bed, where all my clothes were folded neatly into stacked piles, seperated by what days of the week I was planning on wearing them.


Nooooooooooo



I knew what was coming as soon as she jumped on the bed. I felt like one of those characters in a movie that runs in slow motion with their arms flailing, trying to stop the inevitable from ocurring.


And just like all those amusing actors, I was too late.
Oreo had happily knocked over all my nicely washed and folded outfits.
And, choosing the softest shirt she could find, she laid down on top of it, making sure to cover every inch of the fabric.
Because, naturally, her act of vandalism wouldn't be complete if she didn't deposit as much cat hair as she could on the clothes.


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I swear, she looks like she's laughing at me.



Once, I'd thrown the evil little cat from my room, I got down to business and finished packing in record time.



DF arrived at my house around 5pm, but I didn't see much of him. He works a 4:30am-1:30pm shift at work, so he had been awake since 3am that day.
I left him to watch tv for a bit and then head to bed early, while I headed out to a friend's college graduation ceremony.


I was in bed that night by midnight, which might not've been the greatest idea in the world, but the graduation was something I could not miss.



The alarm woke me at 5am sharp. Despite the feelings of we're going to Disney rushing through me, I was still a little grumpy.

5 o'clock is early.


DF and I were supposed to leave the house at 6am, but we ended up taking longer than we'd planned on just about everything.
Our dog, who we were dropping off at his parent's house, was being stubborn and wouldn't eat or go outside. (What's with us and adopting hardheaded animals?!)
DF didn't even hop in the shower until 5:30.

At 6am, we were just sitting down to a quick bowl of Frosted Flakes.

At 6:15am, we were saying farewell to my younger brother, who was leaving for school.

At 6:17am, we began packing the car.


Since we'd had practice with that in December, it didn't take long, and shortly after we were in the car.

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Only 22 minutes behind schedule. Not great, but also not terrible.

I could live with 22 minutes.



Since it had been almost an hour and a half since I woken up, I was starting to become really excited about going to Disney.
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We'd brought an audiobook along to keep us occupied during the 8 hour drive, but I did not choose very wisely.
I'd went to the library, and, at my mother's suggestion, checked out a collection of Stephen King short stories.


Who in their right mind picks Stephen King to listen to while going to Disney World?!?!


We popped the first disk in and listened with a little horror as the story covered gruesome events and macabre thoughts.


Yikes!


When I think of Disney World, words like magical, enchanting, exciting, thrilling pop into my head.

Listening to the story "1922," all DF and I could think about were murder, rats, robberies, anger, etc


It was more than a little disturbing.



I wish something exciting happened during the drive down through Florida, but it was a typical road trip. (With the exception of the creepy story, of course.)


We stopped in Gainseville for lunch. I wanted Steak N Shake, and DF wanted Chick-Fil-A.


Meh, what the heck, why don't we have both.

We hit the Steak N Shake drive-thru first, ordering two milkshakes. We figured it would save us time to just speed through the take-out windows and eat while on the road.


Speed through.....HA!


We were both aware that Gainseville's a college town and busy, but we survived a year in Tallahassee when I went to FSU, so we were pros at weaving our way through massive conjestions of cars.


And we were, in fact, doing pretty good.


Until we got to Chick-Fil-A.


APPARENTLY, that Chick-Fil-A is immensely popular with its drive-thru.


The first thing that tipped us off was the sign that proclaimed every 100th customer eats free.


Free food is never a good place to stop when you're in a rush.
Everyone loves free food.


The second thing that tipped us off was the very intricate drive-thru.



It had loops.


Loops!


And within those loops was a traffic guard.

Some poor Chick-Fil-A employee was in a reflective jacket directing people on how to properly move forward in line.


DF and I looked at each other with scared, startled, and confused expressions on our faces.


We wanted to escape the madness, but apparently, once you get in those loops, you can't pull away. There were other cars further back in line blocking our way.


We were stuck.



It took about ten minutes for us to get to the order window.
So much for us saving time.


Right before we reached the speaker we saw this huge sign:
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203 cars in 3 hours!?!?!


After another three minutes of waiting for our order to arrive, I looked at DF and simply said, "Never again."




That Chick-Fil-A was mayhem!!! Utter mayhem! I've been through some busy drive-thrus in my life, but this one took the Lombardi Trophy for most impressive, most hectic.

So, fellow drivers, if you ever feel the craving for a chicken sandwich, avoid the Gainseville Chick-Fil-A at all costs.



Leaving Gainseville with our highly-earned lunches, we decided not to make any more reckless stops until we reached his parent's house in Rockledge (about an hour east of Orlando). It was already 1:30 and we still had to drop the puppy off, drive back to Orlando, go to packet pickup, and check into our resort.


We'd already been on the road for 6 hours (time change) and we still had another 6 hours worth of tasks to do. The day was hardly over.



Up next...The International Drive of Hate to a Painful Packet Pickup

CAStevens218
05-24-2011, 09:42 AM
Great start, I'm in! Sounds like an interesting trip. I'm especially excited to read about your experience with the Expedition Everest challenge!

203 cars in 3 hours is crazy! I would have been very intimidated by that drive-thru, and I worked one in high school!!!!!!!

DisneyAsh32
05-24-2011, 10:14 AM
Yay! Another trip report :goodvibes That Chick-Fil-A sounded insane :eek: I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

Shannon84
05-24-2011, 11:46 AM
:goodvibes YAY soooo excited you decided to do a TR for this trip!!

TanzUnited99
05-24-2011, 12:35 PM
Hi Alicia! :wave2: I've seen you post on some of the TRs/PTRs I've been posting on and followed your link over.

A great start - love the list of chapter links to come.

Wow on the Chick-Fil-A mayhem! :eek:

Shell & Ted
05-24-2011, 03:07 PM
Nice job on your report so far. I'm anxious to hear about the 5K.

amazingact21
05-24-2011, 10:20 PM
Great start, I'm in! Sounds like an interesting trip. I'm especially excited to read about your experience with the Expedition Everest challenge!

203 cars in 3 hours is crazy! I would have been very intimidated by that drive-thru, and I worked one in high school!!!!!!!


Welcome! Thanks for reading! The Expedition Everest Challenge was unbelievable, and it was something I'm so happy my DF convinced me to do.


Yay! Another trip report :goodvibes That Chick-Fil-A sounded insane :eek: I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

I can't believe DF and I weren't paying attention and got caught up in the Chick-Fil-A madness. It's taught us to be a lot more attentive when picking places to eat!

:goodvibes YAY soooo excited you decided to do a TR for this trip!!

Thanks for following along! I think I'm going to enjoy writing this one more than my December trip; funnier moments happened this trip. :rotfl:


Hi Alicia! :wave2: I've seen you post on some of the TRs/PTRs I've been posting on and followed your link over.

A great start - love the list of chapter links to come.

Wow on the Chick-Fil-A mayhem! :eek:


:welcome: Glad you could find my TR! I have been reading your PTR, but I've just been lurking and haven't said hello. :rolleyes1

Everytime we're at WDW, DF and I always get a kick out of overhearing fellow guests' jokes. On our second day of this this trip, a CM joked with us about the 5K and said, "If you see me on the side of the road, just throw some water on me and wave," and DF turned to me a said, "Wouldn't that make for a hilarious chapter title to that trip report thing that you do."
And at that moment, we decided those little jokes would be included into my report. Plus, It was actually kind of fun, standing in a long queue or riding the monorail, thinking about what phrase could summarize that time frame.

DF enjoyed it wayyyy more than I did. :rotfl:

Nice job on your report so far. I'm anxious to hear about the 5K.

Thanks! I can't wait to write about the race, it was a one-of-a-kind experience.

DCDisney
05-24-2011, 11:06 PM
I'm loving your chapter titles and furry baby pics :)

amazingact21
05-26-2011, 08:48 AM
I'm loving your chapter titles and furry baby pics :)

Thanks! I have to give DF most of the credit on the chapter titles; he enjoyed coming up with them.
Oreo loves having her picture taken! I've never seen a cat so willing to just sit in one spot and look at a camera. :confused3

amazingact21
05-26-2011, 09:56 AM
There always seems to be a really dark thunder cloud that sits over my head at least once on my trip to WDW. Last December, it was when DF and I went to lunch and I ordered a philly sandwich I couldn't eat. Despite the fact that I was inside the Magic Kingdom, I couldn't help but feel like a part of my day was ruined.

Well, thankfully (I suppose) the black cloud for my May trip happened before we'd even arrived. I had another bad moment later on, but it wasn't nearly as frustrating as this one.



Afternoon of May 6th:

DF and I pulled into his parent's driveway around 3:00pm. I was half an hour behind schedule, but I still wasn't too concerned. We were being very efficient ever since the lunch incident, and I had promises from DF that we would make the 5:00 course talk at packet pickup.


If anyone read my December TR, you can remember that the last time DF and I headed to Orlando from DF's parent's house, we were an hour behind.
Well, I was NOT going to let that happen again.

I made DF remind his family several times that we were visiting them for 3 days after the trip, but the afternoon of the 6th was just a drop-off day for our puppy:
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They agreed wholeheartedly, especially when we explained that we had to go to a race registration event.


"Of course, Alex, that makes perfect sense. We'll just hug your necks and you can be on your way."


I made DF promise over and over again that he wouldn't procrastinate, because he tends to have a difficult time leaving his family once he sees them. (Understandable)


We had luck going for us before the trip, because his older brother works 9-6 M-F, so he was scheduled to be at work.

As was his mother.

The only person who was going to relieve us of Buster duty, was DF's father. Who isn't much of a talker, and would've been perfectly okay with us making a brief pit stop.



But since when do plans ever go that smoothly???


DF's brother greeted us from the front porch when we got out of the car.


Followed soon after by his mother.



When we asked why they weren't at work, they told us that DF's brother had to take his cat to the vet, so he got the afternoon off, and DF's mom wasn't feeling well, so she called in.


Ironically enough, DF's dad was the only person NOT home at the time.



I had prepared for emergencies like this though and had given DF a 30 minute grace period to socialize with his family.


We took all the dog's stuff inside and sat down on the couch.
Before long, DF's mom was begging us to wait until DF's dad got home so that he could say hello.


"It will only take fifteen minutes."



:headache:



After DF's dad got back home, DF's younger sister called.


She was on her way home from school and wanted to see DF.


"It will only take ten minutes, she's really close."



:sad2:



Finally, at 4:15pm, DF and I got back into our cars.




Just like last time, we were an hour late.




I wanted to cry, I was so frustrated.




I told myself to bite my tongue and not say anything.

Alex knows how mad you, and you don't need to have a fight before Disney.

Bite your tongue, Alicia. I don't care if it falls off, don't make a peep!

And, in my defense, I tried.

We made it ten minutes on the road before I blew up.

I'd say it resembled a bottle rocket exploding on the passenger seat floorboard.
Flailing, exploding, noisy...

Or a Macy's Thanksgiving Day float losing control.
Causing mayhem, filling the place with hot air, making people scream...



As per my usual self, I turned to the dramatic side and said absurd things like, "From now on, YOU get to plan all these vacations, because obviously you don't listen to my itineraries."

After I exploded, I gave DF the silent treatment.


"1922" was still playing in the CD player, and it was oddly fitting at that time.



We drove through the classic "Welcome to Disney World" sign, but I was too mad to take a picture.
DF dared to complain, because last trip we'd gone in the back way and missed it, so he wanted to capture it this time.


Naturally, that only made me more frustrated, and I told him where he could put the camera.



Without any trouble, DF managed to drive straight to the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Originally, we were going to check into our hotel first, then take one of the buses to the complex, but because it was getting so late, we decided to get the race preparations out of the way.


By that point, I knew we needed some pictures of the complex, so, still angry with DF, I tried to snapping a few photos of the entrance sign.

I tried to take it through the front widshield and realized that wasn't going to work:
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The squished love bugs kind of detracted from the main focus of the picture.

Alright, let's try from the passenger window:
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Too close.


By that point the light had given us a green arrow and we were turning.


DF found a nice parking spot in section 2. Since it was after 5 o'clock, there weren't a lot of people milling around. In fact, most everyone was leaving the complex.


The whole place was really big and nicely spread out.
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I felt like there was a ton of space between the events going on, and everything was easy to find.


There was a person directing us to a bulletin board. They told us to find our name and write down our bib number.

(I took a picture of both our names, but I don't want to post it, because it had dozens of other people's first and last names on there as well.)


We saw that we were number 1428.

That seemed like a nice number. Nobody has ever disliked a 1428 before.
Surely, we wouldn't do horrible with a number like 1428...


Right after we found our number, we followed the sign to where a bunch of tables were set up:
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We found the table indicating where bib # 1000-1500 should report.Turning our waivers in, I signed our name in a binder, and DF took a huge envelope with all our information in it, and picked up our tshirts and collector pins.


Our shirts were black, which sort of bummed me out, because I thought they were going to be white. I rarely ever wear black shirts when I work out. Yes, they were race tech shirts and could breath easily, but I live in FL...no matter what material its made out of, black is HOT.


The collector pins were extremely cool, though. They were 2 out of 900, which DF thought was incredibly awesome. They had a green and red oval with the words Expedition Everest Challenge written in the middle and the date of the race above it. Sliding up and down above the oval was a yeti, making it look like he was climbing over.

I'm sure later on the pin can be seen in one of my pictures...


The overall packet pickup took less than three minutes to complete.

Even though we were really late, we decided to listen in to the last of the course talk.
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Since we got there so late, though, we didn't learn anything.

DF and I left the talk five minutes later and went to sign a wall that was set up.

There wasn't anything left to do after writing our names down, so we headed out. There was a small make-shift "base camp" set up in the grassy area in front of the complex, but I was still mad at DF and wasn't in the mood to cuddle up next to him for a photo.


Throughout the packet pickup, DF kept looking at me with an expression that said, "We're doing something Disney related, aren't you going to be happy?"

But you know how when you're mad at someone...really mad at them, everything they do irritates you? DF disagreed with me and said he liked that the shirts were black. If I wasn't in such a rotten mood, I wouldn't have cared, but it just made me grumpier.
While we were signing our names, he asked a CM standing around a race-related question, and I snapped at him, "If we'd made it to the course talk on time, you wouldn't have had to ask someone."


That was, by far, the worst time I had at Disney. By that point, I was just in a bad mood, and I didn't think my outlook would improve once we got to our resort.
I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I had a late night the night before, and hadn't gotten a lot of sleep, and we'd been in the car for 8+ hours.

Happy or not...we left Wide World of Sports and headed to All Star Sports.



Up next...Striking Out the King

TanzUnited99
05-26-2011, 11:28 AM
Oh no on having a bad moment but at least you got it out of the way before the remainder of your trip! I didn't know your DFs family lived in Orlando. That must be cool but annoying at the same time especially when they kept trying to stall you and make you wait to meet all the family! :eek:

I can imagine me being the one having bad moments on our trip because not everything is going as planned. Have been there and done that with the silent treatment!

Anyway, looking forward to reading the next chapter and am hoping the calmness returns ;)

Shannon84
05-26-2011, 03:46 PM
Oh my gosh you sound just like me!!! I tend to hold grudges once I am in a bad mood, it takes a while to shake it :headache: I hate blowing up like that, but I have to admit I do it too in situations like that!

I hope that you guys were able to have a fun time at Disney though :goodvibes

I wish I would get some race shirts that weren't white, because I tend to get anything white dirty right away :rotfl: but black to work out doesn't sound good either!

DisneyAsh32
05-26-2011, 04:36 PM
You sound exactly like me. I would have exploded too. Especially after all of those reminders and everything. It would have made me feel like everyone just totally disregarded my plans and everything we had talked about, so I definitely understand your frustration. But at least you got it out of the way before your trip really started. It can only get happier from here!:goodvibes

PirateKate
05-27-2011, 03:37 PM
It's never fun to start a trip angry and an hour behind. Maybe next time, you could drop the dog on the front step, ring the doorbell, and run back to the car and leave. :laughing:

amazingact21
05-29-2011, 11:10 AM
Oh no on having a bad moment but at least you got it out of the way before the remainder of your trip! I didn't know your DFs family lived in Orlando. That must be cool but annoying at the same time especially when they kept trying to stall you and make you wait to meet all the family! :eek:

I can imagine me being the one having bad moments on our trip because not everything is going as planned. Have been there and done that with the silent treatment!

Anyway, looking forward to reading the next chapter and am hoping the calmness returns ;)


Having his family so close really is both a blessing and a curse. It allows us to visit his family, but it also means...we have to visit his family. :rotfl:
They don't understand our Disney obsession and are beginning to get mad that we go to WDW instead of just driving down to spend time with them.

Oh my gosh you sound just like me!!! I tend to hold grudges once I am in a bad mood, it takes a while to shake it :headache: I hate blowing up like that, but I have to admit I do it too in situations like that!

I hope that you guys were able to have a fun time at Disney though :goodvibes

I wish I would get some race shirts that weren't white, because I tend to get anything white dirty right away :rotfl: but black to work out doesn't sound good either!

I didn't think about the white shirts getting dirty! :lmao:
I hate not being able to let things go once I get mad at someone, but I guess as long as the people around you are aware, it can handled. :rotfl2:

You sound exactly like me. I would have exploded too. Especially after all of those reminders and everything. It would have made me feel like everyone just totally disregarded my plans and everything we had talked about, so I definitely understand your frustration. But at least you got it out of the way before your trip really started. It can only get happier from here!:goodvibes

I think that is what bugged me the most. DF cannot make plans ahead of time to save his life, and he loves that I can just tell him where and when we are doing things on the trip. So to have him insist that I make the plans and then to ignore them drove me nuts! :laughing:

It's never fun to start a trip angry and an hour behind. Maybe next time, you could drop the dog on the front step, ring the doorbell, and run back to the car and leave. :laughing:

Ha! We have actually talked to my younger brother and my mother and they agreed to watch the dog the next time we go! After two incidents, I made sure to fix that mistake! :rotfl:

amazingact21
05-31-2011, 09:55 AM
I hope everyone had a great Memorial weekend! I had a huge cookout with my family and was able to see a lot of my cousins and aunts and uncles. That was also why I was MIA for the past few days. Sorry about that!:confused3

May 6th Arrival:


DF, who always knows where to drive in unknown places, found the sign for the All Star resorts without a hitch.

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While he was driving towards the entrance gate, I kept telling myself I needed to drop the attitude. We were about to be going to our first-ever Disney-owned resort.

I didn't want the memory of us checking in and seeing what a Disney room was like to be tainted by my crankiness.



I told myself that the second I walked through the lobby doors, I was going to be happy.



All Star Sports was the first of the three resorts, so we took the first right we came to and were greeted with the huge gold star.
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Neither of us had ever seen the All Star Resorts before, except in pictures, and we were both taken aback by how big everything was. The decor, signs, even the red carpet leading into the lobby were blown up to massive porportions.
I almost felt like an ant when I looked out of my car window.

DF parked near the bus stop that way we could check in.
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I tried to get a photo of the whole sign in front of the stop, but just like everything else, it was too big to fit.


We walked up to the lobby doors, and I got a little kick out of the carpet and and the backside of the star.
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Inside the lobby, the online check-in counter was directly to our right, so we hopped in the waiting line. There were families occupying each of the three desks, but there was nobody else ahead of us in line, so DF and I were content to wait until one of the three groups left.

However, a very friendly CM was not all right with that. He came up to us and said hello and asked us if this was our first visit. He also asked us if we were on the dining plan, and the three of us discussed what restaurants we liked best at WDW.

He forewarned us that being on the DP meant we had a lot of food to consume. At the time, DF and I silently laughed at him and thought to ourselves, "You haven't seen us eat before. We pack away food like we've never seen the stuff before."


Later on, we discovered just how accurate the CM was being when he made the comment.


The three of us had only been standing around talking for a minute and a half, but the CM was not accepting the wait time. AT ALL.

He called over to another CM working behind the counter and asked him to take our reservation confirmation papers and find our packet. He then guided us over to a concierge counter and asked the CM behind the desk if she could check us in.

The CM helping us ran back to the check-in desk and grabbed the packet he had asked someone else to retrieve. Handing it to the concierge woman, he said farewell and returned to his spot across the room.


DF and I were trying desperately to follow along. We felt kinda bad, because we didn't mind waiting and we certainly didn't mean for the poor concierge CM to have to check us in.
I think what baffled us the most was the fact that the lobby was pretty empty. The regular check-in line didn't have more than two families waiting, and it was apparent we had missed the rush by a long shot.
There really was no need to rush to help us.


Being treated so nicely by the staff made my bad mood disappear. I couldn't help but smile and feel gracious.
It's hard to feel angry when you have a total stranger falling over your feet trying to help you.


The concierge CM was very efficient and checked us in quickly. She handed us our WDW packet, which had two Just Engaged buttons inside it. DF had apparently called the resort after he proposed and asked for the buttons.
They were pretty cute:
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The CM then handed us our Key to the World card (that had everything but our tickets on it) and showed us where we needed to drive to get to our building.


We had been put in building 8, third floor, room 8302. I had not done too much research on what was the best building and the best room, because this was a last minute trip, and DF and I aren't picky. We lucked out in December with our Shades of Green room, and we figured we'd see how everything panned out on this trip.


Building 8 was the baseball section, which was okay with me. My younger brother has played baseball for the past 10 years, so it was nice to be put in a sport section that I at least knew.


DF and I headed out of the lobby and back to our car, where we took a right and drove around the resort.

As we drove past buildings 6 and 7, we saw construction going on at All Star Music.
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We came to building 8 and DF stumbled upon an open parking spot in the first row. (Actually, every time we returned to ASSp, we were able to park in the front.)

We got out of the car and assessed our temporary home.

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I wasn't crazy about the color of the building. I knew it was supposed to resemble a baseball field's grass, but it was ugly. :rotfl: All the other building were bright and colorful, but baseball looked like pea soup.

It didn't matter in the end, though. The color of the walls weren't going to affect our stay in any way.


DF and I walked to the building and immediately, DF noticed the stairs hidden inside the Coca-Cola cup.
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"Can we go up them?"


I looked at him like he'd lost his mind.

"You want me to climb up 3 flights of stairs...on my vacation?!"

DF didn't see the problem. He lives on the 3rd floor of an apartment complex that doesn't have elevators, so he's conditioned to lots of climbing.
I, on the hand, hate stairs. I've got a bad knee that rebels when I have to walk up them.
I'd rather run a half marathon then climb up 3 flights of stairs.


DF looked mildly disappointed, but didn't argue and followed me down the walkway to the elevators.

We reached the 3rd floor and rather then look at the sign on the wall stating where the rooms were, we plunged straight ahead.

I've discovered that when DF and I are really excited, we forget to look at important details.



We walked all the way down the walkway, looking for room 8302.


We turned right and the end (passing the cup stairwell) and began going down the adjoining walkway.

We had walked down the entire walkway when we finally saw that our room was the second to last door. Which, we realized, meant that if we'd taken a left at the elevator instead of going straight we would have been right at our room.


We'd just gone in one big loop to find our room.

What is with us and loops?!?!


We brushed the incident off and got ready to see our room.

Our first Disney room!

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When DF called about our engagement a few weeks ago, he asked if we could have a king bed room and the CM told him it was automatic. DF and I aren't the smallest people in the world (DF is 6'1") and a double just seemed like it'd be really cramped. The CM told him that Disney would go ahead and put us in a king room because they would see who was on the guest list.
I told DF that I think the CM was just pulling his leg, trying to get him off the phone, but DF was adamant that we were going to get a king.


Much to his disappointment, when we opened the door, we were greeted with two doubles.
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I didn't care either way. I was just estatic that we were staying on Disney property. I couldn't wait to explore the room and see all the Disney-related decorations.

There was a towel-head Mickey on the bed to welcome us home.
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Which led my eyes to discover the Mickey heads on the comforter:
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The bathroom counter was a little hard to handle, because I am a counter hog. I take up way more space than I should, so I knew DF and I would have territory issues over who could put their stuff where during our stay.
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The bathroom had a wallpaper that had baseball players all over it.
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The paper was a little weird.
I don't know if I would have gone with people.



There's nothing like stepping out of the shower and seeing a hundred pairs of eyes on you.
:eek:


The two of us explored the room, top to bottom, because we're curious people and like to see how everything is set up.

Eventually, though, while DF was reading all the important-looking papers on the table
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I told him we really needed to unload the car and get our stuff unpacked.


Two trips to the car later, everything was in the room and we were ready to really begin our Disney trip.


Up next...Tangled Up in the Endzone

TanzUnited99
05-31-2011, 12:29 PM
Yay on spending Memorial weekend with your family - sounds like you had a great time!

I love the red carpet welcome! What a way to be greeted by the friendly CM! :thumbsup2

I wouldn't want to climb 3 flights of stairs either or have 100 pairs of eyes on me when stepping out of the shower! :scared1:

PirateKate
05-31-2011, 02:28 PM
I agree about the color of the Baseball building. I've always thought of baseball grass as being extra green, sort of like a golf course.

Too bad about the doubles, but I think a lot of the rooms at the Values with king beds are also handicap accessible, which could be why it was harder to get one.

20thingamabobs
05-31-2011, 08:14 PM
Hey! Sorry I missed the start to your TR but I just saw it in your signature! I'm so excited to hear about your trip, especially your take on the EE Challenge. Your chapter titles are really cute! Am I part of the "she'll think I'm a stalker" one? :laughing: I do wish we could have met and got a picture! Anyway, I noticed you said you'd rather run a half marathon than walk up three flights of stairs... well, start training! I looking for a partner for the Princess half princess:! Oh, also, I like your writing style.

Shannon84
05-31-2011, 09:08 PM
YAY for the good moods and first time at a Disney resort!! :goodvibes I have never been to any of the All Star resorts...looks cool!! I do agree the people all over the wallpaper would throw me off getting out of the shower :lmao:

DisneyAsh32
06-01-2011, 07:58 AM
Yay for your first time at a Disney Resort! All Star Sports is the only one I've stayed in until my upcoming trip. I'm glad the CM's were so helpful.

I also have to agree with everyone that the wallpaper is kind of creepy :rotfl:

amazingact21
06-01-2011, 08:52 AM
Yay on spending Memorial weekend with your family - sounds like you had a great time!

I love the red carpet welcome! What a way to be greeted by the friendly CM! :thumbsup2

I wouldn't want to climb 3 flights of stairs either or have 100 pairs of eyes on me when stepping out of the shower! :scared1:

It was a lot of fun, but I'm also glad things have settled back down and everyone's gone. :rotfl:
That CM went above and beyond for us. I really wish I'd remembered to look at his nametag so that I could send a nice note to WDW.


I agree about the color of the Baseball building. I've always thought of baseball grass as being extra green, sort of like a golf course.

Too bad about the doubles, but I think a lot of the rooms at the Values with king beds are also handicap accessible, which could be why it was harder to get one.

That's how I always pictured the grass, as well, but I guess the designers thought this was a better shade to use.:confused3
I read on here that the king rooms were handicapped, and I explained that to DF, but he can be stubborn at times and not listen.

Hey! Sorry I missed the start to your TR but I just saw it in your signature! I'm so excited to hear about your trip, especially your take on the EE Challenge. Your chapter titles are really cute! Am I part of the "she'll think I'm a stalker" one? :laughing: I do wish we could have met and got a picture! Anyway, I noticed you said you'd rather run a half marathon than walk up three flights of stairs... well, start training! I looking for a partner for the Princess half princess:! Oh, also, I like your writing style.

Haha, you ARE the person from the stalker chapter! :rotfl: That was one of the crazy things I said to my DF after he'd introduced himself to you, and I figured it'd be a fitting title for that time frame.
I am nowhere near half marathon material. :rotfl: Although DF has learned about half marathon relays, and he's trying to get me to consider them! I think he's more addicted to Disney races than I am! :laughing:

YAY for the good moods and first time at a Disney resort!! :goodvibes I have never been to any of the All Star resorts...looks cool!! I do agree the people all over the wallpaper would throw me off getting out of the shower :lmao:

I thought the All Star resort was great for the amount of time we stayed and what was on are agendas. There were a few things I missed at the resort (a mini fridge and SPACE) but if I had another 3-4 day trip planned, I'd really consider going back there.

Yay for your first time at a Disney Resort! All Star Sports is the only one I've stayed in until my upcoming trip. I'm glad the CM's were so helpful.

I also have to agree with everyone that the wallpaper is kind of creepy :rotfl:

I never understood why someone thought it would be cool to put pictures of people on the walls. :confused3 I thought All Star Sports was nice, but I can't really compare it to anything until I stay at another value.

amazingact21
06-01-2011, 10:34 AM
The Evening of May 6th:


With our bags unpacked and the table covered with cameras, chargers, and water bottles, the next task I had to complete was decorating our room window!

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A few weeks ago, I was hanging out with my mother, and I told her how people staying at value resorts like to decorate their rooms. Well, she fell in love with idea and convinced me to do it for this trip.

I never thought I'd turn into one of those people. The concept never appealed to me. But my mom really enjoyed helping me, and it made her feel like she was a part of this trip.

My mother and I are very close, and I tried to convince her and my younger brother to tag along and let my brother compete in the EE Challenge. He was still going to school, though, and financially they just couldn't.
She hasn't been to the world in 6 years, and she misses the place a lot, so if coming up with window decorations allowed her to share in some Disney magic, I was willing to do it.

We created the signs that were to be hung. One was announcing that DF and I were competing in the EE Challenge, and the other one was celebrating our recent engagement.

DF and I went to Home Depot and swiped some paint swatches, and two nights before the trip, my mom and I made a Mickey head garland.

Well, I made the garland, my mother admired the name of the paint colors and continued to steal the swatches for bookmarkers. :rotfl:

My mother dug up some of her old Disney toys that used to belong to my siblings and I, and that she was saving for future grandchildren.
She had a ton of them!

Enough to fill at least two windowsills.

While I swiped all the Lion King ones, I promised her that one day, I'd take her to Disney and she could make a Toy Story themed window, since that's her favorite movie.


Armed with all my decorations (and some window clings DF took from work) I set up the window.
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The garland wasn't long enough, and I kept setting them up unevenly, which was beginning to really irritate me.
While I was fighting with the papers and strings, DF stood outside and snapped some pictures.

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Even though I wasn't crazy about the idea of my window being decorated, the end result was sort of cute.
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DF got a kick out of watching people's reactions to it over the following three days.


Once that ordeal was over with, DF insisted we take a look at our race information.

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He tried on his shirt, and I re-read all the instructions. There really wasn't much more we could do, so DF and I packed it all back away and decided to go explore the resort for a bit.


We stepped out of our room and found our view of the place from the door was very....smashing
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DF and I got a good laugh out of our interrupted view. There aren't too many resorts that you can stay at and say that your view was covered by a super-sized Louiseville Slugger.


We took a couple steps to the right and managed to get a clearer view of our surroundings.
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Lucky for us, we were next to one of the pools and right above the laundry room.


Taking the elevator down to the ground floor, we walked past the pool and took a left when we came to the football section.
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I loved the open space.

And so did a lot of parents.
There were always some haggard looking father standing on the field watching their toddler run around in circles. One look at their face and you could read their thoughts: "Please, please, run your energy out. Run around, tire out, and then dear God fall asleep!"


We walked down the football field and checked out the Surfs Up building.
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Being a Florida native, I loved the beach theme, but I would never pay preferred rates to stay near the main pool. That area was always busy.
I enjoy my peace too much to deal with guests swimming late at night and swarms returning and leaving the bus area.

When we were walking around, the main pool was closed.
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DF and I were starting to get hungry by this point, so we decided it was time to try out our DP and grab some dinner at the food court.
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The whole process was a little hectic for us, because we had no idea what to do. We knew we were allowed an entree, drink, and dessert, but finding out how to obtain those three things was confusing.

It took us a long time to realize that we order our entrees at one of the counters, go across the room to a glass case and pick a dessert, and then go to the back of the room and select a bottled drink from a refridgerator.

While we were waiting in line to order our entrees, a guest behind us read DF's shirt, which was something he received at a work event, and he saw that DF was stationed at the same base as him.

He was at Disney for the EE 5K, as well, so the three of us talked for a bit. He warned us that the sample clue we hadn't seen was very hard. He said nobody could figure it out.

Great.

Saying goodbye to the man, DF and I ordered our food and paid at one of the registers.

We both had chosen the chicken alfredo with breadsticks. I got a brownie, though, while DF chose a crumb cake.
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I wasn't expecting a lot from the food. It was a value food court, after all. But I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't spectacular, but it was pretty good.
DF really liked the chicken. And for a picky eater like him, it was a small shock to hear that he enjoyed the meal.

The brownie was really rich. I ate about 3/4ths of it before I gave up.
DF's crumb cake was delicious! I regretted not making the same choice and had to watch enviously as DF gobbled it up. (Not without giving me a bite, first, though.:lmao:)


After dinner, DF debated with me about the pros and cons of buying a refillable mug. Since we were on the regular DP, we didn't get one, and DF thought it'd be a smart idea to invest in one.

His reasoning???


He wanted me to have coffee in the morning.


...


The memories of my battle with coffee from December was fresh on his mind, and he was willing to do anything to prevent me from going without caffeine again.

I tried to tell him that for the cost of the mug, we would not get our money's worth out of it, but he insisted. Giving up, I let him buy one as we were leaving.


Our stomach's full, we headed back to our room.
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When we were nearing our building, I asked DF if we could change into our swimsuits and swim for a little.
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DF is not much of a pool person, whereas I am the exact opposite. During the summer, I am in either my pool or at the beach at least three/four times a week.

Reluctantly, he agreed, so we went back to the room to change.

We had wanted to stay at the pool nearest our room, but when we arrived, there was a mob of high schoolers from Grad Night occupying all the chairs.

DF and I agreed that we were looking for something a little quieter, so we went to the main pool.

Finding two empty pool chairs, we dropped our bag on the seat and hopped in the water.

By then it was 8 o'clock, the sun had left the sky, and the water was cold!


There was a projector screen set up by the shallow end of the pool, and when it neared 9:00pm, the resort began showing Tangled.
DF and I tried to watch some of the movie while we were floating around, but the volume for the film was not very loud and we were getting really cold.

As much as we loved Pascal and Max, DF and I decided it was time to get out and call it an early night. We had a 9:20 reservation for Kona Cafe in the morning, and we wanted to be well-rested for our breakfast.


Up Next...I Like a Little Coffee with My Creamer

TanzUnited99
06-01-2011, 01:31 PM
I love your window decorations and how cool that your mum got to input into it as well! I am debating whether to decorate ours - am not sure if we will or not.

Lol at the obstructed view! :laughing:

The EE shrt looks great.

Am glad you managed to sort out the food scenario - it's always the way that DF gets the better thing and you really want it! :rotfl: It happens with us as well though sometimes I get lucky and end up with the better choice!

Look forward to reading about Kona breakfast!

Shannon84
06-01-2011, 03:20 PM
I really LOVE the window decorations, they really came out great!!! I am now inspired to do this for my trip in October...maybe a Halloween theme :goodvibes DBF is going to laugh when I tell him about it I am sure!

Thats really cool that they were showing a movie at the pool there! I love the Beach/Pool but I have to be swimming or moving around, I can't just lay out and tan without getting a little bored

amazingact21
06-02-2011, 09:54 AM
I love your window decorations and how cool that your mum got to input into it as well! I am debating whether to decorate ours - am not sure if we will or not.

Lol at the obstructed view! :laughing:

The EE shrt looks great.

Am glad you managed to sort out the food scenario - it's always the way that DF gets the better thing and you really want it! :rotfl: It happens with us as well though sometimes I get lucky and end up with the better choice!

Look forward to reading about Kona breakfast!


On this trip, DF always wanted us to order something different, that way we could try two things on the menu vs one, but after he kept ending up with the better choices, I stopped that! :rotfl:

I really LOVE the window decorations, they really came out great!!! I am now inspired to do this for my trip in October...maybe a Halloween theme :goodvibes DBF is going to laugh when I tell him about it I am sure!

Thats really cool that they were showing a movie at the pool there! I love the Beach/Pool but I have to be swimming or moving around, I can't just lay out and tan without getting a little bored

I've seen pictures of some Halloween window decorations and I thought they were really cool! I told DF that I probably wouldn't decorate my window again until we go during a holiday like Halloween or Christmas. There's just so many cool ideas you could do.

amazingact21
06-02-2011, 12:48 PM
The Morning of the 7th:

DF and I woke up early Saturday morning well-rested and anxious to get the day started.

While DF was looking forward to our breakfast and shopping at DTD, all I could think about was how far away the race was.
I prefer running at night, but during that morning, I was wishing the race was early in the day so I wouldn't have to deal with the butterflies in my stomach for very long.


We were up and ready to go at 8:00 (which is late for us on a Disney day).
DF was perky on the ride down the elevator. He hates coffee, so when he wakes up in the morning, he's ready to go. Kona Cafe is his favorite Disney restaurant, and the prospect of finally being able to try their macadamia pancakes had him impatient to leave.
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First things first, though.

I had to try my luck with ASSp's coffee.

As I was pouring the stuff into my refillable mug, DF looked at my handful of individual coffee creamers I'd brought from home and said, "Geez, Alicia, you like a little coffee with your creamer??"

I gave him a snarky look, finished stirring my drink, put the lid on, and left the food court.


It was the moment of truth. Was my Disney coffee curse broken??


I took a tentative sip.

Please be good, please be good.



AHHHHH! :love::woohoo:


I fell in love on that pathway of All Star Sports.


It was love at first sip.

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My feet came off the floor, I was so estatic with the taste; I floated to the car. :cloud9:


The coffee wasn't really bitter, like every other coffee is, and it almost had a chocolate taste to it. The taste was so smooth and rich, it filled my mouth with flavor.
I've been looking on-line, trying to find out what the brand of that coffee is, but I can't find it. So if anyone knows, please let me know. I'd give up a foot to have that coffee at home.


With coffee in hand, DF and I pulled out of the ASSp parking lot and headed towards the Polynesian.

DF was very happy to learn that when you stay at a Disney resort, you can park anywhere for free. That morning, I thought that perk alone was what sold staying on Disney property to DF. As we drove across WDW property, he went on and on about how we wouldn't have to wait for a bus and we'd have more freedom to come and go as we pleased.


Before we knew it, we were entering the Magic Kingdom:

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I was in my own little world, excited to be near MK, when I suddenly came back to reality and realized DF had missed the turn to the TTC parking lot.

I asked him where he was going, and he said he was headed towards the Polynesian parking lot.


Initially, that made sense; it was where we were eating breakfast, but earlier in the morning, I had suggested we park at the TTC and take the monorail, because we had to go to the ticket window after our meal and activate our tickets.


When I told him that, he replied with, "Oh, that's right, well, we'll just park at Magic Kingdom then."


What was he talking about?!?!


"Alex, there is no Magic Kingdom parking lot. Remember, the last time we were here, we had to choose between taking the ferry or the monorail."


The memory dawned on DF right as we were nearing the Polynesian.


I got a little nostalgic at that point, looking around and seeing Shades of Green in the distance. I spent the majority of my time in December in that area, and it reminded me of how much fun I had on that trip.

I couldn't think about it for too long, though, because DF was making a U-turn right in front of the Poly.

"What are you doing?!"

"Turning around, you said you didn't want to park here."

"Well, we already missed the turn for the TTC, so I figured we might as well park here."


It was too late by that point. DF had already turned the car around and we were headed OUT of the Magic Kingdom.

"There's got to be a way to get to the TTC from here."

"Yes, and I think it was that road you just passed."

"Well, look there's an entrance right here."

"That's a truck entrance."

DF didn't listen and attempted to pull in, only to be blocked by a gate. I learned on this trip that my DF thinks the rules don't belong to him. He thinks that his car has some special privelage that allows him to park anywhere he pleases.

"I told you we weren't allowed in there, why don't you listen to me?!"

DF gave me a look and said, "Drink your coffee."

He pulled back out onto a road and drove around until we came to the TTC center. I wish I could tell you what roads we followed and what directions we were going, but I was so twisted and turned around, I hadn't the slightest clue. There it was at last!

Except....

We had entered from the wrong side, the side where buses pull in and where the parking lot is closed off.
We drove past it, looking glum.

"Maybe I missed the entrance, let me turn around."

And DF did just that.
On what he thought was an empty road.

He stopped right in the middle of the road and began to make a 3 point turn.


:scared1:

Right as we were sideways on both lanes of the road, a bus began turning onto our street.

And out from behind came another bus.

"ALEX!!!!"

"I GOT THIS...DRINK YOUR COFFEE!!!"


We made the turn and were headed back towards the direction we came from.
I demanded DF return to the main road and we start from the beginning.

He grumbled a bit, but he knew my decision made the most sense, so he headed in that direction.

DF drove past the Richard Petty Driving School and was pulling into a gas station, when he saw a road that let him back to our original route (the roads right past the gate to MK).

He hopped back onto the correct road and got in the appropriate lane.

We were headed the right way again.

After 15 minutes of driving the wrong way. :laughing:


We got to the parking lot and I fell out of the car; I had never been more thankful to make it to a destination. It wasn't that I was mad at DF for getting us so lost or upset that he made some illegal turns, I was just frazzled from all the confusion and wanted our day to get back on track.


As we were walking to the tram, I said to DF:

"A bus wouldn't have gotten lost, you know....or tried to kill us."

It was a low blow, but after that driving fiasco, it was well-deserved.

DF got his revenge, though, when we were at the TTC center.



We were headed towards the monorails, and I couldn't have been more excited.
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I fell in love with the monorails on our last trip, because I found the views and the smooth gliding very relaxing and enjoyable.
It was only 9:05 in the morning, and both routes were not that busy.

However, if you will take a closer look at the monrail picture, you'll see where my mistake was made.


I was walking along, happy as a clam, heading up the ramp to the monorail, when DF tugged on my shirt sleeve.


"Uh, honey, you want to get on the right monorail?"


Huh?


I looked above me to the sign.


Oh....oops.


I was about to board the MK express monorail.


That wouldn't get us to the Poly.


With a smug grin on his face, DF led me to the resort monorail and we got on.

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A minute later and we were there!

We survived!

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It was only 9:10, ten minutes before our reservation time, so DF and I made a pit stop at the bathrooms and took our time getting to Kona.

I took some pictures along our walk.
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The Polynesian is my favorite Deluxe resort, and every time I visit it, I try to think of some day in the future when I'll be able to stay there.

HAH!

It never hurts to dream, right?


Kona had a pretty decent line, so I comissioned DF to stand in it while I took some more photos.
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While I was clicking away, DF gave our name to a CM and returned to me with a buzzer.

For kicks and giggles we walked over to the menu hanging on one of the walls and checked it out.
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Not that we needed to look.

I knew our food choices by heart.

However, I was still torn. For weeks, I debated between Tonga Toast and the Big Kahuna. I'd heard better things about the Tonga, but the Big Kahuna sounded just a little more appealing to me.

Every time I thought I knew what I was going to get, I changed my mind.
Looking at the menu, I was pretty sure I was set on the Big Kahuna, when out of nowhere a couple walked up to us and told us, "Get the Tonga Toast, it's the best thing we've ever had. We've been coming here for years and there's nothing like it."


Uh oh. Another vote for Tonga Toast.

My mind couldn't just ignore this statement from some friendly guests.

When a Disney veteran tells you something is good, you can take it to the bank that it is.


The people were going into detail on what the food was made up of when our buzzer rang. We thanked them for their advice and headed towards the restaurant.

The moment of truth had arrived, and I still didn't know what I was going to choose!


Up next...There's Two Rules to a Happy Marriage

Nermel9
06-02-2011, 07:13 PM
Joining in, great TR so far! :cool1:

Your animals are so cute! :lovestruc

I have never wanted to stay at All Star Sports, it was the one Disney resort I never had any interest in, but I've been seeing it in a few TR's lately, and it looks nice! The Surf's Up section is adorable, and I know my DH would love the baseball section! :)

Can't wait to read more!

Shannon84
06-03-2011, 07:49 AM
I have never had the coffee at WDW, but I know it is usually tough to find, so I am glad you found some you liked :thumbsup2

I am excited to hear about your Kona experience, I have never been there, but honestly I have heard soooo much about that Tonga Toast on here :rotfl:

amazingact21
06-03-2011, 07:59 AM
Joining in, great TR so far! :cool1:

Your animals are so cute! :lovestruc

I have never wanted to stay at All Star Sports, it was the one Disney resort I never had any interest in, but I've been seeing it in a few TR's lately, and it looks nice! The Surf's Up section is adorable, and I know my DH would love the baseball section! :)

Can't wait to read more!

:welcome: Thanks for joining in!
ASSp never really appealed to me, either, but it was one of the host resorts for the Expedition Everest 5K and DF wanted to stay there. I wasn't going to argue too much with a person who just agreed to let me go on another WDW trip. :rotfl:
Overall, though, it wasn't bad. I don't have anything to compare it too, though (except SoG) so I feel that I can't give a good opinion of it until I stay at another resort.

I have never had the coffee at WDW, but I know it is usually tough to find, so I am glad you found some you liked :thumbsup2

I am excited to hear about your Kona experience, I have never been there, but honestly I have heard soooo much about that Tonga Toast on here :rotfl:

DF and I both love, love, love Kona Cafe. The teriyaki steak they have is to die for!
It's a good thing and a bad thing DF and I discovered Kona back in December. We have already established that one restaurant we just have to go eat at again, but unfortunately that means we won't have as many oppurtunities to try new places.
I asked DF if we could try 'Ohana's instead of Kona when I was making my ADRs and he just looked at me with this sad, puppy dog face and said, "So does that mean we're not going to Kona?" :confused3:)

TanzUnited99
06-03-2011, 08:21 AM
Yay on finding coffee you enjoyed at Disney World! :banana: I hope I fall in love with the coffee at Pop.

Lol at the story of getting to Kona Cafe! :rotfl: That is why I have ruled out getting a car for our first trip - I know we would be lost half the time!

Ooh am looking forward to finding out if you got the Tonga Toast and the two rules to a happy marriage!

PirateKate
06-04-2011, 02:05 PM
Watching Tangled from the pool sounds really fun. Too bad the sound was too low.

I don't know what kind of coffee they have at All Star Sports, but it sounds like the perfect excuse for a refillable mug.

I hope you make some good choices at Kona Cafe!

tripgoerNS
06-05-2011, 10:22 AM
Loved your TR from December. Cant wait to read this one. Looking froward to updates.

amazingact21
06-05-2011, 01:58 PM
Yay on finding coffee you enjoyed at Disney World! :banana: I hope I fall in love with the coffee at Pop.

Lol at the story of getting to Kona Cafe! :rotfl: That is why I have ruled out getting a car for our first trip - I know we would be lost half the time!

Ooh am looking forward to finding out if you got the Tonga Toast and the two rules to a happy marriage!

I didn't think it'd be that hard to drive around, because Disney has an abundance of large directional signs, but I was proven wrong.:rotfl:
I hope Pop has some good cofffee, too!

Watching Tangled from the pool sounds really fun. Too bad the sound was too low.

I don't know what kind of coffee they have at All Star Sports, but it sounds like the perfect excuse for a refillable mug.

I hope you make some good choices at Kona Cafe!

I thought having the movie was a cool idea. Amusingly enough, when DF and I looked around, all the kids were entertaining themselves in the pool, and it was the parents that were sitting on the chairs enjoying the movie. :laughing:

Loved your TR from December. Cant wait to read this one. Looking froward to updates.

Thanks for reading both of my TRs! :thumbsup2

MEK
06-05-2011, 04:20 PM
Love your TR! Very entertaining.

I visited a Chik-fil-a like that near Nashville. They had a police woman directing traffic. Never seen anything like it. When we asked her why, she said it was the last Chik-fil-a heading west on the interstate and that it was constantly packed on the weekends. Craziness.

I like the EE shirts. Black is not my color at all, but it is a cool design.

I've never stayed at ASSp, but it does look cute.

:rotfl: to driving on property and getting lost. Happens all the time. Even with a GPS.

So, I personally love the Tonga Toast, but the Big Kahuna looks pretty good, too. Curious what you ended up with.

I thought all the coffee was Nescafe. I bring my own usually, except when I've stayed at Pop. Glad you liked it. I love the refillable mugs. I have tons of them I've collected over the years.

RobDIS
06-08-2011, 08:03 AM
Read your completed TR and am now following along with this one. Your excitement really comes through in your reports and makes them a lot of fun to read. :)

amazingact21
06-08-2011, 08:36 AM
Love your TR! Very entertaining.

I visited a Chik-fil-a like that near Nashville. They had a police woman directing traffic. Never seen anything like it. When we asked her why, she said it was the last Chik-fil-a heading west on the interstate and that it was constantly packed on the weekends. Craziness.

I like the EE shirts. Black is not my color at all, but it is a cool design.

I've never stayed at ASSp, but it does look cute.

:rotfl: to driving on property and getting lost. Happens all the time. Even with a GPS.

So, I personally love the Tonga Toast, but the Big Kahuna looks pretty good, too. Curious what you ended up with.

I thought all the coffee was Nescafe. I bring my own usually, except when I've stayed at Pop. Glad you liked it. I love the refillable mugs. I have tons of them I've collected over the years.

That is crazy! We just had a new Chick-Fil-A open up near where I live, and people camped out for 48 hours just to be first in line. :scared1: All I could think about it Please don't turn into one of that insane Chick-Fil-A in Gainseville.:rotfl:
For us, the GPS made getting from place to place worse, because it kept trying to take us into back entrances. :confused3

Read your completed TR and am now following along with this one. Your excitement really comes through in your reports and makes them a lot of fun to read. :)

Thanks for reading! I love hearing that! I'm the type of person that is easily amused, so being at a place like Disney makes me very bubbly and excited, so it is really nice to hear that my writing reflects my attitude. :)

amazingact21
06-08-2011, 10:04 AM
Sorry it's been so long since I have posted an update. My mother's birthday was yesterday and this past week has been dedicated to "wedding planning." I was not allowed to even look at the DISboards until we got some of my "to-do" stuff crossed off the list. :confused3 Plus, DF has a rare 3 day weekend starting tomorrow. (He's one of the few military people who doesn't get federal holidays off.:rotfl:) So I'm trying to squeeze in an update before he starts bugging me all weekend. :laughing:

The Morning of May 7th:


DF and I followed a CM to our seat. It was one of those tables where there's one seat and one booth and being the loving girlfriend that I am...I took the booth seat before DF could. :rotfl:


We sat down and our waitress came over to take our drink orders.

DF got the apple juice.

Not only is he not a coffee drinker, DF's not an orange, pineapple, or passionfruit drinker.

I, on the other hand, love fruit juices, so I chose to try the Lilikoi juice, which was orange, passion fruit, and guava.

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When the waitress brought it out, I took a sip and was very pleased with my choice. It was delicious! Not too sweet, like a lot of juices can be, and the orange wasn't overpowering, which was what I was afraid would happen.

It immediately became a "must-have" for future trips.


Right as we were getting our drinks, another elderly couple was seated next to us, and our waitress (who was also their's) discovered it was their 25th anniversary.
She laughed and said that it was very fitting the newly engaged couple was seated nexted to the married couple.


The two of them asked where we were from, when we got engaged, how DF proposed, etc etc. They told us they were from Louisville, KY and had escaped to WDW to get away from the Derby that was occuring that weekend. They then noticed DF's EE shirt and we began talking about the 5K that we were doing later that night.

The family on the other side of DF and I overheard our conversation and the mother asked to see my ring. We oohed and aahed and congratulated DF on his good pick.

The 25th anniversary husband then offered to take a picture for DF and me. He showed us his camera and briefly explained that he was a professional and took photos for a living.

Sweet!

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When the man sat back down, he handed us his business card and told us anytime we wanted to run a race up in KY, he'd take pictures for us.


The man then leaned into DF and said, very seriously, "You know, son, there's only two rules to a happy marriage."

DF smiled and replied, "Well, please, tell me, I could use all the help I can get."

The man pointed a finger at DF. "Rule # 1: The woman is always right."


I like that rule.


"And Rule # 2 is...refer to Rule # 1."


After the four of us had let out all our chuckles, DF answered with, "I think I'll do all right, since I follow those rules, already."


By the time the joke was told, our food was being delivered.

I had a hard time telling the waitress my choice, because I was still on the fence, but by that point, there was no turning back.


So, what did I pick????


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Tonga Toast!


While DF ordered:
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The Big Kahuna!


At the last minute, the two of us had decided to order different meals and eat a few bites of each other's.


Once the food was in front of us, conversation tapered down.
We were too busy relishing all the wonderful food to talk.


I gobbled down my Tonga Toast and DF demolished his Pineapple Macadamia Nut pancakes.


So...what were my final thoughts???


The Tonga Toast was good, no doubt about that. The bananas inside the sourdough were mouthwatering.



However...

After a couple bites of DF's meal, I have to admit...I prefered the Big Kahuna platter.


I know, I know, there must be something severly wrong with me. :sick:
I am definitely the only person who isn't head over heels in love with the Tonga Toast.
And it's not that I disliked the food, I'd just rather have the pancakes.


The revelation kind of surprised me, because normally I am 100% in agreement with reviewers on the DISboards. And almost all the posts I read about Kona Cafe said that the Tonga Toast couldn't be beat.



Oh well...I suppose I will now be one of those rare people rooting for the Big Kahuna. :confused3


At the end of our meal (when DF was getting the check) our waitress came out with two complimentary cupcakes in celebration of our engagement.
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DF and I were pleasently surprised. I'd heard of restaurants doing things like that, but I thought that was only for honeymoons and anniversaries.

DF really loved the Lilo and Stitch artwork.
It got a laugh out of me.


With cupcakes in our bellies, we rolled out of our seats.

Saying goodbye to the anniversary couple, we made promises to meet up with them again on our 25th anniversary and their 50th.


We walked out of the Polynesian and back to the monorail full of elation. That was our first WDW breakfast, and it was more fun than we could have wished for.

DF and I agreed that that will probably be on our Top 5 meals at WDW for the rest of our lives. The waitress had such fun joking with the four of us and sharing stories of her daughter in Key West, and DF and I enjoyed getting to know the couple next to us.
It amazed us how friendly people were and how the moods of everyone around us lifted us up and made us happier than we could have thought we could be.


Of course, the only downside to that meal was that DF fell even more in love with Kona. Now it is going to be virtually impossible to go to WDW without reserving at least one meal there. :sad2:


DF and I shared our highlights of the meal with each other (his was the Rule joke, mine the picture being taken for us) as we boarded the monorail.


It was my favorite time to ride the monorail. Nearing the middle of the day, when barely anyone was on because they were all at the parks, and when DF and I were fresh and perky. (Not exhausted from a long day of riding attractions.)

I was able to do an activity I loved...view the sights as we rode by.

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The Grand Floridian...when I was choosing wedding venues a few weeks ago, I was having trouble letting go of this one location. DF asked me why I was so hooked on it, and I replied with: "Because...it reminds me of the Grand Floridian!"

(Amusingly enough, once he heard that, he was willing to check it out and consider the place.:rotfl:)


Next up, we passed the Magic Kingdom.
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It bummed me a little to see other guests depart the monorail and head to castle while I had to stay seated.
This trip and the last trip, DF and I spent our first full day away from the parks.
We did it this trip, because we didn't want to waste a full day's ticket on a "not-full" park day. (MK was closing at 7 for Grad Night and the race was occuring at 8:30 that evening) Plus, I didn't want to tire myself out for the 5K.

"Hey, Alex,"

"Hmmm?" He mumbled from behind the camera.

"Next time we come to Disney, promise me we'll be able to go into one of the parks the moment we arrive."


DF shook his head and rolled his eyes, but he didn't say no, which I took as a good sign.


We rode past the Contemporary and then reached the TTC. Getting off, DF and I wound our way to the ticket windows and activated our tickets.
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We got a more thorough CM this time then we did in December, because she asked for a lot more information and even had us sign our tickets, which we didn't have to do in December. I found it amusing that we had two different experiences for the same kind of tickets.


With our tickets activated and ready to use whenever we wanted, DF and I made our way back to the car.

Hopping inside, we double-checked the time.
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Only 11 o'clock?!?!

Most people are begging the clock to slow down at WDW, but I wanted nothing more than for time to jump ahead.

I hated waiting for the 5K to arrive. It was the only thing I could think about.

And with each passing hour I became more and more nervous.


Due to the fact that DF and I had half a day left before we needed to start getting ready, we agreed to stick to the plans and head to DTD for some shopping. We were both looking for some shirts and some new pins to trade.


Up Next...If You See Me on the Side of the Road, Just Throw Some Water on Me and Wave.

TanzUnited99
06-08-2011, 10:44 AM
Happy belated Birthday to your mum! Hope she had a great day!

Yay on getting some wedding planning done!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the Lilikoi juice and can't wait to try it! :thumbsup2

I found the two rules of marriage hilarious and have to agree with them!! :lmao:

I can't wait to try the Tonga Toast - it's a shame you didn't find it had the wow factor!

PirateKate
06-08-2011, 04:07 PM
We had breakfast at Kona Cafe on May 8th. Missed you by just a day.

I can't wait to hear about how the 5K went. I can imagine just how it felt, knowing the 5K was coming up all day.

Nermel9
06-08-2011, 05:34 PM
Mmm Kona looks so yummy for breakfast! I had an ADR there for my October trip, but cancelled it for Crystal Palace instead, even though I told myself no CP this trip...I just can't let that place go! :rotfl:

What a cute picture of you and DF! :lovestruc

I've always wanted to try the Tonga Toast ever since I read about it on the DIS, but I don't like bananas! So I doubt I'd like it very much! :laughing:

I can't believe you wanted time to speed up at WDW! :eek: It seems like time flies by when I'm there!

Can't wait to hear about the 5K! :banana:

magichusky
06-08-2011, 05:41 PM
What a completely hilarious TR so far- I def would've been inching out the door of DF's house. I thought it was pretty funny how the 'Just Engaged' pins showed up at the tail end of that snafu. Your window decorations looked so adorable!!

I totally agree w/ you about Kona- my Mom, sister, and I shared a Big Kahuna and a Tonga Toast. I really enjoyed my share of the TT, but wouldn't want to eat it for breakfast by itself.

Can't wait to read about the EE 5K- that's so awesome that it takes place at night! I did the DL 1/2 Marathon in 2008 and we had to check in by like 4am or something ridiculous.

Also so excited for you about the wedding! That place that reminds you of the GF sounds splendid! I hope that we get to see your dress at some point- that's my fav part of weddings!

GlendaO
06-08-2011, 05:47 PM
I just finished your completed report. Loving this one too! :cool1:

Shannon84
06-09-2011, 08:19 AM
It sounds like you guys had a really great breakfast :goodvibes The couple you interacted with sounded great, I LOVE the rules that he told DF for a happy marriage :thumbsup2

Those pictures of your breakfast make me even more sad we didn't decide to do Kona in our next trip :headache:

I feel the same way when it comes to a race, I hate the anticipation!

20thingamabobs
06-10-2011, 03:45 PM
It would have drove me crazy to be in WDW all this time and not have entered a park yet! But, it looks like you had a great breakfast at Kona! I have to admit that it's one of my favorite restaurants and I'm sure to eat at it at least once every trip. And I also have to admit that I'm with you... the Tonga Toast just isn't my thing.. I'd rather have pancakes. Can't wait to see what you got when shopping and hear what you thought about the race!

MarriedToAPrince
06-12-2011, 12:13 AM
Great trip report! I just read your entire TR from your December trip too. Congrats on your engagement and upcoming wedding. Can't wait to read more!

amazingact21
06-12-2011, 10:19 AM
Happy belated Birthday to your mum! Hope she had a great day!

Yay on getting some wedding planning done!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the Lilikoi juice and can't wait to try it! :thumbsup2

I found the two rules of marriage hilarious and have to agree with them!! :lmao:

I can't wait to try the Tonga Toast - it's a shame you didn't find it had the wow factor!

I think she enjoyed her bday; it was very relaxing, which is always a good thing. :laughing:
The Lilikoi juice was delicious, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I'm sure you'll love the Tonga Toast, I'm just one of those rare people who prefer pancakes. :rotfl:

We had breakfast at Kona Cafe on May 8th. Missed you by just a day.

I can't wait to hear about how the 5K went. I can imagine just how it felt, knowing the 5K was coming up all day.

Ah, bummer. I wondered if you were doing a Kona breakfast, though, because I remembered from your Dec. TR that you really enjoyed eating there.
Waiting all day for the race wreaked havic on my nerves. It definitely distracted me while at DTD.


Mmm Kona looks so yummy for breakfast! I had an ADR there for my October trip, but cancelled it for Crystal Palace instead, even though I told myself no CP this trip...I just can't let that place go! :rotfl:

What a cute picture of you and DF! :lovestruc

I've always wanted to try the Tonga Toast ever since I read about it on the DIS, but I don't like bananas! So I doubt I'd like it very much! :laughing:

I can't believe you wanted time to speed up at WDW! :eek: It seems like time flies by when I'm there!

Can't wait to hear about the 5K! :banana:

Yeah, the Tonga Toast has a lot of bananas, so I wouldn't recommend it for you. :rotfl:

Amusingly enough, I had an ADR for CP, but I had cancel it. It is a place I have been dying to go to, but DF is against character breakfasts. He thinks it'd be dumb to interact with them as two adults w/out children. I tried to explain to him that nobody would care, but it was something I couldn't get him to do. :confused3

What a completely hilarious TR so far- I def would've been inching out the door of DF's house. I thought it was pretty funny how the 'Just Engaged' pins showed up at the tail end of that snafu. Your window decorations looked so adorable!!

I totally agree w/ you about Kona- my Mom, sister, and I shared a Big Kahuna and a Tonga Toast. I really enjoyed my share of the TT, but wouldn't want to eat it for breakfast by itself.

Can't wait to read about the EE 5K- that's so awesome that it takes place at night! I did the DL 1/2 Marathon in 2008 and we had to check in by like 4am or something ridiculous.

Also so excited for you about the wedding! That place that reminds you of the GF sounds splendid! I hope that we get to see your dress at some point- that's my fav part of weddings!

I think if I had split the TT with someone I would've enjoyed it a lot more. By itself, it's just too much.
4am?! I don't think I could've done that.:rotfl: I'm a night runner, so to wake up and go running at the crack of dawn would be difficult.

DF occasionally roams the DISboards, especially when I'm hanging out at his place and we're messing around on the computer, so I don't want to risk posting a picture and him seeing it. However, after the wedding, I'll probably post it in the wedding thread. I have to agree, it's my favorite part of weddings, too. Now that I have one, I'm very reluctant to do any more planning. :rotfl:

I just finished your completed report. Loving this one too! :cool1:

Thanks for reading both of them, I appreciate it!:)

amazingact21
06-12-2011, 10:26 AM
It sounds like you guys had a really great breakfast :goodvibes The couple you interacted with sounded great, I LOVE the rules that he told DF for a happy marriage :thumbsup2

Those pictures of your breakfast make me even more sad we didn't decide to do Kona in our next trip :headache:

I feel the same way when it comes to a race, I hate the anticipation!

The breakfast was fantastic, especially since we shared it with such great company. It was the only breakfast ADR we had, though, so it's hard to compare it anything else. :confused3

Don't be too sad, you're eating at wonderful restaurants for your trip! :thumbsup2

It would have drove me crazy to be in WDW all this time and not have entered a park yet! But, it looks like you had a great breakfast at Kona! I have to admit that it's one of my favorite restaurants and I'm sure to eat at it at least once every trip. And I also have to admit that I'm with you... the Tonga Toast just isn't my thing.. I'd rather have pancakes. Can't wait to see what you got when shopping and hear what you thought about the race!

It did! After going that route twice, I'm never going to wait that long again.
The breakfast was really great, and now I know for next time to stick with the pancakes.

Great trip report! I just read your entire TR from your December trip too. Congrats on your engagement and upcoming wedding. Can't wait to read more!

Thanks! Sorry for not posting chapter links on the completed trip report; I'm finding people are reading it and I feel bad that everyone has to go through all the pages to find the updates. Thanks for dealing with it! :laughing:

amazingact21
06-13-2011, 02:50 PM
Before I write my update, I just have to do a little happy dance. :banana::cool1:
DF and I had been having a hard time deciding what we wanted to do for our honeymoon. The plans were pretty complicated, because DF's an alternate for a deployement and we're not sure he's even going to be around past Labor Day. (Hence why we're getting married so quickly.:rotfl:)
So we didn't want to plan anything and then have to worry about possible cancellation fees.
Originally, the two of us wanted to go to WDW. But since we took this last-minute trip in May, our families were screaming their protests at us. Not to mention, we'd already used 4 of the 6 available military discounted tickets.

So, sadly, I had to wash my Disneymoon dreams away. But then DF kept mentioning how much he'd like to take a cruise. He's been on 2 before, and he loves them. I've never been on one, but I love the beach, so I couldn't see myself not liking it.

DF was telling one of his sisters about his cruise hope the other day, and she blurted out, "Why don't you take a Disney cruise?"

And, naturally, she had me from the word Disney.
DF and I talked it over and agreed it would fit both of our wishes. It would give me my Disney fix while respecting his vacation wish.

So, we went and talked to a TA at the base ITT and figured out what would happen if DF does indeed deploy. They swore up and down that as long as we can show Disney the papers that list his orders, we can get a credit (with buying the insurance, of course) for another cruise at a later date.

The only problem was we had to book the cruise a month after our wedding, because it was less expensive, and so it can give the two of us time to figure out the deployement issue.

But still...I'm getting another Disney fix! :banana::cool1::woohoo:

DF and I still have a day left on our tickets, so I am trying to weedle DF into stopping at WDW for a day. I really want to go to MNSSHP, but I am not going to push it. I should just be lucky I'm getting 3 Disney related trips within one year. :thumbsup2

Okay, moving on to May...


The Day of May 7th:

DF and I left the TTC center and drove to our favorite "first-day" spot, Downtown Disney.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image1-7.jpg
Since we'd driven that route in December, DF didn't get us lost.


We found a parking spot near the front, which was a nice surprise.
It was almost noon, and the sun was high in the sky, so I grabbed a water bottle from the car and started hydrating myself.

Unfortunately, I ended up wearing the water.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image2-6.jpg
I spilled about half a liter on the car seat, on my leg, and on my side.

DF gave me a look, like, Did you forget how to drink?

A little embarrassed, I shrugged the accident off and stepped out of the car.

So what if I had just soaked myself?

A little water never hurt anyone.


DF and I entered near the Lego store, but we didn't do more than snap a quick picture.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image3-4.jpg

We both had one destination in mind:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image4-5.jpg


On the way over there, as we both talked about the pins we were considering buying, a DVC member shouted congratulations to us.
It took me a moment to realize he had noticed our Just Engaged buttons.

This was our first outing with the buttons on, and it took me awhile to remember they were there.

We slowed down to thank him, and he noticed DF's shirt.

"You running in tonight's race?"

We both nodded. Well, DF nodded, I kind of bounced my head up and down nervously, clearly displaying my fear. :rotfl:

The CM laughed, and said, "Hey, I am too! Well, I'll probably be passed out, but I'll be there! So, you know, if you see me on the side of the road, just throw some water on me and wave. I'll appreciate it."

It made me laugh and took a little of the edge off the race. This CM looked as if they ran all the time; they were ahtletic-looking. So, if someone who had the appearence of a runner was nervous, I felt that I could be, as well.

I asked if he'd done it before, and he said, no, this year was his first one. He did, however, have friends who did it, and he told me they did nothing but rave about it.

With that little conversation, DF and I had become really excited/anxious for the 5K, and we were more than ready to distract our minds with shopping.

At the pin store, I bought a mystery set collection with anitque pins and DF bought the same thing, along with a packet of pin backings.

There was only pin I wasn't hoping to get in the collection, and unfortunately, I got it. It was a yellow square pin with Pluto on it.

I also got a red and white colored Mickey Mouse.

I wasn't crazy about that either, but the Mickey I could deal with.

DF opened his pack and got a yellow-tinted Mickey Mouse, which he said was going to be an instant trade.
His second pin was the one I'd been hoping for...it was an old-fashioned Animal Kingdom logo.


DF, being very sweet, immediately traded my red Mickey Mouse for the Animal Kingdom. :love:


Finished with our pin shopping, we moved on in search of shirts.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image5-6.jpg

We were both looking for a WDW shirt, because neither of us own any. The only hard part was that I'm an extremely picky clothes shopper.

It's hard for me to find something I'm willing to spend WDW prices on.

We browsed Tren-D fairly quickly; I didn't see anything that caught my attention, and we moved on to World of Disney.

DF was enthralled with the spitting Stitch. He took about ten different pictures of the water at various "spitting stages." :confused3

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image6-5.jpg

We went inside, and I became distracted by all the pirate items.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image7-4.jpg

I love Pirates of the Caribbean (it's my favorite WDW attraction) but there was nothing that I wanted to buy.

DF looked around the store a long time, and he contemplated buying a hat. He had meant to bring one from home, but he'd forgotten to stick it in the car.

I told him he should get this one, but he didn't agree:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image8-4.jpg


After striking out at the stores, DF and I were getting pretty frustrated. Plus, it was 3 o'clock and the sun was HOT!
We both agreed it was time to go chill out for a bit.

DF stopped at a gas station on the way back to ASSp and filled up his tank and tried to buy some windshield wiper fluid, but the store was sold out. Apparently, everyone else needed to get rid of the lovebug massacre on their car...


We watched tv for a little while, then around 5:00, DF asked if we could go to the Food Court and eat. He didn't want to be full during the race, so we headed downstairs for an early dinner.

DF got the chicken alfredo again, and I got a cheese pizza, and we both got Poweraides.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image9-4.jpg
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image10-4.jpg

It was only 5:45-ish when we got back to our room, but I was getting antsy, so we pulled out all our race gear and started getting ready.

Unfortunately, that took no more than fifteen minutes.

We did not have to be at Animal Kingdom until 7:30, and the drive would only take us ten minutes, at the most.


DF agreed to leave at 6:30, just to be on the safe side, but that still left me with an hour to wait.


And with each passing minute, I became more and more nervous.

The tv was on, but I couldn't sit still long enough to watch it.

So I wondered around the room, taking pictures.

DF just laid on the bed, reading, completely calm. Now, mind you, he has to run for his career, so it's no big deal to him, plus not only does he participate in races, he coordinates them. He spent all last fall putting together 5K tracks.

This was just going to be extremely fun for him.

I, on the other hand, wasn't sure I could even handle 3+ miles.



DF continued to lounge around.

I continued to take photos.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image11-2.jpg

At some point during my impromptu photo shoot, we heard a knock on our door and discovered the resort had given us an engagement present.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image12-2.jpg
It was a congratulations card signed by some famous Disney characters and a photopass card that gave us 20% off on photo orders.

That made our evening, we were so surprised to be given anything.

And, even better, it took my mind off the race...at least for a few minutes.


At one point, I made DF stand up and take some pictures with our bibs on.
I was so wound up, though, I couldn't even take a decent pic.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image13-2.jpg


Eventually, after what seemed like a lifetime to me, it was time to head out.

I got into the car shaking.

Around us, there were a bunch of grad night students loading into buses.

I told myself that tonight I was going to do great, and afterwards, I could celebrate just as hard as those high schoolers.


Do I look terrified???
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image14-2.jpg

Honestly, I'm surprised I was able to get a steady shot, what with my hands trembling so bad.


Laughing at my panic-striken face, DF pulled out of ASSP and headed to AK, assuring me I'd have the time of my life.


Up Next...She'll Think I'm a Stalker!

TanzUnited99
06-13-2011, 03:19 PM
:woohoo: on booking a Disney cruise for your Honeymoon - what a great idea!!!

I laughed at what the CM said to you about the race - that is funny! :laughing:

Yay on DF giving you the pin you wanted (how sweet of him) and it finally being time for you guys to go to AK! :banana:

Nermel9
06-13-2011, 04:45 PM
Congrats on your cruise! :cool1: I would love to do a Disney cruise someday!

DTD is always so much fun, I wish I could buy whatever I wanted there, but it's so expensive! The pin store looks fun, but I never got into pin trading! I'm going to try Vinylmation this year, though, that looks awesome! :thumbsup2

Can't wait to hear about the race! :banana:

Shannon84
06-14-2011, 08:39 AM
Disney Cruise...sounds like the perfect honeymoon to me!!! I think that will be great and it is also great that you will be ok if any issues did come up with deployment...but fingers crossed that no issues do come up :goodvibes

I don't trade pins, but i like the vinylmations and I swear everytime I say there is one in the collection I dont want, I get it :headache:

I am so excited to read about the race!!! I have done so many races now over the last couple years, but I get soooooo nervous before each one!

PirateKate
06-15-2011, 02:12 PM
A Disney cruise sounds like a perfect honeymoon. Too bad you have to wait so long after the wedding to go on it.

I love the Everest shirts you all have. I'm sure the race went great!:)

amazingact21
06-16-2011, 08:24 AM
:woohoo: on booking a Disney cruise for your Honeymoon - what a great idea!!!

I laughed at what the CM said to you about the race - that is funny! :laughing:

Yay on DF giving you the pin you wanted (how sweet of him) and it finally being time for you guys to go to AK! :banana:


Yeah, the CM made me laugh out loud when he said that.
Even though I was really nervous about the race, I was really excited to FINALLY be going to a park!

Congrats on your cruise! :cool1: I would love to do a Disney cruise someday!

DTD is always so much fun, I wish I could buy whatever I wanted there, but it's so expensive! The pin store looks fun, but I never got into pin trading! I'm going to try Vinylmation this year, though, that looks awesome! :thumbsup2

Can't wait to hear about the race! :banana:

I learned about Vinylmations after I told DF about pins and bought us our first ones. Now, DF is absolutely hooked on them! It is one of his favorite things about WDW. :confused3 I, on the other hand, wish I'd gotten into Vinylmations, because I am way too shy to do pin trading. :rotfl:

Disney Cruise...sounds like the perfect honeymoon to me!!! I think that will be great and it is also great that you will be ok if any issues did come up with deployment...but fingers crossed that no issues do come up :goodvibes

I don't trade pins, but i like the vinylmations and I swear everytime I say there is one in the collection I dont want, I get it :headache:

I am so excited to read about the race!!! I have done so many races now over the last couple years, but I get soooooo nervous before each one!

Haha, I understand about the collections. I swore I wasn't going to start gathering the Heroes vs Villains pin collection, and by the end of the trip DF and I had all but 2 of them! :scared1:


A Disney cruise sounds like a perfect honeymoon. Too bad you have to wait so long after the wedding to go on it.

I love the Everest shirts you all have. I'm sure the race went great!:)

Thanks! DF was the one who suggested making shirts and designing them. He was really excited to show ours off and see other people's creations at the race.

I wish our honeymoon was a little closer to the wedding, as well, but we're using that time in between to move into a new house and get all our information changed and combine households, etc etc. Our train of thought is that we'll get all the boring necessary things accomplished so that we have nothing to worry about on our trip. :rotfl:

magichusky
06-18-2011, 04:59 PM
A Disney Cruise!!!!! I'm green w/ envy! :sick: :rotfl: I know people who went on Disney Cruises and they completely RAVE about them- you guys are going to have such a blast!

I ADORE that 101 Dalmations TrenD window display!

Super excited to read about the EE Challenge! I looked it up online and it seems totally fabulous- a Disney themed obstacle course is like my dream come true!

amazingact21
06-21-2011, 09:49 AM
A Disney Cruise!!!!! I'm green w/ envy! :sick: :rotfl: I know people who went on Disney Cruises and they completely RAVE about them- you guys are going to have such a blast!

I ADORE that 101 Dalmations TrenD window display!

Super excited to read about the EE Challenge! I looked it up online and it seems totally fabulous- a Disney themed obstacle course is like my dream come true!

I thought the TrenD window was pretty cute, as well.
Unfortunately, the obstacle courses at the EE Challenge were not anything special. Just some stuff Disney placed throughout the race to throw you off. :confused3

amazingact21
06-21-2011, 11:38 AM
Hello! Hope everyone's been enjoying their week, so far. I've been ordering wedding cakes and visiting with florists, so that is why this TR has been abandoned. But, here I am now! :cutie:


The Evening of May 7th:

DF managed to find his way to AK without any problems, (unlike earlier that morning) and we joined the massive line of cars waiting to find a parking spot.
This was when we caught our first glimpse of the race course:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image1-8.jpg


It already seemed intimidating.
(I just noticed you can also see the line of cars behind us in the rearview mirror.)

We crept forward a few feet at a time. There had to be a hundred cars trying to pile into the lot. I put on some cheerful music and began to dance and sing, hoping it would calm my nerves. And it did...to an extent.


As we drew closer to the parking lots, DF and I were able to see the starting line.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image2-7.jpg


We got a great view of it as we entered the parking area.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image3-5.jpg

When I saw that gigantic START banner, my stomach began doing flips. Who knew one little word could cause me to become a little green?


Eventually, DF was able to park and we began to get ready.


Pin bibs to shirts....check.

Make sure shoes strings are secure....check.

Place all cell phones, cameras, cards in a safe location....check.

Finish off one last bottle of water...check.


I managed to complete all these tasks in record time. While DF was still chugging his water, I was hopping up and down next to his door, ready to go.


We decided to leave all our valuables behind, because we did not feel like toting them around during the race.

In hindsight, though, we regretted that decision.

We should've brought DF's iphone with us, so that we could have taken pictures during/after the race. But, since we didn't, we have no pictures of the event. :headache:

Therefore, I apologize in advance that there are no pictures of the actual Expedition Everest Challenge.


When DF was finally ready to go, we made our way to the race area.

We stopped for a quick picture.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image4-6.jpg

And then we made our way to where everyone else was sitting. I am not sure, but I think they took one of the parking lot sections and closed it off.

It was after 7 by then, and the sun was beginning to set. Amazingly, it was not that hot out. I am the type of person that can break a sweat going from the house to the car, and I was perfectly comfortable sitting on the concrete.

DF and I passed the time looking at other people's costumes and reading team names. It was amazing how creative people were.


Nearing 8 o'clock, fifteen minutes before we were instructed to start lining up in our respective waves, DF and I hit up the bathrooms.

As I was going to wash my hands at a portable station, I caught something out of the corner of my eye.

Before the trip, I was following 20thingamabobs PTR about her various races at WDW. I remembered her, because she had come up with the cutest idea for the EE Challenge costume.

And out of the blue, I saw someone with that exact same costume on! The only reason I remembered it was because I was jealous I had already created my shirt and couldn't build onto her idea.

So, there at the 5K race, I ran into my first DISboard member!:cheer2:


Too bad I was too shy to say anything.

Instead, I grabbed DF's shirt sleeves and said, "Hey! You know how I'm on the DISboards and read people's PTRs?"

"Yeah."

"Well, I think one of the members is right there."

And DF, being the blunt person that he is, said, "Go say hi, then."


WHAT?!

"I can't do that!"

"Why not?"

"She'll think I'm a stalker!"


DF shook his head. Then, before I could stop him, he walked right up to her and began talking. All I heard was "Excuse me, are you on the DISboards? My fiancee recognized your costume."


By that point I was so embarrassed, I walked away and pretended to be very interested in the water dispensing machine.


I have no idea what happened while I was busy washing my hands, but when DF returned, I turned my mortification to anger.

"YOU CANNOT JUST WALK UP TO STRANGERS AND START TELLING THEM I RECOGNIZE THEM!"

DF didn't see what the big deal was, but he's also not uncommonly shy, like I am.

While we headed to the wave lines, I overreacted yet again and made a really big deal out of nothing. I had to explain to him that it wasn't what he did that made me so mad, it was that he did not listen to me...again. Just like with the parents, he had ignored my wishes and did what he wanted.

Despite the fact we had just gotten into a nasty disagreement, it actually turned out to be a good thing.

I was so distracted at what DF had just done, I had completely forgotten that we were about to run a 5K.

By the time my attention had returned to the current issue at hand, everyone was in their respective waves and we were all counting down the minutes until 8:30.

During that time, it was a madhouse. 2,000+ people corralled together, everyone trying to make sure they stayed with their teammates, straining to listen to the host announcing the minutes left.

This picture is courtesy of Jane Smith:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image6-6.jpg

The seconds leading up to the first wave starting were exhilerating, but after those 500 people had taken off, things turned ugly.

There were 6 waves in all, and there were probably 500 people in each wave. DF and I were in Wave 5 (I think waves were determined by sign up date) and each wave left 5 minutes after the group before them. So Wave 5 was due to leave at 8:50. To indicate where each wave was stationed, there was somebody holding up a numbered sign.

As I said before, everyone was lined up by their waves before the starting line. And due to the fact that there were so many people, the groups had a slant to them, such as:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/waves.jpg

The star indicates where DF and I were standing.

Wave 1 left, and Waves 2, 3, and 4, moved forward.

And the next thing we knew, the person holding the Wave 6 sign passed us to our left. People who were behind us then began moving forward.

By the time it was Wave 3's turn to leave, all of Wave 6 had passed us. It turned out that the people to the left of the line had moved forward, and because Wave 6 had moved with them, everyone on the right side of the line got pushed back.

This was beacuse the side on the right was being funnelled, and nobody could get around.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/6.jpg

The red lign shows Wave 6 and the red dot shows where most of Wave 5 was stuck.


Other people in our group began getting really mad. They started yelling at the 6's sign holder to stop, cursing the setup of race, and swearing they'd never do another Disney race again.

We all began holding our hands up with our fingers spread to the host (symbolizing the number 5), trying to tell someone that we were in Wave 5.

I will admit, the closer we got to 8:50 and the more Wave 6 people that passed us, the more frustrated I became. I kept wanting to shout, "Hey, you can't cut in front of us!"

I did not blame the other runners, they were just following the sign holder. The lady in charge of that, though, clearly was not paying attention.

When Wave 4 was sent off, I began to really start freaking out. As did the other 5's. We had five minutes to get in front of what was now 300 or so people.

I'm not sure what alerted the race officials that was something was wrong. It could have been someone seeing all the Wave 6 bibs when there should have been 5's.

Or it could have been the angry shouts from 100+ people in the back.

We were getting pretty loud.

Normally, I wouldn't have made a fuss, but this was my first race, my adrenaline was through the roof, and I felt that it just wasn't fair that I would have to miss my wave just because people cut in line.

All of a sudden though, I heard officials directing Wave 6 people to the left and asking Wave 5 people to hold up their hands and be let through the crowd.

As DF and I squeezed through the mob, I heard one girl go, "Jeez, how many more people are going to pass us?!"

I felt as if that summed up the fiasco.

I didn't feel that it was right that that many of us got left behind.
It added unnecessary stress to the situation and caused us all to panic and wasted our precious energy trying to scream at someone, anyone to notice what was going terribly wrong.
I told DF later that if we did another race again and it had such a disaster of a start like that, I would never do one again.


However, about two minutes before our wave time, DF and I were put in the right place.

And, due to all that, our blood was pumping and we ready to be out of there!

With ten seconds to go, we all began counting, and when we reached zero, fireworks shot out from behind the start banner.

The race was on!

Up next...The Expedition to Everest.

Shannon84
06-21-2011, 01:08 PM
YAY race time!!! I love the crazy feeling I get right before I start...too bad I usually lose steam soon after :rotfl:

I actually wrote my disboards name on my race shirt when I did the Wine and Dine half marathon...lots of people stopped me which is what I was hoping for, because I was a little shy to say hi to them first...I actually met up with a lady who I still stay in touch with and we did a race in Virginia together recently :thumbsup2 As I am typing all of this I realize I haven't really approached anyone from the DIS without talking to them about meeting up first, so I guess I am not making a good point :rotfl: I am actually agreeing wtih you I would be nervous :rotfl2: Sorry for that random thought!!

I love your shirts and can't wait to see how the race went, sounds like a pretty frustrating start :headache:

PirateKate
06-21-2011, 02:47 PM
The start to the that race sounds horrible. I hope the rest of the race goes better. I would have been interested in seeing pictures, but I can see the appeal of leaving everything behind.

I've never run into a DIS in real life before, but I bet most of them are pretty nice. :teeth:

TeresaG
06-22-2011, 07:45 AM
Joining in! I caught up on all your updates. :) I love your style of writing.

I'm sorry the start to the race was so stressful. Definitely not what you need right before a 5k. I can't wait to read your next update!

Shell & Ted
06-22-2011, 09:16 AM
I run at night between races but do much better when I do 5Ks in the morning. I don't like waiting all day for the race if it's at night.

The start of the race sounds horrible.

TanzUnited99
06-22-2011, 01:54 PM
Yay on making it to the race! :cool1:

Oh no on the way it started out - I can't believe you had to deal with all that stress just moments before your race!

Hope the race itself went smoothly.

20thingamabobs
06-24-2011, 10:21 AM
Hey! Omg, I was laughing so hard reading your post. Not that I thought it was funny that you got so upset but it's just funny hearing it from your perspective about what was going on having been on the other end of everything. I don't really approach people either but I like when people come up to me because I think it's neat to meet everyone in person!

I'm so sorry you had such a bad start to the race. My DF and I were in Wave 5 too but we were right next to the lady holding the sign in the very front so we had a completely different experience and didn't even notice the comotion. It's funny... this was my third Disney race and all the starts have been different. The Half in Jan was really organized and every Corral had their own area to stand in. They wouldn't even let you in the Corral without verifying your bib. So there was no way anyone could end up in the wrong place. The ESPN 5K was chaos. The start was a weird L shape kind of like EEC except instead of being assigned to a corral there were just sections to line up in based on your personal estimated running time (10 min mile). It was bascially a free for all. It was crazy. Plus there were no waves so the course was ver congested for the first 1-1.5 miles which was pretty annoying.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the rest of the race! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

Aussiesalad
06-28-2011, 07:47 AM
This is too funny!I love how you write and I am really looking forward to what's to come! Yayyy! :)

amazingact21
06-30-2011, 12:13 PM
YAY race time!!! I love the crazy feeling I get right before I start...too bad I usually lose steam soon after :rotfl:

I actually wrote my disboards name on my race shirt when I did the Wine and Dine half marathon...lots of people stopped me which is what I was hoping for, because I was a little shy to say hi to them first...I actually met up with a lady who I still stay in touch with and we did a race in Virginia together recently :thumbsup2 As I am typing all of this I realize I haven't really approached anyone from the DIS without talking to them about meeting up first, so I guess I am not making a good point :rotfl: I am actually agreeing wtih you I would be nervous :rotfl2: Sorry for that random thought!!

I love your shirts and can't wait to see how the race went, sounds like a pretty frustrating start :headache:

I don't know if I hate or love that feeling before a race. I guess I don't like it prior to starting, but once the race is done, I enjoy that adreneline rush. :rotfl:

The start to the that race sounds horrible. I hope the rest of the race goes better. I would have been interested in seeing pictures, but I can see the appeal of leaving everything behind.

I've never run into a DIS in real life before, but I bet most of them are pretty nice. :teeth:

The race was a complete 180 from the fiasco that happened beforehand. DF and I regreted leaving our cameras behind the moment we hit Mile 2. We kept kicking ourselves in the butt for not bringing something to capture the moments with. :confused3

Joining in! I caught up on all your updates. :) I love your style of writing.

I'm sorry the start to the race was so stressful. Definitely not what you need right before a 5k. I can't wait to read your next update!

Thanks for joining! Yes, that start was really stressful, but thankfully it didn't tamper with the overall race.

I run at night between races but do much better when I do 5Ks in the morning. I don't like waiting all day for the race if it's at night.

The start of the race sounds horrible.

I agree, running a race in the morning is better, if only because it's out of the way and you can spend the rest of the day celebrating.

Yay on making it to the race! :cool1:

Oh no on the way it started out - I can't believe you had to deal with all that stress just moments before your race!

Hope the race itself went smoothly.

The start of it was definitely a bad memory, but luckily things could only go up from there. :thumbsup2

Hey! Omg, I was laughing so hard reading your post. Not that I thought it was funny that you got so upset but it's just funny hearing it from your perspective about what was going on having been on the other end of everything. I don't really approach people either but I like when people come up to me because I think it's neat to meet everyone in person!

I'm so sorry you had such a bad start to the race. My DF and I were in Wave 5 too but we were right next to the lady holding the sign in the very front so we had a completely different experience and didn't even notice the comotion. It's funny... this was my third Disney race and all the starts have been different. The Half in Jan was really organized and every Corral had their own area to stand in. They wouldn't even let you in the Corral without verifying your bib. So there was no way anyone could end up in the wrong place. The ESPN 5K was chaos. The start was a weird L shape kind of like EEC except instead of being assigned to a corral there were just sections to line up in based on your personal estimated running time (10 min mile). It was bascially a free for all. It was crazy. Plus there were no waves so the course was ver congested for the first 1-1.5 miles which was pretty annoying.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the rest of the race! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

Yikes, the ESPN 5K sounds horrible! I would have been so stressed out, trying to find some room and figuring out where my run time group was. It makes my situation look like a walk in the park!

This is too funny!I love how you write and I am really looking forward to what's to come! Yayyy! :)

Thanks for following along! The stories only get funnier from here. :thumbsup2

amazingact21
06-30-2011, 01:46 PM
Finally, the part of the trip I'm most excited about writing! The Expedition Everest Challenge!!! :cheer2:


May 7th:

I'd like to say DF and I bolted through the starting line strong and steady, ready to knock out those 3.1 miles.

But, in reality, we were at the very back of the wave, and we pretty much shuffled our feet for the first 200 feet.

There were a lot of people trying to take off, all at different paces, and it took a long while to get at the pace we were comfortable with.


We wound our way through the parking lot, making a big circle to get to the entrance of AK. Along the way there were cars parked with people waving and cheering us on.

I shocked myself a little in the first mile, because I was holding on strong. Normally, it takes me a little while to get my legs warmed up and my muscled loosened up enough to maintain a consistent pace. During my training sessions, Mile 2 was my best.

However, DF and I flew through that first part without blinking. Before we knew it, we had arrived at our first obstacle...


HAY BALES!


We had to jump over several bales of hay.

Leading up to the race, I was a little anxious about the obstacles, because I wasn't sure what to expect. However, I loved the first one. I was so estatic to be through with the first mile and ready to enter the park, that I jumped over the hay laughing.


With that behind us, we came upon the AK entrance and hit a crowd of people. That area was really congested, because not only was it part of the running path, it was also the first stop in the scavenger hunt.

Therefore, people who were in earlier waves were standing there trying to figure out their clues.

As DF and I manuevered through the crowd, I checked my stopwatch. In practice, my times were usually 11 minutes for Mile 1, 12:30 for Mile 2, and 13 for Mile 3.

So I was a little bummed to see that we had completed the first mile in 12 minutes, almost a minute behind my normal time.

"We need to pick it up, Alex!"

Of course, DF is a much better runner than I am, and was slowing his pace down for me, so when I gave him the go-ahead to crank it up, he was thrilled.

The first half of Mile 2 was in the direction of Asia. We went to the left of the Tree of Life and straight ahead to the other side of the park.

The race cut through a behind-the-scenes area where a bunch of trash was deposited. That was definitely the stinkiest part of the race.

It was kind of hectic here, as well. The path wasn't very wide, so a lot of walker were blocking the path of runners. The width of the road couldn't hold more than four people at a time, and with teams racing, it made passing people a pain in the butt.

Along the route, Mickey Mouse was in a jeep cheering runners on, not to mention there were CMs every 100 feet or so applauding and urging our feet to move faster.


The bad thing about this leg of the race for me was that I was so concerned about keeping up a good pace, I didn't take in my surroundings!

I didn't even see the Tree of Life!!! :confused3

I was so focused on my breathing and passing other runners, I did not look around me.


Bummer...


At 2.5 miles, we reached our second obstacle.



TIRES!!!


"Nooooooo," I groaned.


DF laughed at me. He knew how much I was hoping tires wouldn't be along the way.

I am the most ungraceful person you will ever meet.

And despite the fact that tires have decent size holes in the middle, I still tend to catch the tred and fall flat on my face.

I was getting a little nervous.


"Don't trip, don't trip, don't trip!"


DF sailed through them, his heels never even touching the concrete.

When he turned back to look at me, I heard him let out a quick chuckle.


Right foot in the first tire...

Now left foot in the second tire...

This is good. Haven't fallen yet.

Pick the right foot up, set it in the third tire...

One more to go!

Left foot, fourth tire...

Now get out!!!


It was not the prettiest site, and the tires slowed us down a lot.

And since we weren't running anymore, I started to feel my muscles. I was sort of surprised it had taken that long.

I also realized that I had been missing the scenery, so I asked DF if we could slow it down a bit.

He complied and we found a good speed-walking pace.

While we were moving, I was able to see how cool AK is at night. It was like being in a whole new park.

The music playing on speakers mixed with all the greenery around us actually made the place look very peaceful. I loved seeing all plants in the moonlight.


DF and I came upon Baloo standing by the mile 3 marker sign.


Kicking ourselves for not bringing a camera, we decided it was time to resume running.

I checked my watch...24 minutes. Amazingly, we were keeping a 12 minute pace, which I was excited about.

Taking that happiness, I pushed myself through the last mile.


We passed the Tree of Life on the other side and ran out of the park.

The first part of Mile 3 was the hardest for me. I was starting to feel all the running, but I was determined to keep going, because I wanted to keep my time under 40 minutes.

DF and I arrived at the last leg of the race...a grassy area near the starting line, where we saw the final obstacle.


A CRAWL SPACE and A CLIMBING WALL!!


DF and I zipped through the obstacle easily and came upon the last 100 feet to the finish line.

The only indication that we were at the end were the row of white tents set up and the line of volunteers handing out pens and flashlights and our first set of clues.


As DF grabbed the materials, I glanced at my watch. 36:09!!!


:cool1::banana::woohoo:

We'd kept a 12 minute pace the whole time and had finished with my best run time ever!


Right after the volunteers was a water station, and DF and I gulped down a cup while we headed back to the park entrance.

Along the way, we took our first look at Clue # 1.

There were 4 seperate clues for each station, in order to prevent everyone from cheating and copying other people's answers.

Our clue said we were to answer the riddle and go to Oasis (the main entrance to the park) and find the group labeled "Springs."


The riddle was:
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At first, DF thought it might be a trick, because it seemed so obvious, but it turned out there was no catch. All he had to do was find the letters that were next to the stars and put them together.

As soon as DF wrote the answer down, we jogged to Oasis and looked for the sign that read "Springs."

DF missed it the first time around and we had to double back to find it.

When we got there, we waited in line for a CM to check our answer and see if it was right. When she saw that it was, she gave us our second clue.


This one was, by far, the hardest clue.

It killed our overall time, because we spent 15 minutes on it!!!

We saw that we had to go to Camp Minnie-Mickey, so we began to simultaneously walk over there and read the riddle.

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Our initial guess was to put the letters in alphabetical order, but after doing that it was apparent that was wrong.

Then, I remembered playing a game as a kid where I associated every letter in the alphabet with a number, and figured out sentences using the numbers.

I thought maybe it was a backwards version of that and perhaps it would give us coordinates.

(Hence why there's a bunch of crazy numbers on my paper.)

By the time I had come up with that crazy idea, DF and I were near FotLK, and we decided to stop at a table and think it through for a while.

While we were sitting, DF noticed the red arrow on the compass was pointing to the east.

"That has something to do with it, I just know it."

"Yeah, but what?"

"I don't know!"

It had been a good twelve/thirteen minutes by that point, and we were starting to get frustrated.

No matter how much we tried, we just couldn't figure out how to work the riddle.

DF decided that we needed to go ask a CM for help.

When we got to the line, there was a massive group of people trying to ask questions.


Apparently, we weren't the only ones having trouble.

While in line, another runner came up to us and asked if we needed help.

We nodded our heads helplessly, and she told us to take the E from East and reaarange the alphabet starting from E.


AAAHHHH.

After doing that, we came up with the correct answer...ONWARD.


In a way, DF and I were on the right track. He knew the arrow pointing to east was important, and I knew the aplhabet had some kind of pattern going on.
I imagine if we'd tried a bit longer, we would have figured it out.


After giving our answer to the CM, we received Clue # 3, telling us to go to Africa.

It was the longest distance between two clues, taking us practically across the park, but it was the easiest riddle. DF looked at it for ten seconds and then told me what to write.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image4-7.jpg


For some reason, DF does really well with optical illusions, so he had no problem figuring out what to do. Which was good, because after the disasterous 2nd clue, we needed a boost of confidence.


Retrieving Clue # 4, we raced to Asia, ultimately making a big clockwise circle around the park.

Clue # 4 was also an easy one for us. The EE officials had sent out the same practice question to us a few months prior, and thankfully DF and I remembered it.

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Not wasting any time, we turned in our clue and got our final one.

Finding a concrete stump to sit on, DF and I began to figure out this last riddle.
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I read through it three times, just to make sure I did not overlook anything, and then I set out all my clues in a row.

DF was completely lost on this one, but I felt like I was on the right path, so I told him to just sit back and let me work on it.

My clues were not in order, but as I re-read the riddle one more time, I concentrated on the "letter-perfect" part and began to take a closer look at my previous clues.

Saying "ten" over and over again, I started to add look at the first letters in each clue.


AH-HAH!!

I had it!

I started to arrange the clues in order, and I had gotten Mile and Onward set up, when out of nowhere, DF whispers, "Mountain!"


Huh?!

"How'd you figure it out before me! I was just about to get it!"

DF looked at me, guilty.

"Well..."

"HOW?! I just realized that the clues, put together, spelled MOUN, and I was about to put it with 10 and get the answer!"

Now DF was looking at me a little sheepishly.

"I kinda overheard someone else say it."


:headache:


I was a tad bit angry, because I was sooooo close to having it, and DF blurted it out because he cheated.


Ah well, no matter how we came by the answer, we had it, and it was time to finish up the race.

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Between being burned out by the 3.1 mile run and the two clues slowing us down, our total time was 1:19:59.

We spent 43 minutes on the scavenger hunt.


Seeings as the race was a ton of fun and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, we weren't complaining about the overall time.

It felt great receiving the medal and being able to wear something I'd worked so hard to accomplish.

The endorphins were soaring through me, and I was telling DF we'd have to make it a tradition to run it every year.

I couldn't believe how nervous I had been before.

All in all, it was a ton of fun, and it opened up a special place in my heart for AK.

Whenever I go to the park from now on, I'll think to myself, "I ran through this place...in the dark!"



With so much energy and adreneline still flowing through us, DF and I had only one thing to do...

PARTY!

It was time to celebrate our victory by riding some rides!


Up next...Searching for the Batmobile.

Shannon84
07-01-2011, 08:08 AM
Wow I don't think I would have been able to get that second clue at all...that was a tough one :headache: but I am glad you guys had so much fun and what an awesome time you got on the running :thumbsup2 I love AK at night and that event sounds like a lot of fun...might need to convince DBF to do that next year!

TeresaG
07-01-2011, 08:18 AM
That was a tough clue!! I don't think I would have been able to figure it out. The run sounds like a lot of fun. I wish I lived closer to Disney because I would love to take part in all the runs they offer.

I can't wait to read more!

Nermel9
07-01-2011, 12:36 PM
That race sounds like fun, I had no idea there were obstacles in it! That would make me nervous, I'd probably fall or something, knowing how clumsy I am! :laughing: The scavenger hunt looks great, another thing I didn't know existed!

TanzUnited99
07-02-2011, 11:37 AM
Wow your race experience sounds awesome! :thumbsup2 I loved reading about the little obstacles along the way but would have been scared of falling over the tyres as well! :laughing:

Yay on solving all the clues - some of them sound a bit tricky and getting the final answer (even if DF blurted it out just as you had solved it!)

amazingact21
07-05-2011, 03:31 PM
Wow I don't think I would have been able to get that second clue at all...that was a tough one :headache: but I am glad you guys had so much fun and what an awesome time you got on the running :thumbsup2 I love AK at night and that event sounds like a lot of fun...might need to convince DBF to do that next year!

You should definitely try to! DF already talks about next year's race as if it's a done deal. :rotfl:

That was a tough clue!! I don't think I would have been able to figure it out. The run sounds like a lot of fun. I wish I lived closer to Disney because I would love to take part in all the runs they offer.

I can't wait to read more!

The run was very cool, and I loved being in AK at night. I wish I could participate in more Disney runs, as well. Unfortunately, they are just a little out our price range right now. :confused3

That race sounds like fun, I had no idea there were obstacles in it! That would make me nervous, I'd probably fall or something, knowing how clumsy I am! :laughing: The scavenger hunt looks great, another thing I didn't know existed!

The scavenger hunt was what sold me on doing the race. DF really wanted to do another 5K, and I love puzzles/trivia, so I felt that this was perfect for us.

Wow your race experience sounds awesome! :thumbsup2 I loved reading about the little obstacles along the way but would have been scared of falling over the tyres as well! :laughing:

Yay on solving all the clues - some of them sound a bit tricky and getting the final answer (even if DF blurted it out just as you had solved it!)

Those tires....DF still laughs out loud when I mention them. :lmao: If I'm going to participate in it again next year, I'm going to practice my tire jumping skills.

The clues were a bit tricky. I could especially see the 3rd one being difficult. There were several people asking us how we solved that one. And the last one definitely required some thinking.

amazingact21
07-06-2011, 06:43 PM
Here comes the only post I'll do without pictures.:guilty:

May 7th Night:

With the race over, DF and I were ready to have some fun and burn off our remaining endorphins. We grabbed some bananas, granola bars, and water bottles from some tables set up behind the finish line; with all that running around, the refreshments were gone before we walked ten feet.

Since the race ended right before the Expedition Everest ride, I thought it only fitting that we celebrate our accomplishment by going on the attraction where the competition got its namesake from.

Around the time we walked up to the fastpass kiosk, a huge mob of people began filing into the entrance, and suddenly there was a massive amount of confusion. Everybody was unsure where they were supposed to extend the line, and I’m pretty sure there were 2 separate lines formed, one leading out towards the exit area, and the other passing the fastpass stands.:confused3

Eventually, a CM realized what was happening and sent the people by the exit area towards the other line. It was slightly chaotic at first, but after that was all squared away, the line moved decently along.

Ten minutes later, DF and I were being ushered into a car, and we began our climb up the mountain.


Up until that point, I had been oohing and aahing over how pretty AK was at night and how I wish it was open during the late evenings more often.
However, when EE started to climb that one very steep incline towards the inside of the mountain, DF and I got a good look around us.

DF might deny it, but I swear we both went, “OOOOOOOOHHHH” at the same exact moment.

I’m not sure which was cooler. Seeing the moonlit park and the surrounding area from up high…

Or the view of the mountain lit up in the night.


It was one of the coolest sights I have seen at WDW.

I looked behind me and I could see the tracks lit up with small bulbs, giving the cars behind me a yellowish tint. To my left was complete darkness, which gave the trip up a spooky feel, what with the car clicking slowly upwards and the eerie music playing in my ears.

To my right, I could see the snow covered side and off in the distance, I could make out the lights and screams from another set of cars taking the plunge….an exciting preview of what was to come.

And straight ahead, I could watch as we were swallowed into the mountain, making the ride become even darker.


The first and only time I had ridden EE, I was a little shaken. It bordered the line of “too-much” for me. Therefore, I wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit to ride it again.
But I’m glad I did. Because that was a sight to be seen.


Even the rest of the ride was twice as exciting as normal.The drops weren’t as great a sight as the journey upwards, but they were exhilarating to do in the dark. You could barely see the turns up ahead and it took away that feeling of safety you get after you encounter the yeti.

Which I managed to see this time around! :woohoo:

DF and I hopped off the ride at the end, and we both were trying to tell the other about how cool the adventure was.

“Hands down, that has turned into my favorite ride at Disney,” DF proclaimed.

“Too bad we won’t get too many opportunities to ride it at night.”

“I don’t care, it’s still my new favorite.”


We wanted to jump right back in line and go again, but I figured we needed to get all the other things we wanted to do out of the way first, then come back to EE, making a big circle through Dinoland in the process.

So, we headed off to ride Dinosaur.

Thankfully, there were no cameras to capture my reaction this time.

Because, even though I had a vivid memory of what the ride was like, I still became scared.

About the time that the meteors began showering our RV with rocks, I decided to close my eyes and wait for our return to present day. :rotfl:

Walking out of the gift shop, DF laughed at me, and I just shook my head violently and swore I would never get on that ride again.

“That was my last time, Alex! I wanted to give it one more try, now that I knew what to expect, but it was even worse this time around! I kept waiting for that horrible creature at the end!”


Still laughing, DF and I took our time strolling through Dinoland. There was a celebration party going on near Triceratops Spin, and we (well, me. DF just held me hand and walked) danced for a little bit.

A short trip past the Finding Nemo the Musical stage and we were back in Asia, ready to take on EE again.

It was getting pretty late (11:30ish) and the crowds were thinning very quickly. DF and I were able to walk onto the ride 2 times in a row.
We debated going one more time, but both of us were really beginning to feel the race, and the thought of soft pillows and peaceful dreams were more appealing.

Giving the EE mountain a parting look, DF and I made our way back towards the entrance. We’d already gone through the entire park (entrance to exit) once, and after we reached the exit we would have completed a 2nd round trip.
Needless to say, by the time we reached the tram waiting area, I was ready to keel over. My feet were killing me!

After a five minute wait, a tram came and picked us up, where we were able to sit down. How comfortable those plastic seats were at the time! I wanted to sit there forever and just let the driver take me in loops from lot to lot. Two trips back to the entrance and I probably would’ve fallen asleep!
DF reminded me, though, that I’d be more comfortable in my bed, where I could take my running shoes off.

That’s very true.

“And a shower. I kinda stink.”

I listened to DF chuckle and nod in agreement, but he whatever he was about to say in reply stopped short on his lips.

“Alicia…”

“Mmm-hmm…oh trust me I’m not the only stinky one. You need some cologne bad time-“

“What lot are we in?”


I felt my eyes bug out, then cut to the left, where DF was staring at me.

“What’d you say?”

“The parking lot! Which one are we in???”


“Uhm, the one with the animal as the name?”

We realized right then that in our pre-race excitement, neither of us had looked to see what parking lot we were in.

Oops.

We both were quiet as the tram driver came over the intercom and said the three lots he was driving to.

Unicorn, giraffe, and dinosaur.

“I’m positive it isn’t unicorn; we were nowhere near this close to the entrance,” DF assured me as the vehicle came to a stop.

“Well, look around, which do you think is closer to where we entered?”

DF thought long and hard, then said, “Giraffe. I’m pretty sure it’s giraffe.”

Thankfully, it was almost 12:30 at night, and 80% of the cars had already left.

But there was still that 20% we had to sift through to find ours.

And as luck would have it, I had left my glasses in the car, along with all our other belongings.

A lot of help I was going to be…


We walked from one end of the Giraffe lot to the other, moving up and down the rows, trying to keep our eyes out for black cars.

Reaching the end, we agreed to continue walking to the Dinosaur lot, to try and see if our car was there.

Unfortunately, this lot was a lot darker, so we had a harder time identifying vehicles.

“Why’d you have to have a black car?! You couldn’t have chosen silver? Or yellow?!?! Yellow is bright. It can be seen from far away.”

“How was I supposed to know that one day I’d lose my car in a massive parking lot?”

“I don’t know, but it’s called preparing for the worst! Now we’re out here looking for a little two door black car…IT’S LIKE LOOKING FOR THE BATMOBILE! It just can’t be found.”

Not seeing the car in Dinosaur, we doubled back and began to search Giraffe again.

“Is that it over there?”

“You think my rims are that nice?”


“Good point.”


After searching all through Giraffe again, DF decided it was time to walk over to Unicorn and try our luck there. We had already spent 20 minutes looking, and the lot was getting emptier and emptier by the minute.

As we passed over a patch a grass, DF and I saw the most beautiful thing in the world.


A lonely black car parked at the end of the row.

Just to be sure, DF hit his panic button on his keys and the car chirped to life.

YAY!!!:banana:

We didn’t sit down in the car so much as fall groggily down into the cushions.

After racing around the park and riding rides for two hours, the last thing our poor feet needed was to walk around 3 parking lots searching for a car.

Driving back to All Star Sports, DF and I laughed at the situation we put ourselves into.

“I knew I should have done something when I got out of the car.”

“Three parking lots and we pick the one lot we did not check.”

“We have got to start being more observant.”

By the time we parked the newly discovered car in front of our room’s building, DF and I had learned a valuable lesson.

ALWAYS look to see what lot you parked in.

It was something we took very seriously in the days to come…




Up next: Alex vs Toilet

Shannon84
07-07-2011, 08:11 AM
I cannot imagine how beautiful riding EE at night must be!! I wish they stayed open late enough to find out, but alas every time I visit AK is closed by 5 pm!

Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun at the after party part!! I have to tell you riding Dinosaur scares me every time even when I know what is going to happen :rotfl:

I cannot imagine being unsure of where my car is parked at WDW...nevermind after a race :scared1: I always manage to forget where I park at the mall, but that is nothing in comparison!! I am glad you guys found the batmobile :rotfl:

amazingact21
07-07-2011, 08:58 AM
I cannot imagine how beautiful riding EE at night must be!! I wish they stayed open late enough to find out, but alas every time I visit AK is closed by 5 pm!

Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun at the after party part!! I have to tell you riding Dinosaur scares me every time even when I know what is going to happen :rotfl:

I cannot imagine being unsure of where my car is parked at WDW...nevermind after a race :scared1: I always manage to forget where I park at the mall, but that is nothing in comparison!! I am glad you guys found the batmobile :rotfl:

Yeah, AK closed at 6 the last time I visited, and it wasn't even dark by then. :confused3

The lost car was certainly an adventure. :rotfl: Even though it was aggrevating, it's probably the memory both of us will remember the clearest. I'll start to ask DF "You remember when we went in May?" And he'll reply with, "You mean when we lost our car?!" :laughing:

amazingact21
07-07-2011, 09:42 AM
Two updates two days in row! :scared1: Can you tell I'm putting off making wedding invitations? :lmao:


The Morning of May 8th:


The alarm clock woke DF and I up at 8 o'clock on the dot. Normally, I like to start my WDW vacation by going to Epcot first, but since they were having morning EMH, I decided to forgo the normal routine and switch it up a bit. DHS opened at 9a.m. that day, and I figured going there first would give us some exra time to sleep in.

Grateful for a later start, I woke up perky and jubiliant. I was finally going to be able to spend the day in the parks! I'd only waited 2 whole days for this!


It took me about twenty minutes to get ready. By 8:25, I was prepared to hit up the food court and get on the road.
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(I told you I liked a little coffee with my creamer. Four containers was just enough.:laughing:)


DF, on the other hand, woke up in a grumpy mood.


Hermpf.


He stalked around the room, brushing his teeth, throwing his shoes on, scowling the entire time.

"What is your issue?"

I knew it couldn't be the lack of sleep; DF is notorious for only getting 4-5 hours of sleep on worknights.


"My shin is killing me!"



Ruh-row.


DF has a tendency to get horrible shin splits after running, and I knew if he had them now, they'd stay with him the whole day.
Making for a very miserable day for me.


"I have some Alieve in my bag. You think that'll help?"


"What'll help is if we buy a nightlight," DF snapped.


I felt like I was starting to miss something at this point.

"A nightlight?"


"These rooms are too dark!"


"I don't get how that has anything to do with your shins..."


DF gave me a sour look.


"Last night, I got up to use the bathroom, and I didn't want to turn on any lights and wake you up, so I tried to close the door before I hit the lights."


"Ohkay."


"Well, the (we'll say he said) goshdarn toilet was so close to the door, I ended up ramming my shin into the bowl."


I couldn't really see what the big deal was. I mean, I'd rammed my toes into chair legs and hit my elbow on dresser corners before.

So he hit his leg on the toilet bowl? Big whoop...


Then I looked down at his left leg.


Holy smokes!


There was a big ugly knot protruding from his leg.
I tried to get a picture of it, but it didn't really turn out:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image1-10.jpg
The picture actually makes it look smaller than it was. Throughout the week it kept expanding and expanding, until it was about twice as big as what's in the photo.

"That happened three hours ago??"

DF nodded while I shook my head in disbelief. The bump looked like it had been there for days.

"Jeez, Alex, were you sprinting into the room? How'd you manage to whack it that hard?"

DF just shrugged his shoulders.

As the trip progressed, it became kind of fun to watch the bump turn from a knot to an ugly blue color to a sickly yellowish shade. It was still on his leg when we left WDW, and when his family saw it they asked, "Did someone kick you in the leg?"

In fact, the bruise was still fairly apparent when DF and I came back home, because even my parents noticed it. :rotfl:


I tried not to laugh at the absurdity of the situation as we made our way to the food court, but it was difficult not to. How many people can say that they hurt themselves on a vicious toilet?


We didn't take long at the food court, because all we were doing was filling up the mug with coffee.
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Once that was done, DF and I went to our car and drove to DHS. It was about 8:35 at that point, and I was curious to see how long it'd take us to enter the park.


When we reached DHS and parked the car, the first thing DF did was snap a picture of the parking lot.
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There would be no lost cars today!


A tram arrived and took us to the front of the ticket window. It was a really beautiful morning out. The sun was shining, but it wasn't unbearably hot out; there was actually a nice breeze circulating through the air.

Getting off the tram, DF looked longingly at the Tower of Terror looming above the tree lines.
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He knew the only chance he'd have of going on it was by himself, and he had decided he didn't want to do that. So no 13 story plunge for him that day...


The crowds going into the park looked daunting.
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I was afraid it was going to be packed, but when I shared my fears with DF, he reminded me that it just looked crowded due to rope drop.

Which, miraculously, we were able to catch.

We had hoped to get inside the park before it opened, just to be able to stay ahead of the game, but we weren't insistent about it. We were following the philosophy of "If it happens, it happens. If not, life moves on."


We were not strung up on getting there the second the park opened, because we were probably one of the only guests that were not trying to make the Toy Story Mania dash.

Which, I must say, was a wonderful break.

We'd participated in that craziness in December, and DF and I agreed that it wasn't worth it this go around.

We wanted a nice, slow, relaxing day...therefore, we opted to skip TSM.


Because the two of us weren't in any rush, we stood among the other guests waiting for rope drop, taking in the scenery and enjoying the fact that we were at WDW.
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I tried to get a good picture of DF in front of the hat, but none of them ever came out right.
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A nice man came up to us and congratulated us on our engagement and then offered to take our picture.
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(I promise, we did not intend to match. DF and I have this nasty habit of getting dressed, then looking at each other and seeing that we picked the same colored shirt. It's a terrible habit that I wish we could break, because I think it makes us look ridiculous.):confused3


About five minutes after we got our picture taken, the host of rope drop came on a intercom and began his spewl. We were so far back in the crowd, though, we didn't hear a word he was saying. We just waited for everyone in front of us to start moving, and when they did, DF and I began our stroll into the park.


But if we weren't going to TSM, where were we going?????



Up next...Stitch for Pluto? Sounds good.

20thingamabobs
07-07-2011, 12:55 PM
I loved your view of the race! And I'm glad you enjoyed it too! DF and I had so much fun too! We too have said that as long as they run it, you can count us in as being there for it. Looks like you had fun at the after party too, I can't wait to hear about your morning at HS!

TeresaG
07-07-2011, 03:12 PM
You know, the smashing-into-the-toilet thing is SO something my husband would do. In fact, I imagine he HAS done it. Poor guy. Hope it didn't mess up his trip too much.

This year was the first time I participated in the TSM dash. It was...interesting. And by interesting I mean insane.

TanzUnited99
07-07-2011, 04:16 PM
Wow at being able to ride EE in the dark - your description of the view sounds amazing! :thumbsup2

Lol at forgetting where your car was parked! We have done that at a theme park in the UK and although you hate it at the time it is something you will look back and laugh at! Lol at taking the pic the next day - we always do that now as well!

I was wondering why there was a second update as well! :laughing: Hope you have managed to make some wedding invitations.

Eek at DFs leg and him injuring it on the goshdarn toilet!

Look forward to seeing where it is you end up going.

Nermel9
07-07-2011, 07:59 PM
LOL, I always kick things or hit my legs on something in hotels rooms in the middle of the night, your poor DF! :laughing: Bringing a night light isn't actually a bad idea!

You don't like ToT??? :scared1: It's my favorite ride in the entire world!! :rotfl:

I can't even imagine how annoying the TSM stampede must be, it must have been nice to skip it! I haven't done it yet, I'm dreading the day I decide to try it! :eek:

Shannon84
07-08-2011, 07:50 AM
I think its cute you two match!!! :goodvibes

Poor guy running into the toilet like that, ok I have to admit I laughed when you made the comment about him sprinting into the bathroom :lmao: Im sure that hurt, he must have hit it hard to get a knot like that!!

amazingact21
07-08-2011, 11:10 AM
I loved your view of the race! And I'm glad you enjoyed it too! DF and I had so much fun too! We too have said that as long as they run it, you can count us in as being there for it. Looks like you had fun at the after party too, I can't wait to hear about your morning at HS!

That's awesome that you both loved the race, as well. Hopefully, next year, they won't create a clue that's as difficult to figure out as the 2nd one. :rotfl:

You know, the smashing-into-the-toilet thing is SO something my husband would do. In fact, I imagine he HAS done it. Poor guy. Hope it didn't mess up his trip too much.

This year was the first time I participated in the TSM dash. It was...interesting. And by interesting I mean insane.

Oooh, the TSM dash is pure insanity. I guess Star Tours didn't deflect any of the madness when you were there, which I think was what the CMs were hoping would happen. And you had to do it with two young children! :scared1::worship:

Wow at being able to ride EE in the dark - your description of the view sounds amazing! :thumbsup2

Lol at forgetting where your car was parked! We have done that at a theme park in the UK and although you hate it at the time it is something you will look back and laugh at! Lol at taking the pic the next day - we always do that now as well!

I was wondering why there was a second update as well! :laughing: Hope you have managed to make some wedding invitations.

Eek at DFs leg and him injuring it on the goshdarn toilet!

Look forward to seeing where it is you end up going.

Losing a car definitely taught us a valuable lesson. Unfortunately, something happened at the end of the trip that made the pictures worthless. :laughing:
No invitations have been done yet, but we're going to get DF's tux today, and Monday I'll be hard at work. (So look for an update about Monday afternoon.:lmao:)

LOL, I always kick things or hit my legs on something in hotels rooms in the middle of the night, your poor DF! :laughing: Bringing a night light isn't actually a bad idea!

You don't like ToT??? :scared1: It's my favorite ride in the entire world!! :rotfl:

I can't even imagine how annoying the TSM stampede must be, it must have been nice to skip it! I haven't done it yet, I'm dreading the day I decide to try it! :eek:

I was naive during my first trip, and I didn't think it'd be that bad. Now, I have learned and DF and I agree that skipping the madness is much calmer.
Both DF and my younger brother love ToT; I just hate that feeling of air time and negative G forces. :confused3

I think its cute you two match!!! :goodvibes

Poor guy running into the toilet like that, ok I have to admit I laughed when you made the comment about him sprinting into the bathroom :lmao: Im sure that hurt, he must have hit it hard to get a knot like that!!

I don't know how he managed to hit it that bad, but somehow he did. :rotfl:

PirateKate
07-09-2011, 03:08 PM
That race looks like it was a lot of fun. I can only imagine how awesome Expedition Everest was at night after having ran the race and finished the scavenger hunt. I'm surprised you were able to tear yourself away from Everest to go on Dinosaur.

I'm just glad Alex's injury was a run in with the toilet and not shin splints.

DisneyDreamerMN
07-10-2011, 09:26 PM
Hi! joining in late. I saw that you joined my trippie so I came over to check out yours. OK, I need to go back to reading!

amazingact21
07-14-2011, 01:19 PM
That race looks like it was a lot of fun. I can only imagine how awesome Expedition Everest was at night after having ran the race and finished the scavenger hunt. I'm surprised you were able to tear yourself away from Everest to go on Dinosaur.

I'm just glad Alex's injury was a run in with the toilet and not shin splints.

After trying and hate Dinosaur again, I won't waste my time on that attraction again. :rotfl:

Hi! joining in late. I saw that you joined my trippie so I came over to check out yours. OK, I need to go back to reading!

:welcome: Thanks for reading!

amazingact21
07-14-2011, 02:00 PM
Hello everyone! I had every intention of posting an update earlier this week. However, I've been making wedding invitations and they are taking soooo long. Much longer than I thought. I had to break away from them today, though, and get a Disney fix by writing an update. :rotfl:

Before I begin, though, I just want to say that I have something brewing in the works that could possibly mean a very spur of the moment getaway. (And DF won't be involved with this at all!) :laughing:


May 8th Morning:


As soon as rope drop occurred, the mass of people standing at the entrance to the park headed straight towards the sorcerer’s hat. DF and I, on the other hand, took a right on Sunset Boulevard.

We were headed for my favorite coaster.

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Rock N Roller Coaster!

I rode this 3 times back in December, and I fell head over heels in love with it. In my mind, it was a much better ride to rush to first thing in the morning.

Since everyone was nabbing TSM fastpasses and chatting with Mr. Potato Head, DF and I grabbed two FPs of our own for RNRC, and then walked through an empty queue to the beginning video.

I waited for Aerosmith to realize they were late and to send us to hitch a ride on a super stretch limo.


Earlier that morning, I created a goal for myself to try and get really good pictures of each of the rides. Unfortunately, the line for RNRC was moving so quickly that this was the best shot I got:
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After taking our first spin on the ride, DF insisted we get a picture together near the gigantic guitar. He wanted one in December, but it was always too crowded, and I was always too grumpy.
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I obliged this time, though, and posed for a photo. However, for some reason, it looks as if I’m about to keel over. I guess my sense of vertigo was still messed up from the ride.

DF and I walked back to the ride entrance and saw that it was empty once again.


So we rode it again.



And again. :lmao:


After exiting for the 3rd time, I told DF that we really needed to explore the rest of the park. He looked at the queue line and gave me a look that said, “But it’s still walk on! We could do it…”

I stood my ground, though, and we began our walk down Sunset Blvd.

There was a photopass photographer standing in the middle of the street, and DF and I figured we might as well get our first ever photopass picture.
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After that we decided to stroll around, not really forming any concrete plans.


It was about 9:45, and the park was still empty.
A complete 180 from December, when it was jam-packed.

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We walked by the sorcerer’s hat, then past the AI Experience. I saw the Academy Awards busts and they reminded me of the last time I was at DHS. DF and I were taking our time and exploring the park, just like we were doing now.
It made me realize that this was one of my favorite pastimes in this park.
Who would’ve thought???:confused3


We walked along until we reached Star Tours, where we had to give it a quick wave. Unfortunately, it was not open yet, so all we could do was enjoy the signs for its upcoming release.
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After ten minutes or so, DF and I found ourselves on the Streets of America, looking at the Muppets water fountain.

“Oooh, go stand in front of it and do something funny!”

DF crinkled his eyes at me. “What?”

“Look, this is our second trip here…we can’t just stand up straight and take the same obligatory photos…we have to do something that will make this trip stand out!”

DF shook his head at me.

“Please???”

“Why don’t you go do a funny pose, and I’ll take the photo.”

“Fine.”

Giving DF the camera, I strolled over to the fountain and showed DF how to act silly at WDW.
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After I returned and took the camera back, DF still wouldn’t do anything but stand in front of the fountain.


It was one of the few battles I lost on the trip.

We both decided it was time to sit down for a bit, so DF and I went into the Muppets theater and headed straight for the auditorium.

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The place was dead.

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I think there might have been ten other families in the show with us.

I know the show is a little outdated, but I love the Muppets, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Plus, it was something we didn’t get to do in December, so I was excited to experience something unfamiliar.

DF and I left the theater, and immediately, I picked up where I left off, taking photographs of my surroundings while we walked down Commissary Lane.
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I tried to get a shot of both us, while we were both alert and happy and before we became tired and grouchy.
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Unlike our last trip, where DF and I were rushing to get through all the major rides we could while fighting the massive crowds, this morning was slow and enjoyable. We had gone almost a full loop around the park and were able to take in the beautiful weather, the empty streets, the sounds of the park operating.



However, it was only 10:15, and the two of us still had a lot of morning left to enjoy DHS.

Up Next…Stitch for Pluto? Sounds Good.

TanzUnited99
07-14-2011, 02:40 PM
:yay: on making some wedding invites!!

Wow an impromptu getaway - look forward to hearing all about it when it materialises! ;) Hope it comes together for you!

Love the RnR shots - have not seen many of the inside so thanks for sharing. Wow at the number of times you guys went on this and lol at DF still wanting to go on again! :laughing: It is one of the rides I'm a bit weary of since I will be riding solo. We'll see if I decide to brave up in Sept!

Love your funny fountain pics!! Had me laughing out loud! :thumbsup2 It's a shame that DF was not willing to do a silly pose.

Can't wait to see Muppets and am glad you guys enjoyed wondering around DHS after rushing to all the major attractions on your last trip.

Shannon84
07-15-2011, 07:46 AM
Hmm...what could the getaway be....:confused3

I can't believe how empty the park was for your DHS morning, I guess everyone was going crazy at TSM as usual!

I think your pic of the RnR queue is cool, because its moving and all the lights :thumbsup2 I have skipped Muppets the last two times, but this next trip I am going to try and see it

I can never think of anything creative for photos at WDW and then I come on here and see a million...I need someone to think of ideas for me :rotfl:

amazingact21
07-17-2011, 02:24 PM
:yay: on making some wedding invites!!

Wow an impromptu getaway - look forward to hearing all about it when it materialises! ;) Hope it comes together for you!

Love the RnR shots - have not seen many of the inside so thanks for sharing. Wow at the number of times you guys went on this and lol at DF still wanting to go on again! :laughing: It is one of the rides I'm a bit weary of since I will be riding solo. We'll see if I decide to brave up in Sept!

Love your funny fountain pics!! Had me laughing out loud! :thumbsup2 It's a shame that DF was not willing to do a silly pose.

Can't wait to see Muppets and am glad you guys enjoyed wondering around DHS after rushing to all the major attractions on your last trip.

The possible getaway is still up in the air, as of right now, so I don't want to get my hopes up by posting possible details. :lmao:

For some reason, I have a lot of RNRC pictures, and I will probably post them in my next post, because DF and I still had our FPs to use.
I love the ride, but I'd be a little nervous, too, if I had to ride it by myself. So I can see where you're coming from. Too bad you couldn't trick Zaheer into going on it! :laughing:

Hmm...what could the getaway be....:confused3

I can't believe how empty the park was for your DHS morning, I guess everyone was going crazy at TSM as usual!

I think your pic of the RnR queue is cool, because its moving and all the lights :thumbsup2 I have skipped Muppets the last two times, but this next trip I am going to try and see it

I can never think of anything creative for photos at WDW and then I come on here and see a million...I need someone to think of ideas for me :rotfl:

The crowds were unusually low during our trip. There was only one night when the park was packed. :confused3
I tried to come up with some interesting pictures, but almost every time I tried to pose for one, there'd be a random family standing next to me, and they'd look at me like I was crazy, so I'd chicken out. :rotfl:

PirateKate
07-19-2011, 03:34 PM
Rock N Roller Coaster three times in a row is such a great start to the day. I think instead of Muppetvision, I would have gone to Tower of Terror next. It is fun to just relax and explore, though.

amazingact21
07-20-2011, 10:52 AM
Rock N Roller Coaster three times in a row is such a great start to the day. I think instead of Muppetvision, I would have gone to Tower of Terror next. It is fun to just relax and explore, though.

DF would agree with you there. Unfortunately, I'm a big chicken and can't handle ToT. :rotfl: Although, my younger brother swears he'll get me on it again one day. Between him and my DF, I have a feeling I'm fighting a losing battle. :confused3

amazingact21
07-20-2011, 11:05 AM
So, sadly, my getaway trip has fallen through. My mother was hoping to take me and my younger brother to WDW for a week as a birthday present for me, and to have one last family trip before I'm married off. Unfortunately, some unforseen things occured that have made it impossible, but now I'm trying to convince my mother to plan a mother/daughter trip next spring. We'll have to see how that all pans out.

May 8th Morning cont.d


DF and I made our way down Commissary Lane, not really headed in any particular direction. As we were nearing the back of the Sorcerer’s Hat, we overheard CMs shouting encouragements to enter a certain attraction.

I looked to my left and saw they were standing in front of the Great Movie Ride.

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“You want to go on it? We’ve got plenty of time to kill,” DF asked.

I hesitated.

The last time I’d been on the ride was when I came to WDW with my family.

I was seven.

And I remember hating the ride.

My parents had assured me it would be interesting. They kept saying, “It’s about movies, Alicia, you’ll enjoy it.”

Unfortunately, since I was so young, I had no idea what mobsters and aliens were. I remember being so disappointed in how boring the attraction was, that even the scene from Wizard of Oz couldn’t perk me up.

Even with that bad memory floating around in my head, I told myself to give the ride a second chance. I was 13 years older and had seen a lot more films in that span of time.

Just like the Muppets, the Great Movie Ride was empty.

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DF and I didn’t even have time to get a good look at the movie props showcased in the line. Which was a little bit of a bummer, for me, because they had a Queen Elizabeth costume from the movie, Shakespeare in Love, that I would have loved to look at.

DF and I stood in a room with movie clips playing for about thirty seconds (long enough for us to see some Indiana Jones) before we were ushered straight into a car.

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I tried to get some pictures of the scenery during the ride, but the only two that came out decent were from the Wizard of Oz scene, which I found slightly ironic, seeing as that used to be the one thing I liked about the attraction.

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My favorite part of the ride this time around turned out to be the very end, when the car stops in front of a huge screen and you watch a montage of various movie clips. DF and I really enjoyed naming the movies the scenes were from and identifying the music playing in the background.

In the end, I’m really glad I gave the ride another try, because it ended up being one of my favorites at DHS. It’s probably in my top 15 list of favorites, which is pretty hard to get on.



Back out in the park, DF and I checked the time and saw it was 10:45; it was time to use our RNRC fastpasses!

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By the time we made it back over to the ride, the lines had picked up and we were thankful we had been smart enough to remember to get FPs. (We usually don’t have a lot of luck in that department.)


So, for the 4th time that morning, we walked through the queue and entered G Force studios.

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The ride was just as fun that time around, but I, for sure, had gotten my fill of Aerosmith for the time being.

Leaving the ride and walking back down Sunset Blvd, I made a quick pit stop at a restroom and when I returned, I saw DF grinning at me like a fool.

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“Yessssss???”

“Look closely,” DF said, still smiling.

I thought he meant look at what was around me, so I glanced behind him.

We were standing in front of the Planet Hollywood store, which I knew DF loved. His family used to eat at the restaurant when they had vacations, so it was sort of a nostalgic place for him.

“Did you find something cool in the store?”

DF shook his head. “No, look at my lanyard!”

I looked. And saw a Stitch pin where a Pluto one used to reside.

“You made your first ever pin trade!”

DF’s smile widened. “Yeah. I went into the store just to browse, and I started talking to the CM. I happened to see his pins and saw this cool Stitch. So, I pointed to it and said ‘Stitch for Pluto’? And he just shrugged and said ‘Sounds good,’”

DF's enthusiasm over the trade was a surprise to me. I knew he loved collecting the pins, but I didn’t realize until right then how much he enjoyed it.

And, a small part of me at that moment, thought, “Oh dear…this hobby is going to get expensive. Every time I bring him here, he’s going to want to buy more pins!”

It wasn’t the nicest thought in the world, but my fears were justified by the end of the trip. Between the two of us, we had gone over 200 dollars over-budget on souvenirs!!!



At that point, we both checked our phones and saw that it was only 11:10a.m. We had an 11:40 ADR at Sci Fi, but from past experience we knew it wouldn’t take that long to get to the restaurant, so we settled on finding a seat and resting our feet for a bit.

We spotted a concrete ledge near Starring Rolls (which I looked at longingly, thinking about the delicious cupcakes inside). DF and I made ourselves comfortable, and then started messing with our phones, checking facebook, reading texts, replying to everyone’s questions about how the race went.

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My mother had sent me a really sweet message, thanking me again for her Mother’s Day gift earlier in the week, and once again I wished she could have been there with us. My mother loves Disney just as much as DF and I, and I have been trying for months to figure out a way to get her there. One day!


DF told me that if I wanted, he would make a funny face for the camera, to make up for his lack of creativity earlier. Laughing, I pulled the camera out and snapped a photo. When I went to look at it, though, I saw DF smiling normally, while I had a crazy expression on my face.

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“You’re mean…”


DF just smiled…


Returning our phones to my bag, DF suggested we go through Pixar Place to get to Sci Fi and see if, on the off-hand chance, there were any FPs for TSM left.


We both highly doubted it, since it was after eleven in the morning, and that ride is known for selling out very early.



When we got to the ride, we found where all the people were.

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Holy shish kabobs!!!



If it wasn’t so insane, I would have laughed at the disparity in the park. Everywhere else was a ghost town, and on this one little street, hundreds of people were milled together.

Amazingly enough, DF and I were able to get FPs for the ride. Our return time was 6:05 and 7:05, which actually couldn’t have been more perfect for our schedule.

Thankful for the pixie dust, DF and I walked along, taking pictures of signs and characters in the windows.

We soon stumbled upon a large poster advertising the new Pirate of the Caribbean movie. Naturally, I had to try and be as silly as possible.

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After the picture, DF handed me the camera and proceeded to stand in front of a huge Coke statue. Then, he made my day by posing in a funny way!

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He even did it again when we came upon a ton of bricks!

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I guess trading pins had put him in a ecstatic mood...

After our flurry of picture taking, DF and I tried to settle down and make some progress on getting to Sci Fi, but as we were walking down the Streets of America, who appeared out of the blue?

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Mater!

Now, I’ve been a big Cars fan; it just never hooked me the same way it did others, but it’s my dad’s favorite Disney film. So I had to get a picture for him.

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With a few shots of the famous car captured, DF and I moved along, our stomachs growling. We both vividly remembered the burgers and shakes from our December trip, and our mouths were watering in anticipation. It was time to eat!



Up next…Just Lettuce and Cheese, No Buns?

TanzUnited99
07-20-2011, 11:18 AM
I'm sorry to hear that your getaway trip has not come together :sad2: I really hope you get to go on a mother/daughter trip next spring.

Oh no on having a not so good memory of The Great Movie Ride. Am glad you gave it another chance and it is now in your top 15! :cool1:

Yay on riding RnRC again! DF looks soo happy to have made his first pin trade and I love that it even got him in the spirit of making fun poses! Uh oh on going over budget though as a result of the expensive hobby! :laughing:

Wow at the crowds at Pixar Place! :eek:

magichusky
07-20-2011, 09:32 PM
Hahaha what a great race! The beginning sounded stressful though- I would've been so very angered! That alphabet/compass clue definitely required some thought. However, that would've really irritated me seeing other people running around telling each other the answers- half the fun is figuring out the clue for yourself!

The crowds in DHS look perfecto! I truly don't understand the TSM insanity- the one in CA Adventure is pretty much always a good solid 45 minutes, which I find completely unacceptable, however in WDW 45 min would be a miracle! Same thing w/ Soarin'!

Shannon84
07-21-2011, 07:27 AM
Sorry to hear about the possible trip plans falling through, hopefully you and your mom can get a mother/daughter trip in :goodvibes

Sounds like you guys were having so much fun at DHS!!! Even though you went over budget (like I always do :rotfl:) at least DF was REALLY excited about the pin trading...thats Disney magic :goodvibes And it even paid off with his picture posing :thumbsup2

I like the Great Movie Ride...but I have been on it every trip since I was little, so sometimes I wouldn't mind skipping it :rotfl: I like the ending too...they show a fun mix of clips!

amazingact21
07-22-2011, 09:55 AM
I'm sorry to hear that your getaway trip has not come together :sad2: I really hope you get to go on a mother/daughter trip next spring.

Oh no on having a not so good memory of The Great Movie Ride. Am glad you gave it another chance and it is now in your top 15! :cool1:

Yay on riding RnRC again! DF looks soo happy to have made his first pin trade and I love that it even got him in the spirit of making fun poses! Uh oh on going over budget though as a result of the expensive hobby! :laughing:

Wow at the crowds at Pixar Place! :eek:

The crowds near TSM were insane! I couldn't believe how many people were on that one street.

Hahaha what a great race! The beginning sounded stressful though- I would've been so very angered! That alphabet/compass clue definitely required some thought. However, that would've really irritated me seeing other people running around telling each other the answers- half the fun is figuring out the clue for yourself!

The crowds in DHS look perfecto! I truly don't understand the TSM insanity- the one in CA Adventure is pretty much always a good solid 45 minutes, which I find completely unacceptable, however in WDW 45 min would be a miracle! Same thing w/ Soarin'!

I didn't even attempt Soarin' this go around, because I knew the crowds at Epcot would all be there. And sure enough, it never had below a 50 minute wait time. :confused3
The start of the race was really stressful, but luckily everything else went smoothly, so I had an overall positive experience.

Sorry to hear about the possible trip plans falling through, hopefully you and your mom can get a mother/daughter trip in :goodvibes

Sounds like you guys were having so much fun at DHS!!! Even though you went over budget (like I always do :rotfl:) at least DF was REALLY excited about the pin trading...thats Disney magic :goodvibes And it even paid off with his picture posing :thumbsup2

I like the Great Movie Ride...but I have been on it every trip since I was little, so sometimes I wouldn't mind skipping it :rotfl: I like the ending too...they show a fun mix of clips!

I kept saying to myself on the trip, "I think we've spent too much...No, we don't really need another pin." And after I got back home and added up our cost, I couldn't believe we'd managed that. :scared1:

amazingact21
07-26-2011, 12:14 PM
It has been such a busy week for me! I have finally bought everything I need for wedding, so now I just have to sit around and wait for the day! :woohoo:
Yesterday, my mother and I went out shopping, which always put her in a happy mood, and I discussed with her the possibility of joining DF and I in the Expedition Everest Challenge next year. And she said that as long as she could walk it, she'd love to participate. So, as of right now, I have a trip in the works for next May/June. :banana: DF has been put in charge of checking the runDisney sight every few weeks to see when next year's dates are. And even though we don't know them yet, at least I have two people confirming that I'm going again. :cutie:

Now, on to my TR.

May 8th Lunch:

DF and I arrived for our 11:40 ADR about five minutes ahead of time. Last time we ate here, we had to run to make it to our reservation on time, so I wanted to have a more relaxed arrival this go around.

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We sat in the lobby for a few minutes. This time, I made sure DF didn’t run off, because I did not want a repeat of last December.

While DF was in the middle of taking some photographs of an old pay phone with a Hollywood phone book (I love all the tiny details WDW provides) a CM came and took us down a hall to the right of the entrance kiosk.

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We were led to a car in the back of the theater on the left hand side. DF and I were pretty content with our car, because it was on the exact opposite side of our last visit.


Amusingly enough, they put us in the last row of a car again, this time with a family of five in front of us.

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As soon as we were seated, a waiter came over to take our drink orders. A few weeks earlier, I had read somewhere on the DISboards that any kind of specialty drinks were not covered under the dining plan. DF and I both love Sci Fi’s milkshakes, so we had decided to use a snack credit and purchase one.

However, I figured I’d ask the waiter, just to be sure. And as luck would have it, he assured me that milkshakes could, in fact, be ordered as a drink.

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I still don’t think that was all together correct, but I wasn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth. DF and I immediately ordered two vanilla milkshakes.

They were thick and creamy and really rich…just how I remembered them! And, they didn’t use any extra credits! That alone made them extraordinary.

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When the waiter dropped off our beverages, he asked to take our order.
We both went with the Angus Chuck Burger, only I asked for no mushrooms and to have Chedder cheese.

DF, my wonderfully complex picky eater, ordered his with only Swiss and lettuce.

The waiter paused writing on his notepad when DF requested that and looked at him quizzically. “So, you just want lettuce and cheese. No buns?”

I sat there for a few beats, going, Huh? When finally it hit me what he said.

I laughed out loud pretty hard.

“Actually, I think that’d be pretty funny. Just throw a slab of meat on the plate and toss a piece of cheese and a strip of lettuce up top, and he’d be good to go.”

DF rolled his eyes at me and the waiter, then let out his own laugh.

“All right, I’d like two buns, a burger, cooked medium, some lettuce, and some Swiss cheese….and some mayo and ketchup.”

The waiter put his notepad away, “That sounds better.”


The two of us got a good laugh in once the waiter went to put our order in. It was starting to seem like the best restaurant for us to get good interactions with the CMs was Sci Fi. Last time we went, our waitress kept up a pretty good conversation, and this time, we managed to land someone who was good with improv jokes.


While we waited, DF and I took some photos of the place and watched the movie trailers.
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DF found a Hidden Mickey on the step into the car, which he found pretty cool.
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Our food came out fairly quickly, and it looked delicious!

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Besides a granola bar in the resort room, DF and I had not ate anything since the end of the race.

To say we were hungry would be an understatement.


Those burgers didn’t stand a chance! :rotfl:

Although I didn’t polish mine off as quickly as I did with the one in December, it was pretty close.


Before we knew it, our waiter had returned to take our dessert orders.


And, just like with our drinks and our entrees, DF and I chose the same thing.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake.


Mmmmmm


:love:

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Unfortunately, between the burger and the milkshake, I was already stuffed by the time the cake came out. I ended up eating a lot of the ice cream and the Reeses Pieces, but not too much of the cake itself.

Part of my problem (in addition to being full) was that the chocolate was really rich. I consider myself to a be a chocolate fan, but I can only take it in small doses. That was like a Hershey overload.

DF managed to eat about half of his cake. However, peanut butter is one of his favorite food items, so this dessert was designed for him.

Shortly thereafter, we paid for our meal, figured out the tip, and left.



It’s always a little strange walking from Sci Fi out into the park. We spent almost an hour in a dark room, surrounded by low lights and a dim movie screen. We were in there so long that we had forgotten it was the middle of the day.

So to walk out into bright sunlight and hot weather was a little disorienting. I had to stand by the restaurant for a minute and get my bearings straight.

While I was getting re-acclimated to the daylight, DF checked his phone and saw that it was almost one o’clock. He asked me if I wanted to stay a little longer, but I said no.


I had a bit of a stomachache from all the food and it was getting hot out.

Plus, the crowds had begun to filter out from TSM and into the rest of the park.


I figured it was time to take a nap and relax by the pool for a bit.



Up next…You’re Engaged…She Deserves Flowers!

TanzUnited99
07-26-2011, 12:31 PM
:woohoo: on buying everything for the wedding!! When is the big day?

Yay on having a new trip in the works :banana:

I’m glad you guys got to have milkshakes on the DDP. The drinks look yummy!

Lol at the interaction with the CM! It’s things like that which make meals fun :goodvibes

Shannon84
07-26-2011, 01:32 PM
Sounds like you are really doing great with the wedding planning, i can imagine that must be a lot to do!!

YAY for the Spring trip for another EE challenge, that sounds like a lot of fun :goodvibes and who doesn't love planning for another trip so soon after getting back from one :thumbsup2

I do love Sci Fi ...haven't been there in years, but it looks like you guys had a great time and had a good waiter :goodvibes thats awesome you were able to get milkshakes as your drinks, but I can imagine how stuffed you would feel after :rotfl:

Nermel9
07-26-2011, 03:37 PM
Sorry about your trip plans falling through! I hope you get to go again soon! :thumbsup2

I love the Great Movie Ride, it's a little tame compared to some of the attractions at DHS, but it's fun! :thumbsup2

Yum, your meal at Sci Fi looks good! We ate there last year and weren't all that impressed, but I'd go back just for the atmosphere and the milkshakes! :banana:

amazingact21
07-28-2011, 10:11 AM
:woohoo: on buying everything for the wedding!! When is the big day?

Yay on having a new trip in the works :banana:

I’m glad you guys got to have milkshakes on the DDP. The drinks look yummy!

Lol at the interaction with the CM! It’s things like that which make meals fun :goodvibes

The big day is September 3rd. A little over a month away!
I was really happy we were able to have the milkshakes, as well. They are delicious!

Sounds like you are really doing great with the wedding planning, i can imagine that must be a lot to do!!

YAY for the Spring trip for another EE challenge, that sounds like a lot of fun :goodvibes and who doesn't love planning for another trip so soon after getting back from one :thumbsup2

I do love Sci Fi ...haven't been there in years, but it looks like you guys had a great time and had a good waiter :goodvibes thats awesome you were able to get milkshakes as your drinks, but I can imagine how stuffed you would feel after :rotfl:

I think I'm more happy about the fact that I'll be planning a trip with my mother and possibly younger brother. DF is great, and he'll always be my favorite WDW companion, but I'll enjoy going with someone else for a change. :rotfl:

Sorry about your trip plans falling through! I hope you get to go again soon! :thumbsup2

I love the Great Movie Ride, it's a little tame compared to some of the attractions at DHS, but it's fun! :thumbsup2

Yum, your meal at Sci Fi looks good! We ate there last year and weren't all that impressed, but I'd go back just for the atmosphere and the milkshakes! :banana:

The Great Movie Ride is a lot of fun, and I kind of like that it's low-key. After going on RnRC several times, I needed something a little more smoother. :laughing:
DF is a really picky eater, so whenever we find a restaurant at WDW that he likes, we're kind of stuck with having to go there again. :confused3 I wouldn't call the food there top-notch, but so long as I get the milkshakes, I'm good. :rotfl:

amazingact21
07-28-2011, 10:57 AM
A quick update for you all today.
It has been raining here for two straight weeks, which is driving me crazy! I had hoped that once I'd finished all my wedding stuff, I'd be able to go to the beach or swim in my pool every morning, but now I'm stuck inside all day. :rotfl:
At least it gives me plenty of time to update my TR...


May 8th Afternoon:

DF and I left Hollywood Studios happy, our bellies full.

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As we were passing the entrance/exit area of the park, we encountered several CMs standing around, holding carnations in their hands.

Earlier in the day, we saw a bunch of females carrying them around, so DF and I assumed the park was handing them out for Mother’s Day. I thought that was really sweet of WDW.

Walking past two female CMs, I suddenly heard, “Hey!”

DF and I turned around, a little confused.

Who was saying hey to us?

One of the two CMs was looking at us, a gigantic grin on her face.

I raised my eyebrows at her and gave a tentative grin, the worldwide symbol of, “I have no idea what’s about to happen, and I’m not altogether sure I want to know.”

The CM continued to smile while she shoved three carnations in DF’s hands.

“Look, you’re engaged, she deserves flowers!”


Huh.


Didn’t see that one coming.


DF and I thanked her and waved goodbye to both CMs as we passed through the exit.

As we boarded the tram to return to our car, I talked to DF about what had just happened.

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“That was so sweet of her!”

“Mmm-hmm.”

“I mean, she could’ve given us one flower, but she gave us three.”

“Mmm-hmm.”

“Whoa, Alex, you don’t think people will think I’m a mother now, though,” I said, a little worried.


“Of course not, we don’t have any children with us.”

“Yeah, but what if we’re walking to our car next to a family who has a really young kid. People might assume it’s mine.”

“I think you’ve been out in the sun too long, Alicia.”

“I’m just saying…maybe it’s a sign.”

“I think you’re crazy.”


DF was probably right. Still, I felt like I needed to hide the carnations as we walked down the lane to get to our car.

But as soon as we were in the safety of our vehicle area, I got a better look at our little touch of pixie dust.

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The flowers were really pretty and smelled wonderful. And, even though they were meant to celebrate our engagement, they reminded me of my mother, due to the fact that they were her favorite kind of flower.

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Ultimately, it was a very sentimental gesture on the CM’s behalf. It was certainly the best congrats we received from our buttons, and it also made me think of my family and how much I wish they were there. For some reason, on this trip, I thought about relatives a lot.


I think I was feeling a little homesick.

Not to mention I was feeling a lot of guilt for going on another trip 5 months after our previous trip. :rolleyes1




DF drove us back to All Star Sports while I oohed and aahed over my flowers.

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When we got back into our room, I filled one of the plastic drinking cups with water and set the flowers on the bathroom sink.


They added some personality to the room and made it feel more homey.


The two of us immediately threw on our bathing suits, lathered on about a pound of sunscreen, (in 3 days we used half a bottle of SPF!) and gathered our pool bag.


We decided to go to the pool right by our room, the one shaped like a baseball diamond.


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No point in going farther than we needed to, plus that one was practically empty.

I jumped in, swam for a little while, then went to sit on a pool chair.


It was Mother’s Day that day, and even though I’d given my mother a special day earlier that week, I wanted to call her and say a quick hello. She had told me not to worry about it, and the only thing she wanted was for me to have a Dole Whip float at some point for her.


Still, I felt it was in my daughterly duties to ring her up.

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When I called her, though, ready to be the doting daughter, she cut me off pretty fast.

“Hey sweetie, I saw your pictures of the race. You two did great. Now, listen, I don’t want to keep you, so I’ll talk to you later.”

“Well, actually, Mom, I’m at the pool right now, so I have plenty of free time.”

“That’s great, okay, bye.”

“What, you don’t want to talk to me?”

“Well, actually, it’s just…I’m at the beach right now, and I was able to convince your father and brother to let me go alone, so I finally have some peace and quiet for the first time in months, and I really just want to listen to my music and chill.”



Hmpf.

Not one to go against my mother’s wishes, I hung up the phone. Who would’ve guessed that on Mother’s Day, all my mother wanted was to be left alone and have some time to herself…:confused3

Shoving my phone back in my bag, I swam for a little while longer with DF, then read my book for about twenty minutes. DF and I couldn’t stay in the pool too long, because the water was heavily chlorinated and it was causing our skin to burn.

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And, for some odd reason, DF’s eyes were on fire;he couldn’t stop rubbing them, making them worse.

So, as enjoyable as the pool was, DF and I had had our fill after an hour (about 2:30). We trudged back up to our room, washed all the chlorine out of our hair, and settled in for a quick nap.

I had discovered, on our December trip, that naps are a wonderful thing when at WDW, and I had planned to take one every day, if only to escape the heat for a few hours.

I set my alarm to go off at four o’clock and fell right asleep.


I was sort of in the mindset of a child. I knew the quicker I fell asleep, the sooner I’d be able to wake up.


And boy was I excited to wake up.


I had planned for DF and I to visit the Beach Club and eat at Beaches and Cream.


If giant ice cream sundaes aren’t motivation enough to go to sleep, I don’t know what is…:rotfl:



Up next…Why are my Pants Wet?!

Shannon84
07-28-2011, 11:45 AM
How sweet that they gave you those flowers, they were beautiful too :goodvibes I love when something like that happens at Disney, really makes for a special day!!

All the mothers I work with said the same thing before Mothers Day, that they just wanted a day to do nothing, alone :rotfl:

TanzUnited99
07-28-2011, 12:08 PM
Aaw that is sweet that the CM recognised that you guys were engaged and wanted to make sure you got some flowers! :thumbsup2

Lol at thinking people would think you have kids and were given them as a mother instead! :rotfl: Am glad no one said that.

I'm glad your mum got to spend some alone time on Mother's Day.

I can't wait to hear what you thought of B&C! :goodvibes

Lady Lallie
07-28-2011, 02:55 PM
I've spent most of my work day sitting here, catching up on your TR. It has been a welcome distraction on a VERY slow work day. :laughing:

September 3rd is a great day to get married...it's my birthday!! Plus you will usually always have a long weekend around your anniversary, that is a great bonus.

I love love love to pin trade! You know how to save money on pin trading? Go to ebay and buy pin lots! You can usually buy Disney pins for about $0.99cents a piece in lots, I usually buy lots of about 20 pins at a time and then you have a cheap way to pin trade. This really saves on pin money for me, and then I just buy the really special pins that I can't trade while at Disney. I have a few sellers that I buy from so if you want their ebay names, just let me know! :thumbsup2 I have NEVER had a bad experience buying pins on ebay.

I really want to do a 5k at Disney. This Everest one sounds like a good one to do with my husband. I don't know how I feel about the obstacles though. :laughing:

Nermel9
07-28-2011, 03:46 PM
That was so nice of the CM to give you flowers! This is why I love Disney if you're celebrating, they go out of their way to make you feel special! :cool1:

I absolutely have to take a nap in the middle of the day at Disney! I don't know how people go all day with no break!! :scared1:

PirateKate
07-28-2011, 03:56 PM
It's nice that they gave you engagement flowers on Mother's Day. I'm not really too into Mother's Day, but I thought Disney giving out flowers everywhere was kind of fun.

Too bad your trip fell through, but at least you have a plan for the Expedition Everest race next year. We're toying around with entering the Halloween 5K this year. I think it would be fun, but it's hard to commit to it.

I don't think my boys have gotten the message yet that the sooner they fall asleep, the sooner they can get up. I'm sure if they understood that, there would be a lot less jumping on the bed during nap time.:laughing:

amazingact21
07-29-2011, 07:55 AM
How sweet that they gave you those flowers, they were beautiful too :goodvibes I love when something like that happens at Disney, really makes for a special day!!

All the mothers I work with said the same thing before Mothers Day, that they just wanted a day to do nothing, alone :rotfl:


It does make for a special day. Not to mention whenever I think about our engagement, I think about how nice it was. I'm so happy DF and I were able to celebrate it at WDW, and it makes me (a little) sad not be going there for a Disneymoon. :confused3

Aaw that is sweet that the CM recognised that you guys were engaged and wanted to make sure you got some flowers! :thumbsup2

Lol at thinking people would think you have kids and were given them as a mother instead! :rotfl: Am glad no one said that.

I'm glad your mum got to spend some alone time on Mother's Day.

I can't wait to hear what you thought of B&C! :goodvibes

The only reason I was worried is because I still look 16 years old, and whenever I'm out in public with a toddler, people give me dirty looks, because they think I was young when I had a kid. So, I just didn't want that to happen at WDW. :rotfl:

I've spent most of my work day sitting here, catching up on your TR. It has been a welcome distraction on a VERY slow work day. :laughing:

September 3rd is a great day to get married...it's my birthday!! Plus you will usually always have a long weekend around your anniversary, that is a great bonus.

I love love love to pin trade! You know how to save money on pin trading? Go to ebay and buy pin lots! You can usually buy Disney pins for about $0.99cents a piece in lots, I usually buy lots of about 20 pins at a time and then you have a cheap way to pin trade. This really saves on pin money for me, and then I just buy the really special pins that I can't trade while at Disney. I have a few sellers that I buy from so if you want their ebay names, just let me know! :thumbsup2 I have NEVER had a bad experience buying pins on ebay.

I really want to do a 5k at Disney. This Everest one sounds like a good one to do with my husband. I don't know how I feel about the obstacles though. :laughing:

Thanks for reading! Glad I could entertain your workday. :laughing:
That's awesome that your birthday's September 3rd! DF's is September 6th...lots of September birthdays!

I will have to talk to DF about the pin lots. He enjoys picking pins out and searching for the "perfect" pin at WDW, but he might be interested in saving some money.

You should definitely do a 5K at Disney! It's a wonderful experience! All the CMs are so supportive and running through the parks makes it so much fun. You barely think about the fact that you're running 3 miles. And to be honest, the obstacles were nothing to be afraid of. It was more like the coordinators wanted to dress the race up, so they randomly through in a few tires and haybales.
I promise...nothing to worry about.
So, you and your husband should do it! :rotfl:


That was so nice of the CM to give you flowers! This is why I love Disney if you're celebrating, they go out of their way to make you feel special! :cool1:

I absolutely have to take a nap in the middle of the day at Disney! I don't know how people go all day with no break!! :scared1:

They really do! I joked with DF during our visit that I wouldn't know what to do when we returned home and people didn't say "Congratulations" every time we walked through a door or ate dinner out. :lmao: In fact, I took my button off a few times, just because I wasn't up to hearing Congrats and saying "Thank you" in return. That sounds horrible when I think about it, but it really was the case. :confused3



It's nice that they gave you engagement flowers on Mother's Day. I'm not really too into Mother's Day, but I thought Disney giving out flowers everywhere was kind of fun.

Too bad your trip fell through, but at least you have a plan for the Expedition Everest race next year. We're toying around with entering the Halloween 5K this year. I think it would be fun, but it's hard to commit to it.

I don't think my boys have gotten the message yet that the sooner they fall asleep, the sooner they can get up. I'm sure if they understood that, there would be a lot less jumping on the bed during nap time.:laughing:

I thought it was a nice, small gesture, nothing grandoise or obnoxious. Just something simple to make the mothers smile.
I'm looking forward to doing the race again. I just hope it's around the same date as this year's, because I found that to be the perfect time to visit.

I looked at the Halloween 5K and saw that it follows pretty much the same path as the EE5K, so my vote, of course, is to do it, if only to see the park at night. For some reason, AK really is like a whole different theme park when it's closed to the public and its set up for a race.

Hopefully, your boys will learn the trick soon. Although, jumping on the bed can be fun...:laughing:

Lady Lallie
07-29-2011, 08:03 AM
I will have to talk to DF about the pin lots. He enjoys picking pins out and searching for the "perfect" pin at WDW, but he might be interested in saving some money.

I love being able to trade with cast members and having the ebay pin lots make it much more affordable for me to enjoy the pin trading habit.

amazingact21
08-03-2011, 09:18 AM
August is going by so fast! I hope everyone is staying cool this week; I know it is hot here!


Late Afternoon of May 8th:


My phone alarm woke DF and me up promptly at 4 o’clock. I didn’t get a great nap, but it was enough to keep me going through DHS’s EMH that night.

As we were heading towards our car, we spotted a rabbit relaxing in the grass.

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Naturally, I did what any twelve year old would do. I crept up very slowly to the bunny and reached my hand out as far as I could, knowing I had absolutely no chance of touching the animal, but secretly hoping that maybe this time would be different, maybe since it was a WDW bunny, it would let me.:lmao:

Of course my normal assumption was correct and the rabbit went scurrying off into a cluster of bushes the minute my toes stepped off the sidewalk.


Meh…it was worth a try.


DF and I loaded into the car and headed towards the Beach Club resort.
This was new territory for us, so we had to keep a good eye out for our turns. I knew it was near Epcot, so I sent DF in that direction while I double-checked our TSM FP times.

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It was only 4:30, and I knew dinner wasn’t going to take too long, so I figured DF and I would arrive back at the park just in time for the 7:05 time.


DF found the resort easily and we found a parking spot relatively close to the front entrance.


Neither of us had ever been to the resort before, so we were taken aback by how pretty it was.


“It reminds me of my room!”


DF looked at me strangely (which was nothing new by this point).


We were out of our car and headed towards a sidewalk that would lead us to the lobby.


“Look at that building! It’s the exact same color as my room!”


“So do you feel at home here?”

I took a longer look at the building to our left.

“Yep, I could definitely call this place home.”

We proceeded up the walk, DF walking a little ahead of me while I became camera happy and took some pictures of the front of the resort.

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(The building that matches my room.)


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(DF in the way of my picture.)


We even saw a rainbow in the water.
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We made it to the entrance, and I forced DF to wait a few minutes while I took some more pictures. The resort was just so gorgeous, very elegant and quiet. It certainly didn’t have the loud, hussle and bussle feel of All Star Sports.

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Eventually, DF dragged me inside and we looked around the lobby for a bit. However, it was really crowded due to a lot of people checking in and the long line at Cape May, so we took the walkway to our left and got away from the craziness.

We followed signs for Beaches and Cream, telling us to follow the hallway out to the pool area. Along the way we spotted this really cool piece of sand artwork hanging on the wall.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c384/Bamagurl821/May%202011/Image7-11.jpg


Being a huge beach lover and FL native, I thought it was really cool.

“You know, this would look perfect in my room.”

“Really?”

“Yeah, think about all my other beach paintings and my shells. We should look for one.”

“Do you want Mickey Mouse in yours?”

“I wouldn’t have it any other way.”


I would have kept persuading DF to search for one of our own, but his eyes spotted a certain sign.

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“What’s that?”

“A table service restaurant,” I said casually, grabbing DF’s arm and trying to ease him away from the place, before I dug myself too deep of a hole to get out of.

“What kind of restaurant is it?”

I faked looking confused. “I don’t know.”

DF scrunched his eyebrows together. “Please, you don’t expect me to believe that, do you? You know what every restaurant is.”


I gave up, seeing that resistance was futile, and told DF how the place catered to seafood.

DF’s eyes lit up, just like a little kid’s.

“WDW does seafood?”

I wanted to groan.


You see, DF and I couldn’t be polar opposites on this one preference.


DF loves seafood. His absolute favorite meal in the entire world is lobster.


His father used to own a seafood restaurant growing up.


The boy could eat his weight in crab legs.

I, on the other hand, hate seafood.

I’ve tried it over and over again and I abhore it.

My dislike for it is so great, that I can walk into a grocery store and within five feet I can know if there are lobsters for sale.


Bleck.:sick:

(Already I could smell the fish from Cape May and was wishing I could get outside.)

I eat anything and everything else, and I am always the one willing to try new dishes at restaurants, but seafood is the one thing I cannot stomach.

It has caused a few problems over the years, especially since whenever DF’s family is around they want to cook DF his favorite meal, and I have to be polite and find a way to get out of it.


But I had hoped that I could keep a huge seafood buffet like Cape May in the dark from DF.

I had secretly wished that WDW would be a place that I wouldn’t have to worry about getting DF the food he wants while I silently suffer.

I did feel a little guilty when DF heard what I said and began looking inside the restaurant in wonder.


It was a low blow on my part.



But I really hate fish…


Naturally, DF begged me to promise him that we could try it the next time we visited. And I couldn’t very well tell him no.

However…I didn’t just give it to him, either.

“Only on one condition.”

“What?”

“We go to a Crystal Palace breakfast next time.”

“Deal.”

I knew this was a place DF really wanted to try, because CP was his absolute no-go before this trip. He thinks the idea of two adults eating with characters is silly, so I had to cancel my most hoped-for ADR.

Of course, now, the whole deal is a moot point, anyways. Since we’ve planned a trip next Spring with my mother and younger brother, DF will be able to go there with my brother, who is also a huge seafood lover. While my mother and I will go eat somewhere less scaly.


At the time, though, DF and I felt good about our compromise and re-focused our attention on that evening’s dinner.


We’d had a huge lunch not five hours beforehand, so Beaches and Cream was intended to be a small snack to tide us over the rest of the night.
And in truth, the entrees weren’t our first priority. We both wanted one of their sundaes.:love:


DF and I walked outside and got a glimpse of the pool.

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It looked very detailed.


DF gave our names to a CM, who handed us a buzzer and suggested we go to the arcade.
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DF wasted no time getting our voucher that we received in Mickey Mail and buying more points.

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I’ve never been a huge arcade person, but I figured it’d be a good way to kill some time, so I played a few games.

There was one that I whooped DF in, which was a total shocker to both of us. I have no idea what the name of it is, but it looks like this:

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I kept throwing my ball in the 50 or 100 point holes, whereas DF only managed the 25’s.

Shortly after my victory (not five minutes after we were given the buzzer) we were told our table was ready.


Time to eat!

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Up next…Your Eyes Were Bigger Than Your Stomach.

PirateKate
08-03-2011, 04:33 PM
But seafood is so good! I'm always baffled when someone says they don't like seafood. :confused3 Cape May does have a fair amount of non-seafood choices, in case you do ever end up going there.

Can't wait to hear how Beaches and Cream is. I have feeling it's not going to be a light meal, exactly.:rotfl:

MadiPan
08-03-2011, 04:41 PM
Hi, Alicia!:flower3:
Just wanted to say I love this trip report so far. I followed along with your December trip report as well but I was too shy to comment.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I'm along for this trip!:yay:

Shannon84
08-04-2011, 07:46 AM
I think you would actually like the non seafood portions of the Cape May buffet, there are a lot of good options and trust me I'm not a huge seafood fan myself. I mainly like seafood only if its fried :rotfl:

I LOVE the feel of the Beach Club resort...it is so quiet and beautiful...much different than the value resorts that I usually end up at too!

TanzUnited99
08-04-2011, 11:30 AM
I love the pics of Beach Club - it looks like such a great resort! :thumbsup2

Oh no on DF finding Cape May Cafe and asking all about it. I'm glad you managed to reach a compromise even though it doesn't matter now!

Lady Lallie
08-04-2011, 11:40 AM
No seafood? Not any? Oh my goodness! :faint: I love love love seafood. I could eat lobster everyday. :rotfl2:

Beach Club is such a nice resort, I have only visted but it seems like a very relaxing place to stay.

WDWCPALUM03
08-04-2011, 05:39 PM
Did you need reservations at B&C? I havent been there in 6 years. Before you didnt but with all of this free dining I wasnt sure and Im wanting to take my daughter for a Kitchen Sink on our trip.

amazingact21
08-05-2011, 08:45 AM
But seafood is so good! I'm always baffled when someone says they don't like seafood. :confused3 Cape May does have a fair amount of non-seafood choices, in case you do ever end up going there.

Can't wait to hear how Beaches and Cream is. I have feeling it's not going to be a light meal, exactly.:rotfl:

Most people are surprised when they hear I don't like seafood. I think it's a trend in my family, because none of my aunts or my mother like it, but all my brothers and father love it. :confused3
Beaches and Cream was certainly not a light meal. :rotfl:


Hi, Alicia!:flower3:
Just wanted to say I love this trip report so far. I followed along with your December trip report as well but I was too shy to comment.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I'm along for this trip!:yay:

:welcome: Thanks for reading! I appreciate it. I apologize for this TR not having very frequent updates; I didn't know my summer would be this busy!


I think you would actually like the non seafood portions of the Cape May buffet, there are a lot of good options and trust me I'm not a huge seafood fan myself. I mainly like seafood only if its fried :rotfl:

I LOVE the feel of the Beach Club resort...it is so quiet and beautiful...much different than the value resorts that I usually end up at too!

Beach Club was definitely different than the values. It was hard to believe they both belonged to the same company.
I'm sure at some point I'm going to have to go to Cape May, so I will be trying the non-seafood portions.

I love the pics of Beach Club - it looks like such a great resort! :thumbsup2

Oh no on DF finding Cape May Cafe and asking all about it. I'm glad you managed to reach a compromise even though it doesn't matter now!

Beach Club looks beautiful! And everyone there was so friendly. Other guests leaving to go to the park or coming back would wave hello to us and tell us congratulations. It was really nice.

No seafood? Not any? Oh my goodness! :faint: I love love love seafood. I could eat lobster everyday. :rotfl2:

Beach Club is such a nice resort, I have only visted but it seems like a very relaxing place to stay.

It drives DF's entire family nuts that I don't like seafood. They don't get it, either. :laughing:
I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to stay at Beach Club, but it was a great resort to spend the evening at.


Did you need reservations at B&C? I havent been there in 6 years. Before you didnt but with all of this free dining I wasnt sure and Im wanting to take my daughter for a Kitchen Sink on our trip.

You do not need a reservation for Beaches and Cream, but it does count as a table service credit. However, if I'm not mistaken, the Kitchen Sink is not covered under the Dining Plan. All the other desserts are, though. Just something you might want to check up on before you go. (I saw the Kitchen Sink, and it is HUGE. It covers almost half the table!)

magichusky
08-09-2011, 09:55 PM
OMG those Sci-Fi milkshakes look SO good- it almost makes me want to make an ADR exclusively so I can order one. And I must say, I'm extremely impressed w/ your ability to have a milkshake for lunch and then go to B&C for dinner! :worship: B&C was one of my favorite meals last trip, but my parents weren't too enthused (partly b/c it took so long to get over there using Disney transportation). Hopefully the DBF is more accepting! I could definitely use a "No Way Jose" right about now!

amazingact21
08-13-2011, 09:35 AM
OMG those Sci-Fi milkshakes look SO good- it almost makes me want to make an ADR exclusively so I can order one. And I must say, I'm extremely impressed w/ your ability to have a milkshake for lunch and then go to B&C for dinner! :worship: B&C was one of my favorite meals last trip, but my parents weren't too enthused (partly b/c it took so long to get over there using Disney transportation). Hopefully the DBF is more accepting! I could definitely use a "No Way Jose" right about now!

As it turns out, going to Sci Fi and Beaches & Cream was a very dumb decision on my part. Normally, I'm really good at laying out our meals at WDW, but I slipped up this time. We ended up wasting most of our food at B&C because we were still so full from lunch. :confused3




Off-topic Update:

I feel like I owe you guys an apology. I hate letting so much time go by between updates, but I'm just so incredibly busy these days that I barely have time to turn my computer on. In hindsight, I should probably have postponed the TR until after Alex and I got married, but I had already begun it before we had set the date. Plus, I wanted to write about the race while it was still fresh on my mind.
Alex and I are getting married in 21 days, so I can't say that my updates will become more frequent, but I promise I'll do my best to update 2-3 times a week after Labor Day. In fact, I'm looking forward to when all this craziness settles down and I can chill out enough to spend lots of time on the DISboards. :rotfl:


In other news...

Alex is really into the Disney Movie Rewards, and a few weeks back, he asked if I wanted a free Toy Story Vinylmation. Seeings as I love pins, but hate trading them, I figured it might be better for me to try my hand at Vinylmations.
About two weeks ago, mine arrived in the mail, but DF hid it from me. He made me search his entire apartment to find out where he placed it. (This will make sense in a few paragraphs.)

When I finally found it (hidden on top of the fridge, inside one of his motorcylce helmets) I immediately wanted to open it.

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(Of course, Buster wanted to help as well.)

I ended up getting Wheezy, which was a good thing and a bad thing.

See, I was hoping to get a Vinylmation that I hated, that way I could trade it. I told everyone that the only two I wouldn't trade if I happened to get them were Wheezy and Rex.
Alas, now I have nothing to trade...

Buster really loved Wheezy.
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All week DF and I kept spotting him climbing onto the shelf to lick Wheezy. :rotfl:


When I brought my Vinylmation home, my mother fell in love with it. She now plans on starting her own collection when she goes to WDW. My brother, on the other hand, simply said, "He looks kinda creepy. Like that psycho toy that just pops up when you least expect it."

And with that, an idea was born.

In my household, we now have a game going on.


Where's Wheezy?

The rules are, someone has to hide Wheezy in an obvious place around the house, and whoever stumbles across him has to hide them. We're supposed to focus on a specific person.

When I first hid Wheezy, I just intended to get a laugh, but my mother completely played into it and created the whole re-hiding aspect.

I first placed him the laundry room, when I knew my mother was washing clothes:
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She then found him and moved him into the fridge, for my (very confused) dad to uncover. (I have to admit, he was the most puzzled. He pulled it out and went What in the world is this?!?!?!):rotfl:
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Wheezy then got moved to the pen jar, which is what I use on a regular basis:
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I never imagined Wheezy would get this much attention when DF ordered him, but now it's a fun little game my family enjoys playing. It addes a little humor to my home, especially now that my parents are starting to become sad that I'm about to leave home forever.
Not to mention, it constantly puts Disney on their mind. :laughing:


And the last piece of news I bring you...
I read on-line that the next Expedition Everest Challenge might be May 5th, which is a double-edged sword for me.

I really loved going to WDW during that time. There were virtually no crowds, it wasn't too hot, and the F&G Festival was occuring.

Another plus is that Mother's Day isn't until May 13th, which would give DF and I a chance to spend it with his mother. Last year, his dad gave him a hard time about being so close to them and not seeing his mother on that day.

However, the downside is that my younger brother would still be in school. The plan was for him and my mother to join us, and it was even suggested he miss a few days of school. Unfortunately, I looked up AP testing dates, and Isaac will have a test that Thursday. Not enough time to enjoy WDW and get back to class.

So, I will have to do some thinking, but I'm sure I'll come up with some solution.


I promise, an update will happen next week!

TanzUnited99
08-13-2011, 06:48 PM
:woohoo: on getting married in 21 days!!!

Lol don't worry about getting updates posted - you have plenty of other things to focus on. We will still be here after the wedding :hug:

Yay on getting Wheezy and am glad Buster likes it too! :laughing: That is great that you have created a game and can keep some Disney magic going in the house.

May sounds like a great time to visit Disney World! :thumbsup2: Hope you find a way for your brother to join you.

Shannon84
08-14-2011, 08:05 AM
I didn't realize you guys were getting married so soon, I have a horrible habit of losing my sense of time in the summer:rotfl: That is so exciting and of course I can imagine how busy you are!!

I LOVE the Wheezy one...he is too cute!! I have become hooked on these silly vinylmations!! I love your idea of hiding him and finding him around the house...I can imagine your dads shock of finding him in the fridge though :rotfl:

PirateKate
08-14-2011, 07:59 PM
Don't worry about the TR with your wedding coming up so fast. You'll have so many TRs to write in the future, but you only get married once.

I love the Where's Wheezy game. That would be a lot of fun. And it's cute that the dog likes Wheezy, too.

amazingact21
08-19-2011, 09:19 AM
:woohoo: on getting married in 21 days!!!

Lol don't worry about getting updates posted - you have plenty of other things to focus on. We will still be here after the wedding :hug:

Yay on getting Wheezy and am glad Buster likes it too! :laughing: That is great that you have created a game and can keep some Disney magic going in the house.

May sounds like a great time to visit Disney World! :thumbsup2: Hope you find a way for your brother to join you.

I think I've found a way to still go to Disney in May yet keep my brother happy. However, that's still 8-9 months away, and I know a lot can change in that time period. :rotfl:


I didn't realize you guys were getting married so soon, I have a horrible habit of losing my sense of time in the summer:rotfl: That is so exciting and of course I can imagine how busy you are!!

I LOVE the Wheezy one...he is too cute!! I have become hooked on these silly vinylmations!! I love your idea of hiding him and finding him around the house...I can imagine your dads shock of finding him in the fridge though :rotfl:

We're getting married really soon, but that's because DF might be deploying so we decided to get it out of the way just in case. If we had had more time to plan, there was a high chance of us getting married at SoG, so my parents (and their checkbooks) are happy we decided on a quick wedding. :laughing:

Don't worry about the TR with your wedding coming up so fast. You'll have so many TRs to write in the future, but you only get married once.

I love the Where's Wheezy game. That would be a lot of fun. And it's cute that the dog likes Wheezy, too.

It is kind of sad how I'm already planning another WDW trip when I haven't finished my May TR or gone on my Disney cruise yet. :sad2: People are starting to tell me, "You really like vacations, don't you." :rolleyes:

belleinpink
08-19-2011, 10:08 AM
It's ok to like vacations... Atleast you aren't like me. Already planning my little girls' first trips for the third birthdays... You know the two little girls I am not pregnant with and won't be for a while. :lmao:

amazingact21
08-19-2011, 10:20 AM
What is this?! A TR update? :laughing:

May 8th Evening:

The last time I posted, I left off with DF and I being ushered to our table at Beaches and Cream. When we first walked into the restaurant, both of us felt like we were in a throwback to the 50’s. There was an old-fashioned metal bar where people could sit and watch the grill, there was a jukebox, and there was a retro purple flashing clock hanging on the wall.

DF and I were seated right in the middle of the restaurant and a really sweet CM came over to get our drink orders and talk about the menu. I cannot remember her name, but I do recall that she was from Minnesota. I asked her what part she was from and told her how my grandmother lives there.
She was so extremely sweet and attentive. DF and I noticed some other guests seated at her other tables were giving her a hard time, so we tried to make her laugh and lose the frazzled appearance she wore on her face.

We gave her our drink and food orders and took another look around the place while waiting for our food.

I absolutely loved the blue wallpaper and the ice cream border. Being the huge dessert fan that I am, the place reminded me of the board game Candyland, where everywhere you look there’s a sweet or a tasty treat.
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My eyes fell upon the light fixtures, and I about had a heart attack.


“Alex! I want the lights!”

DF turned his attention to the lights.

“What in the world would you do with something like that?”

“Who cares? It’s awesome!”
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Perhaps I was being a little ridiculous, but I just loved that ice cream light. It looked so fun and bright.

I mean, if someone was having a bad day and walked into their study and turned on their light, how much longer could they stay angry when they saw a giant ice cream cone on their wall. :rotfl:

Then again, knowing me, if I had one of those, every time I’d see it, I would get a craving for ice cream and would have to indulge myself.

So I suppose in hindsight, my blood pressure would appreciate it if the light stayed at Beaches and Cream.


Bummer.


Our food eventually arrived.

DF got a hamburger (even though he’d had one at Sci Fi earlier in the day) and I ordered a chicken sandwich.

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If the picture doesn’t look that impressive, it’s because the food was not.

Now, I’ve stated it several times before, but I’ll say it again. I’m not a picky eater. There was only one piece of food I’ve ever ate at WDW that I could not stand.

However, I have to say, this sandwich was nothing to write home about. The buns were hard and the chicken was rubbery. Even the fries tasted as if they needed to change the oil in the fryer.

It was very quickly discovered by both DF and I that Beaches and Cream was only meant to be visited for ice cream.

I picked around my sandwich and played with the fries until our waitress came back and took our dessert order.


Aaaahhhhh dessert!


About time!:woohoo:


I went with the Milky Way sundae and DF got the No Way Jose.

While our ice cream was being prepared, DF and I overheard the table behind us. There was a grandmother, mother, and child having a fit. Apparently, the muffin that comes with the ice cream was too stale for the grandmother and she was making sure every person in the restaurant knew it.

She was crying and burying her head in her hands while her daughter (the mother) was screaming her outrage.

Our poor waitress was doing her very best to explain why the muffin appeared stale. She kept claiming that it was made that way so that the ice cream would get soaked up and make the bread softer.

The mother, however, wasn’t having it. She exclaimed that Disney World would lose their business forever if the matter wasn’t dealt with and how she’d give everyone involved in the company a piece of her mind.


As if she wasn’t already doing that.


The child even decided to become involved and made the judgement that the waitress was “stupid” and “had to be dumb for working in a restaurant and not in one of the parks.”

DF and I were staring wide-eyed at each other. We couldn’t believe how mean and rude these people were being. It was making all the other guests in nearby booths uncomfortable. One family of five was trying to celebrate a young child’s birthday with the Kitchen Sink dish, and all their kids (all very young) were quickly becoming upset with the argument.

It didn’t take long for the manager to come out and try to deal with the two women. When they kept saying things like “unacceptable” and “I refuse to pay for this crap” the manager sighed and told them the meal was on the house.

As the grandmother stormed out of the restaurant, DF and I heard her saying, “As it should be. I don’t pay for bad food.”

DF and I really didn’t know what to say after the commotion died down. We felt horrible for all the CMs involved, because they were treated like dirt by that family. They work so hard to make guests feel welcomed and happy, that it’s not fair when someone’s mean to them.

To DF and I, it seemed as if the women were being way overdramatic. If you’re unhappy with the service, there’s a tactful way to handle it, and that does not involve interrupting everyone else’s meals. DF was really irritated that the grandmother was so happy she didn’t have to pay for her meal. He kept muttering, “It’s almost like she did it on purpose.”


Our waitress came back to our table a few minutes later looking like she was about to cry. She handed us our ice cream and began apologizing profusely, because the ice cream had to be served in a different dish than what was normal.

DF tried his best to make sure she knew we didn’t care.

“Hey, ice cream is ice cream. I’d eat it out of a dog bowl if it looked this good.”

She left and DF and I took in our monstrous sundaes.

Mine:
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It was vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and all 3 kinds of chocolate shavings on top.


DF’s:
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His was chocolate and vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and peanut butter morsels.

They were absolutely delicious. One of the best ice cream sundaes I have ever had. It immediately became runner-up in my favorite WDW dessert. :love:


Unfortunately, between the Sci Fi lunch and the nasty chicken sandwich, I quickly became too full to go on.
I stared at my ice cream longingly, wishing my stomach would expand just a little more, so I could fit in two or three more bites.

DF looked over at my pale face and simply said, “Your eyes were bigger than your stomach, weren’t they?” This was in response to my promise that I could make a serious dent in the food.


My serious dent turned into a tiny scrape of the surface:
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I felt terrible having to waste all that good ice cream, but there was no way I could eat anymore.

I learned two valuable lessons that evening.

One: don’t waste a TS credit on the place.
And two: only go for the dessert.

We paid for our meal and the waitress returned with our card. Due to the fact that we were paying all our tips in cash, she was able to see how much we tipped her, and she rattled both DF and I.

She came back to the table, almost in tears again, and gave me a halfway hug, congratulating us on our engagement and saying how much she enjoyed our table.

Earlier, DF and I had agreed to tip her more than necessary because of what she had to go through with the other customers. We felt we needed to tell her that she wasn’t a bad waitress and to give her a little pick-me up to get her through the rest of her shift.

Still, it was a little surprising how grateful she was about it. She told us we had made her day, and on our copy of the receipt, she wrote “THANK YOU SO MUCH” and “You guys were wonderful.”

I held on to that receipt after we got back, because it made me feel so good to be able to spread some Disney magic to a CM. :cloud9:


I understand it’s their job to make guests feel special, but I absolutely love returning the favor to CMs. They deserve some pixie dust occasionally, too.


Glad we could turn someone’s frown upside down, DF and I went back to the arcade to use up the rest of the credits DF had bought.
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When DF had finished, we decided to walk around for a bit. We were both so full that we could barely move, and we thought stretching our legs might help us feel better.

The two of us traveled around the pool area and took in the sights.
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It was about 6:30 when we were looking around, and the pool was surprisingly empty. I would have thought a lot more people would’ve been taking an early night and relaxing.

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The pool looked very interesting, but I don’t know if I’d ever want to stay at Beach Club and deal with it. The layout just seemed a little cramped and hectic for me. I would be afraid of losing a member of my party or getting confused on where the exits were. Plus, everything just seemed so jammed together. The bridge, the windmill, all the beach chairs.

Then again, it might just have been the perspective of which DF and I were looking at it. Maybe once inside the area, the layout would be smoother.

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DF and I walked back inside and out through the lobby. On our way out the front door a father and son spotted our buttons and stopped to say congratulations. He even shook DF’s hand and asked when we planned on getting married.


DF got a panicked look in his eyes, which was a sign for I just proposed, now you already want me thinking about a date?!?!

I told him we didn’t know yet, and the guy joked about having it at WDW. He said he’d been to one and they were gorgeous.

DF let out a guffaw and a nervous chuckle, then told the man, “We’ll see. Those can get expensive.”

The two men then proceeded to go into the cost of WDW and laughed at each other’s whoa’s.

I peeled DF away and we took a few final looks at the resort as we headed back to our car.

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Walking down the sidewalk, I realized how beautiful the evening was turning out to be. It reminded me of all those summer nights I spent as a kid, playing in the front yard with friends, begging my parents to let me stay out until it got dark. The weather was perfect. Warm, with the sun setting, but with virtually no humidity.


I had ice cream in my belly, a warm breeze on my arms, and I was headed back to a night of magic.


It was perfect.


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With a wave goodbye, DF and I got into the car and left the Beach Club Resort.
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A quick turn onto the road and a few stoplights and both of us saw Hollywood Studios in the distance, welcoming us back.

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Shannon84
08-19-2011, 01:34 PM
Thats really sweet of you to be so extra nice to the CM...I waited tables for about 5 or 6 years after high school, into college, and a little after and it was great somedays and REALLY rough the others...you just never knew what you were going to get and it was very stressful sometimes! I know how happy she must have felt to have such a great table like you guys after dealing with peopel like that. Honestly I just don't understand why people have to be so dramatic in situations that can be handled more calmly :confused3

The pictures of the resort look beautiful and that ice cream looked sooooo good!!

TanzUnited99
08-20-2011, 10:22 AM
Lol I love those light fixtures as well and want one in my room!!! :rotfl: Though you are right in that I would be constantly thinking of ice cream!

That is mean of that woman to cause that scene in front of everyone..seems like she was just after a free meal :confused3

I'm glad you were able to cheer the CM up and wow those desserts look amaazing! We were going to be sharing a burger and then having ice creams on our trip but now am not so sure...may skip the burger and just go for the ice creams!!

PirateKate
08-21-2011, 09:22 PM
That's so sad, that you couldn't finish your ice cream. It looked really good, and it's certainly not the sort of thing you can box and take home for later. :rotfl:

I'm glad you were able to spread some pixie dust after that other table was so horrible. :wizard:

20thingamabobs
08-23-2011, 11:53 AM
OMG, I hate rude people and I hate when people make a scene. It's one thing for a little kid to throw a fit (that's at least understandable) but not for two adults! Anyway, that was so nice of you and your DF to help make her night better! Oh, and that ice cream does look amazing! I'll definitely have to check the desserts out there sometime!

amazingact21
08-23-2011, 03:33 PM
Thats really sweet of you to be so extra nice to the CM...I waited tables for about 5 or 6 years after high school, into college, and a little after and it was great somedays and REALLY rough the others...you just never knew what you were going to get and it was very stressful sometimes! I know how happy she must have felt to have such a great table like you guys after dealing with peopel like that. Honestly I just don't understand why people have to be so dramatic in situations that can be handled more calmly :confused3

The pictures of the resort look beautiful and that ice cream looked sooooo good!!

I've had some good friends and family members who waitressed, and I hated having to hear some of their horror stories, so I guess when I go into a restaurant to eat, I think about their experiences and make sure I'm being as nice and polite as possible.

Lol I love those light fixtures as well and want one in my room!!! :rotfl: Though you are right in that I would be constantly thinking of ice cream!

That is mean of that woman to cause that scene in front of everyone..seems like she was just after a free meal :confused3

I'm glad you were able to cheer the CM up and wow those desserts look amaazing! We were going to be sharing a burger and then having ice creams on our trip but now am not so sure...may skip the burger and just go for the ice creams!!

I think if you split the burger you'll still be all right, just don't expect to be WOWed by it. :rotfl:

That's so sad, that you couldn't finish your ice cream. It looked really good, and it's certainly not the sort of thing you can box and take home for later. :rotfl:

I'm glad you were able to spread some pixie dust after that other table was so horrible. :wizard:

If only I could've saved the ice cream for later...it would've been a nice treat to enjoy back at the resort. :confused3 Next time, I'm determined to go on an empty stomach!

OMG, I hate rude people and I hate when people make a scene. It's one thing for a little kid to throw a fit (that's at least understandable) but not for two adults! Anyway, that was so nice of you and your DF to help make her night better! Oh, and that ice cream does look amazing! I'll definitely have to check the desserts out there sometime!

I just don't like when people interrupt everyone else's meals just to be rude. DF and I were trying to enjoy our dinner, not be witness to a fight. You should definitely check out the ice cream! It's some of the best I've ever had!

Nermel9
08-23-2011, 07:04 PM
Great update! We ate at Beaches and Cream on our Disneymoon and we were not impressed with the food either...but the ice cream was awesome! All I got was an ice cream soda, but it was seriously the BEST chocolate ice cream ever! I want to go back for a sundae!

Glad you made that CM's day a little better! :goodvibes Those people sounded obnoxious! :laughing:

I love the Beach Club, and I thought the pool area was really fun and pretty, but it is kind of crowded and the layout is a little weird!

BadgerGirl84
08-23-2011, 09:39 PM
I just wanted to pop in to say that I've enjoyed reading your TR and also that we are wedding date twins! We got engaged at MK last Labor Day weekend and we are getting married 9/3/11 as well. Like someone else said, I think it will be a nice time to celebrate an anniversary because it will usually be over a long weekend and I can convince my husband-to-be to go on a vacation! I hope you have a magical wedding day. :goodvibes

amazingact21
08-24-2011, 09:24 AM
Great update! We ate at Beaches and Cream on our Disneymoon and we were not impressed with the food either...but the ice cream was awesome! All I got was an ice cream soda, but it was seriously the BEST chocolate ice cream ever! I want to go back for a sundae!

Glad you made that CM's day a little better! :goodvibes Those people sounded obnoxious! :laughing:

I love the Beach Club, and I thought the pool area was really fun and pretty, but it is kind of crowded and the layout is a little weird!

I bet the ice cream soda was amazing! Getting any kind of ice cream there is now a must-do for future summer trips. :cutie:


I just wanted to pop in to say that I've enjoyed reading your TR and also that we are wedding date twins! We got engaged at MK last Labor Day weekend and we are getting married 9/3/11 as well. Like someone else said, I think it will be a nice time to celebrate an anniversary because it will usually be over a long weekend and I can convince my husband-to-be to go on a vacation! I hope you have a magical wedding day. :goodvibes

That's so awesome!:thumbsup2 I think the 3rd is a great day to be getting married. I'm sure one day, years down the road, we'll both be WDW at the same time, celebrating our anniversaries. (I know DF and I are already planning a 1 yr ann. trip since we're not doing a Disneymoon :rotfl:)
I hope you guys have a great wedding, as well! Only 10 days left!:woohoo:

GaRain
08-24-2011, 12:30 PM
Just now tuning in to your trip report and I love it. I am signed up for the Family 5K during Marathon weekend in January, but now I want to do the Everest Challenge!!!
Can't wait for more!

okw19
08-25-2011, 07:28 AM
That's so sweet that you two brightened that CM's day! :goodvibes

amazingact21
08-25-2011, 08:25 AM
Just now tuning in to your trip report and I love it. I am signed up for the Family 5K during Marathon weekend in January, but now I want to do the Everest Challenge!!!
Can't wait for more!

The runDisney races are so much fun! Once you do the Family 5K, you'll want to sign up for more! :laughing:

That's so sweet that you two brightened that CM's day! :goodvibes

It was nice to see her be a little happier after we left; I hate seeing people have bad days. Besides, it's fun to spread the pixie dust. :wizard:

amazingact21
08-30-2011, 11:39 AM
I thought that with the wedding 4 days away, I wouldn’t have any time on the DISboards. However, it’s the exact opposite, I have nothing left to do but sit around and wait for Saturday. So, I figured I’d take my mind off Saturday and write a brief TR Update.
Before I begin, though….guess who’s trying to convince her DF to add 2 Disney days to their honeymoon Disney cruise???

Alex and I have a day left on our park tickets, and we realized that DF doesn’t have to be back at work until four days after we get off the ship. AND, a little birdie informed me that there are military discounts for MNSSHP. Let’s hope funds come together and DF and I can have a short Disneymoon.


Evening of May 8th:

DF found a parking spot relatively close and waited for the tram to show up.

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It was a little after 7 o’clock, and with the sugar from the ice cream soaring through my body, I was practically hopping up and down.

The crowds were nonexistent (again, thanks to no Fantasmic!) so the two of us made it into the park quickly (with a quick Congratulations from the CM at the ticket scanner).

It was time to use our TSM fastpasses, so we sailed past all the shops and went to the right of the Sorcerer’s Hat. DF was kind enough to capture a great moment of mine:
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We reached Pixar Place, saw that the wait time was only 45 minutes. That seemed unbelievably short for TSM!

Hopping into the FP line, two CMs waved enthusiastically to DF and I and told us congratulations. Even though, they were about the 50th person to say it, I still blushed a little at the attention. I was not used to such well wishes from total strangers.

The FP line moved at a great speed, rarely causing us to stand still. We only stopped twice. The first time I snapped this picture of DF:
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He really enjoys TSM and was really glad we were able to get FPs. I’d say it’s number 3 on his top list of rides.

The line stopped again near the glasses pick-up area, where I took another photo:
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The glasses look so goofy, but they're a symbol of WDW, for me. Whenever I see those big yellow 3-D glasses, I know that I can only wear them at Disney and that having a pair on my head means I’m about enter a ride or attraction.

We were ushered into the waiting room, where we were put into our corral. I watched the cars arrive, mentally preparing myself to whoop DF’s butt on the ride.
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We got the Bullseye car, which I was happy with. I always loved his character. Then again, I pretty much love all the Disney horses. Bullseye, Maximus, Philip…

:confused3

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DF and I had a lot of fun competing against each other, but when the scores came in, it appeared I’d lost once more.
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Hmmpf.

I always seem to get ahead of him on the plates scene, but then DF destroys me on the little alien ring toss. He’s much better at figuring out how to angle the shooter to ring the alien’s neck. I, on the other hand, cannot. If someone were to look at my screen, they’d see a multitude of rings fly past the green guy’s heads.

It’s why DF has gotten father on Angry Birds than I have.:lmao:


I accepted my loss like a champ, though, and swore I’d get him next time.
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When DF and I exited the ride, the sun was starting to set and other guests were beginning to arrive for EMH. Taking a look at TSM’s increased wait time, I decided to go on another ride and kill some time before 9pm.

We began walking back towards Hollywood Blvd, and DF spotted:
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I told him that the show did not sound very good, but DF wanted to try something new. Plus, the CMs standing outside the doors were really nice and struck up a nice conversation with us.


Meh, why not??


While we waited for the next show, I updated the wait time app on the phone. DF and I had been using the app to see if it helped at all, and so far the times posted seemed to be pretty accurate. Plus, it really helped when telling us what rides were closed.

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Right before we were set to go in, a group of people came up, pushing someone in a wheelchair, asking to about the ride.

There were maybe ten people in line behind us, and the CMs explained to the newly arrived group that this was a walk-through exhibit. There was no seating, that, in fact, it was mostly just listening to a recording. They then pointed them in the direction of the line.

I’m sure you know what’s coming…


The people in the group then began insisting that they be placed at the front of the line, pointing to the wheelchair and saying things in a foreign language. The CMs looked like they wanted to challenge the family, but they just relented and unhooked the rope that was forming the line.

Now, I might catch some flames for this, but I was a little perturbed by this.


I, by no means, don’t think handicapped people should not be helped. I have several family members that, if they were to visit WDW, would need a wheelchair. And if they were there, I would want them to be able to go on rides and see the shows that they would want to see.


HOWEVER, I would NOT want them to take advantage of the system.

It’s one thing to ask to be helped through a queue, it’s another thing to expect it.


There was absolutely no reason that family could not have waited in line, just because there was barely anyone IN the line. (Maybe 3 families). But they just figured since they had a wheelchair, they’d get top billing.

I know not everyone agrees with me, but I just felt like that family was using that boy in the wheelchair to their advantage.


Dropping that, DF and I walked into the room, looked around, and listened to the narrator. I also took some blurry photos.

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As much as I love Narnia: Prince Caspian, this was a big ol’ letdown. I don’t think it was worth the space, and I almost feel like Disney put it up just to do something with the props.
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I usually hold all the attractions in high regard, but Narnia really was a waste of time.


DF and I walked out, saw that it was about 8:30pm and figured we should sit and relax for a bit.

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We weren’t 100% sure what we wanted to do at that point. EMH would start in about half an hour, but we didn’t know if we wanted to stay and do a few rides, or if we wanted to head back to All Star Sports.

We thought about it and realized neither of us were really tired. That dinner and calm walk around BC had done wonders to our energy, and we were revved up for the night.



So, EMH it was!



Up next…I Was Trying to Give the Gate Guard My Suicide Prevention Card

okw19
08-30-2011, 02:09 PM
That stinks that the Narnia exhibit was a bust. :( I've heard the same thing from others though. Great update, I can't wait to read about EMH!! :)

TanzUnited99
08-31-2011, 07:31 AM
Can't believe your wedding is in 3 days!! Good to hear you have everything planned for the big day - hope it turns out to be a day to remember! :bride:

Back to the update and I can't wait to ride TSMM but am pretty certain that Zaheer will beat me every time! :lmao: Love the moment that DF captured and I will def not be flaming you about having an opinion - I agree it does not sound fair what that family did and it sounds like they were taking advantage of the situation.

I don't think I have ever read a positive review of Narnia - have heard it will be closed by the time we get to Disney! ;)

okw19
08-31-2011, 10:34 AM
I was so out of it yesterday afternoon that I completely forgot to wish you luck at your wedding that's oh-so-soon!!!

Shannon84
09-01-2011, 08:26 AM
Good luck to you and DF (soon to be DH :goodvibes) on your wedding this weekend, I am sure it will be wonderful :goodvibes

I LOVE TSM!! I can't wait to ride that one! I have never seen the Narnia movies, so I will just skip right over that one :rotfl:

PirateKate
09-02-2011, 08:55 PM
I was kind of sad when Disney dropped the Narnia movies. Prince Caspian wasn't that great, but it could have been. I bet the attraction at DHS will be replaced soon.

Have a magical wedding tomorrow! :wizard:

belleinpink
09-02-2011, 09:24 PM
YOU'RE GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!I'm so excited for you... and jealous too... I'm not liking this whole waiting for my wedding thing...

DCDisney
09-03-2011, 06:42 AM
Congratulations and Best Wishes for your Wedding!

belleinpink
09-03-2011, 12:01 PM
IT'S OFFICIALLY WEDDING TIME!!!! SO so so so very happy for you and Alex. Can't wait to see pictures!!

Nermel9
09-03-2011, 12:06 PM
Ugh, Brandon made me do the Narnia thing on one trip, and I hated every second of it! I tried to have an open mind, but it was so boring! :rotfl:

Congratulations on your wedding!!! Can't wait to hear all about it! :banana:

PrincessAmongPrinces
09-03-2011, 09:06 PM
Happy Wedding Day!! I hope it was wonderful! :goodvibes

20thingamabobs
09-07-2011, 09:38 AM
Congratulations and Best Wishes! I can't wait to hear all about it!

amazingact21
09-07-2011, 04:33 PM
That stinks that the Narnia exhibit was a bust. :( I've heard the same thing from others though. Great update, I can't wait to read about EMH!! :)

Yeah, Narnia was definitely a waste of good WDW time!

Can't believe your wedding is in 3 days!! Good to hear you have everything planned for the big day - hope it turns out to be a day to remember! :bride:

Back to the update and I can't wait to ride TSMM but am pretty certain that Zaheer will beat me every time! :lmao: Love the moment that DF captured and I will def not be flaming you about having an opinion - I agree it does not sound fair what that family did and it sounds like they were taking advantage of the situation.

I don't think I have ever read a positive review of Narnia - have heard it will be closed by the time we get to Disney! ;)

As long as you give Zaheer a run for his money, that's all that matters. :rotfl: Of course, once one of you beats the other, the loser will want a rematch, so just be prepared to ride multiple times! :laughing:

Good luck to you and DF (soon to be DH :goodvibes) on your wedding this weekend, I am sure it will be wonderful :goodvibes

I LOVE TSM!! I can't wait to ride that one! I have never seen the Narnia movies, so I will just skip right over that one :rotfl:

TSM is a fantastic ride, and looking back, I don't know how I thought we could skip it.:confused3

I was kind of sad when Disney dropped the Narnia movies. Prince Caspian wasn't that great, but it could have been. I bet the attraction at DHS will be replaced soon.

Have a magical wedding tomorrow! :wizard:

I sure hope it is...

Congratulations and Best Wishes for your Wedding!

Thank you!

IT'S OFFICIALLY WEDDING TIME!!!! SO so so so very happy for you and Alex. Can't wait to see pictures!!

Thanks Court Court! The pictures are slowly making their way to facebook. :rotfl:

Ugh, Brandon made me do the Narnia thing on one trip, and I hated every second of it! I tried to have an open mind, but it was so boring! :rotfl:

Congratulations on your wedding!!! Can't wait to hear all about it! :banana:

It was like I was watching a preview for the movie!
Thanks!

Happy Wedding Day!! I hope it was wonderful! :goodvibes

It was, thank you!

Congratulations and Best Wishes! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Thanks so much! Looking forward to hearing about your DL half mrathon! Now that Alex has me round all the time, he keeps dropping hints about the Wine and Dine Half next fall. :laughing:

bna16
09-08-2011, 03:44 PM
omg i LOVE weezy! i sooo hope i find one on my trip!

amazingact21
09-09-2011, 08:50 AM
Because I am in shock that my wedding was almost a week ago, I decided to post a few pictures.

For the past few days, my computer was still at my old house, so I could not do any trip reporting (all the pics were on it). Now, that I have it at my new place, though, I should be updating within the next 3 days. :thumbsup2


For anyone who happened to see the weather this past weekend, you'll know that Tropical Storm Lee passed right over Northwest FL (where I live). This is what my venue looked like by 9 am:

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Luckily, when I'd booked the place, they told me I could move everything to the reception area if it rained.
Which, clearly, I had to do. :lmao:

There were several hiccups during the event, but all in all Alex and I had a great day.

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(In this picture you can see my best friend/Maid of Honor all the way to the left, my older brother in between Alex and I, and Alex's best friend on the far right side.)

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(You can see that it was still raining at 6 o'clock that evening.)


A lot of people asked us about why we chose a Disney cruise for our honeymoon, so Alex and I got to go into our love of WDW. There were a few times that people's eyes began to glaze over when I started spewing off facts like restaurants and special Disney touches.

We did get a few Disney related things, which we both loved. His parents gave us a blanket they'd made that turned into a beach bag. The design was red with a bunch of Hidden Mickeys on it. (They FINALLY excepted our love of WDW).

My best friend/Maid of Honor gave me a couple Disney outfits to wear on the cruise. And another friend gave us a gift card to use at WDW.


Plus, I incorporated Disney just a teensy bit into the wedding. As Alex and I were walking down the aisle after the ceremony, I had The Little Mermaid's "Kiss the Girl" play in instrumentals. My theme was tropical (if you couldn't tell by the crazy colors) and Ariel was always my favorite princess growing up. I love the beach and used to have red hair, so I found it fitting to throw that in there.
We also made our photographers take pictures of our rings in the shape of a Hidden Mickey. They did not get that AT ALL. :rotfl:
And one of my brothers, when decorating our car, threw in a Hidden Mickey. He knew it'd get a laugh out of both us of. Unfortunately, the rain washed it away before we could see it. :confused3


The good thing about the storm hitting us was that everybody's traveling plans were delayed. My best friend and Alex's best friend were stuck in town an extra day. They both live far away from us (Louisiana and Texas) and they both were staying in the same hotel, right across the hall from each other. Therefore, Alex and I got to spend a lot of additional time with them, which was wonderful.
I'm thinking one day in the distant future, you'll see a TR with my best friend in it. Nicole LOVES Disney a lot (not as much as we do here on the DISboards) and she'd love to go there again. (So, her name might pop up on here again eventually.)

Okay, I tried to keep my wedding recap short and sweet. After all, this thread isn't in the Weddings and Honeymoons section, it's in the trip report part. And because I am feeling the need to add something about a trip to make it all worthwhile...


How late do you think I can wait before I decide to do MNSSHP? Alex and I need to wait until closer to the cruise to see if we can manage to do the party, but I don't want tickets to sell out before we decide. We're planning to do the October 23rd one, which is a Sunday, so I'm worried it might be a bit busier.
Anyone have experience with tickets selling out???

TanzUnited99
09-09-2011, 09:16 AM
:woohoo: you posted wedding pics!!! I have been looking forward to seeing these! :thumbsup2 Love your dresses - you look gorgeous :bride:

Congrats to you and Alex - sounds like you had a great day despite the weather and like you said it had some advantages in that you get to spend additional time with your BFFs.

Love how you incorporated Disney into the theme - I am now officially in love with The Little Mermaid so love any song from that film! :lovestruc A shame that the hidden mickey on the car got washed away by the rain but yay on being able to share Disney with the guests.

As regards to MNSSHP not sure how late you can leave it but have heard that you can get tickets on the day as well depending on the date.

Shannon84
09-09-2011, 02:21 PM
I LOVE the wedding pictures, you looked beautiful!!! I love that you added a few disney touches too and I think the cruise is a perfect honeymoon idea :goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes

Nermel9
09-09-2011, 06:23 PM
Love the wedding pics, you look great! :cool1: It's too bad that it rained, but it looks like you guys had an awesome day anyway! A Disney Cruise for your honeymoon sounds perfect! :thumbsup2

okw19
09-10-2011, 09:11 AM
Yay for wedding pictures! :goodvibes You looked beautiful and your dress was amazing as well!

pensgirl10
09-10-2011, 10:06 AM
You truly look like a princess. I especially love your hair....gorgeous!

Queenofallthings
09-10-2011, 01:49 PM
Just read your whole report start to finish....it's fantastic! You looked absolutely beautiful on your wedding day...that was our travel home day:sad1: Going forward we'll just look on Sept 3 as your wedding day...not the end of my holiday day:rotfl2: Looking forward to following along!!!

amazingact21
09-11-2011, 12:54 PM
:woohoo: you posted wedding pics!!! I have been looking forward to seeing these! :thumbsup2 Love your dresses - you look gorgeous :bride:

Congrats to you and Alex - sounds like you had a great day despite the weather and like you said it had some advantages in that you get to spend additional time with your BFFs.

Love how you incorporated Disney into the theme - I am now officially in love with The Little Mermaid so love any song from that film! :lovestruc A shame that the hidden mickey on the car got washed away by the rain but yay on being able to share Disney with the guests.

As regards to MNSSHP not sure how late you can leave it but have heard that you can get tickets on the day as well depending on the date.

Thank you! I warned Alex to be on the lookout for Disney stuff during the wedding, and when The Little Mermaid song came on, I asked him, "Do you hear waht's playing." And his response was just, "Uh huh." :lmao:


I LOVE the wedding pictures, you looked beautiful!!! I love that you added a few disney touches too and I think the cruise is a perfect honeymoon idea :goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes

Thanks!
Alex is really looking forward to the cruise, because before I introduced him to Disney, that was his favorite form of vacation. I am excited to experience a new Disney activity, but I won't lie, I'm a little sad that I won't be going to WDW for a Disneymoon. I keep trying to find loopholes that'll let us go to Orlando for just a few extra days. :wizard:


Love the wedding pics, you look great! :cool1: It's too bad that it rained, but it looks like you guys had an awesome day anyway! A Disney Cruise for your honeymoon sounds perfect! :thumbsup2

At first the rain really bothered me, but after awhile I just went with it and said that it made the day even more memorable!


Yay for wedding pictures! :goodvibes You looked beautiful and your dress was amazing as well!

Thank you! My brother went with me to pick my dress (I don't have any sisters and he's one of my best friends) and when I came out of the changing room, he just looked at me and said, "Cinderella."


You truly look like a princess. I especially love your hair....gorgeous!

Thanks! Once I decided on such a princess-y dress, I figured I might as well throw the tiara in for good measure. :laughing:


Just read your whole report start to finish....it's fantastic! You looked absolutely beautiful on your wedding day...that was our travel home day:sad1: Going forward we'll just look on Sept 3 as your wedding day...not the end of my holiday day:rotfl2: Looking forward to following along!!!

Thanks for reading!
What's amusing is, not only is September 3rd my wedding day and your departure day...but August 21st was your arrival day and my birthday. :rotfl: When I saw the dates for your trip, I laughed and showed Alex; of all the days to pick, it's pretty funny that you chose two big days for me.

Lady Lallie
09-11-2011, 02:50 PM
I love your wedding pictures! You were gorgeous. I love the idea of the hidden mickey rings! I wish I had thought of that for my wedding! :thumbsup2

20thingamabobs
09-17-2011, 11:34 AM
ahh wedding pictures! You look absolutely beautiful! And it looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time! I love the little Disney touches that you threw in there and especially love the picture of your rings in the shape of a Mickey head!

i'm planning to throw a couple Disney things into my wedding as well. i think DF and I are going to dance to Elton John's Can you feel the love tonight as our first dance (I found it fitting since we were engaged at Animal Kingdom Lodge) but I really love that you walked back up the aisle to Kiss the Girl. Ariel is my favorite princess too! In fact, just wait until you see my costume for the wine & dine half!

magichusky
09-17-2011, 03:22 PM
Omg- congratulations!!!!! :bride: You both look so happy and perfect in those photos! I'm so sorry it was storming but the pics look like it was such a blast!

That's crazy that people were being so cranky at WDW back in May. The B&C situation sounded especially insane. I totally would've have glared pointedly! People think that just b/c they're at Disney they're entitled to whatever they want.

And I totally agree about the wheelchair thing- whenever I'm about to get on TSM at DL a wheelchair accompanied by a group of seriously like 15 people shows up and they all get on the ride instantaneously. I don't mind the wheelchair line at all, but lately I've noticed that the majority of wheelchairs take like 10 or more people w/ them. I don't recall experiencing that a few years ago- I thought there was a cap on the number of guests you could bring w/ you.

belleinpink
09-17-2011, 09:27 PM
Because I've known you for so long I have to ask... When will there be a baby alex/alicia??? I need to know!!!!! :rotfl:

PirateKate
09-19-2011, 11:36 PM
Looks like it was a beautiful wedding! I'm so happy for you.:goodvibes

amazingact21
09-21-2011, 08:59 AM
Okay, bear with me guys, my computer is broke and it's taking FOREVER to repair the thing. All my stuff has been at a stand-still, including sending wedding pictures to family members that weren't at the event. They are getting very impatient, and I'm going crazy not being able to finish my trip report! (Thankfully, Alex's computer works so I can at least check the DISboards. Unfortunately, the pics aren't on his.)

I love your wedding pictures! You were gorgeous. I love the idea of the hidden mickey rings! I wish I had thought of that for my wedding! :thumbsup2

Thanks! Alex was the one who suggested we put our rings into the shape of a Hidden Mickey. I'm glad he did, too, because I love the pics!


ahh wedding pictures! You look absolutely beautiful! And it looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time! I love the little Disney touches that you threw in there and especially love the picture of your rings in the shape of a Mickey head!

i'm planning to throw a couple Disney things into my wedding as well. i think DF and I are going to dance to Elton John's Can you feel the love tonight as our first dance (I found it fitting since we were engaged at Animal Kingdom Lodge) but I really love that you walked back up the aisle to Kiss the Girl. Ariel is my favorite princess too! In fact, just wait until you see my costume for the wine & dine half!

That would be a good first dance, and I agree, very fitting! :thumbsup2
There were a few other Disney things I wanted to throw into the wedding, but I decided to keep the event toned down. Nobody on Alex's side of the family and only my immediate family are big Disney lovers, so I figured I'd give them a break and keep the Magic to a minimum. It was hard, though!:laughing:

Can't wait to see your next costume, they're always so cute!:wizard:

Omg- congratulations!!!!! :bride: You both look so happy and perfect in those photos! I'm so sorry it was storming but the pics look like it was such a blast!

That's crazy that people were being so cranky at WDW back in May. The B&C situation sounded especially insane. I totally would've have glared pointedly! People think that just b/c they're at Disney they're entitled to whatever they want.

And I totally agree about the wheelchair thing- whenever I'm about to get on TSM at DL a wheelchair accompanied by a group of seriously like 15 people shows up and they all get on the ride instantaneously. I don't mind the wheelchair line at all, but lately I've noticed that the majority of wheelchairs take like 10 or more people w/ them. I don't recall experiencing that a few years ago- I thought there was a cap on the number of guests you could bring w/ you.

That is frustrating. It causes you to have to wait a good 15 more minutes after you've already been standing there for what seems like forever. I totally agree that there should be a limit. I mean, one person's in a wheelchair...not 15.
And I know Alex was definitely giving the grandmother at BC the evil eye!:laughing:


Because I've known you for so long I have to ask... When will there be a baby alex/alicia??? I need to know!!!!! :rotfl:

Aaahhh!!!....(Amusingly enough, at the wedding, our guests began a pool as to when we'll have a baby. I think the majority of the bets landed on a year. AND my Maid of Honor gave me a Disney baby outfit when she saw me at the rehersal.:sad2:)
In reality, though, Alex and I have agreed not to even start discussing future children until after our first anniversary. And then it'll just be figuring out when we want one. So, no baby for us for AT LEAST two years.
(Even though Alex has already decided what the kid's first Disney ride will be and what character he/she will meet first.:confused3)


Looks like it was a beautiful wedding! I'm so happy for you.:goodvibes

Thank you!:wizard:

amazingact21
09-27-2011, 03:13 PM
Evening Extra Magic Hours May 8th:

Alex and I were very ready to utilize our Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios. We looked left and right, debated whether or not to head straight to the roller coasters or to wait just a little while longer.

As insane as Pixar Place is with TSM, it is actually a very cool street when there are low crowds. Since there wasn’t a hundred heads blocking my view, I was able to see all the Toy Story decorations on the brick walls and the topiaries.

I also realized how much I liked the glass display case at the front of TSM when it is lit up at night. Due to the fact that the TSM line wasn’t outrageous (only a 30 minute wait) I was able to enjoy watching guests walk past the case, because I could see how excited they were.

DH (Wow….Alex is now considered a DH. Makes me a little nostalgic to think that when I first began writing a PTR, he was just a DBF.) and I agreed that we needed a rematch on the attraction. I had gotten my second wind and was ready to beat DH this time around.


We walked up to the entrance and the CMs exclaimed, “You’re back!” (I know I posted it months ago, but when the two of us went on the ride the first time, the CMs congratulated us on our engagement.) They waved to us and even gave DH a high-five.

It was so sweet, having someone remember and be so polite to the two of us.

As I mentioned earlier, the wait time was posted at 30 minutes, but it was nowhere near that long. Every time I have had to do the standby line for TSM, I feel every minute. There are a few attractions that I can keep my attention for the length of the wait (such a RNRC and EE) and TSM is not one of those. Don’t get me wrong, I love the queue area…love it. I think it’s so detailed and intricate.

But I get so restless waiting for our turn, which makes me hesitant to ride it.

Thankfully, we zipped through the line.

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Unlike the last round, I didn’t have time to take pictures of the cars entering the loading dock. By the time we were sent into our corrals.

I tried my best and for more than half the ride I was ahead of DH.

But then…we got to those alien lassoing screen and I kissed my lead goodbye.:rotfl:

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Even though DH beat me for the fifth or so time, at least my score improved.
I

get better and better every time. :woohoo:


DH was pretty excited about this:

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I think being able to get the highest score in the car helps DH love TSM so much.


Leaving the ride, DH and I took a left and began walking towards the entrance. We came to this attraction:

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And I asked DH if we could see it. We had gone to it in December, and I remembered the show from my trip when I was 7. At that time, though, Ursula scared the heebies out of me. I always really like the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, but DH was giving me that, “I’m not in a Princessy mood.”
I could have gotten him to sit through the singing and the bubbles, but I decided to be a good fiancée and pass. Now, though, I wish I had, because the attraction seems to be under repair for a good chunk of time.

DH and I kept going, looking at the lights and all the activity going on around us. In front of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, there was a cluster of trees with dancing lights strung among the leaves. For some reason, I found them quant and entertaining. I briefly plopped down on a brick wall and watched them for a couple seconds.

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We took a quick right after seeing the lights and stopped at a PP spot to get a few pictures.

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I wanted some nice shots of us in front of the Sorcerer’s Hat when it was lit up at night. I know a lot of people aren’t huge fans of DHS, but I really enjoy the park, especially when it is nighttime. The blue lights that shine from the hat and all the hustle and bustle on Sunset Blvd fastinate me.

I hate to say that DHS is # 3 on my park favorite list, because it makes it sound like I hate the place. Then again, I don’t like making a favorite to least favorite list, because all 4 parks are so different, that it’s like comparing apples to oranges.

To me, DHS at night feels like the “cool” park to be at. Like, it’s where the Plastics would hang out if they were at Disney at night. I don’t ever really think about my age when I’m at Disney, but I kind of feel my young adult-ness when I’m strolling towards Rock N Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. :cool2:

Speaking of which, that’s where DH and I headed after our pictures.
We had gone on RNRC 4 times that morning, which, to any normal adult would have been plenty, but not to Alex and I. We were ready for another fix.

Entering the area, I noticed that the attraction sign changed colors every few seconds. I’d never seen that before, and I LOVED it.

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When I had taken about six photos of the same sign, DH and I showed a CM our KTTW cards and walked onto the ride.


Every time we ride RNRC, DH tells me to look out for the Hidden Mickey on the car license’s plates, but I don’t wear my glasses on this ride and therefore, miss it every time. So, DH, thinking on his feet, zoomed in on one of the cars and took a picture of the plate for me.

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We ended up riding RNRC 3 times that night. Alex and I acted completely goofy and bragged that we broke double digits on the ride.

Exiting the ride for the last time, I noticed how cool Tower of Terror looked lit up at night.

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I peeked over to the ToT line and saw that it was empty. I pointed it out to DH and offered to sit and relax while he went on it, but he declined. He’s so sweet, but I would never be that considerate. Any ride he passes over, I will hop in the single rider line. :lmao:


I went back to one of the low brick walls outside the RNRC gift shop and let me feet rest. From where I was sitting, I realized how neat the two coasters looked side by side.

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It was a really nice to see, and I enjoyed sitting with Alex and basking in the summer night air. I was afraid it would be super muggy out, but it wasn’t. A little hot, but nothing that made me uncomfortable.

I sent DH for a picture, and he made a funny pose! (Even though he didn’t point in the right direction)

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It’s one of my favorite photos of that evening, because it kind of summed up our day. It was just a lot of fun. We didn’t rush around like chickens with our heads cut off, but we still did so many turns on a couple rides.

It was about 11pm, and both of us were finished with DHS. We loved the park, but there were 2 other places we hadn’t visited, and we were ready for our next day’s adventure.


So, we hitched a ride on the park’s tram and crawled into our car. (And thanks to our handy dandy camera, we knew exactly where our vehicle was parked.)

DH drove us back to All Star Sports, while I gushed about my favorite moments of the day. And, somehow I got on the subject of buying Annual Passes. I began campaigning for buying one sometime in 2012, when I started to notice DH rummaging frantically around.

I’m the type of person that’s against distractions while driving. I don’t text, barely call, and sometimes radio-hop, but only because I don’t have to look at my dashboard to do it.

Alex, on the other hand, isn’t as big on that stuff. He talks on the phone ALL THE TIME, which makes me a little nuts. However, we have agreed that he’d keep all that to a minimum when I’m in the car with him.

So, seeing him messing around with stuff and not listening to me got me confused.

“What’re you doing?”

I noticed his wallet sitting in his lap, open.

I can’t find my KTTW card.”

99.5% of the time, DH is the calm and cool person. He barely ever freaks out, because my franticness makes up for his lack of. So to see him stressing a little made me very alert.

“What do you mean?”

DH explained to me that he had his KTTW card in a very particular pocket in his wallet, and he guessed that during one of the times he pulled the card out to get on a ride during EMH, he must have misplaced it.

Rather than his purplish-blue room key, he was holding another card.

“I pulled this out and thought it was my card, and I just now noticed that it wasn’t.”

I grabbed his wallet while DH pulled onto the All Star Sports road.

I immediately found the correct card, tucked behind a library card.

Immensely relieved, DH let out a laugh as we came upon the entrance gate.

“So...that was interesting…I was trying to give the gate guard my suicide prevention card.”

We both burst out laughing. Not because it was funny, but just because of how random the situation would have been.

As part of his job, DH had to attend a seminar on the problems of suicide and how to prevent it, and he ended up getting a card for his efforts.

This is it:

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I could only imagine that poor gate guard’s face if we had presented that rather than our Disney card.

It gave us something to chat about while we unloaded ourselves from the car and headed towards our room.

“Well, maybe he needed someone to talk to…you could’ve helped him out.”

“He probably would have gotten offended, he would’ve thought we thought he looked depressed or something.”

“It would have at least livened his night up, a little. Imagine how dull it must get at that gate.”

“Think about the conversation he would’ve had in the staff room, later. ‘Hey guys, watch out for the guests in the Black Cobalt, they’ll try to hand you supportive cards’”


It was such a random and funny way to end the night, that DH and I went to bed anxiously looking forward to what tomorrow’s adventure would bring.


Up Next...I See Flashing Lights

okw19
09-28-2011, 07:40 AM
Yay for an update! I completely get what you mean about MGM (yes, it's still MGM to me) being the "cool" night park. I love it. :goodvibes I always do the nighttime EMH there just to be there later in the night and ride RNR a million times. :rotfl: I'm glad Alex didn't really lose his KTTW card.

Queenofallthings
09-28-2011, 07:18 PM
Love your comparison of apples to oranges. Every park is so different that we really shouldn't compare them! I love the picture of you guys in front of the Hat!! Adorable! I love ToT at night...Jasmine and I used to ride it over and over again, I loved how thepark looked from the top at night! It is a beautiful park at night!

Shannon84
09-29-2011, 08:59 AM
DHS is so cool at night!! I never really stay past 7 or so when I am there and have never done EMH there...everything lit up is awesome! I really like the picture you got where you can see RnR and ToT at the same time lit up :thumbsup2

DBF and I have the TSM game for Wii and he beats me EVERY single game so I am sure he is going to beat me when we ride the actual attraction :3dglasses

Good thing you didn't hand the wrong card over, that would be a very interesting convo :lmao:

amazingact21
09-29-2011, 10:59 AM
Yay for an update! I completely get what you mean about MGM (yes, it's still MGM to me) being the "cool" night park. I love it. :goodvibes I always do the nighttime EMH there just to be there later in the night and ride RNR a million times. :rotfl: I'm glad Alex didn't really lose his KTTW card.

RNRC a million times at night is the best!

Love your comparison of apples to oranges. Every park is so different that we really shouldn't compare them! I love the picture of you guys in front of the Hat!! Adorable! I love ToT at night...Jasmine and I used to ride it over and over again, I loved how thepark looked from the top at night! It is a beautiful park at night!

Oooh, you are so brave! ToT is not my cup of tea, at all!:rotfl:

DHS is so cool at night!! I never really stay past 7 or so when I am there and have never done EMH there...everything lit up is awesome! I really like the picture you got where you can see RnR and ToT at the same time lit up :thumbsup2

DBF and I have the TSM game for Wii and he beats me EVERY single game so I am sure he is going to beat me when we ride the actual attraction :3dglasses

Good thing you didn't hand the wrong card over, that would be a very interesting convo :lmao:

I never noticed the two rides before, so I thought it was a really cool photo oppurtunity.

I don't know why we can't beat the guys. :confused3 One day!

amazingact21
09-29-2011, 11:09 AM
If you take a quick peek at my signature, you’ll notice a change. I have a new ticker!!!

Right after the wedding, my mom made a final decision; she’s going to participate in the Expedition Everest 5K next year! Although, the official date for the race hasn’t been announced yet, I’ve seen the potential date is set at May 5th, so that’s what we’re saying until we hear differently.

She is really excited to do her first ever 5K, and she’s already training. And, the best thing about this whole thing is, we are getting an awesome Disney trip out of this!

This trip is going to be the biggest one yet! Right now, the trip is looking like it’ll start off with Alex and I, then my mom will join us, then it’ll be just us two women.

My mom and I have already started planning, which seems a little ridiculous, but it keeps building the trip excitement.

I have to catch myself, because sometimes I tend to talk more about our May trip than about our upcoming Disney cruise!



Morning of May 9th:


Alex and I woke up about 7:30 that morning, which wasn’t a bad time at all.

We both felt very well-rested and we were excited to get going.

Earlier that night, as I was getting ready to fall onto my pillow and doze off, I caught sight of something flashing from the other side of the room. I was laying in the bed closest to the bathroom, and the flashing light was coming from next to the table, pretty much all the way on the other side of the room.

Anyone who read my December trip report knows that flashing lights mean
something very bad for me.

So, instead of turning over on my side and flying off to la-la land, I jumped
out of bed, flew across the carpet, and gave the light a slightly demented stare.


The chirpy little orange light was coming from the camera battery, which was hooked into its charger. To work correctly, the light should have been a solid color. When it flashes (which I learned the hard way) it means it’s not connected properly and won’t be doing its job.

This evil little camera was trying to thwart my Epcot day for a second time!

Not again!

I unplugged the charger, moved it to a new outlet, and watched it for a few minutes to make sure the battery was in its right place.

Apparently, my camera does not like Epcot, because it wanted to, once again, have an empty battery the morning of.

(Side note- Alex bought an extra battery so that for future trips, it’ll be a moot point.)


That morning, I told DH what happened and he checked the camera to make sure it’d be all right.


It was.

I grabbed a quick shower while DH went to the food court and filled our refillable mugs. (I got coffee, he got Coke.)

We left the resort about 8:30am.

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I liked our view from the elevator to our car, because we were able to see All Star Music and other parts of the Sports resort.

I tried to get a good picture of the Epcot entrance, but I took it too late:

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I was so excited to be entering a new park, that I wasn’t paying much attention to the signs.


After about a ten minute drive, we were directed into a parking spot.

And, like always, we took a picture of our row:

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We had arrived so early, that our parking spot was excellent. We were able to walk to the entrance.

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I love getting to the parks when it’s first opening. Everyone’s anticipation is so apparent, it practically thickens the air. Kids jumping up and down, mom’s holding onto their hands and pointing to structures, dad’s rifling around in backpacks, making sure all tickets are accounted for. All around you hear a multitude of different languages and the monorail zooming past your head; you could close your eyes and know exactly where you were. There’s nowhere else that you hear that combination of sounds and smells.
And in the morning, barely anybody’s cranky yet. The sun hasn’t worn anyone out, so it’s just a bunch of smiles and laughs.


Alex and I got through bag check and the ticket turnstiles easily and as soon as we entered the park, we noticed a couple topiaries greeting us.

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Buzz was giving us a warm welcome, with Lotso in the background, offering up floral hugs.

To the left of them was:

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The temporary sheriff of Epcot. I loved his badge, and was slightly surprised at how intricate these hedges were.


In case you’re wondering why Toy Story characters were greeting guests, it was because the:

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Was going on!

I was looking forward to seeing everything the Flower and Garden Festival had to offer, because I knew how detailed Epcot made its special events. And from the first 100 feet, I could tell they hadn’t disappointed.


On the other side of the topiaries and in front of the globe was a PP taking pictures. There was one family waiting in line, so DH and I figured it’d be nice to get a few photos. We waited about five minutes before it was our turn, and that was because the photographer, Jose, was being very in-depth.
When it was our turn, it was like our own private photo session!


He didn’t care that there were half a dozen people waiting for pictures, he took his time and made unique poses for each family.

He had DH and I stand in front of the globe:

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Then, he moved us to the flowers and sat us on a low concrete wall. He proceeded to take photos of side by side, kissing, and with my ring hand on my shoulder.

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If anyone watches Hawaii Five-O (the new one) and knows the character that runs the shaved ice concession stand, that was who Jose reminded me of. He was very sweet, and after taking a dozen pictures of us, he told us, “Next year, you come with a ring (referring to Alex’s wedding band) and remember…I’m Jose.”


It was such a pleasant way to begin our day. And we ended up buying a nice 5x7 picture frame in MK and put one of his pictures in it. It’s now residing on my computer desk, and friends have complimented it several times.

The two of us moved on, walking past Spaceship Earth.

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I said earlier I love Disney in the morning, but, in truth, I love Epcot mornings.


I know everyone loves any park morning, because they each are special (MK has the opening ceremony, AK has lively animals, DHS has TSM dash) but there’s something about Epcot that I love.

If I had to choose my favorite way to start my mornings, I would pick Epcot.

My friend says that’ll change when I have kids and will want to take them to Magic Kingdom, but for now, I just love the mornings there.


I guess it’s because everything is so spread out, that it doesn’t feel very hustle and bustle. You can walk fifty feet and the distance is so quiet and peaceful. Some crowds head to Soarin’, others head to Test, while others moan and groan that WS hasn’t opened yet.

DH and I opted to skip Soarin’ this time. We had another attraction that DH wanted to do.

On our way, we saw Daisy Duck:

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We didn’t do more than glance at her as we walked past, though. Neither of us are big Daisy fans.


Walking along, we passed under this area:

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It’s going to sound crazy, but I love this walkway!

I know, I know, in Epcot there’s a dozen iconic spots to have fond memories of, but I always get all happy and nostalgic when I see these signs.

You see, I don’t remember much about my trips to Disney a child. I didn’t take pictures, didn’t absorb the sights and smells, didn’t process all the emotions I was feeling, except…I remembered that spot.

I remember, at 14, strolling through the area with my dad and brother, straining to see MissionSpace up ahead. Isaac and I joked about how many times we’d ride it, while my mother lagged behind and looked in MouseGears. I also remember going through it when it was just my mom and I, and we were going to Test Track for the very first time.

Then, of course, I remember sitting inside the Electric Umbrella with Alex while it was raining and cold in December.


The weirdest things hold such great memories…


Walking through that place, DH and I took a right and came upon:

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One of DH’s favorite rides.

We nabbed some fastpasses for 9:55 and 10:55:

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And then we went into the standby line. There was about a twenty minute wait, but it was well worth it. DH never gets bored looking around the queue, and I always get a kick out of the video.

“Seven.”

“Seven?!”

A CM sent us to number 2, which was fine by us.

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DH snapped this picture while I was busy climbing into our car.

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Is it just me or are the Test Track cars really hard to get in and out of? I never know where to put my foot, because I don’t want to step on the seat and get my dirt on someone’s pants. Plus, the cars are really deep!

And I always feel rushed when exiting, because I can see the line of people waiting impatiently for me to leave so that they can get in. AND…it never fails, my lanyard gets tangled into the seatbelt and I spend thirty seconds struggling with the knot while my bag hangs precariously off my shoulder.


It makes me a little paranoid…


DH kept his camera out and attempted to take some pictures on the ride (without flash, I might say. We both hate flashes during rides.)

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When we got off the ride, I saw our ride photo and just shook my head:

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I hope the other guests in the car weren’t planning on buying that picture, because DH looks so tacky, with his camera covering his face.



The ride dumped us in the car showroom area, which distracted DH for a good ten minutes.

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When I was eventually able to peel him off the Camaro’s seat, we bypassed the gift shop and walked back outside.

In my opinion, this is one of the coolest signs in the park:


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We had some ideas of what we wanted to do, but I’ll save that for the next update.



Up Next..Retiring Our Orange Cards For Good.

TanzUnited99
09-29-2011, 01:33 PM
I'm just catching up with your TR! Lol your TSMM score is way better than mine! I have to agree that each park is different and I laughed out loud at your journey home and the possibility of giving the CM the wring card! :laughing:

Love the pics of you guys at Epcot and have to agree in that it is hard to get in and out of them Test Track cars!

:woohoo: on having a new ticker!!!

Aussiesalad
09-29-2011, 08:06 PM
eek! I am really late in joining sorry

I am loving your TR! :thumbsup2

I know what you mean about park openings! It's so true that no one has had a chance to get worn out or cranky yet...unlike the end of the day where everyone is stumbling out looking like they are about to pass out and all the kids are either dead to the world or tantruming up a storm!

hahaha I hate how awkward it can get when you have to get out of a ride when the next group is ready to load. I swear all co-ordination goes out the window and I manage to step on my own feet and get wrapped up in the seatbelt and take an extra 5 mins...awkwarddd

haha can you imagine if you had given the guard that card! :lmao:

fromscratchmom
09-30-2011, 12:41 PM
DF and I had a lot of fun competing against each other, but when the scores came in, it appeared I’d lost once more.
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You beat him on accuracy! ;)

amazingact21
10-01-2011, 08:27 AM
I'm just catching up with your TR! Lol your TSMM score is way better than mine! I have to agree that each park is different and I laughed out loud at your journey home and the possibility of giving the CM the wring card! :laughing:

Love the pics of you guys at Epcot and have to agree in that it is hard to get in and out of them Test Track cars!

:woohoo: on having a new ticker!!!


It really is!
Haha, guess we both need practice on the TSM ride. :lmao:


eek! I am really late in joining sorry

I am loving your TR! :thumbsup2

I know what you mean about park openings! It's so true that no one has had a chance to get worn out or cranky yet...unlike the end of the day where everyone is stumbling out looking like they are about to pass out and all the kids are either dead to the world or tantruming up a storm!

hahaha I hate how awkward it can get when you have to get out of a ride when the next group is ready to load. I swear all co-ordination goes out the window and I manage to step on my own feet and get wrapped up in the seatbelt and take an extra 5 mins...awkwarddd

haha can you imagine if you had given the guard that card! :lmao:


Thanks for joining in!

Coordination really does go out the window when leaving rides. It's like you psych yourself out by trying to hard not to stumble and to be quick. I just hate how people waiting behind me always give me a look that says, "I've waited in line for an hour for this ride. My feet hurt, my clothes are dripping with sweat, do NOT stand in my way!" :laughing:

You beat him on accuracy! ;)

I did!! :woohoo: I didn't even notice that! Gotta take my wins where I can get them.

amazingact21
10-01-2011, 08:37 AM
I wish I was posting a TR update right now, but unfortunately, I am spending the weekend making and writing thank-you cards. I needed to get them out of the way before the cruise.

Speaking of the cruise...


I just had to post and say, it's 2 weeks away! :beach:


Annnnddddd.....


I know I mentioned it a few times, but it has become official....

Alex called WDW yesterday and booked us 2 nights at Pop Century!

We're going to be there the 23rd through the 25th. :wizard:

And, if that wasn't enough, he got us MNSSHP tickets for the 23rd!


The CM he talked to was extremely nice. Her name was Eleanor, and she was the funniest person to speak with. Every time we have called in the past, we have had terrible experience, but this woman went above and beyond what she had to do.

She asked us what we wanted to see at MNSSHP and when we said the Headless Horseman, she gave us a great tip on where to sit so we are up close to him.

I've heard some bad reviews of the party (the DIS Unplugged gave it a 5-6 on a ten point scale. Yikes!) however, I think Alex and I are going to have fun. Our main goal is to ride some of the rides that normally have longer waits and to try and see the fireworks. I think with our expectations being pretty mellow, we'll be all right.


I am still a little shocked that in 3 weeks we will be at WDW again! (Although, Alex loves to point out that 2 days isn't going to be near enough time. Thanks, Husband, as if I don't already dread the 25th :laughing:)

I should have the next update up by Tuesday or Wednesday, at the latest.

TanzUnited99
10-01-2011, 08:44 AM
I was really hoping you would update today as well but like you said those thank you cards have to be written! I will continue to wait patiently! :laughing:

:woohoo: on your cruise being 2 WEEKS AWAY!!!! :banana: I think you guys will love Pop and MNSSHP! I'll let you in on a secret that Zaheer who was very sceptical about the party actually was glad to be there so am pretty sure you both will have a blast!

I'm glad you got a really nice CM who gave you tips for the party. Looking forward to the next update.

Shannon84
10-01-2011, 08:53 AM
How exciting your cruise is going to be here before you know it!! We are going to the MNSSHP on October 16th...it will be our first time as well and I have heard some mixed reviews as well. DBF really wants to see the headless horseman..but I am not sure where to be to see that :confused3

DBF listened to the podcast as well and heard bad reviews...I am hoping we can still make the best of it and enjoy night time at MK...like you said we are keeping out expectations mellow :thumbsup2

You are going to be in WDW the weekend we are leaving!! we actually leave on the afternoon of the 23rd!

Queenofallthings
10-01-2011, 09:06 AM
I loved that update! I know exactly what you mean about Epcot mornings, it's the one place in the World that you don't feel clumped together and rushed! When you were talking about your trips when you were younger, it made me think of all the memories Jasmine has of growing up with Disney trips and how lucky she is! I hope to be able to tag along when she is married and takes her own children!

Great pictures too btw! I laughed when you were talking about getting in and out of the TT cars...I feel that way about Space Mountain, so now I just don't go :lmao: Silly, I know, but I don't enjoy the ride because I'm so paranoid about how I look getting out!:rolleyes1

amazingact21
10-01-2011, 01:31 PM
I was really hoping you would update today as well but like you said those thank you cards have to be written! I will continue to wait patiently! :laughing:

:woohoo: on your cruise being 2 WEEKS AWAY!!!! :banana: I think you guys will love Pop and MNSSHP! I'll let you in on a secret that Zaheer who was very sceptical about the party actually was glad to be there so am pretty sure you both will have a blast!

I'm glad you got a really nice CM who gave you tips for the party. Looking forward to the next update.

I'm glad Zaheer enjoyed the party! I know I should've waited to read how it went in your TR, but I was dying to know. :laughing:


How exciting your cruise is going to be here before you know it!! We are going to the MNSSHP on October 16th...it will be our first time as well and I have heard some mixed reviews as well. DBF really wants to see the headless horseman..but I am not sure where to be to see that :confused3

DBF listened to the podcast as well and heard bad reviews...I am hoping we can still make the best of it and enjoy night time at MK...like you said we are keeping out expectations mellow :thumbsup2

You are going to be in WDW the weekend we are leaving!! we actually leave on the afternoon of the 23rd!

Well, the CM on the phone said she attended the party on the 23rd (I think) and said that she went to the 2nd parade and sat at the very beginning of the parade route. She said it was to the left of the main street circle, near the bathrooms, and that when the horseman came out, they were about 5 feet from him.
Now, whether that's true or not, I don't know...

I went back on your PTR a few weeks ago and noticed that you guys were leaving on the day we arrived. And we're both, amusingly enough, going to be in Magic Kingdom, just at different parts of the day. (We're getting there for the party between 4 and 5.)


I loved that update! I know exactly what you mean about Epcot mornings, it's the one place in the World that you don't feel clumped together and rushed! When you were talking about your trips when you were younger, it made me think of all the memories Jasmine has of growing up with Disney trips and how lucky she is! I hope to be able to tag along when she is married and takes her own children!

Great pictures too btw! I laughed when you were talking about getting in and out of the TT cars...I feel that way about Space Mountain, so now I just don't go :lmao: Silly, I know, but I don't enjoy the ride because I'm so paranoid about how I look getting out!:rolleyes1


I love thinking back to all my childhood memories at WDW; they are still talked about at family dinners to this day! Which is probably one of the many reasons why I love the place.

Space Mtn cars are really hard! Alex is 6'1" and he really dislikes how they are set up. His poor knees are scrunched up to his ears, and it makes him very uncomfortable. So, I can see him forfeiting the ride eventually.

Aussiesalad
10-03-2011, 08:56 AM
Coordination really does go out the window when leaving rides. It's like you psych yourself out by trying to hard not to stumble and to be quick. I just hate how people waiting behind me always give me a look that says, "I've waited in line for an hour for this ride. My feet hurt, my clothes are dripping with sweat, do NOT stand in my way!" :laughing:.

And then you have to give them the look that says "I am really sorry, I swear I am not trying to ruin your magic and hold you up on purpose I just am trapped by by own lack of coordination and your death stares are not helping!"

fromscratchmom
10-03-2011, 10:05 AM
And then you have to give them the look that says "I am really sorry, I swear I am not trying to ruin your magic and hold you up on purpose I just am trapped by by own lack of coordination and your death stares are not helping!"


:lmao:

amazingact21
10-03-2011, 01:52 PM
And then you have to give them the look that says "I am really sorry, I swear I am not trying to ruin your magic and hold you up on purpose I just am trapped by by own lack of coordination and your death stares are not helping!"



Haha, that's so true! :rotfl:

amazingact21
10-05-2011, 01:43 PM
It’s kind of hard to believe that I’ll be at MNSSHP in 18 days. I still have so much to do. Alex hasn’t even bought all his cruise clothes yet!
I'm pretty excited, though, because Alex and I are going to ride something we've never been on before while we're at MNSSHP. We are going to go on Peter Pan's Flight. It's crazy, but we've never been on it before, so I am THRILLED to try something new and different!

Morning of May 9th:


Exiting Test Track, DH and I spotted another attraction that was completely empty. As we headed towards it, I spotted another topiary.

It was DH’s favorite Disney character….

Stitch!

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I loved how they did Stitch’s hand. Very in-character and amusing.


Pulling DH away, we turned our attention back to the original focal point:

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Both of us were a teensy bit apprehensive about MissionSpace. We rode it twice back in December, and both times the ride left us feeling a little queasy.

However, we’re nothing if not persistent, so DH and I decided to give the ride one more try, believing the 3rd time was the charm.

Since we were feeling brave, we chose to enter the Orange side, which was completely empty!

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It’s kind of amusing, because DH has never actually taken a really good look at the queue area, because every time we go on the attraction, it’s walk-on! There’s not a soul in sight!

See, we had the waiting room completely to ourselves:

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I love these space suits:

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We listened to Gary Sinese give us our pre-flight instructions, and then we boarded our space craft. Now, call me a bad Disney addict, but I cannot remember the order of the seats. I want to say Engineer is on the far right, followed by Pilot, but I really have no idea…

But, whatever the two roles were, that’s what DH and I did. And this was our first time sitting all the way to the right, which proved to be a good thing.


We had a great ride and got off feeling fine.

(The first time I got a non-sick picture after MissionSpace)

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We walked back out to the entrance area and discussed how much nicer the ride was from the right side. It was less intense and the “pull” didn’t feel as strong from that side.

Glancing at the cool globe, I took a moment to enjoy the morning:

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While taking in my surroundings, I happened to see a family of four trying to take a picture of themselves with their phone. Knowing firsthand how difficult it is to get family photos with everyone in the picture, I offered to take a picture for them.

They were really nice and afterwards asked if DH and I wanted one. Of course, we said yes and ended up with one of my favorite pictures on the trip:

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My crazy A-type personality comes out every time I see this picture, because I can’t help but think to myself, “How perfect…Alex’s shirt matches so well with the orange in the sign.” :lmao:


The two of us decided to push our luck some more and go on MissionSpace again. We figured we’d run into good luck the first time, so it might carry over into our next experience.


Right?



Wrong!!

But first off, I just want to say that May 9th was the hottest of our days at WDW. It was only 10 o’clock in the morning and already the humidity was horrendous. DH took a picture of me while we were walking through the (still empty) MissionSpace queue, and you can see that I was already sweating like a pig!

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We re-entered our shuttle:

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Unfortunately, there was another couple in line with us for this ride. (What’re the chances?! Not a person in sight for miles and miles, and, at the last minute, other guests pop up right when we’re about to board.):confused3

I tried to stand on the number where I’d end up climbing in the shuttle first, but the people didn’t listen to the instructions and jumped ahead of us when our door opened.


Therefore, DH and I ended up on the dreaded left side.


The ride was not fun that time around. It left us with that light-headed feeling, and we needed to walk around for a bit in order to settle ourselves down.

Both of us made a definite decision right then and there.


The Orange side is banned for us forever and ever.

You won’t see me going on that intense version ever again.

Yeah, sitting on the right made it really fun, but I am not risking feeling ill just to chance getting a good spot.

It was a big disappointment to DH, because he hates having to abandon a ride. He’s such a thrill ride junkie, and he doesn’t want to throw in the towel on a WDW ride.

We gave ourselves about ten minutes to chill, sitting on the sidewalk outside the attraction, people watching.

When we felt up to it, we walked back to Test Track and picked up another set of FPs for the afternoon. Then, seeing it was about 10:30, we used our first set of FPs and rode it again.

DH spotted a Hidden Mickey in the queue:

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While riding, we noticed that Test Track was messing up. The part where you’re supposed to run over all the cones during the brake test wasn’t working at all, and when we got to where we were meant to watch the video of the event, there was nothing playing.

It wasn’t a big deal, because it didn’t detract from the overall ride experience, but I did wonder what was going on.


Afterwards, DH and I joked that our Disney obsessive-ness was reaching new heights; we’d hit a new milestone. We had recognized a difference on a ride, suggesting that we’d gone on the attraction enough times to notice little things like that. :laughing:


We joked about that little fact all the way over to the International Gateway.

Right before entering the WS, we spotted a circle of topiaries displaying Winnie the Pooh characters.

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Tigger was too cute! And we saw so many little kids giggling over him and begging their parents to take a picture with them next to him, doing their best hopping impression. It was adorable!

DH happened to look to our left and saw this beautiful sight:

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I am such a visual person, that I associate so many things with spring and early summer. And thanks to Epcot’s wonderful skills, this is something that screams Spring to me. I close my eyes and see all those pinks and oranges under a bright blue sky, and can’t help but think about April showers and May flowers. :cutie:

Captivated, DH and I continued on to the WS. It was just about 11 o’clock, so there was still plenty of kiosks and stores in the first stages of opening their doors and throwing off their canvas covers.

There to greet us into the World Showcase were the characters of Cars 2 and these amazing flag topiaries depicting some of the countries guests would encounter.

Here’s Mater:
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Since Cars 2 was premiering the next month, Disney was doing its best to promote the movie. Somewhere around the flowers were speakers, belting out Rascal Flatts’s “Life is a Highway.”

And behind the Cars were these:

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In the background, we could see what we were looking for.

The American Pavilion.

It sounds a little nuts, but we planned to focus our day in Future World and hit the WS the following day, so we were only in that area for one reason.

And that was lunch!

I must be crazy, but my favorite CS restaurant in the WS is the Liberty Inn. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their honey mustard sauce and chicken strips.:love: So, naturally, that was where I wanted to eat.

DH, being the laid back person that he is, had agreed to travel all the way across the park just to eat there, so off we went!



Up Next…Congratulations, I’m a Captain, I Can Marry You…It Wouldn’t Be Legal, Though.

TanzUnited99
10-05-2011, 04:40 PM
:woohoo: on going on Peter Pan's flight - can't wait to hear what you think about it!

I love the photo of DH (nearly wrote DBF!) with Stitch - that is great! :thumbsup2

Lol you are not the only one to remember which roles are where on MS - am afraid I can't be of much help with that.

Aaw that's nice of you to take a photo for the family and for them to return the favour. I love that photo of you guys as well!

Lol I'm looking forward to hearing if the orange side of MS is really banned or you try it on your upcoming trip! :laughing:

I love the F&G topiaries especially Tigger! We never tried Liberty Inn but if it is your favourite CS may have to try it on a future trip ;)

Aussiesalad
10-06-2011, 12:44 AM
Woah I never thought about the difference between left and right sides on Mission Space. I just thought people either got sick on it or they didn't. At least you got one successful ride before it got banned!
I love that ride but the queue makes me so nervous, they play the warning so many times it makes me feel like throwing up before I even leave the waiting area.

That is a great picture of you guys outside of MS!:thumbsup2

Awh I love how pretty Epcot looks with all the flowers! Its gorgeous! Makes me want to go nowwww haha

I am interested to hear about Liberty Inn, can't say I've eaten there. I am always too hungry and only make it as far as Mexico :lmao:

amazingact21
10-09-2011, 10:17 AM
:woohoo: on going on Peter Pan's flight - can't wait to hear what you think about it!

I love the photo of DH (nearly wrote DBF!) with Stitch - that is great! :thumbsup2

Lol you are not the only one to remember which roles are where on MS - am afraid I can't be of much help with that.

Aaw that's nice of you to take a photo for the family and for them to return the favour. I love that photo of you guys as well!

Lol I'm looking forward to hearing if the orange side of MS is really banned or you try it on your upcoming trip! :laughing:

I love the F&G topiaries especially Tigger! We never tried Liberty Inn but if it is your favourite CS may have to try it on a future trip ;)

In comparison, the Liberty Inn really isn't that special (especially with all the other unique places to eat in the WS) but I just love the convience of it.

As of right now, there's still no MissionSpace in the books for our future trip!:laughing:


Woah I never thought about the difference between left and right sides on Mission Space. I just thought people either got sick on it or they didn't. At least you got one successful ride before it got banned!
I love that ride but the queue makes me so nervous, they play the warning so many times it makes me feel like throwing up before I even leave the waiting area.

That is a great picture of you guys outside of MS!:thumbsup2

Awh I love how pretty Epcot looks with all the flowers! Its gorgeous! Makes me want to go nowwww haha

I am interested to hear about Liberty Inn, can't say I've eaten there. I am always too hungry and only make it as far as Mexico :lmao:

I never would've thought that the side you ride on would make a difference, but that's the only thing DH and I could think of that would explain the difference.

Epcot was especially nice with all the flowers. It's not a huge event, but I would recommend going during that time, just because that time of the year was so nice!

Shannon84
10-11-2011, 02:41 PM
I want so badly to be able to ride mission space orange side and enjoy it, but instead I always feel like my chest will cave in and I get off feeling like this guy :sick:

Poor DBF is riding that one alone in a week when we go!! I can do pretty much any ride, but that one just isn't happening :rotfl:

Queenofallthings
10-11-2011, 07:24 PM
I know exactly how you felt after that second ride on MS. The first year the ride opened we did it and it took me hours to recover:sick: I went thru 3 containers of watermelon...I couldn't eat anything else:lmao: After that, it was green team all the way once they changed it!!!

I love the picture of the two of you in front of MS!!!:goodvibes

lilmape
10-11-2011, 07:45 PM
My husband and i are huge fans of the big kahuna breakfast at Kona! Love the pancakes. We went twice on our last trip. The steak and eggs are amazing too! Your trip reports are fantastic!

amazingact21
10-13-2011, 10:03 AM
I want so badly to be able to ride mission space orange side and enjoy it, but instead I always feel like my chest will cave in and I get off feeling like this guy :sick:

Poor DBF is riding that one alone in a week when we go!! I can do pretty much any ride, but that one just isn't happening :rotfl:

I don't blame you for sending your DBF on that one alone, that ride is just a little too intense for me.


I know exactly how you felt after that second ride on MS. The first year the ride opened we did it and it took me hours to recover:sick: I went thru 3 containers of watermelon...I couldn't eat anything else:lmao: After that, it was green team all the way once they changed it!!!

I love the picture of the two of you in front of MS!!!:goodvibes

Oh no. I forgot that when the ride first opened, you didn't have a choice between 2 intensities. Back then, though, I didn't have issues with it. I guess I was just younger and could handle the spinning better. :confused3
That's terrible that you couldn't eat anything besides watermelon, though! Definitely a rain cloud on a Disney day.


My husband and i are huge fans of the big kahuna breakfast at Kona! Love the pancakes. We went twice on our last trip. The steak and eggs are amazing too! Your trip reports are fantastic!

Thanks! :wizard:
zthe Big Kahuna is really delicious. I can see why you and your DH went twice. I'm sure if my DH had his way, we'd eat at Kona every day!:rotfl:



Just Letting Everyone Know...


I wish I had gotten farther on this TR than I did, but between planning and having a wedding and then planning a Disney cruise/Disney trip, I just ran out of time.
When DH and I get back, we're hoping to move into a new house, but once we're all settled in, I'm going to become a TR updating queen! I kind of want to finish up this report quickly, because I want to begin my May 2012 PTR. My mom and I are already discussing plans and buying items for the trip, so I want to talk about it. :laughing:
I've decided I'm not going to do a whole TR on my cruise and Disney stay, just because, knowing me, it would take a year to finish a trip report that long. However, I'll probably post 2 or 3 updates on here with pictures so that if anyone wants to see the Disney Magic or WDW during the fall they can. :thumbsup2

So, sorry I won't have an update on my May trip for at least 2 weeks. Hope I don't lose all my readers due to that! I promise I'll return even more Disney-crazed than when I left!

And now, on to packing!

TanzUnited99
10-13-2011, 12:21 PM
Have a great trip!!! :woohoo: on leaving in 2 DAYS!!!

Congrats on moving into a new house. I'll still be here when you return and look forward to hearing about the rest of this trip as well as the cruise :goodvibes

Shannon84
10-14-2011, 07:24 AM
I hope you guys have a most wonderful honeymoon :cool1: If you see someone pouting at POP when you arrive its me :rotfl:

PirateKate
10-18-2011, 09:52 PM
Have a great time!! :goodvibes

okw19
10-19-2011, 07:36 AM
Have a wonderful time! :)

magichusky
10-21-2011, 03:23 AM
I can't wait to see pics of the Magic!! I've heard such amazing things about the Disney cruises. And I'm so excited that you guys are going to MNSSHP this year- I'm going to the DL party tomorrow night and am stoked!

Love the updates- you guys are some serious ride junkies! There's no way I'd be able to tolerate RNRC so many times. And I totally agree about the Test Track car being hard to get in and out of; back in September I sort of banged my leg on the side of the car as I was getting out and totally had to go to the first aid station. The hardest ride for me to get in and out of however is by far Space Mtn. I'm always the last one out of that thing and it's so embarrassing b/c I consider myself a fairly agile person! :laughing:

Nermel9
10-21-2011, 05:15 AM
I would love to see pics of the cruise ship, I really want to do a Disney cruise someday! Hope you're having a great time! :)

amazingact21
10-26-2011, 01:13 PM
Have a great trip!!! :woohoo: on leaving in 2 DAYS!!!

Congrats on moving into a new house. I'll still be here when you return and look forward to hearing about the rest of this trip as well as the cruise :goodvibes

I hope you guys have a most wonderful honeymoon :cool1: If you see someone pouting at POP when you arrive its me :rotfl:

Have a great time!! :goodvibes

Have a wonderful time! :)

I can't wait to see pics of the Magic!! I've heard such amazing things about the Disney cruises. And I'm so excited that you guys are going to MNSSHP this year- I'm going to the DL party tomorrow night and am stoked!

Love the updates- you guys are some serious ride junkies! There's no way I'd be able to tolerate RNRC so many times. And I totally agree about the Test Track car being hard to get in and out of; back in September I sort of banged my leg on the side of the car as I was getting out and totally had to go to the first aid station. The hardest ride for me to get in and out of however is by far Space Mtn. I'm always the last one out of that thing and it's so embarrassing b/c I consider myself a fairly agile person! :laughing:

I would love to see pics of the cruise ship, I really want to do a Disney cruise someday! Hope you're having a great time! :)

Thanks for the well wishes, everyone.
Sadly, I'm back home and am playing catch-up; there's so much to do when you've been absent for 12 days!

The trip was definitely interesting. I wish I could say it was as magical as our first two Disney trips, but unfortunately we had some major ups and downs.

Our trip was deemed the "7 day mystery cruise" because it didn't go follow any of the itenerary plans. Overall, I had a good time, but I am just not a big cruiser. :rotfl:

And somehow, I caught a cold and became sick on our Disney days. I fell asleep on MK's sidewalk waiting for the MNSSHP parade! :lmao:

I'll be sure to post pictures of the ship and give my top 5 highlights from WDW, but for now, I need sleep (still sick) and laundry!

Shannon84
10-26-2011, 04:19 PM
If you dont mind, will you do a little update on your cruise and dislikes/likes, etc.? I know you said you probably won't do a report about it, but I would love to hear some about it, because we are thinking of doing one next year ourselves :goodvibes

I looked for you guys when we were at POP! on the weekend we left :rotfl: I was SOOOO sad to come home!!

amazingact21
10-26-2011, 08:56 PM
If you dont mind, will you do a little update on your cruise and dislikes/likes, etc.? I know you said you probably won't do a report about it, but I would love to hear some about it, because we are thinking of doing one next year ourselves :goodvibes

I looked for you guys when we were at POP! on the weekend we left :rotfl: I was SOOOO sad to come home!!

I was planning to dedicate at least one post to the pros/cons of the cruise, so now I will definitely get around to it.
Even with my kind of negative comments in my last post, I'd say go ahead and give it a try. You really won't know if you like it until you do it.

And, if you do and go through Disney, be sure and join the cruise meets thread. I would have been completely lost without that thread. Everyone was willing to answer all my questions and gave me advice on stuff. Plus, I got to know and get along with some of them on the trip.


I kept an eye out for you guys at Pop, as well. But we didn't check in until 1:30, so you two had probably already left by then. (I did see a ME bus pulling out as we walked to the lobby and thought, "I wonder if Shannon84 is on that?") I hope you enjoyed your trip, though. I'm keeping an eye out for a TR.....:cutie:

PirateKate
10-28-2011, 11:20 PM
I'm sorry your trip didn't go as wonderfully as it could have. Getting sick on vacation is the worst. I'm really surprised that you weren't that pleased with the cruise. I love cruising. I'll be very interested in any pros/cons you list for us.

TanzUnited99
10-29-2011, 09:52 AM
Hope you're feeling better hun. I'm also sorry to hear you were sick on vacation and the cruise wasn't everything you were expecting it to be.

Looking forward to hearing the pros/cons :goodvibes

amazingact21
11-01-2011, 08:12 AM
Before I begin, I just want to say that these negative aspects of cruising are all my personal opinions. Some of the things I didn’t like, others enjoy. It’s all based on my personality and my likes/dislikes.


1) The worst thing about cruising, the thing that makes me hesitate to ever return again, is the crowds. I’ve been to WDW several times during its busy season (can you saw Christmastime in MK?) but this was way worse.

Everybody’s packed onto the ship like sardines. In the restaurants, the tables are side by side, and you have to eat with strangers. Now, our tablemates turned out to be really nice guys, but it was very awkward trying to eat meals with someone I didn’t know. I hated it.

At all the pool areas, you had to fight for lounge chairs, and you were so close to your neighbor, that you could read the words on the pages of their books. I didn’t like having to share my personal space during a time in which I was supposed to be relaxing. It was hard to be calm and let my mind wonder when I could smell the stranger next to me.

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(This was taken at the sail away party from Deck 10, looking down on Deck 9.)

All the walkways were really narrow and you had to wait four or five turns to get an elevator that had space for you.

And then there was the disaster called The Pirates in the Caribbean Party. Usually, Disney handles big events very well, but this party had very poor management. I was pushed and jostled around by rude guests, Alex had his feet stomped on by a guy, a little girl next to us was pushed to the ground by an adult. I actually had to say something not so nice to a guy in front of me who pushed me out of the way so his daughter (who was on his shoulders) could see something.

Then, after the fireworks show, they had one side of the ship blocked off, because that’s where they shot the fireworks off. So, we had to fight the masses to get around to the other side of the ship to get to the other walkway. Unbeknownst to me, there was a buffet line there, and I was standing in it. Alex pulled my arm and went, “Alicia, you’re in a line.”

Due to the buffet, though, there was no room for people trying to pass through. Some people even made nasty comments to me, because they thought I was trying to jump the line!

I got to my room afterwards and burst into tears, proclaiming that I wanted to get off the boat right that instant. I know people can be inconsiderate at Disney, but these guests were downright mean. Who pushes a kid to the ground??? I did not like the situation AT ALL.



2) Next, was something that no one had any control over. The boat rocking… We hit some pretty heavy winds and there were a few nights I was very ill. Our room was in Aft, and every night I had a difficult time falling asleep due to the boat rocking sideways. Alex only felt sick once, but I could feel the ship’s movements every day. (Dramomine was my friend.) It made walking down the hall and going up stairs extremely challenging. I never seemed to get my sea legs on that cruise.

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(In this picture, you can see I’m trying my hardest to balance and Mickey is falling on me! The poor CM was having such a hard time balancing. When he/she lifted their leg for the picture, they crashed into me.)


3) Another thing that got me frustrated was how lost I’d get on the
ship! Most people aren’t as directionally challenged as I am, and for me, a week wasn’t enough time to learn how to get from one end of the ship to the other. I’d hop on an elevator, thinking I was going to Aft, when really it was Forward. I kept walking out on the wrong side of the deck. I was constantly going in a big loop to get to my room because I took an initial wrong turn. I tried to get back to my room one night without Alex, and I got so turned around I had to stop and ask a Stateroom Host where I was. It got to the point that whenever I forgot something in the room, Alex would plant me in a chair and he’d go retrieve the missing item. I couldn’t even find my seat at dinner, because the room was so crowded and everything looked the same.
I know that doesn’t sound like a big Con, but for me, it just got really exhausting. I’d become so frustrated that I didn’t know how to get to anything. Not to mention I hated the feeling of disorientation. People would look at me like I was dumb when I was trying to figure out if I was on Port or Starboard side. I did not appreciate feeling like a dummy all week long.

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(The ship was massive!)


4)This one sounds crazy, but it was true. I always felt rushed on the cruise. Every night, I’d look at our navigators and go, “We have to be off the boat by this time, then go see this and do this, and be back by this, and shower by this time, then go watch this, and eat this, and we can’t forget this thing at this place.” I know we didn’t have to do anything, but I felt that I paid such a high price for the trip, I should be getting my money’s worth out of it. So, Alex and I would always time our agenda out so that we were going from place to place. I think we went and relaxed by the pool 2 times on our entire vacation. That’s because we were getting on and off the boat, trying to fit in some kind of cruise activity, and before we knew it, it was time for the show and dinner! I don’t think we relaxed as much as I thought we would on the trip.


5)This last one I won’t harp on for long, because nobody likes to hear it. But, cruises are expensive. I know we were paying for food and entertainment and services, but I went into the trip with a little grudge knowing how much we had already shelled out. (Plus, in the back of my mind, I kept thinking how I could’ve done 2 weeks at WDW for that same price.) I am the first to say that I’m frugal, and a part of me cringed at the cost of drinks and excursions and souvenirs. I know for some the prices were reasonable, but for me, I thought they were a little high.

amazingact21
11-01-2011, 08:47 AM
Now that I've talked about all the bad stuff, let's move on to the good.

The Pros:

1) I’ll begin the list with something I wouldn’t have expected to make a difference. And that was the character interactions. Before this trip, Alex and I could’ve cared less about meeting Mickey and Minnie or high-fiving Goofy. That was just never our thing. We figured we’d get around to it when we had kids and wanted photo ops with them.

Well, as we were waiting in the port terminal, there was a short line for Minnie Mouse, so we both said, “Why not?” and got our pictures taken. Then, a few days later, as we were walking to the show, I saw Dopey and Snow White and convinced myself to take a photo.

After that, we just kept taking more and more. But only because the lines were non-existent. We never waited longer than fifteen minutes (and that was when Minnie and Mickey were all decked out in their formal wear.) The same CMs monitored the lines, and Alex and I got to know them and joked around with a few of them.

In addition to the absurdly short lines, I absolutely loved the interactions, because the characters were so spontaneous and involved. When Alex and I met Chip and Dale, they spent five minutes with us, goofing around, trying to steal me away, hugging us. And the CM holding our camera caught it all!

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Dopey planked for the kids in line. (He laid down on a little cocktail table and balanced himself. I’m sure it couldn’t have been an easy task for the person inside.) Stitch walked behind me once and grabbed my head. I saw Tiana walk through Shutters (the photo store) sit down by the stairs with a little girl, and start talking about her dress with her.

The best had to be, though, when we were playing one the two dozen trivia contests. Donald Duck randomly walked into the room and began running the show. He pretended to puke at Hilary Duff’s name, told a CM to go to the bar and get him a drink, and imitated throwing a pen in another CM’s neck. (Don’t worry, there weren’t any young children in the room to scare.) Then, when my team (Shannonan and her husband and the two of us) won Donald refused to give us our prize bag. He kept running off with it.

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Like I said, I’m not a big character person, but I have to admit, the cruise made them easily accessible and gave everybody (young and old) and chance to spend time with them.


2) The next is, of course, the food. How could that have NOT made the Pros list? The most important thing about this cruise, for me, was that I was able to try new things. For Alex, he got to eat his fill of seafood. He had shrimp almost every day and lobster 3 times.

I tried French Onion Soup, which was delicious and a aged mozzarella appetizer, which was definitely not delicious. I also found my new favorite soup…the chilled mango. I ordered it during lunch AND dinner, just because I had to have it again.

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(This is the chocolate soufflé from Palo.)


3)Next up, which certainly deserves the number 3 spot is the cast members. I know Disney is known for their exceptional staff, but they take it up another notch on the cruise. Everyone there works so hard, and they always have a smile waiting for you.

Our server and assistant server, Romain and Dubravka, were forever making us laugh and giving us tips. We received some sort of mind puzzle every night, that had four adults scratching their heads and going, “Huh?”

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Our stateroom host, Marvin, remembered our name after hearing it once, and he figured out our little quirks (like wanting 2 stateroom navigators) immediately.

Then, the entertainment staff…they were something else. TJ, who sometimes headed the trivias, recognized us, and Alex would always shout out, “Hey TJ!” And then they would high five each other. Tisa, the adult entertainment director, was one of the friendliest and funniest people on the ship. You couldn’t be in the same room with her for more than five minutes before she was making you laugh so hard your sides hurt.

And all the officers we encountered were nice enough. One stopped and offered to take Alex’s and my’s picture, another stopped and spoke with us one night before dinner. We even spoke briefly with Captain John (the head guy) while we both waited for an elevator.


Number 4: The entertainment. You couldn’t find better Disney-related shows (unless you were actually at WDW). Twice Charmed and Villains Tonight were funny and captivating, but my favorite was Disney Dreams. I could have watched that show over and over again. The greatest thing about all the shows were, Alex and I always managed to find a seat in the first five rows of the theater, without trying to.

They also had a juggler and a magician on the cruise. Their family shows were cute, but their adult shows were their hits. Alex and I couldn’t stop laughing at their jokes. We’d sit down to watch them, and before we knew it, an hour had passed and the act was over.

Even some of the dinners had little shows attached to them. Animator’s Palate (which is, by far, the coolest restaurant ever) had the pictures change as we ate, then Mickey in his sorcerer’s outfit came out and danced around the room to Fantasmic. On the last night, all the servers walked around the room carrying their country’s flag and clapped to “It’s a Small World” which was actually kind of touching. We spent all week getting to know our servers, their country, their traditions, and the song reminded us of how we’re all the same.

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(Twice Charmed)

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(Villains Tonight)

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(Disney Dreams)


5)Palo. Oh, how I could write sonnets about the amazingness that is Palo. The food, the service, the setting…it was one of the most romantic dinners Alex and I have ever shared. The sad thing was, we barely noticed, because we were both so engrossed in our food. If I had to pick one last dessert to eat…I would choose the chocolate soufflé. I don’t even like chocolate that much! But this just melts in your mouth. Our server made it even more fun by making us close our eyes, make a hole in the middle of it with our spoon, and make a wish by “filling” it up with the sauces.

If I had all day, I’d go on and on about this place. I didn’t even mention the brunch! We had brunch with a group of DISboarders and it was wonderful. Two hours passed before we even knew what had happened. The servers and chefs came and talked with us and we got to know them a little bit while we enjoyed our buffet choices. Mmmmm…. I need to move on…


6)I’m throwing this one in here as a little aside….but the other DISboards people were definitely a Pro. If anyone ever does a Disney cruise, I highly recommend finding their ship on the Cruise Meets thread. Alex and I didn’t sign up for Fish Extenders or anything, but it was still a lot of fun running into a familiar face on the cruise. (Plus, all our questions were answered beforehand.) We were on the boat maybe an hour and a half before ColoradoDisneyFreak (Jennifer) and her daughter, Jillian, ran into us. Then, we met everyone at a meet and saw them all the time around the ship.
Plus, we met another couple honeymooning and they turned out to be very cool people. Shannonan (Shannon and Dan) We ended up hanging out with them a lot on the ship and teamed up for all the games and activities. We ended up having to borrow their lint roller, because we forgot ours.
It was nice knowing someone else on the ship and having someone to share crazy dinner stories with, and if we hadn’t gone on the cruise, Alex and I would never have talked with them.


7) And, last but not least….Castaway Cay. (Queue the clouds opening up to allow rays of sunshine to shoot downwards and angels to start singing hymns in the sky.) When we got there, it was too cold to do anything. Alex and I were in jackets and pants, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the beauty of the Bahamas. We spent the day relaxing at Serenity Bay, the adult’s only beach (which I kept calling Paradise) and wandering around the island. The place was magnificent; I didn’t want to leave. I kept telling Alex (and anyone who would listen) that Disney needed to do a 4 day cruise and just dock at Castaway Cay and stay there. I would have no qualms whatsoever with spending day after day on that island.

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It was kind of ironic, because up until our CC day, I swore to Alex that I was not going on another cruise, that nothing he could do or say would change my mind. And then, I see Castaway and my whole mind changes. That island is cruising’s redeeming quality, for me. I can’t say I’ll never cruise again, because that would mean I would never see that little place again, and that would be a small tragedy.

TanzUnited99
11-01-2011, 03:20 PM
I agree in that what someone likes/dislikes will not be the same for others. Thanks for sharing your opinion :thumbsup2

Wow it sure looks crowded. I'm sorry to hear about all the drama and definitely wouldn't want to smell someone or be able to read their book whilst relaxing by the pool :eek:

I love the pic of Mickey and Minnie and lol I am the same with sense of direction so am guessing would be no good on a cruise! :laughing:

Yay on the character interaction - I love the pic of Chip and Dale trying to steal you away!

Mmm that chocolate souffle looks yummy :cloud9:

Yay on enjoying the entertainment and the DIS meets. I laughed at your comment over Castaway but yay on having something positive that may make you go on another cruise.

Shannon84
11-02-2011, 10:07 AM
We just booked a cruise as our honeymoon for next year and I am a little worried mainly about crowds and feeling sea sick after reading your report...hopefully it goes ok :rotfl:

I love the picture of you guys dressed up with Mickey and Minnie...that dress is so pretty!!

amazingact21
11-02-2011, 12:53 PM
I agree in that what someone likes/dislikes will not be the same for others. Thanks for sharing your opinion :thumbsup2

Wow it sure looks crowded. I'm sorry to hear about all the drama and definitely wouldn't want to smell someone or be able to read their book whilst relaxing by the pool :eek:

I love the pic of Mickey and Minnie and lol I am the same with sense of direction so am guessing would be no good on a cruise! :laughing:

Yay on the character interaction - I love the pic of Chip and Dale trying to steal you away!

Mmm that chocolate souffle looks yummy :cloud9:

Yay on enjoying the entertainment and the DIS meets. I laughed at your comment over Castaway but yay on having something positive that may make you go on another cruise.

That chocolate souffle was one of the best desserts I've ever had! I wish they had something like it at WDW, because I would get it every trip.:rotfl:


We just booked a cruise as our honeymoon for next year and I am a little worried mainly about crowds and feeling sea sick after reading your report...hopefully it goes ok :rotfl:

I love the picture of you guys dressed up with Mickey and Minnie...that dress is so pretty!!

HONEYMOON?!?!???? Now I'm dying to read your TR!!!!:goodvibes

Shannon84
11-02-2011, 01:40 PM
HONEYMOON?!?!???? Now I'm dying to read your TR!!!!:goodvibes

I kind of let the secret out in the first post...but i guess i let it out even earlier here whoops :rotfl:

Queenofallthings
11-06-2011, 09:02 AM
Thanks for sharing your pro/con list! This way people can go in knowing what to expect and I think that's always a plus!

Jasmine went on the Magic in February and she raved about it! She wasn't sure when she left that she would like cruising but ended up loving it and telling me we have to go!! I get terrible motion sickness so that has kept me from cruising:sick:

Nermel9
11-06-2011, 03:30 PM
Thanks for the cruise update! My sister just went on the Dream for 3 nights and loved it, so now I really want to do a cruise! However, I don't like the idea of being crammed on a boat with so many people, I hate crowds!:scared1:

Castaway Cay looks amazing, and so does the food! And I love your pic with Minnie and Mickey in their formal outfits!! :)

amazingact21
11-07-2011, 11:15 AM
Thanks for sharing your pro/con list! This way people can go in knowing what to expect and I think that's always a plus!

Jasmine went on the Magic in February and she raved about it! She wasn't sure when she left that she would like cruising but ended up loving it and telling me we have to go!! I get terrible motion sickness so that has kept me from cruising:sick:



I had the same issue with motion sickness, and I discovered the hard way that Dramomine (or any motion sickness medicine) takes away the nausea and dizziness, but it does not get rid of that bobbing feeling you have on a boat. You can still feel every wave, you just don't get sick because of it. Which, in my opinion, didn't help much. :rotfl:

I'm glad Jasmine loved the Magic, though. It is a beautiful ship and even with all my negative experiences, I still miss it a little.


Thanks for the cruise update! My sister just went on the Dream for 3 nights and loved it, so now I really want to do a cruise! However, I don't like the idea of being crammed on a boat with so many people, I hate crowds!:scared1:

Castaway Cay looks amazing, and so does the food! And I love your pic with Minnie and Mickey in their formal outfits!! :)


The worst part of the crowds is arrival day, because none of the staterooms are open for a few hours. Once you can access your room, it gets a lot better, because whenever you feel crammed you can just escape to your own space. And for the sailaway party and the Pirates party, just go to Deck 10 rather than Deck 9 and it alieviates a lot of the crowd problems. :wizard:

amazingact21
11-07-2011, 11:25 AM
Ahhh, I know I haven't updated in awhile, but Alex and I are moving into a new house on the 18th, so I have been very busy with packing and switching utilities, etc. In addition to that, Alex and I are trying to buy a bunch of new furniture, so we have been going shopping every weekend. It's been crazy.

I am already looking forward to my upcoming May trip. I was able to get all our schedule figured out, and now Alex, myself, and my mother are all talking about plans and potential ADRs. It's hard to remember that I still have a May 2011 TR to finish when all I want to do is talk about 2012 plans. :laughing:

May 9th Afternoon:



It’s been awhile since I’ve updated, but when I last posted, I left off with Alex and I headed to WS to grab some lunch.

Since we’d never done it before and it was pretty muggy out, the two of us decided to take one of the boats from Canada to Morocco. When we stepped on board, the CM saw our buttons and proclaimed, “Hey! Congratulations, I’m a captain, I could marry you…it wouldn’t be legal, though.”

We cracked up at the man’s humor and thanked him for his offer. It’s always great to see CMs with a great sense of humor, and we enjoyed talking with him during the ride.

Once we disembarked, thanking the “captain” for his troubles, we made our way over to the American pavilion so we could eat at one of my many favorite restaurants.

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Unfortunately, it was about 11:10am and the restaurant didn’t begin serving until 11:30am. Alex and I thought about leaving and walking around for a bit, but the sun was pretty brutal and the sea of empty chairs looked too inviting to pass up.

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We picked a table near a row of windows and settled in. DH took photos while I checked my emails. We both went over our favorite moments of the morning and reviewed our itinerary for that night.


11:30 rolled around and I stayed with all our stuff at the table while DH went and ordered. We both got the chicken strips with fries, only I got the chocolate mousse and DH got the rice crispy treat.

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I’m not a huge rice crispy fan, but I loved that it was in the shape of Mickey ears.

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The reason why I love to eat here is partially hidden in this picture. If you look closely you can see that I have 3 honey mustard cups on the table.

Liberty (who knows why) has honey mustard sauce that I love. I pretty much love the sauce (I eat it with way too many food items) and whenever I find a type I like, I have a hard time going anywhere else to eat.
It’s a little odd, but thankfully DH is easygoing and lets me indulge in my honey mustard love.


Our bellies full, DH and I were ready to head back to future world. I knew we should’ve just taken the boat back to Canada, but I couldn’t resist taking a quick stroll past some of the countries.

We passed Germany and saw Rapunzel’s tower, which I thought was very cool. When we were there a few weeks ago, the castle had been removed, which DH and I were disappointed about.

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Walking along, I spotted my favorite topiary from the Flower and Garden Festival.

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The Lion King!!

Seeing my favorite movie’s topiaries made me giggle like a schoolgirl. There was another couple standing to the left of us and they looked at me like I had three heads when I started pointing out all the details in the work.

It embarrassed me a little, and normally I would’ve stopped because I hate getting strange looks, but it was one of the few times that I didn't care. I was at Disney World, looking at Lion King, for goodness sakes! I was allowed a minute of ridiculousness.

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The grubs cracked me up.

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I had to get a nice picture of myself with Rafiki and baby Simba. (Of course, as I was getting that picture taken, I was saying to DH: “You know this is SO becoming my facebook profile picture. I want people to be jealous.”):rotfl:

DH dragged me away from the topiaries, because other guests were starting to look at them, and we strolled hand in hand past the countries. It was blissfully wonderful.:love:


Soon, I saw the Viking sign hanging on one of Norway’s buildings and knew we had to take a peek at Maelstorm’s wait time.

We were in luck!

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DH was handed a time card, to which I nabbed it and asked him to take a photo.

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His comment was, “How come I get handed the card and YOU take a picture with it?”

To which I responded with, “When you join the DISboards and want ridiculous pictures of every little detail you can get a photo with the card.”

Naturally, the ride was walk-on. There was nobody in front of us, so we were allowed to pick where we wanted to sit on the boat.

We picked the front!

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Behind us, another couple sat in the 2nd row. As the boat began its journey into Viking waters, the audio recording started playing. We heard, “You are not the first to enter these waters.”

And behind us, in a deadpan voice, the woman replied, “I know…a boat just left in front of us.”


Alex and I burst out laughing, because it was so unexpected. The woman heard us laughing over it and leaned forward and apologized for saying it, but we told her it was no big deal.

There was no one else in the car, and all four of us had been on the ride several times prior, so it did not ruin the experience for any of us.

We all had an enjoyable time being banished by the troll and almost dropping out of the open window.

I don’t remember this happening, but Alex snapped this photo of me on the ride:

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I shook my head when I saw it, because I look like a child, completely enthralled in the scenery and the story of the attraction. Since there’s only one part of the ride that’s light enough to take a picture with the flash off, I know DH took this right before the small drop. Which just so happens to be my favorite part of the ride, because I always enjoy watching the troll pop up from his hidey hole.

Once the ride ended, we poured into the gift shop, and I made DH take his picture with the statue:
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I giggle, because we take a picture with the troll every trip. I guess it’s becoming some sort of tradition…:confused3


With a ride under our belt, DH and I decided it would be best to get back to our schedule. We had decided to devote that day to Future World and were planning to spend tomorrow solely on World Showcase.

As we headed back into Future World, we paused at a PP spot and got a picture taken.

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Just looking at it makes me miss Epcot…


Up Next…I Want a Starfish Like That!

TanzUnited99
11-07-2011, 04:26 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed the food and your mustard at Liberty Inn! I'll have to try it one day.

I love how excited you were over the Lion King topiary and agree if you can't be excited at Disney World when can you be? :confused3

:rotfl: at the lady's comment on Maelstrom!

UGAFan0829
11-08-2011, 07:43 AM
Hi, Alicia!!!
I stumbled across your TR yesterday and ended up reading the entire thing. The 5K part of the title is what caught my eye, and I'm so glad it did!!

Congrats on your wedding!! I really enjoyed seeing the pics--you were a beautiful bride!!:bride:

You and I sound a lot alike when it comes to getting upset with our DH's!! It was like I was reading about myself at time!!!:rolleyes1

I really, really enjoyed reading about the Expedition Everest Challenge since I'm a runDisney fan...it sounds like a lot of fun, and I hope to be able to try it for myself one day.

I also share your love of Honey Mustard!!:love: It stinks when you get some and it turns out the be the yucky kind. O'Charley's has some of the best, in my opinion!

I have to agree that the lady's comment on Maelstrom made me laugh out loud!!::lmao:

Can't wait to read more!!!

Shannon84
11-08-2011, 09:28 AM
OMG!!! You are too funny about your honey mustard! I am the same way about BBQ sauce in particular, but honestly I can't eat a meal without some sort of sauce...I know its so weird...but I feel like you could understand :lmao:

I LOVE the Lion King topiaries...especially Timon with the grubs!! too cute!! Only Disney does details like that!!

Aussiesalad
11-08-2011, 04:52 PM
Thanks for the pros and cons list! I am hearing a lot of people have the same issues that you do... whoops that was some awkward wording. You know what I mean (hopefully haha)

Back to the update. Yay for a hilarious "captain" it makes such a difference when the CMs have a great sense of humour. I mean they do work at a magical place but when you think about all the un-magical people they have to deal with eek :eek:

Bahaha that lady on Maelstrom. Amazing! :lmao:

To which I responded with, “When you join the DISboards and want ridiculous pictures of every little detail you can get a photo with the card.”

Boom! Exactly! :rotfl:

amazingact21
11-09-2011, 08:30 AM
I'm glad you enjoyed the food and your mustard at Liberty Inn! I'll have to try it one day.

I love how excited you were over the Lion King topiary and agree if you can't be excited at Disney World when can you be? :confused3

:rotfl: at the lady's comment on Maelstrom!

The Lion King topiaries were awesome! And I felt like I could take a few minutes and act like a little kid around them. :rotfl:

Hi, Alicia!!!
I stumbled across your TR yesterday and ended up reading the entire thing. The 5K part of the title is what caught my eye, and I'm so glad it did!!

Congrats on your wedding!! I really enjoyed seeing the pics--you were a beautiful bride!!:bride:

You and I sound a lot alike when it comes to getting upset with our DH's!! It was like I was reading about myself at time!!!:rolleyes1

I really, really enjoyed reading about the Expedition Everest Challenge since I'm a runDisney fan...it sounds like a lot of fun, and I hope to be able to try it for myself one day.

I also share your love of Honey Mustard!!:love: It stinks when you get some and it turns out the be the yucky kind. O'Charley's has some of the best, in my opinion!

I have to agree that the lady's comment on Maelstrom made me laugh out loud!!::lmao:

Can't wait to read more!!!

Thanks for joining in! The Expedition Everest 5K was a lot of fun, and I'm now hooked on runDisney events. I am already planning to compete in the challenge next May, and I'm always trying to get others to do it. So far, I have 3 other family members planning to join. :laughing:


O'Charley's is one of my favorite honey mustard sauce, as well! :laughing: I buy the bottles in the grocery stores and use it on most of my chicken based dinners. Seems we have the same taste in honey mustard sauce.

I laughed that you and your DH are like myself and Alex when we argue. It's good to see I'm not the only one who acts like I do when upset with my husband.:rotfl:


OMG!!! You are too funny about your honey mustard! I am the same way about BBQ sauce in particular, but honestly I can't eat a meal without some sort of sauce...I know its so weird...but I feel like you could understand :lmao:

I LOVE the Lion King topiaries...especially Timon with the grubs!! too cute!! Only Disney does details like that!!

I do understand. :laughing: I think everyone has their go-to sauce, though. Mine is honey mustard, Alex's is ketchup. That boy puts ketchup on almost everything...


Thanks for the pros and cons list! I am hearing a lot of people have the same issues that you do... whoops that was some awkward wording. You know what I mean (hopefully haha)

Back to the update. Yay for a hilarious "captain" it makes such a difference when the CMs have a great sense of humour. I mean they do work at a magical place but when you think about all the un-magical people they have to deal with eek :eek:

Bahaha that lady on Maelstrom. Amazing! :lmao:


Boom! Exactly! :rotfl:

Haha, yeah I understood what you were saying about the issues. A lot of people that I know that are frequent cruisers have told me that the first cruise never goes that well. My father in-law said that after his 1st one, he swore he'd never go on one ever again, but after his 2nd try, he was hooked. :confused3 My friend is trying to get me to go on one next August, so I guess we'll see.

That lady was so funny, just because she said in such a serious tone. It was like, "No duh, we're not the first, do you think we're dumb or something?" And then her reaction when she realized we overheard her...:laughing:

Alex still doesn't get the whole, I take pictures with everything humanly possible just in case I want to post it on DISboards...maybe by next trip he'll learn.

UGAFan0829
11-09-2011, 02:10 PM
Thanks for joining in! The Expedition Everest 5K was a lot of fun, and I'm now hooked on runDisney events. I am already planning to compete in the challenge next May, and I'm always trying to get others to do it. So far, I have 3 other family members planning to join. :laughing:


Have you thought about any of the 1/2 Marathons?? I know it sounds crazy, but they are a lot of fun!! And if I can do it, so can you!! I did last year and this year's Princess and it was such an awesome experience!! I think DH and I are gonna try to shoot for the Wine and Dine next year as well!! You should really think about doing one...I don't think you would regret it. It takes a lot of training, but is so worth it in the end!:thumbsup2

PirateKate
11-13-2011, 09:04 PM
My favorite thing about a cruise is the feeling of timelessness. There's nowhere to be and nothing to do and if we never do anything, it doesn't really matter, because all we have to do is whatever we want. I've never been on a Disney cruise, though and I wonder if that would make a big difference and I'd feel like we had to do it all, because it's Disney.

Anyway, I've never tried the honey mustard at Liberty Inn, but I'll give it a shot next time I'm there. I love good honey mustard and it does seem like it's getting harder to find the good stuff at Disney.

Sounds like some fun riding companions on the Maelstrom. :laughing:

MEK
11-14-2011, 08:15 AM
Caught up on your last update this morning and it looks like you are having such a lovely morning. I, too, love anything honey mustard and I put it on EVERYTHING! :laughing:

amazingact21
12-04-2011, 05:13 PM
Why, what is this? An update from Alicia???? :scared1:

I know it has been a month since I touched this TR, and I would understand if nobody even remembers this little thing. It wasn't very polite to leave it just hanging in the thread pages, halfway done, but I just had to take a DISboards break.

Alex and I moved in the middle of the month, and I had to devot all my time to packing, then unpacking, then buying house items. It was stressful and chaotic, and I didn't have much time for signing onto the boards. However, the house is pretty much finished and my life is returning to somewhat normal, and I feel like I can pump the rest of this TR out in no time.

So, once again, my apologies for deserting the boards for a bit. (If it helps, I haven't even thought of my upcoming trip since early November.:sad2:)


Early Afternoon of May 9th:


Alex and I walked back into Future World and stopped at a shady spot to put on some sunscreen. DH is very vigilant about preventing sunburns, and surprisingly enough, both of us managed to avoid it the whole time we were down there. And if you take a glance at my pictures, you’ll see that I’m extremely fair skinned and burn when I go for 15 minute runs. So for me to have been out in the Orlando sun all day for 4 days and not get a spot of red on me was a miracle.

After that was done, I dragged DH to our next adventure. It was an attraction that I’d read about on other people’s TRs, and I wanted to finally check it out for myself.

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The Seas with Nemo and friends!

Before we went inside, we stood around the entrance for a few minutes. I wanted desperately to hear the seagulls chirp, “Mine!” but they just were not cooperating with me. I was starting to see sweat beads form on DH’s forehead and could feel the heat getting to me, as well. It was the hottest part of the day, after all, and I knew once we walked inside cool air conditioning would greet us.

So, sadly, I ushered DH forward and took one last look at the seagulls.

And then…

“Mine! Mine! Mine!”

Right when I turned my back on them, those sneaky little birds let out their declarations.
DH turned to me and raised an eyebrow.

“Happy now?”

“Absolutely. Wasn’t that cool? You have to admit…that was pretty cool.”

DH laughed. “Yeah, it was.”

As we walked into the queue, I saw the ride’s informational sign:
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It brought on a whole new smile.

One of the million things I love about WDW is that no detail is too small for Imagineers.

Guests don’t merely board cars or buggies or seats.

They get on clamobiles.
(My favorite is doom buggies.)

The line for the ride went on and on, but I entertained myself with all the scenery.

I think it is wonderfully creative and neat that the hand rails for the line look as if the salt has rusted them.

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My only negative about the Seas experience was that the queue line was way too dark. I kept banging my hips on the rail, because I couldn’t see where I was going. I have terrible eyesight to begin with, but throw darkness on me and I’m all but blind. I mean, it’s so bad, that I avoid driving at night if I can, and when I do, I have to wear these special glasses.

So, I was like a lost puppy in that line. It was only at the end, when you hop aboard the moving escalator to get in your clamobile that I got my orientation back and knew where the heck I was going.

Speaking of clamobile…
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I love doom buggies’ name, but clamobiles are my favorite seat to ride in. I’m not sure why.

I just love that the shell opens up and lets you climb aboard; then when it shuts, it feels like you are in this protective cocoon while you explore the ocean.

DH and I both enjoyed spending time with Nemo and the gang, especially the jellyfish part. I always get this weightless feeling in a dark ride when everything’s black except for the objects being focused on. (Like in Peter Pan’s Flight when you’re taking off into the night sky among the stars.)

After exiting the attraction, we both went up the escalator to the aquarium. I find the tanks very relaxing and could stare at them for hours, so I planted myself in front of one of the big glass windows and prepared to settle in for a nice long “fish-gazing” session.

DH, on the other hand, doesn’t like to stand still for very long, so he left me to my own devices and went to explore the rest of the showcases. Plus, he didn’t see much need to view the aquarium when we have a beautiful one where we live. We’re about twenty minutes away from a “gulfarium” that hosts dolphin, sea lions, and penguin shows. So to spend precious Disney time looking at fish was a bit wasteful, in his opinion.

I didn’t mind being deserted, though. I spotted the sea turtles and stingrays and several variety of fish.

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I’m not sure how long I was at the tanks, but DH eventually returned to get me. He knew I wouldn’t leave without being told to. He took me to the manatee room, where we saw a CM feeding the two rescue animals.

I know a lot of people love manatees, and I understand they are an endangered species, but having lived in Central FL and encountering them on a daily basis…I just don’t get them.

I suppose it’s like me and fish. You either like it or you don’t.

DH had found some smaller tanks downstairs that he thought I would like, so we made our way there.

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We first went into an informational room, where I took a sea-life quiz with Mr. Ray. The questions were a bit more challenging than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. I just assumed the test was designed for young children, but that definitely not the case.

Unfortunately, while I was in the room, I made a goof.

I crossed the room to tell DH about the quiz and saw someone with their back turned wearing a light red shirt, looking at some display case.

I went right up next to them, almost putting my hand on their shoulder, and said, “I did pretty good on that quiz!”

The person who turned to me was not DH!

Aaaaahhhhh….

Me and my poor eyesight.

I mistook the stranger’s red shirt for DH’s orange shirt, and started talking to this man like I’d known him for years.

He looked at me like I had 3 eyes then walked away really fast to go stand next to this girl he was with.

I was so embarrassed!

DH came strolling around the corner and almost laughed at the expression I had on my face. It was a mix of shame, confusion, and amusement.

I told him what had happened, and he burst out laughing.

“That poor man! He probably went over to that girl and was like, ‘You meet all these crazies at these theme parks. I told you we shouldn’t have come here!’”

What made it worse was that they seemed to follow us everywhere we went. That guy probably thought I was nuts.

But, hey, it makes for a great story, right…

Remember that time you chummied up with that stranger at Epcot?

In an effort to stop the incessant blushing filling my cheeks, DH told me about a starfish that was hanging out on one of the tank’s glasses.

Naturally, that was just the cure I needed from overcoming an embarrassing act.

I followed DH into another room, and together we began searching the tanks to see if the starfish was still on the glass.

After circling the third tank we came upon, DH spotted it:
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My only response was: “I want a starfish like that!”

It was tiny, about the size of my nail, and it seemed perfectly content hanging out on display for all the WDW guests to ooh and aah over.

I looked at DH and could see that he was about fished out. Being polite, he didn’t mention his boredom, but I felt like I had made him suffer enough.

“You know, looking at all this water makes me want to swim. What do you say we take a break from the parks and go hang out by the pool for a bit.”

It wasn’t even 1 yet, but I was ready to take a break.

DH thought about it, then said, “Sure, but can we stop at one more place before we leave?”

Sure…

Where?

Up Next…Sum of all Segways.

PirateKate
12-04-2011, 10:54 PM
I love how the queue of The Seas feels like you're really going underwater, but I have heard many people say it's too dark, too. I bet the Imagineers were thinking people would be moving through it slowly, waiting in line, rather than walking right on every time.

Too bad about the mistaken identity. I would have hated to keep seeing the guy all day. :rotfl:

TanzUnited99
12-05-2011, 04:14 PM
I'm glad to hear your house is pretty much sorted and things have calmed down.

Yay on the seagulls shouting 'mine, mine, mine' even if they were a little late! :rotfl:

Thanks for posting pics of the queue - I totally wish I had paid more attention to the details but we didn't have much of a queue and I was just happy to get in a clamobile! I'm glad you enjoyed the fish and lol at thinking someone else was DH!

Shannon84
12-05-2011, 04:41 PM
I love the Seas with Nemo and friends...it is so relaxing on the Finding Nemo ride, I wish it would last a little longer, I like the little clammobiles too :thumbsup2

I was laughing so hard at your story, mainly because ALL the time I am talking to DF walking in a store or somewhere and boom I turn around and he isnt behind me anymore and someone else is :headache: embarassing :rotfl: I am glad that someone else has a similar moment!!

Nermel9
12-05-2011, 06:07 PM
Aren't the seagulls so cute? I would have been upset if I didn't hear them say "mine, mine, mine" too!

I love the queue to the Seas, it's so pretty, but you're right, it is dark! :eek:

OMG, embarrassing, going up to the wrong guy! :rotfl: I have fears of doing that all the time, especially in Disney where there are so many people!

amazingact21
12-22-2011, 10:58 AM
I love how the queue of The Seas feels like you're really going underwater, but I have heard many people say it's too dark, too. I bet the Imagineers were thinking people would be moving through it slowly, waiting in line, rather than walking right on every time.

Too bad about the mistaken identity. I would have hated to keep seeing the guy all day. :rotfl:


I'm sure that was why the queue was so dark, and I'm sure when the attraction first opened that was the case. But now I feel like I need a flashlight to get through there.


I'm glad to hear your house is pretty much sorted and things have calmed down.

Yay on the seagulls shouting 'mine, mine, mine' even if they were a little late! :rotfl:

Thanks for posting pics of the queue - I totally wish I had paid more attention to the details but we didn't have much of a queue and I was just happy to get in a clamobile! I'm glad you enjoyed the fish and lol at thinking someone else was DH!

I loved the queue design and wanted to show my family it, because they are all like me and love the beach.

I love the Seas with Nemo and friends...it is so relaxing on the Finding Nemo ride, I wish it would last a little longer, I like the little clammobiles too :thumbsup2

I was laughing so hard at your story, mainly because ALL the time I am talking to DF walking in a store or somewhere and boom I turn around and he isnt behind me anymore and someone else is :headache: embarassing :rotfl: I am glad that someone else has a similar moment!!

I wish the ride was a little longer, too. It lasts long enough to get you all relaxed and cooled down, and just when you're thinking, "I could sit here all day," a CM is standing in front of you directing you to exit your clamobile.


Aren't the seagulls so cute? I would have been upset if I didn't hear them say "mine, mine, mine" too!

I love the queue to the Seas, it's so pretty, but you're right, it is dark! :eek:

OMG, embarrassing, going up to the wrong guy! :rotfl: I have fears of doing that all the time, especially in Disney where there are so many people!

It was embarrassing, but at least it proved to DH that I really am blind. He always thinks I'm overblowing my lack of eyesight. :rotfl:

amazingact21
12-22-2011, 11:23 AM
Okay, I'll be honest, I just have not been in the TR updating mood. I am, however, going through and editing all the remaining pictures from the trip, which is always the hardest and longest part of TRing for me. I've done about 200 and have about 200 left.


My off-topic post is to say 2 things.

The first:

We're signed up for the Expedition Everest 5K race!:woohoo::yay:

I helped my mom register last Sunday, and Alex and I signed up this past Friday.

Which was a feat for me.

Here is what happened at my house on December 13th.

It was 4:45pm, and I signed on to my facebook. On my wall was a post by runDisney asking guests if they had what it took to face the yeti.

I got all excited, because myself and some other DISboards members were anxiously waiting for registration to open.

I yelled upstairs to Alex, who had just returned from work and was changing out of his uniform and into civilian clothes.

"Alex, the race just opened."

Quickly, I shared the post and tagged my mom so she would be aware, then met Alex at the bottom of the stairs.

He was reaching for his car keys.

"What are you doing?"

Alex, in a deadpan face, answered, "Going to the bank so we can register."

"Alex, it's 4:47...the banks close in 13 minutes."

"I could make it."

"I don't think so."

"I bet I could."

See, Alex knows if he says, 'I bet' he can normally get his way, because I have this odd compulsion to prove him wrong.

Not this time, though. I put my foot down and insisted we did not have to register that very day.


Looking back, I don't see how I got him to wait a week to register. :confused3

But...now all 3 of us are in for sure and I can start really planning our trip in May.
And, in addition to that, Alex's sister called and told us "great news."

She wants to participate, as well.


....


.......

:eek:


Oh, yeah, I almost forgot.....yay.


That'll be explained more in my PTR for the May trip, but let's just say my excitement for the race got turned down a few notches.


And my second off-topic news is:

Alex's family wants to take us to Universal Studios for the day as our Christmas present.

I have never been to Islands of Adventures before, so I'm really excited to explore a new park and see the WWoHP.


BUTTTTTT.......


They told us about the trip last week. Annnnd, they have no plans.

I repeat...THEY HAVE NO PLANS.

I mean, Alex's poor brother didn't even know until last night, when Alex told him about it, and the guy wasn't sure if he could take a day off work without notice.

Alex's family is very, go with the flow. They won't buy tickets until the morning of, won't leave until everyone has gotten up at whatever time they want, won't decide what to do until they get there.


I asked what vehicles we were taking over there, and they said we'd figure it out that morning.


Up until yesterday, they didn't even know what day we were going to visit the park.


:scared1:


Now, since I'm not the one paying for our tickets, I've kept pretty calm and under the radar, because it's not my money I'm wast-spending.

But this brings up a whole new slew of potential hazardous situations.

The first being: his family does not know how type-A I am. In fact, everytime I visit they joke about all those crazy, organized, over planners and thank the heavens they don't have to deal with any of them.
I'm afraid I won't be able to stop myself by saying something small like, "Well, if we go do this attraction first, we can beat some of the crowds." They'll look at me like I'm nuts, then probably get peeved that I'm trying to take over the family vacation day. It will be a true test of my patience to see how I do.

Then there's the problem of them being kind of....mean when it comes to rides. As all of you know from reading my TRs, I'm not a huge thrill rider. Give me BTMRR and SM and I am good.
So, I will most likely be sitting out of the Hulk and Dueling Dragons. I'm glad Alex will get to ride the Hulk, because it's his favorite coaster, and he completely understands my not wanting to go on it.

Buuuttt....his family won't. They'll call me not so nice things and I wouldn't put it past a family member to say I wasted their money on a ticket. They'll even go so far as to make a snide remark to Alex about the wife he picked. It's bad, but they are a very blunt family.


So, I'm excited, but VERY nervous to head to Universal next week. I'm looking at it in a positive light, saying I get to see something new and Alex gets quality family time. Plus, I really want to compare WDW to Universal and see what each theme park has going on that the other does not.
I just hope that I can keep my mouth shut and not freak out about the lack of plans that I will be dealing with. :rotfl:

TanzUnited99
12-22-2011, 12:10 PM
Lol, I've been the same recently! Think I'm going to wait until the new year before my next update!

Yay on registering for the EE race! :yay: Oh no on the excitement getting turned down when Alex's sister decided to join.

That's great news about Universal though I can understand about being nervous about touring with laid back people...hope it all works out and you have a great day! :goodvibes

Nermel9
12-27-2011, 08:42 AM
Yay for signing up for the EE race! I wish we were going in May still, I would totally do that race. Although I really want to do the Royal Family 5K in Feb. I'm so doing it in 2013, I don't care if I have to fly down alone, I'm doing it! :rotfl:

Have a great time at Universal! I'd have a hard time keeping my mouth shut too, but I wouldn't want to take over everything! :laughing:

amazingact21
01-01-2012, 03:41 PM
Happy New Year everyone! Hope 2012 brings great things to everyone. I know Alex and I are ready to start this year, because we have big events planned!

Before I begin the May update, I just wanted to say that we ended up not going to Universal over Christmas break. Alex’s father was in a motorcycle accident Christmas morning. It wasn’t too serious, but he suffered a minor concussion and big aches and pains.
Since the whole day was meant to be a family outing, the trip was put on hold until further notice.


However, all of Alex’s siblings, us, and a boyfriend of one of the sisters went to CityWalk. We saw a movie at the AMC theater, ate dinner at Latin Express, grabbed some TCBY, and walked around. I was not a fan of my dinner at Latin Express, but everyone else seemed really happy with their selection, so I think I just chose the wrong dish. Unfortunately, we were a group of 8 so we automatically had an 18% surcharge added to our bill. I don’t care about that, but as soon as our waiter, Mike, counted heads and realized the gratuity charge, he became a pretty bad server. Alex and I never got a refill on our sodas and he never brought extra sour cream for someone who asked.
It was slightly frustrating because we all watched him give great service and attention to a table right next to ours.
Oh well…

Alex and I also got to say hello to someone we met on the cruise a few months back. His wife, Shannon, is on the DISboards, and we were both honeymooning on the Magic. Alex and Rush (her husband) hit it off and when we were there that day we remembered him saying he worked there. So, as luck would have it, he was working that afternoon and we were able to catch up for a few minutes.

That’s just one form of proof of how great the DISboards can be. Allowing fellow fans of WDW to meet and know one another.


As it’s the first of the new year and my May trip is creeping closer, I’m really antsy to start my PTR. But Alex insists I finish this TR first. Hmmpf, we’ll see…

May 9th Early Afternoon:

Since Nemo was such a huge success, Alex and I wanted to try something else new out. We also felt that since it was our 2nd time at WDW, we needed to explore its hidden corners and learn more about what was inside the park.

So, we headed towards here:
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The building had air conditioning, which, in May was a huge blessing.


We walked around a bit, taking in all the models and demonstrations taking place. Eventually, we came upon the Segway section, a small area that allowed guests to handle a segway for a lap or two.

To me, that sounded embarrassing and stressful. As uncoordinated as I am, I did not want a bunch of strangers watching me struggle on a moving machine.


No, thank you!


But DH was very interested in it. He really wanted to try it and see if he liked them.

There were two or three people waiting in line when Alex signed his name in a binder, probably agreeing that any loss of limb or life would not be blamed on the Walt Disney company.


I took a spot to the side of the festivities and got my camera out, a sick part of me hoping something funny would happen while DH was on the segway so that I could land a fantastic picture.

DH’s turn came around and he went to one of the two open machines:
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While the CM was giving him a brief run-through of how to operate the segway, I couldn’t help but notice this crazy couple also participating in the trail run. The wife had been a few people before Alex, and when she was riding, her husband cut under the ropes and was trying to videotape her in the middle of area.
The CMs kind of freaked out and were saying things like, “Sir, you cannot be in here! Sir, you MUST get back behind the ropes!”

I just shook my head.

I don’t think I could ever blatantly go over a rope line, no matter how bad I wanted to capture a memorable moment. I’m just too much of a rule follower.

The couple didn’t end their antics there, though. After the woman’s turn was up, she started arguing with the CM, her husband quickly joining in, “That’s it? That’s the whole thing? I want to go on it longer.”


The CM was polite and told them that the test run was only to the wall and back, no exceptions.


So the woman ran (and yes, I mean ran) back to the waiting line and prepared herself to go again, all while her husband hung over the rope, technically not going over but pushing his limits.


Alex was too busy listening to what he was supposed to be doing to even notice the scene, so it gave me an amusing story to tell him once he was finished.

Here is DH giving the Segway a try:
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He said he wasn’t too sure about the handling, and he wasn’t a fan of not being in control. (Having to forget 23 years of habit in favor of a machine telling you how to walk can’t be easy.)

I asked him if he’d ever try them again and do the Segway tour, and he said he’d be up for it, so they couldn’t have been too bad.:thumbsup2



With that adventure under our belts, we headed to the other Innovations center to see what else we could find.


That ended up being:
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DH has always been fascinated by building things, so this attraction really drew him in. The actual number of people in the line wasn’t a lot, but due to the fact that only 6-12 people or so could go ahead at a time made the wait a little long.

When it was finally our turn, we were directed into a briefing room, where we watched a video about how cool it is to combine math and science into something fun. The math nerd in me spazzed out a little and I told Alex that this would be the perfect thing to let upper-grade elementary students participate in.

Once the video was done, we were directed to a station, where we designed and named our coaster. Ours was called the Cobra something and had 3 inversions:
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After completing the construction of the ride, we took our card with the information on it and were sent to one of the 4 or so machines. They had little lockers that we put all our things in, and we sat down in this…claw with seats. (Our feet dangled and our arms were exposed.)

A CM lowered a lid over each of our heads, and a screen appeared.


We rode the coaster we made. The screen showed us the “ride” while the claw shook us around.


It was fun and entertaining, but way too short.


A lot of work for 30 seconds of play.


DH seemed to have a wonderful time, though. He debated doing it again, but passed because it was getting late and we wanted a resort break before our dinner later that night.


So, we left Innovations and waved goodbye to the Epcot globe, promising it we’d be back the following day.

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Up Next…You’re Having a Panic Attack, and Your Pocket Book is Having One!

amazingact21
01-02-2012, 10:03 AM
Aaah, I officially start my 5K training today. It’s a little intimidating, because I haven’t ran in 8 months, and for some reason I just have no motivation whatsoever. After I finish on the DISboards, though, I am going to make a new playlist for my Zune and try and make a new ADR for my May trip. Music and food…if that’s not enough to get me off my feet then I don’t know what is.


May 9th Afternoon Break:

Well, the time has come to write the one Disney memory I wish I could forget. I wish I could just skip over it completely, but it sort of set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Alex and I don’t even speak of this at home. We might make an off-hand remark about “that scare at Disney” but otherwise it’s become sort of taboo.

But, for record’s sake, I’ll discuss it here.

Once.

And only once.

And in future reports I will deny it vehemently.

I didn’t almost lose my two week old engagement ring. What are you talking about??? You must have me mistaken with someone else. I would NEVER do such a reckless thing.

Oh, wait, maybe that was me…



Whoops.


DH and I drove back to ASSp and decided the thing we needed after such a nice morning at Epcot was some pool time.

But more importantly, we needed some clean clothes.

And the laundry room just so happened to be next to the pool.

So it was a win-win situation.

We got ourselves into our suits, lathered on enough sunscreen to keep up from burning for a week, and put all our dirty clothes in a bag.

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Have to love our military duffel bag.

We travel in style.


We went into the laundry room and it was a ghost town. Apparently, nobody else found 2 o’clock to be a great “get clothes clean” time.

Meant more machines for us.

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I’d love to say that because these were Walt Disney Resort laundry machines they were more magical.

But alas, you still had to add boring old detergeant and needed to run the dryer twice. (I don’t get why they can’t make dryers that get the clothes completely dry on the first run? We bought new machines on Black Friday and I still have to send the clothes through a second cycle.)


While our clothes were getting washed, we headed out to the pool and found it pretty deserted.


I guess people don’t do their laundry OR go swimming at 2 o’clock. :confused3

We picked a table with an umbrella that way we’d be closer to the laundry room and I’d have a place to put my pool bag.


Because just like every other location I visit, I have to bring 2,873 items along. That afternoon, I was lugging around my cell phone, my book, Alex’s book, extra sunscreen, (because 25 lbs might not be enough, you know) my sunglasses, Alex’s sunglasses, 2 towels, a KTTW card, extra change for the laundry machines, a Sudoku puzzle book, and probably three or four other things.


I don’t get why I have this compulsion to take everything but the kitchen sink with me everywhere I go. But I do…


As we were unpacking all of my life’s belongings on the table, we saw a Mousekeeper checking out our window decorations:
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We thought that was pretty cool. I could just imagine what that guy must have thought about us. “These guests…I don’t get them. They come on vacation and announce to everyone why their here. That’s not normal.”


Alex slipped off his flip-flops and danced to the pool. The downside to having a seat so far away from the pool was that we had to walk across steaming hot pavement to get to and from the water. So we became one of those people who you see doing knee raises between the chairs, yelping, “Ouch, hot, hot, HOT!!!” :sad2:


I opened my book up and read for a couple seconds, then remembered that it was the 9th of May and that I needed to call my older brother and wish him a happy 25th birthday. He didn’t answer so I left him a nice voicemail and hung up.


It was time to hop to(I mean, IN) the pool.

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DH and I swam around for a bit, luxuriating in the knowledge that we were at WDW and were having a great time. There were three young girls swimming around playing Marco Polo, and I got a teensy bit nostalgic.


I was remembering when I was their age and my parents took us kids to WDW. We stayed at the Double Tree by DTD, and it was there that my dad taught me how to float on my back and doggie paddle. And whenever they banished us to the shallow end of the pool, my brothers and I played Marco Polo, having the time of our lives and experiencing that same feeling of wonderment that I was having 13 years later. :cloud9:


About ten minutes passed. Alex and I swam to the center, where Goofy was attempting to shoot water out of his cannon.

And it was then that it happened.


The very bad thing.


I cringe just remembering it.


I was lifting my hands up tap Alex on the shoulders when I noticed my left hand.


There was nothing on it.


There had been something on it for 2 weeks and now there wasn’t.


I kid you not, my eyes bugged out of my head. I got this tunnel vision, where my focused zoomed into my fingers and saw with crystal clarity what was missing.



All I did was gulped in a big gust of air. It sounded sort of like, “Huuhhhhhhh!!!!!”


Immediately, DH froze and looked at me.


Then looked at where I was looking.


Then said…


“No.”


I had no idea what to do. Cry, yell, call the ring police to take me away for being irresponsible.


Instead, I did something very unlike me.


I kept calm.


I think if I had shown just the tiniest form of panic, both DH and I would’ve lost it. So we opted for cool indifference, pretending that it wasn’t a big deal.


That I had simply misplaced a pair of sunglasses or a keychain.

DH mentioned something about the water being really clear and that we would see something glittering at the bottom if it were there.


I took solace in knowing that the pool was empty with the exception of a few other couples on the opposite end of the pool and those three little girls.


Those same girls noticed us searching and feeling around and swam over. Alex asked very nicely if he could borrow their goggles. They asked if we’d lost something, and Alex replied with, “Yes, a ring.”

The girls immediately saw this as an adventure opportunity. They swore allegiance to us and promised to help us recover the lost item.


They were the sweetest girls.


We described the ring to them and they took off, diving back and forth into the water, telling us it would be all right, that they would find it.


Even though it was a terrible situation, I never felt more appreciative. For the girls, it was something new and exciting to do to pass the time, for us, it was a helping hand.


DH jumped out of the pool to check my pool bag, hoping it had gotten lost in the 2,873 items.


No luck.


I was becoming miserable.


The ring was a little loose on my finger, but I wanted to be able to wear it at Disney, so I was planning on getting it resized after we returned. I had thought I was being so careful, constantly making sure it was on my finger. I wasn’t used to wearing a ring on that finger, anyways, so I found myself always twirling it around and looking down at it.


I did not see how this was possible.


I began thinking about all our family members who would be so upset to hear what I’d done.

I thought about the trouble we’d have to go through to figure out if losing the item was covered under the insurance and warranty.


I DID NOT think about Alex, because I was not about to imagine his anger at that moment.


He had gone through a ton of trouble picking out the ring, and it meant so much to him that he had chosen the one that I had been looking at in the store display for months.


Not something you can just re-do if you lose.


He came back into the water and told me to replay the last half hour and see if I could remember the last time I saw the ring.


Okay.


Pool. Don’t remember it.


Laundry room. Don’t remember it.


Packing the pool bag. Don’t remember it.


Sunscreen. Don’t rememb----


Oh.

Oh no.


I gave DH the guiltiest look on the planet.


I really didn’t want to tell him what I had just realized.


But I sort of had no other choice.

I had just thought of the fact that whenever I put sunscreen or any kind of lotion on, I usually removed my rings, because I didn’t want them to get greasy and dirty.


I don’t remember Alex walking.


I remember him flying.


Flying out of the pool.


Flying across the concrete. (Letting one little “HOT!” escape his mouth along the way.)


Flying up the 3 flights of stairs to our room.


Flying through the room’s doorway.


A minute later the door to the room opened, and DH stepped out to where I could see him.


I held my breathe.


“I got it.”


The little girls stopped swimming and turned to me. “He found it?”


I nodded. :worship::worship:


Oh goodness gracious, I had just taken five years off my life.


When DH returned to the pool, he gave me a look that I don’t wanna see again anytime soon. And, of course, I couldn’t blame him. I had just made a very big glitch.


I begged him not to tell anyone about what had happened, and he agreed. And, to this day, nobody but my younger brother knows.


The little girls clambered out of the pool and were drying off. As they did so, they relayed their adventure to their mother.


She put down the book she was reading and looked at us, mouth agape.


“Oh my gosh.”


My embarrassment grew. I knew she was giving me all kinds of judgment, but I really couldn’t blame her. It looked pretty bad.


“Man, you’re having a panic attack,” she said, pointing to me.


I let out a somewhat hysterical laugh.


Lady, you have no idea...

I wish I was having a panic attack. What I was having would be defined as something much worse. Losing my mind, giving myself an ulcer, going nutso...


Then she pointed to Alex, “And your pocket book is having one!”


That comment right there pretty much summed up the whole situation.



After that we had had our fill of the pool. We retrieved our laundry, took it upstairs, and grabbed a nap, hoping that some rest would calm our still-frazzled nerves.


Unfortunately, we were both rattled, tense, and on-edge the rest of the evening.


But that’s a story for another update.



Up Next…Can I Have Extra Teriyaki Sauce, Please?

Shannon84
01-02-2012, 04:19 PM
Sum of all thrills...Tim wanted to do that but I totally talked him out of it :rotfl: the wait was soooo long...but it does look fun!!

I can't believe the crazies at the Segway area...some people amaze me!! I have been on one for a few minutes and was so scared I would fall, I have no sense of balance :rotfl:

OH MY GOSH I would have had an all out panic if I lost my ring...and trust me I lose things like its my job :rotfl: I am so glad you found it!!

Nermel9
01-02-2012, 06:10 PM
That Segway test looks fun, minus the obnoxious people of course! :rotfl: I think I read they don't do that anymore? I kind of wanted to test one out so I would know if I could use it before I book the Segway Tour someday, but I guess I'll find out then! :rotfl: I really want to do that tour, it looks like so much fun! :thumbsup2

OMG I can't believe you lost your ring!!! :scared1: I'm so glad you found it, that would have been awful if you didn't! I got engaged in Disney and my ring was too big too, but I wanted to wear it, so I wrapped a band aid around it to keep it tight! But still, I obsessively checked my finger to make sure it was there! :laughing:

I need to restart the Couch to 5K soon...problem is, I don't have a treadmill, it's way too cold outside, and I'm not sure if I want to join the gym and have random people watching me attempt to run, it's not a pretty sight! :confused3 I might just have to suck it up and buy a treadmill! Ugh! One of my resolutions for this year is to do a Disney 5K! :yay:

UGAFan0829
01-03-2012, 09:23 AM
Ok, wow...my blood pressure is up just a bit after reading the last installment. I can only imagine what yours was like. Wow...:scared1:

I love that y'all checked out Sum of All Thrills...I've been wanting to try that for some time, so hopefully we can on the next trip!

How exciting that you're all signed up for Expedition Everest! I know that is going to be a blast. Though, I do have to say that I'm a bit intrigued as to why your excitement level has come down a bit since Alex's sister announced that she's coming with.

Speaking of running, are you following a particular plan for your 5K training??

Can't wait for more!!

amazingact21
01-03-2012, 11:43 AM
Sum of all thrills...Tim wanted to do that but I totally talked him out of it :rotfl: the wait was soooo long...but it does look fun!!

I can't believe the crazies at the Segway area...some people amaze me!! I have been on one for a few minutes and was so scared I would fall, I have no sense of balance :rotfl:

OH MY GOSH I would have had an all out panic if I lost my ring...and trust me I lose things like its my job :rotfl: I am so glad you found it!!


Well, if there's ever a time when you want to do something at Epcot that Tim doesn't want to participate in, send him over to Sum of all Thrills. I think for any guy or girl who likes video games and/or building things this is a great attraction. However, the wait was pretty brutal.


That Segway test looks fun, minus the obnoxious people of course! :rotfl: I think I read they don't do that anymore? I kind of wanted to test one out so I would know if I could use it before I book the Segway Tour someday, but I guess I'll find out then! :rotfl: I really want to do that tour, it looks like so much fun! :thumbsup2

OMG I can't believe you lost your ring!!! :scared1: I'm so glad you found it, that would have been awful if you didn't! I got engaged in Disney and my ring was too big too, but I wanted to wear it, so I wrapped a band aid around it to keep it tight! But still, I obsessively checked my finger to make sure it was there! :laughing:

I need to restart the Couch to 5K soon...problem is, I don't have a treadmill, it's way too cold outside, and I'm not sure if I want to join the gym and have random people watching me attempt to run, it's not a pretty sight! :confused3 I might just have to suck it up and buy a treadmill! Ugh! One of my resolutions for this year is to do a Disney 5K! :yay:

I've also heard that the Segways are not there anymore, so I'm glad DH was able to try it then.

That was one of the scariest moment I've had at WDW. And, amusingly enough, I haven't had one issue with my ring since then.


I was really dragging my feet when starting the C25K program. I think I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do it again. That, and I knew how much it was going to hurt. :rotfl:
I want to use a treadmill to train, but I am waiting until I become a little stronger of a runner. Like you, I don't want people to watch me and judge my skills. :laughing: Not to mention, Alex works at the base gym so all his coworkers will have to see his wife floundering on the machines....I don't think I'm ready for that.

I love that one of your goals is to do a Disney 5K. I have fallen in love with runDisney, and I can't seem to get enough. It's made me actually want to run/train. One of our "lifetime" goals is to complete the Coast to coast challenge.

If you were still going in May, I would totally try my hardest to convince you to do the Expedition Everest 5K. Just because I know that one is a ton of fun, and the scavenger hunt adds a bit more excitement to it.

However, I don't doubt that any 5K will be amazing. After all, anything Disney does is above and beyond perfection.:thumbsup2


Ok, wow...my blood pressure is up just a bit after reading the last installment. I can only imagine what yours was like. Wow...:scared1:

I love that y'all checked out Sum of All Thrills...I've been wanting to try that for some time, so hopefully we can on the next trip!

How exciting that you're all signed up for Expedition Everest! I know that is going to be a blast. Though, I do have to say that I'm a bit intrigued as to why your excitement level has come down a bit since Alex's sister announced that she's coming with.

Speaking of running, are you following a particular plan for your 5K training??

Can't wait for more!!


Definitely give Sum of all Thrills a try on your next trip if the line isn't too bad. I don't think a lot of guests really check out Innovations, so if you go at the right time, the wait time "should" be short.

I'm really excited to be signed up for the 5K. Alex and I talk about it on a pretty regular basis.

The excitement level issue just comes from some added stress to the trip. Originally, it was going to be myself and Alex on a team and my mother as a single runner. The plan was for each of us to do our own run and scavenger hunt (calling each other on the phone if we needed help with a clue) then meeting up after the race to ride the attractions.

We made it very clear to the sisters that my mom was going to be there and that she was my priority after Alex, and they sort of just ignored us and went through with it anyways.

Well, now that his sisters (found out both of them are doing it) we're not sure how it's going to work out. Mainly because we are going to have our own schedule and they won't exactly be happy to not see us during the event. (meaning, we will be spending the morning in a park and the afternoon napping, and they will want to meet up with us early, which won't happen.)

Annnndddd....my mother isn't exactly a fan of either of the girls. They burned her pretty bad at our wedding, and my mom would prefer not to be around them. And, knowing what happened, I can't really blame her. (Honestly, I don't really get along with them either, but seeings as their my family I have to suck it up and deal.)

So, Alex and I are now facing the problem of making 3 other people happy, and it's looking like we'll be splitting up after the race. Me with my mom, Alex with his sisters, which just bums us a little because we do like to spend time together in the parks.

TanzUnited99
01-03-2012, 12:28 PM
Happy New Year!

I'm sorry to hear about Alex's dad being involved in an accident but am glad to read it was nothing too serious.

I'm sad that the Segway course is no longer at Innoventions but yay on Alex enjoying it.

OMG on losing your ring!!!! Wow I was nervous for you whilst reading the story!! :rotfl2: Yay on Alex saving the day and locating your ring - I don't blame you for wanting to forget that incident ever took place!

amazingact21
01-03-2012, 01:01 PM
May 9th Evening:

DH and I woke up from a nap rested, but still a little antsy from the earlier event. The shirt I was wearing that morning was still drying so I had to throw on something else, and I ended up matching Alex again. *sigh* I promise, we don’t do it intentionally, it just happens.

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We got into the car and zoomed off to our most anticipated dinner of the trip.

Alex’s favorite restaurant…Kona Café!


Yes, we had just eaten breakfast there the previous Saturday, but in our minds, you could never get enough Kona.


We passed through this beautiful sign:

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And were directed into the parking lot.


Never one to forget previous errors, we took our mandatory photo of our parking spot.:laughing:


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I tried to think about what this lot is now that they changed it, but I’m not sure. I’m thinking Jafar, but I’m not positive. I know that the Heroes/Villains theme is very popular, but I will kind of miss the old names. I liked the classic characters, such as Happy.



Anyways…we went to the resort monorail to an empty line and boarded the next available monorail.


We proceeded to the Polynesian stop, exited, went to the left upon entering the resort, checked in for our 5:30pm dinner, and were seated within 10 minutes.

They placed us in a booth at the back of the restaurant. The table was huge, and I almost felt a little guilty for taking up so much space for 2 people.

We were both looking forward to our meal and happy as clams. I kept telling myself, “This couldn’t get better. I’m eating at my favorite WDW restaurant, and later, we’re going to do one of our favorite things…nighttime EMH at Magic Kingdom.”

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Our waitress came over to take our drink orders and bring us bread.


Excuse me…THE bread.


THE bread consisted of Hawaiin bread with a macadamia nut butter. I had some of it 5 months prior, and I could still remember the taste vividly.
Soft, sweet bread, with a creamy spread on top.


My mouth is watering as I type this, and my stomach is yelling at me, “It’s not polite to tease us like this!!!”:rotfl:


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When the waitress placed it on the table, my first thought was, “Yay, it’s closer to me! First dibs!” Great way of thinking on an engagement trip, but if you’ve tried this bread before, you know that your other family member are thinking the exact same thing.


Alex and I ended up getting the teriyaki steak with rice and vegetables, and I got a virgin Pina Colada.

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I had ordered the coconut almond chicken last time, and it was good; I just wasn’t in the mood for the greens that night.


The teriyaki’s what makes this dish so delicious. I know I rant about the bread, but the main dish is just as good. It’s one of those meals where you’ve stuffed yourself to the brim, but you feel like you have one more bite left in you, and you can’t decide whether or not to go for the remaining piece of steak on your plate or take one more chunck out of the bread.


And such are the worries while at Disney World….Do I take the steak or bread. Steak or bread? Bread or steak? I don’t know, I don’t know!:confused3


Halfway through our meal, Alex said, “I think I’m going to ask for some extra teriyaki sauce.”

To which I got a little frazzled. The reason comes from 2 facts.

Number 1: Alex drowns all his food in extra sauce. No lie. His chicken sandwiches…you can’t see them through the ketchup. His rice….it’s black from all the soy sauce.

Number 2: I was terribly afraid that DH’s need of extra sauce would insult the chefs at Kona. I was terribly afraid they’d be like, “What, my steak isn’t good enough, you have to drown it in teriyaki to mask the taste?” Plus, I am bad about not liking to inconvenience people. I could see that our waitress was swamped with a ton of people at each of her tables, and I didn’t want to make her job harder.

I know, I know, it’s ridiculous, and I’m slowly getting better about it. But, remember, my nerves were fried and I just wanted to eat my meal with no uncomfortable moments.


So, for about five minutes our conversation went like this:

“Can I ask for some extra sauce?”

“No.”

“Why?”

“I just don’t want to bother the waitress.”

*Insert DH sighing due to him realizing I was in one of those crazed moods* “Okay.”

“Do you think Main Street will already be crowded when we get there?”

“Probably.”

“Yeah.”

“Can I please just ask, Alicia, it won’t bother her.”

“I don’t really want you to, but if you feel like you have to have it.”

“Fine, I’ll leave it be. What do you want to ride first.”

“You know me, I’ll want to check for Space Mtn fastpasses.”

“Cool. Look here she comes, it’ll just take a second.”

“Fine!”


DH ordered his teriyaki sauce, and I sat and ate the rest of my dinner, thinking how dumb we were both being.


The waitress returned with a little cup and set it on the table.

Alex went to pick it up, and…

It slipped out of his fingers.


Spilling all over the table.:lmao:



We both just sat there and laughed.


All that hassle just to have DH spill all of it.


“Can I ask for another-“


“NO!”



We laughed some more.



As bad as the moment was, it was such a perfect distraction. Neither of us had had much of a reason to laugh since the pool, and it was such a relief to find comedic relief after a scary event.


It took forever for our giggles to die down, because not only were we laughing at the irony of the situation, we were finally letting out our complete amazement that we had dodged such a bad bullet. We were both thinking, “Holy crap, did I really just lose my ring…I’ve never seen Alex so freaked…oh man, I can’t believe I’d be that dumb.”


Your emotions do weird things when you get over a scary moment, and ours decided to go into hysterical laughter in the middle of a restaurant.


This was DH’s plate with his teriyaki mess:


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Once our dinner plates were taken away, we received the desserts we’d ordered:

DH chose some kind of chocolate torte without the berries:

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At the time, he enjoyed it, but I don’t think any Disney dessert is going to match his adoration of the Chocolate Souffle on the cruise lines now. That’s his one true love, and now everything else is just runner up.



I, however, still love my dessert choice from Kona. It’s on the top 3 of my favorites. The white chocolate cheesecake:

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I couldn’t finish the whole thing, though. It’s just too rich after a ton of bread and steak.



The two of us paid our bill, left the restaurant, and hopped on another empty monorail.


It was about 7 o’clock, and the sun was just beginning to think about setting, which made the views from the monorail gorgeous.


We passed the grand Floridian, then the Wedding Pavilion.

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I looked at it a little longingly. I think both DH and I had a split-second fantasy of getting married there, but we let it go as soon as the building was out of sight. As amazing as a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding would be, both of us knew (even after being engaged for 2 weeks) that neither us nor my family could afford a wedding there.


It was a nice thought, though.:cloud9:


Up ahead, we saw what will always be a breathtaking sight for me.

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The castle and Space Mountain rising high in the sky.


Even knowing I was about to enter the park, I got a little misty eyed. No matter how many times I say it, the phrase still amazed me.

“I’m on the monorail heading towards Cinderella’s Castle and Space Mountain.”


Every time I see those two landmarks, I think about how many times I WISH I were looking at that sight, and I get a tad bit sad. I think about how in a few day’s time, I’ll be back to my normal life routine, and how in a few month’s, I’ll be looking at pictures trying to remember how it felt to be in such a magical place.


I love Hollywood Studios for its excitement.

I love Epcot for its versatility.

I love Animal Kingdom for its animals and conservation theme.

But none of them give me that complete, unbridled, childish joy that Magic Kingdom does.


I looked over at Alex and simply said, “Can you believe it? We’re back!”


He just smiled back at me.


I looked back at the castle, and as we crept closer and closer to it, I tried to envision what new memories we’d make this time in the park. Last time we were there, we got to stop in an empty hub and have the whole center to ourselves to gaze upon the castle adorned in its Christmas lights. Last time, we rode the teacups and giggled so hard we forgot we were 2 grown adults.


What would happen this time?


Up Next…Where’s Wishes?

Nermel9
01-03-2012, 07:20 PM
Do you think it's harder to train on a treadmill than outside? That's strange, I always thought it was easier on a treadmill! Did you know anything about running before you did the C25K? I mean, when I started it last year, I just started. I didn't stretch, I didn't even buy running shoes (I would have if I kept up with it, but I quit after I got stuck on Week 3 for about 3 weeks!), I know nothing about running! :confused3

If you were still going in May, I would totally try my hardest to convince you to do the Expedition Everest 5K. Just because I know that one is a ton of fun, and the scavenger hunt adds a bit more excitement to it.

I would LOVE to do that one, the scavenger hunt sounds like so much fun, but the obstacles freak me out! :scared1:

Anyway, great update! I love Kona, I've been reading a lot of bad reviews of it lately, and I just don't get it, we loved our dinner there! :confused3 Loved the teriyaki sauce story, I hate asking servers for extra things, I don't want to bother them!

You just made me so sad, because I'm not on the monorail approaching the Magic Kingdom right now. Seriously, reading that whole description almost made me want to cry, and run into Brandon's room and say "WE'RE GOING TO DISNEY IN MAY AND THAT'S FINAL!" :laughing: (Nope, I still haven't given up hope that we're going...)

amazingact21
01-04-2012, 04:28 PM
Do you think it's harder to train on a treadmill than outside? That's strange, I always thought it was easier on a treadmill! Did you know anything about running before you did the C25K? I mean, when I started it last year, I just started. I didn't stretch, I didn't even buy running shoes (I would have if I kept up with it, but I quit after I got stuck on Week 3 for about 3 weeks!), I know nothing about running! :confused3


I had a little bit of knowledge about running simply from the fact that Alex works at a gym and has gone through a lot of training courses. However, before I did the C25K last year, I hadn't ran in a year and a half, so I was starting from scratch.
I've never actually ran on a treadmill before. I find that if I want running to keep my interest, I have to do it outside. Even running on a track kills me, because I'm just going around in a bunch of circles. :rotfl:

As far as preparing goes...I would suggest getting good running shoes. I'm sure you know the spewl about hurting your feet and adding unneeded stress. My mom and actually went to this class that lectured us on proper "running stances" and recorded us on a treadmill in slow motion to tell us what kind of shoe we needed based on how our feet fell when we hit the ground. :confused3
And, something that was knew to me, you shouldn't stretch before you run, only afterwards. Alex gave me this long lecture about how it could hurt your muscles, and blah blah blah.
In effect, there's really no wrong way to start running.

I got stuck on Week 4 for 3 weeks last time. I just couldn't get that 5 minutes straight knocked out.

And this time, I'm doing each week twice, just to be sure I mastered it.


I would LOVE to do that one, the scavenger hunt sounds like so much fun, but the obstacles freak me out! :scared1:

Anyway, great update! I love Kona, I've been reading a lot of bad reviews of it lately, and I just don't get it, we loved our dinner there! :confused3 Loved the teriyaki sauce story, I hate asking servers for extra things, I don't want to bother them!

You just made me so sad, because I'm not on the monorail approaching the Magic Kingdom right now. Seriously, reading that whole description almost made me want to cry, and run into Brandon's room and say "WE'RE GOING TO DISNEY IN MAY AND THAT'S FINAL!" :laughing: (Nope, I still haven't given up hope that we're going...)

I don't see how people dislike Kona. I think it tends to get overshaowed by Ohana's.:confused3

Sorry to make you sad! I became a little sad when I saw the picture, because I wanted to go back so badly! And hey, you never know, Brandon might claim to be burned out on WDW, but 5 months is a longggg time; he might change his mind, especially since it will be your anniversary and that's where you guys honeymooned. Here's to hoping! :laughing:

sjlupin
01-04-2012, 05:50 PM
I've read your whole TR Alicia. It is GREAT!!

I feel nostalgic thinking about the trip DH and I just took for our anniversary and super excited about DS and I going in May for EEC. :cool1:

MEK
01-04-2012, 05:55 PM
OMG - Your ring story had me on the edge of my seat. Can I just tell you that every person must misplace their engagement ring at least once. I am so glad it was found in a logical place and not at the bottom of the pool or in the washing machine. Phew.

Dinner looks lovely and that is a very cool picture of the castle and space mountain.

Congrats on registering for the EE run!

TanzUnited99
01-05-2012, 03:02 PM
Lol that's funny how you both ended up with matching shirts again unintentionally! :rotfl:

OMG your description of the BREAD had my mouth watering and took me back to when I had it at Kona!! I think I more or less ate the whole thing...there was no way I was sharing that little beauty! :lmao:

I also had that Teriyaki Steak and it was yummy. Haha I'm guessing you'll remember this meal because of the sauce story.

amazingact21
01-06-2012, 09:57 AM
I've read your whole TR Alicia. It is GREAT!!

I feel nostalgic thinking about the trip DH and I just took for our anniversary and super excited about DS and I going in May for EEC. :cool1:

Thanks for reading! Special celebration trips are so nice. :love: DH and I already miss our Disneymoon and it's only been 3 months. :laughing:


OMG - Your ring story had me on the edge of my seat. Can I just tell you that every person must misplace their engagement ring at least once. I am so glad it was found in a logical place and not at the bottom of the pool or in the washing machine. Phew.

Dinner looks lovely and that is a very cool picture of the castle and space mountain.

Congrats on registering for the EE run!

As long as I never lose it again, I'm all right. I think Alex would disown me if I made him go through that all over again.


Lol that's funny how you both ended up with matching shirts again unintentionally! :rotfl:

OMG your description of the BREAD had my mouth watering and took me back to when I had it at Kona!! I think I more or less ate the whole thing...there was no way I was sharing that little beauty! :lmao:

I also had that Teriyaki Steak and it was yummy. Haha I'm guessing you'll remember this meal because of the sauce story.


That bread was so delicious! I can buy Hawaiian bread in stores, but I can't find that butter, and that's what makes it so special.

amazingact21
01-06-2012, 10:51 AM
May 9th Evening:


DH and I exited the monorail, my moment of sadness forgotten.


We were at Magic Kingdom!


DH stepped off to the left to try and get a good photo of the train station while I went through bag check.


It took me a few minutes to get through the line; a lot of people had chosen this park to spend their night in. When I finally got through it, I found DH patiently waiting where I left him.


“What’s up?”


He kind of furrowed his eyebrows. “I can’t get a good shot of the station.”


“Why?”


“That woman,” he pointed to a lady standing on a concrete ledge, “won’t get off that spot.”


“Well, give her a second. She’ll take her picture and move on.”


“Alicia, she’s been there for five minutes already.”


Yikes.


So we waited a few more minutes, hoping the woman would get her shot and move on, but no luck.


We ended up just having to include her in our photos::laughing:

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I almost wanted to laugh at the situation, because the lady was STILL there when we left. She was like a statue, camera raised to her face, arms up.


She never moved!:confused3


I was impressed with her determination.



We put out tickets through the turnstiles and walked onto Main Street into this:

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Madness!


Main Street was swamped. It was the first time the whole trip that we ran into crowds.

I expected it to be busy being evening Extra Magic Hours and the Electrical Parade night, but that took me by surprise.


It was only a little after 7 o’clock and the parade was schedule for 9:30.


I mean, Alex and I stake out spots hours ahead of time, but we’re the exception. Normally spots next to us don’t fill up until about 30 minutes prior to showtime.

I guess everyone got the memo to sit down early that night.


I had tossed the idea around in my head about catching Wishes, but with these crowds I decided to skip it.


We dodged and weaved our way down Main Street and towards Tomorrowland. The castle looked especially nice that evening.

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We headed over to Space Mtn and grabbed two fastpasses for 10:45pm, fifteen minutes before EMH were to start.


Perfect.

Then we swung to the right and made our way through Fantasyland. There was no way we were going near the hub until the fireworks were over.

I watched the teacups go round and took a peek at the gates blocking off the new Fantasyland. Back then I didn’t know too much about what was going to be in the new part of the park, so I became excited at the mystery of it all.

Unfortunately, Fantasyland was just as busy as Main Street. Parents were trying to get their children on one last Dumbo ride and others were using their Peter Pan FPs. Through all the mayhem, I did stop and look at the sun setting in the sky.


It was gorgeous.

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I was very happy with our decision to take it easy and just walk around for awhile. It’s one of DH and I’s favorite pastimes in the parks.

We made it to the carousal and the back of the castle, and I played around with the camera for a bit, trying to get an amazing shot of the carousal in action with the castle looming in the background.


It would’ve been a beautiful shot.


But for some reason, the castle had a big box around the bottom of it.


Sort of took away from the magic a little bit.

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DH finally convinced me to move on, so we traveled past IASW and came upon Haunted Mansion. The wait time was posted at 10 minutes, and this was an attraction we hadn’t gone on last December.


Great.:thumbsup2


We walked up to the part where the line splits into 2 parts. There was no sign telling us what was different about the lines, and I had no idea that they had put in an interactive queue, so we stood there for a couple seconds, puzzled.

“Which way do we go?”

We had no clue, so we said, “Hey, let’s go the left. Why not?”

We ended up picking the interactive queue line, which turned out to be a good choice.

It was fun seeing the books and the Captain’s watery grave. Due to the dark lighting, I only got one good shot of the whole thing:

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It took about 20 minutes to get to the front of the line. Longer than we’d anticipated, but no big deal in the end.


A CM led us to a room and closed the door.


And I fell in love with the intro.

I’d only gone on HM once, when I was 13, and I didn’t remember much, because I was with my friend and we talked the entire time.


So to experience it as an adult was amazing.


I loved the stretching part, and I was totally enthralled with the ceiling scene (you know what I’m referring to).


I could simply watch the intro over and over again and be perfectly content.


DH and I made our way to our doom buggies (there goes the cool vehicle names again…) and rode off into the darkness.

The ride stopped briefly at the scene with the ghosts dancing in the dining room, which was the best stopping spot we could’ve asked for. DH and I pointed out new sights and watched all the special effects closely.


That five minute pause was like a nice little gift to us.


We weren’t expecting the end of the ride with the hitchhiking ghosts and ended up laughing at our ghost chilling out on the top of our buggy. (That ended up being Alex’s favorite part.)

In the end, DH and I thoroughly enjoyed the attraction. In fact, it immediately became DH’s favorite dark ride.


By the time we got off the ride, it was fully dark. Time to experience MK at night.


Our personal favorite!

We walked past BTMRR and saw the wait time was longer than we wanted to deal with, so we skipped past that and Splash Mtn.


The two of us kept walking until we came upon an empty POTC queue.


My favorite dark ride!


I held such fond memories of the two us us riding Pirates at 2 o’clock in the morning last December, when it was freezing out, and we dreaded stepping out of the gift shop and into the cold night.


Thinking back on it, we made our way into the ride.

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Can you tell I was ridiculously excited to ride Pirates again?

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We were seated in Row 6 in an almost empty boat, and the two of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I enjoy the beginning of the ride, when you go through the mist apparition of Davy Jones, but my all time favorite part is the cannon fight between the two ships.

You really feel as if you’re in open water and you can feel the mist spray on your face from a cannon hitting the water.


And you smell the Disney water.


It’s a unique scent, and I always smell it during that scene.


Might be a tad bit weird…but I do.


After the ride was over, we had to take a picture in front of the mast.

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We continued on our way, hearing the Main Street Electrical Parade in the distance.


It has a very distinctive soundtrack.


Some could say it borders on annoying…


The crowds seemed to be thinning the closer we got to the exit of Adventureland, so we decided to see what Main Street looked like, out of curiosity.


The Adventureland sign.

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I love that bridge into the land.


We came out by Crystal Palace, and….


That led us into utter madness!


But that’s for the next update.

Up Next…Where’s Wishes?

TanzUnited99
01-08-2012, 03:31 PM
Wow at the crowds at MK and you've got to give that woman points for having the guts to stay on that podium for so long as she probably was in a lot of other peoples photos :laughing: It must have been annoying though.

I love your shot of the castle and enjoyed HM as well.

amazingact21
01-11-2012, 10:35 AM
May 9th Night:


You know how sometimes you do something you KNOW is a bad idea, and yet, for some inexplicable reason, you truly believe the end result might turn out well. For example, when you’re walking out the door in the morning, and you remember you left something inside the house. You could turn back, dig your keys out of your pocket, unlock the door, make the animals go crazy, and get said item from its spot on the kitchen counter or on top of the printer in the office.

Or you could go ahead, get in the car, and head off to your day, thinking that there’s no way you’ll need the item that day.
And then you get to work and realize that that work-related receipt needed to be filed that day. The one sitting on the printer. Or you get to the grocery store and you remember that the list of ingredients you needed for the evening’s dinner is on that list, lying on the counter.

It never works out, and yet, as human beings, we have this built in hope that it will.


Well, in the case of our Magic Kingdom night, I fell into that crazy hope that we weren’t getting ourselves into a pickle.

I should’ve just went back inside and grabbed the paper…




Alex and I walked out of Adventureland and were slammed by fellow guests.

It was like a tidal wave!


Adults towered over us, blocking our view, strollers bit our ankles, pushing us in whatever direction they were headed, and small children kept putting their sticky hands on our arms, causing us to do the, “Meh! Ah,” cringe sideways scuffle.

(Not saying we were horrified by the kids, just reluctant to get ice cream and sticky lollipops on ourselves.)


There were guests behind us, pushing us forward in order to get to the exit of the park.


There were guests in front of us, attempting to push us back to Adventureland, because that’s where the flow was trying to head to.


And all around us there were guests standing stock still. Feet planted so firmly on the ground, I thought for a moment they were cemented there.


The motionless people were defiantly trying to defend their territory, their faces mentally screaming, “I’ve stood here for 2 hours, 45 minutes, and 7 seconds to let my kid see the fireworks. I’m hot, tired, and I kinda have to pee, don’t mess with me!”

I, for one, was not trying to get in their way. I’m one of those people who stake out their spot hours ahead of time and don’t let grumpy parents intimidate me into giving their young ones a spot in front of me.


I didn’t want these people’s spots.


Actually, I didn’t know WHAT I wanted.


Why in the heck had I walked us into this madness?!?


We didn’t have many options on what to do. We were at the mercy of the whims of the other guests.


Luckily, they cut us a break and opened a tiny gap in front of us while they closed around on our right and left.


With no place else to go, we were swept to the open section.


That dumped us in front of a tree with a concrete seat around it.


The second we were through the gap, it closed up, and we could see that we had to move forward or risk being trampled.


Only half the bench was filled, so DH and I sat down on two empty spots.


If we had to deal with this insanity, at least we were going to be off our feet.


All around us, every square inch of space was filling up.


We just sat there and thought, “Go with the flow…just go with the flow. Once Wishes is over people will leave and the park will be nicer.”


I tried to distract myself by taking a few pictures of Crystal Palace and the castle.
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Every minute that passed made the crowd issue worse. DH and I just kept up a steady conversation while the EP ended while some people got up and left.

Unfortunately, the situation escalated into the land of unbearable when the Magic, the Memories, and You started.

DH had a pretty decent view of the castle, so he began taking some pictures of the show.


I tried my hardest NOT to watch, because I was planning on watching it the following night. Before the trip, I had avoided listening to the music and watching youtube videos, because I wanted it to be a surprise to me.


These are some of the shots Alex captured while I was humming to myself.

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What helped me was that there was a cluster of trees in front of us, partially blocking my view.


What caused the crowds to lose their minds?


Those same cluster of trees…


After a couple of seconds of the show, people began realizing that they couldn’t see what was happening on the castle.


And you wanna see a perfect demonstration of mob mentality?


Sit at that spot during the night shows.:scared1:


One man started yelling that he couldn’t see, which was echoed by several mothers.

Then the kids started screaming that they wanted to see the show.

Families began making a mad dash farther ahead, literally pushing people out of the way with their stroller, trying to get into a non-existent spot.


People looked back at these intruders like, “Cut it out!”


One guy even looked like he was about to hit someone when a father rammed his stroller into the back of his leg…continuously.


And if that wasn’t enough…guests were trying to use that area as a gateway to and from Adventureland. This one woman with a toddler-aged son in his stroller tried to cut through the sidewalk directly in front of us.


Of course there were people standing wall to wall right there.


But she saw about five inches of space and she said, “I’ll make them move.”


Which caused her to end up pushing the stroller against people’s backs, in hopes they’d move forward a few feet. Like that was even possible.


In doing that, she also preceeded to run over Alex’s feet over and over again.


Now, we’d already been dealing with our feet being ran over. It was bound to happen in that situation.


And up until then, the driver of the stroller would turn around and apologize.


We saw no big deal in it. They weren’t doing it intentionally.


But this lady was, in fact, doing it in with the hopes that we’d all move away.


Alex was….

….

……

Explosive.:mad:


Yeah, that’s a good description for him.


Now, you must understand. My husband has the patience of Job. This man can keep calm under any circumstance, and he never takes things too seriously. He usually just lets junk roll off his shoulders and moves on with his life.


So, to irritate my husband is to really cross the line.

Even if the woman had apologized, Alex would probably have immediately been cool and gone back to his normal, go-with-the-flow self.


But she didn’t.


In fact, she kept cutting him sidelong glances, seeing if DH would lift his feet up.


Instead, DH let out a loud, “OW! Lady, have some courtesy, watch where the heck you’re going!”


The woman threw DH an insincere look and finally moved on. I looked over at him, and all I could think was, “Oh man…he’s going to blow. He’s about to flip out. And this is all my fault. I should’ve known not to go near the hub, I saw those crowds earlier.”

To add to the misery, parents started letting their kids climb around the tree, in hopes that they’d get to catch some of the show. One little boy was crawling all over our backs, pushing us, kicking us with his little feet.

I’m really not trying to sound anti-kid right now. I don’t mind children. I used to work in a childcare center. If anyone without children of their own knows how to deal with toddlers, it’s me.


I just did not appreciate the parents letting them loose on us.


Once the Magic, the Memories, and You was over, the crowd instantly began to buzz. There were a couple fireworks at the end, so a nice chunk of the guests thought that was it for the night.


Magically, people began swarming towards the exits.


Hallelujah!:cool1:

I
n fact, pretty much everyone that was around us left, giving us a split second opportunity to dash towards Adventureland.

But then…

The intercoms came on.


Nooooooo!!!


I shouted to DH, “Don’t tell them!”



It made both of laugh.


“Ladies, and gentleman, boys and girls, Wishes, our celebration in the sky will begin in five minutes.”

Gah!



All of a sudden, people walking stopped and scrambled over to where we were, once again filling up all the free space around us.


Drats…



We fell into the same predicament, settling in for another 15 minutes of agony.



Wishes began and this is all we saw:

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Sitting to my left were 2 mothers (obviously friends) with a couple small kids. They were being blissfully respectful, but I could hear their disappointment in their conversation.

One of their little boys asked their mom in a voice that I could tell was on the verge of tears, “Mommy, where’s Wishes?”

Not only was the boy sounding like he was going to cry, so did his mother. She politely told her son that they couldn’t see them, then turned to her friend and just said, “I can’t believe we did this.”

They shared a few more sentences, then I heard the same woman, who was definitely about to cry, shout, “They lied! This isn’t the happiest place on earth!”



I felt bad for this group. I could tell without looking that this woman was exhausted. And her son not being able to see Wishes was like the straw breaking her back. I almost wanted to say something encouraging or at least give her some tips, but I felt like the last thing she needed at the moment was a stranger telling what she had been doing wrong and what she SHOULD have been doing.


I just hate it when I see people not enjoying the magic of Disney. Because I have no doubt that they looked forward to the trip and fantasized about all the astonishing memories they’d create while there. I know how upset I become when one little thing turns upside down; I couldn’t imagine how disheartened it must have been to them to not have one thing go the way they’d planned.


By that point I was tired, my feet were aching from being ran over by numerous strollers, and I was feeling crummy that Disney’s name was tarnished in someone’s mind by other, unkind guests.


I was ready to leave.


Wishes had only been playing for a minute, when I turned to DH and said, “Screw it, let’s go.”


If everyone else wanted to push, jostle, and be rude to me…I could find a functional escape route.


DH and I grabbed hands and barreled, twisted, and dived our way to the Adventureland bridge.



We were free!!!!!:woohoo:


Our nerves were completely shot, but just being away from the crowds helped us tremendously.


Although…I felt like I needed a reward for all my trials and tribulations.


Aahh, there, up ahead.

:love:

A magnificant stand adorned in pineapples called my name.


I purchased my beautiful Dole Whip float and everything in the world righted itself.


So we had a bad experience in Magic Kingdom.


Who cared.:confused3



We had 3 hours of Extra Magic Hours to let the park make it up to us.


And for me, it started with my float.

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We sat down at a table by the stand and listened to Wishes.



Listening to Wishes was so much better in an un-crowded area and with a Dole whip.



We sat there for a few minutes after Wishes ended, reorienting ourselves. We just couldn’t catch a break, it seemed like. From the ring incident, to the dinner accident, to this.


It just, plain and simple, was not our night.



Then, when we felt like we’d recovered, DH and I headed towards the rides.



Up Next…Put Your Bag Down, Sweetheart.

UGAFan0829
01-11-2012, 12:10 PM
Wow!! What an evening experience! I can't imagine what those crowds were like. Neither the DH or myself do well with them, so I can only guess what it would have been like. And the lady running over his feet with the stroller would have been icing on the cake. I'm glad he finally said something!

I'm so glad you were able to excape over to Aloha Isle...I can't imagine things that are much more magical that listening to Wishes while indulging in one of those succulent treats...Heaven for sure!

I'm glad that you still had plenty of time left in the park...and I sure hope it ended better than it started!

Nermel9
01-11-2012, 05:48 PM
OMG. That whole MMY/Wishes experience sounds awful. I can't believe people were actually yelling "I can't see" for the MMY show. Uh, hello, don't they clearly say the show will be ON Cinderella Castle?

I'm glad your DH said something to the woman with the stroller. It makes me kind of regret not saying something to those people at the Halloween parade! :rotfl:

They shared a few more sentences, then I heard the same woman, who was definitely about to cry, shout, “They lied! This isn’t the happiest place on earth!”

Isn't Disneyland the happiest place on earth? :rolleyes1

Don't worry, you don't sound anti-kid at all. There's nothing wrong with expecting kids to behave and parents to act like parents, I'm the same way. No, I don't have kids, but I'd like one someday, I work with kids 9 hours a day, so I feel like, even though I don't have one, I kind of know how to handle them too. Although people with children will tell you otherwise. :laughing:

TanzUnited99
01-16-2012, 12:23 PM
Eek at what you had to go through to watch The Magic, The Memories and You show as well as Wishes :sad2: I also feel for that family you described with the small kids.

I'm happy that you didn't let that spoil the rest of your evening and that float looks yummy!!

amazingact21
01-17-2012, 03:21 PM
Wow!! What an evening experience! I can't imagine what those crowds were like. Neither the DH or myself do well with them, so I can only guess what it would have been like. And the lady running over his feet with the stroller would have been icing on the cake. I'm glad he finally said something!

I'm so glad you were able to excape over to Aloha Isle...I can't imagine things that are much more magical that listening to Wishes while indulging in one of those succulent treats...Heaven for sure!

I'm glad that you still had plenty of time left in the park...and I sure hope it ended better than it started!


Having a Dole Whip while listening to Wishes was pretty magical. One of the highlights of my trip.


OMG. That whole MMY/Wishes experience sounds awful. I can't believe people were actually yelling "I can't see" for the MMY show. Uh, hello, don't they clearly say the show will be ON Cinderella Castle?

I'm glad your DH said something to the woman with the stroller. It makes me kind of regret not saying something to those people at the Halloween parade! :rotfl:


Isn't Disneyland the happiest place on earth? :rolleyes1

Don't worry, you don't sound anti-kid at all. There's nothing wrong with expecting kids to behave and parents to act like parents, I'm the same way. No, I don't have kids, but I'd like one someday, I work with kids 9 hours a day, so I feel like, even though I don't have one, I kind of know how to handle them too. Although people with children will tell you otherwise. :laughing:

I wish that whole experience had gone differently. I don't like confronting strangers, nor do I like having to hear all about how other people's trip are being ruined. It just does not make me feel very happy or put me in a magical frame of mind.


Eek at what you had to go through to watch The Magic, The Memories and You show as well as Wishes :sad2: I also feel for that family you described with the small kids.

I'm happy that you didn't let that spoil the rest of your evening and that float looks yummy!!

The Dole Whip was delicious!!! It's kind of become my go-to treat whenever I get upset at MK. While we there in October, Alex bought me one after some teenage girl screamed at the top of her lungs behind me on BTMRR. :headache: After one of those floats, I felt ten times better.