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heathsf
08-27-2011, 12:01 PM
Welcome to my trip report! I'm excited to share all the details of our splendiferous trip. I promise there will be LOTS of pictures and plenty of food porn.

Here's a link to my PTR: How to Make a Disney Skeptic Fall in Love with WDW (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2763902)

We stayed at Pop Century from August 20 - August 26. I have stayed there for my last 5 trips in a row. We took advantage of the free dining promotion and upgraded to the regular dining plan (as opposed to the quick-service plan which is what you get for staying at a value resort). This meant we had 6 snacks, 6 counter-service, and 6 table-service credits to use throughout our trip.

We'll start with the less interesting character - me!
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_4772.jpg
This was my 9th trip to Disney World and I am just in love with the place! Pretty standard for the DisBoards right? My last trip was in February 2011 (just six months ago!) with my mom. This is the first time I have ever been to Disney World twice in a year. I speculated this might be true but now I have confirmed it: you can never get enough Disney!

My boyfriend, Bobby, who I will refer to as BF throughout the TR. This was his FIRST TRIP!!!!!
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3630.jpg
I won't say that I forced him to go against his will, but this definitely wasn't a trip that he would have planned for himself. Luckily, he had me to plan it for him! :yay: My selling point for this trip was that I was redeeming Disney Rewards Points and was willing to share the savings with him. Aren't I a sweet girlfriend? :lmao:

When we first booked the trip in October 2010 he seemed totally uninterested in going. When I tried to talk about anything Disney related I would get an eye roll, a deep sigh, and the response "I just want to be surprised when we get there." Thank goodness I discovered the DisBoards at this point or I really might have gone crazy without an outlet to share my excitement.

As the trip got closer, BF started to show some interest in the trip and even some enthusiasm! We planned our ADRs together and I somehow got him to watch the Disney Parks Behind the Scenes DVD and the Modern Marvels episode about Disney World. I still received the occasional eye roll however.

With the trip just a few weeks away, BF finally seemed genuinely excited to go, Hallelujah!! I knew he would love it once we were there...well, I was at least pretty sure...

AND I WAS RIGHT! He may not have reached the fanatical levels of Disney-Lovin' that I'm at, but we had a great time. The pictures will speak for themselves...he hammed it up for the camera throughout the entire trip! :rotfl2: I think it will make for a fun trip report. So please, join me as I relive our trip!

heathsf
08-27-2011, 12:02 PM
Chapter Links:

Saturday, August 20
Part 1 - And we're off... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42426485&postcount=16)
Part 2 - Magical Express & Pop Century (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42426989&postcount=20)
Pop Century Photos (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42427345&postcount=21)
Part 3 - Arriving at Magic Kingdom and Lunch (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42429724&postcount=25)
Part 4 - Dinner at The Wave (http://www.www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42442367&postcount=42)
Part 5 - More of Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42479003&postcount=64)
Part 6 - Nighttime in Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42493483&postcount=74)

Sunday, August 21
Part 1 - "Around the World" Segway Tour at Epcot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42536981&postcount=85)
Part 2 - The Land and Some Phone Calls (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42581103&postcount=99)
Part 3 - Lunch at Le Cellier (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42581544&postcount=101)
Part 4 - Exploring Future World (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42713056&postcount=119)
Part 5 - A Little More Future World & Some World Showcase (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42813804&postcount=128)
Part 6 - Dinner at San Angel Inn (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42822165&postcount=136)
Part 7 - Nighttime at Epcot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42951238&postcount=141)

Monday, August 22
Part 1 - Starting Our Day at AK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42951641&postcount=143)
Part 2 - More Morning at AK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43030271&postcount=151)
Part 3 - Dragons and Tigers and Bats, Oh My! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43118109&postcount=158)
Part 4 - Finishing Up at AK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43119852&postcount=161)
Part 5 - A Hippy Dippy Swim (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43120350&postcount=162)
Part 6 - Making Our Way to Wilderness Lodge (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43121065&postcount=163)
Part 7 - Dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43121603&postcount=164)

Tuesday, August 23
Part 1 - Toy Story Madness (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43156680&postcount=171)
Part 2 - Going Behind-the-Scenes of the "Behind The Scenes" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43202482&postcount=175)
Part 3 - Stars and Cars (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43305603&postcount=180)
Part 4 - A Fantasmic End to the Night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43337789&postcount=184)

Wednesday, August 24
Part 1 - Changing Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43419191&postcount=191)
Part 2 - Winnie the Pooh and The Mad Hatter Too (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43429057&postcount=197)
Part 3 - Something New and Something Blue (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43434060&postcount=201)
Part 4 - More Time in Tomorrowland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43532113&postcount=213)
Part 5 - A Visit to the Grand Floridian ~ Chapter 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43545091&postcount=217)
Part 6 - A Visit to the Grand Floridian ~ Chapter 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43582910&postcount=219)
Part 7 - Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43672758&postcount=224)
Part 8 - Sláinte! Dinner at Raglan Road (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43756801&postcount=232)

Thursday, August 25
Part 1 - An Unexpected Encounter (or Two) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43878600&postcount=242)
Part 2 - Eating & Drinking Around the World ~ Chapter 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44030194&postcount=258)
Part 3 - Eating & Drinking Around the World ~ Chapter 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44347913&postcount=267)
Part 4 - Eating & Drinking Around the World ~ Chapter 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44543865&postcount=276)
Part 5 - First Time at The Poly (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44985751&postcount=306)
Part 6 - Dinner at Ohana (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45205563&postcount=314)

Friday, August 26
Part 1 - Starting Our Last Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45241556&postcount=320)
Part 2 - Enjoying Our Last Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45618453&postcount=331)
Part 3 - Last Ride of the Trip (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45693446&postcount=335)
Part 4 - Saying Goodbye (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45903507&postcount=339)

Final Notes: TTFN ~ Ta-Ta For Now (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45951057&postcount=340)

Terkina
08-27-2011, 12:25 PM
This I HAVE TO follow since I'm going to try and get a friend to fall in love with WDW :)

calliecat
08-27-2011, 01:06 PM
I'm following now! I will be taking my BF for the first time too, so I'm definitely interested to hear how your trip went.

Leshaface
08-27-2011, 02:34 PM
Checking in!

Can't wait to hear ALL about it and see the marvelous pictures that you guys took!

Hopefully your BF can make an appearance on the boards soon! :goodvibes

PixieMama
08-27-2011, 06:44 PM
Lots of pics and plenty of food porn?! Count me in! :thumbsup2

DizFan101
08-27-2011, 06:57 PM
I'm on board too. I just love hearing about first timers.
We'll be going to Disney in November (definitely not first timers) but my cousin might join us and she NEVER been to Disney Holly wood Studios... :scared1:.

So i'm looking forward to your trip report.

StephaniexMarie
08-27-2011, 07:03 PM
I'm in! :wave: Love your picture in the kimono. I've always wanted to try one on! :goodvibes

FosterA
08-27-2011, 08:41 PM
Yay! So glad you made it back and had a great time. Give us all the deets! Remember, I've got a big job ahead of me trying to make my husband love Disney....well, at least admit to me that he's glad I made him come!
I need all the advice possible and tell me what BF really was impressed by and what he didn't like etc etc

Can't wait to see all the photos!

Shaniyah
08-27-2011, 09:36 PM
I am in! I can't wait to hear about your trip!

carri5317
08-27-2011, 09:51 PM
Hope you weather the storm ok, Can't wait to hear all about your trip. popcorn::

ZFamily5
08-27-2011, 11:41 PM
I'm here! :thumbsup2

Oliquig
08-28-2011, 07:12 AM
I can't wait to see all your photos! Glad you had a great time and your BF enjoyed himself.

sstewart
08-28-2011, 01:09 PM
I'm so looking forward to reading your TR....I'm going through the same thing with my husband. I am planning the whole trip around him to ensure that he will want to go back!

heathsf
08-28-2011, 08:09 PM
This I HAVE TO follow since I'm going to try and get a friend to fall in love with WDW :)

:welcome: Thanks for joining in!

I'm following now! I will be taking my BF for the first time too, so I'm definitely interested to hear how your trip went.

:welcome: I hope you'll find this TR helpful! Is your BF looking forward to the trip?

Checking in!

Can't wait to hear ALL about it and see the marvelous pictures that you guys took!

Hopefully your BF can make an appearance on the boards soon! :goodvibes

Thanks for coming by! I'm so happy you're here. I'm hoping BF will decide to join us too. I don't want to push it because he actually seems somewhat interested but I know if I annoy him too much he'll decide it's not worth dealing with! :rotfl:

Lots of pics and plenty of food porn?! Count me in! :thumbsup2

Yay! :yay: Thanks for coming over! And also for following along on Twitter! :thumbsup2

I'm on board too. I just love hearing about first timers.
We'll be going to Disney in November (definitely not first timers) but my cousin might join us and she NEVER been to Disney Holly wood Studios... :scared1:.

So i'm looking forward to your trip report.

:welcome: Thanks for joining in! Taking your cousin to HS for the first time will be so much fun. She'll get to experience the crazy rush for Toy Story Mania!

I'm in! :wave: Love your picture in the kimono. I've always wanted to try one on! :goodvibes

:welcome: Thanks for joining! That kimono was sooooooo super soft and silky. It felt *amazing* on my skin. I really would have loved to buy it (although I'm not totally sure when I would wear it...Halloween?) but it was $85! They did have cheaper ones for $75 but that still wasn't in my budget. But oh-my-gosh was it comfortable!

Yay! So glad you made it back and had a great time. Give us all the deets! Remember, I've got a big job ahead of me trying to make my husband love Disney....well, at least admit to me that he's glad I made him come!
I need all the advice possible and tell me what BF really was impressed by and what he didn't like etc etc

Can't wait to see all the photos!

:yay: Yay! You're here! Thanks for coming over! I took lots and lots of notes and have plenty of details and pictures for you. I hope it will be helpful for you! I really truly believe that your family will start showing more excitement as the trip gets closer. Hopefully BF will decide to join in and can share some of his thoughts with you too. :thumbsup2

I am in! I can't wait to hear about your trip!

:welcome: Thanks for joining in!

Hope you weather the storm ok, Can't wait to hear all about your trip. popcorn::

Thanks! Even though it was a historically devastating storm, it actually turned out to not be as bad as they were predicting. We have some large tree branches down near our apartment but we didn't lose power. We were very very lucky because there are hundreds of thousands of people without power in NJ! :scared1: There was also lots of flooding but not in our immediate area. There are people whose basements have completely filled up with water and it's now rising past the first floor. I can't imagine how difficult their cleanup is going to be.

I'm here! :thumbsup2

Yay! :yay: Thanks for coming over!

I can't wait to see all your photos! Glad you had a great time and your BF enjoyed himself.

Thanks! We had a great time. I'm glad you came over for the TR.

I'm so looking forward to reading your TR....I'm going through the same thing with my husband. I am planning the whole trip around him to ensure that he will want to go back!

:welcome: and thanks for joining! I had fun trying to plan a trip that BF would enjoy. I hope that your husband has an amazing time and will be super excited to go back!

heathsf
08-28-2011, 09:35 PM
Saturday, August 20 - Part 1

My alarm was set for 3:30 am. Almost everything was packed and I wanted to take a really quick shower before we drove to the airport. Actually, we weren't really driving to the airport, but to an off-site lot just a few miles away. But anyway, I ended up not needing the alarm clock because I was awake at 3:10 and figured I might as well just get up. Oh, did I mention that I hardly slept because I was too excited? BF didn't sleep much either...but that's just because he found it impossible to force himself to go to sleep earlier than 11:30 pm. Or maaaaaaybeeee he was just a teeny bit excited himself, although he never admitted that. I woke him up at 3:40 and he certainly didn't look excited at that point. :confused3

Our flight was leaving Newark Airport at 6:30 am. The plan was to be in the car by 4 am. We were actually in the car at 4:10. Not too bad. But we also decided at the very last minute to stop at the 24-hour Shop Rite and grab a box of cereal to put into little sandwich bags and eat as breakfast/an early morning snack while we're waiting at the rope drops :goodvibes This detour ended up taking a few more minutes than I thought it would and we weren't actually on our way to Newark until 4:30 am, the time I had expected we would be parking and taking the shuttle to the airport. I had left plenty of cushion room in our original plans so I wasn't too worried yet.

As expected, there wasn't any traffic but once we got onto the turnpike, my gas light came on. I don't know how I didn't notice the day before that I had no gas in my tank! And now that we were on the turnpike, we wouldn't be passing any gas stations. I knew somewhere in my mind that we had more than enough gas to make it there...but somewhere else in my mind I started imagining my car sputtering and dying in the middle of the road, and being stuck there until after our flight would be leaving for Florida without us! Of course, that didn't happen. But I did manage to get lost on the way to the parking lot. This was another 10 minute detour as I couldn't figure out how to safely U-turn on whatever highway I had ended up on. We got there eventually and it only took a minute to drop off the car key and hop into the shuttle. We were at the airport only 5 minutes later at 5:10 am.

Next obstacle: checking baggage. There were crazy long lines both inside at the Continental desks and outside at curbside check-in. We opted for curbside and stood on line for 20 long minutes while I obsessively counted the people in front of us, counted the number of attendants checking bags, and counted the minutes ticking by on my watch. I was seriously worrying that we wouldn't be permitted to check our bags if we were within an hour of the flight. BF, however, was totally cool and relaxed. Or just too tired to even notice what was going on around him.

Once we finally checked our bags I rushed into the airport to security (it was good practice for getting fastpasses for Toy Story Mania later in the week) but thankfully the line for security was fairly short and moving quickly. We arrived at our gate just 10 minutes before boarding was supposed to start. I was so relieved we weren't late that it took me a moment to comprehend what was displayed on the sign at the gate.

"Flight CO 1647
Departing at: 6:30 am
Now at: 8:20 am"

Whaaaaatttt!!??!!?? My first thought was, "Okay, this must mean that we're going to land earlier than expected. We'll be in Orlando at 8:20 instead of 8:58." But then I remembered that airlines would never post anything like that and it must mean we were delayed. I asked the woman standing next to me and she confirmed it. All that rushing and stressing and we would now have to wait at the gate for 2 hours! :headache: Apparently lots of flights had been cancelled the night before due to strong thunderstorms and this was pushing back flights today.

I checked the flight status on my phone because I knew they sometimes posted the reason for the delay on there. How did I know this? Because my flight to Disney World in January was delayed 3 times before it was ultimately cancelled because the flight had no crew. It had been the day after a huge snow storm and even though the weather was fine that day, things were just too backed up from the previous day's cancellations.

So I checked my phone and found that the reason for the delay was "awaiting arrival of crew." Uh-oh. This made me veerryyyyy nervous. Could this really happen to me twice in a year? I happened to glance over at the empty gate next to us and saw that that flight, which had been scheduled to leave around the same time as us, had been cancelled. At this point I was convinced that we wouldn't be making it to Disney World that day. I was expecting the flight to be pushed back again, and again, and eventually be cancelled. I was devastated. BF thought I was being way too pessimistic but I just couldn't shake the feeling that things were not going to end well. Every time an announcement was made at the gate I thought for sure they were about to tell us the flight was cancelled. Most of the time they were just asking for a specific customer to come to the desk. After 40 agonizing minutes of waiting, they did eventually make an announcement about our flight. They apologized for the delay and announced that the crew had arrived and we would not be as delayed as they originally thought. They asked us not to leave the gate because we would start boarding in just 20 minutes at 6:50 am. :woohoo: Woohoo!!! I was *SO* happy to be wrong! Most people started clapping and cheering at this point and I was one of them. BF was still half asleep.

We didn't actually board until 7:15 but I was just so happy to be going! We took off at 8 o'clock on the dot. It was a very short, very smooth flight. I only slept for about 20 minutes but BF slept through most of the flight. At 10 am, we had arrived in Orlando!

Up Next: An update with PICTURES! I *promise*!

IheartDDuck
08-28-2011, 09:40 PM
I'm joining. I'm excited to hear how the first timer liked it. I'm taking a first timer myself in October.

I'm glad your flight wasn't delayed the way they thought it was going to be. That would have stunk. I'm like you. Whenever a flight gets delayed even a little, I have visions of cancellations.

heathsf
08-28-2011, 09:45 PM
I'm joining. I'm excited to hear how the first timer liked it. I'm taking a first timer myself in October.

I'm glad your flight wasn't delayed the way they thought it was going to be. That would have stunk. I'm like you. Whenever a flight gets delayed even a little, I have visions of cancellations.

:welcome: Thanks for joining! If I had to wait two hours at that gate I would have gone crazy expecting the worst! It makes me feel a little better knowing that I'm not the only one! :lmao:

PixieMama
08-28-2011, 09:46 PM
Whew! That was some start to your trip... but glad it all worked out in the end! :goodvibes

LOL, I would've been stressing, too... and my DH would've been the same as your BF, trying to get me to chill out! They just don't know how stressful it is when plans go awry!

heathsf
08-28-2011, 10:16 PM
Saturday, August 20 - Part 2

We were sitting near the back of the plane so we were one of the last people to get off. I figured many (if not most) of the people on our flight would be heading to the Magical Express and they would be getting on line ahead of us. I accepted this and figured there was no reason to be rushing through the airport to get there. We skipped baggage claim and I told BF to go ahead and get on line while I went to the bathroom. I figured he wouldn't even be at the desk before I got back.

Well, no one had to stop at the desk to check-in before getting on line for the bus. This was different than every other time I had used ME. When I got out of the bathroom, he was just being directed to the Pop Century line. There were two CMs checking vouchers and showing people were to go.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3537.jpg

And I was right about all the people who would be ahead of us.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3538.jpg

Except they weren't just from our flight. This was by far the most crowded I had ever seen this waiting area. In February, during President's Week, there were ZERO lines here to wait to board the bus. We even had to wait on the bus for about 15 minutes for it to fill up. I was pretty surprised to see lines this long.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3540.jpg

Our line twisted around a few times before actually leading out the door to the bus. They had some TVs around to keep us entertained.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3539.jpg

After standing in one place for a while, the line finally started moving quickly. We boarded the bus at 10:45. I was very happy to be on an official Magical Express bus and not a plain yellow Mears bus.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3541.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3542.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3543.jpg

Soon we were on our way and the Welcome video began playing. BF was totally into it. I was so excited at this point I could hardly contain myself. I took a covert picture of BF watching the video. See how focused he is? :rotfl2:
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3544.jpg

Some sequential photos of us approaching "the sign":
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3545.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3546.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3547.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3548.jpg

I just couldn't believe we were actually in Disney World! I had been waiting for this moment for almost an entire year and it had finally arrived! Even BF seemed excited at this point! :woohoo:

Not long after that we were arriving at Pop Century.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3550.jpg

Good thing we did online check-in. There was no one on line ahead of us, yet the line for the regular check-in was quite long.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3551.jpg

At first, the CM checking us in told us that our room wasn't ready. :sad1: Then she disappeared for a few minutes and came back to tell us that it was! :banana: I'm not sure what changed while she was gone but I didn't care! It wouldn't have been a big deal if the room wasn't ready, but it was very convenient that it was! Now we could change our clothes and put on sunscreen in our own bathroom instead of the main building's bathroom. We also didn't have to worry about leaving our carry-ons at luggage assistance.

We were in the 50's section, building 3, first floor. I'd always been on upper levels in the past so this was a nice change. We had no view whatsoever (except for a few bushes) but that was okay with me! Our room was right behind Tramp, very close to the bowling pin pool. I was very happy with it. We didn't get a King bed but that's okay. This picture is misleading, there are actually two full beds in the room but since we had already dumped all our stuff on the other bed, I strategically left it out of the picture :goodvibes
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%201/IMG_3552.jpg

I'm going to pause now to post some Pop Century pictures that I took over the course of the week. Then I'll continue where we left off...

Up Next: A quick look at Pop Century

heathsf
08-28-2011, 10:48 PM
A Few Pictures of Pop Century

Here is the front entrance:
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%202011%20TR%20-%20Pop%20Pictures/IMG_4967.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%202011%20TR%20-%20Pop%20Pictures/IMG_4966.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%202011%20TR%20-%20Pop%20Pictures/IMG_4969.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%202011%20TR%20-%20Pop%20Pictures/IMG_4971.jpg

The bus stops from a distance:
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%202011%20TR%20-%20Pop%20Pictures/IMG_4970.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%202011%20TR%20-%20Pop%20Pictures/IMG_4894.jpg

I assume this is how they transport luggage while keeping with the theme. Gotta love that attention to detail:
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%202011%20TR%20-%20Pop%20Pictures/IMG_4965.jpg

Check-in area:
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%202011%20TR%20-%20Pop%20Pictures/IMG_4963.jpg

Place for kids to be entertained while waiting to check-in:
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%202011%20TR%20-%20Pop%20Pictures/IMG_4964.jpg

Entrance to gift shop/food court:
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%202011%20TR%20-%20Pop%20Pictures/IMG_4962.jpg

Area by our room:
(I apologize for the poor picture quality, I didn't realize how foggy my lens was from the humidity when I took these)
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Bowling Pin Pool:
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Our room:
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Movie night at the Hippy Dippy Pool:
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Early morning painting touch-ups:
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Construction on the Art of Animation Resort:
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Up Next: We head to our first park of the trip

jessiegirl84
08-29-2011, 05:13 AM
Just joining in now :) cant wait to read all about you trip'

heathsf
08-29-2011, 07:39 AM
Just joining in now :) cant wait to read all about you trip'

:welcome: Thanks for joining in! :goodvibes

PixieMama
08-29-2011, 08:46 AM
I think the "foggy" pics are kinda cool! :thumbsup2

Love seeing all the photos... especially since I'll be staying there for the 1st time soon!

heathsf
08-29-2011, 08:58 AM
Saturday, August 20 - Part 3

We quickly changed into shorts and put on sunscreen, then headed for the bus stop. It was pretty empty so we waited on a bench under the fans instead of by the curb.
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After just a few minutes, a Magic Kingdom bus pulled up and we were on our way! We arrived at MK at 12:00 pm, only 3 hours after the park opened. We pretty much had a full day ahead of us! :goodvibes
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It took just a minute to have my bag checked and go through the turnstiles and then we were walking down Main Street! I kept reminding BF to make sure he takes in his surroundings and all the attention to detail.
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BF's first EVER picture in front of the castle!
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Hmm...I think I forgot to say "smile!"

The first thing we did was head to Frontierland to get FP for Splash Mountain.
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The standby wait time for Splash Mountain was 75 minutes at 12:30 pm. Our FP return time was for 1:45 pm. Exactly 75 minutes later. Funny how that works out. Now, what to do with our 75 minutes since we didn't have to wait on line? Well, BF would be going on his first ride at Disney World! I pulled out my phone to consult the Lines app and see what the reported wait times were. Pirates of the Caribbean was posted as a 20 minute wait and since it was pretty close to where we were and it was a ride that BF was looking forward to, it was chosen as our first ride of the vacation! We made our way back to Adventureland and saw Jack Sparrow before we even got on the ride!
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It turned out to only be a 15 minute wait but anyway, it's certainly not a boring queue to walk through. While on line I just had to say, "You've never seen any waiting areas at Six Flags that look like this, have you?" and "Look at all this attention to detail. Six Flags would never do anything like that!" I just couldn't help myself...

I was so happy that BF really enjoyed the ride. He knew it was a classic and he appreciated how groundbreaking the technology was at the time that the ride opened. He enjoyed all the details and the storyline too. Hooray!

Now it was time for lunch. I had told BF about some of the counter-service options and the food they had at each but he wanted me to choose. So I did. We went to Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square. I had heard good things about the food and the views from the upstairs seating.

This is a picture of the downstairs seating:
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I ordered the fried shrimp and fries with chocolate cake for dessert.
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BF ordered chicken & fish and fries with an apple crisp for dessert.
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The shrimp was tasty but there was much more breading than shrimp which made it very filling. It came with a cocktail sauce that was pretty good. For the last couple of shrimp, I peeled off the breading and just dipped the [tiny] shrimp in the cocktail sauce because I couldn't bear to eat any more friend breading. I had had this chocolate cake before and it is very very chocolatey. Chocolate cake with chocolate icing. I have a hard time handling that much chocolate at once but other than that, the cake is pretty good for what it is.

BF finished his whole plate (and a few of my shrimp too). He enjoyed his meal including the apple crisp, although he did comment that it wasn't very crispy. This lunch would have cost us $32 and change but we used 2 counter-service credits from the dining plan.

By the time we finished lunch, it was just about 1:45 so we could get another FP. BF chose Space Mountain so we headed to Tomorrowland. The return time was 2:45, only an hour later. I was pleasantly surprised that both FP we had picked up that day had return times less than 2 hours in the future. It looked like we would be able to do a lot.

Next we did the People Mover which really never has a wait longer than a minute or two, if it even has a wait at all. The entrance can be difficult to find if you don't know where it is. It's in the center of Tomorrowland, underneath Astro Orbiter (but next to the entrance to Astro Orbiter), just behind The Lunching Pad. Look for this sign:
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Here's where the escalator takes you up:
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I LOVE this ride! I had always enjoyed it, but I discovered that I truly love love love it on my last trip with my mom. I think we rode it four or five times on that trip. It's especially fun at night when Tomorrowland is all lit up. But anyway, I instructed BF to pay attention since he would be getting a tour of Tomorrowland. I also thought it was fun that we had *just* gotten FP for Space Mountain and now he was going to get a sneak preview of it!

BF didn't enjoy the ride as much as I do, but he did like it.

I figured at this point we could do another attraction in Tomorrowland that wouldn't have a long wait in the afternoon. I asked BF if he would rather do Carousel of Progress or Monsters Inc Laugh Floor. He chose neither. Instead we ventured into Fantasyland to see Mickey's Philharmagic, another one of my favorites. It was posted as a 5 minute wait but we walked right into the waiting area just outside the theater. It was only a few minutes before the doors opened. I was *thrilled* to see BF smiling and laughing through the show. Afterwards he said, "That was really cool!" :cheer2: He was genuinely enthusiastic! He said it was waaaay better than he was expecting it to be and he really liked it a lot!!!! :woohoo: Oh my gosh I was *soooo* flipping excited that he liked it that much! Even now as I write about it, I'm all excited and giddy!

After this we decided to use our FP for Splash Mountain so we headed back to Frontierland. It had been really hot but there were some dark clouds rolling in at this point:
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BF liked this ride a lot (It's another one of my favorites, did I mention that already? Is there a limit to how many favorite rides a person is allowed to have at Disney World?). We had asked to sit in the front because we were really hot and wanted to get wet. We didn't really need to worry about that though, because by the time our log took us back outside for the drop, it was raining. And by the time we reaching the loading area to exit the ride, they were announcing that it would be closed due to the weather. By the time we got outside to look at our ride photo, it was POURING!

Ride photo:
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Pouring rain:
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I know that torrential rain storms are normal for a Florida afternoon but WOW was it coming down! We waited for 25 minutes underneath the overhang at Splash Mountain before it had slowed down enough for us to venture out into it. It was still raining pretty hard though. The area near the FP machines for SM had turned into a little lake. People were standing there with water past their ankles! We ran next door to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to get FP for later. There were soooo many people huddled in that area trying to stay dry that I really couldn't get close to the FP machine. I ended up handing our cards to the person next to me, who handed them to the person next to him, who stuck them into the FP machine for us and then passed everything back. Then we ran off to the nearest store to buy ponchos.

Up Next: Another ride and then an absolutely delicious dinner

heathsf
08-29-2011, 09:02 AM
I think the "foggy" pics are kinda cool! :thumbsup2

Love seeing all the photos... especially since I'll be staying there for the 1st time soon!

You'll love it. It's just great for the price. It's fun, cute, and clean...what else do you need? The funny thing about the foggy pictures is that the same thing happened when I put my sunglasses on first thing in the morning. I couldn't see because they just immediately fogged up!

TinkerbellBby
08-29-2011, 09:11 AM
I'm late, but I'm in ;). Lovin' the TR so far :goodvibes!

teekathepony
08-29-2011, 09:21 AM
Hi! I'm joining in, sounds like a great TR in the making. When I first took my DH it was the same story, he was pretty skeptical about the whole thing, now he never wants to go anywhere else!

FosterA
08-29-2011, 10:01 AM
Saturday, August 20 - Part 3


I figured at this point we could do another attraction in Tomorrowland that wouldn't have a long wait in the afternoon. I asked BF if he would rather do Carousel of Progress or Monsters Inc Laugh Floor. He chose neither. Instead we ventured into Fantasyland to see Mickey's Philharmagic, another one of my favorites. It was posted as a 5 minute wait but we walked right into the waiting area just outside the theater. It was only a few minutes before the doors opened. I was *thrilled* to see BF smiling and laughing through the show. Afterwards he said, "That was really cool!" :cheer2: He was genuinely enthusiastic! He said it was waaaay better than he was expecting it to be and he really liked it a lot!!!! :woohoo: Oh my gosh I was *soooo* flipping excited that he liked it that much! Even now as I write about it, I'm all excited and giddy!


Up Next: Another ride and then an absolutely delicious dinner

Yay!!! loving the report so far. Great details!!!
Ok, I am all excited and giddy now hearing about how he liked Philarmagic. I never made it to this attraction when I went on my solo tour so I'm very curious about it. I think my husband will really like it too!
I want to try to do this our very first night after arrival. This and Haunted Mansion!
thanks for the report, can't wait for more!

TanzUnited99
08-29-2011, 10:27 AM
Hi! I'm joining in and looking forward to hearing more about how DBF enjoyed the trip. We are two first timers going in two weeks and staying at Pop. We have requested the building you guys were staying in. Love all the pics of Pop - can't wait to stay there!

Glad the airport delay wasn't too long and love the MK pics. Can't wait to eat at CHH! :thumbsup2

serene56
08-29-2011, 11:53 AM
We requested 60's first floor or close to elevator since we had 2 people in wheelchairs.

When we checked in each of our rooms were in each building and not really doable- so we got 50's- third floor- so far away from the elevators/stairs
But we managed.
50's was very quiet.

jenneth79
08-29-2011, 12:17 PM
Checking in and caught up on your TR so far!:thumbsup2

Looks like you might be on your way to converting that BF of yours!:lmao: Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip.

And to answer your question, no, one cannot have too many favorite rides at Disney World :)

Leshaface
08-29-2011, 12:54 PM
Omgosh, I started to get worried for you in the beginning...first the gas, then the delay?! :eek: I truly would have started crying after the delay, especially if you had experienced this already. But i'm SO happy it turned out great.

And I have to say that I LOVE that you take pictures, regardless of how big a crowd there is. Like the pictures of the lines at the airport and the crowd at Pop Century. I love to see crowd pictures, but for some reason get embarrassed :laughing: like someone will get mad at me or something. I also love that you take pictures of things that are not so obvious. I've never seen the Pop Century 'suitcases' before! That is so neat!

Your BF looks truly happy on the Splash pic :cloud9:

Can't wait to hear more!!! :yay:

Oh, did you find the Line Waits App to be fairly accurate? I have the Disneyland Wait App that I haven't tried yet, but will try it in November, but just wondering if it's accurate enough to go off of...

NMW
08-29-2011, 02:23 PM
Subscribing

IheartDDuck
08-29-2011, 08:45 PM
There is absolutely no such thing as too many favorite rides at WDW. I have many. I'm totally with you about the Peoplemover too. I love that ride and have loved it since I was four years old. I can go round and round on it.

I'm so glad that your BF is enjoying himself so far. Philharmagic is definitely a great show, so I would hope that he loved that. :goodvibes

heathsf
08-29-2011, 10:32 PM
I'm late, but I'm in ;). Lovin' the TR so far :goodvibes!

:welcome: Thanks so much!

Hi! I'm joining in, sounds like a great TR in the making. When I first took my DH it was the same story, he was pretty skeptical about the whole thing, now he never wants to go anywhere else!

:welcome: Thanks for joining! I'm glad your DH loved Disney so much! How long ago was your first trip together?

Yay!!! loving the report so far. Great details!!!
Ok, I am all excited and giddy now hearing about how he liked Philarmagic. I never made it to this attraction when I went on my solo tour so I'm very curious about it. I think my husband will really like it too!
I want to try to do this our very first night after arrival. This and Haunted Mansion!
thanks for the report, can't wait for more!

You *must* do this on your family trip. It is a great great great 3D show. I could do it over and over again. I forget...did you do Haunted Mansion on your solo trip?

Hi! I'm joining in and looking forward to hearing more about how DBF enjoyed the trip. We are two first timers going in two weeks and staying at Pop. We have requested the building you guys were staying in. Love all the pics of Pop - can't wait to stay there!

Glad the airport delay wasn't too long and love the MK pics. Can't wait to eat at CHH! :thumbsup2

Oh my gosh you're going to have an amazing time! Will you be writing a TR?

heathsf
08-29-2011, 10:41 PM
We requested 60's first floor or close to elevator since we had 2 people in wheelchairs.

When we checked in each of our rooms were in each building and not really doable- so we got 50's- third floor- so far away from the elevators/stairs
But we managed.
50's was very quiet.

I'm surprised that they didn't better accommodate you, especially since you had two people in wheelchairs. And you're right it was very quiet. We didn't even hear anything from the construction site across the lake.

Checking in and caught up on your TR so far!:thumbsup2

Looks like you might be on your way to converting that BF of yours!:lmao: Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip.

And to answer your question, no, one cannot have too many favorite rides at Disney World :)

Thanks for coming over! :goodvibes I just finished catching up on your PTR. Oh, and thanks for answering that question for me, I really enjoyed your response ;)

Omgosh, I started to get worried for you in the beginning...first the gas, then the delay?! :eek: I truly would have started crying after the delay, especially if you had experienced this already. But i'm SO happy it turned out great.

And I have to say that I LOVE that you take pictures, regardless of how big a crowd there is. Like the pictures of the lines at the airport and the crowd at Pop Century. I love to see crowd pictures, but for some reason get embarrassed :laughing: like someone will get mad at me or something. I also love that you take pictures of things that are not so obvious. I've never seen the Pop Century 'suitcases' before! That is so neat!

Your BF looks truly happy on the Splash pic :cloud9:

Can't wait to hear more!!! :yay:

Oh, did you find the Line Waits App to be fairly accurate? I have the Disneyland Wait App that I haven't tried yet, but will try it in November, but just wondering if it's accurate enough to go off of...

I figure I won't be seeing these people again anyway. So what if they think I'm taking weird pictures?? :rotfl: BF on the other hand, I will continue to see and he *does* think I'm weird for taking soooo many seemingly random pictures! :rotfl2: But he doesn't understand how they're going to be used for this TR!!!!

I really only used the "reported wait times" that other people who were in the park posted. And I made sure they were recent, not posted 3 hours ago. I didn't compare all of my actual wait times to Touring Plan's estimates but the few times that I did, they seemed to be fairly accurate.

Did I explain that well enough? Let me know if I confused you.

Subscribing

:welcome: Thanks for joining in!

There is absolutely no such thing as too many favorite rides at WDW. I have many. I'm totally with you about the Peoplemover too. I love that ride and have loved it since I was four years old. I can go round and round on it.

I'm so glad that your BF is enjoying himself so far. Philharmagic is definitely a great show, so I would hope that he loved that. :goodvibes

Yay! :yay: Another Peoplemover fan! It's just so fun and relaxing and there's never a line! You can't beat that combo!

TanzUnited99
08-30-2011, 04:39 AM
Oh my gosh you're going to have an amazing time! Will you be writing a TR?

Thanks for adding to my excitement!!! I soo can't wait!!! :banana:

Will def be writing a TR and have a PTR going - feel free to come and say hi. Don't worry - it has been going for a long time (at one point it felt like this trip would never get here! :rotfl:) so don't feel like you have to read all of it!

heathsf
08-30-2011, 07:29 AM
Thanks for adding to my excitement!!! I soo can't wait!!! :banana:

Will def be writing a TR and have a PTR going - feel free to come and say hi. Don't worry - it has been going for a long time (at one point it felt like this trip would never get here! :rotfl:) so don't feel like you have to read all of it!


Going to check it out now! :goodvibes

teekathepony
08-30-2011, 07:35 AM
:welcome: Thanks for joining! I'm glad your DH loved Disney so much! How long ago was your first trip together?


His first time to WDW was with me in 2008. He had never been anywhere before, and I insisted. Last year he wouldn't even consider going anywhere else for our honeymoon and this year he wanted to surprise me with a trip for our first anniversary! Next year I want to visit friends in Germany but he doesn't want to -- he wants to go back to Disney again! :rotfl:

heathsf
08-30-2011, 07:44 AM
His first time to WDW was with me in 2008. He had never been anywhere before, and I insisted. Last year he wouldn't even consider going anywhere else for our honeymoon and this year he wanted to surprise me with a trip for our first anniversary! Next year I want to visit friends in Germany but he doesn't want to -- he wants to go back to Disney again! :rotfl:

Oh wow! He is a 100% converted Disney Fanatic!!! :goodvibes You must have done an amazing job planning that first trip! :thumbsup2

heathsf
08-30-2011, 09:04 AM
Saturday, August 20 - Part 4

When I last left off, we were running to the nearest store in Frontierland to buy ponchos. While waiting on line (we were certainly not the only people wanting to buy ponchos at the moment) BF decided to see what he'd look like as sheriff of Frontierland :lmao: Note that this hat is waaaay too small to fit on his head!
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I'm not sure why I took a picture of that...but not of him in the poncho :confused: In fact, I don't see any good poncho pictures at all!!! Oh well...

Now that we were [kind of] protected from the rain, we made our way back to Tomorrowland to use our FP for Space Mountain. I was really hoping that it would dry me off because I was pretty wet, especially my sneakers and socks. The FP line took about ten minutes. This was my first time riding SM since it was closed for refurb two years ago. The last time I rode was in 2006. I didn't really love it back then. It was too "jerky" for me and I'm not a huge fan of being in total darkness. As we were walking to the loading area, we saw the new interactive games that had been installed on the regular queue. There was a group of people who were just finishing playing so we really didn't get to see much. After their game ended, the screens all displayed a message telling them to continue moving along the queue. We didn't get to see another game start.

I have to say, I enjoyed the ride much more this time. Maybe it was in my head but the ride felt at least a little smoother than I remembered. I also felt like the ride was faster than before but now I'm pretty sure I was wrong. I just looked it up, and the maximum speed is only 28 mph. They do a great job of making it feel a lot faster.

And it did air dry my body a little bit. When we got off the ride the rain had stopped but I still had a wet spot on my side and my bottom was still pretty wet as well. The worst part still was my sneakers and socks. That bothered me much more than anything else because I knew they wouldn't dry as long as they were on my feet. And I really didn't have the option of taking them off because it was time to go to The Contemporary for dinner! But first we grabbed FP for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin on our way out of the park. The return time was only 30 minutes in the future which drove me crazy because we wouldn't be able to take advantage of getting more FP in just 30 minutes! Well, I did my best to let it go as we exited the park.

We were going to take the monorail but it was closed due to a lightning strike. See, I told you that rainstorm was crazy!! :scared1: So we had to walk instead. Good thing I had BF to lead the way ;)
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(Oh by the way, that's his poncho he's holding)

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The Wave is located next to the check-in desks very near to the front entrance.
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We were a few minutes early for our ADR and they hadn't started seating for dinner yet so we had to wait just a few minutes. Their waiting area is full of very comfortable seating so we didn't mind. BF got up to go to the bar to get a glass of water but one of the very friendly hostesses stopped him and insisted that she would get it for him. We were seated shortly afterwards.

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Menu:
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Our server was *so* friendly. The restaurant was empty when we first sat down but had filled up considerably by the time we left. Even as our waiter became busier, he still paid us plenty of attention. First he brought us multigrain bread and butter with sea salt. Yummy.
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For dinner we both ordered the Beef Tenderloin which was Filet Mignon with Cave Man Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette, Local Tomato and Green Bean Salad, and Fingerling Potatoes $29.99
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I ordered mine cooked medium, BF ordered his medium rare. This was absolutely outstanding! I can usually only handle so much blue cheese before I'm sick of it but the way it was prepared on the meat was just perfect. It was just the right amount of blue cheese to complement the filet. Ohmygosh I just don't know how to express how yummy this was. I LOVED IT!!! BF loved it too although he thinks he would have enjoyed it more if it were cooked medium (instead of medium rare). But he still enjoyed it nonetheless. Here is a photo of him munching on what I believe was a potato. The potatoes and veggies were prepared well too, but the meat was the star of this dish.
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I'm usually not able to finish my entrees but I made an exception tonight. Oh except for those last few potatoes. I decided to sacrifice them in order to make sure I had room for dessert! ;)
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BF checkin' out the dessert menu:
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http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%202/IMG_3611.jpg

I really like how their desserts come as samplers so you get to try a few different things. I ordered the Creamy Indulgence $7.99
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%202/IMG_3614.jpg
(from left to right)
New York Cheesecake with House-made Seasonal Fruit Compote
Coffee Creme Brulee with Chocolate Biscotti
Olive Oil-infused Chocolate Truffle Mousse

Here's a close-up of the mousse. It has these pretty gold flakes on top. It made me feel very fancy. I suppose it made the mousse feel very fancy too.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%202/IMG_3615.jpg

I was not able to identify the fruit on the cheesecake but I didn't love it. I liked the cheesecake better by itself. The coffee creme brulee was excellent but did have a very strong taste of coffee (who would've thought!?). The mousse was definitely my favorite of the three and it was BF's favorite between both of our desserts. Since he enjoyed it so much, I decided to share it with him ;)

BF ordered the American Flavors $7.99
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%202/IMG_3613.jpg
(from left to right)
Key Lime Cube with fresh Citrus Whipped Cream
Mississippi Mud Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Boston Cream Pie

I think he was wishing he had ordered my dessert instead. He liked the mud pie the best of these three, but not as much as he enjoyed my mousse!

This dinner absolutely blew me away. I had eaten at The Wave two years ago and loved it then, but I don't remember loving it THIS much. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you're staying at The Contemporary. I knew The Wave wasn't nearly as popular as Le Cellier, which is where we were eating lunch the next day. I wondered if their steak could really be any better than what I had just had. It wouldn't be too long before I would find out...

Up Next: Returning to Magic Kingdom!

teekathepony
08-30-2011, 09:36 AM
Confession time: I had never heard of The Wave before, and in the last 24 hours I've seen it on 3 different (P)TRs! I wish I had seen it sooner because now I'm itching to try it! Next trip I guess.

I also didn't like SM before the reno, found it awfully jerky but thought it was better after. I thought it might be in my head too, but maybe not if I'm not the only one to think it!

Great update :)

PixieMama
08-30-2011, 10:53 AM
When I started reading your arrival to MK and seeing your pics, I was thinking, "look at all that pretty blue sky"

It didn't take long for that "pretty blue" to turn dark gray! Yikes!

Have never been to The Wave... but after reading about your yummy dinner, I think I'll need to try it!

GaRain
08-30-2011, 11:30 AM
Joining in!
The food at the Wave looked great - except I don't like blue cheese.....but yummy desserts!!!

Leshaface
08-30-2011, 02:17 PM
Geez, I can't believe they closed the monorail down! That's pretty scary.

Omgosh your food looks so good. I'm STARVING right now, almost lunch time. And the desserts you chose were the desserts I would have chosen! :banana:

serene56
08-30-2011, 02:38 PM
ok- let me try again o subscribe to the story.

FosterA
08-30-2011, 08:22 PM
I'm totally keeping up with your TR. As a matter of fact, all day at work I kept dragging on and on and thinking "maybe when I get home there will be more to read on this trip report". :goodvibes It gave me something to look forward to on this otherwise boring Tues.

I love blue cheese and am starving right now so I want to eat my computer screen looking at that steak:laughing:

So at this point the only park BF has been to is MK, right? He really liked Philarmagic but what else did you notice he thought was impressive? Did he like Space or Splash?

Keep it up!

IheartDDuck
08-30-2011, 10:07 PM
That food looks really yummy! I'm so glad that I have a reservation there in October.

Your dessert looked absolutely divine. I think that's what I'm going to have to get.

TanzUnited99
08-31-2011, 08:40 AM
Lol love the photo of BF with the sheriff hat on! :laughing: Glad to read you enjoyed Space Mountain much more this time.

Wow at the monorail being closed due to the weather (crazy stuff!) Sounds like you had a great meal at The Wave - all of the food looks soo yummy :thumbsup2

heathsf
08-31-2011, 08:46 PM
I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to write an update today! I was at my school from 8 - 5:30 cleaning and setting up my classroom. It took me twice as long to get home as it should have because of all the post-Irene traffic (so many roads are still closed), then I ate dinner (chinese food that BF ordered), and went out to buy more stuff for my classroom. And I'm sick too, so all I want to do now is crawl into bed. :sick:

Hopefully I'll have an update posted tomorrow night. Please don't give up on me! :worried:

Oliquig
08-31-2011, 09:04 PM
I have to catch up, I just got power back after the lovely Irene visited here!

First, holy smokes, the rain must have been bad, plus the lightening!

Second, um the food looks amazing! Its so funny that you mentioned that you didn't care for the fruit on the cheesecake, because when I looked at the photo of the menu, the first thing I thought was I would have to find out what the seasonal fruit is before I ordered that!

The idea of popcorn gelato both frightens me and sparks my curiousity. Have a great first day of school!

FosterA
08-31-2011, 09:26 PM
I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to write an update today! I was at my school from 8 - 5:30 cleaning and setting up my classroom. It took me twice as long to get home as it should have because of all the post-Irene traffic (so many roads are still closed), then I ate dinner (chinese food that BF ordered), and went out to buy more stuff for my classroom. And I'm sick too, so all I want to do now is crawl into bed. :sick:

Hopefully I'll have an update posted tomorrow night. Please don't give up on me! :worried:


No worries! get better soon and take your time on your trip report. I know I sometimes go several days before I get a chance to update mine. We've all subscribed and will check in here and there and certainly not give up on ya!

mike the canuck
09-01-2011, 06:48 AM
I am enjoying your report. I took my gf to Disney World last year for the 1st time. It was so much fun watching her reactions :)

TinkerbellBby
09-01-2011, 09:38 AM
First: I can't believe that the monorailw as shut down. I don't think I've even even heard of that before.

Second: The food looked absolutely delicious.

Third: I'm happy to see that your boyfriend is seems to be enjoying Disney more and more in each update :goodvibes.

Can't wait for another update popcorn::!

okw19
09-01-2011, 10:39 AM
I just found your TR and it's great! My fiance *might* be joining my family in January for a week in WDW and I'm so nervous. He's only been once at age 7, and he just doesn't "get it". I'm hoping I can turn him into a Disney lover!

teekathepony
09-01-2011, 11:13 AM
I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to write an update today! I was at my school from 8 - 5:30 cleaning and setting up my classroom. It took me twice as long to get home as it should have because of all the post-Irene traffic (so many roads are still closed), then I ate dinner (chinese food that BF ordered), and went out to buy more stuff for my classroom. And I'm sick too, so all I want to do now is crawl into bed. :sick:

Hopefully I'll have an update posted tomorrow night. Please don't give up on me! :worried:


No giving up here, everyone has a life to live outside of the Dis ;)

glennbo123
09-01-2011, 12:04 PM
Just wanted to chime in to let you know that I'm enjoying your report. Keep up the great work! :)

TanzUnited99
09-01-2011, 01:24 PM
I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to write an update today! I was at my school from 8 - 5:30 cleaning and setting up my classroom. It took me twice as long to get home as it should have because of all the post-Irene traffic (so many roads are still closed), then I ate dinner (chinese food that BF ordered), and went out to buy more stuff for my classroom. And I'm sick too, so all I want to do now is crawl into bed. :sick:

Hopefully I'll have an update posted tomorrow night. Please don't give up on me! :worried:


No need to apologise - just post whenever you are able to do so and we will all still be here and reading along! :grouphug:

Hope the new school year is going well.

Leshaface
09-01-2011, 01:43 PM
I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to write an update today! I was at my school from 8 - 5:30 cleaning and setting up my classroom. It took me twice as long to get home as it should have because of all the post-Irene traffic (so many roads are still closed), then I ate dinner (chinese food that BF ordered), and went out to buy more stuff for my classroom. And I'm sick too, so all I want to do now is crawl into bed. :sick:

Hopefully I'll have an update posted tomorrow night. Please don't give up on me! :worried:


A busy day for you indeed! Do you start school next tuesday? Hope you feel better soon! :goodvibes

heathsf
09-01-2011, 08:40 PM
Confession time: I had never heard of The Wave before, and in the last 24 hours I've seen it on 3 different (P)TRs! I wish I had seen it sooner because now I'm itching to try it! Next trip I guess.

I also didn't like SM before the reno, found it awfully jerky but thought it was better after. I thought it might be in my head too, but maybe not if I'm not the only one to think it!

Great update :)

Okay good so maybe it's not just in my head either! :goodvibes

When I started reading your arrival to MK and seeing your pics, I was thinking, "look at all that pretty blue sky"

It didn't take long for that "pretty blue" to turn dark gray! Yikes!

Have never been to The Wave... but after reading about your yummy dinner, I think I'll need to try it!

I would definitely recommend it. It was so yummy!

Joining in!
The food at the Wave looked great - except I don't like blue cheese.....but yummy desserts!!!

Hmmm I suppose not liking blue cheese would make that dish less appetizing :rotfl: But if I remember correctly, that wasn't even the dish that the waiter recommended. It was some other steak dish, so maybe there is something else there for you! ;)

heathsf
09-01-2011, 08:48 PM
Geez, I can't believe they closed the monorail down! That's pretty scary.

Omgosh your food looks so good. I'm STARVING right now, almost lunch time. And the desserts you chose were the desserts I would have chosen! :banana:

Isn't it so hard looking at food pictures on here when you're hungry? I had already picked out what I wanted to eat for my lunch at Le Cellier months before our trip and was literally drooling over it looking at pictures in TRs.

ok- let me try again o subscribe to the story.

I hope it works! :goodvibes

I'm totally keeping up with your TR. As a matter of fact, all day at work I kept dragging on and on and thinking "maybe when I get home there will be more to read on this trip report". :goodvibes It gave me something to look forward to on this otherwise boring Tues.

I love blue cheese and am starving right now so I want to eat my computer screen looking at that steak:laughing:

So at this point the only park BF has been to is MK, right? He really liked Philarmagic but what else did you notice he thought was impressive? Did he like Space or Splash?

Keep it up!

You're too funny! I'm so happy that you're looking forward to reading my updates :worship: Your comment about eating your computer screen literally made me laugh out loud! :rotfl2:

He liked both Space and Splash and I would have thought he enjoyed Space more because that was the one he preferred to ride again later on (spoiler alert! :lmao:) but I just asked him and he said he liked them both equally...go figure :laughing:

That food looks really yummy! I'm so glad that I have a reservation there in October.

Your dessert looked absolutely divine. I think that's what I'm going to have to get.

Oh I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :goodvibes

Lol love the photo of BF with the sheriff hat on! :laughing: Glad to read you enjoyed Space Mountain much more this time.

Wow at the monorail being closed due to the weather (crazy stuff!) Sounds like you had a great meal at The Wave - all of the food looks soo yummy :thumbsup2

I know! And I was so looking forward to BF getting to ride it for the first time!

heathsf
09-01-2011, 09:02 PM
I have to catch up, I just got power back after the lovely Irene visited here!

First, holy smokes, the rain must have been bad, plus the lightening!

Second, um the food looks amazing! Its so funny that you mentioned that you didn't care for the fruit on the cheesecake, because when I looked at the photo of the menu, the first thing I thought was I would have to find out what the seasonal fruit is before I ordered that!

The idea of popcorn gelato both frightens me and sparks my curiousity. Have a great first day of school!

Oh my gosh, glad you finally got power back! I have heard so many horror stories about this storm. I feel so so so so lucky...I didn't even lose power in my apartment! A lot of towns hear here still don't have all their power restored and some are still flooded! It's just craziness! Did you have any flooding?

I am totally with you on the popcorn gelato! Although I should confess...I *love* the buttered popcorn flavor on jelly belly jelly beans. BF things I'm disgusting for it... So maybe I would like popcorn-flavored gelato! I guess I better book another WDW trip so I can go back and find out!

No worries! get better soon and take your time on your trip report. I know I sometimes go several days before I get a chance to update mine. We've all subscribed and will check in here and there and certainly not give up on ya!

Thanks :hug:

I am enjoying your report. I took my gf to Disney World last year for the 1st time. It was so much fun watching her reactions :)

So what were her reactions!?!? Did she love it!?!? :lovestruc

First: I can't believe that the monorailw as shut down. I don't think I've even even heard of that before.

Second: The food looked absolutely delicious.

Third: I'm happy to see that your boyfriend is seems to be enjoying Disney more and more in each update :goodvibes.

Can't wait for another update popcorn::!

First: I know! I was really looking forward to BF riding the monorail for the first time and he was actually looking forward to it too! When we left the park there were CMs blocking the way saying it was closed. A little while later I saw on Twitter that they were down due to a lightning strike. This was the link that Touring Plans tweeted:
http://blog.touringplans.com/2011/08/20/monorails-down-at-wdw-due-to-lightning-strike/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Second: It was! :thumbsup2

Third: Thanks! I was happy too! :goodvibes

I just found your TR and it's great! My fiance *might* be joining my family in January for a week in WDW and I'm so nervous. He's only been once at age 7, and he just doesn't "get it". I'm hoping I can turn him into a Disney lover!

That will be so fun! It should be pretty empty in January right? That will make for a great first trip! What will determine whether he joins you or not?

No giving up here, everyone has a life to live outside of the Dis ;)

:laughing: Thanks! Life outside the Dis just isn't as fun though... ;)

Just wanted to chime in to let you know that I'm enjoying your report. Keep up the great work! :)

:worship: Thank you!!

No need to apologise - just post whenever you are able to do so and we will all still be here and reading along! :grouphug:

Hope the new school year is going well.

Thank you! :hug:

A busy day for you indeed! Do you start school next tuesday? Hope you feel better soon! :goodvibes

Today was the first day for teachers, tomorrow we have workshops all day, and Tuesday is the first day with students. And thanks, I do feel a bit better today.

heathsf
09-01-2011, 10:29 PM
Saturday, August 20 - Part 5

During dinner we talked about what we had done so far. What I mean is, BF had his first formal interview of the trip:

I started by asking him if Disney World had been what he expected so far. He said the atmosphere in the park was pretty much what he had expected but the rides had been better than he had thought they would be! (:woohoo:) He also said it was more crowded than he had expected (hmm...wonder how he'd feel at Christmas??). He was really enjoying all the attention to detail, "like how they go all-out with theming, even the waiting areas match the theme of the ride." He said POTC was not as corny as he thought it would be and Jack Sparrow looked very real. But he also said he wished he hadn't already seen the Jack Sparrow animatronic on the Behind the Scenes DVD I made him watch so he could've been surprised by it. Oops... :headache: He thought the storyline of Splash Mountain was "weird" but the ride was fun. He said it was "really good for a log flume." He also said [again] that Mickey's Philharmagic was "WAY better than expected."

After our delicious dinner, we headed upstairs to see if the monorails were back up and running but they were not :sad2: Instead I just took a picture of the entrances to:
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Then we started back towards MK. We were happy to see that the sky was once again blue and the massive puddles we had to tiptoe through on our way to the CR had already evaporated!
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3625.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3627.jpg

When we re-entered the park the Walt Disney World Railroad was at the Main Street Station and I thought it would be fun to ride it to Frontierland so we could use our BTMRR FP but we just missed the train by a few seconds. The gates were pretty much closed right in front of us as we got up the stairs. Oh well. I took a few pictures from the top of the station.

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3628.jpg

http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3629.jpg

I pointed out to BF that we could get him a 1st visit pin from guest relations and he was surprisingly all for it! When we got there though, there was a pretty long line out the door. I told him it was okay and we didn't have to wait but he *insisted* that we should! Who was this strange person and what had he done with my BF? I certainly wasn't going to argue! The line moved pretty quickly and when we got to the front I asked the CM for a 1st visit pin for BF. But then, something very surprising happened. BF then asked the CM for a birthday pin for me! :eek: I didn't even know that he knew there was such a thing! Apparently he saw other people wearing birthday pins. (By the way, my birthday had been 4 days before this) I was seriously shocked...not only was he more than willing to wear a first visit pin, but he had thought to get a birthday pin for me! Now I knew for sure I was in a magical place! :rotfl: Here he is showing off his souvenir (which, by the way, he insisted he take home!)
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3630.jpg

We continued down Main Street,
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3635.jpg

and took our first photopass picture.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3638.jpg

So, one of the things BF did *not* enjoy during this trip was taking photopass pictures. Okay to be honest, I didn't always want to stop either but I really wanted to get as many pictures together as possible. He may not have liked it, but he always did it when I asked. I think he'll agree now that it was worth it to have the pictures taken, even if he doesn't agree with the price I paid for it ($99.99 for a pre-order - I honestly can't believe I was willing to pay that much either). By the way, whenever we took photopass pictures, I also gave the photographer my camera. They've always been willing to do this and while the picture quality isn't as good as their official photos, and we don't get any of the magic shots, it's still nice to have on my camera. The picture above was taken by a photopass photographer with my camera. And this reminds me, I should really order the CD this weekend now that I'm done adding my borders and stuff (trying to get my money's worth!).

BF wanted to walk through the castle (again...who is this person!?!?) and we ended up here:
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3641.jpg

The wait time was posted as 15 minutes but there was no line whatsoever. We walked right up to the front doors. While waiting for them to open, I admired the graveyard.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3642.jpg

I wanted to get a picture of her with her eyes open but unfortunately (or not?) the doors opened right away and we moved right in to the stretch room. Even though I didn't get a picture of her eyes open, BF at least saw it and thought it was cool. He liked the ride, although he of course had to comment that it wasn't really scary, but he thought the special effects were really cool, including the stretch room. I love love love the HM so I was really glad that BF enjoyed it. I realized later that night that I didn't even look at the new interactive queue! :headache:

Next we walked back to Frontierland to get another FP for Splash Mountain. BF would have preferred to get another FP for Space Mountain but that would have meant criss-crossing the park and he wasn't up for that, plus I really wanted to ride Splash during the MSEP. I didn't make a note of what the standby wait was at the time we got the FP, but the return time was at 8:10 pm, only 35 minutes away.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3643.jpg

Then we walked next door to use our FP for BTMRR. And we certainly weren't alone.
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3645.jpg
Ha! I just noticed BF in the lower left corner of the photo. I wonder what he's looking at...

40 minute standby wait
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The FP line moved quickly though and before long we were boarding the wildest ride in the wilderness!
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3649.jpg

I'll admit that BTMRR is pretty tame compared to Six Flags' rollercoasters but the theming of course makes it a fabulous ride. And it's so much fun! BF liked it but didn't seem like he loved it. Pfft, oh well, can't win 'em all.

After our ride we found ourselves in Adventureland once again. And would you look at this:
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/August%20TR%20-%20Saturday%20Part%204/IMG_3654.jpg

A line out the door for the Tiki Room!!!! :scared1: It had reopened a few days ago after the fire that closed it back in January and it is no longer under new management. It is now called "Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room" and apparently it is reminiscent of the original attraction. I hope I don't offend anyone by saying that I wouldn't be waiting on line to see it...

Instead we headed to the Jungle Cruise which had a 15 minute wait time posted. This would be my first time riding it at night.
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I think we waited just about that, if not a few minutes more. Our skipper was in training so we had 2 other CM riding with us. I might not have noticed if we weren't sitting right in the front. One of the CMs would whisper things to the skipper from time to time and once she even turned the wheel for him which I thought was strange because I thought the boat was on a track... Anyway, our skipper delivered all of his lines with very overt sarcasm which I honestly didn't enjoy. He almost sounded like he was annoyed to be saying them. I think the jokes are much funnier when they're delivered enthusiastically. But that's just my opinion. Maybe he was nervous. I'm sure it's a very difficult job. I know I couldn't entertain a boat-load of people like that.

Even though I was disappointed with the narration, the Jungle Cruise is still the Jungle Cruise and it's a classic that can't be missed. BF disagreed however. He really didn't like it at all. It probably didn't help that this had been our longest wait so far and it was disappointing. Oh well...

Up Next: More things at Magic Kingdom that BF liked more than the Jungle Cruise!

Leshaface
09-01-2011, 11:39 PM
What kind of camera do you have? It takes GREAT, clear pictures! :thumbsup2

:lmao: DH LOVED Mickey's Philharmagic too! He couldn't stop talking about it once we got off! I'm so glad your BF liked it!

And how sweet of him to ask for a birthday pin for you!

I must be really behind on WDW attractions...there's an interactive queue at the Haunted Mansion now? I knew there was one for Space Mountain, but not for the HM. And what's this fire you speak of at the Tiki Room (should have stayed closed IMO :lmao: JK of course)

teekathepony
09-02-2011, 07:51 AM
So sweet of him to think of a birthday pin for you!
I first saw the Tiki Room when I was 5, and remembered being so bored that I've never gone back! Haha, maybe I'll try it this trip.
I've never done the Jungle Cruise at night! I think I'm going to have to do that!
Great update :)

mike the canuck
09-02-2011, 08:43 AM
So what were her reactions!?!? Did she love it!?!? :lovestruc





It was funny to secretly watch her during Its Tough To Be a Bug when
the bugs crawl underneath you. lol. And her reaction to Soarin was awesome. She enjoyed it so much :) Same with the Rockin' Rollercoaster :) she loved it

zigzagzerr
09-02-2011, 10:27 AM
Hooray! I'm having such a good time following along on your trip report, because we were there at the same time!! :cool1:

We were at MK on Saturday too! Bet you anything we probably crossed paths once or twice. When the skies opened up, we were just coming out of the Carousel of Progress -- that was crazy rain, just buckets coming down! After making a mad dash to Space Mountain and a soggy ride, we bought our ponchos too. They sure came in handy for the week.

I'm glad you and BF had such a great time, and I'm looking forward to hearing more!! :hippie:

HuskerFaninIL
09-02-2011, 11:06 AM
Great TR, we are going for our firstbtime in 19 days. So im excitedd to see your BFs first trip.

okw19
09-02-2011, 11:21 AM
That will be so fun! It should be pretty empty in January right? That will make for a great first trip! What will determine whether he joins you or not?

Yes, January is an awesome time to go as far as crowds are concerned. I know he would like it more then since it won't be as busy. I couldn't imagine taking him in the summer or at Christmas. We are waiting to see if he will be able to get off work and what the money situation is like. My family will be paying for DD and me, but they can't really pick up his ticket and all of his food when we will already have a group of 7 without him. He might just drive down from NC with us and fly back mid-week.

Sounds like the return to MK was successful! How sweet that he got you a birthday button! :lovestruc

FosterA
09-02-2011, 09:52 PM
Love your detailed report!

I love how you gave BF his "first formal interview" :lmao: I'm going to do that for my whole family after our first night!

So sweet how he got into the buttons. That's pretty cool!

I did go on Haunted Mansion when I went on my solo trip and I LOVED it, probably my very most favorite in all of MK! I also really liked Jungle Cruise and heard it was better at night. Did you prefer the night or when you've gone in the day before?

That's great about how so many are impressed by Philarmagic. I have not been in that yet and am very curious now after hearing so much about it! If your BF was impressed, I'm sure my husband will be because they sound very similar. The only 3-D type movie I saw while at WDW is the Bug one at Animal Kingdom and I was very impressed by that. Is the Philarmagic equally had detailed and vivid?

Glad you are feeling better by the way!

TanzUnited99
09-03-2011, 06:57 AM
Lol at having a formal interview about the trip! Love the idea and may have to borrow it to see if our trip has as much success! :thumbsup2

Aaw that is sweet of DBF to get you a birthday pin after seeing other people wear it.

Yay on getting a lot done on your return - the line of the Tiki room sure looks scary! Oh no on not having a great skipper on Jungle Cruise - that is such a bummer!

heathsf
09-03-2011, 08:38 AM
What kind of camera do you have? It takes GREAT, clear pictures! :thumbsup2

:lmao: DH LOVED Mickey's Philharmagic too! He couldn't stop talking about it once we got off! I'm so glad your BF liked it!

And how sweet of him to ask for a birthday pin for you!

I must be really behind on WDW attractions...there's an interactive queue at the Haunted Mansion now? I knew there was one for Space Mountain, but not for the HM. And what's this fire you speak of at the Tiki Room (should have stayed closed IMO :lmao: JK of course)

My camera is a Cannon PowerShot SD1400IS and I really love my daytime pictures. Nighttime isn't as great though and I have to be very careful to hold the camera still and sometimes I still can't get a good picture as you'll see in my next update :rotfl:

About HM queue - it opened in the last few months. It was still all covered up when I was there in February.
http://www.onlywdworld.com/2011/06/new-haunted-mansion-queue-at-magic.html

Now after reading that I'm even more upset I missed this! Oh well...this just means I have to go back!

And the tiki room fire was small but some of the animatronics were destroyed.

So sweet of him to think of a birthday pin for you!
I first saw the Tiki Room when I was 5, and remembered being so bored that I've never gone back! Haha, maybe I'll try it this trip.
I've never done the Jungle Cruise at night! I think I'm going to have to do that!
Great update :)

I really don't remember how many times I've seen the Tiki Room or when the last time was and it just doesn't stand out in my mind at all. I would have seen the new show if there was no line and BF was willing, but he just wasn't interested at all.

It was funny to secretly watch her during Its Tough To Be a Bug when
the bugs crawl underneath you. lol. And her reaction to Soarin was awesome. She enjoyed it so much :) Same with the Rockin' Rollercoaster :) she loved it

Haha I felt like I was (maybe not-so-secretly) watching my BF during every ride to see his reactions. I'm glad she had fun and you guys had a great trip!

Hooray! I'm having such a good time following along on your trip report, because we were there at the same time!! :cool1:

We were at MK on Saturday too! Bet you anything we probably crossed paths once or twice. When the skies opened up, we were just coming out of the Carousel of Progress -- that was crazy rain, just buckets coming down! After making a mad dash to Space Mountain and a soggy ride, we bought our ponchos too. They sure came in handy for the week.

I'm glad you and BF had such a great time, and I'm looking forward to hearing more!! :hippie:

How funny we were there on the same day! I'm sure we must have crossed paths because I felt like I was all over the park all day. What were the dates of your trip? We may have crossed paths on other days too!

Great TR, we are going for our firstbtime in 19 days. So im excitedd to see your BFs first trip.

Thank you! You're going to have an *amazing* time!! Are you staying on-property?

Yes, January is an awesome time to go as far as crowds are concerned. I know he would like it more then since it won't be as busy. I couldn't imagine taking him in the summer or at Christmas. We are waiting to see if he will be able to get off work and what the money situation is like. My family will be paying for DD and me, but they can't really pick up his ticket and all of his food when we will already have a group of 7 without him. He might just drive down from NC with us and fly back mid-week.

Sounds like the return to MK was successful! How sweet that he got you a birthday button! :lovestruc

Well I hope he joins you for at least part! And if not...you'll just have to plan another trip with him! :goodvibes

Love your detailed report!

I love how you gave BF his "first formal interview" :lmao: I'm going to do that for my whole family after our first night!

So sweet how he got into the buttons. That's pretty cool!

I did go on Haunted Mansion when I went on my solo trip and I LOVED it, probably my very most favorite in all of MK! I also really liked Jungle Cruise and heard it was better at night. Did you prefer the night or when you've gone in the day before?

That's great about how so many are impressed by Philarmagic. I have not been in that yet and am very curious now after hearing so much about it! If your BF was impressed, I'm sure my husband will be because they sound very similar. The only 3-D type movie I saw while at WDW is the Bug one at Animal Kingdom and I was very impressed by that. Is the Philarmagic equally had detailed and vivid?

Glad you are feeling better by the way!

I'm not sure if I prefer day or night for JC. I really think the skipper makes or breaks the whole experience more so than the time of day. But I had also heard that lots of people prefer it at night. I wonder why that is.

If you liked It's Tough to be a Bug, you will no doubt love Philharmagic. It's good to do in the afternoon because the lines really don't get long. The usual wait is just until the next show which is maybe every 15 min or so. But definitely do it!

Lol at having a formal interview about the trip! Love the idea and may have to borrow it to see if our trip has as much success! :thumbsup2

Aaw that is sweet of DBF to get you a birthday pin after seeing other people wear it.

Yay on getting a lot done on your return - the line of the Tiki room sure looks scary! Oh no on not having a great skipper on Jungle Cruise - that is such a bummer!

You should definitely talk about the things you've done and take notes. You will have lots of people waiting to hear all the details of your trip! And you're going so soon! :yay:

heathsf
09-03-2011, 10:05 AM
Saturday, August 20 - Part 6

After Jungle Cruise, we crossed through the hub on our way to Tomorrowland.
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I tried to take a picture of the sign but I totally moved my camera while taking it and got this:
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I love Tomorrowland at night.
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We headed here to use our FP.
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I didn't take a picture of our scores, perhaps because BF had beat me by so much. :sad2: I was a Space Ranger 1st Class and he was a Planetary Pilot. And he was *very* excited about this. Well, I was just happy he had fun!
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You can see in the picture, he put his glasses on for this! And it's no wonder I lost! I don't look like I'm even aiming at anything!

After saving the galaxy from the Evil Emperor Zurg we needed to relax a little bit so we went on the People Mover again. BF didn't particularly want to do this again but I did and of course there was absolutely no line. I know I already wrote that I love this ride, but I need to say it again. I love this ride. :lovestruc It's especially fun at night when there's a dance party going on in Tomorrowland.

Next we moved on to Fantasyland.
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We continued through Fantasyland to check on the status of Peter Pan's Flight. There was still a long standby wait (although I didn't write down what it was...shame on me) and FP had all been distributed for the day. As cute as Peter Pan is, it's very short and in my opinion (for two adults) not worth waiting more than 15 or 20 minutes for. We skipped it for now and went across the way to the happiest cruise that ever sailed!
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BF looks thrilled, right? He wasn't overly excited to ride this. But he knew it was a classic and he couldn't come to Disney World and not ride it! I always enjoy it and the music really doesn't bother me. I especially love the glitter everywhere. I think it's so pretty :goodvibes
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BF said IASW was just okay and kind of creepy. He's probably not alone on that.

At this point the MSEP had started on Main Street and was slowly making it's way toward Frontierland. Neither of us wanted to stand around and watch it so we decided to go in the same direction, to Frontierland. I wanted to ride Splash Mountain during the parade because you can see the floats moving down the street from up there and it's very pretty at night. If you're actually interested in watching the parade, then this idea is not for you.

As we walked through Frontierland we got to see a couple of floats. They're so pretty all lit up and I really like the MSEP music. But I honestly get bored of watching pretty quickly. BF was impressed by them but still didn't want to watch the whole thing. So we continued on and used our FP for Splash Mountain although we really didn't need to. There was no line. At all. We had our own log all to ourselves. I of course got into the front row, and BF started getting into the second row behind me! He's such a character that one. I yelled at him and he got into the first row with me.
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Here's a not-so-great picture of a MSEP float as viewed from the beginning of Splash Mountain when you're outside for a few seconds. I just think it's cool to see the lit-up floats from up there.
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Look at us all lonely in our log :lmao:
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Now it was time to find a viewing spot for Wishes. We were well aware that we wouldn't have a very good spot because it was so close to starting. We took a seat on the Liberty Square side of the Castle which seemed like a pretty decent spot when the shooting stars were flying over the castle in the beginning.
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However once the actual fireworks started we couldn't see them so we moved around towards the front closer to the hub and ended up in a somewhat decent spot. Some of the fireworks were behind the trees but we could still see them. This was fine for us but was in no way, shape, or form an ideal viewing location. If seeing Wishes is important to you, make sure you get your spot early!
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BF liked Wishes a lot. I thought he would find it corny but he didn't say anything about that. I was really happy that he liked it. After it ended we waited in our spot for a few minutes and watched while most people on Main Street headed for the exit. We wanted to see the Magic, Memories, and You light show on the castle since we had missed the earlier one. After Wishes, it's very easy to find a good spot right in front of the Castle to watch this. We had no problem finding a chair outside The Plaza where we could relax and have a great view of the castle. By the time the show started, there were still plenty of empty chairs. We weren't really that close where we could see all the photographs in detail but that was okay. I was very happy to be sitting in a chair at this point because my still-wet socks were irritating the backs of my ankles and I could feel blisters forming. I had put band-aids on earlier but they kept getting wet and falling off.

Here's a picture. Sorry it's very dark.
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BF really loved this. He couldn't stop talking about how cool the effects were. It made me so happy to hear. BF noticed the Ice Cream Shop right behind us afterwards and wanted to get something. The line had been way out the door right when Wishes had ended but it was shorter now. We waited a few minutes to order and a few more to get our ice cream floats but it wasn't too bad of a wait. My float had root beer and BF had coke, both with vanilla ice cream. He really loves floats but it's not usually something I order. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't still so full from dinner. We used 2 snack credits for these.
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We drank our floats while we exited the park. Gotta love Main Street at night.
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When we got outside the turnstiles we saw crazy crazy crazy lines for buses! The monorail was still not operating and there was a line for the bus to the TTC that went back all the way past the end of the bus stop. And it was the furthest bus stop from the park entrance - if you can picture that. I had NEVER seen a line like that for a bus. It was absolutely insane. I can't believe I don't have any pictures of it either. At first I thought it was the line for Pop Century, in which case I would have definitely looked for an alternative way to get back. Even if it meant taking a cab. I was relieved to find out it wasn't the Pop line (and I felt so bad for all the people who were stuck standing on it) but it turned out the line for Pop Century was pretty crazy as well. It was definitely the longest line for a bus I had ever waited on. It was 11:10 pm when we got on line. My feet were really hurting from my stupid wet socks and I really just wanted to get back to the hotel and sleep. We played 20 questions while we were on line and BF kept thinking of Disney related things :laughing: This made me feel a little better. I don't know why I didn't write down the time we finally got back to Pop Century but when we got closer to the actual loading area (our line started way back nowhere close to the actual stop, and we waited a long time before we even got to start looping back and forth in that area, if you know what I mean) a few buses came in a row and things moved quicker. I would estimate that we were on line for at least 40 minutes before getting on a bus. I can't even imagine how long it took some people to get back to the TTC to get their cars. Wow, what a crazy ending to the night.

Overall though, it was an absolutely fantastic first day!

Next Up: Segway Tour at Epcot!

Leshaface
09-03-2011, 12:49 PM
My camera is a Cannon PowerShot SD1400IS and I really love my daytime pictures. Nighttime isn't as great though and I have to be very careful to hold the camera still and sometimes I still can't get a good picture as you'll see in my next update :rotfl:

About HM queue - it opened in the last few months. It was still all covered up when I was there in February.
http://www.onlywdworld.com/2011/06/new-haunted-mansion-queue-at-magic.html

Now after reading that I'm even more upset I missed this! Oh well...this just means I have to go back!

And the tiki room fire was small but some of the animatronics were destroyed.



Thanks for the info on your camera. I need a new Point and Shoot since mine broke on the cruise :headache: so i'll probably be looking at this one. I think your night time pics are great! ESPECIALLY the ones of the castle. :love: And oh my gosh, night time in Tomorrowland is probably the best land at night for SURE! I especially love riding the People Mover at night. It's relaxing, but bright and wonderful! :cloud9:

Your update was great! Ugh, that's the worst part at the end of the day...trying to get back 'home'. The first time we went to WDW we stayed at Pop during the Summer, and the lines were ridiculous for ALL resorts. It was mostly at MK when we experienced the madness of the busses.

IheartDDuck
09-03-2011, 12:53 PM
What a great first day you guys had!

Love the idea of riding Splash Mountain when MSEP is running. Nice to be in your own log and not have to worry about anybody else.

DBF seems to be liking things so far. Can't wait to hear how he feels about the other parks. :goodvibes

kollerbear
09-04-2011, 02:30 AM
During dinner we talked about what we had done so far. What I mean is, BF had his first formal interview of the trip:


Oh my goodness I just laughed so hard when I read that!!! "Formal interview." :rotfl2: I just had to stop lurking and say how much I'm loving this report. Oh my word.

After our trip last year, one of my deals with my DBF (Disney skeptic extraordinaire) is that, as I lose weight, every 10 pounds he has to have a 1 hour conversation with me about planning our trip--I've got a questionnaire all prepped for our first "interview" tomorrow night. (e.g. "If you could veto 5 things from my finalized plans, what do you think they would be?") I just can't believe that other fellow GFs to skeptical BFs out there think of these conversations as "interviews" kind of like I do... I always feel like it's this careful balance between not trying to convert him, but like, trying to make sure he's having or will have a good time.

Also, riding Splash Mountain during the parade is such a great idea... will definitely do this!

I'm so glad your BF is having a good time in this trip! I'm so happy for you guys, you look like such a great couple and like you're having a GREAT time together in WDW!

TanzUnited99
09-04-2011, 07:41 AM
Love the pics of Tomorrowland at night! :thumbsup2

Lol at DBF beating you on Buzz lightyear - think I'm going to lose at that and TSMM as well!

Yay on getting a Splash Mountain log to yourselves and enjoying MSEP from the ride. You guys sure had a great evening with that and then Wishes. Shame about the crowds afterwards - what a crazy way to end the day! :eek:

okw19
09-04-2011, 09:32 AM
I love Tomorrowland at night! Such pretty pictures. :) You two had such a good first day! I can't wait to hear what BF thinks of the other parks.

teekathepony
09-04-2011, 12:14 PM
Great night shots! Sounds like an absolutely fantastic first day.

misscmac
09-05-2011, 07:09 AM
Subscribing! :goodvibes We were in MK the same day as you and left around the same time - with the monorail still down, those lines were insane!! It took us almost 90 minutes to get back to our hotel, which probably isn't as bad as the time others had to wait!

FosterA
09-05-2011, 07:37 AM
Loving all the details of your report!

Ok, I just have to get on that People Mover thing! I didn't do that when I went before so I'm not entirely sure what it even is but I really really want to take the family on it when it's dark out. I think all the lights are so beautiful!

Note taken on how your BF liked the castle show with the effects. I think my husband will be impressed with something like that also. You are getting me pumped up even more!

heathsf
09-06-2011, 07:15 PM
What a great first day you guys had!

Love the idea of riding Splash Mountain when MSEP is running. Nice to be in your own log and not have to worry about anybody else.

DBF seems to be liking things so far. Can't wait to hear how he feels about the other parks. :goodvibes

Having our own log at Splash was a lot of fun ;) And at this point in the trip, I was also wondering how BF would feel about the other parks...

Oh my goodness I just laughed so hard when I read that!!! "Formal interview." :rotfl2: I just had to stop lurking and say how much I'm loving this report. Oh my word.

After our trip last year, one of my deals with my DBF (Disney skeptic extraordinaire) is that, as I lose weight, every 10 pounds he has to have a 1 hour conversation with me about planning our trip--I've got a questionnaire all prepped for our first "interview" tomorrow night. (e.g. "If you could veto 5 things from my finalized plans, what do you think they would be?") I just can't believe that other fellow GFs to skeptical BFs out there think of these conversations as "interviews" kind of like I do... I always feel like it's this careful balance between not trying to convert him, but like, trying to make sure he's having or will have a good time.

Also, riding Splash Mountain during the parade is such a great idea... will definitely do this!

I'm so glad your BF is having a good time in this trip! I'm so happy for you guys, you look like such a great couple and like you're having a GREAT time together in WDW!

Thanks for joining in! And thanks for all those nice things you said. I LOVE the deal you made with your BF. And congratulations on losing your first 10 pounds! So how did the interview go? You can do a lot of good Disney talking in an hour! :goodvibes Let me know how it went!

Love the pics of Tomorrowland at night! :thumbsup2

Lol at DBF beating you on Buzz lightyear - think I'm going to lose at that and TSMM as well!

Yay on getting a Splash Mountain log to yourselves and enjoying MSEP from the ride. You guys sure had a great evening with that and then Wishes. Shame about the crowds afterwards - what a crazy way to end the day! :eek:

It really was a great night. I love MK at night. And it was totally a crazy way to end the day and we were both soooo tired. At home I'm ALWAYS the first person to fall asleep, sometimes hours before BF. At WDW, he was usually the first one sleeping! :rotfl2:

I love Tomorrowland at night! Such pretty pictures. :) You two had such a good first day! I can't wait to hear what BF thinks of the other parks.

Thanks! I'm going to start Day 2 tonight...

Great night shots! Sounds like an absolutely fantastic first day.

Thanks! It really was :goodvibes I wish we could do it over again.

Subscribing! :goodvibes We were in MK the same day as you and left around the same time - with the monorail still down, those lines were insane!! It took us almost 90 minutes to get back to our hotel, which probably isn't as bad as the time others had to wait!

:welcome: Thanks for joining! And oh my gosh! What hotel were you staying at? Had you ever seen lines like that for the buses before? That TTC line was insane!

Loving all the details of your report!

Ok, I just have to get on that People Mover thing! I didn't do that when I went before so I'm not entirely sure what it even is but I really really want to take the family on it when it's dark out. I think all the lights are so beautiful!

Note taken on how your BF liked the castle show with the effects. I think my husband will be impressed with something like that also. You are getting me pumped up even more!

I'm so glad you're getting pumped! :yay: The People Mover takes you on a relaxing tour of Tomorrowland. It's no thrill ride but it's great to cool down or take a break. And BF was totally impressed with the castle show, even more so than I had expected so hopefully your DH will have the same reaction!

heathsf
09-06-2011, 07:17 PM
Thanks for the info on your camera. I need a new Point and Shoot since mine broke on the cruise :headache: so i'll probably be looking at this one. I think your night time pics are great! ESPECIALLY the ones of the castle. :love: And oh my gosh, night time in Tomorrowland is probably the best land at night for SURE! I especially love riding the People Mover at night. It's relaxing, but bright and wonderful! :cloud9:

Your update was great! Ugh, that's the worst part at the end of the day...trying to get back 'home'. The first time we went to WDW we stayed at Pop during the Summer, and the lines were ridiculous for ALL resorts. It was mostly at MK when we experienced the madness of the busses.

There is probably a newer version of my camera out by now, you should look into it. I forget if I mentioned it in my last response but I have trouble taking movies on that camera. They sometimes cut off for no reason :confused3

heathsf
09-06-2011, 08:13 PM
Sunday, August 21 - Part 1

We got up this morning at 7:10 and were out the door by 7:45 on our way to Epcot. We were actually running a little late because we needed to be at Guest Relations at 8:15 for our 8:30 Segway Tour and I felt like we were cutting it too close. I decided to stop at the gift shop at Pop Century so I could buy band-aids. I had brought a bunch with me but used almost all of them the night before on my wet ankles. I went through a lot of them because my socks weren't drying and they kept getting the band-aids wet and they kept falling off.

We waited 10 minutes for a bus and when it finally came I spent the entire ride frantically checking my watch as the minutes ticked by.
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We arrived at Epcot at 8:35 and by the time I got my bag checked and we made it through the turnstiles to Guest Relations, it was 8:40! The very nice CM at guest relations told me that our group had already started their safety video and we would have to join the 9:00 tour instead. This kinda bummed me out because I didn't want to lose a half hour of morning-park-time but we were late and really didn't have a choice other than to skip the tour entirely which I didn't want to do. But this meant that we had about 15 minutes to hang out in the totally empty park before the tour started.

So BF's first look at Epcot was while it was totally empty (except for people who had the princess breakfast in Norway) and this was my first time in a park before opening. It was pretty cool. I took a few pictures of course.
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Spaceship Earth really does it for me more so than the castle. I just love it.

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I missed getting a picture of it but we saw them bring out the Test Track car that the Family of the Day would get to ride in. We asked a CM who was standing at the rope if she could take our picture in front of the fountain.
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Then we headed back to Guest Relations. Before going back in, we tried to take some "jumping in the air pictures." This was my sad attempt:
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While BF was actually able to get off the ground (unlike yours truly), he looks like he has no feet at all!
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Now it was time for the tour to start! We had two instructors. They both taught us how to use the Segways but one of them was our guide out in the World Showcase. I forget both of their names but they were excellent! They led us to Innoventions where we would learn how to ride.

The first thing we had to do was pick out helmets that fit our heads and watch a safety video. Then the instructors showed us how to get on and off the Segway. It was pretty difficult the first time. Then we had to practice balancing which was also very difficult. My segway kept wanting to roll forward and I was having a hard time stopping it. It took me about 10 or 15 minutes before I really started to feel comfortable with it. By the end of the first hour (which is just getting practice indoors in Innoventions), I felt like my segway was reading my mind. If I wanted to go forward, it went forward. When I wanted to turn, it turned. Now of course I was actually doing it but the movements to control it just felt so natural at this point. It is such a neat thing. We were weaving in and out of cones, ducking under obstacles, and going up and down hills. I just couldn't believe how easy it became!

After the hour of practice, our guide led us to the World Showcase. Future World was open at this point so the instructors pretty much "stopped traffic" (even though it was only pedestrian traffic) so that we could cross through some of the more heavily populated areas. Everywhere we went, the other guests were pointing and staring at us like we were someone important. I have to say, I felt pretty cool! Once we got into the World Showcase it was great being able to ride through all that open space. It wasn't too hot yet although it was very sunny. I can't complain about that beautiful blue sky though.

They were very strict about not allowing us to take pictures or videos while we were on our segways. We stopped in China, Germany, and Italy to hear stories/information about the pavilions. While that was interesting, the real highlight of this tour is being on the segways. After hearing the spiel in Italy we were allowed to take a break, take pictures, and have some free timing riding in that area.
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After our break in Italy, we stopped in Japan and Morocco for more information/stories. At this point, our guide told us that we were running short on time so we could either stop in France to hear some more stories or we could ride straight through France and take the scenic route through the UK. Everyone voted for scenic route. We got some really good riding time in at this point. Then we made our way back to Innoventions for the end of the tour. I was very sad to leave my segway behind when it was over.
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Walking was so boring and tiring after riding the segway for two hours. I would totally recommend this tour to anyone who has ever been interested in riding a segway. You need to be at least 16 years old to participate and I hear they strictly enforce this. You also need to weigh between 100 and 250 pounds (according to their website). The price was $99 per person but I got a discount for booking with my Disney Visa card. I'm not 100% sure on this but I think it was 15% off. I feel it was an excellent value. The tour was so so so much fun. I would love to try the other segway tour at Fort Wilderness one day.

So what did BF think? He loved it! It's funny because I first booked this as a surprise. But it turned out that I wasn't very good at keeping it a surprise. I wanted him to be more excited about the trip so I tried to tease him by saying that I booked something extra special and that led to him asking lots of questions and me totally enjoying him asking lots of questions so I told him he could keep asking me questions until he figured it out. Well, this was back in April and he really hadn't acquired much Disney knowledge yet at this point so it took him a very very very long time to figure out. And when he finally did, his response was, "Segways? They're for losers." :eek: :mad: At this point I tried to convince him that they absolutely were NOT for losers but were actually quite cool! On my Summer 2009 trip I had tried one for 5 minutes at Innoventions and thought it was totally awesome back then. I don't think I did a great job of convincing him though because he still didn't seem very excited about the tour. Fast forward 4 months to the actual trip and he totally 100% loved the segway. He got the hang of it a lot quicker than I did. And he also didn't want to give it up at the end of the tour. If we do end up going back to Disney World (without kids), I bet he would be up for trying the other tour at Fort Wilderness. This was a totally unique experience that we both really enjoyed :goodvibes

Up Next: Lunch at Le Cellier

IheartDDuck
09-06-2011, 08:40 PM
How cool that you guys did a Segway tour. I actually signed up for one of Chicago at the end of this month. They were offering a special and a bunch of my friends were going, so I thought why not!

I love Spaceship Earth. It's been my favorite ride at Epcot for years now, and seeing it for me is kind of like seeing the castle, so I know what you mean. ;)

kollerbear
09-07-2011, 01:34 AM
Well, this was back in April and he really hadn't acquired much Disney knowledge yet at this point so it took him a very very very long time to figure out. And when he finally did, his response was, "Segways? They're for losers." :eek: :mad:

:rotfl:

So how did the interview go? You can do a lot of good Disney talking in an hour! :goodvibes Let me know how it went!

After determining that he wanted to stay at a resort with "as few children as possible" :rotfl2::

DBF's Top 10 Favorite Things From Last Time:
1. Blizzard Beach; 2. Animal Kingdom--the animals, not the rides (I think he meant the Maharaja Jungle Trek?); 3. the arcade at POR (:headache: this was literally the 3rd thing off the top of his head); 4. Breakfast in bed (and by this he means that every morning I let him sleep in and went to the Riverside Mill and woke him up with breakfast as a thank you for being in Disney and also because I just couldn't sit still!); 5. the Frontierland Shooting Arcade; 6. Splash Mountain ("the one with the singing critters"); 7. the snacks in the parks (this was totally out of left field--we only had Dole Whip, popcorn, and frozen chai that I can remember); 8. the Tower of Terror; 9. the one morning that we got to sleep in and didn't have to leave the resort before 10:00 am :rotfl:; 10. Magic Kingdom Extra Magic Hours at night

The five things DBF VETOS for upcoming trip:
1. Nothing with characters, especially no character meals or greets; 2. Nothing "inane" (I think this still had to do with characters. He felt that strongly about it); 3. No time in Downtown Disney, except for DisneyQuest; 4. No Space Mountain (:confused3 I was pretty sure he liked it last time, but now he said it made him sick?); 5. He reserves the right to veto one thing on the trip itself.

The things that Disney skeptics remember and like about WDW are so entertaining to me.

teekathepony
09-07-2011, 08:11 AM
I'm with you on Spaceship Earth. I get goosebumps when I see it for the first time of my trip!
Love the segway tour!! I did the little 5 minute thing in Innoventions last year and even that was neat. I'd love to tour around Epcot with them!

TanzUnited99
09-07-2011, 08:31 AM
Love the Spaceship Earth photos!

Yay on doing the Segway tour and getting the balance right - think I would be the same as you and all over the place at first! :laughing: Also :woohoo: on DBF falling in love with the tour after calling Segways boring!

okw19
09-07-2011, 11:35 AM
I love walking into Epcot and seeing Spaceship Earth for the first time. :lovestruc
I think I'm going to look into the Segway tour for our trip. DF might enjoy getting up early if it's for that. :)

Leshaface
09-07-2011, 12:27 PM
The Segway Tour sounds awesome! This is something DH and I would totally want to do! I knew that the Disney Visa gave you discounts on certain tours, but didn't know you could use it for THIS tour! We'll have to look into some day! :yay:

Can't wait to hear what you think about Le Cellier :)

Cin
09-07-2011, 12:48 PM
Oh Hi, joining in too. I've only gotten to the second page but so far, you've ridden my two favorite rides, and now haven eaten at one of my favorite places. I ordered the fish and chicken and the apple dessert too. I also took my DH for his first ever visit last fall and while he agreed he would go back, he could appreciate the attention to detail and the technology involved but he wasn't wooed by the magic and not a Disney lover like me, so I have to keep reading to see how your trip turns out.

kokotg
09-07-2011, 03:40 PM
Joining in! I hope your poor feet got better soon...wet shoes are the worst.

Mickey's Philharmagic seems to have a strange effect on Disney skeptics. A couple of years ago I talked to some friends who had just gotten back; they hadn't liked much of anything at WDW except Mickey's Philharmagic. They went on and on about how cool it was.

heathsf
09-10-2011, 08:51 AM
How cool that you guys did a Segway tour. I actually signed up for one of Chicago at the end of this month. They were offering a special and a bunch of my friends were going, so I thought why not!

I love Spaceship Earth. It's been my favorite ride at Epcot for years now, and seeing it for me is kind of like seeing the castle, so I know what you mean. ;)

Wow it never occurred to me to look for segway tours outside of WDW! What a great idea! Will it be your first time riding?

:rotfl:

After determining that he wanted to stay at a resort with "as few children as possible" :rotfl2::

DBF's Top 10 Favorite Things From Last Time:
1. Blizzard Beach; 2. Animal Kingdom--the animals, not the rides (I think he meant the Maharaja Jungle Trek?); 3. the arcade at POR (:headache: this was literally the 3rd thing off the top of his head); 4. Breakfast in bed (and by this he means that every morning I let him sleep in and went to the Riverside Mill and woke him up with breakfast as a thank you for being in Disney and also because I just couldn't sit still!); 5. the Frontierland Shooting Arcade; 6. Splash Mountain ("the one with the singing critters"); 7. the snacks in the parks (this was totally out of left field--we only had Dole Whip, popcorn, and frozen chai that I can remember); 8. the Tower of Terror; 9. the one morning that we got to sleep in and didn't have to leave the resort before 10:00 am :rotfl:; 10. Magic Kingdom Extra Magic Hours at night

The five things DBF VETOS for upcoming trip:
1. Nothing with characters, especially no character meals or greets; 2. Nothing "inane" (I think this still had to do with characters. He felt that strongly about it); 3. No time in Downtown Disney, except for DisneyQuest; 4. No Space Mountain (:confused3 I was pretty sure he liked it last time, but now he said it made him sick?); 5. He reserves the right to veto one thing on the trip itself.

The things that Disney skeptics remember and like about WDW are so entertaining to me.

Wow that is so interesting! It's funny about the arcade because when we got our vacation booklet in the mail and BF saw the vouchers for the arcade, he got all excited about it. We ended up not using them but I still thought that was pretty funny. And about Space Mountain, was he on it before or after the refurb? Maybe you can tell him it's less jerky now. I honestly thought it was.

I'm with you on Spaceship Earth. I get goosebumps when I see it for the first time of my trip!
Love the segway tour!! I did the little 5 minute thing in Innoventions last year and even that was neat. I'd love to tour around Epcot with them!

It was so so cool! I just absolutely loved it. That 5 minute practice is such a tease! :rotfl: I definitely recommend it.

Love the Spaceship Earth photos!

Yay on doing the Segway tour and getting the balance right - think I would be the same as you and all over the place at first! :laughing: Also :woohoo: on DBF falling in love with the tour after calling Segways boring!

I did get some satisfaction out of that ;) And I of course reminded him about what he had said when I first told him about the tour!

I love walking into Epcot and seeing Spaceship Earth for the first time. :lovestruc
I think I'm going to look into the Segway tour for our trip. DF might enjoy getting up early if it's for that. :)

Look into it! I 100% recommend it!

heathsf
09-10-2011, 08:55 AM
The Segway Tour sounds awesome! This is something DH and I would totally want to do! I knew that the Disney Visa gave you discounts on certain tours, but didn't know you could use it for THIS tour! We'll have to look into some day! :yay:

Can't wait to hear what you think about Le Cellier :)

Yes! Another reason you must go back! ;)

Oh Hi, joining in too. I've only gotten to the second page but so far, you've ridden my two favorite rides, and now haven eaten at one of my favorite places. I ordered the fish and chicken and the apple dessert too. I also took my DH for his first ever visit last fall and while he agreed he would go back, he could appreciate the attention to detail and the technology involved but he wasn't wooed by the magic and not a Disney lover like me, so I have to keep reading to see how your trip turns out.

:welcome: Thanks for joining in! That sounds just like how my BF felt. Great that he agreed to go back though!

Joining in! I hope your poor feet got better soon...wet shoes are the worst.

Mickey's Philharmagic seems to have a strange effect on Disney skeptics. A couple of years ago I talked to some friends who had just gotten back; they hadn't liked much of anything at WDW except Mickey's Philharmagic. They went on and on about how cool it was.

Wow, that's interesting...but they really didn't like much else? Was it their first time? Did they plan?

heathsf
09-10-2011, 08:59 AM
My first week back to school with students has been totally exhausting (yet fun!) and I just didn't have the time or energy to write an update. However I will be posting one later today!! :goodvibes

I have a few errands to run this morning but should have something posted this afternoon. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

kokotg
09-10-2011, 09:59 AM
Wow, that's interesting...but they really didn't like much else? Was it their first time? Did they plan?

No, no planning at all, and I think it was just a spur of the moment, let's go to MK for a day since we're in Florida thing. They weren't really Disney types....I just thought it was funny how into Philharmagic they were--out of everything in the park.

Leshaface
09-10-2011, 12:54 PM
My first week back to school with students has been totally exhausting (yet fun!) and I just didn't have the time or energy to write an update. However I will be posting one later today!! :goodvibes

I have a few errands to run this morning but should have something posted this afternoon. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!


Ugh, doesn't 'life' suck sometimes!? Especially when it interferes with our TR writing! :rotfl2:

Have a great day! :)

heathsf
09-10-2011, 12:56 PM
Sunday, August 21 - Part 2

The segway tour ended at 11 am, so the park had been open at this point for 2 hours. I know it shouldn’t have bothered me, but it upset me that we had been at the park since opening and didn’t have any FP to show for it! I’m crazy…I know.
After saying goodbye to our awesome instructors/tour guides, we headed straight for The Land. The standby wait for Soarin’ was 60 minutes at this point and our FP return time was for 4:00. What a bummer – 5 hours away! And I was *so* excited for BF to ride it.
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Living with the Land had a 10 minute wait time posted but we could see that it would definitely be less than that. There was a line but it was short and moving quickly.
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I’m not sure that I mentioned anything about this yet in the TR, but meteorolgists had been tracking this storm in the Atlantic for days before we left for the trip. At this point, they were expecting it to become a hurricane and make first landfall in Florida. Yes, this was Irene (which funny enough, is my grandmother’s name so my Dad got a kick out of texting me things like “Grandma is coming to Florida!”). This was Sunday, and they were expecting the hurricane to hit Florida on Thursday, our last full day in Disney. Our flight home was on Friday and I figured that if the hurricane did hit us, we wouldn’t be leaving on Friday without lots of delays, if at all. I was so stressed out thinking about losing the last 2 days of our trip and then getting stuck in the airport to top it all off. We spent our time on line for Living with the Land discussing some of our options. My favorite option was to extend the trip until Sunday that way if we missed two park days due to the storm, we would have two days after that to enjoy our trip and then we shouldn’t have to worry about our flight getting cancelled. But then it was time to get on the boat so I tried to push the hurricane thoughts out of my mind.
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BF thought this was just okay, but he did say he liked it better than Jungle Cruise :rotfl:

As we were leaving The Land pavilion, I decided I really wanted to call the Disney Travel Company (since we booked our package including airfare through them) just to find out if and how we could change our check-out date and return flight if we needed to. We sat on a bench near the exit to call. We found out that we couldn't extend our package but would have to book a new room-only reservation but they did have availability at Pop at a cost of $213 and change for the two nights. The representative then put us on hold for a while so she could find out about changing the flight. She came back and said that Continental charges a $150 per person change fee + fare difference. Yikes. She suggested that we call Continental directly to see if they would waive those costs due to severe weather. Well, the storm was still 4 days away so I knew it was probably too early to do this but it was totally weighing on me that the end of our trip may get washed out---literally! I was also upset that even if we could extend our trip, if the storm hit Thursday we would lose our Ohana dinner reservation! Yes, I felt like I could cry over the idea of missing dinner at Ohana. Please don't judge me :sad2:

It was at this time that I realized I did not bring enough prescription medication with me and would run out on Tuesday. My pharmacy is a CVS so I knew it would be easy enough to just refill it at another CVS...but the tricky part would be getting there without a car. I called the closest CVS I could find on Google Maps and they said it would be ready in 15 minutes which made me feel better, but I told the woman on the phone that I wouldn't be able to pick it up until later that day or even tomorrow. She said that was fine. I felt horrible that we would have to take time out of our trip to take a taxi to CVS but BF insisted it would be no big deal. Oh well...I really didn't have a choice.

By the way, in case anyone ever needs to know, there is a pharmacy in the area that delivers BUT they don't take insurance! :eek:

At this point I was feeling pretty down. I was so upset about the approaching storm and was totally convinced that our trip would be ruined. :sad1:

Up Next: Will lunch at Le Cellier cheer me up?

Leshaface
09-10-2011, 01:36 PM
Oh man, I HOPE Le Cellier cheers you up! Food usually cheers you up, so I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say, YES! It totally lifts this pessimistic attitude of yours ;)

heathsf
09-10-2011, 01:45 PM
Sunday, August 21 - Part 3

By the time we finished all these phone calls, it was time for lunch at Le Cellier! We had a 12:20 ADR and this was one that I had *really* been looking forward to. I didn't want my bad mood to interfere with enjoying lunch so I tried not to think about the hurricane. And failed. As we walked towards Canada, I couldn't stop talking about how upset I was. I could tell BF was getting tired of hearing it and that's when it really hit me that I was already letting it ruin my vacation! I told myself that I couldn't control the weather, but I can control whether I enjoy the days I have. If a hurricane is coming, I may as well make sure to enjoy every second before it gets here. Starting with lunch...

And here we are!
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We checked in at the kiosk at the entrance and found the waiting area inside totally empty! However in the few minutes it took for us to be seated, it filled up very quickly.
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I was in love already. It just looked so cool in here. As always, the theming is just impeccable. Now, if I enjoyed the waiting area this much, you better believe I enjoyed the actual restaurant :goodvibes

After a few minutes we were taken to our seats. We had a small table for two on the outskirts of the restaurant, it was pretty much the first table when you enter. I didn't mind at all, I was just so excited to eat the food. BF said a little later that he wasn't crazy about the table's location but that may have been because he had a view of the wall behind me, and I had a view of the whole restaurant. For him to see anything he would have had to completely turn around in his chair.
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But it's not like there was anything going on anyway. Other than on our plates. And he had a great view of that! :thumbsup2

So here we go! Menu:
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I had known what I was going to order for months. Although an appetizer wasn't included in the DDP, we ordered a cup of the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup. I just *had* to try this.
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Oh my gosh this was FANTASTIC! So so so so so so so so so good!!!!! We dipped the breads in it which was also yummy, although I preferred it just on a spoon. So delicious! BF reported that he enjoyed buttering the bread and dipping it in the cheddar cheese soup for "maximum gluttony." :rotfl2: His words, not mine!

For dinner I ordered the Mushroom Filet Mignon (cooked medium) and substituted the mushroom risotto for the cream cheese mashed potatoes. I love mushrooms but have never had a risotto that I really enjoyed. I'm sure it's excellent here but I was too afraid I wouldn't like it so I wanted to go with the sure thing.
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Oh gosh, I'm drooling as I post these pictures and write about this meal. I enjoyed the filet just as much as last night's filet, if not more. It just melted in my overjoyed mouth. The sauce and the mushrooms were delicious too, and it was just unbelievable. I'm not sure what I missed in not getting the risotto but the cream cheese mashed potatoes were quite possibly the best mashed potatoes I'd ever had. It made me sad to think that I would eventually finish everything on my plate and there would be nothing left :sad1: And then it actually happened...
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BF ordered the New York Strip Steak but I forget how he asked for it to be cooked. Probably either medium rare or medium. His dish also came with the cream cheese mashed potatoes. Thank goodness...because if it hadn't I would NOT have been happy about sharing mine!
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He also loved his lunch. He tasted my filet and agreed that it was better than the strip, although he was happy that his portion size was much larger. He also loved the cream cheese mashed potatoes and cleared his entire plate. What a spectacular meal.

But wait! There's more!
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This is the dessert table which was right behind where we were sitting, at the entrance.
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For dessert I ordred the Maple Creme Brulee and BF ordered the Chocolate-on-Chocolate Whiskey Cake.

First up: BF's cake. He enjoyed it but it was way too chocolatey for me.
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My dessert was deeeeeeeeelicious and came with a beautiful presentation:
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I felt so special as I devoured every last drop of creme brulee in that gloriously large dish. Oh my goodness was it fabulous. In fact, I want it right this very second. Best. Creme. Brulee. Ever.

Now I can totally understand why it's so difficult to get an ADR here. What I don't understand is how people can be disappointed here! Okay, it's true that I haven't tried everything on the menu but I can definitely recommend the items that I did. I only hope I get to eat here again in the (near) future!

We used two table service credits for this meal + paid OOP for the soup.

Up Next: Back to the Future [World]!

FosterA
09-10-2011, 07:16 PM
So glad to see an update today!
oh....and your Segway tour segment was awesome. How neat to see so much without crowds! I'm sure my skeptical hubby would enjoy this tour but it's not something I would do. I would be falling all over the place:scared1:

anyway....your description of LeCellier really has me considering getting something there, anything, but it's probably too late for me to get a reservation anyway. Those mashed potatoes and the cheese soup sounds heavenly!!

Can't wait to hear more about some of the attractions you did at Epcot since Living with the Land wasn't a huge hit with your BF. I'm really curious about what he thought of Soarin'

misscmac
09-10-2011, 08:14 PM
:welcome: Thanks for joining! And oh my gosh! What hotel were you staying at? Had you ever seen lines like that for the buses before? That TTC line was insane!

We were at the All Star Sports! My husband was following the crowd and thought the line for the TTC bus was the bus for our hotel so he almost went to the end of it - fortunately I made sure we checked before waiting in it!

Love the updates - your food pictures are making me hungry :thumbsup2

kokotg
09-10-2011, 08:29 PM
Just surprised myself by finding a last minute Le Cellier opening for our trip, so I was pleased to read your glowing review. We've never been before!

IheartDDuck
09-10-2011, 10:18 PM
If I was in your shoes, I would have been panicking about Irene too. I don't want anything to get in to way of my Disney vacation!

I'm glad that you enjoyed your lunch at Le Cellier. It's definitely a great location.

Oh and to your other question earlier, I have never been on a Segway, so my Chicago tour will be the first.

Pixie*Pirate
09-12-2011, 02:32 PM
Hello!! I just found your TR and I'm all caught up.:goodvibes. I'm getting a total kick out of you trying to get BF to love Disney. I know how you feel, my DH doesn't love it either despite my best efforts. But he is going with me in October so I :cool1:will be happy with that.

Leshaface
09-12-2011, 03:50 PM
Oh my goodness...isn't Le Cellier AWESOME!

I definitely remember the cheddar cheese soup, the filet, AND the creme brulee. It was all soooooo ridiculously good. I'm DETERMINED to make that soup this Fall. Since I won't be enjoying the real stuff anytime soon :sad2:

Pixie*Pirate
09-12-2011, 04:59 PM
Hello!! I just found your TR and I'm all caught up.:goodvibes. I'm getting a total kick out of you trying to get BF to love Disney. I know how you feel, my DH doesn't love it either despite my best efforts. But he is going with me in October so I :cool1:will be happy with that.

PixieMama
09-12-2011, 09:29 PM
I'm back from my trip... and now I'm all caught up on your TR!

The Segway tour looks like it was fun! I even saw a tour zip by me one of the mornings I was at Epcot (but I don't remember which one). I think it would take me a very long time to get the hang of those things!

And, oh my goodness, your Le Cellier lunch looks amazing!

teekathepony
09-13-2011, 01:26 PM
We adored Le Cellier when we went. I'm glad it cheered you up! I don't blame you for panicking. I hope everything went perfectly smooth from then on!

heathsf
09-15-2011, 06:19 AM
I'm sorry again that it's been so long since I've posted an update. I have been so busy with work and other things that by the time I get home I'm too tired to do anything. Thankfully, I'll get a break this weekend because BF and I are going to Boston to see a Red Sox game. It's kind of an annual thing for us and we'll be away Fri-Sun. Depending what time we get back on Sunday, I'm planning to post an update then! Thanks for sticking around :goodvibes

Leshaface
09-15-2011, 12:21 PM
I'm sorry again that it's been so long since I've posted an update. I have been so busy with work and other things that by the time I get home I'm too tired to do anything. Thankfully, I'll get a break this weekend because BF and I are going to Boston to see a Red Sox game. It's kind of an annual thing for us and we'll be away Fri-Sun. Depending what time we get back on Sunday, I'm planning to post an update then! Thanks for sticking around :goodvibes

Have fun at the game! When we were back there, we toured the outside of that stadium. Very cool place! :thumbsup2

Cin
09-20-2011, 03:44 PM
Mmmmm... I booked Le Cellier for our lunch too and after reading your review I am excited about dining there. I was going to order a burger and pay OOP but after your glowing reviews of the steak, I am beginning to rethink my plan and let my DDP take this one. I've only ever had creme brulee once at Wolfgang Puck's Express and I really liked it, in fact I ate almost ever bit and didn't share at all.

Letterhead
09-20-2011, 05:05 PM
What a great report so far. i don't think I've ever read one with as much detail.

I hope at the end your BF likes WDW (although the signs are poiting to yes so far :thumbsup2). I know personally I try and get everybody I know to fall in love with WDW, as it gives you more options for travelling buddies later in life.

I think credit should be given to your BF for:
a) Going to WDW with an open mind and not writing it off before he visits:
b) Appreciating the details and theming rather than just how good the rides are

heathsf
09-21-2011, 07:38 PM
I'm back! Again, I'm so so so sorry it's been so long without an update but I'll be doing one tonight! I figured I'd share a little bit of my weekend trip to Boston with BF. We left Friday at 5 pm and figured we would get to our hotel by around 10, allowing an hour to stop for dinner. From where we are in NJ, it should take 4 hours without stopping. Unfortunately, it took SEVEN! :scared1: And no, we didn't take a 3 hour dinner break... There was a bad accident on I-84 in the afternoon involving two tractor trailers and when we got to that area at around 8:00 pm the highway was still closed. We traveled past two exits on the highway in 2 1/2 hours. Then we had to follow a detour which took 30 minutes and put us back on I-84 one exit North of where we got off. We bought our dinner out of a vending machine at a rest area. My dinner consisted of pop tarts, Cape Cod potato chips (which I LOVE), and Peanut M&Ms. We got to our hotel at midnight. Not a great start! :sad2:

We went right to sleep and woke up at 8:30 the next morning to get tickets for a tour of Fenway Park. I should probably mention that the whole reason we were going to Boston (and the reason why we have gone every year since we've been dating) is to see the Red Sox play. BF and his family are hardcore Red Sox fans and the sad truth is that I have been converted too. I, however, am a closet fan while in NJ. I don't have the guts to walk around in a Red Sox shirt or hat. BF does though :thumbsup2 So anyway, we got tickets for the 12:30pm tour and the game was at 4:00 so we spent the whole day at Fenway Park and it was awesome. Here are some pictures:

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Standing on the field:
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Green Monster!!
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It was a pretty good game but the Sox lost :sad1: We went out for dinner afterwards and decided that since we had nothing planned for the following day, we may as well get tickets for Sunday's game so we could hopefully see a win before going home! Apparently that was too much to hope for though because they lost again. :sad2: But again, it was still fun!

The coolest part of the trip, however, happened when we rode the elevator down to the lobby in our hotel on Sunday morning. There was a guy already waiting for the elevator when we got there. We got in and he asked us if we were going to the lobby, then asked us if we were going to the game, and we said yes.
Then he said: I hope they play better than they did last night.
BF: Me too.
Me: Me too.
Man: Well, have fun at the game.
Me: Thanks
--pause--
BF: You look like Nomar Garciaparra.
Man: How you doing?

I didn't realize right away what was going on. I knew his name, and knew he was a former Red Sox player (I really wasn't following the Red Sox when he was playing), but I didn't realize right away that it was really him! I guess I'm a little slow :lmao:

BF was *SO* starstruck that when the elevator doors opened, he just stood there staring at him and I actually had to say, "Bobby! Get out of the elevator!" Then we got his autograph and took a picture with him:
http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb442/heathsf/Boston%202011/DSC01969.jpg

I think it was one of the happiest moments of BF's life :rotfl: It was very very cool.

After we watched the Sox lose yet again, we drove back home, this time only sitting in traffic for one hour (as opposed to three). There was another accident on I-84 in almost the exact same spot but this time on the South side of the highway. In that one hour of traffic we traveled one exit, just over 3 miles. But we made it home safe and had a lot of fun! The end! :)

heathsf
09-21-2011, 07:43 PM
Please forgive me for not replying to people's individual comments. I feel so far behind and I'm hurrying to complete an update before BF gets home so I can have dinner ready for us to eat. He's usually home much earlier and I'm not a big fan of eating such a late dinner during the week. Thank you to those of you who are still sticking around after my long absence and :welcome: to those who are just joining! :goodvibes

So, continuing where we left off......

FosterA
09-21-2011, 08:43 PM
Please forgive me for not replying to people's individual comments. I feel so far behind and I'm hurrying to complete an update before BF gets home so I can have dinner ready for us to eat. He's usually home much earlier and I'm not a big fan of eating such a late dinner during the week. Thank you to those of you who are still sticking around after my long absence and :welcome: to those who are just joining! :goodvibes

So, continuing where we left off......


Hey, glad to see you back in action!!
I love your report so far and don't worry, sometimes it's hard to find time to update. I'll probably be the same way when I do my trip report. Have to work it in on weekends and such.
Can't wait to hear more though:goodvibes

IheartDDuck
09-21-2011, 09:09 PM
How awesome that you met a Red Sox player!

No worries that you feel a little behind. TRs can get a little overwhelming at times. We're still here to read along when the updates are posted. ;)

heathsf
09-21-2011, 09:37 PM
Sunday, August 21 - Part 4

As we were finishing up lunch, I saw on my phone that EasyWDW had tweeted that Test Track was only a 30 minute wait which wasn't bad at all for the middle of the day in the summer. After paying our bill we headed back into Future World and made our way to TT, stopping for a few pictures on the way. (By the way, I got my Photo Pass CD so I'll be including some of those pictures now)
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Everyone else in the park must also have been subscribed to EasyWDW's tweets because they all beat us there! The wait was now 60 minutes and the FP return time was 6:45. I didn't want to wait on line for 60 minutes and neither did BF, but he also didn't want to wait until 6:45 to ride. The single rider line was posted as 10 minutes and this was too tempting for BF. He really really really wanted to ride it now. I really really really didn't want to ride it without him. Or maybe it was that I didn't want him to ride without me! :rolleyes1 Either way, I just couldn't tell him no. It made me happy that he was that excited to do something in Disney but sad that he wasn't willing to postpone it a few hours so we could do it together. I wanted to see his reactions! But I sucked it up and we got on line. It certainly wasn't a ten minute wait though. I didn't write down the exact time but my notes say, "20 minutes at least."
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Another down side to riding the single rider was that BF didn't get to see the pre-show. I told him he would miss out on it but again, he didn't mind because he really wanted to ride it now. Sigh. Here we are, parting ways, or as BF put it, "Joining our new families."
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Well, let me just say, I didn't like my new family very much. They talked through the entire ride and I felt like a lonely outcast :( I don't think BF minded his family as much. At least he got to sit in the front row:
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When I asked him how he liked it, he of course said he liked the end the best. He thought the rest was a little slow. I honestly think he would have enjoyed it more if we were riding together, but hey, what do I know? ;) At least we would get to ride it again later with our FP.

Next we walked over to Mission Space, another thing that BF had been looking forward to before the trip.
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The wait time sign was broken and there was no time posted for the Orange side. We asked a CM and he said it was 45 minutes so we started to walk away, planning to try again later. We hadn't gone very far when he called us back and said it was actually only a 15 minute wait so we decided to go for it. When we got inside there was no line whatsoever and we literally walked right onto the ride. I always get so nervous before riding this, no matter how many times I've been on it. It's such an intense experience. This is one ride where the motion sickness warnings should definitely be taken very seriously.

BF liked it a lot, although I was expecting him to be totally blown away by it. I think I may have done too good of a job talking about what an amazing place WDW is because BF said the ride pretty much met his expectations of what it would be. Although if his expectations were really high, that's still a good thing!

Next we went to Innoventions to do Sum of All Thrills, a first for me too!
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While waiting in line, we could see the simulators flying people around and turning them upside down. It looked pretty cool. First you watch a video about how important math and science are. As a math teacher, I began wondering if I could use this ride as a way to get a field trip to Disney World approved by my superintendent! :rotfl2: Then you go to a touch screen computer to build your ride experience. We chose the jet plane (roller coaster and bob sled are the other, less intense options). I let BF make most of the decisions and do most of the touching on the computer.
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When we finished, we walked up the steps to enter the simulator. The CM there scanned our card (where our jet ride was saved) and confirmed that we had no upside-down parts on our track. What!? No way! We wanted to go upside-down! He said no problem and changed our entire ride :rotfl: That was okay with us though because it was a lot of fun. It feels different than going upside-down in a roller coaster because you don't have the speed and g-forces holding you into your seat, you're just hanging upside down so my butt was literally off my seat and my legs were dangling above me. Also, when you're inside the simulator looking at the screen, there's a small box in the corner that shows you your riding companion in the other simulator. You're right next to each other but enclosed separately, if that makes sense. There's also an emergency stop button in case you are riding and become uncomfortable. It was a pretty cool experience although overall not nearly as intense as a rollercoaster (or fun). But still neat! I wouldn't want to wait more than 15 minutes for it though. Just my opinion.

Next we rode Spaceship Earth. We didn't wait more than 5 minutes for this.
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I told BF to make a funny face when they took our picture and here are our results:
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I think BF was trying to hold his nose and make a P-U face, but it ended up looking like he was picking his nose with part of his head missing! Pretty funny. He thought the ride was pretty cool but he didn't really have any desire to ride it again during our trip. I'm always up for riding SE so this was a little disappointing for me, but we moved on. To Club Cool.
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I thought it was much cooler when it looked like an igloo and it was snowing inside. I think it was called "Ice Station Cool" back then.

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Here are the soda choices:
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But we both needed to try this:
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The Beverly! I had never had it before. I was planning to try it with my mom in February but it wasn't available in any of the machines! BF knew it was supposed to be bad so there was no tricking him there, but his reaction was still pretty hilarious.
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I'm sure my face looked very similar. Wow was it gross. We tried a few sodas and the Israeli soda is definitely still my favorite. I guess I'm boring because it tastes like Sprite, not too exotic. Rejuvenated from our beverage tasting, we were ready to take on more of Future World...

Up Next: Imagination Pavilion and Soarin'

Leshaface
09-21-2011, 10:22 PM
OH MY GOSH! I can't believe you met him! How crazy! DH and I are HUGE baseball fans (San Francisco Giants :rolleyes1 ;))

When we went to Boston on our mini tour of New England, we walked around the entire stadium and went to that bar underneath the stands...not remembering what it's called. But it's a gorgeous stadium indeed. :thumbsup2



Loved your update!

I'm the same way about SR lines without my riding companion...I want to experience the laughs and screams with my DH whenever possible. However, if it shaves off an hour of waiting, we'll just have to sacrifice.

I must say, I'm a little disappointed there is no Beverly picture of you!!!:confused3

IheartDDuck
09-21-2011, 10:42 PM
Oh man, I would have been devastated if my significant other told me that SE was meh. :lmao: I could ride that over and over again, no joke.

First time trying Beverly is always fun to capture. My nephew when he was a year and a half drank it and just had this reaction. :confused3 :rotfl:

Can't wait to hear more.

teekathepony
09-22-2011, 07:29 AM
Great update! Though too bad about your test track experience making you feel like an outsider :( But at least you got to concentrate on the ride! I, like you, would rather come back in a few hours to ride together. :)

FosterA
09-22-2011, 09:40 PM
First off, I gotta say that I really love that black and white photo of you guys at Epcot:thumbsup2

Little bit of a bummer though that you didn't get to do Test Track together. I'm glad your BF liked the end of that ride. I've never done it at all but it's going to be fun to see what the end even is!

Not sure about Mission Space. Me and hubster both have motion sickness issues.

Can't wait to hear more!!
keep up the good details. I'm taking notes! lol
p.s. I'm doing the opposite that you did and not telling my husband a single thing about what to expect so I sure hope it far exceeds any expectations he's brewed up. He wouldn't be able to name one attraction at Disney if I asked him, really.

Cin
09-23-2011, 10:32 PM
Great pics! They make me wish I was there. It looks like you are having fun and the boyfriend too.

TanzUnited99
09-29-2011, 03:17 PM
Love the Epcot pics and getting DBF to drink Beverley - I tried the same trick! :rotfl2: We are kind aren't we?

Yay on enjoying Le Cellier - it looks like a great meal!

heathsf
10-01-2011, 12:38 PM
OH MY GOSH! I can't believe you met him! How crazy! DH and I are HUGE baseball fans (San Francisco Giants :rolleyes1 ;))

When we went to Boston on our mini tour of New England, we walked around the entire stadium and went to that bar underneath the stands...not remembering what it's called. But it's a gorgeous stadium indeed. :thumbsup2



Loved your update!

I'm the same way about SR lines without my riding companion...I want to experience the laughs and screams with my DH whenever possible. However, if it shaves off an hour of waiting, we'll just have to sacrifice.

I must say, I'm a little disappointed there is no Beverly picture of you!!!:confused3

I'm so sorry about not having a Beverly pictures of me. :sad2: But I guess this means that I must plan another trip so I can go back and get a picture this time! I just got caught up on your PTR and saw your mini TR on New England. It looked like a lot of fun :goodvibes

heathsf
10-01-2011, 12:44 PM
Oh man, I would have been devastated if my significant other told me that SE was meh. :lmao: I could ride that over and over again, no joke.

First time trying Beverly is always fun to capture. My nephew when he was a year and a half drank it and just had this reaction. :confused3 :rotfl:

Can't wait to hear more.

It was a little disappointing but at this point I was started to accept that BF doesn't feel any nostalgia about any part of WDW and that he wouldn't love everything just because I do :confused3 But he said he liked it so that had to be good enough for me :)

Great update! Though too bad about your test track experience making you feel like an outsider :( But at least you got to concentrate on the ride! I, like you, would rather come back in a few hours to ride together. :)

I know! It made me sad that he was willing to ride without me but also kind of happy that he was *that* excited to ride that he couldn't wait!

First off, I gotta say that I really love that black and white photo of you guys at Epcot:thumbsup2

Little bit of a bummer though that you didn't get to do Test Track together. I'm glad your BF liked the end of that ride. I've never done it at all but it's going to be fun to see what the end even is!

Not sure about Mission Space. Me and hubster both have motion sickness issues.

Can't wait to hear more!!
keep up the good details. I'm taking notes! lol
p.s. I'm doing the opposite that you did and not telling my husband a single thing about what to expect so I sure hope it far exceeds any expectations he's brewed up. He wouldn't be able to name one attraction at Disney if I asked him, really.

I think your plan with your DH is a good one. As you showed with your story about him not recognizing the photo of the Poly, he is going to be totally blown away by everything since he really has no idea what to expect! :thumbsup2

Great pics! They make me wish I was there. It looks like you are having fun and the boyfriend too.

Thanks! :thumbsup2

Love the Epcot pics and getting DBF to drink Beverley - I tried the same trick! :rotfl2: We are kind aren't we?

Yay on enjoying Le Cellier - it looks like a great meal!

He actually knew it was going to be bad...I just couldn't help myself and probably told him way too much before the actual trip.

heathsf
10-01-2011, 01:44 PM
Sunday, August 21 - Part 5

From Club Cool we headed to the Imagination Pavilion. BF did not want to do this. He had heard the "Imagination" song and he was not a fan. But he knew I was going to make him try it as long as there was no wait. And there never is. And I guess there's a reason for that... But off we went!
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And there was no wait to ride! I will say, I do enjoy doing this just once per trip. You can be in and out of the pavilion in 10 minutes if you want to be. So even if you don't love it, it's not like it takes up too much time. And BF did not love it. Or like it. He said it was "creepy." Oh well. He had a lot more fun playing with the fountain outside. It was pretty hot at this point so standing right in the path of the dancing water seemed like a great idea.
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BF got wet :thumbsup2
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Now it was *finally* time to use our Soarin' FP so we walked towards The Land. BF had really been looking forward to this all day. He kept asking when we would be able to go ride Soarin' :goodvibes
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If I remember correctly, it probably took us around 20 minutes to board. The FP line for Soarin' usually takes about that long. We were going to end up in the back row so I asked the CM if we could please wait for the first row and of course he was accommodating. We just waited off to the side and were the first ones in Row 1 for the next flight. Which also meant that we were all the way to the right but that was okay with me. I really do feel that there are no bad seats but at the same time, I wanted BF to ride for the first time without feet dangling over his head. Although I do feel that you stop noticing them pretty quickly, I wanted him to get maximum enjoyment out of this ride! :thumbsup2 And I'm so happy to report that he absolutely loved it! He said it was very cool and even though I had set his expectations very high, he still totally enjoyed it! He would have wanted to ride again that day but of course, all FP had already been distributed. Oh well, we had another Epcot day planned.

As we were leaving Soarin', I noticed that The Land was a walk-on. I couldn't help but say to BF that we should have waited and done it now. He sarcastically agreed with me, demanding back his 3 minutes that he had waited earlier that day. He has this way of pointing out my ridiculousness in a way that never fails to make me laugh :goodvibes

Next we walked over to The Seas Pavilion.
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Not only was the ride a walk-on, but we were literally the only ones walking on! We were surrounded by empty clam-mobiles on both sides. It was pretty cool.
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We explored the fish tanks for a while. It was very relaxing and I really enjoyed it, especially since on my Feb trip with my mom we pretty much blew past everything in here.

BF and I always get excited when we see Sting Rays ever since swimming with them in Grand Cayman. I have to say it was one of the coolest things I've ever done. But I'm getting side-tracked....
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Hidden Mickey!
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I took a lot of pictures of some cool looking fishies but I won't bore you with them. We were headed to the World Showcase as it was getting close to our dinner ADR in Mexico and we wanted to grab FP for Maelstrom first.

But I suppose we weren't in that much of a hurry because we stopped in Innoventions first and got to star our own video game.
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You stand in a little booth to be recorded moving around and then you get to play a video game starring you with your movements! It's very funny and you can even play it at home after your trip is over (for a limited amount of time though...I think).

Now we headed into the World Showcase. It was a lot less exciting on foot as opposed to a segway though.
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We started on the Mexico side and I zoomed in with my camera at Morocco so I could get my first real look at one of my favorite rides: Tower of Terror! The back of it is painted in such a way so that it will blend in with Morocco since it can be seen from the World Showcase. WDW is amazing.
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Some more pictures:
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We walked right by Mexico since we would be going back for dinner very soon and soon arrived at Norway. On the way, BF noticed Mexican Donald was outside but the line was very long. I was pretty disappointed because I know Donald is one of the few characters BF would be willing to wait (just a little while) for.
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Some impeccable detailing in Norway:
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I sent BF in with our KTTW cards to get FP. The return time was only 40 minutes away. He came back out with 2 FP he got from the machine, and 3 FP that someone handed to him because they weren't going to use them. The 3 gifted FP were ready to use now. I suggested that BF give them to someone on line and we could use ours after dinner but he suddenly wanted to ride Maelstrom right then and there. I figured we'd still be paying it forward if we gave away our two new FP with the extra gifted one we wouldn't need so we rode it then. There was no one on the FP line ahead of us so we walked right on to our viking ship. BF liked this, but didn't love it. We also opted not to watch the film at the end as it was time for dinner at San Angel Inn! But not before making BF don a viking hat and sword in the gift shop. It took a bit of convincing to get him to agree, however once he got into costume he was 100% in character:
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Up Next: Dinner at San Angel Inn

PrincessAmongPrinces
10-01-2011, 02:40 PM
Okay, I'm all caught up on your TR! It looks like you guys had an amazing trip! Can't wait to read more :goodvibes

IheartDDuck
10-01-2011, 03:13 PM
I would agree that having a first timer ride Soarin' from the first row is always the best. I wouldn't want to have feet dangling in my face either.

I love the picture of your DBF as a viking. Classic. :lmao:

Leshaface
10-01-2011, 03:47 PM
:rotfl2: I love the last picture of him!

I never even noticed the back of Tower of Terror before. That is brilliant how Disney made it blend into the back of Morocco!

I can't wait to hear about San Angel Inn. Have never eaten there before but want to! The ambiance looks somewhat romantic and relaxing!

PixieMama
10-01-2011, 08:19 PM
Glad he liked Soarin'! On my trip last month, my BFF rode Soarin' for the 1st time and her reaction was, "Meh." What?! :eek:


I never knew that about ToT! That is too cool.

FosterA
10-02-2011, 12:16 AM
Oh wow, that is awesome how they did the back of Tower of Terror! I've never heard that before.

Ok, glad to hear that BF liked Soarin. I have a pretty good feeling David will like that one alot too since he seems to be becoming an old fart and not loving thrill rides anymore and Soarin' is so mellow.

oh and that video game that you can star is sounds cool too. I've never heard of that and my family would dig that. Thanks for mentioning it!

TanzUnited99
10-02-2011, 08:54 AM
Yay on getting front row in Soarin! That's the best way to ride this attraction! :thumbsup2

Love the WS pics and lol at DBF getting in character at the end! :laughing:

heathsf
10-02-2011, 11:38 AM
Yay on getting front row in Soarin! That's the best way to ride this attraction! :thumbsup2

Love the WS pics and lol at DBF getting in character at the end! :laughing:

Yes it is! :thumbsup2 By the way, I'm planning to head over to your TR as soon as I write today's updates :goodvibes

Oh wow, that is awesome how they did the back of Tower of Terror! I've never heard that before.

Ok, glad to hear that BF liked Soarin. I have a pretty good feeling David will like that one alot too since he seems to be becoming an old fart and not loving thrill rides anymore and Soarin' is so mellow.

oh and that video game that you can star is sounds cool too. I've never heard of that and my family would dig that. Thanks for mentioning it!

I would be totally shocked if your DH doesn't love Soarin' and same for the kids! And the video game thing is a lot of fun. If you want, I can send you the link to our game (turns out it does still work!) so you can see what it is but that may spoil some of the fun for when you do it with your family. :wizard:

Glad he liked Soarin'! On my trip last month, my BFF rode Soarin' for the 1st time and her reaction was, "Meh." What?! :eek:


I never knew that about ToT! That is too cool.

WWWHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTT!!??!!?? MEH!?!? Seriously???? How can that be? Were her eyes open??? I can't believe that! What was your response to that?

:rotfl2: I love the last picture of him!

I never even noticed the back of Tower of Terror before. That is brilliant how Disney made it blend into the back of Morocco!

I can't wait to hear about San Angel Inn. Have never eaten there before but want to! The ambiance looks somewhat romantic and relaxing!

This was my second time eating there and I really enjoyed both times, although the restaurant has changed a bit. I'm going to post that update right now.

I would agree that having a first timer ride Soarin' from the first row is always the best. I wouldn't want to have feet dangling in my face either.

I love the picture of your DBF as a viking. Classic. :lmao:

Haha I will definitely pass that message along to him. You wouldn't think that he was resistant to wear the hat and it took a bit of convincing. I guess he figured if he's going to do it, he may as well give it his all! :rotfl2:

Okay, I'm all caught up on your TR! It looks like you guys had an amazing trip! Can't wait to read more :goodvibes

Thanks! :goodvibes More coming soon!

heathsf
10-02-2011, 01:09 PM
Sunday, August 21 - Part 6

It was time for our 6:30 pm ADR at San Angel Inn. I had eaten here once before two years ago and really enjoyed it. Of course, this was BF's first time :goodvibes

I LOVE the inside of this pavilion. It's so easy to forget that you're not really outside at dusk.
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I peeked into La Cava del Tequila for the first time and while small, it looked like a fun place for a drink. Sorry I didn't take a picture.

I had noticed that San Angel Inn had a decent number of negative reviews around the Dis and I started to get a little nervous. I had really liked it last time I ate here but they had changed the restaurant since then. There are new tables and chairs and they are *way* closer together than they used to be. I had read this and seen pictures even before my trip. I had also read mixed reviews about the new menu. A few weeks before the trip, I started checking occasionally to see if I could get lucky and find an opening at Teppan Edo for this night's dinner since I had absolutely loved my meal there in February. But I wasn't able to find anything and was reluctant to switch to any other restaurant because this was one that BF had picked himself more than 6 months ago! So we stuck with it.

You can see right away that while the new tables and chairs are more elegant than the ones they used to have, the tables are certainly much closer together than they used to be. If you really enjoy your privacy (and want your neighbors to have theirs too), you may not be comfortable here.
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Here are some menu pics:
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They start you with some chips and salsa. Both cups of salsa were the same and if I remember correctly they were just a little spicy.
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The metal thing off to the left was holding a candle and that was really the only light source. I had to hold my menu up to it to see, and even then it was still hard to read the menu. The menu pictures I posted were lightened on my computer which is why the quality isn't so great. And I'm sorry for cutting off some of the dishes' descriptions but it really was difficult to see. And between the candle and the somewhat large contraption for the chips and salsa, the small table was very crowded.

BF ordered the Traditional Mexican Dinner ($34), which was covered by the regular dining plan, and included the regular entree and dessert plus an appetizer. Score! :thumbsup2 However the three courses are specified on the menu (see menu photo #2 above).

First up: The appetizer - which BF was kind enough to share with me :lovestruc

Tostadas de Tinga ($10 a la carte) - pulled chicken seasoned with roasted tomato and chipotle, served on tostadas with black beans, green tomatillo sauce, queso fresco and sour cream
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These were absolutely outstanding! So flippin' delicious! I kind of wanted to fight BF for the right to eat all of them.

BF's dinner was the Tacos de Pescado (which I did not see listed under the regular entrees) -Mahi-Mahi served with chipotle-lime aioli, cabbage, lime and green tomatillo suace, all served over flour tortillas
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BF really enjoyed these although he did say he wished he was hungrier. It came with rice and black beans as sides:
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I really liked the black beans, and that's saying a lot because I'm usually not a fan of eating them on their own. They were prepared really well and the cheese (not sure what it was) just wrapped up the whole package. I wanted to order an extra side of them for myself but unfortunately once our entrees were served, we didn't see our waiter again for a long time. Well, we saw him but only from a distance. All of the waiters and waitresses looked hard at work, rushing around to tables and in and out of the kitchen. They seemed like they may have been understaffed. If I *really* wanted those beans, I could have just grabbed any waiter walking by the table but they honestly all seemed so busy that I decided to just share a little bit of BF's. No big deal. I had plenty of food on my own plate anyway.

I ordered the Pollo a las Rajas ($23) - grilled chicken breast served with red peppers & onion cream sauce, poblano rice, and queso fresco
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I think this was very similar to what I ate on my last trip to San Angel Inn. It was very very good, but didn't blow me away like last night's dinner at The Wave did, or like my lunch at Le Cellier did. Although I will admit, those will be two very difficult meals to top. I really liked the sauce on my entree but I found myself wishing for the same pulled chicken that was used for the appetizer (as opposed to grilled). That pulled chicken was just delicious.

BF's dessert was supposed to be the Crema Bavaria (creamy bavarian mousse served with mixed berries, cinnamon and orange liqueur $8) but he asked the waiter if he could make a substitution for the Helado de Dulce de Leche and he was accomodated.

Helado de Dulce de Leche ($7 a la carte) - caramel ice cream
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He thought it was good but in the end, it was just ice cream.

I ordered the Crepas de Cajeta ($11) - warm crepes served with "cajeta" - caramel sauce, and topped with toasted almonds
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The sauce was really yummy but I remember thinking the crepes were a little more soggy than spongy. I still managed to eat the whole thing however :rolleyes1

All in all, this was a very delicious dinner. The table was very crowded and the service was just okay (although I certainly don't blame our waiter for that, he was clearly very very busy along with every other waiter/waitress in the restaurant) but I think the quality of the food more than made up for it. There are so many restaurants in the WS that I haven't tried yet that I do want to eat at, and even so, I would return to San Angel Inn again.

Up Next: We ride Test Track again...but together this time!

IheartDDuck
10-02-2011, 06:18 PM
I haven't been at the San Angel Inn for a while. It's always been a good meal, not a great one. I'm glad to see that the menu has changed a little bit though. I think it needed some sprucing for sure.

The food looked really good. Making me hungry. :lmao:

TanzUnited99
10-02-2011, 06:29 PM
Glad you both enjoyed San Angel Inn :thumbsup2 We didn't eat here but your description of the appetiser alone makes me feel like this meal was worth it! Great food porn!

PixieMama
10-02-2011, 08:47 PM
WWWHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTT!!??!!?? MEH!?!? Seriously???? How can that be? Were her eyes open??? I can't believe that! What was your response to that?

I know!!! In her defense, she really really really loves thrill rides. So I can understand how Soarin' wouldn't measure up to RnR. But, still. Soarin' is AWESOME! How can you not love it?!

heathsf
10-15-2011, 08:07 AM
I haven't been at the San Angel Inn for a while. It's always been a good meal, not a great one. I'm glad to see that the menu has changed a little bit though. I think it needed some sprucing for sure.

The food looked really good. Making me hungry. :lmao:

I think you were right about the sprucing--and it did them really well. It was so yummy! I always get hungry when I write an update about one of my meals :lmao:

Glad you both enjoyed San Angel Inn :thumbsup2 We didn't eat here but your description of the appetiser alone makes me feel like this meal was worth it! Great food porn!

Thanks! I have to go catch up on your TR to see where you did eat! :goodvibes

I know!!! In her defense, she really really really loves thrill rides. So I can understand how Soarin' wouldn't measure up to RnR. But, still. Soarin' is AWESOME! How can you not love it?!

I really really love thrill rides too but there's still room in my heart for Soarin' of course! :rotfl:

heathsf
10-15-2011, 08:49 AM
Sunday, August 21 - Part 7

After finishing our yummy dinner in Mexico we returned to Future World yet again so we could use our FP for Test Track and finally ride it together.
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We decided we wanted to do something fun for our ride photo:
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THIS is why it is *so* much more fun riding together rather than separately! We both had more fun the second time around which again made me really wish he had been willing to wait instead of succumbing to the evil beckoning of the single rider line :lmao: By the way, I think 3 out of 6 people in that ride photo are asleep.

While on line for Test Track, we found two people who were willing to take our extra Maelstrom FP that we didn't want. Why is it so difficult to give away FP? I feel like some people look at me like I'm trying to scam them. Other people had no idea what Maelstrom was!! :eek: But we did eventually make two people happy who did not think we were scamming them and who did want to ride Maelstrom. Hooray!

Now it was time to find a spot for Illuminations. We took a few pictures on our way:
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Whenever we take a PhotoPass picture, I also give my own camera to the photographer and ask them to take a picture with that as well and they're always very happy to do it. (Side note: I tried this with the Fan Foto photographer on the Fenway Park tour [that would be the PhotoPass equivalent at a Red Sox game] and they said they were not permitted to use my camera - and as another side note, their picture quality was horrendous) So anyway, just for fun, here is a comparison of the picture that was taken with my point-and-shoot (photo #1) and the photographer's camera (photo #2):
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It was getting very close to 9:00 at this point and I had already warned BF that if we didn't find a spot at least an hour before Illuminations, it would be slim pickin's but he insisted that he didn't mind. He wanted to ride Test Track again [together] and so did I. But the difference is that I've seen Illuminations at least 10 times already and this was going to be his first! But I didn't want to force him against his will to find a spot too early so we did the best we could considering it was about 8:45 at this point.

Now let me interrupt with some information that influenced where we looked for our Illuminations spot. In my PTR I had suggested a few different possibilities for the end of the night - one of which involved us going to MK for EMH until 2am and sleeping in tomorrow. Since we didn't take a break today like originally planned and since we were worried about a hurricane ruining the end of our trip, we decided to go to AK tomorrow for EMH since the day we had originally planned to go there (Thursday) was the day that Irene was supposed to arrive. So given that we would have to arrive at AK prior to 8am, we decided to rush out of Epcot as soon as Illuminations ends so we won't end up having an experience like last night's wait for a bus home.

That said, we looked for a spot near Future World so that we could make our quick getaway. There was a lot of empty space near the boat dock so I figured that would be fine once they turned off all the lights. At least we were right up against the railing. While the view of the fireworks was good, the spot where the globe ended up staying for the majority of the show was blocked from where we were standing. I was okay with this (because as I said before, I had seen it at least 10 times already) but BF wanted to see so he walked away a little bit and stood behind a small crowd but he's tall enough that he was able to see. As soon as the first part of the show ended, I grabbed him and we walked quickly toward the exit. There weren't too many people doing the same yet. By the time we made it to Spaceship Earth, the last round of fireworks was going up and we could see them fine from where we were standing. Once they ended, the masses really starting moving toward the exit but we were already out of the park. When we got to the Pop Century bus stop there was already a bus there and people were boarding. We knew we would have no problem making it on to the next bus that pulled up. Lucky for us, that happened right away. In fact, it was a coach bus and it arrived before the first bus had even finished loading. We were directed onto the coach bus where we each got a very comfortable seat :goodvibes

I snapped a picture as we were walking toward the bus.
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When we got back to POP there was a movie playing on a portable screen next to the Hippy Dippy pool. I had heard about this at other resorts but not here so that was pretty cool!
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It was Toy Story 3 and I kind of wanted to stay and watch but knew I had to be up early tomorrow. I just didn't know how early I'd be waking up...

Up Next: Why couldn't I sleep at 5:40am and EMH at AK

teekathepony
10-15-2011, 09:05 AM
omg, I laughed so hard at your test track photo!!!
Yayyyy for easy bussing back to Pop!
I never saw them do the movie nights, that would be fun.

heathsf
10-15-2011, 09:48 AM
Monday, August 22 - Part 1

I woke up at 5:40am on Monday morning needing to use the bathroom. My first thought was to check the weather for the end of the week on my phone. What I read made me feel like I had been punched in the stomach. Not only was Hurricane Irene still on a path to hit Florida, now it will be stronger than the meteorologists originally thought when it arrives. There was no way I was going back to sleep after reading that, I was wide awake. I called Continental to find out if we would have any options to change our flight. I wanted to do it as soon as possible so I could have some peace of mind. I was on hold for about 20 minutes at which time I spoke to a representative who I felt was very rude to me. Maybe I was too accustomed to speaking with Disney representatives since I had called quite a few times before our trip. The Continental rep told me that she "knew nothing" about a hurricane headed toward the U.S. Really!?!? Because it had been all over the news for the past few days already! And it wasn't just what she said, it was the way she said it. I was already upset about the idea of my vacation being ruined and speaking to this woman only made me feel worse. Continental had not issued any information about U.S. flights being affected by the hurricane so if we wanted to change the flights now it would cost us an arm and a leg. We would have to wait until it got closer. I hung up the phone feeling just as worried about a terrible ending to our trip and angry because this woman had upset me. I started getting ready for our morning at AK, but this wasn't a very fun start to the day.

When BF woke up I told him about my call and he again reminded me that while I can't control the hurricane, I can control whether or not I have fun while I'm here so I tried to adopt his optimism as we headed off to AK.

When we got to the bus stop we saw workers repainting the large orange "POP" nearby. No wonder the paint always looks so fresh...it probably is! Unfortunately, the humidity was attacking my camera and this is how the picture came out:
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We didn't have to wait long for a bus and soon were on our way to AK. We arrived at 7:45 and people had already been allowed through the turnstiles.
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As far as I saw, there was no welcome show. Or perhaps we missed it and it happened before we arrived, but I was expecting it at 8am. People were standing in a mob-style line at the ropes on either side of The Oasis. Just standing there! When there were animals to see! All you had to do was step off the main drag into one of the "alcoves"...

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We spent a decent amount of time hanging out by these birds and ducks as they were very entertaining and BF really enjoys ducks. In fact, two of them walked right by our feet (on our side of the fence) which I didn't take any pictures of - only a movie. We hung out there until the rope was dropped and people started moving into the park. That's when we rejoined the mob to make our way toward Expedition Everest. I told BF we could either stay with the mob or cut through DinoLand USA. BF chose the latter and I was so glad we did. It was absolutely empty! Regardless of whether or not we "beat" the rest of the crowd, it was nice just to walk without hundreds of people on all sides of us. Not to mention it was quite a sight to see the totally empty parts of the park. Here is the documentation of our journey to EE:
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When we arrived, we first grabbed a FP for later. The return time was for 9:50am but we would be able to get a new FP at 9:05. Then we got on the standby line which was stretching outside of the ride. And not moving. And neither were the cars on the ride. Hmm... It seemed that EE's opening was delayed this morning. We were not told how long it would be but once it did open we would be one of the first people on so I really didn't want to get off line. While waiting for news I snapped a few pictures.
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I'm glad we waited because it opened at 8:15 and we walked right through the entire queue (with me saying to BF "look at the detail over here!" and "look at the detail over there!" and "isn't it cool how they did this?" and "isn't it cool how they did that?" the whole way through). I suppose BF missing all of the details on the queue was a worthwhile sacrifice for riding EE with zero wait. BF did enjoy ringing the bells though.

When we got to the loading area, we asked politely if we could wait for the front row. For this ride, they actually have a separate area for people to wait for the front row since it's a common request here. There were only two groups in front of us waiting and we were boarding in no time.

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Since we had the front row, I decided to tighten my camera strap onto my wrist to the point of reduced-circulation so I could take pictures on the ride. *Spoiler Alert* If you have never been on EE and don't want to see a few on-ride photos, please skip this section. If you have never rode in the first row and want to see why you should:
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I LOVE THIS RIDE!!! And I'm happy to say: SO DOES BF!! I knew he would. Even though it doesn't go upside down, it is still a very fun, exciting coaster. Unfortunately, I wasn't quick enough to take a picture of our ride photo but I would get a second chance! When we exited, there was a 10 minute wait posted so we decided to ride again.
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It only took five minutes to get to the boarding area. We didn't bother waiting for the first row this time. We let fate handle this one and we ended up toward the back. I caught our elusive ride photo this time:
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Oh my gosh! I just noticed that the yeti is totally about to grab us in the picture! :rotfl:

Up Next: The ride that continues to scare me no matter how many times I ride it- Dinosaur!

TanzUnited99
10-15-2011, 10:41 AM
Love your TT photo! :rotfl:

Thanks for the comparison of PP v the shot on your camera. We did not get PP this time round so it's nice to see the difference.

I'm glad you got to see Illuminations.

Oh no on the Continental phone lady spoiling your morning.

Wow at the AK mob and then the empty park shots at Dinoland - what a difference!

Love the EE photos! Brings back scary memories!

PixieMama
10-15-2011, 11:01 AM
Your TT photo is hilarious! Not just you guys, but the kid in the back, too! :lmao:

We did the same thing at AK... took the route through DinoLand to get to EE, instead of going through Asia. I agree, I don't think it's necessarily quicker, but the crowd is definitely thinner!

I think EE is my #1 WDW attraction. The detail in the queue is fabulous, and the ride itself is awesome!

Leshaface
10-15-2011, 01:53 PM
I'm not sure how I missed your San Angel Inn update :confused3

Anyway, AWESOME updates! I love the TT picture of you two :lmao: I like seeing pictures of people enjoying themselves on rides! This makes me wish I would have gotten a picture of us riding TT the very first time in 2008. We had shocking looks on our faces, since we didn't know what to expect. We looked genuinely freaked out :rotfl:

Ugh, why can't all customer reps be Disney Reps? They just make everything so much easier.

Bring on Dinosaur! :woohoo:

IheartDDuck
10-15-2011, 04:16 PM
I always love doing silly things in ride photos! I think the kid in the middle seat in the back of your TT photo is actually texting....:lmao:

Good idea cutting through Dinoland to get to EE. It's always my route of choice and it always works out. Glad you guys loved the ride. The back is a lot of fun on it. I think it makes the sensation of going backwards stronger.

teekathepony
10-15-2011, 07:54 PM
I love doing Everest twice in a row! We did that last year with no wait too. Fun!
Love the pics of your walk through empty dino land!

FosterA
10-16-2011, 08:38 AM
First of all, so sorry that the pesky hurricane had to cause you worry. ugh! I'm like that too, I get very nervous about stuff and worry way before it even happens.

Secondly, so cool that BF loved Test Track. That is one of the only major attractions I did not have time to do when I went to WDW so I'm really looking forward to it. I think my husband should really like it too!

Also....is the front row of EE really really cool? I might have to try to wait for the front and see. When I rode it back in Feb, I did single rider and sat next to a stranger so it was a little weird. I'm ready for a re-do!

Keep up with the report, you give great details!

heathsf
10-22-2011, 10:11 AM
Love your TT photo! :rotfl:

Thanks for the comparison of PP v the shot on your camera. We did not get PP this time round so it's nice to see the difference.

I'm glad you got to see Illuminations.

Oh no on the Continental phone lady spoiling your morning.

Wow at the AK mob and then the empty park shots at Dinoland - what a difference!

Love the EE photos! Brings back scary memories!

I do feel that the PP package is really expensive (even with the pre-order discount), especially when the photographers will take the same pictures with my camera (for free!) but there really is a quality difference. It's also nice if you're traveling with a family (with kids) to have everyone in the picture together, I'm sure it's a real convenience.

Your TT photo is hilarious! Not just you guys, but the kid in the back, too! :lmao:

We did the same thing at AK... took the route through DinoLand to get to EE, instead of going through Asia. I agree, I don't think it's necessarily quicker, but the crowd is definitely thinner!

I think EE is my #1 WDW attraction. The detail in the queue is fabulous, and the ride itself is awesome!

EE is such a perfect example of what makes WDW so spectacularly different than any other theme park!

I'm not sure how I missed your San Angel Inn update :confused3

Anyway, AWESOME updates! I love the TT picture of you two :lmao: I like seeing pictures of people enjoying themselves on rides! This makes me wish I would have gotten a picture of us riding TT the very first time in 2008. We had shocking looks on our faces, since we didn't know what to expect. We looked genuinely freaked out :rotfl:

Ugh, why can't all customer reps be Disney Reps? They just make everything so much easier.

Bring on Dinosaur! :woohoo:

Once again - just another reason for you and DH to go back and get that ride photo on TT!! :goodvibes Although next time might be a bigger family trip ;)

I always love doing silly things in ride photos! I think the kid in the middle seat in the back of your TT photo is actually texting....:lmao:

Good idea cutting through Dinoland to get to EE. It's always my route of choice and it always works out. Glad you guys loved the ride. The back is a lot of fun on it. I think it makes the sensation of going backwards stronger.

I think you're right about sitting in the back on EE. The first time I rode in the back I really felt like we might have been upside-down in the dark. I know we weren't but that sensation was there.....


Love the pics of your walk through empty dino land!

Thanks! It was very cool to experience it that way.

First of all, so sorry that the pesky hurricane had to cause you worry. ugh! I'm like that too, I get very nervous about stuff and worry way before it even happens.

Secondly, so cool that BF loved Test Track. That is one of the only major attractions I did not have time to do when I went to WDW so I'm really looking forward to it. I think my husband should really like it too!

Also....is the front row of EE really really cool? I might have to try to wait for the front and see. When I rode it back in Feb, I did single rider and sat next to a stranger so it was a little weird. I'm ready for a re-do!

Keep up with the report, you give great details!

You and your whole family will love TT!

About EE, I rode it single-rider twice in February (there was no chance of getting my mom on it) and it really wasn't as fun. It's so much more enjoyable when you're experiencing it with someone. You will enjoy it SO much more when you ride with your family - no matter where you sit. However, if the wait for the front-row isn't long I would definitely ask for it. The views are spectacular - I promise you will think it was worth it!

heathsf
10-23-2011, 08:53 AM
Monday, August 22 - Part 2

After riding EE twice we turned around and walked back the way we came, toward DinoLand USA. It was still very empty.
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Our next stop would be Dinosaur which I have rode too many times to count yet it still terrifies me every single time. It's a fun kind of terrifying (or I wouldn't keep riding it) however I would think twice before taking young children on. To me, the dinosaurs are VERY realistic and Disney, of course, does a great job of immersing you in the ride experience. On the other hand, I don't think that most adults share my honestly-frightened feelings about the ride. My mom hates anything scary and that included movies and rides, yet she thought Dinosaur was very tame (although bumpy). She couldn't believe that I find it so scary. So maybe it's just me? Okay enough rambling about that... Back to the TR where BF was doing his best imitation of a T-Rex:
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I don't remember what the posted wait time said, but it was a walk-on.
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And here is the ride photo:
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Upon analyzing this photo, I have come to the conclusion that the only genuinely scared reaction is mine. More evidence that it is just me. BF thought thought the ride was really fun although it was rough. He also commented that the dinosaurs looked "really cool" with the exception that he thought "they were kinda lazy with the pterodactyl." This made me laugh but I could definitely see his point. If you remember the pterodactyl on the ride, you'll probably agree as well. If not, keep an eye out for it next time. :lmao:

After leaving DinoLand it was already so disgustingly hot out so we decided to ride Kali River Rapids. I had only been on it once before and that was over five years ago so I was excited to ride it again. However I was really concerned about our things getting soaked and especially concerned about my socks getting soaked after the blisters I acquired on our first day from wet socks. We stopped into a gift shop and asked for a plastic bag large enough for my backpack to fit into so we could use that for extra protection. Now that we were prepared, we were ready for the rapids. But first we walked to Africa to check out the status of Kilimanjaro Safari since I felt it was more of a priority than Kali. I, of course, snapped some pictures on the way. Animal Kingdom's theming is impeccable. No matter how many times I'm there, I can't get over what an amazing job they did creating "Africa" and "Asia." I don't remember if I read this fun fact or saw it on one of the Disney Parks DVDs, but every building/structure in Animal Kingdom was either brought over from one of the countries/cities that it is representing or is an exact replica (down to the cracks in the walls) of a building/structure that actually exists. How cool is that!? :worship:

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It was 9:14 when we arrived at KS and the standby wait time was 30 minutes. However, the FP return time was 25 minutes in the future, at 9:39. This was a no-brainer. We grabbed the FP and headed to Kali. On our way we stopped for a bit so BF could enjoy some African percussion instruments.
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The posted wait time at KRR was 20 minutes. I think we may have waited a little longer than that and oh-my-gosh was it hot. At this point I really did want to get soaked so we could cool down a bit, although I was still worrying about my socks. For a minute I thought maybe I would take my shoes off but I should have known better than to think that Disney would allow that:
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Ultimately my solution was to just take my socks off, figuring that my sneakers would be able to dry much quicker without socks on. On an unrelated note, I felt like the queue was pretty boring until the very end just before boarding the raft.
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When you're riding you really can't predict who is going to get wet and who is going to get soaked. The raft keeps turning as you move and it's just a matter of chance. BF and I hardly got wet at all which was a little disappointing but on the bright side, my feet stayed totally dry.

Up Next: Maharajah Jungle Trek & Flights of Wonder

Leshaface
10-23-2011, 11:40 PM
:lmao: I think there may be a tie for the most genuinely scared reaction on Dinosaur. That little girl with her hands over her ears/face looks pretty realistic. But because this is your TR, i'll give the first place to you! :rotfl:

And I must agree with you about the theming of this park. It seems that a lot of my photos from AK are all of the buildings. They are just too neat to NOT take pictures of.

teekathepony
10-24-2011, 12:11 PM
DH and I were the two who got soaked on our Kali river ride! I love that it's so unpredictable.
I totally agree about the theming in AK. So incredible!
My cousin (26 years old) is genuinely afraid of Dinosaur, so you're not alone!

IheartDDuck
10-24-2011, 12:17 PM
You're not the only one who is genuinely afraid of Dinosaur. A few of my friends actually refuse to go on it again. :lmao:

You're right, the pterodactyl is kind of lazy. :rotfl: I've often thought that myself.

I tend to avoid Kali because of the whole getting soaked thing. I always have bad luck. I would understand your trepidation because of the wet sock / blister situation.

TanzUnited99
10-24-2011, 04:30 PM
I am with you on Dinosaur being scary! Zaheer was the same as your DBF - I look terrified in our photo and am hiding behind him! :lmao:

I love the theming of AK as well - it is so well done :thumbsup2 Oh no on staying dry on KRRs - that's no fun but like you said at least your feet stayed dry.

Cin
10-25-2011, 12:37 PM
Oh! I Love the pictures of the buildings. They are so beautiful. Animal Kingdom is really a beautiful place and full of detail. I don't remember seeing/noticing all that when I was there, but I think my senses were just so overwhelmed with info that I missed a lot mostly in just trying to read the maps, signs, and navigate! This time it will be a different pace as we won't be riding the thrill stuff so there should be plenty of time to stop, look, and listen. And take lots and lots of pics!

heathsf
11-01-2011, 08:28 AM
:lmao: I think there may be a tie for the most genuinely scared reaction on Dinosaur. That little girl with her hands over her ears/face looks pretty realistic. But because this is your TR, i'll give the first place to you! :rotfl:

And I must agree with you about the theming of this park. It seems that a lot of my photos from AK are all of the buildings. They are just too neat to NOT take pictures of.

:rotfl: Thanks for giving me 1st place!

DH and I were the two who got soaked on our Kali river ride! I love that it's so unpredictable.
I totally agree about the theming in AK. So incredible!
My cousin (26 years old) is genuinely afraid of Dinosaur, so you're not alone!

Ha, that's funny - I'm also 26! ;) The unpredictability of Kali does make it more interesting. You never know if/when you're going to get soaked! I was a little disappointed that we didn't get wetter because it was soooooo hot. On the other hand, I rode a similar ride at Six Flags a few years ago and got 100% SOAKED....and when the sun went down I was quite chilly. But that was in NJ - not in FL!

You're not the only one who is genuinely afraid of Dinosaur. A few of my friends actually refuse to go on it again. :lmao:

You're right, the pterodactyl is kind of lazy. :rotfl: I've often thought that myself.

I tend to avoid Kali because of the whole getting soaked thing. I always have bad luck. I would understand your trepidation because of the wet sock / blister situation.

While Dinosaur does scare me, I do still enjoy it. Even if it does make my heart rate soar! :lmao: And the getting-soaked factor has kept me away from Kali for years - it was just so hot that day... but we didn't really get wet anyway!

I am with you on Dinosaur being scary! Zaheer was the same as your DBF - I look terrified in our photo and am hiding behind him! :lmao:

I love the theming of AK as well - it is so well done :thumbsup2 Oh no on staying dry on KRRs - that's no fun but like you said at least your feet stayed dry.

You're right about my feet. If they had gotten soaked I probably would've wished I stayed dry!

Oh! I Love the pictures of the buildings. They are so beautiful. Animal Kingdom is really a beautiful place and full of detail. I don't remember seeing/noticing all that when I was there, but I think my senses were just so overwhelmed with info that I missed a lot mostly in just trying to read the maps, signs, and navigate! This time it will be a different pace as we won't be riding the thrill stuff so there should be plenty of time to stop, look, and listen. And take lots and lots of pics!

Definitely stop, look, and listen - especially at AK! You will notice more next time. I notice new things every time I'm there. In fact, I can't wait to go back and notice more new things! ;)

heathsf
11-01-2011, 09:21 AM
Monday, August 22 - Part 3

After our not-so-wet trip on the Kali River, we decided to check out the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
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I'm afraid that I failed in the picture department here. I have walked through this area a few times before and taken lots and lots of pictures but this time I really just wanted to enjoy it with my own eyes. So to make up for it, I will first post the pictures I took on this trip, and then I will post some pictures I took in February just to show how many very cool animals you can find here.

First up: the Bat House
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This one's eating:
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Have you ever seen such a fantastically detailed water fountain? The imagineers did an amazing job having it blend into the surroundings.
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Hehe funny face - but I just love the atmosphere of the picture.
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This is where we realized we still weren't wearing socks from Kali. So we stopped at this bench to put them back on. But that's not why I'm posting this picture :laughing: I'm posting it because it doesn't look like an amusement park, does it? I think it looks like we might have actually been in a jungle in Asia.
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Okay, back to tigers!
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This tiger literally flopped over right after I took this picture and started rolling around in the grass like a cute little kitty cat. I don't usually post videos but I just had to make an exception for this one.
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Beautifully elaborate bird feeders
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Okay, that's all I took on this trip. I literally didn't take my camera out at all in the first area of the jungle trek. But here are just a few pictures from previous trips:
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Pretty cool right? I recommend taking the time to walk through this beautiful area.

After exiting the jungle, we watched the monkeys play for a bit. They are so entertaining.
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Another example of spectacular theming. (Are you sick of seeing these "attention-to-detail" pictures yet?) Notice the advertisement for Yak & Yeti.
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Up Next: Flights of Wonder and Lunch

PrincessAmongPrinces
11-01-2011, 11:45 AM
Great pictures! :)
We tried the Maharaja Jungle Trek for the first time on this past trip, and it was amazing!

skidisney
11-01-2011, 11:55 AM
Great Pics!! Reminds me of my trips down to the World!!!:)

heathsf
11-01-2011, 12:20 PM
Monday, August 22 - Part 4

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After watching the monkeys play for a bit we decided to catch the Flights of Wonder show. I had seen this once before, five years ago, and remembered liking it. We got there just a few minutes before the show was starting (earlier shows tend to be less crowded) and were able to get very good seats towards the front although not in the center. But there are no bad seats. The CMs were directing families with small children to sit in the back where the benches were set up like stadium seating - as opposed to the front section where all benches are level so if someone tall sits in front of you it will be very difficult to see. By the time the show started there were plenty of empty seats around us so we moved back one row so that there was an empty bench in front of us and we didn't have any heads blocking our view. By the way, don't be late because the start of the show is very cool.

Again, I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I could have/should have because I just wanted to enjoy the show. I did snap a few though. The birds are spectacular and the story line is cute (even if it is a little corny :thumbsup2)

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After the show we were ready for lunch. We decided to eat at the Yak & Yeti Quick Service since it was close by and I had eaten there in February and really enjoyed it.
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Sweet & Sour Chicken:
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I was pretty disappointed in this. I got it in February and really liked it a lot. In August...not so much. I couldn't tell you what was different but I just remembered it being better.

Honey Chicken:
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This one I just didn't like the taste of. BF and I were supposed to be sharing both dishes but I just couldn't eat the honey so I mostly ate the Sweet & Sour chicken. BF thought both were okay.

For dessert we both got the Chocolate Cake:
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Always yummy, although a little rich for me. Yet I somehow manage to eat it all :goodvibes We ordered the cake because the frozen lemonade was just down right bad when I had it in February (in my opinion anyway - I'm sure there are people who enjoy it).

I got a bottle of water and BF got a coke. Lunch would have cost $34 but we used two quick service dining credits. For me, that meal was a real disappointment. I will definitely find a different QS next time. There are so many places I haven't tried yet.

After lunch we used our EE FP and had no wait. I really liked our picture (we hammed it up) but I wasn't able to catch it on my camera and I didn't like it enough to pay $15 or whatever a ride photo costs. Oh well.

Next we used our FP for Kilimanjaro Safari. We had a short wait on the FP return line and soon we were sitting in the front row of our vehicle (by coincidence - I didn't ask for this one). The way we were standing in line, I would have been sitting on the outside but BF kindly asked me if he could have that seat so he could see better. :thumbsup2 Of course I let him have the better seat, I was so happy he was interested enough to want the spot with the better view!

Now I'm sorry to report that again I have failed you in the picture department. I have been on this ride so many times and I have spent the entire ride snapping pictures every time. I feel like I missed out on a lot by looking at everything through my camera lens so I left my camera in my bag and just sat back and enjoyed the ride. And I really really did enjoy the ride. It was nice to relax and look around without worrying about my camera. BF really enjoyed it too. I've had better rides but we got to see a lot of animals and I was happy that BF was happy. Fun fact about KS: Just this one attraction itself is the size of the entire Magic Kingdom!

After KS we were hot and tired and ready to go for a swim back at the hotel. I felt a little rumbly in my tumbly as we were walking toward the exit so I used a snack credit on a Mickey-Cookies 'n' Cream-Ice Cream Sandwich. I must have gobbled it down quickly because there is no photo evidence but I can tell you it was yummy!

After eating my snack we stopped for a few Photopass pictures in two different places. BF wasn't thrilled about it at the time but he agrees now that we got some really cute pictures out of it. We had two great photographers.

Just for fun, we'll start with the picture that the photographer took with my camera to compare:
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And now PP:
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For this one the photographer said, "Show me how hot it is!" (Ugh, we were literally dripping with sweat at this point)
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We left AK 1000% exhausted, hot, and sweaty. Yet we were also in great moods and I think at least part of that is due to those two Photopass photographers who were so much fun and really made us feel we were in a magical place.

Of course, things felt a little less magical when we arrived at the bus stop just in time to see a POP bus pulling away. We sat down on the ground in the shade to wait for the next bus. 15 minutes later another bus came and we were on our way to the hotel. Of course, the bus is so air conditioned that I wasn't nearly as hot by the time we got back to POP :laughing: I was still ready for a swim though!

Up Next: Our long-awaited swim and an adventure outside of WDW

heathsf
11-01-2011, 01:05 PM
Monday, August 22 - Part 5

We arrived back at Pop Century at 1:45. Although the bowling pin pool was the closest to our room, we decided to swim at the Hippy Dippy Pool (the main pool) since we heard music as we walked past it on our way to our room. However, it was nice to know that we had the option of a much quieter, less crowded pool if we had wanted it. I left my camera in the room so it would be safe, so once again I ask your forgiveness for the lack of pictures.

The pool was just the right temperature for me, which means it was probably a little too warm for most people. I grew up swimming in my grandmother's 90 degree pool (ie. bathwater) so when a pool is colder than 85 degrees it takes me some time to slowly get my whole body into the water. I had no problems getting right into this pool though! It was fairly crowded but not so crowded that we couldn't find our own space to hang out in. The flower showers are very cute, I had never noticed them before. This was actually my first time swimming in this pool. I had only ever swam in the bowling pin before. There was a DJ/MC running a music trivia contest. The first contest (which we only caught the end of) featured Disney music. The second contest featured both Disney and Pop music. Makes sense, right? :goodvibes BF and I didn't officially participate but we had a lot of fun trying to identify all the songs. We were really having an awesome time. It was great to just relax and enjoy the pool. And I was thrilled that BF was having so much fun listening to the songs (even the Disney ones!) and trying to guess them.

After the contest the DJ started naming states to find out where people were from. Well, no surprise but the vast majority of people were from the Northeast like us since we were still enjoying the end of our summer vacation while most of the country was already back to school.

After about an hour of swimming we went back to the room to change for dinner. We figured this would be a good time to make our way to CVS so I could pick up the prescription I filled over the phone yesterday while at Epcot. I called the front desk and a very helpful CM arranged for a cab to pick us up at 3:30. She then gave me directions to the pharmacy that way we could make sure that the cab didn't take us some roundabout way in order to charge more money for the trip.

We walked to the front entrance at 3:30 on the dot and our cab was already waiting for us. The driver was very friendly and knew exactly where the pharmacy was. Apparently I am not the only person who goes on vacation without enough prescription medication. It was about a fifteen minute drive to the CVS and the driver waited outside while I ran in to pick up my Rx. It took a few minutes and then he drove us right back to the hotel.

I have to say, it was very weird to be out in the real world in the middle of a WDW vacation. To be honest, I didn't really like it :rotfl2: Well I will say this, it was nice to have the option to buy things like water, bandaids, and snacks without paying a fortune! But when I'm in WDW I love feeling like I'm somewhere else away from the real world. Next time I'll try to avoid the trip to CVS. On the plus side, we got to pass under "The Sign" again when we crossed back onto WDW Property. It was an interesting little adventure. We considered taking the cab directly to Magic Kingdom before our dinner reservation at Whispering Canyon Cafe but it would have been way too expensive. We arrived back at POP at 4:10, so we were gone for a total of 40 minutes. Not bad at all. I didn't write down the cost of the trip but I want to say it was around $40. I also didn't write down the name of the cab company but they were recommended by the resort so if anyone has need of a cab, just ask your front desk.

As a side note, there is a pharmacy in the area that delivers but they do not accept insurance. :scared1: That was not an option for me as my Rx at full price costs much much more than a $40 cab ride.

Up Next: An update with pictures (I promise!) as we make our way to Wilderness Lodge for dinner

heathsf
11-01-2011, 02:11 PM
Monday, August 22 - Part 6

Happy to be back inside the World, we took a bus to MK where we planned to take the ferry to the Wilderness Lodge for dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe. This would be my first time on the ferry and my first time to WL. I was very excited for the evening.

Since we had a park hopper, we could have spent some time inside MK but we decided to just head to the WL so we could explore a little before dinner.
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It wasn't too long before I saw a boat off in the distance. It seemed to take a really long time to finally arrive, dock, and let people off. The sky was getting dark just as people started boarding and we were five people away from where the line cut off. No room for us! :( As we watched the boat slowly pull away and make its way toward WL it seemed like it would take forever for it to get back to us. I was starting to wonder if maybe we should have just taken a bus. I entertained myself by taking a few pictures. Notice the gray clouds rolling in...especially compared to the bright blue skies that greeted us when we first arrived at MK not too long ago.
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Before I could get too grumpy another boat pulled up from the other direction. It docked on the side for Fort Wilderness but we were boarded and soon on our way to WL. Once we were on the boat I was very happy we had waited for it. It was quite relaxing and scenic. It may not be the fastest mode of transportation but it was fun and it felt special. Part of that may have been because it was my first time on the boat and was on my way to my first visit at WL. As soon as we docked I pulled my camera out and started snapping pictures as we walked toward the lodge.
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Gorgeous
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Inside
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BF is exploring his surroundings. The funny part is he would have been doing this even if I didn't have the camera out :rotfl:
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I promise he isn't as miserable as he looks here. Just tired and ready for dinner.
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"Attention to Detail" picture of a light fixture
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We checked in at Whispering Canyon Cafe at 5:30 for a 6:10 ADR. It was nice that it was located right in the lobby so we got to explore a little more while we waited for our table. Then we relaxed on the couch until our name was called.

Up Next: Don't ask for Ketchup!

heathsf
11-01-2011, 03:10 PM
Monday, August 22 - Part 7

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Our ADR at Whispering Canyon Cafe was for 6:10 pm. We checked in at 5:30 and although the CM told us very nicely that they may not be able to take us early, we were seated at 5:45.

This cute setup greeted us at the entrance.
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WCC is located in the lobby of Wilderness Lodge and I was a little bit leery because I had read about how loud and rowdy it can get. Given that, I was very happy about where we were seated. Here is the main restaurant:
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And here is where we were seated:
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We were in a small section in the back, it was almost like a patio to the rest of the restaurant. It definitely felt like we were in a separate private area which we liked but you may not if you want the full, rowdy experience. There were very few tables back here though so the chances of being seated here are not very likely.

This was the view from our table into the lobby:
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BF was ready to eat! Which was good because we were ordering the all-you-can-eat skillet!
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But first...some Hokey Pokey!
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Even though we were sitting in the back, we weren't excluded from the activities. There was also a horse race that took place in the main dining room and the waiters and waitresses made sure to include the children who were sitting in the back. Actually, not only did they include them, but they wouldn't take "no" for an answer. The two children sitting next to us didn't want to participate but the waitress wouldn't relent until they agreed to go. They may have left unenthusiastically but they returned very happy and excited so I'm assuming they had a great time.

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Soda is served in a glass jar. I had seen other peoples' pictures of this before the trip so I knew what to expect and I was very excited when I was in Dallas in July and we were served water in very similar jars.

First up: Mixed Greens Salad - Mixed greens tossed in apple vinaigrette with tomatoes, cucumbers and onions ($6.99 a la carte but included in the skillet)
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This was quite yummy. We didn't finish it though, we were saving room for the heavy-duty stuff.

Main event: Our Famous Canyon Skillet All-You-Care-To-Enjoy - Includes mixed greens with apple vinaigrette and fresh baked cornbread, smoked pork ribs, pulled pork, oven-roasted chicken, beef brisket, mashed potatoes, creamy coleslaw, cowboy beans, and corn on the cob. (Priced per person. - $28.49)
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The skillet was just delicious!
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Seconds on the chicken and mashed potatoes. We ate until we were practically about to burst.
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My favorite item was definitely the mashed potatoes. BF's favorites were the ribs and chicken (he couldn't pick just one!). He also noted that he "highly enjoyed the corn bread."

I had read in other peoples' TRs that you shouldn't ask for ketchup unless you want every bottle in the restaurant brought to your table. Well, had I wanted ketchup I would have asked for it anyway but the food was delicious enough on its own that I didn't feel I needed it. The kids next to us however did ask for ketchup and we watched as kids from the main part of the restaurant came over to help the waiters deliver all the ketchup bottles. It was quite amusing and the kids were having a great time. A little while later, a waiter came back and asked those kids to help bring all the bottles to another table and they were happy to do it.

Our waitress was very good. She was attentive but still played the part of being "rude" as fits the theme of the restaurant. For example, she took a handful of napkins and threw them at us instead of putting one down in front of each of us. She also threw quite a few straws our way. It was all a good time.

For dessert I ordered the Bread Pudding ($6.49) which came with a fig sauce but I requested to not have it. It was still served with some figs as a garnish on the plate.
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It was good but about halfway through I just absolutely could not put another bite in my mouth. I ate way too much food and my stomach was not happy about it.

BF ordered the Apple Caramel Pie a la mode ($8.99) and he loved it. Apple pie is his favorite dessert but he couldn't finish it because he, like me, was just too full.
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We used two table service credits on the dining plan for this meal. It was a fun restaurant with great food, just be careful not to eat too much like we did. I ended up with a stomach ache but that wouldn't keep me from eating there again. I'll just (try to) eat a little less next time! :goodvibes

After dinner we contemplated going to HS for EMH but decided to just stick to our plan of going for RD in the morning. We hung out in the lobby of WL for a little while, sitting in rocking chairs and talking. It definitely wasn't how I thought we would end the night when I was originally planning the trip but it was so nice and relaxing. And we were just so full!

Eventually we decided to leave but first I wanted to check out the front entrance.
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And we discovered this:
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It was a nice ending to our day. We took the first bus that came which happened to be an Epcot bus. From Epcot we were able to get right on a bus to Pop Century. We were back at the hotel at 9 and sleeping before 10. We would be well rested and ready to take on Hollywood Studios tomorrow morning for Rope Drop!

Up Next: You guessed it! Hollywood Studios!

Leshaface
11-01-2011, 04:11 PM
Tons of updates! :woohoo:

I love the video you got of the Tiger. He looks so lovable and cuddly...then I remembered this was a ferocious beast who could rip my head off in a second :lmao:

The PP pictures looked great! I've never seen the picture where you're holding the box and stitch pops out of there. So neat!

Ugh, all that food looks so amazing! Last time I asked DH to take me here back in January, and that didn't happen. I'm hoping next time he'll allow me to make ADR's here :laughing:

FosterA
11-01-2011, 09:01 PM
Great updates and lots of juicy details which I love!:goodvibes

I'm very excited about AK, I just loved that place when I went. The theming is over the top! Kali is a pesky thing to plan in though because I really don't want to walk around wet all day. I think when we go we'll hit that very last. You are lucky you didn't get all that wet!
I ate at Yak CS that time I went and wasn't all that impressed either. But..I was starving so of course I ate it all anyway.
I loved the photos from the Trek in AK. I am really looking forward to the trails! I need to figure out how to use my camera before we go. Whew! I've got alot to do in 2 weeks:laughing:

Oh and I did Dinosaur before and hated it. It didn't scare me at all but it just beats you all up which I didn't like. I might send David and the kids on this one by themselves.

Keep up the updates!

IheartDDuck
11-02-2011, 12:06 AM
Wow, that was a lot of updates. :scared1:

Okay, I always seem to get the hottest at the Animal Kingdom. I don't know what it is there, but it was just downright oppressive when we were there in July. It's no wonder you felt like you were sweating buckets.

Glad you enjoyed your meal at Whispering Canyon Cafe. It stinks that you were so full though. It's a Disney curse. You keep eating even though you shouldn't! :laughing:

okw19
11-02-2011, 09:26 AM
WCC is so good! Yum! :lovestruc I agree that AK is always 10 degrees hotter than the other parks. I can't stand going there when it's hot.

heathsf
11-02-2011, 09:31 AM
Wow, that was a lot of updates. :scared1:

Okay, I always seem to get the hottest at the Animal Kingdom. I don't know what it is there, but it was just downright oppressive when we were there in July. It's no wonder you felt like you were sweating buckets.

Glad you enjoyed your meal at Whispering Canyon Cafe. It stinks that you were so full though. It's a Disney curse. You keep eating even though you shouldn't! :laughing:

Yes it was a lot of updates! Sorry to scare you :rotfl: I haven't had work the past 3 days because there are schools in my district that are still without power & heat after that crazy October snowstorm so I pretty much spent the day yesterday writing updates. It was so nice to relax and reminisce about the trip.

I wonder if part of the reason AK feels so hot is because it's huge and requires so much walking to get anywhere...

Tons of updates! :woohoo:

I love the video you got of the Tiger. He looks so lovable and cuddly...then I remembered this was a ferocious beast who could rip my head off in a second :lmao:

The PP pictures looked great! I've never seen the picture where you're holding the box and stitch pops out of there. So neat!

Ugh, all that food looks so amazing! Last time I asked DH to take me here back in January, and that didn't happen. I'm hoping next time he'll allow me to make ADR's here :laughing:

The bolded was exactly what I was thinking! That tiger reminded me of my dog and I so wanted to scratch his belly for a moment there. I'm sure that wouldn't have turned out well. :lmao:

You and DH ate at Artist Point at WL didn't you? I'd much rather eat there ;) Maybe next time!

Great updates and lots of juicy details which I love!:goodvibes

I'm very excited about AK, I just loved that place when I went. The theming is over the top! Kali is a pesky thing to plan in though because I really don't want to walk around wet all day. I think when we go we'll hit that very last. You are lucky you didn't get all that wet!
I ate at Yak CS that time I went and wasn't all that impressed either. But..I was starving so of course I ate it all anyway.
I loved the photos from the Trek in AK. I am really looking forward to the trails! I need to figure out how to use my camera before we go. Whew! I've got alot to do in 2 weeks:laughing:

Oh and I did Dinosaur before and hated it. It didn't scare me at all but it just beats you all up which I didn't like. I might send David and the kids on this one by themselves.

Keep up the updates!

That's true about Dinosaur. It really throws you around a lot. I think saving Kali for last is a good idea...I wonder how warm the weather will be for your trip. You may not feel like getting soaked if it's on the cooler side. And I can't believe your trip is so soon! :woohoo: You better figure out how to use that camera! :goodvibes

heathsf
11-02-2011, 09:32 AM
WCC is so good! Yum! :lovestruc I agree that AK is always 10 degrees hotter than the other parks. I can't stand going there when it's hot.

Absolutely!

heathsf
11-05-2011, 09:22 AM
Tuesday, August 23 - Part 1

We arrived at HS at 8:55 this morning, a little later than I was hoping to.
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Can you believe he put these on out of his own free will!? AND he let me take a picture!
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Here was the pack we had to get behind. We were entering just as the opening show was finishing up.
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And then everyone was off...
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To the same place...
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Our original plan was to grab a FP for TSM and then head back to Sunset Blvd to ride ToT or RnRc. But when we saw where the end of the FP line was, we decided to just keep walking and ride it without a FP. Here's looking back towards the end of the FP line which is out of sight, somewhere around the entrance to One Man's Dream. It was much worse than I remember it being in February during President's Week.
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Meanwhile the standby line was also doing crazy things. It went down towards the Backlot Tour and then looped back again. It was total chaos! I knew it would be from my experience in February but I still can't get over it!

As we passed by the entrance I snapped a few pictures. Notice the posted wait time.
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This is the line heading back towards the ride entrance, it goes all the way down past that garbage can you can see on the right side of the photo. The girl in pink just looks thrilled doesn't she? I think that about sums up how most people felt when they saw the line.
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By the time we looped all the way around and were entering the building, this was the SB wait time.
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That was pretty much exactly how long it took us to get on the ride. So if you count the time it took to walk over from the entrance, maybe we only actually waited on line for 25 minutes. It wasn't terrible. BF was enjoying the queue and he was definitely excited to ride it given all the hype and seeing how crazy the lines were. Notice he is wearing his glasses underneath the 3D glasses. He was taking this seriously.
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He really enjoyed the ride and thought it was "very cool." He was also very excited about his triumphant victory over me. He just had to point out that this was only his first time riding it while I had already been on several times so I should have had the advantage. Pffft.
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As I'm sure you were able to figure out, I was Player 1 and he was Player 2. When we exited I noticed that the wait time was now 70 minutes, only forty minutes after the park opened. It's just wild. So since it seemed like everyone was at TSM, we walked back to Sunset Blvd to check on the wait times at ToT and RnRc. On the way we passed the still-extraordinarily-long FP line for TSM. It was still long enough to just about reach the entrance to One Man's Dream.
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When I see ToT at the end of the street, I just can't help but get so excited. I love *everything* about this ride. EVERYTHING! The storyline, the theming, the music, the queue, the preshow, the ride itself, the special effects. Ugh it's just the perfect Disney creation! I was also very happy to see it looking beautiful, since it was covered in scaffolding during my last trip in February.
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The only thing I did *not* love, was that the wait time was posted as 80 minutes! :scared1: WWHHAATT!!!??!!?? How on Earth could the wait for ToT possibly be longer than TSM!!! I just could NOT make sense of it and I was so disappointed. :mad: I may have been overreacting a bit but it felt like the day was ruined. I just couldn't fathom what the wait times would be like for the rest of the day if ToT was already 80 minutes at 9:45am! :sad2: Clearly in distress, I obtained FP for a return time of 11:10. This wasn't terrible, less than an hour and a half away, but I was feeling down. :sad1:
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I was afraid to find out what the wait time would be for RnRc but it was only posted as 30 minutes. We got on line and it was already so so so hot. We were on line outside for what felt like a really long time. The ceiling fans weren't doing too much to help either. The wait ended up being a little longer than 30 minutes, most of which we were outside for and it was not a fun wait. But let's be honest, I was quite moody at the time and that really didn't help things either. I guess I was too upset to take pictures because I don't have any at this point.

BF wanted to wait for the first row so he politely asked the CM at boarding. We only had to wait for one extra limo and we were off. He thought it was great (I knew he would as it's one of the more thrilling rides at WDW) and agreed with me that the first 5 seconds is the best part. He definitely noticed how short it is though.

I was feeling more cheery after the ride. As we exited, we were discussing what to do next but I wanted to check the ToT wait time first. Lo and behold: it was posted as 20 minutes! :woohoo: I was *so* excited I would have down cartwheels if I was able. I grabbed BF's hand and dragged him onto the queue as quickly as possible.
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The wait was short, it was just under 20 minutes. This was one of the things I was most looking forward to sharing with BF and I was so happy to finally be doing it! He was really into it and we were both excited when we were seated in the first row without asking! The ride was awesome of course, although I had experienced better. I love that it's random every time so you never know what you'll get. It makes me want to ride over and over and over (although I'll bet that's what they were going for when they redesigned the ride! :goodvibes) BF loved it, he even said he liked it better than RnRc! Here's our photo:
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Afterwards we had only a few minutes to wait before another FP would be available. Since we still had the ones for ToT we decided to grab some for RnRc. We sat in the shade for a few minutes, got the FP, and then headed towards our next destination: The Backlot Tour.

Up Next: BF volunteers to get a little wet! :rotfl2:

Leshaface
11-05-2011, 01:27 PM
Omgosh I LOVE ToT too!!

I've been trying to get my brother on it for SO long, here at Disney's California Adventure. He'll get on all the big rides at other theme parks but is afraid of the drops on this one :confused3 I'm like, at least check out the queue with me, you can take the chicken exit at the end, but he doesn't trust that there will be an exit at the end :lmao:

I can't believe how crazy the times were for ToT at the park opening :eek: Did you happen to use any of the touring plans suggestions for the parks?

Also, huge LOL at the guy sitting next to you on ToT! :rotfl:

FosterA
11-06-2011, 08:38 AM
I love how that guy in the TOT photo is staring at you two like you're crazy:laughing:

Awesome that you were able to swing back by TOT and get in quick with standby!
I think the TOT themeing is incredible and I can't wait for David to check it out. I can't decide if he'll be more impressed with that or with Rock Roller Coaster. He is a huge music buff and loves loud music and likes Aerosmith alot too. Plus he's a guitar player himself so he might be pretty impressed with the pre-show stuff. But then TOT is sooooo incredible. um....we'll just have to see.

I can't wait to do HS and now you got me even more excited. I think EVERY park is my favorite and can't wait to do it though:laughing:

heathsf
11-10-2011, 05:49 AM
Omgosh I LOVE ToT too!!

I've been trying to get my brother on it for SO long, here at Disney's California Adventure. He'll get on all the big rides at other theme parks but is afraid of the drops on this one :confused3 I'm like, at least check out the queue with me, you can take the chicken exit at the end, but he doesn't trust that there will be an exit at the end :lmao:

I can't believe how crazy the times were for ToT at the park opening :eek: Did you happen to use any of the touring plans suggestions for the parks?

Also, huge LOL at the guy sitting next to you on ToT! :rotfl:

So does your brother not like drops? When you say he goes on big rides at other parks, do you mean roller coasters? He's totally missing out! It's so funny that he doesn't believe you that there's a chicken exit! :rotfl: You should google it and show it to him and get him on it when you're at DL in a few weeks. My mom took the chicken exit in WDW and it's actually an elevator! But one that isn't possessed by ghosts :rotfl2:

So before the trip I studied and studied and studied the touring plans from Easy WDW and Touring Plans and sort of combined them to get an idea of the order to do things. TSM throws everything off though because it just takes so long unless you're at the very front of the pack at RD (which we definitely were not). I don't know if the 80 min at ToT was an unusual freak thing or what but I was definitely not expecting that! :confused:

And I wonder what that guy next to me was looking at. Ha! Didn't really notice him before.

I love how that guy in the TOT photo is staring at you two like you're crazy:laughing:

Awesome that you were able to swing back by TOT and get in quick with standby!
I think the TOT themeing is incredible and I can't wait for David to check it out. I can't decide if he'll be more impressed with that or with Rock Roller Coaster. He is a huge music buff and loves loud music and likes Aerosmith alot too. Plus he's a guitar player himself so he might be pretty impressed with the pre-show stuff. But then TOT is sooooo incredible. um....we'll just have to see.

I can't wait to do HS and now you got me even more excited. I think EVERY park is my favorite and can't wait to do it though:laughing:

Yeah he really does seem to be looking right at us. I definitely didn't notice that at the time!

If that wait time for ToT didn't go back down to something normal I think I might have cried. I wouldn't be able to handle it if I only got to ride it once that day. It is my favorite! :lovestruc

The theming and the special effects at ToT are second to none. But isn't it fun to wonder which ride your DH will love more? It will be *more* fun when he loves them both so much that *he* can't decide which one he loves better! :thumbsup2 I seriously can't wait for your TR (not that I'm rushing the end of your trip - I hope it goes slowly so you can soak up every magical moment ;)) but after seeing my BF have fun in WDW - I'm so excited for your family to experience the same thing :goodvibes

heathsf
11-10-2011, 07:07 AM
Tuesday, August 23 - Part 2

After riding TSM, RnRc, and ToT, we walked back to the other side of the park to do the Backlot Tour. There was only a five minute wait for the next show and very few people waiting, but I had something else on my mind. I had asked BF if he would be willing to volunteer for something without knowing what it was that he was volunteering for. Now if it was me, I would be saying "Heck NO!" to something like that. I don't like volunteering to be on stage for anything, whether I know what I'm getting myself into or not. But my dear BF, being the good sport that he is, said "sure." I found a CM at the entrance and asked him if they were looking for volunteers for the next show. He asked us to wait where we were and went through a door. A minute later he came back and said sure! And then I just had to make sure to add, "This is his first trip so he has no idea what the Backlot Tour is!" The CM just smiled and asked us to follow him.

Note: This was one attraction I made sure not to divulge too many details about to BF before the trip because I wanted him to volunteer but without knowing what he would be doing. I figured that would make it more fun...for both of us!

*SPOILER ALERT*
If you have never experienced the Backlot Tour and don't want to find out what happens to the volunteers, skip this update!

The CM brought us through the door that he had entered before. I can't tell you how flipping cool it was to be going in a backstage area! I know I sound totally nerdy and it's not even that big of a deal because we didn't go anywhere super secret - in fact it really is an area designed for WDW guests - but I was just ecstatic!
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From where we were, I had a side view of the show that was currently ongoing. I could also see the whole audience but we were blocked from their view by a few walls. This was the dressing room for the volunteers.
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A different CM helped prep BF for his role. She was also very nice (of course) and I made sure to tell her right away that this was BF's first trip so he had no idea what he was volunteering for. She laughed, and I laughed, and BF watched us laugh together. He was still such a good sport. He didn't even try to ask what was going to happen. Of course, the current show was happening right next to us so I'm sure he was trying to listen to what was going on.

BF started to get dressed. His new outfit gave him a big clue as to what would be going on and why I found this all so funny!

He started with the boots:
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Then realized he should put the jumpsuit on first :rotfl:
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We're about to part ways so he's giving me a hug goodbye that clearly says, "I may have to get you back for this!"
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By the time BF had finished getting ready, there were two other volunteers joining him. It was also their first trip and they didn't know what they were volunteering for either. When the previous show ended and everyone had moved on, the CM let me and the family/friends of the other volunteers pick our spot in the audience before they let everyone else in. That was pretty cool too.

Not long after I left the backstage area, BF and the other volunteers came out and were given directions by a CM. BF told me after that the CM kept saying that the most important part was that they did NOT use any vulgar language.
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Empty set:
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When they let the rest of the audience in, they made the usual announcement to move all the way down to the end of the row. Even though I knew I was allowed to stand where I wanted (which was right in front of the area where I knew BF would be located), I felt like such a jerk that I wasn't moving down when everyone else was. Oh well...nobody said anything to me and if they had I would have just explained.

Here's my little star:
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These were the only pictures I took because I was trying to film as much as I could. Unfortunately, my camera sometimes decides to stop recording on its own and I did miss a little bit. But here are some very short snippets of the show:
(For some reason I couldn't get them to upload on photo bucket so I linked them to youtube instead)

Backlot Tour - Part 1 (http://youtu.be/OgY7lgHNAcU)

Backlot Tour - Part 2 (http://youtu.be/t0t-rJU45H8)

And here is the final version of the "movie." Unfortunately, they don't provide volunteers with a DVD so I had to film the TV screen. Also unfortunate is that my camera stopped recording in the middle and I missed BF's first "scene" in the movie. Here are the links to that (they're only a few seconds each):

Movie Part 1 (http://youtu.be/i4TQBt4HlyQ)

Movie Part 2 (http://youtu.be/xbpKI4zjLJI)

Movie Part 3 (http://youtu.be/-s-hkU9fmX4)


BF had a lot of fun being the volunteer. I wouldn't have volunteered him if I didn't think he would enjoy it but it was still really nice to hear that confirmation that he had fun! Of course he figured he was going to get wet when he put on his costume, but I don't think he ever guessed *how* much water would get dumped on him. He was really excited to see the videos I took. Surprisingly, he really didn't get wet underneath that jumpsuit. He was warned a few times not to turn his head to look at the water though. Otherwise I'm sure it would have gone down the front of the jumpsuit.

By the time he was ready to leave we had to walk quickly through the props area to catch the tram. Most people had boarded already so we had to go all the way to the back. Once again, I didn't take any pictures because I already had so many of the same things from every other time I'd done the tour. This time I just wanted to sit back and relax. As much fun as he had volunteering, BF though the rest of the tour was boring with the exception of Catastrophe Canyon. Oh well, you can't win them all, right?

After it was all over, we wandered a bit through the Streets of America and ugh was it hot. Thankfully we found the fire hydrant that mists out some water so we could cool down just a teeny tiny bit.
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At this point it was 12:15 and we were ready for lunch so we headed here:
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I had a cheese pizza which came with a small caesar salad and a dessert with the dining plan. I chose the rice crispy treat.
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BF ordered the Meatball Sub which also came with salad and a dessert. He got a chocolate chip cookie.
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It was packed and very difficult to find a seat. We ended up sharing a table with a husband and wife because eating outside just wasn't an option. It was way too hot! But after refueling and cooling down, we were ready to take on the afternoon!

[B]Up Next: Stars, Cars, and More Stars!

Leshaface
11-10-2011, 09:34 AM
Yep, it's drops that get to him, even though he can get on rides that go extremely fast and upside down all day. He says he's worried about how his stomach is going to feel afterwards? :confused3 Oh and what's kind of ironic: I was on the Disneyland boards the other day, and there was a post asking about ToT. A lot of people said they don't do 'drop' rides but they'll do upside down, etc. :confused3 I guess I just don't understand what they're saying, but those people are totally missing out. Less waits for you and I, I guess! :thumbsup2


Okay, so I LOVE that you asked your BF to volunteer! :lmao: I forgot about the mounds of water that gets dumped on the pour soul in that building. It's great that you have your pics and video to remember this! Also, how did you make your videos private to other people, but not private to us? This is something i'm wanting to do if I get any video on the ship.

I'm normally not into just plain, cheese pizzas, but that looks so delicious!

heathsf
11-10-2011, 12:38 PM
Yep, it's drops that get to him, even though he can get on rides that go extremely fast and upside down all day. He says he's worried about how his stomach is going to feel afterwards? :confused3 Oh and what's kind of ironic: I was on the Disneyland boards the other day, and there was a post asking about ToT. A lot of people said they don't do 'drop' rides but they'll do upside down, etc. :confused3 I guess I just don't understand what they're saying, but those people are totally missing out. Less waits for you and I, I guess! :thumbsup2


Okay, so I LOVE that you asked your BF to volunteer! :lmao: I forgot about the mounds of water that gets dumped on the pour soul in that building. It's great that you have your pics and video to remember this! Also, how did you make your videos private to other people, but not private to us? This is something i'm wanting to do if I get any video on the ship.

I'm normally not into just plain, cheese pizzas, but that looks so delicious!

When I uploaded them to youtube, the options were:

Public (anyone can search for and view)

Unlisted (anyone with the link can view)

Private (only people you choose can view)

I chose unlisted.

FosterA
11-11-2011, 07:32 PM
That is so awesome!! I of course had to cheat and look at all the clips. I didn't even know about this attraction. Maybe I'll volunteer David! lol

heathsf
11-12-2011, 01:33 PM
That is so awesome!! I of course had to cheat and look at all the clips. I didn't even know about this attraction. Maybe I'll volunteer David! lol

I bet your kids would love that! :lmao: Do you think he would enjoy it?

heathsf
11-21-2011, 05:59 PM
Tuesday, August 23 - Part 3

After lunch at Pizza Planet, BF and I decided to get FP for Star Tours. It was still closed during my last trip in February so I was really excited to see the new version of the ride. After grabbing FP, we continued on our way to see Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show. I have no idea how many times I've seen this show already but I always enjoy it. The first time was back in March of 2005 during its soft opening and I've seen it at least once per trip since then. So I guess I do have some idea of how many times I've seen it. But anyway, I knew that this would be something that BF would enjoy. Unfortunately, we arrived much later than we should have and had the worst seats ever in my experience seeing the show. Now when I say "worst seats", I only mean that every other time I've arrived earlier and had better seats. These seats weren't horrible. Just not ideal. If we couldn't still enjoy the show we would have left to come back and see a later showing. The show was just about to start as we were being seated. We had to sit all the way on the left side at the tippy top. Pros: We were high enough to have pretty much the whole stage in our field of view without having to turn our heads very much. Cons: There were pillars blocking some of our view, we were far away, and exiting from this side is awful because you are at the back of the pack and there is a lot of traffic. Definitely sit on the other side if you can because you will be the first to exit.
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I was very surprised to see Lightning McQueen had joined the show! A few other things had changed as well (a new motorcycle scene) and I had no idea so that was an unexpected surprise.
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BF did enjoy the show (it's a great show!) and next we planned to go to The Magic of Disney Animation. But it took forever to get there. We were definitely sitting on the wrong side of LMA. It took so long just to get down the stairs because there was so much foot traffic. It was very hot and very uncomfortable being stuck in those crowds. Eventually we were able to break out of the pack and head over to Animation Courtyard.
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There are two ways to enter here. There is a [usually very short] line to see a brief skit about Disney animation starring a CM and Mushu from Mulan. It is very cute, it makes me laugh, and I 100% enjoy it every time I see it, even if some of the CMs are a little awkward in the way they interact with the cartoon :goodvibes. Even BF was chuckling at some of the jokes. The other way to enter is to skip the line and the show and go right to see the characters and/or animation academy.

If you see the show, sit near the back right-hand corner (when you are facing the stage) near the door so you will be the first one out. In the next room you will usually find Mickey Mouse and other characters so you'll want to get out quickly so you can get on line for the characters.

After the show, we did get on line for Mickey Mouse but he was currently taking a break. When we heard a CM say it was a 30 minute line we changed our minds and decided to do Animation Academy. So much fun!!!! Unfortunately, the secret must have gotten out because now the wait for this can get quite long. When I first discovered this a few years ago, the wait was never longer than the next class, usually 15 minutes. Now the classes are every half hour and sometimes the line is long enough that you will have to wait for two classes, which can mean up to an hour of waiting!

We had to wait 30 minutes which BF wasn't thrilled about but I promised him it would be worth it. We were hot and tired anyway so sitting down and resting for a half hour wasn't a bad deal
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We sat down at our art tables and prepared to draw...
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Mickey Mouse! The animator polled the room to find out if anyone had already drawn Mickey Mouse today because she wanted to make sure everyone was drawing something new. I thought that was nice.
BF took his drawing very seriously.
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He did love it, just as I promised him :thumbsup2 He was also very very proud of his drawing. His Mickey definitely came out better so I will show you mine first. My Mickey has been eating too many meals at 'Ohana and Le Cellier...
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And here is BF's:
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Anyone who read my PTR will remember that BF already had some experience drawing Mickey Mouse from when he made me my birthday card a week before this trip :goodvibes

Afterwards, we spent some time browsing in the shop. There is some really neat stuff in there. Even BF seemed to be enjoying browsing. If I had seen something in my budget I would have liked to buy something but I didn't find anything that had the right balance of price & how badly I wanted it... It's a very cool store though.

The sky was ominously dark when we exited. We had thought that we would go back to Pop for a break after doing Animation Academy because we had been so hot earlier, but after sitting for an hour and being in the air conditioning, we felt a little more refreshed. It was also significantly cooler outside so we decided to stay.

Even though the Voyage of the Little Mermaid was closed for refurb, the gift shop was open so we spent some time browsing for a gift for BF's 5-year-old cousin who *loves* Disney Princesses, especially Ariel. We ended up buying some cute princess figurines in sparkly dresses. It was definitely something I would have loved when I was little. As we were paying and discussing with the very friendly cashiers how we expected it would storm soon, there was a loud clap of thunder and just like that, the skies opened up. Don't you hate being right?

It was absolutely pouring but we didn't want to spend the duration of the storm in this tiny gift shop that we had already spent at least 20 minutes in, so we ran (yes, we were running) to the Great Movie Ride. I literally snapped this picture mid-run toward the line, thus the blurriness and crookedness. Sorry.
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The posted wait time was 40 minutes and the line ended outside for the first time in my memory. At least we were covered though. Under normal circumstances I would never get on line for the GMR with a 40 minute wait but since it was pouring and we needed to seek shelter anyway, we may as well be on line for something. When we got to the movie room, I asked the CM if they were running both sides (gangster and cowboy) but only the gangster side was running. The line moved fairly quickly and we were boarding after only 30 minutes.

I always enjoy this ride, especially the montage at the end. I think I may be in the minority in this though. I know there are a lot of people who think the ride needs to be updated and I won't disagree with that. But I do still enjoy it in its current form. I think maybe I have a soft spot for it because this is my mom's favorite ride in all of Disney World. BF thought it was just okay. I thought he would enjoy it more because he loves movies but I wasn't too disappointed. It's not like he hated it.

After the ride it was still raining although it wasn't pouring buckets like it had been before. We put on our ponchos and headed to RnRc to use our FP from earlier. On our way, I couldn't help but notice that the wait for ToT was only 10 minutes so of course I had to get on line. We were outside the hotel, not far from the front door, and not moving at all. After standing in the same spot for ten minutes, I found out from a CM that only half the ride was working. Meanwhile, lots and lots of people were getting on the FP Return Line. After about 15 or 20 minutes of waiting (and BF becoming quite impatient) we decided to exit the line and go back to our original plan of using the RnRc FP. I noticed that the posted wait time for ToT was now 30 minutes. At RnRc there was no wait on the FP return line and we were boarding within a few minutes. We let fate take over this time and sat in the 3rd car from the back. We had fun with this ride photo.
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After the Aerosmith Concert, we headed to Star Tours to use our FP. There was no wait in the FP Return Line. There was no wait in the standby line either. None. At all. Coincidentally we sat in the 1st row. I love when that happens without having to ask! I was so excited to see the new 3D version of the ride. I really didn't know what to expect. It's so much fun to experience something for the first time at WDW. BF was excited too. I know it's hard to tell in the picture though :rotfl2:
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Since we were the first ones on line in this area, we had to wait a little bit for the doors to open.
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The ride was fantastic! Now I'm not totally up on all of my Star Wars names, locations, and lingo so bear with me. We started out on a planet with Wookies. It was very pretty and forest-y. Next we were in a battle in space. And for some reason I didn't write down where we finished our ride. It was a lot of fun though and the 3D was very subtle yet the effect was very cool. It was a great ride! I got a kick out of how they show you the rebel aboard your ship! :lmao: It was so much fun that we decided to take advantage of the no-line-situation and ride again on standby. We walked right through the queue and boarded a ship that ended up going underwater. This ride was even better than the first one! We were both giddy and laughing as we exited. I'm not even sure who loved it more, me or BF, and that's really saying something!

Next we headed to Muppet Vision 3D (in non-rainy weather - yay!). BF really likes the Muppets so I had high hopes for this one. We caught the preshow somewhere in the middle. I had never noticed this sign before and it made me laugh so I decided to take a picture.
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This attraction is classic. It's just fabulous. Gotta love the muppets. BF was laughing through the whole show and totally loved it. It made me so happy. Before the trip, he would never have admitted to looking forward to seeing a 3D show starring the Muppets yet here he was, thoroughly enjoying it. I just love WDW.

We were hungry for dinner at this point so we went to the ABC Commissary which had very short lines. I had the Fried Fish and BF had the Angus Burger with Fried Shrimp. We were looking forward to trying a new CS dessert because all we had eaten every day so far was the chocolate cake. Which is yummy. But we wanted something different so we were excited to see on the menu: Chocolate Mousse. However, when we ordered, we were informed that they were out of mousse and instead were offering... the chocolate cake. Ughhhhhh. We both ordered the no-sugar-added Strawberry Parfait.
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I enjoyed my fish and BF enjoyed his burger. It was nothing spectacular but it was good. Dessert was okay. It was very empty in the seating area and we enjoyed a relaxing dinner.

After eating and resting for a bit we decided to try ToT again since we still had FP to use. On the way I snapped a few photos and we took some PP pictures.
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The ride was fully functioning again so we got on the FP return line. I thought this ride was much better than our earlier ride. Don't get me wrong, I love any of the rides, but some are just more outstanding than others. Ride photo:
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I promise I'm not as bored as I look. It seems that BF figured out when they take the picture. And it looks like the couple next to us are having a great time too!

Up Next: A Fantasmic! end to the evening

okw19
11-22-2011, 08:24 AM
Whew, I'm all caught up! Sounds like the perfect HS day. :lovestruc (Minus the rain, but in all honesty I don't mind rain in WDW.)

FosterA
11-23-2011, 08:13 AM
I'm back and of course am trying to read through everything I missed the last couple of days. Naturally, I just had to see if you posted any updates:goodvibes
seeing your photos makes me sad and now I want to go back! lol
my kids did TOT 2 or 3 x they loved it so much!

heathsf
11-26-2011, 08:29 AM
Whew, I'm all caught up! Sounds like the perfect HS day. :lovestruc (Minus the rain, but in all honesty I don't mind rain in WDW.)

It was a great day. I'd rather be in the rain in WDW than in the sun at home! And it's even better when lots of people decide to leave the park because of the rain. :thumbsup2

I'm back and of course am trying to read through everything I missed the last couple of days. Naturally, I just had to see if you posted any updates:goodvibes
seeing your photos makes me sad and now I want to go back! lol
my kids did TOT 2 or 3 x they loved it so much!

I know. Every time I do an update I want to go back! :lovestruc

heathsf
11-26-2011, 09:10 AM
Tuesday, August 23 - Part 4

We had just used our ToT FP and were now entering the nearby Hollywood Hills Amphitheater for Fantasmic.
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We had originally planned to see the later show after taking a break back at the hotel for a little while since that one is usually less crowded. But since we didn't take a break and we'd been at HS since rope drop we were starting to feel a bit tired. Plus, the weather was still pretty iffy and we figured if the first show was cancelled then we could try for the second one.

It was 7:45, forty five minutes before the 8:30 show was scheduled to start. We were directed to the left side of the theater although we were still pretty close to the center. We took seats in about the 5th row and I was very happy with where we were sitting. The people kept pouring in though and it didn't take long before all seats were filled. And there was still plenty of time before the show started.
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It was drizzling when we sat down so there were announcements being made every few minutes that "due to inclement weather, Fantasmic could be delayed or cancelled." Well, every time I heard that announcement I thought for sure it was cancelled. Especially when the drizzle turned into more of a steady light rain. BF put his poncho on. I held out as long as I could. Maybe I thought if I didn't wear my poncho I could trick the CMs into deciding that the rain wasn't that bad and Fantasmic could go on as scheduled...
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Since we had some time to pass, I wanted to buy cotton candy. BF insisted it was a waste of money but that cotton candy was actually quite huge! And for being a waste of money, he certainly enjoyed a lot of it!
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I did eventually give in and put on my poncho and lo and behold... Fantasmic still went on right on time! Apparently whether or not I wear my poncho has no effect on Disney World's Nighttime Spectaculars...

The show was outstanding, as always. The very end always brings a tear to my eye. Okay, two tears. I tried not to let BF see. He may not have shed any tears but he really enjoyed the show. I might even go so far as to say that he loved it. I had warned him ahead of time that the storyline is a little strange but that he should just enjoy the music, special effects, and theatrics. And he did! And so did I! Oh, did I mention that already?

Since we had seen the earlier show, the park will still open after we exited the show. Apparently we still had RnRc FP to use. Hmm, I think we may have picked up another set at some point during the day and I left it out of one of my earlier updates. Anyway, we had a FP and asked for the 1st row and it was spectacular! It's so pretty here at night.
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We didn't ride again but here's a bad picture of ToT at night:
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After riding RnRc we decided to end the night with some ice cream. We both got mint chocolate chip cones (but for some reason mine came in a cup) and it was a LOT of ice cream! It was a great value for two snack credits IMO.
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BF had already been enjoying his cone before I snapped this picture. The evidence is all over his face...literally :rotfl2:
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We slowly walked down Sunset Blvd as we enjoyed our ice cream and it was a great ending to a fabulous day. When we got to the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd we stopped for a few pictures. This picture was taken with my camera by the photopass photographer:
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And this one was taken by the photographer with his camera:
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After the photos (which BF really wasn't in the mood to take but he still did a good job of plastering a smile on his face :thumbsup2) we were ready to call it a night. We exited and hopped right on a bus to go back to Pop and get some sleep.
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Up Next: Changing some plans at the last minute

FosterA
11-27-2011, 08:27 AM
great update as usual!
OMG, Fantasmic about made me have a nervous breakdown. We were there at a slow time and once it started there were still lots of seats on the sides left and I still felt like the crowding was insane! I'm lucky my kids are older because if I had little ones that I had to worry about hanging on to, I would have had a heart attack getting into the place.

I love mint choc chip ice cream and want some now for breakfast! Thanks a lot:laughing:

heathsf
11-27-2011, 09:11 PM
great update as usual!
OMG, Fantasmic about made me have a nervous breakdown. We were there at a slow time and once it started there were still lots of seats on the sides left and I still felt like the crowding was insane! I'm lucky my kids are older because if I had little ones that I had to worry about hanging on to, I would have had a heart attack getting into the place.

I love mint choc chip ice cream and want some now for breakfast! Thanks a lot:laughing:

I just read your update about Fantasmic. It is definitely a crazy crowd situation and I never imagined having to do it with children! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it more. The storyline is a little strange but I really love the music and all the clips from classic movies they show on the water screen thingy. And the very beginning and very end give me goosebumps. I'm a little (or a lot) corny, I know...
I assume you ended up not having mint choc chip ice cream for breakfast, but did you maybe have some for lunch or dinner instead? ;)

Leshaface
11-28-2011, 05:32 PM
Just got caught up. Have been busy and sick lately. Blahh.

Anyways, you both drew some excellent Mickey's! Don't you love the drawing academy? It's so fun! I've been to 5 different sessions, each one drawing something different. The last one we did for our Thanksgiving trip was Dale and mine turned out looking like a hobo for some reason! :rotfl:

You scored some excellent seats for Fantasmic! I love that show. I especially love the music. I listen to that song allll the time!

BMC423
12-04-2011, 04:45 PM
All caught up... first you BF looks really happy in those pictures! It's always great when they love it... or like it at least you know you have something else you share. My husband went for the 1st time for our 1st wedding anniversary and I was holding my breath hoping he would love it.
Love your pics thanks for all the food porn :love:. Your WC pics and review are really making me want to go there on our next trip.
BTW as a die-hard Yankee fan I can't say I was too thrilled about your Red Sox/ Boston review, but it did look like a lot of fun. And how cool was the Garciaparra meet!!! Also don't worry I have learned to like Red Sox fans... ex. Donnie Walhberg ha ha.
Back to Disney... I can't wait to hear/read/see more!

heathsf
12-07-2011, 10:06 AM
Just got caught up. Have been busy and sick lately. Blahh.

Anyways, you both drew some excellent Mickey's! Don't you love the drawing academy? It's so fun! I've been to 5 different sessions, each one drawing something different. The last one we did for our Thanksgiving trip was Dale and mine turned out looking like a hobo for some reason! :rotfl:

You scored some excellent seats for Fantasmic! I love that show. I especially love the music. I listen to that song allll the time!

I've been busy too and am currently sick. It stinks! :headache: But I just finished catching up on your TR and just saw your drawing of Dale. I thought it was great! To be honest, I didn't see the resemblance to a hobo :rotfl2: I listen to the song from Fantasmic all the time too. BF thinks I'm a nut.

All caught up... first you BF looks really happy in those pictures! It's always great when they love it... or like it at least you know you have something else you share. My husband went for the 1st time for our 1st wedding anniversary and I was holding my breath hoping he would love it.
Love your pics thanks for all the food porn :love:. Your WC pics and review are really making me want to go there on our next trip.
BTW as a die-hard Yankee fan I can't say I was too thrilled about your Red Sox/ Boston review, but it did look like a lot of fun. And how cool was the Garciaparra meet!!! Also don't worry I have learned to like Red Sox fans... ex. Donnie Walhberg ha ha.
Back to Disney... I can't wait to hear/read/see more!

Hey Bickiana! I'm so glad you're here. I haven't seen you on here in a while! Do you have another trip planned?
BF was a champ when it came to taking pictures (and I took A LOT!). He loves hamming it up. He's also the reason that I'm a Red Sox fan - so blame him! :rotfl2:

jenneth79
12-07-2011, 10:24 AM
I love the update! The cotton candy was awesome, looks like he may have found another use for it while waiting for Fantasmic (pillow!!!:goodvibes)

Such a cute picture of you both from the Photopass photog. :thumbsup2

heathsf
12-07-2011, 11:08 AM
Wednesday, August 24 - Part 1

Once again I was awake before my alarm went off, at 6:50 am. I guess I'm just too excited to sleep even when I'm already in WDW! Our original plans were to visit Epcot today and Animal Kingdom tomorrow, however since we went to AK on Monday in case our trip was cut short due to Hurricane Irene, we were now planning for MK tomorrow. That said, when I woke up early I was looking at the crowd calendar on Touring Plans and Easy WDW and they were projecting tomorrow to be a better day at Epcot so we decided to do MK today and Epcot tomorrow. The change wouldn't disrupt any major plans since we had tickets for La Nouba tonight and dinner at DTD anyway. And speaking of Irene...at this point in our trip the weather forecast had changed to predict a miss for Florida. Whew! However, it was now projected to hit further north up the coast, which we now know that it did. I'm jumping forward into the future here but we landed late on Friday night and went directly to Shop Rite from the airport to stock up since we had no food. Well, it was midnight when we got there and Shop Rite was absolutely packed and completely out of bottled water, D batteries, and plenty of other necessities. The store was an absolute mess. We got some snack foods and decided to spend Saturday night at my parents awaiting the storm since they were fully stocked and had a generator. And we made it through the storm okay, were very lucky. I know people who had their homes totally destroyed by this storm. People who live just minutes from where I do. But I digress... My point was that I was finally able to stop stressing about the trip being ruined! So now, back to the TR!

So we were off to MK. We hadn't been there since our first (half) day of the trip and still had plenty to do! We had been waiting on line at Pop for a few minutes when a bus pulled up at 8:25. The bus emptied yet no one was boarding. The line was getting longer and longer by the minute and it was 10 minutes before they let anyone on. I have no idea why.

We arrived at MK at 9:00, we must have missed the end of the Welcome Show by just a minute or two which I was disappointed by but I'm sure it was fine with BF.

After heading down Main Street, the first thing we did (at BF's request) was get FP for Space Mountain. It was 9:10 when we got the FP for a return time of 10:05. Not bad at all. I of course snapped some pictures along the way. I love the [relative] emptiness of the parks in the early morning.
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We continued on our way to Fantasyland since we hadn't done very much there on our first day.
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When we entered Fantasyland from the Tomorrowland side our first stop was The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh but it wasn't running yet so we continued on to Snow White which had a small line I didn't think was worth waiting on. I didn't write down what the wait time actually was but I knew it was longer than it should have been. I figured lots of people had done what we did: When they saw Pooh was closed they got on line for the next ride they saw which would be Snow White. So we passed on Snow White and instead got on line for Peter Pan's Flight. The posted wait time was 20 minutes but the actual wait was only 11. BF wasn't all too impressed but it's something I like to ride at least once on each trip. I guess I feel the same about Snow White and Winnie the Pooh as well.
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Empty walkway in front of It's a Small World:
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We walked back to check on the status of Snow White and Pooh but on the way BF just had to find out if he had what it takes to pull the sword from the stone. He really is such a kid inside, I really thought he would fall head over heels in love with WDW. I know he was having a great time on this trip but I wasn't getting any vibes from him that he would want to be doing this again anytime soon. Maybe if he had come even once as a child he would feel totally different. But anyway, I am digressing again... He was unable to pull the sword from the stone.
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When we got back to Snow White, the posted wait time was 10 minutes. The actual wait was 5 minutes or less.
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BF felt the same way about Snow White as he did about Peter Pan. I'm not a huge fan of Snow White but it made me a little sad to know that this would be the last time I ever rode it... :sad1:

Here are a few so-so pictures I took over the wall to get a peek at the progress on the Fantasyland Expansion.
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Up Next: An extensive look at the Winnie the Pooh queue

heathsf
12-07-2011, 11:13 AM
I love the update! The cotton candy was awesome, looks like he may have found another use for it while waiting for Fantasmic (pillow!!!:goodvibes)

Such a cute picture of you both from the Photopass photog. :thumbsup2

Thanks! He thought I was ridiculous for wanting to buy the cotton candy but you're right! He got more use out of it than I did :lmao:

Leshaface
12-07-2011, 02:04 PM
I completely forgot that they're taking out Snow White! When are they doing this or have they already done it?

I love the shots of virtually no people in MK. It looks so relaxing.

FosterA
12-07-2011, 06:29 PM
nice photos!!
You are right about your BF not being in love with MK probably since he didn't go as a child. David and I sort of feel that way about MK. I think we both actually like it the least out of all 4 parks and it's probably because some of the attractions are old and nostalgic and harder to "get" if you didn't go as a child??

Are you planning a return trip once Fantasyland is done?? Will BF go back you think?

heathsf
12-08-2011, 03:02 PM
I completely forgot that they're taking out Snow White! When are they doing this or have they already done it?

I love the shots of virtually no people in MK. It looks so relaxing.

I'm not sure when exactly Snow White is going, I just know that I won't be back before it happens :sad1:

nice photos!!
You are right about your BF not being in love with MK probably since he didn't go as a child. David and I sort of feel that way about MK. I think we both actually like it the least out of all 4 parks and it's probably because some of the attractions are old and nostalgic and harder to "get" if you didn't go as a child??

Are you planning a return trip once Fantasyland is done?? Will BF go back you think?

I would *love* to plan a return trip but I don't think that will be happening for quite some time. I think I kind of knew that going into this. BF and I actually talk about this on our next day in Epcot and I'll include that convo in the TR. I have been lucky to go quite a few times in the past 8 years though. I'll have to live vicariously through other people's TRs for a while. So I need you to do me a huge favor and plan another trip with your family so I can read all about it! :rotfl2:

BMC423
12-08-2011, 03:33 PM
Hey Bickiana! I'm so glad you're here. I haven't seen you on here in a while! Do you have another trip planned?
BF was a champ when it came to taking pictures (and I took A LOT!). He loves hamming it up. He's also the reason that I'm a Red Sox fan - so blame him! :rotfl2:

Yes, I've been away for awhile, this semester has been very busy for me. We just decided on taking a trip next May. I'll let you know when I start my PTR.

I really liked your "empty" MK pictures... there is something so serene about them.

Glad to hear you guys were ok after Irene, we were too... it was a pretty scary night for us since people kept losing power all over.

I agree with you on the falling in love with MK thing as well, I really do think when you go there as a child it holds a special place. When my husband went for the 1st time he liked it but thought a lot of it was cheesy... but seeing it through my son's perspective this year changed his mind.

heathsf
12-08-2011, 04:18 PM
Wednesday, August 24 - Part 2

After short waits for Peter Pan and Snow White we walked back to Winnie the Pooh to see if it was running yet and it was, with a posted wait time of 5 minutes.
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But before we got on line, my chi-, ahem, my BF wanted to play :goodvibes
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Well, as it turned out, that 5 minute wait time was off by about 15 minutes. I used that time to take a lot of pictures of the interactive queue. I had seen it in February but there was zero line whatsoever then and my mom really wasn't interested in exploring the queue so we just zipped through to the ride.
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As a child, I totally did not get the "Trespassers Will" joke but at this point in my life I can fully appreciate it :lmao:
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Eeyore's House
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Now BF really didn't want to stand on the grownups line and would much rather have been in the kids play area, however I quietly convinced him that the happy kids who were already playing there would enjoy themselves much more without him there, as would their parents I'm sure.
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The line wasn't that long so this portion of the queue wasn't being used.
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BF had a ton of fun playing with the honey wall. In fact, he played SO much, he discovered something totally awesome that I had no idea about: There are images hidden underneath the honey!
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And then it was finally time to climb into our honey pot!
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I think out of Peter Pan, Snow White, and Winnie the Pooh, this one is my favorite. I can't even say how many times I watched Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day on VHS when I was little. I just love it. I think BF thought the three rides were all about equal in terms of how much he enjoyed them. I wasn't going to make him go on these rides over and over, but I was very glad we did them once together.

We started on our way back to Tomorrowland but BF noticed this and insisted (yes he insisted) that we ride. In fact, you can see that he was ready to get on line without me (look just to the right of the sign).
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When I was little I loved rides that made me dizzy (even just spinning in circles was a good time). But something has changed in me because I really don't like it anymore. I get dizzy very easily and it's not fun! I don't get sick from it, it's just an uncomfortable feeling. But BF loves to spin these things out of control and I hadn't been on the teacups in a seriously long time so I agreed since there was zero wait. Ah, the things I was willing to sacrifice to ensure that BF fell in love with WDW... Well, we walked up as they were loading but we just missed getting on the next ride. It took a min or two to get everyone in and ready to go and then just after the ride had started, a woman stood up and the ride was immediately stopped and had to be reset. It took a few extra minutes before the ride started again. I was slightly annoyed but I got over it. And then it was our turn. Hooray.

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Geez, you would think it was ME forcing HIM on this ride!! He was taking his mission to spin me out of my mind very seriously.
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I somehow managed to take a movie during the ride, so I am going to share with you just one frame that pretty much sums it all up:
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And here he is, totally exhausted after the ride (gee I wonder why).
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Up Next: Off to Tomorrowland for something new and something blue!

heathsf
12-08-2011, 04:22 PM
Yes, I've been away for awhile, this semester has been very busy for me. We just decided on taking a trip next May. I'll let you know when I start my PTR.

I really liked your "empty" MK pictures... there is something so serene about them.

Glad to hear you guys were ok after Irene, we were too... it was a pretty scary night for us since people kept losing power all over.

I agree with you on the falling in love with MK thing as well, I really do think when you go there as a child it holds a special place. When my husband went for the 1st time he liked it but thought a lot of it was cheesy... but seeing it through my son's perspective this year changed his mind.

Yay! Another trip! :woohoo: Michael must be so excited! Definitely post a link to your PTR here so I can join in!

Leshaface
12-08-2011, 04:57 PM
......

I am.....soooooo....embarrassed..


I just NOW got the Trespassers Will sign :sad2: :rotfl::lmao: I never understood it either until now. Sigh, i'm so lame.

The Winnie the Pooh ride queue looks super fun! I'm wondering why did they choose to make this an interactive queue versus something busier like Peter Pan? Are they trying to update all queues eventually to be interactive? That would be neat if this was the case.

I like the Teacups, but I don't need to ride them every time i'm at DL. It's probably like 1 out of 15 times we'll ride it and that's if there is virtually no wait.

heathsf
12-09-2011, 08:08 AM
......

I am.....soooooo....embarrassed..


I just NOW got the Trespassers Will sign :sad2: :rotfl::lmao: I never understood it either until now. Sigh, i'm so lame.

The Winnie the Pooh ride queue looks super fun! I'm wondering why did they choose to make this an interactive queue versus something busier like Peter Pan? Are they trying to update all queues eventually to be interactive? That would be neat if this was the case.

I like the Teacups, but I don't need to ride them every time i'm at DL. It's probably like 1 out of 15 times we'll ride it and that's if there is virtually no wait.

I think when you hear something a lot when you're little you just accept it without wondering what it means...and then when you're older you just continue to accept it! I can't think of an example right now but there have been plenty of times in my my adult life where I've had the realization "oooooooohhh....that's what that means?? I never realized...." and then present company will roll their eyes at me! :rotfl2:

My only guess for why they would give Pooh the interactive queue instead of Peter Pan would be the limited space at PP. But I'm totally guessing. I'm pretty sure the new Dumbo is going to have an interactive queue as well. Although I just read that the Pooh queue was closed for refurb (even though it's only been open for a year) last month because it was already showing lots of wear and tear.

heathsf
12-09-2011, 10:35 AM
Wednesday, August 24 - Part 3

So what should we do after one crazy spinning ride? How about another spinning ride? :thumbsup2

Back in Tomorrowland, Astro Orbiter had a 10 minute wait and it was something I really wanted to do on this trip since I had never done it before and had read on here that it has a really great view from the top.
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After waiting on line for about 5 minutes, so that now there were only a couple of people ahead of us before getting into the elevator, BF noticed Stitch* was very nearby with a very short line. Oh my gosh! He got so excited! He wanted to get off line right away to go meet Stitch. Who was this person standing next to me!? And who was I to argue with such enthusiasm? So we hurried over to Stitch, leaving our almost-next-in-line-with-no-one-standing-behind-us position on Astro Orbiter behind, only to find that the line for Stitch was closed as he would be leaving soon. BF was surprisingly disappointed. I was just surprised that he was so disappointed. We went back to Astro Orbiter to find that about 20 people had now gotten on line since we left! :headache: We got on the back of the line, which was now longer than it had been to begin with. Sigh. I didn't mind too much though. It was worth the extra wait to witness my BF getting that excited over meeting a character!

*Note to Reader: Stitch is the "something blue" that is referred to in this chapter title. I thought I should clarify that.

About ten minutes later we were getting into the elevator. And I had no idea what would greet me when the doors reopened. I was so excited for something new!
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Please note BF's shirt. It will be important later...

This sign made me laugh.
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Well, who would have thought that these rockets were not made for two adults to ride together? Hmm.... :confused3
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It was super squishy in there. It was rather difficult to squeeze both of our bodies into that rather teeny rocket but we had a great time doing it. We were both hysterical laughing as we tried to make all four of our legs fit (not to mention all four of our cheeks)! The ride also moved much faster than I expected it to and we really felt those centrifugal forces. As uncomfortable as it was, it was a ton of fun to do once. And the views were pretty neat.
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You can see some of the construction going on in Fantasyland.
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After we took the elevator back down to earth, we grabbed FP for Buzz Lightyear. It was currently 10:55 and the return time was 11:35, only 40 minutes away. Not bad at all.

After this, BF noticed that Stitch's Great Escape only had a 10 minute wait. Now, I had already told him that this was something we could skip. Alien Encounter (which had been there before it was changed into the Stitch version) officially scared the pants off me when I was younger. Although the current version is less scary (or maybe I'm just older, or a combination of both) it's still uncomfortable and not-so-fun in my opinion. So anyway, I had told BF that I felt we could skip this but if he really wanted to experience it, I would suck it up. He decided he wanted to try it. I honestly think that if we hadn't missed meeting Stitch by this much that he wouldn't have been so desirous of doing this attraction. But alas, BF wanted his fill of Stitch so I would make sure he got it ;)
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For anyone who has never experienced Stitch's Great Escape before, here's some advice: Don't. Just kidding! Kind of! But seriously, if you are going to do this, sit up very straight when the shoulder bar things start moving down. The announcement lets you know that the bars will stop automatically when they touch your shoulders but this isn't 100% accurate. I'd say it's more like 95% accurate. I always feel like once the bars touch my shoulders they try to keep going just a little bit further down to the point where it's very uncomfortable/on the verge of hurting, then stop. So my advice is to sit up very straight and tall so that the bars don't push you down into an uncomfortable position.

So after this was over BF agreed with me that we could have skipped it. He thought it was boring.

At this point Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor had a 20 minute wait time posted so we decided to do that. After waiting for about 5 minutes on line in the first area, we were able to see the next preshow. There were TV screens encouraging guests to text in their jokes so that they may be used in the show. When BF saw that he told me a cute joke about a seagull so I told him to text it in but of course, he said no.

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The actual show was very funny. I noticed that a few jokes were recycled from when I saw the show in February but most things were different because they depend so much on audience participation. I remembered from February how they kept focusing the camera on one guy throughout the whole show and making recurring jokes about him and I was really hoping that guy would be BF but it wasn't. However, he did still get to be part of the show!

First of all, when they started reading some of the jokes the audience had texted in, I heard the same joke that BF told me while we were waiting on line: What do you get when a sea gull flies over the bay? A bay-gull! :rotfl: I started to say to BF, "Hey! That was your joke!" But before I could finish, they announced that the joke had come from Bobby from NJ. And then I realized...that was MY Bobby from NJ! He had texted the joke in while I wasn't paying attention. BF was getting into the magic! :woohoo:

Then, during the part of the show where they do geography jokes, they talked to the man sitting next to BF who was wearing a NY shirt. When he said he was from NY the monsters starting saying all the things they knew about NY (that were all wrong, and very funny). Then they finished by saying that NY was next to Ireland and the camera moved over a few inches to show BF, wearing his Ireland shirt, sitting next to the guy from New York, wearing his NY shirt. It was *so* funny and the whole audience was hysterical. And BF totally loved the joke and the attention. It was such a great time. BF definitely enjoyed the show more than I thought he would.

After the show we were getting hungry so we decided to venture over to Adventureland. On our way over we stopped for a few Photopass Pictures with a photographer who was a lot of fun. When I asked him to take our picture he said, "Sure!" then held his camera up in my face. I made a cheesy smile, not expecting him to actually take a picture. Well, he did. Here it is in its original form, not zoomed or cropped or anything. He was actually this close to my face!
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Then, to be fair, he had to take a picture of BF by himself too.
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I had to include this picture too because I think the caption makes it even more hilarious than it already is.
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Then we got this photo from a different photographer as we crossed the hub.
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Up Next: Lunch at Tortuga Tavern

Leshaface
12-09-2011, 11:35 AM
DH and I went on the Astro Jets (not sure if it's jets or orbiter here) but it is a TIGHT fit! We were laughing the entire time and it went surprisingly fast!

:rotfl2: I started laughing on the picture of BF with "Where dreams come true". I also like how you're in the picture laughing, it's cute and captures a good moment. :thumbsup2

FosterA
12-09-2011, 04:23 PM
awesome update!
That is so cute how BF got all excited about Stitch:banana: And to think he texted in a joke, wow! BF was definitely feeling "magical" at this point:laughing:

Also...I love that photo with you holding the balloons. That's the best "magic" photo I've ever seen. I want to do one of those!

okw19
12-10-2011, 08:34 AM
Awesome MK updates! I have never done Astro Orbiter either! It's on my to-do list though. :) I'm so glad BF is starting to show how much fun he's having.

heathsf
12-11-2011, 10:52 AM
DH and I went on the Astro Jets (not sure if it's jets or orbiter here) but it is a TIGHT fit! We were laughing the entire time and it went surprisingly fast!

:rotfl2: I started laughing on the picture of BF with "Where dreams come true". I also like how you're in the picture laughing, it's cute and captures a good moment. :thumbsup2

I would love to take that "Where Dreams Come True" picture and make it BF's facebook profile picture without him knowing but I think he'd kill me! :rotfl2: Or worse, refuse to visit WDW again with me! :scared1:

awesome update!
That is so cute how BF got all excited about Stitch:banana: And to think he texted in a joke, wow! BF was definitely feeling "magical" at this point:laughing:

Also...I love that photo with you holding the balloons. That's the best "magic" photo I've ever seen. I want to do one of those!

We had a really great photographer taking those pictures. It's funny though, there was another picture on the photopass account with our hands up but the balloons hadn't been photoshopped in! I deleted it before making the CD but in hindsight I wish I hadn't because it was a really funny looking picture!

Awesome MK updates! I have never done Astro Orbiter either! It's on my to-do list though. :) I'm so glad BF is starting to show how much fun he's having.

I'm glad I tried it at least once. It was fun and the views were neat. This update was particularly fun to write because I was remembering how much fun BF was having. In fact, while I was writing it I texted him at work to say "Remember when you made us get off line to meet Stitch and then we didn't even get to meet him?" and his reply was "Ugh yeah. So heartbreaking" :rotfl:

BMC423
12-11-2011, 01:42 PM
I am sooo excited for that Winnie the Pooh queue... it just looks like so much fun you know for the kids ;). I'm sure all three of us will be going down the kids line:laughing:

That astro orbiter sign should say 2 - 3 small earthlings OR 1 adult earthling, we had the same problem!

I'm hoping that at the end of this TR you say your BF has been asking when are you going back, lol he was completely converted, it doesn't matter what he says those pictures say it all.

heathsf
12-23-2011, 06:27 AM
I am sooo excited for that Winnie the Pooh queue... it just looks like so much fun you know for the kids ;). I'm sure all three of us will be going down the kids line:laughing:

That astro orbiter sign should say 2 - 3 small earthlings OR 1 adult earthling, we had the same problem!

I'm hoping that at the end of this TR you say your BF has been asking when are you going back, lol he was completely converted, it doesn't matter what he says those pictures say it all.

You will have a great time playing in the Winnie the Pooh queue. The difference between you and BF is that you will be playing with your son. BF would have been playing by himself :lmao:

We actually had a conversation on our next day in Epcot where we discussed a future trip. But unfortunately it most likely won't be for quite some time... :sad1:

heathsf
12-23-2011, 06:33 AM
Hi Readers! (If I have any left...I'm not so sure at this point :sad1:)

Sorry for taking such long breaks in between updates. I have been so busy lately and it usually takes me a while (about an hour and a half minimum) to write an update and I like starting and finishing in one sitting. The good news is that I have off from work next week and I'm looking forward to writing a few more updates so please stick around :goodvibes

Leshaface
12-23-2011, 07:21 PM
Hi Readers! (If I have any left...I'm not so sure at this point :sad1:)

Sorry for taking such long breaks in between updates. I have been so busy lately and it usually takes me a while (about an hour and a half minimum) to write an update and I like starting and finishing in one sitting. The good news is that I have off from work next week and I'm looking forward to writing a few more updates so please stick around :goodvibes

I'm still here! :wave2: and will be waiting for your updates next week! Merry Christmas!

FosterA
12-23-2011, 07:23 PM
NO worries, I love reading your TR and I'll be around:goodvibes

DenGrampy
12-23-2011, 07:24 PM
Saw the title to your TR and wanted to say that it only took me 3 days to fall into Disney love back in 2003.:dance3:

heathsf
12-24-2011, 09:22 AM
I'm still here! :wave2: and will be waiting for your updates next week! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you too! :goodvibes

NO worries, I love reading your TR and I'll be around:goodvibes

Thanks Aimee! :goodvibes

Saw the title to your TR and wanted to say that it only took me 3 days to fall into Disney love back in 2003.:dance3:

:lovestruc I wish my BF was more like that!

heathsf
12-24-2011, 10:21 AM
Wednesday, August 24 – Part 4

After taking a bunch of photopass pictures we crossed through the hub to enter:
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We were hungry and ready for lunch so we headed to Tortuga Tavern.
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BF ordered a taco salad which he thought was “alright.” He didn’t like the shell, he said it was too flaky. I didn’t try it but it looked like a typical taco salad shell to me.
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I got the nachos which I had in February and really liked (for fast food).
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Chocolate cake was the option for dessert and I don’t remember if we even took it or ate it because I have no picture (in my defense I already have 4 or 5 pictures of the same cake!) and all I wrote down in my notebook was “tired of chocolate cake.”

We didn’t spend much time in Adventureland after lunch as we decided to go back to Tomorrowland yet again to experience the Carousel of Progress. On our way across the hub we ran into a celebration!
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BF was actually dancing and having a great time but I didn’t capture it on film. Eventually we were able to cross and made our way to this classic:
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BF knows that this was Walt Disney’s creation from the 1964 World’s Fair so it’s almost 50 years old. Even so, he still called it “corny.” :mad: But he also said it was more entertaining than he thought it would be and agreed with me that it was relaxing and a very clever creation.

I found a Hidden Mickey that I was very excited about. I’m terrible at finding them so it’s very rare that I do. BF thought the concept of hidden mickeys was pretty neat and he looked for them occasionally. Sidenote: We saw the new Muppet Movie a few weeks ago and there is a hidden mickey at the end of the movie (I won’t give it away) but we both saw it and looked at each other at the same time and BF was the first one to say “I saw the Mickey!” Oh my gosh, words can’t describe how happy that made me. It’s proof that he took home a little bit of Disney magic from our trip :wizard:

So anyway, here’s a picture of the Mickey on the CoP. See it?
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And here’s another:
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Next we used our FP for Buzz Lightyear.
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I took that picture before we rode CoP so it’s actually a little bit later than what the Fastpass Return Clock says. I really thought I was going to beat BF this time and I was winning pretty much the whole way until the very last scene. Then somehow BF managed to come back and beat me. Don’t worry, he only rubbed it in my face for the next 5 minutes or so. And once again, I was just happy he was having so much fun.
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I know it's kind of hard to see my face, but I just want to put it out there that I was posing for this picture and do not usually look this ferocious during shooting games.
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When we exited Buzz we saw Chip & Dale were out and about and BF led the way as we hurried to get on line. There were only a few people in front of us and one of them was a little girl who was just SO excited. She couldn’t stand still she just kept gushing over them and jumping up and down and saying how excited and happy she was. It was so flipping adorable. After just a few minutes it was our turn to finally meet a character on this trip.
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Just look at BF’s face in the next two pictures! Priceless!
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We used our Space Mountain FP next and BF and I were technically in separate cars. I was the last seat of the first car and he was the first seat of the second. But that allowed me to take this picture:
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I tried to convince BF to get a Space Mountain tee shirt from the gift shop since it was his favorite ride at MK but he refused. I begged him to at least hold it up for a picture and this is what he gave me:
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At this point we were hot and tired and ready for a break so we decided to leave the park. We had done everything at the park that we wanted to do…although I honestly would have loved to hit Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Philharmagic and Pirates of the Caribbean [at least] one more time on the trip. But we were tired and it wasn’t worth dragging BF around. Rather than go back to our own hotel to relax, we decided to visit someplace new to both of us.

Here are some pictures we took on our way out:
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Up Next: A visit to someplace Grand...

FosterA
12-26-2011, 08:13 PM
Oh my...the COP and BF didn't fall asleep? yay! I thought it was very well done but definitely easy to slip a nap in during it. Ok, I see the Mickey in the one photo with the Christmas tree but the other one...is it in the painting with the flowers? not sure I see it.

Love the Chip and Dale photos!!

Can't wait to hear about what I think is the Grand Floridian!

cajunbaby1
12-26-2011, 10:51 PM
Whee...finally finished ;) I'm glad y'all had a great trip. Thanks for all the photos and report.

heathsf
12-27-2011, 07:27 AM
Oh my...the COP and BF didn't fall asleep? yay! I thought it was very well done but definitely easy to slip a nap in during it. Ok, I see the Mickey in the one photo with the Christmas tree but the other one...is it in the painting with the flowers? not sure I see it.

Love the Chip and Dale photos!!

Can't wait to hear about what I think is the Grand Floridian!

Hahaha no he didn't fall asleep! But I bet if we had ridden it again he would have! :lmao: I think he was genuinely interested seeing it...even if it's just once. CoP is something I like to do once on each trip. I'm sure if we go back, he'll be fine with passing on it. And the Mickey is in the painting...

And I love the Chip and Dale photos too! :goodvibes I really want to log into BF's facebook and change his main picture to the one where he's hugging Dale with that goofy smile on his face but I think he'd kill me! :rotfl:

Whee...finally finished ;) I'm glad y'all had a great trip. Thanks for all the photos and report.

Thanks! So glad to have you along :goodvibes

heathsf
12-27-2011, 07:43 AM
Wednesday, August 24 - Part 5

As we left the MK we were ready to take a break and cool off but decided we wanted to do that at a hotel other than ours. So we chose to go somewhere new to both of us. We hopped on the monorail and I was so excited to finally ride it! We had tried twice on our first day/night but it was closed due to a lightning strike.
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It was pretty empty:
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And here we are:
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This was my first-ever visit to the Grand Floridian and I really wanted to explore. BF walked around with me for a little bit but once we got down into the lobby and sat on a couch...there was no getting him up. So the rest of this post is going to be pictures that I took around the hotel and I think they'll speak for themselves. It's just a beautiful place and I wanted to share the photos for anyone who is interested.

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Sigh...If I was going to really treat myself to one thing on this trip, it would have been one of the D&B bags. I stared at this shelf for quite a while but in the end decided it wasn't in my budget right now.
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Can you spy BF in the lobby?
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Here's a closer look:
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He was totally out cold! I checked back several times and he was still in the same spot every time. Not that I can blame him though... :rotfl2:

Up Next: Grand Floridian Photos: Chapter 2

FosterA
12-28-2011, 07:48 AM
That is awesome:lmao:He is totally sacked out on that couch!
I bet the heat wore you guys out!

heathsf
12-31-2011, 08:03 AM
Wednesday, August 24 - Part 6

I continued wandering around the Grand Floridian, snapping pictures:
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At this point I noticed the sky was starting to look a little dark...
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Still sleeping...
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At this point I rejoined BF in the lobby to relax on the couch for a bit. A singer and a pianist began performing and it was really nice to just listen to and rest for a bit. It was very enjoyable.
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A few more pictures from the couch:
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As comfortable as we were, at 3:45 we decided it was time to leave and head to Downtown Disney. We were seeing La Nouba at 6pm but in my confirmation email it said tickets could be picked up until 1 hour prior to the show so we definitely did not want to be late. We said goodbye to the GF and walked to the bus stop. It was raining at this point so it was really nice that we were covered by the overhang all the way to the bus stop and even while we were waiting for the bus. At POP we would have been getting wet while waiting for the bus since the area where the actual lines for the buses are is not covered.
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We only had to wait a few minutes for our bus and then we were on our way!

Up Next: An evening at Downtown Disney

FosterA
12-31-2011, 06:14 PM
It's amazing how spotless everything is at the GF! WEll, really all of WDW is like that I suppose. You can really tell in your photos just how clean they keep things!

Is that an older lady hanging down there by your BF?:laughing: She was probably dying for him to get up so she could sack out on the couch. :laughing: Cant wait to hear the next segment!

okw19
01-01-2012, 08:37 AM
Love all the GF pics! I can't believe your BF slept on the couch. :rotfl: I guess I would too if I were exhausted.

Leshaface
01-02-2012, 05:44 PM
I DIED at the picture of DBF watching cartoons and the pic of him passed out! :lmao: I wonder what the lady sitting near him was thinking? :laughing:

heathsf
01-08-2012, 07:03 PM
I DIED at the picture of DBF watching cartoons and the pic of him passed out! :lmao: I wonder what the lady sitting near him was thinking? :laughing:

She was probably hoping he would get up so she could take her own nap! :lmao:

Love all the GF pics! I can't believe your BF slept on the couch. :rotfl: I guess I would too if I were exhausted.

He was SO tired! I tried to warn him before the trip how exhausting it would be but he didn't believe me. I guess it was really hitting him 5 days in...

It's amazing how spotless everything is at the GF! WEll, really all of WDW is like that I suppose. You can really tell in your photos just how clean they keep things!

Is that an older lady hanging down there by your BF?:laughing: She was probably dying for him to get up so she could sack out on the couch. :laughing: Cant wait to hear the next segment!

GF was just impeccable. I'm not sure that I would want to stay there (for the price) but it was fun to visit!

heathsf
01-08-2012, 07:59 PM
Wednesday, August 24 - Part 7

By the time our bus arrived at DTD it was absolutely pouring. We put our ponchos on before getting off at Pleasure Island but any part of us not under the poncho (our faces and our legs) was pretty much soaked by the time we reached the West Side where La Nouba is located. Once again I would have to deal with wet squishy socks. Ugh. The first thing we did was pick up our tickets.
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After getting the tickets we both used the bathroom next to the box office and laid out our ponchos and wet socks on a bench to air out a little. Did I mention I hate having wet socks? About 10 minutes later the rain had slowed to a drizzle and the skies were looking clearer so we decided to venture out to find something to do to pass the time before the show. We had a little over an hour to kill.

We didn't have to wander very far before we found House of Blues. Happy Hour was going on from 3-5 so we found seats at the bar outside.
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BF ordered a Green Gator: coconut rum, melon liqueur, and pineapple juice - and it was yummy! $7.50
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I ordered a Pina Colada $8.50
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Neither of our drinks were included in Happy Hour pricing. Oh well - we really enjoyed them anyway! After a few minutes we decided we were hungry so the bartender handed us a menu. He also reminded us that appetizers were half price until the end of Happy Hour which was at 5. It was currently 4:55. We very quickly decided on the Mediterranean Calamari and I hurried to order it at the inside bar (it had to be ordered inside to get the 1/2 price). I had ordered it to-go so we could eat it at the outside bar. Here's a picture of the inside restaurant.
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When the calamari was ready I took it back outside to eat. Oh my gosh was it delicious!!! The flavor was so unique and so much better than plain old fried calamari with marinara sauce. We gobbled it up pretty quickly. The only thing BF didn't like was the kalamata olives. He can't stand them. So he just didn't eat them. But he still loved the calamari. And it was an incredible value at just $5.25! :thumbsup2
Mediterranean Calamari - tossed with lemon, chili garlic sauce and extra virgin olive oil $10.50
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At 5:30 we left to head back to the theatre. We walked up the outside stairs and went right to our seats. It was still pretty empty in there. Now I knew that there was no flash photography or video recording allowed during the show but I didn't think there would be any harm in taking a picture of the empty stage before the show started. I snapped one photo and before I could even look at it to see how it turned out, I was kindly asked by a CM (are they called CMs here?) to not take any photos. Oops. :confused3 Well, since I have the picture anyway and there really is nothing going on other than a mostly empty tent, I will post the picture here so that anyone thinking about getting tickets can see where we sat. We had a great view of everything:
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I had bought the tickets online back in April. We had Category 2 seats (with 1 being better seats and 3 being not-as-good). We sat in Section 203 Row: FF Seats: 9 and 10. We both felt that our seats were great and were happy that we didn't spend even more money to get Category 1 tickets because it really wasn't necessary. We could see everything and had a great view. The tickets were $92.66 each but we both agreed that the price was worth it. The show was absolutely phenomenal! A friend had just taken me to see Zarkana in NYC a week before our trip and it absolutely blew me away. It was my fifth Cirque du Soleil show and by far the best one I'd ever seen. Until seeing La Nouba. It was right up there with Zarkana if not better. They were both exceptional. BF enjoyed both of them every bit as much as I did which is saying something. I'd definitely recommend La Nouba for all ages! However, the show is 90 minutes with no intermission so keep that in mind if you have little ones. That said, we were totally mesmerized for the full 90 minutes, start to finish.

By the time the show ended the weather had really improved and it was looking to be a really nice evening.
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Here's a picture of House of Blues with a nice blue sky :goodvibes
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We enjoyed a nice leisurely walk through DTD toward our dinner destination.
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And finally, we arrived. We were ready for some dinner, music, and dancing! Can you guess where?
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Up Next: A delicious dinner, spectacular dessert, and talented dancers

Leshaface
01-08-2012, 10:48 PM
Wow that calamari looks scrumptious!

Pfft, why in the world can you not take a picture with nothing happening on the stage?! How dumb. But thanks for the picture of that. Back in Jan 2010, we originally had plans to go see La Nouba, but suddenly we had to change our dates and had to get a refund on our money and didn't want to chance having to change our dates again, so we never re-booked La Nouba. We had Cat 2 seats. Darn! I know for sure, we'll be seeing this show when we go back. Did Cat 3 look really bad?? Was there tons more seating behind you?

heathsf
01-09-2012, 06:15 AM
Wow that calamari looks scrumptious!

Pfft, why in the world can you not take a picture with nothing happening on the stage?! How dumb. But thanks for the picture of that. Back in Jan 2010, we originally had plans to go see La Nouba, but suddenly we had to change our dates and had to get a refund on our money and didn't want to chance having to change our dates again, so we never re-booked La Nouba. We had Cat 2 seats. Darn! I know for sure, we'll be seeing this show when we go back. Did Cat 3 look really bad?? Was there tons more seating behind you?

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Here is the seating chart. There were plenty of seats behind us that were also Category 2. Category 3 is way out on the sides. I had seats like that for a different Cirque show in NY a few years ago and while we still enjoyed it, sitting way on the side like that kind of takes something away from the overall show.

Leshaface
01-09-2012, 03:04 PM
Wow there is a lot of seats behind you. You got some great seats...I can't remember, do you chose the seats or do they choose them for you?

FosterA
01-10-2012, 07:41 AM
I really really really want to see a Cirque show one day and when we go back to Disney, I am for sure going to pencil this one in. I've never been to a show ever. David went to one in Vegas once but little ol' poor me wasn't there. After your review, we are so there!

I also want to get that appetizer and drink that your BF got! Basically, just walk in your footsteps:laughing: Well, I can do without the rain and wet socks though!

heathsf
01-10-2012, 05:22 PM
Wow there is a lot of seats behind you. You got some great seats...I can't remember, do you chose the seats or do they choose them for you?

I couldn't remember either so I went to the website to play around with it. You choose your date, time, and how many tickets you need, then choose the category and it offers you something in that category. I just tried two different dates for category 2 (just to play around) and it offered me seats way on the side. So I cancelled and tried again to see what would happen and I was offered the same exact seats the 2nd time. Then I changed the date to 2 months later and was still offered the same exact seats! So I guess if you want to make particular requests, doing it over the phone may be best. Maybe I just got really lucky with my seats... I did book it online though.

I also noticed that they have this thing on the site that shows you what your view of the stage would be like from any section in the theatre. So if you click on Section 203, it shows you what your view of the stage would look like. That wasn't there when I booked. I just went based on what I read on The Dis.

I really really really want to see a Cirque show one day and when we go back to Disney, I am for sure going to pencil this one in. I've never been to a show ever. David went to one in Vegas once but little ol' poor me wasn't there. After your review, we are so there!

I also want to get that appetizer and drink that your BF got! Basically, just walk in your footsteps:laughing: Well, I can do without the rain and wet socks though!

Yes! Pencil it in! It's not a "Disney" themed show so I would expect even David to be totally amazed by it! :goodvibes I'm sure the kids will be. It's just so spectacular. And your kids are older so you won't have to worry about them sitting through a 90 minute show with no intermission :lmao:

BMC423
01-10-2012, 08:18 PM
Hello! Merry Christmas! and Happy New Year!!! :) Hope you and your family had a great holiday! Now on to your TR:

I literally loled at "sick of chocolate cake". I love that you found those hidden Mickey's at COP. I haven't been on that since my first trip I think it will be on our must do for this years trip. How cute are you guys with Chip n' Dale!!

THANK YOU for posting the GF pics!!! It really is beautiful! I've never been there and I am on a mission to stay at the Beach Club:rolleyes1 I also loled when I saw the pic of your BF at the kiddie area! How funny!

Your TR is making want to take an adults only trip... I mentioned to DH he said can we plan one trip at a time :confused3:rotfl:

heathsf
01-12-2012, 06:22 AM
Hello! Merry Christmas! and Happy New Year!!! :) Hope you and your family had a great holiday! Now on to your TR:

I literally loled at "sick of chocolate cake". I love that you found those hidden Mickey's at COP. I haven't been on that since my first trip I think it will be on our must do for this years trip. How cute are you guys with Chip n' Dale!!

THANK YOU for posting the GF pics!!! It really is beautiful! I've never been there and I am on a mission to stay at the Beach Club:rolleyes1 I also loled when I saw the pic of your BF at the kiddie area! How funny!

Your TR is making want to take an adults only trip... I mentioned to DH he said can we plan one trip at a time :confused3:rotfl:

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you too!! :goodvibes

BF is such a kid sometimes... that's why I feel that WDW is the perfect place for him but he just doesn't seem to fully get the magic like us Dis*ers do. He was genuinely excited to hug those chipmunks and it was totally his idea to sit in the kiddie chair to watch cartoons. That's all him. Yet he's not dying to take another trip like I am. Sigh. But we did have a great time on this trip.
I can understand you wanting to take an adults only trip. But on the other hand, I don't have kids and I'm already looking forward to taking them to WDW! So I guess it goes both ways... :rotfl:

heathsf
01-16-2012, 05:27 PM
Wednesday, August 24 - Part 8

We had just seen a spectacular Cirque du Soleil show and were ready for some food! We enjoyed a nice walk through the West Side to Pleasure Island where we had an 8:15 ADR scheduled at Raglan Road. We wanted to eat after the show but didn’t want to make the reservation too early and feel rushed to get there. Turns out, 8:15 was a good time. We arrived early without feeling like we needed to hurry. And even better, we only had to wait a few minutes to be seated.
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BF actually chose this restaurant (yay for BF participating in the trip planning!) I helped him in the right direction by sending him a list of DDP participating restaurants in DTD. He picked Raglan Road because of the Irish theme. (Have you noticed the shirt he wore on this day? Not a coincidence…) BF is very proud of his Irish heritage and he’s been enjoying it even more since our fabulous trip to Ireland last summer. One of our favorite memories from that trip was a night spent in a small pub where some locals were getting together for a traditional Irish music session. To give you an idea of how genuine it was, BF and I were the only Americans in there, and there was one man from the UK. Everyone else was from Galway. So anyway, this wasn’t a show or anything, just locals hanging out and playing music together for fun. A few of the patrons even started dancing together – and it was all unscripted and totally improvised. It was one of the coolest things I’d ever experienced. Now back to the present day, one of the things that drew us to Raglan Road was the live music and dancing. We were hoping the experience here would be somewhat similar to what we saw in Galway.

So in the main seating area, there is a stage at the front for musicians and a stage at the center of the room for dancing. You can kind of see the center stage in the picture, the handrail is pretty obvious right in the middle of the photo.
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In addition to the main seating area, there is a little room towards the back, away from the stage. That is where we were seated. This was the view from our seats.
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There was no way we could see any of the performers without getting up and walking to the other side of this little room. There are short performances every so often (maybe every 20 minutes?) so it’s not like a dinner show, but it was frustrating that we were in a part of the restaurant where we were really missing out. In hindsight, I’m not sure why we didn’t ask for a different table. It was really inconvenient. When a performance started, we would get up and go stand by the entrance to this back area but there really wasn’t a good place to stand where we weren’t either hovering over other people while they were trying to eat, or standing in the way of waiters and waitresses carrying lots of trays of food and drinks to all the people at the “good” tables. We really should have asked for a different table. Oh well. Don’t be silly like me and BF, if you decide to eat here, request a table where you will be able to see the performers.

Now with that said, we had a really good time here. We eventually stopped getting up every time a performance started and just listened from our table and still enjoyed the music and the sounds of step dancing. So without further ado, let’s get to the food!

Raglan Road has an extraordinarily extensive menu, well at least compared to most other WDW restaurants. This is just one section of the menu:
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Here is a link to Raglan Road’s fairly humorous website. Actually, this link should take you directly to the dinner menu. Since I failed you and did not take pictures of the entire menu, I’m hoping to make it up to you by making it easy for you to see the rest of the menu. Please accept my apologies. Here is the link:
Raglan Road - Stuff Yourself - Dinner Menu (http://www.raglanroad.com/stuff-yourself/dinner-menu)

We started off with some bread. I don’t remember it being particularly good or bad. Wait, now I have a feeling it was soda bread. I didn’t write it down. I’m so sorry. I’m really letting you down tonight. Here’s a picture.
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And oil for dipping. What’s that mixed in with the oil, you ask? I want to say malt vinegar, but I am guessing. Does that seem like something that would be mixed with the oil? I’ll do better with the rest of the meal, I promise.
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BF decided to indulge in a Beer Flight, and he chose “The Four Provinces” featuring Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, and Kilkenny. He enjoyed all four.
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I ordered the Shepherds Pie, or more specifically, “Keen Eye for the Shepherds Pie” $18. It was absolutely delectable. It doesn’t look like a huge portion but I wasn’t able to finish it. And I wanted to.
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BF ordered the Lamb Shank, more formally known as “Lambo”: Lamb shank braised in rosemary jus with mash, leeks, ****ake mushrooms & baby carrots $28. I didn’t write anything down but BF says he remembers it being good. I don't see any mushrooms in the picture so I think BF may have requested "no mushrooms" since he does not like them.
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We ordered a side to share with our meal and it was one of the best decisions we made all day (and we had made a lot of good decisions this day – for instance, deciding to go to MK for rope drop, seeing La Nouba, hugging Chip & Dale, and riding Peter Pan early in the morning to name a few – so that tells you a lot about how good this side was!) We ordered the Garlic Parmesan & Truffle Oil Skinny Chips (fries) and they were so flipping yummy! $5
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BF did a nice job savoring the beers and making them last throughout the meal.
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Now for dessert. I had read some reviews of Raglan Road before the trip and it seemed that quite a few DISers felt that the bread pudding here was one of the best desserts in all of WDW so I just had to try it. BF went for it too.
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Here it is, Ger’s Bread and Butter Pudding $8.50
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What I wrote in my notebook was that it was “Out of this World!” And as I remember, it certainly was. Yummy yummy yummy. But best dessert in all of WDW? I’d have to say no. The best dessert in all of WDW is the quick service chocolate cake. JUST KIDDING! I think I’d have to go with the Maple Crčme Brulee at Le Cellier. But I am digressing. This bread pudding was outstanding. In fact, I wish I could eat it right now.

With dessert, BF ordered Irish Black Tea which he enjoyed. I am not really a fan of tea so I am just taking his word for it.
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After a very tasty, filling, and enjoyable dinner we ventured back outside and decided to walk through the rest of DTD into the Marketplace.
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BF had a very good time playing with the Legos. I had a very difficult time tearing him away. After he built a racecar that took 2nd place in a race (against some 8-year-olds) I was finally able to get him to leave. We saw a fun dance party and the catchy music had us dancing our way towards the World of Disney store. :woohoo: I found out later that the catchy music was the Cupid Shuffle (I had heard the song before, but didn’t know the name).
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We browsed around a bit but didn’t buy anything. We spent some more time just strolling and taking in the sights before catching a bus back to Pop. Here’s a somewhat random picture of one of the bowling pins lit up all pretty at the resort.
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To sum it all up, we had a fantastic day and a really fun night. I just have to say that I love Disney World. As I wrap up this update and think about what a great day we had, I can’t help but be a little sad that I have no plans right now to go back. :sad1: But on the bright side, I still have 2 more days left to relive through this TR!

Up Next: An adventurous day at Epcot!

BMC423
01-16-2012, 06:43 PM
Sorry you don't have a trip in the works... I know its frustrating. Maybe something will happen you never know, trips sometimes just come together when you least expect them. ;)

Your food at Raglan Road looks delicious! I'm going to order that Creme Brulee at Le Cellier. I love Creme Brulee and if you say its the best one at WDW I'm definitely going to try it.

I think your Ireland story is awesome! One of my best friends went there on her honeymoon. She's Irish and yes from her pictures it is such a beautiful place.

StephaniexMarie
01-16-2012, 06:51 PM
[FONT="Arial"]A Few Pictures of Pop Century
Early morning painting touch-ups:
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I subbed a while ago but finally got around to reading now! I'm loving your trip report so far. When we were at Pop in August, the construction workers were touching up the signs every day. These pictures bring back memories! :goodvibes

Leshaface
01-16-2012, 11:05 PM
That beer looks amazing and so do those truffle fries! Good Gravy!!!

I've always heard great things about Raglan Road. We definitely need to make a ressie here. Especially for those fries.

YES! I'm ready for Epcot! :woohoo:

teekathepony
01-17-2012, 07:57 AM
I ate at Raglan Road back in 2007, it was delicious. I've wanted to go back ever since! Looks like you guys had a great time!

Laffites Landing
01-18-2012, 04:47 AM
Loving the trips report! Just thinking about it, I guess we should be happy that not everyone is obsessed with the Disney parks like we are. Could you imagine how much more expensive and crowded all the parks would be! Criminy!

Anyway, I'm hooked and looking forward to more updates. So far it is very fun to follow along. (I am currently wearing a sweatshirt that says "Ireland drinking team- charter member" on it and my Mother was actually born in Dublin. I can relate to being proud of my Irish heritage!)

Looking forward to more!

heathsf
01-19-2012, 05:59 AM
Sorry you don't have a trip in the works... I know its frustrating. Maybe something will happen you never know, trips sometimes just come together when you least expect them. ;)

Your food at Raglan Road looks delicious! I'm going to order that Creme Brulee at Le Cellier. I love Creme Brulee and if you say its the best one at WDW I'm definitely going to try it.

I think your Ireland story is awesome! One of my best friends went there on her honeymoon. She's Irish and yes from her pictures it is such a beautiful place.

I'm hoping an opportunity for a trip will pop up, but for now I am just missing WDW so much! Thank goodness for the DIS so I can live through other people's TRs!

If you're a Creme Brulee fan, definitely go for it at Le Cellier. It was SO good. I wanted to lick the dish when I was done so I could get every last drop.



I subbed a while ago but finally got around to reading now! I'm loving your trip report so far. When we were at Pop in August, the construction workers were touching up the signs every day. These pictures bring back memories! :goodvibes

Oh my gosh! This is really funny...I started reading your TR over the weekend! I was already getting into it when I saw that you had commented here! :goodvibes What a funny coincidence. I wasn't going to write on your TR until I finished catching up, but I've just started Day 3 so I've got a little ways to go still. Anyway, I'm glad you're here reading along :thumbsup2

That beer looks amazing and so do those truffle fries! Good Gravy!!!

I've always heard great things about Raglan Road. We definitely need to make a ressie here. Especially for those fries.

YES! I'm ready for Epcot! :woohoo:

I can't testify for the beers but BF certainly enjoyed them. But the fries... they were amazing.

I ate at Raglan Road back in 2007, it was delicious. I've wanted to go back ever since! Looks like you guys had a great time!

It was so delicious. I'm really glad we tried it.

Loving the trips report! Just thinking about it, I guess we should be happy that not everyone is obsessed with the Disney parks like we are. Could you imagine how much more expensive and crowded all the parks would be! Criminy!

Anyway, I'm hooked and looking forward to more updates. So far it is very fun to follow along. (I am currently wearing a sweatshirt that says "Ireland drinking team- charter member" on it and my Mother was actually born in Dublin. I can relate to being proud of my Irish heritage!)

Looking forward to more!

Thanks for joining! :goodvibes

You're probably right about the bolded. If BF was as obsessed as I am, we would have a real problem because I'd be spending all my money on trips to Disney if I didn't have him stopping me. Not to mention what would happen if everyone was like us DISers. :lmao:

BF brought back a few of those Drinking Team t-shirts for his brothers from our trip. Have you visited Ireland?

FosterA
01-19-2012, 07:27 AM
Excellent review of Raglan Road! I would be all over those fries! Those look amazing.

Pretty funny about BF and his lego-time:laughing:

Can't wait for the next update!

Laffites Landing
01-19-2012, 11:00 AM
You're probably right about the bolded. If BF was as obsessed as I am, we would have a real problem because I'd be spending all my money on trips to Disney if I didn't have him stopping me. Not t mention what would happen if everyone was like us DISers. :lmao:

BF brought back a few of those Drinking Team t-shirts for his brothers from our trip. Have you visited Ireland?


Yep, my wife, who is likes Disney very much(just not quite as much I seem to), keeps me from going to Disneyland even more often. I guess we should be happy!

As for Ireland. My last trip was 1980... when I was 10! It's pretty high on my to-do list. My Mother returns "home" about every 10 years and went this last summer. When I go, I'm hoping to include a trip to Paris.... to see DLRP.... might not make it but we'll see....

Take care!

jenneth79
01-19-2012, 03:25 PM
It's a shame to hear about your table placement, but I'm glad to hear you still had a good time at Raglan Road! We were only able to make it for a drink and an appetizer on our last trip (During the day) so we missed the performances but I really like the atmosphere there.

Agree 100% on the creme brulee.... yum!

heathsf
01-29-2012, 11:45 AM
Thursday, August 25 – Part 1

Today was our last full day! :sad1: I don’t want this TR to end because I don’t know when I’ll be going back. But I haven’t updated in a while so I guess I should get on with it…

We were ready nice and early today and made it to the bus stop at POP at 8:25 a.m. There was a bus waiting with no line so we were able to hop right on and as soon as we sat down we were on our way to Epcot.

Our plans for today were to first FP Soarin’, later get a FP for TT, and explore the World Showcase. When we arrived the lines were fairly long and it seemed to take a long time to get through the turnstile.
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By the time we got through and approached the rope by the Fountain of Nations, the CMs were already counting down to rope drop. Of course there was a huge crowd heading toward Soarin’ and we got swept up in it. This photo was taken while waiting on line at one of the FP machines.
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We grabbed our FP for a return time of 10:06 and decided to get in the 20 minute standby line. It was 9:10 at this point. I hadn’t been in the standby line yet on this trip and discovered that the big screens on the wall were now being used for an interactive game that guests can play while they wait on line. BF and I thought it was pretty neat and wanted to try it. The game was a bird race but as the instructions pointed out, the more people that play the better your bird will do. You’re supposed to move your body to control the speed and direction your bird flies. Unfortunately, very few people were interested in playing the game so our bird kept flying into trees. It didn’t take very long for it to not be fun anymore. Oh well.
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We were on line a little longer than 20 minutes but it was an okay wait. By 9:45 we were headed out of The Land and on our way to Innoventions. We decided to try Sum of all Thrills again since we really enjoyed it the first time. There was more of a line than we had encountered last time but there are no wait times posted so we asked a CM how long it would be. He said it would probably be about 15 minutes so we decided to wait. Only one side was open (so two simulators out of 4) and it ended up being a 25 minute wait. And it was a pretty boring wait. And I wish I could say it was worth it. Let me remind you about our first visit to Sum of All Thrills. We designed our own ride experience and when we gave our card to the CM to scan, he confirmed with us that we wouldn’t be going upside down. And we were like, “Say what!?!? We WANT to go upside down!!” So he gave us a completely different ride experience than the one we chose and it was a lot of fun. This time, we decided that we were experts and could design our own awesome ride experience. Well, we weren’t. And we couldn’t. Our ride was totally tame (lame) and boring and we both felt like we had wasted way too much precious early-morning time. Oh well.

Afterwards, we grabbed FP for Test Track and then I convinced BF to go back to the entrance so we could get a PP picture in front of Spaceship Earth. He really didn’t want to do it but I begged a little bit. But Mother Nature was on BF’s side because before we could even make it there, the skies opened up and it absolutely poured. We ran for cover and found some benches near Spaceship Earth. It was pretty empty there when we first arrived and sat down but as it turns out, we weren’t the only ones who thought to take shelter there. BF was totally thrilled to see Stitch heading our way. You may remember how disappointed BF was yesterday when he [dragged me off the line for Astro Orbiter] tried to meet Stitch but the line was closed. Well, this more than made up for it. Stitch walked right up to where we were sitting. BF tried to be cool about the whole thing but I know he was super excited. He gave Stitch a high five and we took a picture with him. Unfortunately there was no PP photographer there so I just gave my camera to Stitch’s handler.
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A few minutes later Daisy joined us as well and she and BF had some great chemistry… um, I mean a great interaction. Can you tell that I’m totally the third wheel in this picture? BF still teases me about it.
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It rained for maybe 25 minutes in total and then quickly cleared up. By 11:20 we were entering an empty World Showcase and our 11 country adventure was about to begin.

One of the things BF was most looking forward to about this trip was drinking around the world. By the last day of the trip (today), he had adjusted his expectations and we decided our challenge would be to eat and/or drink something from each country as a team. Does it sound too easy? That’s what I thought too.

Up Next: Our challenge begins in Mexico

IheartDDuck
01-29-2012, 03:25 PM
I just got caught up.

I'm sorry your seat at Raglan Road wasn't great. The way it looked from the placement, it should have been better, because the dancers often perform in the middle of the main room or on the main stage. That stinks that you had to get up and down. :confused3

The dipping oil at Raglan is a Guinness dipping sauce. I love it, it's soooo good!

The last day. *sigh* All good things must come to an end.

FosterA
01-29-2012, 06:25 PM
Sorry you guys weren't able to come up with a super fun Sum of all Thrills ride. I guess you shouldn't quit your day jobs to become coaster designers. :laughing: We didn't even see this attraction at Epcot so at least you did better than us, we couldn't even find the darned thing!
However....the photo with BF and Daisy is hilarious! She's trying to totally steal your man:lmao:!!

Can't wait to hear about the rest of your final day!

teekathepony
01-30-2012, 08:20 AM
Aww, I hate when others don't participate in the Soarin' waiting games. Once that I remember we had a great group and everyone played, it was a lot of fun.
Sorry to hear that your Sum of all Thrills visit wasn't what you'd hoped. DH loves that thing... I'm too claustrophobic to try it. :headache:
Love that you got to meet Stitch and Daisy!

nycdisneygal
01-30-2012, 09:31 PM
i have really been enjoying your report!! (just discovered it last night!) And your food reviews! All your pics are great. Glad to see your BF seemed to be having fun! I hope you can go again soon!

oh and that was too funny about your BF at the laugh floor! loved it!

Leshaface
02-04-2012, 02:48 PM
:lmao: You TOTALLY are the third wheel! That's too funny.

YES! Cannot wait to hear about your challenge and see how it goes!

heathsf
02-04-2012, 05:31 PM
I just got caught up.

I'm sorry your seat at Raglan Road wasn't great. The way it looked from the placement, it should have been better, because the dancers often perform in the middle of the main room or on the main stage. That stinks that you had to get up and down. :confused3

The dipping oil at Raglan is a Guinness dipping sauce. I love it, it's soooo good!

The last day. *sigh* All good things must come to an end.

Glad to see you're still here! :goodvibes Thanks for reminding me about the dipping sauce at RR.

Sorry you guys weren't able to come up with a super fun Sum of all Thrills ride. I guess you shouldn't quit your day jobs to become coaster designers. :laughing: We didn't even see this attraction at Epcot so at least you did better than us, we couldn't even find the darned thing!
However....the photo with BF and Daisy is hilarious! She's trying to totally steal your man:lmao:!!

Can't wait to hear about the rest of your final day!

Nope, no plans to become roller coaster designers. And I guess now we won't even bother considering it. And BF still enjoys reminding me about how Daisy wanted him :rotfl2:

Aww, I hate when others don't participate in the Soarin' waiting games. Once that I remember we had a great group and everyone played, it was a lot of fun.
Sorry to hear that your Sum of all Thrills visit wasn't what you'd hoped. DH loves that thing... I'm too claustrophobic to try it. :headache:
Love that you got to meet Stitch and Daisy!

I would have really liked to play the Soarin' game! It was kind of disappointing that we were trying but it really didn't work when everyone else doesn't participate. Maybe next trip! ;) And Sum of all Thrills probably isn't for you if you're claustrophobic because it is really tight in there. Although you can look down and see your own legs and they have an emergency stop button you can press.

i have really been enjoying your report!! (just discovered it last night!) And your food reviews! All your pics are great. Glad to see your BF seemed to be having fun! I hope you can go again soon!

oh and that was too funny about your BF at the laugh floor! loved it!

:welcome: I'm so happy to have you reading along and glad you are enjoying the report! :goodvibes

:lmao: You TOTALLY are the third wheel! That's too funny.

YES! Cannot wait to hear about your challenge and see how it goes!

I know. I felt like I really wasn't wanted there at all! :rotfl:

heathsf
02-04-2012, 05:41 PM
I now have something to make me a feel a little better about not going back to WDW this year. BF and I just booked a trip to Punta Cana for July! We're staying at an all-inclusive resort - which I've never done before - and decided to spend a little extra to really treat ourselves. We're staying in the "Club" section which is adults only, in a swim-up suite with a jacuzzi and an outdoor bali bed next to our private pool! :woohoo:

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Can't wait!!!

BMC423
02-04-2012, 05:46 PM
Ha ha I can totally see the third wheel thing with Daisy. She and your bf were having a moment! Yay for Punta Cana!! My parents are Dominican and I have never been to Punta Cana... it is on my wish list. That resort looks beautiful!!! And that room sounds heavenly!! July is very hot there but not humid hot like here! You are going to love it!