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amandaluvsgoofy
08-13-2011, 08:04 PM
We're back!! Welcome aboard!! It was a great time had by all and, needless to say, I'm already trying to figure out when we can go again! :laughing: There's a PTR that goes along with this, so feel free to check it out!PTR-Here! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2644198)
Did you look? If not, it's ok, I totally understand. I fill you in on the important details.

First, how 'bout some introductions for the newcomers?
There's me: Amanda
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(I promise there'll be better pictures of me in this TR). I recently became a certified yoga instructor, hence the picture. There are actually several pictures of me throughout our vacation of me performing my postures (asanas for my fellow yogis). I considered this vacation a reward for my intense training I finished prior to going. It really was super intense, 14 hours a day, 5 days a week for 8 weeks. AND I had to make up time on the weekends since we were out of town the last week of training, so sometimes it was 6 or even 7 days a week. Whew! So glad it's over!
Then there's my hubby: Johnny (commonly referred to as J because, well... I'm lazy)
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Johnny is really the sweetest, kindest, most tolerable man in the world! He had no idea the wonder of Disney until our last trip in 2009 (his 1st, my 4th). I officially got him hooked (good news for all those Disney-fans out there trying to get your S.O.'s hooked, it is possible!) and we would go more often if it wasn't so expensive! He's also the best daddy to our sweet little angel, Emma.
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She's now almost 20 months (geez where does the time go?!) and we decided not to take her this time. Although we missed her like crazy, we (or I) decided one more trip as grown-ups might be fun since I missed out on so much last time, being pregnant and all. It was hard to see kids there having a great time, but we were also reminded how hard it was when kids were fussing, passed out, or just plain tired from the heat. I really hope to take Emma by the time she's five (if not soooner, hehe!).

Here are some links for our trip!
Day at MK! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42322540&posted=1#post42322540)
Day at MK! continued (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42339392#post42339392)
AK Day! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42524293#post42524293)
Finishing up Day 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42984554&posted=1#post42984554)
Day 4 Done! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43356766&postcount=37)
Day 5!! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43870961#post43870961)
Day 6ish (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44360835#post44360835)
Day 6 Done! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44664512#post44664512)

Aaannnnnyyyyywwwwaaaayyyy, on to our TR! We went August 6-11, stayed one night at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the rest at the Wilderness Lodge.

After another full week and a busy day at yoga school, I hurried home to see Emma before her bedtime and to finish packing for our 8:20am flight Saturday morning! It was a bitter-sweet night since I was so excited to go, but also sad to leave Emma. :guilty: J and I promised to be each other's picker-uppers whenever the other was feeling down.

So Saturday morning came bright and early, 4:30am for me. I got to sleep around 11pm on Friday but tossed and turned from 2am on. Too excited to sleep!! J was soon up after me and we gathered ourselves and got the house, the dogs, and the pool siutated. We said bye to my mom, kissed Emma goodbye, and left the house around 6:30 am and got to the airport around 7, which isn’t bad at all since we had to stop by my dad’s so he could drive us (we left our car at his house for the week). We checked in and got our boarding passes and went through security within 30 minutes. Easy breezy, so why not stop for a Starbucks?! I got a call from dad shortly after and the first thing he said, “Timing is everything.” Turns out there was a horrible accident on the freeway we were just traveling down that was backed up for miles! I hope everyone involved was ok!

Our flight boarded with no trouble but we were then informed some equipment was down and needed repair. No worries cause I was able to read up on my “Secrets of Disney World” book while Johnny read up on something intellectual. :confused3 Within an hour we were back on schedule and up in the air! Did I mention Johnny’s parents managed to give us enough miles for first class? :woohoo: It was a nice perk let me tell ya! We even got a decent breakfast with free drinks! Johnny ordered a Bloody Mary while I settled for a Mimosa! Yummy!!
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After we landed and went through all the DME travelling
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Sorry for the crummy picture, the guy infront of me put his head in my way after I took this
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We finally got to our room around 2:15. The word AWESOME doesn’t even begin to describe AKL! I loved everything about it! The environment was incredible, our room was amazing, the whole atmosphere was out of this world! Can you tell I really liked it?!
Entry into our room!
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The place has mice, ah!!
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I planned on us heading to DTD after we arrived for lunch and some shopping, although I had second thoughts and really wanted to stay around AKL. Johnny was really craving a pizza from WPE so we hopped on the bus and away we went! I know some people complain about having to take a bus everywhere from AKL, but the great thing is you don’t have to share a bus with anyone!

So we made it to DTD safe and sound and headed straight for WPE (after stopping for a picture op!). Don't ask, cause I have no idea what I was doing...
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The menu looked different than last time and we were trying to remember what we had ordered. So I settled on a Chicken Cesar Salad with water and twist frozen yogurt with chocolate chip cookie pieces (which comes after the meal). J ordered a Meatball and Peppers Pizza with a coke and a cookie. Yes, we're started eating before I took a picture. I'd love to say it was the last time, but it wasn't.

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The salad was pretty good, although whatever we had last time (some sort of vinaigrette dressing) was much better. As soon as the pizza was brought out the waitress told us something was wrong with how it was prepared and they were making us another one. I guess we didn’t really understand what the big deal was because we started eating the “bad” pizza. By the time we were almost done they brought out the “good” pizza and guess what? We were totally full! Looking back, I really wished they hadn’t brought out the bad pizza and just had us wait. They did pack up the good pizza and sent it with us, but what were we going to do with a whole pizza?! We asked some CMs if they could take it but they had to refuse. Unfortunately, we ended up leaving the pizza on top of a trash can and left with a not-so-great taste in our mouths of WPE. I wouldn’t mind trying it again, but I think J was turned off for a while. Oh well, there are plenty of other restaurants to try at Disney.


Continued on next post

amandaluvsgoofy
08-13-2011, 08:23 PM
Continued from previous post

So off we went to try and walk off some of our late lunch through DTD! I really wanted to find a napkin dispenser! You know, something for everyday use, something classy and not too Mickey-ish, but still with a touch of Disney. But there were no napkin dispensers anywhere.:sad2: Even in the Kitchen shop. Oh well. We kept walking on through DTD. Gotta love the displays infront of the Lego store!
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I ended up buying a few Christmas ornaments, that has become a tradition for us (sorry no pics from the trip). We walked all the way to the West Side of DTD since we didn't make it that far last time. Lots of restaurants!

We made it to the other side and sat at the AKL bus stop and hopped on the first bus that approached. BIG mistake!! Word to the wise, be sure to look where the bus in actually headed and to be super safe, ask the driver. Did we get on the wrong bus? Yep, we sure did! :headache: We managed to tour the grounds of Coronado Springs (which is not a small resort, mind you). When the announcer came on to say “We’re headed to Downtown Disney”, J and I both quickly glanced at each other in shock! WHAT?!? :eek: One and a half hours later we finally made it back to AKL. So much for taking a quick snooze before dinner. I barely had time to touch up my make-up!

Our first table service meal was at the well-known BOMA!
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Patiently waiting for our waiter, Victor.

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As if he's saying, "You looking at me?"

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The food here was amazing!! I was a little bummed that I wasn’t hungrier! :guilty: Next time, lite lunch before a buffet!!:idea:

I know Boma is hit or miss with people, but I really enjoyed it! Even if you aren’t crazy about sweet foods, there’s plenty to choose from. J & I both started with soup, hummus, pita, and a huge salad with their chili cilantro vinaigrette which was Fantastic!! I had the chicken curry soup, which was ok. J had the seafood soup (can't remember the name) and he loved it!

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A salad was sounding and tasting good to me, so I got more on my 2nd plate which also included basmati rice with paneer, salmon, and some lentil salad.
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Not crazy about the lentils, but the rice with paneer and salmon was to-die-for!! I am not a huge salmon fan (which you might not believe after reading this entire TR), but this was the. Best. Salmon. Ever! J went back for pork ribs, chicken, prime rib, and some sort of egg custard. He liked everything on his plate. I was still so full from lunch that I couldn’t even stomach samples from his plate (tried the chicken and egg dish which were ok). It was really hard to enjoy the meal because I was already so full. But I did manage to leave room for dessert!! For some reason I only have a picture of J's dessert plate and not mine. :confused3 I told J we both had to try the Zebra Domes! We also tried the caramel cheesecake, a peanut butter petite fore, chocolate moose dessert, and a little coffee dessert (so sorry I can’t remember the exact names of everything).
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My favorites were the zebra domes (surprise) followed up with the caramel cheesecake. J really liked the zebra domes and the chocolate moose.

We finished up our day by walking around AKL. Had to stop off at Mara and purchase our resort mugs. Sadly, we had to head back to our room for the one and only time at AKL this trip. But we had an early and exciting day ahead of us at the Magic Kingdom.


Up next: Getting to the park for opening. Will it really happen? How does J like the surprise I have in store? And what about checking into the Villas at Wilderness Lodge?!

pinkxray
08-13-2011, 08:42 PM
I'm in.:thumbsup2

We took Caitlin for the first time when she was 5 b/c for some reason we said we would go when she was five. Once we got there I wished we had taken her earlier. I would probably start her off around 3 if I had my way. Just saying..in case you wanted a reason to book another trip soon.

zianha
08-13-2011, 08:48 PM
Hi fellow Texans! I'm here to read your TR! I didn't read your PTR but I will eventually! :upsidedow


So we made it to DTD safe and sound and headed straight for WPE (after stopping for a picture op!). Don't ask, cause I have no idea what I was doing...
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I've decided you were pretending to hold a broom......yep......or pretending to row a boat......or something that totally made sense at the time! :lmao:

Great start! Can't wait to read more!

saintstickets
08-13-2011, 09:50 PM
Sign me up coach! Luving your TR. Keep it coming.

lmillercrew
08-13-2011, 11:45 PM
I'm not sure why I couldn't link up from the other link? Anyway, I'm here now and am loving your report so far. Sorry you guys had a not so nice lunch. Yuck.

amandaluvsgoofy
08-14-2011, 01:44 PM
I'm in.:thumbsup2

We took Caitlin for the first time when she was 5 b/c for some reason we said we would go when she was five. Once we got there I wished we had taken her earlier. I would probably start her off around 3 if I had my way. Just saying..in case you wanted a reason to book another trip soon.

:welcome: aboard!!

I so want to take Emma sooner than 5, in fact 3 would be perfect! :idea: If our finances work out I would LOVE to take her during the holidays next year! :cloud9:

Hi fellow Texans! I'm here to read your TR! I didn't read your PTR but I will eventually! :upsidedow



I've decided you were pretending to hold a broom......yep......or pretending to row a boat......or something that totally made sense at the time! :lmao:

Great start! Can't wait to read more!

:welcome: aboard! How's the weather been in your part of the state? :laughing: And no worries on the PTR, it gets pretty quiet at certain times with my hectic schedule.

And that sounds a bit right for my picture. :lmao:

Sign me up coach! Luving your TR. Keep it coming.

:welcome: aboard! Thanks so much!!

I'm not sure why I couldn't link up from the other link? Anyway, I'm here now and am loving your report so far. Sorry you guys had a not so nice lunch. Yuck.

:welcome: Hey there! I'm sorry, I don't know what was wrong. I think it's working now! :laughing:

Thanks! The lunch was ok, just not as good as it could have been. WPE is probably one of the best places to use QS meals to get the most for your buck, so I would not be offended to try again (just order different dishes, haha!)!

Thanks so much for reading along, everyone! I promise to post soon, just gotta upload more pictures (which can seem to take fffooorrreevvveeerrrr...)! ;)

pinkpixie0920
08-15-2011, 11:05 AM
I'm in! Great start already! I hope you loved the VWL, that is one of my favorite vacation club resorts. The boma buffet looked good, sorry WPE wasn't as good as last time. We still have never ate there. We also go to Earl of Sandwich when in DTD.

ZFamily5
08-15-2011, 01:11 PM
I'm in! Quick question: do you plan on opening a yoga studio or are you going to use your certification in another way? Just curious because I did yoga for a while when I was younger. The problem is, in our area, they offer yoga for ages 7-12 and then classes for 16 and up! I'm 14, so I'm kind of stuck in the middle right now. Sorry for rambling! Can't wait to hear more!!

amandaluvsgoofy
08-15-2011, 02:03 PM
I'm in! Great start already! I hope you loved the VWL, that is one of my favorite vacation club resorts. The boma buffet looked good, sorry WPE wasn't as good as last time. We still have never ate there. We also go to Earl of Sandwich when in DTD.

Hey Nancy!! :welcome:

The VWL were so beautiful! I really hope to stay there sometime during the holidays! I'm sure it's breathtaking! :cloud9:

That's so funny you mentioned EoS cause I thought about it right before we went into WPE. It's like my mind was telling me not to go there! :laughing:


I'm in! Quick question: do you plan on opening a yoga studio or are you going to use your certification in another way? Just curious because I did yoga for a while when I was younger. The problem is, in our area, they offer yoga for ages 7-12 and then classes for 16 and up! I'm 14, so I'm kind of stuck in the middle right now. Sorry for rambling! Can't wait to hear more!!

:welcome: aboard!

Opening a yoga studio would be great but I don't think I'll be in a position to do that for a long time. It takes lots of $$ to do that. ;) That stinks that you can't do yoga anywhere due to your age. Have you looked into gyms? I do hot yoga and we've actually had teenagers there. I hope you get to find something soon!


Thanks guys for reading along!!!

akayek31
08-15-2011, 02:17 PM
Welcome back! I think we are going to try WPE for the first time the day we get there. I hope it is as good as it looks. It looks like it is a good use of a CS credit.

Disneychix
08-15-2011, 03:27 PM
I'm in, I'm in!
AKL looks great. One of these trips I'll have to try it out.

WPE is one of my favorites!! I love the BBQ chicken pizza!

amandaluvsgoofy
08-15-2011, 05:34 PM
Welcome back! I think we are going to try WPE for the first time the day we get there. I hope it is as good as it looks. It looks like it is a good use of a CS credit.

:welcome: and thanks!

WPE is really good, I think we just got a bad sampling. And if you're one the meal plan it really is a great value. Our meal alone would have cost $40!! :scared1:

I'm in, I'm in!
AKL looks great. One of these trips I'll have to try it out.

WPE is one of my favorites!! I love the BBQ chicken pizza!

:welcome: aboard!

Let me tell you, AKL took my breath away from the second we walked in the door! We hope to try different resorts each time we go back but I would not be offended to stay there again! :thumbsup2

Yummy! BBQ chicken pizza sounds good! I really wish we had tried something else instead of trying to recreate our first meal there. We'll hopefully get to try it again soon (hopefully sooner than later :lmao:).


Thanks again for reading everyone! I'm trying to upload more pictures so I can post another day!! :goodvibes

jenny105
08-15-2011, 08:38 PM
I'm here! :goodvibes Great start so far. Ugh, you made me want to stay at AKL. I'm trying to convince Kris that we can afford to stay there. Care to help me? :rolleyes1

I've heard nothing but rave reviews about the zebra domes. Now, what the heck are they? :rotfl:

amandaluvsgoofy
08-16-2011, 10:32 PM
I'm here! :goodvibes Great start so far. Ugh, you made me want to stay at AKL. I'm trying to convince Kris that we can afford to stay there. Care to help me? :rolleyes1

I've heard nothing but rave reviews about the zebra domes. Now, what the heck are they? :rotfl:

:welcome: Jenny!! Thanks!

Oh my gosh! AKL is sooooooo awesome! You should push that it's a treat for your 30th! ;):lmao: But hey, aren't you the one with the discount connections?! :listen:

Zebra Domes are little chocolatey balls, kinda-like-truffles, but with a liquor flavor of super yummyness! Some people don't like them cause maybe they don't care for the liquor taste, but I thought they were delicious! And Mara sells them as a snack. I was thisclose to buying them for our breakfast the next morning!!:laughing:



It's been so crazy around here with Johnny going back to work (and taking the laptop with him). Plus I've had to start my internship for yoga. That's right, I'm still not done. I actually get to teach several classes for free. At least I'll get some practice, eh? Hope everyone will stay with me until I post again! :worship:

jenny105
08-17-2011, 09:19 AM
:welcome: Jenny!! Thanks!

Oh my gosh! AKL is sooooooo awesome! You should push that it's a treat for your 30th! ;):lmao: But hey, aren't you the one with the discount connections?! :listen:

I get 40% off the room rate BUT Disney won't let me package it and add a meal plan to it. :sad2: So I end up paying the same price as everybody else unless they release some special deal for travel agents. They did that for my 2009 trip. I got 50% off room and tickets & added the dining plan. I was able to stay at Wilderness Lodge for less than a moderate! :woohoo: Fingers crossed for that again.

amandaluvsgoofy
08-20-2011, 11:11 AM
I get 40% off the room rate BUT Disney won't let me package it and add a meal plan to it. :sad2: So I end up paying the same price as everybody else unless they release some special deal for travel agents. They did that for my 2009 trip. I got 50% off room and tickets & added the dining plan. I was able to stay at Wilderness Lodge for less than a moderate! :woohoo: Fingers crossed for that again.

I hope you get the major discount! We did the route of renting points from a DVC member which is about the price of a moderate. So it works for us!! :thumbsup2

amandaluvsgoofy
08-20-2011, 11:40 AM
Hey folks!! I got some free time this morning so I wanted to continue with my Trip Report!!

After our over-eating day and a walk around AKL, we decided to call it a night. Not surprising, I was in bed and passed out by 10:30. Then, for some reason, I was up by 5am and could not go back to sleep. By 5:30 I decided to get up and get ready. J was comatose and not as excited to get going as I was :confused3. I got us packed up and decided to walk around AKL for a bit. I really wish we could’ve stayed here longer to enjoy it…oh well, there’s always next time!

It’s amazing how peaceful the resorts are in the mornings, especially at 6:15am!
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I was disappointed to not see any zebras or giraffes, but I did run into some flamingos
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and some cute little ducks who swarmed towards me
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I’m guessing they thought I might’ve had some food. But there are tons of signs instructing people not to feed the animals.

AKL really is a beautiful resort. And despite what some people might think (me included before I went there), it does NOT smell like a zoo or animals at all! In fact you wouldn’t even know there were animals if it weren’t for the savannahs.
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I managed to swing by Mara for some coffee and snacks for breakfast. We were due to have a brunch later than morning so I didn’t want to get anything that was too filling. I took the goodies back to the room and told J it was time to rise and shine!

Did I manage to take a picture of our snacks before we started eating? Nope. Ugh, you’d think I would’ve learned by now! Anyway, I got us some watermelon and a yummy croissant to split.
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We finished our mini-breakfast, gathered our things, and said goodbye to AKL (or better yet, see you real soon!).

Onward to Magic Kingdom! Did we make it in time to see the opening show?
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Yes!! Although it was a little hard to see and hear what was going on, we got the general idea. It was really cute!

Then the gates were officially opened and we saw the best sight ever!
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I’m home!!

Of course there wasn’t too much time to ogle because there was a MAD dash through the park! We managed to get in the herd headed towards Space Mountain. The entry to Tomorrow Land was blocked, but by the time we got there the CMs were doing a countdown to open the area. NO running!! ;)

We got FPs for Space Mountain then immediately got in line. J had never been on it and the last time I rode was in 1994. It was fun and J described it as a “good start” for some of the bigger rides (he kept pestering me about EE and RnRc, two of which I had never been on!).

We still had time before our brunch, so we rode Haunted Manson (one for our favorites, although we walked straight through and didn’t venture through the cemetery…yet). We also got to ride BTMR and got FPs for it. By that time we headed out to catch the monorail to the Poly. LOVE this resort, too! I’ve never stayed here but hope to someday.

Our ressies were for Kona and I already had in mind what we were going to order… the Big Kahuna! And it really is a big as it sounds. Pancakes, French Toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, and breakfast potatoes. Seriously!! We ordered coffee and decided to split the meal. Did I take a picture when the food came? No!!!! :guilty: I’m sorry, I will get better through the trip, I promise. I managed to get a picture as we were almost finished to show how we split it.
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I couldn’t finish my portion, so J gladly finished the rest. He’s kind of a breakfast food nut if you didn’t know.
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The meal was awesome, probably one of our favorites from the whole trip! Although I was tempted to get the Tonga Toast (which I had planned to do all along), I knew I wouldn't be able to finish it. Plus J is not real big on mushy-banana dishes. Maybe next trip I can at least go to Captain Cook's to sample the Tonga. Kona is definitely in the works for our next trip (whenever that will be, haha!).

The Kona Blend coffee was sooooo good! I figured we should get some to take home (I thought about ordering the straight up Kona coffee, but it’s a bit pricier).
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We decided to walk around the Poly and pose for some pictures. How ‘bout posing with this guy? Doing a Standing Bow posture
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Or J bowing down..
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We walked over to the Grand Floridian (another place I llllooonnnngggg to stay at) then hoped on the monorail back to MK for J’s surprise.

We walked in the gates and I calmly headed over towards the Harmony Barbershop. As we walked in J looked at me and asked “Why are we going in here?” To which I said “Surprise, you’re getting your hair cut!” There were a few kids and another grown man older than J waiting to get their hair cut. He seemed to really enjoy and appreciate it! Honestly, it was a great deal! So if anyone is thinking of getting your DS’s or DH’s haircut there, you totally should!!
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Notice the pixie dust?
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Afterwards we had some time to kill, so we rode Pirates of the Caribbean (loved it as usual) and got FP’s for Splash Mountain (another one J has never rode and I haven’t been on since 1994). As we headed out we decided to watch Hall of Presidents. As two history teachers we LOVED this!!! I know some people may find it boring, but I thought it was great! The animatronics were incredible and I would definitely do this again.

By this time we decided we could head over to the Wilderness Lodge and check in. The boat was the most reasonable mode of transportation. How fitting for J.
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And notice his pixie dust and sticker (for being a good boy) from the hair cut!
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Oh and my souvenir purchase, a pair of Minnie Ears!
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The boat ride over wasn’t too bad, kind of a teaser cause we stopped off at Fort Wilderness first, then we headed over to WL.
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Coming up next:
Our check-in, does it go as planned? And dinner at one of my favorite resorts! MK had EMHE til 3am, do we even attempt to go back?

amandaluvsgoofy
08-21-2011, 09:03 PM
Hey everyone! School starts over here tomorrow so I wanted to finish our first day before things get super busy!

I left off telling you about our journey on the boat from MK to WL. We got off the boat and walked into the Wilderness Lodge and it was gorgeous! Very rustic and really makes you feel like you’re in a cabin in the mountains!

We walked through the lobby to check in. I chatted it up with the CM who was from Brooklyn and very nice. I was really hoping for the best room available (fingers crossed!). We hiked over to the Villas (I was a little bummed at first that the villas were not attached to the main building but soon got over it), took the elevator to the 2nd floor and walked aaaalllllllll the way down to our room (as far as you could possibly get from the elevator – bad sign, right?). I opened the door and my eyes gazed directly towards the window.


NNNNOOOOOOOOO!!!!!


It was the WORST room possible! A perfect view of the (FULL) dumpster. Sorry, no pictures, I was too upset. To be honest, I wonder why they built the hotel like this. I understand a parking lot view, but a view of a dumpster?
Anyway, I told J about how this room may not be the best and the horror stories about late-night trash pickup. He suggested I call and see if we could do something. Worse case, they say no. So I called to see if we could switch rooms….they did!!!

Our new room was much closer to the elevator and did NOT face the dumpsters :laughing: The view was much better.
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Honestly, I was totally spoiled by our stay at AKL, but this was great! We discovered so many cozy corners of the hotel and really enjoyed our stay there!

We rested and hung out for a while. Then I started to get hungry but we still had 3 hours til dinner :scared1: We headed down to Roaring Forks and decided on French fries for a snack, which hit the spot!
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After we walked around the hotel and sat in front the huge fire place in the lobby to kill some time. A huge rain storm actually came through (which was awesome!) and the place was even cozier! We left WL via boat towards the Magic Kingdom around 7 giving us 45 minutes to get the Grand Floridian. Plenty of time, right? We’ll see…
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The boat had to make a stop at Fort Wilderness due to the rain storm and there were TONS of people waiting to head to MK! We made it there then thought the best way to get to the GF would be the monorail. Not so much… We didn’t check in to the restaurant until 7:53!!

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1900 Park Fare was great!! The food was really good! I had salmon again (believe or not, I usually don’t order salmon anywhere except at sushi places!) along with several salads, chicken marsala, sushi, paella, and the strawberry soup.
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The soup was ok, but it honestly tasted like melted strawberry ice cream. Of course I’m not really sure what strawberry soup is supposed to taste like. The desserts were yummy, too! J loved the bread pudding and I liked the little chocolate moose. Needless to say, we overate and I was totally full…again!

I have to mention the characters made the dinner!! I was so glad everyone was there (except the Fairy Godmother). Lady Tremaine was hilarious!! She made jokes about Cinderella that were awesome! I think the characters might have been a little more mischevious with us since we're grownups :lmao:
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Both the step-sisters were too funny! I think we cracked jokes about how the prince wasn’t good enough for either one of them because he wasn’t rich enough and that’s what really matters in a marriage, right?
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Cinderella was really sweet, so J put on his good behavior.
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And Prince Charming was sooooo adorable with all the little princesses that were there. I observed him being so kind to all the little girls around (and you know they were getting butterflies in their tummies). He certainly did live up to his name!
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After our full meal we decided to head back to MK and use up some of our FPs from earlier. We were still a little full, so we sat through Monsters Inc. (it was also still raining a little bit). J actually got up on the screen first and totally played the part (I think he was told to look surprised and got a "Good job!" :laughing:). I really love that show! We then headed over to Space Mountain and got to ride in the back of the car. Maybe it was being in the back, or riding in the dark, or both, but it was so much better this time around! Then we hiked back over to Frontier Land and rode BTMR again. Loved that in the dark, too! This whole time we were saving Splash Mountain for last so if we got too wet we could just head back to our room. Well, Splash was closed! And the CM had no clue when it would open again. What?! By this time it was 10:30 and I could tell J was winding down. We had had a busy, yet fun day! So we headed back to rest up for another (early!) day!

Up next: Will we make it to EMHM at AK? What will I think of EE? And how’s the weather gonna act?

pinkpixie0920
08-22-2011, 10:36 AM
You had a busy first full day! Sorry about the dumpster room :(. That is good they were able to switch you. Kona looked so good. We just changed our ADR that we had for Kona breakfast to Crystal Palace. I know one is a buffet and the other is just order off the menu but what did you think was better? 1900 Park Fare looked so good! We ate there for breakfast in February and loved the breakfast buffet! Can't wait to hear about AK next!

jenny105
08-22-2011, 10:08 PM
I love J's shirts! Both of them! :laughing:

The picture of you with the coffee in Kona is so cute!

Sorry about the dumpster view! How did you like WL? I never stayed in the villas but I've stayed in the regular building. LOVED it. The villa rooms look way different than the regular rooms.

Did you remember to rub Humphrey's nose???

amandaluvsgoofy
08-23-2011, 09:22 AM
You had a busy first full day! Sorry about the dumpster room :(. That is good they were able to switch you. Kona looked so good. We just changed our ADR that we had for Kona breakfast to Crystal Palace. I know one is a buffet and the other is just order off the menu but what did you think was better? 1900 Park Fare looked so good! We ate there for breakfast in February and loved the breakfast buffet! Can't wait to hear about AK next!

It was super busy! But you're always having too much to notice how tired you are! :laughing:

I was so happy they switched us! The view of the room wasn't bad, I was just really worried about the late-night trash pick up. Beep! Beep! Beep! :eek:

I loved both CP and Kona! I guess if I had to pick for quality and taste, I'd pick Kona (and atmosphere, the Poly is soooo pretty! :cloud9:). But if you're on the dining plan and want value (and you really want to see the characters), I'd say CP. It's the same breakfast fare at most buffets. All really good, but nothing too different.

Thanks for reading!!

I love J's shirts! Both of them! :laughing:

The picture of you with the coffee in Kona is so cute!

Sorry about the dumpster view! How did you like WL? I never stayed in the villas but I've stayed in the regular building. LOVED it. The villa rooms look way different than the regular rooms.

Did you remember to rub Humphrey's nose???

Thanks! I picked those shirts for him. He usually won't wear Disney shirts except at Disney, but he Loved that Donald shirt!

Thank you! I turned on the camera smile for every posed shot (I have the same head-tilt thing going on in several pictures :lmao:).

The WL was really beautiful! I would LOVE to see it during the holidays! It was a little weird to be separated from the main building at first, but we got used to it. Then I actually liked being apart, kind of more secluded like you're in a cabin in the woods.

Oh no!!!!!!!!!!! I totally forgot!!:guilty: That means I have to go back and rub his nose! Like ASAP! :goodvibes

Thanks so much for reading!!

IheartDDuck
08-24-2011, 10:29 PM
I'm joining! :wave2:

Love the fact that J kept the pixie dust in his hair for a while. I also love his "I'm on a boat" shirt. Priceless.

Can't wait to hear more.

amandaluvsgoofy
08-25-2011, 09:45 AM
I'm joining! :wave2:

Love the fact that J kept the pixie dust in his hair for a while. I also love his "I'm on a boat" shirt. Priceless.

Can't wait to hear more.

:welcome: aboard!

J was a great sport, but he was adamant about taking a shower when we got back to the hotel, saying "There's glitter stuff all over me!" :lmao: That shirt was so perfect!

Thanks for reading!!

I'm off to read your PTR!!

dtr_angel
08-26-2011, 09:22 PM
oh my goodness, this summer flew by... I can't believe your trip came & went and I didn't even realize. I'm catching up now! Your first day sounded awesome. Our first TS meal was Boma was well, at our first night at AKL (although our day wasn't as fun as yours LOL) Can't wait to read about your dad at MK!

amandaluvsgoofy
08-28-2011, 09:15 AM
oh my goodness, this summer flew by... I can't believe your trip came & went and I didn't even realize. I'm catching up now! Your first day sounded awesome. Our first TS meal was Boma was well, at our first night at AKL (although our day wasn't as fun as yours LOL) Can't wait to read about your dad at MK!

:welcome: aboard!

I know! I think the summer just flew by for most people! So crazy!

I really hope to try Boma again! It was sooooo yummy! Just got to be sure to not have a late lunch next time.. ;)



I promise to try and post today! This weekend has been beyond busy!! I started teaching yoga yesterday (yes, my first class! :woohoo:), but my whole day was filled with activities. Whew! I'm actually going to teach another class here in about two hours then another one this evening. But I'll try to get an update in before then!

Thanks for reading!!

amandaluvsgoofy
09-05-2011, 09:00 PM
I am such a bad person, I'm so sorry I haven't updated in weeks now! I hope I still have some followers. No excuses, but this working two jobs thing along with being a mommy is killer!

Anyway, on to day 3!

The alarm actually woke us up this morning at 6am (shame, shame). We each had a Pop Tart in the room while we got ready and grabbed some coffee in Roaring Forks with our mugs (coffee is life-saving for us some mornings) and made it to the bus stop by 7:30. I think we waited for a few minutes before a bus arrived. Then we were on our way to Animal Kingdom!
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We made it to the gate by 8am, so no Opening Gate for us. No worries, we headed straight to Expedition Everest! I quickly grabbed a couple of Fast Passes then we jumped in line, but there was seriously no wait! :lmao: We rode it once and LOVED it! J was so excited about seeing how I would like it! We enjoyed it so much, why not ride it again? Both times I think we waited maybe 10 minutes.

At this point I should let you know that in my older years I’ve discovered that my head and stomach can’t handle thrill rides like when I was younger. To better prepare myself I packed some Dramamine and took a dose most mornings we were there (I’ll let you know the day I didn’t and you’ll see why it’s a necessity for me from now on). Anyway, J for some reason felt inclined to take a dose with me. He never complained about feeling sick from thrill rides, so why would he want to take one? :confused3 After two rounds on EE, J then tells me he doesn’t feel so hot. So no 3rd time on EE for us at this point. We walked around towards Dinoland USA and found a souvenir shop to go into for some AC. J then tells me he’s going to sit down for a bit right outside. I think the amount food we consumed the night before(along with a few adult beverages) and the Dramamine probably aided in him not feeling so well. I felt so bad for him! Being sick at your stomach and head is not cool, especially at Disney! J bought himself a Gatorade in hopes of helping him feel better. When it didn’t do the trick immediately, I bought him some Tums. Note to self: Taking meds on vacation does one no good if they’re all in your hotel room! :headache:

After J took a few Tums, he finally felt better. We walked around and found a yoga shot opportunity!
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Before we headed out of Dinoland I grabbed us a few FPs for Dinosaur. J didn’t look so confident about going on another thrill ride, we’ll wait and see how he feels later. We wondered through AK and decided to stop off at It’s Tough To Be a Bug.
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We enjoyed this last time and liked it again. Those darn bugs on your behind get me every time! After that we wondered over to Camp Minnie. I was determined to see one live show while we here. The times of the Lion King seemed to work out best. We got in and saw the first showing of the day. I have to say this show was INCREDIBLE!! The music, the dance, the acrobats, everything was wonderful!! I can’t wait to see this one again.

This was the only "decent" shot I got of the show, sorry about that...
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Once we left we hiked over and got FPs for the Safari. Keep in mind the whole week we were at Disney the weather was very accommodating! We left 100+ degree with no rain in Texas for high 70’s and rain!!

It was now 11am and we were both starving! A Pop Tart and coffee just doesn’t hold ya over like it did in high school. We were back over in Dinoland and decided Restaurantosaurus sounded good. J ordered a cheeseburger with water and a chocolate moose. I got the salad with water and the other dessert, I think it was a fruit moose/cheesecake thing. Naturally we split everything. The food here was really good (either that or we were too hungry to notice), I would definitely go back.
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Once we inhaled our lunch, we walked back over to the Safari and hoped on our adventure! The driver we had was great! Very witty sense of humor! I'll share just a couple of pictures!
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How sad does this guy look?!
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It started to rain as we were finishing up the safari. Our driver offered areas to hide out the rain. Or suggested we could just continue walking cause it is just water.

By this point we were both ddrrrraaagggiiinnnngggg. We walked back towards EE, enjoying the scenery. I looked at J and he was NOT looking like he was ready for another thrill ride. I gave our FPs to a couple of young guys, hope they got to ride since the ride was temporarily shut down. We walked passed Dinosaur and J said he really didn’t want to go on a rollercoaster style ride. The CM told us what to expect, so we got in line with our FPs! The ride was a lot of fun!! There were some teenage girls in front of us that screamed the entire time! Hilarious!
We said goodbye to Animal Kingdom and headed back to VWL for some r&r. I think we both needed a nap at this point!
I'm so sorry for the short post! I promise to update again this week!!

Up next: Dinner at Garden Grill. Stop off at Magic Kingdom…again!!

IheartDDuck
09-05-2011, 09:34 PM
No worries on not updating, I'm sure you'll still have some followers. ;)

Ugh, there is nothing worse than not feeling very well at Disney World. Especially head and stomach issues.

I love It's Tough to be a Bug. I've been to that attraction so many times, and the last visit is the very first time I let myself get "stung". Kind of a pansy, I know. :rotfl:

jenny105
09-06-2011, 11:20 AM
I'm still here!

I'm at work so I can't see the pictures boo! :( But I read everything! Sorry to hear J wasn't feeling well. It stinks to feel sick in Disney!

I love Restaurantsaurus! We ate their last yr and enjoyed it. I think that's my go-to CS spot in AK.

I think Dinosaur has possibly the best photo op in all of WDW! :rotfl:

irishdancer86
10-01-2011, 06:56 PM
Im enjoying reading about your trip so far and looking forward to more updates!

both your resorts sound great, how lucky you got the room change!:cloud9:

amandaluvsgoofy
10-10-2011, 09:58 AM
Has it really been over a month?!?!?!?! :scared1: I am soooooo sorry! Life has been crazy! And I can't even post right now because J has the computer with the pictures on it! :headache::guilty: Geez! I should be able to post tonight before my class (hopefully). So to all my faithful followers, Ttttthhhhaaannnkkkk yyyyyooooouuuu!! And know that I haven't deserted you all! I will finish this TR! :laughing:

amandaluvsgoofy
10-18-2011, 02:10 PM
No worries on not updating, I'm sure you'll still have some followers. ;)

Ugh, there is nothing worse than not feeling very well at Disney World. Especially head and stomach issues.

I love It's Tough to be a Bug. I've been to that attraction so many times, and the last visit is the very first time I let myself get "stung". Kind of a pansy, I know. :rotfl:

Thanks so much!! And I promise to check out your PTR! I haven't been able to check things out on the DIS lately due to life getting in the way!

Every time I feel like one or both of us feel yucky at one point while at Disney. It probably has something to do with all the excitement combined with the toll on our diet...oh well...

It's Tough to be a Bug will probably get me every time! That darn thing on your butt just freaks me out!! :laughing:

I'm still here!

I'm at work so I can't see the pictures boo! :( But I read everything! Sorry to hear J wasn't feeling well. It stinks to feel sick in Disney!

I love Restaurantsaurus! We ate their last yr and enjoyed it. I think that's my go-to CS spot in AK.

I think Dinosaur has possibly the best photo op in all of WDW! :rotfl:

Yay Jenny! Thanks for sticking it out!

J did end up feeling better, of course I will not feel great at another point of the trip.

Restaurantasaurus was awesome!! I can't wait to go back there....or try Flame Tree BBQ....:idea:

Im enjoying reading about your trip so far and looking forward to more updates!

both your resorts sound great, how lucky you got the room change!:cloud9:

Thanks so much for reading along!! Hope things are going well for you across the pond!

Both resorts really were beautiful! And I did love being able to stay at two different places with the split stay! I highly recommend you try it, at least once!

amandaluvsgoofy
10-18-2011, 02:28 PM
So here it is, another week has gone by with no updates…until now!!

We left off with J and I leaving AK and heading back to our room to recover from an early morning and some head/stomach aches. I think I took about an hour nap and J laid around and read. I finally got up and prettied myself up for dinner! We were out the door and headed to Epcot around 5:15pm. We arrived with some time to spare so we hopped on Spaceship Earth.
SQUEESH!!
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I know some people find this ride boring, but I really do love it! J and I both have history back grounds, so no surprise that ride hits up both in the shorts :laughing:

Afterward I thought we’d wander over to Test Track to see if there were any FPs left. Duh, Amanda. Noooooo. :headache:

We headed back over towards the Land Pavilion and had about 20 minutes to spare, so we decided to ride “Living with the Land.” J had never been on it before and the last time I rode it was probably in 1995! It really is cool to see how crops are produced at Disney and knowing the food is used on property. We followed it up with our yummy (and fun!) meal at Garden Grill!
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Side note, we saw this guy after the ride that had some tall hair. Here is a crummy picture, but you really have no idea how tall his hair really was! Add in the outfit and I felt a flashback to the 80’s!
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Onto our meal at Garden Grill. Typical fare from last time with a few changes: salad (with some minor differences, but still really yummy!), beef, halibut, turkey, mixed veggies, mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, bread (soooo good with the butter!), and peach cobbler.
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I think my favorites in order were the fish, beef, then the turkey (I’m always a sucker for mashed potatoes!). J loved the beef the most. Neither of us are too crazy about peach cobbler anyway, so it did disappoint a little bit.
And of course we have to include some character shots!!
Are you hungry, Chip? Sure, have some salad!!
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And one of my favorites from the trip, Pluto and I doing "Downward Facing Dog" yoga pose together! AWESOMENESS!!!
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Overall, we are still huge fans of GG and J has requested it for our next trip (oh really?! And when is that gonna happen?!?!?!? :lmao:).

We walked towards the monorail and thought we should try our luck and Magic Kingdom again. By this point it started to rain. Lucky us, I had our cheap ponchos! So we dressed ourselves accordingly and ventured into MK. It was pretty yucky outside and the crowds were still out. We managed to hit up the Tea Cups (which J absolutely loved!). They were pretty fun, not my favorite. I definitely told him that we can’t spin it too fast!
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Then we walked over to Mickey’s Philharmagic. LOVE that show!

By this point we were both exhausted. Busy day of tackling AK (along with J feeling yucky) then hitting up Epcot and Magic Kingdom! Whew!! Besides, we had a super busy morning in store (notice a trend here?).

Up next: Our version of Running with the Bulls to TSM! Riding all the Big Kid stuff at DHS! And back to Epcot for dinner! Where to this time?

jenny105
10-18-2011, 07:49 PM
I love Spaceship Earth too. In 2009, I think I went on it 5 or 6 times. There's never a line and I enjoy it! Especially the end with the videos. They crack me up.

LOL that guy looks like he could be part of Kid & Play. Remember them???

Nice picture with Pluto! I love that the characters are willing to go out of their way for photo ops. When we go to Crystal Palace next year, I want to see if Pooh will do his stoutness exercises with me. :goodvibes

IheartDDuck
10-18-2011, 11:48 PM
That picture with Pluto is truly awesome! :lmao:

I love Garden Grill. I also love the fact that they use the food from Living with the Land there.

amandaluvsgoofy
11-28-2011, 06:37 PM
I love Spaceship Earth too. In 2009, I think I went on it 5 or 6 times. There's never a line and I enjoy it! Especially the end with the videos. They crack me up.

LOL that guy looks like he could be part of Kid & Play. Remember them???

Nice picture with Pluto! I love that the characters are willing to go out of their way for photo ops. When we go to Crystal Palace next year, I want to see if Pooh will do his stoutness exercises with me. :goodvibes

Spaceship Earth is so much fun!! I think J and I could ride it over and over again. It just stinks that every time we go to the game area it is soooo crowded!

That's exactly what we thought!! :lmao: I really wish I could've gotten a better picture of him!

Thanks! I was determined to have one "fun" yoga picture with one of the characters! And I'm sure Pooh would love to do the exercises with you! Perhaps you could sing along!! "Up, down, touch the ground. In the mood...for food!" :laughing:

That picture with Pluto is truly awesome! :lmao:

I love Garden Grill. I also love the fact that they use the food from Living with the Land there.

Thanks!!

Garden Grill is sooooo yummy!! I really think we could eat there every time. Since the food is from the Land, you know it'll be some what different every time! :idea:

amandaluvsgoofy
11-28-2011, 07:35 PM
So I am determined to finish this TR!! I’ll save everyone (my lone readers who are so awesome cause y’all put up with my neglect) the drama that’s been my life and suffice it to say BUSY!!! There was some work drama with my yoga job along with all the holiday hoopla. But, I won’t go into it!

I left off with us finishing up another fun-filled (insert = exhausting) day. I think we both passed out once we got to the room. Had to save all that energy for an early morning. Where to, you ask? Why none other than Hollywood Studios!!
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We got up early and had breakfast at Roaring Forks. We ended up splitting the Break Bounty Platter which was really good!
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Then we grabbed some extra coffee and headed for the bus stop. I think we got to DHS around 8:15ish. That may seem early since the park opened at 9am, but there was already a crowd. Leave it to me to wiggle my way up towards the front.
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Keeping ourselves busy while waiting.
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So they did the show, but all I could think was “Get to Toy Story! Get to Toy Story!” I told J he either needs to keep up or keep an eye on me cause I’m gonna move!!

They opened the gates and we were off!! Miraculously I was up near the front! And J was actually able to keep up!
Yes, these are the guys guiding us (slowly) to Toy Story!!
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I managed to get a FP first then we hopped in line.
Quickly walking through.
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The miracles of all miracles… I WON!!!!
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We rode twice last trip and J won both rounds. I think I must’ve hit some bonus points or something, all I know was that my arm was KILLING me!

After our match at TSM, we headed over to Rockin’ Rollercoaster. This would be a first for me since I was pregnant the last time we were here. We waited standby for about 20 minutes. LOVED it!!! RNRC was awesome!! Needless to say, we had to get a FP for it! Then we rode Tower of Terror.

Here's my cheap shot since I'm too cheap to buy those pictures. We're in the front row.
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I vaguely remember this from when I was a teenager, but it was tons of fun!! We were able to get a FP for this one, too!

So my main 3 attractions that I HAD to do were done, along with getting FPs for each. J and I decided to walk around and head over towards Star Wars. By this point it started to rain…HARD! I had my handy dandy ponchos with us while we waited in line. I just remember thinking to myself, “I came to Florida for cooler weather and rain! Won’t my friends back home be jealous!!”

Star Wars was so much fun! I barely remember it from years ago. J seemed to really like it much more this trip since he wasn’t stuck in the corner and couldn’t see anything.

What would be next but the one and only “Muppets Vision 3-D”.
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Just as I remember! It was soooooo darn cute! At one point in the show they squirt water on you and this little girl next to us asked her mom “Did he just pee on us?!” :rotfl:

J posing for a picture.
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By this point we were ready for lunch and decided to try out Pizza Planet since it was right there. Maybe we were really hungry or just didn’t care, but it was really good! The line took forever, but I thought it was good food. And a perfect place if you have kids with all the video games!
We split a pepperoni pizza with the little salad and got the Mickey Rice Crispie treat for dessert.
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With our bellies full, we walked around the Streets of America. I got this shot last time, so I told J to pose for it. Although we didn't need to do the "trick" since it was actually raining...

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I wanted to explore to see I could find any hidden surprises, but no… We then headed back over towards TSM to use our FP. Guess who won this time? J…. Ugh….How ‘bout best 5 outta 7!?

One Man’s Dream was right next door so we walked through that. I LOVE learning about Disney and all his ideas. Such a wonderful dreamer…
Next was something I’ve wanted to do since before our last trip…Animation Academy!! I was so excited we found it and were able to have a drawing lesson! The character of the class was Minnie Mouse, but the animator made adjustments if you wanted to draw Mickey. So I decided to draw Minnie and J drew Mickey. It was tons of fun and I would’ve loved to do it again! Just wish they would give you an eraser…
Here's my Minnie!
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And J's Mickey (I think he must feel sick, like a sore throat or something...)
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We headed back over to use our FPs for TOT and finished up with RNRC! It was still raining off and on so we decided to head over towards Epcot (still hoping for some FPs to Test Track!). Not before getting a cupcake from Starring Rolls that we would have later. I can honestly say that all the hoopla about these cupcakes is soooo true!! It was awesome!!!!
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We were waiting in line for a boat when it started to rain, I mean MONSOON!!! I was grateful we hadn’t decided to walk to Epcot! And our little ponchos weren’t really cutting it!

We walked over to TT to discover there were no FPs (surprise, surprise). By this point we were both a little tired so we headed back to VWL. I think I took about a 2 hour nap (gotta sleep while you can) then it was time to get ready for another dinner at Epcot!

Teppan Edo!!
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I ordered the scallop meal (along with a sake, yum!!) and J had the steak (along with a beer).
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Look at that onion tower!! It's huge!!!
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I know some folks say their local Benihana’s is better or comparable, but we really loved this place!!! Dare I say it was better! I think this place was a repeat request for J!!

We walked around for a bit in hopes of getting some more pictures, but it was too dark.
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I attempted a yoga pose, that sake however just wasn't going to let it happen!!
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Plus J was really tired (silly man didn’t get a nap in!).

Up next: Our last full day :sad1: What park shall we venture to?? And what's a trip without crummy news from home?!

jenny105
11-29-2011, 11:59 AM
Welcome back! Sorry to hear about the drama. I hope everything's ok. :hug:

:woohoo: for beating J at TSM! I need to practice to beat Kris next trip. I just got the TSM video game for Wii (for $10, you can't beat that!) and it has all the games from the ride but it's not the same. My arm isn't killing me after 5 minutes. I need to start working out too. :laughing:

Pizza Planet - yummo! I don't care what anyone says about Disney pizza - I like it. And I'm from NJ, home of pizza places on every corner. So there Disney pizza haters. :snooty:

Your Minnie came out cute! J's Mickey looks a lot like mine did from a trip a couple years ago. :rotfl:

amandaluvsgoofy
11-29-2011, 12:59 PM
Welcome back! Sorry to hear about the drama. I hope everything's ok. :hug:

:woohoo: for beating J at TSM! I need to practice to beat Kris next trip. I just got the TSM video game for Wii (for $10, you can't beat that!) and it has all the games from the ride but it's not the same. My arm isn't killing me after 5 minutes. I need to start working out too. :laughing:

Pizza Planet - yummo! I don't care what anyone says about Disney pizza - I like it. And I'm from NJ, home of pizza places on every corner. So there Disney pizza haters. :snooty:

Your Minnie came out cute! J's Mickey looks a lot like mine did from a trip a couple years ago. :rotfl:

Yay Jenny! Thanks for still reading!

Everything will be ok with work, just in a weird (transition) place right now. Thanks!

Oh yeah, start practicing now! And see if you can find out where the secret bonus points are! I think I got 25,000 or something, pure dumb luck! :laughing:

And thanks! J said his Mickey was bloated from too much salt! :rotfl:

Thanks so much for reading!

pinkpixie0920
12-07-2011, 11:37 AM
Hey Amanda! I don't know how I missed your last post. Your teppan edo dinner looked so good!!! Hope the news from home wasn't too bad! Great yoga poses. I have been doing some of the yoga videos my cable company offers on On Demand just to break up my normal work out routine. They are really hard! I fell on my face twice in the one :lmao:. I give you lots of credit to be able to teach it.

jenny105
12-07-2011, 03:54 PM
I was practicing yoga on my Wii fit a few days ago and thought of you LOL. Just popping in to say hi!

stacikristine
01-17-2012, 03:17 PM
Hey Amanda!

I just read your TR so far. That's so much fun that you and J got to go alone again. And this time you got to ride whatever you wanted!!

Your yoga pose with Pluto cracked me up. What a great trip!

amandaluvsgoofy
01-28-2012, 09:45 AM
Yay!! I still have followers! :woohoo: Even though I've neglected my TR :guilty: Yes, the typical "I've been sooooooo busy" jargon is true, but seriously! How long can it take to finish a TR? I guess if you're me, many months!

Hey Amanda! I don't know how I missed your last post. Your teppan edo dinner looked so good!!! Hope the news from home wasn't too bad! Great yoga poses. I have been doing some of the yoga videos my cable company offers on On Demand just to break up my normal work out routine. They are really hard! I fell on my face twice in the one :lmao:. I give you lots of credit to be able to teach it.

Hi Nancy! The meal at TE was awesome! We love us some Benihana's, and this was comparable. Different, but in a good way!
I'm going to update and give the not-so-good news from home.
Thank you! I look back at some of those poses now and think to myself, "Wow. I was doing that one wrong!" :laughing: Keep sticking to it! I used to run all the time before I started to practice yoga (like you, just to break up my routine). But now I do more yoga than anything else! And big surprise, I've got down a size in my pants!! :yay::woohoo:

I was practicing yoga on my Wii fit a few days ago and thought of you LOL. Just popping in to say hi!

Awww, hi Jenny! I hope things are going well! I still keep up with you on Facebook (another area I've neglected). Your trips are gonna be here before you know it! And I am going to get caught up on your PTR I PROMISE! :thumbsup2

Hey Amanda!

I just read your TR so far. That's so much fun that you and J got to go alone again. And this time you got to ride whatever you wanted!!

Your yoga pose with Pluto cracked me up. What a great trip!

Hi Staci!!!! How are you?!? I've been keeping up with you guys on your blog! First off, CONGRATS!!!!!! I am sooooo happy for y'all!! And I'm super excited that you guys are taking a family trip! Are you doing a PTR?

An update will be here soon (hopefully within the next few minutes/hours!)!
Thanks again everyone!!

amandaluvsgoofy
01-28-2012, 11:39 AM
I seriously spent almost an hour typing up a post, and then I was booted off! Seriously! I really am trying to finish this TR! I have been such a bad writer, it’s ridiculous. I’m not going to bore with all the “Life has been sooooo busy” jibber jabber, but it really has. And I really haven’t even had time to log on the DIS Boards. It is hard sometimes to come on knowing we don’t have a trip planned in the near future. Of course we plan on taking Emma around her 5th birthday, but she just turned 2! So we have to wait three llllloooonnnnngggg years….. Oh well.

Aaaannnnyyyywwwaaayyy, back to the TR! Our final full day at Disney...

What a surprise! I was up early again, haha!! We decided to get breakfast at Roaring Forks again and I just HAD to have the Mickey Waffles. So J and I split them while he also got an oatmeal.
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Side story: I grew up with my oatmeal tasting “decent” in that it had flavor. J, not so much. He actually doesn’t mind his oatmeal tasting like oatmeal, yuck! I at least need some butter and sugar but usually prefer the maple brown sugar flavor <low fat/sugar of course> but J could seriously eat oatmeal sans flavor and be totally fine. Needless to say, this oatmeal tasted like oatmeal so he had it all to himself.

We headed to my (probably favorite) park: Epcot!
Squish!
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We got there before rope drop and guess what it started to do again. Rain!
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Good thing we had our ponchos with us. So the gates open and they casually (ie. slowly) walk you in. We were headed towards Test Track since I was bound and determined to ride this. And guess what again. CLOSED! Ugh!! We went ahead and got Fast Passes to use incase the rain let up then decided to head over towards Soarin’.
The only picture of the two of us together and I look awful! Oh well…
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There wasn’t too much of a wait and when got up near the front I asked the CM if we could ride up front since last time all we saw were a bunch of feet hanging in front of us. She politely corrected us in that we were actually asking for the “high row” verses the “low row”. Note to everyone out there! The CMs standing around actually said they all prefer the low row, not sure why, something about you see a lot more (uh, a lot more feet?). Soarin was fun as usual, but J and I are content with one time on this ride.

Next we ventured over towards Innoventions. I feel like we got cheated on this stuff last time because everything was busy! We played some video game where we the characters. I cannot for the life of me remember the name, I even emailed it to myself but never got it. It was hilarious. The computer first takes video clips of you running in place, jumping and doing a victory dance. I let J actually play the game while I just watched.

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HILARIOUS!!!!

Then we headed over to Sum of All Thrills. I was dying to do this since I didn’t even know it existed last time. We waited in line for about 20 minutes of so then got to create our roller coaster. I let J take most of the “creative” part of the ride (big mistake). He didn’t want to do just a “roller coaster”, nah he wanted to make a “jet” ride. :sick: This was also the morning I hadn’t take a Dramamine.
J faking his nervousness
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And me knowing this is going to end badly
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Needless to say, it was a little too much for me, but J loved it! I ended up having a mild headache for a while.

We walked around for a bit then decided to stop by Test Track and guess what! It was finally open and we got to ride it!!

A few shots as we waited
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J was supposed to keep an eye on my hair since it wasn’t cooperating on this trip, but he started to slack a bit
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And of course our cheap shot
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I will say it was a lot of fun but I would never wait more than 30 minutes for it! We were able to grab another FP since we would be at Epcot that evening.

By this time were both hungry and decided to stop at the Electric Umbrella for lunch since it was close. I don’t remember hearing any review on the Boards about it, but it did hit the spot! I think we were both in the mood for something simple. So we split a burger and a salad. I can’t remember the desserts, maybe a cheesecake and a fruit medley?
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Sorry about the bad shot...
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It was at this point that J and I decided when we come back (whenever that will be, I’m hoping soon!!) with Emma that we’ll probably do the Quick Service Meal Plan. Most of the CS meals we had were very good and it will be so much easier with kids. Then of course we could do a couple of character meals and just pay OOP (this gives something to plan for our next trip!!).

We decided to head back for a little afternoon break and hit up the pool at the WL. It was nice to swim and relax, and we actually got to see the geyser erupt! On our way back to the room we stopped off at the downstairs area of the VWL.

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I can imagine this place is sooooooo cozy during the holidays! You actually feel like you’re at a cabin in the woods with the fire roaring. J and I decided to play a game of checkers at one of the game tables in there. We played for about 45 minutes, but of course I have no recollection of who won (which tells me J probably did cause I would’ve remembered a victory dance or something if I won).

Then we had to head back up to get ready for dinner back at Epcot (I’m noticing a dinner theme on this trip…).
So where would dinner be tonight?

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Chefs de France! This was probably the best meal of our trip! Our waitress, Marian (sp?) was so delightful! She humored J and I with our attempt at speaking French and made the best suggestions for our meal. We both decided soup for our starter, J had the Lobster Bisque and I the French Onion. Can you say “YUM!!!!”

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Both of the soups were out of this world!! J is a soup head and would’ve been fine eating nothing but those soups for the meal (unlimited right? HAHA!).

Now I had my heart set on ordering the Gruyere Macaroni and Cheese, but J convinced me to try something else (duh, Amanda! Don’t listen to J when it comes to food choices). I ended up ordering the salmon and J had the beef short ribs.
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My salmon was ok, but nothing like I had had during the week at the other restaurants. It probably had something to do with the fact that it was broiled and not drenched in a decadent cream sauce. J’s short ribs were yummy and we ended up swapping our entrée plates a couple of times. I saw another person’s macaroni and gruyere cheese and was so frustrated I didn’t order that! :headache: Oh well, guess J will have to take me back!

Continued on next post...

amandaluvsgoofy
01-28-2012, 12:11 PM
Continued from previous post


After all this food (and I mean the plates were CLEANED! J left nothing behind) it was time for dessert. I was already beyond full by this point, but what could we do? J ordered the Profiteroles au chocolat and I had the Gauteau au chocola (J isn’t a fan of crème brulee, but I would consider ordering next time).
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Both of these desserts were divine! I just wish we weren’t busting at the seams by this point so we could’ve finished them. I was still feeling a little yucky from the ride earlier (couldn’t shake off the headache from Sum of All Thrills) so I decided to order a coffee.
And look who came to pay us a visit!!
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Remy was so cute! I know he only spoke “rat”, but we still told him we loved the food and can’t wait to come back! This will be my one request for next time!! :rolleyes:

We decided to walk around France for a few minutes to see if we could walk off our 3,000 calorie meal (that’s per person). I wanted to have a Grey Goose Lemonade Slush so bad!!! But I still felt yucky and now was so full that I was afraid it would’ve been a waste. So no Slushie for me :sad2: Oh well, just another reason to come back!

We moseyed on over towards Morocco where I ran into the ladies room. When I came out, this is what I found
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J later told me you know it’s bad when he has to lay down from too much food. I think the week of overindulging had finally caught up to him. :laughing:

As we walked through Morocco I got a text from home. Long story short, my cousin’s husband accidently broke our diving board :scared: I was upset and bummed (and a little pissed! I mean really! She couldn’t have waited one more day to tell us since it had happened the first day!! It’s going to cost quite a bit to fix completely <great, more money $$>, but don’t you know things always happen while you’re away). So after we both sulked about this for a good 20 minutes, we decided to try and enjoy the rest of our vacation.

We walked around World Showcase and stopped off at a few stores in the different countries. As you could imagine, we weren’t really in a “spend money” kind of mood. I also needed to take a few more yoga shots!

Eagle pose in front of the American Pavilion
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Bent Knee Triangle
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J running from the guy at Norway…
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And a shot of Illuminations getting ready
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We used our FPs and rode TT one more time then decided it was time to head back to the room. I have to say, I was sad that we didn’t get to spend as much time as Epcot as I would’ve liked. I felt like our last trip we got to really explore WS since we stayed at the Boardwalk. J did point out that we did spend a lot of time there last time, so this trip it was more about exploring Magic Kingdom. Guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too, eh?

We finally made it back to the room and decided to relax/pack since we were leaving the next day. :sad2:


Up next: Our final day at Disney. Will we ever ride Splash Mountain? Will I finally get a Mickey shaped ice cream bar? And how crazy can an airport be?

IheartDDuck
01-28-2012, 08:27 PM
Oh no, your last day is coming up already?

I love Chefs de France, especially the soup! I agree, they could just do unlimited soup and I would eat only that for dinner.

amandaluvsgoofy
01-31-2012, 09:37 AM
Oh no, your last day is coming up already?

I love Chefs de France, especially the soup! I agree, they could just do unlimited soup and I would eat only that for dinner.

I know! So sad.... :sad1:

Just thinking about those soups right now and I'm drooling :tongue:
I've tried several French Onion soups at home, and there really is nothing that compares to Chefs. Aw! I can't wait to go back!!

Thanks for reading! :)

pinkpixie0920
01-31-2012, 11:02 AM
Loved the update, but sad it is almost over! I love your TRs! Your dinner at Chefs De France looked so good! I agree I always say if we ever eat there I will get the mac and cheese! Mac and cheese is one of my favorite foods. Was what your DH got for dessert as good as it looks in pics? Sorry about your diving board!

Thanks for the yoga tip! that is awesome that you dropped a pant size! I haven't done it since before Christmas. I have taken body pump now for a year, I'm not sure if you have heard of it before but that is one Mon and Weds. and yoga is Tues and Thurs at 7 and I hate waiting until 7 at night to work out. I need to do more of the yoga on my tv though. Def. harder than it looks!!!

amandaluvsgoofy
03-11-2012, 11:50 AM
Loved the update, but sad it is almost over! I love your TRs! Your dinner at Chefs De France looked so good! I agree I always say if we ever eat there I will get the mac and cheese! Mac and cheese is one of my favorite foods. Was what your DH got for dessert as good as it looks in pics? Sorry about your diving board!

Thanks for the yoga tip! that is awesome that you dropped a pant size! I haven't done it since before Christmas. I have taken body pump now for a year, I'm not sure if you have heard of it before but that is one Mon and Weds. and yoga is Tues and Thurs at 7 and I hate waiting until 7 at night to work out. I need to do more of the yoga on my tv though. Def. harder than it looks!!!

Hey Nancy!
I'm so glad you're still reading (shame on me, over a month goes by without an update..geez!)!
Chefs de France was soooo yummy! And no matter what anyone says, GET the Mac n Cheese!! :thumbsup2 And yes, the desserts were both incredible! Just don't get overly stuffed like we did so you can actually enjoy them!!

I'm loving yoga so much! It's a regular routine in my life now! I had a class this past week with a well-known yoga instructor and boy did it hurt (in a good way). I felt like my core was going to implode! :laughing:



It's officially Spring Break here in Texas, so since J is home I'm hoping to have a little more time to finish this TR (eventually!). I don't know what's wrong with me as to why I can't finish these things in an appropriate amount of time! :rotfl: Life keeps getting in the way...ugh..
Anyway, I WILL finish it in the near future, I promise! I hope everyone (whoever is still reading) is having a great spring so far!
P.S. Today is my birthday, so it probably won't happen today...:rolleyes1

dolfinjuls
03-11-2012, 01:05 PM
I just came across your tr! Looks like a good time, you got to do so much as just two adults!I hope my dh and I can manage a trip like that one day!

amandaluvsgoofy
03-11-2012, 06:30 PM
I just came across your tr! Looks like a good time, you got to do so much as just two adults!I hope my dh and I can manage a trip like that one day!

Welcome aboard!! :welcome:

It was very much a "commando" trip and I highly recommend it! ;) It really was a lot of fun to go at our pace and do almost-everything we wanted. Although I can't wait to take little Emma, hopefully in the near future! ::yes::

Thanks for reading!!

amandaluvsgoofy
03-18-2012, 09:28 PM
Our last day :sad: Ugh, these days are always the worst to plan, but you know they’re coming so you have to.

Our flight was scheduled to leave later in the afternoon, so we had most of the early part of the day to spend at Magic Kingdom. We got up pretty early to finish packing and get ready. The walk to the lobby to drop off our luggage was so depressing.
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We went to Roaring Forks for some coffee and had our breakfast there. Breakfast was the School Bread we had picked up at Norway (pretty tasty) along with some fruit. Too bad the fruit was frozen!
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One more boat ride to Magic Kingdom this trip! Sorry about the blurry picture, it really was a beautiful morning!
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We got there a little after 8am (EMHM day) and the place was already a little crowded. Space Mountain already had a 40 minute wait! :scared1: I picked up a couple of FPs for us then decided to walk around. We got to ride the Tea Cups again, twice!

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That was enough for me! It really isn’t too bad if you stare at a still object, like the person in front of you, but my stomach was already feeling slightly off so we’d decided to play it safe. Snow White was a walk on and I don’t remember ever going on, so why not? I do have to say, it was a good ride but a little scary. Little kids might get really freaked out (just a warning to those taking little ones).

We also stopped by Winnie the Pooh. I noticed things looked different, but didn’t think much of it. We rode it last trip and decided not to this trip. I wish we had since I learned after our trip that the queue was different :headache: Oh well, just something else to plan for our next trip!
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I think we walked around and pretended to shop til we headed over to Frontierland which didn’t open until 9am.
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There was a HUGE stampede once they opened it up. We had to ride BTMR again (LOVE that ride) then FINALLY got to ride Splash Mountain! I must’ve looked ridiculous cause I got out our ponchos while in line. One sweet lady from Boston tried to assure me that it wasn’t that bad, but I wasn’t having any of it. I did NOT want to get wet! Well, there were hardly any splashes to be had. The ride kept stopping/breaking down in random places, so that made it a little irritating. I feel like I remember the ride itself differently, of course that was 1994! It was really cute, and that final drop was doozie!!

We then headed back over to ride Space Mountain and got another FP (can you tell we loved this ride, too?!). Buzz Lightyear had little wait so we hopped on board! It was good, but definitely no Toy Story! :duck: from those of you who love it! Like I said, it was good but Toy Story has a few more effects that I really like. Plus I totally bombed on it!

The People Mover had no wait so we decided to give it a try. I didn’t remember it at all from the 90's.

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The ride itself was kind of…meh. Pretty boring, but a really good break from the heat and the walking.

The Carosel of Progress was right there when we finished, so why not?
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I have to say, this ride/show was really cute! Granted, J and I both have history backgrounds, but I really enjoyed it! I can imagine how this might be not as popular with the kids/tweens/teens, but I think it’s interesting how it traces the lifestyles of the 20th century.

As we left, J and I decided to try and figure out lunch. On our way out of Tomorrow Land we actually came across PUSH (the trash can) for a brief second. I just remember hearing someone comment on the “Ears growing out of the top of her head." I looked up and there it/he/she was! PUSH already had a crowd following him so we carried on. I gave J a couple of options for lunch and we both decided on Pecos Bills. So BACK over to Frontierland we went!

Needless to say, Pecos Bills was PACKED! I mean, it was the lunch hour. We managed to figure out what we wanted to eat (split a burger and a taco salad), then I sent J to find a table while I waited in line to order. It was pretty painless to get our food. This is where I like to point out that Dining Plan does have its perks. This meal OOP would’ve cost us over $20! And it is true what people say about the condiment bar! Oh. My. Gosh! Sooooo good!! The meal was pretty scrumptious, but soooo filling!! Another part where the Dining Plan has a downfall, too much food….

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So we had a couple of hours (or less) to finish up at Magic Kingdom along with a FP to Space Mountain. How will things go???



Up next:
How will we finish up our last day? Any drama at MCO (you know there will be)? And a little girl whose parents missed her like crazy!!

jenny105
03-19-2012, 11:29 AM
Oh no! Last days are the worst! :( I'm not sure what we'll do with ours. Our flight doesn't leave until 8pm so we have a lot of time!

I like Buzz but I have to agree with you that TSM is better. I feel it's more accurate. I've had ridiculously high scores on Buzz and then the next time I ride, I can't even crack 50k! TSM I get in the same score range ride after ride. I have the game for Wii and I'm determined to practice LOL.

Yummmm, Pecos Bill's!

amandaluvsgoofy
03-22-2012, 04:09 PM
Oh no! Last days are the worst! :( I'm not sure what we'll do with ours. Our flight doesn't leave until 8pm so we have a lot of time!

I like Buzz but I have to agree with you that TSM is better. I feel it's more accurate. I've had ridiculously high scores on Buzz and then the next time I ride, I can't even crack 50k! TSM I get in the same score range ride after ride. I have the game for Wii and I'm determined to practice LOL.

Yummmm, Pecos Bill's!

Last days... Boo!! Maybe one day we'll be one of the lucky ones to already have our next trip planned so the last day won't seem as depressing! :idea:

Next trip I want to attempt to ride Buzz first then TSM, that way I won't be as disappointed. We don't have a Wii, but I have seriously thought about buying one just for the game! :lmao:

I could seriously eat that burger with the toppings right now...mmmm....

Thanks for reading! I need to catch up on your PTRs! ;)

amandaluvsgoofy
04-22-2012, 01:37 PM
A month since I posted?! Really?!?!?:scared1: This TR is taking fffooooorrreeeevvveeerrrr! At least last time I had an excuse (having a baby and all), but this time I really have no legitimate excuse. Seriously, besides life, several jobs, etc getting in the way. Anyway, I'll finish this TR today (if anyone out there is still reading, haha!) and finish up with some final thoughts.

So last we left off, we had just finished a yummy lunch at Pecos Bills (can't wait to go back there!) and were trying to figure out what to do on our full bellies. PotC was close, and it's one of my favorites, so on we went! Outside the ride they had a show with Jack Sparrow and another pirate. I promise this guy sounded just like Johnny Depp! It was kinda weird... I had to get a close up to make sure it wasn't him! But it wasn't...
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As we wandered around a little more, we found ourselves back at the Haunted Mansion. Another favorite. We actually took the time to walk through the new cemetery and it was really cool! And apparently I have no pictures (can't find them anywhere!). Oh well...

We had our last FP of the trip to use at Space Mountain, so off we went! Still as good as every time before (I think I was partially brain dead cause I don't have a picture from that either). It was nice to think that we sandwiched our trip with Space Mountain. Might be a nice tradition to keep! :idea:

We had another snack credit to use so we stopped off and got ourselves one of the amazing Disney cookies! And another photo I can't seem to find!! :confused: I'll try and locate them so I can share.

I hate saying goodbye to this beautiful place!!
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But I try to tell myself we'll be back soon!!

On our way out there was one more thing I had to do!! I didn't get my Grey Goose Slush, but I'll be darned if I didn't get my Mickey Ice Cream Bar!
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And it was sooooooo good! J helped me finish most of it!

We decided one more boat ride back to the WL was in order. Had to get a few last pictures of some of my favorite resorts (where I hope to stay some day!).
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We got our carry on luggage and took turns using the fitness center to take showers. While J was showering, I waited in the lobby area of the VWL. It really is a peaceful, beautiful hotel.
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We got to the DME stop and waited a few minutes for our trip to MCO. It's so frustrating how this airport seems to always be crowded. When we finally made it through security, I was selected for one of those whole body scans. The man told me to stand on the spot and do something (he was kind of mumbling so it was hard to understand him). Well the something was him saying "Don't Move". Since I didn't understand, I looked at him and said "What?" "DON'T MOVE!!" Yeah, he yelled at me. Kind of humiliating, like I was a bratty, little kid. Guess he's not happy at his job. :sad2:

After we cleared the drama at security, we had about 1 1/2 hours til our flight. We walked around a little bit then came across at Starbucks. Hmmmmmm....Starbucks. Another cluster mess here, too. I stood in what I thought was a line for a few minutes til I noticed people were just coming up to the counter without waiting. Uh, ok. I can be rude too! :confused3

So we enjoyed our coffee with our yummy cookie that had M&Ms and butterscotch! Soooo yummy! (I'll find the picture I promise!) while we waited for our flight.
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I'm trying to decide at this point if we ate too much on our trip....nah!

The flight was pretty uneventful on the way home. I think J and I were both anxious to get home and see little Emma. By the time we got there, it was past her bedtime and my mom had kept her up to see us. As soon as we walked in the door she busted out crying! :sad: I think it was part exhaustion and part her realizing "Oh yeah! You guys have been gone!!".

So we put her to bed and got ourselves situated cause I had an early morning. Yeah, I had one more day left of my yoga training/graduation.

When we got up in that morning, Emma was in a much better mood! We presented her with her gifts from Disney!
An awesome Minnie Mouse light-up toy! You know, for when we go back. She'll have her toy for the parades!
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And I gave her the Minnie ears I had worn.
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Later that day I had my graduation and Emma was pretty much the hit of the party!
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Up next:
Final Thoughts! And I promise not to wait a month! ;)

pinkpixie0920
04-23-2012, 01:44 PM
I'm so sad this is over, but it seems like you had a great last day! Any plans in the near future of you guys going back? Don't worry about taking time in between posts! At least you write a TR and finish it, that is most important! Can't wait to read your final thoughts!

amandaluvsgoofy
04-25-2012, 10:30 AM
I'm so sad this is over, but it seems like you had a great last day! Any plans in the near future of you guys going back? Don't worry about taking time in between posts! At least you write a TR and finish it, that is most important! Can't wait to read your final thoughts!

Hey Nancy!!
Thanks so much for staying on board!!
I know, I hate when trips come to an end :sad2: I hope to go back sometime in 2013 (although J doesn't know yet :rolleyes1). I know I want to take Emma for her 5th birthday, but that'll be in 2015 and that's just too far away!!:lmao: My dream in the future is to buy DVC and be able to plan trips so we always have one to look forward to when we leave...make sense?? You guys bought resale, right? Whenever we get to that financial point I may have to look into that!

Final thoughts will be up soon (along with some updated pictures!!)!

pinkxray
04-25-2012, 01:26 PM
Aw, the last day:sad2: You certainly prolonged the end of this trip long enough:laughing:

I hope you get to take Emma in 2013. We waited until Caitlin was 5 and I really wish I had just taken her when she was 3. I love reading TR's with young kids, they always seem so magical. Of course I would only do that if you were going to go back more than once, which I am sure you are.

amandaluvsgoofy
06-02-2012, 09:57 AM
Aw, the last day:sad2: You certainly prolonged the end of this trip long enough:laughing:

I hope you get to take Emma in 2013. We waited until Caitlin was 5 and I really wish I had just taken her when she was 3. I love reading TR's with young kids, they always seem so magical. Of course I would only do that if you were going to go back more than once, which I am sure you are.

I know!! I think I subconsciously prolong it because I don't want it to end! :guilty::laughing:

I REALLY wanna take Emma soon! If all goes as planned, we will be taking her sooner than later!! :yay:

jenny105
06-02-2012, 01:47 PM
How did I miss this update? I was in Scotland! Why'd you post while I was in Scotland? LOL

Sad your TR is over. Plan another trip ASAP! And it's been over a month since you promised to post your final thoughts LOL.

amandaluvsgoofy
06-04-2012, 03:14 PM
How did I miss this update? I was in Scotland! Why'd you post while I was in Scotland? LOL

Sad your TR is over. Plan another trip ASAP! And it's been over a month since you promised to post your final thoughts LOL.



I know!!! You're one of my loyal followers, where were ya?! :lmao:

A trip is in the brewing as we speak (more on that later) :stir:

Yeah, and you know when I said I wouldn't wait a month to post my final thoughts? I actually meant I would wait closer to six weeks! :laughing:
Final thoughts coming up!!! I promise!! :rolleyes:

Darragh
06-04-2012, 03:21 PM
I'm late to this party but gotta say that I LOVED reading the TR and seeing your great pics. AKL is one of my fantasy resorts to "someday" stay at. Your little girl is the cutest thing! Thanks for the entertainment and keep up the good work.

pinkpixie0920
06-04-2012, 03:26 PM
Hey Nancy!!
Thanks so much for staying on board!!
I know, I hate when trips come to an end :sad2: I hope to go back sometime in 2013 (although J doesn't know yet :rolleyes1). I know I want to take Emma for her 5th birthday, but that'll be in 2015 and that's just too far away!!:lmao: My dream in the future is to buy DVC and be able to plan trips so we always have one to look forward to when we leave...make sense?? You guys bought resale, right? Whenever we get to that financial point I may have to look into that!

Final thoughts will be up soon (along with some updated pictures!!)!

Sorry I just saw this post! Yes we bought through resale. When you get to that point send me a PM and I can walk you through it. It was fairly easy. The did change some of the rules since and now you can only use your points for DVC resort where as before you could use them for other locations and other Disney hotels not through DVC. You can't do that anymore. But like my husband and I said it is still worth the savings because we never really plan on using them for anywhere other than Disney anyways. Can't wait to see your final thoughts!

amandaluvsgoofy
06-04-2012, 03:33 PM
You guys all remember how I said I wouldn't wait a month to post? Because I actually meant 2 months! :lmao:


I don't know if I have anyone willing to read this TR anymore. :confused3 I mean, technically it's done. But I guess I was hoping I could drag it on for as llllooooonnnnnggggg as possible! ;)

My final thoughts from the awesome trip are below!

First off, I do want to thank those who started reading this TR and/or stuck through! I am promising myself next time to be MUCH better about it! I might have to be one of those folks that finishes their TRs immediately! :laughing:

Final Thought #1: Hotel
I don't know if y'all picked up on it, but J and I LOVED Animal Kingdom Lodge! :cloud9: Everything about that place was wonderful! It was the biggest bummer that we only got to stay one night. So keep that in mind everyone!! If you're doing a split stay, I would strongly encourage you to try a minimum of 2 nights!
The Villas at the Wilderness Lodge were great, too! I admit I was kind of bummed when we checked in (and had the dumpster view! :scared1:). But once we were relocated and got to know the resort I really enjoyed it! VWL would be a wonderful place to stay around the holidays! I heard the Christmas tree they put in the main lobby is HUGE!!!
We would definitely stay at either of these resorts again! I think I'm more prone to AKL simply because we did a "teaser" stay and I want to actually experience staying there! I also noticed I missed being able to walk to Epcot (my favorite park!). We got to spend so much time visiting Epcot on our last trip since we were at BWV that I was a little spoiled.
So next time, depending on when we go, I would really like to stay at an Epcot resort (maybe Beach Club!) for summer time and maybe a Magic Kingdom resort if we go during the holidays (when are the Villas at the Grand Floridian supposed to open??? :hyper:). But, as most of us, I will be happy at any resort as long as we're at Disney!!

Food:
Our favorites this trip were: Chefs de France (just take it slower next time and order what I originally intend to!), Teppan Edo, Garden Grill (surprise!), and Kona (even though I didn't get the Tonga Toast like originally planned this place was wonderful!).
May do again: Boma (had dinner, but would like to try breakfast!), Pecos Bills, Electric Umbrella, and Pizza Planet
Liked (but may or may not do again): 1900 Park Fare (although I would love to go for breakfast just cause I love to be in the GF!), WPE (we've been there twice, so next time we go to DTD for a QS we're trying EoS)

Rides:
LOVED the rain and cool weather! Wait, I guess that's not a ride...
I was so excited we got to ride RnRC together (me for the first time!)! Also really enjoyed ToT, EE, Dinosaur, Space Mountain, BTMR, TSM, HM, TT, and Philharmagic
Liked: Splash, Soarin', Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear, Tea Cups, Muppets
Can go either way: People Mover (I know folks love this ride so I'm totally willing to ride it again, especially cause it usually has no line!)

Wished we could have done: Spent more time at World Showcase (I LOVE it there and really wanted to see more shows and eat/drink more!); spend more time at resort (gotta be one of those families that take a 2 week vacation at Disney, right?); and Indiana Jones (this is 2 trips we haven't done this! We HAVE to see it next time!!)

So for our next trip (which might be sooner than you think, hehe!), our thoughts are:

Hotel: I would love to stay at the Beach Club, Contemporary, or AKL. And someday, the Villas at the Grand Floridian will be open and we can stay there! :idea:

Food: Since we'll take Emma next time, J likes the idea of doing the QSDP and do 2 Character Meals OOP. Of course he wants Garden Grill again, but we'll see what characters Emma likes!

Rides: It will definitely be different when we go with Emma! No more running with the bulls to get on the thrill rides! Instead it will be hitting up Fantasy Land and the like! So I'll have to rethink my vision and plan for our next vacation!

Well, that's it. This TR is officially done! I hate to see it come to an end (although pushing a TR close to a year is a little ridiculous!). But that's ok because things are in motion for our little family to see the Mouse!! When, you ask? Keep your eyes open for another PTR in the near future and you'll find out!

Thank you again to everyone who has read this drawn out TR! You all are wonderful and I hope to see you all on the DIS soon!!
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pinkpixie0920
06-04-2012, 03:47 PM
I'm still here! Loved your final thoughts! Definitely think you should try Beach club next time. I may be biased but I think you would love the and bottom pool. I am def. keeping my eye open for you PTR, hopefully will see it soon?

Emma is getting so big and she is so cute! Love her side ponytail!

pinkpixie0920
06-04-2012, 03:48 PM
I'm still here! Loved your final thoughts! Definitely think you should try Beach club next time. I may be biased but I think you would love the and bottom pool. I am def. keeping my eye open for you PTR, hopefully will see it soon?

Emma is getting so big and she is so cute! Love her side ponytail!

That should have been sand bottom not and bottom. LOL

amandaluvsgoofy
06-04-2012, 03:54 PM
I'm still here! Loved your final thoughts! Definitely think you should try Beach club next time. I may be biased but I think you would love the and bottom pool. I am def. keeping my eye open for you PTR, hopefully will see it soon?

Emma is getting so big and she is so cute! Love her side ponytail!

Yay Nancy!! Thanks so much!! Beach Club is soooo awesome! That place would be perfect, especially in the summer! I've always wanted to try a pool with sand in the bottom!!

I know! She's huge! It's so weird to think how big she's gotten!

And yes, a PTR will happen, hopefully very soon!! ;)

jenny105
06-05-2012, 05:12 PM
I'm happy to hear you loved AKL and only stayed 1 night! We're staying 8 so I hope we like it half as much as you did. WL is my favorite resort. I fell in love with that place and pretty much cried when we left. I've stayed at the Beach Club too and it's great to be within walking distance of Epcot! The pool is phenomenal too.

I'll miss reading your TR!

amandaluvsgoofy
06-11-2012, 05:42 PM
I'm happy to hear you loved AKL and only stayed 1 night! We're staying 8 so I hope we like it half as much as you did. WL is my favorite resort. I fell in love with that place and pretty much cried when we left. I've stayed at the Beach Club too and it's great to be within walking distance of Epcot! The pool is phenomenal too.

I'll miss reading your TR!

We really did love AKL and I'm sure you guys will, too!! Especially for 8 nights!!

So sad this TR is over :sad1:

But don't cry! Check out my signature!!! :cool2:

saintstickets
06-11-2012, 09:56 PM
WL is my favorite resort. I fell in love with that place and pretty much cried when we left.
We just returned from our first stay at VWL and loved it. Come to think of it, we've loved every DVC resort, for different reasons but they're all great.

Check out my signature!!! :cool2:
Woohoo...another TR. Looking forward to it! Christmas at WDW is even more special!!

In the meantime, I've gotta get going on my TR from our trip two weeks ago.