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jecskc
11-28-2011, 06:55 PM
Hey Everyone !! Welcome to my trip report !! We went to Walt Disney World from November 22 thru November 27 and we stayed in a one bedroom villa at Boardwalk. This is the first time we had gone to Disney during Christmas and we were really excited to see the decorations and experiencing the atmosphere at the Boardwalk.

Cast of Characters:

Me - 43 yr old Irrigation Designer, my DH, my DS12 and my DD9. Here's a picture of us on this trip.

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Give me a bit to edit some photos and I'll get started.

And I would just like to say, for those of you reading, please feel free to stop in and say hello. I just love seeing everyone's comments and sharing experiences.

winkers
11-28-2011, 08:40 PM
I have to ask....how do you get into irrigation design? It never occured to me that someone has to design them.popcorn::

jecskc
11-29-2011, 07:13 AM
I have to ask....how do you get into irrigation design? It never occured to me that someone has to design them.popcorn::

I work for a Landscape Architect. About 20 years ago, our main irrigation designer left for greener pastures. He had taught me some things about irrigation, but I saw it as an opportunity to make myself more valuable to my company so I took several classes and have been designing systems for about 18 years now. They can be very complex. Huge University projects, big churches, softball and baseball complexes and high end homes are among our many projects. I am the main designer for our firm. Here's the link to our web site http://www.grimballcotterill.com. I am so fortunate to work with the best people. I really enjoy it. Thanks for asking.

jecskc
11-29-2011, 07:37 AM
Let's get this thing started shall we ?? So we bought into DVC this past June and we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it already !! This is our third time staying DVC (we rented points in June before we bought in) and we absolutely adore it. I have lots of photos to share and there will be food porn !!

Here was our plan:

Nov. 22 - pick up the kids early from school and head south. :cool1: :cheer2::dance3: Arrive at Boardwalk in the evening.

Nov. 23 - Breakfast at the villa, Make AK rope drop at 7:00 AM (yes, that says 7:00 AM). Lunch at Flame Tree BBQ. Dinner at Captain's Grille at the Yacht Club.

Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving) - Breakfast at Whispering Canyon, Magic Kingdom, Dinner at Garden Grille in Epcot.

Nov. 25 - Breakfast at the villa. Make rope drop at Epcot. Lunch at Via Napoli. Quick service dinner.

Nov. 26 - Breakfast at the villa. Make rope drop at HS (8:00 AM), lunch at the park, dinner at Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club.

Nov. 27 - Breakfast at Crystal Palace, Magic Kingdom, lunch at the park. Head home. :sad1: :sad2:

jecskc
11-29-2011, 08:16 AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day One - Part 1

We got the kids picked up and left the house about 1:15 PM.

DH was good to go !!

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DS was ready !!

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DD was picture shy for some odd reason.

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That's a little better

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Because of the holiday, there was a good bit of traffic and some storms once we got to Florida, so driving was stressful for DH. We made pretty good time on the road until we got to Jacksonville and then we hit really bad traffic and drove about 20 MPH for about an hour. So, a trip that usually takes us about 6.5 to 7 hours took us about 8 hours.

Another thing to note, there were a TON of slow people in the fast lane that WOULD NOT move over. We found this to be especially bad in Florida. So we had to do A LOT of passing on the right. Very frustrating. Near the end, the kids were fighting and we were all hungry and grouchy. We finally arrived at Boardwalk around 8:45 PM.

We checked in and got bell services to deliver our luggage. Turns out this is free - YAY !! We tipped well, though !!

Anyway, here was our room number.

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Some photos of the villa before we made a huge mess.

Foyer

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Kitchen

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Living room

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Cute Lamp

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Artwork

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Bathroom

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Master Bedroom

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Closet

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Washer and Dryer.

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jecskc
11-29-2011, 11:29 AM
Day 1 - Part 2

Here are some lobby photos I took when we checked in. We loved all of the Christmas decorations.

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Light fixture in the hallway

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Hidden Mickey in the carpet of our villa.

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One more thing to say about our villa. Our location was VERY ideal. We were about 100 yards from the actual Boardwalk. We just walked out our door, went down the hallway a short distance,

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took a few turns

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and then we were right in the middle of the action.

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And out back, we were within spitting (no I didn't spit) distance of the Luna Park Pool and Leaping Horse Libations. Here's some photos from our veranda. We were on the first floor.

looking left

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Forward

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And right

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After dumping our stuff and checking out the room, the kids were hungry and even though it was late (about 9:00 PM), we headed out to see what was available.

jecskc
11-30-2011, 06:46 PM
Day 1 - Part 3

So we scoped out our food options and the kids spied hot dogs so we took a look at the menu.

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I got a hot dog basket

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DD got mozzarella sticks

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DS got some nachos

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And DH got a foot long hot dog which he loaded up with toppings.

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We also got a diet coke and a Powerade to drink. All of this cost about $26. We did get the dining plan, but I don't think this stand took it as CS.

It was a really pretty night and we grabbed a table and enjoyed our food. It was really good. DS still talks about the nachos. They weren't anything special, but it isn't anything that I buy at home. so he really enjoyed them.

Some Boardwalk photos

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We decided to get some pastries at the Boardwalk Bakery for breakfast the following morning since RD at AK was at 7:00 AM :scared1:

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Then we went over to the gift shop which was called the Screen Door. It was really big and had just about everything.

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The kids had each gotten a $50 gift card to spend and they just HAD to go see if there was anything they could buy. DS found this pin for me.

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It is from the movie Up. I saw this on our last trip and experienced souvenir regret, so I HAD to buy it. The kids conned DH into buying them candy. DS got a Mickey Mouse Pez and DD got a Twix. They had a lot of Christmas merchandise out and we enjoyed looking at it. I didn't want to buy too much too early, so we just browsed. It was about 10:30 or 11:00 PM by this time and we needed to get some sleep because we had to get up EARLY the next morning for 7:00 AM rope drop at AK.

We went back to the villa and I got a shower and we unpacked everything and then went to sleep.

Up next - Animal Kingdom day !!

Pixie Princess
11-30-2011, 09:03 PM
I am soooo jealous of your Ellie badge pin! I meant to get one this last trip, and completely forgot about it. I realized it while I was sitting on the turnpike. I hope your trip home went better than the trip down. I wish I could say mine did, but no. It took me 9.5 hours to get home. NINE and a HALF HOURS!!!! We got home at 1:00 a.m. We were stuck in hellacious traffic on the turnpike. I was very close to turning the car back around and spending the night in Orlando.

Boardwalk looks lovely! I definitely want to stay there one day.

jecskc
11-30-2011, 09:23 PM
I am soooo jealous of your Ellie badge pin! I meant to get one this last trip, and completely forgot about it. I realized it while I was sitting on the turnpike. I hope your trip home went better than the trip down. I wish I could say mine did, but no. It took me 9.5 hours to get home. NINE and a HALF HOURS!!!! We got home at 1:00 a.m. We were stuck in hellacious traffic on the turnpike. I was very close to turning the car back around and spending the night in Orlando.

Boardwalk looks lovely! I definitely want to stay there one day.

Yes. Love the Ellie pin. I so should have bought you one. So sorry I didn't think of it. We are amassing quite a pin collection. And now with the kids into the Vinylmation. I wasn't into them at first, but they are really growing on me. Oh, and my prediction was right. The dog got a hold of one before we had been home for 48 hours. We got it away from her before she did too much damage though. She's a bad dog.

We made excellent time going home. Got there in 7 hours. Much better than the trip down. 9 and half ... whoa ..... that is brutal. What time did you leave ??

IheartDDuck
11-30-2011, 09:38 PM
Joining. :goodvibes

I love the Boardwalk. Definitely one of my favorite locations.

jecskc
12-01-2011, 06:13 AM
Joining. :goodvibes

I love the Boardwalk. Definitely one of my favorite locations.

YAY!!! :welcome: We loved it too. We felt like we were right in the middle of the action. Can't wait to stay there again !!

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-01-2011, 06:36 AM
Joining in!!! I never knew the Boardwalk had such adorable lamps!!! :laughing: I love the Screen Door, it's such a cute store to walk around. Can't wait to hear more about your trip! :goodvibes

jecskc
12-01-2011, 12:44 PM
Joining in!!! I never knew the Boardwalk had such adorable lamps!!! :laughing: I love the Screen Door, it's such a cute store to walk around. Can't wait to hear more about your trip! :goodvibes

Hey Sara !!!:wave2: Thanks for stopping by. Glad to have you aboard for this TR as well !!

jecskc
12-01-2011, 03:34 PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - Day 2 – Part 1

So we wake up EARLY – about 6:00 AM – we can get up and get breakfast and get to rope drop at Animal Kingdom by 7:00 AM. There was much complaining and whining about how early it was and it was rough going getting everyone up. We had our treats from Boardwalk Bakery for breakfast. DH and I each had a Blueberry muffin.

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I had wanted a chocolate croissant, but they were out when we bought them the night before. DS had a cinnamon bun

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And DD just had some Special K. All of it was good and still fresh even though we bought them the day before. And we used snack credits for them. We made coffee in our kitchen.

We piled into the car and took off for Animal Kingdom. We pulled into the parking lot right at 7:00 AM and parked right up front. Not a lot of people were there and either they didn’t have a rope drop show or we just missed it. I took some photos of the Christmas tree while DH cruised through bag check.

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We enter the park and hoof it over to the Safari to grab some FP’s.
Because it was so early, the lights were still on in some of the more shady places.

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I was snapping lots of photos on the way. I just love animal kingdom and the themeing so I wanted to get a bunch of photos with no people in it.

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So we get back to the safari and we encounter this LONG line of people stretching all of the way back to Tusker House.

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It turns out that they don’t open the safari until 7:30 AM. Which I thought was strange because the park opened at 7:00 AM. Maybe it had something to do with the animals or something. Anywho, we grabbed some fast passes. Our return time was 8:25 AM. So we then hiked over to Asia to ride Expedition Everest.

donnaf516
12-01-2011, 04:04 PM
I want to stay at the Boardwalk soooo bad! Hope you were able to schedule in some resort time. Looking forward to reading your report :thumbsup2

jecskc
12-01-2011, 04:09 PM
I want to stay at the Boardwalk soooo bad! Hope you were able to schedule in some resort time. Looking forward to reading your report :thumbsup2

:welcome: We were really excited to stay at the Boardwalk and it fulfilled our expectations. We definitely spent some time there and have lots of photos to share. Thanks for stopping by !!

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-01-2011, 06:15 PM
The lanterns in the shadier areas are so pretty! That stinks about Boardwalk Bakery being out of the chocolate croissants, those are my favorite treat from there! Hopefully you got another chance to get one!

jecskc
12-01-2011, 06:22 PM
The lanterns in the shadier areas are so pretty! That stinks about Boardwalk Bakery being out of the chocolate croissants, those are my favorite treat from there! Hopefully you got another chance to get one!

They were pretty and AK had a lot of Christmas decor which was fun to see. You know I didn't give up on my chocolate croissant. After trying one at Pop during our last trip, I was hooked. Such a nice accompaniment to my gallon of coffee in the morning. The blueberry muffin was very good though.

jecskc
12-01-2011, 08:51 PM
Day 2 – Part 2
I left off when we were headed over to Asia to ride EE. Here are some photos I took on the way.

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You see how empty the park was ??? Rope drop. Be there. I know it is early and it is hard to get up, but the amount of things you get done is amazing.

More photos.

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So when we got to EE it was walk on so we rode it right away.
DH and DD won’t ride it so they took some photos while DS and I rode.

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After our awesome ride on EE – I just love it – we made our way over to Dinoland.

jecskc
12-02-2011, 07:26 PM
Day 2 – Part 3

On our way to Dinoland, I snap some more photos.

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We practically had Dinoland all to ourselves. It was awesome.

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DS and I decide to ride Primeval Whirl

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While DH and DD ride Triceratop Spin.

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See how empty it is ??? This is the day before Thanksgiving. One of the busiest times of year.
While DS and I were riding Primeval Whirl, we noticed it was different. The ride had really been slowed down. It used to be really fast and bumpy, but when we rode it, it was noticeably slower and definitely not so bumpy.

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We then went over to the Boneyard – and besides a couple of other people, we had it all to ourselves. The kids really enjoyed playing here without the crowd.

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DS wanted to take a photos of us.

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Annnddd …..I look huge. I’ve been on a weight loss program and have lost over 17 pounds, but obviously, I still have a long way to go. My DH says I am not really this big that it just the angle of the camera. But still, it is discouraging. An endless struggle for me. My clothes did fit better this trip and I had more endurance. So that is a plus. So I will continue and see if I can shave off 17 more pounds. Obviously, I took a break during our Disney trip, but since I‘ve been back, it was right back on the diet. It sucks and it is hard, but I am getting results, so that is good.

Up next – Dinosaur !!

IheartDDuck
12-02-2011, 08:41 PM
I love getting to Animal Kingdom early! You can get so many things accomplished quickly.

That was the day before Thanksgiving!? I would have expected more too.

Congratulations on losing 17 pounds. Don't get discouraged. You look just fine. :goodvibes I have a long way to go myself. Multiple trips to WDW NEVER helps with that. :lmao:

jecskc
12-02-2011, 09:49 PM
I love getting to Animal Kingdom early! You can get so many things accomplished quickly.

That was the day before Thanksgiving!? I would have expected more too.

Congratulations on losing 17 pounds. Don't get discouraged. You look just fine. :goodvibes I have a long way to go myself. Multiple trips to WDW NEVER helps with that. :lmao:

Getting to ANY park early is crucial to getting things done. But I really like AK in the early morning. And this was the most empty we had ever seen AK. We got everything done by lunch. So it was worth all of the whining when I got them up that morning. 7 AM was an EARLY rope drop for sure.

Yes. Day before Thanksgiving. But we make a crucial error the following day in regards to park touring.

Yes. 17. My goal is to lose 50. And I started right before Halloween. Do I like a challenge or what ?? I am so stupid to start a diet at the beginning of the holiday season. I didn't gain any weight at Disney. But I haven't lost any in the week I've been back. So I stayed neutral for two weeks. And I agree that the food at Disney is so hard to resist. I have tons of food porn coming up !!

RGirl
12-02-2011, 10:26 PM
Joining in! I am with you on the Rope Drop - it is sooo worth it. (We actually have a 3-hour time change, so it is really hard for us (like getting up at 3 a.m.), but it is STILL worth it! :laughing:)

Love seeing the pics of your villa. DD and I did our first on-property stay (second trip to WDW) in October, and we had a one-bedroom villa at BWV - seeing your pictures is making me wistful. :sad1:

Looks like you are having an awesome AK day. Can't wait for the rest! :woohoo:

jecskc
12-03-2011, 01:17 PM
Joining in! I am with you on the Rope Drop - it is sooo worth it. (We actually have a 3-hour time change, so it is really hard for us (like getting up at 3 a.m.), but it is STILL worth it! :laughing:)

Love seeing the pics of your villa. DD and I did our first on-property stay (second trip to WDW) in October, and we had a one-bedroom villa at BWV - seeing your pictures is making me wistful. :sad1:

Looks like you are having an awesome AK day. Can't wait for the rest! :woohoo:

:welcome: Thanks for stopping by. Rope drop is VERY important !! Especially during super busy times like Thanksgiving.

We loved the BWV. Especially our room location. We could just watch the kids from the veranda and keep an eye on the football games. Very convenient for us !!

Thanks for reading !!

jecskc
12-03-2011, 01:27 PM
Day 2 – Part 4

Next we decided to ride Dinosaur while we were in the area and then the plan was to go back and ride the safari.

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We arrived back safe and sound with our contraband dinosaur in tow.
DH and his “pal”.

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And DD with DH’s pal.

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Please don’t eat me !!

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We then cruised the gift shop at Chester and Hester’s and they tried on hats.

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Stitch hands !!

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There was a train.

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Some photos outside the gift shop.

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So Primeval Whirl, Triceratop Spin and Dinosaur were all walk on. DH and the kids were saying how nice it was to not have to wait for anything and let me know that maybe I was right about getting to rope drop. We were really having a great time and getting a lot accomplished. Once they realized that this was a good plan, there was less moaning in the mornings.
We headed back over to Africa to ride the safari. And it was only 8:15 AM. Yes, we had gotten all of that stuff done in a little over an hour !!

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On our way over to the safari, we got Kali fastpasses. The wait was only 10 minutes, but I didn’t want to be soaking wet all day, so decided to save that for last. I always get soaked on Kali River Rapids. And I mean soaked !! Ring a gallon of water out of your underpants soaked !! So this wasn’t my favorite ride.

There was this guy playing this instrument. It looked like it was made out of bamboo or something. Anyway, he was playing Ode To Joy and it sounded amazing. I’m not sure what this instrument was called, but it was interesting and unique.

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It sounded beautiful !!

Up next - Safari !!!

jecskc
12-03-2011, 09:07 PM
Day 2 – Part 5

Kilamanjaro Safari Time !!

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Hippos !!

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Crocs !!

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Boab Tree

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We’re four wheelin’ now, baby !!

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Giraffes !! I love them !!

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Some other animals

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Elephants

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Cheetahs

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Lioness

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Pumba’s relatives

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Some other antelope-y type animals.

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Geysers

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Waterfalls

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Gorilla back

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Stringbean&Wingnut
12-04-2011, 09:29 AM
I can't believe everything you got done in an hour at AK!!!! :worship: That's awesome! Gotta love getting there early!

Wait...are the knit Muppets hats available outside of the Muppets gift shop in DHS now???? I passed up getting the Beaker hat last year and SO regret it, I want to get one this year now! But now I'm nervous with all the Muppets hype that it'll be sold out! :laughing: I'd love to have a few more opportunities to find them if need be!

jecskc
12-04-2011, 12:16 PM
I can't believe everything you got done in an hour at AK!!!! :worship: That's awesome! Gotta love getting there early!

Wait...are the knit Muppets hats available outside of the Muppets gift shop in DHS now???? I passed up getting the Beaker hat last year and SO regret it, I want to get one this year now! But now I'm nervous with all the Muppets hype that it'll be sold out! :laughing: I'd love to have a few more opportunities to find them if need be!

These hats were in the Hester and Chester's gift shop outside of Dinosaur. We didn't make our way over to the Muppets gift shop this trip, so I am not sure what they have. I hope you can find a cure for your souvenir regret. I know your trip is coming up soon. Next month, right ?? So exciting !!

jecskc
12-04-2011, 12:23 PM
Day 2 – Part 6

After the safari, the kids stopped to play a bead game with this nice CM from South Africa. It was cool.

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So then we went to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

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Hidden Mickey

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Brushing the goats

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And the ever important – hand washing.

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DD and a gorilla

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Grandmother Willow

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DD and Rafiki

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DS and his shark friend

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I love this mural of all of the animals. It is so beautiful.

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And back on the train for the trip back to Harambe.

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And that was everything we wanted to do at AK for that day. I mentioned seeing a show, but the kids weren’t into it. There was a great deal of talk about going back to the boardwalk to swim. They were dying to try out the water slide.

It was about 10:30 AM by this time and I wanted to have lunch at Flame Tree Barbeque. We got over there and discovered it didn’t open until eleven. By this time the park was starting get a good crowd going. So we decided to wait for Flame Tree BBQ to open, have lunch, use our Kali fastpasses and then head back to the resort.

jecskc
12-04-2011, 05:02 PM
Day 2 – Part 7

Some photos while we waited for the restaurant to open.

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We lined up outside the restaurant.

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Well I stood in line and DH and the kids went to scope out a table. When the restaurant opened they played a little song and clapped and stuff. DH remarked that we were present for Flame Tree BBQ rope drop. I thought that was funny.

So we used counter service credits and got DD a kids hot dog
Which apparently I didn’t get a photo of.

DS the BBQ half chicken

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He had removed the baked beans and cole slaw from the plate before I took the photo. Said he wasn’t eating that.

DH and I shared the chicken and ribs.

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I also got us some onion rings to share.

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We had already eaten half of them by the time I took this photo.
Overall, the food here was pretty good. I liked the chicken and the ribs. The beans and cole slaw were just OK. I thought they were too sweet tasting. We also got chocolate mousse for dessert and it was icky. Something about the consistency of it just grossed me out. I mean mousse is supposed to be somewhat firm in texture and this was just too soupy. Anyway, lunch here was just OK. I am not sure we will go back. The meat and the onion rings were good.

After lunch we made our way back over to Asia to ride Kali River Rapids

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After having an ideal morning where crowds were concerned, I thought I would snap this photo of the area around Kali River Rapids.

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You could barely walk. So by about noon, this park was PACKED !! So, again, we were happy to have made the very early rope drop.

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Anyway, I wasn’t in the mood to get soaked. It was 81 degrees on this day, but it was cloudy and breezy so it was very pleasant. But I just didn’t wanna get that wet. So DH and the kids rode and got soaked while I waited at the ride exit and checked my e-mail and returned some texts from my tennis buddies.

After Kali, DD wanted to buy a baby Simba with her gift card money, so we stopped to get one.

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I took some more photos of the Christmas tree.

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After that we left to go back to the Boardwalk. The kids REALLY wanted to swim !!

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-04-2011, 07:01 PM
Yes, we leave next month! I'm really hoping to resolve this souvenir regret! Hahaha.

:rotfl: at Flame Tree rope drop! Wow the park really did fill up throughout the morning though, that's great that you guys made it there so early!

jecskc
12-04-2011, 07:15 PM
Yes, we leave next month! I'm really hoping to resolve this souvenir regret! Hahaha.

:rotfl: at Flame Tree rope drop! Wow the park really did fill up throughout the morning though, that's great that you guys made it there so early!

Yes, this was really important during the week of Thanksgiving to make it to rope drop. It got really packed by about 11 AM. Hopefully, when you guys go, you won't have to worry too much about that.

I know that you are so excited !! I bet you are like ... Christmas can come and go quickly so I can can get to Disney !!

We went in January this year for a quick weekend trip for my Birthday and we really enjoyed Disney in January. The weather was perfect. 50's at night, 70's during the day.

It was perfect for our Thanksgiving trip, too. 60's at night and low 80's during the day. The kids went swimming every day. Just great weather. We really got lucky this year with the weather.

jecskc
12-05-2011, 02:49 PM
Day 2 – Part 8

So we left AK and headed back to Boardwalk. Some day time pics as we enter the lobby.

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I was all about the Christmas décor !!

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We could definitely smell the ginger bread.

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We stopped at the little gift shop off of the lobby that was called Dundry’s Sundries.

And I bought

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I like to buy pins of the resorts we have stayed at. I have Wilderness Lodge, Old Key West, Saratoga Springs and Boardwalk. We have stayed at POP, but I don’t have one of that resort. I need to remedy that !!
DD loved these chocolate coins. We got some.

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And DS found a Vinylmation on sale for $5.

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I looked at it with fascination …. and dread. I knew that we were embarking upon another “collecting” journey. It was bad enough having the pin collection. But now the vinylmation ?? I have to admit that the whole vinylmation thing didn’t really appeal to me, but after this trip, I would say they have definitely grown on me. This purchase would set off a fascinating domino effect of DS purchasing these things and trading =- purchasing and trading. Near the end of the trip, DD got into it too. They are kinda neat, I guess. I record all purchases and trades, so stay tuned to see what we got. Oh, and BTW, I have fished two of them out of the dog’s mouth just this week …. Sigh. She’s a bad dog.

So DH and the kids get into their swimsuits and head to the pool. They absolutely can’t wait to ride that water slide.

I took some photos. Here is a photo of our veranda.

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Looking straight up – this is our view of the pool.

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We were not bothered at all by noise.

I headed over to check things out and take photos.

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DD coming out of the slide.

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The kids (and DH) proclaimed this the best water slide at a resort yet. They ride it many times every day. I chilled in a lounger and ordered a Caribbean Limeade (which was more pineapple-y than lime, but still good) and wrote in my journal and read a book while DH and the kids enjoyed the pool and the slide. I just wasn’t in the mood to swim this whole trip. I guess because it wasn’t that hot. But on this day DH said the water was nice.

After a while I went back to the villa, but DH and the kids swam for a little while more. They came back and got changed. DS and DH went to go check out the arcade and over to the gift shop to trade his vinylmation. He got

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Phil !! Phil is cool. But people didn’t seem to like to hold on to him. He was present at many of the trades we participated in.
After that, DS and DH went exploring and took some photos.

Beach club

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Boardwalk

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He played with the panorama option on our new camera

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Cont'd next post

jecskc
12-05-2011, 02:51 PM
(cont'd)

Then they checked out the Swan and Dolphin.

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And they came back with another one …..

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jecskc
12-05-2011, 07:35 PM
Day 2 – Part 9

We finally got the kids dressed and ready for our 5:15 ADR for Captain’s Grille at the Yacht Club.

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We just walked over since it was so close. Some photos on the way.

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We were early and Captain’s Grille didn’t even open until 5:00 PM, so we scoped out the Christmas décor and took some photos.

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IheartDDuck
12-05-2011, 08:52 PM
Aaaahh, Vinylmation. I admit, I am cursed with the desire to collect Vinylmation. However, I have not gotten into the trading part of it too much.

We love buying pins for all the resorts we've stayed at too! It's a tradition. Back in the day, it used to be these cute little Mickey Bell Hop beanies. It was Mickey in a bell hop outfit with a suitcase that had the name of the resort on it. They stopped those sadly. :sad2:

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-06-2011, 05:05 AM
I'll admit, the Vinylmation thing has pretty much no appeal to me, so thankfully those are Disney purchases I've been able to avoid! :laughing: That's fun that the kids enjoyed trading them though!

Ohhhhhhhhh how I love the Epcot resort area. I'm swooning over your pics. :cloud9:

jecskc
12-06-2011, 11:19 AM
Aaaahh, Vinylmation. I admit, I am cursed with the desire to collect Vinylmation. However, I have not gotten into the trading part of it too much.

We love buying pins for all the resorts we've stayed at too! It's a tradition. Back in the day, it used to be these cute little Mickey Bell Hop beanies. It was Mickey in a bell hop outfit with a suitcase that had the name of the resort on it. They stopped those sadly. :sad2:

The kids really enjoyed the trading. Some they kept, though. DD got two this trip and was never able to part with either one in a trade.

I'll admit, the Vinylmation thing has pretty much no appeal to me, so thankfully those are Disney purchases I've been able to avoid! :laughing: That's fun that the kids enjoyed trading them though!

Ohhhhhhhhh how I love the Epcot resort area. I'm swooning over your pics. :cloud9:

Yeah, I didn't get it either so I avoided it because we already had the pin thing going on and that costs enough money, but when DS bought his first Vinylmation on sale for $5, I knew we were in trouble. Now I think they are kinda cool, but I will let him just buy and trade them and try not to get the bug myself. He seems really into them. But he needs to keep them off the floor of his bedroom. I've already rescued two from the dog.

Yes, the Epcot resorts are awesome. And they were so pretty decorated for Christmas. We really wanted to stay there so I could spend more time in the World Showcase, but ironically, out of all of our trips, we spent the LEAST time there ever. Oh well, we always need a reason to go back, right ??

jecskc
12-06-2011, 02:34 PM
Day 2 – Part 10

As soon as the restaurant opened, we got seated. There were several people trying to get in to eat without a reservation. Here, that didn’t seem to be too much of a problem, but I am sure that other places, it definitely was.

Our server was Eric and he was wonderful !! He brought us some multi-grain bread. Which I will say … just wasn’t that good. Not much flavor to it.

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We ordered an Eco-tini and it was fun and very good and citrus-y. It came with this little bracelet. Very enjoyable.

DD ordered the glowing character punch.

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I ordered the Wedge salad.

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It was very fresh and pretty good. But there was something about the dressing that was just ….. different to me. Our waiter said it had cilantro in it, so maybe I didn’t like that. I would have tasted awesome with blue cheese dressing. Besides the dressing, the rest of the salad was very fresh and tasty.

DS wanted a hamburger but there wasn’t one on the dinner menu. Our waiter said it was no problem, though. He could get us what he wanted.

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I had a bite. It was very good.

DH ordered off the Prix Fixe menu. He got a salad and the pan seared chicken.

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It came with navy beans and spinach, I think. It was good. I had a bite.

DD ordered the kid’s meaty mac and asked for the sauce on the side.

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Our waiter asked if she wanted some cheese to go with it and she said yes. So he brought her some fresh Parmesan.

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Which she loved.

She took some more photos of her cup.

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For dessert, DH ordered the turtle cheesecake.

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It was good. I had a bite …. Or three … or more.

DS just likes vanilla ice cream for dessert. Orders it a lot. Just wants vanilla ice cream.

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He borrowed some sprinkles from DD’s kids make your own sundae.

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Dinner was good. Not outstanding, but good. But our service was so outstanding that we would go back and just order something else.

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-06-2011, 06:02 PM
I've only been to the Captain's Grille for breakfast (which we really enjoyed), but the dinner looks good too!

jecskc
12-06-2011, 07:33 PM
I've only been to the Captain's Grille for breakfast (which we really enjoyed), but the dinner looks good too!

It was good. Service was excellent. Next time I am ordering a steak though !!

jecskc
12-06-2011, 07:41 PM
Day 2 – Part 11

After dinner, we went back to the villa to grab some jackets.

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Because we were going to take the boat over to Hollywood Studios to see the Osborne Family Festival of Lights. I was so excited. I kept trying to explain this to my DH, but I just don’t think he was prepared for how awesome it was.

Here’s the Hollywood Studios tree as we were approaching from the dock.

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Some photos on the way over to the lights

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Entering the tunnel onto the street.

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Exiting the tunnel

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And then ….

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WOW. We were all in awe and DH turned to me and said, “This is awesome !! You didn’t tell me they would be this awesome”. Well, I tried. But until you actually SEE it for yourself, you just can’t describe it.

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So, of course we took lots of photos.

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You can’t see it in the photos, but they were blowing snow.

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jecskc
12-06-2011, 07:43 PM
Lights (cont’d)

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After enjoying the lights, the kids wanted to ride Star Tours.

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This ride makes me sick, so I waited while DH took the kids.

We rode the Great Movie Ride and then made our way back to the boat and when we got back to the Boardwalk, we went to bed.

The next day was Thanksgiving and I had a busy day planned.

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-07-2011, 05:51 AM
There really is no way to describe the lights without some sort of visual aid. "There's a lot of lights! No, millions of them! Everywhere!" :rotfl: Glad that everyone was amazed by them! Aren't they awesome?

jecskc
12-07-2011, 08:13 AM
There really is no way to describe the lights without some sort of visual aid. "There's a lot of lights! No, millions of them! Everywhere!" :rotfl: Glad that everyone was amazed by them! Aren't they awesome?

They are absolutely amazing. DH and the kids still talk about them. Even pictures don't do them justice. It was pretty crowded, but we didn't really notice because there was so much to see. We REALLY enjoyed the lights. One of the highlights of our trip !!!

jecskc
12-07-2011, 02:47 PM
Day 3 -Thursday, Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving Day

Part 1

We got up at 6:30 AM and left the resort to get our ADR at Whispering Canyon at Wilderness Lodge at 7:30 AM. The restaurant opened at 7:30 AM and we were the fourth family in line. We were given a buzzer and I went took some photos.

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DS went over to the gift shop to trade one his Vinylmation. He got:

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We waited for a long time to get seated. At least it seemed long for a 7:30 AM opening and we were the fourth family in line. Several others were getting a little perturbed by it as well. We didn‘t get seated until 7:45 AM and didn’t even see our waitress until 7:50 AM It was after 8:00 AM when we got our food. We had hoped to get to MK by a reasonable hour and our hopes of that were quickly dashed. The restaurant was not crowded and there didn’t seem to be anything amiss, but breakfast here took too long in my opinion. Our server was very nice and we got good service.

DS took some photos while we waited for our food.

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DH and I got a skillet to share.

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It had bacon, eggs, biscuits, Mickey waffles, potatoes and that is sausage gravy in the middle. Everything was good except for the eggs, which were runny.

DS got a plain waffle and it came with sausage.

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He seemed to like this and ate most of it.

DD got Mickey waffles and bacon.

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I’ve got to get me one of these !! Frying pans !! ….Who knew ??

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We didn’t get out of there until after 9:00 AM and then DS wanted to go back to the gift store to buy more Vinylmation with his money.

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jenneth79
12-07-2011, 03:27 PM
Great report! The lights were absolutely AMAZING... one of these years we'll get down there during the Holidays....one of these years.....:lmao:

I love how you chronicle the Vinylmation obsession..... it started that way for my DH as well, then I got on board and it was all over.

Looking forward to reading more!:thumbsup2

jecskc
12-07-2011, 03:54 PM
Great report! The lights were absolutely AMAZING... one of these years we'll get down there during the Holidays....one of these years.....:lmao:

I love how you chronicle the Vinylmation obsession..... it started that way for my DH as well, then I got on board and it was all over.

Looking forward to reading more!:thumbsup2

:welcome: Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to say hello. We loved the lights and were so pleased that we went during Thanksgiving so we could see all of the Christmas stuff. We definitely plan on going next year.

I am resisting the urge to buy my own, but I have enjoyed watching the kids get into them. I have to admit that now, I think some of them are really cool.

partyof2
12-07-2011, 04:43 PM
Joining in and catching up!

I absolutely love your villa, especially the kitchen and bathroom. I think it's adorable. Love the light and fresh colours.

Before I scrolled down to see the FOOD PORN (my greatest love!) I spent a few minutes drooling over the menu Boardwalk to Go menu (love that you posted a pic of this) and deciding what I'd have - I would have gone for the hot dog basket too.

The boardwalk is beautiful, it's like something from an old movie.

And if the boardwork is like something from an old movie, an empty Dinoland is like something from a horror movie! I thought your pictures were so errie.

I've only ridden Kali once and I was the unlucky one who gets the proper SOAKING! Never again, I enjoy rides like Splash where getting a little wet is part of the fun but I think KRR is over the top.

The onion rings from Flame Tree BBQ look YUM! Unfortunately I HATE BBQ flavouring so I wouldn't choose to eat there :( Often my hatred for BBQ makes me sad!

What a great idea to buy pins of each of the resorts you've stayed in!

Erm, that clown slide? Scary, and that's coming from someone who isn't even afraid of clowns!!

The chicken from the Captain's Grille looks delicious! High five on you deciding to order steak next time, DOWN WITH SALAD.

Oh and congrats on the weight loss so far! I'm so glad you took a break whilst at Disney, I hate to think of anyone having to watch what they eat on vacation. Vacation = food as far as I'm concerned.

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-07-2011, 06:10 PM
Whispering Canyon had been one of our considered breakfast ADR's for a bit, because of the skillet. It looks fun, but I gotta say, I'm deterred by runny eggs! (More so than slow service! :rotfl:)

jecskc
12-07-2011, 06:40 PM
Joining in and catching up!

I absolutely love your villa, especially the kitchen and bathroom. I think it's adorable. Love the light and fresh colours.

Before I scrolled down to see the FOOD PORN (my greatest love!) I spent a few minutes drooling over the menu Boardwalk to Go menu (love that you posted a pic of this) and deciding what I'd have - I would have gone for the hot dog basket too.

The boardwalk is beautiful, it's like something from an old movie.

And if the boardwork is like something from an old movie, an empty Dinoland is like something from a horror movie! I thought your pictures were so errie.

I've only ridden Kali once and I was the unlucky one who gets the proper SOAKING! Never again, I enjoy rides like Splash where getting a little wet is part of the fun but I think KRR is over the top.

The onion rings from Flame Tree BBQ look YUM! Unfortunately I HATE BBQ flavouring so I wouldn't choose to eat there :( Often my hatred for BBQ makes me sad!

What a great idea to buy pins of each of the resorts you've stayed in!

Erm, that clown slide? Scary, and that's coming from someone who isn't even afraid of clowns!!

The chicken from the Captain's Grille looks delicious! High five on you deciding to order steak next time, DOWN WITH SALAD.

Oh and congrats on the weight loss so far! I'm so glad you took a break whilst at Disney, I hate to think of anyone having to watch what they eat on vacation. Vacation = food as far as I'm concerned.

:welcome: And thanks so much for saying hello !!

The Boardwalk was amazing in every way. We really loved the villa and we really lucked out on the location which was ideal for our family.

The food at Boardwalk To Go was really good the hot dogs tasted really yummy (as if they were all beef) and the kids enjoyed the nachos.

Boardwalk is really beautiful. I just love its old timey feel. And if you love Epcot, you cannot beat the location. Literally just a five minute walk away.

We were all about the empty park that morning. It DID get super crowded later. Yes, I am always the one that gets COMPLETELY soaked on Kali. I just really have to be in the mood. And it has to be really hot for me to be in the mood. And it wasn't cold that day at all, just not hot enough for me to desire a drenching.

I love onion rings and the ones from Flame Tree BBQ were good, but the ones we got at Beaches and Cream later in the trip were much better. Don't worry, there's food porn of those too !! I was kinda "meh" about Flame Tree. I dunno if we will go back.

I just love the pins. And I love the ones from each resort. It is fun.

The clown slide didn't bother me. I don't find clowns creepy. Probably because I don't watch horror movies that much. It is funny how the horror flicks love their creepy, homicidal clowns. :laughing:

The food at Captain's Grille was pretty good. The service was excellent and the Eco-tini was very enjoyable. Down with salad !!:rotfl: Yeah, I get sick of salad, but I really want to get this weight off. How else will my feet hurt less and my Disney t-shirts look cuter. Definitely got to lose it for those two reasons.

Thanks for the encouragement. Weight loss is REALLY hard for me. I have an emotional attachment to food and that is a problem. And my body clings to every ounce of fat and it refuses to let it go. And I am one of the types of people that gains five pounds if I lick a stamp. My co-worker can eat anything she wants and she never gains a pound. I swear she has a tapeworm ... and I am exceedingly jealous of it and want one for myself :lmao:

I agree. Vacation = food. 'Nuff said.

Whispering Canyon had been one of our considered breakfast ADR's for a bit, because of the skillet. It looks fun, but I gotta say, I'm deterred by runny eggs! (More so than slow service! :rotfl:)

We really like whispering Canyon and the Mickey waffles there came right off the iron. They were so warm and fresh. Myself and DD ate our weight in those that morning. We have found that eggs are hit or miss at Disney. Sometimes they are good and sometimes - ick. My DH makes the best eggs ever. So good and fluffy. I haven't found a restaurant that can duplicate them, so I usually don't bother to order them when we go out. He can even make scrambled egg whites taste half way decent .....true story.

jecskc
12-08-2011, 02:35 PM
Day 3 – Part 2

We didn’t get to Magic Kingdom until 10:00 AM.

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Normally, this wouldn’t be too much of a problem, but on Thanksgiving the crowd was predicted to be a 10 so we were nervous about the crowd.

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Casey’s Corner serves breakfast now.

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Interesting ….

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It didn’t seem too terribly crowded. The kids and I went over to BTMRR while DH got FP’s for Peter Pan.

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Splash Mountain was not running on either of our MK days so we didn’t get to ride.

There was a decent crowd in front of BTMRR and the wait was listed as 30 min. So we decided to ride.

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We definitely waited the full 30 minutes.

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jecskc
12-09-2011, 02:24 PM
Day 3 – Part 3

On this day DD’s teacher was supposed to be at MK as well and we had made plans with her to meet at the tea cups so DD could ride with her. I thought it was very sweet of her teacher to take time out of her busy day with her family to do this with her. So after BTMRR, I got a text from her that she was in the park and that they would meet us at the Tea Cups. DD was so excited and had talked about this for weeks, so I was very happy that our plans were coming to fruition.

DD, her teacher and her teacher’s DD5 got onto ride while we took photos.

My DD likes to spin it fast, so since I had a full tummy, I opted out.

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And then they were done. I thanked her teacher so much for meeting us and riding. We said goodbye and went our separate ways. DD was so happy to have accomplished this and I was so touched that her teacher would do this with her.

Some Fantasyland construction photos.

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The kids wanted a snack and we had credits to burn, so we said why not.

DD got some of those ice cream Dibs

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And DS got a popscicle.

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And I got a diet coke.

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DD and DH rode the carrousel while DS and I looked in some gift shops.

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DD tried the Sword in the Stone.

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No luck.

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DS looking cute

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Stringbean&Wingnut
12-09-2011, 05:46 PM
That's so sweet of DD's teacher to meet up with you guys at the teacups! How fun that they got to ride together! :goodvibes

jecskc
12-09-2011, 06:25 PM
That's so sweet of DD's teacher to meet up with you guys at the teacups! How fun that they got to ride together! :goodvibes

I was very touched by it. It was so special to DD. It was all she talked about for days before and after the trip. We bought her teacher a Christmas present at Disney of course. She is a special teacher. :teacher:

marDgreen88
12-10-2011, 06:25 PM
Oops, I'm a little late but I just found this. Enjoying so far!

IheartDDuck
12-10-2011, 06:36 PM
How cool that your DD's teacher met up with you guys for a ride on the teacups. That's so sweet.

30 minutes for BTMRR isn't too bad for that time of morning on Thanksgiving day. I'm trying to warn my friend for our New Year's trip that she needs to expect high crowds for the first few days. She's a newbie. ;)

jecskc
12-10-2011, 07:47 PM
Oops, I'm a little late but I just found this. Enjoying so far!

Hey girl !! Good to see you again ! Thanks for stopping to say hello !!

How cool that your DD's teacher met up with you guys for a ride on the teacups. That's so sweet.

30 minutes for BTMRR isn't too bad for that time of morning on Thanksgiving day. I'm trying to warn my friend for our New Year's trip that she needs to expect high crowds for the first few days. She's a newbie. ;)

It really was special for DD to meet up with her and ride the tea cups with her.

I know it wasn't a bad wait, especially for that day. We were OK with it. We had that eternal struggle with whether or not to get FP's for BTMRR or PP and we chose Peter Pan. That day did get crazy though. It was definitely a 10 that day. Yikes !! That is why I was so perturbed that our breakfast took so long. Even with high crowds, if you get there early enough, you can get so much done. But you know this and I am sure you and your friend will have a blast. I bet you are so excited to show her everything. I can't wait to read that TR :goodvibes

jecskc
12-10-2011, 07:57 PM
Day 3 – Part 4

DD and I then went to ride It’s a Small World. The wait was listed at 20 minutes, but it felt like we waited longer. While we were riding, DH and DS got me this coffee mug.

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It is cute and I enjoy using it.

DH

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We then used our bonus fast passes we got from our Peter Pan fast passes to see Mickey’s Philharmagic. We just walked right in and sat down. So that was cool. We LOVE this show and it is a must do every time we visit.

By this time the park was PACKED and we checked the wait for Haunted Mansion and it was at 45 min. We opted out and got in line to ride Peter Pan. The LINE for the Fast Pass. Which was very long. We almost didn’t do it, the line was so long. At this point it was about 11:30 AM and the wait for Peter Pan was 80 minutes. Wow.

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So we decided to wait in the fast pass line and it took about 15-20 minutes just to get through the FP line.

We decided to leave since the waits for rides were getting ridiculous. We decided we would go over to some of the monorail resorts to look at Christmas decorations. On our way out of the park, I took some more photos.

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We caught some of the parade.

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DS traded Vinylmations at the Emporium.

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DD got some princess color crayons.

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So we left MK and hopped on the resort monorail and got off at the Poly. We had decided to eat lunch at Captain Cooks there.

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DH found a nice quiet space outside to sit while I got food for all of us.

DS wearing DD’s body art.

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DD was really digging her crayons.

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jecskc
12-11-2011, 07:29 AM
Day 3 – Part 5

View from our table

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So DD got some kids nuggets

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DS got a burger

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And DH and I shared an Asian pulled pork sandwich.

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This sandwich was really good and we enjoyed it.

And for dessert we got the famous dole whip – finally. This had been on my Disney “to do” list for a while now.

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Did it live up to the hype ?? Yes … yes it did !! We went back for another !! So lite and yummy. Like pineapple sherbet. Sooo good !!

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I remember this day being a beautiful day weather wise and we really enjoyed our quiet lunch at Captain Cooks.

Some resort photos.

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We hit the gift shop and I got a hoodie

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As we were boarding the monorail, some CMs gave the kids some monorail cards.

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They were cool.

We then hopped on the monorail and headed over to the Grand Floridian. SUCH a beautiful resort !! Christmas décor was so pretty.

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marDgreen88
12-11-2011, 12:23 PM
Hey girl !! Good to see you again ! Thanks for stopping to say hello !!


:goodvibes You're very welcome! The first couple days of your trip sounded like a lot of fun!

I think I would have LOVED to have those princess crayons when I was younger! Who am I kidding, I kinda want some now. :rotfl:

So that was your first Dole Whip? I've never had one! I'm glad yall liked it because it's definitely on my list.

The Poly AND the GF are gorgeous! Sounds like an awesome way to spend Thanksgiving! :)

jecskc
12-11-2011, 03:28 PM
:goodvibes You're very welcome! The first couple days of your trip sounded like a lot of fun!

I think I would have LOVED to have those princess crayons when I was younger! Who am I kidding, I kinda want some now. :rotfl:

So that was your first Dole Whip? I've never had one! I'm glad yall liked it because it's definitely on my list.

The Poly AND the GF are gorgeous! Sounds like an awesome way to spend Thanksgiving! :)

We had a blast !!

Those Princess crayons are cool.

You MUST try a Dole Whip. Soooo good !!

They really are beautiful resorts. I hope they build a DVC at the Poly some day. That would really be awesome !!

Moodyzblu
12-11-2011, 04:25 PM
Joining in ! Going back to read now.

I just love family TR's. :love:

jecskc
12-11-2011, 04:56 PM
Joining in ! Going back to read now.

I just love family TR's. :love:

:welcome: Thanks for reading and stopping to say hello !! I hope you enjoy !!

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-11-2011, 06:12 PM
Those princess crayons look pretty awesome! I so want to try a dole whip on our next trip, they look so good!

jecskc
12-11-2011, 06:20 PM
Those princess crayons look pretty awesome! I so want to try a dole whip on our next trip, they look so good!

Those crayons are awesome. She colored with them right away once we got back to the villa. Turns out she had brought a notebook from home to write about her trip and colored some pictures in that. Momma was so proud. :goodvibes

You MUST try a dole whip !! It is so light and so refreshing and so good. How many more days until you guys go ?? I so can't wait to read your TR :)

jecskc
12-11-2011, 09:02 PM
For those of you interested, I started a Dining Reivew. A lot of the same stuff in this TR but with a little more description and commentary. Here's the link if you want take a look: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43449149&posted=1#post43449149

Pixie Princess
12-12-2011, 07:28 AM
Quick thoughts...

A) The picture of you and DD at the activity station..you can tell just how much weight you've lost! You go girl! I'm jealous!!

B) What up with no love for Flame Tree BBQ?! :lmao: Of course I'm sure there would be plenty of people who would say the same to me about CHH or Sunshine Seasons. If the upstairs wasn't so quiet at CHH, I wouldn't go there again.

Pixie Princess
12-12-2011, 07:37 AM
Love the Osborne Lights! That made me want to get my Griswold on! I have a gazillion pictures and video of them as well. One of them is my Christmas card picture. ;)

Pixie Princess
12-12-2011, 07:48 AM
For arriving at 10:00, the crowd didn't look too bad. Sounds like you got some decent attraction time in before all insanity was upon you.

That is good to know that b'fast is available at Casey's. Not that I plan on eating a hot dog topped with eggs and bacon (I feel my arteries hardening now), but it might be easier to grab a cinnamon roll or danish there in the a.m. instead of the bakery.

That was soo nice of DD's teacher to meet up and ride the teacups with her. I'm sure that will be a memory that she'll carry with her for a long time.

I can't remember if I thanked you for my DD now being interested in Vinylmation. She drug me all over the Emporium our last day trying to find this one particular one she wanted. Which reminds me, I need to e-mail WDW Merchandise and order that thing for Christmas. They don't have it available to order online.

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-12-2011, 12:25 PM
Those crayons are awesome. She colored with them right away once we got back to the villa. Turns out she had brought a notebook from home to write about her trip and colored some pictures in that. Momma was so proud. :goodvibes

You MUST try a dole whip !! It is so light and so refreshing and so good. How many more days until you guys go ?? I so can't wait to read your TR :)

They do look so tropical, and I'm pretty sure I have no excuse not to try one since we'll be at the Poly :laughing:! I believe we are at approximately a month or so left? Thanks!! :goodvibes I just can't believe how soon it's coming up!

jecskc
12-12-2011, 02:37 PM
Quick thoughts...

A) The picture of you and DD at the activity station..you can tell just how much weight you've lost! You go girl! I'm jealous!!

B) What up with no love for Flame Tree BBQ?! :lmao: Of course I'm sure there would be plenty of people who would say the same to me about CHH or Sunshine Seasons. If the upstairs wasn't so quiet at CHH, I wouldn't go there again.

A) Yay !!! I am so glad you noticed !! All of my cute Disney t-shirts sure did fit better. And my feet weren't so sore, so that is good. I feel your pain, it is soooo hard to lose it !!

B) I liked the meat and the onion rings, but the beans, cole slaw and the mousse were just ... ick. If I do go back, I will ask for french fries instead of the sides and not bother with dessert. But with so many other options, I doubt I will go back any time soon.

Love the Osborne Lights! That made me want to get my Griswold on! I have a gazillion pictures and video of them as well. One of them is my Christmas card picture. ;)

Ohmygod ....we LOVED the lights. DH was in heaven. He just loves stuff like that. I wanna see that Christmas card !! I am so slack, I don't bother with Christmas cards.

For arriving at 10:00, the crowd didn't look too bad. Sounds like you got some decent attraction time in before all insanity was upon you.

That is good to know that b'fast is available at Casey's. Not that I plan on eating a hot dog topped with eggs and bacon (I feel my arteries hardening now), but it might be easier to grab a cinnamon roll or danish there in the a.m. instead of the bakery.

That was soo nice of DD's teacher to meet up and ride the teacups with her. I'm sure that will be a memory that she'll carry with her for a long time.

I can't remember if I thanked you for my DD now being interested in Vinylmation. She drug me all over the Emporium our last day trying to find this one particular one she wanted. Which reminds me, I need to e-mail WDW Merchandise and order that thing for Christmas. They don't have it available to order online.

We got so much more done the day we went with you. That was MK heaven !!!

Yes, I was surprised to see that about Casey's. You would think there would be threads talking about that, but I guess I don't visit those areas on the DIS that much. I agree that hot dog with eggs and bacon on it didn't look too appetizing. Actually, I think it was a sausage and not a hot dog. But the other things looked OK. And you are right, anything that takes less time than the bakery in the AM is good.

It really was nice of her and so special to DD.

You are welcome for the Vinylmation obsession. Glad I can help :lmao::rotfl2: Blame DS. It is all his fault. I've been looking online for some to get for him for Christmas as well.

They do look so tropical, and I'm pretty sure I have no excuse not to try one since we'll be at the Poly :laughing:! I believe we are at approximately a month or so left? Thanks!! :goodvibes I just can't believe how soon it's coming up!

Then you have no excuse for not getting one if you are staying at the Poly. :) Even if it is freezing, you need to try one. They really are very good and if you are on the dining plan, it comes as a dessert option. And no one fussed at us for getting a refill.

jecskc
12-12-2011, 02:51 PM
Day 3 – Part 6

The Gingerbread House – it was huge !!

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It smelled amazing, too !!

We went to Basin to get a path pillow.

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And we made some of those soy candles for Christmas gifts.

After that we got back on the monorail and got off at the TTC and took the car back to the Boardwalk. I had a shower. DS went to the gift shop to trade some more Vinylmation.

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Here was what he had already on that day. He was completely obsessed with them !!

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DH took the kids to the pool while I straightened up the villa and did a load of laundry and watched some football.

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-13-2011, 06:16 AM
I love the giant gingerbread house! I think my favorite part of it is that there's a little store inside the giant house selling gingerbread. That's pretty much the coolest thing ever, at least in my opinion! :rotfl:

jecskc
12-13-2011, 09:15 AM
I love the giant gingerbread house! I think my favorite part of it is that there's a little store inside the giant house selling gingerbread. That's pretty much the coolest thing ever, at least in my opinion! :rotfl:

It is cool and I would have bought some, but I don't really like gingerbread that much. My Mom makes this gingerbread cake that is really moist that I like a lot, but I don't really like the hard cookie type of gingerbread. It smelled amazing though. A nice Christmas-y smell. And I loved all of the little furniture pieces on the display. Like really awesome doll house furniture. So cool.

jecskc
12-13-2011, 03:38 PM
Day 3 – Part 7

About 6:00 PM we took the boat to Epcot.

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Normally, we would have walked, but the boat was just coming over, so we decided to ride.

Our ADR for dinner at the Garden Grill was for 7:05 PM, so we had a little time and we were able to ride Figment.

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The gift shop outside Figment had Vinylmation trade so DS traded.

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Some fountain photos.

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Then we rode Nemo.

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And then went to check in at Garden Grill

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This place was very crowded and even though we had a reservation, they told us the wait would be about 20 minutes. There were many people trying to get in without an ADR and they were told that the wait for them would be 2 hours. We waited exactly 20 minutes

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And then we were seated. I just loved our booth. It was a half circle and it faced towards the outside of the restaurant, so you didn’t really see any other guests. So you kinda felt like you had the place to yourselves. And another cool thing about the restaurant ?? It rotates. A full revolution in an hour. So cool.

We sat down, ordered drinks and the characters started coming right away.

The kids with Dale

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I should have set the camera on sports setting because the photos I got here were kind blurry because the kids and the characters were always moving and interacting. We got great character interaction here and the kids really enjoyed them.

The waiter brought out the salad

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I liked it OK. It had too much dressing for me. But I like just a TINY bit of dressing, so for most people this would be fine.

Bread. Yeast rolls (yum) and Whole grain rolls (meh). And I usually love breads with grains in them, but these were kinda dry and didn't have much taste.

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I ordered a Pinot Grigio.

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Farmer Mickey !!

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Chip !!

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Pluto !!

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Stringbean&Wingnut
12-13-2011, 06:33 PM
Yay for stopping by Figment! It makes me sad that that ride is usually so deserted, it's so fun!

Awww Garden Grove!! I remember going there YEARS ago with my parents, it is really fun how the restaurant rotates!

jecskc
12-13-2011, 08:35 PM
Yay for stopping by Figment! It makes me sad that that ride is usually so deserted, it's so fun!

Awww Garden Grove!! I remember going there YEARS ago with my parents, it is really fun how the restaurant rotates!

We love Figment !! Have to do it every time we go !! Yes, we loved the restaurant. Very enjoyable for our family that night. Thanksgiving was the PERFECT night to go.

IheartDDuck
12-13-2011, 10:08 PM
I love Epcot at night! I honestly think I prefer Epcot at night over the Magic Kingdom at night.

I love the Garden Grill restaurant. I think it's really the fact that it rotates that makes it so fun. We're so easily amused, aren't we? :lmao:

Pixie Princess
12-13-2011, 11:53 PM
Love Farmer Mickey!!!!! I'm totally going to have to go there just for that!

marDgreen88
12-14-2011, 12:22 AM
Glad yall had a great time at Garden Grill! :thumbsup2 That looks like an awesome place.

jecskc
12-14-2011, 06:23 AM
I love Epcot at night! I honestly think I prefer Epcot at night over the Magic Kingdom at night.

I love the Garden Grill restaurant. I think it's really the fact that it rotates that makes it so fun. We're so easily amused, aren't we? :lmao:

I love the parks at night. We don't do that nearly enough since we are usually so tired by then.

Well I know that I am easily amused. It's nice to have such good company to be easily amused with me.


Love Farmer Mickey!!!!! I'm totally going to have to go there just for that!

Character interaction here was really fun. I thought you had been there.

Glad yall had a great time at Garden Grill! :thumbsup2 That looks like an awesome place.

We loved it. More food Garden Grill food porn coming up !!

jecskc
12-14-2011, 02:11 PM
Day 3 – Part 8

We chose this restaurant on this day specifically for its menu which was an all you can eat Harvest Feast. This consisted of Turkey and Gravy with stuffing and mashed potatoes, Beef Tenderloin and mixed veggies, and Mahi-Mahi with rice. Oh and there was some cranberry sauce as well.

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So a breakdown of this. Turkey, potatoes and stuffing – yum. Beef tenderloin cooked a perfect medium and veggies – yum. I liked this best. And then the Mahi-mahi. It was good, but not a s good as the other things.

We REALLY enjoyed this meal - DH especially. What made it the most special for us was this was Thanksgiving day and it was close to a Thanksgiving feast. And the best part ?? We didn’t have to cook.
For the kids meal, DD got a baked chicken leg, mac and cheese, broccoli, and some sweet potato fries. I had the broccoli and some of the fries.

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She ate good here and DS was super jealous of her chicken leg so the waiter brought him some. We got excellent service here.

Some views.

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There’s a hidden Mickey in the above photo. Can you find it ??

The characters came by again.

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For dessert, they brought out some kid of berry cobbler which was VERY good.

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DD got some Mickey Mousse. It was cookies and cream mousse with sprinkles and oreo cookies. She really enjoyed it.

For the Thanksgiving occasion, they also brought out pumpkin/sweet potato tarts

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We enjoyed these as well. I would highly recommend the restaurant. We really liked it !!

After dinner, we headed over to World Showcase. We had ten minutes before Illuminations started. Looks like I timed our ADR just right !!

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We got a decent spot just between Canada and the UK and settled in to enjoy the show.

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It was an awesome show and we just walked back to the Boardwalk since the line for the boat was so long. We settled into bed and watched football and got ready for our next day. Which was our Epcot day !! Another exciting thing about this day was my BFF arrived that night and she and her DD would be joining us at Epcot the next day. So we were excited to see them and spend some time with them.

Pixie Princess
12-14-2011, 04:19 PM
I so want to eat at Garden Grill right.now! It looks scrumptious. Definitely on the "to do" list! You got amazing pictures of Illuminations! I have never gotten good shots of this show.

jecskc
12-14-2011, 04:35 PM
I so want to eat at Garden Grill right.now! It looks scrumptious. Definitely on the "to do" list! You got amazing pictures of Illuminations! I have never gotten good shots of this show.

DH took those photos. I bet your new camera would take awesome Illuminations photos !! We really enjoyed the Garden Grill. It was DH's top fav for our trip !!

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-14-2011, 06:42 PM
I didn't realize this was Thanksgiving night at Garden Grill! What a great idea! It looks like you guys had a great meal there! And I love that they gave out little pies, how cute!

Fabulous Illuminations photos!!

jecskc
12-14-2011, 06:48 PM
I didn't realize this was Thanksgiving night at Garden Grill! What a great idea! It looks like you guys had a great meal there! And I love that they gave out little pies, how cute!

Fabulous Illuminations photos!!

We really loved our dinner there and it really was perfect for Thanksgiving. DH was very skeptical, but very pleased with dinner. The pies were sooo good. I think they did those just for Thanksgiving. The cobbler was very good as well. We would definitely go back !!

bbnursie
12-15-2011, 07:35 AM
Love your trip report so far. DH and I are staying in a preferred studio at bwv this coming April. Your pictures make me so excited!

Moodyzblu
12-15-2011, 09:29 AM
Wow .. that food looks amazing !!
I haven't eaten there .. but it looks like a lot of fun. :thumbsup2

Great pics and TR !

jecskc
12-15-2011, 10:19 AM
Love your trip report so far. DH and I are staying in a preferred studio at bwv this coming April. Your pictures make me so excited!

:welcome: Thanks so much for reading and stopping by. You will LOVE the Boardwalk. It is so right in the middle of everything. We loved it so much and definitely plan to go back.

Wow .. that food looks amazing !!
I haven't eaten there .. but it looks like a lot of fun. :thumbsup2

Great pics and TR !

Food and service were excellent. We very much enjoyed our dinner there. You should definitely put it on your list !!

jecskc
12-15-2011, 02:23 PM
Day 4 -Friday – November 25, 2011 – Part 1

On this day, we actually got to sleep in a little since Epcot didn’t open until 9:00 AM. So I got up at 7:30 AM and DH and I went down to the Boardwalk Bakery to get breakfast while the kids slept a little longer.

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We got two egg and cheese croissants

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Two drinks – Orange juice and chocolate milk. A cinnamon bun, an apple, some apple juice and some Special K for DD. All of this was 3 CS credits and a snack credit. All of this was very goo d. We got everything together and headed over to Epcot. We just walked over and entered through the International Gateway.

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It only took about 5 minutes. We got there before 9:00 AM and they were already letting people in.

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I texted my BFF (Pixie Princess here on the DIS) who had arrived the night previous and she said she would meet us at the Land. We were so excited to see her and spend some time with her and her DD.

Of course we were going to get Soarin’ FP’s right away. Some photos on the way to The Land.

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DS’s hat.

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My BFF texted me from the front gate and said that the stampede to Soarin’ was ridiculous. We joined the fray and my DH and BFF emerged triumphant with FP’s for 10:20 AM. With time to kill, we headed to see if we could get on Test Track. But the wait was already 40 minutes so we passed thinking we could get a FP later when our FP window opened up.

So we decided to try Mission Space.

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It only had a ten minute wait so we hopped in line. Green side – no Orange for us. DS wanted to do Orange, but I didn’t want to babysit his sick little self the rest of the day.

Here are the games after the ride.

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The kids played a little while and DS traded some vinylmation.

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Next we decided to ride Spaceship Earth.

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There was a decent sized line, but we furbled through it fairly fast. What ?? You don’t know what furbled means. Let me educate you.

It’s a sniglet.

Furble – verb to move along in multiple switched-back line-ribbons while waiting for a ride at a theme park.

I always think of this word when I am at Disney. Anyway, we furbled through the line .

BFF

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BFF’s DD

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We rode and enjoyed and then it was time for our Soarin’ FP’s so we hoofed it back over there to ride.

IheartDDuck
12-15-2011, 06:47 PM
Furbled? That's definitely a new one. I'm going to have to start using that.

jecskc
12-15-2011, 07:37 PM
Furbled? That's definitely a new one. I'm going to have to start using that.

LOL. I love this word !! And it was so appropriate that day or any Disney day for that matter.

My other favorite sniglet is cinemuck.

CINEMUCK: The combination of popcorn, soda, and melted chocolate which covers the floors of movie theaters.

I slipped and fell on it once when I was in high school. Theater was crowded. Everyone laughed. Not my proudest moment.

jecskc
12-16-2011, 06:34 PM
Day 4 –Part 2

Soarin’

Now this is my favorite ride ever. We asked for front row and our request was granted. And I have seen some threads here on the DIS complaining about the quality of the video on the ride. And I have noticed a few spots here and there, but nothing that really bothered me or detracted from the ride. But on this day, the video quality was very bad. There were several large pieces of debris that continuously jumped around the screen and it was quite distracting. Near the end of the ride it got better, but still ….. I can totally see what these people were talking about. We rode the right hand side and maybe that side is worse than the other. I dunno. In any case, I hope they get it fixed soon or at least by when we go back. Which isn’t until April.

After our ride, we went to Electric Umbrella for lunch. We had a reservation for Via Napoli for lunch but called to cancel so we could eat with our friends.
DD got Chicken Nuggets

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DH got a Mushroom Swiss Burger

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DS and I just got a regular cheeseburger

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We got a sugarless brownie, some strawberry cheesecake and a cookie.

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After that, the kids wanted to do Sum of all Thrills. But I didn’t want to do it because it is really slow and DS always builds a really wild coaster. So I said no. But DH volunteered to take the kids so BFF and I shopped in Mouse Gear the whole time they were gone. She got a t-shirt and I got these wine charms

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And a wine stopper

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DH and the kids found us in Mouse Gear and they wanted to trade vinylmations

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And DH bought one for DD

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My BFF wanted to watch the gospel choir so we left her to do that while the rest of us went to Club Cool.

Mickey and Minnie topiaries.

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And then Club Cool.

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Still out of China and surprisingly out of Beverly. Huh.

Next the kids wanted to ride Figment so we went over there to do that.

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There was this interesting CM outside the ride.

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And he came running up to DS and said to him ….. “sir !! sir !! I just have to tell you (as he points frantically to DS’s hat) …. There’s a Chipmunk Eating Your Head !!”.

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He seemed very pleased that he had warned DS in time. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I was pretty sure that the chipmunk was going to starve.

Anyway, we all thought this was really funny, thus the name of the trip report. It really did look like the chipmunk was eating DS’s head.

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We exited the ride into the gift shop. Here’s a Figment Christmas tree

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And the kids stopped to trade vinylmations.

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The rules for trading seemed to be different at each place. For the most part, the CM’s would let them look at two before deciding to trade or not, but this guy was the Vinylmation czar and would only let them look once.

Earlier, we had gotten a FP for Test Track and it was time for us to ride. So we got in the FP line.

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Hidden Mickey !! Can you find it ??

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After that, BFF and her DD were off to see the decorations at the monorail resorts and we headed towards the International Gateway.

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IheartDDuck
12-16-2011, 08:01 PM
The chipmunk was going to starve?! :lmao: That is truly the funniest thing I've heard today. Thank you for making my day a little funnier. :thumbsup2

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-17-2011, 04:59 AM
That's so cool that they had a random Imagination pavilion CM! I hope we encounter him in January! He sounds hilarious!

jecskc
12-17-2011, 07:44 AM
The chipmunk was going to starve?! :lmao: That is truly the funniest thing I've heard today. Thank you for making my day a little funnier. :thumbsup2

You have done the same for me when I have read your trip reports!! So I am glad I could return the favor !!

That's so cool that they had a random Imagination pavilion CM! I hope we encounter him in January! He sounds hilarious!

Yes, I have seen a random CM out front before, but this one had the most personality. And of course he provided me with a fun name for my trip report so I really like this CM a lot.

Trip report titles is something we discuss on a regular basis during our trips. Sometimes it is hard to come up with something original and cute but this title was clear cut. Had to use it.

Moodyzblu
12-17-2011, 08:30 AM
I love meeting random CM's that seem to really enjoy their job !

Love the update ! :thumbsup2

jecskc
12-17-2011, 09:45 AM
I love meeting random CM's that seem to really enjoy their job !

Love the update ! :thumbsup2

Me too !! It definitely makes your trip more special !!

jecskc
12-17-2011, 12:11 PM
Day 4 – Part 3

The kids wanted to get some snacks, so we took a detour towards World Showcase.

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SQUIRREL !!!

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I got a Mickey Mouse pretzel at the American Pavilion.

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This has been on my Disney “to do” list, so it was nice to cross that off. It tasted just like the other pretzels, but being that it was Mickey shaped just made it more fun.

We got DD a cherry Kaka Gori

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Which she really enjoyed.

DS decided he wanted one too, so we got him one. Then we head back towards France.

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To get a Grey Goose slushie !!

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Can I get a hell yeah !!!

After that, we were pretty tired and headed back to the Boardwalk. I took a shower while DH took the kids to the gift shop to trade some more Vinylmation

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I rested and folded laundry while the kids hit the pool again.

After a while, we dragged the kids out of the pool and headed around the lake to eat at Beaches and Cream. We had eaten here last year and the kids really wanted to go back.

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We put our name at the podium and we were seated in about 10 minutes.

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Our server was Brian and he was AMAZING. So kind and friendly and helpful. LOVED him !!

DH and I split a hamburger and onion rings.

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It come out cut up for us and on separate plates. We were very pleased.

DD got the kids hot dog and fries.

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DS got a burger and fries as well.

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These were the best burgers I have had on property to date. Very good. Onion rings were perfect.

For dessert DD got a kids Mickey sundae with mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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She loved it. It was cute.

DS got a root beer float

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It was huge, but very yummy.

And DH and I shared the Milky Way sundae.

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Oh eM Gee !!! This thing was amazing !! We couldn’t finish it but it tasted sooo good !!

And our most excellent serve Brian offered to take a photo of us.

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Stringbean&Wingnut
12-17-2011, 01:31 PM
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The cherry Kaki Gori makes it look like your DD is wearing an absolutely gorgeous shade of lipstick! :laughing: Years ago, my first (and I'm pretty sure last as well) Kaki Gori was promptly dropped on my dad's new white sneaker about 2.4 seconds after we bought it :headache::laughing:.

jecskc
12-17-2011, 02:33 PM
The cherry Kaki Gori makes it look like your DD is wearing an absolutely gorgeous shade of lipstick! :laughing: Years ago, my first (and I'm pretty sure last as well) Kaki Gori was promptly dropped on my dad's new white sneaker about 2.4 seconds after we bought it :headache::laughing:.

Whoops !! The kids really enjoyed the Kaki Gori. I had a bite, but I was more in the mood for a salty pretzel that day. I thought it was really good. I can see these being a very refreshing treat in the intense heat of the summer.

IheartDDuck
12-17-2011, 06:24 PM
Oh my goodness, you did a bunch of my favorite things! Grey goose slushie AND Beaches and Cream? That's just the best day ever. :cloud9:

partyof2
12-18-2011, 05:00 AM
Whoops I'm way behind :(

Oh man, so many burgers, my biggest weakness! I'm practically drooling here. I want a Disney burger right now.

I think Garden Grill was a great choice for Thanksgiving dinner, the main course looked absolutely delicious. I'm a picker so I love a bit of variety. I don't think the cobbler would be for me though, I'd prefer the kids' dessert!

jecskc
12-18-2011, 09:26 AM
Oh my goodness, you did a bunch of my favorite things! Grey goose slushie AND Beaches and Cream? That's just the best day ever. :cloud9:

I love me a Grey Goose Slushie !! HAVE to get one every trip. The line was super long that day. But it was worth it !! I had to slam it at the International Gateway because they wouldn't let me take it out of the park. I love the food at Beaches and Cream and so do the kids. The first time we ate there our service wasn't the best, but this time we had the best waiter EVER !! If we go back I would request to be in his section if he were working. His name was Brian.

Whoops I'm way behind :(

Oh man, so many burgers, my biggest weakness! I'm practically drooling here. I want a Disney burger right now.

I think Garden Grill was a great choice for Thanksgiving dinner, the main course looked absolutely delicious. I'm a picker so I love a bit of variety. I don't think the cobbler would be for me though, I'd prefer the kids' dessert!


:welcome: So glad you stopped by !! Those burgers were the best of the trip.

Garden Grill did turn out to be perfect and I was so happy to have snagged a reservation for that day.

Originally I had O'hana, but my DD is allergic to nuts. So I cancelled O'hana because there are so many "nut" things on the menu. I didn't want to risk cross contamination. Nothing would put a damper on our Disney vacay worse than busting out the epi-pen. So when I saw Garden Grill had a slot I jumped on it. Like a hen on a June bug. Yep, that is how it happened.

I didn't think I would like that cobbler either, but it really was very good.

jecskc
12-18-2011, 10:32 AM
Day 4 – Part 4

After we were done, we went over to Beach Club to check out the decorations there.

Chocolate carrousel.

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Some more Christmas décor.

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We looked at the gift shop.

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And thankfully avoided buying anything.

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After that, we headed back to Boardwalk for an early night. We had another early morning coming up !!

Moodyzblu
12-18-2011, 11:12 AM
Wow .. the desserts at B&C looked amazing !! I'm a huge burger fan .. and so anywhere I can get a good burger is win for me !

Loving your updates ! :thumbsup2

jecskc
12-18-2011, 11:18 AM
Wow .. the desserts at B&C looked amazing !! I'm a huge burger fan .. and so anywhere I can get a good burger is win for me !

Loving your updates ! :thumbsup2

That Milky Way sundae was out of this world good. I could so go for one of those burgers right now.

jecskc
12-19-2011, 02:23 PM
Day 5 – Saturday, November 26, 2011 – Hollywood Studios – Part 1

We got up early again – about 6:30 AM – We had early 8:00 AM EMH. So I left DH to get the kids up and moving while I went over to the Bellevue Lounge and used some snack credits for breakfast.

I got DH and I each a chocolate croissant.

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Sorry, I was hungry. These were so good with coffee in the AM.

I got DS a cinnamon roll

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and DD some Special K. We ate and headed down to the dock so we could catch the boat to Hollywood Studios.

And ……. The dock was closed. No boats running. This was 30 min. prior to park opening. Yeah. There were not happy people there. Not happy at all.

This was all DH needed to head towards the car. On the way to get the car, we let a CM know that the boats weren’t running and there was a bunch of unhappy folks at the dock. He seemed genuinely alarmed that the boats weren’t running and said he would call someone and got on the phone. So, I don’t know what was going on, but we drove to Hollywood Studios and got there before 8:00 AM. YAY !!

We waited with the masses

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And joined the melee in the mad dash to Toy Story Mania. Who knew this ride would live up so well to it’s name ??

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Anyway, my BFF and were discussing our strategy on the day before and she said that we should just go ahead and ride it and not get a FP. So we did.

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It took about 15-20 minutes and then we were able to get FP’s for the rest of the day for other rides instead of waiting for TSM.

Moodyzblu
12-19-2011, 02:35 PM
We love TSMM ! It's good to get it done right away and then not have to worry about it. :thumbsup2
Great pics of the queue !

jecskc
12-19-2011, 03:09 PM
We love TSMM ! It's good to get it done right away and then not have to worry about it. :thumbsup2
Great pics of the queue !

We love it, too and didn't get to do it last trip because we got to Hollywood Studios too late in the day. So we were happy that we got to ride it.

I just love the queue. There is just so much imagination in it. One of Disney's best !! I love that it has toys we all played with when we were little. So fun !!

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-19-2011, 06:43 PM
I REALLY want to get to TSM this time around! Everything about it looks like so much fun! And a chocolate croissant is pretty much the perfect way to start a Disney day! :thumbsup2

jecskc
12-19-2011, 06:58 PM
I REALLY want to get to TSM this time around! Everything about it looks like so much fun! And a chocolate croissant is pretty much the perfect way to start a Disney day! :thumbsup2

I fully expect to see TSM in your TR when you return home in January. Don't you dare disappoint me !! :rotfl::lmao:

I just love those chocolate croissants. Love them !! :lovestruc As you could see by my half eaten breakfast photo .........

jecskc
12-20-2011, 02:59 PM
Day 5 – Part 2

When we got out the FP window ….. at 8:20 AM was for 12:10-1:10.

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It was still kinda nuts over by Toy Story Mania …… but the rest of the park ??? Not so much.

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DD wanted to sign up for the Jedi training, so I took her over there while DH and DS went over to get RnR FP’s

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So I signed her up and her Jedi training was for 11:20 AM.

And after that DH and DS were back, so they rode Star Tours, while I enjoyed the beautiful morning.

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They came out of the ride pretty quick and DD wanted to ride again, so DH took her to ride while DS and I waited.

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Well DS and his head eating chipmunk that is.

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After their second ride, DH and DD met back up with us and DD wanted her face painted. So we said OK.

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The kids wanted to check out the Villains shop which had a lot of Vinylmation in it, so we headed over there.

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Stringbean&Wingnut
12-20-2011, 06:30 PM
I love your DD's rainbow connection face painting! How cool! (I actually didn't even realize that they did face painting in DHS - is that new?)

Hahaha I will try not to disappoint with TSM!!

jecskc
12-20-2011, 06:41 PM
I love your DD's rainbow connection face painting! How cool! (I actually didn't even realize that they did face painting in DHS - is that new?)

Hahaha I will try not to disappoint with TSM!!

I seem to remember the face painting always being there. Right by the bathrooms there across from Star Tours. Of course it came off when she went swimming later. But she loved it while it was on her and she looked mighty cute !!

Make sure your get Wingnut up early on your HS day. You can't miss TSM again !! You will love it !!

Moodyzblu
12-20-2011, 06:43 PM
DHS is my least favorite park. LOVE TSM and Great American Movie ride though. :thumbsup2

jecskc
12-20-2011, 06:48 PM
DHS is my least favorite park. LOVE TSM and Great American Movie ride though. :thumbsup2

I actually agree with you on this one. If we get there early enough, we can get everything done by lunch and then be free to do something else. DS loves it, though. On our most recent trip, I REALLY loved the Christmas lights. I love all of the parks, but I would say that HS is my least fave. But I still love it !! We have a ressie for 50's Prime Time Cafe in April that I am very much looking forward to.

Moodyzblu
12-20-2011, 06:52 PM
Yeah, that's my problem too .. the boys love it. They love Indiana Jones and Star Wars and Lights, Motor, Action .. but I could certainly do without those since 2 of these have been the same since forever .. but I'm outnumbered ! :goodvibes
This next trip I plan on splitting AK and DHS into one day.

jecskc
12-20-2011, 07:19 PM
Yeah, that's my problem too .. the boys love it. They love Indiana Jones and Star Wars and Lights, Motor, Action .. but I could certainly do without those since 2 of these have been the same since forever .. but I'm outnumbered ! :goodvibes
This next trip I plan on splitting AK and DHS into one day.

I do love the Movie Ride and TSM. I also loved doing the Animation drawing class. Star Wars makes me sick :sick: Rock n Rollercoaster is fun and I am too chicken to ride Tower of Terror :lmao: I like HS, I just like the other ones better. I can never get enough time in World Showcase at Epcot.

jecskc
12-21-2011, 02:24 PM
Day 5 – Part 3

We checked out all of the Vinylmation and this is what they got.

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I text my BFF and let her know that we had FP’s for RnR AND ToT. This meant that they wouldn’t have to wait to ride when they got there since DD nor DH would ride either one. She texted back that she was on the way there and that she would meet us at ToT.

We rode the Great Movie Ride while we were waiting for her to get there.

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Pluto was out and we wanted a picture, but he was trying to find some hand prints his feet would fit in.

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Which was cute, but we just wanted a picture. He wouldn’t settle down, so we just left.

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Now we really like this ride. It is a nice place to relax and I like that last montage they do when the ride is over. We got the cowboy scene and we got this girl – AGAIN – who is a phenomenally bad actress. She has a terrible fake “gangster” accent and she doesn’t speak loud enough. You cannot hear her at all. Some of those actors really project their voices well and don’t even need a microphone. You can’t even hear this one in the microphone. She is just terrible and I can’t understand why she is still working this ride. This was third time we have had her, and she just stinks. Anyway, rant over.

After that we grabbed a snack.

DD with a really large Sycamore leaf.

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And her ice cream

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DS got a pretzel

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We went back over to ToT to meet my friend and her daughter. It was then that she told me that she doesn’t ride RnR because it puts too much pressure on her chest. I didn’t want to ride without her, so DS and her DD went and rode while we waited.

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They then wanted to ride ToT and I chickened out so the two of them just rode it.

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After that, we still had 2 FP’s for RnR and two for ToT. So they rode each one again while DH took DD over to her Jedi Training and BFF and I got caught up with each other and chatted about Disney.

I was hungry so I grabbed a Fairfax Salad from Fairfax Fare.

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I really like this salad as it has a southwest flair with salsa and crunchy tostita strips.

Oh, I got some carrot cake, too.

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Moodyzblu
12-21-2011, 05:58 PM
Mmm .. Mickey Head ice cream !
Although that salad looks kind of yummy too ! :thumbsup2

jecskc
12-21-2011, 06:02 PM
Mmm .. Mickey Head ice cream !
Although that salad looks kind of yummy too ! :thumbsup2

That salad is really good. Nice southwestern taste to it. I really enjoyed it and I would definitely get it again!! All of the good stuff was at the bottom !! Sooo yummy !!

Do you ever read the Dining Reviews ?? You seem like you would enjoy them. I know that I do !!

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-21-2011, 07:42 PM
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Wow, that is some massive leaf!!! I think I know which Great Movie Ride CM you're talking about...some of them do seem to have problems projecting their voice. But we've gotten a few CM's on that ride that seem to ABSOLUTELY LOVE their job and it makes all the difference!

jecskc
12-21-2011, 07:49 PM
Wow, that is some massive leaf!!! I think I know which Great Movie Ride CM you're talking about...some of them do seem to have problems projecting their voice. But we've gotten a few CM's on that ride that seem to ABSOLUTELY LOVE their job and it makes all the difference!

Isn't that leaf cool ??

We have gotten this horrible CM THREE times. Really .... I think that I could do better and that is saying a lot !! I agree that the ones that are good actors make the ride more enjoyable.

IheartDDuck
12-21-2011, 09:22 PM
That is the biggest leaf that I've ever seen!

Okay, I hate getting terrible actors on the Great Movie Ride! You would think that they would put a little more effort into finding better actors. The last time I was there our guy was pretty awesome. A bit older too, which probably added to why he was so good.

jecskc
12-22-2011, 06:35 AM
That is the biggest leaf that I've ever seen!

Okay, I hate getting terrible actors on the Great Movie Ride! You would think that they would put a little more effort into finding better actors. The last time I was there our guy was pretty awesome. A bit older too, which probably added to why he was so good.

We have had some good ones of course, but this girl .... she was horrible !! And I really can't believe she is till there.

I almost wished we had saved that leaf, it was so big and cool looking. But it would have dried out and made a mess anyway.

bbnursie
12-22-2011, 01:21 PM
Your DS has traded so many of those vinylmations so far during your trip, just curious how many did he actually end up going home with? This looks so fun to do but something I couldn't get into due to the fact that once I bought it I wouldn't want to hand it over to anyone lol. Guess that's why I will never get in to trading pins either.

jecskc
12-22-2011, 04:11 PM
Your DS has traded so many of those vinylmations so far during your trip, just curious how many did he actually end up going home with? This looks so fun to do but something I couldn't get into due to the fact that once I bought it I wouldn't want to hand it over to anyone lol. Guess that's why I will never get in to trading pins either.

He had his own gift card and used his money to buy them and I think he came home with 7 total. We really enjoyed trading and collecting. He may have conned DH into buying hm one. We did find some on sale.

jecskc
12-22-2011, 04:15 PM
Day 5 – Part 4

After that the kids were done riding and we went over to see if we could catch DD in her Jedi Training and I got there just as they were getting onto the stage.

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This dude was super scary and he made some young children in the audience cry.

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So DD graduated from Jedi Academy and will now forever be a Padawan.

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-22-2011, 06:51 PM
The Jedi Academy looks so cute! Yay for your DD's Padawan status!

IheartDDuck
12-22-2011, 06:56 PM
Your DD looks like she took her Padawan status very seriously. I love watching Jedi Training. It's just so adorable watching all of the kids get into it.

EastYorkDisneyFan
12-22-2011, 08:33 PM
At least no one converted to the dark side like in this youtube video from Disneyland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5mK7dzyUkM

jecskc
12-22-2011, 08:41 PM
The Jedi Academy looks so cute! Yay for your DD's Padawan status!

It really is cute !! DD loves doing it and this was her third time. Sadly DS decided he had outgrown it and doesn't want to do it anymore.

Your DD looks like she took her Padawan status very seriously. I love watching Jedi Training. It's just so adorable watching all of the kids get into it.

They are so cute and so funny. And the lady that "runs" the show is really funny, too. The whole thing is very entertaining. Next time you go back with Joaquin, you should sign him up. I would so love to see that video !!

At least no one converted to the dark side like in this youtube video from Disneyland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5mK7dzyUkM

HILARIOUS !!! Thanks so much for sharing !!

Moodyzblu
12-23-2011, 08:11 AM
I love the pics of your DD in Jedi training ! I wish my guys would do this .. but are much to shy. :sad2: Although they LOVE Darth Vader .. they'll get a kick out of seeing him.
Great pics !

jecskc
12-23-2011, 08:26 AM
I love the pics of your DD in Jedi training ! I wish my guys would do this .. but are much to shy. :sad2: Although they LOVE Darth Vader .. they'll get a kick out of seeing him.
Great pics !

It really is surprising how NOT scared some of the kids are. My kids love doing this. But you need to sign up early. So if you do try it, make sure you have your older DS run for TSM FP's and you take the younger boys to sign up for Jedi Training. You get so many great photos. And if you buy the Photopass CD, then they put photos on that as well. See if you can get them to do it.

marDgreen88
12-23-2011, 10:59 AM
Caught up. :) I got to see the Jedi Training Academy last week and it was so cute! I always wondered, do the kids get to keep their lightsabers?

jecskc
12-23-2011, 02:37 PM
Caught up. :) I got to see the Jedi Training Academy last week and it was so cute! I always wondered, do the kids get to keep their lightsabers?


They do not get to keep anything except the diploma they get for "graduating". It is still fun and it doesn't cost anything to do it.

jecskc
12-23-2011, 02:42 PM
Day 5 – Part 5

While DD was doing the Jedi Academy, my BFF took DS and her DD to ride Star Tours. By this time the park had started to get really crowded. It was about noon. The kids wanted to go over to the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground, so we went over there and did that for a while. DH said it was really crowded in there.

Afterwards, my kids were saying they were hungry, but we wanted to do the drawing class, so we went over there to see if we could get in while DH went over to Backlot Express to see about getting lunch for him and the kids.
Once we got over to the Animation Academy, there was a good many people waiting to take the class. They told us it would be about 40 more minutes before we could get in. BFF and her DD decided to wait it out and after that they were headed to Epcot. I knew the kids would not be able to wait that long to eat, so we parted ways and went over to Backlot Express to meet up with DH.

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We grabbed a table since he was still in line to get food. While we were waiting I took more photos of DD’s face painting.

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I just love her sweet little girl face.

And then DH came back with the food.

He got a salad.

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And the kids each got Chicken nuggets and French Fries.

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And for dessert DH got some turtle cheesecake

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The kids had cookies.

DD and DS being silly. DS thought this up and I have to admit, it was pretty funny.

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So after lunch we decided to head back to the resort and get some rest.

Some photos on the way out.

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And of course the kids wanted to swim.

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Here’s a view of our veranda from the pool.

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So I went back inside to do some more laundry and pack some things up. And DH and I watched football while keeping our eye on the kids at the pool. I wrote in my journal and we just chilled until it was time for our 5:20 ADR for Cape May Café.

jecskc
12-24-2011, 12:14 PM
Day 5 – Part 6

Dinner at Cape May Cafe

My BFF and her DD were supposed to meet us there so we were looking forward to having dinner with them.

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So here’s the deal about me and buffet food porn. I think it is intrusive to take photos of the food AT the buffet. It was pretty busy up there and I just thought it might be rude. And I kinda think buffet plates can be kinda icky. A glop of this, a spoonful of that. So I didn’t take a lot of food photos.

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Overall, we really enjoyed this buffet. DH enjoyed the seafood and I enjoyed some of it, but there were some things I couldn’t eat because I am allergic to shellfish. DH and BFF said the calm chowder was really good and both went back for seconds. Besides seafood, they had a good many other things to eat that were very good. There was prime rib and BBQ ribs (those were fantastic). The bread was great and veggies were very good. I didn’t have anything that I didn’t like to be honest. The kids really enjoyed the macaroni and cheese. And here is a picture of my dessert plate.

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Starting from top left … pumpkin cheesecake, raspberry cheesecake, key lime tart and oreo bon bon. All were amazing, but the pumpkin cheesecake was the best. Soo yummy. I got another one.

So Cape May was a success and we decided we must return the next chance we got. After dinner, we headed back to the Boardwalk to rest, pack and watch more football.

This was rivalry week in college football and our team, the South Carolina Gamecocks were playing the Clemson Tigers/ There was a lot of hype surrounding the game because both team were ranked within the top 20 and it seemed to be a really good match up.

I was a little nervous about watching this game because DH can get pretty emotional about our team and that can just make watching it with him VERY un fun. It turns out our team played really well and the other team didn’t. Our quarterback was amazing and ran for over 100 yards the first half.

So we were really happy with the win and drifted off to sleep knowing we had another early day the next day and also, we were going home the next day, so we were pretty bummed about that.

Moodyzblu
12-24-2011, 04:05 PM
This buffet sounds pretty good. My ds, Jeremy, loves ribs and would probably enjoy this a lot. Me, well I like to leave room for dessert since WDW has some amazing desserts !
I rarely take pics of the food .. I just never think of it as I am about to eat !

The last day is always a BUMMER ! :sad1:

IheartDDuck
12-24-2011, 04:44 PM
Mmmm, Cape May Cafe is such a good choice. I haven't eaten there in a while, but I have great memories of it.

I saw your other post, and I promise, if we ever get down there for Joaquin to do the Jedi Academy, I will definitely be taking video of that. We all know how that would go down. :lmao:

jecskc
12-25-2011, 02:21 PM
This buffet sounds pretty good. My ds, Jeremy, loves ribs and would probably enjoy this a lot. Me, well I like to leave room for dessert since WDW has some amazing desserts !
I rarely take pics of the food .. I just never think of it as I am about to eat !

The last day is always a BUMMER ! :sad1:

We really loved dinner there. The desserts were very good.
Mmmm, Cape May Cafe is such a good choice. I haven't eaten there in a while, but I have great memories of it.

I saw your other post, and I promise, if we ever get down there for Joaquin to do the Jedi Academy, I will definitely be taking video of that. We all know how that would go down. :lmao:

I would pay to see that. He is so stinkin cute! Merry Christmas y,all

jecskc
12-25-2011, 02:26 PM
This buffet sounds pretty good. My ds, Jeremy, loves ribs and would probably enjoy this a lot. Me, well I like to leave room for dessert since WDW has some amazing desserts !
I rarely take pics of the food .. I just never think of it as I am about to eat !

The last day is always a BUMMER ! :sad1:

We really loved dinner there. The desserts were very good.
Mmmm, Cape May Cafe is such a good choice. I haven't eaten there in a while, but I have great memories of it.

I saw your other post, and I promise, if we ever get down there for Joaquin to do the Jedi Academy, I will definitely be taking video of that. We all know how that would go down. :lmao:

I would pay to see that. He is so stinkin cute! Merry Christmas y,all

jecskc
12-25-2011, 08:18 PM
Sunday, November 26, 2011 – Day 6 – Part 1

We woke up at 6:00 AM, pack the car and check out. We sadly say good-bye to the lovely Boardwalk and head over to Magic Kingdom.

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We got to the park about 7:30 AM

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And they let us in about 7:45 AM. I took as many pictures as I could of the mostly empty park. Although, MK was supposed to be a 1.3 on the crowd calendar on this day, so I was curious to see if that would pan out. More on that later.

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We were hoping this MK day would be more productive than the last one.

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Stringbean&Wingnut
12-26-2011, 06:18 AM
Glad to see you guys had a good dinner at Cape May Cafe! That buffet always seems more hectic than others (probably the square setup?).

Boo for the last day!! I hope the crowds at the MK stayed low for you guys!

jecskc
12-26-2011, 08:35 AM
Glad to see you guys had a good dinner at Cape May Cafe! That buffet always seems more hectic than others (probably the square setup?).

Boo for the last day!! I hope the crowds at the MK stayed low for you guys!


Yes, that kids were talking about that buffet just last night.

Crowds that day were out of this world amazing. The emptiest I had ever seen this park. And I have photos to prove it !!

I hope you and Wingnut had a Merry Christmas !!

jecskc
12-27-2011, 08:04 AM
Day 6 – Part 2

We had an 8:05 AM ADR for the Crystal Palace.

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This was the view from our table. Bridge to Adventureland.

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Again, I didn’t take any photos of the buffet or our food, But we enjoyed it. For once the eggs were good. Everything I had was good. Mickey Waffles, Choc. Croissant, Biscuit and gravy, Bacon, Eggs, potatoes …..it was all yummy. We all enjoyed our breakfast and the kids enjoyed the characters.
Eeyore

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Pooh

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DS and his head eating chipmunk hat.

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Tigger

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Piglet (quick mom, hide the bacon !!)

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After breakfast, I texted my BFF and she and her DD had just gotten to the park. We said we would meet her in Frontierland. It was about 9:00 AM at this time.

On the way, we got sidetracked by some flying carpets.

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There was no line – an hour after park opening – on Thanksgiving weekend.

Awesome.

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Moodyzblu
12-27-2011, 09:52 AM
Great pics of MK ! Love seeing it nearly empty. :thumbsup2

Crystal Palace is one of our fav character meals .. I keep saying I want do to breakfast there but have yet to do it. Maybe this next trip .. maybe ..

jecskc
12-27-2011, 10:25 AM
Great pics of MK ! Love seeing it nearly empty. :thumbsup2

Crystal Palace is one of our fav character meals .. I keep saying I want do to breakfast tiiiiii but have yet to do it. Maybe this next trip .. maybe ..

I think Crystal Palace is the best breakfast buffet. We have always enjoyed it. MK was practically deserted that day. We got so much done. Dis tip: go to MK the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Who knew?

marDgreen88
12-28-2011, 03:54 PM
Wow, last day already! This TR has gone so fast!

The Magic Kingdom Christmas decorations are just gorgeous!
CRYSTAL PALACE is so great! Cool that Adventureland was so empty!

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-28-2011, 06:36 PM
Wow that's amazing how empty the MK was!!! :cool1: Good for you guys!

jecskc
12-29-2011, 09:18 AM
Wow, last day already! This TR has gone so fast!

The Magic Kingdom Christmas decorations are just gorgeous!
CRYSTAL PALACE is so great! Cool that Adventureland was so empty!

DH and the kids really enjoy Crystal Palace. I do as well. So far, it is the best breakfast we have had on property.

Wow that's amazing how empty the MK was!!! :cool1: Good for you guys!

It really was amazing. I was seriously doubtful when I saw the 1.3 posted on the crowd calendar, but it was the emptiest I had ever seen it. and it was OUTSTANDING !! I have more "empty park" photos coming up !!

jecskc
12-29-2011, 09:22 AM
Day 6 – Part 3

So we left off with us having breakfast at Crystal Palace and then riding Aladdin's Carpets

And since POTC was so close – and had no wait, we hopped on that as well.

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After that, we headed towards BTMRR to meet up with my BFF.

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You notice the crowd ??? What crowd you say ?? Yep, that is what we were thinking, too.

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So we met my BFF and her DD at BTMRR. They had just gotten off the ride. And since there was no wait, we asked if they wanted to ride again. Or course they did. So we rode … with no wait. And when the ride (which was awesome) was over, there was still no wait. So we rode again. It was great fun.

BFF made the comment that she wanted to go over to Tom Sawyer’s Island to see if we could find some paintbrushes. I was tempted and contemplated it, but I told her that maybe we should make use of the low crowds while we could and she agreed. I asked her what she wanted to do next and she said “Jungle Cruise”. So off we went to view the backside of water.

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There was no wait. We walked right on.

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Backside of water !!

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We had a good skipper who was funny. BFF loves this ride.
After that, we cut back through to Frontierland to ride the Haunted Mansion. Since there was NO WAIT – we took the long way.

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jecskc
12-30-2011, 09:37 AM
Day 6 – Part 4

After HM, we headed over to Tomorrowland. YAY !! I love this ride. We call it the blue train.

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We met the kids coming off of Space Mountian.

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They wanted to ride again since the wait was so low, so we said OK.

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After that, they wanted to ride the Speedway – you know - since the wait was only 10 minutes.

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I begged off and went to get myself a root beer float.

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Sooo good !!

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We checked on Buzz and there was a back up there. Probably because it had broken down at some point in the morning. The wait said 15 min., but the line was not moving, so we knew it would be more. So we passed and headed over to Peter Pan to use our Fast Passes. We grabbed some Pooh FP’s along the way.

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Moodyzblu
12-30-2011, 10:51 AM
We love the People Mover (blue train) .. it's such a nice time to relax. :thumbsup2 You got some great pics from there as well.
We have yet to do SM and am hoping the boys might try it this next time. I used to enjoy this ride pre-twins.

jecskc
12-30-2011, 01:14 PM
We love the People Mover (blue train) .. it's such a nice time to relax. :thumbsup2 You got some great pics from there as well.
We have yet to do SM and am hoping the boys might try it this next time. I used to enjoy this ride pre-twins.

I love the people over. It is a nice place to relax and take in the sights. I don't ride Space Mountain any more. It is just too bumpy for me. I pulled something in my neck last January on it and had this huge welt on the back of my head for weeks. It was weird. So I don't ride it anymore. I wish there was a way to make it a smoother coaster. it sucks getting old.

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-30-2011, 06:53 PM
Those wait times are awesome!! :thumbsup2 I love the PeopleMover too, it's such a nice relaxing ride!

jecskc
12-30-2011, 07:07 PM
Those wait times are awesome!! :thumbsup2 I love the PeopleMover too, it's such a nice relaxing ride!

This was definitely one of our best MK days. We got so much accomplished on such a busy weekend. Sometimes the crowd calendars are spot on . And this was one of those times. I love the blue train!!

jecskc
01-01-2012, 10:07 AM
Day 6 – Part 5

So we rode Peter Pan. There was about a 20 min. wait in standby, but we walked right on with fast passes. We were so pleased with our day. We were getting so much done !!

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After that, we went to Cosmic Rays for lunch.

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I ordered the pulled pork sandwich for DH and I

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It was icky. I had one bite and let DH have the rest. Yuck. The fries were good though.

The kids got Chicken nuggets.

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I snagged a couple of the kids’ nuggets, so I was fine.
And we got some chocolate cake and some carrot cake for dessert.

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They were good.

So while we ate, we listened to the linguistic stylings of Sonny Eclipse.

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Which DD proclaimed “stupid”.

After that, BFF and her DD wanted to go to the Laugh Floor and we wanted to ride Pooh, so we hugged and said good bye and parted ways – until next time. Which is hopefully April.

So we used our FP’s for Pooh. Which was good because there was a decent wait about that time – about 40 minutes. I would say this was 12:30 – 1:00 PM.

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Still not too bad of a crowd.

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Then we went back over towards Adventureland to get DD a tiara that she just HAD to have.

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Isn’t it pretty ??
And then ….. we sadly made out way towards the front of the park.

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The crowd still wasn’t bad. I guess the 1.3 prediction was correct. So DISers take note. If you are going to Disney during Thanksgiving, go to MK on that Sunday after. This was such a great Disney day !!

We made a last stop at the Emporium to get a few things.

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And then we sadly made our exit.

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And so that was our trip. It was wonderful !! I highly recommend going during Thanksgiving/Christmas !! The decorations and lights are amazing !! We got really lucky and enjoyed excellent weather. Really, it was just perfect. Another great trip in the books. Thanks to everyone for reading and thanks especially to those of you who stopped to say hello and chat with me.

Our next trip isn’t until April, but it will be awesome since it is five nights at AKL and then five nights aboard the Disney Dream. I am scream-in-my-pillow excited about that !!

marDgreen88
01-01-2012, 02:01 PM
I really enjoyed this TR! I'm glad yall had such a great last day and got so much done! Your next trip sounds AWESOME. I really want to stay at AKL! I'll be looking for that TR when it starts. :goodvibes

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-01-2012, 02:06 PM
Boo that your trip was over!!! :( I enjoyed reading about your travels, I'm glad you guys all had such a great time! Can't wait to hear about your next trip!! :goodvibes

Moodyzblu
01-01-2012, 03:24 PM
What a great report !! I really enjoyed seeing your family having such a wonderful vacation. :thumbsup2

We'll be there for Easter weekend in April .. when are you guys going to be in the parks ?? I would LOVE to do the cruise .. someday we will. :goodvibes

jecskc
01-01-2012, 04:11 PM
I really enjoyed this TR! I'm glad yall had such a great last day and got so much done! Your next trip sounds AWESOME. I really want to stay at AKL! I'll be looking for that TR when it starts. :goodvibes

Thanks for reading along. I enjoyed your company. Our next trip will be so awesome. I so cannot wait.

Boo that your trip was over!!! :( I enjoyed reading about your travels, I'm glad you guys all had such a great time! Can't wait to hear about your next trip!! :goodvibes

I can't wait to read about yours. So looking forward to reading that.

What a great report !! I really enjoyed seeing your family having such a wonderful vacation. :thumbsup2

We'll be there for Easter weekend in April .. when are you guys going to be in the parks ?? I would LOVE to do the cruise .. someday we will. :goodvibes

We will be driving down on the 5th. In the Parks until the 10th and then the Dream until the 15th. We sooo can't wait. I hope to see you. Let me know if you want to arrange a short dismeet.

Moodyzblu
01-02-2012, 10:23 AM
We will be driving down on the 5th. In the Parks until the 10th and then the Dream until the 15th. We sooo can't wait. I hope to see you. Let me know if you want to arrange a short dismeet.


We'll be there from the 4th - 15th. Not sure where we'll be as far as certain days .. our trip organizer said to keep dates open until we know what special plans they have made. We'll be doing Universal, IOA and Sea World during the first 5 days .. then it's ALL Disney after that.

jecskc
01-02-2012, 10:27 AM
We'll be there from the 4th - 15th. Not sure where we'll be as far as certain days .. our trip organizer said to keep dates open until we know what special plans they have made. We'll be doing Universal, IOA and Sea World during the first 5 days .. then it's ALL Disney after that.

Durn .... it looks like we will miss each other. I can't wait to read about your trip though. I know you and the boys are very excited !! Less than a 100 days already !!