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brookelizabeth
09-10-2011, 04:01 PM
Hello everyone and welcome to my newest Trip Report, "(Almost) Solo in May". I went to Disney World by myself May 28-June 1. A good friend of mine came for the first two nights, and I met up with some fellow-DISers during the last two days; hence being almost solo.

During this short trip I took absolutely NO notes.

And I have been back to the World since - so my mind is a bit muddled on what exactly went on during this particular trip...as a result, I've chosen to simply make this a "picture report". I will share details in what I remember, but don't expect much! ;) I also had our cheap camera with, and the batteries died one day... I am currently writing another TR (link in signature), crossing my fingers I can keep up on two...

If you are still interested, please sit back and enjoy the ride!

Table of Contents
Intro - you are reading it!
No husband, no child = LET'S SHOP! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42614185&postcount=32)
Starting the Trip off Right! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42756196&postcount=70)
Trekking through the Jungle part one (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42856197&postcount=99), part two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42856235&postcount=100)
More Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42863436&postcount=107)
Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42911606&postcount=128)
Running with the Bulls at DHS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42945312&postcount=149)
The World Showcase (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43064338&postcount=183)
Not sure if I'd call that Pixie Dust! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43269718&postcount=208)

In case you are new around these parts, my name is Brook, I live in Queens, NY, I am a Travel Agent (specializing in Disney vacations of course!) and a Momma. My friend Sarah works at NYU and has been to Disney once before, for just 2 days on her honeymoon (it was kind of a layover between countries they visited). She works very hard and was as equally excited about girl-time as I was!

My trip started with me saying good-bye to my DH Joe and DS Henry. Thankfully no tears were shed from any of us, I had prepared Henry that I was going away, but he and Daddy would have plenty of fun without me (and they did)!

I was soon rolling my suitcase down the sidewalk to the bus stop.

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I was attempting to make an earlier flight that would land me closer to Sarah's arrival, so she would not be stuck at the airport waiting for hours. I have never flown stand-by but figured it was worth a shot!

At the airport I was denied a spot on the flight leaving earlier, unless I wanted to pay $50. But I was not deterred. I would ask at the gate.

I stopped to grab some yogurt and overpriced pizza

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and asked at the gate.

Denied again. Unless I wanted to pay $50.

I sat down in the front row seat to the gate and waited. Soon, the early flight started to board without me.

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Sigh. I would be waiting here for 2 more hours. At least I had a good book!

I accepted my fate.

But then, a family rushed up. I could slightly overhear them begging the gate attendant to let them on the earlier flight....and....HE DID! Without any charges!

Well, if they can, then why can't I?

So I asked again.

And was allowed on!

I was elated and mad at the same time. They tried to charge me $50 twice - nice. :sad2: Delta airlines is not my favorite airline, and they didn't win any props from me that day either.

But, I pushed it aside, I was on the flight!

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And it was EMPTY. Very, very empty!

I enjoyed my book and airline snacks and soon was seeing

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On the fake monorail

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I had some time before Sarah's arrival (she was coming in from Newark), so what to do?

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Chick-Fil-A OF COURSE!

Belly full I found a comfy spot, pulled out the book and waited.

After she arrived we were soon at

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Our hotel of choice was All Star Movies. I had rented out our DVC points to try and stay at a Value resort because I hadn't had very much experience with them -- and first hand experience is the best way I learn -- so this was, in ways, also a work/research trip.

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We were assigned a room in the Love Bug (Herbie) section. It was an older style room, they were (and still are) in the process of renovating the rooms. I got to see a newer room later in the trip, so stay tuned for that!

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Nice disco pose, eh?

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While the room wasn't bad, it was definitely showing wear. I was happy to hear they were refurbing - it was due. Sarah and I both laughed at that TINY tube TV! My how times have changed...

MRYPPNS
09-10-2011, 04:08 PM
I love almost solo trips! Can't wait to read and see more!!!!

DisneyBoundinDec
09-10-2011, 04:23 PM
OOHH!! I'm in!! on page one too! :lmao:popcorn::

blessedby3
09-10-2011, 04:32 PM
WooHoo....Ive never been on page one before:cool1:
I had to go back and look at the picture of the tv. That is very funny! Cant wait to see all about your trip! Thanks for the heads up!

jenjolt
09-10-2011, 04:37 PM
YAYAYAY!!! Thanks for the Bat Signal!! Can't wait to hear about this "almost" solo trip...Love your TRs!!!

Lady Lallie
09-10-2011, 04:38 PM
Gotta love those almost solo trips! Oh I so want Chick-Fil-A for dinner but sadly there are none near me. :sad2:

NikkiLovesWDW!
09-10-2011, 05:18 PM
Hey Brook! I'm here! So excited to hear about this trip!

MaryAz
09-10-2011, 05:36 PM
Whoo Hooo first page!!!

KatMark
09-10-2011, 05:39 PM
Great start Brook.

We are not fans of Delta either. And with all those empty seats, why the heck would they wnat to charge you $50 to get on the flight?

We stayed at All Star Sports once...just wasn't for us. I'm curious to think of what you thought of it.

goofy's_gurl
09-10-2011, 05:43 PM
Great start.

Mindy5767
09-10-2011, 06:00 PM
Yeah... I'm here!! (wow... first page too) I was a bit bummed that my DH Henry won't let me book spring break week yet because he hasn't found out if he will be able to get off work. Now, this man has nearly 3 months of vacation time accrued up from over the years... so if he can't go because other people want to go that same week, I will be very upset.... but I'm gaining confidence from your (nearly) solo trip and thinking of booking it anyway. I've got a boat load of extra banked points for next use year (Dec 1) so it would be a shame not to. Then I'll just gather some friends to come with DD Heidi and me. :cool1:

wigdoutdismom
09-10-2011, 06:04 PM
Another reader!
AND after going back to read....
I spy with my little eye, some gifts for those DISers that you were going to meet up with!!!

jenseib
09-10-2011, 06:14 PM
Did I make the 1st page...Ok, I'll go back and read now! :lmao:

chloe770
09-10-2011, 06:28 PM
Thanks for the heads up on FB. Subbed but gotta come back later to read. I'm really looking forward to this TR.

MEK
09-10-2011, 07:10 PM
I'm in! Loved your ASMovie video! I hope you post that soon!

So did you REALLY rent out your points so you could stay value or did it just work out that way?

At any rate I am glad you are getting some first hand experience at ASMovies.

Too weird about the airplane thing. Maybe he had to get the green light to change peoples flights and you asked too early. Good thing you asked again!

princess&her4princes
09-10-2011, 07:49 PM
Hi Brook!
So glad you started, can't wait to read!!:yay:

photographymom517
09-10-2011, 08:14 PM
I'm here Brook!!! :thumbsup2

Can't wait to see more pics!!!

CreightonsMomma
09-10-2011, 09:24 PM
I'm here! Can't wait to see more pictures of your (almost) solo trip.

Glad there were no tears from the boys when mommy left and even happier that Joe and Henry had a lot of fun together while you were gone.

I love your disco pose!

Stringbean&Wingnut
09-11-2011, 05:56 AM
Joining in!!! :goodvibes

I've never attempted to fly stand-by, I'm glad it worked out for you in the end!

Millie12591
09-11-2011, 02:59 PM
Thank you for the heads up on your new TR. :goodvibes

I have to say I've never had a desire to stay at any of the All Stars except The Pop. I loved the POP! Thanks for taking one for the team! :thumbsup2

dekkerdisneydreamer
09-12-2011, 10:21 AM
Hooray for the start of your solo trip!:cool1: It looks like you're doing quite well with remembering because of all the pictures you took! How many on this trip?:rolleyes1

lbuzz52
09-12-2011, 03:15 PM
Hi Brook- i'm still miles behind on your other TR- maybe i can keep up with this one!
Lauren

DWGal210
09-12-2011, 03:17 PM
I'm here, I'm here!!! :)

Great start!!

vamassey1
09-12-2011, 05:58 PM
Finally made it over here!

Great start, I would never have had the courage to keep asking to get bumped up. I'm such a chicken. Good for you!

Movies was the first Disney resort we ever stayed in so it holds a special place in my heart. The kids loved the big icons. Definitely needs some updating in the rooms. Loved the disco pose. :rotfl:

eandesmom
09-12-2011, 06:09 PM
I'm here! thanks for the bat signal (though I'm still late to the party lol).

I forgot it was ASM that you were staying at, I don't think I've ever seem pics of the actual rooms before. Funny on the TV, that's what our cabin at FW had...two of them. I imagine they still do.

Super annoying on the flight. I tell you, all the airlines annoy me these days, there isn't a single one I "love" to fly anymore and booking is an ordeal I dread everytime.

I could have guessed where you ate though. LOL!

merbobear
09-12-2011, 09:06 PM
Following along!:yay:

shan23877
09-13-2011, 12:09 AM
joining in!

micandminforever
09-13-2011, 04:23 AM
Joining the fun, sorry I am late.:goodvibes

MeMom
09-13-2011, 05:03 AM
Isn't MCO just the happiest airport around? :wizard:

Movies has great photo ops for kids. We have only stayed there once, but I have had many morning walks there when we have also stayed at Music and Sports. (One of the perks of staying at an All Star resort is having three resorts to take pictures at.) Our room there was showing its age, too, so I am glad they have gotten around to sprucing the place up. :thumbsup2 The only icon I do not like there is that creepy jack-in-the-box. He is scary! :scared1:

Good to hear the departure from your boys was kept light and happy and tear-free. :) When Brooklynn and I go in October, we're going to have to sneak out in the early morning and leave Bella asleep at home. She is not happy with us about not taking her to Dizhy Wuhld. :laughing: We keep telling her she is going on Santa Claus day. I have never been so afraid of a two year old as I am right now! :rotfl:

brookelizabeth
09-13-2011, 08:08 AM
I love almost solo trips! Can't wait to read and see more!!!!

I am now a big fan! I could use another. :laughing:

OOHH!! I'm in!! on page one too! popcorn::

:welcome:

WooHoo....Ive never been on page one before:cool1:
I had to go back and look at the picture of the tv. That is very funny! Cant wait to see all about your trip! Thanks for the heads up!

Isn't that TV absurd? I couldn't believe it! Thankfully the new rooms are QUITE the step-up! They are beautiful!

YAYAYAY!!! Thanks for the Bat Signal!! Can't wait to hear about this "almost" solo trip...Love your TRs!!!

Thanks Jen!!!!

Gotta love those almost solo trips! Oh I so want Chick-Fil-A for dinner but sadly there are none near me. :sad2:

There is one in NYC, but it's private and part of NYU. Sarah works at NYU. She has already told me that she'd take me to lunch. :laughing: Now I just need to take her up on that offer!

Hey Brook! I'm here! So excited to hear about this trip!

Hello Nikki!!!

Whoo Hooo first page!!!

:dance3:

Great start Brook.

We are not fans of Delta either. And with all those empty seats, why the heck would they wnat to charge you $50 to get on the flight?

We stayed at All Star Sports once...just wasn't for us. I'm curious to think of what you thought of it.

EXACTLY! I was so irritated by Delta. They got some not so happy Tweets from me that day...:rolleyes1 I try to avoid flying them if I can. I'd actually rather pay a bit more than fly them!

Great start.

:welcome:

Yeah... I'm here!! (wow... first page too) I was a bit bummed that my DH Henry won't let me book spring break week yet because he hasn't found out if he will be able to get off work. Now, this man has nearly 3 months of vacation time accrued up from over the years... so if he can't go because other people want to go that same week, I will be very upset.... but I'm gaining confidence from your (nearly) solo trip and thinking of booking it anyway. I've got a boat load of extra banked points for next use year (Dec 1) so it would be a shame not to. Then I'll just gather some friends to come with DD Heidi and me. :cool1:

You can totally do a girlfriends/DD trip! It would be a BLAST! Go super girly and have fun!!! Go for it!!!

Another reader!
AND after going back to read....
I spy with my little eye, some gifts for those DISers that you were going to meet up with!!!

:laughing: Very good eye Ms. Wigd!

Did I make the 1st page...Ok, I'll go back and read now! :lmao:

:welcome:

Thanks for the heads up on FB. Subbed but gotta come back later to read. I'm really looking forward to this TR.

Your welcome! I know I missed some people on FB, I should put out the bat signal on my other TR too.

I'm in! Loved your ASMovie video! I hope you post that soon!

So did you REALLY rent out your points so you could stay value or did it just work out that way?

At any rate I am glad you are getting some first hand experience at ASMovies.

Too weird about the airplane thing. Maybe he had to get the green light to change peoples flights and you asked too early. Good thing you asked again!

Thanks MEK! I will post that - I did a day where I took most of those pics, so I'll include it when we get that far in the report. Day 3 I believe.

My only guess is they only let people on if there are empty seats and at the very last second. It was just weird. You'd think he'd tell me to wait and see, rather than try to scrape $50 out of me. Delta nickel and dimes though. No me gusta!

Hi Brook!
So glad you started, can't wait to read!!:yay:

:welcome:

I'm here Brook!!! :thumbsup2

Can't wait to see more pics!!!

Hi Hope! More coming today....but you are already starting your vacation, so you'll see these in a week! ;) ENJOY IT!

I'm here! Can't wait to see more pictures of your (almost) solo trip.

Glad there were no tears from the boys when mommy left and even happier that Joe and Henry had a lot of fun together while you were gone.

I love your disco pose!

I was really surprised at how okay Henry was with me leaving...and how okay I was. I guess I did enough mental prep!

LOL about the disco pose. I figured if people were going to see me in the mirror, I might as well make it fun! :goodvibes

Joining in!!! :goodvibes

I've never attempted to fly stand-by, I'm glad it worked out for you in the end!

It wasn't bad! But, I think I lucked out. I would NEVER do it with a small child, that's for sure.

Thank you for the heads up on your new TR. :goodvibes

I have to say I've never had a desire to stay at any of the All Stars except The Pop. I loved the POP! Thanks for taking one for the team! :thumbsup2

Your welcome! I tried to get into Pop this trip too, but it was full, so Movies was my next choice. You'll see what I thought of it all in just a bit.

Hooray for the start of your solo trip!:cool1: It looks like you're doing quite well with remembering because of all the pictures you took! How many on this trip?:rolleyes1

I just looked...over 1300. :rotfl: I thought it was less than normal...I guess not!

Hi Brook- i'm still miles behind on your other TR- maybe i can keep up with this one!
Lauren

:welcome: Take your time! You'll catch up eventually!

brookelizabeth
09-13-2011, 08:09 AM
I'm here, I'm here!!! :)

Great start!!

Hey Katie!!!

Finally made it over here!

Great start, I would never have had the courage to keep asking to get bumped up. I'm such a chicken. Good for you!

Movies was the first Disney resort we ever stayed in so it holds a special place in my heart. The kids loved the big icons. Definitely needs some updating in the rooms. Loved the disco pose. :rotfl:

Movies really has a great "Disney feel". The icons are awesome. The new rooms are beautiful - wait until you see them!

I'm here! thanks for the bat signal (though I'm still late to the party lol).

I forgot it was ASM that you were staying at, I don't think I've ever seem pics of the actual rooms before. Funny on the TV, that's what our cabin at FW had...two of them. I imagine they still do.

Super annoying on the flight. I tell you, all the airlines annoy me these days, there isn't a single one I "love" to fly anymore and booking is an ordeal I dread everytime.

I could have guessed where you ate though. LOL!

FW has been updated! Nice pretty flat panels. When did you stay there?

JetBlue is the only airline I haven't had an issue with (so far). They have been awesome, and I love that they credit you if your flight drops even a buck!

Following along!:yay:

:welcome:

joining in!

Thank you for reading!

Joining the fun, sorry I am late.:goodvibes

No worries! You aren't late at all!!

Isn't MCO just the happiest airport around? :wizard:

Movies has great photo ops for kids. We have only stayed there once, but I have had many morning walks there when we have also stayed at Music and Sports. (One of the perks of staying at an All Star resort is having three resorts to take pictures at.) Our room there was showing its age, too, so I am glad they have gotten around to sprucing the place up. :thumbsup2 The only icon I do not like there is that creepy jack-in-the-box. He is scary! :scared1:

Good to hear the departure from your boys was kept light and happy and tear-free. :) When Brooklynn and I go in October, we're going to have to sneak out in the early morning and leave Bella asleep at home. She is not happy with us about not taking her to Dizhy Wuhld. :laughing: We keep telling her she is going on Santa Claus day. I have never been so afraid of a two year old as I am right now! :rotfl:

Yes! MCO is the best! I love that "pretty side" with the fountain too. We usually end up coming in on the "not so pretty side" though. :laughing:

The jack-in-the-box IS weird! Why in the world did they choose him?!?! The new rooms at Movies are beautiful!! I always meant to get over to Music and Sports, but time didn't allow for it this trip. I have a feeling we'll stay at the All Stars again sometime, so I'll have to do it then. We walked a bit around Music in August (to see the suites) and I liked it a lot.

:rotfl2: That's funny about Bella! She'll be thrilled with the goodies you'll surely bring back for her though. ;)

brookelizabeth
09-13-2011, 08:36 AM
After we had our bags settled in the room, Sarah and I went off to the food court at Movies. While I had already eaten dinner, I was certainly not opposed to finding a dessert!

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We both loved the giant brooms! Very, very cool.

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I meant to try the pool, but never did.

You'll see later in my pictures, but the entire sidewalk leading from the Fantasia building to the main building at Movies is lined with palm trees. I loooooooved it and got to walk it several times a day!

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Lots of great choices inside, just like all the Values!

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I looked around a bit at the choices...and then found the ice cream station. And lo, and behold, they could make me an ice cream cookie sandwich ala Main Street Bakery.

:worship:

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Oh yes.

Oddly, it was more expensive than the ones at the Main Street Bakery. But whatever. I don't care. Come to Momma.

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Some of the seating. I found the seating area to be too small for the resort during busy hours. On my last morning I couldn't even find ONE seat open. I had to eat outside! Which was fine for me being solo that day, but what did a family do?!?! So a tip - try to eat before 9 AM (which isn't hard if you are making RD), or grab it and eat in your room.

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View from our table.

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I thought this was really clever!

I haven't a clue what Sarah ate. But I do remember her going back for an ice cream sandwich as well!

Back out into the lobby...

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There are lots of old photos in the hallway between the food court and the gift shop, they are great to look at.

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The gift shop sucked us right in.

And it was then I realized I had very little control when I didn't have a husband and child distracting me. The shopping starts here at Movies. I am not a big shopper at Disney usually; however, I bought more this trip than in several trips combined! :rolleyes1


$100 later....

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2 for us, and 2 were for pooh'smate - but sadly they got LOST IN THE MAIL! :headache:

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I haven't gotten this far in my Feb/March TR, but these Goofy's Cherry Sour Balls are our latest addiction. Joe, Henry and I all LOVE these things. The bags disappear way too quickly! I think I had picked up a couple bags at the store this trip.

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Some postcards for clients and friends, and a new key chain for me!

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Watch for me! This was one of those buy $25 and get this watch for $15. I have really wanted and needed a watch for quite a while, so I had a good excuse.

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And the beach towel. It was just too soft not to buy! It was another one of those deals that sucker you right in. This was impulse, unlike everything else - but I don't regret it. Our beach towels are terrible, so it's nice to have one cushy one when we go to the beach! We will probably pick up a couple more over the next trips too, they make great souvenirs.

And it was this trip to the gift shop, of course, that I forgot to give my AP discount. :headache: All well!

After my shopping spree we walked around the resort just a bit

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While I wasn't yet feeling the All Star Movies love, I had to admit, the icons were very, very cool.

Back in the room Sarah and I squinted from our beds at the tiny TV and chatted into the VERY late hours...eventually exhaustion took over...our plan for the next day was to hit 2 parks, AK and MK - pretty much going open to close!

Lady Lallie
09-13-2011, 08:53 AM
Oh my goodness, I love those Sour Cherry Balls. Mmmm. I could so go for those right now!

I have to say that the food courts at the Values are one of the reasons I like staying Value, I think they have the most variety and choices.

jenseib
09-13-2011, 09:11 AM
You always have problems with your mail. I am think the ups guy is enjoying those ymmuy treats. LOL!
I got that watch this Aug. The last day after Patty left Epcot, I stupidly went into Mousegears. I bought a few more items (after all I had just bought a new suitcase :banana:) and got the watch as well. I didn't "need" it, as I had also bought the giraffe print one on the 1st day, but it was too cute to refuse. And I wear it a lot, but misplaced it recently. I'll find it though. it's just where did I take it off? :rolleyes1

CreightonsMomma
09-13-2011, 09:35 AM
That stinks that the stuff got lost in the mail.

Will you stop posting pictures of yummies and making me want to try them!!!! Tell me more about these cherry sour balls. Are they chewy? They are kind of scaring me. They look like cherry tomatoes and I hate tomatoes. I want to try them but I don't know if I can get over their resemblance to tomatoes. :rotfl:

DWGal210
09-13-2011, 10:21 AM
They lost the coconut patties?!?!!!! NOOOOO!!! tragedy!!

I bought that beach towel as well. It IS super nice!!

KatMark
09-13-2011, 10:24 AM
Oooh...I love that watch and beach towel. I hope they have something similar when we get there next week. :goodvibes

Now why would the ice cream cookie cost more at the resort than the park????

You got a lot of great goodies, Brook.

blessedby3
09-13-2011, 01:09 PM
We got a couple boxes of those coconut mickey heads---yummm--on our last trip! Delicious:goodvibes I cant believe they got lost in the mail. I think they they had x-ray machines and someone took them because they are so good! I eyeballed those beach towels so many time too....but never purchased one:sad2: They looked very nice:thumbsup2 Cant wait to read more:)

dekkerdisneydreamer
09-13-2011, 01:12 PM
We also purchased that beach towel in April. I'm only sorry we didn't get two, because DH seems to think he can use it.:rolleyes1 Boo for forgetting the AP discount, well, here's hoping that more shopping was done and that baby came in handy!

I do like the larger than life icons at Movies. We have never stayed there, but it seems like a nice alternative to POP, especially since they are under refurb.

lbuzz52
09-13-2011, 01:50 PM
the theming in that food court is pretty cool!
i have to admit, dh being around keeps my shopping in check too...

Poolrat
09-13-2011, 04:12 PM
Got the bat signal but just getting over here. I peeked and saved it off but finally got to posting.

I am at work so I can't see your pics. So I will have to look again when I get home.

I am staying at sports this go around so hopefully I will get some walk around time. :goodvibes

MRYPPNS
09-13-2011, 04:53 PM
Shopping right on day one! Loves it!!!

jenjolt
09-13-2011, 05:28 PM
Wow love the icons too!!!

YAY for Disney shopping, it is a lot of fun to do!!!! I also enjoy the variety at the food courts!! Glad you guys had a good evening!

Poolrat
09-13-2011, 07:27 PM
Finally got to see all the great pictures.

Delta- I feel that way about USAIR- hub is in Charlotte but the flights are usually more expensive. I did get to fly USAIR last Oct and well that was a interesting trip.

I need to get the picture of the bus stop. No standing?!?!? How DO you wait for the bus??? :confused3 :lmao: Sit? Dance, skip??? :lmao:

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vamassey1
09-13-2011, 08:06 PM
We loved the food choices at Movies, maybe even more than Pop. One of my fondest memories is coming in form Epcot after Illuminations and sharing a banana split with DH at Movies.:cloud9:

Shopping is always fun. I spend more money when DH isn't around. We love the cherry sours too. We got them for the first time in the big tent in Toontown. I'm a sucker for the specials too. Those backpacks came in handy bringing stuff back in 2009.(DH wasn't with me on this trip)

wigdoutdismom
09-13-2011, 09:14 PM
Shopping, shopping, and more shopping. No excuses needed!
I really wish I had picked up a few of those red beach towels when we were there!:headache: I think I bought everything else.

MeMom
09-14-2011, 05:06 AM
The values really do have good food courts. ::yes::

Your pictures really make me want to make time in is on our very short October schedule to get over there for pictures again. Kay's granddaughter would enjoy seeing the Toy Story and Dalmatians things. The palm trees along the sidewalk there are beautiful - and especially so during a spring trip when all you've seen is bare trees for months on end.

Beach towels are a fairly common souvenir for us. We use them as bath towels, since they're nice and big, and we get a Disney fix every time we dry off.

Well, I get a Disney fix. Trent and Drew couldn't care less what is on the towels. I think they probably prefer more manly ones - plain navy blue or beige or whatever. :laughing:

I'm glad you got some focused shopping time in. :thumbsup2 Too bad about the missing candy. :sad1:

micandminforever
09-14-2011, 04:33 PM
I love the coconut patties but had a hard time finding them in the box last time at Disney. I could only find the individual packs of two patties. I am glad they still have the boxes. I am sorry they got lost in the mail.

Mindy5767
09-14-2011, 05:56 PM
Regular mail? My sister once noticed that she was getting her People magazine several days later than it appeared on news stands. She also thought it look rifled through. She complained to the post office manager who said "we don't read your mail ma'am"... and then suddenly, the next issue was right on time as have the others after it. Someone must have gotten a talking to. Unfortunately, someone probably ate them. :headache:

I've always loved the food choices at Pop. I never stayed at Movies, just Music. All those bright lights though, I think the decor would drive me insane.

I also bought the Beach towel on the last day that I was here, on the 25th, before we left for the Amtrak station we stopped off at DTD and shopped at WOD store. I got 2 of the beach towels, one for a Hanukkah gift for my friend's son. The daughter will get a 2011 Minnie with hoodie. I am debating keeping the beach towel. I have dozens of beach towels, I don't really need it, and they make great gifts. Maybe for my son in college? I didn't get the watch because I have about 7 Mickey watches already, and its $ keeping them in batteries... and I swear they all die at the same time. :sad2:

rachel09985
09-14-2011, 08:46 PM
YUM! LOOVE the Chick- Fil-A! There is none in Minnesota but there was in Ohio, so I really miss Chik-Fil-A!

jenb1023
09-15-2011, 12:01 PM
Thanks for the bat signal on FB! Be back soon to read and catch up!

NMW
09-15-2011, 02:12 PM
subscribing

SoonerGirl
09-16-2011, 10:24 AM
Somehow I missed that you had started this Brook!! I'm still bummed that we just missed each other this trip - again!

Charleston Princess
09-17-2011, 05:38 AM
I am finally here and caught up!!! Love that you started shopping on day one! :thumbsup2

Wonders10
09-17-2011, 03:17 PM
I have been following along on your other TR and didn't realize you had another until today! I'm doing an almost solo trip this weekend (as you know since you've stopped by my TR). Perfect timing...can't wait to hear more about it.

P.S. I need to find a job that lets me go to Disney for "research". :laughing:

tinacaplan
09-18-2011, 08:45 AM
How did I miss this? :goodvibes Can't wait to hear more about your solo trip. One good thing I will say about Delta is this: when they decided to no longer fly direct to MCO out of Hartford, they did refund our tickets. But it irritated me beyond belief that they sold me tickets for a direct flight, which they changed two weeks later! :confused3

Love all the shopping...no doubt I'd do a bit more of that myself if I went without the boys. :rotfl:

MEK
09-18-2011, 10:50 AM
Movies is such a pretty resort. I love the video you did. I think you should post it for others who haven't seen it.

Ice cream sandwich looks delish!!!!!

Oh - I got that towel, too. I love it!

Native NYer
09-18-2011, 01:28 PM
Late, but here now! I have so much catching up to do. The beginning of the school year has been quite hectic.

Ok, off to catch up!:surfweb:

jenb1023
09-18-2011, 08:40 PM
All caught up! I don't like Delta either but glad you got on the earlier flight! I've never wanted to stay at All Stars but I love the look of that food court! Disney shopping is the best shopping!

Millie12591
09-19-2011, 11:26 PM
Oooooo, shopping! :cool1: I love me some Disney shopping! I don't usually buy much, but I do looooove to look! I almost always look for me a bag, and never find one I can settle on or convince myself I'll use enough to warrant the price of getting one. Silly, I know. I always have my standards though, it has to be something to commemorate the trip, always a magnet of the year we went (which turned out to be hard to find this last trip), and it almost always has to be something that I will use over and over again. The beach towel would fit nicely into this catagory. :goodvibes
I'm thinking I'm waaay to practical when I Disney shop! :laughing:

So far, good job on the TR! :thumbsup2 Although, I'm convinced I wouldn't want to stay there, it's just too much for me, :rolleyes: yes, I realize I sound like a total snob. :laughing: After being spoiled by the quiet at CSR, I don't know if I can go back to the hussle and bussle of the values, I need to save that for the parks! :yay:

eandesmom
09-20-2011, 08:40 AM
That towel was popular on our girls trip, I think several of the ladies got it! It was nice and soft...though did inspire a weird remark to Melissa. :rotfl:

Great goodies you got there. Isn't it wonderful to shop without kids and men?

brookelizabeth
09-20-2011, 06:35 PM
Oh my goodness, I love those Sour Cherry Balls. Mmmm. I could so go for those right now!

I have to say that the food courts at the Values are one of the reasons I like staying Value, I think they have the most variety and choices.

I'm not alone in my Sour Cherry Ball addiction! :yay: Aren't they wonderful? I eyed them the entire two weeks during Feb/March and finally bought some on one of our last days---I was VERY happy to be picking up some more in May! (and August!)

The Value food courts are awesome, I completely agree. A few of the Deluxes are okay, but the Values blow 'em away.

You always have problems with your mail. I am think the ups guy is enjoying those ymmuy treats. LOL!
I got that watch this Aug. The last day after Patty left Epcot, I stupidly went into Mousegears. I bought a few more items (after all I had just bought a new suitcase :banana:) and got the watch as well. I didn't "need" it, as I had also bought the giraffe print one on the 1st day, but it was too cute to refuse. And I wear it a lot, but misplaced it recently. I'll find it though. it's just where did I take it off? :rolleyes1

I hate our P.O.! Today I mailed 2 boxes to clients and put insurance on them-just in case. They BETTER get there. :mad:

Mouse Gear is a very dangerous store. We have, miraculously, made it out of there with very little, but I know how tricky it can be. :laughing:

That stinks that the stuff got lost in the mail.

Will you stop posting pictures of yummies and making me want to try them!!!! Tell me more about these cherry sour balls. Are they chewy? They are kind of scaring me. They look like cherry tomatoes and I hate tomatoes. I want to try them but I don't know if I can get over their resemblance to tomatoes. :rotfl:

Yes! The Sour Cherry Balls are chewy. They have a candy coating on the outside, but are soft inside. They aren't too sour, just a touch. So very yummy! You should buy a bag, and if you don't like them, mail me the rest. :laughing:

But no, they are NOTHING like tomatoes! :lmao:

They lost the coconut patties?!?!!!! NOOOOO!!! tragedy!!

I bought that beach towel as well. It IS super nice!!

I know! It's was horrible! 2 boxes of coconut patties AND a CD. :headache: Not a cheap loss, and Jessica is without the glorious patties!

Oooh...I love that watch and beach towel. I hope they have something similar when we get there next week. :goodvibes

Now why would the ice cream cookie cost more at the resort than the park????

You got a lot of great goodies, Brook.

I hope they have it too! The beach towel is extra nice. I like that the watch is just simple too, I can wear it with any color.

We got a couple boxes of those coconut mickey heads---yummm--on our last trip! Delicious:goodvibes I cant believe they got lost in the mail. I think they they had x-ray machines and someone took them because they are so good! I eyeballed those beach towels so many time too....but never purchased one:sad2: They looked very nice:thumbsup2 Cant wait to read more:)

I would not doubt if the box some how split and a worker helped himself! I hate to even think that, but where else would they have gone?! We have both checked with our PO. I made ours go back and search, he could tell I was NOT a happy customer. :laughing:

We also purchased that beach towel in April. I'm only sorry we didn't get two, because DH seems to think he can use it.:rolleyes1 Boo for forgetting the AP discount, well, here's hoping that more shopping was done and that baby came in handy!

I do like the larger than life icons at Movies. We have never stayed there, but it seems like a nice alternative to POP, especially since they are under refurb.

:rotfl: about your DH using the towel! That sneak....;) I guess you'll have to pick up another one, or two on your upcoming trips!

Movies had a great feel, it's smaller than Pop, which is nice. It feels very Disney - if you know what I mean.

the theming in that food court is pretty cool!
i have to admit, dh being around keeps my shopping in check too...

Isn't it neat? I really liked it. Very clever!

I had NO idea my DH kept me in check, he never ever ever says not to buy something - he usually encourages me and I'm the cheapskate who puts things back, but without him to even bounce an idea off of the money was flying out of the wallet! :laughing:

Got the bat signal but just getting over here. I peeked and saved it off but finally got to posting.

I am at work so I can't see your pics. So I will have to look again when I get home.

I am staying at sports this go around so hopefully I will get some walk around time. :goodvibes

I hope you enjoy Sports! It has some really cute sections too. I wish I would have had time to explore all 3 All Stars, I meant to, but it just didn't happen.

Shopping right on day one! Loves it!!!

:laughing: And day two, three and four. :rolleyes1

Wow love the icons too!!!

YAY for Disney shopping, it is a lot of fun to do!!!! I also enjoy the variety at the food courts!! Glad you guys had a good evening!

I really enjoy the Value food courts, they are fantastic. I miss them a bit at the Deluxe resorts - though a few of them have pretty good options too.

brookelizabeth
09-20-2011, 06:36 PM
Finally got to see all the great pictures.

Delta- I feel that way about USAIR- hub is in Charlotte but the flights are usually more expensive. I did get to fly USAIR last Oct and well that was a interesting trip.

I need to get the picture of the bus stop. No standing?!?!? How DO you wait for the bus??? :confused3 :lmao: Sit? Dance, skip??? :lmao:



You must hop.

On one leg.

:rotfl:

You know what that means really, right???

When I first moved here, I didn't! I thought the signs were hilarious!

We loved the food choices at Movies, maybe even more than Pop. One of my fondest memories is coming in form Epcot after Illuminations and sharing a banana split with DH at Movies.:cloud9:

Shopping is always fun. I spend more money when DH isn't around. We love the cherry sours too. We got them for the first time in the big tent in Toontown. I'm a sucker for the specials too. Those backpacks came in handy bringing stuff back in 2009.(DH wasn't with me on this trip)

A banana split?! I missed that! I really liked the ice cream area at Movies though - they should add that to the other Values.

Another Sour Cherry Ball lover! :yay: Aren't they lovely???

In August they had a really nice backpack but I didn't get it. We have SO many bags around the house. I WANTED it, but I resisted. :laughing:

Shopping, shopping, and more shopping. No excuses needed!
I really wish I had picked up a few of those red beach towels when we were there!:headache: I think I bought everything else.

:rotfl2: There is a LOT of shopping (for me) on this TR! It's fun though, I have really enjoyed all my purchases.

I hope they still have the beach towel for you in a few weeks! The resorts still had it in August, but the parks had a backpack and something else.

Poolrat
09-20-2011, 06:58 PM
You must hop.

On one leg.

:rotfl:

You know what that means really, right???

When I first moved here, I didn't! I thought the signs were hilarious!



I am a New Yorker Remember???;) I know they mean no standing for cars but really on the bus stop sign. There are so many where English is not their first language and well that could mean some interesting results. :lmao:


I like the ones that are
No standing
No Stopping
No Parking
No kidding
This means you
:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

brookelizabeth
09-23-2011, 11:56 AM
I have meant to update this week - but have been VERY busy with work. It will slow down again in a couple weeks, I plan to get back here before then and squeeze in an update. :goodvibes

Meanwhile, if you have not yet, PLEASE VOTE FOR CAREN! Our fellow DISer, MeMom, has entered a contest called "My Classroom Went Disney" and she very, very, very much deserves to win. She's a fantastic woman, whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, and she pours her heart and soul into her work. She changes the lives of these kids - and for the better. She works in a school where many kids are at or below the poverty line. She not only deserves, but NEEDS this win!

It only takes a second and does not require registration: #2, Caren: VOTE HERE (http://www.wdwradio.com/2011/09/my-classroom-went-disney-vote-now)

Spread the word!! Voting ends Saturday. If you can, vote from your phone/iPad, etc. when not connected to your home wi-fi. Have your spouse vote while at work. Have all his/her co-workers vote. Call up your long-lost cousin and have him vote. :teeth:

AprilRenee
09-23-2011, 02:06 PM
Good start! I hopped over here from your Feb/March TR. The ASMovies decor is pretty cool. We love pop but if we ever have to do an All Star resort again (did the ASMu family suites last trip) I think we'll try ASMovies!

MEK
09-23-2011, 05:45 PM
thanks for posting that Brook! OK - MeMom - voting accomplished!!!!!!

shan23877
09-23-2011, 10:37 PM
Voted! thanks for sharing

merbobear
09-24-2011, 05:41 PM
Voted! I loved all of those classrooms...wish I had a teacher whose room went Disney!

brookelizabeth
09-26-2011, 07:48 AM
I will be doing replies later today, but wanted to get this update in while I have a few minutes to completely focus! I wanted to get this update done last week, but work has been busyyyyy with several clients traveling between late September and late October. I LOVE it though, so no complaints here!

We left off as Sarah and I had fallen asleep after our arrival day. Our plan for the next day was to hit AK and then MK. We decided to sleep-in a bit, by 9:00 AM I was eating this

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That's a good way to start any trip, right???

But first, a few resort pictures from our walk to the food court...

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The palm trees were shedding during my entire visit - HUGE pieces of the trunks would be all over the resort. I had no idea palm trees even did that!

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Any time I entered our section, I thought about how much Henry would be freaking out about all the car stuff and running around those tires.

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Okay, let's eat!

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Sarah's choice.

You know a friend is a Friend when she lets you take pictures of her food.

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Mine. I like breakfast!

I had purchased a refillable mug, so after we ate we quickly ran back to the room. All Star Movies is not a very large resort, so it only took a couple minutes. On the way...

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We just had to walk through the hat and check it out from the inside!

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And finally, out to the bus stop

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I recall there being quite a line. And our wait was not short. We waited over 20 minutes. I wasn't all too pleased - it was warm, and I wanted Sarah to see the best of Disney in her short visit...not a great way to start off the trip!

However, eventually a bus did arrive and soon we were whisked off to Animal Kingdom.

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It was busy.

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We stopped to stare at the Tree of Life for a few minutes. Sarah recalled looking at it a bit during her honeymoon, but her husband is a GO-GO-GO type (to the max!) and so she never got a chance to really soak it in. So we did a bit now.

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Where do you think we are headed?

Yes, you are correct!

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Single Riders on Expedition Everest! Twice! Looooove that Single Riders Line.

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Thru the gift shop

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jenjolt
09-26-2011, 08:29 AM
Breakfast at Disney YUMMY!! Love it!!!! It is very weird to see Palm Trees shed I will give you that!!!

Animal Kingdom!!! LOVE IT!!! EE!! Definitely a great way to start your morning!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAY

brookelizabeth
09-26-2011, 08:43 AM
The values really do have good food courts. ::yes::

Your pictures really make me want to make time in is on our very short October schedule to get over there for pictures again. Kay's granddaughter would enjoy seeing the Toy Story and Dalmatians things. The palm trees along the sidewalk there are beautiful - and especially so during a spring trip when all you've seen is bare trees for months on end.

Beach towels are a fairly common souvenir for us. We use them as bath towels, since they're nice and big, and we get a Disney fix every time we dry off.

Well, I get a Disney fix. Trent and Drew couldn't care less what is on the towels. I think they probably prefer more manly ones - plain navy blue or beige or whatever. :laughing:

I'm glad you got some focused shopping time in. :thumbsup2 Too bad about the missing candy. :sad1:

Movies is such a fun resort for the little ones. I am pretty certain we will stay there on a family trip for at least a few days in the future.

That is a great idea about the beach towels! What a fun way to make you smile every morning.

I love the coconut patties but had a hard time finding them in the box last time at Disney. I could only find the individual packs of two patties. I am glad they still have the boxes. I am sorry they got lost in the mail.

They were gone for a while! I had a very hard time in Feb/March finding some, and found TWO boxes at one of the CR gift shops-but that was it! I looked everywhere. I was so relieved to see them back in May.

Regular mail? My sister once noticed that she was getting her People magazine several days later than it appeared on news stands. She also thought it look rifled through. She complained to the post office manager who said "we don't read your mail ma'am"... and then suddenly, the next issue was right on time as have the others after it. Someone must have gotten a talking to. Unfortunately, someone probably ate them. :headache:

I've always loved the food choices at Pop. I never stayed at Movies, just Music. All those bright lights though, I think the decor would drive me insane.

I also bought the Beach towel on the last day that I was here, on the 25th, before we left for the Amtrak station we stopped off at DTD and shopped at WOD store. I got 2 of the beach towels, one for a Hanukkah gift for my friend's son. The daughter will get a 2011 Minnie with hoodie. I am debating keeping the beach towel. I have dozens of beach towels, I don't really need it, and they make great gifts. Maybe for my son in college? I didn't get the watch because I have about 7 Mickey watches already, and its $ keeping them in batteries... and I swear they all die at the same time. :sad2:

I have heard about that with magazines! :sad2: I sent in a complaint letter and got a form letter back. The last 2 boxes I sent I insured! I hate having to spend the extra money, but it's worth it in some cases. And you know what's even funnier - I get two subscriptions to magazines I have never even subscribed to. GQ and Town & Country. GQ! :rotfl:

The lights weren't bright - it seems like a lot, but they weren't even noticeable. Disney has it done just right. The decor of the All Stars is a little bright though, I agree...it grew on me by the end of my trip.

That's a great idea about sending the towels to your son in college. When I was in college I always purchased the cheapest towels possible and they were awful, obviously!

YUM! LOOVE the Chick- Fil-A! There is none in Minnesota but there was in Ohio, so I really miss Chik-Fil-A!

Minnesota NEEDS a CFA. They finally got Sonic, it's due for a CFA!

Thanks for the bat signal on FB! Be back soon to read and catch up!

Your welcome!

subscribing

::welcome::

Somehow I missed that you had started this Brook!! I'm still bummed that we just missed each other this trip - again!

I sent a bat signal out on Facebook, but I knew I had missed people - sorry about that! Glad you found me! :goodvibes I know--one of these days our trips WILL work!!!!! Maybe it will be at an AEP, wouldn't that be fun???

I am finally here and caught up!!! Love that you started shopping on day one! :thumbsup2

::weclome:: Jackie! Gotta start the trip out with a bang, right?

I have been following along on your other TR and didn't realize you had another until today! I'm doing an almost solo trip this weekend (as you know since you've stopped by my TR). Perfect timing...can't wait to hear more about it.

P.S. I need to find a job that lets me go to Disney for "research". :laughing:

It's the best kind of job! :rotfl2: I never mind working and spending time researching and fact finding, but the on-site visits are the best. ;) I am looking forward to the DCL "research", the DLP "research", the DLR "research" and hopefully, someday, the ABD!

I hope you had a fantastic almost solo trip - I need to get caught up again on everyone's TRs - I've fallen so far behind again.

How did I miss this? :goodvibes Can't wait to hear more about your solo trip. One good thing I will say about Delta is this: when they decided to no longer fly direct to MCO out of Hartford, they did refund our tickets. But it irritated me beyond belief that they sold me tickets for a direct flight, which they changed two weeks later! :confused3

Love all the shopping...no doubt I'd do a bit more of that myself if I went without the boys. :rotfl:

I was a bit quiet about it! I sent out a bat signal on Facebook, but I knew I had missed people - after a while of going through my friends I just sent it. I should put up a link on the other TR I suppose....! :laughing:

Oh wow, that's nice (and surprising) of Delta! How incredibly frustrating though to think you have everything set and then find out you don't. I try to avoid layovers too - they are annoying, and doubly exhausting with a little one it seems!

brookelizabeth
09-26-2011, 08:55 AM
Movies is such a pretty resort. I love the video you did. I think you should post it for others who haven't seen it.

Ice cream sandwich looks delish!!!!!

Oh - I got that towel, too. I love it!

I will definitely post it, later in the trip I do a "picture tour", so when I get there, I'll post the link instead of all the pictures. It was a fun video to make, hopefully someday I will have something like that of all the resorts!

Late, but here now! I have so much catching up to do. The beginning of the school year has been quite hectic.

Ok, off to catch up!:surfweb:

Hey Jen!!! ::weclome:: It's been busy for us too - and we only have a child in PreK, I can only imagine how it is for teachers! Hopefully it calms down some for you!

All caught up! I don't like Delta either but glad you got on the earlier flight! I've never wanted to stay at All Stars but I love the look of that food court! Disney shopping is the best shopping!

Before I booked the trip I was hoping for Pop - but I'm glad I ended up where I did. It surprised me how much I enjoyed it. It's a very cute, and very well themed resort!

Oooooo, shopping! :cool1: I love me some Disney shopping! I don't usually buy much, but I do looooove to look! I almost always look for me a bag, and never find one I can settle on or convince myself I'll use enough to warrant the price of getting one. Silly, I know. I always have my standards though, it has to be something to commemorate the trip, always a magnet of the year we went (which turned out to be hard to find this last trip), and it almost always has to be something that I will use over and over again. The beach towel would fit nicely into this catagory. :goodvibes
I'm thinking I'm waaay to practical when I Disney shop! :laughing:

So far, good job on the TR! :thumbsup2 Although, I'm convinced I wouldn't want to stay there, it's just too much for me, :rolleyes: yes, I realize I sound like a total snob. :laughing: After being spoiled by the quiet at CSR, I don't know if I can go back to the hussle and bussle of the values, I need to save that for the parks! :yay:

I usually don't buy much either -- but this trip I was a wild woman! :laughing: I spent WAY more than I ever have on souvenirs. In August I was looking for a bag, wanting to buy one, but couldn't find one either that I knew I would use enough. So, I completely understand! I hate to waste money, and I'm very practical on how I Disney shop as well! I am NOT their target audience. :rotfl:

Naw, you don't sound like a snob. I completely understand on this front too. In August we stayed at Pop, then the Yacht Club (for just me), then OKW, it felt so good to finally get to OKW. I'm a VILLA snob, so even worse! :rotfl2: I liked the other resorts, but the Villa felt like home to me.

That towel was popular on our girls trip, I think several of the ladies got it! It was nice and soft...though did inspire a weird remark to Melissa. :rotfl:

Great goodies you got there. Isn't it wonderful to shop without kids and men?

Okay, a weird mark about a beach towel...hmmmm....I'm looking forward to this one. :lmao:

I am a New Yorker Remember???;) I know they mean no standing for cars but really on the bus stop sign. There are so many where English is not their first language and well that could mean some interesting results. :lmao:


I like the ones that are
No standing
No Stopping
No Parking
No kidding
This means you
:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

I thought I had remembered you were - so I was thinking you weren't serious! :rotfl: You are a "half-back" now, right? I could see myself becoming a resident of the south someday. I love NYC, but the older I get, the more I want the heat and palm trees!

LOVE the "No kidding, this means you!" that's so New York. Did you ever see these on my Facebook:

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I love it here.

brookelizabeth
09-26-2011, 08:58 AM
Good start! I hopped over here from your Feb/March TR. The ASMovies decor is pretty cool. We love pop but if we ever have to do an All Star resort again (did the ASMu family suites last trip) I think we'll try ASMovies!

What did you think of the ASMu Suites? We toured them in August and I thought they were GREAT! I'd love to stay there someday.

thanks for posting that Brook! OK - MeMom - voting accomplished!!!!!!

Voted! thanks for sharing

Voted! I loved all of those classrooms...wish I had a teacher whose room went Disney!

Thank you so much for voting! The race was close, but MeMom came in second. The winner was obviously a very well loved teacher, so I'm sure they are thrilled and excited. It's a bit of a bummer for our DIS community, but we did our best! Thank you for showing an incredible woman your support!

Breakfast at Disney YUMMY!! Love it!!!! It is very weird to see Palm Trees shed I will give you that!!!

Animal Kingdom!!! LOVE IT!!! EE!! Definitely a great way to start your morning!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAY

I could seriously go for a big Mickey Waffle right about now. I looooove me a hot breakfast at Disney.

I had no clue the trees did that! It was so weird! GIANT pieces of it everywhere!

tinacaplan
09-26-2011, 09:43 AM
Everytime I see pictures of the value resorts, I feel like I am depriving my child of something because I don't want to stay at one. :lmao: I know he'd love the huge icons, but... well... I'm not sure I'd like a lot of the other things about them. :goodvibes Moving on... I love EE! So much fun, but don't know it will ever be as amazing as it was that very first time, when I had no idea what to expect and strongly suspected that my death might be imminent. :lmao:

Unfortunately, in July, the single line was not being used :confused3 and then I was a bit ill...so...no EE for me. And as much as I love AK, Mark isn't a huge fan and Max doesn't love live animals (other than dogs...dogs he loves) I think its the one thing we'll skip during our short trip in February.

But you're right...what a way to start the day! :thumbsup2

AprilRenee
09-26-2011, 10:51 AM
What did you think of the ASMu Suites? We toured them in August and I thought they were GREAT! I'd love to stay there someday.

We loved the suites! They were perfect for our group (DH and I took my 3 younger brothers ages 20,17,14). I wasn't a huge fan of the resort themeing (I like the giant character/movie icons like at POP) but we weren't there much at all so it didn't really matter. The room was great! Having 2 bathrooms was awesome, DH and I had our own space in the "bedroom", and the kitchenette was great just for the fridge. We always bring cereal along in our luggage. With the fridge we could buy milk in the gift shop at night and have it in the am for breakfast. We didn't really cook otherwise but we stored our snacks etc in the cabinets.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again if I had a large enough group. Right now it's just DH and I so we don't need all the room but eventually with kids, we'd totally stay there again.

DWGal210
09-26-2011, 11:34 AM
Nothing beats a Mickey waffle for breakfast!! YUMMY!!!

I love your pictures!! It looks so bright & sunny & lovely!!

SoonerGirl
09-26-2011, 12:22 PM
Yikes! AK looks :crowded: Yippee for the single riders line though!

dekkerdisneydreamer
09-26-2011, 01:02 PM
Boo for no bus mojo. I hope that isn't a trend. Wow, a packed AK it is!:scared1: I think that park is the least maneuverable when crowded. Love the single rider line at EE! DH and I did that in April and we also went twice.

I'm glad you love your job, otherwise I'd have more to do for my March 2012 trip....:rolleyes1

Connie96
09-26-2011, 01:40 PM
Wow. Since I saw most of these pics on FB, I'm getting a healthy dose of deja vu now that I'm reading the TR. :rotfl: Love it!

CreightonsMomma
09-26-2011, 03:35 PM
Yum! Mickey waffles. What a cool hotel! :thumbsup2 Love animal kingdom, and I love EE but I love Dinosaur the most even though I haven't been on it in years!!

MEK
09-26-2011, 04:26 PM
Wowsa - AK looks really crowded, but thankfully you seem to have buzzed right through the single rider line! :cool1: I love that ride and I think I will FINALLY get a chance to ride it in the dark in December. Double..:cool1::cool1:

eandesmom
09-26-2011, 05:42 PM
maybe everyone else decided to sleep in too? UGH on the long but wait but at least you were well fortified for it. Glad you took time to "see" the TOL, it's worth stopping and studying everytime!!!

I think the towel remark made it into the TR but at one point, I think Melissa was at the pool solo and some random dude came up to her and said

"Can I touch your towel?"

it was a contender for the TR title.

:rotfl:

jenseib
09-26-2011, 08:08 PM
Thats the one thing I didn't like about AS Movies, the buses. I waited a lot with them.

Millie12591
09-27-2011, 01:37 AM
I usually don't buy much either -- but this trip I was a wild woman! :laughing: I spent WAY more than I ever have on souvenirs. In August I was looking for a bag, wanting to buy one, but couldn't find one either that I knew I would use enough. So, I completely understand! I hate to waste money, and I'm very practical on how I Disney shop as well! I am NOT their target audience. :rotfl:

I'm sure I'll have a wild, woman, shopping moment or two over the years when I'm in WDW. Just haven't had it yet. :laughing:
I'm so right there with ya on not being their target audience, my daughter on the other hand....:laughing: I think you and I would have fun shopping together, we'd want to look in shops plenty, but would encourage one another to keep moving on if we didn't find anything that would be worth having. :goodvibes

Naw, you don't sound like a snob. I completely understand on this front too. In August we stayed at Pop, then the Yacht Club (for just me), then OKW, it felt so good to finally get to OKW. I'm a VILLA snob, so even worse! :rotfl2: I liked the other resorts, but the Villa felt like home to me.


I think I might be in trouble if I'm ever able to stay in one of the villas! :laughing:

MeMom
09-27-2011, 05:52 AM
The palm trees were shedding during my entire visit - HUGE pieces of the trunks would be all over the resort. I had no idea palm trees even did that!




That statement takes me back to my days of living in Florida. Big chunks of palm trees on the ground. It's funny to think that people who live in the north never knew about that. I know there are things that happen up there that you guys see all the time that we would be surprised about, as well.

See? The DIS is very educational. :teacher:

blessedby3
09-27-2011, 08:11 AM
WOW...AK looked pretty crowded! Thank goodness for that single rider EE line:goodvibes On our last trip, we had ridden EE 3 times in a row. Thats about my limit (in a row). Olivia wanted to keep riding and no one could do it with her, so I walked her right over to that single rider line and she rode a couple of more times. It moves so quickly and I can stand right there and watch her until she gets on. We took advantage of it again on our second AK day when the lines were longer for standby in the afternoon. Its a great invention;)
I am drooling right now thinking of the delicious Mickey waffle in your breakfast picture! I got those quite a few times at POP on our last trip----YUMMMMM:cloud9:

2xcited2sleep
09-28-2011, 06:03 PM
I didn't realize you'd started this! So happy to find it as I try to forget about a craptastic day at work and the equally craptastic one awaiting me tomorrow. :rolleyes:

I still have yet to try Chick Fil A but it's on my list. Know you love it so!

:thumbsup2 to the disco pose in the mirror... too cute.

Movies looks like a cool resort with lots of theming. The food court looks awesome.

Can't wait to hear more about this almost solo trip! popcorn::

jordanyosh
09-30-2011, 03:56 PM
peep

PopArtGal
09-30-2011, 07:37 PM
One day I will try Chick-Fil-A. Ok I'm hungry now lol

I know what you mean about not sweating it. I'm so comfy by myself it's almost frightening lol

Poolrat
10-03-2011, 10:34 AM
I think I might be in trouble if I'm ever able to stay in one of the villas! :laughing:

i think i am becomeing a Villa snob too and I haven't even stayed in one yet.:lmao:

I had a shopping "wild" moment this trip, but it was justified.:rolleyes:


That statement takes me back to my days of living in Florida. Big chunks of palm trees on the ground. It's funny to think that people who live in the north never knew about that. I know there are things that happen up there that you guys see all the time that we would be surprised about, as well.

See? The DIS is very educational. :teacher:

STuff about up north .... let me see. Kids go to school in the snow and a few days after it snows it turns black. Also depending on the place, some large areas like mall parking lots pick up thier snow and have physically put it somewhere else or melt it since it can't stay where it falls and there is not enough space to plow it all up in one big pile . :teacher:

merbobear
10-03-2011, 09:04 PM
i think i am becomeing a Villa snob too and I haven't even stayed in one yet.:lmao:

I had a shopping "wild" moment this trip, but it was justified.:rolleyes:




STuff about up north .... let me see. Kids go to school in the snow and a few days after it snows it turns black. Also depending on the place, some large areas like mall parking lots pick up thier snow and have physically put it somewhere else or melt it since it can't stay where it falls and there is not enough space to plow it all up in one big pile . :teacher:

Lol! They move the snow around here..sometimes you will see dump trucks just hauling snow! Malls with larger parking lots use huge loaders to move the snow around to various piles. One mall in my area even has heated sidewalks to aid in snow removal!

KatMark
10-03-2011, 09:24 PM
Great update, Brook. You got some great pictures of the resort!

AK did look crowded; that was the ONLY park that wasn't crowded when we were there last week. :sad2:

DisneyJoo2008
10-04-2011, 05:06 AM
After you first sent me the link to this report from facebook, I read the first installment from my iPod but didn't come back and sub!!!
Love the shopping pics - when Mum and I went back in 2008 we did WAY too much shopping without the boys there! xxx

glennbo123
10-04-2011, 12:09 PM
I've got lots of reading to do, but will catch up eventually.

brookelizabeth
10-05-2011, 08:31 AM
Everytime I see pictures of the value resorts, I feel like I am depriving my child of something because I don't want to stay at one. :lmao: I know he'd love the huge icons, but... well... I'm not sure I'd like a lot of the other things about them. :goodvibes Moving on... I love EE! So much fun, but don't know it will ever be as amazing as it was that very first time, when I had no idea what to expect and strongly suspected that my death might be imminent. :lmao:

Unfortunately, in July, the single line was not being used :confused3 and then I was a bit ill...so...no EE for me. And as much as I love AK, Mark isn't a huge fan and Max doesn't love live animals (other than dogs...dogs he loves) I think its the one thing we'll skip during our short trip in February.

But you're right...what a way to start the day! :thumbsup2

That is why you take a day and resort hop! :thumbsup2 Max can run around and enjoy the giant icons, you can grab lunch in the food court, and then return to the resort you prefer! We did that (at Pop) in March and it was awesome.

What in the world - no Single Rider Line in JULY?! That's crazy talk! And I hear ya about AK-same dilemma here. Though, Joe admitted AK has grown on him a bit and Henry has taken a stronger interest in live animals this past year.

We loved the suites! They were perfect for our group (DH and I took my 3 younger brothers ages 20,17,14). I wasn't a huge fan of the resort themeing (I like the giant character/movie icons like at POP) but we weren't there much at all so it didn't really matter. The room was great! Having 2 bathrooms was awesome, DH and I had our own space in the "bedroom", and the kitchenette was great just for the fridge. We always bring cereal along in our luggage. With the fridge we could buy milk in the gift shop at night and have it in the am for breakfast. We didn't really cook otherwise but we stored our snacks etc in the cabinets.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again if I had a large enough group. Right now it's just DH and I so we don't need all the room but eventually with kids, we'd totally stay there again.

That's great to hear!!! They looked really fantastic - the two bathrooms would be SO handy. I really look forward to seeing the AoA!

Nothing beats a Mickey waffle for breakfast!! YUMMY!!!

I love your pictures!! It looks so bright & sunny & lovely!!

I love me a Mickey Waffle! My first one was last September and now I stake out the meal that includes one. :laughing:

Yikes! AK looks :crowded: Yippee for the single riders line though!

We waited about 40 minutes in one line (later for Kali)--and I usually will NOT wait that long...but with just Sarah and I, I could handle it!

Boo for no bus mojo. I hope that isn't a trend. Wow, a packed AK it is!:scared1: I think that park is the least maneuverable when crowded. Love the single rider line at EE! DH and I did that in April and we also went twice.

I'm glad you love your job, otherwise I'd have more to do for my March 2012 trip....:rolleyes1

I agree! AK can be a nightmare when it's crowded! I really try to put that day on a low-crowds day as much as I can. The paths are narrower and there isn't much open space - it just gets nutty!

:rotfl: about loving my job!! :goodvibes

Wow. Since I saw most of these pics on FB, I'm getting a healthy dose of deja vu now that I'm reading the TR. :rotfl: Love it!

:laughing: Now you get more of the story with the pics!!

Yum! Mickey waffles. What a cool hotel! :thumbsup2 Love animal kingdom, and I love EE but I love Dinosaur the most even though I haven't been on it in years!!

I haven't been on Dinosaur in years either! It might have to make the must-do list for the next trip.

Wowsa - AK looks really crowded, but thankfully you seem to have buzzed right through the single rider line! :cool1: I love that ride and I think I will FINALLY get a chance to ride it in the dark in December. Double..:cool1::cool1:

Yes! I am thrilled they are keeping AK open a bit later again! No PM EMH, but still, I'm seeing 7 PM closings and that is GREAT! I really hope it works out for you-it's a whole different ride! And hopefully with Avatarland coming in a few years, AK will become a nigh park.

maybe everyone else decided to sleep in too? UGH on the long but wait but at least you were well fortified for it. Glad you took time to "see" the TOL, it's worth stopping and studying everytime!!!

I think the towel remark made it into the TR but at one point, I think Melissa was at the pool solo and some random dude came up to her and said

"Can I touch your towel?"

it was a contender for the TR title.

:rotfl:

CAN I TOUCH YOUR TOWEL?! Okay, that just sounds CREEEEEEEEEEEEEPY! and completely hilarious! :lmao:

Thats the one thing I didn't like about AS Movies, the buses. I waited a lot with them.

Thankfully that was my only big wait, the rest of the time it moved well! We only shared with the other All Stars once too.

brookelizabeth
10-05-2011, 08:49 AM
I think I might be in trouble if I'm ever able to stay in one of the villas! :laughing:

I think we would be the perfect shopping pair! I love looking in all the shops, but it's rare that something (for me) comes out. I'd love to do WoD without a child...though Joe usually does take H so I can get things done that I need to (for clients, friends, DISers, etc.), but even still-I feel pressured to shop quickly!

The Villas are incredible. They can really spoil you!

That statement takes me back to my days of living in Florida. Big chunks of palm trees on the ground. It's funny to think that people who live in the north never knew about that. I know there are things that happen up there that you guys see all the time that we would be surprised about, as well.

See? The DIS is very educational. :teacher:

Yes it is! :thumbsup2 I've actually learned quite a bit on here, and I always am learning something new about Disney-and that helps me in my job!

There is so much that happens in NYC that people don't know about....but most people would probably prefer to keep it that way. ;) :rotfl:

WOW...AK looked pretty crowded! Thank goodness for that single rider EE line:goodvibes On our last trip, we had ridden EE 3 times in a row. Thats about my limit (in a row). Olivia wanted to keep riding and no one could do it with her, so I walked her right over to that single rider line and she rode a couple of more times. It moves so quickly and I can stand right there and watch her until she gets on. We took advantage of it again on our second AK day when the lines were longer for standby in the afternoon. Its a great invention;)
I am drooling right now thinking of the delicious Mickey waffle in your breakfast picture! I got those quite a few times at POP on our last trip----YUMMMMM:cloud9:

I am a huge fan of the Single Rider Lines too! Did you ever see that YouTube video about them? The guys can't sing, but it's still hilarious!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGp4u7iLZEM&feature=watch_response


I didn't realize you'd started this! So happy to find it as I try to forget about a craptastic day at work and the equally craptastic one awaiting me tomorrow. :rolleyes:

I still have yet to try Chick Fil A but it's on my list. Know you love it so!

:thumbsup2 to the disco pose in the mirror... too cute.

Movies looks like a cool resort with lots of theming. The food court looks awesome.

Can't wait to hear more about this almost solo trip! popcorn::

Oh boo for craptastic days! :headache: I hope things are going better now, but if not, I'll have another update for you that hopefully will help you escape for a few minutes!


peep

Hello again my friend!!!! Are you here to stay, or just peeping in for a second?

One day I will try Chick-Fil-A. Ok I'm hungry now lol

I know what you mean about not sweating it. I'm so comfy by myself it's almost frightening lol

It's so yummy! Definitely give it a try sometime!!! I was sad in August when it was closed because we came in so late.

I love being that comfortable at Disney - knowing how to work the system, the crowds, not needing a map....LOVE IT!!!

i think i am becomeing a Villa snob too and I haven't even stayed in one yet.:lmao:

I had a shopping "wild" moment this trip, but it was justified.:rolleyes:


STuff about up north .... let me see. Kids go to school in the snow and a few days after it snows it turns black. Also depending on the place, some large areas like mall parking lots pick up thier snow and have physically put it somewhere else or melt it since it can't stay where it falls and there is not enough space to plow it all up in one big pile . :teacher:

:rotfl: Oh Pat, you will be spoiled! It really is wonderful... I forget what the rooms don't have when I stay in one - the Values NEED to have coffee pots. I really hope those are being added sometime soon.

LOL about the snow! So true! Giant dumptrucks and diggers come in and move the snow! It was just normal growing up, I never really thought about the novelty of it. Usually it ended up in a mall's parking lot since they had the space.

Lol! They move the snow around here..sometimes you will see dump trucks just hauling snow! Malls with larger parking lots use huge loaders to move the snow around to various piles. One mall in my area even has heated sidewalks to aid in snow removal!

Oh my gosh, it's too funny that we just said almost the same thing...I swear I didn't read your response before I wrote back to Pat above! :laughing:

Great update, Brook. You got some great pictures of the resort!

AK did look crowded; that was the ONLY park that wasn't crowded when we were there last week. :sad2:

Wow! AK not crowded?! That's rare! It always seems busy to me. The crowds have been busier than normal this year. I'm seeing some 9's even in October, which is very surprising!

After you first sent me the link to this report from facebook, I read the first installment from my iPod but didn't come back and sub!!!
Love the shopping pics - when Mum and I went back in 2008 we did WAY too much shopping without the boys there! xxx

I'm glad you came back! :goodvibes So it's not just me who behaves more when her husband is present! :laughing:

I've got lots of reading to do, but will catch up eventually.

:welcome: Glenn! I hear ya, I'm lightyears behind on your report!!! I will catch up someday!!!!

dekkerdisneydreamer
10-05-2011, 09:16 AM
I've got lots of reading to do, but will catch up eventually.

Glenn!! Not to highjack Brook's report, but I see you have a ticker!!:yay: Have you started a PTR? I don't see a link in your siggie....:rolleyes1

brookelizabeth
10-05-2011, 02:59 PM
After our spins on Expedition Everest, Sarah and I headed over to the Maharajah Jungle Trek, I love the details of this trail.

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A Deluxe Bird House Resort.

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After our trek we grabbed FP's for Kali -- I had never ridden it before and was determined! And it was a hotttttttt day, so it would be perfect!

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A bit of shopping-we didn't buy anything, but sure had fun looking! The gift shop right by Kali has some really unique things.

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I just love this shirt!

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By this time our stomachs were starting to gowl, and I knew something I had wanted to try was very close by...

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I finally tried the frozen chai! YUMMMMM! It really hit the spot on that hot day! As I sipped, we set our sites for Flame Tree BBQ, another first for me (and Sarah).

However, on the way I purchased an appetizer...

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The Jalapeno Cream Cheese Pretzel! FINALLY! As you can see by the pic, I was very excited to try it! I cannot recall if I've told the story yet in my other TR (Feb/March), but I tried to get one and the girl in front of me bought the LAST ONE. Not today, no, no, that baby was MINE!

Being that I had the chai and the pretzel, I didn't go for an actual meal at Flame Tree but instead got

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Sarah ordered the pulled pork with a side of fries instead of beans, but they gave her both!

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This was a WONDERFUL meal. The fruit was very fresh and delicious, between that, the pretzel and the chai, it was a perfect meal for that day. Sarah and I sat there quite a while, chatting, eating, and admiring the view.

Continued in next post

brookelizabeth
10-05-2011, 03:02 PM
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During this trip I had my eyes on Pirate gear - we are booked for an 8-night cruise in June 2012 and of course I want us all to dress up for Pirate Night! So Sarah and I shopped a bit more.

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I really like the Mickey Pirate!

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(sorry about it being sideways!)

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Nice and simple, this shirt was leading on my list.

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I almost bought this one too - the price tag was ugly, so I resisted, but I was tempted - I hemmed and hawed over it for a while! I'm glad I finally passed, I found a Pirate shirt I like just as much for $10 at Target!

Non-Piratey things.

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After shopping, I don't believe either of us bought anything here, we took some time at the Tree of Life again.

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Baby ducks!!

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I believe we were holding FPs for the Safari, so that is where we headed to next!

Terkina
10-05-2011, 03:35 PM
I love your update with all the great photos :)

SoonerGirl
10-05-2011, 08:56 PM
Yay for a jalapeno cheese pretzel, my absolute favorite AK snack! The fruit plate looks really yummy too.

You had a lovely view during lunch too :goodvibes

Charleston Princess
10-06-2011, 06:11 AM
Hurray for trying a frozen chai! They really are delicious!

Lady Lallie
10-06-2011, 06:49 AM
Ahhh...the frozen chai or what I like to call it Christmas Tree in a Cup. Blech. That is just not for me but I'm happy that you enjoyed it. :thumbsup2

I am IN LOVE with the "That's how I roll" shirt. Oh my goodness, it is seriously adorable. :lovestruc

brookelizabeth
10-06-2011, 08:16 AM
I love your update with all the great photos :)

Thank you!!!

Yay for a jalapeno cheese pretzel, my absolute favorite AK snack! The fruit plate looks really yummy too.

You had a lovely view during lunch too :goodvibes

I forgot to write my review of the coveted pretzel, didn't I? That's what I get for doing 9 things at once! :laughing: I did like it, but unfortunately....it was too cheesy and not enough spice for me, so while I would get it again, it's not something I would seek out. However! That just leaves more for you (and others!) ;) :goodvibes

Hurray for trying a frozen chai! They really are delicious!

I LOVED it. In August (whenever I get to that TR!) I had the frozen mocha. Yum, yum, yum! That is my new favorite "Holy carppers, it's hot!" stand!

Ahhh...the frozen chai or what I like to call it Christmas Tree in a Cup. Blech. That is just not for me but I'm happy that you enjoyed it. :thumbsup2

I am IN LOVE with the "That's how I roll" shirt. Oh my goodness, it is seriously adorable. :lovestruc

:rotfl2: I can totally understand why you call it Christmas Tree in a Cup! Have you tried the frozen mocha? That is delicious!

Isn't the shirt the cutest?! I saw it again in August, I really need to just fork over the cash, I'd wear it all the time!

Lady Lallie
10-06-2011, 08:44 AM
:rotfl2: I can totally understand why you call it Christmas Tree in a Cup! Have you tried the frozen mocha? That is delicious!

Isn't the shirt the cutest?! I saw it again in August, I really need to just fork over the cash, I'd wear it all the time!

I am not a big fan of mocha, in fact I don't drink coffee or anything. I just never developed the taste.

You totally need that shirt, you would probably rock it better than I could. :laughing:

brookelizabeth
10-06-2011, 08:59 AM
I have the itch to update, so let's keep trekking through the AK!

We left off after eating lunch, admiring the Tree of Life, doing a bit of window shopping and then heading for the Safari.

On the way I noticed this guy

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As we all do, I really enjoy these extra touches Disney puts in. It's not necessary to have this guy sitting there, making wood animals, but it really sets the atmosphere. Sarah and I marveled at his skills for a few moments before continuing on.

On the Safari...

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I have a friend that lived in Africa for a number of years and when she saw this picture on my Facebook she told me she has this same bumper sticker!

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I enjoy the Safari weather we see animals or not, but it's always a tad more fun when you get to see something up close...

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Off the Safari and onto Pangani. I had one goal on the Pagani Forest Trail. See Baby Lilly. Was she out?

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Hidden Mickey!

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YES! SHE WAS!

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I could have stayed there for quite a while, but the crowd around her end of the glass was thick, so I eventually moved on. I was thrilled that I had the opportunity to see her. She is completely adorable! I spoke to the CM very briefly who said she was doing very, very well.

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Out to watch the other gorillas

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This guy turned his back to us and sat that way for quite a while...we waited. And waited. And for one brief second...

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And then he refused to look again for the rest of the time we were there, so I grabbed a couple shots of the gorgeous scenery.

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After our time on the trail, guess where we found ourselves again?

Yep! A gift shop!

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These are so pretty.

I had no plans to buy anything here-I was just browsing.

Then I spotted it.

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I really liked this bag. It had lots of colors, so it would go with a ton of things. I tried it on. I put it down. I picked it back up.

Now, I blame it ALL on Sarah. LOL She was hemming and hawing over a purchase of her own, and should she have decided right away to buy or not, that bag would NOT have come home with me! We would have been in and out of the gift shop...but noooooo, she took a long time, which gave me time to think about the bag, and well. You know. It came home with me. :rotfl:

And Sarah ended up buying two bags at that shop!

I don't regret the purchase at all. I use that bag all the time!

Our wallets a tad lighter, we found ourselves back at the Tree of Life

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I am pretty certain these were taken from the trail between Africa and Asia, because the very last thing we did before leaving AK was ride Kali!

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As I had mentioned I have never done this ride before, and since this was a "RESEARCH" trip, I wanted to get in some never-dones! We had FPs, but the line for FPs was MUCH longer than the stand-by. :confused3 Of course we didn't realize this until we were in line. It moved fairly quickly even still though and soon we were rafting down that crazy river. It was a blast!!! Neither one of us got too terribly wet, but just enough to cool us off. I think Henry will really enjoy this when he gets a bit older.

We said good-bye to Animal Kingdom and bussed on over to

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Lady Lallie
10-06-2011, 09:30 AM
Another great update. It looks like it was a beautiful day in Animal Kingdom, what a pretty sky.

I'm glad you liked Kali, I'm not a huge fan of rides where I get wet so I generally avoid it though it is fun.

chloe770
10-06-2011, 09:35 AM
Then I spotted it.

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I really liked this bag. It had lots of colors, so it would go with a ton of things. I tried it on. I put it down. I picked it back up.

Now, I blame it ALL on Sarah. LOL She was hemming and hawing over a purchase of her own, and should she have decided right away to buy or not, that bag would NOT have come home with me! We would have been in and out of the gift shop...but noooooo, she took a long time, which gave me time to think about the bag, and well. You know. It came home with me. :rotfl:



If you liked the bag enough to pick it up twice, you HAD to buy it. If you wouldn't have, the bag would have taunted you in your dreams saying "Why didn't you buy me ? I was ment to be your. " :rotfl: Just my personal shopping philosophy:rolleyes1

I think Jack was 3 when he rode Kali. Henry should be big enough and he will love it.

nannye
10-06-2011, 10:20 AM
Sounds like an awesome trip!!! I was at Disney end of aug and I SO want to go back, but no one to go with. I don't think I could do a solo trip, but you never know. I just don't think I'd enjoy it as much by myself.

MeMom
10-06-2011, 08:06 PM
It always smells soooo good around Flame Tree!

So glad you got to see sweet Lilly. Bella loves Lilly! :lovestruc

Love that picture of the gorilla looking back at you. I always wonder what they are thinking...and what they are saying to each other about the crazy humans staring at them. ;)

SoonerGirl
10-06-2011, 08:18 PM
I forgot to write my review of the coveted pretzel, didn't I? That's what I get for doing 9 things at once! :laughing: I did like it, but unfortunately....it was too cheesy and not enough spice for me, so while I would get it again, it's not something I would seek out. However! That just leaves more for you (and others!) ;) :goodvibes


Too cheesy? How can something be too cheesy? :eek:

You don't care for chocolate, the pretzel is too cheesy - I just don't know about you Brook! :laughing:

I will agree that they would be even better if they had a bit more kick to them though :thumbsup2

I'm so glad that you got to see Baby Lily and I'm also glad to hear that she is doing well :goodvibes

I love that African pottery, it's so pretty!

Yay for a new bag! It's really cute too!

wigdoutdismom
10-06-2011, 10:01 PM
I think you had a really great AK day! Those shops have some magnetic powers don't they? They always draw me in too....

Very pretty purse, so happy you are enjoying it!
I'll replace your frozen tea with a Lost on Safari in a week or so, and maybe have a jalapeno pretzel to go with it~:laughing:

Charleston Princess
10-07-2011, 06:40 AM
I am always up for more trekking through Africa especially when it includes giraffes and baby Lily -- how cute is she???

Love the new bag! It looks like the perfect size! :thumbsup2

SoonerGirl
10-07-2011, 07:27 AM
I'll replace your frozen tea with a Lost on Safari in a week or so, and maybe have a jalapeno pretzel to go with it~:laughing:

:thumbsup2

MEK
10-07-2011, 09:25 AM
You are second on my list to read behind Cynthia's TR when I get home today! ;)

Amy&Dan
10-07-2011, 09:46 AM
Really enjoying both of your trip reports!

I am also enjoying your pictures of All Star Movies, that was our first resort and we loved it. But it does need that refurb! The palm tree lined sidewalks at the All Stars are one of the many things I love about those resorts.

Can't wait to read more!:)

Timon
10-07-2011, 10:53 PM
Hey Brook!

Just found your trippie and I am loving it :goodvibes

Love the hidden Mickey and the owl on the tree...never spotted that one before :thumbsup2

Sounds like a great trip, looking forward to reading the rest :cool1:

Poolrat
10-08-2011, 09:13 AM
Caught up and I am almost home. Resting before my flight this afternoon. I tell ya, Disney over Bourbon street any day.

I think I took that same picture of the Owl. I :love: my new camera with the 35 X lens. :thumbsup2

I did not see the Larry Dotson prints in AK. I did come home with several others though. :laughing:

jenjolt
10-08-2011, 10:57 AM
Awww the famouse Christmas in a Cup...oh how I love thee!! Well if Anita is going to get a Lost on the Safari I will have to get me a Frozen Chai!! LOVE IT!!! SO good! And I have missed my chances to get them the last couple of trips but not on this next one!!

Love the bag you bought! I'm starting to think I need to spend more time in the AK Gift shops there is some great stuff in there!!!!

Another fabu update Brook!!

wdwgirl03
10-08-2011, 01:53 PM
Wow, OK, how did I not find this earlier?! Time to go back and catch up!

norybell
10-08-2011, 02:43 PM
It took me way too long to find this!

All caught up and loving it so far.

KatMark
10-08-2011, 02:51 PM
Great AK update, Brook. You got some great shots on safari; I LOVE the gorillas...I could spend hours there. We've not done Kali River Rapids since probably 2004...the year we took Andy and his then girlfriend for his high school graduation trip...Mark HATES getting wet.

PopArtGal
10-08-2011, 03:44 PM
I always wanted to try Kali River.. I'll have to... one day

claryche
10-10-2011, 09:40 AM
I'm shocked that you had never ridden Kali. That is one of my dh's favorite rides. Him and my mom rode it 5 times in a row on one of our trips without getting off. They are great about doing that when there isn't a big line. My ds rode it for the first time at 2 and a half and didn't like it because he got wet. So it's one of those rides that sometimes he will ride and sometimes he won't. But if he does he has to have his poncho on him and he loves the ride when he is on there even if he gets wet. But let me tell you on that ride you can get just barely wet like you guys or soaked, like I have gotten before. I'll have to look for a good picture to post for ya.

Cool bag. What is it with Disney and bags. That is like one of the things I like most to look at while I'm there.

And EE single rider line is awesome. :banana:

brookelizabeth
10-11-2011, 08:47 AM
Another great update. It looks like it was a beautiful day in Animal Kingdom, what a pretty sky.

I'm glad you liked Kali, I'm not a huge fan of rides where I get wet so I generally avoid it though it is fun.

It was a nice day -- very HOT. The line for Kali was forever since everyone wanted to get wet that day! Kali was fun, I'm not a big fan of getting soaked either, unless it's a million degrees out. I know I'll have to suck it up a bit when Henry discovers the joy of water rides though!

If you liked the bag enough to pick it up twice, you HAD to buy it. If you wouldn't have, the bag would have taunted you in your dreams saying "Why didn't you buy me ? I was ment to be your. " :rotfl: Just my personal shopping philosophy:rolleyes1

I think Jack was 3 when he rode Kali. Henry should be big enough and he will love it.

I like your personal shopping philosophy! And you are probably right - by how much I use that purse, I'd regret not buying it!

I'm thinkin' next trip I'll convince Henry to give it a try. Splash freaks him out a bit because of the big hill, but I think if he tried it, he'd enjoy it. I'll have to see if I can find a Kali video on YouTube to show him...

Sounds like an awesome trip!!! I was at Disney end of aug and I SO want to go back, but no one to go with. I don't think I could do a solo trip, but you never know. I just don't think I'd enjoy it as much by myself.

I really enjoyed the times I was solo! It was awesome just doing what you wanted, when you wanted to. And you'd be very surprised at how many CMs talk to you - I had a very long conversation with a CM bartender! :laughing: He was such a nice guy!

And I hear ya - I've got the itch bad lately too. It's been just over a month and I'm already aching to be back!

It always smells soooo good around Flame Tree!

So glad you got to see sweet Lilly. Bella loves Lilly! :lovestruc

Love that picture of the gorilla looking back at you. I always wonder what they are thinking...and what they are saying to each other about the crazy humans staring at them. ;)

I agree - I LOVE that smell. I was so glad to finally try it!! (and since I didn't get any BBQ, we had to try it again in August :laughing:)

I wonder the same thing about the gorillas! I swear he knew what he was doing...making us wait and wait for the right picture!

Too cheesy? How can something be too cheesy? :eek:

You don't care for chocolate, the pretzel is too cheesy - I just don't know about you Brook! :laughing:

I will agree that they would be even better if they had a bit more kick to them though :thumbsup2

I'm so glad that you got to see Baby Lily and I'm also glad to hear that she is doing well :goodvibes

I love that African pottery, it's so pretty!

Yay for a new bag! It's really cute too!

:rotfl: I know! I'm the weird girl who doesn't like cheese or much chocolate...I do like them both, but only in certain instances.

However, fried food? Sign me up! That is my big downfall. Cheeseburgers, onion rings, french fries, corn dogs....ahhhhhh. I love me the Minnesota State Fair! ;)

I think you had a really great AK day! Those shops have some magnetic powers don't they? They always draw me in too....

Very pretty purse, so happy you are enjoying it!
I'll replace your frozen tea with a Lost on Safari in a week or so, and maybe have a jalapeno pretzel to go with it~:laughing:

They do! I went in quite a few in August that I had never been in too. I love to even just browse and see what is different from trip to trip.

I might have to try that Lost on Safari next time I'm at AK, I hear so many good things about it. Relax and people watch at the Dawa Bar...that is sounding like a perfect activity for right now. And you get to do it THIS WEEK! :woohoo:

I am always up for more trekking through Africa especially when it includes giraffes and baby Lily -- how cute is she???

Love the new bag! It looks like the perfect size! :thumbsup2

She is SO cute. I'm so happy that she is doing well too!

You are second on my list to read behind Cynthia's TR when I get home today! ;)

:goodvibes I need to catch up on both of yours too!

brookelizabeth
10-11-2011, 08:56 AM
Really enjoying both of your trip reports!

I am also enjoying your pictures of All Star Movies, that was our first resort and we loved it. But it does need that refurb! The palm tree lined sidewalks at the All Stars are one of the many things I love about those resorts.

Can't wait to read more!:)

It really does need that refurb! The new rooms are AWESOME. That will be coming later in the TR!

Hey Brook!

Just found your trippie and I am loving it :goodvibes

Love the hidden Mickey and the owl on the tree...never spotted that one before :thumbsup2

Sounds like a great trip, looking forward to reading the rest :cool1:

Hello!!!!! Glad you found me!

I don't believe I saw the hidden Mickey myself...:rotfl: I'll have to go back and check it out.

Caught up and I am almost home. Resting before my flight this afternoon. I tell ya, Disney over Bourbon street any day.

I think I took that same picture of the Owl. I :love: my new camera with the 35 X lens. :thumbsup2

I did not see the Larry Dotson prints in AK. I did come home with several others though. :laughing:

You are doing the Disney - work conference - Disney trip right now, right? NOLA is great though, I hope you enjoy it!

Someday, if I have more wall space, a few Disney prints will be coming home with me too! I have a lithograph that I received as part of my TA training to frame and hang too.

Awww the famouse Christmas in a Cup...oh how I love thee!! Well if Anita is going to get a Lost on the Safari I will have to get me a Frozen Chai!! LOVE IT!!! SO good! And I have missed my chances to get them the last couple of trips but not on this next one!!

Love the bag you bought! I'm starting to think I need to spend more time in the AK Gift shops there is some great stuff in there!!!!

Another fabu update Brook!!

I think I know what you ladies will be doing at AK this trip! :laughing: I really enjoyed the Christmas Tree in a Cup, and the frozen mocha I had in August too. Very yummy! They really hit the spot on a hot day.

There are some unique things in the AK gift shops - I usually bypass most of them as well, but they are worth a look!

Wow, OK, how did I not find this earlier?! Time to go back and catch up!

I haven't posted the link on my other TR, I keep forgetting!

It took me way too long to find this!

All caught up and loving it so far.

Hi Nory! I keep forgetting to post the link on my other TR! Glad to see you here!

Great AK update, Brook. You got some great shots on safari; I LOVE the gorillas...I could spend hours there. We've not done Kali River Rapids since probably 2004...the year we took Andy and his ten girlfriend for his high school graduation trip...Mark HATES getting wet.

I could too! Unfortunately, Joe can't really see them that well, so he grows bored pretty quickly. But, he lets me get my little fix. :goodvibes They are amazing creatures.

I always wanted to try Kali River.. I'll have to... one day

It's a really fun ride! The themeing is awesome.

I'm shocked that you had never ridden Kali. That is one of my dh's favorite rides. Him and my mom rode it 5 times in a row on one of our trips without getting off. They are great about doing that when there isn't a big line. My ds rode it for the first time at 2 and a half and didn't like it because he got wet. So it's one of those rides that sometimes he will ride and sometimes he won't. But if he does he has to have his poncho on him and he loves the ride when he is on there even if he gets wet. But let me tell you on that ride you can get just barely wet like you guys or soaked, like I have gotten before. I'll have to look for a good picture to post for ya.

Cool bag. What is it with Disney and bags. That is like one of the things I like most to look at while I'm there.

And EE single rider line is awesome. :banana:

We have always meant to ride Kali, but it just never happened in all these trips! Henry too is a bit scared with water rides/"thrills" now, so I haven't wanted to push him into it. I think I might next trip though. I really think he'd enjoy it!

And yes, I agree with you about bags! I am always looking at the Disney bags! If I had room, I bet I'd have a zillion of them!

brookelizabeth
10-11-2011, 09:32 AM
After our time in AK, Sarah and I bused it over the Magic Kingdom.

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And there she is.

We went to the right and entered into Tomorrowland

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Back out into the hub

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This is one of my favorite pictures -- ever. I have been wanting a pic like this for YEARS, but our SLR doesn't have a good zoom...and yes I could have edited it back home, but I never do...so I was thankful to have a nice zoom and get this! It has become my "theme" for my TA work. It's on my business cards, postcards, thank you letters and more.

Sarah and I went into

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Our first MK ride?

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I tried to take pictures, but this is on the only one that turned out halfway decent.

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It was dinner time, so we stopped into Pecos Bill.

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I love that Taco Salad!

Sarah had been talking of Splash Mountain off and on throughout the day, and though she never said so, I knew she wanted to ride...and so did I! So we made our way there...to find a very, very long line. I believe the wait time said 60 minutes.

But, we are adults. We wanted to ride. We could wait. So in we went!

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Well, at some point part of the ride broke down and they could only run one log at a time, so we waited almost 2 hours! Needless to say, our Magic Kingdom evening wasn't quite what I had imagined it to be. But all well. In the Splash line we met two young teenage girls that were in awe that we lived in New York City - they had lots of questions and it was fun to chat with them. Such sweet girls!

And I hadn't been on Splash since our very first trip in 2006! I was way overdue! What a fantastic ride that is!!! I had forgotten how awesome and detailed it is. I've read many reports lately of the autoanimatronics not working properly, and I did notice a few that weren't moving during our ride, but even still - I really enjoyed it!

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We are in the 3rd row.

After the ride we shopped! Big surprise, right???

And tried on the ridiculous Dale hat.

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Apparently we rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad because I have a picture of it.

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And now this, I do remember....it was still 1.5 million degrees out, so ice cream was a necessity! We had made our way toward the hub again to find spots for the nightly entertainment, Sleepy Hollow is right there, so it worked out perfectly.

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On the left, Sarah's- a mocha float. On the right, mine-a root beer float.

We ate those as the MSEP went by. Sarah voiced that she didn't care to see it - her and her DH had seen pieces of it during their honeymoon while running from ride to ride (literally) and they didn't think much of it. So we just found a table nearby to enjoy our ice cream and the MSEP slowly cruised past with a slightly obstructed view. As we ate Sarah found herself wowed by it, it looked completely different up close and when you were weren't running around!! It was a fun moment to watch her get the Disney magic.

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We squished ourselves into the hub for the Magic, the Memories, and You! show - I didn't want to miss this, and didn't want Sarah to either!

Sooooooo AMAZING! I really, really, really hope they keep this-or something like it-for 2012!

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And then Wishes!

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Again, Sarah was wowed! They had watched Wishes, but from afar, and left it early to go get more rides in! :faint: I have discovered that Wishes is a MUST DO for me. A trip doesn't feel the same without it!

The park was open for another hour after Wishes (love that!) so we used up the Space Mountain FPs

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Took a tour of Tomorrowland

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And got into the very last showing of Mickey's Philharmagic!

Overall, the night didn't hold quite what I had hoped to accomplish due to the 2 hour wait on Splash, but we had a blast anyway!

Bye Magic Kingdom!

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When we got back to our resort, I discovered Herbie's lights were on at night! How cute is that?!

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And I had received a birthday card from Mickey. Joe is actually the one who called in my birthday for this reservation - so it was as surprised when they had handed me a birthday button at check-in! But it was fun, I'm game to celebrate!

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And with that, Sarah and I were soon in bed and asleep MUCH quicker this night than the previous. We were exhausted and had another big day tomorrow...starting with rope drop!

Lady Lallie
10-11-2011, 10:20 AM
I love that Sarah was surprised by MSEP and Wishes. Very nice to see the Disney magic working!

Those ice cream floats look amazing and I am DETERMINED to try the Taco Salad next time, that looks so yummy and just like the one I had a few years ago at POFQ that they no longer sell.

blessedby3
10-11-2011, 01:49 PM
What a fun MK afternoon! I know the 2 hr Splash wait was not in the plans, but I love your attitude!
I agree with you about that Taco salad:goodvibes I think I ate 3 of those on our last trip. We had the CS plan for 9 nights....I never get tired of that yummy salad:thumbsup2
I also love the Memories show on the castle. My 12 yr old was on the castle show back in June. She was riding the carosel and I talked with the Photopass Photographer for a good while when he was getting pics of random kids. He said he picked the photos for the show, and she would be on. She was...not sure if he really picked them, or if it was a coincidence. It was neat for her to be up there, though.

jordanyosh
10-11-2011, 02:02 PM
My favorite picture? the one of your feet on TTA...nothing like kicking your feet up after a long day at the MK.....2 hours waiting for Splash..OY!

Hope all is well.:thumbsup2

SoonerGirl
10-11-2011, 02:31 PM
I so want to see the Memories show, but I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to, the plans just don't line up well for it. I'm going to do my best though!


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Beautiful photo! :love:

Poolrat
10-11-2011, 07:59 PM
2 hours for Splash? That's what you can do solo or with a girlfriend. You want to do it, you can. Glad you made the best of it and still managed to get some rides in. :thumbsup2

tinacaplan
10-11-2011, 08:51 PM
Wow...amazing day. Love the pictures, as always. I can see why you'd use that Mickey pic for all of your TA stuff; its great. Wishes! is so wonderful, I can't believe how long its been since I've seen it. :sad2:

Charleston Princess
10-12-2011, 04:46 AM
That picture of the Mickey statue is awesome!!! Just perfect for your TA work!!!

Two hours for Splash? Wow! You have more patience than I would have had!

Love Sleepy Hollow root beer floats and of course, I love that Sarah enjoyed the MSEP!

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-12-2011, 05:03 AM
That is a really great shot of Mickey in front of the castle! Sounds like you guys had a great MK day! I'm really hoping "The Magic, The Memories, and You" is still playing in January, it really does look amazing!

petals
10-12-2011, 05:07 PM
How did I miss this starting.. Joining in!

photographymom517
10-12-2011, 05:51 PM
It took me awhile after our trip to get caught up, but I'm finally here Brook!!! :thumbsup2

I loved the pictures from Animal Kingdom -- you won't believe what I did! I lugged my zoom lens with me in my carry-on bag (and I swear it made it 5 pounds heavier! LOL!) and then I FORGOT to take it with me to AK! I specifically wanted close-ups of the animals during the safari -- but realized as soon as we got off the bus at AK that I didn't have it! I had put it in the safe & just forgot to get it out (and after I start my TR, you'll see this isn't the only time I did this!)

I had no idea they had seating at Flame Tree BBQ! And what an awesome view you had while eating!!! I actually made it a point to stop there & ended up with only onion rings! We then headed over to Restaurantosaurus to sit down. The CM there was soooo funny! She kept telling me to get my smelly onion rings away from her -- far, far away from her! LOL!

I could just sit & stare at the Tree of Life for hours . . . :cloud9:

Love all of your gift shop pics!!! I had read one update before leaving for our trip & it inspired me to just walk around slowly at the AK shops & take it all in! So thank you for that! I even had a very nice conversation with one of the CM's about how the AK shops are so nice because they have different, and very colorful items in them! It's not the same "themed stuff" like at the other parks!

YUM! Your jalapeno pretzel looks delish! I also think the Chai drink you got looked super yummy! I tried to get one while my DH was riding Kali but they were already closed for the day (it was around 4:45pm I think). I was really disappointed because I needed a coffee that day! Disney in-room coffee just doesn't fulfill my coffee cravings! :lmao:

Woohoo for single-rider lines!!! It makes things so much quicker!

My pics of POTC never turn out either. I've tried all settings but the ones that take great pics at night require no movement -- so its hard to get a good shot in a moving boat! pirate:

I was impressed with what all you accomplished at MK! I thought the wait for Splash may put you behind a little -- but you still did so much! :thumbsup2

We discovered Pecos Bills this trip by accident -- and I know what you mean -- those taco salads are YUM!!!!

I am really enjoying the pics from All Star Movies! My favorites are the broom & the giant hat! :thumbsup2

Now that I'm all caught up, I promise to stay caught up!!! ;)

jenjolt
10-12-2011, 07:39 PM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Mickey statue picture!! What an awesome pic!!!!!!

Sorry you had to wait 2 hours for splash but it sounds like you still had an amazing evening!

I know I'm looking forward to spending time watching Wishes and MSEP!! Of course I'm looking forward to MNSHHP even more LOL!

claryche
10-12-2011, 11:46 PM
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And then Wishes!

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I love these pictures. Great job. And I so love the memories castle show. And like you I so hope they keep it. I keep thinking that they will since I have recently seen new Disney commercials with the memories theme, so maybe they will keep it around for another year.

Can't believe that you waited for 2 hours for Splash wow. And the fact that you spent that time talking to others is one of the many reasons why I love Disney. I find myself talking to more people (random strangers) when I'm at Disney then any other place. I think it's the share of the love of Disney that makes it so easy to talk to others.

jenseib
10-13-2011, 07:56 AM
I finally saw the Memories castle show this Aug, with Patty and Mindy. It was so awesome.
I just watched that youtube video of the single rider guys. Thats too funny.

brookelizabeth
10-13-2011, 08:29 AM
I love that Sarah was surprised by MSEP and Wishes. Very nice to see the Disney magic working!

Those ice cream floats look amazing and I am DETERMINED to try the Taco Salad next time, that looks so yummy and just like the one I had a few years ago at POFQ that they no longer sell.

It was fun to see the magic wash over her a bit, she sorta "got it". Her and her husband do talk of returning to the World at some time! :thumbsup2

The Taco Salad is awesome. I just LOVE that you can make it your own using the toppings bar. The one over at Tortuga Tavern is the same, but they don't have the melted cheese in case you prefer that!

What a fun MK afternoon! I know the 2 hr Splash wait was not in the plans, but I love your attitude!
I agree with you about that Taco salad:goodvibes I think I ate 3 of those on our last trip. We had the CS plan for 9 nights....I never get tired of that yummy salad:thumbsup2
I also love the Memories show on the castle. My 12 yr old was on the castle show back in June. She was riding the carosel and I talked with the Photopass Photographer for a good while when he was getting pics of random kids. He said he picked the photos for the show, and she would be on. She was...not sure if he really picked them, or if it was a coincidence. It was neat for her to be up there, though.

We truly just went with the flow - nothing we could change about it, and Splash was a ride that we both very much wanted to ride. Plus, waiting without a kid? Easy! :laughing:

That is SO cool!!!!!!! We had a PhotoPass Photographer take a random picture of Henry later on in this trip, but we didn't stay for Wishes that night, so not sure if he made the Castle. Also in August we had one take pictures of our family on the Flying Blankies, but I didn't see them up on the Castle. I would have loved to! How fun!!!!!!! Were you able to get a picture of it when it appeared?

My favorite picture? the one of your feet on TTA...nothing like kicking your feet up after a long day at the MK.....2 hours waiting for Splash..OY!

Hope all is well.:thumbsup2

I agree! I love doing the feet pic on the TTA. Henry even knows the drill now. :laughing:

I so want to see the Memories show, but I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to, the plans just don't line up well for it. I'm going to do my best though!

Beautiful photo! :love:

Oh Michelle, you HAVE TO! Seriously, it's amazing!!!!!!!!!! It's completely worth the time and effort to squeeze it in. I have been blown away every single time! I hope you can make it work!

2 hours for Splash? That's what you can do solo or with a girlfriend. You want to do it, you can. Glad you made the best of it and still managed to get some rides in. :thumbsup2

Exactly! With a small child, no way! (or a teen-even worse! LOL!)

Wow...amazing day. Love the pictures, as always. I can see why you'd use that Mickey pic for all of your TA stuff; its great. Wishes! is so wonderful, I can't believe how long its been since I've seen it. :sad2:

Thank you! I was really happy with that Mickey pic and it's just worked out so well for using for work stuff.

Have you missed Wishes your past few trips?? February, it's a MUST DO!! ;)

That picture of the Mickey statue is awesome!!! Just perfect for your TA work!!!

Two hours for Splash? Wow! You have more patience than I would have had!

Love Sleepy Hollow root beer floats and of course, I love that Sarah enjoyed the MSEP!

Well, we didn't realize it was going to take 2 hours, we figured the sign said 60, we guessed more like 45-ish....and we didn't know what was taking so long until we were deep into the queue and chatting with those girls, so we figured we might as well wait it out! I'm glad we did though, it was something I hadn't done in forever and such a fun ride! (Plus, I knew I would be back to MK before my trip was over and Splash was Sarah's favorite!)

That is a really great shot of Mickey in front of the castle! Sounds like you guys had a great MK day! I'm really hoping "The Magic, The Memories, and You" is still playing in January, it really does look amazing!

I hope it is too! It's so incredibly popular, if anything, I just hope they change it a bit for the new year. I have a feeling the "Let the Memories" begin theme is going to stick around for another year, so I bet the show will stay the same.

How did I miss this starting.. Joining in!

I keep forgetting to announce it over on my other TR! :rolleyes: Glad you found me!!!

It took me awhile after our trip to get caught up, but I'm finally here Brook!!! :thumbsup2

I loved the pictures from Animal Kingdom -- you won't believe what I did! I lugged my zoom lens with me in my carry-on bag (and I swear it made it 5 pounds heavier! LOL!) and then I FORGOT to take it with me to AK! I specifically wanted close-ups of the animals during the safari -- but realized as soon as we got off the bus at AK that I didn't have it! I had put it in the safe & just forgot to get it out (and after I start my TR, you'll see this isn't the only time I did this!)

I had no idea they had seating at Flame Tree BBQ! And what an awesome view you had while eating!!! I actually made it a point to stop there & ended up with only onion rings! We then headed over to Restaurantosaurus to sit down. The CM there was soooo funny! She kept telling me to get my smelly onion rings away from her -- far, far away from her! LOL!

I could just sit & stare at the Tree of Life for hours . . . :cloud9:

Love all of your gift shop pics!!! I had read one update before leaving for our trip & it inspired me to just walk around slowly at the AK shops & take it all in! So thank you for that! I even had a very nice conversation with one of the CM's about how the AK shops are so nice because they have different, and very colorful items in them! It's not the same "themed stuff" like at the other parks!

YUM! Your jalapeno pretzel looks delish! I also think the Chai drink you got looked super yummy! I tried to get one while my DH was riding Kali but they were already closed for the day (it was around 4:45pm I think). I was really disappointed because I needed a coffee that day! Disney in-room coffee just doesn't fulfill my coffee cravings! :lmao:

Woohoo for single-rider lines!!! It makes things so much quicker!

My pics of POTC never turn out either. I've tried all settings but the ones that take great pics at night require no movement -- so its hard to get a good shot in a moving boat! pirate:

I was impressed with what all you accomplished at MK! I thought the wait for Splash may put you behind a little -- but you still did so much! :thumbsup2

We discovered Pecos Bills this trip by accident -- and I know what you mean -- those taco salads are YUM!!!!

I am really enjoying the pics from All Star Movies! My favorites are the broom & the giant hat! :thumbsup2

Now that I'm all caught up, I promise to stay caught up!!! ;)

Oh no! That stinks about forgetting your zoom! Ugh! That is the one thing I don't look forward to when we buy more lenses---carrying them. We travel so light now, it's almost worth it to not have the perfect pictures. Almost. :laughing:

Glad to hear my trip inspired something new for you!!! Those shops really are neat and have quite a few unique things. I usually breeze past them, but I've done more shopping at AK in the last two trips than all my others combined!!

And don't even get me started on the Disney in-room coffee. Seriously. How much do we pay for a hotel and we have to drink THAT?! Give me something at least a LITTLE bit better. :sad2: I truly hope that contract ends sometime soon, it's crappy motel coffee, IMO! (we always bring our own now! I'm not a happy camper without my drug. LOL!)

Jen has gotten some AMAZING pictures of the dark rides - she said it's her lens. So we'll have to ask her what lens she has! I just looooooove looking at her dark ride pics, it makes you feel like you are almost riding it.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Mickey statue picture!! What an awesome pic!!!!!!

Sorry you had to wait 2 hours for splash but it sounds like you still had an amazing evening!

I know I'm looking forward to spending time watching Wishes and MSEP!! Of course I'm looking forward to MNSHHP even more LOL!

Thank you Jen! I was very happy with that one too!! We did have a great evening, it's amazing how much you can get accomplished with 2 adults.

I HAVE to get to MNSSHP next year. From doing so much research on it this year for clients I found myself wanting to go - I had never really wanted to before since we don't really celebrate Halloween (we more focus on the "fall" aspects of it), but man....seeing all those characters and the fireworks - I know I would enjoy it! It's on my list for November 2012. :goodvibes

You are off today for a most wonderful girls trip - enjoy every single moment!

I love these pictures. Great job. And I so love the memories castle show. And like you I so hope they keep it. I keep thinking that they will since I have recently seen new Disney commercials with the memories theme, so maybe they will keep it around for another year.

Can't believe that you waited for 2 hours for Splash wow. And the fact that you spent that time talking to others is one of the many reasons why I love Disney. I find myself talking to more people (random strangers) when I'm at Disney then any other place. I think it's the share of the love of Disney that makes it so easy to talk to others.

I agree - and they told me, with Henry's picture, it would be used for "Let the Memories Begin" campaign, so I cannot imagine them starting a new campaign so late in the year if it wasn't going to be used again for 2012. Perhaps they will add a twist to it. I'd love if they started giving out nights in the Castle again! :cloud9:

Me too! I love meeting random people at Disney - and it's even more fun when you see them again later in your trip! One trip I kept seeing the same woman and her child over and over, it was funny!

I finally saw the Memories castle show this Aug, with Patty and Mindy. It was so awesome.
I just watched that youtube video of the single rider guys. Thats too funny.

Isn't it incredible?! I just love that show! It's crazy what they have done with simple projections on the castle - the part where it all looks like building blocks always amazes me because it doesn't even look like a real structure. It would be really neat if they incorporated that technology into a fireworks show, wouldn't it?

The Single Riders video is a hoot! I think the guys were CPers if I remember correctly.

jenseib
10-13-2011, 09:23 AM
What is CP? as in CPers? I'm sure it's something obvious.

blessedby3
10-13-2011, 11:42 AM
Hey Brook...no we didnt get a picture of Olivia on the castle during the show. We were on the bridge to Liberty Square...not a great spot, because we had just realized that Kayla had lost her cell phone and we were trying to find the guy who had it. It was definately our craziest night there, and there were literally a gazillion people right in front of the castle. Gridlock!!!!! We caught a glimpse of Olivia on the castle and then I proceeded to find our good samaritan to retrieve the phone. I was so unnerved after finally getting it back that Kayla, her best friend, Alexa and I left right after that. Tony stayed late with the other kids, but it had been a horrible couple of hours:scared1: Glad we got to see Olivia up there, but wish I could have gotten a picture:goodvibes

KatMark
10-13-2011, 12:06 PM
Great update, Brook. LOVE the pic of Mickey Mouse.

We were told by a CM while we were there a couple of weeks ago that on average Pirates breaks down 7 times a day, and Splash Mountain has not been far behind! :confused3

glennbo123
10-13-2011, 12:13 PM
Woo Hoo, I'm caught up!

I'm glad you've been able to get in some "never-done's"...staying at All-Star Movies, riding Kali and finally getting a jalopeno cream cheese pretzel.

What was Joe's reaction when you showed him all of your purchases? :laughing:

jordanyosh
10-13-2011, 01:23 PM
I applaud the great parenting of Henry. Teaching him important WDW musts--i.e. putting those tired feet up when on TTA...

Teach him to nap on COP or in the Hall of Presidents:thumbsup2

brookelizabeth
10-14-2011, 09:02 AM
What is CP? as in CPers? I'm sure it's something obvious.

College Program - those guys from the Single Riders song, I believe, were CMs in the College Program (I've seen that they call themselves "CPers" for short.)

Hey Brook...no we didnt get a picture of Olivia on the castle during the show. We were on the bridge to Liberty Square...not a great spot, because we had just realized that Kayla had lost her cell phone and we were trying to find the guy who had it. It was definately our craziest night there, and there were literally a gazillion people right in front of the castle. Gridlock!!!!! We caught a glimpse of Olivia on the castle and then I proceeded to find our good samaritan to retrieve the phone. I was so unnerved after finally getting it back that Kayla, her best friend, Alexa and I left right after that. Tony stayed late with the other kids, but it had been a horrible couple of hours:scared1: Glad we got to see Olivia up there, but wish I could have gotten a picture:goodvibes

Oh my! What a night!!! What a good, honest person that found the phone though!!

Great update, Brook. LOVE the pic of Mickey Mouse.

We were told by a CM while we were there a couple of weeks ago that on average Pirates breaks down 7 times a day, and Splash Mountain has not been far behind! :confused3

Wow! 7 times a day! That's a LOT! It doesn't fully surprise me about Splash...and I guess not Pirates either now that I think about it - there are a ton of AA's on both rides, so if one breaks down, I imagine they have to stop and fix him quick, or reboot, or something. I know I have seen non-working AAs on the rides before, but if it's something terribly obvious I'm sure they stop it. But still, 7 times a day! I *believe* Splash will be undergoing some serious refurb in the coming months, hopefully it's number will go down.

Woo Hoo, I'm caught up!

I'm glad you've been able to get in some "never-done's"...staying at All-Star Movies, riding Kali and finally getting a jalopeno cream cheese pretzel.

What was Joe's reaction when you showed him all of your purchases? :laughing:

It really was a good "never done" trip - there were quite a few things!

:rotfl: He just sorta rolled his eyes and let it go. I am not one to buy a lot of things for myself until I really, truly need them. He's usually the one encouraging me to buy things, I'm the frugal one in this family! :laughing:

I applaud the great parenting of Henry. Teaching him important WDW musts--i.e. putting those tired feet up when on TTA...

Teach him to nap on COP or in the Hall of Presidents:thumbsup2

:laughing: Yep, that's right - we have brainwashed...er...raised him well. ;)

He has napped during the American Adventure and during Spaceship Earth - he LOVES the CoP, but perhaps in the Hall of Presidents...that might be a good one for him, and I like that show... :scratchin

brookelizabeth
10-14-2011, 01:49 PM
Before we begin, I apologize for the lack of pictures. My camera battery was dying and I realized I had forgotten to bring the battery charger with. I took very few pictures (for me) this day until I got my hands on a new charger and some batteries!


The next morning Sarah and I woke up bright and early - we were on a mission.

Rope Drop at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Star Tours was now open, plus we had to get Toy Story Mania.

Could we do it?!

Yes, yes we could!

I have no idea what time we made it into the Food Court at Movies, but I know it was early. I was shocked at how quickly I could get ready without a child and a husband (and free DVC internet...and a coffeemaker) distracting me!

This looks completely unappetizing, but it was good.

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I got a Mickey Straw from the CM working the cash register for my birthday.

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Sarah and I were on the bus in no time and on our way to DHS. We waited in line to go through the gates when suddenly a woman to our right started falling over - I didn't notice at first, but another guest suddenly grabbed her as she was sinking and recognized that she was having a seizure. I immediately started to help and used my big 'ol mouth to shout (good thing I'm not shy!) for a doctor or a Cast Member. That got some attention. By that time the woman had been gently brought to the ground by some other guests, and a woman, who was a nurse, was at her side making sure she didn't choke on her tongue or anything. I was on the phone with 911 and shaking so hard and crying I could hardly speak. Just thinking about that moment has me in tears again. It was completely frightening and the first time I've ever seen anything like it happen. The woman was alone, but when the Cast Members made their way to her, they recognized her - she is a regular guest. A manager-type Cast Member had already contacted 911 (I'm guessing they have some sort of direct access and don't have to answer the bazillion questions the 911 operator was asking me about the woman I didn't know), so I hung up with mine. The Cast Members stood near her, protecting her from the crowd as she came back to. The nurse was still on her knees helping her. As she came to, and had assistance from others who knew what they were doing, I stepped back. I was a WRECK! I couldn't stop crying, I was shaking - it was incredibly scary. One of the Cast Members noticed how shaken up I was about it and stopped to make sure I was okay! I was, I just had all the adrenaline still pumping through my body. The Cast Member thanked me and then handed me

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FastPasses for Tower of Terror. A nice gesture that I didn't expect.

Sarah and I slowly made our way through the gates and I eventually calmed down.

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That morning was extra packed, the American Idol (Scottie, right?) was going to be there and actual news stations were filming the Rope Drop. We were too far back to catch anything special that they might have done though.

The rope dropped, the crowd started to move. Sarah and I opted to go right for Star Tours. I was really looking forward to seeing it! We pretty much just ran right through the queue, there were people behind us and I didn't want to hold up the line or make Sarah wait - I figured I would get queue pictures later, so this is the only one!

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The ride was AWESOME. I was in awe! When the screen opened I remember saying "WHOA!" Very, very, very nice refurb. It has a good mix of the nostalgic feeling of Star Wars, but updated with good new tech. Momma like.

After our ride I noticed the first Jedi Academy was already starting - Henry has become a huge Star Wars fan and loves Darth Vader. I stopped to snag a few pictures for him. And...I did get a little teary eyed here, imagining my little man fighting Darth Vader.

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We didn't linger long - we had to get FPs yet for TSM! And that's just what we did.

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We moved on to the other end of the park - Star Tours done, TSM FPs, ToT FPs, what's left? Single Rider line for RnRC of course!

The CM noticed my birthday button and sent us a bit of Pixie Dust in the form of

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4 FPs!

I'm pretty certain we either hit the Single Rider line, or we used 2 of the FPs at this point.

We were craving some coffee after our ride, so we headed again to the other end of the park.

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Sarah and I both had one of these

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Which was only meh. This is Sarah's, which was almost twice the size of mine! Something crazy happened in the bakery with hers!

And we both had some

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Their coffee here really is pretty good for Disney coffee. I've had better from my own kitchen, but for Disney coffee, it's about as good as it gets.

After we were caffeinated, we wandered a bit.

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Or perhaps we ditched the meh pastries and sipped our coffee and wandered.

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My neighborhood in Queens has buildings that look almost exactly like this.

Next up, Beauty and the Beast!

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Sarah and I both agreed that it was pretty awesome that a bookworm was the main character of this beloved story and she becomes a princess.

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And then some ToT action!

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And we used a set of FPs for a ride on

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It was time for lunch, so we stopped at Starring Rolls. I looooooove this place, their sandwiches are delicious!

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The CM here also noticed my birthday button and I got

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That cookie was HUGE, I didn't think I could eat it all, but well....it went down pretty easy. He he.

While we were eating Sarah suggested we hit American Idol, it was something her and her DH did not do last time, and I never had - so we went for it! Neither of us really watch the show, but we both enjoy live performances of nearly any kind.

This was GREAT! We both really, really enjoyed it. The first woman could not sing well. However, she went and auditioned in hopes that her AI-fan daughters would have a better chance of meeting Scottie. Well it turns out her plan COMPLETELY backfired. Since her daughters were under 18 they had to have their Mom present when meeting Scottie, and their Mom was in her audition while Scottie was there! :headache: So they let her in and she got to sing. It was such a sweet story, she got a big standing ovation just for being an awesome Mom. Sarah and I saw them later in the park and asked if they ever got to meet Scottie...they didn't! Such a bummer. I told her she was a fantastic Mom and her daughters agreed. They weren't upset, but instead proud of their Mom.

The second and third gals could sing very well. It was a toss up. The 3rd girl was slightly better overall, but I liked number 2 better, so I voted for her. Number 3 won though!

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Gal #2

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Gal #3

It really was a fun show. I would go see it again - but not until Henry is older, or another adults-only time in the park.

And finally it was time to use those Toy Story Mania FPs.

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Gotta love a man in uniform!

However, the FP return line was looooooooooooooong! Out the door long! I couldn't believe it! The CM said it would take at least 30 minutes to get through, and both Sarah and I opted to skip it.

Yes, we skipped Toy Story Midway Mania!!!! We both like the ride, but honestly...it's not something I HAVE to do. I felt good about what we had accomplished and so did Sarah, we were looking forward to Epcot. So we gave our FPs away to a mother/son just entering the park. They were completely confused and didn't realize how precious these babies were. I hope they figured it out later!

I posted on Facebook that we gave our TSM FPs away and Robin (sorry girl, I cannot remember your DIS name at the moment!) posted that she happened to be in DHS at the same time -- about 15 minutes later the line was gone and the FP queue was pretty much a walk-on. All well! We didn't mind that we missed it...on to Epcot!

DisMomAmy
10-14-2011, 01:55 PM
Thanks for posting the link in your other TR... I didn't know you were writing this one!! Now back to catch up! :goodvibes

wdwgirl03
10-14-2011, 01:57 PM
Yes, you are right, Scotty was the winner this year. ;)

Glad you enjoyed AIE. You know how much we love it!

KatMark
10-14-2011, 02:02 PM
Great update, Brook. I'm with you...that would have scared me to death.

What an awesome job on the FP's (I've not gotten anywhere near that in my TR, but I got some at the Studios as well).

That sandwich at Starring Rolls is the exact same one Mark and I shared last year -- yummy.

danimaroo
10-14-2011, 02:14 PM
I just wanted to finally pop in here and say that I have been following BOTH of your TRs this whole time! When I saw a photo of Henry in your other one I just had to follow. He is so so cute and your videos of him are adorable. It's really fun being along for the ride on your TRs; I really enjoy them. :)

Just thought I'd pop in and say hi, long-time lurker, starting to come out of her shell and make an effort to comment on others' TRs! :)

Lovemy3babes
10-14-2011, 02:23 PM
Yikes Brook! I had no idea you were writing this TR too. I'm all caught up now though! :thumbsup2 It's been a fun trip so far! Just a couple questions for you.

You bussed directly from AK to MK? I didn't know this was possible. Do all parks have that option? Do the sandwiches at Starring Roles have any dressing on them? I have always wanted to eat there. Thanks!!

glennbo123
10-14-2011, 03:05 PM
Great chapter Brook! It sounded like a great day at DHS.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I thought it was kind of funny that because you were shaken up (after the lady had the seizure) they gave you fastpasses to Tower of Terror. Some people wouldn't look at that as "calming". :)

claryche
10-14-2011, 04:27 PM
Great chapter Brook! It sounded like a great day at DHS.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I thought it was kind of funny that because you were shaken up (after the lady had the seizure) they gave you fastpasses to Tower of Terror. Some people wouldn't look at that as "calming". :)

That is really funny that she got fp's for TOT. Even though I love TOT, I wouldn't ever think of it as calming.

claryche
10-14-2011, 04:34 PM
I can't remember if Henry did the jedi training on your most recent trip or not. If he didn't, I'm sure he will soon and will love it. I love watching Jedi training and it's so much fun when your little boy is up there. Can't wait to ride Star Tours. It holds a special place in my heart because my ds rode it on his first trip to Disney at 18 months. They let us ride it just him and I with no motion, so nice of them. We had to start the love for all things Star Wars early and it worked. Now he is all about Star Wars.

Speaking of nice, love all the extras you got for your Birthday. That is so cool.

Poolrat
10-14-2011, 06:39 PM
Don't take this the wrong way, but I thought it was kind of funny that because you were shaken up (after the lady had the seizure) they gave you fastpasses to Tower of Terror. Some people wouldn't look at that as "calming". :)

I thought the same thing. :rotfl2::rotfl2:


Brook,
Despite the turnstile drama, you had a great day. I am finding the lines in general but usually the standbys run long and then short. I am thinking all the apps out there and people using them. People check find the short wait time and rush over there so if you are far away - the ride time changes substantially.

The TSM fastpass line being long probably means either big groups going back at once, or a CM who does not move the FP line effectively.:confused3

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-14-2011, 06:42 PM
Don't take this the wrong way, but I thought it was kind of funny that because you were shaken up (after the lady had the seizure) they gave you fastpasses to Tower of Terror. Some people wouldn't look at that as "calming". :)

I was thinking the same thing too...lol. How scary though! I definitely would have been shaken up as well after that!

That stinks that the giant pastry was meh. It looks pretty awesome. Is it some sort of cinnamon bun hybrid thing?

jenseib
10-14-2011, 07:42 PM
What a terrible scare. I would've been freaking out.
I can't beleive you gave away your FP's for TSM. I have only ridden it once. It was a neat ride, but I wouldn't wait in stand by for it.

DisMomAmy
10-14-2011, 08:02 PM
All caught up! Looks like you were having a great time!! I've really enjoyed my adult only trips.

I used the links to get caught up so you may have already answered this, but what camera were you using? I thought I read that you didn't bring your good camera & were using a point & shoot... if so, I'm impressed!! I much prefer a smaller camera at Disney & I think I'm in the market for a new one & would love one that takes pictures like yours. :thumbsup2 I may have to get myself an early Christmas present before our upcoming trip!

Oh... and the seizure lady would have totally freaked me out too!! Zach used to have febrile seizues & they are the scariest things I've ever been through!!

brookelizabeth
10-14-2011, 08:17 PM
Thanks for posting the link in your other TR... I didn't know you were writing this one!! Now back to catch up! :goodvibes

Your welcome! I kept forgetting and forgetting to post it! I know I don't always catch links in people's siggys or visit the main boards often, so I miss them easily! :goodvibes

Yes, you are right, Scotty was the winner this year. ;)

Glad you enjoyed AIE. You know how much we love it!

It really was a great show!! I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It's a great spot to get out of the heat and relax a bit too. :thumbsup2

Great update, Brook. I'm with you...that would have scared me to death.

What an awesome job on the FP's (I've not gotten anywhere near that in my TR, but I got some at the Studios as well).

That sandwich at Starring Rolls is the exact same one Mark and I shared last year -- yummy.

It was soooooo very scary. I spoke to my Mom later (she is a nurse as well), and she said the woman probably shouldn't be traveling alone, being she has seizures - but at least the CMs knew her!

That running with the bulls is something else, isn't it? We did it again in August - what a rush! :laughing:

I just wanted to finally pop in here and say that I have been following BOTH of your TRs this whole time! When I saw a photo of Henry in your other one I just had to follow. He is so so cute and your videos of him are adorable. It's really fun being along for the ride on your TRs; I really enjoy them. :)

Just thought I'd pop in and say hi, long-time lurker, starting to come out of her shell and make an effort to comment on others' TRs! :)

Thank you!!! And :welcome: Glad to have you here!!! It's good to "meet" you!

Yikes Brook! I had no idea you were writing this TR too. I'm all caught up now though! :thumbsup2 It's been a fun trip so far! Just a couple questions for you.

You bussed directly from AK to MK? I didn't know this was possible. Do all parks have that option? Do the sandwiches at Starring Roles have any dressing on them? I have always wanted to eat there. Thanks!!

I started it a while back, it's been slow going, but I really want to get onto the August trip and the cruise PTR! :laughing:

Yes, we did! AK and DHS do have buses directly to the other parks. DHS might not have a bus to Epcot, but it does have the boat or walking path.

At MK (and I believe Epcot as well), you need to go to the Ticketing and Transportation Center (TTC). Unless you are going MK-Epcot (or vice versa) then you'd monorail, and Epcot to DHS is probably just the boat.

The sandwiches do have a sort of dressing on them - it's pretty light...I'm super picky about mayo and the like, and these are good to me. You *may* be able to get one without, they could make it fresh I would assume.

Great chapter Brook! It sounded like a great day at DHS.

Don't take this the wrong way, but I thought it was kind of funny that because you were shaken up (after the lady had the seizure) they gave you fastpasses to Tower of Terror. Some people wouldn't look at that as "calming". :)

:rotfl2: I didn't even think of that! You are SO right!

That is really funny that she got fp's for TOT. Even though I love TOT, I wouldn't ever think of it as calming.

:lmao: I really didn't even think of this...too funny!!!

I can't remember if Henry did the jedi training on your most recent trip or not. If he didn't, I'm sure he will soon and will love it. I love watching Jedi training and it's so much fun when your little boy is up there. Can't wait to ride Star Tours. It holds a special place in my heart because my ds rode it on his first trip to Disney at 18 months. They let us ride it just him and I with no motion, so nice of them. We had to start the love for all things Star Wars early and it worked. Now he is all about Star Wars.

Speaking of nice, love all the extras you got for your Birthday. That is so cool.

Nope, Henry didn't in Feb/March, nor did he in August - the child has to be 4 years old, and Henry turned 4 on September 1. In August we asked, and they were very strict on the age, but Henry had sorta chickened out by that point anyway. We shall see if he'll do it on the next trip!

That is sooooooooo awesome about riding it without the motion!!!! When I hear stories like that I love Disney World all the more. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

I was surprised at how many things I got for my birthday throughout the trip! I guess being there with just girlfriends/solo stands out a bit?

I thought the same thing. :rotfl2::rotfl2:


Brook,
Despite the turnstile drama, you had a great day. I am finding the lines in general but usually the standbys run long and then short. I am thinking all the apps out there and people using them. People check find the short wait time and rush over there so if you are far away - the ride time changes substantially.

The TSM fastpass line being long probably means either big groups going back at once, or a CM who does not move the FP line effectively.:confused3

That's a good point about the apps. I didn't think of that. You are probably correct!

I was thinking the same thing too...lol. How scary though! I definitely would have been shaken up as well after that!

That stinks that the giant pastry was meh. It looks pretty awesome. Is it some sort of cinnamon bun hybrid thing?

It was very, very scary! I hope I never experience that again. I've seen minor seizures before, but not like this - and any time I've seen them, I've been with others who knew how to handle them.

Doesn't it look tasty? I was excited about trying it! It looked kinda like a chocolate croissant :love: but with bonuses. LOL It was really dense, thick and chewy, very little flavor, and no chocolate inside!

What a terrible scare. I would've been freaking out.
I can't beleive you gave away your FP's for TSM. I have only ridden it once. It was a neat ride, but I wouldn't wait in stand by for it.

It was so scary. I'll never forget that moment!! Disney handled it great though!

I wouldn't wait in standby for it either. I want to at some point to see the queue, but it will have to be at a Rope Drop or when it loses some popularity....whenever that will be! :laughing:

3prettyprincesses
10-14-2011, 08:36 PM
Brook! I am so way behind in everything (both here and in real life, sigh!) that I just saw you have this TR going! Awesome!

I breezed through the updates and skipped all the chatter. Love how you were touring too. How fun! Your friend Sarah looks like a blast too. It must have been such a different feel to this trip minus your little man Henry! I'm glad you got the chance to go solo though, I'd love to do that some day.

Your AK day looked fabulous! Expedition Everest is always the best way to begin, right? Of course! We did the jungle trek for the first time in Jan. and man did we love it. Sooo well done! We've yet to do the Pangani one though.

You tried the chai! I'm a bit of chai tea snob so I really only like mine warm, not frozen but I'll overlook that in your case! It does look delish.:thumbsup2

Ah, Magic Kingdom. It makes me giddy as a school girl when I walk through the turnstile! And hello, that pic of bronze Mickey with the castle in the background is phenomenal! I tried to get an artsy shot like that last time, I won't tell you how many pics I had to snap in order to get it! Let's just say my family was starting to whine about the amount of time I spending doing so. Just another reason to go on a solo trip, right?:laughing:

Oh my word! Your encounter with that poor seizure lady sounds terrifying Brook. No wonder you were shaken up. Good for you for springing into action though. Your adrenaline really does kick in, doesn't it? When I was a camp counselor, a little boy nearly drowned and I had to pull him from the water and lift him over my head to place him on the side of the pool. Totally adrenaline and after the ambulance took him away (he was fine, thank God!) I crumbled into a heap on the ground and cried hysterically for about 1/2 hour. The adrenaline made me shake like a leaf, sounds like the same thing happened to you. Good work Brook!:thumbsup2

You skipped TSM?? Oh, shame on you. Just kidding! We've skipped it before too when the line was horrendous. Looks like your HS day was a good one.

MEK
10-14-2011, 10:40 PM
That was an awesome update. :cool1: Woo hoo to the FP mojo (even if you did have to help someone having a seizure to get one). That's a bummer. I'm a nurse and I rarely see medical emergencies outside of the hospital.

That is one cool pic of RnR. Glad you liked AI. It is a fun show! That cookie looks yum

and - I can't wait for Star Tours. I am afraid I might not get off it once i get on. :rotfl:

claryche
10-14-2011, 11:44 PM
I didn't know they were that strict with the Jedi Training and age. Hopefully he will want to do it next trip. My ds liked it, but afterwards he did say that Darth Vader was scary. I think they do a great job on not letting the kids get scared, because he didn't really look that scared when he was fighting Vader. But he did choose not to do it again on our next trip, but I'm hoping that he will want to do it whenever we get back there. It was so much fun to watch, and not just his part, the whole thing was fun. Last time we were there they were having a meet and greet after each show, and we did that. So maybe if Henry is feeling apprehensive, he could do the meet and greet first and then the show. But whatever he does, I can see where they would be scared of Vader, he is tall and kinda scary.

Charleston Princess
10-15-2011, 06:08 AM
What a scary experience at the turnstiles! I would have been shaken up, too. :hug: I am glad the woman was okay.

That Mickey cookie looks delicious! Love those chocolate dipped ears!

blessedby3
10-15-2011, 09:51 AM
What a scary start to your morning! Good for you for helping out and calling 911, though! So many people just stare and dont do a thing in an emergency. Nice little perk for helping out---FP's to TOT:goodvibes Im glad to see that you are getting Birthday Pixie Dust too. I would think that most of that would go to the littles wearing buttons, but Im glad that the CM's notice the bigger kids too;)

PopArtGal
10-15-2011, 11:20 AM
Looks like you girls had a blast during that trip! Wow, you did get a lot done.

I love Sleepy Hollow. I love the sitting space at the back. We always go there at least once.

PopArtGal
10-15-2011, 11:27 AM
I love the AI experience. I think it's a good place to get some A/C, rest, and have a good show.

jordanyosh
10-15-2011, 12:10 PM
Very nice update even w/o many pix. You did a nice job of painting pictures with your words. :thumbsup2

I agree with your assessment of Star Tours. I've taken the trip at Disneyland and it's a great update for sure.

I also like that the pictures you did take are of food........:)

Starring Rolls...sandwiches....hmmmmm.......(this is me making a mental note and filing it under WDW June 2013).

Poolrat
10-16-2011, 08:58 PM
Yes, we did! AK and DHS do have buses directly to the other parks. DHS might not have a bus to Epcot, but it does have the boat or walking path.


TTC- busses to both Ak and DHS
AK- Busses to TTC and EPCOT and DHS
DHS- does have a bus to the front of EPCOT. If you walk straight from the turnstiles forward, when you finally reach the curb that is the EPCOT busstop.
You should be able to also get to AK and TTC from that area too.
I think EPCOT has busses to DHS and AK too.

Every morning the bus would let us off there instead of pulling all the way into the bus stop area. I guess this way they can direct an empty bus to the stop that needs one the most. If guests get off at a stop that is not their resort then they might get confused?


I am guessing they may know that lady because this has happened before. I know if someone has a major seizure in my building, I will not forget them. You sort of form a bond then. :upsidedow
I am glad she feels comfortable enough to go alone to a place with lots of people. I guess she trusts that if that happens she will be cared for.

disneyfan61
10-17-2011, 08:57 PM
I am glad you posted the link.

Your arrival day was our last day. I remember texting back & forth to see if we could meet up but unfortunately it did not happen. That was the night I met Anita, Mark & Baylor (at 11:30 pm). I was so tired that night.:)

I am glad you did a lot of shopping. I love shopping (with someone elses money):rotfl: Love the purse you got.:thumbsup2 I bet you would have been sorry if you did not get it.

I am with you on TSM. I would much rather ride ToT, RNRC & Star Tours.

Lovemy3babes
10-18-2011, 11:43 AM
I started it a while back, it's been slow going, but I really want to get onto the August trip and the cruise PTR! :laughing:

Yes, we did! AK and DHS do have buses directly to the other parks. DHS might not have a bus to Epcot, but it does have the boat or walking path.

At MK (and I believe Epcot as well), you need to go to the Ticketing and Transportation Center (TTC). Unless you are going MK-Epcot (or vice versa) then you'd monorail, and Epcot to DHS is probably just the boat.

The sandwiches do have a sort of dressing on them - it's pretty light...I'm super picky about mayo and the like, and these are good to me. You *may* be able to get one without, they could make it fresh I would assume.

I didn't know that about the direct busses. Thanks Brook! And thanks for the info on Starring Rolls as well. Yum, yum.

ChefDisneyLu
10-18-2011, 12:26 PM
Thank you for the pic filled TR!

I am planning a big trip for Dec 2012 and told my DS
that he could pick any resort in all of the world. He picked ASMovies! I tried to steer him to BC or WL or CR...and he has his heart set on A
SMo! I love the pics and cant wait for more!

Thanks for sharing

Lisa

DisMomAmy
10-19-2011, 07:46 PM
All caught up! Looks like you were having a great time!! I've really enjoyed my adult only trips.

I used the links to get caught up so you may have already answered this, but what camera were you using? I thought I read that you didn't bring your good camera & were using a point & shoot... if so, I'm impressed!! I much prefer a smaller camera at Disney & I think I'm in the market for a new one & would love one that takes pictures like yours. :thumbsup2 I may have to get myself an early Christmas present before our upcoming trip!

Oh... and the seizure lady would have totally freaked me out too!! Zach used to have febrile seizues & they are the scariest things I've ever been through!!

Just reposting this so you don't miss me! I posted at the same time you were posting your last replies but I got in right before you.

I'm anxious to hear about your camera!

wigdoutdismom
10-21-2011, 10:39 PM
Yummmmy!!!
That sandwich from starring rolls is my very favorite CS meal in all the world! I'm also with you on riding Toy Story Mania. I can take it or leave it. I'd much rather ride RnR and ToT!

Self_resqing_princz
10-22-2011, 07:07 PM
That is REALLY scary! I hope the woman was okay. Honestly, I'd be shaken up to. It shows how good a person you are to be so concerned over someone you didn't even know!:hug:
So, that pass thing they gave you... I don't understand.. what did it do? What was it for? I just kinda looks like it lets you in early...???:confused3

Missyrose
10-22-2011, 09:58 PM
Don't you just love being a Fastpass Fairy Godmother? We ended up doing that a lot on our trip. I think we ended up giving away two sets of Space Mountain FPs, Big Thunder Mountain FPs and Soarin FPs. Crazy right? But that's just what happens when you end up enjoying wandering the parks a little too much and have too much urge to go back and enjoy the resort, as well! :rolleyes1

I love what you said about Belle being a bookworm, that's the exact reason I gave why I ranked Beauty and the Beast higher than Voyage of the Little Mermaid on my top-30 attractions list. :lmao:

Never done AI, may have to try that at some point!

brookelizabeth
10-24-2011, 08:47 AM
All caught up! Looks like you were having a great time!! I've really enjoyed my adult only trips.

I used the links to get caught up so you may have already answered this, but what camera were you using? I thought I read that you didn't bring your good camera & were using a point & shoot... if so, I'm impressed!! I much prefer a smaller camera at Disney & I think I'm in the market for a new one & would love one that takes pictures like yours. I may have to get myself an early Christmas present before our upcoming trip!

Oh... and the seizure lady would have totally freaked me out too!! Zach used to have febrile seizues & they are the scariest things I've ever been through!!

Yep! That's our cheapie point & shoot, it's a Canon Powershot A1200. It was super cheap-probably one of the cheapest at Target! I want to say right around $100 total. It is a bit slow, and what you see on the screen is not NEARLY as good as what it looks like when you download it. I was very discouraged my entire trip thinking all my pictures were terrible...I was pleasantly surprised at how good they were once I downloaded! It's so handy for the parks because it's little, but I am used to the fast speed of my SLR, so I missed a few shots that I wanted.

Brook! I am so way behind in everything (both here and in real life, sigh!) that I just saw you have this TR going! Awesome!

I breezed through the updates and skipped all the chatter. Love how you were touring too. How fun! Your friend Sarah looks like a blast too. It must have been such a different feel to this trip minus your little man Henry! I'm glad you got the chance to go solo though, I'd love to do that some day.

Your AK day looked fabulous! Expedition Everest is always the best way to begin, right? Of course! We did the jungle trek for the first time in Jan. and man did we love it. Sooo well done! We've yet to do the Pangani one though.

You tried the chai! I'm a bit of chai tea snob so I really only like mine warm, not frozen but I'll overlook that in your case! It does look delish.:thumbsup2

Ah, Magic Kingdom. It makes me giddy as a school girl when I walk through the turnstile! And hello, that pic of bronze Mickey with the castle in the background is phenomenal! I tried to get an artsy shot like that last time, I won't tell you how many pics I had to snap in order to get it! Let's just say my family was starting to whine about the amount of time I spending doing so. Just another reason to go on a solo trip, right?:laughing:

Oh my word! Your encounter with that poor seizure lady sounds terrifying Brook. No wonder you were shaken up. Good for you for springing into action though. Your adrenaline really does kick in, doesn't it? When I was a camp counselor, a little boy nearly drowned and I had to pull him from the water and lift him over my head to place him on the side of the pool. Totally adrenaline and after the ambulance took him away (he was fine, thank God!) I crumbled into a heap on the ground and cried hysterically for about 1/2 hour. The adrenaline made me shake like a leaf, sounds like the same thing happened to you. Good work Brook!:thumbsup2

You skipped TSM?? Oh, shame on you. Just kidding! We've skipped it before too when the line was horrendous. Looks like your HS day was a good one.

It was so weird touring without Henry! I skipped so many "Must Do's" - seeing Disney through the eyes of an adult is very different! :laughing:

:rotfl2: about your family starting to whine about how many pictures you were taking! I will probably get that from Henry before I know it. Thankfully Joe is similar to me in this, so he never minds - or he just goes on ahead without me!

That is so scary about the little boy almost drowning!!!! It's amazing what happens to us, super human strength and speed, when that adrenaline kicks in. It was a very frightening moment with that woman, I'm so happy there were so many other guests willing to help as well.

That was an awesome update. :cool1: Woo hoo to the FP mojo (even if you did have to help someone having a seizure to get one). That's a bummer. I'm a nurse and I rarely see medical emergencies outside of the hospital.

That is one cool pic of RnR. Glad you liked AI. It is a fun show! That cookie looks yum

and - I can't wait for Star Tours. I am afraid I might not get off it once i get on. :rotfl:

I was so thankful for that nurse who came forward so quickly! I don't think my Mom (who is also a nurse) has ever really seen anything major outside of the hospital/health care center either....I'll have to ask her-that would be interesting.

Star Tours is a blast! I reallyyyyyy enjoy the updates. I can't wait to share my August TR with Henry and Star Tours!

I didn't know they were that strict with the Jedi Training and age. Hopefully he will want to do it next trip. My ds liked it, but afterwards he did say that Darth Vader was scary. I think they do a great job on not letting the kids get scared, because he didn't really look that scared when he was fighting Vader. But he did choose not to do it again on our next trip, but I'm hoping that he will want to do it whenever we get back there. It was so much fun to watch, and not just his part, the whole thing was fun. Last time we were there they were having a meet and greet after each show, and we did that. So maybe if Henry is feeling apprehensive, he could do the meet and greet first and then the show. But whatever he does, I can see where they would be scared of Vader, he is tall and kinda scary.

Oh that's a great idea about the meet & greet! Thank you for the tip!!! I think he'd be up for that...then possibly choosing to fight. We will be there on June 7 (from our cruise), and I have it on the tentative plans. We shall see if Henry is brave enough to defend the galaxy. ;)

What a scary experience at the turnstiles! I would have been shaken up, too. :hug: I am glad the woman was okay.

That Mickey cookie looks delicious! Love those chocolate dipped ears!

It was a very scary moment. I was so relieved when others came to help - I had no idea what I was doing, but just trying my best to get the info out that was needed! Hopefully that was a once in a lifetime sort of situation! :laughing:

What a scary start to your morning! Good for you for helping out and calling 911, though! So many people just stare and dont do a thing in an emergency. Nice little perk for helping out---FP's to TOT:goodvibes Im glad to see that you are getting Birthday Pixie Dust too. I would think that most of that would go to the littles wearing buttons, but Im glad that the CM's notice the bigger kids too;)

I was surprised at the birthday pixie dust too! I didn't expect a THING, thinking it was more for the littles. All throughout my trip though, I experienced little bits!

Looks like you girls had a blast during that trip! Wow, you did get a lot done.

I love Sleepy Hollow. I love the sitting space at the back. We always go there at least once.

We did! We got a TON done. It's amazing how much more one can do without a child and stroller. :laughing:

That back area of Sleepy Hollow is very nice. Joe and I enjoyed a treat there on our honeymoon, but have never gone back.

I love the AI experience. I think it's a good place to get some A/C, rest, and have a good show.

I was impressed! I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. It's a great spot to sit down for a while and still be entertained.

Very nice update even w/o many pix. You did a nice job of painting pictures with your words. :thumbsup2

I agree with your assessment of Star Tours. I've taken the trip at Disneyland and it's a great update for sure.

I also like that the pictures you did take are of food........:)

Starring Rolls...sandwiches....hmmmmm.......(this is me making a mental note and filing it under WDW June 2013).

What are your dates in June again?! Is that a go still? We will be on our cruise, but we DO have one day in WDW - June 7th. I soooooo hope your dates are around then!!!

And yes, Starring Rolls is a GREAT spot, the best QS in DHS IMO!

TTC- busses to both Ak and DHS
AK- Busses to TTC and EPCOT and DHS
DHS- does have a bus to the front of EPCOT. If you walk straight from the turnstiles forward, when you finally reach the curb that is the EPCOT busstop.
You should be able to also get to AK and TTC from that area too.
I think EPCOT has busses to DHS and AK too.

Every morning the bus would let us off there instead of pulling all the way into the bus stop area. I guess this way they can direct an empty bus to the stop that needs one the most. If guests get off at a stop that is not their resort then they might get confused?

I am guessing they may know that lady because this has happened before. I know if someone has a major seizure in my building, I will not forget them. You sort of form a bond then. :upsidedow
I am glad she feels comfortable enough to go alone to a place with lots of people. I guess she trusts that if that happens she will be cared for.

I know DHS has a bus to AK for sure - we once meant to take the AKL bus, but took the AK! :laughing: Did you hear of all the bus changes going on at MK? They will have direct park buses there eventually!

That is a great point about that woman - the CMs did act as if it's happened before, as soon as they saw her they seemed to recognize her and knew what to do.

I am glad you posted the link.

Your arrival day was our last day. I remember texting back & forth to see if we could meet up but unfortunately it did not happen. That was the night I met Anita, Mark & Baylor (at 11:30 pm). I was so tired that night.:)

I am glad you did a lot of shopping. I love shopping (with someone elses money):rotfl: Love the purse you got.:thumbsup2 I bet you would have been sorry if you did not get it.

I am with you on TSM. I would much rather ride ToT, RNRC & Star Tours.

Ahhhhh yes!!! I remember now too! That's what I get for not taking notes. :rotfl2: We were exhausted too - and Sarah didn't have a park ticket....it was smart of us to just relax that night. I'm glad you met up with Anita and family - such fantastic people. :goodvibes

I would have been VERY sorry if I didn't get that purse, I probably would have hunted it out in August. :laughing: I use it a ton-it was a great buy! The only thing I don't like is the beaded straps-they just roll right off my shoulders.

I didn't know that about the direct busses. Thanks Brook! And thanks for the info on Starring Rolls as well. Yum, yum.

Your welcome! It's so handy that they have the direct buses. You might have to go TTC for Epcot and MK, but it's still easier than doing a resort in-between.

Starring Rolls is veryyyyy yummy - it's my favorite QS in DHS.

Thank you for the pic filled TR!

I am planning a big trip for Dec 2012 and told my DS
that he could pick any resort in all of the world. He picked ASMovies! I tried to steer him to BC or WL or CR...and he has his heart set on A
SMo! I love the pics and cant wait for more!

Thanks for sharing

Lisa

:rotfl2: That is so cute about your DS! I love it! I can see why he picked it. It's a very fun resort, and the new room re-furb is FANTASTIC. Just wait for those pics (if you haven't seen them already elsewhere on the web). I have no complaints about the resort, honestly. I've done Deluxe many times, and still had a great stay at Movies! I'll have LOTS more pics of the resort (and a video!) coming soon!

Just reposting this so you don't miss me! I posted at the same time you were posting your last replies but I got in right before you.

I'm anxious to hear about your camera!

:goodvibes Thank you for the heads-up! I have missed those before when we cross-posted.

brookelizabeth
10-24-2011, 08:49 AM
Yummmmy!!!
That sandwich from starring rolls is my very favorite CS meal in all the world! I'm also with you on riding Toy Story Mania. I can take it or leave it. I'd much rather ride RnR and ToT!

I can see why! Starring Rolls is awesome - it's totally a hidden gem for lunch. The portions are HUGE and it's so good. And the delicious dessert options doesn't hurt. :rolleyes1

That is REALLY scary! I hope the woman was okay. Honestly, I'd be shaken up to. It shows how good a person you are to be so concerned over someone you didn't even know!:hug:
So, that pass thing they gave you... I don't understand.. what did it do? What was it for? I just kinda looks like it lets you in early...???:confused3

You are too kind! I think most anyone would have done what I did. I am a firm believer in the golden rule though - you should treat others how you want to be treated. If I was having a seizure, I would want someone to help me...know what I mean? It was such a scary moment though...I hope it was a once in a lifetime experience! ;)

The pass they gave me was a FP - it seems they used to pass out this style more often in the past, but it's basically just a certificate that allowed us both in a ToT. I've had them before when a ride broke down with us on it, or just as a "magical moment" from a CM. They seem to generally give the normal FPs now though.

Don't you just love being a Fastpass Fairy Godmother? We ended up doing that a lot on our trip. I think we ended up giving away two sets of Space Mountain FPs, Big Thunder Mountain FPs and Soarin FPs. Crazy right? But that's just what happens when you end up enjoying wandering the parks a little too much and have too much urge to go back and enjoy the resort, as well! :rolleyes1

I love what you said about Belle being a bookworm, that's the exact reason I gave why I ranked Beauty and the Beast higher than Voyage of the Little Mermaid on my top-30 attractions list. :lmao:

Never done AI, may have to try that at some point!

:laughing: that is awesome about sharing all those FPs! It is fun to do-you can really make someone's day with them too.

And heck yes, if I were staying where you did, I would want to hang out at the resort too! LOL!

DisneyBoundinDec
10-25-2011, 11:19 AM
Loving your report Brook! :thumbsup2 and how scary with that lady! Thank God she was okay!

There are so many things I want to see and do as an adult only trip next month for the AEP but I know I won't have the time for it.. I need to go again by myself sometime..

mickeystoontown
10-25-2011, 11:58 AM
I can totally understand why you were so upset after you helped the lady who had the seizure. As you may recall, John has epilepsy and seeing him have seizures is one of the worst things I have even witnessed. I always feel so helpless. I commend you for taking the time to help her out even if you felt as if you had no idea what you were doing.

Now, on to the good stuff. Wasn't the new Star Tours cool!?! I loved the refurb.

I haven't seen the Beauty and the Beast show in quite a few years but feel the need to go back now that I've seen your pictures.

Hum....what else did I want to comment on. Oh yeah, I wouldn't have waited 30 minutes in the Fastpass line for Toy Story Mania either. Having said that, I do like the attraction itself. Hopefully, the recipients of your Fastpasses figured out how valuable those Fastpasses were that you gave them.

brookelizabeth
10-26-2011, 12:02 PM
I left off as Sarah and I were leaving DHS and headed toward Epcot. I'm sure we took the very lovely boat ride between, because I have a love relationship with that boat.

Except in August when it's 40 million degrees out.

Then I don't like it one bit!

Anyway, we entered through the World Showcase and began our tour around! We ambled through the gift shops of Morocco.

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And Japan.

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Inside the giant Japan gift shop, I'm too lazy at the moment to look up the correct spelling of it, we found these fans.

It was a hot day.

The fans were less than $5.

We each walked away with one! Awesome buy!

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And the Cast Members will write your name on them for free! (Mine says "Happy Birthday Brook") How very cool. Literally. This baby pumped out some serious air. It now sits on a shelf as a decoration in my house!

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America. Sarah hadn't seen the most awesome Voices of Liberty, as her DH never stopped running during their trip.

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Then Italy. Sarah really liked this mask, but the price tag was nutty!

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Germany. We shared

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and

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Both were divine.

But, as I recently learned - this shop is not authentic in the least. Which is sad. Sure, it's a delicious stop, but surely they could have found something equally as tasty and authentic.

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Hopefully in 2014 I will visit Germany. That's the plan anyway.

China.

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The Fish with a Human Head. In traditional Chinese culture a fish is associated with wealth because they sound the same in the Chinese language. The fish here resembles a carp, which is the symbol for marital harmony. Disney is so educational!

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I always look at the tea sets. I want one, but seriously have NO use. Maybe someday.

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Someday I WILL buy me a piece of this:

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Not sure if it will be at Epcot, but I do love jade jewelery and will own a piece someday!

Norway!

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I might get this on some trip. I would like a scent from Epcot to remind me of my trips.

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First time ever posing with the troll!

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Love you La Cantina!

And soon we were out of the World Showcase. I was happy to see these guys since Mater was not out yet during our F&GF trip back in March.

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And we paused to watch my fountain.

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Just looking at this picture, I can hear the music. Happy sigh.

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Next up: Not sure if I'd call that Pixie Dust...

KatMark
10-26-2011, 12:21 PM
Brook, what fun pictures of your shopping trip through World Showcase.

I love those little fans and always think I'll buy myself one and then forget. Maybe I'll get one for me and the girls in January. :goodvibes

I did not realize that the caramel shop was NOT authentic; that is a tad disappointing.

Love the Epcot fountain. :)

brookelizabeth
10-26-2011, 12:28 PM
Loving your report Brook! :thumbsup2 and how scary with that lady! Thank God she was okay!

There are so many things I want to see and do as an adult only trip next month for the AEP but I know I won't have the time for it.. I need to go again by myself sometime..

They keep you busyyyyy at the AEP! But, you do get some evenings free, which is fantastic. Are you staying any extra days?

I can totally understand why you were so upset after you helped the lady who had the seizure. As you may recall, John has epilepsy and seeing him have seizures is one of the worst things I have even witnessed. I always feel so helpless. I commend you for taking the time to help her out even if you felt as if you had no idea what you were doing.

Now, on to the good stuff. Wasn't the new Star Tours cool!?! I loved the refurb.

I haven't seen the Beauty and the Beast show in quite a few years but feel the need to go back now that I've seen your pictures.

Hum....what else did I want to comment on. Oh yeah, I wouldn't have waited 30 minutes in the Fastpass line for Toy Story Mania either. Having said that, I do like the attraction itself. Hopefully, the recipients of your Fastpasses figured out how valuable those Fastpasses were that you gave them.

Oh my goodness Lisa. I cannot even fathom the fear that must run through you seeing your husband go through that. A stranger is one thing, the person in life you are closest to is another. :hug::hug::hug::hug: I'm in tears just thinking about it!

LOVE the new Star Tours! I cannot even remember how many times we rode in August! I can't wait to ride again!

I do like TSMM too - but not enough to wait very long for it when the time is tickin' away! :laughing: If we had more time to spare I wouldn't have thought twice. But Epcot was calling to us!

brookelizabeth
10-26-2011, 12:30 PM
Brook, what fun pictures of your shopping trip through World Showcase.

I love those little fans and always think I'll buy myself one and then forget. Maybe I'll get one for me and the girls in January. :goodvibes

I did not realize that the caramel shop was NOT authentic; that is a tad disappointing.

Love the Epcot fountain. :)

It would be a perfect gift for the girls! It's cheap, so if it gets lost or broke, no big deal - plus they are very girly and fun! Lots of different patterns to choose from too. I should have taken a picture of Sarah's - but as you can tell, my pictures were so limited that day due to a dying camera battery. 25 pictures and we are through the entire World Showcase just doesn't jive with this girl! :rotfl:

Magdalene (do you read her TRs?) from Germany explained about the caramel shop. It is a shame! I cannot skip it even still though. It's too good.

DisneyBoundinDec
10-26-2011, 12:36 PM
They keep you busyyyyy at the AEP! But, you do get some evenings free, which is fantastic. Are you staying any extra days?!

I'm staying until Saturday evening.. my flights at 6:10.. how early is ME again? like 3 hours before your flight?

And we get done pretty early on Friday right? before noon? So I should have all day Friday and most of Saturday morning to see stuff.. I just need to save a park ticket for that Saturday.. do we use our park ticket for the dinner party in Epcot on that first day?

DisMomAmy
10-26-2011, 12:52 PM
I can't wait to see your fountain! :thumbsup2

BerrysGirl
10-26-2011, 12:54 PM
World Showcase will forever be my favorite place to explore! I've even specially requested we go there for my 25th birthday celebration (of course the alcohol may have something to do with that too :lmao: ). I didn't know they sold jade in China... so gorgeous! One of my friends studied abroad in Hong Kong and he brought me back a jade necklace. I love it so!

Missyrose
10-26-2011, 12:59 PM
LOVE that fan from Japan, I might have to invest in one of those on my next trip because I am always hot!

Sad to hear about the caramel shop in Germany, but authentic or not, the caramel corn is pretty darn yummy!

jenseib
10-26-2011, 04:24 PM
Love the shots. You got some unique angles. As I am looking at my pictures from our last trip, I am so mad at the lack of things I took pictures of and then took too many of others. :)

I'm staying until Saturday evening.. my flights at 6:10.. how early is ME again? like 3 hours before your flight?

And we get done pretty early on Friday right? before noon? So I should have all day Friday and most of Saturday morning to see stuff.. I just need to save a park ticket for that Saturday.. do we use our park ticket for the dinner party in Epcot on that first day?

No, You actually never use your ticket for anything done with the group.

Lady Lallie
10-26-2011, 04:39 PM
What a fun shopping trip through World Showcase!

I love the fan, I've always wondered if they would be worth it on a hot Disney day and it sounds like they are!

I especially love the viking hat you are wearing! :thumbsup2

NikkiLovesWDW!
10-26-2011, 04:47 PM
I'm sorry, your fountain? I have to disagree.... :lmao:

Oh man, how I love World Showcase! Totally agree about the boat except I've ONLY been on it when it's super hot so I have just a hate relationship with it! Haha!! Very cool about the fan....I might just have to get me one of those on my next trip. Although, I doubt I will need it in February. Did you get any Yan Yans? :)

Poolrat
10-26-2011, 04:50 PM
I enjoyed the walk through WS today.

How lovely to browse and snack your way through the world. :goodvibes


I still have a snack from the caramel shop that I am nibbling on.

chloe770
10-26-2011, 05:36 PM
OMG that caramel corn is YUMMMMMM! Wish I had some now. Someday I want to go to Epcot WS without kids. There is so much I want to see(and taste) that I haven't because DS is just not that interested.

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-26-2011, 06:22 PM
I love those fans, and for only $5, that's a really cute souvenir! Looks like you guys had a great time in World Showcase!

Charleston Princess
10-27-2011, 04:49 AM
Adorable fan!!! Love the pics of you in Norway! :lmao: One day I will try the caramel popcorn -- even if it's not authentic (which I didn't know). ;)

I didn't know that about the fish and wealth symbolism -- you're right -- Disney can be very educational. :goodvibes

MeMom
10-27-2011, 05:46 AM
I got a book about the Chinese Tomb Warriors at Brooklynn's school book fair. I have not had a chance to read it yet, but hopefully I will during the Christmas break.

The fountain is lovely, as always. You have to have stood there in the midst of the water spraying and the music playing and the Epcot atmosphere to really appreciate the picture. Even though it is not an area filled with beautiful plants or lavish art work or small details - it's just a bunch of concrete and water - it is a special spot in Disney World.

I meant to get a Voices of Liberty CD on the October trip, and I forgot all about it. We even sat in America for a while so Brooklynn could color, and never hit me. Stupid, stupid me! :sad2:

brookelizabeth
10-27-2011, 09:13 AM
I'm staying until Saturday evening.. my flights at 6:10.. how early is ME again? like 3 hours before your flight?

And we get done pretty early on Friday right? before noon? So I should have all day Friday and most of Saturday morning to see stuff.. I just need to save a park ticket for that Saturday.. do we use our park ticket for the dinner party in Epcot on that first day?

Good idea to stay an extra day! Then you can squeeze in a few things you didn't have time for. I would of had a hard time leaving on Friday right after graduation.

And yep, ME is 3 hours before your flight, so you will get picked up around 3 PM.

And no, we never had to use our park ticket - mine went COMPLETELY unused because I have an AP! I wish I could have saved it for another time. We went in through backstage to Epcot for the first night (even though we were just over at the YC/BC we took the bus). And even for our Blizzard Beach tour they let us through the gate.

I can't wait to see your fountain! :thumbsup2

:banana: Sooooo soon now too!!! I wish I could fit in your suitcase! I have serious Disney withdrawals right now!

World Showcase will forever be my favorite place to explore! I've even specially requested we go there for my 25th birthday celebration (of course the alcohol may have something to do with that too :lmao: ). I didn't know they sold jade in China... so gorgeous! One of my friends studied abroad in Hong Kong and he brought me back a jade necklace. I love it so!

They do! It's expensive, but beautiful. My Mom has a pair of jade earrings that I have hinted to her, more than a couple times, I want! :laughing: Someday I'll just make my DH buy me some though. ;)

LOVE that fan from Japan, I might have to invest in one of those on my next trip because I am always hot!

Sad to hear about the caramel shop in Germany, but authentic or not, the caramel corn is pretty darn yummy!

Isn't it cute? They have a ton of designs too. And it works awesome. I was excited to find my cheap, and useful, buy!

Love the shots. You got some unique angles. As I am looking at my pictures from our last trip, I am so mad at the lack of things I took pictures of and then took too many of others. :)

No, You actually never use your ticket for anything done with the group.

I try to always find a new angle of the things I have taken a zillion pictures of in the past already. Except the Castle. Must have a straight on shot of that. :goodvibes (and then some unique ones too!)

Sounds like you have a good reason for another trip. LOL Let's all cross our fingers for the Fantasy, right?!

What a fun shopping trip through World Showcase!

I love the fan, I've always wondered if they would be worth it on a hot Disney day and it sounds like they are!

I especially love the viking hat you are wearing! :thumbsup2

They are totally worth it! They really do work very well. The biggest negative is that they don't fold up, so you have to either slide them into a bag or carry them. I remember fanning myself with it in the store and it feeling sooooo good on that hot day!

Isn't that Viking hat stunning? :rotfl2:

I'm sorry, your fountain? I have to disagree.... :lmao:

Oh man, how I love World Showcase! Totally agree about the boat except I've ONLY been on it when it's super hot so I have just a hate relationship with it! Haha!! Very cool about the fan....I might just have to get me one of those on my next trip. Although, I doubt I will need it in February. Did you get any Yan Yans? :)

:laughing: Yes MY fountain! ;)

The boat is miserable when it's hot out. Seriously, put a fan up in there or something! Ughhhh. We took in August and I swear I almost melted. It was packed, no where to sit. I squeezed myself outside in hopes for a breeze.

And nope, no Yan Yans. I've never actually tried them. But I should. They always look good! I do need to run to the grocery store later, maybe I'll pick some up. :laughing: I want to try some crazy candy sometime, but I never can decide. I looked for some that I knew was good (and not available down the street LOL), but I couldn't find it.

I enjoyed the walk through WS today.

How lovely to browse and snack your way through the world. :goodvibes

I still have a snack from the caramel shop that I am nibbling on.

It really was a great way to see the WS! It was so strange not stopping to color, or being begged for things in the gift shops though. :laughing:

OMG that caramel corn is YUMMMMMM! Wish I had some now. Someday I want to go to Epcot WS without kids. There is so much I want to see(and taste) that I haven't because DS is just not that interested.

I'm thankful Henry is still at the age where he thinks just going into a gift shop is fun. I know that will soon pass and he will probably go through the stage where he doesn't enjoy the World Showcase. I'm glad they added the Kim Possible stuff to try and interest kids more though.

I love those fans, and for only $5, that's a really cute souvenir! Looks like you guys had a great time in World Showcase!

Exactly! A cheap, useful, and cute souvie! I tried to take pictures of other $5 or less souvenirs in August too. I think it could make for an interesting article.

Adorable fan!!! Love the pics of you in Norway! :lmao: One day I will try the caramel popcorn -- even if it's not authentic (which I didn't know). ;)

I didn't know that about the fish and wealth symbolism -- you're right -- Disney can be very educational. :goodvibes

The Viking hat is quite stunning, isn't it? :rotfl: I cannot remember if Sarah participated, I don't think she did because I don't have a pic of her, but I know the family behind me did! They were laughing at me!

I only remember about the fish symbol because I took a pic of the sign. :rolleyes1 But, there was a ton of stuff like that in there! A child could easily do a school project about it!

I got a book about the Chinese Tomb Warriors at Brooklynn's school book fair. I have not had a chance to read it yet, but hopefully I will during the Christmas break.

The fountain is lovely, as always. You have to have stood there in the midst of the water spraying and the music playing and the Epcot atmosphere to really appreciate the picture. Even though it is not an area filled with beautiful plants or lavish art work or small details - it's just a bunch of concrete and water - it is a special spot in Disney World.

I meant to get a Voices of Liberty CD on the October trip, and I forgot all about it. We even sat in America for a while so Brooklynn could color, and never hit me. Stupid, stupid me! :sad2:

That is neat about the book! You'll have to let us know how it is.

I completely agree with you about that area being a special spot in Walt Disney World. That one very spot is probably my favorite in all the parks. Just somethin' about it.

I have forgotten to buy a souvenir many times. Good thing you are going back soon! I might have to pick up a Voices of Liberty CD sometime too...they are just awesome. Are you guys going to do the Candlelight Processional this year?

PirateKate
10-27-2011, 02:47 PM
I love your fan! I've never noticed them before, so clearly, I need to spend more time shopping at WS. :rotfl:

Your trip sounds like a lot of fun so far, but I'm sure it was hard to be there without Henry.

Lovemy3babes
10-28-2011, 04:19 PM
So what's the deal with the caramel shop? Why is it not authentic? Bummer. :sad2:

Your WS photos are both really pretty and pretty funny! You crazy kids! :lmao:

wigdoutdismom
10-28-2011, 04:32 PM
Brook, I think that fan was a great find! I think we may need them in June! Ok, I need to hear the story on the candy shop in Germany. Even if it isn't legit, I love the caramel corn!

MeMom, they used to sell inexpensive terra cotta Tomb Warriors in the Chinese shop. We took them back to Baylor's Social Studies and Lang. Arts teachers on two different occasions since he studied about that in 6th grade. They thought they were such neat gifts!
I also picked up a book about the Tomb Warriors from our book fair. It was a leveled reader. I wonder if we have the same thing?

Self_resqing_princz
10-29-2011, 06:49 PM
" You are too kind! I think most anyone would have done what I did. I am a firm believer in the golden rule though - you should treat others how you want to be treated. If I was having a seizure, I would want someone to help me...know what I mean? It was such a scary moment though...I hope it was a once in a lifetime experience! "


Brook, I like to think that too... but I've been jaded by people just standing around saying "it's someone else's problem". How sad.

PopArtGal
10-29-2011, 08:15 PM
awe, the world showcase. Such a happy place!

And you went to my favorite store of all: The Japan store

DisneyBoundinDec
11-09-2011, 05:41 PM
popcorn:: Hey.. you're just as bad as me!! I hope this means you are busy busy busy!!! :thumbsup2

MeMom
11-09-2011, 06:00 PM
I try to always find a new angle of the things I have taken a zillion pictures of in the past already. Except the Castle. Must have a straight on shot of that. :goodvibes (and then some unique ones too!)


I have forgotten to buy a souvenir many times. Good thing you are going back soon! I might have to pick up a Voices of Liberty CD sometime too...they are just awesome. Are you guys going to do the Candlelight Processional this year?

Not a dinner, but I hope to see it from afar or from getting lucky enough to find a seat. Jill likes it, too, but I don't know how well the girls would sit through something like that.




MeMom, they used to sell inexpensive terra cotta Tomb Warriors in the Chinese shop. We took them back to Baylor's Social Studies and Lang. Arts teachers on two different occasions since he studied about that in 6th grade. They thought they were such neat gifts!
I also picked up a book about the Tomb Warriors from our book fair. It was a leveled reader. I wonder if we have the same thing?

Yes, it was the leveled reader. Now to find what I have done with it. :rolleyes1

I will have to look into the price of the souvenir warriors. I never have enough time to check out everything in World Showcase.

brookelizabeth
11-17-2011, 09:12 AM
I love your fan! I've never noticed them before, so clearly, I need to spend more time shopping at WS. :rotfl:

Your trip sounds like a lot of fun so far, but I'm sure it was hard to be there without Henry.

There is soooo much to see in the World Showcase, I always see something new!

Actually, since the trip was so short I didn't really miss the boys-I think if we hadn't been there in Feb/March for such a long trip that it would be a different story though, or if the trip was longer. On the last day I wasn't sad to leave-I was just fine with going home, that was a new experience! :laughing:

So what's the deal with the caramel shop? Why is it not authentic? Bummer. :sad2:

Your WS photos are both really pretty and pretty funny! You crazy kids! :lmao:

I know, it's a shame it's not authentic! But....it's still so good, I won't be too upset. :rolleyes1

Brook, I think that fan was a great find! I think we may need them in June! Ok, I need to hear the story on the candy shop in Germany. Even if it isn't legit, I love the caramel corn!

MeMom, they used to sell inexpensive terra cotta Tomb Warriors in the Chinese shop. We took them back to Baylor's Social Studies and Lang. Arts teachers on two different occasions since he studied about that in 6th grade. They thought they were such neat gifts!
I also picked up a book about the Tomb Warriors from our book fair. It was a leveled reader. I wonder if we have the same thing?

Magdalene (who lives in Germany) said it wasn't authentic - not even close. Sad, isn't it? :sad2: But still delicious! There ARE plenty of delicious German treats they could have put in there instead, but I'm certain Werther's was looking to foot the bill...

That is SO cool about them selling Tomb Warriors! That is a very neat and unique gift.

" You are too kind! I think most anyone would have done what I did. I am a firm believer in the golden rule though - you should treat others how you want to be treated. If I was having a seizure, I would want someone to help me...know what I mean? It was such a scary moment though...I hope it was a once in a lifetime experience! "


Brook, I like to think that too... but I've been jaded by people just standing around saying "it's someone else's problem". How sad.

VERY sad. :sad2: I could never do that when someone is suffering.

awe, the world showcase. Such a happy place!

And you went to my favorite store of all: The Japan store

It is! Looking at my pictures again makes me want to be there right now! The Japan store is fantastic - so much to look at! It was nice to be in there and not be concerned about Henry grabbing something or breaking something. :laughing:

popcorn:: Hey.. you're just as bad as me!! I hope this means you are busy busy busy!!! :thumbsup2

I know! I've been terrible this month with TRs! But yes, busy and stressed! I hope to get back on track, starting today!

Not a dinner, but I hope to see it from afar or from getting lucky enough to find a seat. Jill likes it, too, but I don't know how well the girls would sit through something like that.


Yes, it was the leveled reader. Now to find what I have done with it. :rolleyes1

I will have to look into the price of the souvenir warriors. I never have enough time to check out everything in World Showcase.

The one time we took Henry he did not sit well through it. We pulled out our entire bag of tricks. Coloring sheets, toys, a camera and more. He was a lot younger...I think he'd be even harder to handle at this age though!

Let us know if you find the tomb warrior! I would keep that on my short list of a gift to buy, so unique and fun.

brookelizabeth
11-17-2011, 09:45 AM
I left off as Sarah and I were wandering the World Showcase and we stopped at the beautiful Fountain of the Nations for a few minutes. We had a dinner ADR set for La Hacidenda coming up, so we headed back toward Mexico and I mentioned the new margarita bar, La Cava del Tequila. Neither Sarah or I are big drinkers - I have a VERY occasional drink, like 1 or 2 a year. Sarah has slightly more than that, but nothing regular. But, we thought it might be nice to get a drink before dinner. This is my very first Disney drink!

And whoa.

That baby is STRONG.

And not only did I get a margarita, but the bartender noticed my Birthday button and gave me several freebies.

A gal who doesn't drink and hasn't ate in several hours + La Cava freebies...ya, I wouldn't call that Pixie Dust! :laughing: Needless to say, I was FEELIN' it!

Here is my drink

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I have no idea what kind it is. After my free margarita flight from the bartender I think I pretty much just picked one that I liked and was unaware of the taste! I think it was something fruity.

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Empty mini-margarita flight. Notice the tipsy pic. :sad2:

Who's laughing at Brook now???

Sarah certainly was!

I was so ready for some FOOD in my belly so we checked in a tad early to our meal, which was no problem.

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We waited inside the little front lobby-which is beautiful.

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Very soon we were brought into the restaurant and

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seated at a table RIGHT next to the windows! We would have a perfect view of Illuminations - exactly what I was hoping for! :yay:

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The chips arrived and I started to inhale them!

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Sarah and I decided we would split an appetizer and an entree and possible a dessert.

Our appetizer, Taquiza - taco trio featuring Rib eye taco with chipolte salsa, roasted chicken taco with salsa verde, and Chilorio (marinated pork) taco.

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These were DELICIOUS! I could have just easily eaten these for my entree and been happy.

And for our entree, Arrachera - Flank steak served with spring onions, tamal with rajas, cactus leaves, and beans

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It also came with beans

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rice

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and tortillas.

It was a LOT of food! Definitely enough to split. The entree was good, but I enjoyed the tacos more. We both were very full by the end and even had leftovers.

Just as we were finishing up, Illuminations started and our view was spectacular!

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As of that moment, this had been my favorite viewing of Illuminations!! I would book this again in a heartbeat and even wait for a window table.

After the show I scurried off to the rest room. When I came back there was a dessert at my seat! Turns out the waiters came over and sang Happy Birthday to Sarah not realizing I was the birthday girl! :rotfl2: It was hilarious. And she is so sweet, she didn't have the heart to stop them mid-song. So when I returned, they all came back over and sang again! All the guests around us got a kick out of it!

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Despite being full from dinner, there is always room for a churro! It was tasty.

We rolled ourselves out of the restaurant and slowly headed to the front of the park, trying to soak up a few more minutes of the Epcot magic.

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In all, I would recommend both the La Cava and La Hacidenda-espeically La Hacienda right before Illuminations! However, I do warn non-drinkers/lightweights like myself that the La Cava makes 'em strong! Those of you who have had a drink there, are they normally pretty strong, or did I get even more "Pixie Dust" than I thought?

I just remembered - I think my margarita was Passion Fruit!

3prettyprincesses
11-17-2011, 09:56 AM
:lmao: You sound like a light-weight when it comes to drinking! I should know, I am too! On our honeymoon, I hadn't eaten lunch but had a glass and an 1/2 of wine and well, suddenly everything was funny to me. DH still laughs about it! Love the tipsy pic you took too of your empty glasses!

Score on the table for Illuminations! I really, really want to try that restaurant next trip too. It looks so pretty inside and I've heard the food is great!

How funny that Sarah received your birthday wishes! I'd have been too shy to stop them from singing too. But it's sweet that they came back to sing to you, the actual birthday girl!

Looks like you guys had a blast! I have yet to see Illuminations but it's on my list.:thumbsup2

2xcited2sleep
11-17-2011, 10:05 AM
So glad you enjoyed La Cava and La Hacienda... they are among my favorites! They are not stingy with the tequila and sounds like you got some extra pixie dust. If you like guacamole, that is incredibly good as well. I shall be wearing a b-day button the next time I go no matter what time of year it is. :laughing:

Totally agree... great spot for Illuminations view!

Poolrat
11-17-2011, 11:26 AM
Sometimes those drinks are just strong. :laughing:

I don't drink often anymore but I can usually handle a couple but a frozen drink and the flight - would have had me inhaling those chips too. :lmao:


Note to self - birthday trip to La Cava. ;)

Stringbean&Wingnut
11-17-2011, 11:56 AM
I love La Hacienda, isn't it a great restaurant?? You guys got such a great table for Illuminations! I'm glad you enjoyed your meal there! :goodvibes

glennbo123
11-17-2011, 12:08 PM
That's hilarious that the servers sang Happy Birthday to the wrong person!

Great spot for Illuminations....I'm glad you enjoyed your evening.

wdwgirl03
11-17-2011, 05:38 PM
You can add me to the lightweight club. I'll stick to the orange soda. :rolleyes1 I wonder if the margarita you had was the one my sister tried. None of us are big drinkers and she said it was so nasty.

Glad you had a nice evening otherwise!

KatMark
11-17-2011, 10:05 PM
Great update, Brook. I'm not much of a drinker (well, I do like the slushies in France) and I don't particularly care for margaritas. Andy had the "tequila flight" with Mary's (MaryAZ) husband...well, they actually had two of them.

What a great seat you got when you dined and what awesome photos of Illuminations.

micandminforever
11-18-2011, 07:51 AM
The Illuminations pictures were wonderful, you were pixied dusted when you were able to get that view.:goodvibes

Missyrose
11-18-2011, 07:38 PM
http://brookelizabeth.smugmug.com/Disney-World/May-Solo-Trip-2011/i-NH2xgpH/0/L/IMG0515-L.jpg
Empty mini-margarita flight. Notice the tipsy pic. :sad2:

http://brookelizabeth.smugmug.com/Disney-World/May-Solo-Trip-2011/i-xztwnk8/0/L/IMG3031-L.jpg




I laughed out loud at your tipsy pic. :lmao: Can you believe Franklin and I have never set foot in the Ditch on any of our three trips?!?! I feel this must be remedied in March (and again next October :rotfl:).

Wow! What a spectacular seat for Illuminations. Did you ask for window seat? Or was that your luck of the draw?

wigdoutdismom
11-18-2011, 10:58 PM
You did get a remarkable seat for Illuminations! :worship:
:laughing: at your pic from the ditch! I've never been there either, I don't drink tequila!

Charleston Princess
11-19-2011, 06:36 AM
That "tipsy" picture says it ALL! :lmao:

MEK
11-19-2011, 06:40 AM
Yes - they are strong ritas. It's almost like getting two drinks in one which makes it worth the cost. I had 2 ritas the night I went there (well one there and one at La Hacienda), plus pool drinks, and I was feeling no pain on the way out of Epcot that night. Now the next morning -different story. :lmao:

Love the view. We are eating there in December, but it will be too early to hang around for Illuminations. Still, it will be dark out and nice to just soak in the ambiance of the restaurant.

blessedby3
11-19-2011, 12:35 PM
Love the pictures of dinner! That app looks like more than a meal:thumbsup2 We always eat at the fast food Mexican place and love it. I would love to try La Hacienda next time. Im drooling just looking at the pics:lovestruc

eandesmom
11-20-2011, 01:02 PM
I would say that normally at La Cava, yes they are strong. Which for me I like. If I'm going to pay that much for a drink, I want value! :rotfl: The first time I went to La Cava in fact, we ordered a couple of the classics. We were at the actual bar. Jeff and I each took a sip or two and the CM/bartender came by and said, "You ordered those "strong", right?"

And topped them off with a floater!

So yeah, be careful if you rarely drink, it is called the Ditch for a reason.

I had that taco trio as my entree when we were there in May, I loved it! It is a gorgeous gorgeous spot for Illuminations, my favorite so far for sure.

Funny tipsy pic!

jenseib
11-20-2011, 09:29 PM
Yum...dinner there looked great.
I bet I know you most favorite Illuminations spot to date now. ;)
I am glad you are updating...it will make you closer to writing about the AEP trip...and I am interested in your version...You may even pass me right up. I am going so slow on it.

Self_resqing_princz
11-25-2011, 04:22 PM
The only drink I've ever had at Epcot was the Orange drink in France which is AMAZING! I could just sit and drink that all day... someone help me out here... what's it called? I can't remember! All I remember was I got to the bottom and wanted to go to bed! It was strong, but delicious!:cool1:

PopArtGal
11-25-2011, 06:12 PM
I also had a margarita last time. And it was quite strong. After a quarter I felt tipsy and my mom says I smiled a lot hehe

hcmommy
11-25-2011, 11:27 PM
Your La Cava update was hilarious! I had the avacado margarita and it was really good. Let's just say I had only eaten half of a school bread that day so I had to do the Kim Possible Tour w/ my kids slightly tipsy. Great moment in parenting....:rolleyes1 A combo of the Aug. heat and the drink and I was feeling tipsy and quesy. After some food I was A-ok! They pack a suprising punch for us lightweights, the free flight would have sent me for a loop!:cool1::lmao::upsidedow

DisMomAmy
11-26-2011, 06:24 AM
Great Illuminations view Brook!! :thumbsup2

Another lightweight here... I think I'll avoid La Cava! :laughing:

Self_resqing_princz
11-26-2011, 03:40 PM
The only drink I've ever had at Epcot was the Orange drink in France which is AMAZING! I could just sit and drink that all day... someone help me out here... what's it called? I can't remember! All I remember was I got to the bottom and wanted to go to bed! It was strong, but delicious!:cool1:

I remember.. its was the Orange Grand Marnier in France... it's a frozen drink and it's FABULOUS!

tinacaplan
11-27-2011, 12:40 PM
Can't believe that was your first adult drink at Disney! :goodvibes Actually, I completely understand; we're not really big drinkers, either. And a flight and a margarita would have had me diving for those chips, too! Definitely some nice birthday pixie dust. :goodvibes And what an amazing viewing spot for Illuminations. Love all the pictures you got, especially the ones of the globe.

PirateKate
11-30-2011, 10:19 PM
That view of Illuminations looks amazing! I've never seriously considered La Hacienda before, but a window table would be really cool. :goodvibes

onelilspark
12-08-2011, 10:34 AM
I'm not entirely sure how I missed that you started this! Joining in :)

If you're up for another Margarita, try the Blood Orange one...yum!

Poolrat
12-25-2011, 04:39 PM
:santa: Merry Christmas Brook , Joe and Henry :santa:

kmrein
12-27-2011, 02:33 PM
Hello! I was just catching up on your other thread and somehow just noticed the link to this report, so wanted to sub here, as well. Better late than never? :rolleyes1

I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday! I look forward to going back and reading the beginning of this report.

laurainsem
12-28-2011, 09:20 AM
A little late joining but I just caught up and can't wait for more updates! You always have my favorite TR's Brook! One strong margarita is all it takes for me; the flight would definitely push me over the edge! :lmao: La Hacienda looks fantastic. I think they will have to make it to the front of my ressies for our next trip. I'm a major mexican food lover and those tacos have me drooling!:woohoo:

Lovemy3babes
01-04-2012, 01:46 PM
Your food looks delicious Brook! I love Mexican food. Yum!! Do you think kids would enjoy it? Were the spices pretty tame? I do not drink at all so better stay far away from those margaritas. Ha!!!

petals
02-02-2012, 03:23 PM
Catching up. I'm luvin all the pics. The tipsy pic is funny I have never had an adult drink at Disney I dunno why although I do really want a glowing drink like the ones in Brown Derby reviews.
Love the Illuminations pics.

Poolrat
03-28-2012, 07:46 PM
:wave:

jenseib
03-31-2012, 09:21 AM
:laughing:

OhMari
10-16-2012, 05:57 PM
Bump to post and read.
It's been awhile.

jenseib
10-16-2012, 06:24 PM
She's back in the Disney bubble again. :thumbsup2

OhMari
10-16-2012, 08:34 PM
Caught up.