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ash-n-brensmom
01-02-2013, 03:12 PM
Aaahhhhh....October! A wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World. The weather isn't too hot...the crowds are not too full...Food and Wine Festival and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween parties are in full swing! This was our thinking when we were planning this perfect vacation to our Happy Place!:cloud9:

Best laid plans, for sure!::yes:: And of course, we know what happens to best laid plans?:rolleyes1 Fate steps in and..:lmao::rotfl::rotfl2:...laughs as Hurricane Sandy blows in with cold and blustery weather.:confused3 Who cares! We're at Disney, right?!

:welcome:
Welcome to our October 2012 Trip Report!

Disclaimer:
First off, I would like to apologize right now for a few things...

1. I have been MIA from the Disboards since we got back. It's been over 2 months since we returned from this vacation and for some reason I have been in such a post Disney funk that I haven't even been reading other people's TR's or even really looking at the boards.

2. I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't take very good notes on this trip:blush:...actually, I bet this TR is gonna SUCK!:rolleyes1 But, I hope you will stay anyways...:thumbsup2


Okay...let's get down to business...

Introductions:

This is me and DH....I don't have a cutesy name...DH on the other hand is known as Ferb, his fave character and they both are British!
http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h468/verbs00/Disney%20Oct%202012/100_1673-1-1.jpg

These are our two DD's! Not the best pic, quality-wise, but still a great pic of them looking relaxed and happy to be at WDW!
http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h468/verbs00/Disney%20Oct%202012/100_1768-1-1.jpg

On the left is Rapunzel, she is 8 and the right is Stitch, she is 12. Rapunzel is taller than Stitch and she is often mistaken for much older. She is a typical 8 yo girl..still loves girly princess stuff, loves to laugh and is finally getting more adventurous with her park rides! Stitch is named after her favorite character and who she is most like! Totally a fun loving goofy girl, but she is definitely moving along in her tweendom...:eek:. Moody at times, loves One Direction to distraction, and can be easily embarrassed by her Mommy!!:lmao:




Chapter Links:
The Details (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47065430&postcount=2)
Day One (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47065812&postcount=4)
Day One: Part Two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47066452&postcount=6)
Day One: Part Three (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47080873&postcount=18)
Day Two: Part One (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47091760&postcount=26)
Day Two: Part Two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47099266&postcount=31)
Day Two: Part Three (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47110591&postcount=37)
Day Three: Part One (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47120712&postcount=44)

ash-n-brensmom
01-03-2013, 07:47 AM
The Details:

When: October 22-30, 2012

Where: Wyndham Bonnet Creek and Art Of Animation

How: Jetblue down from Buffalo, NY and Airtran back

Why: Seriously, do we need an excuse?!:confused3;) But, the 25th was our 15th Anniversary, so I guess that counts!:love2:

The plan:

We had 6 day base tickets that we got from participating in the YES program, it was our first time trying this. The discount was awesome, they have since changed the ticket discount structure so you don't save as much. We would be doing MK 3 days and DHS, Epcot and AK one day each with a night at MNSSHP on one of our MK days. I had talked Ferb into staying an extra night this year so we could take advantage of the pools at both resorts and bask in the Florida sunshine.:sunny: Yeah, well we can kind of see where that plan went...:rolleyes:

T minus 24 hours:
We live in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada....Honeymoon Capital of the World!:bride::groom:
On the day before we left for our trip, there was an International Marathon that ran from Buffalo, NY USA to Niagara Falls, On Canada. My department at work runs a water station every year and we volunteered this year. The girls and Ferb came along and it was great fun! Plus, I work midnights and it was a great way for me to regulate my sleep pattern before we were in WDW. I got out of work at 8 AM on Sun, went home and got everyone up and we all got ready to be out in the chilly morning weather handing out water. We spent a very fun few hours doing something good! Then when we got home I made sure we were all packed and ready to go for the next morning. They had a dinner for the volunteers at a local hotel, so we ate there and then went home and CRASHED! I slept like a baby,:cloud9: the rest of the family took something to help fight the Disney excitement!:hyper::jumping1:

homeschoolmomof4
01-03-2013, 08:00 AM
Looking forward to hearing about your trip!! :goodvibes I'm especially curious about Bonnet Creek. With a family of 6, we're alway looking at more economical ways to visit Disney.

Ah tweendom. <insert shudder here> My daughter is 18 now, but those tween years were rough. My only advice is that if your daughter is a reader, read some of the books she does and since she's into One Direction, give the music a shot. I think finding common ground was the only way DD and I survived the tween/teen years.

:hug: I honestly haven't been on Dis for a couple of months either. I always go into a Disney funk as well. I'm starting to plan a possible trip for next December, so I'm pulling out of my funk slowly. Have you started thinking about another trip?

ash-n-brensmom
01-03-2013, 08:26 AM
Day ONE!!!! :dance3:

Our flight on Jet Blue was at 10:10 AM. A little late for this crew, we prefer to arrive at MCO before noon, but this was the only direct flight that got us there before the afternoon fully set in. This was our first JB flight ever, we usually use SW, and we were excited to get TV's!

After a wonderful night of sleep for all of us, we got up at 5...yes I said 5!! The airport is about 45 minutes away, but Ferb is always nervous about driving across the border and what if we get pulled over for random inspection?! So, we were showered, packed and in the car at 6:45! We stopped at Tim Horton's for some light breakfast...and on the road to the airport by 7. And guess what time we pulled into the airport? Yep.....7:45!:thumbsup2

The good thing about those slightly later flights we found out, was there was no one in line for ANYTHING! The JB counter had NO ONE!! The security line had next to NO ONE!! We were at our gate by 8:15...yeah, I did say the flight was at 10:10! :lmao: But, when we got there we realized it was a good thing we were early...they had moved up the flight....by FIVE MINUTES!:rotfl2::rotfl: Wow, good thing we made it in time! Thanks, Ferb!:worship: :lmao:

We killed time by getting something more substantial for Ferb to eat at the food court, a breakfast Stromboli or something to that affect, and the girls and I got smoothies. This is a tradition for me and the girls...we love those smoothies! Sorry, no pics...we didn't take any food pics this trip, I wanted to be sure not to be tethered to the camera as much...I know, epic fail for a TR.

We wandered around the airport terminals, stopped and bought gum because we forgot beforehand....watched some planes take off...took some pics...
http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h468/verbs00/Disney%20Oct%202012/21306_10151299827241063_433577475_n-1.jpg

Finally we got to board the plane!
We are used to the SW cattle call...this was much smoother, not saying I won't fly with SW again, but the price and the schedule would have to beat JB!

Who's excited!!!???
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Disneychix
01-03-2013, 08:39 AM
Lovely start! I am from WNY so I know all about how easy our airport is to get through. And thank god for that! Glad you were able to pass the time somewhat quickly!

Can't wait for more!

ash-n-brensmom
01-03-2013, 09:28 AM
We had a lovely flight with JB...no issues, no snags or snafus...just a peaceful flight. The girls loved having TV's and sitting in a row without us!;) And Ferb and I enjoyed the time alone-ish...I had my Kindle and he had his Ipod,so we were good!:surfweb::thumbsup2

Love taking pics mid flight!
http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h468/verbs00/Disney%20Oct%202012/100_1442-1.jpg

http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h468/verbs00/Disney%20Oct%202012/100_1443-1.jpg

Getting ready to land!!!:hyper::yay:
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We landed 15 minutes early! YAY!!:yay: We hightailed it out of the terminal and road the fake monorail! Can't believe I didn't take any pics along the way...but I remember feeling disoriented since we flew into a different area using JB....we found our way to the elevators and Ferb took the girls to grab our luggage and I took all the carry-on with me to the rental car area and practically walked right up to the counter to claim our car.

Edited to add....
Ferb to the rescue!!! He had been taking pics on his Ipod...his NEW 5th generation Ipod that he got about a week before we left!!

Palm Trees from the fake monorail! Proof that we were finally on vacation!!
http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b529/verbs000/ipod%20oct%202012/IMG_0086.jpg

Now, we rented with a secondary company located in the UK. Until this trip they had offered a special rate for US, Canadian and UK drivers that included all insurance with the rental. We booked with this rate and then they decided to change it to only include UK drivers. We went back and forth with them and they finally honored our reservation as we booked it. So, Alamo was providing the car, but we paid and booked with uscarhire.

I was expecting trouble when I got the counter, but the only trouble I has was with the lady trying to upgrade my car. Telling me we wouldn't all fit in a midsize with our luggage! I said, Lady, we just fit all of us and all of it in a Honda Civic...we are good! Nice Try!

I met up with Ferb and the girls and we went across to pick out our car. Done and done we got a Toyota Corolla ...we headed out to Wyndham Bonnet Creek! We own with Wyndham and we have stayed here previously so we knew where we were going and what we were to expect...we love Wyndham Bonnet Creek!!

Ferb's pics again to the rescue!!
Who's happy we are on our way to WBC and WDW? I am!!!
http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b529/verbs000/ipod%20oct%202012/IMG_0104.jpg

Driving through the gates to get to WBC...love the location!!
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We arrived at WBC at 1:50 and didn't expect to have a room ready...their check in time isn't until 4 and we figured we would hang by the pool, go get groceries for the week and then get in our room later. We checked in with no problem, asked for a room in tower's 5 or 6 and got tower 5!! And our room was ready!!:woohoo: We headed over there and checked out the room before we brought anything in. If any of you have read my previous reports, you will know that we found bed bugs in Jan 2012 and have become obsessive with checking before we move in. Thankfully we found them before we moved in that time!

I apologize for the lack of pics...again...but here is a thread with lots of pics from WBC...
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2701195&highlight=bonnet+creek+photo

So, beds checked....luggage moved in....off to the store? Nah..we can do that later!! Lets go swimming!!!! We were hungry at this point so we grabbed lunch at Escudos by the pool...lunch was great, we really enjoyed sitting in the sun by the pool...we swam for a bit, got in the hot tub and and Stitch and Ferb were getting tired. They headed up to nap and Rapunzel and I stayed and swam some more.

We had dinner reservations for our traditional arrival night restaurant! Raglan Rd:shamrock:, which we missed in Jan since we got waylaid by the bed bugs! We didn't want to miss this time, so we all got ready and headed out to DTD!! The location of WBC is amazing! And having a car to use really makes a huge difference when traveling to the parks and especially DTD!! We were right up the road!

We parked around 5:45 and we had an hour to kill...so we walked towards the Phineas and Ferb experience...we really wanted to try this!!
They had some Halloween decorations along the way...
http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h468/verbs00/Disney%20Oct%202012/100_1452-1.jpg

Rapunzel thought this lady was cool!!
http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h468/verbs00/Disney%20Oct%202012/100_1453-1.jpg

The Phineas and Ferb experience was pretty neat! Stitch wasn't too into it, I think she was too embarrassed ...Ferb, Rapunzel and I loved it!!
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We bought Ferb his big vacation souvenir there as well...a talking Ferb! He had wanted it on another trip but didn't buy it! So now, with talking Ferb in hand, we headed to Raglan Rd!!! :lovestruc

ash-n-brensmom
01-03-2013, 09:34 AM
Looking forward to hearing about your trip!! :goodvibes I'm especially curious about Bonnet Creek. With a family of 6, we're alway looking at more economical ways to visit Disney.

Ah tweendom. <insert shudder here> My daughter is 18 now, but those tween years were rough. My only advice is that if your daughter is a reader, read some of the books she does and since she's into One Direction, give the music a shot. I think finding common ground was the only way DD and I survived the tween/teen years.

:hug: I honestly haven't been on Dis for a couple of months either. I always go into a Disney funk as well. I'm starting to plan a possible trip for next December, so I'm pulling out of my funk slowly. Have you started thinking about another trip?


YAY!!:welcome: Thanks for joining us! It's so true about those Tween years, you walk a thin line between Mother and Friend. Glad you survived!! And that post Disney depression, can only be truly cured by booking another trip! And yes, we are in the middle of planning for Sept!! :yay:

Oh,and we love WBC!! Have you looked at the threads on the Orlando Hotels and Attractions boards?

Lovely start! I am from WNY so I know all about how easy our airport is to get through. And thank god for that! Glad you were able to pass the time somewhat quickly!

Can't wait for more!

:welcome: Thanks for joining in on the fun!! Where abouts are you located? I am from Tonawanda originally! We love the Buffalo airport! We had to fly out of Toronto once....NEVER AGAIN!!!!:eek:

Disneychix
01-03-2013, 12:05 PM
:welcome: Thanks for joining in on the fun!! Where abouts are you located? I am from Tonawanda originally! We love the Buffalo airport! We had to fly out of Toronto once....NEVER AGAIN!!!!:eek:

Hey, I'm from Tonawanda too! Small world!

ash-n-brensmom
01-03-2013, 12:12 PM
Hey, I'm from Tonawanda too! Small world!

SCARY!!! Okay, let's get more specific here...I'm from the Town of Tonawanda.....what about you?

jenseib
01-03-2013, 12:44 PM
joining in

Disneychix
01-03-2013, 01:03 PM
SCARY!!! Okay, let's get more specific here...I'm from the Town of Tonawanda.....what about you?

I grew up in the Town (went to Hoover and Ken West, DH went to St Andrews/Ohara) but currently reside in the City (at least for a few more weeks until we move to Amherst!).

:goodvibes

khertz
01-03-2013, 02:46 PM
Joining in!!

Glad you experienced a good travel day. :thumbsup2 We had a later flight too, and wasn't it so wonderful? We didn't wait in line for anything either! Definitely different from leaving first thing in the morning with everyone else!

Love the Phineas & Ferb pics, especially the one petting Perry! :lmao: I hope it is still there next time, I'd love to do it with DS.

Looking forward to more!

tifaas
01-03-2013, 02:59 PM
Hi there! So glad to see you started your trip report. I was hoping to see how it went with all the plans. I love Jetblue for our non stop flights as well. Loving the pictures so far. Ya'll look like you had a blast and hooray for the talking Ferb.

blessedby3
01-03-2013, 03:05 PM
Im in! I cant wait to read about your experiences since we were there at the same time. I really need to start my TR as well.....

oopsiDAISY
01-03-2013, 03:18 PM
You're here!!! So glad you got this started...I was one of the "off chance" folks still stalking your PTR.... :rolleyes1

Now to go back and catch up with what I have missed on here! popcorn::

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And I am back with comments:

This is yet again making me miss Disney...that Disney funk just creeps up and grabs hold of you doesn't it??? Just reading the TR's you put yourself there in your mind while you follow along on other's adventures....and it just isn't the same. :worried:

So glad no bed bugs this time! :scared1:

Can't wait to see how your dinner at RR was... :surfweb:

jenny105
01-03-2013, 03:20 PM
I'm here!

I love, love, love JetBlue! They are my favorite airline by far.

That lady in DTD creeped me out! I saw her take a picture with someone and she put them in what looked like a chokehold and wouldn't let them walk away!! :lmao:

ash-n-brensmom
01-03-2013, 05:10 PM
joining in

Yay!! :cool1:

Joining in!!

Glad you experienced a good travel day. :thumbsup2 We had a later flight too, and wasn't it so wonderful? We didn't wait in line for anything either! Definitely different from leaving first thing in the morning with everyone else!

Love the Phineas & Ferb pics, especially the one petting Perry! :lmao: I hope it is still there next time, I'd love to do it with DS.

Looking forward to more!

:welcome: It was pretty sweet! I thought we just got lucky, but I guess it was the time of day! The P&F Experience was fun! Quick, before you knew it they were taking the pic...but still fun and really cute!

Hi there! So glad to see you started your trip report. I was hoping to see how it went with all the plans. I love Jetblue for our non stop flights as well. Loving the pictures so far. Ya'll look like you had a blast and hooray for the talking Ferb.

:welcome: Thanks for joining the fun! We had a great time and can't wait to go back....only 9 months to go..;)

Im in! I cant wait to read about your experiences since we were there at the same time. I really need to start my TR as well.....

:welcome: Do get one one started!!! Post your link when you do so I can read along and see how things went for you!!!

You're here!!! So glad you got this started...I was one of the "off chance" folks still stalking your PTR.... :rolleyes1

Now to go back and catch up with what I have missed on here! popcorn::

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And I am back with comments:

This is yet again making me miss Disney...that Disney funk just creeps up and grabs hold of you doesn't it??? Just reading the TR's you put yourself there in your mind while you follow along on other's adventures....and it just isn't the same. :worried:

So glad no bed bugs this time! :scared1:

Can't wait to see how your dinner at RR was... :surfweb:

:welcome: Haha!! I'm so glad you were there to see the link I posted! I didn't think anyone was left! I am back to my old self and can't wait to write this report! Then I can start on a new PTR!! What we do to get through the blues!:surfweb:

I'm here!

I love, love, love JetBlue! They are my favorite airline by far.

That lady in DTD creeped me out! I saw her take a picture with someone and she put them in what looked like a chokehold and wouldn't let them walk away!! :lmao:

:welcome: Thanks for jumping in!! It was a great flight! Can't wait to fly with them again, we got a credit that we can use for our next Disney trip! That lady was fun to watch, I expected her to do something while she was getting her pic taken, but I think she knew not to touch a kid...LOL!


I grew up in the Town (went to Hoover and Ken West, DH went to St Andrews/Ohara) but currently reside in the City (at least for a few more weeks until we move to Amherst!).

:goodvibes

Okay, this is creepy! My brother and I went to St. Andrew's and he went to Ken West! It's hard to tell, but you guys look at least 5 years younger than us...I graduated from St Andrew's in '86 and my brother in '90, then he graduated from Ken West in '94. I wonder if he knows any of the same people as you guys. I went to Ken East, so different people for sure. What a small world!!

ash-n-brensmom
01-04-2013, 02:11 PM
So now we are at DTD, we've done the Phineas and Ferb experience and we are getting hungry...I mean HUNGRY!!::yes::

I forgot to mention that on the way around DTD we stopped by Guest Relations. We had to pick up our YES program park tickets, and our MNSSHP tickets! This took all of 5 minutes and we were on our way!

We had reservations for Raglan Rd tonight! One of our all time faves at WDW and our arrival night tradition. We have been doing this since our first trip in Sep 2008 with my Cousin and her family, and we have been able to do this each year...except last year in Jan....by the time we got moved to our new room we were late, tired and frustrated. So we ate in.

Moving on...we had plenty of time to get to our 6:45 ADR and we were a little early. We checked in and got seated right away. We were led into the main dining room and got a table right at the stage. We were so excited, until we realized that the band and dancers didn't start until MUCH later. Like when we would be climbing into bed!

But, we got lucky and they had one dancer doing a little dance to pre-recorded music on the stage in the middle of the room. We ordered and she got up and danced right behind us!

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I am of Irish descent and I love this music:shamrock:...so do my girls!! It was a fun way to pass the time!

On to the food....Ferb got the citrus glazed salmon, which he LOVED!! I got the steak...almost the best on property usually, this time, not as good, but still delish. And the girls ate burgers, one off the adult menu and one off the kids. Lots of food, too much food...is there such a thing? The thing we love here is the bread service...come with a guiness reduction...delish!!:lovestruc

Then all of a sudden the dancer got up on the stage right in front of us and did a longer dance there! It was awesome!! This pic is blurry, but you can see how close we were!
http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h468/verbs00/Disney%20Oct%202012/100_1458-1.jpg

Then she got down from the stage and we made eye contact and got a chance to say how much we enjoyed the dance...our camera flashes probably gave that away! So she offered to take a pic with the girls!
I apologize for the red eye, couldn't get photobucket to remove it!:badpc:
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After dinner we wandered around the shop there for a bit, but we realized we were pooped and headed back to WBC...we were in bed by 8 and 9 kids and parents respectfully. Had to get up early the next day....gotta get there for ROPE DROP!!! Where to? You'll have to wait and see!!

oopsiDAISY
01-04-2013, 04:02 PM
What a great night at RR! When we were there in March we were seated in the back room (music room) with a pole between us and the stage. Then we realized that only the band was playing...no dancers. We were delighted when two dancers came with a "barn door" (portable dance floor) and a Karaoke machine right to our table (literally only a foot from us). We felt like we were getting our own little show. It was a great surprise! ::yes::

Disneychix
01-04-2013, 05:29 PM
What a great experience at Raglan Rd! But what about the bread pudding dessert? :)

ash-n-brensmom
01-04-2013, 06:25 PM
What a great night at RR! When we were there in March we were seated in the back room (music room) with a pole between us and the stage. Then we realized that only the band was playing...no dancers. We were delighted when two dancers came with a "barn door" (portable dance floor) and a Karaoke machine right to our table (literally only a foot from us). We felt like we were getting our own little show. It was a great surprise! ::yes::

It's funny, because we saw her head away from us with a speaker, she must have been making the rounds! That's really cool getting a private show like that!

What a great experience at Raglan Rd! But what about the bread pudding dessert? :)

We didn't order dessert this time, we were stuffed. And staying off site we weren't on the dining plan either, so all of our meals were OOP. I have had that dessert before, though....YUM-MY!!

BMC423
01-04-2013, 06:41 PM
I'm here!!!

Yay for JB, I love them! We have never had a problem with them and we we only fly with them (unless of course they don't go where we are going). They are always on time, and often early! Glad you liked them, also the prices can't be beat!

I would have loved to see that lady's face when you told her about the civic!

Glad your room was clean and bug free this time around!

Yay for DTD and RR. I think going to DTD is the perfect way to start your trip, we do that too. RR is so good I had the salmon last time... delish!

Ferb
01-04-2013, 06:43 PM
I'm here! I'm trying the new iPhone app

khertz
01-04-2013, 08:09 PM
Sounds like a great first night! How sweet that the dancer at Raglan Road came down to talk to your family. :goodvibes Great pic of her with the girls too! Seems like a fun place. We have never been, but may need to try it!

ash-n-brensmom
01-05-2013, 10:29 AM
I'm here!!!

Yay for JB, I love them! We have never had a problem with them and we we only fly with them (unless of course they don't go where we are going). They are always on time, and often early! Glad you liked them, also the prices can't be beat!

I would have loved to see that lady's face when you told her about the civic!

Glad your room was clean and bug free this time around!

Yay for DTD and RR. I think going to DTD is the perfect way to start your trip, we do that too. RR is so good I had the salmon last time... delish!


YaY!!! So glad to have you here, Bicki!!!

Even after that comment about the Civic, she still tried to get me to upgrade. I get that they have a job to do, but when I say No, I mean NO!!

Raglan Road was delish as always! I just love the vibe in there,too!

And you're right, YAY for no bed bugs!!:cheer2::eek:

I'm here! I'm trying the new iPhone app

'bout time!
:rolleyes1

Sounds like a great first night! How sweet that the dancer at Raglan Road came down to talk to your family. :goodvibes Great pic of her with the girls too! Seems like a fun place. We have never been, but may need to try it!

She was cute, loved her little Irish accent, too! The girls really enjoyed watching her. I've tried to get them into Irish Dancing, you know, just to live vicariously through them!;) But, nope...they didn't like it. Oh well...

ash-n-brensmom
01-05-2013, 02:44 PM
Day Two!!!
Okay, I left you hanging as to where we would be going today.....it's our first park day.....where would you go?


Magic Kingdom of course!!
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We got up at 6 and headed out without eating...we stopped at a Hess station and grabbed something quick and nasty to eat on the way. Staying off site and driving ourselves gave us lots of freedom, but of course that meant we had to park at the TTC. We decided to take the ferry this morning....the weather was beautiful and the ferry was just getting ready to launch!

We aren't too excited!!
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We noticed a lot of younger adults with wristbands on..these we found out were CM's there for the New Fantasyland preview...boy were we jealous!!:headache:

We arrived at the park by 8:15 and while we waited for the opening show a CM was running around and throwing Mickey confetti at unsuspecting guests! It was funny and Rapunzel enjoyed gathering as much as she could!
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While we waited for the opening show we saw him do it to a few more people..someone really loves their job!:thumbsup2



The park opened at 9 and we headed straight for Merida! Rapunzel just loves her, and everything about her and this movie! We were like the 4th family in line and got to talking with a really cute family with two little girls. They were really nice and they loved talking to Rapunzel and especially Stitch...little mother hen that girl is! The time for Merida passed and we started to wonder when she would get here. Then a CM came out with a booklet of handwritten F/P's and announced that Merida was running late. We decided to take the FP and head over into Fantasyland and see what we could done with the rest of the morning. We felt like we had wasted so much time there and the morning was slipping away.

Gotta give this a try every time!
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We rode PPF with a 20 min posted wait...urgh...wasted time see? But it was okay...we were going to be in the park 3 times this week...plenty of time to see and do. I really love PPF! A classic feel good ride!

WtP was posted at 20 min and we didn't want to wait for that one...so we wandered over to the new Storybook area. This place is pretty cool...I am looking forward to seeing it once all the construction walls have come down. It seemed a little awkward walking back there with walls everywhere.

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We checked out the new Dumbo queue and play area. I was very impressed. It's a little dark in there, but on a hot sunny day that would be a relief for parents!
The wait time was listed at 15 min but really there was no wait...we let the girls hang out in the play area and walk around and check stuff out. I didn't think they would enjoy it as much as they did! Rapunzel even made a friend while in there!
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I would like to apologize for all of the wonky picture sizes. Photobucket has been a total pain in the buttinsky lately. I don't like the new format and I keep having to force it into the old one. Then because we were close to our capacity Ferb opened a new acct, well that has been a real pain as well. Trying to get all the pics in order from two different accts, while trying to edit the sizes and crop and such....and on top of it, photobucket hasn't been saving the newly edited pic. This little post has taken me an hour to write just because of the photo editing!!!! AAARRGGGHHH!!! I am not the most computer literate person either, which doesn't exactly help! Anyway, rant over, and again I apologize!

oopsiDAISY
01-05-2013, 03:35 PM
Love the confetti throwing CM!!! :rotfl2: Allow me to hang my head in shame while admitting that I have never made RD for MK. :blush: I really would like to try to make it next time we go. We have been there for 8:00sm EMH's so surely we can make it for a 9:00am RD, right?

It looks like you had beautiful weather for MK. We have had all day rain the past two times we have gone. :faint:

ash-n-brensmom
01-05-2013, 04:08 PM
Love the confetti throwing CM!!! :rotfl2: Allow me to hang my head in shame while admitting that I have never made RD for MK. :blush: I really would like to try to make it next time we go. We have been there for 8:00sm EMH's so surely we can make it for a 9:00am RD, right?

It looks like you had beautiful weather for MK. We have had all day rain the past two times we have gone. :faint:

I love, love, love the opening ceremony here! It's really a shame that they have removed all of these special morning shows from every other park. I really hope this one stays!! And yes, if you can make it to EMH, you can do a 9 AM RD! :thumbsup2

Too bad about all that rain...although, the few times we have had rain it's made for wonderful park touring! No waits at all!

homeschoolmomof4
01-06-2013, 08:11 AM
Love the confetti throwing!! When my ginger boy was about 5 a very kind security guard saw my little guy picking up confetti off the ground and handed my son an envelope full of confetti. 8 years later, my son still has that confetti and the guard's kindness has not been forgotten.

And the opening ceremony is a must for our family. I've even been known to get teary-eyed!

Cannot wait to hear more about your trip!

ash-n-brensmom
01-06-2013, 08:43 AM
Love the confetti throwing!! When my ginger boy was about 5 a very kind security guard saw my little guy picking up confetti off the ground and handed my son an envelope full of confetti. 8 years later, my son still has that confetti and the guard's kindness has not been forgotten.

And the opening ceremony is a must for our family. I've even been known to get teary-eyed!

Cannot wait to hear more about your trip!

Oh yeah, tears every time!:hug: That's a great story about your son! It just goes to show how a little act of kindness will stay with you! :flower3:

ash-n-brensmom
01-06-2013, 10:05 AM
Day Two...Cont

I forgot to update this day with the date and weather....something that I enjoy seeing when I read other TR's. Today is Oct 23 and the weather was a high of 84 and a low of 65.

So, MK continued...

We had just finished playing in the new Dumbo area and we walked out to no line, just wait for the elephants to land...

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We rode Barnstormer after with no wait, Rapunzel and I got to be in the first row! She has decided that this is one of her new faves! She hasn't been on this since 2008 and she was too young to enjoy it then.

We headed over to look at more of the area, the theme here is pretty cool! We stopped at the washrooms in the railway station and Rapunzel took a walk over to Casey's water area...
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Next we headed into the Big Top, we wanted to see it, plus we were getting hungry...time for a treat!!
This was taken with Ferb's new Ipod, the panoramic shot needed some work, but you get the idea...
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What a cool looking shop! The girls went wild! LOL! And so did I....just look at all those treats!!
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I got a red velvet cake pop (the last one!)..heaven on a stick:cloud9:, Ferb got the pineapple spear dipped in chocolate, Rapunzel got caramel corn and the girls both got slushies. Next time, I want that pineapple spear, to be honest, it was better than the cake pop...crazy, I know!

The girls each got a pair of sunglasses here as well, the sun was really bright for us Canadians!:sunny::cool:

We stepped out and got in line for Donaldo and Goofini at 10:50 with a 10 minute wait posted...and this was pretty accurate. I wanted to do the Daisy and Minnie line, but the girls didn't want to. I wish there was a way to get right in their line without heading back through the shop....if there was, I probably could have convinced them to do it.

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We had seen all we could of the Storybook Circus area and so we moved along to one of my faves and one that we had been trying to get Rapunzel to ride for years. We finally got her on it in Jan, but she didn't give it a straight thumbs up. So we wanted her to give it another go. Haunted Mansion....we knew we had to skip the stretching room if she would ride...so with that in mind, we headed over and talked her into to it...it took the whole walk over just talking about it and how she didn't mind it, and we really wanted to ride as a family...and she did it! And she is good to go from now on....as long as we skip the stretching room. We asked the first time, but by the end of our vacation we basically just helped ourselves to the bypass. We walked through the extended queue this time, but for later rides we just walked in through the direct line.

After our ride we headed over towards Rapunzel's favorite ride EVER!! BTMRR!!!! She deserved it after braving HM for us! We grabbed FP since it was listed with a 20 min wait and I wanted to tackle another of Rapunzel's newest achievements. POC! She likes it, but I wasn't sure if she was gonna be as excited after a 9 month break since her last time riding. She was good to go!! And excited!!

I apologize for the quality of this pic...photobucket once again will not let me edit...But, look at how excited that girl is!! And no, not me!! LOL!
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That accomplished we headed back to BTMRR to use our FP...the wait was downgraded to 10 min so we rode back to back!! Love that ride!!
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Now it was time to use our FP for Merida. We were a little nervous about how well this would work. Well, let me tell you, we got dumped with some serious Pixie Dust with this one! pixiedust: Rapunzel just loves Merida now. She asked for all this Merida stuff for Xmas and saw the movie twice at the theater.

We walked up to the meet and greet area...everyone in line giving us the stink eye.:mad: I get it, but it was a little weird. So we got the attention of the Character CM as she was exiting the now closing gate. I thought we had waited too long...but no, she took our FP and another CM came up to us and grabbed the girls and told them he needed their help! :thumbsup2

He said his friend Merida likes to hide on him and play hide and seek and could the girls help him find her? Um, yeah!!!:yay: So, he walks them up the ramp and shows them a tapestry that she likes to hide behind...nope not there...then out of nowhere (well, actually from behind one of the set pieces) Merida comes jumping out at the girls!! They LOVED it! Especially Rapunzel! Merida was great...we had ordered photo books for the girls' autograph books and Merida had a page for herself. She loved it!

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This was a great meet and greet and the girls really felt special!
It was time for lunch...we had an ADR for WCC...so we headed out to the entrance and took the ferry over to WL. That is for another update...lots of pics from that lunch...:lmao::rotfl:

oopsiDAISY
01-06-2013, 02:44 PM
YOu have such great pictures of the new Storybook Circus area! Can't wait to see it all! :woohoo: What a wonderful m&g with Merida! pixiedust: Can't wait to read your review of WCC. I really want to try it out next time if I can get all the logistics worked out with our extra folks going this time. :thumbsup2

ash-n-brensmom
01-06-2013, 03:20 PM
YOu have such great pictures of the new Storybook Circus area! Can't wait to see it all! :woohoo: What a wonderful m&g with Merida! pixiedust: Can't wait to read your review of WCC. I really want to try it out next time if I can get all the logistics worked out with our extra folks going this time. :thumbsup2

We got some decent pics, we are NOT photogs at all! Like I said, the theme in there is pretty cool, and I am looking forward to seeing everything complete with all those walls down. Lots of the walls are for the mine train I think still, so it's going to be a while.

jenseib
01-06-2013, 06:24 PM
Great updates. you should be able to switch back to old style photobucket still, but I heard the editing part is a combination of new and old, and pretty much sucks. LOL

Love your Merida greet. We have yet to see her. I need to remedy that.

ash-n-brensmom
01-07-2013, 06:58 AM
Great updates. you should be able to switch back to old style photobucket still, but I heard the editing part is a combination of new and old, and pretty much sucks. LOL

Love your Merida greet. We have yet to see her. I need to remedy that.

Part of my problem is I have to keep two different accts open at the same time to get all the pics. And they won't allow that unless I open one on Internet Explorer, and it's not as compatible on that browser. So, I get glitches there, plus I have to keep editing the same pic over and over for some reason. I am ready to ditch Photobucket. Who do you use?

Merida was fun, would it have been as great without the pixie dust? Maybe, Rapunzel had to meet her either way, but I have a feeling meet and greets are starting to slowly be removed from our park touring. Which is kind of sad, but also will make planning the day easier. I think we will do the more important ones, like a new character or an elusive one, but we didn't get anywhere near filling our book this time.

jenseib
01-07-2013, 07:13 AM
Part of my problem is I have to keep two different accts open at the same time to get all the pics. And they won't allow that unless I open one on Internet Explorer, and it's not as compatible on that browser. So, I get glitches there, plus I have to keep editing the same pic over and over for some reason. I am ready to ditch Photobucket. Who do you use?

Merida was fun, would it have been as great without the pixie dust? Maybe, Rapunzel had to meet her either way, but I have a feeling meet and greets are starting to slowly be removed from our park touring. Which is kind of sad, but also will make planning the day easier. I think we will do the more important ones, like a new character or an elusive one, but we didn't get anywhere near filling our book this time.

I use photoshop to edit. I have more control there. I have done a few phone pictures in the past and photobucket is too limited to me. But it did ok. They just need to leave it alone, or speed it up at the most. I have a pro account, but leery about renewing it.

ash-n-brensmom
01-07-2013, 10:19 AM
Day Two, cont, cont...:thumbsup2

So we left off having just left MK to head to WL for our WCC lunch. Our ADR was at 1:05.

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We took the boat to WL, it was a nice ride, I should have taken pictures.:headache:

We checked in for lunch and got seated right away. We have eaten here a few times already, but never for lunch. They changed the menu and Ferb liked the look of a few things on the new menu, and we are paying OOP for our food and lunch is cheaper!:thumbsup2 We always have a great time here, it's loud and funny! Except for lunch, apparently. It was almost empty when we sat down. It did start to fill up a little as time went on, but still never got really loud in there. I was worried that the antics of dinner-time weren't going to happen. WAS I WRONG?! :rotfl2:

We got seated in the center of the dining room, and our server came and told us that since it was our Anniversary he was going to make us something. Here is what he made:

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He took our drink orders and I got a Diet Coke. Those of you that have eaten here can see where this is going already!

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At this point the girls are totally cracking up and our waiter wanted to know what was wrong? Rapunzel says, That's not big enough for my Mommy! He said, well you ordered a Diet! So he says, don't worry, I'll get you a bigger one...oh yeah, we can ALL see where this is going!!

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Too bad I had to put it on the floor to drink with that straw!!!
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We had a great lunch, lots of fun had by all...ketchup went back and forth,
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The CM's were fun today, picking on the guests like crazy and just having a hoot! We were gonna skip dessert, we were really full...when our waiter comes over to Ferb and gets him to stand up and sing "You are my sunshine" in front of the whole restaurant for our Anniversary. He can't sing, just saying!:rolleyes1 But it was cute and we got a cupcake out of it!popcorn::

Not the best pic quality wise, but shows how much fun our waiter was having with us!
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We rolled out of there and headed back to MK again on the ferry. It was a beautiful afternoon and made for a lovely ride back to the park. I can really see the advantage of staying here with the ferry access!

We headed over to Frontierland and grabbed more FP for BTMRR. The wait was listed as 20 min. Ferb took Rapunzel over to the Tiki room and Stitch and I rode Splash Mt. We didn't get wet at all! We met up after and rode BTMRR with our FP's. At this point we realized we hadn't been to Tomorrowland yet, so we headed over and grabbed FP for Space Mt. and then went in for Monster's Inc. After Stitch and I used the FP for SM while Rapunzel and Ferb hung out and grabbed a frozen coke. We all rode the Peoplemover together and realized the park would be closing for MNSSHP soon. There were already tons of people in costume streaming into the park. So we decided to head out...but not before grabbing one of these beauties. This was a first for our family...and for sure, not going to be our last!!
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Rapunzel wanted a sundae from next door, so I stood in line with her. We ate our ice cream in the Main St Bakery...sad that this will be changing over. And then we headed out, it was 6pm at this point. We got in our bathing suits and went for a relaxing swim and rest in the hot tub. Got another big day tomorrow!! And another RD!!

blessedby3
01-07-2013, 12:01 PM
WCC looks like a lot of fun! We have never eaten there before. We even stayed at the WL in 2005 and didnt eat there:rolleyes1 May have to add that to our list for our next trip:goodvibes

ash-n-brensmom
01-07-2013, 02:06 PM
WCC looks like a lot of fun! We have never eaten there before. We even stayed at the WL in 2005 and didnt eat there:rolleyes1 May have to add that to our list for our next trip:goodvibes

We have always had good service there and they love to make a big deal out of celebrations. On my b-day our waitress brought me champagne and then sang HB to me very loudly and quite off key...it was hilarious! Our first time there they had me and Ferb get up in front of the whole restaurant and participate in a kissing contest. The girls were MORTIFIED!!:lmao:

I know that some people aren't too keen on the noise, but you if you like to have fun and goof around during your meal, this is the place. As our waiter said to us, Welcome to The Whispering Canyon Cafe, where no one whispers.:thumbsup2

marmalade
01-07-2013, 07:46 PM
:welcome: Thanks for joining in on the fun!! Where abouts are you located? I am from Tonawanda originally! We love the Buffalo airport! We had to fly out of Toronto once....NEVER AGAIN!!!!:eek:

Hey, I'm from Tonawanda too! Small world!



:wave2: I'm from Tonawanda too!

Love the diet coke! :rotfl:

jenseib
01-07-2013, 07:55 PM
I love WCC. You guys had a fun day!

ash-n-brensmom
01-08-2013, 07:29 AM
:wave2: I'm from Tonawanda too!

Love the diet coke! :rotfl:

Okay, this is getting bizarre!!:confused3 So, where in Tonawanda are you from? I am from the Town...down by Elicott Creek.

And yeah, that whole diet coke schtick was pretty funny...the girls really got a kick out of the whole thing!:goodvibes

I love WCC. You guys had a fun day!

Yes we did have a fun day, we didn't overdo it and just had a great day!:thumbsup2

Disneychix
01-08-2013, 08:31 AM
I missed your fun updates! What a great day you had :)

I never do get to meet any princesses (with 2 boys) so I live through DISers meet n greets!

I didn't even know all that stuff was back in the Storybook Circus area. But I think maybe the big tops weren't open in Sept when we went? We'll have to check it out this year.

Your lunch at WCC looks fun. My DH would walk out-seriously-if they waiter tried to make him sing! I would be getting some serious stink-eye!!

ash-n-brensmom
01-08-2013, 08:39 AM
Post scrip from Day Two:
What I forgot to mention was, since we never got to Walmart on our arrival day, we needed food for the mornings. We stopped at a Hess station and grabbed some over priced milk and cereal.

Day Three!!

Oct 24th and the weather was...high of 87 and low of 70. Not bad temp wise, but there were some clouds in the sky....

We left off relaxing for the evening by the pool and in the hot tub and heading to bed at a very reasonable hour. We needed our rest! Today was a big RD day...can NOT miss this RD or it's all over, folks!

Disney's Hollywood Studios!

We got up and had breakfast in the room. We didn't rush, DHS is right down the road from WBC. Again, location, location, location! The park hours were listed as 9-9, but as had been happening in months past, they opened early at 8:45 to avoid the crazy mad dash to TSMM. We followed our usual plan of attack: Ferb walks briskly to the FP machines while the girls and I walk at a safer pace with the crowds and we meet up to ride together. In the past we have been the ones waiting for Ferb because people with multiple passes would be in front of him at the machines. But this time he had to wait for us.

We rode with little to no wait and while we walked through got this pic:
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We all love this ride! We always have a blast...some people say it's a glorified arcade game...but when you hear people whooping and hollering and have a great time, I don't see how you can downplay that?:confused3

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When we came out it was raining a bit. Not enough to slow anyone down, especially us!:thumbsup2 We decided this would be a good time to split up. Ferb took Rapunzel to ride Star Tours and Stitch and I headed to RnRC!! Again, little to no wait for this ride!! We love this one!!

We met up with Ferb and Rapunzel at the Phineas and Ferb M&G. We had done this in Jan and got such great interaction...too bad Mommy was using the camcorder and got nothing...:rolleyes1 But, we had another great visit with our current faves!! Ferb especially loves these guys!

This is another time when our character pages were a hit! The boys loved having a page just for them!
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We took advantage of our location and headed towards the Muppets 3D. But as we were walking I noticed a PP person by the speeder in front of Star Tours. I got all excited and MADE the family head over there. I heard complaints the whole way....but I was sooooo glad I did it! Later when we walked by she was gone!

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No one can say my Ferb doesn't like to have fun!:thumbsup2

We watched Muppets, then rode TSMM with our FP and grabbed another before they ran out!

Waiting for our FP ride!
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We were getting hungry at this point so we headed over to try Starring Rolls. I had read so much about this place that I thought we really should give it a try. Too bad it was a mad house and there was no seating available. Plenty of squatters just hanging around with no food and taking up a table that we could have used.:furious: Okay, rant over.

We grabbed a couple of sandwiches and everyone got a cupcake! And we headed up the road to the other counter service restaurants and grabbed an open air seat under a fan. It was warm out at this point and my girls don't like eating outside, but this was the only place. We actually had a decent meal this way. These other places weren't open yet, so it was quiet and we were able to just chill under the fan.:cloud9: The food at Starring Rolls was pretty good. The sandwiches had stuff on them the girls didn't enjoy, but us adults loved them. The cupcakes on the other hand, were a hit!
And now I am going to gross you out with pics of my family eating their cupcakes....don't say I didn't warn you!:sick::rotfl:

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See? They really enjoyed them!:thumbsup2

So, after our refreshments, we realized we could book it over and get in to see Indiana Jones. We missed this in Jan so we wanted to try this time. We thought we were going to get crap seats, but because they were making everyone move in, we got front row on the far left! Not bad...except when the things were on fire, it was HOT!!

One pic just to show how close we were!
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We were tired and hot at this point so we decided to take a break. We headed back to WBC...literally minutes up the road and went for a swim. I finally had a dismeet here by the pool! Shellody and her gang were hanging by the pool as well. I recognized her mom first from her past TR's and said hi. We talked for a while, and Shellody even thought to take a pic. If you're reading this, Shellody, I hope all is well and DH is on the mend!:hug:

I will leave you here...we headed back to DHS after the break...how did it go?

ash-n-brensmom
01-08-2013, 08:42 AM
I missed your fun updates! What a great day you had :)

I never do get to meet any princesses (with 2 boys) so I live through DISers meet n greets!

I didn't even know all that stuff was back in the Storybook Circus area. But I think maybe the big tops weren't open in Sept when we went? We'll have to check it out this year.

Your lunch at WCC looks fun. My DH would walk out-seriously-if they waiter tried to make him sing! I would be getting some serious stink-eye!!

I understand! My oldest was never really into princesses much, I am loving how girly Rapunzel is!
I think Storybook Circus opened a few weeks before we got there? I could be wrong, though. It's really fun and bright back there!
There was a time when Ferb didn't play along. We had some tough times and I think he realized how much fun he was missing. If you check out my latest post from DHS, you'll see just how far he has come!

marmalade
01-08-2013, 06:35 PM
Okay, this is getting bizarre!!:confused3 So, where in Tonawanda are you from? I am from the Town...down by Elicott Creek.

And yeah, that whole diet coke schtick was pretty funny...the girls really got a kick out of the whole thing!:goodvibes

I'm in the City, not to far from Mississippi Mudds.

ash-n-brensmom
01-08-2013, 06:38 PM
I'm in the City, not to far from Mississippi Mudds.

Ahhhh.....loved going down to the river in the summer...but we went to Old Man River. You are taking me back in time....:)

khertz
01-08-2013, 08:35 PM
What a cute meet with Merida! From the pictures, it looks like your girls really enjoyed that!

Love the Anniversary hats at WCC!!! :rotfl: That is too great. It's good to see they still have the antics there. I remember being nervous about eating there on a trip with my parents as a teen, but it was a really fun meal.

Wow, Ferb does not look like he is having fun on that starspeeder AT ALL! :rotfl2:

Mmmm, cupcakes from Starring Rolls...but you forgot the most important part. Which ones did you try?!

SoccerDogWithEars
01-08-2013, 10:10 PM
Hopping on board. We went in early Oct, and while Sandy was just being born, it rained a good portion of the trip. We even bought one of the poncho Mickey antenna toppers to commemorate it!

ash-n-brensmom
01-09-2013, 07:16 AM
What a cute meet with Merida! From the pictures, it looks like your girls really enjoyed that!

Love the Anniversary hats at WCC!!! :rotfl: That is too great. It's good to see they still have the antics there. I remember being nervous about eating there on a trip with my parents as a teen, but it was a really fun meal.

Wow, Ferb does not look like he is having fun on that starspeeder AT ALL! :rotfl2:

Mmmm, cupcakes from Starring Rolls...but you forgot the most important part. Which ones did you try?!

I can totally see it as completely embarrassing at a teen, but I think the CM's there do a pretty good job of adjusting to all ages! Rapunzel was only 4 the first time we went and we didn't realize how much the noise of WDW in general would upset her. It was almost our last day and our waiter made her cry...he felt so bad he brought her and the other two girls at our table the tinkerbell cups on the house. It ended up being the first time she really seemed to enjoy herself all week!

Ha! That pic on the speeder is a classic, no?!


Hopping on board. We went in early Oct, and while Sandy was just being born, it rained a good portion of the trip. We even bought one of the poncho Mickey antenna toppers to commemorate it!

:welcome: So glad to see you here!!! Yeah, Sandy was soooo huge!! I couldn't believe how many people got affected by that horrible storm. The weather turns soon in this TR.

Disneychix
01-09-2013, 09:28 AM
I'm in the City, not to far from Mississippi Mudds.

I'm in your 'hood' but we're up on the hill by 2 Mile Creek. Hopefully only for 1 more month though-waiting on our closing date!

ash-n-brensmom
01-09-2013, 09:48 AM
I'm in your 'hood' but we're up on the hill by 2 Mile Creek. Hopefully only for 1 more month though-waiting on our closing date!

Freaking out yet?:hyper: I hear that closing dates in NY aren't set in stone. Is that right?
Where in Amherst are you moving to?

jenseib
01-09-2013, 05:02 PM
I tried starring rolls for the first time this trip and we just got a cupcake, but WOW.....YUMMY. We did try to get a sandwich later but we came to it not long after it had closed for the day, which btw is way too early.

ash-n-brensmom
01-09-2013, 05:13 PM
I tried starring rolls for the first time this trip and we just got a cupcake, but WOW.....YUMMY. We did try to get a sandwich later but we came to it not long after it had closed for the day, which btw is way too early.

I know...yummy cupcakes, yummy sandwiches...but weird hours and not enough seating. Oh well...gonna have to plan better next time.

ash-n-brensmom
01-10-2013, 02:03 PM
Just a short real life update...

I have been on vacation since New Year's Day. Unfortunately, that vacation is coming to an end tonight.:sad2: I have to go back to my midnight schedule tonight and will be returning to my usual update format of Wed and Thur. Although, Rapunzel and Stitch will be staying at my cousin's this weekend, so I may sneak a quick post in Sat.....hmmmmm.....

Anyways, it's been a very relaxing 9 days off from work. We got some organizing done, had a visit with my Brother in law..that was fun..:rolleyes1. But mostly, I was able to rest, sleep and recharge my batteries. I am now ready to take on 2013!:yay: Of course, having a WDW/DCL vacation to look forward to this year is helping with that!;)

BMC423
01-12-2013, 09:19 PM
Whoa I missed a lot!

First of I've never been to RD at MK either, but I love the story of the confetti throwing CM. I would have loved that!

I'm glad the Merida M&G went well, I got a little concerned when you mentioned hand written FP! Your pictures are great, I'm sure that will be one of the experiences they remember for a long time if not ever.

I really need a little girl in my life... I miss all the princess themed things too!

It is sad Main Street Bakery is changing, don't get me wrong I love Starbucks and I was all excited until I saw that part of the announcement.

I loved your storybook circus pics, when we were there the only Dumbo and the Barnstromer were open. It's nice to see all the new things.

I love all your WCC pics! We were supposed to eat there last trip but had to cancel much to my disappointment. Maybe next time! I can't show DH your pics though he is pretty shy and being the center of attention is really not his thing. So he might quickly say no to eating here.

I know you said you didn't take a lot of food pics this trip but what did you eat at Starring Rolls? We didn't make here last trip either, it closes very early for some reason. :confused3

jenny105
01-14-2013, 09:07 AM
I wish I had a DW/DCL vacation to look forward to this year! But I have a Carnival cruise in October so I can't complain too much. Happy 2013!

ash-n-brensmom
01-16-2013, 09:26 AM
Whoa I missed a lot!

First of I've never been to RD at MK either, but I love the story of the confetti throwing CM. I would have loved that!

I'm glad the Merida M&G went well, I got a little concerned when you mentioned hand written FP! Your pictures are great, I'm sure that will be one of the experiences they remember for a long time if not ever.

I really need a little girl in my life... I miss all the princess themed things too!

It is sad Main Street Bakery is changing, don't get me wrong I love Starbucks and I was all excited until I saw that part of the announcement.

I loved your storybook circus pics, when we were there the only Dumbo and the Barnstromer were open. It's nice to see all the new things.

I love all your WCC pics! We were supposed to eat there last trip but had to cancel much to my disappointment. Maybe next time! I can't show DH your pics though he is pretty shy and being the center of attention is really not his thing. So he might quickly say no to eating here.

I know you said you didn't take a lot of food pics this trip but what did you eat at Starring Rolls? We didn't make here last trip either, it closes very early for some reason. :confused3


I just love how much this guy was enjoying his job. I would like to think I would be like that if I worked in WDW!

Merida was great and really the girls were so happy. I think we are pretty lucky with our girls because we get the best of both worlds, Stitch loves Pirates, Jack Skellington, and Stitch and Rapunzel has always loved the princesses!

WCC isn't for the faint of heart, that's for sure! :rotfl: We obviously have lots of fun there, but a shy person would probably be so stressed out wondering if they were going to be singled out...I can't imagine them enjoying themselves. Even if the CM sees not to do anything, I think they would be worried the whole time. And really, there are so many great restaurants all over WDW that this one wouldn't be so bad to skip.

I am sorry to say, I have no idea what we ate....a couple of sandwiches and some really sweet cupcakes. I know, I know....epic fail.:faint:


I wish I had a DW/DCL vacation to look forward to this year! But I have a Carnival cruise in October so I can't complain too much. Happy 2013!

You have to let us all know how the Carnival cruise goes. I have wondered, since we have only done one and it was DCL, how they really compare. So, you've done the 2 night and now you will be on Carnival, hard to compare with only a 2 night, but still. And thanks, Happy 2013 to you!! May your year be full of...pixiedust:

jenny105
01-16-2013, 10:54 AM
You have to let us all know how the Carnival cruise goes. I have wondered, since we have only done one and it was DCL, how they really compare. So, you've done the 2 night and now you will be on Carnival, hard to compare with only a 2 night, but still. And thanks, Happy 2013 to you!! May your year be full of...pixiedust:

I've done a 3 night on DCL too in 2009 plus I've sailed with NCL 3 times and RCCL once. Carnival seems to get mixed reviews from people so I'm not sure what to expect!

teachermommy78
01-20-2013, 09:25 PM
I hate to sound totally lame, but your girls are just turning into such beauties! They always were cute, but now they are really coming into themselves. It's fun to watch them grow up! I love, love, love WCC! We are planning to go again on our next trip. Have you ever been to Hoop De Doo? I've watched some YouTube videos and it looks so fun!!! We are also planning on that one.

ash-n-brensmom
01-23-2013, 08:45 AM
I've done a 3 night on DCL too in 2009 plus I've sailed with NCL 3 times and RCCL once. Carnival seems to get mixed reviews from people so I'm not sure what to expect!

I think that the Carnival love is there, but people seem to expect it to be all party all the time and that's not realistic. There are all kinds of cruisers on those ships too. I think people avoid Carnival because of that stigma. But, I was just talking to a co worker of mine who is planning a vacation later in the year, and he said he is thinking of doing another Carnival. Can't be so bad if they have repeat customers!:thumbsup2

I hate to sound totally lame, but your girls are just turning into such beauties! They always were cute, but now they are really coming into themselves. It's fun to watch them grow up! I love, love, love WCC! We are planning to go again on our next trip. Have you ever been to Hoop De Doo? I've watched some YouTube videos and it looks so fun!!! We are also planning on that one.

Oh my gosh...that is the sweetest thing! Thank you so much...it's funny when you look back at the old pics from the first few trips and see how much the kids have grown...it's crazy really! I love that I've got repeat readers along for the TR...it makes it feel like I am talking with old friends...KWIM?

So, HDDR...it was actually on our original plans for this trip, but we heard rumors of a refurb and changed plans. We might try for the next vacay...but our budget will be tighter this time, so not too sure. It looks like so much fun, though!

oopsiDAISY
04-08-2013, 10:03 AM
Just jumping over here to say... COME BAAAAAAACK!!!!!