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wingedjojo
06-22-2011, 11:09 PM
HI and :welcome: to my first ever trip report!

Before I get into any copyright infringement issues, the title is from the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. It's an awesome song (so go listen to it) and it'll make perfect sense later on in this report. As a side note, a strong contender for the title was: "Please don't eat my succulent knee flesh!!!" - based on a nightmare Jan had during the trip about a female vampire wanting to eat her knees. It probably wouldn't have made sense to anybody if I didn't explain it and it was unnecessary to work it into the report so...yeah.

Okay! Before we get started, lets do some introductions! I was just going to copy and paste from my pre-trip report but Jan was all like "noooooo" so now you lucky readers get brand new intros and pictures/clues to the shenanigans that occured during this trip. :woohoo:

To the new readers who have no idea who this "Jan" person I keep mentioning is (which is everybody except the approximate 3 people who read my pre-trip report - it was pretty boring and lackluster so I'm not even going to suggest you go take a gander at it), she is my youngest sister and one of the reasons as to why this trip took place.

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Jan, 17 going on 18, recent high school graduate and incoming freshman at the University of California, San Diego. This trip was in part to celebrate her graduation.

Jan got to bring her boyfriend, Edward:

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He and Jan are from the same high school and the same year so I guess this trip was also in part to celebrate his graduation. While in the parks, he played the part of pack mule and occasionally the butt of our jokes. Since he was the only boy in our group, we kinda picked on him a bit but he was a good sport and we weren't too mean. ;) Fun fact: we share the same birthday.

Next up we got Jess:

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Almost 20 (it's her birthday tomorrow) art studio major at Mills College. Too crazy for her own good sometimes, she's always ready with a good joke and a good laugh. Notorious for sunburns, she surprisingly didn't get one this time.

Next we got our lovely mother (well, "our" in the sense where Edward isn't included):

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She will be referred to as either mom or ma in this trip report. Over the years she has grown tired of Disney. It used to be just Disneyland (we went way too often while growing up in her opinion) but all the walking this time around plus the heat has put her off all things Disney. While this is sad news indeed, hopefully she'll toot a different horn once grandchildren start popping up but that's a discussion saved for another day (or in my case at least another decade). :thumbsup2

Finally, there is me, Jo:

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The other reason for this trip was to celebrate my graduation from college. I'm still going to be working/hanging around campus for the next year so it hasn't hit me that i'm transitioning into the real world. As evident by the fact that I'm writing this trip report, I'm one of the bigger Disney fans in the family (that or I'm the most bored). I did most of the planning in terms of where and generally what we did each day but left it pretty chill and went at whatever pace we felt like.

Now that we got the introductions out of the way, we can finally get to the good stuff. It'll probably take a while for me to get rolling since I still need to sift through all the pictures (3000+), get them organized and onto photobucket, etc. So sit tight and I'll be up and running in no time.

Also, if anybody cared to notice, I have a new ticker up for a new trip! Sadly, it's not to Walt Disney World nor is it a Disney wedding either. My boyfriend's housemate is getting married down in SoCal in July and we decided to make a pit stop at the original happiest place on Earth. Disneyland is no Disneyworld but it's still awesome and something Disney is always better than nothing Disney. Can't wait!!! :cloud9:

wingedjojo
06-22-2011, 11:11 PM
Wow, I have no idea why the pictures are so ginormous. I'll have to figure that out. Okay, it's fixed.

Anyway, to make navigation better, I'm going to include a table of contents here.

Table of Contents

Introductions (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41580095&postcount=1)

Sunday, June 12
Going to the Airport (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41593985&postcount=4)
From San Fran to "Hew-Stan" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41615626&postcount=5)

Monday, June 13
Escaping the Airport: part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41640049&postcount=12)
Escaping the Airport: part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41640081&postcount=13)
Beds, Sofa, Cockroach? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41667562&postcount=17)
Detour to the Lego Store (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41705842&postcount=18)
The Anti-Climactic End to Day 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41717023&postcount=19)

Tuesday, June 14
Waiting at the Turnstiles (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41768210&postcount=20)
Welcome to Hogwarts: part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41911853&postcount=29)
Welcome to Hogwarts: part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41911859&postcount=30)
Cafť Stoo-pendous[sic] (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41961347&postcount=36)
Concerning Mini Walking Walruses: part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42026721&postcount=39)
Concerning Mini Walking Walruses: part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42026735&postcount=40)
So THAT'S Shepherd's Pie: part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42149334&postcount=48)
So THAT'S Shepherd's Pie: part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42149342&postcount=49)
So THAT'S Shepherd's Pie: part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42149346&postcount=50)
So THAT'S Shepherd's Pie: part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42149353&postcount=51)

Wednesday, June 15
Why Must You Fail Me GPS?!?! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42203983&postcount=56)
Our Fantastical Morning: part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42250709&postcount=59)
Our Fantastical Morning: part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42250724&postcount=60)
The LIGHT in LIGHTning: part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42476291&postcount=65)
The LIGHT in LIGHTning: part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42476316&postcount=66)
The LIGHT in LIGHTning: part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42476329&postcount=67)

Thursday, June 16
Cup Noodles Morning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42700880&postcount=78)
Now Presenting...the DINO-DOG!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43123797&postcount=82)
Lions, Yeti, and Birds! Oh My!: part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43227367&postcount=86)
Lions, Yeti, and Birds! Oh My!: part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43227384&postcount=87)
Yakking with Yetis (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43256430&postcount=91)
AHHHÖIN KENYAAA!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43285457&postcount=92)

Friday, June 17
Operation Toy Story Mania (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43317078&postcount=96)
Becoming an Animator: part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43422432&postcount=103)
Becoming an Animator: part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43422505&postcount=104)
Cashing in the Fastpasses (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43489425&postcount=105)
Itzakadoozie: part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43560299&postcount=106)
Itzakadoozie: part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43560417&postcount=107)

Saturday, June 18
"Lightning Eagle" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43600006&postcount=108)
Fat Princesses Named Beverly: part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43708348&postcount=109)
Fat Princesses Named Beverly: part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43708395&postcount=110)
Around the World in < 80 Days: part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43816172&postcount=111)
Around the World in < 80 Days: part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43816297&postcount=112)
Around the World in < 80 Days: part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43816336&postcount=113)

Sunday, June 19
It's a Jolly Holiday (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43830159&postcount=114)
Shop Ďtil You Drop! (or until your credit card freezes): part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43893472&postcount=118)
Shop Ďtil You Drop! (or until your credit card freezes): part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43893508&postcount=119)
Shop Ďtil You Drop! (or until your credit card freezes): part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43893519&postcount=120)
Holy Windshields, Batman! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43898716&postcount=121) (NEW-1/31)

Thanksgiving Mini Trip
parts: 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43375769&postcount=99), 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43375772&postcount=100), 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43375778&postcount=101), 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43375780&postcount=102)

JanetorsCloset
06-22-2011, 11:35 PM
Let it be known that the title of this dis report was 'Thunderbolts and lightening! Very very frightening!' before I corrected Jo on her use of the wrong lightning.

It's karma for not using 'Please don't eat my succulent knee flesh!' :snooty:

I look like He-who-must-not-be-named. Too bad that photo wasn't taken in Hogsmeade.

wingedjojo
06-24-2011, 02:01 AM
So the first member of the peanut gallery has decided to chime in. Just to clear things up, JanetorsCloset is Jan and I'm not sure if she'll pop up but Jess is jtawesomesauce on these boards. Neither of them really post much (nor me for that matter) but I'm sure they'll occasionally drop in to give their two cents.

Also, as a FYI, my pictures randomly come from either a DSLR camera, a point-and-shoot, or my cell phone's camera. So I apologize ahead of time for the discrepancy in quality among my photos. Then again, a bad picture is always better than no picture, am I right? :thumbsup2

Continuing on with the report!

~*~*~*~
Going to the Airport

Our trip was set to take place from Monday, June 13 until Sunday, June 19.

As many of us know, summertime in Florida is notorious for its humidity, heat, and rain. In terms of past experiences in Florida (3 times prior to this trip), we have been pretty lucky. The first time we went was in January and weather was lovely. Second and third time, while during the summer, was filled with sunshine and the heat was rather tolerable. Besides the one time we got rained on momentarily in Epcot during the third trip, we really couldn't complain. Would we be as lucky this time around?

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Yeah...wasn't looking too good.

Sunday, June 12

While we weren't due to be in Orlando until the 13th of June, there's still the matter of getting there. With a midnight flight out of SFO, this meant we had to get going on the night prior.

In cow-town Davis, graduation occurs over a span of 3 days divided up according to one's major. On Friday, I was present to see my boyfriend graduate, my family came up and saw me walk on Saturday, and Sunday was my friend's graduation. Originally, I was going to leave with my family on Saturday evening to finish packing at "real" home in San Francisco and rest until our flight Sunday night. Well, my best friend from middle school was walking on Sunday (which I stupidly forgot to consider) so I stayed back to give my support. She also gave me a nice graduation gift:

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So following her afternoon ceremony, I rushed to finish my packing, and left for home. Fun fact: I don't have my own car. So how did I get home, you ask? Boyfriend drove me. This guy:

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Don't worry, I got him many souvenirs to thank him for his efforts. Plus, it's part of his boyfriend duties to drive me around, right? Right. ;)

Our trip officially began when we started loading up our car to go to the airport.

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Edward had gotten dropped off at our place earlier in the day so we didn't have to go pick him up. After making sure the stove was off, lights were off, and doors were locked, we were off!

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9:00pm on the dot! We arrived at SFO in no time.

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Personally, I love airports, airplanes, and airplane rides. It has been too long since I've flown and the fact we were going towards departing and not arriving had me giddy with excitement.

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:offtopic: If, my dear readers, you haven't noticed, I would just like to point out the yellowness of this trip report's traveling group. We are indeed Asian and as much as I like to disprove stereotypes (I can drive perfectly fine, thank you very much), it is true that we are (to some degree) cheap. Which leads us back onto topic with the question: where did we park our car?

My aunt and uncle live in Millbrae which is about 10-15 minutes away from the airport. So what my mom did was drop us and the luggage off at the Continental airline terminal and went to deposit the car at my relative's place. They would then drive my mom back to the airport where we would carry on our merry way. Money saved is money for food and souvenirs. :thumbsup2

Speaking of money saved, here's a shot of our luggage:

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You will notice that our bags are relatively small. As a way of saving the ~$25 it would have cost to check our luggage, we all brought carry-ons! A week's worth of shirts and shorts don't really take up much room and we each had our own little bag of travel-sized toiletries so that was more than enough shampoo and conditioner for the 5 of us. While we waited for ma, we found various ways to pass time.

First we took pictures of one another.

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The particular facial expression Jan is so pleasantly exhibiting is what the internet would call a "creeper face." It will make many more appearances during this trip.

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I think it was Jan that randomly took that shot of my shoes. Take a note of its relative white and clean state; it'll be semi-important for later on.

Before we had left the house, Jan and I had also painted our nails to mark our grand voyage to the other side of the United States. Jess felt it was too girly to paint her fingernails; she just doesn't know what she's missing.

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Mine are supposed to be Minnie Mouse inspired, based on her dress. Jan's nails simply portray Mickey Mouse's head. Here's a closer shot:

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After a while, Jan and Edward decided they were hungry and shared a green onion bun. Before you go "ewwww," it's actually much tastier than it sounds. Of course, I hail from a land that eats chicken feet and find it delicious (trust me, it IS delicious) so I may be biased.

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At one point, Edward somehow wound up outside and he and Jess played a game called...I don't actually know what it's called but it involves fingers. It's hard to explain the game/rules/purpose but it passes the time. Also, it wasn't necessary for Edward to stand outside but we thought it would be funny to keep him out there in the cold to see how long he'll last. We're not mean; at least we didn't do it while he was wearing shorts. :laughing:

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While standing there, I noticed the terminal held a particular stench about it that wasn't quite appealing. To me it smelt like bad corn. There was construction going on not too far from us so I'm assuming it's something along the lines of paint but paint smells like bad corn to me so it was quite unpleasant. Before I could die from bad corn smell, mom arrived so off to the plane we go!

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With just a momentary pause through security, we were that much closer to reaching the happiest place on Earth. :cloud9:

wingedjojo
06-25-2011, 11:41 PM
Sadness that nobody really seems to be reading my report. :sad1: Oh well, gotta finish what I started, right?

I made a grave realization yesterday. In a previous post (also noted by my ticker) I mentioned a trip down to SoCal for a wedding with a pit stop at Disneyland. I realized I had COMPLETELY forgotten to book a hotel. :scared1: I had gotten the park tickets before the prices went up for the year, so good job, but what use is that if we have nowhere to stay?

So like a madwoman, I scrambled around the web to find a decent place on such short notice. The last time my boyfriend and I went down there, we stayed at the Howard Johnson just across the street and we liked it there. This time around, for three nights, it would've cost us around $400; no way. So I did something I've never done before: risk it with Priceline. I placed an offer of $75/night for a 3 star hotel near Disneyland and we got the Holiday Inn Anaheim. Crisis averted. :worship:

~*~*~*~
From San Fran to "Hew-Stan"

Going through security, Jan, Edward, and I went one way while ma and Jess took another line. I am all about efficiency and in no time we were through that ridiculous line. So having gone through the line first, the three of us just stood off in a corner to wait for the rest of our party. After about 5 minutes, we were sort of wondering what happened to everyone else. We could see they were still at the security place...but why? Turns out, Jess had encountered a snafu and was being searched. What dangerous contraband had Jess stowed away on her carry-on???

dun...





DUN...








DUN!!!!








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An eyebrow razor. :laughing:

Apparently, a disposable razor is perfectly fine to fly but a 1-inch notched eyebrow razor is forbidden. It's not even sharp enough to cut skin. Go figure.

After that, we were off to our gate.

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Earlier, while we were walking to our gate, I had noticed this kid's play area across the way. It had this cool fog vortex machine that I kinda wanted to check out. Nobody would go with me and I felt it would be awkward if I were to walk among the little kids there so I stayed put. One of the bigger regrets I had during this trip. :headache:

So instead I, once again, took pictures of everybody. Jan looked super excited to be going to Disney World. I think Edward was playing on the Nintendo DS.

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Mom was looking normal; don't think she realized Jan was being stupid in the background.

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Jess wasn't too happy with me taking pictures of her. I don't think she particularly likes the camera although she has been lusting after mine for some time.

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I had to take my own picture because nobody would do it for me. It's pretty hard to do with a DSLR because those things are heavy. I tried.

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I also took a picture of our plane albeit a bit blurry.

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So we were flying out at midnight with a layover in Texas. To save time, ma had checked in online and printed our boarding passes at home but for some reason, she didn't print out the passes for the flight from Texas to Florida. So we had to mosey-on over to the Continental Airlines desk thing.

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While we were waiting at the desk, I noticed a commotion happening over where we were just sitting. Some random lady was talking in Chinese and gesturing wildly at Jess for some reason. After a couple seconds of observation, I noticed that she was trying to ask Jess something concerning a piece of paper in the random lady's hand. I just started laughing my head off because not only was Jess's confused and scared face very amusing but the lady seriously picked the wrong Asian girl to talk to. Granted, I understand that there weren't many Chinese girls sitting in the area but Jess's grasp on the Chinese language was so poor that if this was China, she wouldn't even pass out of Kindergarten (sorry Jess, you know it's true).

After I laughed for a good amount and mom had finished yelling at me to stop being mean (for the record, Jan's Chinese is decent and she hadn't stepped in to help either), I went over to offer my services. Turns out that the lady and her travel companion were transferring in Texas to Panama City. They had checked in their luggage and the little slip of paper was that little stub thing they give you after they put the sticker around your suitcases and stuff. So her question was whether or not their luggage will get to Panama directly or if they would have to pick it up and recheck it in.

Now, here is where I have my mini rant. If a complete stranger is trying to help you solve your problem, please don't be rude to them. If anything, at least smile. I would rather help someone who looks like :) than like :mad:. This lady seriously had nothing but a frown on her face the entire time I conversed with her. I told her I was pretty sure it goes all the way to the final destination but I would ask the guy at the desk to make sure. Before I could even finish my sentence she starts to loudly question me and repeatedly goes "go ask him, we're going to Panama City" while shoving that piece of paper in my face. While I'm trying to tell her I'll ask the guy, she keeps interrupting and telling me all these useless bits of information as if I've never flown in my life or as if it was I who couldn't understand English. She follows me to the desk and is seriously talking non-stop telling me to ask the guy the very thing I'm trying to ask him but CAN'T because she keeps interrupting. :sad2: Of course the guy confirms it goes all the way to the final destination and when I told her that, she continues to question it! I mean, if you don't trust the guy who works for the airline, who will you trust? Eventually she felt satisfied enough to leave. Boy was she annoying; for trying to be a good person I get rewarded with a headache.

Okay, let's leave this negative energy behind so I can continue with this report. Look! A puppy!

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So eventually we got on our plane and were finally ready to be on our way to Texas. Mom was wearing flip flops and commented that her feet were cold so from my suitcase I whipped out the cutest socks I had.

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I think I got bored at one point and my iPod had died so I tried to take pictures on the plane. This is the most artsy-fartsy picture I could manage.

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Eventually we were ready to land in Houston. Look how excited we are to be in Texas!

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Only half way there to Orlando. :yay:

burly
06-25-2011, 11:58 PM
Okay, so I'm here! Love your writing style.
The Oh look, a puppy picture cracked me up.:lmao:


Looking forward to more.:surfweb:

KIM

goofy's_gurl
06-26-2011, 12:16 AM
count me in!!!

Belle83
06-26-2011, 12:26 AM
Fun pics, I'm in :3dglasses

DisneyMissy318
06-26-2011, 10:34 AM
You have readers! Enjoying everything so far - love all of your pictures! Can't wait to hear the rest. Hopefully your enthusiasm will eventually rub off on your Mom! :goodvibes

jtawesomesauce
06-26-2011, 04:24 PM
See Jo? You have readers now.
And I know my Chinese sucks. poo on you

wingedjojo
06-27-2011, 06:55 PM
YAY!!! Friends!!! :rotfl:

Okay, so I'm here! Love your writing style.
The Oh look, a puppy picture cracked me up.:lmao:


Looking forward to more.:surfweb:

KIM

:welcome:

count me in!!!

:welcome:

Fun pics, I'm in :3dglasses

:welcome:

You have readers! Enjoying everything so far - love all of your pictures! Can't wait to hear the rest. Hopefully your enthusiasm will eventually rub off on your Mom! :goodvibes

:welcome: and hopefully mom will come around. my master plan is to go without Disney (at least as a family) for a couple of years, maybe around 5 or so. then she'll forget why she doesn't like going to Disney and won't protest when I bring it up. :thumbsup2

See Jo? You have readers now.
And I know my Chinese sucks. poo on you

word.

wingedjojo
06-28-2011, 01:25 AM
Escaping the Airport: part 1

Monday, June 13

Surprisingly, the first thing we did when we landed in Houston was NOT go to the bathroom. We went to go look for our transfer gate and lo-and-behold: it was right next door. We literally walked out of our arrival gate and went to the one right next to it. So we settled in to watch the sunrise and wait for our next flight.

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Yeah...it wasn't that easy. Remember that nice, joyful lady I helped earlier who was completely grateful? Right as we are heading towards some seats, she pops out of nowhere to seek my services once again. This time, it's the boarding pass for her next flight that she thrusts in my face. Our conversation basically went like this but in Chinese:

COL (cranky old lady): *sticks her boarding pass in my face* Hey! Why is there no gate number? What does it mean?
Me: It probably means they changed it at one point and hadn't assigned a new gate.
COL: So I need to find out where the new gate is? There's a new gate?
Me: Well, the paper doesn't tell you a gate number so yeah, you need to find out which gate you're at.
COL: How do I find out the new gate?
Me: You could look up your flight on those giant screens over there or ask a person who works for the airline.
COL: Can't you tell me?
Me: Well, I don't work for the airline so I wouldn't know. You'll need to ask somebody else.
COL: So I just ask and they'll tell me where I need to go.
Me: Yes.
COL: Are you sure that's how it works?
Me: Yes. Just ask somebody who works here.
COL: Okay... *unsure but walks away*

Yes, thank you kind girl for taking time out of your life to help me. Here, have a lollipop. :sad2:

Is that too hard to ask?

Anyway, after that encounter, we all used the bathroom and then decided to go search for food. We had packed some blueberry-flavored bread (I have no idea what it actually was; I just ate it) so we just needed to find something to wash it down with. Wandering around, we came across some sort of sandwich shop. We got an orange Gatorade for me, a fresh squeezed orange juice for ma, water for Edward and Jess, and Jan got an orange juice. Guess how much the total was? $20 and some odd change. :scared1: Holy cow, that is expensive juice and we weren't even at Disney World yet.

We ate our breakfast back at the gate and watched some news coverage on a mother who murdered her child? I wasn't quite sure what that was all about and didn't really want to dwell on it since murder isn't exactly the way I want to start a morning (especially a morning where we're heading to the happiest place on Earth).

I guess nobody slept really well on the plane to Houston because before long, everyone was snoring.

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Well, not everyone. I think Edward was on the Nintendo DS again and Jess and I were just talking about random things.

Next thing you know, we're up and flying in the air again.

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I got kinda bummed on this flight. On the earlier one, each seat had its own little monitor where you could choose movies, TV shows and such on demand. I hadn't really want to watch anything at the time so I killed my iPod by listening to it. Between flights, I hadn't bothered to charge it because I figured since we're flying Continental again, they're bound to have those monitors again and I can be kept occupied through that. Life doesn't work out that way. There was NO little monitors or movies on demand. I was SO bored and everyone else was trying to sleep so I couldn't talk to them. If you can't beat them then join them, right? I think I might have gotten a good half hour.

FINALLY we land. Our first sight of Orlando:

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I think the moment we were allowed to turn on our phones, I took this picture to send back home to the boyfriend:

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I was probably grumpy from lack of sleep and just needed to be off the airplane to stretch. While we were waiting for the people ahead of us to get off (and that seriously took quite some time), we all started to slowly get excited for the start of our vacation. I couldn't stay in my seat and was getting all fidgety.

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Jess was super excited.

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Here's my "Let me OUT" face:

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(continued in next post)

wingedjojo
06-28-2011, 01:35 AM
Escaping the Airport: part 2

Eventually our turn to get off came and off we went!!!....right to the bathrooms.

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Business taken care of, we went to take the fake monorail. Is it just me or does the color scheme make anyone else think of Tron?

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Well, you can't really see it from that picture. It makes more sense if you were staring directly into the blue and white lighted circles with the black background. While we waited for it to come, mom insisted I take a picture of her cheek.

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Prior to the trip, she started developing a toothache and before we knew it, it started swelling up. Poor mommy. It got better as the trip progressed though but it was still a bad way to start vacation. Don't worry, she's better now.

Of course pictures were taken while on the fake monorail.

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Don't we look excited? Personally, I seem cross-eyed trying to look through my camera. Once we got off, we naturally headed towards the only exit available and spotted our first Mickey!!!

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We needed to find the rental car area and it was surprisingly easy to do. We had to go down one floor and right before we stepped off the escalator, look what we see:

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One day. One day we'll stay on-site and be able to use your services. Just you wait and see. Well...in all reality, probably not. We always rent a car when coming to Florida. We do go to other places other than Disney and a car is pretty much necessary. Regardless, it is still my dream to stay on-site one day. One day. :thumbsup2

So ma rented a car from Alamo and had to go to the counter and fill out paperwork or something. We went to go sit in the waiting area and on our way, had our first Harry Potter sighting.

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OOoooohhhh....exciting.

We plopped down in the waiting area section expecting the process to take forever. The last time we were here in 2007, we had to wait more than an hour for the car for some reason or another and we were expecting the same this time around as a worst case scenario. What did we do? Took pictures of course.

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Jess took the following. She has a habit of zooming in on people's faces.

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For some reason, we found it super funny and amusing that the furniture stayed exactly the same as the last time we came in 2007. They still had the same wooden tables and blue padded wicker chairs.

2011:
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2007 (don't mind Jess's hands):
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After having left for about 20 minutes, mom came back and we were all set to go pick out our rental car. We got to pick any of the full sized cars available. It was a tough choice. It was either going to be the Chevy, or the other Chevy, or the other Chevy, or the Mercury. They were all basically the same car.

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So we did what any girl would do: pick according to what was prettiest.

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We settled on a silver Chevy. For some reason, among all the silver Chevrolets (and there were quite a few), we decided to pick the one that didn't have Florida plates. For the week we were in Florida, according to our car's license plates, we were from the grand state of Alabama!

Once car seats were adjusted and the air conditioner was turned on (boy was it humid!), we were finally....FINALLY...in vacation mode. :woohoo:

luckylady
06-28-2011, 04:52 AM
I'm in for your TR. Small world, we were there at the same time! I so can understand your title. It was HOT that week. Can't wait to read more.

burly
06-28-2011, 06:43 AM
taking the car with the Alabama plates MAY make it easier to spot in the parking lots?!:thumbsup2

Thanks for the update, looking forward to more.
Love all the goofy pictures....:goodvibes


KIM

wingedjojo
06-29-2011, 02:33 PM
I'm in for your TR. Small world, we were there at the same time! I so can understand your title. It was HOT that week. Can't wait to read more.

Hahaha. I went to school in Davis where summer weather is high 90s to 100s on average so I thought I could handle Florida. It's the humidity that kills you. Regardless we still had fun and I hope you did too!

taking the car with the Alabama plates MAY make it easier to spot in the parking lots?!:thumbsup2

Thanks for the update, looking forward to more.
Love all the goofy pictures....:goodvibes


KIM

We really didn't think about that when we first picked out the car but yeah, it was a LOT easier to spot it when it has different plates.

wingedjojo
06-30-2011, 02:37 AM
Beds, Sofa, Cockroach?

Took a while for mom to adjust to the new car since she usually drives a SUV back at home. For some reason, the break pedal was higher and farther back so it was kind of a reach to get to it. Other than car adjustment issues, getting out of the airport was relatively easy. I find it funny how there's a toll booth almost every other highway coming out of the airport. Is it just the east coast that has those for highways? I know over here we have it for bridges but not really for highways and stuff like that. Maybe it's a regional thing. :confused3

So my aunt works for Sheraton and she got us a really good deal at the Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites for $50/night. It was pretty good in terms of location to both the Disney parks and Islands of Adventure. It took at most 20 minutes to get to any Disney park and about 30 minutes to Islands of Adventure. I'm pretty sure there was no way we could have gotten a suite anywhere else for that price that close to Disney. Driving there, I'm pretty sure we passed by the resort that we stayed at back in 2007. None of us were quite sure because it looked kind of different and none of us could remember the name of the resort but we felt like it was the one. Oh well, not important.

Our hotel:

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It was conveniently located right across the street from a 7-11.

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There will be several times during the trip where having that 7-11 there was the best thing ever. We made so many trips to this place, it was ridiculous.

Before I ever go and decide on a hotel to stay at or just to familiarize myself with where I'm going, I tend to look up reviews and pictures of the resort. So for the sake of providing a good review, I'm going to compare pictures that the hotel officially puts up and pictures that I took. Because honestly, how often do we get tricked by fancy out-dated pictures and end up disappointed?

In terms of the hotel's exterior, it seems pretty true to picture although the official picture was taken in a fancy angle to make it look much more lush and isolated than it really was.

Official:

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa262/wingedjojo/random/hotel.jpg

Mine:

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When we were checking in, we could tell by the lobby that it was clearly a very dated and past-its-prime type of hotel. Everything just looked shabby and old. If I had a picture of the lobby, you'll understand what I mean. The upside of the place though was that they had this really cool aquarium that held a couple of little alligators. They were interesting to watch for a little while. Also, the girl who checked us in was SUUUUPPPPPEEERRR nice and super sweet and just a breath of fresh air in that dark and gloomy-looking place. She is seriously like a mirage in the desert that is the hotel; she deserves to be in a happier looking atmosphere. Seriously.

Our room was ready for us so we went to go check it out. We had reserved a safari suite which had two queen beds, a sofa bed, and a kitchenette. For some reason, when I think of the word suite, I imagined something nicer and bigger than what we got.

The bedroom portrayed on Sheraton's website:

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My bedroom picture:

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The kitchenette area and the sofa bed area as shown by the people at Sheraton:

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa262/wingedjojo/random/suite.jpg

My pictures:

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Here's also some pictures of the bathroom area:

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For something that's labeled as a suite, it just seemed so....standard. It was also a very tiny place. My pictures don't show it but the feeling of old and dated that we saw in the lobby clearly carried over into the rooms. I didn't really focus on it but there were stains on the floor, cracks in the wall, and holes in the blankets. We also found a dead cockroach off in a corner. Sure it's dead and all but still, that's gross. We're built tough and aren't too fussy so none of those little things really bothered us. We had enough space, everything worked and we were comfortable enough so we didn't complain. Plus, we got what we paid for.

If someone were to ask me whether or not I'll recommend this place, I would say: it depends. If you got a really good deal for it or if you were super desperate and this was the only place left, then go for it. If you're squeamish and don't like old and grossness, then look for another place. Usually Sheraton hotels are better than this in terms of quality. I can't speak for the standard rooms or the super suite they had though. Maybe they're beautifully decorated and newer than the suite we got. In terms of our particular room and the hotel in general, hopefully it'll get remodeled soon because with its location, it has potential to be a good hotel.

Also, entrances to some of the rooms faced the outdoors/parking lots.

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I don't know if it's just my personal quirk but when my room leads directly to my car, I get more of a motel feel than a hotel. Can you tell I'm being snooty and not really digging our home away from home? I was born to stay in deluxe hotels...if only our bank accounts would reflect that. :headache:

After getting acquainted with the room and getting our things squared away, it was off to Downtown Disney where we dined with dinosaurs.

Yay! Dinosaurs!

wingedjojo
07-03-2011, 04:15 PM
Detour to the Lego Store

Getting to Downtown Disney took no time at all. All we had to do was turn left coming out of the hotel, go a couple blocks, turn right, go a couple blocks and we were there. It was so close.

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As we're going up this particular aisle in the parking lot, this large family group gets into three vans parked side by side and leaves all at once. Easiest time looking for parking ever. I swear things like this only happens once in a lifetime and having it happen at the happiest place on earth just puts the icing on the cake. Delicious, delicious Disney cake. :thumbsup2

When mom confirmed that we really would be going to Disney World, I automatically knew that the T-Rex Cafe was a must. For some odd reason, Jan and I just have a hoot-and-a-half when it comes to dinosaurs. She even passes by gummy bears in favor of gummy dinosaurs. So I made a 3:30pm reservation for late lunch/early dinner.

Originally mom was worried that 3:30pm would be cutting it close. Our flight was supposed to land at 1:00pm. Based on our bad luck in 2007 with the rental car, she had expected the obtaining car process to take at least an hour again, meaning we wouldn't leave the airport until at least 2:00pm or 2:30pm. We would still have had to drive to the hotel, do the check-in, drop things off, etc. before finally going to lunch. We seriously had nothing to worry about. Not only did our flight land about half an hour early, the car rental process took no time at all, we were in and out of the hotel, and finding parking at Downtown Disney was a breeze. We were physically at Downtown Disney around 2:00pm. So since we were early, we walked past the restaurant and went to do some looking around.

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The Lego store area was right there and I was super excited about all the new Lego structures. The Snow White one was pretty cool although I thought it was pretty hard to distinguish between some of the dwarfs. I really like that deer that's standing off the right. It looks super confused and seems to be giving off an "are you looking at me?" kind of vibe but maybe I'm just reading too much into a structure made of Lego.

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For some reason, mom took a lot of pictures of me while I was taking pictures of something else. So here's a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the above picture.

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Then here we are all properly looking at the camera. Check out Edward and his manly shoulder bag. I'm just kidding, that was Jan's.

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It was insanely hot that day and we were all pretty much feeling burned out from all the heat already so we decided to duck inside the actual Lego store and check out the products/AC. At the back of the store, they have this huge wall full of Lego blocks separated by color.

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Here's the behind-the-scenes footage and a proper looking-at-camera shot.

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What intrigued me about the wall of Lego blocks was not the fact that it was separated by color but because of what it reminded me of. Last winter, we (minus Edward) had gone to Las Vegas and visited the M&M store. On the 2nd floor of the M&M store they also had a wall but instead of it being full of Lego it had M&Ms.

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I think the only reason why I was reminded of the M&M wall was because of the way I had shot the picture. Although, I think I rather prefer the M&Ms over Lego. Only because of the deliciousness factor.

The Lego store had these humongous Lego structures of Buzz and Woody.

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Just to share the knowledge, those pieces are glued to each other and cannot be taken apart. For the record, I tested it not to be a social menace and destroy what probably took a couple of days to accomplish but to satisfy pure scientific curiosity. I even tested the pieces least likely to cause massive destruction to the figure in case they did come off. ;)

Right outside was that water serpent that has probably been there since the beginning of time. I'm pretty sure it was there the first time I ever visited Disney World and this was back in 2000. I really wonder how long it has been there and does it get washed from time to time because it looks really clean given how long it has been there. Its colors aren't faded and nothing appears to be broken. I would love to see a guy on a giant ladder or something using a toothbrush to clean the whole thing.

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Right across from the serpent was another Toy Story structure. I couldn't think of an appropriate pose to pull to complement it so I did the first thing that came into mind. I'm not even sure where that pose comes from; hopefully it's nothing offensive.

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At this point we still had some more time to kill so we went to browse the World of Disney store. At the entrance we spotted that there was even more to the new structures added since the last time we visited. This was my favorite of all the new structures because it was just so awesome.

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I wonder if the dragon is hollow on the inside. Jan and I were being silly and decided to pretend to be co-dragons. Well, technically I don't have to pretend since according to the lunar calendar I was born in the year of the dragon. I'm legit. :rotfl:

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I love the World of Disney store. There's just so much neat stuff to look and browse through. I wish I could have a castle like this in the middle of my home:

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I knew we were still going to come back to visit Downtown Disney at the end of our trip so I held off on buying any souvenirs. There were many things I had my eyes on and were put on my "To Buy" list. While wandering the store, we came across this Mickey Mouse clock. Jess, Jan, and I thought it was the funniest thing ever because of how its hands were moving. We even made a little video clip of it (click the below image to view).

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We would mimic the motion several times later on in the trip and it was only a while later that we realized how inappropriate the gesture seemed taken out of context. I forgot who realized that but once it was voiced we all stopped doing the motion.

Even though we weren't really intending on buying any souvenirs. Mom bought a cell phone case because her old one had broken.

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I would've gotten that but I was unwilling to spend $30 on a cell phone case. While I did tell myself not to buy souvenirs, I did buy one thing. Even before the trip started, I knew I wanted to send my boyfriend a postcard from Disney World. I thought it would be a nice surprise since all he really gets in the mail are ads and bills. At first, I didn't know whether or not I'll be able to find a stamp but apparently I can buy one right in World of Disney by going to the Information desk.

Sometimes I wonder if I look too Asian and non-American. I can't count the number of times people don't realize I speak English perfectly fine, that I'm from the states or assume I wasn't born here. So while I was getting my stamp, this exchange too place with the CM.

Me: Hi, can I get a stamp?
CM: For what?
Me: A postcard.
CM: I mean to which country.
Me: Uh...the US?

:lmao: I guess it can't be helped I look the way I do. I guess it does come in handy when I don't want to deal with strangers/solicitors. I can pretend to not know English and people will actually believe me.

I had forgotten to ask where the nearest mailbox was so I had to wait until our Magic Kingdom day to mail the postcard since I know there's mailboxes there that actually delivers mail. For reference sake, I mailed the postcard from the Magic Kingdom on June 15 and it got to its destination on June 23. I had wanted it to arrive while I was gone but that didn't really happen; at least it got to where it needed to go. It got a bit banged up and scratched during its transit but not too bad. Here's a picture my boyfriend sent me the day he got it:

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After our purchase, it was pretty much time to go eat and I'm pretty sure we were all starving. We hadn't really eaten anything since we started our trip so we were all ready to go to T-Rex Cafe.

wingedjojo
07-04-2011, 06:32 PM
Happy July 4 everyone!!!
I hope everyone is enjoying their BBQ, family gatherings, fireworks, and an overload of red, white and blue. party:
Or if you're not American, I hope your day is absolutely normal and weather is pleasant.

I think I'm going to finish off Day 1 of this trip and finally get to the T-Rex Cafe. :rotfl:

~*~*~*~

The Anti-Climactic End to Day 1

Around 3:15pm we started to leave World of Disney to head back towards T-Rex Cafe.

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Of course we had to take a picture in front of the entrance. Look how excited we all are for our first real meal. I'm so happy that mom has started throwing up peace signs and making faces like the rest of us. We try to keep her young.

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We made a quick sweep, for no particular reason, of the front of the gift shop before going to be seated. I have no idea what I was trying to take a picture of here. Based on the lack of said picture in my camera, it must not have turned out nice and I probably deleted it.

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I thought this dinosaur was pretty funny because at a certain angle, it looks like it's mimicking Pacman and it's trying to eat those little white things that he's always "waka waka"-ing at.

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I thought the bar area was totally cool looking. Too bad I wasn't with friends and it wasn't at night because drinking there looks like fun. The colors are so pretty and I bet it looks like you're really underwater at night. Although, if drinks were ~$15 a pop, not being there with friends is probably a blessing.

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We got seated right away considering it was a weird time to be having a meal and the place was pretty quiet. Well, not quiet in the noise level sense but quiet in the amount of people sense. It was pretty loud in there. I mean, I've been to Rainforest Cafe plenty of times and knew what I was getting myself into but for some reason, it seemed particularly loud in the T-Rex Cafe. Granted, I'm sure dinosaurs in real life are not exactly quiet but nonetheless. If you're looking for a nice place to hold a long, private conversation, it is not here. If you like the "realistic" atmosphere or love them dinos, then by all means, this place is for you.

So we began perusing the menus. While Edward is trying to think super hard about what he wants, Jan decided to once again show that creeper face of hers.

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Mom is playing on her phone because in the dim light she can't read the tiny font. She's waiting for one of us to read the menu to her.

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I was trying to take a picture of the aquarium behind Jess but she wanted to be in the picture too. I think she's puffing up her face to act like Ponyo or maybe it's just your everyday generic fish.

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Before the waiter-dude came to take our orders, I had asked for my first alcoholic drink of the trip. Only during vacation will I ever order alcohol with a meal or drink just to drink. The picture on the menu was just so tempting. What I got was called a Cosmo-Paleo Cotton-tini. They bring out a glass of cotton candy and basically pour a Cosmopolitan on top. IT WAS DELICIOUS. It didn't even taste like alcohol because it was so sweet but it was definitely really good. I even got to keep the little shaker thing. I don't have a picture of before they poured the drink because it happened so fast but this is what it looks like afterwards:

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So as we're waiting for our food and I'm sipping on my drink, I start writing the postcard that I bought earlier. I didn't even know Jess was taking pictures of everyone.

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When the food came, we were all pleasantly surprised about how BIG the portions were. If we had known that we weren't going finish all our food, even though we were all super hungry, we wouldn't have ordered an appetizer. But we did. We got the Supersaurus Sampler: spinach and pepper jack queso with tortilla chips, Brachiosaurus bruschetta, T-Rexadillas and onion rings.

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I didn't care much for the bruschetta (I've never been a fan) and the onion rings weren't bad but pretty average. The quesadillas were pretty good but my favorite was the chips and dip. Personally, I'm a sucker for anything with melted cheese and it helps that it was pretty tasty too.

I think it was a good idea we got the sampler plate instead of just one particular dish. While I didn't love everything, mom enjoyed the bruschetta and Jan really liked the quesadillas. So everyone got to try a bit of everything and got to pick their favorites. Plus the portions were just right for everyone to try a little and we didn't put anything to waste.

Edward got the Layers of the Earth Lasagna: fresh pasta layered with homemade tomato and meat sauce, Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese, baked to perfection. The lasagna sounded really good on the menu and it looked that way too! If I remember correctly, I think Edward said it was really good.

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Jan had originally wanted the lasagna too but ended up getting something different and just eating a bit off of Edward's plate. She had the Paleonzoic Chicken Sandwich: fried pizza dough with grilled chicken, lettuce, bacon, pepper jack cheese, avocado, tomato and lemon aioli. If I'm remembering correctly right now, this will not be the last time that she gets a chicken sandwich this trip. I find it strange that she ordered it more than once because I've never known her to eat a lot of chicken sandwiches. Must be a phase. Her review of it was that it was good but a bit spicy.

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Mom got the Mammoth Mushroom Ravioli: massive mushroom ravioli simmered in a rich lobster sauce with roma tomatoes and fresh spinach. She really liked her dish and actually finished all of it. Only her and Edward were able to accomplish that. I wished I had tasted some of it because reading about it and looking at the picture right now makes me want it. I'm sure she offered but I didn't take any for some reason. Oh well, next time.

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Jess went with the Gigantosaurus Burger: two 100% beef burger patties piled high with a fried onion ring, pickles, lettuce, tomato and your choice of cheese. I'm asking Jess about her burger right now and she says that when they brought it out, the server had wished her "good luck" because that thing is MASSIVE. She's also crying with tears of regret right now just thinking about that ginormous burger; it was way too much food for her. :lmao:

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I wanted to eat something light because whenever I'm too excited about things (and being in Disney World is pretty exciting) and I eat too much or eat things that are too rich/filling, I get a stomach ache. So I opted for the Pteradactyl Salad: roasted chicken, mixed greens, celery, tomatoes, Bleu cheese crumbles, chopped egg and bacon tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. This was sooooooo good. Normally I don't like having meat and especially not bacon in my salads but I'm weak for Bleu cheese. I'm so glad I didn't ask them to take out the bacon or chicken because it brought the perfect balance to the salad. It was so delicious and I really wish I had some now.

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Jess, Jan, and I couldn't finish our food so we eventually had them box it up for us, paid the bill, and was on our merry way. We stopped for a few photo-ops as we were leaving. The lighting was really weird in there and taking pictures was sometimes difficult.

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I had originally planned for all of us to go swimming at the hotel after lunch. I mean, our room faced the pool and we were on the first floor. We could open the door, take 10 steps and be IN the pool.

The weather was perfect, we were mere steps away from the pool and we had nothing else to do. So we all....





...passed out from jet-lag. We were all tired from the flights and food coma-ing so everyone took a nap.

We never did go to the pool for the rest of the time we were there. At first I was bummed because they had this really cool-looking water slide in the shape of a snake and I wanted to go play on it. I later found out it was out of service for some reason or another for our entire stay so I wasn't too hung up over not having gone to the pool.

At some point we all woke up and had leftovers for dinner. I'm not sure what mom and Edward ate for dinner since they had finished their lunch. They probably had the food we brought with us to eat on the plane. Oh wait, no. I just remembered. Before coming back to the hotel, we stopped by the handy-dandy 7-11 to pick up some things. We had gotten a pack of water, Sprite, orange juice, bread for breakfast, and some other food. That's probably what they ate for dinner.

So after dinner, we watched some television and got ready to go to bed.

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We had to be well rested because we would be getting up bright and early for our first park day!

wingedjojo
07-08-2011, 03:05 PM
So Kevin (boyfriend) and I are off to SoCal in a couple of hours. We're going down for our friend's wedding and afterwards will be stopping by Disneyland/California Adventure. I decided against doing a pre-trip report for it considering it was pretty much last minute in terms of going to Disney. I haven't decided whether or not I will do a trip report for our trip though. I probably will but this trip report has hardly made a lot of progress. We'll see.

So before we leave and before I neglect this report too much, I'm going to start the next segment.

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Waiting at the Turnstiles

Tuesday, June 14

Today was going to be an exciting day. We were going to go visit Islands of Adventure and see Harry Potter-land for the first time!

The night before, I had set my alarm to wake me up pretty early. The park didn't open until 9:00am but I wanted to get there an hour beforehand. Estimating that it'll take us around 30 minutes to get there, 30 minutes for me to shower and about 30-45 minutes for everybody else to get ready and eat, I had set my alarm for a bright and early call of 6:15am.

I think we got ready rather quickly and were sun-screened and eating by about 7:20am. Nothing fancy. Slices of bread and I think some sort of pastry. Oh, and orange juice from 7-11.

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We left around 7:40am. A little bit off schedule but not too bad. At some point while we were sitting in the car and about to go, somebody (I think it was Edward) had to go back into the hotel room for something or another. It set us back about another 10 minutes. Bored, I took a random shot from the car of our room.

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I seriously have a problem with this direct access of the room to the parking lot. There was an instance where someone was just walking door to door and slipping random ads into the rooms. It's amazing how large that gap between the door and the door frame really is.

We were finally on the road around 7:50am. It didn't take too long before we saw signs of the park.

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I realized that throughout this trip, there were several instances where mom will try (and succeed) at getting us to pay for random things. One such instance is parking fees. Somehow, either I or a collective of Jess, Jan, and Edward will pay for parking fees at the parks. I think ma probably paid parking once. Sheís a crafty one. :laughing:

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We got there about 40 minutes before park opening and there werenít too many cars in the parking lot when we got there. Sure people were slowly streaming in but we still got to park in the first aisle.

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Don't forget where we parked:

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Look at the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed group making their way to the park! Actually, I think some of them are still half asleep.

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While walking that long path from the parking lot to the park entrance, I grabbed a quick shot of the entrance to the parking lot, where you pay the parking fee.

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Since we were there early, we took our time walking to the turnstiles and took pictures on the way there. The CitiWalk area looked interesting but we didn't really look around.

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Like a honing beacon, the tower was calling us to it. We couldn't be distracted by all these other fancy stores/eateries.

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Is it just me or does the tower just look weird? I don't understand what kind of visual effect they're trying to achieve here. Is it supposed to look like ruins? A lighthouse? :confused3

Once we arrived at the turnstiles, we tried to pick the one with the shortest line. We managed to find one where we became the 2nd family waiting. At first I thought they were already letting people in because I could see people going into the park. I got super excited for a second and then realized it was hotel guests only. Lucky people who get to go see Harry Potter-land an HOUR early. No fair.

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While I'm watching with envy all these people just leisurely strolling into the park, mocking us, I surveyed the other lines of people who were waiting just like us.

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It was more crowded than I thought it would be based on how the parking lot looked. A lot of them probably opted for preferred parking. I don't know how worth it preferred parking is. You have to pay $6 more but you still pretty much walk the same distance to the park entrance. Plus, that early in the morning I don't think it really made a difference.

It was already pretty hot that morning and it was scheduled to thunderstorm. To distract myself, I started taking random pictures. First a documentation of our park ticket and map:

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Mom saw what I was doing and decided to play too. She decided the perfect thing to do was take a picture of our happy, eager faces already sweating in the early morning sun.

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Notice those blue sunglasses? I didn't bring any hats with me this trip and just chose to wear that pair of sunglasses. It was during this day that I realized what a hassle it is to wear them. I normally don't wear sunglasses and for some reason, wearing them makes me feel motion sick. Maybe it's the curvature of the glass or the tinted color but if I move my eyes too fast while wearing sunglasses, I start to feel a little uneasy. Plus, it was hard to look at/through my camera with them on so I ended up leaving them off more often than on. I think this was the last day I brought my glasses to the parks.

For some reason, I took a picture of all our feet. Try and guess who was who!

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At some point I noticed that the gate in front of us had different signs on it indicating the different islands. I don't want to put all of them up because it's pretty boring. But I will post my two favorites. One because it looks pretty and the other because of which land it is.

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Surprisingly, they started letting us in about 30 minutes early! So once we passed the hurdles, and took one obligatory entrance shot, we were off to see Harry Potter!!!

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We didn't consult our map. We just followed en masse to where I'm sure everybody else and their mother were heading. We were almost there!

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Okay, time for us to go down to SoCal. I'll continue once we get back!

DisDreamz
07-08-2011, 04:45 PM
Late to the party as usual! :rotfl2:

Hope you're having fun on your mini trip. It's hot and muggy down here (hopefully for you the parks won't be packed, but having gone many times in the summer--I wouldn't count on it). Can't wait to hear all about it though.

Our WDW trips overlapped AND we were also at IOA on the 14th!!! Can't wait to hear about if you experienced the torrential downpour we did. All I'll say is that we thought we were wet after riding Dudley DoRight's (or whatever that water ride is called), but that was nothing to how wet we were when we finally left the park for dinner.

burly
07-10-2011, 12:37 AM
Have a nice trip. Look forward to more when you get back. :surfweb:

KIM:flower3:

luckylady
07-12-2011, 11:21 PM
Whew I'm all caught up now. HMmm June 14th we were on out way and ya last July we were one of "those" people who got in early. LOL good thing the line for WWoHP was sooooo long. Hope it wasn't to bad this year.Loving all the pictures. Can't wait for you to come back and write more adn so we can also hear about Disneyland trip.

disneylovin24
07-13-2011, 06:37 AM
Just started reading your TR and I am enjoying it very much! Love all of your pictures!

Can't wait for more:)

goofy's_gurl
07-18-2011, 02:58 PM
You are lucky ones to be getting in the park early. My family went on the 20th of June an got in early too!! :) Hope you have lots an lots of pictures of harry potter land!!!

wingedjojo
07-19-2011, 11:46 PM
Late to the party as usual! :rotfl2:

Hope you're having fun on your mini trip. It's hot and muggy down here (hopefully for you the parks won't be packed, but having gone many times in the summer--I wouldn't count on it). Can't wait to hear all about it though.

Our WDW trips overlapped AND we were also at IOA on the 14th!!! Can't wait to hear about if you experienced the torrential downpour we did. All I'll say is that we thought we were wet after riding Dudley DoRight's (or whatever that water ride is called), but that was nothing to how wet we were when we finally left the park for dinner.

I wasn't expecting low crowds but it could have been worse.

How freaky awesome would it be if we happened to pass each other and not know it? When I post my pictures up, you should totally see if you can find yourself. :lmao:

Ah...the rain. As evident by this trip report's title, it had quite an effect on us.

Have a nice trip. Look forward to more when you get back. :surfweb:

KIM:flower3:

Working on the next installment now! :thumbsup2

Whew I'm all caught up now. HMmm June 14th we were on out way and ya last July we were one of "those" people who got in early. LOL good thing the line for WWoHP was sooooo long. Hope it wasn't to bad this year.Loving all the pictures. Can't wait for you to come back and write more adn so we can also hear about Disneyland trip.

Lucky! Did you stay at one of the onsite hotels or did you do some sort of Harry Potter package? At least the long line had interesting things to look at.

Just started reading your TR and I am enjoying it very much! Love all of your pictures!

Can't wait for more:)

Thanks!

You are lucky ones to be getting in the park early. My family went on the 20th of June an got in early too!! :) Hope you have lots an lots of pictures of harry potter land!!!

I love how they let people in early. It's like they were giving us a little reward for getting out of bed earlier.

blabbermouth
07-20-2011, 12:17 AM
Great report! You and your sisters are so funny, it looks like you have a lot of fun together. The T-Rex food looked pretty good, and I loved all of their dishes (random, I know, but they were neat!). What an outrageous drink you ordered, sounds yummy though.

Look forward to reading about WWOHP, I'm a late adopter, just started the books this winter! Just started the 6th one yesterday, so I'm almost done. Then there's the movies!

keri125
07-20-2011, 01:12 AM
Just found your trip report! You guys all look like so much fun! I love the way you seem to take boring "waiting" times and make them fun instead of whining! Those are my kind of travelers!!! :thumbsup2: Can't wait to read more!

wingedjojo
07-20-2011, 02:43 AM
I'M BACK (finally)! And ready to do another installment in this trip report.

My brief trip down to SoCal was fun and educational. I just started a report for that and the link is down in my signature. It hasn't gone very far yet (well, more like it hasn't gone anywhere at all) but I hope to write both here and there.

Alrighty then, back to the report!

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Welcome to Hogwarts: part 1

I last left off with us caught in a leader-less mass headed straight to Harry Potterland. Normally I don't like it when people move in packs because somebody somewhere is moving slow, blocking traffic and creating gridlock. Not this morning. :thumbsup2 Perhaps the early morning has given people extra energy or maybe they were hyped from the early admission but everybody was speed walking like no tomorrow (now that's my kind of pace). We got to the Harry Potterland entrance (located at the VERY back of the park) in no time. I found it quite entertaining that at the land's entrance they had set up barricades to direct flow of traffic. At least they weren't limiting the number of people going in and out. There wasn't any time for pictures, just a quick snap of Hogsmeade before we decided to book it for The Forbidden Journey (or the castle ride as we like to call it).

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As we passed by the gate entrance to get into the ride, the posted time listed 45 minutes. By my calculations, hotel guests had maybe 30 minutes ahead of us and those who haven't gotten to the park yet probably believed it didn't opened until 9am. Given the situation, 45 minutes wait time seemed almost unbearably crazy and here I thought Peter Pan was the most unreasonably long line ever. :sad2:

Getting a locker, having our stuff squared away, and getting back into the line wasn't as big of a nightmare as I thought. I knew there was no way we could go bag-less into the park if we didn't stay onsite but I had envisioned having to wait for a locker then getting back into an ever growing line. While it was pretty chaotic in the locker room (cramped, lots of smelly bodies, people who didn't understand how things worked, etc.) there was always an empty locker available. It took maybe 5 extra minutes (tops) to go from entering the locker room to getting back into the original line. Not too bad.

The line going through Hogwarts was pretty cool. The details were amazing, there was always something to look at, and the best thing of all: AC. I just love it when rides have lines that provide visual entertainment and AC; makes it so much more bearable if I have to be standing around for 30+ minutes.

I didn't bring my camera the first time we went on but I did have my phone. Surprisingly, there were some decent shots that turned out.

It would've been interesting had we been able to hear house elves talking/working behind this door.

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The next following pictures were taken when we stepped out of the AC and into the green house section of the line.

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After a couple of twists and turns, we get to enter the castle/AC again!

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One of the more animated rooms was either the History or Defense Against the Dark Arts room (it was very confusing because the chalk board said Defense Against the Dark Arts but the projections of Harry, Ron, and Hermione was talking about Professor Binns and History class). Again, the details in all the little knick-knacks and artifacts placed all over the castle really gave the whole place a little extra oomph.

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Right before we boarded the ride vehicles, we passed by the Sorting Hat. Whoever was clever enough to think of using him to tell us the safety instructions instead of just using a random person over a PA system, kudos to you.

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The ride was AMAZING!!! There were some darker scenes in the ride that I thought might scare Ma but she loved it as well. The technology used and all the special effects put together really made this an exceptional ride experience. It was everything I had hoped this ride to be. Two thumbs way up from me. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Having gotten that first ride out of the way, it was time to really look around and start taking some pictures.

Like at the Magic Kingdom, there were the obligatory castle shots. First up is one of my more favorite pictures (and currently being used as one of my desktop backgrounds).

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Then I tried to up the artsy level a bit and vary the ways I framed the castle.

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There were a couple of close up/detail shots:

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Mom also took a group shot in front of the gate entrance. If you will look closely, in the time it took for us to start the ride and get off, the wait time had increased to 90 minutes.

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wingedjojo
07-20-2011, 02:50 AM
Welcome to Hogwarts: part 2

For the moment, we were going to leave the castle behind us and look around the rest of Hogsmeade. First we came across this little open area with banners. I think this is where they host a small show that showcases the students of the other wizarding schools. They didn't have a times guide saying when they'll do it but I'm pretty sure they didn't do one that day because of the numerous thunderstorms (more on that later).

And before anyone starts thinking I'm super full of myself and only posts pictures of myself, nobody else would pose with me.

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Going back towards the entrance of Harry Potterland, got some scenic pictures in.

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Then we decided to go check out some of the stores. Before I get to the pictures, I just want to say a couple of things. I know J.K.Rowling had a lot of say in how this place with built and more power to you that you wanted to keep the place authentic. BUT and this is a really big but; I really wish you allowed these stores to be made bigger.

Here are my reasons:
1) From a business point of view, making the stores so small makes NO sense. So much no sense that it's nonsense. This is an amusement park whose sole purpose is to entertain and collect revenue. Bigger stores = greater traffic = better sales. If a person walks by and sees a super crowded store (which it always was because that's how tiny it was), they are less likely to go in and spend money. Tiny stores mean tiny profits.
2) There is no personal space. So many people in so little space means there's no room for a person to look at things or to just stand there and ponder: is a $10 piece of hollow chocolate frog worth it? Although...now that I think about it, that might be a good strategy for moving products. If a person has no space nor time to think about whether or not something is worth it, they might just jump the gun and buy it now before the line got longer or more people came in. With a 50/50 chance of that happening, there might actually be method to this madness.
3) How is this wheelchair accessible and fire safe?

Rant aside, here are some pictures of Zonkos and Honeydukes (they're connected). I didn't take many pictures this time around because of crowding but we did come back later. Zonkos was really cool. While I do admit that in this particular case the small spacing gave it a really good atmosphere, I would still have preferred more space. Some of the products were really funny and I only wish that they would work in real life.

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In front of the entrance to Harry Potterland they have the Hogwarts Express prominently displayed. With a quick shot of that and the physical entrance to Harry Potterland, we decided to exit this particular land for the time being.

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We randomly turned down an area and found this bridge that connected Harry Potterland to Jurassic Park land. Turns out that this bridge had a very good vantage point of the back of Hogsmeade and a different angle to the castle. It was a super quiet area and we didn't see many people crossing it so we took our time and just admired the view.

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Speaking for myself, first impression of Harry Potterland was that it was much smaller than imagined but the atmosphere and the mood it created was top notch. The major ride went above and beyond expectations and the whole place was (for lack of a better word) magical. My only regret is COMPLETELY forgetting to check our Buckbeak around the Flying Unicorn ride. COMPLETELY forgot until we got back home. :headache:

JH87
07-20-2011, 02:52 AM
I am so glad I came across this TR! It is so entertaining so far. I love all your pictures and it seems like you have lots of fun with your family :)
I LOVE the nails! Very cute. And I am the same way with alcoholic drinks with meals....for some reason I only do that on trips too. I guess it's more fun, and more of a reason to pay so much for a drink.

wingedjojo
07-20-2011, 03:00 AM
Great report! You and your sisters are so funny, it looks like you have a lot of fun together. The T-Rex food looked pretty good, and I loved all of their dishes (random, I know, but they were neat!). What an outrageous drink you ordered, sounds yummy though.

Look forward to reading about WWOHP, I'm a late adopter, just started the books this winter! Just started the 6th one yesterday, so I'm almost done. Then there's the movies!

The three of us didn't always have such a good relationship. I think it was once Jess and I started going off to different colleges and all of us being apart that we realize that without each other, life is boring. I also used to be hella mean (and I mean REALLY mean) to the two of them and only in recent years have I started to let them physically/mentally abuse me (all in good fun though).

That drink from T-Rex was DELICIOUS and I swear I'm not an alcoholic. ;)

The only thing about starting any book series late is all the party poopers out there who try to ruin the ending for you. I hope that hasn't happened to you (or ever will) because that just spoils the fun.

Just found your trip report! You guys all look like so much fun! I love the way you seem to take boring "waiting" times and make them fun instead of whining! Those are my kind of travelers!!! :thumbsup2: Can't wait to read more!

Thanks! We try our best to entertain one another. :thumbsup2

disneylovin24
07-20-2011, 05:43 AM
Love all the pics of the Wizarding World:goodvibes

goofy's_gurl
07-23-2011, 01:37 PM
I love all the pictures of Harry Potterland. I just wish it was open like it should have been on my gradbash night (2010)... But I agree with you on the store issue. :)

wingedjojo
07-23-2011, 11:53 PM
I am so glad I came across this TR! It is so entertaining so far. I love all your pictures and it seems like you have lots of fun with your family :)
I LOVE the nails! Very cute. And I am the same way with alcoholic drinks with meals....for some reason I only do that on trips too. I guess it's more fun, and more of a reason to pay so much for a drink.

I so agree with you on the "pay so much" part. Why are drinks so expensive? And they're TINY! At least girls have it easier and guys will buy them for you occasionally.

Love all the pics of the Wizarding World:goodvibes

Thanks! I totally want to go back and take more now that I've reviewed them all and know what I can improve on.

I love all the pictures of Harry Potterland. I just wish it was open like it should have been on my gradbash night (2010)... But I agree with you on the store issue. :)

I know it was about summertime that it opened and since it was called a gradbash night, it must have something to do with graduation which happens springtime-ish so you probably BARELY missed it! That sucks! Did you get to go back and visit it afterwards?

wingedjojo
07-23-2011, 11:54 PM
Cafť Stoo-pendous[sic]

Last we left off we had wandered out of Harry Potterland and were making our way into Jurassic Park. Once we crossed the bridge we were back in the time of dinosaurs.

All together now: OOOOOoooohhhhhhhh!!!~~~

So of course we had to stop and use the bathroom first. Damn Edward. I swear we stopped more times for him to use the bathroom than for anybody else and WE were the girls.

While we were waiting, we found a nice shady spot to sit and rest. Look at our lovely group of ladies.

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Lovely ladies with their lovely hats...

and their lovely shirtsÖ

lovely facial expressionsÖ

andÖ

OH MAI GAWD JESSíS PINKY TOE POINTS SIDEWAYS???!!!!?!?!?!?!

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For some reason, we found this extremely hilarious. Like REALLY hilarious. We were rolling on the floor laughing (well, not really but almost). We looked at everybody elseís toes but only Jessís seemed to be that sideways bent. Lovely.

Once Edward got out of the bathroom, we continued further into Jurassic Park. We took a picture in front of the sign at one point; not exactly sure when. Oohh look! One of the few times I actually wore my sunglasses.

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The first attraction we experienced in this particular land was the Discovery Center. Itís not so much an exciting must-see attraction as it is a large building with glorious AC. It was insanely humid and hot. For the most part of this day we spent looking for ways to strategically be in AC without wasting too much time. This was one of those times.

We played some of the little games they had but for the most part it was pretty boring. I know ďpower of imaginationĒ and all that jazz but thereís no way any of those eggs were real dinosaur eggs. They looked faked beyond words.

Prior to the trip, I was randomly reading about Islands of Adventure on Wikipedia and found that they had something called Triceratops Discovery Trail. State of the art animatronics triceratops that you can get up close to and is so lifelike you would believe itís real? That sounded totally awesome!!!

Too bad itís only opened seasonally and apparently the summer is not the right season.

Bummertown.

Population: me. :sad1:

Instead we went to go ride the River Adventure ride. Ma didnít want to get wet so she stayed at the Discovery Center. There was no line at all. I think so many people were going straight to Harry Potterland that it left all the other lands pretty empty. So after walking right onto the ride, we proceeded to get mildly wet.

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I stayed almost completely dried somehow. I only experienced light sprinkles and you couldnít even tell that I went on a water ride.

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Both Jess and I wanted to go on the Pteranodon Flyers but we were all too tall and none of us had a small child to exploit. One day Iíll get nieces/nephews or godchildren and Iíll kidnap them just to go ride this ride. It looks like SO MUCH fun and itís not fair that just because weíre a LITTLE too tall we donít get to go.

There wasnít anything else we wanted to do in Jurassic Park so we meandered over to Toon Lagoon.

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Again, nothing in this land interested us. Back in 2007, we had gone on the two water rides here. We didnít get wet so much as we took completely thorough showers with ALL our clothes on. With the exception of our mom, we can tolerate water rides for the most part but again, these are not water rides. Theyíre community baths with clothing being mandatory. So we passed.

I forgot what time it was but according to my pictures, it was about time for lunch. Not sure how we decided but we ended up heading to Seuss Landing for food. To get there, we first had to walk through Marvel Super Hero Island.

When Disney first bought Marvel, I immediately thought about Islands of Adventure. NamelyÖhowís that going to work out? Since Disney owns it now but Universal has been using it for years, do they have to pay royalties to Disney? Will they keep the characters? Switch to DC characters? I guess theyíre keeping things as they are for the time being.

So walking through Marvel land, we saw Captain America!!! Edward and I decided we MUST have a picture with him.

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It was pretty funny when Edward took this picture. Captain America handed him his shield to hold and Edward had the most difficult time trying to get his arm through the little arm loops in the back. Captain America was just standing there watching him struggle and it was quite comical.

After I took this picture, I thought it would be an interesting project to have every character that I pose with put up the peace sign with me. Stay tuned to see how that turns out.

We passed by The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and thought we should go ride this right before lunch. If we decided that despite wanting to go eat, the line probably wasnít that long. I remember it not being walk-on but it was probably at least half an hour. Not too bad considering it was midday.

To get to the ride vehicle, we first had to walk through the Daily Bugle (the newspaper Peter Parker aka Spider Man worked for) or as I like to call it: the Daily Beagle.

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Notice the pin-up calendar? This will not be the last time this trip we see one.

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There were a bunch of funny signs hung up along the line.

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I enjoyed this ride. I remember when it first opened, it was so ahead-of-its-time in terms of technology and now that itís compared to the Forbidden Journey ride in Harry Potterland, it doesnít seem so technologically advanced anymore.

Afterwards we started heading towards Seuss Landing again. Here we are in front of the official sign for the island:

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When we came here back in 2007, a tour guide told us that in this particular land, there are no straight lines. The world of Seuss is so whimsical and quirky that it mustnít have any straight lines because Seuss land is not serious enough for straight lines. Iím pretty sure I didnít see any.

Lunch was at the Circus McGurkus Cafť Stoo-pendous. The food there is pretty average and not so variable or memorable but the atmosphere is cute and the name of the place is cool.

If Iím remembering correctlyÖ

Jan had the pepperoni pizza.

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Jess and Edward each had a burger and fries.

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Ma and I shared the cheese pizza.

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Theyíre personal pizzas but, at least for me, they were too big. I knew I couldnít finish one on my own so I wanted to share it and Ma didnít want to eat too much either.

While we were eating, a guy and some Dr.Seuss characters came out to put on a show. The non-character guy read a Dr.Seuss story (forgot which one; probably the Cat in the Hat) and the characters sat around him and acted character-y. Then afterwards they had some sort of ho-down and did a little dancing number.

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After the dancing, the characters split up and went either outside or stayed inside for photo ops. I chose to take one with the Cat in the Hat. Remember how I wanted to ask characters to do the peace sign with me? Well, hereís me asking:

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And hereís how it turned out:

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I guess it was too hard for him to do a peace sign with four fingersÖso he didnít. I was so disappointed. Oh well, there will be other characters.

As we began to finish up lunch, we started discussing what to do next. SoÖguess what we did?

Belle83
07-24-2011, 02:23 PM
Love the downtown disney pics. I'll have to try T-Rex, the food looks great. Glad you enjoyed Harry Potter, it was a highlight of our trip. We got wet on JP too, but the people in the middle and back didn't seem to at all.

wingedjojo
07-28-2011, 11:47 PM
Love the downtown disney pics. I'll have to try T-Rex, the food looks great. Glad you enjoyed Harry Potter, it was a highlight of our trip. We got wet on JP too, but the people in the middle and back didn't seem to at all.

The food WAS great and the portions were HUGE! Gosh, with me talking like this all the time, they should be paying me.

Yeah...I think we sat in the middle-ish so we didn't get drenched.

wingedjojo
07-28-2011, 11:53 PM
Concerning Mini Walking Walruses: part 1

Since we were already in the area, exploring Seuss-Landing seemed like the most logical solution. The Cat in the Hat ride was right next door so we hopped into line for that. It was actually a decent long wait, probably around 40 minutes or so.

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The line is pretty neat in the sense that you get to walk through a facade of the house from the story which then leads into the ride vehicles. I don't have a picture of the house but imagine the front of it just sitting in the middle of the area where everyone is lining up. So as you're going through the line, you walk from "outside" the house to go "inside." Does that make sense? I'm reading it back to myself and this entire paragraph doesn't really seem to make sense. Oh well.

Now and then, lines from the story would either get projected onto random wall space or theyíll be painted on walls/things. At this one particular spot, they had painted a couple of lines and the word "mother" was at the perfect height so that it looked like it was labeling our mother.

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The ride itself was not all that great. I remember it being much more impressive the last time I rode it back in 2007. This time around, everything seemed...not completely functional. It was like some features of the ride were either turned off or broken. Everything looked like it needed some sort of upkeep and it was just sad.

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The ride empties into a gift shop. There was a lot of themed merchandise and a bunch of funny hats. So we had to do a family funny hats picture.

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Next up was the Caro-Seuss-el. Is it weird that even though weíre all so old we still enjoy something like a merry-go-round? Ma didnít want to go on because sheís a party pooper. Itís probably because sheís embarrassed about climbing aboard a rotating animal or that sheís afraid she wonít be able to pull herself up. Or maybe Iím just making up these mental anxieties for her. In all reality, she probably doesnít like spinning rides (which would make sense since she doesnít like the tea cup ride either).

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I picked a cow. Of course I would. If you pushed down on its ears, it blinks. I guess thatís what made this ride a little bit different from the other merry-go-rounds in the sense that some of the things you ride are interactive.

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Jess rode next to me. On what, I have no idea. In fact, I donít really know what everyone else had chosen to ride. I only say mine was a cow because it looked like a cow. For all I know, it isnít a cow.

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Edward was to my left.

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Jan rode in front of us for some strange reason because the rows were in sets of four ride animals. I think she said it was because she wanted to film us but she didnít film us during the rideÖso I donít know.

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Hereís her creeper face again.

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And some action shots of the wild ride.

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At some point we found an egg in a random corner. It was really odd/interesting because it was almost hidden away in a corner. We werenít sure whether or not we should climb up on it but then we read a sign right next to it that practically said ďclimb away!Ē So Jan and I took that as the cue to start making stupid poses.

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wingedjojo
07-28-2011, 11:55 PM
Concerning Mini Walking Walruses: part 2

Since we were in a picture-taking mood, we went over to The Street of the Lifted Lorax.

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The Lorax is one of my more favorite Dr.Seuss books. It’s pretty much a PSA about saving the environment. It’s a good message and it’s a cute story. Plus, the Lorax looks like a mini walking Walrus and that’s just funny.

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They had these microphones set up where you can actually listen to the story of the Lorax. I’m not sure if they play the whole book though.

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As a throwback, here’s me doing the EXACT SAME THING 4 years ago:

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Trying to get into the house of the Once-ler (the antagonist of the story)…

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…because he was the bad man who cut down all the trees.

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What trees you say?

Presenting…

the TRUFFULA TREES!!!

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Jan confused about what I was doing and giving a “oh well” kind of face.

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I love truffula trees because they look like cotton candy on long sticks. Not because I’m a hippie.

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With that out of our system, we went back to Marvel Super Hero Island to go ride the Incredible Hulk Coaster. In 2007, Jess and Jan were still unsure about roller coasters and hadn’t gone on this. They were much braver this time around and were beginning to develop into adrenaline junkies. :thumbsup2

We were PUMPED for the ride!

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Line wasn’t too bad. It was even shorter than the Cat in the Hat ride if I recall correctly. We found ways to pass the time.

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Before long, we were strapped and buckled in, ready to go.

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I just LOVE this ride. It’s so much fun. I’m pretty sure Jess felt the same but not so sure about Jan. I think she enjoyed it but not enough to go again? I don’t know.

So where was Mom this entire time? Sitting in a comic/souvenir shop in the AC waiting for us.

We went to go find her and went about looking for something we could all do and enjoy as a family (plus Edward).

disneylovin24
07-29-2011, 06:22 AM
I really love all of the Universal pictures! Ive never been so Im kinda going right now through your pictures:laughing:

JanetorsCloset
07-29-2011, 06:49 AM
I don't know why I was sitting in the front. I ended up sitting next to this lady and her kid and they kind of got in the way of filming. I'm stupid. Filming from behind is easier.

Also, being born year of the rooster (I like to think of myself as a chicken), I should have been born with the ability to lay eggs. If I were, my eggs would most definitely be the size of the one in the nest.

JanetorsCloset
07-29-2011, 06:51 AM
I originally was quoting parts of your post but disboards wouldn't let me have pictures since I've only posted on here twice. Dang.

And I'm replying again instead of just editing the first reply since I have to have 10 posts before I can link the pictures too.

I hope you wake up to notifications that you've got more replies and get excited only to be disappointed because it's from me. kekekekekekeke

JanetorsCloset
07-29-2011, 06:53 AM
OH RIGHT, another thing, I would've gone again on the hulk. I don't know why you thought I wouldn't have. I always have the roller coaster jitters before I go on big rides but end up coming out of it with an adrenaline high.

Also, jess loves the hulk ride. I think it was her favorite of the trip.

jtawesomesauce
07-29-2011, 06:59 AM
yo, your link to the second part of the dr. seuss part 2 goes directly to part one.

clearskies
07-29-2011, 05:46 PM
Hi Jo,

To provide full disclosure I accidentally clicked on your TR since it was next to mine but I am glad that I did. You are doing an AWESOME job on this TR for far! You are too funny with some of your commentary and your family seems to have so much fun together. I love it.

You have posted some nice pics also. I enjoyed seeing your IOA pics and got to see some things that I missed on my last trip.

Oh, my daughter is a dragon as well but a cycle younger than you. Great sign!

I'll look forward to more. Keep up the great work on this TR!

wingedjojo
08-07-2011, 01:44 AM
I really love all of the Universal pictures! Ive never been so Im kinda going right now through your pictures:laughing:

I'm glad I could be of service but if ever given the opportunity, it's definitely something worth checking out.

Hi Jo,

To provide full disclosure I accidentally clicked on your TR since it was next to mine but I am glad that I did. You are doing an AWESOME job on this TR for far! You are too funny with some of your commentary and your family seems to have so much fun together. I love it.

You have posted some nice pics also. I enjoyed seeing your IOA pics and got to see some things that I missed on my last trip.

Oh, my daughter is a dragon as well but a cycle younger than you. Great sign!

I'll look forward to more. Keep up the great work on this TR!

Thanks for reading!

That's cool about your daughter but it sure makes me feel old. She's the first cycle after me but I can't believe the second cycle is about to come. :scared1:

wingedjojo
08-07-2011, 01:45 AM
Sorry for the lack of updates. I don’t really have an excuse; I was just lazy. To apologize, I’ve finished the rest of day 2 in 4 easy installments. Finally! Enjoy!

~*~*~*~
So THAT'S Shepherd's Pie: part 1

What we decided to do next was a first for all of us: go watch the Eighth Voyage of Sinbad show. There was about a half hour wait before we could be let into the auditorium so we just sat around the outside of the theater. Most of us were kind of thirsty and it was the perfect moment for the long awaited, glorious, blue drink of the gods.

What am I talking about? This:

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I guess it’s normally called a blue raspberry Icee but to us, it was the most delicious, wonderful, tastiest, frozen treat in the world.

We first had a taste of it the last time we went to Disney World and we were all hooked like addicts. It was only a matter of time before we had our first taste on this trip.

So while the family sat around, Jess and I went on the hunt for our treasured frozen treats. It seriously took FOREVER to find an Icee machine. Find we did and enjoyed it we definitely did.

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Even Ma joined in on the blue tongue fun.

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After finishing our drinks (which took no time at all), we made our way into the now-open show area. We sat near-ish the middle and they were pretty central-to-the-action seats. The ground below us said “wet zone” but we thought it would be fine. I mean, there aren’t large tanks of water like at Sea World and nothing around us looked wet or damp.

Our innocent, pre-show selves:

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The show itself was okay. Terribly cheesy but the special effects and stunts were good enough. Now…when it came to the water effects…we were greatly deceived. The ground may have been dry around us and the general area may have lacked signs of the presence of water…but we got SOAKED.

Our innocent selves were unaware of water CANONS that apparently were hidden right next to us. And they went off at least 3 times. Meaning we got soaked at least 3 times. :sad2:

After the show, we squished and squeaked in our flip flops out. Good thing it was hot and we dried up in no time.

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The Sinbad show was in the Lost Continent island and there wasn’t much else to look at. The only other attraction here was Poseidon’s Fury and to be honest, we saw it last time and all thought it was pretty lame.

So what to do now?

Back to Harry Potterland!

We knew we were going to ride Dragon Challenge at one point and it just so happened to have a 5 MINUTE WAIT TIME!!! How is it possible that such a fun ride can have such a low wait time? How could we say no?

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We breezed through the line but that isn’t necessarily a good thing. We didn’t get a lot of time to look around because like the Forbidden Journey ride, there were things to look at while you went through the line. I did manage to capture a couple of highlights though.

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Since we were already in the area and Ma liked it too, it was time to go on the Forbidden Journey ride again. Like earlier in the morning, the line said 45 minutes again but it felt so much longer. They had even expanded the line to make more loopy-loops.

About the time we got to the part of the line where you go through the green houses, the reason why my trip report is named the way it is reared its ugly head. At first it was only a light rain so we didn’t mind it too much.

To pass the time, I took a couple of pictures.

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I even played a joke on mom. So have you ever tapped someone’s shoulder on the opposite side of which you’re standing so they turn away from you and into nothing? Yeah, I did that to Ma but it was super funny because when she turned, she faced a wall. It was pretty funny but I think it was a you-had-to-be-there kind of thing.

Then the rain, rain, rain came down, down, down. And when I say the rain came down, I meant that it CAME DOWN. It was pouring cats and dogs and hamsters and rabbits and all that cute and fuzzy stuff.

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Of course, the thunder followed soon after and the rain came down even harder. When that happened, I did something I’ve never done before: start a slow clap. Boy that’s fun. I got most of the line standing in that green house to clap and I’m pretty sure I got at least Jess embarrassed.

We got a couple more pictures of the stuff along the line that I hadn’t gotten the first time around.

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wingedjojo
08-07-2011, 01:46 AM
So THAT'S Shepherd's Pie: part 2

After the ride (which was still super fun/cool/awesome) we went on the castle tour. This is where you go through the castle a.k.a. walk through the line without getting to go on the ride. There are some extra parts of the castle you get to walk through but not much. One such extra part is what I call the portrait hall. You go up this staircase and all along the walls are portraits and there are four portraits in particular that talk to each other and move. It wasnít until later that I think Jess told me that they were supposed to be the founding fathers/mothers of Hogwarts. No WONDER they were chosen as the special portraits that got to talk and move. DUH.

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With a couple more pictures around the castle, we finally made our way out.

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It was still raining pretty hard and the gift shop connected to the Forbidden Journey ride (Filchís Emporium of Confiscated Goods) was really crowded so we went to go look for some other place to stand and wait it out. So we went to the Owl Post.

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We were waiting for quite some time and it was starting to get REALLY boring just standing there among so many damp smelling people. We hadnít done the Ollivanders experience yet and I was kind of curious as to what that was all about. Nobody wanted to go out in the rain to wait for who knows how long with me but I somehow convinced Jess to go.

I think the only reason why I wanted to go into Ollivanders was because I thought the only way to get wands was to go in through that way. In retrospect, Iím pretty sure (like 100% sure) Iím wrong because making people wait about 40 minutes to purchase souvenir wands seems like a bad business strategy. Anyway. With a stroke of luck, the moment we started to line up for the Ollivanders experience show, the rain stopped. It was pure sunshine the whole time we were in that line.

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That show was SOOOOO CHEESYYYYY like OH MAI GAWD THAT WAS SO CHEESY. Jess and I were the last to enter for that particular showing so we were in the back. I didnít get picked to be the pseudo Harry for the show but that probably was a good thing. If anyone has watched Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone, then they must remember the scene where Harry first gets his wand. This little show is that particular movie scene verbatim. Iím not kidding when I say that line-for-line this ďexperienceĒ was just a replay of that scene but Harry is replaced by random people. It just seemed so silly to me that I couldnít help but start cracking up in the back of the room. I have no idea why it was even so funny but I was just :lmao: -ing my butt off. Jess had to hit me several times to make me quit it. While Iím sure Iíll never do it again, it was still a cute little moment and Iím glad I got to experience it. Plus, the room we were in was neat.

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So the experience empties out into a gift shop. I think they named it Dervish and Banges. There was a bunch of fun things in there that Jess and I had a couple of laughs over. First I picked out my wands.

I didnít want to get the wand that was associated with the month I was born in (kind of like a birthstone type of deal) because it was ugly so I was going to choose between the character wands. I had already planned ahead of time that I was going to get two (so I could duel with someone, of course) but it was just a matter of which two. It was such a hard decision because they all looked so pretty but Iím pretty satisfied with what I ended up picking out.

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Jess and I wandered around the rest of the store and we saw a real live Monster Book of Monsters. Isnít it cute? Donít you just want to take one home and name it Fluffy?

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We saw some toys being sold that they had slapped some names from the books onto. Iím not sure what they were supposed to do (besides be a paperweight) but I had imagined those objects to look a lot different from how they were portrayed here.

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Then we found some imitation Hedwig owls.

And I SO wish I brought one home because they were SO much fun to play with.

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Hereís a little taste of a video of all the fun shenanigans we couldíve had if I had brought one home.

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wingedjojo
08-07-2011, 01:48 AM
So THAT'S Shepherd's Pie: part 3

So while Jess and I were having fun at the gift shop, what were the others doing? Apparently Edward had bought some frozen Butterbeer that came in a souvenir cup.

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We got back to them right before he finished all of it and I had a sip. Itís way too sweet for my taste. The cup was cute and all but I wasnít going to buy my own. Oh well, at least I tried it.

The rain had completely stopped at this point and everyone was rested but hungry. I had planned earlier to go eat at the Three Broomsticks because how many opportunities will I ever have to eat here? I didnít come all the way to Florida and all the way to Harry Potterland in Islands of Adventure to eat at McDonalds.

Earlier in the morning we had passed by a dining booth near the front of the park. I guess itís a booth where you can inquire about food needs and make reservations and so forth. Apparently the Three Broomsticks is similar to a quick service dining place in Disney and itís completely cafeteria style so thereís no need for reservations. Of course, since I chose the restaurant and pretty much wasnít going to give another choice for anybody else, Ma made me pay for the meal. Boy howdy. Let me just sayÖpaying a meal (especially dinner) for 5 people in a theme park is not cheap. I hope J.K. Rowling appreciates how dedicated a fan I am. :lovestruc

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Jan and I both had the Shepherdís Pie with Garden Salad: ground beef and vegetables crowned with potatoes.

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Jess had the Fish and Chips: fresh north Atlantic Cod battered and fried with chips and tartar sauce.

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Both Ma and Edward had the Rotisserie Smoked Chicken Platter: served with roasted corn and roasted potatoes.

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I also got a cup of pumpkin juice and Jan had an apple cider.

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Here I am trying my pumpkin juice prior to eating my dinner:

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Iím gonna be honest here. I did not care for that meal at all. All that meat and potatoes was just WAYYY too filling and WAYYY too starchy. I got full before I even got half way through. The pumpkin juice, like the Butterbeer was way too sweet.

Jess enjoyed her fish and chips and Ma and Edward both liked their chicken. In fact, Ma loved the corn that came with her chicken so much that she devoured that thing in no time (I have a picture of her nom nom nom-ing the corn but she forbids me from posting it). I think I just chose the wrong dish but at least I tried it. Now I know I donít like shepherdís pie.

The interior of the Three Broomsticks was pretty neat. It would be cool if you could go upstairs. It would be even cooler if the upstairs had extra seating and you could spy on people below you.

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After dinner we decided that since havenít yet, we should go ride the High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride. So we made our way back to Seuss Landing. On our way out, we passed by the conductor of the Hogwarts Express. Now, as a little background, I work for my schoolís transportation system. Iím training to be a bus driver now but I used to be a conductor myself. Not for the Hogwarts Express, sadly, not even for a train but for one of these:

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A vintage double deck bus imported all the way from London. Hopefully by spring Iíll be eligible and trained to drive them. :thumbsup2

So I just HAD to take a picture with this guy. Weíre part of the same group consisting of the proud and the few conductors that exists in the world. Weíre practically related!

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Anyway. We made our way back to Seuss Landing and got on the train ride in no time. Itís not as fun as I remembered it being. For one thing, they added these lap bars that werenít there back in 2007 and the train goes MUCH slower (=less fun). Iím not sure if Iím imagining it or not but it seemed as if the train track was shorter. Even with us going as slow as we were it felt like the ride didnít last very long. Nevertheless, we got some pretty nice views.

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With that taken care of, there wasnít really much left on the ďTo DoĒ list. We figured we should just go back to Harry Potterland, get our fill and then finally make our departure. With one last picture of Seuss Landing, we were off.

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wingedjojo
08-07-2011, 01:49 AM
So THAT'S Shepherd's Pie: part 4

To get back to Harry Potterland from Seuss Landing we had to go through the Lost Continent. Since we hadn’t taken that many pictures earlier, now seemed like a good time to do so. First we stopped by the throwing up mountain that I’m almost 100% sure is connected to Mythos (the fanciest restaurant in the park). We tried Mythos back in 2007 and the food is decent but again, expensive.

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Here’s the outside of the Poseidon’s Fury show. The whole ruins motif is pretty cool but again, the show is LAME.

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Lastly, we have this water structure/statue/thing depicting Narcissus and him just loving his reflection.

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So eventually we make it back to Harry Potterland and we go into Zonkos/Honeydukes.

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I so would’ve bought a chocolate frog but at $10 each for chocolate I’m not even certain is delicious or not, it was not worth it.

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I wasn’t going to buy any Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans because I tried a little packet of that stuff eons ago and I already don’t like jelly beans. No need to add fuel to the fire.

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When we walked pass the Dragon Challenge ride, it still surprisingly had a 5 minute wait time. Does nobody else want to ride this? Makes no sense to me.

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With one last look at Hogsmeade, we made our way out of Harry Potterland…

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…and out of Islands of Adventure.

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In our rush to get into the park earlier, I hadn’t properly taken a picture of that lighthouse-looking thing. Although a little backlit, it’s still better than nothing.

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When we got back to the parking lot, it was almost completely empty. Granted, we were at the park from opening to nearly closing. I’m surprised we lasted that long since we’re all such old farts.

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Even the moon was up already.

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With that, day 2 finally comes to its conclusion. Our tired, sweaty selves eventually made our way back to the hotel room. We needed to get clean and well rested for tomorrow is our first Disney park day!

disneylovin24
08-07-2011, 06:09 AM
:rotfl:Don't you just want to take him home and name him Fluffy? Yes, yes I do!


Can't wait to hear about your first Disney day:goodvibes

JanetorsCloset
08-09-2011, 01:17 AM
the seuss ride was way faster, I don't know what you're talking about. I'm guessing that's why they added the lap bars. It was more fun when it was slow and you could actually see everything. Also, it wasn't cool that they split it up into two tracks and you couldn't go into the restaurant place we went to for lunch. Or maybe we just chose the right tracks last time, I dunno.

mamaboogie
08-09-2011, 10:58 AM
I've just read your TR so far in one big chunk and I've really enjoyed it. Your family are hilarious! And I love your writing style - very witty and engaging!

Glad you had fun at WWOHP - The 'Castle Ride' is awesome isn't it? Dragon Challenge always had a really short wait time when we were there last year too - don't know why!:confused3

Can't wait to read more!:surfweb:

wingedjojo
08-11-2011, 01:21 AM
:rotfl:Don't you just want to take him home and name him Fluffy? Yes, yes I do!


Can't wait to hear about your first Disney day:goodvibes

Coming right up!

the seuss ride was way faster, I don't know what you're talking about. I'm guessing that's why they added the lap bars. It was more fun when it was slow and you could actually see everything. Also, it wasn't cool that they split it up into two tracks and you couldn't go into the restaurant place we went to for lunch. Or maybe we just chose the right tracks last time, I dunno.

That actually makes a lot more sense for lap bars if they had sped up the ride. I must really be getting old since I can't really remember whether it was faster or slower. Whoops.

I've just read your TR so far in one big chunk and I've really enjoyed it. Your family are hilarious! And I love your writing style - very witty and engaging!

Glad you had fun at WWOHP - The 'Castle Ride' is awesome isn't it? Dragon Challenge always had a really short wait time when we were there last year too - don't know why!:confused3

Can't wait to read more!:surfweb:

Maybe they're just REALLY efficient at loading and unloading people. :confused3

And thanks for the compliments! :goodvibes

wingedjojo
08-11-2011, 01:22 AM
Why Must You Fail Me GPS?!?!

Before I continue on to our first Disney day, remember how I said that I wanted to get all the characters to do the peace sign with me? It was pretty much futile after Captain America. I mentioned how the Cat in the Hat and his four-fingered glove had failed me but I had forgotten to mention how it went with the conductor of the Hogwarts Express. When I asked him to do the peace sign, he had subtly implied that it was against policy to hold up signs for fear it becomes gang related. I guess the only reason why Captain America did it was because heís Captain America and he fights for peace and justice? :confused3

So there went my plan of having characters do peace signs with me. Oh well.

Wednesday, June 15

The alarm for this day went off at 7:15am. The park didnít open until 9am and I figured an hour and 45 minutes was perfectly fine for everyone to get ready, eat, and arrive at the park. After my morning routine and while people were rousing from their sleep, I decided to peek out the curtains to check on the weather. It was a glorious, overcast day with predicted thunderstorms. :sad2:

While looking out the window, I saw a random cat just strolling along by the pool. It was soooo cute. :love: I pointed it out to (I think) Jess and we were both just wondering where it came from. I wasnít quick enough to grab a picture though.

For some reason, finding our way to our first park took FOREVER. I swear we got lost like 5 times and it was SO frustrating. I had my GPS and we were trying to follow the stupid signs for the parks but we just kept getting lost. It got to the point where Mom and I were getting angry at each other because she said I was feeding her wrong directions and I was just trying to follow what my phone said. I offered to drive so she could direct if she was so good at looking for street signs but she wouldnít let me. :headache:

So which park were we trying to get to for its opening ceremony? You only get 4 guesses.

ItísÖ

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TA DA!!!

THE MAGIC KINGDOM!!!~~~

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We parked in the Pluto parking lot.

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As a visitor to the Magic Kingdom, one always has to make a very tough decision prior to entering the park.











Ferryboat or monorail?










What we ultimately decided on was that weíll take the ferry TO the park and take the monorail FROM the park.

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I think we were fairly satisfied with our decision.

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We had to wait a bit for the boat to dock but it didnít take too long.

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The dude piloting the boat didnít look too excited for his day.

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OMG OMG OMG!!!

FIRST LOOK AT THE CASTLE!!! :cheer2:

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Jess got a bit seasick from all the excitement (donít worry, there wasnít really any puke).

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I had really wanted to see the opening ceremony after learning that such a thing existed. Had we NOT gotten lost the way we did trying to get to the park, we mightíve made it. In reality, we were almost half an hour late in catching the opening ceremony. :sad1: Damn you GPS!!!

No openings nor ceremonies here:

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One day I will be early (and not get lost) and get to see the little show.

clearskies
08-14-2011, 12:58 AM
Hi Jo,

I am catching up. First back to IOA...

Heck yeah, you are not kidding about that Sinbad show being cheesy. Our kids got some entertainment out of it but whoa it was just plain bad at times to me.

You did a great job getting pics in the queue for Forbidden journey. I was looking at exif info (camera settings embedded in pics) and you have some seriously rock steady hands. The fact that you got good shots with shutter speeds of 1/5 sec and even slower is a marvel. great job :thumbsup2

I definitely recommend that you look at the canon "nifty fifty". This is a 50mm f/1.8 lens that will help you out in dark areas. It is lightweight with a reasonable cost as well. If you get one of those on your T2i, set aperture priority mode to f/1.8 and bump up your ISO to 3200 or even 6400 (if needed) you can have even more success with those dark attractions. Again though you did great with what you have.

I am glad I skipped that Ollivander's show after reading your experience. You are correct in that you can enter the Dervish and Banges store from another entrance and can buy wands without having to withstand the line for Ollivanders.

On to MK....sorry about the GPS misbehaving. We saw the opening show once at MK. It is nice enough but not something I would kick myself over for missing. It is getting into an emptier park though that is the draw for me.

Looking forward to seeing more..

wingedjojo
08-14-2011, 08:06 PM
Hi Jo,

I am catching up. First back to IOA...

Heck yeah, you are not kidding about that Sinbad show being cheesy. Our kids got some entertainment out of it but whoa it was just plain bad at times to me.

You did a great job getting pics in the queue for Forbidden journey. I was looking at exif info (camera settings embedded in pics) and you have some seriously rock steady hands. The fact that you got good shots with shutter speeds of 1/5 sec and even slower is a marvel. great job :thumbsup2

I definitely recommend that you look at the canon "nifty fifty". This is a 50mm f/1.8 lens that will help you out in dark areas. It is lightweight with a reasonable cost as well. If you get one of those on your T2i, set aperture priority mode to f/1.8 and bump up your ISO to 3200 or even 6400 (if needed) you can have even more success with those dark attractions. Again though you did great with what you have.

I am glad I skipped that Ollivander's show after reading your experience. You are correct in that you can enter the Dervish and Banges store from another entrance and can buy wands without having to withstand the line for Ollivanders.

On to MK....sorry about the GPS misbehaving. We saw the opening show once at MK. It is nice enough but not something I would kick myself over for missing. It is getting into an emptier park though that is the draw for me.

Looking forward to seeing more..

Thanks for the lens advice. I'll definitely go check that out.

I guess that makes me feel somewhat better about getting to the park late. I really want a picture in front of the castle without random people in the background. Maybe the next time we go I should plan for a Crystal Palace breakfast or something. :rotfl:

wingedjojo
08-14-2011, 08:07 PM
Our Fantastical Morning: part 1

When entering the Magic Kingdom (or Disneyland for that matter), I feel itís almost customary to take a picture in front of the train station before you go into Main Street. Itís the same pull that always makes one take a picture in front of the castle. You just have to.

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:offtopic: If you can see and recognize the character Iím wearing, then only you can comprehend the sheer awesomeness that is my t-shirt.

What character am I talking about? Itís NYAN CAT!!! :banana:

Some of you may be wondering: whatís a Nyan Cat? Why, itís the single most adorable/hypnotizing/repetitive/CUTE/canít-believe-itís-still-stuck-in-my-head internet phenomenon to grace YouTube recently. Donít believe me about its addictiveness? Check it out here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4).

When I was first packing and trying to decide what to bring with me, I had wanted a Disney-themed shirt for our Magic Kingdom day. I had worn a Slytherin tank top for our Harry Potterland day so I kind of wanted to do the same for at least one Disney day.

In trying to look for an appropriate top, I had come across this tank in Forever21:

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I remember picking up the only size small they had in the store but deciding to not buy it yet because I wanted to walk through the mall before I committed to it (in case I came across something better). At the end of our shopping day, I decided to go back and purchase it. The saying ďyou snooze, you loseĒ came into my mind when I realized that somebody had already purchased it. :headache: They only had mediums and large left and they didnít fit me right.

It was fate that I didnít buy that shirt. During this day, I mustíve seen this tank top on at least 5 other girls. Whew, bullet dodged. Not to mention, I got way more compliments/attention with my Nyan Cat shirt than I would have had I worn the tank top that every other girl seemed to have bought and worn.

Nyan Cat is just that popular.

Anyway, enough talking about my awesome shirt.

So remember how back in day 1 I had bought and wrote out a postcard to the boyfriend? No? Maybe a picture of it will ring a bell.

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Remember now? Okay. Well, itís now day 3 and I finally remember to mail it. While the post office stamp on it doesnít say so, I had mailed it from right in Magic Kingdom! Oohhh~~~ Magical~~~

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With that taken care of, it was down Main Street we go.

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AahhhÖpretty castle. I think I like this castle way more than the one in Disneyland. For one, the colors on this one are prettier and this castle is bigger and more impressive. The one in Disneyland is almost sad in comparison but thatís just my opinion.

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Of course we have the obligatory castle shot:

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I just love all the details on the castle. Hereís my fancy-shmancy shot of the castle up close.

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The mosaics found on the inside of the castle are just beautiful. Does anyone ever wonder like I do how they put it together? Do they painstakingly break different colored pieces of tiles into the perfect size and then piece it together by hand? Does a machine do it and they just nail in the final product onto the castle wall? Were the tiles all white to begin with and they just paint the tiles like they pain a canvas? I may never know.

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Our plan of action was to first hit as many Fantasyland rides as possible because once the little kiddies start waking up, itís going to be super crowded.

We went to go ride one of Maís favorite rides. The line was somewhat long but moved pretty quickly. I donít remember the exact wait time but Iím pretty sure it was less than an hour. Maybe even just 30 minutes.

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While waiting, Jess decided to mess with my camera settings and experiment a bit.

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A fancy-shmancy shot of the park map.

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After Peter Pan, we went to ride another family favorite.

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I donít understand why some people out there hate on this ride so much. Yeah the song is unbelievably catchy and itíll stay in your head for years but itís a classic and the ride is cute. Itís also very relaxing not to mention the ratio of wait time to ride time is pretty decent.

I never noticed before but there are an awful lot of coins found in the waters of the Small World ride. I wonder how often they pick that up and count it?

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The ride was pretty much a walk on so we got in our little boat in no time.

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Iím pretty sure weíve all been on the Itís a Small World ride so thereís no need to show all my pictures. I will present some personal highlights though.

First we have a poodle! AwwÖhow cute. I think it would be neat to have a poodle and then groom their hair into those little puff balls.

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Next we have platypuses; natureís enigma.

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Then thereís the end scene where you have ďbyeĒ in all those different languages.

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wingedjojo
08-14-2011, 08:08 PM
Our Fantastical Morning: part 2

Our next Fantasyland ride was Snow Whiteís Scary Adventure. So theyíre getting rid of this ride soon? I guess I will miss it since it has been there since forever but hopefully whatever replaces it will be great.

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I think after this somebody was in need of a bathroom break (Iím going to blame it on Edward because that makes most sense to me). So while he went to go find a bathroom, we just sort of loitered around the carousel area. Nobody except me felt it was necessary to do a ďpulling out the swordĒ picture.

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At one point we wandered into a nearby gift shop and found the most disturbing piggy bank ever. It had all the princesses just kind of sitting or standing around but the freaky part of it was Ariel.

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If those arenít soul-less eyes, I donít know what are. Thatís just scary.

We also found Cinderellaís fountain. The sun was really strong and it was so hard to keep my eyes open.

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I tried to get the shot where it looks like the crown is sitting on top of Cinderellaís head but I guess Iím too short or something because I just could not do it. Is there some sort of trick? Do I need to stand on something?

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I thought about attempting to make reservations at Cinderellaís Royal Table for some sort of meal. Then I thought against it. Maybe one day if I ever go to Disney World with my boyfriend.

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We could also see a little part of the new Fantasyland expansion. Iím excited for when that eventually finishes. Maybe weíll finally see less of the park undergoing constant construction and less of those ugly tarps and temporary walls.

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We went to go see Mickeyís PhilharMagic next because the next showing was just about to start and we just happened to walk by. I believe this was the first time any of us had seen this show and itís absolutely adorable. I love the signs they had up in the lobby but we didnít really have a lot of time to stop and properly look at them.

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Next on the agenda was the tea cups ride. Surprisingly, Mom went on the ride with us. In the past she has refused to ride because it gave her motion sickness so we were pretty shocked she wanted to give it a whirl this time around. I think we tried not to spin it too fast for her just in case she got sick. I had to take a picture of her in the ride as photographic evidence that this, indeed, happened.

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I forgot when but we had acquired Winnie the Pooh fastpasses (which also gave us the entirely unnecessary PhilharMagic fastpasses). It was getting close to time to go ride through the Hundred Acre Woods so we made our way over.

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Apparently we were 3 minutes too early and were denied access to the fastpass line. So we just hung around and went inside Poohís house.

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3 minutes later we entered the line and proceeded onto the ride.

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We werenít even going to attempt to line up for the Dumbo ride and nobody was particularly interested in lining up to meet any characters so we moved on to Tomorrowland.

Along the way we just happened to step into a pile of pixie dust and walked right into a moving trash can. Iíve seen videos of Push the talking trash can and read about it but had completely forgotten it existed until we came across it. Lucky!

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Okay, Iím not a parent and by no means do I understand how to raise a kid but this boy in red was just trying to beat the crap out of Push for who knows what reason. Somebody seriously needs to teach this kid how to treat things better (especially things that donít belong to him) because if he continues this way heíll never be able to have nice things.

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Hereís my video of our Push experience.

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The first thing we decided to do once we got to Tomorrowland was ride one of our more cherished rides: the TTA. Itís so relaxing and it just hits the spot for a nice rest that still kept you entertained. I just only wish it was longer.

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At one point we were going through a building that was in complete darkness and the ride stopped. It was so dark that I couldnít even see my hand if I had put it in front of my eyes. Good thing nobody was scared of the dark or claustrophobic because they would freak out, Iím sure.

Next we took a spin on the Buzz Lightyear ride. We always have fun on this one and we tend to get competitive.

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I got paired up with Jess, Jan rode with Ma, and poor Edward rode with his backpack.

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My score wasnít that high and Iím pretty sure I lost to Jess.

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Around this point we were all starting to get hungry so it was time to go search for some food.

mamaboogie
08-15-2011, 03:48 AM
Another great update!:thumbsup2

Very brave of your Mum to go on the teacups - I go on this ride quite reluctantly as my children (and husband!!) think it's great fun to spin me round really fast!

I can't believe that boy trying to beat Push up!:scared1:

Wouldn't it be great if Push had some sort of response where he could swallow up naughty children? Kind of like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where bad things happen to the horrible children!

You did quite well posting your postcard on Day 3 - I usually end up bringing my postcards home with me and giving them out then!:lmao:

Looking forward to reading more!popcorn::

clearskies
08-15-2011, 06:31 PM
Hi Jo,

Talk about "very very frightening"......Um.....seriously you owe me three and a half minutes back of my life for sending me over to see that blasted Nyan video waiting for something interesting to happen to that Pop Tart Cat. Though I can appreciate the sheer randomness of the whole feline breakfast pastry thing I think I could have cut it after 10 seconds and found a better use of my time....say starting at the ceiling or something. :lmao: Oh, and I am now seriously concerned with your sanity.....as well as the 31 million other people who watch this. It's madness I say...madness. I am reading on though in hopes that this is a temporary condition for you. It is a good thing that you have a family support structure in place. Jess and Jan, if you are reading this, please try and help your sister....That is unless you see the "sheer awesomeness" in this as well in which case I fear all hope is lost. :rotfl2:


Anyway...moving on...

Geez...if I went through all that effort to get a postcard sent from the MK I would kinda hope that they would put some special postmark on it to signify it. That's almost as disappointing as expecting something interesting from the Nyan cat video...ok, I promise that's my last mention of that mind numbing video (for this post at least).

I am right there with you on the castle comparisons. I have only been to DL once but I do remember the DL castle to be a bit paltry in comparison.

Your affection for Small World makde a lot of sense based on your love for....oh never mind...I promised not to bring it up again :)

On the whole Cindy statue and the crown issue..you are thinking in the wrong direction. I have never done it myself but supposedly this was designed so that you get that perspective from a child's viewpoint. So, in order for you to see the crown on the head I believe you need to get down low and kneel in the presence of the princess.

If you think the 3 Broomsticks was expensive then don't even look at what they soak you for in order to eat in the castle :scared1:

Philharmagic is the best 3D show in the parks IMHO.

I thought you said you NEVER got any good shots from the dark rides. Those are 2 good pics from the pooh ride and that is not that easy a ride to capture. Good job :thumbsup2

I have another suggestion for the boy abusing Push. The could make him watch ......shoot...never mind....he probably already does :)


Looking forward to seeing what comes next....




ETA....Hopefully you realize I am just joking with you on this post and my no means did I intend it to come across as mean or insulting.

zianha
08-18-2011, 11:32 PM
Ok, so I stumbled upon your TR this morning while I was searching for Clearskies' TR (that I stumbled upon while looking for some other thread a few days ago....ADD.....yes, it affects adults!!) and I just got all caught up and I love it! Very entertaining! Can't wait for you to not be lazy and continue on (never mind that I am extremely lazy in updating my own.... )

Some of my fave moments include: You relaying the convo with the COL in the airport and the puppy picture that pulled us out of the negative moment! :thumbsup2
Saying that something was a "hoot-and-a-half" Love that! Sounds like something I might say. :)
The picture of Jess' (?) sideways toe! I :rotfl2: for a few minutes at that one mostly cuz one of my toes lays kind of sideways only bent more and my sister likes to laugh at it sometimes!
And I liked "Bummertown Population: me :sad2:" :rotfl: Love that!!

I could only watch the Nyan cat video for about 30 seconds before I lost interest (ADD again) but my 13 yo son ran in the room laughing because he found (and watched) the extra extended one hour version once and he was trying to warn me......:rolleyes1

Anyway, the short version of this post is: I'm in! Great TR!

wingedjojo
09-01-2011, 05:32 PM
Another great update!:thumbsup2

Very brave of your Mum to go on the teacups - I go on this ride quite reluctantly as my children (and husband!!) think it's great fun to spin me round really fast!

I can't believe that boy trying to beat Push up!:scared1:

Wouldn't it be great if Push had some sort of response where he could swallow up naughty children? Kind of like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where bad things happen to the horrible children!

You did quite well posting your postcard on Day 3 - I usually end up bringing my postcards home with me and giving them out then!:lmao:

Looking forward to reading more!popcorn::

Hahaha, I love how depending on the rider, the teacups can become a torture device. Good for you for hanging in there though. :thumbsup2

That little boy seriously seemed to have some sort of vendetta against Push. He will never be able to have nice things at that rate. Life would rock if it worked like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I would so eat everything in sight.

That was probably the first postcard I have ever sent in my life so I wanted to do it right. Hahaha.

Hi Jo,

Talk about "very very frightening"......Um.....seriously you owe me three and a half minutes back of my life for sending me over to see that blasted Nyan video waiting for something interesting to happen to that Pop Tart Cat. Though I can appreciate the sheer randomness of the whole feline breakfast pastry thing I think I could have cut it after 10 seconds and found a better use of my time....say starting at the ceiling or something. :lmao: Oh, and I am now seriously concerned with your sanity.....as well as the 31 million other people who watch this. It's madness I say...madness. I am reading on though in hopes that this is a temporary condition for you. It is a good thing that you have a family support structure in place. Jess and Jan, if you are reading this, please try and help your sister....That is unless you see the "sheer awesomeness" in this as well in which case I fear all hope is lost. :rotfl2:


Anyway...moving on...

Geez...if I went through all that effort to get a postcard sent from the MK I would kinda hope that they would put some special postmark on it to signify it. That's almost as disappointing as expecting something interesting from the Nyan cat video...ok, I promise that's my last mention of that mind numbing video (for this post at least).

I am right there with you on the castle comparisons. I have only been to DL once but I do remember the DL castle to be a bit paltry in comparison.

Your affection for Small World makde a lot of sense based on your love for....oh never mind...I promised not to bring it up again :)

On the whole Cindy statue and the crown issue..you are thinking in the wrong direction. I have never done it myself but supposedly this was designed so that you get that perspective from a child's viewpoint. So, in order for you to see the crown on the head I believe you need to get down low and kneel in the presence of the princess.

If you think the 3 Broomsticks was expensive then don't even look at what they soak you for in order to eat in the castle :scared1:

Philharmagic is the best 3D show in the parks IMHO.

I thought you said you NEVER got any good shots from the dark rides. Those are 2 good pics from the pooh ride and that is not that easy a ride to capture. Good job :thumbsup2

I have another suggestion for the boy abusing Push. The could make him watch ......shoot...never mind....he probably already does :)


Looking forward to seeing what comes next....




ETA....Hopefully you realize I am just joking with you on this post and my no means did I intend it to come across as mean or insulting.

Your reaction to the Nyan cat video MADE MY LIFE. I was laughing my butt off for a good couple of minutes. :lmao: I'm glad you loved the cat so much. You're welcome. :rotfl:

Huh...I never thought about kneeling down to get that Cinderella picture. I will try and remember the next time I go back (whenever that is).

I'm surprised those pictures from Pooh came out the way they did. I was pretty much just pressing buttons and hoping it worked. Granted, those parts of the ride aren't as dark as others; I lucked out.

And no worries; I didn't find anything you said mean or insulting. I would like to think I have pretty thick skin and smart enough to know whether or not there's any ill-will directed towards me.

Ok, so I stumbled upon your TR this morning while I was searching for Clearskies' TR (that I stumbled upon while looking for some other thread a few days ago....ADD.....yes, it affects adults!!) and I just got all caught up and I love it! Very entertaining! Can't wait for you to not be lazy and continue on (never mind that I am extremely lazy in updating my own.... )

Some of my fave moments include: You relaying the convo with the COL in the airport and the puppy picture that pulled us out of the negative moment! :thumbsup2
Saying that something was a "hoot-and-a-half" Love that! Sounds like something I might say. :)
The picture of Jess' (?) sideways toe! I :rotfl2: for a few minutes at that one mostly cuz one of my toes lays kind of sideways only bent more and my sister likes to laugh at it sometimes!
And I liked "Bummertown Population: me :sad2:" :rotfl: Love that!!

I could only watch the Nyan cat video for about 30 seconds before I lost interest (ADD again) but my 13 yo son ran in the room laughing because he found (and watched) the extra extended one hour version once and he was trying to warn me......:rolleyes1

Anyway, the short version of this post is: I'm in! Great TR!

THERE'S AN EXTENDED VERSION!!??? Now I must go find it and play it ALL DAY!!! :rotfl:

wingedjojo
09-01-2011, 05:34 PM
Long time no type everyone! Sorry for being away for so long. Life has been pretty busy and hectic as of late. It is moving season in Davis and everybody is scrambling around looking for boxes, packing, and cleaning out apartments like crazy (we want as much of that security deposit back as possible!).

Not to mention, Iíve had my hands full at work, trying to learn how to drive a bus and all. I can parallel park a 40 foot bus now. No big deal. Do it all the time. :laughing:

In other news, Jess left last Sunday for Korea and will be studying abroad there for a year. Letís just hope she doesnít get lost and has a good experience. Jan is also getting ready to move on down to San Diego to begin her college career. So many new changes! Mom is about to have a completely empty nest soon. Maybe with us gone, she will get desperate enough for company (or at least noise) in the house and get a puppy. I want a puppy.

Anyway, on with the show!

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The LIGHT in LIGHTning: part 1

Last we left off, with rumblies in our tumblies, we were in search of food. We thought it would be a neat idea to eat while overlooking the boats in the Itís a Small World ride so we headed towards Pinocchio Village Haus. It was super crowded but since they were doing the ďdo not save tablesĒ rule and only let you sit down once you had your food, it wasnít too hard to find a table. Sadly, we werenít able to snag a table where we could watch the boats but thatís okay.

There werenít many choices on the menu but we managed to find something to satisfy everyone. Both Jan and Edward got the meatball sub sandwich which came with a little packet of apple slices.

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They liked it but I donít think either of them was entirely full (especially a growing boy, like Edward).

Jess and Ma got the Caesar salad with chicken.

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They liked it enough. It wasnít spectacular and was pretty standard as far as salads go.

I opted for the Mediterranean salad because it had olives and balls of mozzarella cheese and I love cheese.

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One thing I liked about both the salads was that the chicken on them were wonderful. It wasnít dry at all and the flavoring was perfect. Donít you just hate it when a piece of chicken looks good and promises deliciousness but then you take a bite and it tastes like cardboard? Yeah, thatís gross.

Overall, it wasnít a spectacular, must do again type of lunch but it did its purpose and got us fed. We were refueled and ready to wander the park once again!

Our next stop was the Haunted Mansion to explore the new interactive features in the line.

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Apparently, the new interactive part was optional and prior to entering the building, the path splits between a shorter route and a more scenic (and interactive!) route. We chose the newer path because we were all curious as to what they had added.

It wasnít much; just a couple of statues/tombstones with special effects. For example, at the Captain tombstone, you can hear the Captain talking and now and then it will blow bubbles.

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There was also a lineup of statues that didnít have any interactive parts but it was fun to pose with them.

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Jess was the closest at accurately portraying one of the statues.

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Some creepy pre-boarding pictures:

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At one point, the ride came to a standstill for about 2-3 minutes. The particular doom buggy I was in was stopped in front of the hallway scene where thereís a floating candle. We werenít really going anywhere so I tried to see if I could get any shots of it.

Before anyone gets huffy with me, I am a strong opponent of flash photography within rides. Itís actually one of the bigger pet peeves I have concerning amusement park etiquette. Itís so annoying when youíre riding something, trying to immerse yourself in the magic/atmosphere and suddenly itís like BLINDING LIGHT, OBNOXIOUS FLASH, BLINDING LIGHT; then you get dots in your eyes and you can no longer tell if thatís Peter Pan or Captain Hook.

The dangers of flash photography, kids. Just say ďno.Ē

It was honestly way too dark to really tell if I was focused through my camera or not so I just kind of winged it. Of maybe the 20 or so shots I attempted, 2 came out so-so.

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Once we got out of Haunted Mansion, we noticed that the ground was pretty wet; looks like we had just barely missed getting caught in the rain. What good luck!

At some point Jan and I were accused of and punished for a crime we forgot we committed.

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Itís okay though, where thereís a well paid lawyer, there is a free man (or in this case: free women).

To celebrate our victory and the ways of the justice system, we decided to do another family first: go watch the Hall of Presidents.

Thank goodness we werenít that far away from the show area because the sky suddenly decided it wasnít done crying and it started to rain again. It was only a light drizzle but it was coming down consistently so we were getting pretty wet.

I guess a lot of other people had the same idea to wait out the rain by going to watch presidents speak because there were quite a number of people in the waiting area. The show wasnít going to start for another 15 or so minutes so we found a nice corner spot and sat.

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When we were still walking to the show building, I guess Jess was using the park map as a makeshift umbrella. The color had bled through and left a pretty noticeable black spot on her forehead and she hadnít noticed. At first we all thought she had somehow bumped her head and gotten a bruise but once we realized what it really was, everybody just started making fun of her.

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Now commencing pictures from the show:

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It was a nice show. If you enjoy history then Iím sure youíll get a pretty big kick of it but to us it was just a nice time to rest and recharge batteries. One thing we all agreed on though: the Obama robot was BUFF! Oh my god was he muscular looking.

When exiting the show, you go through these ďHall of FameĒ areas where it showcases great contributors to the American way of life (at least Iím pretty sure thatís where we saw this). There were pictures of political figures, movement leaders, iconic movie stars, and then suddenlyÖMiley Cyrus. No offense to those who enjoy the things she does but I wouldnít peg her as a great American figure.

Me: Miley Cyrus?! What did she do thatís so great?
Jess: She partied in the USA.

wingedjojo
09-01-2011, 05:37 PM
The LIGHT in LIGHTning: part 2

Since it was nearby, we decided to do yet another family first: the Country Bear Jamboree. On our way there, we saw this neat bird and for some reason I wanted my picture with it. Jess and I kind of chased it around until we somewhat got it cornered and picture-taking was accomplished.

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The show itself was cute enough. Some parts of it were depressing but I guess thatís what a lot of country music is like. I do like the bears though.

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I wanted a picture of Melvin the Moose (Iím pretty sure thatís its name) but it kept coming out blurry. I didnít want to keep trying because the moose was to the right of where I was sitting and every time I tried to take a picture, I felt I was annoying the lady that was sitting next to me. Oh well. No moose for me.

After this, since we were already wet, Jess, Edward, and I decided we wanted to go ride Splash Mountain. Mom doesnít like the ride (because sheís scared) and Jan didnít want to get any more wet so they went off to do their own thing for a while. I just have to say, I have never waited that long for Splash Mountain in my life. I thought that since it was rainy less people would want to ride a wet ride. Not to mention, the wait time out front said 25 minutes. We waited maybe close to an hour and a half. The ride was fun and all but I just canít believe it took that long.

While we were waiting forever for Splash Mountain, Mom and Jan had ridden the train around the park twice already. I had wanted to ride the train too so when we got out of Splash, we all rode around the park together!

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Poor Toontown and whoeverís house that is. Itís too bad we never got to properly say goodbye.

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We got off at Tomorrowland because we had Fastpasses just waiting to be used up.

We had picked some up for Space Mountain at some point and it was now time to use it. No pictures because I guess we were getting tired and we just wanted to ride things. Space Mountain was fun (of course) and I only wish the line for it was shorter because of all the mountains, I think Space Mountain is my favorite. The mystery of space is much more appealing to me than trains and waterfalls. Also, Pluto is totally a planet; donít care what nobody says.

Since we were in the neighborhood, we decided to pay a visit to Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (another family first!). I donít have any pictures of this experience so Iím not even 100% sure that we did Space Mountain and this attraction around this time. Oh well; time is relative anyway, right?

So I have unlimited texts and this attraction allows people to randomly text in jokes so I was DETERMINED to get a joke in. Sadly, Iím not very funny when it comes to telling jokes (thatís more like Jessís expertise). So we all kind of huddled together to try and think of something that was good, clean fun.

First joke I sent in was of my own efforts: Why was Tigger in the bathroom? He was looking for Pooh! I guess this joke was too inappropriate because it didnít get chosen. Jess came up with this one: Whatís long, brown, and sticky? A stick! I guess this was also inappropriate. Donít ask us why we had so many poop jokes. I have no idea. The last joke I sent in was: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate 9! Get it? Ate? 8?

I was beyond ecstatic when that last joke got chosen. My joke was the first to show up on the screen and I was practically jumping up and down in my seat going ďthatís me! ME!Ē I feel I got way too excited for no reason; there isnít even a congratulatory sticker for getting your joke chosen or anything.

Anyway.

We hadnít ridden Pirates of the Caribbean yet so after the Laugh Floor, we were off to Adventureland. We stopped to take some pictures of the castle as we crossed the hub.

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Along the way, we happened to pass by the place that sold the Dole Whip. Iíve never tried one before and made it a point of this trip to finally try one.

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It was kind of awkward when I was up there buying my soft serve. My right contact started drying out and it was bothering me to the point where I just kept blinking to try to get it to feel better. Iím pretty sure the cashier dude thought I was winking at him at some points.

I didnít know this but they had different flavored Dole Whips. I chose the original pineapple but now I kind of wish I had tried the others as well. I think they had orange.

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Besides me and Jan, nobody else was feeling adventurous enough to try it. We were in Adventureland and nobody was feeling adventurous. Thatís so sad.

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It was a nice treat. I enjoyed it enough to want to try it again on another day but it wasnít something I will ever crave for.

Onto Pirates of the Caribbean we go!

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Following the ride, we had a little fun with some toys in the gift shop.

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While we were playing with the hook hands, I forgot if it was Jess or Jan but someone had said ďLetís HOOK upĒ and we just had a laugh. AhÖpuns.

Right across from Pirates was the Jungle Cruise and it had a decent wait time so into the line we went. Getting into that line was probably the worse decision we made that day. The line moved I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.Y. slowwwwww. Way worse than LA traffic; we were practically at standstills for minutes on end sometimes. We waited well over one and a half hour. When we were perhaps one or two boats away from being able to board our cruiseÖ

Ö they shut the ride down.

FFFFFUUUUUUUU~

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That was the reaction of everybody in line; especially those that were ahead of us and were practically the next to get on a boat. We waited all that time to be told that the ride was going to be shut down because of impending thunder storms. Granted, it hadnít started raining yet and there was no thunder or lightning in sight but I understand the precaution they were taking.

Dejected and probably unable to go on the Jungle Cruise for the rest of the trip, we left wondering what to do next.

What will make us feel better at this point? More pictures of the castle?

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Not really; especially the first picture. It wasnít until I got home that I noticed that itís just SLIGHTLY crooked and that just really bothers me. My computer isnít sophisticated enough to handle Photoshop and I donít like using MS Paint to solve these kind of problems. Oh well. Excuse to go on another trip and correct my mistakes?

wingedjojo
09-01-2011, 05:38 PM
The LIGHT in LIGHTning: part 3

What did we need to feel better? Food, of course! We were hungry again and food seemed ideal at making us feel better about having wasted almost 2 hours of our lives. We decided to go try Columbia Harbour House because hot chowder sounded delicious.

Iím almost 80% sure that both Jan and Edward got a tuna sandwich (which came with chips) as well as a bowl of clam chowder to share.

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Jess had a salad of sorts; looks like it came with chicken strips.

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Ma and I each had the clam chowder.

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I am not joking when I say that I think I just had the most delicious clam chowder in my life. It was SO DELICIOUS. I want more right now. Drool.

As we were eating, we were so glad we decided to eat inside because the sky just let loose. It was raining like rain water was going out of style. It was unbelievable how fast it happened. We had been getting light rain pretty much on and off all day but up until now we hadnít seen rain of this magnitude.

Then the lightning came.

We were sitting on the second floor and right next to a window so had a pretty good view of the goings-on.

No lightning:

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Lightning:

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There was so much rain and lightning that it got kind of scary. I even took a video to show you the craziness that was happening all around us.

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It didnít seem like the rain was going to be letting up any time soon and we wanted to get just a bit more out of our experience before we left. The Haunted Mansion was literally right across the street so while Ma stayed on the second floor us kids went to go see the happy haunts.

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We went on twice I think before we got tired enough to want to go home.

What followed was just a series of dramatic moments. First of all, Jess was wearing a pair of flip flops that clearly wasnít made to go near anything wet. The wet ground made it almost impossible for her to walk properly and she kept slipping. It was pretty dangerous and we had a number of close calls. She had to be held onto and walked like an elderly person. Actually, now that I think about it, it was a pretty funny scenario. Secondly, I couldnít get a hold of Ma to tell her we were ready to go home. The second floor of the Columbia Harbour House was blocked off and I couldnít go up to find her. I didnít even know if she was still up there so I went back outside to a little alcove where the others were waiting and freezing from the rain and cold. I tried calling Ma but I couldnít reach her and my phone was low on batteries. About the 4th or 5th attempt to get a hold of her, I finally got through and told her what was happening and turns out she was still upstairs.

Once the group reunited, we slowly made our way to the park entrance (holding onto Jess the entire time). The rain had let up a little and it was the perfect moment to go back to the TTC and back to the car.

When we finally got on the monorail, a whole new can of worms was opened. The train kept stopping every now and then because of threats of lightning. It took a pretty long time to get back to our rental car and every time the monorail stopped, I couldnít help but realize just how badly I really needed to pee (is that TMI?).

Once we reached the end of the line, I bolted for the nearest bathroom (thankfully there was one available). I also took a moment to record how dirty my clean, white shoes had gotten because of todayís events.

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I was kind of sad we didnít get to see the electrical parade or the fireworks. The parade was cancelled for obvious reasons but apparently, the fireworks still went on. We found that fact out way too late and we didnít care enough to turn back around to go see them.

We slowly made our way through the sopping wet parking lot, back to our car parked all the way at the end of the row.

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I donít know how but somehow we got lost getting back to our hotel. Once again, Mom was complaining I couldnít direct and that she couldnít really see in the dark (and somehow that was my fault). Yet she still wouldnít let me drive. That situation was just a giant headache.

Before heading to bed for the night, we stopped at the 7-11 across the street to grab breakfast for the next day.

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Orange juice and cup noodles: breakfast of champions.

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With that, day 3 comes to its epic conclusion (sans fireworks).

JanetorsCloset
09-01-2011, 06:40 PM
Took long enough to post something up Jo.

JanetorsCloset
09-01-2011, 06:41 PM
I need that microwave. Don't forget.

JanetorsCloset
09-01-2011, 06:43 PM
I gotta post one more time so I can post my actual reply with pictures.

JanetorsCloset
09-01-2011, 06:44 PM
It's lonely at home without Jess' stupidness.

JanetorsCloset
09-01-2011, 06:45 PM
All righty, here we go.

The meatball sub was filling enough for me, it just wasn't very tasty.

Also, the whole no saving tables rule wasn't very fairly enforced. One of the CMs who was cleaning around saw me, Jess, and Edward sitting down at a table without food and they told us we couldn't take the table unless we had our food on us, so we were like 'all righty, no big deal, it's crowded, we get it' and then not five minutes later another group of people sat down at the table we'd just vacated and no one shooed them away even though they didn't have any noms. Talk about not fair.

Buff Obama....BUBAMA!!!!

During that Country Bears show, this bear (I think it was this one) kept singing about blood.

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It was super creepy. Is that appropriate for a family oriented show?

Okay, while Jo was standing in line for the dole whip, Jess and I were hanging around taking pictures of Jo. Jess and I are standing next to each other looking at Jo's fancy camera and minding our own business and when Jess is focusing onto Jo in this picture:

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some creeping old CM guy comes up right between us and says, "Oh, that's going to be a nice picture." :scared1:He pretty much gave us a heart attack. He didn't say anything else and just walked off.

During the Pirates, I remembered there was a drop so I was freaking out about it and was shouting really early. It wasn't even a big drop.

Also, for dinner, Edward just got a tuna sandwich and I got a clam chowder. He finished your clam chowder since he was still hungry. It was seriously the best chowder ever.

burly
09-03-2011, 09:42 AM
An Update!!!

So was the additional stuff in the HM ride disappointing? :confused3
I love Columbia Harbour house.:goodvibes
Why did they have the upstairs blocked off? Weird:idea:

Once when we were stuck on the monorail for the very same reason, the captain(?) came on and started cracking jokes and having a one sided conversation with his passengers. It was so funny!!!:goodvibes


KIM:flower3:

jelloarms
09-05-2011, 05:07 AM
Hey! Just found your TR and am definitely sticking around for more! I am currently at the part where you nixed your plan to get the characters to do peace signs. I am curious as to how the Princesses would have worded all that legal no gang signs jargon into their own in-character Disneyfied language. Maybe something like, "I'm sorry, but proper Princesses stand like this."

Or something.

BTW, I LOVE that Nyan Cat shirt! I'd totally wear that.

I've definitely been in your sister's situation slipper-wise. My friend and I were in Disneyland about 6 years ago and it rained so hard that it soaked our shoes immensley. The next day we wore my slippers instead but lo and behold, it rained agian. We too had to walk like old folks to prevent slippage. Plus, it was freezing so our feet felt partially numb. We kept holding up the people we were with...it was pretty hilarious. They'd be like 15 feet ahead of us walking at a normal pace, then they'd turn around and see us taking our sweet old time. We came up with a theory that the rain makes you age.

kjblovesdisney
09-05-2011, 07:18 AM
Just found your report.....well done...hope there is more!

wingedjojo
09-13-2011, 01:29 PM
!!!IMPORTANT MESSAGE!!!

So I've been moving and in all the hustle and bustle, internet has not been established at my new place yet. I'll be back on the 19 (hopefully) because that's when we're supposed to get connection.

TTFN!!

wingedjojo
09-20-2011, 07:23 PM
An Update!!!

So was the additional stuff in the HM ride disappointing? :confused3
I love Columbia Harbour house.:goodvibes
Why did they have the upstairs blocked off? Weird:idea:

Once when we were stuck on the monorail for the very same reason, the captain(?) came on and started cracking jokes and having a one sided conversation with his passengers. It was so funny!!!:goodvibes


KIM:flower3:

I wouldn't say that the new stuff was disappointing because it was still interesting to look at. It was more like...it was not as interactive as I thought. If you tell me something was interactive, I'm thinking you can actually do stuff to it and actually "interact" but the stuff there just did things and you just enjoyed it. Like robots.

I think they blocked the upstairs to Columbia Harbor House because it was getting late and they were preparing to close down. That's probably it.

Not fair...I wish the captain of our monorail made one-sided conversations with us...

Hey! Just found your TR and am definitely sticking around for more! I am currently at the part where you nixed your plan to get the characters to do peace signs. I am curious as to how the Princesses would have worded all that legal no gang signs jargon into their own in-character Disneyfied language. Maybe something like, "I'm sorry, but proper Princesses stand like this."

Or something.

BTW, I LOVE that Nyan Cat shirt! I'd totally wear that.

I've definitely been in your sister's situation slipper-wise. My friend and I were in Disneyland about 6 years ago and it rained so hard that it soaked our shoes immensley. The next day we wore my slippers instead but lo and behold, it rained agian. We too had to walk like old folks to prevent slippage. Plus, it was freezing so our feet felt partially numb. We kept holding up the people we were with...it was pretty hilarious. They'd be like 15 feet ahead of us walking at a normal pace, then they'd turn around and see us taking our sweet old time. We came up with a theory that the rain makes you age.


HAHAHA!!! I could totally picture the princesses saying something like that. Should totally test that theory one day.

Rain is only enjoyable when you're inside and not drenched.

Just found your report.....well done...hope there is more!

Coming right up!

wingedjojo
09-20-2011, 07:25 PM
Iím back; just liked I said I would be back. Internet is up and running (FINALLY) and all is settled in the new apartment. Good thing I have an external hard drive full of television shows; ďPsychĒ and ďHow I Met Your MotherĒ is a godsend. In terms of life in general, Jess is still in Korea, Jan has migrated down to San Diego, momís home and Iím driving buses; nothing has really changed.

SO! On with the show!

~*~*~*~
Cup Noodles Morning

Thursday, June 16

Today was our Animal Kingdom day and we woke up bright and early at 7am. I had set my alarm for 7:15am on our Magic Kingdom but we had arrived too late for the rope drop ceremony and I thought to myself: NEVER AGAIN! So up at 7am it was.

I think everybody was a little slow this morning since we got in so late the night before. Morning routines were slowly done and breakfast was made.

Cup noodles and orange juice; kinda seems like your regular college life, doesnít it.

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Not exactly what one pictures when it comes to breakfast but it did the job and we were full enough. Plus: delicious, delicious MSG-ness. MmmÖmmmÖmmm.

Looks like Jess enjoyed her cup noodles enough.

Speaking of cup noodlesÖIím running low. Need to go to Costco soon.

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Animal Kingdom is one of my more favorite parks (right behind Epcot) because it encompasses two of my favorite things in the world: animals and Disney. It has always been my dream to work at the Animal Kingdom and one day I will (even if itís picking up poop).

Once again we drove to the park and I donít THINK we got lost driving over to Animal Kingdom but I could be wrong. Along the way, we passed by some iconic (non-McDonlads) golden arches.

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Iíve read my fair share of trip reports and I feel almost every one of them has some version of that picture. So I might as well put mine up too. Itís like the official, Disney seal of approval.

We were also blessed with the presence of a Magical Express bus!

Ooohhh~~~

Ahhhh~~~

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I love how in the back of the bus they have the silhouettes of some of the characters. One day I will stay on property and get to take this bus. I would totally be down to stay at the Animal Kingdom lodge or the Grand Floridian or the Boardwalk; I would even take All Stars Movies. Well, ideally I would like to stay at each place at least once.

One day...when Iím filthy rich.

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Before long, we see signs that weíre approaching the Animal Kingdom.

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We parked in the magical land of the unicorns.

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Unfortunately, we didnít get to go to Candy Mountain with Charlie because we would rather go see some lions, tigers, and bears.

Candy Mountain? The only mountain in the Animal Kingdom is Mt. Everest, right? Who the heck is Charlie?

Donít get what Iím talking about? Well, since my Nyan Cat reference was so well received, I thought I would reference another internet meme for you!

Just click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5im0Ssyyus) to make sense of what I just typed.

Going back on topic, we got a couple of the obligatory in-front-of-entrance shots.

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Look how excited Jess was to visit some animals!

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Now that we were here, where would we go first?

jelloarms
09-21-2011, 10:04 PM
Aww...but didn't you want to see the leopluradon?

jtawesomesauce
09-27-2011, 08:42 AM
[QUOTE=wingedjojo;42700880]Iím back; just liked I said I would be back. Internet is up and running (FINALLY) and all is settled in the new apartment. Good thing I have an external hard drive full of television shows; ďPsychĒ and ďHow I Met Your MotherĒ is a godsend. In terms of life in general, Jess is still in Korea, Jan has migrated down to San Diego, momís home and Iím driving buses; nothing has really changed.



Greetings from Korea.

wingedjojo
10-29-2011, 07:20 PM
Greetings!

No, I haven't died.

No, I'm not exactly ready to post new things yet either.

No, I'm not just going to give another stupid excuse.

Anyway.

So I've finally finished writing and posting about my Disneyland trip which means I can get back to this one! Yay!!!

So I'll be back not soon enough to post more about whichever day we're on (Animal Kingdom?). Hopefully I haven't forgotten everything yet.

TTFN!

wingedjojo
11-01-2011, 05:56 PM
Boy Iím quite the slacker. Is anyone still left in the audience?

[insert cricket sounds]

I seriously need to speed up my row boat and start cranking out more updates. So letís seeÖwhere did I leave off?

~*~*~*~
Now Presenting...the DINO-DOG!!!

Like some sort of weird cosmic force drawing us to it, the first ride we always seem to gravitate towards is Dinosaur.

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ďWhat? You want to stop for a picture?! But we have to go ride it before the meteors hit!!!Ē

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Ducks are so awesome. Theyíre not scared of nobodyís giant feet (real or not); theyíll swim wherever they want.

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This is always a fun ride. Plus, in the morning, nobody really heads to this first so we got to ride this like twice in a row before we decided to move on.

Maybe Iím more sensitive in my old age but everything seemed louder and more intense than I remembered it being. Not a problem though because it just made it that much more fun.

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Jan found the CUTEST Carnotaurus doll. Look at its itty bitty little eyes. How can that represent such a ferocious beast but still be so darn adorable?

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I would totally be down to have dinosaur pets if they were that cute and small. And hopefully domesticated enough where I wonít wake up in the middle of the night missing an arm. I hope somebody somewhere, perhaps in a secret underground government lab, is working on making this happen. Iím sure itíll be a big hit in the pet industry the day this becomes consumer-ready.



I can see the commercial now...




Allergic to dogs?

Canít stand the common house cat?

Wish that your pet lizard will play fetch?

Well, then this is good news for YOU!!!

From the people who brought you great hybrid classics such as the Cockapoo, the pluot and Bruce Banner/the Hulk, now proudly present to youÖ

NEW!!!! THE DINO-DOG!!!

The hypoallergenic solution to those seeking a dog-like companion thatíll fetch, cuddle, and forever rid you of unwanted pests. The most adorable and deadly pet youíll ever own!!! EVER!!!

THE DINO-DOG!!!

Litters available now!!!

Breeders and secret government lab not held responsible for any damaged property, missing livestock, loss of limbs or death resulting from the actions of the Dino-Dog.

CALL NOW!!!








I got a bit off topic there.

Anyway. Hereís a funny t-shirt to bring us back.

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Coming out of the Dinosaur ride, we came across this dinosaur and decided to have our picture taken with it.

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While I was climbing off of it, I noticed a hidden Mickey!

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We also became weirdly fascinated with this squirrel that was just sitting in this plant and munching on a nut or something. We got close to 2 feet away from it and it still didnít run away. So we took a million pictures of it but hereís just one:

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Since we never got to ride Dumbo, we rode the next best thing. Instead of flying elephants, we got flying triceratops.

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There wasnít anything else in the area that caught our fancy. The whole carnival theme is kind of lame and out of place so we didnít dwell too long there.

We posed with this signÖ

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Öand continued on our merry way to the other parts of the park.

MsPlutoNJ
11-05-2011, 08:39 AM
Okay. I'm here too. You are really funny. The game your sister and her boyfriend were palying through the window was hysterical. And, then the puppy, very funny. That's as far as I am right now. I look forward to the rest of your TR.

zianha
11-11-2011, 12:27 PM
I'm still here too (when I have time). I actually only jumped on now to see if there was any updates because my son keeps trying to play the 10 hour long Nyan cat video on youtube and I automatically thought of you! Yes, you're famous.....ish. :cool2:

wingedjojo
11-12-2011, 09:38 PM
Okay. I'm here too. You are really funny. The game your sister and her boyfriend were palying through the window was hysterical. And, then the puppy, very funny. That's as far as I am right now. I look forward to the rest of your TR.

Thanks for reading along!!! :banana:

I'm still here too (when I have time). I actually only jumped on now to see if there was any updates because my son keeps trying to play the 10 hour long Nyan cat video on youtube and I automatically thought of you! Yes, you're famous.....ish. :cool2:

Nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan~ :laughing:

wingedjojo
11-12-2011, 09:40 PM
Lions, Yeti, and Birds! Oh My!: part 1

Since it was still relatively early, we figured the animals were more likely to be out and about now (for food and cooler temperatures) than later on in the day. So it was off to the Kilimanjaro Safaris!

As we were walking along, we could easily see Mt. Everest off in the horizon.

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We also came across this altar. Supposedly its shape is exactly that of Mt. Everestís peaks so if you align it perfectly, theyíll match up. I forgot where I learned this from (probably somewhere on the DIS) but hereís the result:

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I wouldnít say itís an EXACT match but itís pretty darn close.

Continuing on towards the safari, we saw this dude in one of the animal exhibits. Wonder what heís going to do with those giant leaves? Giant leaves = giant fans? Maybe?

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Speaking of leaves, LOOKIE!!! The Tree of Life!!!

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The line for the safari wasnít too bad. From the dark recesses of my memories Iím getting 40 minutes as the amount of time we waited but I could be wrong. Not that it really matters, right? Because in this trip report thereís a wait time of 0.0002 seconds!

No, I lied.

Youíre going to have to wait however long itíll take to go through one ďwaiting-in-lineĒ picture before you can get to the cute, fuzzy animals.

Here it is!

Someone had nicely labeled it ďtreeĒ butÖIím not entirely sure if thatís correct. Looks like bamboo to me but are bamboo plants considered trees? I thought they were just shoots or something. Maybe someone had had this exact question earlier on, found the answer, and carved ďtreeĒ just to let everyone else know. Who knows?

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Anyway, here are some select favorites from our safari ride:

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Sad-looking giraffe looking sad.

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We were SO LUCKY to get such a good look at the giant kitties! Iíve never been on this ride and seen one awake before so I was super ecstatic.

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I also got some decent shots when it came to the lions. Wouldíve been cooler had the male been awake too but Iím not complaining.

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Near the end of the ride, we saw this weird contraption and people walking around in what looked like to be a tour.

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What is this tour and how can I get there?

This is something I would totally want to do.

No; something I NEED to do.

Exiting the ride, we came across some cast members playing mancala. MANCALA! Jess, Jan and I played so much mancala when we were in elementary school. We even had our own little board and everything (but then we lost the little pieces and it became pretty useless). Good times, good times.

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Earlier on, prior to getting on the safari, we had grabbed some fastpasses to Expedition Everest and it was time to cash those in.

So we started our trek from the safari to the mountain andÖwait.

Wait a minute.



Did you see that?




What is that?




Iím pretty sure that group of people isnít staring at nothing.


Is itÖmovingÖ?




OH MAI GAWD!!!

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Itís DEVINE!!!

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How lucky were we, honestly? First we randomly came across Push in the Magic Kingdom and then we randomly came across DeVine.

Sheís so pretty and awesome. I just love the way she moves and how does she not just fall over? Too much mad skillz (yes, I wrote that with a Ďzí- Iím street like that, yo).

Love her.

wingedjojo
11-12-2011, 09:42 PM
Lions, Yeti, and Birds! Oh My!: part 2

Anyway, back to Expedition Everest, it was everybodyís first time riding it. Except mom of course, she opted out again.

How did everyone feel?

Scared?

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Apprehensive?

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Wished you had gone to the bathroom prior to the ride?

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What a lovely view.

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Jan and Edward didnít look too scared. In fact, they look relatively calm for first timers.

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One more picture before the backwards plunge:

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Everybody totally enjoyed the ride. The last time we were here, nobody would go on the ride with me even when I told them it wasnít scary at all. If they were capable of going on the scarier rides at Islands of Adventure, then this was certainly not a problem. Well, they believed me now!

Following our quest to find the Yeti, we decided to go watch the Flights of Wonder show. Itís a cute show but not exactly something Iíll want to watch over and over again or put on a ďmust doĒ list.

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Two lucky people with cameras got pulled up onto the stage for a great photo op with the birds. I didnít get chosen but whatever; theyíre just jealous of my fancy gear.

It did annoy me a little that the dude that was chosen just had his cell phone. That totally doesnít count as a camera.

Cheater.

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According to my pictures, we somehow ended up at Rafikiís Planet Watch next. At the main building there, thereís this giant mural of all these different types of animals. That could only mean one thing: funny pictures time.

Here was me trying to mimic the ďIím not amusedĒ owl:

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Jess and I copying the lions:

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We went outside to the petting zoo and watched as a cast member added what looked like powdered milk to the water for the sheep.

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They seemed to like it a lot.

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One of the sheep even had a Mickey head shaved onto its butt!

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Rafikiís Planet Watch wasnít all that exciting so we decided to take the train back to the main park and find something to eat.

Of course, it was up to me and my extensive knowledge of Disney food options to choose our location for lunch.

Would I choose wisely?

jelloarms
11-14-2011, 01:34 AM
Just letting you know I am still here! I've been dead for quite some time on here too. No good excuse. Just haven't been feeling very Disney as of late. But I am back!

Squirrels fascinate me too. We don't have them where I live.

RachelNinja
11-14-2011, 11:50 PM
I stayed up last night and tonight reading your TR and catching up on every single update! You rock with the updates!

I loved all the Harry Potter stuff because I'm finally reading the books now. I just started Goblet of Fire. I liked actually knowing the book and movie references. I got excited about the Ton-Tongue Toffee! I don't think I'll see the park fro myself ever or at least not for AGES. I don't do all the crazy rides, so there'd be no point.

Haha, I love all the ways that you guys are being frugal (we've done ramen in a percolator before)! I wouldn't say cheap; yes, some Asians are cheap. Most of us are frugal though; I think that just sounds better. Why spend money on unnecessary things when you can spend it on more important things? BTW, that tour with the bridge over the safari costs a ton. I saw it on another TR (the family did the tour; they're clipped to lines and such to get close-up looks at the animals) and looked it up as a possibility. Um, no, that won't happen for me either! I'll at least do Keys to the Kingdom first!

Okie dokie, looking forward to all of your other updates!

wingedjojo
11-15-2011, 09:31 PM
Just letting you know I am still here! I've been dead for quite some time on here too. No good excuse. Just haven't been feeling very Disney as of late. But I am back!

Squirrels fascinate me too. We don't have them where I live.


NO SQUIRRELS???? You should come to Davis some time. There's squirrels EVERYWHERE. And they're kind of mean too. I swear they try and aim for your head when they drop their acorns (or whatever they're eating). But they are cute, though.

I stayed up last night and tonight reading your TR and catching up on every single update! You rock with the updates!

I loved all the Harry Potter stuff because I'm finally reading the books now. I just started Goblet of Fire. I liked actually knowing the book and movie references. I got excited about the Ton-Tongue Toffee! I don't think I'll see the park fro myself ever or at least not for AGES. I don't do all the crazy rides, so there'd be no point.

Haha, I love all the ways that you guys are being frugal (we've done ramen in a percolator before)! I wouldn't say cheap; yes, some Asians are cheap. Most of us are frugal though; I think that just sounds better. Why spend money on unnecessary things when you can spend it on more important things? BTW, that tour with the bridge over the safari costs a ton. I saw it on another TR (the family did the tour; they're clipped to lines and such to get close-up looks at the animals) and looked it up as a possibility. Um, no, that won't happen for me either! I'll at least do Keys to the Kingdom first!

Okie dokie, looking forward to all of your other updates!

HEY!!! Welcome!!!

Goblet of Fire is definitely one of my more favorite books so :thumbsup2 I just started rewatching the movies recently because part 2 of Deathly Hallows just came out on DVD. I'm determined to reread the books too but they're back at San Francisco and I only have Sorcerer's Stone with me. Oh well.

I guess frugal does sound better than cheap. Hey, it's all semantics; as long as we save money in the long run. Course, doesn't really truly matter because any money I saved ended up getting spent on souvenirs. Whoops.

How much does that tour in AK cost? A million gazillion dollars? It would still be really cool to do though.

BTW, need to catch up on your TR too!

wingedjojo
11-15-2011, 09:40 PM
Yakking with Yetis

All our stomachs were grumbling and it time for lunch. In terms of dining, there wasnít much at Animal Kingdom that really caught our fancy.

We didnít want to go to Rainforest Cafť because we did that on our last Disney World trip; not to mention that we went to T-Rex earlier on in the week and how does the rainforest really compare to dinosaurs, am I right?

We (and by ďweĒ I mean ďmeĒ because Iím mean and didnít bother to consider other people) didnít want to eat the ordinary fare of burgers and fries. So that narrows it down pretty well. I also didnít make any dining reservations for this day so that took out a couple of options as well since we didnít feel like waiting a long time for food.

So where did we end up eating?

The counter service at Yak and Yeti!

My genius idea was that we would get our food and eat it while waiting in line for the Finding Nemo show. Iím pretty sure we were aiming for the 3pm show and there was at least an hour before that started. So that we did.

For some strange reason, Jess decided to get a salad. Both Ma and her got the Mandarin Chicken Salad.

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I think they liked it well enough; if Iím remembering correctly, they both finished it so that must mean they liked it, right? The concept of fruit in my salad has always thrown me off. I'm okay with like raisins or dried cranberries in my salads but never like large pieces of fruit. Don't know why.

Jan and Edward also got the same thing as one another: Asian Chicken Sandwich. Don't know what made it Asian but there you go.

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Jan ate a LOT of chicken sandwiches this trip; donít know why. Each sandwich came with a bag of chips so that was cool.

I got some sort of chicken. Looking at the menu on AllEars, I either got the Honey Chicken or the Sweet and Sour Chicken. It kind of looks like Honey Chicken, so Iíll go with that.

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Hereís a better picture of the box it came in:

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Oh hey! It shows the sticker that clearly states "Honey Chicken" so now I'm definitely sure that's what I got.

The chicken was actually really good. Not too dry or overly sauced. The portion itself was ginormous and I couldnít finish it. No worries; I think I saved it so Edward could devour it later on. The chicken sits on a bed of rice and I think there were some sort of mixed veggies between the rice and chicken. Regardless of whether or not there were veggies, it was a very satisfying lunch and I would not hesitate to go eat there again.

We also got some sodas to share among us. I find it interesting that they didnít offer lids or straws for our cups. It doesnít really bother me that much because it honestly doesnít matter but it does make it harder to navigate through crowds without spilling.

Eventually we finished our food and eventually the doors started to open into the theater. Since we lined up like super early, we got amazing seats. We were basically in the front section, perhaps 5 or 6 rows from the stage and we were right next to the part of the stage that juts out from the middle. Awesome seats.

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Prior to the show, one can occasionally catch glimpses of Nemo swimming between the bubbles that outline the stage. I was trying SO HARD to get a picture of it. Iíll be focusing on one bubble and then heíll appear in another. Iíll move to focus on another bubble and there heíll be, passing through the bubble I was JUST on. I would stay on a bubble for a long time too and heíll never come my way. It was very frustrating. I finally caught a very blurry image of him and decided that was good enough.

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The last time we watched this show, we all really enjoyed it and this time was no different. Itís a very well done show.

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BUBBLES!!!

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While we were getting up to leave after the show, I had a dumb moment and ran into the edge of one of the benches and I could literally see the bruise form. Itís pretty funny though because on our Islands of Adventure day, I had run into something with my left leg and it bruised and now I bruised my right thigh so now it matched! Iím such a klutz.

Following the show, we had some time to kill before the next showing of the Festival of the Lion King (saving the best for last). We thought we would go explore the Tree of Life a little and along the way, ran into Mickeyís Jamminí Jungle Parade.

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We spent quite a while just wandering around the tree and looking at it up close. For the longest time, I thought the tree was alive and I would wonder: how do they keep the animal carvings so crisp? Do they have to redo the carvings periodically? Then I realized it wasnít real.

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We found some bunnies!

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There wasnít much else we could do nearby so off to line up for the Festival of the Lion King we go! We were all looking forward to this show and couldnít wait to go see it!

wingedjojo
11-19-2011, 12:42 AM
AHHHÖIN KENYAAA!!!

It was getting particularly hot; almost unbearably hot. For most of the day we had been outside and at the mercy of the sun so we were basically at our melting point.

You know what that means, right?

Time for some frozen goodies. :thumbsup2

Jess had what looked like those vanilla ice cream bars covered with chocolate and nuts. Jan had your classic Mickey ice cream bar (why I never got one this trip is beyond me). Is it a little creepy that so many people eat his head each day? I wasnít feeling too ice cream-y and wanted a popsicle instead so I got a strawberry one. Edward got the same thing too. Not pictured is mom eating her pineapple popsicle.

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Edward really wanted his picture taken with his popsicle wrapper. I guess his friends call him Edy and he spells it that way (instead of Eddy or Eddie) so he thought it was neat that the popsicle was labeled specifically for him. What a dork.

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It was so hot out that our popsicles/ice creams were literally melting the moment it left the wrappers. We basically had to inhale our treats to prevent from getting it all over ourselves. Good thing nobody got brain freeze.

Eventually we made our way into the theater for the Festival of the Lion King. Once again we got there pretty early so we got to sit in the second row. Score!

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We were in the lion section. Thank goodness because I cannot make an elephant noise.

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If anybody is wondering about the title of this particular entry, thereís a story behind it. When I first watched the Lion King way back when, I wasnít aware that the opening credits were in Swahili (Iím pretty sure thatís the language theyíre singing in; correct me if Iím wrong).

I just googled it; apparently itís Zulu.

Anyway. So for the longest time, I wasnít aware that the chanting in the beginning wasnít English. For like forever I believed that they were saying ďAhhhh...In KenyaÖĒ followed by some random sounds. Forgive my ignorance, I was young and nobody told me otherwise.

Well, like we were all expecting, the show was great. Love the music, the dancing, the acrobatics, the animatronics, just everything is wonderful. There cannot be a soul out there who doesnít love this show.

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Following the show, there wasnít much else that we wanted to do. So we decided to go on a ride that basically had no line and was guaranteed fun for all.

DINOSAURS!

This time around, without letting each other know, we all sort of posed for the camera.

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We got such a big kick out of it that we tried to do a group pose. Jess and I were supposed to make a heart and Jan and Edward were supposed to do dinosaur poses to frame us. Too bad Edwardís head got cut off though.

I love the expressions on the brothers that were sitting in front of us. Made it THAT much more epic of a picture.

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We all just love this ride so much. I think we went on it a total of 3 times before we finally got sick of it and decided to go back to the hotel.

Before we left, I took one last shot from within the park.

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I guess Ma felt that we didnít take a proper enough picture in front the Animal Kingdom entrance earlier that morning so she made us stop and take more pictures.

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I still donít think they qualify as ďproper pictures.Ē Oh well.

In no time at all we got back to our hotel. I think everyone took a nap and just chilled for the rest of the night. The constant go-go-go we had been enduring was finally catching up to us and it was nice just to take it easy for an evening.

We did eventually make dinner.

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We ate a lot of hot pockets this trip.

RachelNinja
11-19-2011, 12:17 PM
I'm loving Goblet of Fire, but I'm loving every single book that I've read so far! I'll be sad when I'm done with them all. Now I get all excited to see all the updates about the WWOHP though, which I really don't want to feel because I don't want to pay to see it anytime soon! Haha, frugal me ...

The Wild Africa Trek (the AK tour through the safari with being clipped to harnesses and all that) is 3 hours for $189 per person (and park admission is also required!). I was like, WHOA! I do want to do it one day though; I think it'd be so cool, but at the same time, that's almost $400 for just 3 hours when it costs $500+ for an annual pass! The Keys to the Kingdom tour is $78 per person. And my fiance and I thought THAT was expensive already!

Yum, the food from Yak & Yeti looks really good! Even having a salad might be a good idea when I go in May because it'll be much warmer at that time compared to my February trip.

Ooo, the interesting thing about straws at AK is that the plastic can hurt the animals. They have paper straws instead, which I've never experienced, but I want to even though people say they get soggy.

HAHA, your second Dinosaur pic is fantastic with the heart!

zianha
11-20-2011, 06:16 PM
Great updates! I really enjoy reading your TR!

On my trip this past May/June, me, my 2 kids and my 2 nieces and nephew had drinks with the paper straws.....they never got soggy while we were drinking, but with no lids, we only drank about half before we ditched all the cups! 5 kids between 6 and 13yrs old with no lids.....it was getting too messy!

I've never seen the Nemo or Lion King shows! I have to make sure we see them both next trip!!

wingedjojo
11-22-2011, 10:46 PM
I'm loving Goblet of Fire, but I'm loving every single book that I've read so far! I'll be sad when I'm done with them all. Now I get all excited to see all the updates about the WWOHP though, which I really don't want to feel because I don't want to pay to see it anytime soon! Haha, frugal me ...

The Wild Africa Trek (the AK tour through the safari with being clipped to harnesses and all that) is 3 hours for $189 per person (and park admission is also required!). I was like, WHOA! I do want to do it one day though; I think it'd be so cool, but at the same time, that's almost $400 for just 3 hours when it costs $500+ for an annual pass! The Keys to the Kingdom tour is $78 per person. And my fiance and I thought THAT was expensive already!

Yum, the food from Yak & Yeti looks really good! Even having a salad might be a good idea when I go in May because it'll be much warmer at that time compared to my February trip.

Ooo, the interesting thing about straws at AK is that the plastic can hurt the animals. They have paper straws instead, which I've never experienced, but I want to even though people say they get soggy.

HAHA, your second Dinosaur pic is fantastic with the heart!

I totally want to go back to WWoHP. I feel like I didn't spend enough time there just looking at all the details. I was trying to do everything that I neglected to just stop and smell the roses. Sometimes I forget that I need to slow down to enjoy things.

Holy grass-fed cow that is an expensive excursion. :scared1: As cool as that is, I think I need to wait until I'm filthy stinking rich to consider doing that. Hahaha.

Speaking of food, I remember your recommendation to Columbia Harbor House and if it wasn't for you, I never would have had that DELICIOUS clam chowder so thank you. :thumbsup2

Great updates! I really enjoy reading your TR!

On my trip this past May/June, me, my 2 kids and my 2 nieces and nephew had drinks with the paper straws.....they never got soggy while we were drinking, but with no lids, we only drank about half before we ditched all the cups! 5 kids between 6 and 13yrs old with no lids.....it was getting too messy!

I've never seen the Nemo or Lion King shows! I have to make sure we see them both next trip!!

That's interesting about the straws. I would imagine if they were made of paper, it'll go all mushy and lose shape. Good thing they didn't.

OMG!!! You need to go see those shows!!! I'm a sucker for a good musical so I absolutely loved them but the whole production is so well done I'm sure everyone will find something they like about it.

wingedjojo
11-22-2011, 10:56 PM
Operation Toy Story Mania

Friday, June 17

Like the day before, 7am was our wake up time but today was especially special.

Today was a day to celebrate because our mommy turned ##!!! Some may say sheís an old fart for turning ## but I say sheís still young at heart and sometimes act younger than me (plus she doesnít even look a day over 20). ;)

So where would we visit to celebrate her day of birth?

Disneyís Hollywood Studios!!!

Funnily enough, I didn't choose this park for this day because it's Ma's favorite. Her favorite is Epcot. I chose according to crowd predictions plus I wanted to save Epcot for last considering it's the favorite park for majority of the group. And you always save the best for last!

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I still remember when it used to be called MGM studios. It took me forever to make that transition from MGM to Hollywood but I somehow managed it.

Like I had been doing every day, I took a picture of the section that we parked in. Just in case we completely forget, we donít want to wander around aimlessly trying to find it.

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We got to the front entrance with plenty of time to spare. It was pretty crowded already but maybe it was because everybody was basically squished into one area.

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Like a good DIS-er, I knew that there was only one main objective once the rope dropped.

It was operation: Toy Story Mania.

We were going to split into two groups, both with their unique assignment.

Team Alpha, consisting of yours truly and Jess were the Fastpass runners. Team Beta was to seek out the stand-by line and wait in place. That way, we were guaranteed at least 2 rides.

Well, as fast as speed-walking could take us we were still WAAYYYY back there for the Fastpass distribution.

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I donít know if you can tell from the picture but we were lined up past One Manís Dream. It was pretty far. At least it moved quickly.

While waiting in line, I decided to document the bug bite that Jess had unfortunately received on her leg.

I guess it would only be polite to warn people who donít like looking at otherís bug bites. SoÖ





!!!WARNING!!!

PICTURE OF A BUG BITE COMING AHEAD!!!

BEWARE!!!!

BEE-WARE!!!





See what I did there? Bee? :laughing:

Well, itís actually not that clever. For starters, bees donít bite; they sting and Jess didnít get stung by a bee. Also, a bee isnít exactly a bug, is it? Itís an insect?

Anyway, itís actually not that graphic either so Iím building all this hype up for nothing. It actually just looks like Jess scratched a bit too much but she said it was pretty painful.

Anyhoo. Here is it:

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See? Not that bad.

Back to Toy Story Mania.

LOVEEEEE this ride so much. SO SO much.

I especially love the theming of the line. Thereís so much to look at and everything is interesting. Our wait took about an hour (super long considering the park JUST opened; so crazy).

Look at this! I swear the three of us used to have this nightlight at one point. Itís so cool that they made everything so big so itís like WEíRE toys. Ingenious.

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Gotta love cows. Having spent the last 4 years of my life in Davis, you grow to obsess over these animals.

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Poor timing with Mr.Potato Head. Looks like heís sleeping.

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When we got into our vehicles, Jan and I were facing Mom and Jess so we took pictures of one another.

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Poor Edward had to ride with his backpack again. I always feel bad when we go on rides as an odd number of people. It sucks that somebody always got left out.

Here are mine and Janís scores. I won (woo-hoo!)

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Here are Jess and Maís scores. Iím pretty sure Jess won.

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That was a pretty good start to our morning. Nothing quite like a friendly competition to wake us all up.

jelloarms
11-23-2011, 01:49 AM
I think pretty much every kid had that night light at some point. I know I sure did! I used it till I was about 11. So shame!

wingedjojo
12-01-2011, 12:31 AM
I think pretty much every kid had that night light at some point. I know I sure did! I used it till I was about 11. So shame!

Night lights are hella useful. If I didn't have so much other stuff plugged in all the time, I would have a light in every room. That way, I don't need to be scared of the dark and I wouldn't walk into things. :thumbsup2

wingedjojo
12-01-2011, 12:36 AM
Thanksgiving: part 1

HAPPY BELATED THANKSGIVING!!!

I hope everyone had a good meal with family and that nobody died during Black Friday. I just wanted to take a moment to break from our WDW trip and share our thanksgiving!

This year, we didnít really have any of the traditional festivities. Jess is still in Korea and airfare was too expensive to fly Jan to/from home. So instead, Ma and I went on a little road trip down to San Diego to visit with Jan for the break.

Speaking of Jess and Jan, I miss having them around. We always have so much fun together and itís a shame that weíre all so far apart. Once weíre reunited again, weíre going to have so many shenanigans. So. Many.

Anyway. We didnít really have much planned in terms of things to do for when we got down to San Diego. The only thing we really knew we were going to do was to get some Chinese food and visit the San Diego Safari Park. Apparently Jan has been deprived of good Chinese food while she has been down there and this weekend was intended to satisfy her cravings. We ate Chinese food at least once a day while we were there so hopefully thatíll be enough until she comes home for the winter break.

San Diego Safari Park. We knew it was like a zoo going into it and werenít expecting too much in terms of rides or thrills. All in all, it was a nice family outing and was a pleasant time for all. I donít want to bore you all with too many details (since itís not Disney related) so Iím just going to put in some highlights.

Hereís the entrance to the Safari Park:

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Oh, before I get into the highlights, hereís something I need to share. There was quite a line of people waiting to buy their tickets from the Guest Services window and it was moving slow. Then I noticed off at the opposite end of the entrance was a self-service kiosk that was being completely ignored. Granted, it was inconspicuous so maybe people just didnít notice it. We saved SO MUCH TIME not having to wait in that line and just getting our tickets from there. So for anybody whoís going to use their credit card to buy tickets for the Safari Park, you can skip the line and use the machine instead.

For some reason, when we used the self-service kiosk, our 3 tickets got printed and spread out among 6 individual tickets. So itíll be like: ticket, half a ticket, other half of ticket, blank, blank, then ticket. Extra bang for our buck?

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They provide a handy-dandy map for ease of travel.

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And now, some animals.

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I swear this duck was washing its face. It just kept sticking its head into the water again and again.

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Iím pretty sure this gorilla was pregnant.

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The exotic pigeon.

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So the Safari Park has this area where, for the extra low price of $3 each, you can buy a little cup of nectar to feed to the lorikeets and if youíre lucky, theyíll eat it while standing on you.

It didnít seem worth it to us so we just went into the area to look at the birds. I guess momís the bird whisperer or something because birds just landed on her the moment we got in there. They stayed even though she didnít have food. It so wasnít fair. Why couldnít I be the chosen one?

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Look at that bird just chilling on my momís shoulder.

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wingedjojo
12-01-2011, 12:37 AM
Thanksgiving: part 2

Back to highlights.

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Silliness interlude.

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There was some petting of goats involved at one point.

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Iím going to end this highlights reel with my favorite animal picture. Itís a Dik Dik (if Iím remembering correctly) and itís THE CUTEST THING IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD!!!

I just want to take it, stuff it into my shirt, and run away as fast as I can. Then, when I get it home, Iím going to feed it and feed it and feed it until itís fat (but still SO CUTE) so it canít run away and itíll be my pet forever and ever. Iím not crazy. Itís just so freaking adorable.

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Thus ends the highlights of our Safari Park day. Not much else was done for the remainder of the trip other than picking up some essentials for Jan. We were not crazy enough to go Black Friday shopping. Itís so not worth it to get up early and battle crazy people for a $2 toaster.

wingedjojo
12-01-2011, 12:39 AM
Thanksgiving: part 3

This may be the end of our trip in San Diego but can you honestly expect me to go ALL the way down to SoCal and not see anything Disney? Would I be a very good Disney enthusiast?

The answer is no.

I somehow convinced mom to make a pit stop at Downtown Disney (so I can just soak in the atmosphere) on our way back to San Francisco. I wasnít going to pay to get into the parks but at least itís something Disney, right? Itíll give me the opportunity to poke around the Disneyland Hotel and go do some shopping. Here are the highlights of that pit stop:

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There werenít very many Christmas-y decorations up (granted it has only been 2 days since Thanksgiving).

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This is looking up from under the sorcererís hat:

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It sucked so much to be SO CLOSE to the parks and not be able to go in. I was torturing myself by being so close yet so far away.

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My final stop before getting back on the road again was the World of Disney store.

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There were so many cute stuffed animals. This was the first time I ever saw the seagulls from Finding Nemo available for sale.

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Christmas Jack for Jan:

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And some Perrys for my boyfriend Kevin (because he just LOOVESSS Phineas and Ferb):

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I really liked this alarm clock radio thing. Too bad it was like super expensive.

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wingedjojo
12-01-2011, 12:40 AM
Thanksgiving: part 4

While I was wandering around the tech-related stuff, I noticed this laptop sleeve and I got SUPER mad:

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Hereís the story why.

So I recently got a new laptop because my old one finally died and I wanted a new case for it. Of course I tried my hardest to find a Disney case online. I couldnít really find any that I liked and fit my ginormous laptop. Eventually I found the above laptop sleeve on Amazon through a third party seller that promised itíll fit a laptop up to 15 inches. I bought it and waited the week or so for it to come. When it finally did, I was DEVASTATED to find it fits up to 13 inches only. Talk about false advertisement. So I had to return it and eventually I settled for a non-Disney laptop sleeve.

So of course what do I find here? The elusive 15 inch laptop sleeve. Ugh. Oh well. From what I noticed, the padding didnít seem sufficient enough and probably wouldnít have protected my laptop as well as my current one does. You live and learn.

On a happier note, I did end up buying something Iíve had my eyes on since forever. Well, maybe not forever. I noticed it first when we went to Disney World but I didnít buy it then because I thought it was too expensive for something so trivial. I regretted that decision because turns out I really wanted it. Then when I went to Disneyland a month after our World trip, I had the opportunity to buy it again. It was a back and forth debate with myself on whether or not it was worth it. I guess I decided it wasnít worth it (again) because I didnít purchase it (again). Well, third timeís the charm and this time, I didnít even think about it and just grabbed it.

Here it is:

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I donít take it off so I can get as much use from it as possible and perhaps itíll justify the purchase. Iím pretty sure its prettiness is all the justification I need but nonetheless, Iím wearing it as much as I can.

I also picked up a Toy Story Vinylmation for Kevin since he loves Toy Story too.

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I kept saying to myself: give me anything but that one. I am completely okay with getting ANYTHING except one of them.

Of course, my wishful thinking is just that and I (I mean, Kevin) got stuck with this:

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The freakish baby.

Just my luck. I shouldnít pick these things.

So that was our thanksgiving break. Sadly, there was no turkey. That was my only regret. Otherwise, I had an excellent time and loved spending time with my family (minus Jess).

wingedjojo
12-07-2011, 05:42 PM
Becoming an Animator: part 1

After our epic battle against the evil Emperor Zurg, we kind of wandered around. We were subconsciously walking closer to the Tower of Terror so we thought that might be a good place to go next.

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Of the two, I think the wait time for Tower of Terror was shorter so we decided it would be a smart idea to get Fastpasses for Rock ĎNí Roller Coaster and go to the standby line for the tower.

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Mom and Jan had gone to the bathroom and so it was just Jess, Edward and I approaching the Fastpass machines. Before we started to get our passes, this super nice guy randomly walks up to us and asks if there was just the 3 of us in our party. Not being a chump, I said ďyeahĒ and he gave us 3 Fastpasses to Rock ĎNí Roller Coaster!!! What luck! We couldnít thank him enough because now we can get Fastpasses for Tower of Terror and then come back later to do both.

But wait, Jo. He only gave you 3 passes and there are 5 of you guys.

There was a simple solution. Mom wasnít going to ride either the coaster or tower so we used one of our park tickets to get an extra Fastpass for Rock ĎNí Roller Coaster and used the remaining four park tickets on the Tower of Terror Fastpass machines. Genius!

Now that weíre guaranteed a ride on both attractions later on in the day, it was once again time to decide on what to do next.

There was something that I have never done before and knew that I must do before the day was over. Animation Academy!

I didnít even know such a thing existed until I started reading about it in trip reports. It sounded like something super fun to do for all and I was determined to seek it out and do it this time around.

When we first got to the Animation Courtyard, I didnít really have any idea where it was supposed to be so we just sort of hopped into a line that seemed to be going to the right place. We stood there for about 2 minutes before I thought to myself: if this isnít the right line, Iím going to be upset. A Cast Member just so happened to walk on by so I asked him if we were in the correct line to join the drawing class.

Apparently we werenít.

Turns out we were waiting to go watch a show with Mushu in it? I wasnít quite sure what that was all about but it certainly wasnít what we were looking for. He redirected us and we were waiting in this teeny tiny area for the next drawing class.

It wasnít too long until we were let in and once we were in, it turned out to be much smaller than I had imagined. Having gone to the Animation Academy in California Adventure since then, itís hard to not compare the two. I love the fact that in Disney World you get these awesome looking desks but it just sucks that capacity is so limited. In California Adventure, the drawing room is HUGE and could fit Disney Worldís version maybe 4 times over. But we have to draw on clipboards in California so you win in some aspects and lose in others.

We drew Minnie Mouse!

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You will notice that thereís no picture of Ma with her Minnie Mouse because she once again opted out. Sheís too cool for school apparently.

Our finished products:

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If you look behind us in this next picture, you can see the TINY waiting area for the drawing class and the doors that led to the TINY drawing room. Donít get confused by the amount of space around us because weíre not standing in the waiting area. If you look closely, next to the little girl in pink, thereís a metal pole and that forms a barrier where a Cast Member stands and counts people. Basically, if youíre not part of the 15 or so people waiting behind that pole, you have little chance of getting into the next drawing class.

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wingedjojo
12-07-2011, 05:50 PM
Becoming an Animator: part 2

So remember how the first thing we did this morning was grab Fastpasses to Toy Story Mania and then we waited in standby? Well, we had about 30 more minutes until our Fastpasses were good to go so what to do in that time?

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The Great Movie Ride!

I actually donít really care for this ride much but I guess itís good if you need to do something to waste time. Or to nap.

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Once we were done with that, it was pretty much time to go ride Toy Story Mania again. It was another fun ride for all (and a lonely one for Edward) and Iím pretty sure I won. Even if Iím not sure, Iím going to say I won because it makes me feel better about myself.

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All that competition had really worked up an appetite and it was getting close to lunchtime. For our motherís special day, I was going to treat everyone to lunch. Since it was my treat, it was only fair that I got to pick the restaurant, right? Right. There was a place I have wanted to try; not because it had amazing food but because it seemed like a neat idea.

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I wouldíve picked 50ís Prime Time but Iím scared of getting scolded and I didnít know if everyone could handle that level of character interaction.

Even though we were on time for our reservation, it was pretty busy so we had to wait a while. We wandered into the store adjacent and just browsed to pass time. At one point, Jess noticed these cards. I guess theyíre supposed to be like those work cards that people clocked in and out with?

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Upon closer inspection, we noticed something peculiar on one of the cards.

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Somebody had written the comment ďHear for my 2nd time, gotta luv those cast members!Ē No offense butÖďhearĒ? Come on now, people. If youíre going to leave your mark, at least proofread.

Anyway. Eventually we got called to our car (we had a whole one to ourselves). The setup is so cute and the clips were quite enjoyable. Sadly, I think Ma didnít really care much about the setting and now I feel kind of bad because this meal was supposed to be for her. Not to mention she sat by herself in the back (she insisted!).

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Edward is driving. I'm pretty sure he had JUST gotten his license at this point so it was okay to have him in the driver's seat.

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It was pretty dark in there so I couldnít really manage a lot of good shots. We tried taking pictures of the food but that wasn't happening. Iím just going to say that it was nothing spectacular. I would only go there again for the atmosphere.

I did like my cherry Coke though.

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Our server took a group picture for us at the end of our meal. Poor mommy all alone in the back.

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The bill was a speeding ticket; pretty funny.

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wingedjojo
12-17-2011, 09:12 PM
Cashing in the Fastpasses

After our lunch at the drive-in, we decided to catch the next showing of ďVoyage of the Little Mermaid.Ē Along the way, we decided to stop by this sign to take a picture. A super nice CM helped take the picture for us. I couldnít remember his name but I do remember him being from Jamaica; super nice.

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We didnít have to wait very long for the show and we got pretty decent seats.

Iím always self-conscious when I take pictures in darker shows like these. My camera makes a rather audible click sound whenever I take a picture and sometimes the pictures momentarily pop up on my screen. Iím always afraid Iím disturbing the show for others around me but I figured the noise from the show was loud enough to mask the ones I made and I tried to cover the screen. Hopefully I didnít ruin anybodyís time; at least I donít use flash.

It was really difficult to take pictures in there. Without flash and with the constant movements of the actors/actresses, a non-blurry picture was hard to come by.

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Following the show, it was time to cash in those Fastpasses from earlier. First up was the Hollywood Tower of Terror.

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Even with our Fastpasses, it was still a rather long wait. Nevertheless, it was a good time had by all.

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If you can notice, Jess has something in front of her face. She was recording our ride and here's the video:

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If you have one of those roll-y chairs that can adjust its height, you can pretend you're on the ride!

After our ride in the elevator, it was time to use our other set of Fastpasses for Aerosmithís RockíníRoller Coaster. Canít stress enough how much I LOVE this ride and if I could, I would ride this a million times. Too bad the wait times will never let me do that.

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So what was Ma doing while we were off having our fun? She found a space to sit and rest and happened to catch a bit of the afternoon parade.

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AHH!!! ITíS DUG!!! SO CUTTTEEEE!!!

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I think she took extra shots of Dug because she knows I love him to death.

Soon, it was time to meet back up again and plan out our next course of action.

wingedjojo
12-28-2011, 06:33 PM
Itzakadoozie: part 1

The next showing of the Beauty and the Beast stage show wasnít for a while so we decided to hit up a ride first. It was high time we rode the newly re-mastered Star Tours so off we went. Along the way, we wandered through this one store (for their A/C because it was HOT) and happened upon a piece of our childhood!

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I cannot express how BADLY I wanted to be the pink ranger when I was younger. The Power Rangers were so freaking awesome. I never even knew they were owned by Disney.

Okay, so I just Wikipedia-ed it and apparently they were only owned by Disney for 7 years and have now gone back to their original owners. Makes sense as to why the Power Rangers no longer roam the parks.

We also encountered Ducky Momo! Granted, it was only a statue in a random corner but it still counts.

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I guess thatís where Phineas and Ferb does their Meet and Greets? I only wish Perry the Platypus also did Meet and Greets. Second only to Dug, he is my favorite character. Why is he not available to hug and kidnap???

Eventually we wound up in Star Tours and it wasnít too long a wait (especially considering the fact that itís ďnewĒ).

Those new 3D glasses sure are spiffy.

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Overall impression? It was great! I love how the sequence of beginning, middle, and end are always different so the ride is never completely the same. Helps keep things fresh!

I also saw a great photo op that I couldnít pass up. Nobody else would do it with me. Sadness.

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By the time we were done riding Star Tours, it was almost time to go watch Beauty and the Beast. It was getting to that point in the day where itís insanely hot and stuffy. So the only logical thing to do was get ice cream! Lucky for us, there was an ice cream cart right outside so while Ma, Jan, and Edward went to grab some seats, Jess and I went on a frozen treats run.

It was another pineapple juice bar for Ma, the Mickey head bar for Jess and Jan, and an Itzakadoozi for Edward and I.

I love this popsicle so much.

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Itís so delicious and fun to eat. Plus all the COLORS!!!

~~WE INTERRUPT THIS TRIP REPORT FOR A SPAZZY GIRL MOMENT~~

The CM we got the treats from was this French guy from Nice, France. Is it weird that I remembered where he was from but not his name? Anyway, his accent was SO CUTE and the way he said "Itzakadoozi" was absolutely adorable and he had the prettiest blue eyes ever. Both Jess and I were super crushing on him; he was so cute and he was SO NICE and friendly. That guy is a serious charmer without even needing to try; thatís dangerous.

So eventually we made it back to the show area and passed out the treats. We regaled the others with the tale of the cute, French guy and the way he said ďItzakadoozieĒ. We made it a point to try and find him after the show but alas, that was not to happen. Right before the show began, Floridaís famous flash storms decided to make an appearance. It was raining like crazy for a good 10 minutes and Iím guessing he had to pack up and leave because he was gone by the time the show let out. So sad.

Okay, enough talk about the French cutie. The show was well done and it was so much fun taking pictures with my super zoom lens. Even though we sat near the middle of the theater, I still got some pretty awesome close-up pictures.

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I am so in love with this next picture. Iím pretty sure that itís the sorceress dancing around, undoing the spell she cast on the prince. It was just such perfect timing and I love how it looks like sheís staring at me. I find that I really luck into a lot of good shots; dumb luck for the win!

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Then I got this shot and I couldnít stop laughing. I understand itís supposed to be a dramatic moment because heís back to his old self but I canít help imagining him going: ďIím going to save SO MUCH MONEY not having to wash all that fur!Ē

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Once we were let out of the theater and saddened by the fact that the French guy was no longer there, we decided that we had pretty much done everything except the Studio Backlot Tour. I also wanted to visit the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playground so it was off to do those things.

Along the way, we took a family photo:

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Due to the heavy rain that just passed on by, a lot of people had left the park. It was pretty empty while we walked to the Studio Backlot Tour. We were enjoying the effects the rain had had on crowds but failed to realize that because of the rain, the Backlot Tour AND the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playground were closed for ďsafety reasonsĒ. Oh poo. I guess those things were not meant to happen this trip.

So close yet so far away.

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Instead, we just spent our time walking around the Streets of America.

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Look! Weíre home!

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Jess found a leaky fire hydrant and decided to soothe her bug bites. Poor Jess.

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wingedjojo
12-28-2011, 06:44 PM
Itzakadoozie: part 2

At one point we came across the umbrella thatís attached to the light post. Is this supposed to be like a scene from ďSinging in the RainĒ? Weíve seen this umbrella on previous trips before but it was only after Iíve been on the Disboards that I learned that if you stepped on the little square that water was supposed to rain down!

So I tried.

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Nothing happened.

I kept stepping on the square but we didnít notice any water coming down so I assumed it was broken.

Then Jan stepped up and took a good step on it and it rained!

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I shooed her away and tried again.









Nothing.






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Jan tried again and it once again worked for her so maybe I wasnít trying hard enough.

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So I jumped as hard as I could on that little square.

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SUCCESS!

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Since we couldnít do the last two things we wanted to do, we decided itíll make most sense to take advantage of the crowd level and ride Star Tours again since the line was now super short.

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Good thing we rode it again because apparently I was a rebel spy and never even knew it. When my picture came up on the ride I was like: ďthat person looks oddly familiarÖOMG thatís me! When did they take that picture and why do I look so stupid.Ē

It was now time to leave the park but before we did that, a few last pictures:

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I think Ma was trying to make it seem like Jess was wearing the hat.

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It was a good idea we were leaving because it looked like it was about to storm again.

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And for no particular reason, hereís a tram picture:

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Since it was still rather early and we were lacking in provisions, we took a trip to Walmart.

Here we are deciding what we wanted to eat for dinner that night.

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Jess convincing Mom that Hot Pockets was a balanced meal:

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And here are pictures of our dinner that night. Lunchables for me, a loaf of bread for Ma and anyone else who didnít feel like eating Hot Pockets.

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We also got some fruits.

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At least that was healthy, right?

wingedjojo
01-02-2012, 12:36 AM
ďLightning EagleĒ

Saturday, June 18

We woke up again at 7am this morning but to a depressing mood. It was our last day in the parks; our last full day of vacation.

Boohoo.

So, in order to go out with a bang, we saved the best for last. This morning, we were going toÖ

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EPCOT!!!

Like we had been doing every single morning prior, we drove and, of course, got lost on the way there. Even with all the signs around us, we had managed to get lost every single time. The only times we didnít get lost was when we went to Islands of Adventure. In all fairness, we didnít really use the signs to get to any of the parks. We were relying on the GPS of my iPhone and only turned to the signs as a guiding light after we had gotten lost. I feel like the lesson learned here is that the GPS on iPhones give terrible directions to Disney parks; just use the signs.

Anyway, back to our driving adventures. This was not a good morning to be driving because people were not being nice at all. Some guy driving a truck was especially mean; he hella cut us off and that didnít really add to our already gloomy mood.

Course, our mood couldnít be that sour for too long. Weíre in Disney, remember???

Don't forget where we parked.

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We actually made it before rope drop so we kinda just took our time walking from the entrance to the physical rope.

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FAMILY PICTURE!!!

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We were stopped at the fountains in between Innoventions. We had a good 15 minutes before the park would open and didnít really have much to do. So I guess that means random pictures time. I wonít bore you with all of them; so hereís one:

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There was a little show that went on right before rope drop but there wasnít much to see. All I remember of it was that Goofy was there. Oh! And trash cans blowing bubbles. Magic!

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While the masses went to Soariní, we headed to something we arenít able to get over in California.

Test Track!!!

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We basically walked onto the ride. We didnít even have to watch the entire pre-show movie. Hopefully the Cars ride theyíre building over in California Adventure will be similar to Test Track in the sense that it has that fast moving car.

Sadly, I couldnít take a picture of our ride photo because I wasnít prepared for it and the picture was gone before I could get to it. Oh well. Iím sure everybody has seen the Test Track picture. Just imagine us sitting in it looking like

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So after testing out a couple of new cars, we decided to roam Innoventions. Once again, thanks to the DISboards, Iíve learned of something I never even knew existed. I was super excited to try this out and couldnít wait for it.

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The Sum of All Thrills.

Good thing I had decided to make everyone do this earlier in the day because there was nobody around and we didnít have to wait at all to design our ride and experience it.

Jess and I paired up and Jan was with Edward. Sadly, even for a ride where you can design to make it absolutely not scary, Mom decided not to do it.

I forgot what we ended up naming our coaster but I think it was along the lines of ďLightning EagleĒ with as much awesome packed into it as possible. Jess and I tried to put as much thrill into it as possible and the actual process of making that coaster was pretty fun.

ďLightning EagleĒ wasnít as thrilling as I had hoped it to be but Iím going to say itís because we werenít on an actual coaster and there really wasnít that fear of death looming over us. Regardless, it was still really fun to go around on that giant mechanical arm.

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The picture is a bit blurry but thatís Jess and I on our coaster. During the entire process I was so scared I was going to flash somebody. I was wearing a rather short dress and our coaster did a lot of inversions and I could feel my dress flapping around. Hopefully nobody saw anything.

Since we were in the area, our next family activity was to test our money-saving skills.

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I love the little piggy they give you to play the game. Itís so terribly cute and is just too bad that we canít keep it. Of course, had we kept it, we wouldnít know what to do with it except to just display it somewhere or use it as a large paper weight.

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We split into two groups. Since Jan and Edward were just about to start their college career, they were going to try and save up for college. Ma, Jess, and I were going to save up for another Disney trip! Woohoo!

There were all these little games that you got to play and depending on how well you do with these games, it gives you a certain amount of money. All the money you earned in each of these games goes towards your savings and in the end they tally up how much you saved from each game to see if you made your goal.

Apparently both groups did an excellent job because both our goals were met.

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A stuffed piggy is a happy piggy.

After returning our piggy (so sad), we took a loop around Innoventions and picked up a Fastpass to play the Kim Possible game later on in the day. Then we exited and headed straight for the closest building we saw.

We were heading straight for our favorite fish in the world.

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Who doesnít love these seagulls? Mine! Mine! Mine!

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I guess theyíre trying to be seagulls but that hand motion makes me think of alligators more.

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Once again, there was absolutely no wait for this ride at all. We breezed through the line and stepped straight into our clamshells. Is it just me or does the line area always seem super dark? I get it that itís supposed to be underwater but it was almost TOO dark. Maybe they just havenít turned on all the lights yet.

After our delightful trip in the big blue world, we wandered around the area that the ride dumps you out in. Of course we had to take this iconic picture with Bruce.

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You can barely see Edward in this next one but you can make out half his face.

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We played around on some of the games they had there.

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They had this one trivia game to test how much you know about sharks. Apparently, none of us know much about sharks.

Onwards to the next attraction!

wingedjojo
01-11-2012, 10:46 PM
Fat Princesses Named Beverly: part 1

Since we hadnít headed that way along with the crowds, it was now time to head back towards Soariní. The line was long so we just picked up some Fastpasses for later and hopped into standby for Living with the Land. Itís a nice, serene ride and we enjoy it even though itís educational.

I didnít take very many pictures but the ones I did take Iím sure I have a reason for doing so. Letís see if I can remember why for all of them.

This first one Iím pretty sure is NOT a durian. I want to say jack fruit? It doesnít matter; Iím sure the only reason I took this one was because I hate durian and it made me think of durian (so the logical thing is to take a picture of it, right?).

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The next picture is of a pineapple. Anybody who watches ďPsychĒ will understand the fascination with pineapples.

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I LOVE WATERMELON!!!

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This last picture is for Ma. When she saw it she started telling us this story about how ďback in the old countryĒ this type of veggie was fed to pigs or something. I actually donít really remember what she said. All I can recall really is her saying ďwhen I was young,Ē ďChina,Ē and ďpigs.Ē

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There were also some hidden Mickeys.

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Next up we rode Figment. There was practically nobody in line and we walked straight on. This has always been a rather perplexing ride for me. I just never really got who Figment was or where he came from or why he was still there. I think we enjoyed ourselves more in the interactive play area that followed the ride than the actual ride itself.

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We even created our own digital Figment. I think I named mine Dinah. As in DINAH-SAUR. DINOSAUR??? Actually, he may be a dragon.

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Then we went and watched the much hyped about Captain EO. I remember when they first reopened the attraction people were lining up super early and coming all decked out in costume just to watch it.

No offense to anyone and certainly not to the late Michael Jackson (because while people did blow up his personal life, his genius as a musical artist is undeniable) butÖ

Öwhat did I just watch?

I wouldnít say it was terrible per se but it wasnít great. I wouldíve much rather watched Thriller than that. The music wasnít even catchy.

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So we decided to go do something we knew we would like.

On our way, the Jammitors were just finishing up a set. Literally the moment we noticed what was going on they were finishing their last jam. Drats.

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So we eventually got to Mission Space.

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The wait wasnít too bad. There was a line but it moved at a decent pace. It helped that there were neat things to look at while we waited.

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Since there were 5 of us and each compartment only had 4 spaces, Jan and Edward got separated from the rest of us. While standing in line, a CM walks by and asks us if we were Chinese. Random question but yesÖwe areÖ

And then he starts speaking in fluent Mandarin!!! For a white guy his pronunciation was spot on! I mean, I can only understand and speak Cantonese but Iíve heard enough Chinese in my life to be able to differentiate whether or not someone has an accent. He started chit-chatting with Mom in Mandarin and it was totally cool.

Just to make something clear, Iím not amazed that he was Caucasian and spoke Mandarin. Iím amazed at his complete lack of an accent. People who grow up speaking English and pick up Chinese later on in life (like he did) tend to not be able to develop the right tones and produce the right sounds to make Mandarin sound correct. Even I canít speak Cantonese without an accent now and then!

Anyway. In our compartment, we were all assigned roles and we all thought it was absolutely hilarious that Jess got placed as the engineer. We were all joking that we were never going to survive our mission because Jess canít do math. Even Ma joked about it.

We had all ridden the more intense side. One would wonder why Mom would willingly ride this since she has been avoiding all thrill rides like they were the plague. Well, Iím pretty sure she rode it the last time we were in WDW and since sheís still alive, she was okay with going again.

UNFORTUNATELY.

Ashe got terribly motion sick this time around. Now weíll NEVER get her on any more thrill rides.

We kind of slowed down then and rested for a bit. Once Ma got somewhat better, we continued on our way.

wingedjojo
01-11-2012, 10:52 PM
Fat Princesses Named Beverly: part 2

When we had ridden Test Track earlier, we had also picked up a set of Fastpasses and it was time to go use them. So one more round we go! And once again, I failed to take a picture of our picture.

We did find a hidden Mickey though.

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Hereís Jess trying to fix her hair after the outside loop.

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Riding Test Track right after Ma got somewhat better was probably a bad idea. Why? Because now her motion sickness was back in full force.

So what do most women like to do to make themselves feel better?

Three guesses.










No.
















No.

















YES!!! GO SHOPPING!!!

Into Mouse Gears we went and we spent quite some time browsing around. Ma was looking at some frames and was trying to decide whether or not they were worth it to purchase. They werenít apparently because we didnít buy any. Eventually we wandered into the princess section and saw a whole bunch of princess costumes. One was randomly picked up and looked at. HmmÖI wonder if I can fit itÖ




CHALLENGE. ACCEPTED.






We were already looking at the Belle dresses so we found the largest one they had (which, I believe, WAS a large) and attempted to put it on.

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Hereís Cinderella:

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Can you believe there was still room left over???

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I LOVED the bow on Cinderellaís dress. As Jan would like to put it, I have an irrational love of bows. I donít deny it.

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I think I like Tianaís dress most of all though. It fits the best.

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If you would like to watch a video of my princess fashion adventure, here you go:

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Once we got that out of our system, Ma still wasnít feeling 100%. I made the suggestion of going over to Club Cool. Maybe a little bit of carbonation (especially the free kind) will help her burp the sickness out of her. I sometimes find that soda helps me whenever Iím feeling throw uppy.

Ma found a seat to rest while we went to get some beverages. First we all tried a bit of everything.

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We all tried the infamous Beverly. Edward actually liked it and while I donít prefer it, it wasnít too terrible. I think both Jess and Jan thought we were nuts.

Once we had our quick fill, we brought some samples of drinks out to Ma.

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We gave her Beverly first.

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Yes, we are terrible children.

Yes, it was insanely funny.

She did NOT like it at all and kept saying (jokingly) that we were trying to kill her. Weíre not, we swear! We just have a terribly sick sense of humor. We promptly offered her other flavors of soda and she got the bad taste out of her mouth.

The soda did its job and Ma was starting to feel a lot better. It was also about time to use our Soariní Fastpasses so off we went!

Along the way, as luck would have it, we saw the Tronorail!!! Such great timing!

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For some reason, I have come to associate being able to catch sight of the Tronorail akin to catching sight of a leprechaun or a unicorn. People talk about it but I rarely see pictures. Now I know itís real.

In no time at all, we were all soaring on Soariní. Such a lovely ride; always so relaxing.

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And with that, our tour of Future World was done for the morning. It was now time to go around and broaden our cultural horizons.

wingedjojo
01-22-2012, 06:19 PM
Around the World in < 80 Days: part 1

Every time we tour the countries we always tend to go in a clockwise direction. We even do that when we go to Disneyland. Donít know why but it just FEELS right.

Anyhoo. So we begin our journey around the world in Mexico!

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But we didnít really stop to look around. In fact, we didnít stop at all. I was walking right by when I took that shot. We were all getting kind of hungry so we were off to find some food. Our final decision was to try a place weíve never been to before; not by choice but because it was super new.

Via Napoli!!!

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We hadnít made a reservation but when we asked for a table they said it would be no problem at all. So we just sat in the waiting area for a bit. It was really pretty; not to mention it was air conditioned. Always a big plus when itís hot out.

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Waiting didnít take very long and maybe 5 minutes had passed before they were ready to seat us. I guess we were still early for lunch because there werenít too many people and there were plenty of open tables.

The table we ended up siting at was right across from those amazing, giant ovens.

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They were so super cool looking. It would have been more awesome if the faces moved and started talking though.

So hereís a picture of our simple place setting:

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Our waitress first brought us some bread and oil.

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Iím not a big fan of dipping bread into oil but Ma loved it.

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We first ordered a house salad to share. Probably because Ma thought it would be healthier to balance the fatty pizzas weíll be eating with leafy greens. Weíre on vacation, right? Healthy shouldnít be part of our vocabulary.

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It was decent as far as salads go; nothing remarkable. I just really disliked the banana peppers; I think they taste gross although Ma really likes them. She also likes eggplant and bitter melon so her taste buds are questionable to say the least.

Not knowing how large the pizzas came, we ordered two of the second largest size to be safe.

We got the Quattro Formaggi which had 4 types of cheese on it: mozzarella, parmesan, fontina, and provolone.

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Iím looking at the menu online and nothing seems to quite describe the second pizza we ordered. The closest description I could find makes me think we got the Pepperoni one which had spicy pepperoni, tomato, and mozzarella. I could be wrong because it looks like our pizza had sausage on it. Oh well.

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These things were HUGE but they were so delicious. It was probably the best tasting pizza Iíve ever had in my entire life. If there was such thing as fine dining pizza, this would be it. It was just such good quality pizza.

Even with the ginormous size of those pizzas, we made a pretty good dent before we were all starting to fall into a food coma. Even then we forced Edward and Jess to finish the rest (waste not, want not). Hereís where we were at when people started to slow down on the eating:

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We were down to one last piece and Jess felt up to the challenge; she even went all fancy and used her fork and knife.

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Alas, challenge was not won and we ended up leaving behind that last half slice. Even so, I was quite surprised we made it through that much food.

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After a quick stop at the bathrooms, we paid the check and proceeded back out into the hot weather to explore the rest of Italy.

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Remember how earlier in the day we had picked up a Fastpass to play the Kim Possible game? Since the Fastpass had us pick up our equipment in Italy, we decided now was as good a time as any to get our Kimmunicator to begin our mission.

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Weíve never done this before so we listened to some instructions first before we began.

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Kimmunicator in hand, we started pushing buttons to find out which country our mission will take us. As the oldest and bossiest, I took charge and held the phone. Jess and Jan stood on either side of me so poor Edward was shut out and had to lean over to see what was going on. Ma just stood away and let us go about having our fun.

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We got our mission and we were off!

First we had to quickly pass by the American Adventure pavilion.

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Our destination: Japan.

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I didnít take many (or really, any) pictures because this was a life or death situation! We had to help save the world!

I did end up passing the phone off to Jess and Jan at some point so they could take charge too. The game is actually quite fun and really helps in exploring all the little details that one would normally pass over. I would totally recommend these missions to anyone who isnít fearful of walking around frantically pointing a phone at miscellaneous objects.

We felt that one mission was enough (Mom was getting bored waiting for us to finish) so we continued going clockwise which brought us to Morocco!

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We went into this one building which seemed to be a small museum of sorts that talked about the culture and they had this BEAUTIFUL set of stained glass doors.

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It was really hot out so we sat in there for a while and just drank water and enjoyed the relative quietness of the room. Since the doors are always closed and there arenít really a lot of signs pointing to what this building was, not a lot of people ventured in.

wingedjojo
01-22-2012, 06:31 PM
Around the World in < 80 Days: part 2

Next on the world map was France!

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Upon our arrival, I immediately went to get a cold beverage: a Grand Marnier Orange Slush.

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Hey, Iím on vacation! Jess was taking pictures of the process and judging me. She doesnít like it when people drink but I can handle my alcohol. Plus it was HOT! You sweat it all off in no time and you donít even feel the effects of alcohol at all.

It was DEEEEElicious.

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Following France was the United Kingdom.

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Members of our party needed a potty break so a break we took! We just so happened to be standing near this red telephone booth, waiting for people to come back, when it started to ring! Of course, curiosity kills the cat but since I am not a cat, I had nothing to worry about! Itís not like this was going to become a scene out of Phone Booth (which is a silly concept of a movie, in my opinion).

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I only remember it being an older (middle-aged?) woman who talked to me. She asked where I was and wasnít very talkative after that. It actually got kind of awkward since I didnít know what else to say and it was just quiet so I hung up.

I actually had the phone number saved in my phone for this particular phone booth so I decided to play a prank. I enlisted the help of Jess and Jan. One would be my lookout while I had my back turned to the phone booth so it wouldnít be obvious I was making the call and the other was going to convince Edward to answer it.

Here I go:

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And there Edward goes:

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It didnít take him very long to figure out who it was because we started bursting out laughing after we tried to be creepy and said we were watching him and describing what he was wearing.

Then it was off to our neighbor up north, Canada!

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We had to take this picture but since we had more heads than peepholes, Jess and I shared one. Think of us as Siamese twins?

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After Canada, we had reached the end of the world showcase. Since we really only began exploring the countries after Italy, we thought it was only right if we go back to Italy and finish the other half of the showcase. We werenít silly; we werenít going to walk ALL that way back.

So we decided to take a boat!

While waiting for the boat to get to dock, we saw this really pretty-shaped cloud. It kind of looked like a swan.

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Iíve never noticed this before but thereís this giant water wheel at Morocco.

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We got off the boat and was back at the American Adventure pavilion. Whatís that over there? Frozen, blue nectar of the gods?!!? YES! We were long overdue for a blue raspberry Icee.

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So good.

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Drinks in hand, we skipped over Italy and went to explore Germany.

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We went into the caramel shop and boy does that place smell good.

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The smells were super tempting but we resisted; Ma almost purchased a bunch of overpriced (but delicious) Wertherís Original hard candies. We barely managed to talk her out of it.

Passing by the Outpost, we saw a bunch of interesting-looking crates.

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So much product placement!

Eventually we made it back to the motherland. Well, technically not OUR motherland but, you know, our roots.

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We found some puppets and spent a bit of time playing around with those.

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Hereís a video of Jess, once again, playing with a puppet:

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Next to the puppets was this rack of umbrellas and I fell in love with the panda one. I was SO TEMPTED to get it but was afraid it might get smooshed and broken in the going-home process so I opted for a photo instead.

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wingedjojo
01-22-2012, 06:35 PM
Around the World in < 80 Days: part 3

Norway was next.

I love Norway for the most random of reasons. Back in I forgot when, I found this video that sung about lions and tigers and they mentioned Norway. That's it. Thatís the only reason.

Hereís the video if anyone is curious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvAAASZlCmM

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Of course we rode Maelstrom. Coming out of the ride, I thought the giant ogre statue was gone because I remember it being RIGHT THERE after getting off the ride. Turns out that it was just moved to another corner.

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We found this shipwreck and was trying to mimic the dragon(?).

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Last but not least we were back in Mexico. Iím kind of sad that I never got a margarita. It will be on my to-drink list for next time.

We rode the Donald version of the Small World ride and took this lovely picture. Itís one of my all-time favorite shots from this trip.

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With that, our journey around the world came to an end.

We were tired and werenít up to sticking around for Illuminations (to this day we still have not seen it) so we made our way slowly to the exit.

One last shot of the giant golf ball:

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Eventually we made it back to our car parked ALL THE WAY at the end of the row. Ma made sure to document this fact. For every day we were at a Disney park, we managed to secure the last (or close to the last) spot in a row and it was both incredible and frustrating for Mom.

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With that, our time at the parks were at an end and tomorrow would be the last day of our vacation.

wingedjojo
01-23-2012, 11:05 PM
Itís a Jolly Holiday

Sunday, June 19

We all took a little longer getting up today even with our alarms set an hour later for 8am. The thoughts of leaving and going back home to real life made us all drag our feet and want to prolong the inevitable as much as possible. We couldnít move too slowly though because we had a reservation to get to!

Of course we ended up getting lost. Seriously, those iPhone directions are no good at all or Iím really doing something wrong and havenít yet figured out the issue. Ma gets angry at me for getting us lost (not my fault!) and Iím mad at her for getting mad at me. Then parking became an issue when we actually got to our destination and it was only after a couple of times turning around in circles do we finally get an idea of what to do.

Which meant we were late to our reservation.

Where?

Well, we were at the Grand Floridian.

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And we were itching to see characters one last time.

So it could only be:

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Even though we were a little late, I guess it wasnít an issue. We were given a buzzer and went out to the lobby to wait.

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Everything was just so fancy and elegant. It was pretty and all but I donít think the Grand Floridian is quite my taste in resorts. I would LOVE to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for obvious reasons but I also wouldnít mind the Polynesian or the Contemporary Resort. One day.

Soon we were called. We handed our buzzer back, got our picture taken, and was led to our table. Ma and Jess went up to get food first and Jan, Edward, and I just sat around and ordered drinks for everyone. Our server suggested this juice they had so we all had that and in addition we got Mom a hot tea and I also got some coffee. While that was happening, Tigger came along and Jan and Edward had their picture taken.

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Once Ma and Jess came back, the rest of us went to get our plates.

Hereís my plate. You can see my clear love of Mickey waffles. And that juice? OH MY GOD. It was delicious. I canít remember what was in it but whatever it was, it was wonderful. It was so good.

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Iím pretty sure these are pictures of Momís plates. She had an omelet made.

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And then all of a sudden, characters.

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At one point I had gotten myself a nice helping of strawberry soup. The only reason I even tried it was because people said such good things about it on these boards.

Here I go taking my first taste:

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I just want to say...not really my thing. It was kind of peculiar tasting. It tasted to me like it was strawberry ice cream that I forgot to eat and when I remembered, it had melted and got up to room temperature.

I couldn't eat more than 3 spoonfuls. You can kind of see me going "ehhh..." in the background.

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Other than that, I think we all enjoyed our meal. Mom even complimented me on my choice. She said the food was fresh and the selection was really decent; plus the price for a character meal wasnít that bad. Having Momís approval is always a good thing.

During the planning process I was really torn between 1900 Park Fare and ĎOhanaís. The only reason why 1900 Park Fare won out was because I really wanted to see the Mad Hatter.

And I did.

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One day I would like to go visit Stitch. I wonder if they have Mickey waffles?

Once we were all done and pleasantly full, it was back to the hotel to get all our stuff and sadly, check out.

We finished organizing everything pretty quickly and completed all the last minute packing.

Funny story time.

The last time we were in Disney World in 2007, we bought one of those fan mister things because our original one from 2000 had broken. Well, thinking weíll be using it ALL the time like we did in 2007, we brought it with us. The mister literally stayed in the hotel the entire trip. I donít think we used it even once. We were even tempted to just leave it in the hotel since we didnít want to carry it around anymore.

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Of course we didnít; weíre too cheap. Edward ended up taking it home and giving it to one of his cousins, I think. It was a perfectly functional fan/mister. We just outgrew it, I guess. Hopefully someone somewhere is using it.

Anyway. We made doubly sure that everything was securely packed and nothing important was getting left behind.

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We really didnít want to go.

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But we eventually picked ourselves up, put all our stuff into the rental car, checked out, and were on our wayÖ

zianha
01-28-2012, 03:59 PM
I hate when a WDW trip ends! It's always such a bummer! But it looks like you all had a great time! It's been a few years since I ate breakfast at Ohana, but they definitely had Mickey waffles then. I can't wait for you to go to WDW again just so I can be entertained by your TR! :yay:

EPRV We love Disney
01-28-2012, 07:02 PM
Loved it!!

I read your entire TR just now. It was GREAT! Loved all your photos and the great time that you had!

Thanks so much for sharing it!

And I learned something new.... I had never even HEARD of the cat that you had on your shirt.... and that song.... scarily catching.....

:goodvibes E

wingedjojo
01-31-2012, 12:18 AM
I hate when a WDW trip ends! It's always such a bummer! But it looks like you all had a great time! It's been a few years since I ate breakfast at Ohana, but they definitely had Mickey waffles then. I can't wait for you to go to WDW again just so I can be entertained by your TR! :yay:

Yeah, endings are always a bummer but at least we get to dream about the next trip, right?

Mmm...Mickey waffles.

I can't wait for my next trip either! Hahaha. :rotfl:

Loved it!!

I read your entire TR just now. It was GREAT! Loved all your photos and the great time that you had!

Thanks so much for sharing it!

And I learned something new.... I had never even HEARD of the cat that you had on your shirt.... and that song.... scarily catching.....

:goodvibes E

Hehehehe. Nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan~

wingedjojo
01-31-2012, 12:24 AM
Shop Ďtil You Drop! (or until your credit card freezes): part 1

Yes, we were finally on our wayÖ













On our way to DOWNTOWN DISNEY, that is!!!

We wanted to get just ONE MORE shopping trip in before we officially left. Now was the time to pick up some stuff weíve been eyeing, gifts for people, and probably spur-of-the-moment-hopefully-not-regret-later purchases.

Since it was still early-ish and most people were in the parks, parking was super easy to find. Getting out of the car, we saw a pretty neat sight coming over the horizon.

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The Characters in Flight balloon was actually going up and it was actually available to ride! I usually hear that any sort of weather would prevent it from functioning properly so itís normally not up but we were in luck to see it floating there. Of course, weíre all too chicken to go on it and it was also a bit pricey for a hot air balloon ride. But look at it go!

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While making our way to the World of Disney store, we passed by some Lego puppies. AwwÖso cute.

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Time to get some serious shopping done.

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We found this shirt extremely funny. Nobody would wear it though so we only opted for a picture. Even though we love those giant turkey legs, we didnít end up eating any this trip. Oh well.

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Since I have the Disney Visa card and get 10% off if we spend over $50 (as if thatís even a remote challenge at all), I was going to pay for all the things we buy and then everyone would give me money later. I ended up going in two separate transactions because it just made more sense to put all my stuff on one receipt and everybody elseís on another. Each separate purchase was probably at least $100 each. Why am I telling you all this? Thereís a story here, I swear, Iím not trying to show off so bear with me.

With the first transaction, everything went fine. Come the second transaction, my card gets declined.

Youíre kidding me, right?

It canít be because I ran out of credit because Iím really a*al about my money transactions and I kept good track over the week of all my purchases. So why was it declined? I would later come to find out that the bank had frozen my account because of suspicious activities. UhÖokay? It didnít really make sense to me because Iíve been making multiple $100+ purchases all week (because meals in Disney are not cheap) and I havenít had a problem until now. It was so weird but at least they decided to freeze it at the END of my vacation, right? So I just ended up using my other card (sans the 10% discount; boo!).

When I eventually got home and called the credit card company, I just had to confirm via a robot that it was indeed ME that was making that purchase and then they cleared the hold on my card right away. If I had known that a 2 minute phone call would have cleared all that up, I wouldíve just done it at the cash register so I could have gotten my discount. Lesson learned.

Anyway, back to Downtown Disney.

With purchases in hand, we decided to wander around and through the rest of the stores. Right outside of the World of Disney, what seemed to be a middle school or a high school orchestra was performing.

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I donít know how they got that gig but they were not very good. I know I may come off sounding kind of snobbish but Jess, Jan, and I all played in a rather well taught orchestra back in middle school (by public school standards) and we all know/understand orchestral music quite well. These guys were off pitch, lacked energy, and their bowing werenít even going in the right directions at times. It was kind of sad.

Okay, maybe I should give them a bit more credit. They weren't THAT bad. I'm probably just bitter in my old age.

I wish I got the chance to perform at Disney.

One of the first shops we stopped at after World of Disney was Tren-D.

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That store is cool and all but it is crazy expensive. And what did they do to Minnie Mouse? Why did they turn her into an anorexic-looking monster? It was so scary. Iíve never been terrified of Minnie Mouse until now.

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wingedjojo
01-31-2012, 12:41 AM
Shop Ďtil You Drop! (or until your credit card freezes): part 2

Once Upon a Toy was next and I couldnít resist having some fun with the giant Mr. Potato Head out front.

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They had this giant section of Mr.Potato Head parts and we spent some time there just playing around.

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We also looked around at all the different toys they had. There was this Stitch toy that I wouldíve totally gotten had it not been so expensive. When I was little, I used to take piano lessons and my piano teacher had this toy only instead of being Stitch, it was a crocodile. It was so much fun to play with because you never know when youíll push down on the wrong tooth and if you do, then itíll bite you.

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Jan found this Nightmare Before Christmas themed game that she wanted.

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Alas, the price! I think it says itís around $25.

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Then we came into the stuffed animal aisle.

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We all picked out a character that we thought represented ourselves and then proceeded to balance them on our heads. Don't ask me why we decided to balance them, it just kind of happened organically. It took forever for Jess to get hers to balance and when it did we were all very proud.

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Ma was taking a picture of Jan and captured it at the perfect moment when Jess hurled her Dory doll at the Jack doll.

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Ma even participated and got in on the action too! I donít know when or why Jan decided to change up her character though and LOOK AT JESS!!! Itís magic~

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We continued wandering around and found some Marvel comics which was pretty cool. I've always wished I had the dedication to collect all the X-Men comics because I really wanted to read them all. Too bad there are too many different story arcs and series that criss-cross with one another so that it makes it super confusing; theyíll never be able to just put everything into one giant thing to purchase.

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At one point Jan found the funny Carnotaurus from Animal Kingdom again. While she was pointing it out and posing for a picture, that little boy right there supposedly took one and just whacked Jan in the back with it. Totally random. Not to mention rude. But hilarious.

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We even encountered a small video game section where Jess and Jan started playing Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. They even had all the Kingdom Hearts games! I keep forgetting that the Kingdom Hearts series belongs to Disney (which is kind of a "DUH" thing since it's full of Disney characters). Being a Kingdom Hearts fan, Jan wanted to get the Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep game; too bad nobody has a PSP.

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Eventually we moved on towards the rest of the store.

Somehow, somewhere, Jan found a pair of Stitch hands and tradition demanded she put them on and pose for a picture.

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Hereís the almost exact same picture but back in 2007:

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Going down a random toy aisle, I encountered this castle toy set. If I was still under 10, this would have been my dream toy and I do believe that it was on sale.

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I found this display with Peter Pan flying above it absolutely hilarious. Just by how it was positioned and from where I was standing, it looked like he was about to body slam that display.

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The store also had this stand selling personalized CDs of princess songs. Itís almost a habit that I have to look for my name. Growing up, these types of products always had Jess and Jan's name but rarely mine (because I guess it's not super common?) so I always get super excited when I see my name.

Hereís us looking:

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AND WE FOUND IT!!!

Clearly "Jo" is short for something so you're just going to have to wonder what it's short for.

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Ma thought it was hilarious that I cared so much and made it a point to look for my name even though I knew I wasnít going to buy it.

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It was a lot of fun to just play around with all the stuff that we could and look at all the things we canít/shouldnít have. Makes me wish I was a child again with a buttload of money so I could just get EVERYTHING. I would've shared, I swear!

wingedjojo
01-31-2012, 12:47 AM
Shop Ďtil You Drop! (or until your credit card freezes): part 3

Once we were back outside, we came upon the pin trading place and had a look around. There were so many cute pins that caught my eyes; I was almost tempted to buy one. Instead, here are some pictures of the pins I would have bought had I robbed a bank.

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LOVE DUG!!!

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I donít know what Jan is holding in this picture but itís probably a pin.

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After taking our pictures with the statuesÖ

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Öwe continued on our way to the Christmas storeÖ








Öwhere I immediately found a cute puppy:

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We all agreed that Mickey wearing Pluto slippers and Minnie wearing Marie slippers was kind of weird and wrong.

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Outside the store, we had to take another picture for tradition sake.

2011:

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2007:

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Except we accidently switched places. Oops.

Finally (and sadly) our time was running out and there wasnít much more we could fit into our vacation. So we must end it on a sweet noteÖliterally!

To Goofyís Candy Company!!!

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Just one more icy blue goodness for the road.

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Iím surprised we only drank this blue treat 3 times this trip; I wouldíve expected more.

With one more family pictureÖ

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Öit was finallyÖFINALLYÖtime to head to the airport.

wingedjojo
01-31-2012, 05:28 PM
Holy Windshields, Batman!

In no time at all (unfortunately) we were back at MCO. Everything that had happened thus far was somewhat a blur. It felt surreal that our vacation was at an end because the next thing I knew, we were sitting at our plane terminal.

Apparently at gate 35.

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Everyone broke out their electronic devices as we waited to start boarding.

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I just sat around taking pictures. Hereís Pook-a-Looz Stitch that I got for one of my friends.

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Why are they called Pook-a-Looz? It's kind of funny-sounding. Where did that name come from? Is it supposed to mean anything? Iíve always wondered.

Our flight to Denver(? I honestly can't remember) was uneventful. When we got there, we were all feeling a bit hungry so we grabbed some food to sit and eat at our new terminal.

Terminal 41.

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Hereís photo documentation of our bland, overpriced airport food:

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Mmm...bland...

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Jess had gotten some sort of berry-flavored lemonade. I canít really tell if sheís enjoying it or not. I guess it was good enough for her to finish it but not good enough for it to be memorable.

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After lunch and a bit more sitting around, we found it odd that there didnít seem to be any people at or around our terminal. Ma sent me off to go check the flight status board and lo-and-behold! They had changed our gate number on us. Good thing we checked, right?

To gate 43!

It really wasnít that big of a deal. We were basically separated by a wall and just kind of moved 20 feet.

I went to take pictures of the plane again and while I was taking this picture:

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I finally found the answer to a question Iíve had since forever but kept forgetting to Google.

AIRPLANES HAVE WINDSHIELD WIPERS!!!

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I remember having a conversation with a bunch of people once about whether or not airplanes had any. I couldnít understand why they would since any water would get blown off because weíre flying so fast. Bugs and stuff canít really get stuck since they donít live that far up in the sky. So why would they have them? Since theyíre there, they must serve some sort of purpose, right? I wonder what it is. I wonder if it's possible to have them blow off?

Again, the flight home was uneventful. We got picked up by Edwardís dad who dropped us off at our aunt and uncleís place to grab our car. Eventually we made it home all in one piece, both happy to be back at home but sad knowing weíre no longer at Disney World.

And so ends another wonderful trip to the happiest place on Earth. Hopefully it wonít be too long before we can all go again. Maybe when Jan graduates from college?

Time to start planning!!!










As an added bonus, hereís my personal haul from our trip.

A big bag full of stuff:

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And all the goodies inside!

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Thanks for reading along everybody!

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