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SoNotAPrincess
01-11-2013, 10:25 PM
I never know how to start a trip report, so Ill borrow from Mr. Dickens...

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

It fits this trip that had more ups and downs than Rock n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, and the Triple Mountain Whammy combined; but it's a little high falutin' for a TR that's also about shenanigans, tomfoolery, and general mayhem; so here's take two...

My niece's FIRST VISIT!

Christmas and New Year's at Walt Disney World!

The trip of a lifetime!

Never again, my friends. Never again.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Return with me now to the days of yesteryear, when Christmas sparkled on the horizon like twinkle lights on steroids and the new year floated just beyond it, glowing with promises of adventure and surprise...a whole new world, shining, shimmering, splendid!

First, the particulars:

What: A ten-day trip to WDW
When: December 24, 2012 January 2, 2013
Where: Port Orleans Riverside Royal Rooms
Who: Me (Laura)

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Gabriel (my BF)

So here's the thing. Gabriel forbids me to put his picture in this trip report. He's so adamant about it that I'm worried he's on the run from the law...or in witness protection...or a CIA assassin a'la Jason Bourne...or maybe just a plain old International Man of Mystery! Clearly, he has some deep, dark secret he hasn't seen fit to share with me in the ten years we've been together.

And since we want what we can't have, you're all DYING to know what he looks like, right?

Of course you are!

Hes Latin...tall(ish), chocolate brown eyes, black hair that's going a bit salt and pepper (swoon), and a killer smile...an older, broader Benjamin Bratt.

Hey, I never said Im not completely biased.

Or maybe he looks like this:

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If you looked like this, you wouldn't want your picture splashed all over the Internet either, now would you?

Trudy (my mom)

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With baby Asa (He wasn't on this trip, but how cute is he?)

Earl (my brother) and Lenny (my SIL)

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Brianna (my 9-year-old niece)

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AND NOW ON WITH THE SHOW!

Day One: Monday, December 24, 2012
The Wait is Over...Almost

I love Christmas movies, so I'm going to use quotes from my favorite holiday flicks (and TV shows) to open each chapter. To get us going, here are a couple about the season:

"Ho, ho, but no matter. Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved." (A Christmas Story)

"Christmas is just about my favorite time. Ever since I was a little kid, I always felt like it was my own personal holiday." (Ernest Saves Christmas)


I opened my eyes and immediately realized that after almost a year of planning, it was here: D-Day! No more sleeps til Disney!

Needless to say, I was a happy girl.

I was mostly packed and only had to add a couple of things to the top of my suitcase before I could start gently (ahem) reminding my mom and Gabriel that they needed to get 'er done. Much to my dismay, neither of them was inclined to shift into high gear.

Since the plan was for us to leave on the big one-hour drive to Orlando around noon, they didn't see what the big rush was, so I had to turn it up a notch. I made coffee and turned on my favorite Christmas music. I threatened Gabriel that if he didn't get a move on, I would BLAST Christmas, Don't be Late by Alvin and the Chipmunks and follow it with I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.

Gabriel is not a fan of novelty Christmas songs.

In fact, the only thing he likes less than novelty Christmas songs is Air Supply.

Are you singing All Out of Love?

You're welcome.

My brother and his family were driving in from Indiana and expected to arrive in Orlando around 4 p.m. I wanted to get there a few hours before them so I could put a few surprises in place.

However, as John Steinbeck said, "The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry."

My phone rang a few minutes after 11, and I heard Brianna's excited voice, Were HERE! At DISNEY WORLD! In a PRINCESS room!

Which was a surprise engineered by yours truly, and I had missed seeing her reaction.

Ding dang double drat darnit!

My brother got on the phone and happily informed me that they were checked in, their room was ready, and they were going to check out the pool. It was about 50 degrees, which is cool for Florida, but warm compared to the 12 degrees they'd left behind in Indiana. And Disney's pools are 80 degrees all year round.

I was happy for them...extra hours at Disney can only be good...but I was disappointed, too. Having no other choice, I sucked it up and told him we'd be there as soon as we could, then reminded him that they could use their dining credits if they were hungry.

Because I'm nice like that.

I clicked off the call and started cracking the whip over Mom and Gabriel with purpose.

They lollygagged.

Dragged their feet.

Refused to be rushed.

When I could stand no more, I grabbed my keys and announced that I was leaving without them.

Which I did.

To go to Walgreens to pick up Mom's prescription.

And Starbucks for an iced vanilla Chai latte.

Like I needed more caffeine.

I may have said, And you'd BETTER be ready when I get back!

Up next: Disney-bound at long last!

marDgreen88
01-11-2013, 10:48 PM
I'm here! Perfect timing too! Hahaha :) Can't wait to hear about it.

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-12-2013, 05:26 AM
I'm here!!! Hopefully Gabriel and your mom were ready to go soon!!! I would have been blasting the novelty Christmas songs by that point, for sure!!! :thumbsup2:laughing:

SoNotAPrincess
01-13-2013, 11:57 AM
I'm here! Perfect timing too! Hahaha :) Can't wait to hear about it.

Yay! :welcome:

Buckle up...it might get a bit bumpy! :rotfl:

SoNotAPrincess
01-13-2013, 11:59 AM
I'm here!!! Hopefully Gabriel and your mom were ready to go soon!!! I would have been blasting the novelty Christmas songs by that point, for sure!!! :thumbsup2:laughing:

I'm so glad you're here! :welcome:

We're not in the car yet...there's still plenty of time for me torment him with novelty Christmas songs! (bwahahahaha)

SoNotAPrincess
01-13-2013, 12:13 PM
Preamble to Chapter Two
If the constitution can have a preamble, I want one, too! This TR is destined for historical importance…I can feel it!

Being inspired by TR writers who use Friends, song snippets, and other such things for their TR chapters, I want to do something similar. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery after all! Since this is a Christmas TR, and because I love Christmas and movies, I decided to use quotes from Christmas movies to start each chapter!

Soooooo, if this isn’t your first visit to this carnival of Christmas chaos (and assuming you’re interested), pop back to the first chapter and check out the quotes I added to get the ball rolling!

Day One, Chapter Two—Disneybound!

“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring - nothing, no action, dullsville!” (The Apartment)
I needed action…or, rather, I needed to whip Mom and Gabriel into a frenzy of activity. When I returned from my Walgreens/Starbucks run, I was happy to see that much progress had been made. Maybe I wouldn’t have to beat them after all.

Merry Christmas Eve to me!

At the last minute, with luggage and Mom in the car, Gabriel decided to plop down in his favorite chair and check email on his phone. I perched on the arm of the chair and started singing softly, “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas; only a hippopotamus will do.…”

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He scowled at me.

I smiled sweetly and sang a little louder, “Grandma got run over by a reindeer, walking home from our house Christmas Eve….”

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He grumbled, but he got up.

“Oh,” I said, all innocence and Christmas spirit. “Are you ready to go?”

I think he called me insufferable…I have no idea why.

No matter…we are DISNEYbound, baby!

And we only stopped three times on the one-hour drive. Seriously. Three times. I kid you not.

First, Gabriel wanted Bugles and a Super Big Gulp, so we hit up a 7-11. I’m fairly certain he was getting me back for singing that hippopotamus song.

Well played, baby. Well played.

Of course, I snagged a few Bugles…for my fingers!

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I will never be too old for Bugles fingers!

About 15 minutes later, Mom remembered she hadn’t taken her medicine or grabbed a bottle of water for the ride, so we stopped at a Circle K.

Just kill me now.

If it were anyone else, I’d say she was contributing to Gabriel’s diabolical plan to make me pay for rushing them, but Mom doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.

About ten minutes outside of Disney property, Gabriel stopped again. “Sorry, honey, that drink went right through me.”

Yeah, right. Suuuuuuure it did.

Finally, at long last, just when I thought it would never happen, around 1 p.m. on the Eve of Christmas 2012, this glorious sight came into view:

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As you can see, the day was overcast, but it was the gateway to the Happiest Place on Earth and I was smiling brightly enough to light the whole universe, so what did it matter?

We followed the signs to Port Orleans Riverside (my very favorite moderate), flashed ID at the guard shack, and hit the lobby parking lot in no time. Gabriel hung back to give Mom his strong arm to lean on (she has very arthritic knees) while I scurried inside. OK, so maybe “scurried” is wishful thinking on my part. Those of you who followed my PTR (bless you one and all) know The Never-ending Ongoing Saga of Laura’s Knee, which feels like it will go on in perpetuity. In reality, I walked as fast I could, which wasn’t nearly fast enough to suit me.

I have zero photos of the lobby…I just wanted to get checked in y’all!

There was no line, which was almost like a Christmas miracle. The CM was friendly, helpful, and best of all FAST. When we made our reservations, I requested ground floor rooms. Mom and I would both be scooterin’ around the World, and I figured it would just be easier than dealing with the elevator. We didn’t ask for adjoining rooms but did request rooms adjacent to one another. We got our room number (9612 in Parterre Place), and my brother’s family was just a couple doors down.

Gabriel joined me just as I was finishing up and told me that Mom was waiting on a bench in the breezeway across from bell services, which worked out well since that was where we were picking up the scooters. The pick up process was super fast and easy. I rented from Apple, one of Disney’s preferred vendors (meaning, they can drop off at resorts without guests having to meet them), and they did everything they said would. I highly recommend them! I signed for the scooters, and the CM led me to where they waited. She gave me a quick tutorial that I didn’t really need but appreciated anyway. In about ten minutes, Gabriel was driving the car around to park; and Mom and I were rollin’ towards Parterre Place.

And my princess room!

Umm…of course I mean OUR room.

Up next: Fit for Royalty!

wiigirl
01-13-2013, 12:16 PM
In for this....:thumbsup2

marDgreen88
01-13-2013, 02:27 PM
Hahah oh boy... three stops in one hour would drive me crazy too! I'm glad everything with checkin went so smoothly after that! Can't wait to see the room!

SoNotAPrincess
01-13-2013, 08:33 PM
In for this....:thumbsup2

:welcome: It's great to have you here!

SoNotAPrincess
01-13-2013, 08:36 PM
Hahah oh boy... three stops in one hour would drive me crazy too! I'm glad everything with checkin went so smoothly after that! Can't wait to see the room!

He was making me lose my mind...ON PURPOSE! :rotfl::lmao:

Room photos will be up tomorrow, I hope!

teekathepony
01-14-2013, 06:14 AM
I am so in for this!! I love Christmas stories at the happiest place on Earth!!

SoNotAPrincess
01-14-2013, 07:16 AM
I am so in for this!! I love Christmas stories at the happiest place on Earth!!

:welcome: Thanks for coming along for the ride! Christmas and Disney are my two favorite things in life, so you can imagine how happy I was to be (finally) be there!

SoNotAPrincess
01-14-2013, 07:31 AM
I'm heading into a very busy work week, so I figured I'd go ahead and get this update posted...since it was ready, and it will be the weekend before I get a chance to prepare the next chapter.

Day One, Chapter Three—A Room Fit for a Diva

“Hey guys, you seen the place? Pretty good, they must have brought in a professional.” (Elf)

I wanted to stay in one of Princess Tiana’s Royal Guest Rooms from the moment I heard about them. It almost happened last fall, but my ding-danged-frickin-frackin-good-for-nothin knee had other plans and that trip got canceled.

Gloom, despair, and agony on me.

I turned the scooter up to full rabbit mode and zoomed towards Parterre Place. Lucky for me, the speed demon gene comes from my mom, and she had no trouble keeping up.

We found the room easy as one, two, three; and I was initially disappointed with the parking lot view. I mean, I hadn’t reserved a garden or water view; but I was totally open to Pixie dust. As it turned out, though, the room location was great…just steps to the car, which we needed a couple of times (oooh, foreshadowing!). While we waited for Gabriel, I made my way out to the parking lot.

Disclaimer: Photo sizes are all over the place in this post. My attempts to master Photobucket continue!

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Doesn’t it look like Miss Scarlett should be comin’ down the steps, hoop skirts swayin’, sippin’ a Mint Julep, sayin’ “Fiddle-dee-dee” and droppin’ her g’s while she flirts with all the bucks in the county?

Sigh.

I was born too late.

I called my brother again (I neglected to say that I called when we got on property, but no one answered) and learned that they had gone on a Wal-Mart run; and FINALLY, after an excruciatingly long five minutes, Gabriel pulled up; and it was time to see the room!

Everyone knows the story behind the rooms, right? Princess Tiana’s princess pals have given her gifts to help decorate the royal guest rooms. There are also several Hidden Mickeys in the rooms.

I flashed my RFID KTTK in front of the sensor (very cool, I might add) and turned to Gabriel and Mom. “Don’t do ANYthing until I take pictures, OK?”

They agreed because I’m very, VERY scary.

Welcome, dear readers, to a room fit for a diva (practically everyone I know calls me The Diva; it’s a compliment, right?)…

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(Not our room…I forgot to snap this view, and I love the headboard’s reflection in the mirror!)

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I loved having this little bench/shelf thingy over the A/C…it was perfect for dumping my park bag and purchases at the end of the day. Trust me, it NEVER looked like this again.

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Princess Tiana’s personal letter of welcome

The Artwork

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(Also not our room…I never got a close up view of the pictures). I covet the big picture of all the royal couples. Because I’m five years old, and I need it!

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I was, according to Gabriel, “Way too happy” that it says Prince Eugene and not Prince Flynn Ryder. Let that be the end of that!

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This one has a 3D effect…very cool! The frame is a gift from Snow White, made by the dwarfs (note the “SW” carved at the bottom).

---Continued in Next Post---

SoNotAPrincess
01-14-2013, 07:43 AM
Continued from Previous Post…

The Details

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Fireworks in the headboard! (Not my photo…I never could get a picture without tons of glare.)

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Sultan ottoman…a gift from Belle (Check out the paws!)

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Coach hooks…a gift from Cinderella

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Flying Carpet…a gift from Jasmine

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Another gift from Jasmine

Who wouldn’t want Genie’s Lamp faucets in their bathroom?!? I loved the royal blue granite(?), too…it had shimmering “stars” in it and reminded me of the sky in “Aladdin” when they’re flying on the carpet, “…soaring, tumbling, freewheeling through an endless diamond sky.”

Oh, Disney, how I love you and your perfect little details!!

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Shower curtain (with dinglehoppers!)…a gift from Ariel

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The bedspread/comforter with all the princesses crowns! I apologize for spelling Ariel’s name wrong AND for being too lazy to go back and fix it.

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The wallpaper border…so fantabulous it hurts! (And another spelling error...Floria, really? D'oh! Note to self: Don't try to spell at 3 a.m.!)

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The wallpaper border in the bathroom…who is the little chipmunk/squirrel guy?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Spoiler alert!

I heard there were nine or ten Hidden Mickeys in the room, and I was determined to find them ALL.

Yeah, that didn’t exactly happen. I had to resort to Google for a couple, and there may be more that I don’t know about.

Hidden Mickeys will be revealed below!








Keep scrolling if you don’t want to know!








Don’t stop here!








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HM 1—On the light fixture over the table

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HM 2—On the drapes

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HM 3—In the 3D picture

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HM 4—In the picture of all the royal couples

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HM 5—In the headboard (I had to Google this one; photo courtesy of Hidden Mickey Guy.)

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HM 6—Nightstand

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HM 7—On the shower curtain

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HM 8—On the shower tile

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HM 9—Tabletop (This one is really tough…we almost didn’t find it even after we saw the picture online!)




















OK, scrollers, it’s safe to stop!!

Just because they’re all posted on day one, do not be fooled. It took me (and Brianna…and Mom…and, yes, even Gabriel) the whole ten days to find the ones we found! If you know of others, let me know so I can look for them on my next visit!

Up Next: In the Pink

marDgreen88
01-14-2013, 12:20 PM
AHHHHHHHHHHHH THE ROYAL ROOMS!!!!!!! They're incredible! Oh my goodness. I've never stayed at a moderate resort but I can say with full confidence that the FIRST one I ever stay at will be POR-Royal Room. OH YES. Everything about this is just gorgeous!!! (Clearly I'm in love.) YAY!

EastYorkDisneyFan
01-14-2013, 09:15 PM
Great pictures of the details in the royal rooms, I think the squirrel is Pip from Enchanted.

marDgreen88
01-14-2013, 09:39 PM
Great pictures of the details in the royal rooms, I think the squirrel is Pip from Enchanted.

Yeah! That's probably exactly right. And I think the turtle is just one of the turtles from Under the Sea in the Little Mermaid! :thumbsup2

SoNotAPrincess
01-15-2013, 06:49 AM
AHHHHHHHHHHHH THE ROYAL ROOMS!!!!!!! They're incredible! Oh my goodness. I've never stayed at a moderate resort but I can say with full confidence that the FIRST one I ever stay at will be POR-Royal Room. OH YES. Everything about this is just gorgeous!!! (Clearly I'm in love.) YAY!

I loved that room more than a normal person should love a hotel room! I hope you get to experience the glory and majesty of one VERY VERY SOON!

SoNotAPrincess
01-15-2013, 06:52 AM
Great pictures of the details in the royal rooms, I think the squirrel is Pip from Enchanted.

Thank you and :welcome:!!

I bet you're exactly right about it being Pip! :thumbsup2

SoNotAPrincess
01-15-2013, 06:59 AM
Yeah! That's probably exactly right. And I think the turtle is just one of the turtles from Under the Sea in the Little Mermaid! :thumbsup2

I would've never thought of Pip (SMH)! And I wondered about the turtle, too...I just couldn't think of anyone but Crush (the coolest turtle ever, dude). I think you're right about The Little Mermaid!

Mystery solved!

Nermel9
01-15-2013, 05:33 PM
I'm here! Great start! Aren't the royal rooms amazing? I never noticed ONE hidden Mickey when I stayed in mine, of course, I wasn't looking, but if I knew there were so many I would have! Oh well, I'm glad you pointed them out, since I probably won't be back in one for a while! :rotfl2:

I love the Genie lamp faucet, and I thought the blue granite that sparkled was SO pretty! Disney did a great job with these rooms!

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-15-2013, 05:57 PM
Oh wow, I didn't know the story behind the Royal Rooms - the detail there is very impressive - as are your detail discovering skills!! :thumbsup2

SoNotAPrincess
01-16-2013, 09:01 AM
I'm here! Great start! Aren't the royal rooms amazing? I never noticed ONE hidden Mickey when I stayed in mine, of course, I wasn't looking, but if I knew there were so many I would have! Oh well, I'm glad you pointed them out, since I probably won't be back in one for a while! :rotfl2:

I love the Genie lamp faucet, and I thought the blue granite that sparkled was SO pretty! Disney did a great job with these rooms!

:welcome: I'm glad you're here!

Those rooms are AMAZEBALLS! LOL...I'm always looking for hidden Mickeys. Unfortunately, I'm VERY bad at finding them!

Disney really went above and beyond on the princess rooms...but I wouldn't expect anything else!

SoNotAPrincess
01-16-2013, 09:05 AM
Oh wow, I didn't know the story behind the Royal Rooms - the detail there is very impressive - as are your detail discovering skills!! :thumbsup2

The back story is adorable, and I expected the room to be amazing, but it exceeded my expectations x 10!

SoNotAPrincess
01-16-2013, 05:32 PM
Day 1, Chapter 4—In the Pink

"I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love."
(A Charlie Brown Christmas)

"Get the biggest aluminum tree you can find, Charlie Brown, maybe painted pink."
(A Charlie Brown Christmas)

With the room appropriately documented, Gabriel brought in our bags. Mom would be bunking in with The Chosen One (my brother, also known as He Who Can Do No Wrong), but in the meantime, she settled herself on one of the beds and propped her knees up (the bolsters worked great for this purpose). I found a channel that was showing Disney movies (Princess Diaries, I think), and she was all about it. Give the woman a movie with Julie Andrews in it, and she’ll be completely entertained for hours!

I mean, who wouldn’t be…Julie is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and practically perfect in every way. She’s Mary Poppins, Maria von Trapp, AND Cinderella…the trifecta of awesome splendiferousness!

I love me some Julie, too, but I wasn’t content to sit in a hotel room…not even a wonderifimous ROYAL GUEST ROOM at Disney World!

With the car unloaded, Mom comfy, and the Wal-Marters still MIA, Gabriel and I decided to explore the resort a little. I love POR, and I wanted him to love it, too! We made our way to the Sassagoula River, and I had enough time to snap exactly two photos before Mom called to say that Earl, Lenny, and Brianna were back.

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So back we went, where rib-cracking bear hugs were exchanged and ear splitting squeals of delight left us all temporarily hearing impaired. Mom was practically giddy with happiness…she couldn't stop smiling! She sees my brother at most a couple of times a year, so ten days with him was the best present ever. And having Brianna to spoil was the cherry on top!

I didn't take any notes about what we did next, but I think we all went to the food court to get our drink mugs before heading over to the the pool.

Earl: “We get free mugs?”
Me: “Well, technically you paid for them as part of your package, but if calling them free makes you feel better, knock yourself out.”
Earl: “Still a smart aleck I see.”
Me: “Thanks for noticing.”
Gabriel: “It never stops.”
Me: “Full time smarty pants at your service; step right up; no waiting!"

We are SO mature! :rotfl2:

Brianna and I both wanted a pink lid for our mug; and neither of us would be denied, so when I got back to the room, I drew a Mickey head on the bottom of mine. Gabriel asked why I didn't just write my name on it.

Silly man, what fun would that be?

Mom got blue, Lenny got yellow, and both boys got black (cuz it’s so MANLY, duh). I offered to decorate the bottom of Gabriel’s for him, but for some reason he thought I might draw hearts and flowers on it.

The man has some serious trust issues. :sad2:

Even though the day was cool, there was lots of pool splashing going on, and Brianna dove right in to join the fray.

I have this photo, so maybe the boys got something from Muddy Rivers.

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Or maybe I was just snapping random pictures. We’ll never know.

It was past time for me to get my knee up and on ice, so I reminded everyone about our dinner ADR and headed back to the room. I was already glad I had the scooter, and we’d only been there a short while. I took a pain pill and iced my knee for a few minutes, but I had some important decorating to do.

After all, what’s Christmas without a tree?

And what’s a princess room without a PINK Christmas tree?

Yes, you read that right…a PINK Christmas tree!

Gabriel had my camera, but I figured I’d get pictures of the tree later, so it didn’t matter. Yeah, not so much. These photos are from last year, but you get the idea.

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My decorating style typically goes the traditional route (see photos below), but I love my divalicious pink tree. It brightens up my little reading nook beautifully!

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With the decorating done, I lay back down with a fresh ice pack and took about a 15-minute power nap. Upon waking, I turned on Stacy and unpacked, then considered going back to the pool. I called Gabriel (what did we do without cell phones?), and he said they were on their way back, so I decided to wait. Earl came in with him to get Mom’s stuff, took one look at the pink tree, rolled his eyes, and shook his head.

No love for the pink tree, and no respect for my mad decorating skills.

He and Gabriel exchanged long-suffering whatcha-gonna-do looks, and Gabriel said, “You do realize that as soon as Bee sees it, that tree is outta here?” He has two daughters and considers himself an expert on girls.

“Probably,” I agreed sadly, wishing I’d had the forethought to get her a tree of her very own.

Gabriel, on the other hand, didn’t seem sad about it at all.

Men!

Up Next: The Nightmare Before Christmas

marDgreen88
01-16-2013, 05:48 PM
Hooray for your family reunion! Hahaha, your diva decorating skills are lovely. :thumbsup2

Can't wait to see where yall were headed for dinner!

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-17-2013, 06:05 AM
It does kind of make me happy to think of "free" mugs, even though, yes, we did pay for them at some point! :rotfl:

Love your Diva-tastic tree! :thumbsup2

PracPerfPatricia
01-17-2013, 11:37 AM
Subbing on... anyone who quotes A Tale of Two Cities and uses the word Tomfoolery is a kindred spirit...:lmao:

SoNotAPrincess
01-17-2013, 06:02 PM
Hooray for your family reunion! Hahaha, your diva decorating skills are lovely. :thumbsup2

Can't wait to see where yall were headed for dinner!

The only thing better than a family reunion is a family reunion at Disney! Thank you!

Ahhhh, the suspense...all will be revealed in due time! :lmao:

SoNotAPrincess
01-17-2013, 06:04 PM
It does kind of make me happy to think of "free" mugs, even though, yes, we did pay for them at some point! :rotfl:

Love your Diva-tastic tree! :thumbsup2

I usually think of the mugs as free, too...it's just so much fun to give my brother a hard time!

Thank you!

SoNotAPrincess
01-17-2013, 06:13 PM
Subbing on... anyone who quotes A Tale of Two Cities and uses the word Tomfoolery is a kindred spirit...:lmao:

:welcome: I'm glad you're here!

It's nice see that my lit minor is coming in handy, it's good to know I'm not the only one who talks like I stepped out of Good Will Hunting! :rotfl:

SoNotAPrincess
01-17-2013, 08:55 PM
Look at me bustin' out updates! I have some stuff coming up that may limit my Dis time...or maybe not, who knows...so I figured I may as well post 'em as I write 'em!

Day 1, Chapter 5—The Nightmare Before Christmas

“Oh, life is like that. Sometimes, at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at its zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us.” (A Christmas Story)

When we were planning the trip, Earl said he thought that Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue would be a fun way to kick off the trip…perfect for a festive Christmas Eve at Disney...so I made a 6:15 p.m. ADR. It would be a first for everyone, and I was pretty jazzed about it.

I told everyone that we needed to be at the bus stop by 4:15, and with one voice they said I was crazy and there was no way it would take two hours to get to Fort Wilderness. I gave them my do-not-mess-with-the-Disney-Diva face and threatened to withhold information regarding all future ADRs. They backed right down.

It’s good to be the diva!

Brianna popped into our room, spotted my pink tree and insisted that it was grossly unfair for me to have it and not her.

Brianna: “Pink is my favorite color!”
Me: “Mine, too.”

Brianna: “I’m a kid, and Christmas is for kids!”
Me: “Nice try, sugar lump, but Christmas is for everyone.”

Gabriel: “You’re more grown up than Aunt Lauri anyway.”
Me: “Don’t help!”

Brianna: “Please, Aunt Lauri, can I have it in my room? I really love it!”
Me: “You’re lucky I’m a sucker for good manners.”

While doing a little victory boogie, she saw my sparkly silver ears and lobbied to borrow them. I had planned to wear them myself but decided that if one of us had to be a grown up, it should probably be me.

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Besides, I had a back up chapeau…

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Or two…

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Just like a boy scout, a diva is always prepared!

My intimidation tactics worked just as I planned, and we were at the bus stop at 4:15 on the dot.

The plan was to take a bus to MK, then hop a boat to Fort Wilderness. Brianna was VERY excited to be getting on a Disney bus. We watched bus after bus after bus come and go. Seven Epcot buses, five for DHS, four for AK, three for DTD, and a few that I didn’t jot down. The crowd waiting for an MK bus was getting irritated and antsy. Brianna’s excitement was waning, and she got a little whiny.

Then a lot whiny.

People started asking bus drivers not bound for MK when one would be there. They all had the same answer, “Soon. Should be one right behind me.”

Some people left the bus stop, and some got on other buses. Some dude wearing a suit came out and lurked in the bus depot, writing mysterious top secret information on his official Disney clipboard. We asked him if he knew what was up with the lack of MK buses, and he said (and I quote)…

“Unfortunately, I’m not privy to the schedule regarding motor coach transportation to the Magic Kingdom tonight. I’m compiling data that will be used during statistical analysis of transportation engineering as we endeavor to meet our guests’ future needs.”

And then he moved down to the other depot.

Gabriel said, “Fancy talk from a bus monitor.”

I wondered why he wasn’t more concerned about the CURRENT transportation needs!

After waiting 45 minutes, my family staged a mutiny, stating that were getting on the next bus and going from there. I tried explaining that it would make the journey longer, but I was ousted from power. They just wanted to get on a bus.

Any bus.

An Epcot bus arrived next, and the good thing is that we were the only ones getting on so I didn’t feel like I was holding anyone up while Mom and I got the scooters on board.

I’m not gonna lie…I was pretty nervous about getting the scooter on and off the bus. Mom is an experienced scooter operator, but I was a true blue newbie. Gabriel and Earl were both insisting that they would NOT help me; and even though I didn’t THINK they’d desert me, what if they did?

Mean old stinky boys.

I managed to do it myself, but it wasn’t pretty.

We detoured through POFQ (no idea why) but eventually made it to Epcot, where the bus halted at the first stop. The FW bus stop is the LAST stop, making them about as far away from each other as possible. Brianna cried because she had to walk so far, so Mom let her sit on her lap, in spite of my safety concerns.

I love Epcot, and it was a little bit like torture to have it RIGHT THERE and not be going in. I over-zoomed and took a picture of my beloved slightly irregular geodesic sphere.

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Forty minutes later a bus bound for WL and FW finally pulled up. It was 6:15 p.m., we were officially late, and my credibility as Disney navigator was gone.

Gone like the wind that swept across Georgia. Gone like the snows of yesteryear.

I asked the bus driver the best way to get to FW for HDDR, and he said to get off at WL and wait for a settlement bus to take us to FW.

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Since his sign said he was going to FW, it didn’t sound right, so I asked again; and, again, he said that we needed to get off at WL and wait for a settlement bus to take us to Pioneer Hall.

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I started to ask him another question, but he cut me off and said that to get HDDR, we had to catch a settlement bus at WL. I was pretty sure that settlement buses pick up at the first FW bus stop, but he was obviously done talking to me; so I gave up.

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My family was looking at me like I was the Grinch, Darth Vader, and Scrooge McDuck rolled into one; and I deflated.

As directed by the bus driver, we got off at WL and then waited almost 30 minutes for a settlement bus. We were the first ones at the bus stop, but there was quite a crowd by the time the bus arrived. I knew Disney would be crazy busy because of the holidays, and I added extra time to all my Disney transport plans, but this was ridiculous. I chatted with some of the folks waiting and heard their horror stories about Disney transportation during the holidays.

Maybe it should have made me feel like we were all in it together, but all I could think was that we had ten more days of this to deal with!

Up Next: Doin’ the Doo…

marDgreen88
01-17-2013, 11:38 PM
Oh goodness... how awful! I'm so sorry about all your transportation troubles. :( I truly hope you didn't have to deal with THAT the entire time! :sad2:

PrincessKyleigh
01-18-2013, 12:56 AM
Love your TR so far, you are very entertaining.

We are going down for Thanksgiving or Christmas (haven't decided yet) and staying at POR in a RGR. I'm even more excited after looking at your pictures. My dd loves finding Hidden Mickeys - thanks for posting the ones in the room.

I'm sorry about your bus experience. I hope it got better. We had friends that went down for Christmas and had no problems with transportation.

SoNotAPrincess
01-18-2013, 07:16 AM
Oh goodness... how awful! I'm so sorry about all your transportation troubles. :( I truly hope you didn't have to deal with THAT the entire time! :sad2:

It was SO bad, but it got better. Thank goodness!

Love your TR so far, you are very entertaining.

We are going down for Thanksgiving or Christmas (haven't decided yet) and staying at POR in a RGR. I'm even more excited after looking at your pictures. My dd loves finding Hidden Mickeys - thanks for posting the ones in the room.

I'm sorry about your bus experience. I hope it got better. We had friends that went down for Christmas and had no problems with transportation.

:welcome: Thank you!

Holidays at Disney are extra magical...I'm sure you'll have tons of fun! I love finding hidden Mickeys, too! Since I'm pretty bad at spotting them, each one is extra special to me! :rotfl:

Transportation definitely improved!

Victoriasmom98
01-18-2013, 09:21 AM
Hi There!!!! I'm coming along for the ride, if you don't mind. I cannot believe your ordeal with the transportation. I don't think we've ever waited that long for a bus!! You poor thing! But, I am anxious to read all about the Hoop De Doooooooo! :goodvibes

Aussiesalad
01-19-2013, 08:29 AM
Joining!!
I would BLAST Christmas, Don't be Late by Alvin and the Chipmunks and follow it with I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Yes Yes Yes!!! Pretty much my 3 favourite Christmas songs ever!!

ARGHHH!!! That room is AMAZING!!!! I love the amount of detail!! Oh dear, I probably would have only found about 2 of those hidden mickeys :rotfl:

Oh no!! Transport troubles already! I love Disney transport a LOT but sometimes I swear you need to put aside most of a day to get to your destination!

SoNotAPrincess
01-19-2013, 10:24 AM
Hi There!!!! I'm coming along for the ride, if you don't mind. I cannot believe your ordeal with the transportation. I don't think we've ever waited that long for a bus!! You poor thing! But, I am anxious to read all about the Hoop De Doooooooo! :goodvibes

:welcome: So glad you're here!

The bus situation that night was horrific, for sure! Revue review up next!!

Joining!!

Yes Yes Yes!!! Pretty much my 3 favourite Christmas songs ever!!

ARGHHH!!! That room is AMAZING!!!! I love the amount of detail!! Oh dear, I probably would have only found about 2 of those hidden mickeys :rotfl:

Oh no!! Transport troubles already! I love Disney transport a LOT but sometimes I swear you need to put aside most of a day to get to your destination!

You're a girl after my own heart! I love silly songs...especially silly Christmas songs!

The royal guest rooms are PERFECT! I love looking for hidden mickeys, but I'm very bad at finding them. Looking for them by myself, I'd have been lost for sure!!

I know! I sing the praises of Disney transportation, so to have such a FAILTACULAR the first night was so bad! Thankfully, it got better!!

SoNotAPrincess
01-19-2013, 10:30 AM
Day 1, Chapter 6—Doin’ the Doo

“I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.”
(Elf)

We finally arrived at Fort Wilderness two hours and forty minutes after we started out from POR. The spot where the line for HDDR should have been was deserted, and the doors were shut and secured against intruders.

Hungry, unhappy, impatient intruders like us.

Gabriel spotted the Will Call window and went to inquire as to what we should do. As I was turning around to follow him, I saw Frontier Donald, and all other thoughts went, WHOOSH, right out of my mind. He was just waddling around by himself, waiting to be noticed. Hoping he would cheer Brianna up, I called out to him. He turned towards me about the same time that Bee noticed him; and she hurried to my side. He put his arm around me; and when I told him he was my favorite duck, he gave me a loud kiss on the cheek, which made her giggle. I loved it, too…who knew a cranky duck could be so sweet?

She lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree…

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Brianna’s first character meet!

Gabriel called me over to the window, and I provided our ADR number and explained why we were late, reiterating what he had already told them about the hellacious journey over. The CM was a bit harried…not rude exactly but not friendly or particularly helpful either.

After admonishing us for being so very late (Hello…are you even listening? How much earlier than TWO HOURS should we have left?), he made a call; and an HDDR CM came out to take us inside. She was friendly but obviously didn’t know exactly what she was supposed to do. I wanted to leave my scooter outside (there were others parked in a corded area), but she insisted that I had to drive it in.

Okey dokey artichokey.

She tried to take us through a door that wouldn’t open; so we backtracked and followed her into Trails End where, going against the crowd, we squeezed through the throng, past the ice machine and kitchen, and into HDDR through an exit. This was particularly awkward for the scooters…Mom and I definitely didn’t make any friends.

HDDR was packed. And loud. The show was going full force, and the food had already been served. We were handed off to another CM, and he led us to the steps. I quickly explained that the ADR was for main floor seating to accommodate Mom because she can’t do stairs. Since we had special instructions on several of our ADRs, I printed them; and I pulled the confirmation out to show him. He was exceptionally friendly and accommodating…just exactly what you’d expect from a Disney CM…didn’t even look at the paper and assured us he’d get us set up in no time.

Unfortunately, there were no vacant tables in the dining room proper, so they set one up for us in the back, by the door, in the dark.

It was a tall table with barstool-type chairs; and once Earl gave Mom a little boost up, she was fine. Brianna thought it was cool, and it was OK for everyone else.

Except me.

My left knee doesn’t bend properly, so I couldn’t hook my heel on the chair rung, leaving my leg sort of dangling at an odd, uncomfortable angle with no support. All things considered, I decided to keep that little piece of 4-1-1 to myself.

Our server took our drink orders but didn’t mention that sangria, beer, and wine were included in the price. Luckily, I already knew and ordered sangria. Prompting everyone else (except Mom and Brianna) to request the same.

Gabriel said, “Keep ‘em coming”

Yeah, what he said!

I watched a couple of servers bring our food down the stairs (no doubt from the table intended for us) and wondered how long it had been sitting out. Based on the temperature, I’d say quite a while. The ribs, fried chicken, corn, baked beans, and mashed potatoes were cold. The limp salad was room temperature, and the dressing was warm. The cornbread was the best thing on the table.

For this we’re giving up two TS credits each?!!?

Gabriel and I wanted to send everything back and have fresh, hot food brought out; but everyone else insisted that it was OK. I assured them that it wouldn’t be a problem and that Disney is known for customer service and making things right; but Mom, Lenny, and Earl all insisted that we just let it go.

Sigh.

Alrighty then.

I was worried y’all. If the food was this unimpressive, was the show going to be a bomb, too?

Up next: The Verdict (continued in next post)

SoNotAPrincess
01-19-2013, 11:02 AM
---Continued from Previous Post---

Day 1, Chapter 7—Doin’ the Doo (continued)

“I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite.” (Elf)

DISNEY DIDN’T FAIL ME!!

HDDR lives up to the hype…it is FANTABULOUS! How can I have not seen it at least a hundred times?????

Even though we missed the beginning, I was captivated, charmed, and completely sucked into this goofy old west vaudeville show. HDDR is the longest running stage show in the WORLD (not WDW, Earth!) for a reason!

If you like corny jokes and rollicking humor paired with classic songs like The Ballad of Davy Crockett and My Darling Clementine, get thee hence to HDDR! The show is exquisitely punny (and who doesn’t love an awesome pun?), and the performers were on par with FotLK (completely different vibe, of course, but equally talented). If you knew how much I adore FotLK, you’d realize what a ginormous compliment that is!!

Even the disappointing food didn’t stop us from hoopin’ and hollerin’, waving our napkins, and singing along at the top of our lungs. It’s too bad we were so far removed from the action…I would have dearly loved having Gabriel called out by the performers…but we had a fine ol’ time anyway.

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I loved Claire de Lune’s (purple dress) oft-repeated high-pitched giggle and Dolly Drew (red skirt) doing the Hokey Pokey. But the best was every single second that Two Bits Slocum was on stage. I don’t know who the CM with the rubber face and perfect comedic timing is, but whatever they’re paying him is not enough! After the nightmare of getting there, comic relief was just what we needed.

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Quite simply, HDDR is beyond the beyond...genius taken to the Disney level!

Sadly, we were too far back to get pictures of the show (all the photos above are from uncredited photographers). So I took a picture of my hey-this-is-great-even-though-the-food-is-cold brother. I love him so much…even if he is Mom’s favorite! (You can see how far we were from the other tables and the stage.)

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And one of Mom, who is even more easygoing than he is!

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Dessert is strawberry shortcake, and it got rave reviews…even from Gabriel who is my own personal food snob. There’s even a production number to introduce it!

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Near the end of the show, I got up to stretch my knee a bit. Gabriel knew I was feeling rough, so he followed me and let me lean against him while he rubbed my shoulders. I don’t know how a shoulder rub could make my knee feel better, but it did. While we were away from the table, Brianna acquired a musical washboard and was ready to march around the dining room with the other kids.

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It was fun watching her get her Hoop-Dee-Groove on!

So, how would I rate HDDR?

First, don’t go at all if you’re only in it for the food. This isn’t Cali Grill or Flying Fish. Even served fresh and hot, it’s just basic mass-produced grub...nothing extraordinary.

Now, about the service we received…I don’t like that our food had obviously been sitting on another table for a while. But we didn’t send it back, so that part’s on us. We certainly should have had the table we requested…and needed…so the disappointing seating location and inability to see the show is on them. Our server was attentive with drink refills.

The real reason to go, of course, is the show…truly, y’all, the mind boggles! We all loved it unreservedly and can’t wait to see it again. If you love zany, madcap, wacky entertainment, HDDR is for you. Become one with your inner goofball; and you’ll have the rip-roarin’, foot-stompin’ time of your life!

I understand why HDDR has so many repeat customers…I can’t wait to be one of them!

Up next: Back on Track!

Victoriasmom98
01-19-2013, 02:44 PM
Wow....with all you went through to get there and then to be seated in the dark, in the back, with cold food? I think I would have broken out in hysterics!! That is soooooooooo un-Disney like! I'm glad you enjoyed the show and you are a better person than me as I would have been upset for the rest of the evening. Wow....it's all I can say. :confused3

SoNotAPrincess
01-20-2013, 11:27 AM
Wow....with all you went through to get there and then to be seated in the dark, in the back, with cold food? I think I would have broken out in hysterics!! That is soooooooooo un-Disney like! I'm glad you enjoyed the show and you are a better person than me as I would have been upset for the rest of the evening. Wow....it's all I can say. :confused3

Believe me, I was thisclose to going medieval on someone or busting out crying. I was SO emotional about the whole thing. But my mom and brother were adamant about "not making a scene" :confused3 and I gave in to them in an effort to try to salvage the evening. At that point, I decided to just be in the moment, and the show really is awesome.

Have no fear, the Hoop Dee Doo saga isn't over...I'm just telling things in the order they happened. Stay tuned for the resolution!

marDgreen88
01-20-2013, 11:52 AM
AHHH DONALD! :hyper:

Excuse me.

Wow, that's such a shame about all that happened. I really wish yall would have sent back the food anyway! I'm so glad the show was enjoyable either way though. I really want to go someday, and I thank you for (unintentionally) teaching me that I should go after a day spent at MK!

SoNotAPrincess
01-20-2013, 05:41 PM
AHHH DONALD! :hyper:

Excuse me.

Wow, that's such a shame about all that happened. I really wish yall would have sent back the food anyway! I'm so glad the show was enjoyable either way though. I really want to go someday, and I thank you for (unintentionally) teaching me that I should go after a day spent at MK!


:donald::donald::donald::donald:

Donald is one adorable duck!

Yeah, it was like a comedy of errors...only no one was laughing. There's a bit more to the story, so stay tuned for that! You should definitely do the Doo! Going directly from MK is a GENIUS idea!

SoNotAPrincess
01-21-2013, 04:00 PM
Day 1, Chapter 8—Back on Track

“It's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be.” (Scrooged)

We had to wait a bit for the crowd to thin out so we could get to the scooters, but soon enough we were outside in the crisp, chilly, oh-so-Christmasy air.

There were a lot of kids running around, CMs blowing bubbles, and a hula hoop contest in full twirl. Bee jumped right into the middle of things and had a fine time. Unfortunately, I was hurting and didn’t take pictures. :sad: Sadness. :sad1: FW was really pretty, all lit up for the holidays! I found some photos on Flickr, taken by the exceptionally talented figmentfan84. Here are just a couple to give you an idea of what it was like.

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There were plenty of buses waiting, and we boarded one bound for POR with no waiting…dillydallying so Brianna could play worked in our favor! She wasn’t happy to be leaving but cheered up when the bus driver offered her a lavender princess balloon that had been abandoned. I felt bad for the little girl who was probably crying because it was gone…and for whoever had paid $12 for the thing!

We made it back to POR with no transportation problems, and I hoped this was a good omen the rest of the trip…Christmas is the time for miracles, right? In spite of the Transportation Tragedy of 2012 and the pain in my knee, I was feeling blessed and happy. After all, it was a beautiful Christmas Eve night at Disney, I was surrounded by most of my favorite people, and I was going to be sleeping in a royal guest room while fireworks exploded over my bed. We rolled/strolled by the river, our voices filling the quiet night; and I had a moment of perfect contentment, reminding me that things don’t have to be perfect to be perfect, you know?

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I love this fountain…unfortunately, the pictures don’t do it justice!

Hmm…maybe super saturated from a different perspective…

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Brianna agreed to one (and only one) photo with her helium-filled treasure…

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…and then passed it off to her dad to hold…

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…because a great dad will smile while he holds your pretty princess balloon and wears a silly Christmas hat!

Have I mentioned that I love my brother?

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So pretty…tell me again why I can’t live here all the time?

Gabriel and I left the others and went back to our room where my knight in shining armor made me an ice pack. In short order I was feeling much better.

Since neither of us had eaten much at HDDR, we were both famished, and the three broken Bugles left from the drive over were NOT enough. Gabriel went on a food court run and returned with a veritable plethora of gastronomy…a pasta dish for me, burger and fries for him and carrot cake, cheesecake, and an apple pastry thing to share.

Here’s the thing…I don’t do cooked fruit. At all. Ever. That means no fruit pies, strudels, turnovers, crisps, or cobblers of any kind.

Embrace the weirdness!

We ate dessert first because we’re cool like that. I had the carrot cake (because vegetable desserts are perfectly OK), and he had the icky cooked fruit. We shared the cheesecake. All of them were yummy…Gabriel is still talking about that apple thingy. The pasta and burger were very good…and big, too. The burger had bacon, barbecue sauce, and deep fried onion rings on it, and it smelled divine. My pasta was packed with shrimp, and the Alfredo sauce was perfect. POR has the best food court of all the Disney resorts I’ve stayed at!

Gabriel found it odd that there wasn’t a microwave in the room (he noticed because we had leftovers that went into the fridge with no way to heat them up), so I told him if it’s that important to him, we can always stay at GF or one of the DVC resorts. Bay Lake Tower, here I come!

I wish!

Up next: A Fine Romance

Victoriasmom98
01-21-2013, 04:57 PM
Very nice update and how fortunate for Bee to get the balloon. Those things are so darned expensive! Yes, POR is so beautiful and that's why we are going back in August. Your brother looks so precious with the balloon! Oh, and the hat! :lmao:

marDgreen88
01-21-2013, 08:47 PM
Hahha I'm glad you finally got a nice dinner.

(I don't do cooked fruit either... specifically apples. Ew.)

POR looks so pretty. :goodvibes

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-22-2013, 05:05 AM
Wow, your transportation difficulties sound so frustrating!!! I probably would have given up long before you did and just hailed a cab! :rotfl: Glad that you were still able to be seated at HDDR though!!! The show does sound like a lot of fun!

That is a HUGE princess balloon!!! What a nice surprise from the bus driver!

SoNotAPrincess
01-22-2013, 05:22 PM
Very nice update and how fortunate for Bee to get the balloon. Those things are so darned expensive! Yes, POR is so beautiful and that's why we are going back in August. Your brother looks so precious with the balloon! Oh, and the hat! :lmao:


Thank you!

Yes, the balloons are outrageously overpriced, but I have to say that even after ten days, it was full of helium and floating just as high as the night she got it.

I think the hat kinda makes that picture! :rotfl:

SoNotAPrincess
01-22-2013, 05:25 PM
Hahha I'm glad you finally got a nice dinner.

(I don't do cooked fruit either... specifically apples. Ew.)

POR looks so pretty. :goodvibes

LOL...the food was SO good, probably because we were SO hungry! :rotfl:

Finally, someone who understands that cooked fruit is just wrong. So WRONG!

Staying at POR is like stepping back in time!:lovestruc

SoNotAPrincess
01-22-2013, 05:29 PM
Wow, your transportation difficulties sound so frustrating!!! I probably would have given up long before you did and just hailed a cab! :rotfl: Glad that you were still able to be seated at HDDR though!!! The show does sound like a lot of fun!

That is a HUGE princess balloon!!! What a nice surprise from the bus driver!

It was beyond frustrating, partly because I've never experienced anything like that in all the times I've been to WDW. Luckily, it got lots better after that.

I thought about getting a cab, but with two scooters that I didn't know how to break down, I was afraid it might be biting off more than I could chew. Aaargh!

I know! It was definitely some much needed pixie dust at the end of the night!

SoNotAPrincess
01-23-2013, 04:34 PM
This trip report is being interrupted for an important announcement...

I have an extra Eugene Fitzherbert trading pin for anyone who wants it. It's an official Disneyland Paris trading pin that was issued as part of a four-piece Rapunzel set. I don't want anything for it, and I'll send it to the first person who PMs me their name and address.

I promise I'm not a stalker, and you'll never hear from me again!

Please note that I don't have it in hand yet. A friend of mine is bringing it back from Paris next week. The reason I have an extra is that I'm also getting the four-piece set (Rapunzel, Eugene, Maximus, and Pascale). I just want to pay the Pixie Dust forward!

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming....

Day 1, Chapter 9—A Fine Romance

“Christmas is awesome. First of all you get to spend time with people you love. Secondly, you can get drunk and no one can say anything. Third, you give presents. What’s better than giving presents? And fourth, getting presents. So, four things. Not bad for one day. It’s really the greatest day of all time.” (The Office)

I love Christmas, and Christmas loves me back.

I love Christmas more than Monorail Voice Guy (the original), more than Eugene Fitzherbert, more than Illuminations, more than…well, you get the idea. And what I love most are the traditions that bind each Christmas to the last and connect me to the people I love, no matter how far apart we are or how long it’s been since we shared the merriest and most magical season of all.

After we ate, Gabriel hooked up the DVD player we’d brought with us, and we settled in to enjoy some movies. During the season, we watch a lot of different holiday movies, but on Christmas Eve we start with the silly Elf, move on to the sentimental Miracle on 34th Street, and end with the sublime It’s A Wonderful Life. I called my brother to see if they wanted in on the fun, and Mom and Brianna came over, giving Earl and Lenny a chance to do some Christmas stuff.

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Bee and Mom made it through Elf, but afterwards they were both sleepy and decided to go back to their room. I didn’t want to admit it, but I was tired, too. Gabriel and I decided to skip Kris Kringle and go straight to our old friend George Bailey. Before Harry fell through the ice, I was out, and the next thing I knew it was Christmas!

Christmas morning at Disney…could anything be better?

I think not!

I woke very early…like 5 a.m. early. What the...? I tried to go back to sleep, but no dice. Maybe I should have tried longer than two minutes. I crept around the room like Cary Grant stealing Grace Kelly’s diamond necklace so as not to awaken the hibernating bear and then slipped out the door on a super secret Santa assignment.

But more on that later!

I also grabbed my mug so I could fill it with a hot beverage; and after successfully completing my mission, I went in search of go-juice. Knowing that Disney coffee is notoriously…what’s the word I’m looking for…oh, yeah, DISGUSTING, I packed a variety of flavors of Via (God’s gift to the coffee industry) for the trip. My choice for Christmas morning? Peppermint mocha!

The lobby was empty, peaceful, and beautiful.

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Hey, lookie who I found! Earl and Lenny were on a coffee run, too, but didn’t stick around long because they wanted to be sure they were in the room when Brianna woke up.

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Riverside Mill was just as empty as the lobby, but I have no pictures to prove it. Blame it on caffeine deprivation. A CM and I had a nice chat about how glad we are that Starbucks and Disney World have teamed up and how sub-par Nescafe (shudder) is. The coffee must have kicked in a little bit because I finally took a picture…

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Gabriel called to see where I was, and since he was awake, I headed back to the room. I was pretty excited to give him his present!

Up next: Christmas Surprises are the Best Surprises…

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SoNotAPrincess
01-23-2013, 04:43 PM
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Day 2, Chapter 10—Christmas Surprises are the Best Surprises

“The best Christmas show of all-time is the Star Wars holiday special shown only once in 1978 and then locked away in the Lucas film vault like the precious jewel it is. Every fanboy in the galaxy knows it’s completely awesome.” (Glee—Extraordinary Christmas)

Lumiere: “Master, we all understand how you feel about Christmas. But when a woman gives a man a gift, she's saying, I care about you."
Beast: “But I don't have a gift for her.”
Lumiere: “It's not too late.”
Beast: [huffs] “Well, I guess I'll get her a little something.”
(Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas)

When Disney took over Marvel Comics and Star Wars, they did me a HUGE favor because Gabriel is a comic book/Star Wars geek along the same lines as Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper. Thanks, Disney, for upping your cool quotient and making my life easier!

I wanted to get him something great for Christmas, but we had agreed not to spend a lot on each other this year because a ten-day Disney trip is a pretty awesome gift all by itself. The thing is, I’m not real good at limits…I’m more of a defying gravity kind of girl.

He collects Star Wars memorabilia, so I decided to go that route and found a Return of the Jedi poster signed by Harrison Ford. I was able to negotiate the price and even got the seller to throw in a cool T-shirt.

Boo-yah!

So, what was his reaction?

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I’m not sure, but I think he liked it. :rotfl::lmao::rotfl::lmao:

I didn’t have time to have it framed before Christmas, and evidently it has to have some preservation technique done to it, and special glass has to be ordered. I really have no idea…when Gabriel was telling me about it, I completely zoned out and heard Charlie Brown’s teacher in my head. At any rate, I’ll post a photo when we get it back.

He apologized because he didn’t have anything extravagant for me, but I wasn’t expecting anything, so I wasn’t disappointed. He gave me a Disney gift card and a small bottle of my favorite perfume.

Oh, wait, there was one other little thing….

…Tickets to The Lion King…and a weekend in New York!

He actually apologized because it’s not until February…LIKE I CARE…I’ M GOING TO NEW YORK TO SEE THE LION KING ON BROADWAY!!

I mean, whatever. It could be fun.

He ordered the tickets while he was celebrating an early Christmas with his kids, and his daughter made the very cool announcement below. I love that she basically made Gabriel and me Mufasa and Sarabi in the top left photo. I guess that makes her Simba?

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So much for our deal to not go overboard on each other this year!!

We had a breakfast ADR at Kona at 9:35 and were at the bus stop a few minutes before 8. Mom woke with a bad headache, so she chose to rest in the room where it was quiet. Brianna was not happy to be awake, let alone awake and on a dreaded Disney bus.

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Remember the nursery rhyme about the little girl with the curl? I love Brianna very much, but it describes her to a T. She pouted all the way to MK, where we disembarked off so we could catch that single-track marvel of the modern world.

The crowd outside MK was HUGE. Later on we heard that it was closed for capacity by 10 a.m. Good thing we weren’t going there!

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SoNotAPrincess
01-23-2013, 04:58 PM
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Day 2, Chapter 11—Christmas Morning (continued)

“I thought maybe we could make gingerbread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands.” (Elf)

Going up the ramp makes me happy, and not even Bee’s bad attitude could dampen my joy at being reunited with my darling monorail…or in our case, the Avengerail! Gabriel ripped the camera from around my neck so fast that he almost dislocated a few vertebrae and started snapping away. We rode it several times during our stay, and every time he saw it he had to take pictures of it (I have no idea which photos were taken what day). Sort of like me with a certain piece of Magic Kingdom real estate. Try teasing me about my Castle obsession now and see what happens!

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Captain America is ranked sixth on the list of Top 100 comic book heroes. (Yes, there really is a list of the top 100 comic book heroes…I was surprised, too.) Gabriel thinks he should be second only to Superman. In case you’re interested, he also rejects Batman as a “superhero” because Bruce Wayne has no supernatural abilities. Don’t even get him started on mixing up DC Comics and Marvel Comics characters. Please, I beg of you, don’t get him started!

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“Yes, honey, I know you appreciate Scarlett Johansson because she’s an exceptionally fine actress. And I saw Magic Mike three times because of the brilliant storyline.”

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Note to self: Never call him “Bow and Arrow Guy” in Gabriel’s presence again. He was only too happy to give me a dissertation on Hawkeye. Sigh. That’s 45 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

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Sometimes I tell Gabriel that Lou Ferigno’s performance as Hulk is highly underrated and it’s too bad they didn’t use him in The Avengers. Watching his head spin around just never gets old.

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Iron Man’s burning question is, “Does the man make the suit, or does the suit make the man?” Well, duh, ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. makes both of them!

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I once made the mistake of saying that I think Thor is pretty (well, he is). Gabriel was offended on behalf of the Son of Odin, reminding me quite adamantly that Thor is a SUPERHERO FOR GOD’S SAKE. And that’s why he’s no longer allowed to tease me about my deep and abiding love for Eugene Fitzherbert.

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SoNotAPrincess
01-23-2013, 05:10 PM
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Day 2, Chapter 12—Even More Christmas Morning

"Does someone need a hug?" (Elf)

We enjoyed our all-too-brief ride with the Avengers, and Brianna was still sullen and cranky as we checked in at Kona and got our buzzer. Earl had had enough and called her down for her attitude. She started to melt down, so Lenny took her off to the ladies room for a discussion on appropriate behavior.

We waited maybe ten minutes to be seated and ordered almost right away (macadamia nut pancakes for me; Tonga toast for the boys, Mickey pancakes for Bee; and an omelet for Lenny).

We were sipping our drinks when I said, “Hey, Beezer, did you like what Gabriel and I got you for Christmas?”

This is the face I got:

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Probably because we hadn’t given her anything.

“Hmmm,” I said, thoughtfully, looking at Gabriel. “You didn’t give it to her?”

He shook his head. “I thought you gave it to her.”

“She probably wouldn’t like it anyway.”

“I would probably like it!” she exclaimed. “I will like it!”

“Are you sure?” Gabriel asked. “It’s a pretty big risk.”

“Yeah,” I added. “We could totally ruin Christmas by giving you something you don’t like. That would be the worst.”

As you can see, she didn’t appreciate us teasing her…

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Since she was sure she’d LOVE it no matter what it might be, we decided to chance it, and I held up this sign for her to read…

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This was her reaction….

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It was totally worth getting up at dark-thirty and driving to the Poly to surprise her. They held the sign for me at the front desk, and when she had her meltdown and had to be taken to the ladies room, Gabriel ran down to get it; and we stashed it under the table.

I love it when a plan comes together!!

Her mood changed immediately, and she chattered about BBB, riding Aladdin’s magic carpet, and meeting Jasmine throughout the meal. Yes, the princess who ran away from home and hooked up with a wily street thief and his pet monkey is my niece’s favorite. Lord help us all.

Kona is my favorite place for breakfast in all of WDW, and I must eat there EVERY SINGLE TIME. I like Tonga toast, but for me it’s all about the Macadamia nut pancakes. I don’t know whose idea it was to put Macadamia nuts IN THE BUTTER, but they’re a freakin’ culinary genius!

Gabriel perused a lot of WDW menus in advance of the trip. And when I say a lot, I mean ALL of them. I got pretty tired of hearing, “Honey, are we eating at (insert restaurant name)? This (insert dish) sounds great.” He’s like the Anthony Bourdain of Disney World! He was pretty excited about trying Tonga toast, and it exceeded his expectations. He declared it the best thing he’s had for breakfast EVER. He waxed rhapsodic about it for 15 minutes and only stopped because I told him he could probably meet the chef if he wanted. I was totally joking, but he was all about it.

The chef was very nice, and they had a pleasant chat about whether or not it’s worth the trouble to scrape fresh vanilla beans in your recipes (yes, it is, in case you’re wondering). I wasn’t really listening, though, because I was sidetracked…

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It’s not the first time I’ve been distracted by chocolate, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

Up Next: Deluxe Decorations and Captivating Cupcakes

Victoriasmom98
01-23-2013, 05:14 PM
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“Yes, honey, I know you appreciate Scarlett Johansson because she’s an exceptionally fine actress. And I saw Magic Mike three times because of the brilliant storyline.”

Note to self: Never call him “Bow and Arrow Guy” in Gabriel’s presence again. He was only too happy to give me a dissertation on Hawkeye. Sigh. That’s 45 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

Sometimes I tell Gabriel that Lou Ferigno’s performance as Hulk is highly underrated and it’s too bad they didn’t use him in The Avengers. Watching his head spin around just never gets old.



OMG!!! Laughing out loud. You are a riot and I probably would have said some of the same things. (but, again, I'm sacastic that way!!!) Love the spinning head referrence! :worship: My hubby goes into a dissertation about old farm tractors......yeah, so exciting....thanks hun!! :lmao:

Jenna319
01-23-2013, 05:21 PM
Loving your report! I am also a huge fan of the macadamian pancakes at kona. We were at WDW from 12/29-1/8. Can't wait to see where you spent NYE! We were at epcot.

MK2010
01-23-2013, 05:32 PM
You're report is totally hilarious and I'm loving it. I can't wait to see what the rest of Christmas Day holds. I've always said I wouldn't go to WDW at Christmas because of the crowds so I'm eager to see how you dealt with them! I LOVE Christmas too. In fact, since we choose not to celebrate Halloween with trick or treating, we use that day to put up our Christmas tree! I am totally NOT kidding (It ususally comes down New Year's Eve/DAy just in case you're wondering.) ANyway, more more more! (Please ;))

MelMel11
01-23-2013, 05:47 PM
Count me in!!

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-23-2013, 05:50 PM
Christmas morning at Disney - how cool!!! Yours and Gabriel's gifts for each other are so sweet! :goodvibes And what an awesome gift for Brianna! princess:

Hahaha DF can go on and on about the superheroes too, I totally hear you on that! Gabriel got some great shots of the Avengerail!

marDgreen88
01-23-2013, 07:47 PM
YAY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Aww, what an AWESOME gift! Dang, good job!

Lion King on Broadway should be AMAZING! That's so wonderful! Aww, I love Christmas morning!!!

I love the Avengerail! AND I LOVE THOR. Omg, do I love Thor. Yum................ (and I NEVER like guys with long hair. It's CHRIS HEMSWORTH so it's FINE.)

:blush: Moving on.

Cute surprise! I'm glad she was in a better mood.

murmkc
01-23-2013, 09:23 PM
AWESOME - I will stay tuned for the rest!

foxyroxy40
01-24-2013, 06:52 AM
first off I'm enjoying your report we were their about the same time as you we went to the hoop-de-doo the next night after you on christmas night at 8:30 their was a big table next to us that sat empty for almost an hour from when we got their finally the people who's table it was arrived they got fresh food nothing was on the table except the bread and they sent that back and got fresh and the whole party didnt even arrive together so i cant believe that you didnt get your table that was crappy on disney's part we were staying in the french quarter and had went to animal kingdom that day and i made my family leave three hours before the show to make sure we got their on time we had to wait an hour once we were their so my family grumbled at me

SoNotAPrincess
01-24-2013, 04:41 PM
OMG!!! Laughing out loud. You are a riot and I probably would have said some of the same things. (but, again, I'm sacastic that way!!!) Love the spinning head referrence! :worship: My hubby goes into a dissertation about old farm tractors......yeah, so exciting....thanks hun!! :lmao:

Thanks...I'm glad I gave you a giggle! Oh, I'm VERY sarcastic, too (as you can tell), as is Gabriel; and he gives as good as he gets!

Farm tractors, huh? :crazy2::faint: Boys and their toys, right?

Loving your report! I am also a huge fan of the macadamian pancakes at kona. We were at WDW from 12/29-1/8. Can't wait to see where you spent NYE! We were at epcot.

Thank you! :welcome:

Sometimes I crave those pancakes...I've tried to make them at home, but they're just not the same!

NYE was quite an adventure for us...stay tuned!

You're report is totally hilarious and I'm loving it. I can't wait to see what the rest of Christmas Day holds. I've always said I wouldn't go to WDW at Christmas because of the crowds so I'm eager to see how you dealt with them! I LOVE Christmas too. In fact, since we choose not to celebrate Halloween with trick or treating, we use that day to put up our Christmas tree! I am totally NOT kidding (It ususally comes down New Year's Eve/DAy just in case you're wondering.) ANyway, more more more! (Please ;))

Thank you! :welcome:

I've always said the same thing about staying away during the holidays, but it was the only time my brother and his family could go. So we decided to suck it up and make it work!

WOW, how cool to have your Christmas tree up on Halloween...I would LOVE that, but my BF would stage a mutiny! :rotfl:

SoNotAPrincess
01-24-2013, 04:46 PM
Count me in!!

:welcome: I'm glad you're here!

Christmas morning at Disney - how cool!!! Yours and Gabriel's gifts for each other are so sweet! :goodvibes And what an awesome gift for Brianna! princess:

Hahaha DF can go on and on about the superheroes too, I totally hear you on that! Gabriel got some great shots of the Avengerail!

It was SO cool waking up in Disney on Christmas...definitely a first for me, so I can check it off the ol' bucket list!

It was pretty cool that we were on the same wavelength with gifts...and that we completely surprised each other. That doesn't happen too often!

I know more about superheroes than I ever thought I would, that's for sure...I bet you do, too!

SoNotAPrincess
01-24-2013, 04:55 PM
YAY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Aww, what an AWESOME gift! Dang, good job!

Lion King on Broadway should be AMAZING! That's so wonderful! Aww, I love Christmas morning!!!

I love the Avengerail! AND I LOVE THOR. Omg, do I love Thor. Yum................ (and I NEVER like guys with long hair. It's CHRIS HEMSWORTH so it's FINE.)

:blush: Moving on.

Cute surprise! I'm glad she was in a better mood.

I don't catch him completely by surprise often, but I got him good this time! Goooooo, me!

I am SO excited to see The Lion King! If I lived closer to New York, I'd be attending Broadway shows as often as my wallet would allow!

The Avengerail is awesome! I totally get what you're saying about Chris Hemsworth...I don't usually go for blonde boys, but he's just so...wow...words fail me!

AWESOME - I will stay tuned for the rest!

:welcome: Thanks for joining in!

first off I'm enjoying your report we were their about the same time as you we went to the hoop-de-doo the next night after you on christmas night at 8:30 their was a big table next to us that sat empty for almost an hour from when we got their finally the people who's table it was arrived they got fresh food nothing was on the table except the bread and they sent that back and got fresh and the whole party didnt even arrive together so i cant believe that you didnt get your table that was crappy on disney's part we were staying in the french quarter and had went to animal kingdom that day and i made my family leave three hours before the show to make sure we got their on time we had to wait an hour once we were their so my family grumbled at me

:welcome: It's nice to have you here!

The whole HDDR thing was out of character for Disney, that's for sure. No worries, though...there's a bit more to the story...coming up soon!

You were smart to leave so early for HDDR...better to wait for an hour then miss part of the show!

AGPrincess
01-25-2013, 10:21 AM
Subbing! Great TR!

I never know how to start a trip report, so Ill borrow from Mr. Dickens...

You can never go wrong with a quote from a classic! :thumbsup2

Loved seeing all the princess room pics. We've only stayed in the Alligator Bayou section at Riverside, but I reeeally want to try Magnolia Bend next time!!

Also loved your niece's reaction to BBB, so cute!

Can't wait to hear which cupcakes you tried!! :goodvibes

RoosMama
01-25-2013, 06:24 PM
Subbing also! We are going next Christmas, so I'm excited to hear about everyone else's Christmas fun at Disney!

PracPerfPatricia
01-26-2013, 09:25 AM
I don't even know what to say about the whole Hoop De Doo revue situ... (which is pretty rare for me...) I'm just glad you all enjoyed the show...

Great Christmas gifts... you will have a great time at Lion King... be forewarned...NYC is cold in February... make sure you have warm stuff... but NY is all kinds of fun... so it will be great (I live outside of Philadelphia so it's a day trip for us...)

I love Bree's expressions... I love a girl who shows her true feelings...;) Can't wait to see her Princess makeover...

Hmmm... in no particular order... just stream of consciousness...

love those Macadamian nut pancakes and the butter...?...:faint: amazing... I think there are probably all kinds of things you could put that on...

Love Tiana... just watched the Princess and the Frog... really good movie... I think she needs more love...

Drinking coffee while reading your conversation about the super heros... bad idea for my keyboard...:lmao:


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SoNotAPrincess
01-26-2013, 10:31 PM
Subbing! Great TR!

You can never go wrong with a quote from a classic! :thumbsup2

Loved seeing all the princess room pics. We've only stayed in the Alligator Bayou section at Riverside, but I reeeally want to try Magnolia Bend next time!!

Also loved your niece's reaction to BBB, so cute!

Can't wait to hear which cupcakes you tried!! :goodvibes

:welcome: I'm glad you're here!

I highly recommend the princess rooms...they're totally immersive, which I love. I can't imagine staying at POR in any other room now!

It was so fun surprising her...she had no idea what was coming!

Ahhh, so many cupcakes, too little time! :rotfl:

Subbing also! We are going next Christmas, so I'm excited to hear about everyone else's Christmas fun at Disney!

:welcome: It's great to have you along for the ride! Disney is extra magical at Christmas...I lived vicariously through TRs for months before we got there!!

I don't even know what to say about the whole Hoop De Doo revue situ... (which is pretty rare for me...) I'm just glad you all enjoyed the show...

The show was good, and the whole thing is resolved in an upcoming installment!

Great Christmas gifts... you will have a great time at Lion King... be forewarned...NYC is cold in February... make sure you have warm stuff... but NY is all kinds of fun... so it will be great (I live outside of Philadelphia so it's a day trip for us...)

I'm SO excited!! I've never been to New York in February, so I appreciate the tip! If I lived close enough to drive in and spend the day in NY, I'd be there all the time!

I love Bree's expressions... I love a girl who shows her true feelings...;) Can't wait to see her Princess makeover...

She's not shy about letting us know what she's feeling, that's for sure! :lmao:

Hmmm... in no particular order... just stream of consciousness...

love those Macadamian nut pancakes and the butter...?...:faint: amazing... I think there are probably all kinds of things you could put that on...

OMG, that butter is good enough to merit its own food group! :rotfl:

Love Tiana... just watched the Princess and the Frog... really good movie... I think she needs more love...

I agree! I took my little cousin to MK for her birthday last year, and she had the best interaction with Tiana! She still talks about it!

Drinking coffee while reading your conversation about the super heros... bad idea for my keyboard...:lmao:

LOL...that's a great compliment...thank you! (Hope your keyboard survived!)


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SoNotAPrincess
01-27-2013, 12:11 PM
Day 2, Chapter 12—Deluxe Decorations and Captivating Cupcakes

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” (Elf)

After breakfast I called Mom to see how she was feeling, which unfortunately was still not good. We offered to go back to POR, but she said she was resting; and we should just continue on without her. I felt so bad for her not feeling well on Christmas!

We decided to take a walk on the beach and enjoy the beautiful day. I have a sentimental attachment to the Poly because it was the first Disney resort I ever stayed at back when I thought Josie and the Pussycats were neat, sweet, and groovy and Lucky Charms were the height of good eats.

For you trivia buffs, John Lennon signed the paperwork that officially broke up the Beatles at the Poly.

There it is…my precious! No matter how many times I go to Disney, the first glimpse of the castle is what makes it really real.

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Daddy/daughter beach bonding…

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Gabriel and I staked our claim on a couple of loungers and made some phone calls. He called his kids and parents to wish them Merry Christmas, and then I called my sister and her family. They all live in cold climates; so naturally, everyone was pea green with envy that we were talking to them from the beach at Disney while gazing at Cinderella Castle!

After a while, we reluctantly left the serenity of the beach to head to our next exotic location. We wanted to take the Poly launch to MK and then hop the resort launch to WL, but the CM manning the dock explained that some of the boats aren’t equipped for scooters. No biggie, I wanted to check out the cupcakes at Captain Cook’s anyway. Did it matter that we'd eaten breakfast just an hour ago? Um, no, not in the least! I was looking for their lemon-ginger creation, which is a ginger (not gingerbread) cake with zingy lemon filling. Sadly, they didn’t have any...my cupcake crawl was off to a less than auspicious start. (It’s too bad the new chocolate-beer cupcake wasn’t out yet...I don’t think Gabriel could’ve resisted it.)

But all was not lost because I spotted the Dole Whip machine. I think I shouted, “It’s a Christmas miracle!” I feel strongly that every meal, even breakfast, should be followed by a Dole Whip. We shared two cups of soft serve between the five of us…so good!

Brianna’s Christmas money was burning a hole in her pocket, so we stopped in one of the shops. After a very thorough inspection of everything in the store, she finally settled on a tube of Goofy’s Pucker Powder (similar to pixie stix) in a variety of flavors. While she shopped, I took a picture of the fountain because I only have 432 other versions of it.

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On the way to the monorail, we spotted a gingerbread house, and I asked Brianna to give me her best Vanna White impersonation. Her response, “Who’s Vanna White?” Introducing, Bri-vanna!

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How cute is Lilo and Stitch’s house?

I’m not sure how I managed to leave the Poly without one single photo of the decorations, but I did. One of my goals for the trip was to get pictures of as many resort decorations as possible…FAIL!

The Contemporary Resort….

We hopped a monorail to the CR for one reason…CUPCAKES! I knew exactly which cupcake I wanted from Contempo Café…the red velvet that I’ve heard so much about. But then, in typical Disney fashion, they amped up the awesome and gave me more fabulous choices. I/we finally decided to get two cupcakes to share.

These, my friends are the cool mint and red velvet cupcakes. The cool mint is especially festive and just plain pretty! (Credit to Disney Food Blog for the photos).

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Both were very good…moist, flavorful cake and smooth, creamy frosting… My favorite was the red velvet…the cream cheese center was positively sinful in the best possible way! I’m a southern girl, and I grew up on red velvet cake…Disney did not disappoint!

Don’t get me wrong; the cool mint was good, too. Gabriel, Lenny and Bee all liked it best. Gabriel especially enjoyed the juxtaposition of the rich, dark chocolate cake with the cool refreshing mint of the frosting. I love chocolate, but my taste runs more to the lighter variety. The dark chocolate cake and chocolate filling together were a little too death by chocolate for me. Still, if it’s my time to go, death by chocolate would be my choice!

As long as we were at the CR, we decided to check out the decorations. Sadly, there aren’t really a lot of them. The gingerbread Christmas tree is cool though, and the Mary Blair-esque backdrop is fun.

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Contemporary Resort trivia…Richard Nixon gave his famous “I am not a crook” speech from a CR meeting room.

Wilderness Lodge…

I decided to park the scooter at the CR and take the boat to WL even though Gabriel and Earl both said they thought it was a bad idea and we should just go back to MK and get a bus to WL.

“Pish posh, boys,” I said, “Don’t contradict the diva, and let’s get to steppin’, yo!”

Gabriel made a sound I’ve never heard him make before…a combination of the noise you make when you hit your thumb with a hammer but can’t swear and strangled laughter. He’s used to me mixing metaphors, dangling participles and droppin’ Gs, but evidently combining Mary Poppins and street slang was more than he could take. “Never,” he said, giving me his best squinty-eyed bandit scowl, “Do. That. Again.”

“No promises, G-money, ” I said. “After all, I have to protect my street cred.”

He snorted. “Like you have street cred.”

No respect!

As you probably already figured out (because you’re WAY smarter than me), it was a lot of walking, and my knee didn’t appreciate it one bit. The first part, to the CR dock, wasn’t bad; and the boat ride was really lovely. Unfortunately, the path to WL from its dock is approximately 6,472 miles long. We finally reached the pool, but I power-limped right past it without even stopping. I wanted a comfy chair and something to drink immediately, if not sooner!

While I rested my knee, I put Gabriel on camera duty; and evidently he thought two photos would be sufficient.

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I hobbled over to the pin kiosk to see if the CM had anything worth trading for, and Brianna joined me. I wasn’t in love with any of the pins, but I decided to trade just for the fun of it anyway. My lanyard was tucked in my bag, and Bee’s eyes got SO BIG as I pulled it out.

A pin trader was born!

I explained how trading works and offered to let her make the choice. She selected a Jasmine pin (duh) and then naturally needed a lanyard to pin it on, so I let her pick out a starter set. She decided on Minnie and immediately traded one of her starter pins. My brother sighed and suggested that I may have just created a monster.

Monster shmonster…here, sweetie, have a couple of Aunt Lauri’s old pins and go trade to your little heart’s content.

In between trades, she had a mini photo shoot…

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Love the blue pucker powder lips!

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Eventually, we made our way to Roaring Forks because I’d heard they have a very special cupcake; and I hadn’t walked 6,472 miles to not try it!

Just when I thought I’d met my cupcake soulmate in the CR red velvet, Disney rocked my world with something so unique and exceptional that I’ll never look at other cupcakes the same. The little piece of perfection I’m talking about is the S’mores cupcake…graham cracker flavored cake with chocolate hiding inside as a scrumptious surprise. Swoon.

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Photo by “Roger W.” from yelp.

The frosting is either a toasted marshmallow or meringue that tastes like toasted marshmallow. I don't know, and I don't care because whatever it is, it's delicious! Just to make it even more perfect, nestled in the frosting is a piece of chocolate.

While I loved (such a poor, weak word) this cupcake, Gabriel thought it was good but not great. He thought the cake should have been chocolate or, at the very least, there should have been more chocolate filling. I think that if there was any more chocolate, the graham cracker cake would be overpowered.

We got one cupcake for all of us to share…after all we’d already had breakfast, Dole Whips, and two other cupcakes at Contempo Café…there was no way we could eat more than a bite or two, no matter how good it was. Turns out that sharing a S’mores cupcake is not as easy as you might think…and we ended up getting another one. After all we had 6,472 miles to walk to get back to the boat, and we might need provisions!

A parting shot of our journey into the wilderness….

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I especially wanted Earl to see WL because it’s right up his alley…he’s Mr. Outdoors. As we were leaving, he asked why we weren’t staying there, and Bee piped up, “Are there princess rooms here?”

‘Nuf said…point taken.

WL trivia: If you look at WL from Bay Lake, the shadows on the main tower are designed to make a bear. WL was the first WDW resort to have a mascot…Humphrey the Bear, created by Walt Disney Studios in 1950.

Up next: What now, Aunt Lauri?

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-27-2013, 02:14 PM
I love your cupcake tour - what a great way to spend Christmas!! That mint cupcake looks awesome! I love the little sprinkles on it!

Hahaha good job starting up another pin trader! :thumbsup2

marDgreen88
01-27-2013, 07:13 PM
AHHH CONTEMPO CUPCAKES CONTEMPO CUPCAKES CONTEMPO CUPCAKES AHHHHHHHHHHHHH. :hyper:

I think I'm getting ahead of myself.

Aww, I hope your mom wasn't feeling bad for too long! :(

But seriously, the Contempo cupcakes.

Oh my goodness, WL is just so gorgeous! Ahh love it.

Hahha I'm really glad you created a pin trading monster.

PracPerfPatricia
01-29-2013, 12:29 PM
Too bad that they didn't have any cupcakes over at the Poly... maybe too early?:confused3 (hah... I looked for that ginger lemon cc too right after breakfast at Kona... and none out yet...):scratchin hmmm... bet they do come out a little later... I do love Lilo and Stitch's house... I LOVE them...:goodvibes

Nice Christmas view... Cindy's Castle from the Poly Beach... you could do much worse...;)

Score at the Contempo... I think they are both lovely but I'd probs be with you on taste... it's pretty darn hard to beat a good red velvet...::yes::

Wow... you left your scooter at the Contemporary and hoofed it over (well, yes... ok a boat was involved) to the WL and you did the endless march into the Lodge (& I happen to love the WL... its one my top 3 list...) but wow... that's a lot of walking when you're having trouble...:confused3

I like that pin trading station at the WL...never too busy... and I've usually gotten lucky for a pin or two...:thumbsup2 Congrats on turning another unsuspecting little person into a pin trader...:lmao:

You're S"mores cupcake sounds like it was good... by the time I got over there last time... I think the cake was stale and the chocolate inside was too hard... It was tragically disappointing...:( I'm glad you had better luck...

Hmmm... John Lennon and Richard Nixon... I guess everyone really does go to Disney...

SoNotAPrincess
01-29-2013, 02:42 PM
I love your cupcake tour - what a great way to spend Christmas!! That mint cupcake looks awesome! I love the little sprinkles on it!

Hahaha good job starting up another pin trader! :thumbsup2

The cupcake tour was a rousing success...we would definitely do it again. The mint cupcake was, according to Gabriel, "like Christmas in your mouth." :rotfl:

AHHH CONTEMPO CUPCAKES CONTEMPO CUPCAKES CONTEMPO CUPCAKES AHHHHHHHHHHHHH. :hyper:

I think I'm getting ahead of myself.

Aww, I hope your mom wasn't feeling bad for too long! :(

But seriously, the Contempo cupcakes.

Oh my goodness, WL is just so gorgeous! Ahh love it.

Hahha I'm really glad you created a pin trading monster.

LOL...Those cupcakes are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!

Thankfully, she felt better soon and was able to join us for the rest of the day!

I know...I want one NOW!

WL is so special...I really want to stay there!

It was fun leading her in the Wonderful Ways of Disney!

SoNotAPrincess
01-29-2013, 02:55 PM
Too bad that they didn't have any cupcakes over at the Poly... maybe too early?:confused3 (hah... I looked for that ginger lemon cc too right after breakfast at Kona... and none out yet...):scratchin hmmm... bet they do come out a little later... I do love Lilo and Stitch's house... I LOVE them...:goodvibes

I was disappointed, but it gives me something to look for next time! I'm right there with you on Lilo and Stitch...Stitch gets major love around my house!

Nice Christmas view... Cindy's Castle from the Poly Beach... you could do much worse...;)

I'll take that view any day, any time!

Score at the Contempo... I think they are both lovely but I'd probs be with you on taste... it's pretty darn hard to beat a good red velvet...::yes::

Yep...the Contempo is THE place for cupcakes...at least so far on our crawl!

Wow... you left your scooter at the Contemporary and hoofed it over (well, yes... ok a boat was involved) to the WL and you did the endless march into the Lodge (& I happen to love the WL... its one my top 3 list...) but wow... that's a lot of walking when you're having trouble...:confused3

Yeah, not the brightest thing I ever did...I definitely lost my mind there for a bit!

I like that pin trading station at the WL...never too busy... and I've usually gotten lucky for a pin or two...:thumbsup2 Congrats on turning another unsuspecting little person into a pin trader...:lmao:

LOL...she embraced the whole pin trading thing with every fiber of her being! I thought it was super cool!

You're S"mores cupcake sounds like it was good... by the time I got over there last time... I think the cake was stale and the chocolate inside was too hard... It was tragically disappointing...:( I'm glad you had better luck...

It's a shame your S'mores cupcake wasn't good! :sad: I had one like that later on....

Hmmm... John Lennon and Richard Nixon... I guess everyone really does go to Disney...

Yep...you couldn't find two people more different from each other than Lennon and Nixon!

SoNotAPrincess
01-29-2013, 03:10 PM
Day 2, Chapter 13—“What now, Aunt Lauri?”

“Friends don’t let friends photocopy their butts at company Christmas parties.” (Bones)

On the long trek back to the boat, Bee hitched a piggy-back ride; and I admit to a twinge of envy. Did I say twinge? Make that I experienced jealousy so intense that it burned like white hot anguish in my soul. Only when the scooter came into view did the sun start to shine again and my psyche begin to heal.

I am nothing if not dramatic!

Bee heaved an exaggerated (no idea who she gets that from) sigh and said, “What now, Aunt Lauri?” She was obviously too pooped to party hardy, Marty.

Before I could answer, Gabriel said with authority, “We’re going swimming.”

“Yeah,” I said, like it was all my idea. “Swimming!” Truth be told, I was ready for a break myself.

Back at POR, while everyone else suited up and hit the pool (Mom was feeling better and decided to hang out with them), I chilled with an ice pack (see what I did there?) and decided to go through our receipts. I pulled out this little beauty….

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Yes, I decorated an envelope for receipts…and I’m pretty darn proud of it, too. I had knee surgery while planning the trip, and I had a LOT of time on my hands. I made quite a few DISigns...most of them didn’t make the cut…but you’ll see a few as we progress. I had a ton of fun making them, so it wasn’t a total loss.

As I was looking at the receipts, I noticed that we were charged not four but six TS credits at HDDR. My love for Disney knows no bounds, but there was no way I was going to let this slide. I was forced to go all divaferocious on someone…heads would roll! I wanted to go straighten it out right away, but I had taken something for pain, and it was starting to kick in. There was a nap in my immediate future, so I decided to stop by the lobby on the way to dinner.

I slept for quite a while…I’d been up since 5 a.m., after all. The first few days we were there, I struggled a bit adjusting to the bed at POR. I don’t remember Disney beds being quite so firm (i.e. hard as a rock). Admittedly, I’m spoiled by my comfy, cushy pillow top mattress at home; and thankfully, I got used to it pretty quickly. By the end of the trip, I was saying how much I loved the bed.

Other than swim and lounge by the pool, I don’t know what everyone else did while I was sleeping. Eventually, we got back together, and I had Earl and Lenny check their HDDR receipt, too, revealing that the same thing had had happened to them.

Disney, seriously, what is up!?!?!?!

We set out for dinner, stopping by the lobby where we spoke to a very helpful CM who said she could fix the problem. As she started tapping her keyboard, she asked if we’d had a good time at HDDR. Now, I hadn’t intended to rehash the whole sordid ordeal. What’s done is done, and I just wanted to resolve the TS credit issue. But she asked, so I told her the whole story. The transportation debacle, missing part of the show, the table snafu, the cold food, everything. She apologized and then excused herself, saying she’d be right back.

I took a picture of a wreath. Why? Evidently because it was there.

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She returned with not one, but two, official-looking individuals. I had no idea what was going to happen, but I knew two suits weren’t coming out just to pass the time of day. They asked a few questions; and, after listening intently to what happened, they apologized so sincerely that I totally believed them and then said that our less-than-magical experience was unacceptable, so they were reimbursing all the credits that had been deducted.

Merry Christmas!

Now that’s the Disney I know and love!

After the suits left, we chatted with the CM for a few minutes, and Bee told her she was going to MK the next day for her BBB makeover (at this point, she was pretty much telling anyone and everyone she came in contact with). The CM smiled, opened a drawer, said she hoped we had an extra magical day, and handed me what turned out to be six fastpasses. They were good at any time in any park for any attraction and were valid for the duration of our stay!

Riding a wave of Pixie dust, off to dinner we went!

Originally, we had an ADR at Cali Grill for Christmas dinner, but we were heavy on TS meals, so I canceled it in favor of Grand Floridian Café. My niece, Erica, and I ate there on our Divas Do Disney (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2845859) trip in December 2011; and she loved it, especially the desserts! Besides, there is nothing like the Grand Flo at Christmas!

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The lobby was jam packed with people, and I stalked the area looking for ways to get pictures without people in them. Clever close-ups, artsy angles, and creative cropping were the best I could do.

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The gingerbread house is in its 14th year….how is that even possible?

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As with everything Disney, the best part is the detail. The windows and porches are decorated for Christmas, and the detail is amazing…just look at the windows…

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One of the porches…check out the hidden Mickey fabric on the couch!

I love the GF, but it does get awfully crowded in the evenings. I like visiting around mid-morning when it’s quiet, so I can soak in the Victorian ambience, take unobstructed photos, and pretend that I’m a lady of leisure gliding down that grand staircase on my way to tea.

We arrived a little early, so I got in line with Bee to ride the birdcage elevator. It was packed, so we thought it would be fun to put our hands up and bounce like we were on ToT. Some of our fellow passengers thought we were crazy…not too mention a little uncouth for the GF… but others did it right along with us, so that was fun!

Up next…Grubbin’ at the Grand

marDgreen88
01-30-2013, 07:49 PM
Okay, I seriously thought that HDDR cost 2 dining credits each! I'm confused.

WOW, so awesome! Don't you love Disney? Their costumer service is the best in the world. I mean it really is. So great! :)

Ahh, love the Grand Floridian. So beautiful. I hope dinner was good!

SoNotAPrincess
01-30-2013, 08:38 PM
Okay, I seriously thought that HDDR cost 2 dining credits each! I'm confused.

WOW, so awesome! Don't you love Disney? Their costumer service is the best in the world. I mean it really is. So great! :)

Ahh, love the Grand Floridian. So beautiful. I hope dinner was good!

Ugh. It was confusing, and obviously I didn't explain it very well! :confused: HDDR is two TS credits per person, but all the adults were charged three TS each. Gabriel and I were on one DDP, with everyone else on another; and they were rung up separately. There was no problem with the child's credits, so I guess that's something.

I hope that explains it! :scratchin

Nobody does customer service like Disney...that's why we keep going back! I mean, they could've stopped with just giving us back the 1 TS per adult that we were over charged, but instead they basically comped HDDR, plus they gave each adult a bonus TS credit! :faint: :cloud9:

The GF is in a class all by itself, that's for sure!

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-31-2013, 05:07 AM
That was very nice of the CM's to refund all of your credits!! Hope you found a fun use for them!! :goodvibes

SoNotAPrincess
02-01-2013, 10:01 AM
That was very nice of the CM's to refund all of your credits!! Hope you found a fun use for them!! :goodvibes

It really was! Well, it was Christmas week, and ADRs were pretty scarce.... :scratchin ;)

SoNotAPrincess
02-01-2013, 10:39 AM
Day 2, Chapter 14—Grubbin’ at the Grand

“The main trouble is there are too many people who don't know where they're going, and they want to get there too fast!”
(The Bishop’s Wife)

I apologize up front for the lack of photos in this post…I took very few pictures of our food…but here we go anyway…

GFC felt crowded and loud as we walked through it, but we found our table to be an oasis of calm in the midst of the surrounding chaos. Our waiter was a little slow coming to take our drink orders, but not so much that we were getting dehydrated. He tried to hard sell us wine, which completely turned Gabriel off. :headache: He might have been inclined to order a bottle for the table if not for the aggressive technique employed by the server.

Gabriel was intrigued by the pickled green Mango and Papaya slaw served with avocado rémoulade that came with the crab cakes and chose them as an appetizer. He has an adventurous palate, while, I on the other hand, do not. Pickled mango and papaya slaw sounded a little out there to me, so I went with the tried and true cheese plate, which Lenny and I shared. Earl got the shrimp cocktail, Mom got the French onion soup, and Brianna rounded out the appetizer selections with her chicken noodle soup.

For our mains, Gabriel went with the shrimp and grits (jumbo shrimp with chorizo and fennel served on top of creamy mascarpone cheese grits), while Earl and Lenny both got the New York strip steak. After extensive deliberation, I finally settled on the grilled pork chop. I got it the last time but didn’t love the chimichurri, so I asked if I could swap it out for the mushrooms that come with the pan-roasted chicken breast. Mom ordered salmon, and Bee got cheese pizza. Of course, she did…she would happily eat nothing but cheese pizza if we’d let her.

Fasten your seatbelts, buckaroos…it’s about to get bumpy up in here!

First, Bee pouted because her chicken noodle soup was more gourmet and less Campbell’s. They very nicely traded it for carrot sticks and dip, which appeased her.

Crisis averted! :cool1:

Gabriel was impressed with his crab cakes and their accompaniments. I’ve never met a crab cake I didn’t like, and my first experience with rémoulade was positive. He liked the mango/papaya slaw, but I didn’t. It wasn’t the slaw’s fault though…I’m not crazy about mango in general.

The cheese plate, shrimp cocktail and French onion soup were what you’d expect them to be, although Mom did say that she’d had better soup at Applebee’s (yikes!).

My brother is a steak savant…he can tell just by looking at it if it’s going to be cooked as ordered and taste good. It’s a game in our family to have him predict before he makes the first cut. I’ll say that it looked OK to me, and it smelled good; but Earl’s hopes were not high. He and Lenny agreed that it was good but not great.

Gabriel hit the jackpot again with his shrimp and grits, finding everything to his liking. Since he’s a foodie, his opinion goes a long way with me; and I was relieved that he was enjoying his meal. He was the most disappointed at missing out on Cali Grill.

Mom’s salmon was, once again, “OK”. She’s easy to please, so for her to give anything except a rave review is unusual. I liked my pork chop, but the potatoes were the star…AH-MAY-ZING. The mushrooms were mushrooms. Eh.

Brianna was happy with her pizza, which was good because, as I was quickly learning, “If Beezer ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”

Service during the entrees was less than stellar. I had to flag down another server to ask about drink refills, and although they swapped Bee’s soup for carrot sticks, it took longer than it should have. Just before our entrees came out, we heard a crash in the kitchen, which turned out to be Mom’s dinner. When her food came out, it looked like it had just been slapped on the plate, with green beans hanging off the edge. :(

For dessert, Bee got the worms in dirt and Mom ordered the dark chocolate fondue and fruit because she’d never had fondue, which I found to be completely adorable. Earl/Lenny and Gabriel/I ordered the dessert sampler (berry tart, Boston creme pie, Key Lime tart, and lemon cheesecake). When Erica and I got it, it came with a chocolate Mickey, but for the holidays, they served it with a white chocolate Christmas tree (painted green with tiny red and blue ornaments and gold star on top), a tiny caroler complete with muffler and mittens, and a snowman.

I know I took a picture of it…knowing me, I took 113 pictures of it…but my photo has gone poof. I scoured the Internet looking for a photo because they were just SO cute, but my search came up empty. If anyone out there has a photo, please share!

Dessert was a rousing success…the very best part of the meal! We laughed so hard at Mom dipping her fruit in chocolate and trying to eat it without dripping. The sampler was as good as I remember, and the berry tart and lemon cheesecake were universal favorites. We had dessert family style, sharing everything, making each other laugh and telling remember when stories.

I love remember when stories! My wonderful brother got great enjoyment telling the story of how I got a black eye on Christmas Eve trying to climb the tree to straighten the star. I was six years old with the beginnings of the OCD that makes me such a great Disney trip planner…what did they expect? What I didn’t have (and still don’t) are great balancing skills. I fell off my oh-so-steady kitchen stool/dictionary tower and caught my face on the corner of the coffee table.

Just call me Grace. :rotfl:

When we settled our bill, the server seemed a bit taken aback by the fact that we paid OOP for the appetizers even though he knew we were on the regular dining plan. He even heaved a giant sigh as if we were ruining his Christmas. Suffice to say that his tip reflected his attitude. All things considered, I think I’ll stick to GFC for dessert and coffee.

I was hoping we might run into Mickey and Minnie in their Victorian garb on the way out, but no such luck; so we headed back to POR.

Gabriel and I took a turn around the grounds, and I was entranced by this fountain…

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…and tried for a night photo of the marina…

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POR is lovely and romantic at night, but we didn’t linger long because tomorrow was a big day!

Up next…An Extra Magical Morning

Pssst...look who has a new ticker!

marDgreen88
02-01-2013, 02:31 PM
Ehhhhhhh... it just sounds like this meal was basically an 'ehhhhhh'. I honestly haven't heard very good things about the dinner there. The breakfast, however, I've heard lots of great things about! So yeah, it's too bad that the meal wasn't amazing, but I'm glad yall had a nice dessert and reminiscing time! :goodvibes

SoNotAPrincess
02-03-2013, 09:32 AM
Ehhhhhhh... it just sounds like this meal was basically an 'ehhhhhh'. I honestly haven't heard very good things about the dinner there. The breakfast, however, I've heard lots of great things about! So yeah, it's too bad that the meal wasn't amazing, but I'm glad yall had a nice dessert and reminiscing time! :goodvibes

Yeah, we were pretty underwhelmed...we definitely won't be having dinner there again. Breakfast, however, will happen...I've heard great things, too! :thumbsup2

SoNotAPrincess
02-03-2013, 09:38 AM
Day 3, Chapter 15—An Extra Magical Morning

“Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye.” (Christmas Vacation)

So, here we are, two days into the trip; and we haven’t stepped one toe in a theme park. :scared1: I was overdue to be up close and personal with the castle, and if I had to get up at 5 a.m. to get ready for 7 a.m. EMH at MK, then that was A-OK with me. Everyone else climbed on board the EMH express plan, and we agreed to be at the bus stop at 6 a.m.

Here’s the thing with a plan…it only works if you work it.

I was awake before the alarm, and Gabriel and I were ready to go when Earl came by to say that Brianna wouldn’t get out of bed, Lenny was tired, and Mom was running a bit slow. Of the four of them, he was the only one up and at ‘em. Mom got a free pass because she’d just started a new medicine that made her tired, but the other two…not so much. They decided to just hang out at the resort until Bee got up and going; then they’d meet us at MK.

I’m not proud of it, but I lost it just a little. I couldn’t comprehend staying in bed when they could be going to MK. I didn’t understand why Earl wasn’t going with us…after all, he was ready and everyone else was just going to be sleeping! But mostly I HATED that they weren’t sticking to THE PLAN! Thankfully, my brother is just about the most patient person in the known universe; and he just let me rant for a few minutes until I got myself together, at which point we agreed that Gabriel and I would go, and he’d call me later when they got there.

If WDW is the Happiest Place on Earth (and, of course, it is), then MK is my happy place. It’s so chock full of memories that being there like coming home. In fact, I found myself singing Phil Philips’ “Home”...perfect for the way MK makes me feel! All the tension I was feeling slid away and magically transformed, pooling around me in shimmering Pixie dust. I smiled so hard my face hurt, and I squeezed Gabriel’s hand and arm so fiercely that he asked me if I’d been working out.

Funny, funny man.

It was a chilly, misty morning; but I had my love to keep me warm.

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Gabriel had the audacity to suggest stopping for a muffin or something. Aghast, I reminded him that there’s no stopping in extra magic hours!

If Bee had been with us, we would have dashed for Enchanted Tales with Belle; but instead we hotfooted it over to Under the Sea...my first time riding it! Evidently, there’s no photography during extra magic hours either because all my photos came from later on…but here’s a few to tide you over…

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Under the Sea is a fully immersive (I crack me up) experience. I really enjoyed it and sang along the whole time…for me, it was all about the music, although the sensation of being pulled backwards into the sea was pretty cool, too. Gabriel, on the other hand, found it entirely too girly and said I owed him something packed with testosterone afterwards.

You want testosterone? Okey doke…we made a quick detour into the MK equivalent of a man cave….

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He really does use antlers in all his decorating! (Buh-duh-bump!)


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SoNotAPrincess
02-03-2013, 09:46 AM
----Continued from previous post----

Day 3, Chapter 16—An Extra Magical Morning (continued)

In keeping with our manly theme, we headed for Tomorrowland.

Gabriel rode Space while I sat on a bench and elevated my knee. Yeah, that lasted about two minutes before I was off looking for something to amuse me. This guy is pretty amusing, doncha think?

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This sign always makes me smile…

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Oh, Disney, you’re so clever…you melt the heart of this Shakespeare lover!

After Space, Gabriel decided he wanted to try Astro Orbiter…it made me so happy watching my “Disney is for children and crazy women” guy unleash his inner kid! The line wasn’t too long, but it moves so slow that I figured I could ice my knee while he rode. I tried to get him to take the camera…oh, how I’d love to have aerial photos of Tomorrowland…but he insisted that he just wanted to enjoy the ride.

OK, dearheart, I guess it’s all about you!

I took a couple of photos before giving in and settling myself on a bench for real this time. Thank goodness for instant ice packs and a scooter basket in which to carry them!

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After landing safely (he loved it, BTW), we rode Buzz, where I was beaten into the ground by the love of my life. He shows absolutely no mercy on this ride, and I am so bad at it that it’s embarrassing. I’m pretty sure Gabriel was a gunslinger in a previous life and depended on his hand-eye coordination for survival.

On the way out of Tomorrowland, we stopped at Auntie Gravity’s to grab a muffin and ended up getting a coffee float, too. Well, let me tell you that the coffee float is dee-lish-us! It just goes to show that even Disney coffee is palatable if you add ice cream! It was my first one, but it will definitely not be my last.

Sufficiently amped up on ice cream and coffee, Gabriel grinned and said, “You know what’s next, don’t you?”

I smiled back at him. Why yes, as a matter of fact I do!

Up next: A Rollickin’ ‘n Rollin’ Along

Stringbean&Wingnut
02-03-2013, 04:10 PM
Boo for GFC being such a disappointing meal!! We've had great breakfasts there - never tried dinner there before - so I will vouch for that being good, at least!

Hopefully the rest of your group started getting to the MK soon! Don't they know there's no sleeping allowed in Disney??? :confused3:laughing:

marDgreen88
02-03-2013, 09:54 PM
I wish Earl had decided to go with yall! At least you got to go. :thumbsup2 Your picture of Main Street is beautiful!

I apologize but I have to skip anything related to New Fantasyland... haven't seen it in person yet! BUT YEAH.

Mmm, I'll have to try one of those coffee smoothies. Yum! Wait, I want to know what's next? :laughing:

shan23877
02-04-2013, 11:27 PM
Joining in! I'm going to comment as I read so that I don't forget what I wanted to say.

Ohhhh,I would have certainly been blasting the novelty Christmas songs. And, for the record I was singing Making Love out of Nothing at All (I'll make all the stadiums rock!).

How disappointing that your niece saw her surprise with out you.

Loving the TR so far, you're a great writer!

shan23877
02-04-2013, 11:36 PM
Love, Love, LOVE all the pictures of the Royal Room. Believe it or not, I didn't know the story of the rooms. How cool is that??? Thanks for sharing such detailed photos and explainations!

shan23877
02-04-2013, 11:42 PM
You're quoting Dickens, some of my favorite Christmas movies, and using words like tomfoolery and chapeau? Where have you been all my life?

Reading on...

shan23877
02-04-2013, 11:52 PM
I'm so glad that you enjoyed the Hoop despite the horrible transportation issues. The show is so much fun!

shan23877
02-05-2013, 12:06 AM
Love the BBB invite and Christmas gift!!! How cool!

You guys exchanged awesome gifts! I am the wife of a Star Wars nerd, and the sister of a Star Wars/comics nerd. I too have been on the receiving end of many a comic book lecture. Am I the only one who can't stop thinking about Adventures in Babysitting when I see Thor? He was pretty!

Kona sounds amazing. That's another one of those places thats always on the list for "next time".

shan23877
02-05-2013, 12:23 AM
Ok, had to comment again. I have always been on the clumsy side. When I was little my grandpa nicknamed me "Grace" because of that. So I got a big smile from that remember when story of yours. :goodvibes

shan23877
02-05-2013, 12:27 AM
Ok, now that I've officially taken over your (fantastic) TR with my comments, I'm all caught up!

I CANNOT WAIT to see new FL.

Why on earth were people sleeping? AT WDW? When they could have been in the MAGIC KINGDOM?? Who are these people you traveled with?

At least you got to go. :goodvibes

PracPerfPatricia
02-05-2013, 07:14 PM
It sounds like your dinner at GF was actually a mixed bag... parts of it actually sound nice ... it just didn't all pull together which is a shame...

Didn't you give out the memo ahead of time about sticking to the schedule? :lmao: you actually handled that better that I would have... I'd have been pretty darn militant about getting up and at um... but...

you probably had more funny just the two of you then if everyone else was cranky...

I'm with you on the MK love... doesn't get better...

Ahhh... you found the trick to drinking the Disney coffee... add ice cream...:lmao:

SoNotAPrincess
02-05-2013, 09:09 PM
Boo for GFC being such a disappointing meal!! We've had great breakfasts there - never tried dinner there before - so I will vouch for that being good, at least!

Hopefully the rest of your group started getting to the MK soon! Don't they know there's no sleeping allowed in Disney??? :confused3:laughing:

We're definitely going to try GFC for breakfast!

I know, right? Who sleeps in Disney?? Um, that would be my family!


I wish Earl had decided to go with yall! At least you got to go. :thumbsup2 Your picture of Main Street is beautiful!

I apologize but I have to skip anything related to New Fantasyland... haven't seen it in person yet! BUT YEAH.

Mmm, I'll have to try one of those coffee smoothies. Yum! Wait, I want to know what's next? :laughing:

I know...I wish he would've gone with us, too...but to each his own, you know? Thank you! Main Street at Christmas time is to die for!

LOL...OK! I hope you get to see it SOON!

Coffee smoothies....yummmmmmy! Update coming up tonight!

Joining in! I'm going to comment as I read so that I don't forget what I wanted to say.

Ohhhh,I would have certainly been blasting the novelty Christmas songs. And, for the record I was singing Making Love out of Nothing at All (I'll make all the stadiums rock!).

How disappointing that your niece saw her surprise with out you.

Loving the TR so far, you're a great writer!

:welcome: I'm glad you're here!!

LOL...I've been known to burst into random Air Supply songs myself...you rock on, girl!

I was disappointed, but there lots of other surprises to come so I decided to try to be mature about it. Try being the key word! :rotfl:

Thank you!!!

Love, Love, LOVE all the pictures of the Royal Room. Believe it or not, I didn't know the story of the rooms. How cool is that??? Thanks for sharing such detailed photos and explainations!

I love the Disney details, and the back story for the princess rooms is a perfect example!

SoNotAPrincess
02-05-2013, 09:21 PM
You're quoting Dickens, some of my favorite Christmas movies, and using words like tomfoolery and chapeau? Where have you been all my life?

Reading on...

LOL...sounds like we're of like minds...leave it to the Dis!

I'm so glad that you enjoyed the Hoop despite the horrible transportation issues. The show is so much fun!

It really is fun, and we'll do it again for sure...hopefully without all the drama!!


Love the BBB invite and Christmas gift!!! How cool!

You guys exchanged awesome gifts! I am the wife of a Star Wars nerd, and the sister of a Star Wars/comics nerd. I too have been on the receiving end of many a comic book lecture. Am I the only one who can't stop thinking about Adventures in Babysitting when I see Thor? He was pretty!

Kona sounds amazing. That's another one of those places thats always on the list for "next time".

I had fun making the invite, and she really liked it, which made my day!

We were definitely on the same wavelength with our gifts! Ah, the dreaded comic book lecture...I know far too much about superheroes! :rotfl: I hadn't thought about Adventures in Babysitting and Thor, but you're right! He WAS pretty!

Ok, had to comment again. I have always been on the clumsy side. When I was little my grandpa nicknamed me "Grace" because of that. So I got a big smile from that remember when story of yours. :goodvibes

It's nice to know I'm not the only one going through life tripping over my feet! Grandpas give the best nicknames!

Ok, now that I've officially taken over your (fantastic) TR with my comments, I'm all caught up!

I CANNOT WAIT to see new FL.

Why on earth were people sleeping? AT WDW? When they could have been in the MAGIC KINGDOM?? Who are these people you traveled with?

At least you got to go. :goodvibes

New FL is AH-MAY-ZING! Everything you think it will be and MORE...you will love it!!

I know right? LOL...I thought they were my family, but obviously they'd been taken over by aliens!! :lmao:

It sounds like your dinner at GF was actually a mixed bag... parts of it actually sound nice ... it just didn't all pull together which is a shame...

Didn't you give out the memo ahead of time about sticking to the schedule? :lmao: you actually handled that better that I would have... I'd have been pretty darn militant about getting up and at um... but...

you probably had more funny just the two of you then if everyone else was cranky...

I'm with you on the MK love... doesn't get better...

Ahhh... you found the trick to drinking the Disney coffee... add ice cream...:lmao:

You're right...the parts of the GFC that were good (namely the desserts) were SO good, but the rest...just kind of Eh. :confused3

You'd better believe they had a memo....they just didn't care! THE HORROR!! :sad:

We did end up having such a great morning so it worked out for the best!

LOL...everything is better with ice cream!

SoNotAPrincess
02-05-2013, 09:43 PM
Day 3, Chapter 17—A Rollickin’ and a Rollin’ Along

“Bones, it’s after midnight! Christmas Eve day! Both an eve and a day…It’s a Christmas miracle!” (Bones)

Having enjoyed our coffee float…ice cream for breakfast, just another reason to love Disney…we put a little giddy up in our go and headed for Frontierland. It was time for the wildest ride in the wilderness! I love BTMRR, especially riding it in the very back of the train. I was pleasantly surprised that Gabriel loves it, too, naming it his favorite ride in MK.

On the way, we spotted Woody and Jessie. I wanted to get a photo, but there were tons of kiddos milling around; so we passed them by. Whenever I see Woody, I say loud and proud that he’s my favorite. And then when I see Buzz, I announce just as loud and proud that HE’S my favorite. Guess I’m just fickle like that.

I have to say that Disney was on the ball with all the characters that were out and about. I’ve never seen so many…they were everywhere! With crowd levels so high, they were doing whatever necessary to keep people entertained. :thumbsup2

The line for BTMRR wasn’t outrageous yet, so we decided to wait it out since we weren’t going to do Splash. I tried to convince Gabriel to do the Triple Mountain Whammy, but he just gave me the look…the look that implores the universe to explain how he got saddled with a crazy woman.

He could’ve just said no. Seriously.

Every time I ride BTMRR I promise myself that THIS will be the time that I get awesome ride photos. And every time, this time is not that time. True to form, this time wasn’t that time either. As advertised, it was a wild ride…the only thing more fun than riding BTMRR in the back of the train is riding BTMRR in the back of the train in the DARK!

After BTMRR, we zip-a-dee-doo-dah’d over to Splash so I could document that it was still there. They were cycling an occasional empty boat, so apparently Gabriel wasn’t the only one who didn’t want to get drenched.

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We briefly discussed whether or not to take the ferry over to Tom Sawyer’s Island but quickly decided against it. I told him about the paintbrushes (do they still hide them?) and how much fun it was to scavenge around the island looking for them. It’s such a proud moment when you trade that paintbrush in for a precious Fastpass! I haven’t been out to the island in years…maybe next time.

I took one photo and decided to get all artsy with it.

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Oooooohhhhh......

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Aaaaaaahhhhhh.......

Since I’m pretty lackadaisical about taking notes, I have no idea what time it was when we wandered out of Frontierland. On the upside, I know how to spell lackadaisical and use it properly in a sentence. So there’s that. Gabriel was lured by the scintillating aroma of turkey legs; and I think he actually shared it with me. Wonders never cease.

I’m not sure where this next photo was taken from. It’s in my Frontierland/Liberty Square photos, so here you go….Rapunzel’s Tower!

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See that pretty blue sky?

Don’t get too attached to it.

While Gabriel gnawed on his turkey leg, I went into the pin store in search of the elusive Eugene Fitzherbert pin. Drats…foiled again. Eugene, where in the World are you? I spent a fair bit of time looking at pins and decided to go ahead and get one of the Annual Passholder pins, along with a couple of others.

Hello, my name is Laura; and I'm addicted to pins.

Up next was Haunted Mansion, which is my favorite MK ride. Unless I’m standing in front of Pirates of the Caribbean. I really am fickle.

Because it was Florida in December, it took about 2.5 seconds to go from a bright blue sky to gray, overcast and threatening rain.

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The HM line was longer than I normally would’ve waited in, but we went for it anyway. It was great being reunited with the dearly departed.

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Why hello there, Leota, ma’am…nice of you to wake up for us!

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A while back, I made the mistake of telling Gabriel that when I was in high school, HM had the reputation of being the best make-out ride. The whole time we were in line he was waggling his eyebrows at me, making kissing noises, and generally being hilariously obnoxious while I was taking pictures of the statues. You have no idea how many photos were ruined because I was laughing and couldn’t keep the camera still. Anyway, there was a young couple in bride and groom ears in line behind us, and they were laughing at him, too. Gabriel and the groom formed some kind of macho man bro-nection. When we got off the ride, he and Gabriel grinned hugely and gave each other the thumbs up. The bride and I exclaimed in unison, “We did not make out!” Which I have to admit was pretty funny. And completely true!!

From Liberty Square, we decided to go forth unto the Land of Adventure. Pirates and Jungle Cruise were mobbed, so we grabbed FPs for the cruise; and Gabriel climbed the tree house (his first time) while I iced my knee. He took the camera with him, and I wondered if he’d actually use it. What I got were a lot of blurry photos of the water wheel…not really sure why he found it so fascinating, and evidently the fascination was fleeting because he doesn’t remember either.

He said he could see Space Mountain, and that was cool. Did it occur to him to take a picture of it? Uh, no, it didn’t.

Men.

We were talking about what to do next when Earl called to say they were getting off the bus and they’d meet us in the castle. I asked how Brianna was doing, and he said she was as happy as could be, chattering non-stop about her BBB appointment, practically dancing on air.

Music to my ears.

Gabriel and I decided to celebrate her good mood by getting a Dole whip before making our way to the castle. It's my favorite WDW treat (no being fickle this time)! So much yummy goodness!

Up next: The thingamabob that does the job….

marDgreen88
02-07-2013, 06:17 PM
Hahha, for a while I couldn't decide whether Woody or Buzz was my favorite, either... but somewhere along the way I decided it was definitely Buzz. :laughing:

No Splash?! This is highly upsetting. If I were there, I would have GLADLY filled those empty logs. Hahha.

HAHAH... I'm glad Gabriel didn't try to make a move on you in the Haunted Mansion! ;)

SoNotAPrincess
02-10-2013, 07:42 AM
Hahha, for a while I couldn't decide whether Woody or Buzz was my favorite, either... but somewhere along the way I decided it was definitely Buzz. :laughing:

No Splash?! This is highly upsetting. If I were there, I would have GLADLY filled those empty logs. Hahha.

HAHAH... I'm glad Gabriel didn't try to make a move on you in the Haunted Mansion! ;)

Some day I'll have to decide, too...like if I meet them together I can't very well tell both of them they're my favorite! :eek:

I was pretty bummed to not do Splash, too...it's one of my favorites. But he didn't want to get wet...what a girl!! :rotfl:

LOL...after all his carrying on in line, I was pretty surprised...and maybe just a little disappointed! :rolleyes1

SoNotAPrincess
02-10-2013, 08:06 AM
Day 3, Chapter 18—The Thingamabob That Does The Job…

“But you can bet your boots that when a good, jolly December wind kisses it, it will turn into Christmas all over again.”
(Frosty the Snowman)

It started to rain in earnest just as Gabriel and I made it to the castle, and we waited a few minutes for Princess Brianna to arrive so we could check in at BBB. Because of the rain, there were a lot (a lot, a lot) of people using the castle as cover; and the doorway to BBB was mobbed. A CM was posted to keep anyone who didn’t have an appointment out....while we waited, she turned away at least five people who wanted walk in appointments.

I’ll say up front that Brianna had a wonderful experience at BBB, and I was impressed with our Fairy Godmother in Training, Katherine. She was so sweet with Brianna and chatted with her while she worked but didn’t let it slow her down. The only problem I had was the lack of seating in the waiting area (seating in the transformation area was adequate). I don’t think Disney took into consideration that each little princess is likely to bring her whole family with her, not just one parent. One of the dads gallantly gave his seat to Mom, which we really appreciated. We waited a little over a half hour; and after standing for a while, I ended up going outside the entrance for a bit so I could sit on the scooter until a seat opened up. Earl and Gabriel waited until she was ready for her reveal to come in, and I’m not sure what they were doing beforehand.

Rather than go into a long narrative from here, I think the BBB story is best told in pictures. Let’s start with the mosaic over the entrance…

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Next, the Royal Proclamation…

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A FGiT showed Bee all the princess costumes she had to choose from, but her choice was already made: Jasmine! The FGiT disappeared and came back a few minutes later to lead us back to the dressing room. She drew back the curtain, and Bee’s outfit was laid out on the bench for her…it was such a lovely touch! If I’d known they were going to make a presentation out of it, I’d have had the camera ready.

In her new duds….love the crooked crown!

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Ready to get started…

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Here we go…..

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The big reveal...

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Brianna loved her sash and pink BBB backpack and had a lot of fun with the makeup, nail polish and jeweled stickers the FGiT slipped inside a pretty pink Cinderella gift bag with satin ribbon handles. BBB is expensive, but if you can splurge, I think it’s totally worth it.

Bee talked about it every day for the rest of the trip. At one point, the little girl in the chair next to her started singing “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.” She was very little…three or four years old…and she forgot the words. Bee leaned over to her and said, “My Aunt Lauri knows all the words to every Disney song.”

Um, not quite, sweetheart, but I do know that one; and I was able to fill in what she needed, “Salagadoola means mechicka booleroo but the thingamabob that does the job is bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!”


----Continued in next post-----

SoNotAPrincess
02-10-2013, 08:11 AM
----Continued from previous post----

Day 3, Chapter 19—The Thingamabob That Does the Job (continued)

As we left BBB, I was happy to see that the rain was gone and blue sky was shining down on us once again as we headed over to Castle Couture for Bee’s photo shoot. What a relief…a drenched princess does not a successful photo shoot make!

I had a nostalgic pang or two for Tinker Bell’s Treasures, my favorite MK store ever! I can’t count the number of times that we made a beeline for it first thing in the morning. While everyone else was trying to beat the lines for Dumbo and the mountains, our goal was to wake Tink! We’d rush in, breathless, and ask the CM if she was up yet. If she was still sleeping, we’d take the proffered wand, tap on the chest she slept in three times and say the magic words, “Wake up Tinker Bell!” Pulled from slumber, she’d take wing around the room in a razzle-dazzle display of lights and noise! The CM would then award us with a certificate proclaiming that we helped wake Miss Bell. So much fun!

Castle Couture, of course, is the royal dressmakers’ shop, where every princess goes to have her gowns magically made just for her. Check out the threshold…the stars symbolize Flora, Fauna, and Merrywether, the enchanted dressmakers themselves!

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I can’t remember ever going back into the photo studio part of the store...I loved seeing Cinderella’s pink dress….

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Gus and Jacques were there, too…

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…but didn’t we just see them in the castle?

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They really had to scurry to beat us over here!

The photographer was very good…he charmed Miss Brianna, and we got some really nice photos. We had Photopass plus, and it was worth it for these pictures alone!

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(Brianna’s favorite)

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(Her daddy and Gabriel’s favorite)

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(Nanny’s favorite)

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(The mama’s favorite)

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(My favorite)

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Finishing her turn as Magic Kingdom’s next top model, the princess announced that she was hungry, so we decided to try for Be Our Guest. I’d heard nightmare stories from people who got in line at 9 a.m. to get in for lunch; plus daytime service hours were very close to being over. Frankly, I was worried that, just like the old crone, we’d be turned away at the castle door.


Up next: Tie your napkin ‘round your neck, Cherie, and we’ll provide the rest….or not…

marDgreen88
02-10-2013, 10:13 AM
I'm so glad that BBB was a success! (Well, except for the seating.) While I question some of the available hairstyles (:laughing:) I always love seeing the pictures of the little princesses looking so happy. So glad Brianna enjoyed it! What a great experience. :goodvibes

Stringbean&Wingnut
02-10-2013, 05:55 PM
:rotfl: at HM's make-out reputation!! Too funny!

Brianna looks like she had a great time at the BBB! It seems like such a fun treat for the little ones, her pictures are beautiful! :goodvibes

SoNotAPrincess
02-12-2013, 10:02 PM
I'm so glad that BBB was a success! (Well, except for the seating.) While I question some of the available hairstyles (:laughing:) I always love seeing the pictures of the little princesses looking so happy. So glad Brianna enjoyed it! What a great experience. :goodvibes


LOL...the hairstyles are a bit out there, but I guess if you're gonna be transformed you may as well go for it in a big way! :rotfl:

SoNotAPrincess
02-12-2013, 10:05 PM
:rotfl: at HM's make-out reputation!! Too funny!

Brianna looks like she had a great time at the BBB! It seems like such a fun treat for the little ones, her pictures are beautiful! :goodvibes

She had a grand time, which is a good thing since it was probably a one-shot deal! :thumbsup2 Thank you!

SoNotAPrincess
02-12-2013, 10:25 PM
'Scuse me...guess what?

I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD TOMORROW!!

It's only for one night (two days), but I'm pretty excited to see MK in all of its Valentine's Day glory! I'm not planning to do a full blown TR, but I'll post some pictures when I get back.

In other news, a good friend went to Disneyland Paris a couple of weeks ago (can you say green with envy?), and she brought me back this little treasure:

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I like all the pins, of course, but I LOVE my Eugene Fitzherbert pin!! :cloud9:

And now, where were we?

Day 3, Chapter 20—Tie Your Napkin ‘Round Your Neck, Cherie, and We’ll Provide the Rest….

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling)

Belle is my favorite princess because we have so much in common. We’re both brunette, we both sing, we both love to read, we’re both stubborn, and we both like our men a little on the beastly side. (Gabriel says that’s why he’s perfect for me…because he’s a bad boy with good intentions…or is that a good guy with wicked intentions?) To say that I was excited about the addition of Belle’s Village and Beast’s Castle to Fantasyland is an understatement!

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As we approached Beast’s castle, I was surprised that there wasn’t a line for BoG. There was a CM standing guard, and my heart sank…I was certain we’d missed lunch service and would be turned away. But instead, she smiled and said, “Six for lunch? No waiting!” And led us to the door.

Yes!

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I tried valiantly to get a dinner ADR for BoG without success, and like about a million other people, I really wanted to try the newest restaurant on property; so I was pretty stoked to be getting in with no waiting. As anyone with an Internet connection knows, it is beautifully themed inside; but live and in person it took my breath away!

Don’t worry…we’ll get there.

But first, we eat!

The ordering process was easy…you can either choose to use the self-order touch screen system or have a CM take your order. Gabriel and I did the self ordering, while everyone else stepped up to a manned station. To order, just tap the RFID rose to the sensor, make your selections, and swipe your KTTW or credit card to pay. Easy peasy! At least Gabriel said it was easy. Once he got his hands on the rose, he wouldn’t turn it loose...you’d have thought it was the TV remote! I ordered the Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese), and Gabriel got the braised pork. For dessert, I had the lemon meringue cupcake, and Gabriel ordered the chocolate cream puff. I apologize, but I don’t remember what everyone else got.

I was surprised by how few people were in the restaurant…the Rose Gallery was practically deserted when I got there. I got comfy on a banquette that made it possible to elevate my knee and cracked an ice pack while Gabriel got our drinks and flatware (no plastic forks here!)

While we were waiting, Mom asked how they’d know where to bring the food, and I told her there was a chip in the rose. Brianna piped up with, “How did Chip get in the rose???” Of course we laughed, and she was pretty pleased with herself. Good one, Beezer!

The food was served within minutes of our sitting down. I didn’t get a photo of the serving cart, but it was très élégant!

I’m usually not very impressed by MK CS food, Figaro Fries notwithstanding (oh, how I miss them!), but BoG raises the bar. My sandwich had clearly not been sitting under a warming light…the cheese was hot and melty and the fries were fresh and well seasoned. It’s the best CS food I’ve had at Disney bar none. The braised pork was a large portion, perfectly cooked, and Gabriel said the vegetables tasted fresh. My foodie guy was very happy! Even though I don’t know what they got, I remember Earl and Lenny saying how much they enjoyed their meals, too.

I was a little disappointed in my cupcake…it was tiny and a wee bit dry…but Gabriel loved his cream puff. I stole a taste and agree…it was yummy!

We lingered for a while to give my knee and Gabriel’s feet a much needed break. Even though by this time they were officially closed to turn over for dinner service, no one made us feel like we needed to be in any hurry to get out.

Brianna tried her hand at cell phone photography…

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And then Gabriel turned the tables on her….

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We finally did leave, of course, and the CMs very nicely let us explore a bit. Unfortunately, my good camera went dead; so we only had Gabriel’s old point and shoot and two cell phones.

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The ballroom is beautiful, and I will definitely be back to eat dinner there!

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The mysterious West Wing is seriously dark…I don’t think I could see the menu to order…but it’s cool, too. There’s a portrait that transforms from Prince Adam to the Beast as petals fall from the rose, but it didn’t happen while we were there.

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Last, a couple from the entrance hallway…leave it to me to do things backwards!

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Back outside, Brianna made a new friend….

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…but wasn’t as crazy about this guy…

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Leaving the gargoyles and Beast behind, we went in search of the two characters Brianna was most excited to meet...Jasmine and Tinker Bell!

Up next: Prince Ali, silly is he…

Stringbean&Wingnut
02-13-2013, 05:50 AM
Yay for getting to go to BOG!! The restaurant looks gorgeous!!

Victoriasmom98
02-13-2013, 06:10 AM
I just cannot believe those folks did NOT keep with the plan! WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!!?? Anyways, it sounds like you and Gabriel had a great time, just the two of you. Oh, how pretty Bree looks as Princess Jasmine! I love all the pictures --- I think I like her Daddy's favorite the best. I really, really hope that when we go in August we can get into BOG as easily as you did. I want to try it soooooo badly!!! :thumbsup2

PracPerfPatricia
02-15-2013, 11:57 AM
Bree's princess makeover was awesome... love that she picked Jasmine... I haven't seen that done as much... really lovely...:thumbsup2

Wasn't BOG the coolest inside? I can't believe you walked in... we were there in previews week and had a 20 minute wait... I know you wanted lunch but honestly if you can't get it... it's really a pretty great place for lunch with a FANTASTIC atmosphere...

HM is also my favorite.. unless I'm standing in front of PoC...:rotfl:

No Splash? (Would have probably gotten soaked and it isn't that warm in December but still... I'm all about the Mountain Trifecta myself...:thumbsup2

Your trip is going so well...can't wait for more...popcorn::

SoNotAPrincess
02-15-2013, 04:24 PM
Yay for getting to go to BOG!! The restaurant looks gorgeous!!

I was pretty stoked about it...it really is gorgeous!

SoNotAPrincess
02-15-2013, 04:27 PM
I just cannot believe those folks did NOT keep with the plan! WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!!?? Anyways, it sounds like you and Gabriel had a great time, just the two of you. Oh, how pretty Bree looks as Princess Jasmine! I love all the pictures --- I think I like her Daddy's favorite the best. I really, really hope that when we go in August we can get into BOG as easily as you did. I want to try it soooooo badly!!! :thumbsup2

I know, right? CRAZY PEOPLE! :lmao:

We had such a nice morning...it worked out better that we were on our own (but don't tell anyone else I said so!).

She loved being Jasmine, and I was so pleased with the pictures!

I've heard that the trick to getting into BoG with less of a wait is to go after the lunch rush, around 2 p.m. Good luck!

SoNotAPrincess
02-15-2013, 04:32 PM
Bree's princess makeover was awesome... love that she picked Jasmine... I haven't seen that done as much... really lovely...:thumbsup2

Wasn't BOG the coolest inside? I can't believe you walked in... we were there in previews week and had a 20 minute wait... I know you wanted lunch but honestly if you can't get it... it's really a pretty great place for lunch with a FANTASTIC atmosphere...

HM is also my favorite.. unless I'm standing in front of PoC...:rotfl:

No Splash? (Would have probably gotten soaked and it isn't that warm in December but still... I'm all about the Mountain Trifecta myself...:thumbsup2

Your trip is going so well...can't wait for more...popcorn::

Thank you...I was so glad she loved the BBB experience!

OMG, BoG is amazing! I know...talk about pixie dust! I was just sure they were going to turn us away! Any meal there would be a treat, but I WILL make it back for dinner some day!

LOL...it's good to know I'm not the only one who's fickle about HM and PotC!

I really wanted him to do the triple mountain whammy as my proxy, but he didn't want to get wet...what a girl! :rotfl: If it weren't for my knee, I'd have been on Splash and wouldn't care how wet I got!

SoNotAPrincess
02-15-2013, 06:18 PM
Valentine’s Day, Disney Style—A Mini-TR

This year, Gabriel surprised me with a short trip to Disney for Valentine’s Day. He planned it while we were there in December, including booking the room and ADRs. I swear that man is getting more swoon worthy with every passing day! We checked in at the Beach Club early on Wednesday the 13th and decided to make DHS our park of the day. Gabriel asked, as a special favor to him, that I not “take twelve bazillion pictures” and let us just “be together” instead. How could I say no that? Like I said, swoon worthy!

We were at DHS when it opened; and by 1 o’clock, we had ridden ToT three times, ST and TGMR once, and Gabriel rode RnR twice. We saw Beauty and the Beast and did the animation class where we drew Pluto, a new one for me. Gabriel dabbles in art, so his is really good, but mine is only OK. I don’t mind though…I’m going to frame them and hang them in my office alongside the Tiggers that my niece, Erica, and I did last year.

We went back to BC and had lunch at B&C, then enjoyed a leisurely afternoon at the resort. It was my first time staying at BC, and I absolutely loved it. I think it’s fair to say that Gabriel has been bitten by the deluxe bug…score! He said over and over that his kids will (not would) love it.

For dinner, we went to Flying Fish, and it was wonderful. Afterwards, we went to Epcot and strolled World Showcase for a bit before Illuminations. I’ve been “pre-habbing” my knee in preparation for the next surgery, so I decided to be scooter-free this go ‘round, which meant we took a lot of breaks, enjoying the beautiful views, the evening breeze, and an orange slushie…or two.

Our destination for Valentine’s Day was, quite naturally, Magic Kingdom, where they were celebrating True Love. We started at Kona for breakfast, then monorailed over to MK. (Gabriel tolerated the camera as long as I didn't go crazy.)

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Unfortunately, it was a gray morning that soon became a rainy day, making it hard to get good pictures. I was afraid to get my good camera wet, so we mainly used the old point and shoot.

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There were a couple of special Valentine’s Day photo opportunities, including turning the castle pink at dusk…

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At first, we just plowed through the rain, but then it got cold, which was kinda OK because it gave me an excuse to buy the white 2013 hoodie I’ve been coveting. We took a break during one heavy downpour and ducked into CHH to get a bite to eat. I was hopeful that it would let up, but no such luck. Eventually, I was wet and cold and done…it just wasn’t fun anymore, and we decided to leave.

We had Fastpasses to meet the princes and princesses (my chance for a do-over with Eugene after missing the Photopass window from MNSSHP). FPs were gone for the day, so we hung out around the machines for a few minutes until a couple of tweenie bopper girls came up. They were wearing brightly colored tutus and tiaras and squealed with delight when we asked them if they wanted our FPs, coming up in about 20 minutes. Gabriel winked and told them, “My girlfriend doesn’t want her beloved Eugene to see her looking like a drowned puppy.”

Funny, funny man.

Just because it was true doesn’t mean he had to broadcast it!

We sloshed our way back to the monorail, stopped at the pin kiosk at the Poly for a quick purchase, and then hit the road for home.

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In spite of the rain, our time at Disney was, as my granny used to say, “Short and sweet and hard to beat!”


Christmas TR continued in the next post....

SoNotAPrincess
02-15-2013, 06:35 PM
If you're interested, check out the mini-Valentine's Day TR in the previous post!

Day 3, Chapter 21—Prince Ali, Silly is He

“Oh, the Who-manity.”
(How the Grinch Stole Christmas)

Back in Adventureland, our Jungle Cruise FP window was open so off we went while everyone else got in the Jasmine and Aladdin line. I don’t have any pictures, but we saw the backside of water, Trader Sam, and a plastic snake of undetermined species. Our skipper was very good, but our shipmates were just not feeling it… no worries, we were having our own little party for two! My feeling about JC is embrace the silliness or stay off the boat!

We rejoined the rest of the family but stayed outside the queue since it was almost Brianna’s turn. She was so excited she was almost bouncing in line. Bee can be a little reticent about meeting new people, but she ran up to Jasmine like they were BFFs!

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Aladdin was really silly with her and had quite a thing for her hair…

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He made sure Jasmine noticed it, too; and they talked about how it looked like she had starlight in her hair (it was glittery). She loved that, and the three of them discussed flying through the stars on the magic carpet. According to Aladdin, he’s a much better at steering the carpet than Jasmine, but since she rolled her eyes at him, I’m thinking Jasmine has a different opinion. They did a great job making Bee feel special!

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I just wish the meet area hadn’t been so shadowy…or that they’d stepped forward a little, but I guess you can’t have everything….

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As she told them goodbye, Brianna told Earl, “This is the best day of my life!”

We noticed that there was only a 20-minute wait for the magic carpet ride but passed it by in favor of meeting Tink. The wait time there was posted as 30 minutes, so Earl, Lenny, and Bee went back to get in line for the carpets while the rest of us held a place in line for her. The line was moving pretty quickly, and I doubted that the posted time was accurate…sure enough, within about 15 minutes, we were at the front. I explained the situation to the CM, and she got a little huffy but let us move off to the side. Mom was turning her scooter around, and I understand that it looked like she was trying to sneak a peek at the meeting room, but I didn’t appreciate the CM yelling at her to STOP RIGHT THERE! WE’RE TRYING TO PRESERVE THE MAGIC!

Sheesh lady…overact much?

It’s a good thing I’d told Bee about shrinking down to fairy size as you go through the portal because the CM never mentioned it. So much for PRESERVING THE MAGIC!

Meeting the feisty fairy herself….

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…and pretty pixie Periwinkle…

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Tink rushed Bee a little and seemed a bit off to me…in my opinion, she didn’t act or particularly look like Tinker Bell. She was more like a wilted flower than a feisty fairy! Periwinkle, on the other hand, was amazing…the kind of character interaction you dream about. I haven’t seen their movie, but Bee has; and they talked about all sorts of things, especially collecting “found things”. Periwinkle was the perfect combination of sweet, silly, sincere, and sassy…I wanted to get up and hug her myself!

We decided to try for POTC and found a relatively short line. At this point, Gabriel and I had been up since 5 a.m....his feet hurt, my knee hurt, and we were redefining tired. I didn’t consider how low the boat seats are, and by the time the ride was over, I was redefining pain, too.

Ugh.

We had a couple of hours before our CRT dinner ADR, and Earl and Lenny wanted to check out Storybook Circus; so we headed in that general direction. By the time we got to the castle, I knew I was done. Gabriel was moving about as slow as molasses running uphill on a cold day, and we had a quick, quiet conversation, ultimately deciding to call it quits. It was disappointing to miss dinner with the princesses for sure, but I knew going into this trip that I was going to have to make sacrifices. Gabriel wasn’t excited by CRT’s menu; and since he’s all about the food, he really couldn’t have cared less.

I snapped a few photos on the way out…

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Back at POR, we rested for a while, had dinner at Boatwright’s (big thumbs up from both of us), and sacked out earlier than either of us would like to admit.

From what I heard from Brianna the next day, she LOVED eating in the castle and meeting the princesses. (“We ate in Cinderella’s castle…the actual, real CASTLE! I didn’t even know people could EAT IN THE CASTLE! I think you have to be specially invited to EAT IN THE CASTLE! I met Ariel, and she tried to brush her hair with my FORK!”)

She told their server about my knee and asked them for an extra wand for me. She was pretty pleased with herself when she presented the wand to me with a flourish. I thought it was so sweet of her to think of me…it really touched my heart. She told me, “I know ‘zackly how Rapunzel feels because yesterday was the BEST! DAY! EVER!"

Mission accomplished!


Up next: Recovering from the Magic…

shan23877
02-15-2013, 11:07 PM
How sweet that Gabriel arranged a Valentine's trip for you! How could anyone not love the beach club? It's so lovely.:cloud9:

Did you find that the "limited time magic" is pretty bland as far as the promotions go? I've been reading a lot of about that recently.

What a nice day for Brianna! I'm so glad that it was magical for her. And, how adorable is it that she brought you a wand? So sweet.

Stringbean&Wingnut
02-16-2013, 04:30 AM
How sweet of Gabriel to arrange the Valentine's Day trip for you!!! :goodvibes Despite the rain, it looks like you had a wonderful day!

What a fun magical day for Brianna! It's too bad you weren't able to have dinner with them in the castle, but it sounds like she still made it special for you! :goodvibes She sounds like a really awesome girl!

marDgreen88
02-16-2013, 11:11 AM
I had to skip the last update... ya know, New Fantasyland and all, but HOORAY for a new one!

Aww! That was so sweet of Gabriel to plan that for yall. It sounds like a great trip! I mean... BEACH CLUB! And the True Love Week looks so cute! It is too bad that it rained and you missed meeting Eugene... but I'm sure you'll be able to someday!

"Embrace the silliness or stay off the boats" -- TOTALLY. I don't understand people who sit there with grouchies on their faces. Like... what pooped on you? This ride is supposed to be corny. That's the beauty of it. :thumbsup2 Silly people.

It is too bad that yall weren't feeling dinner, but hey... at least it saved money? (:laughing:) It sounds like Brianna had an amazing experience though which is wonderful!

MK2010
02-16-2013, 06:15 PM
Okay a quick recap on my feelings from the last couple of posts.

Boo! to everyone not making rope drop.

Yay! for BOG.

YAY! for Bee having the BEST. DAY. EVER!

Boo! For being tired and having to leave before CRT.

YAY! For Boatwright's.

YAY! For a Disney Valentine's!

YAY! For Gabriel getting sucked in more and more with every trip.

And mostly, YAY for living close enough to the world wo go almost whenever you want!

LisaKeys
02-17-2013, 01:17 AM
Well, I am joining late - but glad I found your TR through another TR.

Enjoying reading all the adventures so far. Nice pictures, great descriptives with a good mix of happy and not so happy. :) I love DIS-reality. We all know the good always outweighs the bad, and in the end it's the good that is remembered.

I love how all of you are having fun with one another, yet if one needs to stay back it doesn't bring anyone else down and the person needing rest doesn't have to feel guilty.

I have to say, the BBB for Brianna has to be my favorite that I've ever read. She was so ecstatic and appreciative!!! :wizard: For her to tell the CM about her Aunt and her knee and could she have an extra wand is priceless. How very sweet! :love:

Looking forward to more posts. Read you soon :surfweb:

SoNotAPrincess
02-17-2013, 12:06 PM
How sweet that Gabriel arranged a Valentine's trip for you! How could anyone not love the beach club? It's so lovely.:cloud9:

Did you find that the "limited time magic" is pretty bland as far as the promotions go? I've been reading a lot of about that recently.

What a nice day for Brianna! I'm so glad that it was magical for her. And, how adorable is it that she brought you a wand? So sweet.

I've wanted to stay at BC forever...now I want to go back and stay forever! :rotfl:

Yes, I'm pretty unimpressed with the limited time magic events so far. I was disappointed that True Love consisted of a big banner over the train station arch and two photo opps. It was cool to have a chance to meet Disney couples, but lines were sooooo long I can't imagine waiting over an hour for a picture!

I was very touched that Brianna thought to get me a wand...it was so thoughtful!

How sweet of Gabriel to arrange the Valentine's Day trip for you!!! :goodvibes Despite the rain, it looks like you had a wonderful day!

What a fun magical day for Brianna! It's too bad you weren't able to have dinner with them in the castle, but it sounds like she still made it special for you! :goodvibes She sounds like a really awesome girl!

We did have fun....after all, a rainy day at MK beats a sunny day some place else!

I thought it was really sweet of her to think of me...she's full of surprises!

I had to skip the last update... ya know, New Fantasyland and all, but HOORAY for a new one!

Aww! That was so sweet of Gabriel to plan that for yall. It sounds like a great trip! I mean... BEACH CLUB! And the True Love Week looks so cute! It is too bad that it rained and you missed meeting Eugene... but I'm sure you'll be able to someday!

"Embrace the silliness or stay off the boats" -- TOTALLY. I don't understand people who sit there with grouchies on their faces. Like... what pooped on you? This ride is supposed to be corny. That's the beauty of it. :thumbsup2 Silly people.

It is too bad that yall weren't feeling dinner, but hey... at least it saved money? (:laughing:) It sounds like Brianna had an amazing experience though which is wonderful!

LOL...I hope you get to see New Fantasyland in person VERY SOON...you must be having a hard time avoiding pictures and descriptions!

Beach Club is everything I thought it would be, and now I want to go back and stay longer! I hope I'll get to meet Eugene again someday, but there was no way I could meet him looking so bedraggled! :lmao:

Jungle Cruise is one of my favorites...sometimes I look at people who aren't feeling it and wonder if they knew what they were signing up for. I want to stand up and say, "Come on, people, this is great stuff here...laugh already!"

LOL..we were saving up some serious TS credits...I didn't know how we were going to use them all!

Okay a quick recap on my feelings from the last couple of posts.

Boo! to everyone not making rope drop.

Yay! for BOG.

YAY! for Bee having the BEST. DAY. EVER!

Boo! For being tired and having to leave before CRT.

YAY! For Boatwright's.

YAY! For a Disney Valentine's!

YAY! For Gabriel getting sucked in more and more with every trip.

And mostly, YAY for living close enough to the world wo go almost whenever you want!

YAY! for having more yays than boos! :rotfl:

Boatwrights is one of my favorite places...I don't get why more people don't go there, while at the same time loving that I can almost always get in on short notice!

I really am very fortunate to live so close...I try to never take it for granted!

SoNotAPrincess
02-17-2013, 12:13 PM
Well, I am joining late - but glad I found your TR through another TR.

Enjoying reading all the adventures so far. Nice pictures, great descriptives with a good mix of happy and not so happy. :) I love DIS-reality. We all know the good always outweighs the bad, and in the end it's the good that is remembered.

I love how all of you are having fun with one another, yet if one needs to stay back it doesn't bring anyone else down and the person needing rest doesn't have to feel guilty.

I have to say, the BBB for Brianna has to be my favorite that I've ever read. She was so ecstatic and appreciative!!! :wizard: For her to tell the CM about her Aunt and her knee and could she have an extra wand is priceless. How very sweet! :love:

Looking forward to more posts. Read you soon :surfweb:

:welcome: I'm glad you're here!

Wouldn't it be nice if we could check our human foibles at the arch and have a perfectly perfect time at WDW? On second thought, I think it's the imperfections in life that make it interesting, so bring on the DIS-reality!

We agreed before the trip that we wouldn't stay glued together, and it worked well. When we were all together, it was because we wanted to be, and it made it even more fun!

Thank you! Brianna had a really magical BBB experience, and I'm glad that came through in the pictures and storytelling. She really surprised me with that wand...its one of my prized possessions now!

SoNotAPrincess
02-17-2013, 04:36 PM
Day 4, Chapter 22—Recovering from the Magic

"The only people who grow old were born old to begin with."
The Bishop’s Wife

Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep well; and the next morning my knee was swollen and tender and sounded like someone was stepping on a box of Rice Krispies when I moved it.

Happy, happy, joy, joy.

I was awake at an ungodly early hour and crept around the room getting dressed. Let ol’ grumpy sleep (he’s a morning grump, but he’s my morning grump) is my policy. I love, love, love, LOVE POR early in the morning…so serene, so beautiful, so perfect!

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I was kind of obsessed with these horse posts…who knows why!

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When I got back to the room, Gabriel was awake and sufficiently civil to communicate that he was in the mood for a “real” breakfast. As opposed to the “fake” breakfast they serve at the food court I suppose. I was doubtful about snagging a same day breakfast ADR, but nothing beats a try but a failure; so I got online just in case today was our lucky day.

Surprisingly, we had not one but two places to choose from: Olivia’s (OKW), and Captain’s Grille (YC). Naturally Gabriel had to do an in-depth menu comparison. I chose to use the time to fix my face because I knew once he made up his mind, he wouldn’t want me dilly-dallying and standing between him and a real breakfast.

Ultimately, timing was the primary contributing factor; and we chose…Olivia’s! I’d never set foot on OKW property and looked forward to seeing it. Gabriel was just excited about the food. To save time, we decided to drive over; and soon we were buckled up in White Lightnin’ (my car, so named because SOME PEOPLE think I have a lead foot) and on our way.

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SoNotAPrincess
02-17-2013, 04:42 PM
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Day 4, Chapter 23—Recovering from the Magic
(continued)

Welcome to Olivia’s!

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I liked Olivia’s from the moment I stepped through the door. The mismatched chairs, family photos crowding the walls, paddle fans whirring softly overhead, and beachy décor felt like home to this Florida native. It was by no means crowded, and the feeling was relaxed and easy. People were chatting, lingering over their coffee…you know, just chillin’…no one here was rushing to get anywhere…very much like the real Key West, which is the most laid back place I’ve ever been.

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Agreeing to share, we ordered one of each of the crab cake eggs Benedict and the banana bread French toast.

Crab Cake Eggs Benedict —two poached eggs with two crab cakes on an English muffin with key lime hollandaise

Banana Bread French Toast—topped with Bahamian banana rum butter sauce, coconut cream, and a choice of bacon, sausage, or ham

Mercy me, this was some good food…one of the best breakfasts I’ve had at Disney World. If they’d only serve The Puffed from Crystal Palace and macadamia nut pancakes from Kona Café, I’d never have to eat breakfast anyplace else. I will say that the banana bread French toast was sweet and about as rich as Donald Trump, and I was glad I got the rum butter sauce on the side (on the side is a big thing with me) because I could dip the tiniest bit onto the corner of my bite; and it was perfect. The crab cake eggs Benedict were very good, too, and the key lime hollandaise sauce was quite a treat for the palate. Gabriel LOVED the food, so much so that this breakfast made his top five meals list. Olivia’s is definitely a place we’ll return to!

After breakfast, we walked out to the pool and then took a drive around the resort. Although it’s very pretty, it felt more like a condo community than a resort. The pool isn’t overly themed, but I love the Mickey detail on the slide.

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Gabriel likes lighthouses (they’re like him, strong and resolute), so he was happy to have one to take about 6,562 pictures of, only one of which I’ll post here.

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Up Next: Gone Fishin’

marDgreen88
02-17-2013, 08:37 PM
Your early morning POR pictures are so pretty!

Ahhh, what luck that yall were able to get an ADR... and even better that it was so enjoyable! Sounds great!

P.S. I'm so glad you called it 'The Puffed.' (As it should be.) :lmao:

shan23877
02-18-2013, 12:37 AM
Your early morning photos of POR are stunning! You are making me so excited to stay there! I do hope that your photos were taken from the safety of your scooter. I know knee problems, and that doesn't sound good.

Olivias sounds lovely! I've always wanted to see/visit/stay at OKW-I'm certain that the laid back beach community vibe would suit me. It's only suites though isn't it? Maybe if I ever convince Bryan to buy into DVC...:scratchin

Stringbean&Wingnut
02-18-2013, 05:12 AM
I have ALWAYS been curious to try Olivia's for breakfast - your meal there looks really good!! It's always a bit out of the way for us, but it sounds worth it!

Cinderella909
02-18-2013, 07:09 AM
Just glanced through your TR~! Loved the details that you have on the POR Royal Rooms. Now, I need to go back and stay there all over again, as I know I missed some of those details!

Your niece is beautiful! Loved the BBB makeover!

Thanks for sharing!

Aussiesalad
02-18-2013, 07:44 AM
Those morning pictures look amazing!!! It just looks so gorgeous there!!!

Olivia's looks so fun!! I really need to get there one of these trips!

TruLovesKiss
02-18-2013, 06:58 PM
Joining in- better late than never! I'm loving your TR and your sense of humor. Your sarcasm has actually made me laugh out loud a few times! :rotfl2: Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip.

PrincessKyleigh
02-19-2013, 12:08 AM
Just catching up...

Love Brianna's BBB appointment. She looks beautiful and you can tell from the look on her face just how much she enjoyed her experience. She's so very sweet to think of you and get you a wand. Those are the kind of moments that just warm my heart and make the trip worth it IMO.

Since I am looking at going to MK on the day after Christmas this year, how long would you say the waits were. We are rope drop people and will get there for EMH too. Also what time did you eat at BOG. I am hoping to get an ADR for dinner, but need a back up plan for lunch just in case.

Your pics of POR are gorgeous. I'm so excited for our trip and staying in a RGR, though it is such a long way away.

Yelloweaver
02-19-2013, 02:21 PM
:)

SoNotAPrincess
02-20-2013, 05:58 AM
Your early morning POR pictures are so pretty!

Ahhh, what luck that yall were able to get an ADR... and even better that it was so enjoyable! Sounds great!

P.S. I'm so glad you called it 'The Puffed.' (As it should be.) :lmao:

Thank you!

I know...I was pretty surprised! Just a little extra pixie dust!

LOL...it will only be The Puffed to me from now on!

Your early morning photos of POR are stunning! You are making me so excited to stay there! I do hope that your photos were taken from the safety of your scooter. I know knee problems, and that doesn't sound good.

Olivias sounds lovely! I've always wanted to see/visit/stay at OKW-I'm certain that the laid back beach community vibe would suit me. It's only suites though isn't it? Maybe if I ever convince Bryan to buy into DVC...:scratchin

Thank you! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did! I definitely took the photos from the scooter...I can't wait until I have my strong, bendable knee back.

Olivia's was wonderful and is highly recommended! I don't know if OKW is only suites, but I think I've heard that, too. Ah, DVC ownership is something I aspire to, too!

I have ALWAYS been curious to try Olivia's for breakfast - your meal there looks really good!! It's always a bit out of the way for us, but it sounds worth it!

Olivia's is out of the way for sure; but if you an squeeze it in, I highly recommend it!

Just glanced through your TR~! Loved the details that you have on the POR Royal Rooms. Now, I need to go back and stay there all over again, as I know I missed some of those details!

Your niece is beautiful! Loved the BBB makeover!

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for reading!

The BBB makeover was a lot of fun and worth the cost...once! :lmao:

SoNotAPrincess
02-20-2013, 06:13 AM
Those morning pictures look amazing!!! It just looks so gorgeous there!!!

Olivia's looks so fun!! I really need to get there one of these trips!

Thank you! POR really is gorgeous...like stepping back in time!

Olivia's was great...a little out of the way; but if you can fit it in, go!

Joining in- better late than never! I'm loving your TR and your sense of humor. Your sarcasm has actually made me laugh out loud a few times! :rotfl2: Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip.

Thanks for joining in! LOL...I'm glad I made you laugh...sarcasm is my second language!

Just catching up...

Love Brianna's BBB appointment. She looks beautiful and you can tell from the look on her face just how much she enjoyed her experience. She's so very sweet to think of you and get you a wand. Those are the kind of moments that just warm my heart and make the trip worth it IMO.

Since I am looking at going to MK on the day after Christmas this year, how long would you say the waits were. We are rope drop people and will get there for EMH too. Also what time did you eat at BOG. I am hoping to get an ADR for dinner, but need a back up plan for lunch just in case.

Your pics of POR are gorgeous. I'm so excited for our trip and staying in a RGR, though it is such a long way away.

The BBB experience was everything I hoped for...and more! It really was sweet of her to get me the wand...you're right, it's one of my favorite memories of the trip!

The waits were CRAZY LONG, especially for the headliner rides in each park. Definitely plan to be there at rope drop, and use FP...it will save your life! If you plan to see ETWB, run, don't walk, to New Fantasyland as soon as you get into MK. The lines were especially out of control for that attraction. We also toured "backwards" whenever we could.

I just read on another site that EMH are going away, but I don't know exactly when. It bums me out because using EMH on our trip was HUGE in getting stuff done.

We went to BoG around 2:30, after the lunch rush. Good luck getting the dinner ADR...I want to go back for dinner SO BAD!

:)

Welcome! Thanks for reading! :goodvibes

SoNotAPrincess
02-20-2013, 06:27 AM
Day 4, Chapter 24—Gone Fishin’


“I'll just be hanging around the mistletoe, hoping to be kissed.”
(Love Actually)

Today was Earl and Lenny’s anniversary; and as a treat Lenny and I had booked the boys a fishing excursion.

In spite of the fact that I asked if they had the camera and they assured me that they did, I have zero photos of said excursion. I think you, my readers, deserve an explanation. I could make it short and sweet, but why not take this opportunity to have a little fun with it? I read a lot, and everything I read is not Shakespeare, Austen, or Tolstoy. Oh, heck, I may as well admit it…I enjoy a good bodice ripper, a.k.a. romance novel. So in honor of all the bubblegum for the brain books I’ve read, here goes…

(No worries, it’s DIS friendly!)

The door opened, and he walked in looking a little rumpled and windblown, every inch the Latin heartthrob. His chocolate brown eyes crinkled around the edges as he gave her one of his guaranteed-to-make-your-heart-flip-over grins; and, right on cue, her heart flip flopped, even after all these years. He crossed the room, leaned down to give her a quick kiss, nodded toward her leg, which was propped up on a pillow, and said, “How’s the knee?”

“Comme ci, comme ça,“ she said, showing off her very limited command of French with a shrug. “So, how was it? Did you have fun? Did you catch anything?” Before he could answer, she held out her hand, palm up. “Camera, please.”

A look of bewildered confusion crossed his face. Anyone else would have totally bought it, but she knew him too well, and her eyes narrowed with suspicion, darkening to the same gray as the sky when a storm is brewing.

“Camera?” he said, adding a dash of oblivious and a smidge of innocent.

“Do not toy with me,” she threatened. “I want to see the pictures.” He still look puzzled “The pictures you promised faithfully to take,” she added, giving him her patented you-are-in-a-lot-of-trouble-mister scowl. “For my trip report.”

The faux confusion vanished. “I forgot the camera,” he admitted, offering her another grin, but this time she resisted. “Sorry, baby.” The completely unapologetic twinkle in his eyes, however, said otherwise.

She took a deep, cleansing breath. “What about your phone? Did you at least get a picture of the boat?”

“I’m sure everyone on those dizzy boards you’re so fond of has seen the fishing boats a hundred times.”

She shot him a warning look. “Don’t be cute. It’s DIS boards, and you know it.” She sighed pitifully and puffed out her bottom lip. She’d learned long ago to never underestimate the power of the pout. “I was depending on you. I’m stuck here, in pain, with a bad knee; and I ask you to do one little thing for me….”

He had the nerve to laugh.

“Nice pout, Laura Lee…too bad I’m impervious.” They both knew it wasn’t true; but she gave in grudgingly and laughed, too. She’d never been good at whining anyway. “Not everyone has an unhealthy obsession with taking pictures of Disney World,” he reminded her.

“It’s not unhealthy,” she insisted, but he kissed her again; and, to her surprise, she discovered that the pictures weren’t all that important after all.

End scene (let’s pretend that it happened just like that, OK?).

Earl and Gabriel enjoyed the excursion but agreed it wasn’t particularly something they’d want to do again. My understanding is that fish were caught and a good time was had by all. I imagine the fish had an especially good time since they all got thrown back in the river!

Up Next: Splishin’, Splashin’, Swimmin’, Slidin’….

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SoNotAPrincess
02-20-2013, 06:39 AM
Day 4, Chapter 25—Splishin’, Splashin’, Swimmin’, Slidin’


“The thing about trains... it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on.”
The Polar Express

I spent the time while they were fishing resting and icing my knee. Mom and Bee hung out with me, but I don’t know where Lenny was. She really enjoyed having her alone time, something that she gets very little of at home…to each her own!

Beezer had fun going through my pins…she was in awe that I had four lanyards…if she only knew about all the ones I left at home! She arranged them in different groups and then rearranged them again and again. She said I should stick them into the wall at home (um, no) so I could look at them all the time, and I told her I was thinking about getting a bulletin board to hang in my office for just that purpose. Great minds think alike!

When the boys returned, she sweet talked Gabriel into taking her to the pool (it wasn’t hard), and I suggested that we go down to POFQ and try out Doubloon Lagoon. Earl and Lenny had to run out to get something…I’ve never known people so willing to leave Disney property…so Gabriel, Mom, Bee, and I took the path between resorts. It was a really pretty walk…the day was brisk and cool, but nothing a hoodie couldn’t combat.

The POFQ pool is very colorful...

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Beezer (and Gabriel) competed in the Water Slide Olympics and deemed the slide “OK”, while the Ol’ Man Island slide was gold medal worthy!

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I love this photo…caught in a moment of perfect happiness!

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Bee decorated a Mardi Gras mask and marched in the parade around the pool, handing out brightly colored beaded necklaces…and I didn’t even have to flash anyone!

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Having worked up an appetite with all that sliding, swimming, marching, and bead distributing, we hit the food court for cheese pizza and beignets. The POFQ food court is pretty standard, and we were definitely spoiled by POR; but the beignets are awesome!

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After lunch, Bee showed the local musicians some love….

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By then, it was time to head back to POR so Brianna could see her mom and dad before they set off on their Adults only Anniversary Adventure. She hitched a ride with Mom, who was happy to have an excuse to turn the scooter up to rabbit mode, but Gabriel and I enjoyed a leisurely stroll/roll…

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OK, this is how OCD I am…it totally bothers me that the flower bed and fountain are off center in the picture above!

Up Next: Adventures in Beezersitting…

marDgreen88
02-20-2013, 01:01 PM
Bahaha, your adult novel. Too funny. :lmao: And you can tell Gabriel that I, in fact, have not seen hundreds of pictures of fishing boats on the dizzy boards. In fact... I don't think I've even seen one! (THAT'LL SHOW HIM!)

The Port Orleans area looks so stinking pretty... you have me really wanting to stay there, I must admit!

shan23877
02-20-2013, 01:26 PM
LOVED your update on the fishing excursion! My bookshelves aren't exactly filled with fine literature either, though mine are mostly chic lit. Lots and lots of pink covers with high heeled shoes. :rotfl:

I too find photos of fishing boats lacking on the Dizzy boards. Never seen a one.

Sounds like a fun afternoon at POFQ! Maddie loves the boring pool over there (not the strongest swimmer that one), and I love the beniegets! They were how I used the majority of our snack credits when we stayed there. I'd love to wander over there while we're at POR, we have such nice memories of our stay there. And, the ladies in the gift shop were outstanding! They remembered us every time we popped in (which was daily. If you think I like shopping you should meet my daughter.)

Looking forward to hearing more!

ronnmel
02-20-2013, 06:40 PM
I followed Shan's suggestion of coming to read this TR and now I'm hooked!

SoNotAPrincess
02-21-2013, 07:34 PM
Bahaha, your adult novel. Too funny. :lmao: And you can tell Gabriel that I, in fact, have not seen hundreds of pictures of fishing boats on the dizzy boards. In fact... I don't think I've even seen one! (THAT'LL SHOW HIM!)

The Port Orleans area looks so stinking pretty... you have me really wanting to stay there, I must admit!

I will tell him...silly man...sometimes he needs to be reminded that I'm always right!

POR is beautiful...I think everyone should stay there once, but I'm probably biased!

LOVED your update on the fishing excursion! My bookshelves aren't exactly filled with fine literature either, though mine are mostly chic lit. Lots and lots of pink covers with high heeled shoes. :rotfl:

I too find photos of fishing boats lacking on the Dizzy boards. Never seen a one.

Sounds like a fun afternoon at POFQ! Maddie loves the boring pool over there (not the strongest swimmer that one), and I love the beniegets! They were how I used the majority of our snack credits when we stayed there. I'd love to wander over there while we're at POR, we have such nice memories of our stay there. And, the ladies in the gift shop were outstanding! They remembered us every time we popped in (which was daily. If you think I like shopping you should meet my daughter.)

Looking forward to hearing more!

Thank you! I have several of those pink cover books, too!

See, I knew it! He will never live this down....I needed that boat picture! :lmao:

It was a fun afternoon at POFQ! She would live in the pool if she could, and it was fun having access to two pools.

LOL...the shopping bug bites early! I used to take my older niece (she's 19 now) shopping when she was a wee tot...we called it "melting plastic"...and she still likes to melt plastic! :rotfl:

I followed Shan's suggestion of coming to read this TR and now I'm hooked!

:welcome: It's nice to have you here...thanks!!

Stringbean&Wingnut
02-22-2013, 07:16 AM
Well as long as as they had fun on the fishing trip, I GUESS it's okay there's no pictures! ;) :rotfl:

Sounds like a great pool afternoon! The POFQ pool is definitely very bright and fun!

PracPerfPatricia
02-22-2013, 01:15 PM
ok... I didn't read the last page cause I already had things I wanted to comment on and I need coffee and won't remember the beginning if I read this page... so I'll have to go back ...;)


Awesome Valentine's Day ... love the BC... love the whole "let's just be us"... no photo taking... how sweet...:lovestruc

Not only did Bree make a fantastic Jasmine - I love her photos and interactions with Jasmine and Aladin.... adorable...

Hmmm... we don't usually have a car when we're at Disney but we will in the summer and we might have to check out Olivia's... it looks really quite good...:thumbsup2

ok I MUST have a cup of COFFEE...:worship:

shan23877
02-23-2013, 12:32 AM
Had to pop over to say how tickled I was at your Scarlet O'hara comment on Marissa's TR. That's pretty much my favorite book ever and I read it at least once a year (for the last 20 years).

How on earth have we not been friends for our whole lives? :confused3

SoNotAPrincess
02-23-2013, 11:34 AM
Well as long as as they had fun on the fishing trip, I GUESS it's okay there's no pictures! ;) :rotfl:

Sounds like a great pool afternoon! The POFQ pool is definitely very bright and fun!

I suppose so, but I was NOT happy with him!

They had a blast at the pool!

ok... I didn't read the last page cause I already had things I wanted to comment on and I need coffee and won't remember the beginning if I read this page... so I'll have to go back ...;)

Awesome Valentine's Day ... love the BC... love the whole "let's just be us"... no photo taking... how sweet...:lovestruc

Not only did Bree make a fantastic Jasmine - I love her photos and interactions with Jasmine and Aladin.... adorable...

Hmmm... we don't usually have a car when we're at Disney but we will in the summer and we might have to check out Olivia's... it looks really quite good...:thumbsup2

ok I MUST have a cup of COFFEE...:worship:

I understand the need for coffee! :coffee: I function so much better after a cup or three!

I thought the "let's just be together" thing was very romantic. The man definitely has his moments!

I highly recommend Olivia's! I'm pretty sure it's because its so far out of the way that more people don't go there, but if you have a car; and you can fit it in, GO!

Had to pop over to say how tickled I was at your Scarlet O'hara comment on Marissa's TR. That's pretty much my favorite book ever and I read it at least once a year (for the last 20 years).

How on earth have we not been friends for our whole lives? :confused3

OMG, Gone With the Wind is my very favorite book of all time, and I've re-read it more times than I can count! I think the Dis should have a new motto...Disboards: Bringing Unmet Friends Together!

SoNotAPrincess
02-23-2013, 11:49 AM
Day 4, Chapter 26—Adventures in Beezersitting


“Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present.” (Unknown)

Earl and Lenny set off for DTD by boat, where they would enjoy dinner at Raglan Road and an evening celebrating their anniversary sans Brianna. After they departed, she was feeling left out and decided to have a nice pout to make herself feel better. Unlike her mom and dad, Gabriel and I didn’t try to jolly her out of it…we just ignored her. As we got ready, she lay on the bed, stared at the ceiling for a while, flipped over on her tummy and buried her face in the pillow, flipped over again and heaved a giant sigh, refusing to speak but taking surreptitious glances at us to see if we were impressed.

We weren’t.

She knew we had planned an evening of entertainment but didn’t know the details. Based on her attitude, her confidence in us was at an all time low.

When it was time to leave, she decided she didn’t want to go. No problem, Gabriel told her, you can stay here. He assured her that he doesn’t believe in forcing someone to have a good time against their will, so the rest of us would go out and have a grand time doing awesome stuff without her. She could watch TV and eat cold leftovers from the fridge. She wanted to know what we were going to be doing, but he reminded her that if he told her, it wouldn’t be a surprise. He shrugged nonchalantly. “Too bad for you, Beezer, wish we could stay and chat, but we’ve got places to go and cool things to do.”

I held my breath, wondering if the whole “you can stay here” thing would blow up in his face. Bee is nothing if not stubborn. She’s also smart, and I was afraid she’d know we wouldn’t leave her alone in the room. She thought about it for a few minutes…I could almost hear the wheels turning in her mind…and decided to go with us.

She asked where we were going so many times that Mom finally answered with, “We’re going crazy, and you’re driving us there!”

Bazinga!

Destination number one on our agenda was the “Campfire on de’ Bayou” for marshmallow roasting and a sing along. (I forgot the camera in the room, so all photos are courtesy of the web.

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There were only a couple of people there when we arrived, but before long there was a passel of kids crowding around the fire roasting marshmallows. (I brought a bag of marshmallows with us, along with Hershey bars and graham crackers to make S’mores. POR supplied dowel rods to use as roasting sticks, and they may have had marshmallows,too.) A CM led the gang in a round of Christmas carols, and I think there was storytelling, too, but I was a little removed from the action.

Bee came back for graham crackers and chocolate bars so often that Gabriel went to see what was going on. Turns out, she was sharing them with the other kids, which pretty much made her the hit of the party. She’s a diva in training, but she has her moments; and I think we’ll keep her!

I taught her my technique for roasting the perfect marshmallow, which is to let it catch on fire briefly and then quickly blow it out. The outside is perfectly toasted while the inside is a warm, gooey, delectable mess. Gabriel says that it’s the universal technique for roasting marshmallows, but I insist that I invented it.

As an aside, marshmallow is a funny word. I never noticed it until I typed it about a gazillion times.

After we’d had our fill of S’Mores, we went over to Oak Manor for the “movie under the stars” We spread out a blanket for Bee and Gabriel to sit on, while Mom and I parked on the sidewalk; but it was too cold to stick it out for long. It’s such a fun thing to do when the weather is nice! I found this photo of POFQ to give you an idea of what it’s like…

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At this point, Bee was pretty sure the fun was over, and we had failed miserably. We went inside, where Mom and I snagged a table at River Roost while Gabriel took her to the arcade.

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Evidently big fun was had in the arcade because she was once again in good humor when they came back. Gabriel said he’d order snacks from the bar while Bee and I went to the food court for….oh, the suspense…cheese pizza!

Betcha didn’t see that comin’, didja?

I’m pretty sure he ordered one of everything on the menu because we had wings, crawfish tails, barbecue shrimp, and prime rib sliders. The wings were too spicy for me, but everything else was very good. Gabriel got a beer flight and ordered me one of the frou-frou girly drinks I favor. I don’t know what it was called, but it was fruity goodness and came with a light up glow cube. Mom’s and Bee’s drinks came with light up Tinker Bells that she immediately insisted they clip to their shirts.

For dessert, Gabriel took Brianna back to the food court; and they returned with an ice cream sundae almost as big as her head. Luckily, they got extra spoons, so we all helped polish it off!

Just about the time she was getting antsy and started asking to go back to the arcade, Yehaa Bob came out and started going table-to-table talking to people and asking our names and where we’re from. He focused especially on the kids, but he talked to everyone. Even though she was being pouty, he was charming and funny with Bee.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Yehaa Bob does a high energy, interactive, very funny show during which he plays the piano and brings kids (and sometimes adults) up to the stage. It’s a loud, rambunctious, great way to spend an evening away from the parks…tables go fast, so get there early unless you want to join the large SRO crowd.

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He led the room in a fun interactive rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas that had Brianna out of her chair doing all the motions. Throughout the show, she popped up and down like popcorn, stomped her feet, sang along, tried to do the hand jive, and paraded around the room in the conga line. She laughed so hard at Gabriel beating his chest while yelling like Tarzan that she couldn’t do it herself.

Bob is an amazingly talented boogie woogie piano player, and his show is completely family friendly and fun for all ages. Our group ran the gamut age wise, and we all loved it! Mom said it was one of her favorite things we did on this trip. There’s no disguising the joy Bob gets from performing, and he obviously enjoys meeting his audience, posing for photos, and signing autographs.

Brianna was worn out after the show, so Gabriel piggybacked her back to the room, where she barely had the energy to put her jammies on and climb in bed with Nanny. I’m not exaggerating when I say she was asleep in minutes.

Thanks, Bob!

Up Next: Hooray for Hollywood?

marDgreen88
02-23-2013, 03:04 PM
Okay, I LOVE the quote at the beginning of this update! Too funny (and SO TRUE)!

I think your evening sounds like so much fun! I always think it's so cool that they do the campfires at some of the resorts! Too bad it was too cold for the movie though, but I think Yeehaw Bob sounds even better! I'm glad yall all had such a good time!

SoNotAPrincess
02-28-2013, 07:01 PM
Okay, I LOVE the quote at the beginning of this update! Too funny (and SO TRUE)!

I think your evening sounds like so much fun! I always think it's so cool that they do the campfires at some of the resorts! Too bad it was too cold for the movie though, but I think Yeehaw Bob sounds even better! I'm glad yall all had such a good time!

Poor guys...their intentions are good but their wrapping skills, not so much! :lmao:

It was a really fun evening, and Yeeha Bob was the best part! The movie under the stars is such a cool thing when it's warm!

SoNotAPrincess
02-28-2013, 07:30 PM
Day 5, Chapter 27—Hooray for Hollywood?

Felix: “Sam?”
Sam: “Yes sir?”
Felix: “Catastrophe, what is it?”
Sam: “It's from the Greek. It means a misfortune, a cataclysm or a serious calamity."
(Christmas in Connecticut)

Today, day five of our Christmas at Disney Extravaganza of Joy and Family Togetherness, was DHS day. We started out later than planned, but we were all together and in reasonably good spirits, so I had high hopes for the day.

We stopped to admire the movie-themed Christmas tree….

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…went through the turnstiles….and saw the crowds.

Up until now, the crowds had been bad but manageable. Even at MK, where it was packed, we avoided a lot of the madness by taking advantage of EMH and then doing things backwards from the way most people tour.

DHS was my worst nightmare come true...a giant crush of people with everyone going in the same direction and getting nowhere. Hollywood Boulevard was congested with side-by-side strollers and a ton of people, but we didn’t let that deter us from stopping for quite possibly the worst Photopass picture ever taken. But it’s all I have, so here goes…

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I especially love that my hair is flat and my glasses are askew…lovely!

I felt kind of bad for the photographer because we had so many different versions of the picture…you know, all of us together, then just Earl and his family, then Gabriel and me, then everyone but Gabriel (which I hated, but he insisted). The poor photog was a temp, and he was a bit frazzled but never lost his smile, so he gets points for that!

Lenny, who had harbored the completely unrealistic notion that people would go home after Christmas, was astounded by the crowd level, in spite of the fact that I had told her numerous times that is not the way it works. She kept saying, “There are SO MANY people.”

Gabriel whispered in my ear, “I’ll take Painfully Obvious for $200, Alex.”

I tried not to laugh. Or cry.

It took us approximately forever to get to Sunset Boulevard. The journey was made even more special by Brianna’s whining that she was tired, hungry, and not having any fun.

I sent everyone down Sunset to choose from the food options at the end of the street while Gabriel and I ducked into Starring Rolls to continue our crawl, selecting the famed Butterfinger cupcake. Evidently, Gabriel was pursuing his own crawl…the turkey leg crawl…because he stopped for his second of the trip.

We found the rest of the gang down at Catalina Eddie’s, where Bee was happily eating a cheese pizza and everyone else was eating other stuff that I didn’t write down. As far as the cupcake goes, I was underwhelmed and happily passed it off to the others to share. Don’t get me wrong, the frosting was yummilicious, but I found the cake a little lacking.

Since I wasn’t hungry, I collected everyone’s tickets and battled the crowds to get FPs for ToT with a return time a couple of hours out.

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Knowing that Earl, Gabriel, and Lenny wanted to ride RNR, I checked the standby line time and returned to the group to tell them it was 50 minutes. Surprisingly, they all decided to wait.

Crazy people!

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Mom and I took Brianna over to the animation building to meet Mickey; but when we got there, she wasn’t feeling it and refused to even leave the courtyard. She wanted to see VotLM and meet Buzz and Woody but didn’t want to wait in line. Either Mom or I would have waited in line with her, but I was OK with her not wanting to…I was not OK with her whiny “you’re making my life miserable, and I hate you” attitude. She spotted a face painter with a short line; and even though it felt like I was rewarding a bad attitude, I agreed to let her do it (photo coming up).

We made our way to the Muppets where there was a relatively short line, so we got in the queue. Neither Bee nor Mom seemed to be able to grasp the idea of 3D, so I spent the time trying to explain it to them while not tearing out my hair. Oh, and I took one photo…

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Surrounded by adorable Muppet stuff, and I choose this to photograph? I seriously have no idea why.

I adore the Muppets, and I’m a fan of 3D, but I just can’t love this show, although Lord knows I’ve tried. The important thing is that Bee liked it and was in a better mood when it was over. Anything that improves her disposition is my new favorite!

We made our way back over to RNR and scoped out the exit. While we waited, Mom and I each got a root beer float and Brianna got a strawberry smoothie. I noticed that Bee was scratching her arms and tummy and saw that she had a rash. I asked if she was OK, and she snarled at me that she didn’t feel good. She didn’t feel feverish to me, but she had been awfully cranky…even for her…so I wondered if something was going on.

I told Lenny and Earl about it, and they looked at the rash but didn’t think it was anything serious so we set off to see BatB before our ToT FPs activated. She was whiny and cantankerous while we waited for the show but perked up once it started and really enjoyed it. I love BatB and sincerely hope that the evil rumors about the show going away are false!

Bee waited with Mom while the rest of us rode ToT. I love ToT, and not even the ho-hum day could put a damper on my favorite DHS attraction. We dropped, screamed, bounced, screamed and dropped some more. It really is such a fun experience, and we were all buzzing with that “I SURVIVED TOWER OF TERROR” adrenaline rush that comes with the ride.

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As we exited, I suggested that we take Bee to first aid to let someone look at the rash; and Lenny agreed. The nurse put calamine lotion on Bee’s arms and tummy to help the itching and made a couple of ice packs that she held in place with a pair of net “stockings” on her arms. They let her rest for a little while, and Gabriel ducked out and came back with the Princess Minnie doll she’d been coveting.

He’s such a sucker for that little girl.

I wish I’d thought of it!

Since it was almost time for the parade, we decided to stay and watch it before calling it a day. This was Brianna’s reaction when I said, “Show me your I’m so excited to see the parade face!”

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She cheered up once it started, but she HATED the waiting part.

I finally remembered that I had a camera…

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…just in time for the parade!

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SoNotAPrincess
02-28-2013, 07:34 PM
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Day 5, Chapter 28—Hooray for Hollywood?
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Parades are fun, right? Let’s watch…

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I love Boo!

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And Sully!!

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Up next: A Walk to the Beach….

PracPerfPatricia
03-01-2013, 05:29 PM
Btw... I think the beginnings of your bodice ripper shows a great deal of promise...:thumbsup2

& it sounds like you had a fun night between the S'mores, all the yum food & Heehaw Bob... I think I've read about him before-he sounds like a hoot...

OMG... I didn't know anyone else watched Christmas in Connecticut... one of the best Christmas movies ever... love Felix... love when the magazine editor is coming to her "farm" and wants to see her flip flap jacks...:lmao:

DHS... it is always such a scene there at opening... :confused3

No RnRC for you? ;);) I road it for the first time in December and once I opened my eyes... (half way through I quite enjoyed it... ToT has such awesome theming...

What no running of the TSM fastpasses lunacy for your group?...:lmao:

shan23877
03-02-2013, 12:54 AM
Ouch. I am so sorry that you were dealing with a less than magical attitude from Bee. Never fun, but especially not at Disney.

I love the Muppets too, but somehow can't love the attraction. I will keep trying though. :rotfl:

We've never seen that parade, but I do adore those Pixar characters. We've got to make a point to see it eventually.

marDgreen88
03-02-2013, 10:14 AM
Hahah aw, that is definitely not the worst PP photo ever. :goodvibes I think DHS tends to feel way more crowded than the rest of the parks because of how small it is. It can have the same amount of people as MK but it feels like so many more!

Too bad your cupcake wasn't the greatest! In my opinion, frosting is the best part! But the cake has to be good too. :thumbsup2

Hope the rash was nothing too serious... :scared: I love that parade! I have to admit that I liked Block Party Bash better (TOO MANY B'S!!!) but (omg, another) I like that Countdown to Fun has a lot more characters!

SoNotAPrincess
03-03-2013, 08:22 PM
Btw... I think the beginnings of your bodice ripper shows a great deal of promise...:thumbsup2

& it sounds like you had a fun night between the S'mores, all the yum food & Heehaw Bob... I think I've read about him before-he sounds like a hoot...

OMG... I didn't know anyone else watched Christmas in Connecticut... one of the best Christmas movies ever... love Felix... love when the magazine editor is coming to her "farm" and wants to see her flip flap jacks...:lmao:

DHS... it is always such a scene there at opening... :confused3

No RnRC for you? ;);) I road it for the first time in December and once I opened my eyes... (half way through I quite enjoyed it... ToT has such awesome theming...

What no running of the TSM fastpasses lunacy for your group?...:lmao:

Thanks! I have dozens of little snippets like that cluttering my hard drive. Someday maybe I'll actually do something with them!

Yehaa Bob was SO much fun...I know he's out of the way for those not staying at POR, but it's worth the extra effort of getting there.

I love Barbara Stanwyck and think Christmas in Connecticut is one of her best!

No RNR for me this time. I could've gotten in OK but getting out with my knee the way it is would've been hard. It's not my favorite roller coaster, but I like having the option to ride it or not! ToT, on the other hand is a must do and one of the only rides I'd actually be willing to wait in a long(ish) line for!

LOL...we were late getting to the park, so I knew TSMM FPs would be way out. No need rushing to get them. (I know it's practically sacrilege, but it's not one of my favorites.)

SoNotAPrincess
03-03-2013, 08:28 PM
Ouch. I am so sorry that you were dealing with a less than magical attitude from Bee. Never fun, but especially not at Disney.

I love the Muppets too, but somehow can't love the attraction. I will keep trying though. :rotfl:

We've never seen that parade, but I do adore those Pixar characters. We've got to make a point to see it eventually.

Yeah, it's hard when something like that interrupts the magic...you just have to take a deep breath and soldier on!

LOL...me, too...I keep hoping it wasn't as lame as I remember, or maybe it's been updated since the last time!

I hadn't seen that parade before either. It was fun, especially seeing Boo and Sully; but I liked the block party (and stars and motor cars) parade better.

SoNotAPrincess
03-03-2013, 08:34 PM
Hahah aw, that is definitely not the worst PP photo ever. :goodvibes I think DHS tends to feel way more crowded than the rest of the parks because of how small it is. It can have the same amount of people as MK but it feels like so many more!

Too bad your cupcake wasn't the greatest! In my opinion, frosting is the best part! But the cake has to be good too. :thumbsup2

Hope the rash was nothing too serious... :scared: I love that parade! I have to admit that I liked Block Party Bash better (TOO MANY B'S!!!) but (omg, another) I like that Countdown to Fun has a lot more characters!

LOL...you're too kind! You're right about DHS feeling so much more crowded than MK...we were like sardines in a can that morning!

Yeah, I was bummed about that cupcake...I had heard SO much about it. The frosting was ah-may-zing though!

I loved the block party bash and the stars and motor cars parades! It is fun to see so many Pixar characters though!!

SoNotAPrincess
03-03-2013, 08:42 PM
Day 5, Chapter 29—A Walk to the Beach….

“Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.”
(Miracle on 34th Street)

After the parade, Brianna was happy to be leaving DHS but started to cry when we told her we were getting on a bus. We had an ADR at Cape May, so I suggested that we take the boat instead, but she didn’t want to do that either. I knew she was feeling rotten, so I said we could walk to BC, but it would take a while. Everyone agreed, and we set off along the water.

It was a really pretty, quiet walk…we may have seen three or four people total along the way. Bee sat on Mom’s lap and fell asleep in no time, so we took our time to let her rest, hoping she’d feel better when she woke up. I took the opportunity to get off the scooter and walk a bit (Lenny drove), and it was lovely strolling by the water, holding hands with Gabriel like we were teenagers. Little moments, right?

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We took a little detour at the Boardwalk because I wanted to see the infamous clown slide for myself. I’m not exactly afraid of clowns, but I’m not in love with them either; and I have to say the creepy factor is pretty high. Gabriel was pretty impressed with the slide, calling it the “real deal.” He’s a bit of a water slide aficionado, so he’d know.

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He gave me the first clue that he might be thinking of a trip for his kids when he said how much his daughter would love it. I told him if he was having deluxe dreams, he should wait until he saw Stormalong Bay at BC.

I love the moment when the boardwalk and YC/BC come into view…if you didn’t know you were at Disney World, you’d never know it wasn’t a quaint beachside village with a nearby entertainment district.

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I felt pretty tense when we left DHS, but the walk worked wonders for easing the stress away. Brianna woke up just about the time we saw this…

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…and said she was feeling better. Yippee! Inside, we admired the carousel….

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And chocolatey castle….

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Then checked in for dinner…

Up Next: Dinner by the Seaside

marDgreen88
03-03-2013, 09:49 PM
Sounds like such a nice walk over to Beach Club! Omg, I was deathly afraid of clowns when I was little... and I can't say I'm stlll scared of them exactly... but I also can't say that I like them. It's fine, whenever I stay at the Boardwalk, I just need to have anything BUT a pool view. :lmao:

The Epcot resort area really is perfect, isn't it? Looove.

That gingerbread carousel is amazing!!! I love it. I'm always in awe of the gingerbread creations that Disney does!

shan23877
03-03-2013, 11:58 PM
I hope that the walk was restorative for everyone. I'm so glad that you got to have a special moment with your sweetie :goodvibes

Disney does so many things right, but that BW area is just outstanding. I wish more 'haters' understood that there is so much more to WDW than the parks. I suppose if they did know that WDW would be that much more crowded though. :rotfl:

Can't wait to hear what you thought of Cape May! We love it!

SoNotAPrincess
03-06-2013, 01:51 PM
Sounds like such a nice walk over to Beach Club! Omg, I was deathly afraid of clowns when I was little... and I can't say I'm stlll scared of them exactly... but I also can't say that I like them. It's fine, whenever I stay at the Boardwalk, I just need to have anything BUT a pool view. :lmao:

The Epcot resort area really is perfect, isn't it? Looove.

That gingerbread carousel is amazing!!! I love it. I'm always in awe of the gingerbread creations that Disney does!

It was a wonderful walk...exactly what we needed after the stressful day.

Ugh. Clowns...I'm with you! No pool view for sure! :rotfl2:

The Epcot resort area is, as Giuliana Rancik would say, "AMAZEBALLS!" :rotfl:

Disney chefs are the most talented in the world!

I hope that the walk was restorative for everyone. I'm so glad that you got to have a special moment with your sweetie :goodvibes

Disney does so many things right, but that BW area is just outstanding. I wish more 'haters' understood that there is so much more to WDW than the parks. I suppose if they did know that WDW would be that much more crowded though. :rotfl:

Can't wait to hear what you thought of Cape May! We love it!

That's exactly the word for it...restorative! I love little moments like that...like gifts from God or the universe or both! :goodvibes

I've been telling Gabriel for years that WDW is more than just the parks, and I think he finally got it on this trip! I'm a big believer in little escapes, and that's what Disney does for me...lets me escape and rejuvenate for re-entry into the real world.

SoNotAPrincess
03-06-2013, 01:57 PM
Day 5, Chapter 30—Dinner by the Seaside

“And I'll have a Caesar. No dressing. And one of those homemade cookies, the warm chocolate chip. No nuts. And a little slice of cheesecake. Uh, crème brulee, and, um, hot fudge sundae, extra hot fudge.”
(The Santa Clause)

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We were hungry and looking forward to all the seafood we could eat. I had talked the buffet up quite a bit; and, thankfully, it didn’t disappoint! If it comes from the ocean, you can bet we’ll eat it.

First, though, gettin’ artsy with umbrellas….

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I wondered what Gabriel would think because he’s not really a buffet kinda guy, but then Cape May isn’t your usual buffet. Long story, short, we all loved it…Brianna even ventured away from her usual cheese pizza and tried several new things. She liked crab, but the clam chowder, not so much. She surprised all of us by having seconds of the green beans and cornbread, of all things! My favorite dessert was the key lime tart, but the flan was really good, too. Earl named this as his favorite meal of the trip, and it made my top five.

Bee, Mom, Gabriel, and I drew on the paper tablecloth with crayons, and I wish there was a way we could have kept it, butter smears and all! I’m still smacking myself upside my own head because it never even occurred to me to take a picture of it.

D’oh!

At one point, I over-buttered my cornbread, and the butter dripped onto my fingers. What do you do when you have butter on your fingers? You lick it off, of course, which I did, prompting Gabriel to say to Brianna, “And that’s why you should always wash your hands before you eat.”

Hardy har har har.

It was also during this dinner that we realized that Bee had developed a full-fledged crush on Gabriel.

Hmmm, let me back track for a second.

Brianna has more nicknames than one kid needs, most notably Bee, Bri, and Beezer, but also Sugar Lump, Baby Girl, and Bri-ANNNNA. The first day of our trip Gabriel started calling her “Breezy”, and she took a real liking to it, going so far as to introduce herself to new people that way. She wanted to sit by him on the monorail or bus and at restaurants. She walked next to him at every opportunity, completely shunning the rest of us. She copped a ‘tude with everyone else but was a perfect angel when it came to Gabriel. (Little did she know that that made him our secret weapon!)

But I didn’t realize just how smitten she was until our Cape May dinner. She was OK with him talking to Nanny or her mom and dad, but let him say something to me; and she’d interrupt, bringing his attention back to her. She told him jokes, showed him her drawings, asked him to go to the buffet with her, and regaled him with tales of school, girl scouts, and her best friend, Destiny. (I know way too much about Destiny!) It was adorable, but I’m glad she didn’t notice all the grins and winks going on over her head!

On the way out we stopped by the Marketplace, for Oreo Bon Bons; but, unfortunately, they didn’t have any. Evidently, they go pretty fast. I was bummed. Gabriel has since tried to make them at home with a recipe from the Internet, but his just aren’t quite the same as Disney’s. I’m sure he’ll keep trying until he perfects them, so I guess I’ll have to keep sampling them. The things I do for love!

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On the walk over, we talked about going back to DHS to see the Osborne Lights, but when we asked Bee if she wanted to go, she said no. She was itchy again and just wanted to go back to the room. She was looking a little puny, so Earl and Lenny got a cab back to POR while the rest of us went to DHS.

(I learned the next day that Earl went to Walgreens and got some pediatric Benadryl and Aveeno oatmeal bath stuff. Bee went to sleep early, and the next morning the rash had cleared up. It came back later, but never as bad as it was this day. From what we’ve learned, it was most likely an allergic reaction, probably to the laundry detergent Disney uses.)

The BC/YC are so beautiful…I think it’s my favorite resort area in all of Disney!

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We took the boat to DHS, and as we passed the Dolphin/Swan area, we noticed that the palm trees lining the walkway were all lit up. It was really beautiful! I didn’t get any photos, and I didn’t know what it was; so I looked it up later and found out that it was a new holiday light show. Just another Christmas surprise from Disney!

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Beautiful!

Up Next: The Spectacle!

SoNotAPrincess
03-06-2013, 02:04 PM
Day 5, Chapter 31—The Spectacle!

“First-nighters, packed earmuff-to-earmuff, jostled in wonderment before a golden, tinkling display of mechanized, electronic joy!”
(A Christmas Story)

I like the word spectacle. Ah, the memories of Mom hissing at me, “Laura Lee, there is no need to make a spectacle of yourself!” As a kid, I had no problem whatsoever being the center of attention…show me a spotlight, and I’d find a way to stand right in the middle of it. I was singing in church at three years old…not necessarily because I was so good…more because I was so…umm…not shy! I was an only child until I was five, so I’d line up all my dolls and stuffed animals and put on elaborate shows for them, complete with costumes, lengthy soliloquies, and original songs. When my brother and sister were born, it was like a gift…the gift of a human audience…thanks, Mom!

As you can imagine, being a lover of all things spectacular I adore the Osborne lights. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing as too many Christmas lights; and, if I had my way, our place would look like the Griswolds. Gabriel, on the other hand, favors “tasteful” decorating and prefers a few strategically placed strands of white lights with each bulb lined up nice and straight like a row of perfectly matched glowing soldiers over my wildly disorganized but oh-so-sparkly jumble of joyful color.

So we compromise. He decorates the outside, which ends up looking like something out of Martha Stewart Living, and I decorate the inside, which ends up looking like a cross between the North Pole and The Nutcracker…with extra lights.

Neither Mom nor Gabriel had seen The Lights before, and I was very excited to see them seeing them for the first time. You can tell someone that The Lights are thrilling, enchanting, astonishing, breathtaking, amazing, etc.; but until they experience the spectacle for themselves, they really have no idea.

Walking through the Osborne lights is a feast for all the senses…the color of the lights, the sound of the music filling the air, the smell of popcorn wafting from the vendor carts, the feeling of snowflakes drifting onto an upturned face, and the taste of hot chocolate and gingerbread. It’s like being wrapped in the snuggly blanket of Christmases past, present and future all at once. It is, to use a word that gets thrown around a lot in connection with Disney, magical.

You guys know, or could probably guess, that I cry during Wishes. Every time. And during Illuminations, most of the time. So, it should come as no surprise that the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights makes me cry, too. Happy I-can’t-believe-I-get-to-experience-this-again-oh-my-goodness-it’s-just-as-good-as-I-remember-it-and-Mom-and-Gabriel-are-here-too-it-just-doesn’t-get-any-better-than-this Christmas tears.

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As we meandered through the streets, we sipped a variety of beverages (I highly recommend the Snow Ball), munched popcorn, and shared churros and a cream cheese pretzel (both very yummy). Gabriel also got the jalapeno pretzel, which he really liked. And by like, I mean loved to the point of obsession. Naturally, we had to add the special Holiday Lights cupcake to our crawl….

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We really liked this one…light gingerbread flavor plus yummy cream cheese frosting are dee-lish-us, but add a glow cube and it equals one truly scrumptious cupcake that looks as Christmasy as it tastes!

Infused with Christmas, magic zip-zinging through our veins, glowing from the inside out, we bid adieu to the glorious lights and made our way to the DHS thing Gabriel wanted to do most….

Any guesses?

Up Next: Surprise, surprise it’s….

marDgreen88
03-06-2013, 06:00 PM
Love the Santa Clause quote! Hahahah.

I hope you didn't get jealous that other girls were vying for Gabriel's affections! :love: :laughing:

No Orea bon bons? What a sad day. I've never had any but I've heard only wonderful things about them. It's still weird to me that they'd remove them from that buffet!

Your description of the Osborne Lights is just fantastic! Amazing job!

shan23877
03-06-2013, 09:54 PM
I loved this update so much. First, your description of the Osborne Lights was so much fun to read that I felt like I was reading a fun Christmas novel. Second it seems as though our holiday decorating styles are similar-Bryan also skews toward the subtle and lovely while I prefer the colorful and over the top. :laughing:

No Oreo Bon Bons? How terrible. I'm going to miss having them available at Cape May so very much. May have to pop into the shop in hopes of getting some though.

How sweet that Bee had a little crush on Gabriel. Very cute.

Oh, and I'm also a crazy nicknamer. Maddie has 5 or 6, and even the dogs have 3 or 4 :rotfl:

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-07-2013, 05:51 AM
Yay for a good dinner at CMC!! I love those Oreo Bon Bons - so good!!

The Boardwalk area is one of my favorites!! It's so well-done and picturesque!

The Lights really are a spectacle, aren't they?? So amazing!! :goodvibes

SoNotAPrincess
03-10-2013, 09:52 PM
Love the Santa Clause quote! Hahahah.

I hope you didn't get jealous that other girls were vying for Gabriel's affections! :love: :laughing:

No Orea bon bons? What a sad day. I've never had any but I've heard only wonderful things about them. It's still weird to me that they'd remove them from that buffet!

Your description of the Osborne Lights is just fantastic! Amazing job!

LOL...I love Tim Allen...he can deliver a line like no one else!

Well, I was maybe a teensy tiny bit jealous...but I got over it! :rotfl:

I know! I was so bummed. I can't understand why they took them off the buffet either...it's just wrong!!

I loved this update so much. First, your description of the Osborne Lights was so much fun to read that I felt like I was reading a fun Christmas novel. Second it seems as though our holiday decorating styles are similar-Bryan also skews toward the subtle and lovely while I prefer the colorful and over the top. :laughing:

No Oreo Bon Bons? How terrible. I'm going to miss having them available at Cape May so very much. May have to pop into the shop in hopes of getting some though.

How sweet that Bee had a little crush on Gabriel. Very cute.

Oh, and I'm also a crazy nicknamer. Maddie has 5 or 6, and even the dogs have 3 or 4 :rotfl:

Thank you so much...what a great compliment! Poor Gabriel, he tolerates my over the top Christmas decorating, but he's been known to rearrange things (i.e., put them away) when I'm not looking. :lmao:

I was pretty unhappy that I didn't get my Oreo bon bons. I'd like to have a word with the genius who came up with the idea to take them off the buffet!

The crush was so adorable...he was eating it up, too! :rotfl:

LOL...we really do have a lot in common! Nicknames are little terms of endearment; so the more you have, the more you're loved!

Yay for a good dinner at CMC!! I love those Oreo Bon Bons - so good!!

The Boardwalk area is one of my favorites!! It's so well-done and picturesque!

The Lights really are a spectacle, aren't they?? So amazing!! :goodvibes

Cape May is my favorite Disney buffet...no contest! And the bon bons...so yummy. I missed them being on the buffet!

The Boardwalk area is SO beautiful...I love spending time there!

Yes, they certainly named them right...they are spectacular!

SoNotAPrincess
03-10-2013, 10:08 PM
Reportus Interuptus--Part I

Hello! I hope to get a Shenanigans update posted tomorrow, but in the meantime, I thought I'd do a quickie report on my latest Disney excursion.

On Friday, March 8, Jaden (star of last year's Practically Perfect Princess Palooza (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2896516)) and I went to Magic Kingdom to celebrate her arrival in double digits…the big One OHHHHH! It was only for a day, so the report will be short and photos mostly in the form of collages; but I promised her it would be faithfully documented on the Dis.

Ready?

OK, then, let’s gooooooooo….

About 8:30 a.m., we were seeing this….

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Since we’d be ending our day at the Grand Flo, we parked there and stopped at concierge to pick up Jaden’s ticket. I decided to take advantage of the current Florida resident promotion, which is three days for $119; and we’ve already decided our other two days will be spent at DHS (she’s never been there) and AK. Woo hoo!

After a quick photo opp on the grand staircase…

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…we caught the monorail and rushed to Magic Kingdom, with NFL intentions. We rushed so fast, in fact, that we didn’t even stop for the usual castle photo….believe me, that’s NEVER happened to me before, and I highly doubt that it will ever happen again!

Enchanted Tales with Belle was our first stop, and the line was already 40 minutes long…the park had only been open for about 30 minutes! Jaden was more excited about Ariel’s new ride anyway, so we meandered that way, with a stop at Gaston’s for a cinnamon roll and Le Fou’s brew.

We agreed that the cinnamon roll was disappointing (not warm and only moderately soft) and the brew was yummy but very, VERY sweet. I like butterscotch, slushees, and sweet stuff, but this was overkill on all levels! We sipped on it for a while, but finally ended up tossing a good portion of it.

We only waited about 15 minutes for Under the Sea, and it earned a resounding thumbs up from Jaden. Afterwards, she met Ariel; unfortunately my photos are very, very bad. I’ll probably end up purchasing the photopass download, but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

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From NFL, we made our way to meet Merida. Jaden is a BIG Merida fan! The line wasn’t as long as I feared, so Jaden hopped up on the castle wall to wait; and about 30 minutes later we were inside the meet area, which is very cute and Merida-appropriate. We especially liked the tapestries. Merida was adorable…She had the accent and sassy attitude down pat! Jaden was almost as excited about the archery lesson as she was about meeting Merida…she got a bulls eye!

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After meeting a princess, Jaden decided she wanted to shop like one; so we decided Castle Couture would be just the place. Naturally, we had ourselves pixie dusted while we were there. Jaden went in a strawberry blonde but exited a full on red head thanks to a new Merida wig. We spotted Fairy Godmother coming out, and we were the third people in her line…score!

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Up next, Adventureland! We checked out meeting Tink, but the 55 minute wait made it a no go. Jasmine and Aladdin were on a break, so we took a turn on the Jungle Cruise instead. Jaden surprised me by saying that this is her favorite ride. Obviously, she’s a girl with style AND taste!

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We both wanted to ride Big Thunder, so we hit Frontierland for FPs...and a side order of DRAMA. I pulled out Jaden’s ticket and got her FP, but when I went to get my AP, it wasn’t there. I looked in all the card slots, in the cash slot and in the change compartment. Nope, not there either.

OK, no need to panic. I must’ve slid it into the little pocket in my park bag. But it wasn’t there either. So maybe a little panic is in order. I took everything out of my park bag. Nope. I took everything out of every shopping bag, although how in the world my AP could’ve gotten in one of them I had no idea. It wasn’t in any of them. I tried to figure out when I could’ve lost it but couldn’t remember taking it out of my wallet after putting it away when we came through the turnstile.

I finally admitted defeat and checked my phone to make sure I had the photo I’d taken of it, and I did; so I knew I could get it replaced, but it was going to take time and probably be a giant pain in the butt to do so.

We were getting hungry, so I decided we should get lunch before braving guest relations. We tried for BoG, but the line was at least 45 minutes long; so we went to Casey’s instead for corn dog nuggets and fries. As usual, it was packed out; but Jaden scored us a table inside by the TV. It was a big table, so we ended up sharing it with another family. It was their first day of their first trip to WDW, and when Jaden told them “Aunt Lauri knows everything about Disney”, they asked a lot of questions. Of course, I love talking about WDW, and I like helping people; so it was fun for everyone!

Before we left the restaurant, I decided to fold all our receipts and put them in my wallet. Jaden’s BTMRR FP was loose, so I tried to tuck it in an empty card slot, except it wouldn’t slide into place. Something was blocking it…my AP. Glory hallelujah! Jaden and I had a little celebration, clinking our cups (if paper cups can be clinked) and toasting to our good fortune. No guest relations for us!

After our near miss, Jaden was up for more shopping, so we meandered down Main Street through the stores. She was pretty impressed that it was really “Just one big, giant store”!

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I thought it was cute that rides were so low on her list of things to do…she loved meeting the characters, but, honestly, I think shopping was her favorite thing that we did. She’s a girl after my own heart!

The last time we were at MK, she passed on meeting Rapunzel because the line was so long; so this time it was a high priority. After shopping our way down Main Street, we got in the princess line. The wait time was post as 25 minutes, but we ended up waiting almost an hour. I don’t know what was going on, but there was a lot of grumbling people around us. Several people gave up and left the line, but we toughed it out.

First up, Cinderella, who was as sweet as ever. A little bland, but still sweet. She was followed by Aurora, who I think was still a bit sleepy from her nap…and finally, Rapunzel! She was cute but lacked the spunk of Rapunzel’s “friend” that Erica and I met with Eugene at MNSHHP. It didn’t matter though, Jaden was thrilled to meet her and said several times how much fun she was.

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We shopped our way down the other side of Main Street as Jaden searched for the perfect thing to spend her dough on. I got her a tube of Goofy’s pucker powder, and you’ll see the evidence of it around her smile in future photos!

----Continued in Part II (next post)----

SoNotAPrincess
03-10-2013, 10:15 PM
Reportus Interuptus--Part II

---Continued from previous post---

We hadn’t been to Storybook Circus yet, and there’s a nice big store there, too, so we made it our next destination. Jaden eyed the pillow pets, but they were out of her price range (and I really didn’t want to lug one around the rest of the day). She finally settled on a Simba plush and a baby Simba key chain. (Who knew she was such a Simba girl?)

As we were leaving Storybook Circus, the clown Giggle Gang was coming out, so we followed them and watched their performance. This was a first for me…I love finding new things to enjoy at Disney! They were very silly and funny and not a bit creepy…clowntastic!

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We hadn’t been to Tomorrowland yet, and we both love the Peoplemover; so we headed that way. As we passed over the face painting station, her eyes lit up and she asked if we could go there…of course we could, and she chose the “Cinderella” design. Afterwards, we indulged in floats…root beer for Jaden and coffee for me…yummy!

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We left Tomorrowland with no clear destination in mind and ran smack into the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It parade. Jaden was excited, so we stepped right up to a front row spot…I guess our pixie dusting from earlier was working. It’s an energetic, fun parade; and Jaden loved joining the dance party and shakin’ a tail feather with King Louie! She got a lot of attention from the characters, especially Woody, who blew her kisses, and Baloo, who pantomimed her hair and motioned for her to lift Simba in the air Mufasa-style.

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When we planned the day, we had to choose between Wishes and dinner at 1900 Park Fare. My choice would always be Wishes, but it wasn’t my birthday, so 1900 PF won out. Jaden was most excited to meet Prince Charming…I was looking forward to the Tremaines.

We had plenty of time to get to the GF, so we meandered our way through the stores AGAIN. She does love to get her shop on!

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For a change of pace, we decided to take the boat to the Grand. As much as I love the monorail, it’s fun to ride the boats, too. We admired the grounds as we strolled to the main building and dreamed about how much fun it would be stay there someday. We were a little early, so we sat in the lobby and enjoyed the piano player and the elegant ambience before checking in at 1900 PF.

Our buzzer went off almost immediately and in no time at all we were seated, and our server was taking our drink orders. I’ve never been particularly impressed with the food at 1900 PF…it’s just your standard Disney buffet, but ultimately it doesn’t matter because we weren’t really there for the food anyway! I will say that the pork loin was good, and the chocolate mousse dessert cups were divine. Jaden really enjoyed the mashed potatoes and gummy bears.

Drizella came by first, and she was delightfully snippy. Jaden told her that her face paint design was named Cinderella, and Drizella rolled her eyes and said, “Perrrrsonaleeeee, I NEVER say the C word!

Cinderella came by next, and once again, she was very sweet and pretty, but bland. I don’t think I’ve ever had a really fun interaction with Cinderella. She was very nice, complimented Jaden on her face paint and pretty Minnie ears and wished her happy birthday. I took a photo, and she left.

Yawn.

After a small wait, Anastasia stopped by, and she asked Jaden if she was a princess. Jaden said yes, making Anastasia harrumph dramatically and say very sarcastically, “Faaaaabulous…just what this kingdom needs is ANOTHER princess!”

Jaden had been tracking Prince Charming’s process around the room, and the closer he came to our table, the more excited she got. When he stopped at her side, he went down on one knee and talked to her on her level. It’s so loud in there that I couldn’t hear what he said, but she was beaming. And then he stood, offered her his hand and asked her for a birthday dance. It lasted all of 30 seconds, but she was walking on air afterwards. Her favorite part? He twirled her!

Last, but certainly not least, was Lady Tremaine. She was deliciously haughty and disdainful and asked about Jaden’s strawberry earrings, “Certainly you could have found more appropriate jewelry than FRUIT for a ROYAL appointment!” She complimented my manicure, and I told her it meant a lot coming from a style icon like herself. She sniffed and said, “Everything I know about style I learned from dear, dear Cruela.” I asked if they were BFFs, and she look down her nose at me and said snidely, “Dahling, I don’t DO friendship!”

So much fun!

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We departed the Grand Floridian riding a wave of laughter, and Jaden was asleep before we left the bubble.

And thus ends the saga of Jaden’s Magical Big One OH Celebration…see ya next year when we do it again!

shan23877
03-11-2013, 12:02 AM
What a fun day for you and Jaden! I'm with her-characters and shopping are just as nice as rides. :goodvibes

Thank goodness you found your AP. That would have been a huge hassle.

What awesome interaction at 1900! I've always enjoyed the Tremains a lot, but they usually step lightly with us because my little one takes princesses VERY SERIOUSLY. Love hearing the stories from your dinner.

Merida is high on our list for next trip. Between that and ETwB, I think I'm going to be very happy that we have so much MK time planned.

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-11-2013, 05:51 AM
Sounds like it was an awesome day to celebrate Jaden's big one-oh!! :goodvibes

Hahaha Disney shopping is definitely just as important as the rides!! :thumbsup2

marDgreen88
03-11-2013, 03:15 PM
Happy late birthday to Jaden!!!

Sounds like it was a perfect day for yall (besides the whole temporarily lost AP)!

There is just so much to comment on that I can't remember what I was going to say... so I'll just say that I enjoyed reading about the special day!

ronnmel
03-11-2013, 06:25 PM
Sounds like it was a fun day! Shopping, a girl after my own heart.

Those collages look great. What did you use to make them?

SoNotAPrincess
03-12-2013, 10:41 AM
What a fun day for you and Jaden! I'm with her-characters and shopping are just as nice as rides. :goodvibes

Thank goodness you found your AP. That would have been a huge hassle.

What awesome interaction at 1900! I've always enjoyed the Tremains a lot, but they usually step lightly with us because my little one takes princesses VERY SERIOUSLY. Love hearing the stories from your dinner.

Merida is high on our list for next trip. Between that and ETwB, I think I'm going to be very happy that we have so much MK time planned.

It was so much fun...not waiting in ride lines certainly made for a very laid back day! I loved having a girly girl to shop with, too!

I know! My heart dropped when I thought it was lost..thank Heaven for finding it!

The Tremaines are awesome! It's great that the characters "get it" when a little girl is princess savvy. I watched the Tremaines stepping lightly with some of the children, too.

Maddie will love Merida...she was cute as can be, and the archery lesson was fun, too.

Sounds like it was an awesome day to celebrate Jaden's big one-oh!! :goodvibes

Hahaha Disney shopping is definitely just as important as the rides!!
:thumbsup2

We had a lot of fun! It was great that she wanted to shop...I usually have to drag people in the stores with me, but not Jaden! :thumbsup2

Happy late birthday to Jaden!!!

Sounds like it was a perfect day for yall (besides the whole temporarily lost AP)!

There is just so much to comment on that I can't remember what I was going to say... so I'll just say that I enjoyed reading about the special day!

It really was a funtastic day (the AP drama notwithstanding)!

LOL...thank you!

Sounds like it was a fun day! Shopping, a girl after my own heart.

Those collages look great. What did you use to make them?

We had a great time...she makes a terrific shopping partner!

Thank you! I used Microsoft Publisher. The photo frames are shapes with pictures inserted in them, and I used WordArt for the text.

SoNotAPrincess
03-12-2013, 01:09 PM
Day 5, Chapter 32—Surprise, Surprise it’s….

“This holiday is yours, where we all share with you the hope that this day brings us closer to freedom and to harmony and to peace.
No matter how different we appear, we're all the same in our struggle against the powers of evil and darkness. I hope that this day will always be a day of joy, in which we can reconfirm our dedication and our courage. And more than anything else, our love for one another.
This is the promise of the Tree of Life.”
(Princess Leia Organa, The Star Wars Holiday Special)

If the quote didn’t already give it away, we were headed for (dun dun DUUUN) Star Tours! Star Wars is right up there with Marvel on Gabriel’s list of “Things I Love More Than Life Itself”. I’m pretty sure I’m number four on that list, after Star Wars but before coffee. (His kids, of course, are collectively number one, which is as it should be.)

Wait.

Who knew there was a Star Wars Holiday Special?? Certainly not me! But when I decided to start each chapter with a quote, I did some Googling and learned of its existence because of a Glee quote that mentions it.

Honestly, I thought it was a joke, so I asked Gabriel, who responded, “It’s real. It was on TV...I saw it. Lucas tried to buy up all the copies after it was on.” (I love that he calls George Lucas “Lucas” like they’re buds or something.)

“Wow,” I said. “Was it that awful?”

“No,” Gabriel answered, and I swear his tone was almost reverent. “It was that AMAZING.” I learned a long time ago that “amazing” is often geek-speak for atrocious, appalling, or abysmal. Sometimes all three.

I almost want to see it for myself.

Almost.

I do think it’s pretty awesome that the quote mentions the TREE OF LIFE…like the Disney-Star Wars connection was pre-destined or something.

OK, moving on. Where were we?

STAR TOURS—THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES!

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DHS was pretty crowded but not as bad as it had been that morning; so we were pretty happy about that! There was, I think, about a 30 minute wait for Star Tours, so we got in line, assuring Mom that it’s not a roller coaster but there would be a lot of motion and being shaken.

Which led to my impromptu rendition of All Shook Up in the queue. Of course I sang it in my very best Elvis voice. Uh huh uh huh. Did you even have to ask?

I like Star Tours…heck, I’ll admit it…I like Star Wars. Without Star Wars, there would be no Han Solo; and, well, I’m a little bit in love with Han Solo. Speaking of Han, how awesome is this little gem of fan art?

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Gabriel LOVED Star Tours. I was so hoping he’d be the Rebel Spy; but, alas, it was not to be. He didn’t care…he was livin’ the dream, baby!

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Mom wasn’t feeling the love quite as deeply. But she wouldn’t know Yoda if he bit her on the nose, so I’m sure that had something to do with it.

We missed part of the queue because Mom was on her scooter (I walked it), but Gabriel rode it a second time while she and I stocked up on Star Wars merch for her grandsons back home. She was VERY pleased with being able to have her purchases sent to the resort. I bought Gabriel a light saber because every boy needs a light saber, right? He had big fun swooshing it around, and he can do the Luke Skywalker stance perfectly. Of course he can…he’s been practicing it for years!

We ended our evening with a look at One Man’s Dream and another turn on the Great Movie Ride for Mom…she loved it so much, especially the Wizard of Oz and Gene Kelley parts.

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We waited a few minutes for a bus and were soon on our way to POR.

A word about the buses…during our stay, we encountered two types of buses for loading ECVs. The easiest is where the ramp comes down and there’s a nice wide turning radius inside, making parking easy peasy. The other, which we had tonight, is where the back steps collapse and you drive the ECV onto the resulting ledge and are lifted into the bus. The turning radius is very tight but manageable, and at this point, I’d had some experience getting on and off the buses and had gotten OK at it.

I don’t know what happened, but this time I had the devil of a time getting parallel parked in that space. I was always very aware that I was making people wait and wanted to be as fast as possible. In my haste and embarrassment at taking so long, I managed to bang my bad knee into one of the poles. I didn’t even stop to think about it…I was just glad to be in the spot! Mom, who was already place, had a horrified look on her face. Based on the sound it made, she thought I’d cracked the bone or something. I assured her that it was OK, and a pain pill and ice pack was all I needed.

You see where this is going, right?

By the time we got back to the room, I couldn’t straighten my leg; it was swollen and red, and the pain—on a scale of one to ten—was approximately 27. I got it elevated and with Gabriel’s help had it mostly straight. We pulled out the very large Ziploc bags I’d brought “just in case”, and he made two ice packs, one for under my knee, and one for on top of it. I took a pain pill, which didn’t put a dent in what I was feeling, so an hour later I took a second one, which knocked me out. I fell asleep hoping I’d be able to stand in the morning.

Up next: “To Knee, or Not to Knee”

marDgreen88
03-12-2013, 03:54 PM
Oh okay... I know it was a Star Wars quote but I truly thought you might be heading to Animal Kingdom! HAHA. (I got a little confused with the 'interruptus' and forgot where you'd left off! :blush: My apologies.)

Hahah, I'm so glad Gabriel loved Star Tours! What a dream come true that must have been, hehehe. ;)

OH NO! So sorry to hear about your new knee troubles. How awful.

PracPerfPatricia
03-13-2013, 08:11 AM
So I was reading your TR updates last night and planning on commenting when I got to this...Reportus Interuptus...

Due to a combination of Daylight Savings Time... and my brain and body's total inability to accept and assimilate the situation... I somehow kept going... and when I saw Jaden I was incredibly throw off...

HOLY MOLEY! MY WHAT"S WITH BREE... SHE LOOKS LIKE AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT GIRL...

I then realized that she was in fact Jaden... and it was time for me to go to bed...

So I'm going to comment on the update with Bree and then come back an comment on Reportus Interuptus....

Too funny about Bree's crush on Gabriel... but it's probably not funny to her... she probably doesn't even totally understand her feelings....

LOVE the whole Boardwalk area...& I've been hearing really good things recently about the Cape May Cafe...:thumbsup2

Sorry about the oreo Bon Bons... They had them for sale in the Beach Club's CS/Store... in boxed in the fridge... also I believe they do a cupcake riff on them over at the Boardwalk Bakery...

Osbourne Lights... nothing like them...:cloud9: Funny I love to go look at totally over the top lights... but I'm kind of more of a low key lighter at home...:rolleyes1 But wow... You really have to be immersed in them to believe it... I'm pretty sure David was having an out of body experience...:cool2:

Sadly I totally missed that Gingerbread cupcake with the glow cube... That totally has my name written on it...:sad2: I'm glad you got one though... I can live vicariously through your description...

shan23877
03-14-2013, 10:48 PM
Who knew there was a Star Wars Holiday Special?? Certainly not me! But when I decided to start each chapter with a quote, I did some Googling and learned of its existence because of a Glee quote that mentions it.

Honestly, I thought it was a joke, so I asked Gabriel, who responded, “It’s real. It was on TV...I saw it. Lucas tried to buy up all the copies after it was on.” (I love that he calls George Lucas “Lucas” like they’re buds or something.)

:lmao: My brother and husband are both close personal friends of George too. They also refer to him as "Lucas"

“Wow,” I said. “Was it that awful?”

“No,” Gabriel answered, and I swear his tone was almost reverent. “It was that AMAZING.” I learned a long time ago that “amazing” is often geek-speak for atrocious, appalling, or abysmal. Sometimes all three.

:laughing:That's been my experience as well. My brother speaks of it as though it's the Geek Holy Grail



Too bad that Gabriel didn't get to be the Rebel Spy. Maybe next time he'll complete the dream. :goodvibes

So sweet that you mom loved GMR. That made me smile.

Oh no, I'm worried about that knee. I understand wanting to hurry on to the buses though, so I can see how it would happen. Hope it didn't ruin the rest of the trip!

SoNotAPrincess
03-15-2013, 07:41 PM
Oh okay... I know it was a Star Wars quote but I truly thought you might be heading to Animal Kingdom! HAHA. (I got a little confused with the 'interruptus' and forgot where you'd left off! :blush: My apologies.)

Hahah, I'm so glad Gabriel loved Star Tours! What a dream come true that must have been, hehehe. ;)

OH NO! So sorry to hear about your new knee troubles. How awful.

No apologies necessary! In fact, I should apologize for causing confusion!

I thought about saving the Star Wars quote for our AK day, but it just seemed to fit the Star Tours theme of the chapter.

OMG, he was in Star Wars heaven...it was really cute! :chewy::darth::ewok::yoda:

So I was reading your TR updates last night and planning on commenting when I got to this...Reportus Interuptus...

Due to a combination of Daylight Savings Time... and my brain and body's total inability to accept and assimilate the situation... I somehow kept going... and when I saw Jaden I was incredibly throw off...

HOLY MOLEY! MY WHAT"S WITH BREE... SHE LOOKS LIKE AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT GIRL...

I then realized that she was in fact Jaden... and it was time for me to go to bed...

So I'm going to comment on the update with Bree and then come back an comment on Reportus Interuptus....

Too funny about Bree's crush on Gabriel... but it's probably not funny to her... she probably doesn't even totally understand her feelings....

LOVE the whole Boardwalk area...& I've been hearing really good things recently about the Cape May Cafe...:thumbsup2

Sorry about the oreo Bon Bons... They had them for sale in the Beach Club's CS/Store... in boxed in the fridge... also I believe they do a cupcake riff on them over at the Boardwalk Bakery...

Osbourne Lights... nothing like them...:cloud9: Funny I love to go look at totally over the top lights... but I'm kind of more of a low key lighter at home...:rolleyes1 But wow... You really have to be immersed in them to believe it... I'm pretty sure David was having an out of body experience...:cool2:

Sadly I totally missed that Gingerbread cupcake with the glow cube... That totally has my name written on it...:sad2: I'm glad you got one though... I can live vicariously through your description...

I'm sorry I confused you, but I'm glad you saw the humor in it!

Bee took her crush very seriously! We didn't tease her about it, but we did get a lot of private amusement from it!

Cape May is SO good...highly recommended, in spite of the loss of Oreo Bon Bons!

The Osborne Lights take over the top to a whole new level! It's so easy to get lost in the lights and music...LOVE it!

If they have that Osborne Lights cupcake again next year (and you're there), try it...it was one of my favorites.

Too bad that Gabriel didn't get to be the Rebel Spy. Maybe next time he'll complete the dream. :goodvibes

So sweet that you mom loved GMR. That made me smile.

Oh no, I'm worried about that knee. I understand wanting to hurry on to the buses though, so I can see how it would happen. Hope it didn't ruin the rest of the trip!

If he had been the Rebel Spy, it may have been more than his heart could take...he was so amped about the ride!

I loved watching Mom on TGMR...it was so sweet!

I knew the knee was going to give me grief...but how much grief, that's the question!

SoNotAPrincess
03-15-2013, 07:52 PM
Day 6, Chapter 33—To Knee or Not to Knee

“I believe... I believe... It's silly, but I believe.”
Miracle on 34th Street

I woke up a couple of times during the night due to knee discomfort, and Gabriel sweetly refilled the ice bags while I re-medicated. Then we’d (yes, it took both of us) practice bending and straightening the leg. I was determined that it wasn’t going to stop me, but he was gently trying to lead me towards the truth.

Sigh.

By 7 a.m., I accepted that I was going nowhere except possibly the doctor’s office (my doc is in Orlando, so that’s good). I insisted that Gabriel go to Epcot with everyone else. I mean, seriously, why should he be stuck at the resort when he could be experiencing the wonders of the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow and slightly irregular geodesic sphere? I’d stay behind and call the doc as soon as the office opened. If I had to go in, I’d let him know.

I had to pinky swear that I would call him. He said something about me being too independent for my own good and not being trustworthy to do the right thing.

Whatever, dude.

Of course, I was bummed to be resort bound, but we had another Epcot day planned, so I decided to suck it up and at least pretend to be a grown up.

Ultimately, I spoke to a nurse and sent her photos of my grotesque looking knee. I LOVE technology! She asked me a lot of very detailed questions and said she’d talk to the doc and call me back, which she did, to let me know that he didn’t think I needed to come in (yes!), but I should stay off of it for a few days and keep it elevated (ugh).

I decided not to tell her that I was at Disney, and I chose a very liberal definition of “a few days.” I figured I injured it on Friday and mostly rested on Saturday, so Sunday I’d be good to go back in the parks. Genius, right?

Right!

Since I wasn’t there, I can’t say exactly what everyone did at Epcot. I know that it’s Mom’s favorite park, and she had a wonderful time. Gabriel said he liked it, but he missed me (awwwww). Brianna met Goofy, Daisy, and Mulan. She loved Mulan but said Goofy creeped her out (her words). She scored princess ears and a pretty pink parasol, so shopping was successful. :thumbsup2 Here are the photopass pictures…

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They did pretty much all of Future World, including Soarin’ (the resounding favorite), Living With the Land, TT, SE, MS (Gabriel and Earl only), Ellen (Bee napped), and Figment. They didn’t make it to Club Cool, but I was kinda glad of that…I really wanted to see their faces when they got a taste of the Beverly!

They went to Coral Reef for lunch, and everyone enjoyed it. Mom and Bee were especially happy that their table was near the tank. I don’t know what everyone got, but they all said they’d like to go back; so yay!

After being cooped up in the room all morning, and having exhausted the limited leftovers and snacks, I went to the food court and took myself on another photoexcursion. (I think this is the last of my POR photo shoots.)

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My knee was feeling better (I believe, I believe), but I didn’t want to push my luck; so I didn’t stay out long. I was also hoping to go to dinner with everyone, so it was preventive ice packs and elevation for me.

Oh, yeah…remember Brianna’s princess ears? Well, my brother was trying to cheer me up because I missed out on the fun; and this gem is the result…

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I’m so proud!


Up next: Downtown, Where the Lights are Bright

marDgreen88
03-15-2013, 08:26 PM
Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry you had to miss a precious Disney day with your family. At least you didn't have to leave property... (Bright side?)

It looks like they had a fun time. Brianna looks cute with her Minnie ears. :goodvibes

shan23877
03-16-2013, 01:05 AM
OH no! At least you didn't have to go into the doc's office, and yes I think your logic about days off was sound.:goodvibes

Gorgeous POR pics. I can't wait to see it for myself!

Love Bee's pics. Those Mulan pictures are fantastic.

My favorite picture though is the one of your brother. I feel like I should dig up a pic I have of my little brother (age 27) posing with a Build a Bear Ariel wig on to share with you. :laughing:

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-17-2013, 11:13 AM
Oh no, how frustrating about your knee!! At least you didn't have to go in to the doctor's office - hopefully it was feeling better the next day!!

SoNotAPrincess
03-27-2013, 08:44 PM
Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry you had to miss a precious Disney day with your family. At least you didn't have to leave property... (Bright side?)

It looks like they had a fun time. Brianna looks cute with her Minnie ears. :goodvibes

I know! It was such a bummer, but it's not like I didn't know going in that my knee was gonna be troublesome. ;) Not having to leave the bubble is DEFINITELY the bright side!

They had a good time...I was coveting those ears myself! :rotfl:

SoNotAPrincess
03-27-2013, 08:51 PM
OH no! At least you didn't have to go into the doc's office, and yes I think your logic about days off was sound.:goodvibes

Gorgeous POR pics. I can't wait to see it for myself!

Love Bee's pics. Those Mulan pictures are fantastic.

My favorite picture though is the one of your brother. I feel like I should dig up a pic I have of my little brother (age 27) posing with a Build a Bear Ariel wig on to share with you. :laughing:

I was SO glad I didn't have to leave the bubble...that's the WORST! I can usually get "logic" to agree with me, even if I have to twist it around a bit! :lmao:

I'm excited for you guys to stay at POR...it really is a special place.

I really like those character photos, too...that particular friend of Mulan's is my favorite!

I would LOVE to see your brother in the Ariel wig, although he might not be as happy to have me (or anyone) see it! :rotfl: I love that my brother is so silly and has no problem whatsoever being a total goofball! :goodvibes

Oh no, how frustrating about your knee!! At least you didn't have to go in to the doctor's office - hopefully it was feeling better the next day!!

The whole knee thing was a real downer, but I was at DISNEY and that helped a lot!

SoNotAPrincess
03-27-2013, 09:07 PM
Day 6, Chapter 34—Downtown, Where the Lights are Bright

“Christmas shopping, never an easy or a pleasant task.”
Love Actually

Before we get on with this chapter, a quick real life update to explain my extended leave of absence from the Dis. My knee surgery was moved up unexpectedly, so I was in the hospital for a few days. It went well, and the tendon replacement was successful (yes!). After the first week or so, recovery started speeding up and getting easier, and working from home is a real blessing. The next (and hopefully last) surgery will probably be scheduled at my next check up, and that one’s somewhat trickier because it involves quite a bit of bone work, as well as the joint repair. Fingers crossed!

I’m way behind on everyone’s trip reports, but I hope to get caught up this weekend!

OK, on with the TR!

There are lots of good eats at Disney World. I’ve been known to call many WDW restaurants my favorite…and the thing is, for different reasons, I really do like each of them best.

But that’s a different story for a different day.

Our dinner ADR was one that I’d been looking forward to…Wolfgang Puck—The Dining Room. I’ve had many delicious meals at WP Grand Café and WP Express, but this was my first visit upstairs.

It was a chilly evening, and we took the boat from POR to DTD. I loved the slow chug down the Sassagoula River, the sound of boat horns blaring greetings to passing vessels, wildlife dotting the shoreline, and the wind nipping at my cheeks, lifting my hair as it whispered breezy kisses on my forehead. I remember my hand nestled in Gabriel’s, Brianna’s happy chatter, my brother’s chuckle, Lenny taking it all in, and Mom’s smile as she looked from face to face, making memories.

I apologize in advance for the lack of photos in this chapter. I was a bit hopped up on goofers to combat the pain, and, as I’d already learned, asking Gabriel to take pictures was futile. Mom was intimidated by my camera; and, although my brother took photos, they’re not posted on facebook or I would’ve pirated them!

We disembarked and made the short trip from the dock to the restaurant….

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We checked in and were taken upstairs to a table by the window with a lovely view. My least favorite thing about WP Café is that it gets pretty noisy, so I was glad it was quieter upstairs.

I wish I could say that it was a fabulous dining experience, but it just wasn’t. It’s not that it was bad…the food was good, but not any better than what you can get downstairs in the café or at most Epcot TS restaurants. The service was good, too, although the waiter got our orders confused; and we played musical plates to get them right. Nobody’s perfect, though. He was very gracious in his apology, and he was very good with Brianna, patiently explaining all her menu options.

I expect more from Disney’s signature dining experiences than a prettier view and higher prices, which is pretty much what we got. Nothing was bad…it just wasn’t “signature” and certainly not worth two dining credits.

For what it’s worth, Brianna LOVED it. She got the kids steak that came with whipped potatoes and veggies and ate every bit of it, even going so far as to say that the potatoes were the best she’d ever had.

We all agreed that the desserts were the best part of the meal…chocolate lava cake, crème brulee cheesecake, and key lime pie (best graham crust EVER).

It’s probably not fair that I compare all Disney signature dining experiences to California Grill, which, in my opinion is the best of the best that Disney has to offer.

Will we go back to WP Café and Express? Without a doubt! Will we return to WP—The Dining Room? Sadly, probably not.

On a happier note, I love the WP slogan, especially when it’s lit up in glorious neon colors! (I missed the “eat” part…d’oh!)

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We spent some time strolling through DTD, but it was really crowded. Maneuvering a scooter through the multitude was pretty challenging, but getting around in the shops, especially the Disney Store, was impossible. The place was jammed! Mom and Lenny took Bee to Ghiardelli’s (like she needed more chocolate), and I decided to park my ride and walk in to see what there was to see. I was moving pretty slowly and got jostled around pretty good, even though I was hanging on to Gabriel or Earl almost the whole time. The one time I ventured away from them, to look at pins of course, I got bumped (hard), lost my balance, and almost got up close and personal with the floor. At that point, we decided that it was time to exit.

I have a couple of photos, but there are more DTD pictures in an upcoming chapter!

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So many beautiful Christmas trees!

I was more than ready to head back to the resort. There was no plan to hit the hot tub, but that’s what happened. We even talked Mom into getting in with us by assuring her that if the boys could help me get out, they could certainly help her out, too. She caved when I told her I’d stuck a pair of shorts and a T-shirt (she doesn’t do swimwear) in my suitcase for her “just in case”. At first, Bee was all about the pool, but her daddy was able to cajole her into the hot tub with the rest of us, and it was so much fun talking and laughing and letting the day slide away into the bubbles.

Up next: Epcot—Take Two

shan23877
03-27-2013, 11:18 PM
I was seriously considering WP-DR for this trip. I am sorry that you didn't enjoy it. I too consider Cali Grill the gold standard, so I'm guessing that I probably wouldn't love it either. Live and learn huh?

You have such a way with words, I love that you not only took the time to enjoy the small moments, but to describe them to us as well. I can almost picture your mom smiling happily in a boat surrounded with some of her favorite people.

Yay for a bonus hot tub night! I LOLed that you mom 'doesn't do swimwear'. How sweet of you to think of bringing her something.

Wishing you a speedy and painless recovery (or at least well medicated). Sending good thoughts your way!

marDgreen88
03-28-2013, 12:54 PM
Good to hear about your knee! Hopefully it'll work out perfectly.

That boat ride sounds perfect! There is something about those Disney boats that just make me so happy. :goodvibes

I honestly didn't realize there were so many variations of Wolfgang Puck's at DTD! :laughing: Those desserts sound amazing!

I really can't handle the crowds at DTD honestly. Crowds at the parks don't bother me (to a certain extent) but when DTD is crowded it's just... not worth it!

Stringbean&Wingnut
03-29-2013, 04:10 AM
I'm glad to hear you've been feeling well! I hope the rest of your recovery is good and speedy!! :thumbsup2

I have ALWAYS been curious about WP-DR...and you completely confirmed my suspicions!! I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal!!

PracPerfPatricia
04-06-2013, 07:04 PM
I've always been really curious about Wolfgang PUck's Dining Room as well... Thanks for trying it for me... I don't have to now...:lmao:

I do like the Express for Counter Service & I happen to like Raglan Road but but for Signature Dining it is hard to beat Cali Grill or Flying Fish... (although I think I'd like to try bluezoo)

SoNotAPrincess
04-13-2013, 11:52 PM
I was seriously considering WP-DR for this trip. I am sorry that you didn't enjoy it. I too consider Cali Grill the gold standard, so I'm guessing that I probably wouldn't love it either. Live and learn huh?

You have such a way with words, I love that you not only took the time to enjoy the small moments, but to describe them to us as well. I can almost picture your mom smiling happily in a boat surrounded with some of her favorite people.

Yay for a bonus hot tub night! I LOLed that you mom 'doesn't do swimwear'. How sweet of you to think of bringing her something.

Wishing you a speedy and painless recovery (or at least well medicated). Sending good thoughts your way!

It's always a little sad when something is disappointing, but you're right...live and learn! And there are lots of really great places to eat at WDW!

Thank you...the little moments are sometimes more powerful than the ones we plan and work so hard to make happen!

Ah, the hot tub...I'd love to have one at home; but then it wouldn't be a special vacation treat anymore! :confused3

Thank you...I've been very thankful for the miracle of modern medication! :thumbsup2

Good to hear about your knee! Hopefully it'll work out perfectly.

That boat ride sounds perfect! There is something about those Disney boats that just make me so happy. :goodvibes

I honestly didn't realize there were so many variations of Wolfgang Puck's at DTD! :laughing: Those desserts sound amazing!

I really can't handle the crowds at DTD honestly. Crowds at the parks don't bother me (to a certain extent) but when DTD is crowded it's just... not worth it!

I love the boats at Disney! :goodvibes

Wolfgang Puck is taking over the world...and he's starting at DTD! :rotfl: The desserts were SO yummy!

I know what you mean about DTD crowds. I love to shop, but I can only take so much shuffling and pushing before it gets to be too much!

I'm glad to hear you've been feeling well! I hope the rest of your recovery is good and speedy!! :thumbsup2

I have ALWAYS been curious about WP-DR...and you completely confirmed my suspicions!! I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal!!

Thank you!

I've been wanting to try WP-DR for a long time...I'm a big fan of both the other WP restaurants. I guess it just goes to show that not even Disney can hit a homerun every time!

I've always been really curious about Wolfgang PUck's Dining Room as well... Thanks for trying it for me... I don't have to now...:lmao:

I do like the Express for Counter Service & I happen to like Raglan Road but but for Signature Dining it is hard to beat Cali Grill or Flying Fish... (although I think I'd like to try bluezoo)

I'm always glad to take one for the team! :rotfl: It wasn't horrible; it just wasn't "signature".

Raglan Road is a fave of mine, too. I enjoy the atmosphere and music as much as the food. Cali Grill is my number one, but Flying Fish is a close second. I hear good things about bluezoo, but I always manage to forget about it when I make ADRs. Someday I'll make it over there!

SoNotAPrincess
04-14-2013, 12:30 AM
Day 7, Chapter 35—Epcot, Take Two

“Someday you're going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn't work. And when you do, don't overlook those lovely intangibles. You'll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.”
Miracle on 34th Street

I hate writer’s block. I've had a bad case of it lately, the kind that lingers, making a muddle of my thoughts and rendering me incapable of getting ideas from my brain to my fingertips in a way that makes some sort of actual sense.

Considering that writing is a big part of my job and that this TR is languishing unattended because of said blockage, this is bad. Very bad.

Ugh. Ick. Yuck.

Aside from writer’s block, life has been going at about a hundred miles an hour, including a Spring Break visit from Gabriel’s son and daughter. We had a lot of fun, even though I sat out the Great Universal Studios Spring Break Expedition of 2013. They loved US, especially the WWOHP and “real” roller coasters. (I think that's a dig at WDW's more family friendly coasters...pfft!)

Even though I’m not a diehard Harry Potter fan, I do want to see WWHOP…eventually. Poor Gabriel…first WDW at Christmas and then Universal during Spring Break!

Alrighty then…let’s journey back to December, 2012, shall we?

Gabriel and I were up bright and early on New Year’s Eve Eve (that’s a thing, right?) and were at Epcot before it opened. Everyone else slept in, but they’d be meeting us for lunch.

As we approached the turnstiles, I reminded Gabriel that he could use the RFID scanner (I had a paper AP, so I couldn’t use the scanner), but he grinned and pulled out his very own annual pass! I think I said something very eloquent like, “Huh? When…what…when…” while he laughed at me. As he put it, “Turns out that Disney is more fun that I thought. I imagine I’ll be coming back,” so he upgraded his park hopper the day before but decided to withhold that little snippet of information in order to surprise me.

I was so happy I forgot to say I told you so!

And now, the Tour de la Topiaries…

Good morning, Goofy and Donald! Good morning, great big shiny ball!

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After pausing for a few photos, we hit The Land for Soarin’, where the line was relatively short. That queue goes on forever! Oh, how I love Soarin’! I’m partial to flying over the orange groves and breathing in the smell of citrus. But I adore the fireworks…every time I soar over Disneyland is like the first time. Being wrapped up in the light and noise, I can almost feel the colors sizzle...truly, Disney at its finest!

Next up was Living with the Land…I mean, it was right there; and it’s awesome, right? Well, I thought so! ::yes:: Gabriel, not so much.

Who can resist balloons? (Obviously, not me!)

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To make it up to him, we headed over to Mission Sinise…ummm…Space, which made him very happy. So happy, in fact, that he rode it twice, even though the line was longer than I liked. I haven’t ridden MS since 2006 (back when there was only one version) and I was happy to send him into space all by himself. If I were to ride it now (highly unlikely), I would be Team Green. Gabriel is Team Orange all the way, baby!

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Having soared over California, sailed through an agriculture lesson that featured a nine-pound lemon and Mickey-shaped pumpkins, and successfully completed two space missions, it was time to leave the future behind us and venture into the World Showcase.

We started in Mexico, which is one of my favorite pavilions. Gabriel enjoyed it, too, and said, “Next time, we need to eat here.” I liked hearing “next time”. :thumbsup2

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We stopped by La Cava, and Gabriel got a Jalapeno Margarita. He said it was one of the best Margaritas he’s ever had, and that’s saying something! Back in the day, he…never mind, this is a family friendly TR! I had a sip, but it’s not really my thing.

Since we were short on time, we hot footed it past the other pavilions, making brief stops in China to see the terra cotta army…

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…and America, where I cracked an icepack, and we enjoyed the Voices of Liberty for a few minutes. I love them so much…the harmonies are amazing and make me feel extra patriotic!

We lingered a bit longer in Morocco, which is one of my favorite pavilions.

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It wasn’t too crowded once we passed through the arch, so I got off the scooter to stretch my knee and enjoy the shops a bit. I love all the different textiles and bright, saturated colors!

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Jasmine and Aladdin were out, and it was fun watching them interact with the kids. One little boy was especially adorable; he was dressed like Aladdin and had a Genie lamp. I couldn’t hear what was said, but one of the picture poses was of all three of them rubbing the lamp…precious!

World Showcase was jammed with people, and it was slow going getting to our destination. I’ve never seen it so packed! We bypassed France and the UK almost entirely and hurried on to Canada, where we’d meet up with the rest of the gang for lunch at Le Cellier.

Cheddar cheese soup and pretzel bread, anyone?

Up next: “I’m not eating moose no matter what you say!”

shan23877
04-14-2013, 12:41 AM
How sweet that Gabriel upgraded his ticket and surprised you with it! I too enjoy hearing 'next time' from my DH. :goodvibes

We've never done the restaurants in Mexico, but I'm always tempted to. Do you enjoy them?

I loved hearing that story about Aladdin, Aladdin, and Jasmine. You never see little boys getting into the fun like that! How cute that must have been.

Victoriasmom98
04-14-2013, 07:57 AM
You did it!!! You converted Gabriel to a Disney Fan!! Good Job!! I think it's so sweet how he got an annual pass without your knowledge. That's just so cool!! You described Soarin so perfectly! I'm one of those who reallly like Living with the Land. Peter's a former farmer so he really enjoys it, too. I think our Victoria could care less....:rotfl: Great update!!

marDgreen88
04-14-2013, 01:13 PM
AHHH yay, Gabriel got an AP!!! :woohoo:

Yikes, a packed World Showcase is just not quite as fun as a relatively busy but still manageable World Showcase. :lmao: I love the story about the little boy dressed as Aladdin! That's adorable!

wiigirl
04-14-2013, 02:48 PM
Great update! :)

PracPerfPatricia
04-16-2013, 05:43 PM
New Year's Eve eve... as in December 30th? ;)

I"m a big fan of that orange smell during Soarin as well:goodvibes

So for someone who's never done Mission Space... how bad is it really?...:confused::

I think the Cava in Mexico is really pretty atmospheric... one of those "hidden" gems in plain site...

I love Morocco :love: ... I think if I had to pick... the whole stretch between France and Japan (so Morocco too) would be my favorite...:)

Hmmm... Le Cellier Review...

popcorn::

SoNotAPrincess
04-16-2013, 06:11 PM
How sweet that Gabriel upgraded his ticket and surprised you with it! I too enjoy hearing 'next time' from my DH. :goodvibes

We've never done the restaurants in Mexico, but I'm always tempted to. Do you enjoy them?

I loved hearing that story about Aladdin, Aladdin, and Jasmine. You never see little boys getting into the fun like that! How cute that must have been.

I think I was more excited about his AP than he was. He's been saying "next time" quite a bit lately! :cool1:

Although I've had several yummy beverages in Mexico, I've never eaten there (maybe the CS once, a long time ago), but I've always wanted to..the setting is just so beautiful that the food couldn't possibly be anything but yummy! :lmao: It's a must do for our next trip.

That little boy dressed as Aladdin was too precious...he totally melted my heart. I love seeing the junior princes...it's so rare!

You did it!!! You converted Gabriel to a Disney Fan!! Good Job!! I think it's so sweet how he got an annual pass without your knowledge. That's just so cool!! You described Soarin so perfectly! I'm one of those who reallly like Living with the Land. Peter's a former farmer so he really enjoys it, too. I think our Victoria could care less....:rotfl: Great update!!

I know! If Disney can win him over, they can get anyone...he was so sure that it wasn't his thing. Well, the joke's on him! :thumbsup2

Soarin' is a must-must do for me...I can't imagine being at Epcot and not riding it.

I enjoy Living with the Land, too...it actually makes me a little sad if I miss it. I grew up on a farm, so that probably has something to do with it.

AHHH yay, Gabriel got an AP!!! :woohoo:

Yikes, a packed World Showcase is just not quite as fun as a relatively busy but still manageable World Showcase. :lmao: I love the story about the little boy dressed as Aladdin! That's adorable!

Gabriel's AP deserves a party! party: :rotfl:

OMG, you are so right. Those crowds had me longing for one of my beloved September trips!

That little Aladdin was so cute, and Jasmine was giving him lots of extra attention, which I thought was really sweet.

Great update! :)

Thank you!!

SoNotAPrincess
04-16-2013, 06:25 PM
New Year's Eve eve... as in December 30th? ;)

I"m a big fan of that orange smell during Soarin as well:goodvibes

So for someone who's never done Mission Space... how bad is it really?...:confused::

I think the Cava in Mexico is really pretty atmospheric... one of those "hidden" gems in plain site...

I love Morocco :love: ... I think if I had to pick... the whole stretch between France and Japan (so Morocco too) would be my favorite...:)

Hmmm... Le Cellier Review...

popcorn::

LOL...exactly like December 30! But New Year's Eve Eve just sounds better! :rotfl2:

I love the way Soarin' is a treat for all your senses. Being a Florida native, the citrus takes me back to climbing trees with my cousins and feasting on oranges and tangerines.

My thing with MS was never the spinning...I LOVE to spin, and that twinge of weightlessness (even if it's all in my head) is awesome. For me, it was the tight quarters that I didn't like. I'm not exactly claustrophobic, but that ride is just a little to close for comfort for me!

I agree with you about La Cava...it's especially nice if you can get there when it's not too crowded. I've had some really good drinks there, but the Jalapeno was just not tickling my taste buds.

It's so hard to choose a favorite pavilion, but Morocco just might be mine; at the very least it's in the top three. It feels extra authentic to me...not that I'd know since I've never been to the real Morocco!

SoNotAPrincess
04-16-2013, 06:40 PM
Welcome to my life! Below is an actual conversation that took place a few days ago between Gabriel and me.

Me: “We need to go to Disney for a few hours after my next doctor’s appointment.”
Gabriel: “Need? Or want?”
Me: “Neeeeeeed. The monorail is wrapped for the new Iron Man flick.”
Gabriel: “That’s cool. What’s this one called?"
Me: “Iron Man 3, right?"
Gabriel: “The monorail, doofus, not the movie.”
Me: “Oh. Well, there’s been the Tronorail, so maybe the Ironorail.” (rhymes with monorail)
Gabriel: “Or the Manorail.”

That’s right, people, we have deep, intellectual conversations at our house!

Day 7, Chapter 36—“I’m not eating moose no matter what you say!”

“If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now."
Christmas Vacation

I chose the quote for this chapter because I actually said it when Gabriel and I arrived in Canada and MY FAMILY WAS ALREADY THERE! I would have been less surprised if George Clooney had been waiting to present me with a flawless 10-carat pear cut pink diamond ring, leading to a throw down between him and Gabriel over who would get the honor of spending the rest of their life showering me with expensive gifts.

I can’t remember the last time my family was on time without me being around to nudge, prod, and bully them into it.

Hence the quote.

It went zoomin’ over their heads; but Gabriel gave me a little pity chuckle, which is the verbal version of a pat on the head.

Thanks, honey.

I’ve never been to Canada, but if the Canadian pavilion is any indication, I know I would love it. You can’t go wrong with a lush garden, crystal clear pond, and ducks…not to mention the rocks, waterfalls, and rushing rapids. A nature’s paradise, for sure.

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And to top it off, there’s Le Cellier!

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I haven’t been to LC in a while, so I was happy to get a lunch ADR before it goes to two dining credits like dinner. It was an easy choice since Mom, Earl, and Gabriel all requested (demanded) an ADR during this trip. I’d forgotten how dark it is inside the restaurant and how close the tables are to each other. A little extra room would’ve been nice, but I understand they’re trying to move as many people through as possible.

The questions everyone asks, of course, are “Was it good? Is it overhyped? Is it worth two credits?”

Yes, it was good. Very, very good. Our server was excellent, the steaks were perfectly cooked, and the cheddar cheese soup and pretzel bread were as yummy as I remember. The risotto makes my list of the best things I’ve ever eaten, and Earl said his steak was unparalleled. Mom, Lenny, and Bee were all extremely happy with their meals, too. Bee especially loved the cheddar cheese soup. While he enjoyed his meal a lot, Gabriel alone didn’t quite get why LC is such a big deal.

In my experience, the food lives up to the hype and the service is stellar; so, yes, I think it’s worth two dining credits. It’s never been a “must do” place for us, but we’ll definitely be back.

We had a delicious, relaxed lunch with lots of chatter. Bee told us that they’d taken a long walk around the resort that morning and she’d tweeted a bunch of POR pictures of to her friend Destiny, which prompted me to raise my eyebrows at Earl and Lenny and ask how long she’d been on Twitter. Bee piped up with, “What’s Twitter? Why am I on it?” I tried to explain it to her, but she wasn’t very interested. Turns out that her best friend’s big sister spends a lot of time tweeting and sending photos to her friends, so Bee thought they were one and the same.

Our good time was culminated by dessert. Maple Crème Brulee yumminess! When our server was explaining the desserts, we all encouraged Brianna to get the chocolate moose; but she wasn’t having it. For some reason we couldn’t get her to accept that it was mousse not moose. She finally put an end to the discussion by announcing quite forcefully, “I’m not eating moose no matter what you say!”

Easily one of my favorite lines from the whole trip!

Our server was very sweet and brought out a moose for her anyway; and, of course, she LOVED it. What’s not to love, right?

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After lunch, the park was uber crowded, so we decided to head back to POR, but on the way out, Mom wanted to stop for Spaceship Earth; so we did. It was about a 35-minute wait, which was a first for me…I’ve never waited more than 20 minutes for SE in my life!

I won’t name names, but four of us were lulled to sleep by the dulcet tones of Dame Judi Dench. Brianna liked it even though it was a “learning ride”, and Mom loved it; so it was all good.

Is it weird that I still kinda miss Walter Cronkite’s narration?

Don’t answer that.

Buh-bye, big shiny ball!

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Up next: Sweets, Treats, and Tired Feets

shan23877
04-16-2013, 10:24 PM
I appreciate your review of LC. We never got there before it went to 2 credits for lunch, and there are too many other signatures I'd like to try. Sounds like it should go on the 'next time' list though!

Too funny that Brianna not only thought she was tweeting, but that she thought you guys were trying to get her to eat moose. What a strange dessert that would be!

wiigirl
04-17-2013, 08:13 AM
Wonderful pics and TR. :)

marDgreen88
04-17-2013, 05:45 PM
OH I hope you do get to go to Disney soon to see the new Ironrail! (That's what I'm going with.)

Glad yall enjoyed Le Cellier! I personally am very glad that Brianna isn't on twitter! Hahah I mean, kids and technology should not be mixing!

OH EPCOT. :love:

Stringbean&Wingnut
04-18-2013, 05:44 AM
I'm glad you enjoyed your meal at LC!! DF is sitting next to me and happened to look over as I was reading your update:

DF: The moose! Is that our moose?
Me: No, that's someone else's moose.
DF: Hey, that moose has a tongue! Did ours have a tongue?
Me: Yes, our moose had a tongue.
DF: I don't remember that. I don't believe you. They got a better moose mousse.

:rotfl::headache:

teekathepony
04-18-2013, 07:55 PM
Holy cow! How did I miss this ptr? Anyway, I spotted it in your signature in your post on my own ptr and I'm here now!

PracPerfPatricia
04-21-2013, 09:10 PM
I'm really glad you enjoyed your meal at Le Cellier... It sounds like it was really good...

It should be interesting to see if it becomes easier at all to get a ressie at Le Cellier now that its 2 TS credits...:confused3

Hmmmm... now i've got Moose Mousse stuck in my head..:scratchin Interesting Image...

AGPrincess
04-23-2013, 09:09 AM
Great Epcot pics! Sounds like a tasty lunch!

SoNotAPrincess
04-27-2013, 05:59 PM
I appreciate your review of LC. We never got there before it went to 2 credits for lunch, and there are too many other signatures I'd like to try. Sounds like it should go on the 'next time' list though!

Too funny that Brianna not only thought she was tweeting, but that she thought you guys were trying to get her to eat moose. What a strange dessert that would be!

Le Cellier is VERY good...I recommend it!

Kids crack me up...they can be so literal sometimes! Of course, she wanted to be one of the cool kids and toss around "tweeting" like she knew what it meant. The moose mousse will go down in family folklore for sure! :rotfl2:

Wonderful pics and TR. :)

Thank you!

OH I hope you do get to go to Disney soon to see the new Ironrail! (That's what I'm going with.)

Glad yall enjoyed Le Cellier! I personally am very glad that Brianna isn't on twitter! Hahah I mean, kids and technology should not be mixing!

OH EPCOT. :love:

Fingers crossed...we'll be riding the Ironrail next week!

Le Cellier is yum-city...too bad it's two TS credits now. Sadness. :sad:

Brianna and Twitter would be a VERY scary combination! :rotfl:

Epcot redefines amazing. That is all. :thumbsup2

SoNotAPrincess
04-27-2013, 06:07 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed your meal at LC!! DF is sitting next to me and happened to look over as I was reading your update:

DF: The moose! Is that our moose?
Me: No, that's someone else's moose.
DF: Hey, that moose has a tongue! Did ours have a tongue?
Me: Yes, our moose had a tongue.
DF: I don't remember that. I don't believe you. They got a better moose mousse.

:rotfl::headache:

Wingnut is SO funny...he made me LOL at the screen! :rotfl2::rotfl::lmao:

Holy cow! How did I miss this ptr? Anyway, I spotted it in your signature in your post on my own ptr and I'm here now!

You're here...yay! Welcome to the madness!

I'm really glad you enjoyed your meal at Le Cellier... It sounds like it was really good...

It should be interesting to see if it becomes easier at all to get a ressie at Le Cellier now that its 2 TS credits...:confused3

Hmmmm... now i've got Moose Mousse stuck in my head..:scratchin Interesting Image...

LC is so good...I'm not sure why we don't go more often. :confused3 I wonder the same thing about getting ADRs. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Moose mousse sounds....ummm....scary! :scared1:

Great Epcot pics! Sounds like a tasty lunch!

Thank you! We really enjoyed Le Cellier...so good!

SoNotAPrincess
04-28-2013, 12:39 AM
Day 7, Chapter 37—Eats, Treats, and Tired Feets, Part 1

"That's what Christmas memories are made from, they're not planned, they're not scheduled, nobody puts them in their Blackberry, they just happen."
Deck the Halls

After a yummy Le Cellier lunch and a ride on Spaceship Earth, we departed Epcot to head back to POR for some relaxation. We had some pretty big plans for the evening, and we’d need to be rested. Mom and I took long naps while everyone else opted for swimming and shorter naps. Bee and Lenny would have stayed in the pool 24/7 if they could have!

Rested and showered, we took our rumbly tumblies to the Polynesian, where we had a late dinner ADR at ‘Ohana. On the bus ride to MK, It’s a Small World was playing; and someone said (in a VERY Scar-like voice), “No, ANYthing but that!” I started to sing, “I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts” and the fun thing was that a lot of people joined in. It was awesome!

We checked in, and while we were waiting, I realized that my camera was safe and secure locked in our room at the resort. Ugh. Rather than go pictureless, photos in this chapter are compliments of fine Internet photographers.

We hadn’t eaten since lunch on purpose…one needs an empty tummy to fully appreciate ‘Ohana’s bounty!

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Normally, I’m not big on eating family style in restaurants. If I want to pass around large bowls of food while trying not to knock over beverages, I can do it at home for free. However, ‘Ohana is an exception. Because the food is SO GOOD. Bread, noodles, salad, all very good, but we know what we’re there for…the MEAT. I’m a carnivore…RAWR. Bring on the chicken wings, the pork loin, and the steak!

Everything was, literally, finger licking good. It’s like Thanksgiving at Grandma’s house where you eat, sit back, talk, laugh, eat more, repeat. Our cousin had personality plus, teasing Brianna, joking around with Gabriel and Earl, threatening to run away with Mom, and all of it done in good taste while providing excellent service.

I was a little worried because I’d heard that food quality and service have been slipping, but that wasn’t our experience. Without exception, we agreed that it was one of the best meals of the trip.

After dinner, we wandered around the Poly shops a bit before heading out to the beach to scope out our spots for watching the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks. There was a good sized crowd gathering, but nothing close to what we would have encountered inside MK. We snagged a lounger for Mom and chairs for everyone else. Mom got comfy on the lounger while Bee played in the sand with some other kids, and Lenny and I chatted while Gabriel and Earl went to get Lapu Lapus. It was a chilly, breezy night, and I was glad we’d thought to bring a couple of snuggly Disney throws.

How do I describe the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks? Words like awesome, amazing, breathtaking, astonishing, beautiful, magical, exhilarating, and powerful come to mind; but they don’t describe the brilliant bursts of red, green, orange, purple, blue, gold, and pink that set fire to the sky and drip like stars falling to the ground. Words can’t capture the way my heart was beating in rhythm with the bang, pop, sizzle and flash of every explosion.

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We counted down with Mickey as if it were already New Year’s Eve. Everyone on the beach sang Auld Lang Syne. Later, I’d think about the question, “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?” but just then I was in the moment, full of hope for the new year, filled with love for my family, overwhelmed with gratitude for the gifts in my life.

Funny how something as public as fireworks made me feel so private and introspective.

We lingered on the beach for a while before deciding to head over to MK for EMH. Mom reluctantly admitted that she wasn’t up for the madness and said she was going to go back to the resort. Brianna piped up and said she’d go with her. If I’d had any sense, I’d have gone with them.

Instead, I made a conscious choice to throw caution to the wind.

Let the games begin!

Up next: Eats, Treats, and Tired Feets, Part 2

Stringbean&Wingnut
04-28-2013, 01:20 PM
I'm glad you guys had such a fun dinner at Ohana! Those fireworks look so pretty!!

Hahaha I'd have a hard time passing up going to the MK too!

marDgreen88
04-28-2013, 01:50 PM
A Lion King reference on a Disney bus with willing participants? Does it get better than that?! :laughing:

'Ohana is the best. That's pretty much all you can say. Delicious!

I've heard nothing but amazing things about Fantasy in the Sky. I'm gonna have to see them for myself. ;) The pictures are amazing!

teekathepony
04-30-2013, 06:23 AM
"That's what Christmas memories are made from, they're not planned, they're not scheduled, nobody puts them in their Blackberry, they just happen."
Deck the Halls
Aww I love that quote. It's the chocolate milk and french fry moments!

'Ohana looks and sounds great! And those fireworks look absolutely amazing!

nfggirl5454
04-30-2013, 12:16 PM
I've spent all day reading your TR! It sounds like such a great trip - the only downside is now I'm looking forward to Christmas already, and there's still SO many months between now and then.

tralin
05-15-2013, 06:34 PM
I have been reading for 2 days now (at work) so now I'm all caught up and waiting for more!

nannye
06-06-2013, 04:25 PM
Subscribed. I really enjoyed reading your repor!

SoNotAPrincess
06-12-2013, 07:26 PM
...And for my next trick, I'll make a trip reporter reappear out of thin air....

TA DAH!

HERE I AM!

Yeah, I've been gone a while. A long while. So long, in fact, that I actually considered giving up on my TR.

But then I snapped out of it!

You may be wondering what could keep me away from the Dis for long. You are wondering, right?

Once upon a time in the not too long ago,
Life threw me some curveballs and a little bit of woe.
First my mom had surgery, and I beat feet out of state,
I was living at the hospital, morning, noon and late.
Happily, she's home and doing well, so I headed south
Back to the land of sunshine and the home of Mickey Mouse!
On the way back to Florida, I had a kidney stone attack,
And spent some time in a hotel room trying to bounce back.
When I finally made it home, there were 289 work emails a'waitin,
Working 75 hours a week to catch up was something I was hatin'!
We went to the windy city to see a graduation,
And applauded as their hats were tossed in excited jubilation!
Now that things have simmered down, I'm back here on the Dis
Because, as we all know, it's where the action is!

Anyway, I'll be catching up on the PTRs and TRs I follow, and I'll FINALLY get a new chapter up on this TR this weekend.

Thanks to everyone who's still reading along!!

shan23877
06-12-2013, 08:24 PM
Wow! You've been through the ringer!

Glad to see you back on the Dizzy Boards!

marDgreen88
06-13-2013, 07:31 PM
Well DANG! That's all I can think of to say. :laughing: So glad you're back!

teekathepony
06-22-2013, 09:27 AM
Yikes! Lots of life happening there. Hope everything smooths out for you!