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dtr_angel
05-30-2011, 11:23 AM
Hello! :) I wrote my first PTR so it's only appropriate now that we are back to start my first TR! We stayed for 7 nights at the Animal Kingdom Lodge on the dining plan from May 19 - May 26th. This was our 4th trip together since we got married on May 31, 2008.

Cast
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"Moose", (me) a 26 year old nursing student, and I work part time as a pharm tech in a hospital, where I have worked for 5 years.

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My husband, "Truck", a 26 year old college graduate who works as a freight conductor for the railroad. He is currently sleeping off his first trip back to work, and is not happy to be in MD and not in Disney World!

and because he will be mentioned... Nemo, our very lovable 20 pound, almost 2 year old furbaby.

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Join me for all the ups & downs of this African adventure -

Pixie Dust, Pineapples, & Plummits!

dtr_angel
05-30-2011, 11:26 AM
Thursday 5/19 - Arrival, dinner @ Boma, MSEP at MK
Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41314640&postcount=10) - Take me home, country roads
Day 1, Part 2 - Smooth (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41363622&postcount=19)
Day 1, Part 3 - The beginning of the end (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41385539&postcount=31) (2 consecutive posts)
Day 1 Photopass Picture (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41528534&postcount=54)

Oops, did I forget to mention we were upgraded to CL for our troubles? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41435144&postcount=42)

Friday 5/20 - Morning at MK, dinner @ Biergarten, EMH at Epcot
Day 2, Part 1 - Let the memories begin! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41679579&postcount=68)
Day 2, Part 2 - Willkommen (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=41783595#post41783595)

Saturday, May 21 - Happy Armed Forces Day!
Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41824215&postcount=81) - It's the end of the world as we know it, but thankfully not Disney World! [ (2 consecutive posts)
Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41836070&postcount=87)

Sunday May 22 - Blizzard Beach, dinner @ Grand Floridian Cafe, evening at MK
Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42090231&postcount=94) - Blizzard Beach
Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42141665&postcount=104) - Our Grand Evening

Monday May 23 - POFQ, DD, dinner @ Mama Melrose's and evening at DHS
Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42155386&postcount=108) - Wake me up before you go go
Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42202346&postcount=111) - We finally made it to Hollywood Studios!

Tuesday May 24 - Epcot, Dinner @ Yak & Yeti
Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42378887&postcount=118) - Epcot
Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42478228&postcount=124)- Epcot
Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42631767&postcount=128) - Dinner at Yak & Yeti

heaven2dc
05-30-2011, 11:39 AM
I'm in! and first :) Can't wait to read all about your trip :banana:

pinkxray
05-30-2011, 01:38 PM
I'm in. can't wait to hear all about your trip.

Lidian
05-30-2011, 01:57 PM
I'm here!! :goodvibes

leshunlenese
05-30-2011, 02:30 PM
coming over after mostly lurking on your PTR.

PixieMama
05-30-2011, 05:18 PM
I'm here!

Lifelong_Dreamer
05-30-2011, 06:20 PM
Joining in!

We were in WDW at the same time. :goodvibes

We are near the same age and I am also a nursing student! :thumbsup2

Looking forward to the report!

natebenma
05-31-2011, 05:50 AM
Welcome home!

I SO can't wait to hear about your adventures!!!

Bring it on!

Dee

dtr_angel
05-31-2011, 08:45 PM
On Wednesday we had a lot to do to get ready and leave for vacation. I had planned on eating an early dinner and being in bed really early, but of course that didn’t happen. DH ran and got us some Chick fil a for dinner and we ate before my parents came over around 5. I showed them where everything was (as if they didn’t already know) and said our goodbyes to them. They didn’t stay long since they knew we wanted to get in bed early. DH wanted to watch the Orioles & Yankees game that didn’t start until 7:05pm, and I remember telling him that was too late. By the time I finished packing and everything, I didn’t get in bed until after 10pm and DH had already been in bed for a while, so I guess he won: P The alarm was set for 2am. I was SO excited I couldn’t sleep, and I was keeping DH awake. This is apparently a tradition for me the night before vacation, but I don’t do it on purpose! We ended up talking for a while, and I tossed and turned.

I must’ve fell asleep at least for a little bit, because when the alarm went off at 2 am it woke me up and made me grumpy, haha. I got out of bed at 2:15, mostly because I had to pee and not because I wanted to get up, but I did anyway. We both got showers and I did the last minute packing and made sure we had everything. I gave Nemo treats, and said my goodbyes to him – I had to do it like ripping off a Band-aid or I would’ve never left him, I felt so bad! We were out the door by 4:15am, about 30 minutes behind when I would’ve liked to been leaving since we still had to stop at Sheetz & Walmart. It was really foggy out and that made me nervous.

We were at Sheetz by 4:17am – side note, for the beginning of our trip since I was the passenger and didn’t have anything to do, I was really specific on what time things happened – and got some food for the trip. DH got a large coffee, and we ordered our food – he got a ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. Now before I tell you what I ordered, I have to tell you – we both normally eat really healthy, and were looking forward to letting go while on vacation and eating lots of things we normally don’t eat. What did I get? Plain oatmeal. Yep, I just couldn’t let loose yet. I didn’t even put brown sugar in it! Let’s hope that I was able to let loose a little more than that on the rest of our vacation, otherwise the food pictures could be rather boring! By 4:28 we were leaving Sheetz – even though we were the only people there, it took a while for them to make our food. For those of you not familiar with Sheetz, I feel terrible for you! Just kidding. Everything is MTO – made to order.

After we left Sheetz at 4:28 am, we jumped right on the highway to stop at Walmart. It was even foggier here than it was at our house and since we were going up the mountain I knew it was only going to get worse on the way to the airport. Now I’m a little disappointed, I think because I was nervous we left too late and had 2 stops to make, I somehow didn’t write down the exact time we arrived and left Walmart :P We got a really close parking space, and booked it into Walmart like we were on a mission. We had no idea where we were going to find it, but our first stop was in the back of the store in the electronics department. Yep, there it was – a water proof disposable camera for Sunday at Blizzard Beach. Dee had suggested one long ago and I should’ve bought one then. It wasn’t until a few days before that I knew we were actually going to the water park, and I had forgot about it until Wednesday. It was only $8.67, so I’m glad we stopped at Walmart to grab one, as they were probably about $20 at the park. On the way to the register I also grabbed a pack of napkins. That morning I realized we were out and all the picnic stuff was right in action alley so I grabbed them. My DH thought that was really random, but it wasn’t written on our shopping list and I’m sure we would’ve forgot about them, haha.

By 4:47 am we were on the highway on our way to the airport. This was our first time flying out of a small airport; normally we took a direct flight from either Pittsburgh, DC, or Baltimore straight to Orlando, which is about a 2.5 hour drive without traffic. Somehow it was actually cheaper to fly out of the small airport that was only an hour from us and it made so much more sense, I don’t know why we didn’t think of it before! By the time we were on the highway, the fog was gone which was super weird, but I was grateful. DH drank his coffee and ate his sandwich & hash brown almost right away because he was starving. I had to wait at least an hour after taking my medication since it has to be taken on an empty stomach, so I ate my oatmeal right before we got to the airport. Surprisingly there were no arguments over what we were listening to, we both have such different tastes in music this is almost always an issue when we are in the car together. The Garmin said from the start that we would arrive at our destination at 5:44am. I always like to see if we can “cheat” time, but it said that the entire way and that is exactly when we arrived and were parked in our parking spot. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to find the airport and how simple it was. Parking is free, and we had a very close spot.
I finally took the camera out of the bag and took the first pictures of our vacation!

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Oh my goodness my face looks terrible!

These pictures were taken from right in front of where we were parked at the airport. I couldn’t believe how close we were! After we stretched and got the bags out of the car, we made our way to the airport. We weren’t sure where we were going, but the first floor was pretty much nothing so we took the elevator to the only other level – 2. We checked in, paid our baggage fees ($50 for 2 bags, ouch – forgot to include that in the budget!) and waited for security to open. We were the first flight of the day at 6:40, and security didn’t open until 6. They searched both of our bags and it was kinda weird to see them do it. I always assumed they did it anyway, but it felt weird watching them do it. By 6:06 am, we were in line to go through security. It was weird that everyone was so nice – we were definitely in West Virginia! The lady asked if I had any liquids, and when I said no she was like “that’s right, they were all in your checked luggage!” I was like okay, privacy invasion! But she was really nice. We went through security, but it felt nothing like it does at major airports. DH was behind me, and his tiny swiss army knife that I bought him was on his keychain, and they let him take it out to the Jeep. If we were anywhere else, they would’ve tossed it. In the process of going through security, the sunglasses ($5 walmart special) that we had just bought and he had never wore, broke! There is a story about sunglasses, but since I’ve been so wordy so far, I’ll save it for later. I told DH not to worry about it, we’ll buy some in Disney World. We sat down after we all got through security and waited to board the plane. A guy came around and put tags on our carry ons, since it was a small plane they would not be with us, they would be placed on the aircraft after we boarded and we would see them again in DC.

We walked up into the plane, and before we knew it our first flight was taking off at 6:39, right on time. By 7:40 we were getting off the plane at Dulles. Things had gone so smoothly up until this point, would that continue? Stay tuned!

dtr_angel
05-31-2011, 08:50 PM
I am so excited to see familiar faces from my PTR, and some new ones already too - yay! :cool1:

I'm in! and first :) Can't wait to read all about your trip :banana:

Yay for being first!! Thanks for joining in!!

I'm in. can't wait to hear all about your trip.

I can't believe we were both at Jambo House at the same time. I'm enjoying your dining reviews & trip report so far!

I'm here!! :goodvibes
Yay! I can't wait to read your TR!

coming over after mostly lurking on your PTR.

Thanks for making it over - Welcome! :)

I'm here!

Yay!!!!

Joining in!

We were in WDW at the same time. :goodvibes

We are near the same age and I am also a nursing student! :thumbsup2

Looking forward to the report!

I'm definitely looking forward to your TR as well!

Welcome home!

I SO can't wait to hear about your adventures!!!

Bring it on!

Dee

Let's hope they don't disappoint! Thanks for making it over!

dtr_angel
05-31-2011, 08:55 PM
All my pictures are going to be huge, does anyone know how to easily resize them? Thanks!

PixieMama
05-31-2011, 09:15 PM
Great start to your TR! I've got my fingers crossed that the rest of your trip went as smoothly as the beginning!


(Are you using Photobucket for your pics? I know you can re-size and edit them there before you post here...)

dtr_angel
05-31-2011, 10:24 PM
Great start to your TR! I've got my fingers crossed that the rest of your trip went as smoothly as the beginning!


(Are you using Photobucket for your pics? I know you can re-size and edit them there before you post here...)

yes, I am using photobucket. I changed the size of the two pictures I posted before, but the pictures aren't any smaller :(

pinkxray
05-31-2011, 10:52 PM
Your face doesn't look bad in the picture but the red eyes aren't doing much for you. :rolleyes:

I think if I had to wake up at 2am I would not even bother to go to sleep. You shouldn't even be able to set your alarm for that time.

Lifelong_Dreamer
05-31-2011, 11:04 PM
Under your account settings in photobucket go to album settings and then you can go to upload options and choose the size you want all your pictures to upload as, mine is set to 640x480. It saves you the trouble of having to resize them all individually. You will have to resize the ones you already uploaded though.

PixieMama
06-01-2011, 08:44 AM
yes, I am using photobucket. I changed the size of the two pictures I posted before, but the pictures aren't any smaller :(

They're smaller now!

I've noticed that if I change the size after I've already posted a pic here, it will take awhile for the change to appear (if that makes sense)

dtr_angel
06-04-2011, 11:38 PM
Your face doesn't look bad in the picture but the red eyes aren't doing much for you. :rolleyes:

I think if I had to wake up at 2am I would not even bother to go to sleep. You shouldn't even be able to set your alarm for that time.

Haha, I think I always have red eyes in pictures. I am seriously not photgenic at all!!! I probably would've felt better had I not fell asleep, but I probably would've drove my DH crazy since he did want to sleep LOL.

Under your account settings in photobucket go to album settings and then you can go to upload options and choose the size you want all your pictures to upload as, mine is set to 640x480. It saves you the trouble of having to resize them all individually. You will have to resize the ones you already uploaded though.

Thank you SO much! I deleted all the pictures I had uploaded so I didn't have to manually resize almost 80 pictures. Thanks again! :)

They're smaller now!

I've noticed that if I change the size after I've already posted a pic here, it will take awhile for the change to appear (if that makes sense)

Yay! I deleted them and then reuploaded them again. If I waited, they probably would've eventually gone smaller without doing that. Oh well. I'm happy all my TR pics won't be so in your face huge now.

dtr_angel
06-04-2011, 11:56 PM
When we last left off, things were going smoothly. We had a smooth first flight and landed in Dulles at 7:40am. Our next plane started to board at 7:48, only 8 minutes after our flight got into the airport. We were able to quickly figure out where we were going, but unfortunately we had to shuttle to another terminal. By the time we got to the gate, it was time to board already so we got in line. I took some magazines with me so I read them to keep me busy on our 2 hour flight, and DH was happy to do the crossword puzzle in the back of them. Our plane was schedule to land at MCO at 10:28am, but we must’ve landed early because I had texted my mom at 10:22 to tell her we were in Orlando. We made our way to the Disney’s Magical Express Welcome Center. We didn't have to wait at all, and we headed through the queue to the front of the line for a bus. I guess a bus must’ve just left, because we were the only ones in line. Nope, a CM came and told us to go ahead and directed us to a line outside that was loading into a DME bus. Score, we had just made it! Everything had happened so quickly I didn't even have time to stop and take pictures of anything. Wow, we were amazed at how smooth things were going. Yes, already I have used the word smooth three times (now that made four!)By 10:45, our bus had already left the Orlando airport and we were well on our way to the Animal Kingdom Lodge where we had no other plans but to SLEEP! Getting up at 2 am and traveling all day was exhausting. Even though we were sitting towards the back of the bus, before long I was able to take this picture…

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We were in Disney World! I was so tired it almost felt like a dream. I woke up in Maryland and already I was in Disney World? How did that happen! Our first stop was at CBR. I was excited because we had never been to the resort before and I wanted to see it. I could tell right away that CBR was very spread out, which I had read. It looked cute though. It only took about 5 minutes to unload and we were on our way again. I wasn’t paying attention when the driver had announced what resorts we were stopping at, I just knew we were last, or at least that is what DH said. A few minutes had passed and I didn’t recognize where we were, so I asked DH. He said we were still making our way out of CBR. Oh yeah, it is really spread out then! So another 3 minutes and we were actually leaving CBR, lol. Our next stop was our old favorite, Pop Century. It was at this point that I had a thought (which happens occasionally LOL) we stopped at a value, moderate, and a deluxe. I apparently thought it was worth writing down, but now it doesn’t seem so significant, I guess AKL, Pop, and CBR are just close :thumbsup2 I was getting bored, I was so ready to check in at AKL and sleep – DH was very content watching the Disney cartoons that were playing on the screen after the DME video ended. I had my camera out, and it was at this point that I realized that my 8gb SD card that only had 4 pictures on it (I had cleared the card before our trip) was only showing that it would hold 197 pictures. What? That has to be a mistake. Luckily I did bring an empty 1 gb card, but was that going to be enough for all the pictures we would take? Oh no!

Finally we pulled up to the AKL! There were 2 stops at AKL and honestly until about our 2nd day in Disney I didn’t know that we were staying at Jambo House. As much reading as I do on the Dis, you think I would’ve known before we got there that we were staying at Jambo LOL. As we were walking into the lobby, a CM waved and said “Welcome Home” and I panicked. I thought that we got off at the wrong AKL stop and that this was the AKV/DVC part of AKL. Oh no! The line was long for checking it, and I was afraid when we finally got up to the CM she would tell us that we were at the wrong place (spoiler alert : we were at the right place) I sent DH off with the camera to take some pictures while I waited to check in.

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By the time he walked around the lobby & outside to take pictures, I still wasn’t even to the front of the line yet. I was so tired, what was taking so long? Maybe I should’ve done online check in! I had been requesting a king room since February, and I had read somewhere on the Dis that if you had a specific request, it was best not to check in online to make sure you got what you wanted. Well, it was finally our turn – I had waited over 30 minutes to check in. The CM told us our room wasn’t ready yet. I asked if it was a king – she informed me it was 2 queens & bunk beds. -I’ve only been requesting it nonstop for the past 3 months. I didn’t come on vacation to sleep in a queen bed and be close enough to my DH that he could breathe on me, LOL. I really wanted a king!- She kept checking but she couldn’t get any kings to pop up. Ugh. We never had this problem before. It took about 5 minutes, but she finally found one that she said would be ready soon, and it was a parking lot view. I wasn’t expecting a spectacular view since we were just booked standard so it sounded good to me, especially the being ready soon part. She didn’t tell us our room number or anything. We were super tired, but in the past by the time we got done eating lunch our room was ready so we decided to eat some lunch. I gave her my cell phone number so we could be texted when it was ready. She didn’t repeat it back to me or anything so I was nervous she got it wrong. She then gave us directions on how to get to the Mara, and we were on our way. AKL was a lot more confusing to get around than WL, that’s for sure. We took the elevator to the first floor, but all we found was Jiko and Boma. Finally a CM that was right outside Boma directed us to the Mara. We had to walk outside and past the pool to get to Mara, which I thought was weird.

We got in line to order our food. While we waited for it to be made, we grabbed our drinks & desserts. Oh how I love the DDP and being forced to eat dessert with every meal! We grabbed two bottles of water, and two orders of Zebra domes. Side note – I am allergic to chocolate, and Disney is about the only place that I eat any chocolate, so I also took a lot of medicine to keep me from getting sick! I hadn’t planned on eating the zebra domes since they contain alcohol but once they were right in front of me I changed my mind. I sent DH to grab us a table since it was busy, and I waited for my buzzer to go off to grab our food. I used our KTTW cards to pay. The CM was really nice, but accidentally charged me for 8 CS meals, so it took a while for her to fix her mistake. Then it was finally time to eat our yummy food!

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DH had the African stew, and I had the chicken flat bread. DH loved the African stew. The chicken flat bread was really good, but the chicken was spicier then I would have liked. I kept checking my cell phone, but no text yet. Then I realized I didn’t have service in the Mara. Oh bother. We each only ate 2 zebra domes, which were super good btw, and put the rest into one of our carryons. We decided we could pop them in the fridge when we got to our room and have the rest later. We decided to head out of the Mara so I could find cell phone service so I could see if I missed the text that our room was ready. Since everything had gone so smooth so far, I was just convinced that our room would be ready now!

Up next: What would happen by 6pm that would have me crying and both of us wishing we never had came to Disney? Stay tuned to find out!

Lifelong_Dreamer
06-05-2011, 07:26 AM
Allergic to chocolate! :scared1: Poor girl! :guilty:

I hope that you didn't have to wait too long for your room since you were so tired.

Chaitali
06-05-2011, 08:09 AM
Hi, I just stumble across your trip report, and we were in Disney World around the same time :) I'm enjoying the report so far. I hope whatever happened next wasn't bad enough to ruin the whole trip!

pinkxray
06-05-2011, 08:17 AM
Yay for arriving at AKL! I had a hard time finding Mara when we visited AKL last year too. Once I found it I don't why I couldn't last year. It is much harder to get around AKL than WL. Once we were at AKL, WL seemed so small and compact. Our walk to the room took forever!

Your food looks good. I'm not very adverturous and stuck to a cesear sald, but your flatbread looks good. I wasn't a big zebra dome fan. I thought they were okay, but with so many other yummy dessert around they ended up in the trash.

I hope your room was ready soon. Nothing is more annoying than being exhausted with no room.

Luvmepluto
06-05-2011, 08:45 AM
Hello! Just came across your trip report and I wanted to join in. I am staying in POP for the first time in August, but I am debiting staying at AKL........any suggestions? I can't wait to hear more.

Vivian

kmaria
06-05-2011, 12:18 PM
I love the pics of AKL! I think that's where my Fiance and I are going to stay for our honeymoon, so I always get excited when I read reports of people who have stayed there. Can't wait for the next installment!

PixieMama
06-05-2011, 07:08 PM
Great pics of AKL! I've seen a bit of the resort just from being there for Boma. I have a feeling when my mom sees AKL in September she is going to fall in love with the place!

bouncycat
06-05-2011, 07:26 PM
I'm joining in too!! We were there at the same time too, wonder if we crossed paths!!?? I'm eager to see when your room was ready, and what made you cry!!

IheartDDuck
06-05-2011, 08:29 PM
Subbing!

Allergic to chocolate? Poor poor thing!

I hope everything goes well for you with getting your room at AKL. I can't wait to hear what happens.

natebenma
06-06-2011, 04:42 AM
Fantastic update! The photos of the AKL lobby and lodge are great!

Thanks for the food porn photos- they are my favorite!

Glad you were persistent about having the king bed!

Oh no, on crying in the MK! What happened!?!

Lost wallet? Injury? Missing/Broken Camera? Allergic Reaction?

I'm going with allergic reaction.

cam&phoebsmom
06-06-2011, 06:07 AM
Good report so far! We are also from MD so i laughed when your DH said he wantd to watch the Os vs NYY. I hope the Os won!!:thumbsup2

dtr_angel
06-07-2011, 12:07 AM
Allergic to chocolate! :scared1: Poor girl! :guilty:

I hope that you didn't have to wait too long for your room since you were so tired.

It's not so bad, I just save eating chocolate for emergency situations - like in Disney World :)

Hi, I just stumble across your trip report, and we were in Disney World around the same time :) I'm enjoying the report so far. I hope whatever happened next wasn't bad enough to ruin the whole trip!

Welcome, thanks for reading! I hope you had a good trip!

Yay for arriving at AKL! I had a hard time finding Mara when we visited AKL last year too. Once I found it I don't why I couldn't last year. It is much harder to get around AKL than WL. Once we were at AKL, WL seemed so small and compact. Our walk to the room took forever!

Your food looks good. I'm not very adverturous and stuck to a cesear sald, but your flatbread looks good. I wasn't a big zebra dome fan. I thought they were okay, but with so many other yummy dessert around they ended up in the trash.

I hope your room was ready soon. Nothing is more annoying than being exhausted with no room.

AKL is much harder to get around than WL - WL is simple and smaller, or so it seems. The flatbread was really good, but if I knew the chicken was spicy I would've done something like a salad too. DH is much more adventurous than me in his food choices, so he loved Mara and Boma. I think the zebra domes would've been so much better without the chocolate liquor.

Hello! Just came across your trip report and I wanted to join in. I am staying in POP for the first time in August, but I am debiting staying at AKL........any suggestions? I can't wait to hear more.

Vivian

Hi Vivian, thanks for reading my TR! Oh goodness, that is a tough one. After our 7 nights at AKL my DH & I said we actually were ready to stay at a value again. But, I think that is because we don't spend enough time in the room to make it worth paying for a deluxe. Do you spend more time in the room, or at the parks? I would take that into consideration. AKL was gorgeous, and the animals were really cool. We really like the food court at Pop, so many options!

I love the pics of AKL! I think that's where my Fiance and I are going to stay for our honeymoon, so I always get excited when I read reports of people who have stayed there. Can't wait for the next installment!

Ooh AKL would be perfect for a honeymoon, I hope you have a great time!

Great pics of AKL! I've seen a bit of the resort just from being there for Boma. I have a feeling when my mom sees AKL in September she is going to fall in love with the place!
I can definitely see how people easily fall in love with the AKL, it's gorgeous!

I'm joining in too!! We were there at the same time too, wonder if we crossed paths!!?? I'm eager to see when your room was ready, and what made you cry!!

Ooh I wonder if we did cross paths, that would be cool! Welcome, and thanks for reading my TR!

Subbing!

Allergic to chocolate? Poor poor thing!

I hope everything goes well for you with getting your room at AKL. I can't wait to hear what happens.

LOL everyone tells me that about being allergic to chocolate. Usually all the meds I have to take to eat it aren't worth it, so I just eat chocolate in Disney!

Fantastic update! The photos of the AKL lobby and lodge are great!

Thanks for the food porn photos- they are my favorite!

Glad you were persistent about having the king bed!

Oh no, on crying in the MK! What happened!?!

Lost wallet? Injury? Missing/Broken Camera? Allergic Reaction?

I'm going with allergic reaction.

Thanks! The AKL was definitely impressive!!

Good report so far! We are also from MD so i laughed when your DH said he wantd to watch the Os vs NYY. I hope the Os won!!:thumbsup2

Haha, I honestly don't remember who won but my guess was probably the Yankess. It's rough being loyal to the O's sometimes - I'm ready for them to have a winning season!

dtr_angel
06-07-2011, 12:29 AM
I’m not going to lie; I have really been regretting writing about this part of the trip. It was not filled with any warm fuzzy feelings or Disney magic. It was just the opposite. I really don’t feel we over reacted.

So in my last post, I think you all got the point that we were VERY tired. Our plan was to get into our room asap and sleep before our 7:05pm ADR at Boma, go to the MK and see the parade & Wishes, and get back to sleep to be rested for our first full day of Disney the next morning. Clearly, this is not what happened.

After we left Mara, we walked around outside so I would have cell phone service to get the text that our room was ready. Nope, no text :sad2: We walked past one of the hot tubs and the pool to the overlook to see the animals out on the savanna.
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DH kept calling them storks which cracked me up, they were flamingos! But just in case they were storks, I had a talk with them and told them exactly how to get to our house so they could visit us soon;)
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We walked all around the pool, and I took a few pictures.
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It was so hot; the pool looked and sounded so refreshing.
Then we walked the other way, past the other hot tub to the other side of the look out onto the savanna.
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It was really warm out, so we decided to venture in and ask if our room was ready. Not yet. Since it had been over 3 hours since we had landed, we asked if we could get stuff out of our luggage so we could go swimming. Since this was not the plan, I didn’t have our bathing suits packed into our carryon luggage, and I had to put the sunscreen in the checked bags since it was liquid. They said they didn’t have the bags yet. Awesome, what the heck do we do.
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We sat in the lobby for a while. I lay back on one of the couches (like sitting and slouched, not like I spread out horizontally or anything) and looked up. A CM was walking on one of the floors and stopped, looked down, and gave me the dirtiest look ever. I guess you aren’t allowed to look comfortable.
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We went to check out the gift shop.
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DH decided to try on some silly hats.
We had time to kill, so we were looking at the menu for Boma since we were so excited about eating there that night.
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Yummy!
We wandered back outside for a while, and sat on some beach chairs that had as much shade as we could find. I was so bored, hot, and tired. At this point it was after 3. I was complaining to DH as if this was his fault, but I was really upset and frustrated. I didn’t know what time rooms were guaranteed, but I figured it had to be past the time of actual check in by now. DH went to check again to see what was going on, while I stayed by the pool with the cell phone and our carryons. When he came back, he said the guy said our room should be ready by 4:30pm and to keep waiting. We still had over an hour to wait. The best part? They had our luggage and gave DH the bags so we now had 2 big heavy bags & 2 carryons to tote around the resort while we waited for our room.

I’m not exactly sure at what point it happened, but to kill some time we went back to Mara and bought our refillable mugs. I didn’t take a picture, but DH picked out the blue one, and I got the pink one. We took turns refilling them at Mara when they were empty, and taking trips to the restroom from drinking so much water & lemonade.

Did anyone remember the zebra domes we put in one of our bags? Yep, totally melted. We decided we were hungry, and remembered the zebra domes so DH grabbed some forks and yep, we ate them. They weren’t too bad. So there we were, on lounge chairs by the pool with 4 suitcases, just hanging out. I felt so awkward. Everyone that walked past us, including CMs just gave us weird or dirty looks. It was not a good feeling. And I hated every second of it. DH put his chair back and snoozed a little bit, while I played games on my iPod until the battery died. So we finally had access to our bathing suits & sunscreen, but DH was snoozing (which made me mad, because I wanted to sleep too!) and I was so tired I would’ve probably drowned in the water if I tried to swim. This was awesome. Would this nightmare ever end?!
Finally I had enough, I was hot, still in icky airport clothes, and we had wasted many hours in Disney with nowhere to go. Had we known our room wasn’t going to be ready soon like we were told at check in, maybe we could’ve come up with another plan – but we were so tired, I really don’t know how we would’ve done if we hopped a bus to a park in the middle of the day. We probably would’ve fell asleep on the bus and just rode around all day, hah. So I told DH we should go back to the lobby and wait, it was too hot to keep sitting out here. Then I remembered that my phone wasn’t getting service in the lobby,. DH offered to stay outside with the cell phone to wait for the text so I could go sit in the lobby and cool off. Normally I wouldn’t have let him do that, but this time I did. I decided I should take all our bags in and I’d sit with them since they had been baking in the Florida sun and it probably wasn’t the best idea for the contents. It was such a chore trying to get those bags inside, I wondered how we ever did this at the airport before we checked our big bags. We finally get in the doors right outside of Jiko and Boma, and there were benches. I told DH I would just stay here with the bags so we didn’t have to take them any further at this point. Being tired & cranky made even a simple task like this seem like a chore. He went back out and sat by the pool with my cell phone. I had no idea what time it was. I still felt weird sitting there with our bags, everyone looked at me as they walked by. I ended up playing doorman and helping people open the door when they had their hands full or had strollers. One of the CMs came and washed the windows.
DH finally comes back, and I figured he got the text that our room was ready. No text, but he said he was going to the front desk since it was well after 4:30pm at this point.

Fast forward to 6 pm when DH comes back with our room number. Guess what? The room was ready all along, and despite us asking them multiple times – nobody bothered to actually check on it. The CM let it slip that rooms were guaranteed by 2 pm. Why were we still waiting after that for so long? DH was REALLY upset at how this was handled but he remained very calm the entire time. He said nobody even said they were sorry. Our ADR was at 7:05, so there was definitely no time for a nap, and we both needed showers. We got in the elevator and took it to the 5th floor. We walked. And walked. And walked. How big is this place? Are you sure this is the right way? I don’t remember the exact room number, but it was on the Ostrich trail, so looking at my little map it looks like it was somewhere between 5123-5136, but not a savanna view.

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This was our view. After we got in the room, I lost it. After all we had been through that day, and not one sorry. No Disney magic, no pixie dust. Just the standard room with a parking lot view that was super far away from any civilization. (Seriously, I had no idea AKL was that big, and it was confusing too!) I sobbed. We paid over $4,000 for this vacation and I felt like nobody cared that we had been forgotten about. Had DH not been to the desk to inquire about our room again, now long would we have been waiting before we finally found out our room was ready? 6 pm? 8 pm? Never? I felt like after all that, we could’ve at least gotten a pool view, or a room that was closer to the elevator, or the stairs or something. Any pixie dust would’ve been appreciated. DH was just as upset as I was, so he went down to see if they could do anything for us. I told him to ask if they had another standard room that was closer to the elevator - that would make me happy. They offered to give us park hopper tickets. Huh? We have 8 day park hoppers already and we’ll only be here 7 nights, but thanks anyway. They said they had no other rooms, and that there was nothing they could do for us so DH came back. I didn’t feel like I was in Disney. I told DH I wanted to go back to the airport and go home, we clearly wasted our money booking a Disney vacation. And I sobbed some more. He went back down and asked to speak to a manager. There’s nothing they could do for us, they have no other rooms but they might be able to move us to another room next week. I said whatever, if we were going to stuck in Disney for a week he should probably hurry and come back up so we could get ready for dinner, since it was getting close to 7. I started unpacking. It seemed like it took him a long time to come up, but then again we were miles from the lobby. He said he needed my KTTW card and would be back, he called Boma and they would hold our reservation until we could get there. DH comes back and says magically a room appeared, and if we hurried there was a giraffe outside our window. What? The last 2 times he went down, they said they didn’t have a single room open, how did one with a giraffe appear? This actually made me mad, because since they said earlier that they wouldn’t be able to move us for a few days I started to unpack. As I’m throwing things back in our bags frantically, DH throws in that our new room doesn’t have a bath tub, is that a problem? I was like whatever, it’s not like we have time for a bath on vacation anyway and as long as it has the double sinks outside the shower/toilet I don’t care.

So after what felt like forever, we finally find our new room on the 4th floor. We didn’t have the benefit of our bags just showing up in our room, as we were the ones toting them around most of the day. And the first thing I notice in our new room is I hate the way the bathroom is set up. I thought it was going to make it impossible for us to both get ready at the same time each day (it didn’t I eventually LOVED the bathroom) This was our view…

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A giraffe! Outside our room! Pixie Dust! This was our first time ever getting pixie dust in Disney, but it really didn’t feel like pixie dust after all we had been through. We were miserable. Was all that worth it for a savanna view? We both decided it wasn’t, but we were here and should probably at least try to have a good time. I think this first day experience really set the tone for the vacation unfortunately, and Disney magic was definitely lost by both of us. Had our room been ready by 2 or 3 pm, we both would’ve been ecstatic with our super far away room on the 5th floor with a crappy view, so it definitely wasn’t about that.

Continued on next post

dtr_angel
06-07-2011, 12:32 AM
continued from previous post

We both jumped in the shower and got ready for dinner at Boma, which I honestly wasn’t in the mood for anymore. I would’ve rather grabbed something at Mara to bring back to the room, watched TV, sulked about our crappy day, and went to bed early. But I’m glad I didn’t.

I didn’t bring a hair dryer with me because mine is heavy, and I haven’t had any problems in the past with the ones Disney provides. I looked everywhere for it on the wall, but couldn’t find it so I called down to the front desk, and they said they would send one up. I don’t remember where DH went, but a CM knocked on the door and I thought she was the one with my hairdryer, but she said she was there to turn down the bed and she had chocolate, so I let her in. She also found me the hair dryer that was in the closet. I decided I shouldn’t waste time drying & straightening my hair since we were already late. I just dried my hair a little bit and then finished getting ready. We didn’t know if we were still going to go to MK after dinner to watch MSEP & Wishes but we packed a bag for the park just in case.

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We were off to Boma! Good thing it was just down stairs. I don’t think I ever did get used to getting around AKL, I always wanted to go the wrong way and DH had to keep correcting me. There were too many staircases and hallways. Our new room was in a much better location, it was the first set of rooms on the Kudu trail.

Wow, the lounge and Boma looked very busy. We were seated almost right away though, despite being late. Our server was Doug and he was really nice. We both had pomegranate lemonade to drink, and headed to the buffet line.
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My plate - Salmon, chicken, rice, some sort of sweet potato, a chip & hummus, and a muffin
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DH’s first plate
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DH’s second plate & soup
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Close up of DH’s second plate
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My second plate ended up being fruit & dessert. I got pretty much one of each, and DH ended up splitting the desserts with me so each of us could try them. The passion fruit was really good!
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Doug brought out these special desserts for our anniversary, and told us what they were. He also explained what it said on the plate and I forget – I think it was African for celebration or anniversary or something. He also said it was customary to feed a dessert to each other, so we did. The pink passion fruit thing was my favorite.
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He was nice enough to snap a picture for us.
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DH decided there was more that he wanted to try, so he grabbed another plate and a different soup.

Then we were on our way! Since our service at Boma was so good, we decided to go to MK after all so we headed for the bus stop. We thought we had just missed a MK bus, but another one showed up and there were only 2 other people on it. When we were getting into MK, there were a lot of other busses loading and unloaded, so it took a while before we got to where the bus driver could let us off. The guy on the bus must’ve been REALLY excited to get into the MK that night, because he kept saying “I’ll sign a waiver if you let me off here” LOL. But finally, we were there.

The MK was very busy, so much for the low crowd levels that were predicted. We made it just in time to stop for a bathroom break before MSEP was starting. We were near City Hall, and behind a lot of people – I guess we were lucky to even find a place to stand at all. I didn’t get good pictures this time, but I did later on in the week. I really liked the patriotic end to MSEP! (I was in the USAF)

After the parade we went into the Emporium to see if we could find DH some sunglasses since his broke at the airport. No such luck. We also didn’t find any at the gift shop at AKL when we looked earlier that day either. DH was really bummed and I felt bad. We stopped and got our picture taken on Main Street, and then headed out since we were too tired to wait for Wishes. We just missed a bus for the AKL, but were at the front of the line for the next one. We waited 17 minutes for a bus, and saw/heard some of Wishes while we were waiting. The first stop at AKL was at Kidini Village. I think I mentioned that I didn’t know at first that we were staying at Jambo House. It was dark when we got there, so I couldn’t tell what I was looking at but it didn’t look like our building so we got off at the second stop instead, which was right. It was 10:30 by the time we were back at AKL. The bus rides to and from MK seemed to take the longest – about 30 minutes. We unpacked and organized our stuff since we had thrown things everywhere trying to get ready for dinner in a hurry. We headed down to Mara to refill our mugs, and around 11:45 pm – we were finally putting our tired bodies in bed.

Up Next: Our first full day in Disney, would it disappoint too?

Lidian
06-07-2011, 07:45 AM
You poor thing! :hug: All that time waiting for a room and the inconsiderate CM never bothered to check!

Honestly, I would have bawled my eyes out too. Then again, at that point, I wouldn't have been civil. I'm glad your DH took care of things. I'd love to know what he said to finally get a room to magically appear for you!

But I agree, I think that once they realized you waited around so long, they should have upgraded you, or at least, done SOMETHING nice (and most certainly apologized!!!).

As for lounging on that couch, I would have kicked my shoes off, and laid down to nap since they weren't in a hurry to put me in a room. I actually would have went back to the CM who checked me in and said "I'll be over there napping if you'll come nudge me when my room is ready." And the first CM to give me a dirty look, I'd write their name down and include it in my list of "these people made my stay miserable Uncle Walt"!

I truly hope your vacation picked up from there. Glad you had a good dinner and got to see MSEP. :goodvibes

Lifelong_Dreamer
06-07-2011, 08:31 AM
Wow, what a terrible day. I can't believe the horrible customer service you received. At least you got the savanna view but I agree with you, not worth the annoyance.

I also don't understand the dirty looks people were giving you. Have they never seen a guest waiting for their room before? :confused3

bouncycat
06-07-2011, 09:51 AM
Yea, horrible customer service!!! I hope the rest of the trip didn't dissappoint for you!! That view in the new room is awesome tho!! Love the giraffes!

pinkxray
06-07-2011, 09:51 AM
What an awful way to start your vacation:sad1: I can't believe they didn't take the time to actually check to see if the room was ready.

I don't understand the dirty looks from CM's when waiting for your room. I always hear of people waiting for there room or hanging around after they checked out the last day.

I am so happy you finally got upgraded to Savannah view, but at that point it probably wasn't enough. They should have comped your Boma meal or something. Your whole experience and how it was handled sounds completely unacceptable to me. I am glad your DH took it okay and handled it.

I hope your trip gets better soon.

I still find it funny that you had no clue if you were in Kidani or Jambo house:rotfl:

PixieMama
06-07-2011, 01:47 PM
Aw, that was a rocky start :( I think most people would react the same way... funny how even the littlest thing can get you frustrated when you're tired. The one and only time my DDs (and myself, too) had a meltdown while at WDW was because they (we) were tired.

My BFF and her DH have actually slept on the sofas in the AKL lobby, LOL! While waiting for their room to be ready, as a matter of fact.

kmaria
06-07-2011, 07:10 PM
I'm appalled that you had to suffer through those things, especially the CM's giving you dirty looks and being so careless with your room. I sure hope you guys got a hold of someone important after your vacation to tell Disney how utterly disappointed you were. Me being me, I wouldn't even have waited. ;) But I wanted to cheer when I found out your husband made someone do something so that you got a better room.

That's a good man :thumbsup2

I hope you had more good moments than bad ones, overall.

MelMel11
06-07-2011, 07:43 PM
Count me in!!

natebenma
06-09-2011, 04:55 AM
NOT Magical Express delivery!

I'm so sorry your arrival at AKL was so crappy! I can only imagine how tired, hot and FRUSTRATING that afternoon was!

Really nice room upgrade, though. What beautiful views! Did you end up with a king bed or not?

I'm glad you enjoyed Boma- eating at your resort is a great strategy for the first night you arrive, especially with all of the problems you had.

dtr_angel
06-10-2011, 10:23 PM
You poor thing! :hug: All that time waiting for a room and the inconsiderate CM never bothered to check!

Honestly, I would have bawled my eyes out too. Then again, at that point, I wouldn't have been civil. I'm glad your DH took care of things. I'd love to know what he said to finally get a room to magically appear for you!

But I agree, I think that once they realized you waited around so long, they should have upgraded you, or at least, done SOMETHING nice (and most certainly apologized!!!).

As for lounging on that couch, I would have kicked my shoes off, and laid down to nap since they weren't in a hurry to put me in a room. I actually would have went back to the CM who checked me in and said "I'll be over there napping if you'll come nudge me when my room is ready." And the first CM to give me a dirty look, I'd write their name down and include it in my list of "these people made my stay miserable Uncle Walt"!

I truly hope your vacation picked up from there. Glad you had a good dinner and got to see MSEP. :goodvibes

Thank you so much for this. I was so afraid anyone who read would tell us we were acting like babies and it wasn't so bad. This is what I needed to hear. It was terrible and didn't feel like Disney at all. I guess we should've just stayed in the lobby and napped on the couches, why else are they there? LOL. After that day, anything else would've seemed like a great day! LOL!

Wow, what a terrible day. I can't believe the horrible customer service you received. At least you got the savanna view but I agree with you, not worth the annoyance.

I also don't understand the dirty looks people were giving you. Have they never seen a guest waiting for their room before? :confused3

Yeah we both agree the upgrade was not worth it, but we both also agreed that AKL would've been.... boring and very non-animalish without the savanna view!

Yea, horrible customer service!!! I hope the rest of the trip didn't dissappoint for you!! That view in the new room is awesome tho!! Love the giraffes!

After the first day, anything else would've felt like a great day lol. I definitely loved the giraffe, I think I even speak giraffe! (kind of the same way Dory speaks whale LOL)

What an awful way to start your vacation:sad1: I can't believe they didn't take the time to actually check to see if the room was ready.

I don't understand the dirty looks from CM's when waiting for your room. I always hear of people waiting for there room or hanging around after they checked out the last day.

I am so happy you finally got upgraded to Savannah view, but at that point it probably wasn't enough. They should have comped your Boma meal or something. Your whole experience and how it was handled sounds completely unacceptable to me. I am glad your DH took it okay and handled it.

I hope your trip gets better soon.

I still find it funny that you had no clue if you were in Kidani or Jambo house:rotfl:

Yeah my DH thought it was funny too that I had no idea where we were staying. I don't know what I was thinking. I'm so bummed we didn't make it over to Kidani, I had no clue their pool was so much better!

We were the most upset because the wait was unnecessary since the room WAS ready, that someone didn't do their job and report it as clean, and none of the CMs we talked to bothered to even check on it. We were very upset at how it was handled, but I guess the new room made up for it.

Aw, that was a rocky start :( I think most people would react the same way... funny how even the littlest thing can get you frustrated when you're tired. The one and only time my DDs (and myself, too) had a meltdown while at WDW was because they (we) were tired.

My BFF and her DH have actually slept on the sofas in the AKL lobby, LOL! While waiting for their room to be ready, as a matter of fact.

We totally should've just slept on the couches. They were comfy, and there were so many of them! Being tired definitely made everything so much worse. Maybe we should not take the first flight to Orlando again (we always have done that in the past to get there by lunch time, to get the most for our money that day for meals & the parks, etc.)

I'm appalled that you had to suffer through those things, especially the CM's giving you dirty looks and being so careless with your room. I sure hope you guys got a hold of someone important after your vacation to tell Disney how utterly disappointed you were. Me being me, I wouldn't even have waited. ;) But I wanted to cheer when I found out your husband made someone do something so that you got a better room.

That's a good man :thumbsup2

I hope you had more good moments than bad ones, overall.

We definitely had a lot more good moments than bad moments, but the start to the vacation definitely put a damper on it, and everything didn't feel as magical as before. Last week I got an survey emailed and you better believe I let them have it. I'd be surprised if I don't get a follow up email or phone call about our stay! Of course my DH ended up reading that you thought he was a good man, and that made his day LOL.

Count me in!!

Welcome!! I hope you'll stick around to read about some better Disney days!

NOT Magical Express delivery!

I'm so sorry your arrival at AKL was so crappy! I can only imagine how tired, hot and FRUSTRATING that afternoon was!

Really nice room upgrade, though. What beautiful views! Did you end up with a king bed or not?

I'm glad you enjoyed Boma- eating at your resort is a great strategy for the first night you arrive, especially with all of the problems you had.

It was miserable, that's for sure. Yes, we ended up with a king bed in our first room (the one that was ready all along) and the new one, too. For whatever reason, a king sized bed = vacation. I really look forward to it, especially after a long, tiring day at the parks. I agree the upgrade was nice, but we would've been just as happy in our first room, without all the drama of course. Boma was awesome, and I'm so glad we picked it for our first night there! It was the first time in all our trips that we ever ate at the resort we were staying at for TS.

dtr_angel
06-10-2011, 10:38 PM
I just wanted to do a mini update so you knew I didn't forget about my TR.

I am stalling on purpose. I wanted to wait until I had the photopass pictures back. It takes so long to edit them, that site is rediculously slow! I'm a little creeped out by the "bonus" pictures that showed up of just the characters, and then all those pictures of the monkey in AK - what is that all about? LOL. I'm happy to see they have added some new borders since 2009. Overall the pictures were okay, but I guess that's only because I'm NOT photogenic. If I was, I would probably love all the pictures. Our strategy is just to have as many taken as possible and hope we get a few good ones, LOL. I just ordered the disc tonight, so hopefully I'll have the CD next week.

I just wanted to thank each and every one of you who responded to my last update about our awful check in ordeal. I was so nervous about posting our experience, as I thought it would be interpreted as us being whiny, impatient, or serious over-reactors. We definitely loved the savanna view, plus the new room was a lot closer than the first one. It was still a little walk to the lobby, but definitely not as bad. I guess we were spoiled by WL, because our room there was so close to the elevator and the lobby. Have I mentioned yet how huge & confusing getting around AKL was? :rotfl2: I mean seriously, I didn't even know I was at Jambo House!

I realized after I did my update that I forgot something important. At some point while we were rushing around to get ready for dinner, DH got our KTTW out of his wallet and I realized they were gold. I freaked out. Apparently DH had forgot to mention that we were upgraded to CLUB LEVEL! I was freaking out in a good way. He was very casual about it, and was like "oh yeah, we get free continental breakfast upstairs I think" Then I explained to him what I knew about CL, and how awesome it was, not to mention how it cost a lot more and how it was a good upgrade. So when I said I didn't remember where DH was when the CM came for turn down service, he went up to the CL to scope it out while I finished getting ready. He grabbed an African beer, I think it was called Tusker. So score one for us - CLUB LEVEL! I felt like a supa-star! :yay: We both felt bad though, as an upgrade to CL & a savanna view was a big deal, and we were afraid the CM that did it was going to get in trouble. I also felt horrible that our new room was a handicap accessible room (at least I think it was, the bathroom didn't have a tub and was pretty big) and we were probably taking it away from someone who needed it. But at that point what were we to do, turn it down? Oh well. We both really did feel bad though.

I'm subscribing to so many TR right now, LOL. I'm doing my best to comment on them as I read them, but usually I'm in a hurry and then I have to go back and try to remember who I need to comment on. My big pet peeve is when I hit the 'go to first new post' button, it doesn't. I'm not a fan, it makes it harder to keep up!

So in short, sorry for the delay - while I am waiting for my photopass CD, I'm going to start writing so when it arrives I just have to upload & include the pictures. I hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying their summer so far!

PixieMama
06-10-2011, 10:47 PM
Wow, Club Level! That is some upgrade and very cool! :cool1:

Lifelong_Dreamer
06-11-2011, 12:04 AM
Wow! That is an awesome upgrade! I wouldn't worry too much about the CM, I'm sure they probably had permission from the manager. :thumbsup2

natebenma
06-11-2011, 05:58 AM
Club Level!!! :woohoo:

Yup, that's an important detail to leave out!!!

Look forward to reading more of your adventures, after you get your photopass CD.

pinkxray
06-11-2011, 07:47 AM
Oops, I just just forgot to mention we were upgraded to CL?:lmao: That is a pretty important thing to forget.!

That is awesome! That seems like a much better upgrade to make up for your awful day. What did you think of staying CL? I know you probably didn't get too much use out of the perks since it was a last minute thing, but just a general impression. I feel the need to stay CL at AKL b/c I want to do the Sunrise safari next time, but DH and DD want to stick to a one bedroom at AKL. Such tough choices!

Anyway :banana::banana::banana: for CL. I can't wait to see what other important details you forget to mention as you go on:rotfl:

Lidian
06-11-2011, 08:59 AM
I just wanted to do a mini update so you knew I didn't forget about my TR.

We aren't going to forget about you! :hug:

I am stalling on purpose. I wanted to wait until I had the photopass pictures back. It takes so long to edit them, that site is rediculously slow! I'm a little creeped out by the "bonus" pictures that showed up of just the characters, and then all those pictures of the monkey in AK - what is that all about? LOL. I'm happy to see they have added some new borders since 2009. Overall the pictures were okay, but I guess that's only because I'm NOT photogenic. If I was, I would probably love all the pictures. Our strategy is just to have as many taken as possible and hope we get a few good ones, LOL. I just ordered the disc tonight, so hopefully I'll have the CD next week.

I agree! They really need a better site to edit the photos. I was getting agitated with it as well. I'd hit save and nothing would happen. 5 minutes later, I'd hit save again. Nothing. Then the site would lock up, my IE would shut down, and I'd log back in and I'd have 20 of the pic I was tryig to save. :headache:

You'd think with as much as they charge for the CDs, they'd really make a better editing site. It's fine for just viewing, but awful for editing!

Did you not get an email about the bonus content? I was sad that I couldn't add borders to most of them. :sad2: Some of the Mickey ones I could, but not all, and couldn't add borders to ANY of the other ones.

I ordered mine last night. So let the race begin as who gets theirs first! :rotfl2:

(PS: I thought about waiting, but I really wanted to get my TR rolling. I'll do specific PP updates at the end with links in the ToC.)

I just wanted to thank each and every one of you who responded to my last update about our awful check in ordeal. I was so nervous about posting our experience, as I thought it would be interpreted as us being whiny, impatient, or serious over-reactors. We definitely loved the savanna view, plus the new room was a lot closer than the first one. It was still a little walk to the lobby, but definitely not as bad. I guess we were spoiled by WL, because our room there was so close to the elevator and the lobby. Have I mentioned yet how huge & confusing getting around AKL was? :rotfl2: I mean seriously, I didn't even know I was at Jambo House!

I realized after I did my update that I forgot something important. At some point while we were rushing around to get ready for dinner, DH got our KTTW out of his wallet and I realized they were gold. I freaked out. Apparently DH had forgot to mention that we were upgraded to CLUB LEVEL! I was freaking out in a good way. He was very casual about it, and was like "oh yeah, we get free continental breakfast upstairs I think" Then I explained to him what I knew about CL, and how awesome it was, not to mention how it cost a lot more and how it was a good upgrade. So when I said I didn't remember where DH was when the CM came for turn down service, he went up to the CL to scope it out while I finished getting ready. He grabbed an African beer, I think it was called Tusker. So score one for us - CLUB LEVEL! I felt like a supa-star! :yay: We both felt bad though, as an upgrade to CL & a savanna view was a big deal, and we were afraid the CM that did it was going to get in trouble. I also felt horrible that our new room was a handicap accessible room (at least I think it was, the bathroom didn't have a tub and was pretty big) and we were probably taking it away from someone who needed it. But at that point what were we to do, turn it down? Oh well. We both really did feel bad though.

When you first mentioned the Mousekeeper with chocolates, I immediately suspected CL, but couldn't find a mention of it, and thought maybe the manager was just trying to get in your good graces. :rotfl: That's so awesome you were upgraded to CL! I really can't wait to hear about your experience, as AKL CL is my tentative resort for our unscheduled May 2012 visit! And don't feel bad, you guys deserved it after the treatment they gave you! I was honestly sitting here thinking that you should have been given CL for how they treated you, but didn't want to say it and people glare at me for thinking it.

I'm subscribing to so many TR right now, LOL. I'm doing my best to comment on them as I read them, but usually I'm in a hurry and then I have to go back and try to remember who I need to comment on. My big pet peeve is when I hit the 'go to first new post' button, it doesn't. I'm not a fan, it makes it harder to keep up!

So in short, sorry for the delay - while I am waiting for my photopass CD, I'm going to start writing so when it arrives I just have to upload & include the pictures. I hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying their summer so far!

I hate not being sent to the actual first new post. I always scroll up (or page back) to see what I missed. But I can't wait to hear more and see your PP pics!

IheartDDuck
06-11-2011, 10:20 AM
I can totally empathize with how you must have been feeling when that was happening! I can't believe that happened, but in the end I'm glad it was rectified with getting you a room on CL.

You'll have to let us know if you enjoyed CL.

mtgirl29
06-14-2011, 08:52 PM
Subbing!!!! :goodvibes So glad I found you!!! I just got back this past Sunday (one week in WDW and one week at the beach) and have been doing a bunch of laundry. Now that I have that caught up, I can get my DIS fix. I am sooo excited to read more!!!! :cloud9:

dtr_angel
06-18-2011, 05:16 AM
My Photopass CD is HERE! :cool1:

Lidian
06-18-2011, 10:45 AM
HOORAY FOR THE PP CD! :woohoo: Can't wait to see the pics!

leshunlenese
06-18-2011, 11:53 AM
I was getting worried about my stay there in dec but im glad it worked out and club level!! Thats awesome! Im so sry about the delay with the rooms but that happened to me last oct at POP. First we requested and at check in my sister's room was ready and ours wasn't so i thought maybe we did not get it. That was fine since it was like 2:30 and check in us at 3. Just like you they said we would get a text. So we go to my sisters room and the doors that join the room are open and obviously, it was ready. the lady did not tell me our room number just the 1st 2 numbers but i just checked with the key and it worked, room ready and all. So it all worked out but what really sucks is that i did not get a text till 7pm and we were well gone to MNSSHP by then!

dtr_angel
06-18-2011, 09:17 PM
Wow, Club Level! That is some upgrade and very cool! :cool1:

It was so cool, since it's something we would never do on our own - thank you Disney!

Wow! That is an awesome upgrade! I wouldn't worry too much about the CM, I'm sure they probably had permission from the manager. :thumbsup2

I hope so! I'd hate for someone to get in trouble for it!

Club Level!!! :woohoo:

Yup, that's an important detail to leave out!!!

Look forward to reading more of your adventures, after you get your photopass CD.

LOL! :lmao:

Oops, I just just forgot to mention we were upgraded to CL?:lmao: That is a pretty important thing to forget.!

That is awesome! That seems like a much better upgrade to make up for your awful day. What did you think of staying CL? I know you probably didn't get too much use out of the perks since it was a last minute thing, but just a general impression. I feel the need to stay CL at AKL b/c I want to do the Sunrise safari next time, but DH and DD want to stick to a one bedroom at AKL. Such tough choices!

Anyway :banana::banana::banana: for CL. I can't wait to see what other important details you forget to mention as you go on:rotfl:

Haha I guess so ;) I think it definitely made up for it - but again, would have rather not dealt with the drama in the first place, if you know what I mean. No we definitely didn't get to use all the CL perks, which I guess is why we don't see it being worth the extra money - we didn't get the special check in, or even know about the sunrise safari until after we were already home. Your 1bedroom at the BC looked amazing, now unfortunately I want to stay in a 1 bedroom now, I've always wanted to stay in a hotel that had one of those big fancy bath tubs! Oh and I guess I'm not a very good story teller. Hopefully I don't leave anything big out again :rotfl:

We aren't going to forget about you! :hug:

I agree! They really need a better site to edit the photos. I was getting agitated with it as well. I'd hit save and nothing would happen. 5 minutes later, I'd hit save again. Nothing. Then the site would lock up, my IE would shut down, and I'd log back in and I'd have 20 of the pic I was tryig to save. :headache:

You'd think with as much as they charge for the CDs, they'd really make a better editing site. It's fine for just viewing, but awful for editing!

Did you not get an email about the bonus content? I was sad that I couldn't add borders to most of them. :sad2: Some of the Mickey ones I could, but not all, and couldn't add borders to ANY of the other ones.

I ordered mine last night. So let the race begin as who gets theirs first! :rotfl2:

(PS: I thought about waiting, but I really wanted to get my TR rolling. I'll do specific PP updates at the end with links in the ToC.)

When you first mentioned the Mousekeeper with chocolates, I immediately suspected CL, but couldn't find a mention of it, and thought maybe the manager was just trying to get in your good graces. :rotfl: That's so awesome you were upgraded to CL! I really can't wait to hear about your experience, as AKL CL is my tentative resort for our unscheduled May 2012 visit! And don't feel bad, you guys deserved it after the treatment they gave you! I was honestly sitting here thinking that you should have been given CL for how they treated you, but didn't want to say it and people glare at me for thinking it.

I hate not being sent to the actual first new post. I always scroll up (or page back) to see what I missed. But I can't wait to hear more and see your PP pics!

You'd think Disney would have a better PP site. It's enough to make you not want to get the dang gone CD just so you don't have to edit it, or not do edits at all. I love them though, and I'm glad to see there has been new borders added since our last trip in 2009. I don't remember an email about the bonus content, but why the heck is there so many pictures of a creepy monkey in AK? LOL DId I already mention that? It was weird. And no, I couldn't add borders to ANY of them.

I thought it was funny that DH thought it was cool to say we didn't want turn down service but take a hand full of chocolates anyway, LOL. I always said yes to it, I figure if they were going to do it I wasn't going to stop them, plus they brought us new towels and stuff. After I realized that I forgot to mention it, I was suprised one of you savvy Disers didn't say - I spy CL since you had turn down service! Funny, I didn't know it either at the time - but then again, I'm the same girl that didn't know I was staying at Jambo House either :rotfl2:

CL is really nice, but I don't know that I would pay extra for it. I told DH those are the perks that should be included to everyone that shells out for a deluxe hotel instead of a value or moderate. With the dining plan, and going to the parks most of the day, we didn't eat a lot of the food. Breakfast was super nice though, as we stuffed ourselves full of fresh fruit every morning and CL was closer to our room that walking to Mara to get breakfast. Some mornings we stayed at CL and ate and then headed straight to the park, and some mornings we brought it back to our room and ate on the balcony or while we got ready. So morning was definitely nice with CL. I'm not entirely sure how much extra it is to be CL, so maybe it is worth it - but I have it in my head it's like $1000/extra for a week. Tell me I'm wrong! I told my DH that we got spoiled not paying for breakfast or snacks at the hotel that I might think that we have to stay CL now :lmao:

I've been really terrible with keeping up with the Dis, I'm still incredibly tired (although I can no longer blame it on vacation lag, as I was calling it) I can't wait to have some energy, this is so unlike me.

I can totally empathize with how you must have been feeling when that was happening! I can't believe that happened, but in the end I'm glad it was rectified with getting you a room on CL.

You'll have to let us know if you enjoyed CL.

I am too, I think Disney more than made up for it, CL was definitely awesome!

Subbing!!!! :goodvibes So glad I found you!!! I just got back this past Sunday (one week in WDW and one week at the beach) and have been doing a bunch of laundry. Now that I have that caught up, I can get my DIS fix. I am sooo excited to read more!!!! :cloud9:
Welcome back!!! I hope you had a nice vacation. I hope you start a TR soon!!!

HOORAY FOR THE PP CD! :woohoo: Can't wait to see the pics!

soon!!! And now I can stop stalling my TR!

I was getting worried about my stay there in dec but im glad it worked out and club level!! Thats awesome! Im so sry about the delay with the rooms but that happened to me last oct at POP. First we requested and at check in my sister's room was ready and ours wasn't so i thought maybe we did not get it. That was fine since it was like 2:30 and check in us at 3. Just like you they said we would get a text. So we go to my sisters room and the doors that join the room are open and obviously, it was ready. the lady did not tell me our room number just the 1st 2 numbers but i just checked with the key and it worked, room ready and all. So it all worked out but what really sucks is that i did not get a text till 7pm and we were well gone to MNSSHP by then!

Oh my goodness, I cannot believe they didn't text you until 7 pm. At least you knew that your room was ready though! If she had told us our room number when we checked in, we could've tried it and found it was ready a lot sooner. I wish they would've.

dtr_angel
06-18-2011, 09:26 PM
I apologize for this wimpy update. I got my photopass CD yesterday and finally got the pictures transferred onto my computer. Now I can stop stalling - yay! I hope to write my next segment and have it posted on Monday night, or Tuesday by the latest.

As I've mentioned I've been extremely fatigued since we came back from Disney - yikes over 3 weeks ago. It's been hard to keep up with doctors appts, work, school (summer school is evil!), house work and everything else going on in my life so I'm sorry. Hopefully it will get better! Unfortunately my two good friends are taking off this week and going to the beach without me, so I have to work every day so I don't see me being well rested anytime soon. After Friday I'll be done with summer school!!! I'm lucky to have a good DH, he's been picking up where I've been slacking whenever he's at home, which with his job isn't very much unfortunately. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far.

We only had a few photopass pictures taken on our arrival night when we breifly slipped into the MK. Here's the only decent one and it's not even that great. :lmao:

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/m516/PineappleRock/Day%201/2e7ba12a.jpg

mtgirl29
06-18-2011, 11:41 PM
I am finally caught up with your TR.
Just wanted to say your pics are fabulous. I, especially, love the one of Nemo. :love: He is such a cutie!
:hug: I am so sorry to hear that you had an unmagical arrival. I would have been near tears, too.
What is up with the CMs being so rude!!!
I am glad it finally got rectified and you got a room with a wonderful view and got upgraded to CL. I didn't even know that existed until you told about it. I guess I am not as well versed in everything Disney, yet.
Your PP pic is so great! You and your DH looked great standing in front of the castle. I couldn't even tell you were both irritated and exhausted.
Cannot wait to read more!!!! popcorn::

Lidian
06-19-2011, 10:32 AM
I think its a beautiful PP picture! :cloud9: You guys look fabulous!

Can't wait to read the update! (And glad you got your CD.) Hope you feel rested soon!! :hug:

bouncycat
06-19-2011, 11:22 AM
Ya'll look great!!! I like that pic in front of the castle!!!

PixieMama
06-19-2011, 06:11 PM
Awww, I think it's a great photo of you guys!

Yay for getting the CD... hoping to see lots more great pics!

Chaitali
06-19-2011, 07:29 PM
Sorry you've been so exhausted lately :( I hope you get a chance to rest and feel better! Yay for getting the photopass CD. I look forward to seeing more photos :)

dtr_angel
06-27-2011, 08:25 PM
Hey... I'm sure everyone has lost interest in my trip report by now, and I can't say that I'd blame you if you do. Life has been crazy lately, to say the least. My best friend had surgery last week (she's fine.) Over the weekend my grandmother was admitted to the hospital, and she lives over an hour away so if I was exhausted before, I don't even know what to call myself now. To exhaustion and beyond! She's home today but well, it's all a long story. My family could definitely use a lot of prayers right now, especially my grandmother for her continued healing! Plus I've been working full time, which I am not used to, my online summer class turned out to be a nightmare (it's over as of last Friday thank goodness!) and this week is inventory week at work (booo) and bible school week at church and I'm helping out. Thursday I am hopefully going to go float on the river with friends which I desperately need to do now to de-stress, if I can go and be back before bible school. Friday is NOTHING! Whew! I have my next update about ready to go, but I need to add in the links for my pictures which is time consuming. Anyway, enough complaining & excuses. I also just started fertility treatments (yay, after 3 long years of hoping, waiting, praying, and not having a baby we can hold in our arms on this Earth) so there is a lot going on here! We could use lots of prayers, as having a husband that works away at a time like this is well, less than convenient! I hope I'm not fibbing this time when I say my next update will be up on Thursday. I hope everyone is doing well, I have so many trip reports to read & catch up on later this week - I'm so sorry!!

PixieMama
06-27-2011, 08:55 PM
First of all, sending prayers and good thoughts your way! Hope you can get some rest soon, and continued healing for your grandmother. :hug:

And don't apologize... we're still here! We all understand life gets in the way. We'll read your next update when you can get to it!

IheartDDuck
06-27-2011, 09:00 PM
No need to apologize. My prayers and thoughts are with your family. We'll still be here. :hug:

Lifelong_Dreamer
06-27-2011, 10:12 PM
Take your time, I will still be here to read when you have time to post. :goodvibes

Lidian
06-28-2011, 12:43 AM
:hug:

We're still here. Life comes first - and when you're ready to update again, we'll be here to read.

Lots of prayers going out to your friends and family. Fingers are crossed that your treatments work! :goodvibes

Please take care and keep us updated as you can! :hug::hug:

natebenma
06-28-2011, 04:15 AM
Wow! That's a lot on your plate. Prayers to your family, I hope your grandmother's health improves.

Don't worry about the pace of your updates! Write when you can. These past couple of weeks have been a blur for me with the end of the school year and other activities so I haven't been able to keep up anyway!

Good luck with your treatments. :wizard: My oldest son was a fertility baby- my fingers are crossed for you!

pinkxray
06-28-2011, 05:17 AM
:hug:

Don't worry about updating, the Dis will still be here once you get a chance to a break.

Sending prayers and pixie dust for your grandmother and your fertility treatments.

dtr_angel
06-30-2011, 10:41 PM
I am finally caught up with your TR.
Just wanted to say your pics are fabulous. I, especially, love the one of Nemo. :love: He is such a cutie!
:hug: I am so sorry to hear that you had an unmagical arrival. I would have been near tears, too.
What is up with the CMs being so rude!!!
I am glad it finally got rectified and you got a room with a wonderful view and got upgraded to CL. I didn't even know that existed until you told about it. I guess I am not as well versed in everything Disney, yet.
Your PP pic is so great! You and your DH looked great standing in front of the castle. I couldn't even tell you were both irritated and exhausted.
Cannot wait to read more!!!! popcorn::
Thanks! I guess we are "those" crazy cat people - he's like our baby! I guess that will change when we have kids which, btw - Nemo hates LOL. We joke that when we bring home our newborn if he/she doesn't get along with Nemo will have our parents take our baby in so we can keep the cat. :laughing: We're totally joking of course but it's still funny. Anyway... Luckily things got better after the first day, but it still upsets me when I think about it. I didn't know that much about CL to be honest, I learned more after we were home LOL. I doubt we'll ever stay CL again because I'd never pay for it so it was a nice treat.

I think its a beautiful PP picture! :cloud9: You guys look fabulous!

Can't wait to read the update! (And glad you got your CD.) Hope you feel rested soon!! :hug:

Thanks! I can't believe we have been back from Disney for over a month. I can no longer blame my exhaustion on Disney, lol.

Ya'll look great!!! I like that pic in front of the castle!!!

thank you!

Awww, I think it's a great photo of you guys!

Yay for getting the CD... hoping to see lots more great pics!

Thanks! There are a lot more pictures to come!

Sorry you've been so exhausted lately :( I hope you get a chance to rest and feel better! Yay for getting the photopass CD. I look forward to seeing more photos :)

Thanks! Today was one of the first days since we got back that I had a lot of energy - I cleaned my house from top to bottom finally and now I feel a lot better (but tired from all that work haha)

First of all, sending prayers and good thoughts your way! Hope you can get some rest soon, and continued healing for your grandmother. :hug:

And don't apologize... we're still here! We all understand life gets in the way. We'll read your next update when you can get to it!

Thank you so much! My grandmother is doing much better now and we're hoping everything goes back to normal.

No need to apologize. My prayers and thoughts are with your family. We'll still be here. :hug:

Thank you so much!!!

Take your time, I will still be here to read when you have time to post. :goodvibes

Thank you! I didn't plan on dragging this TR out this much - I guess I'll have to start making up for lost time!

:hug:

We're still here. Life comes first - and when you're ready to update again, we'll be here to read.

Lots of prayers going out to your friends and family. Fingers are crossed that your treatments work! :goodvibes

Please take care and keep us updated as you can! :hug::hug:

Thank you so much! Hopefully the next time I complain about being exhausted it's because I've been growing a human :laughing:

Wow! That's a lot on your plate. Prayers to your family, I hope your grandmother's health improves.

Don't worry about the pace of your updates! Write when you can. These past couple of weeks have been a blur for me with the end of the school year and other activities so I haven't been able to keep up anyway!

Good luck with your treatments. :wizard: My oldest son was a fertility baby- my fingers are crossed for you!

Thank you! My grandmother seems to be doing better now that she is home. I know what you mean about these past few weeks being a blur. I cannot believe we have been home from Disney for over 4 weeks. I have no idea what has happened since then, LOL. I need to start enjoying summer before it is over!!! I have so many other TRs to catch up on!!! We're both really hopeful that this drug will work a miracle for us - I'm excited at the increased possibility of multiples but DH thinks I'm crazy for wishing for twins LOL.
:hug:

Don't worry about updating, the Dis will still be here once you get a chance to a break.

Sending prayers and pixie dust for your grandmother and your fertility treatments.

Thanks!!! I bet you are finished your TR by now, lol.

dtr_angel
06-30-2011, 10:45 PM
I guess that's the new Disney World theme? Surprisingly I did not know that before we went. I personally liked the Year of a Million Dreams & What will you celebrate? better.

Day 2, Part 1

When we last left over many moons ago, it was the end of our arrival day in Disney. After a long and frustrating day, we were finally hitting the hay around 11:45 pm. We needed to catch up on rest in a hurry – we wanted to make it to MK for the rope drop at 9 am!
I had the alarm set for 6 am. I woke up and looked at the clock – 8:13. Oh no! Either I turned my alarm off in my sleep (which happens a lot) or it never went off. We had to hurry and get ready, the MK opened in 45 minutes! We went up to CL and got some breakfast to bring back to the room and eat while we got ready (I had to wait a half hour at least to eat since my morning med has to be taken on an empty stomach)
http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/m516/PineappleRock/Day%202/30d0dcf4.jpg
http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/m516/PineappleRock/Day%202/965905ba.jpg
We both had some fruit & pastries. As you can see we had fruit before I remembered to take the pictures. I had Mango juice, and DH had some pineapple juice. So yummy!!
By 9:40 we were leaving the AKL, and were arriving at MK by 10 – not too bad, but we were nervous that since the park had been opened for an hour, we were going to be walking into a hot mess. We stopped to have a few pictures taken in front of the train station.
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The first thing we did was buy some sunglasses at the little shop before you enter the MK. DH’s were broken (did I tell that story yet?) and mine just weren’t working for me. Luckily we found 2 pairs and were on our way. We stopped on Main St. USA to have some pictures taken.
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…and then again on our way to Tommorrowland
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We were headed to Space Mountain, of course! It was 10:35 by this point, the stand by was 20 minutes so I wanted to just wait, but DH did not – he hates waiting so thank goodness for the FP system. He doesn’t like waiting for rides that you can FP, so he suggested we go get in line for something that we couldn’t. The FP return time was for 11-12, so I agreed. We ended up walking into the line for the Tomorrowland Speedway – believe it or not we had never been on this before! We took separate cars since we both wanted to drive. We ended up getting separated and he was done first. Those cars are so hard to drive, haha. But it was nice doing something new. While we were waiting to get in a car, we saw that Alice and the white rabbit were out. That is where we headed next. The line wasn’t too long, but it was moving slow. We were excited about seeing the white rabbit, since we never have before – this trip was all about the firsts! He had to take frequent breaks so we were afraid we were going to wait and miss him. DH went in search of some bottled water while I held our place in line. After he left I thought it would’ve been a better idea to use a snack credit and get a smoothie from Auntie Gravity’s, but it was too late. Oh well, it was hot and the cold water hit the spot. Finally it was our turn, and the white rabbit made it back just in time! Alice in Wonderland has a special place in my heart since my mom’s name is Alice, and looked just like her when she was younger (long blonde hair). She was excited when we told her we got to meet Alice & the white rabbit!
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After that we decided it was only appropriate to ride the Mad Tea Party. We walked through the line and just getting in the next ride, so we were first for the one after that.
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We decided to walk over to Frontierland and get a FP for Splash Mountain before riding Space Mountain. It was really hot and we were looking forward to cooling off later. Splash Mountain was down, but we hoped it would be running later when we could use our FP (12:05-1:05). Then it was back to Space Mountain. We stopped and looked at the menu again for Columbia Harbour House. We were undecided where to eat. We also scoped out the menu at Pinnochio Village Haus. I was partial to CHH since I wanted some tuna, but DH wasn’t in the mood for anything there but said if I wanted it we could still eat there. But we had somewhere else in mind that would make both of us happy.
The last time we were in Disney, Space Mountain was down for refurbishment. We waited for a little while before we got on. While we were waiting there were some “woo girls” (does anyone else watch How I Met Your Mother?) and we thought it was funny – they were just getting into the cars and already woo-ing LOL. Finally it was our turn. Wow, Space Mountain REALLY changed. It was really jerky and I had no idea what was going on. It felt like a different ride entirely, except for the beginning. I spent the whole time praying because I thought I was going to die LOL. But I survived. I figured DH must have loved it since he loves coasters (I don’t) but when we got off, I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to seem like a wimp. Luckily DH said “wow that was really intense, don’t you think?” so I felt better that it wasn’t just me. We looked everywhere for our picture but didn’t see it. We thought that they took that option out, so disappointed we didn’t get to see it we walked out of the gift shop and back out into the heat.
There was a PP guy here, so we stopped for a picture. I was confused about the background appeal at this particular spot but it was different so why not!
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We were definitely hungry, so we headed off to have lunch. Our destination? Cosmic Ray’s, of course! We had only eaten here once on our honeymoon, so it was time to give it a try again. Neither of us were really sure about what we wanted, especially DH. We ended up splitting up. He went to bay 3 for a BBQ pork sandwich, and I headed to Bay 1 for a grilled chicken sandwich. I really wanted fries, but was good and got apple slices. I didn’t want to tear my stomach up with the grease. It was about noon when we had our trays and were looking for a seat. We ended up outside on the back deck, and we had a gorgeous view of the castle – I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture.
We got some more pixie dust – DH asked for apples with his sandwich but they gave him fries too. Awesome! When I told him we got pixie dust, he looked at me like I had three heads. I tried to explain to him the concept of pixie dust LOL. DH really enjoyed his sandwich. My grilled chicken was pretty good, but there were a few bites I couldn’t eat because it was fatty. DH and I definitely split those pixie dust fries. For dessert I got the sugar free brownie because I knew I couldn’t eat a dessert, and DH got the carrot cake. He loves carrot cake. He only had a few bites, which was unlike him. He said the icing was too sweet. I took a bite and he was right, it was really sickening. The cake part was good though.

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With full bellies, we decided to head over to Splash Mountain and use our FP before heading out of the park for a break. Unfortunately, it still wasn’t working. We were bummed because we were getting tired and really didn’t want to wait. The stand by for BTMRR was 40 minutes, and that was probably because nobody was riding Splash Mountain. We started to walk away, but we noticed plumes started going down. We checked – yes, it was working! So we got in line, and rode Splash Mountain. We were in the back. In the past we have somehow managed to not get very wet on the ride, no matter where we were seated. Not this time! We got soaked before we even went down the big drop. And again going down. I feel like it was more me than DH though.
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I tried to take a picture of our picture, but as you can see I failed – I cut off DH’s head! Soaked, we made our way out of the park. Since it was hot & humid, I figured we’d be dry before we even got to the bus, LOL. We stopped for some PP pics on our way out.
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Luckily a bus pulled up to the AKL stop right after we got there. After we got back to the hotel, we decided to stop at CL and grab some snacks.
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We decided to take a dip in the pool and cool off before taking a nap.
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Up next – Dinner at Biergarten and evening EMH at Epcot!

dtr_angel
06-30-2011, 10:47 PM
Oh my goodness, I forgot how horrible my skin looked while we were in Disney. Thank you, Disney for the added stress on our first day and making it worse!

Lifelong_Dreamer
06-30-2011, 11:19 PM
Wow, you guys sure got lots of photopass pictures! :thumbsup2

natebenma
07-01-2011, 05:02 AM
Great photopass pictures! I haven't seen the gold border before. Really nice.

I love the sunglasses you guys got!

Too bad you didn't make it for park opening but it sounds like you didn't do too bad catching up.

I liked the new version of Space Mountain, although it had probably been like 15-20 years since I had been on this ride, for a variety of reasons. It was shut down during some of our past trips, the kids were too small (and not interested) in riding and frankly, it scared me. The tracks seemed so close, I feared decapitation. And I am only 5 feet tall!

I was afraid I would look like your DH does in the Splash Mountain redneck photo! I love that!

How was the line for the Tomorrowland Speedway? It always seems very long to me, and it is out in the sun, so it is hot, too.

I really like the variety of food you can get at Cosmic Rays, but I hate that you have to go to different counters to get it.

PixieMama
07-01-2011, 11:12 AM
Loving all the PP pics... we're thinking of getting the CD, but I've never done PP before. So it's nice to see all the photos.

I rode Space Mtn with my dad on my first trip to WDW (I was 10 at the time)... I hated it! I cried the entire ride, and when we got off I actually smacked my dad, I was so mad at him for making me ride it (even though I love coasters) We didn't do Space Mtn on our '07 trip, as my DDs were too small for it but we rode last year. I was going to skip it but the girls talked me into going... and I still hated it! It's too jerky and you can't see ANYthing.

Your CL breakfast and snack looks yummy!

bouncycat
07-01-2011, 08:57 PM
I love all the pics too!! That's awesome that you guys used it up!! It's funny, my son has the same Donald shirt that your DH has!!!

Glad your grandmother is ok, and sending good fertility wishes!! If I had it to do over again, I think I would have wanted twins too. I didn't at the time, but of course you look back, and at the time if I knew I wasn't gonna be able to have any more babies, I would have opted for twins the first time. I love my son, and kids in general, as you can tell from my TR LOL Being a mom is the best thing in the world!!!!

IheartDDuck
07-01-2011, 09:53 PM
What a great morning that you had!

I totally know what you mean about the "woo girls". Love How I Met Your Mother.

CHH is one of my favorites too. But Cosmic Ray's is a good standby in case you don't know exactly what you want to eat.

dtr_angel
07-08-2011, 10:17 PM
Wow, you guys sure got lots of photopass pictures! :thumbsup2
that's not even all of them! :lmao: We make it a point to stop at as many as possible since I am not photogenic at all.

Great photopass pictures! I haven't seen the gold border before. Really nice.

I love the sunglasses you guys got!

Too bad you didn't make it for park opening but it sounds like you didn't do too bad catching up.

I liked the new version of Space Mountain, although it had probably been like 15-20 years since I had been on this ride, for a variety of reasons. It was shut down during some of our past trips, the kids were too small (and not interested) in riding and frankly, it scared me. The tracks seemed so close, I feared decapitation. And I am only 5 feet tall!

I was afraid I would look like your DH does in the Splash Mountain redneck photo! I love that!

How was the line for the Tomorrowland Speedway? It always seems very long to me, and it is out in the sun, so it is hot, too.

I really like the variety of food you can get at Cosmic Rays, but I hate that you have to go to different counters to get it.

I was happy to see some new borders! Although you can probably tell which one was my favorite, lol. I was upset we didn't make it to rope drop, but I don't feel like we were too behind. The crowds weren't as bad as what we were used to on our past trips. I am so glad to hear you say you feared decapitation. My DH thought I was crazy and I'm 5' too - he's 6'3"! I seriously was convinced my hair was going to get stuck and was going to be ripped off - it was horrible! LOL. I was in a hurry taking the splash mountain picture and I felt so bad I cut his head off. Oh well, being that tall I guess he is used to it! For "no wait" the line did seem long and even though it was pretty early, it was in the blaring sun and by the time we were halfway through the queue I realized it probably wasn't worth it. Oh well, we did it once! I definitely didn't like splitting up at Cosmic Ray's - that must be awful when you have more than 2 people and you all want different things, especially kids. But I did love the options.

Loving all the PP pics... we're thinking of getting the CD, but I've never done PP before. So it's nice to see all the photos.

I rode Space Mtn with my dad on my first trip to WDW (I was 10 at the time)... I hated it! I cried the entire ride, and when we got off I actually smacked my dad, I was so mad at him for making me ride it (even though I love coasters) We didn't do Space Mtn on our '07 trip, as my DDs were too small for it but we rode last year. I was going to skip it but the girls talked me into going... and I still hated it! It's too jerky and you can't see ANYthing.

Your CL breakfast and snack looks yummy!
I highly recommend the CD! I always preorder it for $99 - can't beat it. We get as many pictures taken as possible, as all of them aren't going to turn out. I love adding the borders too. Since it's just the two of us, we would have no pictures of both of us if it wasn't for photopass. I'm not a fan of roller coasters at all, but I tolerate space mountain for DH. For some reason, I found out on our last trip that I love EE, but I still feel like I'm going to die at any second while I'm on it. The only two rides I won't ride are RnRC and ToT. DH loves both those rides, especially RnRC but doesn't like to ride alone. I feel bad, but he would not like what happened if I sucked it up and went on one of those rides with him LOL.

I love all the pics too!! That's awesome that you guys used it up!! It's funny, my son has the same Donald shirt that your DH has!!!

Glad your grandmother is ok, and sending good fertility wishes!! If I had it to do over again, I think I would have wanted twins too. I didn't at the time, but of course you look back, and at the time if I knew I wasn't gonna be able to have any more babies, I would have opted for twins the first time. I love my son, and kids in general, as you can tell from my TR LOL Being a mom is the best thing in the world!!!!

My DH loves that Donald shirt! And thank you! I think it would be awesome to have twins, but at the same time that will cut down on the number of times I get to (hopefully) be pregnant. I'll take what the good Lord will give me though and won't complain. I'm probably going to be one of those crazy women that actually likes being pregnant and is sad when it's over LOL. I cannot wait to be a mom. My DH is going to make the best dad! I'm so hoping that gets to be his birthday present this year, his birthday is next month but I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I am so impatient!!

What a great morning that you had!

I totally know what you mean about the "woo girls". Love How I Met Your Mother.

CHH is one of my favorites too. But Cosmic Ray's is a good standby in case you don't know exactly what you want to eat.

I always love being in the MK in the morning. Haha, I'm glad someone got my reference. My DH & I LOVE How I Met Your Mother. I was a little sad at first since I wanted tuna for a hot minute, but I eat tuna all the time at work so it really wasn't a big deal - the chicken sandwich at Cosmic Ray's didn't disappoint.

dtr_angel
07-08-2011, 10:25 PM
next update coming tomorrow :) I finally updated my table of contents!!!

dtr_angel
07-09-2011, 10:06 PM
When we last left off we had just finished the first half of our day at Magic Kingdom, and were on our way to the AKL pool. We had a waterproof disposable camera, so we took a few pictures. It was about 2:20pm when we headed to the pool.

My only complaint was that the concrete was SO hot on bare feet. Our chair wasn’t even that far from the water but it still really hurt. We swam for a bit and even went down the slide a few times. I love water slides. I wish the values had them!

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After we were done swimming, we decided to stop by the CL lounge. I don’t have a picture of what we grabbed, but we of course grabbed some African Smoothie, and some rice krispy treats to take back to the room. We turned on the weather channel to find that Orlando was experiencing record high temps for May. It was 92-96 degrees every day we were there. We were pleased to see that Sunday was the hottest day of our trip, and that was the day we were planning on hitting up Blizzard Beach. We decided to jump in the shower before our nap since we were covered in chlorine and sticky from sunscreen. We had the alarm set to wake us up at 4:30pm to get ready for dinner. We got up at 4:45pm and started getting ready. This guy was outside our window when we woke up.

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Our ADR was at Biergarten for 6:50pm. We left our room to head to the bus stop around 5:40pm. That was really good for us considering, in the past, we were always late getting to ADRs. It seems as though we were turning a new leaf! This made DH happy since he hates being late. I’m the reason we’re late for everything. But in my defense, he leaves me in charge of waking us up, knowing that I will press snooze a bazillion times. But anyway… By 6 we were on a bus headed to Epcot. Since we had time to spare we stopped to have some photo pass pictures taken. The Flower & Garden festival had ended, so I was really excited to get to see a few topiaries still around. I wanted to stop and take some pictures of the TS3 topiaries with my camera, but there were a lot of people around and DH said we would get them later (we didn’t, when we came back to Epcot they were gone)
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DH’s face is too funny in this picture, I had to share. I have no idea why he was making that face and he doesn’t remember either LOL
We knew it was a long shot but decided to see if there were any FP available for Soarin’ for the night since we were staying for the EMH. Of course, there wasn’t. We stopped at a restroom and then were on our way again towards World Showcase. I am a huge Winnie the Pooh fan; Tigger is my favorite – so I was really excited to see the Pooh topiaries promoting the new movie. DH also loves Winnie the Pooh. We are planning on having a gender neutral Winnie the Pooh nursery someday (soon I hope!) something I've always dreamed of.

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It was really hard to get pictures that didn’t have people in them. We also stopped here for some photopass pictures.
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As we got closer to WS, there were still more topiaries. I was so excited, we essentially hadn’t missed F&G after all!
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I was really bummed we had to miss the Pixar Weekend that happened the weekend before we were there. I bet it was really awesome!

Since we had so slowly made our way to Germany it was just about 6:50pm exactly when we checked in at Biergarten. I was so hungry and so excited, and I know DH was too. Even though it was our 4th trip to Disney together it was still very exciting since we were trying new things and trying to explore where we hadn’t before. Finally at 7:10pm our table was ready.
We were sat with a family from Ontario, Canada. They were very nice. One of the sons, Andrew, was celebrating his 21st birthday that night. He was very excited since they had been in Disney for a few days and even though he could drink in Canada, he couldn’t in Disney until that night. We had a very lovely dinner chatting with them, not awkward at all. Our server was an older gentleman named Michael, and he was excellent.

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I loved the inside of the restaurant; it was too cute. It was loud which made it kind of hard to talk & hear, but it was such a fun atmosphere.

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DH’s first plate

Sadly, I only took pictures of our first plates because we were having such a good time talking. We made several trips to the buffet. I loved the pretzel bread of course, and there was a dessert – maybe a cheesecake? That was excellent. I was also happy to have some beets. I had been craving them very badly for a while.

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The show they put on only goes on for a while, and then they break and do it all over again so we got to hear it through multiple times. Michael, our server told them it was our 3rd anniversary so they announced that when they played the anniversary song, which was very cool. Michael was also nice enough to get us our anniversary pins!

We were seated all the way on the top in the back, right under this flag.

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We had a good time, so I think this will definitely be on our list to do again with my family if we get our dream trip in January 2013 (but more on that later!)

After 8, we said our goodbyes and were leaving the restaurant. We stopped in the Caramel shop with hopes of grabbing a snack for later, but it was busy and we were so full that we said we’d come back later – we didn’t. Once you are in FW, it’s a loooooooooooong walk back to WS! We decided to get a spot for IllumiNations. DH ended up going back in the Caramel Shop to get us a bottle of water. Then I decided that we should’ve grabbed a map & times guide when we walked in. DH stayed in our spot, and at 8:30 I set off to get one, hoping I wasn’t going to have to walk all the way to the front of the park. The park is rather dark, and it was so crowded that by the time I was passing Norway I was regretting this adventure. I only had to walk to a kiosk around the fountain of nations (is that what it’s called?) luckily, so I was there and back to our spot in front of Germany by 8:45, which included a pit stop in Norway.

I attempted to take a picture of us, I must have apparently been struggling because a nice young lady offered to take one for us.
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Here are a few pictures of the lagoon while we were waiting for the show to start.
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We ended up using our video camera to record IllumiNations since I was struggling with taking still photographs of the fireworks.

After it was over we headed to Spaceship Earth. I vaguely remember doing that ride on my very first trip to Disney with my family in ’98, but it’s obviously changed a lot since then. We waited around for a while, but our pictures never popped up and I was sad. It was cool to finally do a ride we hadn’t managed to do in our previous 3 trips. Then we attempted to find the Extra Magic Hours Times Guide that I know we have gotten before, but there were none to be found. We decided to check out the stand by wait for Soarin’ since they were out of FP. It was 35 minutes, so we decided to wait and see what it was later when more people had left the park. Test Track was a 20 minute wait at that point. We decided to go watch Captain EO. We were the first in line for the next show. It felt like it took forever to wait for the preshow, and then go to the show. It wasn’t that great, DH didn’t like it either. I didn’t know what to expect. I was picturing lots of 80’s singing & dancing. There was definitely some of that, but the rest of it… ugh. Not my cup of tea. After that was finally over, we headed back to to check out Soarin’. It went up to a 50 minute wait. Fail! We should’ve stayed there instead of watching Captain EO but we didn’t know the wait would get longer instead of shorter. There was no wait for Livin’ with the Land, so we hopped on a boat. It was cool to be on it at night. After that the Soarin wait was still too long. Well, the same thing happened to Test Track. It was now a 40 minute wait, and while we were standing there it jumped up to 50 minutes. Well, that didn’t go as planned. Now what?

Since Soarin’ & Test Track was a bust, we had thought about grabbing a snack. We were both way too tired to walk all the way back to WS where all the good snacks were. All the ice cream carts were closed for the night so no Mickey Bars or frozen bananas. We decided to just call it a night since we were tired, and wanted to be at Animal Kingdom for rope drop the next morning. By 1120pm, we were at the bus stop. We only waited 5 minutes for a bus. We got back and of course had to check out the savanna.

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That is a terrible picture, but I light the lighting. A giraffe! I called this “my giraffe” because he was kind of far away, so I started talking to him and he came so close to our balcony! I went back in to get the camera, while DH stayed out there. DH said when I went back in, he walked away. As soon as I came back out, he came back over. It was a coincidence of course, but still really cool. After we shot some (way too dark) videos we got ready to hit the hay. For some reason I thought it was important to write down that Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Was on TV before we fell asleep LOL. The alarm was set for 6 am, so less than 6 hours of sleep after a long Disney Day.

Up next – Are we going to make it to rope drop at Animal Kingdom? Stay tuned to find out!

PixieMama
07-09-2011, 10:25 PM
Oh, those Pooh topiaries are too cute (We used a "gender neutral" Pooh theme for our two DDs!) and nice that you got to see the TS3 and Cars ones, also.

I thought about Biergarten for the trip with my mom, sister, and Helen (none of us have been there) but a friend of mine (who has been there) suggested I wait and do that one with my family, as it's a place the kids will enjoy. Glad to hear you had a great time there and liked the food!

Oh, and I love your tee shirt!

natebenma
07-10-2011, 05:44 AM
Wow!!! Beautiful pictures at EPCOT.

Dinner at Biergarten looks cool. We have never done that.

Too bad things at EMH didn't work out as planned.

My money is on rope drop!

dtr_angel
07-12-2011, 09:09 PM
Oh, those Pooh topiaries are too cute (We used a "gender neutral" Pooh theme for our two DDs!) and nice that you got to see the TS3 and Cars ones, also.

I thought about Biergarten for the trip with my mom, sister, and Helen (none of us have been there) but a friend of mine (who has been there) suggested I wait and do that one with my family, as it's a place the kids will enjoy. Glad to hear you had a great time there and liked the food!

Oh, and I love your tee shirt!

That's why we love the Pooh theme so much, most of them are gender neutral and we don't plan on finding out the baby's sex so it's perfect. We're about to paint our guest room (future nursery) a really pretty light green that will hopefully match whatever we pick out.

I don't know why I was never interested in Biergarten before. For some reason I didn't want to eat there until we started picking restaurants for this trip and our plan was to eat at places we've never eaten at before. We both loved it. I didn't think my parents would be interested, but they both are so we'll probably eat here if/when we get to go as a big family! It was definitely a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.

Wow!!! Beautiful pictures at EPCOT.

Dinner at Biergarten looks cool. We have never done that.

Too bad things at EMH didn't work out as planned.

My money is on rope drop!

You should try it some time, I think you would like it. There was a lot to choose from on the buffet, and the atmosphere was really fun. I know a lot of people don't like having to sit with strangers, but we actually had a nice talk and it wasn't awkward.

Oh well, everything can't go your way all the time. DH's theory is that since the only 2 real rides are Soarin' & Test Track, that is why there is always such a wait for them. We found out on this trip we are too old to stay up so late at the parks LOL. We left "early" most nights because we were just too tired.

You would be right on the rope drop! :)

dtr_angel
07-12-2011, 09:12 PM
When we last left off, we had spent the evening at Epcot for extra magic hours, and made it back to AKL to turn in for the night.
Day 3 (Saturday May 21) Part 1

We didn’t get in bed until after midnight, and the alarm was set for 6 am. Knowing our track record, where we going to make it to rope drop at Animal Kingdom? We got out of bed at 6:30 and started getting ready. At 7:15 we were up in the CL eating out breakfast, which is a morning ritual now. Fresh fruit, pastries, and yummy juice – we had about the same thing every morning. On this particular morning I had pineapple juice and DH had mango juice. We loved the variety of fresh fruit available. It was a great day to start a Disney day – you know, since we were probably eating about 5000 calories of yummy a day. The heat and all the walking cancels it out though, right? LOL. We were at the bus stop by 7:45. I was getting nervous. Where we going to make it? We only waited 3 minutes for a bus and were walking up to the AK gates right at 8:00! We didn’t actually see the rope drop per say, since we were in the back. But we were there waiting for them to open. WE DID IT!
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We stopped and had our first picture at AK taken.
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Baby Simba!

We didn’t exactly have a plan, but we knew what we wanted to do that day, does that make sense? We decided to head towards EE and get a FP. There was a 0 minute wait, so we hopped on and rode. We both had full bladders so we went and found a rest room after our ride, and then decided to ride again because it was still a walk on ride. Amazing! Getting up early pays off big time at Disney. I didn’t take a picture of either of our ride photos, neither one of us made any good faces it was just boring. We thought about pulling a FP for later, but decided against it so we could FP something else. We set off for Dinosaur next. We spotted a FP photographer with no wait – I was excited to have PP at AK with a new background!
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I don’t know why but I really like this ride. Since I know where the camera is there, I always try to make a good face but clearly DH and I both failed on that one.

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After making our way out of Dinoland (it seems like it was extra confusing for some reason) we headed over to see It’s Tough to Be a Bug! We’ve never done this before, so I didn’t realize you could get this close & personal with the tree of life – awesome!

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And here is us in our super cool bug glasses waiting for the show to start.
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Cute show. After the show was over, Kali River Rapids was finally going to be open. We headed over to the ride to grab a FP for later when we were hotter & more miserable than we already were. On the way, we spotted this guy and stopped to get our picture taken with him. It’s Flik!

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After our visit with Flik, I decided I was hungry. It was way too early for lunch though. I wanted a snack and sadly I had a very boring frozen lemonade that wasn’t even that great. DH grabbed a bottle of water. We took our drinks and headed for the super secret trail that Dee had told me about. It was SO cool to be that close to the tree of life. How have I been to AK this many times and not known that? Bad DISer!

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After our walk through the trail, it was time we could go grab another fast pass, so we joined the masses and headed towards Africa. Is it just me, or does it seem like EVERYONE is in Africa at AK? We got fast passes for the safari. Then we headed over to Camp Minnie Mickey just to check out who was on the greeting trails. This trip we were not interested in long waits for characters, especially ones that we have seen in the past. (there was barely a wait for Flik and we had never seen him before). I never noticed these details the last time we were at Camp Minnie Mickey on our honeymoon.
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Hughie, Louie, and Louie as my little brother used to call them
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The regulars were there in their safari gear. And Thumper & the brown female bunny. There was a short wait, so we hopped in their line since we had never seen Thumper before. How exciting!
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Continued in next post….

dtr_angel
07-12-2011, 09:15 PM
Continued from previous post…

We decided to check out Dinoland to see who the character meet & greet was. There was a long line, but no character. We hung out for a few minutes to see who it would be. It was Pluto in a bandana. We didn’t wait to see him. It was time for the safari, so we headed back to Africa. On the way, we met a PP photographer that really look a liking to us and took a bunch of pictures

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We had a really awesome female driver, but I don’t remember her name. This was our first safari that she actually stopped so we could see the animals and get good pictures. In the past, they never stopped or said they couldn’t. I think we got really good pictures. We took a bunch, but I’ll just share a few.

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Extreme close ups by DH, LOL
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Can you spot the sleeping lion?

After the safari, we were definitely hungry. We had been throwing around some ideas all morning where we might eat – Flame Tree or Yak & Yeti CS seemed like the most likely. It was hot & we were so hungry, Tamu Tamu ended up winning because it was right there. And we had never eaten there before. I finally got the tuna I had been craving the day before at MK.

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I had the tuna pita with apples and a vanilla milkshake for my dessert. On the DP, you can have the milkshake as your drink and still have a dessert, but I definitely wanted water too. DH had the turkey sandwich with apples, bottled water, and the chocolate mousse for dessert. We both liked our meals and were pleasantly stuffed. We lucked out and got a table in the shade so we got to cool off while eating. Then it was time for our last attraction before leaving.

We headed over to Kali River Rapids. The standby wait time was 80 minutes. Good thing we had fast passes! Everyone coming off the ride was soaked, so it’s a good thing we had plans to leave the park soon. We were seated with 2 other couples on our raft. I was a little disappointed in the ride itself, it wasn’t really that exciting. There were only 1 or 2 drops, but they make sure that everyone gets soaked. I guess that’s the point though. It was fun and we were definitely cooled off. After the ride we made our way towards the exit. We stopped for some PP pictures even though we were soaked!

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Then we made our way to the AKL bus stop. We got on a bus at 12:45, but they were changing drivers so we didn’t get back to AKL until after 1. We decided to hit the CL lounge and grab some snacks. It was the same thing as the day before – we grabbed some gummy bears, yogurt covered pretzels and of course African smoothies!!! We thought about going swimming, but we were both tired so we decided we would just nap, and maybe hit the pool if we woke up in time before we showered and got ready for dinner. My blister that I got on the first day despite wearing tennis shoes was getting bigger and more bothersome. I took pictures of it, but I’ll spare you those, lol. We were napping by 2pm, with the alarm set for 4pm.

Up next – dinner at Kouzzina and evening at the MK!

PixieMama
07-13-2011, 09:23 AM
Great day @ AK! I'm still a little bummed that ITTBAB will be closed during our trip :( We'll just have to be sure to find the trail so we can get close to the Tree!

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Kouzzina... I think we might be going there in September. I say "might" because my friend likes to change ADRs whenever she gets a whim to do so... I think our ADRs have been changed 3 times so far, LOL!

NYDIS
07-13-2011, 11:39 AM
Great trip report so far and I think your pictures are adorable. Love the baby Simba photo. I love AKL, its very relaxing after long days at the parks plus BOMA is my favorite restaurant and an ADR there every year is a must! Looking forward to reading more.

heaven2dc
07-13-2011, 12:50 PM
I would love to eat at Biergarten some time (my mother's side of the family is German but I'm not much of a fan of German food since I grew up eating so much of it :lmao:). The atmosphere looks like fun!

We watched Illuminations in Dec 2008 at almost the exact same spot you were at (we were to the right of that post). It was awesome watching it from there and loud! It was my youngest two sons' first visit and first day of our trip and all they kept saying was wow!! At the end of the evening, my DS18 kept saying he couldn't believe that Epcot was only one part of WDW. They had an awesome time (except they didn't like MK - only stayed long enough to ride the Mountains and I made them stay to watch the Castle being lit up. Oh well....at least I have grandkids who will enjoy MK when I can take them hopefully in the near future. Funniest thing about our trip was on our last night they discovered the Community Hall at BWV and played ping pong for hours and I almost think that was the highlight of their trip! My DS28 who lives in CA had joined us on this trip and it was fun watching the three brothers have a blast.

Loved your pics at AK! You are both so photogenic and are a beautiful couple :love: Sounds like you are having a great trip!

dtr_angel
07-13-2011, 06:52 PM
Great day @ AK! I'm still a little bummed that ITTBAB will be closed during our trip :( We'll just have to be sure to find the trail so we can get close to the Tree!

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Kouzzina... I think we might be going there in September. I say "might" because my friend likes to change ADRs whenever she gets a whim to do so... I think our ADRs have been changed 3 times so far, LOL!

You'll read it soon enough, but I do recommend Kouzzina - our service could've been a little better though. But the food was great and the restaurant was cool, plus it's on the Boardwalk which I love. I have a habit of changing ADRs too. On our past trip, it was just swapping days & times around to fit our plans better. The only restaurant we dropped was Tony's because it had so many negative reviews, but now I wish we would've given it a chance (there will be more trips!). We swapped it for Grand Floridian Cafe which we loved, so it was still win win for us.

The trail was awesome, I didn't realize you could be so close to the tree.

Great trip report so far and I think your pictures are adorable. Love the baby Simba photo. I love AKL, its very relaxing after long days at the parks plus BOMA is my favorite restaurant and an ADR there every year is a must! Looking forward to reading more.

Thank you so much, that made my day. We loved Boma, I hope we'll make it there on future trips even if we don't stay at AKL. Our goal is to stay at the different resorts, so who knows where we will end up next!

I would love to eat at Biergarten some time (my mother's side of the family is German but I'm not much of a fan of German food since I grew up eating so much of it :lmao:). The atmosphere looks like fun!

We watched Illuminations in Dec 2008 at almost the exact same spot you were at (we were to the right of that post). It was awesome watching it from there and loud! It was my youngest two sons' first visit and first day of our trip and all they kept saying was wow!! At the end of the evening, my DS18 kept saying he couldn't believe that Epcot was only one part of WDW. They had an awesome time (except they didn't like MK - only stayed long enough to ride the Mountains and I made them stay to watch the Castle being lit up. Oh well....at least I have grandkids who will enjoy MK when I can take them hopefully in the near future. Funniest thing about our trip was on our last night they discovered the Community Hall at BWV and played ping pong for hours and I almost think that was the highlight of their trip! My DS28 who lives in CA had joined us on this trip and it was fun watching the three brothers have a blast.

Loved your pics at AK! You are both so photogenic and are a beautiful couple :love: Sounds like you are having a great trip!

I have German in both sides of my family, as well as my DH's. I wish we would've tried it sooner! I guess I'm not a sausage or sauerkraut girl, maybe thats why I wasn't interested before? I don't know but I'm glad I changed my mind.

It did end up being a good spot to watch the show, I'll have to remember that for future trips. That is so awesome that you had such an awesome family trip, although I couldn't imagine not liking the MK. Hopefully your grandkids will though :)

dtr_angel
07-13-2011, 06:54 PM
The alarm was set for 4 pm, we got up at 4:30 to start getting ready for the 2nd part of our day. DH got out of bed before me and sat out on the balcony. This guy was the only animal outside.

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We both got showers and prettied up for dinner. Mousekeeping came for turn down but DH told them no, and she gave him a bunch of chocolates anyway, lol. He was excited about it for some reason. After we were ready, we ran up to CL to grab a snack to hold us over until dinner. Yes, we took advantage of our upgrade – CL was awesome. I apparently didn’t note what we ate, or take any pictures – sorry. It was probably pita chips & hummus or dip – that is what seemed to be out at this time of night. DH had Tusker which was an African beer that he really enjoyed.

By 5:45 we were leaving our hotel room to take a bus to AK. Luckily there was a bus unloading and we got right on. After we got to AK, we had to wait a few minutes for a bus. We caught the one that was going to Yacht & Beach, BWI, Swan & Dolphin. We asked the driver which stop we should get off of for Kouzzina, but he had never heard of it surprisingly. There were some people behind us that were nice enough to tell us where it was and how to get there so we chatted to them on our way. They were from NJ and we had a nice chat about Disney dining, of course! We got off at the last stop which was BWI. It was nice seeing the Swan & Dolphin up close. I absolutely love the boardwalk, my dream resort is Yacht or Beach. I’m hoping we are able to stay there on our next trip. The BWI is also very nice, but the clown pool creeps me out. We had a little trouble winding through BWI to get to the boardwalk but found our way. We stopped at the map to see which way to go for Kouzzina, and some guys told us where it was. We were early for our ADR so we weren’t sure how long we were going to have to wait. We looked in the shop next to Kouzzina, I honestly don’t know what it was – it wasn’t the boardwalk bakery, but they had goodies & candy. Before we knew it, our buzzer was going off. We were pretty much seated right away! Our table was right next to the door. Our waitress was nice, her name was Christina. But I felt like she was always away for too long and ignored us. But that could just be me, I feel like because we look so young we are ignored a lot. Don’t get me wrong, she was nice – but our table wasn’t out of the way and I felt like she was being more attentive to her other tables. We ordered our drinks – we both got the MegaBerry Smoothie and water. I’m a sucker for anything that is a good source of omega 3’s!

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It was really good. A while later we got bread & oil. Oh my goodness it was SO good, but maybe we were just hungry. I was also going crazy for carbs in Disney, since I was putting myself on a low carb diet when we got home LOL. It definitely hit the spot, I love bread.

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Later our meals came out. I got the cinnamon chicken, which I was nervous about.

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DH ordered the trio. I would’ve ordered that, if it wasn’t for the burger & the meat in the lasagna LOL. I don’t eat red meat anymore so there were no yummy steaks for me at Disney (don’t worry, there was for DH!)

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Oh my goodness, that cinnamon chicken was AMAZING! I ate every bite. I still think about it sometimes lol. DH loved all 3 dishes on the trio and finished everything as well. And just when we thought we couldn’t eat anymore they brought out the dessert menus LOL. We both ordered the chocolate budino cakes (and a side of antihistamines lol) which is chocolate lava cake and ice cream. Since it was our anniversary she made an announcement that we were celebrating, and brought our desserts out with candles in them. I was definitely not expecting that since I had felt so ignored. She gets a bonus point, haha.

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After dinner we made our way out onto the boardwalk, enjoying the sights and sounds. Have I mentioned how much I love the boardwalk? We both agreed that my parents would love it so I hope we are able to get our trip with them in 2013, and if we do – I hope we can stay at the Yacht or Beach Club Resort. We walked back through BWI to the bus stop to catch a bus to MK. We sat down next to a really nice woman who we talked to for a while and asked us about our day. She had just came back from MK and was on her way to DTD. She told us that space mountain was closed – bummer. I’m not entirely sure how long we waited sine we were busy chatting. We got on the bus and sat in the front, across from some older women (like great grandmas lol) and got to talking about how it was 5/21 and the world hadn’t ended. I had almost forgotten about that. Our pastor the Sunday before had done an entire sermon on how Harold Camping manipulated bible verses to make his “prediction” look true. I can’t believe people have believed him… twice. His next prediction says October of this year. I don’t know how he is going to get anyone to believe him when that falls through too. But anyway…. Once we got to MK our plan was to book it to BTMRR to get a FP. The first parade was getting ready to start so it was nearly impossible to do this. We cut through the Emporium to save time, but people kept getting in our way LOL. Then we were met by more crowds outside of Casey’s. We were trying to cut through Liberty Square to get to Frontierland. It didn’t work out too well. We ended up seeing a line for a meet and greet with Princess Tiana so we decided to get in line. Not long after us they closed the line off. It was 850pm and they told us she would be back at 9. We waited a loooooong time to see them. There was a family in front of us from Ohio so we talked to them for a while. They were actually on their way out of the park to start their drive home, and their DD spotted Tiana and wanted to get in line. I hate waiting a long time, and so does DH but we were both patient. They ended up being SO worth the wait. The prince was absolutely hilarious. Prince Naveen asked my husband his name, and then DH asked him his… then DH said wait, I should know that but sorry, haven’t seen your movie dude LOL. When the PP started to take our first picture, he told us to say ribbit since they are both frogs. After 1…2…and part of 3 he starts shouting “SNOW WHITE….. SNOW WHITE…..” (the parade was passing) and then I think he told her to call him. We both were laughing SO hard it was hilarious. My DH asked him if Snow White was pretty and he said yes, but she was no “Minnie the Mouse” I can’t remember exactly what else we talked about, but he was funny. Tiana was a good one, she looked just like her and was very pretty. She didn’t say much though. She called me “suga” haha. When Prince Naveen was yelling for Snow White, I asked her how that made her feel and she just laughed. I have to stop using therapeutic communication all the time LOL.

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So finally after waiting we were on our way to check out the space mountain situation – it was closed. We stopped at Auntie Gravity’s and split a smoothie – we had the tropical and it was really good. Then we headed over to BTMRR. Standby was 20 minutes, but DH didn’t want to wait so we grabbed a FP for 10:40-11:40. I stopped and talked to my dad for a minute on the phone, and then we headed to Adventureland and walked right on. We then went to get in line for HM to kill some time before we could ride BTMRR. HM is usually a walk on. For some reason the lines were NOT moving, and it said a 10 minute wait but it definitely didn’t look like that. To make matters better, someone had thrown up in line and they had to close off one side. After waiting a few minutes and realizing this wasn’t going to be a walk on, we decided to climb out of line. Of course after I get back I find out that it had been re-vamped since our last visit and we probably should of rode it. Oh well. Then it was time to use our FP for BTMRR. The standby still said it was only a 20 minute wait, but the line was so long that It couldn’t have been right. After we rode, we decided to head back to Tomorrowland and get a cream cheese stuffed pretzel. The Lunching Pad was closed so I didn’t get one. We were tired so it was time to make our way to the exit. We only waited about 5 minutes for a bus, and were on our way by 11:25pm. By midnight we were back at Jambo House and getting ready for bed. We had a busy day ahead – it would be our first visit to a Disney water park! We had a bunch of photopass pictures taken with various views of the castle in the background, but I’m not a fan of them. Why didn’t anyone tell me those shorts were that short and tight? LOL. Here’s one I do like though, or at least it’s not too bad.

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Up next – a Sunday super scorcher at Blizzard Beach!

Lifelong_Dreamer
07-13-2011, 08:15 PM
:laughing: Therapeutic Communication. I took that class this past winter, I hated it! Nothing like having to record yourself and a friend acting out scenarios using "therapeutic communication" and getting marked on how genuine you are. :rolleyes:

Prince Naveen sounds hilarious!

dtr_angel
07-14-2011, 11:08 AM
:laughing: Therapeutic Communication. I took that class this past winter, I hated it! Nothing like having to record yourself and a friend acting out scenarios using "therapeutic communication" and getting marked on how genuine you are. :rolleyes:

Prince Naveen sounds hilarious!

LOL. We totally had to do that in 1st semester psych with the recorders. There was definitely lots of laughter. I got sick of learning about therapeutic communication, but crazy how it creeps up when you least expect it haha. He was so funny. I'm so bummed we didn't get to meet Rapunzel & Flynn Rider - I bet he was funny too.

kmaria
07-14-2011, 07:51 PM
Great updates! I'm finally all caught up. I must say I LOVE the green shirt that you wore on the Epcot day, & the fact that you both wore green and matched haha. And major props for eating so healthy (never mind the chocolate dome and milk shake) at Disney World. Seriously. I struggle to do that on a daily basis at home and on vacation there is no way I will be getting healthy apple slices on my honeymoon... unless they are covered in caramel. :) I should try to adopt those habits...

mtgirl29
07-26-2011, 01:43 PM
It has been crazy this summer and I am having a hard time keep up with everyone's TR.
I loved the pics of all the animals on the safari in AK. It looks like you guys got up close and personal. :thumbsup2 Your food pics are great, as always. I was wondering how the new restaurant by Cat Cora was and it looks great. The food looked delish!
Cannot wait to read more! popcorn::

natebenma
07-27-2011, 06:21 AM
I missed your updates while I was away!!! ACK!!!

Good for you for getting up early and making rope drop. Those first two hours in the parks make all the difference!

Glad you found and enjoyed the secret trail. Isn't it tranquil???

You have some incredible photopass pictures- I love that new fern-y background.

I'm glad you tried Tamu-Tamu, too. The food is yummy and the seating is pleasant, even though it is outside.

Do you bring along moleskin when you travel. You can put it onto blisters when they start to form and it really helps.

I am so jealous of your meal at Kouzzina. I so want to eat there! Greek food is my favorite! The cinnamon chicken sounds wonderful. There is a recipe for it kicking around the DIS. I may need to find it and make it!

The picture of the two of you with the desserts at the table is amazing! What a great shot of you two!

Thanks for the description of your Princess and the Frog interaction. Sounds like a blast! I bet they love the change of pace of interacting with adults once and awhile.

It is great to hear that your dream resort is Yacht & Beach. :love: Let me know if you ever need any info, or better still, join our thread- what a friendly caring group of people!

dtr_angel
07-30-2011, 10:44 PM
I promise I will update soon.... so much has happened in our personal life and I've let it all get to me so I'm really sorry for that. Right now I am in the middle of crazy side effects on my 2nd month of fertility drugs and I'm so cranky I can't even stand to be around myself haha. I work 2nd shift the next 2 nights but hopefully Tuesday I'll have an update ready! Thanks for those of you still sticking it out with me. I really hope to finish my TR before I start school on the 22nd. Then I can start my PTR for my January 2013 trip! :cool1: (Dee we are hoping for Yacht or Beach for that trip!)

dtr_angel
08-02-2011, 07:55 PM
We last left on Day 3 with a yummy dinner at Kouzzina on the Boardwalk, and an evening at the Magic Kingdom.
Sunday 5/22/11
The alarm was set at 8am, and surprisingly I was up at 8:05 so I only snoozed once. This is impressive for me. By 830 we headed up to CL to grab some breakfast which I don’t have any pictures of. We had about the same thing every morning – a ton of yummy fresh fruit & pastries, DH had his coffee fix and I had some pineapple juice. I definitely overdosed on pineapple at Disney! After breakfast on the CL it was back to our room to get ready for our day. We were at the bus stop by 9:45 and only waited for a few minutes for a bus. What was our destination?
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Blizzard Beach! We were super excited since this would be our first visit to a Disney water park. I LOVE water parks. Since today was predicted to be the hottest day of our trip at 96 degrees it was the perfect day for it.
At exactly 10 am we were at Blizzard Beach which is when they open. There was a long line at the ticket counter, so we headed over to a kiosk since we just needed one day passes. We didn’t bring a credit card, just our KTTW card that had charging privileges so we weren’t sure we were going to be able to use it to buy tickets from the kiosk to save time. DH tried to find a CM to answer the question, and I hopped in line to start waiting in case we had to get our tickets there. After waiting a few minutes DH was able to find someone who said it would work so I hopped out of line and we bought our 1 day passes. After we went through the turn stiles (is that what they are called?) we were finally there – it was so exciting!!! We stopped in the Beach Haus to rent a locker. It was $13 for a small locker - $8 for the rental, and $5 for the deposit. Then we headed over to the lockers to put our bag in there. We put sunscreen on before we left the hotel room so we were pretty much ready to go. DH wore a pair of trunks that had cargo pockets so we stuck our disposable water proof camera and locker key in there. We weren’t sure what to do about sunglasses or our flip flops. It was really sunny so the sunglasses helped, and the ground was hot so we felt like we needed the flip flops. We decided to take both and see how it went. We got in line for the chair life to head to Mt. Gushmore. DH wanted to go down Summit Plummit so I told him we should do that first because later in the day the wait would probably take longer.
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Once we got on Mt Gushmore I realized the only way down was on Summit Plummit, the Slush Gusher, or teamboat springs. Since we obviously didn’t think this thing out we decided to head onto teamboat springs first. That was probably my favorite ride! We had to wait since there were only 2 of us but luckily it didn’t take long. I believe the wait time said either 15 or 20 minutes but it was easily a walk on at that point. After that we headed back to the locker to drop off our flip flops and sunglasses. The wait for the chair lift was long so we just decided it would be easier to walk up Mt. Gushmore since we spotted some steps while on the chair lift. What a workout! But it was much quicker. Even though I had no intentions of going down Summit Plummit AT ALL somehow I changed my mind and told DH if we didn’t do it now, I was going to talk myself out of it. The wait was about 30 minutes, maybe less. It seemed like forever.
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Those steps were so far up – you could see the top of just about everything in Disney which was cool but didn’t help me haha. What also didn’t help was that right behind us in line was a teenage girl and guy. The girl was obviously scared and the guy kept saying things like you are going to fall off and die – you know annoying things like that. I made DH go first to make sure he lived to tell the story before I took the plunge. I tried not to look down at the slide from the top. As I sat in the water, the CM working told me to move closer and I was like “I don’t want to!” I honestly don’t remember if I crossed my arms and legs or not. My heart is racing right now just thinking about it! I definitely screamed all the way down. All I can remember feeling was a) the worst wedgie I had ever had in my entire life and b) pain. It actually hurt my back going down the slide. So I finally stopped and when I got up I definitely had the worst wedgie of my life – oh my goodness! That was not fun trying to graceful fix that while a bunch of people mostly little boys are standing around! I didn’t know until after we were home that somewhere it shows you how fast you were going – darn. I waited for the girl behind us to go down since I knew she was scared too to make sure she made it okay. She said the same thing as me – it hurt her back. Maybe it was because we were tiny? I don’t know. DH didn’t have any problems. I was glad I had the guts to do it, but I definitely didn’t want to do it again LOL. We decided to walk back up Mt. Gushmore and do the Slush Gusher and finish out the green slope before moving on to another area of the park. Here is the view from the top of the Slush Gusher (DH wishes he would’ve gotten a picture of me at the top of Summit Plummit or going down it since most people wouldn’t believe that I did it)
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The slush gusher was a similar experience for me to the Summit Plummit slide… it wasn’t a straight drop, it had bumps. I did have time to remember to cross my arms and feet this time for sure. It definitely hurt my back and I definitely had a terrible wedgie again. I definitely got air on that last bump and flew which again was painful. They were both fun though, I just only needed to go down once!
After that we decided to go over to the donut shack and get some mini donuts for a snack. The little hut was just opening so we had to wait a few minutes for him to finish making them. We just got plain donuts, it was $3.69 for a half dozen and we shared a bottled water. We had barely used any snack credits by this point so I was bummed that we couldn’t use the DDP snack credits. The donuts were so hot & fresh! Some pixie dust – there were 7 in there! I could totally go for some of them right now, they were so warm & gooey!
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After our snack we decided to climb up Mt. Gushmore one more time to go down Teamboat Springs since I liked it so much. I think the wait was posted at 30 minutes but it moved pretty fast and was maybe 10. We had to wait to join another party since there was only 2 of us.

After that slide we were officially done with the green slope and headed over to the purple slope. We went for the downhill double dipper first. The wait said 30 minutes but I feel like we definitely waited longer than that and I was getting SO impatient! There was a recording that kept coming on that repeated itself. There are 17 seconds in between announcements LOL. It seemed like waiting for a tube to come up is what was backing everything up.
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Then after getting the tube, there was still more waiting to do. DH and I went down at the same time and raced. I won, but I don’t remember by how much. It was fun but the wait was too long and annoying. Then we decided to stay on the purple slope so we headed up to the Snow Stormers…which was honestly organized chaos at best. You go down head first on a purple mat. It was a long slide. The whole time I kept thinking “I am going head first into a body of water” LOL. After that we decided against the toboggan racers. It’s an 8 lane toboggan slide, similar to the Snow Stormers. Then it was over to the red slope to go down the run off rapids. There are 3 slides either opened or closed. You pick up your tube at the bottom – either a single or a double and carry it up a long set of steep steps. There was practically no wait here and we figured it was because it scared off the lazy people LOL. First we went down the open slide on a double raft together. Then we got single tubes and went down the open/closed slide separately. It was a lot of fun. Then we headed on the lazy river for a while.
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I absolutely love lazy rivers! It was however hard not to get separated. I always ended up ahead of DH lol. I think we made it all the way around the park at least once. We had looked at a map before getting on the lazy river to see which “exit” we should take to go to the Lottawalla Lodge for lunch. We had checked out the menus and the Lottawalla Lodge seemed to have the best variety. It was 2pm when we got off the lazy river for lunch. Since we paid $100 for tickets for the day, we decided to stay until they closed at 5 to get the most for our money.
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We waited around 10 minutes to order our food. I like that the kids meals come in a bucket, that is so cute! I didn’t want anything too heavy since we were swimming so I got the chicken wrap with apples, a bottled water and chocolate cake for dessert. DH got the pepperoni pizza, bottled water and a giant chocolate chip cookie. There were a good many tables open, but none of them in the shade or with an umbrella. We finally found a table with an umbrella after waiting a few minutes. We took our time enjoying our meal, and then headed back to the lazy river for a while. I think we circled the park twice before getting out. Once again we headed up Mt. Gushmore and went down teamboat springs. I really liked that slide! We had pretty much done everything in the park by lunch time. The only area we didn’t do was the Ski Patrol training camp (for pre teens) and Tikes Peak which was for kids. It looked like fun though! I really wanted to go across that zip line. I can’t wait until we have kids so we can play in those areas LOL. Although I told DH, the water park would probably be better for when our kids were older and able to go down slides. If we had to stay at the kid area all day, we’d be better off saving our money and just using the resort pool. After our last trip down teamboat springs, we headed to the wave pool to finish out our day. I love wave pools too! When I was younger we used to go to Busch Gardens/Water Country USA in Williamsburg, VA. I loved the time we spent at Water Country on all the slides and in the giant wave pool. DH and I were able to secure 2 intertubes eventually and had fun floating on the waves. Here are a few pictures from the wave pool (aka Meltaway Bay)
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At about 4:45 we decided to make our way out of Meltaway Bay and say goodbye (actually c-ya later) to Blizzard Beach and beat some of the crowd waiting for the park to close at 5. We grabbed our stuff out of our locker and turned in our key to get our deposit back. A bus showed up right away and took us back to AKL. We headed up to CL to grab some snacks
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DH loved that Tusker beer.
This guy was outside our window
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We were beat from being in the hot sun all day, so at 530 we decided to lay down for an hour and rest. We had an 8pm ADR at the Grand Floridian Café and the Magic Kingdom was open until 3 am!

dtr_angel
08-02-2011, 08:09 PM
Great updates! I'm finally all caught up. I must say I LOVE the green shirt that you wore on the Epcot day, & the fact that you both wore green and matched haha. And major props for eating so healthy (never mind the chocolate dome and milk shake) at Disney World. Seriously. I struggle to do that on a daily basis at home and on vacation there is no way I will be getting healthy apple slices on my honeymoon... unless they are covered in caramel. :) I should try to adopt those habits...

Thank you! I've gotten lucky and been able to pick up a lot of Disney tees for DH & I super cheap. I believe that one came from Sears, I know I paid less than $5 for it! I'm not going to lie, I did coordinate DH & I's outfits every day we were at Disney LOL. I wouldn't say we ate super healthy in Disney but I tried to avoid the fries and get apples at the CS restaurants. I have been sans gall bladder for almost 3 years so greasy fried food can really get to me sometimes if I am not careful. I didn't want to feel sick & miserable at Disney! I guess you get used to making healthier choices when you have been doing it for a while, but for me it's more about not feeling sick LOL.

It has been crazy this summer and I am having a hard time keep up with everyone's TR.
I loved the pics of all the animals on the safari in AK. It looks like you guys got up close and personal. :thumbsup2 Your food pics are great, as always. I was wondering how the new restaurant by Cat Cora was and it looks great. The food looked delish!
Cannot wait to read more! popcorn::

I know what you mean! I thought I would have all kind of time to keep reading the Dis every day and updating my TR but obviously that isn't going so well for me. I am so behind on all my TR! I definitely recommend Kouzzina, the food was amazing!!!

I missed your updates while I was away!!! ACK!!!

Good for you for getting up early and making rope drop. Those first two hours in the parks make all the difference!

Glad you found and enjoyed the secret trail. Isn't it tranquil???

You have some incredible photopass pictures- I love that new fern-y background.

I'm glad you tried Tamu-Tamu, too. The food is yummy and the seating is pleasant, even though it is outside.

Do you bring along moleskin when you travel. You can put it onto blisters when they start to form and it really helps.

I am so jealous of your meal at Kouzzina. I so want to eat there! Greek food is my favorite! The cinnamon chicken sounds wonderful. There is a recipe for it kicking around the DIS. I may need to find it and make it!

The picture of the two of you with the desserts at the table is amazing! What a great shot of you two!

Thanks for the description of your Princess and the Frog interaction. Sounds like a blast! I bet they love the change of pace of interacting with adults once and awhile.

It is great to hear that your dream resort is Yacht & Beach. :love: Let me know if you ever need any info, or better still, join our thread- what a friendly caring group of people!

We definitely like the morning EMH. Those first 2 hours do make all the difference! Yes, thanks for the tip - we really liked the trail. I was also glad they added some new backgrounds to the photopass pictures. We did really like Tamu Tamu and I think we will eat there again. I like being able to get a milkshake it really hit the spot in the heat! I have used moleskin before and I should've brought some with me as this happened on our honeymoon. You should definitely convince your family to try Kouzzina on your next trip - especially since it is right on the boardwalk, that is so convenient to your favorite resort! I need to try to find that recipe that chicken was so good. I am definitely dreaming of staying at the Yacht & Beach on our next trip, I hope we can make it happen. I will be joining the thread when it gets closer and I'm sure I'll be hitting you up for advice!!! I can't wait to hear about your trip, I'm so far behind!!

Lifelong_Dreamer
08-02-2011, 08:26 PM
Wow, you are brave, I would never have the guts to go on Summit Plummet, because of the drop and the wedgie! :laughing:

IheartDDuck
08-02-2011, 10:10 PM
I haven't been on Summit Plummet in quite a few years. The memory of the giant wedgie still lingers......:rotfl2:

natebenma
08-03-2011, 11:50 AM
I am so jealous of your meal at Kouzzina. I so want to eat there! Greek food is my favorite! The cinnamon chicken sounds wonderful. There is a recipe for it kicking around the DIS. I may need to find it and make it!



As promised- I found the recipe for the Cinnamon Stewed Chicken. I haven't made it yet, but when I do, I will report back!

http://www.magicalmountain.net/WDWDining/disney-recipes-detail.aspx?RecipeID=292

natebenma
08-03-2011, 11:59 AM
What a fantastic day you had a Blizzard Beach!

Good for you for braving Summit Plummet /\ \/ !!! I don't like body slides, for the reasons you indicated. Major wedgies, back pain and I don't like the water gushing in my face.

Love the tube slides though and I agree with you- Teamboat Springs family ride is AWESOME!!!

Haven't tried the donuts either, but I hear they are divine!

Were there many photopass photographers out and about?

Nice that you could head back for a quick concierge snack when you were done.

natebenma
08-03-2011, 12:01 PM
Oh, and I had major guilt that you stopped by my report and I didn't have the chapter links up yet!

:guilty:

I added those this morning.

PixieMama
08-03-2011, 03:07 PM
A friend of mine just returned from their WDW trip last month... they decided to try the water parks for the 1st time. Her DH said Summit Plummit was like getting a wedgie and an enema at the same time! :lmao:

Sounds like a great day. I haven't been to a water park since I was a kid... same for my DH. And our kids have never been to one. Maybe we'll have to add the water park option next time we go!

kmaria
08-04-2011, 08:32 PM
Great shots! I looooove lazy rivers!! I can't wait to float around in that one.

& You are very brave for taking on the slides. I am brave enough for the shallowest part of the wave pool and the lazy river and that's about it for the water parks haha... I am looking forward to going on some of the "tamer" water rides though. I've never been on them before, not even Kali River Rapids in AK.

And to respond to your response from my last comment, I understand the gallbladder situation! My fiance's mom had hers out and had a really hard time for a few years. I'm sorry you have to go through that! That is a great deal on the shirts too, I'm going to have to check out sears every now and then! I sometimes find some cute seasonal Disney shirts at Target, and they can be really cheap once they banish them to the clearance racks too. Love a bargain! I'm sure I will make my fiance match me at least a few days in disney too :thumbsup2

dtr_angel
08-06-2011, 11:11 AM
Wow, you are brave, I would never have the guts to go on Summit Plummet, because of the drop and the wedgie! :laughing:
I still can't believe that I did it sometimes!

I haven't been on Summit Plummet in quite a few years. The memory of the giant wedgie still lingers......:rotfl2:
Funny how talk of the worst wedgie EVER isn't all over the Dis. I don't know if I would've done it had I known that LOL.

As promised- I found the recipe for the Cinnamon Stewed Chicken. I haven't made it yet, but when I do, I will report back!

http://www.magicalmountain.net/WDWDining/disney-recipes-detail.aspx?RecipeID=292
Ooh thanks!!! I'll have to surprise DH and make it one night - maybe for his birthday this month. If I do make it I'll let you know how it turns out!

What a fantastic day you had a Blizzard Beach!

Good for you for braving Summit Plummet /\ \/ !!! I don't like body slides, for the reasons you indicated. Major wedgies, back pain and I don't like the water gushing in my face.

Love the tube slides though and I agree with you- Teamboat Springs family ride is AWESOME!!!

Haven't tried the donuts either, but I hear they are divine!

Were there many photopass photographers out and about?

Nice that you could head back for a quick concierge snack when you were done.
I think the selling point for me was that it didn't end in a deep pool of water. I don't know why but I don't like that after a body slide. I'm not entirely sure I'd ever do it again but hey, I did it once! I do love tube slides, I wish there were more of them. We'll have to check out Typhoon Lagoon because I think they have more than one there. The donuts were top notch, I recommend them. It's sad you can only get them at the water parks! We didn't see any photopass photographers at Blizzard Beach at all unfortunately. I was hoping to find at least one! We saw Goofy in his scuba gear but even he didn't have a photo pass photographer with him. The CL was definitely nice to come home to. When we were there I kept saying how I would never pay that much extra for those snacks (breakfast is really the only meal you can make out of the food at CL) and for the little snacks & drinks we got, I honestly don't think it's worth it. But now that I'm thinking about it... it was really nice so I think it may have spoiled us (just like when we accidentally decided to stay at WL now we might be deluxe snobs!) so I don't know. I don't think DH would go for it. If we did it, I'd probably not do the DP and plan to spend more time around the resort. I think the CL at AKL looks like it was one of the nicer ones. Oh and African Smoothie :love:

Oh, and I had major guilt that you stopped by my report and I didn't have the chapter links up yet!

:guilty:

I added those this morning.
no problem!! I plan to fully catch up this weekend.

A friend of mine just returned from their WDW trip last month... they decided to try the water parks for the 1st time. Her DH said Summit Plummit was like getting a wedgie and an enema at the same time! :lmao:

Sounds like a great day. I haven't been to a water park since I was a kid... same for my DH. And our kids have never been to one. Maybe we'll have to add the water park option next time we go!

Haha wedgie & enema - I can definitely see that! I'm glad we finally took the time to go to a water park, it was really nice especially this time of year. It would be a nice treat for the kids too!

Great shots! I looooove lazy rivers!! I can't wait to float around in that one.

& You are very brave for taking on the slides. I am brave enough for the shallowest part of the wave pool and the lazy river and that's about it for the water parks haha... I am looking forward to going on some of the "tamer" water rides though. I've never been on them before, not even Kali River Rapids in AK.

And to respond to your response from my last comment, I understand the gallbladder situation! My fiance's mom had hers out and had a really hard time for a few years. I'm sorry you have to go through that! That is a great deal on the shirts too, I'm going to have to check out sears every now and then! I sometimes find some cute seasonal Disney shirts at Target, and they can be really cheap once they banish them to the clearance racks too. Love a bargain! I'm sure I will make my fiance match me at least a few days in disney too :thumbsup2

I love lazy rivers too. I still can't believe I went down Summit Plummit LOL. This trip was actually the first time we went on Kali River Rapids at AK. It was definitely a trip of firsts for us even though it was our 4th trip together. I'm a good bargain shopper so I always pick up Disney shirts for DH & I when I can find them for a good deal. It's harder to find shirts for DH, his came from clearance sales on the Disney store online and one or two of them we got at Walmart for less than $10. It's easier to find shirts for me (and kids if I needed them - I can't wait!) I'm not a fan of Hot Topic normally, but when they run good clearance sales online I buy some of them from there. Walmart has also been carrying a lot of juniors Disney tees for $5 or $6.

dtr_angel
08-06-2011, 11:55 AM
After our exciting day at Blizzard Beach, we decided to nap for an hour at 530pm. I set the alarm for 6:30 for our 8pm ADR at the Grand Floridian. I didn’t get up until 6:55pm to shower and get ready for dinner. DH was REALLY cranky about this and he was really getting on my nerves because he thought we were going to be late. There were baby giraffes and lots of other animals outside of our window! Apparently I don’t have any pictures of them though since my DH must’ve been cranky about me napping too long and then not hurrying LOL. We left the hotel room at 7:15 so I’m guessing I looked a hot mess since I didn’t straighten my hair (sorry the photopass pictures are going to be horrible then!) We waited for a bus to the Magic Kingdom and I called my parents to kill time. Then we booked it to grab the next monorail to the Grand Floridian. We checked in at 7:59 so that’s an “in your face” to my DH haha. We waited in the lobby for what seemed like FOREVER! Our buzzer didn’t go off until about 8:25, and there were a lot of empty tables so I don’t know what that was about. The guy who sat us was very nice and was asking us about our day at Blizzard Beach and whether or not we went down Summit Plummit – oh check that out I can say YES! Our waiter was super awesome. His name was Brandon and I was super excited because he was from Salisbury, MD (it’s on the eastern shore by Ocean City, MD/Delaware) and that is where one of my brothers goes to school. He had just moved down to FL and was going to college there. What’s funny is he had a brother that just graduated from FSU which is about 15 minutes from where we live, where DH and I went to school. Small world! Anyway, having an awesome waiter makes the dinner so much better and it made me forget about waiting for about a half hour just to get seated. We were SO hungry by that point too. We both ordered ice teas to drink and they brought us a basket of bread. Before long our meals were out to us.
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My options were limited since I don’t eat beef & pork. I got the roasted half chicken and it was really good. I wish I would’ve had a steak though haha. I like beef, and my reasons for not eating beef & pork for the past few months is pretty bogus.
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DH had the NY strip steak and loved it. He loves steaks too, and before we left was trying to decide where he was going to have his steak dinner of the vacation because he didn’t want to have steak every night. He just wanted one good one. On our honeymoon he ended up eating ribs like 3 times so he didn’t want that to happen again.
For dessert I had my heart set on the sampler, but it was for 2. DH didn’t want the sampler, I think he had his eye on the chocolate fondue or the chocolate mousse cake. He doesn’t like cheesecake so I guess the sampler didn’t appeal to him. I don’t think he likes Key Lime either. Before we ordered, our waiter brought over a sampler to show us so I think it was over for DH at that point, we ordered it.
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He wasn’t disappointed. I had the cheesecake all to myself, but we split everything else. Those desserts were so good! The chocolate mousse and the tiramisu were my favorites.
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As you can tell, we demolished everything. DH thought it was funny to do this to poor Mickey.
After dinner it was time to head over to the Magic Kingdom since they were having extra magic hours – until 2 am I believe. We just missed getting on the monorail blue again, but picked up monorail orange right after that. The bag check lines were really short. That’s a good sign! We tried to go on the second level of the MK railroad station but then changed our minds and decided to go grab a FP for Space Mountain if we could. We got stuck in front of Casey’s so we ended up watching “The Magic, the Memories, and You”. I think the images on the castle are REALLY cool.
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I didn’t have much luck with pictures turning out, so we took a video. Then since we were already there, we decided to watch Wishes since we had a decent spot. After Wishes, we headed to tomorrowland to get a FP for Space Mountain. I didn’t make a note, but I’m sure this wasn’t an easy task. Standby for SM was 30 minutes then jumped to 40 while we were standing there and there were no FP available. I decided now would be a good time to grab a cream cheese stuffed pretzel from the Lunching Pad but they were closed. We walked back towards the castle and “The Magic, the Memories, and You” was playing again. We decided to get a good spot for MSEP so we could take pictures and video. The railroad station (what do you call that, it’s left my mind right now) was roped off but there were a few people up there we we went up and got a seat. While we were waiting for the 11pm MSEP I recalled the day for my trip journal. DH went down to the popcorn stand and grabbed us a bottle of water.
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Pictures from our spot in the front of the park.
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I love that cupcake on the back! Just a few pictures of MSEP since I’m sure you’ve all seen it, or seen pictures of it. I’m not a good photographer. I absolutely LOVE the end of MSEP with all the patriotic floats if I haven’t already mentioned that.
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Especially since it was Armed Forces Day while we were there. I don’t think DH even got me a card, oh well. After the parade we sat for a while and waited for the crowds to thin. Then he headed to the Main St. Bakery for some snacks. DH and I got into an argument so we were giving each other the silent treatment for a while.
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We used some snack credits and got a chocolate croissant and a giant cookie to share. We were also tired so that didn’t help our moods either. We headed back to Tomorrowland in hopes to ride SM or score a FP. It was 12:07am and we grabbed a FP for 12:40-1:40. What were we going to do for a half hour? How were we going to stay awake? Haha. We headed to Fantasyland to ride the Pooh ride. DH & I are huge fans of Winnie the Pooh & Friends and DH has a soft spot for Pooh bear. Am I lucky to have a great DH or what? I don’t think anyone else I could’ve married would’ve put up with me & my Disney/Disney World obsession. Anyway, the wait said 20 minutes but it didn’t take that long. I like the new Pooh ride. The ride itself is the same, but I really like the wait queue and the looks of the outside of ride now. Then we still had some time to waste so we headed over to SM and sat and watched the clock and waited for it to be 12:40
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Definitely not a great picture but hey we finally found where you could see them at this time!
We stopped on Main St and got some photopass pictures taken and then we were out. Here are a few of the photopass pictures from the evening.
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I have written down that we were back at the hotel around 230am but surely I meant 130am? Either way, it’s a good thing we planned to have Monday be our “sleep in day” What did we have planned? Stay tuned to find out!

bouncycat
08-06-2011, 12:04 PM
Great updates!!! Love the sampler pics of the dessert!! Those are my weakness!! LOL Glad you had fun at the water park, sounds like the trip has gotten better, since the check in snafu!!

PixieMama
08-06-2011, 09:53 PM
Mmmmm, your dinner and desserts looks yummy! I've never been inside the GF... I bet it's gorgeous. I'd love to see that resort all decked out for Christmas!

You had a great view for MSEP... and I love your Mickey tee!

natebenma
08-07-2011, 05:31 AM
You had a nice busy eventful day! Looks like a fantastically prepared meal at GF- I am all about sampling as much as possible, so I would have loved that dessert too.

It looks like you had some excellent positions to watch the shows at MK. I like the pictures you shared of the parade. We never stick around and watch the parades, so I always appreciate seeing photos.

Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for the next day.

dtr_angel
08-07-2011, 03:11 PM
Since we had planned on staying out so late at the Magic Kingdom we had planned Monday morning as a “sleep in” day and had some fun stops planned. We set the alarm for 10 am, but surprisingly were up before the alarm around 945 am. We headed up to CL to grab some breakfast. Since we weren’t in a hurry we decided to take it back to our room and eat on our balcony.

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As always, we had fresh fruit & pastries. DH had coffee, and we both had pineapple juice. Mmmm, pineapples! Sadly there were no animals outside to look at while we ate but it was nice to not be in a hurry and relax on the balcony.

After our breakfast we decided to clean up our room haha. We organized the clean vs. dirty clothes and put everything away neatly. After showering and getting ready for the day, we were at the bus stop at 12:20 waiting for a bus to Animal Kingdom. This was one of the few times we had to wait, it was 20 minutes before one showed up. Once at the Animal Kingdom, a bus showed up right away to our real destination.

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Port Orleans French Quarter! We had never been to any of the moderates so I found a sneaky way to check at least one out. I am definitely interested in staying at a moderate, I think we are leaning towards POR. Anyway, we had no idea where we were going but amazingly had no problems finding the food court. We ordered 3 beignets and used a snack credit.

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They are actually warm, powered sugar covered pillows of heaven if you really want to know. So good! We should’ve gotten two orders.

After we finished our snack we headed out of the food court. We didn’t know where we were going, but had no problems finding the boat to Downtown Disney. We were the only ones in line and we’re not entirely sure how long we waited for a boat, but we just missed one. The next one that came in apparently wasn’t going to DD. It was probably about a half hour until we finally boarded a boat to take us to Downtown Disney. We both really liked the feel of POFQ. It seemed quiet and peaceful. I think we both like the theme of POR a little more than the FQ but either one would be fine I’m sure. I like that you can take a boat to DD. Are those villas you pass on the way to DD before you get to Saratoga Springs the Treehouse Villas? Did they used to be called something else? I can remember before my first trip to Disney in 1998 with my family, my brother Ronald and I used to watch that Disney vacation planning tape just about nonstop because we were so excited. When we passed them while on the boat, it reminded me of one of those “home away from home” accommodations I remember seeing on the video so long ago. Anyway…

After we got to DD our first destination was Earl of Sandwich for our late lunch. This was the first time we had been there that it wasn’t super crowded. I guess because it was an off time. It was 2:20pm when we got there.

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We ordered the Hawaiian BBQ without ham and the Caribbean Jerk Chicken sandwiches. We both got iced tea and the most disappointing dessert we had in all of Disney World – cupcakes. So dry and tasteless! We split the sandwiches so we could both try them. They were both SO good. I wish there was an Earl of Sandwich closer than a 16 hour drive haha. I wish all of Disney was close so we could just eat that yummy food whenever we felt like it. We’re actually planning on moving closer, but more on that later…
After we finished our lunch I stopped at the rest room. That is when I realized that WPE was closed for refurbishment. How did I not know that with as much time as I spent all over the Dis before we left? We didn’t have plans to eat there this time so didn’t matter; I just can’t believe I didn’t know.

Then we were off to do a little shopping… the first place we went into was called Fun Finds I believe. It was basically the same Disney merchandise they sell everywhere. All we bought was a baseball that had Donald Duck on it. Every year that we go to Disney DH always has gotten one of those WDW baseballs that had the year on it. He didn’t want the 2011 one this time; he picked out the Donald one instead. We also went into the Christmas store. I try to buy an ornament for our tree every time we come to Disney. This year I bought a Nemo ornament for our tree, and a Dory ornament to give to my parents (our cat is named Nemo and theirs is named Dory). I really wanted to find an AKL ornament but had no luck. I have a Pop Century ornament from one of our stays there. I was hoping to have one for each Disney resort we have stayed at so I also needed a WL ornament. No luck on that either, I guess they don’t make them anymore? We also went into the Art of Disney store. We both love that store but we didn’t buy anything in there. We also checked out Tren-D. We weren’t in there long. I like everything in there, but it’s really expensive. Our last stop was the World of Disney store. We did buy one or two things, but that will have to wait until the end of the TR. I was looking for something I had seen in the Magic Kingdom the day before but of course they didn’t have it. I still can’t believe we didn’t notice all the new Lego creations outside the Lego store. We definitely should’ve spent more time walking around DD!

I miss the Pooh store. I always bought something for my grandparents in there. When I was little my grandmother babysat me when my mom worked sometimes and that is what actually started my Disney obsession at a young age. We always watched Pooh Corner and Dumbo’s Circus. Oh I miss those classic Disney shows! My grandparents remember those days so I always buy them something with Pooh bear on it. Even for Christmas, since they are so hard to buy for I usually try to find something with Pooh on it because they really love the sentiment. Sadly now that my grandparents are aging and not doing so well, they are starting to give some stuff back. A few months ago my mom brought me a snow globe, it’s pretty large and it has Winnie the Pooh & Christopher Robin reading a book which I believe is Pete’s Dragon because the dragon is on there. I was so confused at first, like what the heck is this? It was a snow globe that I had bought my grandfather a number of years ago and then it made sense. His name is Pete so I’m guessing that is why I picked that one out. It will go in the Pooh nursery some day! I’m guessing eventually they are going to give the other snow globes back so if they do then I plan on putting them in the future baby’s nursery too as pleasant reminders of my grandparents. Hopefully they will still be around for a long time to come though!

This was the first time we didn’t stop at Goofy’s and get a yummy treat. We did walk into Ghiradelli’s and thought about getting ice cream, but we were still kind of full and we had so many snack credits to use and since we couldn’t use any there we ended up not getting anything. Now I’m kicking myself for not trying something yummy! By 4:40 we were on a bus headed back to AKL.

After we got to AKL, we headed up to CL to grab something to drink – are you noticing a trend? It wasn’t quite 5 yet so there were no appetizers out. But I wouldn’t have missed an opportunity to have some African Smoothie. We headed back to our room and I talked to my dad and one of my brothers. We walked out on the balcony for a few minutes. This is the only guy that was out…

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After 5:00 we headed back up to CL to grab a snack. I had called my mom earlier when I talked to my dad and she had called me back so I talked to her for a minute. Then it was time to change our clothes and head to our next destination. Where were we going? It was the evening of our 5th day in Disney and we still hadn’t been to Hollywood Studios. Were we finally going to visit HS? Stay tuned to find out!

dtr_angel
08-07-2011, 03:21 PM
Great updates!!! Love the sampler pics of the dessert!! Those are my weakness!! LOL Glad you had fun at the water park, sounds like the trip has gotten better, since the check in snafu!!

dessert is my weakness too! I think the check in snafu was forgotten by this point thank goodness.

Mmmmm, your dinner and desserts looks yummy! I've never been inside the GF... I bet it's gorgeous. I'd love to see that resort all decked out for Christmas!

You had a great view for MSEP... and I love your Mickey tee!

It was really good. I love the GF. We had been in there twice before - once for a photo session on our honeymoon, and once to eat breakfast at 1900 Park Fare. Going inside that hotel is dangerous, it will make you want to stay there it is SO gorgeous. It makes me feel like a princess. I would love to see anything at Disney dressed up for Christmas, I've never been in the winter.

You had a nice busy eventful day! Looks like a fantastically prepared meal at GF- I am all about sampling as much as possible, so I would have loved that dessert too.

It looks like you had some excellent positions to watch the shows at MK. I like the pictures you shared of the parade. We never stick around and watch the parades, so I always appreciate seeing photos.

Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for the next day.

I wish more restaurants had samplers - like the entree sampler at Kouzzina and the dessert sampler at Grand Floridian Cafe. When you are only eating there once or twice ever, it would be nice to try more than one thing! The only other place I can think of that had a sampler was our dinner at Akershus in Norway. That is how I got hooked on school bread! Maybe we had a sampler somewhere else but that is the only one I can think of.

That is my favorite spot to watch the parades from at night at the MK but its not always easy to get a spot there. I can definitely appreciate your park touring strategy now (it's only taken 4 trips hah) of getting there super early and hitting the hay early at night to rest up for the next day.

PixieMama
08-07-2011, 06:25 PM
Your trip report is probably the closest to CL at AKL (or any Deluxe, for that matter) I'll ever get, so I am loving all the pics of the food!

I'll get a chance to go to Downtown Disney during my trip next month... have never been there before! I've heard good things about EofS, and your sandwiches look yummy! Bummer about the cupcakes, though.

dtr_angel
08-10-2011, 09:17 PM
After we changed our clothes we headed to the bus stop. It was 5:45pm at this point. We had a 6:25 ADR for Mama Melrose at Hollywood Studios to get to! Once we got to DHS and got in, I stopped for a map and a times guide since it was our first time at the park this trip. I didn’t write it down, but I am fairly positive DH was grumpy since we were cutting it close for time. I wanted to stop to have some photopass pictures taken before dinner while it was still daylight out.

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We made our way to Mama Melrose’s… I don’t know if it was the quickest way but it was crowded, we were impatient and in a hurry. We ended up going past Sounds Dangerous, Indiana Jones, and Star Tours. Finally there it was. We checked in right before our ADR time. That lobby was too small for the amount of people that were always waiting for a table. I definitely didn’t like that. Originally we had scheduled Sci Fi for our HS night but ended up changing it to Mama Melrose. After our dinner I wish we would’ve tried Sci Fi instead. We waited a long time for our table. I’m not sure how long but it was definitely a half hour or more. Finally it was our turn. We were seated in the back. Again, I don’t know how long it was but it was a long time before our waitress stopped by to get our drinks. We both ordered frozen cappuccinos and ice water. It took far too long to bring us our drinks. I don’t remember if she brought us bread when she finally brought the drinks, or it was later.

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Mmm bread and oil and a frozen cappuccino! It was yummy. We were definitely annoyed though that everything was taking so long. Our waitress constantly disappeared. Our water never got refilled. There were empty tables in our section so I’m not sure what was going on. There was a mother and er 2 young kids seated behind us not too long after we were seated and it was a looooooooong time before she was visited by a waiter or waitress. In fact, someone accused her of seating herself. Eventually our food came out.

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DH ordered the shrimp campanelle. I remember he was torn between about 2 or 3 choices, but this is one of the dishes that was recommended by our waitress. I ordered the cheese ravioli. DH liked his pasta. My ravioli was good, but it wasn’t like super fancy or special or anything. Since everything was taking so long, we decided to order our desserts to go. We were stuffed full of carbs anyway. I ordered the chocolate canoli cake and DH ordered the pound cake with berries. While we were waiting for our desserts to come out our waitress brought us out 2 tiny little flutes of champagne for our anniversary which I thought was nice.

After our dinner we walked through Pixar Place. The standby wait for Toy Story Mania was 70 minutes and of course the fast passes were long gone. We also stopped by the animation studios but there was nothing going on there and all the characters were long gone. We then walked down Sunset Blvd. and DH got a fast pass for ToT. There are only 2 rides that I will not ride – ToT and RnRC. The standby for ToT was only 20 minutes but DH didn’t want to wait. He doesn’t want to wait for anything that can be fast passed. The return time was for 835-935. We stopped and got some water and then headed into the amphitheatre to get ready for Fantasmic! We had only ever seen it once on our honeymoon so we decided to give it a fair shot this time. We had a spot in about the second row over towards the left hand side. It was only 8:30 so DH went to grab some napkins and forks so that we could eat our desserts while we waited for the show to start.

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The desserts didn’t disappoint!
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Finally it was time for the show to start.

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We stayed and watched as much as we could stand… there was no mention of how wet you get if you are in the first few rows! I was taking pictures and DH was recording it. We had to put the cameras down to keep from them getting too wet. I was not happy. It felt chilly and every time there were images on the water, we were getting wet so it was pretty constant except when there were floats coming by. We both had enough so we ducked out early. I stopped in the empty bathroom to do some damage control on my hair. I’m so glad I spent so much time straightening my hair that night – eye roll.

We headed out of the theatre and DH stopped at ToT to use his FP. I checked out the gift shop but then I got bored. I ended up sitting in front of the ToT gift shop and jotted down some notes in my trip journal. After I got bored again I headed to where the ride lets out and luckily DH was making his way out. As we were making our way out of the ToT gift shop all the masses were making their way out of the amphitheater after Fantasmic. We had planned on staying later at HS since they had EMH and were open until 1 am but we were tired. The wait times for most rides were too long and all the FP were gone for the night. It was barely 10pm which is when the park closed for those not staying at a Disney resort so we decided to call it a night. We had a full day set aside for DHS on Wednesday so we’d just have to make sure we did everything then. We stopped and had a few pictures taken on our way out of the park.

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They didn’t turn out that great, the rest of them have random light spots on them. We didn’t wait a long time for a bus. At first we thought we’d be waiting forever, but then we realized it was overflow from the bus stop next to us going back to Pop Century. We had to stand but we made the first bus to AKL. It was after 10 when we got back to AKL. We didn’t stay up too long we had a busy morning planned at Epcot.

dtr_angel
08-10-2011, 09:25 PM
Your trip report is probably the closest to CL at AKL (or any Deluxe, for that matter) I'll ever get, so I am loving all the pics of the food!

I'll get a chance to go to Downtown Disney during my trip next month... have never been there before! I've heard good things about EofS, and your sandwiches look yummy! Bummer about the cupcakes, though.

I'm fairly positive that this past trip was the only time we'll ever be CL so we took advantage of it.

I highly recommend EoS at DD - we didn't know about it our first trip but it has been a must do for CS ever since we discovered it. I try to get something different every time but this time I couldn't remember what I had before LOL. On the DP you can get anything under $2 for your dessert so it could be chips, or a dessert - I would rather have fruit or one of the yummy looking parfaits but they didn't count.

PixieMama
08-10-2011, 10:00 PM
Bummer about the service at MM. But that was a good idea, taking your desserts to go and then eating them while you wait for F! to start.

Love your Sorcerer Mickey tank!

natebenma
08-11-2011, 06:06 AM
Mmmm- the beignets looked yummy!

Earl of Sandwich- OK, Boston is getting an Earl of Sandwich. But it is kind of a good news/bad news story. The location of the restaurant is a former men's restroom in the Public Gardens. Seriously!!! :scared1:

I love the Photo Pass pictures as you are entering HS! The coordinated shirts and sunglasses- you guys look really cute!

Sorry the meal at Mama Melrose was not better, or quicker. Never thought to order frozen cappucinos as a drink. Brilliant! We had one meal at MM- a Fantasmic package in 2009. We enjoyed our meal, but dinner was like 3:40 or something like that. What a good idea to save your desserts for the Fantasmic wait.

I thought you had scored great seats for Fantasmic. I didn't know there was a splash zone!

natebenma
08-11-2011, 06:16 AM
So, I did make the Cinnamon Stewed Chicken a few nights ago. It was pretty easy and tasty, although I'm sure not as good as it was at Kouzzina.

I took a picture while it was cooking. I wish I had taken a picture when it was plated with orzo and sauteed zucchini (from my garden), but my husband thinks am weird enough taking pictures of food at restaurants.

I think taking pictures of our dinner would send him over the edge.

But I took this before he go home from work! :rotfl:



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Here's a repost of the recipe link: http://www.magicalmountain.net/WDWDining/disney-recipes-detail.aspx?RecipeID=292

pinkxray
08-11-2011, 11:19 PM
Your day at BB sounds very relaxing. I can't believe you made it almost to closing.

We had the same exact experience at MM. I thought someone was going to ask us if we seated ourselves b/c it took quite some time before we saw our waitress although our section wasn't too busy and once we met her we saw that she had been around a few times. We have always waited at least 30 minutes too in that tiny lobby area. I doubt we will go back any time soon.


I love the matching shirts at DHS. How cute:goodvibes

dtr_angel
08-21-2011, 06:38 PM
next update should be up tomorrow. I wanted to finish tonight but my head is killing me. I plan to finish this trip report very soon! Thanks for being patient for those of you that stuck this out with me :)

dtr_angel
08-24-2011, 08:11 PM
Sorry my update did get posted on Monday. I have had terrible headaches for the past few days and I've spent minimal time on the computer since the screen seemed to aggravate it. Each month the side effects of the fertility drugs get worse but I know it will be worth it :cloud9:

The alarm was set for 630 since we wanted to be at Epcot for rope drop at 8. When the alarm went off, I got up and reset it for 7 haha. We finally got up at 7:10. We ran up to the CL lounge to grab breakfast and took it back to our room to eat while we got ready.

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I had fruit & a pastry with pineapple juice as always but this morning also had a bowl of oatmeal. DH had the regular.

We got ready and left the hotel just after 8 – oops, looks like we missed rope drop. We waited a few minutes for a bus and then we were off to Epcot! It was 830 when we made it through the turnstiles. Okay, only 30 minutes behind schedule.

The F&G topiaries were gone! It made me glad we stopped to have pictures taken our first trip to Epcot on the second night, and that we got to see them before they disappeared. We were lucky to see them at all as the F&G festival technically ended before we even arrived at Disney.

W didn’t stop for pictures are we were on a mission… we wanted a FP for Soarin’! When we got there the stand by wait was 30 minutes and the return time was for 10:39-11:39. We grabbed a FP and then headed over to TT to see if we could score a short standby wait. It was 9am exactly at this point so the general public would be making their way into the park. The standby for TT was 20 minutes but immediately jumped to 40. Not happening. There was no wait at Mission Space so we headed over there. We went for the green side. I had done it once before and it was okay, but I’m afraid Orange would make me motion sick or give me a terrible headache so I wanted to play it safe. We were the ONLY people on the green side. We ended up being the only 2 on our flight so we both had to play 2 roles.

We had trouble when we were writing in our trip journal at the end of the night in what order the next few things happened. It shouldn’t change the story any though, but I thought I’d throw that in here.

After Mission Space we decided to head over to the seas with Nemo and Friends.

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We both love this area! Our big love bear’s name is Nemo, and we both love the movie. We decided to ride the Nemo clam mobile ride first. I love the queue for this, you feel like you are on the beach and underwater! There was no wait so I was sad I didn’t get to take any pictures in here since we were booking it on through.

I attempted to take a few pictures, here’s the ones that kinda turned out…

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I had that song stuck in my head, now it’s in there now… gosh I miss Disney World!

After we rode the ride, we headed over to Turtle Talk with Crush. While we waited, we did the quiz. We were about the second party waiting around for the next show. I couldn’t believe the people that were pushing and shoving and being obnoxious to get into the theatre first. I was also annoyed at the number of adults that thought they were too good to keep swimming all the way to the end of the row and stopped where they wanted to sit – in the middle. Why can’t adults follow directions? Anyway, as always it was a cute show. I’m now regretting that we didn’t go upstairs and check out the aquarium some more. Getting a picture in Bruce’s mouth would’ve been impossible. We headed to the gift shop. I wanted to make a name tag for Nemo’s the cat’s collar that had Nemo the fish on it. Unfortunately those machines don’t take the KTTW card and that is all we had carried with us. Next time! We looked around and then headed out. By this time the ice cream carts were finally opened and we were able to grab our first frozen banana!

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It was good, but the banana was too frozen. DH ate most of it, my teeth are really sensitive. We should have gotten a Mickey bar! Do you believe that we have never had Mickey bars in 4 trips to Disney World? That was our first purchase at an ice cream cart. Next trip will be our 5th trip and there will still be lots of firsts to be had, even for veterans like us! While we were eating our frozen banana, we discovered a whole duck family. They were absolutely adorable; I had to snag a picture.

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A mommy duck, a daddy duck, and two babies. So cute!
We headed back over to Test Track, and grabbed a fast pass for after lunch, 12:15 – 1:15.

Then we headed back over to The Land, and cashed in our Soarin’ fast passes. We both love that ride. My favorite part of it is the smells. I wish it was easier to ride, it’s so darn popular!

At this point, it was just before 1130 and we decided to head to the World Showcase. Our bellies were empty, and we were hoping to catch a character meet & greet while we were over that way.

Where did we eat, and what characters did we see? Stay tuned!!

natebenma
08-25-2011, 09:14 AM
Enjoyed your update, but I'm sorry to hear that you are suffering with headaches. I hope you feel better soon!

Not quite rope drop, but not bad. You still beat out the offsite guests.

I LOVE your pictures from Finding Nemo. We haven't been in a few years.

I agree on the frozen bananas. They sound and look much better than they actually are. Mickey bars are always a good call!

Sounds like a fun morning so far, and finding a place to eat is a good problem to have at EPCOT! Hmm, where to go??? My favorite is Tangierine Cafe, but I don't think that is where you go. Let's guess one of the newer places, Via Napoli or the Hacienda in Mexico.

dtr_angel
08-25-2011, 12:50 PM
Bummer about the service at MM. But that was a good idea, taking your desserts to go and then eating them while you wait for F! to start.

Love your Sorcerer Mickey tank!
Saving the desserts ending up being areally good idea. Thanks - I made it myself, it's an iron on transfer. I had an Epcot one too :)

Mmmm- the beignets looked yummy!

Earl of Sandwich- OK, Boston is getting an Earl of Sandwich. But it is kind of a good news/bad news story. The location of the restaurant is a former men's restroom in the Public Gardens. Seriously!!! :scared1:

I love the Photo Pass pictures as you are entering HS! The coordinated shirts and sunglasses- you guys look really cute!

Sorry the meal at Mama Melrose was not better, or quicker. Never thought to order frozen cappucinos as a drink. Brilliant! We had one meal at MM- a Fantasmic package in 2009. We enjoyed our meal, but dinner was like 3:40 or something like that. What a good idea to save your desserts for the Fantasmic wait.

I thought you had scored great seats for Fantasmic. I didn't know there was a splash zone!

The beignets were amazing. It definitely made use want to stay at POFQ so we could have them every day! I remember you telling me about that EoS in Boston. Eww, can't say I'd be racing to eat there LOL. Yeah I'm weird, I coordinate our outfits. We hardly ever get pictures taken together except on a Disney vacation though! I don't know that we'll be in a hurry to go back to Mama Melrose, but I wouldn't say never. There is just a lack of good TS in HS. Beware of the splash zone... I think I am over the whole F! thing lol.

So, I did make the Cinnamon Stewed Chicken a few nights ago. It was pretty easy and tasty, although I'm sure not as good as it was at Kouzzina.

I took a picture while it was cooking. I wish I had taken a picture when it was plated with orzo and sauteed zucchini (from my garden), but my husband thinks am weird enough taking pictures of food at restaurants.

I think taking pictures of our dinner would send him over the edge.

But I took this before he go home from work! :rotfl:



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Here's a repost of the recipe link: http://www.magicalmountain.net/WDWDining/disney-recipes-detail.aspx?RecipeID=292

mmmm that looks so good! Thanks for the picture in the recipe, I definitely want to make it sometime.

Your day at BB sounds very relaxing. I can't believe you made it almost to closing.

We had the same exact experience at MM. I thought someone was going to ask us if we seated ourselves b/c it took quite some time before we saw our waitress although our section wasn't too busy and once we met her we saw that she had been around a few times. We have always waited at least 30 minutes too in that tiny lobby area. I doubt we will go back any time soon.


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I can't believe it either! We barely make it at a park until after lunch LOL. Mama Melrose would've been so much better if the service didn't suck. Thanks! I coordinated most of our outfits LOL.

Enjoyed your update, but I'm sorry to hear that you are suffering with headaches. I hope you feel better soon!

Not quite rope drop, but not bad. You still beat out the offsite guests.

I LOVE your pictures from Finding Nemo. We haven't been in a few years.

I agree on the frozen bananas. They sound and look much better than they actually are. Mickey bars are always a good call!

Sounds like a fun morning so far, and finding a place to eat is a good problem to have at EPCOT! Hmm, where to go??? My favorite is Tangierine Cafe, but I don't think that is where you go. Let's guess one of the newer places, Via Napoli or the Hacienda in Mexico.

Thanks! I've felt a little better since yesterday but now I'm in the eat absolutely everything in site and still be hungry phase. NOW would be the perfect time to be in Disney World, I'd SO get my money's worth haha.

I can't wait to try a Mickey bar on our next trip. They should sell them at the market so you can have a piece of Disney at home.

Tangerine Cafe is in Morocco, right? We have eaten there before, and the place we ended up was somewhere we had never been.

amandaluvsgoofy
08-26-2011, 02:03 PM
Oh my gosh! I just found your TR! :eek: June and July...and August were way too busy. :guilty: Anyway, I'm here now!

Sorry your trip got off to a rocky start, but so glad it got better! And awesome to get CL! :thumbsup2 We stayed CL for our honeymoon in Puerto Rico and I loved it! Would love to plan for CL at Disney someday, but we'll see if DH ever wants to fork up the cash. :rolleyes:

Your outfits are soooo cute! How nice of your DH to agree to coordinate. Mine looks at me like I'm crazy when I mention it, but hopefully he'll feel different when we bring kids!

Reading your TR reminded me on so many things we forgot to do/missed out on this past trip! :sad2: I just hope to get another trip in soon! :wizard:

Can't wait to read more!popcorn::

dtr_angel
09-01-2011, 08:18 PM
Oh my gosh! I just found your TR! :eek: June and July...and August were way too busy. :guilty: Anyway, I'm here now!

Sorry your trip got off to a rocky start, but so glad it got better! And awesome to get CL! :thumbsup2 We stayed CL for our honeymoon in Puerto Rico and I loved it! Would love to plan for CL at Disney someday, but we'll see if DH ever wants to fork up the cash. :rolleyes:

Your outfits are soooo cute! How nice of your DH to agree to coordinate. Mine looks at me like I'm crazy when I mention it, but hopefully he'll feel different when we bring kids!

Reading your TR reminded me on so many things we forgot to do/missed out on this past trip! :sad2: I just hope to get another trip in soon! :wizard:

Can't wait to read more!popcorn::

Trust me, I understand - this summer got away from me! We have been back from Disney for over 3 months, I need to finish this trip report. But really, where has all the time gone?

CL was nice, but I'd never pay for it. Thanks! My DH is very cooperative and would wear anything that I asked him too... hmm, I need to post wedding pictures - that definitely proves it! I'm just blessed to have married a man who loves all things Disney & Disney World as much as I do.

I finally started reading your TR after you posted here, sorry it took me so long I can't believe your trip has come and gone and you've been back for a few weeks!! I can't wait to read your TR.

dtr_angel
09-01-2011, 08:30 PM
For those of you who don't know, I am about to finish nursing school. I am at a 2 year school to get my ADN - Associate degree in Nursing. Once you complete your pre-requisites and get accepted to the program, it's 4 semesters... you graduate and take your boards to become an RN. It's a very competitive and tough program so making it this far really is an accomplishment. I am SO over going to school and just can't wait to be DONE! I have been in college for the better part of the last 10 years. I started college, joined the Air Force where I took classes through the CCAF while on Active Duty, got out and I'm still in school LOL. I had transferred to a 4 year school to get a BS in Business after I got out of the military and started working at the hospital. When I got there, I was like what the heck am I going to do with a business degree? I finished that semester, but I also started working on pre-nursing at the school I'm at now. I don't know what took me so long, but I think I've always wanted to be a nurse and didn't know it. I'm grateful that I ended up working at the hospital because I think that is what ultimately led me here. While we don't do direct patient care I have learned SO much in the past few years there and it really has helped me with my nursing education.

Anyway, that isn't what I came on to tell you LOL. On our first night of our 4th semester of nursing last week, my instructor was telling us how proud she is of us and how we're almost there. She played this video and you'll see why I love it. It is so perfect so I've been listening to it all night.

I'M ON MY WAY! Graduating means I'm one step closer to our next Disney vacation as well. I can't wait to spoil my brothers & parents and take them on an amazing getaway to Disney World!

I haven't seen Brother Bear for a long time, I might have to watch it on DVD in the next couple days. I have two brothers and I call them my brother bears :)

I'm really sorry about not updating this TR as often as I though I'd be able to. I'm hoping to finish it us soon, although I'm sure you don't believe me since I've been saying that a lot :rolleyes1

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dtr_angel
09-01-2011, 08:33 PM
We didn’t have to walk too far to the counter service of our choice in World Showcase since we chose Mexico! We were very excited to try out La Cantina de San Angel for the first time! This is making me SO hungry for this meal as I’m writing about it. It was reallllly good.

I headed into a line to order, and DH set off to find us a table in the shade. I originally ordered us both bottled water because that is what we always get. As I was waiting for my food, I realized they had Mexican soda. There was not anyone behind me in line, so I asked the girl that took my order if I could change it. She asked one of the guys behind the counter and he asked someone else, but they changed it no problem. I thought it was going to be an issue since the sodas cost more than the bottled water, but they said since we were on the DDP it didn’t matter. They were very helpful and I was excited.

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DH had the Tacos de Pollo (chicken tacos) and I had the empanados de queso. What I had was actually heavenly pillows stuffed with cheese. SO good! I love carbs, and I love all things cheese so it was really win win for me. I did let DH have one of my empanados, and I had one of his chicken tacos. The tacos were good, but the empanados were better IMO. I had the pineapple soda which was really yummy, and DH had the tutti frutti (fruit punch) it was good too. Neither one of us could finish them though because we are not used to drinking soda and it was very sugary and carbonated and our stomachs weren’t having it. We drank most of them though. I’d definitely get them again, but also get water too. I definitely cannot wait to eat here again for counter service.

After our lunch, we were pleasantly stuffed. While we were in Mexico, we decided to head into the pavilion and ride the boat ride. It’s really cheesy and I can’t say that I like it, but it felt like the right thing to do at the time. Mexican Donald (it’s just Donald in a sombrero!) was out but had a long line. There weren’t any other character meet and greets surprisingly so we decided to head back to Future World. On this trip we didn’t walk all the way around the world showcase, isn’t that unbelievable? We made it all the way over to Germany on our 2nd night at Disney, we just went to Mexico on our Epcot day, and on our last night we went passed Canada & the UK to France but that’s it. Wow, we were slackers! I guess when you have been this many times you don’t have to do everything, which is nice. This trip definitely felt more relaxed.

I told DH that I wanted to duck into Club Cool. Luckily for me, he had NO idea what club cool was. While we were walking, I was trying to very non-chalantly turn on the video camera and get his reaction to the Beverly. Yes, I was going to do that to him. Well I told him to try the Beverly first, since I read it was the best one. He knew something was up when I whipped out the video camera, but he tried it anyway. I didn’t get a good reaction on film or I’d share it. We tried just about all of them – the only one I didn’t try was the Beverly lol. A lot of them were really good! My favorite was the one that tasted like apples, I can’t remember what country it was from though. Oh no lucky for me I wrote it down. Yes, as I was looking at the next line I was like “oh my goodness what the heck does lift – my favorite” mean? Well, there you have it – my favorite drink at Club Cool was called Life apparently, LOL.

I had to get my picture taken with the Pooh topiary!
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They were so cute! I love F&G Festival! I wish we could’ve seen the whole thing this time.

After Club Cool, we headed over to Test Track to use our FP. It was very busy, and even with FP we had to wait a while. It was fun as always. Here is our picture. I love that they add it to your photo pass. I think all the ride photos should be done the same way.

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After Test Track we decided to head out of the park, but of course we had to stop for some photo pass pictures first since we didn’t that morning.

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We didn’t have to wait long for a bus, and just after 1 pm we were back at AKL. We headed up to CL to grab something to drink.
Just after 2 we decided to take a little nap. The alarm was set for 4:15. We must’ve been tired (well I, since I am in charge of the alarm) because we didn’t get up until 5:05. Then it was time to shower, and get ready for our dinner, but luckily we didn’t have too far to go.

Where were we dining at? Stay tuned to find out!

Lifelong_Dreamer
09-01-2011, 11:35 PM
Congrats on being almost done with school! You are lucky your program is only two years! Up here you have to do a 4 year bachelor program to qualify for the RN exam.

natebenma
09-02-2011, 11:05 AM
More congratulations on your accomplishments! It's great to hear that you feel that nursing is what you were meant to do.

Nice update on your time at EPCOT. Your meal at Mexico looks fantastic! Good call on trying the Mexican sodas. I have had the pineapple one before. There is a grocery store near us that has a fairly large Latin American selection, and I saw a bottle of this and purchased it for lunch for when I was chaperoning a field trip with my son. Churros for dessert! SWEET!!!

Cute picture from Test Track. You look like the only one who is screaming.

Next time I do this with my family I want to do YMCA. One of us will do each of the letters.

I love that you tried to trick him with the Beverly.

Can't wait to hear where you are dining!

westonkamom
09-03-2011, 06:23 PM
Okay, I just read your TR in one sitting! Can't wait to hear the rest :) We're staying at AKL for the 1st time Nov 29-Dec 9 and I'm surprising my DH, DS10 and DD(5). They think we are staying at POFQ, but I thought AKL would be so much more fun for us all, especially during the holidays. We've only been to DW one time and that was last December when it was FREEZING...and we're from MN, so we never thought FL would be the same temp!!! We stayed at Pop for 10 days and loved it there, but wanted an upgrade this time. I only paid for a pool view, but I'm sure it will be wonderful. Do you have any tips or suggestions regarding the resort for an AKL newbie? I made reservations at Jiko (just DH and I), Boma (breakfast and dinner), and Sanaa. I'd love to upgrade to CL, but I don't think the price increase would be in the budget. Okay, well I'm anxiously waiting for the next update! Thanks for all the details!!

dtr_angel
09-14-2011, 02:16 PM
We left our hotel room around 6:05 pm to make it to our dinner ADR. I think the ADR was for 6:45pm. We only waited a few minutes, and then we hopped a bus to AK.
We stopped and had some photo pass pictures taken on the way into the park.

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Really a lot of the same… and yes, I coordinated the brown!
We headed to Asia to check in at Yak & Yeti! It was not crowded at all and the park was rather empty, probably because it was almost closing time (7pm I believe). They said it would be a few minutes until our table was ready. It was ready before DH even came back from the rest room!
Now it has been over 3 months so my memory might be a little foggy. I believe that we waited a long time before we saw our server and got our drinks ordered, I just remember being here for a long time or at least it seemed that way. There were only a few parties even in the restaurant. Our server was Ivan and he was from Columbia if I remember correctly. He was very animated and friendly, I liked him a lot. But he did seem to disappear for a while. We both wanted to order the Glacier water to drink since the description (blue coconut and sprite) sounded like Ocean Water at Sonic. I absolutely LOVE all things Sonic, especially Ocean Water. We don’t have one here. Usually the only time I get to eat at Sonic is when I go down south to SC/GA, or visit my brother on the eastern shore (over 4 hours away). There is one an hour away from us now that just opened in Morgantown (where WVU is) but we aren’t that way a lot. That is why it was so important for us to eat there on our way home from the airport after our Disney trip. The Sonic is SO close to the airport! Anyway, even though it was a non-alcoholic drink it was a no go. I think it had something to do with Yak & Yeti not being owned by Disney, like Earl of Sandwich. They accept the dining plan, but they have their own rules. I think we both ended up with lemonade or pomegranate lemonade instead. I don’t have any pictures but that is what we got at most places.

Eventually our food came out

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DH was very excited to have the ribs here. If you remember me mentioning it, on our honeymoon he ended up having ribs two or three times. He didn’t want to make that mistake again, so he carefully chose where he’d be having a good steak dinner, and a rib dinner on this trip LOL.
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I ended up having the crispy honey chicken. There were a lot of things on the menu that I wanted to try but I picked this. On one of our past trips we had the honey chicken at the Yak & Yeti CS location and it was really good. I should’ve tried something different but I knew that I liked it. It was good. I remember being really stuffed.

Then it was time for dessert. Ivan of course told us we had to try the Fried Wontons. I already knew ahead of time that was what I wanted. DH doesn’t even really like cream cheese but he got them too. Ivan told us they were so good we wouldn’t want to share LOL. I ate a little bit of it there, but took the rest to go. I was full and I didn’t want to waste the yummy goodness on a full stomach LOL. Oh goodness probably the best dessert of the trip!
Yak & Yeti was really good, we both really enjoyed it. The service could’ve been quicker, but its okay we weren’t in a hurry. I think this meal took well over an hour, and our server only had 1 or 2 other parties besides us. That wouldn’t stop us from going back there though, it was awesome. I just wish we could’ve gotten the glacier water. Next time we’ll just have to suck it up and pay out of pocket for it if we want it. This was also the first time we ate TS in AK so that was exciting too.

It was close to 8pm when we were leaving the restaurant. There were CMs everywhere, I guess making sure we all got out of the park LOL. DH and I joked about hiding in the park and whether or not you’d get away with it, or if anyone has ever done it.

We went back to AKL. We of course headed to the CL lounge. This was the first and only time we made it to CL for the 8-10 offerings. Since we were so stuffed though, we were only getting water lol. We went back to our room and I called my mom for a few minutes and we watched the animals out on the savanna. Then we decided to hit the pool. Even though it was warm, it felt chilly and we didn’t stay in the pool for long. I couldn’t believe how cold it felt! We ended up in the hot tub for a good while which was nice and relaxing. Before heading back to our room we stopped at the Mara and used a snack credit on some Zebra domes to split, and filled up our mugs. We definitely didn’t get our moneys worth on the mugs this trip since we ended up grabbing drinks at the CL so often. We watched TV for a little while and went to sleep around 11 which was early for us. It was a really nice relaxed evening.

DH really liked the hot tub, he said it made his knees and shoulders feel a lot better. Now he wants one at home! Our house doesn’t really have a good location for one, so I told him when we move we’ll make sure there is a perfect spot for a hot tub. He NEVER asks for anything. I think in all the time we’ve been married, all he has ever asked for was a ps3, and to go on vacation please LOL! I told him that I hated to say no since he never asks for anything, but it’s just not practical here. I plan to make it up to him someday though!

It’s a good thing we were so relaxed, because the next day was our last day in Disney and we had a lot to do!

dtr_angel
09-14-2011, 03:03 PM
Congrats on being almost done with school! You are lucky your program is only two years! Up here you have to do a 4 year bachelor program to qualify for the RN exam.
thanks! This semester is so rough, I hope I survive. Best of luck to you in your program!!

More congratulations on your accomplishments! It's great to hear that you feel that nursing is what you were meant to do.

Nice update on your time at EPCOT. Your meal at Mexico looks fantastic! Good call on trying the Mexican sodas. I have had the pineapple one before. There is a grocery store near us that has a fairly large Latin American selection, and I saw a bottle of this and purchased it for lunch for when I was chaperoning a field trip with my son. Churros for dessert! SWEET!!!

Cute picture from Test Track. You look like the only one who is screaming.

Next time I do this with my family I want to do YMCA. One of us will do each of the letters.

I love that you tried to trick him with the Beverly.

Can't wait to hear where you are dining!

Thank you! Hopefully being a nurse means more trips to Disney :rotfl: The soda was good but next time I think we could split one, we're not used to drinking soda! The churros were good but they were really sweet too. Overall a good meal, and I'd definitely eat there again. Since I know where the camera is, I try to make a face LOL. That would be cute if you did the YMCA!

Okay, I just read your TR in one sitting! Can't wait to hear the rest :) We're staying at AKL for the 1st time Nov 29-Dec 9 and I'm surprising my DH, DS10 and DD(5). They think we are staying at POFQ, but I thought AKL would be so much more fun for us all, especially during the holidays. We've only been to DW one time and that was last December when it was FREEZING...and we're from MN, so we never thought FL would be the same temp!!! We stayed at Pop for 10 days and loved it there, but wanted an upgrade this time. I only paid for a pool view, but I'm sure it will be wonderful. Do you have any tips or suggestions regarding the resort for an AKL newbie? I made reservations at Jiko (just DH and I), Boma (breakfast and dinner), and Sanaa. I'd love to upgrade to CL, but I don't think the price increase would be in the budget. Okay, well I'm anxiously waiting for the next update! Thanks for all the details!!

Thanks for reading my TR! They will all LOVE AKL! It is amazing.CL was nice, but I don't think I'd ever pay extra for it. We bought refillable mugs but hardly used them since we could just run up to CL and grab drinks and snacks. The only restaurant we ate at was Boma which was amazing, so I definitely recommend that one. I wish we could've eaten at the other 2. My advice is to take time to spend at the resort, there is so much to see and do there. We were so go go go the whole time I don't think we enjoyed the resort as much as if we had slowed down and spent more time relaxing there.

PixieMama
09-14-2011, 05:28 PM
Congratulations on being so close to your degree!


Your leisurely dinner at Y&Y sounds great... we had lunch there last year, and I had the Crispy Honey Chicken, too!

dtr_angel
09-15-2011, 06:26 PM
Congratulations on being so close to your degree!


Your leisurely dinner at Y&Y sounds great... we had lunch there last year, and I had the Crispy Honey Chicken, too!

Thank you. I still cannot believe how fast the time has gone. When we first started (January 2010) the 4th semester students told us how fast it goes and I didn't believe it... and here I am!

The crispy honey chicken was sooo good! I'd love to have those friend won tons again right now... yum!

pinkxray
09-16-2011, 08:21 AM
I would love to try Yak and Yeti one day. I always seem to drop it for Tuskerhouse breakfast, plus I want to try Tuskerhouse for lunch. One day I will make it there. I love that you had dinner right when the park closed. That is a good idea although we always seem to leave AK at noonish.

Congrats on starting the fourth semester. We had 4 semesters for our radiography program and to tell you the truth I don't remember anything about that last semester since it went by so quick.

I hope your DH gets his hot tub one day. We are hoping to move in a few years and all I care about is having either a pool or room to put a pool. Oh, and lots of closet space.

dtr_angel
09-17-2011, 12:48 PM
I would love to try Yak and Yeti one day. I always seem to drop it for Tuskerhouse breakfast, plus I want to try Tuskerhouse for lunch. One day I will make it there. I love that you had dinner right when the park closed. That is a good idea although we always seem to leave AK at noonish.

Congrats on starting the fourth semester. We had 4 semesters for our radiography program and to tell you the truth I don't remember anything about that last semester since it went by so quick.

I hope your DH gets his hot tub one day. We are hoping to move in a few years and all I care about is having either a pool or room to put a pool. Oh, and lots of closet space.

It was really cool being there until park close. It was also nice going back to the hotel and relaxing. I hope my 4th semester is the same way. In 8 weeks I take my last final, and in 12 weeks I graduate - eek!

I hope he gets his hot tub too, because I want one! I also dream of closet space or storage space. Our house is small, but it's just the two of us. I love it, it's just small. I'd love to have a master bedroom with a walk in closet and a giant bathroom with a huge tub like you had on our last night at the BC. Some day!

dtr_angel
09-17-2011, 01:57 PM
It’s our last day in Disney

The alarm was set for 6 am. It was morning EMH at Hollywood Studios and we had to be there at 8! We had spent very little time at HS so we had a lot to pack into the first half of our day here. We didn’t get up until 6:55, so already we were off on the wrong foot this morning. We did something different for breakfast, we did not get something from CL. I had zebra domes & the left over honey chicken from Yak & Yeti the night before and some milk. It was amazing, even cold. DH just grabbed a fiber bar that we had brought from home. We had brought some snacks with us but due to our upgrade to CL, we didn’t end up eating hardly any of it. We finally were leaving our room at 8, behind schedule.

There was luckily a bus waiting to go to HS when we got to the bus stop, we just had to wait for loading & unloading. It was definitely a very full bus, I guess everyone was heading there for morning EMH. Even though the park wasn’t open yet, we still had to stop at Blizzard Beach – ugh. We finally got to HS at 8:25. I’m not sure if we stopped for Photopass pictures on the way in or not, I’ll just post them all at the end.

We were of course following the masses to TSM. The standby was 30 minutes. I wanted to grab FP for later, and ride standby but of course DH doesn’t want to wait for anything you can FP. Our FP was for 1150-1250. At this point DH & I were having some sort of a melt down with each other. It was crowded and the lines were long for everything. DH was really upset that we got there late. The ONLY two rides I do not ride in Disney World are at HS, and they happen to be DH’s favorites – ToT and RnRC. He had already rode ToT a few nights ago when we at at Mama Melrose and watched (part of F!) I told him he should get in line to ride RnRC. He was really grumpy about it and it was making me mad. He said it’s no fun riding by yourself, which I’m sure is true… but there is no way I’d come all the way to Disney and not ride my favorite ride! I was frustrated with him for sure. We headed over to the Animation place but none of the meet and greets started until later. After our meltdown, we decided to head back to TSM and wait in the standby line. The wait time still said 30 minutes, but the line was out the door so we figured it was going to take a lot longer. We didn’t really have a plan on what else we wanted to do at HS so we jumped in line. About halfway through it seemed that they bumped us over to the FP side, so I’m sure that cut down our wait time for sure.
I love the queue!

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This was the first time we had ever rode this ride standby, so we got to see Mr. Potato Head for the first time!!!
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I believe DH also grabbed a short video of it to.

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We were both decked out in our Toy Story shirts, so we were also hoping to meet Buzz & Woody later!

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Blurry, but funny?

I have not yet perfected the whole take a picture of yourself shot

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DH won. We seem to be tied when it comes to this game.
Then we headed back to the Animation place (why do I have no clue what it is called?) and decided to do something that was on our must do/we have never done list – Animation Academy! I was really hoping to draw one of the Winnie the Pooh characters because I was thinking if they turned out we could hang them in our future baby’s Pooh nursery. The theme of this trip seemed to be our last trip as just the 2 of us. We also were very hopeful that I’d be pregnant soon since I was starting fertility drugs when we got home. We only had to wait a few minutes and we were in the 9:45 drawing class.

We drew Eeyore – how perfect! We had so much fun.

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DH’s – I think it looks like Bullseye
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Then we headed over to meet Sorcerer Mickey. I think this was the only Mickey we met on this trip.

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The new Winnie the Pooh movie was about to hit theatres in July so there was a meet & greet. It started at 1030, so we decided to wait. The giant walls were so cute! We had every intention of seeing the movie when it came out in the theatre, but unfortunately it didn’t come to either theatre where we live (and one of them was closed and then reopened a month later – bad timing!) I just got a coupon in the mail from DirectTV for a free movie, so I hope it comes to Pay Per View soon. We will definitely be buying it when it comes out on October 25th!

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I was a little bummed that we’d only be meeting Pooh and not the others but it was okay.

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After meeting Mickey & Pooh, it was time for a snack. A delicious snack that I had been dreaming about having at HS since I saw pictures of it on the Dis… stay tuned to find out what it is!!!!

dtr_angel
09-17-2011, 02:08 PM
We headed over to Starring Rolls, hoping that they weren’t sold out which I had read could happen. We were in luck – we grabbed a Butterfinger cupcake to split, some milk, and a bottle of water.

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Oh goodness it was amazing, and everything I had dreamed that it would be.
Full of sugary goodness, we headed back to Pixar Place. We waited in line to see Buzz & Woody. Oh my goodness, let me just say this is where my patience was thin. The people in front and behind of us were not controlling their kids. To kill time, we like to take our pictures at each photo op in the queue. Yeah, it was near impossible. The people 1 or 2 groups behind us always seemed to jump in to take pictures when it was our turn, and by the time they were done the line had moved and we had to go… or their kids were running and not moving out of the picture. SO annoying. Here is what we managed to get while waiting…

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Yeah I couldn’t wait for it to be our turn so we could get out of there. The guy in front of us was from Canada and he was really nice and his little girl was adorable. However, I think he forgot to put on his deodorant that day so that made the long wait a little more unbearable.
Finally, it was our turn!

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This is usually where we have the best character interaction of the trip. 2 times while meeting them, either Buzz or Woody tried to take off with me – what are the odds? It was Woody on my first trip when I was 13 (I was SO embarrassed!) and 10 years later on my honeymoon it was Buzz! I honestly don’t remember how the character interaction was this time because I have no memory but I’m sure it was fine.

We headed out of Pixar Place and over to the Great Movie Ride. First, we had to check out some things.

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I am a huge Golden Girls fan. I always wondered though why Bea Arthur didn’t have her hand print there.
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DH couldn’t believe that Audrey Hepburn had such big hands!
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Hulk Hogan’s were big too, but we weren’t surprised.

The Great Movie Ride was a walk on. We had only rode this ride once and had the gangster scene so I was really hoping for the Cowboy scene and we got it!

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After our ride into the movies, we headed back to Pixar Place. It was time to use our FP for TSM.

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This time I won!

Our bellies were definitely growling. We had no idea where we were going to eat… what did we end up with?

dtr_angel
09-17-2011, 02:11 PM
Before we left, we had thrown around a few CS restaurants at HS that we hadn’t tried before. On our first trip to Disney on our honeymoon, we ate at ABC Commissary and Backlot Express and didn’t really care for them. The next 2 trips we ate at Pizza Planet, which we loved but needed to try something different. Plus getting a table there is near impossible. On our last trip, it was DH’s birthday on our HS day and we had to stand up and eat at a chairless table at Pizza Planet because people were being so rude. Anyway….On our list was Fairfax Fare, Studio Catering Company, Catalina Eddie’s, and Rosie’s. First we headed down Sunset Blvd to check out those places. Eddie’s… pizza. If we were going to have pizza, we’d go to Pizza Planet. Fairfax Fare looked good, but at this particular time I wasn’t eating pork or beef and I didn’t want ½ a chicken or a salad… moving on. Rosie’s… burger or chicken nuggets. Nah. So we headed back through Pixar Place to Studio Catering Company. We were both happy with what they had, so DH got in line to order and I grabbed us a table.

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We both had the buffalo chicken sandwich with apples. I got bottled water, and DH got either a soda or tea, I can’t remember which. He had the chocolate cake, and I had the marble cheesecake. It was really good! I was happy with our choice. I think this is the first CS meal of the trip that I couldn’t finish. I think eating nonstop for 7 days was finally catching up with me, I couldn’t finish the sandwich. I ate most of my dessert though, LOL.
This was the view from our table… right next to the HISTK playground!
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With full bellies we headed to (finally!) catch the 1130 show of the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. In 4 trips, this was the first time we were seeing it – I was so excited! I love this movie.

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I only took a few pictures, they didn’t turn out that great. I think DH recorded the show. Once again, no warning – it rains cold water in the theater!!

We stopped in the Villain’s shop and grabbed a carrot cake cookie to go with a snack credit. DH LOVES carrot cake!

Then we stopped at Starring Rolls and grabbed a red velvet cupcake (my favorite!) to go with a snack credit. It was about 2pm and we were hot and tired. We headed out of the park. There was a long line for the bus to AKL for a change, so I guess everyone had the same idea as us. My cupcake didn’t fit in a box all the way, so I had to hold it and the top was open. When I got on the bus the driver was eyeing it, and I smiled because I thought he was going to say what everyone else had said – that looks amazing. No, he tells me I can’t eat it on the bus. Well buddy, I wasn’t going to try! Ugh. When we got back, we headed up to CL to grab something to drink.
Here are the PhotoPass pictures from our HS day.

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Next up… it’s 2pm, so it’s probably time for our nap right? Wrong! Stay tuned!!!

dtr_angel
09-17-2011, 02:14 PM
So we had just gotten back from our day at HS. We were hot and tired. After grabbing something cold to drink at CL, we headed back to our room to change for the pool! Now I have to tell you a story. On the first or 2nd day of the trip, I somehow got this giant blister on the pinky toe of my left foot. It was constantly uncomfortable walking, and this sucker kept getting bigger. If I was my DH, I would’ve thought I was exaggerating how huge it was. He laughed at me about everyday because I kept trying to take pictures of it (don’t worry, I won’t post them LOL) I think we he finally looked at it, he was like holy crap! That thing is HUGE! And I was all like yeah, I know that’s what I was sayin’! Anyway, at this point I was annoyed that it was getting bigger and hadn’t busted. I didn’t have anything sterile or I would’ve popped it at some point, but I didn’t want to risk it getting infected because that would’ve been worse. So we’re on our way down to the pool. I’m wearing my flip flops, and at some point before we find a chair to put our stuff on, my foot feels wet. Seeing as though we are close to the pool, I assume it’s you know – water. Well we stop and put our stuff down and I realize my blister finally busted! It was like instant relief. I was so happy!!! We swam in the pool until just before 4pm. On our way back into the lodge, we stopped in the gift shop to get some triple antibiotic cream for my former blister. It was seriously like $8 for a tiny tube that I could get back home for about $1 but c’est la vie. We headed back up to the CL to grab a snack to hold us over until dinner. In my notes I have “looking for camera battery” so I can only assume that some chaotic moments followed looking for a missing battery for the camera. I also noted that at 430pm, it was 94 degrees. Yes, it was a hot week!

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That is the carrot cake cookie we got from HS. I believe this thing made the trip home with us, and DH ate it after we got home LOL. It’s more like a gob, if you know what that is – really soft outside. DH had the Tusker beer that he really liked, and I had an African Smoothie. We tore into that bad boy cupcake from HS. I tried my darndest to get a good picture, but this is the best I could do.

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It was SOOOOOO good. I’m dreaming about having another one!
None of our friends were out on the savanna.

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It looks like the camera battery was found, horray! We left for the bus stop at 530.

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It was really hot, but breezy. Everything felt perfect. I was getting sad for the first time that we were leaving Disney. I spent most of the trip worried about leaving Nemo for the first time. There was hardly anyone else at the bus stop, and a nice guy took this picture for us. It’s one of my favorites from the trip.

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Our ADR was for 6:30 in Epcot. I really wanted to get there early to catch a character meet & greet before they ended for the day, since we didn’t get to the day before. We got to Epcot at 6pm, cutting it close. We stopped for a few photo pass pictures. We headed to the World Showcase.

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The wind was blowing, my hair didn’t stand a chance!

I didn’t exactly get my perfect picture in front of the fake Eiffel Tower. We headed over to France to check in for dinner. I stayed in line for Marie who was coming right back and I was the 2nd in line. DH said our table was ready, but asked if they could hold it for a few minutes. I finally got my picture with Marie!

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I was bummed that it was such a terrible picture after all we went through to get it!

Then we headed back to Chefs de France to wait for our table. I loved this restaurant! Our waitress was really sweet and really attentive.
We both ordered iced tea to drink, and she brought us some bread.

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We both ended up getting the Prix Frix 3 Course Menu.
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I had the French onion soup. I had never had it before, I figured France (or fake France) was the best place to try it. It was soooo good. I couldn’t finish it though.

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DH had the lobster bisque which he said was really good. He also had some of my French onion soup and he agreed that it was really good French onion soup since he knew more about it than me.

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For my entrée I had the baked macaroni and cheese. It was sooo good. I couldn’t eat it all though after the bread, and the soup. The portion sizes were huge.

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DH had the salmon. I had a bite of it, it was really good.

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For dessert I had the chocolate mousse cake. It was really good!
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DH had the “Profiteroles au chocolat - Puff choux with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce” which he said was amazing.

We were stuffed. I didn’t even know if I could go on stuffed. It was amazing, and the perfect end to our week at Disney. We had talked about getting a snack – either school bread in Norway, or something yummy from the caramel shop in Germany, but we didn’t want to walk all the way around LOL. We also were on a mission to get something and had to rush to the Magic Kingdom and time was of the essence.

dtr_angel
09-17-2011, 02:19 PM
We stopped in the UK to have our pictures taken with Pooh & friends. The spot is very hidden, but we finally found it. It was 8pm. There was no wait!

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While we were having our pictures taken, I commented to DH that Tigger didn’t hug me. When we were done, he grabbed a hold of me and gave me a huge hug LOL. DH and I always comment on how bright Tigger is… he needs toned down haha. After we said goodbye to Pooh & Tigger, our mission was seriously ON! We rushed to the front of Epcot to grab a monorail to the MK. I believe this was only the 2nd time on our trip we used the monorail. The first time was to go from MK to GF for our dinner ADR. We were on the monorail by 8:15.

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We arrived at the MK at 8:30.
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My DH is the one who wrote the trip notes for this day, and he said “We arrived at the MK at 8:30 just like I said we would” so I must’ve said it would be later until we got there LOL. Next he says we “walked quickly and dodged many to get to the Pooh store”.

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I had to have that Tigger onesie! I first saw it when we rode the Pooh ride. I saw it again in DD, but they only had 12m and I wanted the smallest one they had. Luckily they had a smaller size. We also ended up getting this Tigger rattle because it was so cute.

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The guy that checked us out was so funny, he said he had to put it in a big bag because Tigger would bounce LOL.

I just wanted to get a little something from Disney for our future baby since our next trip to Disney will hopefully be baby’s first Disney trip. *praying*
We wanted to grab a dole whip before we left. As we walked by IASW, there was no line so we jumped on. This will be the moment that DH will never let me live down… okay so in 4 trips, we had never done this. I don’t particularly like it but I just felt like we had to ride it!

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We had a good laugh at what some of the dolls were doing, lol. It seemed like the ride took forever, like it was never going to end. Okay, now we had to move it. Since DH’s legs are longer he decided he would run to Aloha Isle, and I’d meet him there. I took my time. I think this was the first time we had ever split up in Disney. When I got to Liberty Square, it was realllly dark because Wishes was going on, so I guess the lights were dimmed. It was so dark I didn’t think I’d be able to find my way through the short cut to Adventureland. DH and I were just talking about this yesterday, and he says that he had already been to Aloha Isle and back and found me near the Haunted Mansion. I seem to remember crossing over into Adventureland and meeting him somewhere near Pirates. I’m not sure which one is true LOL. We didn’t get our Dole Whips, Aloha Isle was closed. That is what DH won’t let me live down. How I made us ride IASW and we didn’t get Dole Whips LOL. I told him we never had to ride IASW ever again LOL. We headed to the Main St. Bakery and bought a

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“big honkin’ cinnamon roll” as DH calls them.

We ran into the Emporium around 9:20 and I grabbed a birthday present for my mom. Her birthday was the next day. Her name is Alice, so she has a soft spot for Alice in Wonderland so I wanted to get her something from Disney with Alice on it. I ended up getting her a tea mug that was really cute. I wanted a set that came with a saucer that I saw in Downtown Disney but they didn’t have it. Yes, I learned a lot this trip about shopping – if you want something, get it THEN. Don’t wait! Around 930 we said goodbye to the MK. It seems like we start and end our trips at the MK. There were huge crowds at the bus stop. We didn’t make the first bus that came. Something that bothered me, was that there were two people in ECVs waiting to board the bus. The bus driver didn’t load either one of them onto that bus! I have no idea why, but I thought it was rude unless there was some reason. We made the second bus, and our driver loaded the ECVs on first. The bus was really full. It was 10:05 when we got back to the AKL. We ran up to CL and grabbed some milk for the morning. We dropped our bags off in our room, and then headed to the Mara.

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We used our last 2 snack credits on fruit to have for breakfast in the morning. We stopped at the front desk and paid our balance (the stuff that we had charged to the room during the trip) then we headed back to our room to pack. By midnight, it was finally time to get some sleep. Our DME pick up time was 6 am.

dtr_angel
09-17-2011, 02:20 PM
Our alarm was set for 4am, and we got up at 4:35. It was way too early, even for Disney. Especially for leaving Disney!

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I was very excited to get home to our furbaby Nemo, and see my momma for her birthday. We had to call to pay our baggage fees over the phone since we were using DME. We left our room at 5:54.

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We checked out, and checking it with the airline. Everyone was so nice. The guy that took our bags had no idea where “Morgantown” was and he was cracking us up. There was only 1 other person on the bus with us. We left at 6:05. After stopping at Pop around 630, our bus was pretty much full and we headed to the airport. I don’t have any more notes, so I am going to have to go from memory for the rest. The security line was long. We didn’t have to deal with this on the way down since we flew out of a small airport. I remember DH commenting on how he wished there was a FP line for airport security LOL. Once we got through and waited for our flight, DH ate his big honkin’ cinnamon roll, and we each had a fruit cup. That’s really all I remember. We got to Dulles and found our next gate. Our flight gate was changed like 5 times. It was also delayed. We asked at the desk about the gates being changed and they seemed to have no clue. At one point it came up on the screen that the flight to MGW was boarding so we ran and asked them if the plane that was board was ours and they still seemed to have no clue what was going on. There were other people in the same boat as us. I was so nervous that our flight had left without us. I don’t remember what finally happened, but our plane did show up and we got on it. I think it was probably about an hour late. After we got on the plane everything was fine. Apparently the plane they were supposed to pick us up in had an issue so they had to go to the hangar and get another one. You could tell this was definitely an old plane. The planes that fly in and out of the small airport we used this time are a lot smaller, so we hit a lot of turbulence. The flight is only about 45 minutes from wheels up to down so not bad at all. It definitely beats driving 2.5-3 hours each way in traffic, paying $100 for parking, and dealing with crowds. We plan to fly from there from here on out, it was awesome. After we grabbed our luggage, we headed out to our Jeep that was in the very first parking spot, LOL. Then we headed to Sonic to grab some lunch before driving home. We hit some rain, but I was happy to see some mountains! It was somewhere near 4 or 5pm when we got home. We said our hellos to Nemo and we were so tired, so we took a very quick nap and then headed over to my parents house to see my mom for her birthday and have dinner.

Wow, I didn’t think I’d ever finish this TR! Thanks to all of you who read it and stuck around. We have exciting news, our next trip to Disney is a year sooner than we’d thought so I will be starting a PTR soon. I’m sorting through the videos now, if there is anything good I will post them after I upload them.

See ya real soon!

Lifelong_Dreamer
09-17-2011, 04:19 PM
Wow, that was a mega update!

It is always a bit annoying when you are running behind schedule and things just don't seem to be going your way. You guys turned things around though and it sounds like you had a really great last day!

I loved the Animation Academy drawings. :thumbsup2

You traded Dole Whips for Small World?! :lmao:

I enjoyed following along on your TR. Best of luck finishing school and starting your family! :goodvibes

pinkxray
09-17-2011, 05:20 PM
Wow, you must have just wanted to be done with this TR.

Love all the updates. That Tigger outfit is too cute. I thought about being something for our future baby but I am always afraid to jinx myself. I was at Target or Walmart a few months back and they had so many adorable Disney onesies, it was hard not to buy them all. I haven't seen any lately.

I can't wait to hear what exciting news you have and where you are staying next time. It will be hard to beat AKL CL. I haven't been reading any Pretrip reports since once my trip is over next month I won't be able to get on the Dis much due to Disney withrawl but I am sure I can keep up with your updating schedule.

natebenma
09-17-2011, 08:47 PM
GREAT TRIP REPORT!

I was way behind- lots to do with the boys starting school and all of our fall activities- flag football, theatre, PTA, etc!

I'm glad you enjoyed Yak and Yeti. We ate there in 2008 and had really good meals. Didn't try the fried wontons, but they sound heavenly.

Very clever breakfast the next day- leftovers from Y&Y and Zebra Domes! That works!

You did a lot of things at HS that I have never done:

Animation Academy- every year I say "This is the year" and it isn't- I love your Eyore drawing!!!

Butterfinger (or any) cupcake. Need to add Starring Roles to our "to do" list

Buzz and Woody Meet and Greet- I love the pictures I have seen from the queue and your pictures with them are awesome!


Woo-hoo on getting the cowboy scene during GMR. Finally saw that last year for the first time.

Your picture of Ariel in VoTLM is really good.

Loved your mad dash to MK- so sorry you missed out on the Dole Whips :( The tigger onsie is adorable! And orange, so it works for a girl cub or a boy cub!

Wow, I am so happy to hear you have another trip to Disney planned and I look forward to reading all about it! Also hope that you have some happy news to share with us soon! Fingers crossed for you and your husband!

Thanks again for sharing your trip!

Dee

PetersonFamily
09-17-2011, 10:39 PM
Just wanted to say I read your entire TR just now and really enjoyed it! I can't imagine going through the check-in process ya'll did. I was picturing our family (with 3 young kids) sitting around all day waiting. I would have been livid and not very nice! We had a similiar disheartening situation at Akershus in Norway. I think it's that we plan and fantasize about these vacations for so long and when something goes wrong it's like "How dare you ruin my vacay?!??!" I was in tears also standing in line waiting to be seated, so I can sympathize with you. Also, I LOVED the Tigger onesie!!

PixieMama
09-19-2011, 07:49 AM
There must be something in the air at HS... that is the park where our one (and only) meltdown has happened!

I did the Animation Academy for the first time on my trip... I don't know why we never did it before! It was a lot of fun. Wish we had drawn Eeyore, though! (We had Jiminy Cricket the first time, the Mickey the next)

I'll keep my eyes open for your PTR!

dtr_angel
10-04-2011, 01:36 PM
My laptop died :( Luckily I was able to get the hard drive off of it, but I've been using DH's laptop and I just don't like it LOL. My new one is hopefully going to be shipped soon, so I'll update on our next trip when I can! I hope everyone is doing well!

dtr_angel
10-08-2011, 08:33 PM
I am so close to being an RN! I'll be taking my last final on 11/15, and I get pinned on 12/15. So much to do in the next 5 weeks though - 7 exams, 2 more 12 hour clinical rotations, care plans... I think we are down to only 6 nights of lectures though. After we're done with lectures, clincals, and finals we have about a month of leadership and preceptorship that should hopefully be fun. Anyway....

I got my new laptop last night. I wanted to update on our next trip! I don't think it's enough to warrant it's own pre-trip report so if it's okay I'll just update about it here. We decided managed to plan a non-Disney vacation... but found a sneaky way to go to Disney anyway :rotfl2: We're going on our first cruise in January! We're leaving from Baltimore, so we only have about a 3 hour drive, no flights or airfare! We're going to the Bahamas and it's 7 nights. We have a port of call at non other than... Port Canaveral! It was either a day at Cocoa Beach (I was stationed there so it would be nice to take DH there for the day) but we decided a day at Disney sounded awesome. It's our sneaky way of getting a Disney fix without going to Disney again so soon. So I guess yet again we will have our "last visit to Disney just the two of us" I've been saying that for oh about 3 trips now! Anyway, we'll have somewhere around 9am-7pm at ONE park. How do you pick one park? We easily eliminated Animal Kingdom. For some reason, it's my least favorite and if I only get one park, it's not going to be AK. Although there is a lot we haven't explored there. Our first thought was Hollywood Studios. On our trip in May we spent very little time there since we decided to avoid the SWW crowds. The more we thought about it, the more we realized how bored we would be since it will not be busy like we are used to. I hope to be pregnant on this trip so I won't be able to ride anything except TSM I believe. Not that I ride ToT or RnRC anyway though LOL. But DH loves those rides and he hates to ride alone. After looking at our HS map, we realized spending an ENTIRE DAY at HS would not work for us. We are used to that break in the middle of the day and park hopping so this is going to be a new experience for us. Then we thought about Magic Kingdom. We like to start and end our Disney trips here and it feels the most like Disney to me. I really thought we would HAVE to go to MK on our one day or it wouldn't feel right. But we spend the most time here on all of our trips. After talking about it for a while, we decided since we are going to have so much time since we would be staying at the park all day that Epcot seemed like the best fit for us. DH thinks if I am pregnant it will also be perfect so I can eat my way around the world :rotfl2: Well I'm going to do that anyway LOL! The only thing I would have to miss out on is TT, Soarin',and Maelstrom. Everything else is a go. Plus the food and snacks!!! We have a tenative plan, so I will update on our plans for our Epcot day next!

natebenma
10-09-2011, 06:15 AM
Congratulations on being so close to your nursing degree. Good luck on all of the work/exams in the next month.

Very exciting trip plans!

What cruise line are you using? Have you checked out the cruise critic website? Great info board, like the DIS.

Love your plan to spend a day at EPCOT! Definitely some good reasoning in choosing that park. There really is enough to see there to last a day. We did a one-day at MK in July. It was amazing, but really greuling (in a good way).

Keep us posted on all your plans!

pinkxray
10-09-2011, 07:01 AM
Congrats on being so close to done. :banana:

A cruise is a perfect way to sneak in some Disney:thumbsup2 We are only spending one night at MK but I am thinking about sneaking away in the morning and heading to Epcot all by myself. I doubt I will ever be there during Food and Wine again. We'll see. I'm not sure I really want to pay for a one day ticket just to pay to eat some food.

dtr_angel
10-13-2011, 05:45 PM
I'm having trouble replying to comments. I had replied once a few days ago but then it disappeared and my patience is thin, LOL. I'm sorry, as I like to reply individually to each comment. Sorry!

We are going on Carnival Cruise Line. I had this bright idea a few weeks ago that maybe I could track down a west coast cruise that gave you a port day around LA so we could go to DL for a day but no such luck LOL. The trip we took to Disney in May was actually originally going to be our first Disneyland trip in July but well, a lot happened in 2010 and everything got moved around. We will get there eventually! Just for fun I looked at the prices for a Disney Cruise Line and holy smokes it is expensive! And it doesn't look like they do the land and sea packages anymore? And the point of this vacation was to NOT go to Disney LOL. I'm excited about having a solid day at Epcot. I'm not entirely sure how early the bus will get us there, but it will probably be around opening if that is 9 am. If we leave the Sunday we want to, that puts our Epcot day on February 1st. From what I heard, crowd levels are low at this time of year. We've never been to when it wasn't crowded so that will be really nice. Our plan is to work our way through future world, especially taking time for things we haven't in the past (innoventions) and then make it World Showcase around opening and work through each country. On our past trip we didn't make it all the way around the lagoon (can you believe that!) and basically only walked to Germany for dinner at Biergarten, which is where we watched IllumiNations, and on our last night we walked the other way just to France for dinner, and stopped in the UK on our way back for pictures with Tigger and Pooh. I am really excited! I think we picked Garden Grill for our one ADR of the day, we'll probably do that early at 4 when they open.

I wanted to buy one day tickets from undercover tourist, but they do not sell 1 day tickets. Does anyone know of any legit site to buy one day tickets, or should we just buy them when we get there?

natebenma
10-13-2011, 06:15 PM
I wanted to buy one day tickets from undercover tourist, but they do not sell 1 day tickets. Does anyone know of any legit site to buy one day tickets, or should we just buy them when we get there?

We got our one-day Disney tickets from the Disney website. When we decided we were going to sneak in one MK day during our Universal Vacation, I started charging up my Disney Chase Visa big time for rewards points. We got an offer for 5x points on gas and grocery for a couple of months, so that really helps. We earned $165 in a few months, which paid for about half of the tickets we needed.

AAA may have one day tickets.

And you could always hope that the 2012 Disney promotion, if they have one, is a like the Give-A-Day, Get-A-Day promotion where you volunteer and earn a days admission. I have read a couple of rumors that next years promotion will be similar.

dtr_angel
01-07-2012, 01:27 PM
I just wanted to say thank you to OhMari for unlocking this thread for me!!

It took me a while to figure out why I could not reply or make a new post and I came to the conclusion that it was because I marked my TR "Complete" and it was moved to the Completed TR forum and locked. Anyway, lots to update on!!!

I was pinned as a nurse on December 16th

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and graduated with my ADN on December 17th. So excited to be done! I had a job interview on the 14th and since I am already a hospital employee I found out on the 16th that I had a full time job! It was such a hard secret to keep, everyone else didn't start getting the calls until this past week.

If I haven't mentioned it before, my husband (Daniel) is a railroader and time off is very hard to come by. In 2012 he has 2 weeks of vacation but he has to put his bids in by the end of November. Our original plans the last time I updated were to go on our first cruise the last week in January before starting my new job in February. It was a carnival cruise leaving from Baltimore which meant no airfare, and a whole day in Epcot while stopped at Port Canaveral! In November I had to go to a new graduate reception at the hospital and they decided this year they would hire new nurses in January. Not sure exactly when in January, we decided the safe bet would be to not plan for a January vacation. Since Daniel gets so little time off of work I would have felt terrible if he took a week in January and we had to cancel the cruise because of my new job. Since he had to put his bids in before the end of November, he ended up choosing weeks around our anniversary in May/June, and the second around the end of Sept/Oct. We still don't know which weeks he is going to get but I hope to know soon - I need to plan SOMETHING! haha. Well wouldn't you know it, on Friday 12/23 I got a call from the nurse recruiter that I wouldn't be starting my new job until February 13th. We could've went on our cruise after all. But after we found out I was pregnant it didn't seem like such a bummer after all...

I found out around midnight on November 21st that I was pregnant! We are so excited, you have no idea. It has been an impossible secret to keep. I had my first appointment on 12/22, and the next night we had our first ultrasound where we saw one very healthy...well, blob. But it was a cute blob with a HR in the 170s.

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baby at 8w2d!

Since the timing was so perfect, we decided to tell my parents on Christmas Eve after dinner, church, and opening presents. I said I wanted to get a family picture, and DH grabbed the camera. But instead of taking a picture, he had our digital camera set to video and he said "on the count of 3, everyone say Melissa's pregnant!" everyone just stood there like they were actually getting their picture taken LOL. My mom kept looking at me, and my grumpy brother was like "can we just take the picture already?" LOL, not the reaction we were expecting, but after I told my mom it was true she laughed and cried and was a mess LOL. We ended up not telling Daniel's mom because she can't keep a secret. I just didn't want anyone but family to know until we were out of the first trimester. He's coming with me to my 12 week appointment and then we plan to tell his family after that. I will be 16 weeks when I start my new job and I have to tell my new boss that I have met like 3 times that I'm pregnant so I can go to my 16 week appointment on my lunch break the next day, LOL. Not looking forward to that!

I am itching to go to Disney so bad this year that I can't stand it. Unfortunately I don't think it's going to happen. During Daniel's first vacation I'll be too pregnant, and his second the baby will be far too little to travel with. I'm bummed, but we also decided after looking at all of the Fantasyland expansion and the new value that we should wait until it's done to go back. Originally we had planned on going with my parents & brothers in January 2013 before they both start classes for the semester. Baby will probably only be 5 months old so not sure if that's a good idea. Right now the plan is April/early May of 2013 but unless we wait until the brothers are done school for the semester in May, or we can convince my parents to go - we might be doing it alone with a baby - scary! My mother's big hold up about planning a Disney trip is she thinks she is paying for it and isn't sure she can afford it (Daniel and I want to pay for it, but she doesn't like that idea) and she wants to push a stroller with her grandchild in it - Hopefully that will be enough to get her to go. It would be awesome if we could all go, but we'll see what happens. As much as we like the Deluxes, I think we are going to stay at the new Art of Animation. If we go with all of us (parents & brothers) the plan is to get a suite for Daniel, baby, brothers & I... and my parents will get a standard room in the little Mermaid building where we can't hear my dad snoring :) I hope to start a PTR soon but for now I'll just throw ideas here.

In other Disney news, Daniel and I finally saw Cars 2 last night. It was really cute! But the story line I think would be really complex for a young child to get but we both liked it. I also placed an order on DisneyStore.com since they have a sale, and I had merchandise credit to use....

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The Space Mountain play set! Boy or girl, we already have plans to order the Castle, monorail, Contemporary, and Hollywood Studios/Sorcer's hat sets LOL. Of course it will be years before they can play with them, but maybe I'll just have to test them out first haha :rolleyes1

and a severely overpriced Walt Disney Railroad tracksuit since my hubby is a conductor. Even if it's a girl she will wear this ;)

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Last night it was only available in 36 months but now they have 18 months...sadly I'll probably order that one too if they can't switch it LOL.

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well - I am slowly catching up on trip reports after a little haitus from here. Now I am getting my Disney fix :)

A few pictures from a "photo shoot" in October

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I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a great 2012!

leshunlenese
01-07-2012, 02:17 PM
my goodness congrats on everything and a baby! aww i love to see good things happen to people. congrats on school too. i got pinned as a respiratory therapist in December as well! I wish i was lucky as you to have job. Good luck with everything!

natebenma
01-07-2012, 04:40 PM
Congratulations on your news!!! Both the pinning, the new job, but especially your pregnancy! I know how much you are looking forward to the baby!!!

Glad you came and unlocked and then updated us with your news!

Wishing great health to you and a very happy 2012!

Dee

Lidian
01-07-2012, 05:15 PM
Major congrats on EVERYTHING!!! Too much to list! SO GRATS GRATS GRATS!!!! :cloud9:

pinkxray
01-07-2012, 06:31 PM
:dance3:I am so glad you were able to unlock your thread so you could do an update.

Congrats on your pinning, getting a full time job and most of all congrats on your pregnancy. I remember reading how much you guys were looking forward to having a baby and I am so happy that it worked out for you.:dance3:

dtr_angel
01-09-2012, 04:57 PM
my goodness congrats on everything and a baby! aww i love to see good things happen to people. congrats on school too. i got pinned as a respiratory therapist in December as well! I wish i was lucky as you to have job. Good luck with everything!

Thank you! Congratulations on your graduation as well, I hope you get a job soon!

Congratulations on your news!!! Both the pinning, the new job, but especially your pregnancy! I know how much you are looking forward to the baby!!!

Glad you came and unlocked and then updated us with your news!

Wishing great health to you and a very happy 2012!

Dee

Thank you so much! We are definitely looking forward to finally being our own family!

Major congrats on EVERYTHING!!! Too much to list! SO GRATS GRATS GRATS!!!! :cloud9:

Thank you so much!

:dance3:I am so glad you were able to unlock your thread so you could do an update.

Congrats on your pinning, getting a full time job and most of all congrats on your pregnancy. I remember reading how much you guys were looking forward to having a baby and I am so happy that it worked out for you.:dance3:

Thank you so much!!

dtr_angel
01-09-2012, 05:57 PM
So it's a good thing that everything worked out how it did... Originally I was supposed to start my nursing job TODAY. I gave pretty much all my shifts away in my current department as my last day was planned for Jan 2nd to give me time to take my state boards this week before starting the new job. I found out about 2 weeks ago that our orientation was being moved to February. I'm only working the minimum that I have to in my current department so I could do some serious cleaning and organizing of my house before starting a full time job (we're hoping to put our house on the market soon and buy something bigger if it works out) plus it would allow me time to study (oops haven't started yet!) well my morning sickness seems to be getting worse instead of better so most days I have spent being very nonproductive on the couch. Today was one of the worst - I can't even imagine trying to sit through an 8 hour orientation class with how violent my vomiting was all morning. Yikes. Luckily Daniel was home to get me my magic food... Long John Silver's chicken planks, fries, and hush puppies. I just have to eat what works right now LOL.

Yesterday was my brother's birthday and we were all together at my parents to celebrate. I thought this would be the perfect time to bombard them with Disney trip planning and get some input on things. Unfortunately nobody is as excited about it as Daniel and I are, but now that there is a grandchild involved I think my parents are more on board. My dad was either sick or in a bad mood, he was about the only one that didn't seem 100% about it and that made me sad. Anyway, this is the plan right now...

Staying at Art of Animation in 2 rooms. Very excited about this!
1 suite for me, Daniel, and our 5 month old (are we crazy?) and my brothers (brother 1 will turn 25 on day 2 of trip, brother 2 will be 3 months shy of 21)

my parents will stay in a standard Little Mermaid room. My dad snores terribly and nobody wants to share a room with him, LOL. Unfortunately that puts us in different buildings but I will just have to try to request a suite in whatever building is closest to the Little Mermaid building.

Right now we're looking at going Monday Jan 7th and flying home on Saturday morning the 12th. If my predictions are correct that will probably be marathon weekend so we have to get out of there! I think 5 nights will be enough for this trip since there will be so many of us (don't want to be on vacation overload) and plus we'll be traveling with a baby for the first time. I know my mom is stressing about how she will pay for her share (she thinks she is paying for her, my dad, and both brothers) but I noticed there was free dining offered for our stay dates this year so I hope there is free dining next January too. Although with my luck it won't start until after marathon weekend. Hopefully we'll be able to work the dates out. Brother 1 doesn't start school until the end of the month (this year it is Jan 30th) but brother 2 will go back probably Thursday the 17th.

The plan is for me, Daniel, baby, and brothers to fly. My mom has never flown before and is afraid to fly. Yesterday she was very insistent that she was flying, but my dad said he is driving. I think it will actually be better if they drive. I just fear that my mom with either decide to be brave and fly and seriously have a heart attack on the plane or a serious panic attack, or chicken out and lose her $$. If we end up flying out on a Monday, they could leave on Sunday, take their time and drive to GA, stay over night and then drive the rest of the way in on Monday and meet us as the hotel. It would also save us from having to check bags and pay baggage fees as they could bring stuff with them in their SUV (our luggage, bouncer/stuff for the baby, bottled water and snacks for the room) so hopefully they will decide to drive :)

Anyway, I think that is all as far as trip news goes now.

pinkxray
01-12-2012, 12:03 PM
I'm sorry to hear about the morning sickness.:sick: Hopefully that will pass soon.

Your trip sounds great. It will be nice to have your famiy along for the first trip with the baby. It will be great if your parents drive and they can bring down all the extra stuff.

AOA looks so cool. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. And now I'll get to see all of your pictures that you take when you write your TR:thumbsup2

dtr_angel
01-13-2012, 01:06 PM
I'm sorry to hear about the morning sickness.:sick: Hopefully that will pass soon.

Your trip sounds great. It will be nice to have your famiy along for the first trip with the baby. It will be great if your parents drive and they can bring down all the extra stuff.

AOA looks so cool. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. And now I'll get to see all of your pictures that you take when you write your TR:thumbsup2

I just hope we aren't crazy for trying to take a 5 month old to Disney. Hopefully with help the trip will go smooth! I can't believe how excited I am to try AOA. I thought staying at WL & AKL would turn us into Deluxe snobs LOL. Definitely exctied about writing this TR, we've been trying to get my family to go to Disney with us for a few years now! Hoping it all works out.

natebenma
01-15-2012, 05:57 PM
Sounds like a good start to your trip planning. I think taking a 5 month old will fine. You wouldn't want to go when the baby is first born, because you will still be recovering and you won't want him/her around big crowds. But at 5 months the baby will probably not be mobile (crawling or rolling) and that is a good thing!

dtr_angel
03-17-2012, 11:29 AM
Trip is DEFINITELY on! Just nailed down the dates last night. PTR started this morning. Now that I am in Disney planning mode I should be around more... Sorry I've been slacking and I have so many TR to catch up on soon!!!

Loving the new job, but it's kicking my butt working full time!!! So much to update on, follow me to the PTR! (link in signature!)