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Missyrose
10-25-2011, 04:59 PM
Welcome friends! It's time to start the trip report that gives you double the fun, double the laughs and double the Disney magic. It's really two trips rolled into one big adventure.

It's Kelley and Missy's joint trip report...

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That's me, Missy (a.k.a. Missyrose here on the Dis) on the right. And the beautiful bride is Kelley (a.k.a. PrincessAmongPrinces on the Dis). This picture is from Kelley's wedding seven years ago. We go way back, friends since the eighth-grade (16 years, wow!). We'll each do our own introductions but for now let's talk a little bit about how this trip came to be...

Once upon a time, both of us had separate trips planned for 2012 (mine in March and Kel's in May). But once Kelley started planning, she couldn't wait to take her adorable twin boys to Disney, so she moved her trip up to their birthday week in October. A few months later, I got a pin code in the mail and was able to book a trip for the same week so we both could enjoy the room discounts!

So our trip looked something like this:

When: October 13-17, 2011

Where: Contemporary Resort (Missy); All-Star Movies (Kelley)

What: MNSSHP, Food and Wine Festival and all kinds of Disney fun for both little kids and the big kids, as well.

So with that information, we're off on our TR adventure. I'll leave you with the same promise I made in my last TR:

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but mainly, you’ll wish you were in Orlando RIGHT NOW!

Missyrose
10-25-2011, 05:01 PM
Chapter links

Kelley: Introductions (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43058779#post43058779)
Missy: Introducing... Missy and Franklin! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43063592#post43063592)
Kelley: Leavin' on a Jet Plane (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43065060#post43065060)
Kelley: MNSSHP (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43067283#post43067283)Missy: All Our Bags Are Packed... (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43073956#post43073956)Missy: Our Magical Ride (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43086689#post43086689)Kelley: Trip Report Tangent (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43096447&posted=1#post43096447) Missy: Pixie Dust Sprinkled Check-In (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43111991#post43111991) Missy: Lunchtime in Canada -- Part 1, (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43151271&posted=1#post43151271) Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43151408&posted=1#post43151408)Kelley: MNSSHP Bonus Pics! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43161582#post43161582)Missy: Time to Party! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43206866#post43206866)Missy: This is Halloween (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43261738#post43261738)Missy: Boo to You -- Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43296686#post43296686), Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43296759&posted=1#post43296759) Missy: A Less-Than-Magical Start to the Day (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43357561#post43357561) Kelley:DHS Rope Drop (http://http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43366378#post43366378) Missy: Cars, Boats and a 'Round the World Trip -- Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43407393#post43407393), Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43407493&posted=1#post43407493) Kelley: Sci-Fi and DHS (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43415468&posted=1#post43415468) Kelley: Epcot afternoon (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43415525&posted=1#post43415525) Missy: New Digs and Wishing on a Star (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43462024#post43462024) Missy: 'Ohana Means Stuffing Your Face (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43462032&posted=1#post43462032) Missy: Happy Holidays Everyone! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43525160#post43525160) Missy: Riding The Wave Through Fantasyland Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43679627#post43679627) -- Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43679638#post43679638) Missy: Lunch and a Lovely Afternoon (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43692562#post43692562) Missy: Our First Signature Dinner (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43813299#post43813299) Missy: Magic, Fireworks and Late-Night Fun Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43836181#post43836181) -- Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43836190&posted=1#post43836190) Missy: A Full Day In and Around Epcot Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43888418#post43888418) -- Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43888427&posted=1#post43888427) Kelley: Breakfast With Mickey (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43899014#post43899014) Kelley: MK Rope Drop (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43900897#post43900897) Missy: Fireworks in the Sky and On the Plate (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43959955#post43959955) Kelley: Morning at Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44039110#post44039110)
Kelley: Afternoon/evening at Downtown Disney (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44039252&posted=1#post44039252)
Missy: A Private Tour of Main Street and Breakfast with Pooh and Co. Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44046287#post44046287) -- Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44046304&posted=1#post44046304)
Kelley: Ryan and Jack are 3! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44124899#post44124899)Kelley: Crystal Palace breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44125014&posted=1#post44125014)
Kelley: Goodbye! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44125123&posted=1#post44125123)
Missy: Ta Ta for Now (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44178973#post44178973)
Missy: Final Thoughts and a New TR! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44448752#post44448752)

Grumpy's Wife
10-25-2011, 08:19 PM
I'll be the first to join in.

IheartDDuck
10-25-2011, 08:36 PM
Joining! Can't wait to hear more.

Missyrose
10-25-2011, 08:59 PM
I'll be the first to join in.

:welcome: Thanks for being the first to join! :thumbsup2


Joining! Can't wait to hear more.

:wave2: Hi! Thanks for climbing aboard.

PrincessAmongPrinces
10-25-2011, 09:23 PM
Hello! As Missy mentioned, this is going to be our joint trip report! We go way back, and it’s so awesome that we were able to overlap our trips like this!

I just wanted to introduce myself and my family a bit more :goodvibes

I am Kelley, happily married to Mike for the last 7 years. We are college sweethearts, who met during our freshman year at Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES!)

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and I am the proud Mommy to sweet twin boys Ryan and Jackson. They are the lights of my life, the joys of my day, and the cause of all my future gray hairs!

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This was our first family trip to Disney World. Mike and I debated a bit about when to first take them - he originally wanted to wait until they were 5, and I thought 3 & ½ would be the perfect age. But as I was pricing everything out, it was gonna be WAY cheaper to take them before they turned 3. So we agreed to go Oct 13-17, 2011 with our last day being their 3rd birthday. He pretends to be all practical and sensible, but really, he is as bad as I am when it comes to spoiling our boys!

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We had such an amazing, awesome, wonderful and magic-filled first family trip! Thanks for joining in, and I hope you enjoy reading about it! :hug:

natebenma
10-25-2011, 09:27 PM
Kelley and Missy-

Can't wait to read about all of your great adventures and to have my socks knocked off by Franklin's photos!!!

Ryan and Jackson are way cute!!!

Dee

PrincessAmongPrinces
10-25-2011, 09:33 PM
Kelley and Missy-

Can't wait to read about all of your great adventures and to have my socks knocked off by Franklin's photos!!!

Ryan and Jackson are way cute!!!

Dee

Thanks for joining us! And yes, Franklin has out done himself again! He is SO talented :love:

Queenofallthings
10-25-2011, 09:41 PM
Hey chicky...I'm here and can't wait for this one!popcorn::

PirateKate
10-26-2011, 12:13 AM
I'm here! Can't wait to read about your trips. Kelley- your boys are so cute! :goodvibes

teekathepony
10-26-2011, 08:25 AM
Hey ladies! I'm in!

Missyrose
10-26-2011, 11:15 AM
Kelley and Missy-

Can't wait to read about all of your great adventures and to have my socks knocked off by Franklin's photos!!!

Ryan and Jackson are way cute!!!

Dee

:wave: Dee, welcome to the adventure. And yes, Franklin gave his photos his all and it really shows in the results.

Hey chicky...I'm here and can't wait for this one!popcorn::

:welcome: Queen!

I'm here! Can't wait to read about your trips. Kelley- your boys are so cute! :goodvibes

:wave2: Hi Kate, welcome aboard!

Hey ladies! I'm in!

:woohoo: Glad you're here!

Missyrose
10-26-2011, 12:00 PM
Some of you may know me, but for those that don't:

I'm Missy, a 29-year-old sports copy editor at the Washington Post who lives in the Virginia suburbs with her loving boyfriend of almost nine years, Franklin. He’s a space planner at an architecture firm in the D.C. area.

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If you want to know more about how this trip came to be, check out my pre-trip report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2762069).

This is my seventh trip to Disney World and Franklin's third. Though we've both become Disney vets, we managed to have quite a few firsts on this trip.

:thumbsup2 We stayed onsite for the first time.

:thumbsup2 We relied completely on Disney transportation for the first time.

:thumbsup2 We attended our first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

:thumbsup2 We bought a Photopass CD for the first time.

:thumbsup2 We tried a dining plan for the first time (deluxe!).

:thumbsup2 We bought our very first annual passes.

There are a few more firsts, but I'll let them be a surprise as the TR rolls along.

Our first trip together (in February 2009) was totally a commando affair. It was Franklin's first trip, so I wanted to make sure he saw EVERYTHING! :scared1: Our next trip (October 2010) included some seriously commando mornings coupled with some seriously laid-back afternoons, including our introduction to the Food and Wine Festival.

And this trip? Our plans got tossed out the window. We rode plenty of rides, but we also found time to enjoy the other things about the parks and we also wanted to enjoy the beautiful resort we were staying at (Contemporary).

With all that background info squared away, it's time to get this party started... so away we go! :yay:

PrincessAmongPrinces
10-26-2011, 01:38 PM
I'm here! Can't wait to read about your trips. Kelley- your boys are so cute! :goodvibes

Welcome Kate! And thank you for the complement on my boys. I think they're pretty cute too, but I am certainly biased!! :lovestruc

Hey ladies! I'm in!

Hello Wendy! Welcome :goodvibes Thank you for joining in!

PrincessAmongPrinces
10-26-2011, 02:00 PM
Thursday
October 13th, 2011- Disney Arrival Day!! (Part 1)

I remember waking up in the morning thinking “Today is the day! It’s DISNEY DAY!!” :cool1: :yay: :cool1:

I realized a few days ago that today was also our couple anniversary. We started dating 10 years ago! Can you believe that?? An entire decade of us… So we celebrated by leaving for WDW!

We were flying JetBlue out of Dulles International Airport. Our flight was due to depart at 2:09pm, so I wanted to be at the airport by 12:30pm, just to give us enough of a cushion to take all of our carry-on crap, our double stroller and both our kiddos through security. So my Mom came and picked us up at 12 noon, and we were off to the airport!

We arrived at Dulles at 12:15pm, we curb checked our 2 bags, and we were totally done and through security by… wait for it… 12:30pm!! :eek: Hmmm… Now of course if we had been in a hurry, that would have never happened - but oh well, now we were through security, but still had an hour to kill before we could board the plane! So we had some lunch, and walked around the terminal a bit, and before long it was time to board!

We were a bit nervous about how the boys would be on the plane, but I came super prepared! I had an entire box of fruit snacks, some baggies of dry cereal, 2 coloring books, markers, 2 sticker books, 2 bean bag Mickey Mouses and 2 LeapPads! The boys’ Grammy and Gramps bought them the LeapPads as a bday gift, so Mike and I decided to save them for the plane. We had them loaded up with fun, educational apps and fresh batteries, and as soon as the flight had ascended enough for electronics to be turned on, we introduced them to their LeapPads. Well, we didn’t hear another peep out of those boys! It kept them engaged for the entire 90 minutes. That thing is AWESOME :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

So we landed at MCO promptly at 4:00pm, and quickly found our way over to the DME line. We hopped straight on a bus and headed to our hotel: All Star Movies! (Small tangent here: I have read a lot of negatives on here about the All Stars, but I have to say, I found it to be very pleasant! The room was clean and comfortable – though admittedly cramped for 4 people and a giant double stroller. We had a great experience, and I would definitely stay at the All Stars again!)

All Star Movies!!
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We were in one of the Fantasia buildings:
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The view of the other Fantasia building from our building:
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We checked in, hurried to our room, dumped all of our carry on stuff, changed into our Halloween costumes, and high tailed it over to the Magic Kingdom for MNSSHP!

Joyciemc
10-26-2011, 02:33 PM
I'm reading! Great start- can't wait to read more!

PrincessAmongPrinces
10-26-2011, 04:47 PM
I'm reading! Great start- can't wait to read more!

:welcome: and thank you for joining us!

PrincessAmongPrinces
10-26-2011, 05:10 PM
Thursday Oct 13th, 2011 - Arrival Day (Part 2)
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!! :thumbsup2

So when I left you, we had just hopped on the Disney bus to Magic Kingdom! We made it there by 6pm, which is pretty good considering we had only landed in Florida 2 hours prior! I thought that to be some good timing and perhaps even a bit of pixie dust! pixiedust:

Our costumes were The Incredibles! The boys had picked out Dash costumes, and then I found t-shirts with The Incredibles logo on the front for Mike and I to wear.

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We asked the boys on the bus ride over to MK what ride they wanted to ride first, and they both agreed Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. (We had watched nearly every ride or attraction on YouTube in preparation for the trip, so they were pretty familiar with what was there) So as soon as we arrived at MK and got our MNSSHP party bracelets, we headed over to Tomorrowland and hopped in line for Buzz!

This is Jack's face as we hopped in line - can ya tell he was excited?!?
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Here's Ryan:
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Here is me and the boys waiting in our very first line:
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(Side note about the big hair -- I have thick, naturally wavy/curly hair. I like to wear it straight. I bought 2 brand new frizz and straightening products before this trip. The one spray "guaranteed straight hair for 48 hours" Yeah... Not. So. Much. My hair didn't even last 48 minutes!! So much for wanting nice hair in pictures... :scared1: It was huge every morning by the time we arrived to the parks, so mostly I wore ponytails.)

The boys loved their first ride. Then we met up with Missy and Franklin (whom the boys adorably call Frank-a-lin) and ate a quick dinner at Pecos Bills. Then we took advantage of the low party crowds and did a bunch of other kid friendly choices like Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, Tomorrowland Speedway, Dumbo, Peter Pan, IASW, Aladdin and POTC. Nearly every ride was a walk-on! Even Dumbo!

This is Ryan and Mike on Dumbo (geez, that kid is ADORABLE!!)
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Here is me and Jack on Dumbo. That was by far his favorite ride! He says, "I like to control it. I like to go up, up, UP and down, down, DOWN!":
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Their favorite party specific activities were trick or treating, Hallowishes, the Boo to You parade, and Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye’s Dance Party! Well, Ryan liked dancing with the Toy Story characters – Jack liked them all better when they were across the room from him. Five feet away or more was his comfort zone, as soon as a character got closer than that, he froze up and clung to my legs. So I just reassured him that he was fine, he didn’t have to touch them if he didn’t want to, and to just be calm. He wasn’t upset or anything, he just kinda seemed shocked to be seeing his favorite characters “in person”. But the boys did great! They partied like champs all the way til midnight!

And then they totally crashed on the bus ride to ASMo. But, that was a LOOOOONG day, so can you really blame them?
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(Doesn't it look like I am holding one giant conjoined twin?!?) Let me tell you though - that was HEAVY! I got quite the arm work out on that bus ride!

IheartDDuck
10-26-2011, 09:37 PM
How cute are they in their Dash costumes!? Absolutely adorable.

I love Leapster's! They are very good for kids. We kept one in our bag for my nephew the last time we flew and it kept him entertained for almost the whole flight.

Missyrose
10-27-2011, 11:14 AM
As has become my tradition, I worked the night before our trip. So once I finished working around 12:30 a.m., I drove home to finish my last-minute packing. My goal was to be in bed by 2:15, and at 2:30 a.m., I climbed into bed -- close enough!

We had an 8 a.m. flight, so Franklin’s mom picked us up at 6 a.m., which meant a 5:00 a.m. wake-up call. Oy that was early, but it didn’t matter because we were leaving for Disney! :dance3:

Having a flight an hour later than our flight last year meant it took us a bit longer to get through check-in and get through security. It took 25 minutes instead of the glorious 10 minutes we encountered last year, but we were through by 6:45 and quickly went in search of breakfast.

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We headed to our airport meal stand-by: Five Guys! We each had an egg sandwich and highly caffeinated soda and we split an order of cajun fries. Yup, fries for breakfast means you really ARE on vacation! :rotfl:

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As we munched on our breakfasts we both realized we weren’t very hungry, not a great way to start a trip that was centered around the Food and Wine Festival and a deluxe dining plan! Soon enough, we were on the plane and soarin' through the air toward Florida!

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I watched “Tangled” on the plane, while Franklin flipped through JetBlue’s TV channels with a bit of TV ADD. We had a smooth flight and after we landed, we saw that beautiful Florida sight: gorgeous palm trees! Our first stop was faux-norail.

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I’d read so much on these boards about people getting confused about how to get to Disney’s Magical Express once they got to the main terminal. So I was a little worried. But there was no reason to worry, everything was clearly marked.

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And we easily made our way from Terminal A to Terminal B.

With all the crowd predictors jumping in recent weeks, would we encounter HUGE crowds at DME check-in? You'll just have to wait and see. ;)

IheartDDuck
10-27-2011, 08:21 PM
OMG, you just blew my mind. Five Guys does BREAKFAST?!

We just got our first Five Guys only a few months ago. I had no idea breakfast there was such a thing. :lmao:

I agree, Magical Express (to me) is pretty easy to find. Just follow the signs ya'll! ;)

tinacaplan
10-27-2011, 08:36 PM
Five Guys sounds like a perfect breakfast to me, especially to start off a vacation, :thumbsup2 Oh, yes..and I'm here. :wave:

ZehnJahren
10-27-2011, 10:06 PM
I'm with IHeartDDuck - I didn't know Five Guys did breakfast! I've never eaten there, but I hear they've got the best fries; we've got one right by work. But cajun fries? Whoa, now I might need to eat that.

Hey! I watched Tangled in the plane too! It was a PERFECT length - I watched it both ways. I turned it on right when they said it was ok to turn on electronics, and it lasted until about the time we had to remain in our seats for the descent. I really really love the last song in that movie - I think it's called "Something That I Want". I rock out to that one. :cool1:

But those boys are ADORABLE in the Incredibles costumes! And then to have the parents in matching shirts is too cute. I would have said something about how cute it was had I seen them in the park!!

Missyrose
10-27-2011, 10:06 PM
OMG, you just blew my mind. Five Guys does BREAKFAST?!

We just got our first Five Guys only a few months ago. I had no idea breakfast there was such a thing. :lmao:

I agree, Magical Express (to me) is pretty easy to find. Just follow the signs ya'll! ;)

I think the Five Guys breakfast thing is an airport-only concept, sadly. The airport outposts have menus that include breakfast, whereas the regular Five Guys don't. :sad2:

It is amazing how worried people on these boards can make you feel about the simplest of tasks. I was VERY happy to see that it was so easy to get to DME! :yay:

Five Guys sounds like a perfect breakfast to me, especially to start off a vacation, :thumbsup2 Oh, yes..and I'm here. :wave:

Hi Tina! :wave: Glad to have you here! French fries are ALWAYS the perfect way to start a vacation. :lmao:

Missyrose
10-27-2011, 10:14 PM
I'm with IHeartDDuck - I didn't know Five Guys did breakfast! I've never eaten there, but I hear they've got the best fries; we've got one right by work. But cajun fries? Whoa, now I might need to eat that.

Hey! I watched Tangled in the plane too! It was a PERFECT length - I watched it both ways. I turned it on right when they said it was ok to turn on electronics, and it lasted until about the time we had to remain in our seats for the descent. I really really love the last song in that movie - I think it's called "Something That I Want". I rock out to that one. :cool1:

But those boys are ADORABLE in the Incredibles costumes! And then to have the parents in matching shirts is too cute. I would have said something about how cute it was had I seen them in the park!!

Oops, I hit publish on my other response post before I saw your post!

Five Guys is something you must try. It's seriously yummy food. Greasy, but totally yummy. And I'm a new convert to the cajun fries, they're not terribly spicy...they have just the right amount of kick to 'em.

I'm totally in love with "Tangled," it's such a fun movie. It's a princess movie that has a bit of an edge, without veering too much into the pop-culture-snarky territory of the "Shrek" movies.

I know Kelley will respond to you comment about her boys but yes, they may be two of the MOST adorable boys on the planet! The way they call Franklin Frank-a-lin just melts my heart. :love:

PrincessAmongPrinces
10-28-2011, 11:36 AM
But those boys are ADORABLE in the Incredibles costumes! And then to have the parents in matching shirts is too cute. I would have said something about how cute it was had I seen them in the park!!


Thank you :goodvibes We had a really good time being "The Incredibles". Several people actually stopped us to complement our costumes!

Missyrose
10-28-2011, 04:08 PM
Where we last left off, we had arrived in Orlando and were making our way from the A Terminal to the B Terminal to head to Disney's Magical Express. As we took the elevator downstairs, we braced for crowds, given how much the crowd predictors had jumped for our week.

But as we approached the DME wing, we were SHOCKED :scared1: to find completely empty queues! Yes!

There was zero wait.

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We walked straight through the queue and right onto the waiting bus!

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The first row of seats were taken on both sides, so we sat in the second row. We waited about 15 minutes for the bus to fill up. And then? We were on our way! Our driver, Phillip, announced the list of stops we’d be making: Grand Floridian, the Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge and Contemporary. Boo, we were the last stop. But good things come to those who wait, right?

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I love how the closed captioning says “Huey, Duey or Louie says...” But I was totally with them, are we there yet?

Why yes we are!

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Franklin was happy as a clam snapping pictures of the sights we were passing.

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Can’t get to the Magic Kingdom resorts without entering the Magic Kingdom!

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We’re out of stops, time for us to arrive home!

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Coming up? We check into the Contemporary to enjoy our night of luxury on the Club Level!

IheartDDuck
10-28-2011, 10:18 PM
Oh, Club Level? I can't wait to hear about that.

I love the Contemporary. :lovestruc

ZehnJahren
10-28-2011, 11:15 PM
Missyrose, did you say what kind of camera it is that you're using? The pictures look so nice, and clear.

Queenofallthings
10-29-2011, 10:00 AM
Sounds like a great start to your vacation! I can't wait to hear all about the Contempary and Club Level:woohoo:

Missyrose
10-29-2011, 01:40 PM
Oh, Club Level? I can't wait to hear about that.

I love the Contemporary. :lovestruc

I'm pretty in love :love: with the Contemporary too after staying there. The location is to die for (who doesn't love being able to walk to Magic Kingdom?!?!?!?). And I know many people say CR isn't "Disney enough" for them. I happened to love the upscale, elegant decor. It was a nice break from the colors and characters in the parks.

Missyrose, did you say what kind of camera it is that you're using? The pictures look so nice, and clear.

I cannot take an ounce of credit for the beautiful pictures in my TR. They are all Franklin's doing. He is an incredible photographer and he takes his Disney photography very seriously on these trips. :rotfl:

Here's what he says about the camera he used:
"Nikon D7000 with a MB-D11 battery grip and 16-85mm lens
and sometimes with the 35mm f/2.0 lens."


Sounds like a great start to your vacation! I can't wait to hear all about the Contempary and Club Level:woohoo:

Thanks Queen! There's some really fun stuff coming up! :woohoo:

Nermel9
10-29-2011, 03:47 PM
I'm here! :thumbsup2 Great start so far! I can't wait to see CR pictures, I love the rooms there!

Missyrose
10-29-2011, 04:02 PM
I'm here! :thumbsup2 Great start so far! I can't wait to see CR pictures, I love the rooms there!

Hi Jen! :wave: Glad you could stop by! :woohoo:

natebenma
10-29-2011, 05:53 PM
Sorry, got a few posts behind!

I'm impressed :worship: with how smooth the travel was for both groups.

Especially that you were able to travel to WDW, check in, and get to the Halloween Party ON YOUR FIRST DAY! WITH 2 YEAR OLD TWINS!! AND AWESOME COSTUMES!!!

Great start on the photos of the arrival from the bus- The one with the WDW arch is amazing. And the entry of the Grand Floridian- Beautiful!

PrincessAmongPrinces
10-29-2011, 08:07 PM
Hi Everyone! :wave2:

This is not a regularly scheduled trip report update, and it has nothing to do with our Disney trip at all - but I had to quickly share about the boys birthday party today!

Their actual 3rd birthday was October 17th, which was the last day of our Disney trip. And today was the day that we chose to do their party! We invited all of our family, and our close friends (Sadly Missy had to work, and was unable to attend, but Frank-a-lin was there, and he took all of these wonderful photos for me! :woohoo: )

The boys asked for a Cars themed party, so this morning I spent 5 long hours crafting these:

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Lightning McQueen cake for Jack

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Mater cake for Ryan

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So they opened presents, ate cake and celebrated being 3 years old! It was a great day!

Next time I promise to have a Disney update :thumbsup2

Missyrose
10-29-2011, 08:30 PM
Kel, those cakes look incredible! I hope you saved me a piece. ;) I'm sorry I couldn't be at the party, you know how much I hate disappointing Ryan and Jack.

Missyrose
10-29-2011, 08:38 PM
Sorry, got a few posts behind!

Great start on the photos of the arrival from the bus- The one with the WDW arch is amazing. And the entry of the Grand Floridian- Beautiful!

Welcome back Dee, we missed you! I have no idea how Franklin managed to get such beautiful pictures from the INSIDE of a bus?!? :confused3 He's just that good!

On a related note, one of our photos made it into the top 10 of Disney Photography Blog contest. They announce the winners on Monday. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Joyciemc
10-30-2011, 04:59 PM
Can't wait to read about your stay at the Contemporary!

The boys Cars cakes are adorable!

anne thomas
10-31-2011, 12:29 AM
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Missyrose
10-31-2011, 12:35 AM
Can't wait to read about your stay at the Contemporary!

We have check-in coming up tomorrow! I was working on the post during my dinner break at work tonight. I'll to put it up tomorrow after my mani/pedi. And after working almost an entire week's worth of hours in a three-day span this weekend, I'm looking forward to that hour of relaxation! :cloud9:

popcorn::

:welcome: Anne, thanks for joining in! I promise to answer the CR Q's you sent me sometime tomorrow, sorry for the delay!

Missyrose
10-31-2011, 02:50 PM
We last left off as we were arriving to the Contemporary! I was beyond excited, and I’m fairly sure I had a massive grin on my face. I was finally fufilling my long-held wish to stay at a Disney resort. And it was my DREAM resort nonetheless!

We got off the bus and there were CR Cast Members standing there to great us. We gave her our name and we were soon whisked upstairs to the Club Level for check-in.

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Now, just to refresh everyone’s memories, we had two reservations. The first was a one-night room only reservation in an Atrium Club Theme Park View room. Our second reservation was for three nights in a regular Bay Lake View room with the deluxe dining plan.

Our guide showed us to the elevator and pulled out his access car. For those of you who don’t know, the only way to access the Club Level floors by elevator is to stick your KTTW card in the slot. Franklin was especially geeked out by the fact that once you stuck the card in the slot, you didn’t have to push the button for the floor, it automatically lit up for you!

Anyway, back to the elevator. Our guide put in his card and both the 12th floor (Atirum Club) and 14th floor (Tower Club) lit up. He punched the 14th floor. Huh? I thought, that’s weird. I reasoned that maybe they were understaffed and needed to check us in on the 14th floor.

We were greeted by name as we got off the elevator. We were shown into the lounge for drinks and snacks we could eat as we checked in. The CM told us we’d be in room 4911, right there on the 14th floor! :yay:

He then showed us to our room, which was conveniently right down the hall from the lounge. As he showed us all the bells and whistles, I asked him about what we should do the next day when we needed to check out of that room and into the room for our package. He said we were booked in that room on the 14th floor for our entire stay!

I said, “Are you sure?” So he showed me the new reservation sheet that had our names, this room and the dates October 13-October 17.

I couldn’t believe it, we’d been upgraded to CL for the week and a TPV room to boot?!?! Talk about some major Pixie Dust! :woohoo: :yay: :dance3: :yay: :woohoo:

I was in shock and on the verge of tears, but I thanked the CM and managed to keep my composure.

As soon as he left the room, I threw open the curtains and the door to the balcony. What I saw took my breath away.

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There was even a good view of the progress they were making with the Fantasyland Expansion. Wow, is that piece of the park gonna be BIG.

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I knew CR was close to the Magic Kingdom, what I hadn’t realized was just how close it was. Not only could we clearly see the castle and each mountain, you could even hear the horn from the MK railroad!

We also had a beautiful view of the Poly and Grand Floridian.

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I was totally unprepared for how that view would make me feel, and to know that we’d be looking at it for the next few days? Forget about it. I finally let myself tear up.

Luckily, Franklin was too busy snapping pictures of everything: the room, the bathroom, the view.

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So he didn’t notice my tears. Which is good, because I never would have heard the end of it. :lmao:

A few minutes later there was a knock at the door. It was our luggage! The CM said it had been there for almost an hour! No DME nightmares for us!

I went out to the lounge to pick up a beer for Franklin and to check on the basket I’d ordered from Disney florist. It was just a little something to get us in the mood for our first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

CM Sarah greeted me in the lounge (she was by far the best CM we encountered on the trip. She was happy, bubbly and always had a smile on her face. She made us feel totally at home and is the type of person you’d totally expect to be working for Disney!).

She made sure I knew that she or any other CM could get us anything we needed, including beer and wine, if it wasn’t out during the day. And if there was anything we’d like stocked in our room’s fridge, just to let her know!

The other CM brought out the basket and it looked so cute!

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When I returned to the room carrying the surprise basket and beer, Franklin didn’t know which one to open first.

I had chosen the Mickey pumpkin basket but customized it a bit. First, I subbed out the werewolf Mickey for a regular one and second, I subbed out the bouquet of giant lollipops for an extra rice crispy treat.

The basket was adorable and the treats were especially tasty. I glanced at the clock and realized we needed to get ready to head to Epcot because we had a 1:55 ADR at Le Cellier! Coming up, our first Disney meal!

ZehnJahren
10-31-2011, 03:06 PM
Wow, what a view! Wow, what a shower! Wow, what a big balcony! Wow, what a view! ;)

And what a great surprise to be taken up to the 14th floor! It really surprised me the size of the rooms, after having JUST been in Pop. I felt like I could do cartwheels in the CR room, as opposed to needing to just sit quietly in the Pop room. :laughing:

Congrats to us both for getting our dream resort this last trip! We had a Bay Lake view and it was wonderful, but I had no idea you could see so much from the TPV. Very cool you could see all the construction; it IS going to be a big addition to the park once it's finished.

Joyciemc
10-31-2011, 06:10 PM
Oh.My.God. Amazing-ness! The view, the club level, the UPGRADE! I am so excited for you! :rotfl:

Missyrose
10-31-2011, 08:31 PM
Wow, what a view! Wow, what a shower! Wow, what a big balcony! Wow, what a view! ;)

And what a great surprise to be taken up to the 14th floor! It really surprised me the size of the rooms, after having JUST been in Pop. I felt like I could do cartwheels in the CR room, as opposed to needing to just sit quietly in the Pop room. :laughing:

Congrats to us both for getting our dream resort this last trip! We had a Bay Lake view and it was wonderful, but I had no idea you could see so much from the TPV. Very cool you could see all the construction; it IS going to be a big addition to the park once it's finished.

I'm totally with you on the size of the room, it was HUGE. Kelley's family came to visit us one night to watch fireworks from the hotel and the boys just ran circles around the room. We guessed that they were happy to have space to run around after a few days in their All-Star Movies room.

Yay for getting our dream resorts! I fell sooooo in love with CR, I hope it hasn't spoiled me for other Disney hotels. :scared1:

I saw you put up the post where you surprised your mom, I'm gonna go read it now! See you over there. :goodvibes

Oh.My.God. Amazing-ness! The view, the club level, the UPGRADE! I am so excited for you! :rotfl:

Serious, serious amazingness! We literally floated around on Cloud 9 for the rest of the day. :cloud9:

Just to keep it real for all my friends here, though, I do have to hint that not everything stayed as magical. Stay tuned to see what happens! I hope that doesn't sound too ominous. I kinda blindsided the people on my PTR when I posted my mini trip review, so I didn't want you guys to feel the same way!

Busymom85
10-31-2011, 09:26 PM
Wow, what an amazing view! I would love to stay at the Contemporary. Those car cakes are so cute. Loving the reviews so far.

IheartDDuck
10-31-2011, 10:40 PM
How amazing that you were upgraded for you entire trip! I never get pixie dust like that, I have to admit. I'm always so jealous when I hear about it on others trip reports. :lmao:

Missyrose
11-01-2011, 11:25 AM
Wow, what an amazing view! I would love to stay at the Contemporary. Those car cakes are so cute. Loving the reviews so far.

Staying at the Contemporary was the best Disney decision we've ever made! Thanks for joining in!


How amazing that you were upgraded for you entire trip! I never get pixie dust like that, I have to admit. I'm always so jealous when I hear about it on others trip reports. :lmao:

I know. I'd heeded the warnings from the Dis resorts board, where people say that the chance of getting any sort of upgrade is slim to none. So needless to say, I was floored. It was beyond just a sprinkling of pixie dust, I felt like I was covered head to toe in it! pixiedust:

PirateKate
11-02-2011, 03:24 PM
That view from the Contemporary is awesome! I would have had a hard time leaving that balcony.

Kelley, I love those cakes for the boys' birthday! I bet they had a fun party.

natebenma
11-02-2011, 04:05 PM
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Happy Birthday, Jack and Ryan!!! Awesome cakes!

natebenma
11-02-2011, 04:26 PM
There are no words to describe how awesome that room is. Ok, maybe two.

Holy "Moley"!!! (insert word not suitable for a family discussion board...)

You're not kidding, the MK is CLOSE! Hey you, over by the castle- can you quiet down, we're trying to sleep in here!

Love the gift basket too!

OK, let's get this straight- easy travel. awesome upgrade. lunch at Le Cellier. Halloween Party. Sounds like a pretty decent day to me. Hooray!!!

Missyrose
11-03-2011, 01:58 PM
That view from the Contemporary is awesome! I would have had a hard time leaving that balcony.

Kelley, I love those cakes for the boys' birthday! I bet they had a fun party.
It was VERY hard pulling ourselves away from that balcony. :lmao: Especially at night, when you know you should be getting some much needed rest, all you want to do is stare at that gorgeously lit up view!

There are no words to describe how awesome that room is. Ok, maybe two.

Holy "Moley"!!! (insert word not suitable for a family discussion board...)

You're not kidding, the MK is CLOSE! Hey you, over by the castle- can you quiet down, we're trying to sleep in here!

Love the gift basket too!

OK, let's get this straight- easy travel. awesome upgrade. lunch at Le Cellier. Halloween Party. Sounds like a pretty decent day to me. Hooray!!!

You're right, it was quite possibly the PERFECT Disney day. Though almost every day on this trip seemed downright perfect. :cloud9: Le Cellier is coming up next!

Queenofallthings
11-03-2011, 04:49 PM
I am so happy for you! That view...good for you for holding the tears back as long as you did....I would have been blubbering all over the place!! Great view and great pictures!!

Thanks so much for sharing....that room is gorgeous....I would have hit that balcony every time I was in the room:lmao:

Missyrose
11-04-2011, 02:56 PM
I am so happy for you! That view...good for you for holding the tears back as long as you did....I would have been blubbering all over the place!! Great view and great pictures!!

Thanks so much for sharing....that room is gorgeous....I would have hit that balcony every time I was in the room:lmao:

I cannot believe I held it together as long as I did! I really loved that balcony. :love:

Missyrose
11-04-2011, 03:08 PM
Where we last left, we'd checked in to our amazing room but realized we had to scoot if we were going to make our 1:55 ADR at Le Cellier.

We made our first journey down to the fourth floor to catch the resort monorail.

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The first stop after CR was the Ticket and Transportation Center, so easy!

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When we got to the TTC,

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it dawned on me that I’d left my drivers licence in my wallet in the room’s safe. And I was fairly certain I’d need it to redeem the AP voucher. D'oh! :eek: I decided we should go to a ticket window at the TTC, so that way, if we got rebuffed, we could hop back on the resort monorail to go back and get my I.D.

Luckily, we encountered an awesome CM, Jeffrey,who took pity on my mistake and used my KTTW card (“just this once”) as my I.D. to convert the voucher into an annual pass. He was making some “I’m Celebrating...Food and Wine” buttons for his friends who would be visiting him this weekend and when we said the Festival was one of our big reasons for the trip, he gave us two of the buttons!

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We scurried back up the ramp to hop on the Epcot express monorail.

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We’d forgotten how the Epcot monorail makes a loop in the park before stopping in the station, Franklin loved this vantage point for photos.

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Can I just stop for a moment to say how much I love the Epcot entrance music? There’s just something about it that is some dynamic and so unique, that any time I hear it, I know exactly where I am.

The original plan had been to stop at Epcot’s guest relations to upgrade our other UT ticket to an AP and buy our Tables in Wonderland card. But I was worried about how long the walk was back to Canada in the World Showcase, so we decided to wait until after lunch to do the upgrade...which meant we didn’t have the TiW card for our out of pocket lunch at Le Cellier, oops!

According to the pictures from the monorail, we got to Epcot at about 1:40, so we needed to book it back to Canada.

Missyrose
11-04-2011, 03:21 PM
We made it to Le Cellier just in time for our ADR!

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And we were seated a few minutes after we checked in.

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Our server was Joshua and he looked like Prince Charming.

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Seriously, why is he a waiter and not playing one of the princes in a meet and greet or parade or something? Like most of the Disney servers in the WS restaurants, he was authentic...from Ontario, I think.

As we looked over the menus, I casually mentioned to Franklin that I may have already planned out our meal. Since it was lunch and a rather expensive OOP restaurant, I wanted to keep the meal light (especially since we were going to attempt to eat a QS dinner before MNSSHP that night). I offered up my plan: We’d split a bowl of the world famous (okay, well at least Dis-famous) cheddar cheese soup. And then we’d split the mushroom fillet but substitute the cream cheese mashed potatoes for the mushroom risotto. I said we could also get an extra side if he thought it wasn’t going to be enough food. He agreed with the plan and so we went with that plus we added the macaroni and cheese as our second side dish.

I also asked Joshua if we could have extra pretzel bread when he brought out the bread basket. He asked if we would want JUST pretzel bread? Can I get a ‘heck yeah!’? And so that’s what he brought, a basket with three plump rolls of pretzel bread. That stuff is as good as advertised and you don’t even need to add any butter!

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When Franklin took a picture of the butter I told him the pictures didn’t have to be quite that detailed. He responded, “But the butters are Mickey heads!” Hahaha, very true honey!

We also got our drinks (iced tea for me and a mojito for Franklin).

Next came the Dis-famous cheese soup.

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It was delicious! Good to the last drop! It tasted very much like baked potato soup but minus any strong potato flavor if that makes any sense. It was creamy and you could taste the cheese and a hint of beer and plenty of bacon yumminess.

Clearly, we hated it.

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As each item was brought out, Franklin or I would remind the other that we needed to take a picture of everything, usually as one of us was reaching for the first bite! The couple sitting next to us chuckled and commented that they had hoped to take photos of all the food from their honeymoon, but that they kept getting to the end of the meal before they remembered!

Soon came our main course. And let me tell you, I’ve eaten plenty of steaks in really fancy restaurants all over the world and NONE has ever been as tender as the fillet at Le Cellier. You barely had to use a knife. And can we talk about the truffle butter? I’m fairly certain, if given the option, Franklin would have bathed in it. It was scrumptious.

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The sides were very good (I would have liked to see the mac and cheese have a smidge more taste), but the steak was clearly the star.

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Franklin had seen the maple creme brulee and before we ordered lunch declared that would be what we’d end our meal with. But we were both so stuffed, we couldn’t even imagine eating another bite, let alone a whole dessert. So we asked for the check.

Filled to the brim, we waddled back out into the heat and sunshine to head for Future World. First stop? MouseGears. My main mission was to purchase a set of Minnie ears to top off my MNSSHP ensemble for that night. But really, who are we kidding? I was dying to see all the Disney stuff. As you’ll see as this TR goes along, I have a bit of a shopping issue. I don’t want to say problem, because I never spend more than I’ve budgeted for. But I make sure going into any vacation that my shopping budget is, shall we say, healthy.

On this day, however, I did plenty of eyeing but very little buying. I ended up getting just my Minnie ears, but I had my eye on a few T-shirts and a scarf that I may have bought later on.

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Our next stop was guest relations to make our final two big purchases: Franklin’s AP and our Tables in Wonderland card.

I had worked out how much it should have been to upgrade our once-used UT ticket to the AP and I even run the numbers past Cheshire Figment to double check all my addition. I printed out my findings and felt fully prepared to get the transaction right. Luckily, all my preparation counted for very little as we had a totally competent CM who did every step correctly and came up with the exact same total as me. The World must have been in a doggy kind of mood because I ended up with a Pluto AP and Franklin’s was Goofy.

It was about 3:45 by that point and I knew Franklin wanted to grab a beer in the lounge before we headed to MNSSHP. So we made our way to the monorail.

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On this day, however, we ran into our first monorail snafu. Once we got on the monorail, we got held just past the Poly “for further traffic clearance.” Ugh. Plus, we’d managed to get on a car that had no air conditioning running, so it literally felt like we were melting.


The one bright spot, however, was the couple who had boarded at GF and were clearly headed for MNSSHP. The were in the most adorable Ariel and Eric costumes and they were clearly fully committed to the characters. Which seemed all the more impressive given the Florida heat.

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We eventually made it back to the room and I retrieved some beers from the lounge CM, but warned Franklin that we had very little time to drink them. We also found a gift waiting for us in the room. A Contemporary chocolate box!

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It was just about time to get ready for our very first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, which is coming up next!

ZehnJahren
11-04-2011, 08:10 PM
Wow, what great updates! All of those pictures are so clear and so well-taken - there are a couple that I paused to look at twice just because they were so appealing!

That's awesome that your lunch was so good. I still haven't eaten at Le Cellier - but to be fair, I've only been twice in the past eleven years (twice in the past year!) and I wasn't in a position to take that amount of time to eat! :laughing:

Also, what a cool Ariel and Eric! And, WHY ON EARTH do they not air condition EVERY MONORAIL??? We got on one of those non-air-conditioned monorails and I was so surprised. It was HOT.

brookelizabeth
11-04-2011, 08:33 PM
I am here! :yay:


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Kelley-those are AMAZING! Wow!!!


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Can I just stop for a moment to say how much I love the Epcot entrance music? There’s just something about it that is some dynamic and so unique, that any time I hear it, I know exactly where I am.


Love the Food & Wine button and the face that the o's in Food are Mickey Heads makes it all the better!

And I completely 100% agree with you on the Epcot entrance music. Anytime I hear it, it takes me right back. It is probably my favorite place to be in all 4 parks! :lovestruc

Loving every update! Your pictures from your room are AMAZING. I was so thrilled when I heard of your upgrade I shrieked out loud! :laughing: Looking forward to more!

natebenma
11-05-2011, 06:20 AM
Yeah for Jeffrey for giving you a break obtaining your AP! And for the extremely cute buttons!

If you write a letter/email to Disney Guest Communications praising the CMs who went above and beyond to make your trip special, you should mention how he helped you with your AP (although you should leave out the exact details where he bent the rules a bit)

:worship: Love the pictures taken from the monorail! Especially the ones of the attractions in EPCOT.

I love Franklin's laid back attitude! It doesn't sound like he was bothered by the already planned out meal or his mission to capture it in photos. When I started taking pictures of our meals, I encountered a lot of eye-rolling, but now my DH will help "Wait, Mom needs to take a picture first".

Wow, those are fantastic Ariel and Eric costumes.

Can't wait to see how you guys look. We already know Kelley and her family had Incredible costumes!

heathsf
11-05-2011, 08:17 AM
Joining in!

Queenofallthings
11-05-2011, 10:03 AM
What a great day you've had so far! Lunch at Le Cellier...it doesn't get any better than that! That soup is all Jasmine ever has when we go there...I am waiting for the day she orders 2 bowls!

How cute was that couple on the monorail:lovestruc Can't wait to hear all about the party!

Missyrose
11-05-2011, 03:09 PM
Wow, what great updates! All of those pictures are so clear and so well-taken - there are a couple that I paused to look at twice just because they were so appealing!

That's awesome that your lunch was so good. I still haven't eaten at Le Cellier - but to be fair, I've only been twice in the past eleven years (twice in the past year!) and I wasn't in a position to take that amount of time to eat! :laughing:

Also, what a cool Ariel and Eric! And, WHY ON EARTH do they not air condition EVERY MONORAIL??? We got on one of those non-air-conditioned monorails and I was so surprised. It was HOT.

Franklin says thank you for such wonderful compliments on his photos! You have to try Le Cellier, it's THAT good. I'm now trying desperately to get an ADR for my group of 6 in March (but sadly, it doesn't seem to be working). I really don't understand why they don't run the air conditioning on every monorail. One time, we mentioned to the driver how hot it was in the cars and he said "oh, I guess I should turn on the air conditioning." You think?

I am here! :yay:

Love the Food & Wine button and the face that the o's in Food are Mickey Heads makes it all the better!

And I completely 100% agree with you on the Epcot entrance music. Anytime I hear it, it takes me right back. It is probably my favorite place to be in all 4 parks! :lovestruc

Loving every update! Your pictures from your room are AMAZING. I was so thrilled when I heard of your upgrade I shrieked out loud! :laughing: Looking forward to more!
Yay, welcome to the party Brook! For those of you who don't know, Brook was our oh-so-amazing Disney travel agent on this trip. :thumbsup2

I realized on this trip that Epcot is gaining on Magic Kingdom in the race to be my favorite park. I love to just BE in Epcot.

Yeah for Jeffrey for giving you a break obtaining your AP! And for the extremely cute buttons!

If you write a letter/email to Disney Guest Communications praising the CMs who went above and beyond to make your trip special, you should mention how he helped you with your AP (although you should leave out the exact details where he bent the rules a bit)

:worship: Love the pictures taken from the monorail! Especially the ones of the attractions in EPCOT.

I love Franklin's laid back attitude! It doesn't sound like he was bothered by the already planned out meal or his mission to capture it in photos. When I started taking pictures of our meals, I encountered a lot of eye-rolling, but now my DH will help "Wait, Mom needs to take a picture first".

Wow, those are fantastic Ariel and Eric costumes.

Can't wait to see how you guys look. We already know Kelley and her family had Incredible costumes!

I did write an email to guest relations to praise a number of CMs from this trip, we really encountered some great ones! I really lucked out with Franklin. Not only does he actually LIKE Disney, he puts up with my Disney nuttiness while we're there.

I have to say that our MNSSHP outfits are nowhere near as fun as Kelley's family. But they were still pretty cute. ;)


Joining in!

:welcome: Thanks for joining in!

What a great day you've had so far! Lunch at Le Cellier...it doesn't get any better than that! That soup is all Jasmine ever has when we go there...I am waiting for the day she orders 2 bowls!

How cute was that couple on the monorail:lovestruc Can't wait to hear all about the party!

Next time we go to Le Cellier, we're definitely getting our own orders of cheese soup. No more sharing! :lmao: I was so impressed by the couple on the monorail, such commitment to costumes! We had a ton of fun at the party, can't wait to tell you all about it!

Joyciemc
11-05-2011, 04:13 PM
I completely agree about the Epcot entrance music- it automatically makes me feel ready for amazing Disney adventures and can kill any bad mood!

Those Ariel/Eric costumes are amazing, I can't believe they wore them in the heat!

PrincessAmongPrinces
11-05-2011, 09:10 PM
NOW I see why people wait until they have all their pictures before doing their TRs :lmao:

Bear with me, I am still kinda new at this! But now I have all my amazing Frank-a-lin pictures, and all of my PhotoPass pictures, so I just wanted to add a few extra MNSSHP pictures from 10/13/11 :cloud9:

Here is our obligatory family shot in front of the castle (by PhotoPass)
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Getting a front row seat for the parade with Missy (by Frank-a-lin)
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The Boo To You Halloween Parade!! (by PhotoPass)
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The boys favorite float (by Franklin)
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Ryan meeting Woody at the Dance Party with Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye (by Franklin)
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So yes, in retrospect, these should have made their way into my original MNSSHP entry and I am working on the rest of my TR notes to make them more cohesive. :laughing:

natebenma
11-06-2011, 05:20 AM
NOW I see why people wait until they have all their pictures before doing their TRs :lmao:



Thanks for the bonus pictures!!!

Missyrose
11-07-2011, 07:26 PM
Those Ariel/Eric costumes are amazing, I can't believe they wore them in the heat!
I know, right? i give anyone credit who can wear big, involved costumes in the Florida heat. I don't even know how Kelley's boys could handle their Incrdibles gear, it was so muggy that night!

Nermel9
11-07-2011, 07:31 PM
Great update! Isn't the Epcot entrance music amazing? Sometimes when I walk in, I just stand there, in front of SE and listen to it, I LOVE it! :lovestruc

Mmmm, Le Cellier, I love that place! Sounds like you had an awesome server! Isn't that cheddar cheese soup the best? :thumbsup2

Missyrose
11-09-2011, 12:13 PM
Great update! Isn't the Epcot entrance music amazing? Sometimes when I walk in, I just stand there, in front of SE and listen to it, I LOVE it! :lovestruc

Mmmm, Le Cellier, I love that place! Sounds like you had an awesome server! Isn't that cheddar cheese soup the best? :thumbsup2

Thanks! We had an awesome server at Le Cellier. I'm so excited because after weeks of trying, I managed to snag a LC ADR for our March trip! More cheddar cheese soup for me! :woohoo:

BTW, I just noticed your ticker...you get to go back in a month??!?!? I'm green with envy.

Missyrose
11-10-2011, 03:13 PM
We last left off arriving back at the hotel to get ready for our very first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Franklin opened the beer on the balcony, I crashed onto the bed for a five-minute rest. Then it was back up to get ready for the party. As some of you may remember from the PTR, Franklin and I discussed whether we wanted to wear costumes to the party and ultimately decided to get Disney Halloween T-shirts instead. Mine had an applique of Minnie dressed up like a ghost (topped off with my fancy, new sequined Minnie ears) and Franklin’s T-shirt featured Goofy dressed up as Mickey (ears, gloves, shorts and all!). We looked pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself!

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After our lengthy wait on the last monorail ride, we were in no rush to get back on another, so we decided to take the leisurely stroll from our hotel to the Magic Kingdom. I could not get over how cool it was that we could walk from the hotel to MK and be there in mere minutes!

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We walked through the gates at around 5:25, later than I had hoped, but I shrugged it off as something I couldn’t change even if I wanted to. Our first order of business was renting a locker for Franklin’s camera tripod. Franklin was intent on taking the best pictures of the fireworks this year and had decided using his tripod was a must. But when he found the measurements for the MK lockers online, he realized his current tripod wouldn’t fit. So naturally he ordered a new one that folded up smaller than his current one. See, I’m not the only Disney-crazy in this bunch!

We wandered in and took our first glance at MK on this trip. It never gets old.

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We took our time near the entrance before moving up Main Street, stopping to admire all the Fall decorations.

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Sorry, you’re stuck with me in many of the photos because Franklin is always behind the lens!

Neither of us was hungry yet after our big lunch at Le Cellier, so we decided we might as well head back to Frontierland to get in line for the 7 Dwarfs.

When we arrived, the area was being used for a Woody and Jessie meet and greet. We asked the CM where we should line up for the dwarfs. She says, “Wow, you’re first!” And guides us to the bench at the front of the line area. A few people hopped in line a few minutes later. Once Woody and Jessie were escorted away, the line moved up the the front of the queue (where there were, thankfully, more benches). As we were all chatting the guy standing behind us kind of moseyed ahead of us and took the first spot in line. Normally, I’d say something. But he’d been hanging around the area since 4:30 as a place-holder for his wife and daughter, who were at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. So we waited, read on our phones and waited some more.

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At about 6:20 they wheel out two wheelbarrows of “diamonds” from the dwarfs' “diamond mine.” And 20 minutes later, the CM announced the dwarfs would be out “soon.”

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Sure enough, at 6:50, the seven stars of the show came strolling out (no whistling though!).

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The wife and daughter of the man in front of us had arrived earlier and it was so precious to see her all dressed up as Snow White go and meet all “her” dwarfs.

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Then it was our turn!

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We checked Franklin’s watch as we left the dwarfs. It read 6:58 p.m. Sweet, we didn’t waste a single moment of the actual party time in line for the dwarfs!

We’d been in Disney World most of the day and we hadn’t step foot on a ride. It was time to remedy that! What would be our first ride? Well Big Thunder Mountain of course! For those of you who read my PTR, you’ll remember that this ride topped my list of favorite attractions, so it felt like the perfect first ride for our trip!

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We walked through the line and right up to the gate for the next train! Wuh-hoo! Needless to say, we had a ton of fun on “the wildest ride in the wilderness!” So much so, that when we pulled back into the station and saw there was no one waiting to get on our train, we asked if we could stay on and the CM said “Have fun!”

When we got off the train, I realized I had a missed phone call from Kelley. They had arrived at the party and had headed for Tomorrowland. I called her and we agreed to meet at Pecos Bill’s for a little dinner.

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I had a cheeseburger with onion rings, Franklin had the pulled-pork sandwich and we each had a soda. And we totally forgot to take any pictures.

It was the first time we’d ever eaten at Pecos Bill’s, the food was okay, nothing spectacular. For all the planning Kelley and I had done, we somehow managed to come out of dinner mere minutes before the first parade was supposed to ride through Frontierland. ACK!

Everything was roped off and there were people EVERYWHERE. We just wanted to get out of Frontierland but were thwarted at every turn. When a CM yelled at us for daring to cross the street, I asked how we could get out of the way of the parade and GET OUT of Frontierland. He said the easiest would be to wait out the parade. Um, no thanks...is there another plan? He pointed us in the direction of the Liberty Boat and said if crossed through its trick-or-treat trail, it would drop us out near Haunted Mansion.

We stopped for a little trick-or-treating (the Liberty Boat trail is a hidden treasure, there were three barrels of candy and no one was trick-or-treating there!).

Kelley and Mike took the boys on It’s a Small World while Franklin and I went on Haunted Mansion.

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Kelley wanted to take the boys on “the silly ghosties ride” on this trip, but we all agreed we should wait until daytime and also on a day when the CMs wouldn’t be decked out in scary makeup.

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We skipped the new queue and walked right into the stretching room. This was the first time we’d ridden HM since they’d added the extra ghosts in the graveyard, great animation there! It was also the first time riding it with the improved hitchhikers sequence at the end. That’s a wow sequence now! Very impressive.

We stopped for photos outside on our way out.

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It was almost time to stake out a spot for Hallowishes, where would master photographer Franklin plant us? You'll just have to wait and see... :goodvibes

Joyciemc
11-10-2011, 08:56 PM
Great update!! Love reading about MNSSHP!

Queenofallthings
11-11-2011, 09:41 AM
Aren't the dwarves the cutest? Such great pictures! Sounds like a great start to your evening....oh btw....love the shirts:thumbsup2

ZehnJahren
11-11-2011, 11:11 AM
Yes, it WAS super-wonderful to be able just to stroll on over to MK in a matter of minutes from CR, wasn't it? Boy, it's so easy to get spoiled by that quick walk - and it still feels worth the money!

I love Frank-a-lin's shirt! I wouldn't mind having one of those myself! :rolleyes1

Also, how great that you got to see the Dwarves even BEFORE the party started?? I didn't even know where they were, but we weren't planning on characters.

Missyrose
11-11-2011, 03:07 PM
Great update!! Love reading about MNSSHP!

The party was so much fun! We're already planning on going back next year. :woohoo:

Aren't the dwarves the cutest? Such great pictures! Sounds like a great start to your evening....oh btw....love the shirts:thumbsup2

Thanks Queen! :goodvibes The dwarves were adorable, each of them had their own personality. The evening only gets better from here.

Yes, it WAS super-wonderful to be able just to stroll on over to MK in a matter of minutes from CR, wasn't it? Boy, it's so easy to get spoiled by that quick walk - and it still feels worth the money!

I love Frank-a-lin's shirt! I wouldn't mind having one of those myself! :rolleyes1

Also, how great that you got to see the Dwarves even BEFORE the party started?? I didn't even know where they were, but we weren't planning on characters.

We got our shirts from Deb's Diva Boutique (http://www.etsy.com/shop/Debbiemomofjack) on ETSY. She makes the cutest stuff! We soooo lucked out with the dwarves. We had never really done characters before this trip, it was a fun change of pace.

natebenma
11-11-2011, 03:53 PM
Fantastic update!!!

But first, back to Le Cellier. Did the waiter give you a recipe card for the soup? Ours did on our last trip. There are also recipes floating round on the boards. I made it once, it was good, but certainly not as good as it is there. Plus, I wasn't able to find Moosehead beer, which I understand is an important component.

Love your costumes. Those are great shirts! I'm sure you were nice and comfortable.

Awesome that you got to meet the 7 Dwarfs before the party!

Great pictures, of course! I especially like the one of the train station at the entrance and the colors in the picture of Pecos Bill.

Yay for riding Big Thunder and Haunted Mansion.

And the night gets better?!?

Missyrose
11-12-2011, 02:13 PM
Fantastic update!!!

But first, back to Le Cellier. Did the waiter give you a recipe card for the soup? Ours did on our last trip. There are also recipes floating round on the boards. I made it once, it was good, but certainly not as good as it is there. Plus, I wasn't able to find Moosehead beer, which I understand is an important component.

The hostesses gave us recipe cards on our way out. They said the key is to not use as much beer as the recipe calls for. Haven't had a chance to try making it. Hopefully, now that the weather has turned cooler, I'll get the motivation to try!


Love your costumes. Those are great shirts! I'm sure you were nice and comfortable.

Awesome that you got to meet the 7 Dwarfs before the party!

Thanks! :goodvibes We were very comfortable, yet we felt totally in the spirit of everything! I think we planned it right with the dwarfs.


Great pictures, of course! I especially like the one of the train station at the entrance and the colors in the picture of Pecos Bill.

Yay for riding Big Thunder and Haunted Mansion.

And the night gets better?!?

Franklin really loved taking photos of everything all lit up at MK. We realized early on that this was the first time we ever really got to experience MK at night together.

Missyrose
11-16-2011, 02:39 PM
So sorry it's been so long since I last checked in. It's been a busy couple of weeks at work. Between the Penn State scandal, the NBA lockout and the Nationals catcher who was kidnapped in Venezuela, it has made for some very late nights at work. But I'm back and it's time to get back to the Halloween party!

It was just about time for us to stake out our spot for Hallowishes. I had left it up to Franklin to decide where he wanted to stand to take his pictures. He got all scientific while making his decision. Apparently, one day at work he printed out a Google Earth image of MK and used a protractor to determine the best place to stand while using his wide-angle lens. Yep, he took this very seriously.

So from his calculations, he wanted to sit at the corner where Main Street meets the hub, so that’s where we headed. I staked out the Franklin-approved spot while he went to the front of the park to retrieve his tripod. When he returned, I said I was going to wander through the character meet and greets in and around the hub. First up? Gaston

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We had a nice chat. I told him I wished my hair looked as good as his did in this Florida heat. He said all the eggs he eats makes his hair better than everyone else’s. Ha! :lmao:

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I moved up through the Hub and over toward the left ramp to watch the Villains show. It was a really fun show, full of characters who don’t usually get to be front and center. My favorite part was the Queen of Hearts dancing to the Glee mashup of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll.”

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I jumped into the makeshift line for Maleficent behind one couple. Soon, the evil queen sauntered down the ramp.

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I quickly moved on to Judge Claude Frollo from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Okay, I admit, I had no clue who he was until I got back to the hotel room that night and did some research on Google. :rolleyes1

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It was almost time for the fireworks, so I made my way back to where Franklin was camped out, taking test shots of the castle.

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And now, on with the show! My apologies for the number of pictures, I had a really hard time picking just a few.

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I loved Hallowishes. I didn’t think I could love anything as much as regular Wishes, but Hallowishes really topped it. The music is so much fun and the fireworks are bigger and so much more dynamic in this show. Totally worth the price of a party ticket.

That's it for now, there's still plenty more party coming up!

Joyciemc
11-16-2011, 06:49 PM
SO, so jealous that you got to meet Gaston! I love/hate him.

Franklin out did himself with those Hallowishes photos! Stunning.

Nermel9
11-16-2011, 07:27 PM
My favorite part was the Queen of Hearts dancing to the Glee mashup of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll.”

Is that what she danced to? I had no idea what that was, it was crazy! :rotfl: I loved that part too!

Great pics with the villains! I didn't even bother trying to get over to them, I figured it was a waste of time! :confused3

Wow, I love your Hallowishes pictures! I seriously need to get a real camera! :)

IheartDDuck
11-16-2011, 08:59 PM
The meet and greet with Gaston is awesome! I think that's one of the best parts of going to MNSSHP. Getting to meet characters that aren't normally out.

Tell Franklin that those Hallowishes pictures are absolutely beautiful!

natebenma
11-16-2011, 09:10 PM
WOW!!! Oh, WOW!!! Franklin done good! Beautiful shots! And I love that math helped him get there!

Very cool party! Great meet & greets!

JolllyHoliday
11-16-2011, 10:04 PM
Wow!! The fireworks pictures are awesome!

Missyrose
11-17-2011, 12:16 PM
SO, so jealous that you got to meet Gaston! I love/hate him.

Franklin out did himself with those Hallowishes photos! Stunning.

I know what you mean about Gaston. He's such a vile character, but he's so charming in his own way, as well!

Franklin says thank you for the compliments on his photos!

Is that what she danced to? I had no idea what that was, it was crazy! :rotfl: I loved that part too!

It was such a perfect song for that character. When Disney gets it right, Disney REALLY gets it right. :lmao:


Great pics with the villains! I didn't even bother trying to get over to them, I figured it was a waste of time! :confused3

I wasn't planning to do the M&G with the villains, but figured I might as well when I had that extra bit of time before the fireworks.


Wow, I love your Hallowishes pictures! I seriously need to get a real camera! :)

Thanks! The sad thing is, he wasn't "happy" with the way these turned out. He knows they look good, but he's already plotted ways to make them better next year!

The meet and greet with Gaston is awesome! I think that's one of the best parts of going to MNSSHP. Getting to meet characters that aren't normally out.

Tell Franklin that those Hallowishes pictures are absolutely beautiful!

In our two previous trips, we hadn't really done any character M&G. But when I read up on MNSSHP, I realized that the M&G were a HUGE part of the party and decided to really go for it and have fun with them. We had a blast doing them and we even ended up meeting more characters later in the trip!

Franklin says thanks!

WOW!!! Oh, WOW!!! Franklin done good! Beautiful shots! And I love that math helped him get there!

Very cool party! Great meet & greets!

Franklin blushed when I showed him your post, he says thank you! The party was sooooo much fun. I wasn't sure how we'd like it since we were just two adults with no kids (besides Kelley's kids, of course) but we loved it so much that we're already planning to go back next October! :woohoo:

Wow!! The fireworks pictures are awesome!

Franklin says thank you very much!

Missyrose
11-17-2011, 06:02 PM
And now for a BREAKING NEWS announcement! You know how I keep saying what we're planning to do at Disney "next year"? Well "next year" is now a reality!

I've been researching renting DVC points and found someone who came highly recommended, so this afternoon I made my reservation! We're going back to Disney next October, officially!

We'll be staying at Animal Kingdom Villas in a Savannah View studio in Jambo for SIX NIGHTS!!! :woohoo: The crazy thing is renting points means it will cost us less than half it would to book at a Savannah View room at AKL with an AP discount. I am sooooo freakin' excited! :dance3: :yay: :dance3: :woohoo: :dance3:

Missyrose
11-20-2011, 05:49 PM
We last left off with Hallowishes, which totally blew me away and I thought was totally worth the price of a party ticket.

We had time to kill until the second parade started, so Franklin and I decided to head to Space Mountain. The posted wait time was 20 minutes, but the line was out the door :scared1: (so clearly it would take much longer than 20 minutes). We called an audible, and headed for our old standby: the PeopleMover.

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Yep, I looked a little bleary-eyed after being on the go since 5 a.m.

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It was nearing parade time, so we moseyed back through Tomorrowland to Main Street.

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It's parade time!

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Much like Hallowishes, the Boo to You parade exceeded my every expectation! Loved the music, loved the characters and I loved all the Halloween fun!

Missyrose
11-20-2011, 05:57 PM
After the wonderful parade, we were all in the mood to dance! So we headed for Woody and Jessie’s dance party at the Diamond Horseshoe.

Ryan had the moves.

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He even got to dance with his best buddy Woody.

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Jack was a little more shy when it came to the characters.

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But when “Party Rock Anthem” came on, there was no keeping him still!

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Fist pumping!

After we worked up a good sweat, we moved on to Adventureland. Where we ran into a few friends.

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Then we headed for a little sailing.

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First we snagged some treasure...

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... then took to the high seas.

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We finished up our trick-or-treating with a stop at the trail near the Jungle Cruise. Franklin and I were BEAT, and decided it was time to call it a night.

As we walked through Adventureland, we saw someone standing all by himself, so we stopped to say hi.

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On our walk toward the front of the park, the Aloha Isle stand called out to Franklin and he picked up a Dole Whip to enjoy on the walk home.

With as exhausted as we both were, the walk back to CR seemed to be three times longer than it was earlier. And we both toppled into bed as soon as we got home. I noticed the voicemail light blinking on the phone. I listened to the message and it was to explain the check-out process. Hmmmm, I thought, that’s odd. Maybe the system still sees our room-only reservation ending the next day and our package reservation beginning and it thinks that means we are “checking out.”

I was exhausted, so I decided to call the “front desk” instead of going downstairs. I knew I’d be getting the call center instead of someone actually at the Contemporary. But I figured this was just a system glitch and nothing would actually be wrong. The CM on the phone pulled up our reservation and found two, our original one and the one created by the CL CM when we checked in. She wasn’t sure what she was looking at and she suggested I speak with the CL CM in the morning to sort everything out. I was too tired to argue, so I thanked her and hung up the phone. It was time for bed. Our first day at Disney was in the books and it was a truly fabulous start to our trip! :goodvibes

brookelizabeth
11-20-2011, 11:54 PM
] Apparently, one day at work he printed out a Google Earth image of MK and used a protractor to determine the best place to stand while using his wide-angle lens. Yep, he took this very seriously.

That's hilarious.

And really awesome - those pictures are AMAZING!

Loved all your Halloween party pictures! Not looking forward to the news in the next update. :sad2::sad2::sad2:

Missyrose
11-21-2011, 10:37 AM
That's hilarious.

And really awesome - those pictures are AMAZING!

Loved all your Halloween party pictures! Not looking forward to the news in the next update. :sad2::sad2::sad2:

All that work he put into figuring out where to stand really paid off, the pictures turned out great!

I'm not looking forward to that news either, that's probably why I've avoided writing it for this long. :lmao:

Nermel9
11-21-2011, 07:17 PM
Great update! I love the Peoplemover!

Your parade pics are so amazing...make mine look freakin awful! :rotfl:

Aww the dance parties always look like so much fun!

I love that Minnie ghost shirt you are wearing, where did you get that? I saw so many people with different variations of that shirt while I was there!

Joyciemc
11-21-2011, 07:32 PM
Woohoooooo!!!!! For an October trip! We're going to be in WDW mid October 2012 and can't wait!

natebenma
11-22-2011, 07:16 AM
Great updates!!! I'm glad I wasn't too far behind. It was a busy week/weekend (more about that at the end of the post)

Congrats on your new booking. Sounds wonderful! I'm already ready to savor Franklin's Savannah photos.

The parade photos are, of course, spectacular. I especially love the one of the crocodile. My son Ben played the crocodile in a performance of Peter Pan a couple of years ago, so there is a special place in my heart for that character.

The spiderweb on Space Mountain is seriously cool! I have never seen that before.

The dance party looks like fun. Was it crowded? The pictures don't show many people. Was it set up like normal M&G, with lines to meet/dance with the characters or were they free-range?

YAY for a ride on the Peoplemover. Always a great standby.

PS- You and Franklin were in one of my dreams a couple of nights ago. Not in a creepy, stalker way, I assure you! I ran into you at a restaurant in DW, and I asked if we could take a picture together so I could put it in my TR, but you said no. :(

My busy week included a lot of photography. My son had 3 performances of Robin Hood and I take the pictures of the special guests who pay extra to be in the front row. I also was involved in the photo registration for a mother-son dance at the Mother-Son Play Ball dance, so I think that the sports-photography connection subconsciously linked to you guys.

Other lowlights of the week included anonymous threats against Ben and a few friends in a boys bathroom and my older son being placed on probation for our Disney trip in June due to a low effort grade in Home Ec. ACK!!!

ZehnJahren
11-22-2011, 09:31 AM
Again, great pictures! How cute are those boys sitting in Pirates? I can't believe you saw Rafiki by himself; how cool!

Missyrose
11-22-2011, 01:03 PM
Great update! I love the Peoplemover!

Your parade pics are so amazing...make mine look freakin awful! :rotfl:

Aww the dance parties always look like so much fun!

I love that Minnie ghost shirt you are wearing, where did you get that? I saw so many people with different variations of that shirt while I was there!

We love the PeopleMover too! Just such a scenic way to pass the time at MK. The dance party was a ton of fun, I highly recommend it. We got both our T-shirts made from a woman on ETSY (Debbiemomofjack), I was REALLY happy with the way they turned out.

Woohoooooo!!!!! For an October trip! We're going to be in WDW mid October 2012 and can't wait!

Wuh-hoo! It looks like you'll arrive the day after we leave. Where are you staying?

Great updates!!! I'm glad I wasn't too far behind. It was a busy week/weekend (more about that at the end of the post)

You and me both! It's taken me forever to get these updates up, darn life getting in the way of my Dis-ing.

Congrats on your new booking. Sounds wonderful! I'm already ready to savor Franklin's Savannah photos.

We're soooooo excited about the new trip! I know it seems a strange resort choice for two people who so loved being "in the middle of it all" at CR. But we were looking at staying at CSR and renting a car for that trip. And then I began researching renting DVC points so we could stay at Bay Lake Tower. Looking at the point chart, it dawned on me that we could stay for six nights in a Savannah View studio for just a few dollars more than five nights at CSR (even with the AP discount). AKV looks incredibly gorgeous and the thought of hanging out on our balcony, watching the animals sounds heavenly. :cloud9:

The parade photos are, of course, spectacular. I especially love the one of the crocodile. My son Ben played the crocodile in a performance of Peter Pan a couple of years ago, so there is a special place in my heart for that character.

I put that photo in especially for you! I remembered that adorable photo you posted in my PTR about the play. Ben was a much cuter crocodile than the one in Boo to You. ;)

The spiderweb on Space Mountain is seriously cool! I have never seen that before.

The dance party looks like fun. Was it crowded? The pictures don't show many people. Was it set up like normal M&G, with lines to meet/dance with the characters or were they free-range?

There weren't too many people at the dance party, but that may have been because we went later in the party. It's just a free-for-all. There's a DJ on the stage and the characters are in the middle of the dance floor. No lines, just walk up and dance with Woody, Jessie and Bullseye! :dance3:

PS- You and Franklin were in one of my dreams a couple of nights ago. Not in a creepy, stalker way, I assure you! I ran into you at a restaurant in DW, and I asked if we could take a picture together so I could put it in my TR, but you said no. :(

How much fun would it be to have trips that overlapped? We would totally take pictures with you!

My busy week included a lot of photography. My son had 3 performances of Robin Hood and I take the pictures of the special guests who pay extra to be in the front row. I also was involved in the photo registration for a mother-son dance at the Mother-Son Play Ball dance, so I think that the sports-photography connection subconsciously linked to you guys.

Other lowlights of the week included anonymous threats against Ben and a few friends in a boys bathroom and my older son being placed on probation for our Disney trip in June due to a low effort grade in Home Ec. ACK!!!

Ugh, rough week for you. Hope this week is better!

Again, great pictures! How cute are those boys sitting in Pirates? I can't believe you saw Rafiki by himself; how cool!

They were so cute on Pirates! I think the characters in Adventureland are so overlooked compared with the ones in the hub/Fantasyland. We had no wait for Aladdin/Abu OR Rafiki, it was awesome!

Missyrose
11-24-2011, 12:54 PM
Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! :goodvibes Hope you have a day full of football, family and fabulous food!

natebenma
11-25-2011, 07:40 AM
Thanks for specially posting the crocodile photo! That was so sweet of you to remember!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, too! It was greating having almost back to back to back football!

Missyrose
11-28-2011, 08:37 PM
Thanks for specially posting the crocodile photo! That was so sweet of you to remember!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, too! It was greating having almost back to back to back football!

Thanks! I had a good Thanksgiving. My family did dinner on Wednesday night because I had to be at work at 3 on Thursday (and then I worked all weekend). But there was plenty of football on to keep us entertained at work.

New update coming shortly!

Missyrose
11-28-2011, 09:10 PM
Even though we had a late night at the Halloween party, we woke up at 7 a.m. for breakfast and get the room thing straightened out. Plus everyone knows there’s no sleeping in at Disney, there’s a rope drop to make!

If you remember from the last chapter, there appeared to be some sort of mix-up with our room reservation and the person manning the "front desk" phone had told us to talk to the Club Level CM in the morning about it.

We went out to lounge to talk to CM, he had to make phone calls to straighten out what was going on. He invited us to eat breakfast while he worked on it. We sat down t eat, but I wasn’t hungry. I was hoping it was just a system glitch. But as a Type A over-planner when it comes to vacations, I like to know exactly how things will go and I felt very unsettled with this whole hotel situation. Franklin took this opportunity to take some pictures of the CL lounge.

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The CM came back and explained that there were two reservations for us, our original one and the one the CM who checked us in had created for our upgrade. He didn’t register it properly in the system, so our room had been reassigned to someone arriving that day. We had to move rooms but they were giving us CL access for the rest of our stay. Now, I know many people will argue that we should have put up a fight, saying that it was the CM’s mistake and we shouldn’t have to move rooms after we’d been told we’d be staying there for the whole stay. But considering the massive upgrade we were given, I didn’t think I had much leverage to argue with them.

We frantically repacked, called to get our luggage taken down to be held until our room was ready. It was now past 9, rope drop had already happened at DHS and we were running really late for our day’s plans.

On our way out, we stopped by the front desk to find out if we could be texted when our new room was ready. The front desk supervisor, Rod, knew about our situation because he had been brought in to untangle the mess that had become of our reservations. He apologized for what had happened. I thanked him and told him that I hoped they would make sure that everyone who does check-in knows exactly what they’re doing, so no guest in the future has to go through the disappointment we were going through that morning (especially since we’d altered plans for later in our trip because we were so excited to enjoy the view from our room). He apologized again and asked if we had a couple of minutes, he wanted to check if there was a Theme Park View room to move us into instead of the Bay Lake View we were being moved into. There wasn’t one Friday or Saturday, but he could move us on our last night if we wanted. We agreed.

So, yes, we were bummed about losing the amazing upgraded room. And after being on such a pixie dust-induced high the day before, Friday started with me in a serious funk. I tried to look at the silver lining, we were given CL access for the whole trip (still an upgrade) and we had one more night in a TPV room to look forward to. Silver lining, right? Plus, this way we got to see how we liked Bay Lake View rooms in case we ever wanted to come back to CR and not pay for the upgraded view.

Since we were running behind schedule for the day, we decided to take a cab to DHS instead of waiting for a bus.

We were through the turnstiles pretty quickly, since the crowds had already dispersed into the crowds. Franklin went to get Toy Story Mania FPs, he texted me to say the line went all the way back to One Man’s Dream.

I decided a meet and greet with my favorite character, Minnie, may be just what I needed to help me break out of my funk. I got in line and ended up being one of the last people they let into the line.

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She noticed I was wearing her boyfriend, Mickey, on my T-shirt. She said she loves him. So cute.

The CM helper said more characters would be out in a few minutes. She explained who would be where, so I headed to the other corner where Tigger and Eeyore would be arriving. Sure enough, I was first in line when they came out and surprisingly enough the hug from Eeyore actually helped snap me out of my funk.

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Meanwhile, Franklin had made it to the front of the FP line.

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Franklin came back, FPs in hand. We headed for the ride I was most excited to ride: the new and improved Star Tours! I was a BIG fan of the old version and I’d heard nothing but raves about the improvements. The posted wait said 20 minutes, but it ended up being a walk-on.

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I loved the new version of the ride. The 3-D is awesome and the simulator is so much more fun now, it really throws you around. And in the grand tradition of pictures of Franklin in silly Disney hats...

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Next, it was time for me to stop delaying the inevitable: my first ride on Rock-N-Roller Coaster. Some of you who read my first trip report or my PTR know the backstory, but for those who didn’t, here’s the quick and dirty version.

I’m a ride chicken, always have been. For most of my life, Big Thunder Mountain was the only roller coaster I would ride. On our 2010 trip, however, Franklin (with the help of a YouTube video) convinced me to try Space Mountain and I loved it! So he launched a year-long campaign to try and get me on R-N-R. I watched some videos on YouTube again and felt like if I could get through the launch, I might actually like the ride.

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And since we’re all friends here, I’m willing to show you my truly hideous ride photo (mainly to prove I actually went on the ride).

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That concentration you see in my face is me counting to three during the launch, because I knew once I did that, the worst part of the launch would be over. And lo and behold, I actually liked the rest of the ride! Enough that when we came out, I said we could get in the single-rider line and go again.

Unfortunately, the single rider line stopped moving as soon as we got in it. Not a single person got put on the ride in 15 minutes. We were starting to get worried about being late for our 11:05 ADR at Sci-Fi Dine-In, so we bailed.

We’ve documented my love of shopping, so when I passed the store on Sunset Boulevard where I bought two of my shirts last year, I just HAD to stop in. Sure enough, I bought two T-shirts and a polka dot scarf (which is so cute because some of the polka dots are Mickey heads).

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We hurried out of the store to get to our ADR in time, would we make it? Find out in the next chapter!

IheartDDuck
11-28-2011, 10:00 PM
I would have been disappointed too if that debacle with the room had happened to me. I'm not a huge complainer though, so I likely would have taken the road that you did.

Okay, that is a very awesome ride picture. I think that it's great to have proof that you did something though.

Missyrose
11-29-2011, 02:03 PM
I would have been disappointed too if that debacle with the room had happened to me. I'm not a huge complainer though, so I likely would have taken the road that you did.

Okay, that is a very awesome ride picture. I think that it's great to have proof that you did something though.

I was trying very hard to NOT be disappointed, I was still in Disney World after all! But even with everything that happened, I can't wait to go back and stay at CR again. We looooooooved the resort!

You're very kind about the ride picture. I still think I look ridiculous. :lmao:

PrincessAmongPrinces
11-29-2011, 09:37 PM
Hi Dis friends :) I know I have been severely lacking in my dis-ing lately, and I apologize! It's been a crazy couple of weeks! And now, back to the trip...

Friday Oct 14th, 2011

This morning we did rope drop at DHS. We were running a bit late (Momma was NOT gettin on that bus without coffee in hand! :lmao: )

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We got to the park around 8:40. We stopped and took in the sights, and grabbed a few pictures:

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Then we headed through the turn styles. Mike weaved his way to the front of the pack to get in position for the Toy Story Midway Mania dash! I held back with the boys. As soon as the crowd started moving and thinned out a bit, I headed over to TSMM with the boys and parked the stroller. Mike had grabbed fast passes – already with a return time of 11am-12pm. By the time we met back up with him the TSMM line was ridiculous – all the way back past the Studio Backlot Tour entrance! – so we decided to just wait for our fp return time and have that be our only ride.

A CM overheard us trying to decide our next move, and he suggested we hop in line for the Buzz and Woody meet and greet. At that point there were only 3 other families in line, and the CM said it would definitely be the shortest wait all day. So we did that.

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Ryan and Stinky Pete in the Meet and Greet line

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Jack and Mommy

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Our family with Buzz and Woody! :lovestruc

Then that same helpful CM directed us over to the Lightning McQueen and Mater meet and greet, so we did that next!

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Then after getting our Cars fix, we went to the Muppets 3D and watched that.

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Ryan is ready to go in his 3D glasses!

The boys really got a kick out of the Muppet movie! Then we went to the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground area, and it was practically empty, so we let them run around in there for a while. Then we did some character Meet & Greets while we were passing the time before our lunch ADR.

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Piglet hugs!

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A family shot with Chip and Dale!

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Ryan met Handy Manny - or as he says "handy mandy"

And then it was time to head over to the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater to meet up with Missy and Frank-a-lin...

Missyrose
11-30-2011, 03:42 PM
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Two happy boys and their VERY happy mommy!

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Love the Cars shirts with the Cars characters!

Then after getting our Cars fix, we went to the Muppets 3D and watched that.

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Ryan is ready to go in his 3D glasses!

Way to rock those glasses Ryan! :thumbsup2


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Piglet hugs!


Awwww, so cute! :hug:

PrincessAmongPrinces
11-30-2011, 10:09 PM
Awwww, so cute! :hug:

Thanks Missy :) Ryan really loved meeting all the characters. And I have to say it totally warmed my heart to see him run to Piglet and hug him like that! Next time I will have to work on getting Jack to do some character Meet & Greets!

Queenofallthings
12-03-2011, 10:19 AM
I think you handled the whole room thing with complete class! Good for you! I, too, would have been disappointed but then it ruins your day or worse your trip, and that is never worth it! Good for you!!

I am sorry to say that I laughed out loud at your RnRC picture...I try so hard to look normal on that picture but it always looks like a bad face lift for me:lmao:

Missyrose
12-03-2011, 02:13 PM
I think you handled the whole room thing with complete class! Good for you! I, too, would have been disappointed but then it ruins your day or worse your trip, and that is never worth it! Good for you!!

Thanks Queen. :goodvibes I tried to keep everything in perspective when things went haywire with the room. I did write a long email to guest relations when I got home. I didn't ask for anything , I just wanted to make sure every CM that does check-in knows exactly what they're doing, so no one else has to go through what we did.

A very nice CM called to talk about what happened and she said they wanted to try and make up for our lost park time that morning by leaving a few sets of Fastpasses for us to use on our next trip in March. It was a very nice thing to do and wasn't anything I was expecting.

I am sorry to say that I laughed out loud at your RnRC picture...I try so hard to look normal on that picture but it always looks like a bad face lift for me:lmao:

Don't be sorry, it's a totally laughable photo! :rotfl: I'm now seriously impressed by the people who plan to do certain things for that ride photo, that must be so hard to do!

natebenma
12-03-2011, 09:38 PM
What a bummer about the room un-grade! As others have said, you handled it very well. Better to accept it an move on than to let it ruin your trip.

I love all of your character photos. That's cool that Eyore helped improve your mood.

So glad to hear you conquered and enjoyed RNR. I consider this my older son's threshold coaster. Once he rode this, there has not been a coaster he won't try...

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Kelly, the pictures of the boys and your family with all of the characters are so cute!!!

It was nice for the CM to tip you off about the Buzz and Woody M&G. My family hasn't done this, but the pictures I have seen of the queue and the meet make it look really fun.

Great Cars pictures too!

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Looking forward to hearing about your lunch. And your rides on Toy Story.

Missyrose
12-04-2011, 11:41 AM
What a bummer about the room un-grade! As others have said, you handled it very well. Better to accept it an move on than to let it ruin your trip.

I love all of your character photos. That's cool that Eyore helped improve your mood.

So glad to hear you conquered and enjoyed RNR. I consider this my older son's threshold coaster. Once he rode this, there has not been a coaster he won't try...

Looking forward to hearing about your lunch. And your rides on Toy Story.
Thanks Dee! Despite everything that happened, I still loved our stay at Contemporary and can't wait to stay there again!

The character meet and greets were a lot of fun and a good way to slow down and enjoy the details of the parks.

I see R-N-R as my roller-coaster ceiling, just because I rode that doesn't mean anyone is getting me on the Hulk or Dueling Dragons anytime soon. :lmao:

Hopefully I'll get the lunch chapter put up sometime either today or tomorrow!

Missyrose
12-05-2011, 03:29 PM
We left off with me and Franklin rushing to get to Sci-Fi Dine-In for our lunch ADR. Luckily, we made it in time!

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We met up with Mike, Kelley, Jack and Ryan! The boys were very excited to eat lunch in a car. They seated us in a car near the entrance. Since it was just 11, it was pretty empty and quiet.

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This might be my favorite picture of Jack from the whole trip!

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This was my and Franklin’s first meal on the Deluxe Dining Plan, so it was going to be a big meal. First up was our drink order. I got iced tea (bo-ring!) and Franklin got cherry coke and each time his was refilled, it came back overflowing with cherries.

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For appetizers we ordered the chicken wings with honey-chipoltle barbecue sauce and the onion rings. We shared with everyone in the car because there was plenty of food to go around.

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When we were looking at the menu, Franklin asked what he was “allowed” to get on the dining plan. I told him “anything.” Franklin: “Even the steak?” So that’s what he ordered, the rib-eye steak. Nothing like a huge steak in the middle of a hot-and-sweaty park day.

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I got the burger (bo-ring! again, but oh so tasty!)

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Everyone enjoyed their food and watching the movie clips.

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Dee told us in my PTR that the hot fudge sundaes were not to be missed at Sci-Fi. And since Franklin and I didn’t EACH need a hot fudge sundae, we ordered two and gave one to Mike, Kelley and the boys to split!

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All in all, we liked Sci-Fi a lot. We thought the food was better at 50s Prime Time Cafe, but the ambiance was clearly superior at Sci-Fi. We’re definitely going back in March.

After our wonderful lunch, we game-planned a bit. We decided to split up for a while and meet back up for the 1:20 Lights, Action, Motor Stunt Show.

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Franklin and I headed for Star Tours, but the posted wait time was 40 minutes. No thanks!

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So we went to one of our favorite DHS standbys... MuppetVision 3D!

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After , "A Salute to All Nations (But Mostly America)," we moseyed over to the Streets of America, on our way to the stunt show.

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I mentioned to Franklin to keep his eyes peeled for a place to buy a frozen Coke and lo and behold, there was Herbie’s Drive-In just outside the theater. Franklin went in to get seats, I got my scrumptious frozen delight -- perfect for the very hot day it was becoming.

Just as I was finishing up at Herbie's, my phone rang and it was Kelley looking for us. It turns out she was standing about 100 feet away from me, so we parked their stroller and headed into the theater.

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Missyrose
12-05-2011, 03:46 PM
Jack had his Lightning McQueen glasses on in anticipation of the star of the show!

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Look there he is, ka-chow!

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He was a big hit with the boys in our group, both the big ones and the little ones.

Here’s the thing, this show is entirely too long. There’s too much fake-movie set-up between each action sequence. In fact, here’s Ryan saying “I’m done here, time to go.”

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I’m with ya buddy. In fact, I’ve already told Franklin that I’ll be going to Voyage of the Little Mermaid or Art of Animation when he takes his nephew to see LAM in March. Just a few more car chases first though.

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And with that firery finale, it was time to bid adieu to LAM.

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The two littlest ones were clearly ready for a snooze in their stroller, so Mike and Kelley were going to hop over to Epcot by boat. We’d be following behind them shortly, but we had a couple of FPs burning a hole in our pockets.

Time for a little Midway Mania, Toy Story style.

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As per usual, Franklin kicked my butt.

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We were craving a little Food & Wine Festival time, so we decided to hop on the boat to Epcot. But first we stopped for one last picture at DHS.

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In a surprising twist, Franklin took nary a photo of the boat ride. He was probably too distracted by me talking his ear off about all the Epcot resorts we were passing. Oops! Soon enough we were at the International Gateway entrance. Time to get our Food & Wine on!

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France was up first.

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We got the Coq au Vin and a Parisian Cosmo Slushie. I’d waited months to try the slushie and it didn’t disappoint!

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The Coq au Vin was delicious, as well, easily one of our favorites from the Festival. Next, we tried something that wasn’t anything either of us had circled in our pre-Festival planning -- the Kefta Pocket from Morocco.

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Excuse the bite, we started chowing down before we remembered to take a picture! It was really, really good. It was seasoned well and was very tasty. Franklin then took a trip to Japan,

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where he got a Tuna and Salmon Sensation and sake.

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Tuna, salmon and avocado may be three of Franklin’s favorite foods on the planet, so this dish was a big hit! Just then, Kelley and Mike came strolling out of the Japan pavillion, and the boys were munching on more kid-friendly fare: granola bars!

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We compared notes on our afternoons and what we each had planned for the evening. With plans to meet up the next day at MK rope drop, we said goodby for the day. Our munching continued with the Hops and Barley kiosk. Franklin got the lobster claw and a Sam Adams Festival beer.

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At that point, we decided to head back to hotel to swim and rest a bit before watching Wishes from the CL lounge and dinner at ‘Ohana. I stopped at Italy before we boarded the boat to Future World. I got the ravioli and it was by far the WORST thing we ate at the Festival. It tasted like Chef Boyardee, maybe even a little worse.

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We took the boat back to Future World

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and stopped in MouseGear to get a bag we could use as a beach bag (it was the one thing I forgot to pack). Then it was back to CR we went!

Up next: our new room, Wishes and our first visit to ‘Ohana!

DWGal210
12-05-2011, 04:38 PM
GREAT TR!!! Awesome so far! Can I take Franklin with me, so he can take some awesome pictures?!? :) Seriously, they're great!!

F&W looks DIVINE right now!! Yum!!

Nermel9
12-05-2011, 07:24 PM
Great updates! I love Sci Fi...the food isn't the best, but it's so much fun in there!

I have no interest in LMA, it seems like something for boys! I'm surprised my DH hasn't wanted to see it yet! Actually, he mentioned it on our last trip, but it wasn't running!

Ahhh, my Parisian Cosmo Slush! :lovestruc Mmm, it looks so good in your picture! I want one right now!

IheartDDuck
12-05-2011, 09:59 PM
Yay, "A salute to all countries, but mostly America!!!"

Love that show. BTW, I totally agree with you about Lights, Motors, Action. I like the show, but there is so much setup involved, I don't go and see it very often.

I'm sorry that you didn't like the ravioli from Italy. When we got it, it was really good! However, everything may have tasted better at that moment because I had partaken in a little too much wine....:rolleyes1

natebenma
12-06-2011, 05:43 AM
It sounds like you had fun at the Sci Fi. Like you said, the food isn't out of this world, but it is decent and the atmosphere is really cool. I love that photo of the empty restaurant as you arrived. Looks like it should be in a brochure!

Boring or not, the burger really is the the thing to get when you there (says the one person in our family who has not ordered it).

I totally agree- LMA is way too long (and hot in the summer in the afternoon out in those bleachers). This is a once-every-few-trips attraction for us.

But the muppets...:thumbsup2 Great pictures of the penguin orchestra and Statler and Waldorf up in the presidential boxes.

Loved your pictures and descriptions from F&W. You are the second person to describe the ravioli as tasting like Chef Boyardee in a trip report. (Bellebookworm9, We will not be braking for pedestrians)

And you still have Wishes and Ohana coming up! Despite the rocky start, doesn't sound like all together a bad day.

Missyrose
12-06-2011, 01:51 PM
GREAT TR!!! Awesome so far! Can I take Franklin with me, so he can take some awesome pictures?!? :) Seriously, they're great!!

F&W looks DIVINE right now!! Yum!!

Reliving all this yummy F&W fun is making the next Festival seem SO. FAR. AWAY. Ugh, 10 months is a long time to wait! Though the March trip should tide me over a bit. :rotfl:

Great updates! I love Sci Fi...the food isn't the best, but it's so much fun in there!

I have no interest in LMA, it seems like something for boys! I'm surprised my DH hasn't wanted to see it yet! Actually, he mentioned it on our last trip, but it wasn't running!

Ahhh, my Parisian Cosmo Slush! :lovestruc Mmm, it looks so good in your picture! I want one right now!

Yes, a Cosmo Slushie sounds heavenly right about now. :cloud9: You're so close to your trip! Are you totally excited?!?!?! I saw you decided against the Christmas party but added the sleigh ride, sounds like a great decision for you guys. Plus, you could always go to the Poly to watch the holiday fireworks!

Yay, "A salute to all countries, but mostly America!!!"

Love that show. BTW, I totally agree with you about Lights, Motors, Action. I like the show, but there is so much setup involved, I don't go and see it very often.

I'm sorry that you didn't like the ravioli from Italy. When we got it, it was really good! However, everything may have tasted better at that moment because I had partaken in a little too much wine....:rolleyes1

MuppetVision is the best! We saw the new Muppet movie last week and it was AMAZING!!!! :woohoo:

I had such high hopes for the ravioli, maybe I'll give it another shot next year. And maybe I'll throw a few glasses of wine in the mix before. ;)

It sounds like you had fun at the Sci Fi. Like you said, the food isn't out of this world, but it is decent and the atmosphere is really cool. I love that photo of the empty restaurant as you arrived. Looks like it should be in a brochure!

Boring or not, the burger really is the the thing to get when you there (says the one person in our family who has not ordered it).

I totally agree- LMA is way too long (and hot in the summer in the afternoon out in those bleachers). This is a once-every-few-trips attraction for us.

But the muppets...:thumbsup2 Great pictures of the penguin orchestra and Statler and Waldorf up in the presidential boxes.

Loved your pictures and descriptions from F&W. You are the second person to describe the ravioli as tasting like Chef Boyardee in a trip report. (Bellebookworm9, We will not be braking for pedestrians)

And you still have Wishes and Ohana coming up! Despite the rocky start, doesn't sound like all together a bad day.

You were totally right about the sundae at Sci-Fi, it was one of the best desserts of the trip! Yum!

As far as LMA goes, it's a one-and-done for me. There are enough other shows at DHS that I'm fairly sure I won't be back for LMA any time in the next, oh, decade or so.

I was bummed about the ravioli, so many people usually love it that I just assumed it would be out of this world. Wrong!

DHS, F&W, Wishes and 'Ohana, yep just another totally awesome day at Disney. Can't wait to tell you all about the rest of the day!

PrincessAmongPrinces
12-06-2011, 07:13 PM
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Kelly, the pictures of the boys and your family with all of the characters are so cute!!!

It was nice for the CM to tip you off about the Buzz and Woody M&G. My family hasn't done this, but the pictures I have seen of the queue and the meet make it look really fun.

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Looking forward to hearing about your lunch. And your rides on Toy Story.

Thank you! :goodvibes Yes that CM was clearly very enthusiastic about his job. I always love to see CMs that are truly trying to spread the joy, and enhance a guest's experience!

The Buzz and Woody M&G was really cool. I love how it is made to look like you're up on Andy's bed with them. The queue has lots to look at, but for us, we were barely in line because there were so few people there.

The Cars M&G was the only character spot that Jack was not afraid of! :lmao:

PrincessAmongPrinces
12-06-2011, 07:27 PM
When we left off we were headed over to our 11am ADR at Sci-Fi Dine In Theater.

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I know, the food is mediocre, but the ambiance and theme-ing is top notch! The boys loved eating in a car. They split a kids cheese pizza with apples and carrots. Mike and I split the Smoked Turkey Sandwich, which had smoked turkey, crispy bacon, lettuce and tomato with an avocado mayo on multigrain bread and a chocolate milkshake. The milkshake was the best part of the meal! Then Missy and Frank-a-lin generously shared a hot fudge sundae with us, and it was yummy!

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After lunch we headed over to TSMM to use our fps. That ride is really fun! I’m not sure its entirely worth the hype and huge lines…(I know, I know – flame away! ;) ) But it was definitely cool.

Then we went to the Lights, Motors, Action! car stunt show. The boys LOVED the Lightning McQueen drive through, and they liked all the action scenes, but I think a lot of the “plot” of that attraction was lost on them – heck it was kinda lost on me at some parts. I was not interested in the “movie” I just wanted to see some cool action stunts! (I will not bother adding any of the pictures that I took of LMA since Missy already posted the ones Franklin took - mine are not even near that caliber!)

Then we found our stroller in the sea of identical strollers (thank goodness I made a stroller tag!!) and we decided to hop to Epcot. Well, the boys fell asleep as soon as I started pushing the stroller, so we nixed riding the bus and opted for the ferry boat since they don’t make you fold up your stroller on there. That was actually a very pleasant boat ride, and not very crowded at all. Mike and I were able to relax and talk for a bit while the boat slowly headed to Epcot, so that was a nice break!

Next up... Epcot!

PrincessAmongPrinces
12-06-2011, 07:43 PM
Once we docked at Epcot, the boys were still out cold in the stroller, so Mike and I walked around the World Showcase and scoped out some of the Food & Wine Festival booths. But the boys woke up after only a few pavilions, so then we went over to Japan so I could do my pick-a-pearl.

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I had gotten my pearl cage ahead of time on eBay, so I was very anxious to fill it with a gorgeous pearl!

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The ceremony was cheesy, but fun. It made me smile.

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Then the boys were ready to do some things, so we headed over to Journey into The Imagination with Figment. Might I just say, I was not too pleased with it. It is NOTHING like what I remember from my childhood trips. Boo to this particular re-furb! The boys favorite part of that was the play area after the ride – they spent 20 minutes running around and jumping on the different instrument squares.

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Then we recovered by hitting the classic Spaceship Earth. They surprisingly loved the “golf ball ride”!

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Then we wandered over to Club Cool to get some soda samples. The boys have never had soda before, but they loved the ginger ale and the Fanta ones.
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They each drank 4 or 5 little cups of soda, and then as we were leaving, Jackson let out the loudest burp I have ever heard in my whole life! His face was hilarious – he looked shocked, and then he checked me to see my reaction (I was desperately trying to hide the fact that I was cracking up) and then once he realized that I thought it was funny, he started laughing too. I did finally manage to calm my laughter enough to remind him to use his manners, and he quickly said, “Excuse me, I burped!”

Then we headed over to The Seas with Nemo and Friends. That was very cute ride, and the boys liked it a lot.

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We decided to duck out early and head back to the hotel for an early night. We ate dinner at the ASMo food court and then went swimming for a bit. We caught some of The Lion King, which was the movie they were playing at the pool that night. We stayed through “Hakuna Matata” and then took the boys in for baths and bedtime.

Once they were down, I started thinking about our early morning ADR at Chef Mickey’s, and I wanted to double check what time the bus service started in the morning. So I headed to the concierge desk in the main lobby. The CM there was super friendly, and he told me that busses would start at 6:45am. I told him that our ADR was for 7:10am, and he said that would be cutting it a bit too close for comfort. So he asked me to hold on a moment, and he went to talk to another CM. He came back with a taxi voucher, and said we were all set for a complementary cab ride in the morning! Sweet! A wonderful, and much appreciated dash of pixie dust! :lovestruc

natebenma
12-07-2011, 05:48 AM
I'm glad you enjoyed the meal at the Sci Fi. Lunch is definitely the way to go there. I love that the portions at most Disney restaurants make it possible to share and still have a decent meal.

I wish it was not such a hassle to get a ride on Toy Story!

Already commented on LMA- too long! Needs more cars and fire, less yakking and movie clips.

Good plan to take the boat to EPCOT- it is nice that you got to visit a few of the food booths before the boys woke up.

I really miss the original Imagination ride with the Dreamfinder! The new version is definitely NOT a must-do.

Sounds like you all had a blast on Space Ship Earth, Club Cool and Nemo- those naps really paid off!!!

Very cool about the taxi voucher to Chef Mickey's!!! Taxi is really the way to go. Several years ago when we stayed at All Star Music, we waited over 40 minutes for a bus to take us to the MK for breakfast at Kona (7:30 am) and we ended up being over 30 mintues late for our reservation.

PrincessAmongPrinces
12-08-2011, 08:05 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed the meal at the Sci Fi. Lunch is definitely the way to go there. I love that the portions at most Disney restaurants make it possible to share and still have a decent meal.

I wish it was not such a hassle to get a ride on Toy Story!

Already commented on LMA- too long! Needs more cars and fire, less yakking and movie clips.

Good plan to take the boat to EPCOT- it is nice that you got to visit a few of the food booths before the boys woke up.

I really miss the original Imagination ride with the Dreamfinder! The new version is definitely NOT a must-do.

Sounds like you all had a blast on Space Ship Earth, Club Cool and Nemo- those naps really paid off!!!

Very cool about the taxi voucher to Chef Mickey's!!! Taxi is really the way to go. Several years ago when we stayed at All Star Music, we waited over 40 minutes for a bus to take us to the MK for breakfast at Kona (7:30 am) and we ended up being over 30 mintues late for our reservation.

Thank you! :) Yes, lunch was definitely the way to do Sci-Fi. It was one of the many awesome tips I got here on the DIS. And yes, TSMM is very fun, but such a headache to deal with the ridiculous wait times and FP distribution. And yes, LMA could definitely be condensed a LOT :lmao:

Mike and I have already decided that at some point (probably in the very distant future) we will take a trip without the kiddos so we can enjoy the F&W festival in full! The booths looked amazing, and I could have easily polished off several drinks had the kids not been with us. :thumbsup2

I love when the boys take naps! They wake up so happy. And who wouldn't be happy to wake up at Disney World?!? But yeah, the Figment ride :eek: NOT at all like I remembered. The boys didn't like it very much either. I love that they liked Spaceship Earth though. That's a Disney classic!

The taxi voucher was AWESOME. I was so surprised! I definitely wasn't expecting it at all. But I was nervous that we wouldn't make it in time on the bus system, so I was all ready to just book a cab anyway. We even built cab cost into our guesstimate for food costs! Gotta love pixie dust!! :wizard:

Missyrose
12-13-2011, 05:03 PM
Where we last left, Franklin and I were heading back to CR after a lovely afternoon snacking our way around the Food and Wine Festival. When we arrived back at the hotel, we went up to the ninth floor to our new room.

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There were even a couple of friends waiting to greet us.

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And the view was beautiful. You could see the Mickey Head pool.

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Bay Lake and Bay Lake Tower.

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Wilderness Lodge

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And you could even see Spaceship Earth gleaming in the distance!

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A couple of thoughts on the new room. First, I’m glad we got a chance to stay in a Bay Lake View room because we realized that while the Theme Park View rooms were a special experience, the Bay Lake View rooms had gorgeous views to look at and we’d be perfectly fine staying there in the future if we wanted to save a bit (oh, who are we kidding? a ton) of money. Second, we discovered how badly the 14th floor rooms need to be renovated. The decor in the new room was absolutely gorgeous. Much more current and had far less wear and tear. The 14th floor rooms were supposed to be going through a major refurb this past fall (where many of the rooms would be turned into high-concept Health and Wellness suites). But the CL CMs told us that even after all the CMs had been given the vacation time off, the hotel announced it was postponing the refurb indefinitely and had to scramble to staff the 14th floor again.

The lower floors had been refurbished in the past few years and it really showed. The decor in the new room felt much more plush and “deulxe” than the CL room had. All in all, there was plenty of upside to the new room.

We had toyed with the idea of going for a swim before dinner. But after picking up our refillable mugs,

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and settling into our new digs, it felt good just to take a shower, kick up our feet and chill for a little bit. Franklin thumbed through his photos, I got on the Dis and before we knew it, it was time to head upstairs to the CL lounge to watch Wishes!

Again, bear with me... it’s hard to pick just a few! Oh, and Franklin made me promise to make the fireworks pictures bigger than I did last time.

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This next one is my favorite because you can actually see the star shape the fireworks made.

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Wow! What a show. And the angle from CR really shows you all the perspective tricks they use while you watch the fireworks from inside the park. We quickly stashed Franklin’s tripod back in the room and hopped onto the monorail for a quick trip over to the Poly for our ADR at ‘Ohana.

Missyrose
12-13-2011, 05:04 PM
Now, for those of you that don’t know, we booked this trip less than three months out. So I thought there was no chance at an ‘Ohana ADR, even though we’d never eaten there and really, REALLY wanted to. But the Universe (or that lovable Mouse) sprinkled us with a little pixie dust and we nabbed a late ADR (which worked better for our plans anyway).

We arrived at the Poly and checked in at ‘Ohana at about 9:45 (our ADR was for 9:50) and asked for a table by the window. The hostess said it shouldn’t be a problem, but it might take a few extra minutes.

Franklin wandered off to take pictures of the Grand Ceremonial House.

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While I did a little browsing at Bou-tiki.

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Before I could do any real financial damage, Franklin came to find me because our buzzer was going off!

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We were guided to a table right next to the window, with a clear view of Cinderella’s castle! The “cousin” who seated us said it was “the best table in the house!”

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Even though the fireworks were long over, the restaurant was still packed!

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At some point in the night one of the “cousins” told us the restaurant serves more than 1,000 people a day and they use more than 3,000 leis per day...there’s a whole room of ‘em! Crazy, right?

Speaking of leis, we were soon adorned with some. Don’t be alarmed folks, my hair IS that curly and will be from here on out in this TR. When I’m in Florida, there’s no use fighting it.

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As Franklin was perusing the drink list he saw the kids drinks came with a light-up Buzz Lightyear. So when our “cousin” came to take our order, he asked for a pina colada with a light-up Buzz Lightyear. She chuckled and said “Sure! Why not?”

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She said the bartender looked at her like she had six heads when she put in the request.

The food began arriving quickly and in quantities that seemed fit for five or six people instead of just two. First up was the salad and bread. Here’s the thing you need to know about the salad. I have a chronic stomach condition called Crohn’s Disease, so I have to limit how much fruits and veggies I can eat, Franklin, on the other hand, likes to pretend he’s on the same restricted diet so he can avoid eating vegetables. But the ‘Ohana salad? Oh boy, we demolished that bowl. That dressing was To. Die. For. I keep forgetting to google the recipe to see if I can re-create it at home.

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Next came the chicken wings (minus the sesame seeds, again because of my stomach issues) and the potstickers.

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I could have made a meal out of that course alone. So freakin’ good. Next, they brought out the noodles and broccoli. Yum!

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Next came the meats in an order I cannot remember.

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In terms of ranking the meats, we both liked the steak the best; followed by the shrimp for Franklin (I’m not a seafood person, so I didn’t try them) and the pork for me. Both of us found the chicken to be a bit dry but still tasty.

There was so much food on the table and we kept eating and eating, but we never seemed to make a dent! After we’d given it our best shot, they cleared our table in preparation for our last course, dessert! When I went about making all the ADRs, I kept getting asked if we were celebrating anything. Then it dawned on me that because our two Disney trips would fall on either side of our anniversary (and cost a pretty penny, combined) we wouldn’t be doing anything spectacular to celebrate our nine years together. So I added our anniversary celebration to all our ADRs.

So in addition to the legendary bread pudding dessert, they also brought us two GINORMOUS cupcakes for our anniversary.

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Now these weren’t the dinky little cupcakes I’ve seen in so many TRs, these were huge honkin’ cupcakes. Oy! We were stuffed already but we didn’t want to miss out on the bread pudding I’d heard so much about. Let me just say that I don’t like bread pudding, bananas or caramel and yet, THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST DESSERTS I’VE EVER EATEN. I don’t know what it is about the combination of flavors, but wow, it was an impressive dessert. When our “cousin” came to check on us, I thanked her again for the cupcakes but asked if they had to-go boxes for them because we couldn’t handle another bite.

I know ‘Ohana gets decidedly mixed reviews on these boards and I was a little hesitant going into the meal because of that. But the food was phenomenal. Everything was hot, plentiful and tasty. And the service was out of this world. Now, I don’t know how much of a bump in service we got because as out dinner wore on, the restaurant cleared out. We were the second-to-last party to leave. But all-in-all we loved our dinner there and will be going back in March AND next October!

Totally stuffed and with our two cupcakes in hand, we made our way out of the restaurant.

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And back onto the monorail.

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Making the big loop past Mickey’s crib and back to CR.

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Man! I could really get used to this monorail living.

IheartDDuck
12-13-2011, 11:27 PM
Hahahaha, Ohana means stuffing your face! :lmao:

Yummy yummy yummy. You're making me so excited for my NYE meal, because that's where we'll be eating! :lovestruc

natebenma
12-14-2011, 08:58 AM
GORGEOUS!!!

Love the pictures of and from your new room. Nice views. And love your attitude of finding the postives of the room switch even more! The decor of the room does look very fresh and classy.

How crowded was the lounge during the fireworks viewing? That really is a nice vantage point- the colors are just amazing! Was this Wishes or Hallowishes- do they switch on nights when there is no party? We watched some of the fireworks show last summer from the Contemporary parking lot/bus stop. Definitely NOT the same!

How great that you followed up with a fantastic meal and incredible view at 'Ohana. We have had one meal there. All of the food was delicious, but it wasn't our favorite dining experience, mainly because it was the last night of a very commando trip and we were beyond exhausted.

Missyrose
12-14-2011, 11:44 AM
Hahahaha, Ohana means stuffing your face! :lmao:

Yummy yummy yummy. You're making me so excited for my NYE meal, because that's where we'll be eating! :lovestruc

'Ohana for New Year's? Sounds absolutely perfect! :cloud9: I'm green with envy. I still have 83 days left until my next trip.

GORGEOUS!!!

Love the pictures of and from your new room. Nice views. And love your attitude of finding the postives of the room switch even more! The decor of the room does look very fresh and classy.

How crowded was the lounge during the fireworks viewing? That really is a nice vantage point- the colors are just amazing! Was this Wishes or Hallowishes- do they switch on nights when there is no party? We watched some of the fireworks show last summer from the Contemporary parking lot/bus stop. Definitely NOT the same!

How great that you followed up with a fantastic meal and incredible view at 'Ohana. We have had one meal there. All of the food was delicious, but it wasn't our favorite dining experience, mainly because it was the last night of a very commando trip and we were beyond exhausted.

Thanks Dee! The lounge was never crowded during the fireworks. In fact, we hardly ever had anyone else out on the balcony except for the CMs. I don't know if that was because it was the 14th floor lounge (there are far fewer rooms on 14 than on 12).

These fireworks were regular Wishes, the switched back to normal on non-MNSSHP nights. We also watched Hallowishes from the lounge, you'll see those later in the trip.

You guys should totally give 'Ohana another shot. Especially with your growing boys, the food is awesome (both in quality AND quantity :lmao:).

Missyrose
12-22-2011, 11:49 PM
I know, it's been a long time since the last TR update. Franklin has been really busy at work and hasn't had time to finish editing the photos as quickly as I can write my chapters. I've also been completely bogged down at work. My editing specialty is the NBA and that season (finally) is gearing up to begin on Sunday, so there's been a crush of copy for me to edit recently. But I promise, there will be a new update soon.

But for those few readers we have left, I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!

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natebenma
12-23-2011, 07:18 PM
I know, it's been a long time since the last TR update. Franklin has been really busy at work and hasn't had time to finish editing the photos as quickly as I can write my chapters. I've also been completely bogged down at work. My editing specialty is the NBA and that season (finally) is gearing up to begin on Sunday, so there's been a crush of copy for me to edit recently. But I promise, there will be a new update soon.

But for those few readers we have left, I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Missy and Franklin and Kelley, Mike, Ryan and Jack!

I'll be waiting around when you come back to update about your trip! popcorn::

Missyrose
12-24-2011, 08:49 PM
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Missy and Franklin and Kelley, Mike, Ryan and Jack!

I'll be waiting around when you come back to update about your trip! popcorn::

Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your beautiful family Dee!

Missyrose
01-09-2012, 01:47 PM
Hi friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Sorry for the lack of updates lately, I was waiting for Franklin to edit the next batch of photos. He had gotten a new cellphone, and you know boys and their toys ... he's been distracted by his new bit of technology and the photo editing fell by the wayside.

But it's a new year and we're back up and running with a new update. We've got to get this TR back on track because we leave for Disney World again in 57 days and I want to finish this report before we leave! :woohoo:

We last left off with a delicious and filling dinner at 'Ohana, a perfect end to a perfect second day of our trip.

And now, on with Day 3!

We woke up bright and early to Day 3 of our trip and got to experience one of the best things about a Lake View room at Contemporary: the GORGEOUS sunrise!

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We had a very long commute ahead of us for breakfast that morning, alllllllll the way downstairs at The Wave.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the restaurant, it’s a restaurant that focuses on food made with fresh ingredients and healthier fare than your typical Disney restaurants. For breakfast, they have both a buffet and an a la carte menu.

I was going to order off menu, but our waitress suggested I go look at the buffet because everything on the menu was on the buffet. I said I was really craving scrambled eggs but didn’t like runny eggs like there are on buffets. She said if I wanted to buffet, she could get the chef to make me a batch of scrambled eggs just the way I like them, such a nice thing to do!

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My first plate included sweet potato pancakes, a whole-grain Mickey waffle, bacon, sausage and a chocolate pastry. I also had my plate of freshly made scrambled eggs.

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Franklin had eggs benedict, a Mickey waffle, sausage and the sweet potato pancakes. We also split a plate of fruit.

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All in all, we really liked this breakfast. Everything was fresh and incorporated some really different flavors than other Disney breakfasts we had. We’ll definitely be back.

After breakfast we wandered over to Magic Kingdom using that glorious private walkway. We met up with Kelley, Mike, Ryan and Jack just in time for the welcome show!

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At one point Franklin looked over and asked, “Are you singing?” Well of course I’m singing, I love the welcome song! Soon we were marching “right down the middle of Main Street,” and through the castle -- we’re on a Dumbo dash! Franklin detoured into Tomorrowland to grab Space Mountain fastpasses for us all, while Mike went to park the stroller. Kelley and I got in line with the boys, figuring the big boys would have time to catch up with us in line. Ha! Two rotations later, we were on deck.

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So Mike and Franklin sat this one out. Jack rode with Kelley.

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And I rode with Ryan!

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The boys had so much fun! Ryan loved being in control of Dumbo going up and down, though he definitely liked being up high the best.

Next, we took a spin on Snow White. Who knows when this will actually close, so we’ll just keep riding it until it does!

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Three-year-olds don’t generally understand the concept of touring plans. So instead of heading to Peter Pan, Jack insisted we ride the carousel next. Works for me!

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Who’s happy to be on the carousel? These guys!

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Continued in next post...

Missyrose
01-09-2012, 01:48 PM
Tour Guide Jack decided we’d go to It’s a Small World next, so Franklin took off to get Big Thunder Mountain FPs. That’s why there’s no pictures of IASW.

Next, we headed back to our original destination: Peter Pan, where I was given a very important job!

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Next was a trip to Hundred Acre Woods, where Ryan and Jack had so much fun in the new interactive queue, it was hard to pull them away to actually ride the ride.

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Soon we were in our very own honey pots.

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Next up was one of my faves, Haunted Mansion!

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Or as Ryan and Jack had been told, “the silly ghosties ride.” I’ll let Kel tell you more about their reactions, they were kind of priceless!

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This is me still being amazed at the new hitchhikers sequence.

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As we wandered through Frontierland, we happened upon everyone’s favorite duck and with virtually no line!

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See? Kelley and I WERE at Disney World together!

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Franklin was very excited to show Donald his shirt. It said “I’m on a boat.” Hahahahahaha! :lmao: Next, we were off to sail the high seas with Capt. Jack and his crew.

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Whew! That was a whirlwind morning and it left us with rumblings in our tummies, but where would we eat lunch? You'll have to wait to find out!

Missyrose
01-10-2012, 03:57 PM
We last left off sailing the high seas with Capt. Jack Sparrow. The boat trip made us hungry and only the yummiest seafood at Magic Kingdom would do. It was Columbia Harbor House time baby!

Franklin had the new lobster roll (and clearly couldn’t wait to dig in before we took the pictures), chips, clam chowder and Coke.

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Since I’m more of a land-lover, I had the chicken nuggets, fries and Diet Coke.

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After we were done eating, Franklin and I split up from Mike, Kelley and the boys. We had watched the crowds begin to swell outside the CHH windows. We decided to take a trip to Downtown Disney before heading back to the hotel for a swim before dinner.

Before we could leave MK, though, we made a couple of stops on our trip up Main Street. First we wandered through a couple of the shops and since Franklin is such a big Dumbo fan, we had to take a picture of him in one of these hats.

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Next, we stopped in the Confectionery because I was really craving a Disney cupcake for my afternoon snack back at the hotel (funny enough, I learned later that the store at Contemporary carried the exact same cupcakes, so I could’ve gotten it there instead of schelping it to DTD and back. Live and learn.). Franklin managed to take pictures of all the fun treats EXCEPT my cupcake.

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On our way out of the park, we also snagged FPs for the Mickey/Minnie and the Princess meet and greets. I wasn’t sure we’d use both, but I figured it gave us the option for when came back to the park that night.

Then, Franklin and I did something we have NEVER done in Disney World before...

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… We got on a Disney transportation bus. Yes, in three years’ of trips, we’d never set foot on a Disney bus (save for DME). We got to the MK bus stop and decided to get on the first bus that arrived. That happened to be Saratoga Springs. Now, all you grizzled Disney transportation veterans probably know you can take the bus all the way to the back of the SSR complex and walk to DTD. We, however, did not know this at the time (what kind of bad Diser am I?). So we got off at the first SSR bus stop and waited for a DTD bus. We waited and waited and waited and 35 minutes later, one arrived. Yeesh, not a good first impression of the bus system.

Another 15 minutes later, we arrived at DTD.

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There were a couple of things on our to-do list: Ridemakerz to make Franklin’s nephew’s Chirstmas present and World of Disney to do a little one-stop shopping for the gifts we needed for people back home.

But what fun is a DTD trip if you can’t get a little sidetracked first? First detour was to Disney Pin Traders, where Franklin made good on his bribe to get me on Rock-n-Rollercoaster: My very first pint trading set!

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Next I wandered into TrenD, another place I’ve never been!

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I was a little disappointed because they didn’t carry anything in plus sizes.

We finally turned our attention to our to-do list, starting at Ridemakerz. Thanks to a tip I saw of the Dis a couple of months before, Franklin had bought a Groupon for Ridemakerz so we could build Tanner a car. Originally, we went in expecting to build him a Lightning McQueen. But when we got in there, we saw they had Camaros to build. And Tanner’s parents (Franklin’s sister and brother-in-law) are both Camaro fanatics. So we built Tanner his own Camaro instead!

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By we, I mean Franklin built it. I helped pick out the body then got bored and went outside to put together my new pins and lanyard.

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Franklin found me down by the water and we made a beeline to World of Disney, watch out for the spitting Stitch!

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Um, well, remember that shopping “problem” I mentioned before. Yeah, well, this store didn’t exactly help. (All these photos are from the Web, which is why they're not as good as Franklin's).

I bought a baby Tigger for one of my best friends and his wife, who was scheduled to give birth in a few weeks.

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A new water bottle because my other one for work had died the previous month.

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A really cute Mickey popcorn bowl.

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A Mickey spatula.

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A Mickey iPad case.

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A pot holder in the shape of Mickey’s hand.

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And a new coffee mug for my desk at work.

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Plus some various Disney food treats for friends and coworkers at home.

My name is Missy and I have a Disney shopping problem. It also doesn’t help that sending things back to the resort is so darn convenient. We left WoD just after 3, our dinner ADR was for 5:30 at Citricos. We decided to forgo another bus journey in favor of a much more direct cab back to the hotel. We both still really wanted to swim, but knew we didn’t have enough time before dinner. So while Franklin headed directly back up to the room, I took a trip to the CL to see if the CM could do anything about pushing back our ADR.

The CM on-duty that day was really sweet and very patient (and I’m a horrible person because I can’t remember her name). She checked their super-secret CL computer program and the only time Citricos could take us was 8, which wouldn’t work because we wanted to head back to MK for Wishes that night. So the CM made a phone call to the GM of the Grand Floridian who put her in touch with the manager at Citricos, who magically sqeezed us into the booked-solid restaurant at 6:40. Yahoo! I’m loving life on the CL.

I made a mad dash back to the room with a beer for Franklin and a soda for me, changed into our bathing suits and were down at the pool in record time. Now for the past couple of days, it had been hot and sunny on this trip. The moment we decided to go to the pool, it clouded up and dropped the temperature about 10 degrees. Sigh. We got in the pool, which felt refreshing at first, then turned quickly into chilly. So, teeth chattering, we moved to the hot tub. Oh my goodness that felt good after several days of the parks.

We stayed in there for quite a while before heading back up to the room to shower and change for dinner. How would our first dinner at a signature restaurant go? And did we make it back in time for Wishes? Find out next time. :goodvibes

natebenma
01-10-2012, 07:27 PM
Hi Missy- I sent you a PM earlier today.

Yeah, great to see new posts from you!!!

That is one gorgeous sunrise!

Um, I see chocolate croissants, eggs benedict, sausage. Didn't you mention something about "healthy" food. Oh, there's the fruit. I see it now.

Dumbo and Snow White are a couple of rides we have never done. I need to borrow some little guys like Ryan and Jack. My boys won't stand (or sit) for these rides.

OMG- LOVE the picture of Big Ben/London on Peter Pan!!! That is my fav-or-ite scene!!! And also my white whale. Every time I go on that ride I try to take a picture of that, but with my point and shoot and no flash, all of my pictures are cr*appy! :worship::worship::worship:

Great call on Columbia Harbor House! My mouth is watering for the lobster roll. I'm hoping I get to go there in June.

Transportation to and from DTD is such as hassle (probably not the best choice for your first Disney bus ride). Resort/Park legs are much better! You could also have taken a boat from Saratoga Springs to DTD.

We did that in reverse when we headed back to the Beach Club. DTD>Boat to SS>EPCOT (ride SSE and Soarin)>Beach Club

That's great that your dinner reservation was able to be switched. :thumbsup2

Can't wait to read about it. I hope there is food porn!

Joyciemc
01-10-2012, 07:44 PM
Woah, CL is so cool! I had no idea they could work magic with ADRs!

Love Franklin's shirt- Ben has the same one!

Missyrose
01-11-2012, 03:11 PM
Hi Missy- I sent you a PM earlier today.

Yeah, great to see new posts from you!!!

That is one gorgeous sunrise!

Um, I see chocolate croissants, eggs benedict, sausage. Didn't you mention something about "healthy" food. Oh, there's the fruit. I see it now.

Hey, I said it was healthy for Disney. ;) You don't find many places in WDW that have whole-grain Mickey waffles and sweet potato pancakes. But what's a breakfast buffet without the greasy, yummy stand-bys? :lmao:

Dumbo and Snow White are a couple of rides we have never done. I need to borrow some little guys like Ryan and Jack. My boys won't stand (or sit) for these rides.
Disney should invent a rent-a-kid program for just such situations!

OMG- LOVE the picture of Big Ben/London on Peter Pan!!! That is my fav-or-ite scene!!! And also my white whale. Every time I go on that ride I try to take a picture of that, but with my point and shoot and no flash, all of my pictures are cr*appy! :worship::worship::worship:
The funny thing is Franklin edits his photos on this giant computer screen and is soooooo hyper-critical of his own photos that he finds all these flaws in the photos. But once he saw them more normal sized in my TR he said "Wow, maybe the ride photos turned out pretty good this time."
Great call on Columbia Harbor House! My mouth is watering for the lobster roll. I'm hoping I get to go there in June.

Transportation to and from DTD is such as hassle (probably not the best choice for your first Disney bus ride). Resort/Park legs are much better! You could also have taken a boat from Saratoga Springs to DTD.

We did that in reverse when we headed back to the Beach Club. DTD>Boat to SS>EPCOT (ride SSE and Soarin)>Beach Club
CHH is our favorite CS at WDW, we've yet to have a bad meal there! We'll definitely give the busses another shot, I had heard that the busses to and from DTD are notoriously bad. I won't hold it against the system.
That's great that your dinner reservation was able to be switched. :thumbsup2

Can't wait to read about it. I hope there is food porn!
Oh, there WILL be food porn! :goodvibes

Woah, CL is so cool! I had no idea they could work magic with ADRs!

Love Franklin's shirt- Ben has the same one!

I was shocked that the CL CM could get the ADR changed like that! They are awesome. I saw Ben had that shirt when I read your TR, I call it Franklin's gateway Disney shirt. It had an adult-enough spin on it that he liked wearing it, so when I bought him other shirts to wear when we're in Disney, he was totally fine with it! :rotfl:

natebenma
01-11-2012, 03:31 PM
Disney should invent a rent-a-kid program for just such situations!




Great idea!!!

I would gladly rent our my teenager for anyone who wants a buddy on Space Mountain or RockNRollerCoaster, but I suspect I won't have many takers!

Missyrose
01-22-2012, 02:27 PM
We last left off with us getting ready for dinner after a relaxing time in the pool and hot tub. We hopped on the monorail and rode around to the Grand Floridian for dinner!

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We checked in at 6:25 (for our 6:45 ADR) and were given a buzzer. I went to browse at Basin, while Franklin went to take photos of the resort.

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Soon, our buzzer went off and it was time for our first signature meal at Disney!

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We were given a lovely a table by the window, which overlooked the pool.

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And they gave us these adorable personalized menus for our anniversary. :love:

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Since we were in this gorgeous restaurant, we ordered pretty drinks. I ordered a Citricopolitan and Franklin ordered something that I forgot to write down the name of. But it was a fruity mixed drink, it was pink and Franklin said it tasted “girlie.”

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While we waited to order, Franklin did what he does best: Take a gazillion photos.

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The pots are kinda a hidden Mickey, right? :rotfl:

Now for the food porn! For appetizers, Franklin had the Blue Crab Pave (Lump Crab, Capers, Meyer Lemon, Fennel-Celery Salad, Avocado, Olive Tapenade and Piquillo Vinaigrette).

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I ordered the Cheese Course Trio (Murcia al Vino from Spain, Fourme d'Ambert from Auvergne France, and P'tit Basque from the French Pyrenees).

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Franklin looooooooved his appetizer. He said it was very light and the combination of flavors was just perfect. My cheese plate was really yummy too.

For the main even, I ordered the Braised Veal Shank (with Potato Mash, Roasted Vegetables, and Toasted Citrus Gremoloda).

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Franklin had Pan-Seared Red Snapper (with Fregula "Paella", Bay Scallops, Rock Shrimp, Palacio Chorizo, and Sherry-infused Sofritto).

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My veal was cooked perfectly, no knife needed! Franklin liked his snapper, but he didn’t love the paella like he thought he would. He actually said his appetizer was better than his main course.

For dessert, Franklin ordered a Tropical Fruit Creme Brulee (with mango, pineapple and passion fruit).

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I had the Tasting of Gelato (featuring Italian vanilla bean, raspberry, and double chocolate).

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Franklin’s choice won this round. Mine was good, Franklin’s was better. I also ordered a hot tea. I had no idea that Citricos had such an extensive hot tea menu, an entire page-worth of different flavors and infusions. I chose a vanilla and cherry infused tea and it was delicious. We realized it was getting late and we’d have to scoot if we were going to get to MK in time for Wishes!

IheartDDuck
01-22-2012, 02:40 PM
Wow, you're right, being at CL really does help with getting reservations changed and pushed back. I'm glad that they were able to do that for you. Your meal looks very yummy. That's one restaurant on property that I still have not been to. It will have to go on my list.

Missyrose
01-22-2012, 05:47 PM
Wow, you're right, being at CL really does help with getting reservations changed and pushed back. I'm glad that they were able to do that for you. Your meal looks very yummy. That's one restaurant on property that I still have not been to. It will have to go on my list.

Thanks! I was pretty shocked they were able to do anything too. The meal was very, very good. It's a beautiful restaurant with great food and awesome service. I highly recommend it. :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

Joyciemc
01-22-2012, 06:47 PM
Mmmmm... Citricos looks delicious! I really haven't read much about it. It will have to go on the list of 'someday meals'!

Missyrose
01-22-2012, 10:09 PM
Mmmmm... Citricos looks delicious! I really haven't read much about it. It will have to go on the list of 'someday meals'!

So yummy! Definitely one to go on your to-do list! Did I tell you that we signed a contract on a BWV DVC contract? It went to Disney for their ROFR on the 13! :goodvibes

teekathepony
01-23-2012, 08:16 AM
Ooooh, Aaaah! Citricos looks awesome! I'm always too afraid to try signature restaurants because I'm a really picky eater and my DH is even worse! Some day I will try one though.

natebenma
01-23-2012, 08:25 AM
First off- CONGRATS on your DVC contract!!! Hope everything works out well for you and that it means MORE TRs!!!

We have never been to GF. The lobby looks Gorgeous!

I like your table near the window overlooking the pool. It's cool that you got a personalized menu. I know Coral Reef used to do that. I wonder which restaurants still do that. Probably mostly signature.

All of the food you had looked and sounded AMAZING! I would have gone with Franklin's choices. The description of the Blue Crab Rave is making me drool. And you had me at passionfruit. One of my favorite flavors.

I'm glad you enjoyed your dinner.

I'll stay tuned to see where you watch Wishes.

Missyrose
01-23-2012, 03:30 PM
Ooooh, Aaaah! Citricos looks awesome! I'm always too afraid to try signature restaurants because I'm a really picky eater and my DH is even worse! Some day I will try one though.

I am a very, very picky eater (though I'm making an effort to branch out from my comfort zone on a more regular basis.). But the secret about the Disney signatures? Their food sounds fancy, but most of the meal options are pretty simple. Lots of meat and potatoes options and almost everything can be ordered with the sauce on the side. You should definitely give the signatures a shot (maybe start with California Grill -- I'll have a review of my meal there later in the TR -- or Yactsman Steakhouse, both have good steak options, very simple meals).

First off- CONGRATS on your DVC contract!!! Hope everything works out well for you and that it means MORE TRs!!!

We have never been to GF. The lobby looks Gorgeous!

I like your table near the window overlooking the pool. It's cool that you got a personalized menu. I know Coral Reef used to do that. I wonder which restaurants still do that. Probably mostly signature.

All of the food you had looked and sounded AMAZING! I would have gone with Franklin's choices. The description of the Blue Crab Rave is making me drool. And you had me at passionfruit. One of my favorite flavors.

I'm glad you enjoyed your dinner.

I'll stay tuned to see where you watch Wishes.

Thanks, we're VERY excited about DVC! :yay: Lots more TRs in the pipeline now. This was my first time in GF and it was really beautiful. The weird thing is, even though I found the lobby to be gorgeous, I'm not really dying to stay there. It's a little too froo-froo for what I like on my Disney trips. Maybe once they build the DVC there we'll give it a shot on a weekend trip or something (assuming their point costs aren't ridiculous, which could be assuming waaaaaay too much).

I wish I liked seafood because Franklin's food choices always sound way more fun than mine. His creme brulee was To. Die. For. I'm trying to finish up the fireworks post this afternoon, if not today then tomorrow, for sure! :thumbsup2

Missyrose
01-24-2012, 04:25 PM
We last left off having finished a wonderful meal at Citricos, but we were on a mission to get to Magic Kingdom for Wishes. We took that loooooong monorail ride from the Grand Floridian (one WHOLE stop :lmao:) to MK. Once we were through the gates I realized all that hot tea I drank with dessert had caught up with me. So Franklin headed up Main Street to get his tripod set up and I headed for the restroom. When I came out, Main Street was wall-to-wall people. Eek! :scared1: So I made the snap decision to cut through the emporium as far as I could go, the perfect shortcut.

I found Franklin near where we were for Hallowishes just in time for Magic, Memories and You. I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of the new show, but it was incredible. The photos and videos were adorable. And the effects they used on the castle were amazing.

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Mike and Kelley found us just as Wishes started, but there were too many people there so they were going to take the boys toward Frontierland for the fireworks.

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Missyrose
01-24-2012, 04:26 PM
After the grand finale, Franklin headed up Main Street to put the tripod back in his locker. I met him at Town Square where we got in the FP line for Princesses. There weren’t very many groups ahead of us, maybe 10 give or take. But it took forever to get through the line! For almost 25 minutes we just sat in the same spot. Almost an hour after we got in line, it was our turn to meet the Princesses.

First up was Belle. Man, I love her dress.

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She got pretty flirty with Franklin. Hey lady, back off my man -- you’ve got your own prince!

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Next came Aurora, who was by far the best meet and greet of the bunch. She was very chatty, had an awesome personality, told great stories, and was lots of fun!

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Lastly was Cinderella, who wasn’t quite as effervescent as Aurora, but WHOA! she looked like the Cinderella cartoon!

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We hadn’t expected to devote that much time to the Princesses. So when we got out we had a decision to make: Use our Mickey FPs or head for some rides. How can you come to Disney World and NOT visit Mickey?!?!! So we headed back into Town Square.
The wait was about four minutes long! Soon we were ushered into Mickey and Minnie’s dressing room.

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Minnie is seriously my favorite, I was loving this big hug from her.

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That might be my favorite photo from the entire trip (hence my new avatar).

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I usually hate how I look in photos and it’s a complete miracle that I ended up loving ALL these photos from the Mickey and Minnie M&G.

Having our fill of characters, we headed to Space Mountain to use our FPs from earlier in the day. The FP line was twice as long as regular line -- and it took 35 minutes to get onto ride. We ran into Mike in line, he told us Kelley was with Ryan and Jack outside. We found Kelley and the boys as we left SM and we sat down to share our character photos with them. Once Mike emerged, we all decided to head back to Frontierland for a spin on Big Thunder Mountain. As we left Tomorrowland, we stopped at the Photopass photographer to get some shots with the castle all lit up.

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When we arrived at BTM, Franklin and I volunteered to stay with Ryan and Jack while Kelley and Mike went on the ride (they hadn’t gotten to ride many things together on the trip). Ryan was out cold in the stroller, Jack had whipped out his iPod was dancing to Party Rock Anthem.

When it was our turn, we used our FPs and the CM handed us two anytime FPs, but they were only good for that day and it was 11:52 (the park was closing at midnight). The thought was nice though! :goodvibes

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I love BTM at night, everything on the ride looks so cool all lit up, as does the rest of the park. Sigh, I can’t believe BTM will be closed during our March trip. I’ve never gone to WDW and NOT ridden BTM. But I’m sure the refurb will be worth it in the end.

It was time to bring yet another wonderful Disney day to an end, so we started making our way to the front of the park.

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We stopped in the Emporium for me to buy a Rock-n-Roller Coaster pin to commemorate me conquering yet another thrill-ride fear.
As we were exiting the park we both complained about how much our feet were killing us, so we took the monorail back to CR, where we immediately crashed into bed!

teekathepony
01-25-2012, 08:05 AM
Great fireworks pictures! I love the princess and Mickey pictures too, they're so much fun to meet. I love BTM at night too!

IheartDDuck
01-25-2012, 02:33 PM
Congratulations on your first DVC contract! That's super exciting.

Oh, and in case you didn't know, they are building DVC at the Grand Floridian set to open in 2013. I'm super excited! :goodvibes

Missyrose
01-25-2012, 04:18 PM
Great fireworks pictures! I love the princess and Mickey pictures too, they're so much fun to meet. I love BTM at night too!

Franklin says "Thanks" for the compliments on his photos! He kept tweaking things after each fireworks show that he shot, and he felt like the photos got better as the trip wore on. He also can't wait to try a few new things when we go back in March.

We really had fun with the character M&G. That's the key, if you want to have fun with it, they can be a lot of fun.

Congratulations on your first DVC contract! That's super exciting.

Oh, and in case you didn't know, they are building DVC at the Grand Floridian set to open in 2013. I'm super excited! :goodvibes

Thanks! :goodvibes We're pretty excited, lots of trips on the horizon. I had heard about GFV, and I hope I get to stay there at some point (if the point costs aren't super ridiculous.) Either way, I can't wait to see how those villas turn out!

natebenma
01-25-2012, 04:30 PM
The castle looks really cool during the Magic, Memories and You show. Great viewing spot!!!

When I heard about it, I was skeptical too. Franklin's pictures really bring out the beauty of the show. Love the one with all of the vines. I am also amused by all of the lightup video displays you can see in the picture. Makes sense.

We don't do much for Meet and Greets. With teen/preteen boys, I don't see myself rubbing elbows with princesses any time soon. We have enjoyed the character meals we have done, but it has been a few years since then, too.

Missyrose
01-26-2012, 05:49 PM
The castle looks really cool during the Magic, Memories and You show. Great viewing spot!!!

When I heard about it, I was skeptical too. Franklin's pictures really bring out the beauty of the show. Love the one with all of the vines. I am also amused by all of the lightup video displays you can see in the picture. Makes sense.

We don't do much for Meet and Greets. With teen/preteen boys, I don't see myself rubbing elbows with princesses any time soon. We have enjoyed the character meals we have done, but it has been a few years since then, too.

I'm toying with the idea of moving closer for Magic, Memories and You in March, just so I can see the photos and the videos a bit better. Franklin will probably stick with his spot because he likes how his photos turned out last time.

I wasn't sure how Franklin would do with the Princess M&Gs, especially after the wait ended up being soooooo much longer than either of us intended, but he had fun with it! And he's even given me the okay to add breakfast at the castle to my list of ADRs for next October! :woohoo:

Queenofallthings
01-26-2012, 08:18 PM
Amazing upddates! Ok...I'm with you....the Magic, Memories and You show brought tears to my eyes, I loved it! Your pictures of Wishes are incredible! Made me feel like I was right there!

Belle is gorgeous, but I'm with ya sista...back off girl, you got your own prince:rotfl2: Aurora is adorable and that Cinderella we met at the Castle once!

I love the picture of you hugging Minnie, it's too cute!

Missyrose
01-27-2012, 06:09 PM
Amazing upddates! Ok...I'm with you....the Magic, Memories and You show brought tears to my eyes, I loved it! Your pictures of Wishes are incredible! Made me feel like I was right there!

Thanks. :goodvibes I love flipping through all the pictures to put these updates together, it does take you right back to those moments. Plus it gets me excited to go back again in just 40 days! :yay:

Belle is gorgeous, but I'm with ya sista...back off girl, you got your own prince:rotfl2: Aurora is adorable and that Cinderella we met at the Castle once!

My favorite part of standing in line for the princesses was getting to watch all the little girls in front of us getting to meet them. Those moments are sooooo precious! I still can't get over how perfect that Cinderella looked, that's so cool that you met her too!

I love the picture of you hugging Minnie, it's too cute!

Thanks :hug: I love me some Minnie, and I may have just bought a new Minnie T-shirt from Old Navy :rolleyes1

Nermel9
01-28-2012, 10:19 AM
Wow love your pictures of the MM&Y show and Wishes! :thumbsup2

And I love all of your pics with the princesses and Mickey and Minnie! I really need to get a picture with Minnie in her red dress, whenever I meet Minnie it's for a special event, and I want to get a picture with just regular, everyday Minnie! :laughing:

Missyrose
01-28-2012, 06:32 PM
Wow love your pictures of the MM&Y show and Wishes! :thumbsup2

And I love all of your pics with the princesses and Mickey and Minnie! I really need to get a picture with Minnie in her red dress, whenever I meet Minnie it's for a special event, and I want to get a picture with just regular, everyday Minnie! :laughing:

Thanks! :thumbsup2 It's funny, when I did the M&G with Minnie at DHS she had a pink dress on and I was a little bummed because I love her red polka dot dress so much! Luckily I managed to squeeze in a M&G in that dress too! :yay:

brookelizabeth
01-28-2012, 09:26 PM
Playing catch up again!

I'm SO glad the Bay Lake View room turned out to be a good thing! It really does provide an amazing view - we enjoyed a similar one from BLT back in March. Those sunsets are beautiful. :lovestruc

And speaking of beautiful---more awesome fireworks pictures! The protractor + tripod were well worth the hassle. Absolutely stunning.

LOVE LOVE LOVE your new avatar!!! Minnie is my favorite as well!

The boys favorite part of that was the play area after the ride – they spent 20 minutes running around and jumping on the different instrument squares.

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So very cute! That aftershow area is a lot of fun for the littles, we usually have to peel Henry out of there. The burping story was HILARIOUS! :rotfl:

Missyrose
01-29-2012, 11:25 PM
Playing catch up again!

I'm SO glad the Bay Lake View room turned out to be a good thing! It really does provide an amazing view - we enjoyed a similar one from BLT back in March. Those sunsets are beautiful. :lovestruc

And speaking of beautiful---more awesome fireworks pictures! The protractor + tripod were well worth the hassle. Absolutely stunning.

LOVE LOVE LOVE your new avatar!!! Minnie is my favorite as well!



The Bay Lake View was gorgeous! Very tranquil. Thanks for the compliments on the pictures. The silly thing is there's about a million things Franklin wants to tweak about taking fireworks photos, so luckily he has another shot at it in a mere 38 days! :lmao:

Missyrose
01-30-2012, 03:19 PM
Before I start this chapter, I wanted to wish a happy birthday to my partner in crime and the photographer whose photos make my TRs possible, Franklin! He turns the big 3-0 today! And now, back to your regularly scheduled TR programming.

It’s Day 4, our last full day of our trip. But no sadness yet, we’ve still got lots of fun ahead! That morning we were moving rooms again, so we called to get our luggage moved to our new Theme Park View room, which was not ready yet.

After another day in which we closed the park after midnight and were up again for a 7:30 a.m. breakfast ADR, we were dragging a bit that morning. But we were up and moving, down to the monorail and on our way to the Poly.

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We arrived at Kona Cafe at 7:20 and were seated immediately.

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Franklin ordered the Tonga Toast and an orange juice. Before the strawberry sauce...

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… And after.

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I ordered the Big Kahuna platter, but with plain pancakes instead of macadamia pancakes.

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Franklin loooooooved the Tonga Toast, it totally lived up to everything I’d told him from other people’s reports. Mine was a good breakfast, nothing all that spectacular. As we left the restaurant, I realized I’d put my pin lanyard in one of the bags we’d put in the luggage hold. So we hopped off the monorail at CR to pick it up. Then it was back onto monorail to TTC, then Epcot.

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Our detour meant we were a smidge late in getting to Epcot, getting there at 9:10 instead of 9, but no worries -- there were no crowds! Franklin went to get Soarin’ FPs, I went to pin store. There, I bought a lanyard medal and a Finding Nemo pin set. Franklin found me, and we went to Test Track where we rode single rider with no wait.

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We pretended to be terrified in our ride photo.

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We then moseyed next door to Mission Space, which was also a walk on.

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At that point, Franklin said he was really tired, so we grabbed a frozen Coke and plopped ourselves down on a bench. I put together my new pins on the lanyard. Franklin wanted to watch Captain EO so he could take a nap.

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And you can’t see Captain EO and then skip Journey into the Imagination.

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Franklin was BEAT, it was 11:30 and he was dead on his feet. So we made the decision to take the boat to the Boardwalk to go to ESPN and watch the Redskins game.

Missyrose
01-30-2012, 03:20 PM
So we made our way back into the World Showcase.

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I was so excited to see this display because I’d watched the Yard Crashers episode where they’d built it!

We hopped on the boat outside the International Gateway.

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I took the opportunity to introduce Franklin to the Epcot resorts.

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Soon we arrived at the Boardwalk and made our way to ESPN.

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For those of you who haven’t been there, ESPN doesn’t take ADRs. So we got in line and waited an hour for a table. We were seated directly in front of a TV showing the game we wanted to see. But like so many Redskins games, it was already a lost cause.

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You know Franklin was tired, because there are NO PICTURES of what we ate at lunch. But here’s the rundown of what we got:

Drinks: Beer (Franklin) and iced tea (me).
Appetizer: Chicken wings
Entree: We each got a hot dog and fries

After we finished eating, Franklin felt way better, but I now felt like he had a couple of hours before. But we had wasted enough time watching football, it was time to hop back on the boat and cruise into the Food and Wine Festival!

It was later than we had hoped to start our F&W fun, so the WS was pretty busy.

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We started at Canada, where Franklin got Salmon with barley salad and Moosehead Beer.

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We then moved West to Hawaii, where Franklin got a Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips.

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At Australia, I got Grilled Lamb Chop with Potato-Goat Cheese Salad and Shiraz Reduction. And, oh my God, it was sooooo good! Probably one of the best things I ate at the Festival.

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At Brazil, Franklin got Seared Mahi Mahi with steamed rice, Hearts of Palm and Coconut-Lime Sauce. He also grabbed a Frozen Rock Coconut Mojito from the Caribbean kiosk (this ended up being his favorite drink of the trip!)

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We saw Duffy doing meet and greets. Now it is a cute stuffed animal and the outfits are just adorable. But is this really an exciting character to meet? Am I missing something?

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We moved onward to China, where I got potstickers. Loved them last year and I loved them again this year.

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Next was Germany, where Franklin got Bier Flight #1 (Radeberger Pilsner; Schöfferhofer Weizen; and BraufactuM Roog), and we split a Nuernberger Sausage in a Pretzel Roll. The sausage roll was another repeat from last year, but well worth eating again. While Franklin was in line at Germany, I snuck into Karamel Kuche to get us a couple of sweet treats a chocolate and caramel covered strawberry and a bag of caramel corn.

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As we were pretty full and we knew we had a big dinner at California Grill awaiting us that evening, we turned around and worked our way out of the WS. We stopped at the margarita stand to get a mango margarita to split. But we got sprinkled with a little pixie dust and they gave us two margaritas for the price of one!

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We stopped for a few photopass pictures in front of the fountain.

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We then stopped in the F&W center to buy my annual passholder Festival pin.

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We planned to make a hasty retreat to the monorail and back to the hotel, but I got so caught up in my pin trading and talking to the CMs with whom I was trading, it ended up taking almost an hour to get out of the park. So here’s what things looked like as the sun began to set on yet another fun day at Disney.

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Still to come, watching Hallowishes at CR with Mike, Kelley and the boys and a truly delicious dinner at California Grill!

teekathepony
01-30-2012, 03:37 PM
A great day indeed, you guys did well at the F&WF! Moosehead Beer is from Nova Scotia, like me :)
I need to try me some tonga toast some day.

Missyrose
01-31-2012, 02:30 PM
A great day indeed, you guys did well at the F&WF! Moosehead Beer is from Nova Scotia, like me :)
I need to try me some tonga toast some day.

It was a really fun afternoon at F&W, even if I was exhausted! Franklin gave the Moosehead beer and Tonga Toast both :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2!

PrincessAmongPrinces
01-31-2012, 07:15 PM
Saturday 10/15

Breakfast at Chef Mickey’s! :goodvibes

My alarm went off at 5:30am. Ew, yucky. But it was for a good reason! We were having breakfast with Mickey and the gang! :cool1: I quickly showered and dressed, then woke up Mike, and then lastly, the boys. Everyone was dressed, ready, and miraculously in the lobby in time for our 6:35am Taxi Cab! We hopped in the cab, gave the driver our awesome voucher, and he took us directly to the Contemporary Resort! We were second in line to check in at Chef Mickey’s, so we were seated promptly at 7:10.

Now: One small complaint – they have a picture area where they take your souvenir picture as a family. It’s a Disney photographer, but it isn’t a PhotoPass picture. I mistakenly thought you would just get that picture… Haha. Silly me. :lmao: I could have bought that one mediocre family photo for the low price of $29.99. And when I’m eating a $30 breakfast already, it’s not a good time to try to sell me something! Anyhow – back to the meal…

We were seated near the kitchen, which was great because that’s where the characters come out, so we didn’t have to wait long before we were greeted by Goofy, Donald, Minnie, Pluto, and the mouse himself, Mickey!!

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In between character visits, Mike and I took turns grabbing food from the buffet. The boys loved the Mickey face waffles, and they gorged themselves on fresh fruit.

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I asked Jack and Mike to smile for the camera, and this is what I got:

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Mike was trying to encourage Jack to say hi to Donald. Jack wasn't having any of that!

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I think I drank about a gallon of coffee, and I also enjoyed fruit and Mickey waffles. Mike had some yogurt, fruit, pastries, cereal, and waffles! He was determined to get our money’s worth I guess :rotfl2:

My favorite guys and Pluto (note Jack's slightly terrified face)

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Then the meal ended with cupcakes from Mickey! Because what early morning breakfast would be complete without cake?! :lmao:

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Then after breakfast, the boys really wanted to see and ride on the monorail! (Even though it would have been WAYYYY faster to just walk) So we hopped on the monorail, and made our way over to rope drop at the Magic Kingdom!

natebenma
01-31-2012, 07:30 PM
:bday: Franklin!!! :cake:

I'm glad Franklin enjoyed the Tonga Toast.

Thank you for posting the picture of the sign. I am finally working on my photo albums from my summer trip, and I was looking for a picture of a sign for Kona. I didn't take one and I didn't see one on the menu sticky. Could you ask Franklin if he would mind if I printed this picture to use in my photo album? For my own purposes only. Although if he would prefer I don't use it, that fine, too.

(I am also looking for one of the astronauts from Space Mountain or the People Mover. Do I remember one from this report or another of yours...)

Too bad you were a little worn out, but totally understandable. The items you got from food and wine looked great.

I'm with him- the Frozen Rock Coconut Mojito sounds awesome!

So here’s what things looked like as the sun began to set on yet another fun day at Disney.

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AMAZING picture!!!

natebenma
01-31-2012, 07:37 PM
What a nice breakfast experience. Looks like you got some mixed reactions to the characters. Never quite know at that age how they will react.

ITA about that photo. We have been to CM breakfast twice and we refused to even have our photo taken. They didn't like that!

Sounds like you managed to have a fairly healthy breakfast (cupcake excluded). My boys gravitated to the sugar cereal, rice krispie treats and candy!!! At breakfast.

The monorail is TOO a ride!!!

Joyciemc
01-31-2012, 09:21 PM
So yummy! Definitely one to go on your to-do list! Did I tell you that we signed a contract on a BWV DVC contract? It went to Disney for their ROFR on the 13! :goodvibes

Wooohooooo!!!! :banana: Congratulations!!!!


I can't believe the PhotoPass photographer took a picture of you two with your margaritas! We had to put our drinks down before they'd take PP pictures

PrincessAmongPrinces
01-31-2012, 09:41 PM
What a nice breakfast experience. Looks like you got some mixed reactions to the characters. Never quite know at that age how they will react.

ITA about that photo. We have been to CM breakfast twice and we refused to even have our photo taken. They didn't like that!

Sounds like you managed to have a fairly healthy breakfast (cupcake excluded). My boys gravitated to the sugar cereal, rice krispie treats and candy!!! At breakfast.

The monorail is TOO a ride!!!

Thanks! Yes, we knew that Jack was less than fond of the characters, so I purposely waited until Saturday before doing a character meal. He still didn't want to have much to do with them!

Yeah, that photo should at least be photo pass. The lady was getting a bit intense... she was like "Once you reject it, it's gone. We don't save these photos." Well, I wanted to say, "Why did you print it out as an 8x10? If you're just gonna throw it out, why can't I just have it??" :confused3

Thankfully, the boys LOVE waffles, so its no contest with the sugar cereals. But don't worry, the cupcakes gave them a big dose of sugar to start off our magic kingdom day!

PrincessAmongPrinces
01-31-2012, 10:22 PM
Magic Kingdom Rope Drop

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We got to the gates of MK right as the pre-park show was starting, and we waited patiently to go in. We ran straight to Dumbo! That was one of the all time favorite rides of this trip :lovestruc

We also hit IASW, Aladdin, POTC, the Carousel

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Winnie the Pooh, and Haunted Mansion. Now, as Missy had mentioned, we prepared the boys in advance for “the silly ghosties ride”. I showed them YouTube videos of the ride, and we had them listen to the ride music. Jack seemed pretty ambivalent about the ride, but Ryan was gung-ho and ready to ride it! So we got in line, walked right into the stretching room, and it started! I was holding Ryan, and Mike was holding Jack. They both did fine during the stretching room sequence. They were quiet, but neither boy seemed scared at all. So we went to the doom buggies. Mike and Jack rode together, and I rode with Ryan. The ride started up and Ryan said, “I want to hold your hand.” So I scooted closer to him, and held his hand. A minute later he said, “I want to ride this with my eyes closed now.” So he closed his eyes, and buried his head in my arm. Poor guy! He stayed like that for the remainder of the ride. We got off, and once we were outside in the sun again, Ryan said, “I don’t want to ride that ride again.” I assured him that he didn’t have to. Jack actually enjoyed the ride, and he got off chattering away about how silly the “ghosties” were. I really didn’t expect that! They totally surprised me with a switch up!

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And we also met Donald!!

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Then it was lunchtime! So we headed over to Columbia Harbor House for some yummy grub! Think they were happy to be eating??

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Then it was time for stroller naptime! So we popped the boys in the stroller and headed over to the monorail so we could hop to Epcot for some F&W action while the kiddos slept. But first things first, Mike and I rideswapped Test Track. One of my favorite rides! Then we headed to France for Grand Marnier slushies (YUM!) and then over to Mexico for margaritas and a plate of nachos to share. The boys woke up as we were polishing off the nachos, and they wanted to ride something, so we went on the 3 Caballeros. Then we hit a solid wall of a million people, so we decided to leave. (Touring plans had it as a 9.8/10 that day) So we took the ferryboat over to the boardwalk area and walked around for a bit. Then Mike and I were exhausted, so we took the bus back to ASMo where we relaxed for awhile. We ate dinner at ASMo food court, then hit MK again about 7:45pm.

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We hit some of our favorite rides again – Carousel of Progress, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, People Mover, IASW, and Pirates. By then it was just after 10pm, and Ryan sweetly said, “I’m tired, and I want to sleep in the stroller.” So he climbed in and fell asleep! Then Missy and Frank-a-lin let us ride swap on BTMRR and Space Mountain. And at 11:55pm, Jack was still wide awake and begging for one last ride on Dumbo.

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So he and I raced over to Dumbo. The CM was just about to close the rope at the entrance of the Dumbo queue, but waved us through when she saw us running toward her. So Jack and I closed out our Saturday night with a midnight spin on Dumbo! Perfect way to end our night :goodvibes

natebenma
02-01-2012, 08:09 AM
Wow, Kelley, I think you have a couple of "Commandos in Training"

I love the reactions to Haunted Mansion. My sons' first rides on this were at ages 6 and 3. Both boys closed their eyes during the ride. The next time we went to Disney, they were 11 and 8. Ben hated the stretching room. It was mostly the other guests who were reciting the narrator's spiel and screaming that freaked him out. For a couple of years we had to ask the CMs if we could skip the stretching room, but now we just tell him to suck it up!

I'm glad the kids gave you a little break in EPCOT (the stroller is TOO a ride).

Wow, rope drop to midnight ride on Dumbo! I'm impressed! :worship:

teekathepony
02-01-2012, 08:12 AM
Poor Ryan on the HM, it's a scary setting even though the ride is all fun. A great day indeed, so fun that you got to close Dumbo!

Missyrose
02-01-2012, 01:00 PM
:bday: Franklin!!! :cake:

I'm glad Franklin enjoyed the Tonga Toast.

Thank you for posting the picture of the sign. I am finally working on my photo albums from my summer trip, and I was looking for a picture of a sign for Kona. I didn't take one and I didn't see one on the menu sticky. Could you ask Franklin if he would mind if I printed this picture to use in my photo album? For my own purposes only. Although if he would prefer I don't use it, that fine, too.

(I am also looking for one of the astronauts from Space Mountain or the People Mover. Do I remember one from this report or another of yours...)

Too bad you were a little worn out, but totally understandable. The items you got from food and wine looked great.

I'm with him- the Frozen Rock Coconut Mojito sounds awesome!



AMAZING picture!!!

Of course you can use Franklin's photos, I sent you a PM about it. And I found the astronaut picture after I sent the PM.

We did cover quite a bit of ground at F&W that day. I love that Festival. :goodvibes

Wooohooooo!!!! :banana: Congratulations!!!!


I can't believe the PhotoPass photographer took a picture of you two with your margaritas! We had to put our drinks down before they'd take PP pictures

Thanks! The Photopass photographer said something when we asked about taking the photo, I think it was "We don't usually let drinks in the photos." But he did it anyway.

PrincessAmongPrinces
02-01-2012, 04:58 PM
Wow, Kelley, I think you have a couple of "Commandos in Training"

I love the reactions to Haunted Mansion. My sons' first rides on this were at ages 6 and 3. Both boys closed their eyes during the ride. The next time we went to Disney, they were 11 and 8. Ben hated the stretching room. It was mostly the other guests who were reciting the narrator's spiel and screaming that freaked him out. For a couple of years we had to ask the CMs if we could skip the stretching room, but now we just tell him to suck it up!

I'm glad the kids gave you a little break in EPCOT (the stroller is TOO a ride).

Wow, rope drop to midnight ride on Dumbo! I'm impressed! :worship:

You're right, the boys were pretty commando on this trip! Haha. I kinda forced them to be. After all, park tickets are the most expensive part of the trip, I wanted to get my money's worth! :lmao: But we all were shocked that Jack stayed awake all the way until midnight. He was just so perky about it too!

Yeah, the HM was a toss up. I debated and flip flopped a lot about wether or not to take them on it. But I did feel like they were prepared after seeing it so many times on YouTube. I guess its just more intense in person. Ryan has already announced that he will not be scared about the silly ghosties next time we go to Disney World (but who knows when that'll be??)



Poor Ryan on the HM, it's a scary setting even though the ride is all fun. A great day indeed, so fun that you got to close Dumbo!

Yeah, I felt super guilty during the ride while he had his eyes closed, but after we got off, he seemed back to himself. And he was glad that I said he didn't have to try it again :goodvibes Dumbo at midnight was great! I loved all the lights, and we could see stars. It was just a magical end to the day!

Missyrose
02-07-2012, 02:53 PM
After a wonderfully full day in and around Epcot, we arrived back at the hotel and checked into our new Theme Park View room. Soon, Mike, Kelley, Jack and Ryan arrived and it was time for a “Party Rock” dance party! :dancer:

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We then headed up to the Club Level lounge to get some desserts to enjoy during Hallowishes. It was perfect, there was no one else on the balcony for the show, just us sitting at a big table. Enjoying our yummy desserts and enjoying the fireworks AWAY from the crowds. They even pipe the music out onto the balcony speakers. :cloud9:

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The show was just as good the second time around. It is incredible how much fuller the fireworks are for Hallowishes. I just love that show. In fact, I may have listened to the soundtrack last night on my ride home from work. :rolleyes1

After the show, Kelley and Mike headed back to their hotel with their sleepy boys, while I Franklin and I headed downstairs to check in for our dinner at California Grill! I was so excited for this meal because I had read soooooo many wonderful reviews. We checked in and were taken upstairs to the restaurant. They said it would be a few minutes, so I took a seat in the bar area while Franklin headed out to the terrace to, what else, take some pictures.

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Soon we were seated at a cozy table by the window.

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Franklin ordered a Jack and Coke.

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I ordered an iced tea, but there’s no picture of my boring drink.

For appetizers, I ordered the triple-cheese flatbread with the pesto on the side, while Franklin got the Dis-favorite spicy Kazan roll.

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For our main courses, I went with the duck two ways and Franklin had the Wild Pacific Salmon.

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Mine was delicious! The Duck Confit was done perfectly -- crispy but not greasy at all. Franklin couldn’t stop raving about his salmon. Soon, it was time to order dessert and though we were both full, we couldn’t turn down something sweet. Franklin ordered the Mango Goat Cheesecake, and I got the S'Mores Valrhona Chocolate Cake.

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Both were incredibly yummy, but we didn’t come close to finishing either because we were just too full! After dinner we had that long commute back to our room, where Franklin snapped some photos from our balcony.

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Sadly, it was time to pack, which we pretty much finished before we collapsed into bed. Just one more day left at Disney!

natebenma
02-07-2012, 08:11 PM
That's a fantastic final night!!!

You guys got your own private fireworks show. How cool is that! The pictures, of course, are spectacular. The colors of the fireworks and the park are just gorgeous.

And speaking of amazing pictures... the FOOD!!! Everything looks spectacular. That is the best looking sushi I have ever seen. I can see why it is a DIS favorite. Everything was beautifully presented.

The view from your balcony is awesome. I think I would have slept out there. I wonder if a rollaway cot would fit out there.

IheartDDuck
02-07-2012, 11:10 PM
Beautiful fireworks pictures! They turned out amazing.

Dinner at California Grill looks great. I have to admit, I have never eaten there before, but it's on my list. But my list is neverending. :laughing:

teekathepony
02-08-2012, 08:54 AM
Wowwww fireworks from the balcony must have been amazing!!
That meal looks pretty good too, and the desserts. I'm with Danielle ^^ I've never been to CG, but it's on my list.

Missyrose
02-08-2012, 11:42 AM
That's a fantastic final night!!!

You guys got your own private fireworks show. How cool is that! The pictures, of course, are spectacular. The colors of the fireworks and the park are just gorgeous.

And speaking of amazing pictures... the FOOD!!! Everything looks spectacular. That is the best looking sushi I have ever seen. I can see why it is a DIS favorite. Everything was beautifully presented.

The view from your balcony is awesome. I think I would have slept out there. I wonder if a rollaway cot would fit out there.

It did feel like our own, private fireworks. And that felt AWESOME! :yay: Franklin's eaten a lot of sushi in his life, but he said the spicy Kazan roll was one of the best he's ever eaten. High praise from a sushi snob. :rotfl: A cot would definitely fit on those huge CR balconies, I wish I would have thought of that. I just sat out on the balcony for a really long time that night just enjoying the view. Nothing like it.

Beautiful fireworks pictures! They turned out amazing.

Dinner at California Grill looks great. I have to admit, I have never eaten there before, but it's on my list. But my list is neverending. :laughing:

Wowwww fireworks from the balcony must have been amazing!!
That meal looks pretty good too, and the desserts. I'm with Danielle ^^ I've never been to CG, but it's on my list.
CG was one of our favorite Disney meals ever. I heard a rumor that the restaurant is going to close in September and be completely gutted and turned into a whole new restaurant. I'm bummed because we had planned to eat there again in October. We'll see if the rumors turn out to be true, though.

Queenofallthings
02-08-2012, 12:03 PM
I don't there there is any view I love more than the views you get of the MK from the Contemporary! Absolutely stunning!

CG is our favorite restaurant on property and just reading your review took me right back there! Heavenly!!

Thank for sharing:goodvibes

PirateKate
02-09-2012, 09:50 PM
I love those pictures of the fireworks! What an incredible view!

PrincessAmongPrinces
02-15-2012, 04:47 PM
Sunday 10/16

Animal Kingdom!

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This morning, there was EMH at AK, so we decided to give it a go! At 8am rope drop we went straight to Asia where Mike and I ride swapped Expedition Everest, and then snagged some fp’s for later. Then we headed to Africa and walked right on to Kilamanjaro Safari when it opened at 9am. We saw tons of animals, and the boys loved it!

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Then after that, we walked the Pagani Walking Trail and got to see gorillas! Even a playful little baby one!

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Then we were walking past Kali River Rapids, and I stopped to see if the boys were tall enough. The CM measured them, and they were exactly the right height! So we parked the stroller and then walked right onto the ride! We got totally SOAKED and the boys had an absolute blast.

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While we were waiting to dry out, we walked the Maharaja Jungle Trek path and saw some tigers, and an adorable CM named Katie who talked to the boys all about the animals.

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Then we hopped the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Conservation Station and did the affection section petting area.

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After that, we walked a bit, taking in the atmosphere of AK. We got to see DeVine, and then ended up at Camp Minnie-Mickey and stood in line to meet Goofy.

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We went to “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” and then went to Flame Tree BBQ for lunch. It was delicious!

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Then we walked through DinoLand, but it was super crowded, so we headed back to Asia so Mike and I could use our EE fp’s.

By then, the boys (and me and Mike!) were worn out, so we all headed back to ASMo for a family nap. :goodvibes

PrincessAmongPrinces
02-15-2012, 04:59 PM
DTD

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After a refreshing nap, we hopped on the bus to Downtown Disney for a bit of shopping and some dinner.

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I got the boys lots of new “tato head” pieces. I managed to squeeze 38 parts into one of those boxes! Woohoo! We also let them pick out some Lego Duplo sets at the Lego store to have as their birthday presents (in case the trip to WDW wasn’t enough?!?) :rotfl2:

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We ate dinner at the Earl of Sandwich – a tip from the Dis :thumbsup2 – Mike had the “CannonBall” meatball sub, I ate a club sandwich, and the boys had their old stand-by, PB&J. Super yummy!

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Can you tell I was missing Franklin and his camera on this day?!? This pic is just awful :eek:

Then we caught the bus over to the Contemporary to meet up with Missy and Frank-a-lin to watch Hallowishes from the club level balcony. I won't even put any pictures in here - you have all already seen Franklin's :worship: In fact, I don't even think I took my camera out of my purse while we were with him that night!
The fireworks, and the Contemporary was awesome! And super luxurious!! It was kind of anti-climactic going back to ASMo after that, haha! :lmao:

natebenma
02-16-2012, 06:28 AM
Kelley, great job making it to AK for rope drop. That is the best time there, before it gets too crowded and the heat starts to set in. That really is a great park for toddlers- all the animals to see and interactive things to do.

That baby gorilla is so cute!!!

I'm glad the boys were able to go onto Kali. I love that ride! I can just imagine the squeals of delight from the boys as they got soaked!

How did they like It's Tough to Be a Bug? My boys, ages 13 and 10, won't do this anymore after I didn't clue them in to some of the interactive stuff. Inversions on RockNRollerCoaster? No problem! Stinging seats? Problem!

The rest of the day sounds incredible too, at DTD and watching your private fireworks show with Missy and Franklin.

PrincessAmongPrinces
02-16-2012, 10:21 AM
Kelley, great job making it to AK for rope drop. That is the best time there, before it gets too crowded and the heat starts to set in. That really is a great park for toddlers- all the animals to see and interactive things to do.

That baby gorilla is so cute!!!

I'm glad the boys were able to go onto Kali. I love that ride! I can just imagine the squeals of delight from the boys as they got soaked!

How did they like It's Tough to Be a Bug? My boys, ages 13 and 10, won't do this anymore after I didn't clue them in to some of the interactive stuff. Inversions on RockNRollerCoaster? No problem! Stinging seats? Problem!

The rest of the day sounds incredible too, at DTD and watching your private fireworks show with Missy and Franklin.

Thank you! :goodvibes The boys definitely had a blast at AK, and I agree that there was SO much that they could do there. I think it was their 2nd favorite park (MK was their absolute favorite!)

That baby gorilla was such a ham! It was rolling and jumping all around and showing off for the huge audience.

The boys did love Kali, they laughed at every dip, drop and splash! Their favorite part was when Daddy got soaked :lmao:

They did well at Tough to Be a Bug - Mike and I talked it over ahead of time, and we had them each sit on our laps for that show. That way he and I got the brunt of the interactive stuff, and we were able to reassure them. I knew the stinging seats would have scared them. I have to say - I can't wait until they're big enough for Rock'N'Rollercoaster! That's one of my favorites, and I dearly missed riding it this trip!!

teekathepony
02-16-2012, 10:23 AM
AAAWWW! Baby gorilla! He's so adorable with his little hand stand!
The boys look so psyched about getting soaked!
Great morning at AK, nice job getting there for EMH rope drop!
And a nice day at DTD too.

PrincessAmongPrinces
02-16-2012, 10:29 AM
AAAWWW! Baby gorilla! He's so adorable with his little hand stand!
The boys look so psyched about getting soaked!
Great morning at AK, nice job getting there for EMH rope drop!
And a nice day at DTD too.

Thanks! :thumbsup2 Yes, that baby gorilla was too cute for words! And just imagine if Missy and Franklin had been with us - then everyone might have actually seen the gorilla's face! :lmao:

The boys definitely loved Kali, I wish I had been able to video their reactions on that ride because they were definitely priceless!

We usually were pretty good about getting up and getting out in the mornings. The boys are early risers, and I am too when I'm at Disney! I'm seriously like a little kid on Christmas morning - I bolt out of bed, and I'm ready to go in record time! :lovestruc

Missyrose
02-16-2012, 12:04 PM
We were up bright and early on Day 5. We were packed and we had to take our checked luggage down to Resort Airline Check-in and our carryons to bell services to hold for the day. This was our first experience with RAC and we were very impressed. Everything was done quickly and smoothly, it is a very cool perk Disney offers to its guests.

On each trip to Magic Kingdom from CR on this trip, we’d walked. But on the last day of the trip, my feel were so sore, so we took the monorail. We were also in a bit of a hurry. We had a pre-opening ADR at Crystal Palace, and we wanted to take full advantage of an emptyish Main Street!

When we arrive, people were lining up for rope drop but we veered left we breezed through entry in the ADR line!

Franklin was like a kid in a candy store. He was very excited to get to snap all these photos with practically no one else on Main Street messing up his shots.

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We also stopped at every Photopass photographer on the way up Main Street.

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Look a magic shot! I’m definitely going to try for more of these in March.

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Our ADR time was rapidly approaching so I scooted over to CP to check in, while Franklin kept happily shooting away.

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Missyrose
02-16-2012, 12:06 PM
Our buzzer went off shortly thereafter and we were taken to our table. If you were looking at the buffet, our table was on the left side of the restaurant.

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The characters had just finished on our side, so our waiter said we’d have time to go get food. I had contacted the food services to ask about getting puffed french toast without cinnamon, they said to ask my waiter and he should be able to bring me out a plate. He did!

Here’s what I ate. Everything on the buffet was hot and fresh. And I enjoyed everything I ate, especially the puffed french toast and the cheesy potatoes.

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Here are Franklin’s plates.

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He really liked the omelet, but the chocolate Mickey waffle he tried? Not so much. Soon, we had visitors!

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Then we had a visit from Mike, Kelley and the boys, who had been having their birthday breakfast on the other side of the restaurant. It was time to give the boys their birthday cards and tell them that they’d get to pick out the birthday presents here at the park!

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We paid the bill and were brought over to see the two friends who hadn’t been by our table yet.

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One more picture and then we were off for a last morning of MK fun!

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Joyciemc
02-16-2012, 02:04 PM
Sad that your trip report is coming to an end, but enjoying each update very much!

Missyrose
02-16-2012, 02:48 PM
Sad that your trip report is coming to an end, but enjoying each update very much!

Thanks Joyce! I have to thank you for something else, too. I showed Franklin how Ben had joined Disboards and was chiming in on your TR and PTR and it finally convinced him to join! He just posted over on my PTR for the first time. :yay:

natebenma
02-16-2012, 03:03 PM
What a wonderfully magic morning so far (and it has barely started)! I haven't done the pre-opening breakfast at CP, but it is definitely on the bucket list. Love the photos of the empty park. We have had lunch at CP, but never breakfast- food looks really good! That's cool that Kelley's family was at the restaurant at the same time, but you still had your own spaces.

The only problem with the character breakfasts is that there are no photopass photographers to take pictures of the whole group together, be it a family or a couple.

Nermel9
02-16-2012, 07:17 PM
I love Crystal Palace! I'm always so jealous of people who get pictures with Eeyore, we never do! :rotfl:

Mmm, I love the puffed french toast! :banana:

teekathepony
02-17-2012, 08:49 AM
Gorgeous morning MK pictures, of course! I love Crystal Palace, the place is so pretty and the food is de-lish.

Missyrose
02-17-2012, 03:15 PM
What a wonderfully magic morning so far (and it has barely started)! I haven't done the pre-opening breakfast at CP, but it is definitely on the bucket list. Love the photos of the empty park. We have had lunch at CP, but never breakfast- food looks really good! That's cool that Kelley's family was at the restaurant at the same time, but you still had your own spaces.

The only problem with the character breakfasts is that there are no photopass photographers to take pictures of the whole group together, be it a family or a couple.

I knew the park would fairly empty that early, but I had no idea it would be THAT empty. It was really magical.

Day 5 was Ryan and Jack's actual birthday, so Franklin and I wanted to give their family space to celebrate on their own. But we got to do plenty of celebrating with them anyway!

I love Crystal Palace! I'm always so jealous of people who get pictures with Eeyore, we never do! :rotfl:

Mmm, I love the puffed french toast! :banana:

This was our first character meal and we learned that if you finish your meal and you haven't seen any of the characters, you should just ask any of the character handlers and they'll take you to see whichever characters you're missing!

Gorgeous morning MK pictures, of course! I love Crystal Palace, the place is so pretty and the food is de-lish.

I really loved CP too! The food was really good and I loved the light airy feeling of the restaurant, it's so different from any of the other Disney restaurants.

PrincessAmongPrinces
02-24-2012, 01:51 PM
Monday 10/17

Ryan and Jack are 3 years old!!! :dance3:

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I woke the boys up this morning by singing “Happy Birthday” to them. I still can’t even believe that my little babies are 3!

I packed everything up while Mike dressed himself and the boys, and then we said good-bye to our hotel room! We dropped our suitcases off with the DME desk, and took off to the Magic Kingdom for our 8:20am Crystal Palace ADR.

It was amazing being in the park before the masses! We took full advantage by getting b-day pictures from every single photopass photographer we passed. Here are my adorable 3 year olds, enjoying their special day at Disney World!!

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After their photo shoot, we finally made our way over to CP....

PrincessAmongPrinces
02-24-2012, 02:05 PM
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We checked in, and were quickly seated. We ate a huge breakfast, in fact we didn't eat a meal again until later that evening at the airport!

Mine and Mike's favorite was the puffed French toast. SOOOOO delicious! Ryan and Jack’s favorite was the chocolate Mickey face waffles.

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Ryan enjoyed meeting all of the characters. He enthusiastically hugged each one. Jack preferred to keep the table between himself and everyone else.

Ryan and Tigger!
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Ryan loves Pooh!
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And, what's breakfast without a birthday cupcake? :thumbsup2
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So with our bellies full, we set out to enjoy our last few hours in the Magic Kingdom!!

PrincessAmongPrinces
02-24-2012, 02:18 PM
Then after breakfast it was time for more rides! We hit up all of their favorites:

Dumbo (thank you to Frank-a-lin for these awesome Dumbo ride pics)
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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
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The Carousel
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The People Mover (Pictures by Franklin and Missy)
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Then we had birthday Mickey ice cream
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And finally.... a birthday nap
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They slept all the way back to ASMo, and then through the transfer to the DME, and all the way to the airport!

Oh and I have to say - Disney really goes all out – I even got a Mickey shaped blister!
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Overall, it was a wonderful, magnificent, MAGICAL first family trip. The boys still talk about it all the time, and I can’t wait to plan another trip!!! Thank you to everyone that read along and commented :hug:

brookelizabeth
02-24-2012, 04:22 PM
I am still here and loving it all! :goodvibes




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This just might be the cutest picture EVER. Those big boys did Kali! :eek: I can't drag my 4-year old on it...:laughing:

And what a perfect birthday at the Magic Kingdom. Beautiful pics on Main Street!

Missy - the pictures from the CR lounge gave me chills...I can only imagine how awesome that would be! It's like your own private dessert party! Love it!

PrincessAmongPrinces
02-24-2012, 08:07 PM
I am still here and loving it all! :goodvibes




This just might be the cutest picture EVER. Those big boys did Kali! :eek: I can't drag my 4-year old on it...:laughing:

And what a perfect birthday at the Magic Kingdom. Beautiful pics on Main Street!


Thank you Brook! :goodvibes

The boys had so much fun on Kali. They squealed and laughed the whole time! I love that ride too, it's a great way to cool off on a hot AK day!

They did have a perfect birthday :cloud9: Even now when they talk about their birthday, they say "We were at Disney when we turned 3" Now hopefully they won't think this is an every year birthday treat... :lmao:

natebenma
02-24-2012, 08:36 PM
Love, Love, Love the pictures of your family and the boys as you are approaching Crystal Palace! Sounds like you had a great breakfast and a fantastic last morning in the MK. Happy Birthday indeed!

I really enjoyed this report!

Dee

PS- A blister with mouse ears??? You never know where you are going to find one of those hidden Mickeys!

PrincessAmongPrinces
02-24-2012, 09:03 PM
Love, Love, Love the pictures of your family and the boys as you are approaching Crystal Palace! Sounds like you had a great breakfast and a fantastic last morning in the MK. Happy Birthday indeed!

I really enjoyed this report!

Dee

PS- A blister with mouse ears??? You never know where you are going to find one of those hidden Mickeys!

Thank you Dee! I admit I felt a bit silly stopping at EVERY photo pass person, but I definitely think it paid off. I have lots of pics of my b-day boys! And the Crystal Palace was by far my favorite breakfast. I am definitely going back whenever we book our next trip!

Yes, the Mickey blister was totally ridiculous!! I laughed super hard about that. Who woulda thought?!? :)

And thank you so much for reading along and always commenting! :goodvibes

Missyrose
02-25-2012, 11:55 AM
I am still here and loving it all! :goodvibes

Missy - the pictures from the CR lounge gave me chills...I can only imagine how awesome that would be! It's like your own private dessert party! Love it!

Glad you're still here, just in time for the home stretch! Watching the fireworks from the lounge was amazing. You're totally right, it was like our very own dessert party. The CMs were so great about making sure everyone had everything we wanted/needed -- pure Disney magic.

Missyrose
02-29-2012, 02:49 PM
When we left breakfast, it was just after rope drop. The masses had already made their way down Main Street and disappeared into the park. We made our way through the hub and castle.

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We were on a Dumbo dash! It was time for Franklin to spend some time with his favorite character and little Dumbo was getting his first ride on big Dumbo. How metta!

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Soon we were strapped in and ready for flight!

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Even little Dumbo was ready for take-off.

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The flight showed us how much progress they’ve made on Fantasyland. I can’t wait to see how different it looks next week.

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The lines in Fantasyland were really long at that point. This was the only day of the trip where we’d gone against crowd calendar advice and boy were we paying for it now. It was the only time we encountered wall-to-wall people. So with little we wanted to wait for in Fantasyland, we detoured to the Emporium to look for a pillowpet we wanted to get for Tanner.

But there was a little celebration going on that blocked us from crossing the street.

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We finally got to cross the street and we ended up buying him a Tigger, which he loves napping on now!

It was getting pretty warm out by then, so we headed to Main Street Bakery to grab a soda. We texted Kelley to let her know where we were. They joined us and we headed back to the Emporium, it was time to let Ryan and Jack pick out their birthday presents.

The hustle and bustle of the week was really catching up with all of us at that point, so we decided to go for leisurely ride on the PeopleMover.

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The lights were on in Space Mountain when we glided through, that is one crazy jumble of metal.

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And then we took a trip back to yesteryear on Carousel of Progress.

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Some of us were more tired than others.

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Sorry Mike! The picture was too good to pass up. And CoP is kinda the perfect place for a Disney nap. Next, it was time for a big kids’ ride, Space Mountain. Mike and Kel went first, so Franklin and I took another spin on the PeopleMover with the boys.

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Then it was our turn on the dark coaster. Even after our big breakfast, we were pretty hungry again. So we split from Mike, Kelley, Ryan and Jack and said we’d see them at the airport. Franklin and I knew exactly where we wanted to eat for lunch: Casey’s!

We each got a cup of corndog nuggets and fries. And if you mosey over to today’s chapter (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44177063#post44177063) in my pre-trip report, you’ll understand why I was so happy with this lunch choice.

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Before we knew it, it was time to make our way back to the hotel to pick up the Magical Depress.

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I had a few quick stops to make back at CR before we could leave. I wanted to buy a Contemporary Resort pin from Fantasia and we had two leftover snack credits I wanted to use on vanilla fudge at BVG. We also stopped into the Tower Club lounge to say goodbye. The CMs there loaded up baggies and cups of snacks for us and Kelley's family on the plane, they were just so awesome to us all week long!

Soon that depressing time was upon us: It was time to say goodbye to Disney.

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We had a fairly uneventful trip to the airport and then back home to Virginia.

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That’s where this trip ends, folks! But fear not, there’s one more chapter coming to wrap up this fantastic journey. And as this trip finishes, another begins. We’re going back to Disney on Tuesday and another fun and fabulous trip report will follow!

teekathepony
03-01-2012, 08:12 AM
I can't believe it's over! What a great last day though. I've never seen Space Mountain's lights on while on the People Mover, that's really interesting! CoP is a great place for a nap.
Thank you both for sharing your report with us, it was a great read!

natebenma
03-01-2012, 08:13 PM
I love that Dumbo made it onto Dumbo.

Lots of TTA on the last day! :thumbsup2

The picture of Space Mountain with the lights on is very cool. I think I have one from way way back in the 80's- we rode through on the TTA while SM was closed for refurbishment.

So sad that this report is wrapping up BUT I am super excited to read about your upcoming adventures and see more spectacular pictures! And once again, you will be accompanied by a most adorable traveling companion.

Missyrose
03-01-2012, 08:47 PM
I can't believe it's over! What a great last day though. I've never seen Space Mountain's lights on while on the People Mover, that's really interesting! CoP is a great place for a nap.
Thank you both for sharing your report with us, it was a great read!

I can't believe it either, Wendy! I just noticed your new PTR... 2015?!?!?:scared1:

I love that Dumbo made it onto Dumbo.

Lots of TTA on the last day! :thumbsup2

The picture of Space Mountain with the lights on is very cool. I think I have one from way way back in the 80's- we rode through on the TTA while SM was closed for refurbishment.

So sad that this report is wrapping up BUT I am super excited to read about your upcoming adventures and see more spectacular pictures! And once again, you will be accompanied by a most adorable traveling companion.

I'm not entirely sure it's physically possible, but Franklin will probably take even more pictures than he did in October. I have a feeling the new TR is going to be fairly photo-heavy. :rotfl:

teekathepony
03-02-2012, 08:06 AM
I can't believe it either, Wendy! I just noticed your new PTR... 2015?!?!?:scared1:



:lmao: Yes... sad isn't it? I'm not sure how I'm going to survive!

natebenma
03-02-2012, 08:09 AM
I'm not entirely sure it's physically possible, but Franklin will probably take even more pictures than he did in October. I have a feeling the new TR is going to be fairly photo-heavy. :rotfl:

I can believe there will be more photos!

Franklin- how many raw photos on the last trip?

We should run an over/under pool...

Pixel Dust
03-02-2012, 02:30 PM
I can believe there will be more photos!

Franklin- how many raw photos on the last trip?

We should run an over/under pool...

This last trip there were 1,823 raw photos.

Should we put the over/under at a nice even 2,000 photos?

Missyrose
03-02-2012, 05:21 PM
This last trip there were 1,823 raw photos.

Should we put the over/under at a nice even 2,000 photos?

I think Tanner alone will cause a bump of at least 300-400 photos, so I'll take the over. :lmao:

Missyrose
03-28-2012, 02:47 PM
Hi friends, I thought I'd wrap things up for this trip with some final thoughts. First, Franklin and I had the best time with Kelley, Mike, Ryan and Jack. It was so much fun seeing everything through the boys' eyes. And it was so much fun experiencing Disney with such good friends!

Even though Franklin and I are fast becoming grizzled Disney veterans, we still had a number of firsts on this trip. The biggest being staying onsite and everything that comes with it: DME, Dining Plan and Disney transportation. We loved the whole experience of staying in the bubble, so much so that we're now proud DVC owners at Boardwalk Villas! Despite our roller-coaster ride at the Contemporary (you're upgraded! no you're not!), we loved the resort. The decor was beautiful and the location is to die for.

We tried many new restaurants on this trip and loved every last one of them. Le Cellier lunch, Citricos dinner, California Grill dinner, 'Ohana dinner, Kona breakfast and the Wave breakfast are all meals we plan to revisit in the future.

The Halloween party was also a new experience for us and again, we LOVED it. :love: We had so much fun meeting characters you don't often get to meet, riding rides with no wait and the parade/Hallowishes are worth the price of admission alone. We loved it so much that we're going back in 2012!

One thing we already knew we loved is the Food and Wine Festival. After stumbling onto the festival in 2010, we returned in 2011 with more of a game plan and it made for an even better festival experience! The food and drinks were great again this year and we had no problem using all those Deluxe Dining Plan snack credits!

But with all good Disney trips (and trip reports), they must come to an end eventually. But luckily for all of us, I've started my new trip report:

Peekaboo, I See Pluto. A 1st Birthday TR! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2901732)

I hope you'll join me over there and we'll have some more fun. :goodvibes

emcclay
04-08-2012, 10:33 AM
This was such a cute TR! Josh was also my waiter at Le Cellier! He was superb.