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creativeamanda
06-19-2011, 09:34 PM
How I Met Your Mother is, I believe, the 2000s version of Friends. And well, The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) is my son up and down. There aren't many television shows I watch anymore, so when one catches my attention, I quote it often. And this trip, our first at a Deluxe Resort, often had no better words than those of Barney and Sheldon. And yes, I quoted Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Sheldon over, and over again!

We've been to Disney many times. I've been 6 times since 2007, the rest of the family 5 times.

So, for a little background--we just returned from Disney less than a week ago. Our trip began with one night at Port Orleans-Riverside on June 4 and ended with 9 nights at the Beach Club Resort.

And who are we?

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/McLeod%20Sports%20Medicine%205K/Mar192011013.jpg
Drink plenty fluids, Amanda. Running is not easy!

To the left is me, Amanda. I'm a 36-year-old special education teacher from North Carolina. I actually teach in South Carolina, near the NC/SC border. I am what you would call a certified Disney nut. Although I am unsure that there is such a classification, I am pretty sure I would own all Fast Passes to it.

To the right in the same picture is my dh, Dan. He is great, but unlike me, he is not a Disney nut. Not that he doesn't like Disney, but he does not get all tied up in the planning and replanning and replanning of the Disney trip. For now, I think a year or two off for him will be best.

He, too, is a teacher in South Carolina, but he teaches 8th grade math. :sick: I don't know which is worse--8th grade or math.

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/IMAG0126-2.jpg
Come on kids, Mickey won't bite!

From left to right, these are my kids:

Sweetie, a preteen who loves Disney as much as me.

Boo, our little tornado.

Sheldon, our mini Sheldon Cooper.

So, there you have it--us in a nutshell! Join us for our trip that was LEGEN--wait for it, and I hope you aren't lactose intolerant--DARY!

Table of Contents:

Introductions: Above

Day 1: Saturday, June 4, 2011

It's WHAT time in the morning? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41551440&postcount=14)

"Amanda, what do you mean, we made a wrong turn?" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41602637&postcount=19)

I promise, Boo, that you won't fall into the Sassagoula River (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41621761&postcount=24)

What's that SMELL?? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41678457&postcount=41)

Day 2: Sunday, June 5, 2011

Only One Room Request (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41695995&postcount=51)

Can we Really Make it to Rope Drop? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41782132&postcount=68)

Pinocchio? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41793910&postcount=77)

Welcome, Foolish Mortals (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42140357&postcount=90)

The Best Day Ever! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42993588&postcount=100)

How are you Planning to Get to the Poly Again? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43501882&postcount=110)

De'Ja-Vu (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43503971&postcount=114)

Day 3: Monday, June 6, 2011

Our Own Secret Entrance (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43515354&postcount=115)

One Million Ways to Cool Off (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43534371&postcount=121)

Dinner and Stormalong Bay (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43536909&postcount=122)

Day 4: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

It's a Jungle out There! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43542450&postcount=127)

Boo and Daddy Day Commences (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43558720&postcount=130)

A 15 Minute Wait for Star Tours? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43581044&postcount=137)

Viva la France! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43682241&postcount=141)

Illuminations (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43744884&postcount=144)

Day 5: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Beautiful Morning Walk (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43753956&postcount=148)

A Zany Morning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43880052&postcount=151)

The Rebel Spy (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43942201&postcount=156)

Creepy Clown (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44144384&postcount=160)

For Heavens Sakes, Don't Eat the Green Hot Dog! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44213303&postcount=166)

Not the Same, But it Will Do (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44277561&postcount=172)

Wishes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44277644&postcount=173)

Day 6: Thursday, June 9, 2011

Soarin Stampede (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44281528&postcount=174)

What Are You Doing to That Troll? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44349924&postcount=181)

Tea for Three (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44414525&postcount=185)

Fireworks from the Resort (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44474859&postcount=196)

Day 7: Friday, June 10, 2011

What Ride 5 Times In A Row? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44500432&postcount=199)

Conservation Station (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44518895&postcount=202)

Park Hopping 101 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44591103&postcount=205)

Mama, You Dropped WHAT From Dumbo?!? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44655765&postcount=214)

Back in the Groove (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44677961&postcount=219)

Day 8: Saturday, June 11, 2011

Opening at 8? I didn't know! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44730832&postcount=224)

Storm Trooper Close Up and Personal (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44776430&postcount=231)

A Slush, Volcano, and a Trip to the Ministry of Magic

Fireworks from the Resort (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44808333&postcount=237)

Day 9: Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cupcakes for Breakfast Again (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44809216&postcount=238)

More Epcot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44830711&postcount=244)

Alllll By Myyyy-sehehehlf! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44862573&postcount=247)

Day 10: Monday, June 13, 2011

Have a Wild Time! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44868219&postcount=251)

Stop It, Honey! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44868306&postcount=252)

Supper Time! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44873955&postcount=256)

Our Last Night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44916325&postcount=260)

Day 11: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's so hard to say good bye. . . (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44916530&postcount=261)

Queenofallthings
06-19-2011, 11:08 PM
Can't wait to read another one of your TR'spopcorn::

natebenma
06-20-2011, 05:40 AM
Looking forward to hearing all of your adventures!

Dee

creativeamanda
06-20-2011, 10:06 AM
Can't wait to read another one of your TR'spopcorn::

Thanks! And :welcome:

Looking forward to hearing all of your adventures!

Dee

:welcome: I can't wait for you to see my Beach Club pictures!

anjalee6
06-20-2011, 12:22 PM
I'm in! We were just...seriously like 10 minutes ago quoting Barney Stinson in the car on the way home from the store with this exact line. Love Barney. Can't wait to read more.

Chaitali
06-20-2011, 12:53 PM
I had to read your post once I saw the title. I love both those shows :) Look forward to hearing about your trip.

__disneygirl
06-20-2011, 02:35 PM
I've only seen like 2 episodes of HIMYM and wasn't that into it, but Friends is my all-time favorite show so maybe I should give it another chance if it's anywhere near as good. I thought your title was funny so there you go! Anyway, I can't wait to read about your trip!popcorn::

creativeamanda
06-20-2011, 07:16 PM
I'm in! We were just...seriously like 10 minutes ago quoting Barney Stinson in the car on the way home from the store with this exact line. Love Barney. Can't wait to read more.

I got a T-Shirt this week at JCPenney with "It was Legendary" on it for like $3. We love that show! :welcome:

I had to read your post once I saw the title. I love both those shows :) Look forward to hearing about your trip.

They are our favorites! :welcome:

I've only seen like 2 episodes of HIMYM and wasn't that into it, but Friends is my all-time favorite show so maybe I should give it another chance if it's anywhere near as good. I thought your title was funny so there you go! Anyway, I can't wait to read about your trip!popcorn::

You should really give it another chance. It is a really funny show. Of course, they hang out in a bar, not a coffee shop, but it is the same premise really. :welcome: I hope you can stick around!

BlueSkies
06-20-2011, 08:28 PM
Another ceritified disney nut here...

Looking foward to reading all about your trip! :)

natebenma
06-20-2011, 09:02 PM
:welcome: I can't wait for you to see my Beach Club pictures!



I can't wait to "steal" them!!! :rotfl:

creativeamanda
06-20-2011, 09:02 PM
I can't wait to "steal" them!!! :rotfl:

LOL, you steal all you want, Dee!

creativeamanda
06-20-2011, 09:03 PM
Another ceritified disney nut here...

Looking foward to reading all about your trip! :)

:welcome: I love meeting other Disney nuts!

Vwdiva93
06-20-2011, 09:10 PM
Hi there, count me in! I used to love BBT, Sheldon is so hilarious. But then I took physics this past year and I could never look at that show the same way again!:laughing: Let's just say it's not my best subject. Can't wait to hear more about your trip though!

creativeamanda
06-20-2011, 09:15 PM
Dan and I went back ond forth for weeks about when we were going to leave the next morning.

Well, ACTUALLY, the conversation went somewhat like this:

Me: "Dan, when do you want to leave Saturday morning?"

Dan: "That's ________ days (weeks, months) from now. We'll decide later."

The night before, I said that he had to make a decision. A wake of time of 3am was decided after packing the truck.

And 3 am it was. By 4:40am we were on the road.

The kids were all excited about going and had no trouble waking up. Hmmm. . .why does that not work for school?

Our first stop was the bank in Dillon, SC, for a slight fundage withdrawal, followed by a gas stop and visit to Bojangles in Florence, SC.

Before long, we were heading down I-95 in earnest.

Dan pilot, me co-pilot.

And the kids?

Before we were even out of South Carolina (which, incidentally, is close to half of our drive), I snapped this shot:

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_003.jpg
Do not Disturb. This is some serious beauty sleep here.

After stop were I took over the drive just before the Georgia border, I drove through Georgia to the next rest stop.

Dan took over again in Florida, and we ate lunch at a McDonalds in Florida near Daytona Beach.

Of course, we weren't there long, and it was not long before we were here:

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_005.jpg
Traffic thinning!

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_011.jpg
My favorite sign in the whole wide world!

So we're there!

Coming up, "Amanda, what do you mean, we made a wrong turn?"

creativeamanda
06-20-2011, 09:16 PM
Hi there, count me in! I used to love BBT, Sheldon is so hilarious. But then I took physics this past year and I could never look at that show the same way again!:laughing: Let's just say it's not my best subject. Can't wait to hear more about your trip though!

:welcome: I think physics would not be my favorite, either, lol!

Lady Lallie
06-21-2011, 01:22 PM
I had to join this TR when I saw the title in your signature!! Love love love both of those shows!! :goodvibes

Oh, how I wish I lived closer to Disney like you. I would want to go there EVERY month. :lmao:

PirateKate
06-22-2011, 03:40 PM
I had to check out a TR with Bazinga in the title. Sheldon is hilarious.

Getting up at 3:30 sounds miserable, but I bet it was all worth it when you saw that beautiful sign. :thumbsup2

creativeamanda
06-24-2011, 05:50 PM
I had to join this TR when I saw the title in your signature!! Love love love both of those shows!! :goodvibes

Oh, how I wish I lived closer to Disney like you. I would want to go there EVERY month. :lmao:

LOL--I do want to be there every month. I'm glad I don't live too much closer--I would be there all the time, hurting my pocketbook!

I had to check out a TR with Bazinga in the title. Sheldon is hilarious.

Getting up at 3:30 sounds miserable, but I bet it was all worth it when you saw that beautiful sign. :thumbsup2

Sheldon is awesome!

That sign is my favorite in the world.

creativeamanda
06-24-2011, 06:27 PM
So, the last time I left all of you, we were here:

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_010.jpg
Ah, dreams come true every time I see the sign.

As we entered into the land of Mickey Mouse roads, we headed towards Epcot.

Which would have been fine.

If we were starting our trip at the Beach Club. :headache:

As I say, "Whoops," Dan says, "Amanda, what do you mean, we made a wrong turn?"

With no amount of faith in my Mickey navigational skills, Dan proceeded to turn the truck into Caribbean Beach Resort and get directions from a very helpful Castmember at the front gate.

He also gave us a map. :rotfl2:

So, a U-turn and five minutes (if that long) later, we were turning left at the Disney Vacation Club tower and heading towards Port Orleans-Riverside.

As Dan took Sheldon for his 3rd of 192713816359 bathroom breaks, I headed to the online checkin desk. After a few minutes of chit-chat with the cast member at the desk, we were off to our room in Building 24.

Which, is, as many of the rooms at POR, in Egypt.

When I took the picture of the front gate, it was 1:52pm.

When I took this picture, it was 2:45 pm. I'm convinced that 45 minutes of the hour between entry into Disney and the arrival to our room for the night was spent in searching for the room.

Really.

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_013.jpg
Ah, familiarity--you are my bestest friend.

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_014.jpg
I honestly have no idea why Boo felt she had done so much work that shoe removal was a necessity at that moment.

So we were at Disney. We had no tickets for the night, and we knew we needed to turn in early. Dinner was to be in order later, but not yet, as it was early. I believe it took about an hour to unpack the truck, which consisted mostly of me gathering the overnight bag, and us locking the rest of the luggage into the cab of the truck.

It wasn't long, however, until we were heading to dinner at the best resort counter service on property:

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_017.jpg
Just seeing it makes me want a make your own pasta right now. Yum.

Coming up: "I promise, Boo, that you won't fall into the Sassagoula River."

Lady Lallie
06-25-2011, 07:46 AM
There must be something about POR because it took us awhile to find our room too, I think it was because they were not very clear on the directions. All week while we were there, we would see bewildered people trying to find their rooms, we started helping to point them in the right direction. It's a very large layout until you get your bearings. :lmao:

BlueSkies
06-25-2011, 08:00 AM
Amanda That Welcome to Walt disney World sign always makes my heart skip a beat !! LOL!

Like LL said lucky you being in driving distance of the World!

POR looks very pretty and the kids look nice and comfy in the room...but 45 minutes just to find it!!!!!!!!! :eek:

Hope it didnt take you that long to find your way back to the the car...or Disney transportation!

creativeamanda
06-26-2011, 05:16 PM
There must be something about POR because it took us awhile to find our room too, I think it was because they were not very clear on the directions. All week while we were there, we would see bewildered people trying to find their rooms, we started helping to point them in the right direction. It's a very large layout until you get your bearings. :lmao:

It's strange, beacuse we've stayed there many, many times. This time, however, it was weird. There was no direct route to our building! Thank goodness we got a first floor room, though!

Amanda That Welcome to Walt disney World sign always makes my heart skip a beat !! LOL!

Like LL said lucky you being in driving distance of the World!

POR looks very pretty and the kids look nice and comfy in the room...but 45 minutes just to find it!!!!!!!!! :eek:

Hope it didnt take you that long to find your way back to the the car...or Disney transportation!

LOL--No problem with finding transportation. Once we got to the room and I took a walk around the building, I knew where we were. Just a strange place for it to be located!

PirateKate
06-26-2011, 05:31 PM
I'm glad you all made it to the room. Alligator Bayou is kind of sprawled out. :rotfl:

I've never had the make your own pasta from the counter service place at POR. Sounds good, though.

creativeamanda
06-26-2011, 05:35 PM
After finding our way through Port Orleans-Riverside, we walked up to Riverside Mill for dinner. The kids and I split two make your own pastas, while Dan, as I recall, had a light dinner of yogurt and a banana. Plus some of our leftovers.

The plan all along was for us to stay at POR for easy access to Downtown Disney for our arrival night. We did not want to be up all night at another location; rather, it was our wish to go to DTD, shop, and spend some time at a quiet pool.

POR was the perfect location because of the boat to DTD.

We had one problem, though. Boo is scared she's going to fall out of the boat and into the river.

To which I say, "I promise, Boo, that you won't fall into the Sassagoula River."

After a little whining on her part, we get her into the boat.

Sheldon, on the other hand, looks happy enough:

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_018.jpg
Do you think it will work better if I come out with a cheesy pose?


We of course, float by the resort that I will always associate with solitude and peacefulness in the midst of Christmas frenzy. I promise, one day, I will go back for Christmas by myself.

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_023.jpg
I know my room was right on the other side of this building. Can't I just visit?

As we turn the corner for Downtown Disney, the characters in flight balloon is grounded. Apparently, it was too windy that day.

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_027.jpg
As nice as this looks, I'll keep my feet on the ground, thankyouverymuch.

As we turn the corner, it's almost like there's a cue for the choir of angels! I was amazed at how much work they did to increase the size of the Lego Store!

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_030.jpg
Just stay right there.

And still my favorite store of all:

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_032.jpg
Soon, my friend, very soon.

We park ourselves in Downtown Disney, and head almost directly over to the Lego Store (by almost directly, I mean, there is a pit stop through Goofy's Candy Co.)

I am genuinely amazed by the detail of the Lego statues there, and Sheldon still says he's going to be a designer of these awesome things when he gets older.

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_033.jpg
How did the make the green fire?

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_038.jpg
Catch that moving truck!

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_043.jpg
Dopey gets all the love!

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_047.jpg
Though we don't know what we dig em for, we dig-dig-digga-dig-dig.


This picture in front of Buzz really shows how much they have increased the size of the store--It's amazing!

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_049.jpg
To infinity, and beyond!

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%204%202011/June_04_2011_050.jpg
You've got a friend in me!

Sheldon's pockets empty, we left the Lego Store for hopefully a calmer environment.

Coming up--"What's that SMELL?"

Lady Lallie
06-26-2011, 06:02 PM
I have never been to the Lego store but it looks really awesome, I really should make the time for that.

I loved my stay at POFQ, I'd really love to stay there again. I didn't get to enjoy the rest very much when I was there.

natebenma
06-26-2011, 07:28 PM
I love your captions!

Sounds like a fun first night. Sorry you missed your turn and that it took so long to find your room!

The Lego Store is my boys favorite! The creations they have are amazing!

None of us are really shoppers, so this is where all our souvenir dollars go. I will share my favorite Lego packing tip with you (and your dear readers). It probably isn't as important to you since you drive to Florida, but if you come by plane, bringing back one of the large Lego sets in the big boxes is problematic.

What we do is open the box and then repack all of the smaller plastic bags, and the instructions, into a gallon (or two gallon) ziplock bag. Makes it much easier to pack in your luggage. The boys usually like to keep the boxes, too, so we flatten them, and then put them on the bottom of a suitcase.

Vwdiva93
06-26-2011, 08:57 PM
A pit stop through Goofy's Candy Co. is always necessary!;) And wow the new Lego store really is huge. Legos are just so awesome. Those statues are amazing, I could stare at them all day!

Queenofallthings
06-26-2011, 10:07 PM
I love all the new statues at the Lego Store....they are just amazing!!

creativeamanda
06-27-2011, 08:54 AM
I have never been to the Lego store but it looks really awesome, I really should make the time for that.

I loved my stay at POFQ, I'd really love to stay there again. I didn't get to enjoy the rest very much when I was there.

The kids really do love the Lego Store.

I love your captions!

Sounds like a fun first night. Sorry you missed your turn and that it took so long to find your room!

The Lego Store is my boys favorite! The creations they have are amazing!

None of us are really shoppers, so this is where all our souvenir dollars go. I will share my favorite Lego packing tip with you (and your dear readers). It probably isn't as important to you since you drive to Florida, but if you come by plane, bringing back one of the large Lego sets in the big boxes is problematic.

What we do is open the box and then repack all of the smaller plastic bags, and the instructions, into a gallon (or two gallon) ziplock bag. Makes it much easier to pack in your luggage. The boys usually like to keep the boxes, too, so we flatten them, and then put them on the bottom of a suitcase.

That is a great tip with the Legos. We try to fit everything back in the luggage even though we drive down, because we are in the truck and we really don't want stuff flying out. On this trip, we resorted to making Stinky carry everything back on his lap.

A pit stop through Goofy's Candy Co. is always necessary!;) And wow the new Lego store really is huge. Legos are just so awesome. Those statues are amazing, I could stare at them all day!

And when I say that's what my son wants to do, I promise you--that is what he wants to do!

I love all the new statues at the Lego Store....they are just amazing!!

They are awesome!

eandesmom
06-27-2011, 10:04 AM
POR is huge, I can easily see how one could get lost and have it take 45 minutes to get there. I'm quite confident I couldn't find the room I stayed in again.

I've actually never even been in the lego store so I don't have a frame of reference for the size increase but it sure looks huge!

TeaForTulips
06-27-2011, 12:22 PM
subbing! popcorn::

Your TR title got me. I adore HIMYM and BBT. Love it!

Can't wait for more! :thumbsup2

creativeamanda
06-27-2011, 05:11 PM
POR is huge, I can easily see how one could get lost and have it take 45 minutes to get there. I'm quite confident I couldn't find the room I stayed in again.

I've actually never even been in the lego store so I don't have a frame of reference for the size increase but it sure looks huge!

LOL--I did find the room we stayed in 2 years ago. But it's a huge resort.

I'll have to dig up comparison photos for the Lego Store. I know I have them.

subbing! popcorn::

Your TR title got me. I adore HIMYM and BBT. Love it!

Can't wait for more! :thumbsup2

:welcome: And glad to find more lovers of those shows!

mickeystoontown
06-27-2011, 05:23 PM
Mind if I join in? Sounds like this will be a great trip!

teacher1717
06-27-2011, 05:28 PM
Joining in. We're stopping for the night in South Carolina, and we're hoping for a quick uneventful trip into DIsney the next day. The Lego store looks fab, but my indecesive in the old store. I imagine we'll be there for HOURS!!

creativeamanda
06-27-2011, 09:06 PM
Mind if I join in? Sounds like this will be a great trip!

Of course, you can!

Joining in. We're stopping for the night in South Carolina, and we're hoping for a quick uneventful trip into DIsney the next day. The Lego store looks fab, but my indecesive in the old store. I imagine we'll be there for HOURS!!

Where are you stopping in SC? My favorite is to stay in Santee--very pretty area.

We were there for a long time, I promise you! There is so much to do in the new store.

tinacaplan
06-27-2011, 10:07 PM
Your title totally got me! Nice job. :thumbsup2 Both shows are hilarious.

PirateKate
06-28-2011, 03:32 PM
It looks like the lego store is a lot bigger than it used to be. I'm sure I'll get to visit the lego store plenty, once my youngest gets old enough to not eat the legos.

Did you get anything at Goofy's Candy Co? I never come out of there empty handed. :rotfl:

TarzansKat
06-28-2011, 09:12 PM
OH my gosh, I am :lmao: over the name of your next chapter.

And by the way, hi, I'm here!

And lovin' it! I love your trip reports, can't wait to read more. And can I add that I cannot believe how big the Lego store is now? WOW!

loritemp
06-30-2011, 08:38 PM
Um, so since I have been called a female Sheldon, I was drawn right on in by the Bazinga :thumbsup2

Looking forward to reading you TR! Oh and your kids are just too cute :lovestruc

creativeamanda
06-30-2011, 09:45 PM
Your title totally got me! Nice job. :thumbsup2 Both shows are hilarious.

:welcome: I love them, too!

It looks like the lego store is a lot bigger than it used to be. I'm sure I'll get to visit the lego store plenty, once my youngest gets old enough to not eat the legos.

Did you get anything at Goofy's Candy Co? I never come out of there empty handed. :rotfl:

It is bigger. And no, I did not get anything at Goofy's. I don't know why--I suppose it's because I wasn't hungry and I knew we were changing resorts the next morning. I didn't want candy in the truck the next day while we were at Magic Kingdom.

OH my gosh, I am :lmao: over the name of your next chapter.

I had to go back and look at it. Yeah, you would find that funny, lol. :rotfl:

And by the way, hi, I'm here!

Yay! Let the party get started!

And lovin' it! I love your trip reports, can't wait to read more. And can I add that I cannot believe how big the Lego store is now? WOW!

It is amazing there!


Um, so since I have been called a female Sheldon, I was drawn right on in by the Bazinga :thumbsup2

Looking forward to reading you TR! Oh and your kids are just too cute :lovestruc

:welcome: Perhaps I should introduce you to my son, lol.

And thanks for the compliments about my kids. They are really great!

creativeamanda
06-30-2011, 10:06 PM
It had come to the part of the trip to the Lego Store that is my least favorite--that point in time when we exchange hard earned money for little bits of plastic. When the fruits of hours worth of teaching children were transformed into a Ziploc bag filled 1/4 of the way with toys.

I hate paying for stuff.

I love shopping. I love bringing it home, looking at it, playing with it, etc.

I hate parting with cash. So instead of standing in line, I left Dan there with Sheldon and took the girls over to my personal favorite store in the whole wide world:

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AH. . .Everything Disney in one store? Yeah, this is my dream.

And what did I buy there?

Nada.

Three weeks later, I can't believe it myself. I walked into World of Disney, spent half an hour in there, and walked out empty-handed.

*insert jaw drop here*

No matter.

When we walked out of World of Disney, rather than take the--what I consider--front entrance, we took the side entrance, which is on the opposite side of the Lego Store.

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Amanda's exhibit 1--the exit from which we exited

As we walk out, Sheldon raises the question, "What's that SMELL?"

Only my other favorite store in the world:

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We ladies are suckers for good smelling stuff. . .

We walked over to the one place Sweetie was determined to spend money, with only one thought on my mind: soap with Mickey Mouse heads. Facebook friends will note that in March, I lamented that I only had this one left:

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Ah, how lonely you were, my Mickey Head soap.

As a matter of fact, this soap is only purchaseable at a Disney resort.

Sheldon, who asked the question, "What's that smell?" spends the last of his spending money on bath bombs. Maybe that will help with his various and sundry smells. . . .

Maybe not.

After leaving Basin, we all went back to the room. We swam for some time in the quiet pool, and then finally turned in by 9pm. We had an exciting morning coming up and didn't want to sleep too late. After all, the Beach Club was waiting for us!

Coming up: ONLY ONE ROOM REQUEST

natebenma
07-01-2011, 06:17 AM
Sheldon, who asked the question, "What's that smell?" spends the last of his spending money on bath bombs.

We had an exciting morning coming up and didn't want to sleep too late. After all, the Beach Club was waiting for us!



Um, you haven't even spent your first full day at Disney and the boy is out of spending money???

Actually the Lego store is really the only place my boys get souvenirs.

Except for the rifles at Adventureland. I have a tip for getting those home too- you can ship right from the point of sale. We were told that we wouldn't have to pay the Florida sales tax if we shipped direct to home and that goes a long way in covering the shipping cost.

Looking forward to your next update. Thanks for the heads up!

TarzansKat
07-01-2011, 08:04 AM
Of course I find that funny. I live with three men. All I have left is fart humor and Three Stooges like behavior.

I'm glad the smelly smell was something that smelled pur-dee. I know what you mean about WoD. I've walked out of there empty handed as well, sometimes...dare I say...you just aren't feeling it.

But Basin.

Gets me every time. ;)

Queenofallthings
07-01-2011, 08:28 AM
Basin...how I love that store too! I have every intention of stocking up next trip! I still can't believe you left WoD store with nothing:eek:

Lady Lallie
07-01-2011, 10:58 AM
At least it was a NICE smell. :rotfl2:

I love buying things but hate parting with the money too, it's very difficult sometimes. :laughing:

I need to go to Basin on my next trip, I love the Dr. Pepper soap they have, I hope they will have it again when I go.

tinacaplan
07-01-2011, 09:43 PM
The Mickeyhead soap is beautiful. I'll have to remember that if we decided to go to DTD this time. That's a unique souvenir if I've ever seen one. Would also make a cute gift fro someone you need to buy a little something for, but isn't all that into Disney. :thumbsup2

creativeamanda
07-01-2011, 10:58 PM
Um, you haven't even spent your first full day at Disney and the boy is out of spending money???

Actually the Lego store is really the only place my boys get souvenirs.

Except for the rifles at Adventureland. I have a tip for getting those home too- you can ship right from the point of sale. We were told that we wouldn't have to pay the Florida sales tax if we shipped direct to home and that goes a long way in covering the shipping cost.

Looking forward to your next update. Thanks for the heads up!

Yeah, he was already out of money. WHich became a problem as he asked over and over for stuff and we told him no. He wanted a rifle in Adventureland outside of Piraes. I think we finally did get him something for being a good boy, but boy did he have to work for it!

Of course I find that funny. I live with three men. All I have left is fart humor and Three Stooges like behavior.

I'm glad the smelly smell was something that smelled pur-dee. I know what you mean about WoD. I've walked out of there empty handed as well, sometimes...dare I say...you just aren't feeling it.

But Basin.

Gets me every time. ;)

LOL, the boys have some fart humor I just don't get.

As far as WOD goes, I did find something I liked, but bought it elsewhere (I'm thinking Magic Kingdom). It's the shirt I'm wearing in my Facebook profile picture.

Love Basin, though. No, I did not leave there empty handed.

Basin...how I love that store too! I have every intention of stocking up next trip! I still can't believe you left WoD store with nothing:eek:

I'm looking at my bath bombs right now rather wistfully. Do I use them or save them? And if I do save them, whatever for?

At least it was a NICE smell. :rotfl2:

I love buying things but hate parting with the money too, it's very difficult sometimes. :laughing:

I need to go to Basin on my next trip, I love the Dr. Pepper soap they have, I hope they will have it again when I go.

They had the Dr. Pepper soap a couple of weeks ago.

I realized you can get the whole slab of soap for like $60. That will be my next purchase down there.

The Mickeyhead soap is beautiful. I'll have to remember that if we decided to go to DTD this time. That's a unique souvenir if I've ever seen one. Would also make a cute gift fro someone you need to buy a little something for, but isn't all that into Disney. :thumbsup2

Thanks, I love it. There are a few different scents and colors, and you usually find that particular soap at the registers.

Lady Lallie
07-02-2011, 05:13 AM
I never would have thought to get the whole slab, wow! That is awesome and doesn't seem too badly priced for the whole slab.

eandesmom
07-02-2011, 01:41 PM
I confess, I walked in to both Basin and WOD and left empty handed this trip. Like you though I did get something I saw at WOD elsewhere, Mousegears I think. For me I want to get that Visa discount so wait until I find enough stuff to make it work. or not. On that trip, with only one thing at WOD I really wanted, it wasn't worth it.

Ah, boys spending all their money on the first day. I know that saga well. Very cute that he bought some bath bombs. A boy after Evan's heart. On my girls F&G trip I brought Evan back a bar of handmade soap from the WS (two for me, one for him lol, it was $3 for $10) and he loved it. The girls thought it was funny a 12 year old boy would like good soap...but he does.

Reminds me to go look online at ordering some of what I bought, I really liked it! Mickey Head soap is perfect for the powder room. Not so practical for real use but very pretty in the powder room. I have that pink one in there now (thanks Jen!).

Beach Club!!!!!!!!!

creativeamanda
07-02-2011, 04:00 PM
I never would have thought to get the whole slab, wow! That is awesome and doesn't seem too badly priced for the whole slab.

I didn't think of it until I saw the unit price on the back of the smaller bars. So I picked up the slab and realized that there is a price on them, as well--$59.90.

I confess, I walked in to both Basin and WOD and left empty handed this trip. Like you though I did get something I saw at WOD elsewhere, Mousegears I think. For me I want to get that Visa discount so wait until I find enough stuff to make it work. or not. On that trip, with only one thing at WOD I really wanted, it wasn't worth it.

Now that you say it, Cynthia, I know I eventually got that shirt at Mousegears. It was because of some discount, and I remember that I retired the credit card after that, lol.

Ah, boys spending all their money on the first day. I know that saga well. Very cute that he bought some bath bombs. A boy after Evan's heart. On my girls F&G trip I brought Evan back a bar of handmade soap from the WS (two for me, one for him lol, it was $3 for $10) and he loved it. The girls thought it was funny a 12 year old boy would like good soap...but he does.

My son will spend all of his money the first day every time. My concern is that he someday will need a great paying job, because he wants a lot of stuff!

And at lease if the boys like soap, you know they are clean!

Reminds me to go look online at ordering some of what I bought, I really liked it! Mickey Head soap is perfect for the powder room. Not so practical for real use but very pretty in the powder room. I have that pink one in there now (thanks Jen!).

Beach Club!!!!!!!!!

We have the Mickey Head in my bathroom for looks, lol.

I can't wait to post BC pictures!

creativeamanda
07-02-2011, 04:16 PM
We woke up early Sunday morning. We had one place to go that morning first thing--Disney's Beach Club Resort.

Dan drove us all over, and the kids and I went to the front desk while he parked the truck. I did something that I was told not to at the Beach Club/Yacht Club thread--I checked in online.

I had only one request: A room with a full balcony.

The fact of the matter is, half of the rooms at the Beach Club have a small Juliet balcony, where maybe only one person could stand. I wanted a full balcony, but if I didn't get one, it would have been okay.

I chose to check in online, knowing that if I didn't get my one room request, I would not be going back to negotiate the room. It was 7am, though, and all I wanted was my keys, breakfast, and the Magic Kingdom.

So, when I got to the desk with my children in tow, all I was interested in was the keys.

I had to wait for someone to man the Online Check in desk. In reality, it was like 6:55 in the morning. No one really should have been there yet. A castmember found someone to help me, and slowly, my few questions about the resort were answered.

Then, she started with the spiel--the best thing is, your room is Number 2575 and it is ready.

1. My room was ready.

2. It was a second floor odd-numbered room. Recollection not being great, I was thinking, "I think that means it's a full baclony."

I called Dan to tell him to bring the truck back up to the front, where bell services was very helpful.

We got up to the second floor, put the key in the door, and. . .

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Our room, just after everything was put in.

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The bathroom.


I hear a squeal as bell services was putting everything up:

"Mama, it's a full balcony!"

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We're all up here right now!

The two things I really wanted, my room to be ready and a full balcony, were granted by Pixie dust and the Beach Club staff.

For a few minutes, I stepped out onto the balcony to take in the Garden View view I was handed:

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Straight ahead

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To the Right

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To the left.

Now, having stayed at POR many many times, can I just share, that this would be a water view by their standards?

I was very pleased.

And I was home. Only two things to say here:

1. "Bazinga!"

2. "This is my spot."

Coming up: Can we really make it to Rope Drop?

cjwross
07-02-2011, 05:49 PM
Can't wait to hear more! Staying at Beach Club for my Birthday in October, Hope you left some pixie dust for me.

TarzansKat
07-02-2011, 08:04 PM
Wow! I'm so glad you got the room you wanted, with your full balcony. That's some fancy tie dye on that full balcony. ;)

I love the Beach Club. It's so beautiful. And I don't think I've ever seen pictures of the renovated rooms, they're very nice. :thumbsup2

natebenma
07-02-2011, 08:04 PM
Yeah, for your room being ready and for the full balcony with the awesome views!

Even though you didn't listen. Tsk! Tsk!

First pictures stolen: room views

Sane people collect coins or stamps. I collect room views at the BC and YC.

tinacaplan
07-02-2011, 10:03 PM
AWESOME room views!!! A full balcony is my one request for our upocoming trip, as well, and this will also be our first time at Deluxe. We're so excited and your pictures are just adding to that! :goodvibes Thanks for sharing them.

creativeamanda
07-02-2011, 10:16 PM
Can't wait to hear more! Staying at Beach Club for my Birthday in October, Hope you left some pixie dust for me.

I hope so, as well.

Wow! I'm so glad you got the room you wanted, with your full balcony. That's some fancy tie dye on that full balcony. ;)

LOL, I can't remember where I got it from. Actually, didn't it come out so good?

I love the Beach Club. It's so beautiful. And I don't think I've ever seen pictures of the renovated rooms, they're very nice. :thumbsup2

The room was very comfortable--more than enough space for the five of us.


Yeah, for your room being ready and for the full balcony with the awesome views!

Even though you didn't listen. Tsk! Tsk!

First pictures stolen: room views

Sane people collect coins or stamps. I collect room views at the BC and YC.

LOL, I'm sorry I didn't listen, but there was Pixie dust on me. Plus I knew I'd be there very early, and I thought the chances were greater my room would be ready and I'd get my request if I did online checkin. I think I was the first person to check in that morning.

And steal away! I have some great photos of SAB late at night and with ducks in the sandy area.

AWESOME room views!!! A full balcony is my one request for our upocoming trip, as well, and this will also be our first time at Deluxe. We're so excited and your pictures are just adding to that! :goodvibes Thanks for sharing them.

You are welcome! This was our first deluxe stay, and throughout you will find out why the Beach Club spoiled us.

TheThomsLuvDisney
07-02-2011, 11:48 PM
Subbing In!

I have been away from the boards for almost 5 months, PDTD (post Disney trip depression)! Got on tonight and saw, "Bazinga", I was hooked, most favorite show EVER! Thanks for helping me get out of my funk!

Queenofallthings
07-03-2011, 09:34 AM
I was having a hard time picturing what you meant about a full balcony opposed to the other but as soon as I looked at the one picture I totally got it:thumbsup2 I would want a full balcony too! What an awesome view from your room...I could just imagine early morning out there with a coffee in hand.....:cloud9:

Vwdiva93
07-03-2011, 09:42 AM
So glad you got the room you wanted! That full balcony is really gorgeous, especially with that great view. I love the "this is my spot" reference at the end:laughing:

TarzansKat
07-03-2011, 11:08 AM
I have to tell you, I get the biggest kick out of seeing people in my tie dye. I just love how bright the colors are, and...I don't know. People are wearing my art! You know? It's awesome. I'm glad everyone like them so much, especially your hubbie, the hard to please. :goodvibes

Lady Lallie
07-03-2011, 12:53 PM
Look at that luck! Room is ready AND a full balcony. Love it when that pixie dust all works out for the best. :thumbsup2

__disneygirl
07-03-2011, 02:06 PM
Ooooh, World of Disney. It's a dangerous place. I no longer even go in there. It's just too big and I want too many things and I can't deal with it LOL.

Basin is just heaven! You can order soaps from their website, but not with the mickey heads, and even if you could it's just not the same! I've actually never been in the DTD location, but I looove the one at the GF.

Your room at the BC looks so great! I love when they give you the room you want. It just adds that extra bit of pixie dust onto the trip. :wizard:

creativeamanda
07-03-2011, 07:24 PM
Subbing In!

I have been away from the boards for almost 5 months, PDTD (post Disney trip depression)! Got on tonight and saw, "Bazinga", I was hooked, most favorite show EVER! Thanks for helping me get out of my funk!

The Big Bang Theory is awesome, is it not? What a great show! Glad to help you out of the PDTD. I know it all too well!

I was having a hard time picturing what you meant about a full balcony opposed to the other but as soon as I looked at the one picture I totally got it:thumbsup2 I would want a full balcony too! What an awesome view from your room...I could just imagine early morning out there with a coffee in hand.....:cloud9:

Yeah--full balcony all the way for me unless I am staying solo. Then the Juliet would be fine. And dh an I spent a couple of times out there with coffee in hand.

So glad you got the room you wanted! That full balcony is really gorgeous, especially with that great view. I love the "this is my spot" reference at the end:laughing:

LOL, the chair on the right side became my spot. I could see the lagoon and the movies on the beach from there!

I have to tell you, I get the biggest kick out of seeing people in my tie dye. I just love how bright the colors are, and...I don't know. People are wearing my art! You know? It's awesome. I'm glad everyone like them so much, especially your hubbie, the hard to please. :goodvibes

We got so many comments on our shirts. I will go into it a bit with our discussion on Magic Kingdom, but MK is the best place to wear the matching tie dye shirts, lemme tell you.

Look at that luck! Room is ready AND a full balcony. Love it when that pixie dust all works out for the best. :thumbsup2

:goodvibes That is the best!

Ooooh, World of Disney. It's a dangerous place. I no longer even go in there. It's just too big and I want too many things and I can't deal with it LOL.

Basin is just heaven! You can order soaps from their website, but not with the mickey heads, and even if you could it's just not the same! I've actually never been in the DTD location, but I looove the one at the GF.

Your room at the BC looks so great! I love when they give you the room you want. It just adds that extra bit of pixie dust onto the trip. :wizard:

My favorite Basin location is the one at GF, and we make a trip there, as will. I really loved our room and I will talk about how it was the perfect location for the quiet pool, Epcot, and laundry.

TarzansKat
07-04-2011, 09:04 AM
We got the most commentary on our shirts in the Magic Kingdom as well. :)

loritemp
07-05-2011, 09:12 AM
Oh that view, it is perfect! And to have a room ready that early?! So wonderful!!

LOVE those shirts! I want to do the tie dye Mickey head shirts for my boys for the next trip but have a feeling, like most artsy projects I attempt, they will be a huge FAIL!!! ;)

Waiting to hear more :-)

pooh'smate
07-06-2011, 10:11 AM
Joining in. Loving that your room was ready and that you had a full balcony. Looking forward to the next update.

creativeamanda
07-09-2011, 08:50 PM
We got the most commentary on our shirts in the Magic Kingdom as well. :)

The best place to wear them is MK, because there always seems to be so many people there!

Oh that view, it is perfect! And to have a room ready that early?! So wonderful!!

LOVE those shirts! I want to do the tie dye Mickey head shirts for my boys for the next trip but have a feeling, like most artsy projects I attempt, they will be a huge FAIL!!! ;)

Waiting to hear more :-)

It was awesome having the room ready. And I will tell you--I had TarzansKat do mine. She is awesome and got it done quickly even while she was moving and dealing with a baby at the same time!

Joining in. Loving that your room was ready and that you had a full balcony. Looking forward to the next update.

:welcome: That was the best--we didn't have to worry about our stuff sitting in the heat or that it would be lost in Bell Services.

creativeamanda
07-09-2011, 08:59 PM
Since getting up that morning, we had:

1. Repacked the truck

2. Left Port Orleans

3. Driven to the Beach Club

4. Checked into the Beach Club

5. Put our stuff in the room

6. Taken pictures

At one point, Dan asks, "Do you really think we will make it to Rope Drop?"

I looked at my watch. It was 7:30am.

Yes. We had done all of that before 7:30 am. We walked down to the Beach Club Marketplace and got breakfast. Then we hopped on the bus.

Before long, we were doing this:

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"Magic, Wrapped up in Pixie Dust. . .Welcome to the Place where Dreams come True"

Did anyone think I would NOT make it to rope drop?

We held hands together as we trudged through the traffic going into the Magic Kingdom

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Anyone feel like Sardines?

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Should I or shouldn't I stick that lady's tag back in her shirt?

At some point, I get this picture and am not sure how the only visible people seem to be less than 10 people:

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Excuse me, but does anyone have my key to my house?

So we made it to rope drop. The only other question is, what do we do first?

natebenma
07-10-2011, 06:08 AM
:worship: :worship: :worship:

Congrats on making it to rope drop!

I LOVE the way you vacation so far!

For a first ride/attraction, I am going with Peter Pan (that is always our first stop).

TarzansKat
07-10-2011, 07:23 AM
Good lord, you did all that before 730am? I'm impressed!

JessietheNCCowgirl
07-10-2011, 08:09 AM
Hi,
Another Disney nut joining in. :wave: I am enjoying your report. I love the pic of your daughters sleeping in the backseat. My DD sleeps like that in the car as well, don't know how one gets comfy like that but whatever works. :confused3

Your room at the BC looks awesome. I would like to try that resort out some time! Good job on making rope drop and your tie-dye shirts are cool! :hippie:

By the way, it doesn't sound like you live too far away from us. We live in Huntersville so have to drive through Charlotte on 77 on our way to WDW. ;)

Looking forward to reading more!

Vwdiva93
07-10-2011, 09:31 AM
Wow, I'm not a morning person at all, I could never do all that before 7:30! That's just amazing to me :laughing: And I love your shots of the castle.

creativeamanda
07-10-2011, 10:45 AM
:worship: :worship: :worship:

Congrats on making it to rope drop!

I LOVE the way you vacation so far!

For a first ride/attraction, I am going with Peter Pan (that is always our first stop).

You will have to see. :rolleyes1

Good lord, you did all that before 730am? I'm impressed!

Yeah--I was surprised. Typically, we are at RD at MK like at 8:00 am. I think we made it there around 8:40 or so--the kids did not have to wait long at all.

Of course, during a work week, we are up at 5:30am. I'm pretty sure that morning we were up well before 6.

Hi,
Another Disney nut joining in. :wave: I am enjoying your report. I love the pic of your daughters sleeping in the backseat. My DD sleeps like that in the car as well, don't know how one gets comfy like that but whatever works. :confused3

Your room at the BC looks awesome. I would like to try that resort out some time! Good job on making rope drop and your tie-dye shirts are cool! :hippie:

By the way, it doesn't sound like you live too far away from us. We live in Huntersville so have to drive through Charlotte on 77 on our way to WDW. ;)

Looking forward to reading more!

I think I have driven to Huntersville on the way to Charlotte.

I don't know how the kids sleep like that, but they do. I see you are going to be at POFQ soon. That is a beautiful resort! It reminds me of being at Disney by myself.

Wow, I'm not a morning person at all, I could never do all that before 7:30! That's just amazing to me :laughing: And I love your shots of the castle.

LOL.

Thanks, too!

DawnMaree
07-10-2011, 03:10 PM
I'm so glad I followed your link in your siggie from the YC/BC FAQ!! And glad I didn't have to read 4000 pages to catch up. ;)

First - I still do like POR, and we stayed in the AB section too. Now the big question, who was the "lucky" kid who got to sleep on the floor, er, trundle bed? That was one of the reasons our family of 5 didn't want to say there any longer. No one wants the floor. Darn it. We had to settle for the YC next month. :rolleyes1

Next - Awesome on getting your one and only request, and that view is totally beautiful! I'd probably sit there with tears in my eyes. I can only hope our GV at the YC is just as nice. :flower3:

Finally - YES! You should have tucked that lady's tag in. :lmao: I totally know that feeling to want to do that.

Looking forward to more updates!! popcorn::

TheThomsLuvDisney
07-10-2011, 03:35 PM
WOW, impressive time management skills!!!!

And I agree with PP, you should have tucked in the tag. I wonder how she would have responded?!?! Might have been scary, so many Disney goers, in the summer heat no less, are a walking a fine line of sanity! :laughing:

creativeamanda
07-10-2011, 03:41 PM
I'm so glad I followed your link in your siggie from the YC/BC FAQ!! And glad I didn't have to read 4000 pages to catch up. ;)

First - I still do like POR, and we stayed in the AB section too. Now the big question, who was the "lucky" kid who got to sleep on the floor, er, trundle bed? That was one of the reasons our family of 5 didn't want to say there any longer. No one wants the floor. Darn it. We had to settle for the YC next month. :rolleyes1

Next - Awesome on getting your one and only request, and that view is totally beautiful! I'd probably sit there with tears in my eyes. I can only hope our GV at the YC is just as nice. :flower3:

Finally - YES! You should have tucked that lady's tag in. :lmao: I totally know that feeling to want to do that.

Looking forward to more updates!! popcorn::

Boo was the "lucky" person who slept on the floor. Of course, settling for the Yacht Club does not seem bad to me, lol.

I hope our view is as pretty as ours. It was an awesome view, and we all enjoyed it out there.

I did not notice the lady's tag until yesterday, lol, but I probably would have told had I known it.

WOW, impressive time management skills!!!!

And I agree with PP, you should have tucked in the tag. I wonder how she would have responded?!?! Might have been scary, so many Disney goers, in the summer heat no less, are a walking a fine line of sanity! :laughing:

I can imagine the lack of sanity of a resort guest in the heat of June!

creativeamanda
07-10-2011, 09:02 PM
As we walked through the castle to Fantasyland, I caught my first glimpses of the construction going on over the fences.

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Beast's castle

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And another. By now, I'm feeling all paparazzi!

Our first location? Dumbo. For some reason, Dan feels this has to be our first stop, so it is. While waiting in line at Dumbo, who should show up but. . .

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Pinocchio! Here, Boo is telling him she always wante to meet him

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He's showing her how to pose

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My favorite picture of the trip, taken in the first 10 minutes in a park.

Then, our first ride:

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I think it's one of those things Dan and Boo have to do together

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While Sheldon had a great need to fly solo.

While up there, I got a couple of aerial shots of the progress in Fantasyland's expansion.

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By now, you start to think if I really should have a media tag around my neck

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Paparazzi shots complete, we were on our way to Peter Pan, which really should be our first stop, but it isn't so bad when it's the second ride. Of course, no pictures of this one.

After that, Dan, Boo, and Sheldon decided to ride It's a Small World while Sweetie and I got fast passes for Space Mountain. We also stopped on our way back to get a couple of drinks and timed it perfectly to meet everyone coming out of IASW.

It was early in the morning still, and the whole of Magic Kingdom was ahead of us.

Coming up. . .Welcome, Foolish Mortals. . .

natebenma
07-10-2011, 10:47 PM
:thumbsup2 on Dan's hat!

When a family goes to Peter Pan early on, you know they know the score!

Dumbo was my 2nd place guess!

What an awesome interaction with Pinnochio!!!

The construction is really coming along behind the walls...

creativeamanda
07-11-2011, 12:07 AM
:thumbsup2 on Dan's hat!

When a family goes to Peter Pan early on, you know they know the score!

Dumbo was my 2nd place guess!

What an awesome interaction with Pinnochio!!!

The construction is really coming along behind the walls...

Dan was born near Boston, so you know the score there, lol.

Yeah--no point in Pan later unless you have fastpasses.

Pinocchio was awesome, and I'm excited about the construction.

Have a great trip, Dee!

Lady Lallie
07-11-2011, 05:57 AM
What a great Pinocchio picture, it is super sweet. :goodvibes

I get so excited when I see Fantasyland construction photos, I can't wait for the expansion to be complete!!! :banana:

tinacaplan
07-11-2011, 09:55 AM
Great pictures of the construction and the one of your DD and Pinocchio is priceless!

Queenofallthings
07-12-2011, 09:41 PM
Wow have they completed a lot since we were there in September!

I have to agree with you...that picture of Pinocchio and your DD is precious....:woohoo:

PirateKate
07-14-2011, 01:56 PM
All that before 7:30...wow! I've never been to rope drop, much less changed resorts before rope drop. It looks like such a great morning so far, with the full balcony and meeting Pinocchio.

raider97
07-21-2011, 06:10 PM
I'm in!! I'm already eyeing Beach Club for our June 2013 trip. So I'll be excited to hear what you thought about it!!

Stephanie

creativeamanda
08-03-2011, 08:14 PM
What a great Pinocchio picture, it is super sweet. :goodvibes

I get so excited when I see Fantasyland construction photos, I can't wait for the expansion to be complete!!! :banana:

I know!

Great pictures of the construction and the one of your DD and Pinocchio is priceless!

It is a cute picture--I love it!

Wow have they completed a lot since we were there in September!

I have to agree with you...that picture of Pinocchio and your DD is precious....:woohoo:

Thanks!

All that before 7:30...wow! I've never been to rope drop, much less changed resorts before rope drop. It looks like such a great morning so far, with the full balcony and meeting Pinocchio.

It was a wonderful morning!

I'm in!! I'm already eyeing Beach Club for our June 2013 trip. So I'll be excited to hear what you thought about it!!

Stephanie

We loved it! I won't stay anywhere else now!

creativeamanda
08-03-2011, 08:15 PM
I am so sorry about the lack of updates!

We are working so hard getting everything ready for the start of school, but I will catch up soon!

TarzansKat
08-04-2011, 09:15 AM
No worries! Happily waiting for the next installment. :goodvibes

Can't remember if I posted this, but I love the Pinocchio picture.

LoriH91
08-04-2011, 01:08 PM
Subbing because of the title!! My 2 fav shows right now. :thumbsup2
Going back to catch up now!

creativeamanda
08-06-2011, 10:34 AM
No worries! Happily waiting for the next installment. :goodvibes

Can't remember if I posted this, but I love the Pinocchio picture.

Thanks, hon!

Subbing because of the title!! My 2 fav shows right now. :thumbsup2
Going back to catch up now!

:welcome:

creativeamanda
08-06-2011, 10:48 AM
I love the Haunted Mansion. It's one of those rides that every time you ride it, you see a million and a half new things you never saw before. But the addition of the new queue had me in a frenzy. I had to see it myself, so when dh said, "No, we don't need the scenic route", I simply ignored him and dragged everyone with me.

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Every garden/grraveyard needs some creepy looking busts!

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She must have seen a ghost. . .in the braod daylight.

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For someone who didn't want to take the scenic route, he really seems to be enjoying himself.

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Is that an orb?

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Master Gracey in a location of dominance

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There is a story about that. I'll have to look it up

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The books on the shelves move, based on who is pushing on the other side. My kids got into a war with each other on either side.

Eventually, we were in the stretching room and the ride, like always, was awesome.

We left the Haunted Mansion to go over to the Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Ah. Bring me Jack.

By this time, it was midmorning. We had already ridden Dumbo, Pan, (some of the family rode IASW), gotten fps for Space, and ridden Haunted Mansion and Pirates. I'm not sure exactly what time it was, but it was no where near lunch time. Perhaps it was close to 10 am by then.

Coming up. . .this is the best day ever!

natebenma
08-06-2011, 05:42 PM
What a fantastic start! You certainly have enjoyed some of the classics.

I appreciate all of your photos of the new Haunted Mansion interactive queue. We didn't walk through them exhibits a few weeks ago. There was no line for us at HM either and we just went right in. We never got back to looking around.

Vwdiva93
08-06-2011, 11:27 PM
The new HM queue is so awesome! I love how your DH didn't want to go through it and ended up enjoying it:rotfl:

That one picture you took really does look like an orb is in it, how cool and very appropriate for that ride!

TarzansKat
08-08-2011, 09:43 AM
Haunted Mansion and Pirates. Does it get any better?

eandesmom
08-08-2011, 10:18 AM
I didn't make it on HM on the last trip so haven't seen the new queue. Thank you so much for the pics!!!!!!!!

PirateKate
08-08-2011, 04:51 PM
I'm actually not a huge fan of the Haunted Mansion. I know I'm very much in the minority around here. :rotfl: I did think that that new queue looks pretty cool. I love how Disney is incorporating more and more interactive elements in the queues. I'm glad you convinced everyone to take the scenic route.:thumbsup2

creativeamanda
10-06-2011, 03:46 PM
If I have any readers left, please stay tuned this weekend for my next update!

Lady Lallie
10-06-2011, 04:37 PM
If I have any readers left, please stay tuned this weekend for my next update!

I'm still here! :thumbsup2

sue_88
10-06-2011, 05:36 PM
Hello!
I am a major Sheldon fan. I am looking forward to the new episode tonight!
And, I am lactose intolerant (so watch the "dary" talk!)
I really can't imagine anything worse than 8th grade and math!
At least being married to a math teacher would mean that you needn't worry about doing any math. You have a husband who by default must do any math that is required for every day living. Very useful.
Looking forward to more report!

natebenma
10-07-2011, 06:54 AM
Reporting for duty! I'll be here for your new update! Dee

creativeamanda
10-19-2011, 11:15 AM
I gotta first apologize profusely for the lack of updates. I hope everyone is still with me, and I promise to get one a week up (or every other week) from here on out! I'm embarrassed, too! This is still our first day!

So we left the Haunted Mansion in favor of Space Mountain and lunch. I took no pictures, as I was getting really hungry. We ate, of course, at Cosmic Ray's which is our favorite CS location at the Magic Kingdom. As we left, there was one place we had to visit first:

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"Ah, but they do tell tales. . ."

I don't know what Pirates of the Caribbean means to many of you, but Pirates is what I consider my first real introduction to Disney. On our first trip, it was the first real Disney-esk (if that is even a word) ride my in-laws took us to. And it's there I caught the bug. Not a bug in the literal sense of the word, but a Disney bug that immerses you in the magic. Studies show that when you experience things, often memories bring your brain back to that place. In this case on this day, riding on Pirates brought me back. I was there, experiencing Disney for the first time ever. I could smell the smell, hear the noises, and feel the awe all over again. And I was hooked all over again. Quickly, it was becoming the Best Day Ever.

Following that memorable trip on Pirates, we boarded the bus over to the Beach Club (where I still to this day can't believe we were staying for so long--thank you National Board of Professional Teaching Standards), and heading for a nap.

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She could ride Disney Transportation all day and be happy.

Coming soon (I promise!) So, How are you getting to the Polynesian from the Beach Club again?

Lady Lallie
10-19-2011, 11:24 AM
Nice to see you back updating. :goodvibes Sometimes life just gets in the way.

Haunted Mansion and Pirates are those "Disney" rides for me. They just bring me back, I love those memories.

TheThomsLuvDisney
10-19-2011, 08:43 PM
So glad you are writing again!

I know exactly that Disney feeling!!!

natebenma
10-20-2011, 06:12 AM
I love your description about how riding Pirates brings you back to your first introduction to Disney. I think Spaceship Earth is the ride like for me.

ARmom30
10-20-2011, 09:12 AM
I've been reading your report. We were there some of the same days. My DS5 loved the Haunted Mansion. That will probably be his thing that always takes him back. Thanks for sharing your memories!

lauren_elizabeth
10-20-2011, 09:46 AM
I love this report so far! We were there during the same exact week at OKW :goodvibes

Practically_Perfect
10-20-2011, 12:07 PM
Your title hooked me - I'm in for the duration. Disboards high-five!

:thumbsup2

Niiiiice.

PirateKate
10-20-2011, 04:38 PM
I'm still here, too! Pirates of the Caribbean has some great memories for me, too. It's such a fun ride!

creativeamanda
12-19-2011, 08:59 PM
Thanks, to all of you for sticking with me. I fully intend to finish this trip report. I'll certainly need to speed through the first full day soon!

creativeamanda
12-19-2011, 09:02 PM
Nice to see you back updating. :goodvibes Sometimes life just gets in the way.

Haunted Mansion and Pirates are those "Disney" rides for me. They just bring me back, I love those memories.

I so agree!

So glad you are writing again!

I know exactly that Disney feeling!!!

THanks!

I love your description about how riding Pirates brings you back to your first introduction to Disney. I think Spaceship Earth is the ride like for me.

Lots of people have "that ride."

I've been reading your report. We were there some of the same days. My DS5 loved the Haunted Mansion. That will probably be his thing that always takes him back. Thanks for sharing your memories!

HM is so wonderful! It's the one ride that I could ride a million times and discover something new each time!

I love this report so far! We were there during the same exact week at OKW :goodvibes

Wow! That's awesome!

Your title hooked me - I'm in for the duration. Disboards high-five!

:thumbsup2

Niiiiice.

Awesome!

I'm still here, too! Pirates of the Caribbean has some great memories for me, too. It's such a fun ride!

:goodvibes

creativeamanda
12-19-2011, 09:36 PM
So the last time I was here over a month ago, we went back to the room to take a much-deserved nap. And nap we did. Those beds at the Beach Club were absolutely heavenly! When we finally got up and I cleared the crud from my eyes, I double checked the dinner reservations for the night: Kona Cafe! :banana:

I fell in love with this place the year before--great food, great service, and the Lapu Lapu, of course.

Now, the most direct route to the Polynesian would be the bus to MK, followed by the monorail. For some reason, however, I wasn't feeling that method.

So, I convinced my poor, dear husband that the most interesting route would be through here:

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Is that a big golf ball in the sky?

Yes, my poor, dear husband was forced to walk all the way through the World showcase to the monorail. Hey, I needed to verify that the park hoppers worked, didn't I? :rolleyes1

Anywho, we took a quick walk through Epcot, where I hurriedly snapped photos in the World Showcase

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For some reason, dh would not do the sombrero picture again. . .I wonder why.

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I thought the Cars2 topiaries were so cool!

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We stopped off in Club Cool for some refreshment on a hot day!

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I convinced my family to stop for the common photoop!

So, after our flying through Epcot, we caught the monorail to TTC and then the Poly. We went over to the gift shop on the second floor because Kona was not open yet, and my kids witnessed something that my daughter still gets upset about. There was a parent that told a kid not to touch anything. The kid had to be 3 or 4. And being that age, you know what the kid did. All of the sudden out of the blue, we heard a loud crack!

I thought the kid had received a swat on the behind, but immediately, my kids came up to me crying. The man had slapped the child across his face. :mad::sad2: I would have called someone at that point, but he was gone before I could do anything. The kids still talk about that experience, and I'm glad they understand that the man was wrong, but I would still like to have at him myself.

Anyway, soon after, we just went over to Kona to check in, where we were seated almost immediately.

The meal was delicious as ever, but I was so happy to have this:

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Oh, where have you been all of my life?

Dis friends, you should know that I am actually allergic to pineapple. I get a rash and I know I should not have it, but I can't turn it down. I take an Epi-pen to protect myself. I think next year I'll have a different drink, because until recently only fresh pineapple caused problems, but I noticed recently I had a small rash after canned pineapple. I'm sure there is another drink I can try.

Boo convinced her brother to give her his dessert from his meal credit--we learned quickly that our 10 year old should still be a Disney child:

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You can look, Mama, but you can't have it! This is my Kona Kone!

Having finished dinner, we headed to:

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So the question of the year: did we head right or left? Tomorrowland or Adventureland? How were we feeling that night? Only time will tell!

Coming up. . .De'Ja-Vu

natebenma
12-20-2011, 06:18 AM
Love the way you have packed the fun into your first day! Kona is one of our favorites, too. Both breakfast and dinner. This is where we went this summer when we were at MK for one day only - Kona was a delicious and enjoyable park-break.

Before I read the title of your next chapter, I thought perhaps you were headed to a couple of mountains. I don't recall whether you left the park this morning with a FP or two...

Pirates and Haunted Mansion are my guesses. Everything else is going to have unbearable lines, me thinks. You may be able to squeeze in Buzz Lightyear and People Mover if you play your cards right.

lonestarTX
12-20-2011, 08:07 AM
subscribing. Going June 2012 so I'm just excited to SEE crowds in your pics & to see how hot yall might be. :rotfl: Great trip so far. Keep writing! :thumbsup2

creativeamanda
12-20-2011, 08:55 AM
Love the way you have packed the fun into your first day! Kona is one of our favorites, too. Both breakfast and dinner. This is where we went this summer when we were at MK for one day only - Kona was a delicious and enjoyable park-break.

Before I read the title of your next chapter, I thought perhaps you were headed to a couple of mountains. I don't recall whether you left the park this morning with a FP or two...

Pirates and Haunted Mansion are my guesses. Everything else is going to have unbearable lines, me thinks. You may be able to squeeze in Buzz Lightyear and People Mover if you play your cards right.

If I remember correctly, we did have some fastpasses. I think Kona Cafe is a hidden gem, along with Grand Floridian Cafe.

subscribing. Going June 2012 so I'm just excited to SEE crowds in your pics & to see how hot yall might be. :rotfl: Great trip so far. Keep writing! :thumbsup2

I don't personally see any huge deal with summer crowds. This coming summer will be the third summer we have been to Disney during early June. I've been Christmas, July 4th, late January, and October. This is my favorite time.

creativeamanda
12-20-2011, 09:19 AM
Walking back into the Magic Kingdom, I was clicking photograph after photograph. The first cool picture I found to take was this one:

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The reflection is almost as good as the real thing.

Before long, we did something we did last summer in the afternoon and it was awesome: we went under here:

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Warning, the catchy music can become very annoying if you're driving around playing it!

Of, course, when I come back in, I have to go to round 2 of Pirates!

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Do you know how long it took before I noticed that was there? Probably three visits to Disney World!

After this, we used a fastpass we had gathered earlier. I am sure I said nothing about it, but it is obviously a favorite for us--another magic of Disney Imagineering:

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My-o-my what a wonderful day indeed!

As we walked back around through Fantasyland, something caught our eye and we had to try it, if only once:

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So it wasn't really Winds-day. No matter.

We went through the new queue, which was adorable:

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I'm ready for my close-up, Mama.

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Hey, is that Michael Jordan's great grand-something or another?

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Ah, a fountain of hunny!

SO a bouncy ride later, and we wandered over to the Teacups!

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I love this ride, and I don't have any great reason why!

From there, no visit in the Twilight would be complete without the People Mover!

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What part of the future is this supposed to be?

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My favorite Magic Kingdom Mountain!

When we left the People Mover, we finally settled in for the Fireworks.

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A skeptic at first about The Magic, the Memories, and You show, I decided I liked it after all.

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Since I have pictures of roses, this has to be the time we sat on that rose garden pathway for the fireworks. At some point, we lost Dan, Boo, and Sheldon and it was just Sweetie and me.

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It's blurry, but I can tell you from watching through my lens. . .Tinkerbell is indeed a dude.

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These would have been okay with out the flowers and with my tripod.

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How silly is it I can look at this and here the music from Fantasia right now?

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Copious amounts of white balls of light!


Before long, it was time to leave. We braved the crowds leaving:

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How many people can walk down Main Street, USA at the same time?

Of course, though, I had to look back:

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It's a good thing it's not a Lot's wife thing. Although if I were stuck as a pillar of salt, this would be an okay place. . .until I was washed away, of course.

We caught our bus back to the Beach Club and settled in. It turns our that Dan and the other two watched the fireworks from outside of the park and we arrived back at the resort not long after them.

Sleeping on those beds was heaven, and I was excited for the next day!

creativeamanda
12-21-2011, 04:58 PM
So after a late night, we rose early the next morning. The light of a new morning was streaming in through the open cracks in the curtains. I stepped a couple of feet from me bed to look out:

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What a view!

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The Yacht Club is ready for its close up

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A beautiful courtyard.

We left the room early for breakfast in the Solarium and then walked doen the super secret pathway to here:

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Welcome, to the empty World Showcase!

It wasn't long until we were walking through the back side of the World Showcase. The best part of this walk is that usually when we are in the World Showcase, it is packed with people. In this case, I saw the World Showcase almost empty:

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It was so nice walking through without a lot of people to bump into.

We walked towards Spaceship Earth, with still only a few people in front of us:

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Oh, what a beautiful morning!

And then, we were at rope drop:

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I see Minnie!

We were close to the front of the line of people going here:

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And the cattle herding commences. What never ceases to amaze me is people try to cut off and go through that left door and argue with CastMembers! Believe me, I understand the method to their madness!

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We were like the third family in Soarin!

So, we leave Soarin and head for Test Track to get fastpasses. We score good ones, without getting behind a tour group that day! So now, we had the day ahead of us, obtaining and doing what we needed. What was next?

natebenma
12-21-2011, 05:31 PM
Amazing pictures, once again. And great captions, too! I love both with the castle/mainstreet picture and the Lot's wife comment! :rotfl:

Good choices for your return to MK that night.

The picture of the castle reflection is really neat, too. You see a lot of photos with the object AND reflection, but not many with just the reflection.

Next morning- so far so good.

That is an awesome view from your room. Do you mind sharing the room number?

Yeah for the super-secret pathway and an empty World Showcase. I love the pictures of UK and Canada without any people in them!

Soarin and Test Track FP. Next stop: Mission Space?

TeaForTulips
12-21-2011, 05:59 PM
Catching up! Love it! You crack me up. :goodvibes

creativeamanda
12-21-2011, 06:07 PM
Amazing pictures, once again. And great captions, too! I love both with the castle/mainstreet picture and the Lot's wife comment! :rotfl:

Good choices for your return to MK that night.

The picture of the castle reflection is really neat, too. You see a lot of photos with the object AND reflection, but not many with just the reflection.

Next morning- so far so good.

That is an awesome view from your room. Do you mind sharing the room number?

Yeah for the super-secret pathway and an empty World Showcase. I love the pictures of UK and Canada without any people in them!

Soarin and Test Track FP. Next stop: Mission Space?

Thanks, Dee. I'll caution you about that picture of the Yacht Club--my camera was zoomed to the max. But the room number was 2575. It is booked as a Garden View room, but as you can see, it is a lot more than a typical Garden View. It was absolutely beautiful and as always, you are free to snag whatever you need. And am I too predictable in my touring?

Catching up! Love it! You crack me up. :goodvibes

Thanks! I try to be less verbose and hit the highlights with pictures. I've read too many TRs where all I'd rather see was the pictures.

natebenma
12-21-2011, 06:40 PM
Thanks, Dee. I'll caution you about that picture of the Yacht Club--my camera was zoomed to the max. But the room number was 2575. It is booked as a Garden View room, but as you can see, it is a lot more than a typical Garden View. It was absolutely beautiful and as always, you are free to snag whatever you need. And am I too predictable in my touring?



Still- great view, zoomed or not!

I wouldn't say you are too predictible- I think your touring is SMART! I knew when you hit Peter Pan first thing, that our touring styles are very similar. I answer your "What did we do next" with WWDD- What would Dee do?

And you seem to be making the moves I would make.

But I don't know your family well enough to figure out if you hit Spaceship Earth or Nemo and Friends after that (for the record, we would visit SE if the lines were not too long). Or is Sum of All Thrills open yet???

ronnmel
12-21-2011, 09:13 PM
I'm a huge fan of Big Bang Theory, so your title reeled me in. Can't wait to read more!

creativeamanda
12-24-2011, 09:08 PM
So, we had gotten our fast passes for Test Track. Being so long ago, I so do not remember the return time, but as Dee so correctly guessed, our next stop was Mission Space.

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Is that Mars? And aren't we still on Mars from out trip last year? I don't ever remember the return flight to earth.

We then went and did something we have never done--we spent some time in Innoventions. Let's face it: it was hot. We were already tired. And we had a little time to kill.

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Boo watching her sister.

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Move aside, Sweetie, I got this.

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Yes, I married a big kid.

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Ya'll gotta try this!

So, we still had some time to kill, so we headed onto. . .

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A slow moving trip through communication!

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O.M.G. I caught Tinkerbellarella at work!



Having visited Tink, I mean , Spaceship Earth, we went on to use our fastpasses:

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Speed, I am SPEED. . .



Or at least that's what I thought. Instead, we had another attraction to visit first:

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Maybe we should invest in Depends for all of us. . .

Now, after a quick ride around the race track, we headed back out our super-secret exit. . .

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Almost home!

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So, I had not found the little secret door yet. But this brought us to the elevator two doors down from our room.

We arrived back in our room, and met a sweet little surprise. The Mousekeeping staff at the Beach Club was the best we had had in a long time, since my solo trip at POFQ. Apparently, she felt that our stuffed animals needed to see Stacy:

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We were fine without you.

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This bed was the perfect size for the two of us.

So, we laid down for a short rest. That night, we had reservations at Captain's Grill, and I needed some beauty sleep and to get out of the heat for some time.

creativeamanda
12-25-2011, 04:25 PM
I can't emphasize enough how much we needed that nap. By the time we got to the room that afternoon, it had to be like 1:00. We had reservations just as Captain's Grill opened that day, and we headed over there.

Our trip over next door to the Yacht Club was nice and slow that afternoon. I took several pictures along the way

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Jib Slide to our left, SAB to the right. We'll be back!

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Absolutely the best resort pool on property!

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There are days I still can't believe we were staying here!

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We checked into Captain's Grill early, and the kids had some time to wander around the lobby of the Yacht Club. I had not been back here since my unfortunate trip to the Yachtsman a couple of years prior:

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Where in the world are we?

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I don't know if your father is gonna be able to help you out. He's a math teacher, not geography.

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We have our heading!

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Maybe the oldest is the better helms-person

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For heavens sakes! Not Boo!

What can I say about Captain's Grill? It was our second restaurant the entire trip, and it was close to the best meal there! The server we had was awesome, very attentive, and talked to our children. Any parent can tell you, that is definitely a plus. You get on my good side when you are friendly to my kids!

Leaving the restaurant, the girls stopped for a photograph with the pretty planters outside of the Yacht Club

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No, we don't look Cheesy.

We returned to the room to get in our swimsuits. I did not take my camera back down to SAB, but thought I'd share more pictures from our trip back, where we took the long way!

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Returning home!

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I never spent much time over here in the sand. It was not my cup of tea.

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The theming amazed me.

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As did the lifeguards, who graced us with a couple of line dances while we were there!

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I spent a lot of time watching this slide!

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We never made it into Beaches and Cream. Someday. . .


After some time in the pool, we were all ready for sleep. We enjoyed our day, and were pleased with our choice in resort, given the ease of getting into and out of Epcot. Before bed, I did take one more little trip by myself. . .

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The Solarium at the Beach Club is truly a great place to relax and people watch!

Coming up. . .It's a Jungle out there!

Cin
12-25-2011, 04:47 PM
Hi Amanda, I just had to join in after finding out that my son isn't the only "Sheldon" in the world. I was certain the character was modeled after him, ha ha ha. So out of curiosity alone I had to sub and check out your trip report. I have a lot of catching up to do, so I'd better go get to reading.

natebenma
12-26-2011, 09:37 AM
What a great day!!! Lots of fun at EPCOT, energizing nap, delicious dinner, refreshing swim.

We ate at the Captain's Grille for the first time on our 2010 trip. We went on our arrival night and it was so nice to have a relaxing dinner without leaving the resort after a long busy travel day. The restaurant was really low-key and the food was excellent. I'm glad you all enjoyed it!

I'm not a big fan of the shallow sand area of Stormalong Bay either. When I want to play in the sand, I'll go to the ocean. When I want to swim, the pool is the place to be.

Looking forward to reading more!

Cin
12-26-2011, 03:59 PM
After seeing your beautiful resort pics, I really want to stay there now. I always thought it seemed stuffy and not as relaxed as compared to POFQ or Riverside which have very laid back take your time atmospheres.

creativeamanda
12-26-2011, 06:58 PM
Hi Amanda, I just had to join in after finding out that my son isn't the only "Sheldon" in the world. I was certain the character was modeled after him, ha ha ha. So out of curiosity alone I had to sub and check out your trip report. I have a lot of catching up to do, so I'd better go get to reading.

Welcome!

What a great day!!! Lots of fun at EPCOT, energizing nap, delicious dinner, refreshing swim.

We ate at the Captain's Grille for the first time on our 2010 trip. We went on our arrival night and it was so nice to have a relaxing dinner without leaving the resort after a long busy travel day. The restaurant was really low-key and the food was excellent. I'm glad you all enjoyed it!

I'm not a big fan of the shallow sand area of Stormalong Bay either. When I want to play in the sand, I'll go to the ocean. When I want to swim, the pool is the place to be.

Looking forward to reading more!

Oh, my, I so agree about SAB's shallow section! I can see how it would be fun for kids, but not for adults.

Captain's Grille is definitely a hidden gem at Disney!

After seeing your beautiful resort pics, I really want to stay there now. I always thought it seemed stuffy and not as relaxed as compared to POFQ or Riverside which have very laid back take your time atmospheres.

Oh, wow, I am so glad that I helped change your mind. I have stayed at all three and can assure you that the Beach Club is my favorite of the three, with POFQ being a very close second. It has a very laid back, kid friendly atmosphere to be certain!

creativeamanda
12-26-2011, 07:28 PM
After an absolutely heavenly night's sleep, we got up on Tuesday morning for rope drop at our favorite park.

What would that park be?

Magic Kingdom is certainly a fun park, with plenty of attractions. But, no, that is not it.

Epcot has something for everyone, and we were close to Epcot.

Nah, Epcot certainly is not it.

Don't even ask about Hollywood Studios. Blah, I'm finished with that park in three hours.

Our favorite park?

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Have a Wild Time!

We got up early that morning and walked through the resort to catch the first bus out. We were so early to Animal Kingdom, we were up here:

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They look so happy together!

Before long, we were with the throng going through the rope drop and on past the tree of life. We have discovered it is much quicker to go through Dinoland to Expedition Everest, and so that is what we did. I don't know if the straighter route is through Asia or not, but less people take the Dinoland route, so we move much, much faster.

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Lots of people started running. I never get that.

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Turning right when most people go straight.

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It looks like a crowd, but I promise it was lighter here!

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I'm gonna ride that puppy!

We get in line to get fastpasses to EE first and have those pretty quickly. Then, we jump in the standby line, which is pretty short itself.

Now, when I ride Expedition Everest, I strive for the perfect shot of the Tree of Life off of the ride. Dan gets upset, says I'm gonna drop the camera. I think this time, I got the perfect shot and won't need to try again. You all be the judge.

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I agree that the need to get this picture with my nice DSLR is probably bordering on psychotic. I rightly don't care, lol.

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Two is so much better than one.

So after that ride, we usually head over to the Safari, but this time, we decided Dinosaur would be best.

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I love the theming over here.

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I would hate to meet one of these in a dark night.

When Sheldon left this ride, he decided he didn't like it all that much any more. We headed then over to It's A Bug's Life, and of course, I forgot about the bugs running under my behind on the way out. It scared the heebee jeebees out of me!

As we left It's A Bug's Life, we went on to look at the carvings in the Tree of Life. I absolutely love these, and it had been a while since I spent any time looking at these.

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A fabulous view!

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That monkey looks caught!

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I love this owl!

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Another view from below.

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I thought they only came out at night!

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One last view.

So, as the morning is closing, we have two choices. We can either turn right back towards Expedition Everest, or we can brave the standby line at Kilimanjaro Safaris. One thing is for certain, it was starting to get more and more busy. I do know that at this point we were leaving Dan and Boo, because it was Boo and Daddy day.

TinkerbellLuvr7
12-28-2011, 01:54 PM
Amanda!!! How did I not know about this??!!!! Oh well, I'm here but late and that's okay! I can't wait to hear about the trip and your next adventure this summer :)

I'm off to go to a movie but I'll be back later tonight to read about the adventures thus far :)

creativeamanda
12-28-2011, 04:10 PM
Amanda!!! How did I not know about this??!!!! Oh well, I'm here but late and that's okay! I can't wait to hear about the trip and your next adventure this summer :)

I'm off to go to a movie but I'll be back later tonight to read about the adventures thus far :)

Megan, it's been such a crazy year, lol! While Sweetie and I are in Disney this coming summer, we'll have to definitely meet up!

creativeamanda
12-28-2011, 04:47 PM
Beginning the prior year, Boo decided she wanted a day just with her Daddy at Disney World. We call it Boo and Daddy Day.

Except for Dan. He calls it Daddy and Boo Day, but seeing as how Boo decides every move they make on Boo and Daddy Day, I believe she should go first.

Before Boo and Daddy Day was to begin, though, we had one visit to make:

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This ride is much tolerable in 90 degree weather than 40 degrees, let me tell you.

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Sheldon's favorite part is getting others wet. He'd forgo the entire ride if we would let him only do this.

At this point, we parted ways from Boo and Daddy. It was nice not having Sheldon and Boo together. Fighting.

Every minute.

Of every day.

You think I'm joking here. I'm not.

Can't tell you what Boo and Daddy did. I can tell you what Sweetie, Sheldon, and I did. We took pictures, rode Expedition Everest again, and caught the Photopass Photographers.

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This was the best photopass photographer the year before, but not that great this year. Go figure.

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Yeah, we really look scared.

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I'm not crying. My mascara is running. Which begs the question. . .Why am I wearing makeup?

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We had an argument about whether or not we were holding Tinkerbell or Simba. I'm glad I didn't bet on it.

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Well, looks like Boo and Daddy found a photographer, too. They report that they rode EE three times!

So, after this, it seems like Animal Kingdom was being overrun by school groups. I was trying to decide which Florida educational standards would be covered at Animal Kingdom, but realizing that I spent over an hour the previous school year making the argument to our school board (and being on the winning side, by the way), I figured they had every right to be there. Apparently kids who did well on the Florida state exam got free trips to Animal Kingdom for one school district. I wanna go back to school and be at that district.

I know Daddy and Boo were there for some time longer, but Sweetie and Sheldon wanted a change of scenery.

Where would be go?

Well, the bus stop should give you a hint. . .

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Coming up. . .Star Tours. . .with a 15 minute wait?

LegoMom3
12-28-2011, 05:04 PM
I have yet to completely catch up but love this latest installment! GREAT pictures! And I'd ask why you were wearing make-up but that would make me a hypocrite, so let's just let sleeping dogs lie, shall we?....:rolleyes:

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LegoMom3
12-28-2011, 05:40 PM
Would you believe I am now caught up?!.....

This is a fan-FLIPPIN'-tastic TR!!! Can't begin to tell you how envious I am of your stay at the BC. I could have no balcony and a view of a roof top and I'd still be happy to be there. Actually right now I'm envious of your trip itself....:sad1:

Your pictures are outstanding. I just had a little mini-trip to the MK! Awesome. And yes, if I was going to do a Lot's wife thing, gazing at the castle wouldn't be a bad choice.:rotfl:

Does the Haunted Mansion have a new queue area?? I don't recognize some of the stuff in your shots. LOVE the new Pooh queue!! I saw that last winter. Isn't that honey-wall uber cool?!!

I've also never eaten at Cosmic Ray's but I am now craving a smoothie from Auntie Gravity's..... ::sigh:: ...:cloud9:

Anxiously waiting for more!!...popcorn::

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creativeamanda
12-28-2011, 05:46 PM
I have yet to completely catch up but love this latest installment! GREAT pictures! And I'd ask why you were wearing make-up but that would make me a hypocrite, so let's just let sleeping dogs lie, shall we?....:rolleyes:

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LOL, I tell people I wear makeup because I choose not to scare small children. It's probably true.

Would you believe I am now caught up?!.....

This is a fan-FLIPPIN'-tastic TR!!! Can't begin to tell you how envious I am of your stay at the BC. I could have no balcony and a view of a roof top and I'd still be happy to be there. Actually right now I'm envious of your trip itself....:sad1:

Your pictures are outstanding. I just had a little mini-trip to the MK! Awesome. And yes, if I was going to do a Lot's wife thing, gazing at the castle wouldn't be a bad choice.:rotfl:

Does the Haunted Mansion have a new queue area?? I don't recognize some of the stuff in your shots. LOVE the new Pooh queue!! I saw that last winter. Isn't that honey-wall uber cool?!!

I've also never eaten at Cosmic Ray's but I am now craving a smoothie from Auntie Gravity's..... ::sigh:: ...:cloud9:

Anxiously waiting for more!!...popcorn::

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Thanks, Legomom! Don't be too envious! Someday, we'll have to do a babnana trip and stay there.

During the food and wine festival.

HM does have a new queue, and it is fantastic. It goes into a lot of the back story of the ride, and I love it.

Pooh is also great! Boo is a big Piglet lover, so she loves it there!

HMMM. . .Smoothie or a Cappucino Float from Auntie Gravity. Yeah, I need another trip soon.

LegoMom3
12-28-2011, 06:50 PM
LOL, I tell people I wear makeup because I choose not to scare small children. It's probably true.



Thanks, Legomom! Don't be too envious! Someday, we'll have to do a babnana trip and stay there.

During the food and wine festival.

HM does have a new queue, and it is fantastic. It goes into a lot of the back story of the ride, and I love it.

Pooh is also great! Boo is a big Piglet lover, so she loves it there!

HMMM. . .Smoothie or a Cappucino Float from Auntie Gravity. Yeah, I need another trip soon.

I think we need a 'manda and 'mom trip. Staying ANY where on-property!! Just think of it: 'Manda and 'Mom's Excellent Adventure...

:thumbsup2

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TinkerbellLuvr7
12-28-2011, 07:16 PM
I'm all caught up!!! Congrats again on the teaching awards :) We will for sure have to meet up this summer! Seeing as I was supposed to be saving money since I chose 19 pays instead of 24, I'll be staying in FL for the most part, working, and paying off my rent/new car lol.

I'm glad you like Captains Grill!!! Was that the meal you were on the fence about?? I've eaten there 4 times or so and have enjoyed it every time and it's even better when you're on the DDP!!!

I'm eating at Kona on New Years Eve..hopefully. Our ADR is at 9:15pm and my plane lands at 8pm so hopefully MCO luggage people get their butts in gear and I have my bags and we will drive quickly but legally to Poly from there! Since my TIW card is blocked out = no free Valet or meal discount but we'll hope for regular parking or pay for Valet if we're in a time crunch!

I'm glad you stayed at BC! I've stayed at YC and those beds are heavenly!! :)

creativeamanda
12-28-2011, 07:29 PM
I think we need a 'manda and 'mom trip. Staying ANY where on-property!! Just think of it: 'Manda and 'Mom's Excellent Adventure...

:thumbsup2

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That is awesome, Legomom. All of that is going through my head and I'm thinking back to our never was to be 5K meet this past year. Unfortunately, as long as I coach cheerleading, I won't ever be able to do a Disney 5K or marathon. :(

I'm all caught up!!! Congrats again on the teaching awards :) We will for sure have to meet up this summer! Seeing as I was supposed to be saving money since I chose 19 pays instead of 24, I'll be staying in FL for the most part, working, and paying off my rent/new car lol.

I'm glad you like Captains Grill!!! Was that the meal you were on the fence about?? I've eaten there 4 times or so and have enjoyed it every time and it's even better when you're on the DDP!!!

I'm eating at Kona on New Years Eve..hopefully. Our ADR is at 9:15pm and my plane lands at 8pm so hopefully MCO luggage people get their butts in gear and I have my bags and we will drive quickly but legally to Poly from there! Since my TIW card is blocked out = no free Valet or meal discount but we'll hope for regular parking or pay for Valet if we're in a time crunch!

I'm glad you stayed at BC! I've stayed at YC and those beds are heavenly!! :)

I know all about pinching pennies. I think I was on the fence about Captain's Grill. We had been there before, but I didn't know what Dan would think.

Good luck with the Kona dinner for New Year's! That would be horrible if you did not make it!

creativeamanda
12-30-2011, 09:45 PM
So, we boarded the bus to Hollywood Studios, and before long, we were here:

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Is it me, or does this tend to be the sunniest and hottest park of them all?

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Sheldon says this is his favorite.

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That hat is a size what?

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A little perspective on the size of that hat.

Star Tours had recently reopened. And it was a Tuesday, so no Star Tours weekend. So, we decided we needed to try the new. It said 15 minute wait.

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Cool signage.

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This was going on at the same time.

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C3PO. . .YOu never looked better.

Just in case you were wondering, it was NOT a 15 minute wait. More like 20-30 minutes. It was totally worth it, though.

By this time, we were tired. So, we walked around the park a little, doing some shopping. I love the shops in Hollywood Studios.

We headed this way. . .

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No, we didn't do it this time.

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I love this guy

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and how he spins.

By this time, we were tired and we were ready to go on to the room. The kids and I went to the Hollywood Studios boat launch to take the boat back to the resort. The Friendship boats are a very slow way to get back, but provide a great rest.

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Boardwalk Resort

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Beautiful! As long as I don't see the other side of this slide. You know, I would totally love this resort and want to stay here if not for that creepy clown.

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I loved this at night

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Coming home

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The best kiddie area and pool in the whole of Disney

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Looking back after we got off of the boat.

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The ducks like it there!

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:cloud9:I wish I were back there right now!

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You hardly ever get a photograph of this without a million people there!

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I could sit in the lobby forever.

Stepping into the room, we could tell that it was occupied at the moment.

And what a cute occupancy it was:

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Awww. . .

Coming up. . .Viva la France!

natebenma
12-31-2011, 06:08 AM
Loving your updates!!!

Animal Kingdom- sounds like a fun day. Boo and Daddy day is such a nice idea. It can be great to split up and give a break to all that "vacation togetherness" for awhile.

Did you ever ride the safari that day?

Your Tree of Life photos from Everest are spectacular!!! I totally get you needing to that. I do too, although my camera is a little point and shoot. Most of the ride photos (Splash, Dinosaur, Tower of Terror, Test Track) include me with a camera up to my face.

Glad you enjoyed the new version of Star Tours, despite the deceiving wait time info. I actually find AK to be hotter and more crowded than any other park. I think it is the size, and all of the walking between attractions.

I laughed when I read about your thoughts about the educational value of AK. My son's 8th grade class trip in June will be doing the Y.E.S (Youth Educational Something) program at Disney. You go to Space Mountain before the park opens and discuss physics and there may be something at The Living Seas. Every year there is a debate from parents who don't understand why the trip is to Disney, instead of someplace like NYC or Washington DC.

I am looking forward to the trip in June with my son Nate. Maybe. The day I posted my ticker, he got his report card. He got a 4 (the lowest grade) in effort in Life Skills (Home Ec) and is now on probation for the trip. I will be on pins and needles (and all over his "back") for the rest of the year so that we don't miss this trip!

I was also amused by your picture and comment of the difficulty of photographing the Beach Club back entrance without any people in it.

Here's mine:

Note to the woman on the bench. "Ahem, could you please move. This is going on the front page of the FAQ thread"

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LegoMom3
12-31-2011, 10:01 AM
Is it me, or does this tend to be the sunniest and hottest park of them all?

It is sunny. I think it's that wide open concrete area at the gate. Once you get into the park and down Hollywood Blvd., it's not so bad.


By this time, we were tired and we were ready to go on to the room. The kids and I went to the Hollywood Studios boat launch to take the boat back to the resort. The Friendship boats are a very slow way to get back, but provide a great rest.

I've never done the boats here but LOVE the walk from DHS to EP (or, in your case, BC...:rolleyes:). Never done it in June, though, so I'm sure it's a different experience!!


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Beautiful! As long as I don't see the other side of this slide. You know, I would totally love this resort and want to stay here if not for that creepy clown.

We all have our demons, hon.... ::coughwheezemonkeyssniff::

:rotfl:


Nice update and, as usual, great photos! I love the Studios. I think it has a lot of atmosphere and is just great to plain hang out in. :goodvibes

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creativeamanda
01-01-2012, 06:55 PM
Loving your updates!!!

Animal Kingdom- sounds like a fun day. Boo and Daddy day is such a nice idea. It can be great to split up and give a break to all that "vacation togetherness" for awhile.

Did you ever ride the safari that day?

LOL, "vacation togetherness" is a funny way to describe what happens with our family. And no, no safari. Unfortunately, the safari is not really my favorite. We do it once on the trip, but we like to save it for an EMH morning.

Your Tree of Life photos from Everest are spectacular!!! I totally get you needing to that. I do too, although my camera is a little point and shoot. Most of the ride photos (Splash, Dinosaur, Tower of Terror, Test Track) include me with a camera up to my face.

Thanks! Lots of people seem to understand, but unfortunately, they seem to be contained to the DIS boards, lol.

Glad you enjoyed the new version of Star Tours, despite the deceiving wait time info. I actually find AK to be hotter and more crowded than any other park. I think it is the size, and all of the walking between attractions.

Probably the walking does it, but living on a farm, I think that may be why AK is deceptive to me. Hollywood Studios to me seems to never include shade.

I laughed when I read about your thoughts about the educational value of AK. My son's 8th grade class trip in June will be doing the Y.E.S (Youth Educational Something) program at Disney. You go to Space Mountain before the park opens and discuss physics and there may be something at The Living Seas. Every year there is a debate from parents who don't understand why the trip is to Disney, instead of someplace like NYC or Washington DC.

See, I laugh, because I wrote the lesson plans for the senior class on their trip that they never took because they couldn't raise the money. Guess what? I linked the state physics standards to the amusement parks.

I am looking forward to the trip in June with my son Nate. Maybe. The day I posted my ticker, he got his report card. He got a 4 (the lowest grade) in effort in Life Skills (Home Ec) and is now on probation for the trip. I will be on pins and needles (and all over his "back") for the rest of the year so that we don't miss this trip!

Sweetie has been on the edge of not having her mother-daughter trip as well due to teenagery attitude. *Sigh*

I was also amused by your picture and comment of the difficulty of photographing the Beach Club back entrance without any people in it.

Note to the woman on the bench. "Ahem, could you please move. This is going on the front page of the FAQ thread"

LOL, I so get that, too!


It is sunny. I think it's that wide open concrete area at the gate. Once you get into the park and down Hollywood Blvd., it's not so bad.

I do like stepping into the shops. Those are my favorite stores in Disney aside from WOD.

I've never done the boats here but LOVE the walk from DHS to EP (or, in your case, BC...:rolleyes:). Never done it in June, though, so I'm sure it's a different experience!!

The walk is not as bad as one would think. We actually do that a couple of times, as well.

We all have our demons, hon.... ::coughwheezemonkeyssniff::

:rotfl:


Nice update and, as usual, great photos! I love the Studios. I think it has a lot of atmosphere and is just great to plain hang out in. :goodvibes

I think I'm relaxing with the monkeys. For example, I would think about staying at the Boardwalk in the winter in a room not facing the slide. :rolleyes1

Thanks, Legomom!

creativeamanda
01-09-2012, 05:45 PM
So, when I last left all of you, I had walked into the room and found this:

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Wow, that is some good sleeping!

After a much-deserved Boo nap for Boo and Daddy, we got up, used the super-secret entrance to Epcot, and made our way here:

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If any of you remember, in 2009, I had a difficult time with a trip to Chefs de France in which I was never seated. In the end, although I have never returned to Yachtsman, where I had a terrible meal, I decided to give the French another try. We are glad we did.

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It's the little Chef!

So here's the thing: It seems that Remy from time to time visits at dinner. Our reservations that night were at 5ish pm.

From there, we went on to

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Yay! Characters!

I'll save you from all of the character pictures, but the best thing that night was a little tiny girl who was in front of us. She was soooo happy to see Mickey Mouse. My kids were so happy to see her and they remembered how they loved Disney in the beginning. We had been having an okay time until that point, but when my kids saw how happy that little girl was, they said they remembered how fun Disney was from the beginning. I was so happy we stopped there. . . .and saw Sheldon's favorite:


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Of course, by that time, it's getting later. We went on to Spaceship Earth for another ride before the fireworks, and I took some time to get some shots of SE:

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I love this one. . .


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Wow.

It was later in the evening by now, and we headed for our spot over on the world showcase for Illuminations:

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Coming up--ending the evening with a bang!

natebenma
01-10-2012, 12:58 PM
Glad you enjoyed your meal at Chef's. We have never eaten there.

What a great story about your encounter at the Character spot. So cool that your kids recognized the little girl's joy and related it back to their early visits to the World.

What a great Stitch shirt!

Spaceship Earth is so beautiful! Nice pictures!

creativeamanda
01-15-2012, 03:34 PM
Glad you enjoyed your meal at Chef's. We have never eaten there.

What a great story about your encounter at the Character spot. So cool that your kids recognized the little girl's joy and related it back to their early visits to the World.

What a great Stitch shirt!

Spaceship Earth is so beautiful! Nice pictures!

Thanks, Dee! Character spot is wonderful, and the kids still talk about that encounter!

creativeamanda
01-15-2012, 03:46 PM
When I last left the few of you still reading, we were waiting for the fireworks to begin. There is a small back story to Illuminations. Truthfully, the first time I ever saw Illuminations was December of 2009. I had been to Disney three times without seeing Illuminations. I love this fireworks show! We waited for the light of the sky to slowly fade out, and this was next:



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I love how it starts with such power!

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The world coming to the center.

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My favorite part is when the fireworks come from the earth.

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So, afterwords, we went back through our super secret exit and back over to the resort. This is such a wonderful walk back!

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Back to our room--balcony view at night

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Again, I was feeling shocked we were even staying here. I don't ever seeing us able to afford this place again, and was truly an experience of a lifetime!

Coming up. . .A gorgeous walk in the morning.

TinkerbellLuvr7
01-15-2012, 05:04 PM
I'm so glad you were able to stay at BC :) Great Illuminations pics :)

natebenma
01-15-2012, 05:14 PM
Gorgeous Illuminations photos!!!

I hope circumstances bring you back to BC some day!

Us, too! We don't have any immediate plans to return and I really miss it!!!

Have you shared your room number? Did you have a garden view?

creativeamanda
01-15-2012, 08:58 PM
I'm so glad you were able to stay at BC :) Great Illuminations pics :)

Me, too!

Thanks, Tink!

Gorgeous Illuminations photos!!!

I hope circumstances bring you back to BC some day!

Us, too! We don't have any immediate plans to return and I really miss it!!!

Have you shared your room number? Did you have a garden view?

Thanks, Dee. It was room number 2575 and it was a garden view. I hope we all can get back to what I feel to be my real home!

creativeamanda
01-16-2012, 12:56 PM
The following morning, we woke up. It was Hollywood Studios day, and we had a choice of ways to go. From the Beach Club, we could either walk or we could take the boat.

We chose to walk. I'm not convinced either way is faster than the other, and I had heard from people that the walk was a great one. We skipped on breakfast (that's what Starring Rolls is for) and took off.

Our first area? Stormalong Bay

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Oh, how I would love to get in that water now.

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Coming closer to the Yacht Club. Someday I will have to stay here as well.



Walking on, I soon began to appreciate how lovely this walk truly is--fewer people around. Mostly the people were the joggers in the morning. Vaguely, I thought that would be a good idea. Somehow, I never seemed to gather the energy for it, though. . .

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So pretty, I'd stay here if it weren't for the clown slide. Possibly a winter trip here would work.

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Most pictures of the lighthouse are centered that I see. I like how this one came out, because it is not centered.

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Sunrise over the lighthouse.

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Spaceship Earth in the distance

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Looking towards Hollywood Studios

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Coming behind the TOwer of Tower

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YOu rarely see this angle

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I love how he spins

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And at a halt. . .

Honestly, this walk is beautiful, and I intend to use this walk to go from Hollywood Studios to Epcot. I enjoyed it, and although it was longer than I originally thought, it really did not seem longer than the Friendship boat ride.

Coming up--SHEER MADNESS!

natebenma
01-16-2012, 08:45 PM
What a great picture-tour of the HS walk! The sunrise over the lighthouse is beautiful!

We have done the walk FROM HS to BC, twice, both times in the evening.

We raced the boat (and barely won) both times.

creativeamanda
01-29-2012, 03:33 PM
What a great picture-tour of the HS walk! The sunrise over the lighthouse is beautiful!

We have done the walk FROM HS to BC, twice, both times in the evening.

We raced the boat (and barely won) both times.

The boat really doesn't save time mostly because there are only a few of them, and then they run that large circuit--DHS, Swan/Dolphin, YC, BWI, EP WS. That is a long route, and it seems like it is a longer boat ride than the one from POR to DTD.

I love the walk, but it can be tiring, though.

creativeamanda
01-29-2012, 03:58 PM
As he headed over to Hollywood Studios, we knew our first stop:


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Time to win!

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Look at that wait time!

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That's an empty queue line

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I don't know exactly why Boo has that face.

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I love this sign--it's stapled to the wall!


We were in and out of the ride by 8:10am. We typically only want to ride Toy Story Mania one time. Afterwards, we headed for the Fastpass line at Rock n Roller Coaster and then for my favorite breakfast location at Disney. . .Starring Rolls.

And what did I have?


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A red velvet cupcake. The breakfast of champions. :rotfl:

After my well-balanced, nutritious breakfast, we headed on to another favorite of mine. . .

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Home of one of the cheesier rides at Disney, but in air conditioning, and nice and restful.

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Julie Andrews has seen better days.

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Wow. Lots of little people.

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Ha ha. Recently in Sweetie's academic challenge matches, she has had a question about the Wizard of Oz each time.



We went on to Star Tours. I can't wait to share with all of you who the Rebel Spy was!

TinkerbellLuvr7
01-29-2012, 06:44 PM
Yummo cupcake!!! Now that I have tried the famous butterfinger one, I must try that one sometime!!

creativeamanda
01-29-2012, 10:01 PM
Yummo cupcake!!! Now that I have tried the famous butterfinger one, I must try that one sometime!!

I had the Butterfinger one later in the week. I preferred the Red Velvet one.

natebenma
01-30-2012, 07:44 AM
Holy Cow!!! 10 minute TSM wait time? How many people did you push over during the stampede to get to the front of that line?

Love your breakfast. Confession- I have never tried a red velvet anything. So I never know what they are talking about on Cupcake Wars. :confused3

I'll have to put that cupcake on my bucket list.

creativeamanda
02-05-2012, 07:18 PM
Holy Cow!!! 10 minute TSM wait time? How many people did you push over during the stampede to get to the front of that line?

Love your breakfast. Confession- I have never tried a red velvet anything. So I never know what they are talking about on Cupcake Wars. :confused3

I'll have to put that cupcake on my bucket list.

LOL, I only knocked over a couple of little ones. Wait until you see the 1:11 wait time!

Red Velvet is really just cake with food coloring in it. And a little bit of coffee and cocoa powder. Put that one on your bucket list!

creativeamanda
02-05-2012, 07:37 PM
So, as we left the Great Movie Ride, it must have been close to 11:00. We went over to Star Tours for our obligatory ride for Sheldon. We were seated for Star Tours on the front row. Where we got the best surprise in the end. . .

The Rebel Spy?



Was Boo. She was all over herself. She wanted to get one of those Rebel Spy shirts, but we moved on. To ride Star Tours again.

By the time we got finished again, it was close to 12:00. We had lunch reservations at Mama Melrose's so we headed over to check in. We were seated quickly, and I had a delicious Mojito.

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I love the decor

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I could use one of those right now.

As always, we had a delicious meal at Mama Melrose's and we traveled back towards Pixar Place. My intentions were not to ride Toy Story Mania again. It was to see what the wait time was.

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Yes. The time is 1:11pm. The wait is 70 minutes! :eek:

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We kept on going, lol

As we passed by, we decided for a walk down memory lane. We never have stayed for this show, but this spot is worth the exhibits:

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Hamming it up

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I wonder how often he drew on this table instead of doing his work. . .

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If only I could have seen/ridden this

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I can't imagine what Disney World would have been like had Walt lived longer. Probably nothing like it does now.


So, we ducked out of here, and walked down Hollywood Blvd towards

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The wait time was too long, and I was chicken today.

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Instead, I wasn't too chicken for this. Go figure.

Sweetie and Boo rode with me. I am certain Sheldon and Dan went back to the room before the Rock and Roller Coaster. It was time to go back. So did we take the Friendship Boat, or walk back?

Coming up: I HATE Clowns, and this one is no exception.

natebenma
02-06-2012, 08:40 AM
Of course it was Boo! I've always had my suspicions about that girl... :rotfl:

How fun!!!

We enjoyed our meal at Mama Melrose. Was that a raspberry Mojito??? It looks WAY YUM!!!

Cute pictures at One Man's Dream. We have not taken the time to go through this. Someday.

Walk or Boat? I'm guessing your clown comment gives IT away.

PirateKate
02-19-2012, 10:49 PM
Beach Club is such a convenient place to stay. I love how you can just walk to Epcot or DHS. And it looks so beautiful, too. Maybe someday!

Cupcakes for breakfast! :rotfl: Great way to start the day.

creativeamanda
02-26-2012, 02:55 PM
Of course it was Boo! I've always had my suspicions about that girl... :rotfl:

How fun!!!

We enjoyed our meal at Mama Melrose. Was that a raspberry Mojito??? It looks WAY YUM!!!

Cute pictures at One Man's Dream. We have not taken the time to go through this. Someday.

Walk or Boat? I'm guessing your clown comment gives IT away.

I wish I had a picture of Boo's reaction when she realized it was her!


Beach Club is such a convenient place to stay. I love how you can just walk to Epcot or DHS. And it looks so beautiful, too. Maybe someday!

Cupcakes for breakfast! :rotfl: Great way to start the day.

Only at Disney is a cupcake for breakfast acceptable.

Beach Club was awesome!

creativeamanda
02-26-2012, 03:24 PM
I don't know I would specify them as creepy. All clowns, in my humble opinion, are creepy.

You read that right.

All clowns.

But even as the thought of a clown scares the bejeebies out of me, I found myself drawn to seeing the Keister Coaster at Boardwalk Inn. So instead of taking the boat back to the Beach Club, we walked.

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Although I find the Swan and Dolphin resorts cool, I have no desire to stay there.

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At BWI. . .

I don't know what drew me to it, but before long, I was here:


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YIKES!

My DIS Friends, I stood there all of 10 seconds before I was ready to leave.

By this time, the girls and I were all thirsty, so we grabbed a drink at the Boardwalk Bakery. Where I learned something.

Whatever water they use at the Boardwalk Bakery for sodas is not the same as any other location at Disney. This was verified later in the week. Either way, I won't be returning to the Bakery for the same stuff I could get at Starring Rolls and yucky soda. :sick:

We did walk along, taking photos of our resort. . .


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THis is one of my favorites from the week.

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Looking back towards the Boardwalk


By this time, we had found the super secret side entrance at the Beach Club and it was well-welcomed.

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Shhh. . .They will all be using it.

We made it to the room to find the Mousekeeper had been there:

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This was way-impressive!

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Minnie looks like she owns the place!


We settled in for some well-needed rest. Since we had eaten lunch, we had no reservations for the night, and really had no plans for the night. It was at that point, someone decided that the Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes would be a great idea for the night. So rest we did, knowing it would be a long night ahead!

Coming up. . .If the hot dog is green, for heaven sakes, don't eat it!

natebenma
02-26-2012, 04:19 PM
Now, I have done the walk from HS to BC twice, both at night. I haven't gone by the way of the Boardwalk- we usually cross over before we get there, but I had heard that there was a shortcut through the BW pool area.

I love the towel stingray in your room.

There's a super-secret entrance to the Beach Club?!? :rotfl: ;)

LegoMom3
02-26-2012, 06:01 PM
Beautiful photography amanda!....even if one was of a clown. :rolleyes:

:rotfl:

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eandesmom
02-29-2012, 07:49 PM
I love the super secret entrance but am :scared1: that DEE doesn't know where it is!

When we were there last May it was hidden by scaffolding but it is a killer shortcut.

That clown creeps me out. I still want to stay at BWV to check it out live (and hope to in Oct) but my family is pretty anti creepy clown, even though the location is killer.

Interesting about the soda, I do think we got some there once but for the life of me can't recall.

Oh wait, I TRIED to. We were on the segmented dining plan, before they nixed it and I went to get my mug since we were doing deluxe for one day. However my credits didn't show, they wouldn't give me the mug and I was mortified holding up the entire bakery line.

Once I got it fixed back at the BC, I ended up with double credits that never seemed to go down, including an extra mug!

If they did that to others, they probably lost their shirts on the segmented ideal. :rotfl:

That Mojito looks very tasty!

natebenma
03-01-2012, 06:15 AM
I love the super secret entrance but am :scared1: that DEE doesn't know where it is!

When we were there last May it was hidden by scaffolding but it is a killer shortcut.

That clown creeps me out. I still want to stay at BWV to check it out live (and hope to in Oct) but my family is pretty anti creepy clown, even though the location is killer.

Interesting about the soda, I do think we got some there once but for the life of me can't recall.

Oh wait, I TRIED to. We were on the segmented dining plan, before they nixed it and I went to get my mug since we were doing deluxe for one day. However my credits didn't show, they wouldn't give me the mug and I was mortified holding up the entire bakery line.

Once I got it fixed back at the BC, I ended up with double credits that never seemed to go down, including an extra mug!

If they did that to others, they probably lost their shirts on the segmented ideal. :rotfl:

That Mojito looks very tasty!

Sorry about that Cynthia!

I was kidding of course, although I didn't know about the Super Secret Entrance until my last trip to the Beach Club. There is now a photo spread of the entrance in the BC FAQ thread, so I guess it is not-so-secret anymore!

The segmented dining plan sounds like a major flop!

creativeamanda
03-03-2012, 03:40 PM
Now, I have done the walk from HS to BC twice, both at night. I haven't gone by the way of the Boardwalk- we usually cross over before we get there, but I had heard that there was a shortcut through the BW pool area.

I love the towel stingray in your room.

There's a super-secret entrance to the Beach Club?!? :rotfl: ;)

You are too funny, Dee! I don't know what drew me to stay over there and look at that slide, but I am glad that I did!

Beautiful photography amanda!....even if one was of a clown. :rolleyes:

:rotfl:

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Thanks, Legomom!

I love the super secret entrance but am :scared1: that DEE doesn't know where it is!

When we were there last May it was hidden by scaffolding but it is a killer shortcut.

That clown creeps me out. I still want to stay at BWV to check it out live (and hope to in Oct) but my family is pretty anti creepy clown, even though the location is killer.

Interesting about the soda, I do think we got some there once but for the life of me can't recall.

Oh wait, I TRIED to. We were on the segmented dining plan, before they nixed it and I went to get my mug since we were doing deluxe for one day. However my credits didn't show, they wouldn't give me the mug and I was mortified holding up the entire bakery line.

Once I got it fixed back at the BC, I ended up with double credits that never seemed to go down, including an extra mug!

If they did that to others, they probably lost their shirts on the segmented ideal. :rotfl:

That Mojito looks very tasty!

Segmented dining plan? That sounds kind of interesting. I promise, be glad you did not have the soda over there. I hoped it was an off day, but later I found that not to be the case.

The Mojito was very tasty.

Sorry about that Cynthia!

I was kidding of course, although I didn't know about the Super Secret Entrance until my last trip to the Beach Club. There is now a photo spread of the entrance in the BC FAQ thread, so I guess it is not-so-secret anymore!

The segmented dining plan sounds like a major flop!

Ha ha, I guess it's not a well-kept secret!

creativeamanda
03-03-2012, 04:00 PM
Shortly after returning to the room, we were off again. I have to recommend this to anyone on a trip: if you plan to do a go-go-go day like the one we had, a lunch reservation is your best bet for a rest. Before long, we were marching down Main Street, USA:

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I have no clue what Sheldon is looking at!

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In front of Crystal Palace.

We turned left, and headed toward Adventureland and Pirates of the Caribbean.

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A little crowded through here!

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Yo Ho Yo HO!

After riding Pirates for probably the millionth time in our lives, for some reason which I am still not sure of, we walked through Liberty Square and to Fantasyland. Perhaps we were going to the Haunted Mansion. And maybe we rode it. For some reason, my notes on this night are sketchy. I think I was getting a wee bit tired. Either way, I captured some pretty pictures of the back side of the castle (Cinderella's Royal Table)

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I wonder if anyone saw me outside. . .

Whatever was going on, I know we had dinner at Cosmic Ray's. The girls and I got dinner over at the chicken bay. Sheldon and Dan got theirs at the burger area.

And Sheldon ate a hot dog.

For the next half an hour after dinner, Sheldon was ill. It immediately started after he ate. As we were waiting for the parade, Dan took Sheldon back to the bathroom three to six times. All the while, everyone and their brother was trying to take over the area we had reserved for the parade.

Few things upset me in Disney, but this is where my rant begins. When I am waiting for a parade at the hub in Magic Kingdom, I know that I should stake out a spot at least 1.5 hours ahead of time. As a result I do so. I was smart enough to read before I spent thousands of dollars on a trip. Do not, I repeat, do not try to jump in at the last moment!!! I will move back so a child can stand in front of me. I promise. But just because you have children in tow does not give you permission to step out in front of me. Next time, read.

And my holding two spots since my child is not feeling well should not be a problem to anyone, either. Sheldon had a stomach ache. He had no fever. He was not throwing up. And his response to me?

"Mama, next time I see a little green on a hot dog, I won't eat it, Okay?"

Good plan, kid, good plan.

So, as the sun is coming down, I am fighting a bit for my spot (but winning, mind you). I started taking pictures of the castle and these are some of my favorites I leave you with:

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Coming from Cosmic Ray's

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At our spot

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You can tell he's not feeling great

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Lights going down

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It's about that time!

Coming up: Not my favorite, but it will do.

LegoMom3
03-03-2012, 05:28 PM
The last time I staked out a spot for something at the MK, it was up on the train station balcony to watch SpectroMagic. I was there over an hour prior to the start, and there were only like 2 other people already up there when I arrived. I'm telling you I had to fight for my spot at the railing!!! I was alone - no kids with me - so I stood my ground. It's amazing how we planners are supposed to concede to those who didn't plan one iota. Just.....ugh!

I don't even wanna know about "green" on a hotdog.....:scared1:

:sick:

I'm glad he came out ok....that could have been a LOT worse!!

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natebenma
03-03-2012, 10:10 PM
Beautiful pictures of the castle!!!

My family doesn't "do" parades or fireworks :sad1: so I haven't had to attempt the stakeout. Even so, I know that people are unbelievably, incomprehensibly, RUDE! Sorry you had to deal with that on top of having a sick son.

creativeamanda
03-04-2012, 09:11 AM
The last time I staked out a spot for something at the MK, it was up on the train station balcony to watch SpectroMagic. I was there over an hour prior to the start, and there were only like 2 other people already up there when I arrived. I'm telling you I had to fight for my spot at the railing!!! I was alone - no kids with me - so I stood my ground. It's amazing how we planners are supposed to concede to those who didn't plan one iota. Just.....ugh!

I don't even wanna know about "green" on a hotdog.....:scared1:

:sick:

I'm glad he came out ok....that could have been a LOT worse!!

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I don't understand why people feel like they should be able to walk right up and take your spot! And you know, that's where I plan to watch the parade next--right up there at the railing. I have a monopod this year, so I think it'll be easier for me to move around with my camera. I think people tend to have more a problem with my camera equipment than anything else.

I'm glad he felt better, but if I remember correctly, he was still up and down most of the night.

Beautiful pictures of the castle!!!

My family doesn't "do" parades or fireworks :sad1: so I haven't had to attempt the stakeout. Even so, I know that people are unbelievably, incomprehensibly, RUDE! Sorry you had to deal with that on top of having a sick son.

Thanks, Dee! I don't understand the need to take up a spot that a person has obviously been staking out! I had my camera and all there, so I promise, they knew I had been there for some amount of time. And of course, they appeared to not understand English at first, yet turned and spoke fluent English to the people they were with. In this case, a castmember finally had to tell them that we had been there for a long time waiting.

LegoMom3
03-04-2012, 09:52 AM
I don't understand why people feel like they should be able to walk right up and take your spot! And you know, that's where I plan to watch the parade next--right up there at the railing. I have a monopod this year, so I think it'll be easier for me to move around with my camera. I think people tend to have more a problem with my camera equipment than anything else.

I'm glad he felt better, but if I remember correctly, he was still up and down most of the night.



Thanks, Dee! I don't understand the need to take up a spot that a person has obviously been staking out! I had my camera and all there, so I promise, they knew I had been there for some amount of time. And of course, they appeared to not understand English at first, yet turned and spoke fluent English to the people they were with. In this case, a castmember finally had to tell them that we had been there for a long time waiting.

Well good for them!!! That's encouraging to hear. Glad they took notice and stood up for you.

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creativeamanda
03-09-2012, 08:12 PM
Well good for them!!! That's encouraging to hear. Glad they took notice and stood up for you.

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Me, too!

creativeamanda
03-09-2012, 08:19 PM
I love the Spectromagic Parade. Really, really love it. I know there are people who do not share my sentiment. That's okay. Different strokes and all that. The Main Street Electrical Parade is all right. It's not my favorite. It's not the same. But it will do. There are some beautiful floats, and I think more than anything, that's what I remember and can share:

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So after that, on to the Magic, the Memories, and You. I'll admit, I was among those skeptical about this particular show, but I have to say, I was impressed by it!

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After all of that, I was really excited for the coming fireworks. I love Wishes! (continued)

creativeamanda
03-09-2012, 08:27 PM
I love Wishes. And like with the parade, I would rather the pictures do the talking. . .

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As the smoke settled, I took it all in, getting a couple of shots of Tomorrowland on my way out:

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And the monorail while walking to the final destination--my bus back home.

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What an awesome day this was! And although we were tired, I was ready for what would come the next day.

Coming up. . .Soarin' Stampede

creativeamanda
03-10-2012, 10:32 AM
I met my first ever Diser/TourGuideMiker at a Soarin' Stampede. It honestly was great to put a face with the name there. And it makes for a great memory. So this morning, when we were going into Epcot, I knew our first stop would again be Soarin.

Of course, being at the Beach Club, the path into Epcot is significantly different, but it is a good different. I have to say, I will miss going into Epcot like this. Our next family trip will definitely be to another Epcot-area resort.



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The family at the lead.

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I'll visit the Ministry of Magic Some other time.

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I often wonder if I can hire my own Disney landscaper for my home

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The Tronorail!

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This is June, right? Where are all the people?!?

It was not long until we had gone through Soarin. I did not take pictures of the stampede and all that day. My family seemed surprised I put the camera up. I know we rode it and pulled a fastpass for later. We headed over to the Seas with Nemo and Friends from there.

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I love these birds--Mine!

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This is perhaps one of my favorite angles of Spaceship Earth!



We were able to catch one of the informational sessions at the Seas regarding I believe the manatee. It was very interesting. The kids loved it!



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I guess that confirms it

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Manatee with his lettuce

Coming out, we were awed how beautiful the day was!

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We also could pull another fastpass by then, so we got one for here:

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We were on our way back to Soarin, but he had a pit stop to make (no pun intended):

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Boo gives a thumbs up on whatever she is drinking.

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Oh, NO!

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That didn't take long!



After this, we rode Soarin and headed for the World Showcase. I know, the most obvious place to start would have been Canada, but I just cannot move Counter Clockwise in the morning. (Call it OCD). Coming up: The World Showcase and What Are you Doing to that Troll?

natebenma
03-11-2012, 10:19 PM
I don't understand why people feel like they should be able to walk right up and take your spot! And you know, that's where I plan to watch the parade next--right up there at the railing. I have a monopod this year, so I think it'll be easier for me to move around with my camera. I think people tend to have more a problem with my camera equipment than anything else.


Thanks, Dee! I don't understand the need to take up a spot that a person has obviously been staking out! I had my camera and all there, so I promise, they knew I had been there for some amount of time. And of course, they appeared to not understand English at first, yet turned and spoke fluent English to the people they were with. In this case, a castmember finally had to tell them that we had been there for a long time waiting.

OK, had to come back to this post:

I just came back from a few days in Puerto Rico with my husband (AND NO KIDS) to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Such a nice time, but I have a similar story to your parade tale. I had booked a window seat for our flight Thursday afternoon and when Mark and I boarded, there was a woman sitting there. I said that's my seat. She looked at me, smiled and said "I no speak English". I pointed to the seat and then to me and she just smiled and shook her head. I was going to either talk to the flight attendant or stick my camera in the window when we took off, but she got up for the bathroom a few minutes later so I took the seat. I handed over her bag when she got back and she never said a word.

Later in the flight she told the flight attendant "I'll have a Sprite" in perfect English!

natebenma
03-11-2012, 10:29 PM
What fantastic parade, Memories and Wishes photos!!! Glad you were able to hold your ground with that awesome spot!

:lmao: on the Ministry of Magic comment. Gonna have to steal that one :rolleyes1

What a perfect morning so far at EPCOT! Was this regular opening time or EMH?

Mrs. Sojourner
03-12-2012, 09:32 AM
I'm very much enjoying your TR; thanks for sharing! Beach Club is on the top of my wish list of places I'd love to stay and I've enjoyed hearing about how awesome and convient it was. Can't wait to hear more about your trip! :)

LegoMom3
03-12-2012, 10:24 AM
Checking in to say that I'm still with ya and LOVING the photos as always! I'm particularly envious of the fireworks shots.....my camera has a so-called fireworks "setting" but they never come out like that. I'm also impressed with the "Memories" thing on the castle -- what a gorgeous palette of colors on there!! Wow.

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eandesmom
03-12-2012, 11:58 AM
Loving the pictures, really great fireworks shots!!!! And worth holding that spot for, for sure.

Nice morning at Epcot. Sometimes putting away the camera is a very very good thing!

creativeamanda
03-12-2012, 06:28 PM
OK, had to come back to this post:

I just came back from a few days in Puerto Rico with my husband (AND NO KIDS) to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Such a nice time, but I have a similar story to your parade tale. I had booked a window seat for our flight Thursday afternoon and when Mark and I boarded, there was a woman sitting there. I said that's my seat. She looked at me, smiled and said "I no speak English". I pointed to the seat and then to me and she just smiled and shook her head. I was going to either talk to the flight attendant or stick my camera in the window when we took off, but she got up for the bathroom a few minutes later so I took the seat. I handed over her bag when she got back and she never said a word.

Later in the flight she told the flight attendant "I'll have a Sprite" in perfect English!

First of all, I'm super jealous of you spending that time without kiddos!

Second, I am not surprised in the least about what happened to ya'll. It seems to happen too often and it's a taboo subject on the Disboards.

What fantastic parade, Memories and Wishes photos!!! Glad you were able to hold your ground with that awesome spot!

:lmao: on the Ministry of Magic comment. Gonna have to steal that one :rolleyes1

What a perfect morning so far at EPCOT! Was this regular opening time or EMH?

This was, believe it or not, regular opening. I look at the pictures now and I am still shocked!

And as always, you are welcome to anything on my reports! :goodvibes

I'm very much enjoying your TR; thanks for sharing! Beach Club is on the top of my wish list of places I'd love to stay and I've enjoyed hearing about how awesome and convient it was. Can't wait to hear more about your trip! :)

:welcome: The Beach Club was awesome! It's not some place our family would regularly be able to visit, but it certainly is affordable with a % off like we had.

Checking in to say that I'm still with ya and LOVING the photos as always! I'm particularly envious of the fireworks shots.....my camera has a so-called fireworks "setting" but they never come out like that. I'm also impressed with the "Memories" thing on the castle -- what a gorgeous palette of colors on there!! Wow.

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I was skeptical of the Memories thing, but I liked it.

You are too kind about my pictures. The trick is to play around with the shutter speed and aperture and have a tripod.

Loving the pictures, really great fireworks shots!!!! And worth holding that spot for, for sure.

Nice morning at Epcot. Sometimes putting away the camera is a very very good thing!

It so is a good thing. Thank you so much, Cynthia!

creativeamanda
03-17-2012, 03:37 PM
So, leaving Club Cool, we stopped first to grab some water for poor Boo. She just could not get that taste of the Beverly out of her mouth.

We decided after our second trip on Soarin' to walk over to the World Showcase. Again, remember my OCD tendency? Here we are, in Mexico! :rolleyes1

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Crowds picking up a little.

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I always love it in here--so pretty

We then headed over to Norway, and possibly one of my favorite rides, though I don't know why.

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Of course, we had to get the obligatory picture with the troll, but this year, Sweetie decided violence was the best policy with the troll.

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What are you planning to do to that troll's nose? Didn't you see all the boogers in Harry Potter?

Then, over to China, which I think is one of the prettiest paviolions on site:

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And looking over towards Future World:

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Then we moved over to Germany before we had to hightail it back to the resort:

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Ah, Caramel, you delightful decadence!

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I remember here that before the girls and I went into the World Showcase, Sheldon and Dan left for T-Rex. I never got pictures from there, but the girls and I had tea at the Grand Floridian, which we were so looking forward to.

Up next, Tea for Three!

LegoMom3
03-17-2012, 03:56 PM
So, leaving Club Cool, we stopped first to grab some water for poor Boo. She just could not get that taste of the Beverly out of her mouth.

We decided after our second trip on Soarin' to walk over to the World Showcase. Again, remember my OCD tendency? Here we are, in Mexico! :rolleyes1

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%209%202011/June_08_2011_00001499.jpg
Crowds picking up a little.

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Disney%20Trip%20June%209%202011/June_08_2011_00001502.jpg
I always love it in here--so pretty

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And looking over towards Future World:

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Up next, Tea for Three!


UGH....I just wanna BE there....NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!


Great update!....keep 'em coming! :goodvibes

natebenma
03-17-2012, 05:52 PM
Some nice gal at EPCOT and more to come, I see!

I agree, the Mexican pavilion is beautiful! And such a cool and dark getaway when it is hot.

I have not been to Karamel Kuche yet, it opened after our last visit. I can't wait. I have already come up with the title to that chapter of my TR with the teens. "Braces be d*mned! We're going to Germany!"

BTW- do you photopass? I just preordered my CD for the trip we are taking around the same time as yours. I am going to organize the PP share for the class trip.

creativeamanda
03-17-2012, 07:42 PM
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UGH....I just wanna BE there....NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!


Great update!....keep 'em coming! :goodvibes

I wanna be there now, as well!

Some nice gal at EPCOT and more to come, I see!

I agree, the Mexican pavilion is beautiful! And such a cool and dark getaway when it is hot.

I have not been to Karamel Kuche yet, it opened after our last visit. I can't wait. I have already come up with the title to that chapter of my TR with the teens. "Braces be d*mned! We're going to Germany!"

BTW- do you photopass? I just preordered my CD for the trip we are taking around the same time as yours. I am going to organize the PP share for the class trip.

LOL, love the title!

I do photopass, and that sounds interesting. PM me!

creativeamanda
03-24-2012, 04:39 PM
As we left the room, we boarded the bus for Magic Kingdom, knowing we would need to transfer over to the monorail.

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Looking towards the Grand Floridian

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Our monorail car

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Some day. . .

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What a beautiful sight!

We had arrived early, and because we wanted to visit the Basin Store at the Grand Floridian.

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Beautiful store! I much prefer this one to the one in Downtown Disney!

Before long, we were at the tea:

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Such pretty china

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She apparently is enjoying it

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My favorite!

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This particular experience is one that is a not to be missed occasion at Disney World. It is delicious, as well as fun. The girls greatly enjoyed it, and it is something we would definitely do again.

That evening, we met back up with Dan and Sheldon to return to Epcot for the night. We did not stay out late that night, but it was an enjoyable evening.

Coming up--fireworks from the resort.

Queenofallthings
03-25-2012, 06:28 PM
I love the Basin store at the GF....I can't remember the last time I was in the one at DTD .... I always make a point of stopping here!:thumbsup2

That tea sounds lovely! I love the china...it reminds me of a very dear friend of my mother's....she had that china and she would always bring it out when we went for tea!

natebenma
03-25-2012, 09:29 PM
I do photopass, and that sounds interesting. PM me!

I'll PM you this week- this past week was really hectic!

My younger son is in a community theatre production of Bye Bye Birdie and we had rehearsals all week, performances Thursday, Saturday and this afternoon, three shows next weekend and I helped run a Science Fair on Saturday.

natebenma
03-25-2012, 09:38 PM
Tea with the girls looks divine! I have never stepped foot in the GF.

My afternoon would more likely be similar to your guys' day- T-Rex followed by hours in the Lego store.

Dreamsdocometrue9112
03-25-2012, 09:42 PM
Finally caught up on your TR! I just love Beach Club. I hope to stay there one trip, it's just so serene.

I love your "mother-daughter" time. So cute. Can't wait to read more!

PirateKate
03-26-2012, 09:43 PM
I'm definitely going to be checking for green on any future hot dog that comes my day! :sick:

Tea looks like so much fun! What a great way to spend some mother-daughter time.

creativeamanda
03-26-2012, 09:53 PM
I love the Basin store at the GF....I can't remember the last time I was in the one at DTD .... I always make a point of stopping here!:thumbsup2

That tea sounds lovely! I love the china...it reminds me of a very dear friend of my mother's....she had that china and she would always bring it out when we went for tea!

I love the Basin at the Grand Flo. The tea was wonderful!

I'll PM you this week- this past week was really hectic!

My younger son is in a community theatre production of Bye Bye Birdie and we had rehearsals all week, performances Thursday, Saturday and this afternoon, three shows next weekend and I helped run a Science Fair on Saturday.

Woah! Pm when you get a chance, hon!

Tea with the girls looks divine! I have never stepped foot in the GF.

My afternoon would more likely be similar to your guys' day- T-Rex followed by hours in the Lego store.

LOL, you should visit the Grand Flo. The Grand Floridian Cafe is one of the best underrated places on site.

Finally caught up on your TR! I just love Beach Club. I hope to stay there one trip, it's just so serene.

I love your "mother-daughter" time. So cute. Can't wait to read more!

Thanks! Glad you you get all caught up!

The Beach Club is awesome!

I'm definitely going to be checking for green on any future hot dog that comes my day! :sick:

Tea looks like so much fun! What a great way to spend some mother-daughter time.

LOL--green hot dogs are horrible!

The tea was wonderful, and someday I'm gonna do it with some fellow Disers!

TinkerbellLuvr7
03-27-2012, 07:52 PM
I love afternoon tea!!! I went once with 2 friends and once with my mom and loved it both times!!! When the girls get older you can go to the spa and then afternoon tea, it's one of the greatest experiences I've had with my mom :)

eeyore04
03-27-2012, 08:33 PM
Your title caught my attention and I'm subbing! Can't wait to read all you have already and your updates!

:yay:

eandesmom
03-28-2012, 07:51 PM
Oh the tea is lovely, what was the swan thing? Looked like a profiterole? We didn't see that when we were there.

Did you buy anything at Basin?

creativeamanda
03-31-2012, 01:31 PM
I love afternoon tea!!! I went once with 2 friends and once with my mom and loved it both times!!! When the girls get older you can go to the spa and then afternoon tea, it's one of the greatest experiences I've had with my mom :)

I have to think about doing it with a spa day. I may need one this summer, lol!

Your title caught my attention and I'm subbing! Can't wait to read all you have already and your updates!

:yay:

:welcome:

Oh the tea is lovely, what was the swan thing? Looked like a profiterole? We didn't see that when we were there.

Did you buy anything at Basin?

I can't remember what the swan thing was, honestly!

I bought a whole bunch of bath bombs and Mickey soap at Basin. I still have a good number of them.

creativeamanda
03-31-2012, 01:49 PM
When we left the tea, I noticed one thing--the tea I drank made me very, very sleepy. Very sleepy. I still persevered, but my plans for Fireworks in Epcot were suddenly looking doubtful.

Either way, we met up with the guys again and decided to go on into Epcot for a little visit around the World Showcase.

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Since I'm here, although I have no photo evidence, my guess is that I stopped for a Grey Goose Slush. I'm thinking that I probably took a picture with my phone and posted it on Facebook.

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We apparently headed Counterclockwise. Oh, the horror!:eek:

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Dan met up with his best friend

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I'm not even asking

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Dan poses with his camel.

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I want this tilework in my home!

We went all the way through the WS, and then decided to run to Sunshine Seasons for a snack. I don't remember what the kids got, but I took a picture of my dinner, which I think I probably paid out of pocket for. I don't think I used a full meal credit for this:

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After eating, we decided to go back to the room. The tea had kicked my behind, and I was just too tired to keep going. So we walked back over to the Beach Club. The kids watched a movie on the beach, while I took pictures as Illuminations began:

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Looking over towards the Boardwalk

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Towards the Lighthouse

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Closer to the Yacht Club

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Stormalong Bay at night

By now, I am exhausted. I took more pictures, including some of Fantasmic from over the Boardwalk Resort. Then, it was bed for all of us:

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Fantasmic!

I don't typically go to bed before 12:30-1:00am. Between the heat, the day, and the Tea, I was tuckered. So by 10:00pm that night, all of us were in bed. Which was good. One should be well rested if one plans to go to Animal Kingdom the next morning!

CatNipRules
04-01-2012, 04:50 PM
I just found this trip report today and I have to say that I love it!! Thanks for posting and I can't wait to read more!!

I have to say that I agree with your assessment of waiting for the parades. People can be really rude. I just don't understand it. It really gets me and annoys me to no end.

creativeamanda
04-03-2012, 04:05 PM
I just found this trip report today and I have to say that I love it!! Thanks for posting and I can't wait to read more!!

I have to say that I agree with your assessment of waiting for the parades. People can be really rude. I just don't understand it. It really gets me and annoys me to no end.

:welcome: I am just glad that I did not have to fight to much for my spot!

creativeamanda
04-03-2012, 04:24 PM
Waking up that morning, I knew that I wanted some pictures of Stormalong Bay with no swimmers. So, instead of walking straight down to the bus stop at the Beach Club, we took a detour over through the Yacht Club.

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Do those ducks have SAB bracelets?

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Kids, we're heading over to the Jib Slide. You guys play over here.

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To the Yacht Club at last.

Our destination for the day?

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We plan to have a wild time.

This morning was a EMH morning. We rarely go to EMH mornings, but Animal Kingdom is one we rarely miss. We got here early enough for the now extinct Rope Drop:

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Mickey and Minnie!

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And heading for the tree of life.

We hurried over to our favorite ride:

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You're kidding me? 5 Minutes? It's hard to tell, but the FP return time listed is 8:03. It's 8:03 am by the time we get there.

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No dancing? On Everest?

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Heading up the mountain. . .

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Looking off of the mountain to the side

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Something is wrong!

So we get off of EE, and go again.

And again.

And again.

5 times we rode Expedition Everest.

By the time we finished it, this is what the sign looked like before our fifth ride:



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10 minutes at 9:25?

We could have kept on riding but honestly, my legs were jelly.

We headed on through the park:

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We go on to the Safari:

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Yikes!

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I wouldn't take them on!

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I think giraffes are so pretty!

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As well as elephants

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Don't mind me, I'm napping

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Let me alone if you know what's best for ya!

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Best. Ostrich. Shot. Ever.

So, we left here to go over to the conservation station. By this time it's probably close to 10:30, and we had ridden Expedition Everest 5 times and done the safari. Talk about a successful morning!

natebenma
04-03-2012, 05:36 PM
I love being able to see the Illuminations fireworks from the Beach Club. I was surprised that I could see some of them from Stormalong Bay one night when I went for a 9:00 swim.

Of course it's also pretty cool to be able to watch the show from the UK/France bridge and then be back in your room by 9:30.

Wow, that was quite a productive morning at AK so far. Gotta love early magic hours, especially at AK. I find that by late morning/early afternoon, that park gets too hot and crowded to stick around, so it is good to get everything done early!

creativeamanda
04-05-2012, 06:58 PM
I love being able to see the Illuminations fireworks from the Beach Club. I was surprised that I could see some of them from Stormalong Bay one night when I went for a 9:00 swim.

Of course it's also pretty cool to be able to watch the show from the UK/France bridge and then be back in your room by 9:30.

Wow, that was quite a productive morning at AK so far. Gotta love early magic hours, especially at AK. I find that by late morning/early afternoon, that park gets too hot and crowded to stick around, so it is good to get everything done early!

I loved being back in the bed so soon after the fireworks!

I love AK in the morning--it's one EMH I really can't miss!

creativeamanda
04-05-2012, 07:52 PM
So, one thing Dan and Boo have done before on Daddy and Bood day is the Conservation Station. Last year, he said,

"I got turned around, hopped on a train, and met Jiminy Cricket."

To be honest, I didn't believe him.

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Well, I'll be a Cricket's uncle. He did meet him!

The kids played with the animals. Now living on a farm, this is something they do often, but it really ended up being a relaxing situation for the adults.

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They look happy.

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I love pigs. Just so you all know. They are my favorite animal.

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Sheldon brushing

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Boo chasing

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She seems to have a friend

We left the Conservation station to go back into the parks. It was closer to lunch time by now, and we were looking for a place to eat.

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My favorite tree in the whole world.

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Look at those distribution times for Kali River Rapids! I was surprised that the park really was not very crowded that day.

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Very pretty

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Look at the time it is! 11:53? You have got to be kidding me? We had gotten a lot done that morning!

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Ah, lunch!

Now, Dan and I love Flame Tree BBQ. The kids not so much. So this time, we figured a good way to handle it. One of the kids stayed with me to order at Flame Tree BBQ. The others went with their dad to Restaurantosaurus. I took the FTBBQ to the other place (it's indoors, and although I love the scenery over there, I like eating in the heat less).

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Obligatory Flame Tree BBQ Food porn.

Having eaten, we went on over towards DinoLand.

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The first time I ever rode this, I was so scared I laughed forever. That's what I do--laugh like a crazy person when I get scared.

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That looks super scary!

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And from there, we headed over to Kali!

Having never gone back to the room this day, we headed on over to our next park for the day.

Coming up. . .Straight to Magic Kingdom.

eeyore04
04-06-2012, 09:47 AM
When I went in 2009 and stayed at Pop Century, we were in the 50s and every morning as we walked passed the bowling pin pool, this is what we found...

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3-4 ducks and a lifeguard

..I wonder if they ever had to rescue a duck?

creativeamanda
04-14-2012, 06:16 AM
When I went in 2009 and stayed at Pop Century, we were in the 50s and every morning as we walked passed the bowling pin pool, this is what we found...

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3-4 ducks and a lifeguard

..I wonder if they ever had to rescue a duck?

:rotfl: The wildlife is certainly comfortable around people and their belongings at Disney!

creativeamanda
04-14-2012, 06:38 AM
So, we left Animal Kingdom that afternoon and headed straight for. . .

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For those of you, who have never hopped from any other park to the Magic Kingdom, this is a park hop that is interesting, to say the least. From any park, you must first go to the Ticket and Transportation Center. Of course, with Epcot, it's just from monorail to monorail, but from every other park, your bus lets off in a side parking lot that appears to be for tour buses and taxis. It's a bit of a hike to get from there to the monorail. This particular transfer is in my opinion, not the most filled with Disney Magic. That's okay, though, it was not long until we saw this through the window:

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Anywho, we headed over to the Magic Kingdom, because we had early dinner reservations at Liberty Tree Tavern. Honestly, we spent more time in Animal Kingdom than we expected to that day, but it was okay.

The hours leading up to an Extra Magic Hour at Magic Kingdom are less than magical at times. We had longer than normal waits.

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People everywhere!

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Dinner!

Dinner at Liberty Tree was not as great as I remembered it. I think this is a place that we love because we normally do it rather early in the trip, before we realize how great some Disney food can be. For us, this meal was just okay. Not bad. Not great. I think it will be some time before we go back. Of course, if we ever go at Christmas again, then it would have to be on our must do list.

We ran and got fastpasses for:

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We got these for Sweetie and myself to use during EMH. This is where I'm a little frustrated with the new fastpass policy. We pulled 4 fps and Sweetie and I each used two later in the evening. We were able to go back to the room, freshen up, and return. It's a shame that the policy is being enforced, and I don't like the idea of the NextGen deal, because it seems like it'll take away some spontaneity from trips.

From there, we took a ride around the Magic Kingdom:

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I love the steam trains!

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Really?

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Monorail from the train

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They appear to be racing.

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Can't go to Magic Kingdom without going here!


After our trip to the Magic Kingdom, we headed back to the Beach Club, where the mousekeepers had made Doug happy!

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Didn't I tell him no dogs on the bed?


Dan and the youger two were heading to the pool for a bit, while Sweetie and I were resting up to return to the Magic Kingdom.

Coming up. . ."Mama, you dropped what from Dumbo?"

LegoMom3
04-14-2012, 07:03 AM
I just found this trip report today and I have to say that I love it!! Thanks for posting and I can't wait to read more!!
..

As an aside to this commenter, I just have to chime in here and say that you have the best user-name EVER!!! :worship: LOVE it!!

....


We left the Conservation station to go back into the parks. It was closer to lunch time by now, and we were looking for a place to eat.....
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Ah, lunch!


...

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Obligatory Flame Tree BBQ Food porn.




How much do I love you.......:love::love::love:


....

We got these for Sweetie and myself to use during EMH. This is where I'm a little frustrated with the new fastpass policy. We pulled 4 fps and Sweetie and I each used two later in the evening. We were able to go back to the room, freshen up, and return. It's a shame that the policy is being enforced, and I don't like the idea of the NextGen deal, because it seems like it'll take away some spontaneity from trips.

So what is the policy at this point?....is it still just enforcing the return time? And is the NextGen thing the new deal where resort guests get to "reserve" their FP ahead of time? Not into that at all. :sad2: Just wondering what we'll be up against in June.

From there, we took a ride around the Magic Kingdom:


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Really?

C'mon Amanda, everyone knows there's no dancing on the trains. :upsidedow






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Can't go to Magic Kingdom without going here!


Dang skippy!




LOVE all the BC and SAB pics....MUST stay there someday.

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TinkerbellLuvr7
04-14-2012, 08:08 AM
I LOVE FLAME TREE BBQ!!! You're making me want to jump up right now and drive the 10 mins over to AK except that it's not open yet..but that is always an option of mine which I love!!!!

No afternoon break?!! Whoa!!!!

SRUAlmn
04-14-2012, 10:24 AM
I just came across your TR and I haven't even started reading yet, but I wanted to comment on your intros first :) I, too, am a SC teacher, and my DH and I LOOOOOOOOVE HIMYM and Big Bang! We actually own every season of HIMYM and watch them over and over. We also quote Barney's lines incessantly, and use aspects of the show in our lives (like when he brought me home a Starbucks and the cup said Swarley on it :rotfl: ) I can't wait to start reading your TR :thumbsup2

kaileighbug
04-15-2012, 02:11 PM
We thought about an ADR for Liberty Tree for dinner, but when it has O'hana's to compete with there isn't much of a competion.....love the updates.

Britard
04-15-2012, 03:09 PM
Great report so far. I love that the adults take special time with some of the kids!

creativeamanda
04-15-2012, 03:25 PM
As an aside to this commenter, I just have to chime in here and say that you have the best user-name EVER!!! :worship: LOVE it!!

I agree!


[/SIZE] How much do I love you.......:love::love::love:

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You are so welcome. I know how much you love it there.


[/B][/I]So what is the policy at this point?....is it still just enforcing the return time? And is the NextGen thing the new deal where resort guests get to "reserve" their FP ahead of time? Not into that at all. :sad2: Just wondering what we'll be up against in June.

Still enforcing the time. The NextGen is the ADRs for riding rides thing. I don't think they are there yet. I think most of that will go online with the new Fantasyland completion.



[/SIZE]C'mon Amanda, everyone knows there's no dancing on the trains. :upsidedow

LOL. You know, I was thinking how in The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon tells everyone if they want to have fun, they should turn the day into a train day.




[LEFT]Dang skippy!


Of course!

LOVE all the BC and SAB pics....MUST stay there someday.

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Could be a great place for a Babnana trip. . .

I LOVE FLAME TREE BBQ!!! You're making me want to jump up right now and drive the 10 mins over to AK except that it's not open yet..but that is always an option of mine which I love!!!!

No afternoon break?!! Whoa!!!!

Yup, no break, but going to FTBBQ and spending all that time in AK was so worth it!

I just came across your TR and I haven't even started reading yet, but I wanted to comment on your intros first :) I, too, am a SC teacher, and my DH and I LOOOOOOOOVE HIMYM and Big Bang! We actually own every season of HIMYM and watch them over and over. We also quote Barney's lines incessantly, and use aspects of the show in our lives (like when he brought me home a Starbucks and the cup said Swarley on it :rotfl: ) I can't wait to start reading your TR :thumbsup2

:welcome: It's nice to have another teacher on board!

We thought about an ADR for Liberty Tree for dinner, but when it has O'hana's to compete with there isn't much of a competion.....love the updates.

We've never done Ohana for dinner because the dessert has bananas. Sweetie is allergic. We may have to one day, though.

Great report so far. I love that the adults take special time with some of the kids!

:welcome:

kaileighbug
04-20-2012, 08:06 PM
We've never done Ohana for dinner because the dessert has bananas. Sweetie is allergic. We may have to one day, though.


That's one nice thing about disney. They work around your allergies. DH can't eat coconut. No bread for him and they brought out his own dessert. They also had ice cream with sprinkles for the kids as well.

creativeamanda
04-21-2012, 11:55 AM
That's one nice thing about disney. They work around your allergies. DH can't eat coconut. No bread for him and they brought out his own dessert. They also had ice cream with sprinkles for the kids as well.

I would love to try it someday, and I know they will accommodate, but I don't know how they would accommodate. Sweetie is extremely picky and if they give her vanilla ice cream for dessert, then she is not going to eat it. Dessert is one of the things she chooses a meal by. It's been tough convincing her to keep the ressie at Fultons this summer because we can't find a dessert menu anywhere.

creativeamanda
04-21-2012, 12:16 PM
After a short rest back at the resort, Sweetie and I headed back over to the Magic Kingdom for Extra Magic Hours. She and I arrived just in time for the fireworks, so that would make it close to 10:00pm when we arrived. I can say, there were a lot of people there, but the crowd quickly dissipated.

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Nice pic of that guy's head

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Is that a hidden Mickey?

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Wishes is one of those shows I can watch over and over and be happy!

We strolled a little around the Magic Kingdom, taking pictures here and there:

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We kept moving, heading towards the Haunted Mansion. Now this is one of the interesting factoids about the new queue: given the way it is set up, sometimes if you go through the interactive queue, you actually jump the line. This was one of those many times. You can usually tell when the line splits up if that is a possibility:

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I love the details in the new queue.

From there, we went onto Sweetie's favorite (not): It's a Small World:

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I love the clock

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Either the happiest or the most annoying

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These fellows are too much like clowns to me.


Notwithstanding the clowns, we had our one and only ride on that, marked it off of our list of must-dos even though we really don't like to, and headed over to Dumbo:

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Flying Dumbos


Although I normally take pictures on Dumbo, we had two problems against us. First, the lighting was not conducive to picture taking.

Second, was the item I dropped from Dumbo:

Sweetie's Cell Phone.

I had it because my phone's battery was dead. And it was in the side pocket of my bag. A few minutes after the ride started I heard something fall. Trying to figure out what it was, I realized. It was her phone. It fell off of the top of Dumbo.

After we landed, I looked for it. They paused the ride so we could look for it. I knew it would be destroyed. When I said what we were looking for, one idiot said, "Just call it." Dude, what will we call it with?

A few minutes goes by and an onlooker produces her phone. It fell outside the ride. The battery had come out, and I was not hopeful. But nothing was cracked on it, so I put the phone back together and fired it up. It worked! It had a couple of scratches, but it was fine.

I don't think I've been so relieved ever before!

So, with that little problem, we headed on to finish our night.

PirateKate
04-21-2012, 09:53 PM
I'm just glad you dropped the cell phone on Dumbo and not at the top of Expedition Everest! :rotfl: Good to hear it still worked!

EMH at MK are so much fun! You all got a lot done that day!

TinkerbellLuvr7
04-21-2012, 10:10 PM
Oh geez!!! My dad lost his phone on a roller coaster at Kings Island and lucky enough the next day they had it and it was a few scratches on it but that was it! Even the team member at guest relations said that most the phones on that ride are destroyed! It had even rained that night..he was lucky..and learned his lesson too!

natebenma
04-22-2012, 07:58 PM
I was behind a couple of updates. We were away (Atlantis) last week for spring break.

You had a great afternoon at AK. I love the pictures of the kids with the animals. I agree with you about pigs. They are very cool animals.

I also agree with you about the FP time enforcement, too. It is going to totally alter the way we tour. My husband is less enthusiastic about going to Disney with the new changes.

Your night pictures at MK are spectacular!!!

I'm so glad the phone was ok! I can just imagine the wrath I would endure if I was responsible for damaging Nate's phone. *shudders*

creativeamanda
04-23-2012, 05:17 PM
I'm just glad you dropped the cell phone on Dumbo and not at the top of Expedition Everest! :rotfl: Good to hear it still worked!

EMH at MK are so much fun! You all got a lot done that day!

We were so tired by the end of the evening! I'm still surprised that the phone worked after that. I think if it had been a smartphone, it would have been toast.

Oh geez!!! My dad lost his phone on a roller coaster at Kings Island and lucky enough the next day they had it and it was a few scratches on it but that was it! Even the team member at guest relations said that most the phones on that ride are destroyed! It had even rained that night..he was lucky..and learned his lesson too!

I learned my lesson--I need to secure the phone before we start a ride!

What if that had been my camera.

I was behind a couple of updates. We were away (Atlantis) last week for spring break.

You had a great afternoon at AK. I love the pictures of the kids with the animals. I agree with you about pigs. They are very cool animals.

I also agree with you about the FP time enforcement, too. It is going to totally alter the way we tour. My husband is less enthusiastic about going to Disney with the new changes.

Your night pictures at MK are spectacular!!!

I'm so glad the phone was ok! I can just imagine the wrath I would endure if I was responsible for damaging Nate's phone. *shudders*

I love pigs so much--I think it's because I lived on a pig farm as a child.

The FP enforcement stinks. Literally.

Thanks for the comments about my pictures. I especially like the Dumbo one. This summer, I'm going to do a similar one, but I'm bringing a monopod or tripod to do that one. I'm going to spend one evening only taking pictures.

I think if I had destroyed her phone, I would have had to buy her a new one. That would not have been good at all.

creativeamanda
04-23-2012, 06:04 PM
Back into the groove, we had Sweetie's phone, and were ready to move on. Next stop:


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Ready for some turns to make your stomach turn!

From there it was on to Tomorrowland, which I love in the dark:


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Our first time on this one

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If you've never been on the Astro Orbiter, it can be quite disorienting up there. One kid got up there and screamed and screamed and screamed!

From there, we went on to Space Mountain. . .

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Look at that stand by. . .gotta love EMH!

Even though it was still early in the evening, we were both feeling tired. We walked a little more, enjoying the night in Magic Kingdom. . .

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So pretty

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My favorite statue

We took the chance to ride some more rides though, even though we were moving more and more slowly:

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10 min at BTMRR, too? How cool is that?

Our last ride, of course, was Pirates of the Caribbean. By this time, we were heading out of Magic Kingdom, and the crowd levels were really down:

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Almost no one left!

We took the bus back, and were finally on the way to the room. We took a detour back to the room through the Yacht Club, getting off the bus there instead:

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SAB without people. . .or ducks

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I don't even recall what time it was, but suffice it to say, no one was stirring when we got back to the room that morning. We had just a couple of hours of sleep in front of us before our visit to Star Wars Weekends!

natebenma
04-23-2012, 06:54 PM
Sounds like a great night for the two of you- preview of a trip to come (soon)?

I can't do the teacups or Astro Orbitor or nighttime EMH. I'm more of an early kind of girl. I think the latest I have stayed in a park is 10:30. Which is unfortunate, because the parks are so very pretty at night.

NoOrdinaryPrincess
04-24-2012, 08:02 AM
I just read your whole TR! Everything looks wonderful! Can't wait for more!

branmuffin
04-24-2012, 02:01 PM
I have only read the first page of your TR, but I know I am going to love it. How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory are my husband and my favorite comedies!! We quote them all the time too! In fact, our 6 year old has her own cheoreography to the BBT theme song & my ring tone on my phone is a recording of her singing "Soft Kitty". I can always tell when my husband has had a difficult day at work because he will come home and watch his favorite episode "Slapsgiving" of HIMYM to make him laugh :rotfl2: Can't wait to read about your trip and see all of your quotes!!:yay:

creativeamanda
04-28-2012, 05:46 PM
Sounds like a great night for the two of you- preview of a trip to come (soon)?

I can't do the teacups or Astro Orbitor or nighttime EMH. I'm more of an early kind of girl. I think the latest I have stayed in a park is 10:30. Which is unfortunate, because the parks are so very pretty at night.

I think it was when I went solo in 2009 that I realized how much fun the parks can be during late night EMH. I miss that AK evening EMH is gone, because that one was the absolute best!

I just read your whole TR! Everything looks wonderful! Can't wait for more!

:Welcome: Thanks for joining in!

I have only read the first page of your TR, but I know I am going to love it. How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory are my husband and my favorite comedies!! We quote them all the time too! In fact, our 6 year old has her own cheoreography to the BBT theme song & my ring tone on my phone is a recording of her singing "Soft Kitty". I can always tell when my husband has had a difficult day at work because he will come home and watch his favorite episode "Slapsgiving" of HIMYM to make him laugh :rotfl2: Can't wait to read about your trip and see all of your quotes!!:yay:

I love Slapsgiving, but my favorite episode is the one where Marshall gets the Fighting Hens to play Auld Lang Syne at the airport for Lily. My favorite BBT episode is the Christmas one where Penny gives Sheldon the napkin that Leonard Nemoy wipes his face on.

ANother favorite line of mine: "We should buy a bar!"

creativeamanda
04-28-2012, 06:05 PM
Don't ask me how, but Sweetie and I got up early enough the next morning for a trip to Hollywood Studios. We walked downstairs as a family and proceeded to walk towards DHS. No breakfast that morning, as we were planning on cupcakes for breakfast at Starring Rolls.

We stopped for a picture of the kids:

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Boo looks unhappy. She wanted to get going, not stop for pictures.

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You rarely see this path with no one on it!

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Good morning, Boardwalk!

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I love this one!

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Sunrise over the Beach Club.

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Hey, birdie!

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From the Friendship boat dock

Now, I'm not sure why, but we went over to the Friendship boat dock. We didn't take the boat, though. We walked. Perhaps it was taking too long. Or I may have wanted to detour to take pictures. Apparently, I at least used the time to take pictures:

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Looking towards our room.

We reached Hollywood Studios around 8:30am. This was Star Wars Weekend--the last one, and we wanted to be sure to see the park open.

Only one problem: the park was already open!

To which Dan says, "Did you know it was opening at 8?"

NO! I did not!

I was embarrassed. Apparently, they opened early because they expected a large crowd for the last weekend. Tour Guide Mike did not warn me. :(


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Storm Troopers guarding the place

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Wow. It was crowded!

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Heading straight to Toy Story Mania

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Time is 8:30ish

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Make that 8:37 with a wait time of 30 min

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I ran over and pulled fastpasses first

And we hopped into queue
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He was working!

We rode the ride and headed to my favorite place for breakfast at Hollywood Studios: Starring Rolls Cafe. It's my favorite, because it's the one place int eh world I feel it is perfectly acceptable to have cupcakes for breakfast! We had a couple and divided them.

The problem with the place is that it is always busy, but this morning we grabbed a table over at the Brown Derby. We weren't alone.

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I'm thinking of a Red Velvet cupcake right now!

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The table we commandeered.

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One of those Sheldon facial expressions.

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Sheldon's cupcake

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Yummmy! (Red velvet cupcake)

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Famous Butterfinger Cupcake.



Breakfast finished, we had some DHS touring to do!

kaileighbug
04-28-2012, 06:35 PM
I keep seeing all these cupcakes in the TRs I am reading and now I am drooling.....:rotfl: This will be a must have for our next trip.

TinkerbellLuvr7
04-29-2012, 10:18 AM
I'm currently in bed but those cupcakes would give me reason for getting up and getting over to DHS just to get one of those and leave!! The good thing is, that's actually possible for me to do lol.

natebenma
04-29-2012, 10:26 AM
Beautiful shot of the sunrise over the BC!!! And I love that funky bird.

I don't know if it is true or not, but I have heard that the butterfly topiary is no longer there at the BC entrance. Wonder where I could find out this info for sure. ;)

Well, it looks like you didn't make out too badly with the Toy Story Wait time or FP return time. Must be the Star Wars Weekend Effect.

Yum, cupcakes for breakfast. I have Starring Rolls on the radar for the 8th grade class trip- I hear the sandwiches are humongous and can't wait to try one of the cupcakes.

Britard
04-29-2012, 12:37 PM
I keep telling my husband we need to do the cupcake for breakfast on our next trip...it IS vacation after all. I think he wants to act all healthy, but once he's there he WILL give in!:lmao:

NoOrdinaryPrincess
04-29-2012, 12:55 PM
Oh, I wish I had some of those cupcakes now!

creativeamanda
04-29-2012, 01:12 PM
I keep seeing all these cupcakes in the TRs I am reading and now I am drooling.....:rotfl: This will be a must have for our next trip.

Starring Rolls is a must-do for our summer trip, that's for sure!

I'm currently in bed but those cupcakes would give me reason for getting up and getting over to DHS just to get one of those and leave!! The good thing is, that's actually possible for me to do lol.

You know, if you are trying to convince me to move to Orlando, you are doing a good job of it.

Beautiful shot of the sunrise over the BC!!! And I love that funky bird.

I don't know if it is true or not, but I have heard that the butterfly topiary is no longer there at the BC entrance. Wonder where I could find out this info for sure. ;)

Well, it looks like you didn't make out too badly with the Toy Story Wait time or FP return time. Must be the Star Wars Weekend Effect.

Yum, cupcakes for breakfast. I have Starring Rolls on the radar for the 8th grade class trip- I hear the sandwiches are humongous and can't wait to try one of the cupcakes.

:eek: No butterfly topiary?!? I think I'll have to check that out this summer.

I didn't do bad with TSM. It was much, much worse later on.

I love Starring Rolls. It's one of the few places in DIsney to get a good cup of coffee, too.

I keep telling my husband we need to do the cupcake for breakfast on our next trip...it IS vacation after all. I think he wants to act all healthy, but once he's there he WILL give in!:lmao:

There are healthy options there. He can do healthy while you have him watch. ::yes:: :rotfl:

Oh, I wish I had some of those cupcakes now!

Me too!

creativeamanda
05-02-2012, 09:47 PM
Having finished our breakfast of champions, we headed on to Sheldon's favorite Hollywood Studios Ride: Star Tours. As we got there, the line was not terribly long. We got there as Jedi Training was finishing up, which meant we just beat the crowds to the ride.

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I don't envy the kids fighting him.

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Chewbaca was signing autographs outside, as well. The line over there was enormous.

Not long after that, the Jedi Training Academy was over, so everyone went backstage, which apparently also meant they needed to go next to the queue for Star Tours. We had a close up interaction with a Storm Trooper, which Sheldon absolutely loved!

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We finished the ride and headed towards something we had never done: the Backlot Tour. Of course, we had to go through some photoops first:

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The cage from Pirates

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I did not know all of these things were back there!

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Me with Davy Jones' organ

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Indiana Jones? Nah.

We left the Backlot Tour and did a little walking through the park before we left:

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The line for him was too long

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I think they are so cool!

We left the park and walked back to the resort. I took some pictures of the scenery, and I'll just leave all of you with that for now:

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Only a couple of people now. . .

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Our room

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This may be one of the last of these pictures of the topiaries?

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Beach Club Lobby

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Room Number

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Back in the room, we got some water and settled in for a nap.


Coming up. . .What's a Trip to the World Showcase Without a Grey Goose Slushie?!?

LegoMom3
05-03-2012, 06:56 AM
I discovered all the props at the BS Studio Tour on my solo a couple of years ago.....MUST get my kids in there as it is SO cool! I absolutely loved Davy Jones' organ....

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creativeamanda
05-05-2012, 06:27 PM
I discovered all the props at the BS Studio Tour on my solo a couple of years ago.....MUST get my kids in there as it is SO cool! I absolutely loved Davy Jones' organ....

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I could have stood and looked at that organ for hours! It was so awesome!

creativeamanda
05-05-2012, 06:50 PM
After a short nap, we got ready to head over to Epcot for the evening. In thinking of Epcot, I had only one solidified plan. . .so procur myself a Grey Goose Slush. I can't say whether I like the Grey Goose better than the Grand Marnier. I've only had the Lemon Grey Goose, but step one for the night? Mission Accomplished!


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Ah, little cup of ice, lemonade, and vodka, how I dream of you right now.

Having my drink in hand, we headed over to Japan, where we had reservations for

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Now, the going complaint here on the DisBoards is that if you have a decent Hibachi grill near your home, then Teppan Edo is nothing special. Well, the nearest decent Hibachi is in Fayetteville, NC, a good 1.25 hour drive. So for us, Teppan Edo was very special. And without a doubt, the best meal we had on this trip. I know our cook was using canned jokes, but it was still corny enough to be funny for us.

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The obligatory volcano onion.

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Our cook preparing vegetables. Sorry, family we sat with for whiting out your faces.

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Boo attempting to use Chopsticks. I was the only one to successfully use chopsticks for the entire dinner

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The view as we stepped out of dinner


Waistbands tighter (except me, who wisely wore a dress), we headed over to Great Britain. We love having our pictures made at the phone booths!

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Sweetie

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Boo

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Me.

Sheldon rightly thought it was too hot to be closed up in there!

We made our way over to shop in the toy shop, where we saw Pooh and Tigger:

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And then Dan felt that since I had my drink, he should have his:

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We walked towards the Canada pavilion, where I took my favorite pictures of this trip:

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We originally would have stayed for fireworks, but we were yet again tired, and the kids wanted to watch the movie at the beach. We left in time to watch a street artist:

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Coming up. . .never got on a bus or boat, but what a wonderful day!

Britard
05-05-2012, 08:51 PM
I think it is so awesome the way they do the street art with water!!!
We agree, we love any reason to eat at the hibachi!!:thumbsup2

creativeamanda
05-06-2012, 11:52 AM
I think it is so awesome the way they do the street art with water!!!
We agree, we love any reason to eat at the hibachi!!:thumbsup2

I loved it too! I'm glad I got a picture, because it sure didn't last long!

creativeamanda
05-06-2012, 12:07 PM
We left Epcot probably sooner than I would have liked, but these long days were finally defeating us. In our upcoming trip, Sweetie and I are spending a couple of mornings in the water parks hopefully on a tube in the lazy rivers. We went back to the room. We apparently let the kids swim a little because I took pictures of SAB and Boo has her swimsuit on.

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More playing with falling water. I love the theming of SAB!

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While Dan and the kids were swimming, I captured more pictures:

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This one would have been beautiful without that trashcan. . .

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Swimming still in full swing!

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It was not long before the Fireworks started:

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I love the Boardwalk resort.

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A little blurry, but you get the effect

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LOL, ghost people!

This was a perfect day. And you know what? We never left the resort area. We never boarded a bus, never took a boat. We stayed around the Epcot resorts area all day and although we never really took a true rest day, I remember this day well because it seems that it was a calmer than normal day at Disney.

Coming up: Cupcakes for breakfast again?

creativeamanda
05-06-2012, 02:13 PM
The next morning, we got up to make it to Rope Drop at Epcot. All along, we were having breakfast at the Beach Club Marketplace if we weren't on the way to Hollywood Studios. That morning, we walked over to the Boardwalk.

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It was nice walking with so few people.

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Beautiful scenery

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Looking toward the Yacht Club


Dan had a semi-healthy breakfast of a danish and fruit. One thing I liked here was you could turn a danish, fruit, and drink into a quick service option

Sheldon wasn't as healthy in his selection:

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That's apparently 3 CS meals, since it looks like 3 bananas

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Stinky's Mickey ear cupcake. Minus the Oreos. He had already dismantled poor Mickey



I said this before in this trip report, but I will say it again. The sodas at the Boardwalk Bakery tasted off to me. It was really bitter and therefore not that great. I thought the first time was perhaps not a typical day. It was very disappointing to get all of those large sodas and then not want them.

We headed on, looking around the resort.

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Ducks

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More ducks, lol!

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The Beach Club

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Heading towards the World Showcase

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Still my favorite part of the trip--getting into the World Showcase with only a few people

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We were just there!

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I tell you, ducks were everywhere!

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So pretty!

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Before long, we were at Rope Drop. I am sad that this is no longer being done, but I certainly can understand why Disney does not want people in the mad rush they typically are in!

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MICKEY!

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Look at all those people--I understand why they needed handlers


Before long, we were at Soarin'.


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I love being greeted at Sunshine Seasons!

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Having finished our early morning, we knew it was not going to be a long day, but it was still a great day!

LegoMom3
05-06-2012, 02:41 PM
More playing with falling water. I love the theming of SAB!

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I love Disney resort pools at night....:cloud9:




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This one would have been beautiful without that trashcan. . .




On the contrary I think it adds interest: did you know there are over 2,000 styles of trash can within WDW?.....:rotfl:





...



I said this before in this trip report, but I will say it again. The sodas at the Boardwalk Bakery tasted off to me. It was really bitter and therefore not that great. I thought the first time was perhaps not a typical day. It was very disappointing to get all of those large sodas and then not want them.


That's because Disney is secretly introducing "Beverly" into its drink line-up.

:lmao:




Before long, we were at Rope Drop. I am sad that this is no longer being done, but I certainly can understand why Disney does not want people in the mad rush they typically are in!

So what is the protocol now?? Is there no "rope drop" at any park anymore?.....I'm confused!

TinkerbellLuvr7
05-07-2012, 08:10 PM
I missed a TON of updates!!!! I'm thinking of Yacht Club for if my parents come to visit in Sept. Actually, they are thinking 2 nights at a Universal resort and 2 at Yacht Club..I can live with that :)

creativeamanda
05-07-2012, 08:19 PM
I love Disney resort pools at night....:cloud9:

It is wonderful!

On the contrary I think it adds interest: did you know there are over 2,000 styles of trash can within WDW?.....:rotfl:

LOL, LM, you are right!


That's because Disney is secretly introducing "Beverly" into its drink line-up.

:lmao:

That's what it tastes like! I never thought it that way.

So what is the protocol now?? Is there no "rope drop" at any park anymore?.....I'm confused!

Only Magic Kingdom has a rope drop ceremony.

I missed a TON of updates!!!! I'm thinking of Yacht Club for if my parents come to visit in Sept. Actually, they are thinking 2 nights at a Universal resort and 2 at Yacht Club..I can live with that :)

I love the Yacht/Beach Club area! I'm glad my pictures could help you in that decision!

LegoMom3
05-08-2012, 09:08 AM
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Only Magic Kingdom has a rope drop ceremony.

...


So at the other parks, do they just hold everyone at the turn-styles until opening?....don't they still mob to the headliner attractions? :confused3

creativeamanda
05-08-2012, 09:11 AM
So at the other parks, do they just hold everyone at the turn-styles until opening?....don't they still mob to the headliner attractions? :confused3

No, because you never know when the opening might be. It may be at 8:30, 8:45. You get the idea. When the rides are ready, they open the turnstiles. It only has about 10 or so coming through at a time.

creativeamanda
05-08-2012, 04:50 PM
After having our Soarin' fix, we headed on to a new favorite at Epcot:

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The kids really like making their own Roller Coaster. We found the milder coasters not as fun, so we made more and more thrilling rides.

From there, we walked over to get our Test Track fast pass and ride Mission Space

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I love seeing the monorail go through the park!

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And I think the artistry out here is so pretty. . .especially at night

While waiting for the Test Track time to come back up for us, we went back over to Innovations and let the kids just play. That's what I really love about the areas at Disney!

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Danny learning about recycling.

After some time, the fastpasses were up for us:

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I'm really going to miss this next month :(

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After looking at some cars, we went on to lunch, which of course is the most prized ADR in all of Disney:

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Boo is happy with her fruit

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Does that moose have a crooked mouth?

So, what did I think of Le Cellier? The soup and pretzel bread was wonderful. My maple creme brulee was good. But my steak was too salty. This is a common complaint I see on the boards about Le Cellier and it's typically for the NY Strip. I'm going to try something different in June. Maybe I'll have more good to report.

After lunch, we stepped out and watched the ducks in Canada dive.

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He's diving!

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If you look closely, one is at the bottom of the water!

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So, after a lunch where we needed to be rolled out, we headed back through the

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Wouldn't you know it? We just needed a nap!

Coming up: ALLLL BY MY-SEEEELF!

natebenma
05-08-2012, 05:19 PM
Wow, I was really behind on your report!

That looked like a lot of fun seeing all those Star Wars characters out.

The props in the Backlot Tour dump shop are seriously cool!

I asked about the butterfly topiary on the BC board and a recent visitor confirmed that it is gone! :butterfly:(

GORGEOUS pictures of SAB at night! I love the colors. It is so cool that you can see the fireworks from the pool.

I enjoyed reading about your EPCOT fun (and food).

Do you know you can call the UK phone booths?

The numbers are:

407-827-9861
407-827-9862
407-827-9863

Can't wait to hear about your solo time coming up!

creativeamanda
05-11-2012, 07:37 PM
Wow, I was really behind on your report!

That looked like a lot of fun seeing all those Star Wars characters out.

The props in the Backlot Tour dump shop are seriously cool!

They are!

I asked about the butterfly topiary on the BC board and a recent visitor confirmed that it is gone! :butterfly:(

That is so, so, so sad.

GORGEOUS pictures of SAB at night! I love the colors. It is so cool that you can see the fireworks from the pool.

Thanks!

I enjoyed reading about your EPCOT fun (and food).

Do you know you can call the UK phone booths?

The numbers are:

407-827-9861
407-827-9862
407-827-9863

Can't wait to hear about your solo time coming up!

I knew that, but I didn't know the numbers. I'd love to have my husband call us there!

In fact, I think we'll get him to call Sweetie to surprise her!

creativeamanda
05-11-2012, 08:27 PM
That evening, while my family headed to the pool, I ventured over here by myself:

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Many people would wonder why on earth I feel as if of all places, the Magic Kingdom is a perfect solo location. Sometimes, I like to have the same theory as Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory--my best company can be myself!

One might wonder where my very first stop was. Pirates of the Caribbean? Winnie The Pooh? Fastpasses for Space Mountain?

Or what about The Haunted Mansion?

Nope. None of these:

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Yumminess in one spot!

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Sugar free butter pecan

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And the best part is the view


I walked around, taking pictures:

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This picture spent a long time as my phone background.


From there, I went to the Haunted Mansion. Where I had the photobomb of the trip:

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Could you take my picture in front of the Haunted Mansion? Nah, don't worry about sending it to me.

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I half expect to see vines growing out and towards me!

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No way I'm ringing THAT doorbell!


Of course, what's a trip to the Magic Kingdom without:

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My true purpose for coming this evening, however, was to take pictures. I got a few before the heat really got to me and I headed back to the room:

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I love this angle

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In 20 days, I'll be in there!

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Sea of PEOPLE!

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I love you, Mickey!


I had grand plans for staying late, but alas, the heat, humidity, and exhaustion got to me. Instead, I headed home:

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Looks like a storms brewing!

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The family was back in the room, and I had one thing on my list of pictures to take. Sorry it's a year later, Dee, but a hamburger from Hurricane Hanna's which took me FOREVER to get.

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Ah, heart attack in a half paper box. How I love you!


In all, although it was a brief amount of time, I enjoyed my alone time that evening. I even have a photopass picture to commemorate the adventure:

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a404/creativeamanda74/Photopass/Photo1448FourBySix.jpg

Coming up: Where do we go for our last full day?

natebenma
05-11-2012, 09:41 PM
So jealous of your solo MK time. I had a little solo time in MK back in 2008- during Tropical Storm Faye. The rest of the family packed it in and went back to the room. I stayed a little bit. Rode Splash (I was already soaked), got some food from Caseys and also a solo photopass shot.

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Your time alone sounded much better!

Thanks for the Hurricane Hanna's burger picture. Fortunately, I'm a very patient woman!

Hmmm. What do you do on the last day??? I'm going with one of two extremes- either EVERYTHING (2 plus parks) or nothing (hanging around the resort)

LegoMom3
05-12-2012, 07:25 AM
IS there a better place than the MK for a solo adventure?? :confused3 I'm not aware of such. :rolleyes: Beautiful pictures! I love the ones of Walt & Mickey.... I just read on someone else's TR that in Disneyland, that statue of Walt is pointing up, to the future, and here in the MK, he is pointing down Main St. towards Roy, who will now [at the '71 opening] lead Mickey into the future. Wow....!

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creativeamanda
05-12-2012, 04:44 PM
So jealous of your solo MK time. I had a little solo time in MK back in 2008- during Tropical Storm Faye. The rest of the family packed it in and went back to the room. I stayed a little bit. Rode Splash (I was already soaked), got some food from Caseys and also a solo photopass shot.

http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu294/natebenma/image105.jpg

Your time alone sounded much better!

Great picture, Dee! Yeah, I'm thinking mine was more enjoyable than yours, lol.

Thanks for the Hurricane Hanna's burger picture. Fortunately, I'm a very patient woman!

It's a good thing. I came across that picture and thought, "Oh fudge! I owed that to you a long time ago!"

Hmmm. What do you do on the last day??? I'm going with one of two extremes- either EVERYTHING (2 plus parks) or nothing (hanging around the resort)

Here's a hint--we are not the hanging around the resort type. . .

IS there a better place than the MK for a solo adventure?? :confused3 I'm not aware of such. :rolleyes: Beautiful pictures! I love the ones of Walt & Mickey.... I just read on someone else's TR that in Disneyland, that statue of Walt is pointing up, to the future, and here in the MK, he is pointing down Main St. towards Roy, who will now [at the '71 opening] lead Mickey into the future. Wow....!

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Nope, no better place! I have not heard that about the statues before.