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Queila
05-26-2011, 09:54 AM
INTRO

Bonjour and welcome to my trip report.

:flower3:

My name is Queila and I am 33 years old. I work part time as a dental hygienist and I live in the suburbs of Montreal with my husband Joey and my three year old daughter Beatriz.

I was born and raised in Brazil but moved to Canada in 2001 to be with my italo-canadian husband. Brazil is hot and Canada is cold. If you ask me the perfect compromise would be to live in Florida. Preferably not more than a two hour drive to WDW.

Is that too much to ask?? ;)

This is our third trip as a family of three. :)

We brought Beatriz to Disney for the first time when she was 14 months old and then again when she was two and a half and now at three and a half.

Each trip has been very different from the other and while in some aspects things get easier as she gets older in others things get more challenging.

I have written a TR for our May 2010 trip followed by a short PTR so in case you are interested you can click here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37634332#post37634332).

Our trip was from May 12th to May 19th 2011 and we stayed at the Pop Century Resort with a standard Disney Dining Plan.

I hope you stick around and participate with comments!

Q

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Day 1- Thursday- May 12th 2011- Disney, here we go!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41252428&postcount=3)
Day 1 -Thursday- May 12th 2011- Arrival at Pop Century. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41254195&postcount=8)
Day 1- Thursday- May 12th 2011- Off to Magic Kingdom and meal at Cosmic Rays (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41264357&postcount=21).
Day 1- Thursday- May 12th 2011- Magic Kingdom- Tomorrowland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41290637&postcount=34).
Day 1- Thursday- May 12th 2011- Making the most of our time at Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41300123&postcount=41).
Day 1- Thursday- May 12th 2011- Evening at Magic Kingdom with Electrical Parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41379322&postcount=55).

Day 2- Friday- May 13th 2011- "Hollywoody" Studios Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41416092&postcount=68).
Day 2- Friday- May 13th 2011- Our window decoration (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41454408&postcount=78).
Day 2- Friday- May 13th 2011- Making the most of our day at Hollywood Studios and lunch at Starring Rolls (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41461163&postcount=83).
Day 2- Friday- May,13th 2011- More Hollywood Studios and Pixar Parade. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41544012&postcount=99)
Day 2- Friday- May,13th 2011- Evening at the Boardwalk, meal at Kouzzina and swimming (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41604208&postcount=109).

Day 3- Saturday- May, 14th 2011- Epcot with a "VIP visit" to Soarin' (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41713359&postcount=122).
Day 3- Saturday- May, 14th 2011- Lunch at Sunshine Seasons and Flower & Garden Festival (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41714558&postcount=123).
Day 3- Saturday- May, 14th 2011- Pixar Weekend (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41802413&postcount=132).
Day 3- Saturday- May, 14th 2011- Pixar Weekend Part Deux. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41802692&postcount=133)
Day 3- Saturday- May, 14th 2011- Chilling at the Mexican pavillon (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41892346&postcount=146).
Day 3- Saturday- May, 14th 2011- Meal at San Angel Inn. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42070845&postcount=158).
Day 3- Saturday- May, 14th 2011- Last hours at Epcot. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42261343&postcount=180)

Day 4- Sunday- May, 15th 2011- Morning at Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42274334&postcount=187);
Day 4- Sunday- May, 15th 2011- Magic Kingdom- Part Deux (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42388086&postcount=196);
Day 4- Sunday- May, 15th 2011- Super at Jiko (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42576407&postcount=207);
Day 4- Sunday- May, 15th 2011- Fantasmic (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42723607&postcount=218).

Day 5- Monday- May, 16th 2011- Animal Kingdom Day- a ten minute EMH (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42908184&postcount=237);
Day 5- Monday- May, 16th 2011- Morning at Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42976695&postcount=243);
Day 5- Monday- May, 16th 2011- Lunch at Flame Tree BBQ (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43064267&postcount=253);
Day 5- Monday- May, 16th 2011- Afternoon at Animal Kingdom- Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43175010&postcount=255).
Day 5- Monday- May, 16th 2011- Afternoon at Animal Kingdom- Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43175235&postcount=256);
Day 5- Monday, May, 16th 2011- Afternoon at Animal Kingdom- Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43348614&postcount=262);
Day 5- Monday, May, 16th 2011- Super at Tusker House and evening at Pop Century (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43350093&postcount=263).

Day 6- Tuesday- May, 17th 2011- Back to Magic Kingdom and our second rope drop (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43491317&postcount=282);
Day 6- Tuesday- May, 17th 2011- Toy Story mania has gotten nothing on Rapunzel (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43493626&postcount=283);
Day 6- Tuesday- May, 17th 2011- Dole whips, whispering canyons and water parks (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43603120&postcount=287);
Day 6- Tuesday- May, 17th 2011- Trip to Typhoon Lagoon (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44045099&postcount=314);
Day 6- Tuesday- May, 17th 2011- An evening and a wish come true (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44192888&postcount=321).

patches07
05-26-2011, 10:10 AM
I am FIRST! :cool1: I have never been first!!!!!!

Queila
05-26-2011, 10:19 AM
Day 1- Thursday- May, 12th 2011- Disney Here we go!!!

The countdown is over!!

We had made a countdown for our 2010 trip but I think Beatriz was too small to fully understand the concept.

Not this time.

Every morning she reminded us to stick on the next Mickey head and we were so happy the day was finally here.

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Beatriz even had special manicure done for the occasion:

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Our flight with Air Canada was scheduled for 9 am so we left home at 6. Joey had loaded the car the night before so all we had to do was get up and leave.

We hit a bit of traffic on our way to the city since it was a regular weekday but it was nothing too dramatic. We left our car in a Park & Fly service and before you know it we were all checked in.

Breakfast was at Burger King and then we went to our gate.

Beatriz always has fun looking at the planes:

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The flight left right on time and we were very excited to be on our way! Beatriz did great in the plane and kept her eyes glued on the screen. They had Toy Story 3 among their film selections e and that was enough to keep all the kids busy during the three hour flight. We did not hear a kid crying the whole time. Can you tell she was into it?

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We arrived in Orlando AHEAD of schedule :eek: and we went straight to catch our Magical Express. I love it how we feel so comfortable at the Orlando airport already. It really feels like we are coming "home".

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"Look mommy! The Mickey bus!!"

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Next up:
Arriving at Pop Century.

Queila
05-26-2011, 10:33 AM
I am FIRST! :cool1: I have never been first!!!!!!

:welcome: and good job on being number 1!!! Hope you stick around. ;)

JAMIESMITH
05-26-2011, 11:18 AM
Count me in! Your trip reports are always my favorite! Your little girl is about six months older than mine. I love seeing how a trip is with a little one!

tyandskyesmom
05-26-2011, 11:52 AM
your daughter is beautiful...

ericandkelly
05-26-2011, 12:19 PM
Subscribing...

Queila
05-26-2011, 12:46 PM
MAY 12TH 2011- DAY 1- ARRIVING AT POP CENTURY

So it turns out there was a bus leaving to Pop Century right away.:yay:

We sat all the way in the back of the bus this time and Beatriz was SUPER excited:

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I have to say the ride in the Magical Express on our way TO the hotel is always one of my favorite moments of the trip!

It is just a perfect moment: we are already in Orlando being exposed to our first dose of pixie dust but we still have the whole trip ahead of us!! :goodvibes

The anticipation is such a great part of a fun trip and it was not different this time!

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Time for the first family picture:

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Welcome to Pop Century!

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While Joey went straight to the online check- in counter I brought Beatriz to the restroom for a potty break and that is when she first saw the Fast Forward Arcade. :sad2:

She had never been to an arcade before and I think all the lights and noises were very attractive to her. I spent some five minutes in there with her and THE REST OF OUR TRIP trying to avoid it. :laughing:

Checking in was fast and easy and we found out we were going to stay at the 70's section of the resort which was surprisingly close to the main building (Classic Hall). We were both born in the 70's so that was kind of cool. :thumbsup2

We learned that each decade is identified by a different icon but it took us a while to fully identify ours. I just could not figure out what this was supposed to be:

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It's an 8-track tape y'all! :rolleyes1

I guess by the time I was old enough to be interested in music devices we had already moved on to walkmans. Remember those? On a side note Beatriz saw a TV with a tube in the back the other day and asked me what is was! :scared1: For all she knows all TV's are flat screen. :lmao:

It made me feel so... ancient.

Ok. Back to the report.
I had been reading the boards and I often saw people complaining about all the walking in the value resorts but I will tell you that: we were further from the lobby at the Animal Kingdom Lodge than we were at Pop and, no, we did not have a preferred room.

Here is our building:

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I only knew Pop from pictures and I was under the impression that all the buildings were a lot more scattered so I was pleasant surprised with our location.

Our area was the one with the Big Wheel in front:

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This thing was HUGE and we meant to take a picture of Beatriz in front of it to highlight the contrast but we never did it.

You always think you will have time to do everything but as it turns out ...

Another complaint I read often was the noise level but our room was located at the back of the building at the end of the corridor and on the 4th floor so it was VERY QUIET.

So I guess we hit the jackpot when it came to location within the hotel.

We were in our room by 13h10, exactly 1 hour and twenty minutes after landing. I thought that was pretty good timing specially compared to our previous trip.

Here are some pictures of our room:

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We ended up connecting the two double beds and turned them into a King Size Plus type of bed for the three of us. ;)

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Love is in the little details:

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Art work:

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So after we let Beatriz jump on the bed for a little bit it was time to wind down and try to nap a little bit before hitting Magic Kingdom. I wanted her to be rested so we could last all the way to Wishes at 10 pm that night. So we snacked a bit in our room, took off our "airplane clothes", closed the blinds, set up our alarm for 15h30 and tried to go to bed for a couple of hours.

Next up:
Who fell asleep and who stayed awake through nap time?
An evening at Magic Kingdom.

pinkxray
05-26-2011, 12:50 PM
I'm in. Beatriz is getting so big. I love the excitement in her eyes.

I really wish we had taken Caitlin when she was a bit younger. I have told DH if we have another kid we're starting them out young:thumbsup2

I love your Pop pictures. We were orginally going to stay there for a few days instead of VWL but I switched for some reason. We went to visit to eat there a few times and I wished I had kept our days there. Even DH wants to stay there for a few days next time.

TanzUnited99
05-26-2011, 01:05 PM
Hi Q! :wave2: Am joining in!

You have a lovely daughter and I love the pics of her excited face! Lol at her wanting to spend a lot of time in the Arcade!

We are staying at Pop in Sept so thank you for the lovely pics. I'm glad to read you enjoyed your stay at this resort.

Yes, I remember the walkman and listening to music on one in my childhood! Look forward to reading more and hearing all about your dining experiences! :goodvibes

JAMIESMITH
05-26-2011, 02:21 PM
I LOVE the photo of B looking at her reflection on the bus. I can't wait to take Madilyn to Disney and see it for myself for the first time! That big wheel is so cool. I wasn't born until the 80s, but all my cousins and I had to have a big wheel! Can't wait to read more :)

Queila
05-26-2011, 02:38 PM
Count me in! Your trip reports are always my favorite! Your little girl is about six months older than mine. I love seeing how a trip is with a little one!

:welcome: and thank you for the kind compliment. It is appreciated. Travelling with a little one is different but really special. I love experiencing things through her eyes.

your daughter is beautiful...

Thank you! She is very smart too. Our pride and joy.

Subscribing...

:welcome: and hope you come back.

I'm in. Beatriz is getting so big. I love the excitement in her eyes.

I really wish we had taken Caitlin when she was a bit younger. I have told DH if we have another kid we're starting them out young:thumbsup2

I love your Pop pictures. We were orginally going to stay there for a few days instead of VWL but I switched for some reason. We went to visit to eat there a few times and I wished I had kept our days there. Even DH wants to stay there for a few days next time.

Hello and :welcome:. Beatriz is totally into Disney right now and I am hoping she won't lose interest any time soon. She is our excuse to keep going back to Disney after all...

I find she is in a good age because she truly believes the magic, you know?

Too bad we did not cross each other. :( I bet WL was awesome and a good trade. We ate at Whispering Canyon one day and were really impressed with what we saw.

Hi Q! :wave2: Am joining in!

You have a lovely daughter and I love the pics of her excited face! Lol at her wanting to spend a lot of time in the Arcade!

We are staying at Pop in Sept so thank you for the lovely pics. I'm glad to read you enjoyed your stay at this resort.

Yes, I remember the walkman and listening to music on one in my childhood! Look forward to reading more and hearing all about your dining experiences! :goodvibes

Hey there and :welcome: to my TR!

The arcade thing took me by surprise. All the way to WDW and she wants to spend her time in there?? :confused3

Pop is a great hotel and a wonderful vale for your money. While it does not have the grandeur and the same feel of a deluxe it is still a great Disney experience. I am sure your family will enjoy it.

Don't worry... there are plenty of dining experiences to be reported! ;)

I LOVE the photo of B looking at her reflection on the bus. I can't wait to take Madilyn to Disney and see it for myself for the first time! That big wheel is so cool. I wasn't born until the 80s, but all my cousins and I had to have a big wheel! Can't wait to read more :)

:welcome:!

That picture is probably one of my favorites from the entire trip! I hope you get to bring your little M to WDW sometime soon. It is really a special place to visit with a little one.

PoohGal05
05-26-2011, 03:23 PM
I'm in! I love reading other people's trips reports! Gets me excited about our own trip coming up at the end of the summer! :D

jecskc
05-26-2011, 04:35 PM
I just read your other TR the other day. Look how much Beatriz has grown !! Can't wait to read more :)

cherjp
05-26-2011, 04:52 PM
excellent trippie ! looking forward to more :thumbsup2

patches07
05-26-2011, 11:22 PM
Looking forward to more :thumbsup2 your daughter is a very pretty little girl.

natebenma
05-27-2011, 04:42 AM
:wave: I'm here!!!

Loved your first TR- can't wait to hear all about your family's new adventures!

Dee

cherjp
05-27-2011, 05:21 AM
Hi just read all your previous trip , it was fabulous. Your little girl has grown so much! they don't stay small forever, I have 2 boys now 17 and 14 and always feel like I closed my eyes for a second and hey look what age they are now!

Keeping my fingers crossed for you xx Sorry to hear of your sad loss too. xx

looking forward to more reports. I love trippies full of pictures and funny stories.

Queila
05-27-2011, 09:22 AM
I'm in! I love reading other people's trips reports! Gets me excited about our own trip coming up at the end of the summer! :D

:welcome:. Reading about other people's trip not only helps us with our planning but it helps to build up the anticipation. Hope you stick around. ;)

I just read your other TR the other day. Look how much Beatriz has grown !! Can't wait to read more :)

Thanks for following me here. They grow up so fast. A friend of mine just had a baby and it feels like yesterday I had a newborn! :confused:

excellent trippie ! looking forward to more :thumbsup2

:welcome:

Looking forward to more :thumbsup2 your daughter is a very pretty little girl.

Thank you! She keeps us busy. :)

:wave: I'm here!!!

Loved your first TR- can't wait to hear all about your family's new adventures!

Dee

Hey Dee! :welcome: to my new TR. Loved your participation on my old TR and I hope you stick around!

Hi just read all your previous trip , it was fabulous. Your little girl has grown so much! they don't stay small forever, I have 2 boys now 17 and 14 and always feel like I closed my eyes for a second and hey look what age they are now!

Keeping my fingers crossed for you xx Sorry to hear of your sad loss too. xx

looking forward to more reports. I love trippies full of pictures and funny stories.

Thank you! :hug: I still cannot believe I have a 3 year old that asks me questions and tries to win arguments. :eek:

cherjp
05-27-2011, 09:37 AM
Its the winning smile that does it :thumbsup2 , how could you not let her win ?

Queila
05-27-2011, 10:14 AM
Day 1- THURSDAY- MAY, 12TH 2011-OFF TO MAGIC KINGDOM AND MEAL AT COSMIC RAYS.

I really wanted Beatriz to rest a bit before we hit the park and I was worried she was just not gonna go down. But once we enforced the quiet time she fell asleep pretty quickly and even Joey was able to take a snooze.

Me??
NOT SO MUCH.:lmao:

I was too excited to be there. Heck, I was having a hard time sleeping AT HOME before my trip and now that I was actually there my brain would not stop working even though my body was tired.

But I stayed in bed quietly so not to disturb her sleep literally counting the minutes to 15h30.

Finally when the alarm went off we woke her up and I called the luggage services to inquire about our bags. We had landed at 11h50 and they were still not in our room. When we stayed at AKL our bags were in our room two hours after landing but I guess the Deluxe resorts must have some sort of priority. :confused3

The CM told me the bags were still on their way from the airport so that meant I could not brush my teeth before going to Magic Kingdom. Note to self: bring my tooth brush in my carry on next time! ;)

I did pack extra clothes for us so we just changed and took off.

When we got to the bus stop to MK at about 4pm there were tons of guests waiting. They said they had been waiting for a bus to MK for at least 40 minutes and I worried that this was going to be a pattern for the rest of the trip. Luckily, a bus pulled up in the next five minutes and we were on our way.

I have a confession to make. I LOVE the voice of the guy in the recording they play in the Disney transportation. There is something about the way he says "Welcome! You are on your way to Magic Kingdom" that makes me feel all warm inside. :goodvibes

By the time we arrived at Magic Kingdom we were STARVING! We wasted no time taking pictures at the entrance of the park, at Main Street or in front of the castle. We just zoomed right to Tomorrowland so we could have our late lunch/ early super.

We did stop to grab a FP for the Buzzlightyear ride and then we were ready to eat!

Cosmic Rays was pretty quiet. I guess the rush of the lunch time had already finished and the rush from super had not started yet. I grabbed a table while Joey went to get our food.

Beatriz was most enchanted with this guy over here:

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She could not take her eyes off Mr. Sonny Eclipse the entire time we were there:

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Which meant she spent the whole time standing on the bench:

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On to the food!

I had the chicken rotisserie but I asked for no mashed potatoes and instead I dressed up my green beans with some mushrooms and onions from the condiment buffet.

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I personally thought the chicken was a little blend. I guess I am used to a bit more spices but it was a very decent size rotisserie.

Not sure if I will ever eat at Cosmic Rays anytime soon but if I do I might try the wraps instead.

Our meal also came with no- sugar brownies for dessert which we saved for later.

Beatriz' meal was turkey sandwich, carrot sticks which she loves and apple sauce for dessert. Due to her excitement she did not eat much but we brought the left overs with us and she ended up eating them later that night.

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So that was it for our first CS meal. While the location of Cosmic Rays was very convenient for our plans for the day we found the food to be satisfying but lacking on the "wow" factor. That is the problem with WDW. We are always expecting to be wowed, I guess.

In a future trip I will give Columbia Harbor House a try. :thumbsup2

Next up:
Do we make it for Wishes?

TanzUnited99
05-27-2011, 12:49 PM
Lol at not being able to sleep - I would be the same! Too excited!! :laughing:

It's a shame your luggage did not show before you were leaving for MK - at least you had a change of clothes though :thumbsup2

Cosmic Rays is a back up on our plans as wouldn't mind the famous toppings bar and getting to see Sonny Eclipse - I love that DD wanted to stand on the bench so she didn't miss any of the action. However, CHH is our first CS choice at MK.

caitty13
05-27-2011, 03:00 PM
I'm in, great TR so far. I was at Pop from 5/14 to 5/20. :thumbsup2

mousegear
05-27-2011, 04:33 PM
Joining! popcorn::

Queila
05-28-2011, 02:49 PM
Lol at not being able to sleep - I would be the same! Too excited!! :laughing:

It's a shame your luggage did not show before you were leaving for MK - at least you had a change of clothes though :thumbsup2

Cosmic Rays is a back up on our plans as wouldn't mind the famous toppings bar and getting to see Sonny Eclipse - I love that DD wanted to stand on the bench so she didn't miss any of the action. However, CHH is our first CS choice at MK.

Trust me. It was the longest nap ever. I could not wait to get out of the room and start our vacation already!

I would keep CHH as a first choice if I were you. Cosmic Rays had a very convenient location for our plan for the day but I was not crazy abou the food.

I'm in, great TR so far. I was at Pop from 5/14 to 5/20. :thumbsup2

:welcome:!! That is so cool we were at the POP at the same time!
Are you planning to write a TR? I love reading about people that were there at the same time as us.

Joining! popcorn::
:welcome: and hope you stick around. ;)

!

The_Alice
05-28-2011, 02:54 PM
Great TR! Can't wait to read more!:goodvibes

Jazzabelle508
05-28-2011, 03:10 PM
Subbing! I'm excited to hear about your second trip! I read your first trip report and loved it!

natebenma
05-29-2011, 07:37 AM
GREAT start to your report so far!!!

Like everyone else, I absolutely LOVE the photo of Beatriz reflected in the bus window!

Pop looks like a lot of fun!!! The buildings and the rooms are really really cute. You know my heart is at the Beach Club, but I actually think Pop would be my next choice for a resort at Disney.

I know what you mean about finding it hard to sleep at Disney! I can't nap on vacation and sometimes I have trouble sleeping, but as long as I am going I am fine. Glad the other two were able to nap- I think that will get you through to Wishes!

I feel the same way as you about Cosmic Rays. There is a lot of food, but it is not really all that exciting. If I am recalling correctly, you have to go into different lines if you are ordering different meals, like the chicken and burgers. I really hated that! How funny that Beatriz loved Sunny! Did she go up close, or did she admire him from a distance!

Can't wait to read more!

Queila
05-29-2011, 03:33 PM
Great TR! Can't wait to read more!:goodvibes

:welcome: . Hope you stick around.I am enjoying reading your report!

Subbing! I'm excited to hear about your second trip! I read your first trip report and loved it!

Welcome back!!! Happy to see you made here!

Q

Queila
05-29-2011, 04:37 PM
GREAT start to your report so far!!!

Like everyone else, I absolutely LOVE the photo of Beatriz reflected in the bus window!

Pop looks like a lot of fun!!! The buildings and the rooms are really really cute. You know my heart is at the Beach Club, but I actually think Pop would be my next choice for a resort at Disney.

I know what you mean about finding it hard to sleep at Disney! I can't nap on vacation and sometimes I have trouble sleeping, but as long as I am going I am fine. Glad the other two were able to nap- I think that will get you through to Wishes!

I feel the same way as you about Cosmic Rays. There is a lot of food, but it is not really all that exciting. If I am recalling correctly, you have to go into different lines if you are ordering different meals, like the chicken and burgers. I really hated that! How funny that Beatriz loved Sunny! Did she go up close, or did she admire him from a distance!

Can't wait to read more!

Hey Dee!

Pop WAS lots of fun. However, I have my heart set up on the Beach Club or the Bay Lake Tower for a future trip. I could not help but sigh every time I was anywhere near one of those two resorts.

Beatriz never got too close to Sonny. At that point I was really not sure of how she would react to it so I did not even suggest it.

Yes, I find the different stations at Cosmic Rays to be a big inconvenience. That is why we ordered the 3 meals from the chicken counter. I can just imagine how frustrating it can be for a larger party in a peak time.

Q

The_Alice
05-29-2011, 05:12 PM
:welcome: . Hope you stick around.I am enjoying reading your report!

Thank you so much for the warm welcome and your kind words!:goodvibes

francis6306
05-29-2011, 06:28 PM
Your daughter is adorable! :goodvibes Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

GGOOFY1
05-29-2011, 07:59 PM
Great pictures, your daughter is a cutie! Waiting for the next installment!!:thumbsup2

Queila
05-29-2011, 10:38 PM
DAY 1 -THURSDAY- MAY 12TH, 2011- MAGIC KINGDOM- TOMORROWLAND

So once the hunger problem was solved we were able to start focusing on our plan. :thumbsup2

We wanted to conquer our favorite rides at Tomorrowland before the parade at 9 pm but I still was not sure of the crowd level at Magic Kingdom that day.

We knew we only had about three hours before the Electrical Parade and we were wondering how much we would be able to accomplish during that time.

We decided to kick things off with one of our family favorites: The Monsters Inc Laugh Floor.

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The stand by was indicating only 10 minutes so we walked right in.

Beatriz waiting in line:
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Paying attention to the pre- show video:
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I think for the first time she fully understood the concept of the attraction. She paid close attention to the jokes and tried her best to participate waving her arms and even loudly fake laughing. :sad2:

Then we used our FP for the Buzz Lightyear Spin. I sat Beatriz on my lap and I let her control the laser gun while I took control of maneuvering our "space cruiser". I explained to her that our goal was to defeat Zurg and that she should do her best to shoot at the targets but by the middle of the ride she did not seem that much into playing so... I took over her laser gun.:rolleyes1

Here we are at the end of the ride checking out our prisoner Zurg:

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Fully into character:
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As soon as we got outside we spotted a photo op with Buzz himself. In 2010 Beatriz was TERRIFIED of all the masked characters and I was still not sure of how she was going to react this time. Wd did a lot of talking and explaining before our trip and she had said she wanted to meet all the characters but now it was the moment of truth.

popcorn::

So I pointed her Buzz and I asked her if she wanted to go meet him, hug him and get his autograph and she said YES!

Ok then...

By the time it was our turn she did not seem very sure so I was holding my breath but she confidently walked to him for a big hug:

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She willingly posed for a picture:
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And we even posed for a family shot:

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And that, my friend, is what I call a magical moment!! :love:

With a great sense of accomplishment we now went for another first: The Tomorrowland Speedway.

Tall enough to drive her own car:
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We waited in line for probably five minutes and then Beatriz hopped in a red car with her father while I followed by myself at the back. She was very happy she got to drive a red car just like Lightning Mc Queen!

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I have to say I had the best seats in the house from my car. I laughed my butt off seeing their car zig zagging all the way across the course. Joey left the car thankful he won't have to worry about Beatriz driving for at least another 12 years. ;)

cherjp
05-30-2011, 02:57 AM
lovely photos, another great instalment. thanks for sharing.:thumbsup2 .
The indy speedway is the one ride I really don't like, it stems from our 1st visit when my eldest son was tall enough to drive and I stupidly let him!! He was 9 at the time, I was terrified that we were going to go up in a ball of flames, there was a lunatic driver, behind us who kept bumping us even though the CMs kept telling him to stop, my son thought it was great he was driving, the car was going all over the track all I could smell was fuel fumes and I was terrified. NEVER EVER again. Glad you guys had fun though.

natebenma
05-30-2011, 05:48 AM
I enjoyed your update. That is a great photo you took from the car of your first time driver!

That's great that she went up to meet Buzz! Hopefully that was a good indication of how Beatriz will interact with characters for the rest of the trip. Sometimes it just takes that one successful meet and greet to break the ice.

natebenma
05-30-2011, 06:44 AM
The pictures of Beatriz with Zurg are great, and they just brought back wonderful memories for me! My oldest son was around 3 years old when Toy Story II came out- he loved the movie and characters. But whenever he would see Zurg, he would say "Bad Cow!!!" That was his name for Zurg.

It took us awhile to figure it out. We think it is because of the scene in TSII when the doors to Al's Toy Barn open and there is a moo-ing noise. That's where we meet Zurg. And Zurg has horns.

Bad Cow!

TanzUnited99
05-30-2011, 08:35 AM
A great update! Love the pic of DD getting fully into character with Zurg!

:woohoo: on DD posing for a pic with Buzz and getting to ride her own car on Speedway!

onescgirl
05-30-2011, 11:57 AM
Yay, I'm here & loving your TR so far :goodvibes

I like Beatriz Mickey manicure. ::MickeyMo
The picture of Beatriz on the bus where you can see her reflection in the window is adorable.

I can't wait to find out how you liked staying at Pop. It seems like a place that kids would just love to stay at.

That is a great picture of your whole family with Buzz. I'm glad Beatriz is not scared of him anymore.

Queila
05-30-2011, 06:27 PM
Your daughter is adorable! :goodvibes Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!
Thanks and :welcome:! Hope you stick around.

Great pictures, your daughter is a cutie! Waiting for the next installment!!:thumbsup2

Thanks. ;)

lovely photos, another great instalment. thanks for sharing.:thumbsup2 .
The indy speedway is the one ride I really don't like, it stems from our 1st visit when my eldest son was tall enough to drive and I stupidly let him!! He was 9 at the time, I was terrified that we were going to go up in a ball of flames, there was a lunatic driver, behind us who kept bumping us even though the CMs kept telling him to stop, my son thought it was great he was driving, the car was going all over the track all I could smell was fuel fumes and I was terrified. NEVER EVER again. Glad you guys had fun though.

So sorry to hear you had a bad experience at the Speedway. Now that you mentioned the fumes I have to admit that part was not pleasant.

My husband and I were wondering how much longer until they give that ride
a complete overhaul and incorporate the movie Cars into it.

I enjoyed your update. That is a great photo you took from the car of your first time driver!

That's great that she went up to meet Buzz! Hopefully that was a good indication of how Beatriz will interact with characters for the rest of the trip. Sometimes it just takes that one successful meet and greet to break the ice.

Trust me, break the ice we did!! ;)

The pictures of Beatriz with Zurg are great, and they just brought back wonderful memories for me! My oldest son was around 3 years old when Toy Story II came out- he loved the movie and characters. But whenever he would see Zurg, he would say "Bad Cow!!!" That was his name for Zurg.

It took us awhile to figure it out. We think it is because of the scene in TSII when the doors to Al's Toy Barn open and there is a moo-ing noise. That's where we meet Zurg. And Zurg has horns.

Bad Cow!

That is so cute!! I can see why he would associate the cow to Zurg. :rotfl:

A great update! Love the pic of DD getting fully into character with Zurg!

:woohoo: on DD posing for a pic with Buzz and getting to ride her own car on Speedway!

Thank you. I love the picture with Zurg too. She was very into it.

Yay, I'm here & loving your TR so far :goodvibes

I like Beatriz Mickey manicure. ::MickeyMo
The picture of Beatriz on the bus where you can see her reflection in the window is adorable.

I can't wait to find out how you liked staying at Pop. It seems like a place that kids would just love to stay at.

That is a great picture of your whole family with Buzz. I'm glad Beatriz is not scared of him anymore.

:welcome: back. So glad you made it here.

I almost had MY manicure done like that too but gave up on the idea last minute. Not sure I would be able to handle looking at my nails like that for an entire week.

I REALLY enjoyed Pop Century but I wish we had stayed at Pop last year (before having stayed at AKL). After experiencing AKL it was hard to give my whole heart to Pop. :( Don,T get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Pop and it is a wonderful value for your money but I could not help but compare it to our accommodations from last year. :sad2:

Queila
05-30-2011, 08:11 PM
DAY 1- THURSDAY- MAY 12TH 2011- MAKING THE MOST OF OUR TIME AT MAGIC KINGDOM.

So I have a Brazilian friend who was part of the Disney College Program in 2009. He worked at DTD at the Pooh store for 12 weeks and then he went back to Brazil to finish his bachelor's degree in Tourism.

Now he got invited to go back to Disney as part of the International Professional Program and he had arrived for his year in Orlando only 20 days before us.

I am so excited for him and I always tell him to live the dream for me. Actually, I think I am living it through him at this point. :rotfl:

Anyways, he is working at Guest Relations at Epcot and as soon as his shift finished he came to MK to meet us. I had emailed him our itinerary so he pretty much had an idea of our plans for the week.

As soon as we finished with the Speedway he called us to see where we were so we had to stay put until he found us. We took the time to go to the restroom, reapply some sun screen and drink some water.

It did not take long before he joined us and it was great to see him again! :hug:

So then he asked us what attraction we were heading to next. I told him that I wanted to do Carrousel of Progress. I have never been to this attraction and since I consider myself a WDW junkie I thought it was time for me to finally visit this classic.

Well, he talked me out of it. :rotfl2:

He said that the ride is... sleep inducing and that I should take advantage of his presence and ride one of the mountains with Joey while he would watch Beatriz for us.

Brilliant :idea:

So just like that Caroussel of Progress got pushed to "next time". :laughing:

Now which mountain should we try to conquer?

We had ridden Space Mountain in 2009 and Splash Mountain was out of question since Joey is not a fan of wet rides (he just does not get "the point" :sad2:). Last time I had ridden the Big Thunder Mountain was at Disneyland back in 1994 and this would be a first for Joey so we decided we had done everything we wanted at Tomorrowland and we crossed to Frontierland.

However, because we decided to cross through Fantasyland and we still had quiet some time before the parade we ended up taking advantage of the very short lines and doing a couple of rides with Beatriz right away. It was a great opportunity to get them "out of the way".

So Beatriz and Joey had a daughter/father moment and they rode the Mad Tea Party together. I sat that one out because I get dizzy just looking at that thing. :sick:

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I uploaded a little video of Beatriz on her first tea cup ride and you can watch it here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbkmftwG1Zc). WARNING: The video is 1m30s long and must be watched at your own discretion. The high level of cuteness can be intoxicating. ;)

Then we did one of her last year's favorite: Cinderella's carrousel. We practically walked straight right in and I was so excited I decided to hop on the horse with her:

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We considered doing Dumbo but the wait was over 30 minutes so we decided to go to the Big Thunder Mountain instead.

The stand-by was only 10 minutes so after a little pep talk with Bia, Joey and I went for it . I was LOVING the low crowd level that day! Unfortunately we forgot the camera in the stroller and we have no proof that we ever were in the ride. In the meantime Beatriz did some bonding with my friend A. (we will call him like that) and he even bought her a lollypop. Way to bribe a child into cooperation!

By this time it was over 8 o'clock and we decided it was time to make our way to the Main Street to try to find us a spot for the parade.

The castle was so beautiful all lit up in different colors so we had to stop for a couple of family shots. Sadly the camera focused on the castle and not on us. :mad:

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heaven2dc
05-31-2011, 12:02 AM
Hurray - another TR! Beatrice is so adorable and I loved the Tea Cup video :thumbsup2

natebenma
05-31-2011, 06:56 AM
Cue the ducks!

Queila
05-31-2011, 07:36 AM
Cue the ducks!

Please do not laugh but I even googled what the expression "cue the ducks" (I am assuming it is an idiomatic expression) mean and I could not find it. :confused3

Still lost here. :confused:

onescgirl
05-31-2011, 09:48 AM
You can always visit Carrousel of Progress during your next trip when you need a rest & maybe a nap. :)
The video was very cute. :cutie:
That is great you were able to meet up with your friend at WDW

francis6306
05-31-2011, 10:22 AM
Sniff Sniff:sad1: I miss Magic Kingdom!

I'm not a fan of the teacups either! Luckily we didn't have to deal with it during our Dec trip! We DID ride Dumbo and my daughter still talks about going on Dumbo and has her dolls "ride Dumbo" all the time when she's playing! :cloud9:

TanzUnited99
05-31-2011, 01:03 PM
How cool that you got to meet your friend and ride BTMRR! :cool1:

I love the video of DD on the tea cups and the castle shots!

pinkxray
05-31-2011, 10:49 PM
I LOVE the picture of Beatriz next to the height sign for the race track. Too cute. She looks so happy. You must have been very happy to be in the car behind them.

I can't believe you are moving along so quickly. Didn't you finish up your last one pretty close to this trip? Not that I am complaining:thumbsup2

How nice that you got to see your friend in Disney. I happen to love the COP though. I don't think it is sleep inducing. I think it is just one of those attractions that remind me of going to WDW as a kid and I will always love it.

cdotla
05-31-2011, 11:21 PM
Loving your report so far!:goodvibes

Yay for early arrival at MCO!:banana: I don't know what it is, but every flight I have had from Mtl or Toronto into MCO in the last year or so has been early! So not complaining about that! LOL!

Love your family photo on the Magical Express -you all look so happy!

Great room at Pop!

I totally agree with you about getting that kick of excitement and happiness from the transportation speaker. I could hear him speaking and feel those thoughts as I read your words.:goodvibes

I have to admit...Cosmic Rays has never jumped out at me. I have never eaten here, and after your review, I don't think I will!:laughing: I also have never tried CHH, but I can surely vouch for Peco's Bills. Have you tried it???
I love their taco salad.

Looking forward to more!:goodvibes

lbuzz52
06-01-2011, 04:40 PM
Found your trip report because of the May title. We took a May trip too. Your daughter is adorible!
Sounds like you had the perfect spot at the Speedway. I rode with my dd and it was as painful as it looked LOL!
can't wait to hear more!

natebenma
06-01-2011, 07:45 PM
Please do not laugh but I even googled what the expression "cue the ducks" (I am assuming it is an idiomatic expression) mean and I could not find it. :confused3

Still lost here. :confused:

Sorry about that!!!

You couldn't find the reference because the actual quote is "Cue the deer". It is from a Chevy Chase movie, Funny Farm:

cue the deer
A prompt to pull out all the stops, in an effort to impress someone.
The expression "cue the deer" comes from Funny Farm, in a scene where a couple were showing their home to prospective buyers. The sellers wanted to make their home as attractive as possible. As the potential buyers were approaching the home, Chevy Chase's characters says "cue the deer" into a walkie talkie and a small deer is released from a cage and scampers across the lawn, charming the socks right off the buyers.

I saw the ducks in your magical photo and that is what I thought of. The folks at Disney "cued the ducks"

natebenma
06-01-2011, 07:53 PM
I meant to comment on your post, but I was busy all day and didn't get back to your TR. I loved the story about meeting up with your friend. That's nice that he watched Beatriz while you went on BTM. Did you love it??? This is probalby my favorite roller coaster ever. It makes me smile. Just the perfect speed and lots of fun stuff to look at.

I agree with your friend about Carousel of Progress. We have not taken the kids. It has been awhile, but I'm not in a big rush to try it again. One year I think we got a "bonus" fast pass to COP- they were trying to get people onto the attraction.

Queila
06-06-2011, 09:48 AM
Hurray - another TR! Beatrice is so adorable and I loved the Tea Cup video :thumbsup2

Thank you, The video is my favorite one from the entire trip. It captures her personality perfectly. :)

You can always visit Carrousel of Progress during your next trip when you need a rest & maybe a nap. :)
The video was very cute. :cutie:
That is great you were able to meet up with your friend at WDW

I still want to do Carrousel of Progress one day for sure. Even f I have to go by myself.

Sniff Sniff:sad1: I miss Magic Kingdom!

I'm not a fan of the teacups either! Luckily we didn't have to deal with it during our Dec trip! We DID ride Dumbo and my daughter still talks about going on Dumbo and has her dolls "ride Dumbo" all the time when she's playing! :cloud9:

That is so cute about your daughter making her dolls ride Dumbo!! Beatriz shrieks in excitement every time she sees Dumbo on TV in a commercial. I guess there is something really special about it.

How cool that you got to meet your friend and ride BTMRR! :cool1:

I love the video of DD on the tea cups and the castle shots!

Thank you! I was not expecting to be able to ride the Thunder mountain at all so it was a great surprise.

I LOVE the picture of Beatriz next to the height sign for the race track. Too cute. She looks so happy. You must have been very happy to be in the car behind them.

I can't believe you are moving along so quickly. Didn't you finish up your last one pretty close to this trip? Not that I am complaining:thumbsup2

How nice that you got to see your friend in Disney. I happen to love the COP though. I don't think it is sleep inducing. I think it is just one of those attractions that remind me of going to WDW as a kid and I will always love it.

I WILL ride COP one day. Even if I have to go in it by myself. In the meantime, I was happy to be able to take advantage of a third adult to watch over Beatriz for us.

My last TR took FOREVER to complete by it took me 2 months to even start it. It is not easy to find time to seat down and do it but I will try to move faster this time.

Loving your report so far!:goodvibes

Yay for early arrival at MCO!:banana: I don't know what it is, but every flight I have had from Mtl or Toronto into MCO in the last year or so has been early! So not complaining about that! LOL!

Love your family photo on the Magical Express -you all look so happy!

Great room at Pop!

I totally agree with you about getting that kick of excitement and happiness from the transportation speaker. I could hear him speaking and feel those thoughts as I read your words.:goodvibes

I have to admit...Cosmic Rays has never jumped out at me. I have never eaten here, and after your review, I don't think I will!:laughing: I also have never tried CHH, but I can surely vouch for Peco's Bills. Have you tried it???
I love their taco salad.

Looking forward to more!:goodvibes

Hello and :welcome: So nice to see you here. I followed your last TR and loved it. I hope you get to stick around...

I chose to eat at Cosmic Rays this time based on location and it served its purpose. I never gave CHH a try but I surely will next time. As for Pecos Bill, well, we love it! It is usually the only place we have burgers in our entire trip and it is so good.

I cannot wait for the Fantasyland expansion to be over so we can try the new restaurants. "Gaston's Tavern" sounds particularly fun for me. ;)

Found your trip report because of the May title. We took a May trip too. Your daughter is adorible!
Sounds like you had the perfect spot at the Speedway. I rode with my dd and it was as painful as it looked LOL!
can't wait to hear more!

Hello and :welcome:!

I know I had the best seats in the house at Speedway. LOL.

Glad you made it here and I hope you stick around.

I meant to comment on your post, but I was busy all day and didn't get back to your TR. I loved the story about meeting up with your friend. That's nice that he watched Beatriz while you went on BTM. Did you love it??? This is probalby my favorite roller coaster ever. It makes me smile. Just the perfect speed and lots of fun stuff to look at.

I agree with your friend about Carousel of Progress. We have not taken the kids. It has been awhile, but I'm not in a big rush to try it again. One year I think we got a "bonus" fast pass to COP- they were trying to get people onto the attraction.


The funny thing is that we knew we were going to spend time with my friend but it never even crossed my mind to ask him to watch over Beatriz for us. I am so glad he had the idea. It gave me the opportunity to introduce the Thunder Mountain to Joey. I love the ride too! I specially love keeping my arms up the entire time and enjoying the wind blowing on my face. I also think it will be the perfect ride to introduce Beatriz to roller coasters one day. Maybe next year! ;)

I still want to try COP one day. Even though I do not consider myself an 'A- type' personality it bothers me that I haven't scratched it off my list, you know what I mean??

BTW, thanks for the explanation on the "cue the ducks" joke. I would have NEVER gotten that on my own. Haha.

mickeystoontown
06-06-2011, 10:13 AM
Just got back from Disney World and saw that you had started your report. Now, I need to go back and catch up.

Queila
06-06-2011, 03:47 PM
DAY 1- THURSDAY- MAY 12TH 2011- EVENING AT MAGIC KINGDOM

Because we had not waited in line for anything up until that point and the park seemed a bit empty to me I just assumed we would not have too much trouble finding a spot at Main Street to watch the parade.

Well, it turns out I was... RIGHT! :woohoo:

We managed to snatch a pretty decent spot in the middle of Main Street. It wasn't wonderful but it was good enough.

We had approximatively 30 minutes to go so I positioned the stroller and opened the glow stick I had brought from home (it was actually a glow wand) and handed it to Beatriz. I always buy my glow sticks at the dollar store and Beatriz had never noticed the difference between hers and the ones sold in the parks. Well, this time she asked me how come hers did not spin. :rolleyes1

I just said hers was extra special because it was purple (her favorite color). I guess it is fair to say it is the last time I will be able to pull that stunt. :laughing:

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The guys were hungry so they decided to go to the Main Street Bakery to grab something to eat. I wasn't really hungry so I just asked for something to drink. In the meantime, I fed Beatriz the food she hadn't really touched earlier at Cosmic Rays.

I also took some pictures of the Main Street getting ready for the parade:

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And then the guys got back. Joey got himself an ice cream cookie sandwich (1 snack credit) and A. got himself a sandwich. Joey brought me an iced moka that totally hit the spot (also 1 snack credit). I had it with my no sugar added brownie from Cosmic Rays.

Can you tell Joey is happy with his snack??

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Let the parade begin!!

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Now I know the Electrical Parade is cherished by a lot of people and it has a special place in the heart of some "old timers" but I have to say I did not like it. I missed the Spectromagic. :guilty: I guess Spectro is the parade of my childhood and the Electrical Parade just did not do the same for me. I am pretty sure it has a lot to do with the music...

Beatriz did not seem to mind the change:

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So after the parade it was time to try to move a little closer to the castle for Wishes. But that is when Beatriz started acting out. She did not want to be in the stroller. She did not want to be picked up. She did not want to walk and she did not want to be on our shoulders. We had officially hit a wall.:headache: If you have a toddler, you must know exactly what I am talking about.

I wanted to push it and stay.

I figured out more than ever in this trip that I have a VERY HARD TIME turning my back to a park. When I am in a park I simply want to be the last one to leave. I hate the feeling that we are missing out on something great.

And that is when Joey comes in. He brings balance to my force.:yoda:

He reminded me that it was just our first day at WDW and promised me that we would be back to see Wishes. I love how he brings reason back into my overly excited Disney mind. :lovestruc

So with a bit of a disappointment but still with a heart filled with contentment I decided to throw the towel and call it a night. We still had to go back to the hotel, shower and unpack before we could rest and get ready for another day.

Last family picture before leaving the park:

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So we said good- bye to A. and made our way back to Pop Century. Beatriz fell asleep as soon as we got in the bus. I could hear the fireworks in the distance...

It was a great day.

................. End of Day 1.................

Next up:
Day 2- Hollywood Studios day aka the day of the inconvenient potty breaks.

patches07
06-06-2011, 05:58 PM
That is a great Family picture :goodvibes

Native NYer
06-06-2011, 06:37 PM
Enjoying your report!
Your daughter is adorable.

QuirkyButterfly
06-07-2011, 06:40 AM
I have just caught up with reading your TR, I am glad you had such a great first day. I am sorry that you hit a wall, but your DH is right you always can go back later. Your daughter is so cute :cutie:! I can't wait to read more.

mousegear
06-07-2011, 06:41 AM
Love the update on MK. :goodvibes

jecskc
06-07-2011, 07:21 AM
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Can you tell Joey is happy with his snack??

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I have seen other picture of these things on the boards. But this is the first one that show how huge that sandwich really is. :scared1: Did you say that is was 1 snack credit ?? If so, my family is so going to split that when we go .... in TEN days !!! :cool1:

Queila
06-07-2011, 07:43 AM
I have seen other picture of these things on the boards. But this is the first one that show how huge that sandwich really is. :scared1: Did you say that is was 1 snack credit ?? If so, my family is so going to split that when we go .... in TEN days !!! :cool1:

Apparently the Main Street Bakery is the ONLY place where you can still get one of those with a snack credit.

I know your family is going to love it.

TanzUnited99
06-07-2011, 12:33 PM
:woohoo: on finding a great spot to watch MSEP! I wish we have the same success on our trip.

Lol at Beatriz recognising her glow stick was different then the ones sold at the parks!

Love the Main Street pics and mmm at that Ice Cream Cookie sandwich! :cloud9: Having seen it before I can't wait to try one.

Great family shot! I hope you get to watch Wishes later on in the trip.

QuirkyButterfly
06-07-2011, 04:22 PM
I have seen other picture of these things on the boards. But this is the first one that show how huge that sandwich really is. :scared1: Did you say that is was 1 snack credit ?? If so, my family is so going to split that when we go .... in TEN days !!! :cool1:

That was my reaction as well! I never new they were so big, I even called over DBF to show him how big they are:lmao:.

mousegear
06-08-2011, 10:34 AM
Those Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich is humongous!!! I love to try it but gotta have someone else committing to share. I don't think I could even finish quater of it. :thumbsup2

pinkxray
06-08-2011, 01:51 PM
Sounds like a great day:goodvibes

That ice cream sandwich looks so good! I've never seen how big it actually is since no one ever takes a picture next to anything. Awesome snack credit use:thumbsup2

Too bad Beatriz caught on to the dollar store glow sticks. I guess it couldn't last forever.

natebenma
06-09-2011, 05:39 AM
What a great first night in the MK! That is an AMAZING photo of the three of you as you are leaving! Wow!!!

I had that cookie sandwhich once- I think I was alone in the park at the time and boy did that induce a sugar-shock.

Queila
06-09-2011, 11:44 AM
That is a great Family picture :goodvibes

Thank you! It is one of my favorites from the entire trip and it somewhat served as an inspiration for the title of this TR. ;)

Enjoying your report!
Your daughter is adorable.

Thank you and :welcome:. Hoping you stick around. :)

I have just caught up with reading your TR, I am glad you had such a great first day. I am sorry that you hit a wall, but your DH is right you always can go back later. Your daughter is so cute :cutie:! I can't wait to read more.

Thank you!
Our first day lived up to the expectations. I could not have asked for more even if we did not get to stay for Wishes. :)

Love the update on MK. :goodvibes

Thank you. There is more to come....

:woohoo: on finding a great spot to watch MSEP! I wish we have the same success on our trip.

Lol at Beatriz recognising her glow stick was different then the ones sold at the parks!

Love the Main Street pics and mmm at that Ice Cream Cookie sandwich! :cloud9: Having seen it before I can't wait to try one.

Great family shot! I hope you get to watch Wishes later on in the trip.

I believe if you get to main street around 45 minutes (less if the crowd level is low) before the parade you should be fine. For us it is always a little tricky because we need to squeeze in the stroller somewhere too but you should be fine.

I guess my glow stick gig was not meant to last forever. :lmao: It was great while it lasted though.

Trust me, that ice cream sandwich is as good as it looks!

That was my reaction as well! I never new they were so big, I even called over DBF to show him how big they are:lmao:.

They are huge and enough for two, even though my husband managed to have it all to himself. :rolleyes1

Those Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich is humongous!!! I love to try it but gotta have someone else committing to share. I don't think I could even finish quater of it. :thumbsup2

I know I could not finish one on my own but I know a lot of people can (my husband included). I am sure you won't have a problem finding someone willing to share it with you. ;)

Sounds like a great day:goodvibes

That ice cream sandwich looks so good! I've never seen how big it actually is since no one ever takes a picture next to anything. Awesome snack credit use:thumbsup2

Too bad Beatriz caught on to the dollar store glow sticks. I guess it couldn't last forever.

I guess it is fair to say it was the last time I was able to use my dollar store glow stick trick. It was good while it lasted though...

I believe the ice cream sandwich is probably one of the best "snack values" in all WDW. I know it is sold in other places but, if I remember correctly, only the Main Street Bakery will take a snack credit for it. I really, really hope they keep it like that!

What a great first night in the MK! That is an AMAZING photo of the three of you as you are leaving! Wow!!!

I had that cookie sandwhich once- I think I was alone in the park at the time and boy did that induce a sugar-shock.

Thanks, I love that picture too! Specially because there is nobody else on the background. I guess everybody else was inside waiting for Wishes to start! :laughing:

That ice cream sandwich is amazing, isn't it? It is A LOT of sugar and I can't handle one on my own. I was happy taking little bites from Joey's though. Let"s just say that was not the only time we had one during our trip. :rolleyes1

Queila
06-09-2011, 12:59 PM
Day 2- Friday- May 13th 2011- Hollywood Studios Day!

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... or like Beatriz would say "Hollywoody" Studios. :lmao:

We did not set up the alarm for this day. The goal of this trip was to try to take it easy. :rotfl2:

I was still quite wired and excited to be at Disney so I ended up waking up before everyone else and just tossed and turned in bed until I couldn't anymore. I knew the sun was up already but I could not hear a soul outside so I assumed it was very early but decided to get up anyways.

Oddly enough I did not check the time. I just got up, washed my face, put my glasses on, a hoodie over my PJ's and decided to go out to explore the hotel.

IN. MY. PIJAMAS. :rolleyes:

So I make my way outside and everything still looks very quiet. I take some pictures, I get the elevator down and then I go to the cafeteria to buy my mug and grab something for our breakfast.

Well friends, that place was pumping!!! There was people everywhere, all geared up and ready to go. And I am suddenly self- conscious to be in my pijamas. Not sure I had even combed my hair.

So I decided to rock my pijamas look and explore the breakfast options. I ended up buying a fruit cup (1 snack credit) and some toasts (0.60$ for two) to go. And just as I am filling up my mug with some coffee the CMs started doing the twist!!! :upsidedow

Did you know that every morning at 8 o'clock everybody at Pop Century stop doing whatever they are doing to do the twist??? Well, I didn't. :confused3 And that moment made me so happy that I started crying!

That's right! I was a disheveled woman, holding a coffee mug in her PJ's and crying at 8am in the middle of Pop Century. On a Friday, 13th. :eek: I am telling you. It does not get much better than that!

Now this is maybe the appropriate time to explain (for those of you who already don't know) that one month before our trip I suffered a miscarriage and a couple of days before our trip I got my period back which was border line hemorrhagic and almost brought me back to the hospital so... to say that I was HORMONALLY UNBALANCED is probably an understatement. :scared1: Let's just say it was not the last time I broke out in tears unexpectedly during the trip... :rolleyes1

Anyways, I picked myself up and went back to our room. This was past 8 o' clock and DHS opened at 9am that day. I got to the room and gently woke up every one. Luckily they were both re energized and ready to go. We had breakfast in our room and were able to make it to the bus stop shortly after 9 am.

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We got to the park a little before 10 am and while Joey ran ahead of us to get FP's for Toy Story Mania, I asked someone to take a picture of Beatriz and I but... she wasn't having it.

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With FP's in hand we started the day at "The Voyage of the Little Mermaid". There was no wait and we walked straight into the pre show area. And that is when Beatriz announces she has to go to the bathroom for number 2. Since she has a tendance of being constipated I never ask her to "hold it in" because you never know when she might ask to go again. There was just one thing to do: get out of there and run to the bathroom. :headache:

Little did I know that this was going to happen MULTIPLE times during the trip.

Last year Beatriz was not fully potty trained before our trip so I just put her on pull ups everyday. Not this time. :sad2: Increased intake of liquids combined with a small bladder made this trip the trip of the inconvenient potty breaks.

By the time we got back to "The Little Mermaid" there was already a bit of waiting but we decided to stick to it and wait.

The show was wonderful! :love: I never get tired of it. I love it specially because Ariel sings live. I think the Ariel we got this time was extra gifted. Her voice was so beautiful and she even made some minor modifications on the melody of "Part of their World" that made it extra special! I just could not help myself: I cried like a baby during the show.

Yes. The ugly cry with tears rolling down my neck. :sad1:

It was going to be a long day....

So after "The Voyage of the Little mermaid" we went straight to Animation Academy. I have ALWAYS wanted to do the drawing class but somehow it always ended up pushed up to later in the day and then it never got done. This time I wanted to squeeze it in early and so we did it.

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One of the CMs was talking to all the guests waiting for the drawing class and asking us some trivia questions about classic Disney movies. Questions like what was the name of the dog at Cinderella's movie. After someone would come up with the answer he would then explain tons of fun details about the characters and the movie that most people don't know about. It was a very informal setting and I could hear that guy talking for the rest of the day.

Then it was our turn. We go into the the class room, grab our seats, hear the instructions from the animator and just as I am about to start drawing Beatriz announces that she needs to go to the bathroom. AGAIN!!!!!! :scared1: Are you kidding me? So I run out of the room with her and explained the situation to the CM guarding the exit. He said I could try to run and walk back into the class if I promised not to bother anyone else. I said I was seating at the edge of the aisle so I wouldn't be blocking anyone's view. I could just sneak back into the class unnoticed. So that is what I did.

By the time we got back they were quite advanced in their drawing but Joey helped me to catch up. Pheeew!

Ready to finally start:

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Trying to catch up:
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She is following the instructions too:
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Our animator Brian:
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And the final result:
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I know it looks like just a bunch of random traces and it could be just my "mother eyes" but I can totally see she gave it a fair attempt:
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Looking closely you can kinda tell the head from the hat and the head from the beak. Just saying....

At the end of the presentation we walked up to Brian and I apologized for any disturbance we might have caused. He autographed Bea's drawing and was very nice.

Joey loved the experience and said he would not mind doing it again and again.

Next up:
How many more inconvenient potty breaks and unexpected ugly cries can our family take?

PS. In case you are still trying to remember the name of Cinderella's dog... Its name is Bruno!

cherjp
06-09-2011, 04:04 PM
What a wonderful day, I always feel emotional at disney and i have no excuse except disney love. I have a picture in my head of you in your pjs though rocking it!!! , you should have done the twist, heyyy just another disney day, and us, the true disney people who "get it" would understand!!! You have made some smashing memories and I hope you achieve your other little goal too.

xxx and loved this instalment. xxx

Native NYer
06-09-2011, 04:17 PM
Love your drawings of Donald!
So glad you were able to get back into the animation class after the potty break.

mousegear
06-09-2011, 07:08 PM
Love the Donalds!! We gotta try that.... after so many trip, we've never tried animation class. DS 7 will probably do super job since he takes art lessons. ;)

natebenma
06-09-2011, 10:39 PM
Hollywoody Studios! Love that!

Great start to the morning, even with the crying and the potty emergencies!

The Animation Academy is totally on my wish list to do- the guys are never interested! Your drawings came out really great! I'm impressed that Beatriz made one, too!

TanzUnited99
06-10-2011, 10:12 AM
Lol at 'Hollywoody' studios! :lmao:

I'm sorry to hear about your miscarriage - being emotional is understandable.

Love the faces Beatriz is pulling in the photos - something to show her when she is older!!

All the drawings look great! :thumbsup2

mickeystoontown
06-10-2011, 10:42 AM
Oh I love that Beatriz calls HS Hollywoody Studios! Love it! I remember those days of my kids needing to take unexpected potty breaks (heck, I still make those :rolleyes1) So glad that you were able to do the drawing class. It's always so much fun.

Lucys2200
06-10-2011, 12:42 PM
Oh my goodness...i'm loving your trip report! The video of you daughter is just to cute for words. When she noticed her light stick was different :rotfl2:

QuirkyButterfly
06-10-2011, 05:26 PM
It is totally understandable that you are emotional at the moment. Cry away :hug:. I am an ugly crier as well, I start to do that hiccup noise when I start to cry and everyone looks at me funny. I will cry at everything. DBF teases me about it all the time.

I am loving the image of you in your PJ's in the food court. I might admit to once or twice in my lifetime running down to the corner store for milk in my PJ's in the early hours of the morning :rolleyes1.

Your Donalds came out looking great, I am really excited to do the animation class despite having an almost non-existent artistic talent :rotfl: should still be fun though.

Queila
06-12-2011, 09:04 PM
What a wonderful day, I always feel emotional at disney and i have no excuse except disney love. I have a picture in my head of you in your pjs though rocking it!!! , you should have done the twist, heyyy just another disney day, and us, the true disney people who "get it" would understand!!! You have made some smashing memories and I hope you achieve your other little goal too.

xxx and loved this instalment. xxx

Thank you very much.:hug: I did end up doing the twist later in the trip. And Joey even did the hustle. :rotfl2: Pop was so much fun...

Love your drawings of Donald!
So glad you were able to get back into the animation class after the potty break.

Love the Donalds!! We gotta try that.... after so many trip, we've never tried animation class. DS 7 will probably do super job since he takes art lessons. ;)

Thank you. I was so thankful they let me back in. Even if you are not artsy at all you can still do a good job. It is definitely something I would include in our itinerary again and again. I am sure your son is going to love it.

Hollywoody Studios! Love that!

Great start to the morning, even with the crying and the potty emergencies!

The Animation Academy is totally on my wish list to do- the guys are never interested! Your drawings came out really great! I'm impressed that Beatriz made one, too!

Oh Dee... I hope you get to do it one day. It is a lot of fun. Great sense of accomplishment at the end and you get a wonderful keepsake. I was surprised with Beatriz too. She loved the whole thing and it was actually her idea to go talk to the animator at the end of the presentation.


Lol at 'Hollywoody' studios! :lmao:

I'm sorry to hear about your miscarriage - being emotional is understandable.

Love the faces Beatriz is pulling in the photos - something to show her when she is older!!

All the drawings look great! :thumbsup2

Thank you. Oh yes... I will totally use some of these pictures to embarrass her one day. :rotfl:

Oh I love that Beatriz calls HS Hollywoody Studios! Love it! I remember those days of my kids needing to take unexpected potty breaks (heck, I still make those :rolleyes1) So glad that you were able to do the drawing class. It's always so much fun.

I definitely learned during this trip that I have to plan my potty breaks instead of just waiting for them to happen because they always ended up happening at the wrong time. :sad2:


Oh my goodness...i'm loving your trip report! The video of you daughter is just to cute for words. When she noticed her light stick was different :rotfl2:

It is totally understandable that you are emotional at the moment. Cry away :hug:. I am an ugly crier as well, I start to do that hiccup noise when I start to cry and everyone looks at me funny. I will cry at everything. DBF teases me about it all the time.

I am loving the image of you in your PJ's in the food court. I might admit to once or twice in my lifetime running down to the corner store for milk in my PJ's in the early hours of the morning :rolleyes1.

Your Donalds came out looking great, I am really excited to do the animation class despite having an almost non-existent artistic talent :rotfl: should still be fun though.

Thank you! :hug:
Joey caught me on video at another ugly crying moment later on the trip and, trust me, with was UGLY with capital letters. Oh man... what is it with Disney that brings it out from us?? They must put something in the water!

Anyways, you are going to love the drawing class. The CM told us if you can hold a pencil, you can do it and he was right. The other day Joey and I try to repeat our drawing and it was a total failure. We do need someone guiding us along the way....

Queila
06-12-2011, 09:16 PM
WINDOW DECORATION
Before I go on with the report, there is something about that first morning that I forgot to share with you. popcorn::

Before leaving the room that day we also took the time to put up our window decorations.:teeth: I had read that this was the "in" thing to do at Pop Century so I did not want to miss on the fun. :yay: Turns out I did not see too many windows decorated :( and due to the location of our room I don't beieve anyone got to see ours. :sad2:

Ok, maybe the girl from mousekeeping did. :thumbsup2

Anyways, it was nothing fancy but we were proud of it:

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We had family fun doing the project at home anyways and in a future trip I just might bring this one again.

Q

cherjp
06-13-2011, 04:29 AM
cool :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

TanzUnited99
06-13-2011, 06:16 AM
Cool window display! :thumbsup2

Have been debating whether to decorate ours in Sept - still not sure.

caitty13
06-13-2011, 11:24 AM
I like the window. :thumbsup2 I was at POP the same time and never saw any windows decorated. Well just the few towel animals that people had but other than that nothing.

mickeystoontown
06-13-2011, 11:38 AM
What a cute window decoration! I love it.

Queila
06-13-2011, 12:57 PM
DAY 2- FRIDAY- MAY 13TH 2011- MAKING THE MOST OF OUR DAY AT HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS AND LUNCH AT STARRING ROLLS.

On our two previous trips we never made it to the Indiana Jones stunt show. My husband had never seen the show and was really looking forward to it so I wanted to make sure we would catch the first show of the day at 11h30 am.

As soon as we finished our drawing class we crossed to the Indiana Jones theater and found great seats.

All excited:

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Now as soon as the show started Beatriz' mood started to change. The music and the stunts were making her scared and the big ball rolling Indiana Jones over was the last drop in the bucket. The girl started crying and shaking in fear so I told Joey to finish the show and I was going to bring her to the back. Once she calmed down she looked at me with the most concerned eyes and asked: "What happened to the cowboy?" :rotfl2:

Poor thing.

We encourage the little ones to "believe the magic" and that is exactly what she did!!! She was freaking out and really thought the whole thing was real. I stayed with her in the back for the rest of the show but every time there was a fight scene or explosions she got really nervous. I guess we will wait until she is older and understands the concept of "action movies" before we bring her back to this attraction.

Joey enjoyed the show a lot and I was happy he finally got to experience it.

So by now we were hungry and ready for lunch. And we knew EXACTLY where we wanted to eat: Starring Rolls.

I :lovestruc that place! Starring Rolls is part of my "Top Three Best Counter Service Restaurants in all over WDW" list.

Here is our meal:

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For Joey: Black Forrest Ham sandwich, a bottle of water, a bag of chips and a dessert. All for 1 counter service credit.

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For myself: Turkey sandwich, a diet coke, a banana (you can get a fresh fruit as a "side dish" and I always get one to eat later) and a dessert also for one counter service credit.

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They do NOT have many options for kids. The only sandwich available was a peanut butter & jelly one and Beatriz did not like it at all. :sad2: I think it was too sweet. We ended up bringing her sandwich with us and Joey had it later.

She did enjoy her apple sauce and cookie and ate off our sandwiches instead:

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Her meal also came with a big bottle of orange juice which she went on peeing off in small installments for the rest of the day. :rotfl:

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The desserts:

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Joey had the butterfinger cupcake (the one I had last year and LOVED it) and he did not regret it. I am telling you, that thing should win an award!

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I had the red velvet cheesecake cupcake that was incredibly tasty but still was not as good as the butterfinger one.

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So after this amazing lunch we went toward the Star Tours attraction. It was still one week away from official opening day and I wanted to see if there was any sort of soft opening going on. Unfortunately, everything was quite and there was just a CM in front of the attraction repeating over and over that the attraction would be opened on the 20th of May. Too bad we were leaving on the 19th...

The jedi academy was going on but Beatriz got scared of Darth Vader so we moved on:

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Next up, Joey's favorite show:

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I never really got into the Muppet Show because they did not play it in Brazil when I was growing up. I do remember the Muppet Babies cartoon though. Remember that??

Joey loves Kermit and Animal the most and he gets a kick out of those hecklers every time.

However, before we made it into the theater Beatriz went CRAZY around that Ms Piggy fountain!

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The girl loves water and if she couldn't jump right into the fountain she made sure she would at least make the most out of it! She ended up soaking wet. Since it was still very hot outside I let her play and then I just twisted her dress a bit and let it dry on her body. Trust me, it did not take very long.

There was no wait for the Muppet Show AT ALL and we walked straight into a half empty theater. Where was everybody?? Not that I was complaining or anything...

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After the show:
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Near the exit of the Muppet Show there was some construction going on. I could tell it was something related to Phineas and Ferb but at the time I was not sure of what it was. I did some research online today and I found this (http://attractionsmagazine.com/blog/2011/05/29/phineas-and-ferb-play-n-greet-experience-opens-at-hollywood-studios-video/). It is an interactive meet and greet area that opened on May, 29th. We will know for next time.

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So then we looked for Lightning Mc Queen and Tow Mater for a picture but did not find them at their usual spot. When we asked the CM she said they were out shooting a movie. :lmao:

They do have an explanation for everything, don't they??

Next up:
More Hollywood Studios
Meal At Kouzzina

Queila
06-13-2011, 12:57 PM
cool :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Cool window display! :thumbsup2

Have been debating whether to decorate ours in Sept - still not sure.

I like the window. :thumbsup2 I was at POP the same time and never saw any windows decorated. Well just the few towel animals that people had but other than that nothing.

What a cute window decoration! I love it.

THANK YOU! :teeth:

JAMIESMITH
06-13-2011, 03:05 PM
I remember Muppet Babies ;)

TanzUnited99
06-13-2011, 03:49 PM
Aaw poor Beatriz...hopefully she'll feel differently about it when she's a bit older.

Mmm...Starring Rolls! All the food looks delish and can't wait to eat here.

I remember watching The Muppet Show though not Muppet Babies.

Love the fountain photos and lol at the explanation given for Lightening McQueen and Tow Mater not being in their usual spots!

lbuzz52
06-13-2011, 04:02 PM
playing a bit of catch up...

that ice cream sandwich looks amazing! i'm definitely going to have to try it next trip.

I'm with you, i love Spectro the best

Don't worry about the hormones, we all have them! My youngest is almost 2 & a half and i still cry at the Johnson't baby commercials :lmao:

I really like your window decoration.

The animation studios looks great! I really wanted to do this but DH was afraid it would irritate DD if she couldn't perfect her drawing.

lincar47
06-13-2011, 04:07 PM
Loving your trip report so far! Can't wait to hear more!

lincar47
06-13-2011, 04:19 PM
P.S: Your Daughter is adorable!

L-Harper
06-13-2011, 08:00 PM
I can't wait for you to post more of your trip report! It looks like you all had such an amazing vacation and its only on the second day. haha It's a bummer that you didn't see more windows decorated at Pop. :sad2:

I couldn't help but giggling at all of the potty breaks, but only because I know we will be having the same problem in September. Actually.... I'm more worried about a lot of accidents because my son won't want to tell me that he has to potty. :headache: He never wants to miss any of the action. :confused3

Jazzabelle508
06-13-2011, 11:46 PM
Love the pics from Hollywood Studios and your room decorations :) Clever idea :) Also too bad you didn't get on the new star wars ride. It opened on my brothers birthday which is funny because he really enjoys star wars. He will be the first person in our family able to ride the new ride because he will be there for his honeymoon over christmas.

mousegear
06-14-2011, 06:56 AM
Nice update! I'm so craving those cupcakes from Starring Rolls. :lmao: and it's only 7AM. I could have one of those for breakfast..... butterfinger.

natebenma
06-14-2011, 10:08 PM
Great Room Decorations!

I'm glad Joey got a chance to see the Indy show. My youngest was obsessed with Indiana Jones, so we saw the show twice in 2008. The last couple of years, my DH took the boys while I got my girl on- in 2009 I solo-ed at Beauty and Beast and last year I watched Voyage of the Little Mermaid for the first time.

Yummy-looking lunch at Starring Rolls. Only time I have been there was to get the Brown Derby's Grapefruit cake- which was ok, but mmmm those cupcakes look delish.

I am with Joey on the Muppets- Animal is my favorite!!! Ask him if he knows the name of the Muppet house band

(Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem)- I'm a trivia freak!

Already drooling thinking about your meal at Kouzzina. One of the restaurants at Disney that I really want to try!

PS- thought of you last weekend. NKOTBSB played at Fenway Park on Saturday. I remember you wrote you like the band. :)

Lidian
06-15-2011, 04:26 AM
I am totally in love with your TR! Hope you don't mind if I tag along?

Your DD is adorable! I love your DH's Animal shirt. I've never been in Starring Rolls (planned to go for a cupcake this year, but "later" never happened), your sandwiches looked soooo good! Sorry that you missed Star Tours (all the more reason to go back, right?). Can't wait to hear more!! popcorn::

pinkxray
06-15-2011, 11:36 AM
Starring Rolls looks yummy as usual. Too bad Beatriz didn't like her meal. I have heard that you can use child cs credits for adult meals, but it won't work if you do it altogether. Since you have 2 adults,1 child and you ring them up together it wouldn't work. I don't know if that is actually true so I would get Dh to take Caitlin and pay for his CS meal separately and then pay for the other 2 meals by myself.

Love the pictures near the Muppet area. I :love: this show. DH doesn't understand why we need to do it each trip, but this is one I always insist on.

I wish we got to see Phineas and Ferb. They were supposed to open while we were there but right before the trip they pushed back the release date.:sad1:

Queila
06-16-2011, 05:03 PM
I remember Muppet Babies ;)


Weren't they cute? My favorite one was Gonzo! What about you?

Aaw poor Beatriz...hopefully she'll feel differently about it when she's a bit older.

Mmm...Starring Rolls! All the food looks delish and can't wait to eat here.

I remember watching The Muppet Show though not Muppet Babies.

Love the fountain photos and lol at the explanation given for Lightening McQueen and Tow Mater not being in their usual spots!

I guess that is the thing with travelling with kids at different ages. What they fear one year they might not the next and they sometimes grow out of things they used to like. Your trip is never the same no matter how many times you go back.

You will love Starring Rolls... specially the desserts. ;)

Look up for Muppet Babies on Youtube. They were REALLY cute.

And that is something I love about Disney. They never go "out of character". No matter who you talk to.

playing a bit of catch up...

that ice cream sandwich looks amazing! i'm definitely going to have to try it next trip.

I'm with you, i love Spectro the best

Don't worry about the hormones, we all have them! My youngest is almost 2 & a half and i still cry at the Johnson't baby commercials :lmao:

I really like your window decoration.

The animation studios looks great! I really wanted to do this but DH was afraid it would irritate DD if she couldn't perfect her drawing.

The ice cream sandwich is awesome. You won't regret going for it.

The crying situation has gotten better by now but every now and then I still surprise myself with some unexpected tears. :sad2:

The window decoration can be a nice little family project before the trip. We enjoyed spending time together making it and we were proud to hang it on our window.

I am sure your daughter would do great on the drawing lessons. The CM said if you can hold a pencil you can do a good job! :thumbsup2

Loving your trip report so far! Can't wait to hear more!

:welcome: Hope you stick around.

P.S: Your Daughter is adorable!

Thanks. She is our pride and joy. :goodvibes

I can't wait for you to post more of your trip report! It looks like you all had such an amazing vacation and its only on the second day. haha It's a bummer that you didn't see more windows decorated at Pop. :sad2:

I couldn't help but giggling at all of the potty breaks, but only because I know we will be having the same problem in September. Actually.... I'm more worried about a lot of accidents because my son won't want to tell me that he has to potty. :headache: He never wants to miss any of the action. :confused3

Thanks and welcome. There are many more nice memories to come. I just need to find the time to sit down and write them down. Hopefully I will have the chance to update this weekend.

The potty breaks were always in the most inconvenient times. It is likes she senses it... even at home whenever I bring her out,it never fails. You don't want to know how many times I have had to storm out a dressing room in a clothing store to bring her to the bathroom... :rotfl:

I think the best thing is to force some potty breaks in between rides. I don't know why I did not think of that when we were there.:confused3 I hope it works out for you...

Love the pics from Hollywood Studios and your room decorations :) Clever idea :) Also too bad you didn't get on the new star wars ride. It opened on my brothers birthday which is funny because he really enjoys star wars. He will be the first person in our family able to ride the new ride because he will be there for his honeymoon over christmas.

We were said about missing out on the Star Tours fun too. But I guess now we have yet another excuse to go back. I have read it is a really cool ride. I am sure your brother will love it, specially if he enjoys Star Wars. I am not a huge fan of the Star Wars fan so I am sure I wouldn't fully get all the little details but apparently all the Star Wars geeks have approved it.

Nice update! I'm so craving those cupcakes from Starring Rolls. :lmao: and it's only 7AM. I could have one of those for breakfast..... butterfinger.

Trust me. I could have that for breakfast, lunch and super. ;)

Great Room Decorations!

I'm glad Joey got a chance to see the Indy show. My youngest was obsessed with Indiana Jones, so we saw the show twice in 2008. The last couple of years, my DH took the boys while I got my girl on- in 2009 I solo-ed at Beauty and Beast and last year I watched Voyage of the Little Mermaid for the first time.

Yummy-looking lunch at Starring Rolls. Only time I have been there was to get the Brown Derby's Grapefruit cake- which was ok, but mmmm those cupcakes look delish.

I am with Joey on the Muppets- Animal is my favorite!!! Ask him if he knows the name of the Muppet house band

(Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem)- I'm a trivia freak!

Already drooling thinking about your meal at Kouzzina. One of the restaurants at Disney that I really want to try!

PS- thought of you last weekend. NKOTBSB played at Fenway Park on Saturday. I remember you wrote you like the band. :)

Thank you! We had fun doing our decorations and we always nice to see it hanging on our window every time we got back to our room.

That is such a smart idea to be able to split so you can have some girl time. I have friends that want to come to Disney with us next time and they have a boy. I think that is what we will have to do instead of dragging him to see the princesses with us...

I am telling... those cupcakes taste as good as they look. The Brown Derby's grapefruit are legendary! I never knew you could get it at Starring Rolls. Something else to add on my list .

I have forgotten to ask Joey your trivia question but I certainly will. He is dying to see the new Muppet movie coming out later this year. It looks really good. Have you seen the previews?

The NKOTB playds in Montreal on June 7th but I could not make it. :( I have been following the coverage of their tour and I am dying to go see it myself. They will be back here in August and I already bought my tickets. :dance3:

As for Kouzzina, let,s just say it did not disappoint. ;)

I am totally in love with your TR! Hope you don't mind if I tag along?

Your DD is adorable! I love your DH's Animal shirt. I've never been in Starring Rolls (planned to go for a cupcake this year, but "later" never happened), your sandwiches looked soooo good! Sorry that you missed Star Tours (all the more reason to go back, right?). Can't wait to hear more!! popcorn::

Are you kidding me?? I love to get to know whoever is reading the TR. Welcome and I hope you stick around.

That Animal is probably one of Joey's favorite too. He wears it all the time. He had bought a Kermit one a couple of years ago but now it is too big on him.

Too bad you never got to taste a cupcake. They are as good as they look.

If there is one thing I am finally learning about touring the parks is that "later" practically never happens. When you see something you want or an attraction you want to ride just jump in right away because chances are you won't get another chance. There is just too much to see!! I guess this is how they "get us". There is always a reason to come back. :woohoo:

I cannot wait for them to announce the dates of the opening of the expansion of Fantasyland. Star Tours and Fantasyland are my two biggest excuses to start planning another trip soon.

Starring Rolls looks yummy as usual. Too bad Beatriz didn't like her meal. I have heard that you can use child cs credits for adult meals, but it won't work if you do it altogether. Since you have 2 adults,1 child and you ring them up together it wouldn't work. I don't know if that is actually true so I would get Dh to take Caitlin and pay for his CS meal separately and then pay for the other 2 meals by myself.

Love the pictures near the Muppet area. I :love: this show. DH doesn't understand why we need to do it each trip, but this is one I always insist on.

I wish we got to see Phineas and Ferb. They were supposed to open while we were there but right before the trip they pushed back the release date.:sad1:

I never knew that trick for the CS meals. Thanks for the info. :thumbsup2 I do not think Beatriz had ever tried a PBJ sandwich before and it was not to her taste. I don't blame her. Our sandwiches looked a lot more appetizing than her pre packaged little thing.

I think that Muppet area is one of the most pleasant places in all over Disney. There is something really special about it. Every time I am there I tell myself I would like to eat at Mama Melrose one day. Maybe next time...

That was too bad about Phineas and Ferb. It looks like a fun meet and greet.

JAMIESMITH
06-17-2011, 12:16 PM
Weren't they cute? My favorite one was Gonzo! What about you?



I was always a big fan of Kermit :)

Marshay
06-18-2011, 10:05 PM
:thumbsup2found your TR!! Joining in...will catch up later!:goodvibes

Queila
06-20-2011, 12:02 PM
DAY 2- FRIDAY- MAY, 13TH 2011- MORE HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS AND PIXAR PARADE

I had written in my PTR that I would have liked to do the Studio Backlot Tour at some point during our DHS day but in view of Beatriz' recent reaction to thrills and explosions I decided to skip it again. :(

It's ok. There is always next time... ;)

And with Lightning Mc Queen missing in action it was the perfect opportunity to get some more princess time. Beauty and the Beast _ Live on Stage was going to start soon at 2 pm so we had to cross the park once more.

But not before some picture time at Streets of America:
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That one made me think of our trip to San Francisco in 2008:
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So we got to the Beauty and the Beast theater just as the show was about to start and still managed to get some great seats.:thumbsup2 But guess what happened as soon as the show started??

That is right! Someone had to go to the bathroom! :rolleyes:

So once again I had to get up and run to the closest bathroom with her. Thank goodness we were allowed to get out and back into the theater without consequences... I know things would have been different if this was the Nemo show for example.

Just in time for "Be Our Guest":
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I LOVE this show. Never get tired of it. My favorite character is Lumiere. I love the way he mixes English and French words in his sentences. You could swear he is from Montreal... :laughing:

At the end of the show it was time to take the picture in our "family spot".

Feb, 2009:
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May, 2010:
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And here is our attempt for 2011:
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Beatriz wasn't cooperating. The sun was in her face and she was hot and more interested in jumping in that water. Posing this time was... say... a bit of a struggle. This was the best we were able to get. :sad2: I would have liked it to be a little closer but we knew it was not going to happen.

By now we were hot and sticky and on the verge of a meltdown so I decided it was time to cool off. Last year I was dying for a frozen lemonade to watch the 3 o clock parade but wasn't able to find one. This time I made my homework and I knew exactly where to find one: Anaheim Produce! Unfortunately, no pictures.

So with our refreshments in hand we went to Hollywood Boulevard and found a great spot to see the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade. Last year Beatriz had fallen asleep and missed the parade but this time she was ready to go:

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I really liked the new parade. We got to see tons of nice characters and the song is very catchy too. Impossible not to dance. :banana: You can tell they have recycled some elements from the old parade but I prefer this one.

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Now at one point during the parade Princess Atta from Bug's Life comes near us and gives Beatriz a high five. The girl was ecstatic!! :yay: Up until now she says it was her favorite part of the day and she retells this episode to people with the same happiness and enthusiasm I display when I tell people about the day Donnie Wahlberg kissed me on the cheek. :rolleyes1

BTW, did I ever tell you about the day I got kissed by Donnie Wahlberg ???

BEST. DAY. EVER!

Cont. here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41544034&postcount=100).

Queila
06-20-2011, 12:03 PM
So now it was time to use the FP we had collected earlier for Toy Story Mania. We went in through the FP line, collected the 3D glasses and just as we are about to pass the gate to go into the boarding area Beatriz announces she has to go to the bathroom. :scared1:

I know. It is not even funny anymore. :eek: Trust me. I wasn't laughing either.

So off I went to the bathroom with her again for what it seemed like the 100th time that day.

Finally, we did TSM. Joey loves this ride. If it was up to him, every ride would involve some sort of competition or scoring system... :sad2:

I asked if Beatriz wanted to play but she said no. She was happy just seating in between us and watching the action happening in front of her.

Then we took some pictures outside the ride. That Pixar area of the park is really special. I love all the art work:

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From Toy Story Mania we went to try a family first: the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground. And just as I had suspected Beatriz loved that place and did not want to come out. So we sat down and let her play:

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By this time Joey and I had run out of energy. Yes. We are getting old. I still wanted to go see The Great Movie Ride but I knew we were ready to call it a day. I still had plans of coming back to DHS later on the trip so I didn't feel too bad.

As we stop for yet another potty break I finally see the meet and greet area for Monsters Inc characters. I had looked for it before and wasn't able to find it but this time I accidentally bumped into it. It is a bit hidden, isn't it? :confused:

Sulley was posing for pictures and once again Beatriz agreed to go see him. As we got closer to Sulley I noticed she got a bit intimidated by his size so she asked me to pick her up.

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Beatriz asked Sulley about Boo and he pointed to the door. It was very cute.
Hooray for another successful character interaction. :woohoo:

It was probably around 4h30 pm and we had reservations for Kouzzina at the Boardwalk for 6pm. Since we had never been to the Boardwalk before we decided to leave right sway and take the time to explore it a a bit.

Next up:
Boardwalk
Kouzzina
Swimming pool at Pop Century

natebenma
06-21-2011, 05:42 AM
Wow, sounds like a fun afternoon at HS! What awesome pictures of the parade characters! Boo is just adorable!

Beatriz looks like she is having a blast in the playground. Was it unbearably HOT in there? It was the time we visited.

Loved your little flashback additions- the family picture from San Fran and your brush with celebrity. A kiss from Donnie? NICE!

pinkxray
06-21-2011, 07:29 AM
The parade looks great. I wish were able to catch it, I love the Pixar characters.

Beatriz looks like she is having so much fun. The HISTHK playground is such a neat place for kids to play.

Doesn't it stink when old age catchs up with you? You want to so so much more than your energy lets you.

onescgirl
06-21-2011, 12:09 PM
Great pictures, it looks like ya'll are having a great time.
I liked your window decorations.
I have decorated our windows the two times that we have been at WDW. I have never seen another window decorated. Only pics on the Dis. We do have fun with it though, & the kids love doing it!
Your Starring Roll pictures look so yummy! I will have to eat there on our next trip.
I'm loving all the potty breaks, I remember those days! ;)

TanzUnited99
06-22-2011, 02:46 PM
Lol at the number of potty breaks you had to take! I hope it got better later on into the trip.

Love the 'family spot' pics - it's a great idea :thumbsup2

The parade looks like so much fun - can't wait to see it.

Yay on getting to see Sulley and having another great character interaction ;)

mousegear
06-22-2011, 07:59 PM
I totally agree with you that character spot for Monster, Inc is really hidden. We had to ask CM where it was.... :goodvibes Anyways, we never saw the parade at DHS since we leave around 1~2pm after our lunch. It's much needed but wish we could watch the parade.

lbuzz52
06-23-2011, 08:53 PM
We had to ask the CM where Monsters was too

I'm so glad Beatrix stayed awake for the parade. What a special moment!

Queila
06-24-2011, 07:41 PM
:thumbsup2found your TR!! Joining in...will catch up later!:goodvibes

Welcome. Glad you made it here. Hope you come back. ;)

Wow, sounds like a fun afternoon at HS! What awesome pictures of the parade characters! Boo is just adorable!

Beatriz looks like she is having a blast in the playground. Was it unbearably HOT in there? It was the time we visited.

Loved your little flashback additions- the family picture from San Fran and your brush with celebrity. A kiss from Donnie? NICE!

You know what? Everybody had warned me about the heat inside the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" playground but I did not find it that bad. :confused3 I guess I have a higher tolerance for heat than most people... ;)

NICE IT WAS! :lovestruc

The parade looks great. I wish were able to catch it, I love the Pixar characters.

Beatriz looks like she is having so much fun. The HISTHK playground is such a neat place for kids to play.

Doesn't it stink when old age catchs up with you? You want to so so much more than your energy lets you.

The Pixar parade was a highlight. I think Beatriz is just at the right age to enjoy parades right now. She calls out the characters, she waves and she dances the whole time. It is really cute to see.

You know? I remember what I could just go, go, go...now I am getting to the point that I need naps almost as muh as Bea. :rotfl2:

Great pictures, it looks like ya'll are having a great time.
I liked your window decorations.
I have decorated our windows the two times that we have been at WDW. I have never seen another window decorated. Only pics on the Dis. We do have fun with it though, & the kids love doing it!
Your Starring Roll pictures look so yummy! I will have to eat there on our next trip.
I'm loving all the potty breaks, I remember those days! ;)

We enjoyed decorating our window too and I did get to see one or two on the first floor but I guess I was expecting more.

You will not regret eating at Starring Rolls... even if it is just to have a cupcake. They rock!

Definitely cannot wait for her bladder to get bigger.

Lol at the number of potty breaks you had to take! I hope it got better later on into the trip.

Love the 'family spot' pics - it's a great idea :thumbsup2

The parade looks like so much fun - can't wait to see it.

Yay on getting to see Sulley and having another great character interaction ;)

It did get a little better as the trip went on. I guess we learned how to enforce breaks even when she said she did not have to go.
I love that we have a family spot picture. I hope we get to take many more pictures over there, if you know what I mean...;)

I totally agree with you that character spot for Monster, Inc is really hidden. We had to ask CM where it was.... :goodvibes Anyways, we never saw the parade at DHS since we leave around 1~2pm after our lunch. It's much needed but wish we could watch the parade.

I encourage to stay for the parade if you ever have the chance. I know not everyone considers themselves "parade people" but I say you have to see them at least once.

We had to ask the CM where Monsters was too

I'm so glad Beatrix stayed awake for the parade. What a special moment!

I was very happy to stumble upon the meet and greet area because at that point I am not even sure we would have put the effort to find it.

xDisneyAngelx
06-24-2011, 07:49 PM
Great update :-) You take wonderful pictures and your daughter is so adorable. I will be tuning in to hear more about your trip....take care

Queila
06-24-2011, 09:05 PM
Day 2- May, 13th 2011- Evening at the Boardwalk and Meal at Kouzzina

And that is when we were just about to find out one of the big differences between the 2010 and the 2011 trip.

In 2010 Beatriz ended up falling asleep in her stroller at some point pretty much every single day. She even fell asleep when we wanted her to be awake! :scared1: Usually we took advantage of those quiet moments to have some adult time in the parks and just take it easy. We were even able to use that time to have our table service meals in the most civilized manner in a couple of occasions.

So silly me is convinced that we are going to be able to pull the same stunt this time around.

:lmao:

I could tell Beatriz was in desperate need of some down time so we put her in her stroller and started making our way out of the park. The hope was that she was going to hit dreamland by the time we were ready to board the boat to the Boardwalk.

Wel... that never happened. :sad2:

That is when I knew super was going to be a challenge.

So we got to the Boardwalk with some time to spare before our meal and things were very quiet over there. Really. Not much going on.

While Joey takes off to explore the ESPN Club I sit down outside with her for a bit. I want to take some pictures but she does NOT want to be bothered.

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I also tried to explore a gift shop but when Beatriz gets in the "zone" she stops listening and I just couldn't handle repeating over and over for her to stay near me and stop touching things.

I was officially ready for a drink (you know, because I can :sad2: ).

So we checked in early for our meal and while we waited to be buzzed I brought her to the bathroom and changed her into some clean clothes. I also tried to bribe her into behaving herself during the meal. I will tell you right now, it did not work either. :laughing:

Not sure if the hostess sensed trouble but she placed us in a booth in a little corner of the restaurant. We did not mind it at all. The only problem is, as we also found out in this trip, every time we are sat in a booth Beatriz has this uncontrollable urge to stand on it and it is really hard to keep her down.

Is it time for my drink already?? :yes please:

Joey and I ordered a drink called Cat's ouzzo-tine which was by far the best drink I had the whole trip.

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Opa!

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Can you tell someone is hyper??
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So the waitress also brought us some bread and presented us with two samples of olive oil to go with it. While I do think it is a great idea and I do love olive oil I have to admit I couldn't really pay attention to her detailed explanation with a chid hanging on my neck AND I missed some balsamic vinegar to go with it. I did think about asking for some balsamic but I was afraid to offend the olive oil somehow...

On to the entrees:

Joey had the lamb with oven-baked gigantes beans and pepper sauce:

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He said the lamb was cooked to perfection and extremely flavourful but he did not care much about the beans as a side dish. He thought it was too much protein and he could have used some potatoes, rice or other type of vegetables. I asked a good friend of mine who is Greek and also a wonderful cook (you can check her cook book here (http://www.amazon.com/Take-Taste-Greece-Litsa-Bolontzakis/dp/9602961295/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1) - I know, shameless plug. Will that get me in trouble?) and she told me that this is a very traditional combination.

Fair enough. I guess Joey was not feeling very traditional...

At first I was conflicted about what I would eat. I was torn between the traditional whole fish (the presentation is just so beautiful) and the fisherman's stew so I asked the opinion of the waitress. She told me the stew was her favorite dish so I decided to go for it.

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I did not regret it.

The stew was delicious and reminded me of a Brazilian dish called muqueca. I would go back to Kouzzina so just I could have that stew again. It comes with 2 slices of hard bread to dip and it was finger licking good.

As we were about to eat my friend A. showed up to check up on us. He had finished his shift at Epcot and was on his way to a party (those CMs party a lot on their free time) and he passed by to say hello. I am telling you, he is the best. We told him about the highlights of our day, made some plans to meet up again, he took a picture of us and he was off...

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I wanted Beatriz to get the Pastitsio (Greek lasagna) from the kids menu and she seemed to be ok with it until she saw the picture of the standard pasta dish they have at every kids menu. I was a bit disappointed because I wanted to try some of the lasagna myself but trust me, I was not going to argue.

For dessert Joey ordered the Galaktoboureko (semolina custard in baked phyllo dough and vanilla-praline gelato) and gave it a two thumbs up:

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I had the chocolate budino cake (warm molten chocolate with whipped sweet cream) that was one of my favorite desserts from the entire week:

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Beatriz had a "dress it yourself" type of cookie but she barely touched it. Beatriz is not a dessert type of person and this fact alone makes me question genetics sometimes.

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All in all our meal at Kouzzina was a very positive experience. I recommend to every one who appreciates some Mediterranean cuisine. And who doesn't?

The picture of a satisfied (and very tired) family:
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One picture outside for the record. If only she could stay put for a second:
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Kalimera Kouzzina!

When we came out of the restaurant we noticed it had rained during our meal. Yay for dodging the rain. :woohoo: The Boardwalk seemed to be a bit more alive at that point with more people walking around and looking for a place to eat. For some reason I was expecting a little more action over there... :confused:

We then took the boat back to DHS and I had to fight my instinct of walking back into the park. Instead we hopped in the bus back to Pop Century. :(

Now at some point during the day we had promised to bring Beatriz to the pool that night and she did not forget about that. Lesson of the day: Never promise something to a kid that you have no intention of fulfilling.

She fought her sleep all the way in the bus ride and was ready to redeem her swim card as soon as arrived at the hotel. So we changed and headed to the pool:

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I didn't go in the water but instead allowed Joey to have another father/daughter moment with her.

By the time we told her we had to head back to our room for a shower and some sleep she was not happy. At this point Beatriz was beyond tired and it showed:

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Finally we managed to put her down for the night and spent some adult time before going to bed ourselves.



**********************End of day 2********************

Next up:
Epcot Garden and Flower Festival (Pixar Weekend).

Queila
06-24-2011, 09:42 PM
Great update :-) You take wonderful pictures and your daughter is so adorable. I will be tuning in to hear more about your trip....take care

Thank you and :welcome:

Less than 3 hours from Disney, eh?

Officially jealous! ;)

Lidian
06-25-2011, 01:30 AM
Lovely update!

We tried Kouzzina last year - and it was AMAZING! My DH had the Fisherman's Stew and I swear he licked his bowl clean. :goodvibes The Pastitsio was YUM! Your desserts looked soo yummy!! I totally vouch for how great this place is, and would recommend it as well! I'm now getting hungry thinking about it. :lmao:

I'm sorry that Beatriz was a little too focused. If its any consolation, she's adorable. :cutie:

PlutosRHM55
06-25-2011, 10:04 AM
Joining in!

Great TR so far! I think this may be the first time I've heard of Kouzzina on a TR. I know about the restaurant, but I haven't read any reviews and you seemed to like it, maybe I would try that... Hmmm... And I loved that video of your daughter on the Tea Cups! If only my parents had brought me when I was that young and I'd have a video liked that. Now, I don't mind the tea cups, but compared to other rides, I could just skip them. A lost child dream... even my sisters were pretty bored with the ride. Can't wait to read more about your adventures in Disney! :mickeyjum

PlutosRHM55
06-25-2011, 10:05 AM
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onescgirl
06-25-2011, 12:09 PM
That's great that you were able to see your friend one more time. It sounds like a pretty fun job to be a CM!



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We still have not learned the (above) lesson even though it had caused us so many problems over the years! :laughing:


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jimmy339
06-25-2011, 02:26 PM
Great TR loving looking at all you great pictures!

TanzUnited99
06-26-2011, 12:14 PM
Mmm the food at Kouzzina looks great! :thumbsup2 I'm glad you enjoyed your drink as well.

Love the choc budino cake and can't believe Beatriz does not care for desserts! They are the best part of a meal, IMO!

Lol at DD still remembering your promise of a swim when you returned to Pop!

DisneyDoc5
06-26-2011, 07:53 PM
All caught up and would love to join in for the rest of the report!!!

First off - you and your family are a beautiful bunch - your daughter is precious! I loved the tea cup video - LOL:rotfl2:!

You have my sympathies with regards to your miscarriage. Having been through that, I understand the emotions - and adding that situation to a Disney trip (where I cry all the time anyway with happiness) - surely you must have been on a rollercoaster. I look at my DS12 now and know I wouldn't have had him, had I not had the loss that preceded him, but that all took time to realize. I hope you are finding peace in your heart.:hug:

I had to LOL at the Donnie Walhberg kiss story - SO FUNNY!:lmao:

I actually like Cosmis Rays, but I can see why you weren't overly pleased. After seeing your pictures of Starring Rolls, my DS12 and I agreed we will try it in August (first ever mother-son trip - as also promised to the other children when they are 12 in the future!!!)

I LOVED your comment about brushing your teeth and packing your toothbrush in carry on - a true dental hyg. - I know my mom is a hyg. and my father was a dentist - we love clean teeth!:love:

SO looking forward to the rest of your well written report! Thank you so much for sharing!
Erin

mousegear
06-27-2011, 07:11 AM
Lovely meal at the Kouzzina. I gotta try Kouzzina sometime. We have our favorites and new places to try so it's always a challenge to have alotted restuarants within the DDP. :rotfl::rotfl:
In fact, we have a couple more ADRs than DDP credit so I'm thinking of paying OOP. :rolleyes1

lbuzz52
06-28-2011, 10:26 PM
Sorry Beatrix was a bit testy at dinner. Isn't it funny how things like swimming can perk a child up instantly!
I have had the same experience at boardwalk both times we visited at night. Not too much activity, but definitely picked up a bit at night. I like it though. I think it makes for a restful evening (plus it never hurts for me to entertain dh a bit with ESPN)

natebenma
06-29-2011, 05:52 AM
Thanks for the Kouzzina review and especially all of the photos. Your dinners and dessert look incredible. YUM!!!

Greek is my favorite cuisine and Patsitsio is one of my favorite meals. On the kids menu!?! Cool! I quickly clicked on the cookbook link- I'll have to go back and look when I have some more time.

It is definitely difficult to deal with an overly-tired toddler. They get that extra burst of internal energy trying to fight the exhaustion. Great final picture. That's one you should put away for the "gonna threaten to show this to your friends when you are a teenager" when you need some leverage in the future.

Queila
07-04-2011, 11:05 AM
Lovely update!

We tried Kouzzina last year - and it was AMAZING! My DH had the Fisherman's Stew and I swear he licked his bowl clean. :goodvibes The Pastitsio was YUM! Your desserts looked soo yummy!! I totally vouch for how great this place is, and would recommend it as well! I'm now getting hungry thinking about it. :lmao:

I'm sorry that Beatriz was a little too focused. If its any consolation, she's adorable. :cutie:

Thank you. That Fisherman's stew was really something else and it went on my list of dishes to have again one day.

I often joke that Beatriz is lucky she is so cute. I am telling you, she can get away with murder...

Joining in!

Great TR so far! I think this may be the first time I've heard of Kouzzina on a TR. I know about the restaurant, but I haven't read any reviews and you seemed to like it, maybe I would try that... Hmmm... And I loved that video of your daughter on the Tea Cups! If only my parents had brought me when I was that young and I'd have a video liked that. Now, I don't mind the tea cups, but compared to other rides, I could just skip them. A lost child dream... even my sisters were pretty bored with the ride. Can't wait to read more about your adventures in Disney! :mickeyjum

Thank you and :welcome:

I really like Kouzzina for the food. Maybe we do not see too many people talking about it because it does not have a strong theming like Sci-Fi for example...

Me too I wish my parents had brought me to Disney at least once when I was a child. I was already 15 the first time I went so I missed out on some of the kiddie stuff.

That's great that you were able to see your friend one more time. It sounds like a pretty fun job to be a CM!

We still have not learned the (above) lesson even though it had caused us so many problems over the years! :laughing:

I love this picture! Such a great ending picture to a long day!

Thank you! The picture reflects perfect the state of the whole family at the end of the day.

From what I could see, the CMs work hard and party hard. :rotfl: It must be a great experience. Specially if you are single and do not have a family to feed. ;)

I am glad to see I am not the only one who makes that mistake.

Great TR loving looking at all you great pictures!

Thank you. :)

Mmm the food at Kouzzina looks great! :thumbsup2 I'm glad you enjoyed your drink as well.

Love the choc budino cake and can't believe Beatriz does not care for desserts! They are the best part of a meal, IMO!

Lol at DD still remembering your promise of a swim when you returned to Pop!

The drink was really yummy. The base is pomegranate and pineapple and it was extremely refreshing! AND the dessert was very good too...

All caught up and would love to join in for the rest of the report!!!

First off - you and your family are a beautiful bunch - your daughter is precious! I loved the tea cup video - LOL:rotfl2:!

You have my sympathies with regards to your miscarriage. Having been through that, I understand the emotions - and adding that situation to a Disney trip (where I cry all the time anyway with happiness) - surely you must have been on a rollercoaster. I look at my DS12 now and know I wouldn't have had him, had I not had the loss that preceded him, but that all took time to realize. I hope you are finding peace in your heart.:hug:

I had to LOL at the Donnie Walhberg kiss story - SO FUNNY!:lmao:

I actually like Cosmis Rays, but I can see why you weren't overly pleased. After seeing your pictures of Starring Rolls, my DS12 and I agreed we will try it in August (first ever mother-son trip - as also promised to the other children when they are 12 in the future!!!)

I LOVED your comment about brushing your teeth and packing your toothbrush in carry on - a true dental hyg. - I know my mom is a hyg. and my father was a dentist - we love clean teeth!:love:

SO looking forward to the rest of your well written report! Thank you so much for sharing!
Erin

Hello and :welcome:!! I love new visitors and I hope you stick around. :)

Thank you for the kind words. The miscarriage is a wound that I am not sure wil ever close but I did manage to find some peace and look at the bright side of things.

The tea cup is my favorite video of the trip! And my crush on Donnie Walhberg is borderline inapropriate. :lovestruc

I cannot say I disliked Cosmic Rays. It just paled in comparison to other Disney counter services for us. We recommend Starring Rolls to everyone and anyone. Impossible not to love those cupcakes.

Wow... a mother- son trip sounds like a lot of fun.

So you have dental workers in your family, eh? THAT can be traumatizing. You never thought of going into the dental field yourself? If not, I won't judge you. A couple of years ago my husband and I loved watching Survivor together and I used to say the only reason why I would NEVER be able to sign up for that show is that I would not be able to part with my toothbrush. It would just drive me insane....

Lovely meal at the Kouzzina. I gotta try Kouzzina sometime. We have our favorites and new places to try so it's always a challenge to have alotted restuarants within the DDP. :rotfl::rotfl:
In fact, we have a couple more ADRs than DDP credit so I'm thinking of paying OOP. :rolleyes1

I know how hard it can be to chose the right ADR's and stay within your DDP credits. For this trip I had a rule of NO REPEATS. I wanted to try new restaurants as much as possible and I did not regret it. For my next trip I will try to do an ALL STARS from the 2010 and the 2011 trip and maybe one or two first timers. I know it will be a challenge. :laughing:

Sorry Beatrix was a bit testy at dinner. Isn't it funny how things like swimming can perk a child up instantly!
I have had the same experience at boardwalk both times we visited at night. Not too much activity, but definitely picked up a bit at night. I like it though. I think it makes for a restful evening (plus it never hurts for me to entertain dh a bit with ESPN)

I found the Boardwalk very pleasant and I am sure staying at the Boardwalk resort must be amazing. I guess I was just surprised by its quietness. I thought it was going to be similar to DTD... I am sure it must be the perfect place to hang out if you are staying at an Epcot hotel. I just would not get ut of my way to go there again unless I have a meal planned or something...

The will power of a child is really something remarkable. The prospect of swimming at night really kept her awake the whole day.

Thanks for the Kouzzina review and especially all of the photos. Your dinners and dessert look incredible. YUM!!!

Greek is my favorite cuisine and Patsitsio is one of my favorite meals. On the kids menu!?! Cool! I quickly clicked on the cookbook link- I'll have to go back and look when I have some more time.

It is definitely difficult to deal with an overly-tired toddler. They get that extra burst of internal energy trying to fight the exhaustion. Great final picture. That's one you should put away for the "gonna threaten to show this to your friends when you are a teenager" when you need some leverage in the future.

I am glad you enjoyed the Kouzzina pictures. I hope you will be able to make it there. Totally worth it. I have many Greek friends and I have learned to enjoy their cuisine. Pastitsio is always a big hit!

And, yes, I do have a collection of pictures already that I am sure will come in handy one day. ;)

Queila
07-04-2011, 12:23 PM
Day3- Saturday- May, 14th2011- Epcot

This was the first out of the two "full days" we had reserved for Epcot. Once again we decided to sleep in and I think we woke up sometime between 8 and 8h30 am, had a tiny breakfast in our room (just some cereal bars and coffee) and we were at the park by 10h30.

When you take Disney transportation you are always graced by some nice audio recording that highlights the must see attractions of the park you are going to. For Epcot the song playing in the background of the recording was "One little Spark" aka the Imagination song from the Imagination pavillon.

The first and ONLY time that I visited that pavillon was during my first trip to WDW in 1993. At that time my English was barely good enough to get by so I am sure I missed out on a lot of information.

So this time I am in the bus listening to the Imagination song and I started thinking about the little dragon and how cute he was... and what was his name??... oh yes...Figment... yes.. the little figment of the imagination ride... he was cute that one... that figment of the imagination..... wait a minute... he is a FIGMENT OF YOUR IMAGINATION!!!

SHUT UP!!!
:scared1:

It took me almost 20 years to get that!!! I started laughing out loud in the bus and Joey could not understand my excitement as I kept repeating: "Don't you see? He is the figment of our imagination!!"

"Ok nevermind".

So we arrived at Epcot and I had never seen a sight like that. The amount of people trying to get into the park was overwhelming. There were droves and droves of people flocking through its gates. It was hot and humid and I started to wonder how we were going to get anything accomplished that day. :rolleyes1

We had many factors playing against us:
Fact #1- It was a Saturday;
Fact #2- It was the last weekend of the Flower & Garden Festival;
Fact #3- It was Pixar Weekend.

Whose idea was it to come to Epcot in a day like this anyways????

Right. It was mine. :headache:

As we finally managed to enter the park I noticed the line for "Spaceship Earth" was actually the longest I had ever seen. It was stretching all the way to the park's turnstiles. Oh boy... don't this people know this is the WORST time of the day to visit the Spaceship Earth?? :crowded: Such a classic bottleneck spot...

So our first order of the day was to go visit my friend A. at the Guest Relations. When we got there he was busy with some guests so we just sat outside to wait for him:

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And in no time he showed up to say hello. All cute in his uniform:

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So we talked about the plans for the day. The goal was to try to see the special appearances of the Pixar characters and do as many activities related to the F&G Festival as possible.

He asked us about Soarin'. We said we thought there would not be any FP's left at this point and we would probably try to use a swap pass because Beatriz is not tall enough yet. He then told us he was coming to Soarin' with us right away and he would watch Beatriz for us while we rode it. I asked him if it was ok to leave his position at the Guest Relations and he said what he was about to do was actually part of his job.

Ok then...

As soon as we arrived at The Land pavillon I decided to bring Beatriz for a potty break right away so she would not ask to go while Joey and I were away but up until that point I was still not sure of what was going to happen. :confused3

When I got out of the bathroom my firend A. had another CM with him. The girl works at Soarin' and he tells her that he is granting us a magical moment. :eek: Then he tells us that we are going to ride Soarin' with no lines AT ALL! We will go in through the VIP entrance wich pretty much goes straight to the boarding area. That is what they do with celebrities and such. They board the ride through the exit and nobody gets to see them.

I totally felt like kissing A. on the mouth at that point!

So we went through a couple of doors and corridors and got to bring Beatriz with us all the way.

Here is a picture of us "backstage" waiting for our turn to board:
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So we pretty much walked into Soarin' while A. waited by the exit with Beatriz.

It was PRICELESS. I will never forget that! I am telling you, A. is a superstar.

So A. went back to his job and left us feeling like we were the luckiest people in the entire park! :teeth: It was such a high.

So from Soarin' we went to the Seas pavillon to do the Nemo ride:

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Beatriz did not want to ride Nemo because she had bad memories of Bruce the shark from the year before but we insisted a bit and she agreed on riding when Joey promised he would close her eyes when Bruce would show up. We were hoping she was going to be able t overcome her fear (just like she did with the masked characters) but she did not. She was hiding her face for most of the ride and she refused to go see the Turtle Talk with Crush afterwards.

Oh well...

But we did spend a good half an hour looking at the real fishes and other creatures in the aquariums. She loved that part. :love:

Now it was past noon already and we were VERY hungry (our little breakfast did not carry us too far) and we had a tough decision to make. My plan was to eat fish & chips at the English pavilion or at Tangerine Cafe at Morocco. However, we were running behind schedule and we were still all the way in the Future World. My fear was to fight the crowds and walk all the way to England or Morocco just to find big line ups and not be able to seat in a shaded area. I did not want to risk that so I suggested that we ate in an air conditioned area right there at the Future World. I am not usually the type of person to shy away from the heat but I was worried about hitting a wall that early in the day.

One thing I know for sure: heat+crowds+hunger can be a recipe for disaster if you don't act quickly.

So now we had two choices: Electric Umbrella or Sunshine Seasons? Burgers and fries or deliciously variety of food? It looks like we are going back to "The Land".

Queila
07-04-2011, 02:42 PM
So we went back to "The Land" and while Joey went to grab our food I struggled to finally find a table to sit with Beatriz. Of course, it was not long before Beatriz announces she has to go to the bathroom and I had to abandon our precious table to bring her to pee. Thankfully it wasn't hard to find another one the second time around.

I had eaten at Sunshine Seasons in 2009 and while I really love their food I always try NOT to repeat restaurants. Specially at Epcot and all its wonderful choices. But, boy, was I ever happy to be there! :) Delicious food, wonderful dessert, air conditioning... can't really ask for more.

I had the pork chop with some rice and some sort of sweet sauce (I am not sure of what it was but it was yummy).

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Joey had an Asian option. I think it was the mongolian beef with brocoli and noodles:

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Beatriz had some noodles and chicken:

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Dis she like it??
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I think so!

For dessert I had the o' so famous strawberry shortcake (awesome) and Joey had a cheesecake:

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Sorry. This picture is not great but it was the best I got before we devoured our desserts.

So before we left The Land I had to have a picture of us with the balloons:

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They are part of some of my earliest memories of WDW.

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On our way out I also noticed that the wait time for "Living with the Land" was over 60 minutes and the line for "The Circle of Life" was spilling outside. You know there is a problem when there is any line for "The Circle of Life" AT ALL.

So we decided that now was the perfect time to cross to the World Showcase and start exploring the F&G attractions.

Let's start with some topiaries, shall we??

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Next up:
Did it really have to rain???

TanzUnited99
07-04-2011, 05:40 PM
Lol at the Figment comment! :laughing: Will have to listen out for the song when using Disney transportation.

Wow Epcot sounds soo busy - am glad you still got to enjoy it.

Yay for A to get you on Soarin through the back exit - bet you felt like celebrities for the day :thumbsup2

Mmm Sunshine Seasons looks yummy and can't wait to eat here and try that famous Strawberry Shortcake ;)

Love the pics of the topiaries and the family shot at the end.

DisneyDoc5
07-04-2011, 07:20 PM
Wonderful update! Your friend A. is a real treasure!!! Great pictures of Beatriz!!! I hope it didn't rain, but knowing FL afternoons, it probably did!

PlutosRHM55
07-04-2011, 07:33 PM
Whoa! I can't believe how packed EPCOT is. I mean, I've seen some long waits for Spaceship Earth, but all the way to the turnstiles? And a line for Circle of Life? Okay, that is just insanity! Good thing, you got to bypass most of it (lucky VIPs Haha) and escaped to WS. BTW, the song from the Imagination pavilion is "One Little Spark" and it isn't really part of the ride anymore, it's changed A LOT since 1993 and not for the better. Though, there is a rumor they are bringing the old attraction back :cool1: The food at Sunshine Seasons looks very good. If it is as good as it looks then I think I can call The Land the best pavilion to get food from, because they have the awesome character meal at Garden Grill (the food is fantastic) and, from the looks of it, the same quality at Sunshine Seasons. :thumbsup2 I love the pictures of you guys in front of all the topiaries, it has a nice summer-y feel to it :teeth: Can't wait to read about your escape to World Showcase! :mickeyjum

pinkxray
07-06-2011, 09:38 AM
:banana:Getting the VIP treatment at Soarin is awesome!

I love the picture of Beatriz next to the Nemo jellyfish. :goodvibes

Sunshine Seasons look very yummy.

mousegear
07-06-2011, 10:18 AM
I am very jealous of VIP experience for Soarin!!! :cool1:

Lovely pictures of topiaries and F&G Festival. I love the fact that Epcot has so many places to eat and so many choices. In fact, it's hard to decide on which places b/c of many choices.

natebenma
07-07-2011, 06:48 AM
NICE!!! That is fantastic that A. was able to get you onto Soarin' with no wait and babysitting services! Certainly a magical moment!

Beautiful pictures of Beatriz in the garden with Nemo and friends! Too bad she is scared of Bruce in the ride :(

Love Sunshine Seasons! We usually eat there (or do takeout) a couple of times each trip. My oldest son Nate LOVES the pork chop. It is HUMONGOUS.
My fave is the Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad. YUM!

lbuzz52
07-09-2011, 01:24 AM
WHat a fantastic soarin experience!
I don't blame you for eating in the air conditioning. Who knows how long it could have taken to get food that day.
I'm still bummed we didn't do pixar weekend, but I think it could have really turned dh off on Disney for good if we got stuck in crazy crowds!
Can't wait to hear what you got done there though.
Great topiary pics. Your dd looks like she has some wild side in her in a couple of them. She's so cute!

Queila
07-11-2011, 10:50 AM
Lol at the Figment comment! :laughing: Will have to listen out for the song when using Disney transportation.

Wow Epcot sounds soo busy - am glad you still got to enjoy it.

Yay for A to get you on Soarin through the back exit - bet you felt like celebrities for the day :thumbsup2

Mmm Sunshine Seasons looks yummy and can't wait to eat here and try that famous Strawberry Shortcake ;)

Love the pics of the topiaries and the family shot at the end.

Thank you!

We felt so fortunate to be able to bypass the line at Soarin' but it made me wonder about all the perks celebrities get when visiting Disney. It must be something else....

I am NOT a strawberry shortcake type of person but I had to try it and I did not regret it. It was REALLY good!

Wonderful update! Your friend A. is a real treasure!!! Great pictures of Beatriz!!! I hope it didn't rain, but knowing FL afternoons, it probably did!

I asked my friend A. to get a permanent job at Disney for the sake of our friendship. :rotfl: Seriously, it was such a treat I wish he could always be there!

Whoa! I can't believe how packed EPCOT is. I mean, I've seen some long waits for Spaceship Earth, but all the way to the turnstiles? And a line for Circle of Life? Okay, that is just insanity! Good thing, you got to bypass most of it (lucky VIPs Haha) and escaped to WS. BTW, the song from the Imagination pavilion is "One Little Spark" and it isn't really part of the ride anymore, it's changed A LOT since 1993 and not for the better. Though, there is a rumor they are bringing the old attraction back :cool1: The food at Sunshine Seasons looks very good. If it is as good as it looks then I think I can call The Land the best pavilion to get food from, because they have the awesome character meal at Garden Grill (the food is fantastic) and, from the looks of it, the same quality at Sunshine Seasons. :thumbsup2 I love the pictures of you guys in front of all the topiaries, it has a nice summer-y feel to it :teeth: Can't wait to read about your escape to World Showcase! :mickeyjum

I agree with you. The Land is the best pavillon at Future World, specially when it comes to food! The whole place smells delicious. I never ate at Garden Grill but it is on the top of my list of places to try on my next trip.
Thank you for reminding me of the correct name of the Figment song. The correction was made.

Epcot was REALLy crowded that day but fortunately it is a park that absorbs the crowds fairly well.


:banana:Getting the VIP treatment at Soarin is awesome!

I love the picture of Beatriz next to the Nemo jellyfish. :goodvibes

Sunshine Seasons look very yummy.

Thank you.
Soarin is a great ride but with no wait at all it felt even better!
The pictures with the Nemo characters are among some of my favorites.
Sunshine Seasons never disappoints.

I am very jealous of VIP experience for Soarin!!! :cool1:

Lovely pictures of topiaries and F&G Festival. I love the fact that Epcot has so many places to eat and so many choices. In fact, it's hard to decide on which places b/c of many choices.

I know!! That is why I do not like doing repeats. I still have so many restaurants I want to try at Epcot: Garden Grill, Biergarten, Marrakesh, Via Napoli, Cellier... The list goes on and on.

NICE!!! That is fantastic that A. was able to get you onto Soarin' with no wait and babysitting services! Certainly a magical moment!

Beautiful pictures of Beatriz in the garden with Nemo and friends! Too bad she is scared of Bruce in the ride :(

Love Sunshine Seasons! We usually eat there (or do takeout) a couple of times each trip. My oldest son Nate LOVES the pork chop. It is HUMONGOUS.
My fave is the Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad. YUM!

I am telling you, having A. working at Epcot this time was the cherry on the sunday of this trip. I begged him to get a permanent position at Disney... :laughing:

I was actually torn between the pork chop and the goat cheese salad. Everything looks so delicious. Doing take out sounds like a wonderful idea specially if you are staying at an Epcot resort. Very smart! :thumbsup2

Hopefully Beatriz will grow out of her fear by the time we come back. I love the Nemo ride myself and wouldn't like to have to skip it.

WHat a fantastic soarin experience!
I don't blame you for eating in the air conditioning. Who knows how long it could have taken to get food that day.
I'm still bummed we didn't do pixar weekend, but I think it could have really turned dh off on Disney for good if we got stuck in crazy crowds!
Can't wait to hear what you got done there though.
Great topiary pics. Your dd looks like she has some wild side in her in a couple of them. She's so cute!

You got that right! She is three years old but I am afraid of the day she hits 13. :lmao: She can be very, very sweet and melt your heart with a smile but she can also be quite mischievous. A day with her in the parks can be a true balacing act!

Pixar weekend was fun but the rain spoiled it a bit for us (more on that on my next post). I think those who visited the park on Sunday had the chance to enjoy it more. Fortunately, Epcot is a park that absorbs the crowds well so I did not feel completely overwhelmed.

Queila
07-11-2011, 01:33 PM
DAY 3- SATURDAY- MAY, 14TH 2011- EPCOT- PIXAR WEEKEND + FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL.

So the main attraction of Pixar Weekend for us was the opportunity to meet some rare characters scattered around the park.

When we visited "The Seas" pavillon we saw the living "coral" from far but got no pictures with it. It looked like an under the sea version of DeVine but we never made it closer enough to check it out properly.

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Near the Mission Space attraction you could meet Buzz Lightyear but we never made it there either. We had seen him at Magic Kingdom already and we were not interested in riding Mission Space that day.

In front of the Cars 2 topiaries at the "World Showcase Plaza" they were also giving a little brochure called Race Around World Showcase. Kids could collect race stickers at the international "checkpoints" at Italy, USA Japan, France and UK pavillons. We took the brochure and considered trying to collect the stickers but decided not to. Beatriz is still small to care about this type of challenge.

Between the Canadian and the British pavillons Pixar put up a big tent called Pixar Celebration Central. Characters from Toy Story 3, The incredibles, Up, Monters Inc. and Cars were to make appearances all day long. So that is where we headed first.

They had different backgrounds for different movies and every 20 minutes or so there was a rotation of characters and you are never sure of who you are going to get. Autographs were not allowed.

First stop: The Incredibles.

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Beatriz was deep into a "The Incredibles" phase right before our trip so she was thrilled. However, she kept repeating she wanted to see Violet. :rolleyes1 I am not even sure Violet ever made an appearance at WDW but I told Beatriz next time we go to Disney I will buy her a Violet costume instead of a princess one. She liked my idea.

Next up: Up!

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Cars (still no Mc Queen):

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For Toy Story 3 they had Lotso. Beatriz wanted nothing to do with him. She said it is because he is "mechant" ("mean", in French) and I thought she had a point. Joey likes Lotso and doesn't mind his meanness.

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For Monsters Inc. I was really hoping to see Boo but this is all we got:
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By this time we could hear the rain falling hard outside. We decided to wait it in a little bit and we saw Frozone was now at the Incredibles stand so we went back in line:

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Still, no Violet. Still, a lot of rain.

At the Pixar Central they were also having some speaker sessions with some Pixar producers. It sounded cool and it was indoors so we thought... hey... why not! I will tell you why not. You had to have made an online registration to be part of it so we could not get in. So much for that...

So we put on our ponchos and decided to brave the elements. We made it as far as the Rose & Crown before the rain got pretty bad again and we had to seek shelter in a souvenir store. I knew that for the F&G Festival they had some sort of English Tea Garden at the UK that sounded interesting but I guess because of the heavy rain there were no tours going on at that point.

Bummer.:sad1:

As soon as the rain gave it a little break we headed to France. What about some pictures in our ponchos?

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Eiffel tower at the background:

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On to the classic couples spot-

Aurora & Prince Philip:
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Cinderella & Prince Charming:

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France:

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In the French pavillon there was a meet & greet spot set up for Remy & Emile from Ratatouille but the next scheduled appearence was for 4h30pm so we decided to keep on moving.

Morocco:
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Around here they also had a special meet & greet spot set up for "A Bug's Life" but since it was outdoors and it was still raining on and off they won't bring any characters out.

Please notice the recurring theme: rain = no characters.
:(

The only good thing about the rain is that the crowds seemed to be thinning out . I don't know if people actually left the park or if everybody was just smarter than we were and decided to seek shelter at the pavillons in the Future World.

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Queila
07-11-2011, 01:50 PM
When we hit the USA pavillon we saw Jessie posing for pictures at a Woody's Round Up set up.

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Great. :teeth: Beatriz loves Jessie. Let's get in line! As soon as we get in line the CM announces that she will be going out for a break and another character will be out in a couple of minutes. So Joey rushes and takes a couple of "unofficial" pics:

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And she even strikes a pose before heading out:

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So we decided to stick around and wait for the next character. And then it started raining pretty bad again. :umbrella:

And so we waited....and waited ... and waited some more... :bored:

So what do you do when you are stuck at the US pavillon? Have an American dream, of course!!! I had found out about the american dream here at the boards and it was my favorite snack of the trip. Delicious!!!!

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Finally, a CM comes out saying he cannot bring anymore characters out unless it completely stops raining. Well, that is just not going to happen. It had been raining on and off the whole afternoon and it did not look that it was going to stop. So let's just move on...

Italy:
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Now between Italy and Germany they put up a Rapunzel's tower that got Beatriz completely entranced:
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Click here (http://youtu.be/vZzceahzU2U) for a video of Beatriz calling out for Rapunzel. She asks me where Rapunzel is and I tell her she went out with Flynn which is a total lie because you can clearly see her braids hanging off the window and hear her singing but I could not come up with something else quick enough . :confused: Sorry.

Next up:
Evening at Epcot
Meal at San Angel Inn

TanzUnited99
07-11-2011, 03:36 PM
Lol that under sea version of DeVine looks kind of freaky but cool at the same time!

The Race Around World Showcase challenge sounds like fun and maybe something Beatriz could do when she's older.

Yay on meeting all the characters! It's a shame you did not get to see Violet or Boo.

Oh no on all the rain and not being able to get into the speaker sessions :sad2:

Love the poncho and topiary pics! :thumbsup2

Am glad you guys managed to get some pics of Jessie before she disappeared. Aaw poor Beatriz wanting Rapunzel to come out - she's soo cute in that video. Have heard about The American Dream and can't wait to try one! ;)

tommayer01
07-11-2011, 03:42 PM
Nice memory you have there. :) will surely appreciate it.

matkensgirl2000
07-11-2011, 03:45 PM
I am very late to the party, but I am here and am enjoying everything so far! Can't wait for more.

Queila
07-11-2011, 03:47 PM
Nice memory you have there. :) will surely appreciate it.

The trick is to take notes at the end of the day everyday of your trip. ;)

PlutosRHM55
07-11-2011, 07:54 PM
That was great you got to meet so many characters! (: I love the picture of your daughter with Mater, I love how there is a contrast in heights :D And that is so cool they had a living coral. I really want to go to the Pixar Weekend now :thumbsup2 Sorry it had to rain and you had to miss a few things, but you braved it and got some awesome pictures of the topiaries :teeth: That's so cute your daughter was yelling out to Rapunzel, too bad a real Rapunzel wasn't nearby and you could've been telling the truth :confused3 Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

lbuzz52
07-11-2011, 09:06 PM
wow, you met quite a few at pixar! How were the lines?

The rain put a little damper on our plans that day too. Luckily that was all tge rain that week!

I like your Jessie solution. Very creative!

I meant to try an American dream this trip. Looks so refreshing!

DisneyDoc5
07-12-2011, 07:54 AM
That picture of you girls and Frozon is the cutest picture I have ever seen, all in super hero stance!!!:lmao: Rain, ugh, I'm preparing for it for our August trip, we have never gone during the rainy season, I will grin and bear it, what else can you do! Like you said, people leave most of the time during rain, so less crowds! Enjoyed the update!:thumbsup2

mousegear
07-12-2011, 10:57 AM
Despite the rain, it seems you had a blast looking at topiaries and different characters that goes with different countries. I seriously need to plan a trip around may to see all those flowers and topiaries, and those rare characters!!!

butiflfeet
07-14-2011, 01:35 PM
Too bad the rain kept the characters away! I'm really enjoying your trip report !

Queila
07-17-2011, 01:20 PM
Lol that under sea version of DeVine looks kind of freaky but cool at the same time!

The Race Around World Showcase challenge sounds like fun and maybe something Beatriz could do when she's older.

Yay on meeting all the characters! It's a shame you did not get to see Violet or Boo.

Oh no on all the rain and not being able to get into the speaker sessions :sad2:

Love the poncho and topiary pics! :thumbsup2

Am glad you guys managed to get some pics of Jessie before she disappeared. Aaw poor Beatriz wanting Rapunzel to come out - she's soo cute in that video. Have heard about The American Dream and can't wait to try one! ;)

Thank you. The American Dream was a wonderful treat. Even though it was a rainy and miserable day it brought us a sunny day feeling, if you know what I mean.

I am very late to the party, but I am here and am enjoying everything so far! Can't wait for more.

Hello and :welcome: So glad you could make it. Join away!

That was great you got to meet so many characters! (: I love the picture of your daughter with Mater, I love how there is a contrast in heights :D And that is so cool they had a living coral. I really want to go to the Pixar Weekend now :thumbsup2 Sorry it had to rain and you had to miss a few things, but you braved it and got some awesome pictures of the topiaries :teeth: That's so cute your daughter was yelling out to Rapunzel, too bad a real Rapunzel wasn't nearby and you could've been telling the truth :confused3 Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

We ended up meeting Rapunzel later on the trip which was great but I felt bad that I could not come up with a better excuse for Rapunzel not being there at that moment.

Pixar Weekend was a lot of fun. I am sure it will get better and better as the years go by. They even had some extra Pixar topiaries this year just for the occasion.

Beatriz looks really tiny close to Mater, does not she? She is a delicate little girl. :)

wow, you met quite a few at pixar! How were the lines?

The rain put a little damper on our plans that day too. Luckily that was all tge rain that week!

I like your Jessie solution. Very creative!

I meant to try an American dream this trip. Looks so refreshing!

The crowds were not as bad at the World Showcase as they were at Future World but, again, WS is such a miserable place to be when it is raining hard. :confused3

The American dream was not only refreshing it was also delicious!

That picture of you girls and Frozon is the cutest picture I have ever seen, all in super hero stance!!!:lmao: Rain, ugh, I'm preparing for it for our August trip, we have never gone during the rainy season, I will grin and bear it, what else can you do! Like you said, people leave most of the time during rain, so less crowds! Enjoyed the update!:thumbsup2

Thank you. :)

I love that picture too. The pose was actually Frozon idea and it turns out to be a lot of fun. :thumbsup2

I was determined to stay at Epcot and see as much as possible of the F&G festival, rain or not rain. I would have liked to see and do a lot more tha day but it is really one of those things that you really cannot control. Tried my best to make most of the day and keep a smile on my face.


Despite the rain, it seems you had a blast looking at topiaries and different characters that goes with different countries. I seriously need to plan a trip around may to see all those flowers and topiaries, and those rare characters!!!

The Flower and Garden Festival with its topiaries was on my Disney "bucket list" and I was so happy to be able to see it. Totally worth it. ;)

Too bad the rain kept the characters away! I'm really enjoying your trip report !

Thank you. Hope you stick around.

I was really looking forward to seeing tons of characters that day but unfortunately the rain limited the amount of characters we were able to see. :( What can you do....:sad2:

natebenma
07-17-2011, 10:29 PM
I'm back from "The Trip Which Must Not be Named". I enjoyed catching up with your report.

Sorry about all the rain. The World Showcase is a tough place to be when it is raining.

How is it that I have never heard of an American Dream before??? Tell me more!

The topiaries are amazing and the pictures of Beatriz with the character are absolutely precious. Sorry, but I'm glad you did not meet Boo! The photo of that would surely be in the too painfully cute category.

Hope the weather improved for you!

Queila
07-18-2011, 04:00 PM
I'm back from "The Trip Which Must Not be Named". I enjoyed catching up with your report.

Sorry about all the rain. The World Showcase is a tough place to be when it is raining.

How is it that I have never heard of an American Dream before??? Tell me more!

The topiaries are amazing and the pictures of Beatriz with the character are absolutely precious. Sorry, but I'm glad you did not meet Boo! The photo of that would surely be in the too painfully cute category.

Hope the weather improved for you!

Welcome back Dee! :goodvibes Already all signed up at your new TR. ;)

You are so right. The World Showcase is a very miserable place to be when the heavy rain just does not want to let go. But I guess we are very hard headed and wanted to stick to "THE PLAN". :laughing: I am somewhat regretful that I did not use that time at Inovations or something like that but I think we were hopeful that it was gonna stop eventually. It didn't. :sad2:

I know. Boo and Beatriz in the same picture could have been too much cuteness for one to handle. ;) Dangerously cute.

I found out about the American Dream shortly before my trip and it ended up being our family's favorite snack. It is a layer of blue raspberry slush, a layer of vanilla ice cream and a layer of strawberry slush. Amazing. :)

Have a great week!

Q

Queila
07-18-2011, 04:47 PM
Day 3- May,14th 2011- Epcot- Chilling at the Mexican Pavilion.

So it is the end of the afternoon by now and I have this feeling that we have not accomplished much thanks to the rain.:( The World Showcase is one of the worst places to be when the rain just doesn't want to let go.

So I told Joey we should go back to the Future World and try to see the Captain EO movie before our super at San Angel Inn.

As we are making our way over there we stop in front of the Mexican pavillon to once again seek some shelter from the heavy rain when we realize: Hey! :idea: The Mexican pavillon is indoors and we can just hang out in here until our meal time. :woohoo:

The extra bonus is that we can also bring the stroller inside! :thumbsup2 I HATE having to leave the stroller out in the rain. Have you ever noticed how most of the parking lots for strollers are out in the opened?

So we went in and I took Beatriz to the restrooms to dry ourselves up a bit. I changed her white top that by then was not only wet but also filthy (the girl wanted to jump in all the puddles she found along the way).

So what shall we do?

Let's start by the Gran Fiesta Tour, of course! We have done this ride once in every trip so far and I always have to take a picture in front of the poster of my Brazilian friend, José Carioca.

Here is a brief recap:-

Feb.2009:

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v650/54/34/1142283436/n1142283436_360883_254827.jpg

May 2010:

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/183344_1892779076169_1142283436_2270970_2426385_n. jpg

And the one from this year:

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/261784_2194557700446_1142283436_2625671_2881131_n. jpg

A family shot:

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I know a lot of people have a problem with the addition of the Disney characters in this ride but I have to say, Beatriz LOVED (yes, loved in all capitals) this ride. It is her ultra, mega, uber all time favorite ride so far.

She was SHRIEKING (yes, shrieking in all capitals also) in excitement the whole time. At the end of the trip we bought the CD Four Parks, One World and we listen to it in the car all the time and she always asks me to put the "three caballeros song".

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So as soon as we got out of the ride she asks us to go again.

We have nowhere else to go so we oblige.

She is excited:
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We got out of it and she asks to go a third time. Why not??

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So after three rounds of Gran Fiesta we decide we are hungry enough to check in at San Angel Inn.

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Except by this time the line in front of the podium is huge and we have to wait quite a bit. :eek:

So we use this time to take some more pictures. I love it in there. So colourful!!

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Beatriz decides to make some noise:

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:sad2:

While we were in line we also started talking to a family from Florida. The lady's parents retired and got themselves a job at Animal Kingdom so they come often to visit.

Now THAT is an idea.

:idea:

The lady also remarked how my top matches Beatriz' skirt and I assure her that it is no accident. ;)

So it is our turn at the podium, they asked us if we were celebrating anything special and I say it is our 10th year anniversary. The anniversary is not until December but that place is so beautiful and so romantic that I felt an urge to start celebrating right there.

:rolleyes1

Next up:
San Angel Inn review
Evening at Epcot

AlliGirl
07-18-2011, 06:34 PM
I love reading your trip report so much! Your family is so fun to follow around! I think your daughter has to be one of the cutest little girls on Earth!

mousegear
07-18-2011, 06:50 PM
Beatriz looks so cute!!:lovestruc

PlutosRHM55
07-18-2011, 10:19 PM
Oh, I love the Gran Fiesta Tour! I never got to go on before they added in the Three Caballeros, but I liked it nonetheless. It is just a nice ride, with a lot of action going on and who doesn't love Donald Duck? I'm also totally jealous of your "Four Parks, One World" CD right now. Another thing to buy at Disney :rolleyes: Love your little tradition of a picture in front of Jose Carioca :thumbsup2 Can't wait to read your review of the San Angel Inn! :mickeyjum

Trinity524
07-18-2011, 11:17 PM
Thank you for sharing your memories with me! We'll be making our own soon.

DS is 3 and this will be his 4th time there.

Talk about spoiled!

lbuzz52
07-18-2011, 11:22 PM
Mexico is such a fun pavillion. We never leave without some sort of little noisemakers. I can wait to hear what you think about the restaurant. It's on my next time list.

natebenma
07-19-2011, 05:17 AM
Welcome back Dee! :goodvibes Already all signed up at your new TR. ;)

I found out about the American Dream shortly before my trip and it ended up being our family's favorite snack. It is a layer of blue raspberry slush, a layer of vanilla ice cream and a layer of strawberry slush. Amazing. :)

Q

I'm so glad you stopped by there! Just wait until you read what my family can do with 12 1/2 hours at the Magic Kingdom!

Thanks for the information about the American Dream. The boys would love this.

natebenma
07-19-2011, 05:25 AM
What a great time you all had in(side) in Mexico! I love the traditional picture spots your family has. These will be such amazing keepsakes of your family as the years go on.

I love the Mexico ride, especially since you rarely have to wait in line to ride it. But I am one who misses the original, duck-free version. It was such a peaceful, romantic ride!

I'm looking forward to hearing about your dinner at San Angel. The atmosphere in the restaurant is amazing!

TanzUnited99
07-19-2011, 03:08 PM
Lol I know what you mean about having to leave the stroller outside to get wet! :rotfl: We had to do the same when my little sister used to be in one.

Love the pics by the Gran Fiesta Tour. The Mexico Pavillion looks so nice and colourful - I have not seen many pics of it so thanks for sharing.

Yay on Beatriz enjoying Gran Fiesta Tour and wanting to go on it again and again!

disneynova
07-20-2011, 12:00 AM
Hi! :wave2:
Nice trip-report! I love the family picture!! Please, What model camera did you use? :ssst: and Can you also tell me a review about your black-red disney crocs? :tiptoe:
Thank you so much! :thumbsup2

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/253475_2095937274997_1142283436_2527704_5478675_n. jpg

Queila
07-20-2011, 11:42 AM
Please, What model camera did you use? :ssst:

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/253475_2095937274997_1142283436_2527704_5478675_n. jpg

It is a Nikon Coolpix-S3000.
Joey adjusted the settings of the camera but if I remember correctly the Photopass guy put the camera on his tripod to get the right effect.
http://cdn-4.nikon-cdn.com/en_INC/IMG/Assets/Digital-Camera/2010/COOLPIX-S3000/ColorVariants/26210-COOLPIX-S3000/Views/353_26210_S3000_front.png
Hope this helps.

Queila
07-28-2011, 07:19 AM
First of all, I am sorry for being MIA here at my TR.

I had to work some extra days these last couple of weeks plus my father and his wife were visiting us from Brazil and that kept us extra busy.

To top it all I caught one of those 24 hour bugs and had to spend some extra quality time with my toilet bowl. NOT FUN.:sad2:

So let's try to catch up, shall we?

I love reading your trip report so much! Your family is so fun to follow around! I think your daughter has to be one of the cutest little girls on Earth!
Thank you! :goodvibes I usually think she is the cuttest girl in the world too but you know my opinion can be very biased.

Beatriz looks so cute!!:lovestruc

Thanks. She makes her mommy proud.

Oh, I love the Gran Fiesta Tour! I never got to go on before they added in the Three Caballeros, but I liked it nonetheless. It is just a nice ride, with a lot of action going on and who doesn't love Donald Duck? I'm also totally jealous of your "Four Parks, One World" CD right now. Another thing to buy at Disney :rolleyes: Love your little tradition of a picture in front of Jose Carioca :thumbsup2 Can't wait to read your review of the San Angel Inn! :mickeyjum

Gran Fiesta has always been fun for us but it became a family favorite after this trip. It was so great to see Beatriz enjoying herself the way she did. We said next time we go to WDW we should try to stay at the Coronado Springs Resort just so we could have that "feeling" all throughout the trip.

The CD is really good and we listen to it all the time. It has the songs from the attractions of all four parks. "Soarin'" is one of our favorites. It feels like we are riding it all over again. Next time we are there we are going to look for other CD's. Maybe one with the music of the night shows. I wonder if that exists...

Thank you for sharing your memories with me! We'll be making our own soon.

DS is 3 and this will be his 4th time there.

Talk about spoiled!

I know!!! I hate to play this card but sometimes I feel like telling the little one: Do you know how fortunate you are? I had to wait until I was 15 years old to go to Disney for the first time! :laughing:

Mexico is such a fun pavillion. We never leave without some sort of little noisemakers. I can wait to hear what you think about the restaurant. It's on my next time list.

Mexico is my all time favorite pavillon. The second one is Morocco and the third one is England.

Review of San Angel Inn coming soon. can let you know right now: it was our favorite dinning experience of the trip. ;)

What a great time you all had in(side) in Mexico! I love the traditional picture spots your family has. These will be such amazing keepsakes of your family as the years go on.

I love the Mexico ride, especially since you rarely have to wait in line to ride it. But I am one who misses the original, duck-free version. It was such a peaceful, romantic ride!

I'm looking forward to hearing about your dinner at San Angel. The atmosphere in the restaurant is amazing!

Thanks Dee. There is just something about the Mexican pavillons that sets it apart from the other ones. Maybe it is the fact that it is indoors and it is always dusk... I wonder how the CM's that work in there feel about it though... never get to see the sun light. Oh wel... I guess t is just like being in montreal in November. :laughing:

I understand why some people would have a problem with the new version of the Grand Fiesta.I have to admit Donald Duck and relaxing do not go together in the same sentence but the ride was very appealing to my little one and I can give all the credit to Donald.

Lol I know what you mean about having to leave the stroller outside to get wet! :rotfl: We had to do the same when my little sister used to be in one.

Love the pics by the Gran Fiesta Tour. The Mexico Pavillion looks so nice and colourful - I have not seen many pics of it so thanks for sharing.

Yay on Beatriz enjoying Gran Fiesta Tour and wanting to go on it again and again!

I had never even noticed the stroller parking until I had my own child but I wish they would provide more indoor parking for them. In 2010 we had reservations to eat at Akershus and we could tell it was going to rain. There was nowhere to leave the stroller but outside so we closed it and litterally fit it on a crack on the wall on the Chinese pavillon. :rolleyes1

The Mexican pavillon is worth exploring... There is a lot of beautiful stuff at the souvenir shops too... They had this beautiful white lace top that I envisioned wearing with jeans. It is on my list of things I regret NOT buying. Maybe next time...

Hi! :wave2:
Can you also tell me a review about your black-red disney crocs? :tiptoe:
Thank you so much! :thumbsup2


I bought the red and black Disney crocs at Animal Kingdom park in 2009. I love it... very confortable and you cannot beat the Mickey heads. However, I later found out they have them in a little more feminine style called Mary Janes. If I had to do it again, I would buy those instead.

http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/169/2/AAAAAvi6q8gAAAAAAWkoCA.jpg?v=1225000358000

Hope that helps!


Q

Queila
08-01-2011, 04:22 PM
Day 3- Saturday, May 14th 2011- Epcot- San Angel Inn

So even though I look Latin American, I sound Latin American and, heck, I am Latin American, I do not speak Spanish. :(

This may surprise some people but the fact is we do NOT speak Spanish in Brazil. My mother language is Portuguese and even though I was able to communicate very well in Spanish at one point in my life I "lost" a lot of it once I moved to Quebec and had to learn French.

Joey on the other hand has what I call a "worldly face". When we went to Cuba people thought he was Cuban. In Brazil, people mistaken him for a Brazilian. He already got mistaken by Greek and even north-African. It must be his sexy olive skin... :laughing:

Anyways, whenever we are at Disney I get spoken to in Spanish multiple times during the day. I guess the CM's are trying to make me feel at home or something and I usually do my best to answer back in Spanish but this sometimes causes confusion.

The waitress at San Angel Inn started serving me in Spanish and even though I could understand her I was answering back in mix of Spanish, French and English. She then tried to talk to Joey in Spanish bur he answered her back with his broken Portuguese. You should have seen her puzzled expression. It was Babel out there and the waitress probably thought we were drunk or something.

I had said in my PTR that I wanted to eat at San Angel Inn for the same reason we ate at Coral Reef in 2010: the ambiance!

So we got seated on a table right in the middle of the main hall and I have to say the ambiance was everything I was expecting AND MORE. That place is really special and we enjoyed it immensely. You cannot beat eating under the stars even when it is a rainy day outside.

Beatriz was behaving like an angel and that is when we made the connection between erratic behaviour and seating on booths. She is a lot easier to restrain if she can be contained in one chair. I guess the fact that there was a girl behaving well on the table next to us helped too. There was a good behaviour competition going on and we are guilty of encouraging it.
:rolleyes1

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Time to order our drinks. I knew I wanted a margarita and I had read good things about the mango one but I wasn't sure I was going to like it so I made Joey order it:

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I am glad I didn't order it cause the mango taste was a little too strong for me. A good thing he loved it.

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As for me I stuck to the traditional lime flavour and was very happy with it:

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Orange juice for Beatriz:

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Joey and I ordered the same entree: the Sirloin con Chile Relleno-Grilled beef sirloin with chile ancho sauce, served with a beans and cheese stuffed pepper, poblano rice, and fried plantains.

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The food was fine. Not outstanding but satisfying. :) The meat was very well cooked and we had no complaints. We have a very good Mexican restaurant (http://3amigosrestaurant.com/) near our house that we visit it often and I would say San Angel's food was just as good.

Beatriz always eats a great variety of food at home and she is NOT a picky eater but I guess she was in love with Disney pasta and she wanted the spaghetti again. :sad2: They didn't have that so we talked her into getting the chicken quesadillas (sorry but no pictures) which she only ate 1\4 of before moving on to Joey's steak. He gave her plenty of it in exchange for the rest of her quesadilla. ;)

Joey and I also ordered the same dessert: capirotada de chocolate blanco. My friend A. had recommended this dessert and we went for it.

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When the waiters served us our dessert they also serenaded us in honor of our anniversary which was unexpected but very nice.

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The dessert was DELICIOUS and we had it with some coffee which totally hit the spot!

Now the real kicker was Beatriz' dessert: churros!!!

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I :love:churros so when she announced she did not want any and I made the sacrifice and finished it off.

I have to say that Disney should raise the age for the Dining Plan from 3 to at least 4 years old. All plates from the kid's menu are huge and, if it was not for Joey, there would have been a lot of waste. :laughing:

Which 3 year old can eat that amount of food??

Anyways, I had planned to surprise Joey and order an anniversary cake for this meal but I was happy I changed my mind last minute. We were so satisfied afterwards that I have no idea of how we would have managed with an entire cake for both of us on top of that awesome meal.

Time for a family picture:

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Overall our meal experience at San Angel Inn was EXCELLENT and it ranked number 1 in our trip. :teeth: The combination of the ambiance, good food, great service, a relaxed family and even a bit of romance made this our favorite sit down of the entire trip.

I am not sure if it is because Joey grew up in an Italian house or if it is a bit of the savoir vivre from Quebec that has rubbed on us but we are the type of people that like to sit down and take our time at the table and we thought San Angel Inn allowed us to do that so we fell in love with it. :thumbsup2

We even forgot for a minute that we were at WDW and there were rides waiting for us outside.

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Or rain, for that matter. :sad2:

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natebenma
08-01-2011, 07:21 PM
Yummy update!!! Sounds like you had a great experience at San Angel.

San Angel was one of the first restaurants at EPCOT that Mark and I dined at. You are right, the atmosphere can't be beat!!!

Your plate looks super! So do the dessert and the churros!

So nice that Beatriz behaved for you, but that pout at the end... Priceless!

brookelizabeth
08-01-2011, 08:35 PM
I have been subscribed, but just now finally read it all! Loving your report! Your daughter is adorable! :cutie: And your trials with the potty made me just make a plan with my DH on potty breaks...so THANK YOU! :thumbsup2

We are also eating at San Angel, and due to the mixed reviews, I'm a bit nervous about it....but like you, we booked it for the ambiance! I'm getting more excited about it now after your review. :goodvibes

mousegear
08-02-2011, 07:52 AM
Beatriz looks so cute in her rain coat! :lovestruc
San Angel Inn looks so nice... always very romantic. We are actually not going to return there this trip. We are trying La Hacienda since we've never eaten there. Hopefully, the food is good there also.

natebenma
08-02-2011, 08:48 AM
It's all about the food!!!

As promised, I looked up the recipe for Kouzzina's Cinnamon Stewed Chicken. I haven't made it yet, but the chicken is out thawing, so today or tomorrow.

I'll let you know how it came out. :)

http://www.magicalmountain.net/WDWDining/disney-recipes-detail.aspx?RecipeID=292


Edit to add: I just realized that although you did have a wonderful meal at Kouzzina, it was not your trip report that described the Cinnamon Stewed Chicken. But I'm going to leave the link up anyway, because another poster raved about it and it sounds really good. I haven't made it at home yet.

TanzUnited99
08-02-2011, 12:18 PM
Am glad you enjoyed your meal at San Angel Inn and the ambiance was amazing! :thumbsup2

Oh no on it raining again.

JAMIESMITH
08-02-2011, 02:01 PM
I love B's rain coat picture!

lbuzz52
08-03-2011, 02:24 AM
I love your last picture!!

My two year old could eat a Disney kids meal at home. But at WDW- no way. There is way too much excitement and heat and exhaustion to finish a meal. It would be great if they had something like some fast food places do, where they have big kid meals (the current size) and kid meals (a reasonable size)

I'm glad you enjoyed your meal. The ambiance it what attracts me there too.

Queila
08-03-2011, 07:04 PM
Yummy update!!! Sounds like you had a great experience at San Angel.

San Angel was one of the first restaurants at EPCOT that Mark and I dined at. You are right, the atmosphere can't be beat!!!

Your plate looks super! So do the dessert and the churros!

So nice that Beatriz behaved for you, but that pout at the end... Priceless!

San Angel was a highlight. I know the menu has been modified many times and not everyone is a fan but we thoroughly enjoyed it. Beatriz behaving like a little princess did not hurt either. ;)

I have been subscribed, but just now finally read it all! Loving your report! Your daughter is adorable! :cutie: And your trials with the potty made me just make a plan with my DH on potty breaks...so THANK YOU! :thumbsup2

We are also eating at San Angel, and due to the mixed reviews, I'm a bit nervous about it....but like you, we booked it for the ambiance! I'm getting more excited about it now after your review. :goodvibes

Hi Brook! :welcome: It is very nice to see you here. I follow your adventures at your TR too even though I do not comment often. Can I say jealous of your TA job?? :lmao:

Make sure you enforce lots of potty breaks. I think part of the reason why she wanted to pee all the time is pure excitement and anticipation.

Don't be nervous about your San Angel meal. Even though the food is not the most exquisite you can find at Disney it is still VERY GOOD and you cannot beat the location.
;)

Beatriz looks so cute in her rain coat! :lovestruc
San Angel Inn looks so nice... always very romantic. We are actually not going to return there this trip. We are trying La Hacienda since we've never eaten there. Hopefully, the food is good there also.

We want to try La Hacienda next time too. I have seen pictures of their food around here and it looks AMAZING. Are you guys going for the seat down? I was thinking about trying it as a CS next time...

It's all about the food!!!

As promised, I looked up the recipe for Kouzzina's Cinnamon Stewed Chicken. I haven't made it yet, but the chicken is out thawing, so today or tomorrow.

I'll let you know how it came out. :)

http://www.magicalmountain.net/WDWDining/disney-recipes-detail.aspx?RecipeID=292


Edit to add: I just realized that although you did have a wonderful meal at Kouzzina, it was not your trip report that described the Cinnamon Stewed Chicken. But I'm going to leave the link up anyway, because another poster raved about it and it sounds really good. I haven't made it at home yet.
I was wondering... :lmao:
How did it go??

Am glad you enjoyed your meal at San Angel Inn and the ambiance was amazing! :thumbsup2

Oh no on it raining again.

It was a whole afternoon of miserable, miserable weather....:guilty:

I love B's rain coat picture!

Thanks. I wish they had it on my size...;)

I love your last picture!!

My two year old could eat a Disney kids meal at home. But at WDW- no way. There is way too much excitement and heat and exhaustion to finish a meal. It would be great if they had something like some fast food places do, where they have big kid meals (the current size) and kid meals (a reasonable size)

I'm glad you enjoyed your meal. The ambiance it what attracts me there too.

My daughter is petite for her age and even though she is great on variety at home she is not strong on quantity.

When she was 2 she did not have her dining plan and we were fine just sharing our meals with her or eating at buffets and making small plates for her. But this time we had no choice but to purchase her a plan and we ended up eating most of her food. :rolleyes1

Queila
08-07-2011, 07:54 AM
Just a quick update to say we are curretly enjoying our yearly Summer vacation in Cape Cod, MA so no updates this week.

Have a great week everyone!

Q

natebenma
08-07-2011, 08:57 AM
Just a quick update to say we are curretly enjoying our yearly Summer vacation in Cape Cod, MA so no updates this week.

Have a great week everyone!

Q

Enjoy!!!

Hope you have great weather for your trip and that you will have lots of pictures to share.

PlutosRHM55
08-07-2011, 10:04 AM
Sounds like you had a nice experience at San Angel! (: I think it would be totally cool eating there having walked inside the Mexico pavilion multiple times, with the stars overhead and the Gran Fiesta Tour floating by, very nice. The food looked great, the beef sirloin especially! I also could go for churros anytime. Like you, I LOVE them! And those look really good with the caramel and sugar, yum :goodvibes That was so sweet of the CMs to sing to you guys knowing about your anniversary, too cute :teeth:

Great picture of Beatriz out in the rain with her little raincoat, so cute with her pouty lip. Rain is NO fun in Disney :sad2:

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

PlutosRHM55
08-07-2011, 10:08 AM
Just a quick update to say we are curretly enjoying our yearly Summer vacation in Cape Cod, MA so no updates this week.

Have a great week everyone!

Q

Hope you have a great time, Q! (: I've been to Cape Cod many times since I live so close, so I was curious, where in Cape Cod? Chatham? Dennis? Yarmouth? There are many but I'm just naming off a few. All great places to stay at, being so close to the beach :goodvibes

TanzUnited99
08-07-2011, 07:36 PM
Just a quick update to say we are curretly enjoying our yearly Summer vacation in Cape Cod, MA so no updates this week.

Have a great week everyone!

Q

Have a great Summer vacation!! :cool1:

Look forward to reading more of your TR when you return.

Queila
08-07-2011, 10:22 PM
Hope you have a great time, Q! (: I've been to Cape Cod many times since I live so close, so I was curious, where in Cape Cod? Chatham? Dennis? Yarmouth? There are many but I'm just naming off a few. All great places to stay at, being so close to the beach :goodvibes

We love it here. We rented a place in Yarmouth South this time. Any beaches you recommend?

PlutosRHM55
08-07-2011, 10:30 PM
We love it here. We rented a place in Yarmouth South this time. Any beaches you recommend?

I can't remember many beaches, but I know that some sharks were spotted in certain areas along Cape Cod. I hope that doesn't put a damper on things, but I think Yarmouth was far from those places :thumbsup2

brookelizabeth
08-08-2011, 06:05 AM
Just a quick update to say we are curretly enjoying our yearly Summer vacation in Cape Cod, MA so no updates this week.

Have a great week everyone!

Q


Ooooh, Cape Cod is on my short-list. I hope you have a fantastic trip! :goodvibes

Queila
08-14-2011, 09:31 AM
:beach:
Eight days, one road trip, one house, four adults, three children, one rainy day, seven sunny ones, one blackout, one visit to the Cape Cod mall, three different beaches, countless dips in the pool, one trip to the Cape Cod chip factory, one yummy meal at the Brazilian Grill, some fish & chips from Seafood Sam's, clam chowder from Captain Parker's, two visits to the Cape Cod Creamery, canolis from Carluccios, jerk chicken from the Jerk Cafe, one trip to the outlets, one visit to the house of the New England Patriots (go Pats go!), three trips to TJ Maxx and Job Lot, burritos from Chipotle, filling up on Brazilian groceries at Supermercado Gol, lots of laughs with great friends and even some tears (from the kids).

What a nice vacation! See you next year Cape Cod...

natebenma
08-14-2011, 09:56 AM
Eight days, one road trip, one house, four adults, three children, one rainy day, seven sunny ones, one blackout, one visit to the Cape Cod mall, three different beaches, countless dips in the pool, one trip to the Cape Cod chip factory, one yummy meal at the Brazilian Grill, some fish & chips from Seafood Sam's, clam chowder from Captain Parker, two visits to the Cape Cod Creamery, canolis from Carluccios, jerk chicken from the Jerk Cafe, one trip to the outlets, one visit to the house of the New England Patriots (go Pats go!), three trips to TJ Maxx and Job Lot, burritos from Chipotle, filling up on Brazilian groceries at Supermercado Gol, lots of laughs with great friends and even some tears (from the kids).

What a nice vacation! See you next year Cape Cod...

Welcome back!

Oh, I love your mini Cape Cod report!!!

I live about an hour and a half (maybe 2 in traffic) and my last trip to the Cape was when I was 6 or 7 years old. A lot of friends from my area go for a week or two, though.

I thought of you as our newscasters kept talking about shark sitings on the Cape while you were there. Hope it didn't disrupt your trip at all. Did you see any fins???

Also *jealous* of your trip to Foxboro/Patriots place! We need to do that sometime soon.

Queila
08-14-2011, 06:26 PM
I forgot to mention that on our way back home yesterday we stopped to do some shopping at a Disney Store in New Hampshire.

Since we have no Disney Stores in Quebec and paying the shipping to Canada makes shopping at the Disney website not worth it we embraced the opportunity with opened arms.

Here is what we got:

For Beatriz:
http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/4981044350894?$mercquickview$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/104830M?$mercquickview$

For myself:
http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/105163M?$mercquickview$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/400002548423?$mercquickview$

Joey got himself yet another Animal t-shirt but I did not find a picture of it on the website.

Next up:
Back to our May TR: Are we still at Epcot??

Queila
08-14-2011, 06:44 PM
Sounds like you had a nice experience at San Angel! (: I think it would be totally cool eating there having walked inside the Mexico pavilion multiple times, with the stars overhead and the Gran Fiesta Tour floating by, very nice. The food looked great, the beef sirloin especially! I also could go for churros anytime. Like you, I LOVE them! And those look really good with the caramel and sugar, yum :goodvibes That was so sweet of the CMs to sing to you guys knowing about your anniversary, too cute :teeth:

Great picture of Beatriz out in the rain with her little raincoat, so cute with her pouty lip. Rain is NO fun in Disney :sad2:

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

You are right. The rain can totally spoil a day at Disney (specially at World Showcase) but we tried to make the best of it and ended up with great memories of the hours spent in the Mexican pavillon.

And those churros tasted as good as they looked.

Have a great Summer vacation!! :cool1:

Look forward to reading more of your TR when you return.

Thank you. :) Your trip is so close now. I am getting very excited for you.

Ooooh, Cape Cod is on my short-list. I hope you have a fantastic trip! :goodvibes

Thank you very much. We had a wonderful time. I recommend Cape Cod to anyone, specially family. It is an Americana sort of Summer at its best. :thumbsup2

Welcome back!

Oh, I love your mini Cape Cod report!!!

I live about an hour and a half (maybe 2 in traffic) and my last trip to the Cape was when I was 6 or 7 years old. A lot of friends from my area go for a week or two, though.

I thought of you as our newscasters kept talking about shark sitings on the Cape while you were there. Hope it didn't disrupt your trip at all. Did you see any fins???

Also *jealous* of your trip to Foxboro/Patriots place! We need to do that sometime soon.

WE :love: CAPE COD.

As I said before it is Americana at its best and if you love the Beach Club it is truly a sin you haven't been there in so many years. This was our third time in three years and we will certainly be coming back. Montreal is around 600 Km away and just to be able to sit by the ocean and smell the sea is worth the trip for me.

No shark sightings for us. We tried to stick to beaches on the bay side because we were told most of the sharks were seen on the Atlantic side but I do not know how truthful that is. It did not stop me from bathing in the water and people around us did not seem to mind it either. :confused3

And let's not forget the clam chowder. The best one I have ever had... by far! My apologies to Cape May cafe. ;)

We visited Foxboro the same day we went to the outlets in Wrentham (where I got myself a coveted pair of Ugg boots by the way ;) ). Too bad we got there a little too late because apparently the players were out practicing that afternoon. If your family loves football I recommend. They have lots of restaurants nearby and a nice giftshop. As a Patriots fan, I loved it.

TanzUnited99
08-15-2011, 02:17 PM
I'm glad to hear you had a great time at Cape Cod! :thumbsup2

Love the purchases especially your top!

Queila
08-15-2011, 05:04 PM
Day 3- May,14th 2011- Last hours at Epcot.

So after our meal at San Angel Inn we were not very sure of what we wanted to do. The original plan was to go back to the hotel after super but I wanted to stay at the park a little longer since it did not seem like we had accomplished much due to the rain.
So we head out and the rain had stopped and the skies were finally clearing so we decide to go back to the Future World:

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I wanted to go see Captain EO but on our way over there we got distracted by this:

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Last year our visit to the characters was not very successful with Beatriz nearly freaking out of fear but she actually asked to go meet them when she saw them through the window this time.

The wait time was only 15 minutes and then it was the moment of truth:

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Showing off her manicure to Minnie Mouse:

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So we still had about 20 minutes before park closing time and we wanted to squeeze in a ride. We ran to Test Track and measured Beatriz but unfortunately she was still too small. :( We asked the CM if there was enough time for both of us to ride using the swap pass but the answer was no. So for the second time in two years I forfeited my right to ride Test Track in favor of my husband. Now, if that is not love ... :love:

While Joey was in the ride Beatriz and I explored the exit area of Test Track. She had lots of fun going in and out the big cars and exploring the interactive games. It is amazing how many things we overlook when we are just rushing from one ride to the next.

So by the time Joey came out Illuminations was about to start and for a minute we considered running to grab a viewing spot but ultimately decided against it. We preferred to leave right away and beat the crowds out of the park.

But not before a last picture with a topiary!
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Beatriz fell asleep in the bus on our way to the hotel and that gave us the chance to explore the gift shop at Pop Century for the first time.

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We usually just look around during the week and leave the real shopping for the last day. This time I had the mission of buying gifts for my BFF's baby shower. She is a Disney freak just like me and I knew I wanted to bring her gifts from WDW. It was lots of fun.

Back in our room we were tempted to leave Beatriz spend the night like this:

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:laughing:


....................................End of day 3.........................................

JAMIESMITH
08-15-2011, 05:42 PM
So cute showing off her manicure!

jzappavigna
08-15-2011, 06:24 PM
Signing up!

TanzUnited99
08-15-2011, 08:36 PM
I love the photos of the character spot and am glad that Beatriz enjoyed the meet and greet! :thumbsup2 The pics of her with Minnie look soo cute! :cutie:

Aaw on giving up TT for DH - that is def true love! :love:

lbuzz52
08-16-2011, 12:48 AM
I love the picture of B sleeping with her skirt all perched around her. Almost looks like it was posed that way- too cute!

Glad the character spot was successful this time!

mousegear
08-16-2011, 07:04 AM
I have to say that when DS was little, I loved every moment but especially sleeping DS. He looked so peaceful and angelic that it was rewarding to see the face after chasing him around all day! :cutie: I have to say, Beatriz really did well at Disney! She held herself all day and finally falling asleep on the way back. I think for little ones, Disney is sensory over load and it makes them excited and tired at the same time.

Queila
08-16-2011, 10:17 AM
So cute showing off her manicure!
She is a girly girl....

Signing up!
:welcome: honey!

I love the photos of the character spot and am glad that Beatriz enjoyed the meet and greet! :thumbsup2 The pics of her with Minnie look soo cute! :cutie:

Aaw on giving up TT for DH - that is def true love! :love:

Thanks. I am glad we finally got some great pictures with the characters...


I love the picture of B sleeping with her skirt all perched around her. Almost looks like it was posed that way- too cute!

Glad the character spot was successful this time!

I love that picture too!

I have to say that when DS was little, I loved every moment but especially sleeping DS. He looked so peaceful and angelic that it was rewarding to see the face after chasing him around all day! :cutie: I have to say, Beatriz really did well at Disney! She held herself all day and finally falling asleep on the way back. I think for little ones, Disney is sensory over load and it makes them excited and tired at the same time.

I know exactly what you mean! The sleeping Beatriz at the end of the day is such a great Beatriz! The overload of sights and sounds is a lot even for us...

Queila
08-16-2011, 03:34 PM
Day 4- Sunday- May, 15th 2011- Morning at Magic Kingdom

So originally this was supposed to be our day off the theme parks. I wanted it to be a little break from all the running around and try to enjoy a morning in the pool either at our hotel or in a water park.

However, the rain from the day before brought a "cold system" over Orlando and the day just did not seem like a water park type of day so Joey and I went back to the drawing board and re organized our schedule for the rest of the week.

The truth is that we were not that tired either. We had slept in every morning so far and we had had a "mellow" day at Epcot the day before.

And just like that our family ended up doing something we had never done before: ROPE DROP AT MAGIC KINGDOM!!

I have to say that now I finally get it. We accomplished so much in our first couple of hours at MK and by the time the park was starting to get crowded we had finished with Fantasyland. From now on rope drop is the way to go!

Waiting for our bus to Magic Kingdom:
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Waiting to get in the park:
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I have to say I :love: the rope drop show. So much so it brought yet again tears to my eyes. Joey actually caught my ugly cry on video BUT I will spare you from that.

Inside the park Beatriz was the FIRST guest of the day to take pictures with Daisy Duck:

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Beatriz had a lot of fun with her autograph book also. She would look for the right page and hand it to each character with such joy. It was very cute to see and I hope it takes her a good while before she outgrows the meeting the characters phase.

So we walk down main street and stop for some quick pictures in front of the castle:
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Beatriz did not want to pose with us. Too bad for her...

Then we headed straight to Fantasyland. On our first day at MK we had done the Mad Tea Party and Cinderella's Carrousel but now we had the rest of Fantasyland to try to conquer in one morning.

Where should we start?

Peter Pan's Flight! On our previous trips we never made it to Peter Pan because the waiting time was always so long so this was another first for our family. We walked straight in! ;)

Here we go!!!!!
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We got out of Peter Pan and Mary Poppins was getting ready to greet guests. We did not have her autograph yet so we got in line.

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While I was waiting with Beatriz Joey runs to get a FP for Winnie the Pooh. With the FP's in hand we walk straight in to one of my favorites: Philharmagic!

We have time for pictures with the glasses:
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And just as we are about to get into the theater it happened again. Beatriz announces she has to go to the bathroom and by the look of it we did not have too much time. :headache: I swear there were moments I considered putting her back on diapers. :laughing:

So I had to walk out of the theater and bring her to pee. By the time I came back there was already a bit of a line up and we had to wait bit before the next show. :sad2:

I really, really like Philharmagic (specially the Aladin scene) and Beatriz enjoyed it even more this time around.

Next up was It's a Small World:

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Beatriz had fun at this one too. Not as much as at the Grand Fiesta Tour but I can tell she loves the boat rides.

And after it was time to use our FP for Winnie the Pooh (no pictures though). We did not get to experience the new interactive features of the queue but from what I could see it is a big hit with the kids.

So the only ride left to do in Fantasyland at this point was Dumbo but we decided to leave it for our last day at MK.

While Joey went on a potty break of his own I brought Beatriz to the gift shop to get some pixie dust:

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Not sure she fully understood the concept but she played along:

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So what shall we do next? Decisions, decisions, decisions:

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When Joey got back we agreed we should go to Adventureland and see if we could squeeze in another ride before lunch time.

Can I just say how GREAT it felt to see the multitude of people arriving at the park and heading towards Fantasyland knowing that we had just been in 4 different attractions, met 2 different characters and even had 2 potty breaks with practically zero waiting?

:woohoo:

mousegear
08-16-2011, 03:59 PM
Rope Drop is the only way we do the park even with off-peak season. It's just too nice to walk straight into rides/shows and get everything done in a few hours. We are usually the out of the park by lunch time to enjoy afternoon breaks with pool/tv in the room. Thankfully, our DS and I are early morning risers so it helps. ;) Just need to drag sleeping DH or we just leave him and meet him later. :laughing:

jzappavigna
08-16-2011, 04:02 PM
i agree! Rope drop is the way to go.

It was my first rope drops at MK and loved it. You get so much done in so little time.

PlutosRHM55
08-16-2011, 04:16 PM
Oh gosh, I seem to have fallen behind... time to catch up! :thumbsup2

Awwww... Beatriz is adorable with the characters. I love the one where she is showing Minnie her nails, so cute. She did look a bit hesitant when she met Pluto, but that's awesome you guys got to meet so many characters (:

I'm sorry you didn't get to ride on Test Track ): Oh well, always next year :D And you got to explore Everything Pop instead. A fair trade right there ::yes::

Oooo... that's awesome you guys got to go to Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom! It's my goal now to try to make it to that every trip. I just love the opening show and the mad dash to get to the rides as soon as they open the gates. Great fun! :goodvibes

That's awesome you got to do so many rides and M&Gs, Beatriz meeting Daisy was almost as cute as her little interaction with Minnie, very cute. And it's amazing the height difference between her and Mary Poppins, WOW, but she looked like she enjoyed meeting her (:

:thumbsup2 to getting Pixie Dust for Beatriz, I'm sure she'll understand the concept some day.

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

TanzUnited99
08-17-2011, 07:10 PM
Wow you guys got a lot done at MK! :thumbsup2 Your making me change my mind about not hitting RD - think I will def be considering it for MK as really want to see the opening show!

Yay on Beatriz being the first guest to visit Daisy Duck and I love the pics of you and DH in front of the castle!

Queila
08-18-2011, 04:22 PM
Rope Drop is the only way we do the park even with off-peak season. It's just too nice to walk straight into rides/shows and get everything done in a few hours. We are usually the out of the park by lunch time to enjoy afternoon breaks with pool/tv in the room. Thankfully, our DS and I are early morning risers so it helps. ;) Just need to drag sleeping DH or we just leave him and meet him later. :laughing:

I am definitely a rope drop convert now. I did not think it really mattered in a "low" season but it made a big difference! And I am OK to wake up early if you consider it is for a good cause. Much better than waking up early to go to work, right? ;)

i agree! Rope drop is the way to go.

It was my first rope drops at MK and loved it. You get so much done in so little time.

Hey hi there handsome... :hug:


Oh gosh, I seem to have fallen behind... time to catch up! :thumbsup2

Awwww... Beatriz is adorable with the characters. I love the one where she is showing Minnie her nails, so cute. She did look a bit hesitant when she met Pluto, but that's awesome you guys got to meet so many characters (:

I'm sorry you didn't get to ride on Test Track ): Oh well, always next year :D And you got to explore Everything Pop instead. A fair trade right there ::yes::

Oooo... that's awesome you guys got to go to Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom! It's my goal now to try to make it to that every trip. I just love the opening show and the mad dash to get to the rides as soon as they open the gates. Great fun! :goodvibes

That's awesome you got to do so many rides and M&Gs, Beatriz meeting Daisy was almost as cute as her little interaction with Minnie, very cute. And it's amazing the height difference between her and Mary Poppins, WOW, but she looked like she enjoyed meeting her (:

:thumbsup2 to getting Pixie Dust for Beatriz, I'm sure she'll understand the concept some day.

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

I think Pluto's height was a bit intimidating but I was proud of her for doing it. She is really tiny my little Bea...

Rope drop is the way to go from now on! Next time we will try to do it in other parks too and see if it makes such a difference.

The interaction with the characters this time was really cute to see. She does believe they are real. :love:

Wow you guys got a lot done at MK! :thumbsup2 Your making me change my mind about not hitting RD - think I will def be considering it for MK as really want to see the opening show!

Yay on Beatriz being the first guest to visit Daisy Duck and I love the pics of you and DH in front of the castle!

The opening show is maybe 5 minutes long but it is very cute. It brought tears to my eyes and it was already our 4th day at Disney. :lmao:

natebenma
08-19-2011, 05:50 AM
Day 4- Sunday- May, 15th 2011- Morning at Magic Kingdom

And just like that our family ended up doing something we had never done before: ROPE DROP AT MAGIC KINGDOM!!

I have to say that now I finally get it. We accomplished so much in our first couple of hours at MK and by the time the park was starting to get crowded we had finished with Fantasyland. From now on rope drop is the way to go!

Inside the park Beatriz was the FIRST guest of the day to take pictures with Daisy Duck:

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Peter Pan's Flight! On our previous trips we never made it to Peter Pan because the waiting time was always so long so this was another first for our family. We walked straight in! ;)

:woohoo:

i agree! Rope drop is the way to go.

It was my first rope drops at MK and loved it. You get so much done in so little time.


YEAH!!! Converts to rope drop! The first couple of hours at the park, especially MK, are golden!

I love that Daisy got right down to Beatriz' level. I can't imagine that she can go eye to eye with many characters.

How did you like Peter Pan? This has always been one of our favorites (at least Mark and me), but it is not worth waiting in line, so early or FP is the only way to do this one. Does Beatriz know the movie? I have to say that it is not the most politically correct of movies.

Bethpremier
08-24-2011, 09:35 PM
This has got to be the best review I have ever read!:thumbsup2

Queila
08-25-2011, 03:07 PM
YEAH!!! Converts to rope drop! The first couple of hours at the park, especially MK, are golden!

I love that Daisy got right down to Beatriz' level. I can't imagine that she can go eye to eye with many characters.

How did you like Peter Pan? This has always been one of our favorites (at least Mark and me), but it is not worth waiting in line, so early or FP is the only way to do this one. Does Beatriz know the movie? I have to say that it is not the most politically correct of movies.

She is tiny my little Beatriz. We are hoping that by the time we go back next year she will be able to go on some cool rides like Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain Railroad.

I thought Peter Pan is very well done and I can understand now why there is always a big wait for that. We do not have the Peter Pan movie at home but I guess she already watched it at her daycare because she recognizes the characters... Now that I think of it, how appropriate is watching that movie at the day care?

This has got to be the best review I have ever read!:thumbsup2

Thank yoU! :) I am very flattered.

Queila
08-25-2011, 03:44 PM
Day 4- Sunday- May, 15th 2011- Magic Kingdom- Part Deux

On hour first half day we had toured Tomorrowland and we had just finished touring Fantasyland. So it was time to move to a new land and put some other cool rides under our belt.

Adventureland here we come!

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My initial idea was to go check the wait times for Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise and see if we could squeeze them before our lunch time.

We were on a roll and very excited about hitting more rides so what could possibly slow us down??

What about THIS!

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Prince Eric and Ariel together?? We couldn't pass this opportunity, right?? I have to admit I am not sure who was more excited about this one, Beatriz or myself.

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I wanted to be in a picture also so we posed for a family shot.

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The character interaction was great. Ariel noticed the pixie- dust on Bea's hair and Eric played along nicely when we asked hm about Max.

It was a magical moment straight from under the sea. :lovestruc

While we were waiting in line we saw some people buying Dole Whips and we were dying to have one but we did not want to spoil our meal so we decided to wait and come back after lunch. Looking back I am not sure why we were being so "proper". Weren't we on vacation?? :confused3

So shall we go check the Jungle Cruise now?

Sure but wait! Who do I see over there???

HOLY! If it is not ANOTHER power couple!

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So that is where they all hang out,eh? Adventureland! It makes sense... you know... they are very adventurous people after all.

Once again, great character interaction. Just like Eric and Ariel, they both went down on their knees to talk to Beatriz:

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And then Jasmine noticed Bea's gold bracelet:

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Aladin gave her a hug:
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And checks out her gold:
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AND her manicure: :rolleyes:
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They joked around saying that where they come from whoever owns the gold calls the shot so she must hold the power... We just replied by saying "you'd better believe it". :laughing:

So all this character interaction was not only time consuming but it really opened our apetite. We decided to leave the rides for our last day at MK and head straight to Pecos Bill for our meal!:cheer2:

We are not really burger and fries type of people, SPECIALLY at Disney, but we always make an exception for Pecos Bill. You gotta have it at least once during the trip.

Angus burgers for everybody, chocolate cake for me, carrot cake for Joey.
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Beatriz had half of her burger and most of her fries. Again, Joey had to help her to finish her meal. :rolleyes1

Unfortunately we were too full to go for those dole whips so that too had to be pushed to our last day at MK. Have you noticed the trend by now? Tons of stuff started getting "pushed" to that third visit to MK and you probably already know what ended up happening... :sad2:

So the plan for the afternoon was to go back to the hotel to sleep so we could all be refreshed fot our meal at Jiko's at 17h30. I couldn't bear the thought of having an overexcited child in such a nice restaurant.

However, turning my back to a park is the hardest thing to do and I always feel like we can do just one more thing...

As we are starting to make our way out the "Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it" parade was just getting started around the hub so we HAD TO stop for that.

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Beatriz and I actually joined the party and danced with Jessie at some point and Joey made a little video of it and I will try to upload it and post it here soon.

When the parade finished we really had to go if we wanted to have time to rest.

Beatriz wasn't happy to leave either:
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She fell asleep in the bus and took a nice, long nap. I took the following picture with my phone and posted on Facebook that day with the following caption: "Overdosed on pixie dust".

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Next up:
Super at Jiko

PlutosRHM55
08-25-2011, 11:35 PM
Wow, you seemed to be bombarded by all these characters in Adventureland, but it looked like great interactions. Great pictures with Ariel and Eric! Beatriz looked adorable by herself with them :D Same with Aladdin and Jasmine. They seemed very engaged with her. I love the whole thing with them looking at her gold bracelet, she's got the power, look out :laughing: Sorry you didn't get the chance to have a Dole Whip in all of this :/

Oh those burgers look REALLY good. I really need to give Pecos Bill a second chance, because I think it is calling to me Haha I'll have to see if they match up to other amazing burgers I've had in the past year (:

Awwww... Beatriz's faces when having to leave after the parade is just so sad. At least you had the dinner at Jiko to look forward to :thumbsup2 :laughing: at the "Overdosed on pixie dust" caption, there is never enough pixie dust in the world ;)

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

mousegear
08-26-2011, 06:53 AM
It seems you guys had fun-filled day at MK. I've never got to watch the afternoon parade since 2000. That was before DS and we did all day at the park..... We've always got up early and did RD with DS and take afternoon breaks after lunch so no parade.... I kind of miss them. I'm hoping to catch one at AK and DHS this year.

What a great way to end.... taking a nap on the bus!

TanzUnited99
08-26-2011, 12:53 PM
Yay on meeting two great Disney couples! Love the interaction that took place and lol at the person with the gold having all the power! Will have to remember that one! :laughing:

Oh no on not getting to have the Dole Whips...hope you manage to fit them in on your last MK day.

Aaw love the pic of Beatriz sleeping and the caption of 'overdosed on pixie dust!' :goodvibes

Queila
08-29-2011, 09:53 AM
Wow, you seemed to be bombarded by all these characters in Adventureland, but it looked like great interactions. Great pictures with Ariel and Eric! Beatriz looked adorable by herself with them :D Same with Aladdin and Jasmine. They seemed very engaged with her. I love the whole thing with them looking at her gold bracelet, she's got the power, look out :laughing: Sorry you didn't get the chance to have a Dole Whip in all of this :/

Oh those burgers look REALLY good. I really need to give Pecos Bill a second chance, because I think it is calling to me Haha I'll have to see if they match up to other amazing burgers I've had in the past year (:

Awwww... Beatriz's faces when having to leave after the parade is just so sad. At least you had the dinner at Jiko to look forward to :thumbsup2 :laughing: at the "Overdosed on pixie dust" caption, there is never enough pixie dust in the world ;)

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

Thanks. It was a morning packed with a lot of fun and it makes me miss Magic Kingdom greatly right now. ;)

It seems you guys had fun-filled day at MK. I've never got to watch the afternoon parade since 2000. That was before DS and we did all day at the park..... We've always got up early and did RD with DS and take afternoon breaks after lunch so no parade.... I kind of miss them. I'm hoping to catch one at AK and DHS this year.

What a great way to end.... taking a nap on the bus!

You know what? This parade is NOT the afternoon parade. This one happens several times during the day around the hub and it is more like a big party celebration. In 2010 we caught a bit of it in the morning (maybe 10ish) and this time it was probably a little before 1pm when we caught it from the beginning. The afternoon parade happens once a day at 3pm and we left before that.

Yay on meeting two great Disney couples! Love the interaction that took place and lol at the person with the gold having all the power! Will have to remember that one! :laughing:

Oh no on not getting to have the Dole Whips...hope you manage to fit them in on your last MK day.

Aaw love the pic of Beatriz sleeping and the caption of 'overdosed on pixie dust!' :goodvibes

The interaction with the characters was really nice and makes the meet & greet waiting time worth it at the end. ;)

lbuzz52
08-29-2011, 11:08 AM
great job catching both those couples. I hope we catch Ariel and Eric next trip!

Isn't rope drop great! the lines are so much more managable!

i had to laugh at your diaper comment. I've had that thought myself. Kids aren't too great at the potty schedules, are they?

natebenma
08-29-2011, 02:07 PM
She is tiny my little Beatriz. We are hoping that by the time we go back next year she will be able to go on some cool rides like Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain Railroad.

I thought Peter Pan is very well done and I can understand now why there is always a big wait for that. We do not have the Peter Pan movie at home but I guess she already watched it at her daycare because she recognizes the characters... Now that I think of it, how appropriate is watching that movie at the day care?



You know, unless the kids at day care are older, like pre-teen and up, I am sure a lot of the non-PC stuff would go over their heads. There is some body issue stuff and some absolutely appalling stereotypes of Indians (Native Americans) in the movie.

I was very petite as a child, so I can really relate to you and to Beatriz. I remember having to deal with height restrictions!

natebenma
08-29-2011, 02:24 PM
What a great MK day!!! Fantastic character interactions. My boys were never into this so the only time we have met characters is at a few character meals. The pictures of Beatriz with Aladin and Jasmine and Ariel and Eric are precious!!!

I love the one of all of you together, too!

As hard as it is to leave without doing "one more thing" I think you made a good choice of leaving when you did. I don't like the looks of those clouds in the last few pictures and since Beatriz fell asleep on the bus, you know she needed a rest after your early morning.

Can't wait to hear about Jiko!!!

matkensgirl2000
09-02-2011, 06:17 PM
I wish I had gotten a burger at Pecos Bill!

I love your trip report so far. I'm enjoying IMMENSELY!

Queila
09-07-2011, 08:55 PM
great job catching both those couples. I hope we catch Ariel and Eric next trip!

Isn't rope drop great! the lines are so much more managable!

i had to laugh at your diaper comment. I've had that thought myself. Kids aren't too great at the potty schedules, are they?

Apparently Eric and Ariel are hanging out a lot at the Aventureland varanda lately. It was a nice treat for us and ever since that encounter Ariel got promoted to Beatriz' favorite princess.

Rope drop is the only way to go from now on... specially at Magic Kingdom!

What a great MK day!!! Fantastic character interactions. My boys were never into this so the only time we have met characters is at a few character meals. The pictures of Beatriz with Aladin and Jasmine and Ariel and Eric are precious!!!

I love the one of all of you together, too!

As hard as it is to leave without doing "one more thing" I think you made a good choice of leaving when you did. I don't like the looks of those clouds in the last few pictures and since Beatriz fell asleep on the bus, you know she needed a rest after your early morning.

Can't wait to hear about Jiko!!!

I don't think it ever really rained that day but Beatriz was in need of a nap so badly! I think all the touring of the week was finally starting to catch up with her.
I think in this trip I was forced to finally learn another "way" of visiting Disney. I was so used to the "go to one park in the morning and stay there until you have no more strength to walk" way but I am slowly learning the benefits of a mid day break.

I wish I had gotten a burger at Pecos Bill!

I love your trip report so far. I'm enjoying IMMENSELY!

Thank you! :)
I have never really tried a burger anywhere else at Disney and I am all praises for Pecos Bill. Apparently they have the same burger at Cosmic Rays but we like the ambiance at Pecos Bill better. ;)

brookelizabeth
09-09-2011, 03:01 PM
Love that you ended up at Rope Drop on a "down day"! It really does make for relaxed touring though, doesn't it? I *think* I have converted Joe into doing at least 1 or 2 a trip. At MK and DHS it's practically required to get some of the attractions in.

And I have to report back about our meal at San Angel....LOVED IT! We all did! The next day Henry requested to eat there again. :laughing:

Queila
09-09-2011, 10:23 PM
Day 4- Sunday- May, 15th 2011- Super at Jiko

So Beatriz took a nice nap while Joey watched some TV and I took a shower and organized the suitcases a little bit. :laundy:

Our reservations at Jiko was for 17h30 so I followed the instructions laid down at the Disney website and allotted a good hour to get there using the Disney buses.

It was the first time we did something like that (we usually eat at the park we are touring or very near the park we are touring) and I thought one hour was a bit of an exaggeration but as it turned out, it wasn't. :sad2:

We got to Animal Kingdom Lodge with barely 5 minutes to spare but made an effort to take some pictures at the lobby before our meal.

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Now I have to make a pause here and say that I wish I had stayed at Pop Century BEFORE our stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

With all due respect to the value resorts, staying at AKL on our first "on property" experience pretty much spoiled it for every other hotel.

EVER. :laughing:

I have absolutely nothing against Pop Century except the fact that it was not AKL and getting there for our meal just enhanced our feelings. Call me a Deluxe snob if you want but I just felt like going back to Pop Century, picking up my luggage and moving into AKL.

I knew sometimes you can find a photopass photographer at the lobby at AKL but there was no one there that day so we asked someone passing by to take a picture of us. I wanted a NICE picture of us all dressed up for our special meal.

So this person tried but cut our feet:

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Then we asked someone else but it was all blurry: :sad2:

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We asked a third person and we finally got a decent shot:

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Now you have probably noticed the bottle of sunblock on Beatriz' hands. It has made plenty of special appearances in this journal already. I know some kids have security blankets and others their favourite teddy bears.

NOT MY CHILD. :sad2:

During this trip she pretty much elected her sun block as her security object and she wanted it close to her at all times. Weird, I know but I had to pick my battles. So there you have it. A picture of our family PLUS our sun block bottle. :rolleyes:

We checked in at Jiko and they gave us a beeper and told us it was going to take another 10 to 15 minutes. So what is one to do? Go check the animals, of course!

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Can you see the giraffe in the background? Did I say how much we love AKL?

It did not take long and our table was ready. We got seated right in the middle of the restaurant in a booth.

I am not going to lie. I was a bit nervous. I really wanted to take my time and enjoy my meal without having to worry about keeping Beatriz entertained.

Jiko is BEAUTIFUL inside. We spent some minutes seating down quietly just taking in the environment and the decor. I specially like the chairs in the counter facing the opened kitchen:

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The waiter was nice enough and brought Beatriz something to colour right away:

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Then Joey and I chose a bottle of wine and an appetizer and we waited for our basket of bread and tandoori butter with great anticipation...

And they were exquisite! Oh man... my mouth still waters when I think of that butter on that honey wheat bread.

At that point we were still trying to pace ourselves and leave room for the the other items of our meal but I could have easily been satisfied with a whole bunch of that bread and butter.

And then, my friends, the best appetizer I have ever had in my life came to our table: the Barbecue Chicken Flatbread (served with apple slaw, BBQ sauce and four cheeses):

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If I ever get interviewed at the Food Network show called "the Best Thing I ever Ate", I have no doubt in my mind that this flatbread will be my choice. Even Beatriz stopped everything she was doing to enjoy it.

Sorry about the messy picture we were already half way through it when I remembered to take pictures.

Really, félicitations au chef!

For our entrées both Joey and I had the filet mignon with risotto, asparagus and red wine reduction that was simply outstanding.

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I know this dish was specially famous when it was served with a gourmet mac and cheese but we solved that "problem" by ordering the mac and cheese for Beatriz and picking from her plate.

I know. We are bad.

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For dessert I had the Amarula Creme Brulée:

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And Joey had the cheesecake:

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Beatriz had some sort of make- it- yourself s'mores that she had fun playing with but refused to eat at the end.

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"How can you be my progeny and NOT like dessert?" :confused3

All in all we LOVED our meal at Jiko. :lovestruc It was a great experience and we highly recommend it. :thumbsup2

However, taking the risk to sound a bit selfish now, I would rather go back to a signature restaurant at a special occasion for a romantic date with my husband only. You know, NO KID ALLOWED!

Don't get me wrong. Beatriz behaved beautifully for a three year old (the afternoon nap really paid off) and even though I never felt that she was not welcome there, I did not feel completely relaxed either.

Maybe I am a little too paranoid and I was trying so hard to make sure she wasn't "bothering" the other patrons that it took away from the experience for me.

No regrets though. We had a great time as a family and even managed to get a picture leaving te restaurant WITHOUT the sunblock bottle.

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Now you cannot beat THAT!


Next up:
Finishing up the day with Fantasmic!

pinkxray
09-10-2011, 07:06 AM
Jiko looks amazing. I have decided I have to try it next time we stay at AKL. DH or no DH.

Beatriz behaved so well:lovestruc

I always thought Disney was a bit ridiculous about leaving an hour early to get somewhere but it usually ends up that they are right, especially going from resort to resort. That is one reason I love having a rental, it is so much easier.

I think the bottle of sunscreen is adorable. At least you always know where the sunblock is.

natebenma
09-10-2011, 07:22 AM
Are you freaking kidding me? Your meal at Jiko looks AMAZING!!! I am drooling over here!

Glad you had a fantastic time, but I know how you feel. Even though Beatriz was very well behaved, you must always be on that alert, just in case.

The picture of her coloring just made me remember a little rant- I remember from a past trip that the kids activity pages (that is the coloring and the games) were pretty much the same at all restaurants. Is that still the case?

I love that Beatriz' security item of choice is a sunblock bottle. At least it is easily replaced if it gets lost! I learned the hard way that it really stinks when your son's security item is a discontinued toy. BTW, his item, NAY NAY Roar, is my screen avatar, the Little People baby lion. He carried it everywhere until he started leaving it places and we would have to go back. Then we restricted NNR to the house, but Nate would accidentally hide it and we would rip apart the house looking for it. We still have the original, but at one point purchased a backup on ebay, just in case.

PlutosRHM55
09-10-2011, 08:59 PM
I totally agree on AKL. There is no resort like it, I mean, no resort is better than it. It’s so unique and there so much to the place. It was the first resort I ever went to in Disney and so far, none have come in comparison, but we’ll see. So I totally get what you mean about the place. (: Great pictures, by the way, glad you got some before you went to your ADR in Jiko. And that's so cute Beatriz's security blanket, adorable :teeth:

Mmmm... Jiko looks amazing! And the food looks delicious. I don't think there's one thing you ordered that looked like something I would enjoy more than the next. Though, I can't keep Creme Brulee off the mind... yeah, they all look SOOOO good! :goodvibes I will definitely need to make ADRs there sometime.

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

TanzUnited99
09-11-2011, 10:03 AM
I love the look of AKL and would love to stay there one day! After hearing about your experience I'm glad we are doing the other way round - Pop first and then AKL (or at least I'm hoping! :laughing:)

Yay on finally getting a decent shot of the three of you and lol at Beatriz being obsessed with the sunblock - it is the first time I have heard that one! ;)

You sure made my mouth water with the description of that bread you guys had.

I agree in that Beatriz sure was good during that meal and I love how happy you look in all the pics - it sure looks like AKL is your second home :thumbsup2

lbuzz52
09-12-2011, 04:10 PM
Your meal looks really good. I think i've been turned off a bit by Jiko, assuming it was a bit more sophisticated than my family's palette. But i think it would be worth the risk to go play at AKL a while. I'm glad you were persistant with your family picture. tehy turned out really nice. My james has a wierd "lovey" too. it used to be a pooh bear. once we bought a backup he switched it of course- to a scarf :confused3 he loves to cuddle it and calls it his baby.

Queila
09-15-2011, 11:21 AM
I will be back soon with another update but in the meantime I uploaded a video of our desserts at Jiko. The big vedette is, of course, Beatriz' DIY S'mores. ;) To watch the video click here (http://youtu.be/9a4dC5hvT3c).

Queila
09-16-2011, 01:48 PM
Love that you ended up at Rope Drop on a "down day"! It really does make for relaxed touring though, doesn't it? I *think* I have converted Joe into doing at least 1 or 2 a trip. At MK and DHS it's practically required to get some of the attractions in.

And I have to report back about our meal at San Angel....LOVED IT! We all did! The next day Henry requested to eat there again. :laughing:

Hi Brooke. I am al for days off and taking it easy but I can confidently say we have become rope drop converts during this trip. It was so worth the waking up a little earlier. :thumbsup2 I guess from now on we will have to do it at least a couple of times during the week.

I cannot wait to read about your San Angel experience. There is really something special about it, isn't there?

Jiko looks amazing. I have decided I have to try it next time we stay at AKL. DH or no DH.

Beatriz behaved so well:lovestruc

I always thought Disney was a bit ridiculous about leaving an hour early to get somewhere but it usually ends up that they are right, especially going from resort to resort. That is one reason I love having a rental, it is so much easier.

I think the bottle of sunscreen is adorable. At least you always know where the sunblock is.

I can honestly sau that I finally understood why people rent cars even though they are staying inside Disney. It CAN be a pain in the butt. We usually don't buy hopper pass and we try to stick to one location per day but this time we decided to do some travelling and it did not come without some frustration...:sad2:

Are you freaking kidding me? Your meal at Jiko looks AMAZING!!! I am drooling over here!

Glad you had a fantastic time, but I know how you feel. Even though Beatriz was very well behaved, you must always be on that alert, just in case.

The picture of her coloring just made me remember a little rant- I remember from a past trip that the kids activity pages (that is the coloring and the games) were pretty much the same at all restaurants. Is that still the case?

I love that Beatriz' security item of choice is a sunblock bottle. At least it is easily replaced if it gets lost! I learned the hard way that it really stinks when your son's security item is a discontinued toy. BTW, his item, NAY NAY Roar, is my screen avatar, the Little People baby lion. He carried it everywhere until he started leaving it places and we would have to go back. Then we restricted NNR to the house, but Nate would accidentally hide it and we would rip apart the house looking for it. We still have the original, but at one point purchased a backup on ebay, just in case.

The meal at Jiko deserves all the hype it gets. It was amazing and it makes for a very special evening. It is really an event on itself and as our first signature experience it left us highly impressed.

As fa as I can remember most of the sit downs had their own version of the coloring activities. They even have the kids menus printed in them these days.

This is so cute about your son's security toy. And even cuter that you have it as your avatar. Beatriz was never the type of having a security toy EXCEPT when we are on vacation. Go figure...:confused3

I totally agree on AKL. There is no resort like it, I mean, no resort is better than it. It’s so unique and there so much to the place. It was the first resort I ever went to in Disney and so far, none have come in comparison, but we’ll see. So I totally get what you mean about the place. (: Great pictures, by the way, glad you got some before you went to your ADR in Jiko. And that's so cute Beatriz's security blanket, adorable :teeth:

Mmmm... Jiko looks amazing! And the food looks delicious. I don't think there's one thing you ordered that looked like something I would enjoy more than the next. Though, I can't keep Creme Brulee off the mind... yeah, they all look SOOOO good! :goodvibes I will definitely need to make ADRs there sometime.

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

Everything at Jiko was truly delicious I don't think you can go wrong with any of their options and I always say that AKL is a "stand alone" type of resort. Even if it was not located at WDW it would still be worth a visit. You can stay in there for dys and find plenty of interesting things to do, to taste and to see. ;)

I love the look of AKL and would love to stay there one day! After hearing about your experience I'm glad we are doing the other way round - Pop first and then AKL (or at least I'm hoping! :laughing:)

Yay on finally getting a decent shot of the three of you and lol at Beatriz being obsessed with the sunblock - it is the first time I have heard that one! ;)

You sure made my mouth water with the description of that bread you guys had.

I agree in that Beatriz sure was good during that meal and I love how happy you look in all the pics - it sure looks like AKL is your second home :thumbsup2

You are at WDW right now and I am so jealous. :laughing: Hope you are having a great time at Pop and having some great memories of your own.

Your meal looks really good. I think i've been turned off a bit by Jiko, assuming it was a bit more sophisticated than my family's palette. But i think it would be worth the risk to go play at AKL a while. I'm glad you were persistant with your family picture. tehy turned out really nice. My james has a wierd "lovey" too. it used to be a pooh bear. once we bought a backup he switched it of course- to a scarf :confused3 he loves to cuddle it and calls it his baby.

The meal at Jiko was really something else. The place IS fancy but it is still Disney so I did not feel any external pressure to behave in a certain way. And even though the menu is supposed to be "African" there is something there for everybody.

That is so funny you said your son has a scarf as a lovey. Out of all the toys in the house, Beatriz' favorite thing to play with is a scarf too. :rotfl: I wonder what is so special about them...

thechesters420
09-17-2011, 11:12 AM
Love your trip report so far! My favorite is your daughter with her sunblock, that is really funny!

ronnmel
09-19-2011, 10:22 AM
Ron here...yup THE Ron of RonnMel. LOL!!!
I've been enjoying the trip report immensely!!! First off, let me say hi...to a fellow Montrealler. Technically, the wifey and I are your neighbours, as we live in Laval. But at Disney, whenever we say where we are from, we generally end up saying Montreal, Canada. Hahaha.

We always get the tiniest amount of jealousy whenever we hear of people being able to take their Disney trip off season. We would LOVE being able to go at almost any other time other than the hind end of summer, but as my wife is a teacher, we kinda have to follow her schedule.

We are trying for a family though, so when she goes on Mat leave, or on preventive leave, perhaps we'll try and take the opportunity to go at a different time. I myself would find it surreal to see how much lower the crowds are, having to deal with pretty big crowds everytime we go.

I can't tell you much we both miss Disney. I constantly daydream about Dole Whips, the smell of popcorn on Main street, and heavy drooping eyelids at the Carosel of progress. LOL!! Jus kiddin. While I do agree that COP can be sleep inducing, it's only because it's sooooo relaxing to be in there. I personally love the attraction, and it's very nice to do it when the alternative is the sun beating down on you in the afternoon.

You have a great looking family btw!!

Ahhhh Deluxe resorts!!. For us, they are an almost impossible possibility given our limited funds. But, that's why I play the lottery. Not for a new house, not for a new car, but for the possibility of making any and all Disney dreams a reality hahahahahahahaha.

Queila
09-22-2011, 07:25 PM
Love your trip report so far! My favorite is your daughter with her sunblock, that is really funny!
Thank you and :welcome:. Hope you stick around. ;)

Ron here...yup THE Ron of RonnMel. LOL!!!
I've been enjoying the trip report immensely!!! First off, let me say hi...to a fellow Montrealler. Technically, the wifey and I are your neighbours, as we live in Laval. But at Disney, whenever we say where we are from, we generally end up saying Montreal, Canada. Hahaha.

We always get the tiniest amount of jealousy whenever we hear of people being able to take their Disney trip off season. We would LOVE being able to go at almost any other time other than the hind end of summer, but as my wife is a teacher, we kinda have to follow her schedule.

We are trying for a family though, so when she goes on Mat leave, or on preventive leave, perhaps we'll try and take the opportunity to go at a different time. I myself would find it surreal to see how much lower the crowds are, having to deal with pretty big crowds everytime we go.

I can't tell you much we both miss Disney. I constantly daydream about Dole Whips, the smell of popcorn on Main street, and heavy drooping eyelids at the Carosel of progress. LOL!! Jus kiddin. While I do agree that COP can be sleep inducing, it's only because it's sooooo relaxing to be in there. I personally love the attraction, and it's very nice to do it when the alternative is the sun beating down on you in the afternoon.

You have a great looking family btw!!

Ahhhh Deluxe resorts!!. For us, they are an almost impossible possibility given our limited funds. But, that's why I play the lottery. Not for a new house, not for a new car, but for the possibility of making any and all Disney dreams a reality hahahahahahahaha.

Salut Ron!
Thanks for the compliment and :welcome: to my trip report. It is nice to have a fellow Montrealer on board. I think you are the first one. We live in the south shore so we are technically on opposing sides of the island but, still, it is nice to see a neighbour around here. :thumbsup2

My daughter will be 4 soon and that means we only have a couple of more years to take her to Disney without disrupting school. I KNOW we will miss these days...

Wishing you the best on your plans of starting a family...

You don't need to tell me about the daydreaming about Disney. That is a family activity in this house. :rotfl: We are constantly dreaming about what our next trip would be like, where we would stay, what would we eat... Every now and then Beatriz actually asks me :" Mommy, let's talk about Disney". It is cute and scary at the same time. :rotfl2:

Now about the Deluxe resorts, I thought AKL was an unattainable dream until I found out about renting DVC points. In 2010 we spent 1 week at AKL (savanna view) for the same amount f money we paid for Pop this year. Availability in the Summer is a little tougher but it is doable if you plan in advance.

For 2010 we booked our room in November for a May trip. For 2011 we started planning our trip in february and I did not find any points to rent for the week I was interested in May at the Deluxe resorts of my choice, namely Bay Lake Tower and The Beach Club. So we ended up at Pop century which, as I said, was great but not wonderful.

Hope you stick around!
Q

Queila
09-22-2011, 07:55 PM
Day 4- Sunday, May, 15th 2011- Fantasmic!

So after our wonderful meal at Jiko we said goodbye to our beloved AKL and hopped in a bus to DHS. It was Fantasmic! night and I did not want to miss it this time. In 2010 we gave up on Fantasmic! at the very last minute and we promised ourselves we were going to make it this time.

Now, if you have been paying attention, you will also notice that we are about to enter the second park of the day (we had visited MK in the morning) even though we do not have a hopper pass (we are just not a hopper pass kind of family yet). Let's just say I owe my friend A. more than one by now... ;)

Now, on a side note, I have to admit I am incapable of choosing a favorite park. I love them all equally and passionately. I get the same giddy feeling no matter if I am at AK or at MK. :lovestruc

What I do have is some favorite parks at specific times of the day. There is nothing like Magic Kingdom first thing in the morning or an afternoon touring World Showcase but I LOVE the vibe of DHS at night. Can't really pinpoint why but there is something very special about it. Maybe it has something to do with the lighting and the music. All I know is that I can never get enough of it.

So I was ecstatic to be back for Fantasmic! and even though we got there only 30 minutes before the start of the show we had no problem walking in and finding good seats.

I had seen Fantasmic! only once in 1994 at Disneyland and Joey had never seen it so the expectations were high. Unfortunately, we did not enjoy it much. I did not remember how "scary" this show could be. Beatriz spent most of the time hiding her face on Joey's chest and, to tell you the truth, I wasn't too crazy about the whole focus on the dark side of Disney either. :confused3

I know a lot of people like this type of dark stuff but we are people of the light, if you know what I mean, and we thought the show dwelt on the darkness a little too long for our taste. Let's just say we won't be going out of our way to see this show again.

Great effects though. :thumbsup2

Now raise your hand if you think that would make a great location for "World of Color".

JUST. SAYING. ;)

So after the show we stopped to take a picture with Beatriz' favorite horsie.

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This horsie had been a big hit in 2010 and it did not disappoint this time.

Remember this?
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Anyways, we hung out in the park for a little bit longer doing some window shopping and enjoying the nice breeze of the night but eventually made our way back to the hotel.

The last family picture of the day is probably one of my favorites of the trip:

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............................End of day 4.....................................


Next up:
Can we wake up early enough to make it to EMH at AK?

jecskc
09-22-2011, 09:05 PM
Aww .... you look so pretty in that picture.

We leave on Saturday for a week. I can't wait !!!

Queila
09-22-2011, 10:22 PM
Aww .... you look so pretty in that picture.

We leave on Saturday for a week. I can't wait !!!

Have a wonderful time!!! :)

natebenma
09-23-2011, 09:51 AM
Now, if you have been paying attention, you will also notice that we are about to enter the second park of the day (we had visited MK in the morning) even though we do not have a hopper pass (we are just not a hopper pass kind of family yet). Let's just say I owe my friend A. more than one by now... ;)

What I do have is some favorite parks at specific times of the day. There is nothing like Magic Kingdom first thing in the morning or an afternoon touring World Showcase but I LOVE the vibe of DHS at night. Can't really pinpoint why but there is something very special about it. Maybe it has something to do with the lighting and the music. All I know is that I can never get enough of it.

The last family picture of the day is probably one of my favorites of the trip:

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/298076_2419356840284_1142283436_2909027_319846558_ n.jpg


A. is a good friend to have!!! :thumbsup2 for Disney friends (I have one too)

I love your description of the personalities of the parks at the different times of the day. You captured it beautifully!

The photos of Beatriz on the horsie- precious! I am now thinking how many years you will be able to enjoy having her do this. I hope into her teen years!!!

We have just seen Fantasmic once- it was at the end of a long day, really long hot wait in the stadium. The show didn't blow us away. I'm sure part of it was how tired we were, hope to try it again, sometime.

I agree, that is one amazing family photo. Trying to figure out in my mind how to turn that into a holiday card. :santa:

JAMIESMITH
09-23-2011, 09:59 AM
We're planning to skip Fantasmic for our first trip since our daughter will only be four. I've heard a lot of people say how scary it can be for little ones! I never would have pegged HS as a good night time park, but we'll try it! I love the pictures of B on the horse!

natebenma
09-23-2011, 10:11 AM
:cheer2:


Also wanted to say thank you to you and Joey for the link to the Fantasy Football League. We have never done it before, but my 13 year old son Nate is managing a team. He is really having fun with it!!! His best friend and flag football teammate was here during the draft to "help" him.

So funny, when they were doing the draft, his friend said "What's up with all the Disney names!" It cracked me up that it was noticeable.

We ended up with Tom Brady!!! :love: Actually, quite a few New England palyers. Our team motto should be "All Patriots, All the Time". In fact, one of the other managers pointed that out during the draft.

I'm guessing your husband's team is Animal?

Queila
09-29-2011, 11:59 AM
We're planning to skip Fantasmic for our first trip since our daughter will only be four. I've heard a lot of people say how scary it can be for little ones! I never would have pegged HS as a good night time park, but we'll try it! I love the pictures of B on the horse!

DHS at night is really special. I strongly recommend it even if it is just for walking around and enjoying the vibe of the evening.

I would wait until your daughter is a little older to go see Fantasmic. Specially if she's already shown signs of being scared of villans and alike.

:cheer2:


Also wanted to say thank you to you and Joey for the link to the Fantasy Football League. We have never done it before, but my 13 year old son Nate is managing a team. He is really having fun with it!!! His best friend and flag football teammate was here during the draft to "help" him.

So funny, when they were doing the draft, his friend said "What's up with all the Disney names!" It cracked me up that it was noticeable.

We ended up with Tom Brady!!! :love: Actually, quite a few New England palyers. Our team motto should be "All Patriots, All the Time". In fact, one of the other managers pointed that out during the draft.

I'm guessing your husband's team is Animal?

I am glad you guys are enjoying it. Fantasy football takes over my house on Sundays and Mondays. It can be an addiction. ;)

Yes, Joey is Animal. :laughing:

Queila
09-29-2011, 12:09 PM
Small Life Update
I have always been jealous of runners. I used to see people jogging and running around the neighborhood and wonder where they found the time or the will power.

It turns out that a couple of months ago I achieved my Weight Watcher's goal weight and to celebrate it I decided to start running and in order to encourage me Joey signed us up to a 5K. To help me with my training I have been using a program called Couch to 5K (c25k) that I simply cannot recommend enough.

So last Sunday Joey and I ran our first 5K together I have to say I cannot believe there was a dorment runner inside of me.

Who would have "thunk"??:confused3

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I still have a long way to go to increase my stamina and endurance but the accomplishment feeling was greater than I had anticipated. So much so that I have to share it here!

Now if I could have it my way Joey and I would run the Expedition Everest Challenge at Animal Kingdom next May. :eek:

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We'll see! ;)

lbuzz52
09-29-2011, 01:26 PM
i too can say i have seen fantasmic but probably won't rush back. It was a bit more than my kids cared for. i used the bus at DHS that evening right at the end of fantasmic, but we didnt' enter the park.
congrats on the 5K:thumbsup2

TanzUnited99
09-29-2011, 02:36 PM
Yay on seeing Fantasmic! Loved the family shot at the end and how nice of A to get you into the park.

Also :woohoo: on completing the 5K!

natebenma
09-29-2011, 04:41 PM
Congrats on your 5K!!! That's great! Sounds like you are very proud of yourself and you should be!!!


I am very tempted to do a c25k program- one started up in my town in the summer and a few of my friends did it, but I couldn't commit the time between guitar lessons, two flag football schedules, PTA and community theatre duties! Maybe soon!

ronnmel
09-29-2011, 10:01 PM
Bonjour, I'm Mel, of Ronnmel. I finally convinced him to get his own account, so he should be popping back in here in the next few days. Since he got into your TR I decided to give it a shot as well. I'm really enjoying it so far! :goodvibes

I love seeing the pictures of the Montreal airport and recognizing everything, even the gate number. I'm pretty sure we got the same Air Canada flight as you, just 3 months later.

You really seem to have gotten the best location for POP, that's great!

I agree about MSEP, it's just not as good as Spectro and the music is really annoying. I've read several TRs lately all saying the same thing, so you are not alone in thinking that. Hopefully they'll bring back Spectro, or a newer even better parade soon.

Isn't it neat how they dance the Twist (and the Hustle at 6pm) everyday at POP? :dance3:

I LOVE the drawing class! It's awesome!! I did it several times last trip and Brian was my favorite artist. I can't believe I never even thought of taking a picture of him!

Mmmmm, red velvet cupcake! You have to eat that thing with a knife and fork it's so big, but it's YUMMY!!

I love Lumière too! I teach French second language to grade 1 and when trying to find words with "u" in them I told them "lumière" and one girl replied "like the guy in Beauty and the Beast! A girl after my own heart. :cutie: And because of this job I mix French and English ALL THE TIME. I love Montreal for that. :upsidedow

Kids and small bladders. Don't I know about that.:rolleyes:

:eek: Walking straight on Soarin through the VIP entrance. That's priceless! How nice of your friend. :wizard:

Retiring and getting a job at Disney, hope we can do that when we reach that point in our lives. :cloud9:

Rope drop definitely is the way to go for us! We love being able to do so much in so little time. :thumbsup2

The MK welcome show brings so much joy to my heart that I teared up as well.

We have the same grey Mickey t-shirt! Walmart, right? :laughing:

I'd love to stay at AKL. It looks lovely!

ronDisney
09-30-2011, 08:15 AM
Thank you and :welcome:. Hope you stick around. ;)

Salut Ron!
Thanks for the compliment and :welcome: to my trip report. It is nice to have a fellow Montrealer on board. I think you are the first one. We live in the south shore so we are technically on opposing sides of the island but, still, it is nice to see a neighbour around here. :thumbsup2

My daughter will be 4 soon and that means we only have a couple of more years to take her to Disney without disrupting school. I KNOW we will miss these days...

Wishing you the best on your plans of starting a family...

You don't need to tell me about the daydreaming about Disney. That is a family activity in this house. :rotfl: We are constantly dreaming about what our next trip would be like, where we would stay, what would we eat... Every now and then Beatriz actually asks me :" Mommy, let's talk about Disney". It is cute and scary at the same time. :rotfl2:

Now about the Deluxe resorts, I thought AKL was an unattainable dream until I found out about renting DVC points. In 2010 we spent 1 week at AKL (savanna view) for the same amount f money we paid for Pop this year. Availability in the Summer is a little tougher but it is doable if you plan in advance.

For 2010 we booked our room in November for a May trip. For 2011 we started planning our trip in february and I did not find any points to rent for the week I was interested in May at the Deluxe resorts of my choice, namely Bay Lake Tower and The Beach Club. So we ended up at Pop century which, as I said, was great but not wonderful.

Hope you stick around!
Q

You rented DVC points? Hmmmm. My wife has definately thought about that as well. If you're saying that the end result ended up being almost as much as you paid for POP, it might be worth doing a lil more digging. While my wife you would love AKL, if I had to choose a deluxe I would definately prefer POLY, with Contemporary being a close second.

Fantasmic...
I liked it, not LOVED it. After catching it for the first time in 2009 after a 2 hour wait, we promised ourselves that it would never happen again. :laughing:
We would just go in, right before the show, even if it meant standing in the nosebleed section. But...with the decision to make the show every night, I doubt that will ever be a problem again. We did as you did, and we still got some pretty decent seats. As for the show itself. It was nice and it's an experience, but it's not anything that I would go out of my way for. Basically, if we're at the studios at night and have a hankering to watch it, we'll just get in line 30 mins before, if not, we either head home or do 1 or 2 more rides. It will probably have to be a "must do" however, when we bring our kid for the first time. I have to be careful though not to over hype the show, and be confident that he/she can take some of the more darker parts.

Good going on the Weight Watcher's thing, and especially on the running.

I used to run a bit, and even did a 10k years ago.

I keep on telling myself I gotta get back into shape but i'm a couch potato by nature, so it's incredibly hard to get off my butt and get some activity in. But, when we were prepping for our Disney trip in Aug 2011, it wasn't too hard at all to get some walking/jogging in, because it was all towards a "higher purpose". :cloud9:

I tell ya, if we could manage one of the Disney runs over there, i'd be a lot more motivated to get active and remain active. I even bought a runDisney shirt there on my last trip, though siince i've gotten back, I unfortunately haven't used it nearly enough. :sad2:

Favorite park?
Like you I have a hard time nailing that one down. Each one has their points.
I can't really say. I love the world as a whole. :)
On our last trip though, my wife had a big change of heart towards the studios. She didn't care too much for it before. But, now that she discovered the drawing classes and Tower or Terror, it definately helped the park raise up a couple of notches on the "favorit park list".

Shell & Ted
09-30-2011, 12:51 PM
I've been a lurker for a while and love your writing style. Your daughter is adorable.

I wanted to say congrats on your first 5K. I began doing the C2 5K while doing WW a year ago. Just completed my first 10K. It's amazing how addictive running actually is.

pinkxray
09-30-2011, 01:45 PM
Congrats on the 5K and making your goal weight! I just signed up for WW online(again). I totally dropped dieting over the summer but need to get back on the wagon. I have been doing the C25K program and have made it to week 6. I did it last year on my treadmill and man, is it different running outside. I am hoping to do a 5k soon, but the ultimate goal is the Princess Half Marathon. DH doesn't know it yet but I fully intend on doing it in 2014. 3 years should be enough training right? I kind of feel like I could do it in 2012 but DH would kill me if I try to get him back to Disney before my promise of 3 years is up.

Queila
10-07-2011, 11:04 AM
i too can say i have seen fantasmic but probably won't rush back. It was a bit more than my kids cared for. i used the bus at DHS that evening right at the end of fantasmic, but we didnt' enter the park.
congrats on the 5K:thumbsup2

Thank you. SO that means we could have crossed each other that night?

Yay on seeing Fantasmic! Loved the family shot at the end and how nice of A to get you into the park.

Also :woohoo: on completing the 5K!

Thank you. I am telling you, A. is a superstar!

Congrats on your 5K!!! That's great! Sounds like you are very proud of yourself and you should be!!!


I am very tempted to do a c25k program- one started up in my town in the summer and a few of my friends did it, but I couldn't commit the time between guitar lessons, two flag football schedules, PTA and community theatre duties! Maybe soon!

Thank you. Yes... running the 5K was such a high. I finally "get it" why people love running so much...

Finding the time is not easy. I highly encourage you to start c25k. If i can do it, anyone can. Trust me. I run Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays but I needJoey to stay with Beatriz while I go. The good thing is te time starts counting from the minute I step foot out of my house. For me that is a great advantage.

Bonjour, I'm Mel, of Ronnmel. I finally convinced him to get his own account, so he should be popping back in here in the next few days. Since he got into your TR I decided to give it a shot as well. I'm really enjoying it so far! :goodvibes

I love seeing the pictures of the Montreal airport and recognizing everything, even the gate number. I'm pretty sure we got the same Air Canada flight as you, just 3 months later.

You really seem to have gotten the best location for POP, that's great!

I agree about MSEP, it's just not as good as Spectro and the music is really annoying. I've read several TRs lately all saying the same thing, so you are not alone in thinking that. Hopefully they'll bring back Spectro, or a newer even better parade soon.

Isn't it neat how they dance the Twist (and the Hustle at 6pm) everyday at POP? :dance3:

I LOVE the drawing class! It's awesome!! I did it several times last trip and Brian was my favorite artist. I can't believe I never even thought of taking a picture of him!

Mmmmm, red velvet cupcake! You have to eat that thing with a knife and fork it's so big, but it's YUMMY!!

I love Lumière too! I teach French second language to grade 1 and when trying to find words with "u" in them I told them "lumière" and one girl replied "like the guy in Beauty and the Beast! A girl after my own heart. :cutie: And because of this job I mix French and English ALL THE TIME. I love Montreal for that. :upsidedow

Kids and small bladders. Don't I know about that.:rolleyes:

:eek: Walking straight on Soarin through the VIP entrance. That's priceless! How nice of your friend. :wizard:

Retiring and getting a job at Disney, hope we can do that when we reach that point in our lives. :cloud9:

Rope drop definitely is the way to go for us! We love being able to do so much in so little time. :thumbsup2

The MK welcome show brings so much joy to my heart that I teared up as well.

We have the same grey Mickey t-shirt! Walmart, right? :laughing:

I'd love to stay at AKL. It looks lovely!

Hello and :welcome: I am so happy to have fellow Montrealers reading the TR. I started reading your TR but have yet to go back and leave a comment. Shame on me. :rolleyes1

That is such a cute story about your student mentioning Lumiere. What a cool job you have! Sometimes I feel like I missed my true calling in life. I should have been a teacher. :laughing: I guess you experience the small kids with small bladers thing in a daily basis, eh?

In our house we mix languages all the time. I guess that is what makes this part of the world so special. My daughter is not yet 4 and can comunicate in 4 languages. My little one is so anxious to start school BTW. I am going to start looking for a Pre-K for her for next September.

AKL was my ultimate Disney dream and I am so happy we got to do it. I highly recommend it to anyone!

YES.... gray t-shirt IS from Walmart! Did you wear yours during your trip too? Gotta love Walmart for carrying Disney apparel! ;)

Have a great weekend!

Q

Queila
10-07-2011, 11:17 AM
I've been a lurker for a while and love your writing style. Your daughter is adorable.

I wanted to say congrats on your first 5K. I began doing the C2 5K while doing WW a year ago. Just completed my first 10K. It's amazing how addictive running actually is.

Thank you very much and :welcome:. I am so glad you got to leave a comment. It is nice to know the people that are reading.

Congrats on doing a 10K! A 10K is still a far away dream for me but, hey, 3 months ago I couldn't run 90 seconds without huffing and puffing so... you never know... :confused3

I seriously could become a spokesperson for WW,S and C25K. Both programs changed my life. :thumbsup2 I am in such a better place now (fitness wise) than I was one year ago. So worth it!

Running is definitely addictive. It took me a while to find my stride but now that I did, I look forward to my runs. Who would have thought??

Congrats on the 5K and making your goal weight! I just signed up for WW online(again). I totally dropped dieting over the summer but need to get back on the wagon. I have been doing the C25K program and have made it to week 6. I did it last year on my treadmill and man, is it different running outside. I am hoping to do a 5k soon, but the ultimate goal is the Princess Half Marathon. DH doesn't know it yet but I fully intend on doing it in 2014. 3 years should be enough training right? I kind of feel like I could do it in 2012 but DH would kill me if I try to get him back to Disney before my promise of 3 years is up.

Congrats on signing up to WW's. Keeping it up in the Summer was not easy so I understand where you are coming from. You must not be too far from your goal weight so hang in there and soon you will get your lifetime membership. :thumbsup2

Isn't C25K wonderful? I am so glad I found the program! When I ran the 5K I was on week 6. I am not going to lie, I struggled a bit. Specially on the hills. But I can see the improvement as each week goes by and I am already looking forward to an opportunity to running another one. The problem is finding one around here now that the cold weather is creeping around us. I started c25k in the Summer so I have done all the runs outside so far but I guess pretty soon I am going to have to start using the treadmill. Is that supposed to be easier or harder?

Disney Princess Half in 2013 sounds doable to me (if I keep training, of course). Maybe we can be there together! :woohoo:

Queila
10-07-2011, 11:33 AM
You rented DVC points? Hmmmm. My wife has definately thought about that as well. If you're saying that the end result ended up being almost as much as you paid for POP, it might be worth doing a lil more digging. While my wife you would love AKL, if I had to choose a deluxe I would definately prefer POLY, with Contemporary being a close second.

Fantasmic...
I liked it, not LOVED it. After catching it for the first time in 2009 after a 2 hour wait, we promised ourselves that it would never happen again. :laughing:
We would just go in, right before the show, even if it meant standing in the nosebleed section. But...with the decision to make the show every night, I doubt that will ever be a problem again. We did as you did, and we still got some pretty decent seats. As for the show itself. It was nice and it's an experience, but it's not anything that I would go out of my way for. Basically, if we're at the studios at night and have a hankering to watch it, we'll just get in line 30 mins before, if not, we either head home or do 1 or 2 more rides. It will probably have to be a "must do" however, when we bring our kid for the first time. I have to be careful though not to over hype the show, and be confident that he/she can take some of the more darker parts.

Good going on the Weight Watcher's thing, and especially on the running.

I used to run a bit, and even did a 10k years ago.

I keep on telling myself I gotta get back into shape but i'm a couch potato by nature, so it's incredibly hard to get off my butt and get some activity in. But, when we were prepping for our Disney trip in Aug 2011, it wasn't too hard at all to get some walking/jogging in, because it was all towards a "higher purpose". :cloud9:

I tell ya, if we could manage one of the Disney runs over there, i'd be a lot more motivated to get active and remain active. I even bought a runDisney shirt there on my last trip, though siince i've gotten back, I unfortunately haven't used it nearly enough. :sad2:

Favorite park?
Like you I have a hard time nailing that one down. Each one has their points.
I can't really say. I love the world as a whole. :)
On our last trip though, my wife had a big change of heart towards the studios. She didn't care too much for it before. But, now that she discovered the drawing classes and Tower or Terror, it definately helped the park raise up a couple of notches on the "favorit park list".

I highly recommend looking into renting DVC points. They have some active threads about it here at the DisBords. Keep in mind though that not every Deluxe hotel is a DVC property so staying in places like the Polynesian with points is just not worth it. If you like the Contemporary feel, DVC has the Bay Lake Tower now which apparently is incredible!

I guess we feel the same way about Fantasmic. We will not get out of our way to see it anymore. And I am so glad we did not have to wait two hours for it. I guess I would have been REALLY disappointed then...

Congratulations on running a 10K. Don't tell anyone but on the third Km of my 5K the winner of the 10K, that started at the same time as us, actually passed me. :rotfl2: It got me thinking that 10Kers are really super human athletes.

I can completely relate to the "running" with a higher purpose thing. I am not going to lie but the thought of doing the Expedition Everest Challenge or even the Princess Half Marathon is a HUGE motivator for me. Apparently no one can put a race on like Disney. Why am I not surprised?

I think DHS and AK are a bit underrated. I believe to be able to truly enjoy these parks you have to slow down and take in all the information. Lots of people seem not to be willing to take the time to do the rides that are not necessarily thrills and they miss out on a lot of cool stuff (like the drawing classes, for example).

We only started enjoying these things after we had our daughter and we got a whole new appreciation for each park.

Bonne fin de semaine!
Q

ronnmel
10-07-2011, 04:37 PM
Hello and :welcome" I am so happy to have fellow Montrealers reading the TR. I started reading your TR but have yet to go back and leave a comment. Shame on me. :rolleyes1

YES.... gray t-shirt IS from Walmart! Did you wear yours during your trip too? Gotta love Walmart for carrying Disney apparel! ;)

Have a great weekend!

Q

Hope you are enjoying the read of my TR. I hope you go back to leave a comment, I love reading those! :goodvibes

Yep, I wore that gray t-shirt during my trip, along with 3 more I also bought from Walmart (2 of which were from the kids section. I'm that tiny! :rotfl:). I figured the more I spent there, the less I'd be tempted to spend at Disney. :laughing:

Have a great weekend too!

Queila
10-10-2011, 10:17 PM
Day 5- Animal Kingdom Day

So this was the much anticipated full day at Animal Kingdom Park. On our two previous trips Animal Kingdom day became the someone-is-sick-and-need-medical-assistance day. :sad2: So this time I reserved an entire day to properly tour and enjoy the park.

It also happened to be EMH morning but, who were we kidding, we were never going to make it for 8 am after staying up so late the previous night for Fantasmic.

We did manage to get to Animal Kingdom at 8h50 though. :woohoo: That gave us a 10 minute head start from the rest of the crowd and we took advantage of it.

Time for a quick picture by the entrance:

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As soon as we got into the park we started making our way hastely to the Kilimanjaro Safari and it pained me to walk right past all the CM's standing at the Oasis without stoping to hear what they had to say.

I guess we are THAT type of guests after all...:rolleyes1

On our way up to Africa we did notice some characters were getting ready to greet guests and there was absolutely no waiting so we had to grab the opportunity:

Thumper:
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In 2010 Beatriz had seen Thumper from far and asked to go see him but there was some pretty black clouds looming above our heads and we wisely decided to leave the park before it started pouring. Anyways, I was just happy we were able to make up for it and she finally got to take a picture with him.

Then there was Meeko:

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Meeko is from Pocahontas, by the way. I know you did not need me to tell you that but I did it anyways. You know... just in case. ;)

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Pluto:
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Then we finally made it to our safari and thankfully we were still able to walk straight in. Beatriz decided to seat on the edge which made me a little nervous but Joey sat right beside her and made sure she was ok. She is growing up so fast my little one...

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Attempt of a shot of the three of us:

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Beatriz was perfectly happy with her spot and fully enjoyed the ride:

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Baby rhino:

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The lion was taking a nap:

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Thumbs up for our driver:

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I had never noticed this spot on the way out of the safari before:

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And while we had to wait for Joey (don't remember where he went) Beatriz bonded with some fake animals:

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All in all it was a GREAT start to our day. :thumbsup2

Next up:
Rafiki's Planet.

pinkxray
10-11-2011, 12:33 PM
Looks like a great morning so far at AK:thumbsup2

TanzUnited99
10-11-2011, 05:16 PM
I'm glad you got to spend an entire day at AK as we loved this park on our trip :thumbsup2

Yay on meeting so many characters on your way to the safari - we met Miss Bunny and Meeko early on in the day as well. I love how they come down to Bs level.

Great animal pics - looking forward to reading more!

natebenma
10-13-2011, 07:48 PM
Fantastic pictures from the safari- both of the animals and your adorable little girl!

The character photos are really cute too. What a difference from your last trip!

brookelizabeth
10-14-2011, 08:03 PM
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Looooove your dress! You look beautiful!

I laughed at the sunblock bottle bit - Henry is the same way. It's amazing what they get attached to, isn't it?? :laughing:


I wasn't too crazy about the whole focus on the dark side of Disney either. :confused3

I know a lot of people like this type of dark stuff but we are people of the light, if you know what I mean, and we thought the show dwelt on the darkness a little too long for our taste. Let's just say we won't be going out of our way to see this show again.

Great effects though. :thumbsup2




I couldn't agree with you more. We are not fans either, for the exact same reasons. ::yes:: We saw it once, no desire to really go back. I *might* if they refurb it like the rumors are saying, just to see (it's good for me to have an idea of everything considering my travel agent work!), but otherwise - meh, I'll skip it.

And yes, I'd LOVE to see a World of Color type show on property! I don't think it will go there because Fantastmic is so very popular, but I have heard rumors of them building a lake in DTD for it. We shall see!




So last Sunday Joey and I ran our first 5K together I have to say I cannot believe there was a dorment runner inside of me.




That is awesome! I have done most of the C25K program, but dropped out when the weather got cold last year - this year I have barely ran. :rolleyes1 I hope to do the Princess 5K in 2013. The Expedition Everest 5k would be a blast!

Queila
10-17-2011, 07:58 PM
Hello everybody!

Sorry I have been so quiet lately. :(

I still come to the boards regularly and read everyone's TR's but I have just been too tired (or lazy) to leave comments.

I have been working some extra shifts to help us pay for our next trips (we have not only one but two lined up but none to Disney unfortunately). :sad2:

In December we are going to Las Vegas to celebrate our ten year anniversary. It is the first time over there for both of us and I am really looking forward to it. We are not taking Beatriz and I wanted to go somewhere that wouldn't make me feel guilty for not bringing her. Vegas was an easy choice. We booked 4 nights at the ARIA hotel but I am not over planning this trip. The goal is to relax and play it by ear.

Then in January we are going to Brazil :cool2:. It has been two years since I have last been there and I am HOMESICK. This is the longest I have ever gone without going to Brazil and it is showing. Ask Joey. He will tell you. :laughing:

Also I find Beatriz is very disconnected with her Brazilian roots right now. She does not remember anything from the three times she has been there (not that I expected her to able to) and the other day she refused to speak to me in Portuguese which for me is a huge no, no. I am sure she will enjoy it immensely this time around and I owe it to my family to bring her down as often as I can.

Of course, getting out of Canada in the middle of the Winter towards sunny Brazil won't hurt us either. ;)

Joey and I are also busy undergoing some tests so we can start some fertility treatments :guilty: so that is occupying not only my mind but it has also shifted my Internet time from Disney to some other stuff...

Anyways, enough of the boring stuff. This TR needs to keep rolling and I will try to update another installment tonight.

Thanks for listening!

Looks like a great morning so far at AK:thumbsup2

It was indeed!! ;)

I'm glad you got to spend an entire day at AK as we loved this park on our trip :thumbsup2

Yay on meeting so many characters on your way to the safari - we met Miss Bunny and Meeko early on in the day as well. I love how they come down to Bs level.

Great animal pics - looking forward to reading more!

Isn't AK awesome?? It is just so beautiful in there and you get to meet some pretty unusual animals both from the real and from the character worlds. ;)

Fantastic pictures from the safari- both of the animals and your adorable little girl!

The character photos are really cute too. What a difference from your last trip!

I know! This TR was almost named "The family trip that just turned into a big, fat character hunt". :lmao:

Looooove your dress! You look beautiful!

I laughed at the sunblock bottle bit - Henry is the same way. It's amazing what they get attached to, isn't it?? :laughing:

I couldn't agree with you more. We are not fans either, for the exact same reasons. ::yes:: We saw it once, no desire to really go back. I *might* if they refurb it like the rumors are saying, just to see (it's good for me to have an idea of everything considering my travel agent work!), but otherwise - meh, I'll skip it.

And yes, I'd LOVE to see a World of Color type show on property! I don't think it will go there because Fantastmic is so very popular, but I have heard rumors of them building a lake in DTD for it. We shall see!

That is awesome! I have done most of the C25K program, but dropped out when the weather got cold last year - this year I have barely ran. :rolleyes1 I hope to do the Princess 5K in 2013. The Expedition Everest 5k would be a blast!

Thank you for the compliment. I am always looking for an excuse to dress up since I work in scrubs all day....

The funny thing is that she completely forgot about the sunblock once we got home but she got attached to a scarf the whole Summer. Just when you can FINALLY put them away for a couple of months... After a while we realized that she was pretending the scarf was her long Rapunzel hair though... It made sense but it was still hard to watch. :rotfl2:

i had not heard about the World of Color possibly going to DTD. It makes sense. It would be a perfect location. Except, how would they charge admission??

I am about to start week 9 on the c25k and I am very excited about my running. My ultimate test is about to start: it is getting so cold outside. How am I supposed to keep up? Is there a princess 5K?? :confused:I would love to run any Disney race. It is my ultimate motivation. ;)

Queila
10-17-2011, 08:38 PM
Day 5- Monday, May 16th 2011- Morning at Animal Kingdom- Part 2

So after we came back to civilization from our safari it was time to take yet another trip. :rolleyes1

Something we really wanted to do this time was to take the express train to Rafiki's Planet Watch.

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I know most people don't want to take the time to go all the way there but since Beatriz is still too small to ride the big thrills or even to decide where we should go next we decided we wanted to take this trip to explore that part of the park.

Waiting for the train:
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Conservation Station bound:
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Colonial Africa themeing:
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All aboard (and we ride sideways):
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We get there and Beatriz immediately decided to hop on the fake elephant:
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We made our way to Conservation Station slowly and stopping to admire some of the animals on the way but once we got there it was this guy who caught our attention:

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And then we also got to meet the monkey himself: Rafiki!
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Even I wanted a picture since The Lion King was the movie of MY tender years:

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Conservation Station is VERY COOL.:thumbsup2

It is quiet and you kinda have to self guide yourself through the exhibits and artefacts taking the time to read the signs and ask questions but we were totally ok with that.

That is also where you find, in my opinion, the coolest thing at Animal Kingdom: the Animal care and Hospital. Every morning sometime between 10 am and noon, a couple of animals are brought out for medical procedures or check ups and you can watch everything through a glass window and even get to ask questions to the veterinarian at the end of the procedure.

Now I am health care provider (once upon a lifetime ago I was even a surgeon myself :sad2:) and I EAT THIS TYPE OF STUFF UP. :rolleyes1

I just sat there and watched a laser removal of an abnormal follicle (ingrown feather) being performed on a stork. A STORK! How cool is that??

I secretly made a wish and asked for it to come and visit me soon so.... we keep waiting. ;)

It was a great moment specially because Beatriz was digging it too. I took no pictures of it because I did not want to use the flash against the window and risk disturbing the vets.

After that we got into a sound chamber and attempted to listen to "The Sounds of the forest" but Beatriz got scared so we had to leave.

And who do we see next??

Pocahontas!

Well, we cannot miss that, can we? I may be wrong but I think she is the only human character you get to meet at Animal Kingdom.

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Her interaction with Beatriz was great and they talked lengthy about something I can't remember:

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We told her we had already seen Meeko and I refrained myself from making jokes about still trying to figure out the "colors of the wind".

We posed for a last picture, Beatriz gave her a hug and we said good bye to Conservation Station:

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And what do we find outside??

The Affection Section where these cute goats jut seat around and let themselves be pet all day.

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Beatriz LOVED this. :lovestruc And I specially loved the fact that they had some water and soap for us to wash our hands at the end of it all. ;)

So by now we were getting really hungry (those small breakfasts in our room forced us into early lunches) and we decided it was time to go back to civilization yet again.

We really liked Rafiki's Planet Watch and we are very happy we took the time to do it. I recommend it for all families. Specially with small kids. Even more specially if you live in the city.

It was a great break from the hustle from the park and we got to meet characters and interact with real animals.

Two thums up! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Next up:
Lunch at Flame Tree BBQ

natebenma
10-17-2011, 08:41 PM
No apologies needed! We will be here to read when you are able to write!

Good luck with your treatments. I don't know if I have shared, but Nate was a fertility baby. Although Mark and I had been married 13 years when he was born, we had only just started treatment and we were fortunate that the first procedure was successful for us. :thumbsup2 Ben was made the old-fashioned way, but we were getting ready to start treatments again if it didn't happen on our own.

Sounds like you have a couple of nice trips planned. Congrats on your 10th anniversary. I'm so happy to hear you will be going back to Brazil, too.

natebenma
10-17-2011, 08:56 PM
Looks like you had a wonderful time at Rafiki's place. We have never been.

I love the pictures with Rafiki. Did he get fresh? He goosed my best friend Cindy- I think at Magic Kingdom.

Pochahantas is beautiful! Too bad her show at AK was closed. :(

Queila
10-17-2011, 09:11 PM
No apologies needed! We will be here to read when you are able to write!

Good luck with your treatments. I don't know if I have shared, but Nate was a fertility baby. Although Mark and I had been married 13 years when he was born, we had only just started treatment and we were fortunate that the first procedure was successful for us. :thumbsup2 Ben was made the old-fashioned way, but we were getting ready to start treatments again if it didn't happen on our own.

Sounds like you have a couple of nice trips planned. Congrats on your 10th anniversary. I'm so happy to hear you will be going back to Brazil, too.

Thanks Dee. Specially for sharing your story with me.

Beatriz was conceived the old fashion way and I got pregnant on my FIRST MONTH TRYING. No joke. Then it took me ten months of trying before I got pregnant again but that ended up in a miscarriage. We have been trying again for around 4 months but I just turned 34 and decided to give myself a consultation at a fertility clinic as a gift.

The doctor says we are able to conceive (obviously) but he found a couple of issues that can justify the delay. So we'll see....

Did you ever go to Vegas? Any suggestions?? ;)

Queila
10-17-2011, 09:14 PM
Looks like you had a wonderful time at Rafiki's place. We have never been.

I love the pictures with Rafiki. Did he get fresh? He goosed my best friend Cindy- I think at Magic Kingdom.

Pochahantas is beautiful! Too bad her show at AK was closed. :(

I never got to see her show at AK. I guess it was on during my Disney blackout years. :sad2: It was nice to her and Ct. Smith at the beginning of the Fantasmic show though. I like the movie. I wish they would give her some more exposure. At the American pavillon at Epcot maybe?? :confused3

Rafiki did not try any moves on me. I guess I am not his type. :lmao: I will make sure to pay more attention next time.

Q

ronnmel
10-17-2011, 09:42 PM
I am sorry to hear about the fertility issues. I have a friend who tried conceiving for almost 3 years, including with some fertility treatment. She finally got pregnant through IVF and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl earlier this year.

I hope that Beatriz gets over her refusal to speak Portuguese. It's one of my fear, as I speak French and Ron speaks English, that my kids would refuse to speak French to me. Especially since I speak way more English than Ron does French.

I love the Conservation Station! It's an awesome place to meet some characters and see some very cool things about animals. :thumbsup2

jecskc
10-17-2011, 09:55 PM
Loved your update !! I love sitting sideways in the train.

Good luck with the fertility. Aren't we so lucky to have this medical advancement nowadays ?? It's amazing what doctors can do for people having trouble conceiving.

Looking forward to reading more !!

TanzUnited99
10-18-2011, 03:08 PM
We went to Rafiki's Planet Watch and loved it! There is so much to do and learn at this place. A bit jealous you guys got to meet Rafiki as he wasn't out during our time here. Zaheer loved the affection section and if he had his way we would have spent a majority of our day just petting animals! :lmao:

Ooh have a great trip to Las Vagas (hope you share pics) and Brazil. Congrats on your 10 year anniversary :lovestruc

Good luck with the fertility treatments - I hope everything works out for you guys.