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TinksThree
06-08-2011, 09:12 PM
Welcome to my 2nd Trip Report!! I hope you will enjoy reading along as I walk down memory lane!

First let me make some introductions first!

We are a typical family with all our little quirks. We hail from the "great" state of Mississippi. Our group included myself, my DH Keith, our DS Chris (17), our DD Madison (15) and my mom. Originally this was going to be a girl's trip. Chris then decided to join us followed by Keith...which is a story I will get to soon!! This trip had many ups and downs but we still had an awesome time and can't wait to return!

So now the intorductions...who are we??

I will begin with myself: Tisa. Although this is only my 5th trip to Disney, I am Disney addicted much to Keith's dismay! I love to talk Disney, read Disney, and basically submerge myself in all things Disney! Really, I like travel in general and wish I could have Samantha Brown's job! :worship: I could travel 24/7, 365 and be perfectly happy!! I am also a planner and could be considered a Disney dork. I do the whole spreadsheet/binder thing. I get way too detailed in my planning but it is how I relax! Along with loving to travel I love food (so thankfully we had FREE DINING!!) and I also love photography, although I am a total amature and only dream of owning a fancy camera!! On more than one occasion, someone in my family would say "Not another picture!" or "You are seriously taking pictures of food?!?!"

So in saying that, one word of warning: I took tons of pictures so this will be heavy on the photos! Yes, I love taking pictures and this drives my family crazy :crazy:!! I kept having to run to catch up with them since they quit stopping for me!

Next up is my hubby, Keith. I honestly had no idea why he volunteered to go on this trip. (I find out during the trip, so you have to read along to discover this bit of info!;)) This was Keith's 2nd trip to Disney. His first trip was last June (2010). He went only due to the fact that we could go super cheap with military tickets and room discounts. He is/was a Disney "hater" even though he had never been before! :confused3 He went reluctantly last year, decided mid-trip we would remain the entire week at Disney (we were planning to end the week in St Augustine), and then volunteered to go with us this year! :cool1:

Here is a picture of us from our trip last year:

http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab29/tinksthree/Disney%20June%202010/Magic%20Kingdom/IMG_5014.jpg

Next we have Chris, our 17 year old son. This is Chris' 3rd trip. His first was during Spring Break 2009 followed by last year's trip. Chris is pretty laid back and loves riding all of the "thrill" rides. This becomes quit evident during the first two days!

And then there is Madison. She is 15 and this made her 4th trip to Disney World. Her first trip was when she was 4, then in 2009, and 2010. Madison loves the princesses and still wants to do some character meets, although that interest is beginning to wain. Madison also plays the flute in the high school band. They have a trip planned for Spring 2012 to WDW! I see chaperoning in my future!! :rolleyes: Madison also likes all of the rides!

The kiddos on last year's trip:

http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab29/tinksthree/Disney%20June%202010/Magic%20Kingdom/IMG_5028.jpg

And finally, my mom. My mom lives an hour south of us. This trip originally was planned to give her a much needed vacation. This is her first vacation in 6 years! :scared1: I cannot fathom!! :scared1: My mom actually surprised me on many occassions...but I cannot give too much away! You will not want to continue reading my TR! ;)

My dad was coming along but work dictated he could not join us! :sad2: I am a daddy's girl and had looked forward to him going. Hopefully he will soon! My mom and dad:

http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab29/tinksthree/IMG_6554.jpg

So that is who we are. Now where did we stay?

We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter. The newly renovated rooms are nice! This was a stipulation of Keith's that we had to return to Port Orleans. Last year we stayed at Riverside, but they were all booked so we moved over to POFQ this time...more on those thoughts later!!

We were there May 26-June 2 which included Memorial Day. Plus we had Free Dining as I mentioned previously. This meant we ate and ate and ate! And, finally, as my title says....some plans are made to be broken. And coming from a self-proclaimed OCD Disney World Planner....that is saying a lot!!!

Next up...our trip down to Orlando and our first night on the town!

TinksThree
06-08-2011, 09:14 PM
Saved for Table of Contents

The Beginning.... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41417559&postcount=12)
Our first night... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41455232&postcount=20)
Our first night continued.... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41455285&postcount=21)
Our first night concludes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41474687&postcount=29)
Our first night concludes, continued.... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41474721&postcount=30)
Magic Kingdom, Day 1 Begins (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41560071&postcount=43)
Magic Kingdom Day 1 Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41588412&postcount=54)
Magic Kingdom Day1 Part 2 continued (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41588499&postcount=55)
Magic Kingdom Day 1 Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41631369&postcount=66)
Magic Kingdom Day 1 Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41666245&postcount=77)
Magic Kingdom Day 1 Part 4 continued (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41666278&postcount=78)
Lunch at Crystal Palace!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41716451&postcount=82)
Day One Afternoon Concludes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41782520&postcount=90)
Day One Afternoon Concludes continued... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41782548&postcount=91)
Magic Kingdom at Night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41830885&postcount=97)
Magic Kingdom at Night Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41831053&postcount=98)
Magic Kingdom at Night Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41831210&postcount=99)
Wishes! and Day One Ends (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41902540&postcount=105)
Wishes and Day One Ends...continued (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41902775&postcount=106)
Another Day at Magic Kingdom! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41930655&postcount=116)
Day 2 at MK continues, part one (pg 8) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41976390&postcount=119)
Day 2 at MK part two (pg 8) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41976723&postcount=120)
Day 2 at MK part three (pg 9) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41976760&postcount=121)
An afternoon break (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42019003&postcount=130)
Back to MK and 1900 Park Fare!! Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42100808&postcount=145)
Back to MK and 1900 Park Fare! Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42100929&postcount=146)
Bringing Day 2 to an end...Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42167481&postcount=159)
Bringing Day 2 to an end...Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42167562&postcount=160)
Kicking off Day 3....changes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42213216&postcount=169)
Day 3 begins in Future World--Epcot! Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42279173&postcount=175)
Day 3 begins in Future World--Epcot! Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42279191&postcount=176)
Day 3-World Showcase/Mexico and San Angel Inn Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42312574&postcount=182)
Day 3-World Showcase/Mexico and San Angel Inn Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42312645&postcount=183)
Day 3: Norway and China Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42386138&postcount=190)
Day 3: Norway and China Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42386212&postcount=191)
Day 3: Norway and China Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42386241&postcount=192)
Day 3: World Showcase Entertains! Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42445821&postcount=208)
Day 3: World Showcase Entertains! Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42445864&postcount=209)
Day 3: Ending our Day at Epcot Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42558110&postcount=219)
Day 3: Ending our Day at Epcot Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42558141&postcount=220)
Day 3: Ending our Day at Epcot Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42558204&postcount=221)
Day 3: DTD and Raglan Road Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42656401&postcount=230)
Day 3: DTD and Raglan Road Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42656500&postcount=231)
Day 4: A Not Too Great Day at DHS Begins (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42684803&postcount=239)
Day 4: Trying to Salvage the Day: Tower of Terror? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42719118&postcount=248)
Day 4: 50's PTC, A Little Indy and TSMM Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42782545&postcount=256) and Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42782661&postcount=257)
Day 4: One Man's Dream and T-Rex Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42848749&postcount=272) and Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42848889&postcount=273)
Day 4 concludes with EMH at DHS Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42901624&postcount=291) and Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42901868&postcount=292)
Day 5: Tusker House and breakfast with a Cute Duck!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42971415&postcount=297)
Day 5: Kilimanjaro Safari and Pangani Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43054804&postcount=305) and Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43054832&postcount=306)
Day 5: FOTLK and ITTBAB! Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43120536&postcount=324) and Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43120561&postcount=325)
Day 5: More of Animal Kingdom Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43195908&postcount=335) and Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43196077&postcount=336)
Day 5: Finishing up our AK Day! Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43251331&postcount=344) and Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43251350&postcount=345)
Day 5 comes to an end with OUR BIG NIGHT!! Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43271516&postcount=348) and Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43271639&postcount=349)
Day 6: Photo Tour of POFQ and Mini-TR of NOLA Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43413807&postcount=359) and Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43413851&postcount=360) and Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43413880&postcount=361)
Day 6: Epcot...our final day...Boo-Hoo! Part 1, (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43555378&postcount=366) Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43555412&postcount=367) and Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43555434&postcount=368)
Day 6: Epcot Part 2! Club Cool, Innovations and Soarin' (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43625581&postcount=378)
Day 6: Epcot and lunchtime in World Showcase Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43712952&postcount=384), Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43712988&postcount=385) and Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43713018&postcount=386)
Day 6: The beginning of the Final evening! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43786028&postcount=391)
Day 6: Epcot and dinner at Marrakesh Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43822858&postcount=395)and Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43822901&postcount=396)
Day 6: Bringing our trip to an end and closing down Epcot Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43904593&postcount=406)and Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43906186&postcount=407)
Days 7-9: Our final vacation days (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44083567&postcount=423)
Wrapping it all up: Best Ofs--restaurants (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44124988&postcount=432)
The final wrap up and Farewell!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44231301&postcount=437)
A Mini-PTR for our upcoming trip: March 22-26, 2012 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44348696&postcount=451)

pinkxray
06-08-2011, 09:28 PM
Am I first? I think so.Whoo-hoo!

TinksThree
06-08-2011, 09:35 PM
Am I first? I think so.Whoo-hoo!

:woohoo: and :yay: You are first and you found me all by yourself!! :goodvibes I see you have your TR...going over there now! I am so far behind on these boards right now!!

mermaid764
06-08-2011, 09:40 PM
Yay you started!

I'm here:goodvibes

TinksThree
06-08-2011, 09:46 PM
Yay you started!

I'm here:goodvibes

Hooray!!:cheer2: I am glad you found me and are joining in!!

mickeystoontown
06-08-2011, 09:55 PM
I am here! As I read your installment, I found myself smiling because you and I are so much alike......Disney obsessed, planning obsessed, traveling obsessed, picture taking obsessed....well, you get the drift. :laughing: It was such a pleasure to meet you and your wonderful family. I wish we would have had longer to chat.

Looking forward to reading more!

ksl5f123
06-08-2011, 09:58 PM
I'm here! Anxiously awaiting more! There are a lot of cliffhangers in your intro...

heaven2dc
06-08-2011, 10:45 PM
Sounds like this will be a TR full of surprises! Can't wait to get this party started :banana: (too bad your Dad couldn't join you - maybe next time :idea:)

Belle83
06-08-2011, 11:02 PM
I'm here too! I played the flute in high school, and we went on trips but never to disney :( I'm an obsessed planner too, it's definitely relaxing! Looking forward to reading more.

TinksThree
06-09-2011, 12:34 PM
I am here! As I read your installment, I found myself smiling because you and I are so much alike......Disney obsessed, planning obsessed, traveling obsessed, picture taking obsessed....well, you get the drift. :laughing: It was such a pleasure to meet you and your wonderful family. I wish we would have had longer to chat.

Looking forward to reading more!

Awesome! I find myself thinking the same thing about how much alike we are as I read along on your TRs! Obsessed is definitely what I would call myself!

It was so great running into you guys!

I'm here! Anxiously awaiting more! There are a lot of cliffhangers in your intro...

Hooray!! :woohoo: I am tryign to keep the suspense....;)

Sounds like this will be a TR full of surprises! Can't wait to get this party started :banana: (too bad your Dad couldn't join you - maybe next time :idea:)

Welcome!! So glad you are joining me! :yay: The surprises surprised me the whole trip!! I hope he can join us next time. He is such a character that he has fun whereever he goes!

I'm here too! I played the flute in high school, and we went on trips but never to disney :( I'm an obsessed planner too, it's definitely relaxing! Looking forward to reading more.

Welcome!!! :yay: I played the clarinet and our band took trips...until I got in the high school and the trips stopped! :sad2: I love the flute and was glad when she chose it for her instrument!! People think I am crazy that planning relaxes me, but it really does! Glad someone else knows what I am talking about!! :)

TinksThree
06-09-2011, 01:41 PM
As soon as we left the WDW property last year (as in we had not even gotten out of Orlando yet!!) I had my notebook out making notes for my next trip. Now, I had absolutely no clue when that would be back but I knew I would be back! I always begin with restaurants because I like food. The parks revolve around the ADRs basically. So in my handy dandy notebook I had listed several places I wanted to eat:
Les Chefs de France
Akershus
Kona Cafe
'Ohana (for supper; we love breakfast there!)
Crystal Palace...and so on

Then I began listing things we missed in the parks. In June 2010 we only had 4 day tickets so MK had a lot skipped and Epcot...well, Epcot. Epcot is my favorite park. I have loved Epcot since I was a kid. I especially love World Showcase! I planned Epcot for the final day. Keith woke up with a hurt foot and could barely walk. We missed most everything in that park. To make matters worse he got motion sick on Soarin' (one of our first rides) and was too sick to really eat at Le Cellier (one of the kids favorites places). And then Test Track was down when we went to use our FPs. Finally a squirrel drank my margarita Keith was "watching" while I stood in the Test Track line (that we did not get to ride!). Needless to say...we missed a lot of Epcot and this was a huge disappointment!! The day wasn't terrible but still.....

So obviously this meant I had a long list of things at MK and Epcot that I wanted to do! Most specifically (and not exhaustive):
Country Bear Jamboree
Carousel of Progress
Jungle Cruise
Test Track
The Living Seas pavilion
And actually explore World Showcase!

So my list was made but no trip was planned. Fast forward to August and free dining was announced. Now my mom and I had planned to take a trip with Madison and we felt this was a great opportunity! Let the planning begin! And I did plan and plan and plan and I wrote a PTR (A Girl's Trip Becomes So Much More!). Needless to say, the month of May hit and I looked forward to my trip with great anticipation!!

So! All of that back story to say that some plans are made to be changed. And as I learned over the course of 10 days some changes are good, some are sad and some are totally unexpected! I hope that as I write my posts, I can include what the actual plan was. That way you can see what changed and what remained the same! If you are new to my TRs and would like a preview, I do have a Table of Contents in my PTR and if you look at the "One week from today...." posts I have a synopsis of "The Plan"!

Now to an Actual Update related to our trip!! ;)

The plan was that we would drive to my parents' house on Wednesday night (5.25.11) so we could get all loaded up and ready to go. We wanted to leave by 4am. **Also, for newbies, Keith was unable to drive down with us due to work so he did not meet up with us until Saturday. Basically he missed 1 1/2 park days.**

We get to my parents' house, grab supper at McDonalds, load the van, and sit down to watch American Idol. My mom loves American Idol. I usually watch it but this was my first show of this season. This was also the grand finale night where you learn who "Your Next American Idol" (insert Ryan Seacrest's voice here) is....in case you don't know it was Scott McCreary (at least I think that was his last name! :rolleyes1)

So we finally get to bed when at 2am we are all awoken by a massive thunderstorm! Our area was hit by tornados all during April and May and I no longer sleep well when there is bad weather. Thankfully we have been lucky but just thinking about Tuscaloosa and Joplin makes my heart drop! Plus I watched on a live news report from work as a tornado lifted just before it hit my kids high school...that they were in!! :scared1: Needless to say I only got about 2 hours sleep.

We decide we are up, we might as well get ready to leave but it is raining very badly. So we pull out at:

http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb395/tinker324/Disney52611/IMG_1187.jpg

Here we are raring to go to Walt Disney World!!!

http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb395/tinker324/Disney52611/IMG_1185.jpg

We stop for gas and then I blow a fuse to the car charger plug-ins. :headache: No big deal, right!? Well, it is when you are totally dependent on a GPS to get you to a hotel for the night! No maps, no GPS....I begin to panic. :eek: We know how to get to Orlando so we decide to not use the GPS and use the battery power to find the hotel.

The storm clouds clearing at the Mississippi/Louisiana state line (well, one of the two we crossed).

http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb395/tinker324/Disney52611/IMG_1188.jpg

http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb395/tinker324/Disney52611/IMG_1189.jpg

We stop for breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Gulfport and then we hit the road!

http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb395/tinker324/Disney52611/IMG_1191.jpg

We make one more detour in Pensacola where we found an extremely helpful salesman at an auto repair store. He gets our fuses going and we are really set!! We are bound and determined to make it to our hotel by 5pm!

We cross over Pensacola Bay:

http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb395/tinker324/Disney52611/PensecolaBay.jpg

We arrive in Orlando and after many wrong turns (yes, even with the GPS so I can't imagine not having the thing telling me where to go!) we finally make it to the hotel for the night. :cheer2:

Oh and I have a picture of my toes. Yes...I said my toes because I had Mickey Mouse toes!! The picture isn't great but maybe you will get the idea!! :goodvibes

http://i1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb395/tinker324/Disney52611/IMG_1164.jpg

I am going to leave it here for now....I think I have rambled enough :rolleyes1 for now. Stay tuned to see if our evening plans work out the way they were...well, planned!!

mickeystoontown
06-10-2011, 10:13 AM
Again, you and I are so much alike. I make those same sort of lists on what we missed on the trip so that I can make sure we do them again next trip.

What I wouldn't give to see the squirrel who drank your margarita. I can just see him stumbling around Epcot. Wait, is that mean of me to say?

Your mother and I talked about American Idol. We missed the last show and your mother told me that Scotty won. She was so excited.

Oh my word! I can't believe that you went to Walt Disney World without a good old fashioned map. I guess I'm old school 'cause I take the same old ones every year. Thank goodness you were able to get the fuse fixed so you could use the GPS again. I bet that was a load off your mind.

Your toes are so cute! I have never thought about getting mine done like that.

jc040404
06-10-2011, 10:57 AM
Loved your last TR! Can't wait to hear about this visit, too!

Cory's Gal
06-10-2011, 02:25 PM
Hi Tisa! Great start to your TR. I will have to read your previous report as well, I like your writing style! Looking forward to hearing about the renovated rooms at FQ, we stayed there last April and really enjoyed it but thought the rooms needed updating! Glad you all were safe from the storms! Can't wait for your next post!

*Beth

ksl5f123
06-10-2011, 11:12 PM
Wow! What an early start - and everyone looks so chipper!

I hear ya' about those storms. I used to love thunderstorms, but after this spring and WAY to many trips to the hall closet (our tornado safe spot) now they just make me nervous.

I love the Mickey toes!

NMW
06-11-2011, 10:30 AM
Subscribing

TinksThree
06-11-2011, 02:46 PM
Again, you and I are so much alike. I make those same sort of lists on what we missed on the trip so that I can make sure we do them again next trip.

What I wouldn't give to see the squirrel who drank your margarita. I can just see him stumbling around Epcot. Wait, is that mean of me to say?

Your mother and I talked about American Idol. We missed the last show and your mother told me that Scotty won. She was so excited.

Oh my word! I can't believe that you went to Walt Disney World without a good old fashioned map. I guess I'm old school 'cause I take the same old ones every year. Thank goodness you were able to get the fuse fixed so you could use the GPS again. I bet that was a load off your mind.

Your toes are so cute! I have never thought about getting mine done like that.

On the way home, I started my next list...with tips from Keith! :thumbsup2

The squirrel was darting around sparodically...we weren't sure if it was the margarita or not!

I wanted the girl to win...not because I had a prefernce but because a co-worker is from a town next to her hometown. That was a great reason, huh!? :)

I usually always have everything from Mapquest but this time, I figured we had two GPS systems so we should be good. Never considered that the power source could be an issue!! Next time I will be more cautious! We did have an atlas map though.

Loved your last TR! Can't wait to hear about this visit, too!

Hey!! Welcome back!! :yay: I hope this one is as enjoyable!! :goodvibes

Hi Tisa! Great start to your TR. I will have to read your previous report as well, I like your writing style! Looking forward to hearing about the renovated rooms at FQ, we stayed there last April and really enjoyed it but thought the rooms needed updating! Glad you all were safe from the storms! Can't wait for your next post!

*Beth

Welcome and thank you so much!! We really liked the renovated rooms. I can compare them to POR last year and really saw some improvements...although I know the two are seperate.

TinksThree
06-11-2011, 02:53 PM
Wow! What an early start - and everyone looks so chipper!

I hear ya' about those storms. I used to love thunderstorms, but after this spring and WAY to many trips to the hall closet (our tornado safe spot) now they just make me nervous.

I love the Mickey toes!

We were chipper because of where we were going!! :rotfl: I never can get going like that for work!!

I always loved the noises of thunder and an approaching storm. Even hurricanes were just something to deal with. We lived through Katrina and had a lot of friends/relatives greatly affected. That changed my views of the hurricanes. This past spring has brought a new viewpoint of tornados. Thankfully we were all safe and sound though!! That is our "safe spot" too!!

Thanks on the Mickey toes!! I actually got the idea off of a really old thread that was brought back up about one month before the trip. Madison and I both did it but Madison didn't get her toes in on the photo!!

Subscribing

Welcome!!!


I hope to have an update soon--tonight or tomorrow so stay tuned!!!

TinksThree
06-12-2011, 09:17 PM
When I last left off we had finally made it to Orlando after a few unplanned pit stops. My goal was to make it to Orlando by 5pm. It is about an 11 hour drive from our hometown to Orlando and figuring in stops, I felt 5pm (with us leaving at 4am) was easily doable.

So did we make it by 5pm? Well, thankfully we missed any traffic tie-ups and the toll booths were a breeze. If, and notice I said if, I had "listened" to the GPS better, we would have made it to the hotel by 4:40pm!! Pretty good time! However, since I was using my mom's GPS and it counted down the turns differently, I missed our exit...:sad2: After hearing "recalculating" a million and one times, we finally made it to the hotel...at.....drum roll....exactly 5pm!!!! :yay:

Our first night was not at a Disney resort. I figured why spend the money when I could get a free room through points! So we booked our first night at Quality Inn on International Drive (behind the semi-famous McDonald's). We had thought a swim sounded good but when we arrived the pool was jam packed...so dinner sounded better!!

First a look at the rooms...not Disney but they were nice enough! The beds were doubles though and not as comfy. Even if we had been paying for the night the room was only $59.00 so not too bad if you are trying to save some money! I definitley would recommend this place. Oh yeah! The pictures:

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We drop our stuff and relax a bit. I showered and we found Stacy on the tv...even off-site!! :cool1: Okay, now I really feel like I have made it to Disney World!!! When I was planning our Spring Break 2009 trip and I discovered the DisBoards I kept hearing about this Stacy person...so when we got to the resort I searched out the program (like that was difficult to find!!). Now we have to watch her give the Must Dos to make our trip official!

Well, I guess our trip was now official!!!:rotfl:

So after cleaning up and resting, we made a beeline for....

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Of course even this little trip was met with missed turns so I was really getting ready to park my car and use Disney's transportation!

We decide our first order of business will be food!!! We had looked at the menus I printed off (I know...total planning dork!!) on the way down and our decision was already made as to where we would eat.....

First I begin what my family dreads...picture taking!!! I had to warn my mom I take pictures of everything!! :rolleyes1 She soon found out this included food!

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And then it is straight for:

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We really love this place!! It is so yummy and pretty affordable by vacation/Disney standards!

We line up and try to decide what to get....

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The side choices...what to choose...what to choose???

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We place our order and I head outside to try and snag a table. This was about 6:30pm and the crowds were building quickly!! I get a pretty good table with these views:

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Madison joins me:

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And then the food comes!!!!

I chose The Original 1762 and a side of the freshly made Tomato Soup and croutons:

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Last year I got the Caribbean Jerk Chicken and really enjoyed it but I wanted to get something different this time. I took a bite of the sandwich and ahhhhh...........delish!!!! Then I tried the tomato soup...HOT!!! Burned tongue!!!! I grabbed my drink and hoped I could taste the rest of my meal! :upsidedow Thankfully the damage was not too severe!

Okay, the verdict on the soup? Wonderful!! I actually find myself craving this now as I look at the picture! I could make a meal off of this, and may next time! I had way more food than I could eat!

Madison and Chris both chose The Earl's Club. They both really liked it. Chris' sans the tomatoes....caught just before he began chowing down!

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My mom got the Italian and loved it. Unfortunately, she had already started digging in and I did not get a picture of her sandwich!

TinksThree
06-12-2011, 09:20 PM
We finish eating and with very full and satisfied tummies we head off (much to Chris' chagrin) to some stores!!

First up was Mickey's Pantry...a few store photos!

I loved this tea set and wished I had a little girl to buy it for! It is a Sleeping Beauty Tea Set

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I also really liked this Alice tea set:

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Some fun shots:

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We left there and go to

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One of my favorite Disney Princesses!!

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We head out and over to the Design a Tee and wander around. But first a picture with those cute brooms...

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Madison finds these prints that she just "has" to have.....

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Then we meet back up with Chris...he had chosen to sit on a bench during this time!...and go to Goofy's Candy Company!!! This place is so much fun and puts my sweet-tooth senses on overload!!

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I believe this is a good place to call it a night....I mean for this post! We still have a lot more to cover for the evening!! ;) Including a special little treat!!

SimmerBaggins
06-12-2011, 09:27 PM
Oh, YAY!! I found your TR (well, at the top of the page, was kinda hard to miss!!) -- !!

Now, I'll go back & read -- can't wait!!

Vickie

mermaid764
06-12-2011, 09:32 PM
Your first day sounds like a lot fun, and earl of sandwich is always such a great choice for a meal.

Can't wait to see which building you guys got at Port Orleans:goodvibes

TinksThree
06-12-2011, 09:36 PM
Oh, YAY!! I found your TR (well, at the top of the page, was kinda hard to miss!!) -- !!

Now, I'll go back & read -- can't wait!!

Vickie

I am so glad you found me!! This makes me so excited! I was just thinking of you and Melissa this afternoon!! :woohoo:

TinksThree
06-12-2011, 09:41 PM
Your first day sounds like a lot fun, and earl of sandwich is always such a great choice for a meal.

Can't wait to see which building you guys got at Port Orleans:goodvibes

So far the day had been great! Not rushed at all and we were just wandering around doing as we pleased.

Without saying too much...I loved the building we got!!! :goodvibes

ksl5f123
06-12-2011, 11:20 PM
Your hotel room looks nice. I never think about staying on I-drive because so many of the hotels look ancient.

Your sandwiches look super yummy!!! Earl of Sandwich is still on my list to try someday.

I LOVE the Aurora tea set. I need to make plans now to avoid that store or I will come home with it in July.

Mmmmm... Goofy's! One of everything please.

mickeystoontown
06-13-2011, 03:24 PM
I don't blame you one bit for staying at the Quality Inn your first night. Why pay for a Disney room when you can get a room free? Like you said, even if you did have to pay, it would have only be $59. That's a good deal!

I'm always itching to do something once we get to Disney too. I have "issues" with sitting still while on vacation. Downtown Disney was a great place to start your vacation.

Your sandwiches at Earl of Sandwich look so good. In all of our trips to DTD, we have never eaten there.

TinksThree
06-14-2011, 12:02 PM
Your hotel room looks nice. I never think about staying on I-drive because so many of the hotels look ancient.

Your sandwiches look super yummy!!! Earl of Sandwich is still on my list to try someday.

I LOVE the Aurora tea set. I need to make plans now to avoid that store or I will come home with it in July.

Mmmmm... Goofy's! One of everything please.

The hotel is older. We even stayed there in 1999 when we took Madison, but the rooms have been updated and are pretty contemporary. So while the outside looks older, the inside is very updated!

The sadnwiches are so yummy!! You need to try it one day!! :thumbsup2

I almost wish i had gotten that tea set because I just loved it so much! And, I could do some serious damage in Goofy's!!! :cloud9:

I don't blame you one bit for staying at the Quality Inn your first night. Why pay for a Disney room when you can get a room free? Like you said, even if you did have to pay, it would have only be $59. That's a good deal!

I'm always itching to do something once we get to Disney too. I have "issues" with sitting still while on vacation. Downtown Disney was a great place to start your vacation.

Your sandwiches at Earl of Sandwich look so good. In all of our trips to DTD, we have never eaten there.

I had contemplated using the military discount and adding a room only at the resort, but "Free" won out in the end! Who can argue with that??

I think I mentioned on your report when you commented about dropping your bags and running...I am the same way! I may take a mini-break but then I am ready to go! I am at Disney and want to fit every second in I can! DTD has become our 1st night tradition!

You need to try EOS sometime...very yummy!!

TinksThree
06-14-2011, 12:54 PM
I last left off with us exiting Goofy's Candy Company. We had been doing everything very leisurely and we were just relaxed and happy to be in our happy little world. We left the Goofy store area and saw these guys in the Pin Store...

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I just love Donald and Daisy! :lovestruc

We cross the path over to Once Upon a Toy because Madison has a crush (I guess since she was all about him this trip) on Mr. Potato Head.

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I tell her she cannot leave Buzz out. He was standing all by himself and looked a bit lonely!!

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Then we make our way to one of the areas I really wanted to see since it had just been "enhanced"!

The crowds are beginning to increase!

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And the sun is setting on a beautiful Florida day!

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Then we make it to our destination!

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The Lego Store!!! I adore all of the Lego figures they make and many new ones were added!!!!

I am in love with Toy Story! It is my all time favorite!! And since I am a HUGE Tom Hanks fan....I love Woody!! :goodvibes

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The Snow White additions are pretty cool too!!

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We make our way inside to look for my nephew a Lego souvenir and find out very quickly how loud this place can get! Needless to say, the noise level drove us out within minutes!!! But on our way out I spot......


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WOODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, and Buzz Lightyear too....

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One last shot as we exited the building:

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So where next???? We make a bee line for

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We look around for awhile and my mom tries to get ideas for my nieces and nephews souvenirs she has promised them! It was so crowded!! We got seperated and lost many, many times!

There is a scene in Anchorman where the news team men are having a ...uhmm...discussion with the producer (I guess) about the new lady and they are all yelling. Steve Carell's character (rather than yelling out any comments pertinent to the "conversation") yells "So much noise!!!!". I mention this because in our family we are very big on using movie quotes (or variations) in our everyday life circumstances.

We had watched this movie on the drive down thus it was very fresh in my mind. At one point I found myself in the room with all of the autograph books and stuffed animals trying to make my way through and saying "So many people!!!!! So many people!!!!!" I may have walked in circles some too....I can't remember very well! It was very, very crowded and I do not like feeling clausterphobic in a store of all places!!! We did not make any purchases but we had definitely started a "Wish List"!!! A few pictures I snapped while in World of Disney!!


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An interesting take on Mickey and Minnie. I am sure there is a reason for this design!

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Everyone's (uhmmm) "favorite" bear!

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Why does Lotso have to be so mean??? He is so cute and he really smells like strawberries!! You can just imagine what people thought seeing a grown adult woman smelling a bear and taking its picture with no small children in her care. This was around the time I was walking in circles and exclaiming "So many people!!!" I am sure that someone was about to call the men with the little white coats and have me wisked away!!!

TinksThree
06-14-2011, 12:56 PM
I totally would have purchased this if I had thought Keith would have let me put it on the car. I knew he wouldn't so it remained on the shelf. But I got a picture!!!

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This room was pretty empty and I was glad for the reprieve! I thought this was a nifty little display!

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We exit World of Disney and head to a store I always miss because Keith rolls his eyes at me. This was my chance!!!.....

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Another stores that can put your senses on overload! But there were some very cool stuff and I did make one purchase here!

Love the soaps! I made Chris "volunteer" to show what this soap log looked like! :rolleyes1

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Madison takes a whiff. Unfortunately I missed the next second where she begins gasping because she enhaled too much of the scent!

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Lovely soap balls!!

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Okay, so we have pretty much done everything we wanted today!!

We left relatively close to 4am! We ate breakfast at Cracker Barrel! We made it by 5pm to the hotel~even with our stops and mis-turns! We ate at Earl of Sandwich! We have hit every store we wanted to visit! The plan is working out pretty good!! :thumbsup2 So we have one thing left on our list for the night and I will call Day 1 complete and successful!!!!

I believe I hear ice cream calling my name!!!! Ghiradelli's it is!!!!

Now I really wanted to try the Gold Rush but it was around 9pm and I wasn't sure I really wanted that much ice cream so I stuck with a malt. My mom got a latte (that she says was not great). Chris got the Espresso Escape. Madison had The Haight AshBerry.

Mine and Chris' treats

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And Madison's:

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We head outside and there is a magician performing so we decide to watch while we eat our ice cream. A couple of poor pictures. He moved too fast for my little point and shoot camera!

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We then called it a night! We had plans to be at check-in very early the next morning!! So far, my planning is working great. What will Day 2 hold??? I hope it is good becasue we are going to Magic Kingdom!!

SimmerBaggins
06-14-2011, 05:45 PM
I am so totally with you on the crowds in the stores...wow! When I know we have to be in a store that's really crowded and I get bored, I start in with crowd behavior stuff:

-- Go over to a clearance or sale rack, and act excited as you go through it. You will inevitably attract attention from other women, no matter how mundane or not a good deal that it is -- they will join you.

-- Try to stand where you think no one wants to look. Spread yourself out as much as possible and look unmovable. Count how many seconds it takes for someone to decide that you are in their way.

-- Look for hidden Mickeys. Find one and show it to someone in your party. When someone else figures out what you are doing and tries to listen in or see what you're pointing at, abruptly walk away.

I know, I'm mean. :rolleyes1

Mean-WHILE, I am loving your easy-in to WDW via DTD! I love to start that way, too -- or, even end that way. And, I'll "join the crowd" and say I need to try a sandwich!!

mtgirl29
06-14-2011, 08:43 PM
:goodvibes:goodvibes I am here!!! Cannot wait to begin reading! :goodvibes

ksl5f123
06-14-2011, 10:15 PM
I :love: the new Lego creations! I can't wait to see those. It was so sad when the area was closed in March.

We have never been in the Basin store. The prices don't look too bad.

Crowded stores are miserable. They stress me out because I am always worried that I am going to lose someone.

Your Ghiradelli treats look :cloud9: as always. Such a yummy place!

What a perfect first day! It always feels nice to check of everything on your list. :thumbsup2

IheartDDuck
06-14-2011, 10:28 PM
I'm joining! I can't wait to hear more.

lbuzz52
06-15-2011, 01:46 AM
Great start!
Food and shopping- that sounds like the perfect first night to me!
Looking forward to reading more!

TinksThree
06-15-2011, 08:34 AM
I am so totally with you on the crowds in the stores...wow! When I know we have to be in a store that's really crowded and I get bored, I start in with crowd behavior stuff:

-- Go over to a clearance or sale rack, and act excited as you go through it. You will inevitably attract attention from other women, no matter how mundane or not a good deal that it is -- they will join you.

-- Try to stand where you think no one wants to look. Spread yourself out as much as possible and look unmovable. Count how many seconds it takes for someone to decide that you are in their way.

-- Look for hidden Mickeys. Find one and show it to someone in your party. When someone else figures out what you are doing and tries to listen in or see what you're pointing at, abruptly walk away.

I know, I'm mean. :rolleyes1

Mean-WHILE, I am loving your easy-in to WDW via DTD! I love to start that way, too -- or, even end that way. And, I'll "join the crowd" and say I need to try a sandwich!!

That is too funny!! :rotfl: I need to try that plan of attack next time! I really do not like shopping when it is crowded. Christmas is completed by October....people are just way too crazy and at times rude!! :)

Yes you do need to eat a sandwich there! Beginning our trip at DTD sort of acts like a teaser and builds our excitement for park days!!

:goodvibes:goodvibes I am here!!! Cannot wait to begin reading! :goodvibes

Hooray!! So glad you made it! (BTW: do you plan to do a TR?)

I :love: the new Lego creations! I can't wait to see those. It was so sad when the area was closed in March.

We have never been in the Basin store. The prices don't look too bad.

Crowded stores are miserable. They stress me out because I am always worried that I am going to lose someone.

Your Ghiradelli treats look :cloud9: as always. Such a yummy place!

What a perfect first day! It always feels nice to check of everything on your list. :thumbsup2

If you go to DTD in July you do need to try to see the Lego creations...they amaze me how they build those things! And the Basin store was surprisingly affordable! I really thought it would be expensive.

We really enjoyed the ice cream treats. I just wish I had been hungry enough for the Gold Rush!

I'm joining! I can't wait to hear more.

Welcome! So happy that you are joining in on our little adventure!

Great start!
Food and shopping- that sounds like the perfect first night to me!
Looking forward to reading more!

Thanks! :goodvibes I have to agree that food and shopping is a great way to start. Chris would say the food was but not so much the shopping! :lmao:

pinkxray
06-15-2011, 09:28 AM
The Quality Inn room looks pretty nice for $59 bucks. Sometimes I question my need to stay onsite.


How cool that Stacey was on TV even off site.

EOS looks so good. I meant to try it this time but the night we were at DTD was like 200 degrees and I didn’t want anything to heavy. I think I ended up with some pita chips as dinner that night. Stupid heat ruining my desire to eat.


The Lego displays were amazing. I loved the Sleeping Beauty dragon fighting Prince Phillip. We never made it into the store, but it looks pretty cool.


The story of you walking around in circles, talking to yourself and holding a Lotso is hysterical! :lmao:
There are always way too many people in that store.


Basin and Ghirardelli… lovely way to end a night at DTD.:)

Cory's Gal
06-15-2011, 09:46 AM
Great update! We like doing DTD on our first afternoon/evening too, it's a great way to start getting into the Disney spirit!! I have to agree about how loud and crazy World of Disney is! Every time we have been there it has just been nuts!! I love to shop in there but I don't find it as fun as it could be with all those people!!

I didn't know there were new Lego scenes put up! They are so awesome! We are big Toy Story fans so I especially love those scenes!! I think the Lego creations are so amazing!! Looking forward to hearing about your first park day!!!

mtgirl29
06-16-2011, 11:00 AM
Loving your TR!!!
I agree with you about WOD. That place was a madhouse when we were there as well. I was so freaked out I might lose one of the kids and DH wasn't making it any easier with his darting off. I couldn't wait to get out of there but we did manage to spend $400 in souvenirs....OUCH!

I have started my TR! Yippppeee! Only got the intros out of the way and am currently trying to download my 350+ pics into Photobucket. My TR title is:

Trains, Floods and Gigantic Cicadas...Nothing Will Keep Us From WDW!!
See my siggie for links.


Cannot wait to read more. I love all your cliffhangers!!!!:cloud9:

TinksThree
06-16-2011, 01:52 PM
The Quality Inn room looks pretty nice for $59 bucks. Sometimes I question my need to stay onsite.


How cool that Stacey was on TV even off site.

EOS looks so good. I meant to try it this time but the night we were at DTD was like 200 degrees and I didn’t want anything to heavy. I think I ended up with some pita chips as dinner that night. Stupid heat ruining my desire to eat.


The Lego displays were amazing. I loved the Sleeping Beauty dragon fighting Prince Phillip. We never made it into the store, but it looks pretty cool.


The story of you walking around in circles, talking to yourself and holding a Lotso is hysterical! :lmao:
There are always way too many people in that store.


Basin and Ghirardelli… lovely way to end a night at DTD.:)

I am huge into staying onsite but if I was going the budget route I would defintely stay there again. It was very nice. We just love the conveniences of being onsite--I hate driving and even waiting on buses are not that bad when I think about me having to fight the traffic! Plus, since we can get the military discounts, we could stay at a Value resort for around $72.00 if we wanted.

We had some very warm days and I opted out of a lot of things I wanted to eat/drink because it was just too hot!

I have been to WOD once on a Thursday afternoon and it was wonderful! Actually all of DTD was great! That was when I really began appreciating DTD more!

Great update! We like doing DTD on our first afternoon/evening too, it's a great way to start getting into the Disney spirit!! I have to agree about how loud and crazy World of Disney is! Every time we have been there it has just been nuts!! I love to shop in there but I don't find it as fun as it could be with all those people!!

I didn't know there were new Lego scenes put up! They are so awesome! We are big Toy Story fans so I especially love those scenes!! I think the Lego creations are so amazing!! Looking forward to hearing about your first park day!!!

I think everyone knows how great World of Disney is so they all head there! Before we got there I told my mom it was liek teh Wal-Mart of Disney---almost everything sold is foudn there except the specialty type things.

The Lego creations were awesome and of course I laready stated my obsession with Toy Story!! :rotfl: I hope to have a post up on our first park day within a few days...trying to get those last pictures organized to post!! :goodvibes

Loving your TR!!!
I agree with you about WOD. That place was a madhouse when we were there as well. I was so freaked out I might lose one of the kids and DH wasn't making it any easier with his darting off. I couldn't wait to get out of there but we did manage to spend $400 in souvenirs....OUCH!

I have started my TR! Yippppeee! Only got the intros out of the way and am currently trying to download my 350+ pics into Photobucket. My TR title is:

Trains, Floods and Gigantic Cicadas...Nothing Will Keep Us From WDW!!
See my siggie for links.


Cannot wait to read more. I love all your cliffhangers!!!!:cloud9:

Thankfully we all had cell phones because we got lost. And we used the giant characters hanging from the ceiling as directional tools! I always budget around $350 for souvenirs but I do not have little ones to buy for....so that is for myself! :goodvibes However, I try not to think about how much I am spending!! :eek:

Foudn your TR!! :goodvibes and glad you like those cliffhangers! :thumbsup2

Belle83
06-16-2011, 10:01 PM
Love the Downtown Disney pics! I think staying off site for part of the stay is a great idea for that first night in town. I sort of wish we had done that, too.

TinksThree
06-21-2011, 12:30 PM
Love the Downtown Disney pics! I think staying off site for part of the stay is a great idea for that first night in town. I sort of wish we had done that, too.

I think it is a very cost effective idea. Especially since we do not arrive until 5pm or 6pm usually. That is not enough time to enjoy the amenities you are paying for!

TinksThree
06-21-2011, 02:03 PM
I sincerely apologize for going AWOL! Things have been a bit crazy and I have been working on a project that has consumed a good bit of my time!

I left off with the conclusion of Thursday, our first night. We actually managed to get a good nights rest and awoke Friday morning raring to go!

The Plan was that we would get up, check-in at PO French Quarter, and hopefully make it to the park by 10am. I had a great Touring Plan all lined out and hoped to accomplish some major rides I knew Keith would not like before our 1pm reservations.

So what really happened at the start of this day? (Now remember this is the Friday of Memorial Day weekend)

We woke up and began getting ready. We had packed one bag to alleviate unloading the van and then having to load back up so this did not take long. My mom and I both are early risers and the kids are morning people when we get to Disney (I think it may be the air there!). We are loaded and checked out of the Quality Inn at 7am. We make the 10 minute drive to POFQ--no traffic delays!! :yay:

Soon we are seeing this:

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Unfortunately I did not get a picture of "THE" sign. My mom tried snapping one quickly but we only got Minnie Mouse. Thankfully I have plenty from our previous trips!

We park and make our way into the lobby:

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I had done the online check-in but there was no one else checking in at 7:15am. Still it does seem to make things a lot more seemless. I had to answer fewer questions it seemed. Now this is where I have made a major note for next time: Make requests for anything "special". More on that later!!

We get a very friendly lady from a Caribbean Island that spoke very broken English. Thankfully since I had done this drill before I knew the ins and outs of our package, the Dining Plan and so forth. My mom eventually told me (while the nice Cast Member was away) that she would just agree to everything and let me tell her the directions later. She did make me promise that she wasn't agreeing to loss of limb or life though!!

While we were checking in I snapped a picture looking towards the Gift Shop:

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And then we decided we had Quick Service credits....that meant breakfast!!!!

First a stop by the fountain:

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And then it was on to the Food Court. My mom's first lesson in the joys of the Dining Plan. I think the Dining Plan has it merits. I really like it but that doesn't mean I will use it every trip. I have done trips with and without the Dining Plan. I think pre-planning is important to determine if it is worth the cost. For this trip, we had free dining so I planned to milk this thing for all it was worth!! :goodvibes

We enter the Food Court and determine what we want to eat. Chris, Mom and I all got the Western Omlett. We had these at All-Star Sports in March 2009 and it tastes exactly the same! I had several of these over the week!

Sorry, my hunger almost made me forget to snap a picture!

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Madison chose to get Beingets...using a snack credit. Well, actually two since she also got a juice.

A few shots of the Food Court area...very Mardi Gras. This area actually reminds me (a lot) of the Food Court at the Riverwalk Mall in New Orleans. I love New Orleans and we go very frequently. I grew up within an hour of The Big Easy and feel as much a Louisiannan as a Mississippian. You will see me make several comparisons between POFQ and New Orleans. My love for New Orleans is also a huge reason I never thought I would stay at either PO Resorts. We tried it last year for the boat ride solely and fell in love. Even though it is a lot like "home" it is very different. Plus we are always within a 15-20 minute ride to any park...so in some ways it is even better!!

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By this time it is around 8am or so. Yes....that means we left Quality Inn, checked in to POFQ, and got breakfast PLUS ate within 1 hour! So what next? To the BUS STOP OF COURSE!!! We make our way out and wait for a bus. Last year we would wait forever and that was my one complaint....the bus wait times. Today, however, our wait was no more than 10 minutes!!

We load up and make the very short 15 minute drive to Magic Kingdom!! I am so excited because I love Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom!!! And we are going to make it!! Actually we more than make it! We are standing in front of this beauty:

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at exactly 8:37am!! My Plan was to be at Magic Kingdom by 10am....Well, nix that plan in the bud!!! I am still going to stick to the Touring Plan but we have added a whole hour to our day!! :woohoo:

We people watch while we wait for the start of the Welcome Show. One last chance to spiff the place up before the day officially begins!!

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And then The Announcement!!! It is about to begin!!!! The little girl inside of me wanted to jump up and down and scream "I am here!! I am here!!! Let the Party begin!!!" But I refrained and simply stared in complete awe with tears in my eyes as the Welcome Show began! I know if anyone took my picture I would have had the goofiest grin EVER plastered on my face. I stole a glance at my mom and saw her grinning too so I did not feel like too much of a goofball. Then I glanced around and noticed other adults singing along....only at Disney World!!!

The Welcome Show!!

A Welcome from the Mayor

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There were so many characters on this day!!

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The Family of the Day...I think they were from Ohio (?)

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Bored with The Welcome Show pictures? I actually took a lot more but thought I would not bore you too much!!

The crowds converge...so many people!!!

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According to the clock on Main Street, it is 9am and we are well on our way!!

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So where to first?? What is our game plan for the day? And will it all work out according to The Plan??

ksl5f123
06-21-2011, 04:44 PM
:cool1: :cool1: for making rope drop. That is already a productive morning. :thumbsup2

Your breakfast looked pretty good, but I am with Madison - I would have had the beignets. :lovestruc

The lobby at POFQ looks beautiful. I can't wait to see your room pictures.

lbuzz52
06-21-2011, 04:56 PM
wow, you guys are really on the ball this morning. looks like quite a crowd; that touring plan may come in handy!

mtgirl29
06-21-2011, 05:51 PM
Glad you are back! Sorry to hear you have been so busy.
I LOVE :love: POFQ!
WHOOOOHOOOO! :woohoo: for making Rope Drop. We haven't make it to RD, ever! Can you believe that? That is my wish for us. Hubby is so determined to stay late at the parks the first night we arrive, we are almost continually worn out for the rest of the trip.
I really need to get on the ball and do my next installment of my TR, too.
Cannot wait to read more! popcorn::

IheartDDuck
06-21-2011, 07:18 PM
Wow, you just blew your plan completely out of the water!

Nice making it to rope drop at the Magic Kingdom.

I love POFQ. I would have to say it's definitely my favorite mod.

SimmerBaggins
06-22-2011, 07:49 AM
This day is such a WIN!! :woohoo: I would be as happy as a clam.

(why are clams happy?)

Isn't it like you want to SQUEEZE every little bit of joy out of those rope drop moments?? I've only been to 2 (MK and DHS), and it's great, but that press of people can be a little irritating.

The best thing about it, afterward, is that you get in ALL the RIDES...(sigh). I wanna go right now. Being at work is just not doing it for me. :laughing:

TinksThree
06-22-2011, 08:28 AM
:cool1: :cool1: for making rope drop. That is already a productive morning. :thumbsup2

Your breakfast looked pretty good, but I am with Madison - I would have had the beignets. :lovestruc

The lobby at POFQ looks beautiful. I can't wait to see your room pictures.

I was so excited that we made Rope Drop! And what was even better was that we weren't "trying" but instead it all just happened!

I really enjoy the breakfast and I like having the DDP because then I don't feel so guilty spending $9 on breakfast!

POFQ is a very pretty resort! It is laid out well and so peaceful.

wow, you guys are really on the ball this morning. looks like quite a crowd; that touring plan may come in handy!

We were so ready to get there! The crowds seemed very intimidating!

TinksThree
06-22-2011, 08:41 AM
Glad you are back! Sorry to hear you have been so busy.
I LOVE :love: POFQ!
WHOOOOHOOOO! :woohoo: for making Rope Drop. We haven't make it to RD, ever! Can you believe that? That is my wish for us. Hubby is so determined to stay late at the parks the first night we arrive, we are almost continually worn out for the rest of the trip.
I really need to get on the ball and do my next installment of my TR, too.
Cannot wait to read more! popcorn::

I have been so busy I can't even keep up with the TRs I am following! I have lots of reading to do!

I love Rope Drops! We are more morning people though and usually are done with the parks by 5pm or so. One day I want to do EMH PM at MK just so i can be in the park at 2am!! :goodvibes

Wow, you just blew your plan completely out of the water!

Nice making it to rope drop at the Magic Kingdom.

I love POFQ. I would have to say it's definitely my favorite mod.

Yes my plans for Magic kingdom got a huge bump this day!! POFQ was wonderful! I am still trying to debate POFQ and POR as my preference. They are both so nice!

This day is such a WIN!! :woohoo: I would be as happy as a clam.

(why are clams happy?)

Isn't it like you want to SQUEEZE every little bit of joy out of those rope drop moments?? I've only been to 2 (MK and DHS), and it's great, but that press of people can be a little irritating.

The best thing about it, afterward, is that you get in ALL the RIDES...(sigh). I wanna go right now. Being at work is just not doing it for me. :laughing:

I was as happy as a clam! :rotfl: I think the reason clams are happy is because ....I don't know! It must be a deep philosophical reason and I am not very philosophical!! :lmao:

I love trying to fit in tons of rides first and then go back and "see" what we were running past! I could definitely be there right now! I say let's jump on a plane and just go!! :goodvibes

mickeystoontown
06-22-2011, 09:05 AM
My goodness, you guys were busy as bees. You got so much done so early in the day. Way to go!

SimmerBaggins
06-22-2011, 09:32 PM
:rotfl: Busy as bees and happy as clams!!

Right after I wrote my reply, my boss walked in...:headache: "Yes, ma'am -- much rather be there than here..."(another sigh)

...you know, I really felt like I did just "jump on a plane and go" to see Melissa for the weekend at the World! We went so quickly, though, that there really wasn't time to backtrack and just relax and sight-see -- those can be really 2 different trips: the busy ones when you're pressed for time, and the relaxed ones. Both are great, but if you can do both at the same time, awesome! :thumbsup2

TinksThree
06-23-2011, 02:38 PM
My goodness, you guys were busy as bees. You got so much done so early in the day. Way to go!

We were just buzzing all over the place!! :lmao: This day was one of my "dream" MK days!! ;)


:rotfl: Busy as bees and happy as clams!! I thought the same thing! Too funny!! :lmao:

Right after I wrote my reply, my boss walked in...:headache: "Yes, ma'am -- much rather be there than here..."(another sigh)

...you know, I really felt like I did just "jump on a plane and go" to see Melissa for the weekend at the World! We went so quickly, though, that there really wasn't time to backtrack and just relax and sight-see -- those can be really 2 different trips: the busy ones when you're pressed for time, and the relaxed ones. Both are great, but if you can do both at the same time, awesome! :thumbsup2

Disney sending out these great PINs doesn't help any either!! I got a great pricing e-mail from Southwest and then a great room rate plus military tickets I could book a fantastic trip! If only.....(great big, huge sigh!!) :upsidedow

TinksThree
06-23-2011, 03:39 PM
So far our morning was pretty successful. We had planned to get to Magic Kingdom by 10am but we made it for the 9am Rope Drop. :banana: After we began our way down Main Street we were going to follow this Plan:

Chris to Space Mountain for Fast Passes; my mom, Madison and me to Wiinie-the Pooh and Chris would meet us there; ride Winnie-the-Pooh, Snow White, and It's A Small World, Hall of Presidents, and Swiss Family Robinson plus grabbing Fast Passes for Peter Pan along the way. All of this on The Plan was to be completed by 12:45pm which would lead up to our lunch reservations at 1pm at Crystal Palace.

So how did this all play out? Well we had started off an hour earlier than planned so that is good, right??

We make our way down Main Street minus Chris. We head right of the castle. I stop on the bridge and take this picture every year. I have so many pictures of the castle!!

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Then we meet up with Chris. Chris and I break out the water and wait for one of many bathroom breaks. While I guzzle my first bottle of water (at 9am! It was already that warm!) I took a few pictures where we were sitting:

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Then we made our way to Fantasyland and Winnie-the-Pooh! This really built up my excitement for what is to come!!!

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And then we were at our first destination:

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The kids loved this one! LOL

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This was a walk-on but I stopped long enough for a few pictures of the queue area. I have not been on this ride in a couple of years since I do not have little ones but it is still fun. Since it had been 12 years since my mom had been to Disney World I was trying to fit in as many rides as possible...including those we do not normally ride.

The queue area:

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Within minutes we were boarding our very own Hunny Pot!!!

And Part One of my frustration began!! For some reason my camera was not my friend on darker rides. And I could not figure out the issue! Sometimes it worked great and sometimes not....and all were without a flash! ;)

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So not many pictures of Winnie-the-Pooh and even fewer on Snow White's Scary Adventures. Ever since the announcement for the new ride and the changes to this area were made I knew I wanted to ride this one last time. I still miss Mr. Toad's Wild Ride!! So off to Snow White we went! Another walk-on!!

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Now Part 2 of my frustration kicks in! My right contact (thanks to allergies that kicked up about this time) got some type of film on it and I felt as if I were looking through wax paper. Not a great way to tour Magic Kingdom and I cannot go without my contacts! So I snap this picture and then head to the nearest restroom to "fix" the issue! Whew! Problem solved....

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Surprisingly, Madison went along with this!!

So what is next? We head to It's a Small World but we see Peter Pan has a 10 minute wait. Why waste Fast Passes?? We jump in line!!!

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We make our journey over the streets of London and up, up, up and away to Neverland and then we head to It's a Small World. Another walk-on...yes I am honestly telling the absolute truth!!! What is the time?? 9:48am!! Awesome!! I wasn't planning on even getting to the park for 10 more minutes!! Major Pixie Dust!!!

continued in next post....

TinksThree
06-23-2011, 03:45 PM
My mom adores IASW...Madison hates it....I am okay with it...Chris tolerates it!

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At this point it is 10am and I have pretty much covered the Pre-Lunch Touring Plan except for Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse and Hall of Presidents!! We exit and Part 3 of my frustration...my contact...again....

I head to the rest room on the path from IASW to Libertyland. I always seek out this one because it is usually clean. I suppose because it is off of the beaten path!? I go in and work on that blasted contact again. This is not how I wanted to spend Day 1!! I want to see what I am doing!!

I think I finally have whatever is on the thing off and head back out. Time to regroup and decide where to go to next. Plus, will Space Mountain be illusive this entire trip?? Breakdowns STINK!!! And not just Space Mtn!!

mermaid764
06-23-2011, 04:28 PM
Wow what an awesome first day, I can't believe Peter Pan was only a 10 minute wait.

Hopefully Space was not broken down:goodvibes

lbuzz52
06-23-2011, 04:37 PM
what a great start so far! sorry about your contact. i know that really stinks!!

IheartDDuck
06-23-2011, 05:11 PM
Wow, what a great morning! You guys got so many things done in such a short period of time. I love it when the schedule gets blown away.

TinksThree
06-24-2011, 12:53 PM
Wow what an awesome first day, I can't believe Peter Pan was only a 10 minute wait.

Hopefully Space was not broken down:goodvibes

I couldn't believe the wait at Peter Pan either! Which was why I jumped in line!! :goodvibes

Space was broken down frequesntly this trip....:guilty:

what a great start so far! sorry about your contact. i know that really stinks!!

I thought the day was proving very promising!! Thankfully I had plenty of contacts (never leave home without them!) but the problem was thankfully solved for that day!

Wow, what a great morning! You guys got so many things done in such a short period of time. I love it when the schedule gets blown away.

I agree!! I never dreamed that the day would turn out so well this early!!

SimmerBaggins
06-24-2011, 10:01 PM
I seriously have learned that if you get to that park for the opening, you can do about half of the park before noon -- which is awesome! :banana: Despite your issue with the contact (sorry), I would say this is a dream-day, so far!

And, for some reason, I do not remember ever seeing that stand-alone Dumbo!

I love how easy-going your family is. :goodvibes

jc040404
06-24-2011, 11:00 PM
Yikes.. I've fallen behind already!

What a great MK morning for waits. Not so much for contacts. :sad2: I can't believe PPF was still at such a short line though! :thumbsup2

BellaBaby
06-25-2011, 08:17 PM
Joining in! Can't wait to hear more!:goodvibes

ksl5f123
06-26-2011, 10:15 PM
Fantasyland in under an hour = awesome! I so want to ride Snow White, but my kids just won't go for it.

I can't believe Peter Pan only had a 10 minute wait. That is excellent!

I hate it when my contacts get blurry. I am glad you were able to fix it.

mickeystoontown
06-27-2011, 10:27 AM
My word! I can't believe how much you have gotten done in so little time. :woohoo: You go girl....and boys. :laughing:

I was in the same situation as you guys. I wanted to make sure that my mother got to see and do as much as we could because I don't think she'll be going back any time soon.

TinksThree
06-27-2011, 11:50 AM
I seriously have learned that if you get to that park for the opening, you can do about half of the park before noon -- which is awesome! :banana: Despite your issue with the contact (sorry), I would say this is a dream-day, so far!

And, for some reason, I do not remember ever seeing that stand-alone Dumbo!

I love how easy-going your family is. :goodvibes

And you beat the crowds too! I love it and i think that is why I have become a "Rope Drop Lover"!! :goodvibes

I saw the Dumbo on another TR from last year and actually forgot about it but then all of a sudden there he was in front of me! I had to grab the opportunity!

Yikes.. I've fallen behind already!

What a great MK morning for waits. Not so much for contacts. :sad2: I can't believe PPF was still at such a short line though! :thumbsup2

I seem to stay behind on TRs so very understandable! PPF was unbelievable! I couldn't believe it either!

Joining in! Can't wait to hear more!:goodvibes

Welcome!! :welcome: So glad to have you joining in!! :yay:

Fantasyland in under an hour = awesome! I so want to ride Snow White, but my kids just won't go for it.

I can't believe Peter Pan only had a 10 minute wait. That is excellent!

I hate it when my contacts get blurry. I am glad you were able to fix it.

Perhaps you could give them a guilt trip?? :laughing: It ry that but it doesn't always work...:confused3

My contacts were really getting on my nerves because I kept having to stop to fix them. Once would not have been bad, but threee times!? That was annoying! :)

My word! I can't believe how much you have gotten done in so little time. :woohoo: You go girl....and boys. :laughing:

I was in the same situation as you guys. I wanted to make sure that my mother got to see and do as much as we could because I don't think she'll be going back any time soon.

I could not believe how much I was getting done either! We were flying through things yet we weren't rushing...just getting it all done!

There were a few things we missed that I really wanted my mom to do/see. Now that I am writing this TR I feel remorse that I let it slip me by! At the time it wasn't that big of a deal. Maybe I should remember that as I write! :)

TinksThree
06-27-2011, 12:23 PM
I am sitting here trying to contemplate how it can possibly be almost July!?! Our trip is now a month over :sad1:....time is flying by! I must say, though, that with this heat...I am so ready for October!! Whew! It is a scorcher this year!!

And now back to my TR!! :goodvibes I left off with us leaving Fantasyland and heading into...Frontierland! Now why we didn't head to Haunted Mansion is unclear to me now. The wait wasn't too long and I love that ride but instead we took a right. Madison and Chris...Madison is happy to be "punished" but Chris is sad....Is one more devious than the other??? :confused3

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And then we found the "Liberty Bell". I have never lingered through this area so we took advantage...

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It is really hard to tell from the above pictures, but the area was still pretty empty! We then headed into the Hall of Presidents-which was a first for all of us. We had about a 15-20 minute wait. Funny that the longest wait this morning was at the Hall of Presidents!!

While waiting we took some pictures:

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We commented about the fact that the White House allowed the seal in this area. Then this past weekend I read that WDW actually did receive special permission to place this seal here. I guess a picture of it is okay to post??? :confused3

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The first President that I actually remember. The thing I remember most is that when I was in 2nd grade he was shot.

Ronald Reagan

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There were several High School bands performing that weekend. Since Madison will be going with her band next year, I snapped this picture in honor of her upcoming trip...

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And then I took a lot of dumb random pictures that I will not bore you with but this wait was getting super long!! I hope the show is worth it!! To give you an idea, though, of how bored I was....

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And then finally we were allowed in!! I covered my camera display and tried to get a few flashless pictures. Madison scolded me but I told her they said "No Flash Photography" which I assume means if the lights are all off, picture taking is okay. Other places will say "No Photography" if none is allowed. There is nothing like being scolded by your 15 year old daughter!!

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So after our longest wait yet, was it worth it? I would say yes since I have never seen HOP before. It would not be on the tops of my list but we do love history and I felt that it was pretty good for a place known for its entertainment value!

The only thing not done but on The Plan for pre-lunch was The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. The line was a little congested and after a very short discussion, no one was really very interested anyway. I only had it planned so my mom could see it so we nixed this attraction and never attempted again on our trip!

By this time it is 10:50am and our morning plans are completely done!! :woohoo: Lunch reservations are not until 1pm so what to do????? We have those Fast Passes for Space Mountain!! So we head to

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We walk all the way to Tomorrowland...in the heat....around the crowds....to find out that Space is down!! What!?!? Chris goes to find out the wait time and the CM says 5 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. Uhm, okay....I can see 5 mins to 20 mins or 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours but 5 mins to 1 1/2 hours?? That is a pretty huge gap of time! Well, it is Fast Passes we are using so we decide to find something else to do!!

Up next: What to do with 1 1/2 hours of "free" time????

mermaid764
06-27-2011, 12:50 PM
What an awesome morning you guys had, too funny that the HOP was your longest wait.

That's too bad that Space was down, but hopefully you guys were able to use your fastpasses later on.

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

BellaBaby
06-27-2011, 02:54 PM
I love your Mickey painted toes!! I may have to try that!

Your daughter reminds me of my neice--so sweet that she's smiling in all of the photos--that's awesome for a teenager!!:)

TinksThree
06-27-2011, 08:32 PM
What an awesome morning you guys had, too funny that the HOP was your longest wait.

That's too bad that Space was down, but hopefully you guys were able to use your fastpasses later on.

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

I honestly didn't realize the wait was the longest until I went back and started looking at my notes, but I knew it felt like a long wait!!

Space is one of my favorites and I was really bummed about it being down!

I love your Mickey painted toes!! I may have to try that!

Your daughter reminds me of my neice--so sweet that she's smiling in all of the photos--that's awesome for a teenager!!:)

Thanks on the Mickey toes! It was fun having them the whole trip! I even kept them when I returned to keep the Disney feeling alive...until they looked too shabby!!

I am extremely lucky with Madison. The way she is in the pictures is how she is 90% of the time. I rarely have to put up with teenage girl angst...I hope it stays that way, too! We have a special relationship...probably because we aren't constantly arguing! :rolleyes:

BellaBaby
06-27-2011, 11:09 PM
Yes, that is how my neice is. She just turned 19 and finished her first year of college. We all say how lucky my sis-in-law is to have a DD like her. Me on the other hand have a DD10 who already acts like she has teenage angst!;)

pinkxray
06-28-2011, 05:27 AM
I can't believe it is almost July either. I have been so busy since being back from Disney and I can't wait until the fall comes so life can settle down a bit. I hate wishing the summer away, but I am just exhausted.


We keep skipping HOP. I tried to get in there this year but no one wanted to see it. I love that your kids just follow along and are so easy going.

Yay for being done with plans before 11. It must be nice to actually get stuff done at Disney.

ksl5f123
06-28-2011, 04:35 PM
I like your Liberty Square pictures. I think it is the one "land" that is easiest to just kind of skip over, but there is some good stuff there.

Hmmm. I wonder what you did with that 1.5 hours. I am guessing some shopping or maybe heading back over to see if Haunted mansion was still a short line.

lbuzz52
06-29-2011, 01:05 AM
I love the random pictures! Anything to entertain in line , right!

TinksThree
06-29-2011, 10:51 AM
Yes, that is how my neice is. She just turned 19 and finished her first year of college. We all say how lucky my sis-in-law is to have a DD like her. Me on the other hand have a DD10 who already acts like she has teenage angst!;)

I have lots of friends that deal with so much angst that I am extremely thankful. Your DD is 10 and already showing teenage angst?! Sending out many :hug: to you!! :)

I can't believe it is almost July either. I have been so busy since being back from Disney and I can't wait until the fall comes so life can settle down a bit. I hate wishing the summer away, but I am just exhausted.


We keep skipping HOP. I tried to get in there this year but no one wanted to see it. I love that your kids just follow along and are so easy going.

Yay for being done with plans before 11. It must be nice to actually get stuff done at Disney.

I keep trying to remind myself that wishing the summer away is liek wishing your life away and it already goes so fast but man when it is non-stop going you do become so exhausted!!

My kids and mom were both very easy going....Keith has not entered the picture yet...:rolleyes1 You will begin hearing things very similar to your own TR!! ;)

I like your Liberty Square pictures. I think it is the one "land" that is easiest to just kind of skip over, but there is some good stuff there.

Hmmm. I wonder what you did with that 1.5 hours. I am guessing some shopping or maybe heading back over to see if Haunted mansion was still a short line.

I know! Libertyland just seems to blend in or something. You make a beeline for Haunted Mansion and then out to Frontierland or fantasy land. I was glad to enjoy this area more on this trip!

Hmmm...we did head in that direction....:rolleyes1 I'll try not to extend the suspense much longer!

I love the random pictures! Anything to entertain in line , right!

Definitely! Keith and the kids make fun of me because I will take pictures of whatever when I get bored. I have pictures of everything from cloud formations to bugs!! There will be lots more random pictures scattered in this report!!

BellaBaby
06-29-2011, 11:12 AM
[QUOTE=TinksThree;41657819]I have lots of friends that deal with so much angst that I am extremely thankful. Your DD is 10 and already showing teenage angst?! Sending out many :hug: to you!! :)



Well, she's a good girl mostly and can be very sweet but she does have her moments. At least she's not trying to BE a teenager as of yet like some of her friends. She and her little sister play with Barbies everday. Her little sister is more of my easy going one. It's all good though!:goodvibes

TinksThree
06-29-2011, 09:00 PM
Well, she's a good girl mostly and can be very sweet but she does have her moments. At least she's not trying to BE a teenager as of yet like some of her friends. She and her little sister play with Barbies everday. Her little sister is more of my easy going one. It's all good though!:goodvibes

That is awesome that she is still into Barbies and such!! It seems like kids grow up so fast these days!

TinksThree
06-29-2011, 10:00 PM
I believe when I last left you, I left you hanging about our next destination! We were disappointed that Space was down but planned to try again later. So we began to walk all the way back across the park.

We stopped for a Photopass photo op and I snapped this picture:

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My Photopass cd is in the mail so I will catch up on those when it comes in.

I also took this picture because we will be eating here soon!!!

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So obviously we are going back to where we came from but just what did we choose to do??

Well one hint

















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We still do not really have a plan though. We are pretty much just meandering along saying to one another "What do you want to do?" We send Chris off to get FastPasses for Splash Mtn and then we decide our next destination. While waiting we see a Photopass person by those spitting statue thingies--which I will post when the cd comes in.

Then Chris returns and we jump into the 10 minute line for

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Some pictures in the queue:

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Our boat:

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The sign had said the wait was 10 minutes but it was more like 5 minutes!!

And then we are off!! Okay so, yes this is a pretty lame ride and the jokes are so corny but I :lovestruc it!! Maybe because it is one of the first Disney rides I remember as a kid or maybe because I am into corny jokes but it makes me laugh. Unfortunately I am one of the few chuckling over the corny jokes. A lot of the commentary was different this time.

Pictures from our cruise:

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The Plastic snake....this joke was left out:

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And a friend pointed out just today that this is a bit morbid for Disney World....Feasting on Zebra....

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This was something about "getting to the point"

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We did see the backside of water and our guide also pointed out her favorite plants..."this one and that one and that one over there".

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Then we enter into the tunnel...they also did not say the joke about where it may lead.....where the punch line is "Who am I kidding, this is Disney...it leads to a gift shop!"

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And finally we entered the elephant area where the elephants are bathing...but we are safe since they "have their trunks on"!!

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Our guide was a very sweet girl and did a good job! Thank you for suffering through this part while I indulge my "corny" side!!

We exit Jungle Cruise and make a very deliberate walk to:

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This is another walk-on!! The longest part of the wait was walking to the loading area!!

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I attempted a few bad pictures that were deleted due to their awfulness...so imagine some lovely pictures of Captain Jack Sparrow and pillaging pirates here!

TinksThree
06-29-2011, 10:02 PM
After our adventures with the pirates we walk back out...I take one picture and then we head back to Space...will it be operating???

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Okay this is a good sign!! (but not a good picture!)

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Another good sign!

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It is looking promising!!

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We are next!!!

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This is a very good sign!! We are loaded!!!

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The tunnel!! We are off!!

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Where this is taken!!

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And then...................




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Yes! The lights flicker on!! Let me just say this ride is ENTIRELY different with the lights on!! I was laughing so hysterically that tears were pouring down my face! It was really a lot of fun but definitely changes how you see Space Mtn forever!! At some points you see buckets and mops on the floor. It is really a very interesting ride!!

So we got to ride Space Mtn what next? Time for lunch!!!

Oh and let me add that they gave us new Fast Passes since our ride was messed up!! Score!!!

Making our way to The Crystal Palace we made a few pit stops since we still had about 40 minutes until our 1pm reservation.

This is one of my favorite castle views!

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And a Photopass opportunity!! Picture to come at a later time....

That street party thing was going on so we skirted around the crowds but I managed a few walk-by shots:

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Main Street USA

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And then we head to check-in at the Crystal Palace!! I will leave lunch to a post all on its own...So obviously no cliffhanger here! Of course I have been building up to our lunch reservations, so I guess that is no surprise. But how will 4 "grown-ups" like a character meal with Winnie the Pooh and Gang??

lbuzz52
06-30-2011, 12:00 AM
Great wait times!

Mops and buckets ? I wonder if it had been closed earlier because someone got sick? I imagine it's much less intense with the lights on. That's nice that they gave you the bonus FP!

ksl5f123
06-30-2011, 12:40 PM
Oh well. I was close - you did go back across the park, but not to HM. ;)

I am usually the only one laughing on the Jungle Cruise too. My kids are too young to get the jokes and most people don't seem to listen. :confused3

I agree about the queue at Pirates. It is quite a hike back there!

How awesome that you got bonus Space fps! That was great.

I'm looking forward to hearing about your lunch since we love CP so much!

TinksThree
07-04-2011, 04:38 PM
I apologize for falling off the face of the earth!! This holiday has kept me super busy!!! I hope ya'll have had a great 4th of July!!!

Great wait times!

Mops and buckets ? I wonder if it had been closed earlier because someone got sick? I imagine it's much less intense with the lights on. That's nice that they gave you the bonus FP!

I wish we always got those kind of wait times!!!

I had the exact same thought about the mops and buckets!! It still gets you with the twists and turns and dips but it is different since you can see it coming. The only thing is, there are so many tracks that at times you may think you are going one way and head another! It was fun but I still like the dark ride version!

Oh well. I was close - you did go back across the park, but not to HM. ;)

I am usually the only one laughing on the Jungle Cruise too. My kids are too young to get the jokes and most people don't seem to listen. :confused3

I agree about the queue at Pirates. It is quite a hike back there!

How awesome that you got bonus Space fps! That was great.

I'm looking forward to hearing about your lunch since we love CP so much!

I know...and somehow I totally missed HM during the day! How I managed to let that happen is beyond me!! Sometimes I have to explain the jokes to my kids and then they are "Ohhhh, I get it!" :rotfl:

I thought it was nice of them to offer since we were still able to ride Space!

CP coming up! I am taking a break and I am going to try and fit in one little update!

TinksThree
07-04-2011, 05:18 PM
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Soon it was our long awaited lunch reservation at Crystal Palace. My excitement is probably evident with the previous posts of CP and the statement: "We will be eating here soon!!" I had debated on which meal to eat here and since (originally) I was unsure what our arrival time would be, I decided a later lunch. I have heard so many great things about CP and was looking forward to eating here. Another reason I chose this character meal is due to Piglet: my mom's favorite little pig!!

So how did CP measure up? Well, we arrived around 15 minutes early (so this would be 12:45pm for a 1pm reservation). Last year we managed to be 15 minutes late for every ADR so I was determined to break that trend this year!!

We found a spot to "sit" until some benches on the porch opened up. This was our waiting view:

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While we waited we drank cups of ice cold water they had provided on the veranda (I love the sound of that! But they probably call it the porch!! :rolleyes1 :goodvibes) And also while we waited, I broke a cardinal vacation rule: I made a work phone call and talked about...work!!! :scared1: I know!! Shame on me!! But this was the only time I did this!!

Soon we were hearing our name called and I believe we got into the restaurant right on time!! The inside is so pretty!!! It is bright and just lovely!!

And this was our view from our table!! I could eat with this view anytime!!

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The only down part was when the little kids standing outside stood there staring in the window while you ate. No I take that back, the worst part was when the adults stood outside the window staring at you while you ate!! :confused3

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The characters are not in our room so we decide to take off for food!!

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A second helping of the Fireroasted Corn Spoonbread and the salmon. The salmon was very good!! The spoonbread....:cloud9:

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And desserts!!! The Key Lime was very good! I liked the square chocolate looking item but the kids did not! It was something with amaretto flavoring and it did not appeal to them. The fruit tart was not great...pretty bland so I just ate the little pieces of fruit off the top! And the bread pudding was pretty good!

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More on my opinions in a few....

Then the characters began coming around! First was Eyeore! I loved his "pinned" on tail!!

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Then Pooh came around:

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And Tigger:

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And last, the one we came to see! Piglet!!

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So my thoughts on Crystal Palace? If you have not eaten here...GO!!! Go soon!! This has become one of my favorites! The food was so good!! I plan to do an early breakfast next time! The food was all very good and a great variety!

I liked the prime rib and the salmon. The salmon was not too fishy--a complaint I have on any fish. I don't want it to be too fishy! I know, I know...it is fish! I also got a chicken dish that was good. The collard greens were tasty as was the rattatoullie and broccoli rabe. The mashed potatoes were extremely yummy too. My favorite though was the Fireroasted Corn Spoonbread!! It was unbelievable!! The salad bar had a good variety and the fruit was good and fresh too. I told my dessert thoughts above...because dessert should always come first!! :goodvibes

So everything I had heard was correct and my anticipation was rewarded with an awesome meal!!

Now, up until midway through our meal we still had not gotten a text on our rooms being ready. I was hoping for an afternoon break and was getting a little anxious. Well, midway through eating we get the text...our rooms are ready!! :woohoo: But first we have a little something we need to do!

I hope everyone is having a Happy 4th of July!! I hear the grill calling my name and hungry kids so I must go!! Have a great one!! :yay:

mermaid764
07-04-2011, 07:44 PM
You got such beautiful pics of the interior of Crysal Palace, it's such a pretty restaurant.

I've never tried the corn bread there, but your review has me definitely wanting to next time.

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

IheartDDuck
07-04-2011, 07:46 PM
Sounds like you guys had a great time at Crystal Palace!

I totally wouldn't know what to do if people were sitting outside the window watching me eat. I'd be a little self conscious. I'm not the most graceful eater.....:lmao:

pinkxray
07-05-2011, 09:17 AM
CP is one of my favorites too. I enjoyed the food at dinner, but like the breakfast a bit better. I think that might just be b/c you can get in the park early. I would go to any meal there though. I love the food, the location, the characters, and the building. It is so light and airy:goodvibes

TinksThree
07-05-2011, 12:58 PM
You got such beautiful pics of the interior of Crysal Palace, it's such a pretty restaurant.

I've never tried the corn bread there, but your review has me definitely wanting to next time.

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

It really is a pretty restaurant. And, it is such a nice reprieve from the hot park!! The corn spoon bread was very good!! :goodvibes


Sounds like you guys had a great time at Crystal Palace!

I totally wouldn't know what to do if people were sitting outside the window watching me eat. I'd be a little self conscious. I'm not the most graceful eater.....:lmao:

It was very awkward. It wasn't any of the people outside when I snapped the picture. The gawkers came later in the meal. And it wasn't like a glance either...it was more like window shopping! Standing...facing the window...and meeting our eyes when we looked up!! :upsidedow They were probably counting how many plates of food we were consuming!! :rotfl:

CP is one of my favorites too. I enjoyed the food at dinner, but like the breakfast a bit better. I think that might just be b/c you can get in the park early. I would go to any meal there though. I love the food, the location, the characters, and the building. It is so light and airy:goodvibes

I have heard several friends say that about the breakfast. If I had realized how easy our morning and arrival time was going to work out, I would have made it breakfast rather than lunch. But the lunch was so delish!! :goodvibes CP and Tusker House are our new fave character meal locals with Ohana a very close 3rd!!

ksl5f123
07-06-2011, 09:56 PM
I am so happy that you liked CP!!!! Even your plate of food looked bright and colorful! I love the view out the window but :eek: about people watching you eat. My kids are always trying to peak in those windows while we wait and I am always telling them to turn around!

mtgirl29
07-06-2011, 10:40 PM
We did HOP this year and it was SOOOO AMAZING! Definitely one of our faves! Made me tear up a bit. :sad1:
I :love: all or your pics! I think lots of photos makes for a FABULOUS TR. :cloud9:
Space Mtn. sounds interesting with the lights on! Glad to hear that you all scored more FPs!!! :woohoo:
We did CP this past visit, too! Hubs loved the Spoonbread stuffing, too! That place is so beautiful. Not sure I would have liked anyone staring through the window at me while I ate, either. We were seated by a window, but not next to the veranda....so that was nice! Your view of the castle was amazing, though!!!
Looking forward to your next update! popcorn::

TinksThree
07-07-2011, 02:42 PM
I am so happy that you liked CP!!!! Even your plate of food looked bright and colorful! I love the view out the window but :eek: about people watching you eat. My kids are always trying to peak in those windows while we wait and I am always telling them to turn around!

It was so yummy and such a pretty restaurant! I am wanting to go back right now!!! For kids, I think it may be a natuarl curiosity of where they are about to go but i can't find an excuse for the adults! :)

We did HOP this year and it was SOOOO AMAZING! Definitely one of our faves! Made me tear up a bit. :sad1:
I :love: all or your pics! I think lots of photos makes for a FABULOUS TR. :cloud9:
Space Mtn. sounds interesting with the lights on! Glad to hear that you all scored more FPs!!! :woohoo:
We did CP this past visit, too! Hubs loved the Spoonbread stuffing, too! That place is so beautiful. Not sure I would have liked anyone staring through the window at me while I ate, either. We were seated by a window, but not next to the veranda....so that was nice! Your view of the castle was amazing, though!!!
Looking forward to your next update! popcorn::

I love taking pictures! My family hates that I love taking pictures so much! :rotfl: I am so happy you are enjoying then though! I definitely think we will go back to HOP. It was a lot better than I ever anticipated!!

Hopefully I will have a new installment soon! Summer tends to occupy so much time that it just slips by me!!

TinksThree
07-09-2011, 08:39 PM
I think this has been the longest day EVER!!! :lmao: I can't believe I am still on our first park day....I will try to move this thing along!! ;)

We left Crystal Palace with very full and satisfied tummies!! The break was wonderful and we were ready to do one last thing before going back to the resort!! We had Fastpasses for

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This is one of my most favorite rides and I smile and sing along the whole time!!

We make it to Splash in no time and go through the FastPass line. I am so grateful to not be in the stand-by line!!

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I was so excited that my mom was adventourous. She doesn't like roller coasters, tight spaces, water, or heigths and she never has. But even before we left on this trip she had made statements about wanting to ride as many things as possible, and for the most part she did!!!

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I just love this view as you float along!!

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Those crowds still do not seem too bad!

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Our first "drop"!

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That isn't anything!! But we had my mom holding on tight for it!! I know...we are bad!!

A few ride pictures. I did not take many because I was just enjoying the ride itself!!

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Our ride picture!

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We exit Splash very happy that we have found our "laughing place" and we are off to finish our zippity-doo-da day!!

We head out of the park and stop momentarily to watch the piano guy at Casey's

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We meander down Main Street stepping over people sitting all around....it is Parade time!!! (Well not literally, but it makes my story sound good!! :laughing:) We make it to the Confectionary and I ask my mom if she wants to watch the parade. She does so we stop. They sit back against the wall in the shade. She says she can see fine. Surprisingly there was a space curb side available that I could stand and get pictures. Since I had arrived at parade time though, I made sure to move back anytime the ones already there leaned my way. This resulted in a few "head shots" but oh well the parade was still so much fun! I will let the pictures do my talking!!

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TinksThree
07-09-2011, 08:41 PM
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With the parade over we decided to walk into the Emporium. My mom had decided to buy a princess item for my niece and get the princess to sign it. We decided we needed to do this today in case the princess proved to be elusive!! We go into the Emporium and decide on Belle. While my mom pays, I walk out and take some pictures along Main Street!

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Farewell dear castle...but only for a few hours!!

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It was now time to head to the resort! We make our way to the bus and soon we are on our way!! I have one major thing on my mind: swimming!!!!

We get to the resort and move our van to the "right" parking lot. Well, let me just say this resulted in an unbelievable hike!! We had rooms 5305 and 5306. Aside from being on the 3rd floor (those stairs at the end of the day are real monsters!) Building 5 is AWESOME!!!!!! We had the best location I could possibly ever ask for considering we did not pay preferred rates and I made no special requests. I have been instructed, however, that from now I must request ground floor!!

So back to the parking lot....we park in the area marked Building 5 and get some bags out. Then we proceed to hike to our building...and we walk....and we walk....and we walk....whew! We were worn out. Next up finding the elevator! We find it but it is way away from our rooms!! Thus we never use the elevator again!! Finally we make it and discover we can throw a stone and hit the food court to our right and in front of us is the pool!! This is very good!! Later we move our car to the area for Building 4 and our car is within 5 minutes rather than 10! So just a tip for anyone heading to POFQ in a car!!

I was very excited to see the rooms because they had just been renovated and believe me they were beautiful!! I loved them!! I must apologize though because I took a ton of pictures and they are mostly gone...poof....disappeared! I don't know what happened but I wish I had realized this before the trip was over so I could have retaken several I wanted to share!! :sad1: So sorry for that one!!

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Maybe the photo disappearance is due to my excitement to hit the pool...I am unsure but we did head down to the pool and swam for 45 minutes or so. The pool was very crowded and is definitely aimed more at kids. I loved the POR pool....POFQ not so much. In fact this is the only time I go swimming! The area is cute though. Just as we were getting ready to leave, the pool is emptied due to a thunderstorm in the area. It never rained but it really cooled things off! We get cleaned up and back to Magic Kingdom we head!! First though a few more resort pictures:

Standing on the corner next to the food court's outside entrance, Building 5...our rooms were 3rd floor just behind the tree limbs!! Did I say AWESOME location?!?!?

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Looking down the "street"

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Going into the main building. I just turned around without taking any steps snapped this one...that was how great our rooms were!! Okay, I won't say that again!! :rolleyes1

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Then we went into Jackson Square---the gift shop:

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Where I find a t-shirt I fall in love with!! As a matter of fact...I am wearing it as I type!!!

We head to the bus and back to Magic Kingdom we go!!

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We have these to use!!!!!!

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I know how we got the Space and BTMRR FPs but the Splash FPs are a mystery. somehow during the day we had accumulated additional FPs!! Oh well, works for me!!!

Next up: We have big plans...but so does Mother Nature. Whose plans win out???

mermaid764
07-10-2011, 11:12 AM
Wow what an awesome first day you guys are having and your room location looks awesome:goodvibes

Yay for the fastpasses to use, can't wait to hear about your evening at the MK!

SimmerBaggins
07-10-2011, 04:01 PM
You guys seem to have such a great time! I had to laugh when you said your mom didn't like big rides, water, etc, then we see that you put her in the front of the boat for Splash!! :lmao:

Can't wait to see if you manage to do all of those FPs!!

TinksThree
07-11-2011, 10:09 AM
Wow what an awesome first day you guys are having and your room location looks awesome:goodvibes

Yay for the fastpasses to use, can't wait to hear about your evening at the MK!

This has really been a dream day. The whole day was pretty much covered in Pixie Dust--including our rooms!!

I love fastPasses! I have a rule that we never wait longer than 30 minutes for any ride we can have FPs for...it cuts down on everyone's bad moods. Which was why I created that rule!! ;)

You guys seem to have such a great time! I had to laugh when you said your mom didn't like big rides, water, etc, then we see that you put her in the front of the boat for Splash!! :lmao:

Can't wait to see if you manage to do all of those FPs!!

We did have a good time...just so relaxed and having fun! My poor mom :lmao: but she still loved it and rode again later! And using all of the FPs was doable...but were we able to do it????

mickeystoontown
07-11-2011, 03:50 PM
I was a couple of updates behind.....real life got in the way of my Dising. :rolleyes1 I am so happy that you tried Crystal Palace and enjoyed it. It's a tradition for us to eat dinner there on our last day in Walt Disney World. Isn't the Fireroasted Corn Spoonbread awesome! I love it! It reminds me of the dressing that my Mama makes at Thanksgiving. Yummy!

Your mother reminds me of mine when she went to Disney with us 10 years ago. She said she wanted to ride everything and she did....even Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. How'd your mother like Splash? Did she get super wet?

I had to laugh when you said ya'll walked and walked and walked until you got to your room. That's the same thing we did. At least when you opened the door, you were greeted by a beautiful room. It's lovely!

TinksThree
07-12-2011, 12:06 PM
I was a couple of updates behind.....real life got in the way of my Dising. :rolleyes1 I am so happy that you tried Crystal Palace and enjoyed it. It's a tradition for us to eat dinner there on our last day in Walt Disney World. Isn't the Fireroasted Corn Spoonbread awesome! I love it! It reminds me of the dressing that my Mama makes at Thanksgiving. Yummy!

Your mother reminds me of mine when she went to Disney with us 10 years ago. She said she wanted to ride everything and she did....even Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. How'd your mother like Splash? Did she get super wet?

I had to laugh when you said ya'll walked and walked and walked until you got to your room. That's the same thing we did. At least when you opened the door, you were greeted by a beautiful room. It's lovely!

I really hate it when real life gets in the way of Disney!! :headache: I know what you mean though because it has been crazy busy here...although not as busy as your schedule!

My mom really liked Splash and even does it again! She didn't get too wet. Somehow it missed her! :confused3 I will get to that later...:rolleyes1 :laughing:

It was a hike! It really wouldn't have been that bad had we known where we were going, didn't use the elevator and parked a little closer. So thankfully that was the unneccessary hike for the trip!

TinksThree
07-13-2011, 12:19 PM
Warning: This post will be heavy on pictures, so consider yourself forewarned!!

We leave POFQ at 6:17pm and arrive at MK, go through bag check and watch people have trouble doing the whole ticket/fingerprint thing and get a picture taken in front of the train station by 6:38pm...not too bad I don't think. Twenty minutes is pretty good in my book for transportation time!

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We leave today……

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Now the plan for tonight is very basic: eat at Columbia Harbour House, MSEP and fireworks. Nothing else except for those FPs we have in our pockets!

So, where to first?? I spot the wait time for the princesses is only 10 minutes so we decide to go there and get Belle's autograph on the souvenir my mom had gotten my niece. We make our way in and see:

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After a little visit with Jasmine (and instructions to Chris on how to hold a Princess’ arm!) we see:

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Sleeping Beauty (Aurora)…she was so sweet. I think every time we have seen Sleeping Beauty she has been so sweet. She is definitely our most seen princess! And finally:

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My mom’s favorite! She and my mom have a great little conversation and we discuss how uncomfortable the wagon ride is from Mississippi to Orlando.

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Then we are out of there. Right…no Belle!! It never crossed my mind to ask who was there…oh well, it was fun and took little time. Plus my mom saw Cinderella. This was actually our first time to ever see Cinderella!!

We head out into the gift shop and contemplate seeing Mickey…we decide not to since the line was a little longer (about 20 minutes which isn’t bad but we know we will be seeing him later in the week). In the gift shop I snap a couple of pictures:

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This area was really cool and I was glad I got to see it.

On our way out we get a private photo shoot with Daisy and Donald!! This was so cool!!!

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Well, maybe that wasn't my pictures...but they were on my PhotoPass CD!!! :confused3 :rotfl: Evidently I did soemthing to acquire several "bonus" pictures!! :laughing:

Then we head down Main Street! The castle…look at the lovely blue skies behind it!!

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TinksThree
07-13-2011, 12:31 PM
A few more pictures along the way to Space Mtn!

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We decide to try using those FPs we have for Space! We get to the front very quickly and while we are waiting guess what!? Yep, those stinkin’ lights come on!!

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We stand there for about 15 minutes and finally it begins running again. The ride is perfect!! And much better in the dark!!! I feel pretty good that we got to ride twice today!!

Our Redneck picture:

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And the one we bought because as I was snapping the "Redneck" photo the CM gave us the card with our photo number to purchase along withi instructions on where to go...:rolleyes1 So I felt guilty and we purchased the photo. I do like that it is put on the PhotoPass cd though and I wish they did more like Test Track's pictures!

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The gift shop at Space:

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We decide it is time to eat and begin to make our way to CHH. First though more castle pictures….

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We get to CHH at 8pm to eat. I love CHH! This has become one of our favorite QS places and every time we are at MK this is where we end up!

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We order our food:
The Lighthouse (AKA tuna salad sandwich) with chips and apple crisp—all very good!!

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Fish and fries—also very good!

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Madison got shrimp but I did not get a picture of it. The shrimp is actually my fave!!

We head upstairs to eat. Another reason we love CHH is the quiet, out of the way seating. Also there are windows and we can people watch! We get a great view of Haunted Mansion and some ominous looking clouds!!

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We eat and watch some wicked lightening behind Haunted Mansion. It was creepy, cool effects!! Then we watch as all of the poor people below on the streets of Libertyland begin to scramble for cover. We see people finding any little place to hide and many ponchos begin appearing. This wasn’t just a sprinkle but a deluge!! We were more than thankful for a nice, quiet and DRY place to eat our supper!

We finish eating and people watch a bit longer. We see that the rain is much lighter so we decide to head out. First a bathroom break so while I wait I snap a few pictures:

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Since we are so close to Haunted Mansion, we decide to head there.

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There is no wait so we walk-on. The only sad thing for me in walking on was not getting to see the new queue! But it is pretty cool to walk right into the stretching room!!

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TinksThree
07-13-2011, 12:42 PM
I love watching the pictures stretch! They are pretty humorous too!

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After our encounter with the ghosts—including a little head swapping—we make our way out into the wet street but luckily the storm and rain has passed. We had gotten to HM around 8:50pm and it is now 9pm…time for MSEP. Well it is delayed right now so the streets are empty and I couldn’t help wondering about the throngs of people we had passed in the center hub before we ate. People were lined up waiting for the parade and eating their dinner…I wonder how wet they are now!? We contemplate what to do next. Big Thunder and Splash were shut down also due to the weather so we decide to go back to Pirates! Another walk-on! One good thing about rain is that it makes crowds melt away!!

My try at a ghostly pirate picture:

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More Pirates:

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We exit into the gift shop and decide to look around a bit. Madison and I get into the pirate spirit:

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There aren’t many rides operating so we head into a gift shop in Frontierland. I love these soaps! So clever!!

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Madison and Chris tackle the Tic-Tac-Toe barrel.

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We have managed to “waste” away 30 minutes and we decide to head towards the Hub to watch the fireworks. By now it is official that MESP is cancelled but the fireworks are a go!! Keith does not like parades or fireworks so the plan had us seeing both tonight before he joins us the next day…oh well! A few pictures as we make our way to the hub area:

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The hub area has a good crowd but nothing like I have seen in the past. As a matter of fact we get a great spot at 9:40!! We watch the castle change colors.

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I will stop there because up next is The magic, The Memories and You and Wishes....lots of pictures!!

lbuzz52
07-13-2011, 02:09 PM
I was all set to say what a great view at CP ... until you added the next detail of the outside company.:lmao:
seems like a great location at Port Orleans. the more i see of it the more excited i am to stay there our next trip!
Has the piano player at Casey's always been inside a fence? i don't remember that.

mermaid764
07-13-2011, 06:41 PM
Those skies looked very menacing, Luckily you guys did not end up getting caught in the storm.

CHH was one of our favorites, your food looks really good.

Hopefully you guys found another opportunity to see the MSEP:goodvibes

ProudMommyof2
07-13-2011, 07:52 PM
Signing on. So impressed with your MK day! Can't wait for more!

sstewart
07-13-2011, 11:37 PM
Wow! What an amazing first day! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

TinksThree
07-14-2011, 09:27 AM
I was all set to say what a great view at CP ... until you added the next detail of the outside company.:lmao:
seems like a great location at Port Orleans. the more i see of it the more excited i am to stay there our next trip!
Has the piano player at Casey's always been inside a fence? i don't remember that.

For the most part the table/view at CP was great! We just had to overlook that 5-10 minute interval!! :rotfl:

PO is such a nice resort! Keith refuses to consider anywhere else now. I hope you love it as much as we do!!!

That was the first tiem I had ever seen the piano player so I am unsure if the fence was always there or not.

Those skies looked very menacing, Luckily you guys did not end up getting caught in the storm.

CHH was one of our favorites, your food looks really good.

Hopefully you guys found another opportunity to see the MSEP:goodvibes

We got lucky on those clouds and the rain. There was no weather checking, we were nto concerned by the menacing clouds and we just followed the "plan" before us. Really it was a lot of Pixie Dust that kept us out of the storm and pretty dry!

MSEP....I still kick myself over the next opportunity to see it! :rolleyes1

Signing on. So impressed with your MK day! Can't wait for more!

Welcome!! :welcome: I am so glad you are joining in!! This MK day was so much more than I ever could have planned for!

Wow! What an amazing first day! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

Yes it really was an amazing day! If only all days could go so well!!! :)

TinksThree
07-19-2011, 11:58 AM
I left off with us finding a spot to watch the fireworks. But first The Magic, The Memories and You show begins. This was AWESOME!! And if you have not seen it, it is hard to describe and my few picture attempts do not do it justice! But here are a few attempts!

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Then…the fireworks begin!! Wishes! I will just let the pictures tell the story!! (in no particular order---way too many!!)

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TinksThree
07-19-2011, 12:14 PM
Continued since I get carried away taking pictures....:rolleyes1

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I really like Wishes but I think I must be one of the few that liked Nightastic (last year’s summer fireworks show) better! Even Madison and Chris commented that last year’s was better. But Wishes is still awesome and wonderful and lovely and fantastic!

Last year after the fireworks, we made our way out of the park. It was a nightmare! The year prior we had rode another ride before leaving. We definitely had planned to do this again rather than fight the crowds out of the park. I figured if I am going to get to the resort at midnight anyhow…I might as well enjoy some of the time in between! So we head over to Big Thunder Mountain. I love this ride at night!! We use our FPs (although the wait was 20 minutes, with the FPs we get on within 5!) and yes my mom is along for the ride!!

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After our wild ride through the west we decide it is time to call it a day. Splash is still not operating so those FPs are not ever used.

One final castle picture for today:

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We make our way down Main Street which is beginning to clear out.

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okay...maybe one more of the castle...

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We manage to exit the park by 11pm!! Not too bad!

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I want a nighttime picture of this:

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But it takes forever for a lady to take the “perfect” shot! Literally, we probably waited 10 minutes. But I knew this may be my only chance to get a nighttime shot so I waited!

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Finally I get the shot and we move on to the buses. Soon we are nestled in our lovely soft beds dreaming of what the following day will bring!

So how did the DAY 2 Plan go? Well a recap (since it took me a month to get one day completed!) on The Plan:
1. Get to the resort and check-in, be at Magic Kingdom by 10am
a. We got checked-in, ate breakfast and arrived at MK by 8:30am—in
time to catch the Welcome Show! SUCCESS!!
2. Get FastPasses for Space and head to Fantasyland (Winnie-the-Pooh, Snow White, IASW, and FPs for Peter Pan by 11:15am; Hall of Presidents by noon)
a. From 9am until our ADR time (12:45 check-in) we had gotten
FPs for Space, rode Winnie-the-Pooh, Snow White, IASW, PP w/
no FPs!, Hall of Presidents, Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the
Caribbean, rode Space with FPs and snagged FPs for Splash Mtn
3. Lunch ADR at Crystal Palace 1:00pm
a. DONE!! And excellent!!!!
4. Afternoon: parade and Space Mtn FPs
a. Rode Splash with FPs and saw parade plus a little shopping; back
to resort on schedule!
5. To resort/swim/return to MK around 6:30pm
a. Swam/cleaned up/back to MK by 6:38pm!!
6. Evening: Columbia Harbour House, MSEP and fireworks
a. Saw princesses, rode Space again, ate supper at CHH, Haunted
Mansion, POTC again, and fireworks but no MSEP, and we rode
BTMRR w/ FPs but no Splash

Overall…who cares that the plan wasn’t exactly followed! We blew it out of the water and were able to do so much more than I ever anticipated on doing!!!! This day was so much fun and very relaxing!!!

So what will Saturday bring? It is another day at MK and Keith joins us. I will state,however, that when you enter in a hubby who is a WDW fence rider….well, things just may change!!

mermaid764
07-19-2011, 02:05 PM
Wow the new castle show looks amazing, I can see why you wanted so many photos.

Love the pics on Big Thunder at night, such an awesome ride.

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

ksl5f123
07-19-2011, 06:28 PM
What an awesome MK day! :goodvibes

I am glad that you missed those storms - the clouds looked pretty bad.

I love how the parks clear out with a good rain. :thumbsup2 for the evening walk-ons.

Too bad MSEP was cancelled. I love the Memories show too. It is really amazing and you just have to see it. My girls agree with you about the Summer Nightastic vs. Wishes. They could understand the "story" of Nightastic better and kept asking me why the fireworks were different this year.

ProudMommyof2
07-19-2011, 06:36 PM
Excellent update! I can relate to WDW resister for a DH:confused3

IheartDDuck
07-19-2011, 10:06 PM
Hey, who cares that the plan wasn't followed? You guys got a lot accomplished that day!

You were in the same building I was the last time I stayed at POFQ. I was on ground floor though (fortunately). It's a great location in relation to the food court, for sure.

TinksThree
07-20-2011, 12:28 PM
Wow the new castle show looks amazing, I can see why you wanted so many photos.

Love the pics on Big Thunder at night, such an awesome ride.

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

The castle show is amazing. Last night I was watching the video I took and I kept hearing myself say "Wow!" "Whoa!" and so on!

I love BTMRR day and night but night rides seem to be more special!

What an awesome MK day! :goodvibes

I am glad that you missed those storms - the clouds looked pretty bad.

I love how the parks clear out with a good rain. :thumbsup2 for the evening walk-ons.

Too bad MSEP was cancelled. I love the Memories show too. It is really amazing and you just have to see it. My girls agree with you about the Summer Nightastic vs. Wishes. They could understand the "story" of Nightastic better and kept asking me why the fireworks were different this year.

I am glad I am not alone in the Wishes/Summer Nightastic viewpoint! :goodvibes I wish we could ahve seen MSEP but the near empty park was also very cool! And i was very glad we escaped getting drenched!


Excellent update! I can relate to WDW resister for a DH:confused3

Thanks...and my sympathies on the "resister"! ;) I "think" I may be persuading him a little but...as long as we stick to what makes him happy!! :lmao:

Hey, who cares that the plan wasn't followed? You guys got a lot accomplished that day!

You were in the same building I was the last time I stayed at POFQ. I was on ground floor though (fortunately). It's a great location in relation to the food court, for sure.

That was my sentiments! I can get off course anytime when it works out the way this day did! :goodvibes

I really liked the building and location. None of the buildings are very far at POFQ but that location was about as perfect as I could have asked for--without asking. Well, except for the 3rd floor! :)

mickeystoontown
07-20-2011, 04:52 PM
I love the pictures of Madison and Chris with the princesses. Especially the ones of Chris with them. Boys start out interested in the princesses because they are pretty....as they get older they are interested in the princesses for their ummmm assets. ;)

Your pictures of the castle show and Wishes turned out so much better than mine. I may get one good picture out of 10.

gumbo1009
07-20-2011, 08:40 PM
Really enjoying your TR!

pinkxray
07-21-2011, 06:16 AM
Oops, I missed a few updates.

I love the pictures of the beds. If Caitlin and I make it to WDW in Oct. we will be staying at FQ. I am hoping the pool want be too busy but I guess we can always go to POR.

I love that FQ is so compact. I don't think you can really have a room location that is too far from everything.

Your pictures of the new castle show are awesome. I can't believe I missed that:scared1:

Your kids are awesome:thumbsup2 I love how they are still into Disney so much. How exactly did you do this? Did they take many trips as kids? I am wondering if I am better going back many times or wait a few years between trips to turn Caitlin into a Disney addict so she will want to go back when she is older.

TinksThree
07-21-2011, 11:59 AM
I love the pictures of Madison and Chris with the princesses. Especially the ones of Chris with them. Boys start out interested in the princesses because they are pretty....as they get older they are interested in the princesses for their ummmm assets. ;)

Your pictures of the castle show and Wishes turned out so much better than mine. I may get one good picture out of 10.

Chris had so much fun with the princesses. He really liked the attention! And we definitely noticed the changes in his reasons!! :rolleyes1

I have a Canon point and shoot so I am happy with what I get becasue point and shoots don't generally take the greatest shots like that! I also have a lot that were deleted though!

Really enjoying your TR!

I am so happy you are enjoying it!! :yay::yay:

Oops, I missed a few updates.

I love the pictures of the beds. If Caitlin and I make it to WDW in Oct. we will be staying at FQ. I am hoping the pool want be too busy but I guess we can always go to POR.

I love that FQ is so compact. I don't think you can really have a room location that is too far from everything.

Your pictures of the new castle show are awesome. I can't believe I missed that:scared1:

Your kids are awesome:thumbsup2 I love how they are still into Disney so much. How exactly did you do this? Did they take many trips as kids? I am wondering if I am better going back many times or wait a few years between trips to turn Caitlin into a Disney addict so she will want to go back when she is older.

I know how it is missing some. I get all caught up on reading and then I get way behind again! I think that is the story of my life!! :laughing:

POFQ is compact and i am with you...that is one of the things I love about it! Caitlin will probably enjoy the serpent pool. And POR is not that far of a walk and an even shorter boat ride!

I am so glad the kids caught my Disney bug!! Madison went when she was 4and not again until 13. I never could get Keith to go once we got married so Chris did not go until he was 15. I was too afraid to take two kids and keep up with them. Now that I have been I wouldn't hesitate taking younger kids. But I am not sure what has them so into everythign unless it is because they didn't go as kids and now that they are older, we do everything from "kiddie" rides to the "big" rides. I'm glad they are liek that though so i can act liek a kid with them!! :)

TinksThree
07-21-2011, 12:35 PM
Saturday morning we awoke bright and early. We grabbed some breakfast bars in the room and set out for the bus stop! Since we caught the Welcome Show at Magic Kingdom we were not in too much of a rush! Good thing because our bus driver was in training and he went a different route. It only took us 10 minutes the previous day to get to and from MK. It was very simple: right out of parking lot...drive to red light....left and viola you are there! On this ride? Take a left out of the parking lot...we panicked and I asked to be sure we were on the MK bus. Yep we were! So we ride and ride and ride and 25 minutes (:scared1:) later we pass the TTC and finally get to the park! I do not know why we went that route but it was awful! And the other way was so easy I can do it 6 weeks later with my eyes closed!

Oh well, all is well that ends well....we end up here at 8:58am!!!

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So I get to see the Welcome Show again!!!


Plan for the day? Typically MK on back-to-back days and at the beginning of the trip would not have been ideal but there were several reasons for us doing this. The biggest reason was because on today Keith flies into Orlando and joins the group! And if there is one thing he made abundantly clear last year, it is that he doesn’t care for Magic Kingdom!

Okay, I said there were several reasons, but really that is the only reason. Since he arrives in the afternoon, that means only half a day at MK and I hope to fit in a few things I really want him to experience later in the evening.

Backing up a little bit: As we made our way to the bus stop the question “What is the plan for today?” is asked. Well, basically the plan is out the window! I explain that we had covered most everything yesterday!! Really, this is a good thing, right!? :thumbsup2 So we decide to follow the original plan and just see where the road carries us!!

Our basic plan for the day (before Friday “messed” it all up!):
9am: Rope drop get FP for Splash Mtn
9:15am-11:30am: BTMRR, POTC, Jungle Cruise, Country Bears, Haunted
Mansion, Philharmagic
11:55am: Keith arrives so we go back to resort for a break/lunch
3:00pm back to MK
3:30pm-5:30pm: Options---Carousel of Progress/get Buzz FPs, TTA,
Monsters Inc, use Buzz FPs, use Splash FPs, Tom Sawyer
Island, Liberty Belle (or ride when we return)
5:30pm: head to Grand Floridean
6pm: 1900 Park Fare
7:30pm back to MK to pick up anything extra; out before fireworks begin

As you will see, these plans are not followed one bit. Not really.
We arrive shortly before the Welcome Show begins!! I get to see it two days in a row!! This is very, very good…for me at least!!

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We hand over our tickets to Chris and his goal is to get FPs for Splash. We plan to all meet up at Big Thunder Mountain.

The rope drops and we are off to Adventureland!

Good Morning Dear Castle!!!!

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Now this is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend so I have been slightly concerned about crowd levels ever since I began planning this trip. Friday we had really lucked up and were extremely successful! And while it was crowded, it wasn’t bad at all.

A few pictures of the vast number of people heading the direction we are!

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Chris has our FPs for Splash so we head to the Wild West….Big Thunder Mountain!

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We go through the stand-by line. A 5 minute wait was posted…we get to the loading area and jump on board!! Off we go!!

Boy was that fun! Let’s do it again!! The 1st ride we were at the front.

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We go to the middle this time around. Again we walked straight onto the ride!
How about one more ride?! Okay, we are up for that! We walk on again and this time we sit in the back!! As you can see there were very few people joining us on these rides!

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We decide 3 times in a row is plenty so we go towards Splash but Splash is still down…since last night so something must have really thrown it off! But we have FPs so we will return later! Where to now?? It is now 9:30am...not a bad start!

Next on The Plan was Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise and Country Bears. Well two out of the three we did the previous day and we kind of want to save them for Keith. So what should we do now?

mtgirl29
07-22-2011, 09:28 PM
Whew! I am finally caught up! I am totally :love: all the pics! So glad you mom was up to being more adventurous and riding as many rides as she could this trip. :thumbsup2
The night castle pics were AMAZING!!! It sounds like you guys really accomplished a lot that first day in MK. I cannot believe how dead the park looked at 9:30 in the morning on your second MK day. The pics on BTMRR had empty seats. WOW! The parks seemed so incredibly busy the whole time we were there, granted we never got to any park before 10 am. :sad2:
Looking forward to your next installment. popcorn::

TinksThree
07-25-2011, 11:57 AM
Whew! I am finally caught up! I am totally :love: all the pics! So glad you mom was up to being more adventurous and riding as many rides as she could this trip. :thumbsup2
The night castle pics were AMAZING!!! It sounds like you guys really accomplished a lot that first day in MK. I cannot believe how dead the park looked at 9:30 in the morning on your second MK day. The pics on BTMRR had empty seats. WOW! The parks seemed so incredibly busy the whole time we were there, granted we never got to any park before 10 am. :sad2:
Looking forward to your next installment. popcorn::


I get caught up only to fall behind again! Plus a power surge blew my power cord for the computer. This greatly reduced my DIS time! :sad2: Thankfully that was all it messed up though!

So glad you are enjoying the pictures! My mom was such a trooper on most of the rides. Some I just told her she wouldn't ride becasue I knew better! BTMRR being that empty really surprised me too! We felt we were all alone in frontierland...it almost felt criminal!! :laughing:

TinksThree
07-25-2011, 12:24 PM
We decide to head on over to Tomorrowland.

Frontierland had been a GhostTown! What will Tomorrowland look like??

We get to Tomorrowland and decide to ride Astro Orbitor.

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We have not done this since Madison was 4 years old. It is a walk on to the elevator and soon we are soaring over Tomorrowland! We get some great views of the area. The views make this ride for me. Otherwise it is not very high on the list. But it was fun none the less!

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You can get an idea of the crowd levels below:

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Then we head over to Space Mtn.

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We had two exciting and different rides the day before and we were holding our breath that there would not be any malfunctions on this day! We go through the stand-by (that has 5 minutes posted!!) and soon we are zooming through the darkness! We get off and meet up with my mom in the gift shop. She is talking to my aunt so we decide to ride again! And then we ride one more time for good measure!! Three rides on BTMRR and Space! Two Mountains down and one more to go!! All of this by 10:20am!!!!!!

Next we head over to Buzz Lightyear which has 10 minutes posted. We time it for fun and they were dead-on!!

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My not so great score...

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But I did better than Chris!

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We leave Buzz and head over to Carousel of Progress.

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This is another I wanted Keith to try but we decide to go ahead and do it now and we could possibly add it later. We make our journey through time. I love this attraction. I sing the song all the time. I think I enjoy it also because so much of it is based during “simpler” times. While each era has its own issues, I believe it probably wasn’t as rushed and technical as today is!

So we exit back into the bright sunshine and head off for Buzz again!
We ride Buzz….

Then we decide to try Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor.

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We had never done this but I had heard enough about it to want to try it. We waited for about 15 minutes for the next show to begin. We laughed so hard…it was very funny and probably is a must-do for us now!

So a count of our morning so far:
3 rides on BTMRR
FPs for Splash
Astro Orbitor once
3 rides on Space Mtn
2 rides on Buzz Lightyear
Carousel of Progress once
Monster’s Inc once
And it is only 10:45 in the morning!!!

TinksThree
07-25-2011, 12:47 PM
During all of this time I have been talking and texting Keith. His flight is on schedule so hopefully he will be landing by 11:45! So we decide we have a little more time to spend before heading back to the resort.

First Mickey’s Philharmagic. Another must do for us!!

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We exit Mickey’s Philharmagic and see Mary Poppins by the carousel. The girls jump in line since we have never met Mary Poppins. We are only about 4 people back so we make it to the front super quick. Madison and Mary Poppins discuss many things including how to spell supercat….blah, blah, blah (I can’t even say it!). Madison does pretty well and then Mary Poppins does it backwards! Okay…I have problems saying it frontwards!!

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The carousel is loading so we decide a quick ride would be fun. Well everyone but Chris. He joins in just so he isn’t left out!

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This is a very quick ride and soon we are searching for one final thing to do before using the Splash FPs and then going back to the resort.

We pass by this...The circus is coming to town!!

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We decided not to ride this:

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We head towards The Mad Tea Cups.

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This wait is relatively short…around 15 minutes. We go round and round and round very fast. Madison and Chris love to spin that tea cup!

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Thankfully my mom was a trooper and no one got sick! So now that we are wobbling around in our dizziness states, we decide to head over to Splash. Along the way we see the castle show and stop to watch for a few minutes but it is really getting warm prompting us to move along.

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We continue our walk to Splash:

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TinksThree
07-25-2011, 12:49 PM
Splash is running now!! Hooray! We get in line and soon we are back on the journey to find our laughing place.

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And this time Chris and I get soaked!! I am so glad our next mission is the bus ride back to the resort!!

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We begin the trek to the bus area and we contemplate whether Keith has made it or not. I have not heard from him since his layover around 10am and by this time it is 12:15. He was to land at 11:45am so I figured surely I would get an “I am here” or something! Plus I wasn’t sure about Magical Express since we had never used them. From all of my research, I anticipated him getting to the resort around 1pm. I try calling and cannot reach him. I try texting…no response…where can that guy be????

lbuzz52
07-25-2011, 02:59 PM
i cannot believe all you accomplished that morning! great job! i really expected the crowds to be thicker that weekend.
Hope Keith's plane wasn't delayed...

JAMIESMITH
07-25-2011, 03:57 PM
Another Mississippi girl subscribing :)

IheartDDuck
07-25-2011, 04:59 PM
Holy busy morning Batman!

You guys got sooo much accomplished, I don't even know where to start.

I wish we had remembered to do the Astro Orbiter on our trip. My nephew kept on talking about it, and we just forgot.

I love the Carousel of Progress. Just one of those attractions. Can't explain it. :lovestruc

TinksThree
07-25-2011, 06:41 PM
i cannot believe all you accomplished that morning! great job! i really expected the crowds to be thicker that weekend.
Hope Keith's plane wasn't delayed...

It was an amazing day and a half so far! And looking back it still amazes me!! I really was expecting more crowds considering it was Memorial Day weekend.

Another Mississippi girl subscribing :)

Welcome!! :goodvibes So glad to see another Mississippi girl!!

Holy busy morning Batman!

You guys got sooo much accomplished, I don't even know where to start.

I wish we had remembered to do the Astro Orbiter on our trip. My nephew kept on talking about it, and we just forgot.

I love the Carousel of Progress. Just one of those attractions. Can't explain it. :lovestruc

Your first line made me bust out :rotfl:! We were very busy and accomplished so much...thanks to staying ahead of the crowds! I think that is one reason I like Rope Drop so much!

We had considered Astro Orbitor the two previous years but always forgot too! And I totally agree on CoP!

mtgirl29
07-25-2011, 09:42 PM
You accomplished so much in MK. Glad to see the park with low crowd levels. The Teacup pics were priceless! Cannot wait to hear about Keith's arrival! popcorn::

pinkxray
07-26-2011, 06:17 AM
I am so impressed that you got so much done. The crowds are so low:thumbsup2

I love the SM pictures. I love that ride:goodvibes

SimmerBaggins
07-26-2011, 09:45 AM
Wow.

So many things to "wow" about!! You just seem to have the best luck at MK -- so maybe you can go with us, next time? :lmao: I loved the way you described "yesterday's" meal at CHH, watching the rain come in...could just feel that. :)

And I was sitting here (at work, oops) looking at your pictures of the colorful castle, and nearly dropped my coffee -- I hadn't seen those AT ALL!! Amazing!

I would so much rather be traipsing around MK, looking for rides to ride...(sigh)...thanks for taking us along! :)

TinksThree
07-27-2011, 08:31 AM
You accomplished so much in MK. Glad to see the park with low crowd levels. The Teacup pics were priceless! Cannot wait to hear about Keith's arrival! popcorn::

Do you know how hard it is to get good pictures one the Teacups when your kids are flinging you at warp speeds????? :rotfl: Thansk, they are some of my favorites from the trip! I was so pleased with how MK was working out so far!!!

I am so impressed that you got so much done. The crowds are so low:thumbsup2

I love the SM pictures. I love that ride:goodvibes

The crowds were so great! I only wish it coudl have remained that way...well, at least for one particular day!! :rolleyes1

I love SM too! It has always been one of my most favorite rides and so many good childhood memories from it!

Wow.

So many things to "wow" about!! You just seem to have the best luck at MK -- so maybe you can go with us, next time? :lmao: I loved the way you described "yesterday's" meal at CHH, watching the rain come in...could just feel that. :)

And I was sitting here (at work, oops) looking at your pictures of the colorful castle, and nearly dropped my coffee -- I hadn't seen those AT ALL!! Amazing!

I would so much rather be traipsing around MK, looking for rides to ride...(sigh)...thanks for taking us along! :)

I will be glad to go along on your next trip...just tell me when and where!! :laughing: The castle was amazing. I got a great video of it. I will try to load a portion and post so you can see it. I actually had seen a You Tube video when it first premiered and knew I had to see it in person!

TinksThree
07-28-2011, 01:07 PM
I am going to attempt an update--maybe short but an update all the same! I am unsure if my busy summer is coming to an end or about to explode! "Summer" is coming to an end...so hard to believe school is beginning again! Where has this summer gone?? Although I must say that we will still have the feel of summer for at least 3 more months....:sad1: Madison has been in band camp all week so soon we will be doing football...which I love and can't wait!! :banana: And soccer practice begins tonight so, again, more time at the fields for games and practice! And the oldest is about to move off for college. He has been local and is now spreading his wings (I hope :laughing:) for the junior and senior years. And next week we have our end of "summer" trip to New Orleans for the Satchmo Festival which we have made an annual event! I am looking so forward to this. Whew! I am tired just thinking about what is coming up!!!



And finally (before my "real" post) I have a question that comes from a thread on the Community Board--which I read sometimes for amusement because some people on there provide lots of entertainment! But do any of these offend?? :rolleyes1popcorn:::banana::sad2::rolleyes: I never thought of them being used in the offensive ways they are considered over there. So if they do offend...I do apologize!! :laughing:



So now on with the show................

I left off with us leaving MK and heading back to the resort but no word from Keith. Well not long into the bus ride he finally calls me. Turns out his phone battery had died due to him playing games on the plane and in the waiting area. It is now 12.55pm and he is currently……………………laying in the bed in our room!!!! What!? I can’t believe that he is not only here but at the resort! So I tell him we will be there in 5 minutes and he heads to the lobby.

We get to the lobby and I do the running to your long lost love thing, flinging my arms around him and basically embarrassing the kids….mission accomplished!! We head into Sassagoula’s for some lunch.

Now as I have stated previously, I love New Orleans. I love the atmosphere, I love the music and I love the food!!! We get in line and I decide to order a muffaletta because they are one of my favorite NOLA delicacies. The other? Beignets of course!! Plus a whole lot others but this is just one meal! So since we are on the dining plan I can get those yummy treats for dessert!! I forget what everyone else but Chris and Keith got. They both got the shrimp po-boy and brownies.

Let me say that if you have never eaten in NOLA and you do not know what REAL New Orleans cuisine tastes like, then the food was very good!! However, if you love New Orleans food and expect to go to POFQ food court and get authentic NOLA food….well, don’t plan on it! The beignets are nowhere near real beignets and the muffaletta had something very different for the olive salad. I am not even all that sure it was olive salad. I wish I had thought to take a side angle picture because that olive salad may have been made from kalamata olives because it was black.

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I say all of the above but I do want to make it clear that I realized I wasn’t in NOLA and thus was not really expecting the finest NOLA cuisine so I enjoyed my lunch. It was very tasty. I am only saying if you know what real NOLA food tastes like, then forget it before you eat here because you will be extremely disappointed! Oh, and the shrimp po-boy? Very yummy!! I even stole several shrimp! That is what I will go for next time!!

Now our tummies are full and we head to the room to rest for an hour or so, clean up and head back to MK. Well the hour turns into much longer!! Keith and Chris both fall asleep and after listening to snoring for 45 minutes (plus a brief nap myself) I decide to go for a walk. I head out towards the river.

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I find a shady spot to watch the river pass by when Madison calls. They are wondering when we plan to go back and I explain the sleepers. They meet me downstairs and we take a walk over to POR.

Ahhh, I really love this resort!!!

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It takes about 20 minutes to walk over and it is very warm so we decide to ride the boat back to POFQ. We get back at 4pm and the guys are finally up and moving. We get freshened up and head to MK. Remember The Plan was to be back at 3:30pm? Well it is now 4:45 when we head out so obviously we will not get very much accomplished!!

Coming up next...what can we get done at Magic Kingdom? And an ADR I was really excited about!

JAMIESMITH
07-28-2011, 02:31 PM
I've never realized how beautiful this resort is!

TinksThree
07-29-2011, 08:27 PM
I've never realized how beautiful this resort is!

It really is beautiful! We find it so refreshing to come here after a busy day in the park. It is calm and so many shady areas. It is compact yet never has seemed crowded. I think it really has some southern charm in the middle of Disney World!! :goodvibes

SimmerBaggins
07-30-2011, 09:29 AM
I feel like I never really get enough resort time. That is the true "relaxation" portion of the vacation, isn't it? :) I just love hanging out, soaking in the atmosphere, feeling absolutely in no rush for anything. But that only happens if you plan for it -- otherwise, you'll find yourself getting pulled back into the parks because you feel like you must be doing something! :rotfl:

And I LOVE cajun food -- we just got a Copeland's here in San Antonio!!:banana::banana:

...and no, none of those offend me...? What a conversation that must have been! :laughing:

FloridaPixie
07-30-2011, 03:24 PM
Ok, so I've read your entire TR today on the way home to Pensacola, after spending a week in San Antonio where my husband was sent for training. San Antonio was beautiful, btw, and the Riverwalk area was so charming, as were many other areas of the town. I've been laughing because I'm a planner too and think it can really help you get the most of your days at WDW. . .time seems to slip by so quickly there!!! Your pictures have been great (esp. some of the night castle shots!) We're from Pensacola so I really got what you were saying about NOLA since we spend a good bit of time there too (just stopped in Biloxi for lunch!) Can't wait to read more!! We're heading to WDW in a week and a half, so I'm enjoying your ride strategies!mo

FloridaPixie
07-30-2011, 03:39 PM
Ok, so I've read your entire TR today on the way home to Pensacola, after spending a week in San Antonio where my husband was sent for training. San Antonio was beautiful, btw, and the Riverwalk area was so charming, as were many other areas of the town. I've been laughing because I'm a planner too and think it can really help you get the most of your days at WDW. . .time seems to slip by so quickly there!!! Your pictures have been great (esp. some of the night castle shots!) We're from Pensacola so I really got what you were saying about NOLA since we spend a good bit of time there too (just stopped in Biloxi for lunch!) Can't wait to read more!! We're heading to WDW in a week and a half, so I'm enjoying your ride strategies!mo

Moira222
07-31-2011, 07:30 AM
LOl I missed the whole month of July in updates! but the nice thing is I only missed one 1/2 days in the park:lmao::lmao:

I LOOVE your photos and your updates. I resisted ot quote as I read a long knowing how far behind I was.

I LOVE the jungle cruise, and found myself chuckling as you repeated the standard lines in your TR. how sad is that? Our last trip was really good cuz the guide would tell like 3 or 4 corny jokes about the same scene and then say "Yes, I did just make three bad jokes about elephants in water". :rotfl2:

Your night time photos of Wishes were great! and how lucky that you all avoided the deluge of rain by being in CHH for dinner! As I looked at your photos from the afternoon I thought how cool the sky looked and oh yeah rain was coming. ;)

what a great day recap - love that! and WOW di dyou all get in a lot of rides! I love when the crowds are lower than expected and you get to just move right along.

POFQ looks gorgeous, though your photos tell me why we will never stay there. DH HATES clowns and masks. all masks. I used to hav ea collection of porcelin mardi gras style masks before we got married. GONE! so I will just live through your and other's photos!

can't wait to see how your evening at MK fares with Keith along. is it fair to say that its good you all did all the rides the day before? :laughing:

TinksThree
07-31-2011, 04:17 PM
I feel like I never really get enough resort time. That is the true "relaxation" portion of the vacation, isn't it? :) I just love hanging out, soaking in the atmosphere, feeling absolutely in no rush for anything. But that only happens if you plan for it -- otherwise, you'll find yourself getting pulled back into the parks because you feel like you must be doing something! :rotfl:

I wish I had added one day for a "down" day this trip. We initially thought we had to get back on Thursday then other things came up so it worked out but we found we missed not having a non-park day! That is efinitely on the list next time!

And I LOVE cajun food -- we just got a Copeland's here in San Antonio!!:banana::banana:

I love Copeland's!! We had one but it closed after Katrina. Unsure if it was the long period shut down or already in the works but I miss it! I love Mexican too so New Orleans and San Antonio are tops on my list for food!!:goodvibes

...and no, none of those offend me...? What a conversation that must have been! :laughing:

It was an intersting thread. I was reading it thinking...oh no! I use those all the time but not in the ways they were taking offense! Then I wondered if I was the only one not seeing them the same!! :confused3

Ok, so I've read your entire TR today on the way home to Pensacola, after spending a week in San Antonio where my husband was sent for training. San Antonio was beautiful, btw, and the Riverwalk area was so charming, as were many other areas of the town. I've been laughing because I'm a planner too and think it can really help you get the most of your days at WDW. . .time seems to slip by so quickly there!!! Your pictures have been great (esp. some of the night castle shots!) We're from Pensacola so I really got what you were saying about NOLA since we spend a good bit of time there too (just stopped in Biloxi for lunch!) Can't wait to read more!! We're heading to WDW in a week and a half, so I'm enjoying your ride strategies!mo

I am so happy you are reading along and it helped pass the time traveling!! I love Pensacola! My sister lived there for 10 years and I miss not having the "free" room! We love going there for weekends and doing the Naval museum...so awesome! And the Blue Angels too!! I love San Antonio too but it has been 8 years since I have visited! We have said for the last few years we would make it back but still have not! I just love NOLA and I am counting down until Friday!!

I really am a planner and it drives everyone crazy but in the end they appreciate it and see how much we get done! You'll be at WDW in a week and a half?! :yay: I hope you have a great trip!!!

LOl I missed the whole month of July in updates! but the nice thing is I only missed one 1/2 days in the park:lmao::lmao:

I LOOVE your photos and your updates. I resisted ot quote as I read a long knowing how far behind I was.

I LOVE the jungle cruise, and found myself chuckling as you repeated the standard lines in your TR. how sad is that? Our last trip was really good cuz the guide would tell like 3 or 4 corny jokes about the same scene and then say "Yes, I did just make three bad jokes about elephants in water". :rotfl2:

Your night time photos of Wishes were great! and how lucky that you all avoided the deluge of rain by being in CHH for dinner! As I looked at your photos from the afternoon I thought how cool the sky looked and oh yeah rain was coming. ;)

what a great day recap - love that! and WOW di dyou all get in a lot of rides! I love when the crowds are lower than expected and you get to just move right along.

POFQ looks gorgeous, though your photos tell me why we will never stay there. DH HATES clowns and masks. all masks. I used to hav ea collection of porcelin mardi gras style masks before we got married. GONE! so I will just live through your and other's photos!

can't wait to see how your evening at MK fares with Keith along. is it fair to say that its good you all did all the rides the day before? :laughing:

LOL--I guess being being so slow paid off for you!! Time just slips by so quickly!! Our two days were so great! I too was glad we missed that downpour!

Maybe he would like POR? It doesn't have the clowns. Funny, I used to collect Mardi Gras masks and clowns too. I have managed to not have many left now. Good perception on Keith's arrival! ;)

BippityBoo
07-31-2011, 05:07 PM
HI! We live in Mandeville, and are taking a "no kids" trip in Feb. Would you say pick FQ or Riverside? I see the positives of both, and are confused!

mtgirl29
07-31-2011, 08:35 PM
Funny that Keith got to the resort before anyone even knew he was there.
Thanks for the clarification on NOLA food compared to Port Orleans. I did eat the beignets when we were there, however, I didn't try the muffeletta. I have had it at McAllister's Deli and it is quite tasty. The one at McA's uses green olives instead of black. I would love to go to New Orleans some day and try their authentic foods. :cloud9:
What is the inside scoop on the offensive emoticons???? :confused3
Cannot wait to see how the rest of MK went with Keith along.

TinksThree
08-01-2011, 09:20 AM
HI! We live in Mandeville, and are taking a "no kids" trip in Feb. Would you say pick FQ or Riverside? I see the positives of both, and are confused!

Hi! I know Mandeville well! I used to live with 45 minutes from there and would go to Hammond or the Mandeville area to eat (we had no decent sit down restaurants where I lived!).

What fun! I am hoping for one of these in October 2012! They do both have many positives so I thought I would consult with Keith since he is so opinionated! :laughing: When I presented it to him he said they are both pretty much the same but he liked the quietness at POR better (not that POFQ is loud but POR seems a little more serene). I was leaning towards POR too.

I like the pool area at POR a lot better and I really like the mansions. But the renovated rooms at POFQ were very, very nice. of course they are supposed to be renovating rooms at POR...I just haven't heard much on those.

Funny that Keith got to the resort before anyone even knew he was there.
Thanks for the clarification on NOLA food compared to Port Orleans. I did eat the beignets when we were there, however, I didn't try the muffeletta. I have had it at McAllister's Deli and it is quite tasty. The one at McA's uses green olives instead of black. I would love to go to New Orleans some day and try their authentic foods. :cloud9:
What is the inside scoop on the offensive emoticons???? :confused3
Cannot wait to see how the rest of MK went with Keith along.

Ok, first...do they have McAllister's there or when you are traveling? They started here in MS but I know they have been franchising a lot! That is so funny you mentioned them because their muffelettas are a lot like the ones in NOLA! I even ate one last Thursday (free tea day at McAllister's!! :goodvibes) because I was craving one after writing my post!! :laughing: I did get to thinking...I wonder if somewhere in N.O. they sell them with blacks olives...I just have never seen them like that! NOLA is so much fun and really can be kid friendly...even in the French Quarter!

Second the emoticans: some for instance was: :rolleyes1 and :rolleyes: =sarcastic and demeaning to the OP or previous poster; :banana: = just plain annoying and obnoxious; popcorn:: waiting to instigate a huge debate, possibly resulting in the thread being locked.

I never really looked at them in those ways. Some were pretty passionate on their views, but I also wonder on that board how many state something just to stir the fire. I have wanted to make an outlandish comment from time to time to get "flamed" just for laughs...:rotfl:

I hope to get an update up real soon!!

mickeystoontown
08-01-2011, 09:51 AM
I've spent my morning catching up on my subscribed threads...including your's. I can't believe how much you guys got accomplished in so little time. I was surprised at how low the crowds were given that it was Memorial Day weekend.

Yay for Keith arriving at the resort AND for you running to him and embarassing the kids. Totally something that I would do.:laughing:

TinksThree
08-02-2011, 12:30 PM
I've spent my morning catching up on my subscribed threads...including your's. I can't believe how much you guys got accomplished in so little time. I was surprised at how low the crowds were given that it was Memorial Day weekend.

Yay for Keith arriving at the resort AND for you running to him and embarassing the kids. Totally something that I would do.:laughing:

I was really surprised by the crowd levels too! It was totally unexpected!

I love to embarress the kids! Most of the time Keith is all for it too!

lbuzz52
08-02-2011, 05:30 PM
Port Orleans just looks peaceful. That is the next place we are trying and i just cant wait!

i read your explanation on the smileys and i'm still not convinced. I've seen the
popcorn:: used in a manner where to me it implies that the popcorn poster is waiting for drama to start- but not that popcorn poster is trying to start drama.
(okay, that is confusing so here is my example
bob- i reuse the same mug for years
suzy- that is just like stealing
ally- popcorn::)
did they have issues with other smileys or just those?

TinksThree
08-03-2011, 01:13 PM
Port Orleans just looks peaceful. That is the next place we are trying and i just cant wait!

i read your explanation on the smileys and i'm still not convinced. I've seen the
popcorn:: used in a manner where to me it implies that the popcorn poster is waiting for drama to start- but not that popcorn poster is trying to start drama.
(okay, that is confusing so here is my example
bob- i reuse the same mug for years
suzy- that is just like stealing
ally- popcorn::)
did they have issues with other smileys or just those?

I think you will really enjoy POR...I could use its serenity right now!! :rolleyes:

I feel the same way regarding the smilies. I always saw the popcorn one as how you stated or else that you are just waiting anxiously to see more. Not as anything conniving. I felt maybe I had misunderstood their meanings from the beginning but feel much better that I wasn't in left field! :)

TinksThree
08-03-2011, 02:53 PM
We arrive back at Magic Kingdom and I force (literally, I do not exaggerate) Keith into a Photopass. We have always done the PP but this may be my last year. When Keith is not around we get tons and the cost is well worth it. When he is with us I get eye-rolling, huffing and puffing...even when I let him sit out! So this trip I really wasted my money. We did not get even ONE PP picture at DHS!! Anyhoo...our castle picture (which is actually one of my favorites):

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Now every picture has a story and this one's story formed as a crowd observed Keith and I having a "discussion" on how to take the picture. I have seen friends who kiss in front of the castle and the kids make goofy faces, cover their eyes, etc. Cute! Yeah, he was not going for that!! I just knew he would since he usually goes for that kind of thing but NOPE!! So instead we get the above picture and this one before moving to our destination:

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We know we only have time for one attraction before heading to our ADR at 6pm. Actually we also knew this was cutting things mighty close! It is decided that we want to see Monster’s Inc again and head in that direction. We arrive at Monster’s Inc at 5pm. We get into the “holding area” to wait our turn.

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This show was really funny again. I think this concept has to be one of the best things Disney has done. I have not ever gone to Turtle Talk but from what I have seen on Samantha Brown’s show it is very similar in the interaction part! As I said earlier…this may be a must every trip! I already have jokes written down in my planning notebook!

We leave Tomorrowland and head for the exits. We have an ADR at 6:15pm at 1900 Park Fare. We arrive at the dock at 5:40 but we are a little too late since the ferry is moving away.

Wait for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We have to wait but thankfully the wait is maybe 10 minutes.

Along the way, I of course have to snap a few pictures:

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We disembark and are on the pathway at 5:53pm.

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I manage to get ahead of everyone trying to make my way to check-in. The walk to the main building seemed to take forever and then we had to figure out where to go! I had booked this restaurant for my mom since Cinderella is her favorite princess. She still has a 3ft tall Cinderella doll from her childhood. I had read about this dinner in the past and how fun the character interaction is. This was one of the places we were going just for my mom.

Keith along the way discovers that we are going to a character meal. Uh-oh! Remember way back in the beginning I commented that on this trip I discovered a lot more about what he did and (more importantly) did not like? Well guess what was tops on his list for dislikes? Yep…character meals! So this is what I now know: 1) NO character meals, 2) the restaurant needs to have an ambience, 3) buffets are iffy, and 4) no early meals—as in before 6pm (this is important later in my TR!). Well now this is all cleared up but we are checked in and cannot cancel this one so suck it up dude!! :rotfl:

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I force Keith into the picture. He was not too happy about this one at all!!

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We hang out in the lobby waiting for our buzzer to go off. A man begins playing the piano and this lady walks up and begins to sing. Not sure if they knew each other but I definitely got the feeling that this was a situation of “I think I can sing so I am joining in with the piano man!” It wasn’t a performance by Disney standards so I know she must have been a guest!

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This was my first time to be at the Grand Floridian. I took a few pictures of the lobby area.

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It is a lovely hotel and the grounds are pretty but I think this would be one of the last places I would choose to stay. Knowing how much those rooms cost per night, the atmosphere just is not what I am looking for in a resort. But it is a very pretty location to resort hop and visit! Also while waiting I wanted to re-enact the scene from Full House where DJ and her boyfriend see each other and run across the lobby. Keith pretty much nixed this idea ASAP!! :confused3

Finally our buzzer goes off. We are seated at an okay table.

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Prince Charming and Cinderella are in the room but past our table. I should have snapped a picture of Prince Charming then and there because he must have gone off to save the Fairytale Land from the evil powers. He was never seen again while we were there!

Continued in the next post....

TinksThree
08-03-2011, 03:01 PM
I will start with the characters and then the food and then the opinions.

Characters:

When we first sat down Anastasia and Drizella got into a fight and Drizella was placed in the corner. She wasn’t even the one to start the fight! Doesn’t it always go that way??

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Cinderella—the same one from the night before! She was sweet but took a picture and moved on.

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Lady Tremaine—she came up and scolded Chris. I wish I had written down what she said because it was very funny. She spoke to us for a few minutes and I really liked her!

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Anastasia—

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Drizella—

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Both flirted with Chris and were hysterical! They were the reason I wanted to come to this character meal and they fulfilled the preconceived ideas I had! Drizella decided she wasn’t interested in Chris because she asked Madison if he had any bad habits which Madison responded with a “Yes!”. Anastasia could careless because she just wanted a husband! Chris didn’t seem to care either way….

The characters for the most part were fun. Unfortunately we were a group of “grown-ups” and there was a table of 18 next to us with all girls and their moms. They occupied a huge chunk of time and were pretty giggly…oh, did I mention Keith doesn’t like character meals??

Food:

I have read lots of reports on both the breakfast and dinner. For the most part they were pretty positive. One of two things happened at 1900 Park Fare. Either (1) the food fairies came in and removed the good food and put in its place extremely mediocre food or (2) the food selection and quality has taken a nose dive!

It was pretty consistent across the board that the food was probably the worst thing we had ever eaten at Disney World! I went back to try for a 2nd helping hoping to find something good. The prime rib was good. The strawberry soup was okay. The salmon was 110% better at Crystal Palace. We were on Free Dining and had I paid OOP or even used a paid for DDP credit on this meal, it probably would have made me sick! HUGE DISAPPOINMENT!!

Some Food Porn:

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The saving grace of the meal was our waitress was nice and deserved her tip. She encouraged us to give the ice cream a try…

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YUMMO!!! It was very good and at least this allowed us to leave 1900 Park Fare with a pleasant taste on our taste buds…literally!!

Opinions:

Kids: they were "eh" about all of it but did enjoy the characters.

Mom: She was okay with it and did not say anything negative but I think even if she thought anything she was just keeping it to herself because…

Me: I was super disappointed. Ever since I knew a “Girl’s Trip” was planned this was tops on my list! And I think my mom picked up on this and didn’t say anything to add to my disappointment. I was also glad I had made an adjustment way back when to the ADRs and dropped Akershus scheduled on the following day because….

Keith: pretty much hated everything about this meal and did I mention he doesn’t like character meals?? Okay, well I know now! If we had been eating at Akershus, he would have found the first flight home! He even stated that he came all this way and one of his favorite parts last year were the meals and dining experiences. To begin his part of the trip this way was not a good beginning!

I was also pleased that I got sent a survey from Disney on my trip. They got a full earful on this topic!

So our meal at 1900 Park fare was over and we were headed back to Magic Kingdom! Will after-dinner evening be more pleasant??

disneylvrnMS
08-03-2011, 03:16 PM
Enjoyed reading your trip report.

TinksThree
08-03-2011, 05:26 PM
Enjoyed reading your trip report.


Thanks for reading along! Glad you are enjoying it!

mermaid764
08-03-2011, 06:06 PM
That's too bad that your experience at 1900 park fare was so mediocre, it's always such a disappointment when a restaurant doesn't live up to its hype.

Hopefully the rest of your dining reservations made up for it.

IheartDDuck
08-03-2011, 08:25 PM
Oh no, that's such a shame that the meal wasn't good. I've had dinner at 1900 Park Fare before and it's always been good. :sad2:

I love Drizella and Anastasia. They are definitely my favorite part about that meal.

ksl5f123
08-03-2011, 11:32 PM
Oh no! I am sorry to hear about your 1900 PF experience. After we ate there last June (great characters, completely "blah" food), it is off of my list for a while.

Keith definately has the look of being "forced" into your pictures. :headache: Just be happy - you're on vacation! Lately I have been having to drag DD5 into some pictures. I am sure it is a phase for her - maybe for Keith too? ;)

As to your survey, you know I love the emoticons. I don't find any of them offensive. :thumbsup2: :rotfl:

TinksThree
08-04-2011, 09:10 AM
That's too bad that your experience at 1900 park fare was so mediocre, it's always such a disappointment when a restaurant doesn't live up to its hype.

Hopefully the rest of your dining reservations made up for it.

It was a huge disappointment but thankfully there are others that live up to my expectations later! I doubt we ever go back to 1900 Park Fare though....it was that bad of an experience, except the waitress and characters!

Oh no, that's such a shame that the meal wasn't good. I've had dinner at 1900 Park Fare before and it's always been good. :sad2:

I love Drizella and Anastasia. They are definitely my favorite part about that meal.

Anastasia and Drizella were so much fun! That alone plus the ice cream salvaged an otherwise lackluster experience! I have heard good things about teh food so maybe they were having an off night!

Oh no! I am sorry to hear about your 1900 PF experience. After we ate there last June (great characters, completely "blah" food), it is off of my list for a while.

Keith definately has the look of being "forced" into your pictures. :headache: Just be happy - you're on vacation! Lately I have been having to drag DD5 into some pictures. I am sure it is a phase for her - maybe for Keith too? ;)

As to your survey, you know I love the emoticons. I don't find any of them offensive. :thumbsup2: :rotfl:

Yes, the characters were fun and the food was definitely "blah"! Keith always looks at pictures and makes comments about himself and I try to tell him if he would smile for 5 seconds, act like he was having fun, etc he would see his "real" self! But does he listen to me? No! :laughing: I hate forcing him in the pictures but I want a family photo every once in awhile!!

I like the emoticons too! Too me they help add character to comments sometimes...especially since I am a sarcastic person I like having smilies to show I am joking around sometimes and not serious! You never know how your writing will come across sometimes!!

Moira222
08-04-2011, 12:58 PM
I just finished reading only your first evening at MK & then Park Fare with the whole gang.

and laughed:lmao::lmao: with absolute sympathy and a fair share of :rolleyes: at how typical to wait until you are at WDW and checked in to your first meal to mention "Oh I really hate buffet's and character meals". :scared1:

MY Dh will agree completely with you on the food at 1900PF. of course he was so NOT in his happy place that night either. Anastasia & Drizella MAKE that meal!

I am glad that you had fun despite 18 giggling girls and a missing Prince Charming ;)

FloridaPixie
08-04-2011, 03:35 PM
Thanks for the insight regarding this character meal! It is one that I will cross off my list for the time being. My daughter Lilly loves Minnie Mouse, so we're doing Chef Mickey's this trip (next week!) so that we can get lots of Minnie/Lilly pics without having to stand in line. I loved your pics of the Grand Floridian, and I must admit that it is also is not my favorite themed Disney hotel. I do love to resort-hop there, though. Can't wait to read the rest of your report!

TinksThree
08-08-2011, 12:04 PM
I just finished reading only your first evening at MK & then Park Fare with the whole gang.

and laughed:lmao::lmao: with absolute sympathy and a fair share of :rolleyes: at how typical to wait until you are at WDW and checked in to your first meal to mention "Oh I really hate buffet's and character meals". :scared1:

MY Dh will agree completely with you on the food at 1900PF. of course he was so NOT in his happy place that night either. Anastasia & Drizella MAKE that meal!

I am glad that you had fun despite 18 giggling girls and a missing Prince Charming ;)

I agree! Anastasia and Drizella were so hilarious! I think he has now learned that it is better to at least mention likes and dislikes!! :laughing: I told him he can no longer complain about anything if he has not expressed his opinion up front!!

TinksThree
08-08-2011, 12:07 PM
Thanks for the insight regarding this character meal! It is one that I will cross off my list for the time being. My daughter Lilly loves Minnie Mouse, so we're doing Chef Mickey's this trip (next week!) so that we can get lots of Minnie/Lilly pics without having to stand in line. I loved your pics of the Grand Floridian, and I must admit that it is also is not my favorite themed Disney hotel. I do love to resort-hop there, though. Can't wait to read the rest of your report!

Minnie is Madison's favorite also! We liked Chef Mickey's a lot for dinner but not so much for breakfast. So you may be there now?! :woohoo: Or at least close to it!! :woohoo: I hope you have/had an awesome time!

GF really is lovely but it is definitely just a resort hopper to me!

LoriH91
08-08-2011, 12:17 PM
Jumping in!! I haven't gotten very far, but I did read your Park Fare part, because I just made that ADR for us in January. We'll also be traveling with our teenage sons, so I'm always interested in how that goes!! :thumbsup2

pinkxray
08-08-2011, 12:25 PM
I'm sorry to hear Park Fare was a disappointment. It was my number one pick when Caitlin and I were going on our girls only trip. Glad to hear we aren't missing much.

I love the family picture infront of the castle. We didn't get many photopass pictures either. DH kept saying that we already had the picture infront of the ball, castle, etc. I guess once you have one that is all you need forever.:confused3

TinksThree
08-08-2011, 12:42 PM
We exit the restaurant and head back to Magic Kingdom…again on the ferry.

Another pretty resort picture:

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We sit on the dock awaiting the ferry and watch the sun begin to set on our 2nd day….

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I love the approach to the Magic Kingdom from the boats!!

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And you can never have too many of these pictures!!

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I am hoping we can get Keith to try a few new things to salvage this evening. We arrive at Magic Kingdom and head towards Adventureland/Frontierland. The kids want to ride Splash again but Keith doesn’t want to risk getting wet. We had a bit of walking in circles trying to agree on something. I persuade Keith to go to The Country Bear Jamboree. This was a first for all of us and I loved every bit of this show!! I hear comments about it being old and dated…maybe since it was my first time to see it, I found it fun and entertaining. My mom laughed hysterically when the “Debbie Downer “ bear began singing. I thought she was not going to make it through the show!! Be prepared because I got carried away on the picture front! (I am not even posting all of the pictures I took! :rolleyes1)

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Don't they look excited!! :laughing:

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Continued in next post....

TinksThree
08-08-2011, 12:47 PM
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See??? I was just snapping away!! It was a very fun show!

We exit Country Bears and decide to go on Jungle Cruise. I had heard the experience at night is different than daytime. It really is and we had fun!

Keith really enjoyed the corny jokes, which I knew he would!!

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By this time we decide to call it a day and head back to the resort. Now this is where regret sets in. Don’t you hate it when you do something on vacation and then when it is too late to take it back, you regret the choices you make?

Keith does not like parades at all. He is bee-lining around and between people waiting on MSEP. I really wanted to see MSEP because I love it. My mom wanted to see it too. I take pictures of the parade as we make our way to the park entrance:

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This is my regret: I am a big girl and so is my mom. Keith has his own room key as do we. Why did I just follow along behind him (I am a people pleaser and don’t like to rock any boats…that is why!!) and not say “Go on and we will leave after the parade”!? Well, I didn’t so we only saw a run through of MSEP.

We make it to the bus stop and while waiting I see something I have not seen before:

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the Electrical parade! I tried getting a decent picture but it was just too far away. It was pretty though!

We get back to the resort and crash. So how did the Plan for today go?

Well let’s take a tally!!
9am: Rope drop get FP for Splash Mtn Accomplished!!
9:15am-11:30am: BTMRR, POTC, Jungle
Cruise, Country Bears, Haunted
Mansion, Philharmagic 9:15am-12:30pm 3 rides on BTMRR
FPs for Splash
Astro Orbitor once
3 rides on Space Mtn
2 rides on Buzz Lightyear
Carousel of Progress once
Monster’s Inc once
Mickey’s Philharmagic
Meet and Greet with Mary Poppins and ride the carousel
The Mad Tea Cups
Use the FPs at Splash
11:55am: Keith arrives so we go back to
resort for a break/lunch 1pm back to resort, meet up with Keith and eat lunch
3:00pm back to MK—no…sleepy heads so “girl’s “ take a walk
3:30pm-5:30pm: Options---Carousel of
Progress/get Buzz FPs, TTA, Monsters
Inc, use Buzz FPs, use Splash FPs,
Tom Sawyer Island, Liberty Belle (or
ride when we return) 4:45pm back to MK and a quick visit to Monster’s Inc
5:30pm: head to Grand Floridean We were pretty close to this one
6pm: 1900 Park Fare Made our 6:15 reservations
7:30pm back to MK to pick up anything
extra; out before fireworks begin Done! We went on Jungle Cruise and saw Country Bears before leaving the park (and “seeing” MSEP as we walked by!

Overall I deem this day a success…especially since we were “off-plan” almost from the beginning!!

Next day is Epcot...along with more plan changes and another regret!!

TinksThree
08-08-2011, 01:29 PM
Jumping in!! I haven't gotten very far, but I did read your Park Fare part, because I just made that ADR for us in January. We'll also be traveling with our teenage sons, so I'm always interested in how that goes!! :thumbsup2

Welcome!! :yay: Chris was doted on by all of the princesses and Anastasia and Drizella! He loved it! I think Madison started gettign a little jealous from the attention they were paying him! :rotfl:

I'm sorry to hear Park Fare was a disappointment. It was my number one pick when Caitlin and I were going on our girls only trip. Glad to hear we aren't missing much.

I love the family picture infront of the castle. We didn't get many photopass pictures either. DH kept saying that we already had the picture infront of the ball, castle, etc. I guess once you have one that is all you need forever.:confused3

I was not impressed but hopefully for others 1900 Park Fare will be better! I really hope it was an off night! I know what you mean about the pictures! Keith is always telling me we have a picture of this or that but I tell him not from this trip!

LoriH91
08-08-2011, 03:27 PM
Well I went back & read the whole thing!! I'm loving it!! :cool1: And I had no idea about the emoticons!? :banana::banana: I can see an entire page of dancing bananas getting annoying, but whatever on the rest of it. Guess I just always take stuff as sarcastic, since that's how I am!! I can even get a bit snarky, but I try to refrain from that in public. :rolleyes:

I saw one TR where they convinced their son to give one of the girls an engagement ring at 1900 Park Fare. It sounded like so much fun!!

TinksThree
08-09-2011, 09:41 AM
Well I went back & read the whole thing!! I'm loving it!! :cool1: And I had no idea about the emoticons!? :banana::banana: I can see an entire page of dancing bananas getting annoying, but whatever on the rest of it. Guess I just always take stuff as sarcastic, since that's how I am!! I can even get a bit snarky, but I try to refrain from that in public. :rolleyes:

I saw one TR where they convinced their son to give one of the girls an engagement ring at 1900 Park Fare. It sounded like so much fun!!

So happy you are enjoying everything!! :banana: I agree about the emoticons! I love using them as an expression of what I mean especially sicne I am like you...sarcastic! I'm never opinionated either...:rolleyes1 I tend to get a little passionate about things at times.

I love that about the engagement ring and 1900 Park Fare! Wish I had thought of that one!!

FloridaPixie
08-09-2011, 11:40 AM
We'll actually be leaving tomorrow and staying until the 17th (my daughter has "Meet the Teacher" for kindergarten on the 18th!). We've changed our ressie from Chef Mickey's (since we've done that one before) to Cape May Cafe Breakfast with a beachy Minnie, so we're happy to try something new. Looking forward to reading more of your report, and I hope you didn't skip anymore things that you really wanted to do . . .you're not at WDW everyday friend!

TinksThree
08-10-2011, 08:49 AM
We'll actually be leaving tomorrow and staying until the 17th (my daughter has "Meet the Teacher" for kindergarten on the 18th!). We've changed our ressie from Chef Mickey's (since we've done that one before) to Cape May Cafe Breakfast with a beachy Minnie, so we're happy to try something new. Looking forward to reading more of your report, and I hope you didn't skip anymore things that you really wanted to do . . .you're not at WDW everyday friend!

I hope you guys have an awesome trip!! I have heard wonderful things about Cape May! The beachy Mickey and Minnie are so cute!!

TinksThree
08-10-2011, 08:55 AM
We had our first Band Booster meeting this week....and the initial planning for the band trip has begun. The trip to Disney is set for March 22! So I am crossing my fingers it all works out and I can go!!! :yay: Of course being a chaperone to a bunch of high school kids isn't exactly a relaxing Disney vacation and it would be unlike any of my previous trips but I will look forward to just being there and soaking up whatever atmosphere I can!! Plus I am still hoping to convince Keith into a birthday trip next October (2012) for me to the Food and Wine Festival! So more crossing fingers! I am running out of fingers to cross!! :rotfl:

LoriH91
08-10-2011, 10:45 AM
We had our first Band Booster meeting this week....and the initial planning for the band trip has begun. The trip to Disney is set for March 22! So I am crossing my fingers it all works out and I can go!!! :yay: Of course being a chaperone to a bunch of high school kids isn't exactly a relaxing Disney vacation and it would be unlike any of my previous trips but I will look forward to just being there and soaking up whatever atmosphere I can!! Plus I am still hoping to convince Keith into a birthday trip next October (2012) for me to the Food and Wine Festival! So more crossing fingers! I am running out of fingers to cross!! :rotfl:


:cool1: Our Band trip this year is to LA. I'm wondering if I can get a spot as chaperone to check out DL!!

ETA: And I have to check out your tr from last year now!! We were there from June 1-10, so we overlapped! :)

TinksThree
08-11-2011, 08:47 AM
:cool1: Our Band trip this year is to LA. I'm wondering if I can get a spot as chaperone to check out DL!!

ETA: And I have to check out your tr from last year now!! We were there from June 1-10, so we overlapped! :)

Wow...LA!! I have never been out there but definitely think it would be worth it!! :)

That is so cool you were there at the same time! I found even that week not too bad crowd wise.

TinksThree
08-11-2011, 05:57 PM
Sunday morning we awoke bright and early ready to take on a whole new park! We had “done” our two days in Magic Kingdom and we would not be returning. As I had said before this was by design since it is Keith’s least favorite park. But we were so fortunate on both Friday and Saturday to score some awesome wait times and we pretty much covered everything we could possibly want!! :goodvibes The only regret for Magic kingdom was not really getting to see MSEP!

So, where to go on this beautiful Sunday morning? It is still Memorial Day weekend so I had been anticipating large crowds for the weekend since I first began planning this trip. Also of note (I don’t think I mentioned this at all in this TR, only in my PTR): I use The Unofficial Guide and the accompanying Touring Plans web site for direction on everything from Touring Plans (which I pretty much have down to memory now), Best and Worst Park Days, and crowd levels. It is important to note this since I was really focusing on their recommendations due to the holiday weekend.

Initially I had planned on Epcot for Monday (Memorial Day) since it is a larger park and can accommodate more people since it is spread out. However, TP recommended DHS for Monday and Epcot for Sunday. They have NEVER let me down so I made the switch and on Sunday we headed to my upmost favorite park in all of the Walt Disney World Resort!! EPCOT!!!!! :yay::yay::yay:

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First things first though! Food!!! We have two ADRs scheduled for today! Lunch is at the Mexican Pavilion—San Angel Inn—11:30am reservations. The kids and I ate at San Angel Inn in 2009 on our Spring Break trip. Ever since I was in the 6th grade and rode the boat ride in Mexico, I wanted to eat at this restaurant. It looked so romantic!! It is so peaceful and calming inside. You forget that there is an active Epcot park outside the doors! Of course our 2009 meal wasn’t very romantic with me and two teens but it was very good! We all really enjoyed it and decided to give the place another whirl.

Our 2nd ADR was for Kouzzina’s. Originally we had plans for Akershus but once I knew Keith and Chris were going I began having 2nd thoughts on another character meal full of princesses. So I made the change to Kouzzina’s since my mom loves Food Network and all of their chefs…including Cat Cora who is also from Mississippi. This reservation was for 6pm. Thankfully I was so wise to cancel that Akershus reservation months ago because after the previous night, I know this would have been the ultimate fiasco!! :upsidedow

Well, during the fiasco the previous night, I also learned many things about Keith’s likes and dislikes—which I listed so I will not rehash. However, one was that one of the things he really, really liked was riding the boat to DTD from POR last year and eating. I only have one day of this planned! :eek: Not good, so overnight I decide to check to see what DTD restaurants we can go to on the DDP. Captain Jack’s, Raglan Road, and Planet Hollywood are the choices. I get up on Sunday morning and while everyone finishes getting ready I see what I can do to cancel Kouzzina’s and change it to one of the DTD restaurants.

Thankfully we have an I-Phone and I had looked at the menus so I had an idea what we did and did not want. I go down to a very helpful CM and tell her my request. Within 5 minutes we have one ADR cancelled and we are all set up for another one….which I will reveal at a later time!! :rotfl: Bwah-ha-ha-ha (my best rendition of an evil laugh!)

So here we go….I did not realize my mom was looking so forward to Kouzzina’s! I announce at breakfast (breakfast bars from our room being eaten at the bus stop) that we have made the adjustment and she seems a little down. Boy I feel like dirt now! :guilty: So thus begins a downward spiral of People Pleaser Extradonaire (me) trying to please 4 other people with different likes and dislikes plus keep the magic of Disney alive and well. As the trip progresses the plans are beginning to take major detours and there will be a few meltdowns. :rolleyes1 Hopefully by the end we will all be one big happy family enjoying the joys and adventures of WDW!! :grouphug:

Well, soccer practice calls so this is one short update with few pictures but I shall return and begin our Day 3 at Epcot plus reveal that new ADR!! :goodvibes

IheartDDuck
08-11-2011, 07:14 PM
I can empathize with feeling like you have to be a people pleaser. I was tasked with being the one that had to make the itinerary for our July trip that had eight people.

Can't wait to hear which restaurant you ended up at.

ksl5f123
08-11-2011, 08:26 PM
I am so surprised that you haven't seen the Country Bears before. It is so funny! I love the music in there (although I am one of the people who think the bears could use some new fur).

I have never done the Jungle Cruise at night. Maybe that would improve my experience of it.

Too bad you missed MSEP. :sad1:

:wizard: that you get to go on the band trip. Now, this was a long time ago, but when I went on a band trip in high school we just had to check in with our chaperones every couple of hours.

Looking forward to your Epcot day...

teacher1717
08-11-2011, 09:37 PM
Loving the report so far!!

pinkxray
08-11-2011, 10:47 PM
Aw, too bad your Mom missed out on Kouzzina. How could you take eating at an Iron Chef's restaurant away from her? Just kidding... from what I hear you didn't miss much.

I can't wait to see where you end up. You always try places I would like to go but never will unless I am by myself.

Good luck with your future trip plans. I can't seem to make any decisions on where I want to go or when. :confused3 I am so used to DH saying no I don't know what to do with myself when he agrees.

TinksThree
08-12-2011, 11:54 AM
I can empathize with feeling like you have to be a people pleaser. I was tasked with being the one that had to make the itinerary for our July trip that had eight people.

Can't wait to hear which restaurant you ended up at.

Isn't it terrible being a people pleaser? I wish I could be a "whatever" person!! :laughing: I will try to not keep the suspense too long on our restaurant choice!!

I am so surprised that you haven't seen the Country Bears before. It is so funny! I love the music in there (although I am one of the people who think the bears could use some new fur).

I have never done the Jungle Cruise at night. Maybe that would improve my experience of it.

Too bad you missed MSEP. :sad1:

:wizard: that you get to go on the band trip. Now, this was a long time ago, but when I went on a band trip in high school we just had to check in with our chaperones every couple of hours.

Looking forward to your Epcot day...

Country Bears was closed for refurb in '09 and last year we only had one day so it was hard fitting things in. I know I saw it as a kid but really no recollection of it! It is so funny!! And Jungle Cruise at night holds a bit of mystery to it!!

I think that is how they do it still on the band trips. I know when our oldest went to Universal they just checked in every once in awhile (although I did not go on that trip). If that is the case for us then I can meander all I want!! :goodvibes Well somewhat!! I go with no expectations!! :)

Loving the report so far!!

Thank you and I am so glad!! It makes my day to hear that people are enjoying my report!!

Aw, too bad your Mom missed out on Kouzzina. How could you take eating at an Iron Chef's restaurant away from her? Just kidding... from what I hear you didn't miss much.

I can't wait to see where you end up. You always try places I would like to go but never will unless I am by myself.

Good luck with your future trip plans. I can't seem to make any decisions on where I want to go or when. :confused3 I am so used to DH saying no I don't know what to do with myself when he agrees.

I know...I am a terrible daughter aren't I?! :upsidedow I have heard mixed reviews so it wasn't too big of a let down for me. From reading your TRs I think our travel styles are so similar we could fit in well together!

I am "planning" a birthday trip in Oct 2012 and trying to make decisions on that now...like do I want to try to rent DVC points like you did to get a deluxe...it will be my 40th bday after all! :scared1:

TinksThree
08-16-2011, 09:03 PM
Sunday, May 29, 2011 has begun with bright sunshine and blue skies. We are up and ready to take on the day! I am super excited because I adore Epcot and last year Keith had motion sickness from Soarin’ plus a hurt foot that made our 1 day in the park not what I had planned. I was ready!! I could not wait to have not one but TWO full days in my favorite park! I also couldn’t wait to show Keith what he had missed last year…and I will go ahead and say….SUCCESS!!! Alright, so maybe he isn’t as infatuated as I am but I think he “gets it” a little more now! But I still get a fluttery feeling thinking about my Epcot days from this trip!!! :goodvibes

Well, the ADR has been adjusted, the breakfast consumed and we are loading on a bus very soon! My Epcot strategy is one side one day and the other side on Day 2. The plans for today (I list the times just to see if my planning is really feasible. I have to stress this to my travel companions so they do not have to think they must schedule in a bathroom break!!):laughing:

9am Rope Drop Test Track
9:25am Mission Space
Squeeze Pixie Hollow????
9:55am Innovations East/Club Cool
9:55am Sum of All Thrills (East)
10:30am Universe of Energy
11:20am Mexican Pavilion-Viva Mexico 11:30am
11:30am Lunch San Angel Inn
12:40pm Gran Fiesta Tour
1pm Norway Pavilion
1pm Maelstrom (FPs if necessary)
1:40pm China Pavilion
1:40pm Reflections of China
2:10pm Germany Pavilion
2:30pm Italy Pavilion/Sergio 2:30 or 3:30
2:50pm United States Pavilion-Voices at 2:45 or 3:30
2:50pm American Adventure
3:50pm Japan Pavilion
4:30pm Morocco Pavilion-France Serveur Amusant 4:40pm
squeeze--4:45pm Aladdin characters-Morocco or 5:45pm
5:30pm head to Boardwalk
6:40pm Kouzzina
squeeze-7:30pm Off Kilter-Canada (30min show)-2nd chance Wed
8pm back to Epcot-
9pm Illuminations


I will go ahead and say that the only change these plans really encountered were the evening. Kouzzina’s is nixed so obviously we will not be back to Epcot thus Illuminations will be out also. So we have DTD replacing the evening activities and that ADR. I will also go ahead and reveal where we ate (so you won’t have to wait forever!)…We had 3 choices: Captain Jack’s, Raglan Road and Planet Hollywood. After perusing the menus on the I-Phone we knew we wanted to try…….drum roll................:rockband:


































Raglan Road!! The only catch was the earliest ADR was 9pm! :eek: Not my favorite time to eat but oh well! More on that experience at the end of Day 3!!

We arrive at Epcot at 9am sharp and begin our trek to the first stop: Test Track for me to get FPs and the kids to Mission Space. I have done Mission space once (green side) and it was okay but nothing that makes me want to go back over and over. The kids loved it and tried the orange side last year. They wanted to do the orange side again on this trip, so we so “have at it!”

I grab the FPs for Test Track with my mom and Keith in tow and then we head to Mission Space.

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We want to go inside but you have to go through the line to get to the end. So we grab green passes and head in. Funny note: Madison and Chris left us upon park entry and we still pass them standing in the orange line after going and getting FPs at Test Track. Shows you how much longer the orange line is from the green! As we are walking in I am explaining the ride and why I chose not to do it. My mom and Keith decided to “maybe” try it. My mom is all up for it until they get to the part about if you do not like dark, tight places. She makes a quick exit. Surprisingly Keith goes ahead and the two of us ride. Once again, it is “eh” but at least he was game to give it a try! And only a little bit of motion sickness…cured by chewing gum!

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We still finish before Madison and Chris, so we find my mom on a bench and we join her to wait. Bored, I walk around and play with the games in the area.

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Finally, Chris and Madison return from their long journey to Mars and we are off to our next adventure!! First we go through the gift shop and I thought he was just too cute!!

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Next up?

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Another attraction we have not experienced: Universe of Energy.

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I thought this was interesting. I can find us in the reflection but can you??

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We go in and the video at the beginning in the large room has just started. We watch it and wait for the doors to open. The doors swing open and we are practically trampled by older people as they make their way in to ensure a front row seat!! Seriously?? Keith makes an observation about this. My mom agrees since most of these people appear to be her age and she was perfectly happy in the 2nd row! Oh, and the ride is practically empty! Evidentially seeing this from the front row must be pretty spectacular!!
I must have missed something in the ride because from the 2nd row I saw nothing worth running over people to get to the front row!! :rotfl:

In actuality, I did enjoy Universe of Energy. Ellen De Generes makes it pretty interesting. And I like the dinosaur animatronics. It was interesting and we all found the air conditioning refreshing even at 10:00 in the morning! I would definitely take on this one again. It isn’t a must do but worth the time!



Continued in next post....

TinksThree
08-16-2011, 09:04 PM
We exit into the bright sunshine and head off to use the Test Track FPs.

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We pretty much walk straight to a loading deck but first some pictures along the way of the queue:

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We stand around waiting. I think it was maybe 10 minutes or so but it felt longer! They look extremely bored and uninterested.

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We really weren’t so pictures do not always show the whole story!

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Chris began getting into the Hidden Mickey thing slightly so he found this one on a board in the loading area.

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In 2009 there was a video shown before loading that explained the whole testing process with the bumps, heat, cold, turns etc but this time they did not show the video. I found this a little disappointing…kind of felt jilted by not having this information. Last year when we tried to ride, the ride was down and we missed out entirely so we felt a relief when we were actually in the car ready to go!!

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We went through all of the tests…the bumps, the turns, the near misses….
We didn’t seem too concerned with that near mishap!
Soon we were off racing our way around the track and soon it was all over.

Our ride photo!! I really like how PP is available at Test Track!!

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Chris found his next car:

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We looked around at the cars displayed for a few minutes before heading back out. We wandered towards Mexico. It is 10:50 am so still a few minutes before World Showcase opens up for the day!!! I :cloud9: WS

IheartDDuck
08-16-2011, 10:14 PM
Ooohh, Raglan Road. I haven't eaten there yet, so I'm excited to hear about how you liked it.

I like Universe of Energy. I may be one of the only ones, but I like going on it.

That's strange that you didn't see the video at Test Track. They haven't done away with it, it just must not have been working that day. Bizarre.

ksl5f123
08-16-2011, 10:42 PM
I love Epcot in the morning. There don't seem to be too many people in your scenery shots. Perhaps they were all riding the orange side of Mission: Space. :)

The boy in your monorail picture must have been running pretty fast - he is completely airborne! :rotfl:

shan23877
08-17-2011, 12:46 AM
Just found your report and joining in! I'm cracking up at all of your pop culture references (especially the Full House reference) because DH and I do the same thing. Last time we were at WDW I asked DH if he thought I'd get to be 'princess of the day' like Michelle. :rotfl: Really enjoying the report, and thanks for sharing!

Moira222
08-17-2011, 08:51 AM
I agree! Anastasia and Drizella were so hilarious! I think he has now learned that it is better to at least mention likes and dislikes!! :laughing: I told him he can no longer complain about anything if he has not expressed his opinion up front!!

:thumbsup2 Yeah, that's how I roll in my family - if you don't vote, you don't gripe!


We exit Country Bears and decide to go on Jungle Cruise. I had heard the experience at night is different than daytime. It really is and we had fun!

Keith really enjoyed the corny jokes, which I knew he would!!
How fun to do two "corny" things one after the other. :goodvibes



This is my regret: I am a big girl and so is my mom. Keith has his own room key as do we. Why did I just follow along behind him (I am a people pleaser and don’t like to rock any boats…that is why!!) and not say “Go on and we will leave after the parade”!? Well, I didn’t so we only saw a run through of MSEP.

Been there, done that. Wasn't till our last night when Joe left feeling ill that I realized this was a good alternative. Oh well, next time!


Of course being a chaperone to a bunch of high school kids isn't exactly a relaxing Disney vacation and it would be unlike any of my previous trips but I will look forward to just being there and soaking up whatever atmosphere I can!! Plus I am still hoping to convince Keith into a birthday trip next October (2012) for me to the Food and Wine Festival! So more crossing fingers! I am running out of fingers to cross!! :rotfl:
A bad/busy trip to Disney beats a good day at work any day!!! Good luck with the October 2012 trip!!:wizard:

So, where to go on this beautiful Sunday morning? It is still Memorial Day weekend so I had been anticipating large crowds for the weekend since I first began planning this trip. Also of note (I don’t think I mentioned this at all in this TR, only in my PTR): I use The Unofficial Guide and the accompanying Touring Plans web site for direction on everything from Touring Plans (which I pretty much have down to memory now), Best and Worst Park Days, and crowd levels. It is important to note this since I was really focusing on their recommendations due to the holiday weekend.


so where they on target???

I get up on Sunday morning and while everyone finishes getting ready I see what I can do to cancel Kouzzina’s and change it to one of the DTD restaurants.



definitely a good/bad thing _ we LOVED Kouzzina's, It was great for dinner. But I also really wanted to Raglan Road & we ended up cancelling that one. Was it awesome??

BTW when we did testtrack in May they still had the intro video..maybe they cut it to speed up lines on crowded days???

TinksThree
08-17-2011, 12:21 PM
Ooohh, Raglan Road. I haven't eaten there yet, so I'm excited to hear about how you liked it.

I like Universe of Energy. I may be one of the only ones, but I like going on it.

That's strange that you didn't see the video at Test Track. They haven't done away with it, it just must not have been working that day. Bizarre.

Hopefully it will not take too long to get to the end of the day and Raglan Road! We have school beginning so things have picked up majorly...I just thought I was busy this summer!! :sad2:

Universe of Energy was good! I had avoided before, or really just didn't make time for it but now I am glad I fit it into the plan!

Good to know on the video! Hopefully it was just technical!

I love Epcot in the morning. There don't seem to be too many people in your scenery shots. Perhaps they were all riding the orange side of Mission: Space. :)

The boy in your monorail picture must have been running pretty fast - he is completely airborne! :rotfl:

I think the orange side was the busiest place that morning--at least on that side of Epcot! The crowds had been great so far in this trip!

I had not noticed that boy but that is hilarious!! He was really excited about getting somewhere! Had I tried to get a picture like that on purpose it never would have come out!! :rotfl:


Just found your report and joining in! I'm cracking up at all of your pop culture references (especially the Full House reference) because DH and I do the same thing. Last time we were at WDW I asked DH if he thought I'd get to be 'princess of the day' like Michelle. :rotfl: Really enjoying the report, and thanks for sharing!

Welcome!! So glad you are joining in and enjoying the report so far!! We love to refer back to things from movies and tv shows. We always say if anyone is listening in to our conversations, they would think we were crazy! :laughing: That episode of Full House is one of our favorites!


How fun to do two "corny" things one after the other. :goodvibes

And he liked them!! :thumbsup2


Been there, done that. Wasn't till our last night when Joe left feeling ill that I realized this was a good alternative. Oh well, next time!

I know...I don't know why I didn't think of it. but there will be a next time...fingers crossed!! :)

A bad/busy trip to Disney beats a good day at work any day!!! Good luck with the October 2012 trip!!:wizard:

Totally agree!! I "plan" to just soak up the atmosphere and anything else is gravy!

so where they on target???

Yes!! They are pretty awesome at it. We only had one day that was WAY off!

definitely a good/bad thing _ we LOVED Kouzzina's, It was great for dinner. But I also really wanted to Raglan Road & we ended up cancelling that one. Was it awesome??

I don't want to give too much away...;)...but we will be back!! ;)

BTW when we did testtrack in May they still had the intro video..maybe they cut it to speed up lines on crowded days???

Good to hear this! Hopefully it was just "one of those days" for us!!

TinksThree
08-19-2011, 12:37 PM
This post will reflect on one country: MEXICO! Since it includes FOOD!! I decided to make a Mexico post all by itself!!

By this time it was around 10:50am and World Showcase doesn’t open until 11am. There wasn’t enough time to really do anything different but too early to explore Mexico. We slowly make our way to Mexico with a stop here or there.

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We still get there too early and have time to kill. Bored I begin snapping pictures of things.

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One of my favorite boredom shots are of flowers so thankfully there were some pretty flowers in the area!

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There wasn’t much shade and the sun was very bright!! It was also getting very, very warm! I was very thankful we were about to head inside for a nice, relaxing lunch in the air conditioning!

The doors open and we file in with about 50 other people. Our reservations aren’t until 11:30 so we have a little time to kill. We head off to Gran Fiesta Tour and have adventures with Donald Duck! I love Donald Duck! He is one of my favorites!!

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TinksThree
08-19-2011, 12:43 PM
We finish the boat ride and check in for our lunch reservations. While we waited to be buzzed, we peruse the little shops. I had wanted to purchase something here but never did. I love these little guys. They are so colorful. I have a fish that was purchased on a trip to the “real” Mexico and I need to buy it a friend!

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I saw these in several countries and really thought they were cute!!

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Soon, very soon, we are buzzed!! I think we were waiting less than 10 minutes! We are one of the first diners so the restaurant is pretty empty. I am always hopeful for a table near the water and we were not disappointed!! I actually was scared my camera would be lost in the water below if I wasn’t careful!!

We get our menus and I snap some pictures.


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The obligatory chips and salsa are brought out. This was so yummy that we ate and ate and ate!! The salsa has a bit of a kick but it is so good!!

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We all wound up ordering the exact same thing! How odd is that?
Mahi-Mahi a la Veracruzana - Grilled fillet of mahi-mahi served over white rice, prepared with capers, olives, bell peppers, Spanish onions, and tomatoes, seasoned with white wine and spices

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I love capers which was what sold me. Plus I really like Mahi-Mahi! This dish was very good and we all cleaned our plates!! It wasn’t very “Mexican” compared to what we are used to but that makes it even better!!!

For dessert we ventured slightly from one another and ordered Flan de Vainilla - vanilla custard in syrup, topped with roasted almonds

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and something else not listed on All Ears' menus anymore...:confused3 I can best describe it as a custard with fresh fruit--and that is a mint leaf also. Both were good but the Flan de Vainilla was the best!

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Lunch was so delicious! San Angel Inn gets mixed reviews but I have enjoyed my meals here! We will be returning!

Soon we were headed out into the bright, warm sunshine to encounter our next country!!

IheartDDuck
08-19-2011, 05:08 PM
I love the Gran Fiesta Tour! Do you wonder why? :rolleyes1

Clearly, a certain someone is my favorite. I used to watch the 3 Caballero's religiously when I was a kid. Over and over again I tell you.

I like San Angel Inn. I think what I always like the most about it is the ambience.

donnaf516
08-19-2011, 05:24 PM
I'm late to join in so I'm headed back to start reading from the beginning.

TinksThree
08-20-2011, 10:07 AM
I love the Gran Fiesta Tour! Do you wonder why? :rolleyes1

Clearly, a certain someone is my favorite. I used to watch the 3 Caballero's religiously when I was a kid. Over and over again I tell you.

I like San Angel Inn. I think what I always like the most about it is the ambience.

I never would have guessed you like a certain duck! :) He has always been one of my favorites. I always loved his mischievousness!!

I agree about the ambience. I think that is what really scores the high points for us. Especially Keith! The food may not be the most awesome food around but when you combine everything together it makes the restaurant!!

I'm late to join in so I'm headed back to start reading from the beginning.

Welcome!! :yay: Glad you are joining in! I am only on the 3rd day...it is just taking forever to get through one day! :rolleyes1

mikera329
08-20-2011, 12:02 PM
Subbing!!! I'm now on page 9 and enjoying your Dis-a-holic-ness :rotfl: We too are quite crazed and I myself have only been to The World twice! Let the fun continue!!!

ksl5f123
08-21-2011, 10:14 PM
I have tried to post on here 3 times today and the DIS is against me. :confused3 Hopefully, I don't end up with 5 duplicate posts. :headache:

Anyway, your pictures of the Mexico pavilion are awesome. You really captured the atmosphere of that room. Disney does such an awesome job in that space that I have been surprised before leaving the building that the sun is shining. :laughing:

Your food looks good. As to the authenticity, I can say that I have eaten mahi-mahi in Mexico before - although mine was cooked in a banana leaf.

lbuzz52
08-22-2011, 04:42 PM
looks like the morning is starting off well. its so hard to please everyone, you can tell you are trying your best.

TinksThree
08-25-2011, 12:19 PM
Sorry for the delays in responding to your comments and updating! The college I work at has officially begun and we have been swamped!! So I figured I would update quickly while eating my lunch!! I will come back and respond to comments after this post. And I must apologize (unless you like my pictures!) that this one has lots of pictures!!

This is officially my 1000 post!!! I joined the DISBoards in September 2009 while planning our trip for June 2010. But I had been on the boards "lurking" since almost a year before when I first started planning my March 2009 trip. I think my very first post was asking about Chef Mickey's supper vs. breakfast....we chose breakfast and wish we had stuck to supper!! So since this is my 1000th post, and I realized where I was, it seems fitting that this post revolves around one of my favorite places at WDW! World Showcase!! So without further adieu...

We leave Mexico and re-enter the bright, hot sunshine.

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Since we are doing World Showcase, the obvious next stop is Norway!

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Even now as I look back over my pictures, I am amazed at how I appreciate these pavilions more and more! The more time I get to explore, the better I appreciate each one in their own unique way!

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We grab FPs for Maelstrom for later since it is currently down. Then we look around the stores a bit, make a few purchases and soon we head off to China!

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TinksThree
08-25-2011, 12:25 PM
China is one of those pavilions that meant little to me but I love it more and more every trip.

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The Tomb exhibit is so good and we enjoy looking at it every time.

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This time we also saw the movie.

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Reflections of China is good and I recommend it. The only downside is that you must stand (or lean on the railings).

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We had about a 15 to 20 minute wait until the next showing so we found a bench. Everyone was getting a little tired!

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We learned some Chinese prior to the movie which I have now forgotten!

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TinksThree
08-25-2011, 12:27 PM
After the movie we exit into a gift store—those Jungle Cruise jokes don’t miss the mark much! We have fun looking around a bit. Madison found some little elephants and Chris found a Buddha. Madison brought the little elephants home…Chris did not bring the Buddha home!! :rotfl:

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We exit and search for Keith. He has found a spot to sit. If you ever need to find somewhere to sit and wait….ask Keith! Every single trip we take (even little day trips) I have pictures of Keith on a bench, on the ground, on a wall….anywhere he can sit a spell! It has really become a joke and now when he sits, I snap a picture!

This time I sit and wait with Keith while Madison completes her purchases. This was a great way to view the pavilion! We leave but first a few more pictures:

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So we have now accomplished the "left side" of Future World, Mexico, Norway and China. Plus a delicious lunch at San Angle Inn. What next?? Well it is a place in World Showcase, but we are no longer "going in order"!!

mickeystoontown
08-25-2011, 01:16 PM
I laughed outloud at the picture of Keith sitting on the bench and you saying that you take pictures of him any time he is sitting. I do the same thing with John...except most times, John is sitting AND sleeping.

TinksThree
08-25-2011, 01:23 PM
Subbing!!! I'm now on page 9 and enjoying your Dis-a-holic-ness :rotfl: We too are quite crazed and I myself have only been to The World twice! Let the fun continue!!!

It doesn't take long to get addicted does it? :goodvibes So glad you are joining in!!!

I have tried to post on here 3 times today and the DIS is against me. :confused3 Hopefully, I don't end up with 5 duplicate posts. :headache:

Anyway, your pictures of the Mexico pavilion are awesome. You really captured the atmosphere of that room. Disney does such an awesome job in that space that I have been surprised before leaving the building that the sun is shining. :laughing:

Your food looks good. As to the authenticity, I can say that I have eaten mahi-mahi in Mexico before - although mine was cooked in a banana leaf.

Thanks on the compliments on the pictures!! I agree on what a good job they did on the Mexican Pavilion! It really makes me feel as though I am in Mexico. Coronado Springs Resort has that same feel!!

I just learned something last night that Mahi-Mahi is also called dophinfish (not the same as bootlenose dolphins). This also explains why there is a fish atop the Dolphin resort! But back to the meal: the Mahi-Mahi was very good and also good to know on the authenticity of the meal! I am so used to Tex-Mex but I really like experiencing more authentic flavors too!!

looks like the morning is starting off well. its so hard to please everyone, you can tell you are trying your best.

So far this day has been awesome! It is so hard to please others but you are correct...I am trying!! :)

TinksThree
08-25-2011, 01:40 PM
I laughed outloud at the picture of Keith sitting on the bench and you saying that you take pictures of him any time he is sitting. I do the same thing with John...except most times, John is sitting AND sleeping.

And, everytime I see your pictures I think of Keith!! :lmao: Also everytime John is on the phone...that is so Keith too!! :laughing:

mikera329
08-25-2011, 01:45 PM
Don't feel bad about all the pictures! They are great and really give us the feel like we are there enjoying it all with you! Thanks for a great TR :thumbsup2

mermaid764
08-25-2011, 03:16 PM
I love your world showcase pics, but it looks from your pics that it was really hot there that day.

We also loved Reflections of China, it was such a nice break from the heat:goodvibes

IheartDDuck
08-25-2011, 06:45 PM
I love all the pictures of World Showcase. It is one of my favorite things to do too. You are right, a lot of the pavillions grown on you the more you tour them and appreciate the details.

ksl5f123
08-26-2011, 11:23 AM
I love your pictures too. You take pictures of stuff that I wouldn't think about, but I love seeing them later.

I agree about the pavilions growing on you. I really enjoy the Viking museum in Norway and only recently have started to enjoy the China pavilion. However, there is so much there that I still feel like I need to explore more.

TinksThree
08-26-2011, 11:33 AM
Don't feel bad about all the pictures! They are great and really give us the feel like we are there enjoying it all with you! Thanks for a great TR :thumbsup2

I :lovestruc pictures and take so many! That is one thing I love on TRs though is a lot of pictures because just like you said....it makes me feel like I am there (at least a little bit!! :goodvibes).

I love your world showcase pics, but it looks from your pics that it was really hot there that day.

We also loved Reflections of China, it was such a nice break from the heat:goodvibes

It was a little warm that day. I remember the heat weighing on us a little but we are working on so many days at 100 degrees (or close to it) here for the past 3 months that I am remembering it as less hot... :rolleyes1 It was bad enough that we were more "heat" tired than "running around" tired.

We did a lot of going indoors for things to take advantage of the AC!!

I love all the pictures of World Showcase. It is one of my favorite things to do too. You are right, a lot of the pavillions grown on you the more you tour them and appreciate the details.

Thank you! I found myself wondering "Why haven't we done this or that before?" and seeing a whole different side of some of the pavillions!

TinksThree
08-26-2011, 11:56 AM
I love your pictures too. You take pictures of stuff that I wouldn't think about, but I love seeing them later.

I agree about the pavilions growing on you. I really enjoy the Viking museum in Norway and only recently have started to enjoy the China pavilion. However, there is so much there that I still feel like I need to explore more.

Thanks!! :goodvibes I really like the Viking museum too. We didn't make it there this time but we had fun in there last year. It is one I hope to explore more! I have learned so much in the China Pavillion!!

saintstickets
08-26-2011, 10:01 PM
I don't know how I missed seeing your TR when it started but when I found it tonight, I have read the entire thing in one sitting. I knew I was hooked when I saw these pics at the beginning...

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SMTTT

We too are from the Magnolia State and live just outside of Hattiesburg in Petal. I am the Disney nut in our family, do all the planning and the others are okay with that (as if they had a choice! :lmao:)

I am really enjoying your TR. You have lots of great pics and I really enjoyed the fireworks shots with the castle. We too love Nawlins and as you can probably guess from my screen name, why we go there often. :cool1:

Keep the TR coming. It will be a while before we are back at WDW so I must live vicariously through great TR's like yours! :worship:

pinkxray
08-27-2011, 06:44 AM
I love all of your WS photos. The last trip I took as a kid was probably the last time I actually spent a good amount of time in WS and that was like 15 years ago. I can't wait until we go back ago and I can spend some time there by myself. No one would even do the rides in Mexico or Norway:confused3

Your meal at SAI looks very yummy and the restaurant looks beautiful.

When I look at your pictures it almost feels like I am looking at pictures of somewhere I haven't been before.

TinksThree
08-27-2011, 09:40 PM
I don't know how I missed seeing your TR when it started but when I found it tonight, I have read the entire thing in one sitting. I knew I was hooked when I saw these pics at the beginning...


SMTTT

We too are from the Magnolia State and live just outside of Hattiesburg in Petal. I am the Disney nut in our family, do all the planning and the others are okay with that (as if they had a choice! :lmao:)

I am really enjoying your TR. You have lots of great pics and I really enjoyed the fireworks shots with the castle. We too love Nawlins and as you can probably guess from my screen name, why we go there often. :cool1:

Keep the TR coming. It will be a while before we are back at WDW so I must live vicariously through great TR's like yours! :worship:

SMTTT!!:goodvibes

So happy you found my TR! :yay: And that you are enjoying it! We will be down your way next Saturday! I am a Southern grad...DH is a huge State baseball fan. I have been pretty successful in converting him to the right path though!! Our house has been counting down for football. We also are HUGE Saints fans! Our Sunday schedules revolve around game time! I pretty much bleed Black and Gold--Southern and Saints!

I hope I can continue to help your Disney withdrawals!! :)

I love all of your WS photos. The last trip I took as a kid was probably the last time I actually spent a good amount of time in WS and that was like 15 years ago. I can't wait until we go back ago and I can spend some time there by myself. No one would even do the rides in Mexico or Norway:confused3

Your meal at SAI looks very yummy and the restaurant looks beautiful.

When I look at your pictures it almost feels like I am looking at pictures of somewhere I haven't been before.

Thanks!! I think both of the boat rides are cute and fun. Knowing your WS history...:hug:...I hope you get your solo time next time! You deserve it! ;) SAI is really good and I just love the ambience there!

Moira222
08-28-2011, 10:48 AM
sigh your world show case photos are so relaxing, i never seem to be able to take a pavillion in at that level of slowness and ease. :goodvibes just what I needed while the wind whips up the tail end of Irene here.

lbuzz52
08-29-2011, 10:17 AM
i really appreciate your WS pictures. we never give the pavillions an appropriate amount of time. i think for future trips i'll demand we do so for at least one pavillion per Epcot day. There are just too many cool things we are missing.

TinksThree
08-29-2011, 01:01 PM
sigh your world show case photos are so relaxing, i never seem to be able to take a pavillion in at that level of slowness and ease. :goodvibes just what I needed while the wind whips up the tail end of Irene here.

I think WS is the one place at Disney that I do slow down! Everywhere else I seem to be darting to and fro! I hope you guys were okay in the storm! Those things can be so nasty!! :headache:

i really appreciate your WS pictures. we never give the pavillions an appropriate amount of time. i think for future trips i'll demand we do so for at least one pavillion per Epcot day. There are just too many cool things we are missing.

Had Keith not sat down in China, I would had missed many details that I had not seen before. And I had thought we had spent adequate time there in the past! So my suggestion is to find a spot to sit and just look around. Later int eh week, I found a whole new appreciation for Germany! ;) Which I just always thought of as beer and pretzels!! :laughing:

TinksThree
08-30-2011, 12:24 PM
When I last left off we had just finished up in China and we were heading on a mission deeper into the World Showcase...

Where are we headed?? To France!! We have a mission: Belle!!

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If you recall from 2 days prior (or 2 months ago!!) my mom had purchased my niece a Belle souvenir and wanted Belle to sign it. We went to the princesses meet and greet at Magic Kingdom only to not see Belle. Well, I did not stress over it and told my mom we could definitely see Belle at Epcot. I had her schedule from online so we were on a mission!!

We get there and see the next time is at 2:20pm.

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It is right around 2pm so we figure that is not too bad of a wait! We queue up and then I hear it….is it really??? I didn’t think they were performing on any of our Epcot days!!!

Okay, let me back up. You have absolutely no idea what I am talking about!! I love many things about Epcot and one of them is the entertainment in each country. Last year I saw none of it! NONE!! I was super disappointed! I had made careful notes about when and where I could enjoy the entertainment only to not be able to explore and enjoy Epcot like I wanted. Well, this trip was going to be different! I made notes and was prepared! I wanted my entertainment!!

So who exactly was this that I wanted to see but didn’t think they would be performing on my Epcot days? Matsuriza in Japan! :yay: I leave my mom and Madison to wait on Belle and speed walk back to Japan. They were so good!! I really enjoyed hearing/seeing them perform!!

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After watching for a bit I head back to France where Madison has just met Belle. I search for Keith. Of course, I should have known he has found a nice place to sit and people watch! See him??

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There he is!!

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Thankfully I had Photopass and still had pictures of Madison and one of our favorite princesses!!

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Then Serveur Amusant is in action! So we walk the short distance over to catch their antics! They are hilarious and this was a lot of fun too!

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TinksThree
08-30-2011, 12:28 PM
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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Halfway through the performance a grandfather and his granddaughter come and sit in front of us. This is fine until the little girl begins climbing on the grandfather’s shoulders and twirling on the floor and then….she goes to the singers who are trying to ignore the distraction and begins messing with the ladies’ dresses! Okay, your 4 year oldish granddaughter is cute but she isn’t that cute! When it was all over the little girl runs to her mother (I presume) who dotes all over her and thinks she is just the cutest thing for “getting into the act”! Other than that though this was awesome! We talked to a few singers before heading upstairs to see the American Adventure show.

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This is pretty good and on this day the air conditioning was very welcoming! All total we spent close to an hour doing the show and Voices of Liberty so this pavilion needs to have some time allotted to fully appreciate it!

We venture out of America and into Italy. I wish in “real-life world” I could walk from America to Italy in 1 minute! I would be one happy little camper!!

When we get to Italy I head for a shop to locate something I have fallen in love with….candy from Italy!!!
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I look around the shop a bit more, purchase my candy and then we head out for some photo ops:

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More cute Mouse Ears!

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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!!

mickeystoontown
08-30-2011, 01:51 PM
I am thoroughly enjoying your trip around World Showcase. Again, I had to laugh when I saw Keith sitting over in the grass just people watchin'. That's so something that John would do. I get all nervous when John does that. All I can think of is somebody coming along and telling him to "get off the grass". :rolleyes:

I've never seen or heard of the Ziti Sisters. I wonder if they are new?

IheartDDuck
08-30-2011, 09:23 PM
You got to see some pretty good shows, I have to say.

I love seeing Voices of Liberty. Honestly, their singing just gives me the chills. So clear and pretty.

Boo to the kid trying to "get in on the act". I really can't stand that. These people are trying to do a job. Very annoying.

ksl5f123
08-30-2011, 09:50 PM
I had the same thought as mickeystoontown, "You are allowed on the grass?"

I love your picture from the Italy pavilion that just has the building and the sky. (I tried to quote it but apparently I am not that talented.) Just beautiful!!!!!

I have never been inside the Italy pavilion (except for Tutto Italia). What kind of candy is it? I am intrigued.

The costumes on the Voices of Liberty are so pretty but I agree with you - no touching.

You saw a lot of shows. I haven't seen the Ziti Sisters or Serveur Amusant before. They look like fun!

Belle gets some of the best costumes. She looks pretty in the blue and the yellow.

TinksThree
08-31-2011, 11:44 AM
I am thoroughly enjoying your trip around World Showcase. Again, I had to laugh when I saw Keith sitting over in the grass just people watchin'. That's so something that John would do. I get all nervous when John does that. All I can think of is somebody coming along and telling him to "get off the grass". :rolleyes:

I've never seen or heard of the Ziti Sisters. I wonder if they are new?

I had never heard of them either! I actually looked the info up on the WDW web site when I got home to get the details! They were a lot of fun though and definitely worth watching when in Italy!

Uhmmm...I never thought about not being able to get on the grass....I wonder if I just "outed" him!? :rotfl: No one said anything but then no one may have noticed either! I would have been like you had i considered the possibility!!

You got to see some pretty good shows, I have to say.

I love seeing Voices of Liberty. Honestly, their singing just gives me the chills. So clear and pretty.

Boo to the kid trying to "get in on the act". I really can't stand that. These people are trying to do a job. Very annoying.

I was very excited abuot the shows we caught! I think Keith and Chris watched the Mo Rockin' band for a few but i skipped it...I have seen them perform before and while very good....I don't need any self-esteem issues on my vacation!! :rolleyes:

Yes, touching and pulling on the skirts is very annoying. Had it been me singing I would have lost my concentration! I love to hear them sing too and would love to join in but that would not be pretty!!!

I had the same thought as mickeystoontown, "You are allowed on the grass?"

Ya'll are making me self-conscious now!! :rotfl: Never crossed my mind! I guess when country comes to town......

I love your picture from the Italy pavilion that just has the building and the sky. (I tried to quote it but apparently I am not that talented.) Just beautiful!!!!!

Thanks!! I don't know the name of it either! I always call things by the wrong name!

I have never been inside the Italy pavilion (except for Tutto Italia). What kind of candy is it? I am intrigued.

They are just chocolates but the flavor is different than Amrican chocolate. I think a lot of it has hazlenut lavoring and some you have to be over 21 to buy...:rolleyes1 But it is really good. It is kind of expensive but then not really...usually $.65 to $.90 a piece. Which that sounds like a lot but I usually buy $8-$9 dollars worth and use it as "treats" for myself when I get home so I consider it a good souvenir that is relatively inexpensive!

The costumes on the Voices of Liberty are so pretty but I agree with you - no touching.

You saw a lot of shows. I haven't seen the Ziti Sisters or Serveur Amusant before. They look like fun!

Belle gets some of the best costumes. She looks pretty in the blue and the yellow.

I love the entertaiment it was so much fun this time around! And I agree about Belle...I think that may be one of the reasons she is my fave!

lbuzz52
08-31-2011, 04:31 PM
good afternoon! i'm glad you got to see Belle AND catch some awesome entertainment:thumbsup2

TinksThree
09-01-2011, 12:19 PM
good afternoon! i'm glad you got to see Belle AND catch some awesome entertainment:thumbsup2

Thanks...it was a fun-filled afternoon for sure!!! :goodvibes

TinksThree
09-06-2011, 08:31 PM
Just checking in to let you know I will be back soon with an update! We had heavy rains over the weekend from TS Lee which made my internet sporadic (I'm assuming). I'd hoped to post an update while off but that didn't happen! We were so busy plus going to a 9pm college football Saturday night, sitting in a Tropical Storm until 1am...something I have never done but we had so much fun!! :goodvibes Winning helped too! :laughing:

So I hope to have an update in a day or two...hang with me please!! :thumbsup2

saintstickets
09-06-2011, 08:55 PM
Just checking in to let you know I will be back soon with an update! We had heavy rains over the weekend from TS Lee which made my internet sporadic (I'm assuming). I'd hoped to post an update while off but that didn't happen! We were so busy plus going to a 9pm college football Saturday night, sitting in a Tropical Storm until 1am...something I have never done but we had so much fun!! :goodvibes Winning helped too! :laughing:

So I hope to have an update in a day or two...hang with me please!! :thumbsup2

Kinda figured you were celebrating the late night show at the "Rock"! :thumbsup2 TS Lee kept us in the house for Labor Day. Now we have to wait for the lake in our yard to dry up! Look forward to your next post.

TinksThree
09-08-2011, 11:58 AM
Kinda figured you were celebrating the late night show at the "Rock"! :thumbsup2 TS Lee kept us in the house for Labor Day. Now we have to wait for the lake in our yard to dry up! Look forward to your next post.

Yes we were at the "Rock"!! We holed up inside the remainder of the weekend since we experienced more than enough rain that night/morning!! :laughing:

TinksThree
09-08-2011, 12:40 PM
:offtopic:

Before I post I thought I would let you see just how crazy my family is! This past weekend we got well over 11 inches of rain from TS Lee and while we did spend the majority of the weekend in the house (thank goodness foootball has started!! :cheer2:) we did make one journey south....

Most people avoid rain/Tropical Storms/Hurricanes...we go and sit in the middle of it at a 9pm game and did not leave until 1am! So what does crazy look like??? (This also "may" explain the "Rock" reference!)

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And now we are back to the Disney report!!!

After we had some fun in Italy we made our way to Germany to find a snack and Keith wanted a German beer.

While Keith enjoys his beer and Chris grabs a pretzel, us girls head into the stores and look around.

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We end our store visits in the caramel shop.

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This place smells divine and the choices are unbelievable! I got two caramels.

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These were so good but very rich. This is on a Sunday and they lasted until the following Sunday when I finally finished them up! Of course I dragged their goodness out too for memory sake!

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The heat and length of time in Epcot is beginning to drain us so we head to Norway again to use those FPs.

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TinksThree
09-08-2011, 12:43 PM
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:

CARS!!!! Love Lightening McQueen!!

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And To-Mater!!

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At Spaceship Earth, we load up. I tell Keith to smile but did he? Well you will see in just a minute!

I try taking pictures and then my display disappears. I spend most of this ride upset that my camera has “broke” and it is too dark for me to determine how to fix it. But what if it is just broke because I take 5000 pictures in one day and it is worn out?! I snap away not knowing what kind of pictures I will get. Some are good and some are not.

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I think this area is fun:

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TinksThree
09-08-2011, 12:48 PM
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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Thankfully after we exit I see that this camera (that I use constantly and have used constantly for 2 ½ years) has a button that says “disp”. Evidentially when you click this button, the display can be turned on and off. Who knew??? :confused3

So camera fixed, we head to the buses for a little break before our boat ride to DTD!

I will go ahead and reflect on how “The Plan” went since it basically changes to “on the fly” from here on out!!

Test Track Accomplished!!
Mission Space Accomplished!!
Pixie Hollow???? Skipped but this was iffy anyhow. This was a “just in case” on the plan.
Innovations East/Club Cool Did not make it to this
Sum of All Thrills (East) Did not make it to this
Universe of Energy Accomplished!!
Mexican Pavilion-Viva Mexico 11:30am Accomplished!!
Lunch San Angel Inn Accomplished!!
Gran Fiesta Tour Accomplished!!
Norway Pavilion Accomplished!!
Maelstrom (FPs if necessary) Accomplished!! With Fast Pass
China Pavilion Accomplished!!
Reflections of China Accomplished!!
Germany Pavilion Accomplished!!
Italy Pavilion/Sergio 2:30 or 3:30 Accomplished!! Not Sergio but The Ziti Sisters
United States Pavilion-Voices at 2:45 or 3:30 Accomplished!!
American Adventure Accomplished!!
Japan Pavilion Accomplished!!—well sort of, I saw the drums but we did not explore the pavilion
Morocco Pavilion-France Serveur Amusant 4:40pm Serveyr Amusant Accomplished!! Keith and Chris saw Mo Rockin’ in Morocco but neither pavilion explored.
Aladdin characters-Morocco or 5:45pm Did not make it to this

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!

IheartDDuck
09-08-2011, 08:09 PM
Once again, you got a lot accomplished in one day! Awesome! And ending it with my personal favorite, Spaceship Earth? Great. :thumbsup2

Karamell Kuche is soooooo good. I went in there and was completely overwhelmed by what they had to offer. I love caramel. Love love love it!

TinksThree
09-08-2011, 08:50 PM
Once again, you got a lot accomplished in one day! Awesome! And ending it with my personal favorite, Spaceship Earth? Great. :thumbsup2

Karamell Kuche is soooooo good. I went in there and was completely overwhelmed by what they had to offer. I love caramel. Love love love it!

We did get so much accomplished and it felt so good...just wish I could keep that feeling...:rolleyes1!!

Spaceship Earth is one of my favorites too! Love it!

That caramel was awesome!!! We wandered in and I snapped a few pictures and then went elsewhere...then it hit me: That was the caramel store!!!! So I went back. So much to choose from and it smells divine! I am already plotting getting there on my next trip!

ksl5f123
09-10-2011, 08:53 PM
What an awesome day!

I love the mug from Keith's beer. I like the tall narrow ones.

That caramel shop does smell incredible. Everything in there looks so good.

The pictures your "broken" camera took on Spaceship Earth are great. I love all of the screen shots of your future.

11 inches of rain! Yikes. If we get more than 2 we have a lake in our backyard. I would hate to see it with 11 inches. :eek:

TinksThree
09-14-2011, 01:40 PM
What an awesome day!

I love the mug from Keith's beer. I like the tall narrow ones.

That caramel shop does smell incredible. Everything in there looks so good.

The pictures your "broken" camera took on Spaceship Earth are great. I love all of the screen shots of your future.

11 inches of rain! Yikes. If we get more than 2 we have a lake in our backyard. I would hate to see it with 11 inches. :eek:

It was a very fun day! Keith really liked germany...and returns! :laughing: I was surprised I even got any good ones since I could not see what I was taking pictures of! It made me think back to my days of the 35 mm camera!

We had so much water here and my work/office/department was completely flooded. It smelled like kitty litter and we had fans for a week! :sick: It was gross! I do feel so bad for those in Pensylvania and the northeast though because they have really been getting the flooding!


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! ;)

mickeystoontown
09-14-2011, 02:00 PM
Did Keith like the beer from Germany? John ended up pouring out more than half of his because he said it wasn't very good.

I so wish I had gotten something from the new caramel store. The caramels that you got looked so good even if you did say they were very rich.

TinksThree
09-14-2011, 03:23 PM
Did Keith like the beer from Germany? John ended up pouring out more than half of his because he said it wasn't very good.

I so wish I had gotten something from the new caramel store. The caramels that you got looked so good even if you did say they were very rich.

Keith did like it but he always goes for the light beer. He even went back later in the week for more. (That was how I got him to stick around for Illuminations!).

The caramel shop was very good! I love caramel but these were better than anything I have ever store bought! Yummy!! :goodvibes

ksl5f123
09-14-2011, 08:30 PM
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 am so sorry to hear about your grandma. :hug: My grandma is 89 years old and I worry every time the phone rings when I am not expecting a call. Take all of the time you need. We will still be here when you get back. :grouphug:

TinksThree
09-16-2011, 02:20 PM
I am so sorry to hear about your grandma. :hug: My grandma is 89 years old and I worry every time the phone rings when I am not expecting a call. Take all of the time you need. We will still be here when you get back. :grouphug:

Thank you! :hug: It has been a crazy, busy and exhausting week! It had gotten where over the past two weeks I worried everytime my dad called that this was "it"!

TinksThree
09-16-2011, 03:14 PM
Now we go "Off Plan"...sort of like going "Off Road"!! We were supposed to remain at Epcot for the evening, head over to Boardwalk and eat supper at Kouzzinas. That plan was nixed before the day really got started. So, with dinner ADRs now made at Raglan Road, we were off to blaze new and unplanned trails!!

A friend welcomed us "home":

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After resting a bit at the resort (I think we watched some of the Casey Anthony trial since it had just began) we head out for one of Keith’s favorite parts of being at POR/POFQ and Disney…the boat ride to DTD! The line to board was fairly long…a wait of about 20 minutes or so and it was still pretty warm. Once on board we had to sit separate so the ride was pretty quiet. I snapped one picture along the way. It seems weird sitting all alone and snapping pictures over strangers, so I did not take too many this trip!

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I love the approach to DTD. One day I want to try the Characters in Flight and Cirque de Soleil!

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Our dinner reservations weren’t until 9:30pm so we had a bit of time to spare.

Another thing I learned about Keith (at this very moment) is that he really liked watching the entertainment going on stage. Nothing was happening when we got there but we could tell a show would soon be in the works! So we decide to hang out and see what was coming up. The sun was beginning to set and I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures.

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Then we watched dance group from New Jersey. They were pretty good and had very cute dances.

Finally it was time to head to Raglan Road. This was our first time to try this restaurant. We find the restaurant and check in.

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continued in the next post.....

TinksThree
09-16-2011, 03:21 PM
They say it will be a 15 minute wait or so (we were early for the ADR). While we wait we meandered into the store but soon we were being paged.
We are seated next to a bar but not in the main room. We could hear the band playing but not see anything. Everyone in the main room was having a wonderful time and we really felt like we were missing out! But it was fun listening and we decided we would return and request sitting in the main room.

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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!

He makes a face that prompts me to verify that they did accept the DDP…after all they were on the list. He says that they do but then proceeds to inform us that it is just a very difficult process of doing a receipt through one system and then having to do another and blah, blah, blah…..

Now we planned to order alcoholic beverages and appetizers neither of which are on the DDP. Plus we always tip the 18% of the meal. Plus since we were on the DDP we weren’t focusing on prices and were ordering some pretty pricey entrees. I just say this to bring up the fact that he was looking at a pretty good tip even though we were using the DDP. Well, that tip was slipping away and as the night progressed…that tip was almost non-existent!!

We order our drinks and appetizer: Calamari City - Salt 'n' Pepper calamari and mixed tempora vegetables served with a spicy remoulade

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The appetizer was very good!! We always enjoy calamari…except Madison. I just can’t get her to eat it after she found out what it is. She liked it before she knew! I also ordered the sangria and I definitely recommend this drink!

By this time a family is seated next to us with several late teen/early 20s children. They have the same waiter…they do not have the DDP…I think you know where I am going without describing the wonderful service they received!! Yep, that tip is quickly going Buh-Bye :wave2:!!

We order our food and discuss the day. As you can tell we are beginning to look a little haggard. I can tell by my picture that I am very tired! I can see the tiredness written all over my face!

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Our food arrives at 10:20pm and we dig in! All of this was very good! (I am leaving the prices due to the lack of tip…3 months later and this guy’s attitude still ticks me off!! :mad:) CREDIT: Also I got this from the website menus for the descriptions.

Chris got the Mighty Mixed Grill - lamb chop, Guinness banger, sirloin steak, black pudding, chicken drumstick and bacon. $28

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Although I must say I am not a big fan of the black pudding. Maybe on another day where I am not so tired I will give it another try! It wasn’t bad but not anything to write home about. Chris barely tasted it so he wouldn’t know if he liked it…it looked like a burnt marshmallow!! But what he really wanted was the lamb. I believe he pretty much approved of everything else on his plate.

My mom, Keith and I got the Serious Steak - 10 oz sirloin topped with Irish whiskey marmalade glaze, with fresh basil oil, mashed potatoes, and topped with crispy fried onion strings $27

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This steak is seriously good although mine was overcooked just a bit. It was so late that I just ate it. Besides, by this time I wasn’t real sure what the waiter was doing to our food before bringing it out!

Madison went way out on a limb and ordered the Fish and Chips - Our famous beer battered fish & chips served with our fresh tartar sauce. (tip-sprinkle some vinegar on both-tasty!) $19

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She wasn’t too thrilled with them. She said she had definitely had better. I did not try it so I will have to take her word for it. I am generally not big on fried fish…hard to believe since I live in the Catfish Capital of the US!! For some reason people around here say they are going to eat seafood when they are going to a catfish house!? Catfish is not seafood in my book…they taste like mud…oops….sorry for that tangent :rolleyes1!!! Went a little off-topic….

So we finish up our meals and order dessert. It was okay but I would not pay for these desserts. Glad they were covered on the DDP!

Bailey's Brulé Tart - Créme Brulé, Irish style $8
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Trifle Sinful - kitchen baked Swiss roll, Gran Marnier, berries, custard and cream $8disizourmenu (And no picture of this treat either!--sorry again!)

Finally we are finished with our supper and get our check from the almost non-existent waiter. His tip was very low…in fact, I wrote the tip and we darted for fear he may chase us down! Ages ago my uncle would leave a penny tip for bad service. I had considered this on this particular night! We decide to ride the bus back and we go to wait (forever) at 11:40pm. We get back to the resort and hit the sack! Exhausted!!

One final picture before we depart....

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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!!).

Our day overall was over the top. It went way better than I had planned it. I think Epcot is one of the easiest parks to plan. As long as you have more than one day to tour, you can easily cover a lot of ground!! This day still brings a smile to my face!! :goodvibes

Up Next: The Best/Avoid Parks from touringplans.com is WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pinkxray
09-16-2011, 07:30 PM
Raglan Road has been at the top of my list but I always push it off when I add the dining plan. I have just heard too many times that certain items were excluded and will wait until we are oop.

The steak looks good. The server sounds awful:headache:

Your towel animal was so cute:thumbsup2

IheartDDuck
09-16-2011, 08:10 PM
I'm very sorry to hear about your Grandma. I worry about my Grandma every day too.

I am so sorry about your experience at Raglan Road! That's an element of the DDP that I don't love. For some reason, some waiters just seem to get so bent out of shape about it. I just don't get it! You're still getting a tip dude!

I'm glad though that the food was good. I'm surprised that you weren't impressed with the desserts. I haven't eaten there, but I have heard that they are really good.

saintstickets
09-16-2011, 08:40 PM
Glad to hear you are willing to try Raglan Road again. We are thinking about going there during our May, 2012 trip. I know what you mean about the disappearing tip! If I have received bad service, I will decrease the tip and write on the ticket the reason why I left a less than normal tip. (Maybe it's a Mississippi thing?! :lmao:) My sons worked at a restaurant during college and they said that will get a managers attention REAL quick!

Keep the great TR coming. Y'all coming down south tomorrow night to see the Eagles rip SELA? We might have to have a Disney/USM/Saints meetup sometime! :thumbsup2

TinksThree
09-17-2011, 07:38 AM
Raglan Road has been at the top of my list but I always push it off when I add the dining plan. I have just heard too many times that certain items were excluded and will wait until we are oop.

The steak looks good. The server sounds awful:headache:



We were able to order anything we wanted on the menu. I hadn't heard much about Raglan road before going but it was all good reviews. There isn't much to choose from restaurant wise in the DTD/DDP department!

Yes he was! I wish I had not been so tired and I would have written a complaint. Maybe I should check my receipts?!

I'm very sorry to hear about your Grandma. I worry about my Grandma every day too.

I am so sorry about your experience at Raglan Road! That's an element of the DDP that I don't love. For some reason, some waiters just seem to get so bent out of shape about it. I just don't get it! You're still getting a tip dude!

I'm glad though that the food was good. I'm surprised that you weren't impressed with the desserts. I haven't eaten there, but I have heard that they are really good.

Thank you so much!

I don't get it either on the DDP. Maybe they get cheated too much by others? But at least give others a chance. Regarding the desserts: It could have been that I was so tired and by the time desserts arrived we were really just ready to go to sleep. Maybe a 2nd chance is in order!

Glad to hear you are willing to try Raglan Road again. We are thinking about going there during our May, 2012 trip. I know what you mean about the disappearing tip! If I have received bad service, I will decrease the tip and write on the ticket the reason why I left a less than normal tip. (Maybe it's a Mississippi thing?! :lmao:) My sons worked at a restaurant during college and they said that will get a managers attention REAL quick!

Keep the great TR coming. Y'all coming down south tomorrow night to see the Eagles rip SELA? We might have to have a Disney/USM/Saints meetup sometime! :thumbsup2

It is definitely worth going to Ragaln Road! That is a great idea on the tip! I never thought of writing the reason for the low tip! :thumbsup2

A Disney/USM/Saints meetup sounds cool! We are heading down there after soccer games. I hope to make it in time for the Eagle Walk! I really hope they rip SELA. They haven't looked too great against LA Tech or Marshall...but the defense looks like it is making a comeback! :)

POLY1985
09-17-2011, 08:15 AM
Enjoying your TR. Too bad about the waiter at Raglan Road. Nothing turns me off more than a server (or cashier) that complains to a guest. Looking forward to hearing more about POFQ. I am hoping to stay there on our next trip.

mickeystoontown
09-18-2011, 07:44 AM
The boat ride from Port Orleans to Downtown Disney looks lovely and I can see why everybody raves about it. The sunset pictures are so very pretty.

I had to laugh when you said that Madison won't eat calamari any more since she now knows what it is. :laughing: We ate at Mama Melrose's and Hunter had no idea what John and I ordered as an appetizer (calamari). I told him I'd give him $5 if he would eat a piece. He did and then I told him what it was. :lmao:

I hate that you ran into a rude/non-existent water at Raglan Road. Fortunately, we have never had a problem with the wait staff and the dining plan. At least the food was good so you enjoyed something about the dinner.

TinksThree
09-18-2011, 05:08 PM
Enjoying your TR. Too bad about the waiter at Raglan Road. Nothing turns me off more than a server (or cashier) that complains to a guest. Looking forward to hearing more about POFQ. I am hoping to stay there on our next trip.

Thanks!! He was the worst waiter I have ever had but the food and atmosphere over shadowed him.

I have a future update showcasing POFQ a little more so hopfully you will enjoy it! We really like it there!!

The boat ride from Port Orleans to Downtown Disney looks lovely and I can see why everybody raves about it. The sunset pictures are so very pretty.

I had to laugh when you said that Madison won't eat calamari any more since she now knows what it is. :laughing: We ate at Mama Melrose's and Hunter had no idea what John and I ordered as an appetizer (calamari). I told him I'd give him $5 if he would eat a piece. He did and then I told him what it was. :lmao:

I hate that you ran into a rude/non-existent water at Raglan Road. Fortunately, we have never had a problem with the wait staff and the dining plan. At least the food was good so you enjoyed something about the dinner.

I think the boat ride is what won Keith over, or at least started swaying him. It is such a peaceful trip to DTD!

Too funny how you tricked Hunter! I have to fool Madison a lot to eat things. Maybe I can use cash for her to eat venison!! :lmao:

The food was very good there! Thank goodness because aside from the waiter and being tired we thoroughly enjoyed the night!!

TinksThree
09-19-2011, 12:29 PM
Day 4-May 30, 2011 Memorial Day

I have contemplated since this day how to report. Do I report the Good, the Bad, the Ugly or all Three? Well since it is after all vacation and we are at “The Happiest Place on Earth” I have decided to report the Good, skirt around the Bad and briefly mention the Ugly! :sad2:

Even though the night before was a very late night, we had an early morning because we were headed to DHS….and Toy Story Mania!! There is a strategy here and you must be there for Rope Drop to accomplish the strategy! Keith learned this last year and does not delay us.

Last year after our trip, Keith and I were talking about something and through the conversation I discovered something that he would never, ever in a million years admit…he actually enjoyed going to Disney! :woohoo: Oh there were things he didn’t like but more importantly, there were things he did like and through my carefully timed interrogation I learned that his favorite park on the June 2010 trip was DHS and that he really liked TSMM and Indiana Jones along with Lights Motors Action! I also discovered some other things but these pertained to this particular day!

Rope Drop was at 9am so I wanted to be there only a little after 8am. See my strategy is one I learned here on the DISBoards and it has not disappointed! #1: Get there early! #2: Send one person ahead to get FPs for TSMM #3: Rest of group follows the masses to the stand-by line where said “runner of the FPs” joins in #4 Ride Stand-By (never has been longer than a 15 minute wait) #5: Go to the other favored rides….Rock-n-Roller and Tower of Terror of course! #6: Usually by the time we ride one of the #5 rides, we can get a FP for another ride…usually we grab for ToT!! (My favorite ride in all of the Disney World Kingdom!!!!)

Originally, I had thought I would do Epcot on Monday due to it being a holiday and Epcot can spread more people out but since I have used Touring Plans for all of my planning and it has gone off without a hitch…I figured I should follow the “BEST” park for that day: Disney’s Hollywood Studios rated a 6.2 crowd level.

Hmmm…………………….Does this look like 6.2???

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No?? Well, what about this one?????

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At this point I should have seriously considered the $54 to get Park Hoppers but we only had 3 days left and really didn’t think we would use it again after this particular day (and we would not have). Back tracking slightly….maybe because of the late night/early morning, or the lack of breakfast thus far but we had some attitudes going on in our group! :eek: Or something, it couldn’t be figured out but whatever evil forces were reigning on our day….it made for a very unhappy ending. This day had its fun moments but sadly, the magic from the previous three days was definitely missing!!

So onto “The Plan” for this day! The main goals to see are:
Toy Story Mania-get FP and ride stand-by
Rock-n-Roller Coaster-stand-by or FP later
Tower of Terror-stand-by
One Man's Dream
the Animated Tour
lunch at 50's Primetime Café at 11:15
Backlot Tour
Streets of America
Lights Motor Action (1:20pm show)
leave for resort to swim
boat to DTD
T-Rex Reservations made; ck-in 5:15pm
bus to DHS
Great Movie Ride
MuppetVision 3D
Star Tours
ToT, RnR, Little Mermaid and TSMM???

Let’s see how we do!!

On the way to the bus stop I snapped this picture for the 100th time:

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The bus ride over was great. We had a huge Disney Cruise Line bus and I had the best conversation with a lady from Virginia. I wish this Pixie Dust had carried over into the park…. We arrive, as I stated before, a little after 8am.

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We get into the already huge building masses. We are sandwiched into the wall of a souvenir shop.

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Then some cutesy little lady dressed as a director appears and begins a sweet little presentation which ends in the fact that none other than the winner of the American Idol (Scott McCreery—still unsure if that is his last name! I really need to look into that!) will be singing at 10am!! What?!?!? You have got to be kidding me!!!

My mom gets all excited because if you recall way back in the beginning, the night prior to our leaving we had watched the finale of American Idol. So we make tentative plans to try and get to the stage area so she can see him.
I am beginning to see that this day is not going in my favor! First: sour faces, Second: massive, breathtaking crowds, and now Third: Scott McCreery and a throng of excited fans! I am beginning to see that today’s Plans will be changing!

Well, the rope is dropped and we begin to file in like a herd of cattle during the biggest cattle drive of the Old West to TSMM. Along the way we passed this cactus…I mean the cutesy little sweet lady that has pretty much confirmed my day in the slaughter house.

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We make our way out of Texas, through Oklahoma and slowly we get to Kansas (AKA TSMM). We go to get in Stand-By and realize Keith is nowhere near us. He followed the wagon train to the new Star Tours and is now lost. I try talking him to where we are. We step to the side and then I tell him to wait (since I know where he is) and I will go meet up with him. I go to meet up with him and while I wait under the Sorcerer’s Hat I talk to two CMs who said no one in management had planned on this big of a crowd. They were calling in reinforcements….GREAT!!!! After a few minutes, I call Keith and find out he found his way to TSMM so I go back over there….but by this time the Stand-by line is 120 minutes!! Well, it will be one ride for us today! At least Chris got the FPs!! So now that we have managed to at least get a FP we decide to find a watering hole and I know just where to go!!

Starring Rolls!! I hear people always bragging on this place so we head over and get some wonderful treats!! We sit in a relatively calming area….you would never know that there were 999,999,999,999,999 people roaming the great and mighty small area we all know as Hollywood Studios!

Our Yummy food!!!

A Chocolate Croissant

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An Apple Turnover

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And a Cinnamon Roll

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After we finish eating we decide to head over to RnR. I see a, uhm, tour group and know immediately this would add lots of time to the wait. I try to explain what this means but Keith does not comprehend! I make the kids high tail it and tell Keith and my mom we will meet up when the ride is over. We get to RnR and the wait is 30 minutes, which I don’t consider too terrible. We make it just ahead of the 150 people in orange shirts and as we circle around, the wait time flips to 60 minutes. I call Keith and told him “I told you so!!” :rolleyes: Our wait was right at the 30 minute mark.

I managed a picture of Tower of Terror!!

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And then we get inside the wonderful air conditioned building!

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Me trying to get all artsy...

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We are READY!!!!

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We race through the dark alleys of Hollywood way too fast! I love this ride!! It is so much fun!! We exit and I snap two pictures before locating my mom and Keith.

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Next: We take on The Tower of Terror and the other adventures of a Pixie-Dust(less) day.... :guilty:

IheartDDuck
09-19-2011, 05:05 PM
Okay, I just about died when I saw your pictures of the swarms of people that were there. Darn that Scotty McCreery!!! :lmao:

You know, we've all had a little bit of ugly happen on our WDW vacations. It's okay that you share your experiences with us. When I read though that you didn't have a PH, I felt really bad, cause if it was me, I would have just left.

I have to say though, that picture of the chocolate croissant made me drool on my keyboard.....;)

Momofthreemen
09-19-2011, 07:34 PM
We stop for breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Gulfport and then we hit the road!

I was hooked when I saw the statement and the Picture!!

shan23877
09-19-2011, 11:56 PM
Hi! I've been lurking, but had to comment. We've all had not-so-perfect days. It's unfortunate, but happens. I hope yours improved a little! :goodvibes

P.S. on our most recent trip I threatened to leave DH and DD for another family if they didn't start getting along.

TinksThree
09-20-2011, 11:14 AM
Okay, I just about died when I saw your pictures of the swarms of people that were there. Darn that Scotty McCreery!!! :lmao:

You know, we've all had a little bit of ugly happen on our WDW vacations. It's okay that you share your experiences with us. When I read though that you didn't have a PH, I felt really bad, cause if it was me, I would have just left.

I have to say though, that picture of the chocolate croissant made me drool on my keyboard.....;)

I had contemplated getting the PH all through the planning of the trip. I wish I had gotten them initially. My next big trip will have the PH added! Had it not been for everyone wanting lunch at 50's PTC I probably would have left especially after the TSMM catastrophe!!

The chocolate croissant was mine and it was so good! I think I drooled some when i posted the picture!! :laughing:

We stop for breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Gulfport and then we hit the road!

I was hooked when I saw the statement and the Picture!!

We used to eat there a lot when DH was in the Air Force out of Keesler! Glad you "got hooked"!! :goodvibes

Hi! I've been lurking, but had to comment. We've all had not-so-perfect days. It's unfortunate, but happens. I hope yours improved a little! :goodvibes

P.S. on our most recent trip I threatened to leave DH and DD for another family if they didn't start getting along.

Welcome out of lurkdom! :yay: I think the biggest let down was due to the past 3 days having gone so great and then wham! But I am glad to say no one was traded in!! :rotfl: (that was too funny BTW!!)

lbuzz52
09-20-2011, 12:03 PM
That's quite a crowd for an hour before the park opens. That's frustrating to be up so early and TSMM not work out. Good idea regrouping a bit at Starring Rolls an stopping the grumpies before they got too bad.

TinksThree
09-21-2011, 12:13 PM
That's quite a crowd for an hour before the park opens. That's frustrating to be up so early and TSMM not work out. Good idea regrouping a bit at Starring Rolls an stopping the grumpies before they got too bad.

I have never seen that many people there before! Even when we went on Spring Break the crowds were very heavy but not wall to wall people!! Starring Rolls was a splendid idea and this day made me learn a few things for future trips...it is amazing how each trip can teach you something!

mickeystoontown
09-21-2011, 01:21 PM
Holy crap! The pictures of the crowds! :scared1: Those crowds look worse than the ones we have seen on one of the Star Wars Weekends days.

TinksThree
09-22-2011, 11:53 AM
Holy crap! The pictures of the crowds! :scared1: Those crowds look worse than the ones we have seen on one of the Star Wars Weekends days.

They were awful!! You could barely move!!! I have learned a valuable lesson: PARK HOPPERS! :)

TinksThree
09-22-2011, 12:10 PM
I am going to attempt a short update....

When I left off, Chris, Madison and I had all finished riding Rock n Roller. The crowd level was thinning slightly. So we head towards ToT where we grab FPs and jump into the Stand-By line (which was around 30-45 minutes). I am thinking closer to 45 minutes because I have a rule that no ride is worth more than a 30 minute wait and I recall debating with Keith (a very civil debate—and no sarcasm here, I know this has been full of sarcasm so far!) whether to wait or not. We decide to wait.

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The day is getting very warm and the line snakes through the garden area. We all fight for the little shade that is around. I pull out my misters and we are very glad to have these along!! I get bored so thankfully there are flowers around….

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Then Keith and I snap pictures of the moods around us. You can tell how evident moods are when they are so noticeable people take pictures depicting the moods!! A few of those moods:

Happy!! We are at WDW!!!

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Sour Puss!! Somebody stole our Pixie Dust!

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Mixed emotions!! What happened to the Happiest Place on Earth!?

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Soon we are getting close!!!! See the white columns in the distance?

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This is where a very sad and disheartening thing happened during our June 2010 trip….Keith’s I-Phone was knocked out of his hand and the screen was busted. :sad2:

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I simply adore the imagination that went into constructing this attraction! It is so awesome.

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Keith kept getting onto me for stopping to take pictures…oh well!! My mom goes all the way to the loading area. I wanted her to see the queue but I knew she would never in a million, bizzillion years ride Tower of Terror!!

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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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We exit the ride and head towards lunch at 50’s Primetime Café. This is the place Madison has insisted my mom must go to! Along the way we realize that we forgot about the concert which is now over. My mom is disappointed and I now feel bad for that…. Later though we are talking to someone who tells us what it was like and we determine that the madness probably wasn’t worth it anyway. So that made me feel slightly better!

Amost to 50's PTC:

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And we make it!!

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Well that is all I can fit in for right now, but next up: Will 50's PTC make up for some of the bah-humbugs from earlier??

ksl5f123
09-22-2011, 12:54 PM
I'm a little behind. I love the boat ride from POR/POFQ to DTD. It is beautiful and peaceful - and better than a cramped bus. Your towel animal is adorable. So cute!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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

saintstickets
09-22-2011, 02:57 PM
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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: