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Dugette
10-20-2011, 10:18 PM
Welcome! Thanks for joining in on our latest WDW adventure! :wave2:

Trip Details
When: Weds. 10/5/11-Weds. 10/12/11
Why: It was our anniversary celebration...and we really needed a vacation!
Where: Good ol' Pop Century! (with free quick-service dining)
Special Stuff: Food & Wine, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, dinner at Artist Point, and Keys to the Kingdom Tour!

The cast consists of me ("Dugette") and my husband ("Dug"):

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%201/P1080120.jpg

If you'd like to check out any planning/background info, the pre-trip report can be viewed here: "The Year of Disney is Over...But We're Going Back Anyway!" (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2784599)

By the way, we had a great trip--the title of the trip report is just a take-off on some of the music playing during HalloWishes. Don't want anyone thinking that we really consider ourselves "poor" and "unfortunate"--not after a great Disney trip! :rotfl:


Chapters
Day 1 - "It Looks Like Your Hair is on Fire!" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43021567&postcount=15)
Day 1 - Our Two Vacation Homes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43070282&postcount=31)
Day 1 - Mmmmm, Dole Whip! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43154930&postcount=42)
Day 1 - Hangin' Out (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43159415&postcount=46)
Day 1 - Let the Eating Begin! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43159604&postcount=47)

Day 2 - Just Around the Corner is a Fantasyland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43347518&postcount=64)
Day 2 - Dumbo With a View (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43348247&postcount=67)
Day 2 - Feeling Adventurous (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43431322&postcount=75)
Day 2 - From Rocking Chairs to Dancing (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43441236&postcount=76)
Day 2 - Let the Eating Continue! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43493080&postcount=80)

Day 3 - It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrowland! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43748071&postcount=89)
Day 3 - Eat, Drink, Nap, Eat! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44134005&postcount=97)
Day 3 - Aloha! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44417758&postcount=130)

Day 4 - The Mickey Monsoon (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44511849&postcount=133)
Day 4 - A Cozy Dinner (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44669491&postcount=152)

Day 5 - Eating in the Rain (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44824139&postcount=158)
Day 5 - Tequila! (& Some Other Stuff) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44941603&postcount=168)
Day 5 - Magic & Memories (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45431791&postcount=175)
Day 5 - Stupid Overtakers! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46726594&postcount=182)

Day 6 - What's That in the Sky? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46749675&postcount=186)
Day 6 - Fantasia Gardens (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46749839&postcount=187)
Day 6 - Food & Scenery (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49228003&postcount=195)
Day 6 - DHS Night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49228054&postcount=196)

Day 7 - Must Try Everything! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49255805&postcount=200)
Day 7 - Um, Yum! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49381354&postcount=205)
Day 7 - Not So Scary - Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49874349&postcount=214)
Day 7 - Not So Scary - Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49901266&postcount=217)

Day 8 - A Quiet Little Main Street (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50137503&postcount=222)
Day 8 - Walking Right Down the Middle of Main Street USA (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50137521&postcount=223)
Day 8 - A Rae of Sunshine (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50143234&postcount=224)
Day 8 - Jungle Cruise with Rae (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50306824&postcount=227)
Day 8 - Look at All those Windows & Lightning Rods! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50306906&postcount=228)
Day 8 - Lunchtime! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50306965&postcount=229)
Day 8 - Choo Choo! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50307028&postcount=230)
Day 8 - New Construction! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50307078&postcount=231)
Day 8 - We're on a Boat! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50307103&postcount=232)
Day 8 - View from the Water (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50307118&postcount=233)
Day 8 - The Dreaded Hour Approaches (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50307144&postcount=234)
Day 8 - Magical Depress (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50307164&postcount=235)

If You Can't Get Enough of Our TRs... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50312353
&postcount=242)



Life Updates
Life Update - Posted 3/3/12 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44213960&postcount=108)
Baby Report Link - Posted 4/16/12 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44612927&postcount=141)
Prince or Princess? - Posted 4/20/12 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44652750&postcount=14)

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10-20-2011, 10:36 PM
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10-20-2011, 11:49 PM
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10-20-2011, 11:58 PM
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10-21-2011, 12:35 AM
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10-21-2011, 12:59 AM
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10-21-2011, 01:09 AM
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10-21-2011, 09:14 AM
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10-21-2011, 11:42 PM
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I'm in!! So glad you started already!! Can't wait to hear about it all, but especially the Keys to the Kingdom tour!
Since the KTTK tour isn't until the last day, I'll just give you a few notes now:
*If you have a chance to do it, it's well worthwhile!
*There are all kinds of discounts. I got 20% off for paying with my Disney Visa, so it was the same price as the Halloween Party.
*Even people like us who think we know a lot about Walt and WDW learn things. Plus, I liked having someone to point out the things I'd read in books.
*If possible, request Rae as a guide. She is AWESOME! :thumbsup2

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Dugette
10-22-2011, 12:08 AM
If you’ve followed our past trip reports or the pre-trip report, you know that we have always left for WDW in the evening, after work. Not this time! Due to using frequent flyer miles, we had limited flight choices and our best option was to fly out bright and early at 6:30am!

Dug dropped our dog Bailey off with my dad and step-mom the previous evening, since we’d be leaving so early.

We went to bed around 11pm the night before. I was all packed, so I slept later, but Dug was up at 2:45am that morning! He packed for a bit and I got up around 3:30am. I got ready and threw the last-minute things into my bags.

On a side note, I was very proud of the organizing system that I used to pack for this trip. Since I am not a morning person, I knew that the odds were high of me forgetting things or putting them in the wrong bags if I had to pack them that morning. So, when I had packed most of my stuff earlier in the week, I made lists for each bag (checked bag, carry-on bag, toiletry bag (to put in carry-on), and quart-sized bag (also for carry-on). As I packed, I added things to the list. If there was something I could not yet pack (if I needed it before leaving), I put it on the list of the appropriate bag with a blank check-box. So, when I got up in the morning, I just looked at the items with a check-box, put them in the bag listed, checked them off, and that’s it! It was also really helpful to have the list of everything I’d packed and where it was.

After packing all the last-minute things, loading the bags into the car, and eating some cereal, we stocked Kitty up on food and water and headed out (Dug’s best friend would be stopping by a couple times during the week to replenish her food and water).

Our goal had been to try to be ready to go at 4am, knowing that quarter after 4 would be okay too. We ended up a few minutes behind schedule, but were still on the road pretty early:

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Not too shabby. There’s really no traffic to speak of at that time of morning, so it wasn’t long before we were seeing this:

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Hey, there’s the airport:

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We passed it up, though, as we were going to Dug’s sister’s house to leave our car and get a ride. She lives just a few minutes away from the airport and is super-awesome to give us these rides (especially this early!) We pulled up and Dug gave her a call to let her know we were in her driveway. She came out, we transferred our luggage to her car, and she dropped us off. It was somewhere around 5am, which had been our goal.

We said goodbye to Dug’s sister and headed in. We had done online check-in for our flights, so we just needed to get our bags checked. And, for the first time, we had Magical Express tags attached! We each got our bags checked for free, because of the Delta American Express perk. Headed over to security and it was pretty low-key that early in the morning. No real impatience and the TSA folk were quite friendly. Some people ahead of us were having some issues—my guess is that it was their first time flying—and the TSA person was patiently walking them through what to put on the belt, what to leave on, etc. We got one of the old-fashioned metal detectors (yay!) and were quickly on the other side, putting our shoes back on. I realized afterwards that I’d completely forgotten to remove my quart bag from my carry-on, but I guess it didn’t cause any problems.

We headed for our gate:

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On the way, we passed this:

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Those of you who followed our last trip report know why the Delta Sky Club brings back memories! This one was actually the newly remodeled one that was closed last December. I bet it’s pretty nice!

We had a fair amount of time to pass before boarding, so we grabbed seats facing the window by our gate. I decided that this was the perfect time to try to finish reading Kingdom Keepers (the fourth one), so that Dug could have it while I was sleeping on the flight:

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I read and Dug played a game (Puerto Rico) on the iPad.

Around 6am, we made bathroom runs, as we knew boarding would be soon. And it was. We got to board in Zone 2, as that’s another (new) perk with the Delta credit card. We were following a guy onto the plane that was interesting: he had long, unusually dyed hair and he had a jacket (in a garment bag) over his colorful gun-print carry-on roller bag (nothing like seeing handguns while entering the plane…at least they were colorful!)

As he boarded, the female flight attendant greeting people said to him (and I’m not making this up), “It looks like your hair is on fire…….because you’re HOT!” OMG, did we just hear that?!?

He then asked if they could hang his jacket up. She took it from him and got a glimpse of a jacket that was at least as colorful as his gun-bag and hair. She remarked, “It’s like Joseph’s technicolor dreamcoat!” Quite the lively crew for 6am!

And, because I knew you all would need to see this to believe it, we staged a quick photo “of me” for you to see what I was following:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%201/IMG_1088.jpg

We were in a plane with a row of two seats on one side and three on the other. We were together in the two-seat side, which was nice. I took the window seat and Dug the aisle seat. I finished up reading Kingdom Keepers and passed it on to Dug. He read and I settled in for my nap. I think Dug napped too. I believe I had some orange juice and pretzels when they came around and I think Dug had orange juice, coffee, and a cookie. More sleep and Dug napped some too.

At some points, when we were awake, we checked out the pretty sunrise and a big river…maybe the Mississippi??

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It was a fairly uneventful flight and we arrived early for our layover in Atlanta:

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Unfortunately, there was quite the plane back-up going on, which prevented us from getting to our gate. By the time we made it, we were probably about on time. Which was fine for us, as we had a decent layover (nearly 2 hours).

Our mission upon exiting the plane, as you know if you followed the PTR, was to locate the nearest Chick-Fil-A. Other trip reports have sold me on trying this place (we don’t have them around here yet) and I had read online somewhere that the airport one had one of those fancy new make-a-flavor Coke machines! It was way on the other end of our concourse, but it was nice to get out and take a walk between flights:

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And, yes, they had the fancy Coke machines:

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As people who drink non-caffeinated pop (or soda, to you non-Minnesotans), we were excited at all the new options that would be available to us with this.

So, we figured out what we wanted from Chick-Fil-A (breakfast, as it was only 10:30 or so, which was 9:30 to us at the moment). If you followed the planning, you know that I had a $15 Chick-Fil-A gift card that I’d bought at Target, using my discounts, so it had only cost $12-something. We placed our order (holding out the gift card the whole time) and it came out to $12-something. Perfect! We handed over the gift card and the cashier called over someone to help her, assuring us that it would be okay. The helper told us that they don’t accept gift cards and have no way to run them. What, how could that be? Isn’t a gift card simply cash that is made specifically for your restaurant? How can you not accept that?!?

By this point, our food was all sitting there. They called the manager over and we explained that we thought we had pre-paid this meal by buying a gift card and it seemed pretty strange that they couldn’t accept a Chick-Fil-A gift card when the sign overhead clearly says Chick-Fil-A. We were nice about it, though. Probably wanting to keep us from holding up the line, he told us that the meal was on them. Comped. And gave us the gift card back. Ok, then! Nice!

As a follow-up to this story, once we got home I took a good look at the gift card, including reading through all the fine print on the back. Well, sure enough, it says that it’s not accepted at licensed locations at airports, schools, etc. Who knew? It never would have occurred to me that some locations of a restaurant chain couldn’t accept gift cards for their restaurant chain! So, beware of airport restaurants, I guess! On the bright side, we did get our money’s worth, since I’d paid about the same amount for it that we were comped. But, even better, I brought the un-used gift card back to Target once we’d returned, explained what happened, and got a full refund! So, free breakfast this day!

And back to that breakfast! We grabbed our food and went over to the Coke Machine. First, we had this choice:

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We picked Sprite Zero, as we thought it would take flavor well. Next choice was:

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Hard to see, but those are the different flavors, mostly fruit, I think. We chose peach, as I have a weakness for peach-flavored things.

There was no seating nearby, so we wandered down the concourse a bit until we found a nice, quiet area to relax in. There were cushy chairs with small tables in between. This would work!

Here’s an overview of our food:

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We got an order of Chicken Minis:

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And a chicken, egg, and cheese bagel sandwich meal (which came with hash browns):

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Everything was quite tasty! I can see why people crave this place. And we really enjoyed our Peach Sprite! It reminded me a bit of the Peach Fresca we sometimes buy at home. Very refreshing!

Oh, and Dug also got a coffee as part of the meal. He enjoyed hanging out with it and his iPhone:

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Happy Dug!

After enjoying the secluded area for a bit, we decided to make the trek back to our gate (just a couple gates down from where we arrived). As we did so, they paged Tony Bennett, which Dug thought was awesome.

This next flight was a 3-on-each-side arrangement. When we boarded, Dug took the window and I took the middle seat, leaving the aisle open. They announced that this was a completely full flight, so we knew someone would be seated there.

After a bit, a family of four came down the aisle (dad, mom, and two young daughters). The dad sat with the girls across the aisle and the mom sat next to me. A couple minutes after they got situated, one of the girls yelled out loudly for all the neighboring rows to hear, “Mommy, why are you sitting OVER THERE…next to the….OLD LADY?!?!” I swear all the heads near us swiveled around to see the “old lady” and got a look at…me. So, in case you’re wondering, I guess you become an old lady at 34 these days…

Anyway, I was not too traumatized, as I like to think I still look the same as I did in my 20’s. I think it was more perspective…I’m way older than a 5-year-old, for instance! Her mom made a comment to me that she was probably older than me herself (pretty sure she was). I did hear the girls later reciting the “there was an old lady” thing, so maybe that was on their minds. Anyway, after all that embarrassment subsided, we got on our way. Left on time at noon.

More naptime, uneventful flight. Well, except that the girls across the aisle were pretty out of control. Lots of screaming and never once did I hear one of the parents request an indoor voice be used. Oh, well. I can sleep through a lot.

Once we arrived at MCO, it was time for the traditional bathroom break. Dug went to his and I went to mine…and saw a lot of women waiting. I didn’t need to go that badly, so I backed out and waited for Dug. When he arrived, I informed him that, “There was a big line in the women's restroom, and I didn't have a touring plan for that, so I left." He was amused.

We hitched a ride on the mini-monorail:

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And enjoyed some sunlight and palm trees:

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It was fun to skip baggage claim for once. Instead, we went straight to Magical Express. We usually arrive at 11pm and there are very few people there (in fact no people at all last time—not even cast members!) This time, there were some lines. Nothing major, though:

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I think we were 10th and 11th in the Pop Century/Caribbean Beach line. Dug was happy to be there:

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After waiting a short bit, ours was the first line released onto a bus! We got a traditional Magical Express bus, but noticed some nearby waterpark-themed buses, which we had never seen before:

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We were pretty far back in the bus (well, at least not our “normal” front-row seat), so we couldn’t get a good picture of the WDW sign, but we have plenty of those already! The ride was fine and we stopped at Caribbean Beach first:

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A lot of people got off the bus. We settled in for the last leg of our journey.

Next stop: Pop Century!

TheThomsLuvDisney
10-22-2011, 12:39 AM
Great update!

Chick-fill-uh, we will try it someday, it looked delicious!

When did the 4th Kingdom Keepers come out? My youngest daughter read the first three over the summer, she was hooked!

I love the "mini-monorail", when you board, you know you have arrived! :love:

AprilRenee
10-22-2011, 12:45 AM
You're doing flights like WE normally do and for our Jan trip we're doing it your way! LOL Our flight gets in at 12:30am on our Jan trip. I'm gonna have to go check your last TR to see where to go if there are no cast members to help us! :eek:

I'm really glad you got proof of that gun covered luggage...really??? who buys that??

So weird about the Chick Fil A gift card...but nice that you got a free meal! And that coke machine is SUPER awesome! Might have to check that out if we have time on our layover in ATL. PS I'm glad you got out of ATL quickly...I got a little nervous when it said that you had a layover in ATL! We had a bad (read "VERY bad") experience there. (coming up soon in my TR!)

Rude kid!! I would definitely say you could still pass for being in your 20s.

LOL at the touring plan for the bathroom! :thumbsup2

Great start!! Can't wait to read more!

Sunset Cliffs
10-22-2011, 01:19 AM
Great start to your TR! I love the travel day of people's TR's (I know, I'm weird). It's because you feel the excitement of the beginning of the trip. That is the best feeling!

You had quite an interesting bunch on your first flight! I'm so glad that you took a picture of that guy, because it would be hard to believe. Who buys luggage with guns on it? And not just guns, but PASTEL colored guns? Oh, it's just the guy with the flame colored hair, who some crazy stewardess thinks is hot. :rotfl:

I can't wait to hear more!

Nermel9
10-22-2011, 09:55 AM
Glad you're here! (Did you try the Dragonberry Colada?)

LOL, I did, and I thought of you when I got it! :rotfl: It was good, but I feel like the one you were obsessed with last year might have been better, can you believe I didn't even finish it? I take so long drinking cold, frozen things that I got sick of holding that tiny cup and threw it away! :sad2:

Glad you got to sleep on the plane and that your flight was uneventful, that's always good!

OMG I'm SO jealous of those flavor Coke machines they have at that airport, now I want to go there...that looks like so much fun to make your own soda! They should put those in Club Cool!

Wow, you took that old lady thing pretty well, I on the other hand, would have cried right then and there! :laughing: You definitely do NOT look like an old lady, what a brat that kid was! :goodvibes

KatGarcia
10-22-2011, 12:51 PM
I'm in! Great start so far with free breakfast!!!!

IheartDDuck
10-22-2011, 08:51 PM
Wow, that stinks about the whole Chick Fil-A ordeal. At least they gave you your food. I've had it before at like McDonalds where I've ordered, went to pay with my debit card, and their credit card machines are down. And they just leave the food to throw out! Come on, that's just dumb!

Okay, if 34 if an old lady, maybe we need to get together and start and old ladies club. I mean, if it's reached that point. :lmao: You look very young, so you have nothing to worry about.

jc040404
10-22-2011, 11:27 PM
“There was a big line in the women's restroom, and I didn't have a touring plan for that, so I left."

:lmao: Loved that!


A gun-print bag? And then that hair?? Wow. I will not judge.. :rolleyes1

Odd about the Chick-Fil-A card. I would've been super annoyed if they wouldn't take it, too. Awesome that you ended with a free meal and a refund anyway. That Coke machine is super nifty. I've read about them, but we never do fast food to find one. Thinking about it, I've never even been to a Chick-Fil-A before. You're inspiring me right now.. :laughing:

I think I would have cried at that "old lady" comment! You definitely do not look like an old lady!

jc040404
10-22-2011, 11:52 PM
As people who drink non-caffeinated pop (or soda, to you non-Minnesotans)

Huh?? You say pop?? I have always thought of your state as mini-soda. I don't say it that way, but it's how I've thought forever. Goofy, I guess, but I found this shocking just now. :lmao:

That's all. ;)

reelmom
10-23-2011, 11:46 AM
Sorry about the gift card mix-up but glad that they gave you your breakfast for free. That's weird that they wouldn't take it. That guy was something else. That's awesome that you took a picture.

MelMel11
10-23-2011, 12:22 PM
Joining in!!!

DisneyDreamerMN
10-23-2011, 09:21 PM
I'm in!

:upsidedow Why can't we have a pop machine like that?! I wonder if Coke would allow requests.

I just did a search for chick-fil-a and it looks like the U of M has one. Maybe I will have to take a trip to the U.

Looking forward to reading your take on Pop.

MNTwinsMom
10-24-2011, 12:21 AM
Great start to your report . . . looking forward to more. :cool1:

I was in Atlanta for work this week and was so excited to eat at Chick Fil A. We really need them in Minnesota!

Just wanted to let you know there are one of those fancy coke machines like you had at Chick Fil A at the Davannis on Highway 7 in Minnetonka. In case you don't have a layover in Atlanta for your next trip. :)

Dugette
10-25-2011, 11:23 PM
Great update!

Chick-fill-uh, we will try it someday, it looked delicious!

When did the 4th Kingdom Keepers come out? My youngest daughter read the first three over the summer, she was hooked!

I love the "mini-monorail", when you board, you know you have arrived! :love:
Yeah, try "Chick-fill-uh" when you can--it was tasty! That Kingdom Keepers came out last Spring, I believe. They're pretty fun reading for Disney fans!

You're doing flights like WE normally do and for our Jan trip we're doing it your way! LOL Our flight gets in at 12:30am on our Jan trip. I'm gonna have to go check your last TR to see where to go if there are no cast members to help us! :eek:
I would guess that you'll have at least one CM working the ME terminal at that time...we always did for our late night flights. Our problem last time was the whole flight-delay-arrive-after-4am thing. Not a soul to be found. I believe the (grumpy) person who showed up came down from the Mears desk, so that may be where to go if the place is vacant.

I'm really glad you got proof of that gun covered luggage...really??? who buys that??
And where do you even find that?? I wish the pic turned out a little clearer, but that was definitely a colorful handgun print bag. :eek:

So weird about the Chick Fil A gift card...but nice that you got a free meal! And that coke machine is SUPER awesome! Might have to check that out if we have time on our layover in ATL. PS I'm glad you got out of ATL quickly...I got a little nervous when it said that you had a layover in ATL! We had a bad (read "VERY bad") experience there. (coming up soon in my TR!)
Yikes on your ATL experience! :scared1: Ours went about as well as one could hope.

Rude kid!! I would definitely say you could still pass for being in your 20s.
Thanks! And the kid may have been rude, but she was young and I don't know that she knew any better. But I found it strange that her mom (or dad) didn't even apologize or correct/reprimand her...instead, the mom made some comment to me about how this is what her life is like or something. That seemed more rude to me. Luckily, I don't get bothered too easily by these kinds of things.

LOL at the touring plan for the bathroom! :thumbsup2

Great start!! Can't wait to read more!
I'm glad someone else likes my joke! They should really put up something on touringplans website for MCO bathrooms! :rotfl:

Great start to your TR! I love the travel day of people's TR's (I know, I'm weird). It's because you feel the excitement of the beginning of the trip. That is the best feeling!
I know what you mean. Everything is in front of you. I always try to savor that feeling early on in the trip.

You had quite an interesting bunch on your first flight! I'm so glad that you took a picture of that guy, because it would be hard to believe. Who buys luggage with guns on it? And not just guns, but PASTEL colored guns? Oh, it's just the guy with the flame colored hair, who some crazy stewardess thinks is hot. :rotfl:

I can't wait to hear more!
Love it! :rotfl2: I'm not sure which was more unusual...the guy's hair, his bag, his jacket, or the flight attendant who apparently doesn't have a filter! I'm kinda leaning towards the flight attendant personally...she said that he was hot with full innuendo intended! :eek:

LOL, I did, and I thought of you when I got it! :rotfl: It was good, but I feel like the one you were obsessed with last year might have been better, can you believe I didn't even finish it? I take so long drinking cold, frozen things that I got sick of holding that tiny cup and threw it away! :sad2:
You didn't finish a Dragonberry Colada? :eek: I will say that I didn't think it was as good as the cherry one last year, but that's because I'm partial to cherry. The idea was the same...yogurty and refreshing. I still enjoyed it. :thumbsup2 (I also have come to a realization that I tend to prefer drinks that are really just alcoholic shakes, so that may have something to do with it).

Glad you got to sleep on the plane and that your flight was uneventful, that's always good!
I'm glad too. Uneventful is good and sleep after getting up so early is awesome.

OMG I'm SO jealous of those flavor Coke machines they have at that airport, now I want to go there...that looks like so much fun to make your own soda! They should put those in Club Cool!
I completely agree that they should be in Club Cool. I don't understand why they aren't...I mean, Coke sponsors the place, right? I think they could set some up and charge money and make a ton! Why don't they do that? :confused3

Wow, you took that old lady thing pretty well, I on the other hand, would have cried right then and there! :laughing: You definitely do NOT look like an old lady, what a brat that kid was! :goodvibesThanks, I'm lucky that I can let things bounce off of me pretty well. It was pretty weird to get all that attention from the other passengers, though, and wonder what they were thinking about me.

Dugette
10-25-2011, 11:26 PM
I'm in! Great start so far with free breakfast!!!!
Glad to have you along. Not a bad free breakfast, indeed!

Wow, that stinks about the whole Chick Fil-A ordeal. At least they gave you your food. I've had it before at like McDonalds where I've ordered, went to pay with my debit card, and their credit card machines are down. And they just leave the food to throw out! Come on, that's just dumb!
Oh, that would be so annoying! :mad: I'm glad that they gave us the food too. If it had come down to it, I would have paid, but they were pretty proactive in getting us out of there without a scene.

Okay, if 34 if an old lady, maybe we need to get together and start and old ladies club. I mean, if it's reached that point. :lmao:
:lmao: Dug :rotfl2: too when he read this!

You look very young, so you have nothing to worry about.Thank you! I must say, I love how many reassuring you-look-young compliments this girl has gotten me! :rotfl:

:lmao: Loved that!
Glad you enjoyed my touring plan comment too! :rotfl:

A gun-print bag? And then that hair?? Wow. I will not judge.. :rolleyes1
Definitely one of those things that makes you do a double-take!

Odd about the Chick-Fil-A card. I would've been super annoyed if they wouldn't take it, too. Awesome that you ended with a free meal and a refund anyway. That Coke machine is super nifty. I've read about them, but we never do fast food to find one. Thinking about it, I've never even been to a Chick-Fil-A before. You're inspiring me right now.. :laughing:
You'll have to find yourself a Chick-Fil-A with a fancy coke machine and you'll be all set!

I think I would have cried at that "old lady" comment! You definitely do not look like an old lady!Thanks! :goodvibes

Huh?? You say pop?? I have always thought of your state as mini-soda. I don't say it that way, but it's how I've thought forever. Goofy, I guess, but I found this shocking just now. :lmao:

That's all. ;)
Funny! Yes, we are in a "pop" area! I found this website, if you need to research:

http://popvssoda.com/

Sorry about the gift card mix-up but glad that they gave you your breakfast for free. That's weird that they wouldn't take it. That guy was something else. That's awesome that you took a picture.
Yes, I definitely learned my lesson about gift cards and airports. And also that always keeping your Target receipts is a good thing (that's why they refunded me, because I still had it). I'm impressed that Dug and I were able to communicate well enough to set up that picture without saying anything that the guy would overhear!

Joining in!!!
:welcome:

I'm in!

:upsidedow Why can't we have a pop machine like that?! I wonder if Coke would allow requests.

I just did a search for chick-fil-a and it looks like the U of M has one. Maybe I will have to take a trip to the U.

Looking forward to reading your take on Pop.
Really, there's a Chick-Fil-A on campus?! I'll have to remember that next time I'm in that area! Thanks for the info!

Great start to your report . . . looking forward to more. :cool1:

I was in Atlanta for work this week and was so excited to eat at Chick Fil A. We really need them in Minnesota!

Just wanted to let you know there are one of those fancy coke machines like you had at Chick Fil A at the Davannis on Highway 7 in Minnetonka. In case you don't have a layover in Atlanta for your next trip. :)
I actually get Davanni's email newsletters and that was the first time I heard about those Coke machines. However, they only have them in some of their locations, and we don't go there real often, so I hadn't encountered one yet. I don't think the one near us has it. I'll have to check where to find them...we have some Davanni's coupons burning holes in our pockets.

Dugette
10-26-2011, 10:05 PM
I actually get Davanni's email newsletters and that was the first time I heard about those Coke machines. However, they only have them in some of their locations, and we don't go there real often, so I hadn't encountered one yet. I don't think the one near us has it. I'll have to check where to find them...we have some Davanni's coupons burning holes in our pockets.
Okay, so I just checked Davanni's website and they are rolling out the Coke machines to ALL their locations now! Our closest one will have the machine in just a few more days! Yay! :banana:

Dugette
10-26-2011, 10:17 PM
After the brief stop to drop off passengers at Caribbean Beach, we were on our way to our “home” for the week:

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I believe it was a little before 3pm when we pulled up. Dug and I had made a plan, so as not to waste time in line trying to check in: I would wait for our carry-on bags to be taken out from under the bus and he would go straight inside to do online check-in:

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This worked like a charm, as the driver had to wait for everyone to get out of the bus and gather around before he started pulling out the luggage. By the time I got our bags and headed inside, Dug was up at the counter checking us in (and the other people from the bus were getting in line).

As always, we’d requested a King bed when we made our reservation. And, as usual, the room they had for us did NOT have a King bed. So, as we’ve done before, we reminded them of our request and asked to be moved, if at all possible. The CM had to run away for a bit to work on this. Me waiting happily (as you can see, we’d gotten anniversary buttons):

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Well, sure enough, she managed to find us a King room! Yay! In fact, it was also well-located. We just had a standard room booked, but this one was (as far as I can tell) just a few doors down from being in the preferred room category in the 50’s building. Very handy, because for the first time ever, we had these to fill (free with the free CS dining we got):

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Yes, that was the first thing we did after checking in—we went to pick out and fill our mugs. Mine is the blue one. Did you notice Dug’s is mismatched? Red top, black handle. A whole lot of them were like that and he didn’t notice until after selecting it. Oh, well.

I think my first fill-up was with lemonade. I’m guessing Dug’s was some combo of Sprite Zero/Fanta/Lemonade (his drink of choice this trip became “Spranta”). Once we’d taken care of that task, we headed over to the Tramp building. Our room was on the 4th floor, facing the bowling pin pool. Not a bad walk from Classic Hall. Our only complaint about that walk was the smoking area right by the back doors of Classic Hall. Most of the time, we went all the way around the front of the building, to avoid the smoke-filled air.

Anyway, we found our room and met our pet for the week:

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It was there the whole time and we never got anything new. Oh, well.

And here’s our room (and me enjoying my lemonade):

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The view outside:

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Just to the right of Lady was where we stayed on our very first trip to WDW together, back in 2009!

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We unpacked the stuff in our carry-ons and relaxed for a few minutes. To get into the spirit, we put Stacy on TV. After maybe a half an hour, we were ready to head out. It was about quarter to 4 and we were doing pretty well at staying on the schedule we had set.

On our way out:

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Love the golf cart sitting out front:

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Good ol’ Classic Hall:

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We got in the Magic Kingdom bus line and soon this was pulling up:

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We were on the road by 4pm. We arrived at the Magic Kingdom bus stop around 4:20pm or so. There was a beautiful view from where our bus dropped us off:

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Love it!

We weren’t actually going to the Magic Kingdom this night, but we snuck a peek as we passed by it:

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We were heading to our “other home” for the week:

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Yes, for people staying at Pop, we spent an awful lot of time at the Poly!

Our boat arrived:

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A boat ride on a beautiful day sure can get you into vacation mode:

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See this hammock? It will soon be mine!

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Ah, paradise! You may recognize that last picture is the Hawaii building w/Club Lounge we enjoyed last December! Oh how we wished they would let us back in! But it is nice that we were still free to take advantage of the rest of the resort (and we did)!

Up next: Dinner and wandering around the Poly.

IheartDDuck
10-26-2011, 10:36 PM
I'm glad that they were able to grant your room request.

That's weird about the cup though. What, did they run out of black lids? :lmao:

Hey, nothing wrong with spending a large amount of time at the Poly. It's my favorite resort too!

SimplyGoofy
10-27-2011, 01:13 AM
I'm in! After reading through your fabulous "Year of Disney" trip reports, I'm really looking forward to another Dug/Dugette report! I'm especially looking forward to seeing some of your choices at Food and Wine this year!

Can't wait to read about your evening at the Poly!

(Do you think I included enough exclamation points in my comment? Good grief...) :rotfl:

Sunset Cliffs
10-27-2011, 01:35 AM
The pictures from the boat trip were so nice! It looks like perfect "first day" weather to get you in the vacation mood. I love it that you headed right to the Poly. Why not go to the place that makes you the most happy?

I remember on our last trip we got the refillable mugs, and we thought we had been given the best gift ever. :rotfl: Apparently we aren't that hard to please. :confused3

Nice that they were able to find you a King bed! And I'm so impressed with you that you were at the gates of the MK and you resisted the urge to go in! :thumbsup2

jc040404
10-27-2011, 12:18 PM
Love that you went straight to the Poly. It must've been rough staying at Pop after that dream stay in the Hawaii building before! Glad you got the room you wanted at Pop anyway.

Dug's cup is just too funny. :confused3

DisneyRunner2009
10-27-2011, 01:32 PM
Disney is so detailed oriented, it suprises me that they let those mugs be put out on the shelves.

reelmom
10-27-2011, 07:22 PM
Oh, how I wish I was at Disney right now. Thanks for the pictures. I needed them.

jeni16
10-29-2011, 07:58 PM
Huh?? You say pop?? I have always thought of your state as mini-soda. I don't say it that way, but it's how I've thought forever. Goofy, I guess, but I found this shocking just now. :lmao:

That's all. ;)

Just for the record...us Iowa's call it Pop as well. People always look at us like we're nuts :)

TheThomsLuvDisney
10-31-2011, 10:57 PM
Love the popvssoda link! According to the map, we are a mixture state of soda and pop. I say soda but my husband says coke......too funny!

Great update! I told my husband about your great check-in strategy, loved it, that will definitely be copied!!!

Busymom85
10-31-2011, 11:26 PM
I'm really enjoying your trip report. Thanks for posting.

Dugette
11-04-2011, 10:24 PM
I'm glad that they were able to grant your room request.

That's weird about the cup though. What, did they run out of black lids? :lmao:

Hey, nothing wrong with spending a large amount of time at the Poly. It's my favorite resort too!
That mug was just odd. Is red even a color for this years' mugs? And, yes, absolutely nothing wrong with spending time at the Poly!

I'm in! After reading through your fabulous "Year of Disney" trip reports, I'm really looking forward to another Dug/Dugette report! I'm especially looking forward to seeing some of your choices at Food and Wine this year!

Can't wait to read about your evening at the Poly!

(Do you think I included enough exclamation points in my comment? Good grief...) :rotfl:
:welcome: I use way too many exclamation points in my comments too! :goodvibes Glad you've been enjoying all the TRs! More Poly coming right up!

The pictures from the boat trip were so nice! It looks like perfect "first day" weather to get you in the vacation mood. I love it that you headed right to the Poly. Why not go to the place that makes you the most happy?

I remember on our last trip we got the refillable mugs, and we thought we had been given the best gift ever. :rotfl: Apparently we aren't that hard to please. :confused3

Nice that they were able to find you a King bed! And I'm so impressed with you that you were at the gates of the MK and you resisted the urge to go in! :thumbsup2
Yes, it was beautiful first day weather! And a beautiful boat ride. It was hard to resist the MK, though. Especially since the original draft of our plan had us going in for a little bit, but we'd cut that out because time seemed too tight. Luckily, we had the lure of the Poly to distract us...

The refillable mugs were fun. Not something we'd ever get on our own, but a nice free perk! :thumbsup2

Love that you went straight to the Poly. It must've been rough staying at Pop after that dream stay in the Hawaii building before! Glad you got the room you wanted at Pop anyway.

Dug's cup is just too funny. :confused3
It was funny...we slept at Pop, but did a lot of other "resort stuff" at the Poly. It was like some sort of bizarre split stay. :rotfl: Hawaii really was a dream stay last time, though!

Disney is so detailed oriented, it suprises me that they let those mugs be put out on the shelves.
Me too! We didn't think to check the handle/lid color match until after selecting them. Dug just saw the lid and liked the red and assumed it matched the rest of the cup. Oh, well.

Oh, how I wish I was at Disney right now. Thanks for the pictures. I needed them.
You're welcome! Wish I was there too! It's getting cold here... :cold:

Just for the record...us Iowa's call it Pop as well. People always look at us like we're nuts :)
Funny! Come to MN, nobody will look at you strange! :goodvibes I find it strange when native Minnesotans (like my boss) call it "soda." Can't figure that one out. :confused3

Love the popvssoda link! According to the map, we are a mixture state of soda and pop. I say soda but my husband says coke......too funny!

Great update! I told my husband about your great check-in strategy, loved it, that will definitely be copied!!!
Glad you enjoyed the pop/soda/coke map...funny that you're a split household! Yes, the split up check-in works well, especially if you have a full bus!

I'm really enjoying your trip report. Thanks for posting.
:welcome: I'm glad you're enjoying! Another update coming right up!

Dugette
11-04-2011, 10:36 PM
We disembarked from the boat at the Poly dock and made our way into paradise. Our goal: Captain Cook’s. We went up to the ordering kiosks and selected a Grown-Up Grilled Cheese with Poly Chips and a Dole Whip. We paid and got our beeper. While Dug filled up a pomegranate lemonade, I filled up a Dole Whip cup as generously as I could.

When the food was ready, we took it over to the quiet dining area off to the side. Neither of us remembers this area, but it was very nice (and quiet, at this time). Our dinner:

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I should mention, there were two halves of that grilled cheese stacked on top of each other, so it's bigger than it looks there. And, if you wanted a better look at that Halloween cup:

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The food was quite good and we really enjoyed it. And here’s the area we were sitting in (we were in the corner):

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Once we’d finished enjoying our meal and quiet corner, we refilled our lemonade and headed out down the hall. Not too far from Captain Cook’s, we came across the art gallery. We had really enjoyed wandering through this in the past, so we wanted to head in again. However, I didn’t think it would be a great idea to bring our drink in there, so we hung out in the lobby and decided to come back to the gallery in a bit.

While we were hanging around there, Dug noticed these on the ceiling:

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Who doesn’t love being here?

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We decided to wander through the store a bit. Dug saw some Hawaiian shirts he really liked, but they were just too pricey for us. We also saw something that reminds me of a detail I forgot at the end of our last trip (December 2010). Way back on our January 2010 trip, when we stayed at the Poly for one night, we had considered buying the print you see in the background of this shot from that trip:

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Well, while Dug was scrambling to get our documents together to board the Magical Express at the end of our December trip, I was charging inside to finally buy this print of Mickey and Minnie on the Poly beach. Glad we got it…it’s a nice reminder of paradise!

As we left the store, I took a picture with this guy:

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Then we just wandered around the lower level for a bit and took in the sights:

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Then we headed upstairs and took a lap:

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Themed machines:

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They had changed the waiting areas for the restaurants since we’d been here last:

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Pretty:

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We made our way back down to the gallery at this point. Such beautiful artwork in there…and very unique! I loved all the ones of Mickey and Minnie—especially in Venice! So cool!

After our gallery tour, I got a quick pic with my old buddy:

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Then we headed outside. Made our way through the pretty grounds and out to the beach. We needed some hammock time!

Up next: Hangin’ in the hammocks!

TheThomsLuvDisney
11-04-2011, 11:23 PM
Your pictures of the Poly are getting me excited for our trip to Aulani, only 5 more months!!!:banana:

Sunset Cliffs
11-05-2011, 12:07 AM
I loved this update! :love: The Poly makes me so happy, and your pictures were so detailed. I have not looked up at the ceiling enough at that resort, since I have not noticed some of the lights and the pattern on the ceiling before.

Is the Grown Up Grilled Cheese just a big grilled cheese sandwich or is there something else that makes it special?

Dugette
11-05-2011, 03:42 PM
Your pictures of the Poly are getting me excited for our trip to Aulani, only 5 more months!!!:banana:
I'm so jealous! Someday we will get there! Sounds wonderful! :cloud9:

I loved this update! :love: The Poly makes me so happy, and your pictures were so detailed. I have not looked up at the ceiling enough at that resort, since I have not noticed some of the lights and the pattern on the ceiling before.
I hadn't paid attention to the ceiling before either, but I even noticed that, in Captain Cook's, the ceiling had a leaf/palm frond pattern in it. Very detailed!

Is the Grown Up Grilled Cheese just a big grilled cheese sandwich or is there something else that makes it special?
Here's what wdwinfo says for the description: Served on multigrain sunflower bread with cheddar, Swiss, and blue cheese, frisee, and tomato. It was quite tasty! I saw it in another TR, which sold me on trying it. We may just have another one before the trip is done... :rolleyes1

Dugette
11-05-2011, 03:51 PM
We walked through the pretty grounds of the Poly out to the beach:

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We thought we’d try to get the two hammocks next to each other, near the boat dock, but they were occupied with wet, little kids. But there were two hammocks over on the other end of the beach that were open. They weren’t next to each other, but that was okay. We made our way across the sand. Dug took this hammock:

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I took the one you may have seen in a previous update. Dug took some pictures while relaxing:

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A quote from his Twitter:

Feathered green palm fronds // Dancing Polynesian breezes // A moment of peace :cloud9:

There I was:

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We both mixed relaxation with taking in the sights. While Dug was snapping pictures, I was videotaping from my hammock. It was difficult to really “nap”, because I really could have used a pillow. That rope is not real comfortable! :headache: I had dents all over my hand afterwards, since I’d tried to use it as a pillow.

It was really beautiful and peaceful where I was. :lovestruc I could see the castle from my hammock and saw some cranes fly by. There were some noisy distractions to my peace, though. You may have noticed a canoe full of people in one of Dug’s pics above. That group was LOUD. They were counting every stroke they took at the top of their lungs. They stopped briefly on the Poly beach before heading out again. Also, behind me, there was some sort of video shoot happening. We took these shots afterwards, so you can see what I’m talking about:

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So, while I was laying in the hammock, I could hear them going through their spiel multiple times (note: boat horns will ruin your clip and cause you to start again!) There was a female host and a male guest and they were talking about how to work Hawaiian traditions into your entertaining. By the time I got up from the hammock and met up with Dug, I could recite their whole bit pretty much word for word. Although all I remember now was that the guy gave three tips for entertaining. One was about giving out little bags of Hawaiian salt to guests. One was about telling stories of each person there. I no longer remember the other tip. :confused3 Oh, well.

Anyway, feeling refreshed, we made our way to the TTC from the Poly on the nice walking path. Some pics on the way:

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Pretty blue flowers.

We were soon loading onto the monorail to Epcot. Watching the world go by from the monorail:

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Up next: We finally get some Food & Wine!

Dugette
11-05-2011, 04:14 PM
We entered Epcot and decided to grab a Photopass pic:

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We didn’t get the CD this time, so this was just what they took with our camera.

We checked the times board and saw that Fast Passes for Soarin’ were gone. Oh, well, we’d just hope for a short line later that night, during Extra Magic Hours.

Our next stop was the Festival Center, to pick up our passport. It was in the old Wonders of Life building. As we approached, I was joking, “I can’t wait to ride Body Wars!” :rotfl2:

We got inside and wandered around a bit. Got a passport just as they were putting them away for the night. (The passports just let you get a stamp at each booth you visit). Used the restrooms. Tried to find out a little info on the “cheap” seminars, but didn’t end up having an opportunity to do any of them on this trip.

We headed out of the Festival Center and took the Odyssey walkway into World Showcase. We ended up right by the Caribbean Islands booth. So, why not try it first and see if that Dragon Berry Colada is any good? There were a lot of things we wanted at this booth. Two foods and two drinks. We paid cash (room charge) for everything at this booth, as the foods were under $4 and the drinks are not snack credit eligible. Our general policy was that we’d only use snack credits on things $4 and up. This worked out quite well for us. :thumbsup2 We took our stash and found a standing table near the water. People were lined up in front of it, along the rail, waiting for Illuminations. Here’s our Caribbean treats:

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The Ropa Vieja (braised beef) with white rice was very savory and good:

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Dug loved the zesty Jerk Spiced Chicken Drumstick with Mango Salsa (I thought it was pretty good too):

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The Frozen Rock Coconut Mojito was nice and minty:

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The Frozen Dragon Berry Colada was of great interest to me. Last year, at the Puerto Rico booth (which was gone this year), they had a Frozen Torched Cherry Colada that I LOVED. I hoped this one would be as good, even though it was strawberry flavored:

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Well, it was very good. Not as good as the cherry, but still refreshing and yogurt-y. I have learned that I seem to prefer drinks that are really just alcoholic shakes. Yum!

Once we finished those up, Dug made a run over to the nearby Argentina booth while I saved our table. While he was gone, some guys who had just been to the Argentina booth shared our table while enjoying their food. And they really enjoyed it…especially the beef skewer. I had remembered from last year that it was pretty good, but it was fun seeing people enjoy it for the first time. They took off soon and Dug arrived with our one snack credit and one cash item:

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For the $5.00 Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée, we used a snack credit. It was very tasty and we especially enjoyed the puree (white sweet potato). The Beef Empanada was also pretty yummy. Here’s the inside of it:

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After that lovely “second dinner”, we wanted to grab some desserts before heading into Future World for Extra Magic Hours. At the Desserts and Champagne booth, we wanted to try the sampler and we discovered something that was an awesome deal for a snack credit:

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That ice cream you see in front was Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream with Grand Marnier. Normally $6.50, but we got it for a snack credit. We realized, after eating it for a bit, that the best part (the Grand Marnier) was at the bottom. Enjoyable and a great value for a snack credit.

Here’s the Dessert Trio, which we paid cash for:

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The Lemon Chiffon (bottom of pic) was VERY lemony. Too much for me; I didn’t enjoy it. The Tres Leches Verrine (right) was just okay. Didn’t do much for either of us. The one I expected to like, the White Chocolate Macadamia Mousse with Dark Chocolate Pearls (left), was the winner. It was nice and chocolate-y with a slight crunch.

Once we finished up our treats, we made our way back to Future World, just before Illuminations. People were lined up everywhere waiting for it to start. It was also around this time that Dug learned from his iPhone that Steve Jobs had passed away that day. :sad1: He was subdued for a bit by this news. Dug did a little speech into my camera about how this wasn’t just a loss for Apple, but a loss for Disney. We wouldn’t have Pixar if Steve Jobs hadn’t believed in it so strongly. And his storytelling and imagination would have made Walt Disney proud.

As we walked, we came across the new Cranberry Bog:

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Nobody in it now, but we’d see it in action later in the trip.

Lucky for us, going to Test Track right before Illuminations meant that there was only a short standby line:

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Soon, we were cruising through the night at 60mph. We hoped that we could see some fireworks from the ride, but no such luck.

Next, in tribute to Steve Jobs, we decided to ride Spaceship Earth:

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It was Extra Magic Hours now (9pm to midnight), so we had to flash our room keys. (On a side note, having a KTTW again was nice. After a year of having our separate Annual Passes and room keys, and the annual passes being low-quality and not working half the time, it was nice to have one hard, plastic card that did it all. Never had a problem.)

When we came off Spaceship Earth, we noticed that the Power City games, that are always full when we go by, had no line. There was one game that was finishing up in just a minute or two, so we decided to try it. It was fun, but very difficult to make the little pucks move with the sticks. Didn’t always seem to work right.

Next, we headed over to The Land to check on the Soarin’ wait. It was still long, but Living with the Land had a zero minute wait posted, so we jumped on. Once again (like last trip), we got our very own boat! We sat in the front seat of our nice, private cruise. I guess this is somewhere on the ride:

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After our cruise, and enjoying all the veggies in the greenhouse, we decided to bite the bullet and hop in line for Soarin’. It was a decent wait still, but we didn’t really have anywhere else to be. We got third row, which worked out well, as Dug likes to take his shoes off when in the third row. Good Epcot-foot-pain relief!

After Soarin’, our only objective was to do Mission Space before heading out. Dug had done the Orange side a couple times, but I’d only done the Green (just once). I sometimes get headaches from spinning, so I had agreed to try the Orange side only as our last thing of the night. We got our tickets and went in:

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We ended up with a couple as teammates who had clearly done Mission Space many times before. They were quite enthusiastic. They assured me that I could succeed as Commander, pushing buttons with the best of them!

I did just fine on this ride, though I feel no need to go on it again. I followed the advice I’d read about keeping your eyes on the screen, which helped. There were really strong g-forces, though, and I didn’t really enjoy that. However, I pushed my buttons at the right time (as did everyone) and we succeeded in our mission! I think we all cheered for ourselves at the end. :woohoo:

We made our way out of Mission Space and out of the park. It wasn’t quite closing time yet, but the bus for Pop Century was full anyway. We stood, as we had on the ride out also. Got back and made the short walk to our room. Once back, Dug went to charge the camera battery and realized that he had somehow lost our two spare camera batteries ($40/each) during the day! The plastic bag he’d had them in (within the backpack) was empty. He thought maybe they came out when he was in the hammock. We are cursed with camera problems on the Poly beach (see January 2010 TR for camera ruining). He also thought they could have been lost in Epcot. We’d try to locate them the next day. He just charged the one we had overnight. Right now, it was time to sleep. Great first day!

Up next: What's better after Late EMH at Epcot than Early EMH at the Magic Kingdom? :rotfl:

reelmom
11-05-2011, 05:03 PM
I am so sad that we didn't make it to the Food and Wine Festival this year. We decided to take our October trip to Chattanooga this year per DH's request. We had fun but not near as much fun that we have at Disney. I miss eating all the yummy goodies from around the world. Looks like you had a great time.

jc040404
11-05-2011, 10:48 PM
Yummy update! I can totally support alcoholic shakes. They're about all I can handle now. :laughing: That sounds yummy, even if it wasn't as good as the other. F&W looks like fun.

Until this update, I never realized you had to do anything on Mission Space though. I just thought it was ride? Glad you did well anyway!

Sounds like a nice evening, minus the Steve Jobs news. :sad1:

Nermel9
11-06-2011, 08:14 AM
Great update! I love hanging out on the Poly beach...I really, really need to stay there someday! :cool1:

I miss the Food and Wine festival already! :sad1: We seriously did not try enough things while we were there! Everything in your pictures looks so good!

SimplyGoofy
11-06-2011, 01:51 PM
Too bad about the camera batteries--what a bummer! The Poly beach sure doesn't like your camera! :lmao:

Out of curiousity, what kind of video camera do you have? I loved the videos you posted during the Year of Disney, and am hoping to bring a video camera along on my own trip. Do you recommend yours?

DisneyDreamerMN
11-06-2011, 03:57 PM
Your food and wine photos look so good! I am dreaming about going back there during that time of the year one of these years... We were there during food and wine last year, but we were with my in-laws and they weren't into eating around the world.

LizGirl
11-06-2011, 10:59 PM
I can't wait to read the rest of your trip. I've enjoyed "getting to know you" through all of your old posts. I've been to Disney many times but have learned a lot. Thanks for sharing and contributing to my excitement for my upcoming trip!!! :yay:

And I'm sorry if my ticker isn't working. I haven't figured it out yet...

TheThomsLuvDisney
11-07-2011, 08:35 PM
Bummer about the batteries, my prediction is you find them! Am I right? Can't wait to read more and find out?

How were the crowds overall? When you finally decided to wait for Soarin, what was the wait time?

Dugette
11-20-2011, 02:11 PM
I am so sad that we didn't make it to the Food and Wine Festival this year. We decided to take our October trip to Chattanooga this year per DH's request. We had fun but not near as much fun that we have at Disney. I miss eating all the yummy goodies from around the world. Looks like you had a great time.
That's so funny you went to Chattanooga. Dug saw this crazy video online the other day of a surprise-Disney-trip-unveiling-gone-terribly-wrong. The parents had told the kids they were going to Chattanooga, then surprised them with WDW. The kids had a fit and kept insisting that they wanted to go to Chattanooga! :lmao: Glad you had a good time. Hope you can get to F&W soon!

Yummy update! I can totally support alcoholic shakes. They're about all I can handle now. :laughing: That sounds yummy, even if it wasn't as good as the other. F&W looks like fun.
Yeah, I'm not much of drinker, but it seems that most of the things I do like have a strong resemblance to a shake or smoothie. Either chocolate or fruity.

Until this update, I never realized you had to do anything on Mission Space though. I just thought it was ride? Glad you did well anyway!
As far as I know (being I'm not really the expert on this one), whether or not you do your job well, I think the ride's the same. Although maybe the mission goes horribly wrong...anybody out there who rides more than me know? :confused3 All it really is is just pressing a couple buttons when they light up.

Sounds like a nice evening, minus the Steve Jobs news. :sad1:
It was. But, yeah, that news put a little damper on things, especially for Dug.

Great update! I love hanging out on the Poly beach...I really, really need to stay there someday! :cool1:
You should! But, even if you don't, hanging out there is still fun!

I miss the Food and Wine festival already! :sad1: We seriously did not try enough things while we were there! Everything in your pictures looks so good!
Everything so far was really good! Not a bad start to F&W for us! Sorry you didn't get to try more!

Too bad about the camera batteries--what a bummer! The Poly beach sure doesn't like your camera! :lmao:
It really doesn't! We actually still don't know what happened to those batteries.

Out of curiousity, what kind of video camera do you have? I loved the videos you posted during the Year of Disney, and am hoping to bring a video camera along on my own trip. Do you recommend yours?
You know, I actually have a really old mini-DV video camera. It's a Canon ZR500. Hard to even find tapes for it anymore, since everything's going to digital non-tape. It's not even HD. I think you can probably get much nicer ones now for way less than I paid for this way back then. It works fine, but doesn't focus very well at night. Does the job, though. I'd like to get something newer sometime. Our videos in the last TR were made particularly cool by iMovie's trailer-making templates. We just imported my video and picked out clips to fill in the blanks with...very slick!

Your food and wine photos look so good! I am dreaming about going back there during that time of the year one of these years... We were there during food and wine last year, but we were with my in-laws and they weren't into eating around the world.
Aw, you'll have to do that sometime! Such a fun (and yummy) Epcot experience!

I can't wait to read the rest of your trip. I've enjoyed "getting to know you" through all of your old posts. I've been to Disney many times but have learned a lot. Thanks for sharing and contributing to my excitement for my upcoming trip!!! :yay:

And I'm sorry if my ticker isn't working. I haven't figured it out yet...
:welcome: Glad to have you here! Also glad we could share some helpful things. It's amazing that however many times you've been to Disney, you can learn and see new things in other people's TRs! I just had that happen today, actually!

Bummer about the batteries, my prediction is you find them! Am I right? Can't wait to read more and find out?
See an answer above (spoiler alert). We never did recover them. :sad2: But some of the next updates, we'll go looking for them. And make many, many calls to lost and found! And not just for the batteries! :eek:

How were the crowds overall? When you finally decided to wait for Soarin, what was the wait time?
Can't remember for sure, but we think it may have been 30-40 minutes. Not terrible, but more than we usually like to wait. Overall, it was fairly busy and there were lines for food and attractions. Not awful, though.

Sorry I've been away for so long, everyone! I just caught up on a bunch of TRs I'm following this morning. I've been a bad DIS-er. Busy lately and we're hosting our first ever Thanksgiving here, so we've spent most of the weekend cleaning and shopping. I'll try to get the next day started when I can, though. Right now, I've got to make some lunch and do some more cleaning and laundry. :laundy: No fun.

My one cool recent Disney thing, though, is super soft, comfy new pajama pants from Target. I got a good deal online (since I couldn't find my size in store), so I ended up getting two (buy one, get one 1/2 off). Here's the one I initially wanted and got:

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And here's the bonus one I decided to get (and am wearing right now):

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So comfy. They have a bunch of other really cute patterns too!

IheartDDuck
11-20-2011, 02:42 PM
Mmmm, your F&W pictures are bringing back some great memories for sure. Although, I don't know how I missed the Grand Marnier flavored soft serve! I feel so deprived now...:sad1:

reelmom
11-21-2011, 07:22 AM
Good Luck for your first Thanksgiving hosting. Don't worry when things don't go just right. I remember my cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner for the family right after we got married. I was so nervous, and so many things didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. But eveybody had a great time and we now celebrate every Thanksgiving at my house.

DisneyDreamerMN
11-21-2011, 09:58 PM
Super cute PJ bottoms! I know what I will be doing tonight...online shopping. Hoping they have cute tops to match. The snow was no fun this weekend, I was kind of hoping it would stay away until at least mid December.

archdandy
11-21-2011, 10:37 PM
I just caught up with your TR. It looks like you guys had an awesome first day! I've never stayed at the Poly before but it looks beautiful! It's too bad your peace as disturbed but it must have been nice to be back :cutie:

Dugette
11-27-2011, 02:45 PM
Mmmm, your F&W pictures are bringing back some great memories for sure. Although, I don't know how I missed the Grand Marnier flavored soft serve! I feel so deprived now...:sad1:
I'm glad you had a good time at F&W! Bummer on missing out on the Grand Marnier ice cream, though. It slipped by us initially too, until Dug realized that it was a high value snack credit.

Good Luck for your first Thanksgiving hosting. Don't worry when things don't go just right. I remember my cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner for the family right after we got married. I was so nervous, and so many things didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. But eveybody had a great time and we now celebrate every Thanksgiving at my house.
Thank you! It actually went quite well (and people talked about..."let's do this again next year!"). We tried to make it easy on ourselves by getting the pre-made meal from Target (very good, by the way) and then just making a few extra sides/apps on our own. And guests brought a few things too. Everyone said we could have passed the Target meal off as homemade, but it was super easy. Cook the turkey in the bag from frozen and then pop the sides into the oven for 1/2 an hour. Plus, we have a TON of leftovers. The meal was supposed to feed 8-10 and we had 8. We have enough food left to feed them all again. Lots of hot turkey sandwiches for us! I'm really glad that people had such a good time...whew!

Super cute PJ bottoms! I know what I will be doing tonight...online shopping. Hoping they have cute tops to match. The snow was no fun this weekend, I was kind of hoping it would stay away until at least mid December.
I didn't notice any matching tops, but maybe I missed something. Love the pants, though! I'm so glad the snow is all gone now! Doesn't look like winter anymore! :yay:

I just caught up with your TR. It looks like you guys had an awesome first day! I've never stayed at the Poly before but it looks beautiful! It's too bad your peace as disturbed but it must have been nice to be back :cutie:
:welcome: We love the Poly, for sure! :cloud9: So nice to spend some time back there!

Hey, everyone! Sorry I have been slow on the updates. Life has been busy and distracting, but I will definitely get working on Day 2 today. A few recent Disney things to hold you over, though:

Dug was at the doctor's office awhile back and saw this display:

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Turns out that one of the reception people was a big Disney fan! Cool!

And, after Thanksgiving dinner, my dad and step-mom gave us some items that they decided to give me from my grandparents' house (If you didn't read the PTR, my grandpa passed away in September and my dad and his brothers just recently went to clean out the house. There had been a Mickey piggybank that I asked for and they said they'd check on, as it might be valuable.) Anyway, here's what they brought us:

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The piggybank (I should have asked if it had any value, not that I'd sell it):

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I love this well-worn Mickey on a tractor (hadn't seen it when we looked through stuff in their house):

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And some books that belonged to my dad when he was little:

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In addition to the Disney stuff, I had asked for the coasters, because my grandpa had made them (he did a lot of woodworking). They brought me those, plus a napkin holder he had made, plus a jewelry box he had made. Very cool!

Anyway, hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and I'll update soon!

reelmom
11-27-2011, 02:53 PM
Sweet treasures from your Grandparents house. I'm glad that you got those things pictured plus the coasters and jewelry box. Glad that Thanksgiving turned out great. The Target meal sounds like a good deal. We don't have any Super Targets by us. Just regular Targets.

jc040404
11-27-2011, 03:38 PM
So glad Thanksgiving went well for you! I'd probably go the Target meal if left alone to do a turkey, too. I doubt I ever make one. ;)

That Mickey tractor was really neat. Glad you were able to get the things you'd hoped for. :thumbsup2

Nifty Mickey displays at the doctor's office, too. Love when a bit of Disney can pop into your day unexpectedly like that. :goodvibes

Dugette
11-27-2011, 04:48 PM
Sweet treasures from your Grandparents house. I'm glad that you got those things pictured plus the coasters and jewelry box. Glad that Thanksgiving turned out great. The Target meal sounds like a good deal. We don't have any Super Targets by us. Just regular Targets.
Thanks. Bummer on no Super Targets. Ours is pretty new and I'm so happy it's only a few miles away. I do all my grocery shopping there.

So glad Thanksgiving went well for you! I'd probably go the Target meal if left alone to do a turkey, too. I doubt I ever make one. ;)
I'm with you there! If we ever do a non-in-the-bag turkey, it's all Dug's responsibility. He made one once before (before I knew him). And I'm too grossed out by things that still look like they did when they were alive (the reason I can't eat seafood too...I like the little slices of turkey and don't like to even see the whole bird...I'm weird.) After seeing how good this turned out, though, I'm not sure why I would ever want to prepare everything from scratch!

That Mickey tractor was really neat. Glad you were able to get the things you'd hoped for. :thumbsup2

Nifty Mickey displays at the doctor's office, too. Love when a bit of Disney can pop into your day unexpectedly like that. :goodvibes
That Mickey tractor is so worn that it took me a minute to figure out that it was Mickey. Super cute, though! And I love the random Disney moments!

Dugette
11-27-2011, 04:58 PM
After our brief night of sleep following the late EMH at Epcot, we arose early to tackle the early EMH at the Magic Kingdom. Great planning, right? :rotfl: Ah, you do what you gotta do! That early hour in the MK is always golden for us. :thumbsup2

We got ready and I think that Dug made the first of many calls to Lost & Found, asking about his camera batteries. I think this may have been when he was stuck on hold for so long that he had to give up. Can’t remember for sure. :confused:

We only munched on snacks that we'd brought from home in the room this morning, as our “real” breakfast was planned at the Main Street Bakery, after hitting some rides. As we headed out, we were greeted by the giant hand outside of our room:

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We were on the bus about 10 after 7 for the 8am park opening. Not bad. We saw a reminder of our accomplishments the night before:

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And, soon, we arrived:

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We found a spot off to the right side, where we could watch the opening show, but also get into the park quickly. Took some pics of the Halloween-decorated train station while waiting:

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Some hawks came to check out the opening festivities (you can only see one of them here):

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Soon, the show began:

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For some reason, that guy second from the left really reminds me of Kenneth from 30 Rock.

The train arrived:

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Soon, we were released into the park, about 5 minutes before 8am:

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We split up, so that I could do a Fast Pass run and we could meet at Dumbo to ride. So, Dug took some pics on his journey:

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I got the Peter Pan Fast Passes, which came with “bonus” Philharmagic Fast Passes:

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And we met at Dumbo and hopped into the short line.

Up next: Dumbo, a peek at the Fantasyland Expansion, and some more classics!

archdandy
11-27-2011, 05:26 PM
Great update! Man, I would not have been able to do that late night at Epcot and then that early morning for Magic Kingdom even if it is Disney! :goodvibes You guys are troopers!

Dugette
11-27-2011, 05:59 PM
Great update! Man, I would not have been able to do that late night at Epcot and then that early morning for Magic Kingdom even if it is Disney! :goodvibes You guys are troopers!

It was tough. The only reason we could handle it was because we knew we had an afternoon nap built into our schedule. Still hard to get up in the morning, though!

Dugette
11-27-2011, 06:36 PM
We just had a short wait for Dumbo. I think we only waited one or two rounds:

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Dug took pictures of some of the small details that I never really noticed on Dumbo:

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Soon, it was our turn to hop on. We each took our own Dumbo and spent our time trying to capture the views (me with the video camera and Dug with the regular camera). This one’s blurry, but here’s a close-up of Beast’s castle:

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And here’s the other shots he got of the construction:

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Can’t wait to see all of it when it opens! I know I’ve said this before (and been wrong), but our next trip will probably not be until all of this is up and running. It was funny listening to my video of the Dumbo ride, because it sounds like a construction site, with all the beeping truck-backing-up style noises. I spent the whole time with my Dumbo in the highest position. It functioned more as a viewing platform than as a ride this go round. But, mission accomplished! :thumbsup2

Next on our list was Winnie the Pooh. There was no line, so we cruised through the new queue, just randomly activating things as we walked past. No time to play now. Dug enjoyed the honey walls, though. We were quickly on board:

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And, thanks to jc040404’s TR, we both yelled, “Hooray!” at the end! :goodvibes

Next on the agenda was one last ride on Snow White. Long wait time:

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There was absolutely no organization or direction from the CM loading this ride. He literally did not tell anyone what rows (or even vehicles) to take or anything. :confused3 It was self-serve. So, we took our own car and sat in front. The large group ahead of us all decided to cram into one car, though (I think there were 7 or 8 of them). The ride was fine. When we came out, there was actually a line. Not through the weaving area that was roped off, but just going straight out of the ride entrance into Fantasyland. Odd. The line was probably due to the inefficient loading. Still said zero minutes.

At this point, we had done everything we’d planned to do before breakfast, but we had a bit of extra time left. We stopped at the sword in the stone, but Dug was unable to remove it (as usual). :sad2: We decided to hop on the carousel, since it also had no wait:

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We had a nice, relaxing ride. It was time to make our way to the bakery afterwards. As we passed this store, I wanted to see what was in the window:

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We made our goal of arriving at Main Street Bakery prior to park opening at 9am. There was still a line, but it wasn’t bad. We had planned to use a (free) CS credit to get a croissant sandwich and juice here, plus get a cinnamon roll with cash. While we were in line, though, I remembered that I had heard the cheese danishes here were good also. So, we added one of those with cash too. In retrospect, it was far too much food, but oh well. And Dug got a cappuccino instead of juice and I had water. We grabbed a table and enjoyed our meal:

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Everything was very good. But filling. We’ve had croissant sandwiches elsewhere at WDW, but the one here seemed a bit better than the others (which were also good). And the roll and danish were both very good also.

Up next: Off to Adventureland!

SimplyGoofy
11-27-2011, 09:30 PM
I love all your pictures of Dumbo!

I'm glad you have those things of your grandfather's--the Mickey bank is super cute. :)

KatGarcia
11-28-2011, 05:26 PM
LOVE the Dumbo pics, its def not one of those rides i would have stopped and taken pics like that of- great stuff!!!

Nermel9
11-28-2011, 07:51 PM
Great pics from the Dumbo ride! :thumbsup2 I really can't wait for the new Fantasyland to be finished, I'm SO sick of all the construction walls at MK!

Weird, I wonder why there was no organization at Snow White! :eek:

donnaf516
11-28-2011, 09:01 PM
Great updates! We're headed back in February and I can't wait to see the FL progress.

IheartDDuck
11-28-2011, 09:14 PM
Those are really awesome things that you got from your Grandfather's items! So nice to get something with memories for you. :cloud9:

Nothing better than getting a lot accomplished on an EMH morning. I have ridden Dumbo so many times already (well, more than I normally would), just so I can see over the wall into the new expansion area. :laughing:

Mmmm, I love the Main Street Bakery. I got that croissant myself when I was last there.

jc040404
11-29-2011, 11:22 AM
Hooray for your "Hooray!" on Pooh's ride! :laughing:

LOVE all the Dumbo pics! I can't wait until everything is finished. :thumbsup2

Dugette
12-04-2011, 09:13 PM
I love all your pictures of Dumbo!

I'm glad you have those things of your grandfather's--the Mickey bank is super cute. :)
Thanks! :goodvibes

LOVE the Dumbo pics, its def not one of those rides i would have stopped and taken pics like that of- great stuff!!!
Gotta do something during that time in line!

Great pics from the Dumbo ride! :thumbsup2 I really can't wait for the new Fantasyland to be finished, I'm SO sick of all the construction walls at MK!

Weird, I wonder why there was no organization at Snow White! :eek:
I can't wait for the new Fantasyland too! Hope it's awesome!

Great updates! We're headed back in February and I can't wait to see the FL progress.
I bet it will be pretty neat by then!

Those are really awesome things that you got from your Grandfather's items! So nice to get something with memories for you. :cloud9:
Thanks, it was so nice that they set them aside for us!

Nothing better than getting a lot accomplished on an EMH morning. I have ridden Dumbo so many times already (well, more than I normally would), just so I can see over the wall into the new expansion area. :laughing:

Mmmm, I love the Main Street Bakery. I got that croissant myself when I was last there.
Yep, Dumbo is great for the view! Seems strange that Dumbo won't even be in that spot anymore soon!

Hooray for your "Hooray!" on Pooh's ride! :laughing:

LOVE all the Dumbo pics! I can't wait until everything is finished. :thumbsup2
Hooray! :goodvibes

Dugette
12-08-2011, 09:21 PM
After enjoying our breakfast at the bakery, we were headed to Adventureland. But first, we stopped to admire all the carved pumpkins on the buildings on Main Street. Things like a hot dog carved into a pumpkin atop Casey’s Corner. Fun to check out details.

As we walked, we saw one of the horse-drawn trolleys pass by in front of this:

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We saw the Dapper Dans heading offstage down a quiet path to the right just before we passed under this sign:

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A couple pics as we passed things in Adventureland:

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Soon, we were at our destination: the Jungle Cruise. One of Dug’s favorites. Little did he know that we’d get a different kind of ride on this at the end of our trip (on the Keys to the Kingdom tour). We took some pictures of the cool details in the queue:

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It was a pretty short wait and soon we were seeing the classic sights:

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(keep those boats in mind for the KTTK ride…if you look closely, you may see something familiar about them…:rolleyes1)

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Ahhhh, gotta love the backside of water! This guy sure does:

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After we got off the ride, Dug put on a little show for my video camera (sorry, I haven’t imported any video yet, so I can’t show you right now). I don’t know if any of you are familiar with Weird Al Yankovic’s song “Skipper Dan”, but it’s about the Jungle Cruise ride, so Dug was singing away!

Up next was Pirates:

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Dug noticed that Blackbeard replaced Davy Jones at the “waterfall”. And, during the cannon fire scene, Dug got “hit” by a cannonball! Fun times!

By this time, Tom Sawyer Island had opened for the day. We wanted to try finding a paintbrush again, like we had on a past trip. If you don’t know about this, each morning a CM hides several paintbrushes (I think 5) around Tom Sawyer Island. If you find one and turn it in, you get a reward. It can vary, but I think it’s usually Fast Passes for something. The time we found a paintbrush previously, we’d gotten two sets of FP for BTMRR. We thought those might be helpful this day, so we got in line to wait for the raft to bring us over to the island:

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There was a very “interesting” CM helping with this waiting area. I didn’t overhear his whole conversation with some guests, but I’m sure it was unusual. The part I did overhear was him saying that he’s worth millions (from the businesses he owns), but still works at WDW. Seriously, a millionaire manning the TSI rafts?!? Odd. :confused3

Anyway, our raft arrived and took us over to the island. Last time, we had been on the first raft of the day and they had announced that there were paintbrushes to be found. This time, we were not on the first raft and there was no mention of it. But we saw plenty of people looking for them, so we joined in. Explored the island. Bounced along the barrel bridge. Cruised through the caves. No paintbrushes to be seen. And, yes, I did check the place where I found one last time, but no luck. We finally decided to cut our losses and head back to the mainland. As we boarded the raft, we asked the CM if all the paintbrushes had been found. He said no, but some other guests chimed in and said that they saw one family carrying around multiple paintbrushes (3 or 4, I think). That explains it. FYI, the rule is only one per family. Oh, well. :sad2:

We went to Big Thunder anyway, as the wait wasn’t bad (I think 10 minutes posted):

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We ended up in the very front car, right behind the runaway engine. It was a good ride.

After that, we had to check out a recent change to the MK:

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We enjoyed seeing the more-or-less-original version of the Tiki Room, rather than the New Management one we’d seen before. Catchy tunes—I love the line “The birds sing words and the flowers croon”—that pops into my head at random still.

So, after the show, there was one clear thing that needed to be done:

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Mmmmmm, Dole Whip Float from Aloha Isle. Just a tip: make sure to check the length of the lines on both sides of the building. I didn’t do this and picked the longer one. I didn’t realize until afterwards that the other side had almost no line—people walking up on the right, versus waiting in a long-ish line on the left. But, anyway, we had deliciousness to enjoy from this place:

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Up next: We finally eat at Columbia Harbour House. And the saga of the missing camera batteries continues!

Dugette
12-10-2011, 12:54 PM
After enjoying our Dole Whip Float, we walked around a bit in Liberty Square. A band came by and entertained the crowd. We popped into the shop next to Hall of Presidents to check stuff out. Dug tried on a giant Nightmare Before Christmas hat.

Then we found the rocking chairs outside the shop. What a great place to sit back and relax. It was quiet and somewhat secluded. Very enjoyable:

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There were flowers and even a busy bee to watch:

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After relaxing for a bit, we headed into the Hall of Presidents. We hadn’t seen the show for awhile and enjoyed it.

And then it was lunchtime. We were visiting a new CS place for us: Columbia Harbour House! As we entered, there was a CM with a bell standing by the door and he broke into an anniversary song for us. Since I didn’t have my camera ready, he did it a second time, once I got it recording. Pretty nice! Once I upload video, I’ll have to get some of this stuff posted!

Dug decided to order the new Lobster Roll and a clam chowder. I got the Anchors Aweigh (tuna salad) sandwich. We both got the Apple Crisp for our dessert and we got some drinks. We used our CS credits for everything except the clam chowder, which was OOP. Here’s the food:

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Everything was pretty good. That tuna sandwich was HUGE! We were quite full after this meal.

We found a seat upstairs in this area:

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The best part was the view for people-watching:

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We spent a lot of time “Imagineering” people’s stories. I liked narrating what they were likely thinking/saying. You really do see everything at WDW. And it’s very easy to tell apart the commandos and newbies. You see such a variety of people: kids passed out in strollers, elderly people smiling, lost people checking their maps, people who need breaks and are melting down, young people in love, families in matching shirts on a mission, etc.

After a slow-paced relaxing lunch, we headed out to do a couple more things before our break. First, we used our Fast Passes for Peter Pan. Glad we had them, as there was a long line. I think the sign said 40 minutes. Just before we were able to get out of our pirate ship at the end, the ride stopped. We were stranded briefly, but managed to escape shortly.

Next, we went to Mickey’s Philharmagic, using the “bonus” Fast Passes that we’d received with the Peter Pan ones that morning. Love that show! Good way to wrap up our relaxing morning at the MK.

As we headed towards Main Street, we walked past Casey’s Corner. There was a hula hooping session going on. Lots of kids playing with them and one CM that was quite the pro at spinning it around her ankle and jumping over it. It made me think of Dug’s mom, who has amazing hula hooping skills. She used to hula hoop for exercise and could (and still can) go a really long time. If she ever comes to WDW with us, we’ll have to find one of these areas, so she can amaze everyone!

There was also a piano player out, cranking out some tunes for the crowd:

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As we walked through the Town Square area, we enjoyed the pumpkin carvings some more. Dug pointed out that the fire station had a pumpkin with a fire hydrant carved into it. I noticed that there was also a “restroom” pumpkin, with the little M/F stick figures carved into it. And, really, who doesn’t love a good restroom pumpkin? :rotfl:

We made our way to guest services to inquire about our lost batteries. Just outside, there was an unmanned button station:

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I think there was supposed to be a CM there, but at that moment, it was help yourself. Just think, we could have been celebrating anything! :rolleyes1 We were already wearing our anniversary buttons, though, so we were good. Anyway, a CM checked, and no camera batteries had been found yet. Also, at some point in the day, Dug had called both the Poly and the Lost & Found line and neither had found them. Luckily, with all the trips we’d taken in 2010, Dug didn’t feel the need to snap away quite so much with the camera, so we were able to get plenty of pictures just using the one battery and re-charging it during breaks and overnight.

We headed out to the bus stop and caught another standing up bus ride back to Pop Century. We really had not had any luck getting seats on the bus so far this trip! Oh, well, we were going back to rest, so it would be okay.

When we got back to the room, Dug settled in to nap, but I still had some energy. So, I took our mugs and went to Everything Pop to refill them. I got a Sprite/Lemonade mix for me and a Fanta/Sprite mix for Dug. Then, since I was there, I wandered into the arcade to see what we could get for the 100 free arcade points that came with our package. It came out to $2.00 worth of game play, which would be (for example) a Star Wars game, a pinball game, and a skee-ball game. Then, since I was there and never take the time to do this, I went and checked out the display cases in the lobby. All of the nostalgic items. Some of which I remembered owning, like the Sweet Valley Twins book, a My Little Pony, and a Wheel of Fortune board game that I’d totally forgotten about. Made me feel a little old to have owned things in the display cases. :sad2:

After that, I headed back to our room (3403), dropped off the mugs, and headed out again. I wanted to check out the view on the other side of our floor (4th floor). I walked around the whole building and was impressed by the view. At different points, I saw Spaceship Earth, the Tower of Terror, and the top of the Swan/Dolphin.

As we had ridden the bus into Pop from the MK, we had seen the in-progress Animation Suites through the trees. From the balcony, though, I was able to see it a lot more clearly, over the lake. After Dug woke up from his nap, I took him around to see it too, so he grabbed some pictures of the views:

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It will be neat to see how this all turns out!

I also took Dug into the lobby to check out the displays. And he noticed a sign that demonstrated how to do the “Hustle”. Even though there was not a demonstration going on, he taught himself how to do it, just from the sign. This would come in handy soon…

We made our way out to the bus stop for Epcot. While we were waiting in line, guess what song came on? The Hustle, of course! Dug took the opportunity to put his new skills into action and danced the entire song. :dancer: He was the only one dancing, by the way. I took video, so eventually maybe I’ll get it posted. He did a good job, but it was really funny to watch people passing by behind the bus stops. A lot of staring, some confused looks, but mostly amused smiles. Only in WDW can you break out into dance at a bus stop. But, even there, it will get you some attention. A bit after Dug’s pre-Epcot workout, the bus showed up. This was the first trip that I remember seeing the buses telling us to have a nice day. The sign kept changing between “Epcot” and “Have a nice day!” Shouldn’t it say “magical”? Maybe that doesn’t fit on the display. Anyway, I think we may have finally gotten a seat on the bus for the first time this trip. And, soon, we arrived at Epcot!

Up next: Lots of Food and Wine!

TheThomsLuvDisney
12-13-2011, 11:54 PM
I'm caught up! I've been away from the boards for awhile, life easily gets in the way!

Your crowds seem to be a lot better in the World than we had at the Land. I will not go back for Halloween but will definitely do WDW again.

Yummy cinnamon role and we also have never eaten at the Harbor House. Would you go back?

jc040404
12-14-2011, 07:59 AM
Aaaahhh! I forgot about that Dole Whip.. again! I have a feeling that I'll never remember to try one of those things. :rolleyes: Glad you enjoyed it!

Loved your “Imagineering” from upstairs at CHH. :rotfl: It's too fun to watch everyone rush by up there.

The restroom pumpkin sounds too funny!

I definitely wanna see Dug's hustle! How perfect that it was playing outside! :laughing:

Dugette
12-18-2011, 03:50 PM
I'm caught up! I've been away from the boards for awhile, life easily gets in the way!
I know what you mean!

Your crowds seem to be a lot better in the World than we had at the Land. I will not go back for Halloween but will definitely do WDW again.
Bummer that you had major crowds on your trip! Was it worthwhile to do DL once at Halloween?

Yummy cinnamon role and we also have never eaten at the Harbor House. Would you go back?
Yes, CHH was very good. We actually have it again later in the trip!

Aaaahhh! I forgot about that Dole Whip.. again! I have a feeling that I'll never remember to try one of those things. :rolleyes: Glad you enjoyed it!
Someday you'll have a Dole Whip! :rotfl:

Loved your “Imagineering” from upstairs at CHH. :rotfl: It's too fun to watch everyone rush by up there.
It really is a fun way to relax over lunch!

The restroom pumpkin sounds too funny!
Love that they did that! I wish I'd stopped to look at more of the pumpkins.

I definitely wanna see Dug's hustle! How perfect that it was playing outside! :laughing:
Someday I'll upload video! It did work out well that they played it so soon after he learned it!

Dugette
12-18-2011, 04:03 PM
As we walked into Epcot, we stopped to check out the Food & Wine displays at the entrance:

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And, of course, the regular sights were there as well:

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Our first stop was:

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All of the machines were missing the China watermelon drink:

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We asked and found out that there was a shortage and they had been out for about a month! We enjoyed the others, though (the good ones, of course, like Costa Rican Fanta, not the Beverly!).

On our way out, we saw the cranberry bog again:

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Our first food booth stop this day was a new addition: Hawaii. We got the pork slider and the Seven Tiki Mai Tai:

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We grabbed a standing table next to the water to try our goodies. We really enjoyed these. The pork slider was sweet and tangy. The mai tai had a fresh citrus taste.

As we walked along, we passed a Food and Wine gift shop. As I saw the chef Duffy, I realized something I’d never noticed before. Maybe I just don’t pay enough attention to Duffy (very likely that I don’t!), but did you know that he has a Hidden Mickey face? Here is a view:

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I knew he had a Hidden Mickey on his bottom, but I never had noticed that the light part of his facial fur is Mickey-shaped.

After that stop, we were off to Greece to obtain the Griddled Greek Cheese:

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I have seen mixed reviews on this on the Dis, but we loved it!!! It seems like the negative reviews got cold ones, but ours was not. Dug described it as, “nice and warm, sweet with a nutty crunch in the middle.” Loved it!

Next up was Canada. We got several things: the cheese soup, the polenta, and the salmon (for Dug).

Dug thought the salmon was a bit dry (but ok), but liked the barley:

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The sausage with the polenta was quite spicy and the polenta was good:

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The cheddar cheese soup was spicier than we remembered, but still tasty:

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By that point, it was time to find a spot to watch Off Kilter. We had really enjoyed them on a past trip and made it a point to see them again. The benches were already full, but we were able to grab a seat on the rock wall at the back right of the area. We actually enjoyed our Canadian treats while waiting for the show to start.

As usual, it was a great show. I liked that they did “Wild Night”, as it’s one of my favorite songs. However, I’ve got to say that I like the John Mellencamp version way better. But it was nice to have something I could sing along to, since I know the words. They also did the Mickey Mouse Club theme song on bagpipes, which was cool!

Next stop was the France booth. We got the escargot, coq au vin, cosmo slush, and pomegranate kir. We found a nice bench in France to enjoy them on.

The escargot was for Dug:

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He thought they were great, especially when separate from the brioches.

The coq au vin was another one of the ones that I’ve seen mixed reviews for on the Dis. Some people love it, but some people got lukewarm versions. Unfortunately, we got one of the lukewarm ones:

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It was just okay. Maybe we should have gone back later to try our luck at getting a better one. Oh, well.

Our drinks, as we remembered from last year, were delicious:

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The cosmo slush (left) was sweet and the pomegranate kir (right) was dry. Both good!

Here’s the view from our dining spot:

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Next up was Portugal. We liked our spot so much that we brought the food back to France again:

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The calamari salad was for Dug:

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He found it fairly tasteless.

This sausage was super spicy:

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The glass of port was great to wash it down with, though.

We both loved the pastel del nata:

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We were both surprised that it was very sweet and dessert-like. Yum!

It was getting close to Illuminations by the time we finished. We decided to try to find a decent spot to view it from. The good places were pretty crowded by this point. We wandered around for awhile with no luck. We passed through Morocco:

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I noticed a roped-off area next to the water (probably a private party). I knew that was off-limits, but there was a small area right behind the rope that was wide open (between buildings). I walked up towards the rope to check out the view from behind the rope and a CM immediately snapped at us that we couldn’t watch from there. Oh, okay, so we can’t watch from behind a rope? She then clarified that behind the rope was fine. Apparently she thought we were going to jump the rope and crash the private party. Yeah, I don’t think so. Anyway, this was the spot:

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We decided to watch from there, by the cart. The view was partially obstructed:

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Not too bad, though. The beginning of the show was partially behind the building, but the majority of it was fully visible. The best part is that it was a totally private viewing area—nobody at all even visible to us. That was neat!

After Illuminations finished up, we wandered around World Showcase to leave. Partway there, Dug wanted to take a break and sit down for a few minutes. We went over to the UK, thinking we could find a quiet bench in there. Instead, we found a couple in an all-out screaming argument with each other. I insisted we leave, so we went out and found a bench along the main path. Watched people go by. Lots of people in suits/nice attire were being directed back to a gate off the main path. Not sure what was going on, though. After our little sitting-break, when things had cleared out a little, we headed into Future World. Enjoyed the fountain and the fiber-optic lights in the ground. Made the long trek to the Pop Century bus stop and eventually made it on a bus and back to our room.

Up next: Breakfast at the Poly, meeting Mickey & Minnie, and the rain begins!

TheThomsLuvDisney
12-18-2011, 06:37 PM
I loved the food pics, now I'm starving!

Also loved that you wanted to leave when the fighting started in England. I on the other hand love watching people at their Disney Best!!!!:rotfl:

IheartDDuck
12-18-2011, 06:52 PM
Mmmm, yummy F&W memories.

We did not have the Coq au Vin, so I don't have an opinion on it either way. Love the escargot though and the Cosmo Slush was yummy too. :thumbsup2

Funny about not being able to "watch" from a benign area. I'm glad that the CM realized that you weren't going to go rogue and jump over the rope.

SimplyGoofy
12-18-2011, 10:47 PM
Your F&W treats look so good! I'd love to go one year to Food and Wine!

Way to go on your "private" Illuminations spot!

jc040404
12-24-2011, 09:09 PM
Is it nuts that every time I see someone post a pic of that cranberry bog, I want to jump in?? :laughing: It looks like so much fun! Okay, maybe I am nuts.. :rolleyes1

I never noticed the Mickey on Duffy's face!

All the food is making me soo hungry! I doubt we ever try F&W so it's great to see what they have to offer. I'd love to sample it all someday.. but I am really hungry right now. :laughing:

Love that you're headed back to the Poly for breakfast!

KatGarcia
01-03-2012, 06:37 PM
It's taken me days to catch up on the DIS but i finally did it! Loving the food pics!!!!

Dugette
01-05-2012, 08:49 PM
I loved the food pics, now I'm starving!
Me too. I just re-read my last entry, but haven't eaten dinner yet...mistake!

Also loved that you wanted to leave when the fighting started in England. I on the other hand love watching people at their Disney Best!!!!:rotfl:
Sometimes I do, too. But, that night, I just didn't want anyone bringing down the "Disney" mood, I guess. Plus, I felt that it was weird that it was just us and them back there.

Mmmm, yummy F&W memories.

We did not have the Coq au Vin, so I don't have an opinion on it either way. Love the escargot though and the Cosmo Slush was yummy too. :thumbsup2

Funny about not being able to "watch" from a benign area. I'm glad that the CM realized that you weren't going to go rogue and jump over the rope.
Yummy F&W memories, indeed! That CM must have had to take down some rope-jumpers in the past or something, because she was quite over-zealous about it!

Your F&W treats look so good! I'd love to go one year to Food and Wine!

Way to go on your "private" Illuminations spot!
F&W is so fun...I hope you can go someday for it! The private viewing spot certainly wasn't what we had planned, but it was acceptable for a last-minute viewing.

Is it nuts that every time I see someone post a pic of that cranberry bog, I want to jump in?? :laughing: It looks like so much fun! Okay, maybe I am nuts.. :rolleyes1
:rotfl: I wonder what would happen if someone did that? Would Disney security be on them immediately?

I never noticed the Mickey on Duffy's face! Glad I'm not the only one. I figure that I probably am usually too busy avoiding Duffy to notice his face. For some reason, the little chef one caught my eye, though.

All the food is making me soo hungry! I doubt we ever try F&W so it's great to see what they have to offer. I'd love to sample it all someday.. but I am really hungry right now. :laughing:

Love that you're headed back to the Poly for breakfast!
Why not hit F&W someday? That could be a fun weekend excursion maybe.

It's taken me days to catch up on the DIS but i finally did it! Loving the food pics!!!!
I totally understand the catching up challenge. I've been trying to do the same, what with the holidays and all. Congrats on your little girl...very pretty name too!

jc040404
01-05-2012, 11:33 PM
Why not hit F&W someday? That could be a fun weekend excursion maybe.



It's all mommy guilt! The boys have zero interest in the idea of walking around WS to try food. Andrew's seen lots of TR pics of it and I get an "Ick!" to most of them. It would be an awesome thing for just dh and me to do, but I could never see myself going to WDW without them. It's on the "Someday" list! I'm glad I have TRs like yours' to live through for now! :thumbsup2

Dugette
01-15-2012, 07:27 PM
It's all mommy guilt! The boys have zero interest in the idea of walking around WS to try food. Andrew's seen lots of TR pics of it and I get an "Ick!" to most of them. It would be an awesome thing for just dh and me to do, but I could never see myself going to WDW without them. It's on the "Someday" list! I'm glad I have TRs like yours' to live through for now! :thumbsup2

Oh, that makes sense. There are pretty limited items that would appeal to little boys. I hope you get there someday! :goodvibes

Hey, everybody who's still around. Sorry it's been nearly a month since an update, but I've got one for you coming right up!

Dugette
01-15-2012, 08:23 PM
We were up early this morning, since we had breakfast plans at the Poly. However, since we only had Quick Service dining, we’d be passing up good ol’ Kona for Captain Cook’s. After all, they have Tonga Toast too!

I think we left prior to 7am this morning! We took a bus from Pop to the MK, then hopped on the resort monorail to get to the Poly.

It started raining during our journey. Luckily, we were prepared with a backpack containing ponchos and umbrellas.

Once inside the Poly, Dug got a coffee from the little Kona Coffee Island:

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At Captain Cook’s, we redeemed two meal credits. We got Tonga Toast and a Bounty Platter to share:

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The Bounty Platter was okay, but nothing too special. The Tonga Toast was enjoyable, but not as good as the version they have at Kona. This one didn’t have as much filling and it doesn’t come with that strawberry compote to pour over it (Dug used syrup and strawberry jam as a substitute, though).

Even though the food wasn’t amazing, it wasn’t bad and it was nice to start our day off at the Poly. It’s always nice to be there. :cloud9:

After breakfast, we had an important matter to attend to: we had to go hunt in the sand for camera batteries. We re-traced our steps and searched thoroughly under the hammock Dug had been in, but no sign of the batteries. After some extensive digging through the sand, it was clear they weren’t there. Oh, well.

We made our way over to the boat dock to take a boat to the Magic Kingdom. Dug loves how these trash cans politely ask him to waste :laughing::

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The boat ride was pleasant and the rain had subsided. It was overcast, but decent. At one point, I wondered if I was seeing a shark fin :eek: :

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Nope, just a buoy. Just looked funny from a distance, though!

Soon, we were pulling up to our morning destination:

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Due to lugging the backpack of rain gear, we had to go through bag check this time. No fun when you’re carrying a backpack with lots and lots of zippers on it. Not to mention the long line to wait in.

Once we entered the MK, we looked around and noticed that there was only a 5 minute wait posted to meet Mickey & Minnie! We hadn’t planned it, but how could we pass that up? We headed in here:

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So empty:

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We only had to wait for a few families to see this guy:

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The family in front of us had fun Mickey ears from the Epcot countries. Unique. Soon, it was our turn:

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It was a fun little meeting and neat to see the new meet & greet area.

After that diversion, we made our way to Tomorrowland. But first, a random story that I forgot from the previous morning: while we waited in line for Dumbo, a little girl saw my anniversary button and said, very excitedly, “Happy Birthday!!!!!” :rotfl: I thanked her, as I couldn’t bear to correct her. No point to that story, just throwing it in since I remembered it.

Back to Tomorrowland now! We cut through the confectionary on our way. Such a beautiful store! So fun to ogle all the goodies! We continued past these:

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No pic, but I also stopped to admire the poster for the “Tomorrowland Tower Hover Hotel”…love the theming! In case you’re wondering (since I can see this on my video), it’s located, “Three miles directly above Tomorrowland on the Atmosphere Three Skyway Exit.” I wish I could read the rest of the poster, but it’s too small to make out. Oh, wait, I just accidentally found some zoom feature on my camera, so now I can read this:

*Luxurious Gravity and Anti-Gravity Suites
*Easy Access Landing Pads
*Helpful Robot Valets in Every Room
*Jupiter Water Mineral Baths
*Venus Rock Grotto
*Award Winning Automat
*Free On Earth Picture Phone Calls

So, that’s what to expect in the future, folks!

When we arrived in Tomorrowland, Buzz had a long line and Space had a short one. How weird and backwards! :confused3 So, we went to Space because of the 15 minute posted wait. We also decided to grab some Space Fast Passes, since they would be good so soon: we got 10:15-11:15am. Sure enough, the wait was almost non-existent. We walked all the way through, went left, then just waited in a very short line. We even got our own spaceship—first and second seats without anyone in the third.

After the ride, Dug stopped into the Tomorrowland phone booth to see what it did. The future voice informed him that, “As always, it will be a great big beautiful tomorrow.” Informative.

Next up was the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor. I think we grabbed some Buzz Fast Passes on the way. As usual, Dug texted in a joke (or two), but it didn’t get used this time. Bummer. Still enjoyed the show!

Here are the jokes he texted, for the record:

1.) What is Sully's favorite cartoon? The Scare Bears.

2.) Monster walks into a bar. Bartender says, "What'll you have?" Monster says, "You! Nom nom nom!"

Then we headed to the Peoplemover. We had to walk up the ramp, though, as the walkway was not moving. As usual, we enjoyed the ride.

Next, we headed into the Carousel of Progress. Since it was nearly empty, we took a front row seat and enjoyed the show.

The time then arrived to use our Space Mountain Fast Passes. As it was, the wait was only up to 20 minutes, I think. But we used them anyway. Ended up on the right side this time. Another good ride. We were split up, though, as Dug was in the last seat of one car and I was in the front of another.

As we came out into the gift shop, we were greeted with the sight of pouring down rain! I think it was around 10:30am at that point. Thank goodness we were prepared! We pulled out the umbrellas and made our way over to Buzz to redeem our Fast Passes. :umbrella:

We did pretty good. I got 338,800 and Dug blew me away with 842,200. As we were checking out our picture on the display, I saw a couple of people wearing tails…interesting. :confused3 I believe we grabbed another set of Fast Passes on the way out.

It was now lunchtime. We were trying another place for the first time: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. We split a chicken and ribs combo platter, since it’s a great deal for one counter service credit. We got a mango gelato for dessert:

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We grabbed a table down near Sonny Eclipse:

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We enjoyed our food and the silly entertainment. That platter was a ton of food, even for two people! (Just noticed, you can hardly see the green beans in the picture, but there were a lot of them).

After lunch, we went back to Buzz and used our Fast Passes. We didn’t do as well this time. I got only 113,600 and Dug got 613,000.

When we came out, it was downpouring again. Most people were unprepared and hanging out under overhangs. Even with our umbrellas, though, we were getting wet because the rain was so hard and soaking our legs, so we tried to walk under overhangs even with the umbrellas. We finally made our way out of the MK and got on the monorail to Epcot. Dug dealt with a problem at work while we rode the monorail. By the time we arrived in Epcot, the rain had died down significantly.

Up next: Food & Wine, a creative nap break, Downtown Disney, and a yummy dinner.

KatGarcia
01-15-2012, 11:29 PM
I like that idea of using syrup and strawberry jam as a sub for the sauce! I never did see why they dont have the sauce at Capt Cooks?!

jc040404
01-16-2012, 10:14 AM
Wow. That is a ton of food. I don't think I've ever had an actual meal in that place before. The food looks so messy. Yummy, but soo messy. :thumbsup2

Loving all the random people comments. Tails? How odd.. Cute about the little girl that wished a happy birthday to you. :laughing:

You lost with this Tomorrowland phone booth though..Huh? I never knew there was such a thing..? :confused3

Sounds like a fun time, minus the icky rain & lack of luck in finding the battery!

disneybarbie
01-29-2012, 07:28 AM
Hi! Didn't notice you'd started this.. all caught up :goodvibes

Looks like a really fun trip so far, and love all of your photos! DH and I are going this October and can't wait for the Food & Wine Festival.


Looking forward to more popcorn::


Emma princess: x

disneybarbie
01-29-2012, 07:29 AM
Hi! Didn't notice you'd started this.. all caught up :goodvibes

Looks like a really fun trip so far, and love all of your photos! DH and I are going this October and can't wait for the Food & Wine Festival.


Looking forward to more popcorn::


Emma princess: x

Nermel9
01-29-2012, 09:01 AM
I think if I'm ever going to try Tonga Toast, I'm going to get it at Captain Cook's, because I don't like the idea of that strawberry stuff being on it, and if it comes without it there, that's great! I'm still not sure I'll even like it though, I don't like bananas! I want to try it, though!!! :rotfl:

Your Mickey and Minnie picture is really cute! I love your random Tomorrowland pictures, they make me really wish that I was in MK right now! I'm so sad that I still don't have a ticker. :sad1:

This was October 7? That was the last full day of our October trip, and that's when the rain started! We got enough rain that day and the next day to last me a year! :laughing:

pink5683
02-07-2012, 10:12 AM
I just found this, and I am so glad I did!

Your last TR was a great primer for me, as I was in the process of planning a Poly CL trip, and THEN I ended up going back a couple months later for MVMCP.

Now it looks like I am following in your footsteps again and planning an October 2013 trip so we can do F&W and MNSSHP!!!

Loving the report so far and can't wait to read more!

Dugette
02-25-2012, 10:49 AM
Hi, everybody! I'm sorry I'm so pathetically slow with this TR! It's been a very busy time at work (accounting year-end at the end of January) and my boss left and was just finally replaced, so I haven't had much time to do anything on the DIS. But, I'm finally ready to work on an update this morning!

I like that idea of using syrup and strawberry jam as a sub for the sauce! I never did see why they dont have the sauce at Capt Cooks?!
I don't see why they don't have the sauce available at CC's either. How hard can it be to bring a few pitchers down from Kona? They could charge extra for it and I'd buy it. Oh, well.

Wow. That is a ton of food. I don't think I've ever had an actual meal in that place before. The food looks so messy. Yummy, but soo messy. :thumbsup2
Yeah, I'm not big on messy food either. Dug got most of the messy stuff and I shoveled in the utensil-fed items, like potatoes and green beans. It was pretty good, though, and definitely a good CS credit value.

Loving all the random people comments. Tails? How odd.. Cute about the little girl that wished a happy birthday to you. :laughing:
Yep, tails. Reminds me of one time, years ago, at Perkins, we saw a group of people wearing tails walk in. :confused3 That little girl was so proud of herself for wishing me a "happy birthday!"...very cute!

You lost with this Tomorrowland phone booth though..Huh? I never knew there was such a thing..? :confused3
You know, I don't usually notice it either, but Dug happened across it and it's on our video. I think it might be near the Lunching Pad, but can't remember for sure. Just a fun little diversion-type thing.

Sounds like a fun time, minus the icky rain & lack of luck in finding the battery!
Yes, except the icky rain will be getting a lot worse! :eek:

Hi! Didn't notice you'd started this.. all caught up :goodvibes

Looks like a really fun trip so far, and love all of your photos! DH and I are going this October and can't wait for the Food & Wine Festival.


Looking forward to more popcorn::


Emma princess: x
I'm glad you're here! That's great that you guys are doing the F&W festival! I'm sure you'll love it!

I actually came across your PTR the other day and subscribed, but haven't had the time to go back and read yet, but I'll be over there when I can!

I think if I'm ever going to try Tonga Toast, I'm going to get it at Captain Cook's, because I don't like the idea of that strawberry stuff being on it, and if it comes without it there, that's great! I'm still not sure I'll even like it though, I don't like bananas! I want to try it, though!!! :rotfl:
For what it's worth, they just have a little cup of the strawberry stuff on the side (with the syrups) at Kona, so you don't have to have it on your Tonga Toast. I know what you mean, kinda. I actually don't like French Toast (but I do like bananas), but this was still enjoyable. It's kinda like eating a big, sugary donut, really.

Your Mickey and Minnie picture is really cute! I love your random Tomorrowland pictures, they make me really wish that I was in MK right now! I'm so sad that I still don't have a ticker. :sad1:
I'm so slow at replying that you do have a ticker now! :rotfl:

This was October 7? That was the last full day of our October trip, and that's when the rain started! We got enough rain that day and the next day to last me a year! :laughing:
Yes, this and the next day were the Orlando monsoon!

I just found this, and I am so glad I did!

Your last TR was a great primer for me, as I was in the process of planning a Poly CL trip, and THEN I ended up going back a couple months later for MVMCP.

Now it looks like I am following in your footsteps again and planning an October 2013 trip so we can do F&W and MNSSHP!!!

Loving the report so far and can't wait to read more!
Glad you're here! I'm so glad our last TR could help with your trip planning! How was your Poly CL trip? I so miss that place... :cloud9:

The fall trip will be a great change of pace from the holidays, but still filled with special events. That's one of the awesome things about WDW...depending on the time of year, it's like a whole different place.

Dugette
02-25-2012, 12:36 PM
Our monorail arrived at Epcot and we were happy to see that the rain had let up. It was just wet out now (well, for now…:rolleyes1)

As it often is, our first stop was Club Cool. As we got all Costa Rican Fanta’d up, we observed what appeared to be a 2-person flash mob in Club Cool! Two girls came in, then suddenly started dancing. :dancer::dancer: Funny!

After we were sufficiently hydrated, we made our way towards World Showcase. We stopped on the way to check out the cranberry bog, with two guys (what would you call them? boggers???:confused:) in it, wearing their hip boots, pushing cranberries around.

We made our way over to one and Dug chatted with him for a bit. I don’t remember much of the conversation anymore, but I think he explained how cranberry bogs work. They essentially flood the cranberries off of their bushes, rather than picking them, I think. Something like that, at least.

With that, we moved onto our first food booth of the day: Australia. The items here were primarily for Dug. We got the Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze and the Grilled Lamb Chop with Potato-Goat Cheese Salad and Shiraz Reduction:

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Dug described the shrimp as “Moderately spicy. Tasty.” He said the lamb chop and potato-goat cheese salad were 5 stars and the lamb was nice and moist. I had some of the potato-goat cheese salad and found it to be quite tasty.

Oh, also, the team working the Australia booth sang us a song for our anniversary. Something involving “oy oy oy”, according to Dug’s notes on Twitter. Cute!

On the way to our next stop, we passed Duffy-the-ever-present-Disney-bear doing meet and greets. I still don't get him.

Our next stop was the Brazil booth. We got one of everything here. Seared Mahi Mahi with steamed Rice, Hearts of Palm, and Coconut-Lime Sauce:

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Brazil’s National Dish — Feijoada (a Black Bean and Pork Stew):

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LeBlon Frozen Caipirinha:

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Here is Dug’s tweet to describe the fare:

Mahi Mahi nice and complex flavor, delicately balanced. Feijoada on the good side of meh. Calpiriniha a good cocktail drink.

I skipped the Mahi Mahi, but had some of both of the others and I agree with his assessments.

We found a spot somewhere to sit and eat, I think along a wall or something. I watched ducks bobbing in the water in front of us. So funny to watch them going tails-up over and over. Dug talked on the phone to his friend who had stopped in at our house to feed and check on our cat. All was well.

Our next stop was delicious Ireland. There were a couple of favorites from last year that needed to be enjoyed once again. We got a Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie (for Dug) and a Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Ganache to share:

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We found a bench back near where the British band performs and sat to eat our delightful treats. Dug’s tweet:

It's official, Fisherman's Pie is the best savory dish, lava cake the best dessert. No contest. So rich and flavorful!

We enjoyed every last morsel of these items. We also had entertainment while doing so. There was a teenage girl hanging out on the curb, eating her “chips” (fries) and she had befriended a Disney Squirrel. The squirrel was eating chips our of her hands. :scared1: She kept trying to get a picture of her new friend. We got one:

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Can you imagine eating a fry (chip) as big as your head?! Disney Squirrels do not starve, that’s for sure. (They also don’t win any squirrel health awards, either, but somehow I don’t think squirrels give those out anyway:rotfl:).

I have to mention that we were extremely lucky that it did not rain during our Food & Wine segment of the day. Food & Wine is difficult enough as is, carrying around all those little plates and glasses, balancing them on trash cans to eat, trying to take pictures of said food, etc. Try carrying an umbrella along with that. Again, we were lucky there was a nice break in the weather.

By now, it was break time. We’d had trouble figuring out how this day would work when we planned it out. We had been trying to build naps at Pop into our schedule most days. But there was just no way to make that work and do the other things we wanted to on this day. So, I had come up with the idea :idea: of finding another suitable “resting” place. When we stayed at the Beach Club the previous year, we never really had much of a chance to enjoy their peaceful Solarium (except right before we left), so what better opportunity than now?

We strolled on over to the Beach Club, ready for a break. It was a quiet, peaceful walk over there. When we arrived back at the Solarium, we were pleased to see that it was nearly empty mid-day!

We found a couple seats and sat down for a few minutes. Then, someone who had been on a nice, private couch in the corner got up and left. We jumped up and snatched the great nap-den. Kicked off our shoes and got comfy. So classy we are. :rolleyes: Here’s the view from our cozy corner:

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And, yes, I really did lay down on the couch and take a nap:

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This turned out to be a great, refreshing break. Just what we’d needed.

Once we were rested up, we made our way out of the Beach Club. On the way, we saw an unfortunate sight…someone had decided to roast Donald on the fire:

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Poor, little Donald! :sad2:

We made our way out to the bus stop to get a bus to Downtown Disney. It was time to do some of our Christmas shopping. It had gone over pretty well the year before when we brought home Christmas gifts from Disney for family, so we thought we’d do it again. And, luckily, the weather was still decent.

As we were waiting for the bus, I heard someone talking about a turtle. I looked where they were looking and, sure enough, in back of the bus stop there was a turtle (a big one) crawling around next to the water. Again, I have it on video, so whenever I download that, I’ll try to post it. We ended up talking to the other couple there a bit. They were a little older couple (40’s-50’s) and, if I remember correctly, they were celebrating their first anniversary. First marriage for both. Very cool! They were also super nice and were loving WDW.

Our bus soon arrived and we were on our way to Downtown Disney. On the way, I looked out the window at the car next to us and saw a woman driving, smoking, and staring at the screen of her smartphone all at once. Yikes!

Our first stop once we arrived at Downtown Disney was the Christmas store. We picked out ornaments for each of Dug’s parents and siblings, plus we got one for ourselves (a bell with the castle on top of it). Such a fun store to wander around!

We made a quick stop into Ghirardelli to get our free samples. We got Pumpkin Spice chocolates. Pretty good.

We also went to Basin. I had read on a TR that there were bath bombs that had Mickey heads that came out when you used them. Sounded cool, so I had to get one. Strangely enough, still haven’t used it, but I have it! We also found a gift for Dug’s brother’s girlfriend. It was solid soap, but it looked just like a baggie of water with a Nemo fish in it. Pretty cool.

Next stop was for dinner at Earl of Sandwich. Not the best value for a CS credit ($-wise), but it’s such yummy food!! Dug got the Original and I got the Caprese. For our desserts, we’d heard good things on the Disney Food Blog about the brownie sandwiches, so we got a vanilla and a peanut butter one. Although it was crowded, we were lucky enough to snag a booth right by the door as a couple was getting up to leave. Here’s our goodies:

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Dug described his as a perfect, simple roast beef sandwich and very tangy. My Caprese was also very good and the balsamic vinaigrette on it was tasty. We both enjoyed our meal. I believe that we split one of the brownie sandwiches while we were there (the vanilla) and saved the peanut butter one for later.

After that yummy meal, it was time to go catch a bus to the Poly. What, but we’re not staying there, you say. But that doesn’t mean we can’t spend our whole evening hanging out there, right? :cloud9:

Up next: Living like a Polynesian!

disneybarbie
02-25-2012, 01:19 PM
Great update! I love the look of the solarium at the BCV :thumbsup2 .. poor baby Donald though ;)

I probably shouldn't have looked at all of those photos of F&W food before dinner, soo hungry now!


Emma princess: x

Mom&RN
02-25-2012, 06:01 PM
Believe it or not the cranberry raisers are just called farmers. Cranberry farmers. Cranberries grow in sandy wet soil called cranberry bogs and when the berries are ripe they flood the bogs and since the berries have a lot of air pockets in them they pull off the plants and float to the surface. Then they use floating planks to "herd" the cranberries towards a moving belt that puts them into the back of a big truck. I grew up near cape cod in Massachusetts where lots of cranberries are grown.

Loving your trip report, glad I found it!

TheThomsLuvDisney
02-25-2012, 10:10 PM
Yay, an update!:goodvibes

Earl of Sanwich is our FAVORITE! We keep hoping they will open one in Seattle. I did hear they are about to open one in Downtown Disneyland.

TheThomsLuvDisney
02-25-2012, 10:16 PM
Yay, an update!:goodvibes

Earl of Sanwich is our FAVORITE! We keep hoping they will open one in Seattle. I did hear they are about to open one in Downtown Disneyland.

KatGarcia
02-27-2012, 09:05 PM
Being slow about the report makes the trip last longer, whats wrong with that?!

Love the resting and relaxing going on- sounds heavenly!

Nermel9
02-27-2012, 09:46 PM
Great update! Brandon loved that Fisherman's Pie, I wasn't really impressed! :rotfl:

Haha, I never even thought about napping at the Beach Club, that's a good idea!

Mmm, Earl of Sandwich, I LOVE that place! :lovestruc

jecskc
02-27-2012, 10:03 PM
YAY for an update !! Love your food reviews !! I hate we are missing F&W this year !! Looking forward to reading more !!

teacherjmc
02-27-2012, 10:20 PM
I love your report title. Have been hearing the song in my head the whole time I was reading (all seven pages)!

jc040404
02-28-2012, 08:52 AM
An Update!!

Oh my! Poor baby Donald! Who would do such a thing? :sad1: That was different!

Yay for more F&W fun. I loved that you got an anniversary song and the squirrel story was cute. Loving that you're headed back to the Poly, even though you're not staying there this time. :laughing:

Now I need something to eat! All this food is making me hungry again!! :rotfl:

Dugette
03-03-2012, 04:39 PM
Great update! I love the look of the solarium at the BCV :thumbsup2 .. poor baby Donald though ;)

I probably shouldn't have looked at all of those photos of F&W food before dinner, soo hungry now!


Emma princess: x
I know, I did that update before eating lunch and boy did it make me hungry! :rotfl:

Believe it or not the cranberry raisers are just called farmers. Cranberry farmers. Cranberries grow in sandy wet soil called cranberry bogs and when the berries are ripe they flood the bogs and since the berries have a lot of air pockets in them they pull off the plants and float to the surface. Then they use floating planks to "herd" the cranberries towards a moving belt that puts them into the back of a big truck. I grew up near cape cod in Massachusetts where lots of cranberries are grown.

Loving your trip report, glad I found it!
:welcome: Farmers makes sense. Thanks for the explanation. I had the general idea right, then! :thumbsup2

Yay, an update!:goodvibes

Earl of Sanwich is our FAVORITE! We keep hoping they will open one in Seattle. I did hear they are about to open one in Downtown Disneyland.
Really, there will be one in Disneyland? Good to know for whenever we get there!

Being slow about the report makes the trip last longer, whats wrong with that?!

Love the resting and relaxing going on- sounds heavenly!
I'm glad you're enjoying the slowness! This TR has far outlived our planning for the trip! :rotfl:

Great update! Brandon loved that Fisherman's Pie, I wasn't really impressed! :rotfl:

Haha, I never even thought about napping at the Beach Club, that's a good idea!

Mmm, Earl of Sandwich, I LOVE that place! :lovestruc
Yeah, I didn't try the Fisherman's Pie, since I avoid seafood, but Dug sure loved it. And the Beach Club is great for a nap! I suppose you'll have a room there on your next trip, but if you need an alternative, that solarium is pretty nice!

YAY for an update !! Love your food reviews !! I hate we are missing F&W this year !! Looking forward to reading more !!
Thanks! No fun to miss F&W! We'll have to live vicariously through TRs and the Disney Food Blog, I guess!

I love your report title. Have been hearing the song in my head the whole time I was reading (all seven pages)!
:welcome: Thanks! That song gets stuck in my head pretty often when I do updates on this too!

An Update!!

Oh my! Poor baby Donald! Who would do such a thing? :sad1: That was different!

Yay for more F&W fun. I loved that you got an anniversary song and the squirrel story was cute. Loving that you're headed back to the Poly, even though you're not staying there this time. :laughing:

Now I need something to eat! All this food is making me hungry again!! :rotfl:
I know, poor baby Donald. That was just bizarre. At least it wasn't a real fire, so he survived and all. We had a really nice night at the Poly!

Dugette
03-03-2012, 05:10 PM
Okay, so besides being busy with work and all, I do actually have another excuse for being SOOOOO slow with this Trip Report. I'm a little distracted...:rolleyes1



Because there will be a new Disney fan around here come September! pixiedust:

Meet Dug Baby*:

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He or she is due 9/7/12 and we are so excited! :woohoo:

I will also add, for those of you who are long-time followers, that we've been waiting a very long time for Dug Baby to join us and that is the other (somewhat mysterious, since I never talked about it) reason for our Year of Disney in 2010. We thought (and had budgeted) that we'd be paying for daycare every month by then. Not necessary at that point, so we thought we should use some of the money for a once-in-a-lifetime type thing, so that we didn't get used to having extra money in our budget, since we hoped to be needing daycare someday. And that's when the Year of Disney idea was born. And it was a wonderful year and a perfect way to distract ourselves! So, now you have the rest of the story.

However, Disney is now a big part of our lives, since we both love it. So, clearly Dug Baby will be loving it too. We plan to do a Disney-themed nursery. No specific character/movie, just general Disney. We have a ton of random stuff (lithographs, stuffed animals, etc.) that would go well in there and maybe we can even frame some pics from our WDW trips. It will be fun!

Also, I am definitely going to need some help planning Dug Baby's first trip. :cool1: Sometime soon, I'll probably start a Pre-Trip Report to get some advice. We have no solid plans right now, but have talked about when/where to go. Our top two thoughts right now are:

1.) Go to WDW in December 2013. Dug Baby should be around 15 months and the holiday stuff will be in full swing. That might be nice. Plus, the new Fantasyland should be all up and running, I believe. And that's something we can't wait to see.
2.) If we can't wait that long, maybe a Disney Cruise would be a good trip for us. I'm thinking that it would be a nice way to travel with an infant, since your room and all your stuff goes with you everywhere. We could do that maybe in early 2013.

Of course, for either of these, we need to take a good look at our travel budget and available vacation time first.

So, I'll probably be needing advice and links to Trip Reports with infants! But, like I said, I'll try to get a PTR started soon to work on that. After all, I've still got a lot of this trip to report on! And I plan to do so, don't worry!

But, more Disney adventures are sure to come for the Dug Pack!

*A&Bmama-I have no idea if you are ever even on the DIS anymore, but if you happen to be lurking around: I told you I'd steal your "Dug Baby" idea someday! :rotfl: Thanks!

DisneyDreamerMN
03-03-2012, 05:34 PM
Congrats to you both! :lovestruc
Can't wait to hear more!

reelmom
03-03-2012, 05:40 PM
Congratulations! I am so excited for you guys.

wild.zinnia
03-03-2012, 06:04 PM
Congratulations!!! :)

Nermel9
03-03-2012, 08:13 PM
Yay, congrats on your little Dug Baby! :goodvibes :woohoo: :dance3:

You know, your due date is one day after my birthday, maybe he or she will come a day early! :banana:

Avojeo
03-03-2012, 08:22 PM
I have lurked on your trip reports especially the food and wine ones since we will be going there this year during the food and wine! I wanted to say Congrats!! We too have waited a long time for our little one and used Disney as our distraction as well. Congrats again and can't wait to see if you go Disney or the Cruise line with an infant. We are planning to take our baby to Disney at 3 month and 4 month old because I got tired of not planning trips just in case we got pregnant. Well trips are planned with family and we are due July 14th so we will see how well that goes. I would love to do the Cruise Line but was nervous about taking an infant since we have never done it before. Truly excited for you though.

TheThomsLuvDisney
03-03-2012, 09:59 PM
:woohoo: Woo-Hoo :woohoo:
Congratulations guys, I'm soooo happy for the both of you!

We have been taking our girls to Disney since they were infants. Our oldest was 6 months her first trip and our youngest was 4 months on her first trip and we typically make one sometimes two trips to Disney each year!!! Our oldest daughter was 2 on her first "Magical" cruise and Sammi was 4. We have cruised with friends and family who brought children of all ages, everyone is happy!!!! When Mackenzie was 2 on our first on the Magic, we were able to "hire" Disney staff to come to room and babysit so we could go out, it was awesome!

Again, congratulations and I can't wait to here what you decide for the next trip!!

disneybarbie
03-04-2012, 08:38 AM
Congratulations!! Hope you are feeling ok... looking forward to hearing about your future trips with the baby :goodvibes



Emma princess: x

jc040404
03-04-2012, 11:03 AM
Congrats!!! I'm so excited for the both of you! Dug Baby looks like a Disney fan already. ;) A Disney nursery sounds adorable, btw.

I can't wait to follow along with the first trip planning!!

Dugette
03-04-2012, 11:48 AM
Congrats to you both! :lovestruc
Can't wait to hear more!
Thanks! I can't wait to start planning!

Congratulations! I am so excited for you guys.
Thank you! We are so excited too!

Congratulations!!! :)
Thank you very much!

Yay, congrats on your little Dug Baby! :goodvibes :woohoo: :dance3:

You know, your due date is one day after my birthday, maybe he or she will come a day early! :banana:
You have the same birthday as my mom! She said the same thing too! Actually, our ultrasound on Monday measured one day ahead, so maybe it wil happen! Who knows, though?

I have lurked on your trip reports especially the food and wine ones since we will be going there this year during the food and wine! I wanted to say Congrats!! We too have waited a long time for our little one and used Disney as our distraction as well. Congrats again and can't wait to see if you go Disney or the Cruise line with an infant. We are planning to take our baby to Disney at 3 month and 4 month old because I got tired of not planning trips just in case we got pregnant. Well trips are planned with family and we are due July 14th so we will see how well that goes. I would love to do the Cruise Line but was nervous about taking an infant since we have never done it before. Truly excited for you though.
Thanks for coming out of lurkdom! :goodvibes I hope you have a wonderful time at Food & Wine...such a fun time to be there! Also nice to to know someone else who understands the waiting and the Disney distraction. Congratulations to you also! I completely understand the to-plan-or-not-to-plan situation - you don't want to stop living your life while waiting. I would think F&W would work out well w/a little one, since it's pretty unstructured and you can come and go as you please. We've done a cruise before (not Disney, though), so it would be new to us, but also somewhat familiar. I did find an older Disney Cruise TR w/a 4-month-old, so I've been reading that over lunch at work. Anyway, hope all goes well for you and that your little one enjoys F&W!

:woohoo: Woo-Hoo :woohoo:
Congratulations guys, I'm soooo happy for the both of you!

We have been taking our girls to Disney since they were infants. Our oldest was 6 months her first trip and our youngest was 4 months on her first trip and we typically make one sometimes two trips to Disney each year!!! Our oldest daughter was 2 on her first "Magical" cruise and Sammi was 4. We have cruised with friends and family who brought children of all ages, everyone is happy!!!! When Mackenzie was 2 on our first on the Magic, we were able to "hire" Disney staff to come to room and babysit so we could go out, it was awesome!

Again, congratulations and I can't wait to here what you decide for the next trip!!
Thanks so much! Wow, I didn't realize you'd been taking your girls since they were so little. This is going to be so hard to figure out what to do! Dug even mentioned yesterday that maybe we should try to find a way to do both! :eek:

Congratulations!! Hope you are feeling ok... looking forward to hearing about your future trips with the baby :goodvibes



Emma princess: x
Thanks, Emma. I have been feeling generally pretty good, thankfully. I was spared the real "morning sickness" and have mostly felt relatively normal. I'm just hoping to have more energy back soon!

Congrats!!! I'm so excited for the both of you! Dug Baby looks like a Disney fan already. ;) A Disney nursery sounds adorable, btw.

I can't wait to follow along with the first trip planning!!
Thanks! How old was Blake when your first Year of Disney started? I might have to go back and re-read some of that! When you said Dug Baby looks like a Disney fan already, I couldn't help but picture an ultrasound with a little pair of Mickey ears in it! :rotfl: I can't wait to actually start putting things in the nursery. It's still a guest room now, but it will get much cuter soon!

TheThomsLuvDisney
03-04-2012, 01:12 PM
[QUOTE=Dugette;44213673]Thanks so much! Wow, I didn't realize you'd been taking your girls since they were so little. This is going to be so hard to figure out what to do! Dug even mentioned yesterday that maybe we should try to find a way to do both! :eek:QUOTE]

Dug is onto something there:banana:. That's our most favorite vacation, WDW & Cruise, I guess that's why I only list those in my signature!!!:laughing:

AprilRenee
03-04-2012, 03:50 PM
Oh my goodness!! Congratulations!!! :cool1::cool1:
So if Dug Baby is due in Sept that puts you right about 12 weeks? You're just starting the really fun time, 1st trimester is over and you'll be hopefully getting your energy back!!! At least until you hit the 3rd trimester. :) I'm at 35 weeks and I get crazy tired now just doing ordinary tasks. So take advantage of that energy while you have it!
We only have 5 weeks left til our due date and I can't wait!

I'm almost done with my Disney themed nursery. We went with Vintage Disney with a blue and green color scheme (we're having a boy). I had this awesome calendar with a vintage Disney movie poster on each month so I used that as inspiration and had fun! I'll post some pics once it's done so you can see!

I just finished reading a TR with a 1 yr old baby. It was: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2832745

Dugette
03-04-2012, 04:45 PM
Dug is onto something there:banana:. That's our most favorite vacation, WDW & Cruise, I guess that's why I only list those in my signature!!!:laughing:
It sounds wonderful! :cloud9: I can imagine why they're your favorites! We'll have to see what we can make happen!

Oh my goodness!! Congratulations!!! :cool1::cool1:
So if Dug Baby is due in Sept that puts you right about 12 weeks?
Just over 13 now, actually. :cool1:

You're just starting the really fun time, 1st trimester is over and you'll be hopefully getting your energy back!!!
I can't wait. That's been my biggest symptom: exhaustion. I sort-of feel like I'm getting my energy back, but it's more like my brain is going non-stop with all the things I want to do and my body is too tired to get off the couch for long. Hopefully both will cooperate soon! :rotfl:

At least until you hit the 3rd trimester. :) I'm at 35 weeks and I get crazy tired now just doing ordinary tasks. So take advantage of that energy while you have it!
We only have 5 weeks left til our due date and I can't wait!
I've heard that about the 3rd trimester, so I'm hoping to get as much done during the Spring as possible. Can't believe you're so close already!

I'm almost done with my Disney themed nursery. We went with Vintage Disney with a blue and green color scheme (we're having a boy). I had this awesome calendar with a vintage Disney movie poster on each month so I used that as inspiration and had fun! I'll post some pics once it's done so you can see!
I would love to see pictures when you're done! That sounds really cute! And I could use the ideas!

I just finished reading a TR with a 1 yr old baby. It was: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2832745
Coincidentally, I ran across that exact TR last night and stayed up late reading the whole thing in one sitting. Loved it! If there's anything that could convince someone that taking a 1-year-old to WDW is a brilliant idea, all the adorable pictures in that TR are it! So cute with loving all the characters! I can only hope that Dug Baby will be like that little one!

Mom&RN
03-06-2012, 07:18 AM
Congratulations!!! :cheer2: I am so happy for you both! The only thing that can make Disney more magical than it already is, is seeing it through the eyes of your child pixiedust:

jc040404
03-06-2012, 10:48 AM
Thanks! How old was Blake when your first Year of Disney started? I might have to go back and re-read some of that!

We started on the day before Blake's first birthday! I think that TR is long gone after my photobucket troubles, but I thought WDW with the little guy was a piece of cake. Now, that could be the magical way Disney makes everything seem wonderful when you look back, but it's a lot of fun when they're smaller. I miss riding IASW with baby Blake. They're too cute when they're babies! He wasn't a character fan though. :laughing: We took Andrew for his first birthday and he loved them. Ya never know, I suppose. :laughing:


When you said Dug Baby looks like a Disney fan already, I couldn't help but picture an ultrasound with a little pair of Mickey ears in it! :rotfl:

I actually thought the same thing when I was typing it! How cute would that be? :laughing:


I can't wait to actually start putting things in the nursery. It's still a guest room now, but it will get much cuter soon!

Have fun! I'd love to see pics. I'm currently in redecorating mode with the boys, but nurseries are soo much cuter than "big kid" rooms! So excited for you!

KatGarcia
03-06-2012, 01:04 PM
CONGRATS!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!!

I dunno if you read my TR but I am learning slowly but surely how to navigate WDW with a teeny tiny disney baby, so check it out if you have a chance!

I too have a general Disney theme going in Lily's room, I have too much stuff that I can pass of as kid stuff now to pick one character! LOL

So looking fwd to hearing all about Dug baby!

Dugette
03-12-2012, 11:52 PM
Congratulations!!! :cheer2: I am so happy for you both! The only thing that can make Disney more magical than it already is, is seeing it through the eyes of your child pixiedust:
Thank you so much! I can't wait. I spent much of the afternoon at work daydreaming about Dug Baby's first trip (I may have been on the Disney World and Disney Cruise sites a bit while "working" :rolleyes1)

We started on the day before Blake's first birthday! I think that TR is long gone after my photobucket troubles, but I thought WDW with the little guy was a piece of cake. Now, that could be the magical way Disney makes everything seem wonderful when you look back, but it's a lot of fun when they're smaller. I miss riding IASW with baby Blake. They're too cute when they're babies! He wasn't a character fan though. :laughing: We took Andrew for his first birthday and he loved them. Ya never know, I suppose. :laughing:
Really a bummer your TR is gone. :sad2: I'm glad to know that you found it to be a good time with little baby Blake, though. You know, every single TR I've seen with a really little kid in it involves LOTS of IASW rides, since the kids always love it. I've already warned Dug that we'll need to go on that, probably multiple times. :laughing:

I actually thought the same thing when I was typing it! How cute would that be? :laughing:
Too cute! If I had any Photoshop skills, I would totally try to do that! :rotfl:

Have fun! I'd love to see pics. I'm currently in redecorating mode with the boys, but nurseries are soo much cuter than "big kid" rooms! So excited for you!
Sounds like you have a cool dinosaur thing going for your boys, though...that sounds fun! Knowing us, it will probably be awhile before we have any nursery pics to share, but I will do so (probably on the PTR, whenever I start it). We did buy Dug Baby his/her first Mickey and Minnie recently, though. From the Disney Store website--they are specific for 2012, which we thought would be a nice birth year momento.

CONGRATS!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!!

I dunno if you read my TR but I am learning slowly but surely how to navigate WDW with a teeny tiny disney baby, so check it out if you have a chance!

I too have a general Disney theme going in Lily's room, I have too much stuff that I can pass of as kid stuff now to pick one character! LOL

So looking fwd to hearing all about Dug baby!
Thank you! I actually did pop over to your TR awhile back and I have to say I'm super impressed that you took your daughter at 3 weeks! Wow! :worship: It looks like she had a wonderful time, though (as much as a baby can, at least)!

That is exactly our nursery plan! Take all of our random Disney stuff and pass it off as kid stuff! :rotfl: So true. We'll have everything from the classic Mickey items that were my dad's as a child to the lithographs we just got with our Lady and the Tramp purchase (my fav Disney movie). And everything in between.

jecskc
03-13-2012, 12:05 AM
Congrats to you both!!!! Having a baby is the best thijng that ever happens to you !!! Best thing ever. So happy for you.

gellybean
03-13-2012, 02:22 AM
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :goodvibes

I'm just getting back into the DIS swing of things and this is definitely wonderful news to return to!!

So happy for you both! :hug:

Dugette
03-13-2012, 08:13 AM
Congrats to you both!!!! Having a baby is the best thijng that ever happens to you !!! Best thing ever. So happy for you.
Thank you so much! :goodvibes We are so excited and feel so blessed! Can't wait to meet this little one.

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :goodvibes

I'm just getting back into the DIS swing of things and this is definitely wonderful news to return to!!

So happy for you both! :hug:
Gellybean!!! I'm so, so happy to see you back on the DIS! :cool1::banana::woohoo: I had no idea that you'd re-started your TR! I popped over quick to look and I'm so glad to see that Addison is doing well and to see her pictures. I can't imagine all that you've been through since our DIS-meet. I have to go to work now, but I will get caught up on your TR tonight! So glad you're back! :hug:

A&Bmama
03-13-2012, 03:54 PM
*A&Bmama-I have no idea if you are ever even on the DIS anymore, but if you happen to be lurking around: I told you I'd steal your "Dug Baby" idea someday! :rotfl: Thanks!


OMG Dugette! I am so thrilled for you and Dug!!

Little Dug Baby...Ahh you are going have a great time with him/her when you visit WDW. It all be a brand new experience again!

I am not sure what made me come on here today but I am so glad I found this!! I have been trying to stay off the Disboards for the most part. We are planning our next trip to Florida (2013) but the family decision was that we would do everything but Disney on that trip. It will be a great time and I know it is the best decision for us this time round but when I am here I start to feel a little sad that I probably won't be back there until 2014 or even 2015.

How are you feeling? I remember when I was pregnant with my first that if I didn't know I was pregnant I would have thought I was dying of some terrible disease. The nausea wasn't too bad but I was tired beyond belief. I couldn't stand up for more than a few minutes and no amount of rest seemed to help. Just breathing in and out seemed to be so much of an effort. Thankfully some time between the 3rd and 4th month I began to feel human again.

I wish I could offer some advice on how to handle Disney with an infant but I don't have any. I do know that it will be a completly different experience for you and that it is going to be Awesome!

Please feel free to PM me if you have news, especially when the Baby is born. I will get a notice in my e-mail so that I will know something is going on.

Dugette
03-13-2012, 08:15 PM
OMG Dugette! I am so thrilled for you and Dug!!
What a great day it's been for hearing from old DIS-friends! :goodvibes Love it! So glad you popped in!

Little Dug Baby...Ahh you are going have a great time with him/her when you visit WDW. It all be a brand new experience again!
It sure will be. So fun to think about! I will have to start a very open-ended PTR soon to organize all these thoughts. It will be so very different!

I am not sure what made me come on here today but I am so glad I found this!!
You must have known your username was mentioned. A DIS-sense, maybe. I'm glad you popped on, though. I didn't know if you were ever around, but I've remembered for a long time that you mentioned the idea of us taking a "Dug Baby" someday, so I had to give you credit for the cute little nickname.

I have been trying to stay off the Disboards for the most part. We are planning our next trip to Florida (2013) but the family decision was that we would do everything but Disney on that trip. It will be a great time and I know it is the best decision for us this time round but when I am here I start to feel a little sad that I probably won't be back there until 2014 or even 2015.
That's gotta be rough. I can't imagine going to Florida w/o Disney. But I know there is a whole lot else to do, so hopefully everyone can get their fill and then be ready to come back to WDW next time. On the bright side, the Fantasyland Expansion should be all done by the time you make it. And maybe all this X-Pass stuff will be in place too. It will be a whole different World!

How are you feeling? I remember when I was pregnant with my first that if I didn't know I was pregnant I would have thought I was dying of some terrible disease. The nausea wasn't too bad but I was tired beyond belief. I couldn't stand up for more than a few minutes and no amount of rest seemed to help. Just breathing in and out seemed to be so much of an effort. Thankfully some time between the 3rd and 4th month I began to feel human again.
You know, for the most part, I've been very lucky. I haven't had any real morning sickness to speak of. Just some minor nausea that goes away with a snack. I did have one freak "protein spill" (Disney term ;)) incident right at the end of the first trimester, though. I'm guessing that was related to how badly pregnancy can mess up your digestive system. Hasn't happened again. And I'm 14.5 weeks now, so hopefully past the worst of it. For me, like you, it's just been extreme fatigue. Kind of a fog. Plus, coincidentally, due to changes at work, I had to put in a lot of extra hours, so that didn't help any. I think my energy is finally returning. Last weekend, I was a productivity machine (compared to the last three months, at least). Did tons of laundry, long-neglected cleaning, etc. I hope this keeps up!

I wish I could offer some advice on how to handle Disney with an infant but I don't have any. I do know that it will be a completly different experience for you and that it is going to be Awesome!
I actually was just checking out Gellybean's TR and she has a link to an older one where her son is 1, so I think I'm going to check that out later! I think I read it a long time ago, but I'll have a different perspective now.

Please feel free to PM me if you have news, especially when the Baby is born. I will get a notice in my e-mail so that I will know something is going on.
Sounds good. I know you're not hanging around on the DIS much, but feel free to pop in here whenever you like...I miss your hilarious commentary! :rotfl: Also, I'll start a PTR/P-Baby-R soon, so feel free to follow that. I'm thinking it's going to be a mix of general baby stuff and attempting to plan Disney stuff. :)

Dugette
03-25-2012, 12:37 AM
When we last left off, our bellies were full of Earl of Sandwich and we were catching a bus from Downtown Disney over to the Polynesian for the evening. The weather was okay at the time; a break in the rain.

We arrived at the Poly and headed into the Great Ceremonial House. I had developed a migraine at some point, so we headed over to the Tambu Lounge to sit and relax. The whole place was quite the madhouse, though. The entire second floor of the GCH was packed, since it was dinnertime.

We found a couple of seats in the lounge and enjoyed just being in the Poly. :cloud9: Since enjoying margaritas at La Hacienda had helped ease my headache on a previous trip, I ordered up what I’d been waiting for...the Island Sunset. I love this drink:

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We shared it and both enjoyed it. I felt a little bit better. What Dug was really looking forward to, though, was trying out the Sushi Bar. So, we headed over there next. The place was packed. Literally every single seat around and near the Sushi Bar was full. :crowded: Dug was disappointed, but we decided we’d try back later that evening. It would give him more time to work up an appetite anyway.

In the meantime, we had to find something to do until it was time to go find a spot on the beach for Hallowishes. You may remember that we had those arcade vouchers that came with our package. And it doesn’t matter which arcade you use them in. So, we headed to the Poly’s arcade.

Dug played a Star Wars game, of course. I tried the two pinball machines (cost half as much each as his Star Wars game). I did super well on the Pirates of the Caribbean one, but absolutely awful on the Tron one. And I really was playing with the same skill level on both, but I kept getting bonus ball after bonus ball on Pirates and had lost within about 2 minutes on Tron. So, Pirates was fun, at least. pirate: I recommend it. :thumbsup2

It had been raining outside during this time, but the Poly is always prepared. They had the baskets of free towels by the doors so that guests could grab them and dry off. We grabbed a couple each as we headed out to the beach. At this point, the rain was very light, so that was not too bad. We went to check out the cozy little covered cabanas first. As we figured, they were already occupied. Except for one. It was all set up nicely as if someone was using it, but had been abandoned. :woohoo: We decided to snatch it up. It had a couple lounge chairs inside and they were already covered with towels. Nice! So, I used my two towels as 1.) a blanket and 2.) on top of the cabana to block the dripping. The view of the castle was somewhat obscured, but we were very happy with our new hangout:

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Couldn’t have asked for a better spot. And Hallowishes was really cool. The soundtrack was a bit on the quiet side where we were, but the fireworks (especially the perimeter ones) were quite impressive. Plus, we’d be attending a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party later in the trip, so we could hear it better and see the castle better then. The beach time was really nice, though.

Immediately when the show ended, we jumped up to hit the Sushi Bar. This time, it was nearly abandoned. So much better! We did have one guy sit and chat with us quite a bit, but it was otherwise pretty quiet the whole time. Dug took some pictures of the various lighting in the Poly from our view:

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I had no interest in sushi, but it was still fun to watch the preparation. Our sushi chef was very nice and conversational. Here she is with a couple of Volcano Rolls (one for Dug, one for the other guy, I think):

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Dug’s sushi:

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Some other thing for someone else:

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I went for another drink, this time the Pina Colava:

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In hindsight, I should have asked for Kona bread to go with it. That would’ve been yummy! Oh, well.

Our sushi chef saw our anniversary buttons and secretly made us surprise Tuna Pokes:

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She didn’t realize that I had no interest, so Dug got to eat them both. He described them in a tweet:

I loved how the tuna roll had a little spice but delicately balanced. Crispy wonton under tuna poke just perfect. What a treat!

Dug was stuffed afterwards. He really enjoyed the experience, though.

Also, while we were eating, a family came by that was dressed as Haunted Mansion ghosts. Very cool costumes/makeup. Parents and kids. Nice!

Once we finished, it was time to leave our beloved Poly and make our way back to Pop. We hopped on the monorail to the Magic Kingdom to catch a bus from there. Stopped to check out the MNSSHP decorations:

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That Mickey light in the background is winking, by the way. Can’t see Mickey’s face very well in the picture, though. Just thought it was cute. We also saw another cute costume—a set of Crayola crayons:

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A little hard to see them in the dark, but that was creative.

We were soon on a bus and back at Pop. We had our refillable mugs in the backpack, so stopped to fill them at Everything Pop. Then made the soggy squeaky-shoed walk back to our room. We had to rest up for our early morning at DHS.

Up next: Ever do the Toy Story Mania stampede in torrential rain?! Less fun. :sad2:

smile4stamps
03-29-2012, 06:43 AM
Just found your TR! Love your journeys through the F&W fest (I also just read your '10 trip!)

Congrats on Dug Baby!

Dugette
03-29-2012, 08:35 PM
Just found your TR! Love your journeys through the F&W fest (I also just read your '10 trip!)

Congrats on Dug Baby!

:welcome: Thanks for joining! And thanks for the congrats also! :goodvibes

Dugette
04-04-2012, 09:49 PM
This morning started off bright and early, as we had a DHS rope drop/TSM Stampede to attend. The weather as we headed out was a light rain and wind. We packed all the wet weather supplies into the backpack, once again: poncho, rain coat (we threw away our other poncho at the end of our last trip, since it smelled! :eek:), umbrellas, etc. I high-fived the giant hand outside our door as we made our way out:

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We were on the bus to DHS by about quarter after 7am. It was an Extra Magic 8am opening that day.

I walked up to DHS with both the rain jacket and an umbrella, so I could keep my video camera dry (this is good, since Dug did not take a lot of pictures today, due to rain, so I put together a video summary that I will post at the end of this update). We were early and right up by the gates. I believe we were under a little roof there, so it kept us dryer. We discovered that the people behind us in line were also from Minnesota, so that was neat.

We watched the rain pour down as we waited for the gates to open. We were really hoping that they would skip the normal opening, since we didn’t want to be standing in the middle of the street waiting for the rope to drop. Unfortunately, we had to do just that. Since we were in front, we remained in front and were right up against the rope. And we waited and watched the rain keep pouring down and the puddles forming. :umbrella:

At one point, a brave CM without a poncho or umbrella decided it was wise to go out and run around in the rain. I think he was trying to work up the crowd. He just ended up completely drenched, though. He made people just getting out of the front seat of Splash Mountain look just slightly damp. His white shirt was now see-through. The other CMs seemed to have a bit more sense about going out in the rain.

Finally, after what felt like forever, the rope was dropped and we started the dash to Toy Story Mania. :woohoo: It was more difficult in the pouring rain, carrying an umbrella and trying not to get soaked from the massive puddles. Even though we’d been right at the rope, we were not the first to TSM.

We worked our usual plan where I go get in line for Fast Passes, since I can walk faster than Dug and he goes to get in the Standby Line when he arrives. Once I obtain the FP, I then join him in the Standby, still outside the building.

Well, being at the front of the crowd initially did still help, as I normally get stuck in a pretty long line for FP, but I was fairly close to the front this time. And I was very, very lucky. :wizard: I picked the right Fast Pass machine to get in line for. I was third in line. At the ONLY Fast Pass machine that was functioning that morning. Everyone else was stuck and I was able to follow the two guys ahead of me, get my FPs, and go. Thank goodness! :worship: These things usually don’t work out like that for me (i.e.-always picking the wrong line at the store, etc.) So glad I picked that line! The Fast Passes were for 8:45am, by the way.

I joined Dug and we headed in to play. The wait was minimal, since I’d gotten the FP so quickly and joined him while everything was still moving along pretty good.

I scored quite well, almost the best for the day thus far. Okay, so we weren’t very far into the day, but still cool. That was fun.

Up next, we were excited to try the new and improved Star Tours. We trekked across the empty park. There was nobody in the Streets of America area. We could hear the background "street sounds" quite well. We came across the Singin’ in the Rain umbrella, which was pretty funny, in an ironic way. I was like, “Great, I can go stand under it holding my umbrella!” Dug tried, but the water sprayer wasn’t working. However, there was plenty of real rain instead.

We also noticed that the Osborne Lights were partially set up. And there was zero wait to get pictures with the Cars, but we skipped that since we already had some from our last trip.

We made it over to Star Tours:

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I don’t believe we had to wait long at all, just walk through the queue. We really enjoyed all the new elements. Here’s Dug’s tweet:

Kashyyyk, Geonosis and Death Star, Admiral Ackbar and Boba Fett: LOVE the new Star Tours!!!

With those two rides out of the way, it was time for breakfast at Starring Rolls. You may know that this place has delicious cupcakes, but they also have OUTDOOR seating. And it was still raining heavily. Luckily, the tables have umbrellas and we were able to snatch one that someone had recently left. Only part of the table was actually dry, so we sat on that side. I held the table while Dug obtained an Irish Cream Mocha for himself and a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake for me (and him to share):

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As I remembered from a previous trip, the cupcake was delicious. And rain must make me hungry, because I’m pretty sure I cleaned that thing up in no time without much assistance from Dug. When we finished, we let some other wet people grab our table.

It was time to make our way over to Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster. We saw a lot more of the insides of stores at DHS than usual, as we cut through some of them to keep dry. Here are some shots from that:

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Somewhere along the way, we also saw this:

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At one covered outdoor point in line for RNRC, we got stopped for awhile. Luckily, we were dry there. I did this to pass the time:

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As you’ll see when I post the video, I was taping a dad that was rocking out to the background music. Cute. Until I panicked when he looked my way. Hope he didn’t know I was taping him! :blush:

Here’s the poncho-clad line of people we were in:

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Once the line started moving again, we were quickly inside the building. And, soon enough, we were boarding. We got super lucky and had the very front seat. First time we’ve sat in front on RNRC.

I had my video camera out as we were sitting at the station, just documenting the front seat, and the CM told me I had to put it away. Which gave me an idea. I do like to videotape rides, including coasters like Everest and Big Thunder. I bet there would be a good view from the front seat of RNRC…. So, I put the camera in my lap (holding onto it), but aimed it up and out, hoping for a view. Without looking at it, I pressed the record button. I thought I’d have some neat footage, but turned out that I must not have pressed the button hard enough or maybe I hit it twice, because I have NO footage of the ride. Unless Disney/Aerosmith has secret tricks to wipe your un-approved tapes! :rolleyes1

Oh, well. The ride itself was GREAT. I felt like the front was so much smoother and I could see everything so well. Loved it!

We got off the coaster and headed into the gift shop. I reached for my umbrella so we could head out into the rain again and…there was only an empty case. We keep our umbrellas in the water bottle holders on the sides of the backpack. They each have a matching case, which we have fastened to the backpack with carabiners. And the umbrellas go in the cases. I clearly remembered putting mine in once we got under the roof of the RNRC queue, so I knew I had it before the ride.

We immediately turned around and got the attention of a CM in the disembarking area. They had not found anything, but made sure to check the rotation of trains while we waited. We figured it had slipped out of the backpack on the floor of the front seat. Although Dug normally carries the backpack, I put it by my feet, with my leg through the strap, since I have more leg room to spare on this ride. I have to think that I would surely have noticed my umbrella flying past me on the ride (although that video would have been nice to check!), so it had to still be in the ride vehicle. I really can’t imagine not noticing it flying out…it probably would have at least hit my leg or something. Plus, with the g-forces, I don’t know how it could fly out anyway.

Well, after all their checking, still no luck. We asked at the checkout desk and no CMs had reported finding an umbrella in the queue either. We decided to do our own inspection and use the single rider line to get another look at the queue for RNRC. My umbrella (as you’ll see in the video) was bright blue and pretty unique, so it would be easy to spot, if it were laying on the ground somewhere. Well, we didn’t find a thing. :sad2: We even asked CMs near the loading areas, but they hadn’t seen anything (we thought maybe it had fallen out when Dug gave the backpack to me before getting on). We inspected everywhere we went, but had no luck.

After our single-rider rides, we asked at the disembarkation area again. A CM excitedly ran up to us with an umbrella. Unfortunately, it wasn’t mine. A plain black one. Bummer.

Dug was kind enough to let me use his neon green one and we headed off to the shops to find a new one for him. He found one that was not as compact as the ones we had, but worked just fine for DHS.

Not to spoil the ending, but I never did find my umbrella. My best guess is that someone found it somewhere within RNRC and took it for their own. I mean, it was sopping wet outside and not a lot of people were really prepared for that. I hate to think that someone would steal it, but I can’t figure out what else could have happened. Sure, I suppose it could be laying on the floor of RNRC somewhere, but I think it’s unlikely that it flew out without us noticing. It seemed to have gone into the same black hole as the camera batteries, but don’t think that means we stopped looking for either of them. I kept my eyes open for someone using my umbrella all day (didn’t find it) and we spent far too much time asking about both items at guest services and the lost and found phone line throughout the trip. I still haven’t replaced my umbrella, I’ve just been using Dug’s neon green one. I figured I could find some on clearance at Target sometime this winter, but it was not to be. And I can’t even find one I like now. Mine was a push button up and down one, pretty compact, and a nice blue. That shouldn’t be so hard to find. I’ll probably just have to break down and find some other color and get over it. After all, it was several years old and getting kind-of icky and probably needed to be replaced anyway.

So, after our wild umbrella adventures, we were on our way back to Star Tours. One of Dug’s goals of this trip was to get several rides in, to see the different combinations. We had another good voyage. Here’s Dug’s tweet:

Star Tours: Tatooine podrace and Otoh Gunga with Jar Jar and Ackbar.

Now it was time to redeem our Fast Passes for TSM. We learned that they had finally improved the FP queue! We always disliked how, even with FP, you had to join the standby line for the whole up-and-down-the-stairs part. Not anymore! If I remember correctly, they were now using the left side for Standby and the right side for Fast Pass. So much better! And faster! Yay!

We had another good ride and I scored very close to my morning score again. Can you believe I beat Dug both times this day? Wow, that doesn’t happen often. Although, I will say that I got the side with the henhouse both times and one can really rack up a lot of points on that. I had 178,800 and Dug had 156,000 (first ride I had 184,200 and Dug had 138,500). When we got out of the ride, Dug had a leg cramp from the tight space in the car. He kinda doubled over and CMs rushed over as if he were having a heart attack. Granted, he is kind-of over-dramatic when he gets a boo-boo, but they were on top of things! After a few seconds, he was okay to limp out. (I have to say I understand this much better recently with the sudden middle-of-the-night pregnancy leg cramps I’ve experienced! Ouch!)

Now it was time to redeem our Star Tours Fast Passes that we had grabbed earlier. We were heading through that queue at about 12:25pm. Third and final Star Tours voyage of the day.

We all got loaded in. The lights went down. And then…nothing. I know it’s normal to have a bit of a pause before the movie starts, but this was probably about 5 minutes. Seemed like it went on forever. We were all trapped and strapped in and had no idea if the CMs knew we were stuck in there sitting in the dark. It got to be somewhat ridiculous and the crowd commentary was funny. One little boy pointed out that we were all trapped in a room with no windows. Another woman exclaimed that there was no cell phone service. Would we survive? We were all SO thankful when the ride finally began. I think there was applause. And it was a good ride. Dug’s tweet:

Last Star Tours for the day: Darth Vader, Tatooine, Princess Leia, Geonosis and Boba Fett and Ackbar! Great ride!

And that was the last ride of our DHS morning. Our plan was to spend the afternoon doing some Christmas shopping at Downtown Disney and we’d grab lunch at Earl of Sandwich. Yes, we’d just had it for dinner the night before, but can you really have too much Earl of Sandwich? Besides, we’d get different kinds of sandwiches.

Anyway, we decided to catch a bus to Old Key West, then to Downtown Disney. I think because it’s in the Downtown Disney area and because we like to see new resorts when we get the chance. I believe our bus just contained us and a family with a screaming toddler. Probably the reason they were taking the bus back to their resort. The toddler was throwing a full-fledged shriek-at-the-top-of-your-lungs tantrum the whole time. I understand these things happen, but wow was he loud and high-pitched! And such stamina! We got off the bus at one of the covered bus stops and hung out by ourselves, watching the pouring rain, waiting for a Downtown Disney bus. I think Dug took this chance to call his parents and ask them to pray for good weather in Florida, because at this point, all reports were that it would be JUST LIKE THIS for the entire rest of our trip. Oh, 2011, why are you so mean to us? (or so we thought…) Yes, we were still in WDW, but pouring rain and being drenched even with a poncho AND and umbrella isn’t that fun. Finally, a bus came around and we made it to Downtown Disney.

Earl of Sandwich was a complete madhouse this afternoon. Dug stood in the mile-long line to order and I searched for a table. There was not a single table available (well, inside at least, and I wasn’t eating out in the rain!) I was not the only person walking around, stalking people who were looking almost finished. I found one table where the people were starting to stand and gather their things to go. Yay! So, I stood by and waited patiently for them. They left after a few minutes and immediately another woman who had been standing so close to them that I thought she was part of their group, sat down at the table. Really, she couldn’t have told me that she was already waiting for that table? :confused3 Oh, well, the search continues. I can’t even tell you how many times I walked through the expanse of that restaurant. I finally lucked out back next to the pop machines. I found a nice family getting ready to go, asked if I could have their table, and they were super friendly. Finally, we had a spot! As I waited for Dug, I noticed that someone else had found a table (the one next to us), but was one seat short. I offered them our extra chair and they took it. Pay it forward and stuff, I guess.

Dug soon came around with our goodies. Because we were on the dining plan and already had desserts there the previous night (and still had leftovers), we were able to get free sides with our sandwiches. I think we also paid OOP for some soup. So, we got:

The Holiday Sandwich for Dug:

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He LOVED this! I tried a bite and it was very good.

I had the Italian:

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Yum!

And we shared the soup, macaroni salad, and a yogurt parfait:

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All very good and very filling. We enjoyed our meal.

I can’t remember all of our shopping details, but we did go to Once Upon a Toy and World of Disney. I think we found a few gifts at one or both places. I think the scarves we found for Dug’s mom and sister were from World of Disney. We also went to one of our favorites: Mickey’s Pantry. We love the spice/tea section. Got a few gifts for family and friends from there and a bunch of stuff for ourselves, which we are still using. We also found a cool Mickey lantern in the store for Dug’s sister and BIL’s new back deck. We had planned to hit Goofy’s Candy Company for some custom-made treats, but there was quite a line and neither of us was up for waiting, so we skipped it.

We also had one other mission at Downtown Disney: obtain better rain gear! As I mentioned earlier, on our prior trip (December 2010), we had literally thrown away a poncho after Splash Mountain, as it smelled terrible (probably was put in the backpack wet). So, when we packed for this trip, we were down to one poncho. But I also found a big rain jacket that Dug had that fit me like a poncho, so I figured that between those and the umbrellas, we’d be okay for this trip and didn’t buy another poncho (not expecting a Mickey Monsoon). So, the interesting thing we noticed was that when you enter an indoor ride and they make guests take their ponchos off, they do NOT make people take their rain jackets off. I don’t know why they make the distinction, but they do. We observed it multiple times and even asked a CM at Star Tours about it to make sure. Poor Dug had to keep taking the poncho on and off, but I got to keep my jacket on and never was asked to remove it. So, clearly we needed a second rain jacket. Easier said than done, though. Especially in this weather. We decided to get one for me, since the existing rain jacket belonged to Dug (even though he was nice enough to let me wear it).

We hunted around Downtown Disney and had no luck. The closest we found were expensive, fancy jackets. Not for us, we wanted a poncho-quality rain jacket. We asked around and were told that Fun Finds was our best bet. And, luckily, they still had some left. However, they were limited to XS and L (or maybe XL, can’t remember). Since I’m not Extra Small, I figured bigger is better and tried on one of the big ones. Baggy, but that’s fine. It’ll keep me drier! I got one. I think it was only about $6, if I remember right (of course, it’s been 5 months and I have pregnancy-memory-impairment now, so forgive me if I’m wrong, but I know it was cheap).

I actually thought the jacket was kind-of cute (certainly better than a poncho) and it was a nice light blue and gray. The only problem was that it had no hood. And I didn’t want my head getting soaked, so we now had a mission to find me some sort of head-covering. That can’t be hard in Disney, right? Everyone is wearing SOMETHING on their head, after all. We tried the customizable mouse ear place, but nothing was really speaking to me. And it didn’t seem like they would keep me all that dry. Didn’t see any hats I liked anywhere either. Oh, well, we’d look back at the resort.

Our other shopping mission was to find some gel inserts for Dug’s shoes. His feet were killing him after walking around in all this rain. No luck anywhere on those either.

After shopping, we took the bus back to Pop Century. Looked around Everything Pop, but could not find a hat I liked or gel inserts for Dug. Gave up and went back to our room.

We moved our Artist Point anniversary dinner back a bit from 7:35pm to 9:05pm. This gave us time to dry off (my jeans were completely soaked through about halfway up to my knees!) and take a nice hour and a half long nap. Much needed.

We had made the decision to take a cab to Wilderness Lodge for our dinner. We’d never done that before, but the idea of taking Disney transportation and transferring in the pouring rain just didn’t appeal to us. We didn’t want to be a mess again by the time we got to our fancy dinner. Being warm and dry was worth a few extra bucks. So, we got all ready to go and called a cab.

First, though, here’s the video recap of our day so far:

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Up next: A lovely 6th anniversary dinner!

smile4stamps
04-05-2012, 11:56 AM
Ugh! On the Rain and losing the Umbrella!

It still sounds like you had a good day despite it all!!

Can't wait to hear about your AP dinner!!

Nermel9
04-05-2012, 08:18 PM
Ugh the rain! That day was awful, it was our last day in Disney so we spent the morning at Epcot before we had to go to the airport and we were just so miserable! :sad2: At least it sounds like you guys had fun at DHS and you were successful with the TSM mad dash! I never pick the right lines for things either! :laughing:

disneybarbie
04-06-2012, 05:52 AM
Hi! Great update - I can't believe how much rain you had that day.. looks like you made the most of it though :goodvibes

Hope you and baby bump are doing well!


Emma princess: x

Mom&RN
04-06-2012, 10:50 PM
Great update! Really enjoyed the video, all of Dugg's Eeyore faces were cracking me up. Glad to finally see a smile on his face after Star Tours. I love the changes, Disney did a great job with that rehab.

jc040404
04-07-2012, 09:29 PM
Sadness.. I can't get your video to play! :sad1:

Behind, but catching up!

LOVE the high-five pic! You're too silly.

Too bad about the rain (& your umbrella!), but it does sound like you still had a nice time. Awesome to read someone who actually understands Star Wars likes the changes, too! :laughing: I can't wait to get back to DHS and ride again, even if I don't know their names. Still so much fun!

Can;t wait to read about your dinner. Just seeing the cupcake in this update has me hungry right now!

Hope you & Dug Baby are doing well!

Sunset Cliffs
04-15-2012, 10:31 PM
Hi there! :goodvibes I am slowly getting back on the Dis, and I just got all caught up on your TR. Sorry for the long time that I haven't read, but I am going to make a better effort for my Disney time. :thumbsup2

Your report has been so fun to read! I am SO EXCITED for you that you are pregnant!!! My due date with Dylan was Sept 6th and I had him on the 13th. So their birthday's will be close together. I hope that you are feeling better and that the morning sickness is wearing off.

Dugette
04-16-2012, 10:09 PM
Ugh! On the Rain and losing the Umbrella!

It still sounds like you had a good day despite it all!!

Can't wait to hear about your AP dinner!!
Yeah, not the most fun WDW day, but we made the best of it. And the AP dinner was great!

Ugh the rain! That day was awful, it was our last day in Disney so we spent the morning at Epcot before we had to go to the airport and we were just so miserable! :sad2: At least it sounds like you guys had fun at DHS and you were successful with the TSM mad dash! I never pick the right lines for things either! :laughing:
Yeah, we lucked out on the TSM FP machine. The dash in that much rain was so not fun, though. Thank goodness I picked the right line for once!

Hi! Great update - I can't believe how much rain you had that day.. looks like you made the most of it though :goodvibes

Hope you and baby bump are doing well!


Emma princess: x
I've never seen a day at Disney where it rained basically all day. I'm used to the little downpours that come and go, but this was depressing.

Thanks, baby bump and I are doing well. :goodvibes

Great update! Really enjoyed the video, all of Dugg's Eeyore faces were cracking me up. Glad to finally see a smile on his face after Star Tours. I love the changes, Disney did a great job with that rehab.

If anything will cheer him up on a yucky day, it's Star Wars stuff! :rotfl: The new Star Tours is really cool. I agree, they did a great job!

Sadness.. I can't get your video to play! :sad1:
Bummer, I hope you got it to work after this!

Behind, but catching up!

LOVE the high-five pic! You're too silly.
I'm glad someone else appreciates my silliness! :rotfl:

Too bad about the rain (& your umbrella!), but it does sound like you still had a nice time. Awesome to read someone who actually understands Star Wars likes the changes, too! :laughing: I can't wait to get back to DHS and ride again, even if I don't know their names. Still so much fun!
Yeah, Dug is a big Star Wars fan and he really liked the new Star Tours. I only am familiar with some stuff, but it's still cool to experience all the new special effects and such.

Can;t wait to read about your dinner. Just seeing the cupcake in this update has me hungry right now!
Mmmmmm....me too! :)

Hope you & Dug Baby are doing well!
We are, thanks! :goodvibes

Hi there! :goodvibes I am slowly getting back on the Dis, and I just got all caught up on your TR. Sorry for the long time that I haven't read, but I am going to make a better effort for my Disney time. :thumbsup2
Hey, I'm glad to see you back! :goodvibes I have a tough time keeping up on the Dis these days too, so no problem about taking a long time.

Your report has been so fun to read! I am SO EXCITED for you that you are pregnant!!! My due date with Dylan was Sept 6th and I had him on the 13th. So their birthday's will be close together. I hope that you are feeling better and that the morning sickness is wearing off.
Oh, wow, I forgot that Dylan's birthday was so close...very cool! I wouldn't be surprised if they come really close to sharing a birthday. I think first babies are often overdue and I know that I was born a week late, so we'll see what happens. Of course, my mom's birthday is Sept. 6th, so she's pulling for that. I have been feeling quite good lately. The only thing that's really bothering me is the constant aches and pains, especially the leg cramps and my right knee (possibly pinched nerve)...seems like no one ever talks about the whole-body changes...surprised me how old and creaky I've gotten. :rotfl:

Dugette
04-17-2012, 12:09 AM
Hi, all! Just wanted to let you know that I started our we-don't-know-where-or-when-but-we're-gonna-go-somewhere-Disney-with-Dug-Baby PTR! :rotfl:

You can find it here: "We're Doing Disney Again Someday...Plus One!" (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2911478)

Feel free to follow along there for future trip-planning and baby updates (we find out boy/girl on Friday, so I'll post it over there).

Don't worry, I'm still plugging away on this TR! I ran out of time tonight (must sleep!), but I'll get Artist Point up soon!

MeMom
04-17-2012, 06:46 AM
Congratulations! We have a new DIS baby coming in September, too. Jill will find out if it is Girl 3 or Boy 1 next week.

Earl's Holiday Sandwich may not look beautiful to the eyes, but it is sure good to the taste buds! That is my favorite sandwich there.

jecskc
04-18-2012, 02:51 PM
Regarding your middle of the night pregnancy leg cramps ... I got those pretty bad and my Dr. told me I needed more calcium. And since I had heartburn x 10, I started chewing Tums since my Dr. told me they were safe, PLUS they have a bunch of calcium. It really helped me. Also, and you probably know this, but when you get a leg cramp DON'T point your toes. Try to flex your foot and is helps some.

I hope you are felling well. Can't wait to see what you are having !!

Dugette
04-18-2012, 09:48 PM
Congratulations! We have a new DIS baby coming in September, too. Jill will find out if it is Girl 3 or Boy 1 next week.
Congratulations to your family! Yay for September DIS babies! :goodvibes Can't wait to find out what she's having!

Earl's Holiday Sandwich may not look beautiful to the eyes, but it is sure good to the taste buds! That is my favorite sandwich there.
Dug really enjoyed it! I got a bite in and thought it was tasty, but he inhaled it. Unique and very good!

Regarding your middle of the night pregnancy leg cramps ... I got those pretty bad and my Dr. told me I needed more calcium. And since I had heartburn x 10, I started chewing Tums since my Dr. told me they were safe, PLUS they have a bunch of calcium. It really helped me. Also, and you probably know this, but when you get a leg cramp DON'T point your toes. Try to flex your foot and is helps some.

I hope you are felling well. Can't wait to see what you are having !!

Thanks for the tips! Those middle of the night leg cramps are crazy! Just out of the blue...

I have a tough time believing that calcium is my issue, though, as I LOVE dairy and consume large amounts of milk, cottage cheese, cheese sticks, yogurt, ice cream, etc. most every day. Just finished drinking two large glasses of milk with dinner, in fact. However, any extra reason to have a bit more ice cream before bed is good with me! :rotfl: I'm lucky that I don't have any heartburn (yet), but I'll keep the Tums in mind.

Yeah, I read somewhere that not pointing your toes can help. Seems like nothing really helps that much, though. Also read that putting weight on it (standing up) can help, but I've only tried that once, when I got one while awake...it did help, though scary to stand on that in-pain leg.

I am feeling pretty good, thanks! Can't believe we'll know if Dug Baby is a prince or princess in less than 48 hours! :yay:

reelmom
04-20-2012, 05:09 PM
I can't wait to find out if you will be buying blue or pink Mickey Ears for baby's first trip.

Dugette
04-20-2012, 11:24 PM
I can't wait to find out if you will be buying blue or pink Mickey Ears for baby's first trip.

Just got home from a long day and posted the update over on the PTR, so here's the link to the post:

Prince or Princess? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44652750&postcount=14)

TheThomsLuvDisney
04-21-2012, 01:41 AM
:yay: OMGosh, so excited for your news!!!!!

jecskc
04-21-2012, 10:53 AM
Yay for a Disney Princess!!! Such exciting news. You are almost halfway!!

Dugette
04-22-2012, 11:08 AM
:yay: OMGosh, so excited for your news!!!!!

Thank you! So amazing to think about having a little girl!

Yay for a Disney Princess!!! Such exciting news. You are almost halfway!!
Thanks! We did the ultrasound at exactly 20 weeks, so we're now just over that halfway mark. :cool1: Can't believe it!

Mom&RN
04-22-2012, 05:50 PM
Congrats on your exciting news - a Princess!!! :cutie: So strange, I know a lot of expectant parents (moms and dads) that have had dreams about whether their baby is a boy or girl and they all seem to be right... You are so lucky, lots of Disney princess costumes in your future ::MinnieMo I love my son and wouldn't trade him for anything but for years I pined over the Disney princess stuff - now I have a neice so she gets lots of it for holidays!

Dugette
04-22-2012, 10:26 PM
Congrats on your exciting news - a Princess!!! :cutie: So strange, I know a lot of expectant parents (moms and dads) that have had dreams about whether their baby is a boy or girl and they all seem to be right... You are so lucky, lots of Disney princess costumes in your future ::MinnieMo I love my son and wouldn't trade him for anything but for years I pined over the Disney princess stuff - now I have a neice so she gets lots of it for holidays!
Thanks! Yes, crazy that the dreams were right! (I should mention, after Dug had that dream, I also had a dream that she was a girl, probably because he did. My dream was not so interesting, though...trying to figure out a changing table in a public restroom and holding her up to the mirror so she could see her reflection.) There are so many cute Disney things for little girls! We were at Babies 'R Us yesterday and there were adorable little girl Disney things everywhere! We haven't gotten anything yet, though. I'm glad you're able to spoil your niece with all the fun stuff!

Dugette
04-22-2012, 10:37 PM
After our nap, we got all cleaned up and dressed up (somewhat) to head to our anniversary dinner over at Artist Point. Because the rain was still coming down, we called for a cab over to Wilderness Lodge. It took some extra money, but was well worth it to stay out of the rain before our nice dinner. The cab picked us up under the bus overhang at Pop and dropped us off right in front of the Wilderness Lodge.

We entered the beautiful resort and made our way to the restaurant:

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We got a nice, quiet table and had a very friendly, laid-back waiter. We were happy to be there:

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Because we were celebrating our anniversary, we were each given a complimentary flute of champagne with a raspberry in it. Very nice:

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Dug ordered a sweet Riesling and I ordered a hot chocolate with kahlua:

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Yum! We also enjoyed some warm, delicious bread with butter and black sea salt:

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We got a couple of appetizers to share. We had seen all the wonderful reviews of the Smokey Portobello Mushroom Soup, so we had to try that:

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Very, very good. And, because we love cheese, we got the cheese plate also:

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We really enjoyed the artisanal cheeses. The Drunken Goat cheese with figs was great, the Gouda almost cheddary, and the honey and blue cheese combination was tasty.

Dug loves scallops, so he ordered those and they came with a side of heirloom tomato risotto:

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He said the scallops were perfect: simple, but juicy. The risotto was also very tasty. I didn’t want a whole entrée of my own, so I shared his risotto and was planning to order a side of their mac & cheese. However, they did not have the mac & cheese (can’t recall if they discontinued it or were just out), so the waiter worked with me to find an acceptable side. I ended up with a nice plate of roasted vegetables:

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These were excellent!

We had planned to order two different desserts. Coincidentally, the waiter brought one of them out to us as a complimentary anniversary dessert. That was the signature warm Berry Cobbler:

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This was warm, sweet, and wonderful.

Because I can’t resist cherries and dark chocolate, we also ordered the Valrhona Chocolate with Amarena Cherries:

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Both desserts were delicious! I ended up so full that I could only eat a bit of the chocolate and cherries, as it was very dense and filling. Dug managed to polish it off, though. Such good food!

We were completely stuffed after our meal, but really enjoyed our elegant, laid-back, romantic, delicious anniversary dinner.

Dug snapped a couple pictures of the restaurant on our way out:

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And back in the lobby:

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We decided to check out the gift shop for hats before leaving. Because I never have, I had to try on some Mickey ears:

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I don’t know that they’re really me. I did, however, finally find a hat I felt okay about:

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Very subtle Disney, so I could wear it away from WDW too (not that I do, but I could!) Most importantly, it would keep my head dry in the rain.

Dug decided to get into the fun of trying on hats:

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Yeah, he’s a goofball, but that was fun. We didn’t get anything for him, but got that hat for me.

We were stuffed and exhausted, so we made our way out to the bus stop. Although we’d taken a cab there, we planned to bus back, as we didn’t need to keep looking nice/dry anymore. We caught a bus to the Magic Kingdom, planning to transfer to a Pop Century bus there. We lucked out, though, as the bus we were on was the same bus that was running from Magic Kingdom to Pop Century. So, we got to stay on and didn’t have to go out into the rain at all! Lucky us!

Soon, we were back at Pop and snuggled into bed, resting up for another day of rain-soaked touring of Epcot/F&W. And dreaming of our impending visit to La Cava del Tequila.

Up next: The rain continues…

jc040404
04-23-2012, 09:23 AM
Mmmmm.. I think scallops would be perfect right now. Everything looks really good, and it sounds like you were treated pretty well for your anniversary, too! Glad you had a nice meal, and managed to stay dry on your way there.

Love your hat! Dug is too silly in those pics. :lmao:

Nermel9
04-23-2012, 07:18 PM
OMG congrats on your little Princess! princess: Such great news!

Yum, I love Artist Point! I love that bread and butter! Of course, everything else there is amazing, but I'm a sucker for warm bread and butter! :laughing:

Dugette
04-25-2012, 10:24 PM
Mmmmm.. I think scallops would be perfect right now. Everything looks really good, and it sounds like you were treated pretty well for your anniversary, too! Glad you had a nice meal, and managed to stay dry on your way there.

Love your hat! Dug is too silly in those pics. :lmao:
It was a really nice meal and they definitely went out of their way for the anniversary freebies!

Yeah, Dug was in a goofy mood with the hats! :rotfl:

OMG congrats on your little Princess! princess: Such great news!

Yum, I love Artist Point! I love that bread and butter! Of course, everything else there is amazing, but I'm a sucker for warm bread and butter! :laughing:
Thanks! And, yes, that bread and butter was pretty good...the warm bread really makes a difference!

Sunset Cliffs
05-03-2012, 08:00 PM
Congratulations on your little girl! I remember getting my sonogram and the feelings that come when the doctor tells you what you are having. Seriously a moment that still brings tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for you guys!

The pictures of your meal were fabulous! We have never eaten there but I have heard nothing but good things about it. The dessert pictures alone made me want to book a new trip right now (not like I need tons of reasons anyways). Yay for a fun anniversary dinner!

Dugette
05-03-2012, 11:35 PM
Congratulations on your little girl! I remember getting my sonogram and the feelings that come when the doctor tells you what you are having. Seriously a moment that still brings tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for you guys!
Thank you! It's pretty amazing. The funny thing was that my "gut instinct" was that it would be a boy, but I've lurked enough pregnancy forums to know what to look for on the ultrasounds and I knew that girls had "three white lines". Well, earlier in the ultrasound, before they really got to the boy/girl area, I saw a flash of three white lines as she was moving around and thought, "Wow, it might be a girl!" :eek: And it was pretty cool several minutes later when she told us that it WAS a girl!

The pictures of your meal were fabulous! We have never eaten there but I have heard nothing but good things about it. The dessert pictures alone made me want to book a new trip right now (not like I need tons of reasons anyways). Yay for a fun anniversary dinner!
Those desserts were awesome! And the rest of the meal. Yes, book a new trip! :thumbsup2 We had a really nice meal there and it was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy day.

Dugette
05-07-2012, 11:56 PM
I believe we had a bit of a lazy morning at Pop this day and got a little extra sleep. When we got up, of course it was still raining. We got into our rain attire for the day: jackets, hat, umbrellas, etc. I had to wear my still-wet shoes (never had needed more than the one pair of tennis shoes at WDW before). My jeans from the previous day were also still wet, but I chose capris this day, just to keep from getting the bottom half of another pair of jeans soaked. We headed out into the rain for breakfast at Everything Pop.

We arrived at Everything Pop and joined the crowds of poncho-clad people. We both decided on omelets. I got the ham and cheese with breakfast potatoes:

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Dug got the special, which was a Key West Omelet, containing spinach, turkey, bacon, and guacamole:

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He really enjoyed it, as I did mine.

After our nice, hot breakfast, we grabbed some drinks in our refillable mugs and headed back out into the rain. Dug apparently mixed some of Pop’s super-thin coffee and hot chocolate and managed to drink it while standing on the bus. I think I got some Sprite or something to bring with me to Epcot, to wash down all the food samples.

We were very lucky that the rain decided to pause for a bit upon our entrance to Epcot. We were able to get a couple of pictures as we walked in:

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As we approached the lagoon, we noticed an odd sight:

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That’s not usually like that, right? Strange. We had to walk over to our first destination—Belgium—as the boat wasn’t running. A picture of construction wrapping on the way:

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We were very lucky to find a nice, umbrella-covered table at Belgium. The rain was starting back up again, so we were just in time. I saved the table while Dug brought back our goodies.

We went here first because it was time for second breakfast:

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Mmmmmmm….yummy, yummy, delicious waffle!

Dug also had the mussels and enjoyed them and the great sauce:

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Dug got his beloved Godiva iced coffee (and I enjoyed a sip):

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And I enjoyed my Belgian chocolate truffles:

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After we polished off our delightful feast in Belgium, we made our way over to Morocco. We were lucky enough to grab another umbrella-covered table here too. There were a lot of them, but most of them (including ours) were at least partially wet. Dug took off his rain jacket and dropped it on the ground, into a puddle. It got soaked. Oh, well. At least we had goodies to enjoy! A nice morning Mimosa:

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We also tried a Baklava, which was pretty good:

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We really enjoyed the harissa chicken roll, though. Dug described it as, “zesty, like a really awesome eggroll.”:

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Here’s the view from our table:

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As we finished up in Morocco, the rain let up again. We checked the forecasts on accuweather and weather.com from Dug’s iPhone and they finally agreed that the next morning would actually be nice! Yay! Maybe it wouldn’t rain for the rest of our trip, after all!

We wanted to go see The American Adventure next, but it wasn’t until 1:30pm and it was only about 1:05pm. We decided to jump over to New Zealand with our extra time. We got the lamb slider, which we’d both really enjoyed the previous year also:

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Dug also got the seared sea scallop:

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He said that the curry puree with it was pretty zesty.

It was nice that the rain was still paused, so we were able to eat at an uncovered table. On the way back over to American Adventure, we spotted the first glimpse of possibly blue skies in a couple of days:

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Also a neat view:

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We arrived at our destination:

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We were lucky enough to catch the Voices of Liberty as we entered:

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We love listening to them in general, but Dug really loved that they sang “Down by the Old Mill Stream”, which his dad used to sing to them on car rides.

We enjoyed the American Adventure show also. It was a good break from eating.

When we came out, though, we saw this:

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Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you…those are blue skies! Woo hoo! So nice to see. :woohoo:

Up next: more Food & Wine and La Cava del Tequila!

jc040404
05-08-2012, 09:30 AM
Yay for blue skies!! What a wonderful sight that must have been!! :yay:

You are slowly convincing me to try F&W this year. Every update makes me hungry! Maybe that should be a reason to avoid it instead? :laughing:

TheThomsLuvDisney
05-09-2012, 11:02 PM
Wet shoes are the worst, I hope you dry out soon!!

Dugette
05-10-2012, 11:44 PM
Yay for blue skies!! What a wonderful sight that must have been!! :yay:
It felt kind-of miraculous at the time. The forecasts had all been in agreement that the rest of our trip would be rain and it stopped and the blue sky emerged... :cloud9: pixiedust:

You are slowly convincing me to try F&W this year. Every update makes me hungry! Maybe that should be a reason to avoid it instead? :laughing:
:rotfl: You should go! Just plan well for what you want to try and skip a meal! I always get hungry when I look at our pictures too!

Wet shoes are the worst, I hope you dry out soon!!
I just hated that feeling! Luckily, the dry out is coming!

Mom&RN
05-12-2012, 06:20 PM
Ugh wet shoes.... :sad1: I hate wet shoes. I've never seen the big metal globe left open and out in the middle of the lake like that, I wonder if they had technical difficulties or if the weather was so bad the night before they decided not to move it?? Sounds like you had good luck with yummy food and I bet the crowd level was great with all that rain :)

KatGarcia
05-14-2012, 10:18 PM
I'm still here, I swear! Life has kept me from catching up but my DD has decided to go to bed earlier and earlier and that means I get more time for DIS-ing. LOL

smile4stamps
05-17-2012, 10:00 AM
Mmmm Artist Point looks good! Can't wait to enjoy the tasty bites this October!!

Yeah for blue skies!!! I think I would be signing "Hallelujah!!"

Dugette
05-20-2012, 12:24 PM
Ugh wet shoes.... :sad1: I hate wet shoes. I've never seen the big metal globe left open and out in the middle of the lake like that, I wonder if they had technical difficulties or if the weather was so bad the night before they decided not to move it?? Sounds like you had good luck with yummy food and I bet the crowd level was great with all that rain :)
That seemed so weird with the globe being left open. My guess is that it had something to do with the weather the day before, but I don't know. It was so rainy the previous day that I heard the F&W booths shut down, I think. True, crowds weren't too bad.

I'm still here, I swear! Life has kept me from catching up but my DD has decided to go to bed earlier and earlier and that means I get more time for DIS-ing. LOL
No problem....catch up when you can. I don't even have our DD on the outside yet, but I can't keep up with the DIS! :rotfl:

Mmmm Artist Point looks good! Can't wait to enjoy the tasty bites this October!!

Yeah for blue skies!!! I think I would be signing "Hallelujah!!"
AP was great! You'll have a wonderful time on your October trip, I bet!

Those blue skies and changing forecasts were awesome. It was so depressing thinking about several more days of solid rainfall. Thank goodness things changed!

Nermel9
05-20-2012, 03:23 PM
Yum, I love the Belgium booth at F&W! I keep thinking I should maybe move our trip to the end of November instead of the middle, but...I have to get some Food and Wine in, so I'll just keep it where it is! :rotfl2:

Huh, why is the Illuminations globe open like that? Weird!

Yay for blue skies!!! :banana:

Dugette
05-20-2012, 09:40 PM
Yum, I love the Belgium booth at F&W! I keep thinking I should maybe move our trip to the end of November instead of the middle, but...I have to get some Food and Wine in, so I'll just keep it where it is! :rotfl2:

Huh, why is the Illuminations globe open like that? Weird!

Yay for blue skies!!! :banana:

Good plan...get some Food & Wine in whenever possible! Epcot seems strange without it!

The globe gets weirder in the next update.

I just watched my video from this day and there's a ton of just looking up at the beautiful blue sky in it! :rotfl:

Dugette
05-20-2012, 09:56 PM
The first place we wandered, while squinting under those bright blue skies, was the little train village. It was very empty and no trains were running, so we had a chance to get quite a few pictures and video. (On my video, I can hear a little kid narrating, “As you can see, there’s a lot of detail…”):

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I love miniature Food & Wine! I bet the samples at those tiny booths are only like $1.50 each! :rotfl: I just noticed there's even a cranberry bog...nice!

As we left the train village, we noticed that the Illuminations globe, still open and in the middle of the lagoon, was now spinning around. Odd.

Time for more eating! And where better than Italy? The second we stepped near the line, the CM at the register had us come forward, skipping the line, as an anniversary treat. He then sang us an Italian “happy anniversary” song. Very sweet. I love Italians (I am one-quarter Italian…). And the food’s good too! Oh, and we chatted with the CMs there a bit about where they were from (Napoli & Cinque Terra), as we’d honeymooned in Northern Italy in 2005. Nice folks.

We got a cannoli:

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Okay, it’s dangerous for me to work on this TR while pregnant and not having had a real dinner yet…now I want a cannoli RIGHT NOW! But I don’t think I’m willing to go out and hunt one down. So, moving on, we also got the baked ravioli:

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We grabbed a seat on the steps of the bridge over by the water, along with a lot of other people who had come out to enjoy F&W in the sunshine. We chatted about how Disney is very good at treating people well on their anniversaries and making people want to come back for every anniversary. In fact, we realized that they’d managed to get us to celebrate half of our anniversaries there! (never on the actual day—Oct. 1st—but “close enough” in 2009, 2010, & 2011) (For a second there, I was sad that we will miss spending this year’s anniversary there…then I realized we’ll have a newborn at that time, so it will all be okay!)

I held our seat while Dug went over to Poland to grab us some more goodies. Here was the view from our stairway-seat:

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Dug soon returned with the Kielbasa and Pierogie, which were cooked just right:

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After we finished up our Polish goodness, we made our way over to the Maelstrom to grab Fast Passes. They were for 3:35pm. There was a decent line at Maelstrom…we could tell the park was getting busier now.

Next, we headed over to Mexico and into the pyramid:

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As we made our way down to La Cava del Tequila, we noticed Mexican Donald stationed just outside…perhaps he was craving a margarita, too?

We headed in and grabbed one of the only available tables (maybe the only one…that place is small, but popular!) We really liked the atmosphere in there. A few pictures from our table:

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So, I admittedly don’t really understand Twitter, but Dug had been following/interacting with La Cava via Twitter leading up to our arrival. I guess that he’d been hoping that the semi-famous tequila ambassador Hilda would teach him about tequila, as he’d never tried it before. So, he had to send her a picture so she could find us:

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As we waited, we were going to get the free chips and salsa that they had been offering to Twitter followers. However, we were told that the offer had expired. So, we ordered some chips and guac instead and Dug tweeted about the offer expiring. Mmmmm, chips and guac:

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Dug was going to try a tequila tasting, but I wasn’t brave enough for that. I’d heard good things about the Avocado Margarita on the DIS, though, so I got one of those. So good!

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Anyway, Hilda did come out and greet us, which was cool. I can’t remember much anymore, but I think she gave Dug some advice on tequilas and his tasting. We took pictures of his tasting:

Before:

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During:

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After:

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He enjoyed his first tasting experience!

Also, La Cava apparently takes their Tweets very seriously, as we were brought a free order of chips and salsa:

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At this point, it was kind-of silly, as we were already completely stuffed full of chips and guac, but it was a nice gesture. We ate what we could.

Then Hilda came back out with an anniversary gift for us. According to Dug’s notes, these were samples of chilled Herradura tequila (I think a pretty expensive one?):

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I tried it too. I preferred my delicious avocado margarita, but Dug described this as “very smooth” and enjoyed it.

At some point, I discovered that this bar seemed to have a (female) “Norm”, but she shared my (real) name. Very strange to hear everyone calling out my name to someone else. I believe she’s the blurry blonde in this picture:

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And isn’t that chair on the other side of our table creepy? It looks like someone’s sitting there!

After our enjoyable experience, we headed out of La Cava. And bid farewell to the pyramid:

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We had Fast Passes for the Maelstrom to redeem!

A couple of fun tweets from Dug:

There was a lizard in the bathroom with me in Norway. This is not the tequila talking.

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Went on Maelstrom, which is much freakier after 4 shots of tequila.

After our ride, we headed out of Epcot for our afternoon nap:

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Up next: A night at the Magic Kingdom, the Memories show, and…more rain!

IheartDDuck
05-20-2012, 10:19 PM
Okay, clearly I am so far behind or oblivious that I didn't realize your news! Congratulations, that's so exciting! And a little princess to boot. :goodvibes

smile4stamps
05-21-2012, 04:08 PM
Ha-Ha.. pictures can be so deceiving!! When I saw your first pic of the Tequila tasting I thought they were decent size! Then I saw the thimblefuls in Dug's hand and realized how small they were!!!

DisneyDreamerMN
05-21-2012, 10:28 PM
La Cava looks awesome! I told my DH that he should follow them on Twitter (I don't tweet because I don't get it). DH was like, um no, not doing that. I really want to go there though! Was the margarita sweet or more savory?

Sunset Cliffs
05-28-2012, 12:33 PM
What a fun update! I thought they were full sized shots too, until you see him holding it. Still...I don't know how good I would be at walking around Epcot after doing that tasting. I'd probably be good entertainment for the people around me. ;)

F&W looks like so much fun. I wish that we could go during that time of year to try all of the new things.

jc040404
05-28-2012, 09:12 PM
Went on Maelstrom, which is much freakier after 4 shots of tequila.

:lmao:

Dug's tweets are awesome!!

That chair is too creepy. I had to look twice because I thought someone was sitting there. Eek!

Dugette
05-28-2012, 11:08 PM
Okay, clearly I am so far behind or oblivious that I didn't realize your news! Congratulations, that's so exciting! And a little princess to boot. :goodvibes
Thank you! I knew you were away from the DIS for awhile, so I wasn't sure if you'd caught up yet. We're so excited!

Ha-Ha.. pictures can be so deceiving!! When I saw your first pic of the Tequila tasting I thought they were decent size! Then I saw the thimblefuls in Dug's hand and realized how small they were!!!
Yeah, they were pretty small. But that's really all we needed...

La Cava looks awesome! I told my DH that he should follow them on Twitter (I don't tweet because I don't get it). DH was like, um no, not doing that. I really want to go there though! Was the margarita sweet or more savory?
They are pretty big on Twitter there (you can see their little "follow us on Twitter" things on the tables in the pics), so it wouldn't be weird or anything, if that's what he's worried about. Then again, I'm like you and just don't get Twitter. FWIW, Dug actually has a regular Twitter account and a Disney twitter account...not sure if you could convince DH to set up something like that, though. I think I'd say the margarita was on the sweet side, but I can't really remember. It was very unique and refreshing, though. Guess I have to have another one someday...

What a fun update! I thought they were full sized shots too, until you see him holding it. Still...I don't know how good I would be at walking around Epcot after doing that tasting. I'd probably be good entertainment for the people around me. ;)
Dug sure was good entertainment. I have some video of him being very silly after those shots.

F&W looks like so much fun. I wish that we could go during that time of year to try all of the new things.
Someday, maybe. It really is a lot of fun, probably our favorite time to go. I know it doesn't really work with your schedule, though.

:lmao:

Dug's tweets are awesome!!

That chair is too creepy. I had to look twice because I thought someone was sitting there. Eek!
Glad you are enjoying the tweets! It's fun to add them in sometimes.

That chair is really creepy. It freaked me out a bit while we were there and it freaks me out in the pictures now. Too real looking! (I bet especially after several shots of tequila!)

Dugette
07-10-2012, 12:17 AM
After our lovely nap at Pop Century, we got all bundled up in our fleeces to spend the (late EMH) night in the Magic Kingdom. It was not raining for once, but it was about 72 degrees and very windy. Naturally, we packed our rain gear in the backpack as well.

As we waited for our MK bus, I thought it was interesting that the Epcot bus coming through said “Free Shuttle. Epcot” on its display. Different.

Our bus arrived and soon we were meandering our way into the Halloween-decorated Magic Kingdom:

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Pretty!

Main Street was fairly crowded, as we were nearing the time of the first The Magic, The Memories, and You show of the night, which would be followed by Wishes, then a second showing of the Memories show, then the Main Street Electrical Parade. Our agenda for the evening included catching all of these. We made our way down Main Street, near the Hub, and found a spot to stand. Soon, the Memories show began. We LOVED this show. :lovestruc Very impressive effects they can do on the castle! We knew that we’d need to find a closer spot for the second showing so that we could see some of the detail better.

Next up was Wishes:

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Great, as always. (Side note: As I was watching my video tonight to prepare to write this update, Dug Baby was moving all around during the Wishes and MSEP soundtracks…perhaps she already likes the sounds of WDW! :cool1:)

After Wishes, we made our way further up into the Hub, with a goal of finding a place to sit with a good view for the second Memories show. We ended up with seats on the edge of one of the planters in the Hub. Very good view:

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We waited for a bit, then the show began. I don’t think our pictures can do it justice, but this at least gives a taste of some of the cool things they do:

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Such a great show! Even better up close! Really visually stunning.

We kept our seats to wait for the Main Street Electrical Parade. Between events, we admired how the MK janitors just spring into action the second they are able to, tidying up everything in sight.

I should also mention that it lightly rained on and off during a lot of this time. I pulled out my trusty new hat to keep my hair dry, but didn’t really need anything more than that at this point.

Soon, we heard the sounds of the MSEP beginning. We had a great vantage point, seeing the floats pass right in front of the castle. A sampling:

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I think this one captures the essence of the last couple days of the trip well, with the umbrella in the middle of the shot:

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After the parade was over, Dug was pretty hungry. We went to check out the Lunching Pad, but it was closed. The hours there are so limited that almost every time we want to go there (early or late), they are closed. Oh, well. Dug had to settle for Cosmic Ray’s instead. Hey, at least it was indoors, as the weather decided another downpour was in order.

Dug got a Bacon Cheeseburger and Fries with a Carrot Cake for dessert (using a CS credit). He took advantage of the toppings bar, but still said everything was pretty bland:

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I believe I shared a few bites, but I wasn’t particularly hungry yet.

We enjoyed Sonny Eclipse while we (Dug) ate:

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We savored the dryness while we could, as we would soon be heading out into the downpour.

Up next: We ride some rides! And fail to ride some closed-for-technical-problems rides! Fun!

TheThomsLuvDisney
07-10-2012, 06:37 PM
Woo-Hoo an update! Glad to see you and baby Dug are back!!

smile4stamps
07-11-2012, 03:13 AM
Thanks for a wonderful update. In DL The MM&Y show doesn't get as rave of reviews so I never stopped to watch it. It definitely sounds like something I want to stop for at MK!!

Dugette
07-15-2012, 04:30 PM
Woo-Hoo an update! Glad to see you and baby Dug are back!!
Yeah, this poor TR has been a bit neglected. I've been updating the PTR a bit more often, but I don't want this one to be incomplete...there's a lot more trip to report on!

Thanks for a wonderful update. In DL The MM&Y show doesn't get as rave of reviews so I never stopped to watch it. It definitely sounds like something I want to stop for at MK!!
I would definitely recommend it at MK. All the effects they do on the castle are pretty amazing. The closer to the Hub area, the better the view of them. We were really impressed!

KatGarcia
07-20-2012, 11:02 PM
catching up! How have you been???

Sunset Cliffs
08-04-2012, 02:03 PM
THe photos of the castle were so cool. We have not seen that show yet, but your pictures make me feel like it is worth it to actually stake out a spot ahead of time and watch it. It's such a bummer to keep hearing about the rain on your trip. Glad you made the best of it and didn't let it slow you down.

Dugette
08-16-2012, 10:27 PM
catching up! How have you been???
Pretty good, thanks! I've been updating more in the baby PTR, but I will finish this one (probably not until after baby, though!)

THe photos of the castle were so cool. We have not seen that show yet, but your pictures make me feel like it is worth it to actually stake out a spot ahead of time and watch it. It's such a bummer to keep hearing about the rain on your trip. Glad you made the best of it and didn't let it slow you down.
Yes, we loved the memories show. Way better than we had anticipated. The rain was a bummer, but thankfully, it didn't last for the entirety of our trip! :thumbsup2

Dugette
11-16-2012, 04:30 PM
After Dug ate, we headed out into yet another downpour. We made our way from Cosmic Ray’s to the PeopleMover. Enjoyable, as always. And kept us out of the rain.

We checked out Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear next, but both were busy with long waits, so we decided to head over here instead:

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First we rode Jungle Cruise, then Pirates.

Since the rain was dying down, we thought we might as well do Splash and Big Thunder. However, once we got over to that little area, we discovered that they were both closed for technical issues. So much for that!

Dug’s tweet later that night: Rough night for Magic Kingdom. Astro Orbiter, Splash and Big Thunder all closed. Stupid Overtakers. (Kingdom Keepers books reference)

It was only drizzling by then, so we decided to go check out the interactive queue for the Haunted Mansion for the first time.

Started with all the statues:

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There was this wall that played music when you touched the instruments:

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Master Gracey’s grave:

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The books that pop out:

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My favorite thing:

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It was fun to finish her little passages. We did quite a few of them.

In general, this area was fun because we were there late on a rainy evening and had it almost to ourselves. We could spend as much time as we wanted playing with things.

Oh, and of course, this was still there:

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After enjoying our ride through the mansion, we hit It’s a Small World.

Next was Winnie the Pooh, to enjoy the new interactive queue. This was fun too, especially the honey walls.

We finished up the evening by riding Buzz’s Space Ranger Spin twice. First ride, I got 619,900 and Dug got 228,200. Second ride, I got 553,500 and Dug got 248,400. He gave me the favorable side for the first high-point target both times, but I still couldn’t max out the score (he already had previously).

We were hungry, so went to check if Casey’s Corner was open (it was late!) No luck.

We headed out of the park, taking a couple of pictures on the way. A scene in a window:

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Me with Roy and Minnie:

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We were exhausted and grateful that a bus for Pop came right away.

Back in the room, I enjoyed my leftover EoS dessert for dinner:

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Up next: Does the rain ever stop? And a delicious breakfast at Downtown Disney!

jecskc
11-16-2012, 06:05 PM
Yay for an update !!! I hope you, Dug and Dugbaby are all doing well. Looking forward to more updates !!

Susan

PracPerfPatricia
11-19-2012, 10:57 AM
Hey subbing on...:wave2:

Love your TR title...

Your Disnames are very cute... (love UP...:goodvibes)

Have to go back to read and catch up...:surfweb:

Dugette
11-19-2012, 11:12 PM
Yay for an update !!! I hope you, Dug and Dugbaby are all doing well. Looking forward to more updates !!

Susan
Thanks, Susan! We are doing well. Dug Baby will be 2 months old tomorrow! Time flies! I'll try to post 2-month pictures over on the PTR I'm doing tomorrow.

Hey subbing on...:wave2:

Love your TR title...

Your Disnames are very cute... (love UP...:goodvibes)

Have to go back to read and catch up...:surfweb:
:welcome: Thanks, Up is such a great movie! :thumbsup2 Enjoy reading. I promise future updates won't be hard to keep up with (given the whole writing-around-taking-care-of-a-newborn thing...)

Dugette
11-19-2012, 11:47 PM
We woke up this morning and hesitantly peeked through the window. Would it still be pouring rain? Or would things start improving, as the weather forecasts were now indicating?

We were stunned and confused when we saw the bright thing shining in the blue sky. Light, there was light, finally! :cool1:

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Our plans this morning consisted of hitting Downtown Disney for breakfast and shopping. The previous year, we’d purchased quite a few Christmas gifts for family and friends in Downtown Disney. It went over well, so we decided to do it again this year.

We caught a bus and soon were walking up to this place:

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Since it was so beautiful, what with this bright orb in the sky, we sat outside on the patio:

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In a display of exactly how nerdy I am (I work in accounting :teacher: ), while we waited for our food, I was using the crummy calculator on my phone and some notes on our current room-charge statement to figure out how we were doing versus our budget on the trip. If you recall, we were paying for this trip entirely with WDW gift cards (applied to the room charges) and I wanted to make sure we were on track. Nerdiness:

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Things were looking good, budget-wise. And food-wise! Drinks:

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Breakfast pocket:

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Amazing breakfast pizza:

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Such a great deal for counter-service credits! This meal was delicious and also very pleasant, being outside in the warmth and not at all crowded.

After our leisurely breakfast, we headed out to shop. Passed this little train on the way (also, in the background, you can see Fun Finds, which is where to get cheap rain jackets like the one I got):

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Our first stop was one of our favorite places: Mickey’s Pantry. Love the kitchen stuff, but really love the spice shop. We picked out some gifts and a bunch of seasonings for ourselves.

Next stop:

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Some photos Dug took around the place:

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We got some more gifts. One was a scarf for Dug’s sister. She likes to accessorize with them and likes yellow, so we found a yellow one with very subtle Mickey heads in the fabric, so you’d have to really examine it to know how Disney it is. She loved it and was wearing it recently when we went out to dinner with them. Yay!

Next stop, just for fun, was the Lego Store. Cool things outside:

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Cool things inside too:

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Dug enjoyed all the Star Wars Lego displays, such as:

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He has a lot more pictures, but that should suffice!

After all this shopping, we’d worked up an appetite. Where oh where could we find a yummy snack in Downtown Disney? :confused3

Up next: A yummy snack! And mini golf!

Dugette
11-20-2012, 12:43 AM
When we left off, we were heading for a yummy snack. At this place:

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Love the little touches inside:

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We ordered this to share:

The Haight AshBerry - Very Berry Sundae - strawberry cheesecake ice cream smothered with sliced strawberries under a layer of vanilla ice cream with blueberry topping, whipped cream, our chocolate-covered blueberries and a chocolate dipped waffle roll

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It was very good and refreshing!

On our way out, we walked by the Rainforest Café. Something was going on, I guess:

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Also, there was this:

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We took a bus to the Swan hotel:

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Our next destination was Fantasia Gardens mini golf and the best way to get there was to walk from the Swan. During our walk, I stopped to carry a torch:

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We saw some empty entertainment areas:

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The course itself was pretty nice and hardly anyone was there. We enjoyed it, and I liked that there was a lot of water around it, but I preferred Winter Summerland, which we did on a previous trip. Here’s a glimpse:

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The greens you see are part of the other (harder) mini golf course here:

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Another empty entertainment venue:

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The ducks that walked onto the greens, then tried to chase me when I videotaped them:

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I was afraid of those water buckets. These ones:

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They didn’t do anything when my ball went along the green, but the sidewalk next to the green was all wet. I didn’t want my camcorder to get wet, so I chanced it and ran along the greens. Nothing happened. Dug was feeling more adventurous, so he took the sidewalk. And the buckets dumped water…but right after he passed by each one!

We ended up with a tie score. It was a fun way to spend some time. We made the walk back to the Swan:

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Once there, we caught a boat to Epcot:

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Up next: More Food & Wine!

MeMom
11-20-2012, 05:43 AM
The breakfast pizza looks delicious!

My kids at school, especially the boys, flipped out when I showed them pictures of the Lego statues. I wish they could see them in person one day.

smile4stamps
11-23-2012, 01:32 PM
Mini golf is always so much fun but I've never made the time in our Disney trips to do it! That actually may be something my hubby would do it I ever get him to go again!

PracPerfPatricia
11-24-2012, 11:03 PM
Oh Wow... You have a baby Dug... Belated Congratulations...:goodvibes

(I'll have to check that PTR out and find out all about her...)


I love how you guys had so much rain and made the best of it...

and I love how you hung out at the Poly so much... I'm personally a big believer that Disney is a resort and you should enjoy the amenities...:goodvibes

Lots of fabulous looking Food and Wine yumminess...

Pretty MK Halloween Decorations...

lots more but I'm really hungry after those breakfast pizza pics... must have snack...popcorn::

Dugette
11-29-2012, 12:18 AM
The breakfast pizza looks delicious!

My kids at school, especially the boys, flipped out when I showed them pictures of the Lego statues. I wish they could see them in person one day.
That breakfast pizza was absolutely delicious!

Those Lego statues are so amazing! I wish all your kids could see them too!

Mini golf is always so much fun but I've never made the time in our Disney trips to do it! That actually may be something my hubby would do it I ever get him to go again!
It is a lot of fun. There is definitely a lot more thought put into the course theme at WDW than other places. Also, in our experiences, usually not crowded.

Oh Wow... You have a baby Dug... Belated Congratulations...:goodvibes

(I'll have to check that PTR out and find out all about her...)


I love how you guys had so much rain and made the best of it...

and I love how you hung out at the Poly so much... I'm personally a big believer that Disney is a resort and you should enjoy the amenities...:goodvibes

Lots of fabulous looking Food and Wine yumminess...

Pretty MK Halloween Decorations...

lots more but I'm really hungry after those breakfast pizza pics... must have snack...popcorn::
I'm just glad the rain eventually stopped! But, yes, we did try to make the best of it, since we wanted to enjoy every minute of our WDW time.

Yeah, we hung out at the Poly a lot! Love that place! I agree about enjoying all the Disney resort amenities!

Ha ha...yes, that breakfast pizza makes me hungry too! :rotfl:

dramaqueenemj22
12-07-2012, 07:49 PM
Hi, I'm a little late :rolleyes1 but I came across this TR and start reading and figured I'd follow along for the rest. Can't wait to hear more. :)

Sunset Cliffs
03-17-2013, 03:30 PM
Catching up over here too! It looks like such a beautiful day when you went mini golfing. We have gone to Winter Summerland twice, and we really love that course. Fantasia Gardens looks really pretty too. Maybe we will try that one next time. Can't wait to see more Epcot pictures.

Dugette
03-28-2013, 10:25 PM
Hi, I'm a little late :rolleyes1 but I came across this TR and start reading and figured I'd follow along for the rest. Can't wait to hear more. :)
:welcome: I'm sorry that I am writing the SLOWEST TR in the world, but I'm having trouble keeping up with everything in life lately. I will finish this thing, though, just not sure when.

Catching up over here too! It looks like such a beautiful day when you went mini golfing. We have gone to Winter Summerland twice, and we really love that course. Fantasia Gardens looks really pretty too. Maybe we will try that one next time. Can't wait to see more Epcot pictures.
We have done both Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens (once each) and definitely prefer Winter Summerland. However, since you've done it twice, Fantasia Gardens might be a good change of pace and is still worth doing. It looks like you're going back for New Year's?? Cool!

Dugette
08-08-2013, 10:37 PM
I'm back!!! :cool1: Sorry for the long pause! Hope everyone had a lovely Spring & Summer! :rotfl: (if anyone is still hanging around...) Let's finish this TR!

We arrived back in Epcot in search of lunch. Well, I was in search of lunch, but Dug knew exactly what he wanted. We headed straight to the Yorkshire County Fish Shop. I held us a nice table:

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Dug obtained his lunch:

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He really enjoyed it. It reminded him of his time spent in the (non-Epcot) UK, while travelling around from his study abroad in Scotland.

We ate and then meandered around World Showcase. And because it looks so beautiful to me now, some random photos:

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I had been thinking I’d have something from Kringla Bakery for lunch, since I remembered they had some nice looking sandwiches. However, I ended up in the bakery in France instead, enticed by a ham and cheese croissant and a Napolean:

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We were planning to see the movie in France next, so Dug was sitting on a bench in the lobby while I got my food. We had just missed the previous showing, which is why I ended up grabbing lunch in France. I munched in the nice air-conditioned waiting area. By the way, these food items plus a drink were considered a counter service credit meal.

Soon, we headed into the movie. It is always so relaxing and enjoyable.

We wandered around the shops in France a bit afterwards, then made our way over to the Japan Food & Wine booth. Dug’s description of the offerings: “California sushi pretty good, spicy tuna sushi better, nice and zesty. Pork Kakuni rocked, very juicy.” I’m not a sushi person, so I left all that and the wasabi to Dug:

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I did try some of the pork, though, and it was tasty:

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Also, the Disney ducks were stationed under our little table to make sure there were no crumbs unaccounted for. They were not shy and even willing to pose for the camera:

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More pretty Epcot:

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Clearly, I have not been to Disney in a long time now, as I’m just mesmerized by all the beautiful Epcot scenery. Everything is just so perfect there. :cloud9:

At this point, we were ready for some water, so I checked to see if the Kakigori stand had fountain drinks. No dice. On to Germany. I got in line at Sommerfest, amidst all the brat-hungry and beer-thirsty folks, and got us a couple nice, big ice waters. Refreshing! :thumbsup2

Next up, we collected goodies from the Germany booth and the Cheese booth. Germany provided us with a good-sized Apfel Struedel:

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Very good!

We got a cheese sampler, which was very enjoyable, especially the triple cream (similar to brie):

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Ah, Epcot:

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Our final booth stop of the day would be Mexico. We got the Ribeye Tacos and the Strawberry Lime Margarita:

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Both were pretty good. The margarita was fairly salty.

Then we headed off towards the exit:

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We timed our bus stop arrival just right and boarded a bus bound for Pop Century.

We arrived “home”:

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We enjoyed a lovely afternoon nap in our room. Surprisingly, we were ready for dinner next. Off to Pop’s food court we ventured, hoping to try the new Burrito Bar. However, when we arrived, we learned that is was only offered at lunch. Oh, well, we’d find other things to eat. Dug ended up getting the fried chicken “tv dinner” meal that was on special that night:

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He enjoyed it and said the mashed potatoes were particularly good. I’d remembered reading that the Beef & Broccoli was good, so I got that:

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And it was good. Also, huge. Can’t believe I ate it all. Plus, both of our meals came with desserts, thanks to the dining plan. We decided to get one for now and one for later. We got a sundae to share:

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And we saved a tie-die cheesecake for later:

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After our meal, it was time to head out to DHS!

Up next: Lots of Star Tours! And some other things.

Dugette
08-08-2013, 10:46 PM
After we finished our dinner at Pop Century, we headed to the bus stop and caught a ride to Extra Magic Hours at The Studios.

On our way in, we did a bit of gift shopping. Selected some Christmas ornaments for family members in one of the shops. Had the package held for us until we left the park, to pick up upon exiting.

First ride was the Tower of Terror. Sign said 20 minutes, but line was very long. However, it was extremely efficient and we moved quickly. Cast members were also very engaging. The operator who sent our elevator on its way was having a great time. “Enjoy your doom….uh, I mean room.” And, right as the door was closing, “Oh, one more very important thing…” :scared1:

The ride was great. I love the awesome (though brief) view you get of all the DHS lights at night.

Next up was Star Tours. But, on the way there, we ran across something new to us: Mulch, Sweat, and Shears was performing:

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They were really fun and Dug was having a great time dancing to the tunes. :dancer:

We did one round of Star Tours, then headed over to the Muppets:

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If I remember right, we ran out of time to see them on our previous trip (December 2010), so we wanted to make sure to catch the show on this trip.

Then it was back to Star Tours for two more rides. We got a lot of different combinations on the three rides we did this night. Dug’s description: “For Star Tours, we hit all the planets tonight, including new ones Hoth and Coruscant and finally saw Yoda”.
It was late and time to head back to Pop. On the way out, we stopped by here to grab our purchases from earlier:

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Pretty Studios at night:

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We hopped on a bus and arrived back at Pop to rest up for the next day. And maybe enjoy the tie dye cheesecake. I don’t remember. :confused3 Whenever we ate it, I know we enjoyed it! :thumbsup2

Up next: Back to Epcot. A morning in Future World.

disneybarbie
08-09-2013, 03:18 PM
Hi!

Great to 'see' you back here - loved the updates, amazing food photos.. I wish I could be in World Showcase right now :goodvibes

Hope all is well with you and the family!


Emma princess: x

Dugette
08-11-2013, 11:13 PM
Hi!

Great to 'see' you back here - loved the updates, amazing food photos.. I wish I could be in World Showcase right now :goodvibes

Hope all is well with you and the family!


Emma princess: x
Hi, Emma! I'm glad someone is still hanging around here! :goodvibes More food pictures to come! I wish I was in World Showcase right now too...I guess this glass of wine will have to do! :rotfl:

We're doing well, thanks! I've been posting more updates on my PTR since Dug Baby's been born. Can't believe her first trip is in less than 4 months now! :cool1:

karebear23
08-11-2013, 11:20 PM
I'm still here too! I check in from time to time but don't get a chance to post!

Dugette
08-11-2013, 11:21 PM
We got up this morning to find Disney had left the dreaded “eviction notice” on our door. Well, actually, the notice of our Magical Express pickup time (4:45pm the next day), but depressing nonetheless. We pushed through our sorrow and went out to enjoy our day, though.

We did, however, get a little bit later start than planned so we knew we’d miss the Early Magic Rope Drop at Epcot. Our plan was to enjoy Future World until 11am, then finish our Food & Wine sampling.

On our way to Epcot:

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Our first destination:

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We headed straight here:

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We got Fast Passes for 9:15am, then headed into the 10 minute standby line:

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After a nice morning ride over California, we headed over to the walk-on Living With the Land boat ride. Always enjoyable and relaxing.

Up next was breakfast at Sunshine Seasons. We got an Adult Breakfast Platter: okay; a Breakfast Panini: very good; and a side order of Croissant Berry Bread Pudding: delicious! Here’s the goods:

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And our view:

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After lunch, we cashed in our Fast Passes for Soarin’. Had to wait a bit, but enjoyed another flight.

Next, we left the Land and made our way to Journey Into Imagination with Figment. Walked onto the ride, as usual. We survived the skunk and everything. :thumbsup2

We headed into Innoventions West next to use the restrooms in the empty hallway. We also checked out the Epcot history timeline on the wall, which was cool. Pictures of Epcot past. A segway tour group came cruising through that hallway while we were there too.

Then we went over to Club Cool. Refreshed ourselves with foreign Coke products:

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We spotted Jiminy Cricket doing a meet and greet outside as we headed out. We wandered through Mouse Gear and then went to the Fast Pass machines at Test Track and got 12:50pm. We took the route past the Odyssey to get to World Showcase.

First stop was Mexico. We rode the Gran Fiesta Tour with no line. Then Dug went to the Cantina to get us some big glasses of ice water. Unfortunately, the staff was inattentive and just gave us tiny waters. Oh, well.

Meanwhile, I went to get us Fast Passes for Maelstrom. Unfortunately, the machine spit out a ticket that said, “Not a valid Fastpass ticket. You currently hold an active Fastpass ticket for Test Track.” Oops. I didn’t realize it was too soon to get another. :crazy2:

Time to start getting food and wine. We went to Scandinavia first and got several things. Swedish meatballs were great:

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Rice pudding also great:

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Dug enjoyed the Scandinavia sampler. Shrimp salad, herring and salmon all great:

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The Xante Sunshine Cocktail was also enjoyable:

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After the feast, we decided to just do the 10 minute standby at Maelstrom:

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I always enjoy that ride! Strange, but enjoyable.

Next up was the China booth. The potstickers were juicy and very good:

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The BBQ Chicken Stick was fall-off-the-bone good:

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The Green Tea Plum Wine Cooler was refreshing:

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Scenery:

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Up next: We eat a bunch more stuff!

Dugette
08-11-2013, 11:26 PM
I'm still here too! I check in from time to time but don't get a chance to post!

Hi, Karen! :goodvibes Glad to know someone else is here too! I totally understand not getting a chance to post...I'm much better at lurking than participating myself!

AprilRenee
08-12-2013, 02:04 PM
I'm still reading. It all looks yummy! :)

DisneyDreamerMN
08-24-2013, 12:47 AM
Found my way back to your trip report via your new postings! I will be staying at POP again this October and am looking forward to F&W. Your pictures are getting me excited for it! I went to Epcot in October and 2010 and didn't spend anytime at the booths :sad:

What part of Minnesota are your from? South metro here.

Dugette
08-25-2013, 01:48 AM
I'm still reading. It all looks yummy! :)

Yay, you're still here! :cool1:

Found my way back to your trip report via your new postings! I will be staying at POP again this October and am looking forward to F&W. Your pictures are getting me excited for it! I went to Epcot in October and 2010 and didn't spend anytime at the booths :sad:

What part of Minnesota are your from? South metro here.
Hey, I'm glad you're back! Oh, you'll have a great time at Food & Wine! We love it; such a unique time in Epcot.

Eastern Metro here, so hello neighbor! :wave:

Dugette
08-25-2013, 01:58 AM
In a brief break from the food and drink, we enjoyed watching a little girl with a big camera:

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Very cute and she seemed to know what she was doing.

Our next booth was South Korea. We really liked the Boolgogi BBQ beef. It was sweet, with just a tiny touch of spice. Kimchee was much spicier, but not overpowering:

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Nice scenery from our dining area:

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Next was South Africa. The beef filet was awesome, with a delicious sauce and fantastic sweet potato puree:

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However, we really didn’t enjoy our other dish, the Bunny Chow:

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Just not tasty. The Pinotage had a good bite, though:

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Next, we had to divert from Food & Wine booths for some very important business – obtaining treats from Karamell Kuche! Let the mouthwatering begin:

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So much drool-worthy stuff. We got these:

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My favorite dark chocolate sea salt caramel:

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And a caramel marshmallow swirl for Dug:

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Amazing, as always.

Next, we made our way over to the Hops and Barley booth, passing entertainment in Italy (music) and America (drum corps) on the way. This was for Dug. He got the Lobster Claw Cuddler:

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He said it took some work to eat it, but it was worth it. Plenty of meat and great with butter.

He also got the Lobster Roll:

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He said it was great; all lobster, no mayo.

We shared the dessert, which was a Pumpkin Mousse:

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It was very tasty and only $1.50!

More lovely Epcot scenery:

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At this point, we got on a boat in Germany to get over by the Caribbean booth. Enjoyed the time on the water, as always.

Here’s where taking 2 years to do a trip report gets you. I have this picture from this point in the day, but have no clue what the drink is or where it came from:

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However, I do know that this is me enjoying the Dragon Berry Colada from the Caribbean booth:

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Mmmm, I kinda want one right now!

Finally, we made our way over to Test Track to use our Fast Passes. Great ride, as always.

Then it was time to head back to Pop for a nap. We had to rest up for a big evening.

Up next: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! And the best costume ever!

disneybarbie
08-25-2013, 12:14 PM
More great photos! I still need to try Karamel Kuche, we've been in there but just to look - it smells amazing.

I loved that Dragonberry Colada, we make them at home now sometimes!


I'm catching up on your new PTR at the moment :goodvibes



Emma princess: x

DisneyDreamerMN
08-25-2013, 07:59 PM
OMG that lobster looks great. Hoping they have the pumpkin mousse again. I love everything pumpkin. Caribou coffee already has some pumpkin drinks out and it is only August!

wiigirl
08-26-2013, 10:34 AM
Awesome pics! :)

Dugette
08-26-2013, 10:37 PM
More great photos! I still need to try Karamel Kuche, we've been in there but just to look - it smells amazing.

I loved that Dragonberry Colada, we make them at home now sometimes!


I'm catching up on your new PTR at the moment :goodvibes



Emma princess: x
Yes, try Karamell Kuche! So yummy! That dark chocolate sea salt caramel is my favorite! Mmmmmmmm.......

Where did you get the recipe for the Dragonberry Colada?

Cool, thanks!

OMG that lobster looks great. Hoping they have the pumpkin mousse again. I love everything pumpkin. Caribou coffee already has some pumpkin drinks out and it is only August!
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I was curious and it looks like they replaced the pumpkin mousse with: Craisin Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise (according to the Disney Food Blog). The picture looks pretty good, though. But not pumpkin. Yeah, Dug noticed the pumpkin drinks at Caribou the other day! 90+ degrees and fall beverages, ha.

Awesome pics! :)
Thanks! Nothing like a post full of Karamell Kuche close-ups!

disneybarbie
08-27-2013, 02:45 PM
.......

Where did you get the recipe for the Dragonberry Colada?

Cool, thanks!


.......



It was in the F&W festival cook book, I bought it while we were there last year! It is - Dragonberry Bacardi rum, pina colada mix, pureed strawberries and ice - put it all in a blender :thumbsup2



Emma princess: x

TheThomsLuvDisney
09-08-2013, 09:36 PM
The caramels looked sooooo good!:)

karebear23
09-09-2013, 05:39 PM
Everything look so yummy! I loved the lobster roll and pumpkin mousse. We love Karmel Kuching too. Always get the Carmel popcorn to share! Can't wait for food and wine...it's so close!

Dugette
10-15-2013, 10:01 PM
It was in the F&W festival cook book, I bought it while we were there last year! It is - Dragonberry Bacardi rum, pina colada mix, pureed strawberries and ice - put it all in a blender :thumbsup2

Emma princess: x
Thanks! :thumbsup2

The caramels looked sooooo good!:)
So, so good! I've been munching on Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Caramels the last few days, but good as they are, they are just not the same as those!

Everything look so yummy! I loved the lobster roll and pumpkin mousse. We love Karmel Kuching too. Always get the Carmel popcorn to share! Can't wait for food and wine...it's so close!
Mmm, that popcorn is really good too! And, since I'm so late responding, Food & Wine is going on right now! Wish I was there!

Dugette
10-19-2013, 11:51 PM
So, even though it's taken me nearly two years to get here, at least we have Halloween approaching to get us in the right frame of mind to cover Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Plus, I need to get this trip report done before we go on our next WDW trip in a month and a half! So, on with the show...

After our nap, we got our Halloween t-shirts on and headed out to the big Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The view of the pool on the way out:

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We got in line for the Magic Kingdom bus. We ended up waiting 20 minutes and seeing 3 different Epcot buses come and go. You’d think they’d send more MK buses on a party night!

Luckily, we had a very cool Halloween costume at the head of our line to look at:

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So cool! It was like Walt was right there with us!

Eventually, our bus arrived and we were soon strolling into the MK, all decorated for MNSSHP:

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Our first order of business was grabbing dinner/snack at the Lunching Pad, while it was actually open. Dug wanted to try a Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dog. We were hoping to use our dining credit to get a Cream Cheese Pretzel as the dessert, but they wouldn’t let us, so we had to buy it separately. So, we ended up with the hot dog, pretzel, chips, cookie, and drink from using the dining credit. We got a Cherry Eclipse for the drink. Here’s the whole collection:

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We tucked away the cookie and chips for later. The hot dog was okay, but Dug thought it was strange that it didn’t have peppers and onions, just a lot of Cheez Whiz. Oh, well.

After enjoying our food, we hit up a treat trail:

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Free candy handouts gathered, we headed for Buzz Lightyear. First time through, Dug got 648,200 and I got 430,100. Not too bad, but we had to try again.

Second time through, I finally had my big chance. You may recall that I had never managed to achieve the elusive 999,999 top score. Dug had done it and a friend we ran into and rode Buzz with on a previous trip did it also. But not me. Both of them had achieved the score when the ride had paused at some point. Well, on this ride, we paused near the volcano. Which has a high-value target on it. I took aim and hit the target over and over, as quickly as I could. And, by the time the ride started moving again, I had maxed out my score at 999,999! :cool1: Woo-hoo! Dug ended up with 467,600. I don’t think he had the same alignment with the volcano that I did. Here’s our ride photo:

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You may be able to see at the bottom that I attained the title of “Galactic Hero”.

On our way out, we saw the sidewalk had been decorated with three different Mickey Mouse heads:

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There’s the best one. It seemed so strange that most people were just walking right over them without even noticing. Just stepping on the Disney magic!

Next, we got some more treats near the Speedway and stopped at the Werther’s treat station by Pinocchio’s Village Haus. We got more treats at Peter Pan and by the Riverboat. As we were squeezing down the ramp, we actually were able to see the Headless Horseman ride by! Very cool! Some photos from this part of the night:

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Next was the treat trail at Splash Mountain:

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After that, we rode Splash Mountain. Got all prepped with rain gear and such, but actually hardly got wet at all. Next up were more treats at Pirates and the Jungle Cruise. And we saw this at some point:

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Next up was my dinner/snack. We got a hot dog meal from Casey’s Corner. We also got some corn dog nuggets. The food:

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Dug got some cheese to dip the fries in and tripped as he was heading out the door with it. Cheese went flying. Embarrassing. :blush: Oh, well. Anyway, we saved the brownie for later and ate the rest using a trash can as a table. Typical Disney! We had to have a decent place to see Hallowishes, though, so it was worth it. And the view looking back down Main Street:

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Up next: Hallowishes and more party!

AprilRenee
10-20-2013, 02:33 AM
Yay update!!! Looks like a fun night so far!
What did your Halloween shirts look like? Did you show them to us before?

Dugette
10-22-2013, 10:57 PM
Yay update!!! Looks like a fun night so far!
What did your Halloween shirts look like? Did you show them to us before?

Yay, somebody is still here! :rotfl2:

Yes, I actually showed the Halloween shirts...like two years ago! :lmao: Way, way back in the pre-trip report! In case you don't remember that like it was yesterday (;)), here's a recap:

I had it narrowed down to two shirts, one from the Disney Store and one from Target, but ended up going with the Target one:

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We ordered Dug a Halloween shirt from the Disney Store, but they somehow sent a completely different shirt. However, he liked it anyway and wore it:

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He actually still wears it a lot, especially to go work out.

Dugette
10-22-2013, 11:02 PM
We kept our spot at the trash can to watch Hallowishes. Great show and the perimeter fireworks were awesome. :thumbsup2

Dug’s foot was starting to hurt at that point, so we made our way up to the Hub and found a bench for the Villains show. We had a hard time seeing it from where we were and I ended up sitting on top of the bench, but it worked:

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We kept our bench while we waited for the parade. I enjoyed watching a little boy dressed as Batman run around. Then I saw that his stroller had been made into the Batmobile. Cool!

The parade was great and I have a few decent pictures:

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Towards the end of the parade, I looked around and noticed a guy dressed as Gaston just randomly walking around and posing with flexed muscles. Funny!

After the parade, we made our way over to the Haunted Mansion. There was a ghost (named “Carlotta”, I believe) sitting outside telling stories. She was so fun to watch. She even pretended to be an audio-animatronic.

The ride was great and a good way to cap off the night.

We headed out along the festively lit Main Street:

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The buses to Pop were filling up quick, but we got on one and got back to our resort to rest up for our last day! The party was really fun and I’m glad we went. Wish I could go right now, actually, since it really gets you into the spirit!

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I brought most of our trick-or-treat at MNSSHP candy to work and let my co-workers have at it. They enjoyed it!

Up next: Keys to the Kingdom tour!

AprilRenee
10-23-2013, 01:33 AM
Yay, somebody is still here! :rotfl2: Yes, I actually showed the Halloween shirts...like two years ago! :lmao: Way, way back in the pre-trip report! In case you don't remember that like it was yesterday (;)), here's a recap: I had it narrowed down to two shirts, one from the Disney Store and one from Target, but ended up going with the Target one: [/URL] We ordered Dug a Halloween shirt from the Disney Store, but they somehow sent a completely different shirt. However, he liked it anyway and wore it: [URL="http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/Pre-Trip%20Report/P1070967.jpg.html"] (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/Pre-Trip%20Report/P1070963.jpg.html) He actually still wears it a lot, especially to go work out.

Hahaha. How bizarre is it that I actually DO remember those shirts now that I see them again?!?hahaha

AprilRenee
10-23-2013, 01:40 AM
Keys to the kingdom?!? Woohoo!! Can't wait!
I'd love to do that tour some day...ya know, in like 20 yrs when Caden and all future children are old enough. :p

MeMom
10-23-2013, 05:39 AM
No October trip for me this year, so I am enjoying everyone's MNSSHP pictures.

Love that Walt was in line with you. :thumbsup2

The picture looking down on the bowling pin pool made me smile. :) We are looking forward to being back at Pop in December.

Dugette
11-20-2013, 10:26 PM
Keys to the kingdom?!? Woohoo!! Can't wait!
I'd love to do that tour some day...ya know, in like 20 yrs when Caden and all future children are old enough. :p
It's a great tour! Highly recommend it, when you can do it.

No October trip for me this year, so I am enjoying everyone's MNSSHP pictures.

Love that Walt was in line with you. :thumbsup2

The picture looking down on the bowling pin pool made me smile. :) We are looking forward to being back at Pop in December.
Almost time for you to be back! :goodvibes

Dugette
11-23-2013, 02:30 AM
We were up bright and early for our last day. A last day full of firsts and fun. We each had planned anniversary “surprises” for each other. I say “surprises” because, by the time we were on the trip, we knew about them. Darn Disboards spoiled my secret! :rolleyes:

After looking into several options for special things to surprise Dug with on our trip, I settled on the Keys to the Kingdom tour. I’d heard so many good things about it and it seemed right up his alley. Originally, I’d planned to not tell him until we were at WDW. I was going to have the Disney Florist deliver something to our room that told him what was in store. However, I’d asked some KTTK tour-related question on the DIS at some point. I’d made sure not to subscribe to it, just in case Dug happened to look at the DIS while I was logged in. However, as it turns out, he was trying to find something else I’d posted and, since he isn’t on the DIS a lot and isn’t subscribed to everything, he looked at my posting record, knowing he’d find what he was looking for there. And he did, but he also accidentally found his anniversary surprise! :surfweb: :eek:

So, I figured it out when he started asking hypothetical questions about some friends of ours and what they should do about one of them finding out about a surprise trip the other had planned. Yeah, right… ha ha :rotfl:. Once I determined that he knew, we ended up deciding to take the money that would have gone to the Disney Florist and do something else with it instead, since they no longer needed to break the news to him. And that something else ended up being a gift for me…a pontoon boat rental that afternoon! I love being on the water in a boat and what better place than Disney (leaving from the Poly!)

Oh, by the way, he LOVED that the KTTK tour was the surprise. He was so excited and felt terrible that he’d spoiled the big reveal. But it all worked out okay. I’m not very good at keeping secrets anyway…I don’t have a very good poker face, I guess.

But back to that morning! We headed to Everything Pop for breakfast. Looks like I had a croissant sandwich and Dug had an omelette:

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Not very busy yet:

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After a quick breakfast, we caught a bus up to the Magic Kingdom.

Love the views from the bus stop at MK:

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We had arrived:

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So, because of the tour, we were allowed early entrance into the Magic Kingdom. I don’t remember all the details, but looking at our video and photos, we apparently wandered around the near-empty Magic Kingdom/Main Street taking in all the details for quite a while. In fact, we have so many cool pictures that it will take up this and another update, due to the image limits!

I don’t think I have much narrative on these, but enjoy the decorations and window displays and all:

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Continued in next post...

Dugette
11-23-2013, 02:39 AM
Continued from last post...

It was still early:

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I don't think we had to meet up for our tour until 8:30am.

We enjoyed seeing Main Street all decorated for Halloween:

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Pretending I live on Main Street:

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After wandering up and down, we headed to City Hall to check in for our KTTK tour.

Up next: We join our group and start learning Disney secrets! :ssst:

Dugette
11-24-2013, 02:41 AM
It was time for our tour, so we headed over to City Hall. Coffee and water were waiting for us:

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I got a bottle of water and Dug got a coffee:

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This was the view from our gathering spot:

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Our tour guide introduced herself. Her name is Rae and she was AWESOME! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 We got set up with little earpieces so that we could hear her throughout the tour:

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I wish I could remember more details of all the things she told us on the tour. But, it's been 2 years and my memory is pretty foggy now. I'm sure you can find the details of the KTTK tour online somewhere, though. We don't have any notes or video and limited pictures (none allowed backstage). So, I'll mostly let the pictures tell the stories. Clearly, based on these, she was telling us about Roy Disney:

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Rae lead us partway down the empty Main Street, pointing out names on windows and other cool things, I'm sure. A random picture as we walked:

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She told us that sometimes the Disney executives come to observe what's happening in the parks. Apparently one of these people is an exec:

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She led us into the little nook off to the right, partway up Main Street. We sat for a bit while she filled our heads with Disney information:

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I love all the thematically carved pumpkins along Main Street. This is at the art store, I think:

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The next thing we did was get to see park opening from a totally different viewpoint. Instead of rushing in to get to a mountain, we just watched the whole process from our nook off of Main Street. Cast members prepared to welcome guests:

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And the guests started streaming in. It was so funny seeing all the different types of touring styles represented. The runners, the map-consulters, etc. Here's a few shots of that:

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After the rush was over, Rae pointed out some significant windows (credits!) to us. This one represents the way that Disney used fake companies to buy up land for WDW without the price soaring sky-high due to Disney being interested (or something like that):

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Just a nice festive shot of Main Street here:

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We think this guy negotiated the land deals, maybe (and had a big career with Disney):

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No explanation needed here:

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Although I do remember that this faces the castle. I think.

Looking back on Main Street:

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And forward to the castle:

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Up next: We go beyond Main Street!

DisneyDreamerMN
11-25-2013, 09:13 PM
Ah, too bad he saw your post about the surprise! I am bad with secrets too. always try to surprise my husband, but I always end up telling him too. I love that tour! We took it last December. Can't wait to see more.

Dugette
12-21-2013, 11:16 PM
Ah, too bad he saw your post about the surprise! I am bad with secrets too. always try to surprise my husband, but I always end up telling him too. I love that tour! We took it last December. Can't wait to see more.

Yeah, it was a bummer that he found out, but at least we were able to use the extra money for something fun! The tour was great. I wish I could remember more details, though (as you'll see in my coming updates).

Dugette
12-21-2013, 11:32 PM
We made our way over past the Crystal Palace:

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Rae sat us down in the shade, I believe by the Dole Whips, and told us cool things, pretty much all of which I've now forgotten:

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In all honesty, if you want to know about the KTTK tour details, I'm sure there's a good write-up out there (I know I've run across them before) and you can probably use that to make sense of my pictures! After over 2 years, I can only remember bits and pieces!

I think this was just a pretty picture:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090170_zps2a97036d.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090170_zps2a97036d.jpg.html)

But, who knows, maybe there's a story behind it?

Our next activity was riding the Jungle Cruise:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090171_zps632dbba5.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090171_zps632dbba5.jpg.html)

This was one thing that I thought was cool when I picked out the tour, as Dug loves the Jungle Cruise, so I thought he'd enjoy a little different ride on it. We skipped the line and got our own special boat. Here's our group waiting for our boat:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090173_zps801c1b72.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090173_zps801c1b72.jpg.html)

Some details as we waited:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090174_zps06ce59b3.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090174_zps06ce59b3.jpg.html)

Note the lightning rod here:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090175_zps17620205.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090175_zps17620205.jpg.html)

I remember Rae telling us about all the lightning rods and pointing them out. They are everywhere, but I'd never noticed before!

More pretty pictures:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090176_zpse92e42fb.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090176_zpse92e42fb.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090178_zpsba467f5a.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090178_zpsba467f5a.jpg.html)

Our group got on board:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090179_zps647c2743.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090179_zps647c2743.jpg.html)

I believe the regular skipper just "drove" the boat and Rae talked to us about some of the details.

Here's some pictures:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090180_zpse12f629d.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090180_zpse12f629d.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090181_zps7eec74ae.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090181_zps7eec74ae.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090183_zps77bbea34.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090183_zps77bbea34.jpg.html)

On that last one, I actually do remember what it was about. Do you notice the character resemblances? I want to say it's Goofy(?), Donald, and Mickey? I remember thinking it was cool from the right angle.

More pictures:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090189_zpseb20da86.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090189_zpseb20da86.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090190_zps3430c3e7.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090190_zps3430c3e7.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090191_zps52526fb8.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090191_zps52526fb8.jpg.html)

The other half of that plane is in the Great Movie Ride at DHS.

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090192_zps7a14fe40.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090192_zps7a14fe40.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090194_zps96fbf4c9.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090194_zps96fbf4c9.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090195_zpsba4ed0c3.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090195_zpsba4ed0c3.jpg.html)

Look, the elusive backside of water! Glad we took a backstage tour to see it...ha ha!:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090196_zps48da3bee.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090196_zps48da3bee.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090198_zpsa77f76ad.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090198_zpsa77f76ad.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090200_zps839e438e.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090200_zps839e438e.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090201_zpsd1d0d3ba.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090201_zpsd1d0d3ba.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090203_zps4c6b7f0e.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090203_zps4c6b7f0e.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090204_zps44ea4fe0.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090204_zps44ea4fe0.jpg.html)

That's it for the Jungle Cruise. On to more of the tour!

Dugette
12-21-2013, 11:58 PM
Hey, look, another lightning rod!

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090205_zpsd13b516a.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090205_zpsd13b516a.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090207_zps54d23da2.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090207_zps54d23da2.jpg.html)

I think there's one on there too!

More amazing insights being shared with us here, I'm sure :rotfl::

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090208_zps2a04b05c.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090208_zps2a04b05c.jpg.html)

Your guess is as good as mine on whether these pictures are showing us some little-known details:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090210_zps6de9f66a.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090210_zps6de9f66a.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090211_zps2f2b9a48.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090211_zps2f2b9a48.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090213_zpsaa7b41e4.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090213_zpsaa7b41e4.jpg.html)

I do remember this, since I've heard it before (I think in the Hidden Magic book?). It's the sewage river, to be true to the period this area is representing:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090215_zps2c980f87.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090215_zps2c980f87.jpg.html)

Um, flags? Maybe of the original colonies? But I could be wrong:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090216_zps620b23cf.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090216_zps620b23cf.jpg.html)

More details, the significance of which I no longer recall, but I know there was some:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090217_zps0378a4b1.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090217_zps0378a4b1.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090218_zps2401a0bb.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090218_zps2401a0bb.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090219_zpseec539f4.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090219_zpseec539f4.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090220_zps6d8920b8.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090220_zps6d8920b8.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090221_zps7c149823.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090221_zps7c149823.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090222_zps443907d9.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090222_zps443907d9.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090223_zps5d2a623e.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090223_zps5d2a623e.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090225_zps50ca53ac.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090225_zps50ca53ac.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090226_zpsafe27cd0.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090226_zpsafe27cd0.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090227_zps193ec3a3.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090227_zps193ec3a3.jpg.html)

Hey, it's the two lanterns, I remember that! Paul Revere and "one if by land, two if by sea":

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090228_zps2fcea759.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090228_zps2fcea759.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090229_zps26a2ed08.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090229_zps26a2ed08.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090230_zps35fd79f8.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090230_zps35fd79f8.jpg.html)

I remember this being something about the materials holding up the windows making them droop, so it's re-created accurately here (I just searched this info and found that the soldiers took the metal hinges for ammunition and the leather straps eventually drooped):

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090231_zps3f8c5cc7.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090231_zps3f8c5cc7.jpg.html)

So, sometime during this first part of the tour, we also ventured backstage. Pictures and video are not allowed, but I just searched the internet for KTTK tour write-ups and was reminded that we were back somewhere by Splash Mountain and saw waste disposal facilities and parade float storage. If I recall correctly, the cast members were preparing floats for the parade and practicing their dancing routines. It was neat to see something different like that.

After all this activity, it was time for lunch at Columbia Harbor House.

Dugette
12-22-2013, 12:16 AM
The restaurant:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090232_zps6abdd4aa.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090232_zps6abdd4aa.jpg.html)

The decor:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090233_zpsbf2b48d8.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090233_zpsbf2b48d8.jpg.html)

The food:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090234_zps6a2aa019.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090234_zps6a2aa019.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090235_zps2e69fada.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090235_zps2e69fada.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090237_zpsde2846b0.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090237_zpsde2846b0.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090238_zpsffd3046f.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090238_zpsffd3046f.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090239_zps7d714343.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090239_zps7d714343.jpg.html)

I believe that Dug had fish and shrimp and I had the broccoli slaw sandwich. I had heard that sandwich was really good, but I didn't particularly care for it. I much prefer their tuna salad sandwich. Oh, well. By the way, we had pre-ordered our meals at the beginning of our tour and they were ready for us when we arrived.

We were given our Keys to the Kingdom here:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090240_zps37be9a33.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090240_zps37be9a33.jpg.html)

We sat upstairs in the nice, quiet area with a view:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090241_zpsb9fe3ff1.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090241_zpsb9fe3ff1.jpg.html)

A brief look around:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090242_zps9de024c0.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090242_zps9de024c0.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090243_zpse76cb01f.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090243_zpse76cb01f.jpg.html)

After our meal and a little down time and time to chat with others and the guide, we were on our way out again:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090245_zpsc8f24cfb.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090245_zpsc8f24cfb.jpg.html)

Our next destination was the Haunted Mansion. I remember hanging off to the side for a bit and talking to Rae about celebrities visiting WDW and the secret entrances they take and such. I believe that we took a lesser-known entrance because we had an ECV on our tour. And, now that I'm thinking about it, I believe we were hanging outside for a bit beforehand so that she could make sure that corridor did not contain a celebrity. I think someone may have been there that day? Part of me wants to say Celine Dion, but I could be totally making that up in my head. :confused3 For all I know, it could have been Will Smith. My memory is very, very bad. :rotfl2:

Anyway, here are some Haunted Mansion pictures for your enjoyment:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090247_zps228123a0.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090247_zps228123a0.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090248_zps117050a8.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090248_zps117050a8.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090249_zpsc453e138.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090249_zpsc453e138.jpg.html)

It was very cool to ride with Rae in our ears telling us secrets. Of which I do not recall. Still cool.

Afterwards, she pointed out Mr. Toad in the back of the pet cemetery:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090250_zps4b09da98.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090250_zps4b09da98.jpg.html)

Um, some more cool pictures of things we saw that may or may not have some significance to them:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090251_zps51979b21.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090251_zps51979b21.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090252_zps60c0cecc.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090252_zps60c0cecc.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090253_zpsec0293d5.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090253_zpsec0293d5.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090255_zps1d44ce0f.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090255_zps1d44ce0f.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090256_zps3e38e077.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090256_zps3e38e077.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090259_zps25486c60.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090259_zps25486c60.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090261_zps7074c78a.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090261_zps7074c78a.jpg.html)

Just a bit more touring left and we venture into the utilidors!

Dugette
12-22-2013, 12:48 AM
Ha ha, so I just consulted Dug between updates and he told me that his memory is that Rae was just telling us about past celebrity visits, but he didn't think anyone was there that day...she just had to check before going in. Guess that explains why I'm so confused.

Anyway, here's something I do remember. This is the hat box from Lady and the Tramp:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090263_zpsc74bdfb8.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090263_zpsc74bdfb8.jpg.html)

Um, I don't think this still exists:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090264_zpse5bde1ac.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090264_zpse5bde1ac.jpg.html)

Ah, more Lady and the Tramp (my favorite!):

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090265_zps44452573.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090265_zps44452573.jpg.html)

Well, at some point in the post-lunch part of the tour, we ventured into the backstage areas again, including the utilidors. I believe we wandered the underground tunnels for a fair amount of time. I mostly remember having to move to the side often so as not to get run over by the various carts driving through them. We saw some random rooms too - I really don't remember a whole lot, though. Maybe I'm strange, because I think a lot of people get super excited going into the utilidors, but I wasn't really blown away. Yes, it's a cool system and fun to see them, but I guess it's just not all that glamorous or magical. It felt kinda like if I was showing someone that back hallway I use to get to the restrooms at work. :confused3 Handy, useful, convenient, not particularly fun to look around. I don't know, I'm sure it's more exciting if you see headless characters roaming or something, but I don't believe we did. You know, I think the most memorable thing for me was seeing the piles of bread and such that was being delivered for the bakery, I believe. Yum! :thumbsup2

Anyway, once we came back up to the "second floor", we returned to our home base:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090266_zpsed2b75a9.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090266_zpsed2b75a9.jpg.html)

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http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090268_zps8e46919c.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090268_zps8e46919c.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090269_zps2dc39ec4.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090269_zps2dc39ec4.jpg.html)

And I'm sure Rae summed things up for a big finish. I remember thanking her, as she was a GREAT tour guide. I know my memory is fuzzy, but that's not a reflection on her. She was filled to the brim with knowledge and clearly had a ton of enthusiasm for what she did. I strongly recommend the KTTK tour and also Rae as a tour guide. So glad we had the experience.

After our tour, we decided that we had enough time to take the train for a loop. I think she had mentioned some things we could see from it, plus we wanted to get a peek at the New Fantasyland that was just in the early stages of being built! (remember, this was October 2011)

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So, I guess Dug took a whole lotta pictures from the train! More in the next post!

Dugette
12-22-2013, 01:12 AM
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090299_zps821bd55b.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090299_zps821bd55b.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090300_zpsd693efcb.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090300_zpsd693efcb.jpg.html)

Ah, what's this up ahead? New construction? Sweet! :cool1: It's funny, because we got to play in New Fantasyland on the trip we just took! (well, except for that darn mine train ride)

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We enjoyed our little peek through the construction fences!

A few more shots from our train ride:

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http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090318_zps1eaeae51.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090318_zps1eaeae51.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090320_zpsedaa0fe5.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090320_zpsedaa0fe5.jpg.html)

Then it was time to head to the Polynesian Resort for lunch and our pontoon boat rental:

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Lunch was to-go from Captain Cook's (we brought it on the boat with us). We used two quick-service credits to get a Grown-up Grilled Cheese, a Hawaiian Flatbread, some drinks, a Dole Whip, and a Mickey Rice Krispy bar. You'll see the rest in a minute, but here are the desserts:

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We went down to the marina and were taken to a boat and sent on our way:

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I took the first shift, including backing the boat out:

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I had vague memories of driving my grandpa's pontoon boat as a kid, but it had been quite some time since then. Pretty easy to pick up on, though.

And we're off:

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Here's the grilled cheese pictures:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090330_zpsa7cbc6c9.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090330_zpsa7cbc6c9.jpg.html)

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We munched while we boated.

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Yay, I'm driving a boat on Disney waters!

Dugette
12-22-2013, 01:21 AM
Things we passed on our journey:

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http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090336_zps2b27ad15.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090336_zps2b27ad15.jpg.html)

Time to eat the Hawaiian Flatbread now:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090340_zps4187cac2.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090340_zps4187cac2.jpg.html)

More things we passed:

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Crossing the water bridge over the roadway:

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We made it all the way over to the Wilderness Lodge:

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http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090363_zps9d3eb212.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090363_zps9d3eb212.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090364_zps24a5b7d2.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090364_zps24a5b7d2.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090370_zps7369b955.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090370_zps7369b955.jpg.html)

I believe this is where we started getting into seeing the old abandoned Discovery Island and River Country:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090372_zpsd9cb7c6b.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090372_zpsd9cb7c6b.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090373_zpsaa46ea56.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090373_zpsaa46ea56.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090374_zpsf2d49a41.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090374_zpsf2d49a41.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090375_zps93e5b127.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090375_zps93e5b127.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090376_zps4fbd84bd.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090376_zps4fbd84bd.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090378_zpsfad0349d.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090378_zpsfad0349d.jpg.html)

Pretty cool to see. Strange, but cool. More boating coming right up!

Dugette
12-22-2013, 01:28 AM
More sights from the boat:

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http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090387_zpscdf60a36.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090387_zpscdf60a36.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090389_zpsfb5fda28.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090389_zpsfb5fda28.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090390_zps91daefbf.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090390_zps91daefbf.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090396_zps2da7ef14.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090396_zps2da7ef14.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090399_zps19e65251.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090399_zps19e65251.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090400_zps3ff7f712.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090400_zps3ff7f712.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090402_zps216055ce.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090402_zps216055ce.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090404_zps48a2c8c0.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090404_zps48a2c8c0.jpg.html)

The chocolate on the Rice Krispy treat was melting in the heat. Oh, well, still tasty:

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At some point, Dug had taken over the driving so that I could kick back and relax:

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http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090437_zps9b3ba21e.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090437_zps9b3ba21e.jpg.html)

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So, I guess we have an awful lot of boat ride pictures. More next!

Dugette
12-22-2013, 01:42 AM
It was time to head back to our parking slip at the Poly:

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http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090447_zps399aa002.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090447_zps399aa002.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090448_zps82d79df7.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090448_zps82d79df7.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090449_zpse15e1b8e.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090449_zpse15e1b8e.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090450_zpsea460ce1.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090450_zpsea460ce1.jpg.html)

This must be at the rental booth:

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I really enjoyed this experience and would definitely do it again! We got a discount from our package (the little booklet) and it really wasn't terribly expensive. And the Poly gives you great access to a lot of cool things to boat by. Really nice.

On our way out:

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We had to return to the Magic Kingdom in order to get a bus back to Pop Century for our Magical Express ride:

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I guess this is when we did our airline check-in:

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We must have filled our mugs one last time for the wait until our Magical Express departure:

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We sat in the cool golf cart outside Pop and took pictures and video:

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http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090475_zps2f9c4654.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090475_zps2f9c4654.jpg.html)

Goodbye Pop! It's been a good time!

Dugette
12-22-2013, 01:51 AM
We were not the only sad people who's vacation had come to an end:

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http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090479_zpsdac0f54c.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090479_zpsdac0f54c.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090482_zpse077acd5.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090482_zpse077acd5.jpg.html)

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090483_zps6bf63d93.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090483_zps6bf63d93.jpg.html)

Oh, no, it's arrived to take us away from the magic!

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090485_zps5ddac928.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090485_zps5ddac928.jpg.html)

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I like the luggage carts:

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So sad to leave:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090488_zpsd1a100be.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090488_zpsd1a100be.jpg.html)

On that note, our daycare provider is a big Disney fan too. She said to Dug the other day that she feels like every time she leaves Disney she leaves a piece of her soul there. I think that captures this moment fairly well.

But, the ride went on:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090490_zps8d67e5c7.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090490_zps8d67e5c7.jpg.html)

So, we thought back to all the fun we'd had and put on our happy faces:

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We settled in and watched the video:

http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z410/LoungingAround/October%20Day%208/P1090498_zpscb9e7d6b.jpg (http://s1188.photobucket.com/user/LoungingAround/media/October%20Day%208/P1090498_zpscb9e7d6b.jpg.html)

Soon, we were at the airport and passing this booth:

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:confused3 Interesting.

I really don't remember much else. There are no further pictures. I'm assuming we got on a plane and came home and all was fine.

This trip had been a much-needed bright spot in an otherwise crummy year for us. Life moved on and about 2.5 months later, we finally had some good news on the last day of the year: Dug Baby was on her way! Life has changed a lot since this trip and now we've just returned from bringing a 15 month old on her first WDW adventure. I'll be starting that trip report soon and I'll post the link here, as well as on my pre-trip report. I hope you've enjoyed reading the slowest trip report ever on earth! I hope to be a bit more timely with the next one! If you are still here, congratulations and thank you! :goodvibes

reelmom
12-22-2013, 07:39 AM
Wow! You have been busy updating. Renting the pontoon boat looks like a lot of fun. We may have to check that out next time. I love your new avatar. I can't wait to read about the next trip.

Dugette
12-22-2013, 08:38 PM
Wow! You have been busy updating. Renting the pontoon boat looks like a lot of fun. We may have to check that out next time. I love your new avatar. I can't wait to read about the next trip.

Yes, I went on an updating spree to get this thing done! Luckily, it doesn't take as long to do updates where you don't really have much to say. :rotfl:

The boat was great. It was some of the most relaxed time we've spent in Disney and it was really cool to go wherever we wanted on some main bodies of water with great views. When I can trust Dug Baby to not abandon ship, we'll do it again someday!

Thanks on the avatar. I'm hoping to get the new one started soon!

AprilRenee
12-22-2013, 08:54 PM
Ok so that keys to the kingdom tour report was just mean! Lol. I was so excited to learn all the secrets. Haha. Not so much...:-P
Oh well, I'm excited to read your dug baby report!! :)

Dugette
12-22-2013, 09:39 PM
Ok so that keys to the kingdom tour report was just mean! Lol. I was so excited to learn all the secrets. Haha. Not so much...:-P
Oh well, I'm excited to read your dug baby report!! :)

Ha, sorry, not trying to be mean! :rotfl: My memory is just that bad....but I did remember a few details, so that's something, right? ;) Now you'll just have to go on that tour, I guess. Or do some good googling until you find an account from someone who has a memory....

CarouselOfProgress4
12-22-2013, 10:16 PM
I really enjoyed your thread, thank you!

Dugette
12-22-2013, 10:45 PM
I really enjoyed your thread, thank you!

Thank you for reading along! Glad you've enjoyed it! :goodvibes

Dugette
12-22-2013, 10:49 PM
Yay, I started the new Trip Report for our 2013 trip with our daughter! :cool1:

You can find it here: "Bear Hugs & Piggy Kisses - Baby's First Trip" (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3211895)

Hope to see you all there! :goodvibes With any luck, I'll finish this one in under two years! :lmao: