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sly1971
09-07-2011, 12:47 AM
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I always wonder the same thing!! Could it just have been a bad night, maybe since it was so late service was slower or our own tiredness just made us more impatient? There are so many variables! We did have a really great experience at Akershus the next day, so that made up for it! :goodvibes

I stumbled across your TR last night and have been enjoying catching up...
Wonder no longer! WL is our favorite resort but we have sadly given up on ANY dining experience at Whispering Canyon. The food is always barely adequate and the service is incredibly slow. On our last visit in Nov 2010, we had breakfast there and waited almost 30 minutes for our bill, after waiting an eternity for our food. I think they rely too much on the theming to draw people in and don't really have to deliver on the food or service. We are visiting WL again this November and will NOT be dining at WCC again. There's just too many other great places to go.

AGPrincess
09-07-2011, 03:53 PM
love the new avatar!!! Beautiful!

Thanks! I love the concept art for the new designer princess dolls - I think I like the drawings better than the dolls themselves!

Congratulations Emma! That really is awesome news! So are you there now? Did you start your new job?

Looking forward to reading your blog!

Yep, I'm in Orlando!! :cool1: And I just started this week with training. It still feels so weird going into the "cast member only" areas, lol!

Congratulations! That's so cool. Amazing news! (: I hope you have a great time down there

Thanks a lot! :goodvibes

Cool! Let me know where you'll be and I'll def try go see you some day when we're there. I'll be in Florida from 24th of November for two weeks I'm following your blog as well :)

Sure, send me a pm. :) I bet you'll have such fun, Disney at the holidays is the best!

Oh congratulations!!!! :cool1:
There is no feeling that describes the first time you put on your nametag!!

You are going to have an AMAZING journey!!

:goodvibes You're SO right, it was so exciting when I got my nametag!! Thanks for posting!

:banana: Yay! So proud of you!:cheer2:

Wow! Your Epcot night. Where you channeling me or what? Akershus, Maelstrom, Soarin' and Go Go Tights Girl. (Hope you said 'hello' for me.) That's my kind of night!

I am so glad you started a blog. I'm seeing big things for you, my friend!!!

Thanks girl! :hug: lol, I was TOTALLY thinking of you when we were at Epcot, especially when I took that pic on SSE! :rotfl::rotfl:

Congratulations Emma, how exciting for you to be working for Disney. I will be staying at the Dolphin at the end of the month. Are you working in the Epcot resort area?
And two trips with your family this summer, how fun for you!

Hmmm...I might be...;) Are you going to MNSSHP? And you'll be here for Food & Wine, that'll be fun!

I've read through your entire trip report tonight, plus your blog and I have loved it all! I want a Treehouse of my own! Wow, so nice...I loved those! All your pictures are fabulous and you have shown me so many great things I have never even seen yet.

Congrats on your job! That is awesome. You sound like a wonderful young lady. I am homeschooling my daughter through middle school right now, I hope by the time she gets to your age, she is as on top of her game like you are. If I come across a CM with your name on our visit, I will say 'hi' and hope she is you. :goodvibes

Welcome!! :banana: I'm so glad you're enjoying the tr and blog. And that is so sweet of you to say about your DD. :hug: I know I felt so lucky to be homeschooled in middle school, and your DD is a lucky girl to be in a Disney family! ;) lol, I'll have to think of a secret sign to wear on the job...a ribbon in my hair or something, so DISers can spot me. ;)

Huge congrats on the new job! How exciting! Can't wait to read all about it on your new blog.

Thank you!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

Congratulations! :yay: I can't wait to read the rest of your trip report and your blog updates!

Thanks! And love your user name...I'm assuming it's like Will and Kate? I was so in love with the royal wedding! :bride:

Wow, congratulations on your job! :yay: I am sure you will make so many people happy, sprinkling pixie dust here and there.

Loving the blog.

And absolutely adore the new avatar - those new designer Disney princess images are gorgeous!

The sprinkling of pixie dust is the part I'm most excited for! And don't you love that concept art?? I want a gown like one of those designer princess dolls! :rotfl:



I always wonder the same thing!! Could it just have been a bad night, maybe since it was so late service was slower or our own tiredness just made us more impatient? There are so many variables! We did have a really great experience at Akershus the next day, so that made up for it! :goodvibes

I stumbled across your TR last night and have been enjoying catching up...
Wonder no longer! WL is our favorite resort but we have sadly given up on ANY dining experience at Whispering Canyon. The food is always barely adequate and the service is incredibly slow. On our last visit in Nov 2010, we had breakfast there and waited almost 30 minutes for our bill, after waiting an eternity for our food. I think they rely too much on the theming to draw people in and don't really have to deliver on the food or service. We are visiting WL again this November and will NOT be dining at WCC again. There's just too many other great places to go.

That's just too bad. But, as you say, there are so many other great options to try that it's not like you'll go home hungry! :confused3

MainStreetFireman
09-07-2011, 04:08 PM
..chat up CMs on the college program and the Internship program. She is barely a senior in HS and is already talking about how much she wants to do it.

We met a server at The Wave who got into the CP just as she was graduating college, so that she wouldn't have to miss any time on campus (and could go right into working there after she finished; if she so wished). Is that what you are doing?

One final question -- Does this mean you will get to see the Candlelight Processional? This is the one Disney thing we wish we could do. If you are going, I can't wait to read the report!

Congrats on getting to live your dream!

AGPrincess
09-07-2011, 04:49 PM
..chat up CMs on the college program and the Internship program. She is barely a senior in HS and is already talking about how much she wants to do it.

We met a server at The Wave who got into the CP just as she was graduating college, so that she wouldn't have to miss any time on campus (and could go right into working there after she finished; if she so wished). Is that what you are doing?

One final question -- Does this mean you will get to see the Candlelight Processional? This is the one Disney thing we wish we could do. If you are going, I can't wait to read the report!

Congrats on getting to live your dream!

Aww, how fun your DD is already planning to be a CM! :goodvibes I actually just applied normally through casting (luckily they were hiring this summer!) - I didn't want to live in CP housing since I could stay with Aramis. But I had a friend who did CP right after graduation -- you have to be enrolled in college when you apply for the CP, not when you start working, so it worked out really well for her!

I have never seen Candlelight Processional either, I will definitely be going! I can't wait to try all the seasonal things I haven't done before. :thumbsup2

AGPrincess
09-07-2011, 04:50 PM
oops, double post. Poly update coming up!!

AGPrincess
09-07-2011, 05:07 PM
Alright. I believe when we last left off, we had just gotten into our elegantly tropical room at the Polynesian!

There was much back-and-forth between the room and the lounge, as peoples finished up their breakfasts. Momma Snob loves rice krispies. I mean she LOVES the R.K. We don’t even keep them in the house, so they’re always a treat for vacation!

Anyway, they didn’t have any snap crackle or pop in the cereal selection that was out in the lounge, but usually they have more kinds in the back, so mom asked one of the CMs for her rice krispies. The CM asked Mom how many, so Mom, assuming she meant little boxes, said three or four.

It was taking the cast member a surprisingly long time, but eventually she came out with THESE:

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Rice Krispie TREATS!! Whoa!

We explained the mistake (because Mom still needed her regular rice krispies!!), but we got to keep the mickey treats. It was one SWEET snafu!

Anyway, we were all done with breakfast, and I could see from the lounge window that both hammocks were, sadly, taken. SNIFF. But I guess some other Disney snob needed a little relaxing time.

So the hammock reunion necessarily delayed, I decided to go over with the fam to Boutiki instead. I brought along Mia, and my camera.

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“It is time to do a photoshoot in my fit-for-a-Polynesian-Princess outfit, girl!”

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“Look, I match the tropical flowers!!”

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“Oh yeah, I totally belong here.”

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lol, Mia did look pretty darn Polynesian! American Girl actually has a whole new Hawaiin doll, Kanani – Mia’s pink and purple outfit is from her collection.

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“Shhh, don’t tell I’m hiding!”

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Ahhhh…I was back in Boutiki. I love the theming in this shop.

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They had crocs just like my new ones (with the stripe), only they had Mickey-shaped holes.

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Polynesian merch!

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A Mickey Poly shirt…

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…and a Minnie one!

But then as I was strolling to the back of the shop, I spotted the BEST SHIRT. I mean, it was the. COOLEST. Shirt.

Ever.

I stood there looking at it dumbly for a minute because it felt as though they had made it just for me…

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Do you see where Stitch is sitting??? DO YOU SEE???

HE’S SITTING IN MY HAMMOCK!! The hammock with a castle view on the Polynesian beach that I dream about all year long! You can see the Magic Kingdom castle across the way and "This is Paradise..." - that's exactly how I feel about it!! Disney made a HAMMOCK SHIRT!!

In case you can’t tell, seeing my favorite hammock on a shirt made me pretty excited. And you better bet I bought it. ;)

Clutching the hammock shirt in one hand, I calmed down a little. Mia wanted more pics!

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The necklace stands are shaped like palm trees…how cool! I don’t think I ever noticed that before!

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Getting all artistic…

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Love this pic. I want someone to take one of me like this, lol!

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Out in the lobby, looks like someone was a little sleepy!

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Here’s Mia in the tambu lounge. She wanted to try a lapu lapu, but we had other things to do.

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…like take more pics with tropical plants. lol.

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So lovely! Can’t you just smell the Polynesian in this pic?? The Grand Ceremonial Vacation just smells like a tropical Disney vacation. I bet even Aulani doesn’t smell as good.

It was lunch-ish time, and as the concierge lunch consists of popcorn and cookies, and we had an extra QS credit, Mom and I decided to split the most marvelous grilled cheese on the planet. This G.C. has tomato as well as American, swiss, and BOURSIN cheeses on multigrain bread. In case you were wondering, Boursin is the cheese of the gods. It’s SO creamy and delicious.

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I also got a brownie, but sadly as I was coming into the concierge building – nay, as I was entering our very hallway, I didn’t have an extra hand and I was trying to catch a door and slip then PLOP. The brownie was facedown on the floor. But with typical Disney magic, a housekeeper saw what happened and came to the rescue, helping clean up the mess and they even got our room number and brought us a new brownie.

But if you ever notice a brown square splotch on the carpet just outside the second floor doors leading out of the lounge to the rooms – that was me. lol.

Back in the room I ate up my half of the sandwich and those tasty tropical chips that go with it. But it wasn't quite hammock time yet...Dart was lobbying to go swimming, so I went along with Athos and him. It was fun playing with them in the pools this trip...

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4forWDW
09-08-2011, 10:53 AM
WOW, EMMA!!!!!
I haven't been on the boards in a week and couldn't believe it when I got my email alert that someone posted on your TR.
Then when I was reading the comments on my email - and I thought- NO WAY!!!
Congratulations!!!
:goodvibes:cool1::thumbsup2:):banana::
When I got home and told my DD(13) that you are working at WDW she let out a yell!!!
We are so excited for you!!
Can't wait to get over to your blog!
Congrats again!
Amy

Oscar5933
09-08-2011, 01:58 PM
:banana::banana::banana::banana:
So excited that you have joined us in lovely Orlando, FL! The summers are very hot, winters are very short. What all this means is that any day is a great day to be at Disney. So excited for you, and love the new blog!

scrapbookersdis
09-08-2011, 09:38 PM
You will make a fabu cast member!

And here's to a steady supply of Disney snobbery here on the DIS or on your blog -- since you now *live there*!!:cool1:

royal.kate
09-09-2011, 12:42 AM
Cute update! What a magical surprise to get those adorable rice crispy treats!!

I love Mia's outfit!

Also, I had no clue that the gift shop in the Poly is named "Boutiki"! It reminded me that there is a super cute gift shop called "Boutiki" here on Oahu at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base.

Oh man, that grilled cheese sounds YUM!

Stringbean&Wingnut
09-09-2011, 06:42 AM
Congratulations on becoming a CM!!! I'm sure you're going to be fabulous!! :goodvibes

That's such a fun surprise about the rice krispy treats! (And it's good that your mom did eventually get what she wanted! :laughing:)

That shirt pretty much was made for you!! When you started talking about it, I was like "if she didn't buy it, I'm going to be SO mad! It's perfect!" :rotfl:

Disney Mommy 3
09-09-2011, 10:04 AM
love the update!! Good for you getting that hammock shirt!!! I love Mia's pics!! and of course, my dd wants the AG doll of the year this year for Christmas...we saw her up close and personal at the Disney store in Denver and her whole kit & kaboodle...she's really cute!! Can't wait for the next installment!..Oh, what site did you get your Avatar? I need to update mine.

mom3sonstt
09-09-2011, 12:37 PM
Emma - I will be going down for a last-minute, squeeze-one-more-trip-out-of-my-annual-pass trip on the 20th - 25th. Will you still be training, or actually working at that time? I would love to drop by and say hello if possible!

MEK
09-10-2011, 07:05 PM
That is a fabulous picture of Mia! I'm so glad you are back in your beloved Poly!! Yeah!!!!!

AGPrincess
09-13-2011, 03:59 PM
WOW, EMMA!!!!!
I haven't been on the boards in a week and couldn't believe it when I got my email alert that someone posted on your TR.
Then when I was reading the comments on my email - and I thought- NO WAY!!!
Congratulations!!!
:goodvibes:cool1::thumbsup2:):banana::
When I got home and told my DD(13) that you are working at WDW she let out a yell!!!
We are so excited for you!!
Can't wait to get over to your blog!
Congrats again!
Amy

Awww, thank you both!! :hug: I definitely gave out a yell when my recruiter told me on the phone I had the job! :rotfl:

:banana::banana::banana::banana:
So excited that you have joined us in lovely Orlando, FL! The summers are very hot, winters are very short. What all this means is that any day is a great day to be at Disney. So excited for you, and love the new blog!

Thanks! lol -- I'm actually really glad that I moved here at the end of the summer rather than the beginning, I missed most of the heat!

You will make a fabu cast member!

And here's to a steady supply of Disney snobbery here on the DIS or on your blog -- since you now *live there*!!:cool1:

:goodvibes:goodvibes

Cute update! What a magical surprise to get those adorable rice crispy treats!!

I love Mia's outfit!

Also, I had no clue that the gift shop in the Poly is named "Boutiki"! It reminded me that there is a super cute gift shop called "Boutiki" here on Oahu at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base.

Oh man, that grilled cheese sounds YUM!

That's so fun you have another Boutiki!! Does it have tiki gods in it like the one at the Poly? ;) And the grilled cheese is seriously yum!

Congratulations on becoming a CM!!! I'm sure you're going to be fabulous!! :goodvibes

That's such a fun surprise about the rice krispy treats! (And it's good that your mom did eventually get what she wanted! :laughing:)

That shirt pretty much was made for you!! When you started talking about it, I was like "if she didn't buy it, I'm going to be SO mad! It's perfect!" :rotfl:

Thank you!! lol, I practically snatched the shirt up as soon as I realized what it was -- I knew I had to have it!! :thumbsup2

love the update!! Good for you getting that hammock shirt!!! I love Mia's pics!! and of course, my dd wants the AG doll of the year this year for Christmas...we saw her up close and personal at the Disney store in Denver and her whole kit & kaboodle...she's really cute!! Can't wait for the next installment!..Oh, what site did you get your Avatar? I need to update mine.

Isn't she pretty?? Her long long hair looks like it'd be so fun to play with! For the avatar, I actually just found a pic on the internet of the concept art for the designer princess dolls and then cropped it down to size!

Emma - I will be going down for a last-minute, squeeze-one-more-trip-out-of-my-annual-pass trip on the 20th - 25th. Will you still be training, or actually working at that time? I would love to drop by and say hello if possible!

Ohhh, so lucky -- sounds like fun!! I just finished my training, so I'll be working. Drop me a PM!

That is a fabulous picture of Mia! I'm so glad you are back in your beloved Poly!! Yeah!!!!!

Thanks! lol, and I never get tired of the Poly! :goodvibes

Buckeye Princess
09-16-2011, 11:23 AM
I missed that you started a new report! I think I know what I'll be doing during my down time this weekend! I'm so excited to hear about the Treehouse villa. We often travel with family so we've always been interested.

KathyRN137
09-16-2011, 10:14 PM
I have a job!

What's the company? Why, it's none other than the WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT!!!

:woohoo::woohoo::yay::yay::cool1::cool1::yay::yay: :woohoo::woohoo:

Yes, your Disney Snob is now a DISNEY CAST MEMBER.

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:




Congratulations, Emma! Disney is lucky to have you! :cheer2:

I've added your blog to my Google Reader!


Kathy

katiebelle21
09-17-2011, 06:33 PM
Joining in a little late! Congratulation on becoming a CM! What a great opportunity-- enjoy your time!

Lanie
09-19-2011, 12:39 PM
Hi Emma!

Just wanted to come out of lurkdom ;) to say CONGRATS!!! I am sure you will help make the start of many WDW vacations eve more magical! :goodvibes

I thought of you this month! I was in Old Navy picking up some clothes for our December Poly/Kidani vacation (can't wait!) and I started grabbing Polynesian shirts for my little man thinking "This will look GREAT walking in the Poly!". Then I thought "Emma's mom does the same thing for Dart!" :rotfl:

irish dancer
09-21-2011, 11:52 AM
Love the photo shoot around the Poly, so wish they'd put a DVC there so we could stay there again. :cloud9:

That grilled cheese sandwich is super Yummy, one of my favs! :lovestruc

My DD10 has it all worked out that the only reason she's going to college is so she can do the college program at WDW. :rotfl2: DH and I would also like to retire down there and maybe work for WDW too, he wants to drive the monorail and I'd be happy almost anywhere. ;)

AGPrincess
09-23-2011, 12:50 PM
I missed that you started a new report! I think I know what I'll be doing during my down time this weekend! I'm so excited to hear about the Treehouse villa. We often travel with family so we've always been interested.

Welcome!!! :goodvibes We loved the treehouses, definitely something we want to go back to!

Congratulations, Emma! Disney is lucky to have you! :cheer2:

I've added your blog to my Google Reader!

Kathy


Yay!! Thanks for subscribing, I'll have to check out your blog too! :thumbsup2

Joining in a little late! Congratulation on becoming a CM! What a great opportunity-- enjoy your time!

It's never to late to join in, thanks for posting!! :cheer2:

AGPrincess
09-23-2011, 12:57 PM
Hi Emma!

Just wanted to come out of lurkdom ;) to say CONGRATS!!! I am sure you will help make the start of many WDW vacations eve more magical! :goodvibes

I thought of you this month! I was in Old Navy picking up some clothes for our December Poly/Kidani vacation (can't wait!) and I started grabbing Polynesian shirts for my little man thinking "This will look GREAT walking in the Poly!". Then I thought "Emma's mom does the same thing for Dart!" :rotfl:

YAY!! I love it when lurkers post. :cool1: Thanks for the Congrats, and lol, I'm definitely trying to spread some pixie dust! :goodvibes Haha, that is exactly what my Mom and I do!! Even now that I'm in Florida, I still see shirts at the store and think "that would be so great for a Disney vacation!" :rotfl:

Love the photo shoot around the Poly, so wish they'd put a DVC there so we could stay there again. :cloud9:

That grilled cheese sandwich is super Yummy, one of my favs! :lovestruc

My DD10 has it all worked out that the only reason she's going to college is so she can do the college program at WDW. :rotfl2: DH and I would also like to retire down there and maybe work for WDW too, he wants to drive the monorail and I'd be happy almost anywhere. ;)

Thanks! A DVC at the Poly hmmm...I heard they're adding some on to the Grand Floridian. I wonder what those will be like! Driving the monorail does seem like it'd be fun!

disneyhockeymad
09-23-2011, 01:11 PM
aww man I am not doing well keeping on top of all your posts. I moved into my new apartment and had no internet for a month!

Yayyyy you got a job with WDW! I am so so happy for you! (and a tiny bit jealous!) How long will you be there for? I'll be in WDW this time next year-ish. It's a long shot but it would be amazing if you were there too :)

AGPrincess
09-23-2011, 05:17 PM
aww man I am not doing well keeping on top of all your posts. I moved into my new apartment and had no internet for a month!

Yayyyy you got a job with WDW! I am so so happy for you! (and a tiny bit jealous!) How long will you be there for? I'll be in WDW this time next year-ish. It's a long shot but it would be amazing if you were there too :)

lol, welcome back!! And thanks! Ahhhh, that would be awesome to see you! Honestly, I just don't know how long I'll stay - it depends on what other opportunities come up, but now I hope I'll be here in a year, lol! :goodvibes

AGPrincess
09-23-2011, 05:38 PM
It was almost dinner time at the King Kamehameha club!

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They hadn’t quite opened up the buffet yet, but I took a peek behind the screen!

In the half hour while we were waiting for the ahiahi to be put out, I ran downstairs and got some checkers from the desk so that Dart and I could play. There are tables with checkerboards printed on them up on the third floor, fun!

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Looking down on the lounge…seems like the buffet is open!

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Island beverages: in Polynesia they only drink iced tea, lemonade, or lillikoi juice!

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Hot dishes – tonight they had barbeque pork stickers and brie tartlets with raspberry sauce. Mmmm, as soon as you add a “with raspberry sauce” to the name of a dish, I’m sold!

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Mmmm, there’s nothing like fresh pineapple for dinner to let me know I’m at the Poly. (Or watching Psych. lol!)

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They had boursin cheese, which I was SO excited about. I had had it on pizza before, and it was just as deliciously creamy and smooth on a cracker. I kept coming back for more boursin, it was like candy! Plus with the fresh berries it looked so pretty!

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Mini bowls of strawberry soup! They added coconut to the soup, so I wasn’t a huge fan, but I had never seen strawberry soup at the concierge before, a fun addition!

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We ate upstairs at the Checker table.

After dinner we all trooped over to the Great Ceremonial House. It was torch lighting time!!

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This lady was giving out lei’s in the lobby. Actually, no, she wasn’t giving out lei’s. She was forcing everyone to wear a lei. We decided to call her the lei nazi. We were a little afraid of her.

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The chief came out to do some fire tricks and light the torches. He didn’t set any of the bushes on fire this time though.

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As soon as we were out of sight of the lei nazi lady, we all took off our lei’s. They all smelled overpoweringly of air freshner…I think the Poly may be reusing old leis. Athos didn’t seem to mind though, so he festooned himself in yellow polyester tropical flowers.

Dessert wasn’t out yet, so it was finally time to get some hammock time. It was just the right part of the day too – the sky was gorgeously blue and golden from the setting sun…

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh….that’s all I have to say.

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I felt just like stitch on my new shirt!

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I love it when the sun rays break free like that. It looks like there’s a message written across the horizon, and if only we knew the right language we could understand it. But the trick is, I think, that it’s not like any human language. Whatever secret the sunset is whispering, you can only hear it by sitting still and silent, and looking rather than listening.

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So I just sat quietly and peacefully and watched the red gleaming sun slip between the clouds and the horizon.

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The beach was quiet except for two other girls – also enjoying the sky from a hammock.

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It was still summer then, and it stayed light so late! At last I blew a kiss to the pink and blue clouds and the palm trees that framed them, and went in to have some dessert!

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Let’s see, this was stawberry mousse (ok), rum cake (yuck), and passion fruit mousse (YUM). We were sad at first there was no chocolate…

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…but later on they put out this absolutely lovely oreo cheesecakes squares. And also…

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…they put out little cups of mousse and gummy worms. Who knew worms and dirt could look so classy?

Let’s see, we had enjoyed the lounge, watched the torch lighting, swam in the pools; I had sat in my hammock. The only think left to do to finish off the Polynesian day was:

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The electrical water pageant! I had the settings of my camera turned up, but it was actually surprisingly light when the sea serpant, turtle, octopus, and all the rest came sailing out to light up the water.

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Athos and I were spinning and dancing around while we waited for the EWP to start. I love this pic Mom got! A perfect end to a Polynesian day!

MEK
09-23-2011, 06:14 PM
I have to say that this post made me want to go to the Poly more than ever! The beach is just gorgeous as the sun sets. The torch lighting looks like fun.

Oh - and the yummy goodies at the concierge lounge. Everything looks so delish.

Another perfect evening.

I hope you CM job is going well. I hope you can write a little bit about what you are doing!!!;)

petals
09-23-2011, 07:19 PM
What time did the water pagent things go by poly? I want to see that and I liked poly so might go there to view it.

Also the lei Nazi sounds funny. We had the opposite at o-hana last year. CM gave us one each and I asked for another one because I wanted to wear one on my hear like some of the kids were and she was very grumpy about giving me one for my head!

Disney Mommy 3
09-23-2011, 08:32 PM
great update!!!!! Love all the pics!

Stringbean&Wingnut
09-24-2011, 09:12 AM
Great pictures around the Poly! I love that classy worms and dirt! :laughing:

Mndisneygirl
09-24-2011, 04:25 PM
beautiful sunset pictures!! OH, I must stay at the Poly, even for one or two nights!! It just seems so laid back and relaxing.

AGPrincess
09-27-2011, 04:17 PM
I have to say that this post made me want to go to the Poly more than ever! The beach is just gorgeous as the sun sets. The torch lighting looks like fun.

Oh - and the yummy goodies at the concierge lounge. Everything looks so delish.

Another perfect evening.

I hope you CM job is going well. I hope you can write a little bit about what you are doing!!!;)

Sunset is the best time at the Poly. :goodvibes It's been really fun, and I'm definitely going to do a post on the blog with some stories! :thumbsup2

What time did the water pagent things go by poly? I want to see that and I liked poly so might go there to view it.

Also the lei Nazi sounds funny. We had the opposite at o-hana last year. CM gave us one each and I asked for another one because I wanted to wear one on my hear like some of the kids were and she was very grumpy about giving me one for my head!

It plays on the Polynesian beach at 9 most nights. Oh no, that's no good that they didn't want to give you a lei! :sad2:

great update!!!!! Love all the pics!

Thanks! :thumbsup2

AGPrincess
09-27-2011, 04:19 PM
Great pictures around the Poly! I love that classy worms and dirt! :laughing:

Thanks! lol, I know, I want some cute little mousse cups like that!

beautiful sunset pictures!! OH, I must stay at the Poly, even for one or two nights!! It just seems so laid back and relaxing.

Sigh...I just adore the Poly! :lovestruc

disneyhockeymad
09-30-2011, 02:39 PM
lol, welcome back!! And thanks! Ahhhh, that would be awesome to see you! Honestly, I just don't know how long I'll stay - it depends on what other opportunities come up, but now I hope I'll be here in a year, lol! :goodvibes

It would be amazing to see you :) I hope you're working!! :goodvibes are you allowed to disclose where you're working? I'm really interested!! :)

Ok so that food looks amazing. I'm hungry just looking at it!! So so good!! The lei woman sounds a little scary though, doesn't sound very Disney like!! Still a lei is pretty cool!! I'm glad the chief didn't set any of the bushes alight this time!!

Those photo's you've taken from your hammock on the beach are phenomenal!! I absolutely love them!! Good job!! :thumbsup2 Plus I love the one where Athos and you are dancing, such a good photo :)

AGPrincess
10-01-2011, 03:41 PM
It would be amazing to see you :) I hope you're working!! :goodvibes are you allowed to disclose where you're working? I'm really interested!! :)

Ok so that food looks amazing. I'm hungry just looking at it!! So so good!! The lei woman sounds a little scary though, doesn't sound very Disney like!! Still a lei is pretty cool!! I'm glad the chief didn't set any of the bushes alight this time!!

Those photo's you've taken from your hammock on the beach are phenomenal!! I absolutely love them!! Good job!! :thumbsup2 Plus I love the one where Athos and you are dancing, such a good photo :)

I'm at one of the resorts, I'm going to post more stories on my blog! lol, the lei lady was scary, but just funny really. Glad you liked the pics!!

AGPrincess
10-01-2011, 03:57 PM
Hey everybody! I don't have a new update ready quite yet (but I'm going to try to get up two this week, promise), but I just wanted to do a quick post to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the MAGIC KINGDOM!

I went over for the 40th celebration this morning, and I thought I'd share some of the pics. I'm going to do a longer update later on my blog (I'll prob go over for the fireworks tonight, so I'll include that on the blog too!)

I got to the entrance at 8:30, and the area in front of the train station was already full to the brim, lines were forming at the turnstiles.

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They were giving out special 40th pins, so cool!

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And SOOOOO crowded!

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There were special maps too -- they had the modern map, plus a copy of the original 1971 map inside!

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There was a character procession rather than a parade - it was so hard to get pics, I was just guessing with my camera!

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Rapunzel and Flynn!

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The fairy godmother up top.

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The finale!

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Happy 40th Bday MK!

petals
10-01-2011, 07:10 PM
Luv the photos from the 40th! Wish I was there

Disney Mommy 3
10-02-2011, 10:47 AM
totally awesome!!! I looove the MK and would love to be there for the 40th anniv.but geeez,...I would NOT love that crowd! Thanks for braving the people and giving us some snaps!!!

wdwgirl03
10-02-2011, 05:29 PM
Cool pictures from the 40th anniversary celebration. My sister's CP roommates apparently got there at 5:30 so they could buy some of the special merchandise. I told my sister to get me one of those maps-they look so neat!

jwwi
10-04-2011, 09:29 PM
I was there too, so crowded, but really worth it. I was on the Adventureland side of the castle, right in the hub. I just kept holding my camera up to get pictures. I did get a short video of the daytime fireworks. I missed getting a button, but loved the park map.
btw I tried a strawberry shortcake cupcake at Boardwalk bakery on Sunday. It was so good.

MEK
10-04-2011, 09:44 PM
You lucky girl - getting to visit the MK on her 40th birthday! Cool confetti pic!

AGPrincess
10-05-2011, 03:37 PM
Luv the photos from the 40th! Wish I was there

Wish you could've been there, glad you liked the photos!

totally awesome!!! I looove the MK and would love to be there for the 40th anniv.but geeez,...I would NOT love that crowd! Thanks for braving the people and giving us some snaps!!!

Haha, no prob -- yeah, the crowds were not fun. Luckily there was a lovely cool breeze. If it had been hot it would not have been as fun!

Cool pictures from the 40th anniversary celebration. My sister's CP roommates apparently got there at 5:30 so they could buy some of the special merchandise. I told my sister to get me one of those maps-they look so neat!

The lines for the artists were crazy, and I heard the lines for the merchandise were crazy too -- some people missed the castle ceremony so they could get the merchandise!

I was there too, so crowded, but really worth it. I was on the Adventureland side of the castle, right in the hub. I just kept holding my camera up to get pictures. I did get a short video of the daytime fireworks. I missed getting a button, but loved the park map.
btw I tried a strawberry shortcake cupcake at Boardwalk bakery on Sunday. It was so good.

Very cool!! It was worth it, I loved all the characters. There were sooo many cameras, lol! So glad you enjoyed the cupcake -- isn't that Boardwalk icing just divine?? :thumbsup2

You lucky girl - getting to visit the MK on her 40th birthday! Cool confetti pic!

Definitely one fun part of living here is being able to go in for the special events! :goodvibes

AGPrincess
10-05-2011, 03:44 PM
SO sorry to neglect this TR lately guys. But I’ve finally got a double update ready to go!

Soooo, if we turn back the calendar a few months, it was time for a lovely breakfast at the Polynesian club lounge…

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Bagels, pastries, muffins, and general morning yuminess.

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Mia with her morning mug of tea. She saved a spot on my favorite couch while I got the food.

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Two mini princesses joined us for breakfast too! It was a quick brekkie, as we were off to the Magic Kingdom, for opening no less. Belle, Cinderella, and Mia stayed behind to guard the room, but I did bring one little mascot along to the park…

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Ariel was ready to hop on the monorail!

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Let’s go!!!

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Monorail orange pulled up and on we squeezed. Oh those June crowds!

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I always think it’s funny how, right before the welcome show starts, the voice comes on to say “Please move to the center of the Mickey floral for the best viewing!” What they don’t say is “Then there won’t be as much of a bottleneck in the tunnel when we open up, but *you* silly folks listening to the disembodied voice and going to the center will be at the back of the line…bwahahaha!!!”

Ok, probably the friendly Disney voice wouldn’t have an evil laugh, but it is funny the way Disney sometimes tries to trick us to make lines shorter or certain areas less conjested. :rolleyes: The way the Times Guide recommends Tomorrowland or Fantasyland for watching Wishes. Yes, Disney, we know Main St. will be conjested, but you’ve gotta see the castle when you watch Wishes!!

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ANYway, the chirpy peoples of Main St. came out to wish us Good Morning in song. I love their outfits. I wish people still dressed like that – full skirts and pin-striped vests!

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The train pulled in and the characters waved and the sun beat down…

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Let’s go!!

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Those first moments when you get out of the train station crush and can sort of skip towards Main Street are the best.

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Hello Cinderella Castle!!!

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While all the hoards ran for Space Mountain or Dumbo or Peter Pan, we dashed towards the Tomorrowland Speedway. It’s Dart’s FAVORITE. When we visited Disneyland Paris, their speedway was closed due to snow. Well Dart wants to go back to DLP just because he didn’t get to go on the speedway!

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Vroooom!

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Pedal to the Metal!

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There was actually a kinda neat view of the Fantasyland expansion from the track.

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The view of Belle’s castle has been tempting us, peeking out from above the construction boards, all summer – I can’t wait until they finish all the new stuff!!

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Some new building…maybe from the Dumbo/Circus area??

After whizzing around the race track to reach the checkered flag, we decided it was time for tea…

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I’ll take my tea with milk, no sugar but plenty of spin!

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Sniff…no more entrance to Toontown over there. The construction actually made that path going up to the right of the tea cups a dead end. A few families walked up that way and then had to turn around, scratching their heads. It reminded me of the old days playing Roller Coaster Tycoon. I got plenty of annoyed little computer people and messages like “Guest 768 is lost!” when I made the mistake of building a dead end. lol!

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There’s the Beast’s castle again!!

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Hmmm, we’ve had our tea – how about a smackerel of hunny??

AGPrincess
10-05-2011, 03:51 PM
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The queue of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was new to us on this trip. I like the hidden tigger bouncing balls in the grass to the left. There’s an empty courtyard there…I wonder if they’ll move the fastpasses there at some point. Right now Pooh’s FP’s are over by Philharmagic, which doesn’t make much sense.

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I’m so glad they kept the tree from the hundred acre wood playground…it looks so good in front of the ride!

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Cute little Pooh Bear cuckoo clock!

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Rabbit’s garden play area, right in the line, which is pretty cool.

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Don’t worry about getting lost in the Hundred Acre Wood – there’s a giant map to guide you!

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I spot Eeyore’s house, I hope nobody knocks it down, lol! The line was basically a walk-on, so I was just snapping pictures of the new stuff as we whizzed through!

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More of the play area…

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Uh-oh…there are gophers in Rabbit’s garden! When Athos and Dart were little we watched a lot of Winnie the Pooh on the Disney Channel – all the new touches to the line reminded me of the scenes from the show/movies.

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Dart had about 5 seconds to play with the bees and then we were moving on!

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These “walls of hunny” were probably the coolest part of the queue. The hunny moved when you touched the screen. There were even some hidden characters to find!

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Do you see Pooh Bear’s nose there?

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ATHOS! Don’t EAT that!!! It’s only digital hunny!!! Lol!

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My jewelry for the day! This trip I became addicted to pretty rings as a fun fashion accessory for park days…not as heavy as a bracelet or necklace, but just as cute!

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Hang on there Pooh Bear!!

We got off and breezed through the gift shop. I was mesmerized by all the Pooh Bear plush…they just looked so cute with their cuddly yellow fur and spunky black noses! “Mooommm…I wanna present!”

lol, she wouldn’t buy me a Pooh Bear plush then, but if you’ve been reading on my blog, you’ll know that I did get a Pooh Bear of my own (http://apinchofpixiedust.blogspot.com/2011/09/promise-of-pooh-bear.html) once I got my job with Disney. But it all began after riding Pooh that day!

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Back into Fantasyland!

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We made an appointment to fly to Neverland later on, then hopped on to visit a small world…

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Please proceed this-a-way!

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Ireland!! I like to think of that black-haired Irish lass as my Small World Irish alter ego.

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On this trip I noticed all the different suns in IASW for the first time. The Dutch sun is wearing a Dutch hat!

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This isn’t a sun, it’s just a cute elephant.

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In China the sun looks like a parasol.

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In Morocco, the sun covers its face!

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And in Polynesia, the sun is a big bad tiki god. Awesome.

irish dancer
10-06-2011, 12:14 AM
I love the MK opening show! I always laugh when they make that announcement, I've never seen anyone move to the center to watch. I don't think they are fooling anyone. ;)

The construction photos are so exciting. Can't wait to see it all finished!

In all the times I've ridden IASW I've never noticed the different suns before. :blush: Totally cool!

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-06-2011, 06:36 AM
Usually the rope drop crowds are undeterred from moving to "see a show better", at least the ones I've seen. I definitely can't see the DHS crowds being tricked like that!

I've never noticed the fun little different suns on IASW! How cool! I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for all of them next time! :sunny:

SoScary'09
10-06-2011, 09:24 AM
You're turning me into a snob for trip reports! Finally caught all the way up. Great pictures Emma. I'm so much more excited for my upcoming trip!

MagicShell
10-06-2011, 12:35 PM
How cool that you got to be at the MK on its 40th birthday! That looked like quite a crowd. I'm glad you are enjoying your job. Is it just temporary? We hope to be able to take a trip to WDW in Feb. or March. Do you think you will still be there then?

I love the new Pooh que. Pooh bear is one of my favorite characters. I need to see the new movie, maybe it will be out on DVD before too long.

MainStreetFireman
10-06-2011, 03:48 PM
We always make rope drop for every park. The first day at MK, we do the "Dumbo Dash". But, the 2nd (and, in a really great trip, third) rope drops at MK are always spent standing a bit back, right in the center, to see the pre-show.

Unlike the opening shows at DHS and Epcot (which are best experienced up close) and AK (which is just as good close and not so close), MK's really requires you to step back to enjoy it.

The only thing better would be to be picked as the family at the show. That never looks good for us, since we are only 4, and they always seem to pick big groups.

Mndisneygirl
10-06-2011, 04:10 PM
I never noticed that about the suns in IASW! See why it's good to read TRs? They are so informative and educational! Thanks!

ChefDisneyLu
10-06-2011, 05:57 PM
I just read this whole TR and I love it!

Thank you so much for sharing, I can't wait for the rest. I am heading over to your blog now to read more! Congrats on the new job!

Thanks again!

Lisa

lwelch
10-06-2011, 08:55 PM
Cute posts, thanks for sharing.

disneyhockeymad
10-07-2011, 02:52 PM
hahaha I used to play Rollercoaster Tycoon too, used to get those lost guest messages all the time!!

Love the new Winnie the Pooh line, so cute! I think the empty area was where they had a Tigger jumping thing but I think it was a lawsuit waiting to happen so they closed it!! Never really noticed the suns in IASW either, they're amazing! :)

Disney Mommy 3
10-07-2011, 05:35 PM
omgoodness!!! I looove the new Pooh stuff! That has always been a fav of ours...can't wait! Iwonder how much stuff will be closer to the finish line when I get there!!!:yay::yay: *Can ya tell I am getting excited!?*

AGPrincess
10-10-2011, 09:44 PM
I love the MK opening show! I always laugh when they make that announcement, I've never seen anyone move to the center to watch. I don't think they are fooling anyone. ;)

The construction photos are so exciting. Can't wait to see it all finished!

In all the times I've ridden IASW I've never noticed the different suns before. :blush: Totally cool!

Haha, you're right - we're too smart for them! ;) And I know, I can't wait to see the new fantasyland!!

Usually the rope drop crowds are undeterred from moving to "see a show better", at least the ones I've seen. I definitely can't see the DHS crowds being tricked like that!

I've never noticed the fun little different suns on IASW! How cool! I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for all of them next time! :sunny:

Aren't the sun's cute? I bet there were more than that even, it's funny how you notice something new every time!

You're turning me into a snob for trip reports! Finally caught all the way up. Great pictures Emma. I'm so much more excited for my upcoming trip!

:rotfl: lol, I'm so glad you're enjoying it! Thanks for posting, and I hope you have a fabulous trip!! :goodvibes

How cool that you got to be at the MK on its 40th birthday! That looked like quite a crowd. I'm glad you are enjoying your job. Is it just temporary? We hope to be able to take a trip to WDW in Feb. or March. Do you think you will still be there then?

I love the new Pooh que. Pooh bear is one of my favorite characters. I need to see the new movie, maybe it will be out on DVD before too long.

My job is part-time, not college program...I'm hoping I'll be able to get full-time and/or move up soon. I don't really know how long I'll stay here, but I imagine I'll still be here in Feb/March, it'd be fun to see you! Love the Pooh queue too, the Hundred Acre Woods seems like such a peaceful place to be! :goodvibes

We always make rope drop for every park. The first day at MK, we do the "Dumbo Dash". But, the 2nd (and, in a really great trip, third) rope drops at MK are always spent standing a bit back, right in the center, to see the pre-show.

Unlike the opening shows at DHS and Epcot (which are best experienced up close) and AK (which is just as good close and not so close), MK's really requires you to step back to enjoy it.

The only thing better would be to be picked as the family at the show. That never looks good for us, since we are only 4, and they always seem to pick big groups.

Haha, the Dumbo Dash...we've done that many a time. You're right, it's nice to see the show from the center when you're not in a rush, it is the best spot! I've seen a few families of 4...once there was a party of 3. I heard the show family is the very first party to show up at the gates in the morning. Sometime it'd be fun to go over SUPER early just to try to be the ones chosen! :thumbsup2

I never noticed that about the suns in IASW! See why it's good to read TRs? They are so informative and educational! Thanks!

lol, I know, I'm always learning something new on the TR's on here!

I just read this whole TR and I love it!

Thank you so much for sharing, I can't wait for the rest. I am heading over to your blog now to read more! Congrats on the new job!

Thanks again!

Lisa

Hi Lisa! Welcome, thank you for posting!! I'm so glad you're enjoying the TR, more to come (on here and on the blog!)

AGPrincess
10-11-2011, 05:33 PM
Cute posts, thanks for sharing.

No prob, thanks for posting! :)

hahaha I used to play Rollercoaster Tycoon too, used to get those lost guest messages all the time!!

Love the new Winnie the Pooh line, so cute! I think the empty area was where they had a Tigger jumping thing but I think it was a lawsuit waiting to happen so they closed it!! Never really noticed the suns in IASW either, they're amazing! :)

lol, there was a game called ski resort tycoon that I used to play too. I was never big into video games, but I loved the ones where you could build something - a city, or a theme park!

omgoodness!!! I looove the new Pooh stuff! That has always been a fav of ours...can't wait! Iwonder how much stuff will be closer to the finish line when I get there!!!:yay::yay: *Can ya tell I am getting excited!?*


You must be getting excited, you're getting closer now!! :woohoo:

AGPrincess
10-12-2011, 09:45 AM
The happiest cruise that ever sailed floated back into port, and we disembarked into Fantasyland

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Let’s see, the time was about…

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10 o’ clock I guess!

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We stood in the shade for a minute, plotting what to do next, so I took a few photos of Ariel…

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“Look! I can fly!”

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“Fantasyland and I totally match.”

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Dart’s shirt for the day…you can bet we were doing Pirates later on!

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I ran over to grab us some Winnie the Pooh FP’s…and they gave us some bonus fastpasses for Mickey’s Philharmagic. I’ve never seen Philharmagic need a fastpass, but hey, I’ll take it!

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Dart expressed interest in the carousel, so that’s where we headed next! Prince Charming certainly does have plenty of horses in his stable..the carousel in five horses deep!

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Love these little murals around the outside…

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We managed to snag an outside horse for Dart…Prince Charming’s steed no less! And since Dart was on the prince’s horse, I got Cinderella’s right next to him!

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Cinderella must like purple roses…I know she ties a gold ribbon to the tail!

Athos had us in stitches during the ride…he kept pretending his horse was real and that it was a race, so he would flail the reins and urge on the horse “Yah! Yah!” lol!

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Bye horses!

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Where to next?

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We decided a break for some water was in order, so we stopped by a very quiet Cosmic Ray’s for six icy cold tap waters.

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We even got to enjoy the cheesy stylings of the one and only Sonny Eclipse! Athos and I were quoting him for the rest of the day after that!

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Ahhhhh…cold, refreshing, and free!

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Funky little v-shaped table in Cosmic Ray’s. I love how it does feel a little like a club, with Sonny Eclipse performing on the stage below!

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I noticed the line for Rapunzel outside…it looked insane!!

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Observe the difference in size between Athos’ feet and my feet (also note his cool orange shoes!). He’s already taller than I, but I have a feeling he’s going to get taller still!

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This was back when Flynn was still greeting with her. Now he doesn’t normally appear anymore, it’s just Rapunzel, which is a shame. They looked so cute together!

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Say cheese!

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Athos, Porthos, and I headed into Tomorrowland ahead of the others to try to hop on Space. Sadly the ride was down, so we ended up finding Mom and Dad and Dart again and going to Buzz instead.

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“Woo! Let’s save the universe!”

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Ariel controlling the spin on our space cruiser, lol!

More Magic Kingdoming, lunch at the Liberty Tree, and an appointment at the Main St. Barber shop, coming up!

SoScary'09
10-13-2011, 10:33 AM
Awesome! Can't wait!

AGPrincess
10-15-2011, 10:50 AM
Awesome! Can't wait!

Thanks! I can't wait to post about the barber shop...Athos was getting his hair cut. We made him get the pixie dust, hehe! ;)

wdwgirl03
10-15-2011, 04:08 PM
Great updates Emma. I also have to say I am enjoying all your blog posts. Your cupcake reports always make me hungry but you have convinced me that I have to get that smores cupcake! If I can't get it in a couple weeks, definitely in April since we'll be staying at the Boardwalk.

MEK
10-15-2011, 08:14 PM
Fun update. I love that ARRRRRGGH T shirt! That is awesome.

I also love all pics on the carousel. They are very creative!

mom3sonstt
10-16-2011, 08:09 PM
Enjoying your TR! I had never noticed the different suns in IASW either. I took a bunch of pictures on my last voyage, I will have to check them out to see if I accidentally got any of them.




It was so nice getting a chance to meet you on my last trip. You are just as sweet in person as I knew you would be from your reports! :hug:

zipadeepixie
10-19-2011, 01:45 PM
I just got caught up. Great posts! And I just got back from my first visit to WDW so now I can relate!

AGPrincess
10-26-2011, 10:57 AM
Great updates Emma. I also have to say I am enjoying all your blog posts. Your cupcake reports always make me hungry but you have convinced me that I have to get that smores cupcake! If I can't get it in a couple weeks, definitely in April since we'll be staying at the Boardwalk.

Thanks! And so glad you're enjoying the blog. :goodvibes Haha, I know, I'm always wanting a cupcake after I write Monday's post. I would definitely recommend the Boardwalk...they've also got a lovely peanut butter cupcake I've got to post on sometime. :)

Fun update. I love that ARRRRRGGH T shirt! That is awesome.

I also love all pics on the carousel. They are very creative!

Isn't it cute? It seems like there are always cute pirate shirts for little boys...kinda makes me wish they made them in big sized too, I want one! :rotfl:

AGPrincess
10-26-2011, 11:11 AM
Enjoying your TR! I had never noticed the different suns in IASW either. I took a bunch of pictures on my last voyage, I will have to check them out to see if I accidentally got any of them.

It was so nice getting a chance to meet you on my last trip. You are just as sweet in person as I knew you would be from your reports! :hug:

It was so lovely to meet up with you too!! I've been meaning to look up your TR and post to say so! :goodvibes It was so nice of you to come in the rain and everything. Awww, thank you! ;) I hope you had fun at the Halloween party and had a great time on the rest of your trip!

Small World is just so packed with details, I feel like I notice something new every time I ride! I've heard there's a doll-version of Mary Blair in there too, but I've yet to spot it -- it may only be in the Calif. small world.

I just got caught up. Great posts! And I just got back from my first visit to WDW so now I can relate!

Thanks! Oh how exciting -- did you have a fun time??

AGPrincess
10-26-2011, 06:17 PM
I'm afraid I've been neglecting this poor TR lately in favor of my blog! :sad2: It's been busy with work and picking up shifts (I got to work at Pecos Bill's last week...the costume there is so cute, I wanted to keep the blue-and-yellow floral apron, it was so pretty! :thumbsup2).

Anyway I've got a double update almost ready! New installment coming up. :)

AGPrincess
10-26-2011, 06:26 PM
We got off Buzz and cut across the hub to do some adventuring in Adventureland and Fronteirland.

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Uh oh, do you see all those people in pink?

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Eeek! A tour group! Quick, slip in front of them! Inevitably, when you see a tour group, they will be headed to whatever ride *you* are heading to, lol! It was the end of June, so there weren’t too many tour groups yet, but it was getting towards the time when they invade Disney!

Dad, Athos, and I decided to jump on the Haunted Mansion while Mom and the others grabbed fastpasses for Jungle Cruise.

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A little lizard hanging out outside the HM. Or maybe it’s a ghost lizard??

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There was a new queue open, so we decided to go through. Afterwards I realized that the new queue actually adds five minutes or so to your wait, but it was cool to check out all the new gravestones.

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The line was moving quickly enough so that we were just walking through, but there are some fun things to do if you did have to stop! The inscriptions on these pillars, for instance, are actually a murder mystery – if you look closely at the busts, you can discover who did in who!

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Playing on a ghostly organ!

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These books kept leaping out of the shelves of their own accord!

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Neat as the new stuff is, you can’t beat good ol Madame Leota!

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Somehow we made it out *without* becoming the 1000th happy haunt, and we high-tailed it away from the ghosts. We had a fastpass with some pirates and lost boys!

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I just love Peter Pan. It’s so entirely charming.

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The London bit is my favorite part. This time we stopped over it, so I eagerly soaked in all the little cars running up and down the streets, Big Ben and the Tower Bridge. I tried to spot a Pret a Manger or a Marks and Spencer down on the streets, but it was too dark…lol!

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From London dusk to Orlando noontide! When the small world line gets to be 35 minutes, you know it’s a busy day in the park! Luckily we had finished all our e-ticket rides, and we were going to coast the rest of the afternoon with some low-line rides and fastpasses.

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Our next stop was Pirates of the Caribbean! This is such an efficient ride, I’ve never seen the line *really* get out of hand…even today the wait was only about 15/20 minutes.

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Winding around back in the dungeons of a Spanish castle!

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Waiting in line with Ariel…

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She wanted to set off the cannon, but we stopped her.

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We have generally found that the left side is often shorter and faster, but today we took the right side for whatever reason. These treasure chests on the right side always make us remember a Snobbish family moment that happened years ago.

That little area with the chests in it is separated from the line by a low wall. Once, when I was about 11 or 12, I dropped a little pink purse over the wall by accident. We couldn’t get it by reaching, so Athos (who was about 5 or 6 at the time), to his very great delight, was lifted over the wall, he grabbed the purse (didn’t touch anything else, lol!), and we hoisted him back into the line, perfect solution.

Now whenever we go by that spot, Athos always says, “Hey Emma, drop something! I’ll get it back for you!” lol, sorry Athos, slipping you into restricted areas of PoC was a one-time deal!

When we got off Pirates, our fastpasses for Jungle Cruise were ready! There was just time to use them before our 12:30 ADR at the Liberty Tree.

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Ariel enjoying her first ever tour up the Nile.

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Watch out! That elephant spits!

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More elephants. With trunks.

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As we approached the dock, there was a rather a back-up of boats! Our skipper was very blasé, when we were waiting in the line of boats, he didn’t even bother to make any jokes, and we didn’t get to hear the “two-heads for one of yours” line at all. But the skipper in the boat ahead of us was really funny, and we could hear him a little bit, so our skipper says, “I’ll just let you listen to William up there.” Ummm….ok?

As we were finally approaching the paradox (haha), I forgot about our lousy skipper because I noticed there was a photopass fellow by the unloading area. “What could he be doing there?” I thought.

Then he started taking pictures of our boat! Athos and I, who both noticed him, decided to smile and ham it up. We weren’t sure what the photographer was doing there or why he was snapping photos, but apparently it was for us! When we got out of the boat, the photographer scans a card and hands it to us!!

A rogue photopass photographer, who had ever heard of such a thing?? I actually ended up seeing another that day, also in adventureland, just taking pictures randomly for families passing by.

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There he is, lurking behind that fellow in the blue shirt.

The pictures turned out so well too…our whole family was sitting along the side of the boat that the guy was photographing, so we’re all in the shot. Mom and Dad and the rest of the crew didn’t notice the photopass dude, but luckily they all look nice – Athos and I, however, are smiling brilliantly at the camera and laughing. Awesome!

ctd...next post...

AGPrincess
10-26-2011, 06:42 PM
It was finally time for luncheon, so off we headed for the Liberty Tree. It’s our must-eat lunch spot at the MK, mostly because of the ever-wonderful ooey gooey toffee cake!

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It was quite crowded inside. Normally we try to get a reservation right at 11 or 11:30 when the LTT starts serving to avoid the wait, but the only ADR available had been for 12:45.

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Lucky families already seated!

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They really need more seating in the LTT lobby. All the benches were taken, and this chair had a writing desk glued onto it! A cute detail, but not when you need a chair to sit in!

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I did spot a hidden mickey while waiting...can you see it?

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We also found a cabinet in the wall marked with this little fire engine…I’m guessing it’s hiding a fire extinguisher!

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Dart and I hit the coloring pages to pass the time. See my beautiful Minnie? lol.

We had checked in a little early, and we waited about 15-20 minutes for a table. Finally we were seated – we were all hungry by then! Our server was really funny and friendly, but I’m not sure how efficient he was. The minutes ticked by, and there was no sign of the food. 20 minutes…30 minutes…40 minutes. We were getting STARVING. Plus, Athos’s appointment at the Barber shop was for 2:30. You have to put a credit card on the reservation, so we really didn’t want to miss it!

FINALLY the food showed up – the time stamp on my camera says it was 1:52. The server was apologetic about it, and I guess it was because they were so busy that day, but it was pretty frustrating.

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Mom and I split the tri-corner roast beef sandwich as usual, and it was tasty. I like the fries too. Since we were now in a rush, we asked for the dessert to be brought out right away.

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I twas delicious and warm and chocolate-y and toffee-y as usual, only as we were so rushed it wasn’t quite as nice. When you have a really good dessert you want to be able to savor it, and we only had 15 minutes before Athos had to be at his hair appointment. It seemed like an hour and 45 minutes would’ve been enough for lunch, but I guess in the future we’ll have to plan for more than that!

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It was a bit of a mad hustle back down Main St., but we did make it – and there wasn’t a line, so we didn’t need to worry.

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I love the black-and-white floor in here…and also that it’s covered in pixie dust!

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These “barbicide” containers were so bright blue!

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Athos’s “fluffy” hair. Athos had rather long hair before he got it cut. He liked to say his hair was like a pillow, crazy kid! The woman cutting his hair seemed to like it too, she took forever trimming it just right!

I thought he looked very sharp when she was done, but of course it was too short for Athos. He said he couldn’t fling his hair around anymore. Oh well, that’s the good thing about hair – it grows!

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We did manage to talk him into just a little bit of confetti...only he brushed most of it out right away. Boring!

By the time we were done at the Barber's, it was quite hot out and nearly 3 o' clock. Mom, Dad, and Dart headed back to the Polynesian. But this was our only day at the MK that trip, so Athos, Porthos, and I decided to soldier on for just one more ride, to use our BTMRR fast passes.

So we turned back up Main St. and cut across the Crystal Palace bridge towards Liberty Square...

One thing we forgot: the 3 o' clock parade!

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There was kinda a fun view of it from behind the Christmas shoppe where we were standing...you had a really good view of the performers and floats as they crossed the bridge. I persuaded the boys to stay and watch it.

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Snow White and her prince!

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The evil step mother and step sisters were hilarious going across the bridge! Drisella looked over towards where we were standing and started pulling faces at us...then Anastasia tried to push here into the water!

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Pushing Drisella over the edge...well, almost, lol!

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The castle from that angle made a pretty backdrop for the floats.

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Cindy and her prince!

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I think I've seen this Ariel in parades before...she has a rather frantic wave.

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Belle and the Beast!

Unfortunately after standing for 20 minutes in the sun watching the parade go by, I just couldn't contemplate the walk all the way back into Frontierland. I think the boys might've stayed on, but I headed back to grab the monorail...

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Some tropical relaxing was just the restorative I needed!

fromscratchmom
10-26-2011, 07:19 PM
hooray for updates! :goodvibes

jwwi
10-26-2011, 09:52 PM
cool perspective on the parade. Loved all the pictures. BTW I tried the Strawberry Shortcake cupcake earlier this month from the BW bakery, So Good! Loved it.

irish dancer
10-26-2011, 10:52 PM
Yay, an update! Someday I hope to try LTT for lunch just so I can get that cake! We always end up there for dinner for some reason. Maybe we'll try it in June. :thumbsup2

Glad you made it to the barber shop in time, that would have been stressful. You'd think the restaurant could have called them for you to let them know you were delayed.

We've caught the parade from that spot behind the Christmas Shop too, fun that you got that bonus but bummer you didn't make it to BTMRR. I don't think I could convince my kids to skip that, they love BTMRR.

I'm behind on your blog, hope to catch up later this week.

Disney Mommy 3
10-27-2011, 09:52 AM
I love the update..how fun for him to get a haircut there!!!
I will PM you our plans in a day or two!!! We are getting cloooooose!!!

SoScary'09
10-27-2011, 10:24 AM
*Looks at her ticker and shrieks with joy*
Wonderful update as always, and I'm that much more excited! Bags are packed and ready to go. Since I'll be away for awhile hope you have a Happy Halloween Emma!

MainStreetFireman
10-27-2011, 08:41 PM
I have been the lone voice calling for us to try LTT. My family thinks it's pretty much like Thanksgiving food, but we don't know that for sure. (In any case, I love Thanksgiving food!) They have agreed to try it for lunch, swapping a family-tradition of lunch at Pecos Bills or CHH. So, is the lunch a good representative of dinner? (You know, like Biergarten...where only the sauerbraten is missing...)

Second question: You mentioned you worked at PB's for someone else. Does Disney let you "try on" other jobs? I have never heard of anything like that. That would be very cool.

TIA for your response.:thumbsup2

disneyhockeymad
10-28-2011, 03:55 PM
Oops. Didn't mean to miss so much!!

Haha Pret a Manger and Marks and Spencer, love it!! Love those stores and I love that you know what they are. They've just opened a Pret in NYC, maybe it'll make it's way down to you at some point?!!

Oooh fastpast man at Jungle Cruise?! Such a great idea, if you'd have had a better skipper then everyone would have been laughing and those photos would have been amazing! Glad your family looked good though! :)

That food looks amazing, it's definitely on my list of places to visit :) Yummy!

Ps I used to play ski resort tycoon too! Loved those building games! I think I played Zoo Tycoon as well hahaha. :rotfl:

MagicShell
10-28-2011, 09:04 PM
Great update. I love the MK and I bet it would be so cool to stay at a resort that is right there at it. Maybe some day.

It turns out we are going to Disney World Dec. 12-18. When it gets closer I would love to know if you are working somewhere that I would be able to meet you.

evilqueenmindy
10-28-2011, 10:12 PM
Been lurking on several reports but the visit to main street barbershop got me to comment, it is the best kept secret at disney, my nephew, who is 3 has had ALL of his haircuts there, right from the first one. when his grandpa said his hair was getting long he said "OKAY! let's go to Disney."

dvc at last !
10-28-2011, 11:06 PM
Started reading your TR 'cause I loved the title. Read pages 1-15 and saw your good news - Congrats !
Now I must sleep and finish your TR in the am.

petals
10-31-2011, 11:04 AM
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MEK
11-01-2011, 12:43 PM
I love LTT for lunch and you ordered my perfect meal! YUMMY. Sorry you had to rush through everything. That's no fun!

scrapbookersdis
11-02-2011, 12:18 PM
That photo of the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake was amazing!! The ultimate Disney dessert. Looking forward to your next update!

mom3sonstt
11-03-2011, 01:30 AM
AT least Athos let the barber shop put the pixie dust in his hair! My middle son, who was maybe 17 at the time, wanted to get his head shaved at the Barber shop. I said he could, BUT he had to have a Mickey painted on his head and pixie dust. :thumbsup2 He agreed, but once his head was shaved and the gal asked if he wanted the Mickey or the pixie dust he said no. :headache:


My oldest son is now following your blog. I think he goes by Seanzy on there. We are sending him down at the end of January for a college graduation trip. Right now he is at Beach Club and OKW. I have him waitlisted for Boardwalk.

MEK
11-04-2011, 09:17 PM
I am finally getting back to check out your pics and I have to say that my favorite is Ariel on the Nile! I love that one.

My second favorites are the food pics from LTT. You ordered exactly what I will be eating in December. Yum

Wonderful pictures as always!!!!!

AGPrincess
11-05-2011, 12:05 AM
hooray for updates! :goodvibes

Hooray for readers! I thought you guys might've given up on me, lol! :goodvibes

cool perspective on the parade. Loved all the pictures. BTW I tried the Strawberry Shortcake cupcake earlier this month from the BW bakery, So Good! Loved it.

Oh Boardwalk Bakery, how I love your cupcakes! So glad you enjoyed it...did you find any other good cupcakes? I'm starting to run out of ideas for my blog! :rolleyes:

Yay, an update! Someday I hope to try LTT for lunch just so I can get that cake! We always end up there for dinner for some reason. Maybe we'll try it in June. :thumbsup2

Glad you made it to the barber shop in time, that would have been stressful. You'd think the restaurant could have called them for you to let them know you were delayed.

We've caught the parade from that spot behind the Christmas Shop too, fun that you got that bonus but bummer you didn't make it to BTMRR. I don't think I could convince my kids to skip that, they love BTMRR.

I'm behind on your blog, hope to catch up later this week.

Didn't think of that, but you're right, I bet they could've called -- good thought for another time! lol, I know, we kinda skipped a lot this year b/c we didn't have very many park days. Glad you're reading the blog! :goodvibes I did a TON of Halloween posts!

I love the update..how fun for him to get a haircut there!!!
I will PM you our plans in a day or two!!! We are getting cloooooose!!!

Thanks! And definitely do...how exciting!! :banana::banana:

*Looks at her ticker and shrieks with joy*
Wonderful update as always, and I'm that much more excited! Bags are packed and ready to go. Since I'll be away for awhile hope you have a Happy Halloween Emma!

YAYYYY!! So you must be there (or here rather!) now! Hope you're having a grand time, and thanks for the Halloween wishes! :goodvibes

I have been the lone voice calling for us to try LTT. My family thinks it's pretty much like Thanksgiving food, but we don't know that for sure. (In any case, I love Thanksgiving food!) They have agreed to try it for lunch, swapping a family-tradition of lunch at Pecos Bills or CHH. So, is the lunch a good representative of dinner? (You know, like Biergarten...where only the sauerbraten is missing...)

Second question: You mentioned you worked at PB's for someone else. Does Disney let you "try on" other jobs? I have never heard of anything like that. That would be very cool.

TIA for your response.:thumbsup2

Liberty Tree definitely has a Thanksgiving option for lunch -- it's the Pilgrim's Feast platter, it's got the turkey and dressing and potatoes and veggies. It's not quite the same as dinner, because you're missing the pork loin and the beef. There's no pork offered on the lunch menu, but there is a pot roast (which I've heard is good). We like lunch b/c there are lots of things in addition to what's offered at dinner -- burgers, pasta, the amazing tri-corner roast beef sandwich! Plus everyone can order what they want off the menu at lunch, whereas dinner is served family style, so you all get the same thing. Really the most important factor is that the ooey gooey toffee cake is also only at lunch!!

For your second question...Disney does let you pick up certain "extra" shifts at various locations. Some of the shifts at counter service restaurants don't require extra training, so I can "try on" those roles if they need an extra person that week. It's been really fun working at different places (I've been at Pinnochio's, Pizza Planet, and Pecos Bill's!)...I only wish there were more extra shifts to pick up! ;)

Oops. Didn't mean to miss so much!!

Haha Pret a Manger and Marks and Spencer, love it!! Love those stores and I love that you know what they are. They've just opened a Pret in NYC, maybe it'll make it's way down to you at some point?!!

Oooh fastpast man at Jungle Cruise?! Such a great idea, if you'd have had a better skipper then everyone would have been laughing and those photos would have been amazing! Glad your family looked good though! :)

That food looks amazing, it's definitely on my list of places to visit :) Yummy!

Ps I used to play ski resort tycoon too! Loved those building games! I think I played Zoo Tycoon as well hahaha. :rotfl:

I was in NYC in January, and I saw the Pret across the street and I was like "I MUST GO THERE NOW!" lol - wasn't quite the same as in London, but it was fun to see the old advets and offerings. I wish they'd bring it to other cities as well!

Haha...I think I remember Zoo Tycoon as well! I loved the building games too...there was one called "Emperor" where you had to build the whole city --houses and farms and shops and temples that I loved. You could also wage war in Emperor, which I never liked to do, but of course that's all my brothers did! :rolleyes1

AGPrincess
11-05-2011, 12:17 AM
Great update. I love the MK and I bet it would be so cool to stay at a resort that is right there at it. Maybe some day.

It turns out we are going to Disney World Dec. 12-18. When it gets closer I would love to know if you are working somewhere that I would be able to meet you.

How exciting, you'll get to see the decorations! The garlands and swags are already up on Main St...how crazy is that?? Send me a PM, that'd be fun. :goodvibes

Been lurking on several reports but the visit to main street barbershop got me to comment, it is the best kept secret at disney, my nephew, who is 3 has had ALL of his haircuts there, right from the first one. when his grandpa said his hair was getting long he said "OKAY! let's go to Disney."

Yay, I love it when lurkers post! I'm glad you did, I LOVE that story, so cute. :thumbsup2 It is funny how a lot of people don't even know there's a barber shop there!

Started reading your TR 'cause I loved the title. Read pages 1-15 and saw your good news - Congrats !
Now I must sleep and finish your TR in the am.

WELCOME! Awww thanks! Haha, and definitely sleep should come before trip reports! :rotfl:

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I *loved* this graphic, it made my Halloween more magical, thanks! :goodvibes Hope you had a great Halloween too!

That photo of the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake was amazing!! The ultimate Disney dessert. Looking forward to your next update!

MMMMMmm, I know! I only wish LTT did take outs, so I could get it all the time, or get one and freeze it to ship home, lol! ;)

AT least Athos let the barber shop put the pixie dust in his hair! My middle son, who was maybe 17 at the time, wanted to get his head shaved at the Barber shop. I said he could, BUT he had to have a Mickey painted on his head and pixie dust. :thumbsup2 He agreed, but once his head was shaved and the gal asked if he wanted the Mickey or the pixie dust he said no. :headache:


My oldest son is now following your blog. I think he goes by Seanzy on there. We are sending him down at the end of January for a college graduation trip. Right now he is at Beach Club and OKW. I have him waitlisted for Boardwalk.

Oh, that's no fun!! I kinda twisted Athos' arm (figuratively, not literally!) to make him get just a sprinkle, and then he dusted half of it out as soon as we were out of the shop...boring!

That's so funny, I often wonder how some of my followers found the blog, that's so cool seanzy is your son. :goodvibes And what an awesome graduation present - those are great resorts, he'll have a great time!

I am finally getting back to check out your pics and I have to say that my favorite is Ariel on the Nile! I love that one.

My second favorites are the food pics from LTT. You ordered exactly what I will be eating in December. Yum

Wonderful pictures as always!!!!!

Thanks! So fun that you're another fan of the tri-corner + ooey gooey toffee cake combo. You're so right, it really is the perfect lunch -- there's not much that can top it!

AGPrincess
11-05-2011, 12:39 AM
One of the things I love about staying at a Disney resort is getting to watch the channels you can only find at Walt Disney World. I like to pretend the TV doesn’t even have other channels…just Stacey and Casey and Company Clips…and the Disney Channel is allowed too, but nothing else. All Disney, ALL the time.

I suppose that by watching just WDW- channels, I’m really just letting Disney brainwash me more and more and more, but I can’t help it. Even those channels like “WDW Today” where it’s just scrolling information and photos and slightly cheesy music – I get hypnotized. I even love those channels up in the high numbers with the blue background and the rotating gold mouse medallion.

Just the sound of the music makes me relax a little. It’s like the smell of a Disney lobby, or the sight of hundreds of stuffed Mickey’s at the Emporium – the sound of Disney TV is a sign that I’m at Disney World, and consequently adds to the fun of the trip.

So when I got back to the Polynesian, I grabbed a cookie and some popcorn from the lounge and plopped down with whatever brothers were in the room to watch some Phineas and Ferb – or maybe it was Good Luck Charlie. I had only seen one or two episodes of Good Luck Charlie before this trip, but after it I felt like I’d seen the whole series twice over. lol, it just always seemed to be on!

Eventually we switched over to Company Clips. Dart always manages to learn the new songs featured on their by heart by the end of the vacation. One summer it was a Jonas Brothers song, and he was so cute...he sang it better than them! But it wasn’t a Disney star that caught my eye on Company Clips today…it was a DISer star!

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LURKYLOO is on tv!! This was a commercial for the D23 expo, and when lurkyloo came on the screen I was like – OMGoodness, I know her!!! lol, ok, not really, but I read her trip reports!

Now that I’ve gone on and on about Disney tv, I’ll admit that it’s never good enough to make you miss this:

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After a bit of hanging in the room, I headed down to the lounge. I sat on my favorite couch by the window for the longest time. Just staring out at the beach and dreaming…then writing a bit or reading a page when it took my fancy.

I wasn’t even paying attention to time passing, and before I knew it they were putting out the dinner things!

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Those pork pot stickers were entirely delish!

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This salad had green beans, tomatoes, and almonds – very intriguing combination…

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No boursin cheese like on the previous night (oohhh, how I love boursin…), but I still found plenty of tasty things to try!

The problem with being at Disney World (and I still find myself feeling this way, even though I live here), is that there are so many different lovely places to be and different fun things to be doing, that even when you’re in the middle of one, you’re wishing you could also be doing the others!

It was like that at the Poylnesian that night…I loved enjoying tv in the room, I loved lolling in the lounge…but I was itching to get out and snag my hammock again!

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Mia came along, of course!

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Dart wanted to play on the beach, so he came too! It was nice – he built tunnels near the shore and came over to say hi every few minutes, and I had my hammock.

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I also took some pictures of Mia!

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Mia loves hammocks almost as much as I do, lol…

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This is my favorite way to see the world…

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…through the strings of a hammock…

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I always pull up a chair to put my purse on…actually mostly to put my nice rebel camera on. I’m always terrified sand will get into the motor and break it! It’s funny how there are no pictures of my camera in this trip report, but it was certainly a big part of the trip, a constant companion.

Well, mostly constant…I didn’t take it to the pool that evening. Athos, Dart, and I had fun playing in the water and looking for the underwater speakers. I went down the slide to oblige Dart, but that isn’t one of my favorite slides…makes me claustrophobic!

I ran up to take my shower, then came back down for the campfire…

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Little kids + long pointy sticks + fire + flaming marshmellows…sounds fun, but in reality not the best idea, Disney.

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The kids were whipping the roasting sticks around with a reckless abandon, and it’s difficult to toast a marshmellow to the proper brown when you’re trying to duck and weave…

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lol, so maybe it wasn’t quite that bad, but we didn’t stay long. My marshmellow was woefully underdone.

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It was a gorgeous evening.

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…then again, it’s nearly always a gorgeous evening at the Poly.

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Yay, Electrical Water Pageant! (that’s Dart crawling like a turtle to the music). Also note how light it was out!

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It’s the camera settings that make this seem dark…

After the EWP, they started that night’s “Movie Under the Stars…”

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It was Lilo and Stitch, so Athos, Dart, and I shared a lounge chair to watch for a bit. There was some truly impressive lightning going off in the distance – they never stopped the movie, but it was enough to make us nervous, so we didn’t stay long.

Funny story: as we’re sitting watching the movie, I vaguely hear two voices discussing Roman History, sounds rather interesting, so I listen in – I turn around and it’s Mom and Porthos…of course!

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A spoonful of peanut butter mousse was the perfect nightcap…then to bed!

jecskc
11-05-2011, 12:50 PM
Loving your TR. I'm excessively diverted :rotfl:

Mndisneygirl
11-05-2011, 06:21 PM
Your love for the Poly is so contagious I just can't stop reading! Its making me want to stay there so badly! Next trip we are definitely spending some time there. We probably won't be staying there since its not DVC. But we will eat there, shop there, and enjoy the EWP and fireworks there!

jwwi
11-05-2011, 11:05 PM
That Peanut Butter mousse looks so good, yum! Too funny about the marshmallow roast. What a beautiful evening, and of course I love your hammock pictures.
I have not read your blog in a while, so not sure if you discuss DTD treats. You mentioned running out of cupcakes to try, this is not a cupcake suggestion, but there are a lot of good treats at Goofy's in DTD. My favorites are a chocolate dipped rice crispie treat with mini M&M's and pretzel rods. They used to have really good cookies, german chocolate or carrot cake cookies, but I think I read that they are not available anymore.
Had a little fun last Sunday morning visiting the American Girl store in Downtown Chicago. We arrived at the Disney Store before opening, so wandered down to the Watertower shops. We were happy to see AG open. Not crowded at all. It is such a cute store. Right outside the 2nd level is a Lego Store, with really cute displays. Have you ever been on Michigan Ave to shop?

MEK
11-06-2011, 06:25 AM
Yummy food choices at the concierge lounge. That mouse looks so good. :thumbsup2

You have taken relaxation at the Poly to a new art. I love the pictures from your hammock and the twilight poly pics.

Lurkyloo on disney TV - very cool! :goodvibes

petals
11-06-2011, 08:22 PM
I'll be over to see you soon :goodvibes

I want to see the EWP never seen it before. I have to much planned.. I'm buying my momma rollerskates so she can keep up! :rotfl:

Lanie
11-07-2011, 01:10 PM
Those views of the Poly... swoon! I can't wait to be there in 34 days! I almost feel like spending all day at the hotel... Sooooooo pretty!

Just wanted to tell you that I am really enjoying your TR, but also your blog! I keep trying to post on it but it keeps not appearing for some reason. Ah well, really enjoy getting a bit of Disney into my days! Although you might be held personnally responsible for the 10 lbs that I will gain with all the cupcakes that I now have to try! ;)

disneyhockeymad
11-07-2011, 03:33 PM
I was in NYC in January, and I saw the Pret across the street and I was like "I MUST GO THERE NOW!" lol - wasn't quite the same as in London, but it was fun to see the old advets and offerings. I wish they'd bring it to other cities as well!

Haha...I think I remember Zoo Tycoon as well! I loved the building games too...there was one called "Emperor" where you had to build the whole city --houses and farms and shops and temples that I loved. You could also wage war in Emperor, which I never liked to do, but of course that's all my brothers did! :rolleyes1

Ahaha we're too alike it's scary sometimes, definitely had Emperor or whatever it's called (I think Age of Empires rings a bell) and it was def my brother that started the wars, I never did!!

Oh man, I am most definitely adding your Poly hammock on to my must see list for next year! (As if I wasn't already!) It really is far too pretty!! Plus I definitely need to see the EWP in full at some point as well. Yay for adding things to my list! :goodvibes

I was in a Pret today to get a coffee before work it made me think of you! :)

jecskc
11-14-2011, 12:26 PM
I just read this and I thought you would find it interesting.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/nov/14/jane-austen-arsenic-poisoning?fb=optOut

merbobear
11-17-2011, 11:51 AM
I'm new to your TR and subscribing now.

I just had to say that I love the photos of the newer pool area at SSR. I was born/raised/still live in the real Saratoga Springs (NY) area, so it is always interesting to me to see how SSR compares. We toured a bit of the resort this year and it is mostly reminiscent of old Saratoga, but that pool area with its red & white is SO current Saratoga. They really captured the essence of our local "Summer place to be," as the race track's slogan puts it.

AGPrincess
11-26-2011, 12:10 PM
Wow, has it really been that long since my last update?? Sometimes I don't know where the days go! Hope everybody had a lovely thanksgiving! I made a little feast for my brother and I...didn't want to buy a huge turket, so I made us each a little cornish hen, LOL! They were delish. :goodvibes

Loving your TR. I'm excessively diverted :rotfl:

Haha, why thank you so much Miss Bennet. ;)

Your love for the Poly is so contagious I just can't stop reading! Its making me want to stay there so badly! Next trip we are definitely spending some time there. We probably won't be staying there since its not DVC. But we will eat there, shop there, and enjoy the EWP and fireworks there!

Awww, thanks! I go over to the Poly a lot (just to hang out) now that I work here, and it still hasn't lost its tropical charm! :goodvibes It's a great resort to visit, even if you aren't staying -- and you can't beat EWP+Wishes from the Polynesian beach! :thumbsup2

That Peanut Butter mousse looks so good, yum! Too funny about the marshmallow roast. What a beautiful evening, and of course I love your hammock pictures.
I have not read your blog in a while, so not sure if you discuss DTD treats. You mentioned running out of cupcakes to try, this is not a cupcake suggestion, but there are a lot of good treats at Goofy's in DTD. My favorites are a chocolate dipped rice crispie treat with mini M&M's and pretzel rods. They used to have really good cookies, german chocolate or carrot cake cookies, but I think I read that they are not available anymore.
Had a little fun last Sunday morning visiting the American Girl store in Downtown Chicago. We arrived at the Disney Store before opening, so wandered down to the Watertower shops. We were happy to see AG open. Not crowded at all. It is such a cute store. Right outside the 2nd level is a Lego Store, with really cute displays. Have you ever been on Michigan Ave to shop?

I got a desigh-your-own caramel apple at Goofy's a few years ago, it was SOOOO good. That's a great idea, will have to go back there! :thumbsup2 Awww, love AG Place Chicago, how fun you got to go there! I've been to Chicago a few times, but usually we just have a few destinations in mind (like AG Place and the Lego store!). It's on my someday list! :goodvibes

Yummy food choices at the concierge lounge. That mouse looks so good. :thumbsup2

You have taken relaxation at the Poly to a new art. I love the pictures from your hammock and the twilight poly pics.

Lurkyloo on disney TV - very cool! :goodvibes

Haha, why thank you, relaxing at the Polynesian is one of my special skills. Now if only I could put it on my resume...:rotfl:

I'll be over to see you soon :goodvibes

I want to see the EWP never seen it before. I have to much planned.. I'm buying my momma rollerskates so she can keep up! :rotfl:

So exciting, we've got to plan our meet-up! :goodvibes LOL, sometimes it definitely feels like you need a bike or roller skates to get everything in Disney done! :rotfl:

Those views of the Poly... swoon! I can't wait to be there in 34 days! I almost feel like spending all day at the hotel... Sooooooo pretty!

Just wanted to tell you that I am really enjoying your TR, but also your blog! I keep trying to post on it but it keeps not appearing for some reason. Ah well, really enjoy getting a bit of Disney into my days! Although you might be held personnally responsible for the 10 lbs that I will gain with all the cupcakes that I now have to try! ;)

SOOO exciting! I know, at the Poly I never want to leave. I have even MORE Polynesian pictures coming up from our last morning there! So glad you're liking the TR and the blog -- I've been falling a bit behind lately, but I'm trying to get caught up. I'm planning on doing some blogging on the Christmas decorations, got to get on that! :goodvibes

Ahaha we're too alike it's scary sometimes, definitely had Emperor or whatever it's called (I think Age of Empires rings a bell) and it was def my brother that started the wars, I never did!!

Oh man, I am most definitely adding your Poly hammock on to my must see list for next year! (As if I wasn't already!) It really is far too pretty!! Plus I definitely need to see the EWP in full at some point as well. Yay for adding things to my list! :goodvibes

I was in a Pret today to get a coffee before work it made me think of you! :)

LOL, I love it -- I'll be your American twin! :thumbsup2 Ohhhh, Pret! Sometimes I wander the British stores in Epcot just because I miss England! :goodvibes I'm always tempted by the aero bars and mcvitties there, but they're so expensive!

I just read this and I thought you would find it interesting.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/nov/14/jane-austen-arsenic-poisoning?fb=optOut

VERY interesting, thank you for sharing! Now I want to go and find the mystery book that lady is writing! I have a weakness for Jane Austen sequels, lol. They're never near as good as the originals of course, but they can be really fun fluff reading! :rolleyes1

I'm new to your TR and subscribing now.

I just had to say that I love the photos of the newer pool area at SSR. I was born/raised/still live in the real Saratoga Springs (NY) area, so it is always interesting to me to see how SSR compares. We toured a bit of the resort this year and it is mostly reminiscent of old Saratoga, but that pool area with its red & white is SO current Saratoga. They really captured the essence of our local "Summer place to be," as the race track's slogan puts it.

WELCOME!! Thanks for posting! :goodvibes How cool...my family loves to go to Lake Placid, NY and we've passed by Saratoga - it'd be fun to stop sometime. How cool that SSR has some modern as well as old Saratoga!

AGPrincess
11-27-2011, 10:36 AM
I'm starting to think I should just rename this trip report "No Parks: Just Polynesian!" Because on our days at the Polynesian, it seems like we just LIVED at the resort. It didn't feel like an excessive amount of time back when we were there, but now writing this trippie and actually seeing how many pictures of the Polynesian I'm subjecting y'all too, I feel like maybe it was a lot. of time.

Speaking of photos of that most wonderful tropical place, I seriously hope you all aren't sick of them, because, yes, there are even more. But don't worry, this is the last batch, as this was the morning we were checking out!

Here's what I wrote in my diary: "Checking out of the Polynesian day! Sniff! I was having a bagel a little before 8, then out for some hammock time and to visit Sunset Point. We're staying at Aramis' apartment for one more night, but it's still sad to be ending our on-property part of the trip."

And, in fact, my pictures tell the same story...

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The best breakfasts include at least two forms of carbs. and hot chocolate. The banana is just there for appearance sake. I can't remember if I actually ate it. :rolleyes1

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OH, good morning Florida humidity...

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There, that's a little better.

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Sprinklers sparkling in the sun!

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Happy times. :goodvibes

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It was a beautiful day for taking pictures. That combination of brown longhouses, green grass, white sand, and blue sky brings out the shutter bug in me every time.

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My ever-snobby shadow!

When I at last went back up to the room, I found the fam just beginning to arise. We started moving things out to the car, in a rather dilatory fashion. I took a load of suitcases out with the boys, then returned to my hammock for a few last peaceful minutes. No pictures this time. Just me and the beach.

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Athos came out in his awesome orange shoes filming a video tour, so I got up and followed him back.

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With his usual buggy skills of perception, Athos noticed these super tiny tracks in the sands...I don't think we ever figured out what they were though.

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I love this hidden path going from the Hawaii building to the beach. It's so green and filled with tropical shadows, and then BAM, you're out in the sunshine!

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Hula girl Mia was sad to be leaving.

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Why is it I always remember to take pictures when we're leaving the room and it's all messy, but never when we arrive and it's pristine??

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Someday, I will have a closet with doors like that. And it will be awesome.

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lol, no, Aramis wasn't clinging to the bed, sad about leaving. He was just napping until the last possible minute!

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Au revoir!

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The lounge, so quiet and peaceful and inviting after the breakfast rush. Luckily we would be back for a few desserts that night.

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Parking-lot bound!

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Coming up...a lovely Sanaa lunch and plenty of Kidani pics. And the photos are already uploaded, so it won't be a month before the next update. Promise!

MEK
11-27-2011, 07:14 PM
I, for one, never tire of your beautiful Poly pictures. I love your snobby shadow. I'm sure checking out was hard to do. That Poly room does look so pretty and it is an awesome closet. :thumbsup2

cocofifi
11-28-2011, 08:55 PM
Another entertaining installment! I love your take on Disney! When we were there in October, I was even looking for things like the Moroccan and Polynesian suns in IASW.

__disneygirl
11-29-2011, 11:51 AM
Hey Emma! I wanted to catch up on all my favorite TRs before my next trip (in SIX DAYS!) and so of course I had to come find the Disney Snob!

I am sooo happy for you that you are a cast member! What a magical dream come true for real! I checked out your blog and I love it, I will have to read more of it when I have more time and keep up.

Great report as usual. You guys have seriously mastered taking it slow and relaxing while at Disney. I don't blame you for spending so much time at the Poly at ALL, it is one of my favorite places in the world!

Hope you're having a great Holiday season working for the mouse! I can't wait to see all the decorations, it's my first time going during the holidays!

wdwgirl03
11-29-2011, 05:50 PM
The only thing I don't like about all your Polynesian pictures is that they make me want to go back SO BAD! I love that resort as well! :goodvibes

AGPrincess
11-30-2011, 10:46 AM
I, for one, never tire of your beautiful Poly pictures. I love your snobby shadow. I'm sure checking out was hard to do. That Poly room does look so pretty and it is an awesome closet. :thumbsup2

lol, that's good to hear! :goodvibes It was sad checking out, but it was nice that we had one more day and weren't leaving right away.

Another entertaining installment! I love your take on Disney! When we were there in October, I was even looking for things like the Moroccan and Polynesian suns in IASW.

Awww, thanks! It's amazing how many little details like the sun there are to notice!

Hey Emma! I wanted to catch up on all my favorite TRs before my next trip (in SIX DAYS!) and so of course I had to come find the Disney Snob!

I am sooo happy for you that you are a cast member! What a magical dream come true for real! I checked out your blog and I love it, I will have to read more of it when I have more time and keep up.

Great report as usual. You guys have seriously mastered taking it slow and relaxing while at Disney. I don't blame you for spending so much time at the Poly at ALL, it is one of my favorite places in the world!

Hope you're having a great Holiday season working for the mouse! I can't wait to see all the decorations, it's my first time going during the holidays!

Hey girl, FIVE DAYS! You must be so excited. :goodvibes lol, I know, I guess we wore out our commando days when I was little! I absolutely adore all the Christmas decor, they just immerse you in it! You'll have a fantabulous time!! :thumbsup2

The only thing I don't like about all your Polynesian pictures is that they make me want to go back SO BAD! I love that resort as well! :goodvibes

Haha, well sorry for that. ;) It's funny, when I'm at the Poly something just takes over and I can't stop taking pics! :rotfl:

disneyhockeymad
11-30-2011, 03:06 PM
LOL, I love it -- I'll be your American twin! :thumbsup2 Ohhhh, Pret! Sometimes I wander the British stores in Epcot just because I miss England! :goodvibes I'm always tempted by the aero bars and mcvitties there, but they're so expensive!

That sounds amazing!! If you're still working by the time I come over next year I'll bring you some ;) (either that or PM me your address and I'll work on sending you some!!)

Sucks you had to move out of the Poly, but I love those photos on the beach!! :) Ooh and you're breakfast is definitely my type of breakfast :) yummy!

MainStreetFireman
12-01-2011, 01:44 PM
...Do you have any pictures of The Poly decorated for Christmas? :santa:

pooh'smate
12-08-2011, 01:21 PM
I was so behind here and missed the news about your new job. Congrats!!! I have been by your blog and am now a follower. I love that slipped in a reference to Psych. It is one of my favorite shows on the telly right now. I love all your pictures of the Polly. I hope to stay there some day.

AGPrincess
12-10-2011, 10:09 PM
That sounds amazing!! If you're still working by the time I come over next year I'll bring you some ;) (either that or PM me your address and I'll work on sending you some!!)

Sucks you had to move out of the Poly, but I love those photos on the beach!! :) Ooh and you're breakfast is definitely my type of breakfast :) yummy!

Haha, I may take you up on that! ;) We could do an American-British treat exchange! Ohhh, yes, breakfast breads are so good!

...Do you have any pictures of The Poly decorated for Christmas? :santa:

I do!! I'm going to do a full post on my blog soon with all the pics I've taken, but here are a few to whet your appetite:

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The Christmas red and green of that hanging plant looks so tropical! (Also I was kinda proud I managed to get monorail red whizzing by. :thumbsup2)

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I love that the swags are hanging from longboat oars. So cool.

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There were such beautiful tropical flowers decorating that tree and the various wreaths...there'll be close-up's and more photos on the blog!

I was so behind here and missed the news about your new job. Congrats!!! I have been by your blog and am now a follower. I love that slipped in a reference to Psych. It is one of my favorite shows on the telly right now. I love all your pictures of the Polly. I hope to stay there some day.

Awww, thanks! And welcome back! LOL, I love Psych. so much. I'm glad to know there's a fellow fan, maybe I'll drop more references in my updates now, lol! ;)

evilqueenmindy
12-10-2011, 10:58 PM
you're not the only one with grand plans for polynesian-style closet doors, LOL. They'd add magic to any fab wardrobe.

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-11-2011, 05:40 AM
I gotta say, your pictures of the Polynesian played a pretty big role in us switching our reservation to stay there in January! I'm very excited, we've never stayed there before, but it looks/sounds awesome! It especially looks great decorated for the holidays, but I'm not sure how much of that we'd see by the time we get there!

AGPrincess
12-15-2011, 09:21 AM
you're not the only one with grand plans for polynesian-style closet doors, LOL. They'd add magic to any fab wardrobe.

Haha, love it!! You're so right...a fabulous closet makes the clothes even more fabulous! :thumbsup2

AGPrincess
12-15-2011, 09:24 AM
I gotta say, your pictures of the Polynesian played a pretty big role in us switching our reservation to stay there in January! I'm very excited, we've never stayed there before, but it looks/sounds awesome! It especially looks great decorated for the holidays, but I'm not sure how much of that we'd see by the time we get there!

LOL, Disney should put me on the Polynesian marketing team...not that they have any problem booking the place up already! ;) That is SO exciting that you're staying there for the first time, I bet you'll have an absolutely marvellous stay! :goodvibes:goodvibes

Hmmm...I think they do start taking down the decorations fairly soon after New Year's. The latest I've heard of them being up is the 6th or 7th. But maybe you'll catch just a glimpse of them??

AGPrincess
12-15-2011, 09:25 AM
OOps double post!

AGPrincess
12-15-2011, 09:32 AM
It was around noon by the time we got ourselves out of our room at the Polynesian and bid our favorite place adieu. We were heading straight from one favorite resort to another – we had an ADR that afternoon at the Animal Kingdom Lodge!

I always say the Polynesian is my favorite resort, and so it is, but as we drove through the gates to the Lodge, I realized I’d really missed staying there. Lucky for us we were coming back for a few days in August, though I didn’t know it then, to drop off my stuff, and we would get to stay at the AKL then!

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But today we were heading for Kidani Village rather than Jambo House! Our lovely lunch was at the one and only Sanaaaaaa!

Isn’t it just so much fun to say?? Just the word is relaxing and satisfying. Say it with me: SAAANNAAAAAAA….

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Kidani has so many cool views!

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And I seriously love the library/community room they have here!

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We had some time before our reservation, so Dart popped into Jahari Treasures to look for vinylmation and pin traders. lol, I originally typed “Jawadi” there, but then I thought “Nooo, that doesn’t sound right…” It’s Zawadi at Jambo House, Jahari at Kidani. They do sound kinda similar though!

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A merchant cart from Jawadi –no JAHARI!! ;)

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Kidani is African splendor on a smaller scale!

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Time to go down to SANNNAAAA

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I wouldn’t love Sannaaaa if they didn’t have such good naan bread. But I also wouldn’t love Sannaaaa if they didn’t have such gorgeously pretty theming.

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Even the hallway where you have to wait is so elegant!

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We got our pager and had time to snap a few pics.

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We did go out to the overlook to have a peek at the animimals, but it was SOO humid and hot, we couldn’t stand it for more than a minute. It’s funny, when I’m in the parks for hours on end, waiting in an outside line or something, I just grit my teeth and bear the heat. But if I’m coming from the air conditioning and just have to be outside for a minute or two, I can’t take it!

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I did get a quick pic of the building as well as the savannah. I love those mismatched windows!

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This is how Porthos spent the time waiting. Lol.

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In a very short amount of time, our buzzer went off and in we went for lunch!

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This time we got seated under one of the giant bead pillars.

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I love the funky tree tops above you. It’s like stepping into an illustration of a forest!

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…tandoori chicken. With the requisite naan bread of course! Aramis actually just ordered a side of naan bread, and then I gave him some of the chicken on top of my naan bread. Lol, quite obviously our Sannaaaa experience revolves around NAAN BREAD. The flavors of the chicken and greens were fantabulous too though!

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Au revoir Sanaa! We used the fabulous bathrooms right outside the restaurant, and searched for the tortoises that hid right outside the windows along the hallway. They were really well hidden behind the leaves!

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Outside kidani…walking towards the pool.

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Dart wanted to have a quick swim.

It was so hot at the pool that I just couldn’t stand it. So I headed over to Jambo House to chill out for 20 minutes before the others were ready to go.

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Oh Jambo House, you are so wonderful.

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My AKL “hammock.” lol. I sat catching up on my diary for a few minutes, then hurried out to the car.

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See ya later Jambo!

AGPrincess
12-15-2011, 09:41 AM
Upon the leaving the tall grasses and thatched roofs (**digression**roofs is such an awkward word to spell. did you know that "rooves" is also an acceptable spelling of the plural for "roof?" who would've thunk it?? lol, sorry, no more word sidetracks!)...of the AKLodge, we drove on over to Aramis's apartment. I believe the time was spent mostly in mournful packing, as we were leaving the next day, and I think we also ran to Target to get some things for Aramis.

It was rather late by the time we were done with our chores and ready to move...but not so late that we couldn't make it over to the Poly for some last desserts!

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The dessert set up. Love that cold caraf of milk!

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Passion fruit mousse. Much yum. And mom wanted me to grab her an extra brownie. They weren’t both for me, really! :rolleyes1

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I’m always torn when it comes to a dessert beverage. I love milk to go with my chocolate, but when you’re at the Poly you just have to have that POG juice! And then the lemonade is tasty too…and there’s always hot chocolate. So many choices!

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We caught the very tail end of the desserts, so we had the lounge to ourselves!

Aramis was working that night, so we monorailed over to the Contemp. to engage in one of our favorite activities: watching Aramis at Chef Mickey’s. There are so many great viewing places! It's like they practically designed this place for families wanting to spy on their brothers working below. ;)

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The last lingering guests were on their way out…but Minnie would NOT let this guy go! The family was cracking up.

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Monorail love.

I looked at my watch and realized Wishes was just ending…I could catch the finale if I hurried! So off the boys and I went, quietly hurtling down the floor to the other end of the concourse.

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I had never seen the fireworks from this view before…it was very cool!

Then it was back to the apartment and off to bed. The next day was the day Dart had been waiting for...the premiere of Cars 2! We were going to catch one of the opening shows in the morning at the AMC Theatre in Downtown Disney, then hop in the car and drive on home.

mom3sonstt
01-06-2012, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by mom3sonstt View Post
AT least Athos let the barber shop put the pixie dust in his hair! My middle son, who was maybe 17 at the time, wanted to get his head shaved at the Barber shop. I said he could, BUT he had to have a Mickey painted on his head and pixie dust. He agreed, but once his head was shaved and the gal asked if he wanted the Mickey or the pixie dust he said no.


My oldest son is now following your blog. I think he goes by Seanzy on there. We are sending him down at the end of January for a college graduation trip. Right now he is at Beach Club and OKW. I have him waitlisted for Boardwalk.

Oh, that's no fun!! I kinda twisted Athos' arm (figuratively, not literally!) to make him get just a sprinkle, and then he dusted half of it out as soon as we were out of the shop...boring!

That's so funny, I often wonder how some of my followers found the blog, that's so cool seanzy is your son. And what an awesome graduation present - those are great resorts, he'll have a great time!



I will be joining Sean on his graduation trip now! He was ok going solo...but I think he was trying to find someone more his age to go with him. When that didn't work out and airline prices went on sale, he asked if I wanted to go along. :cool1: Our wait lists never came through. We are still listed for the 4 nights at OKW to get in to a BW standard studio (points are the same) but with less than 3 weeks before the trip I am not counting on that happening.

I just wanted to share with you the fact that I received my first Vera Bradley for Christmas. I had asked for a new travel toiletries bag. I just wanted something small and simple to hold a few things....I was thinking $10 from WalMart. My mother got a bag the size of a lunch bag. Now that I look at the tag maybe it is a lunch box :confused3 It says "Lunch Date" and I assume the pattern is "Rhythm and Blues". Its a pretty Navy blue with a Green pattern on it. My "dilemma" is, this is not what I had in mind and is bigger than what I wanted it for. But you can't take something like that back (well, you probably technically can...but should you ;)) So now I have to find another use for it.....and I still need to find a new toiletries bag. :sad2:

Loving your report....especially the picture of Dart on the beach on your hammock-day. It looks like the paintings they have at...Beach Club? OKW?....

petals
01-07-2012, 06:52 PM
Luvin the pics. Don't like the drive home part!

I started my trip report from Nov/Dec btw and I will pm you pic from the meet eventually :)

BellaSoleil
01-08-2012, 03:12 PM
Just had to pop on to say...

I get to see you in a month!!!!:yay:

And because of that, you get this guy ->:dancer:

Disney Mommy 3
01-09-2012, 07:58 PM
Just had to pop on to say...

I get to see you in a month!!!!:yay:

And because of that, you get this guy ->:dancer:

NOOO!!! Not Disco Dale!!! I am jealous that you are getting to see Emma! LOL..I just met her when we went in Nov. I love her!! So, when you go, after you hug her for you, give her an extra one for me!! She is the sweeeetest thing!!! I hope i can go back before she leaves!!

Emma...I am missing you friend! It's been crazy since we got home with the holidays, but I am checking in with you at least once a week on your blog!! keep it up!!!

Hedy
01-20-2012, 09:45 PM
Love Sanaa! I am soo behind on the dis it is not funny....so happy for you as a cm.

disneyhockeymad
01-22-2012, 12:29 PM
Haha, I may take you up on that! ;) We could do an American-British treat exchange! Ohhh, yes, breakfast breads are so good!


Some how I missed this! I was also pretty convinced that I had replied to your section about Sanaa too but apparently that was also in my head!!

That sounds amazing! Treat exchanges are so good! Haha. I was just out visiting my friends over new year and I've already managed to eat my way through what I brought back! Haha

Sanaa is most definitely on my list of places to go in September, I am so excited to try it your pictures just make it look so delicious! I've told my parents that if they're not up for going then I will happily eat there on my own!! Haha.

I hope you had a good Christmas :)

scrapbookersdis
01-26-2012, 08:32 PM
Does Sanaa rhyme with ah-ha? Definitely not with cabana.

You can order sides of naan! (Which rhymes with Ron?)

Love the photos -- so many decorative details every way you look. Including downwards -- cool photo of the stairsteps down to the restaurant. I don't think I ever stopped to look down!

ddwalls
01-27-2012, 03:56 AM
How is it that you manage to take so many photos without anyone's faces? I'm assuming there are also pictures with people's faces. So between taking all the pictures (faces and no faces) how do you have time for anything else?

AGPrincess
02-08-2012, 10:07 AM
Heyyyyy guys....well, I'm back. And I feel very bad for neglecting this trippie for almost two months. Gosh, was it really two months?? Time is so strange the way it slips by sometimes. And when I think that it's now been 7 or 8 months since this trip I can't even believe it! I have got to get this thing finished and that is just what I am determined to do - lol, if I have any readers left that is! :rolleyes1

I've been away from the blog as well for the past week or so, mainly b/c my mom and a few of the brothers had a last-minute/surprise trip to come see Aramis and me! It was so incredibly fun, and there were lots of hilarious moments...we dragged Dart along to see the princesses (we had them all to ourselves -- it is SO quiet this time of year), and he ended up teaching Cinderella and Belle how to do the party rock anthem shuffle. SO. CUTE.

Anyway, I kept thinking to myself "Oh, I should do a new trip report for their visit." But then I realized...oh yeah, still gotta finish the summer one! So we'll see if I can get this thing finished, and then move on to something new. :)


Oh, and Tanya, Shawna, Soleil, Laura, Hedy, and Petals -- and everybody who replied recently: your posts made my day, and I feel terrible I've taken so long responding! So without further ado...


Quote:
Originally Posted by mom3sonstt View Post
AT least Athos let the barber shop put the pixie dust in his hair! My middle son, who was maybe 17 at the time, wanted to get his head shaved at the Barber shop. I said he could, BUT he had to have a Mickey painted on his head and pixie dust. He agreed, but once his head was shaved and the gal asked if he wanted the Mickey or the pixie dust he said no.


My oldest son is now following your blog. I think he goes by Seanzy on there. We are sending him down at the end of January for a college graduation trip. Right now he is at Beach Club and OKW. I have him waitlisted for Boardwalk.

Oh, that's no fun!! I kinda twisted Athos' arm (figuratively, not literally!) to make him get just a sprinkle, and then he dusted half of it out as soon as we were out of the shop...boring!

That's so funny, I often wonder how some of my followers found the blog, that's so cool seanzy is your son. And what an awesome graduation present - those are great resorts, he'll have a great time!



I will be joining Sean on his graduation trip now! He was ok going solo...but I think he was trying to find someone more his age to go with him. When that didn't work out and airline prices went on sale, he asked if I wanted to go along. :cool1: Our wait lists never came through. We are still listed for the 4 nights at OKW to get in to a BW standard studio (points are the same) but with less than 3 weeks before the trip I am not counting on that happening.

I just wanted to share with you the fact that I received my first Vera Bradley for Christmas. I had asked for a new travel toiletries bag. I just wanted something small and simple to hold a few things....I was thinking $10 from WalMart. My mother got a bag the size of a lunch bag. Now that I look at the tag maybe it is a lunch box :confused3 It says "Lunch Date" and I assume the pattern is "Rhythm and Blues". Its a pretty Navy blue with a Green pattern on it. My "dilemma" is, this is not what I had in mind and is bigger than what I wanted it for. But you can't take something like that back (well, you probably technically can...but should you ;)) So now I have to find another use for it.....and I still need to find a new toiletries bag. :sad2:

Loving your report....especially the picture of Dart on the beach on your hammock-day. It looks like the paintings they have at...Beach Club? OKW?....

That is so exciting you were able to join DS for the trip! Too bad you couldn't get the BW...I know we were inexplicably busy at the resort in January. The parks seemed to be quiet - the Boardwalk was not! But how did the trip go??

Hooray for Vera Bradley! Though that's too bad it wasn't exactly the size you needed. :sad2: VB does have some other cute toiletries bags...esp. if you have an outlet near you, they can have good sales there.

Luvin the pics. Don't like the drive home part!

I started my trip report from Nov/Dec btw and I will pm you pic from the meet eventually :)

Thank you!! It was so fun meeting you, though briefly. Must pop over to check out your trippie. :thumbsup2

Just had to pop on to say...

I get to see you in a month!!!!:yay:

And because of that, you get this guy ->:dancer:

:cool1::cool1::cool1: Even disco dale cannot express how massively excited I am to see you sooo SOON!!!!

NOOO!!! Not Disco Dale!!! I am jealous that you are getting to see Emma! LOL..I just met her when we went in Nov. I love her!! So, when you go, after you hug her for you, give her an extra one for me!! She is the sweeeetest thing!!! I hope i can go back before she leaves!!

Emma...I am missing you friend! It's been crazy since we got home with the holidays, but I am checking in with you at least once a week on your blog!! keep it up!!!

Awww, it was so much fun meeting you too girl! I wish I'd gotten to see you a second time, but I loved your texts lol!

Love Sanaa! I am soo behind on the dis it is not funny....so happy for you as a cm.

Haha, no need to apologize...I am so far behind on the DIS, and on my own trip report! :rotfl: Thanks! :goodvibes

Some how I missed this! I was also pretty convinced that I had replied to your section about Sanaa too but apparently that was also in my head!!

That sounds amazing! Treat exchanges are so good! Haha. I was just out visiting my friends over new year and I've already managed to eat my way through what I brought back! Haha

Sanaa is most definitely on my list of places to go in September, I am so excited to try it your pictures just make it look so delicious! I've told my parents that if they're not up for going then I will happily eat there on my own!! Haha.

I hope you had a good Christmas :)

lol, if the fam doesn't want to go with you, I would GLADLY come! As long as I'm still here of course. ;) I had a lovely Christmas, hope you did as well!! :goodvibes

Does Sanaa rhyme with ah-ha? Definitely not with cabana.

You can order sides of naan! (Which rhymes with Ron?)

Love the photos -- so many decorative details every way you look. Including downwards -- cool photo of the stairsteps down to the restaurant. I don't think I ever stopped to look down!

I believe it does rhyme with a-ha and not cabana, tho I could be wrong. It's amazing the number of different ways people pronounce the restaurants, and I'm not even sure which way is right! Akershus and Le Cellier are especially tongue-twisting!

How is it that you manage to take so many photos without anyone's faces? I'm assuming there are also pictures with people's faces. So between taking all the pictures (faces and no faces) how do you have time for anything else?

Haha, what can I say, it comes with years of practice. :rotfl: Since I started trip reporting in 2007, my mom and I have come up with lots of creative ways to get non-face photos! And yes, photos are a BIG part of the trip, but we work in time to do other things too. :thumbsup2

4forWDW
02-08-2012, 12:30 PM
Hi, Emma:)
Glad to see you are back!
I love reading your blogs. I can't figure out how to post a comment without seeming to have to actually create a blog myself. I must be doing something wrong.:confused3
It looks like we will be at Disney June 3-14. We will defintely try to meet you -that is if you want to meet us - lol!
It seems you are having a terrific time as a CM. It sounds so fun. Something definitley I want my DD & DS to do in the future.
Take care!
Amy

AGPrincess
02-09-2012, 08:59 AM
Hi, Emma:)
Glad to see you are back!
I love reading your blogs. I can't figure out how to post a comment without seeming to have to actually create a blog myself. I must be doing something wrong.:confused3
I looks like we will be at Disney June 3-14. We will defintely try to meet you -that is if you want to meet us - lol!
It seems you are having a terrific time as a CM. It sounds so fun. Something definitley I want my DD & DS to do in the future.
Take care!
Amy

Thanks Amy!! Yay! So exciting, you've got a trip coming up!! I would definitely love to meet up with you guys, as long as I'm still in FL. ;) Some days I think I'll stay at Disney til next winter; other days I think I won't last through summer, so we'll see! :confused3 Glad you're reading the blog too. :goodvibes Previously I had it set where only google users could comment, but I changed it now so you can comment anonymously. I think you just click on the post title, then scroll down to the comment box. :)

MainStreetFireman
02-09-2012, 10:25 AM
...your family's first trip with you as a full-fledged CM. It will be a new perspective that I look forward to reading!

Thanks for continuing to make us more geographically-challenged DISers feel like we are part of the everyday magic at WDW!

AGPrincess
02-09-2012, 11:11 AM
...your family's first trip with you as a full-fledged CM. It will be a new perspective that I look forward to reading!

Thanks for continuing to make us more geographically-challenged DISers feel like we are part of the everyday magic at WDW!

lol, it was a little different...especially having to spend some of the time at work instead of with them! But getting to use my own discounts was fun. :thumbsup2 So glad you're enjoying it, thanks for reading. :goodvibes

AGPrincess
02-09-2012, 11:26 AM
Where are we again? What are we doing? Who’s on this trip anyway?? LOL.

It was June. We were at Disney World. It was the verrrrrry end of the trip. We had already checked out of the Polynesian the previous day – we stayed our last night at Aramis’s apartment.

There were a few more hours of fun on our Disney Itinerary before we left Florida however! And the first item on the agenda was to go see the premier of Cars 2 at Downtown Disney.

My young brother Dart, like just about any other boy between the ages of 4 and 8 these days, is a HUGE fan of Pixar Cars. And he was hugely excited for the second movie. He talked about it basically every single preceding day of the trip. We had watched the previews, and we especially loved quoting the cocky Italian racing car, Francesco Bernoulli.

“Hey Mamma! McQueen is-a sad! I will beat his cry-baby-bottom today!” lol, frequently at the parks or at the hotels, Dart or I would just randomly burst out with quotes like that. So we were pretty excited that the day had finally arrived!

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It was early-ish when we pulled into the parking lot at Downton Disney. The movie was at the AMC Theatres there, and it was a 10 or 11 o’ clock showing. Mom had purchased the tickets online, but we still had to pick them up…

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…which turned out to be super easy. You can see the automatic machine to the left – you just plugged in your conf. num. and out spit the tickets! Also, note Dart’s adorable Cars shirt.

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Francesco Bernoulli and Lightening McQueen were also coming along of course! Summer movies when you’re a kid are so much fun. You look forward to it, you bring the toys along with you – I remember bringing along a little Padme figurine to see Star Wars Episode 1, or bringing along little Dory and Nemo toys to see Finding Nemo. In Florida the weather is of course always like summer, but there’s something about the *actual* summer, especially when you’re a kid, that you just can’t replicate.

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ANYway, back to the present (the 8-months-ago present of this trip report that is!). We got our tickets and headed into the theatre – only to be stopped immediately by a big Cars display.

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Spoiler: I wasn’t that impressed by the movie itself, but I do love how they expanded the Cars world like this. The display was like a map of the race, so you could see all the different Cars cities from Italy and Japan and England.

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The pope and pope-mobile!

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It’s England!

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I love how even the Victoria Memorial statue is a car!

We found the way to our theatre. We had read about the watch-and-dine or whatever it’s called, where you can order food and have it delivered to you while you watch. Sadly our theatre was not equipped for that. Boo. It sounds like the food they have at AMC is actually pretty good though, so I’m hoping to go back and try the “dine” option sometime.

The movie was fun. We arrived early, but the theatre was already getting busy…we couldn’t find 7 seats together, but we did get 5 and 2 behind, so not too bad. Dart is so cute, he squeezed my hand during some of the scary bits. Actually I was surprised, Cars 2 was rather dark. Dart didn’t like that we actually didn’t see much of the race…I also felt the Mater-as-a-spy bit took up too much of the movie. I would’ve liked to see more of Lightning!

However, it was very fun to see the premier AT Disney World! After the movie we took a stroll around the West Side. Most of the time we go to the Marketplace, so it was relatively unfamiliar territory for us.

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Strolling over to the Marketplace…we passed Raglan Road. At the time I took this picture I was thinking “Oh, we must go there someday since it’s Irish themed.” Well now I have been there, and I can say it was a bit pricey but very good! (though I’d say it’s much too tidy and polished to be like an authentic Irish pub, lol!)

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Love these pretty flowers filling the courtyard in front of Fulton’s. We figured since we were at DTD, we would stop there for lunch before hitting the road! Whither would we go to eat? Well, we had a new favorite since our 2010 trip, and we wanted to stop back to see if the burgers would be as good…

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It was T-Rex time!

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Once again I spent some time marveling over this restaurant’s awesome theming. Next time I want to sit in the ancient sea room!

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Last time we sat in that pink (and sometimes blue) glowing ice cave, which was absolutely so fun. But this time we got our request and sat in the sequoia, forest room, which is filled with dinosaurs! Naturally Athos had been dying to sit there last time, so he was delighted.

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ROAR.

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I split a bronto burger with Mom. It was DEEEEElish.

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We didn’t plan on it, but then we caved…as a last hurrah we got a chocolate extinction for dessert. It was SO good last time, and even without the pink and blue iceberg lights, it was still amazing!

We headed out, it was almost time to go!

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First we stopped at the Lego store…a must for Dart!

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These new Lego/Disney sculptures were SO COOL. Now of course they've been in DTD for quite awhile, but they were new to us in June.

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There was even a new lego family! I kinda missed the old one. The old world scenes with the secret skateboarder were gone too.

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The seven dwarves were present in their lego personas as well!

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Inside the Lego store had a new layout too…they still had the cool wall of brick containers though!

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SO MANY BRICKS!

We finished up at Downtown Disney (which I have now started calling Downton Disney, just because I love that series Downton Abbey, lol), got into the car, which was already packed up, and headed out.

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SNIFF. Au revoir palm trees!


Looking back, it was a very fun trip with all sorts of fun moments: staying in a treehouse, eating at Akershus with the whole fam, just relaxing at the Polynesian... It was full of heat and crowds, which wasn’t much fun…and also full of uncertainty – I had already applied for a job with Disney earlier in June, and I was hoping I would hear back or have an interview before we went home, but no such luck.

As it turned out, there was some snafu with how I applied online, and the application didn’t even go through until much later in the summer. These things always take longer than you would expect it seems! But by the beginning of August I finally had an interview scheduled, Aramis had an spare room in his apartment – all I needed was to get my things down to Florida somehow!

Well you know us Snobbishes, we’ll never turn down a reason to go back to Disney World! The August trip felt kinda like part II of the June trip -- it was still hot and crowded, but we got to do some of the things we didn’t have time for on the June trip! Such as...a quick stay at AKL club level, tea at the Grand Floridian, and breakfast at Chef Mickey’s! We had about three days and we packed them full!

So, this trippie is not quite over yet! Coming up is Sense and Snobbery, Part II!

cocofifi
02-09-2012, 12:07 PM
Entertaining, as always! Still loving your blog. Keep it coming!

Mndisneygirl
02-09-2012, 12:38 PM
YAY! I'm so glad there's a Part II!!

disneyhockeymad
02-09-2012, 02:58 PM
Dart's shirt is so cute, I love that he bought the cars with him, that's dedication! I'm yet to see Cars 2 (:O) but I've heard not so good things about it too so I think that's what I'm putting it off. I do kinda want to see how they did the London scene though! It's too cool that statue is a car hahaha

Agreed that pub is expensive, my parents wouldn't eat in there because of it the last time we went. Cute though :) I looove the new lego statues too, I can't wait to see them in person soon (well soon-ish) they just look so real!! We are definitely going to be eating in T-Rex already as well, that dessert looks ah-mazing!

Downton Disney! Yes! That is amazing, I will be calling it that forever now :D Love that show a little too much!

Excited to hear more :D

MandyTG
02-09-2012, 03:31 PM
Glad you're back! I've missed your trip updates and your blog updates as well, but excited we get another trip report!

mom3sonstt
02-09-2012, 03:56 PM
Our January trip went well. We popped over a couple times to see if we could catch you working. Friday and maybe Sunday I think was when we went. Obviously we didn't have any luck with that. Monday he took the all day/4 park tour. When it was over the tour guide asked him if he had ever thought about working there. He said that's all he talked about as a kid, but had no idea how to go about it. She told him where to go, so Tuesday he went over to the casting center, did an online application. Later that day he got an email asking him to fill out the next online survey/application thing. He did that while we were waiting around until time to catch the Magic Express. He passed that and got an email to set up an in person interview. Sooooo now he is going back down and interviewing February 15th. I think we are flying him down tuesday and back on thursday. He'll be staying at AK-Jambo, no parks.

Then in March, me, hubby, Sean and Ryne will be going down for a "week" (ck in Sunday afternoon and out early Saturday morning). Mark, the youngest - 18 - didn't want to go :eek: I can't believe one of my children has Disney burn-out, but apparently he does. :sad2:

I don't know how quickly the Disney hiring wheels turn, but that trip will be a month after Sean's interview so maybe he will know something by then :confused3 If he does get on there, he will be applying for a Florida teaching certificate so he can look for a full time job teaching down there and hopefully working at WDW weekends, holidays, summers part-time



But back to your trip! I love that Dart takes his cars to see Cars. And, for the record ;), it isn't just the 4-8 year-old boys that are way into Cars....I have an 18 year old who wishes they had more adult size Cars clothing. He does have the Buzz costume-T shirt :thumbsup2 Buzz and Lightning are his faves!

Disney Mommy 3
02-09-2012, 09:00 PM
Loved your update and can't wait for the next installment!!!! DD wants to know which AG dolls are in the pic with Snow White n your siggie....Elizabeth? And who?

dvc at last !
02-09-2012, 09:59 PM
I do love reading your reports and seeing your pics -
Hope all is going well with your CM job.
Where do you work at WDW - if you can not say that is ok I understand.
Waiting for the Part II !

MEK
02-10-2012, 05:29 AM
I think I missed an update or two along the way, but I so enjoy your TRs and I'm glad its not over yet. What a fun last day and Dart's shirt is too cute.

Must have been frustrating to be waiting to hear about your interview. But a bonus trip in august is never a bad thing! :thumbsup2

zipadeepixie
02-10-2012, 03:41 PM
I can't wait for part II! Downton Disney - hahaha! I'm totally going to use that!

scrapbookersdis
02-11-2012, 04:31 PM
Part II? We're four-wheeling now!!

AGPrincess
02-14-2012, 10:15 AM
Entertaining, as always! Still loving your blog. Keep it coming!

Thanks! Another update is on its way, won't leave you guys hanging again! ;)

YAY! I'm so glad there's a Part II!!

:cool1::cool1:

Dart's shirt is so cute, I love that he bought the cars with him, that's dedication! I'm yet to see Cars 2 (:O) but I've heard not so good things about it too so I think that's what I'm putting it off. I do kinda want to see how they did the London scene though! It's too cool that statue is a car hahaha

Agreed that pub is expensive, my parents wouldn't eat in there because of it the last time we went. Cute though :) I looove the new lego statues too, I can't wait to see them in person soon (well soon-ish) they just look so real!! We are definitely going to be eating in T-Rex already as well, that dessert looks ah-mazing!

Downton Disney! Yes! That is amazing, I will be calling it that forever now :D Love that show a little too much!

Excited to hear more :D

Yeah, the main reason I went to Raglan Road was a friend was having a birthday party there. It is a pity it's so pricey, but maybe it's trying to be authentic...Dublin is quite expensive too. ;)

I ABSOLUTELY ADORE DOWNTON ABBEY. (lol, sorry). Did you see the Christmas special? I was a little disappointed with all the sad stuff at the end of series 2, but then the Christmas special came along and I was (almost) entirely in heaven again. And have you seen the red nose day spoof online? It's almost as good as the series itself, it is so hilarious. And oh my goodness, Sybil and Branson are my favorite couple EVER. Plus the clothes are so beautiful...lol, I better stop now or I'll keep on going FOR.EV.ER. :rolleyes1;)

Glad you're back! I've missed your trip updates and your blog updates as well, but excited we get another trip report!

Thanks for staying around, lol! Uploading the photos for part II now! :)

Our January trip went well. We popped over a couple times to see if we could catch you working. Friday and maybe Sunday I think was when we went. Obviously we didn't have any luck with that. Monday he took the all day/4 park tour. When it was over the tour guide asked him if he had ever thought about working there. He said that's all he talked about as a kid, but had no idea how to go about it. She told him where to go, so Tuesday he went over to the casting center, did an online application. Later that day he got an email asking him to fill out the next online survey/application thing. He did that while we were waiting around until time to catch the Magic Express. He passed that and got an email to set up an in person interview. Sooooo now he is going back down and interviewing February 15th. I think we are flying him down tuesday and back on thursday. He'll be staying at AK-Jambo, no parks.

Then in March, me, hubby, Sean and Ryne will be going down for a "week" (ck in Sunday afternoon and out early Saturday morning). Mark, the youngest - 18 - didn't want to go :eek: I can't believe one of my children has Disney burn-out, but apparently he does. :sad2:

I don't know how quickly the Disney hiring wheels turn, but that trip will be a month after Sean's interview so maybe he will know something by then :confused3 If he does get on there, he will be applying for a Florida teaching certificate so he can look for a full time job teaching down there and hopefully working at WDW weekends, holidays, summers part-time



But back to your trip! I love that Dart takes his cars to see Cars. And, for the record ;), it isn't just the 4-8 year-old boys that are way into Cars....I have an 18 year old who wishes they had more adult size Cars clothing. He does have the Buzz costume-T shirt :thumbsup2 Buzz and Lightning are his faves!

Oh Bummer! I was thinking of you guys too! At the middle of January I was taking classes away from the resort, so maybe that was why you couldn't find me? It's funny how it's so busy that you can miss people, even though it's a smallish lobby. When they did a motion camera video of putting up Stitch's Gingerbread house at Christmas, I was there the day they were filiming, and I deliberately walked through the lobby in the camera's eye a ton -- but you can only see me like twice, speeding by as a red blur.

ANYway, that is so awesome about your DS -- Congratulations to Sean!! Wow, he heard back really quick. I applied online from home, and when I called casting to ask, they said three weeks was the absolute soonest I would hear back. Sure enough, three weeks to the day I got the email with the online survey. lol, maybe I should've applied online at casting, or maybe your DS just impressed them more! :goodvibes So he must be here right now - here's wishing him good luck on his interview, I'm sure he'll ace it!

I've been meaning to do a post on how the casting process worked for me, how long things took etc. I'll do that in a separate post!

LOL, and you're absolutely right -- the bigger boys in our family will get down on the floor and have a Cars car race too! :thumbsup2

Loved your update and can't wait for the next installment!!!! DD wants to know which AG dolls are in the pic with Snow White n your siggie....Elizabeth? And who?

Good spotting -- it is Elizabeth and then Felicity! They're dressed as Aurora and Ariel respectively. I'm so sad they retired her, and Samantha and Kirsten too. :sad2:

I do love reading your reports and seeing your pics -
Hope all is going well with your CM job.
Where do you work at WDW - if you can not say that is ok I understand.
Waiting for the Part II !

Thank you!! I work at one of the Epcot resorts, at the front desk and the concierge desk and sometimes on curbside as well. :)

I think I missed an update or two along the way, but I so enjoy your TRs and I'm glad its not over yet. What a fun last day and Dart's shirt is too cute.

Must have been frustrating to be waiting to hear about your interview. But a bonus trip in august is never a bad thing! :thumbsup2

It was a really fun way to go out! Having the application still in limbo when we left was frustrating, but you're right -- we did get a bonus trip b/c of it! :rotfl:

I can't wait for part II! Downton Disney - hahaha! I'm totally going to use that!

lol, I'm so glad you guys get it, because, really, there's nothing paticularly like Downton Abbey at Downtown Disney to make the name fit, it's just I love Downton Abbey so much I want to work it into everyday conversation as often as possible. :rotfl::rotfl::thumbsup2 Also, I'm seriously tempted to entitle my next new trip report thread "Downton Disney." I call dibs! ;)

Part II? We're four-wheeling now!!

Yeah Stacey!! :thumbsup2

4forWDW
02-14-2012, 12:23 PM
Yeah - another TR!!!:cool1:
I can't imagine logging onto the DIS and not being able to read a TR or PTR from Emma!
Amy

mom3sonstt
02-14-2012, 01:13 PM
Oh Bummer! I was thinking of you guys too! At the middle of January I was taking classes away from the resort, so maybe that was why you couldn't find me? It's funny how it's so busy that you can miss people, even though it's a smallish lobby. When they did a motion camera video of putting up Stitch's Gingerbread house at Christmas, I was there the day they were filiming, and I deliberately walked through the lobby in the camera's eye a ton -- but you can only see me like twice, speeding by as a red blur.

ANYway, that is so awesome about your DS -- Congratulations to Sean!! Wow, he heard back really quick. I applied online from home, and when I called casting to ask, they said three weeks was the absolute soonest I would hear back. Sure enough, three weeks to the day I got the email with the online survey. lol, maybe I should've applied online at casting, or maybe your DS just impressed them more! :goodvibes So he must be here right now - here's wishing him good luck on his interview, I'm sure he'll ace it!

I've been meaning to do a post on how the casting process worked for me, how long things took etc. I'll do that in a separate post!

LOL, and you're absolutely right -- the bigger boys in our family will get down on the floor and have a Cars car race too! :thumbsup2






He is on the plane as I type this! I'm torn - I am hoping it works out because...well, because working at Disney would be so cool! But, he has a teaching degree and student loans. Somehow I don't think moving to Florida, having to pay rent, and working at Disney will pay those off :confused3 He does intend to get a job teaching also, but down there he won't have any connections like he does up here. He student taught in a couple different schools where he went to college, plus volunteered at the schools at home. Hopefully everything will all work out.

AGPrincess
02-14-2012, 01:33 PM
Yeah - another TR!!!:cool1:
I can't imagine logging onto the DIS and not being able to read a TR or PTR from Emma!
Amy

Awww, thanks! I can't imagine not having a TR or PTR going on the DIS too! :rotfl::thumbsup2

He is on the plane as I type this! I'm torn - I am hoping it works out because...well, because working at Disney would be so cool! But, he has a teaching degree and student loans. Somehow I don't think moving to Florida, having to pay rent, and working at Disney will pay those off :confused3 He does intend to get a job teaching also, but down there he won't have any connections like he does up here. He student taught in a couple different schools where he went to college, plus volunteered at the schools at home. Hopefully everything will all work out.

Awww, how exciting! You're right, it can be tight with just a part-time job at Disney, but if he could pick up extra shifts or get a second job teaching I bet it would work out, as you say. An author I read in college wrote: "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well." I often repeat it myself when I need some courage, but I do think it's true! :goodvibes

AGPrincess
02-15-2012, 10:58 AM
If you are not interested in how applying for a job at Disney World works, you are more than welcome to skip this entire post. On the other hand, I figured there might be some people curious how the casting process goes, and in a way, my application is a part of the story of our two summer trips - a story of the interim between them at least. :)

Way back in February I applied for a professional internship with Disney Weddings. I got through to the first phone interview, and then waited and waited and waited -- it wasn't until the end of April that I got an email saying "thanks, but no thanks." :sad2: It was pretty frustrating to wait all that time to get a "no," but I later heard that about a zillion people applied for the Disney Weddings PI and you basically had to know Somebody Important to get it; so it wasn't that surprising.

I could have also applied for the college program that spring, because you just have to be enrolled in school when you apply, it doesn't matter if you're graduating. But honestly, I had had enough of sharing rooms and that college party atmosphere. I also hadn't decided then whether or not I definitely wanted to get an hourly job with Disney (i.e. a job in the parks, at the rides, restaurants, and resorts). Nothing against the CP, it just didn't end up being the path for me. :confused3

What with graduation and whatnot, it was the beginning of June by the time I tried again -- this time I did apply for a regular hourly position on the WDW jobs website. During our June trip (that I've just been writing about), I stopped in Casting one day to see if I could talk to anyone or hurry along the application. :hyper2:

Turns out if you've already applied, unless you have an appointment for an interview, it isn't much help to go to casting in-person, there isn't anyone who actually makes hiring decisions that they'll let you talk to. There are, however, computers you can use to fill out the online application if you've haven't done it yet.

You can talk to the clerks at the desk with general questions, and I was told that the absolute soonest I would hear back was three weeks, because that's the minimum amount of time it takes for your application to get processed. Now it seems it can go through faster: maybe if you apply online at the computers in Casting, or maybe because Disney launched a new jobs website since I applied.

Anyway, I reached the three week mark during the trip, but I didn't hear anything. So I kept waiting...four weeks...then five weeks. Aramis had told me that as long as you don't have a criminal record, Disney should at least interview you, so I was pretty surprised not to hear back. :confused3 Finally I called casting and to confirm that my application was in their system: it wasn't.

UR-ugh. :headache: Disney has this rule that you can only apply for an hourly position once within six months. Now I had only applied once for the hourly position, but I had also applied for that professional internship within the last six months, and I used the same account to apply for both. Technically that shouldn't have been a problem, but it turns out the system can't tell the difference between college program/internship applications and hourly applications! :badpc: And conveniently, on my end of the website, it didn't warn me that there was a problem, the hourly application seemed to go through!

Confused yet? lol, I know it was very confusing to me! Long story short, I re-submitted my application, and three weeks later I got an email asking me to continue to an online "interview." :cool1: It's really just a survey, and as soon as you finish it, the site immediately tells you whether you made it through. And if you did, it lets you schedule your in-person interview right then and there.

I scheduled mine for the beginning of August, and the part II trip was born! I remember really wanting to tell on the DIS, but I didn't want to spill the beans until I actually had the job! :thumbsup2

So we returned to the World, and one sunny afternoon, dressed in a smart skirt and crisp shirt, I marched into Casting with an extra copy of my resume and a confident attitude. ;)

Turned out I didn't need the resume, but it was good to have. It was interesting to see the mix of other job hopefuls waiting for interviews -- all ages, some dressed down, some dressed up. I had dressed up, and honestly I think it helped -- it kept my confidence up, and it seems like if you dress like a manager or an executive, the hiring people will be more inclined to see you that way too.

My casting manager/interviewer was SO nice and helpful -- he made up for the headache that my Disney application had been previously, lol. Within five minutes it was clear he was going to give me a job, the only question was which job. :banana: He looked around in his database and suggested a few different options. They were all part-time jobs - no full-time ones, and there might have been some seasonal, not sure. The one I ultimately decided on, a curbside role welcoming guests and escorting them in, required a second interview. So I walked out of Casting without a job, but the managers at the resort would call me to arrange the second interview.

I waited one week, and then a second week. lol, the casting process for me ended up being pretty strung out! After two weeks I called Casting and was told that the position I had been waiting on for the second interview had a ton of applicants, and probably if I hadn't heard back, it had already been filled.

By now I was getting used to delays and snafus, so I was only a bit frustrated but mostly undeterred. I stupidly had not gotten the phone or email of my recruiter (that would be a smart thing to do at the end of an interview, ask for their card just in case something like this happens) -- but luckily I called Casting one more time (they were probably getting sick of me, lol!) and they were able to put me through to his voicemail.

My original recruiter did call me back. I remember I was shopping at Target when I got the call, lol. He was once again very helpful, said the position had not been filled, and that he was following up with the managers to let them know they needed to give me a second interview! Hope once again was born, and sure enough, a few days later, I got a call from to set up the second interview!

Just about three weeks after that first in-person interview I went to the resort for my second interview, and it went really well. The resort managers aren't allowed to tell you if you got the job, Casting has to do it, but the next day I got the call from my recruiter, I had the job!!

The next day I got an email from Disney that was titled (in all caps, just like this): "CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW ROLE AT THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT!!" I was pretty excited. :woohoo: The next step was to start up my Disney blog (www.apinchofpixiedust.blogspot.com) which I immediately did. ;) Oh yeah, and to go in to do paperwork and all that stuff, which I did the very next day. It was then I was able to sign up for Traditions, the class all cast members take and your first day of work with the company!! The soonest one I could sign up for was a week hence, and after Traditions it was another week before I was actually scheduled to start training at my location.

LOL, so if you are still actually reading this I congratulate you, because I realize it’s probably pretty boring unless you’re contemplating applying for a job with Disney yourself. If you are one such, your experience will certainly vary, and will hopefully not be as drawn out! But I'm happy to say, it was worth it in the end. :)

The REAL start of Part II, arrival at the Animal Kingdom Lodge (woo hoo!) is coming up next!

4forWDW
02-15-2012, 12:41 PM
WOW - What a process you had to go through!
So you went down in August, then you had to go back 3 weeks later??
Do I have that correct? If so, did you fly down by yourself or did someone go with you?
Too bad you couldn't take referrals - you know you would have had a ton from the DIS Boards letting WDW know they needed to hire you:thumbsup2
So glad you got the job:cool1:
Amy

MainStreetFireman
02-15-2012, 02:27 PM
What a story!

I have often heard that WDW is the largest employer in the state of Florida, so I imagine that it is very difficult to manage every aspect of the hiring, training, and staffing of such a work force.

It is great to hear that the "realistic" part of working at WDW has not dimmed your enthusiasm for helping create the magic for the guests. I often tell my DD (who is entering college and already talking about working at Disney) that there is a functional side of every job that we all have to deal with, including getting the job.

I hope that you continue to find happiness in your work there. No matter how beautiful the buildings and grounds are, the CMs are the ones that make it happen. Thanks for being part of it!

Mndisneygirl
02-15-2012, 03:00 PM
What a process!! I should be glad I haven't had to look for a job for quite some time! Good for you for following through!

I don't know if I missed it or you didn't say, but are you allowed to tell us at which resort you work? Are you doing PT or FT work now?Hopefully we can meet you on our next trip!

Disney Mommy 3
02-15-2012, 10:40 PM
geez Emma!...I remember you talking about most of this before, but I forgot how strung out it really was! That wore me out just reading about it! LOL!! I am just glad you have all that behind you and you are an official Disney girl!!

SoScary'09
02-16-2012, 11:55 AM
Congratulations! Way to stick with it through that long process.

And OT: Another for Downton Disney. I'm totally into the second season right now!

AGPrincess
02-20-2012, 06:50 PM
WOW - What a process you had to go through!
So you went down in August, then you had to go back 3 weeks later??
Do I have that correct? If so, did you fly down by yourself or did someone go with you?
Too bad you couldn't take referrals - you know you would have had a ton from the DIS Boards letting WDW know they needed to hire you:thumbsup2
So glad you got the job:cool1:
Amy

I actually just stayed down in August after our trip, but I had to wait around for the three weeks to get the job all sorted out! Haha, I know...there should be a fast track for candidates nominated by the DIS. :thumbsup2

What a story!

I have often heard that WDW is the largest employer in the state of Florida, so I imagine that it is very difficult to manage every aspect of the hiring, training, and staffing of such a work force.

It is great to hear that the "realistic" part of working at WDW has not dimmed your enthusiasm for helping create the magic for the guests. I often tell my DD (who is entering college and already talking about working at Disney) that there is a functional side of every job that we all have to deal with, including getting the job.

I hope that you continue to find happiness in your work there. No matter how beautiful the buildings and grounds are, the CMs are the ones that make it happen. Thanks for being part of it!

That is true...working at Disney is quite a fun experience, but some days, it *does* feel like a job! :confused3 And thank you! :goodvibes

What a process!! I should be glad I haven't had to look for a job for quite some time! Good for you for following through!

I don't know if I missed it or you didn't say, but are you allowed to tell us at which resort you work? Are you doing PT or FT work now?Hopefully we can meet you on our next trip!

Haha, it was kinda drawn out. I'm hoping the next time I get a new job it'll go more smoothly! I'm full-time now, technically concierge but I do some other roles around the lobby as well. I don't like to say specifics, but it's at one of the Epcot resorts. :goodvibes Definitely, let me know when you'll be here!

geez Emma!...I remember you talking about most of this before, but I forgot how strung out it really was! That wore me out just reading about it! LOL!! I am just glad you have all that behind you and you are an official Disney girl!!

lol, I know, it wore me out writing it! :laughing: I'm glad too I'm now official!

Congratulations! Way to stick with it through that long process.

And OT: Another for Downton Disney. I'm totally into the second season right now!

Thanks! And lol, I'm definitely going to title my next trippie that. Hopefully it'll spur me to get this finished and start the next one up faster!

Dancegrl624
02-21-2012, 09:59 PM
Wow...what an ordeal you went through! I'm sure it's all worth it now though. :goodvibes We'll be heading down in September and I'd love to say HI in person!!!

petals
02-27-2012, 08:47 PM
I want to be a disney Cast member!

AGPrincess
03-07-2012, 09:22 PM
Wow...what an ordeal you went through! I'm sure it's all worth it now though. :goodvibes We'll be heading down in September and I'd love to say HI in person!!!

I don't know how long I'll be down here for, but if I'm still here in September I'd love to see you too! Just send me a PM. :)

I want to be a disney Cast member!

LOL, it's very different from being a guest, but it can be pretty fun!

AGPrincess
03-07-2012, 09:44 PM
ALRIGHT. So. Let’s get this second August trip on the road, shall we?

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And when I say “on the road,” I mean that quite literally! Once again we Snobbishes were driving down to the sunshine state. It just makes so much more sense than flying considering how many plane tickets we need to buy…and in this case we also needed to transport all my impedimentia down to Florida!

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There’s something about the open road in the summertime. Maybe it’s because we took so many long road trips when I was growing up, so I always associate them with vacation and fun hotels and fun times. The highway and the radio and all the summer green – it’s timeless, and it’s free, and it’s magical!

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This time I didn’t spot Alyosha (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41725373&postcount=39)on the road, or any other elephants for that matter. I just looked out at the sunshine, read Persuasion, and watched the mountains passing by…

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Whenever we see these signs we know we’re getting close!!

Around 7:30 we were entering the Magic Kingdom gates and driving along next to the monorail! Our first destination was the Contemporary for some dinner. Sadly not Chef Mickey’s. Surprisingly they let us in to park…from November to January the Contemporary parking lot was under lockdown, and they’re still pretty stingy about letting you in if you don’t have a reservation.

ANYwhoo, we said “Hallooo!” to Aramis who was on duty at Chef Mickey’s, picked up some food and cupcakes (mmm!). According to my diary Mom helped a confused Chinese family who didn’t speak English to find their way back to the monorail and get back to the TTC. Then it was to the apartment, where we were staying for the night. The brothers descended on the tv – we come all the way to Florida, and all they want to do is play more video games!

We pulled out the air mattresses and discovered we were short one set of sheets, so we pried Porthos and Athos away from the screen and made a quick trip to Homegoods, where we were very goofy and silly because it was late and we had been in the car all day.

At last with a place for everyone to rest their head, it was time for bed! But first there were some PILLOW PRESENTS! Yay!

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I will never be too old for Polly Pocket Princess dolls. Especially ones that come with multiple sparkly skirts.

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The next morning was when the Disney vacation REALLY began, because we were checking into the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Club Level baybeee!

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JABULA all the way, man. We played it all the way to Jambo House!

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It was approximately, well, 9:18 am when we all tumbled out of the car and walked up to that beautiful Port Cochere. I’ve been back to the AKL many, many times just to hang out since I started working here, and that entrance never ceases to have a calming influence on me. I just adore it.

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Now in former times, when you checked in for club level, you would go to the bell services desk, and they would take you up to the sixth floor. Well when we walked into the lobby there was a somewhat-bored looking cast member with a clipboard that we walked by, and I wondered if we were supposed to check in with her.

But we went to the bell services desk to start with, and incredibly they didn’t know where we were supposed to go, so they sent us to the front desk.

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The line was long, so I figured I’d go back out and ask that girl out front what was up. She goes, “Oh yeah, are you the Snobbishes? You can follow me.” So we went and got the family and rode the elevator up in silence. The girl was reeeal personable.

I find the whole situation very funny now, because I work with curbside and club level arrivals quite often at my resort, and the fact of the matter is that girl was supposed to greet us and whisk us straight up to the club. There were seven of us on the reservation, and we all seven walked up together, but I guess her head just wasn’t in the game that day.

So if *you* checking in club at a Disney resort, look for the curbside cast member! They’re there for you!

Once those magical elevator giraffes let us out on the sixth floor, however, we none of us had any attention for Suzie Helpershoes. It was BREAKFAST time!

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The chocochino machine. It was still there. It made my heart sing.

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Mmmmmmmmmmmm… breakfast breads! My favorite meal of the day!

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Yeah, and a little fruit is tasty too. ;)

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One more photo of that be-a-utiful chocochino machine. I even used it to have coffee this time. I know, crazy, right? ;)

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OK, one part of breakfast I love that does not, shockingly, involve bread are the breakfast juices. Especially the exotic ones…pineapple and mango, YES please!

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This is happiness on a plate, that’s what it is.

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Fun turtles carved on the table, and also Athos’s bowl of quinona. Like oatmeal, only not as lumpy. I tried it the next morning and it was super tasty.

We enjoyed breakfast hugely. Back at home we eat pretty healthy and not especially exciting meals, but the food definitely adds much enjoyment to our trips. Surprisingly I haven’t gained a million pounds now that I work at Disney, mainly because I have a cast member salary, so I get a few tasty items from Disney every week, and the rest of the time I eat almost nothing. LOL.

ANYway. The room wasn’t ready yet, but that was to be expected. We just wanted to get in early to get the most of the food! When we stay club, we basically don’t eat anywhere. except club. And we always get there for breakfast. Working at a deluxe resort now, I’m always a little surprised when club level guests don’t arrive until 6pm -- they’ve missed half of the food!

Although, I suppose, they can get into their room right away! We didn’t mind too much, we just left the luggage in the car and took a stroll around to visit our favorite places and take some pics…

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Up Next: Medallion Rubbing, Giraffe Cookie Art, African Tea, and WHEN exactly will the room be ready??

Disney Mommy 3
03-08-2012, 10:40 AM
yay for you getting Rapunzel! I just love her! I have heard the Disney salary is minimal-it's the experience! Plus, having Disney on your Resume can't be anything but spectacular!

Curiouser&curiouser!
03-08-2012, 11:58 AM
Thanks for the update on the process on becoming a cast member. Very interesting!

I can't wait to hear more about the trip!

petals
03-08-2012, 07:32 PM
LOL, it's very different from being a guest, but it can be pretty fun!

I'd say so but the whole idea of helping someone else feel that magic that tears me up is amazing :)

The princess doll is cute

Dancegrl624
03-08-2012, 10:40 PM
I don't know how long I'll be down here for, but if I'm still here in September I'd love to see you too! Just send me a PM. :)


I definately will! As you can see from my tickers, I'll be down in August for a weekend on "business". It's a meeting for the travel agency I work for and we're staying at the Boardwalk...a dream resort of mine. So pumped! :woohoo:

AGPrincess
03-09-2012, 10:24 AM
yay for you getting Rapunzel! I just love her! I have heard the Disney salary is minimal-it's the experience! Plus, having Disney on your Resume can't be anything but spectacular!

Haha, I know, I LOVED Tangled, such a great movie!

Thanks for the update on the process on becoming a cast member. Very interesting!

I can't wait to hear more about the trip!

You're welcome! Next update coming up soon. :thumbsup2

I'd say so but the whole idea of helping someone else feel that magic that tears me up is amazing :)

The princess doll is cute

That is true...the days when you can really spread the pixie dust are the best! :goodvibes

I definately will! As you can see from my tickers, I'll be down in August for a weekend on "business". It's a meeting for the travel agency I work for and we're staying at the Boardwalk...a dream resort of mine. So pumped! :woohoo:

SO exciting!! lol, I love it when you get to go to Disney for work. ;)

MEK
03-10-2012, 07:54 AM
Congratulations on getting the CM job you wanted, although the process does sound long and convoluted. I am sure you are wonderful at what you do.

I always enjoy your travel day pictures because I have not yet worked up the nerve to drive to Florida. Of course, it will happen one of these days because flight prices are crazy.

I love the AKL and can't wait to stay there again! :goodvibes

KathyRN137
03-12-2012, 08:32 PM
Heartfelt congratulations on your new Role, Emma! If I ever needed someone to escort me into a Disney Park I would want that someone to be YOU! :goodvibes


Kathy

Aussiesalad
03-12-2012, 10:25 PM
Thanks for posting about the process!
geez they really made you work for it ;)
Sounds like it's going to be a great experience, cant wait to hear all about it!

AGPrincess
03-19-2012, 10:25 PM
Congratulations on getting the CM job you wanted, although the process does sound long and convoluted. I am sure you are wonderful at what you do.

I always enjoy your travel day pictures because I have not yet worked up the nerve to drive to Florida. Of course, it will happen one of these days because flight prices are crazy.

I love the AKL and can't wait to stay there again! :goodvibes

Thanks! lol, it is a long drive, but the scenery is pretty, and with some good companions and a good tracklist a road trip can be really fun. :thumbsup2

Heartfelt congratulations on your new Role, Emma! If I ever needed someone to escort me into a Disney Park I would want that someone to be YOU! :goodvibes


Kathy

Thank you Kathy! :goodvibes

Thanks for posting about the process!
geez they really made you work for it ;)
Sounds like it's going to be a great experience, cant wait to hear all about it!

It has been a great experience so far, I keep meaning to post more stories from work on my blog. There are just way too many things at Disney World to post about, my list of topics is sooo long, lol!

AGPrincess
03-23-2012, 07:40 AM
The Animal Kingdom Lodge has always been a stomping ground for we Snobbish children. For my brothers and me, it seems like our first times venturing out on our own were spent exploring those endless, snaking hallways of Jambo House with all their cool exhibits.

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Dart, who is now eight years old, nine in May, is already starting to want some independence. We weren’t about to let him go running around the resort *all* by himself, so I went adventuring with him. He’d run ahead a little bit, then look back to make sure I was still there, then push his luck and run on further to where I couldn’t see him so I’d have to run to catch up. LOL.

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This cool lamp is at that random desk on the 4th floor by the staircase down to the lobby. Dart and I sat there right before Mom walked up and pretended to be cast members. Which is kinda ironic, cause I now *am* a cast member who stands behind a desk answering questions. lol.

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Then we walked down the giraffe stairs (I always think of them as the giraffe stairs cause there’s that painting of a giraffe looking down his nose at you on the ceiling) to have a browse in Zawadi. Dart is getting more into pin trading, although he doesn’t collect sets, he just trades for pins he liked. Zawadi is always a good place for pin searching.

It was a meandering sort of day. According to my pictures, we went back upstairs after looking in Zawadi…

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I LOVE this view of the lobby from the lounge. I could just lean against the railing and people watch for hours. Whenever I’m down in the lobby, I always look up longingly at the people looking down.

At this point in the afternoon our favorite Lodge activities were just beginning…it all started with Medallion Rubbing!!

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Only at Disney can you sit on the floor with paper and crayons as if you were seven again when really you’re twenty-three.

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Seee, I copied this smiling sun! lol!

Next we headed down the stairs…

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Check out these cool giraffe lamps in the bar/lounge area above Boma…

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Sadly we weren’t actually eating at Boma.

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Cool tribal telephones. But ANYway, at least it was time for…

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COOKIE DECORATING!!

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They do cookie decorating at some of the other resorts, like Wilderness Lodge, but they use sugar cookies and generic white icing. Here they have awesome decorating supplies AND adorable animal cookies.

Now I have this theory that how you decorate a cookie says a lot about who you are. Take the two cookies Athos, and I concocted. Here was mine…

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Pink, delicate, detailed (note the giraffe’s pink bow and blue shoes. Also the savannah on the background of the plate). Now here was Athos’ creation…

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Red eyes, breathing fire (or else eating a gummy bear), and in the background of his scene, there is terror and destruction and little stick figures running for their lives.

Yup. That’s our Athos. Somehow I didn’t get a picture of Dart’s cookie, but it was just cute!

By the time we had made our masterpieces and gobbled them up, it was time for afternoon upstairs in the club lounge!!

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I love the bowls and cool spoons they use…the beaded handle is so cool.

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Even the cookies were being kept warm!

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Cooler of refreshing carbonated beverages!

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Ahhhhh…my lunch of snackage. You know you’re at the concierge when you eat cookies, potato chips, and hot chocolate for lunch. I did miss the old cinnamon chips they used to have at AKL, though. This time there were only regular salty chips.

At 2:30 the rooms were finally ready!!

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Gotta love the bunk beds!

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We had a really cool view of Arusha rock!

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The animals never seemed to come very far out of the trees in the distance, although there were plenty of birds on the branches and rocks in the foreground, and I loved those lovely palm trees.

More room photos in the next update!

zipadeepixie
03-23-2012, 02:32 PM
I love how you appreciate all the tiny details! AKL is so amazing!

Disney Mommy 3
03-23-2012, 09:03 PM
I just loooved your girly-pink giraffe!!!

MEK
03-24-2012, 07:02 AM
Yes - your details are great! Beautiful pictures.

I had no idea about the cookie decorating. Very fancy giraffe. To cute to eat, that's for sure.

Glad your room was ready a few hours early. Nice view!

__disneygirl
03-24-2012, 05:30 PM
Hey Emma! I haven't commented in awhile but I have been following along with your blog. I love it...especially the cupcake posts. I just caught your Flower & Garden post and it was so great to see the new topiaries. I had no idea Cinderella meet & greets around the WS either, so that was cool to see as well. Great job on that.

Love the update too. That is so adorable that Dart would check and see if you were still there and then run ahead. AKL is so much fun to explore. I don't think I'll ever take a Disney trip there without visiting at least once. I didn't know about the medallion rubbing or cookie decorating... that is SO awesome!

petals
03-24-2012, 10:43 PM
Love the idea of the cookie decorating and love how yours even had it's own hidden mickey :)

disneyhockeymad
03-25-2012, 02:48 PM
I'm here I'm here!! and I am so excited about exploring the AKL in 5 months! We've booked our ADRs and Sanaa is one of them, hoping we can arrive in plenty of time so I can have a good look around :D It just looks so pretty! You have me wayy too excited!

Those cookies look amazing too, good decorating! Yours is def better than Athos's! ;) It looks prettier! Although the people on Athos's crack me up! :rotfl:

jwwi
03-25-2012, 11:22 PM
AKL looks like so much fun, must add it to my list of resorts to try out soon. The decorated cookies are so cute! Your post re CM application/hiring was not boring. Hope you still are enjoying your position.

AGPrincess
03-27-2012, 12:07 PM
I love how you appreciate all the tiny details! AKL is so amazing!

Thanks! The details are what I really love about WDW, there's always something new to notice!

I just loooved your girly-pink giraffe!!!

:goodvibes:cutie:

Yes - your details are great! Beautiful pictures.

I had no idea about the cookie decorating. Very fancy giraffe. To cute to eat, that's for sure.

Glad your room was ready a few hours early. Nice view!

Thanks! Yep, cookie decorating at the AKL is one of those rare, fun, FREE things Disney offers, lol. And I know, I wanted to keep my giraffe rather than eat it! ;)

AGPrincess
03-27-2012, 12:14 PM
Hey Emma! I haven't commented in awhile but I have been following along with your blog. I love it...especially the cupcake posts. I just caught your Flower & Garden post and it was so great to see the new topiaries. I had no idea Cinderella meet & greets around the WS either, so that was cool to see as well. Great job on that.

Love the update too. That is so adorable that Dart would check and see if you were still there and then run ahead. AKL is so much fun to explore. I don't think I'll ever take a Disney trip there without visiting at least once. I didn't know about the medallion rubbing or cookie decorating... that is SO awesome!

Hey Lia!! Good to hear from you, glad you're enjoying the updates. :goodvibes I know, Cinderella out in WS, who knew? And definitely check out the Lodge activities the next time you're there -- they're listed near the bell stand, and I don't think you even have to be a hotel guest to go to them. I must catch up on your trippie soon!

Love the idea of the cookie decorating and love how yours even had it's own hidden mickey :)

Yay!! I was wondering if someone spot it, good eye! :thumbsup2

I'm here I'm here!! and I am so excited about exploring the AKL in 5 months! We've booked our ADRs and Sanaa is one of them, hoping we can arrive in plenty of time so I can have a good look around :D It just looks so pretty! You have me wayy too excited!

Those cookies look amazing too, good decorating! Yours is def better than Athos's! ;) It looks prettier! Although the people on Athos's crack me up! :rotfl:

Hey Laura! Your trip is getting closer and closer!! Haha, thanks, and I totally agree -- we were cracking up over Athos's cookie the whole afternoon.

AKL looks like so much fun, must add it to my list of resorts to try out soon. The decorated cookies are so cute! Your post re CM application/hiring was not boring. Hope you still are enjoying your position.

Definitely try to make it over there! At work the other day some guests had a free afternoon and no park tickets and wanted to know what to do, so I was enthusing over how beautiful Jambo House is! :thumbsup2

AGPrincess
03-27-2012, 12:58 PM
So I believe I left off exploring our rooms at Jambo House. Get ready for more pictures!!

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Another view from the window.

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Love this lizard mirror.

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Athos’s dinos felt immediately at home.

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Sinks…

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And bathroom…

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Wallpaper/opportunity to learn the geography of Africa while you brush your teeth.


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Is it just me, or do those towels look rather like an elephant?

I went down to the van with the boys to help dad schlep up the luggage. We suggested that, since Dad was using us instead of bell services and saving the $2 a bag tip he would have had to give to the bellman, he just give us $20. Yeah. He just laughed.

But our services were well-rewarded in the form of the African tea that had just been set out in the lounge. Kilamanjaro Club, unlike other club levels, puts out not one but TWO different afternoon offerings of snackage. The first is the one I posted about in the last update – it’s called vitafunio or safari snacks, it’s got the savory and salty selection, chips, nuts, etc. It is out from 11 to 3:00

The second is called Chai, or Afternoon tea. It comes out from 3:00 to 4:30 and includes some of the safari snacks, but also some sweets…

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…like these assorted tea biscuits…

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…also some rice crispie treats and brownies (a little taste of desserts to come in the evening)…

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…and finally, my favorite, SCONES. And if you pronounce it scah-nes with a British accent, they taste even more delicious. Just trust me. The only thing that can make them taste MORE delicious than the pronunciation is CLOTTED CREAM. It’s like whipped cream in butter form, and is basically the tastiest thing on the planet. I could eat it by the bucket-ful. And when we were staying on club, I basically did.

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It was tea time, so of course I had to have a cup of tea TOO!

After tea we had to work up an appetite for dinner SOMEhow, plus Dart wanted to go swimming. So I suited up and went down to the pool with him and Athos. The water was warm, which is sad, because swimming could be so refreshing in the heat, but instead it was vaguely disgusting. Still, Dart had a fun time. I went up early to get my shower and found the turn-down people had already come…

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The hidden mickey towels made the perfect nest for a pink puffle and a little yeti.

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Even though we were just hanging out at the hotel, and weren’t rushing around to rides at a park all day, it’s amazing how fast the time went! Before I knew it the kisikusiku (hot appetizer/DINNER) was out!

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Deeeeee-licious marinated veggies and olives. They were SO GOOD, not too spicy but really flavorful.

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One of several swanky cheeses. I forgot to take pics of the others, but there was also quite an assortment of hummus and crackers.

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Little ham and cheese wheel sammies for the kids, although everyone in my family loved them. We might have consumed a whole plateful of them, lol!

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This was a corn and curried seafood tart, which didn’t taste fishy at all and was quite tasty.

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…and also samosas, can’t remember what was in them, I think they were pretty spicy but very good.

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My plate. YUM. YUM. Yummy.

Dinner was delish, and I had really enjoyed sitting in the lounge that day. But I had not spent much time in the room! So in the interim between dinner and desserts, I went back to the room, pulled the table up close to the window (it was too hot to sit on the balcony), and admired the sunset colors in the sky over Arusha rock. It was quiet (everyone else was out and about), the sunset light seemed to make the room even prettier, and the air had that distinct Disney clean room smell. It was positive bliss.

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Perhaps because I was having such a lovely time in the room, when I went back to the lounge for desserts they were a bit of a disappointment. Cookies, nuts, a fruit tart, and a raspberry white chocolate mousse.

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The raspberry mousse was nice, but there was no chocolate! Luckily later on there was a cinnamon chocolate mousse (the same one from Boma!) to make up for it.

Just before bed we all took a walk down to Arusha Rock. The savannah looked very mysterious in the dark, lit only bt the moon. We did manage to spot a baby giraffe though, and we sat around the firepit where Dart told a ghost story involving a wolf spirit and, inevitably, Lego Universe. Then it was up to the room – Dart and I used the robes in the closet, and we all watched Beauty and the Beast on Disney Channel. What is it about watching Disney Channel AT Disney World that is so entertaining and satisfying I wonder??

Then it was off to sleep! As the turn-down card left on the pillow advised us, “Today always comes before tomorrow.” And that tomorrow was going to hold some more animal kingdom-ing fun!

Mndisneygirl
03-27-2012, 02:42 PM
One of these days I'm going to have enough time at WDW for a "stay at the resort day". How fun!
What great options you had for food at the CL! I am also a big fan of clotted cream and scones with tea. I just was in England and HAD to have some. I just wish they'd call it something else. Clotted Cream makes me think of blood clots.

Disney Mommy 3
03-27-2012, 06:13 PM
Oh Emma,...I agree!! Disney movies AT the World at 10 million times better! The only thing that comes close is when you are around the 10 day countdown or so,..and watch a Disney movie every night to get ready!:love: AAAHHHHhh...nothing is better than Disney!!!
And Sheree!!!!:lmao::lmao: I was laughing out loud! I have thought the same thing!!!! clotted cream. Really, Clotted cream?.... all the wonderful words in our English language, and that FANTASTIC accent the Brits have,..and the best we could get---clotted cream.:sad2:
hey Emma,..do you know yet how long you are gonna be there for 2012? Or can you not announce it yet? Just curious...I have a trip in the works and wondered if we would visit you again!

disneyhockeymad
03-31-2012, 04:38 PM
gah that food selection is amazing! I can't wait to go exploring in the Animal Kingdom Lodge and eat at Sanaa, mmm. Can't wait can't wait can't wait!! I just hope you'll be there too! I started my PTR today, I just couldn't wait any longer! Haha. Made me very happy :)

AGPrincess
04-01-2012, 08:31 PM
One of these days I'm going to have enough time at WDW for a "stay at the resort day". How fun!
What great options you had for food at the CL! I am also a big fan of clotted cream and scones with tea. I just was in England and HAD to have some. I just wish they'd call it something else. Clotted Cream makes me think of blood clots.

Awww, how fun, hope you had a lovely trip to England!! LOL, you're right. I guess we could call it devonshire cream, I think that's the same thing?? :confused3

Oh Emma,...I agree!! Disney movies AT the World at 10 million times better! The only thing that comes close is when you are around the 10 day countdown or so,..and watch a Disney movie every night to get ready!:love: AAAHHHHhh...nothing is better than Disney!!!
And Sheree!!!!:lmao::lmao: I was laughing out loud! I have thought the same thing!!!! clotted cream. Really, Clotted cream?.... all the wonderful words in our English language, and that FANTASTIC accent the Brits have,..and the best we could get---clotted cream.:sad2:
hey Emma,..do you know yet how long you are gonna be there for 2012? Or can you not announce it yet? Just curious...I have a trip in the works and wondered if we would visit you again!

That's true, watching Disney films to anticipate your trip is pretty darn wonderful...that anticipation is always the best part! LOL, we're going to have to come up with a new name for that cream now, because it is too delicious to have negative associations! :rotfl:

As far as how long I'll be here, I just don't know -- if I did I could announce it, lol, but I just have no idea! I'm hoping to be able to move up and do something more with communications or writing for Disney. My leaders have been really supportive, but these things take time, and I did just go full-time about three months ago, so we'll have to wait and see!

gah that food selection is amazing! I can't wait to go exploring in the Animal Kingdom Lodge and eat at Sanaa, mmm. Can't wait can't wait can't wait!! I just hope you'll be there too! I started my PTR today, I just couldn't wait any longer! Haha. Made me very happy :)

You will LOVE the Animal Kingdom Lodge, it is divine!! And there are still more pics coming up to whet your appetite, lol! I'm so excited for you, definitely hopping over to check out your PTR right now!! :cool1:

AGPrincess
04-27-2012, 11:54 AM
Oh dear...I've been dropping the ball on this trip report again! Where did April go anyway?? I can't even believe we're almost into the fifth month of 2012.

ANYway, I'll make no promises on a speedy finish (though I do really want to get this thing done!), as I don't want to have to break any more promises, lol! But I do have an update ready right this minute - breakfast at the Lodge coming up!

AGPrincess
04-27-2012, 12:06 PM
Waking up in a lovely room in a Disney resort is one of the happiest of happiness-es. When you open your eyes and remember that you’re on vacation at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, it’s divine!

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Yo the Yeti was ready to go.

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I just loved this view. You couldn’t see the animals quite as well, since they tended to stay further out under the trees. But Arusha Rock was just so pretty!

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Yo and I went for a walk before going up to breakfast.

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There’s something magical about the morning…being up before the crowds, when the lobby itself seems to be still a little sleepy, just waking up.

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“OK…now I’m ready for breakfast…”

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“Decisions, decisions!!”

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“Hmmmm…what do we have here?”

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They had oatmeal and also this African oatmeal called quinoa…

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BAKED. GOODNESS.

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These mini chocolate croissants were my favorite. SOOO good.

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Some giraffes hanging out by the cereal.

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Tea, sugar, etc., etc.

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A look at the buffet line from another angle…I really love the AKL lounge, it’s so cool with those giant log pillars, and the thatch roof right up above you.

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Couch sitting area by the tv…gotta have some Disney channel with your breakfast!

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My breakfast…they had lots of lovely fresh fruit.

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Bowl of quinoa…

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Chocochino…mmmmmmmmmm…

The rest of the Snobbish clan was slower in rising, but Athos and Dart were up earlier with me. So we went out to Arusha rock for a little while the others finished getting ready.

The previous day Athos had discovered a snake whom he had named George. So we decided to try to say Good Morning to George.

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George was nowhere to be seen, but Athos was quick to find the local wildlife. This, apparently, was a five-layered skink.

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How on earth he knew the name on sight is beyond me. I would’ve just called it a lizard! It does have some cool rainbow-colored stripes though. See how the tail part of the stripe is blue, the belly red, and the nose yellow?

Athos tried to catch the skink without success. lol.

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Pretty pretty!

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Our animal-hunting interlude on Arusha rock was short. Soon we climbed back up to the room and were ready to set off. There were more animal adventures in our future, however. This was our destination:

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zipadeepixie
04-27-2012, 01:10 PM
Yea! More AKL! I'm super excited because I've just pinned down date for my next trip - April next year at AKL!!! Woo Hoo!

emsparkles
04-27-2012, 02:03 PM
Hi love your report! I too am called Emma and I too am a Disney Snob, so many bad theme (honestley you cant really call them theme) parks in the UK. Only Disney will do! Also to top off our similarities this time next month i too shall be in Saratoga Springs resort hopefully having as much of a Disney good time as you!!!

luvslikepi
04-27-2012, 03:52 PM
I just finished reading through. Love, love, love it....and your blog. I miss my time as a CP cast member back in 2001 and often wish I could relive it...I hope you are enjoying your time there and maybe someday I'll get to say hello to you at your resort.

Disney Mommy 3
04-27-2012, 06:00 PM
girl,,,don't you know you should run FROM snakes, not hunt them?!!! LOL...we have those dang skinks here...we hate them,..they are sooo snakey! YUCK!!
Love the update!

AGPrincess
04-27-2012, 11:20 PM
Yea! More AKL! I'm super excited because I've just pinned down date for my next trip - April next year at AKL!!! Woo Hoo!

YAAAY!!! :cool1::cool1: Love the AKL, you'll have such a good time!

Hi love your report! I too am called Emma and I too am a Disney Snob, so many bad theme (honestley you cant really call them theme) parks in the UK. Only Disney will do! Also to top off our similarities this time next month i too shall be in Saratoga Springs resort hopefully having as much of a Disney good time as you!!!

Hooray for another Emma! :goodvibes Ohhh, Saratoga Springs...we haven't stayed there in awhile, but I love that resort!! :thumbsup2

I just finished reading through. Love, love, love it....and your blog. I miss my time as a CP cast member back in 2001 and often wish I could relive it...I hope you are enjoying your time there and maybe someday I'll get to say hello to you at your resort.

Awww, thanks for posting!! I have been having a blast as a cast member, trying to savour it! :goodvibes

girl,,,don't you know you should run FROM snakes, not hunt them?!!! LOL...we have those dang skinks here...we hate them,..they are sooo snakey! YUCK!!
Love the update!

lol, this is true, I guess I have too many brothers who like to make friends with them instead of run away! :rotfl::rotfl: Ughh, and I can see what you mean...the skinks do look a lot like snakes!

disneyhockeymad
04-28-2012, 06:41 AM
Ahh AKL, so so pretty! And that food, Mmm. And how on earth did your brother know the name of that lizard, they all look the same to me! That being said the most exotic wildlife we get over here are newts, so really, I have an excuse for them all looking the same!!
Ooh Kidani village, tell me Sanaa is in your future? :D

AGPrincess
04-30-2012, 10:14 AM
Ahh AKL, so so pretty! And that food, Mmm. And how on earth did your brother know the name of that lizard, they all look the same to me! That being said the most exotic wildlife we get over here are newts, so really, I have an excuse for them all looking the same!!
Ooh Kidani village, tell me Sanaa is in your future? :D

Haha, I know! And he always knows the specific names of dinosaurs on sight too, crazy kid! :rotfl: Noo, sadly no Kidani, we were heading to the Animal Kingdom!

AGPrincess
04-30-2012, 10:19 AM
OOops...double post!

AGPrincess
04-30-2012, 10:43 AM
One great thing about staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, is that usually (knock on wood) the buses to the Animal Kingdom Park are quite quick. On the morning in question the bus came swiftly. We hadn’t tried to get up too early, so we missed opening, ah well.

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I loved these purple flowering trees climbing up the pillars by the ticket windows. I had never noticed them before! Perfect for a photo op!

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Guest relations is also all overgrown with greenery!

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It is pretty gorgeous how green and lush this park is! Although on a hot, August day…it can be hard to see through the sweat to appreciate it, lol!

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Approaching Discovery Island!

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I pointed out to Mom the cart where they sell some truly delicious, gimongous chocolate cupcakes. But it was too early in the day and too hot to get one.

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Discovery Island is so colorful!

First stop for the Snobbish family was…

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Dinoland! Which, for us, means: THE BONEYARD.

I actually miss having a kid to run around after in the Boneyard these days when I go to the Animal Kingdom. Ever since Athos was little, so basically since the first time we came to the Animal Kingdom, the Boneyard has always been the first stop and the main attraction. It’ll be kinda sad when Dart grows out of it…what will we come to the Animal Kingdom for?? Lol!

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Dinosaur bones climbing high into the sky!

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There’s that Boneyard! It can be just punishing on a hot day, and yet there’s something nostalgic and endearing about even the heat. Plus you gotta love the radio station!

We had been watching some home movies before coming on this trip, and there was one where Aramis, then about 14, had followed Athos, then about 7, around the Boneyard. Aramis actually had a very clever little bit going, pretending he was an explorer tracking the elusive Athos-o-saurus.

So this time Aramis, now 24, followed Athos, now 16, and Dart, now 8, and made a follow up video! This time he was hunting both the Athos-o-saurus and the Dart-o-don. It was really cute!

To escape the heat for a little bit, and since the line for Dinosaur was nonexistent (yay!!), we left Dart and Aramis at the Boneyard and Athos, Porthos, and I went over to journey back in time.

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I love this ride.

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Getting instructions from Seeker…

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Ready to travel through time??

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Dinosaur is one of those rides I think is sometimes underappreciated. I know I love it.

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I mean, you walk across a BLUE floor to board your time rover. What’s not to love?

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WDI - Walt Disney Imagineering. AK98 - Animal Kingdom, opened in 1998!

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There’s always this terrible moment when you’re going through the time portal when you wonder: “Am I going through a time machine or a giant baking oven so that I’ll be nice and tasty for the dinos to eat me???”

I’ve always made it through, though, so it must really just be a time machine. ;)

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Mr. Carnotaurous was thwarted of his lunch again. Look, he’s all surprised you made it back to your own time safely. Then again he's just perpetually surprised.

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More greenery!

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Back out in a land of the modern incarnation of dinosaurs...fossils and bones!

The family was still living it up at the Boneyard.

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This just makes me laugh. I think Athos needs a sign like this for the door to his room.

continued...next post...

disneyhockeymad
04-30-2012, 10:50 AM
Haha, I know! And he always knows the specific names of dinosaurs on sight too, crazy kid! :rotfl: Noo, sadly no Kidani, we were heading to the Animal Kingdom!

Haha I totally neglected to see that massive sign that says Animal Kingdom above the sign for kidani! What a loser! Excited to hear the Animal Kingdom adventures though!!

AGPrincess
04-30-2012, 11:12 AM
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C'mon Disney...we all know those nets don't keep out ANY of the sun. Nice try... lol.

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Running around after Dart! Or should I say, the Dart-o-don!

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Cool view of the T-Rex bones from one of the upper floors.

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Looks like one of the archaeologists left his thermos on the dig site! My dad uses that exact same thermos too!

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ATHOS!!! Don’t eat my YETI!!!

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Lol, his shirt was pretty perfect for the Animal Kingdom though!

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Mysterious boxes with dinosaur noises trapped in them.

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My fabulous Animal-Kingdom-ish sandals, actually reused from a previous trip!

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Porthos also had fabulous shoes, though his looked more suited to Epcot or the deck of a Star Trek ship. But then I think that’s what he was going for. Lol.

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I noticed that on some of the times guides they were putting cute little themed Mickey Mouse’s. They haven’t been doing this more recently, but I hope they bring it back. It’s great for scrapbookers, lol!

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The Boneyard is a great playground, and it’s also not a bad backdrop for a photo shoot!

At long last Dart had run around until his face was red and even he was too hot, so we left the Boneyard and went in quest of Mickey bars. Consuming a mickey bar on a hot day before it all melts and the chocolate shell slips to the ground in pieces is a tricky business, so I have no pictures. But it was good.

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I do have a picture of a pink gorilla though. Top shelf, see? Cute!

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So when going through my folder of photos, I found I mysteriously had some Expedition Everest photos mixed in with the Dinoland ones…turns out I ran over to get fastpasses in case we wanted them. Look at the cool henna hand getting fastpasses…love it.

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Back over to Dinoland!

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In the Chester and Hester gift shop, there are all sorts of random phone numbers for different odd shops on the wall. I was tempted to call one and see who I got.

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I did try dialing the numbers on the payphone on the wall, but nothing happened. Now *that* would be a cool hidden detail. There’s the phone that you can pick up in Le Chapeau at the Magic Kingdom to listen in on Main St. conversations, and there’s the Tomorrowland payphone where you’ll here different messages if you hit just one button. But I think they should make THIS Dinoland payphone so that if you dial the numbers on the wall you’ll get the shops listed there! (mysterious official Disney people, I know you’re out there reading the DIS somewhere…pass this idea along to the Imagineers – and tell them to give me credit! Lol!)

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Showerhead, lamp, or brontosaurus? You decide!

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Athos decided to get a tiny walking stegosaurus. I think he had one of these when he was little, but it broke. He may be 16 now instead of 6, but he's not too old for a new one!

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And I may be 23, but that's not too old to sigh for shirts I would've worn when I was 13...or 3...lol. But look how cute the ruffly blue Cinderelly sleeves are!

Athos's new dino friend in hand, we cleared out of the shop before we could be too tempted by anything else! The mickey bars had been lovely, but we were starting to get hungry. Time to go on safari for a snack...or possibly, on a pizzafari!

AGPrincess
04-30-2012, 11:15 AM
Haha I totally neglected to see that massive sign that says Animal Kingdom above the sign for kidani! What a loser! Excited to hear the Animal Kingdom adventures though!!

lol, no worries! I do that all the time. :thumbsup2

petals
05-12-2012, 10:55 PM
Checkin in again. I finished my masters:cool1:
Love the updates. I saw that brother for sale tee when we were there in December. The Cinderella one is super cute.

AGPrincess
05-16-2012, 10:17 AM
Checkin in again. I finished my masters:cool1:
Love the updates. I saw that brother for sale tee when we were there in December. The Cinderella one is super cute.

CONGRATULATIONS! Hooray for you! pixiedust: lol, the Phineas and Ferb tee's are pretty funny, aren't they?

petals
05-18-2012, 11:17 AM
CONGRATULATIONS! Hooray for you! pixiedust: lol, the Phineas and Ferb tee's are pretty funny, aren't they?
Thanks.
Yeah I kinda wanted one of those! :lmao:

ALFranklin
05-23-2012, 12:46 PM
Emma, I just had to write and tell you that I am completely and utterly addicted to your trip reports and blog. I am planning a honeymoon/1st anniversary trip for myself and my DH and happened upon your wonderful writing. I have used DIS for reference for other trips I have planned in the past, but after truly enjoying your writing and whimsical family tales, I had to join so that I could 1: Send you a comment! and 2: Perhaps begin a PTR and later a TR of my own . I just made it thru your cruise TR and I am so excited to read your Disneyland Paris TR. As I side note...I am a big Jane Austen fan as well. My wedding was Jane Austen themed! Now, I must be off for more entertaining reading...by YOU!

AGPrincess
06-04-2012, 03:16 PM
Emma, I just had to write and tell you that I am completely and utterly addicted to your trip reports and blog. I am planning a honeymoon/1st anniversary trip for myself and my DH and happened upon your wonderful writing. I have used DIS for reference for other trips I have planned in the past, but after truly enjoying your writing and whimsical family tales, I had to join so that I could 1: Send you a comment! and 2: Perhaps begin a PTR and later a TR of my own . I just made it thru your cruise TR and I am so excited to read your Disneyland Paris TR. As I side note...I am a big Jane Austen fan as well. My wedding was Jane Austen themed! Now, I must be off for more entertaining reading...by YOU!

First of all, WELCOME!! Thank you for posting (sorry not to reply right away!) -- I love it when I get to hear from new readers! :goodvibes

OH. MY. GOODNESS. A Jane Austen themed wedding?!?! That sounds epic! :banana: :banana: I will be on the look out for your TR, and sending pixie dust your way for your trip! pixiedust:pixiedust: Do you know where you'll be staying yet? You must be so excited!

AGPrincess
06-04-2012, 04:09 PM
Oh dear, Oh dear…time is doing that thing it does again: slipping by. So fast.

Now let’s see. We left off at lunchtime, and we were on our way to pizzafari!

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It was gettin’ crowded and hot. We were glad to escape into one of the few air conditioned spots at Animal Kingdom!

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Pizzafari is one of those typical Disney places, where you could just go into sensory overload because there are SO many things to notice. There are crazy critters in every conceivable place the imagineers could think to put them. Like on the floor…

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…on the lamps…

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…ALL over the ceiling…

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…but luckily NOT in the food. Dart was so funny and cute, how excited he was to go on a “pizzafari.” So of course we got a pizza. (although, isn’t it funny: Disney does so many counter service foods SO well, but their pizza is really jus less than stellar.) Also some breadsticks to split.

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“Grape Escape.” lol.

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My well-themed AK earrings.

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Athos, I can’t remember if I mentioned, had just gotten this little walking dinosaur from the Chester and Hester shop. He had one literally, exactly like it, when he was 6. He was just about as delighted with it at 16. We had great fun trying to get it to cross the crack between the tables on a little bridge made of water stirrers. It did make it once or twice.

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More bright colors and cool creatures as we got on the move again…

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As it happened, a Festival of the Lion King show was *just* starting, and as it was another location with AC, we were all for it!

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This show gets a lot of hype, and most of it is quite well deserved. It's quite a show!

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“Can You Feel the Love Tonight…”

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Two things to notice in this picture: One. That girl’s costume, which I never fail to drool over whenever I come to Festival of the Lion King. With the skirt, and that awesome cape-y thing?? ANYway…

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Two. The monkey! There was one monkey who was doing an absolutely fantastic job. You could tell he was having a great time, and his facial expressions, his movements, little, funny, momentary interactions between him and other characters – they were all EXACTLY what one of Timon’s playful sidekicks should be!

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Here he is, hamming it up during the finale.

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Speaking of the finale, Athos and I were carefully observing the dance moves. I especially want to learn that trick arm move they do during “himonyana himwaynamavana” that looks vaguely like they’re starting the macarana.

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“It’s the circle of LIFE!!!”

On disgorging from the theatre with the rest, the character lines were found to be, as expected, choked. (Dart expressed a vague inclination to see Mickey or Minnie). Just as we were strolling along lamenting this, we noticed that the entrance to the Pocahantas and her fluffy friends theatre was not blocked off as it usually is. Curious, we investigated…

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Here were characters with, amazingly, practically NO lines! We met Pocahontas, Turk, and the Brer Rabbit. Splash Mountain is now Dart’s favorite ride, so that was really cute.

Some pages of my Disney diary being happily sacrificed to autographs and some photos taken, we were on our way again…the only question was , where were we going? We ducked into the AC of the shop to debate this issue.

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Kid, you really shouldn’t be holding that baby leopard so close to your face. Don’t you know it’s a dangerous predator?

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Someone has been fishing lately!

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Also there are butterfly airplanes with vaguely menacing grins flying about the ceiling in here. The wonders of the Mercantile décor, when you start to look, are quite astonishing.

When I could tear my attention away from all the odd details about, I found that it had been decided the heat had at least Mom, Dad, and Dart beat. Porthos and Athos were inclined to stay and use the Expedition Everest fastpasses we had gotten earlier. I decided to rough it out with them. To the YETI!

AGPrincess
06-04-2012, 04:37 PM
We interrupt the very dilatory progress of this trip report to bring you a little Disney Cupcakage...

I recently posted on my blog a guide to the Cupcakes of Walt Disney World (http://www.apinchofpixiedust.blogspot.com/2012/06/ultimate-disney-cupcake-guide.html), and I thought I might share it with any readers who have still held out hope and are keeping up with this trippie. ;)

It has listed virtually every cupcake I could find at the parks and resorts, and as many photos as I could squeeze in! Enjoy! :thumbsup2

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Mndisneygirl
06-04-2012, 04:53 PM
Now I'm in the mood for a cupcake!!
They all look so yummy!

Disney Mommy 3
06-04-2012, 05:35 PM
great update...love cupcake page!

petals
06-04-2012, 07:43 PM
Luvin the update and cute story bout the Dinosaur that your bro had when he was 6 and now 16 as well:goodvibes

When i read your title Disney Cupcakes I could have sworen I heard angels singing. Luvin the pic and discription of all the cupcakes you can find and where

MainStreetFireman
06-05-2012, 09:01 AM
What an INCREDIBLE cupcake listing! This beats the Epcot International drink "passport"...:thumbsup2

MandyTG
06-05-2012, 09:51 AM
So many cupcakes, so little time!

I had my heart set on trying a Butterfinger Cupcake last trip, but forgot that Starring Rolls closes early and got there too late. I seriously almost cried . . . over a cupcake!:rotfl: Oh, well! I'll try again in 4 months!

luvslikepi
06-05-2012, 10:59 AM
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I looooooooooooooove it!

Dreaming~of~Disney
06-05-2012, 06:50 PM
Emma, I always love reading your trip reports! Congrats on the job. How are you liking it? It was very interesting reading about how the process to get a job went. Cant' wait to read more. Now to go check out your blog.....

cocofifi
06-06-2012, 12:15 PM
Oh my gosh - I love the cupcake directory! Installments are entertaining as ever.

disneyhockeymad
06-06-2012, 03:15 PM
Oh my I died and went to heaven with your cupcake list. I am printing it out and taking it with me when we go... In 93 days!! (ps do you know if you're still going to be working then?)

Still love your sandals, loved them last trip, seriously loved them this trip!

How cool would it be if that phone did work, coolest little detail ever! I love the Lion King Show too much, we have tickets to see the West End version when it tours the country in November, so excited! :)

And pizza, Disney pizza? Mmmmm so good! You have me so excited! :)

Darragh
06-06-2012, 03:24 PM
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Cinderella shirt! (hmmm...wonder if I could duplicate that?)

And thanks so much for the cupcake list! Forget about drinking around the world! I'm gonna drown my sorrows in SUGAR!

AGPrincess
06-06-2012, 03:35 PM
Now I'm in the mood for a cupcake!!
They all look so yummy!

lol, I know -- it was so dangerous putting the list together; whenever I worked on it, I would really want a cupcake! :rotfl:

great update...love cupcake page!

Thanks! :thumbsup2

Luvin the update and cute story bout the Dinosaur that your bro had when he was 6 and now 16 as well:goodvibes

When i read your title Disney Cupcakes I could have sworen I heard angels singing. Luvin the pic and discription of all the cupcakes you can find and where

It's so funny how some things never change...my mom recently unearthed an old photo of Athos and me - he's 2 in it and I'm 9. His face is buried in a baby dino book and mine is buried in a chapter book (I think it was one of the Betsy-Tacy series). Athos's love of dinos has never left him! :goodvibes

What an INCREDIBLE cupcake listing! This beats the Epcot International drink "passport"...:thumbsup2

Thanks! :goodvibes And lol, I totally agree -- in my months at Disney, I have sampled very few of the drinks, but when it comes to the sweets I am very well informed! :thumbsup2

AGPrincess
06-06-2012, 03:45 PM
So many cupcakes, so little time!

I had my heart set on trying a Butterfinger Cupcake last trip, but forgot that Starring Rolls closes early and got there too late. I seriously almost cried . . . over a cupcake!:rotfl: Oh, well! I'll try again in 4 months!

Awwww, I totally sympathize with you, I'm so sorry you missed the cupcake! :sad2: But hey, it gives you an excuse to go back! :banana: the butterfinger cupcake is definitely one of my favorites (lol, maybe why I gave it a very prominent place in my cupcake index!). :rolleyes1

I looooooooooooooove it!

:goodvibes

Emma, I always love reading your trip reports! Congrats on the job. How are you liking it? It was very interesting reading about how the process to get a job went. Cant' wait to read more. Now to go check out your blog.....

Thanks, and I'm definitely enjoying it! :goodvibes Hope you enjoy the blog!

Oh my gosh - I love the cupcake directory! Installments are entertaining as ever.

Thanks! :yay:

Oh my I died and went to heaven with your cupcake list. I am printing it out and taking it with me when we go... In 93 days!! (ps do you know if you're still going to be working then?)

Still love your sandals, loved them last trip, seriously loved them this trip!

How cool would it be if that phone did work, coolest little detail ever! I love the Lion King Show too much, we have tickets to see the West End version when it tours the country in November, so excited! :)

And pizza, Disney pizza? Mmmmm so good! You have me so excited! :)

Haha, do it! I haven't tried printing it out yet, but I tried to make it in a format that would suit 8 1/2x11. Someone on the cupcake thread suggested I put it on cafe press as a poster, and I'm seriously considering that! :thumbsup2 I want one for myself too! Hmmm...don't know about September yet. I've enjoyed working at Disney a lot, but lately I've really been missing home, and looking about for jobs further north, so we'll have to see!

And SO jealous that you're going to see the West End version of the Lion King. We saw it once on Broadway and LOVED it. Have you ever seen the Broadway (or rather West End!) Beauty and the Beast? I loved that one too!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Cinderella shirt! (hmmm...wonder if I could duplicate that?)

And thanks so much for the cupcake list! Forget about drinking around the world! I'm gonna drown my sorrows in SUGAR!

lol, I have the same thought when I see Disney shirts: hmmm...how can I recreate that? :thumbsup2 And I SO agree! Cupcake crawls are waaay cooler than pub crawls! :cool2:

AGPrincess
06-06-2012, 03:56 PM
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Fastpasses are nice. They get you to the front of the line as quick as that...well, they did with Expedition Everest anyway! As you can see my young yeti friend YO was prepared with his usual swagger to conquer the mountain!

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Here we go!

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Hmmmm…there doesn’t seem to be any track…

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! Yo the Yeti was screaming on the inside, in fright that I would drop him while taking this very ill-advised photo at high speeds while hurtling down the track.

(Don’t worry. He survived. I didn’t drop him.)

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Phew. Back in the village, safe and sound.

My stomach usually isn't a fan of roller coasters, which is really unfortunate for my stomach, because I am a fan. Luckily today my insides weren't too upset after all the Himalayan twists and turns, and I felt up to a little snack. The brothers were feeling peckish too.

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We decided to make do with some thing delicious…

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When there is a Yeti in your party, where else can you go buy the Yak and Yeti QS? Athos and I split the honey chicken (which is sooooooooooooo good.) and at Porthos’ particular recommendation tried the fries. Porthos knows his French fries, my friends, and these are some of his favorites on property: they have a very tasty seasoning.

After that we decided to head back to the Lodge. As we were walking towards the busses (which are a fair-ish walk away from the turnstiles), we had just passed the area where the tram picks up, when one of us got a mischievous gleam in the eye and another suddenly said, “Bet I can beat you.” And we all took off running.

I love my brothers.

Sadly it was the bus that had the last laugh, because in spite of our speed it had just pulled away as we arrived. So we settled down to a very short wait, and were soon back at the wonderful Lodge.

We managed to make it back just to catch the tail end of afternoon tea, so there were scones and devonshire cream and African smoothies and such to be had.

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And when afternoon tea concludes, you know that dinner is just around the corner…

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In case you were wondering: yes. When we stay club, our days *do* mostly revolve around food. :thumbsup2

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These little ham and cheese pinwheels were especially delicious. Sometimes Disney’s “kid” offerings are so lame: but with these pinwheels they definitely upped their game.

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Funky flavors of hummus.

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mMMmmmmmm…these marinated veggies were my favorite: olives, Moroccan style carrots, and roasted peppers. Big yum right there.

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These were vegetable tartlets with goat cheese. The other hot offering was chicken bastilla, which had cinnamon in it and powdered sugar dusted on top. Very interesting.

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To go with these they had peppadew harissa. Which is just a fun name to say.

We didn’t have too much time to munch, as it was a Sunday, and we were going to the evening mass at Mary Queen of the Universe.

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It’s always kinda funny driving back and forth through under the gates during your vacation, when you know you’re not leaving yet. It’s most especially nice when you’re coming back…

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The approach to the Animal Kingdom Lodge is rather a nice one…it’s fun how you can see it from the little rise in the road before you drive down to the light and then to the gate. This is a very poor pic, but it gives you an idea - you can kinda make out the grass roof of Jambo House in the distance...

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Back to our lovely resort…

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The view of the pool from the balcony off the elevators. Florida really knows how to do a sunset sky.

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There was still some light left in the day, so we went down to the playground with Dart and took turns chasing him around!

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Then it was time for just a few desserts! To be frank, I wasn’t super thrilled with the dessertage at the AKL. They put it out in dribbles and bits, one plate at a time…and then when you came back half an hour later you would find some entirely new dessert out. Now it’s nice that they had a big selection, but I’d rather know all the different options at once: otherwise there might be something stinky when you come, and you might miss what you would’ve really loved later!

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Luckily there was a Snobbish stationed in the lounge at almost all times, so we got what we liked! ;) Like some chocolate strawberries, and some little cups of chocolate mousse.

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Some of the desserts, it was interesting to see, were the same as the ones down at boma. I saw the cinnamon chocolate mousse and also some zebra domes.

It had been another long day of Animal Kingdoming, and it was time for bed!

ALFranklin
06-06-2012, 05:50 PM
First of all, WELCOME!! Thank you for posting (sorry not to reply right away!) -- I love it when I get to hear from new readers! :goodvibes

OH. MY. GOODNESS. A Jane Austen themed wedding?!?! That sounds epic! :banana: :banana: I will be on the look out for your TR, and sending pixie dust your way for your trip! pixiedust:pixiedust: Do you know where you'll be staying yet? You must be so excited!

No worries about the delay. I know you probably work some long days and crazy hours. I was so excited to find all of you TRs and your blog. They are completely addictive! I love that you are a CM and that you have a blog and that I can live vicariously through you.:laughing: I worked for The Disney Store for 4 1/2 years many years ago, but my dream was always to work at WDW. Maybe when I retire in about 30 years...:rotfl:

We are SOOOO excited about our trip in September! I have always dreamed of staying at the Beach Club ;) but our budget is only allowing for Pop on this trip. Truth be told, I am just so excited to by in WDW, I'd be perfectly happy anywhere. Heck I'd be happy if we were sleeping in a car as long as it was on Disney property.:crazy2: Anyway...I started a PTR and the link is in my signature. There are some wedding photos on it where I introduce myself and my hubby. So, I hope you get a chance to stop by. AND I can't wait to read more from you! :wave2:

MainStreetFireman
06-11-2012, 12:52 PM
My family has only seen it in the morning. Is it completely lit at night? If so, do you have a pic of that? * fingers crossed *

AGPrincess
06-15-2012, 04:29 PM
No worries about the delay. I know you probably work some long days and crazy hours. I was so excited to find all of you TRs and your blog. They are completely addictive! I love that you are a CM and that you have a blog and that I can live vicariously through you.:laughing: I worked for The Disney Store for 4 1/2 years many years ago, but my dream was always to work at WDW. Maybe when I retire in about 30 years...:rotfl:

We are SOOOO excited about our trip in September! I have always dreamed of staying at the Beach Club ;) but our budget is only allowing for Pop on this trip. Truth be told, I am just so excited to by in WDW, I'd be perfectly happy anywhere. Heck I'd be happy if we were sleeping in a car as long as it was on Disney property.:crazy2: Anyway...I started a PTR and the link is in my signature. There are some wedding photos on it where I introduce myself and my hubby. So, I hope you get a chance to stop by. AND I can't wait to read more from you! :wave2:

I started to look at your PTR, and I have to say your wedding pics look beautiful!! :love: Pop Century is so fun and colorful, my family loves it there. You're going to have such a fun trip! :goodvibes

disneyhockeymad
06-15-2012, 04:43 PM
So I've just come to the conclusions you shouldn't post food photos, they make me far too hungry!! Haha. They look so so good! Those chocolate strawberry's are incredible, and those fries from yak and yetti actually look incredible! (How many more adjectives can I use?! Haha)

And I love mini yetti, too cute, I'll need to try and get a mascot for my trip!

Totally understand missing home, I'm currently working on the complete opposite side of the country (which isn't that far by US standards!) but missing my friends and family so much! So I sympathise.

Never seen the West End, or for that matter Broadway, version of Beauty and the Beast, it hasn't made it over here and I didn't manage to catch it when I was visiting NYC :( I've heard it's amazing though!

AGPrincess
06-15-2012, 04:56 PM
My family has only seen it in the morning. Is it completely lit at night? If so, do you have a pic of that? * fingers crossed *

Hmmm...I feel like I should have a pic of the disney arch at night, but looking through my folders I just could not find it. :sad2: If I do I'll be sure to post! But to answer your question, the "Walt Disney World' is lit up in red, and the little castle has a light shining from inside on it (you can kinda see those starting to come on in the pic). Mickey and Minnie I feel like are illuminated from behind, around the edges, although maybe there's a spotlight shining on them. lol, I should remember this better, I drive under it often enough! :rolleyes1

I can say that I've been occasionally surprised - especially in the winter when I would drive through the arch most Saturday's - by a completely dark arch that wasn't lit at all, even the red "Disney World" wasn't lit. I guess it could've been a fluke, but it did happen on multiple nights. Maybe they're conserving energy, or maybe it was just during an off season? :confused3

AGPrincess
06-15-2012, 05:00 PM
So I've just come to the conclusions you shouldn't post food photos, they make me far too hungry!! Haha. They look so so good! Those chocolate strawberry's are incredible, and those fries from yak and yetti actually look incredible! (How many more adjectives can I use?! Haha)

And I love mini yetti, too cute, I'll need to try and get a mascot for my trip!

Totally understand missing home, I'm currently working on the complete opposite side of the country (which isn't that far by US standards!) but missing my friends and family so much! So I sympathise.

Never seen the West End, or for that matter Broadway, version of Beauty and the Beast, it hasn't made it over here and I didn't manage to catch it when I was visiting NYC :( I've heard it's amazing though!

LOL, I know, I'm generally starving after I write an update! :rotfl:

Trip mascots are so fun...and give you an excuse to buy an adorable Disney plush! :banana:

AGPrincess
06-21-2012, 11:03 AM
SO. A new update is on its way and nearly ready! Believe it or not, we have finally *almost* reached the end of this TR, as there's only one full day left. I know, only took me a year, right? :rolleyes1

In the meantime, for your viewing enjoyment, check out these stationery designs I've been working on for my etsy shop...one of them is a princess cupcake card!

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A New Baby Card

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And a July 4th Card!

Mndisneygirl
06-21-2012, 11:21 AM
Wow! Those cards are adorable!!! You are very creative (I'm so NOT creative!). That baby card is fabulous! I would buy that and the cupcake one in a NY minute!!

You know, it occurs to me that you must be really enjoying your life right now. Independent, great CM job, working at a fun place, having adventures, being creative, and sharing it with all of us! That is awesome! :thumbsup2

AGPrincess
06-21-2012, 04:45 PM
Wow! Those cards are adorable!!! You are very creative (I'm so NOT creative!). That baby card is fabulous! I would buy that and the cupcake one in a NY minute!!

You know, it occurs to me that you must be really enjoying your life right now. Independent, great CM job, working at a fun place, having adventures, being creative, and sharing it with all of us! That is awesome! :thumbsup2

Thanks! And that's sweet of you -- life has been pretty fun lately. :thumbsup2 Although, I have to admit - working for Disney, while certainly fantastic in tons of ways, isn't sunshine and roses every minute. ;) I miss my family a lot - I'm actually looking at some writing opportunities back near home, so I might be leaving Disney soon. We'll have to see!

AGPrincess
06-21-2012, 04:53 PM
We had reached our last morning at the AKL. Even when I've had a fabulous stay, and enjoyed the resort during it, when it comes to the end I just feel this urgent need to cram as much enjoyment into the last hours as possible!

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I was up quite early with the sun, to see it paint its rising with pinks and blues on the horizon.

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The way the just-before-sunrise light filters sleepily into the lobby is so pretty…

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But I knew I could come back to the Lodge lobby to hang out later on – I wouldn’t, however, be able to come back to the Kilamanjaro Club.

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Ahhhhh….good morning club level…

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Is there any more gorgeous sight than this to start your day?

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A sunny, quiet, early morning has got to be one of the best times to enjoy the lounge! I know I’ve been on the AKL for the last five pages at least of this TR, but it’s been really fun to relive our short stay there. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is definitely one of WDW’s loveliest places!

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The morning breakfast buffet!

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Gotta love the spears sticking out of the wall!

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…a few more photos to bring you into the Kilamanjaro ambiance.

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Can’t you just imagine sitting at one of these tables, sipping your morning cappuchino (or chocochino!), just staring out at the thatched roof and the shafts of sunshine…

Athos and I were up earlier than the rest and breakfasted at our leisure. Then we decided to go out to Arusha Rock to say goodbye to George, the snake Athos had found earlier…

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GEORGE???

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Alas, all too soon it was time to go back up to the room and help with the packing up.

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I finally remembered to take a picture of our “welcome” gift – some little giraffe chocolate lollipops, they were good!

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Au revoir AKL!

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We always stop to touch the wooden art between the front doors. They say touching it brings good luck – we think that touching it also means you’ll be back soon! Athos, who didn’t want to leave, pressed his nose up against it. lol.

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This sign caught our attention.

The afternoon wasn’t very interesting…I had my interview at casting, which I already posted about, and we drove over to Aramis’s apartment and there were a few chores to run, but nothing exciting.

It was later in the afternoon that we had a REALLY fun meal planned – we were all going to have tea at the Grand Floridian!! It has been years since we were last at the Garden View Tea Room, and it is such an elegant place – it was worth all the stress of an interview to be able to go to the tea room afterwards!

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We arrived at the Grand in style, via the monorail!

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We were actually running a tad late…our reservation had been for earlier in the afternoon, but we had been held up by one thing or another. The last seating at the tea room is at 5pm, and we were cutting it close. I fairly flew off the monorail and hastened as elegantly as I could down the grand stairs and to the podium. Luckily there was someone still there, and they were able to seat us!

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Note that chip welcomes you on the floor in front of the podium…love it!

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Me with my tea room shoes and Mrs. Potts!

ctd...next post...

AGPrincess
06-21-2012, 04:56 PM
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Ahhhhh…we made it. Time for tea!

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But what kind should we have??

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Just reading the description of all the different blends is so delightful! The Chamomile has a “smooth, apple-like finish,” and the Thunderbolt Darjeeling (did you know Darjeeling means ‘land of the thunderbolts??’) “holds a distinctive tannic characteristic and a musky spiciness.” I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds terribly sophisticated and wonderful. ;)

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I ultimately was swayed by the title, and went with the Princess Breakfast Tea – “a sweet custom blend of South African organic Rooibos flavored with vanilla bean and a hint of strawberry.” That sounds simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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This place is, in my mind, just the ultimate cosy spot to have tea: the profusion of fresh flowers, the delicate china gracing all the tables, the comfy couches and tables and pillows – like a sitting room instead of a dining room – the big windows with the gardens just outside, and of course the Grand lobby inside, with the sounds of a tinkling piano drifting over. Can you tell I’m enchanted? lol!

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The view out of our window…

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I may or may not have bought these shoes JUST to wear to the Garden View Tea Room.

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There was a teapot bursting with pink and white flowers on every table. LOVE.

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I kinda went to town on the flower photos…

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Here comes our tea! As you can see from the empty tables, we had the place all to ourselves!

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Positively. Divine.

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Soon the table was filled with a sea of tea cosies! We each got our own delicate tea pot with our chosen blends – Mom had the garden view blend, Dad had the thunderbolt Darjeeling, Athos went with green tea, and Porthos (who is a big tea drinker) got his usual earl grey. There’s a 24-hour restaurant on campus that Porthos often goes to late,and the people there know him so well they go get the earl grey as soon as he approaches the counter!

Back to the Garden View - Mom and I had gotten the Buckingham tea, which included a selection f five tea sandwiches, one scone with Devonshire cream, a raspberry tart, and either strawberries and cream or your two pastries of your choice. Dad got the stilton cheese with walnuts and berries. I think Athos only had tea and Porthos and Athos ordered scones separately off the menu. Dart had the children’s Mrs. Pott’s tea, which came with a peanut butter and jelly, tuna salad, and ham and cheese tea sandwiches as well as a pastry for dessert.

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The sandwiches came out first! From left to right: a PEAR sandwich, a wonderful chicken salad, some sort of seafood-y sandwich I wasn’t a fan of, egg salad, and cucumber, as well as an onion tart.

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Yes. It was in fact slices of pear on bread – it wasn’t too bad either. It was all quite good.

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Dad’s English Stilton.

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Mom and I each were given a single pink rose to take home – how lovely! They were doing this for all the ladies, love it!

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And as it turned out, the roses were only the beginning of the magic that was coming our way!

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By the time our scones came out, we were the only ones left in the restaurant. We were a little anxious about this, as I’m sure the servers wanted to clear up and go home; but our server, Delany, was SO sweet. She did not rush us AT all, in fact she encouraged us to take our time.

The scones were kept deliciously warm in a big covered dish which were just taking in, and Delaney asked if we would like any more scones.

More? Is this the sort of magical more that is that thing you never see at Disney and hardly dare mention when it seems to be offered to you? i.e. FREE?? We asked each other this silently across the table with sparkling eyes, and at Delaney’s insistence, Dad was pressed into having a scone, as was Dart, as was Porthos (who has already finished his ordered scones), and Athos, who needed very little pressing, wanted to try a raspberry tart.

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This is how Athos and Mom ate their scones, by scooping out the inside, and apparently they enjoyed the crust very much. Crazies. I LOVE the raspberry tarts WITH the jam inside!

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Although I guess I shouldn’t judge, cause I dug out all the sultanas and raisins from my scone and tried to hide them on the side of my plate. None of us like raisins, but we all like scones, so there were lots of piles of raisins on our plates, lol!

Then it was time for the pastries! I had been debating this whole time as to whether to get the tempting pastries or to get strawberries and cream, which I do love a lot. As it turns out the choice was made for me, because the strawberries and cream were done for the day, but I didn’t mind at all.

Delaney came over with a big tray of assorted pastries and said, “Since it’s Thursday and the end of the day, I think we’ll let everyone have some.”

Our eyes all widened.

Delaney held out the tray for each of us in turn, and we would gratefully pick out one. Then Delaney would invite us to pick another, so we would hesitantly choose a second. Then she would invite us to pick out yet one more!!

It was so funny, because this process was repeated for each one of us – except Athos, who went last and was less polite but more straightforward; he simply said all three he wanted as soon as she asked him, and we all laughed.

We each got three pastries – Mom, Dart, and I were only supposed to get two a piece and the rest didn’t order any! It was the most completely magical thing.

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I had a chocolate-covered strawberry, a canola with chocolate cream and pistachio, and a little diamond-shaped raspberry cheesecake.

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Also among the selection were the swan cream puffs with key lime cream, chocolate éclairs, and a fruit tart.

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The magical scones and desserts made us fairly giddy, and as we finished our last cups of tea, we all pretended we were from Downton Abbey and did our dramatic looks, like in the Downton Abbey spoof. At one point Athos puts down his cup and says in a perfectly ordinary conversational tone, “So. Who feels the fanciest?”

It was simply the grandest tea I ever had.

Disney Mommy 3
06-22-2012, 12:00 AM
Cool!! And guess what? That's my china!! I don't have a whole lot of it, but it what I have we got at our wedding shower,...I have yet to find a pattern that's prettier!!!!:love:

Mndisneygirl
06-22-2012, 12:23 PM
That tea looks just wonderful!!! I hope to take my girls there someday. I don't think I can squeeze it in on our October trip, but who knows?? After that I don't know when we'll be back at WDW, with trips to Alaska and DL/Hawaii on the list.

petals
06-25-2012, 05:33 PM
Sounds like a fun tea time. :goodvibes

AGPrincess
06-26-2012, 09:15 AM
Cool!! And guess what? That's my china!! I don't have a whole lot of it, but it what I have we got at our wedding shower,...I have yet to find a pattern that's prettier!!!!:love:

Awwww, how cool! I think it's called English Roses?? It's gorgeous, you're so lucky! :thumbsup2

That tea looks just wonderful!!! I hope to take my girls there someday. I don't think I can squeeze it in on our October trip, but who knows?? After that I don't know when we'll be back at WDW, with trips to Alaska and DL/Hawaii on the list.

lol...my family always has a "next time" list going too. The good thing about the Tea Room is that girls of all ages enjoy it! :thumbsup2 And Alaska and Hawaii, SO jealous! :thumbsup2

Sounds like a fun tea time. :goodvibes

Definitely! :goodvibes

AGPrincess
09-05-2012, 10:39 AM
I. feel. terrible. I really did not mean to abandon this poor trip report so completely! :rolleyes1 Life just got in the way!

If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I left my job at Disney earlier this summer to move back home and pursue a career in writing. I'm really excited to be near my family again and doing what I love, but I definitely miss the magic sometimes!

The fam came down to Florida to help me move all my stuff, and we had a wonderful vacation together before I left the sunshine state! I would really like to do a trip report of it - we stayed at Art of Animation, and we also got amazing CM rates to stay at all three of the Seven Seas club levels - the Polynesian, the Contemporary, AND the Grand Floridian!! :cool1: Our club stays were mostly only for one or two nights each, but we still had a fabulous time!

But ANYway, before I get carried away by the most recent trip, I guess I'd better finish up this trip! There's only the last morning left, so I'm going to get the last update up today or tomorrow so I can start up a new thread soon!! :thumbsup2

Curiouser&curiouser!
09-05-2012, 12:16 PM
Please finish! We are still here waiting! And I would LOVE to read all about the Art of Animation and the club stays!

Mndisneygirl
09-05-2012, 12:25 PM
Wow - I hadn't been keeping up. That's great news that you are pursuing your writing - you're very good at it! Keep at it, my cousin just got a book deal after years of working on it!!
I'd love to hear about your family trip at AoA and the clubs too!

AGPrincess
09-05-2012, 12:55 PM
Please finish! We are still here waiting! And I would LOVE to read all about the Art of Animation and the club stays!

LOL, I'm glad you feel that way, because I am determined to finish! :thumbsup2 I nearly have the last update ready now. And I will definitely be starting up a new trippie very soon! :goodvibes

AGPrincess
09-05-2012, 12:56 PM
Wow - I hadn't been keeping up. That's great news that you are pursuing your writing - you're very good at it! Keep at it, my cousin just got a book deal after years of working on it!!
I'd love to hear about your family trip at AoA and the clubs too!

Awww, thank you! And thank you for sticking around and reading, lol! New update on its way!

AGPrincess
09-05-2012, 12:57 PM
Oops, double post!

AGPrincess
09-05-2012, 01:07 PM
Full to the brim from our Grand Floridian tea, we Snobbishes took the monorail over to the Contemporary.

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We spent the evening hanging out at the pool, got a bite to eat at the Contempo Café…

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…and then we had to end the day with some Wishes!

The family was driving back home the next morning (I was staying on to start my job at Disney!), but we were squeezing in one last family meal at a place we had never tried before…the Wave!

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So from the entrance of the wave and the bar/podium area, you expect the décor to be lots of blues, like waves from the sea.

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Love the twinkly lights over the bar.

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Seating alcove near the entrance...

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When you enter into the dining room, however, it turns out it’s more like waves of sand in the desert!

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At first I was a little disappointed…I had been imagining something like Triton’s on the DCL, but the muted oranges and tans are quite restful too.

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The Wave has lots of healthy and organic options – normally that would make me say “Blah,” :rolleyes1 but the menu actually had lots of tasty, interesting-sounding dishes, like eggs benedict topped with key lime hollandaise sauce and sweet potato pancakes!

I don’t know if I would have been able to decide on just one, but luckily I didn’t have to…the Wave has a breakfast buffet with most of its signature items on it! It’s about $18 for adults, which at least isn’t the usual highway robbery rates that Disney charges for its buffets. ;)

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BRING ON THE BUFFET!

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Cold items…salm, veggies, capers, etc…

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Yogurt, “Fresh Florida Blueberries” and “Uncle Matt’s Organic Citrus.” Who is Uncle Matt, I wonder? Also to the far left in this pic you can see the Wave’s signature “honey-pecan butter.” Very yum.

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Mini bagels, croissants, muffins, and banana bread…

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CHOCOLATE CROISSANTS

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Hash browns and some lovely bread pudding!

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The Eggs Benedict!!! This might have been my favorite item – the lime gave it just the right amount of tang.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes, which were quite nice – like normal pancakes, not potato pancakes.

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Lastly but not least, multigrain mickey waffles! Which were good in spite of being multigrain. ;)

Also included in the buffet but not pictured: cold cereals, steel cut oatmeal (which sounds so much more impressive that regular oatmeal), biscuits and gravy, cheese grits, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, and breakfast potatoes.

I’m really liked the Wave breakfast buffet – there was a lot of variety, it was fun to get to try all the different signature dishes, and most of them were quite delicious.

I have just one complaint.

We went to breakfast late in the morning, and a lot of the food – especially the bread items, the waffles, and the pancakes – were a little bit stale and kinda too dry. The restaurant was very quiet, and it was late in the day, but really they should have been putting out fresh stuff. If we had gone earlier in the morning I think the buffet would’ve been even better!

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Not included in the buffet, but I tried a smoothie, very nice. Since it was the last morning, we decided we’d splurge and get beverages (we usually stick with tap water). My dad tried the organic Columbian press pot coffee, which he enjoyed – I enjoyed the description on the menu:

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“This medium-bodied coffee has a sweet caramel start and lasting chocolate notes.” I can’t think of a better way to finish off a meal and a vacation AND a trip report than with lasting chocolate notes. :goodvibes

After breakfast the family drove off, and I headed back to my Florida apartment. I had a wonderful time working at Disney – and a wonderful time sharing this trip report. I am very sorry it has taken me so long to finish, but thank you readers for sticking with me!!

As soon as I have a new thread up for THIS summer’s trip report, I’ll post a link here. :thumbsup2

**Here's the new TR! Downton Disney: the Disney Snob and the Seven Seas Resorts (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2989347)

Yours,

Emma

Curiouser&curiouser!
09-05-2012, 02:01 PM
Great vacation!

I can't wait to read about this year's!

Mndisneygirl
09-05-2012, 02:44 PM
Aww, I'm sad you're done but thrilled there will be more!!

Disney Mommy 3
09-05-2012, 04:31 PM
Great ending~ and I love your new Avatar!!!

zipadeepixie
09-05-2012, 04:42 PM
Thanks for finishing your trip report! Looking forward to the next one!

AGPrincess
09-06-2012, 09:50 AM
Great vacation!

I can't wait to read about this year's!

It was so much fun...thanks for reading! :goodvibes

Aww, I'm sad you're done but thrilled there will be more!!

New trip report is coming up! Thanks for posting!

Great ending~ and I love your new Avatar!!!

Thanks! :)

Thanks for finishing your trip report! Looking forward to the next one!

Thanks for reading along in spite of all the delays, lol! :goodvibes

AGPrincess
09-10-2012, 07:32 PM
Just wanted to post to say the new trip report is up, with a first update!

Downton Disney: the Disney Snob and the Seven Seas Resorts (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2989347)

MEK
09-11-2012, 05:28 AM
I am eating at the Wave for the breakfast buffet in 5 weeks. I hope its as yummy as your pictures show. Sounds great. Here's hoping for nothing even remotely stale tasting. :goodvibes