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pinkxray
09-22-2011, 06:06 PM
Those crowds are crazy. I hate when a park is supposed to be a 6 and it turns out like that. That is why I always just take the hit and get park hoppers.

I hope 50's works out. The reviews I have been seeing are sounding pretty good. Your family seems like they would have a good time there.

Your DH looks very happy in the TOT picture. You are doing a much better job at converting your DH to a Disney lover than I am.

GrammyJudy
09-22-2011, 08:08 PM
So far I have only read Day 1 but [I] am loving your TR

IheartDDuck
09-22-2011, 08:19 PM
Well, ToT can definitely cheer people up! Can't wait to hear about 50's Prime Time. I love that restaurant!

JDailey
09-22-2011, 09:14 PM
Hello, I just got caught up on your trip report. I can not believe the CROWD at DHS!!!!:scared1: I can't wait to hear if you all enjoyed 50's Prime Time. That is a family favorite with us.

TinksThree
09-23-2011, 04:31 PM
I love the boat ride from POR/POFQ to DTD. It is beautiful and peaceful - and better than a cramped bus.

The boat ride is so relaxing...especially after a hectic day in the parks!

I am always worried about telling a server we are on DDP. I don't understand why it sometimes changes their demeanor. :confused3 I have never been to Raglan Road, but I am glad you are willing to give it another shot.

Raglan Road is very good. I don't understand this feeling from the servers either. :confused3

I can't believe you got to DHS by 8 AM and were that far back in the rope drop crowd!!!!! Wow! During Spring Break we arrived at 8:40 and were only about 10 people back from the rope. 6.2 crowd level!?! No way, that was a 10!

Yes! totally agree a 10! I even logged on to my Touring Plans phone app and noted the crowd level was way off!!

Keith following the crowd to Star Tours made me laugh. I get lost in DHS all the time. I am glad Chris knew where to go and got your fps!

Chris is my expert runner. He has learned which routes to take and our strategies. As soon as we pass through the ticket booth he is collecting and getting ready to jet off! Keith was lagging behind...that will teach him!! :rotfl2: I actually get lost there too. Later we get all turned around!

Mmmmmm, Starring Rolls = always yummy. You were smart to take a break and regroup, I would have pushed to get "back on plan" and probably made everyone more grouchy.

Well, if you want to get technical, I did try to push us back on schedule between leaving Starring Rolls and RnR....but I rebounded quickly after getting some of these :rolleyes1! So I think that really helped...along with the refueling! Starring Rolls is now a must for me!!

The picture of you all on ToT is excellent. You ALL look happy!

I think ToT is the family favorite! It is the one ride we all love to ride over and over!

I always love these pics. You have the
a) "old-timers" that are experienced in the ways of ToT and have their hands held high.
b) "I enjoyed it but I'm not letting go" riders.
c) "please God let me get through this" people like the young guy in the front row, third from the right!
I fluctuate between b & c! :lmao:

Usually I am "A" but for some reason I was hanging on but not even scared! :confused3 Now the first two times I was definitely "C"!

Those crowds are crazy. I hate when a park is supposed to be a 6 and it turns out like that. That is why I always just take the hit and get park hoppers.

I hope 50's works out. The reviews I have been seeing are sounding pretty good. Your family seems like they would have a good time there.

Your DH looks very happy in the TOT picture. You are doing a much better job at converting your DH to a Disney lover than I am.

During my PTR I debated on those PH and wish I had gone for it then. Getting to day 4 of a 6 day trip just didn't make sense (knowing the following days plans). From now on...they will be add-ons regardless I think!!

We had lots of fun the last time at 50's PTC...I don't want to give anything away on this one though! :rolleyes1 Hopefully your cruise will sway your DH slightly! I am crossign my fingers that both he and Caitlin get soem Pixie Dust!! :thumbsup2

So far I have only read Day 1 but am loving your TR

:welcome: I am so glad you are enjoying the report so for! Glad to have you along!!

Well, ToT can definitely cheer people up! Can't wait to hear about 50's Prime Time. I love that restaurant!

I like to call it the "Tower of Thrills"!! It makes me smile the entire time! Night rides are my favorites!! :goodvibes I love 50's PTC too!! :goodvibes

Hello, I just got caught up on your trip report. I can not believe the CROWD at DHS!!!!:scared1: I can't wait to hear if you all enjoyed 50's Prime Time. That is a family favorite with us.

It was a [I]bad crowd that day. We had thought about a quick trip during Christmas but then thought if the crowds are that bad we will wait until we can go during a slower time liek right after Thanksgiving!! I hope to post the 50's PTC update over the weekend!

TinksThree
09-28-2011, 01:29 PM
So far our day has been pretty much not what I had planned! It wasn't working out as I had been dreaming for months on end but happily, we are about to see an upswing!!!

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Arriving at 5o's Primetime Cafe, we check in for our reservation and try to find a place to wait. We go into one of the living areas and a few find a place to sit. I snap a couple of pictures.

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I believe I was taking pictures of the televisions here because I do not know these people and the liquor bottles would not be tops on my “musts” for picture taking!!

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It really feels like my grandmother's house in here....

Soon we are led to our table. We settle in and begin viewing some of the great oldies while try to decide what to order…

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A few pictures around the table as we peruse the menus:

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As well as a few pictures of our surroundings:

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Shortly after ordering I began coloring on the beverage napkins (isn't that why there are crayons on the table?) when it was noticed by our cousin. He makes a huge presentation that this "kid" needs a kid's menu and I am presented with this...which I proudly colored on!

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We make it easy and all order the Sampler.

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This was such an awesome meal! I have eaten here twice and both times we really enjoyed it! The food is definitely comfort food and extremely filling! Plus it doesn't taste too bad!! We had a pretty good waiter that did some interaction but the interaction wasn’t as good as the last time we were here. He was fine though since we may have not been in the mood for too much picking (people were chippering up some). We did get repremanded repeatedly for elbows on the table and chewing gum. Also "Please" and Thank You" was required! We would not get anything we asked for without asking correctly. It is just good, honest fun!

Then came the desserts!!

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We exit 50’s PTC and Keith sees how close we are to Indiana Jones. He suggests we go and I look at the schedule. A show will be starting soon so we head over!!!

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This show is so much fun! We all loved it! I am getting the kids hooked on the old IJ movies. We went to see Cowboys and Aliens and when Harrison Ford came on screen Madison says “There’s Indiana Jones! “ to the amusement of many around us. A guy turns around and says “You mean Han Solo” and she says “Who?” Obviously we aren’t big Star Wars fans!!

We like this show a lot so there are lots and lots of pictures!!!

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Everytime I see this show I recall the Full House episode when DJ sees Steve everywhere and thinks he is the Indiana Jones dude....

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The volunteers are always fun! We even had one all the way from Morocco!!!

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Continued in next post....

TinksThree
09-28-2011, 01:40 PM
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We exit the show and try to determine where to go. We know we are headed to TSMM but there are so many people that we wander around until finally we see Pixar Studios (yes we got lost again...I just get lost in DHS all of the time!!)!!

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We have people needing "breaks" so while we wait, we look at the store and Madison decides she must have this t-shirt! I love it!!

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While waiting around a few outside shots:

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We are off to play with my favorite characters!!!

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I got Jessie!!

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And my score...I had to play all alone.... But that means my pitiful score and accuracy is the best in the car!!

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Even with the FPs we are in line for about 20 minutes. The wait time listed was still at 120 minutes. I love this ride but no way would I wait that long to ride anything!!

By this time we were thinking a break was in order plus we planned on returning for PM EMH after supper. Up next: We have one last stop to make!

shan23877
09-29-2011, 01:17 AM
I'm so glad that your day was improving! In our family food always seems to help. :thumbsup2

IheartDDuck
09-29-2011, 11:25 AM
I'm glad that your day was improving at that point. I do love 50's Prime Time. There are times when I go there when I don't want too dramatic of a server too. Love the sampler platter, although each time I've gotten it, I've wished I'd had more pot roast. ;)

Love the angry eyes tee shirt!

That's too funny that Madison said "that's Indiana Jones" when you watched Cowboy's and Aliens. I love all the Indiana Jones movies. Although I do have to admit, he was Han Solo to me first and foremost. :love:

lbuzz52
09-29-2011, 02:54 PM
glad the day is going okay, even with the crowds. I love 50's- it took me a couple times to realize there isn't room if you choose a milkshake as your beverage! I agree, DHS is easy to get lost in- although i've got parts of it down now.

mickeystoontown
09-29-2011, 05:06 PM
I think a meal at the 50's Prime Time is a great way to pep up a day in a crowded park. We have eaten there twice and it was good enough that we want to go back again.

Yay for getting in to see the Indiana Jones Stunt Show so quickly. We didn't get to see it this year because we visited on a Star Wars Weekend day and couldn't fit it into our schedule. But, we do love it and I take just as many pictures as you do.

The first thing I noticed in your Pixar Place pictures was the wait time for Toy Story Mania. :scared1: You would have thought that it would have lost a little bit of it's appeal by now and the wait times wouldn't be so long.

TinksThree
09-29-2011, 05:48 PM
I'm so glad that your day was improving! In our family food always seems to help. :thumbsup2

Our family loves food! We constantly find occassions to eat!! :lmao: So that really did help improve the day...plus it is a fun place to eat!

I'm glad that your day was improving at that point. I do love 50's Prime Time. There are times when I go there when I don't want too dramatic of a server too. Love the sampler platter, although each time I've gotten it, I've wished I'd had more pot roast. ;)

Love the angry eyes tee shirt!

That's too funny that Madison said "that's Indiana Jones" when you watched Cowboy's and Aliens. I love all the Indiana Jones movies. Although I do have to admit, he was Han Solo to me first and foremost. :love:

Yes, that pot roast was so good! It was my fave too! Wasn't that the cutest shirt!? I wish they had it in adult sizes!

I guess I should clarify that we do like Star Wars...we just aren't watchers like we are with the Indiana Jones movies so she really recognized him from that!

glad the day is going okay, even with the crowds. I love 50's- it took me a couple times to realize there isn't room if you choose a milkshake as your beverage! I agree, DHS is easy to get lost in- although i've got parts of it down now.

Yes, once we got away fromt he main crowds it became much better! 50's is good and we didn't finish half of the milkshakes because we were so stuffed! But they were very good!

I think a meal at the 50's Prime Time is a great way to pep up a day in a crowded park. We have eaten there twice and it was good enough that we want to go back again.

Yay for getting in to see the Indiana Jones Stunt Show so quickly. We didn't get to see it this year because we visited on a Star Wars Weekend day and couldn't fit it into our schedule. But, we do love it and I take just as many pictures as you do.

The first thing I noticed in your Pixar Place pictures was the wait time for Toy Story Mania. :scared1: You would have thought that it would have lost a little bit of it's appeal by now and the wait times wouldn't be so long.

We have discovered we like to break up the day (when not park hopping) at DHS by having a "sit-down" lunch just to escape from the crowds. This day we were even more thankful! The timing of Indiana Jones was perfect. We also like Lights Motors Actions but we couldn't fit it in too.

That wait time was the story of the day for TSMM! I adore TSMM but I do not feel it is worth standing in line half a day to ride! It has been around awhile so you would think interest would wane at least a little bit!

saintstickets
09-29-2011, 09:04 PM
Even with the FPs we are in line for about 20 minutes. The wait time listed was still at 120 minutes. I love this ride but no way would I wait that long to ride anything!!

I agree. We rode TSM for the 1st time this past November and it was great but no way would I wait 2 hours to ride anything! There are too many other things to do to waste that much time in line.

Keep the fantastic TR coming!

Moira222
09-30-2011, 11:35 AM
It must be Friday, I'm sneaking the disboards window underneath all my work windows LOL:lmao:
Sorry I have been awol for a month....but I am caught up !


YOur Epcot day sounds great - you got to see a lot of the performances. I can't wait to go--I told him how much I rather resented being rushed past performances at WorldShowcase in particular.

Can you believe we've never seen American Adventure or the Voice of Liberty? Actually I didn't know about it ..somehow my recollection of the American showcase is a McDonald's (in 2007) and a KidKot stop outside of a little store. where is the American Adventure? I must see this!!


So I am pretty happy that I have gotten to see two acts within a 30 minute span!!

We begin discussing where to go next. Do we want to call it a day and head back to the room or explore a bit more? We decide a visit to American Adventure is in order!

We go in to listen to The Voices of Liberty. They are awesome…plain and simple! I love listening to them sing! We found a great spot on the floor and sat down to soak up some American culture!

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Then the Ziti Sisters make an appearance. This is one act I was not familiar with at all but they were so much fun and we had a blast watching them! They first got some girls from the crowd to do a little parade thing and then they got three men to join their antics.

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What an awesome few hours! I feel very satisfied on the entertainment side of things! Next we grab a quick snack, backtrack through WS and close out our Epcot day!!

The Ziti sisters look new ...YAY I love adding "new" stuff to my check list. THey look like a fun show, too.

I love riding Maelstrom, though we missed it this time. :confused3

We pretty much walk-on to Maelstrom.

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This is a pretty fun little ride to me. I even enjoy the film at the end…you know, the film everyone talks about skipping?

Whew! We have had a great day at Epcot! The weather, although hot, has been perfect and we have done and seen so much! We head out but make one final stop: Spaceship Earth!

Along the way...a few pictures:



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[COLOR="Purple"]and yet another thing thing I have managed to never ride: Spaceship Earth. Somehow I always think this is the ride that makes everyone sick, but that's Space Mountain in MK,right? My next trip will have a near entire day dedicated to FutureWorld, which we only walked through this year.

[FONT="Georgia"][B]Then we get our “future” and Keith doesn’t look too excited about his future! I told him to smile!! I like this little added part. It is fun and for some reason I just think “Jetsons”!!


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Add in Spaceship Earth and this was a pretty successful day! The “Plan” was to leave for the Boardwalk around 5:30pm. We left Epcot to head back to the resort around 5pm. So time wise we are “on schedule” but the plan is taking a whole new route now!!

Next up: one last post for Day 3--DTD and Raglan Road!



So sorry for being MIA. For those who were reading my PTR, you may remember my concern on my grandmother not eating and maybe not making it through our trip. Well, we lost her this past Sunday. She had really taken a turn for the worse over the last 2 weeks. So I have an update ready to post but I haven't been in the "Disney" frame of mind the past few days. I hope to post the end of Day 3 very soon! Keep an eye out for it! ;)
I"m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. :hug:



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We really were fairly tired. It had been a long day and was inching towards 10pm. And we never eat that late!! Ever!! We peruse the menu and try to decide what to order. Then the waiter comes to take our drink order. He is very friendly and gives us the specials and then we tell him that (GASP!!!) :eek: we are on the DDP. Evidentally either Raglan Road or this particular waiter does not like patrons using the DDP!


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Rating Raglan Road overall: I will remove all aspects of the terrible waiter we had and focus on the food and restaurant itself. We will try this place again. The food was very good and tasty. I thought that the value of what we would have paid fit the cost (had we been paying OOP). I would skip the desserts though (and I am a sweet fanatic so this goes a long ways!!).

BOO for a bad waiter at Raglan Road. I am anxious to try this place, though your late dinner would have me up all night. I like the idea of writing WHY the bad tip was given - I was a waitress off and on for years and so I give good tips unless they are just crummy servers, and sounds like this guy was.

I am going to attempt a short update....

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We are on Row 2!!

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Our picture! I look scared and holding onto Keith…but I really am not…I love this ride!!! And you know what I really like about this picture? The pure happiness on Keith’s face! This smile tells me all I really need to know about how he feels!!

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My jaw DROPPED when I saw the crowds at DHS HOLY COW! all in all it sounds like your day turned around despite the crowds - LOVE your photo of TOT. Wish I had thought to take a picture of our picture. (next time)

You found all of Keiths' favs, how awesome! The look on his face on TOT vs the one on Mission Space just says it all as to his favorite park.

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pinkxray
09-30-2011, 01:08 PM
Your meal at 50's looks so good. They added the sampler after our 2010 trip. I wish they had had it when we went b/c I wanted to try everything!

:laughing:Everyone seems to remember the Full House episode when they see Indiana Jones. I wish they still had ABC shows go to Disney. That was so fun.
Caitlin has never watched Full House. I have tried to get her to watch the Disney episodes but she never gets into it. Imagine that one day people will go to Disney and not remember the Full House episdoes:sad2:

We skipped TSM this year. We never got to RD at DHS so the line was always too long. I don't think we'll make it back on there until they add a new ride in DHS that takes away the crowds.

I love the Mr. Potato head shirt:thumbsup2

SimmerBaggins
10-01-2011, 08:59 AM
I still have never seen the Indiana Jones show! :rolleyes1 Park time is so precious, and we've just never done that, although we tried last time, and it was full and we couldn't get in.

Speaking of precious park time, I'm with you -- 2 hours is too much to spend in line for one ride... :sad2: unless, of course, you can go often! :goodvibes

TinksThree
10-02-2011, 09:00 PM
I agree. We rode TSM for the 1st time this past November and it was great but no way would I wait 2 hours to ride anything! There are too many other things to do to waste that much time in line.

Keep the fantastic TR coming!

I love TSM but I just don't get waiting that long. You are exactly right: there are too many other things to do!

I hope to update real soon! :thumbsup2

It must be Friday, I'm sneaking the disboards window underneath all my work windows LOL:lmao:
Sorry I have been awol for a month....but I am caught up !

I understand completely! My real life tends to interfer with Dissing a lot lately!

YOur Epcot day sounds great - you got to see a lot of the performances. I can't wait to go--I told him how much I rather resented being rushed past performances at WorldShowcase in particular.

Can you believe we've never seen American Adventure or the Voice of Liberty? Actually I didn't know about it ..somehow my recollection of the American showcase is a McDonald's (in 2007) and a KidKot stop outside of a little store. where is the American Adventure? I must see this!!

Oh yes! I remember how you had to walk fast to keep up! :rotfl: American Adventure is inside the colonial American bulding. Th Voices of Liberty are just inside the entrance. There is a big rotunda where they sing. Then after they sing there are doors that open up and you go further into the building and upstairs. I highly recommend checking it out!


The Ziti sisters look new ...YAY I love adding "new" stuff to my check list. THey look like a fun show, too.

I love riding Maelstrom, though we missed it this time. :confused3

The Ziti sisters were so fun! would stop and watch them again! I like Maelstrom too. Seems like I always see comments from people saying they hate it...:sad2:

and yet another thing thing I have managed to never ride: Spaceship Earth. Somehow I always think this is the ride that makes everyone sick, but that's Space Mountain in MK,right? My next trip will have a near entire day dedicated to FutureWorld, which we only walked through this year.

Spaceship Earth is very easy! It must be Space Mtn that makes people sick! It is one I recommend trying sometime!


I"m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. :hug:

Thanks! :hug: Her birthday would be next week and I keep seeing it on my calendar...:sad1:

BOO for a bad waiter at Raglan Road. I am anxious to try this place, though your late dinner would have me up all night. I like the idea of writing WHY the bad tip was given - I was a waitress off and on for years and so I give good tips unless they are just crummy servers, and sounds like this guy was.

I don't like eating that late and probably will not try that again! But Raglan Road was very good food wise! I like that idea too and will start using it!

My jaw DROPPED when I saw the crowds at DHS HOLY COW! all in all it sounds like your day turned around despite the crowds - LOVE your photo of TOT. Wish I had thought to take a picture of our picture. (next time)

Those crowds were insane! I try to get a picture taken even if we decide to purchase...it is fun to look back on!

You found all of Keiths' favs, how awesome! The look on his face on TOT vs the one on Mission Space just says it all as to his favorite park.

Agreed!!! :thumbsup2


Did I see you saqy on pinkxray's TR that you were planning an adult trip in October or May? At the Boardwalk? I am pre-planning a "hopeful" trip for October to the Food and Wine Festival for my big 40! I want to try and rent points at Boardwalk...maybe! :goodvibes

Your meal at 50's looks so good. They added the sampler after our 2010 trip. I wish they had had it when we went b/c I wanted to try everything!

:laughing:Everyone seems to remember the Full House episode when they see Indiana Jones. I wish they still had ABC shows go to Disney. That was so fun.
Caitlin has never watched Full House. I have tried to get her to watch the Disney episodes but she never gets into it. Imagine that one day people will go to Disney and not remember the Full House episdoes:sad2:

We skipped TSM this year. We never got to RD at DHS so the line was always too long. I don't think we'll make it back on there until they add a new ride in DHS that takes away the crowds.

I love the Mr. Potato head shirt:thumbsup2

That is why we got the sampler...we wanted it all!! :lmao: Madison was little when Mary Kate and Ashley had their little movies so she was enthralled and we watched Full House all of the time. The Disney episodes are still my favorites!!

I think it is time for a new big themed ride at DHS! ;) Isn't that short great?!!? :laughing:

I still have never seen the Indiana Jones show! :rolleyes1 Park time is so precious, and we've just never done that, although we tried last time, and it was full and we couldn't get in.

Speaking of precious park time, I'm with you -- 2 hours is too much to spend in line for one ride... :sad2: unless, of course, you can go often! :goodvibes

Indiana Jones is so good! Beauty and the Beast is the one I keep missing out on! I wish I could go so often that it didn't matter how much time I spend in any line!!

ksl5f123
10-03-2011, 01:49 PM
I SOOO want to eat at 50's PT. The atmosphere looks so cute and the food looks yummy. I just don't see anything on the menu for DH - silly vegetarians. :laughing:

I can't wait for my girls to be old enough to watch Indiana Jones. Those movies were such a part of my childhood. Since they have never seen them, we haven't watched Indy at Disney in years! Maybe someday we will get back... In the meantime, I am enjoying watching it through your pictures!

:laughing: about getting lost at DHS. Me too. All the time. There is something about that back corner that gets me everytime.

TinksThree
10-03-2011, 04:45 PM
I SOOO want to eat at 50's PT. The atmosphere looks so cute and the food looks yummy. I just don't see anything on the menu for DH - silly vegetarians. :laughing:

I can't wait for my girls to be old enough to watch Indiana Jones. Those movies were such a part of my childhood. Since they have never seen them, we haven't watched Indy at Disney in years! Maybe someday we will get back... In the meantime, I am enjoying watching it through your pictures!

:laughing: about getting lost at DHS. Me too. All the time. There is something about that back corner that gets me everytime.

You would think they would have a veggie plate since diners usually have those kind of things and 50's PTC is similar to a diner. It is so fun and yummy maybe one day you can talk him into a compromise of some sort!

I love the Indy movies! I always had the biggest crush on Harrison Ford...:rolleyes1 It is s a fun show with the explosions and action.

And that is exactly where I get lost! I always seem to walk in circles. I feel like Chevy Chase in European Vacation only instead of "Look kids, it's Big Ben" I say "Look kids, it's Miss Piggy" over and over!! :lmao:

Moira222
10-03-2011, 10:38 PM
Did I see you saqy on pinkxray's TR that you were planning an adult trip in October or May? At the Boardwalk? I am pre-planning a "hopeful" trip for October to the Food and Wine Festival for my big 40! I want to try and rent points at Boardwalk...maybe! :goodvibes



We are going adults only in June. Its our 20th wedding anniversary and come he 11 or high water, we're going! I can't wait!!!! I have been checking out the DVC rentals and pinkxray was awesome to answer a slew of questions I had about renting.



I love the Indy movies! I always had the biggest crush on Harrison Ford...:rolleyes1 It is s a fun show with the explosions and action.

And that is exactly where I get lost! I always seem to walk in circles. I feel like Chevy Chase in European Vacation only instead of "Look kids, it's Big Ben" I say "Look kids, it's Miss Piggy" over and over!! :lmao: mmmm harrison ford is yummy. DH was watching a movie over the weekend with Harrison Ford. didn't even care what the movie watch, I just think the man is sexy. :cloud9:

TinksThree
10-04-2011, 09:16 PM
We are going adults only in June. Its our 20th wedding anniversary and come he 11 or high water, we're going! I can't wait!!!! I have been checking out the DVC rentals and pinkxray was awesome to answer a slew of questions I had about renting.

mmmm harrison ford is yummy. DH was watching a movie over the weekend with Harrison Ford. didn't even care what the movie watch, I just think the man is sexy. :cloud9:

I have so many tentative plans for October. I want to go to the Food and Wine Festival and decided Keith would have a harder time saying no if it is our 10 year anniversary/my birthday combo trip! pinkxray is where I have learned you could even rent points! I really, really want to stay at Boardwalk but renting points may be my only way with everything else I want to do on the trip...:rolleyes: Of course if they extend the military discounts any that may make a huge difference!!

Totally agree on Harrison Ford...even now!! :cloud9: And he is, like, my dad's age!! :rotfl:

TinksThree
10-04-2011, 09:41 PM
Finally we get to ride TSMM and as we exit we decide to head to One Man’s Dream. I love this exhibit as well! I love nostalgia and this place is bursting at the seams with it!!

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One of my favorite models!

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This amazes me yet creeps me out at the same time!!

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Seriously, reading and learning about how the animitronics work is truly amazing!!

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We watch the movie which I highly recommend if you have never seen it. Even Keith commented on how much he learned! Then we decide to head back to the resort to rest or swim before heading to DTD and our T-Rex dinner!!

First on our way out I snap a few pictures:

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We rest for a while, contemplate swimming, decide not too due to the high number of kids, watch some more of the Casey Anthony trial (I have no idea why we were so enthralled in this debacle!) and then we head for the boat!!

Of course, I am such a picture freak that I must take pictures along the way to the boat dock!! You may think I am just reposting sometimes but nope...I seriously have taken duplicates over and over!! LOL

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The pool with the huge scary serpent!!!

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We make the ride down the Sassagoula River

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and dock at the Marketplace. First though…we SHOP!!! On our first night in town we had window shopped and made notes of things to return for. This was the time to cash in that “wish list”! We hit several stores while Keith and Chris wait outside.

Keith found a spot to play with his phone...I guess I can be thankful he has apps that keep him happy while I spend our money!!

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Our last stop before supper was World of Disney. Chris found a friend as we entered World of Disney!

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I was very glad these guys were behind bars! They look very menacing!!

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I snap a few pictures in the store while waiting on my mom to pay...

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On the way over I have to take another picture of Buzz and Woody because I just love them!!!

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And, yes, I really did take another picture of this guy! He is just photogenic!!

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It had poured rain while we are checking out, so we were a little late checking in at T-Rex. Never fear though, it is 5:30pm and the Expeditions are running right on time!
Continued in the next post....

TinksThree
10-04-2011, 09:57 PM
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We are immediately seated. We get the jungle room again. We always get seated in this area.

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Next trip I may request another location. But never the less we have a great time and even survive many meteor showers! This restaurant is one of our favorites! I read a lot of reviews where they say the food is not that good and it is loud. Well it really is loud especially when the meteor showers begin and those dinosaurs begin roaring. I have yet to eat anything that was not good. this was our 5th time to eat here and it will not be our last! Our server this time was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very good and he was tipped extremely well! We even made a point to ask for the manager and compliment him. Yes, he really was that good!

We were very close to the Ice Cave...this is where I want to eat!!

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Pre-dinner pictures:

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We decide to order appetizers since it really hasn’t been that long since we had a huge meal. We ordered two of the samplers with ribs. Plus we ordered some chicken wings. Very good food!! Food porn....

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You get a better look at the bruschetta behind the wings...this is on the top tier and not easily seen.

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Even though we ordered just drinks and appetizers our bill was still $126 including tax and tip so be prepared!

We get ready to leave and I must take a few more pictures on the way out!!

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We bid T-Rex a fond farewell as well as DTD and it is back to DHS we go! Will we conquer the park during PM EMH?!

pinkxray
10-05-2011, 07:33 AM
I have so many tentative plans for October. I want to go to the Food and Wine Festival and decided Keith would have a harder time saying no if it is our 10 year anniversary/my birthday combo trip! pinkxray is where I have learned you could even rent points! I really, really want to stay at Boardwalk but renting points may be my only way with everything else I want to do on the trip...:rolleyes: Of course if they extend the military discounts any that may make a huge difference!!

Totally agree on Harrison Ford...even now!! :cloud9: And he is, like, my dad's age!! :rotfl:



Renting points was such a great deal. I am having such a hard time paying Disney prices for our one night in Oct. All the DVC units are full so I'm stuck. We are staying at Pop even though I sometimes think of upgrading I just can't bring myself to pay the rack rate. I am so bummed there are no room only discounts for Oct.-Dec this year.

The Boardwalk sounds awesome. I would love to stay there during food and wine one year. I think that would be a girls only or solo trip though. I'll have to find some Disers to meet up with.



T-rex looks good. We didn't get to sit in the ice cave either. It looks cool but we walked though during the meteor shower (?) to get to the bathroom and it was so loud. I don't know if I would want to bring a kid any younger than Caitlin in there.

Darn it! I missed One Man's Dream again. I totally forgot that I wanted to make it there last trip. It looks interesting and I love to hear about Walt. We all agreed we would probably skip DHS next trip but I might have to pop alone to see it.

:laughing:Indy was on this weekend on we all caught a bit of it. Whenever we see Harrison Ford DH always brings up the question of why Harrison Ford's career took off and Mark Hamills didn't. I answered b/c Harrison is hot while Mark is not. DH thought it was crazy that women find Harrison good looking. He thinks he a bit doofy looking. I guess men just don't see the same appeal.

TinksThree
10-05-2011, 03:29 PM
Renting points was such a great deal. I am having such a hard time paying Disney prices for our one night in Oct. All the DVC units are full so I'm stuck. We are staying at Pop even though I sometimes think of upgrading I just can't bring myself to pay the rack rate. I am so bummed there are no room only discounts for Oct.-Dec this year.

The Boardwalk sounds awesome. I would love to stay there during food and wine one year. I think that would be a girls only or solo trip though. I'll have to find some Disers to meet up with.



T-rex looks good. We didn't get to sit in the ice cave either. It looks cool but we walked though during the meteor shower (?) to get to the bathroom and it was so loud. I don't know if I would want to bring a kid any younger than Caitlin in there.

Darn it! I missed One Man's Dream again. I totally forgot that I wanted to make it there last trip. It looks interesting and I love to hear about Walt. We all agreed we would probably skip DHS next trip but I might have to pop alone to see it.

:laughing:Indy was on this weekend on we all caught a bit of it. Whenever we see Harrison Ford DH always brings up the question of why Harrison Ford's career took off and Mark Hamills didn't. I answered b/c Harrison is hot while Mark is not. DH thought it was crazy that women find Harrison good looking. He thinks he a bit doofy looking. I guess men just don't see the same appeal.

Boardwalk was the very first deluxe resort I ever encountered and I fell in love with it. It became my "dream" place to stay. And i would love to be able to walk back and forth to Epcot since that would be the sole reason we are going! (well sort of the sole reason!) I remember how well you did renting. I have been looking at Dave's Vacations or something like that and trying to determine how many points I may need to rent. I think a girl's trip would be so fun because then you can leave the grumpy guys at home!! :lmao:

One Man's Dream is great so hopefully you can get there one day! Maybe DH is jealous of Harrison Ford...just kidding!! I don't see what guys see in Elizabeth Hurley or those ugly Victoria Secret models either! :confused So I guess I can see his point! :lmao:

mickeystoontown
10-05-2011, 03:43 PM
I really enjoyed your pictures of One Man's Dream. The last time we were in there, there were so many people you could hardly move. And, a little girl had gotten lost in the building and the mother was screaming and crying hysterically. She did find her daughter after just a few minutes thankfully.

Ahh, T-Rex! Love it there and, like you, we've never had a bad meal. What I wouldn't give to have a meteor shower falling all around me right now instead of all this legal mumbo jumbo talk I hear in the background. :rolleyes:

TinksThree
10-05-2011, 08:56 PM
I really enjoyed your pictures of One Man's Dream. The last time we were in there, there were so many people you could hardly move. And, a little girl had gotten lost in the building and the mother was screaming and crying hysterically. She did find her daughter after just a few minutes thankfully.

Ahh, T-Rex! Love it there and, like you, we've never had a bad meal. What I wouldn't give to have a meteor shower falling all around me right now instead of all this legal mumbo jumbo talk I hear in the background. :rolleyes:

Thankfully the masses in the park that day had not located One Man's Dream! It was the one thing in DHS I wanted to see more than anything else! Crowds and a missing child/screaming mother would not make that area enjoyable!

T-Rex is so good! The first time we went we were hooked. It hooked Keith too!! We actually returned this trip because he insisted! I have been training people in financial aid all day...I really could go for a meteor shower right about now! :goodvibes

IheartDDuck
10-05-2011, 09:40 PM
One Man's Dream is one of my favorite attractions. I can spend forever in there just looking at the various displays.

I have to admit that I haven't eaten at T-Rex before, but the food always looks good. I like the look of the ambience in there too.

GrammyJudy
10-06-2011, 08:31 AM
I love Ine Mans Dream also.

Going to try TRex in jan. Do you think it will be scary for a 3 year old?

TinksThree
10-06-2011, 09:36 AM
One Man's Dream is one of my favorite attractions. I can spend forever in there just looking at the various displays.

I have to admit that I haven't eaten at T-Rex before, but the food always looks good. I like the look of the ambience in there too.

T-Rex is just fun and the food is good! Keith is all about ambience in restaurants so I think that is what hooked him on this place!!

I love Ine Mans Dream also.

Going to try TRex in jan. Do you think it will be scary for a 3 year old?

It gets sort of loud during the meteor shower and that is when the dinosaurs really move around. I don't recall them doing much movement at all during non-meteor shower times. I would say that it depends on how scared the 3 yr old is of things. Madison would have loved it at 3 but we have a friend whose little boy had to leave a Wizard of Oz birthday party because they had people dressed as the characters. He never would have survived! You can request to not be placed very close to the big dinosaurs. Where we were sitting on this trip the dinosaurs were not very close so it just seemed loud. There are louds of families with littel ones every time we go and they all seem to be fine with everything. Also they have a Build-a Dinosaur store in the gift shop with very cute dinos waiting to be stuffed!

TinksThree
10-06-2011, 09:48 AM
Here is a video from our June 2010 trip in case anyone is interested in seeing the meteor shower. Where we were sitting was a little away from the "action" of the big dinosaurs and it is dark in the restaturant but the video can still give you an idea! :)


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mickeystoontown
10-06-2011, 10:18 AM
Thank you, thank you for posting the video. I told you before that I'd love to be sitting in T-Rex instead of my desk and this video was the next best thing. :thumbsup2

mickeystoontown
10-06-2011, 10:19 AM
Forgot to add something....it's looking more and more like we will be in Tennessee for Thanksgiving too. Unfortunately, my private messages were cleaned out and I lost the names of the hotels you suggested. Do you mind sending it again? If it's a pain in the booty, don't worry about it.

TinksThree
10-06-2011, 11:44 AM
Thank you, thank you for posting the video. I told you before that I'd love to be sitting in T-Rex instead of my desk and this video was the next best thing. :thumbsup2

You are so very welcome!! :yay: I am glad I could perk up your legal mumbo jumbo day!!:rotfl:

Forgot to add something....it's looking more and more like we will be in Tennessee for Thanksgiving too. Unfortunately, my private messages were cleaned out and I lost the names of the hotels you suggested. Do you mind sending it again? If it's a pain in the booty, don't worry about it.

How exciting!! I had the message still in my box and forward it to you! :goodvibes

ksl5f123
10-06-2011, 03:17 PM
One Man's Dream looked like a nice break from the crowd. We have never been in there. I just assumed my kids would be bored. Maybe next time...

The crowd sure does still look heavy as you leave though! Yikes!

I love POFQ, but I have to say that I just don't "get" the serpent in the pool. :confused3

I have seen so many pictures of the appetizer platter at T-Rex and I want to try it more every time I see it! I just have to get some earplugs for me and my two youngest.

I can't wait to see what the crowds look like during EMH!

TinksThree
10-06-2011, 04:59 PM
One Man's Dream looked like a nice break from the crowd. We have never been in there. I just assumed my kids would be bored. Maybe next time...

The crowd sure does still look heavy as you leave though! Yikes!

I love POFQ, but I have to say that I just don't "get" the serpent in the pool. :confused3

I have seen so many pictures of the appetizer platter at T-Rex and I want to try it more every time I see it! I just have to get some earplugs for me and my two youngest.

I can't wait to see what the crowds look like during EMH!

The crowd level was still pretty heavy...but I was hopeful it would loosen up some for EMH. :rolleyes:

I highly recommend the appetizer sampler! It is really a lot of food too! One day we will get the volcano dessert that smokes when it comes out but we are always too full when we eat there!

I don't really get the serpent either at the pool. I get the alligators and the only thing I figure about the serpent is it is a reference to Mardi Gras--which does make sense. But IMHO the POR pool is 90% better (the 10% difference is just becasue it is a pool! :laughing: We loved the POR pool but once was enough at the POFQ pool. Which is a little weird since to me POFQ is a more "grown-up" resort but the pool is definitely for kids. However, the POR pool can be more adult friendly yet the resort seems more kid friendly....at least that is how I see it!

WyldLynx
10-06-2011, 08:31 PM
Awesome TR. I so understand the whole OCD planning and trying to people please. I am 11mths out from our next trip and have already put together a fairly comprehensive 3 ring binder. My family thinks I'm going nuts. Little do they know I'm already there:lmao:

I can't wait to read the rest of your changing plans. popcorn::

TinksThree
10-07-2011, 01:32 PM
Awesome TR. I so understand the whole OCD planning and trying to people please. I am 11mths out from our next trip and have already put together a fairly comprehensive 3 ring binder. My family thinks I'm going nuts. Little do they know I'm already there:lmao:

I can't wait to read the rest of your changing plans. popcorn::

Thank you so much! I am so glad you are enjoying it! It is so fun to write and great to hear from people who enjoy my efforts!! :goodvibes

I am such a planner. I think I have three plans for a potential trip in October 2012! It isn't even definite and I am still planning obsessively!! :lmao:

Yes...more changes will occur!! ;)

JJBEAN
10-09-2011, 10:53 AM
Joining in! I just got caught up on your TR and it is great!! I still can't believe the crowds on your DHS day...wow! Hope your night gets a little better at T-Rex. We always love that restaurant! Looking forward to more! popcorn::

TinksThree
10-10-2011, 10:38 AM
Joining in! I just got caught up on your TR and it is great!! I still can't believe the crowds on your DHS day...wow! Hope your night gets a little better at T-Rex. We always love that restaurant! Looking forward to more! popcorn::

:welcome: I am so happy you are joining in...and enjoying the TR!! :yay:

DHS was crazy that day!! But T-Rex was awesome!!!! We love that restaurant too!!!

TinksThree
10-10-2011, 10:54 AM
After going back in time for a bit, we leave with full and satisfied tummies and head to the bus stops.

On the way I snapped a picture of a kid playing in the water...

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wait, that was Chris!! :rotfl:

The plan is to catch a bus to the Swan/Dolphin and ride the boat to DHS for PM EMH. The buses take forever to get there. I think we waited for almost 30 minutes. Then when we get to the Dolphin we go in search of the boat dock. We get slightly lost--mostly due to a quick restroom break that caused us to go in circles!-- but very soon we are waiting to board!

From the boat docks:

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We finally make it back to DHS around 7:15pm. Our first destination is to check on wait times for TSMM. We arrive and see it is 120 minutes. STILL!! Ugh!!! We know we do not want to wait that long so we head to The Great Movie Ride.

The Chinese Theater:

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We really enjoy this trip through the oldies but goodies! I knew my mom would really enjoy this ride and I wasn’t disappointed!! This was practically a walk-on (probably bcause everyone was still in line at TSMM!!).

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I just love this one!!

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Mary Poppins!!!

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Oh, those nasty bad guys!!! We got hijacked!!!

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John Wayne...

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From The Old West to Indiana Jones!

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Our guide is back so...the show must go on!!!.....

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And another of my faves...The Wizard of Oz!!

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No pictures of the very end but I just love the montage of movies they show at the very end!!! It may be a little nerdy but I simply adore this attraction!!! :yay:



Continued in next post.....

TinksThree
10-10-2011, 11:21 AM
Next we head off to the Streets of America and a photo session in near empty streets!

This was a lot of fun since it was empty! It was also a very surreal feeling! I think everyone was still in line at TSMM!!

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I missed the fact Chris was not looking at me until much later. We joked with him that he must have been watching for the subway he was about to miss!!

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See the emptiness!! Much different than this morning!!

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Madison and I recreated the Singing in the Rain scene!

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After having a look around we make our way to Star Tours. The rehab version had just opened but the wait was only about 20 minutes (everyone was over at TSMM!).

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In our cool and futuristic glasses!

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Just before the "ugly"

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We go on our tour and exit. Keith went in very happy but exits not so much. I now know that any (and I mean ANY) motion simulated ride will not be done by Keith unless he is pumped full of Dramamine! He is slightly motion sick but doesn’t say he isn’t feeling well. So he just walks way far behind us while we go back to TSMM.

We arrive and it is still 120 minutes. No Way Jose, so we mosey towards Tower of Terror. I adore riding ToT at night. It is the best!! And Keith had not ridden it at night so I couldn’t wait until he experienced a nighttime ride!

Along the way...

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We get there and that is where is gets ugly….he feels bad but I don’t know this. The day has been long and I am exhausted from trying to please everyone and make sure we are all having the “Hap, happiest time!” I break…I am ashamed to say that I am the one that becomes “the ugly”. Needless to say, I feel as though I just can’t take anymore and decide it is time to leave. We leave without ever riding ToT….:sad1: Later when I find out why the one holding me together all day had “turned” on me (because he was sick) I really felt bad. If only he had said he wasn’t feeling well!

My favorite ride..in the dark...that was not to be on this trip:

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We get back to POFQ around 9:45pm and it is lights out. Hopefully tomorrow will be better! We only have 2 days left and the following night is something I have looked extremely forward to!!

So, how did today’s plans go? Let’s take a look:

Toy Story Mania-get FP and ride stand-by we got our Fast passes but that is it!
Rock-n-Roller Coaster-stand-by or FP later Rode stand-by
Tower of Terror-stand-by We rode stand-by plus got FPs (which are never used)
One Man's Dream DONE!!
the Animated Tour did not make it
lunch at 50's Primetime Café at 11:15 DONE!!
Backlot Tour did not make it
Streets of America DONE!!
Lights Motor Action (1:20pm show) did not make it but we saw Indiana Jones
leave for resort to swim no swim but we did rest
boat to DTD
T-Rex Reservations made; ck-in 5:15pm DONE!!
bus to DHS
Great Movie Ride DONE!!
MuppetVision 3D did not make it
Star Tours DONE!!
ToT, RnR, Little Mermaid and TSMM??? no repeats at PM EMH

Over all we were able to do everything we had planned except The Back Lot Tour, the Animation Studio tour and TSMM more than once…oh and the ToT debacle. This day would have been deemed a success had it not been for the meltdowns we had. But there is always tomorrow!!

Next up we head to the wilds of Animal Kingdom! I have a date for breakfast with my favorite duck!!!

ksl5f123
10-12-2011, 11:11 PM
Ugh! I hate that Keith got sick on Star Tours. I really want to try that ride, but I know the same thing will happen to me. :guilty:

Great pictures on the Streets of America. It really did look pretty empty there.

Terkina
10-13-2011, 09:48 AM
Too bad Keith got sick on Star Tours :guilty: I rode Star Tours in Disneyland Paris this March and didn't get sick on it even though I easily get motionsicknes. But I can imagine that it's easier to get sick on Star Tours in WDW because of the 3D effekt.

It's so nice reading your trip report with all the nice pictures :)

mickeystoontown
10-13-2011, 10:19 AM
I was looking at your Streets of America pictures and they look like most of mine....devoid of people. I always wonder how we miss out on the crowds there but am certainly not complaining.

Too bad Keith got all woozy on Star Tours. He should have told you he wasn't feeling well so that you wouldn't have gotten upset later on. But, I can see John not telling me either and then me getting ticked off. :rolleyes:

TinksThree
10-13-2011, 06:01 PM
Ugh! I hate that Keith got sick on Star Tours. I really want to try that ride, but I know the same thing will happen to me. :guilty:

Great pictures on the Streets of America. It really did look pretty empty there.

It really stunk him getting sick. I now know what to do with him though! Motion sickness prone people should "Beware"! ;)

I just love the Streets of America. They are so much fun to explore!

Too bad Keith got sick on Star Tours :guilty: I rode Star Tours in Disneyland Paris this March and didn't get sick on it even though I easily get motionsicknes. But I can imagine that it's easier to get sick on Star Tours in WDW because of the 3D effekt.

It's so nice reading your trip report with all the nice pictures :)

It is easier to get sick because of th things flying at you and sudden movements. I do like the rehab version better but I can see why he got sick too!

I love :lovestruc taking pictures! I am so happy you are enjoying them!! :goodvibes

I was looking at your Streets of America pictures and they look like most of mine....devoid of people. I always wonder how we miss out on the crowds there but am certainly not complaining.

Too bad Keith got all woozy on Star Tours. He should have told you he wasn't feeling well so that you wouldn't have gotten upset later on. But, I can see John not telling me either and then me getting ticked off. :rolleyes:

Going to that area and it being void of crowds is simply amazing! I do not complain either! (Especially after the crowds from earlier in the day!)

I think he did not want to add to the complaining of the day but an alert would have been nice!!

TinksThree
10-17-2011, 12:56 PM
I am so sorry for neglecting this TR! I seem to run out of time on a daily basis! I thought I would post a quicky while I eat lunch!! :goodvibes



Tuesday, May 31, 2011-Day 5

The previous day had ended on a very sour note. Tuesday in some ways did not begin much better. Keith found out breakfast was to be with characters so he skipped out. We left him sleeping and I was upset most of the way to Animal Kingdom. A silly thought kept going through my mind…I can’t write my TR when I get home because it will be so depressing….well, obviously this day must have improved because I am joyfully writing about the trip!! :yay: We just had to get over the hiccup of acknowledging that everything does not go perfectly! I guess I am spoiled because usually our trips anywhere are so smooth!

We begin our morning by heading out to Animal Kingdom and our pre-park breakfast at Tusker House. There are two character breakfasts that we have tried and thoroughly enjoy: Ohana and Tusker House. I love this breakfast for many, many reasons: 1) Donald is there!!! 2) I like doing the 8am breakfast and walking through Animal Kingdom early 3) The food is very good and there is a good variety to choose from. I always leave stuffed and fulfilled, 4) The theming is great in Tusker House just as it is through-out Animal Kingdom!, and finally 5) (which I really should have as #1) Jungle Juice!!!!

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Animal Kingdom is a favorite park of mine. I love zoos and animal things. Animal Kingdom adds to the whole animal experience by really immersing a person into the lands of Asia and Africa. The Imagineering that they put into this park is great! I love just going to look…but we have some favorite attractions here as well! I will get to those later….this is all about Tusker House right now!

So back to the bus ride….it was a long ride because I just wanted to get there and start having a good time! Plus I was concerned about my evening plans that I had been really looking forward to! At this point I didn’t know the day would make a turn for the better! We arrive and enter the park easily.

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We begin our trek to Tusker House and I snap this picture along the way.

My mom and Madison. This picture was something my mom had to have since she has always told people she would never go to Africa...she really isn't about camping, thewilds etc. Since we had started planning this trip, she was excited to tell people she was going to get to go to Africa after all! :rolleyes1

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We get to Tusker House , check-in and wait for about 5-10 minutes before I buzzer goes off.

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While we waited.

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Then it is off for a photo session with Donald!! :lovestruc

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Soon we are ushered to our table and we are let loose to the buffet lines!! Yummo!!!

How about some atmosphere photos???

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And some food??

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And my most favorite juice in all of the WDW Kingdom!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh……………………………………………………………

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As we eat the characters begin making their rounds and we stop feeding our faces long enough for some Meet and Greets!

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Goofy tried to kidnap Madison…he seemed quiet enamored with her!! :rotfl:

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We finish up our meal and head outside. One final shot of the inside:

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mickeystoontown
10-17-2011, 05:15 PM
Ah man, I hate that Keith opted out of eating breakfast with ya'll. John can sometimes be a party pooper and I just leave him at the resort.

I'm betting that ya'll go to the safari next since it's really close to Tusker House.

IheartDDuck
10-17-2011, 07:44 PM
Sorry Keith skipped out on breakfast. You guys seemed to have a great time though. I love breakfast buffets. They are my favorite kind of buffet for sure!

TinksThree
10-18-2011, 05:57 PM
Ah man, I hate that Keith opted out of eating breakfast with ya'll. John can sometimes be a party pooper and I just leave him at the resort.

I'm betting that ya'll go to the safari next since it's really close to Tusker House.

I think letting him sit it out was the best thing because then he came when he wanted...on his own schedule!

Maybe.....:rolleyes:

Sorry Keith skipped out on breakfast. You guys seemed to have a great time though. I love breakfast buffets. They are my favorite kind of buffet for sure!

I hated he didn't go but then if he was going to be a dark shadow over the meal...I am glad he waited to join us! :upsidedow Once I got there I was able to enjoy myself but that was the longest bus ride EVER! I love breakfast buffets too! Especially when there is a lot of variety. I just love breakfast foods in general!! :goodvibes

sherylcin
10-18-2011, 10:05 PM
Just popping in to confess to lurking on your Trip Report. Have to say I've really enjoyed reading about your family's great trip! I'm another BIG fan of the Tusker House breakfast buffet. Can't think of one thing I don't like about it! :goodvibes Too bad Keith missed out on the awesome food but as anyone who's been married more than 5 minutes knows, it's better to not insist they go when they'd rather stay. :rolleyes1

Can't wait to hear about the rest of your day at Animal Kingdom and whatever the evening plans are..........popcorn::

GrammyJudy
10-19-2011, 09:21 AM
I know what you mean about trying to make everyone happy. We usually have 3 generations going and that means 4-5 adults who don't all like the same things and boys age 2 and 10 and 11 so they like different rides, parks, food etc. My job is to plan and execuate the plan that will please everyone! This year just my daughter, me and 2 boys are going. We are doing QSDP so no ADRs which is a big change. We plan to just go with the flow and let the kids dictate what we do. I am happy just to be at Disney!:banana:

ksl5f123
10-19-2011, 10:49 AM
I really need to give the Tusker House breakfast a 2nd chance - this time with an 8 AM ADR. It looks so good on everyone else's TR.

I love seeing your kids have fun with the characters!

If we are guessing what you do next, my guess is straight to EE!

TinksThree
10-21-2011, 01:32 PM
Before I respond to some posts...I am still alive. Homecoming is this week and between that and work Dissing has taken a back seat. I hope to get an update going real soon though!! :)

Just popping in to confess to lurking on your Trip Report. Have to say I've really enjoyed reading about your family's great trip! I'm another BIG fan of the Tusker House breakfast buffet. Can't think of one thing I don't like about it! :goodvibes Too bad Keith missed out on the awesome food but as anyone who's been married more than 5 minutes knows, it's better to not insist they go when they'd rather stay. :rolleyes1

Can't wait to hear about the rest of your day at Animal Kingdom and whatever the evening plans are..........popcorn::

So happy you came out of lurkdom!! :goodvibes And that you are enjoying the report! Tusker House really ahs become one of our favorites! It is very yummy!!

I agree on letting some things go. I have learned when to press and when not too...well, most of the time! :rolleyes: Hopefully I can get an update very soon!

I know what you mean about trying to make everyone happy. We usually have 3 generations going and that means 4-5 adults who don't all like the same things and boys age 2 and 10 and 11 so they like different rides, parks, food etc. My job is to plan and execuate the plan that will please everyone! This year just my daughter, me and 2 boys are going. We are doing QSDP so no ADRs which is a big change. We plan to just go with the flow and let the kids dictate what we do. I am happy just to be at Disney!:banana:

I think I would really like a go-with-the-flow trip for a change! Even the CS places are pretty good and can be just as relaxing as an TS meal! Trying to please so many interest can get difficult! What a challenge when you have children with such different ages! Wow!

I really need to give the Tusker House breakfast a 2nd chance - this time with an 8 AM ADR. It looks so good on everyone else's TR.

I love seeing your kids have fun with the characters!

If we are guessing what you do next, my guess is straight to EE!

I think you should give it another shot! I love going with the 8am ADR....it is such a peaceful walk through before the crowds descend!

I am glad they don't think it is totally uncool to have pictures taken still. I am sure that will end one day, though so I soak it up now while I can!

EE...my 2nd favorite ride in WDW!!! :woohoo:

TinksThree
10-25-2011, 02:39 PM
When I last left off a very long time ago we were finishing up with breakfast and about to head for our first adventure! Where should we go?

Well considering where we are located it makes sense to head off to Kilimanjaro Safari plus over previous trips I have learned to see the animals good during hot months you must go early! So off we go! It is around 9:15am so the park has been open for about 15 minutes. The line to KS looks very, very long. We queue up and seem to move relatively quickly. With the wait and ride time it was only about 45 minutes total.

Let me stop here and state that I really do not have a “plan” for this day. We know what we like to do here and we know the order in which we want to do it. Basically we are wanting to ride Kilimanjaro Safari, Expedition Everest, see It’s Tough To Be a Bug!, and try to ride Dinosaur and Kali River. I also hope to include Festival of the Lion King and Flights of Wonder (we have never seen this one).

Kilimanjaro Safari is a lot of fun for me since there were so many animals! I really want to try the Wild Africa Trek one day for a close up view!

First we have to load up in our safari jeep!

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The typical animal pictures…

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I love these trees so I have to take a picture everytime we pass by!

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My favorite animal in all of animal kingdomville!!

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And moving on........

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We finally find Madison's favorite animal in all of animal kingdomville!!

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Seriously...how many pictures can one person take of an elephant? Evidentally A LOT!!!! I shall not bore you with the 10 I took and are now in Photobucket! The sad thing is I did not upload every single picture taken...so there may be many more hiding within the depths of my camera!! But here are a couple more...

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Then we got to the flamingos. They need a bigger shrimp diet I guess to get pinker!! But I still love watching the flamingos!!

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I always like seeing the safari jeeps coming around the bend!

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These guys look so HOT!!

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We have been fortunate in the past to see the lions but not so lucky this time around!

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The geyser area is always a little precarious!!

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And then the trip was over. We were supposed to be gone for 2 weeks but you see we had to leave the reserve to catch some nasty ol' poachers and it cut our trip short. Oh, you know that story?! Sorry!! :rolleyes:

The trip was the same as usual...lots of bumps and lots of animals. Some were ellusive and some were sociable. I was glad the bridge nearly fell...it just adds something to the trip and this is especially true when you have a newby along! Over all it was a fun little ride through the savannah!



Continued in the next post............

TinksThree
10-25-2011, 02:42 PM
While we are on the ride Keith had texted me that he is on his way to the park. We disembark and head off to the Pangani Trail to wait for his arrival.

The fog was in full force this morning!

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He was really closer to entering the park than actually "on his way" so in otherwords "on my way" meant "I am at the park entrance".... Since we are on the path he finds something to eat and waits for us while we do a quick walk-through.

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Duck Friends!!

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This little fellow is really hanging upside down! I did not flip my camera...and I thought he was just too cute!!

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These are my pictures of the gorillas...they were not my friends this morning!! I never could get a good view!

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As we wait for Keith to finish eating some really good fresh pineapple Chris runs over to Expedition Everest to claim some Fast Passes!

Then it is off to our next adventure! We are all together again and happy!! :yay:

IheartDDuck
10-25-2011, 02:59 PM
I love seeing the animals on the safari! You're right, earlier in the day does tend to help. You're fortunate that you've been able to see the lions on a regular basis. I haven't been so lucky myself. Another good time to go on the safari is when it's raining. The elephants are out the most during that time and they play around in the water.

TinksThree
10-26-2011, 09:24 AM
I am a sucker for anything that has animals. Keith gets bored at zoos so the safari adds a little something extra for him and I get the animals! I bet it is fun watching the elephants in the water! Madison would love that! The best lion spotting was late one afternoon in March. It was cooling off and he got up for a stretch. I was super excited!

mickeystoontown
10-26-2011, 09:48 AM
I knew the safari would be where you headed next! I love love love the safari and would ride it over and over again if my family would agree. Too bad the gorillas weren't coming out for you guys to see. The last couple of times we have gone, they have been out and about and I was able to take some great pictures of them.

TinksThree
10-26-2011, 02:08 PM
I knew the safari would be where you headed next! I love love love the safari and would ride it over and over again if my family would agree. Too bad the gorillas weren't coming out for you guys to see. The last couple of times we have gone, they have been out and about and I was able to take some great pictures of them.

I love :lovestruc the safari too and each trip can be different since the animals are always moving around or being lazy!! I was disappointed not getting to see the gorillas. I had only been on the trail one other time and we did get to see them good that day. Every other time we have not made it to Pangani and I am not sure exactly why. Hopefully I will have better luck next time!!

saintstickets
10-26-2011, 03:39 PM
I bet it is fun watching the elephants in the water! Madison would love that! The best lion spotting was late one afternoon in March. It was cooling off and he got up for a stretch. I was super excited!

You and Madison sound like our DD. If there is an animal involved, she loves it! Most of our trip next May will be centered around swimming with the dolphins, a horseback ride & Seaworld just for her.

(How about that homecoming game vs SMU? Woohoo!! :cool1:)

TinksThree
10-26-2011, 06:18 PM
You and Madison sound like our DD. If there is an animal involved, she loves it! Most of our trip next May will be centered around swimming with the dolphins, a horseback ride & Seaworld just for her.

(How about that homecoming game vs SMU? Woohoo!! :cool1:)

Your trip sounds heavenly to me! We went to Seaworld in San Antonio and loved it! I have been tempted to try the one in Orlando!

That game was awesome!!! :woohoo: We got there at lunch and had to park further away than I have ever parked for a game! There were so many people there! I am finally getting my voice back! I love that the Nasty Bunch is back!!! :cheer2:

pinkxray
10-26-2011, 09:20 PM
Yum, Tuskerhouse. I love the juice and the food is the best breakfast buffet. I have heard the lunch is pretty good but I am not brave enough to try it with DH and DD.

I love you pictures of the trails. The upside down bird is so cute.

TinksThree
10-27-2011, 05:44 PM
Yum, Tuskerhouse. I love the juice and the food is the best breakfast buffet. I have heard the lunch is pretty good but I am not brave enough to try it with DH and DD.

I love you pictures of the trails. The upside down bird is so cute.

I love the breakfast there. I think we have discussed our common like for TH on your TR! :goodvibes I think I would like to try it for lunch. I know your DH and DD are so picky sometimes that you may have a hard tiome pleasing them though. :sad2:

I just thought that little fellow was so cute! I really like both trails. I would liek to go at a cooler time than summer and really spend some time hanging out on each one!

SimmerBaggins
10-27-2011, 10:09 PM
My DD and I have really enjoyed these last posts of yours -- she is laughing now because I warned her I would tell you that she thinks your son is cute! :lmao:

Anyway, can't wait to hear what is next -- my DH would NEVER miss out on a character breakfast -- due to the breakfast part!! :rotfl:

ksl5f123
10-28-2011, 01:06 AM
It looks like you had a pretty good safari. The giraffes are my favorite too.

Too bad about the gorillas playing hide and seek, but I love the upside down bird.

TinksThree
10-28-2011, 04:48 PM
My DD and I have really enjoyed these last posts of yours -- she is laughing now because I warned her I would tell you that she thinks your son is cute! :lmao:

Anyway, can't wait to hear what is next -- my DH would NEVER miss out on a character breakfast -- due to the breakfast part!! :rotfl:

Glad you guys have been enjoying it! :woohoo: I will be sure to share that with Chris! He is pretty shy for the most part so that will be fun!! :laughing:

I would think the same thing about Keith not missing the food but I guess he had just had it with characters at this point!

It looks like you had a pretty good safari. The giraffes are my favorite too.

Too bad about the gorillas playing hide and seek, but I love the upside down bird.

The safari was good and our guide on this trip was interactive too....forgot to mention that. She through in little tid bits here and there which was great!

Isn't that little bird cute?!

TinksThree
10-31-2011, 07:59 AM
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!

I cannot believe that tomorrow is November and after tonight we will be bombarded with Christmas commercials, Christmas movies and on and on! This year has flown!! I really hope (depending on how my day at work goes) to get an update today or tomorrow but yesterday we had Fall Fest at church I just had to share!! (Please bare with me! :goodvibes)

For those that are reading with little girls and you wonder what the future may hold regarding Disney...I hope Madison can give you a little hope! I think she has been every Princess that existed in her childhood except Jasmine! We have moved past the princess stage for costumes but she has stuck with Disney related themes! This year she was Alice in Wonderland.

Before we headed to the Fall Fest she wanted a "photo session" and since she is an almost 16 year old girl....I happily jump on every chance to share in these moments! Time just goes way too fast! Here a few of the fun pictures we did!

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Looking for the rabbit hole...

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Chris is too cool :cool2: to dress up so to be fair to him...here he is with Madison and her BFF!!

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mickeystoontown
10-31-2011, 09:40 AM
Madison looks absolutely adorable in her Alice in Wonderland costume! My favorite is the one looking for the rabbit hole.

I told John yesterday that this year has gone by so very fast. I can't believe it will be November tomorrow!

ksl5f123
10-31-2011, 03:14 PM
I love the Alice costume! She looks very mature but still very sweet and pretty. Great choice!

pinkxray
10-31-2011, 04:47 PM
Happy Halloween!

Madison looks so pretty in her pictures. I love that she wanted to do a photo shoot and got into it. I will be ucky if I get one decent shoot of Caitin tonight without her hand over her face:headache:

I went to a few stores today and they already had Xmas stuff out. With the snow on the ground and xmas stuff out it doesn't even feel like fall:sad2: I love the Holiday season but now they start it two months out it gets annoying. I want some time to enjoy fall and Thanksgiving before I deal with xmas.

IheartDDuck
10-31-2011, 09:07 PM
Madison is so cute in that costume! I love it! :goodvibes

TinksThree
11-01-2011, 01:01 PM
Madison looks absolutely adorable in her Alice in Wonderland costume! My favorite is the one looking for the rabbit hole.

I told John yesterday that this year has gone by so very fast. I can't believe it will be November tomorrow!

Thanks! Those were some of my favorites too! It was here idea to do that so I thought she was pretty clever!

This year is just going way, way too quickly!!

I love the Alice costume! She looks very mature but still very sweet and pretty. Great choice!

Thanks!! It is amazing how quickly she went from a little girl to a teen...I try not to think of her heading out in a few years!! :sad1: :scared1: :sad1:

Happy Halloween!

Madison looks so pretty in her pictures. I love that she wanted to do a photo shoot and got into it. I will be ucky if I get one decent shoot of Caitin tonight without her hand over her face:headache:

I went to a few stores today and they already had Xmas stuff out. With the snow on the ground and xmas stuff out it doesn't even feel like fall:sad2: I love the Holiday season but now they start it two months out it gets annoying. I want some time to enjoy fall and Thanksgiving before I deal with xmas.

I thought of you and Caitlin as I posted this! :hug: Hopefully she cooperated with you a little bit!

I cannot believe you guys got snow! It makes me shiver thinking about it! I agree on how they push Christmas. I had to get some potting soil from Walmart Sunday and the whole area was nothing but Christmas decorations! It wasn't even Halloween yet!!

Madison is so cute in that costume! I love it! :goodvibes

Thank you!! I thought so too but I am her mom and that kind of rules out objectivity! :rolleyes:


Well my blonde is showing (no offense blonds!!) and I forgot I had cleaned out my cookies on the computer. I "lost" my TR...:rolleyes1 but it has been found now so I am going to post an update!!!! :woohoo:

TinksThree
11-01-2011, 01:20 PM
I last left off with us meeting up with Keith. We have eaten at Tusker House, rode Kilimanjaro Safari and walked the Pangani Trail. So where to next?

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Now this is where I strategize and do a little trickery. By this time it is quickly approaching the 11am hour and I know that there is a FOTLK show to begin at 11am! Keith does not like musicals, dancing characters, acrobats…well basically anything that reeks of Broadway so I simply say “Hey! Let’s go see The Lion King! It is about to begin!” And we all happily run off!

Later he acknowledges my trickery and I have to repent a little but I told him it was a “must” for my mom and I wanted to get his misery over with fast…he is good with this! :thumbsup2

Festival of the Lion King has to be (IMHO) one of the best things at WDW! (Of equal excited note: I just got an e-mail it is coming to New Orleans!! :woohoo:) It is beautiful both in sight and sound! The pageantry is awesome and since “The Lion King” is one of my all-time favorites I love to sing along (although I refrain to keep from getting evil stares from strangers around me!). This show makes me smile the whole time! Some of the images I snapped while thoroughly enjoying this show!! (some= A LOT!!)

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I love how the different sections represent the different animals!

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TinksThree
11-01-2011, 01:22 PM
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We exit FOTLK and begin to decide where to go next.

I just love these guys!!

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We aren’t far from the Tree of Life so I decide a visit to some of my favorite bugs is in order!! We make our way over to “It’s Tough To Be A Bug!” and along the way I warn my mom of a few things. :rolleyes1 (Also FPs are grabbed by FP Runner Chris for Kilimanjaro Safari for later in the day.)

We travel along the path around the Tree of Life and (again) a few pictures of those common sights!

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These signs are some of my favorite things to look at!

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There was no line at all so I did not get the tons of animal pictures I normally take. This tree still amazes me! I saw a show describing the design and making of the tree and it just awes me!

We are sporting our Bug glasses very well, if I say so myself!!

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We enter and watch as Flik and Friends tells us just what it is like to be a bug. At one point (SPOILER ALERT) the spiders come down from the ceiling and Madison is startled. So startled in fact that she whacks one of the spiders and in the process she nearly knocks my mom’s teeth out….literally!! My mom is still warning people to not go with Madison...or at least sit away from her!! :lmao: Thankfully my mom's teeth were left in tact and no blood or split lips resulted from the assault!!

Ou day is almost done but we have a few more things left to do!! Plus what I hope is a very special evening is coming up!!

mickeystoontown
11-01-2011, 02:25 PM
First off, and I know this is out of order, but thanks for the laugh. I am still giggling over Madison knocking the spider and hitting your mother. Not that hitting your mother is funny but...well...it's funny. :rotfl:

Second, super good pictures of the Festival of the Lion King. I am right there with you and agree that it is the best show in all of Walt Disney World. Love love love it!

TinksThree
11-02-2011, 07:53 AM
First off, and I know this is out of order, but thanks for the laugh. I am still giggling over Madison knocking the spider and hitting your mother. Not that hitting your mother is funny but...well...it's funny. :rotfl:

Second, super good pictures of the Festival of the Lion King. I am right there with you and agree that it is the best show in all of Walt Disney World. Love love love it!

It really was funny and my mom still loves telling that story. Had the outcome been worse it would not have been so funny but Madison was after those spiders!!

I love FOTLK! I take bizillions of pictures there...some good and some not so much so! :laughing: I think I am almost constantly snapping away (and singing in my head!).

IheartDDuck
11-02-2011, 08:23 PM
I agree, FOTLK is an amazing show. A must do for sure for people that haven't seen it before. No worries about the trickery. We all use it at some time or another. :lmao:

Poor Madison almost knocking your mom in the face! ITTBAB can do that to people. We lose all sense of what's real!

SimmerBaggins
11-02-2011, 10:22 PM
I like FOTLK, but we've seen it so many times, not sure we'll go see it again in the near future. :)

However --- :scared1: I NEVER realized that those spiders came down far enough to touch!! Maybe...maybe I'm crouching?? :lmao:

My DD made me come back to your thread to see what you said about Chris... ;)

TinksThree
11-03-2011, 05:43 PM
I agree, FOTLK is an amazing show. A must do for sure for people that haven't seen it before. No worries about the trickery. We all use it at some time or another. :lmao:

Poor Madison almost knocking your mom in the face! ITTBAB can do that to people. We lose all sense of what's real!

I have learned what to reveal and what is better left unknown! There are a lot of things I would miss out on otherwise!! :rotfl:

I am unsure why she had not noticed the spiders before but she definitely did this time....much to my mom's dismay!!

I like FOTLK, but we've seen it so many times, not sure we'll go see it again in the near future. :)

However --- :scared1: I NEVER realized that those spiders came down far enough to touch!! Maybe...maybe I'm crouching?? :lmao:

My DD made me come back to your thread to see what you said about Chris... ;)

We skipped FOTTLK last year because I knew Keith would not care for it. I haven't seen it enough yet to get tired of it but since there is little change I can definitely see where you can see it "too much"!!

I don't know that the spiders really come that low but Madison sure thought they were! She has a slight case of arachnaphobia!!

When I told Chris he at first thought she was a stalker! :eek: I had to explain to him about the DisBoards and TRs and such. He didn't really understand what I did on the computer all of the time! So when I explained/showed to him his chest expanded and he got all grinny (is that a word? :confused3). He was quiet impressed and thought it was very cool! :)

sherylcin
11-03-2011, 09:58 PM
Glad you got to see FOTLK one of my very favorite shows at WDW! I know it's always the same but the music is so amazing and I just love the whole thing. Pretty cool trick you pulled off! :thumbsup2

The Halloween pics of Madison are really good. Very professional looking. The years go way too fast; that's for sure! Pretty funny about her attempted spider-killing incident. I admit I laughed out loud! Glad your Mom was ok though! Isn't it funny how things like that are what make vacation "moments" that we talk about for the rest of our lives! :goodvibes

TinksThree
11-04-2011, 10:35 AM
Glad you got to see FOTLK one of my very favorite shows at WDW! I know it's always the same but the music is so amazing and I just love the whole thing. Pretty cool trick you pulled off! :thumbsup2

The Halloween pics of Madison are really good. Very professional looking. The years go way too fast; that's for sure! Pretty funny about her attempted spider-killing incident. I admit I laughed out loud! Glad your Mom was ok though! Isn't it funny how things like that are what make vacation "moments" that we talk about for the rest of our lives! :goodvibes

I thought the trick was pretty clever! I have the Lion King cd just so I can listen to the music anytime I wish!

Thanks so much ont he pictures! The years fly and I did not realize what people always said until it happened to me!!

I find it amusing how you can plan and plan and plan for a trip but the best memories are the ones that just happen along the way! It is the spontanoues moments and happenings that live forever in your memories and not all of those "plans". I love to plan but (thankfully) I have learned that the planning can be tossed if it will result in something even better than any plan could ever imagine!!

ksl5f123
11-04-2011, 02:19 PM
Great pictures of FOtLK! I agree it is the best show at WDW!

We skip It's tough to be a bug for right now. Spiders would make me jump too!

TinksThree
11-06-2011, 08:46 AM
Great pictures of FOtLK! I agree it is the best show at WDW!

We skip It's tough to be a bug for right now. Spiders would make me jump too!

I am so happy to see so many people agree with me on FOTLK!!! :woohoo:

Your little ones are probably too young to like ITTBAB. I really love this but after the first time I learned little tricks...like slumping in my seat...:rolleyes1

TinksThree
11-09-2011, 01:16 PM
I left off with us finishing up ITTBAB! and Madison nearly knocking my mom's teeth out! Well, thankfully her teeth are still intact and we are able to make our way to our next destination: DinoLand.

A few more pics along the way…

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Initially I had marked Dinosaur! Off the list however Madison and Chris both were disappointed in the possibility of not riding so it was added back to the “Plan”.

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Getting our time travel instructions!!

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This ride can be loud, bumpy and a little startling. I have enjoyed it in the past but it isn’t an E-Ticket ride for me. I can take it or leave it. We get in line and wait about 15 – 20 minutes before we board our time rover and go in search of the much desired dino!

As you can tell from our picture, we are slightly amused (actually to my eyes, we look bored). I know right where the camera is and in the past we have faked some pictures. This time it is just “whatever”!

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But the funny thing was the two men behind Keith and Chris. This picture does not show the fear they had but they had us in tears after the big, mean dinosaur roared at us. The camera was just a little too fast! They screamed so loud we could hear them over the ride’s noise and we also learned the reason the seatbelts are installed. Plain and simple fact: had these two guys not been securely tied into the Time Rover, I am unsure where they would have wound up. They tried their hardest to get out of that thing!!!!! That alone made this ride fun!! (sorry guys I don’t know…;))

A few pictures as we exit and head to our next destination:

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There are two attractions that are a must at AK for me. One we have done (Kilimanjaro Safari) and the other we have Fast Passes for—Expedition Everest! The time has arrived to take on the Yeti!!!! :yay:

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Keith and my mom sit this one out…literally on a rock in the hot sun. There really isn’t a good location to wait for EE! We head through the FP line and soon we are soaring over the Himalayas!! What a rush! Did I say I love this ride?! Okay, maybe it isn’t the most daring, thrill-seeking ride in amusement parkdom but it is a lot of fun to me!!

I love the queue area!!

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Here we go!!!!

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Continued in the next post...

TinksThree
11-09-2011, 01:32 PM
Great views of WDW!

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It is the end of the track!!

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My redneck pictures from the ride!

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We exit and decide what about one more time!?

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Yes, we decide to go use the two FPs we had gotten for my mom and Keith! Madison and Chris get in the FP line and I decide to ride single rider. The single rider line was much, much slower than the FP line and they had to wait about 20 minutes for me. The 20 minutes was still better than the stand-by posted time of 60 minutes. It isn’t the wisest choice for a combo FP/single rider ride though!

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We finish up at EE and head to Kali River but the wait is just too long.

First a few Photopass pics though!

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Our Yeti imitations....

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It is beginning to get a little crowded!

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We decide to walk over to Maharajah Jungle Trek. It is time to see some bats and tigers (what a combo!!).

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The Kamodo Dragon

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First up are the bats. These things just creep me out!!

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We meander along the pathway and soon we are at the tigers!

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I love tigers! They are so regal!

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It has gotten pretty warm by now so these guys were in shade seeking mode!

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We leave the tiger area and make our way through the rest of the Jungle Trek.

Keith and Chris discussing how awesome the day has been!! :rotfl:

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Well we are almost done for the day! What to do now?!

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Terkina
11-09-2011, 04:04 PM
Great update with great pictures :goodvibes

TinksThree
11-10-2011, 01:13 PM
Great update with great pictures :goodvibes

Thank you! I have an update coming soon that will be picture overload! :)

mickeystoontown
11-10-2011, 02:52 PM
Don't you just love it when you are on a ride with somebody who is super excited to ride or they are scared? It's makes the ride so much more fun. We were once on Dinosaur with two guys who were scared to death too and they were screaming high pitched squeals and we were laughing our butts off.

Very cool pictures of the rest of your Animal Kingdom day. You are one brave woman for taking pictures while on Expedition Everest. I'm usually tucking my head down 'cause I'm scared of the heights.

ksl5f123
11-10-2011, 03:03 PM
The store in Dinoland looks so cute! I love the big Dino holding Mr. Potato Head. :rotfl: We kind of dash in and out of that part of the park. One of these days, we will have to spend a little more time and explore the shops.

Too bad the wait was too long at Kali. We have had that problem before too.

I love the queue at EE too. One of these days, my kids will all want to ride with DH. I will walk through with them taking pictures and then use the "chicken exit". :rolleyes1

Great Photopass shots!

TinksThree
11-13-2011, 10:07 PM
Don't you just love it when you are on a ride with somebody who is super excited to ride or they are scared? It's makes the ride so much more fun. We were once on Dinosaur with two guys who were scared to death too and they were screaming high pitched squeals and we were laughing our butts off.

Very cool pictures of the rest of your Animal Kingdom day. You are one brave woman for taking pictures while on Expedition Everest. I'm usually tucking my head down 'cause I'm scared of the heights.

It is so hilarious whether you know the people or not! These two guys were lucky they were "tied" in!!

I am terrified of heigths as well and the pictures overlooking the World are actually my way of seeing what is out there!! :rotfl: I keep eyes focused straight ahead at all times!!

The store in Dinoland looks so cute! I love the big Dino holding Mr. Potato Head. :rotfl: We kind of dash in and out of that part of the park. One of these days, we will have to spend a little more time and explore the shops.

Too bad the wait was too long at Kali. We have had that problem before too.

I love the queue at EE too. One of these days, my kids will all want to ride with DH. I will walk through with them taking pictures and then use the "chicken exit". :rolleyes1

Great Photopass shots!

I thought poor Mr. Potato Head when I saw the dinosaur holding him! :rotfl:

We never get lucky with Kali FPs...the machine is never operating so for us to ride it is almost always a long wait!

I wanted my mom to go through the queue and use the chicken exit like she did at ToT. For some reason there was something else she was wanting to do but I can't recall the reason at all!

saintstickets
11-14-2011, 04:21 PM
We never get lucky with Kali FPs...the machine is never operating so for us to ride it is almost always a long wait!

I hate that you didn't get to ride Kali. It is one of my favorite rides in all of WDW. I just wish it was longer. I am told that the equivalent ride in Disneyland is much longer than KRR at WDW. Loving your TR. Keep it coming.

(Did you make it to the game Saturday vs UCF? Holy cow! Between that game and the Saints game, it was not a good weekend for black and gold fans that have weak hearts but a GREAT weekend for the results! USM = #20 in BCS polls! :thumbsup2)

TinksThree
11-15-2011, 01:02 PM
I hate that you didn't get to ride Kali. It is one of my favorite rides in all of WDW. I just wish it was longer. I am told that the equivalent ride in Disneyland is much longer than KRR at WDW. Loving your TR. Keep it coming.

(Did you make it to the game Saturday vs UCF? Holy cow! Between that game and the Saints game, it was not a good weekend for black and gold fans that have weak hearts but a GREAT weekend for the results! USM = #20 in BCS polls! :thumbsup2)

We love Kali too! It was a little disappointing missing it this trip! I would love to try the one at DL!!

I was unfortunatley sick and had to miss the UCF game! :sad1: My family went and Madison called me during the pre-game so I could hear what wasn't on the tv--and thankfully we get CBSSports! Between those two games I think Keith and I both need blood pressure medicine now! But at least they came out "our" way!! :yay:

TinksThree
11-15-2011, 01:20 PM
We had eaten a big breakfast and we have BIG plans for supper so we decide we do not want any lunch per se but a snack would be great!!

We find an ice cream cart and get some yummy ice cream bars and a frozen banana. Now we had discussed the frozen banana earlier in the day and some in our group thought it was a gross idea. I love bananas and thought I would give it a try. After all it is “free” (DDP is free and we are using snack credits). I will just say that I thought it was very good and the nay-sayers tried some also and had to agree!

We found what appeared to be an old boat dock area with tables. We head down to relax and enjoy our treats. Maybe someone can help me out but I speculated that this must be where the boat rides from the very early days of AK used to board? I do believe we have seen Pooh, Tigger and Eyeore doing a Meet and Greet here before. The area is really pretty….

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We finish our ice cream and make our way to Kilimanjaro Safaris to use our Fast Passes. We enter into even more crowds!!

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The signs point the way!!!

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So now you get to see more pictures of the safari :rolleyes1…..

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Again my favorites!!

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And Maddie's faves!!

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A stop for animals crossing!!

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Continued in the next post...

TinksThree
11-15-2011, 01:21 PM
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We head out of Animal Kingdom at 3:21pm which is slightly later than I had hoped. My plan was to leave at 2:30 so we are almost an hour behind schedule. I still think we will be “okay” as long as we do not dally at the resort while we freshen up. We have big plans! Plans I have been so excited about!

First a stop for the Photopass!

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I apologize that this installment is sort of a "repeat" and short. But coming next is my most amazing night!! And I have a lot of pictures to share my new found love!! :cloud9: and :yay:

shan23877
11-15-2011, 11:48 PM
Can't wait to hear what you guys did that night!

TinksThree
11-16-2011, 09:29 AM
Can't wait to hear what you guys did that night!

I hope that I do not delay your suspense too terribly long! :goodvibes

TinksThree
11-17-2011, 01:39 PM
First I am so excited because tonight I get a Disney night!! Disney on Ice is in town so I get to spend the evening with Mickey and Minnie!! :yay: :yay: :yay:

Now on to our BIG night!!! For a lot of people this may not seem huge since it has been around for a long, long time. But, for me this was my first time and I was so excited. I have only heard great things and this was my big splurge for our trip since I chose to not use our DDP!





It is the Hoop-de-Doo Musical Revue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


My initial planning had us going from the resort to Magic Kingdom, ride the boat to Ft Wilderness and so on. Well on the very first day we pass Ft Wilderness on the bus ride to MK. I realize this is only about 5-10 minutes from POFQ. We have a car so at that point I made the decision we would drive rather than do a 1 ½ hour trek on Disney transportation! Boy am I glad this decision had been made! Although, I probably would have cut some things out at AK if we were still planning on doing the Disney transportation option!

We exit AK at 3:21 and head for the bus stops and we wait and wait and wait. I am beginning to panic but only slightly. Our dinner reservations are for the 5pm show. We are cutting things close! We finally board the bus to POFQ and head off. We get to our resort at 4pm and we make a dash inside to change clothes and freshen up very quickly! We then head down to the van and make our way to Ft Wilderness.

We arrive at Ft Wilderness at 4:35pm. This is really cutting it close! I keep hearing all of the warnings in my head about losing money because you are late and I have paid a lot of money for this dinner!

We park and go to the bus stop. Now here is another huge lesson I learned! The internal buses at Ft Wilderness can add even more travel time. To make a long (and stressful) story short, we make it to the location right at 5pm. Whew!!

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Thankfully there is a long line to get in and we go line up.

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We are one of the last in line but there are a few behind us even! Whew again! No one is any the wiser that we were not there 15 minutes prior! So my advice here: plan at least 2 hours for your 1st time just to travel—that is if you are using Disney Transportation!!

I think I did very well in not being too vocal on my stress level while we were in route. I tried to mention it only a time or two and keep it to myself. This was our first time to go to HDDMR and I did not want my stress to over shadow what I hoped would be a wonderful experience.

This reservation was one of the first I booked. I was online booking the second I could do so! I knew we were not using any dining credits and it was OOP. I also wanted Level 1 since it was our first time. I really hoped this was worth the time and the money!

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We get to the reservation desk just inside the door, I give them my name and they take us to our table. We walk and walk and walk. Our table was at the front. As in the very front. As in if we were any closer to the front we would have been on the stage! I had the piano right behind me! I guess that is what happens when you are quick on the trigger when reserving Level 1!

This location was almost too close but we were so close to the action! And the action was awesome!!!!! Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue did not disappoint me! Everything I had imagined was dead on! There was music, there was laughter, there were tears (thanks to the laughter) and the food was pretty good too!

WARNING: LOTS OF PICTURES HERE (sorry....blame on the newbie experience! :laughing:)

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First comes the bread and salad:

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And soon we are chowin' down. Breakfast was a very long time ago!

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See the piano behind me?

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Around us pics:

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And this is the stage from my seat.....

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And the party begins!!

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The best picture I have of the food...I was too busy eating!

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Continued....

TinksThree
11-17-2011, 01:50 PM
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Dessert Time!!!

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Some Musical Washboard Action!

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A Final Bow:

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A shot of the next dinner show's crowd!

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We exit the hall fuller, happier and very satisfied! We were also very exhausted! Our night pretty much ends like this: 1) we walk to the bus stop, 2) we load the bus with an extremely cranky bus driver (I must ask if you are driving a bus at WALT DISNEY WORLD should a requirement not be that you like children at least a little bit and even if you do not, shouldn’t you NOT be mean spirited towards the children on your bus? This guy was mean to the kids and had no reason to be…they weren’t crying, weren’t screaming, weren’t running up and down the aisles…I think he just didn’t like children!), 3) get to the parking lot and load into the van; 4) make the 10 minute drive back to POFQ, 5) go to change and rest before meeting in the Scat Cat’s Club to listen to Elliott Dyson, 6) we discover how exhausted we really are and nix the #5 plans opting instead to go to sleep….at 8:30pm…on our next to last night….at WDW!

We are one exciting crew!!! So if you ever want to meet up with a cool group of people to party the night away…I suggest you call someone other than my family! :lmao:

And next…it is our final day at WDW! :sad1: What to do? Epcot of course!!

ksl5f123
11-17-2011, 09:50 PM
Great updates!!

Somehow the concept of a frozen banana seems a little odd, but I agree that they are actually pretty good - especially in Florida in the summer.

Excellent giraffe pictures again. Very "fluffy" ostriches. :lmao:

OOOOH! I love your HDDR review. Wow, your seats were close! I SO want to go there. I assume they can do something for the vegetarian DH. It looks like so much fun. Wonderful pictures!

heaven2dc
11-18-2011, 02:05 AM
Loved the HDDMR pics! Looks like you had a blast - I about died laughing at your last comment (would definitely call you to party on our next trip to WDW - or NOT! Just Kidding!) You all are such a fun bunch to travel with - don't be surprised if you find an extra piece of luggage stowed away on your next trip (a very LARGE piece as I haven't quite lost the 30lbs I'd hoped to yet ;) )

Hard to believe the trip is almost over.

mickeystoontown
11-18-2011, 10:41 AM
I'm so happy to hear that you all enjoyed the Hoop Dee Doo Review. I can tell you had a good time from the smiles in all of your pictures. We've seen the show three or four times and plan on going back again.

I had read that the Fort Wilderness buses weren't all that great so we have avoided them and taken the boat from the Magic Kingdom over. I wonder what was up with the bus driver though. Like you said, at least he could have pretended to like the kids.

mickeystoontown
11-18-2011, 10:43 AM
I forgot to ask.....did you decide when ya'll are going to leave for Tennessee? I remember there was a question on what time you'd get to leave.

Even though my boss has absolutely no appointments set for next week nor any court, he still hasn't said anything about closing early on Wednesday. I so wish he would so that we can get on the road a little earlier. John has to work until 2:30 p.m. (if he doesn't have to work late like they have all this week) and it would be nice if I could be home about the same time.

shan23877
11-18-2011, 11:59 AM
So glad that you guys liked the HDDMR! We thought it was lots of fun, DH even got chosen to be the Indian in the show. :lmao:

Those internal buses are rough, but I can't believe the driver was so mean!

You guys deserved to take a night off from being party animals, Disney is tiring!

donnaf516
11-18-2011, 01:22 PM
The HDDR is a BLAST! Our family really looks forward to it. We keep saying that we'll skip in on the next trip since it's 2 credits or $$$ but as soon as we plan a trip the kids ask what night we're going!

It's so much fun...but I do miss the HDD song that had to be changed because of some legal issues.

Looks like you guys had a great trip! Looking forward to reading more :goodvibes

TinksThree
11-21-2011, 12:51 PM
Sorry for being MIA! I know everyone is probably swamped this time of year and can totally empathize! Thursday night we went to Mickey and Minnie's Magical Journey and had a wonderful time! Then over the weekend we had our family over for Thanksgiving since we are about to hit the road! And now I have (well from right now) 1 full work day left and lots to get cleaned up before I head out!

I doubt I will get a new update going before we leave for Tennessee but I will try my hardest to get back on track as soon as I can next week! Christmas season will only make it busier!! :eek: But this is my favorite time of year so I am not complaining one little bit! :goodvibes



Great updates!!

Somehow the concept of a frozen banana seems a little odd, but I agree that they are actually pretty good - especially in Florida in the summer.

Excellent giraffe pictures again. Very "fluffy" ostriches. :lmao:

OOOOH! I love your HDDR review. Wow, your seats were close! I SO want to go there. I assume they can do something for the vegetarian DH. It looks like so much fun. Wonderful pictures!

The frozen banana really is pretty good. I don't know that I would have ever thought that up myself!

HDDR was so much fun! Surely they do a vegetarian menu for non-meat eaters! I think your family would really like it!

Loved the HDDMR pics! Looks like you had a blast - I about died laughing at your last comment (would definitely call you to party on our next trip to WDW - or NOT! Just Kidding!) You all are such a fun bunch to travel with - don't be surprised if you find an extra piece of luggage stowed away on your next trip (a very LARGE piece as I haven't quite lost the 30lbs I'd hoped to yet ;) )

Hard to believe the trip is almost over.

Thank you! I couldn't stp snapping away!

Stow away!! :laughing: We try our hardest to have a good time! Normally we are going strong at least until midnight but this night we were just too tired to move on!

I'm so happy to hear that you all enjoyed the Hoop Dee Doo Review. I can tell you had a good time from the smiles in all of your pictures. We've seen the show three or four times and plan on going back again.

I had read that the Fort Wilderness buses weren't all that great so we have avoided them and taken the boat from the Magic Kingdom over. I wonder what was up with the bus driver though. Like you said, at least he could have pretended to like the kids.

I actually used your TR last summer to plan a lot on this particular night and had considered using your transportation route. The inside buses were a real pain! Everyone was in shock over how he kept yelling back to be quiet and other demands. I have been on other buses with kids that needed to be told to behave and no one ever bothered! These kids did not fall into that category at all! :sad2:

I forgot to ask.....did you decide when ya'll are going to leave for Tennessee? I remember there was a question on what time you'd get to leave.

Even though my boss has absolutely no appointments set for next week nor any court, he still hasn't said anything about closing early on Wednesday. I so wish he would so that we can get on the road a little earlier. John has to work until 2:30 p.m. (if he doesn't have to work late like they have all this week) and it would be nice if I could be home about the same time.

We decided to leave bright and early Wednesday morning. We wanted to leave Tuesday but Keith's compnay is changing some things (which is driving him crazy) so we had to nix the Tuesday afternoon plan. As long as I am headed out, I am good! :goodvibes

It is so quiet around here but I love it like this when the students are gone and I can get some "real" work done! You know, those things that keep gettign pushed back and should have been doen 2 months ago! I will cross my fingers you get to leave early! :thumbsup2 It looks ike it will be pretty cool with highs only in the 50's so Chris is hoping for snow in the upper elevations!

So glad that you guys liked the HDDMR! We thought it was lots of fun, DH even got chosen to be the Indian in the show. :lmao:

Those internal buses are rough, but I can't believe the driver was so mean!

You guys deserved to take a night off from being party animals, Disney is tiring!

What fun to get chosen! Now that I have seen what happens, I could definitely go with being chosen! That looked like lots of fun!

That bus driver was definitely trying to make the family lose some of their Disney magic!

We really had been going full steam ahead! And I really wanted to be well rested to enjoy our last day!

The HDDR is a BLAST! Our family really looks forward to it. We keep saying that we'll skip in on the next trip since it's 2 credits or $$$ but as soon as we plan a trip the kids ask what night we're going!

It's so much fun...but I do miss the HDD song that had to be changed because of some legal issues.

Looks like you guys had a great trip! Looking forward to reading more :goodvibes

The cost was pretty $$$$ and I definitely didn't want to use my dining credits but HDDMR is so much fun that I have not had one regret on paying the money! It will definitely be done again!

mickeystoontown
11-21-2011, 02:06 PM
If I don't get to talk with you before we both leave for Tennessee, have a safe and fun trip. We haven't decided if or when we will be in Gatlinburg. We are considering taking the trolley over to see the Christmas lights and possibly go to the aquarium. Be sure to stop us if you see us and I'll do the same.

I've been watching the weather and saw that we will have some cool weather which will be a big change from here at home. Today's high was in the 80s.

TinksThree
11-21-2011, 05:47 PM
If I don't get to talk with you before we both leave for Tennessee, have a safe and fun trip. We haven't decided if or when we will be in Gatlinburg. We are considering taking the trolley over to see the Christmas lights and possibly go to the aquarium. Be sure to stop us if you see us and I'll do the same.

I've been watching the weather and saw that we will have some cool weather which will be a big change from here at home. Today's high was in the 80s.

Thanks and I hope you guys have a safe trip too!

The aquarium is so nice I don't think you will regret it at all. I love how festive everything is with the lights too! Also, the Sky Lift (not Ober Gatlinburg) is a nice little trip up the side of the mountain. It is somewhat reasonable (we use military discounts so I am unsure of the regular costs). We almost always do that but it is a short walk from the aquarium and the kids always enjoy it. I have terrified of heigths and I have adjusted....going up isn't bad. I don't think I have ever mentioned it. It isn't fancy and nothing really at the top but it is fun, especially at night (just keep your eyes closed!! :lmao:).

I will keep my eyes out for you guys! We wander the streets every night (that sounds so bad!!) I am excited for the cooler weather. it looks like some rough stuff possibly tomorrow...glad it is tomorrow and not Wednesday when we are trying to drive!

Oh, one more thing! (sorry I keep adding stuff!!) The Convention Center on the main drag has the arts festival going on right now. It is free to get in and there are all kinds of arts and craft demonstrations and things for sale. And sometimes there is food to sample!

TinksThree
12-06-2011, 02:37 PM
So sorry for the long delay! Life happens sometimes and gets in the way of Disney! and I have had some huge things going on that has kept me away....but here is an update!!

Also, I think I forgot to end Day 5 with a breakdown of how our plans went! Basically I had no plans for this day so in the end we accomplished everything we had set out to do. The only “change” in the plan (if you can call it that) was: 1) Keith did not go to breakfast with us, 2) we did not get to ride Kali River, 3) we did not get to see Flights of Wonder, 4) we left the park much later than I had planned thus causing stress in getting to HHDMR but we made it! And 5) we hit the hay early and missed out on Elliot Dyson. So basically I deem this day a success!! And now on to Day 6!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011—Our Final Day

I am up bright and early because I do not want to waste a single moment of our final day. Epcot is always saved for the last day since it is my favorite!! We had already had one very successful day at Epcot and that made this one very laid back!

Now from the very beginning I have said that Keith was slowly letting me know what he did and did not like (sometimes a little after the fact) and one thing was an early supper. Our dinner reservations were for my restaurant of choice: Les Chefs de France. I have wanted to try this restaurant out for so long. When I made our ADRs way back 180 days ago Keith was not in the picture so the dinner reservations were made for 5pm…this is too early in Keith’s opinion. I realize this as I am getting dressed so I make the decision to change the plan. It is now my turn to miss out on something I really wanted to do! I head down to the Consceriege desk and I quickly explain needing to make the changes. Of course Les Chefs is not available and I had figured this much. My choices for World Showcase? Biergarten and Marrakesh….You will have to keep reading to see where I chose to go!!

After making the changes I meet everyone for breakfast in the food court.

French Toast

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Western Omelet

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And some shots around the food court.

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Now I am going to venture slightly off topic…sorta kinda anyway!

In August every year there is a festival in the real French Quarter that honors Louis Armstrong. This festival is called the Satchmo Festival and we have made it a tradition! So, on Friday, August 5, we headed south to New Orleans for the weekend. As we were walking around I was still having Post-Disney Withdrawal Syndrome. Who am I kidding? I am still having the withdrawal issues! The conditions are slightly better now (5 1/2 months later) but I still have relapses quiet often. So as we wandered the streets of New Orleans (and in a severe thunderstorm no less—tell me why you do not see rain for 6 weeks but you go on a trip and it storms???) I began noting the similarities of New Orleans and POFQ. Some of the details are pretty amazing! I have been holding on to this little side story until this particular day since I had spent some time that morning roaming the grounds of POFQ and I am going to give a comparison on some the details that make POFQ very much like a clean version of NOLA!!

I am going to do this like a mini-TR but throw in the similarities along the way. I hope no one minds!! So as I said we arrived in NOLA during a severe thunderstorm:

Approaching clouds

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The rain begins---the lightening was a spectacle but no pics of it! This also reminds me of a day at Disney…..

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I am going to interject our hotel: Comfort Inn on Bierdman St. Not the Ritz but a good location and clean and for the money it is a great deal!

The view:

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A little different from the one at POFQ:

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Palm Trees~ So reminiscent of Florida!!

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TinksThree
12-06-2011, 02:41 PM
And I have seen this before!

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Right here! At POFQ!!

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Café Du Monde~where REAL beingets come from!! Only we did not make it there this trip due to the obnoxiously long lines. Chris was very, very disappointed!!

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Street Signs

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That resemble signs found here….

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Plus these guys look familiar:

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at POFQ:

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French Quarter getting drenched:

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For good measure….this is what Bourbon St looks like after a good downpour!

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And later that night….

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And the New Orleans cuisine is AWESOME!! Not a real comparison but we love Deannie’s in both Bucktown and the French Quarter so it is a must!

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Potatoes! So yummy!

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Calamari! Madison did not partake so she ate more potatoes!

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And the dish that keeps us coming back! The Giant Seafood Platter!

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I tried to tell Keith to go with the small since we ate so much before-hand but he insisted…so we had a good bit left to take home!

Some night shots and I took WDW with me...see?!

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And our nighttime view from our room:

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TinksThree
12-06-2011, 02:44 PM
The next morning we hit the streets again and had brunch at a local street side restaurant. It is a buffet and was pretty good!

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Compared to my breakfast at POFQ on the final day:

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But the POFQ breakfast was really good! I am not downing it at all!

We made our way to Satchmo where we hung out for a while listening to the different bands

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and then we went to the Louisiana State Museum that has a Katrina Exhibit. It was a little disappointing since I knew so much more about Katrina than is mentioned. I guess they didn’t want to bring up anymore bad memories than necessary. The entrance was cool:

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And this is a sad reminder…

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But then you are off to the 2nd level and Mardi Gras! These are from the museum:

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And from POFQ!

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Not exact but the similarities are definitely there!! You get the idea....

And then the view of Jackson Square which can slightly resemble POFQ!

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This is POFQ Jackson Square:

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And I thought this was cute...

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And lastly in this post because I think it is just hilarious:

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These are the bathrooms in the museum. Yes you are seeing that correctly! The doors actually go into real bathrooms in case you are wondering.

And a few odd and end pictures...

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So the end result of all of this is to say that in creating POFQ, the task was well-done and there are so many similarities. POFQ is just a lot cleaner, fresher version of the real thing!!!

So….now folks we go back to the story at hand! Our last day at Epcot! Picture tour completed, reservations changed, and breakfast eaten we make our way to the bus stop. A few shots on the way to the bus stop:

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It is a beautiful day in central Florida! Nothing could possibly rain on our day!!!

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Up next: Epcot Part 2 (and much later another photo tour of POFQ!)

mickeystoontown
12-06-2011, 03:28 PM
Very cool comparison pictures of the "real" New Orleans and the "Disney" New Orleans. It's been quite a few years since we've been to the New Orleans area and it was nice to see it post-Katrina.

I hate to hear that you had to cancel your dinner ADR but I look forward to seeing what replaced it.

TinksThree
12-07-2011, 12:38 PM
Very cool comparison pictures of the "real" New Orleans and the "Disney" New Orleans. It's been quite a few years since we've been to the New Orleans area and it was nice to see it post-Katrina.

I hate to hear that you had to cancel your dinner ADR but I look forward to seeing what replaced it.

Glad you enjoyed the comparison! IMO New Orleans seems nicer (friendlier) and even a little cleaner since Katrina. We love heading down several times a year. I used to live an hour away and we would go whenever we got bored!

I was only slightly disappointed in the ADR cancellation at the time but now that I have been home the disappoinment builds!!

mickeystoontown
12-24-2011, 11:15 PM
merry christmas!

TinksThree
12-28-2011, 10:45 AM
merry christmas!

Thanks! We had a great Christmas!! :goodvibes

TinksThree
12-28-2011, 11:19 AM
So sorry for going for so long without posting! The Christmas holidays have simply taken me for a loop with all that has been going on! I don't know how many I still have around to read but I am determined to finish my story!! :goodvibes Hopefully January will be kind and I can get this last day or so completed in short order! So without further adieu....

EPCOT PART2!!! Wednesday, June 1, 2011

THE PLAN FOR TODAY:
Soarin'
Living With the Land
The Seas with Nemo& Friends
Turtle Talk w/ Crush
Journey Into Imagination
Canada Pavilion
O' Canada
UK Pavilion-Eat Lunch
Innovations West-1:15pm Alice and Mary Poppins
at resort
swim at resort/rest
back to Epcot
check-in at Les Chefs de France
supper Les Chefs de France
France Pavilion-Belle 6:15pm
Impressions de France
Off Kilter-Canada
Spaceship Earth (note: FW closes 7pm)
back at resort
Scat Cats Club for entertainment
maybe swim ???
Illuminations if not peviously done

We arrive and head straight for Soarin’ and FPs. Chris actually ran ahead and we walked at a much slower pace. I snapped a picture (yes only one!) along the way….

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I tried to talk Keith into taking a picture of me by this sign:

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But he was too busy playing Words With Friends with co-workers. This was actually a quiet frequent occurrence this trip since it was a “new toy” for him! Whatever keeps him happy and occupied!! So while he walked here to play his next word…

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A nice CM took pity on me and snapped this picture!!

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I find something lovely about these balloons!

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While we wait on Chris to meet up with us I snapped a few pictures of an empty Sunshine Seasons area!

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Now that we have arrived we decide a trip to Living with the Land is in order.

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This is one of those attractions that draws me every time. There is nothing fancy or thrilling or exciting about the attraction but it is a favorite! It is a peaceful reprieve! One day I hope to do the Behind the Seeds Tour to get a closer look! Some photos of the attraction:

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Continued in next post......

TinksThree
12-28-2011, 11:23 AM
We exit LWTL and head over to The Living Seas.

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I love these guys!!! "Mine, Mine, Mine!!!!"

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Nemo is our next stop! There is not a line at all!! We climb aboard the clam and take off. I make a poor attempt at capturing some photos.

Doesn't Keith look thrilled to be aboard the Clam-mobile?

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Then we are out and about in the exhibit area.

The Manatees:

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A search for Nemo begins....

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Can you find Nemo?

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Why yes I can!

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And Dorrie too!

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One of my favorite lines is "Just keep swimming"! I use it constantly at work!!

After looking around some I try to find Keith. I look and look and look. He is no-where to be found. He decided he was over the fish and had headed outside.

Through the gift shop we go...

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Our next stop is a quick little jaunt over to the Imagination Pavilion and a visit with Figment.

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A fun little ride through Figment’s Imagination was next on our agenda!! This too was a walk-on.

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TinksThree
12-28-2011, 11:25 AM
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My mom did not appreciate the “smell” section…… :confused3

Afterwards we briefly played with the activities in the exit area.

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Honestly….IMO it was more fun when Kodak sponsored this but I guess that is how corporate sponsorships go….

We did have fun making pictures of one another!

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We left the Imagination Pavilion and the kids wanted to play with the fountains. So we adults obliged and I snagged a few pictures in the process!

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So where to next? Soarin', a Taste Test and an escape from some wet stuff!!

mickeystoontown
12-28-2011, 11:44 AM
What a cute update....well despite the fact that Keith wasn't really "into it" early on. ;) It certainly looks like he was having a good time though when it came to pushing his own precious son in the jumping fountains. :lmao: Madison looks so cute trying to jump up and touch the water.

Moira222
12-28-2011, 12:56 PM
I have finally made my way back over....I am loving these days off this week. I JUST took a shower at 11 am having spent the morning Dising while relaxing in my new Tink sleep shirt, drinking coffee out of my mickey mug.

So funny how much you love TRex and want to eat in the ice cave. just SEEING the meteor shower pics and that red room makes me anxious. I think the food was good there but eating in that ice cave with the noise and the red lights just did me in the one time we ate there, and in a very bad way.

but I am glad you all liked it!

The cute bird sitting on the water serpents ear maked it even cuter!

so sorry your DHS evening ended on a less than stellar note. Rides like Star Tours make me very ill too so I can relate to Keith.

AK day...

I for one can totally understand leaving Keith to come when he was ready. I have learned from experience that dragging my DH to be somewhere he didn't want to be means ruining the experience for everyone. Nuff said.



Madison makes a great Alice. I LOVE the rabbit hole picture!

OMG ROFLMAO that Madison got so scared of the spiders! your poor mom! too funny though! have you been sticking little plastic spiders all over now?

How funny that those two guys were so scared on dinsaur! it was a fun ride, and I think Katie may have been scared....but she was seven!

yay for hoop de doo review!!! here is a tip, better late than never: if you are going from a park, take a bus to the wilderness lodge & then take the ferry to the campground. the ferry lets you off right near the hoop de doo restaurant and its a pretty ride. hmm i sort of forgot hddr....i will have to look at the oop price of this, though i am torn between the fun of the event and the noise, which may not work well for our friend Colin who will be going with us.

Love the POFQ and the real NO comparison photos. neat!!

FUn epcot shots. Still have not done the Land....June. HONEST!

Mom&RN
12-28-2011, 04:14 PM
I also love living with the land. My son and I have done the behind the seeds tour three times (no kidding!) and we loved it every time. My favorite time was the last time - we were the only two on the tour and the guide let us do lots of neat stuff that is normally "against the rules". Its a great tour and cheap too! Ask for a AAA discount and its even more affordable.

saintstickets
12-28-2011, 05:31 PM
I was beginning to wonder where you were! I thought you might have taken off to Hawaii to see those Golden Eagles vs the Wolfpack! Woo hoo!! :cool1: It wasn't pretty but it was a win! SMTTT Glad you are back on track and posting again!

archdandy
12-29-2011, 10:30 AM
I just finished with day 2 and I will be catching up on the rest soon! You guys look like you had such an awesome day 2 at MK! It makes me super excited for our trip in a week! I can't wait to see the castle :goodvibes

TinksThree
12-29-2011, 10:35 AM
What a cute update....well despite the fact that Keith wasn't really "into it" early on. ;) It certainly looks like he was having a good time though when it came to pushing his own precious son in the jumping fountains. :lmao: Madison looks so cute trying to jump up and touch the water.

Thanks! Keith loves goofing off with the kids. Those poor, poor kids....:rotfl: He was down to the final portion of the Words with Friends game. The group was doing some championship or something. He "came around" after the game ended! Poor Madison just couldn't jump high enough, but she sure tried!!

I have finally made my way back over....I am loving these days off this week. I JUST took a shower at 11 am having spent the morning Dising while relaxing in my new Tink sleep shirt, drinking coffee out of my mickey mug.

Yesterday I did the same thing! It appears I am on track for today too! When I go back to work it will be a hard transition from being lazy!!

So funny how much you love TRex and want to eat in the ice cave. just SEEING the meteor shower pics and that red room makes me anxious. I think the food was good there but eating in that ice cave with the noise and the red lights just did me in the one time we ate there, and in a very bad way.

but I am glad you all liked it!

I think people either really like those type of restaurants or can do without them! I understand how the noise and lights could get to you though! It surprises me that this is the one place Keith loves coming to!


so sorry your DHS evening ended on a less than stellar note. Rides like Star Tours make me very ill too so I can relate to Keith.

I should have known better since Soarin' made him sick almost the whole day last year. I now have in my notes: NO MOTION RIDES FOR KEITH. So hopefully I will not make this mistake again!! :laughing: Thankfully all worked out good in the end!

AK day...

I for one can totally understand leaving Keith to come when he was ready. I have learned from experience that dragging my DH to be somewhere he didn't want to be means ruining the experience for everyone. Nuff said.

This was another great lesson I learned! Letting him come in his own time made the day much better for everyone!!

Madison makes a great Alice. I LOVE the rabbit hole picture!

Thank you!!! :goodvibes

OMG ROFLMAO that Madison got so scared of the spiders! your poor mom! too funny though! have you been sticking little plastic spiders all over now?

This has been the biggest joke in our house!! My mom made a sign for her band trip warning people to not sit close in ITTBAB! :lmao: Madison did not appreciate it....really she thinks it is funny. She loves making fun at herself so that is good!!

How funny that those two guys were so scared on dinsaur! it was a fun ride, and I think Katie may have been scared....but she was seven!

They made that ride so fun! I really wish I could have videoed them! It was too funny!!

yay for hoop de doo review!!! here is a tip, better late than never: if you are going from a park, take a bus to the wilderness lodge & then take the ferry to the campground. the ferry lets you off right near the hoop de doo restaurant and its a pretty ride. hmm i sort of forgot hddr....i will have to look at the oop price of this, though i am torn between the fun of the event and the noise, which may not work well for our friend Colin who will be going with us.

This is good to know! I am sure we will be back at some point so I will make note of this! That was the most fun we had on the whole trip! The OOP was little much but the memories more than paid for it. I will probably not do Tier 1 again though just because of the cost and have had a front row seeat!

Love the POFQ and the real NO comparison photos. neat!!

Thanks! That was a fun post to write and do!

FUn epcot shots. Still have not done the Land....June. HONEST!

LWTL is interesting so hopefully you can fit it in! I keep seeing people with upcoming trips and I get jealous knowing I am unsure when I will be back. Uhm....I believe I go in March! :rolleyes1 But since it is chaperoning the band and I am not planning it feels like I really am not going at all!! :rotfl:

I also love living with the land. My son and I have done the behind the seeds tour three times (no kidding!) and we loved it every time. My favorite time was the last time - we were the only two on the tour and the guide let us do lots of neat stuff that is normally "against the rules". Its a great tour and cheap too! Ask for a AAA discount and its even more affordable.

I have heard such good things about Behind the Seeds that I really think it will be on my list for the next trip! I will have to remember the AAA discount!

I was beginning to wonder where you were! I thought you might have taken off to Hawaii to see those Golden Eagles vs the Wolfpack! Woo hoo!! :cool1: It wasn't pretty but it was a win! SMTTT Glad you are back on track and posting again!

You caught me! :) I wish I could have gone to Hawaii! I was planning on New Years Eve where ever they were and Hawaii threw a wrench in those plans! But I was very happy with the win!! :yay: It was not pretty at all but I will take the win!! SMTTT!!

Hopefully I will be able to keep up better now that all of our festivities are dying down!! Oh and also: What did you think of Drew Brees the other night!? :yay:

TinksThree
12-29-2011, 10:38 AM
I just finished with day 2 and I will be catching up on the rest soon! You guys look like you had such an awesome day 2 at MK! It makes me super excited for our trip in a week! I can't wait to see the castle :goodvibes

Welcome! Day 2 at MK was awesome! We zipped through MK on those two days! How exciting you get to be back very soon!! :yay: And I see you are staying at Port Orleans...I love that resort!! :goodvibes

Edit for comment: I just looked at your PTR link and noticed you are an anthropology major! Our oldest son is 22 and majoring in anthropology as well! He isn't in our TR since he doesn't go with us to Disney though. I found that cool since we do not run into many anthropolgoy majors around here!!

saintstickets
12-29-2011, 05:48 PM
You caught me! :) I wish I could have gone to Hawaii! I was planning on New Years Eve where ever they were and Hawaii threw a wrench in those plans! But I was very happy with the win!! :yay: It was not pretty at all but I will take the win!! SMTTT!!

Hopefully I will be able to keep up better now that all of our festivities are dying down!! Oh and also: What did you think of Drew Brees the other night!? :yay:

We had family in from out of town Christmas so I did not get to go to the Atlanta game on Monday night and see Drew Brees break the single season passing record. :sad1: Nevertheless, it was an awesome sight to behold even on TV. I've been told the noise rivaled the 2010 NFC championship game vs MN and that spiked to 150 decibels (a jet engine is 140!). No one can understand the atmosphere in the Superdome unless you've been there. 75,000 diehard season ticket holders in a closed stadium with adult beverages flowing freely. It requires ear protection at times and that is no joke! You can actually feel the steel and concrete stadium move when they play "Crunked" and everyone is up dancing. It is an experience one cannot adequately describe. I will definately be there this weekend to see the final game of the season and also for the playoffs. Between the Saints and Southern Miss, I bleed Black & Gold!! WHO DAT - SMTTT

TinksThree
12-31-2011, 09:32 AM
We had family in from out of town Christmas so I did not get to go to the Atlanta game on Monday night and see Drew Brees break the single season passing record. :sad1: Nevertheless, it was an awesome sight to behold even on TV. I've been told the noise rivaled the 2010 NFC championship game vs MN and that spiked to 150 decibels (a jet engine is 140!). No one can understand the atmosphere in the Superdome unless you've been there. 75,000 diehard season ticket holders in a closed stadium with adult beverages flowing freely. It requires ear protection at times and that is no joke! You can actually feel the steel and concrete stadium move when they play "Crunked" and everyone is up dancing. It is an experience one cannot adequately describe. I will definately be there this weekend to see the final game of the season and also for the playoffs. Between the Saints and Southern Miss, I bleed Black & Gold!! WHO DAT - SMTTT

I would have told my family "Sorry but I have a record to see broken against the Dirty Birds!!"....okay, maybe not!!! :rotfl: But at least it was on tv! The announcers just gave up talking over the noise level! It was awesome! I love the atmosphere in that place when it rocks!!! Yell hard and loud at these upcoming games!! :thumbsup2 Oh, yes this house bleeds Black & Gold for those Saints and Golden Eagles too!!! :yay:

TinksThree
01-04-2012, 01:25 PM
A quick little update while I finish my lunch!! And I hope everyone has had a Happy New Year so far! 2012 is looking pretty good so far! 4 days in and no complaints thus far!!

So I left off with us leaving the Imagination Pavilion and doing some playful interaction with fountains!

Next up? Club Cool and our attempt to get my mom with the Beverly.

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This is her photo just as she took a sip:

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I cannot post the picture of her face after the taste registered due to the fact that she brought me into this world and she can take me out! I would take out anyone that posted a picture of me with that face! It was bad and I am lucky Madison was the one that handed the cup to her. She will do anything for that child!!

A little bit of looking around the shopping area:

We LOVE Coke!!!

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No imitations here!!

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This was one popular hat! I have seen it in several TRs!

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Cool decor!

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Keith has left the building again!

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A few more fountain pics!

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I am in denial...not on my last day!!! Clouds???

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I always love these canopies---or whatever they are!

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We leave Club Cool and decide to wander into Inventions.

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I am not too enthralled by this. I was actually extremely bored! Some of us sit, some wander, mom and Madison find a question game to play.

A few shots inside:

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I wanted to do this but the line was too long:

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The game my mom and Madison enjoyed. This actually was fun and I joined in but 30 minutes was long enough.

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30 minutes?? Yes because.....We get ready to leave and………….it is raining! (So I am bored and now stuck here!) What?!?!? Rain on our last day!? But nothing is supposed to rain on our final day and the day at Epcot at that! So we remain inside and begin to get very bored.

Finally the rain slacks off and we head back to The Land!!

It is time to use those Soarin’ FPs!!!!

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Keith sits Soarin out (he got motion sick last year and I will not allow him to attempt it after the Star Tours disaster!). My mom loved this ride. We all love it but my mom still talks about this one! Next trip I will be sure she gets more than one go at it!

Now we are hungry! It is lunchtime! The plan is to go to Sunshine Seasons. We had breakfast here last year and it was good. Everyone raves about the food and I wanted a strawberry shortcake. We look over the menu and no one can really find something appealing (and we aren’t hard to please people!). Nothing really struck our fancy!

Keith wants to go to a country to eat and we agree this is a great idea. So we head in the direction of World Showcase.

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Along the way sprinkles begin to fall. Keith sees a Friendship boat heading to the dock and suggests this mode of transportation…great idea!! We load up and head out….

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Pictures along the way:

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Now on the ride we discuss where we want to eat and everyone has a different ethnic preference. Well I take that back …the adults have one and the children have another! We contemplate: Mexico (requiring a walk back), China, Germany or America or Morocco or England. The kids want Mexico. We adults had that the other day and want something different. So what did we choose? Well we did what any parent would do that is training their children to not be selfish and try new things….we chose what the adults wanted! And we wanted: Tune in to find out!!!

pinkxray
01-07-2012, 10:26 PM
I thought Innoventions was pretty boring too. We waited in the long line to do the piggy bank adventure and it was such a waste of time. There is a long line b/c you have to wait until there is an attendant to guide you through it, like you can't follow the directions on your own. There were empty stations not being used but they didn't have them open:confused3



I can't wait to see what the adults picked. Anything sounds better than the hot dog Caitlin managed to find in World Showcase.

mickeystoontown
01-09-2012, 12:17 PM
I get antsy if we spend too much time in Innoventions. I keep thinking that there is so much more out in the park that I want to see and do. It also doesn't help that I am so not a "gamer" and lose every time I try to play something.

TinksThree
01-09-2012, 12:39 PM
I thought Innoventions was pretty boring too. We waited in the long line to do the piggy bank adventure and it was such a waste of time. There is a long line b/c you have to wait until there is an attendant to guide you through it, like you can't follow the directions on your own. There were empty stations not being used but they didn't have them open:confused3



I can't wait to see what the adults picked. Anything sounds better than the hot dog Caitlin managed to find in World Showcase.

Glad I didn't stand int he line waiting for the piggy bank then! I am ready to leave way before anyone else in places like that....maybe because I get bored so easliy! :laughing:

Lunch was not fancy...but it ws good!! :thumbsup2

What are these tickers I see?!?!?!!? :yay::yay:

I get antsy if we spend too much time in Innoventions. I keep thinking that there is so much more out in the park that I want to see and do. It also doesn't help that I am so not a "gamer" and lose every time I try to play something.

This describes me perfectly! And especially with it being our last day! I wanted to get to WS!!

pinkxray
01-09-2012, 03:32 PM
[QUOTE=TinksThree;43678817]
What are these tickers I see?!?!?!!? :yay::yay:



They are way too far out but they are better than nothing. DH has always agreed that he would go to WDW when I want to run the Princess Half Marathon so we will be heading there in 2014 for that. I debated on if we should do a WDW trip with it but as long as the Fantasy heads to the Eastern Caribbean that week, that is where we will be. We all enjoyed the cruise so much that I would rather spend the week with a happy DH on the Fantasy than a miserable DH at WDW.

I wish it was 2013 but I need to save for a bit, plus I am hoping 2012 will finally be the year we have another child. If that doesn't happen I am going to go back to school in the fall so either way, no Disney for awhile.

Caitlin and I are also going to head down for a quick 4 day weekend in Nov. 2013 to see the xmas decorations. DH will be happen since I won't bug him in Feb. about going to the parks while there for the 1/2 marathon.

:yay:

TinksThree
01-12-2012, 01:00 PM
[QUOTE=TinksThree;43678817]
What are these tickers I see?!?!?!!? :yay::yay:



They are way too far out but they are better than nothing. DH has always agreed that he would go to WDW when I want to run the Princess Half Marathon so we will be heading there in 2014 for that. I debated on if we should do a WDW trip with it but as long as the Fantasy heads to the Eastern Caribbean that week, that is where we will be. We all enjoyed the cruise so much that I would rather spend the week with a happy DH on the Fantasy than a miserable DH at WDW.

I wish it was 2013 but I need to save for a bit, plus I am hoping 2012 will finally be the year we have another child. If that doesn't happen I am going to go back to school in the fall so either way, no Disney for awhile.

Caitlin and I are also going to head down for a quick 4 day weekend in Nov. 2013 to see the xmas decorations. DH will be happen since I won't bug him in Feb. about going to the parks while there for the 1/2 marathon.

:yay:

I understand choosing where to have a happy DH! I can think of worse places of making him happy than on a cruise!

We are the same way with 2012. A big trip just isn't in the cards but I am hoping for one in 2013. But at least I do have a few days on our March band trip! Christmas is when I want to go again. I want to see the parks decked out so bad!

TinksThree
01-12-2012, 01:19 PM
I left off with us heading off to World Showcase to find some lunch...so where to go? A few pictures as we dock.

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And where did we choose to go??

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Germany!

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Sommerfest!

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This was the first time to attempt the food in Germany. Biergarten will be tops on my list next time! (I guess that answers where supper will be held!) So we order and there are so many options. It takes Madison and Chris forever to choose…..tick-tock-tick-tock……tick-tock-tick-tock……

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Finally they choose…..the Bratwurst. Actually we all choose the Bratwurst only some with Sauerkraut and some without!

We order and manage to find one of the few tables open. We maneuver it under an awning since it was still sprinkling some. A nice CM comes out with a towel and dries everything off so we can actually sit down.

Continued in next post...

TinksThree
01-12-2012, 01:22 PM
This was an awesome choice! This food was so delicious! I would even pass up an ADR to eat here! The bread was so fresh and the bratwurst is not like what we get in the grocery stores here. It wasn’t too heavy at all. That was my fear that I would have a heavy sausage sitting in my gullet all afternoon. Nope…just pure happiness! And the desserts! Yummo!!!!!!!

So our food undressed:

with saurkraut

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and without

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and "dressed"

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For dessert we chose the Black Forest Cake Roulade

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And the Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce

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And the Cheesecake

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We finish eating and head over to the other side of Germany and the trains. I love these. I like to get lost in the scenes and let my imagination run away!

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You really have to love the way rain showers leave the parks!!

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Japan is our next stop! And a special treat for my mom!!

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We pass the candy making lady:

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TinksThree
01-12-2012, 01:24 PM
Then we head into Mitsukoshi and straight to Pick-a-Pearl.

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My mom has no idea anything about this so it takes her a few minutes to catch on to what is happening. Madison and my mom choose their oysters:

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Some of the settings (I actually had a carriage cage for my mom and an elephant cage for Madison both from e-bay):

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Then the production!

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And we got twins again this year!!

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Having accomplished this special goal, we peruse the store some.

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After that we decide a break is in order and we head out of World Showcase. We make a stop at Mouse Gears (my FAVORITE shop!!). The clouds are beginning to look very, very demonic so I push everyone through. We need to go….hurry….hurry….too late….the bottom falls out! ….See how low the crowd levels are thanks to the rain!?

We hang out and watch a cute kid having a blast. Isn’t this the joy of every parent? Pay huge mullah to come to Disney, it rains and your kid gets the biggest kick out of the rain puddles! Yes, I believe it is TOTALLY worth every penny! Those rain puddles are lots of fun to play in at Disney….:rolleyes1

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So will the rain continue or will we get a break for a nice evening? Stay tuned!!

mickeystoontown
01-12-2012, 02:07 PM
Those counter service meals from Sommerfest look good! Why haven't we ever tried those? Oh yeah, 'cause we have picky eaters in our group. ;)

We got caught in that rainstorm too. We stopped in France to watch the show so that we could get out of the rain.

Moira222
01-12-2012, 04:11 PM
Yummmm Sommerfest. mmmm Biergarten. Yes, put that on your ADR list for next time!!


YAY for getting twins at pick a pearl. Did you still put them in the cage, or did you make earrings? I would love to get twins!

Wanted to tell you two things that I thought of as was reading:

1) Hoop de Doo --- you can also catch the ferry from Magic Kingdom or Contemporary to Fort Wilderness. much easier than the bus IMHO

2) for Keith: I have learned from trial and error that the best thing to take for motion sickness at Disneyworld is an allergy medication, Zyrtec. It does not completely fix the motion sickness but it really helps keep it down to a minimum without making me all fuzzy headed like traditional motion sickness meds do. just a note for future reference ;).

sherylcin
01-12-2012, 09:53 PM
Awww, too bad about the rain but it looks like the day wasn't a complete loss! The food in Germany is so good I agree! Biergarten is one of our can't miss places every trip. The atmosphere is so fun (you have to go when they're doing the shows) and the kids all love to get up and dance. Not to mention we waddle out of there every time cause there's just so much good food!

Mousegears is a great place to escape the rain! Love that store too!

Hope you get a rain-free last night in the World..................popcorn::

TinksThree
01-13-2012, 09:08 AM
Those counter service meals from Sommerfest look good! Why haven't we ever tried those? Oh yeah, 'cause we have picky eaters in our group. ;)

We got caught in that rainstorm too. We stopped in France to watch the show so that we could get out of the rain.

Sommerfest was Keith's idea and honestly I wasn't as sure as he was but much more willing than the kids. Once I ate there though I was hooked!

We probably passed you in France or there abouts since that was the way we headed out! It was a real gully washer!!

Yummmm Sommerfest. mmmm Biergarten. Yes, put that on your ADR list for next time!!


YAY for getting twins at pick a pearl. Did you still put them in the cage, or did you make earrings? I would love to get twins!

Wanted to tell you two things that I thought of as was reading:

1) Hoop de Doo --- you can also catch the ferry from Magic Kingdom or Contemporary to Fort Wilderness. much easier than the bus IMHO

2) for Keith: I have learned from trial and error that the best thing to take for motion sickness at Disneyworld is an allergy medication, Zyrtec. It does not completely fix the motion sickness but it really helps keep it down to a minimum without making me all fuzzy headed like traditional motion sickness meds do. just a note for future reference ;).

Once I got home and was reading other TRs that included Biergarten I kept kicking myself! It is definitely on my list for the next trip!

Since the twins were my mom's and she doesn't wear earrings, we went ahead and used the cage. I ordered another cage and my mom gave it to my sister as a souvenir so it worked out well!

Thanks for those tips! I wrote the Zyrtec down in my handy notebook ASAP! We always have Zyrtec on hand!

Awww, too bad about the rain but it looks like the day wasn't a complete loss! The food in Germany is so good I agree! Biergarten is one of our can't miss places every trip. The atmosphere is so fun (you have to go when they're doing the shows) and the kids all love to get up and dance. Not to mention we waddle out of there every time cause there's just so much good food!

Mousegears is a great place to escape the rain! Love that store too!

Hope you get a rain-free last night in the World..................popcorn::

Biergarten is definitely on my list for next time and I hope we are there for the show! We ate at the German restaurant at Busch Gardens Williamsburg several years ago. I don't remember much about the food but the band was great entertainment! I am thinking Disney has to do things even better!! :thumbsup2

The rain really didn't dampen much for us. We just rolled with it and didn't miss out on much at all! Hopefully I will not stretch the suspense out too long! My days seem to disappear and then I realize how long it has been since I have posted! :eek: I don't have much left so hopefully I can move the story along!!

TinksThree
01-19-2012, 01:11 PM
After waiting our the heaviest part of the storm we decide to make our way to the bus stops, dodging the still lingering rain showers. This pretty well sums up how we were feeling at the time:

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Soon we are back at POFQ. Madison and I take off for a few pictures around the pool.

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I get reprimanded for being at the pool when it is closed….:rolleyes1 so we head to our rooms to rest and prepare for a fun filled (and hopefully dry) night at Epcot!! One last look at a rain soaked POFQ!

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Around 5 we decide to head back to Epcot. Our ADRs are at 6:30pm so we arrive with a little time to explore. First we make time for a Photopass pic!

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And YES! those are clear skies you are seeing!!!!

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We make a beeline for World Showcase…this time Canada!

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I have not seen the movie in Canada since I was in 6th grade (and we will not discuss how long ago that was!!).

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We make our way through the Canada Pavilion and soon we are waiting in the little sitting area.

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And soon we are in the theater! Don't these guys look pumped for the movie!?

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I will state simply that this has to be one of the best done movies in WS! I loved it and will try to go again and again! It really made me want to leave and go straight to Canada…and Martin Short was a great addition (And I really am not a huge Martin Short fan)!

Well, I was going to post more but the DisBoards server has not been my friend and now I must work! Plus I have noticed I did not finish sizing my pictures smaller so I need to finish that before posting more ginormous pictures! I will say good-bye for now but next up: dinner at Marrekesh!!

sherylcin
01-19-2012, 07:52 PM
Aren't the grounds around "Canada" a beautiful place to just chill. I'm never disappointed. Can't wait to hear your review of Marrekesh. That's one place we haven't been brave enough to try yet.

IheartDDuck
01-19-2012, 09:04 PM
Yay! I'm glad that you had clear skies for your last night in the World. Regardless though, you guys still seemed to have a good day with the rain.

I have to admit, I've never eaten at Sommerfest. I've eaten at the Biergarten several (SEVERAL!) times, but I'll have to put the CS on my list.

TinksThree
01-19-2012, 10:02 PM
Aren't the grounds around "Canada" a beautiful place to just chill. I'm never disappointed. Can't wait to hear your review of Marrekesh. That's one place we haven't been brave enough to try yet.

I do love the grounds around Canada! I even have a comment on it in the next installment! I think you may be surprised by Marrakesh! It isn't what you expect...but I will leave it at that or else my review will be given away!! :rolleyes1 LOL

Yay! I'm glad that you had clear skies for your last night in the World. Regardless though, you guys still seemed to have a good day with the rain.

I have to admit, I've never eaten at Sommerfest. I've eaten at the Biergarten several (SEVERAL!) times, but I'll have to put the CS on my list.

Yes, even the rain didn't spoil our day! It was just there...we had a good last day which I was so thankful for!! Biergarten is definitely on my list! I think your TR or PTR was actually one of the ones that had me kicking myself for choosing Marrakesh over Biergarten!! :thumbsup2

TinksThree
01-23-2012, 01:08 PM
We exit and I snap a few more pictures of the gardens which I really love:

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You can always see so many little critters hopping and running around. i think they find these gardens just as lovely!! Onward we march out of Canada in search of food!

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If you recall I had made early ADRs at Les Chefs de France and I had cancelled that due to Keith’s preference to not eat early. So my choices in WS were Biergarten and Marrakesh. I chose Marrakesh since it was Chris’ favorite when we went in March 2009. I figured the belly dancer would also score some points!

We arrive in Morocco!!!

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This is probably one of my most photographed pavilions at Epcot!

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We check in and barely sit down to wait before they call our names! We are handed our menus:

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Pictures around the table:

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And a couple of the restaurant itself:

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Keith ordered a Moroccan beer (I ordered the mint tea which is so good!!):

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Rolls are brought out:

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We also ordered the Seafood Baklava:

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Sorry about that guys….we were hungry and I thought about getting a picture after it was inhaled!!

The entertainment began, which is pretty fun. But we were way off from the action so that took some of the fun out of it. The pictures are pretty bad since I really had to zoom in!

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TinksThree
01-23-2012, 01:11 PM
The food came out just before the belly dancer which I think is unfair having to watch a belly dancer while stuffing my face!!

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Our food....
Couscous - the national Moroccan dish - steamed tiny semolina pasta; with Beef $27.99

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Shish Kebab - grilled tenderloin of beef with rosemary roasted potatoes and vegetable medley $28.99

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Chicken Kebabs - brochettes of chicken breast, olive salad and dried fruit sweet couscous $24.99

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Roast Lamb Meshoui - lamb shank braised in natural juices served with roasted eggplant puree, zucchini, capers lemon confit and tomatoes $27.99

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And then desserts:

Moroccan Symphony - Assorted Moroccan baklavas $6.99

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Marrakesh Delight - fresh fruit salad topped with mint ice cream, toasted almonds and orange blossom water $5.99

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Bastilla - crispy leaves of pastry topped with vanilla cream and sprinkled with cinnamon, powdered sugar and toasted almonds

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The food was okay…kind of blah. I seem to remember it better the time before. Mine basically tasted like pot roast over coucous…not my idea of a great final Disney meal! The Seafood Baklava, the desserts and the mint tea were the best part of the meal to me!

Keith was not impressed at all by the food. As a matter of fact he says he prefers if that restaurant is never added to our list again! It wasn’t terrible, just mediocre! Service was good, prompt and friendly. The atmosphere was good but the food just really did not hit the spot!

Dinner over, we head out to the shops of Morocco. These stores are some of my favorite to explore! The items are so eclectic and interesting!
I just love perusing this area!

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I wish I had one of these right now to rub and make a wish to be at WDW!!

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The sun is beginning to set and our evening is quickly coming to an end but there is still a little fun left to be had!!

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mickeystoontown
01-23-2012, 01:30 PM
The flowers and gardens in Canada have always been so very beautiful! They have to have a set of round the clock gardeners to keep it looking so pretty in the Florida heat.

I hate that your meal at Marrakesh wasn't as good you remembered. I think I hate it even more for you because in Keith's eyes, that's one more strike against Disney. :sad2:I've thought about trying a meal there but I'm pretty sure we wouldn't care for it much since we are semi-picky eaters.

IheartDDuck
01-23-2012, 02:27 PM
That stinks that your meal at Marrakesh wasn't as good as it was the last time you had eaten there. We haven't eaten there since 2009, but it's always been one of my favorites. That's such a shame. I hate being let down like that!

sherylcin
01-23-2012, 08:48 PM
Well......I have to say the food pics looked so good and I was thinking "Hmmm, maybe we should give it a try" and then your review.........meh. Too bad it wasn't as good as it looked. Do you think they've Americanized the food or that's really the way it would be served in Morocco? The restaurant looks pretty but I agree with you about the belly dancer!:rotfl:

saintstickets
01-23-2012, 10:22 PM
I have not eaten at Marrakesh but DW and I ate at the Tangierine Cafe during our last trip. It was pretty good but I'm an adventurous eater so others may not like the cuisine. If I had known there was a belly dancer at Marrakesh, I would have definately had to try it....the restaurant, not the belly dancer! :lmao: Maybe if y'all had been closer to the entertainment, Keith might have liked the restaurant better? :rotfl2: You know what they say...location, location, location! :thumbsup2

TinksThree
01-24-2012, 11:23 AM
The flowers and gardens in Canada have always been so very beautiful! They have to have a set of round the clock gardeners to keep it looking so pretty in the Florida heat.

I hate that your meal at Marrakesh wasn't as good you remembered. I think I hate it even more for you because in Keith's eyes, that's one more strike against Disney. :sad2:I've thought about trying a meal there but I'm pretty sure we wouldn't care for it much since we are semi-picky eaters.

I do not have a green thumb at all so I always look at these gardens with a little envy. But i also know that they have to work at it A LOT!

Yes, I need as little strikes as possible where Keith is concerned! But at least the rest of the day was so good that this was only a bump in the road!! I defintiely recommend trying it at least once if nothing else, order some appetizers and desserts becasue they are good! The ambiance of the restaurant is very nice and worth a visit!

That stinks that your meal at Marrakesh wasn't as good as it was the last time you had eaten there. We haven't eaten there since 2009, but it's always been one of my favorites. That's such a shame. I hate being let down like that!

2009 was the time before we went also. I may have been a little let down since I had been wanting to go to Les Chefs de France and then what I rodered was so blah. I really should have gone with the chicken kabobs!

Well......I have to say the food pics looked so good and I was thinking "Hmmm, maybe we should give it a try" and then your review.........meh. Too bad it wasn't as good as it looked. Do you think they've Americanized the food or that's really the way it would be served in Morocco? The restaurant looks pretty but I agree with you about the belly dancer!:rotfl:

I have heard that it is Americanized some. I had the first picture--the Morroccan Coucous. That was what I didn't care for. I think it is definitely worth a try though. Madison got the chicken kabobs and she said last night that they were pretty good. The seafood bakilla and the desserts were very good though!

I have not eaten at Marrakesh but DW and I ate at the Tangierine Cafe during our last trip. It was pretty good but I'm an adventurous eater so others may not like the cuisine. If I had known there was a belly dancer at Marrakesh, I would have definately had to try it....the restaurant, not the belly dancer! :lmao: Maybe if y'all had been closer to the entertainment, Keith might have liked the restaurant better? :rotfl2: You know what they say...location, location, location! :thumbsup2

Do I foresee a future ADR?! ;) We are not too picky. I will try anything at least once...well almost anything! Andrew Zimmerman tries things I would never consider! I think I would try going back and just not order what I got that night. But I doubt Keith will ever be willing to go back. The last time we were at a table next to the band and the belly dancer was very close. That is probably why Chris wanted to return! :rotfl: Maybe I should request a better location and see if Keith likes it better next time!!

Soarin4Disney
01-24-2012, 05:07 PM
Checking in and getting caught up. Epcot is my favorite park and the Land is my favorite place in my favorite park...so you can probably guess what I think of your Land pavillion pictures. :goodvibes

Love your TR. To bad its almost over. :sad1:

TinksThree
01-26-2012, 10:56 AM
Checking in and getting caught up. Epcot is my favorite park and the Land is my favorite place in my favorite park...so you can probably guess what I think of your Land pavillion pictures. :goodvibes

Love your TR. To bad its almost over. :sad1:

Epcot is my favorite park too! I usually get way more carried away snapping photos in LWTL but this time I soaked it up a little more. I am so happy you have been enjoying everything! I am getting sad it is so close to being over too which is probably why I am dragging it out! :)

Soarin4Disney
01-26-2012, 11:27 AM
Epcot is my favorite park too! I usually get way more carried away snapping photos in LWTL but this time I soaked it up a little more. I am so happy you have been enjoying everything! I am getting sad it is so close to being over too which is probably why I am dragging it out! :)

I get a chuckle out of reading your TR about how your husband likes to find places to sit and relax. There are a couple of areas in Epcot that we as a family (or at least I) like to stop and rest our feet and people-watch.

First is inside the Mexico pavillion, back near the some of the shops is a nice fountain. We ususally sit there and enjoy the A/C and ambiance for a few minutes while resting our feet.

But my favorite place is in the same building as the fountain view ice cream shop and the Epcot Character spot. There is a little hallway area behind the ice cream shop that has a few benches and some nice pictures on the wall showing the history of Epcot. Its usually empty, is air-conditioned (which is a big plus in the summer time), has a nice view looking towards the Land and Imagination pavillions, and is next to Club Cool. We always take a nice break in the middle of the day, grab a frozen Coke and relax in the A/C and enjoy the views.

Of course, now that my secret is out, it won't be so private any more. :scared1: :laughing:

TinksThree
01-27-2012, 01:35 PM
I get a chuckle out of reading your TR about how your husband likes to find places to sit and relax. There are a couple of areas in Epcot that we as a family (or at least I) like to stop and rest our feet and people-watch.

First is inside the Mexico pavillion, back near the some of the shops is a nice fountain. We ususally sit there and enjoy the A/C and ambiance for a few minutes while resting our feet.

But my favorite place is in the same building as the fountain view ice cream shop and the Epcot Character spot. There is a little hallway area behind the ice cream shop that has a few benches and some nice pictures on the wall showing the history of Epcot. Its usually empty, is air-conditioned (which is a big plus in the summer time), has a nice view looking towards the Land and Imagination pavillions, and is next to Club Cool. We always take a nice break in the middle of the day, grab a frozen Coke and relax in the A/C and enjoy the views.

Of course, now that my secret is out, it won't be so private any more. :scared1: :laughing:

I love your tips for soem cool places to rest! Thank you!! In March I really may have a need to search those out! I have jotted these down in my trip notebook! Keith loves to find somewhere to sit everywhere we go! Every trip includes pictures of him resting somewhere!! It is his travel signature! :laughing:

TinksThree
02-01-2012, 01:39 PM
Today officially gets me into the 40's!! 49 days and I get to soak up some wonderful WDW atmosphere!!! :banana::banana::banana:

But for now...back to our current story!!

France is our next stop to look through a few shops….

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I always feel like the CMs in France are giving me dirty looks when I am taking pictures. We head outside...

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A non-chalant picture of a tour group. Although we really had no issues with them. I just know people talk a lot about the tour groups so i snapped a picture!

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And one final picture from France!!

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I wanted a Grey Goose Mariner but the line was so long so I met up with Keith and Chris across the canal!


We are off to jolly-old England…with this visit we have met all of our goals for the trip except the movie in France. We have seen it though so this is not too big of a disappointment.

While in England, Madison and my mom shop while the rest of us sit to listen to the new British group. They were so good and fun! We wish we had found more time to catch their full act!

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Then it is off to find a place to view Illuminations!!! We start in England, Madison and my mom head off to a store and plan to meet up with us, then we go through Canada (I forget where we were trying to go), and then we stop by the boat dock next to the Duffy store. Keith decides he wants another beer from Germany so we head in that direction.

I snap a quick nighttime view of the Mexican Temple:

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Continued in next post....

TinksThree
02-01-2012, 06:02 PM
Seriously...is anyone else having issues with the DISBoards being slow? I have tried posting for a few days! Whew! I am going to try and get the last of this installment up!

Eventually we wind up on a bridge between China and Germany…a little alcove really.

The view from our spot:

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No one is there. I see a tree and know this will not be the best view but Keith has his beer and is happy. Finally Madison and mom meet back up with us and Illuminations begins!

I took a ton of pictures trying to get a decent shot. I will show just several I snapped!

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I have not seen this at all. Every trip we are too tired to hang around for the show. The tree did present a problem but more than that I did not realize how far away it would be. It was fine though and worth seeing.

I want to soak up every last bit of WDW and try to get some pictures out but I get left so I have to abandon my guilty pleasures!

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It is now approaching 9:30pm and we have had a pretty full day plus we are looking at a long ride home so it is time to head out…plus Epcot is closing so it isn’t like we have a lot to choose from!

Madison and mom go into one last store. They were searching for something particular although I can’t recall what at this time. Keith, Chris and I walk ahead slowly and then stop at a little area. This is where I did something unusual for me because I am usually wrong and I fear I may appear to be a stalker but I see this family walking towards me. I see one person, then another and then a third…yea, I feel pretty confident I “know” them! So I say something and sure enough I was right! Mickeystoontown and family!! :yay:

This is also the first time I have met any fellow Dissers so it was pretty neat to see the real live version!! :laughing: We talk for several minutes and then move on down the road. It was real fun meeting them though! :) Madison was also pretty giddy all the way to the bus stop and couldn’t quite talking about them…… After we split up, Keith said why didn’t you take a picture? Uhm…..I don’t know I wasn’t thinking?! I was just so surprised to see someone I “knew”!!

Really this is not a good picture but there is just something about it…

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A few Epcot Spaceball pictures on the way out and then it is onward to the bus stop……

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The bus stop was awful for POFQ! No busses were coming and every other bus stop was emptying. Ours was about 10 rows deep! Then some wonderfully smart CMs started directing buses with other resorts (with empty stops) to our stop and soon we were all loaded up and whisked back to POFQ!

We arrive at 10:30pm and I stop briefly to listen to Elliott Dyson because this was something I had really wanted to hear since I love jazz. He is very entertaining but I was just too tired and after 10 minutes it was off to bed I went!

So………how did the plan work out? Let’s take a gander!
Soarin' SUCCESS with FPs
Living With the Land SUCCESS!!
The Seas with Nemo& Friends SUCCESS!!!!
Turtle Talk w/ Crush no, but that was really okay….
Journey Into Imagination SUCCESS!!!

Canada Pavilion SUCCESS!!!
O' Canada SUCCESS!!!
UK Pavilion-Eat Lunch no….Sommerfest instead
Alice and Mary Poppins Alice: nope but Mary
Poppins was seen on Day 2 so early SUCCESS!!!
Innovations West-1:15pm Innovations: SUCCESS!!!
at resort SUCCESS!!!
swim at resort/rest swim no; rest: SUCCESS!!!
back to Epcot
check-in at Les Chefs de France
supper Les Chefs de France no….Marrakkesh
instead
France Pavilion-Belle 6:15pm France SUCCESS!!!;
Belle was seen on Day 3; Impressions de France--no
Off Kilter-Canada no but we did see the new British group!
Spaceship Earth (note: FW closes 7pm)was done on Day 3
back at resort
Scat Cats Club for entertainment –for 10 minutes this was a SUCCESS!!!
maybe swim??? YEAH right!!

Illuminations if not peviously done SUCCESS!!!
So over all adding in Club Cool and this day was pretty successful with some changes to the plans. The worst change was booking Marrakesh rather than Biergarten. I still am regretting that decision! But oh well, at least we have all knocked it off our list if we ever decide to eat at every location!

So this was our last night but hold on folks! I have a little more to share with you! And some fun things are in store!

saintstickets
02-01-2012, 08:23 PM
Seriously...is anyone else having issues with the DISBoards being slow? I have tried posting for a few days! Whew! I am going to try and get the last of this installment up!
You are not alone. It has been horrendous.

So this was our last night but hold on folks! I have a little more to share with you! And some fun things are in store!
I have really enjoyed your TR and getting to meet fellow Mississippians. You mean there is more?! :banana:

TinksThree
02-02-2012, 10:00 AM
You are not alone. It has been horrendous.


I have really enjoyed your TR and getting to meet fellow Mississippians. You mean there is more?! :banana:

I am so glad I am not alone in the slowness! I have almost given up on reading TRs because it takes so long to load!! :headache:

I am so glad you found my TR and have enjoyed following along. I think you may like how we ended everything! :thumbsup2

mickeystoontown
02-02-2012, 10:07 AM
You're Illuminations pictures turned out so good! We were eating in Mexico during the fireworks and didn't get to see any of it.

I'm so glad that you called out when you saw me. It was nice to talk to you and your family even if it wasn't for very long. As I have already said, Hunter was quite giddy himself....maybe that had a little something to do with a pretty girl named Madison. ;) I can't believe that neither of us thought to take a picture to memorialize our meeting. What kinda disers are we? :lmao: Especially since our mothers both made fun of us for taking so many pictures during the trip.

TinksThree
02-02-2012, 01:36 PM
You're Illuminations pictures turned out so good! We were eating in Mexico during the fireworks and didn't get to see any of it.

I'm so glad that you called out when you saw me. It was nice to talk to you and your family even if it wasn't for very long. As I have already said, Hunter was quite giddy himself....maybe that had a little something to do with a pretty girl named Madison. ;) I can't believe that neither of us thought to take a picture to memorialize our meeting. What kinda disers are we? :lmao: Especially since our mothers both made fun of us for taking so many pictures during the trip.

Thanks on the pics! After I psoted I looked at them again and thought they weren't as bad as I was remembering! We were just so far away so I think that stuck in my head!

I'm glad I said something too! I think the clencher was when I saw John's LSU shirt and then your mom. I knew I was not about to embarress myself! :rotfl: They did give us a hard time about those pictures! I was glad my family heard your family because now I can say "See I am not the only one that takes pictures of everything!!" Those two kids crack me up!! :laughing:

sherylcin
02-03-2012, 01:38 PM
Pretty great post-dinner last night! I LOVE Illuminations. It is absolutely my favorite fireworks show. It just seems so big and awesome and the "surround sound" of all the speakers just make it seem very grand. That is pretty cool that you ran into Mickeystoontown and Family. Since I read both of your Trip Reports, I really can't believe that neither of you took a picture!!!:confused3

The nighttime Epcot pics are really good! Almost as good as being there......:)

TinksThree
02-06-2012, 01:18 PM
Pretty great post-dinner last night! I LOVE Illuminations. It is absolutely my favorite fireworks show. It just seems so big and awesome and the "surround sound" of all the speakers just make it seem very grand. That is pretty cool that you ran into Mickeystoontown and Family. Since I read both of your Trip Reports, I really can't believe that neither of you took a picture!!!:confused3

The nighttime Epcot pics are really good! Almost as good as being there......:)

Thanks! I loved Illuminations! I always hated that we missed it so I was very glad we were able to fit it in! The evening was very nice! It was relaxing since we just wandered whereever!

I can't believe we didn't get pictures either! We were very bad Dissers!! :laughing: I blame it on being tired from a fun filled week!!!

TinksThree
02-08-2012, 04:43 PM
Please bare with me until I can post my last two updates. I have had some upsetting news and I am not up to posting right now. I hope you will wait me out and join in once I am able to conclude this report!

mickeystoontown
02-08-2012, 04:46 PM
Please bare with me until I can post my last two updates. I have had some upsetting news and I am not up to posting right now. I hope you will wait me out and join in once I am able to conclude this report!

Send me a text if you feel like you need someone to talk to or need a prayer said for you. :grouphug:

sherylcin
02-08-2012, 07:41 PM
No problem waiting on the final posts and even more important, I hope things will soon be better in your world! Saying a prayer for you.:hug:

TinksThree
02-08-2012, 08:11 PM
Send me a text if you feel like you need someone to talk to or need a prayer said for you. :grouphug:

No problem waiting on the final posts and even more important, I hope things will soon be better in your world! Saying a prayer for you.:hug:

Thank you! Prayers are much appreciated right now!

pinkxray
02-08-2012, 08:19 PM
Please bare with me until I can post my last two updates. I have had some upsetting news and I am not up to posting right now. I hope you will wait me out and join in once I am able to conclude this report!


:hug:We'll be here when you are ready to come back and finish.

IheartDDuck
02-08-2012, 09:42 PM
We're waiting and ready for you when you return. I'll keep you in my prayers. :hug:

TinksThree
02-12-2012, 09:37 PM
:hug:We'll be here when you are ready to come back and finish.

We're waiting and ready for you when you return. I'll keep you in my prayers. :hug:

Thanks so much! I hope to feel up to posting later this week. I appreciate your patience!

mickeystoontown
02-12-2012, 09:40 PM
Thanks so much! I hope to feel up to posting later this week. I appreciate your patience!

Still have you on my prayer list and hope that you and the family are doing well.:grouphug:

TinksThree
02-12-2012, 10:40 PM
Still have you on my prayer list and hope that you and the family are doing well.:grouphug:

Thank you again! We are slowly getting better each day.:hug:

TinksThree
02-20-2012, 01:18 PM
Sorry for the delay. I think I am able to get back on track and finish this thing up! There are only two more posts so it should be very easy!! Without going into details, I will share that we were expecting a baby in July. I went in for a routine appointment and it was discovered I’d had a mid-trimester miscarriage. Thanks again for the kind thoughts even when you did not know what was happening!! We are obviously devastated and it has been a very difficult 1 1/2 weeks! But enough sadness and on to some WDW magic! Well kind of since I am on DEPARTURE DAY! :sad1:

The final vacation days—June 2-June 5

We awoke on Thursday morning and began the long, sad process of packing up, loading up and heading out. We ate breakfast in the food court and then we hit the road! I had wanted to go to the Poly for Tonga Toast but since we had made plans to extend our trip slightly, we decided to skip this and get on the road.

A swan from my mom and Madison's room:

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And two final pictures on the way to the car:

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Nothing exciting about the ride home which I suppose is really a good thing! We ate lunch at Arby’s and we were at my mom’s house by 5pm. We left Madison with my mom and then we arrived home around 6:30pm. Not too bad considering we left Orlando at 8:30am! Keith and I had to rest up because we had an extended trip planned!! :goodvibes

On the Tuesday we were at Animal Kingdom the College World Series Regionals and participants were announced. Keith is a huge Mississippi State baseball fan. I mean HUGE as in if they have a bad season….stand back! I graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi and we follow their sports programs very closely…I have tried my best to show him the light! ;) Well, low and behold they both get placed in the same regional! So back at AK on Tuesday, Keith finds this out as we are waiting for FOTLK to begin and he really wants to go. We get out of FOTLK and see if we can get tickets….success! Then a hotel room….success!! So we are heading to Atlanta!!! Change of plans for us!! Instead of getting home Thursday night and having a long, relaxing weekend we are headed east! This is also why he so quickly forgave me for tricking him into seeing FOTLK!! :rolleyes1

Friday morning arrives and we head east to Atlanta. The games were held at Georgia Tech and I will only say that this little country girl is SO glad she does not have to deal with Downtown Atlanta! YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But the games were fun! We had a great time and we met some great people from all of the participating schools. It was good fun sportsmanship! Best of all was at least one of our teams made it to the Super Regional!
This was a great way to end our week and took a bit of the sting out of leaving WDW!

A few pictures of our Atlanta stint:

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Club House shots: Southern Miss Golden Eagles

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And Mississippi State Bulldogs:

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The city views were nice;

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And it was Hot!! I guess they call it Hotlanta for a reason!! We were a little sweaty! But they had really great sweet tea with orange slices!!

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We ate one meal at The Varsity.

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I had seen it on Food Network and thought it was neat to try it. Basically, if you like super greasy food then this is the place to go! I did not take any pictures inside or of food but I got a chili burger which was okay. Nothing spectacular. I suppose you go for the experience! When you enter you do not have time to contemplate the menu, though, since you get 20 people yelling “Whattaya’ have?” at you!


We arrived back home on Sunday evening and I began the drudgery of laundry and preparing to return to work. Our vacation was officially over. :sad2:

I will be back soon with a wrap up bringing all of the plans (both changes and parts that worked out) together. Plus a “Best of”/”Ratings” series! I hope you’ll stick around!

mickeystoontown
02-20-2012, 02:01 PM
I've been thinking about you a lot and have you on my continual prayer list. I'm glad that you and the family are starting to get your spirits back. It's not easy to recover from a loss such as your's.

I hate that the trip report is coming to an end but at least you got to throw in one last side trip before going back home for good. You ain't the only little Southern gal who is glad they don't have to drive in Atlanta. Every time we would go see Lacey, we had to go both through and around Atlanta. I was like this :eek: the entire time we were driving.

Mom&RN
02-20-2012, 05:04 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. :hug: I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

sherylcin
02-20-2012, 08:28 PM
I am so sorry to hear the reason for your delay! :hug: I hope you're feeling better every day although I think it just takes some time and God's grace to cope!

On another note, I am very jealous of your "short" drive to WDW! For us it's 21 hours no matter how you slice it. That's why flying usually wins! :thumbsup2

Your trip to Atlanta was a great way to end your vacation. Like a little bonus! Looks like you and Keith had a great time in Hotlanta!

Look forward to your wrap-up!

TinksThree
02-21-2012, 07:11 AM
I've been thinking about you a lot and have you on my continual prayer list. I'm glad that you and the family are starting to get your spirits back. It's not easy to recover from a loss such as your's.

I hate that the trip report is coming to an end but at least you got to throw in one last side trip before going back home for good. You ain't the only little Southern gal who is glad they don't have to drive in Atlanta. Every time we would go see Lacey, we had to go both through and around Atlanta. I was like this :eek: the entire time we were driving.

Thanks so much, again! You know I appreciate it so much! We have good days and then some not so great days right now.

I think the saddest thing about TRs is when they come to an end! The Atlanta trip was a nice buffer between WDW and the real world! I remember you getting directions for an alternative route to get to Lacey's wedding. All I could think was how much I agreed with you 100%! I like the slower pace!

I am so sorry for your loss. :hug: I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Thank you! It is much appreciated!

I am so sorry to hear the reason for your delay! :hug: I hope you're feeling better every day although I think it just takes some time and God's grace to cope!

On another note, I am very jealous of your "short" drive to WDW! For us it's 21 hours no matter how you slice it. That's why flying usually wins! :thumbsup2

Your trip to Atlanta was a great way to end your vacation. Like a little bonus! Looks like you and Keith had a great time in Hotlanta!

Look forward to your wrap-up!

I agree 100% on the time and God's grace! :thumbsup2

Wow! 21 hours driving!! We don't mind driving and road trips but 2 days just traveling is tough! Thankfully we aren't that far to drive because plane tickets from Jackson are high. Keith's one way ticket to Orlando cost the same as our gas for the whole trip!

I love adding bonus trips anytime but this one was a lot of fun!

Rachel52288
02-21-2012, 09:13 AM
I just found your tr and am loving it! It keeps me going while I am counting down to me Disney Wedding, Cruise, Honeymoon and Girl's Weekend! 164 days!

TinksThree
02-21-2012, 10:32 AM
I just found your tr and am loving it! It keeps me going while I am counting down to me Disney Wedding, Cruise, Honeymoon and Girl's Weekend! 164 days!

Welcome and I am so happy you are enjoying it! Wow that is a lot to look forward to!! :yay: hopefully your wait time will fly! :goodvibes

pinkxray
02-21-2012, 07:05 PM
I'm so sorry for your family's loss:hug:

I'm glad you are back to finish up before your next trip. Looks like you had a fun pitstop at Atlanta:thumbsup2

Your March trip is coming up soon right? Is it the beginning or the end of the month?

TinksThree
02-22-2012, 09:15 AM
I'm so sorry for your family's loss:hug:

I'm glad you are back to finish up before your next trip. Looks like you had a fun pitstop at Atlanta:thumbsup2

Your March trip is coming up soon right? Is it the beginning or the end of the month?

Thank you. I think I had mentioned on one of your TRs how difficult it had been trying so we were over the moon excited about the baby!

Atlanta was fun! I actually love visiting Atlanta...lots of great sites to see there.

We leave March 22 for our trip! I am so ready to get away and just soak up the atmosphere! I will be talking a little at the end on this, which should be soon since I already had everything typed out just doing a little rewrite right now!

TinksThree
02-24-2012, 02:02 PM
I was going to do only one more post to end this TR but I think I will split it into two parts. I don’t want it to be too wordy!!

So my whole Trip Report revolved around Plans and how they changed….or didn’t! I learned a lot in planning a multi-generational trip.

What changed and worked?

1. Having two wonderful days at Magic Kingdom that totally blew “The Plan” out of the water. We accomplished more than I could have dreamed!!
2. Riding the boat from POFQ to DTD for dinner on Sunday night….made Keith happy
3. Keith staying behind for breakfast at Tusker House. He was happier going at it on his own time schedule.
4. Making unexpected rest/snack breaks which allows you to simply enjoy the moment!
5. Taking time to order College Baseball Regional tickets to extend a vacation!
6. Many afternoon breaks/naps. Refueling for the evening is key even for adults!
7. Even rain cannot spoil your time. Thankfully we rolled with our two rain episodes and no fun was lost!
8. I learned that even if I want to people please everyone, it may not be possible and sometimes adjustments must be made!

What didn’t work? Or Regrets

1. 1900 Park Fare….not a success in pleasing Keith or the quality of the food!
2. Keith DOES NOT do motion rides!! No more Star Tours for him!!
3. No early evening meals!
4. Schedule meals at places with atmosphere!! Plain old places bores the hubby!
5. Dropping Kouzzina since my mom wanted this ADR more than I realized
6. Changing Kouzzina to Raglan Road…only because the server was TERRIBLE!! Food was delish though!
7. My mom and Madison not getting to see Scott McCreary perform as the new American Idol.
8. Riding Star Tours which made Keith sick which ruined the entire evening
9. Choosing Marrakesh over Biergarten. And not getting my dinner at Les Chefs de France!

Over all even the changes that were made worked. And the ones that weren’t that great…well we dealt with them and still managed to have a great trip! I still firmly believe planning is key but that also not expecting all of your plans to go picture perfect is a must! Otherwise you will be miserable! I hope to one day have a “fly by the seat of your pants” trip! I have been to Disney enough that I think I could even “plan” one of those!! LOL

A wrap up with our “Best Ofs” and a bit of ratings we did!

“Best Of’s!!!”

This is a ranking of various things with final thoughts all totaled into one list. I have the rankings with #1 being our favorite!

Table Service Restaurants

We used a rough rating system of 1-10 that included rating Atmosphere, Service, Food Quality and Quantity. Then all of the ratings were tallied to get the rankings.

#9: 1900 Park Fare (1st time)

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1900 Park Fare was ranked last because of the food for almost everyone. Keith hated the atmosphere (but I think he just doesn’t like character meals). The service was awesome and the ice cream at the end was perfect! Those two things salvaged the meal. If a little girl ever comes along I will probably try this one again just for the Cinderella factor. Plus I keep hearing good reviews so maybe our night was just an off night.

#8: Restaurant Marrakesh (2nd time)

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The food was not as good as we remembered but the seafood baklava and desserts were very yummy. The Moroccan beer (per Keith) was good and I LOVE the mint tea! Service was good and the entertainment was enjoyable although where we were sitting it was a little too far and hard to see well. This one is iffy on a return. I would try again but Keith will not.

#7: San Angel Inn (2nd time)

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Atmosphere wins hands down on this restaurant. I love getting a table next to the “river” and watching the boats ride by. It is a peaceful and cool reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the parks. The food was yummy and filling. It is not typical Tex-Mex like we get around here so that was a nice change. We also enjoyed the chips and salsa pre-meal. The service was good, no big delays. This may not be an every trip restaurant but it is definitely one we will return to!

#6: Raglan Road (1st time)

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I will start with the awful: the service. It was terrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beyond that, though, the food was great. We loved everything we ate (except the burned marshmallow looking thing!). The atmosphere was nice, but next time I want to be in an area I can see the band and join in on the fun! We will be returning at some point and give Raglan Road another try. Hopefully the waiter will be better next time!

#5: 50’s Primetime (2nd time)

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This was our 2nd time here and the food was still just as yummy. Good ‘ol comfort food! Our server was fine but he didn’t do a lot of interaction. In hind sight this was probably a good thing since the day was shaky. The décor is fun and reminds me of my grandmother’s house. I am a nostalgic person so I fit in right in! We will go back I am quite sure!

#4: Tusker House-Safari Breakfast (2nd time)

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Great! I love the buffet here. So many wonderful choices and the Jungle Juice….heaven!! The characters are fun and the restaurant is so beautiful. It looks so authentic (well I think since I have never been to Africa!). The service was great and we left completely stuffed and satisfied. Oh yes…we will return to Tusker House!!

#3: Crystal Palace (1st time)

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Another buffet-this time for lunch. This was the first try and it will not be the last!! The buffet had great options and the school bread was wonderful! Of course Pooh and the Gang added to the fun. Our service was great and the only downside was the kid staring through the window at us while we ate---not the restaurant’s fault!

#2: T-Rex (5th time)

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This is Keith’s favorite. We have been 5 times in three trips. I think Keith would go here for every meal if I let him! The food has always been good and plentiful. Service has always been great. And, while it can get loud the atmosphere is not extinct! Obviously this will be a return visit time and again.

#1: Hoop de Doo Music Review (1st time)

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What can I say? This place rocked!! We had the best time of the whole trip here! Paying for Tier 1 the second I could probably helped us get stage side seats but I think we still would have had a blast further back! The food was good but probably not the best of the trip….but it was very good!! Our waitress was prompt and courteous. The sangrias were very good too! The show is the best part and we were singing those songs for days afterwards! Madison is already insisting we return on the next trip. I want to do the Spirit of Aloha but she may win out for a return visit!!

In actuality #1-#4 were only a few points off. They were all ranked at the top of our list.

Next were the Counter Service meals. As we began listing the places we ate CS, we realized there were only a few! We judged these based on Quantity and Quality of Food and Service. We used a lot of CS points at the resort hotel for breakfast since we were eating larger meals at the TS restaurants! But still this is what we came up with:

Counter Service

Tie #3: Starring Rolls (breakfast)

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We had cinnamon rolls and chocolate croissants for breakfast here. Service was typical so a thumb’s up. The food was very yummy!! I plan to hit this place up next time I am at DHS!!

Tie #3: POFQ Food Court (mostly breakfast and some snacks; a few lunches)

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Breakfast—everything was good that we ate. The omelets were just like the ones at All-Star Sports so I assume they are standard omelets. We loved that we could request extras like mushrooms! The potatoes are really good and the French toast was good. Overall everything was good.

Lunch—one lunch was eaten here. The shrimp po-boys were loaded with shrimp and very tasty. I was extremely disappointed in my muffalata mainly because it wasn’t what I was used to. And the beignets fell into the same situation so while both were good, they just weren’t what I had anticipated. Service was usually pretty quick for both lunch and breakfast. And the big open room was airy and had a fun atmosphere….very Mardi Gras-ish!!

#2: Sommerfest (lunch)

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Very good and not what I ever expected. The food was yummy and filling but not too heavy. The desserts were awesome! And the service could not have been better. The CMs were so nice and helpful (coming out to dry off our table after a rain shower!).

#1: Earl of Sandwich

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EOS has become one of my favorite places! I have tried several different sandwiches and they have all been delicious! And the tomato soup is scrumptious! For the price, you get way more food than what you pay. And in my book that is a major plus!! I wish we had an EOS in my backyard!! :laughing:

Over all we were not disappointed in our CS selections. And the snacks we got each day along with the ADRs meant never having to walk around hungry! I believe the food is one of my favorite things about going to WDW! And that is why I want to go to the Food and Wine Festival so badly!!!

And adding in: (because I am thinking "HOW COULD YOU FORGET GHIRADELLI??"!!) one of our favorite treats is stopping at Ghiradelli for super yummy ice cream creations!

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Next up a look at a few more favorites and a little discussion on my trip...IN ONLY 26 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!:woohoo::banana:

ksl5f123
02-24-2012, 10:21 PM
I know I have been gone for a while, but I did go back and read everything. ;)

I love the towel swan! It is so cute that it is wearing beads.

How fun to extend your trip! I love watching baseball - I am trying to indoctrinate DS. I also hate driving in Atlanta. No matter what we do, we ALWAYS end up in a bad neighborhood. It makes me wonder if there are any good neighborhoods in the city or if you just have to go to the suburbs. :confused3

I love your top 9 TS (and agree with most of them!) I am also done with 1900 Park Fare for a while, but continue to love Crystal Palace. I SO want to try HDDR, I just can't convince my family.

All of your pastries look YUMMY - I shouldn't look when I am hungry. :rolleyes1 EOS looks good too. Another place I my "want to try" list.

BTW, I am sending you a PM.

TinksThree
02-27-2012, 01:47 PM
I know I have been gone for a while, but I did go back and read everything. ;)

I love the towel swan! It is so cute that it is wearing beads.

How fun to extend your trip! I love watching baseball - I am trying to indoctrinate DS. I also hate driving in Atlanta. No matter what we do, we ALWAYS end up in a bad neighborhood. It makes me wonder if there are any good neighborhoods in the city or if you just have to go to the suburbs. :confused3

I love your top 9 TS (and agree with most of them!) I am also done with 1900 Park Fare for a while, but continue to love Crystal Palace. I SO want to try HDDR, I just can't convince my family.

All of your pastries look YUMMY - I shouldn't look when I am hungry. :rolleyes1 EOS looks good too. Another place I my "want to try" list.

BTW, I am sending you a PM.

Glad you made it back and caught up on reading! :yay:

I didn't think about the significance of the swan having beads on and us being at POFQ until your post. That is funny! I just thought he was really cute!

I am glad I am not alone on 1900 PF! I really hope you can convince them to go to HDDR sometime. I think they will do vegetarian foods. EOS is so good! And I am plannign on getting some more pastries in a few weeks! :goodvibes

PM response sent! ;)

mickeystoontown
02-27-2012, 02:10 PM
What a nice wrap-up! As you know, I am familiar with a different style of touring when you have a multi-generational family. Both of our mom's are in pretty darn good shape but you do have to make a few adjustments to the touring plans.

The food rankings were pretty much on par with other reviews I have read. We have T-Rex on our ADR list for our upcoming trip but had to take away EOS because we won't have much time at DTD.

TinksThree
02-28-2012, 11:56 AM
What a nice wrap-up! As you know, I am familiar with a different style of touring when you have a multi-generational family. Both of our mom's are in pretty darn good shape but you do have to make a few adjustments to the touring plans.

The food rankings were pretty much on par with other reviews I have read. We have T-Rex on our ADR list for our upcoming trip but had to take away EOS because we won't have much time at DTD.

That dumb cruise is messing everything up, huh!? :laughing: Keith has pretty much made it clear that TRex will be included each trip regardless of any other plans! I am so glad our moms are able to still do and enjoy things with us...even if we do have to adapt a little!

TinksThree
03-05-2012, 01:11 PM
So one last entry before I bid farewell!

And lastly, our favorite rides/shows/etc. These are those things we can’t miss when we go to WDW! I will go by parks since that is the easiest way to breakdown things down but in parenthesis is the overall Top 10!

Magic Kingdom

BTMRR (#9)—This is after all the wildest ride in the west!!
Splash Mtn (#6)—Who doesn’t exit this ride singing “Zippity Doo Da”!?
Haunted Mansion (#8)—I am always a sucker for a good ghost story!
Space Mtn (#7)—One of my first roller coaster type rides and still a favorite!!
Buzz Lightyear—It is always fun to try to help Buzz out a little bit
Carousel of Progress—This one totally speaks to that little nostalgic person inside of me!
Pirates of the Caribbean—Who doesn’t love Captain Jack!?
Mickey’s Philharmagic (#10)—All things Disney wrapped up in one amazing 4D show!!
Peter Pan—I can fly! This one is just one of those that should live forever….like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!

Epcot

Soarin’—The one way I can soar above the clouds in my fear of heights state!
Test Track—Fun to test the cars although we get this same ride around Jackson, MS! :rolleyes1 As a matter of fact my less than one year old car is currently in the shop thanks to a pothole! :mad:
Mission Space—Kids love the Orange side…I manage the Green!
Spaceship Earth—Iconic symbol of Epcot must be entered!
Living with the Land—One of my favorites! Even though not in the Top 10 due to kids input but still awesome!
Maelstrom—My favorite part are the Trolls!
The Donald Duck Boat ride/Mexico—I love the tranquil ride through dusk past the Mayan Temple.
The movies at France, China and Canada—Well done and a chance to see the world!

Animal Kingdom

Festival of the Lion King (#4)—A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I could go on for days on this one!
Kilimanjaro Safari—This ride satisfies my love for animals and I get to see Giraffes!!!!!
Expedition Everest (#3)—Fun every time!
Dinosaur-- The closest I hope to ever get to a dinosaur!
Malahajaro Trail---More animals and this includes the regal Bengal Tiger!!
Pangani trail—Again with the animals! And Gorillas this time!!!

Hollywood Studios

Tower of Terror (#1)—Yep! This is #1. Who doesn’t love to free fall 13 stories?
Rock-n-Roller (#2)—I love this one. It brings out my teen years!
Toy Story Mania (#5)—Toy Story is after all my favorite of al movies so of course I love to play with these friends!!
Great Movie Ride— It’s so fun to ride through the sets of the classics.
Indiana Jones—Action packed and fun antics! If only Harrison Ford was there!!
Light! Motors! Action!—We love the action and surprises that abound in this show!

And recapping that Top 10!:

#10 Mickey’s Philharmagic
#9 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
#8 Haunted Mansion
#7 Space Mtn
#6 Spash Mtn
#5 Toy Story Mania
#4 Festival of the Lion King
#3 Expedition Everest
#2 Rock-n-Roller
#1 Tower of Terror

So that is our list of “Musts”. You may see some things not listed and in some cases it is because we have yet to experience it. Those would be things like Fantasmic!, Beauty and the Beast, and Dumbo to name only a few. I have a list of things to do that hopefully one day means we have exhausted everything there is to do!


So that was our trip! Now I have already begun planning future yet to be scheduled trips plus I am hoping to possibly plan a birthday trip (for me and Keith) in October to the Food and Wine Festival but other factors may prevent that from happening. Either way, I will be happy with the outcome!!

MINI-PTR

And, of course, we have the band trip in March to look forward to! I am looking forward to seeing the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. I love what they can do with flowers! And I am looking forward to trying the new Nutella and Fruit Waffle at Sleepy Hollow. I have heard so many raves on it and it has been on my “musts” list since I saw it in a blog months ago! The hardest part on the band trip is not knowing much in regards to the plans!

What I do know is 1) when we leave and plan to return (leave 6am Thursday, 3.22.2012 and return 8am Monday, 3.26.2012), 2) we get breakfast at the hotel and a food voucher for each day, 3) we have tickets for parks on 3 full days although one day will be interrupted with the parade—the whole reason we are going!, 4) we leave when the Sunday park closes and head home—but no idea on what park is scheduled for Sunday! We are having a meeting the first of March to go over everything so then I can prepare better! But I do have mental notes on where to eat and snacks! (Food is so important!!:rotfl:)

QUESTION: What is recommend for CS in DHS? We have only eaten at Sci-fi and 50’s PTC plus the breakfast at Starring Rolls. After discussing on the Touring Plans chat app I think I have it narrowed down to Starring Rolls for sandwiches and either Studio Catering (by the Backlot tour) or Backlot Express. I also had Pizza Planet suggested for ok pizza. ABC Commissary seems to be iffy and most everyone said to avoid.

And Part 2 to this question: any great snack options? I have listed (possibilities, I do not plan to eat all of this!:upsidedow) the Nutella Waffle, a Dole Whip, Cinnamon roll from Main Street Bakery, Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel, churros, Norway: school bread and rice cream, strawberry shortcake from Sunshine Seasons, pastries from France and anything caramel in Germany. Any other things I should look out for that I may not remember or know about?

I am kind of excited about the spontaneity of not being sure what I am doing and possibly just grabbing whatever in the location I find myself!
Some of the circus area is set to open late March so I hope to catch a glimpse of this!

Also, the park days have projected crowd levels of 9s and 10s! Of course this is the crowd level almost every time we go. One day I will be going when the crowds are much lower!!! But when we go during peak times, we always hit Rope Drop and rest in the afternoon. I don’t have the pleasure to plan things as I choose so Madison and I have a top 5 for each park. We figure if those get covered the rest is gravy! Plus I am just looking forward to soaking up some WDW magic! I am very much in need of it right now!!

For several months now I have resigned myself to not being able to ride my favorites like ToT, R-n-R and Splash. And I had a shopping list going for nursery items. This way of thinking has had to take a drastic change so now I am trying to get back in the frame of mind that I actually get to drop 13 stories, take a limo ride with Aerosmith, and have a Zippity-Doo-Da Day! And I am thankful I have a super cool teenage daughter that tells me I must ride these with her and her friends. We will see how long that lasts!! :laughing:

Perhaps I will do a TR when I return. It will depend on what kind of pictures I can get that I feel comfortable sharing. I will not want to broadcast the faces of the band students on the internet for obvious reasons. But if I take pictures like I normally do, I should have no problem doing a TR. I will come back and post the link here once I get it started! (or to state there will not be a TR). I really enjoy sharing my adventures and I am sad this one has come to an end. So stay tuned!!!!


Thanks for reading along, sticking around through the ups and downs and all of your comments! It was great sharing our trip with you and I look forward to hearing about others’ trips and planning more for us in the future! So long and See ya’ Real Soon!! :wave:

pinkxray
03-05-2012, 01:30 PM
Great wrap up:thumbsup2

It must be so nice to be heading back so soon. We just got our taxes done and it was a little more than expected. DH mentioned something about a cruise to Bermuda and I was pricing out trips instantly:laughing: April has some good deals and would be a perfect time for an adults only trip. Unfortunately I finally made the leap from being per diem to part time. I start my new schedule in April and am not able to take vacation time whenever I want anymore:sad1: I don't think I will accumulate enough vacation time for a cruise for a few months.


I am sure you will have a great trip with Madison. Now you can take full advantage of your favorites like TOT. I don't remember much about CS in DHS since we have gone to TS places the last few years. I am sure you will find something good.

I haven't been on the Dis much. Where and what is this nutella waffle you speak of? I try avoid the food board b/c it makes me hungry, but I need to find a photo.

mickeystoontown
03-05-2012, 01:45 PM
Your top attractions are very very similar to our's! Must be that us Southern girls think alike. ;)

Girl, I know that the upcoming no-plan band trip is about to make a planning gal like you nervous. Like you said, there's gotta be a little excitement about going-with-the-flow but I am a planner and I think I'd be a wee bit scared.

As far as counter service locations at HS goes, we used to eat at ABC Commissary every trip but it kept getting worse and worse and we finally learned to stop going. We did, however, stop in there this past trip and ordered the burger with fried shrimp and it was very good. We usually stop at either Backlot Express or Pizza Planet. The good thing about Pizza Planet is there are combo meals that don't cost a lot more and you get a salad as a side. I'm a big salad eater so that's a plus for us.

Hum....snacks? I am not so sure that I have more to offer because you have most of our favorites already listed.

TinksThree
03-05-2012, 02:13 PM
Great wrap up:thumbsup2

It must be so nice to be heading back so soon. We just got our taxes done and it was a little more than expected. DH mentioned something about a cruise to Bermuda and I was pricing out trips instantly:laughing: April has some good deals and would be a perfect time for an adults only trip. Unfortunately I finally made the leap from being per diem to part time. I start my new schedule in April and am not able to take vacation time whenever I want anymore:sad1: I don't think I will accumulate enough vacation time for a cruise for a few months.


I am sure you will have a great trip with Madison. Now you can take full advantage of your favorites like TOT. I don't remember much about CS in DHS since we have gone to TS places the last few years. I am sure you will find something good.

I haven't been on the Dis much. Where and what is this nutella waffle you speak of? I try avoid the food board b/c it makes me hungry, but I need to find a photo.

Thank you!!!

I keep pinching myself that I have just 16 days! It is hard to believe!!

We got lucky on our taxes too. I keep hinting at Keith but so far..nothing! :sad2: But I think he is beginning to think more along the lines of vacationing now so I am crossing my fingers! It won't be soon though---more like the end of the year or so. Wow! You made the jump, huh!? Stinks on accumulating vacation time! I always hate that part! :laughing:

I saw it on a blog a few months ago. They have several versions but the Nutella and Fruit really intrique me! they say the spicy chicken is good too.

Here is a link: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Sleepy-Hollow-Waffle-Sandwiches.jpg

Your top attractions are very very similar to our's! Must be that us Southern girls think alike. ;)

Girl, I know that the upcoming no-plan band trip is about to make a planning gal like you nervous. Like you said, there's gotta be a little excitement about going-with-the-flow but I am a planner and I think I'd be a wee bit scared.

As far as counter service locations at HS goes, we used to eat at ABC Commissary every trip but it kept getting worse and worse and we finally learned to stop going. We did, however, stop in there this past trip and ordered the burger with fried shrimp and it was very good. We usually stop at either Backlot Express or Pizza Planet. The good thing about Pizza Planet is there are combo meals that don't cost a lot more and you get a salad as a side. I'm a big salad eater so that's a plus for us.

Hum....snacks? I am not so sure that I have more to offer because you have most of our favorites already listed.

Us Southern gals know a good thing when we see it! :goodvibes

The not knowing is DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!! :crazy: I keep hoping to see the itinerary just to have an idea. I would just like to know a little of what I can expect! :laughing: This is not good for a super planner!!

I remember the pictures of your burger on your TR and thought it looked good. I like the idea of Pizza Planet just because it has the same name as Toy Story's pizza joint! I am a salad gal too so that could be a good option! I think I listed half of the snack options available!!

saintstickets
03-05-2012, 10:26 PM
And I am thankful I have a super cool teenage daughter that tells me I must ride these with her and her friends. We will see how long that lasts!! :laughing:

Hooray for Madison!! I knew I liked that young lady! :thumbsup2

Perhaps I will do a TR when I return. It will depend on what kind of pictures I can get that I feel comfortable sharing. I will not want to broadcast the faces of the band students on the internet for obvious reasons. But if I take pictures like I normally do, I should have no problem doing a TR. I will come back and post the link here once I get it started! (or to state there will not be a TR). I really enjoy sharing my adventures and I am sad this one has come to an end. So stay tuned!!!!

What do you mean, "Perhaps I will do a TR when I return"?!?!? You gotta! Your TR's are so great and I get to live vicariously through you until I can get back to WDW. Don't make me drive 90 miles north! roflmao :rotfl2:

shan23877
03-06-2012, 12:50 AM
Thanks so much for sharing your trip! I'd love to read about your "band" trip if you choose to do a TR.

I hope that things are going well for you and your family. Prayers and kind thoughts continue to be with you.

Oh! and enjoy riding the thrill rides with you teenage daughter. That's a blessing. :goodvibes

TinksThree
03-06-2012, 07:48 PM
Hooray for Madison!! I knew I liked that young lady! :thumbsup2

What do you mean, "Perhaps I will do a TR when I return"?!?!? You gotta! Your TR's are so great and I get to live vicariously through you until I can get back to WDW. Don't make me drive 90 miles north! roflmao :rotfl2:

Madison is a pretty awesome teenager! :thumbsup2

Thank you...you made me blush! I am so glad you enjoyed reading and I do believe I will write a TR on this upcoming trip. I am getting very excited!! Plus, your threat has me frightened!! :rotfl:

Thanks so much for sharing your trip! I'd love to read about your "band" trip if you choose to do a TR.

I am definitely leaning towards writing one so be on the look out for the link!

I hope that things are going well for you and your family. Prayers and kind thoughts continue to be with you.

Thank you so very much! Slowly, life is becoming "normal" again! :goodvibes

Oh! and enjoy riding the thrill rides with you teenage daughter. That's a blessing. :goodvibes

I am so excited to ride those thrill rides and making memories with Madison!

We have the itinerary!!! I can semi-plan!! :yay: I told Madison is is our version of "Mickey Mail"! Now I know where we are staying! We will be in the parks from Rope Drop until closing all three days!! :crazy2: But I tend to be a commando so no biggie for me! And our days go something like this:

Day 1: Friday, March 23 we will be at Epcot. Flower and
Garden Festival here I come!!!!! :woohoo: We will be here through Illuminations!

Day 2: Saturday, March 24 we will be at MK. I get to watch my sweet girl march in the afternoon parade (well pre-parade since it is between 2:30 and 3pm)! I guess only a Disney geek gets teary thinking about their daughter marching down Main Street USA! :laughing: We will be here through Wishes!

Day 3: Sunday, March 25 is a surprise! We figured it would be only DHS but first we will go to Animal Kingdom and then to DHS at 3pm until 10pm. Then we load the buses and drive all night long home.

I am tired thinking about it but just getting this info upped my excitement level to the ultimate degree!!

The only downside is we may not be able to use Fast Passes. We chaperones have to collect tickets so using FPs may be iffy. I am "planning" now! And I am going with no FPs and use them as a bonus if we can.

Plus, I have a Disney consultant in training. Madison's friends are constantly asking for advice on all things and I must say she is giving some pretty awesome advice!!

So now back to my planning..........:laughing:

Iluvjiminy
03-06-2012, 08:01 PM
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sherylcin
03-06-2012, 08:29 PM
Great wrap-up. I love hearing the things other folks love the most about WDW. Always fun to compare and realize there really is something for everyone at our favorite vacation place!:goodvibes

My vote for counter service at HS would have to go to Starring Rolls. Their sandwiches and........well, everything there..................look amazingly good. We only had one day at HS and my DGD chose Sci-Fi (our absolute favorite TS there) for lunch so we only got cupcakes at Starring Rolls but let me tell you they were pretty fantastic cupcakes!! You NEED to try one! :) There are pictures on the Disney Food Blog if you want a sneak peek!

I sure hope you do a trip report when you get back. A band trip with busloads of teenagers is waaaayyy different than your average family vacation!:rotfl: Should make for lots of fun and interesting stories. I'll watch for it! Hope you and Madison (and friends) have an unforgettable, awesome time!

TinksThree
03-07-2012, 10:37 PM
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Welcome!! :goodvibes


Great wrap-up. I love hearing the things other folks love the most about WDW. Always fun to compare and realize there really is something for everyone at our favorite vacation place!:goodvibes

My vote for counter service at HS would have to go to Starring Rolls. Their sandwiches and........well, everything there..................look amazingly good. We only had one day at HS and my DGD chose Sci-Fi (our absolute favorite TS there) for lunch so we only got cupcakes at Starring Rolls but let me tell you they were pretty fantastic cupcakes!! You NEED to try one! :) There are pictures on the Disney Food Blog if you want a sneak peek!

I sure hope you do a trip report when you get back. A band trip with busloads of teenagers is waaaayyy different than your average family vacation!:rotfl: Should make for lots of fun and interesting stories. I'll watch for it! Hope you and Madison (and friends) have an unforgettable, awesome time!

I think that is one thing I love about going to WDW....there is so much for everyone and so many choices that each trip can include something new!

We had breakfast at Starring Rolls and it was great! I have heard the cupcakes are awesome! I am leaning towards eating here or at least grabbing some treats for the road!

I am only slightly nervous about going with a bus full of teenagers! :eek: It will be a definite change of pace and full of unexpected experiences I am sure! We laughed reading the rules last night. They even cover "No Shoplifting: Disney does not approve and will catch you!!" as well as "NO PHOTOS OR VIDEOS BACK STAGE. DISNEY IS SERIOUS ABOUT THIS!!"

I bought a notebook today so I could begin taking notes. I am already in TR thinking mode! :laughing:

Moira222
03-09-2012, 03:21 PM
I'm so glad I made it back before you headed back to Orlando!
After waiting our the heaviest part of the storm we decide to make our way to the bus stops, dodging the still lingering rain showers. This pretty well sums up how we were feeling at the time:

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What luck to be in the bus when the rain comes! Keith is doing what we usually end up doing on the bus zzzzzzz Catch it while ya can!:goodvibes For a minute I actually thought you caught a parade there. duh:confused3

First we make time for a Photopass pic!

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Great family shot!



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I have not seen the movie in Canada since I was in 6th grade (and we will not discuss how long ago that was!!).
I never seem to spend much time in Canada, though we did do the KidCot stop once while waiting for our ADR time. Hopefully we will see the movie this summer!
What a bummer that your Marakesh dinner was disappointing. The restaurant looks beautiful inside. We have eaten at Tangierene years ago and enjoyed it. Maybe next time get the QS from Tangeriene and catch the outdoor belly dance show (we saw it last spring). then the boys will be happy and the food will be yummy!

I want to say that a tear and a prayer was shed for you when I read your very sad news. :hug: Not to bring you down but to let you know my thoughts are with you.


Table Service Restaurants


#9: 1900 Park Fare (1st time)



#8: Restaurant Marrakesh (2nd time)




#7: San Angel Inn (2nd time)



#6: Raglan Road (1st time)



#5: 50’s Primetime (2nd time)




#4: Tusker House-Safari Breakfast (2nd time)



#3: Crystal Palace (1st time)


!

#2: T-Rex (5th time)



#1: Hoop de Doo Music Review (1st time)


In actuality #1-#4 were only a few points off. They were all ranked at the top of our list.



Counter Service

Tie #3: Starring Rolls (breakfast)




Tie #3: POFQ Food Court (mostly breakfast and some snacks; a few lunches)

#2: Sommerfest (lunch)

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#1: Earl of Sandwich




Next up a look at a few more favorites and a little discussion on my trip...IN ONLY 26 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!:woohoo::banana:
FIrst, I am SOOO hungry now having looked at all those restaurant reviews and pictures. the Sommerfest food in particular has me drooling!
Love your rankings. You have a lot of restaurants in there that we have not done. I am looking forward to La Hacienda in June. I wish I could work in Hoop De Doo as well, it was so much fun when we went. Was it terribly expensive paying OOP vs using two meal credits?


MINI-PTR

And, of course, we have the band trip in March to look forward to! I am looking forward to seeing the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. I love what they can do with flowers! And I am looking forward to trying the new Nutella and Fruit Waffle at Sleepy Hollow. I have heard so many raves on it and it has been on my “musts” list since I saw it in a blog months ago! The hardest part on the band trip is not knowing much in regards to the plans!
YAY for band trip.

you know, one time at band camp......:goodvibes

QUESTION: What is recommend for CS in DHS? We have only eaten at Sci-fi and 50’s PTC plus the breakfast at Starring Rolls. After discussing on the Touring Plans chat app I think I have it narrowed down to Starring Rolls for sandwiches and either Studio Catering (by the Backlot tour) or Backlot Express. I also had Pizza Planet suggested for ok pizza. ABC Commissary seems to be iffy and most everyone said to avoid.


I vote for Studio Catering every time. Nice selection of "fresher" (i e not grease laden) foods and a shaded place to enjoy them!

And Part 2 to this question: any great snack options? I have listed (possibilities, I do not plan to eat all of this!:upsidedow) the Nutella Waffle, a Dole Whip, Cinnamon roll from Main Street Bakery, Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel, churros, Norway: school bread and rice cream, strawberry shortcake from Sunshine Seasons, pastries from France and anything caramel in Germany. Any other things I should look out for that I may not remember or know about?

if the weather (GASP) is chilly, back behind the castle is a QS place called Sleepy Hollow. When we went in '09 it was cold, and they had THE BEST mushroom soup. I don't think they have it in the summer but maybe in March. I kid you not it was so good, Katie and I stopped for some and I called Joe on the phone (he was somewhere else in the park, dunno why) and told him he HAD to come get some soup! LOL



We have the itinerary!!! I can semi-plan!! :yay: I told Madison is is our version of "Mickey Mail"! Now I know where we are staying! We will be in the parks from Rope Drop until closing all three days!! :crazy2: But I tend to be a commando so no biggie for me! And our days go something like this:

Day 1: Friday, March 23 we will be at Epcot. Flower and
Garden Festival here I come!!!!! :woohoo: We will be here through Illuminations!

Day 2: Saturday, March 24 we will be at MK. I get to watch my sweet girl march in the afternoon parade (well pre-parade since it is between 2:30 and 3pm)! I guess only a Disney geek gets teary thinking about their daughter marching down Main Street USA! :laughing: We will be here through Wishes!

Day 3: Sunday, March 25 is a surprise! We figured it would be only DHS but first we will go to Animal Kingdom and then to DHS at 3pm until 10pm. Then we load the buses and drive all night long home.

I am tired thinking about it but just getting this info upped my excitement level to the ultimate degree!!

The only downside is we may not be able to use Fast Passes. We chaperones have to collect tickets so using FPs may be iffy. I am "planning" now! And I am going with no FPs and use them as a bonus if we can.

Plus, I have a Disney consultant in training. Madison's friends are constantly asking for advice on all things and I must say she is giving some pretty awesome advice!!

So now back to my planning..........:laughing:
:woohoo::woohoo: are you going to do some plan sharing here? I am not ready for the Magic to end;-)

TinksThree
03-12-2012, 10:31 AM
I'm so glad I made it back before you headed back to Orlando!

Welcome back!!! :goodvibes

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I think it is one of the best places for a short power nap! Especially when it is quiet and the hum of the bus...

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Thanks!!

[/B]I never seem to spend much time in Canada, though we did do the KidCot stop once while waiting for our ADR time. Hopefully we will see the movie this summer!
What a bummer that your Marakesh dinner was disappointing. The restaurant looks beautiful inside. We have eaten at Tangierene years ago and enjoyed it. Maybe next time get the QS from Tangeriene and catch the outdoor belly dance show (we saw it last spring). then the boys will be happy and the food will be yummy!
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I have heard Tangieriene is good so I am going to give it a try sometime! One good thing about the QS places is when no one agrees you can get food from other places and meet back up. I am sure Mo' Rockin would be a huge draw to meet back up!! :lmao:

Sommerfest was a nice surprise...very good!!!!

I want to say that a tear and a prayer was shed for you when I read your very sad news. :hug: Not to bring you down but to let you know my thoughts are with you.

Thank you so much!! :hug: Better days out number the sad days but you just don't know when the sad times will hit!!

FIrst, I am SOOO hungry now having looked at all those restaurant reviews and pictures. the Sommerfest food in particular has me drooling!
Love your rankings. You have a lot of restaurants in there that we have not done. I am looking forward to La Hacienda in June. I wish I could work in Hoop De Doo as well, it was so much fun when we went. Was it terribly expensive paying OOP vs using two meal credits?


Hoop de Doo was pretty $$$ OOP but then I also paid 1st tier and would probably go 2nd next time. Since I had to pay ahead of time, I wasn't aware of some of the buffets we wound up adding and could have paid OOP cheaper for those and used credits at HDDR. But either OOP or DDP credits it is so worth it and I wouldn't hesitate to do either again!!

[/B]YAY for band trip.

you know, one time at band camp......:goodvibes

We say that all the time to Madison when she says something about band! :laughing:

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I vote for Studio Catering every time. Nice selection of "fresher" (i e not grease laden) foods and a shaded place to enjoy them!
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DHS will be in the evening followed by an all-night bus ride home. So, I think I am going to be looking for "fresher", lighter fare!! I have Studio Catering's menu saved! :goodvibes

[/B]if the weather (GASP) is chilly, back behind the castle is a QS place called Sleepy Hollow. When we went in '09 it was cold, and they had THE BEST mushroom soup. I don't think they have it in the summer but maybe in March. I kid you not it was so good, Katie and I stopped for some and I called Joe on the phone (he was somewhere else in the park, dunno why) and told him he HAD to come get some soup! LOL
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Sleepy Hollow is a goal because that is where the Nutella and Fruit Waffle is found...I will have to look for the soup too! I love anything with mushrooms!

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:woohoo::woohoo: are you going to do some plan sharing here? I am not ready for the Magic to end;-)

I have been working on my "plans" all weekend. It is driving Keith crazy!!! :lmao: I am going to begin posting updates mid-week! :goodvibes

missoverexcited
03-17-2012, 10:19 AM
I loved reading this trip report, I felt like I was there with you! Thank you for posting it :)

TinksThree
03-17-2012, 11:21 AM
I loved reading this trip report, I felt like I was there with you! Thank you for posting it :)

Thank you for reading along! I am so glad you enjoyed the TR! :goodvibes

TinksThree
03-17-2012, 12:20 PM
Here is a mini-PTR for our Band Trip. This time next week Epcot will be a memory and I will be in the middle of the Magic Kingdom!!! My plans are "loose" to say the least since we have the chaperone meeting Monday night. I am unsure if our passes will allow Fast Pass collection. If they do, then things will be so much easier! Also, I may have to follow along with other chaperones so to not be considered an outcast or snob...:laughing:

Thursday we will be leaving around 6:15am and arrive in Orlando at 9pm (per itinerary--we will see how that works out! ;) Lassoing 100 teenagers may be a bit challenging! But our band directors have pretty good standards and the kids seem to respect the rules. I am remaining optimistic here! :) Also we are staying off site so that will be different too!

Friday is Epcot!! I am super excited for this day! Mainly due to the Flower and Garden Festival going on!! :cloud9: Rides planned are Soarin', Test Track, Gran Fiesta and Maelstrom. I also hope to hit the movies in Canada and France for an indoor break. I have never seen Captain EO and may fit this one in plus Nemo and Spaceship Earth if at the end of the day I feel like I am able to fit it in.

Otherwise my day is dedicated to World Showcase because I simply adore this area and the many topiaries and butterfly displays. Plus I just purchased a DSLR camera and I am can't wait to try it out! I have been practicing this week and while I know I have lots to learn I think my pictures should come out okay at least!

This week was Spring Break and we spent a busy (and hot) week doing yard work. Summer seems to be here this week rather than spring but it has been absolutely gorgeous! Here are some "Spring Has Arrived" test pictures!

This one is actually with my phone:

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And with my new camera:

Azaleas:

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No idea but pretty:

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Wisteria:

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Our pear tree which is loaded:

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And our peach tree:

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We will be at Epcot from 9am-9pm and leave as soon as Illuminations is over.

Food choices this day has been narrowed down to: Sunshine Seasons and Norway. I also hope to get caramels for Germany, churros, and maybe try out the outdoor kiosk offerings in Italy. This is open due to Tutto Italia being closed for refurb. I have heard to not get a pizza from here though...so I may try the cannoli!

Saturday is our Magic Kingdom day! We will be here from 9am - 10pm. Lots of long days! I am glad I have done this before so I am prepared! My main ride objectives are Space Mtn, Splash Mtn, Haunted Mansion, POTC, and Mickey's Philharmagic. I hope to include Carousel of Progress and TTA for a rest period. Plus I am so excited that Storybook Circus opens officially March 21!! I don't plan to ride (unless the wait is reasonable0 but I do plan to walk through and get pictures! From what I have seen on several blogs it looks amazing!!

The band is to march at 2:30pm. Technically they are not "in the parade" but will march just prior to it. Basically for them, they cannot tour between 1pm and 4pm. I am unsure if the chaperones tag along or not so I am planning nothing for this 3 hour break. I know last year, the bands we saw marching had parents along the route. If we do not have to go backstage, I will fit in something like Tom Sawyer Island and Liberty Belle. I have never done these and feel this could be a good filler choice. Good research for getting Keith back to MK! ;)

I really want to not be rushing from ride to ride and basically enjoy MK. In know for a fact I can't do everything in one day plus enjoy the atmosphere. Something has to give! I will be back so I can deal with missing some rides!

Food choices this day includes a Dole Whip float (I am going orange this trip!), a Nutella Waffle from Sleepy Hollow, and dinner at Columbia House.

Sunday we have two parks!!! First up is Animal Kingdom! We will be here 9am-3pm. I want to ride EE, the Safari, and ITTBAB! I hope to see FOTLK and Nemo (never seen this one!) and walk the trails. I am weighing Kali sonce I could get drenched and that is a long ride home after being sweaty and soaked!

For food I am thinking Flametree (another research journey for future Keith trips).

We are to meet at 3pm and load the buses for DHS. I have warned Madison that TSMM is more than likely out unless she wants to spend precious hours in line and missing out on other things! Rock-n-Roller and Tower of Terror are MUSTS!!! I hope to include The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast since I have never seen either of these. Aside from that it is open ended and will depend on wait times and desires. Fantasmic has two showings and one is at 8pm. I may attempt this one but not certain. Depends on that crowd!!

I have narrowed food to Studio Caterings and Starring Rolls. Coming up 3rd and 4th are Backlot Express and ABC Commissory. A lot will depend on where I am when hunger hits!

We are to leave at 10pm and begin the drive home. We are to be back at the school at 9am Monday. I am praying the bus drivers get plenty of rest!!

So that is what my (next) weekend looks like!! It is hard to believe we leave in 5 days!!! And it will be over so fast! :sad1:

On another note, Keith had told me to see if I could plan a quick trip in July. :yay: But since we enjoy the food so much---particularly table service meals---and for him POR/POFQ are the must resorts (due to the boat. He calls the resorts the "ride boats to DTD resort" and can't remember the real names! :headache:) Fitting that in with the budget he has given me is proving challenging to say the least. So if that doesn't happen he said to plan one for later or next year!! :goodvibes So maybe a future trip isn't unheard of for the time being! :woohoo:

I do plan to write up a TR so be on the lookout. I think I may have to explain to chaperones why I am taking pictures of food...:rotfl: This should be an interesting trip and who knows what the TR will turn out like!! :confused: I suppose that story is just waiting to be written!!!

saintstickets
03-17-2012, 05:13 PM
Yeaaaa...looking forward to this TR!

Thursday we will be leaving around 6:15am and arrive in Orlando at 9pm (per itinerary--we will see how that works out! ;)
Shouldn't take that long from MS but then I forgot about this...
Lassoing 100 teenagers may be a bit challenging!

Friday is Epcot!! I am super excited for this day! Mainly due to the Flower and Garden Festival going on!! :cloud9: Rides planned are Soarin', Test Track, Gran Fiesta and Maelstrom. I also hope to hit the movies in Canada and France for an indoor break. I have never seen Captain EO and may fit this one in plus Nemo and Spaceship Earth if at the end of the day I feel like I am able to fit it in.

Otherwise my day is dedicated to World Showcase because I simply adore this area and the many topiaries and butterfly displays. Plus I just purchased a DSLR camera and I am can't wait to try it out!
Oooooh...take lots of pics. DW and I are planning to go to F&G May, 2013 for the first time. I'm looking forward to your report. EPCOT and WS are my favorites...mainly because of the food choices (as my ever expanding waistline indicates).

I am weighing Kali since I could get drenched and that is a long ride home after being sweaty and soaked!

For food I am thinking Flametree (another research journey for future Keith trips).
You gotta ride Kali River Rapids! Get a cheap poncho from a dollar store and you won't get too wet. I love Flametree BBQ...just beware of the animals trying to steal your food outside!

Rock-n-Roller and Tower of Terror are MUSTS!!!
That's a given!

I hope to include The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast since I have never seen either of these.
Seriously? Even I, the manly man I am :lmao: (that sounds like something from a Dr. Seuss book) loves Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. You can get some great pics with your new camera.

On another note, Keith had told me to see if I could plan a quick trip in July. :yay: But since we enjoy the food so much---particularly table service meals---and for him POR/POFQ are the must resorts (due to the boat. He calls the resorts the "ride boats to DTD resort" and can't remember the real names! :headache:) Fitting that in with the budget he has given me is proving challenging to say the least. So if that doesn't happen he said to plan one for later or next year!! :goodvibes So maybe a future trip isn't unheard of for the time being! :woohoo:
Yippee! Another option to consider is renting points from a DVCer.

I do plan to write up a TR so be on the lookout. I think I may have to explain to chaperones why I am taking pictures of food...:rotfl: This should be an interesting trip and who knows what the TR will turn out like!! :confused: I suppose that story is just waiting to be written!!!
Again...looking forward to it. Don't worry about the other chaperones wonder why you are taking pics of food...they are from MS too and you know how much we all love our food!! :worship:

saintstickets
03-17-2012, 05:22 PM
Yeaaaa...looking forward to this TR!

Thursday we will be leaving around 6:15am and arrive in Orlando at 9pm (per itinerary--we will see how that works out! ;)
Shouldn't take that long from MS but then I forgot about this...
Lassoing 100 teenagers may be a bit challenging!

Friday is Epcot!! I am super excited for this day! Mainly due to the Flower and Garden Festival going on!! :cloud9: Rides planned are Soarin', Test Track, Gran Fiesta and Maelstrom. I also hope to hit the movies in Canada and France for an indoor break. I have never seen Captain EO and may fit this one in plus Nemo and Spaceship Earth if at the end of the day I feel like I am able to fit it in.

Otherwise my day is dedicated to World Showcase because I simply adore this area and the many topiaries and butterfly displays. Plus I just purchased a DSLR camera and I am can't wait to try it out!
Oooooh...take lots of pics. DW and I are planning to go to F&G May, 2013 for the first time. I'm looking forward to your report. EPCOT and WS are my favorites...mainly because of the food choices (as my ever expanding waistline indicates).

I am weighing Kali since I could get drenched and that is a long ride home after being sweaty and soaked!

For food I am thinking Flametree (another research journey for future Keith trips).
You gotta ride Kali River Rapids! Get a cheap poncho from a dollar store and you won't get too wet. I love Flametree BBQ...just beware of the animals trying to steal your food outside!

Rock-n-Roller and Tower of Terror are MUSTS!!!
That's a given!

I hope to include The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast since I have never seen either of these.
Seriously? Even I, the manly man I am :lmao: (that sounds like something from a Dr. Seuss book) loves Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. You can get some great pics with your new camera.

On another note, Keith had told me to see if I could plan a quick trip in July. :yay: But since we enjoy the food so much---particularly table service meals---and for him POR/POFQ are the must resorts (due to the boat. He calls the resorts the "ride boats to DTD resort" and can't remember the real names! :headache:) Fitting that in with the budget he has given me is proving challenging to say the least. So if that doesn't happen he said to plan one for later or next year!! :goodvibes So maybe a future trip isn't unheard of for the time being! :woohoo:
Yippee! Another option to consider is renting points from a DVCer.

I do plan to write up a TR so be on the lookout. I think I may have to explain to chaperones why I am taking pictures of food...:rotfl: This should be an interesting trip and who knows what the TR will turn out like!! :confused: I suppose that story is just waiting to be written!!!
Again...looking forward to it. Don't worry about the other chaperones wonder why you are taking pics of food...they are from MS too and you know how much we all love our food!! :worship:

TinksThree
03-18-2012, 10:37 PM
Yeaaaa...looking forward to this TR!

So glad!! I am looking forward to this trip!! :goodvibes

Shouldn't take that long from MS but then I forgot about this...

:laughing: Yes, when we drive it is full steam ahead and we are there in no time!

Oooooh...take lots of pics. DW and I are planning to go to F&G May, 2013 for the first time. I'm looking forward to your report. EPCOT and WS are my favorites...mainly because of the food choices (as my ever expanding waistline indicates).

We were there in 2009 for F&G which makes me even more excited to be there this year!!

You gotta ride Kali River Rapids! Get a cheap poncho from a dollar store and you won't get too wet. I love Flametree BBQ...just beware of the animals trying to steal your food outside!

I have some cheapo ponchos, hopefully we will have no rain and I can use it here! :thumbsup2 Animals stealing your food!?!? :scared1:

Seriously? Even I, the manly man I am :lmao: (that sounds like something from a Dr. Seuss book) loves Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. You can get some great pics with your new camera.

I have not managed to fit them in but hopefully I can change that by this time next week! Keith likes Beauty and the Beast so maybe I can twist his arm!

Yippee! Another option to consider is renting points from a DVCer.

I am definitely looking into this option! This trip the military discount just may make a trip possible! :yay: But I plan to rent points soon!! I have been investigating this option!!

Again...looking forward to it. Don't worry about the other chaperones wonder why you are taking pics of food...they are from MS too and you know how much we all love our food!! :worship:

So true! Which also makes our state tops in so many bad things!! :rotfl: But food is soooo good!! Have you eaten at Leatha's!? :cloud9:

pinkxray
03-18-2012, 11:03 PM
Your trip sounds great. How does the chaperoning work, do you have a group of kids with you or are they allowed to go off on their own for a bit?


Great pictures with your new camera. Which camera did you get? Right now my change jar that is usually for Disney is getting saved to buy a DSLR in the fall. Not sure which one though:confused3

:banana:for a possible trip in July. I having seeing the pictures of the new princess rooms and they are so pretty. I really like the new AB rooms too, but I still don't love the regular mansion rooms though. I hope your trip works out.:thumbsup2

mickeystoontown
03-19-2012, 11:21 AM
Well, it at least sounds like you have a semi-plan in place. I know that it's hard to plan anything when all you know is what park you will be in on a specific day. I don't mean to sound mean but hopefully you won't have to follow a lot of other chaperones around and can just take a group of the kids and go-go-go. I'm sure that Madison has already filled her friends in on what kind of tour guide you are. ;)

Your food choices sound really good. I look forward to hearing how you liked the orange float and the new Nutella waffle. Lacey is a Nutella fan and I haven't told her about the new waffle yet. Hopefully, you'll come back with a raving review.

TinksThree
03-19-2012, 01:32 PM
Your trip sounds great. How does the chaperoning work, do you have a group of kids with you or are they allowed to go off on their own for a bit?


Great pictures with your new camera. Which camera did you get? Right now my change jar that is usually for Disney is getting saved to buy a DSLR in the fall. Not sure which one though:confused3

:banana:for a possible trip in July. I having seeing the pictures of the new princess rooms and they are so pretty. I really like the new AB rooms too, but I still don't love the regular mansion rooms though. I hope your trip works out.:thumbsup2

We can go our own ways on the trip. I will have 10 students assigned to me. They are to report to me and I have to hold their passes. Once we get into the park each day, then everyone can go their own way. The kids do not have to remain in their "group" either. The rule is basically have at least two together at all times.

I got the Canon Rebel T3 DSLR. Best buy had a great sale on it. I originally had gone in for the Nikon but the Rebel is supposedly the most user friendly. It gets great reviews and since I am a novice, I decided to go with it. I have been saving off and on for 3 years and finally was able to buy one! :yay:

I agree on the princess rooms. I haven't seen rooms from the AB though! I preferred the decor in the POFQ rooms over the mansion rooms! The mansion rooms were a little froo-froo for me!

TinksThree
03-19-2012, 01:37 PM
Well, it at least sounds like you have a semi-plan in place. I know that it's hard to plan anything when all you know is what park you will be in on a specific day. I don't mean to sound mean but hopefully you won't have to follow a lot of other chaperones around and can just take a group of the kids and go-go-go. I'm sure that Madison has already filled her friends in on what kind of tour guide you are. ;)

Your food choices sound really good. I look forward to hearing how you liked the orange float and the new Nutella waffle. Lacey is a Nutella fan and I haven't told her about the new waffle yet. Hopefully, you'll come back with a raving review.

I was looking at the wait times on my Touring Plan app all weekend to get an idea of waits since the crowd level is estimated the same. I kept showing Madison and telling her this is why you need to have a plan! :lmao: I hope that there is either a cool chaperone that likes to ride, the kids let me hang with them or else I can walk solo. I don't mind walking around by myself but I am not into riding alone. I will sit alone on a ride but I don't like standing in line alone. Hopefully they will see "what kind of tour guide you are. ;)" and want me to guide them!! :lmao:

Sadly, I am just all about food! :rolleyes: I will be sure to make a special note for Lacey on the waffle!

saintstickets
03-19-2012, 10:36 PM
Have you eaten at Leatha's!? :cloud9:

You mean that little cabin out Hwy 98W hidden behind the camper sales place? Never heard of it! :rotfl2: Oh yes, Ms. Leatha is an institution in these parts. But to be honest, I actually prefer the bbq at Flame Tree in Animal Kingdom! :eek: Maybe it's because I can eat at Leatha's anytime but eating at FTBBQ means I'm at WDW! :cool1:

TinksThree
03-20-2012, 09:04 AM
You mean that little cabin out Hwy 98W hidden behind the camper sales place? Never heard of it! :rotfl2: Oh yes, Ms. Leatha is an institution in these parts. But to be honest, I actually prefer the bbq at Flame Tree in Animal Kingdom! :eek: Maybe it's because I can eat at Leatha's anytime but eating at FTBBQ means I'm at WDW! :cool1:

Yes, I believe that is the place I am referring to! :rotfl: It is legendary! We have eaten Leatha's BBQ since it was by the railroad tracks in Columbia!

Flametree is better!? Well I am definitely hitting that place up!! I know what you mean about enjoying places more because they are at WDW! There is just something more special when you are eating there! :)

IheartDDuck
03-20-2012, 09:32 AM
I got caught up. I loved your recap. I also wanted to tell you that I'm sorry for your loss. :hug:

TinksThree
03-21-2012, 03:38 PM
I got caught up. I loved your recap. I also wanted to tell you that I'm sorry for your loss. :hug:

I am glad you got all caught up! I love doing the recaps. It pulls it all together for me!

Thank you so very much! It has been a tough 6 weeks!

sherylcin
03-21-2012, 07:39 PM
It's almost time for your trip to start! Here's hoping you have a wonderful time and get to follow your plan (which sounds fabulous btw). Can't wait to read all about it!:goodvibes

TinksThree
03-21-2012, 09:37 PM
It's almost time for your trip to start! Here's hoping you have a wonderful time and get to follow your plan (which sounds fabulous btw). Can't wait to read all about it!:goodvibes

Thank you, Thank you!! I am finishing up the last of my packing and we have to be at the school at 5:30am....I am almost too excited to sleep!! :rotfl: I hope the trip makes a worthy TR! :goodvibes

TinksThree
03-21-2012, 09:39 PM
Well we are almost all packed up and ready to head out! Stay tuned for the TR link plus....Plus I just booked a vacation in a few months and made ADRs!!! This has been an exciting day! :goodvibes So it looks like a TR...PTR...TR will be forth coming in the future months!! :cool1:

saintstickets
03-21-2012, 10:09 PM
Well we are almost all packed up and ready to head out! Stay tuned for the TR link plus....Plus I just booked a vacation in a few months and made ADRs!!! This has been an exciting day! :goodvibes So it looks like a TR...PTR...TR will be forth coming in the future months!! :cool1:

Looking forward to the TR. Have a great trip and come back home to 'sippi safe and sound!

TinksThree
03-21-2012, 10:29 PM
Looking forward to the TR. Have a great trip and come back home to 'sippi safe and sound!

Thanks for the well wishes!! :)

ksl5f123
03-26-2012, 10:48 PM
I hope your drive back last night/this morning was good. I also hope you are now asleep. ;) I am looking forward to your TR and your PTR for July.

TinksThree
03-27-2012, 10:16 AM
I hope your drive back last night/this morning was good. I also hope you are now asleep. ;) I am looking forward to your TR and your PTR for July.

Thanks, it was a very uneventful ride home! I slept most of yesterday since I got little sleep over the last four days! :rotfl: I hope to begin the report soon! I am glad to see you must have made it home well as well! :goodvibes

sherylcin
03-27-2012, 01:10 PM
:yay: You're back! Can't wait to hear how things went!!

TinksThree
03-27-2012, 03:03 PM
:yay: You're back! Can't wait to hear how things went!!

I am back! I am trying to get things caught up at work and pictures loaded. I hope to begin the TR soon!!

TinksThree
03-28-2012, 10:55 PM
Come one, come all! I have my new TR started! :goodvibes

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