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MarieTheCat24
07-14-2011, 02:12 PM
"IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES..."

Never has a quote from a Charles Dickens novel that I cannot stand (seriously, that book is AWFUL) been more appropriate. Our trip started off as a MAGICAL celebration of my 21st birthday, but it’ll wind up going down in the history books as ‘The Trip in Which We Lost Our Dog.’ Our beloved furry member of the family, Riley, became ill and passed away rather suddenly on July 6th, smack dab in the middle of our time at WDW (and the day after my birthday). It was absolutely heartbreaking, and, as I’m sure anyone who has lost a pet knows, his death left a void that not even a big, heaping pile of Disney magic could fill.

However, even though our trip ended with a whole lotta sadness, it did have its moments. We were having quite an enjoyable time up until that point. The food was delish (FREE DINING!!! WOOOO!!!), our resort - Coronado Springs - was beautiful, the weather was gorgeous (for the most part, but we’ll get to that later), the Disney Voice Guy was wishing me 'Happy Birthday', and my use of Stacey quotes was reaching a new high. Because of that, I’ve decided that I might as well try to salvage the good memories and write a trip report. Plus, I took a gajillion photos and I have a strong need to share them with people who will reply with something other than “Oh, that’s nice.” Why more people don’t get more excited about photos of giant, well-dressed rodents is beyond me.

Anyway, let’s get started! :cool1:

INTRODUCTIONS:

Me (Kara) – I’m a newly-minted 21 year old who pretty much lives and breathes Disney. I always have and I always will. There’s just nothing better than that feeling of pure joy and happiness that Disney can arouse. I just finished up my first ever trip report from last July (you can find the link in my signature if you’d like to read it) and, frankly, I’m starting to think that trip report writing is my true calling in life. I mean, why bother with classes and homework when I could just have people pay me to tag along on their vacation, take thorough notes, and write an awesome trip report when we get back. Screw college!

Here’s a rather festive photo of me doing what I do best: eating.
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/604.jpg

Mom and Dad – My wonderful, fabulous, Disney-loving parents who work super hard to feed my addiction (while also silently wishing I fell head over heels in love with something a little cheaper, I’m sure). Of course, they don’t march about the parks in the insane Florida heat just for me. They cherish our WDW vacations just as much as I do.
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/044.jpg
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/030.jpg
I’m sure you can figure out who is who :upsidedow

Katie – My 19 year old thrill-seeking, good-time-having sister who I simply adore. Seriously, she’s the best. Sure, she tends to complain a lot when we’re not doing something (she’s all about action and gets bored easily), but I couldn’t have asked for a better little sis.
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/161.jpg
The young lad (not the dino) in the photo with my sis is Wade – Katie’s boyfriend. This was his first trip to WDW with us (though he had been once before as a kid) and we were all quite excited to have some fresh meat to drag around the parks. Plus, it was extremely nice to have another guy around to help carry all of the luggage. ;)

THINGS TO NOTE:
We stayed at Coronado Springs July 3rd – 8th. Thanks to free dining (well, free quick service dining that we paid to upgrade) we were on the dining plan for the first time ever. It was quite an experience. I’ll be reviewing table service meals at T-Rex, Crystal Palace, Les Chefs de France, Cape May Café, Boma, and 1900 Park Fare along with a bunch of counter service meals and snacks. We hit all 4 parks (and Downtown Disney) and were lucky enough to experience the 4th of July festivities at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

So, that’s that. Before I cut this off and rush to start a Table of Contents, I’d just like to thank you all in advance for joining me on what is, I’m sure, going to be a sometimes wild, sometimes hysterical, sometimes ugly tear-inducing look back at our six days in WDW. I mean, the spectrum of emotions I experienced over the course of those six days is INSANE. I’m quite certain psychologists would’ve loved to have me hooked up to a bunch of those brain wave scanning machines because I dealt with A LOT. I’m just glad I have a place to come back to and share all those emotions with people who “get” it. Not everyone does, but you guys do, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for “listening.” :goodvibes

MarieTheCat24
07-14-2011, 02:13 PM
:tinker: TABLE OF CONTENTS

JULY 1ST & 2ND
PART ONE: "ON THE ROAD AGAIN," "LIFE IS A HIGHWAY," AND THE MILLION OTHER SONGS ABOUT DRIVING (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41877164&postcount=27)
PART TWO: DOWNTOWN DISNEY (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41945950&postcount=60)
PART THREE: DINING WITH THE DINOS (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=41971917#post41971917)

JULY 3RD
PART ONE: CHECKING IN AT CORONADO SPRINGS 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42021260&postcount=104)
PART ONE: CHECKING IN AT CORONADO SPRINGS 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42021378&postcount=105)
PART TWO: TRAINS AND TRAINS AND BOATS AND BOATS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42304140&postcount=150)
PART THREE: THE UPDATE THAT ISN'T WORTH NEARLY THE AMOUNT OF TIME I SPENT WRITING IT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42462617&postcount=168)
PART FOUR: CRYSTAL PALACE (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42598402&postcount=189)
PART FIVE: EVIL EMPERORS, STOMACH PAINS, AND STUFF EXPLODING IN THE SKY (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42699852&postcount=205)

JULY 4TH
PART ONE: IN WHICH A BUS ALMOST MAKES ME CRY - ALSO FISH (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42967558&postcount=222)
PART TWO: EVERYBODY WANTS TO MEET A CAT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43031063&postcount=233)
PART THREE: "WHO'S GOT TWO THUMBS, SPEAKS LIMITED FRENCH, AND HASN'T CRIED ONCE TODAY? THIS MOI!" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43073408&postcount=241)
PART FOUR: "JUST IN CASE I'M NOT ENOUGH OF A FREAK ALREADY, LET'S ADD A TIARA!" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43246702&postcount=259)

JULY 5TH
PART ONE: D-I-N-O-S-A-U-R A DINOSAUR (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43305877&postcount=279)
PART TWO: HE KINDA LOOKS LIKE MY UNCLE PHIL (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43334927&postcount=293)
PART THREE: SAFAAAAAAAARI 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43383970&postcount=309)
PART THREE: SAFAAAAAAAARI 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43383990&postcount=310)
PART FOUR: FINISHING UP AT AK 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43446962&postcount=319)
PART FOUR: FINISHING UP AT AK 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43446966&postcount=320)
PART FIVE: MIGHT SOUND CRAZY BUT IT AIN'T NO LIE (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43487544&postcount=329)
PART SIX: A BRIEF BUT NECESSARY UPDATE (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43561805&postcount=339)

JULY 6TH
PART ONE: YOU'RE CLEAR TO BREAK PLATES! SIR, YES, SIR! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43625770&postcount=355)
PART TWO: SWEEEEEEEEEET EMOOOOOOOOTIOOOOOON (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43819666&postcount=374)
PART THREE: THE MILKMAN, THE PAPER BOY, EVENING TV 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44147178&postcount=393)
PART THREE: THE MILKMAN, THE PAPER BOY, EVENING TV 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44147261&postcount=394)
PART FOUR: IN WHICH I BUST OUT MY ACTING SKILLS (OR LACK THEREOF) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44503417&postcount=404)
PART FIVE: IF NAUTICAL NONSENSE BE SOMETHING YOU WISH (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44664893&postcount=410)

JULY 7TH
PART ONE: RUSTLIN' UP SOME GRUB AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44834793&postcount=425)
PART TWO: I BLESS THE RAINS DOWN IN AAAAAAFRICAAAAAAA (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45056594&postcount=437)
PART THREE: OUR LAST NIGHT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45126611&postcount=450)

JULY 8TH
PART ONE: 1900 PARK FARE (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45199818&postcount=462)
PART TWO: THE END (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45278740&postcount=475)

onelilspark
07-14-2011, 02:43 PM
I'm here! I've had some of the world's worst birthdays...I've pretty much given up on them now. My 21st was no where quite as bad as that, but it was on Mardi Gras (which sounds fun, right?!) and the entire town was dead since we had to go out early in the night since I had mid-terms the next day along with a meeting with someone from our sorority's National Office since I held an official position within it. FUN...

And on my 13th, our car was stolen out of the Philadelphia parking garage and totaled. It was 18 days old.

janabananas
07-14-2011, 02:54 PM
I am going for my bday in sept and going to several of the same places for dinner. Looking forward to reading your tr!!

NikkiLovesWDW!
07-14-2011, 02:56 PM
I'm here Kara! I guarantee you I will cry at some point during this TR, as I am already tearing up at the intro....

BTW, that is a cupcake from Starring Rolls in your intro, isn't it?! I've never had one but I've been eying them for a while now and they are on my must-do list next trip!

tinkgurl
07-14-2011, 03:30 PM
I'm here! I'm here!

jenbear123
07-14-2011, 03:44 PM
Okay I've DE-LURKED just for you Kara :goodvibes I'm along for the ride. Now going back to read :surfweb:

ZFamily5
07-14-2011, 04:16 PM
I'm in! Can't wait for more! :thumbsup2

Grumpy's Wife
07-14-2011, 04:17 PM
First, let me say how sorry I am to hear about Riley. It's never easy losing a pet. I lost my "Gracie" last year and it was more like losing a member of my family.
Second, :thumbsup2 you're back in the world! A belated Happy Birthday:bday: to you. That huge muffin/cup cake you are eating in the first picture looks absolutely delicious. Is it red velvet?
I'm looking forward to hearing all about this year's trip.

Nermel9
07-14-2011, 05:01 PM
I'm here!! Again, I'm so sorry about your dog:goodvibes but I'm excited to read about your trip! :)

YukiPhnx
07-14-2011, 05:49 PM
Yes, I made it to the first page!

Disneyfreak508
07-14-2011, 09:01 PM
I'm here, of course! :goodvibes I can't wait to read all about this trip as well! I hope it's not too sad.. but I may shed a tear :( Wow, these trip reports are just like novels.

And I agree about writing TRs being a calling in life... seriously I'd rather do that than go to college. Why can't we just get paid for material like this!? :lmao:

I'm excited for your food reviews... that Red Velvet cupcake looks fantastic! (i've never had one before! that needs to change!)

Can't wait for the trip to begin! :yay:

PlutosRHM55
07-14-2011, 09:15 PM
I'm in!

So sorry about your dog. :( I totally know how that feels. I've grown up with pets (aka dogs) my whole life and when my first dog died it was awful. I wasn't in the most magical place on Earth when it happened, I wish I was, but I want to see how it helped in certain ways. I may shed a tear then :'(

Moving away from the sad stuff, I can't wait to read about the celebratory aspects of this TR, since it was your birthday and I'm (hopefully) going for my 16th next spring :goodvibes I'm hoping this will help in some way, especially with all those ADRs and being there 4th of July weekend :goodvibes

Can't wait to read all about your trip! :mickeyjum

Lucys2200
07-14-2011, 09:33 PM
I'm here! I spent hours last night reading your last TR so im excited about this one. Im soo sorry to hear about your dog :( I can't wait to read some more :yay:

mickey'sbff
07-14-2011, 09:44 PM
I'm in! I read you're last TR and loved it, but I never got a chance to comment. I'm so sorry about you're dog. I've never had a pet outside of a tank or cage, but I understand the sadness. You're birthday is right before mine :goodvibes. Cause mine was on Sunday (the 10th). Anyways, I'm looking forward to more!

Vwdiva93
07-14-2011, 11:20 PM
Hi there! I lurked on your PTR, so I thought I'd officially join your TR! I'm so sorry about your dog:sad1: I lost my dog that I grew up with about 3 years ago, he was like a little brother to me, so I know how you feel. Hopefully your trip was still fun though, and I can't wait to hear about your adventures!

flounderfan12
07-15-2011, 08:13 AM
im so sorry about your dog i my do just passed away this past tuesday it was the worst thing ever i couldnt go two minutes without crying (still really cant) so i cant imagine being at disney when it happened but i cant wait to read the trip report i followed you on twitter so i know some stuff but cant wait to read in detail.

sstewart
07-15-2011, 09:22 AM
I am a longtime lurker of your TR's.....joining in on this one! Can't wait to hear all about it! :yay:

MarieTheCat24
07-16-2011, 11:25 AM
YAY! So many comments! You guys rock!!! :thumbsup2
I'm here! I've had some of the world's worst birthdays...I've pretty much given up on them now. My 21st was no where quite as bad as that, but it was on Mardi Gras (which sounds fun, right?!) and the entire town was dead since we had to go out early in the night since I had mid-terms the next day along with a meeting with someone from our sorority's National Office since I held an official position within it. FUN...

And on my 13th, our car was stolen out of the Philadelphia parking garage and totaled. It was 18 days old.
Oh dear...Well, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who tends to have completely miserable birthdays. It makes me feel a bit better to know that the universe doesn't just have it out for me. :laughing:
I am going for my bday in sept and going to several of the same places for dinner. Looking forward to reading your tr!!
Welcome! You are going to have so much fun in September. Disney does an excellent job of making you feel special on/around your birthday.
I'm here Kara! I guarantee you I will cry at some point during this TR, as I am already tearing up at the intro....

BTW, that is a cupcake from Starring Rolls in your intro, isn't it?! I've never had one but I've been eying them for a while now and they are on my must-do list next trip!
Hey Nikki! I started working on the first installment last night and started crying so hard that I had to stop. I have a feeling that's going to be happening a lot.

Yep, it's the Red Velvet Cheesecake cupcake from Starring Rolls! Omg that thing was DELICIOUS. I definitely recommend it.
I'm here! I'm here!
Hi, Tink! Thanks for coming along!
Okay I've DE-LURKED just for you Kara :goodvibes I'm along for the ride. Now going back to read :surfweb:
Awesome. Thanks for de-lurking! :upsidedow
I'm in! Can't wait for more! :thumbsup2
Welcome!!! Thanks for joining me!
First, let me say how sorry I am to hear about Riley. It's never easy losing a pet. I lost my "Gracie" last year and it was more like losing a member of my family.
Second, :thumbsup2 you're back in the world! A belated Happy Birthday:bday: to you. That huge muffin/cup cake you are eating in the first picture looks absolutely delicious. Is it red velvet?
I'm looking forward to hearing all about this year's trip.
Thank you. It definitely feels like we've lost a member of the family. I'm so sorry about your Gracie, as well. :hug:

Yep, it's the Red Velvet Cheesecake cupcake from Starring Rolls at the Studios. It was DELISH. Two thumbs up from me!

MarieTheCat24
07-16-2011, 11:35 AM
I'm here!! Again, I'm so sorry about your dog:goodvibes but I'm excited to read about your trip! :)
Yay! Welcome! And thank you!
Yes, I made it to the first page!
WOOOHOOOO! Welcome, Yuki!
I'm here, of course! :goodvibes I can't wait to read all about this trip as well! I hope it's not too sad.. but I may shed a tear :( Wow, these trip reports are just like novels.

And I agree about writing TRs being a calling in life... seriously I'd rather do that than go to college. Why can't we just get paid for material like this!? :lmao:

I'm excited for your food reviews... that Red Velvet cupcake looks fantastic! (i've never had one before! that needs to change!)

Can't wait for the trip to begin! :yay:
Hey Jess! There will be some sad moments, but I promise that it won't be all sad. I'm far too humorous a person for complete and total sadness. I mean, even when I'm crying hysterically I tend to be cracking jokes and laughing about something.

Definitely get the cupcake next time you're there. You won't regret it. :thumbsup2
I'm in!

So sorry about your dog. :( I totally know how that feels. I've grown up with pets (aka dogs) my whole life and when my first dog died it was awful. I wasn't in the most magical place on Earth when it happened, I wish I was, but I want to see how it helped in certain ways. I may shed a tear then :'(

Moving away from the sad stuff, I can't wait to read about the celebratory aspects of this TR, since it was your birthday and I'm (hopefully) going for my 16th next spring :goodvibes I'm hoping this will help in some way, especially with all those ADRs and being there 4th of July weekend :goodvibes

Can't wait to read all about your trip! :mickeyjum
Welcome!

There were many pro's (and con's) to it happening while at WDW. Obviously, there isn't an ideal place to be when your dog passes away, but at least I had a bunch of things/people/food around to distract me. :rotfl:

Oooo, I really hope you get to go for your birthday next spring! Birthdays at WDW are AMAZING. (Except for the rare case in which your dog dies. ;))
I'm here! I spent hours last night reading your last TR so im excited about this one. Im soo sorry to hear about your dog :( I can't wait to read some more :yay:
Welcome! Thanks for reading my last TR and thanks for joining me here!
I'm in! I read you're last TR and loved it, but I never got a chance to comment. I'm so sorry about you're dog. I've never had a pet outside of a tank or cage, but I understand the sadness. You're birthday is right before mine :goodvibes. Cause mine was on Sunday (the 10th). Anyways, I'm looking forward to more!
Aw, thank you! And thanks for joining in on this one!

Happy Belated Birthday!!!! :dance3:

MarieTheCat24
07-16-2011, 11:43 AM
Hi there! I lurked on your PTR, so I thought I'd officially join your TR! I'm so sorry about your dog:sad1: I lost my dog that I grew up with about 3 years ago, he was like a little brother to me, so I know how you feel. Hopefully your trip was still fun though, and I can't wait to hear about your adventures!
Hi! Thanks for de-lurking and coming along for the ride! :yay:
im so sorry about your dog i my do just passed away this past tuesday it was the worst thing ever i couldnt go two minutes without crying (still really cant) so i cant imagine being at disney when it happened but i cant wait to read the trip report i followed you on twitter so i know some stuff but cant wait to read in detail.
OH MY GOSH, I'm so sorry about your dog, girl. :hug: It's been like a week and a half since Riley passed and I still find myself bursting into tears as well. I just try to remind myself that even though he's no longer with me, he's in a better place. We'll never know exactly what happened to him, but, since he died so suddenly, I'm assuming something went seriously wrong, so I'm just glad he's no longer in pain. It would have killed me to see him suffer.
I am a longtime lurker of your TR's.....joining in on this one! Can't wait to hear all about it! :yay:
Aw, thanks for de-lurking and joining in! :goodvibes

Disneyfreak616
07-16-2011, 02:16 PM
Hey Kara! I'm in! I love the food you are eating in the intro picture. YUM. :love:

Katie and Wade are too cute! :goodvibes

I can't wait to hear all about your trip, good times and bad. :hug:

Tracy161
07-16-2011, 08:16 PM
I'm in and am positive I'll be laughing and crying along with you as I read this TR!!! :hug:

I think a career as a professional trip planner is most definitely your calling and I'm behind you 100%!!! :thumbsup2 I may be your first hire! ;)

wdwgirl03
07-17-2011, 09:21 AM
Also joining in. I followed along with your last TR too (well, most of it until I became a DIS slacker...).

princessallie
07-17-2011, 10:20 AM
I read your entire trip report from 2010, it was reccomended to me that I do! You have a great writing style. I could see why you are/were a journalism major. All your idiosyncrasies are sort of amusing :) I'm definitely in for this TR, can't wait for more!

MarieTheCat24
07-17-2011, 12:04 PM
Hey Kara! I'm in! I love the food you are eating in the intro picture. YUM. :love:

Katie and Wade are too cute! :goodvibes

I can't wait to hear all about your trip, good times and bad. :hug:
Hey Kristen! Thanks for coming along. So, you're going to be in WDW in like a week? Are you freaking out yet? :cool1:
I'm in and am positive I'll be laughing and crying along with you as I read this TR!!! :hug:

I think a career as a professional trip planner is most definitely your calling and I'm behind you 100%!!! :thumbsup2 I may be your first hire! ;)
Aw, thanks! I think I would make an excellent trip planner. Or even one of those people who gives famous/rich people personal tours of WDW. How do I get that job? Hmmm...
Also joining in. I followed along with your last TR too (well, most of it until I became a DIS slacker...).
Thanks, girl! I've been meaning to catch up on your TR. Now that I'm back (and in an all-out Disney mood) I'll definitely do that. :thumbsup2
I read your entire trip report from 2010, it was reccomended to me that I do! You have a great writing style. I could see why you are/were a journalism major. All your idiosyncrasies are sort of amusing :) I'm definitely in for this TR, can't wait for more!
Thank you! And thanks for joining in! :goodvibes

MarieTheCat24
07-17-2011, 12:39 PM
JULY 1ST & JULY 2ND PART ONE: “On the Road Again,” “Life is a Highway,” and the Million Other Songs about Driving
Seriously, why are there so many songs about driving?

There are many other much more glamorous modes of transportation out there that deserve songs. Like, why aren’t there more songs about riding dolphins? Or riding around Coronado Springs on a unicycle? [Before you even ask, YES, we saw someone riding a unicycle around CSR. I would’ve taken a picture, but I was in shock.] Or bouncing to school on your moonshoes?

Yeah, I’m still upset I never had a pair of those as a kid. Life is so unfair….

Anyway, as most of you already know (and as the rest of you are about to find out) we are those crazy people you oft hear about who cram the car full of stuff (leaving barely enough room for our bodies) and drive 17-ish hours down to Florida (not necessarily WDW) every year since I was born. So that makes this trip number 21 for me. Minus the one year we flew. Plus the year I came down in April with my high school orchestra. So I’m still at 21.

That’s a lot of time spent staring out the car window.

Our plan for this trip was to leave after Mom got out of work on Friday July 1st, drive until it got really dark, spend the night wherever we may be, wake up at the crack of dawn the next day, finish the drive into Orlando, and stay offsite for the night before checking into Coronado Springs the next morning. I thought it was a pretty solid plan. Then, about two weeks before the trip, Mom got word that her whole office only had to work a half day on the 1st, so we could leave earlier. That meant that we would get farther on the first day, and that we would arrive in Orlando earlier on the second day.

Because sitting in an offsite hotel while fun is happening right near me is not my idea of fun, I immediately suggested that we spend the evening at Downtown Disney. I mean, what better way to ring in a Disney trip than by spending a ton of money on souvenirs before even hitting the parks? My parents were cool with it, so I quickly made reservations for dinner at T-Rex, and our new plan was in place.

Oh, I should also mention that when it was decided that Wade would be joining us, it was also decided that Katie and Wade would fly down to MCO. Cramming 5 people PLUS piles of random stuff into our car would’ve been absolutely miserable. Katie was ecstatic because she despises our road trips. She will literally complain the entire trip. “When are we gonna get there?” “Why are there only ever trees along the highway? Why not put up something cool to look at?” “When are we gonna stop for food?” “Why are you making us listen to the XM On Broadway station?” “Why is the car so cold?” “Why is West Virginia so mountainous? I hate mountains.” Not gonna lie, I think my parents were a bit ecstatic about the decision to put Katie on a plane as well.

On the morning of our departure day, we all woke up at the crack of dawn. Dad drove Mom to work while Katie and I finished some last minute packing. We were taking Katie and Wade’s luggage down with us so they wouldn’t have to pay to check them on the plane. I had gotten the bulk of my packing done the night before, but there were still some little things that needed to get thrown into bags. When Dad got back, we (well, mostly he) packed the car and tidied up the house. I attempted to eat breakfast but wound up pushing yogurt around because I was way too excited to eat. Instead, I posted on the DIS, read the newspaper, scrolled through Tumblr, and watched the Cleveland episode of 30 Rock on Netflix. It never fails to make me laugh. For God’s sakes, Lemon, we’d all like to flee to the Cleve, and club up at the Flats, and have lunch with Little Richard, but we fight those urges. :rotfl:

After I laughed myself silly, I decided to show Riley a little love. We ran around the house together for a bit playing with one of his favorite toys - a little stuffed football. When Dad came and told me it was time to leave, I showered him with hugs and kisses. He hated hugs (he never liked being restrained) but I always hugged him anyway. My last words to him were “Be good for Aunt Karen (who was dogsitting for us) and we’ll be back soon!” That wound up being our last moment together. I guess it was fitting. I’m never good at big emotional goodbyes because I’m usually crying too hard to say anything meaningful. I know that he knew how much I loved him. I just wish I would’ve hugged him a few more times. I mean, I’d give just about anything to hug him again right now. :sad1:

Then, it was FINALLY time to hit the road. Dad and I drove Downtown, picked up Mom, got on I-77 and headed south. The ride was uneventful. I did win our ‘The First Person to Spot a Cow Gets Five Bucks’ competition though so that was exciting. And, at the McDonald’s we stopped at for lunch, they accidentally gave me a half-strawberry/half-chocolate milkshake. I didn’t realize it at first and I was like “Why are there chunks in my chocolate!?!” Then, I turned the cup around and saw this…
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/001.jpg
There is clearly strawberry at the bottom. Lame.

Here are some of the sights we saw on Day One:
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Hills covered in trees.

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Another hill covered in trees.

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A bunch of hills covered in trees. Exciting stuff.

We decided to stop in North Carolina around 8. After we checked into our motel, we ran over and got some dinner at the Bob Evans next door. It wasn’t Disney food, but it was food and that was all that mattered to me at that point. When we headed back to our room, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Indians/Reds game was being shown on TV. Why a hotel in NC had Fox Sports Ohio is beyond me. But I accepted it because I am a die-hard Indians fan and I’ll watch a game any chance I get. Even if I have to suffer through the other team’s announcers.
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As you can see, the ceiling in our room was insanely high. I’m not entirely sure why, but it was. Our voices echoed a bit. Dad joked that they should’ve built bunk beds 4 levels high instead of giving us two queen beds. They definitely had the room.

Surprisingly, I didn’t have any trouble falling asleep that night. I kinda figured that I would because, well, we would be at Disney the next day, duh, but I didn’t. I don’t think Mom or Dad did either.

The next morning, we woke up bright and early and got back on the road. Again, it wasn’t very eventful. Just your average drive. Around noon, we passed this guy…
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I distinctly remember that "Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)" by the true King of Pop, Aaron Carter (lol), came up on shuffle right as we crossed into Florida. I found it extremely fitting and proceeded to jam out in the backseat. And that, my friends, is the first late 90s/early 00s music reference of this TR. There will be many many more. This could make an excellent drinking game if you’re into that sort of thing. Also, because I am me, I strongly suggest listening to each song right after I mention them. Here, I even went and got a Youtube link for y’all. MUSICAL GENIUS RIGHT THIS WAY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0p3jn7ODuc)

Now, let’s all take 3 minutes and 24 seconds to bust out some sweet moves and bask in this musical greatness…

NA NA NA NA. NA NA NA NA. NA NA NA NA. Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah…

We stopped at a Burger King (because who wants to eat McDonald’s two days in a row?) about an hour outside of Orlando to get some food. The line for the drivethrough was INSANE. Like, it backed out into the street. While we were waiting, I snapped this shot of Florida grass.
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Florida grass never fails to fascinate me. I mean, it's just so much bigger and thicker than the grass I'm used to.

After we FINALLY got our food, we got back on the road, and it wasn’t too long before we passed through Downtown Orlando!
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Of course, right after we passed through the city, we got stuck in traffic. Ugh. Disney was so close and yet so far. The universe is SUCH a tease.
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There was a bit more traffic right around Universal, but after that, it was clear all the way to Disney. We got off I-4 at the exit to our hotel for the night which, as you can see, was right across the street from Disney property.
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I'm pretty certain that heaven's gates will look a lot like those puppies.

Mom checked us in and we headed to our room for a quick nap. I snapped a couple shots of the room before everyone collapsed into bed.
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Who doesn’t love a room with a black and white photo of Epcot hanging on the wall? I couldn't help but wonder how funny/weird/random it would be if I found myself in the photo. Like, I'd just be checking in like a normal guest, going to my room, lying down in bed, and then BAM it's me! How weird would that be?

Then, I turned on the TV and, as I tweeted, quickly found out that:
THIS HOTEL HAS STACEY! THANK YOU JESUS! #itsallwham 2:11 PM Jul 2nd via txt

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“Are you dizzy yet?”

Oh, Stacey, I missed you so much. :worship:

UP NEXT: DOWNTOWN DISNEY

NikkiLovesWDW!
07-17-2011, 01:11 PM
Yup....already cried.....


But glad you moved on so seamlessly to the rest of your TR. I like your cow-spotting game. :lmao: And I could quote Stacy all day long!

Disneyfreak508
07-17-2011, 01:35 PM
Hahaha oh my gosh I can not even explain to you how much I missed your trip reports!!! Yay thank God!

Hahaha that whole little explanation of Katie on a roadtrip had me laughing out loud :rotfl: That's SO hilarious. I would probably be like that if I was in a bad mood. hahaha so funny! Lucky girl got to fly down, yay!

I literally started tearing up about your goodbye to Riley. That just broke my heart :( I actually had a dream about my dog dying last night :( (well actually this morning.) It was so sad! I think I was probably thinking about your dog and then that was the result. Wahh :(

I did listen to your youtube link while i finished up the rest of the update. It gave me some nice background music.

Speaking of 90's... do you like Boy Meets World? Because it's currently my new obsession. Just saying.

LOL to the Epcot picture thought. So true, right? I really am surprised I've never found myself on a Disney advertisement. LIke seriously, how many times do you have to go before you get your moment to shine on one of those things!? And how do those 4 year olds on the front of the park maps get their jobs?! THESE are the questions that haunt me....

Okay well.... that's all I have for now. Can't wait for the next update :banana: YAY!

PlutosRHM55
07-17-2011, 03:33 PM
Awww... this chapter had me started off all sad. Your goodbye was just so adorable, I can only... AWWWWW... Reminds me of how I was the one who found my old dog in bad shape the day she was put down :sad1: But it's so sweet to see you give all that love to her. I think that was just enough. (: Alright, I just had to get the sad part over with, now on with the happy stuff! :thumbsup2

LOL @ the comment about Unicycles. I wish I could've seen that. I mean just a random unicycle that would be so hilarious! (:

I'm still befuddled by the fact they gave you a mixed chocolate and strawberry shake. I don't think I've ever tasted a concoction like that. And that whole thing about "chunks" made it sound even more unappetizing. *shivers* You'll just have to remember not get a shake from that McDonald's ever again ;)

The ceiling in that first hotel was definitely way too high. I totally agree with your dad on getting an double-sized bunk-bed. I mean, it could totally work in that room :thumbsup2

WOOT! Finally in Florida and seriously, Aaron Carter? Sorry not big fan, but I'm a huge MJ fan, so I would probably rant about how he is better than Aaron Carter, but... I'm nice like that. But that song totally did fit how I would probably feel if I arrived in Florida. PARTAY! :goodvibes

LOL @ your comment about the Holy Land Experience. I mean, seriously, who doesn't want to see that? ;)

Love the room you got to stay in! I think when an offsite has Stacy and a picture of EPCOT it must be worth a day of a Disney trip ::yes:: And I agree about seeing yourself in pictures in hotel rooms. It would be so totally awesome if that happened. I would just go berserk!

Can't wait to read about your little DTD trip! :mickeyjum

mom2munchkins
07-17-2011, 03:58 PM
I'm in as a fellow Tribe fan I can't help but be in.:rotfl: So sorry about your puppy. I lost mine in January. I completely know how you feel. I was not home when he passed.

Vwdiva93
07-17-2011, 06:36 PM
I don't think I've ever read a more heart breaking TR! I can tell you really loved your dog, and at least you had a good last moment together:)

Was the chocolate/strawberry milkshake actually good? Haha I bet it was an interesting combo...

Oh my gosh Aaron Carter, I definitely grew up with his music! lol He was so adorable back then.

And yay for getting to Disney! Your hotel room looked nice, including the random Epcot picture! :laughing:

MarieTheCat24
07-17-2011, 08:21 PM
Yup....already cried.....


But glad you moved on so seamlessly to the rest of your TR. I like your cow-spotting game. :lmao: And I could quote Stacy all day long!
She's just so darn quotable! :)

Yeah, I'm trying not to dwell too much on the sadness, both in real life and in my TR. There's still a part of me that's quite upset, but I can't let that overshadow the fact that we did have a lot of fun.
Hahaha oh my gosh I can not even explain to you how much I missed your trip reports!!! Yay thank God!

Hahaha that whole little explanation of Katie on a roadtrip had me laughing out loud :rotfl: That's SO hilarious. I would probably be like that if I was in a bad mood. hahaha so funny! Lucky girl got to fly down, yay!

I literally started tearing up about your goodbye to Riley. That just broke my heart :( I actually had a dream about my dog dying last night :( (well actually this morning.) It was so sad! I think I was probably thinking about your dog and then that was the result. Wahh :(

I did listen to your youtube link while i finished up the rest of the update. It gave me some nice background music.

Speaking of 90's... do you like Boy Meets World? Because it's currently my new obsession. Just saying.

LOL to the Epcot picture thought. So true, right? I really am surprised I've never found myself on a Disney advertisement. LIke seriously, how many times do you have to go before you get your moment to shine on one of those things!? And how do those 4 year olds on the front of the park maps get their jobs?! THESE are the questions that haunt me....

Okay well.... that's all I have for now. Can't wait for the next update :banana: YAY!
Aw thanks, Jess! :hug:

The funny thing is that I kinda missed Katie's incessant barrage of questions and complaints. The car was a heck of a lot quieter than normal. :laughing:

Oh no! I hope my TR didn't cause your awful dream! A few years ago, I started having dreams about Riley dying right after my best friend's dog died. I'd wake up in the middle of the night crying hysterically. It was horrible.

Of course I love Boy Meets World! In my opinion, it's one of the greatest television shows of ALL TIME. It's so entertaining! Eric's "Good-looking Guy" theme song is pretty much my favorite thing ever.

When a crime breaks out, all the cute girls shout, "Get the GOOD-LOOKING GUY!"

EXACTLY. I mean, I don't have to be the new Stacey or anything (though that would be nice) but why have I never appeared in the background of ANY of their promotional materials? Maybe if we called and complained they'd let us. :rotfl:
Awww... this chapter had me started off all sad. Your goodbye was just so adorable, I can only... AWWWWW... Reminds me of how I was the one who found my old dog in bad shape the day she was put down :sad1: But it's so sweet to see you give all that love to her. I think that was just enough. (: Alright, I just had to get the sad part over with, now on with the happy stuff! :thumbsup2

LOL @ the comment about Unicycles. I wish I could've seen that. I mean just a random unicycle that would be so hilarious! (:

I'm still befuddled by the fact they gave you a mixed chocolate and strawberry shake. I don't think I've ever tasted a concoction like that. And that whole thing about "chunks" made it sound even more unappetizing. *shivers* You'll just have to remember not get a shake from that McDonald's ever again ;)

The ceiling in that first hotel was definitely way too high. I totally agree with your dad on getting an double-sized bunk-bed. I mean, it could totally work in that room :thumbsup2

WOOT! Finally in Florida and seriously, Aaron Carter? Sorry not big fan, but I'm a huge MJ fan, so I would probably rant about how he is better than Aaron Carter, but... I'm nice like that. But that song totally did fit how I would probably feel if I arrived in Florida. PARTAY! :goodvibes

LOL @ your comment about the Holy Land Experience. I mean, seriously, who doesn't want to see that? ;)

Love the room you got to stay in! I think when an offsite has Stacy and a picture of EPCOT it must be worth a day of a Disney trip ::yes:: And I agree about seeing yourself in pictures in hotel rooms. It would be so totally awesome if that happened. I would just go berserk!

Can't wait to read about your little DTD trip! :mickeyjum
Seeing Random Unicycle Guy was easily one of my most bizarre Disney experiences. I genuinely could not believe what I was seeing.

See, I think I might have actually enjoyed the chocolate/strawberry mixture if that is what I had ordered. I mean, I love chocolate-covered strawberries so it's kinda the same thing. But because I was not prepared for it, I was disgusted. That probably makes no sense, but I have weird food logic. :laughing:

I was totally kidding about Aaron Carter being better than Michael Jackson. MJ's the best. I've been a dancer my whole life and his moves (and music) are just so inspiring. More often than not, I watch his music videos and performances with my jaw on the ground. That said, I will always have an attachment to late 90s/early 00s pop music. It was cheesy as all get out, but I have so many fond memories. Also, *NSYNC is one of the greatest musical groups of all time and no one will ever be able to convince me otherwise. :upsidedow

MarieTheCat24
07-17-2011, 08:27 PM
I'm in as a fellow Tribe fan I can't help but be in.:rotfl: So sorry about your puppy. I lost mine in January. I completely know how you feel. I was not home when he passed.
YAY! A fellow Tribe fan!

I'm so sorry about your dog. I feel like so many people have lost their dogs this year. It's so sad. :sad1:
I don't think I've ever read a more heart breaking TR! I can tell you really loved your dog, and at least you had a good last moment together:)

Was the chocolate/strawberry milkshake actually good? Haha I bet it was an interesting combo...

Oh my gosh Aaron Carter, I definitely grew up with his music! lol He was so adorable back then.

And yay for getting to Disney! Your hotel room looked nice, including the random Epcot picture! :laughing:
Yeah, we definitely had a good last time together. I'm kinda glad everything worked out this way because our last moments weren't sad. It was just me and him, a girl and her dog, doing what we would normally do.

I think if I hadn't been expecting a plain chocolate milkshake, I might have actually liked the chocolate/strawberry combination. I was weirded out because it wasn't at all what I expected, but it didn't taste horrible.

princessallie
07-17-2011, 09:42 PM
I have no clue how you manage those roadtrips! I give you serious credit. Stacy = a must. She's my idol. And I'm very very very sorry about your dog :( I know what it's like to lose a pet on a Disney vacation. I'm giving you a virtual hug right now. As long as you don't mind them from strangers :)

heaven2dc
07-17-2011, 10:11 PM
Loving your TR! So sad to hear about your doggy :( It's tough to continue having a good time on vacation when you get bad news during your trip.

I've never driven to WDW - well not since our long trek from Oregon to FL in 1994. I lived for 7 years near Wheeling, WV which is in northern WV across the Ohio River and loved those scenic hills whenever we took a short trip somewhere (but they DO get monotonous after several hours - I swore when we moved to VA and traveling down 95 that the trees here were so much taller than even in WV lol). I don't know what hotel you stayed at on your first night but the room looks really nice and beds comfy. I will keep that in mind next trip if we decide to fly down later in the day.

I was enjoying your pics as you drove through Orlando and recognized the Courthouse where Casey Anthony's trial was held! You drove right past it, took a pic during the weekend before her trial was over. (sorry to mention that if it bothers you...I have been following this case for 3 years and got way to wrapped up in it!) There's another thread on here discussing her so I don't want to start chatting about that on your thread and keep us focused on your great TR!!

Disneyfreak508
07-17-2011, 10:39 PM
Aw thanks, Jess! :hug:

The funny thing is that I kinda missed Katie's incessant barrage of questions and complaints. The car was a heck of a lot quieter than normal. :laughing:

Oh no! I hope my TR didn't cause your awful dream! A few years ago, I started having dreams about Riley dying right after my best friend's dog died. I'd wake up in the middle of the night crying hysterically. It was horrible.

Of course I love Boy Meets World! In my opinion, it's one of the greatest television shows of ALL TIME. It's so entertaining! Eric's "Good-looking Guy" theme song is pretty much my favorite thing ever.

When a crime breaks out, all the cute girls shout, "Get the GOOD-LOOKING GUY!"

EXACTLY. I mean, I don't have to be the new Stacey or anything (though that would be nice) but why have I never appeared in the background of ANY of their promotional materials? Maybe if we called and complained they'd let us. :rotfl:

You're very welcome! :goodvibes

And hahaha understandable! There are somethings you can't live with and can't live without :rolleyes:

Aww I probably just felt so bad that it was in my subconciousness!

Well actually... if you were wondering.. (here i go rambling...!) the dream was that my family got a boat. And then this guy decided he wanted to take the boat for a ride. And he was a bad man (which we didn't know). And my dog was on the boat, and we thought he would be fine and he could just go for a ride. But the guy ended up sinking our boat (on purpose!)... so I thought that my dog died when that happened! But then I I found out later in the dream that the bad man brought my dog somewhere safe, so he was alive, so I guess at least he was that considerate. :laughing: hahahaha that's a very interesting dream now that I'm looking back on it. :lmao:

And oh no that's SO sad. I hate bad dreams :sad1: wahh. Riley. </3 :( will you eventually post a picture of him on your TR? because he sounds like he was an AMAZING dog.

And HAHAHAHAHA oh my gosh I LOVE that you just said that! Kristen, me and my friend Alicia watched that one together and we were singing it. SO FUNNY! "Good lookin' guyyy!" We've been having sleepovers for the sole reason of watching Boy Meets World. We LOVE the Feeny Call. "F-F-F-FEEEEENY!" haha yesss :thumbsup2

And LOL you, me, and Kristen should write into Disney and be hired to be in Disney advertisments. Because honestly, with our enthusiasm all combined, we'd draw more guests to Disney World than ever before! :yay:

Disneyfreak616
07-17-2011, 11:36 PM
Hey Kristen! Thanks for coming along. So, you're going to be in WDW in like a week? Are you freaking out yet? :cool1:

YEAH I am!!! :banana: It hasn't completely hit me yet, but once I make my packing list and make some last minute plans tomorrow, I will be in full freak-out mode. :thumbsup2

And can I say that this TR is already brilliant. I'm lovingg it.

I've always been terrified of riding a unicycle. :rotfl: But I have to admit, the moonshoes thing would be SO fun.

We drive down to Disney with my mom every year too, so I totally get what you mean. I love it though. :goodvibes

Yeah yeah for making a last minute T-REX ADR. You go girl!

HAHAHAHA it's funny because Jess' mom LOVES the Broadway station. How precious your family seems. Katie should enjoy the confined space and quality family bonding time. :lmao:

I really give you a lot of credit because people like me and Jess would be the ones to eat twice as much as usual because we're so excited. :laughing:

I am so sorry about Riley, really. You just made me leave the computer and go give my dog a hug. Thanks for helping me appreciate her. :hug:

I need to inaugurate the cow-spotting contest into my familys' road trip traditions. Thanks! I'm totally gonna win.

Weird about the strawberries in there...hmmm...somebody was a little hungover on the job... LOL. And those tress on the hills may be the most beautiful ones I've ever seen. Just lovely.

And thank you for your musical inspiration. :)

I have always noticed that Florida grass is so much WIDER than non-Florida grass. And very uncomfortable to lay down on.

I never tell my parents about the Holy Land experience. Because they would totally go. Actually my mom wouldn't. But my stepdad would be like "yeah that would be neat" or something. HAHA frump.

I'm pretty sure that heaven's gates ARE those puppies. :wizard:

Aww yayy for the pic of Epcot. What a nice touch. :goodvibes

YAYYY FOR STACY!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship: Thank the lord. What a great way to kick off your trip. :woohoo:

MarieTheCat24
07-18-2011, 11:48 AM
I have no clue how you manage those roadtrips! I give you serious credit. Stacy = a must. She's my idol. And I'm very very very sorry about your dog :( I know what it's like to lose a pet on a Disney vacation. I'm giving you a virtual hug right now. As long as you don't mind them from strangers :)
The road trips really aren't that bad. I'm so used to them at this point that flying would probably seem like a big hassle. LOL.

Aw, I can never refuse a hug, no matter who it's coming from. :)
Loving your TR! So sad to hear about your doggy :( It's tough to continue having a good time on vacation when you get bad news during your trip.

I've never driven to WDW - well not since our long trek from Oregon to FL in 1994. I lived for 7 years near Wheeling, WV which is in northern WV across the Ohio River and loved those scenic hills whenever we took a short trip somewhere (but they DO get monotonous after several hours - I swore when we moved to VA and traveling down 95 that the trees here were so much taller than even in WV lol). I don't know what hotel you stayed at on your first night but the room looks really nice and beds comfy. I will keep that in mind next trip if we decide to fly down later in the day.

I was enjoying your pics as you drove through Orlando and recognized the Courthouse where Casey Anthony's trial was held! You drove right past it, took a pic during the weekend before her trial was over. (sorry to mention that if it bothers you...I have been following this case for 3 years and got way to wrapped up in it!) There's another thread on here discussing her so I don't want to start chatting about that on your thread and keep us focused on your great TR!!
Exactly. The hills actually are quite beautiful, but after a while it's just like "OK, anything else?"

Our Orlando hotel is a Courtyard Mariott. I looked it up and it's official title is "Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre." What a mouthful...

I wasn't too wrapped up in the Casey Anthony trial, but I knew enough to know that the verdict could come down while we were at Disney. I kept joking to my parents that I'd rather skip Disney and go wait outside the courthouse to meet Nancy Grace. The verdict actually came down on my birthday while we were at the pool at CSR. We overheard a group of people discussing. When we came back to the room, it was all over the local channels. The reporters were all dumbfounded. It felt so strange to know that all that pandemonium was happening so close to us.
You're very welcome! :goodvibes

And hahaha understandable! There are somethings you can't live with and can't live without :rolleyes:

Aww I probably just felt so bad that it was in my subconciousness!

Well actually... if you were wondering.. (here i go rambling...!) the dream was that my family got a boat. And then this guy decided he wanted to take the boat for a ride. And he was a bad man (which we didn't know). And my dog was on the boat, and we thought he would be fine and he could just go for a ride. But the guy ended up sinking our boat (on purpose!)... so I thought that my dog died when that happened! But then I I found out later in the dream that the bad man brought my dog somewhere safe, so he was alive, so I guess at least he was that considerate. :laughing: hahahaha that's a very interesting dream now that I'm looking back on it. :lmao:

And oh no that's SO sad. I hate bad dreams :sad1: wahh. Riley. </3 :( will you eventually post a picture of him on your TR? because he sounds like he was an AMAZING dog.

And HAHAHAHAHA oh my gosh I LOVE that you just said that! Kristen, me and my friend Alicia watched that one together and we were singing it. SO FUNNY! "Good lookin' guyyy!" We've been having sleepovers for the sole reason of watching Boy Meets World. We LOVE the Feeny Call. "F-F-F-FEEEEENY!" haha yesss :thumbsup2

And LOL you, me, and Kristen should write into Disney and be hired to be in Disney advertisments. Because honestly, with our enthusiasm all combined, we'd draw more guests to Disney World than ever before! :yay:
I haven't posted a picture yet because I didn't think I had any on my laptop and I've been hesitant to start looking through photo albums for fear of completely losing it, but I double checked my laptop and found this one. His eyes look weird from the flash, and this was taken a few years ago, so his fur had gotten a little bit more grey, but here's Riley.
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OMG Boy Meets World sleepovers? And I thought you guys couldn't get any more awesome...
YEAH I am!!! :banana: It hasn't completely hit me yet, but once I make my packing list and make some last minute plans tomorrow, I will be in full freak-out mode. :thumbsup2

And can I say that this TR is already brilliant. I'm lovingg it.

I've always been terrified of riding a unicycle. :rotfl: But I have to admit, the moonshoes thing would be SO fun.

We drive down to Disney with my mom every year too, so I totally get what you mean. I love it though. :goodvibes

Yeah yeah for making a last minute T-REX ADR. You go girl!

HAHAHAHA it's funny because Jess' mom LOVES the Broadway station. How precious your family seems. Katie should enjoy the confined space and quality family bonding time. :lmao:

I really give you a lot of credit because people like me and Jess would be the ones to eat twice as much as usual because we're so excited. :laughing:

I am so sorry about Riley, really. You just made me leave the computer and go give my dog a hug. Thanks for helping me appreciate her. :hug:

I need to inaugurate the cow-spotting contest into my familys' road trip traditions. Thanks! I'm totally gonna win.

Weird about the strawberries in there...hmmm...somebody was a little hungover on the job... LOL. And those tress on the hills may be the most beautiful ones I've ever seen. Just lovely.

And thank you for your musical inspiration. :)

I have always noticed that Florida grass is so much WIDER than non-Florida grass. And very uncomfortable to lay down on.

I never tell my parents about the Holy Land experience. Because they would totally go. Actually my mom wouldn't. But my stepdad would be like "yeah that would be neat" or something. HAHA frump.

I'm pretty sure that heaven's gates ARE those puppies. :wizard:

Aww yayy for the pic of Epcot. What a nice touch. :goodvibes

YAYYY FOR STACY!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship: Thank the lord. What a great way to kick off your trip. :woohoo:
Thanks Kristen!

Unicycles scare me too. I have absolutely no idea how people don't just fall off them.

Clearly my parents and Jess' mom would get along quite well. The Broadway station is pretty much all they listen to. I enjoy it too, but not for 17 straight hours. LOL. I need a little variety.

It's weird. When I'm actually at Disney, I get so excited and I start eating everything in sight. But when we're driving down, I'm way too excited to eat.

You absolutely must start playing the Cow-Spotting Game with your family. It is a thriller. Also, if everyone else isn't really paying that much attention and the car is kinda quiet, you can scare the bejeezus out of them by SCREAMING that you saw a cow. That's what I did and it made victory even sweeter.

Exactly! Florida grass is just so big that I have to be suspicious of it. Why is it so large and waxy? What is it trying to hide? And now I'm reminded of Mean Girls. "That's why her hair is so big, it's full of secrets."

disneylovin24
07-18-2011, 11:59 AM
Just found your TR, I enjoyed catching up on it so far.

Drives to Disney are definetely filled with trees on hills and more trees on hills:laughing:

My family used to always hit traffic on I4 right after Orlando, that's why we started taking 417 around Orlando. Yeah, it's alittle bit longer and a toll road but it takes you around the traffic.

Can't wait to read more! Your rooms look really nice.

tinkgurl
07-18-2011, 12:46 PM
You know we always drive to WDW too. It's that one thing me and you have in common!

I love arrival days! Seeing those WDW gates is like hearing the angels sing. :laughing:

That Epcot pic in your hotel room looks neat in black and white!

Stacey!!!! I miss her! Seriously, it's all we watch on tv when we're in the room.

Tracy161
07-18-2011, 03:24 PM
:hug::hug: Riley = adorable!!! :hug::hug:

mom2munchkins
07-18-2011, 04:39 PM
Aww what sweet face puppy.I know how it just when you think you've got it under control something happens and sends you reeling. I was doing good until the vet sent me a card with my Huckleberry's paw prints inside.

MarieTheCat24
07-18-2011, 04:41 PM
Just found your TR, I enjoyed catching up on it so far.

Drives to Disney are definetely filled with trees on hills and more trees on hills:laughing:

My family used to always hit traffic on I4 right after Orlando, that's why we started taking 417 around Orlando. Yeah, it's alittle bit longer and a toll road but it takes you around the traffic.

Can't wait to read more! Your rooms look really nice.
Thanks for joining in!

This was only our second experience with real traffic in Orlando. A few years ago there was a huge accident that had us sitting on I4 for, like, 45 minutes. I guess we've just gotten really lucky most of the time.
You know we always drive to WDW too. It's that one thing me and you have in common!

I love arrival days! Seeing those WDW gates is like hearing the angels sing. :laughing:

That Epcot pic in your hotel room looks neat in black and white!

Stacey!!!! I miss her! Seriously, it's all we watch on tv when we're in the room.
HIGH-FIVE, FELLOW DISNEY ROAD TRIPPER! :thumbsup2

Yeah, I thought it was a really creative way of adding a dash of Disney to the room. Usually they just hang up some weird painting of flowers, a river, or the countryside, so I was glad to see something Disney in a non-Disney hotel. It definitely helped ease some of the 'WHY DO WE HAVE TO STAY OFFSITE TONIGHT WHEN WDW IS RIGHT THERE?' feelings I was experiencing.

SAME. Well, I flip to ESPN every night to check the Indians' score, but, other than that, it's Stacey all the time.
:hug::hug: Riley = adorable!!! :hug::hug:
He was quite adorable, wasn't he? :) I sure do miss that (not so) little furball.

MarieTheCat24
07-18-2011, 04:45 PM
Aww what sweet face puppy.I know how it just when you think you've got it under control something happens and sends you reeling. I was doing good until the vet sent me a card with my Huckleberry's paw prints inside.
Aw, Huckleberry is an absolutely adorable name! :goodvibes

Our vet sent us a card too. Thankfully it didn't include Riley's paw prints or I would have cried even harder than I already was. But that is a really sweet thing for your vet to do. I'm sure the card makes for a nice little keepsake.

mom2munchkins
07-18-2011, 04:54 PM
Aw, Huckleberry is an absolutely adorable name! :goodvibes

Our vet sent us a card too. Thankfully it didn't include Riley's paw prints or I would have cried even harder than I already was. But that is a really sweet thing for your vet to do. I'm sure the card makes for a nice little keepsake.

He came with the name.We rescued him from a local shelter.The name fit him.
It is a nice keepsake but wow did I bawl when I opened it.

sue_88
07-18-2011, 05:10 PM
Really good start to your trip report! I will be superexcited for updates. Thank you for taking the time to share your trip.

jecskc
07-18-2011, 05:17 PM
I'm in for this one !! I loved your last TR. You make me laugh and who doesn't love to laugh ?? So sorry about your dog. It is hard to lose a pet. They become a part of the family. Not knowing the details, I feel bad for your Aunt Karen, too. How horrible for her to be on watch when he passed away. Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your witty commentary and seeing all of your wonderful photos. Oh, and the dining reviews !!

Disneyfreak616
07-18-2011, 07:41 PM
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Awww he's adorable. I'm so sorry. But treasure the years you had, because he looks like he would want everyone to be happy. :goodvibes

OMG Boy Meets World sleepovers? And I thought you guys couldn't get any more awesome...

I couldn't help but notice this...and yes we are in LOVE with that show. It's so great. I just can't get enough of the Feeny call. It's a beautiful thing, really. And I love Cory and Topanga. Like they are just SO CUTE! I love at their wedding when Cory goes: "Get him To-PANGAAAAA!!!" I dunno why but I say that literally ALL the time. I just think it's the funniest thing. :lmao:

Thanks Kristen!

Unicycles scare me too. I have absolutely no idea how people don't just fall off them.

Clearly my parents and Jess' mom would get along quite well. The Broadway station is pretty much all they listen to. I enjoy it too, but not for 17 straight hours. LOL. I need a little variety.

It's weird. When I'm actually at Disney, I get so excited and I start eating everything in sight. But when we're driving down, I'm way too excited to eat.

You absolutely must start playing the Cow-Spotting Game with your family. It is a thriller. Also, if everyone else isn't really paying that much attention and the car is kinda quiet, you can scare the bejeezus out of them by SCREAMING that you saw a cow. That's what I did and it made victory even sweeter.

Exactly! Florida grass is just so big that I have to be suspicious of it. Why is it so large and waxy? What is it trying to hide? And now I'm reminded of Mean Girls. "That's why her hair is so big, it's full of secrets."

I do both. I am just a little too obsessed with food for my own good. :p

Oh I will yell that I see a cow when my mom and sister are sound asleep. Which is bound to happen very quickly once we start the drive down actually. Oh yay I am really looking forward to this. :thumbsup2

HAHAHA Mean Girls. I need to watch that movie sometime soon, I haven't seen it in a whilee. But I love it to death. :laughing: But really I have NO idea why it's so big! It's really weird, it's always blown my mind. Is it like a southern thing? All the calling southerners fat and us scrawny!? If so, they've got it alllll wrong. :rotfl:

PlutosRHM55
07-18-2011, 08:42 PM
Seeing Random Unicycle Guy was easily one of my most bizarre Disney experiences. I genuinely could not believe what I was seeing.

See, I think I might have actually enjoyed the chocolate/strawberry mixture if that is what I had ordered. I mean, I love chocolate-covered strawberries so it's kinda the same thing. But because I was not prepared for it, I was disgusted. That probably makes no sense, but I have weird food logic. :laughing:

I was totally kidding about Aaron Carter being better than Michael Jackson. MJ's the best. I've been a dancer my whole life and his moves (and music) are just so inspiring. More often than not, I watch his music videos and performances with my jaw on the ground. That said, I will always have an attachment to late 90s/early 00s pop music. It was cheesy as all get out, but I have so many fond memories. Also, *NSYNC is one of the greatest musical groups of all time and no one will ever be able to convince me otherwise. :upsidedow

I'd be just slowly following him trying to take a picture, if that happened, that's how I role. LOL

LOL, yeah, well I think I understand. When you are expecting something else, it just isn't as appetizing, because you have cravings for another thing, not what's in front of you. Totally get it.

*DEEP BREATHE* Thank goodness! MJ is amazing! I mean, you can't get any more talented than that. It's just with that much talent it gets to your head and things turned for the worse and... well, you know, but I can see the attachment to the 90s early 00s. That was sorta around my time. Like I was born in the late 90s, but I was kinda pulled into all that 90s stuff, in the early 00s. Pokemon, Boy Bands, Old Disney Channel Shows, etc. I was there for all of it. I was of a many younger boys with a crush on Britney Spears hahaha Yeah, totally admitting it now. LOL

tinkgurl
07-18-2011, 09:09 PM
HIGH-FIVE, FELLOW DISNEY ROAD TRIPPER! :thumbsup2

Yeah, I thought it was a really creative way of adding a dash of Disney to the room. Usually they just hang up some weird painting of flowers, a river, or the countryside, so I was glad to see something Disney in a non-Disney hotel. It definitely helped ease some of the 'WHY DO WE HAVE TO STAY OFFSITE TONIGHT WHEN WDW IS RIGHT THERE?' feelings I was experiencing.

SAME. Well, I flip to ESPN every night to check the Indians' score, but, other than that, it's Stacey all the time.

:thumbsup2 I think that's the closest to a high-five smiley there is. :laughing:

MarieTheCat24
07-19-2011, 01:32 PM
He came with the name.We rescued him from a local shelter.The name fit him.
It is a nice keepsake but wow did I bawl when I opened it.
You are awesome for rescuing him! :thumbsup2 Whenever I next decide to get a dog, I think I'd really like to get a rescue. I feel so bad for all of the poor abandoned little pups.
Really good start to your trip report! I will be superexcited for updates. Thank you for taking the time to share your trip.
Thanks! :goodvibes
I'm in for this one !! I loved your last TR. You make me laugh and who doesn't love to laugh ?? So sorry about your dog. It is hard to lose a pet. They become a part of the family. Not knowing the details, I feel bad for your Aunt Karen, too. How horrible for her to be on watch when he passed away. Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your witty commentary and seeing all of your wonderful photos. Oh, and the dining reviews !!
Thank you! :)

I feel awful for my Aunt Karen (and my grandmother and cousins) for having that happen while we were away. They're all still a bit shaken up. Everyone loved Riley, so his death was just as hard for them as it was for us.
I do both. I am just a little too obsessed with food for my own good. :p

Oh I will yell that I see a cow when my mom and sister are sound asleep. Which is bound to happen very quickly once we start the drive down actually. Oh yay I am really looking forward to this. :thumbsup2

HAHAHA Mean Girls. I need to watch that movie sometime soon, I haven't seen it in a whilee. But I love it to death. :laughing: But really I have NO idea why it's so big! It's really weird, it's always blown my mind. Is it like a southern thing? All the calling southerners fat and us scrawny!? If so, they've got it alllll wrong. :rotfl:
Yeah, I don't really know why it's so big. Maybe it has something to do with the weather? Like, because it's so warm and sunny it needs to be bigger for more photosynthesis or something? :rotfl: I took AP Bio in high school, but photosynthesis is pretty much the only thing I remember.
I'd be just slowly following him trying to take a picture, if that happened, that's how I role. LOL

LOL, yeah, well I think I understand. When you are expecting something else, it just isn't as appetizing, because you have cravings for another thing, not what's in front of you. Totally get it.

*DEEP BREATHE* Thank goodness! MJ is amazing! I mean, you can't get any more talented than that. It's just with that much talent it gets to your head and things turned for the worse and... well, you know, but I can see the attachment to the 90s early 00s. That was sorta around my time. Like I was born in the late 90s, but I was kinda pulled into all that 90s stuff, in the early 00s. Pokemon, Boy Bands, Old Disney Channel Shows, etc. I was there for all of it. I was of a many younger boys with a crush on Britney Spears hahaha Yeah, totally admitting it now. LOL
We were actually on a bus when we saw him. If we had been walking, I definitely would've attempted to take a pic once I snapped out of my shock. :laughing:

:thumbsup2 I think that's the closest to a high-five smiley there is. :laughing:
Why isn't there a high-five smiley? It would sure come in handy. If you look at it closely, the Thumbs Up Guy kinda looks like he's fistbumping you (with his thumb in the air) so I guess it works. :rotfl:

__disneygirl
07-20-2011, 01:41 AM
Yay, so excited about a new TR from you! Obviously, we have already discussed your trip and all that happened pretty extensively, but I'm still so sad for you because of Riley and of course I am here for you always! And I can't wait to hear about all the little details of your adventures, obv. I also can't wait for the Vampire Diaries. Why is September in September, and not now? Ugh, time.

Ok onto your first update!

Hey, don't forget about Highway To... can you say H E double hockey sticks on the DIS?

There should absolutely be more songs about riding dolphins. We should re-do the song and call it Highway To Dolphin Riding. We have to shout REMIIIIIIIX at the beginning of it though and also be like "Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaara!" "Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaa!" too. What I'm saying is, Lil Jon is going to be on this remix with us. I've already texted him about it so we'll see what happens.

We haven't driven to WDW in 7 years because I am too impatient but I have been craving a road trip lately. I love road tripping to Boston (It's one of my favorite cities and is only 4 hours north of here), but it's not the same because THERE ARE NO WAFFLE HOUSES. So I have to road trip southbound or I will not be satisfied. It's just horrifying that I haven't been to a Waffle House in 7 years. I don't even know what to say about that so let's move on. Sigh.

Thank God you finally threw in a 30 Rock reference because you had gone several paragraphs without even one mention of it and I was about to stop reading!!

Don't feel bad about not hugging Riley more times. He knew you loved him. It is better that you did not know those were your last moments with him. When we had to put Pooh Bear to sleep, it took every ounce of strength I had in my entire body to leave that room because I decided not to be there when they actually did it. So my mom stayed and I had to say goodbye and walk out knowing I would never see her again and I feel like throwing up even thinking about it, it was the hardest moment of my life, really. So I hope that's some comfort to you... IDK if it even is, but I thought I'd share anyway. :hug:

Yay!!! A music reference from last decade. I think we both know our TRs are more about that and television than anything else. What does on topic even mean? FROM THE LEFT TO THE RIGHT MAKE NOIIIIIIIIIIIIISE!!!!!!! :rolleyes1

There was traffic around Universal? Why? Do people go there now? :rolleyes:

Wow I really need to frame pictures of Epcot and hang them around the house cause that looks awesome. That will be #6,798 on my to-do list of stuff I say I need to do but probably will never get around to. This is why I need to be famous so I can snap my fingers and servants will start scurrying around hanging Epcot photos on my walls!!

STACCCCCCCEEEEEEEY!! I remember that tweet. I was so excited LOL. Um... wait. Your mom is like, doing something in that photo that doesn't involve sitting in front of the TV and being captivated by Queen Stacey. Is she all right upstairs? I mean, what could possibly hold your attention more than "Super. Mountain. WHAMMY!" aka the "Wash cycle and spin cycle"??????????

Love the pic of Riley. He was sooo cute. And still is, up in Heaven running around chasing his tail or whatever it is dogs do up there. I'm almost positive my dog is hanging out with John Lennon, George Harrison, Elvis, and Michael Jackson, but I don't REALLY know for sure...

MarieTheCat24
07-20-2011, 05:37 PM
Yay, so excited about a new TR from you! Obviously, we have already discussed your trip and all that happened pretty extensively, but I'm still so sad for you because of Riley and of course I am here for you always! And I can't wait to hear about all the little details of your adventures, obv. I also can't wait for the Vampire Diaries. Why is September in September, and not now? Ugh, time.

Ok onto your first update!

Hey, don't forget about Highway To... can you say H E double hockey sticks on the DIS?

There should absolutely be more songs about riding dolphins. We should re-do the song and call it Highway To Dolphin Riding. We have to shout REMIIIIIIIX at the beginning of it though and also be like "Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaara!" "Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaa!" too. What I'm saying is, Lil Jon is going to be on this remix with us. I've already texted him about it so we'll see what happens.

We haven't driven to WDW in 7 years because I am too impatient but I have been craving a road trip lately. I love road tripping to Boston (It's one of my favorite cities and is only 4 hours north of here), but it's not the same because THERE ARE NO WAFFLE HOUSES. So I have to road trip southbound or I will not be satisfied. It's just horrifying that I haven't been to a Waffle House in 7 years. I don't even know what to say about that so let's move on. Sigh.

Thank God you finally threw in a 30 Rock reference because you had gone several paragraphs without even one mention of it and I was about to stop reading!!

Don't feel bad about not hugging Riley more times. He knew you loved him. It is better that you did not know those were your last moments with him. When we had to put Pooh Bear to sleep, it took every ounce of strength I had in my entire body to leave that room because I decided not to be there when they actually did it. So my mom stayed and I had to say goodbye and walk out knowing I would never see her again and I feel like throwing up even thinking about it, it was the hardest moment of my life, really. So I hope that's some comfort to you... IDK if it even is, but I thought I'd share anyway. :hug:

Yay!!! A music reference from last decade. I think we both know our TRs are more about that and television than anything else. What does on topic even mean? FROM THE LEFT TO THE RIGHT MAKE NOIIIIIIIIIIIIISE!!!!!!! :rolleyes1

There was traffic around Universal? Why? Do people go there now? :rolleyes:

Wow I really need to frame pictures of Epcot and hang them around the house cause that looks awesome. That will be #6,798 on my to-do list of stuff I say I need to do but probably will never get around to. This is why I need to be famous so I can snap my fingers and servants will start scurrying around hanging Epcot photos on my walls!!

STACCCCCCCEEEEEEEY!! I remember that tweet. I was so excited LOL. Um... wait. Your mom is like, doing something in that photo that doesn't involve sitting in front of the TV and being captivated by Queen Stacey. Is she all right upstairs? I mean, what could possibly hold your attention more than "Super. Mountain. WHAMMY!" aka the "Wash cycle and spin cycle"??????????

Love the pic of Riley. He was sooo cute. And still is, up in Heaven running around chasing his tail or whatever it is dogs do up there. I'm almost positive my dog is hanging out with John Lennon, George Harrison, Elvis, and Michael Jackson, but I don't REALLY know for sure...
I am so ready for fall TV season to get here. Summer TV has been so lackluster. It's disappointing.

OMG. Ever since 8th grade when I heard "Yeah" for the first time, it has been my life's goal to yell my name at the beginning of a song. I'm not even kidding. My friends will all vouch for me on this one. They were all like, "Kara, that would never work" and I was like "Whatever." Then, "Just Dance" came out and I was just like "SEEEEE! GAGA isn't that far from KARA...It would totally work!" and they were like, "Kara, you're insane." So, yes, tell Lil Jon that I am in. GRAMMYS, HERE WE COME.

I have family in Boston, but I've never actually been. I've always wanted to go there though. I've heard nothing but great things about that city. We have Waffle Houses in Ohio! I'm pretty sure that there are quite a few in the Columbus area. I know for sure that there's one right by a mall near-ish to campus. So, if you're ever in dire need of a Waffle House, you're more than welcome to come visit me.

That's exactly why I'm glad things happened the way they did. I don't think I could have done that. I'm so incredibly sorry that you had to. :hug:

:rotfl: Mom is not nearly as obsessed with Stacey as I am. She's seen it enough times that she knows all the lines, but if, god forbid, they took Stacey away tomorrow, Mom wouldn't miss her.

I have a feeling Riley's being super glutenous and eating giant bowls of plain white rice up in heaven right now. He was crazy about rice. Like, we couldn't order Chinese without him running around the house/table like a crazy loon. It was kinda hilarious. But, if Pooh Bear wouldn't mind introducing Riley to those guys, that would be great. :upsidedow

YukiPhnx
07-20-2011, 07:39 PM
:hug:

You know, I kinda like looking at trees, I'd rather look at the trees than watching the road, but the road can be pretty interesting to watch too. Sometimes....

You know, I've always thought (and by always, I mean since I discovered the DIS) of driving there in early spring, when it's still snowy up here. I would love to see the transitioning of the season as I drive. I wouldn't like the drive back up though.

That bit about playing with Riley......I'm all sad just thinking back on it. :hug: I can never understand how you feel, but I'll always be here for a hug.

Yes, that song was SO appropriate for when you arrived in Florida!

Huh...I've never noticed that about the grass...but then I've only ever been twice. That offsite hotel looks very nice! Were they queen beds?

And I agree with Lia, I need some servants to put up framed photos of Epcot around my house too.

Wow...your mom not paying attention to Stacy and only ate her first Mickey rice krispy treat on your last trip....are you sure you guys are related?

It's so cute that Riley liked white rice! I've never met a dog that did. I only knew of cats that loved rice.

heathers4um
07-21-2011, 02:33 PM
Hi Kara, I am so sorry about your beloved Riley. :sad1:

I am subbing, cant wait to hear more. popcorn::

MarieTheCat24
07-21-2011, 09:49 PM
:hug:

You know, I kinda like looking at trees, I'd rather look at the trees than watching the road, but the road can be pretty interesting to watch too. Sometimes....

You know, I've always thought (and by always, I mean since I discovered the DIS) of driving there in early spring, when it's still snowy up here. I would love to see the transitioning of the season as I drive. I wouldn't like the drive back up though.

That bit about playing with Riley......I'm all sad just thinking back on it. :hug: I can never understand how you feel, but I'll always be here for a hug.

Yes, that song was SO appropriate for when you arrived in Florida!

Huh...I've never noticed that about the grass...but then I've only ever been twice. That offsite hotel looks very nice! Were they queen beds?

And I agree with Lia, I need some servants to put up framed photos of Epcot around my house too.

Wow...your mom not paying attention to Stacy and only ate her first Mickey rice krispy treat on your last trip....are you sure you guys are related?

It's so cute that Riley liked white rice! I've never met a dog that did. I only knew of cats that loved rice.
This probably makes me sound like a total creeper, but I always like to look and see what other people have in their cars. Then, if a car/van is full of luggage, I always try to guess where they might be going. People (and the weird stuff they carry in their cars) are a lot more entertaining to me than trees.

If the whole family goes to Disney in December (assuming we go), we're probably going to drive. Slowly leaving the snow behind would be AMAZING. You're right though that drive back up would suck. :rotfl:

Thanks, girl! :hug:

Riley LOVED rice. He was a pretty even-tempered dog, but if there was rice around, OMG he turned into one giant ball of hyper-ness. It's was nuts. And quite entertaining. :upsidedow

Hi Kara, I am so sorry about your beloved Riley. :sad1:

I am subbing, cant wait to hear more. popcorn::
Hi! Thank you! And thanks for joining in! :goodvibes

flounderfan12
07-21-2011, 10:10 PM
i just wanted to chime in about boy meets world by far one of the greatest shows ever ive seen every episode oh like a billion times i hope to someday have love like corey and topanga sigh lol and i had the hugest crush on shawn i think i still might lol oh and stacey is a goddess and we should all worship her :worship::worship: i cannot wait to bow before her greatness come oct and introduce my niece to her lol

MarieTheCat24
07-22-2011, 02:34 PM
i just wanted to chime in about boy meets world by far one of the greatest shows ever ive seen every episode oh like a billion times i hope to someday have love like corey and topanga sigh lol and i had the hugest crush on shawn i think i still might lol oh and stacey is a goddess and we should all worship her :worship::worship: i cannot wait to bow before her greatness come oct and introduce my niece to her lol
Cory and Topanga are the best! :thumbsup2

I'm sure your niece will love Stacey just as much as the rest of us. :goodvibes

MarieTheCat24
07-22-2011, 02:52 PM
JULY 2ND PART TWO: DOWNTOWN DISNEY
When I last left off, we had all settled in for a nap. Driving is tiring, yo. :cool2: I don’t remember if I actually got much sleep or not, but I do remember lying there for a while staring at the photo of Future World that was hanging on the wall right next to me. It was my first ‘OH MY GOD I’M REALLY HERE’ moment of the trip. The most random little things tend to set me off, and, before I know it, I have tears in my eyes and goosebumps all over my body. One time, I almost started crying after using a Disney napkin for the first time that trip. A napkin…I cried over a stinkin’ napkin. Clearly, I have a problem.

Anyway, at 4:00, we all started getting ready to head over to Downtown Disney. I thought about showering to get all of the ‘I was just sitting in a car for 7 hours’ off of me, but I went for the ‘Eh, why bother?’ route and just changed into something a little less road trip-y.

Around 4:30, we headed out to the car and left for Downtown Disney. It should have been a short drive, but (again) the traffic was crazy. We sat there forever. Blerg.

Thankfully, though, I had plenty of Disney signage to flail over.
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This picture is blurry, but you get the idea. Seeing those purple signs all around me never fails to leave me feeling happy as a clam. Which is a really strange expression. Like, what does it even mean? How can you tell whether or not a clam is happy? They sure don’t appear to be very expressive…

The Marketplace lot was full, so we had to park in the Pleasure Island lot.
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No biggie, especially because T-Rex (where we would be eating dinner later that night) is RIGHT THERE.
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After narrowly avoiding running over several guests who though jumping out in front of a cars would be a good idea, we found a spot and headed inside.
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It was so nice to be back on Disney property.

The first thing we noticed was that there were a heck of a lot of people there. DTD was a bit of a madhouse. I mean, I guess that’s to be expected on a Saturday night during July 4th weekend, but it was so unusual for us. We’ve never actually done DTD at night, so we didn’t have any previous experience with giant Disney shopping bag carrying hordes. We do have plenty of experience with FP running, stroller ramming, incredibly sweaty hordes though, so I figured we’d be OK.

The second thing we noticed was that there were new displays outside of the LEGO store! At least, I think they were new because I don’t remember ever seeing them before. How exciting!

Here are the Dwarves (and Dad) getting their mine on!
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Grumpy!
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This guy wasn’t new, but I still had to snap a picture of him.
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He looks so happy. I bet people come feed him Mickey Premium bars (made out of LEGOs, of course) on a regular basis.

Finally, my favorite display, Woody and Buzz!
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"Hey, Buzz, you're flying!" “This isn’t flying, this is falling with style.”

Our first store of the evening was Team Mickey. We’re big sports fans, so it’s always fun to wander around in there. I’ve never actually bought anything, but I always like to look. Wouldn’t wanna miss anything cool, y’know? While we were in there, a guy was giving a demonstration on how to make baseball bats. It would’ve been interesting to watch, I’m sure, but the giant Disney shopping bag carrying hordes descended and I couldn’t see a thing. Boo.

To escape the hordes, we headed over to Tren-D, which, conveniently, connects right to Team Mickey. I bet that’s so all of the macho dads/brothers can avoid the (perceived) shame of being caught dead in such a ‘girly’ store.
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As always, Tren-D had a bunch of cute stuff, but I was way too overwhelmed to actually purchase anything. That store is too crowded/small. It’s like every Forever21 in the country in terms of disorganization, but it’s also only the size of an Auntie Anne’s pretzel stand, and that, my friends, equals a nightmare.

So, we left the chaos behind in favor of the wonderful, magical, jolly serenity of the Christmas store!
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Ah, Christmas and Disney – Two of my favorite things.

You know how I said earlier that we were thinking of maybe doing a Food and Wine redo trip? Well, we can’t, so now we’re looking at a possible early December trip. Thanks to the fact that Katie and I both go to schools on the Quarter system, we’d be able to get in and out before the MASSIVE Christmas crowds show up. Plus, seeing the Christmas decorations in person has always been a dream of mine. So let’s all keep our fingers crossed that we can make a December trip happen!

Anyway, we spent quite a while looking through the Christmas store. Everything in there is just so happy and Christmas-y. Mom and I are quite ornament obsessed, so we usually end up bringing boxes of them home with us. Thankfully, we have a REALLY big tree.

Here’s the ornament we picked out in honor of our first 4th of July trip. Sorry for the blurriness.
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We also bought 3 of the blown glass mouse ear hats and had them personalized with our names. Well, Katie, Wade, and I did. They turned out a little different than what I was hoping for, but I still like them.
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I was mainly hoping that the font would be bigger. I mean, my name’s really short and it looks a bit disproportionate to the rest of the ornament.

While there, I also fell in love with a set of Toy Story ornaments. However, we didn’t actually buy them until later in the trip so I’ll post those pictures then.

Next up, we headed to the Art of Disney.
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This is another store I could spend hours in. I love rifling through all of the big boxes of prints and lusting after all of the expensive art hanging on the walls. Someday, once I figure out how to make a living by vacationing at WDW and am really rich, I will be turning my home into a Disney gallery. I’m sure all of that Disney art will look great next to my *NSYNC posters and the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness.

Before we left the area, Mom wanted a picture with the Sorcerer’s Apprentice mops. She wants one for our backyard.
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As we walked back along the lake, I stopped to take a picture of one of the “Let the Memories Begin!” banners. I love them/this promotion/that font.
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Because we still had quite a bit of time to kill before our reservation, we decided to suck it up and visit World of Disney. That store is ginormous, there are always a million people there, and all of the stuff is panic attack-inducing, but I put on a brave face and in we went.

Surprisingly, there actually weren’t many people inside. I guess they were all too busy trying to cram themselves into Tren-D. Not having to deal with overcrowding and constantly being shoved into merchandise by pushy customers made this World of Disney experience a lot more pleasant. Too bad it’s not always like that.

Even though I told myself I wasn’t going to buy anything because just about everything sold in WoD can be found throughout the parks, I wound up buying something. Well, my parents bought it for me, and it’s quite practical, so whatever.
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I wore it several times in the parks(Especially because free falling drops of water + glasses = not being able to see. Hats perfectly shield my glasses from the rain.), and I can continue to do so in the future, so it was well worth the $22.95 + tax.

Mom and Dad also bought stuff, though I can’t remember what exactly, but I know we left with a giant bag.

We still had time before dinner, so we decided to head towards Pleasure Island. I had never actually been in there before. Usually, we stick to the Marketplace. It’s a bummer that all of the clubs have been closed down because, atmospherically, it seems like it would have been a really fun place. From the way the PI faithful talk about it, I’m sure it was. :sad1:

I really wanted to check out Curl, so we headed in there first. Again, I have to ask, why are all the “girly” stores so darn small? Did Disney not think that the “trendy” stores would draw big crowds? I mean, come on! If there’s one thing (most) teenage/twenty something girls like to do, it’s shop. Especially while on vacation. Anyway, Curl was jam-packed. It was nuts.

I was super excited to find that Curl carried TOMS shoes. In fact, they had a GIANT wall full of them. I was in heaven. TOMS are the best. I’ve been wearing them for years. I’m currently sporting a wicked TOMS tan on my feet from wearing them around the parks. :rotfl:

There were a ton of people buying them and I almost started crying thinking about all of the little kids in less fortunate areas of the world who were about to get brand new pairs of shoes. Because I was feeling all warm and fuzzy, I decided to join in on the giving and buy a new pair. They’re just solid brown, but I’ve had my eye on them for a while, so YAY! :cool1:

After Curl, we decided to walk back towards T-Rex and find a (somewhat) quiet spot to people-watch until it was time to check in. While we were walking over, we stumbled upon an electric string quartet playing right outside of Fulton’s. They were playing one of the songs I played in high school orchestra (I can’t remember which one) and I started singing along. Well, is it really considered singing if I wasn’t actually saying words? I was kinda do do do-ing. What’s the proper term for that?

Anyway, we found a shady area and sat down for a bit. Dad made a quick trip to the car so that we wouldn’t have to carry the bags around with us all night. I was in dire need of something refreshing, so I went and got a strawberry slush. They serve them in Styrofoam coffee cups which made me smile. I saw someone earlier carrying one of the cups around and I was just like “WHAT? It’s way too hot for coffee right now! What is she thinking?” As it turns out, she probably wasn’t drinking coffee. :laughing:

It was really nice to just sit for a while and take everything in. Typically, our first day at Disney is a bit on the overwhelming side because we’re all like “OMG WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING AND EAT EVERYTHING AND SEE EVERYTHING RIGHT AWAY.” Spending the first evening at Downtown Disney allowed us to relax and slowly adjust to being at Disney without having to deal with all the chaos and distractions of the theme parks. I definitely recommend it.

UP NEXT: Our Prehistoric Family Adventure!

onelilspark
07-22-2011, 03:05 PM
I don't know if you listen to any podcasts, but WDWToday has their Reunion scheduled for the beginning of December, so you could always meet up with other Disney nuts. And All Ears is doing stuff that same weekend for their 15th anniversary. I wanna say it's something like December 8-12.

Grumpy's Wife
07-22-2011, 04:42 PM
It sounds like your first day was a success. We usually do Downtown Disney on our first day too. It's always Rain Forest Cafe for dinner but last trip we tried T-Rex and really loved it.

Disneyfreak616
07-22-2011, 05:33 PM
Aww I don't think you have a problem! That happens to me too, but usually with Illuminations or school bread or somehing. :laughing:

I have no idea how to tell if a clam is happy...but then again that question applies to a lot of expressions. :p

I love the new Lego displays! I think the dragon is still my favorite, but the Toy Story one is adorable too! :goodvibes

Hopefully you can go in December! :banana: You would love all the decorations!

Aww I like your Mickey ornament! We got a similar one last summer that says 2011 on it. It's my favorite. :)

NSYNC and Disney = brilliance.

Aww I love TOMS! I really want a pair! I found a sparkly gold pair and I'm in love with them. :lovestruc

We usually always spend our first night at Disney in Downtown Disney. It's nice and relaxing before the craziness of the parks. :thumbsup2

Can't wait to hear about T-REX!!!

Disneyfreak508
07-22-2011, 05:45 PM
One time, I almost started crying after using a Disney napkin for the first time that trip. A napkin…I cried over a stinkin’ napkin. Clearly, I have a problem.

Hahahaha I feel as if I would do the same thing :rotfl: We really are freaks. But at least we all understand eachother. Disney just touches the heart :goodvibes


I thought about showering to get all of the ‘I was just sitting in a car for 7 hours’ off of me, but I went for the ‘Eh, why bother?’ route and just changed into something a little less road trip-y.

HAHAHAHAHA and this is why you are my favorite trip report writer EVER. :rotfl2: I feel as if I do stuff like this ALL the time. It's one of me and Kristen's biggest inside jokes that is brought up probably every time we are together... the fact that we always find ourselves too lazy to shower :lmao: So funny.

I can't wait wait WAIT to hear about your experience at T-Rex! I'm sad because I can't fit it into my next trip :( ugh I tried and I tried but of course I can't do everything I want to do :laughing: I guess I'll just have to do it on the next trip!

And I LOVE the toy story legos. LOVEEE toy story :lovestruc I can't wait to see those in person!

And I really really hope you get to go in December! That would be just lovely :)

21hearts
07-22-2011, 07:44 PM
Hi I'm subbing! I stumbled upon your last TR and loved it. It sounds like your off to a great start!

disneylovin24
07-22-2011, 07:47 PM
Love the ornaments you got!

Disneyfreak616
07-22-2011, 07:52 PM
HAHAHAHAHA and this is why you are my favorite trip report writer EVER. :rotfl2: I feel as if I do stuff like this ALL the time. It's one of me and Kristen's biggest inside jokes that is brought up probably every time we are together... the fact that we always find ourselves too lazy to shower :lmao: So funny.

HAHAHA it really is. I was reluctant to mention because I don't want people to think we're frumps or something...oh wait. :rotfl:

PlutosRHM55
07-22-2011, 09:04 PM
Can you say "You know you're a DISer when you cry over a napkin (in Disney)"? Hahahaha I find it pretty awesome you cried over a napkin. It shows your die-hard Disney fan-ness (:confused3) :goodvibes

Oh my gosh! I love seeing those signs and yeah, now that I think about it, how is it that a Clam is happy? Maybe because they look content with just sitting there at the bottom of the sea (?)

Oh my gosh! I love those Lego Sculptures! They just never fail to amaze me. I can only imagine how long it would take to make those... where you come to the point where you only finish a quarter of the work than someone else finishes the rest :p Hehehehe

I hope you get to go in Christmas. I've heard really good things about MVMCP. There is a lot to do, I think almost more than MNSSHP, like they have the Candlelight Processional, MVMCP, of course, and the Osbourne Festival of Lights. Try your best to go! :thumbsup2 And I love the customized ornament with your name on it. Maybe, if I go again, I should get one, since I'm the Disney Freak in the family and that would show very well on our Christmas tree ::yes::

Oh, I love looking at all the pieces at Art of Disney. I went through that store while my friends were pin trading. I was going to pin trade, but was just to mesmerized by the Art. My friends zoomed ahead of me, as I looked at everything. So pretty! :goodvibes And I think it would look great next to the *NYSNC posters hahaha

Wow, that's very rare it wasn't too crowded. I've been there at night (late at night) and though there wasn't a whole lot of people, it was a lot of pushy people in there so it seemed crazier than it was. You were pretty lucky. Awesome hat, btw! Always nice to get actual use out of the souvenirs you buy in Disney (:

Awww... slushies in DTD! Definitely a great way to cool down and then some impromptu music, very nice. (:

Can't wait to read about your ADR at T-Rex! :mickeyjum

Vwdiva93
07-22-2011, 10:41 PM
Downtown Disney is always a first for us too. I love starting the trip off there.
The new lego statues are awesome. Glad they kept the loch ness monster guy still though, he'll always be my favorite!

I love the ornaments you got, very cute. And I so want a pair of TOMS! I love how they donate a pair of shoes to children in need for every pair bought.

Can't wait to hear about your dinner at T-Rex!

Tracy161
07-23-2011, 07:52 AM
I usually don't spend too much time at DTD (sometimes not at all during some trips), but always regret that when I read other TRs! The atmosphere can be fun, especially if it's not too crowded!

OMG! You must go to Disney during Christmas! Many, many years ago my family and I went and it was just extra magical (if that's even possible!). And especially for someone like you who loves Christmas anyway... there's just no better place to immerse yourself completely in the magic that is Disney + Christmas!!! :goodvibes I'll keep my fingers crossed that you're able to go!!!

MarieTheCat24
07-23-2011, 11:23 PM
I don't know if you listen to any podcasts, but WDWToday has their Reunion scheduled for the beginning of December, so you could always meet up with other Disney nuts. And All Ears is doing stuff that same weekend for their 15th anniversary. I wanna say it's something like December 8-12.
That could be a lot of fun. I'll definitely keep that in mind. :)
It sounds like your first day was a success. We usually do Downtown Disney on our first day too. It's always Rain Forest Cafe for dinner but last trip we tried T-Rex and really loved it.
T-Rex was a lot of fun. I've never been to Rainforest Cafe before. How does it compare to T-Rex? I'm assuming they're very similar.
Aww I don't think you have a problem! That happens to me too, but usually with Illuminations or school bread or somehing. :laughing:

I have no idea how to tell if a clam is happy...but then again that question applies to a lot of expressions. :p

I love the new Lego displays! I think the dragon is still my favorite, but the Toy Story one is adorable too! :goodvibes

Hopefully you can go in December! :banana: You would love all the decorations!

Aww I like your Mickey ornament! We got a similar one last summer that says 2011 on it. It's my favorite. :)

NSYNC and Disney = brilliance.

Aww I love TOMS! I really want a pair! I found a sparkly gold pair and I'm in love with them. :lovestruc

We usually always spend our first night at Disney in Downtown Disney. It's nice and relaxing before the craziness of the parks. :thumbsup2

Can't wait to hear about T-REX!!!
First of all, OH MY GOSH YOU LEAVE SO SOON! I'm so excited for you! We might stay at POFQ in Dec (if we go) so I'm expecting a full write-up and tons of pictures. :upsidedow

Can you believe I've never had school bread before? I really need to get on that. The list of things to do on my (possible) re-do trip is getting quite long.

You should totally buy the sparkly gold TOMS. I've found that they're pretty much the most comfortable shoes in existence. That makes them great for the parks. They're a bit uncomfortable when wet, but other than that, they're perfect. :thumbsup2
Hahahaha I feel as if I would do the same thing :rotfl: We really are freaks. But at least we all understand eachother. Disney just touches the heart :goodvibes

HAHAHAHAHA and this is why you are my favorite trip report writer EVER. :rotfl2: I feel as if I do stuff like this ALL the time. It's one of me and Kristen's biggest inside jokes that is brought up probably every time we are together... the fact that we always find ourselves too lazy to shower :lmao: So funny.

I can't wait wait WAIT to hear about your experience at T-Rex! I'm sad because I can't fit it into my next trip :( ugh I tried and I tried but of course I can't do everything I want to do :laughing: I guess I'll just have to do it on the next trip!

And I LOVE the toy story legos. LOVEEE toy story :lovestruc I can't wait to see those in person!

And I really really hope you get to go in December! That would be just lovely :)
Exactly. At least we're not alone in our Disney freakishness. :rotfl:

I often find myself too lazy to shower. I mean, it's such a process. I will tell you this though, one of the greatest things about college is that not showering is a totally acceptable practice. You can go days between showers and no one questions it at all. It's a wonderful thing. :upsidedow

Don't you hate when you just can't manage to squeeze a restaurant in? I feel like I need to go to WDW for a month just so I can FINALLY dine everywhere I've always wanted to.
Hi I'm subbing! I stumbled upon your last TR and loved it. It sounds like your off to a great start!
Welcome! And thank you! :goodvibes

Disneyfreak508
07-23-2011, 11:29 PM
Exactly. At least we're not alone in our Disney freakishness. :rotfl:

I often find myself too lazy to shower. I mean, it's such a process. I will tell you this though, one of the greatest things about college is that not showering is a totally acceptable practice. You can go days between showers and no one questions it at all. It's a wonderful thing. :upsidedow

Don't you hate when you just can't manage to squeeze a restaurant in? I feel like I need to go to WDW for a month just so I can FINALLY dine everywhere I've always wanted to.

Thank goodness! There may not be a lot of us, but it's good enough for me!
It really is!! And the after process is SO much work. Having to do the make up and my hair never drying... it's not worth it if i don't have anyone to impress :laughing: As long as it's only been a day or 2 or 3 I think it's acceptable to be a frump. After that... I tell myself to get in the dang shower :rotfl: And oh lovely. I am going to fit right in :lmao: I really am a clean person, I swear!!
And umm YEAH! One of my biggest dilemmas. I mean, I'm going for like 9 days in December and I STILL can't fit everything! :( Which is a good thing because then it means I have to go back. But STILL! I wanted to do T-Rex and Chef Mickey's for dinner and there's just no possible way of squeezing those in haha. Oh well!

MarieTheCat24
07-23-2011, 11:41 PM
Love the ornaments you got!
Thanks! :goodvibes
Can you say "You know you're a DISer when you cry over a napkin (in Disney)"? Hahahaha I find it pretty awesome you cried over a napkin. It shows your die-hard Disney fan-ness (:confused3) :goodvibes

Oh my gosh! I love seeing those signs and yeah, now that I think about it, how is it that a Clam is happy? Maybe because they look content with just sitting there at the bottom of the sea (?)

Oh my gosh! I love those Lego Sculptures! They just never fail to amaze me. I can only imagine how long it would take to make those... where you come to the point where you only finish a quarter of the work than someone else finishes the rest :p Hehehehe

I hope you get to go in Christmas. I've heard really good things about MVMCP. There is a lot to do, I think almost more than MNSSHP, like they have the Candlelight Processional, MVMCP, of course, and the Osbourne Festival of Lights. Try your best to go! :thumbsup2 And I love the customized ornament with your name on it. Maybe, if I go again, I should get one, since I'm the Disney Freak in the family and that would show very well on our Christmas tree ::yes::

Oh, I love looking at all the pieces at Art of Disney. I went through that store while my friends were pin trading. I was going to pin trade, but was just to mesmerized by the Art. My friends zoomed ahead of me, as I looked at everything. So pretty! :goodvibes And I think it would look great next to the *NYSNC posters hahaha

Wow, that's very rare it wasn't too crowded. I've been there at night (late at night) and though there wasn't a whole lot of people, it was a lot of pushy people in there so it seemed crazier than it was. You were pretty lucky. Awesome hat, btw! Always nice to get actual use out of the souvenirs you buy in Disney (:

Awww... slushies in DTD! Definitely a great way to cool down and then some impromptu music, very nice. (:

Can't wait to read about your ADR at T-Rex! :mickeyjum
Having to put together those LEGO sculptures would suck. I mean, putting together the base alone would probably take days. Putting together the actual character would probably be fun...but tedious.

Going to MVMCP and seeing it "snow" on Main Street has always been a dream of mine. I REAALLLLY hope we get to go. :santa:

Yeah, I was SHOCKED that World of Disney wasn't too crowded. The area outside of the store was packed, so I assumed the inside would be as well. I'm glad it wasn't.
Downtown Disney is always a first for us too. I love starting the trip off there.
The new lego statues are awesome. Glad they kept the loch ness monster guy still though, he'll always be my favorite!

I love the ornaments you got, very cute. And I so want a pair of TOMS! I love how they donate a pair of shoes to children in need for every pair bought.

Can't wait to hear about your dinner at T-Rex!
I will be so depressed if they ever take the sea monster away. He's like a Disney icon!

I definitely recommend buying a pair of TOMS. You won't regret it. :thumbsup2
I usually don't spend too much time at DTD (sometimes not at all during some trips), but always regret that when I read other TRs! The atmosphere can be fun, especially if it's not too crowded!

OMG! You must go to Disney during Christmas! Many, many years ago my family and I went and it was just extra magical (if that's even possible!). And especially for someone like you who loves Christmas anyway... there's just no better place to immerse yourself completely in the magic that is Disney + Christmas!!! :goodvibes I'll keep my fingers crossed that you're able to go!!!
DTD is one of those things where I wouldn't be completely crushed if we skipped it, but I always have fun when I'm there.

Thanks! I REALLY hope that we're able to go. After the sadness we experienced during this trip, that extra dose of Disney + Christmas magic is much needed. :)

MarieTheCat24
07-23-2011, 11:48 PM
Thank goodness! There may not be a lot of us, but it's good enough for me!
It really is!! And the after process is SO much work. Having to do the make up and my hair never drying... it's not worth it if i don't have anyone to impress :laughing: As long as it's only been a day or 2 or 3 I think it's acceptable to be a frump. After that... I tell myself to get in the dang shower :rotfl: And oh lovely. I am going to fit right in :lmao: I really am a clean person, I swear!!
And umm YEAH! One of my biggest dilemmas. I mean, I'm going for like 9 days in December and I STILL can't fit everything! :( Which is a good thing because then it means I have to go back. But STILL! I wanted to do T-Rex and Chef Mickey's for dinner and there's just no possible way of squeezing those in haha. Oh well!
Yeah, I don't know how people take quick showers. It takes me FOREVER.

Are you gonna be there ON Christmas day? If so, are you planning a special Christmas dinner. I've spent many hours (this is what I do when I'm bored in class) debating where I'd want to eat if I were in WDW on Christmas. I still haven't reached a final answer. :rotfl:

Disneyfreak508
07-23-2011, 11:56 PM
Yeah, I don't know how people take quick showers. It takes me FOREVER.

Are you gonna be there ON Christmas day? If so, are you planning a special Christmas dinner. I've spent many hours (this is what I do when I'm bored in class) debating where I'd want to eat if I were in WDW on Christmas. I still haven't reached a final answer. :rotfl:

LOL I totally agree. 20 minutes minimum :rotfl: Maybe 15 if I have to be somewhere important!!

And YES I AM :) This is like our crazy "Let's Go Nuts and go for Christmas AND New Years" trip! I don't even remember when we decided we wanted to do this. But my Mom wanted to book Bay Lake 11 months out.. so we did! It'll be a nice magical christmas.. my first one home after college begins!

And I will tell you my plans:

On Christmas Eve we're going to Narcoossee's for dinner.

Then on Christmas Day we're going to Kona for breakfast and California Grill for dinner.

Skip forward to New Years Eve and we're going to Grand Floridian Cafe for breakfast and O'hana for dinner.

And GUESS WHAT? I was thinking about it and I just decided that it is completely necessary for me to squeeze T-Rex in. So on New Year's Day I am going to T-Rex for lunch! (I cancelled Coral Reef. Oh well! haha) And then we're going to The Wave for dinner.

There are so many ways you could go about doing dinner on these nights. We took the "not going into any parks" route. Which is the safe way to go ;) LOL if you ever come to a conclusion on what you would choose... let me know! haha it's interesting to me to see where people would pick!

basketkat
07-24-2011, 12:20 AM
So glad I found your report!!!

Your hat and ornaments are super cute! :thumbsup2

MarieTheCat24
07-24-2011, 12:48 AM
LOL I totally agree. 20 minutes minimum :rotfl: Maybe 15 if I have to be somewhere important!!

And YES I AM :) This is like our crazy "Let's Go Nuts and go for Christmas AND New Years" trip! I don't even remember when we decided we wanted to do this. But my Mom wanted to book Bay Lake 11 months out.. so we did! It'll be a nice magical christmas.. my first one home after college begins!

And I will tell you my plans:

On Christmas Eve we're going to Narcoossee's for dinner.

Then on Christmas Day we're going to Kona for breakfast and California Grill for dinner.

Skip forward to New Years Eve and we're going to Grand Floridian Cafe for breakfast and O'hana for dinner.

And GUESS WHAT? I was thinking about it and I just decided that it is completely necessary for me to squeeze T-Rex in. So on New Year's Day I am going to T-Rex for lunch! (I cancelled Coral Reef. Oh well! haha) And then we're going to The Wave for dinner.

There are so many ways you could go about doing dinner on these nights. We took the "not going into any parks" route. Which is the safe way to go ;) LOL if you ever come to a conclusion on what you would choose... let me know! haha it's interesting to me to see where people would pick!
You are going to have the most amazing time! I mean, Christmas, New Years, Bay Lake Tower, delicious food...Perfection.

Those plans sound excellent. :thumbsup2 Staying at BLT over the holidays is great because there are so many AMAZING restaurants on the monorail loop. Avoiding the crowded parks is definitely the way to go.

Have you ever eaten at Narcoosee's before? I'm dying to go there. It's at the top of my "Places I NEED to Try" list. I bet 'Ohana will be a riot on New Year's Eve. Forget champagne, I wanna ring in the new year with a lapu lapu. :laughing:

You're gonna love T-Rex. I know I did. :upsidedow
So glad I found your report!!!

Your hat and ornaments are super cute! :thumbsup2
Thanks for joining in! :goodvibes

Nermel9
07-24-2011, 08:36 AM
Love the DTD update! TrenD is so cute, but I agree, it's so small and disorganized, as soon as I walk in, I get so overwhelmed that I run out into Team Mickey! :rotfl: Someday I'll hopefully buy something there!

The Christmas store at DTD is my favorite store in all of WDW. Christmas and Disney are my 2 favorite things in life, which is why a majority of my souvenir money is spent in that store! I love your personalized ornament! :banana:

I like Curl, but again, it's so small! :sad2: I'm going to have to check out those shoes you were talking about! :)

Can't wait to read about TRex! We have a lunch ADR there for our October trip, but I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it!

sue_88
07-24-2011, 09:33 AM
Still enjoying the report.
I am excited to see the new lego sculptures at DTD.
Several recent posts talked about the lego "lock Ness" monster guy that has remained at DTD for so long. Did someone mention his name? If they did I missed it. So, I am thinking you didn't know that his name is ................ BRICKLEY!
I learned this crucial information (where else) right here on the DIS. Perhaps you already knew, but if not, it is fun to be able to greet him on a more personal level.
I wish I could be at DTD and spend a little quality time with Brickley today. But, alas, I must wait.

__disneygirl
07-24-2011, 11:36 AM
YAY, a new update!! Kara, are you following all this TVD coverage from Comic Con? Comicon? ComicOn?????? Whatever. The only thing I know is that there is a scene where Damon is wet and soapy, and that is really all I need to know, but hopefully you got some Evil!Stefan spoilers out of it.

I know almost nothing of use, but I do know things like what "happy as a clam" means. The REAL phrase is "as happy as a clam in high water" because clams are healthiest when they are totally submerged in the ocean, to keep themselves as cool as possible. Also, people only go digging for clams in low tide, so that's when they get caught and eaten which does not make them very happy!!!

I am frustrated just reading about these crowds, I really don't know how you do it! Every time we go to DTD there's like 4 people there so I would die.

Those "Let the Memories Begin!" posters remind me of the 50's for some reason. Maybe the font? They just look old fashioned and I love it!

I love your hat and ornaments! Odd that WoD was the only non-crowded place. Maybe so many people gave up on trying to just be whelmed (as opposed to being totally overwhelmed by it) like me.

What instrument did you play in the orchestra?

I totally agree with you. We also did DTD on our first day last trip and it was a really good way to get the trip started. Just ENOUGH excitement, but not Magic Kingdom level of madness, you know?

IheartDDuck
07-24-2011, 12:01 PM
Just found your TR and I'm hopping on board.

I'm so sorry to hear about your furry family member. :sad1: I had a similar thing happen to me, but fortunately it was right after I had gotten back from a trip.

Can't wait to hear more.

Disneyfreak616
07-24-2011, 06:38 PM
First of all, OH MY GOSH YOU LEAVE SO SOON! I'm so excited for you! We might stay at POFQ in Dec (if we go) so I'm expecting a full write-up and tons of pictures. :upsidedow

Can you believe I've never had school bread before? I really need to get on that. The list of things to do on my (possible) re-do trip is getting quite long.

You should totally buy the sparkly gold TOMS. I've found that they're pretty much the most comfortable shoes in existence. That makes them great for the parks. They're a bit uncomfortable when wet, but other than that, they're perfect. :thumbsup2

I often find myself too lazy to shower. I mean, it's such a process. I will tell you this though, one of the greatest things about college is that not showering is a totally acceptable practice. You can go days between showers and no one questions it at all. It's a wonderful thing. :upsidedow

Don't you hate when you just can't manage to squeeze a restaurant in? I feel like I need to go to WDW for a month just so I can FINALLY dine everywhere I've always wanted to.

I will definitely give you a full review. :thumbsup2 I've stayed there once before, and I LOVE it, so I can't wait to go back. Only 15 hours until I go to the airport!!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

The Christmas decorations are great there, so that would definitely be a great choice.

OMG, school bread is the food of the Disney gods. It's only like $1.99 but it is seriously the best thing I have ever eaten. :cloud9:

I want to get them sooo bad, I'll probably ask for them for Christmas, if I can wait that long. Haha. But I hate to wear anything else besides flip flops in the parks, they are just so comfortable for me. I hate wearing closed in shoes when I'm there. When I found out that Jess' mom had a rule about sneakers in the parks, I was not too happy, but I got over it because it was wintertime. :upsidedow

THIS is why I'm looking forward to college. :rotfl2: So I will not be shunned by my fellow man by being a scummy frump. :lmao:

I seriously use the "We haven't eaten everywhere yet!" line to clinch the booking of another trip. :laughing: It ususally works too! I just love all of the food. :love:

MarieTheCat24
07-24-2011, 10:49 PM
Love the DTD update! TrenD is so cute, but I agree, it's so small and disorganized, as soon as I walk in, I get so overwhelmed that I run out into Team Mickey! :rotfl: Someday I'll hopefully buy something there!

The Christmas store at DTD is my favorite store in all of WDW. Christmas and Disney are my 2 favorite things in life, which is why a majority of my souvenir money is spent in that store! I love your personalized ornament! :banana:

I like Curl, but again, it's so small! :sad2: I'm going to have to check out those shoes you were talking about! :)

Can't wait to read about TRex! We have a lunch ADR there for our October trip, but I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it!
I've never bought anything from Tren-D either. Every single trip I'm like "Ok, Kara, it's finally time to buy something" but, as you said, I get so overwhelmed that I can't focus. Buying cute Disney stuff shouldn't be this stressful. :rotfl:

We spend a lot of money on Christmas ornaments as well. It's an addiction. A very merry addiction. :santa:
Still enjoying the report.
I am excited to see the new lego sculptures at DTD.
Several recent posts talked about the lego "lock Ness" monster guy that has remained at DTD for so long. Did someone mention his name? If they did I missed it. So, I am thinking you didn't know that his name is ................ BRICKLEY!
I learned this crucial information (where else) right here on the DIS. Perhaps you already knew, but if not, it is fun to be able to greet him on a more personal level.
I wish I could be at DTD and spend a little quality time with Brickley today. But, alas, I must wait.
AH! I never knew that! Thanks for sharing. Brickley is a wonderful name for a sea monster made of LEGOs. :goodvibes
YAY, a new update!! Kara, are you following all this TVD coverage from Comic Con? Comicon? ComicOn?????? Whatever. The only thing I know is that there is a scene where Damon is wet and soapy, and that is really all I need to know, but hopefully you got some Evil!Stefan spoilers out of it.

I know almost nothing of use, but I do know things like what "happy as a clam" means. The REAL phrase is "as happy as a clam in high water" because clams are healthiest when they are totally submerged in the ocean, to keep themselves as cool as possible. Also, people only go digging for clams in low tide, so that's when they get caught and eaten which does not make them very happy!!!

I am frustrated just reading about these crowds, I really don't know how you do it! Every time we go to DTD there's like 4 people there so I would die.

Those "Let the Memories Begin!" posters remind me of the 50's for some reason. Maybe the font? They just look old fashioned and I love it!

I love your hat and ornaments! Odd that WoD was the only non-crowded place. Maybe so many people gave up on trying to just be whelmed (as opposed to being totally overwhelmed by it) like me.

What instrument did you play in the orchestra?

I totally agree with you. We also did DTD on our first day last trip and it was a really good way to get the trip started. Just ENOUGH excitement, but not Magic Kingdom level of madness, you know?
There wasn't anything new in the EvilStefan department, but I'm kinda glad. I'm a spoiler addict (no matter how hard I try I just can't resist them) so minimal spoilers means I'll actually be surprised when I watch the episodes.

You are brilliant! Thank you for the explanation. Now I can stop spending so much time thinking about clams. :laughing:

Crowds are all I know, my friend. I've built up quite a tolerance. I'm pretty sure I'd just lay down on the ground and do concrete angels if I was ever there in the off-season.

I played violin. For 9 years. But I haven't touched the thing since I graduated. I guess I was a bit burnt out. :confused3 :rotfl:
Just found your TR and I'm hopping on board.

I'm so sorry to hear about your furry family member. :sad1: I had a similar thing happen to me, but fortunately it was right after I had gotten back from a trip.

Can't wait to hear more.
Thanks for joining! And thanks for your kind words. :hug:

MarieTheCat24
07-24-2011, 10:56 PM
I will definitely give you a full review. :thumbsup2 I've stayed there once before, and I LOVE it, so I can't wait to go back. Only 15 hours until I go to the airport!!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

The Christmas decorations are great there, so that would definitely be a great choice.

OMG, school bread is the food of the Disney gods. It's only like $1.99 but it is seriously the best thing I have ever eaten. :cloud9:

I want to get them sooo bad, I'll probably ask for them for Christmas, if I can wait that long. Haha. But I hate to wear anything else besides flip flops in the parks, they are just so comfortable for me. I hate wearing closed in shoes when I'm there. When I found out that Jess' mom had a rule about sneakers in the parks, I was not too happy, but I got over it because it was wintertime. :upsidedow

THIS is why I'm looking forward to college. :rotfl2: So I will not be shunned by my fellow man by being a scummy frump. :lmao:

I seriously use the "We haven't eaten everywhere yet!" line to clinch the booking of another trip. :laughing: It ususally works too! I just love all of the food. :love:
KRISTEN!

You're leaving for Disney SO SOON! :dance3:

I don't know if you'll see this before you leave, but I hope you have the most wonderful trip! Tell Mickey I say "Hello!" I'm sure he remembers me. ;)

I know what you mean about closed in shoes. I hate it too. TOMS are the ONLY closed-toed shoes I've ever been comfortable in walking around the parks. I still wear my flip flops a lot, but I switch them out with my TOMS.

Haha I'm using that line right now to try and clinch a December trip. I pull out the puppy dog eyes and say "But Mom, we haven't eaten at ______. I'd really like to eat there sometime soon. Siiiiiiiigh." I think it might be working because I caught my mom pricing out a trip last night. :thumbsup2

Disneyfreak508
07-24-2011, 11:04 PM
You are going to have the most amazing time! I mean, Christmas, New Years, Bay Lake Tower, delicious food...Perfection.

Those plans sound excellent. :thumbsup2 Staying at BLT over the holidays is great because there are so many AMAZING restaurants on the monorail loop. Avoiding the crowded parks is definitely the way to go.

Have you ever eaten at Narcoosee's before? I'm dying to go there. It's at the top of my "Places I NEED to Try" list. I bet 'Ohana will be a riot on New Year's Eve. Forget champagne, I wanna ring in the new year with a lapu lapu. :laughing:

You're gonna love T-Rex. I know I did. :upsidedow

Ahhh i'm so excited :love: It's going to be divine.
And I know!! The monorail resorts have some of the BEST resorts on property! It's so convenient!!
And no I haven't!! I am dying to try it too! It's going to be wonderful!
Funny story.... today I went shopping and there was this skirt I was on the fence about buying. I was contemplating on where I would wear it, and my friend was like "well aren't you going to narcoossee's for christmas? you should wear it there!" So I used a Disney restaurant to justify my skirt purchase today. :laughing:
And oh yeah, I bet it's gonna be awesome! I wonder if the menu is the same? Probably. That's the way to ring in the new year... OHANA! Ahh only if I was 21 I could get a lapu lapu... LOL. it's really the only alcoholic beverage i'm interested in drinking. I think because it comes in a pineapple. It's just that much more appealing ;)
And oh great! I'm so excited to try it! I just want the waffle fries!

Disneyfreak616
07-24-2011, 11:25 PM
KRISTEN!

You're leaving for Disney SO SOON! :dance3:

I KNOWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!! 10 hours till the airport!!! I can't sleep so I'm watching the Proposal. :rotfl: Betty White is chanting at me. HAHAHA. I love this movie.

I don't know if you'll see this before you leave, but I hope you have the most wonderful trip! Tell Mickey I say "Hello!" I'm sure he remembers me. ;)

Aww thank you! I hope so too! And I will say hello from you. He probably remembers you! I'm sure of it. :goodvibes

I know what you mean about closed in shoes. I hate it too. TOMS are the ONLY closed-toed shoes I've ever been comfortable in walking around the parks. I still wear my flip flops a lot, but I switch them out with my TOMS.

I probably wouldn't mind them then. I am just soo used to my beloved flip flops.

Haha I'm using that line right now to try and clinch a December trip. I pull out the puppy dog eyes and say "But Mom, we haven't eaten at ______. I'd really like to eat there sometime soon. Siiiiiiiigh." I think it might be working because I caught my mom pricing out a trip last night. :thumbsup2

Don't you just LOVE when you catch them doing that? It really gives you hope. :) I reallyyy hope you get to go! :wizard:

MarieTheCat24
07-25-2011, 12:19 AM
JULY 2ND PART THREE: DINING WITH THE DINOS
As I’ve mentioned about 900 times already in this TR, we dined at T-Rex on our first night in the World. Not gonna lie, I was REALLY excited about this meal. Really, really excited. I mean, how often does one get the chance to dine with real, live dinosaurs?

What? They aren’t actual dinosaurs? Oh.

Well, either way, it was quite the experience.

First of all, T-Rex was swamped. There were a ton of people attempting to dine walk-up style and it left the outdoor waiting area in complete and total disarray. They have a special line with ropes and everything for walk-ups, but, of course, people didn’t bring their entire party into the line, instead leaving them to crowd around the entrance. I felt awful for the poor guy who was trying to process them all. Especially because I overheard two separate people say that they had over 10 people in their party. WHAT? If you’re dining with that many people, why wouldn’t you make reservations ahead of time? Plan ahead, people!

Lucky for me, all I had to do was elegantly glide (or rather shove my way through obnoxious crowds) up to the podium and give one of the hosts my name. It was pretty much the T-Rex Fastpass line. Of course, I made sure I was extra smiley when speaking with the hosts. I felt awful for them. Dealing with hot and hungry hordes of people is never fun.

I was handed a slip of paper with my name and our party size on it and sent over to the ‘People Who Were Smart Enough to Make Reservations’ line. There were a whopping three parties ahead of us in that line. Again, plan ahead, people…

We had to wait a few minutes for another host to come get us, so I took a couple pictures.
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How awesome would it be if they gave us little mini pick axes instead of forks? That way, we could really play paleontologist. I would also very much like to be handed one of those cool 'I'm digging for dinosaur bones out in the hot sun and I need this to protect me' hats. I'm sure you know the ones I'm talking about...

While we were waiting, I found a new CM to feel sorry for: The poor girl with the microphone who has to say “Michael, party of five, your prehistoric family adventure is about to begin!” over and over and over. That would suck. “Jill, party of two, your prehistoric family adventure is about to begin!” “Louis, party of 25, your prehistoric family adventure is about to begin!” “Sam, party of…” I think you get the point.

After a total of five minutes of waiting (I timed it) someone came over to take us to our table. Even though you can request to be seated in a certain area of the restaurant upon check-in, I didn’t bother. I figured it would make the wait longer and all I really wanted to do was stuff myself with food. As it turned out, we were seated in a pretty awesome area of the restaurant. Technically, we were sitting in the Fern Forest, but, from our table, we could see into the ice cave and the underwater area perfectly.

Here are a bunch of pictures to help better illustrate that. Keep in mind that these were all taken from my seat at our table at various times throughout the meal.
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Not too shabby.

Initially, it took a little while for our waitress to show up. When she finally came to our table, she was so sweet and apologized for the wait. We, of course, told her that it was no problem. The restaurant was completely full so it was totally understandable. Plus, there’s no hurry on vacation! It’s not like we were sitting there for 45 minutes without service. And I had plenty of cool dinos to distract me. I guess this is where I should mention that the entire time we were in there, I fought the urge to scream “INCOMING!” at the other patrons. Oh, Dinosaur…

While Mom and Dad were chowing down on the side salads they ordered as part of their meal, we experienced our first meteor shower! I don’t want to spoil it for any of you future T-Rex diners, so I won’t go into great detail, but it was very cool. Very, very cool.

Oh, and here’s a picture of the side salad. It was ginormous and not very side-ish at all.
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Shortly after the meteor shower, it was time for food!

Dad got the Cretaceous Chicken Fried Steak. It was HUGE!
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Mom got the Age of Salmon. The salmon was glazed with an orange basil reduction. It was served with Raptor Rice. I love that they give literally everything a fun dino name.
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I ordered, very excitedly I must add, the Pteradactyl Salad. As I ordered it, I started laughing because it reminded me of the Power Rangers. Whenever it was time to fight evil, one of them would yell “It’s morphin’ time!” and then, one by one, they’d all call out the prehistoric animal they were associated with before morphing into their power ranger outfit. They’d be, like, “Saber-Tooth Tiger!” “Mastodon!” etc. Kimberly, the Pink Ranger was Pteradactyl. Whenever we played Power Rangers as kids, I demanded to be Kimberly, so let’s just say I had plenty of practice ordering that salad. :rotfl:
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Again, it was huge! The portions at T-Rex are too big for even a T-Rex itself to finish.

Overall, the food was yummy. Was it mind-blowingly amazing? No. Not at all. It was typical chain restaurant fare. But I still think dining at T-Rex is worth it for the atmosphere (especially if you have a little paleontologist in your family…though expect to shell out some serious dough in the gift shop). It is a very cool place. And dining in cool places is what Disney is all about.

On our way out, I stopped to take a few pictures of the Woolly Mammoths. They’re so cute! Too bad they’re not still around today. Stupid extinction. (Stupid Judy. Stupid Energy.)
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Because we were at Disney, we definitely had to check out the gift shop. There was a lot of cool stuff in there, mainly for kids though. Bummer. I debated doing the Build a Dino thing because there was an adorable little Woolly Mammoth, but the line was long and I really didn't feel like waiting. Plus, I've reached the point in my life where I've got to start throwing away stuffed animals, not accumulating more.

Here are a few shots I took in/around the gift shop.
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In case you've ever wondered what the roof of a dino's mouth looked like...

After dinner, it was time to head back to the Christmas store to pick up our ornaments. So, even though our car was parked right by T-Rex, we headed deep into the bowels of the Marketplace. While Mom picked up the ornaments, Dad and I headed over to Goofy's Candy Co. so I could FINALLY do something I've always wanted to do: Make my own Mickey Mouse Rice Crispy Treat!

For those of you who don't know, I have an addiction to Mickey Mouse Rice Crispy Treats. They are delicious and, in my deluded mind, nutritious. Plus, they come on a stick and everyone knows that the best foods come on sticks. Duh.

So, I got in line, filled out an order sheet, and watched magic happen. I planned on taking a few pictures of MY MMRCT, but as I watched the CM dip it in white chocolate, roll it in peanut butter chips, and drizzle it with chocolate, the only muscle in my body that moved was my tongue.

Here's a shot of another CM making someone else's. Let's just pretend that it's mine.
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While waiting for it to firm up, I struck up a conversation with *my* CM who, ironically, was also from Ohio! Meeting CMs from Ohio became a running theme of this trip. There were so many of them. That's obviously because all of the cool people are from Ohio.

Anyway, here's the final product (taken after I unwrapped it later that night once we were back at the hotel).
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It was heaven. And only $4.95 ($5-something with tax). That's not a bad price to pay for heaven. :cloud9:

We met back up with Mom outside and headed for the car. Instead of dealing with the hassle of walking through throngs of people, we decided we'd just walk along the parking lot. I was dragging a bit behind Mom and Dad, trying my best to absorb all of the Disney magic I could. It felt so good just to be able to breathe in some Disney again. At one point, a man stopped me to ask for directions. I don't remember where he wanted to go, but I pointed him in the right direction and smiled. I find it hilarious that people always ask me for directions. Everywhere I go, someone always flags me down. Each quarter, on the first day of classes, I get stopped a gazillion times by lost Freshman. Half the time I don't know where I'm directing them (Ohio State is big, man) but I ALWAYS get asked. Always. So, of course, I'd get stopped at Disney. Of course.

We made it to the car, tired after a long day of driving and still full from dinner, and headed out. We were worried that the traffic would be absolutely horrible, but, surprisingly, it wasn't bad at all. We were back at the hotel in no time. I changed into my PJs and settled in to sleep. Except I couldn't sleep. As I tweeted:

I'm tired. I've been up since 5:30 AM. I should be asleep. And yet I want nothing more than to lie here and watch Stacy. Oh, Disney... 10:23 PM Jul 2nd via txt

Yeah, Disney does that to ya. So I stayed up, ate some of my MMRCT, and watched Stacey. I also watched Whose Line is it Anyway? reruns on ABC Family. That became another running theme of the trip. I'm pretty sure I watched it every night.

Eventually I fell asleep and dreamt about castles, pixie dust, and a big, clothes-wearing mouse. :mickeyjum

UP NEXT: Checking in at Coronado Springs

ETA: HAPPY CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!! :santa:

MarieTheCat24
07-25-2011, 12:36 AM
Ahhh i'm so excited :love: It's going to be divine.
And I know!! The monorail resorts have some of the BEST resorts on property! It's so convenient!!
And no I haven't!! I am dying to try it too! It's going to be wonderful!
Funny story.... today I went shopping and there was this skirt I was on the fence about buying. I was contemplating on where I would wear it, and my friend was like "well aren't you going to narcoossee's for christmas? you should wear it there!" So I used a Disney restaurant to justify my skirt purchase today. :laughing:
And oh yeah, I bet it's gonna be awesome! I wonder if the menu is the same? Probably. That's the way to ring in the new year... OHANA! Ahh only if I was 21 I could get a lapu lapu... LOL. it's really the only alcoholic beverage i'm interested in drinking. I think because it comes in a pineapple. It's just that much more appealing ;)
And oh great! I'm so excited to try it! I just want the waffle fries!
I do the same thing. I've been looking for a good pair of fall boots for a while, but now that I know it's a possibility that we might be at Disney in December, I'm determined to find the perfect pair. Cute, but comfortable enough to wear to the parks in the evening (or during the day if it's cool enough). Gosh, I'm so used to planning my wardrobe for summer trips. It would be so fun to plan for December. Cute sweaters and scarves and AHH, I'm getting too far ahead of myself. I don't wanna plan everything and then be disappointed if we can't go. :sad1:

I NEED to go to 'Ohana ASAP to FINALLY try the Lapu Lapu I missed a few weeks ago. I WANT THE PINEAPPLE!
Don't you just LOVE when you catch them doing that? It really gives you hope. :) I reallyyy hope you get to go! :wizard:
Yes, it does. And I really hope so too.

Also, excellent choice in movies.

Tracy161
07-25-2011, 06:18 AM
Your pictures of T-Rex are awesome!!! Definitely a place I'd like to go someday! :thumbsup2 And yes, of course I know the hat that you referred to - and I think that they should hand those out as well! ;)

onelilspark
07-25-2011, 07:07 AM
T-Rex is owned by the same people who own Rainforest Cafe. At one point my Mom got some card that all she had to do when she checked in was flash it at the podium and we got to jump the line...I wonder if she still has it. And if it works at T-Rex... Hmmmmm

basketkat
07-25-2011, 10:32 AM
T-Rex looks fun! :thumbsup2 And the food looks pretty tasty as well! Now your Mickey rice crispy looks amazing...we will have to do that this trip! :yay:

Disneyfreak508
07-25-2011, 11:55 AM
Not gonna lie, I was REALLY excited about this meal. Really, really excited. I mean, how often does one get the chance to dine with real, live dinosaurs?

What? They aren’t actual dinosaurs? Oh.

:rotfl2: Best line of the update. I laughed out loud. :laughing:

I'm SO excited i booked T-Rex! I can't wait to go there.. it looks fantastic. I want the waffle fries. And the Quesidillas. I'm a carb-aholic, can you tell? :lmao:

P.S. I literally JUST got my wisdom teeth out like an hour ago and i just got home. Reading this update was the first thing I did on my road to recovery, just so ya know. ;)

Cat0727
07-25-2011, 02:47 PM
I'm here I'm here! How did I miss this? Going to get caught up now! :goodvibes

mom2munchkins
07-25-2011, 03:17 PM
[QUOTE=MarieTheCat24;41971917]JULY 2ND PART THREE: DINING WITH THE DINOS
While waiting for it to firm up, I struck up a conversation with *my* CM who, ironically, was also from Ohio! Meeting CMs from Ohio became a running theme of this trip. There were so many of them. That's obviously because all of the cool people are from Ohio.

Being from Ohio I couldn't agree more :lmao:

IheartDDuck
07-25-2011, 08:30 PM
T-Rex definitely looks like a fun restaurant. I haven't eaten there yet, because to me it's like a glorified Rainforest Cafe, which we have here in Chicagoland. I may have to give it a try just for the ambience though.

tinkgurl
07-25-2011, 08:44 PM
This was a fun update! I'm thinking that if Little Guy is still in love with dinosaurs when we go with him again..we're definitely going to have to eat at the T-REX restaurant!

Oooooh I so loved the Power Rangers reference! My grandma had this lady make us Power Ranger costumes when Sis and I were little. It was awesome. We had gloves where when we'd squeeze the thumb they'd make a swishing sound like we were fighting. I was the Yellow Ranger aka Trini and Sis was the Pink Ranger aka Kimberly. And we totally did "It's Morphin' Time!"

PlutosRHM55
07-26-2011, 09:41 AM
Sounds like you had a fun time at T-Rex! I haven't had ADRs there, but I've walked in to check out Build-A-Dino so I've seen the long line. I feel so bad for the person who has to yell out for people to come and get seated. I mean, it must be tough trying to control the chaos called the waiting line and yelling out people's names. Not fun :sad2:

Then, everything changes inside the restaurant. All your dishes looked fantastic. I may have to get that Age of Salmon if I make an ADR there. Disney really knows how to make Salmon right. :goodvibes The Cretaceous Chicken Fried Steak also looked good. LOL @ the Power Rangers reference... I'm loving all this 90s stuff hahahaha And I love the pictures of the Woolly Mammoths (totally agree about them still being alive, I want to see the real Manny)

Ooooo... you got to make a Mickey Rice Krispie treat! Lucky! Always wanted to do that and yours came out nicely. :thumbsup2 That's cool, that the CM who was making yours was from the same state as you. I love meeting CMs from around where I live. One of the great perks about Disney.

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

__disneygirl
07-26-2011, 01:09 PM
Omg I cracked up picturing you doing concrete angels in an empty DTD. That needs to happen. One day you and I are going in like... January, which I hear is even more deserted than other low times, and just laying there for about 90% of the time. The other 10% will be spent performing ROTCOMS.

Okay, onto your update!!

They ARE live dinosaurs. You're at Disney World! Everything is real!! *lays comfortably in bubble of oblivion*

LOL at people who don't plan ahead. Even if you didn't know that people obsessively book their ADRs months in advance for WDW, you don't know that parties of 6 or more you ALWAYS call ahead?!?! Like even at the freaking Olive Garden?! I mean, I'd never set foot in such a place, but I'm sure they make you call ahead just like restaurants that serve food that didn't come frozen in a box. Sheesh.

Pick axes instead of forks?!?!? Go copyright that immediately!

LMAO at that giant piece of foccacia bread that comes with the salad. I feel as though that kind of negates the idea of eating a salad. Oh Disney.

Just as you said "I love that everything had a fun dino name" I was thinking that! Soo cute.

My first crush that I ever remember having was at age 3. Good God did I love Jason the red power ranger. My mom bought be power ranger stickers and I stuck the one with his face on this little pink chair I had in my room. Le sigh.

UMMM DID I JUST HEAR AN ELLEN'S ENERGY ADVENTURE REFERENCE?!!!? I love you a lot.

I always get the urge to buy stuffed animals as well. I'm going to be one of those creepy old women with like a secret room of stuffed animals somewhere in the back of the house.

OMG I *have to* do the make your own Mickey rice crispie treat thing. I wonder what they would say if I just asked for everything? Like, just put everything on it. SO basically give me a heart attack pile of sweets with a rice crispie treat buried deep below.

P.S. Three months from today I'll be all packed and shaking and crying about to go to WDW...

MarieTheCat24
07-26-2011, 01:43 PM
Your pictures of T-Rex are awesome!!! Definitely a place I'd like to go someday! :thumbsup2 And yes, of course I know the hat that you referred to - and I think that they should hand those out as well! ;)
Yay! I'm glad someone knows what I'm talking about. Those hats are awesome. :rotfl:
T-Rex is owned by the same people who own Rainforest Cafe. At one point my Mom got some card that all she had to do when she checked in was flash it at the podium and we got to jump the line...I wonder if she still has it. And if it works at T-Rex... Hmmmmm
I bet it would. There was an advertisement on our table about joining some sort of club that would get you discounts at both Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex, so I'm assuming her card would work at both.
T-Rex looks fun! :thumbsup2 And the food looks pretty tasty as well! Now your Mickey rice crispy looks amazing...we will have to do that this trip! :yay:
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:rotfl2: Best line of the update. I laughed out loud. :laughing:

I'm SO excited i booked T-Rex! I can't wait to go there.. it looks fantastic. I want the waffle fries. And the Quesidillas. I'm a carb-aholic, can you tell? :lmao:

P.S. I literally JUST got my wisdom teeth out like an hour ago and i just got home. Reading this update was the first thing I did on my road to recovery, just so ya know. ;)
I almost ordered the "T-Rexadillas" but decided to go with the salad. But I'm sure they're delicious. When are they not?

Aw, I'm glad your surgery went well! I'm also glad that my TR is an integral stop on the road to recovery. Now, go drink a smoothie or something! :laughing:
I'm here I'm here! How did I miss this? Going to get caught up now! :goodvibes
Hi, girl! Thanks for joining!
Being from Ohio I couldn't agree more :lmao:
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MarieTheCat24
07-26-2011, 02:04 PM
T-Rex definitely looks like a fun restaurant. I haven't eaten there yet, because to me it's like a glorified Rainforest Cafe, which we have here in Chicagoland. I may have to give it a try just for the ambience though.
Yeah, it's not all that different from Rainforest Cafe. Maybe you could go for appetizers or dessert sometime just to experience it though. I'd definitely recommend that.
This was a fun update! I'm thinking that if Little Guy is still in love with dinosaurs when we go with him again..we're definitely going to have to eat at the T-REX restaurant!

Oooooh I so loved the Power Rangers reference! My grandma had this lady make us Power Ranger costumes when Sis and I were little. It was awesome. We had gloves where when we'd squeeze the thumb they'd make a swishing sound like we were fighting. I was the Yellow Ranger aka Trini and Sis was the Pink Ranger aka Kimberly. And we totally did "It's Morphin' Time!"
If he still loves dinosaurs, Little Guy would LOVE T-Rex. It's perfect for the dino-lovers of the world.

That's awesome. I want a full-blown Power Rangers costume with gloves that swish! I am so jealous. :rotfl:
Sounds like you had a fun time at T-Rex! I haven't had ADRs there, but I've walked in to check out Build-A-Dino so I've seen the long line. I feel so bad for the person who has to yell out for people to come and get seated. I mean, it must be tough trying to control the chaos called the waiting line and yelling out people's names. Not fun :sad2:

Then, everything changes inside the restaurant. All your dishes looked fantastic. I may have to get that Age of Salmon if I make an ADR there. Disney really knows how to make Salmon right. :goodvibes The Cretaceous Chicken Fried Steak also looked good. LOL @ the Power Rangers reference... I'm loving all this 90s stuff hahahaha And I love the pictures of the Woolly Mammoths (totally agree about them still being alive, I want to see the real Manny)

Ooooo... you got to make a Mickey Rice Krispie treat! Lucky! Always wanted to do that and yours came out nicely. :thumbsup2 That's cool, that the CM who was making yours was from the same state as you. I love meeting CMs from around where I live. One of the great perks about Disney.

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum
I know what you mean about Disney salmon. My mom ate some sort of salmon dish almost every night. I, of course, sampled most of them and they were DELISH. :rotfl:

Definitely go make a Mickey Mouse Rice Crispy Treat sometime. It was delicious. And VERY big, so I kept nibbling on it all week. It's pretty much the snack that never ends.
Omg I cracked up picturing you doing concrete angels in an empty DTD. That needs to happen. One day you and I are going in like... January, which I hear is even more deserted than other low times, and just laying there for about 90% of the time. The other 10% will be spent performing ROTCOMS.

Okay, onto your update!!

They ARE live dinosaurs. You're at Disney World! Everything is real!! *lays comfortably in bubble of oblivion*

LOL at people who don't plan ahead. Even if you didn't know that people obsessively book their ADRs months in advance for WDW, you don't know that parties of 6 or more you ALWAYS call ahead?!?! Like even at the freaking Olive Garden?! I mean, I'd never set foot in such a place, but I'm sure they make you call ahead just like restaurants that serve food that didn't come frozen in a box. Sheesh.

Pick axes instead of forks?!?!? Go copyright that immediately!

LMAO at that giant piece of foccacia bread that comes with the salad. I feel as though that kind of negates the idea of eating a salad. Oh Disney.

Just as you said "I love that everything had a fun dino name" I was thinking that! Soo cute.

My first crush that I ever remember having was at age 3. Good God did I love Jason the red power ranger. My mom bought be power ranger stickers and I stuck the one with his face on this little pink chair I had in my room. Le sigh.

UMMM DID I JUST HEAR AN ELLEN'S ENERGY ADVENTURE REFERENCE?!!!? I love you a lot.

I always get the urge to buy stuffed animals as well. I'm going to be one of those creepy old women with like a secret room of stuffed animals somewhere in the back of the house.

OMG I *have to* do the make your own Mickey rice crispie treat thing. I wonder what they would say if I just asked for everything? Like, just put everything on it. SO basically give me a heart attack pile of sweets with a rice crispie treat buried deep below.

P.S. Three months from today I'll be all packed and shaking and crying about to go to WDW...
Sounds like a plan. What could be better than a trip filled with concrete angels and ROTCOMS?

Seriously. I don't know what those people were thinking. I mean, do they ever eat out? I thought everyone knew to make reservations when dining with a large group. Evidently not. :confused3

We all laughed at the bread too. It was MASSIVE. Well, everything there was MASSIVE, but this was just plain illogical.

They probably would put everything on it if you asked. You have to pay extra for extra toppings (I think it was like $1.00 per topping), but I'm sure they'd do it. Maybe you'll get lucky with CMs (as you tend to do ;)) and they won't charge.

3 MONTHS??? AHHHH I'm so excited for you! And jealous. But mostly excited! You are going to have the best time!

Jazzabelle508
07-27-2011, 12:48 AM
i'm in :) your t-rex dinner sounds like it was fun!

disneylovin24
07-27-2011, 08:05 AM
That rice krispie looks amazing...Im another one who will have to try it out next trip!

MarieTheCat24
07-27-2011, 02:58 PM
i'm in :) your t-rex dinner sounds like it was fun!
Welcome! Thanks for joining! :goodvibes
That rice krispie looks amazing...Im another one who will have to try it out next trip!
Definitely. :) Let's just say, if I were Stacey and I had to come up with a list of my own "Must Dos," making a Mickey Mouse Rice Crispy Treat would be #1.

MarieTheCat24
07-28-2011, 04:02 PM
JULY 3RD PART ONE: CHECKING IN AT CORONADO SPRINGS
Well, this was it. After a looooong year, it was FINALLY time to get our full-blown Disney vacation on again. Yes, I know that we had done Downtown Disney the night before, so don’t worry that I hit my head on a rock and suddently developed amnesia. But really, our night at DTD was more of a ‘sticking our toes in the Disney pool’ kinda thing. By this point, I was more than ready to cannonball right in.

I woke up around 8:00 and ran around like a crazy person for an hour attempting to get ready. The whole ‘getting ready’ process is much more difficult when you’re humming “Zip-a-dee-do-dah” and you can’t stop thinking about pirates, princesses, pooh bears, and pixie dust. Once I found an outfit that matched, de-birdnested my hair, and took the appropriate measures to make sure my breath didn’t stink, we checked out and headed to Disney!

Because we didn’t feel like dealing with all of the traffic from the DTD area hotels, we decided to loop around and enter “The World” off the highway. That meant I got to take a picture of this beautiful, beautiful thing:
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Signs that say ‘MAGIC KINGDOM’ are my favorite kind of signs.

I didn’t get a great shot of the entrance arch, but I’ll post it anyway because it is beautiful and majestic even when not driving directly under it and with a bunch of other cars in the shot.
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Before long, we passed this wonderful sign (I apologize for the blurriness) and followed its instructions. Those purple Disney signs are basically my only guide in life.
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We drove around some crazy loop thing and passed Blizzard Beach. Ignore the reflection of my hat and hot pink pillow in the photo.
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I’ve never been to Blizzard Beach before, but that skiing alligator looks like he’s having quite the time. I should probably try it out.

At the next light after Blizzard Beach (or maybe 2…I can’t remember) we saw this:
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Woooo! We’re here!

We pulled up to the guard shack and, of course, I took a picture of that as well.
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We just had to show photo ID and then, voila, we were off to the parking lot.

We hopped out of the car (after I took 20 minutes to make sure I had everything I needed in my park bag) and headed into El Centro. I quite enjoyed constantly referring to El Centro. Saying it just felt so vacation-y.
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Everything at CSR is so bright and cheery. I’m a big fan of any teal/coral color combination, so it should come as no surprise that I fell in love with the porte-cochere (oooo big fancy word) immediately.

We headed inside and were instantly greeted with the greatest scent in the whole wide world: Disne y water. Ahhhh! Screw Laila – I want a bottle of Disney water to spritz on myself every morning.

The holy Disney water smell was coming from this fabulous fountain.
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Let’s all just take a moment to bask in the glory of running Disney water. It’s just beautiful.

I debated stripping down and jumping in the fountain to bathe in some Disney water, but ultimately decided getting kicked out of the hotel before we had even checked in wasn’t worth it. But, speaking of check in…
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There was a bit of a line to check in, mainly because it was only 9:30-ish and there weren’t many CMs working. When we finally made it to the counter, we found out the real reason…the whole process is INCREDIBLY slow. We’ve never experienced such a slow check in. I know that they have to explain EVERYTHING in detail in case we’re first time guests or whatever, but MY GOD, it was a lot of information. I highly doubt first-time guests would remember any of that. There really needs to be a special line for those of us who don’t need to hear the whole spiel each and every time we check in.

We also had a bit of an issue with our reservation. We had two rooms booked, but, instead of them being under ONE reservation, Disney had split them up. They were still connecting rooms, but they made Mom check into one room and Dad check into the other. It was weird. And made the whole process even longer. Boo.

They did have a birthday butt on for me though, so that was nice. Although, then I got the “Oh, you’re turning 21? Don’t forget to drink around the world at Epcot!” spiel (which, by the end of the trip, I had gotten about 8343232 times). I wanted to be, like, “Do I look like I just crawled out from under a rock? I already know that! I've been reading the DIS for years, silly!” but, in reality, I smiled and said “That sounds like a great idea!”

Our rooms weren’t ready yet, obviously, but our CM was able to tell us our location. We were in Ranchos 6A. Keep that in mind. It’ll come up again about 100 updates from now.

With our Keys to the World and TWO giant folders of information in hand, we headed over to Café Rix (one of CSR’s counter service locations) to get something to eat.
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I almost died when I saw that. Gelato is a gift from the heavens.

I settled on a blueberry muffin and a bottle of apple juice. Mom got some sort of pastry as well and a diet coke. Dad wasn’t hungry, so he headed outside to find us a table by the lake. Because we were already there, we decided to go ahead and buy our refillable mugs as well.

When we headed outside, I dumped everything on the table, and whipped out my camera to take a few pictures of the gorgeous lake.
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Then, I allowed myself to devour the muffin. Here’s a picture. Ignore the bite that’s been taken out of it.
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Here’s a picture Dad took of us while we were eating:
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As you can see, I’m sitting like the crazy person I am. That is because those GIANT white birds were around (the ones I’ve not so affectionately named ‘Big Whities’) and those things terrify me. I had a horrible experience with one about 9 years ago, so, basically, I’ll do anything I can to avoid them.

Or, as an alternate explanation, just pretend I’m “owling” or whatever the kids are calling it these days. Speaking of which, I have been “owling” for years. It’s a really comfortable way to sit. I mean, I don’t climb up in trees or whatever these kids do, but I do tend to sit that way a lot.

CONTINUED IN NEXT POST~

MarieTheCat24
07-28-2011, 04:10 PM
While we were eating, Katie called to tell us that she and Wade landed safely and were about to board the Magical Express. Since we still had a bit of time to kill, we decided to go inside and check out the gift shop.
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The merchandise was mix of standard Disney fare and stuff you can buy at the Mexico pavilion in World Showcase. It wasn’t really anything special. But it’s really fun to say ‘Panchitos’. Panchitos. Pan-CHI-tos. Paaaan-CHIIIII-toooooos.

Eventually, Mom and I sat down by (on) the fountain to relax. I took this photo of Dad taking a photo.
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You can also see the giant display of standard Disney merch. It was quite colorful.

Here’s one of the pictures Dad took of Mom and I.
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Again, I’m sitting like a weirdo. This time I can’t use the Big Whities as an excuse though. I was just flat-out sitting like a weirdo.

At this point, Katie texted Mom that they were almost to Disney, so we decided to move to a bench outside. Dad walked around and took some more pictures of El Centro’s exterior.
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After about 10 minutes, a Magical Express bus pulled up, and Katie and Wade hopped right off. They were starving, so we headed back inside so they could get something from Café Rix. I think they wound up splitting a sandwich.

With their bellies full, we decided it was FINALLY time to head to the Magic Kingdom. But first, we had to move the car. Because Wade wanted to change shoes, he went with Dad to the car and they drove over to the Ranchos. Mom, Katie, and I hoofed it over there.

We were walking kinda fast, but I managed to take a few pictures…
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I’m not gonna lie, it was a bit of a hike. I had (obviously) read many reviews when we booked that warned of long walks, but I just thought “Really? How bad can it be?” It wasn’t as horrible as they said, but, at the same time, it wasn’t quite what I expected either. I mean, I was quite sweaty by the time we made it to the Ranchos. In the cooler months, it’s probably not as bad, but in the summer? Eh…

We later learned that crossing the bridge by the cabanas and walking past the main pool was a lot quicker. Thank god. If I had to do the Ranchos to El Centro walk via the Casitas again, I may have passed out.

Drenched in sweat, we met up with Dad and Wade and headed to the bus stop.
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We had to wait a while for a Magic Kingdom bus to arrive. I wasn’t timing it, but we were there for a bit. It felt so weird to be waiting for a Magic Kingdom bus. Up until this trip we were MK resort area snobs, so we were used to taking either the monorail or a boat.

When the bus finally pulled up, we all hopped on. Then, the bus stopped at the Cabanas and more people hopped on. Then, the bus stopped at El Centro and a gajillion people hopped on. It was packed. Seriously, seriously packed. But we were off to the Magic Kingdom and I wasn’t gonna let the fact that some woman’s giant backpack kept hitting me in the head ruin that.

UP NEXT: Trains and Trains and Boats and Boats

disneylovin24
07-28-2011, 04:17 PM
That gelato looks amazing! Im loving all of the Coronado Springs pics:goodvibes

sue_88
07-28-2011, 04:48 PM
I had a long undisney work day. I really needed a Disney update. Thank you!

mom2munchkins
07-28-2011, 05:47 PM
Coronado looks really nice. I'd like to stay there one day.

Cat0727
07-28-2011, 06:52 PM
Coronado Springs looks so pretty! I love its Southwestern theme.

IheartDDuck
07-28-2011, 07:06 PM
I know what you mean about the long hikes at Coronado. When we stayed there it felt like the bus stop was miles away.

Yay to finally "really" being at Disney. I agree, DTD doesn't really count.

Nermel9
07-28-2011, 07:17 PM
Glad you're finally at Disney World!!! :banana:

Coronado Springs looks so beautiful! After reading your update and seeing the pictures, I seriously contemplated changing my October reservation from WL to CSR!

LOL, I love how afraid of those giant white birds you are! I don't know how you are ever able to eat anything outside at WDW! :rotfl:

basketkat
07-28-2011, 07:27 PM
Oh my goodness....I LOVE all of the pictures of CSR!!!! I am getting really excited about staying there!


Wahoo for being on your way to Magic Kingdom!!!! :cool1:

onelilspark
07-28-2011, 07:59 PM
I think it takes a special kind of Disney nut to get excited over the smell of water and road signs.

That being said, this remains as one of my favorite pictures I've ever taken:
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Disneyfreak508
07-28-2011, 11:47 PM
EEEEE Disney :) EEEE Coronado Springs! SO PRETTY! :lovestruc I have never been there... but we dropped people off on my Mother Daughter trip from the Magical Express so I saw the outside. BEAUTIFUL! :thumbsup2 Your camera takes lovely pictures by the way - love the palm tree one. That gelato looks fantastic... yum. I want it.

I can't wait for the next update :upsidedow

Vwdiva93
07-28-2011, 11:59 PM
Coronado Springs looks so beautiful, I had no idea there was a lake behind it. I love teal and coral together too, so I'd love to stay there someday!

Tracy161
07-29-2011, 06:11 AM
Ahhhh, Disney water... :cloud9: it really is a bit of heaven, isn't it?! My family thinks I'm crazy whenever I bring it up, but so glad that there's so many of us out there that can relate to that magical smell! :goodvibes

heathers4um
07-29-2011, 12:30 PM
A few quick points:

Loving the owling - youre not weird, youre unconventional and I love to sit weird ways too!

Laila...My absolute fave. DBF bought me the entire set last time we were there in Feb and I have put it on the birthday list to get again. There's no other scent quite like it - well, except perfune de agua de disney! ;)

The gift shop looks so festive - cant help but grin when you see that donkey! Im a fan of teal/coral combos too - its just so fresh looking!

and finally, I really want to curl up into that hammock now. Cant wait to see pics of the rooms!

MarieTheCat24
07-30-2011, 01:29 PM
That gelato looks amazing! Im loving all of the Coronado Springs pics:goodvibes
Thanks! :goodvibes And the gelato was definitely amazing.
I had a long undisney work day. I really needed a Disney update. Thank you!
Aw, I'm sorry about your un-Disney day. But I'm glad I could add a touch of Disney magic to it. :wizard:
Coronado looks really nice. I'd like to stay there one day.
It was wonderful. We were a tiny bit hesitant because, as I mentioned before, we're Deluxe snobs, but we found that CSR was just as nice as the Deluxes.
Coronado Springs looks so pretty! I love its Southwestern theme.
I love the theme as well. Everything is so colorful. Plus, the Ranchos section reminded me of BTMRR. They should play a "Hang on to your hats and glasses, folks, 'cause this here's the wildest RESORT in the wilderness" every time you exit the bus. :laughing:
I know what you mean about the long hikes at Coronado. When we stayed there it felt like the bus stop was miles away.

Yay to finally "really" being at Disney. I agree, DTD doesn't really count.
We were lucky because the bus stop wasn't that far from our room. The only bad part was walking to and from El Centro. Thankfully, we didn't have to make that trek too often.
Glad you're finally at Disney World!!! :banana:

Coronado Springs looks so beautiful! After reading your update and seeing the pictures, I seriously contemplated changing my October reservation from WL to CSR!

LOL, I love how afraid of those giant white birds you are! I don't know how you are ever able to eat anything outside at WDW! :rotfl:
CSR is beautiful. The rooms were quiet and relaxing, the main pool was HUGE, and the transportation was excellent. Seriously. It was the best bus service we've ever had. That said, I think I'd still rank WL (I've stayed there twice and loved it both times) ahead of CSR on my favorite resorts list (The Poly is #1). Would I hesitate to stay at CSR again? No. But there's just something about the Deluxes that makes your vacation feel extra...well, deluxe.

I'm not. :rotfl: Well, I try, but I typically spend the entire meal prepared to run away if one gets too close.

MarieTheCat24
07-30-2011, 01:43 PM
Oh my goodness....I LOVE all of the pictures of CSR!!!! I am getting really excited about staying there!


Wahoo for being on your way to Magic Kingdom!!!! :cool1:
You'll love CSR. It's a great resort. :thumbsup2
I think it takes a special kind of Disney nut to get excited over the smell of water and road signs.

That being said, this remains as one of my favorite pictures I've ever taken:
http://i649.photobucket.com/albums/uu213/onelilspark/Disney%20Trip%20February%2009/DisneyTrip09_1.jpg
That's awesome. You should get that blown up and framed. :goodvibes
EEEEE Disney :) EEEE Coronado Springs! SO PRETTY! :lovestruc I have never been there... but we dropped people off on my Mother Daughter trip from the Magical Express so I saw the outside. BEAUTIFUL! :thumbsup2 Your camera takes lovely pictures by the way - love the palm tree one. That gelato looks fantastic... yum. I want it.

I can't wait for the next update :upsidedow
It's a very pretty resort. I mean, I expected it to be pretty, but it was even more gorgeous in person. It was so bright and cheery...Perfect for a summer vacation.
Coronado Springs looks so beautiful, I had no idea there was a lake behind it. I love teal and coral together too, so I'd love to stay there someday!
Yep, that lake is HUGE too. You can typically rent boats and stuff there, but, for some reason, the marina was closed during our stay.
Ahhhh, Disney water... :cloud9: it really is a bit of heaven, isn't it?! My family thinks I'm crazy whenever I bring it up, but so glad that there's so many of us out there that can relate to that magical smell! :goodvibes
When I think of Disney, I think of the Disney water smell. It's heaven. :cloud9:
A few quick points:

Loving the owling - youre not weird, youre unconventional and I love to sit weird ways too!

Laila...My absolute fave. DBF bought me the entire set last time we were there in Feb and I have put it on the birthday list to get again. There's no other scent quite like it - well, except perfune de agua de disney! ;)

The gift shop looks so festive - cant help but grin when you see that donkey! Im a fan of teal/coral combos too - its just so fresh looking!

and finally, I really want to curl up into that hammock now. Cant wait to see pics of the rooms!
Laila is amazing. Every year I say I'm going to buy a bottle, but I never actually do.

Perfume de Agua de Disney :rotfl: They REALLY need to start selling that. :thumbsup2

PlutosRHM55
07-30-2011, 03:41 PM
YAY for getting your full-blown Disney Vacation on! (: Love those Magic Kingdom signs, they truly are the best and that entrance as well. It's grandeur withstands all. I mean, that's the part of the trip leading into excitement and sadness from beginning to end, so... it does have power over Disney World guests hahahaha Same with Disney water... though I think anything Disney related has undeniable powers hahahaha

CSR looks so nice! The views around the place are gorgeous. Sorry you had to wait so long to get checked-in. Why would they split up into two reservations? That's crazy. Good thing your parents did the check-in at the same time (:

Cafe Rix looks like it has some great desserts. I spotted some Creme Brulee (:goodvibes) and that Gelato sounds really good. I really want to try some. Maybe that will be my reason to go to CSR on my next trip hmmm... The muffin looks good too, btw hahahah

Sorry you had to take that long walk to your room. At least, it was all for the final trip to the Magic Kingdom! (: Hopefully the bus ride wasn't too bad :D

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

__disneygirl
08-03-2011, 11:35 AM
Yay! Love this update. The feeling from when you're on your way to your resort to when you see the room for the first time is just indescribable.

Ahhh I love the color scheme of CSR so much. I JUST made a note that I need to buy a coral scarf.

Before you even said that you were debating jumping the fountain, I was thinking about how hard it is to not bathe in the Disney water. GET OUT OF MY HEAD.

LOL @ people telling you to drink around the world... I probably would come out with something inappropriate like, "I'm already drunk, nerd!" and then stick my tongue out. But you handled it better, I'd say.

When I saw you sitting in the chair like that I thought there was a spider LOL.

Everyyyythinggg is just so beautiful. I want to stay there!

Ok the bus stop sign is making me crack up. There's something about Mickey sitting behind a guy in a sombrero that is just funny.

Disneyfreak616
08-04-2011, 09:15 AM
I'm pretty sure I was seated like REALLY close to where you guys were when I was there. I LOVED it. The food and service and everything was just fantastic. Thank God we were in the smarty pants line. :thumbsup2

Blizzard Beach is SO fun. But Typhoon Lagoon is my fave.

CSR is GORGEOUS. :cloud9: I cannot WAIT to stay there!!!

Sorry check-in was so slow. :( We usually do online check-in, which makes the whole process a lot quicker.

Yum, gelato. I'll remember that. :thumbsup2

I hate those darn birds. :headache:

Yay for the rest of your party's arrival! And I'm sorry about the long walk. We requested Casitas, so hopefully we won't have that problem.

YAY YAY YAY for being off to MK! (p.s. that rhymed :banana:)

sue_88
08-04-2011, 07:15 PM
Looking forward to all the details.

Disneyfreak508
08-07-2011, 11:06 PM
I miss your updates :( Even though it hasn't been that long haha. I can't wait for another one :goodvibes

NikkiLovesWDW!
08-09-2011, 09:07 AM
Kara!! Do you listen to Lou Mongello's podcast? WDWRadio? He did an interview with STACY this week! You should definitely check it out! :thumbsup2

jenbear123
08-09-2011, 10:17 AM
I totally hear ya on the walk to Ranchos. Our room wasn't there last time but I did go for a walk around the whole resort. It's pretty far from El Centro. Lovely pictures of CSR!

P.S. I know you recently lost your dog while you were away but I wanted to mention that my dog fell ill THE DAY BEFORE I left. She was throwing up, not eating or drinking. It was horrible. She ended up being okay though. I know it's not the same as losing your dog while you're away but all I could think about was the situation you had been in. :hug:

MarieTheCat24
08-09-2011, 06:05 PM
Hello everyone! :wave2:

I am soooooooo sorry for the lack of updates. I've been quite ill for the past week and a half. It hasn't been fun. But I'm FINALLY starting to feel a bit better (and can sit in front of the computer for a while without feeling like I'm going to vomit) so there should be an update coming in the near future.

For now, I just wanted to quickly stop by to let you all know that...

WE BOOKED A TRIP! WE BOOKED A TRIP! WE BOOOOOOOOKED A TRIPPPPPPP!!! :dance3:

It's not entirely set in stone (ie: life could get in the way), but we're planning on making a much needed return trip to the World from November 27th to December 3rd. We'll be staying at Port Orleans French Quarter with Free Dining. :woohoo: I've only ever been to Florida during the summer or spring break, so I'm quite excited to experience something other than 100 degree heat and insane crowds. Plus, CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS! :santa:

Well, that's all for now. I don't have time right now, but I promise that I'll respond to all of your lovely comments soon. And I'll post an update or two. If I'm gonna be at WDW in 3+ months, I'm gonna need to speed this thing up. :laughing: Anyway, thanks for sticking with me! You guys rock!

Disneyfreak616
08-09-2011, 06:49 PM
So sorry you're sick. :(

BUT YAY AND A HALF THAT YOU BOOKED A TRIP!!!! You are going to LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEE POFQ. :love: It's gorgeous!!!

party:

PlutosRHM55
08-09-2011, 07:02 PM
Awwww... I hope you feel better, no fun being sick :sad2: But yay to your newly booked trip! (Hahaha) (:

NikkiLovesWDW!
08-09-2011, 07:10 PM
Oh that's fantastic Kara! You certainly deserve a redo! :thumbsup2

basketkat
08-09-2011, 07:33 PM
Oh I am sorry you've been sick, but that is super exciting that you have a trip booked! Disney is beautiful at Christmas time with all of the decorations!

disneylovin24
08-09-2011, 08:15 PM
Disney at Christmastime:lovestruc

Your leaving on the day I get there.

IheartDDuck
08-09-2011, 08:33 PM
Yay on booking a trip! I love going right after Thanksgiving.

Disneyfreak508
08-09-2011, 08:46 PM
HOORAY YOU'RE ALIVEE!! :yay:
I'm sorry you're sick :( that's terrible. But I am looking forward to the next update!
And YAYY for a Disney trip!! YAY YAY YAYYYYY :wizard: You guys definitely deserve a do-over!
In 6th grade I went to Disney in February and I caught tonsillitis... so we had to do a redo trip in August. And it was wonderful. It makes up for everything!
Yay! :goodvibes

Nicole786
08-09-2011, 08:54 PM
We hopped out of the car (after I took 20 minutes to make sure I had everything I needed in my park bag) and headed into El Centro. I quite enjoyed constantly referring to El Centro. Saying it just felt so vacation-y.


This reminds me of the Wizards episode where Alex is having trouble in Spanish and her mom goes "Honey, just adding "ito" after every word doesn't make it Spanish." El Centro totally sounds un-spanish, which is why its so fun to say!

We headed inside and were instantly greeted with the greatest scent in the whole wide world: Disne y water. Ahhhh! Screw Laila – I want a bottle of Disney water to spritz on myself every morning.

Yessss Disney water!! AHMAZING!!!!

And other things that stuck in my mind while reading: I was the pink ranger like every year and morphed several times at Halloween!! AND i was just watching Power Rangers the other day on Netflix, they added the entire series on there!

And I can quote 30 rock like all day. That and FRIENDS can find themselves into conversations daily.

NikkiLovesWDW!
08-10-2011, 11:45 AM
http://www.facebook.com/StaceyJAswadHost#!/StaceyJAswadHost

Apparently she responds to everyone so here's your chance to be her friend!

sue_88
08-10-2011, 04:42 PM
Wow! You are going to be at French Quarter right after I leave! Maybe I could hide a secret DIS note in a French Quarter bush for you to find. Well, no, I guess that is kinda strange. :confused:
But, I will definately be wishing I was still there when I am gone and you are just starting your trip.
Glad you are feeling a bit better. Just say "no" to illness! :sick:

Nermel9
08-10-2011, 07:17 PM
Yay for another trip! You're going to love it during Christmastime, it's so beautiful! :lovestruc I'm SO close to talking my DH into going for a quick weekend trip, but every time I think he might say ok, he changes his mind and says no, ughhhh!!! :eek:

Tracy161
08-11-2011, 03:33 PM
SO excited for you guys that you've booked another trip - you deserve it!!! :goodvibes And Christmas time is SUCH a wonderful time to go!!! Haven't been during that time of the year since 1997 :scared1: but I remember everything being so incredibly beautiful!!! :cloud9:

MarieTheCat24
08-11-2011, 05:28 PM
OK. I'm finally responding to all the comments I've missed. Here we go...
YAY for getting your full-blown Disney Vacation on! (: Love those Magic Kingdom signs, they truly are the best and that entrance as well. It's grandeur withstands all. I mean, that's the part of the trip leading into excitement and sadness from beginning to end, so... it does have power over Disney World guests hahahaha Same with Disney water... though I think anything Disney related has undeniable powers hahahaha

CSR looks so nice! The views around the place are gorgeous. Sorry you had to wait so long to get checked-in. Why would they split up into two reservations? That's crazy. Good thing your parents did the check-in at the same time (:

Cafe Rix looks like it has some great desserts. I spotted some Creme Brulee (:goodvibes) and that Gelato sounds really good. I really want to try some. Maybe that will be my reason to go to CSR on my next trip hmmm... The muffin looks good too, btw hahahah

Sorry you had to take that long walk to your room. At least, it was all for the final trip to the Magic Kingdom! (: Hopefully the bus ride wasn't too bad :D

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum
Yeah, I really don't understand how/why our reservation got split up. I mean, they were connecting rooms...It made no sense. Thankfully, getting everything sorted out wasn't too big of a hassle.

The CSR gelato was DELICIOUS. Especially after a long day in the parks.
Yay! Love this update. The feeling from when you're on your way to your resort to when you see the room for the first time is just indescribable.

Ahhh I love the color scheme of CSR so much. I JUST made a note that I need to buy a coral scarf.

Before you even said that you were debating jumping the fountain, I was thinking about how hard it is to not bathe in the Disney water. GET OUT OF MY HEAD.

LOL @ people telling you to drink around the world... I probably would come out with something inappropriate like, "I'm already drunk, nerd!" and then stick my tongue out. But you handled it better, I'd say.

When I saw you sitting in the chair like that I thought there was a spider LOL.

Everyyyythinggg is just so beautiful. I want to stay there!

Ok the bus stop sign is making me crack up. There's something about Mickey sitting behind a guy in a sombrero that is just funny.
I've been on quite the coral kick lately. Anytime I see anything coral, I'm like "I NEED THIS OR I WILL DIE!!!" It's kinda bad...

LOL I'm lucky in that I've built up quite the tolerance to repetitive, kinda dumb comments over the years. At school, I spend a lot of time speaking with prospective students and their families, so I've gotten quite good at just standing there and smiling while overprotective parents whine about how their precious little angels cannot possibly live in a dorm so small. Ugh, people...

That bus stop sign provided me with endless amusement. Every time I looked up at it, I cracked up. It made the whole 'waiting forever for buses' thing a lot more enjoyable.
I'm pretty sure I was seated like REALLY close to where you guys were when I was there. I LOVED it. The food and service and everything was just fantastic. Thank God we were in the smarty pants line. :thumbsup2

Blizzard Beach is SO fun. But Typhoon Lagoon is my fave.

CSR is GORGEOUS. :cloud9: I cannot WAIT to stay there!!!

Sorry check-in was so slow. :( We usually do online check-in, which makes the whole process a lot quicker.

Yum, gelato. I'll remember that. :thumbsup2

I hate those darn birds. :headache:

Yay for the rest of your party's arrival! And I'm sorry about the long walk. We requested Casitas, so hopefully we won't have that problem.

YAY YAY YAY for being off to MK! (p.s. that rhymed :banana:)
Yeah, after this check-in experience, we're definitely considering doing online next time.

Definitely go get some gelato. It was wonderful. I recommend both the cookies and cream and mint chocolate chip.

Later on, we figured out that walking past the main pool and using the bridge that crosses the lake near the Cabanas was a lot quicker, so the walk didn't seem so miserable. THANK GOD.
Looking forward to all the details.
:goodvibes
I miss your updates :( Even though it hasn't been that long haha. I can't wait for another one :goodvibes
This made my day. I'm glad my updates are missed.
Kara!! Do you listen to Lou Mongello's podcast? WDWRadio? He did an interview with STACY this week! You should definitely check it out! :thumbsup2
AH! I will definitely have to check that out! Thanks for letting me know!
I totally hear ya on the walk to Ranchos. Our room wasn't there last time but I did go for a walk around the whole resort. It's pretty far from El Centro. Lovely pictures of CSR!

P.S. I know you recently lost your dog while you were away but I wanted to mention that my dog fell ill THE DAY BEFORE I left. She was throwing up, not eating or drinking. It was horrible. She ended up being okay though. I know it's not the same as losing your dog while you're away but all I could think about was the situation you had been in. :hug:
Oh no. I'm sorry that you had to deal with that. It is so incredibly stressful. I'm really glad that she ended up being okay. :goodvibes

MarieTheCat24
08-11-2011, 05:39 PM
So sorry you're sick. :(

BUT YAY AND A HALF THAT YOU BOOKED A TRIP!!!! You are going to LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEE POFQ. :love: It's gorgeous!!!

party:
LOL "Yay and a half" just might be my new favorite expression. :rotfl:

I'm quite excited about POFQ. You'll have to give me all the insider tips. :thumbsup2
Awwww... I hope you feel better, no fun being sick :sad2: But yay to your newly booked trip! (Hahaha) (:
Thanks! :goodvibes
Oh that's fantastic Kara! You certainly deserve a redo! :thumbsup2
Thanks, Nikki! :upsidedow
Oh I am sorry you've been sick, but that is super exciting that you have a trip booked! Disney is beautiful at Christmas time with all of the decorations!
I'm so excited to see all of the decorations. I've watched the Travel Channel special about WDW at Christmas soooo many times. It'll be AMAZING to finally see everything in person. :santa:
Disney at Christmastime:lovestruc

Your leaving on the day I get there.
Aw, we'll just miss each other. Let's keep our fingers crossed for good weather! I don't mind a little chilliness, but I sure hope we don't freeze to death. :rotfl:
Yay on booking a trip! I love going right after Thanksgiving.
I'm glad to hear that you enjoy traveling then. I really have no idea what to expect, so it's nice to know that it won't be completely miserable.
HOORAY YOU'RE ALIVEE!! :yay:
I'm sorry you're sick :( that's terrible. But I am looking forward to the next update!
And YAYY for a Disney trip!! YAY YAY YAYYYYY :wizard: You guys definitely deserve a do-over!
In 6th grade I went to Disney in February and I caught tonsillitis... so we had to do a redo trip in August. And it was wonderful. It makes up for everything!
Yay! :goodvibes
YAY! I'm glad that re-do trips make up for all of the lousiness. It will be so nice to be there again and to fully soak up the magic without worrying about my dog/being sad. Disney is my happy place, not my sad place.
This reminds me of the Wizards episode where Alex is having trouble in Spanish and her mom goes "Honey, just adding "ito" after every word doesn't make it Spanish." El Centro totally sounds un-spanish, which is why its so fun to say!

Yessss Disney water!! AHMAZING!!!!

And other things that stuck in my mind while reading: I was the pink ranger like every year and morphed several times at Halloween!! AND i was just watching Power Rangers the other day on Netflix, they added the entire series on there!

And I can quote 30 rock like all day. That and FRIENDS can find themselves into conversations daily.
:rotfl: I love Wizards of Waverly Place. It never fails to crack me up.

Oooo Power Rangers is on Netflix? I will be checking that out. A year or so ago, I randomly caught an episode on TV at like 4 in the morning. I was so excited. :laughing: I'm such a dork.

MarieTheCat24
08-11-2011, 05:48 PM
http://www.facebook.com/StaceyJAswadHost#!/StaceyJAswadHost

Apparently she responds to everyone so here's your chance to be her friend!
OH MY GOSH! I HAVE TO GO FRIEND HER! :worship:
Wow! You are going to be at French Quarter right after I leave! Maybe I could hide a secret DIS note in a French Quarter bush for you to find. Well, no, I guess that is kinda strange. :confused:
But, I will definately be wishing I was still there when I am gone and you are just starting your trip.
Glad you are feeling a bit better. Just say "no" to illness! :sick:
Aw, HIGH FIVE fellow POFQ traveler! I'm so excited! :cool1: Have you ever stayed there before?
Yay for another trip! You're going to love it during Christmastime, it's so beautiful! :lovestruc I'm SO close to talking my DH into going for a quick weekend trip, but every time I think he might say ok, he changes his mind and says no, ughhhh!!! :eek:
Aw, I hope you're able to talk him into it! Just keep pushing. I'm sure he'll give in eventually. :cutie:
SO excited for you guys that you've booked another trip - you deserve it!!! :goodvibes And Christmas time is SUCH a wonderful time to go!!! Haven't been during that time of the year since 1997 :scared1: but I remember everything being so incredibly beautiful!!! :cloud9:
Thanks! I'm so excited! It will be a whole new Disney experience for us and that's always fun. :yay:

wdwgirl03
08-12-2011, 10:37 AM
Yay for a Christmas trip! I am a little bit jealous. Love WDW during the holidays!

foodrocksluver
08-12-2011, 01:37 PM
http://www.facebook.com/StaceyJAswadHost#!/StaceyJAswadHost

Apparently she responds to everyone so here's your chance to be her friend!

She really does. You have to "Like" her and then you can write to her. Which I did. And she responded! I almost fell out of my chair.

Disneyfreak616
08-12-2011, 02:06 PM
LOL "Yay and a half" just might be my new favorite expression. :rotfl:

I'm quite excited about POFQ. You'll have to give me all the insider tips. :thumbsup2

Hahaha I'm so glad you like it! :goodvibes

I will! Just ask! Tip #1: Make sure you try beignets while you're there! :lovestruc

sue_88
08-12-2011, 08:32 PM
Aw, HIGH FIVE fellow POFQ traveler! I'm so excited! :cool1: Have you ever stayed there before?
:

I have not! But I did walk around there one time and I took the boat to DTD from Port Orleans. That is a big draw for me. I think I will often use this lovely alternative transportation to Disney shopping and food.:lovestruc

aspiringprincess1
08-13-2011, 11:26 AM
HI! You're trip sounds like my trip!! The best of times and the worst of times! sorry I'm a bit late on subbing, but I'm definitely in! Our families are like twins too! :goodvibes

Can't wait to read more about it!

MarieTheCat24
08-18-2011, 05:53 PM
Hi guys! I'm FINALLY back with an update. Lemme just respond to all of your lovely comments and then I'll get it posted. :cool1:

Yay for a Christmas trip! I am a little bit jealous. Love WDW during the holidays!
I'm so excited! I've always wanted to go during the holidays so this is pretty much a dream come true. :santa:
She really does. You have to "Like" her and then you can write to her. Which I did. And she responded! I almost fell out of my chair.
Ah! This is so exciting! I don't know what I should write to her. I feel like "Did you ever know that you're my hero and everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, 'cause you are the wind beneath my wings." might be a little creepy....
Hahaha I'm so glad you like it! :goodvibes

I will! Just ask! Tip #1: Make sure you try beignets while you're there! :lovestruc
OK. Beignets are on the list. :thumbsup2
I have not! But I did walk around there one time and I took the boat to DTD from Port Orleans. That is a big draw for me. I think I will often use this lovely alternative transportation to Disney shopping and food.:lovestruc
Yeah, that convenience is wonderful. Especially since the parks tend to close on the earlier side. I'm so used to summer trips with late park hours. I'm going need to find new things to occupy my time at night.
HI! You're trip sounds like my trip!! The best of times and the worst of times! sorry I'm a bit late on subbing, but I'm definitely in! Our families are like twins too! :goodvibes

Can't wait to read more about it!
WELCOME! :yay:

I will definitely have to check our your TR!

Disneyfreak508
08-18-2011, 05:58 PM
http://www.facebook.com/StaceyJAswadHost#!/StaceyJAswadHost

Apparently she responds to everyone so here's your chance to be her friend!

LOL can I just say how happy this link made me? I liked her on facebook :thumbsup2 So funnyyy. And I'm following her on twitter too!


Ah! This is so exciting! I don't know what I should write to her. I feel like "Did you ever know that you're my hero and everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, 'cause you are the wind beneath my wings." might be a little creepy....

:rotfl::lmao::rotfl2: You are too funny. :laughing:

I can't wait for the update!!!

MarieTheCat24
08-18-2011, 06:31 PM
JULY 3RD PART TWO: Trains and Trains and Boats and Boats
When I last left off 800 years ago (I’m really hoping English is still the language of choice here), we were jam-packed onto a bus headed for the Magic Kingdom.

Yay - Magic Kingdom! Boo - feeling like a sardine!

I must say, taking a bus to the Magic Kingdom felt very, very strange. Until this trip, I had only ever stayed at one of the Magic Kingdom resorts. Yes, I am one of those MK resort snobs. Not in an ‘I WILL NEVER STAY ANYWHERE ELSE’ kind of way (They are so darn expensive!) but the MK resorts are the best. Always. So, after arriving via boat or monorail countless times, buses seem so lame. I mean, the first big, grand entrance to the MK should be majestic…And not quite so public transportation-y.

Anyway, we disembarked our motor coach (I love how Disney tries to make it seem a heck of a lot more glamorous than it really is), and we joined the masses headed toward the entrance. It was crazy. There were people pouring in from everywhere. The buses, the monorails, the ferries….I’m pretty sure I saw a family emerge from the Seven Seas Lagoon in scuba gear.

OK, I didn’t see that. But I wouldn’t have been surprised if I did. That’s how crowded it was.

Mom and I were the only ones with bags, so we waited at bag check while everyone else went in. It took forever because, as per usual, my bag was thoroughly searched. OK, Disney, I get it. Clearly there has been a bit of a misunderstanding and you think I’m a terrorist. It’s cool. Common mistake. But don’t worry, I’m not trying to smuggle anything in. There’s no need to open my glasses case, sniff my sunscreen, or thoroughly inspect that tube of chapstick. You’re not gonna find anything in there, guys.

After almost stripping down (for the second time that morning) to prove that I was safe to let in the park, security waved me through, and we were off. Well, off to the turnstiles where we were forced to wait in yet another line. Ugh. I really hate crowds. Especially 4th of July weekend crowds.

Once we finally made it through the turnstiles and into the promise land, it was time for a big group photo in front of the train station. This was a terrible idea because the sun was shining right into our eyes and we all look ridiculous. Those pictures have since been deleted. Both from the camera and from memory.

We had decided while waiting for the bus that our first order of business was to head back to Frontierland and see what the Splash/BTMRR waits were like. It was only a little after 11:00, so we were hoping that they wouldn’t be too crazy. Though, the ridiculous influx of people into the Magic Kingdom was beginning to lead me to believe otherwise.

Instead of walking all the way back to Frontierland, we figured we’d just jump on the train. Why get all hot and sweaty when you don’t have to? Actually, let me rephrase that…Why get MORE hot and sweaty when you don’t have to?

The view out over the Seven Seas Lagoon from the platform:
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You can see the top of my precious Polynesian. I miss it so!

We only had to wait a minute or two before our train arrived.
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Are the trains always decorated so patriotically? I can’t remember.

Because it took quite a while for it to set in that we had to adjust our usual touring style to make room for the extra member in our party, we all crammed into one row. Bad idea. We were squished. And (lucky us!) forced to sit there forever. Dad decided to occupy the time by taking a group shot.
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Mom’s not paying attention and I have my ‘Gosh, Dad, this is the 5oth shot! Just take the stupid picture already’ fake smile on. There is also gum hanging out of my mouth. Attractive.

Immediately after that photo was taken, a little boy who had been picked by the CMs called out “ALL ABOARD!” He was adorable. Then, our train headed deep into the jungles of Adventureland. I had a momentary lapse of Disney fandom and forgot that the narration had been changed, so when the new one started, I was kinda bummed. I miss the old one! The new one is too dull.

We made it to Frontierland and we were all very glad to “uncram” ourselves from the train. We quickly headed downstairs and sent Dad to get Splash Mountain FPs. I snapped a few photos.
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Our FPs were for 12:30, which was a little over an hour away. To pass the time, we decided to ride Big Thunder Mt. The posted wait time was 30 minutes, but we figured it would be faster than that. I was a little ‘meh’ about waiting, but, as we would soon find out, just about every ride in the Magic Kingdom had a wait over 30 minutes, so it wasn’t really that bad. Just hot and sweaty.

Here are some pictures from the queue:
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While we were winding through the switchbacks, a lovely gentleman noticed my birthday button and wished me a happy birthday. I thought it was really sweet. I love when regular old park guests go out of their way to make others feel special. It gets even better though. Every single time we passed by each other (which was often), he feigned surprise and excitedly said, “Oh my gosh, happy birthday!” again. It cracked me up. By the time we headed down into the load area, I was crying with laughter. It definitely made the wait seem a lot quicker. Thanks, Happy Birthday Guy!

BTMRR was just as fun as ever. It’s one of my favorites. I could ride that runaway train all day. Someday, when I’m rich, I’m going to rent out the MK for a day so I can do just that. You’re all invited, of course!

Here are Mom and I before our train left the station:
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And here are Katie and Wade:
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After “the wildest ride in the wilderness,” we decided to head over to Adventureland.
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It was time to get our pirate on. Pillaging and plundering ahoy!
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I love the Pirates queue. It’s so dark and cool and wonderful. Plus, who doesn’t want to feel like a pirate for a little while? I mean, I don’t know that I’d enjoy the full pirate lifestyle (it seems a little dirty and I’d probably get seasick) but a little dash of cannons, dungeons, and darkness every once in a while is quite enjoyable.
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After YoHo-ing to our hearts’ content, it was time to head back to Frontierland to take a trip down into the Briar Patch.
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Hooray for the Smart People Line!

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Again, we were stupid and decided that Katie, Wade, and I would cram into one row. It was alright at first, but when we made the dip down Slippin’ Falls, I took an elbow to the chest. Brer Rabbit’s story isn’t quite as cute and entertaining when you’re gasping for breath. LOL. OK, that’s a lie. It’s still really dang cute. Everything just looked a little weird because I was lightheaded from a lack of oxygen. No biggie.

I took this (awful) photo of one of my favorite signs near the exit:
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The glare is in the way, but it says “When you can’t open up your mouth without a song poppin’ right out of it, that’s a zip-a-dee-doo-dah day.” This is incredibly applicable to my own life as I’m almost always singing something. Even when I feel absolutely miserable, I still find myself singing/humming/making up songs as I do mundane things like blow my nose.

For instance (to the tune of “Heigh-Ho”):
My nose, my nose, I’m blo-o-wing my nose…

Who has two thumbs and is a complete and total weirdo?



Anyway, we headed off towards Fantasyland for some more Magic Kingdom fun. But first, I snapped one last shot of Splash Mt:
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It is most definitely both splashy and mountainy.

UP NEXT: I've always said this would make an excellent drinking game.

Disneyfreak508
08-18-2011, 07:11 PM
….I’m pretty sure I saw a family emerge from the Seven Seas Lagoon in scuba gear.

....I'm pretty sure there's a mental picture in my head of this happening. And it's making me laugh A LOT :rotfl:

I had a momentary lapse of Disney fandom and forgot that the narration had been changed, so when the new one started, I was kinda bummed. I miss the old one! The new one is too dull.

Okay... I was listening to the old Transit Authority spiel today... and almost cried because I missed it so much. Anywhoo I came to the conclusion that it is very dull as well!! And the Spaceship Earth narration is boring too! What the heck is going on?! As time goes on do we all just get more boring? :confused3

While we were winding through the switchbacks, a lovely gentleman noticed my birthday button and wished me a happy birthday. I thought it was really sweet. I love when regular old park guests go out of their way to make others feel special. It gets even better though. Every single time we passed by each other (which was often), he feigned surprise and excitedly said, “Oh my gosh, happy birthday!” again. It cracked me up. By the time we headed down into the load area, I was crying with laughter. It definitely made the wait seem a lot quicker. Thanks, Happy Birthday Guy!

That is an AWESOME story.

Someday, when I’m rich, I’m going to rent out the MK for a day so I can do just that. You’re all invited, of course!

I will most definitely be attending! :thumbsup2

Hooray for the Smart People Line!

So true!! :lmao:

This is incredibly applicable to my own life as I’m almost always singing something.

Same here!!! I'm pretty sure I make up songs about walking down the stairs :rotfl2:

IheartDDuck
08-18-2011, 07:26 PM
I'm glad that your ride was splashy and mountainy. Wouldn't be the same if it wasn't.

I've done the cram three people in a row before. Back in the day. When I was thinner. I don't think it would even be possible now! :rotfl:

BerrysGirl
08-18-2011, 09:23 PM
I'm joining in! I love your writing... it cracks me up!
I too totally agree that all the cool kids come from Ohio... considering you love the Indians, have a 17 hour drive to the World, and take I-77 to get there, I'd say we're from the same area too (I'm originally from Wooster if that means anything to you).

Sorry to hear about your dog :( My dog's 15 and she and I have an agreement... she cannot die when I'm around. I have to be FAR away because I know I'll already be inconsolable as it is...
But I hope the rest of your trip was magical! Can't wait to read more :)

wdwgirl03
08-18-2011, 10:22 PM
hahaha I don't think I've ever noticed that sign at SM before but that it awesome. I about burst out laughing when I read that. Random side note, are you a Glee fan? I seem to remember on another TR you mentioning you were. Anyways...tonight my sister and I were watching the season 1 finale on DVD. It has that one line when Sue says something about how Will's hair looks like a briar patch and she expects animated Disney characters to pop out and start singing. :rotfl: Sorry for that bit of randomness but hey, whenever I hear that it makes me think of Splash Mountain.

Vwdiva93
08-18-2011, 10:34 PM
Aww that story about the Happy Birthday Guy made me laugh out loud! That was so sweet of him. I love it too when regular park guests acknowledge the celebration buttons!

I love your "blowing my nose" song as well:lmao: Can't wait to hear more.

basketkat
08-18-2011, 10:48 PM
Your blowing your nose song sounds excellent!!!! :thumbsup2

I agree Pirates is a fabulous ride to cool off on a hot day! It sounds like you were having a really fun MK day!

tinkgurl
08-19-2011, 10:03 AM
Everytime we hear the "disembark" on the bus, Dad and Sis always bark like a dog. :laughing: Sometimes they'll get laughs, sometimes they'll get weird looks.

I love riding the train. That view looking out from the train station made me miss it! That's all I do while we wait for the train to leave the station. I try and take that view all in so I can remember it.

Yay for Splash FP's working out so well. Loved the story about the 'Happy Birthday!' guy in the BTMRR line. I'm glad you encountered a nice, happy person. Seriously, it's a rare thing there anymore.

And bravo on the 'Blowin' my nose' song! :thumbsup2 :laughing:

MarieTheCat24
08-19-2011, 11:03 AM
....I'm pretty sure there's a mental picture in my head of this happening. And it's making me laugh A LOT :rotfl:

Okay... I was listening to the old Transit Authority spiel today... and almost cried because I missed it so much. Anywhoo I came to the conclusion that it is very dull as well!! And the Spaceship Earth narration is boring too! What the heck is going on?! As time goes on do we all just get more boring? :confused3

That is an AWESOME story.

I will most definitely be attending! :thumbsup2

So true!! :lmao:

Same here!!! I'm pretty sure I make up songs about walking down the stairs :rotfl2:
I know. I was actually thinking about the TTA as I was writing about how dull the train narration has gotten. I think the main problem is that, instead of using the narration to tell a story, it's become one giant advertisement. It's like, "Look! You're passing construction. That will soon become an expanded Fantasyland so you should probably just go ahead and book your 2013 vacations RIGHT NOW! PS: Bring tons of extra $$$ for souvies!" ;)

I'm sure your 'walking down the stairs' song is excellent. We should team up and become the next great songwriting duo. :thumbsup2
I'm glad that your ride was splashy and mountainy. Wouldn't be the same if it wasn't.

I've done the cram three people in a row before. Back in the day. When I was thinner. I don't think it would even be possible now! :rotfl:
Three people in a row is not fun. I don't know what we were thinking. LOL.
I'm joining in! I love your writing... it cracks me up!
I too totally agree that all the cool kids come from Ohio... considering you love the Indians, have a 17 hour drive to the World, and take I-77 to get there, I'd say we're from the same area too (I'm originally from Wooster if that means anything to you).

Sorry to hear about your dog :( My dog's 15 and she and I have an agreement... she cannot die when I'm around. I have to be FAR away because I know I'll already be inconsolable as it is...
But I hope the rest of your trip was magical! Can't wait to read more :)
WELCOME!

I totally know where Wooster is! I'm from a small town that's like 15 minutes outside of Cleveland. Most people (even those from the Cleveland area) have never heard of it. :rotfl:
hahaha I don't think I've ever noticed that sign at SM before but that it awesome. I about burst out laughing when I read that. Random side note, are you a Glee fan? I seem to remember on another TR you mentioning you were. Anyways...tonight my sister and I were watching the season 1 finale on DVD. It has that one line when Sue says something about how Will's hair looks like a briar patch and she expects animated Disney characters to pop out and start singing. :rotfl: Sorry for that bit of randomness but hey, whenever I hear that it makes me think of Splash Mountain.
I LOVE that line. I can't ride SM anymore without thinking about it and laughing hysterically. Oh, Sue....
Aww that story about the Happy Birthday Guy made me laugh out loud! That was so sweet of him. I love it too when regular park guests acknowledge the celebration buttons!

I love your "blowing my nose" song as well:lmao: Can't wait to hear more.
Happy Birthday Guy was awesome. It's definitely one memory I will never forget.
Your blowing your nose song sounds excellent!!!! :thumbsup2

I agree Pirates is a fabulous ride to cool off on a hot day! It sounds like you were having a really fun MK day!
Thank you! I should probably go ahead and get it published. :laughing:
Everytime we hear the "disembark" on the bus, Dad and Sis always bark like a dog. :laughing: Sometimes they'll get laughs, sometimes they'll get weird looks.

I love riding the train. That view looking out from the train station made me miss it! That's all I do while we wait for the train to leave the station. I try and take that view all in so I can remember it.

Yay for Splash FP's working out so well. Loved the story about the 'Happy Birthday!' guy in the BTMRR line. I'm glad you encountered a nice, happy person. Seriously, it's a rare thing there anymore.

And bravo on the 'Blowin' my nose' song! :thumbsup2 :laughing:
:rotfl: Your dad and sis are awesome!

I love that view too. I also love the view of the Contemporary from the train when it passes through Tomorrowland. Looking back at the MK resorts from inside the MK is such a unique experience.

I know, right? I was so incredibly happy to encounter such an awesome guy. So many people can be such grumps. I mean, I definitely have my grumpy moments, but you're in WDW! Lighten up, people!

princessallie
08-19-2011, 01:07 PM
I really hope your sister and her boyfriend are still together- they're totally precious looking. :lovestruc

Haha, I agree on Disney using big fancy words. It's Disney. C'mon now. It's a nice touch, I suppppooose.

Sounds like a good morning thus far!!!!

PlutosRHM55
08-19-2011, 02:38 PM
Woot! Magic Kingdom! :teeth: I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the bus ride over. I can't believe you've managed to stay at the MK and Monorail resorts for most of your Disney trips. I'm so jealous. Hopefully I'll be staying at one on my next trip :)

LOL @ the family emerging from the Seven Seas Lagoon in scuba gear. I know it didn't happen, but seriously when thinking about it, it just seems so ridiculous which makes it super funny, but I can't believe it was that Friday for that even to come into your mind. Wow! And I think with security checking your bags, it usually depends on who checks your bags, sometimes bag checker's are more thorough than others, though I think they shouldn't be that thorough like you said (:

LOL @ the Happy Birthday guy! That was so nice of him, but to continually do it, what a way to make a day even better. Then, right after it you get to ride the wildest ride in the wilderness, a great way to start your day at the Magic Kingdom ::yes::

Oh, you're so right about the Pirates of the Caribbean. It's so cool! The layout is very unique to most rides and the little scenes set up are just so cool and really sets you up for an awesome ride. :goodvibes Typing about this is really making me miss Disney :')

Sorry to hear about your little issue on Splash Mountain, but that's awesome you all fit in one row :thumbsup2 And I never noticed that little sign at the exit from the ride. Very cute, I think I may even be guilty of singing randomly sometimes... I think hearing music all the time does that to you :laughing:

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

MarieTheCat24
08-20-2011, 04:09 PM
I really hope your sister and her boyfriend are still together- they're totally precious looking. :lovestruc

Haha, I agree on Disney using big fancy words. It's Disney. C'mon now. It's a nice touch, I suppppooose.

Sounds like a good morning thus far!!!!
Yep, they're still together. They're crazy about each other. :thumbsup2
Woot! Magic Kingdom! :teeth: I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the bus ride over. I can't believe you've managed to stay at the MK and Monorail resorts for most of your Disney trips. I'm so jealous. Hopefully I'll be staying at one on my next trip :)

LOL @ the family emerging from the Seven Seas Lagoon in scuba gear. I know it didn't happen, but seriously when thinking about it, it just seems so ridiculous which makes it super funny, but I can't believe it was that Friday for that even to come into your mind. Wow! And I think with security checking your bags, it usually depends on who checks your bags, sometimes bag checker's are more thorough than others, though I think they shouldn't be that thorough like you said (:

LOL @ the Happy Birthday guy! That was so nice of him, but to continually do it, what a way to make a day even better. Then, right after it you get to ride the wildest ride in the wilderness, a great way to start your day at the Magic Kingdom ::yes::

Oh, you're so right about the Pirates of the Caribbean. It's so cool! The layout is very unique to most rides and the little scenes set up are just so cool and really sets you up for an awesome ride. :goodvibes Typing about this is really making me miss Disney :')

Sorry to hear about your little issue on Splash Mountain, but that's awesome you all fit in one row :thumbsup2 And I never noticed that little sign at the exit from the ride. Very cute, I think I may even be guilty of singing randomly sometimes... I think hearing music all the time does that to you :laughing:

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum
Yeah, I'm a total MK resort snob. Obviously, I'm not opposed to staying at Mods/Values (It's better than not going at all) but there's just something extra special about the MK resorts for me. An extra dose of magic. :wizard:

My mind works in strange ways...:rotfl:

I'm really missing Disney right now too. This installment was quite hard to write. I'm so ready to go back!

jelloarms
08-24-2011, 04:59 AM
I didn't know they let 3 people sit in a row!

flounderfan12
08-24-2011, 11:57 AM
im so excited that you get to get a re do trip its so deserved! if my dog had died while i was at disney i dont know what i would have done i could barely function here nevermind in disney and now that i need a disney trip more then anything in the world and its so close what happens i lose my job putting my trip in 35 days in serious jeporady but im still determined to go no matter what lol i went at christmas time last year and its incredible you will love it!!!! and pofq is my favorite resort!

Cat0727
08-24-2011, 07:37 PM
Ahhh horray for your next Disney trip! Disney's Christmas decorations are the best. :goodvibes I was in awe when I went last November. It was even better than I expected.

My sister, boyfriend and I have sat 3 in a row before on HM and BTMRR but not on Splash Mountain. I forgot they have the lap bar now.

Disneyfreak616
08-31-2011, 12:52 AM
HAHAHA nfdlkahbdi fdasjnhfin kdsahfifhna hidfoib jolsehifon sdahfn dson. That is our new language. Ask me what that all means...uhh...lemme get back to you on that one....

Although I've never stayed at a MK resort, I must agree that arriving on a monorail is a LOT mmore magical than arriving on a bus. I do love the whole spiel though. "Hello everyone, and welcome aboard the Walt Disney World transportation system. We're on our way to the Magic Kingdom! If you're standing, we encourage you to use the handrails above or to the sides, and remain clear of the doors. Now sit back and enjoy the ride, we'll be there soon!" I think that's right lol. I wish I could have it on my iPod!!

Gotta love the awkward sun glare pics and the 4th of July crowds. :/ Blahhh. HAHAHA.

30 minutes in a non-air conditioned queue?? Bless you.

Ahhh Splash. I refuse to put three people where there should be two LOL. I'm sorry about your Splashy pain. :(

Jazzabelle508
08-31-2011, 07:39 AM
Although I've never stayed at a MK resort, I must agree that arriving on a monorail is a LOT mmore magical than arriving on a bus. I do love the whole spiel though. "Hello everyone, and welcome aboard the Walt Disney World transportation system. We're on our way to the Magic Kingdom! If you're standing, we encourage you to use the handrails above or to the sides, and remain clear of the doors. Now sit back and enjoy the ride, we'll be there soon!" I think that's right lol. I wish I could have it on my iPod!!

I agree with you. oh btw they do have the magic kingdom monorail audio on you tube. here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5wSqTpbsUA. If you take this and convert it to a mp3 on zamzar you should be able to get it on your ipod

MarieTheCat24
08-31-2011, 04:08 PM
I didn't know they let 3 people sit in a row!
Yep, they do, but I would not recommend it. It's a bit of a squeeze.
im so excited that you get to get a re do trip its so deserved! if my dog had died while i was at disney i dont know what i would have done i could barely function here nevermind in disney and now that i need a disney trip more then anything in the world and its so close what happens i lose my job putting my trip in 35 days in serious jeporady but im still determined to go no matter what lol i went at christmas time last year and its incredible you will love it!!!! and pofq is my favorite resort!
I'm sorry about your job. I hope everything works out and you're still able to go to Disney! :hug:
Ahhh horray for your next Disney trip! Disney's Christmas decorations are the best. :goodvibes I was in awe when I went last November. It was even better than I expected.

My sister, boyfriend and I have sat 3 in a row before on HM and BTMRR but not on Splash Mountain. I forgot they have the lap bar now.
I'm so excited! :santa:

Yeah, the lap bar definitely did not help. :rotfl:
HAHAHA nfdlkahbdi fdasjnhfin kdsahfifhna hidfoib jolsehifon sdahfn dson. That is our new language. Ask me what that all means...uhh...lemme get back to you on that one....

Although I've never stayed at a MK resort, I must agree that arriving on a monorail is a LOT mmore magical than arriving on a bus. I do love the whole spiel though. "Hello everyone, and welcome aboard the Walt Disney World transportation system. We're on our way to the Magic Kingdom! If you're standing, we encourage you to use the handrails above or to the sides, and remain clear of the doors. Now sit back and enjoy the ride, we'll be there soon!" I think that's right lol. I wish I could have it on my iPod!!

Gotta love the awkward sun glare pics and the 4th of July crowds. :/ Blahhh. HAHAHA.

30 minutes in a non-air conditioned queue?? Bless you.

Ahhh Splash. I refuse to put three people where there should be two LOL. I'm sorry about your Splashy pain. :(
Welcome back, Kristen! I hope you had a wonderful time in the World! :goodvibes

Oh, I do love that narration. The Disney Voice Guy is the best.

I wish you would've given me that advice before we decided to cram in. I'm sure my lungs would've appreciated it. ;)

MarieTheCat24
08-31-2011, 05:01 PM
JULY 3RD PART THREE: The Update That Isn't Worth Nearly the Amount of Time I Spent Writing It (You've Been Warned)

At this point, it was a little after 1:00. It was hot, lines were long, and my blood sugar was low. That, my friends, is pretty much the perfect storm. I tend to turn into a bit of a Mr. Grumpy Gills when faced with such an occurrence. Luckily for me (and probably even more for my family), I realized that the storm was brewing before I reached a complete ‘Kate Gosselin and the spilled ice cream’ style meltdown and immediately declared that I needed to eat something. I didn’t want to eat a big meal because we would be dining at the Crystal Palace in a few short hours, so I decided that a slushie would be the perfect thing to tide me over. We figured we’d head to Tomorrowland so I could get a slushie from the Lunching Pad (I don’t know if they sell them anywhere else in the MK) and everyone else could go get Space Mountain FPs to use later.

We cut through Fantasyland which was crazy busy. Every ride (sans Mickey’s Philharmagic and the carousel) had a wait of 45 minutes or more. Yes, that includes Snow ‘The Lamest One of All’ White. It was nuts. Who would wait so long for that?
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When we got to Tomorrowland, Mom and I took a snack break while everyone else got Space FPs and rode the TTA. After last year’s TTA ride from hell, I’m still a bit wary about getting back on.

Anyway, here’s my slushie:
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Mom got a box of popcorn and I, of course, just had to have a handful or two. It was delicious. That shouldn’t come as a surprise though considering Disney popcorn is never not delicious. I’m pretty sure they sprinkle it with pure magic.

With that crisis averted, it was time to hit some more rides. Mom, Katie, and Wade headed to Fantasyland to see Mickey’s Philharmagic. Dad and I stayed in Tomorrowland to experience one of life’s greatest, air-conditioned pleasures….The Carousel of Progress. I hadn’t gotten my Carousel on for a few years, so I was excited to head back and see if it was as cheesetastic as I remembered.

When we arrived, they were just starting to let people into the theater. We followed the medium-sized group of Carousel newbies and die-hards right in. I’ve found that those are the only two types of people who actually still ride this thing. The die-hards who love to revel in its cheese-filled nostalgia and the newbies who have no idea what they’re in for. Everyone else rides it once and says “Never again.”

Dad and I took seats in the very last row. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Happy Birthday Guy and his family were sitting a handful of empty seats down from me. I should’ve figured that he and his family were Disney freaks.
We got the ‘I know you newbs might feel the strong urge to get up and leave in the middle of this thing - I don’t blame you - but don’t even think about it’ lecture from a CM, and then we were off on our “whirlwind” adventure through the 20th Century.

I must say, the whole experience was very enlightening. I usually just mock it, but, man, if you really pay attention, this ride is very educational.

Things the Carousel of Progress taught me:
-It’s root beer now, not sarsaparilla. Don’t forget it.
-It’s very easy to blow a fuse. When you do, make your young son fix it. Nothing is safer than letting your kid mess around with electricity.
-Never let your Uncle Orville come stay with you. Never. He is a drunk and he hogs the bathroom.
-When your dog is just lying there on the floor, tell him to get down. It makes perfect sense.
-I need to find a “Cracker Jack prize” of a husband.
-Kids hate hearing about the olden days. Grandparents will tell them about the olden days anyway because they are grandparents and they can.
-Video games are the number one cause of house fires in the US.

As we ventured back out into the hot Florida sun, I texted Mom to inquire about where we should meet up. They were in line for the carousel (It’s named after Prince Charming or something now, right?) so Dad and I headed that way.

I snapped this shot of the Beast’s castle:
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I cannot wait for Belle’s village to open up. I’m looking forward to singing “THERE MUST BE MORE THAN THIS PROVINCIAL LIFEEEEEE!” as I wander around. If I’m lucky, someone will jump in with the “JUST WATCH I’M GOING TO MAKE BELLE MY WIFEEEEEEEE!”

We met up with the gang and decided that, since we didn’t feel like waiting in long lines, we’d head over to another ‘Just Walk Right In’ attraction: The Hall of Presidents. Again, I hadn’t been in there in quite some time. The last time was during the G. Dubs presidency (That’s George W. Bush if you don’t speak fluent ‘cool’ like I do).

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Ooooo The Great Seal of the United States. I bet there's a secret Illuminati message hidden in the carpet fibers.

When we were let into the theater, we, again, took seats in the very last row. I don’t sit in the front. Ever. I’m the super nerdy kid who gets good grades but would much rather sit in the back of the classroom with the lazy kids. It’s way more entertaining back there.

Then, the show started. There was history. Morgan Freeman was all soothing and narrator-y. George Washington was like “Heck no, I don’t want to be King! Have you people been living under a rock for the past few years? U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!” Andrew Jackson was all “You guys are my peeps! Let’s party at my house tonight!” Then, Abraham Lincoln was like “Four score and seven years ago…You guys really need to stop being so darn racist.” Teddy Roosevelt was a cowboy. FDR said numerous things that are frequently quoted. JFK did stuff. Everyone else gets glossed over because, really, were they all that important? Some of the “Eh” crowd is part of a montage.

Then, the curtain rose and all of the presidents were introduced. I wasn’t really paying attention though because I started thinking about this YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9CE8AJn-UI) and laughed. A lot. People giving me 'I know Millard Fillmore is a funny name, but it’s not that funny. Keep it together, woman!' looks. Then, Obama talked about hope and change or so I'm assuming because I still wasn’t paying attention. Instead, I started thinking about how awesome it would be to reunite the presidents for real, like, on Oprah when they reunited the cast of The Sound of Music. She’d be like “PLEASE WELCOME THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITEEEEEEED STAAAAAAAAAAAATES” and then they’d all sit down and gossip for an hour. Oh, the things I think of…

When the show ended, we headed back out into the scorching afternoon heat. We decided we’d head back over to Tomorrowland after a quick detour around and through the Castle.
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I tried to take pictures of the murals, but it was impossible with all of the people passing through. We continued on our merry way, down the Castle ramps, and out onto Main Street.

Here are Walt and Mickey from behind:
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And here's Dumbo:
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I love his floppy ears. Someone really needs to buy me a pet elephant. Preferably one that can fly.

Dad secretly snapped this photo of us walking:
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It’s so paparazzi-esque. Clearly, I need someone to stalk me through WDW and take pictures. Any volunteers? I promise that you’ll be treated to many exciting sights throughout the week, such as me getting ice cream in my hair, me sweating a lot, and me breaking into a stupid dance whenever I hear music that’s remotely danceable.

Anywhooo, here’s Tomorrowland:
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For some reason, I really love those rocks. :confused3

We were going to go to the Laugh Floor, but the line was really long, so we grabbed Buzz FPs and headed back to Main Street to look through some of the stores.

This picture isn’t very good because it was taken from a million feet away, but I was excited to see that the Noodle Station or whatever it’s called now was open. Although, now that I think about it, an open Noodle Station is kind of a bad thing because it means that the park is packed. Evidently, crowds = noodles.
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We wandered through the Emporium for a while. Of course, it was packed so wandering was a bit difficult. It was more like squeezing your way past the massive strollers/groups of people/tour groups blocking the aisles while trying to avoid stepping in the massive puddle that a CM was trying unsuccessfully to wipe up. How that puddle got there is beyond me. I’m just glad there wasn’t a petrified cat hanging from the ceiling along with a giant warning that the Chamber of Secrets had been opened. Fighting a basilisk was really not high on the list of things I wanted to be doing at that moment.

We also walked through The Chapeau and the Confectionery. I thought about buying the 4th of July mouse ears with the pom poms on the top to wear the next day, but decided against it.

Here are a few random pictures I took on Main Street. They aren’t great, but I’m posting them anyway because it’s Main Street. Duh.
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UP NEXT: The Crystal Palace

BerrysGirl
08-31-2011, 05:19 PM
I’m just glad there wasn’t a petrified cat hanging from the ceiling along with a giant warning that the Chamber of Secrets had been opened. Fighting a basilisk was really not high on the list of things I wanted to be doing at that moment.

Although you totally could have kick some serious basilisk butt.

PlutosRHM55
08-31-2011, 05:54 PM
Oh my gosh, I would just love to see your "Kate Gosselin and the spilled Ice Cream" meltdown, that would be pretty funny. I can hear her loud gasps in my head than "Omg, omg, omg..." LOL Moving on... Wow, it really was crowded, can't believe SWSA made it up to a 45 minute wait O.o Something's wrong there. At least you got to enjoy a nice smoothie, it looks REALLY good (:

I LOVE CoP and yeah it's so true. Unless you're a die-hard Disney fan or someone who appreciates the nostalgia that is Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress then your a newbie seeing it for the first and most likely last time. Poor little CoP :( I wish people would see how epic that ride is. It is probably the only time I hear Root Beer termed as Sasparilla lol

LOL @ your Belle duet fantasy! That was my last theater production in middle school, Beauty & the Beast, so I could just find myself randomly walking down it singing "Waking up to say... BONJOUR!" lol

That YouTube video is hilarious! I haven't even seen the show yet (shame) and I'm pretty sure I couldn't ever look at the same way again, but how did someone totally mess up the roll call? Isn't it pre-recorded like everything in Disney? That's what is really confusing me =S

Oh. My. Gosh! The Tomorrowland Noodle Station was ACTUALLY opened! *gasp* In total shock! Yeah, I guess an extremely crowded and hot day in MK does mean noodles... it is never opened otherwise. Now, I finally understand the Tomorrowland Noodle Station :teeth:

LOL @ the Harry Potter Reference. I just re-read the book. It probably would not be a good thing for the Chamber of Secrets to be open, but if that happened, it would be pretty awesome, am I right? I would have a major Potterhead moment (or whatever they call HP fans these days)! Then, I'd probably see the basilisk and become petrified myself, while everyone thought I fainted... okay, getting off-topic here.

Love the Main Street, Castle and Castle Statue Pictures! It looks so pretty with a nice bright blue sky :goodvibes

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

sue_88
08-31-2011, 06:12 PM
After your warning I didn't let myself get too hopeful about this update....But it was great! I especially loved your descriptive opinions on the Hall of Presidents!
And, I totally agree that someone SHOULD buy you an elephant that flies! Then they should buy me my own magic carpet like Aladdins. Then, I could meet you in the sky (you would be flying on your elephant, and me on the carpet) and we could fly over to Disney and be first in line!

wdwgirl03
08-31-2011, 06:24 PM
I would really like a pet elephant too. Especially after seeing the picture of the new baby that was born at the Animal Kingdom last week. He is precious!

Baby Elephant! (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/08/baby-elephant-receives-warm-welcome-at-disney%e2%80%99s-animal-kingdom/)

NikkiLovesWDW!
08-31-2011, 06:25 PM
Kara, you are very funny! I can relate to so much of what you said! Love all your pop culture reference jokes!

BTW, that delicious frosty drink that you had in your hand, was the a raspberry lemonade? If so, it can also be found in Adventureland.

I am soooo going to be singing like Belle too! I might even sit on the fountain and read a book...do you think there will be sheep??

I especially love your summary of the Hall of Presidents. You would think that even die hard Disney fans wouldn't notice a change when they refurbed that attraction but I MUCH preferred the previous video for one scene in particular. Abe Lincoln was speaking to an angry crowd who doesn't think slavery should be abolished and he was all, "oh yeah? Remember that thing called the declaration of independence? You don't agree with it? Rip it up then!" And there were all like, "Woah, woah Abe! Let's not get crazy!"

basketkat
08-31-2011, 06:48 PM
I didn't think your update was boring at all!!!!

I am the same way when my blood sugar gets low...I go from fine to LOOK OUT in no time flat. :scared1:

I would totally be your paparazzi and take pictures of you through out the park...hey...I'd be at Disney...what do I care? :goodvibes

IheartDDuck
08-31-2011, 07:33 PM
I don't normally go during the summer, but when we went in July. the noodle station was open and it weirded me out. I'm so used to it being closed. It was totally bizarre.

I think paparazzi following you around WDW is kind of a cool idea. Who cares if you dance at random times. ;)

Disneyfreak616
08-31-2011, 07:34 PM
I agree with you. oh btw they do have the magic kingdom monorail audio on you tube. here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5wSqTpbsUA. If you take this and convert it to a mp3 on zamzar you should be able to get it on your ipod

Oh I have it! I meant the bus one haha. But thanks! :goodvibes

Welcome back, Kristen! I hope you had a wonderful time in the World! :goodvibes

Oh, I do love that narration. The Disney Voice Guy is the best.

I wish you would've given me that advice before we decided to cram in. I'm sure my lungs would've appreciated it. ;)

Thanks! I did it was amazing!

He's my fave. Sorry about your lungs though. :rolleyes:

Disneyfreak508
08-31-2011, 08:09 PM
You were in a fantastic mood when you wrote this update. It pretty much made my day. (and I was not having a good day, so THANK YOU.)

We followed the medium-sized group of Carousel newbies and die-hards right in. I’ve found that those are the only two types of people who actually still ride this thing. The die-hards who love to revel in its cheese-filled nostalgia and the newbies who have no idea what they’re in for. Everyone else rides it once and says “Never again.”

I am literally in my dorm room LAUGHING right now. That's so incredibly true :lmao: I've never thought of it that way. I'm one of those who appreciate that inspirational "cheesetastic" show :worship: I have it on my iPod.

Things the Carousel of Progress taught me:
-It’s root beer now, not sarsaparilla. Don’t forget it.
-It’s very easy to blow a fuse. When you do, make your young son fix it. Nothing is safer than letting your kid mess around with electricity.
-Never let your Uncle Orville come stay with you. Never. He is a drunk and he hogs the bathroom.
-When your dog is just lying there on the floor, tell him to get down. It makes perfect sense.
-I need to find a “Cracker Jack prize” of a husband.
-Kids hate hearing about the olden days. Grandparents will tell them about the olden days anyway because they are grandparents and they can.
-Video games are the number one cause of house fires in the US.

Once again.... CRACKING UP. This is why I love reading your trip reports. Because most people (including me) would just be like "then we went on the carousel of progress. next we.... blah blah blah." However... you made an intellectual conclusion. (I feel like a teacher saying that :lmao:) And it's true!! And humorous. And just what I needed today. Thank you. :rotfl:

I cannot wait for Belle’s village to open up. I’m looking forward to singing “THERE MUST BE MORE THAN THIS PROVINCIAL LIFEEEEEE!” as I wander around. If I’m lucky, someone will jump in with the “JUST WATCH I’M GOING TO MAKE BELLE MY WIFEEEEEEEE!”

And then the whole musical production will be performed right then and there. I will be there to watch :laughing:

The last time was during the G. Dubs presidency (That’s George W. Bush if you don’t speak fluent ‘cool’ like I do).

:rotfl2:

Ooooo The Great Seal of the United States. I bet there's a secret Illuminati message hidden in the carpet fibers.

Of course! No one would expect that from disney! :rotfl:

I was excited to see that the Noodle Station or whatever it’s called now was open. Although, now that I think about it, an open Noodle Station is kind of a bad thing because it means that the park is packed. Evidently, crowds = noodles.

I always get excited about that too!! I want to eat there at Christmas, just to say that I did. That restaurant is mind boggling to me :laughing:
And hey, noodles are delicious. Perfect logic. Way to go, Disney.

onelilspark
08-31-2011, 08:10 PM
So I was cracking up through your entire post. My fiance kept asking me what was so funny...so I read him your list of things you learned in CoP. He didn't get the references :sad: Obviously I have a long way to go with him.

2 other comments: I now totally want to walk through Belle's village singing that song, that would be awesome. And I will never be able to watch HoP again without thinking of them all reuniting on Oprah. Thanks for that.

Now off I go to watch the YouTube video!

tinkgurl
08-31-2011, 08:14 PM
Oh girl, this update had me crackin' up!

Every time we're over by the Carousel and Tink's shop, we always have to point out that this is where Mady had her meltdown. :laughing:

I cannot wait for the whole Beauty & the Beast part to open!! It's my favorite movie.

I loved your version of the HoP. :rotfl:

Disneyfreak616
08-31-2011, 09:15 PM
I think this update is totally worth it! :goodvibes

Good call on taking a break. 45 mins. for Snow White!? No freakin' way would I wait that long for that.

Mmmmmm I :love: that popcorn. It IS pure magic.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Why are you SO funny. I just gained a complete new respect for the Carousel of Progress. So thank you. :rotfl2:

I am SO excited for the new Fantasyland!!!

I am that super lazy kid too. I wouldn't say my grades are amazing though. I do okay for myself haha.

HAHAHA that video is HILARIOUS. And now I have a new respect for the Hall of Presidents now LOL. "Unknown" :lmao: "Charlie Angel" I'm dying. :rotfl:

My sister wants a pet elephant too, literally.

Maybe when it's crowded they give you noodles because they are a source of immense comfort. :cloud9:

Hahaha a basilisk would have put a damper on things. "You murdered my cat." "You'll be next mudbloods!" Ahhh Tom Felton... :lovestruc I digress...

I like the lady walking sideways on Main Street. Honey, you're gonna get trampled like the TSM dash on a Saturday morning at DHS rope drop. Poor kid.

Vwdiva93
09-01-2011, 10:56 PM
Great update, this one was hilarious!! I definitely get that way too when I'm tired, hot, and hungry. Disney food and/or drinks really do help though!

That youtube video is hilarious, I'd never seen that before. It took me a second to realize the joke though :lmao:
I hate how crowds has to equal noodles! lol I love the noodle station but I can live with out it if it means there has to be crowds. I hate it when it gets that crowded too, that you feel packed in like sardines. It kinda makes it hard to enjoy the parks by then:sad2:

Glad you posted the main street pics, any pictures of main street are good because it's just so awesome:thumbsup2 Can't wait to hear more.

Tracy161
09-02-2011, 06:11 AM
Loved the entire update... especially your musings on CoP - SO true!!! :rotfl:

GaRain
09-02-2011, 10:01 AM
I am not totally caught up on your report, but had to make some comments...first, I love the hat you bought at DTD! I wish they had those when I was there in March, very cute.
Also, did you know that at T-Rex, they will only take reservations for 25% of their seating? I tried to call ahead and that is what I was told. They did guarantee we would be seated within an hour of check in.
The painful part was listening to "Smith, party of 17....." over and over for at least 40 minutes. To me, if they don't reply the first 3 times their name is called - they are out of luck! So many other groups could have sat at those tables they were holding for such a large party!
I got this chicken sammich there and it was HUGE! We sat in the ice room. It was strange to see your food change colors all the time.

Aussiesalad
09-03-2011, 05:00 AM
Loving the TR!!! Thought I would come out of lurk town to tell you.
That presidents video is priceless, I really wish the roll call was live and given to the more satirical and comedic CMs. Is that wrong? I would love a good "unknown" thrown in there every once and a while. Maybe a hijacking is in order.
Your list of things learnt from the carousel of progress was amazing, I recently got married and from now on I am only going to refer to him as my "cracker jack prize" of a husband
I love that you turned up your nose to the high wait time at snow white... It's so hard to wait at all for rides that should be walk ons. But you almost have to walk past on principal alone, taking mental pictures of all the sweaty,tired, unhappy looking people with their tantruming kids and that determined look in their eyes that says, "we've waited this long....we can't leave now". That way when you go back in the low crowd season and ride the rides 300 times in a
row you can feel somewhat superior. Naw just kidding....maybe


Looking forward to your next installment!

MarieTheCat24
09-05-2011, 06:58 PM
Hello, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend! I certainly did because COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK, BABY! :woohoo: Woooo! Go Buckeyes! In other sports news, my Indians lost to the Tigers today, so our chance of making the playoffs looks very slim. Disney, if you're reading this, we could certainly use a little bit of pixie dust right now. Or maybe the Angels in the Outfield? Your help would be much appreciated. ;)

Anyway, I will (hopefully) finish the next update and get it posted sometime in the near future. Until then, listen to Phil Collins' "Easy Lover" on repeat. That's what I'm doing right now. You can never have enough Phil Collins.

Although you totally could have kick some serious basilisk butt.
I totally could. I would make an awesome witch. Why isn't magic real?? Siiiiiigh.
Oh my gosh, I would just love to see your "Kate Gosselin and the spilled Ice Cream" meltdown, that would be pretty funny. I can hear her loud gasps in my head than "Omg, omg, omg..." LOL Moving on... Wow, it really was crowded, can't believe SWSA made it up to a 45 minute wait O.o Something's wrong there. At least you got to enjoy a nice smoothie, it looks REALLY good (:

I LOVE CoP and yeah it's so true. Unless you're a die-hard Disney fan or someone who appreciates the nostalgia that is Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress then your a newbie seeing it for the first and most likely last time. Poor little CoP :( I wish people would see how epic that ride is. It is probably the only time I hear Root Beer termed as Sasparilla lol

LOL @ your Belle duet fantasy! That was my last theater production in middle school, Beauty & the Beast, so I could just find myself randomly walking down it singing "Waking up to say... BONJOUR!" lol

That YouTube video is hilarious! I haven't even seen the show yet (shame) and I'm pretty sure I couldn't ever look at the same way again, but how did someone totally mess up the roll call? Isn't it pre-recorded like everything in Disney? That's what is really confusing me =S

Oh. My. Gosh! The Tomorrowland Noodle Station was ACTUALLY opened! *gasp* In total shock! Yeah, I guess an extremely crowded and hot day in MK does mean noodles... it is never opened otherwise. Now, I finally understand the Tomorrowland Noodle Station :teeth:

LOL @ the Harry Potter Reference. I just re-read the book. It probably would not be a good thing for the Chamber of Secrets to be open, but if that happened, it would be pretty awesome, am I right? I would have a major Potterhead moment (or whatever they call HP fans these days)! Then, I'd probably see the basilisk and become petrified myself, while everyone thought I fainted... okay, getting off-topic here.

Love the Main Street, Castle and Castle Statue Pictures! It looks so pretty with a nice bright blue sky :goodvibes

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum
I am incredibly jealous that you were part of a production of Beauty and the Beast. I <3 it. A lot.

Yeah, the Roll Call in the HoP is pre-recorded. For the YouTube video, someone just added their own audio to footage from the show. Although, if someone had actually read off those names for real, it would've been the greatest thing ever. No questions asked.

I'm actually just now reading the Harry Potter books for the first time. They are FABULOUS. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get into them, but I am so glad that I finally did.
After your warning I didn't let myself get too hopeful about this update....But it was great! I especially loved your descriptive opinions on the Hall of Presidents!
And, I totally agree that someone SHOULD buy you an elephant that flies! Then they should buy me my own magic carpet like Aladdins. Then, I could meet you in the sky (you would be flying on your elephant, and me on the carpet) and we could fly over to Disney and be first in line!
Sounds like a plan. :thumbsup2
I would really like a pet elephant too. Especially after seeing the picture of the new baby that was born at the Animal Kingdom last week. He is precious!

Baby Elephant! (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/08/baby-elephant-receives-warm-welcome-at-disney%e2%80%99s-animal-kingdom/)
I just made the most embarrassing "OHMYGOSHHE'SSOCUTE" squeeling noise. Thank goodness there isn't anyone around me right now. :rotfl:
Kara, you are very funny! I can relate to so much of what you said! Love all your pop culture reference jokes!

BTW, that delicious frosty drink that you had in your hand, was the a raspberry lemonade? If so, it can also be found in Adventureland.

I am soooo going to be singing like Belle too! I might even sit on the fountain and read a book...do you think there will be sheep??

I especially love your summary of the Hall of Presidents. You would think that even die hard Disney fans wouldn't notice a change when they refurbed that attraction but I MUCH preferred the previous video for one scene in particular. Abe Lincoln was speaking to an angry crowd who doesn't think slavery should be abolished and he was all, "oh yeah? Remember that thing called the declaration of independence? You don't agree with it? Rip it up then!" And there were all like, "Woah, woah Abe! Let's not get crazy!"
It was actually a cherry-flavored slushie, but I didn't know you could get raspberry lemonades in Adventureland so thanks for that little bit of info. Raspberry lemonades are DELICIOUS.

I certainly hope that there will be sheep. I just REALLY hope that Gaston will be out near his tavern. I want to meet him so badly!

That scene sounds amazing. I need to find video of the old show on YouTube or something.
I didn't think your update was boring at all!!!!

I am the same way when my blood sugar gets low...I go from fine to LOOK OUT in no time flat. :scared1:

I would totally be your paparazzi and take pictures of you through out the park...hey...I'd be at Disney...what do I care? :goodvibes
Yeah, it's amazing how quickly that switch flips. I'm just glad I managed to avoid a complete meltdown.

:laughing: Thanks! That's true though. If someone wanted to hire me to follow them around and take pictures, I'd totally do it.
I don't normally go during the summer, but when we went in July. the noodle station was open and it weirded me out. I'm so used to it being closed. It was totally bizarre.

I think paparazzi following you around WDW is kind of a cool idea. Who cares if you dance at random times. ;)
I typically go in July, and, even for me, it was weird to see it open. I just use it as a cut through. When there are actually people in there, it's a bit more difficult to cut through. :rotfl:

MarieTheCat24
09-05-2011, 07:31 PM
You were in a fantastic mood when you wrote this update. It pretty much made my day. (and I was not having a good day, so THANK YOU.)

I am literally in my dorm room LAUGHING right now. That's so incredibly true :lmao: I've never thought of it that way. I'm one of those who appreciate that inspirational "cheesetastic" show :worship: I have it on my iPod.

Once again.... CRACKING UP. This is why I love reading your trip reports. Because most people (including me) would just be like "then we went on the carousel of progress. next we.... blah blah blah." However... you made an intellectual conclusion. (I feel like a teacher saying that :lmao:) And it's true!! And humorous. And just what I needed today. Thank you. :rotfl:

And then the whole musical production will be performed right then and there. I will be there to watch :laughing:

Of course! No one would expect that from disney! :rotfl:

I always get excited about that too!! I want to eat there at Christmas, just to say that I did. That restaurant is mind boggling to me :laughing:
And hey, noodles are delicious. Perfect logic. Way to go, Disney.
Aw, I'm glad I could cheer you up with my ridiculousness.

You have the entire show on your ipod? That's dedication. I have the song, but not the entire show. I bow down at your greatness. :worship:

You won't just be there to watch, girl. I'm gonna need you to be part of it. I can't run around singing by myself. Well, I could (and would) but it will be much more entertaining this way.

Please do eat at the Noodle Station and report back to us. I really don't even know what they serve there, but I am very curious.
So I was cracking up through your entire post. My fiance kept asking me what was so funny...so I read him your list of things you learned in CoP. He didn't get the references :sad: Obviously I have a long way to go with him.

2 other comments: I now totally want to walk through Belle's village singing that song, that would be awesome. And I will never be able to watch HoP again without thinking of them all reuniting on Oprah. Thanks for that.

Now off I go to watch the YouTube video!
Aw, he'll learn, dear. He'll learn. Just gotta keep brainwashing him. :rotfl:
Oh girl, this update had me crackin' up!

Every time we're over by the Carousel and Tink's shop, we always have to point out that this is where Mady had her meltdown. :laughing:

I cannot wait for the whole Beauty & the Beast part to open!! It's my favorite movie.

I loved your version of the HoP.
Oh, Mady...I cannot wait for the day when she's old enough to write a juicy tell-all book because you just know that she will. That girl feeds off of drama. I will gladly pay $15 to read all of the Gosselin family's dirty little secrets.

Evidently I feed off of drama as well...
I think this update is totally worth it!

Good call on taking a break. 45 mins. for Snow White!? No freakin' way would I wait that long for that.

Mmmmmm I :love: that popcorn. It IS pure magic.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Why are you SO funny. I just gained a complete new respect for the Carousel of Progress. So thank you. :rotfl2:

I am SO excited for the new Fantasyland!!!

I am that super lazy kid too. I wouldn't say my grades are amazing though. I do okay for myself haha.

HAHAHA that video is HILARIOUS. And now I have a new respect for the Hall of Presidents now LOL. "Unknown" "Charlie Angel" I'm dying. :rotfl:

My sister wants a pet elephant too, literally.

Maybe when it's crowded they give you noodles because they are a source of immense comfort. :cloud9:

Hahaha a basilisk would have put a damper on things. "You murdered my cat." "You'll be next mudbloods!" Ahhh Tom Felton... :lovestruc I digress...

I like the lady walking sideways on Main Street. Honey, you're gonna get trampled like the TSM dash on a Saturday morning at DHS rope drop. Poor kid.
I'm glad I could open your mind up to the wonders that are CoP and HoP. They are both such hilarious experiences. I mean, most people are just like "BO-RING" but they can be such fun if you let them.

My favorite part of that HoP video is when the guy just clears his throat and then they move on to the next president. I completely lose it every single time.

That's a great explanation. Noodles are extremely comforting. Those crowds can definitely be quite terrifying. :eek:

Tom Felton and Rupert Grint's "bromance" is like my new favorite thing. Whenever I'm in a bad mood, I look at pictures and smile. They are both flawless.
Great update, this one was hilarious!! I definitely get that way too when I'm tired, hot, and hungry. Disney food and/or drinks really do help though!

That youtube video is hilarious, I'd never seen that before. It took me a second to realize the joke though
I hate how crowds has to equal noodles! lol I love the noodle station but I can live with out it if it means there has to be crowds. I hate it when it gets that crowded too, that you feel packed in like sardines. It kinda makes it hard to enjoy the parks by then:sad2:

Glad you posted the main street pics, any pictures of main street are good because it's just so awesome:thumbsup2 Can't wait to hear more.
Disney food is like magic. It's impossible not to be happy when you're eating Disney food. And, during my vacations, I'm eating Disney food a lot so....

That is very true. I could stare at pictures of Main Street allllll day.
Loved the entire update... especially your musings on CoP - SO true!!! :rotfl:
Thanks. :goodvibes
I am not totally caught up on your report, but had to make some comments...first, I love the hat you bought at DTD! I wish they had those when I was there in March, very cute.
Also, did you know that at T-Rex, they will only take reservations for 25% of their seating? I tried to call ahead and that is what I was told. They did guarantee we would be seated within an hour of check in.
The painful part was listening to "Smith, party of 17....." over and over for at least 40 minutes. To me, if they don't reply the first 3 times their name is called - they are out of luck! So many other groups could have sat at those tables they were holding for such a large party!
I got this chicken sammich there and it was HUGE! We sat in the ice room. It was strange to see your food change colors all the time.
I knew that they didn't fill the entire restaurant with reservations, but I didn't know that it was only 25%. That's kinda strange. I guess they need to leave a few restaurants that cater mainly to walkups though. :confused3

Ugh, that would be awful. I can't believe they would hold that many tables for so long. Maybe one of the waiters just wanted a break. :rotfl:
Loving the TR!!! Thought I would come out of lurk town to tell you.
That presidents video is priceless, I really wish the roll call was live and given to the more satirical and comedic CMs. Is that wrong? I would love a good "unknown" thrown in there every once and a while. Maybe a hijacking is in order.
Your list of things learnt from the carousel of progress was amazing, I recently got married and from now on I am only going to refer to him as my "cracker jack prize" of a husband
I love that you turned up your nose to the high wait time at snow white... It's so hard to wait at all for rides that should be walk ons. But you almost have to walk past on principal alone, taking mental pictures of all the sweaty,tired, unhappy looking people with their tantruming kids and that determined look in their eyes that says, "we've waited this long....we can't leave now". That way when you go back in the low crowd season and ride the rides 300 times in a row you can feel somewhat superior. Naw just kidding....maybe


Looking forward to your next installment!

Welcome! :goodvibes

I agree, a live Roll Call would be amazing. Clearly I need to apply for the College Program, demand to work at the Hall of Presidents, and ask to make a few changes every once in awhile. HoP can be the new Jungle Cruise.

Yeah, I refuse to wait in a 45 minute line for that. It's just not worth it. I do not understand why people continued to get in line. I kinda felt like yelling "YOU'RE MAKING A BIG MISTAKE!" at them. :rolleyes:

BerrysGirl
09-05-2011, 08:25 PM
In other sports news, my Indians lost to the Tigers today, so our chance of making the playoffs looks very slim. Disney, if you're reading this, we could certainly use a little bit of pixie dust right now. Or maybe the Angels in the Outfield? Your help would be much appreciated. ;)

I hear ya, sister. We really needed to win this one, so of course, we didn't.

http://pics.livejournal.com/easy_trigger/pic/000tb6p8

Here's hoping for that pixie dust.
:tinker:

Disneyfreak616
09-05-2011, 08:37 PM
I'm glad I could open your mind up to the wonders that are CoP and HoP. They are both such hilarious experiences. I mean, most people are just like "BO-RING" but they can be such fun if you let them.

My favorite part of that HoP video is when the guy just clears his throat and then they move on to the next president. I completely lose it every single time.

That's a great explanation. Noodles are extremely comforting. Those crowds can definitely be quite terrifying. :eek:

Tom Felton and Rupert Grint's "bromance" is like my new favorite thing. Whenever I'm in a bad mood, I look at pictures and smile. They are both flawless.

They really are. They're definitely an experience.

I LOVE that part. Kills me. :rotfl:

OMG. Me. Too. Tom and Rupert are SO precious. They always cheer me up. Rupert and his ice cream vans. :lovestruc LOVE him.

MarieTheCat24
09-11-2011, 09:57 PM
JULY 3RD PART FOUR: Crystal Palace
When I last left off, we were drenched in sweat and meandering around Main Street surrounded by a bajillion other people who were also drenched in sweat. Things were a tad…moist. Thankfully, it was time for us to head over and check in for our dinner reservations at…
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The Crystal Palace! :yay:

I was really looking forward to this meal. Despite the fact that I’ve been going to WDW since I was 4 years old, this was our first ever character meal. I know, right? It’s shocking. You’d think that a Disney-obsessed family like ours would be dying to dine with characters, but we never really were. Well, I was always open to it, but no one else really wanted to.

I guess, in a weird sort of way, it was fitting that my first character meal came during my 21st birthday trip. I’m a full-blown adult in every sense. I can drink, I can gamble, I can rent a car, and I can dine with gluttonous bears, overenthusiastic tiggers, depressed donkeys, and anxiety-laden little pigs. ;)

There were a bunch of people hanging out in front of the restaurant, so Mom went solo to check in and the rest of us found a bench on the porch that runs along the building.
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Here’s the view from our bench:
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It’s so pretty. And the porch was so shady. I could have sat out there for hours. The Castle show was going on and there was an adorable little girl on the sidewalk below us dancing her heart out. She was following along with the dancers and I wanted nothing more than to go down and join her. Then, I realized that her parents might find an incredibly sweaty (2 days from) 21 year-old rushing down to dance with their daughter a bit creepy, so I stayed put.

I can’t remember exactly, but I’m pretty sure we were given one of those light-up buzzer thingies that managers at chain restaurants love so much when Mom checked us in. It went off shortly after I decided not to go dance with the adorable Disney-loving child. If I’m remembering incorrectly and we didn’t have a buzzer, then someone came out and called us over, but I really do think it was a buzzer.

Regardless, it was time to head into the restaurant, so that is what we did.

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This photo's not great, but I loved how bright and cheery the restaurant is. All of the natural light is wonderful.

I had kind of forgotten about this, but we indicated that we were celebrating my birthday on all of our dining reservations. So, when we arrived at our table, we found this:
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Mickey-shaped confetti!

I love that stuff. I wound up playing with it throughout the meal. It’s just so fun!

Again, I am the worst (2 days from) 21 year-old ever. I completely understand if the other way cooler 21 year-olds want to shun me.

Here’s the view from our table:
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Our server was an adorable older woman, but I can’t remember her name! I really wish I had written it down or something because she deserves 100 high-fives. She was that awesome. Anyway, she took our drink orders (ice water with lemon, for me) and told us all about the buffet. She also said that while the characters would be around shortly, we had just enough of a window to head to the buffet, so that’s what we did.

The buffet was filled with many scrumptious-looking foods. I’m often guilty of cramming everything (literally EVERYTHING) onto my plate, but this time I decided to pace myself. We were planning on staying in the park until after the special 4th of July (on the 3rd) fireworks, so I thought it would be best not to eat a ridiculous amount of food and feel sick for the rest of the night.

Here’s my first plate:
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Starting from the roll and going clockwise we have: a roll (obviously), some sort of yummy pasta salad, some sort of yummy couscous, garlic mashed potatoes, and Mediterranean chicken with a huge chunk of feta cheese.

It was all wonderful. The dishes that were supposed to be warm were warm, and the dishes that were supposed to be cold were cold. I’m a HUGE mashed potato fan (Well, I’m a fan of potatoes in general really) and these did not disappoint. They were divine.

I didn’t take pictures of everyone’s plates (I didn’t want to scare Wade on the first day with an ‘OMG LET ME PHOTOGRAPH YOUR FOOD’) but Dad was sitting next to me (and ate a good variety of food) so I took pictures of his as well.

Here’s Dad’s first plate:
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From the top: a roll with a slice of bread underneath it, salad, fruit salad, giant hunks of pineapple, and peel and eat shrimp with cocktail sauce.

Dad ate it all, so I’m assuming everything was good.

While we were devouring our first plates, Eeyore stopped by to say ‘hello’. He’s so adorably bummed out.
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It was Wade’s first character encounter. I think it went pretty well. I mean, he didn’t run away screaming or anything so…

Once we all joined the Clean Plate Club (voluntarily…no one was standing over our shoulders demanding that we finish all of our food…though that would cut down on waste), it was time to head back to the buffet. I wanted some prime rib and I wanted it badly. There wasn’t much of a line during our first trip, but this time the buffet was crowded. Luckily, the woman in front of me was hilarious, so we bonded while waiting. I guess us hilarious people are just drawn to each other.

Anyway, here’s my second plate:
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It’s a tad bit boring, just prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, and fire-roasted corn spoon bread, but it was all DELICIOUS. If you ever dine at Crystal Palace you must, MUST try the spoon bread. It is beyond amazing.

Here’s Dad’s second plate:
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Everything is piled up in a giant heap, but from what I can make out, there are some mashed potatoes, prime rib, mussels, rice, Mediterranean chicken, and a chicken nugget.

Dad also had a third plate:
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It looks to be bread, turkey, a meatball (‘cause who doesn’t put a meatball on top of their turkey?), fruit, and the spoon bread.

Again, he ate it all, so I’m assuming it was good.

For dessert, I opted for some chocolate ice cream with sprinkles.
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You’re probably thinking “Gosh, Kara, way to be lame and not try any of the fancy desserts offered” but the fact of the matter is that I am an ice cream addict. Very rarely does a day go by without me eating ice cream of some sort. I should probably join a support group. Anyway, the ice cream was wonderful. It was very cold (almost icy) but still wonderful.

Here’s Dad’s dessert plate:
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There’s a bowl of ice cream that looks freaking perfect (apparently Dad worked at an ice cream shop in another life) and raspberry cheesecake. I’m sure it was delicious.

While we were eating dessert, Piglet stopped by our table. I love him. That’s probably because I am him. I’m anxious, worried, and afraid of just about everything. Also, I got mad sun burn during the trip and turned bright pink. So, yeah, we’re basically twins…

I really do not know why I’m posting this picture, because it’s absolutely horrid, but I’m doing it anyway.
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This is what happens when both parents are taking pictures at the same time and one of them is terrible with technology. Also, I’m sure I broke a bunch of etiquette rules by wearing my hat during a meal (I’m sorry Countess LuAnn) but my hair was an absolute mess. Sometimes summer is just the worst.

After Piglet left, our server brought out a special birthday cupcake for me. She lit it and instructed everyone around us to sing ‘Happy Birthday’. It was really sweet of her. Fun story: when I was younger, I used to cry hysterically and run out of the room anytime someone tried to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me. For some reason, I found having the whole ‘everyone stop what you’re doing and start singing just to me’ thing absolutely mortifying. It’s weird because I wasn’t an extremely shy kid or anything. Heck, I’ve been dancing for most of my life. I have no problem performing in front of hundreds of people. But having people sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me? Absolute disaster.

Thankfully, I grew out of that and didn’t run out of the restaurant. I did, however, turn red and giggle uncontrollably. I can’t help that.

I blew out the candle, made a wish, and snapped a quick shot of the cupcake before digging in.
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Of course, by ‘digging in’, I really mean ‘eating one bite before passing it over to Dad’. It was wonderful, but I was full.

Tigger came to our table next and I was incredibly excited. He pointed at my birthday button, jumped up and down, and gave me a HUGE hug and kiss. If it were legal to marry giant orange furry creatures, I would’ve done it right there on the spot.
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The ‘willy, nilly, silly old bear’ himself, Winnie the Pooh, came over to our table while our fabulous server was scanning our Keys to the World or whatever it is that they do for the dining plan. Pooh, like Tigger, was very cuddly.
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After Pooh left, our server brought the Keys to the World back and we made sure to thank her a million times. She really was wonderful. Then, we gathered our belongings (Literally…whenever we dine, stuff winds up all over the table) and headed out.

Overall, this meal was an enjoyable experience. The food was yummy and the characters were a lot of fun. Is it a must-do? No, not at all. Would we come back? Definitely. :upsidedow

I’ll leave you with photos of a couple of the topiaries:
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UP NEXT: I really hate being terrible at things.

IheartDDuck
09-11-2011, 10:07 PM
You've never had a character meal before?!

Oh honey, you've been so deprived. :lmao:

I'm glad that the food was good and that the characters were cuddly. That's always a plus. It's great that you had such an awesome server.

At least you can say that you had a character meal BEFORE you turned 21. ;)

Disneyfreak508
09-11-2011, 10:38 PM
Oh my gosh this is wonderful - so many people updated today! I am so so sooooo happy :goodvibes
YOU'RE FIRST CHARACTER MEAL!? NO WAYY! Well, Crystal Palace is a nice place to go for your first one!
I think you're the coolest 21 year old ever for playing with mickey confetti. Two Thumps up for you :thumbsup2:thumbsup2
Yay for a good waitress!
Hahaha I am EXACTLY the same way with buffets... I get a little too excited :rotfl: Pacing myself is something I really need to work on.
Aww Katie and Wade and Eeyore :lovestruc So precious.

"a meatball (‘cause who doesn’t put a meatball on top of their turkey?)"
I found this incredibly funny.. just so you know :rotfl: haha i'm so tired right nowww.

YOU'RE AN ICE CREAM ADDICT TOO!?!? hahaha so am i!!! I eat it like.. every day. And I work at an ice cream place. and i love my job. Soooo I COMPLETELY understand. (ps... very nice work with the soft serve machine. it's harder than it looks to make the ice cream look pretty!

That cheesecake IS delicious. It's my favorite dessert there!
haha that's so funny about your younger self being mortified by happy birthday :laughing: you crack me up.
LOL tigger is such a flirt. I love him.
I'm glad you had fun! What a great dinner!

Disneyfreak616
09-12-2011, 04:22 PM
I have a thing about the word "moist"...:upsidedow

I can't BELIEVE that's your first character meal! Deprivation... ;)

Don't you hate that those kinds of things would be considered creepy? I would want to do the same thing! :goodvibes

I love the light in that restaurant! It's so cheerful, I agree. Natural light and sunshine are the best. I need to move South. :P

I always take some of the confetti with me. :thumbsup2

Mmmmmmn everything looks SOO good. I love Crystal Palace!!

Yes hilarious people are drawn to each other! And you my dear are DARN funny.

I LOVE icy ice cream! It's the best. You're like Jess though. LOL. She is also obsessed with ice cream. I've developed a much greater love for it since I've been friends with Jess. :hug:

YUM. I love that cheesecake. Aw you all look precious. I love the pics.

TIGGER. <3

Great update! I'm hungry now lol. When's dinner...?

MarieTheCat24
09-12-2011, 04:32 PM
You've never had a character meal before?!

Oh honey, you've been so deprived. :lmao:

I'm glad that the food was good and that the characters were cuddly. That's always a plus. It's great that you had such an awesome server.

At least you can say that you had a character meal BEFORE you turned 21. ;)
I know. I don't know how I made it (almost) 21 years without one. :laughing:
Oh my gosh this is wonderful - so many people updated today! I am so so sooooo happy :goodvibes
YOU'RE FIRST CHARACTER MEAL!? NO WAYY! Well, Crystal Palace is a nice place to go for your first one!
I think you're the coolest 21 year old ever for playing with mickey confetti. Two Thumps up for you :thumbsup2:thumbsup2
Yay for a good waitress!
Hahaha I am EXACTLY the same way with buffets... I get a little too excited :rotfl: Pacing myself is something I really need to work on.
Aww Katie and Wade and Eeyore :lovestruc So precious.

"a meatball (‘cause who doesn’t put a meatball on top of their turkey?)"
I found this incredibly funny.. just so you know :rotfl: haha i'm so tired right nowww.

YOU'RE AN ICE CREAM ADDICT TOO!?!? hahaha so am i!!! I eat it like.. every day. And I work at an ice cream place. and i love my job. Soooo I COMPLETELY understand. (ps... very nice work with the soft serve machine. it's harder than it looks to make the ice cream look pretty!

That cheesecake IS delicious. It's my favorite dessert there!
haha that's so funny about your younger self being mortified by happy birthday :laughing: you crack me up.
LOL tigger is such a flirt. I love him.
I'm glad you had fun! What a great dinner!
Aw, thanks. I'm glad someone thinks I'm cool.

Yeah, if I didn't have to walk around the hot, crowded parks for hours after eating, I probably would have stuffed myself silly. But I figured better safe than sorry, y'know? :thumbsup2

YAY! I love you, fellow ice cream addict! In high school, I really wanted to work at an ice cream place, but then I became terrified that I would start hating ice cream and it just wasn't worth it. I'm glad to know that you can do both. :cutie:

Tigger IS such a flirt. Not gonna lie, I kind of enjoyed it. I was feeling a little left out since Katie had Wade, so it was like 'Yay! Attention!' I should have slipped him my number or something :rotfl:

MarieTheCat24
09-12-2011, 04:42 PM
I have a thing about the word "moist"...:upsidedow

I can't BELIEVE that's your first character meal! Deprivation... ;)

Don't you hate that those kinds of things would be considered creepy? I would want to do the same thing! :goodvibes

I love the light in that restaurant! It's so cheerful, I agree. Natural light and sunshine are the best. I need to move South. :P

I always take some of the confetti with me. :thumbsup2

Mmmmmmn everything looks SOO good. I love Crystal Palace!!

Yes hilarious people are drawn to each other! And you my dear are DARN funny.

I LOVE icy ice cream! It's the best. You're like Jess though. LOL. She is also obsessed with ice cream. I've developed a much greater love for it since I've been friends with Jess. :hug:

YUM. I love that cheesecake. Aw you all look precious. I love the pics.

TIGGER. <3

Great update! I'm hungry now lol. When's dinner...?
Moist is one of those words that cracks me up half of the time and completely grosses me out the other half.

I need to move South as well. It seems like Ohio is dreary and depressing 99.99% of the year.

I'm glad Jess has exposed you to the wonderfulness that is ice cream. It is simply the best.

Gosh, I'm starving right now too! Writing about ice cream isn't helping. I really need to eat. :laughing:

Tracy161
09-13-2011, 06:43 PM
Great update and a :thumbsup2 for me getting your Countess reference! :upsidedow I'll be 29 in less than a week and I refuse to grow out of things like playing with Mickey shaped confetti whilst celebrating my birthday (or any other day). I have to believe that if I stay young at heart, I'll remain young forever :rolleyes:

Aussiesalad
09-14-2011, 04:53 AM
Totally agree with you on the word 'moist', kind of grosses me out yet I probably use it way more than what is necessary.
So happy you have entered the wonderful world of character dining! Your special moment with Tigger makes it all worth while!
Ice cream is the greatest. I swear Disney ice cream is too amazing. I find myself thinking about it way too much :rolleyes:
Your dad has made a very impressive ice cream swirl...maybe he could work in the ice cream shop, then you could have easy access without being the one that gets overly exposed on a day to day basis haha
Looking forward to the next chapter :thumbsup2

MarieTheCat24
09-14-2011, 11:05 PM
Great update and a :thumbsup2 for me getting your Countess reference! :upsidedow I'll be 29 in less than a week and I refuse to grow out of things like playing with Mickey shaped confetti whilst celebrating my birthday (or any other day). I have to believe that if I stay young at heart, I'll remain young forever :rolleyes:
Yay, I'm glad I'm not the only Real Housewives fan. I'm obsessed with that show. They could make a Real Housewives of the Moon and I would watch it.

Happy Birthday!!! :yay:
Totally agree with you on the word 'moist', kind of grosses me out yet I probably use it way more than what is necessary.
So happy you have entered the wonderful world of character dining! Your special moment with Tigger makes it all worth while!
Ice cream is the greatest. I swear Disney ice cream is too amazing. I find myself thinking about it way too much :rolleyes:
Your dad has made a very impressive ice cream swirl...maybe he could work in the ice cream shop, then you could have easy access without being the one that gets overly exposed on a day to day basis haha
Looking forward to the next chapter :thumbsup2

I'm the same way. I use annoying words way more often than a person who finds them annoying probably should. I think it's probably because annoying words tend to be incredibly fun to say. They're annoying to hear, but fun to say.

That is an excellent idea. I will suggest it to my Dad. :thumbsup2

__disneygirl
09-15-2011, 01:56 AM
Oh my God. I was just going through this thread trying to figure out the last chapter I read and I saw that someone posted Stacey's facebook. I don't even have a facebook but inwardly I was like YESSSSSSSSSSSS because I knew it would provide hilarity. I was correct, because as soon as you go to her main page, there is a graphic that of course includes the same exact photo we see in her profile pic, with her name (which also is shown on the top of the page) and at the top of the graphic it says CLICK LIKE with an arrow pointing to the like button. Do people really not know that you need to click like, or...? Stacey never fails to amuse. I just love that woman is what I'm saying. I actually watched her reels on youtube not too long ago and they are actually really good (most people's reels are AWFUL) and she is a good host. She acts way less nuts when she's not at Disney World, but I mean, I think we all do.

OK, onto your updates!

July 3rd Pt 2 update:

OMG, disembark and motor coach are like my favorite words EVER. I try and say disembark ALL the time in my normal life because it's just one of those words that I feel is never really said and that's sad. It's just so Disneyish and I need to hear it more often.

CRACKING UP at the mental image of a family arriving via scuba. You are hilarious.

I'm happy they took a long time to search you, cause ugh. As someone who is NYC very very often I am constantly paranoid about evil people doing unspeakable things and Disney needs to be more thorough!! Obviously, you are not one of these evil people but I just hope everything they claim about having all of these super security measures that the public doesn't even know about b/c they are TOP SECRET are true.

The Happy Birthday Guy sounds awesome and hilarious! Love that!

I love the Pirates queue. At one point there's just a random table and chairs which I find so hilarious for some reason, like why is it there? Disney rarely just leaves stuff like that lying around, you'd think it would have some skulls and treasure around it or something, but nope it's just a fake wooden table and chairs. I really need to find the pics my mom and took sitting at it because we just thought it was so funny and acted really ridiculous.

It is most definitely both splashy and mountainy. < WELL SAID


July 3rd part 3 Update:

Oh my God, Kate Gosselin. I know we have discussed this before but omg. Did you see the pizza thing? I will just never get tired of watching her yell at people. It's wonderful and I will miss that show (mostly b/c of the yelling and Alexis, but the other kids are cool too). I really have missed Jon's "I want to die, I really am going to kill myself in five minutes" faces though, so I guess I can understand why the ratings have gone down. Le sigh.

Carousel of Progress is even more hilarious for me because EVERY TIME my dad would have to point out all the old stuff in it that he used to have in his house. He's on the older side, so he actually had an ICE BOX. And he'd just start telling me stories about it in the middle of the ride. And I would be like, um... I can't believe you are this excited by a fake ice box on a Disney ride. I guess anything that connects us to our childhood induces a lot of excitement, though, even if it's just a box of ice.

HAH omg, an Illuminati reference? Oh, you. I hate when I throw in a joke about the Illuminati into normal conversation and no one knows what I'm talking about. Like, sorry you don't know about anything and I am brilliant, but that was funny.

If Oprah did that president episode she would STILL have Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Traaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavollllllllllllltaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaa on. I just know it. I mean, he has to be president of something. Maybe not the US, but come on, it's John Travolta. President of groovy dancing in musicals? I'm avoiding the obvious Scientology jokes because 1.) I love John and 2.) i don't think you can joke about the Illuminati AND Scientology in one sitting or else you'll be tracked and killed.

I've never done the Hall of Presidents. One of the only attractions I can say that about. It seems great, but not compared to like... the mountains. So I've never found myself there. Maybe next trip.

LOVE this pic http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/157.jpg

I will be your personal paparazzi photographer as long as you buy me unlimited Mickey shaped foods. That is all I ask!!!!!!!!

Crowds = noodles LOL. Yeah, it's never open when I'm there cause there are always like five people in the park when I'm there and they don't feel the need to provide us with noodles! ***! They also don't feel the need to provide us with Drew Carey-themed attractions, though, which I appreciate.

THANK GOD THERE ARE HARRY POTTER REFERENCES IN THIS TRIP REPORT NOW BC FRANKLY I WAS STARTING TO WORRY. Congrats, your TR is now officially quality. Not that it wasn't before, but everything involving Harry Potter is completely free of all flaws.

I LOVE this pic as well! You have an eye for interesting angles - i've never seen a pic of that spot from that angle before. Well done! http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/172.jpg


July 3rd Part 4

That is too funny that your first character meal was at age 21. I LOVED it when I was little but I kind of hate it now. I love food and I just want to stuff my face and it's weird when Anastasia and Drizella come up to me and start carrying on. Like, I know it's your job to be annoying but I'm hungry.

You most likely did have a buzzer. The thing I don't like about them is that they aren't Mickey shaped. They need to be much more Disneyish.

I don't understand your plates. The food isn't piled up to the ceiling and none of it is falling off which I find weird. I clearly do not have self control when it comes to buffets as you may know from the Boma chapter in my TR. This pacing yourself thing you speak of seems curious and not a good idea to me. Food is worth ruining everything for so the whole getting sick thing really doesn't apply to me either. Hmm.

I miss Crystal Palace now! We used to do the character breakfast all the time when I was little but never the lunch/dinner. I made an ADR for it last time but we ended up going to Le Cellier b/c that is where they keep the Cheddar Cheese Soup and I think we all know how I feel about THAT.

Whew. Done! Can't wait for more. :hippie:

Tracy161
09-15-2011, 05:53 AM
Thank you!!! :goodvibes Yes, I too, am a committed RHW fan! :thumbsup2

okw19
09-15-2011, 08:23 AM
Just found your TR and I'm joining in! It's been great so far. I can't believe that was your first character meal!

MarieTheCat24
09-15-2011, 04:26 PM
Oh my God. I was just going through this thread trying to figure out the last chapter I read and I saw that someone posted Stacey's facebook. I don't even have a facebook but inwardly I was like YESSSSSSSSSSSS because I knew it would provide hilarity. I was correct, because as soon as you go to her main page, there is a graphic that of course includes the same exact photo we see in her profile pic, with her name (which also is shown on the top of the page) and at the top of the graphic it says CLICK LIKE with an arrow pointing to the like button. Do people really not know that you need to click like, or...? Stacey never fails to amuse. I just love that woman is what I'm saying. I actually watched her reels on youtube not too long ago and they are actually really good (most people's reels are AWFUL) and she is a good host. She acts way less nuts when she's not at Disney World, but I mean, I think we all do.

OK, onto your updates!

July 3rd Pt 2 update:

OMG, disembark and motor coach are like my favorite words EVER. I try and say disembark ALL the time in my normal life because it's just one of those words that I feel is never really said and that's sad. It's just so Disneyish and I need to hear it more often.

CRACKING UP at the mental image of a family arriving via scuba. You are hilarious.

I'm happy they took a long time to search you, cause ugh. As someone who is NYC very very often I am constantly paranoid about evil people doing unspeakable things and Disney needs to be more thorough!! Obviously, you are not one of these evil people but I just hope everything they claim about having all of these super security measures that the public doesn't even know about b/c they are TOP SECRET are true.

The Happy Birthday Guy sounds awesome and hilarious! Love that!

I love the Pirates queue. At one point there's just a random table and chairs which I find so hilarious for some reason, like why is it there? Disney rarely just leaves stuff like that lying around, you'd think it would have some skulls and treasure around it or something, but nope it's just a fake wooden table and chairs. I really need to find the pics my mom and took sitting at it because we just thought it was so funny and acted really ridiculous.

It is most definitely both splashy and mountainy. < WELL SAID


July 3rd part 3 Update:

Oh my God, Kate Gosselin. I know we have discussed this before but omg. Did you see the pizza thing? I will just never get tired of watching her yell at people. It's wonderful and I will miss that show (mostly b/c of the yelling and Alexis, but the other kids are cool too). I really have missed Jon's "I want to die, I really am going to kill myself in five minutes" faces though, so I guess I can understand why the ratings have gone down. Le sigh.

Carousel of Progress is even more hilarious for me because EVERY TIME my dad would have to point out all the old stuff in it that he used to have in his house. He's on the older side, so he actually had an ICE BOX. And he'd just start telling me stories about it in the middle of the ride. And I would be like, um... I can't believe you are this excited by a fake ice box on a Disney ride. I guess anything that connects us to our childhood induces a lot of excitement, though, even if it's just a box of ice.

HAH omg, an Illuminati reference? Oh, you. I hate when I throw in a joke about the Illuminati into normal conversation and no one knows what I'm talking about. Like, sorry you don't know about anything and I am brilliant, but that was funny.

If Oprah did that president episode she would STILL have Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Traaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavollllllllllllltaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaa on. I just know it. I mean, he has to be president of something. Maybe not the US, but come on, it's John Travolta. President of groovy dancing in musicals? I'm avoiding the obvious Scientology jokes because 1.) I love John and 2.) i don't think you can joke about the Illuminati AND Scientology in one sitting or else you'll be tracked and killed.

I've never done the Hall of Presidents. One of the only attractions I can say that about. It seems great, but not compared to like... the mountains. So I've never found myself there. Maybe next trip.

LOVE this pic http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/157.jpg

I will be your personal paparazzi photographer as long as you buy me unlimited Mickey shaped foods. That is all I ask!!!!!!!!

Crowds = noodles LOL. Yeah, it's never open when I'm there cause there are always like five people in the park when I'm there and they don't feel the need to provide us with noodles! ***! They also don't feel the need to provide us with Drew Carey-themed attractions, though, which I appreciate.

THANK GOD THERE ARE HARRY POTTER REFERENCES IN THIS TRIP REPORT NOW BC FRANKLY I WAS STARTING TO WORRY. Congrats, your TR is now officially quality. Not that it wasn't before, but everything involving Harry Potter is completely free of all flaws.

I LOVE this pic as well! You have an eye for interesting angles - i've never seen a pic of that spot from that angle before. Well done! http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/172.jpg


July 3rd Part 4

That is too funny that your first character meal was at age 21. I LOVED it when I was little but I kind of hate it now. I love food and I just want to stuff my face and it's weird when Anastasia and Drizella come up to me and start carrying on. Like, I know it's your job to be annoying but I'm hungry.

You most likely did have a buzzer. The thing I don't like about them is that they aren't Mickey shaped. They need to be much more Disneyish.

I don't understand your plates. The food isn't piled up to the ceiling and none of it is falling off which I find weird. I clearly do not have self control when it comes to buffets as you may know from the Boma chapter in my TR. This pacing yourself thing you speak of seems curious and not a good idea to me. Food is worth ruining everything for so the whole getting sick thing really doesn't apply to me either. Hmm.

I miss Crystal Palace now! We used to do the character breakfast all the time when I was little but never the lunch/dinner. I made an ADR for it last time but we ended up going to Le Cellier b/c that is where they keep the Cheddar Cheese Soup and I think we all know how I feel about THAT.

Whew. Done! Can't wait for more. :hippie:
Lia! Oh, how I've missed your exceptionally long comments. Are you going to update your TR soon? Or start a PTR for your upcoming trip? I miss hearing about your Disney escapades!

Basically, I just wanna hang out with Stacey for the afternoon, bask in her awesomeness, and ask her a million questions about how to be so awesome.

You're right. I'd rather be thoroughly searched than have something horrific happen. What I really should do is stop carrying massive bags in the parks. Unfortunately for me, I'm one of those people who has to have a bajillion things with her at all times. You should see the bag I carry for school. I could probably survive for 3 weeks out of that thing.

Gosh, that whole entire Kate + 8 episode was brilliant. The sarcastic white water rafting guide slayed me. I'm gonna miss that show so much. I mean, I'm glad the kids will be able to live a more normal life without cameras following them everywhere, but it's just so entertaining. Thankfully, I've discovered the amazingness that is Dance Moms and it's filling in the 'lots of yelling and cute kids' hole in my heart very nicely.

See, this is why we're friends...I refer to the Illuminati on a regular basis. Also, everything is because of aliens. EVERYTHING. Pyramids? Aliens. Modern medicine? Aliens. My missing slipper? Aliens.

Did you see an article recently about Suri Cruise's Scientology school? As I was reading it, I just kept repeating "Oh" in varying levels of shock/disgust/confusion. They are a strange group, those Scientologists. But, yes, John Travolta would absolutely be on the Oprah Presidents special. It would feel wrong to do it without him.

Yeah, the Hall of Presidents isn't really that exciting. I mean, it's kinda cool if you're into American History and/or need an AC break, but other than that...Eh.

Frankly, I'm kinda surprised they don't open more Drew Carey-themed attractions when I'm there. For whatever reason, non-Clevelanders seem to think that everyone from Cleveland loves Drew Carey. Yes, he's from Cleveland, yes, I watch Whose Line Is It Anyway reruns frequently, and yes, I know all the words to "Cleveland Rocks" but that doesn't mean he's my favorite person ever or anything. Gosh.

I don't blame you for choosing Le Cellier over Crystal Palace. I'd do the same thing. Crystal Palace was fun, but it's not better than Cheddar Cheese Soup and Pretzel bread. Very few things are.
Thank you!!! :goodvibes Yes, I too, am a committed RHW fan! :thumbsup2
Excellent. I will have to throw more RH references into this baby then now that I know someone will get them. :upsidedow
Just found your TR and I'm joining in! It's been great so far. I can't believe that was your first character meal!
WELCOME! Thanks for joining in! :goodvibes

I can't believe it was my first character meal either. Not having attended a character meal has been my dirty little Disney secret for so long, though. I'm glad I've finally joined the 'I've dined with characters' club.

PlutosRHM55
09-16-2011, 09:53 PM
YOU'VE NEVER HAD A CHARACTER MEAL?! Yeah, your life just started on that day because of the CP, just saying lol But I can't believe you never did, they are so much fun and something really only offered in Disney, more the reason to do so, but.... it isn't for everyone, I guess.

I love the CP! It isn't my favorite, but some of the food there is fairly good and I love the self-serve ice cream thingamabobber. I haven't seen the whole buffet since... it's HUGE so it was nice seeing some of the other selections on your plates. And I love when they bring out the cupcake and have everyone sing Happy Birthday to the person who has the cupcake, we did that to my dad on a surprise when we were there, very fun :goodvibes LOL @ your apology to Countess LuAnn :lmao:

Great photos with the characters! You guys all look like a great bunch with them, though you seemed to be hogging the characters hehe jk Good to hear it was overall a nice time! Love the topiary pictures! (:

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

Enchanted88
09-18-2011, 06:34 PM
Okay, I have decided to come out of "lurkdom" and say "hii!!"

You completely crack me up!! I read your other TR on Friday,(yes, the whole thing..don't judge me! haha) and you had me cracking UP! I can't wait to read this one! I am very very sorry to hear about your dog:(:sad1:
My dog died my freshman year of college, and we had her for 15 years, so I know how it feels. I graduated last year, and it still hurts sometimes, but it gets better!:thumbsup2

MarieTheCat24
09-20-2011, 05:11 PM
YOU'VE NEVER HAD A CHARACTER MEAL?! Yeah, your life just started on that day because of the CP, just saying lol But I can't believe you never did, they are so much fun and something really only offered in Disney, more the reason to do so, but.... it isn't for everyone, I guess.

I love the CP! It isn't my favorite, but some of the food there is fairly good and I love the self-serve ice cream thingamabobber. I haven't seen the whole buffet since... it's HUGE so it was nice seeing some of the other selections on your plates. And I love when they bring out the cupcake and have everyone sing Happy Birthday to the person who has the cupcake, we did that to my dad on a surprise when we were there, very fun :goodvibes LOL @ your apology to Countess LuAnn :lmao:

Great photos with the characters! You guys all look like a great bunch with them, though you seemed to be hogging the characters hehe jk Good to hear it was overall a nice time! Love the topiary pictures! (:

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum
Oh, I totally hogged the characters. I am an unashamed character hogger. :rotfl:
Okay, I have decided to come out of "lurkdom" and say "hii!!"

You completely crack me up!! I read your other TR on Friday,(yes, the whole thing..don't judge me! haha) and you had me cracking UP! I can't wait to read this one! I am very very sorry to hear about your dog:(:sad1:
My dog died my freshman year of college, and we had her for 15 years, so I know how it feels. I graduated last year, and it still hurts sometimes, but it gets better!:thumbsup2


WELCOME! :yay: Thanks for the kind words.

MarieTheCat24
09-20-2011, 05:42 PM
JULY 3RD PART FIVE: Evil Emperors, Stomach Pains, and Stuff Exploding in the Sky
After our lovely dinner, we headed back out into the park to get our ride on. We had a bunch of FastPasses to use in Tomorrowland, so we went that way.
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Our first stop was Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
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I mean, who doesn’t want to JOIN BUZZ LIGHTYEAR ON A DARING SPACE MISSION TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE FROM THE EVIL EMPORER ZURG?

Evidently my mom.

She decided to sit this one out, so the rest of us flashed (our FPs at) the CM and headed inside.

I just had to take a picture of one of these little guys in the queue:
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*SPOILER ALERT* When they saved the day in Toy Story 3, I was half-sobbing/half-giggling. The sound I was making was inhuman. My friends all leaned away from me and put on their best ‘I have no clue who this crazy woman is’ faces. I’m sure it would have been quite embarrassing for someone capable of feeling shame.

Anyway, there were only a handful of people ahead of us in the FP line, so we pretty much just walked right on. Well, that is until we reached the loading area. The ride came to a sudden halt just as we were about to step out onto the moving walkway. The CM stationed there told us not to worry because they were only stopping the ride momentarily to help a guest exit. Thank goodness. I can’t even imagine what might have happened to the universe had we not been able to try and stop Zurg.

Once the ride restarted and the CM told us it was safe to board, we jumped into a car and were off. Dad and I rode together. He did well. I did not. I am absolutely awful at this ride and I hate it. I’m the kind of person who cannot stand to be lousy at something. I don’t need to be the very best at everything, but I am not good at being the very worst. In fact, I’m the worst at being the worst.

For whatever reason, I just cannot do well on Buzz Lightyear. I’m awesome at Toy Story Mania which makes it even worse. I mean, it’s the same thing! If I can do one, I should be able to do the other, right? Except I can’t. I can never tell where my laser is aiming, so basically I just hold the trigger down and wave the gun around hoping that I hit something. I rarely do. I’m pretty sure the only points I get come out of pity. I’m so terrible that a computer feels sorry for me. That’s bad.

Because I was still about 36 hours shy of being able to drown my sorrows (and they don’t serve booze in the MK) we headed to Space Mountain.

On our way, Dad snapped this shot of me in front of the Carousel of Awesomeness.
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I look so pale! If there’s ever a reality show that is the exact opposite of Jersey Shore, I fully expect to be cast. I’m pale, flat-chested, and rarely ever expose myself on television.

When we got to Space Mountain, we pulled out our FPs and headed inside.
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I love that it takes 833439203000 years to walk through the SM queue. I always feel like I’ve climbed Mt. Everest when we reach the loading area. I’m sure the people who have actually climbed Mt. Everest are judging me so hard right now, but I’m lazy/out-of-shape/have very little desire to engage in physical activity, so it’s quite the hike.

It also felt like we had to wait forever. C’mon, SM! This is the FP line. We’re supposed to be on the ride lickety-split.

When it came time to board our rocket, I did so rather awkwardly. I don’t think it’s possible to climb into those things without looking like a total idiot. If any of you have ever managed to board sans tripping over yourself and falling into the rocket, I’d appreciate a few pointers.

Because I’m a huge chicken, I always pull my lap bar down really far. Every single time, I regret this decision. Being repeatedly pummeled in the stomach area is not fun. My family laughed at the constant cycle of “AAAAAAHHHHH! WOOOOOOOO! UGH! …OH GOD WHY DO I ALWAYS DO THIS?” I was screaming throughout the ride. Clearly I am never not entertaining.

With Space Mountain behind us, we decided to find a spot for the special Fourth of July fireworks. It was only a little after 7 o’clock, so the show was still two hours away, but the lines for rides were long and, frankly, I quite enjoy just sitting around and soaking up the Disney atmosphere.

After much arguing (not so much from me; I was just along for the ride), we settled on a spot in Town Square.

This picture should give you the general idea:
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Here are a few more atmosphere shots:
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This was taken from my spot on the ground, so there are a bunch of people in it. 'A bunch of people’ was pretty much the theme of the day, so it’s fitting.

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Here’s the Confectionery after its new paint job. Lookin’ spiffy, Confectionery!

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I love Disney balloons, especially the traditional colored Mickey heads. I cannot wait until I have children because I’ll finally have an excuse to buy one. I mean, I’d buy one now, but I wouldn’t have anywhere to put it. I need a stroller to tie it on. Until then, I’ll just lust after balloons. Which is perfectly normal and not at all weird.

Ahem.

A bunch of stuff happened in the two hours we sat there (and a bunch more people crammed themselves into the park) but none of it was particularly interesting, so I’ll just skip ahead to the fireworks.

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See? It’s already night.

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Main Street was JAM PACKED. I’ve never seen it so crowded. I’m sure this is perfectly normal for the 3rd of July, but man, it was no fun. It felt like there were more people than there was air to breathe. I’m sure some science-y person can tell me why that’s not true (“Look up at the sky, Kara”), but it felt pretty true at the time.

Anyway, what was I supposed to be telling you about? Oh, fireworks. Right.

They were awesome. I’m a sucker for patriotism, giant castles, and stuff exploding in the sky, so these were right up my alley. Plus, they were all around us. It doesn’t get much cooler than that. Also, they played “Yankee Doodle” which I can’t hear without thinking of Full House. I live a Full House appreciation life.

Here are some pictures from the show. My daddy took them all.
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Wait, here's one I took:
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Because I am short and my camera is lame, it’s not nearly as good as Dad’s.

After the show ended, we headed out to the bus stop with tear-filled eyes. Well, my eyes were tear-filled. Anything remotely patriotic makes me weep. Because we were some of the first people out of the park, we were the first people to board the Coronado Springs bus that sat waiting for us.
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After hearing some MK bus horror stories, we were thrilled. To make things even better, there was another CSR bus approaching, so our driver didn’t bother waiting until the bus was full. There were probably only 15 people on the bus. We had room to spread out and put our feet up. WDW really is the place where dreams come true.

We did have to sit in a bit of traffic by the MK parking lot, but I didn’t mind at all. For the first time all day, there weren’t a bunch of people in my personal space. Plus, I love riding the buses at night. It’s soothing. I don’t love the whole ‘Let’s turn on the lights and blind everyone on the bus’ thing so much, but the collective groan it always leads to does crack me up.

In case you’ve forgotten – and it’s been two months so I’m quite certain you have – we still didn’t really know where our rooms were. Yes, the CM at check-in gave us the general idea (Ranchos 6A) and Mom had gotten a text with the actual room numbers, but we hadn’t actually been there yet.

So, when we arrived back at CSR, we got off at the Ranchos section and set off to find our room. We went over to 6A, but thanks to the handy ‘Rooms ####-#### This Way’ sign, I quickly noticed that the room numbers we were given weren’t in 6A. Wonderful. Mom thought about calling the front desk to ask for directions, but we decided we would just wander around until we found our rooms. Luckily, our rooms wound up being in 6B which we figured out without much of a problem. It did take us a while to actually locate the rooms though. These buildings are complicated. There’s so much weaving around.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of one of the rooms. They aren’t great, but I was in a hurry because we still had to carry all of our luggage/random junk in from the car.
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I loved the room. It was super relaxing. We were on the backside of the building and overlooked a wooded area, so there wasn’t too much noise. The beds were nice and comfortable. There was plenty of room for all of our junk. The bathroom wasn’t exactly spacious, but it was big enough. Overall, I was impressed.

I should also mention that Mom surprised us all with gift baskets!
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That one is mine. I didn’t open it until later in the week, but I took a bunch of pictures when I did, so I’ll post them later on. It was full of yummies.

It took a couple trips to get all of our junk in from the car, but we did it. I felt like I was going to collapse from exhaustion, but I still took the time to unpack. I hate living out of a suitcase. Plus, unpacking makes it feel less like a vacation and more like returning home, y’know? With all my things squarely away, I put on my PJs and curled up into bed to watch Stacey. There’s no better way to end a day in the World than with a little dash of Stacey.

UP NEXT: Epcot on the 4th of July!

PS: I start classes tomorrow (we're on quarters so we go back quite late) which means that my life is about to become very hectic. I'll do my best to update regularly. Although, considering "regularly" now is once every week and a half, that really doesn't mean much. Just bear with me, friends. I promise I won't forget about you/this TR! :upsidedow

Tracy161
09-20-2011, 07:25 PM
Don't feel bad about Buzz... I may be worse than you! I seriously have no clue how to correctly aim/obtain points/avoid feeling and/or looking like a complete moron! :confused3 We can be the best at being the worst together, that sounds better! :goodvibes

Yay for another Full House reference! Growing up, my two younger sisters and I would pretend to be DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle because we were their exact ages, hair colors, and mannerisms - ahh... to be young again :rotfl:

NikkiLovesWDW!
09-20-2011, 07:44 PM
Kara, my only Buzz tip is when you enter the very first room, there is a giant robot on the left whose arms slowly move up and down. Once you pass him, turn your ride vehicle all the way around and there is a target on the inside of his hand worth like 100,00 each time you hit it. :thumbsup2

Can't WAIT to hear about Epcot on the 4th! That was so me last summer!

princessallie
09-20-2011, 07:46 PM
Hahaha, I love this update! You're so funny :thumbsup2

I love the Space Mountain queue as well, it just makes it more fantastic. Totally agreed on the getting in thing. It's at an awkward height of the ground, and is like, 2 feet wide. If you have long legs, it's even worse!

Psh, I'd buy a balloon. If anyone questions you, just say you're bringing it to your little sibling or kid. Odds are they won't even see you again... :laughing:

STACEYYYYYY. Okay, that's all :) Great update!

Oh, and i'm AWFUL at Buzz too. I always manage to get almost no points. Failure. TSM is much more easier for me.

Disneyfreak616
09-20-2011, 08:36 PM
YOU FLASHED THE CM!?!? :rotfl2:

Totally understandable about TS3...I was basically just bawling the whole time. That was tough on the 3-D glasses.

You just described my Buzz Lightyear skill in a nutshell. I seriously am SO bad at it!

I will be on the anti-Jersey shore with you! I get PRETTYY darn white in the non-summertime.

It IS! I always feel like that after I walk-on Splash too.

I know! I always feel like such a frump getting in and out of those things! I bet all the CM's laugh at me. Ah well.

OMG! I LOVEEE THAT FIRST PICTURE OF MAIN STREET!!! Gorgeous. Would you mind if I made it my background?? :thumbsup2

Don't you hate that suffocating feeling? It gets to me every time.

FULL HOUSE. AMEN. :worship:

Aww yay! I miss CSR, I loved it there!

How nice of your mom to get you all gift baskets! :goodvibes

Can't wait till next time!

a*lil*bit*goofy
09-20-2011, 09:50 PM
GREAT UPDATE!! where did your mom get your basket from? Do you have pics of other baskets? I am doing research. :O)

Disneyfreak508
09-20-2011, 10:20 PM
LOVE the old TTA spiel reference :lovestruc BUZZ LIGHTYEAR'S SPACE. RANGER. SPIN!
Kristen is going to comment on your pale comment. Betting 5 million dollars right now. :laughing:

"I’m lazy/out-of-shape/have very little desire to engage in physical activity"
you just described me. and kristen. and most frumps out there in the world. well done.

I love that space mountain queue. It's one of my favorite places in all of disney!
:rotfl: at the laugh bar. I can picture it now.
Dang that was a fast two hours! lol
FULL HOUSE :love::love::love: lkjsd;lkaj;gdfkhjlkdghjfdkfslkjKAWJS;c LOVE IT. I seriously can not get enough.
Those pictures are beautiful! Tell your dad he did a nice job!
Wow you SERIOUSLY lucked out with that bus situation! Congratulations.
Your room is very cute! It looks exactly like our room from august (but we were in casitas)
And your gift bag is PRECIOUS! I can't wait to hear about what's inside.

Can't wait for your next update... even know I have no idea when that will be. But that's okay! When you finish a big chunk of homework... reward yourself with trip report writing. That's what I do! :upsidedow SO much better than writing an essay.

sstewart
09-20-2011, 10:23 PM
Ohhh how I love your TRs! I also appreciate your appreciation for Full House. I still DVR them every day and watch them when I get home from work. My dream when I was younger was to be Princess for the Day just like Michelle (ok, maybe it's still my dream a little)! :rolleyes1

Aussiesalad
09-21-2011, 01:40 AM
Bahahaha I love a sneaky flash to a cast member lol

Buzz is seriously so much fun but I also get frustrated at my non-talent. I will never be one who can take a picture of the score and proudly display the victory... shame

I love your COP photo! It really does deserve a thumbs up every time you walk past...maybe a high five too...

I would also like to join the opposite of Jersey Shore show... Being awkwardly white is always a winner :thumbsup2 And the motto can be that we don't flash anyone in public, only CMs with our FP's... haha sorry...long day=bad jokes

Good work with your dad and the fireworks pics, first the swirly ice cream and now this...what other hidden talents does he have up his sleeve?

Ahhhhh Full House :love: I already said it on Kristen's TR but I seriously think we need to organize a FH Dis meet! Seeing as its pretty much an obsession of every second person around here! We could all be "Princess of the day" WIN!

basketkat
09-21-2011, 12:50 PM
I am glad to hear that I'm not the only one who can't get a super high score on Buzz! :lmao:

Love the CoP picture!!! I totally laughed out loud at your pale Jersey Shore reference...my daughter was all..."what's so funny?!" :confused3 Hehehe

Amazing fireworks pictures!!!

I have been wanting to re-watch the Full House where they go to WDW for weeks now! I found like 10 minutes of it on You Tube, but it didn't satisfy my longing! LOL! :lmao: I'm pretty tempted to see if they have it on Netflix...I may just be persuaded to re-sign up if I can watch Full House on there! :rotfl::surfweb:

Quick busses are always awesome...we arrive at CSR on Friday evening! :goodvibes

How sweet of your mom to get you gift baskets!!! :lovestruc

IheartDDuck
09-21-2011, 08:44 PM
Girl, we could have conversations for HOURS about being pale. :laughing: People at work actually like to tell me, when I'm wearing white, "are you even wearing a shirt?" :rotfl: Thanks guys.

I know exactly what you mean about wanting to be good at things and being irritated when you're not. I'm the same way. I want to be good at everything. Even things others would think is random, like Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story.

MarieTheCat24
09-22-2011, 04:50 PM
Don't feel bad about Buzz... I may be worse than you! I seriously have no clue how to correctly aim/obtain points/avoid feeling and/or looking like a complete moron! :confused3 We can be the best at being the worst together, that sounds better! :goodvibes

Yay for another Full House reference! Growing up, my two younger sisters and I would pretend to be DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle because we were their exact ages, hair colors, and mannerisms - ahh... to be young again :rotfl:
My dad's really good at Buzz so I spent most of the ride watching his point total go up and yelling "WHAT DO I DO? HELP ME, DADDY!" but even his advice didn't help. :rolleyes:

OH MY GOSH! You're real-life Full House! That is awesome.
Kara, my only Buzz tip is when you enter the very first room, there is a giant robot on the left whose arms slowly move up and down. Once you pass him, turn your ride vehicle all the way around and there is a target on the inside of his hand worth like 100,00 each time you hit it. :thumbsup2

Can't WAIT to hear about Epcot on the 4th! That was so me last summer!
OK, that sounds do-able. I'll have to remember it for next time. :)

Epcot on the 4th was a lot of fun. I can't wait to share!
Hahaha, I love this update! You're so funny :thumbsup2

I love the Space Mountain queue as well, it just makes it more fantastic. Totally agreed on the getting in thing. It's at an awkward height of the ground, and is like, 2 feet wide. If you have long legs, it's even worse!

Psh, I'd buy a balloon. If anyone questions you, just say you're bringing it to your little sibling or kid. Odds are they won't even see you again... :laughing:

STACEYYYYYY. Okay, that's all :) Great update!

Oh, and i'm AWFUL at Buzz too. I always manage to get almost no points. Failure. TSM is much more easier for me.
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who finds climbing into the SM rockets awkward. My family always manages to get in without issue and I'm always like "HOW DO YOU PEOPLE DO THIS?" :laughing:

That's true. I wouldn't want to have to carry it around for hours, but if I got one as we were leaving, I'd just have to take it back to the hotel. Hmmm...
YOU FLASHED THE CM!?!? :rotfl2:

Totally understandable about TS3...I was basically just bawling the whole time. That was tough on the 3-D glasses.

You just described my Buzz Lightyear skill in a nutshell. I seriously am SO bad at it!

I will be on the anti-Jersey shore with you! I get PRETTYY darn white in the non-summertime.

It IS! I always feel like that after I walk-on Splash too.

I know! I always feel like such a frump getting in and out of those things! I bet all the CM's laugh at me. Ah well.

OMG! I LOVEEE THAT FIRST PICTURE OF MAIN STREET!!! Gorgeous. Would you mind if I made it my background?? :thumbsup2

Don't you hate that suffocating feeling? It gets to me every time.

FULL HOUSE. AMEN. :worship:

Aww yay! I miss CSR, I loved it there!

How nice of your mom to get you all gift baskets! :goodvibes

Can't wait till next time!
Seriously, I am so glad that everyone seems to suck just as much as I do at Buzz. It's making me feel a little less terrible.

OMG. I bet the Space Mt. CMs make fun of us awkward boarders all the time.

Of course, you can totally make it your background. :thumbsup2

I miss CSR too. It's been so rainy/cloudy/dreary here lately and I miss CSR's bright cheeriness.
GREAT UPDATE!! where did your mom get your basket from? Do you have pics of other baskets? I am doing research. :O)
I believe she ordered them through the Disney Florist. I don't have pictures of the others, but I'll ask my sister if she took any. They were all similar in style - basket full of treats with a little stuffed Mickey and a balloon.

MarieTheCat24
09-22-2011, 05:20 PM
LOVE the old TTA spiel reference :lovestruc BUZZ LIGHTYEAR'S SPACE. RANGER. SPIN!
Kristen is going to comment on your pale comment. Betting 5 million dollars right now. :laughing:

"I’m lazy/out-of-shape/have very little desire to engage in physical activity"
you just described me. and kristen. and most frumps out there in the world. well done.

I love that space mountain queue. It's one of my favorite places in all of disney!
:rotfl: at the laugh bar. I can picture it now.
Dang that was a fast two hours! lol
FULL HOUSE :love::love::love: lkjsd;lkaj;gdfkhjlkdghjfdkfslkjKAWJS;c LOVE IT. I seriously can not get enough.
Those pictures are beautiful! Tell your dad he did a nice job!
Wow you SERIOUSLY lucked out with that bus situation! Congratulations.
Your room is very cute! It looks exactly like our room from august (but we were in casitas)
And your gift bag is PRECIOUS! I can't wait to hear about what's inside.

Can't wait for your next update... even know I have no idea when that will be. But that's okay! When you finish a big chunk of homework... reward yourself with trip report writing. That's what I do! :upsidedow SO much better than writing an essay.
I miss the old TTA spiel. :sad1:

HAHAHAHA She totally did.

I can't wait to hear what you thought of the Casitas. We requested either the Casitas or Ranchos, got Ranchos, and were quite happy. The only negative was the long walk to El Centro, but we really didn't go there that often anyway.

Thankfully, I don't have too much homework to do this weekend, so I'm going to try and write as much as I can. I'm very excited about the next few updates. Some MAJOR stuff happened... ;)
Ohhh how I love your TRs! I also appreciate your appreciation for Full House. I still DVR them every day and watch them when I get home from work. My dream when I was younger was to be Princess for the Day just like Michelle (ok, maybe it's still my dream a little)! :rolleyes1
Aw, Disney really should implement a special Princess for the Day program just for us Full House fans. It would be a big hit. :cutie:
Bahahaha I love a sneaky flash to a cast member lol

Buzz is seriously so much fun but I also get frustrated at my non-talent. I will never be one who can take a picture of the score and proudly display the victory... shame

I love your COP photo! It really does deserve a thumbs up every time you walk past...maybe a high five too...

I would also like to join the opposite of Jersey Shore show... Being awkwardly white is always a winner :thumbsup2 And the motto can be that we don't flash anyone in public, only CMs with our FP's... haha sorry...long day=bad jokes

Good work with your dad and the fireworks pics, first the swirly ice cream and now this...what other hidden talents does he have up his sleeve?

Ahhhhh Full House :love: I already said it on Kristen's TR but I seriously think we need to organize a FH Dis meet! Seeing as its pretty much an obsession of every second person around here! We could all be "Princess of the day" WIN!
Exactly. 'We only flash FPs.' :rotfl:

Oh gosh, a Full House Dismeet would be so much fun. We could reenact all the scenes and sing the theme song wherever we go. It would be epic.
I am glad to hear that I'm not the only one who can't get a super high score on Buzz! :lmao:

Love the CoP picture!!! I totally laughed out loud at your pale Jersey Shore reference...my daughter was all..."what's so funny?!" :confused3 Hehehe

Amazing fireworks pictures!!!

I have been wanting to re-watch the Full House where they go to WDW for weeks now! I found like 10 minutes of it on You Tube, but it didn't satisfy my longing! LOL! :lmao: I'm pretty tempted to see if they have it on Netflix...I may just be persuaded to re-sign up if I can watch Full House on there! :rotfl::surfweb:

Quick busses are always awesome...we arrive at CSR on Friday evening! :goodvibes

How sweet of your mom to get you gift baskets!!! :lovestruc
I hope you have an amazing time! You'll love CSR. It's gorgeous. And the buses are very efficient (at least they were for us). ;)
Girl, we could have conversations for HOURS about being pale. :laughing: People at work actually like to tell me, when I'm wearing white, "are you even wearing a shirt?" :rotfl: Thanks guys.

I know exactly what you mean about wanting to be good at things and being irritated when you're not. I'm the same way. I want to be good at everything. Even things others would think is random, like Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story.
It's weird because my skin has a bit of an olive color to it, but I'm still ridiculously pale. Half the time, I'm pretty much see-through which grosses me out because I don't need to be reminded that there's stuff happening inside my body all the time. Biology/medical stuff gives me the creeps.

tinkgurl
09-25-2011, 10:48 AM
Just read your latest update! *Sigh* I wish I was sitting on Main Street right about now! Even if it was jam packed full of people to watch the fireworks. What a great spot you guys had! Good job!

And...yes I just added a new ticker!!!!

__disneygirl
09-25-2011, 02:11 PM
lmao. of course as soon as I read "we headed back out into the park to get our ride on" i heard Stacey in my mind. "I'm about to get my riiiiiiiiiiiiide on! At Disney's Animal Kingdom!" OH HOW I MISS YOU, GODDESS!!!

Ok, Space Ranger Spin and Toy Story Mania are so NOT the same thing and you should not feel bad for not doing well on SPS! I suck at it too! Actually, the reason why I initially wasn't that excited about TSM was because someone told me it was the same idea as SPS and I was like oh great. The technology on TSM is what makes it amazing, while I feel like SPS was made in like 1975 or something? The laser always has a delay and I hardly even know where I'm shooting. I mean, SPS is fun but it is not the life changing heaven-like experience that is TSM. In my opinion anyway!

I'm always super pale too. I like to rock it tbh. I love Kathy Griffin's joke about being pale where she says "I'm so pale I'm actually translucent, you can see my organs like I'm an anatomy doll." I DO expose myself on television as much as possible, though, so that is where you and I differ my friend.

I'm kind of baffled by how far you have to walk to get in and out of Space Mountain. Like, the building doesn't look THAT big to me from the outside but seems like another...well, planet... on the inside. DISNEY, WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS SO FLAWLESSLY EFFECTIVE? Le sigh. But I love it too. They win at creating a different mood every single time. When I am rich I should have a house like that, where people have to go through like a mile of walking after entering to get to the foyer.

Oh God, every single time I go on a rollercoaster I'm like the mom pushing down everyone's lap bars AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE and pulling on them really hard after they lock to make sure they're REALLY REALLY LOCKED. When I go to Six Flags with my friends, usually they bring friends I don't really know cause we like to go in a big group, and the new people are like, what is with your weird friend that keeps grabbing my lap bar? Can she stop telling me to hold on? I'm like, whatever guys. IT'S SCARY, OKAY?

Do you know the Full House blog holatannerinos.tumblr.com? If not, get familiar. Too funny!!

Your room at Coronado looks so nice! I love all the green. And omg!! What was in the gift basket?? WANT.

MarieTheCat24
09-25-2011, 06:35 PM
Just read your latest update! *Sigh* I wish I was sitting on Main Street right about now! Even if it was jam packed full of people to watch the fireworks. What a great spot you guys had! Good job!

And...yes I just added a new ticker!!!!
HOORAY FOR YOUR NEW TICKER!!! :yay: I hope you guys have a magical Disneymoon! :wizard:
lmao. of course as soon as I read "we headed back out into the park to get our ride on" i heard Stacey in my mind. "I'm about to get my riiiiiiiiiiiiide on! At Disney's Animal Kingdom!" OH HOW I MISS YOU, GODDESS!!!

Ok, Space Ranger Spin and Toy Story Mania are so NOT the same thing and you should not feel bad for not doing well on SPS! I suck at it too! Actually, the reason why I initially wasn't that excited about TSM was because someone told me it was the same idea as SPS and I was like oh great. The technology on TSM is what makes it amazing, while I feel like SPS was made in like 1975 or something? The laser always has a delay and I hardly even know where I'm shooting. I mean, SPS is fun but it is not the life changing heaven-like experience that is TSM. In my opinion anyway!

I'm always super pale too. I like to rock it tbh. I love Kathy Griffin's joke about being pale where she says "I'm so pale I'm actually translucent, you can see my organs like I'm an anatomy doll." I DO expose myself on television as much as possible, though, so that is where you and I differ my friend.

I'm kind of baffled by how far you have to walk to get in and out of Space Mountain. Like, the building doesn't look THAT big to me from the outside but seems like another...well, planet... on the inside. DISNEY, WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS SO FLAWLESSLY EFFECTIVE? Le sigh. But I love it too. They win at creating a different mood every single time. When I am rich I should have a house like that, where people have to go through like a mile of walking after entering to get to the foyer.

Oh God, every single time I go on a rollercoaster I'm like the mom pushing down everyone's lap bars AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE and pulling on them really hard after they lock to make sure they're REALLY REALLY LOCKED. When I go to Six Flags with my friends, usually they bring friends I don't really know cause we like to go in a big group, and the new people are like, what is with your weird friend that keeps grabbing my lap bar? Can she stop telling me to hold on? I'm like, whatever guys. IT'S SCARY, OKAY?

Do you know the Full House blog holatannerinos.tumblr.com? If not, get familiar. Too funny!!

Your room at Coronado looks so nice! I love all the green. And omg!! What was in the gift basket?? WANT.
:rotfl: That's probably my most frequently quoted Stacey line. I basically just walk around the parks yelling "I'M ABOUT TO GET MY RIDE ON!" at random strangers. I'm sure they appreciate it. Who wouldn't???

YES! Buzz feels so outdated. Like, I'm pretty sure my local laser tag place had better technology 10 years ago.

Thank god I'm not the only crazy person who pulls the lap bars down REALLY tight. When I was younger, I used to have dreams that I was on a roller coaster and the lap bar came unlocked and I had to hold on for dear life, so I'm a complete freak about it.

Oh god, that is my new favorite blog. I'm probably going to say "Hola Tannerinos!" to everyone I see over the next few days. Full House is the best.

What was in the basket? You'll have to wait and see... ;)

cindianne320
10-02-2011, 11:25 AM
Just finished reading BOTH of your trip reports :)

First, I am so sorry you lost your dog during this trip :( I'm almost hesitant to keep reading, because I feel so sad for you. I am so happy you are going back to Disney in December, and I hope you are doing ok.

Anyway, I hope your school year is going well. As a frumpy, 30 year old, wife and mother of a 2 year old boy, who has been belting out "Part of your World" after exiting that show for the last 15 years, and who can't wait to experience my favorite movie "Beauty and the Beast" in the whole new land, I appreciate your honesty and love for Disney!

MarieTheCat24
10-16-2011, 11:36 PM
JULY 4TH PART ONE: In Which A Bus Almost Makes Me Cry - ALSO FISH
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get out of bed when you know you have a full day of WDW fun ahead of you? I mean, I am definitely not a morning person. Having to get out of bed is like my own personal form of torture. If someone figures out a way to go out and do stuff while simultaneously cuddling up in bed, I will be a very happy gal (and will personally re-gift that person one of my ‘Yay For Participation!’ T-ball trophies). Yet, at WDW, I will gladly hop out of bed at an ungodly hour (7 AM) and skip my lazy-self right into the shower. Crazy.

However, my cheery morning quickly took a dark turn. After I finished my Pop Tart (there’s no better breakfast than some good ol’ calories) I started to feel really nauseous. I was dizzy and faint so I laid back down for a while. There wasn’t anything seriously wrong, but because I’m the world’s biggest hypochondriac, I started freaking out. I was in full-blown panic attack mode before I knew it. Lemme tell ya, having a panic attack is not the best way to start the day. In fact, it’s probably one of the worst. Panic attacks stink.

After a while, I started feeling better and was able to finish getting ready. THANK GOODNESS. This was the only day we had planned at Epcot and I was not about to miss my favorite park. Because of my little setback, we were running a bit late, but we still managed to make it to the bus stop by 9:00. That’s not too bad. We missed Rope Drop, though, which just felt wrong. We NEVER miss Rope Drop! We’re that obnoxious Rope Drop family that stands outside of the turnstiles shuffling our feet like bulls about to charge. Arriving when the park is already open just isn’t the same.

Anyway, we waited, like, five minutes or so for an Epcot bus to come. We were the only people waiting at our stop. It was strange. Where was everyone? Sleeping in? Don’t they know that there’s no sleeping in Disney? Clearly they haven’t read any of our frumpy friends’ TRs.

As you all know, there are 9839749233 (or 4) bus stops at Coronado Springs. Since we were in the Ranchos, we were the second stop (except it’s called Bus Stop 3 because it’s Disney and they can) which, in case you’re lazy and don’t feel like doing the math, meant there were two more. A whopping 10 more people got on the bus before we left CSR. 10. Again, where was everyone? Oh well. More space for me.

OH! I almost forgot! The most wonderful thing happened right as we were pulling out of CSR. I didn’t even know this was possible, but all of a sudden the Disney Voice Guy was wishing me a happy birthday on the bus. WHAT? I almost cried. I love the Disney Voice Guy. I want him to narrate my life. Well, him and the guy who commentates during curling matches on NBC. When I finally convince someone that my life is sitcom-worthy, they will be the Arrested Development-style narrators. But, yeah, it was a magical moment for sure. Birthday buttons pay off, kids.

I was on the verge of tears for the second time that morning when we pulled into Epcot and “One Little Spark” started playing. I love it!

As we disembarked, I thanked our bus driver for being so fabulous. He really did make my morning.

You know what else made my morning? The fact that there wasn’t a line at bag check AND they barely even glanced in my bag. SHOCKING. I’m usually subject to a full TSA-style patdown/thorough bag check/veritaserum before they’ll let me into the park. Panic attack aside, this was really my morning.

As we headed through the turnstiles, there were CMs passing out little American flag pins. They were plastic and sort of cheap looking, but it was still a nice gesture. I wore mine all day. Well, my bag wore mine all day. He (because my bag is very obviously male) seemed pleased.

We took a few seconds to grab a times guide, soak up the atmosphere, and listen to the Entrance Medley before speeding off like the crazy people we are.

Here’s a picture of everyone’s favorite geodesic sphere:
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It’s so lovely. Don’t cha just love the wind tunnel it creates? Getting blown over as I walk underneath is never not hilarious.

Here’s a picture of us courtesy of my paparazzo of a father:
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I don’t entirely know what I’m pointing at but I’m sure it was something really cool.

Katie, Wade, and Mom headed for Test Track, but because I was still feeling a bit woozy from earlier, I decided to pass. Dad and I headed over to get FPs for Soarin’. I don’t even ride it because I have a horrible fear of flying and giant screens make me motion sick (also, it replaced Food Rocks so I don’t ride it on principle), but I’m the most awesome person ever, so I figured I’d do something nice for everyone else.

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Palm trees! I felt bad for the one with the giant hole in its trunk. I feel like someone probably got really drunk and kicked it. Or someone momentarily forgot this isn’t 400 BC and drove their stroller into it battering ram-style. Or a lazy woodpecker didn’t feel like leaving the ground. Or the tree let her big sister’s wacky best friend pierce her trunk so she wouldn’t have to wear clip-ons anymore, but she just wound up with a crazy infection. I bet that’s what it was.

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The Land - It’s lacking in singing foods, but I guess it’s still pretty cool. I think this is the part of the trip report where I pull out a guitar and we all hold hands and sing that “Listen to the Land” song.

JUST MAKE BELIEVE YOU’RE A TINY LITTLE SEED…

I didn’t take any pictures while we were in there because I was a woman on a FP-retrieving mission. Once the FPs were safely acquired, Dad and I took our time walking out. Actually, I think we stopped and bought a bottle of water from Sunshine Seasons or whatever it’s called. I also remember pointing out that there were a ridiculous number of people in The Land wearing Cleveland Indians and/or Ohio State paraphernalia. Clearly Ohioans have excellent taste in vacation destinations.

Dad and I then headed over to The Seas where the rest of the gang was supposed to meet us after they finished at Test Track. We found a shady spot, sat on the edge of a planter, and watched the monorail go by.

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Epcot is gorgeous. I miss it.

While we were waiting, a CM stopped and told us that there was a snake living in the planter we were sitting on. I guess the other CMs named it Fred. I couldn’t quite tell if the guy was telling the truth or not, but I moved as far away from that planter as possible. I’m sure the snakes that live at Disney are friendly and nice. They probably slither along to the area music. With that said, their bodies are giant tubes. It’s gross. Who in their right mind actively wants to encounter a tube-bodied creature? Snakes are just so gross.

Before long, the rest of the family showed up and we headed inside.

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The Seas is my favorite pavilion in Epcot. I could spend hours in there. I’ve always been fascinated by aquatic life. I mean, there’s a whole world down there and we barely know the half of it. It’s so exciting! As a kid, one of the many careers I planned on having (after princess and before lifeguard…yeah, I really thought I’d make a career out of that) was marine biologist. I’m glad I get to fulfill that fantasy for a little while every time I visit WDW.

Because it was still early, there was no line for the ride. However long it took us to walk through the queue is how long we waited. Of course, this queue is insanely long, so I think I aged about five years before we made it to the loading area. It is 2016, right?

You’ll remember that at the Magic Kingdom the day before, we had a hard time wrapping our heads around the fact that we were traveling with five people in our party as opposed to the usual four. I took an elbow to the chest as a result, so you’d think we would’ve learned.

Well, we didn’t. Mom, Dad, and I did the stupidest thing any of us have ever done by piling into one Clammobile. It was not pretty. Nor comfortable. I’m claustrophobic and I freak out whenever I feel like I can’t move, so I had another panic attack. Instead of enjoying the EAC and singing along with “Big Blue World”, I spent the entire ride with my eyes closed while Mom reminded me to keep breathing. Every year I complain about how short that ride is, but this year I was pleading for it to be over.

Anyway, word of advice: never try to cram three adults in a Clammobile. It’s just not worth it.

After we exited (which was kinda painful…we were squeezed in there quite well) I drank an entire bottle of water and praised Poseidon that I made it off the ride alive. Then, we went and visited my BFFs: the manatees.
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Manatees are amazing. My grandmother gave me a stuffed manatee when I was born (who I later named Manatee because I’m creative like that) and I’ve been attached to the sea cows (which sounds like an insult) ever since. They’re just so gentle! Don’t you think they look like they’d make good cuddlers? Do you think I could bribe a CM to let me in the tank for a good snuggle?

After spending a suitable amount of time with the manatees, we moved on. Mom, Katie, and Wade headed over to Turtle Talk, but Dad and I decided to look around some more. There was a certain someone I needed to say hello to.

For those of you who don’t know, The Seas is home to one of the most fascinating specimen of creatures in the whole world. I didn’t know about it either until the fabulous Lia (_disneygirl) wrote about it in her TR (which you should read because she’s the best and I'm linking you to it so you have no excuse not to SERIOUSLY READ THIS PEOPLE (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2449416)).

I am speaking, of course, of the frogfish.
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Is this not the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? Just look at it! Look at his nose! And that’s not even the most fascinating thing about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Frogfish. The most intriguing aspect of the frogfish is that he has weird pulsating spots all over his body. It’s nuts. I don’t know if that’s how he breathes or what but it’s funky. I sat down on the floor so that I’d be at eye-level and just stared at the guy wondering why he is the way that he is.

Another fun fact about the frogfish:
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Frogfish walk, man. They pretty much took a page out of Ariel’s playbook and got sick of swimming so they developed legs. FOUR LEGS. Quick, someone tell him what a fire is because I’m sure he’s curious about that too.

I knew if I stared at the frogfish any longer my brain would blow from sheer awesomeness, so I moved onto the other tanks.

Here’s a seahorse:
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I have no idea what these are but they’re cool:
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Another fun fact:
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These next pictures were taken by my father (with his fancy camera) while I was staring at the frogfish. They’re gorgeous. I’m always impressed by Dad’s photography.
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We also spent quite a bit of time upstairs looking at the MASSIVE tanks.
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As a wise woman once said: “Fish, fish, fish. Everywhere fish!”

The dolphins were out and they were as lovable as ever. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a lesson in dolphin genitalia this year. Disappointing. I will never forget the sheer hilarity that led to. Like, I’ll be dragging my kids to The Seas every year just to be all “Now kids, this is where Mommy learned all about dolphin privates.”

Here’s some sort of ray:
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It was massive. So cool.

Here’s a sea turtle who was extremely popular with the kids:
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It was really cute. Every time he swam by, a little boy would do his best Crush impression. I love that Finding Nemo has inspired a new generation of kids to take interest in the ocean.

Here’s a not-so Hidden Mickey:
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After a while, Dad and I headed downstairs and met up with everyone else. We were all getting hungry, so we decided it was time for lunch, but I’ll save that for the next installment.

UP NEXT: For the first time ever, we’re seeing it I 2 I

PS: I’m sorry I haven’t updated in, like, forever. I’ve been super overwhelmed with school. Also, you’ll notice from my lack of ticker, we had to cancel our November trip. Life got in the way. But, I’ve already started planning our annual July trip so I’m not too bummed. We haven’t booked anything yet, but we really want to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Plus, I kind of need to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and geek out, so that will probably happen. It should be a lot of fun.

Disneyfreak508
10-17-2011, 11:16 AM
I feel the SAME way about sleeping in. The only reason I will ever wake up that early is if I'm going to Disney or I am in Disney. That's IT.
OH NO about being sick :( ughhh that is awful! I'm sorry.
Haha that's right! THERE'S NO SLEEPING IN DISNEY!!!
Aww that Disney voice guy is so kind! That probably made your day! :wizard:
LOL I bet one of your guesses about the hole in the tree is right. Just one of them has to be!
Oh my God my mom would have FREAKED out if she was sitting near a snake. EWW!
I love manatees too :) when I was in 2nd grade I went to the seas and that was the first time I saw manatees. I found out they were endangered so I had a little manatee fund to donate to the animals :laughing: So precious.
I have never seen a frog fish. That is crazy! I may have to look in December so I can see for myself!
Why is the Seas pavilion SO much fun!? Ahh I want to go there now. And I want to add a Coral Reef reservation to my trip :rotfl: I don't know if there's any possible way I can fit that though LOL

Thanks for updating! :) I'm sorry you had to cancel your trip. I just got SO SAD :( Wahh. Well at least there's always the summer!

p.s. i read the intro of lia's TR and it seriously looks awesome. i want to read the whole thing!! but did she stop updating? :(

YukiPhnx
10-18-2011, 04:55 PM
Ok, I'm finally ALL CAUGHT UP.

I was just reminded of something I wanted to tell you about. So, my mom bought me a Kindle for my birthday (love her) and I've been looking through their store for WDW books and did you know....THERE'S A BOOK OF A TR??? Literally, someone wrote their TR for WDW and just published it! No pictures though, but still pretty awesome.

Don't you love how Lia turned our attention to the frogfish and now we can't enough of this fishy friend?

Have you been watching PLL? I wish they would give us more clues! I heard "A" is different in the show than in the book, so it's not like the book would do any good...

A visit to WWoHP for next summer? Sounds awesome! Too bad you couldn't go this Fall though...

Disneyfreak616
10-18-2011, 07:46 PM
YAYY UPDATE!!!

I feel the exact same way. There is NO sleeping in Disney!

YESS!! You just quoted me!!! Such an honor it is. :worship:

Clearly they haven't.

Ahh what a magical bus experience. :wizard:

VERITASERUM. HAHAHAHA.

If I were a woodpecker...that's where I would aim..but I'm terrified of birds so I would never be one.

Eh...ya still got the Veggie Tales for singing foods.

Girl, you CRACK me up. I am dyin' over here. Bless your soul.

I've always wanted to sing that song at a campfire...is that weird?

They really do! I always see SO much OSU merch on the Disney-goers.

I agree. I am so afraid of them. Like the word "slither" just gives me chills.

Wow I am like almost done with college then! Woohoo!

Can I add to that? OR BTTMR. That is way worse because you jerk around so much.

You have opened my eyes to the wonders of aquatic life. That frogfish is amazing! I am making a mental note to spend much more time in the Seas on my next trip.

STACEY. <3

HAHAHAHAHA.

Aww. Sorry you had to cancel your trip, but yay for planning your July one! I LOVE AKL, you should definitely stay there! It's my family's absolute fave. And WWOHP!? Take meee!!!!! LOL. Please go. It's fantastic. :thumbsup2

IheartDDuck
10-18-2011, 11:00 PM
Uh oh. Three people in a clammobile never sounds like a good idea! :laughing:

Okay, you had a stuffed manatee named manatee? I had a stuffed gorilla named goril. That's right. I was so creative, I dropped the extra la. :lmao:

You started singing the living with the land song and I just busted out in song. Kind of embarrassed myself. :laughing:

tinkgurl
10-19-2011, 10:58 AM
Hi!!! Wow, your update just made me really miss WDW! I love the whole Seas area of Epcot.

MarieTheCat24
10-20-2011, 01:55 AM
I feel the SAME way about sleeping in. The only reason I will ever wake up that early is if I'm going to Disney or I am in Disney. That's IT.
OH NO about being sick :( ughhh that is awful! I'm sorry.
Haha that's right! THERE'S NO SLEEPING IN DISNEY!!!
Aww that Disney voice guy is so kind! That probably made your day! :wizard:
LOL I bet one of your guesses about the hole in the tree is right. Just one of them has to be!
Oh my God my mom would have FREAKED out if she was sitting near a snake. EWW!
I love manatees too :) when I was in 2nd grade I went to the seas and that was the first time I saw manatees. I found out they were endangered so I had a little manatee fund to donate to the animals :laughing: So precious.
I have never seen a frog fish. That is crazy! I may have to look in December so I can see for myself!
Why is the Seas pavilion SO much fun!? Ahh I want to go there now. And I want to add a Coral Reef reservation to my trip :rotfl: I don't know if there's any possible way I can fit that though LOL

Thanks for updating! :) I'm sorry you had to cancel your trip. I just got SO SAD :( Wahh. Well at least there's always the summer!

p.s. i read the intro of lia's TR and it seriously looks awesome. i want to read the whole thing!! but did she stop updating? :(
Exactly. I just feel like you miss out on so much if you sleep in, especially during the summer. The parks are practically empty early.

Aw, that is precious. They have a big manatee exhibit/rehabilitation center at the Columbus Zoo so, of course, I put money in the little donation box. Those poor manatees need all the help they can get.

The frogfish is incredible. You absolutely must look for it. It will blow your mind!

I really want to eat at Coral Reef. I think we'll have to make that a priority for our next trip.

It's sad that we had to cancel, but the good thing about WDW is that it's always there. It'll be ready and waiting whenever I can go back. Which will hopefully be during the summer. If not, I will cry. I don't think I could survive without at least one trip per year. :rotfl:
Ok, I'm finally ALL CAUGHT UP.

I was just reminded of something I wanted to tell you about. So, my mom bought me a Kindle for my birthday (love her) and I've been looking through their store for WDW books and did you know....THERE'S A BOOK OF A TR??? Literally, someone wrote their TR for WDW and just published it! No pictures though, but still pretty awesome.

Don't you love how Lia turned our attention to the frogfish and now we can't enough of this fishy friend?

Have you been watching PLL? I wish they would give us more clues! I heard "A" is different in the show than in the book, so it's not like the book would do any good...

A visit to WWoHP for next summer? Sounds awesome! Too bad you couldn't go this Fall though...
NO WAY! That's really cool. Who knew you could publish a TR? I've been on this 'I want to become an author' kick lately, so who knows, maybe someday I'll publish my TRs. ;)

Yeah, the lack of clues on PLL has become incredibly frustrating. I NEED ANSWERS, PEOPLE! I feel like they just keep adding in more mysteries without actually solving any of the initial ones. I feel like it'll be season 5 before we find out who actually killed Alison...

I really hope I can go to WWoHP next summer. I've only been to Universal once and I really had no interest in going back, but then this whole 'becoming a Harry Potter fan' thing came out of nowhere and I'm all I NEED TO GO TO HOGWARTS ASAP OR I WILL DIE. I think I'm secretly hoping that I'll get there and discover that I really am magical. :wizard:
YAYY UPDATE!!!

I feel the exact same way. There is NO sleeping in Disney!

YESS!! You just quoted me!!! Such an honor it is. :worship:

Clearly they haven't.

Ahh what a magical bus experience. :wizard:

VERITASERUM. HAHAHAHA.

If I were a woodpecker...that's where I would aim..but I'm terrified of birds so I would never be one.

Eh...ya still got the Veggie Tales for singing foods.

Girl, you CRACK me up. I am dyin' over here. Bless your soul.

I've always wanted to sing that song at a campfire...is that weird?

They really do! I always see SO much OSU merch on the Disney-goers.

I agree. I am so afraid of them. Like the word "slither" just gives me chills.

Wow I am like almost done with college then! Woohoo!

Can I add to that? OR BTTMR. That is way worse because you jerk around so much.

You have opened my eyes to the wonders of aquatic life. That frogfish is amazing! I am making a mental note to spend much more time in the Seas on my next trip.

STACEY. <3

HAHAHAHAHA.

Aww. Sorry you had to cancel your trip, but yay for planning your July one! I LOVE AKL, you should definitely stay there! It's my family's absolute fave. And WWOHP!? Take meee!!!!! LOL. Please go. It's fantastic. :thumbsup2
Birds are the worst. Honestly, they are just terrible. I bet it was a crazy woodpecker that damaged the tree. They would.

OMG I haven't seen Veggie Tales in so long. That "Where is my hairbrush?" song used to be my jam. Larry the Cucumber rocked.

Exactly. Slither is a terrible word. Just saying it makes my mouth feel weird.

You must spend a ton of time exploring The Seas. It is truly fabulous.

I REALLY want to stay at AKL. It's gorgeous. My little detour to WWoHP must happen. I want a wand! Also Pumpkin Juice. Any place where pumpkin-flavored beverages are regularly served is my kinda place.

MarieTheCat24
10-20-2011, 01:59 AM
Uh oh. Three people in a clammobile never sounds like a good idea! :laughing:

Okay, you had a stuffed manatee named manatee? I had a stuffed gorilla named goril. That's right. I was so creative, I dropped the extra la. :lmao:

You started singing the living with the land song and I just busted out in song. Kind of embarrassed myself. :laughing:
Aw, Goril - I love that. :goodvibes

That song is quite the earworm. I've had it stuck in my head ever since I typed it. Just make believe....
Hi!!! Wow, your update just made me really miss WDW! I love the whole Seas area of Epcot.
Hey, girl! I miss WDW too. I think we just need to go down there and demand that they let us stay forever. I'm sure they wouldn't have a problem with that. ;)

tinkgurl
10-20-2011, 08:54 PM
Hey, girl! I miss WDW too. I think we just need to go down there and demand that they let us stay forever. I'm sure they wouldn't have a problem with that. ;)

I agree!!

Disneyfreak616
10-22-2011, 11:29 AM
I REALLY want to stay at AKL. It's gorgeous. My little detour to WWoHP must happen. I want a wand! Also Pumpkin Juice. Any place where pumpkin-flavored beverages are regularly served is my kinda place.

I got Hermionie's wand! It's awesome! And I got a Gryffindor scarf. <3 Pumpkin juice is DELICIOUS. It's super refreshing.

MarieTheCat24
10-23-2011, 09:08 AM
I got Hermionie's wand! It's awesome! And I got a Gryffindor scarf. <3 Pumpkin juice is DELICIOUS. It's super refreshing.
Awesome! I'm probably going to get Ron's wand. He's my favorite. I have my eye on a 'Weasley is Our King' t-shirt which I will totally be wearing to WWoHP. :upsidedow I just wish they would sell the wands that choose us on Pottermore. I know that they have a few of them, but mine's Black Walnut and it's not listed on Universal's website. Boo. What's your Pottermore username again? I wanna add you. :thumbsup2

Also, did you go on Forbidden Journey? Was it insanely intense? I don't normally do well with rides/3D movies that simulate flight, but I really want to go on. I mean, it's not like it makes me sick or anything, I just feel really panicky. Thankfully, I have a while to talk myself into it. :rotfl:

MarieTheCat24
10-23-2011, 09:30 AM
JULY 4TH PART TWO: Everybody Wants to Meet a Cat
As I hinted at the end of my last update, despite the fact that it was only a little after 11:00, we were ready for lunch. Frankly, when at WDW, I’m always ready for lunch because lunch means I can ingest copious amounts of magical Disney food, but I was especially hungry on this particular day. We decided to head to one of our favorite Quick Service locations: La Cantina de San Angel.

As we walked by The Land, Katie and Wade decided they wanted to use the Soarin’ FPs I picked up earlier, so they veered off while the rest of us continued on. My favorite part of the Innoventions area loop was playing as we passed through which caused me to freak out and do a little dance as we walked. I’m sure I looked like a dork but who cares? I’m just glad my family understands my dorkiness. Imagine if I had been born into a family of people who don’t get Disney! My life would have been downright tragic.

Forget homelessness, poverty, disease…being born into a Disney-less family has got to be the worst.

Moving on...

We let this handy sign guide us in the right direction (I’m kidding, of course) -
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I think these signs are relatively new, though, because I don’t remember them from previous trips. They probably do come in handy for people who are running late for dinner reservations and can’t name the World Showcase countries in order from left to right or right to left without even thinking about it. Really, though, those people aren’t worth my time. I mean, why are they even at Disney? They can’t name the World Showcase countries? They deserve to be late for dinner.

Right after I took the picture of that sign, my camera died. I almost cried. While we’re at WDW, that thing becomes another appendage. I probably use it more than my left hand. It just had to go and run out of battery without so much as a warning! I was livid. Dad’s camera was still fully functional so we weren’t without one, but still, what if something really cool had happened and we only had one camera to document it? Snappers really let me down.

Anyway, when we got to Mexico we headed straight for La Cantina. There weren’t many people there, so we were able to walk right up and order. No line? In the summer? Well, knock me over with a feather. It was crazy town. And I don’t mean the rap rock band that gifted the world with the immaculate hit “Butterfly”.

COME MY LADY COME COME MY LADY

Here’s a picture of our food (or rather nuestra comida…I didn’t take six years of Spanish for nothin’) -
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Mom and Dad both got nachos while I opted for the tacos de pollo. They were perfect for a hot summer day. Plus - and this is really exciting – they were complemented wonderfully by the magical concoction known as pink lemonade. I’m quite certain that stuff is brewed by fairies. I just hate that it’s so difficult to find in WDW. I mean, magical drinks belong in magical places. I don’t care about Pomegranate or whatever other flavors they have; I only want my lemonade to be pink-flavored. If they can sell blue-flavored Powerade, they can sell pink lemonade. End of story.

Oh, we all had churros for dessert. :upsidedow
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The only downside to eating at La Cantina is that those big white birds from hell frequent the area. I guess they enjoy a good empanada every now and again. I can’t say I blame them. But for someone with a serious bird phobia, having to share your dining space with those…creatures is no fun. I spent the entire meal with my legs tucked up under me while periodically yelling “Daddy, it looked at me! Scare it away! Scare it away!” Thank goodness I have a father who’s still willing to scare away the monsters for his little girl even if she’s 21 years old and should be able to handle this stuff on her own.

Just as Katie and Wade met up with us in Mexico, I started feeling sick again. It was the same dizziness I felt earlier that morning. I figured that walking around in the heat wouldn’t be the greatest idea, so I headed back to the hotel to lay down for a bit. Dad decided to come with me.

I’m so glad that he (and his camera) did because standing in front of the Fountain of Nations was none other than Max Goof! I didn’t care how sick I felt, I was not about to miss this. I have vivid memories of watching Goof Troop (and Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers) as a kid. Plus, I’m pretty sure it’s a crime in all 50 states (the legislation just passed in Wyoming) to dislike A Goofy Movie.

When it was my turn to meet Max, he gave me a big hug and I resisted bursting into an impromptu rendition of “I 2 I”. I was certainly singing it on the inside, though.

If we listen to each other’s heart,
We’ll find we’re never too far apart.
And maaaaaybe love is the reason why
For the first time ever we’re seeing it I 2 I.

Here’s the picture -
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With that, Dad and I headed out to the bus stop. A CSR bus was waiting just for us. Well, maybe not just for us, but we were the only people on it. It was Crazy Town Part II: You’re my butterfly. Sugar. Baby.

When we got back to Coronado, I plugged my camera in to charge and curled up in bed. I was going to watch Stacey, but then I saw that they were re-playing the Hot Dot Eating Competition on ESPN, so you bet your bottom dollar that’s what I watched. It was the 4th of July, and you can’t get much more American than watching a bunch of people shoving hot dogs down their gullets while other people cheer them on.

God bless America.

I fell asleep after it was over and was out cold until Mom woke me up to go to dinner. They came back from Epcot an hour or so after us and spent the afternoon at the pool. I freshened up a bit, ran a brush through my hair, put on my light-up 4th of July necklace that Wade’s mom bought for all of us, and then we headed out for the evening.

Here are a few pictures Dad took near our building at CSR -
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Katie and Wade probably weren’t supposed to climb up on the rocks, but, hey, we like to live on the edge.

I took these while they were taking that picture -
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Before long, we were back on a bus barreling toward Epcot. The Disney Voice Guy didn’t wish me happy birthday this time, but that’s OK. Nothing will ever compare to the utter shock/thrill I felt the first time.

The walkway from the bus stops to Epcot is lined with these magical banners -
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/293.jpg
“Let the memories begin!” is right.

We were pretty much just waved right through the bag check again and in through the turnstiles. I figured the place would be total madness, but it really wasn’t that bad. It wouldn’t last long (Uh oh, foreshadowing…) but, right then, it was quite calm.

Here’s Spaceship Earth again -
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/294.jpg

And here’s one of my favorite fountains in WDW -
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/296.jpg

We skedaddled right through Future World and headed toward our dinner location: France.

But first, here’s a shot of Canada and some people -
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/298.jpg

Here’s a sidewalk chalk American flag in the UK -
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/301.jpg
This made me giggle since the whole point of the 4th of July is to celebrate America’s independence from them. Suck it, England. U-S-A! U-S-A! ;) I joked that I should buy a Pocahontas costume and dump a box of tea into the WS lagoon while yelling “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION” before heading back to the American Adventure to wrap myself in an American flag and sing the most American of all songs, “Party in the USA”.

Because I didn’t want to miss dinner, I had to pass. We all know food is way more important than satirical reenactments.

Here’s France -
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/302.jpg
France was our Ally during the Revolution so I figured it was OK to eat dinner there without spitting in the face of freedom and bald eagles that shed single tears.

As we started across the bridge, I saw someone amazing off in the distance.

My heart stopped.

This was it. This was the moment I had been looking forward to (and subsequently missing out on) for years. All my dreams were (finally) about to come true.

You're probably thinking 'OH MY GOD WAS IT OPRAH? OR JESUS? OR DUMBLEDORE? OR OPRAH, JESUS, AND DUMBLEDORE USING THEIR COMBINED POWERS TO RID THE WORLD OF ALL EVIL?'

I'm afraid it wasn't any of them.

It was better.

Marie was out for meet and greets. My DIS-namesake Marie. The most adorable cat ever Marie. Ladies don't start fights but they can finish them Marie. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I took off across the bridge and got in line. I’m pretty sure I left 8 children, 3 elderly people, and half of a Brazilian tour group on the ground in my wake but I didn’t care. No one was coming between me and Marie. No one.

Except her handler who said that she had to go in for a break shortly, but if I wanted to wait, I would be first in line when she returned.

Heck yes, I wanted to wait.

Dad stayed with me while everyone else went to check us in at Les Chefs de France.

Here’s a picture of Marie waving at a child -
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/122-1.jpg
Is she not the most adorable little thing? The fluff on her head is amazing.

After meeting with a few kids, Marie went in for her break and we were left at the head of the line. My heart was racing and all I could think was “OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD.”

Dad shook me out of my stupor after noticing Katie jumping up and down near the entrance to Les Chefs. He sent me over to find out what was wrong. I guess they were ready to seat us, but because the entire party wasn’t there, they wouldn’t. I told her that the character wrangler said Marie would be back in less than five minutes and that we were the first people in line and I didn’t know if she would be out after we were finished eating (all in one breath), so Katie, knowing how badly I wanted to meet her, went back inside to try and talk the host into waiting a few minutes. They eventually took Mom, Katie, and Wade to a table, but were, and I quote, “huffy about it”. Look, I know that they don’t want to seat groups without everyone present, but we were right there. I mean, Dad and I could have waved at the host from where we were standing. It’s not as if we A) didn’t exist or B) weren’t going to show up for another hour.

Before long, Marie came skipping back out and I freaked. I ran up to her little kid-style and said (screamed) “You are my favorite!” She gave me a huge hug and I thought I was going to faint. I wanted to cuddle forever, but knowing that there were a horde of French waiters angry with us, Dad quickly snapped a picture and I bid her adieu. It felt like I was being ripped from the arms of the love of my life. And by ‘ripped from the arms of the love of my life’ I, of course, mean finding out that Panera discontinued the Chicken Bacon Dijon Panini because the only love in my life is food. I should probably try to change that, but it would involve making myself presentable and leaving the couch, so…

Anyway, here’s the picture -
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/123-1.jpg
It’s not the greatest, but we were in a hurry. Besides, the memory is what really matters.

UP NEXT: DINNER AT LES CHEFS

Disneyfreak508
10-23-2011, 09:33 PM
I totally understand... I'm always ready for lunch at like 11 am in Disney! :rotfl: And half the time I'm not even hungry because I'm constantly eating something. I don't know. My Disney eating habits are very peculiar.
YAY FOR INNOVENTIONS! That is my favorite loop of all. Actually, in your honor, I'm going to play it for myself right now so I can listen to it while I read the rest of this update.
And yeah... if my family didn't get Disney... i'd basically be screwed. :lmao: I would have nothing to live for!!
Those big white birds are TERRIFYING. I feel like I'm being watched whenever they're around.
Aww that stinks you were feeling sick! I'm glad you had enough stamina to meet Max on your way out! He's awesome. I never understood how Goofy had a son, though. He just sorta came out of nowhere!
"God Bless America." :rotfl2: So funny. Yay for hot dogs and fat people.
YAYYY MARIE!
I'm glad they just seated your family at Chefs de France. You NEEDED to meet Marie!!
WHAAAAAT?! Come on, Panera! That's no fair. :( I'm so sorry about your loss. Food + Disney = Loves of Life. That's all you need, really.
Your picture is precious!
I am excited to hear about Les Chefs de France! :goodvibes

jenbear123
10-25-2011, 10:27 PM
You're probably thinking 'OH MY GOD WAS IT OPRAH? OR JESUS? OR DUMBLEDORE? OR OPRAH, JESUS, AND DUMBLEDORE USING THEIR COMBINED POWERS TO RID THE WORLD OF ALL EVIL?'



:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: That was quite possibly the funniest thing I've read in a while. This update was already pretty funny but that was hilarious! Dumbledore LOL. You're the best!!!

MarieTheCat24
10-26-2011, 07:36 AM
I totally understand... I'm always ready for lunch at like 11 am in Disney! :rotfl: And half the time I'm not even hungry because I'm constantly eating something. I don't know. My Disney eating habits are very peculiar.
YAY FOR INNOVENTIONS! That is my favorite loop of all. Actually, in your honor, I'm going to play it for myself right now so I can listen to it while I read the rest of this update.
And yeah... if my family didn't get Disney... i'd basically be screwed. :lmao: I would have nothing to live for!!
Those big white birds are TERRIFYING. I feel like I'm being watched whenever they're around.
Aww that stinks you were feeling sick! I'm glad you had enough stamina to meet Max on your way out! He's awesome. I never understood how Goofy had a son, though. He just sorta came out of nowhere!
"God Bless America." :rotfl2: So funny. Yay for hot dogs and fat people.
YAYYY MARIE!
I'm glad they just seated your family at Chefs de France. You NEEDED to meet Marie!!
WHAAAAAT?! Come on, Panera! That's no fair. :( I'm so sorry about your loss. Food + Disney = Loves of Life. That's all you need, really.
Your picture is precious!
I am excited to hear about Les Chefs de France! :goodvibes
Agreed. My Disney eating habits are ridiculous. I'm just glad WDW involves a lot of walking otherwise I'd weigh 5000 lbs and TLC would air a special about how they had to cut down walls and airlift me out of my hotel room at the end of our trip.

Those white birds are awful. I really wish Disney could keep them away somehow. Meals are a lot less enjoyable when I'm fearing for my life. :rotfl:

Yeah, Max is quite the little mystery. I'm gonna go ahead and say he's the result of aliens. If there's one thing I've learned in life it's that when in doubt, blame it on aliens. No one can prove ya wrong...

Panera got rid of that sandwich like two years ago and I'm still bummed. That's how delicious it was. WHY PANERA? WHYYYYYYY?
:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: That was quite possibly the funniest thing I've read in a while. This update was already pretty funny but that was hilarious! Dumbledore LOL. You're the best!!!
:goodvibes

Disneyfreak616
10-26-2011, 11:10 AM
Awesome! I'm probably going to get Ron's wand. He's my favorite. I have my eye on a 'Weasley is Our King' t-shirt which I will totally be wearing to WWoHP. :upsidedow I just wish they would sell the wands that choose us on Pottermore. I know that they have a few of them, but mine's Black Walnut and it's not listed on Universal's website. Boo. What's your Pottermore username again? I wanna add you. :thumbsup2

Also, did you go on Forbidden Journey? Was it insanely intense? I don't normally do well with rides/3D movies that simulate flight, but I really want to go on. I mean, it's not like it makes me sick or anything, I just feel really panicky. Thankfully, I have a while to talk myself into it. :rotfl:

THEY HAVE A 'WEASLEY IS OUR KING' SHIRT!?!?!?! WHAATTT??? How did I not know about this!!?? I want one. Oh boy. It is now my goal in life to acquire one of these shirts. That's awesome. Yeah I've always loved Hermionie and I wanted to basically be her when I was younger so her wand was the one for me! That would be so cool! My Pottermore wand is awesome! I wish I could have it. That would be fantastic. Mine is ShadowSparks164. Yay please do!! I think mine is dragon heartstring in the core but I can't remember the wood...it's a lighter color though.

I did! That's coming up in a few days on my TR! It's not really a simulator. It's more like Soarin' but without the fear-of-heights issue I think. It's basically like you're in the movies. It's really amazing! You're not strapped in by yourself though. You're with like four or five other people.

Disneyfreak616
10-26-2011, 11:43 AM
Ahh I love the Innoventions loop. I love dancing to it hehe.

I know seriously. Thank God my family loves Disney or I honestly don't know what I would do.

I think it is probably the most precious thing ever that your camera's name is Snappers. :goodvibes

Mmm your lunch looks delicious. Who doesn't love churros? I mean really. YUM.

AHHH LIKE ME!?!? I would probably scream and run away any time a bird even glanced in my direction. So sorry you felt sick, but hey! If you hadn't you probably wouldn't have met Max! That's awesome!

I think the hot dog competition would have made me feel more sick, so I probably would opt for some Stace. Of course. But yes, God Bless America.

Those rocks are cool! I actually really like that section of CSR, but I haveee heard horror stories of buses and walking, and let's face it, I am REALLY lazy, so Casitas it is for me!

Ahhh I love those banners. :wizard:

I love that fountain! I never really noticed it until this year, but it's actually really cool!

HAHAHAHA. I find it extremely ironic that the UK would draw an American flag on the sidewalk. They should really just not operate on the 4th. Even thought Brits are the best and the UK is my fave. <3 That would just make MUCH more sense. I'm just picturing myself doing those things and :rotfl: :rotfl2: You are hysterical. I would sing along with you, even though that song makes ME want to commit treason.

Oprah, Jesus and Dumbledore. Now there's a Dream Team if I ever heard of one.

Eh the elderly and children are too bad, but just leave the Brazilians. They'll find their way to the nearest mayhem soon enough.

Oh my gosh I am SO happy you got to meet her. Forget the waiters. They can wait. :P Yeah fighting panini wars is just not worth moving. :laughing:

Jazzabelle508
10-26-2011, 01:37 PM
Awesome! I'm probably going to get Ron's wand. He's my favorite. I have my eye on a 'Weasley is Our King' t-shirt which I will totally be wearing to WWoHP. :upsidedow I just wish they would sell the wands that choose us on Pottermore. I know that they have a few of them, but mine's Black Walnut and it's not listed on Universal's website. Boo. What's your Pottermore username again? I wanna add you. :thumbsup2

Also, did you go on Forbidden Journey? Was it insanely intense? I don't normally do well with rides/3D movies that simulate flight, but I really want to go on. I mean, it's not like it makes me sick or anything, I just feel really panicky. Thankfully, I have a while to talk myself into it. :rotfl:

Yay, a ron weasley fan! I absolutely LOVE him! He is hillarious! I love the whole trio though as well. I didn't even know they had a weasley is our king shirt! Where did they sell it? I totally think you should wear it in the park. I went to universal last january solely for harry potter and I am positive you will love it! Forrbidden journey is weird in that it is like several different rides all wrapped into one. I think kristen described it really well though in that it is like your in the movie. Parts of it do get creepy but you could always close your eyes because those parts go by quickly. I think it is a to each its own kind of thing. I think the biggest thing with you would probably be the harnesses. They are like the ones on rockin roller coaster so if you like those you will be good 2 go :thumbsup2

P.S: your wand sounds great! mine also is walnut but i think it also had unicorn hair in it or something like that. I have been terrible when it comes 2 pottermore. I'm not much of a computer/roleplaying person but i joined pottermore early because it sounded really cool! I don't think i will every be completely into the experience because i'm not into role playing games. I'm trying to be more active on pottermore though. what house are you in? I'm apparently a hufflepuff. I was disappointed but not surprised at first and then i learned alot of cool information about the house so i guess that's cool :)

MarieTheCat24
10-27-2011, 09:01 AM
THEY HAVE A 'WEASLEY IS OUR KING' SHIRT!?!?!?! WHAATTT??? How did I not know about this!!?? I want one. Oh boy. It is now my goal in life to acquire one of these shirts. That's awesome. Yeah I've always loved Hermionie and I wanted to basically be her when I was younger so her wand was the one for me! That would be so cool! My Pottermore wand is awesome! I wish I could have it. That would be fantastic. Mine is ShadowSparks164. Yay please do!! I think mine is dragon heartstring in the core but I can't remember the wood...it's a lighter color though.

I did! That's coming up in a few days on my TR! It's not really a simulator. It's more like Soarin' but without the fear-of-heights issue I think. It's basically like you're in the movies. It's really amazing! You're not strapped in by yourself though. You're with like four or five other people.
WEASLEY IS OUR KING (http://www.redbubble.com/people/rosalind5/t-shirts/7204097-weasley-is-our-king) It's not officially licensed HP merch, but I need it. I also saw an "I'd Get Sleazy for Ron Weasley" t-shirt that I must have. It's going on my Christmas list for sure. :rotfl:

I added you! I'm WalnutCat186. :thumbsup2

I can't wait to hear all about it! You must describe every single aspect of the Wizarding World in great detail. I NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING.
Ahh I love the Innoventions loop. I love dancing to it hehe.

I know seriously. Thank God my family loves Disney or I honestly don't know what I would do.

I think it is probably the most precious thing ever that your camera's name is Snappers. :goodvibes

Mmm your lunch looks delicious. Who doesn't love churros? I mean really. YUM.

AHHH LIKE ME!?!? I would probably scream and run away any time a bird even glanced in my direction. So sorry you felt sick, but hey! If you hadn't you probably wouldn't have met Max! That's awesome!

I think the hot dog competition would have made me feel more sick, so I probably would opt for some Stace. Of course. But yes, God Bless America.

Those rocks are cool! I actually really like that section of CSR, but I haveee heard horror stories of buses and walking, and let's face it, I am REALLY lazy, so Casitas it is for me!

Ahhh I love those banners. :wizard:

I love that fountain! I never really noticed it until this year, but it's actually really cool!

HAHAHAHA. I find it extremely ironic that the UK would draw an American flag on the sidewalk. They should really just not operate on the 4th. Even thought Brits are the best and the UK is my fave. <3 That would just make MUCH more sense. I'm just picturing myself doing those things and :rotfl: :rotfl2: You are hysterical. I would sing along with you, even though that song makes ME want to commit treason.

Oprah, Jesus and Dumbledore. Now there's a Dream Team if I ever heard of one.

Eh the elderly and children are too bad, but just leave the Brazilians. They'll find their way to the nearest mayhem soon enough.

Oh my gosh I am SO happy you got to meet her. Forget the waiters. They can wait. :P Yeah fighting panini wars is just not worth moving. :laughing:
LOL Thanks. I figured Snappers is an appropriate name for a camera.

You know, that's true. I don't think I've ever met someone who doesn't like churros. They're probably one of the most universally appreciated desserts.

I like the Ranchos because they remind me of BTMRR. They are quite far from El Centro, though. Luckily our building was pretty close to the bus stop, but a lot of them aren't.

I, too, adore British people and their awesome accents. Speaking of Brits and Party in the USA, watch this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6_xDBK_Nd8&feature=related) :upsidedow

I should write a comic book about Oprah, Jesus, and Dumbledore using their combined powers to fight crime. Oprah's BFF Gayle can come along too as the Robin to Oprah's Batman because she'll probably get bored listening to Jesus and Dumbledore compare beards.
Yay, a ron weasley fan! I absolutely LOVE him! He is hillarious! I love the whole trio though as well. I didn't even know they had a weasley is our king shirt! Where did they sell it? I totally think you should wear it in the park. I went to universal last january solely for harry potter and I am positive you will love it! Forrbidden journey is weird in that it is like several different rides all wrapped into one. I think kristen described it really well though in that it is like your in the movie. Parts of it do get creepy but you could always close your eyes because those parts go by quickly. I think it is a to each its own kind of thing. I think the biggest thing with you would probably be the harnesses. They are like the ones on rockin roller coaster so if you like those you will be good 2 go :thumbsup2

P.S: your wand sounds great! mine also is walnut but i think it also had unicorn hair in it or something like that. I have been terrible when it comes 2 pottermore. I'm not much of a computer/roleplaying person but i joined pottermore early because it sounded really cool! I don't think i will every be completely into the experience because i'm not into role playing games. I'm trying to be more active on pottermore though. what house are you in? I'm apparently a hufflepuff. I was disappointed but not surprised at first and then i learned alot of cool information about the house so i guess that's cool :)
Ron's the best. I posted a link to the shirt above. They don't actually sell it at WWoHP.

I'm not a huge fan of overhead harnesses, but I think I could deal with it for Harry Potter. :thumbsup2

I don't use it that much either. I was obsessed at first but making potions gets boring after a while. I'm in Gryffindor which came as a complete surprise. I thought for sure I'd be in Ravenclaw, but I'm not complaining. I guess my bravery has just gone unnoticed all these years. :laughing:

MarieTheCat24
10-27-2011, 09:25 AM
JULY 4TH PART THREE: "Who's got two thumbs, speaks limited French, and hasn't cried once today? This moi!"
After meeting Marie, Dad and I ran over and joined the rest of the family at Les Chefs before the waitstaff could get any more upset with us. They agreed to seat Katie, Wade, and Mom without us, but I was concerned that they would spit in our food or something if we made them wait any longer. Does that actually happen? I’ve never worked in the food service industry, but I've seen it on TV. Because TV never lies, I’m going to assume that it does.

Thankfully, we weren’t forced to suffer the wrath of angry Frenchmen. We did have to sit there for a while before our waiter showed up, but I’ll take that over food that’s been tampered with. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have eaten the tampered with food, because I would have. Really, what’s a little spit from a stranger? I probably pick up worse germs just by breathing in the same air as some of the people who visit WDW. I thought teaching people how to cover their mouth/nose when they cough/sneeze was a mandatory part of kindergarten but clearly it is not. I mean, I was getting hit with sneeze juice like it was coming out of a rogue spray bottle fan thingamabobber.

Anyway, as we all know, dining at any of the World Showcase restaurants is a magical experience because it combines two of life’s greatest pleasures: good food and attractive men. Les Chefs did not disappoint. Our waiter’s name was David. Or was it Daniel? To be honest, I can’t remember. I shortened it to D in my trip notes because I’m lazy and lacked the foresight necessary to realize that I would be writing about our meal almost four months after the fact. Will someone remind me to write actual names down before my next trip? Thanks.

Even though his name was forgettable, D’s looks were not. He was quite good-looking. He took my order last and gave me a hard time for it. I asked for the Gratin de Macaroni and his response was a super flirty “You do know this is a French restaurant, right?” ZING ZING ZING went my heart strings. One by one, D went over the most French items on the menu and tried to talk me into ordering them but I held my ground. Clearly, he didn’t understand the power of persuasion the Food Porn thread has. I’ve had my eye on the mac&cheese for years. Not even an attractive French guy could talk me out of it. LOL. Eventually D gave up and went to get our drinks.

We all ordered from the Prix Fixe 3 Course Menu so we could get appetizers. I apologize in advance for the quality of these pictures. I really need to go to Food Picture School.

Mom and I each got the Salade au Bleu -
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It was romaine lettuce with bacon, walnuts, croutons, and bleu cheese dressing. It was crisp, refreshing, and perfect for a hot summer day.

Everyone else got French Onion Soup –
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They said it was delicious but very hot. You could see the steam coming off of it. I was glad I opted for the salad. Soup is not 90 degree weather food.

For their entrees, Mom and Katie had the Filet de Saumon –
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It was broiled salmon with some sort of potato and spinach. They both enjoyed it. I had a bit of Mom’s spinach and it was delicious.

Wade got the Demi Poulet Fermier Roti –
http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz204/LittleMissCynic/July%202011%20-%20Trip%20Report/310.jpg
It’s half of an all-natural roasted chicken with vegetables. He enjoyed it.

Dad had the Plat de Cote de Boeuf au Cabarnet avec pates –
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Beef short ribs braised in Cabernet with pasta, pearl onions, and mushrooms. He wasn’t a huge fan, but he ate it. Dad’s a traditional meat and potatoes guy. He’s not really into fanciness. He much prefers the Biergarten to any of the other WS restaurants.

Finally, my Gratin de macaroni –
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It’s baked macaroni with cream and gruyere cheese. It was delicious. The cheese was really creamy and the pasta was cooked well. I’m glad I didn’t let D talk me out of it.

When it was time for dessert, D called over several other hot French waiters and they all sang “Happy Birthday” to me in French. I’m sure I was as red as a tomato. I also giggled uncontrollably. Basically I was reduced to ‘twelve year old being serenaded by the Biebs’ status. Minus the heart-hands. And the Selena Gomez death threats.

I didn’t take pictures of the rest of the desserts, but here’s mine –
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These are the Profiteroles au chocolat and they are delicious. They’re basically ice cream-filled cream puffs drenched in chocolate sauce and covered in white chocolate shavings.

Overall, dinner at Les Chefs was quite enjoyable. The service was wonderful (aside from the seating issue), the food was good, and the waiters were hot. It doesn’t get much better than that.

After dinner, Katie and Wade headed to Japan to pick up the pick-a-pearl ring she had set earlier. The rest of us stayed in France. We didn’t have a specific goal in mind so we just wandered.

I was glad we had chosen to make an earlier ADR (5:30) because Les Chefs was now PACKED.
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I love that fountain. It smells amazing. Holy Disney Water at its finest.

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I’m sure Disney wouldn’t mind if I turn the upper floor into an apartment. You guys are all welcome to move in with me, of course.

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The little bookshelf is lighting up so I’m going to assume it’s one of the Kim Possible clues. Ignore that and instead focus on the vine design on the glass. I love it. That’s why I took the picture in the first place. I'm always drawn to the details at Epcot.

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I love that this is the sign for a theme park attraction. It’s just so…not.

We looked around the gift shop at the exit to Impressions de France (I love all the Marie merchandise!) and I came extremely close to buying one of the hot pink metal Eiffel towers. I really wanted to check out the bakery, but the line wound all the way back to the fountain, so that didn’t happen. Don’t get me wrong, baked goods are worth standing in line for. I just wasn’t in the mood. Plus, I could hear “Baba O’Riley” coming from the UK and I’m ALWAYS in the mood for some rock and roll, so we headed that way.

UP NEXT: Becoming royalty

Disneyfreak508
10-27-2011, 02:57 PM
AHHHH THIS IS THE BEST WEEK EVER!! Two updates!! I'm freakin' out. THANK YOU!! :yay:

Anyway, as we all know, dining at any of the World Showcase restaurants is a magical experience because it combines two of life’s greatest pleasures: good food and attractive men.

That statement could not be more accurate. :worship:

I'm glad you stuck to your instincts and didn't let even a french boy persuade you from ordering a different food :rotfl: Attractive boys are VERY important (especially foreign ones.. and cast members..) but disney food is a TINY bit higher on the list ;)

The quality of your pictures is fine!! :) No worries. As long as you have pictures I am happy.
Mmm I had that salmon in april. What I would give for some right now. :love:
That is one hefty slice of beef!! (for the short ribs haha) They must've felt very generous that night. I usually remember the pieces being much smaller.
Mmmmm Mac and Cheese. :cloud9:

YAY for the happy birthday! What a great way to celebrate ;) HELLO!
I'm definitely getting those ice cream puffs next time. They look FANTASTIC!

I need to go smell that fountain. disney water smell is the best smell on this planet. :goodvibes

I'm coming to your house warming party if you make that an apartment!! Or maybe I'll move in. I mean, we could probably get a good view of hot WS cast members ALL THE TIME. You need someone to share those moments with, right?! :lmao:

Great update! Thank you for making my gloomy and rainy day SO Much better. :hug:

sue_88
10-27-2011, 05:47 PM
Nice updates.
I really like your Marie photo. I am hopeing Marie will be out and about and available for photography on my upcoming trip. She looks so cuddly.
I so love Epcot. I always have trouble choosing which park is my favorite, but, Epcot has a very good chance of winning that special #1 position.
I hope you felt better for the rest of your trip. No more panic attacks either!

IheartDDuck
10-27-2011, 06:53 PM
I do love the Gratin de Macaroni from Les Chefs. It's so good. And you're right, what's better than tasty food and cute boys?

Disneyfreak508
10-27-2011, 10:45 PM
Oh hey Kara I have been meaning to ask you.... do you have any other good trip reports that you recommend reading? I am almost done with Lia's and I don't know what I'm going to do when I finish it. :rotfl: It's just so good!! I'm going to need some new reading material LOL

Tracy161
10-28-2011, 06:15 AM
Kara, these last two updates literally had me laughing out loud!!! :rotfl: I find myself wanting so badly to show certain segments to a friend, but alas!, no one "gets" Disney like we do here... so I refrained.

AHH! So glad, again, that I have fellow Disney-water-lovers... nothing beats that smell!!! :cloud9:

I specifically liked your comment about the hot dog eating contest being classic American - hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!! :laughing:

I too adore Marie, so much so that Marie is the "middle" name of my cat (if cats can have middle names). I just need to find a little pink bow to affix on her head to complete the look. :upsidedow

tinkgurl
10-28-2011, 09:20 AM
It's 9 something in the morning and I'm drooling over those food pictures! :laughing: Les Chefs is on our list to check out the menu and read reviews to decide if it is somewhere we need to try on our honeymoon!

MarieTheCat24
10-28-2011, 10:09 AM
AHHHH THIS IS THE BEST WEEK EVER!! Two updates!! I'm freakin' out. THANK YOU!! :yay:

That statement could not be more accurate. :worship:

I'm glad you stuck to your instincts and didn't let even a french boy persuade you from ordering a different food :rotfl: Attractive boys are VERY important (especially foreign ones.. and cast members..) but disney food is a TINY bit higher on the list ;)

The quality of your pictures is fine!! :) No worries. As long as you have pictures I am happy.
Mmm I had that salmon in april. What I would give for some right now. :love:
That is one hefty slice of beef!! (for the short ribs haha) They must've felt very generous that night. I usually remember the pieces being much smaller.
Mmmmm Mac and Cheese. :cloud9:

YAY for the happy birthday! What a great way to celebrate ;) HELLO!
I'm definitely getting those ice cream puffs next time. They look FANTASTIC!

I need to go smell that fountain. disney water smell is the best smell on this planet. :goodvibes

I'm coming to your house warming party if you make that an apartment!! Or maybe I'll move in. I mean, we could probably get a good view of hot WS cast members ALL THE TIME. You need someone to share those moments with, right?! :lmao:

Great update! Thank you for making my gloomy and rainy day SO Much better. :hug:
No, THANK YOU for reading! :hug:

D really pulled out the big guns (he knelt down next to me to be at eye level and I'm pretty sure his accent got thicker) but I resisted. My food-related willpower is quite strong.

You must get the profiteroles. They are divine. I wish they were available at the bakery too so I could enjoy them even without an ADR. I should send a letter to Disney.

Absolutely :thumbsup2 Creeping on hot World Showcase CMs isn't nearly as fun when you're by yourself. It is an experience that must be shared.

OMG I am so sick of the rain!! Have you guys been getting it too? I seriously feel like it has rained every day this fall. It's depressing. Plus, knowing that snow is right around the corner is not helping. Why did I think that moving two hours south for school was far enough? I need to transfer to a school in Florida. :sad2:
Oh hey Kara I have been meaning to ask you.... do you have any other good trip reports that you recommend reading? I am almost done with Lia's and I don't know what I'm going to do when I finish it. :rotfl: It's just so good!! I'm going to need some new reading material LOL
Oh gosh, I've been so bad at keeping up with TRs lately, but I'll try to put together a list of recommendations.
Nice updates.
I really like your Marie photo. I am hopeing Marie will be out and about and available for photography on my upcoming trip. She looks so cuddly.
I so love Epcot. I always have trouble choosing which park is my favorite, but, Epcot has a very good chance of winning that special #1 position.
I hope you felt better for the rest of your trip. No more panic attacks either!
Thanks! I think Marie has been appearing on a more regular basis lately so she'll probably be out. I hope you get to meet her! She was very cuddly. :goodvibes
I do love the Gratin de Macaroni from Les Chefs. It's so good. And you're right, what's better than tasty food and cute boys?
Nothing. Nothing is better than tasty food, cute boys, and WDW. :upsidedow
Kara, these last two updates literally had me laughing out loud!!! :rotfl: I find myself wanting so badly to show certain segments to a friend, but alas!, no one "gets" Disney like we do here... so I refrained.

AHH! So glad, again, that I have fellow Disney-water-lovers... nothing beats that smell!!! :cloud9:

I specifically liked your comment about the hot dog eating contest being classic American - hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!! :laughing:

I too adore Marie, so much so that Marie is the "middle" name of my cat (if cats can have middle names). I just need to find a little pink bow to affix on her head to complete the look. :upsidedow
Why isn't everyone a Disney fan? A Disney-loving world would be a much better place. Actually, scratch that. The parks would be super crowded and ADRs would be even harder to make. I guess keeping my laughter at the many refillable mug threads to myself is worth it...

I hope you find a bow for your kitty! :cutie:

MarieTheCat24
10-28-2011, 10:25 AM
It's 9 something in the morning and I'm drooling over those food pictures! :laughing: Les Chefs is on our list to check out the menu and read reviews to decide if it is somewhere we need to try on our honeymoon!
I recommend it. We really enjoyed our meal. Plus, the restaurant is gorgeous.

If I remember correctly, you're a Cardinals fan, right? How awesome was the game last night? It was so exciting! Plus, as an Indians fan, I quite enjoyed watching a team that's not the Indians completely choke. I still have vivid memories (actually they're more like nightmares) of us blowing Game 7 in the '97 World Series, so it's nice to see someone else fail for once. :laughing:

Anyway, I'm definitely rooting for the Cards tonight. :thumbsup2

Disneyfreak508
10-28-2011, 10:48 AM
No, THANK YOU for reading! :hug:

D really pulled out the big guns (he knelt down next to me to be at eye level and I'm pretty sure his accent got thicker) but I resisted. My food-related willpower is quite strong.

You must get the profiteroles. They are divine. I wish they were available at the bakery too so I could enjoy them even without an ADR. I should send a letter to Disney.

Absolutely :thumbsup2 Creeping on hot World Showcase CMs isn't nearly as fun when you're by yourself. It is an experience that must be shared.

OMG I am so sick of the rain!! Have you guys been getting it too? I seriously feel like it has rained every day this fall. It's depressing. Plus, knowing that snow is right around the corner is not helping. Why did I think that moving two hours south for school was far enough? I need to transfer to a school in Florida. :sad2:

Oh gosh, I've been so bad at keeping up with TRs lately, but I'll try to put together a list of recommendations.

NO PROBLEM! :goodvibes
Oh boy :cloud9: Hahaha way to go, will power!
LOL such a fancy name. I put them on my list. :thumbsup2 I made a list of everything I want to eat on my Christmas trip.... and it's about 4 and 1/2 pages long. :rotfl: My freshman 15 will not be gained in college... it will be gained on my disney vacation. :lmao:
YES! Like every day/every few days it is RAINING. So ridiculous. It is depressing... I am always in such a tired mood when the weather is like that. I can't even handle this... I REALLY can't imagine the show right now. :sad2: I'm not gonna make it.
And yeah, I ask myself that question every day. :laughing: I wish I could just move to Florida, go to college, and work at Disney. Unfortunately, I'm not brave enough to go by myself. So the day somebody will move there with me... I am GOING! hahaha :laughing:
And that's okay! If any come to mind I would love to read them. But if not, that's fine! :thumbsup2 Just thought I'd ask.