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01-13-2013, 08:26 PM
Hello fellow Disney obsessed, trip planning, report reading friends!

My name is Shelly and from December 6 through the 13 I had a magical time at that fabulous place we love some much, Disney World. I went with my ex husband and our (kind of) grown daughter on a trip that came about when the DX announced his company was having their annual Christmas Party at the Coronado Springs Resort this year! We added on a few nights there and then, as a surprise to the DD, two nights in the brand new Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation and started our planning and dreaming. We werent able to add the dining plan, but still managed to make a number of ADRs.

If youd like more background info, I made a pre trip report called Theyre Opening New Fantasy Land Just for Us (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2920654), where you can learn more than you ever wanted to know about the thoughts and plans that went into this trip!

Danny, Hannah, Shelly on Main Street USA

In the several hundred days I was planning our December 2012 Disney Trip, I spent countless hours reading all your Trip Reports and could not wait to start my own as soon as we got back. I dreamed of having so many stories to tell and pictures to show, it would be like living the trip all over again.

Now here it is, exactly one month since we got home from our fabulous 8 days at the happiest place on earth, and Im just starting our report. I didnt even write a just back report, although Id been looking forward to that, too. Its just a little intimidating. I want to write the best trip report Ever. I want to capture all the fun (and not less than fun) moments of magic we enjoyed.

Im going to try my best.

A couple other things helped with the hold up.
For one, I didnt take nearly as good of trip notes as I had hoped. I did a lot of bagless days, so I didnt always have my notebook with me to jot things down. At first I thought, no problem, Ill just just my phone! Turned out my phone ran out of battery so quickly every day I had to save the juice for things like letting each other know where we were and where to meet up.
On my last trip in 2010, almost every night my daughter and I would be back in our room with plenty of time to do things like talk about our day, make trip notes and even upload photos to share on the internet. Every night of this trip it seemed I could barely drag myself back to our room with enough energy to take my drugs, change into my Disney themed pjs and order our wake up call before I crashed for the night. After the first few days I didnt even get to ask about our daily highs and lows. I think this was because we shoved extra fun into every day this trip (definitely not because I am getting older), but it means I had to work a little harder to reconstruct our days.

The other part was all about the photos. So many photos! I pre ordered our Photo Pass Plus a few months ago (when the price dropped) and so I was determined to get enough photos to make it worth it. I think we succeeded. It certainly took awhile to sort through and edit all the photos (Disneys wonky web site didnt help), and by the time the CDs finally came in the mail, it took 3 of them to hold them all. Good job! Then there were my photos. After I took out all the miserable ones and the ones that were practically doubles out, I still had a little more than 2,000. Sorting through those and sending them through LightRoom took some time as well.

But now here I am. The photos are all uploaded to PhotoBucket, the days are mostly outlined, Ive got the Disney playlist going so here I go!

Next up: Introductions (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47188111&postcount=5)

01-13-2013, 08:32 PM
Table of Contents.

Introductions (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47188111&postcount=5) - 1/14
The Day Before (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47198385&postcount=8) - 1/15

Day 1

Getting there is not half the fun. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47213277&postcount=11) - 1/16
The Coronado Springs Resort (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47233046&postcount=15) - 1/18
Mistake #1 = Cafe Rix (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47259251&postcount=17) - 1/21
Off to Animal Kingdom! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47271278&postcount=23) - 1/22
Our first ride. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47282602&postcount=25) - 1/23
Dinosaur, Dug and a Mickey Bar. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47313681&postcount=35) - 1/26
After dark at Epcot. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47317471&postcount=38) - 1/26

Day 2

The start of a fantastic day. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47369683&postcount=44
) - 1/31
Walking towards the castle. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47375335&postcount=50
) - 2/1
New FantasyLand! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47478151&postcount=59
) - 2/11
Something's starting right now. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47479066&postcount=60) - 2/11
Be still my heart... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47492816&postcount=65) - 2/13
Undersea Journey of the Little Mermaid (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47497416&postcount=68) - 2/13
Rides and a parade. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48027461&postcount=80) - 4/5
Lunch and the circus! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48178348&postcount=85) - 4/22
The company party. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48179375&postcount=86) - 4/22
Extra magic hours at Epcot. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48191277&postcount=88) - 4/23

Day 3

Extra magic Hollywood style. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48221082&postcount=92) - 4/26
Breakfast noms. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48221741&postcount=93) - 4/26
We ride rides and join the Clean Plate Club. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48403493&postcount=95) - 5/15
Countdown to a fun surprise. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48463240&postcount=96) - 5/21
The Magic Kingdom after dark. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48496951&postcount=101
) - 5/25
Trapped! Emergency rescue from the happiest cruise that ever sailed. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48497168&postcount=102) - 5/25
Best Ride Ever saves the day. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48896946&postcount=112) - 7/8

Day 4

A beautiful new day and an incredible lunch. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48951125&postcount=115) - 7/13
Surprise meet and greets are the best. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49103544&postcount=125) - 7/28
Push videos from Hannah. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49110036&postcount=127) - 7/29
Wrapping things up at Epcot. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49493559&postcount=133) - 9/6
Thanks for dropping by. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49493938&postcount=134) - 9/6
Yummy noms in the dark. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49518515&postcount=137) - 9/9
Those lights are magic. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49536407&postcount=140) - 9/11

Day 5

Early morning at the Animal Kingdom. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49555115&postcount=141) - 9/13
Too many safari pictures. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49582264&postcount=144) - 9/16
The rest of the safari pictures. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49644374&postcount=153) - 9/23
We watched a planet. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49654662&postcount=154) - 9/24
Unsupervised at Disney World. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49666304&postcount=156) - 9/25
Meeting Make Believe Friends. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49741980&postcount=163) - 10/4
The low point. Every trip has one (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49805151&postcount=164) - 10/11
I'm in my living room! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49814932&postcount=165) - 10/13
But it's lunch time to me! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49826282&postcount=168) - 10/14
The Missing Pictures (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49828850&postcount=170) - 10/14
I Dance with a Spaceman. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49878246&postcount=171) - 10/20
A PS to the day. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49917730&postcount=174) - 10/24

Day 6

Checking in at the Art of Animation Resort. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49922452&postcount=176) - 10/25
A Can't Get Enough Disney Kind of Girl. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49930640&postcount=177) - 10/26
The Lion King Section (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49944595&postcount=180) - 10/28
Lunch at Le Cellier. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49970859&postcount=181) - 10/31
Soarin' and Borin'. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49983218&postcount=182) - 11/2
Cranky at Epcot. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50028599&postcount=185) - 11/8
Food Court dinner and our LM Room. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50029082&postcount=186) - 11/8

Day 7

Under the sea in the daylight. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50029948&postcount=187) - 11/8
More Art of Animation. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50030043&postcount=188) - 11/8
Good Morning, Animal Kingdom! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50122812&postcount=195) - 11/20
Photos, Pins and Disney Friends (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50123155&postcount=196) - 11/20
On our way to brunch. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50125663&postcount=197) - 11/21
After brunch, we take a safari. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50126344&postcount=198) - 11/21
The rest of the safari. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50126446&postcount=199) - 11/21
An adventure through the jungle. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50156431&postcount=206) - 11/26
Birds! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50156464&postcount=207) - 11/26
Professional Birds (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50156524&postcount=208) - 11/26
Last Sleep at Disney (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50169641&postcount=210) - 11/28

Day 8

The last morning begins... (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=50719347#post50719347) - 2/14
Destination: Frontierland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50719753&postcount=214) - 2/14
Food and photos. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50742256&postcount=215) - 2/17
Goodbye doesn't mean forever. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50742328&postcount=216
) - 2/17

01-13-2013, 08:37 PM
Great start!!! I can't wait to see all the photos and hear about the trip.

01-13-2013, 08:46 PM
Great start....cant wait to hear more. :)

01-14-2013, 01:34 PM
Before I go any further, I should probably let you get to know us a tiny bit more.

First, there’s Danny.


He’s a 50 year old computer programer. A computer genius, really. He’s been doing it since he was in college in the 80s. He visited Disneyland and Disney World several times as a child and twice in the 90s with Hannah and me. He hasn’t been in years because he has Ankylosing spondylitis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankylosing_spondylitis). It’s a form of arthritis where the vertebrae of his back fuse together. Because of this he can’t stand or walk for more than a few minutes. He assumed he could never handle all the walking and standing involved in a Disney vacation, but many people had been trying to convince him that with a scooter, he would get around fine and still have an amazing time. When his company announced they’d be sending him there he finally agreed to rent the scooter and give it a try. I can’t even tell you how glad he is that he did.

This is Hannah.


She’s a 19 year old college student. She started studying Graphic Design but this semester she’s switched to Animation. She loves video games and Doctor Who and metal smithing. And even though she gets tired of my obsessing, she loves Disney. We took her when she was 3 and 4 (which she only partly remembers), and then two years ago in 2010 my brother took us along with him for a week at Bay Lake Tower. She loves Ariel and Simba and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. She doesn’t want me to post any pictures of her, but I promised none of her friends would read this and told her she’d just have to deal. She has Type 1 Diabetes (she uses an insulin pump) and Epilepsy which can sometimes complicate vacation time, but didn’t effect this one at all.

Then there’s me, Shelly.


I’m 46, but kind of act more like I’m 12 when it comes to Disney. I have always been a Disney fan, but wasn’t able to visit the World until I was 30! Tragic. I went twice in the 90s and on the 2010 trip with Hannah and my brother (there’s a trip report over here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2610132)). I’ve always been a big fan of Disney movies and even more so, Disney music. And there’s just so much I love about Disney World - the rides, the themeing, the food, the magic. You guys know what I’m talking about. So I will stop trying to explain and get on with it.

Last but not least, there are the two sweet pups we left in Kansas while we enjoyed the Florida sun. They’re Lhasa Apsos though, so they don’t mind the cold.


Daisy is 5. She’s a super awesome girl and we love her very much.


Spike is 4, but has only lived with us for a few months. He has some issues, but he’s getting better. We love him lots as well.

Next up: The day before the trip!

01-14-2013, 01:38 PM
Great start!!! I can't wait to see all the photos and hear about the trip.

Great start....cant wait to hear more. :)


Thank you both! I hope you'll enjoy it. I can't wait to relive the magic!

01-14-2013, 04:57 PM
AWESOME! I am totally using this TR to help get my Disney fix until our December trip!

01-15-2013, 12:22 PM
The day before you leave for Disney is almost as exciting as the day you actually leave, I think. Danny took off from work, and Hannah didnt have school so we were all home. My boyfriend, who would be taking us to the airport and staying at our house to take care of our two dogs was here as well. We were all busy talking and planning and packing.

Speaking of packing - of course I had been packing for a while. I had even made packing lists for Danny and Hannah (at their request, Im not quite that controling.)There was my suitcase I had to work on, and then we had a community suitcase. Usually when we travel, I am a huge proponent of one carry on per person. In fact, last year when my daughter and I went to Europe for 4 weeks, we only took one carry on each. Its party because of the extra bag fee for checked bags, but also because its just so much easier to only have one bag that you have to around and keep track of. But on this trip, neither of those issues applied! Since we were flying SouthWest, we could each check two bags for free (nice!). And because of the awesome Magical Express service, we wouldnt have to worry about picking up our bags or even carting them back to the airport when we were headed home. So we each checked a bag. And as a bonus, we took a small shared bag for all the extras wed all be using. Things like our chargers and the toiletries bag and room decorations and lights for Dannys scooter and etc.

Heres what it looked like before I packed the stuff all in. Turns out we didn't use the bowls, spoons, 5 hour energies or turquoise tinsel stuff. The lights, however, were a big hit. They helped us find the scooter when it was dark and prompted many "Where did you get those?" questions.

Hannah is in college, and since she was going to miss a few days for our trip, she had been working super hard to get all her projects turned in on time. This meant she wasnt nearly as ready on the day before as Danny and I were. When she opened her suitcase to start packing, she discovered it was full of some serious stink. It must have gotten a mildewed in the garage. There was no time to do anything about it, which meant a last minute, panicked shopping trip for a new suitcase the day before we left.

I have to admit I was cranky about it. She cant drive (she has Epilepsy and has not been seizure free long enough to have permission to drive), which meant I'd be leading the suitcase search and I had much better things to do with my time that day. It also meant a bite out of the Disney budget that I hadn't planned on. We went to four stores before finally returning to the first store where we found a kind of giant hard shell rolling suitcase that she loved and was close to my price range.

We picked up some lunch on the way home (Arbys, and I didnt take a picture.) While we were eating, Hannah realized she had left the tape measure we had taken with us shopping (to make sure we didnt buy something too big) at one of the stores. Really, Hannah? I was even more cranky then and very grateful when my boyfriend offered to drive her back to retrieve it.

Luckily that was the last of the drama. After that we all packed up and relaxed. No one was really hungry for dinner, and since we were waking up way in the middle of the night, we all sent ourselves to bed very early. I was in bed around 8, and with a little help from modern chemistry, had no trouble falling asleep. I set alarms on my phone for 3:30, 3:40 and 3:45, but was surprised how easily I jumped out of bed at the first one.

Ok, not surprised at all. I was finally going to Disney World! It was Disney day and I was ready!!

Next up: Getting there is not half the fun. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47213277&postcount=11)

01-15-2013, 08:01 PM
Cheers! I can't wait to start packing but we have 10.5 months left still. :rotfl2:

01-16-2013, 05:44 PM

01-16-2013, 06:31 PM
So I was UP and ready.
I didn’t even have to pack any last minute stuff, so I had carried my bags up to the front door the night before. I went upstairs and made sure everyone was awake and busy. I wish I would have taken a picture of the big luggage pile by the door before we loaded up, but I didn’t so you’ll just have to imagine. 4 suitcases. 5 carry on items.

Alan and Hannah loaded his SUV and started it warming up. I hadn’t even thought about how much room all of us and all our luggage would take up, but they managed to fit it all in.

We said goodbye to our sweet little doggies. They knew something was up. They’ve learned what bags by the front door mean. I felt better about leaving them knowing they’d be at home and with someone they know and love while we were gone, but I still felt kinda badly for leaving them.

It was cold and dark, but we were all out the door by 4:45 which was exactly on schedule! That meant we had time to drive through the drive through at McDonalds for some McBreakfast since I wasn’t sure when the next time we’d get to eat was. The hour drive to the Kansas City airport went quickly and before I knew it we were being dropped off at the curb and saying goodbye again.

I love the Kansas City airport. It has a super unique set up that I think is fantastic. There are three separate circular terminals, so although the airport is large, it seems really small. You don’t go through security until you are ready to go sit at your gate so it’s easy for your friends and family to come in and wait with you, or be there right when you get off the plane. It also means the line for security is seldom long. I know they’re making lots of noise about totally changing the set up, which I understand will be easier for the airlines, but for the passengers not so much.

Also, John Goodman does the airport’s announcements. Strange, but true.

The SouthWest check in desk was pretty dark and empty when we got there around 6am. There may have been someone in front of us, but we didn’t wait long. We walked right up to an agent. Even though we had done early check in at home and printed our own boarding passes, she printed us new ones. After she weigned our bags we had to roll them over to the bag security check area and after that we headed for our gate.

Now, Danny and Hannah both get a little freaky about planning security strategy. Danny can't move very quickly and worries about being rushed. He's also kinda paranoid and worries a lot about our stuff sitting there unattended while we are distracted with the whole ordeal. Hannah has an insulin pump, and while most times the TSA agents instantly recognize it and know just how to handle it, sometimes they don't and we've had times when it's been a little ... tricky. There are certain things they can do to check it and certain things they can not. Especially when she was younger, she'd be going through and get someone giving her a little trouble, but since Danny and I are going through ourselves, it's hard for her to get our help with explanations. So the whole time we're waiting for our flight, they're making plans for who is going to go first with which bags and addressing wacky what ifs. Eventually Danny was convinced to just take his time and not worry about rushing for anybody, I promised to keep an eye on all the technology and Hannah felt pretty confident they'd just have her do the thing where she touches her pump and then they test her hands for powder.

I am happy to report that's exactly what happened. We went slowly. Hannah got her hands swabbed. And before you can say Bob's your Uncle we were sitting down putting our shoes back on with our all belongings in tact.

Here's our gate check in.

And here's our lovely plane, waiting for us to come aboard.

Everyone visited the restrooms (going on an airplane is enver fun). Danny and Hannah bought sodas. Some of Danny’s co workers showed up not long after us and we all chatted for a while about work and Disney. Time passed pretty quickly and it was soon time to start boarding!

Danny and Hannah, messing with their stuff.

Me and Hannah, excitedly waiting.

Danny had picked up a little blue card from the gate agent since he definitely needs extra time boarding. Hannah and I don’t but we go along with him because I guess that’s the way things are done. SouthWest has open seating, so we chose a seat near the front. I stored my camera bag in the overhead compartment and shoved my purse under the seat in front of me.

Hannah took the window seat, Danny wanted the asile so I sat in the middle. The crew kept announcing the flight was full so to hurry and settle in so we could take off on time. I guess people complied because before we knew it we were taking off!



Did I mention the girl is not a fan of having her photo taken?

We flew over some clouds so lovely it looked like we were sailing on an ocean. From time to time the clouds parted and we could see civilization miniaturized beneath us.

They passed out sodas, peanuts and pretzels. I knew it would be a long time til I headed for bed so I put on the Disney music and tried to sleep. I got a little restless about two hours in and then read a little until we were there.


Hannah’s head had some issues with the descent. It made her head really hurt. She showed me how her soda bottle had gotten compressed and said that’s how her head felt. It was a rough landing for her, but luckily she would be distracted quite soon.

We found a wheelchair waiting for Danny just outside the plane door which was great. He climbed in and we loaded on our bags bags as we headed out.

As always, our first ride was a trip on the mini monorail.

When we made it to the main part of the airport, I was anxious to get on the bus and get to the magic. Danny needed a restroom break though, so I stayed with his chair while Hannah checked out the Harry Potter store. When she came back with news of all the stuff you could buy, I was a little sad we wouldn’t be venturing to Universal this trip. We are huge HP fans but have never made it over to check out his Wizarding World. Maybe next time.

I was back to happy once Danny returned and we found the elevators down to the Magical Express level. It was a long walk and we were all anxious, so I was glad there was no crowd at the check in desk. I handed the man our papers and he pointed us to the correct line. I didn’t take any pictures.

The area as a whole didn’t seem very crowded, but there were several people in our line ahead of us. Right away we noticed the guy in front of us telling the people in front of him all about how his company was flying in their workers from all over the country for a day of meetings and an evening Christmas party. He was with Danny’s company and it was fun to just listen for a while, but eventually Danny introduced himself. They hadn’t really crossed paths (I think the guy was in sales or support or something), but they still found some work stuff to talk about. It helped passed the time until it was our turn to board.

I has excited to see it was a real Magical Express bus. Our friendly driver loaded our bags in the underneath and directed Danny to sit right behind him. We sat right behind Danny and had a pretty good view of things. The best part of sitting up front is not having to pay attention to all the other impatient Disney visitors on the bus, but close seconds are great views of the movie and the signs along the way.


As part of the DecemberDis group, I tried to be a good live texter while I was there. It didn’t work out as well as I hoped due to battery life and connectivity issues, but I did my best. I’ll share my texts with you here, in a lovely different font so you’ll know what’s what. I sent my first one while we were on the bus.

Woohoo! We've made it to Orlando and are on the Magical Express with a great driver! His name is Kenneth Johnson.

Kenneth entertained us and made us quite welcome, and then he started the magical movie. It gets the Disney blood pumping and let’s you know the magic is starting.

He gave us plenty of warning to get our cameras ready for the magic shot when you enter the gates. Since Danny was in the very front, I texted him to get a shot with his phone.


We made it!

Next up: Checking in at the Coronado Springs Resort (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47233046&postcount=15)

01-16-2013, 10:40 PM
Hi! Subbing - cant wait to read more!

01-17-2013, 11:30 AM
Im in!

01-17-2013, 11:58 AM
Woo -hoo! Can't wait to hear more!

01-18-2013, 04:55 PM
Coronado Springs was the first stop. Hooray!





We followed Danny off the bus. He headed inside to do check in while Hannah and I hung around to grab our bags and tip our fantastic driver. By the time I made it inside Danny was practically done and I was glad we had used online check in.

It was so beautiful inside, and I am sad to say I took a total of zero photos of it. I thought I'd have a chance to go back at some point and take some more, but I didn't. Lesson Learned: Always take the photo when you think of it.

We had purchased our park hopper tickets through Undercover Tourist and I wanted to have them put on our KTTW cards so we only had to worry about carrying one card with us every day. We were directed to another desk where they could take care of that. Danny decided to head over to bell services and pick up his scooter (we rented from Apple) while I took care of adding the tickets.

Now at this point, Hannah had no idea that we would be spending our last two nights at Art of Animation. It was a secret we had tried hard to keep (and almost blown more than once). She just knew Dannys company was covering 5 of our nights, and we were adding on the extra two. But as i was standing there talking to the CM who was trying to add our tickets to our cards, I wasnt thinking of the secret at all. I was thinking of making sure they got the right tickets on the right cards (since Danny had to work one day, his pass was shorter than ours), and how it would work when we checked out there and would the park hoppers be able to be transferred to our new AoA keys. So I straight up told her Were doing a split stay... Yikes. When I realized I just hoped Hannah was either not paying attention (turned out) or didnt understand what a split stay meant.

The CM did a lot of pushing buttons, printing papers to shuffle around, writing on our paper tickets and eventually she promised we were all good to go.

We headed for the lovely fountain we had chosen as a meet up spot, but it was so crowded with the Hair Bow crowd we decided to step outside and see if we could spot him.

Sure enough, there he was, zooming over to us with a great big smile. We headed back through the lobby and out the back doors, to the left and towards our new home. But man! That place was crowded. It was Pop Warner week and lucky us, CSR was one of the resorts they were staying at. Big groups of teen girls with giant hair bows were everywhere. We made it through the crowds and headed off to look for Building 2. We saw Building 1, and Building 3... It took a little searching but we eventually found it back behind the other two buildings. We were just about to head up to the second floor when I got a call from the Wegoshop lady.

She seemed really cranky that I hadnt called her the second we arrived. Sorry lady, but that is a crazy time. Youre finally there after all the (months of) waiting. Youre thinking about checking in and wondering about your room and its location. It is crowded and it is crazy. We were trying to do that ticket thing and Danny was concerned about his scooter and how it would be. We were all carrying a couple bags and in the back of our minds there were loud voices screaming at us to Hurry Up and Get To A Park!! Its stressful and full of feels, so sorry I didnt drop everything and call you about some groceries!

She gave me a little lecture about how if we had called she could have had a guy come and drive all our stuff to our room and I was all Ok, but the time has passed so lets just live in the now. I felt like i had to apologize a million times. Sheesh.

I took a deep breath and send Danny and Hannah (from here on known as D and H) off to see the room while i headed back out front to get our grub. As soon as I saw the big pile next to the lady I knew we had ordered way too much stuff -- and when I paid her 80 bucks I knew for sure. The sodas and water were a good idea, but we could have gone for a little less soda. The apples were good as well as my box of Cliff bars, but Hs Cliff bars, Ds pop tarts, milk for the cereal, yogurt covered pretzels - not so much. Most of it was left in our room when we checked out. The bell services guy said the housekeeping people could take it if they wanted, and I hoped they did.

Wegoshop lady found a CM with a cart who loaded it all and drove me towards our room. His route was a little crazy from trying to avoid the swarms of teen girls, none of whom thought it would be a good idea to get out of his way. We chatted a bit on the drive about where i was from and the crowds. I asked if he knew what area they were staying in and he said they were everywhere.

At one point when we were stopped waiting for a crowd to move, a few girls in matching outfits asked if he could drive them to the pool. I cant, Im working. he said - which should have been obvious from the cart being filled with me and the grocery bags. It doesnt look like it! one of them shouted as we started to drive off. Dang girl, youre a young fit cheerleader, just walk on over.
Eventually we got to the room where D & H had already started to settle in. Our plans of them waiting for me to take pictures and wipe down the surfaces was kind of blown, but after we unloaded the food and tipped our friendly driver, we moved our bags around so I could capture some photos.

The beds

This is the one Hannah and I shared.

The TV, dresser and fridge. The desk (with lots of plug ins) and a nice space for Danny to park his scooter.

The sink and vanity. Somehow i forgot to take a picture of it with those awesome sliding doors closed. They were great though and provided lots of needed privacy.

The bathroom.

The shower.

Bathroom goodies.

We didn't have any towel animals the whole time we were there, even though we left a tip every night. The rooms were always tidy and clean though, and we had plenty of everything we needed so I have no complaints.

We stocked the fridge, packed a park bag and headed out, trying to decide where to go and what to do.

Next up: Mistake #1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47259251&postcount=17)

01-19-2013, 09:00 PM
Coronado Springs looks awesome!
I always order WAY too much from wegoshop or garden grocer but it is better than going without!

01-21-2013, 10:26 AM
We knew we wanted to head to the Animal Kingdom. Normally we'd do MK first, but it was the 6th - Grand Opening day for the Fantasyland expansion so that was out. Plus they were closing at 7 for the Christmas Party. AK was close, and D had never seen it, so wed go there first, and head for Epcot when it closed.

We left our room and headed back to the main area of the resort.

The view was beautiful. Sadly, we never took a chance to check the place out though. Most days we just saw the parking lot between our building and the bus stop. We didnt even get a glance at the amazing pool! Or any pool, actually. If we stay there again (if his company decided to do another party there this year), we will take some time out to take it all in.

Walking beside the lake.


I am a topiary fan, and I really loved this set outside the back door of the lobby.

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But what about food? Everyone was hungry. Hannah just wanted to GO and grab something once we were there. Danny & I werent so sure and wanted to see what the CSR had to offer. Somehow this lead to a little family meltdown. Hannah felt like we werent listening to her since we didnt automatically do what she said. I tried to explain what we were thinking and she got a little crycry. I kind of lost my patience right then and things got stressful. It was a low point as Danny & I tried to manage the crowds and check out the restaurants while Hannah freaked out and I wondered if she was going to be an emotional roller coaster the whole time (she wasn't). In retrospect we should have hopped the bus and headed away from that crazy crowded place. But we didnt. Instead we headed into Cafe Rix.

Mistake #1.

Cafe Rix is tiny. Its a narrow little room with coolers full of cold food and drinks, windows with hot food sitting out, and soda fountains on one side, cash registers on the other and a narrow aisle between them. And the place was packed. You had to make your way along the crowded food side, make your choices, and then squeeze back through the crowds to the entrance to get in line to pay. There was no way Danny was getting through there on his scooter, so he went off to find a table and trusted me to choose his lunch. I picked a bacon cheeseburger for him and chicken fingers for me. Hannah picked up a bacon cheeseburger as well. We grabbed our sodas and struggled up to a register. I gave them way too much money for what we were getting and made our way through the crowded room to a lovely empty space inside the bar that Danny had been led to by a helpful CM.

It all tasted about as bad as it looked, but we just counted it as a good lesson learned early.

Obviously not so bad that we couldn't eat it, but when there are left over french fries, that's saying something. At least in my family.

The bar, called Rix Lounge, was pretty nice. I think we were the only ones in there. So even though the food was really bad, the surroundings were lovely. Gotta look for the bright side, right?




These light fixtures were awesome.

After we threw out our trash, we headed out front and waited for a bus to the Animal Kingdom, which came quickly and was mostly empty. Danny did pretty great at his first time getting a scooter onto a bus, and finally we were on the way to a park!

Next up: Off to Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47271278&postcount=23)

01-21-2013, 10:31 AM
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01-21-2013, 10:37 AM
Coronado Springs looks awesome!

The CSR is incredibly beautiful. Seriously. I'm so sad we didn't make time to go check more of it out. I know they have tons more to offer than we were able to take advantage of. That's the down side of an awesome place to stay at Disney - I never want to spend the time to enjoy it.

The room was a great size, too. There's not quite enough room for two people to walk between the feet of the bed and the TV/dresser area, but we really never felt cramped at all. Plus there was plenty room for the scooter. I'm a SCR fan.

I always order WAY too much from wegoshop or garden grocer but it is better than going without!
Even with what we didn't use, I know we still saved money with what we did use - especially the water and soda. We'll do it again, but I'll probably write down my order and then take a few things off the list before I place it.

01-21-2013, 10:42 AM
Yikes! My links in my Table of Contents were all off! I hate it when that happens. So sorry, :worship: and I promise I'll check them when I make them from now on.

01-21-2013, 11:11 AM
I'm Hooked - looking forward to hearing all about your trip. :)

01-21-2013, 04:42 PM
I'm Hooked - looking forward to hearing all about your trip. :)

Well hooray! I'm glad I hooked you. :cool1:

And welcome. I hope you'll enjoy.

01-22-2013, 11:24 AM
The ride from the CSR to the Animal Kingdom is super quick. It seemed like less than ten minutes before the bus driver was straightening the ramp and sending Danny down it on his scooter. It wasn't quite the same as seeing the train station and going under the tracks into to hub of the Magic Kingdom, but I was Beyond Thrilled to see the gates of a Disney World park!


Danny wanted me to take this picture of the sign so we stopped for a split second while I did. Hannah was still kind of cranky and didnt want to slow down even that much. Impatience with me taking photos happened a lot on this trip. I still managed to take a lot of pictures, but truly not nearly as many as I wanted or had hoped to. Next trip, right? Thats why you always have to be planning a next trip. One of my Disney fantasies is to go by myself some time so I can go slow and take as many pictures as I want!

In the rush to leave the room, I had forgotten my PhotoPass+ voucher, but I knew I could add regular photopass pix to my account, so we picked one up and had our first photo taken outside the gate at the big Christmas tree. (Is that tree there all year and just not decorated or is it just an empty space most of the year?)


We took our first turn through the turnstiles and headed to the left.

We just kind of glanced at the animals on display along the walk. The fences are high enough that Danny couldnt see without getting off his scooter and after he looked at these birds, he was ready to skip the rest.


There was a Photopass guy there on the bridge, so I suggested we post for another shot.

And then there was the tree.


I dont think you can really appreciate that tree until you see it. I know I didnt. I had read all about it, watched all about it on Disney shows and even had my brother rant on about its wonder. I thought Yeah I get it, its a giant tree. But then when I saw it and walked all around it I realized I really hadn't gotten It. its truly amazing.


We got Danny to pull up in front of it and Hannah spent a while pointing things out and telling him how it was made. I just stood there and took in the beauty of the Animal Kingdom. We never did find the time to walk the paths and get a great close up look of the carvings, but we did stand at a distance many times naming all the animals we could pick out. Next time.

Ill say here I do not understand the AK is a half day park crowd. I think its a multi day park! There is so much to see there! Everything is so beautiful and incredibly themed. Its a great place to meet characters, and Dinosaur is one of my top 3 rides. I dont even watch the shows or ride EE, and I can easily stay from rope drop to close without getting bored.


We headed on, torn between going slow to take it all in and rushing to get in line for our first ride. We probably alternated between each.

Next up: Our First Ride (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47282602&postcount=25)

01-22-2013, 12:14 PM
I’ll say here I do not understand the AK is a half day park crowd. I think it’s a multi day park! There is so much to see there! Everything is so beautiful and incredibly themed. It’s a great place to meet characters, and Dinosaur is one of my top 3 rides. I don’t even watch the shows or ride EE, and I can easily stay from rope drop to close without getting bored.


Next up: Our First Ride

I'm slowly coming around to liking AK more. I think I'm ambivalent because I feel like for a new, planned park they laid it out really awkwardly. And the uneven pavement is killer for anyone with foot/ankle issues.

But... I'm coming around. Slowly, but I'm coming around. Mom and I had one of our best moments at AK at the Nemo show, so it's growing on me.

A bit. ;)

01-23-2013, 11:52 AM
Of course our first destination was the Kilimanjaro Safari. I love that ride! Im an animal lover in general, so there's that part. Plus its different every time you ride! Its like a big mystery to see what the animals are up to when you drive past. Plus this time I had a new awesome camera (a Nikon d5100) and I was excited to use it.

So get ready for too many photos.


The wait time was only 10 minutes which was fantastic. It was our first time through a line with a scooter. The CM at the front pointed us through the regular line and we walked/drove quickly through most of the queue space. When we got to the part where you park your stroller, D got all anxious and tried to head in. He was really concerned about being a good scooter driver. He was instructed to keep going and someone when let him know when he got to the right spot. Throughout the trip Danny was so worried about not being a bother with his scooter, that he often stressed himself out. But in the end, it all went so smoothly he could have really relaxed. The CMs were always right there to direct him, incredibly friendly and always helpful.

We eventually got to the chair parking spot and a CM opened the gate and led us to a waiting spot. There was one other couple waiting there, so of course we struck up a conversation.

Something I love about being at Disney World (and oh, there are so many) is making Disney friends. If theyre in the mood for chatting, theyre generally happy and having a good time which makes any conversation better. Plus you have this giant thing in common - Disney Love. You talk about where youre from or what youre doing - maybe what you just did or what youre going to do next. Even when youre complaining about the last time you got stuck on the monorail or the ride that just broke down, its fun because youre all at Disney. Sometimes the friendship only lasts 5 minutes while you wait in line, sometimes it can carry on for quite a while. However it works out, I love Disney friends!

So this was our first set of Disney friends - a man in a scooter and his wife. We told them it was our first time and they were full of tips on how to manage the parks. We were super grateful. They also let us know how affordable it is to buy one for yourself. The man had one at home and insurance had covered the full price. They come apart easily and are light enough the lady could load it in the trunk of their car all by herself. D talked about all the things he doesnt do around our town because they involve too much walking and mused about checking into it when we got home.


After a bit, a vehicle pulled up for us and they loaded us into the back row. We had to wait quite a while for enough chair people to show up and load, but eventually we were full and headed out for a two week (but wait! we only had an 8 day pass!) safari.

First up, a hippo, hiding under the water.

Dig the scary birds! And the hippo not hiding. I love it when they're out walking about.


Our driver told us how much he loved the view of the savannah. I thought it was pretty nice as well.


The giraffes were out enjoying a mid morning snack.


The Mandrills were enjoying some social time.

The big male elephant was on his own, as usual.

I love the Boabob trees. And I love elephants the most. So here come too many pictures of them enjoying their day at the Animal Kingdom.


The momma and her baby!




Just past the elephants, we saw the very pink, very pretty flamingos.

And around the corner, one more shot of the elephants! In case you didn't get enough.

These guys were close enough to our bus I thought they might try to board. And close enough to the lions it kind of seemed like a big tease. The lions did not seem bothered. (Like Lauren Conrad/Catherine Tate. Does anyone get that reference?)

Look! There are two of them!



And last (but not least), the new zebras. They seem to have made themselves quite at home.

Of course our safari was cut short after that. Before we knew it we were back at the platform full of scooters and wheel chairs. We said goodbye to our driver, Danny climbed back in his scooter and we headed out, discussing what adventure we were ready for next.

Next up: Dinosaur, Dug and a Mickey Bar (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47313681&postcount=35)

01-23-2013, 01:10 PM
I love the pictures! There are quite a few that stand out to me - great great photos. I can't wait for the day I can put a little more into my pics - I'm usually trying to snap a few before I'm chasing down a child!

01-23-2013, 05:25 PM
Great photos! You make me want to get a better camera for my next trip.

01-23-2013, 06:37 PM
I'm in!

Great pictures of the safari! It's always fun when the animals get thisclosetoyourvehicle! :hyper:

I'm glad you liked CSR! We're trying it for the first time this May, so I'm happy to keep reading postive reviews. :thumbsup2

01-25-2013, 03:44 PM
I'm slowly coming around to liking AK more. I think I'm ambivalent because I feel like for a new, planned park they laid it out really awkwardly. And the uneven pavement is killer for anyone with foot/ankle issues.

But... I'm coming around. Slowly, but I'm coming around. Mom and I had one of our best moments at AK at the Nemo show, so it's growing on me.

A bit. ;)

That's excellent, I'm glad to hear it! :cheer2:
You have a point about the lay out I think. I've spent a lot of time there and still can't always remember what is where or how to get where I want. And I understand about the uneven pavement! I've heard it's especially bad for people in wheelchairs. Luckily for Danny he was able to zoom about on his scooter just fine.

I know it's not everyone's cup of tea over there, but I really love it. I hope you'll have some more great experiences there on your next trip!

01-25-2013, 04:33 PM
Only 316 days until the next trip... I am plotting and scheming all sorts of fun stuff! Until then I have to get my fix with your trip report!

01-25-2013, 05:30 PM
I love the pictures! There are quite a few that stand out to me - great great photos. I can't wait for the day I can put a little more into my pics - I'm usually trying to snap a few before I'm chasing down a child!

Thank you so, so much! :blush: I really appreciate that.
And I know what you mean about trying to take pictures and be the mom at the same time. My kid is 19 and I still have troubles trying to get her to slow down so I can get a shot! Good luck!

01-25-2013, 05:32 PM
Great photos! You make me want to get a better camera for my next trip.

Thanks brother, but you know, it's not just the camera - it's the photographer! :lmao:

01-26-2013, 10:00 AM
I'm in!

Great pictures of the safari! It's always fun when the animals get thisclosetoyourvehicle! :hyper:

I'm glad you liked CSR! We're trying it for the first time this May, so I'm happy to keep reading postive reviews. :thumbsup2

Thank you! And Welcome pixiedust:

Even though I had done the safari ride several times on our last trip, this was the first time any animal had gotten up close and personal. It happened again later in the trip and I agree - super exciting! The way the ride changes every time makes me want to just ride it over and over again.

Like I've said, we did not give CSR the attention it deserved, but we loved it and definitely look forward to staying there again. I think you'll be glad you stayed there!

01-26-2013, 10:38 AM
I'm enjoying your TR! We were just at WDW 1/4-1/10 and stayed at CSR for part of the trip. We loooovve CSR!! The pool is our favorite! You must go back and stay there- DH and I love the pool slide! We're just a couple of kids at heart!

Looking forward to your next adventure!:thumbsup2

01-26-2013, 11:24 AM
We talked about walking through the jungle trek or jumping on EE, but decided on Dinosaur! Hannah and I had been talking it up for months so Danny was anxious to check it out and of course H and I were ready. Its one of my top 3 rides so Im always ready to line up for that journey back in time.

It must have been just after 3 because we ran right into the Jingle Jungle parade. There was enough of a crowd gathered around that Danny couldnt really see, so he stayed back enough that he could get a view of the tops of the floats while H and I found a spot where we could see a bit through the crowd. We watched for a few minutes (and I snapped some photos), and then we were off.



It was a beautiful walk and we were happy to find, again, that the wait time was blessedly short. We headed into the standby line. There wasn't much of it and soon we were inside the main room.


I dont remember what Hannah was explaining to Danny at this point, but she was apparently pretty serious about it.

We took in the sights of the round room that Mrs Crosby calls quaint, and reminisced about the time we took a very young Hannah to see Sue, the giant dino they have in the middle of the room.


It's not so easy to take a picture of the movie, but here's my try.

When we got to the front of the line, the friendly CM who had been sending everyone to the right and down the stairs sent us to the left. She put us in an elevator, pushed a button and told us there would be someone to guide us when we got out. She was right. Another CM asked if Danny could transfer to the vehicle and had us wait near the cars on the opposite side of the people who had taken the stairs.

As you probably know, Dinosaur is a rough ride and we were a little worried it might be too jarring for Danny and might hurt his back. He was determined to give it a try though, so after we buckled in and tugged on our straps, we were off.

It was as much fun as I remembered. All the bounces and turns seemed wild that first ride of the trip, and every time Hannah or I screamed I could hear Danny laughing. Awesome. Of course the scary dino scared me and I remember shouting Abort! Abort! along with the crazy scientist who had sent us on this mission in the first place.

We passed up the ride photo since I didnt have my Plus card yet and I didnt realize I could have written down the number and claimed it when we got back, so I did the redneck version like everyone else. I love this picture so I'm sad I didn't get a real one. We're in the back.


We headed out happy and found Dannys scooter waiting for us. As we were headed away, one of Dannys friends called and like any good Disney fan, he said Im at Disney World, Ill call you when I get home!

We never entered this carnival/sideshow/whatever area, but I did kind of love this giant dino watching over it all.

He was really loving the mobility the scooter gave him at this point. Instead of struggling along and needing to stop after every block, he was mobile! There was no one around us, so he rushed off down the road in front of us and then circled back. He was like a kid in a candy store (or a kid at Disney World!). He saw a bird on the path and decided to chase after it. A couple minutes later he saw some kids doing the same thing and stopped to tell them that wasnt very nice. Hah! Hannah cracked up and that became one of her favorite moments of the trip. It really is the memories and the special moments that make a Disney vacation so fantastic.

We werent sure what to do next. Hannah wasnt in a big hurry to ride EE. We didnt want to see a show and nothing else was really close, so when we spotted an ice cream cart we decided to sit down and talk over our options with a treat!

Danny just wanted a Diet Coke, but H and I decided we really needed to share a Mickey bar. Oh my goodness! Now I understand why people love those things so much. The chocolate was so thick and delicious. The ice cream was so dense and creamy! We were in love.

This is when I started to hate the My Disney Experience app. First it could not figure out where we were at all. When I found it myself, I could see all the drawings of the buildings around us from a birds eye view, but none of them were labeled in any way and therefore completely unhelpful. I could touch them to see the label, but it was so slow that was taking forever. I just wanted a quick overview and longingly remembered an app we had in 2010 on the iPhone that showed the map, the labels, and the wait time all in one glance (sadly I dont remember its name). I was grateful Danny had thought to pick up an old fashioned paper map and we consulted it to find our way to meet our favorite Disney dog, Dug!

I still managed to get a little confused and we walked in a little circle before finding our way. We took our time to enjoy the amazing scenery that makes the AK so special.




I seriously love Dug, so I was so excited to meet him for the first time. This is me waiting to meet him.


There was a bit of a line - mostly little kids of course - but I did not mind waiting at all. I did mind a little that Dug and Russell did not have a Photopass photographer though. Whats up with characters without Photopass photographers? I thought that was the whole point of photopass. Luckily Hannah does not like to meet or have her photo taken with characters, so I handed the camera over to her. When it was our turn I went up first to tell Dug what a good dog he was and give him a scratch behind the ear.

Dug, signing some lucky kid's autograph book.

My pants are rolled up because it was so hot that day.

I felt a little bad for kind of ignoring Russell, but theres just no competition there.

After a minute or two, Danny came up to join us. I was pleased he enjoyed meeting characters almost as much as I did!


We said goodbye to the best dog in the AK and started walking/riding. At that point it was getting late and the sun was starting to set. We were nearing the front of the park and we figured it was a good time to head over to Epcot and beat the crowds at closing time.


As we were leaving a huge flock of birds flew over our heads. This picture fails to capture the moment but we all (and everyone around us) stopped in our tracks to stand still and watch.

We headed for the bus stops and found the queue for the Epcot bus. When it came we werent exactly sure we were doing the whole scooter on a bus thing right, but the driver (who had CP himself) was super helpful and taught us the ins and outs of waiting and loading. In just a few minutes, we were off to Dannys favorite park - the Experimental Prototype City Of Tomorrow!

Next: After dark at Epcot. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47317471&postcount=38)

01-26-2013, 11:41 AM
So happy to hear about your experiences. Love that Danny was having so much fun on his scooter, especially the part about him chasing the bird. :rotfl2:

Great pictures. I just love AK, the rides and just the whole park itself. Hopefully we can meet Dug and Russell when we go next year. They didn't have them when we were there in 2011. :)

01-26-2013, 11:43 AM
One of those Mickey bars would be so good right now!

01-26-2013, 06:32 PM
It was dark by the time we got to Epcot. We got off the bus and started the long, long walk to the entrance. Why is it so far from the bus stops to the the good part of Epcot? And is it really or does it just seem that way? We were bagless (I love it when we can go bagless!) so once we made it to the entrance we waltzed right in.

Of course I had us stop for a family photo in front of the giant golf ball of love!!

I had to snap this shot of the excellent Thumper and Flower topiaries as we were still on the way to the good part. Bambi is one of my favorite Disney movies, and Ive loved those two since I was a tiny girl.
Thumper with his If you cant say something nice, dont say nothin at all and Flower with He can call me flower, if he wants ta. Love them

I can not believe I didnt take a thousand shots of Spaceship Earth up close. I love the ball and I love the ride. I think seeing it for the first time is almost as good as your first glance at the castle in the Magic Kingdom!

I just took this one.

There wasnt much of a line so we decided to ride it right then. We tried to get in the regular line but they sent us around to the wheelchair entrance at the side of the building.

Someone met us at the door and led us to an area by the rides exit. We parked the scooter and had a seat with some other people while we waited for another CM to come fetch us. When he came, he led us up the exit ramp and to another waiting area where we stood until we were instructed to climb in a car. Danny and I sat in the front seat and Hannah hopped in the back.

The ride was fantastic as always. I love history and this ride is chuck full of it. Hannah thought she hated it but decided it wasnt as bad as she remembered. What she really hates is the cheesy video of your future at the end, but since she was riding in the back by herself she just skipped it. Since Id done it several times (I like it) on our last trip, I let Danny make all the decisions. I wasnt surprised that he chose pretty much the opposite of what I would.

Us in our car of the future.

Im just watching because I hate playing checkers.

Us floating in space.

We were hungry again at this point, so we walked towards the World Showcase where they keep all the best Disney food. I was trying to take in all the lovely sights of Disney after dark, but sadly no one else wanted to go slowly enough for me to take pictures!

This is the best shot I got of the amazingly dancing fountains of another color.

Danny wanted Mexican food, so we stopped at the Cantina de San Angel. It was crazy crowded so I left Danny and Hannah and got in line to grab some tacos. It was a crazy line and took quite a while. I headed back and carried his tray as we walked further around the world looking for more food. We had decided to each get what we wanted and find a central table somewhere to eat it all together.

I knew what I wanted, but Hannah wasnt sure. Probably because I had spent crazy amounts of time reading menus online and she had not. She thought she might want something Asian at first but then decided since she could get that at home all the time she wanted to try something new. I pulled out my phone and read her a list of which countries had what. She chose crepes from France.

I had been headed to Morocco. I wanted to eat at the Tangerine Cafe on our last trip but didnt get the chance so this time I was determined. We walked up and Danny settled at a table outside with his tray of tacos. Hannah headed over to France and I headed inside.

The line was pretty long. I had plenty of time to make up my mind, but already knew I was going to order the Chicken Shawarma platter. I had thought of it every time I played Sims 3 and had my Sim make herself the shawarma, and every time I thought over the Disney food. I aked them to hold the tabouleh and double the hummus which was no problem. While I was standing there I decided to go wild and add on a side of olives because why not! Finally they made my food, I paid them their money but then I still had to stand there and wait for my drink - which was sitting there waiting for someone to hand it to me. Eventually I asked for it and headed to my table and my family.

By the time I got there, Hannah had not only gotten her crepes but she and Danny were both finished eating. Hannah wanted to go back to our room right then for some reason so we let her, with strict instructions to text us when she made it there. Danny told me to take my time, so I did.

It was so, so good. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite. Its a lot of food though and I couldnt quite finish all the olives. I went back inside to see if I could get a lid but they put them in a drink cup instead. Fine by me. (I put them in the fridge that night and never did finish them :worried:.)

Danny and I walked the rest of the way around the world and back through Future World.

I took this picture of Pluto and his house,

and we posed for another photopass picture.

Epcot was closing at 9:30 that night and it was 8:30 when we were walking out. Not bad considering Id woken up far before the break of dawn! Hannah texted us when we were on the bus - she made it back to the resort slightly before we did.

When I learned wed be staying at CSR, of course I checked it out online. It looked beautiful, but my favorite part was probably this long fountain somewhere between two buildings. Imagine my surprise when it turned out that fountain was right outside the door to our room (well, and down a floor)!!

It was beautiful, especially at night. Every night I swore I was going to go down and take many photos of it the next day -- but sadly I never did. This is the best I ever got.

Back in our room, we unpacked and got ready for bed.

We turned the table between our beds into our charging station.

I turned Stacey onto the TV (hooray!) and let her tell us all about the magic of Disney until we were ready to turn everything off and sleep until our 6am wake up call.

Next up: The start of a Fantastic day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47369683&postcount=44)!

01-27-2013, 07:22 PM
i just finished an awesome dinner.. and this made me hungry for Disney food! :rotfl2:

01-30-2013, 11:03 AM
We loooovve CSR!! The pool is our favorite! You must go back and stay there

First - Welcome pixiedust: and thanks for joining in and saying hi!

I so hope we do get to stay there again! And I can't believe we didn't try the pool. We've been to Chichen Itza in Mexico and were all excited to compare and reminisce. The main problem with Disney World is that there is so much to do. I think I need to go there and stay for a month!

01-30-2013, 11:28 AM
So happy to hear about your experiences. Love that Danny was having so much fun on his scooter, especially the part about him chasing the bird. :rotfl2:

It really was awesome to see him feel so free. I seriously recommend a Disney trip for anyone with health or mobility issues - they really work hard to accomodate everyone. It's great.

Hannah still likes to work "Now that's not very nice," into the conversation whenever she can. I swear it was one of the highlights of the trip for them both!

Also, thanks for the compliment about the pictures :blush:!

01-30-2013, 01:25 PM
I'm enjoying your trip! More, please ...

01-31-2013, 07:41 AM
I'm enjoying your trip! More, please ...

Thank you SusieBea! I had intended to post the next instalment last night, but then I watched some Doctor Who that made me way too sad. http://gopher65.com/images/drwho/Doctor.gif It'll be up later today though, promise.

01-31-2013, 04:36 PM
It is very hard to judge such things, but I think this day may have been my favorite of our entire fantastic trip. For many reasons, all of which I hope I do justice in this report!

I woke up bright and early when I got a call from Mickey and that ornery Stitch. I put the call on speakerphone to share the fun and jumped out of bed. Hannah and I wanted to make it to the bus stop by 7am. It was Danny’s day to work (sorry Danny). He didn’t need to be anywhere till 8, but he was ready to wake up with us and take his time getting ready.


As became a habit (or better yet, a tradition), I turned on Stacey to 1. revel in Disney overload and 2. encourage the girl to get up and out of bed. She does not enjoy Stacey (what??), so it “annoyed” her into getting up. Win/win situation.

We got ready quickly, I grabbed a Cliff bar and a soda and we headed out for bus stop #2.


From a distance we could see a bus pulling up. We could tell the bus said Something Kingdom, but not if it was Animal or Magic. Hannah decided to run for it and saw it was for the Animal Kingdom. Love that park but not today! No problem though, the next bus that pulled up was for the right place. We hopped right on.

I was super excited. I’m not sure that the Magic Kingdom is my favorite park, but it is certainly the most magical of the four. Plus the Fantasy Land expansion had just opened and I could not wait to see it for myself, up close and personal.

Hannah was not having such a good time, however. She was on antibiotics at the time, and even though the doctor had warned her she’d have problems if she didn’t drink a whole glass of water with the pill -- she did not drink a whole glass of water with her pill. So she was having problems. It’s a long ride from CSR to the MK but there was nothing we could do to make it better but wait.

When we got there, I stood in the middle of the crowd waiting for the opening show and sent H off to where I thought she might get some water. I told her I’d wait right there until she got back. Off to the right near the stroller rentals she found a little shop. They weren’t quite open yet, but told her they could be if she needed them to be. Nice. Before the show even started she was by my side chugging a whole bottle of water.

The show was fantastic.

I was so excited to see a train full of Disney characters waving good morning to me.

The fireworks exploded and the Mayor welcomed us in!

On the bus there, H & I had a long talk about breakfast. Somehow, in all the months leading up to our trip and all the many conversations we had about food, restuarants, reservations and groceries from wegoshop, Hannah missed all the times we talked about eating breakfast in the room to save money and more importantly, time. She was certain she had to have a “real”, hot breakfast every single morning. She thought we’d get there and eat, and I thought we’d get there, take our time checking out the thrill of our first glimpse of Main St.

We came to a compromise. I’d let her get breakfast every morning, and she would participate in every photo opportunity without grumble or complaint. She hates having her picture taken, and I wanted to get our money’s worth out of our pre purchased PhotoPass+. Another win/win for us.

I told her where to find Main Street Cafe and told her I’d meet her there soon.

I can’t even think of the words to describe how it is the first time you’re back in the Magic Kingdom, but I know you know what I’m talking about. It’s all beautiful and magical and full of excitement and promise. I really plan to spend quite some time taking it all in on some trip, but sadly this wasn’t the trip for that.

I took one photo, and then headed into the theatre to exchange my voucher for a photopass card. The lady who gave it to me was excited for me and told me to show it to any photographer and they’d be sure to take a bunch of photos for us since they knew we’d already purchased the package. That didn’t turn out to be totally true, and I wonder how much was about the individual photographer and how much was about the pre paid pass - but either way we came back with hundreds of pictures in our account so I am not complaining.

I walked down the street to the bakery and found Hannah having a croissant with some kind of meat and eggs.

I had been thinking of their cheese danish since our last trip, so I got in line for a one of those and a iced vanilla latte. The people in front of me, a family of 5, did not understand their dining plan and spent a really really long time trying to decide what drinks they wanted. A really long time. Even though there were a bunch of drink workers standing around, no one asked what i wanted until all 5 of them had chosen and changed their minds and rechosen. When I got my coffee I headed straight for the cashier that the family wasn't in.

Now that H was full and feeling better (and I’d had a tasty treat), we headed back to front so I could meet some friends! Marie was at the tree, Snow White was under her apple tree, and Mary Poppins was over by some shops. Plus the Princesses, Mickey and Minnie were all waiting just inside. How could I choose who to meet first? I got in line for Marie. A minute later, when she went inside for a treat, I thought about bailing and heading for Mary Poppins, but H convinced me to stay. She was back soon and it was my turn to meet her.



She didn’t have a photopass photographer, so H took the pictures for me.

Snow White had gone inside by the time we were done, so we headed off to find Mary Poppins.



She was practically perfect in every way, just like I’d hoped. She asked where I was from and if I’d travelled by my umbrella. I told her I thought that was a special skill but she clued me in that it’s really about finding the right umbrella. Thanks for the tip, Mary Poppins!

After that, we headed inside to meet the princesses.

Rapunzel was the first princess we came to. She was super friendly, but really low energy and just kind of.. I don’t know. Not really like the princess in Tangled. We liked her, but called her Hangover Rapunzel. She just seemed like she had a rough night. Hannah asked her if Pascal still lived in the tower or liked to stay with her and Eugene in the castle, and Rapunzel told her about how they were moving her castle to the Magic Kingdom. I hadn’t mentioned the castle to Hannah (I wanted her to discover at least a few things on her own) and she definitely thought finding out about it from Rapunzel herself was the best way to find out.






Aurora wasn’t very friendly. She was smiley, but she didn’t really say anything. Maybe she was hungover too.



Cinderella was fantastic! “You have my face on your shirt!” she said. She asked if my fairy godmother did it for me and wondered if she could get hers to make on for her. Or better yet make one for Prince Phillip. But his would have to be read, she figured. He likes to wear red.



She was delightful and as we were walking away I told her she should definitely get her godmother on the shirt thing.

Next up: Heading toward the castle. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47375335&postcount=50)

01-31-2013, 07:52 PM
Loving all the pictures!!! Also great the way you got Hannah to agree to not complain about getting her picture taken. :)

When we go in 2014 I am totally making sure that I get my picture taken with a bunch of characters. Last time I was so focused on getting great pictures of my kids and my nieces with all the characters I forgot to get any with me. :sad:All I have is one picture of me with Eeyore (I love Eeyore) but really I totally missed out on the photo ops. :) I am planning on buying the Photopass package this time, seems like it would totally be worth the money.

01-31-2013, 08:33 PM
Loving your trip report so far! Had to make a run for the grocery for ice cream after the picture of your Mickey ice cream bar! :mickeybar Store bought is never as good as the real thing!!

02-01-2013, 08:58 AM
Loving all the pictures!!! Also great the way you got Hannah to agree to not complain about getting her picture taken. :)

When we go in 2014 I am totally making sure that I get my picture taken with a bunch of characters. Last time I was so focused on getting great pictures of my kids and my nieces with all the characters I forgot to get any with me. :sad:All I have is one picture of me with Eeyore (I love Eeyore) but really I totally missed out on the photo ops. :) I am planning on buying the Photopass package this time, seems like it would totally be worth the money.

Thank you!

I did make a point of getting in as may photopass pictures as possible. When you're the photographer in the group, you get left out of a lot of pictures, and without photopass photographers, you might not have even known I went along on our trip! I know some grown ups can feel kinda weird meeting and getting their pictures with the characters, but for me it's always one of the hilights! When else do I get a chance to pretend like that?

Go for the package - it was SO worth the money for us! And get yourself in those pictures!! And then, make sure you post them when you get back, I'd love to see! :goodvibes

02-01-2013, 09:01 AM
Loving your trip report so far! Had to make a run for the grocery for ice cream after the picture of your Mickey ice cream bar! :mickeybar Store bought is never as good as the real thing!!

Oh my goodness those things are so good! I am literally counting down til my next one. :rotfl:


02-01-2013, 09:06 AM
Thank you!

I did make a point of getting in as may photopass pictures as possible. When you're the photographer in the group, you get left out of a lot of pictures, and without photopass photographers, you might not have even known I went along on our trip! I know some grown ups can feel kinda weird meeting and getting their pictures with the characters, but for me it's always one of the hilights! When else do I get a chance to pretend like that?

Go for the package - it was SO worth the money for us! And get yourself in those pictures!! And then, make sure you post them when you get back, I'd love to see! :goodvibes

I did make it a point to drag people over to every photopass photographer I saw so I actually do have a ton of pictures with me and someone from our group (there were 12 of us last time and will be 12 of us this time too). I just didn't think about character pictures, and they are truly one of my favorite things about Disney. :)

I will get lots of Character and me pictures next year and I will make sure I post them. :goodvibes

02-01-2013, 10:04 AM
As we walked down Main Street, I made time for a couple tweets.

got here for xmh rope drop. breakfast at main st bakery, met marie, mary poppins, rapunzel, aurora and cinderella way before 9.

marie and mary did not have photogs with them however :(

That last part was a big drag. What’s with that? I wish every character always had a photographer with them.

When we passed the Mayor and a suffragette and I decided I needed to thank her for her work and let her know it paid off. She was hilarious, but the Mayor was kinda creepy. He told me his first wife was a red head. Ok Mayor.

We stopped in the middle of Main Street for another photo. Notice the horse right behind us?

When we stepped away, he was right behind us!

I reminded the girl of when she was a tiny one and we had to ride that trolley over and over again because she loved “Black Beauty” so much.

I wanted to take a great picture of the partners statue, but H was in such a hurry! and it was pretty crowded. This is what I managed to shoot before she drug me off towards Tomorrowland.







Even though we were in a hurry to check out Fantasyland, we had to make a stop to ride Space Mountain. The ride was basically a walk on (hooray for extra magic hours!) and we were in our car in no time.

I don’t know if it was because I am now an old lady or because I was full of danish and latte, but Space Mountain made me feel a little pukey. Dang. I still enjoyed the ride however, and we stopped to order our ride photo when we were done.


Next up: Fantasyland has new parts! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47478151&postcount=59)

02-02-2013, 08:51 AM
I'm joining in.

I loved your comments about the hungover princesses. :rotfl2:

I'm really enjoying all of your pictures, too.

02-02-2013, 01:19 PM
Great pictures!! I love that there is a bird hanging out on Walt's head. :)

So when you have the Photopass Pre purchase plan you get all the ride photos included on your CD?? I spent so much money buying ride photos last time and of course had to just go without getting some since they were expensive. It would be well worth the money to pay for the Photopass plan just to get the ride photos not to mention all the other photos.

Enjoying your TR!! Keep it coming. ;)

02-02-2013, 01:26 PM
The last trip we took together - you ended up a bit hungover!

Great TR so far! I can't wait to see your New Fantasyland pics!

02-04-2013, 03:17 PM
I'm joining in.

I loved your comments about the hungover princesses. :rotfl2:

I'm really enjoying all of your pictures, too.

Thanks so much!
And they really did just seem a bit hungover, especially Rapunzel. :confused3:lmao:

02-04-2013, 07:47 PM
Thanks so much!
And they really did just seem a bit hungover, especially Rapunzel. :confused3:lmao:

Now I'm going to have to try to meet her early in the morning on our trip in a few weeks. I want to meet hungover princesses too! :sick:

I love your writing style. It reminds me of the conversations I have going on in my head all of the time. A dash of intelligence, a dash of sarcasm, a dash of humor and a lot of heart. :goodvibes

02-06-2013, 10:14 PM
I love all the pictures you took of the little statues! I do the same thing! :lmao:

Also, I totally agree about the Photopass pictures. Not only are they easy, it's nice when the photographer gets to be in a picture!

02-11-2013, 11:42 AM
more please!

02-11-2013, 05:08 PM
Great pictures!! I love that there is a bird hanging out on Walt's head. :)

So when you have the Photopass Pre purchase plan you get all the ride photos included on your CD?? I spent so much money buying ride photos last time and of course had to just go without getting some since they were expensive. It would be well worth the money to pay for the Photopass plan just to get the ride photos not to mention all the other photos.

Enjoying your TR!! Keep it coming. ;)

Yes, you do get all the ride photos! All those, plus if you have any meals where they take a picture, those are included as well. It really is a fantastic deal if you do it right.

The last trip we took together - you ended up a bit hungover!

What? Me?

Now I'm going to have to try to meet her early in the morning on our trip in a few weeks. I want to meet hungover princesses too! :sick:

I love your writing style. It reminds me of the conversations I have going on in my head all of the time. A dash of intelligence, a dash of sarcasm, a dash of humor and a lot of heart. :goodvibes

Thank you very much!! :goodvibes[/COLOR]

02-11-2013, 07:19 PM
With Space Mountain ridden, we knew exactly where to go next. We gawked at StoryBook Circus as we walked past but wanted to save it for later. We were on a mission!

Of course you can't help noticing this giant metal contraption that will soon become (I hope) an amazing roller coaster.

I loved the big signs they had along the wall. The 7 Dwarves mixed with another Disney story. Here are a couple.

Near the tea cups, they're in Alice's story.

Near Pooh's ride, they're with the honey pots.

At one spot there was a window to peek in on the progress. Of course we looked!


Looking good guys (I guess?)! I can't wait to ride this thing - and for the walls to go down so all of the expansion is one big... expansion. I feel the giant construction in the middle really takes away from the overall experience.


Look! There were the new castle walls I had watched go up in pictures here on the dis! They were Lovely! We turned the corner and there it was...




We decided not to stop for ETwB. The wait time was long (50 minutes already!). We were anxious and neither one of us was really sure we'd like it. The area around it looked incredible though. I meant to find time to go back and look around it better, but I never did. Another thing for the next time list.


We stood by the bridge and admired the Beast's castle. I was in love with it. It looks so fantastic up there. I decided to refuse to believe it's not a real, full size (Beast size) castle.


As we stood there taking it all in, a really fantastic PPP (Photo Pass Photographer) came up to us and asked if we'd like to have our picture taken. Of course!!



One with the castle.


He instructed us on how to make this Princess pose.
And then without even making us beg, he told us to put out our hands for some magic shots. I thought we'd be holding Tinkerbell and was happily surprised when I finally got a look at these!





We shot a quick glance at the 2 shops in Belle's village as we checked out Gastons fountain and headed for Erics castle. The Little Mermaid area was what I had been looking forward to seeing the most out of all the new area. Dig it.


It is incredible. I want to move in! Can I Ariel? Please. I promise to be good and stay out of the way. You won't even know I'm there!

The wait for Ariels ride was long,

(check out the line)

but her meet in the grotto wasnt too bad.


I was ready to head in but H didnt want to meet her. What? Weird. Ariel was her favorite princess for most of her life. But ok. We decided to head over to Mickeys Philharmagic for Little Mermaid FPs and then split up until it was time to ride.


Back past the Beast and Belle's place...


and out into the boring old Fantasy Land (but dig the tower).

H headed over to tour the Haunted Mansion and I went back to meet the mermaid.

I tweeted this along the way...

I hear he's especially good at expectorating...

PS. I seriously hate Photobucket's new set up, in case you were wondering.

Next up: Ariel (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47479066&postcount=60)

02-11-2013, 08:39 PM
Back through the new castle gates, I tried to soak up the charm, but as you get down towards the Ariel-y bit, it gets pretty congested. All the strollers were parked along the construction wall which doesn't leave much room to maneuver, plus it kind of dead ends down there. It'll get better when it's all opened up I think, or at least that's what I told myself.


Despite the posted wait time outside the cave, there wasn’t much of a crowd. It was kinda dark in there are definitely humid. It seemed like it might get miserable with the temps were high and the cave was full of impatient kids. Luckily for me, neither were happening.


The backside of water:

There were definitely some interesting light fixtures in there. I liked them.

You can’t see anything but grotto walls until you’re next in line. When it was my turn I headed up and took a seat next to the Princess. I thought it looked great in there. It's a fantastic little room for meeting mermaid Princesses. None of these photo pass shots really do it justice.



Ariel was sweet, but she talked with a baby voice and kind of acted like she was 12 (when we all know she's 16). She was friendly though. She talked to me about my tiara and said it kind of looked like sparkly sea weed (what?). She mentioned we both had red hair and when I said hers was prettier, she said longer but not prettier. Aww, thanks Ariel. We talked a little bit about our daughters and she asked me to say hi to H, which I later did.

I checked the time and there was plenty of it. I headed off to check out the shops. There’s not much to choose from at Gaston’s Tavern, but it looked like a nice place to eat a snack. I wish I would have went in further and looked around more. The pictures I've seen since look great. Bonjour Gifts was adorable and full of fun B&B things. I especially liked this jewelery box and tweeted a picture of it.

It’s not very practical, there’s not much space for any jewelry, but it’s super cute.

I went back out and noticed this giant line for BOG lunch already queuing up at 9:12 am! I wanted to have some lunch there at some point, but not badly enough to wait in that kind of line.

I was looking around checking things out, and then I noticed Gaston.

Up next: "This is the day your dreams come true. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47492816&postcount=65)"

02-12-2013, 04:22 AM
Great update :) you know I read somewhere that Mary Poppins doesn't ever have a PPP because of how the "rights" are with the character. Not sure how true it is :)

02-12-2013, 07:01 AM
Great update :) you know I read somewhere that Mary Poppins doesn't ever have a PPP because of how the "rights" are with the character. Not sure how true it is :)

Thanks! Sorry I got so behind in updating. At this rate I might get this thing finished by my next trip in December! :lmao:

Interesting about Mary...

02-12-2013, 07:40 AM
Thanks! Sorry I got so behind in updating. At this rate I might get this thing finished by my next trip in December! :lmao:

Interesting about Mary...

Dont feel bad about updates... I have day 4 written.. No pictures uploaded so I am pretty behind, maybe tonight hehe... Im hoping to get it done soon though! Before I get too too busy!

02-12-2013, 11:32 AM
Great update. Loved all the pictures, especially the ones of you and your daughter with Chip in your hand. :)

Can't wait to read more. :hyper:

02-13-2013, 08:36 AM
&or "This is the day your dreams come true."

It was hard not to notice Gaston standing at the end of the bridge. Not only was he the only enormous guy standing around in a bright red and yellow shirt, he was also surrounded by a crowd and calling out for the attention of everyone passing by.

Its ok to stare...
I see you looking at me. Who can blame you?
I wish I could remember the hilarious things he was shouting, but my favorite was:

Everyone! Come see how handsome I am!!

Now m not really a Gaston fan (I think of him as more of a jerkulese), but I had time to kill and I didn't think I could pass that fun up. He certainly knew how to work a crowd and charm the ladies. He kept me laughing and when it was my turn to meet him - well it turned out to be one of the hilights of my trip!

He showed me his muscles first thing as I walked up. Impressive, of course. But Id heard a rumor about him and I was curious.

I hear youre especially good at expectorating.. I said.
I am, he boasted. Would you like a demonstration?


Of course I would.

He took a moment to gather his.. um.. expectorant,


then turned to lean over the bridge and Spit.


I wasnt expecting that. He looked quite proud of himself and asked how I liked it.


To show how impressed I was I put my hand to my forehead and sighed.
Look! he shouted. Shes swooning. I was sad the PPP didn't get a shot of that.


She got plenty though. I was cracking up through the whole rest of our really fantastic interaction. I had the best time!


After experiences like this, Of Course I love meeting characters! They are fantastic entertainers no matter what your age!

As I was walking away, I got a text from Hannah. She was waiting for me by the FP entrance for our ride so I was off from the villages of France to it's lovely coast.

Next up: Undersea Journey of the Little Mermaid (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47497416&postcount=68)

02-13-2013, 11:51 AM
The villains are always the most fun!

02-13-2013, 12:53 PM
The villains are always the most fun!

Oh, this is why we need to go for the Not So Scary Halloween Party!!

02-13-2013, 03:18 PM
I headed through the crowd towards Ariel's ride (Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid is just too long of a title) and found the girl.



It was about 2 minutes before our ride time but the nice CM just waved us on in.

Oh Eric, I love your castle so much!


The waterfall was beautiful from both sides.


Like in the grotto, it was was kinda cavey and clamy inside and I was glad it wasn't summer. We missed the interactive bits of the queue since we went through the FP line but that was ok with me. We were soon climbing into our own clamshell. I took a lot of photos, but I'm only going to show you my favorites.




Hannah really liked the way this Ariel's hair moved, as if she were really under water.


I thought this shot of Ursula looked especially scary. Watch out! She's trying to steal your soul!




I really wanted to love this ride. I did like the going underwater effect, with the leaning back, going downhill, temperature change and ceiling full of bubbles. But overall, not so much. Id say its definitely better than Nemo but that's not saying much. I guess I was expecting more fancy modern technology. H liked it a lot more than I did, so that was good. I didnt dislike it, I just wasnt impressed.

We left FantasyLand and headed for the frontier.

I love this view you get now with the new walls, the castle and the carousel!

We got a good look at Rapunzels tower. Hannah could not believe it was just going to be a bathroom. I'm still holding out hope it'll be more than that.

As we walked into FL, H decided it was time for a snack. We passed Chip and Dale


and stopped at a cart full of snacks. We decided to share a Mickey head pretzel, a cup of cheese and a Diet Coke. H was upset that they charged us a dollar for the cheese. Be thankful, girl, I told her. Theres not much you can find at Disney for a dollar.

We found a nice wooden bench/platform across the street and settled in for our midmorning snack. We love that spot and came claim it as our spot. It is now our secret emergency meeting spot at the MK.

I remembered to take a picture just after we devoured its ears.

This cheeky bird thought he might get a bite if he looked charming enough, but I have charming beggar dogs at home so it didn't work with me.


As we were finishing, I noticed this trio of musicians walking towards us. I always love a banjo so I was interested. They started to play and sing, stopping to gather a crowd.

Full and entertained, we headed to my most favorite ride in the MK. Maybe in all of The World: Big Thunder Mountain.

Next up: Rides and a parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48027461&postcount=80).

02-20-2013, 06:37 AM
I check for updates every day! The suspense is killing me!


02-21-2013, 09:20 PM
Your interaction with Gaston was hilarious! I love it when the characters really get into character. Ten points for Gaston! :teeth:

Thank you for the excellent pictures of Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid! Yes, I agree the title of the ride is far too long! :laughing: I don't have super-high expectations of this ride (I'm expecting a touch above The Seas with Nemo, but with brighter colors?) but I do look forward to seeing it.

02-24-2013, 01:58 AM
Just found this thread. Consider me subscribed! Thoroughly entertaining!

02-26-2013, 09:03 AM
You are totally snowed in - time for the next update!

02-27-2013, 08:16 PM
The blizzard of Oz is over... I am still looking forward to the next update.

Maybe tomorrow? :confused3

03-04-2013, 05:04 PM

03-23-2013, 07:37 PM
No yawning, brother!
I admit I have been nearly inexcusable with my delinquency here. Life can get crazy, but I am back in the groove! I will have the next installment up tomorrow and be consistent with the updates until I'm done! So help me Mickey!

03-25-2013, 09:32 AM
No yawning, brother!
I admit I have been nearly inexcusable with my delinquency here. Life can get crazy, but I am back in the groove! I will have the next installment up tomorrow and be consistent with the updates until I'm done! So help me Mickey!

Yeah!!! Can't wait to read more!!! :banana:

03-25-2013, 02:03 PM
Hope that Danny liked the scooter enough to get one when you go home. Sounds like he discovered something new and liberating. Am loving your TR! Hannah looks real stressed in that photo; she's a beautiful girl! You look ROCKIN'!! You look like you are a lot of fun and, of course, we already know you are a GREAT photographer! The photos are super! Thanks for sharing!

04-01-2013, 10:43 PM
When was tomorrow?

04-06-2013, 02:05 PM
Yesterday is... Today!
I know I've fallen quite behind, but it's been a crazy couple months. Blizzards, emergency dog surgery, eplieptic emergencies, brand new Doctor Who obsession to catch up with, holidays... I'm pretty sure everyone knows how life can get. I didn't stop thinking about the trip report, but I have to admit I did even stop checking the boards at all! Sacrilege, I know. But it happens.
Two days ago I had my Disney travel agent (and super long time friend) reserve our rooms for December 13 and that has clicked the Disney obsession back into it's rightful place. So here we go again, and let's all cross our fingers I made it straight through to the end in a reasonable amount of time.
Thanks for your interest, though, and your kind compliments. Nothing makes a girl want to keep up with the report like great comments, so thanks.
Now let's get on with the show!

04-06-2013, 03:00 PM
After our tasty Disney snack, we headed for Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road.

It is one of my top three all time favorite Disney rides - Tower of Terror, BTMRR and Dinosaur, in case you are curious. On each trip, the first time you ride a favorite again is the best, I think, so I was Excited!

I was thrilled at the low wait time, even though that meant we walked through quickly and couldn’t admire all the mine thrain theming I love so well. Of course I still managed to snap a few shots.





Of course it was incredible. I love roller coasters with big drops and lots of sharp turns, which is BTMRR exactly. Did you know that because of construction delays, it’s one of the first Disney rides to use computers in it’s design? Apparently that helps with how smooth the ride is. Whatever. I just love it.

I wasn’t brave enough on this trip to take any photos while I was on the rides. It seems silly now. For sure next time.

Favorite ride enjoyed, we continued around the road until we came upon Pirates of the Caribbean and jumped in a barely there line. It kinda stunk in the queue like mold and mildew or damp things. And that waterfall like cloud of mist you go through - it smells funky and makes me cough. Neither make me want to ride it any less though. Hannah and I were both on the lookout for the new mermaid bits. We saw the skeleton and heard some song, but didn’t really notice any ruckus in the water. I managed to get a big plunk of water spalsh when a cannon ball “landed” next to me.

We weren’t really impressed with the changes, but since we already loved the ride it didn’t really matter. Hannah looked through the gift shop and reminded me of our second trip when she was so in love with the ride, she convinced us to buy her a pirate hat, flag and sword.

If she had any idea I was posting that picture here she’d complain for about an hour. Luckily she doesn’t do the disboards!

Here she is (with Danny) on another day from that trip, right before Captain Hook started chasing her.

Next up was a thrilling ride through the great rivers of the world. It really goes more quickly than you’d think it would (kind of like the African safari at the AK). Especially with this kind of wait time.



We climbed aboard the Sankuru Sadie and took off, the quite clever Mary Kate as our guide.

We saw African elephants,

lions so hungry they could eat a whole zebra,

beautiful ruins of an ancient holy temple,

and my favorite, playful baby Asian elephants.

Hannah really loved Mary Kate and thinks she was the funniest skipper ever. I agreed she was pretty funny. H loved it when she told us to “Get Out”, and we still often say it to each other. Mostly I do, when I’m dropping her off somewhere in the car. I know some people think your Disney vacation is over when you leave, but it really does live on in family memories like that forever.

Heading on, we stumbled upon the Move it! Shake it! Celebrate it! Parade just in front of the Castle.

Lift it up, get loud, start pumpin’ up the party now!

I love that song but we weren’t in the mood for a parade and we just caught the very end, so we only stopped long enough for me to snap some photos.







(Thinking about made me watch it on youtube (http://youtu.be/DhSSW_LUNag). That song will be in my head for weeks now, and I won’t even be bothered.)

Next up: Lunch and the circus! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48178348&postcount=85)

04-06-2013, 03:08 PM
Hope that Danny liked the scooter enough to get one when you go home. Sounds like he discovered something new and liberating. Am loving your TR! Hannah looks real stressed in that photo; she's a beautiful girl! You look ROCKIN'!! You look like you are a lot of fun and, of course, we already know you are a GREAT photographer! The photos are super! Thanks for sharing!

I keep encouraging him too, but I guess he's not convinced yet. Thanks so much for the compliments!! Especially about the photos! That's my favorite part!

04-08-2013, 11:13 PM
Welcome back!

I love BTMRR, too! I am SO EXCITED to ride it in May (as it was under refurbishment during our last trip). It will be great! :banana:

I'm glad Hannah isn't on the DISboards because I love your old-school Disney photos!

04-10-2013, 11:48 PM
Hurray!! Your back!! So happy to read your latest report. :dance3:

I too love the old school pictures of Hannah. Especially that really adorable one with her waving her pirate flag. So cute. :)

That parade always makes me happy, how can you not feel like dancing when you watch that parade coming down the street. :goodvibes

04-22-2013, 10:32 AM
Hurray!! Your back!! So happy to read your latest report. :dance3:

I too love the old school pictures of Hannah. Especially that really adorable one with her waving her pirate flag. So cute. :)

That parade always makes me happy, how can you not feel like dancing when you watch that parade coming down the street. :goodvibes

Aww thanks! I wish digital cameras would have existed back then. It seems like I have so few photos of our first two trips, when I know at the time it seemed like I was taking so many.

So I just typed up the next part of the report - and then came here to see I have missed one! I know I wrote up all the stuff about lunch and the circus - but where did I put it??

Things have been Crazy around here the last couple weeks. I discovered a leak in our water main somewhere between the house and the meter, so a bunch of plumbers came. I had to tear down an inside wall, and they totally tore up my front yard installing a new pipe. After that a bunch of guys came to trim up the mess of trees in my back yard, and I had several sets of gutter folks and house painters come to give me estimates on those jobs. Last week the gutter guys fixed all that up and this week the painters came. Mixed in with all that was Hannah's birthday, Danny's birthday and my boyfriend's birthday. And I'm taking my ill behaved dog to obedience classes to try to help him out (luckily it's working). So yeah. Too much and not enough time to obsess about Disney!

However, as soon as I find the missing post and post it, I'll be back on track.

04-22-2013, 11:09 AM
I found the lost post!!

Can’t forget the castle!



Merida has become Hannah’s favorite princess, so we were heading to her meeting area, but when we saw how long her line was, we changed our minds.


Wow. I guess I should have checked on that line. I guess it’s a get in line first thing kind of thing. I managed to snap a shot from the distance, but we all know it’s not nearly the same thing. Next time.


Hannah decided she was hungry and since Cosmic Ray’s was one of her favorites from last visit, we headed there. I noticed we were going right at lunch time and know that’s never a good idea. H got in line for the avacado burger she remembered having there last time. I knew I’d be having dinner at the company party that night, so I was looking for more of a snack than a meal. For some reason I chose chili cheese fries and I knew as soon as I picked them up it was a bad choice.


I found Hannah down front, close to Sunny Eclipse.

She loves that guy. They didn’t have avacado burgers so she just got a regular one and was not loving it. Her fries were soggy and so were mine. The crowd made it crazy loud in there and then to help it out, a large group of CMs were visiting various tables, singing something and clapping along loudly. We ended up leaving without eating much. H was especially disappointed.

We sat on a bench outside for a bit to complain a little and decide what to do next. Pooh and Tigger walked by. Where else does that happen? I waved to them and they waved back. Because we love each other and they know that.


The Alice topiary, because it's one of my favorites.

More cute 7 dwarves art.

We headed over to the Big Top Circus area since we had skipped it earlier. The wait times made me believe it wasn’t very crowded that day, but trying to get around made me have questions.


The circus area was adorable. I love the whole look and feel even though I really hate the real circus! I did have to dodge a couple creepy clowns but over all I found it super charming.


H didn’t want to ride Dumbo or the Barn Stormer (even though she loved it when she was 4 and it was in ToonTown). We checked out Casey Jr’s Splash whatever.



Very cute and probably just the ticket on those hot, humid Florida summer days. Not so inviting in December.

We did decide to check out the new restrooms by the train station. We loved the footprints and the peanuts in the pavement, and the bathrooms really were as big and nice as I had read. Hannah was impressed that she found something even cheaper than the one dollar cheese dip - tampons. Good to know.

We walked through the big top tent and were overwhelmed. It’s giant, super colorful and filled with great smells. In the middle of the tent there were about a thousand delicious looking treats. We checked out headgear and pillow pets and swore we’d come back for a treat when we were more hungry. Never happened. Next time.

Of course I was ready to go meet some more characters and Pete’s Silly Slideshow was right there. Hannah agreed to meet one set, so since the boys line was shorter we chose that one.

Goofy was great, but his PhotoPassPhotographer not so much. He took a weirdly timed shot of Hannah as she was just standing in line and then totally ignnored some charming interaction when they first said hi. He redeemed himself with some good shots later.





Donald’s PPP was better but the lighting in that area was kind of crazy. Every photo I’ve seen of that M&G has some weird color thing going on - ours included.



After that, Hannah was starting to feel exhausted and yucky from those antibiotics, plus it was getting close to time for me the head back to the room anyway, so we decided to just head back to our hotation. (Hotation is a world Hannah made up on our first Disney trip when she confused the words for hotel and vacation. “Are we going back to our hotation?” she’d ask. She also called the monorail the "mamarail". Of course I loved that.)


As we were standing at our bus stop, a giant crowd of cheerleaders filed in behind us. Not surprising since it was Pop Warner weekend. We all loaded and squished onto the bus - and the group started singing their way through the soundtrack to The Little Mermaid. We all love those songs, of course, but not really the North Rockland Cheer version on a long crowded bus ride.

We were relieved when we reached our stop. On the way back to our room we passed these bushes full of beautiful flowers again and I thought I’d show you a few of them.




Up next: The company party. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48179375&postcount=86)

04-22-2013, 12:45 PM
So we had started the day at the Magic Kingdom and the brand new FantasyLand expansion. We were feeling that first full day exhaustion and decided it was time to head back to the CSR.

If you remember, Danny had spent the day at work meetings, and later that night we were headed for a company dinner followed by a private dessert party at Illuminations! He was napping in his bed when we got back to the room, and we were inspired to do the same thing. A little nap seemed like just the thing for all of us. I set the alarm and crashed out on the bed with Hannah.

D and I got up and started getting ready when the alarm went off, but that girl just slept right through it all. She didn't get up until we were walking out the door. I told her we'd text her later and meet up at Epcot after the party.

We headed out and back towards the main building. They had planned for us to have cocktails outside which sounded perfect at that beautiful resort. Being out by the lake at CSR at sunset on a warm delicious December night with complimentary cocktails? Yes, please. But someone thought it was going to rain so they moved us inside. :( They set up a bar at the back of the room where we were dining. Still better than being back in Kansas.

We found a table and settled in. The work people talked about work stuff and the guests tried not to be bored - isn't that how it always is at company parties? I was disappointed there was very little Disney talk, so I mostly listened and nodded. Danny's boss gave a little speech and they opened up the buffet lines.


My first plate = fruit, olive/tomato/mozzarella, salad. All very good. especially the olive stuff. How can you go wrong with olives, tomatoes and cheese?


My second plate = I used to have notes about this food, but they are lost. This is why you should write your trip report as soon as you get back. Or maybe just be more organized with your things. It was some mediterranean chicken with some pearl couscous, some pasta with my favorite veges and some Kalamata olive bread. It wasn't as good as the first plate, but for a buffet in a banquet room it wasn't bad.

Danny's first plate.

Danny's second plate. He obviously likes meat a lot more than I do. He liked it a lot, but he wasn't in love with it.

So - after weeks of worrying what I could wear that would be dressy enough for the party, yet warm and comfy enough for extra magic hours - not to mention what kind of shoes could work for both - I discovered many folks (mostly the ladies) were making a quick trip back to the room for a wardrobe change. Ugh. Why didn't I think of that? :confused3 I decided to just stay in what I was wearing (I hate to rush and worry about missing the bus!), but later I did want to kick myself for not going back to grab my camera. This part of the report would be so much more visually interesting if I had.

We also found out that our kids were welcome at the dessert party so I texted Hannah to stay tuned for a location.

We lined up for the busses in the lobby. Since D was the only one there with mobility issues, they loaded us on on first right behind the driver. It took 4 Mears busses to fit everyone, but eventually we took off towards Epcot. As usual I was worried about the time, and with all the crazy traffic on the road I was sure we'd never make it in time for the show. I should really stop worrying (especially on vacation at Disney) and just trust the professionals to do their job.

We drove through some gates. There were plain buildings, strange vehicles and bright interesting lights all around. There were a lot of ramps and railings. I was sure I could see part of Test Track. We were backstage! There were lots of giant speed bumps and check points. At one, a lady boarded our bus with a neon blue light stick and told us they'd be doing a bag check. We were all to hold open our bags for her as she walked past. She barely glanced in mine and headed on through the rest of the bus. It went very quickly. I wish I could remember if she was wearing a uniform or what she looked like, but in my defense I was A. texting too much with Hannah at the time and B. kind of over excited by the whole situation.

After the lady was done, we loaded off the busses and headed up a set of concrete steps. Someone held a door open and we all went through into a giant kind of warehouse/garage space. I was trying to take it all in but we were moving quickly, and it was really kind of dark in there. If there was much to see, I missed it.

Someone opened a door up ahead and there was a lot more light. We walked through a back door to the gift shop in China. It was such a contrast I feel like I can't even explain it. You're in a dark, drab utilitarian cold set of hallways where there's nothing to see and it's hard to see it. Then you step through a doorway and it's warm and red and gold and bright. Lights. Music. People. Excitement. It's Disney World! Not knowing what was coming definitely helped the excitement factor. It was one of the best moments and memories of my entire trip.

Hannah, in the meantime, had asked an Epcot CM about where we'd be meeting for the party and was on the Mexican pyramid watching for us. We were a pretty big crowd of dressed up old people being led by a Disney lady holding up a bright blue light, so she didn't have any trouble spotting us. She ran up to meet us and seemed pretty excited. We all were.

They led us to a roped off area between Port of Entry and Disney Traders (the two shops in front of you just as you enter World Showcase). There were tables loaded down with a few desserts and an overly crowded area with some beverages.

Danny got us a place by the rail with his local coworkers while H and I headed for a dessert table. I got one of everything for Danny, some for me, and H loaded her plate. We took them over to our spot and H went to fetch us some beverages.

This was my plate. Sorry these pictures are all so bad. I was way too distracted by fun and adventure to be a decent photographer.


We chatted with the coworkers from our city and caught up on everyone's kids and how our trip was. I think I was probably a little too excited. I mean it was a special party full of desserts and surprises - to watch my favorite Illuminations! - at Disney World! As the kids would say, I died. I was so, so dead.

Oh, and the desserts. I almost forgot about them. Because sadly, they were kind of forgettable. They weren't bad but they were no where near the hilight of the night or even really up to what I'd consider Disney standards.

There was some kind of butterscotch cookie thing that I skipped because I don't like butterscotch. There was a giant pan of strawberry shortcake that I scooped onto my fancy looking but disposable plate. There was a rice krispie treat with a handful of chocolate chips sprinkled on top, and a Boston creme donut with some of those silver candy balls on top.

Danny loved the shortcake and asked for more. Hannah loved it too. My favorite was probably the donut.

Everyone chatted and watched the ducks in the water. We wondered what they thought of all the spectacle of the show. The voice kept announcing the count down and before we knew it, Illuminations was starting. Everyone was amazed and I was in love all over again. I was upset with myself for not bringing the camera, but it was also good to just be an observer, right?

Since I don't have any pictures you'll just have to flashback to your own fantastic memories of Illuminations. If you've never seen it, you have my permission to go right now and watch it tonight. I think it always starts at 9:30 pm. Hurry. I'll wait.

When it was over, everyone was pleased and happy and ready to start extra magic hours at Epcot!!

Up next: Extra Magic (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48191277&postcount=88)!

04-23-2013, 07:26 AM
Welcome back!

I love BTMRR, too! I am SO EXCITED to ride it in May (as it was under refurbishment during our last trip). It will be great! :banana:

I'm glad Hannah isn't on the DISboards because I love your old-school Disney photos!

It's almost May!! I hope you have a fantastic trip. I'm pretty sure you will :thumbsup2.

I love those old pictures, too. That's one of the best parts of going to Disney again and again over the years I think!

04-23-2013, 02:52 PM
We've been back from our trip for a little over 4 months now, and I'm just about to post the end of day 2. That's normal, right?
Oh, and I just realized I have completely different hair in these pictures. It's just a wig. Even Disney isn't that magic.

Since Danny and I were all dressed up, we stopped for some photo pass pictures!


Hannah says she feels like she just photo bombed us in that picture with her Bambi sweatshirt on while we're all dressed up. Silly girl. I just love having pictures of us all together. Have I said yet that I love having pre purchased the Photo Pass Plus? That's a lot of P words! I do. There's one reason why.

We were headed toward Soarin'. Hannah and I both love it, but Danny had never ridden and only heard about it before and was anxious to check it out. We could see from the big times board the wait time was about 45 minutes and we figured it was worth it.

On the way, we were looking for restrooms when I spotted the Character Spot. It was open. I suggested we use the facilities in there and then meet the Fab 3 who were waiting for us inside. Mickey, Minnie and Pluto standing around and there was absolutely no line - so we joined them!

I met the main mouse.

I had to show him my Mickey Mouse watch.


Danny was next.


And Hannah.

Pluto was next. He's such a good boy I had to give him a few scratches.


And then the sweetest mouse ever.



We had the best time at that meet and greet. Even Hannah thought it was fantastic.

I want to mention a little here about how it's different when there's a scooter in your party. It's not always clear what to do or where to go and there is a lot of stopping to ask a CM. Coming in to the Land pavilion was one of those situation. We came in and immediately wanted to go down to the bottom floor. The CM there was great and directed us down past some bathrooms to a small elevator we could take down. It was a small elevator and there was a line of people trying to get back up waiting when we got off. The area outside there was really small and hard to maneuver through and kind of a mess. I wouldn't be surprised if they changed it soon.

So - the wait for Soarin' seemed long, but I doubt it was 45 minutes. As usual somewhere close to the front we split off into a separate line for scooters. We ended up in the middle row which I did not mind. The people's feet didn't bother me nearly as much as the dirt on the lens! People are not kidding. I kept thinking I spotted a UFO. The ride was still really great. It's just so dreamy and relaxing. It smells so good. I love the smelly parts. We all loved it. I'm pretty sure it's Danny's favorite ride now (competing with Dinosaur and Star Wars). That night he found the soundtrack online and listened while he fell asleep.

Just off Soarin', Living with the Land seemed a logical choice. We got in a super short line and got on the ride. I really liked the first part. The midwestern farm house made me all proud to be from Kansas (even though I'm a city girl). It smelled and sounded just like home. The garden part was ok but all the fish kind of freaked me out a little. Seriously.

Also freaky - the tunnel bit. It reminded me way too much of the scary part in Willie Wonka when Gene Wilder sings that song "Is it raining, is it snowing, is a hurricane a blowing…" You know the part. I didn't love it.

Right at the end as we came around the corner to see the loading platform, we got stuck. For about 15 minutes. I didn't love that either. The announcement kept saying the ride would resume immediately, but it did not. It wasn't too bad, but none of us wanted to go on it again for the rest of the trip.

It was getting late so we decided to head out. Of course we stopped for another ride on Space Ship Earth.

And one more photo.

I don't know why I like to take pictures of the queue, but sometimes I do. Right after I snapped this of the line for the bus, we were joined by a group of Danny's office mates.

I liked the way the parking lot got all hazy and glowy at night.

We got on a bus and headed back to the CSR at 12:16 according to my very sparse trip notes. It was a truly fantastic night. I was out as soon as I lay down.

Next up: Extra Magic Hollywood Style (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48221082&postcount=92).

Grumpy's Wife
04-23-2013, 04:40 PM
I just found your trip report and I'm enjoying reading along on your journey.

04-25-2013, 11:31 AM
I just found your trip report and I'm enjoying reading along on your journey.

Thank you! :welcome: I'm glad to know you've joined in!

04-26-2013, 02:43 AM
Just got all caught up again. Love all the pictures with Goofy at the circus. I would have run from the clowns too, I am also not a huge fan of the circus and not really a big Dumbo movie fan (kills me when the elephants and kids make fun of Dumbo and that when mama gets mad they put her in a cage and seperate her from her baby. :sad:)

Anyway I still have to ride Dumbo everytime and looking forward to trying out the brand new one. ;)

Great pictures, the Epcot Mickey, Pluto and Minnie pictures are great too.

Looking foward to the next update. popcorn::

04-26-2013, 11:44 AM
Thanks to Disney excitement, I was up a little before Mickey and Stitch called at 6. I was determined to get us to the bus stop by 7am and we were!

I had read on the disAbilities board about the ways people decorated and personalized their scooters for the trip, and had stopped at our Target one day to buy Danny a set of battery operated LED christmas lights. (I read they had ones with Mickey heads, but not at my store apparently.) We had forgotten them the first two nights, but Hannah had remembered to grab them that morning. We wove them around his front basket while we waited for our bus.



When it came it was a short ride to the DHS. It was pretty empty and extra hazy when we got there.




The crowd grew behind us as we waited and I was so glad we had managed to get there when we did.


We ended up the 6, 7, and 8th people through the gate.

None of us had ever ridden Toy Story Midway Mania before, so, like most guests there that morning, that was our first goal. On our last trip, Hannah and I never made it to DHS early enough to ride without a long wait, and it didn't exist last time Danny was there. All of us were looking forward to checking it out.

However, nothing could keep me from making us stop for a picture!


Hannah went ahead a little bit and got our FPs. Since the standby line was pretty empty still we decided to stand by! There wasn't enough of a line for me to really take in the magic of that queue area and I didn't get a single picture. Oh well, it's better to get through the line quickly than to take some pictures. I think.

At some point the line broke off and we were sent up a ramp and into the loading area for people on scooters and wheel chairs. It's off to the side somewhere, and it seemed like every once in a while the regular loading would send a car off to our area. I never saw the regular loading area so I don't know really.

Danny and I rode in a seat together, and Hannah sat right behind us. We loved it. No wonder it's so popular - it was so much fun!

Here's our score. It was our first time!

Danny is a life long geek and was super excited to check out the upgrades they'd made to Star Tours, so we headed there next.







We took the regular line until we came to the stairs part. We were sent down an elevator. From there a CM took us to a line on the opposite side from where you regularly enter. Whe the doors opened, we loaded from one side while everyone else loaded from the other.



We saw - some stuff. We rode that so many times I can not remember which part we saw first. But I know we loved it. We looked around the dump shop after. I thought about buying a Chewbacca hat, but didn't.

Outside the ride, Danny hopped on a pod racer or whatever they're called, and I tried to get him in some kind of fake action shot.



By then it was about time for our TSMM FPs so we headed back through the unlit Osborne lights to Pixar Palace. Hannah ran over to RnR to get herself a FP, so D and I took our time making it back to the ride. We sat on a bench and people watched some until she got back.

Here's the wheel chair loading area.


The CM giving us instructions talked so quickly and so mumbly, we had no idea what she was saying. We asked her to repeat herself, and still had no idea. Since we'd done it before we figured we'd figure it out so we smiled and nodded. The funniest part was when the next family came in the same thing happened. They looked at us and we told them we had no idea. We all shrugged and laughed. Then the car came around and we loaded in. It was just as fun the second time around.




Danny gets me on accuracy every time, but I get a bigger score. Which is better?

I loved it so much I suggested we get one more set of FPs for later that day. Hannah already had hers from RnR, but she didn't really love TSMM, so that would be fine. The return time was pretty far out and I speculated that if we didn't get passes then, that we wouldn't end up having a chance to ride it again for the rest of our trip, since this was the only morning we would spend at DHS. That's the crazy thing about this ride. If you don't get there in the first part of the day, you're probably not going to ride it. Unless you like waiting in long times or maybe right before close.

Thing was, the current return times were during our lunch. I needed to wait just a little bit to get the next return time. Hannah was crying for some breakfast, so Danny decided he'd go with her around the corner to the Commissary to get some food, and I'd hang around till the time changed and meet them there.

I've reached my photo limit, so we'll do breakfast in the next post.

Next up: Breakfast noms. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48221741&postcount=93)

04-26-2013, 12:48 PM
While I was waiting, I took a lot of pictures myself.








You clever dis people are probably already chuckling at me because you know the Commissary doesn't serve breakfast! We did not. They texted that fact to me and we picked a spot to meet up as soon as I got our passes.

Even though she hates General Hospital, Hannah knows it's one of my life long favorite things, so she texted me this picture. Good girl!


Danny asked a guy at a cart the best place for counter service breakfast, and he pointed us the way to Fairfax Fare. Danny tried to give him a tip, which of course he didn't accept.

On the way there I happened to notice The Scary Apothecary Shop, which I happened to remember sold the carrot cake cookies I happened to want to try. I told D and H I'd meet up with them and stopped in for my cookie!

Fairfax Fare is a nice, open place to eat. I approved. Their biscuit sammies looked great,


but I was pleased to pick off the raisins and enjoy my cookie breakfast and enjoy that!

It was delicious. I had imagined the cookie parts would be harder, but it was soft and yummy. Also, so rich I could only eat about half of it. Hannah grabbed me some napkins to wrap it in (they didn't say Disney anywhere on them!). I put it back in it's bag and back in my bag hoping it would hold out for later (it did).

The best part of eating there was the view of my beloved Tower of Terror!

Next up: We ride rides and join the Clean Plate Club. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48403493&postcount=95)

04-28-2013, 08:59 PM
Still over 220 days until the next trip. This report is awesome and is helping me with WDW withdrawals.

05-15-2013, 10:58 AM
We finished our breakfasts, tossed out the trash and headed up the hill to the Tower of Terror.


H and I were excited! We love that ride. Danny was pretty sure he wouldnt like it, even after I explained how I used to be so sure I would hate it I vowed to never even try it - but then I did and now its my favorite. He still passed and found a spot to park along the wall and wait for us.

It was maybe a 20 minute wait. I left my camera with Danny so I didnt get any pictures of the gorgeously themed queue. I love that hotel. Somehow I did not remember that little room where fake Rod Serling tells you a story. I have no idea how I could forget such a thing. I guess the thrill of the drops had wiped my brain all the other times Ive ridden it. We watched that, screamed when the lights went out (not really) and then headed to our car.

On that ride, once I get in the car and its on its journey to the front, I start wondering why on earth I got on this ride in the first place. I freak out a little and think maybe I made a mistake and want off! But its that feeling of being scared (when you know everything is really ok) that makes me love the ride so much! That and the giant drops and the incredible view of the park flashing by.

We thoroughly enjoyed our first turn on Tower of Terror!


We met back up with Danny and headed off towards RnR so Hannah could use her fast pass. D and I sat on a bench. It seemed to take her a long time, so we took a lot of pictures. I am only going to show you a few of them.

It's a giant guitar.

Me and the upside down car.

Our TSMM fast passes!

My Mickey watch said it was 10:11.

Finally, we spotted Hannah. She didn't want her picture taken.

We had early lunch reservations at 50s Prime Time Cafe that day. It was new to all of us and we were pleased at the chance to check it out. It wasnt quite time yet, so we wandered along Sunset and Hollywood Blvds on our way to Echo Lake.

None of us really remembered that area so we took our time checking out the lake and the giant dinosaur.





We decided to see if we could check in a little early for our reservations (a recurring trend on this trip). They were happy to send us off to watch TV and wait. It was pretty crowded in there, but the wait was not bad.






I took a lot of pictures while we waited because it looked so cool. Uncle Phil called our name and led us to our table. We got a TV table and I was thrilled.





We watched some TV and soon Auntie Theresa came over to see how we were and ask if we needed anything to eat. She gaves us napkins that said Disney on them!

Magic napkins.

Auntie Theresa was great. She was super sweet and friendly, and a little funny. She played along with the set up perfectly but didnt embarrass any of us. Thank you Auntie.

I got the pot roast with some mashed potatoes and veg:

Hannah had the fried chicken with mashed potatoes and corn:

Danny got the combo of fried chicken, pot roast and meatloaf, just as I predicted:

"This is really good," was Danny's opinion.
We all got clean plate stickers, but we passed on any kind of desert.

We saw clips from these shows: Dennis the Menace, I Married Joan, Father Knows Best, The Real McCoys, Dick Van Dyke, the opening of Disneyland, a clip about the kitchen of tomorrow, and a clip about preparing for the Olympics. Danny pointed out that with few exceptions, all the clips were about food! Clever Disney.

I loved the look of this place, and I love that it's like a giant game of pretend. The food was super tasty, but was so heavy it made me feel kind of yuck later. I'd like to go again for the atmosphere, but I will get the chicken caesar salad next time.

Next up: Countdown to a fun surprise! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48463240&postcount=96)

05-21-2013, 04:48 PM
We headed out of the restaurant proudly wearing our Clean Plate stickers and talked about what to do next. We were right by the Indiana Jones show, and since none of us had ever seen it before, we decided it was a good next thing. It would make it kind of tight for making it before our FP for TSMM expired, but - inspired by the daring of Indy himself - we decided to live it up and risk it.

Scooter seating is at the very back along the walkway, so we did not have anything like good seats, but I don't think that really effected our experience. Danny and Hannah really loved it. The fake audience volunteer said he was from Kansas City, my home town (and still less than an hour away), so I was all WooHoo Kansas City, but then later I wondered if he’d made that up along with everything else. Does anyone remember if he's always from Kansas City?

My favorite part was taking photos. It's not every day that I can shoot a few frames of an explosion, or a small plane surrounded by fire.




By the time we got out of there, it was definitely time to go use our last set of TSMM FPs. We rushed over and this time I got some queue pictures!




I am 3D ready.

Dig me, I won.

Danny and I loved that ride. I can't see either of us ever waiting in the kind of lines it attracts, but it is a lot of fun.

I think it was right around here that Hannah started feeling poorly. She was just finishing up a round of antibiotics and I think they were having a bad effect on her. The first fews days she was feeling crummy and tired a lot, but after the pills were all gone she kind of perked right up. Lesson: never get sick or injured in the last few weeks before your vacation.

We had a bathroom break just outside the Pirate show, then headed for the queue. H and I told again of how dull the Narnia exhibit had been when we were here last. H believes it just seemed bad to us because we had seen a better and bigger touring version of Narnia stuff a few years before. I say the Disney World version was bad either way.

We were all hopeful about the new Legend of Jack Sparrow - and then it was awful. None of us enjoyed it. We were told to stand by the wall so Danny could see, but next to the wall we really could not see or hear anything. Hannah wandered around a little to try to get a good luck, but it was so insanely crowded. There were way too many people in there.

I just didn't get it. I'm sure that was made worse by the fact that I couldn't see or hear any part of the "show". We didn't know there was a mermaid involved until someone told us. And I have to admit I just don't get the whole pirate love. Pirates were bad guys, and I know it's fantasy and pretend but I can't make myself forget that. So of course between all that I didn't really enjoy it, but on the other hand neither did D or H.

Hannah took some pictures for her BFF who loves Jack Sparrow.




Apparently once when Jack was going on about where the rum was, I muttered “Have you seen yourself?” which Hannah still thinks is hilarious. Thanks, Hannah.

For the second time in as many years, I was super happy to be leaving that building when they opened the doors! I'm going to guess that spot is just cursed in some way, and avoid it in the future. I wonder what was there before Narnia.

We walked along a bit, and Hannah decided she really did feel crummy. She wanted to head back to the hotation for a little rest. I thought about going back with her, but decided I wanted to see the parade first and told her I'd be back after that.

Now I know the 3 o’clock parade is at 3pm., but for some reason I thought the Countdown to Fun parade was later in the day, like the AK parade. So by the time I got to the parade street, some parts had already passed.

Here’s the thing. I am an insane fan of the musician/genius Todd Rundgren. Don’t feel badly if you don’t know who he is, but feel free to look him up (https://www.google.com/#hl=en&gs_rn=14&gs_ri=psy-ab&tok=nbvqV3_-QyLEJCTyDov6TQ&cp=6&gs_id=17&xhr=t&q=todd+rundgren&es_nrs=true&pf=p&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&oq=todd+r&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.46751780,d.dmg&fp=e16b3377a0a5d434&biw=1224&bih=732). At the same time, as you know, I am somewhat Disney obsessed. So how on earth did I not know that the Countdown to Fun parade song is Todd’s goofy Bang the Drum song! I was so happy to hear it (even though it's not a favorite). They changed the words a bit, and I admit it got a little repetive by the end - but yay for Todd! I would have never imagined Todd and Disney together but what a fun surprise. I hope he got a million dollars out of that deal. And since it's all gone now, I'm so grateful I got to see it while it was still there!

I sang along and took some pictures.












After the parade, I headed back to the room. Danny wanted to stay and ride Star Tours a few times so we made plans to meet up at the MK later. We had our photo taken and I headed out.


Hannah was asleep when I got to the room, so I left the lights off and tried to be quiet. I was feeling kinda yucky myself about then. I soaked my feet in the bathtub and appreciated the calm and quiet. I could still feel all that roast beef from lunch in my belly and it was not really agreeing with me. I was happy I had brought along some Alka Seltzer and I had some of that.

After those things and a 15 minute power nap, I felt so much better! I woke Hannah and had a diet DrPepper from the fridge and a square of Hannah’s Hershey bar. A little chocolate is always a good tonic for whatever ails you, I find. Just like how you need a little after a Dementor attack. We changed into something a little warmer and were both ready to enjoy the magic of the Magic Kingdom after dark.

Next up: Magic Kingdom after dark. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48496951&postcount=101)

05-22-2013, 12:50 AM
Loved all the updates. Been off the Dis for awhile so I was happy to get all caught up. Love all the pictures!!!! :cheer2:

05-22-2013, 07:49 AM
Loved all the updates. Been off the Dis for awhile so I was happy to get all caught up. Love all the pictures!!!! :cheer2:

Welcome back! And thanks! Taking pictures is one of my favorite things to do at Disney World. Of course, the list of favorite things to do at Disney World is very long :lmao:, but taking pictures is definitely in it!

05-22-2013, 09:20 AM
Great pics! :)

05-25-2013, 09:07 AM
Great pics! :)

Thank you!

05-25-2013, 09:22 AM
We left our room and headed for our bus stop. We were about to have our worst bus luck of the night. Worst night of the whole trip, actually, but that's for the next post.

When we got to our stop, there was a family of 3 generations standing around. They said they had been waiting a while already. We continued to wait through 2 busses for Epcot, 2 for DHS, 1 for AK and 1 for DTD before our MK bus came. The 7th bus. Dang! That was a long wait.

Danny had texted me he was at the MK, so I told him we'd meet him on Main Street. That turned out to be a bad idea because by the time we got there, Main Street was super crowded.

We had a little trouble finding Danny, but after we did we struggled through the crowds to the first open spot where we could sit down and talk a little. We were across the bridge into Fantasyland when we found an empty bench.

Looks like we stopped for some photos on the way, though.






On the way we passed Merida. There was still a line, but it was short. We were excited because we thought we’d get to meet her, but her handler told us the line had just closed. I hadn't realized how late it had gotten.

So we sat on the bench and decided what to do. Danny had yet to see any of the new parts of Fantasyland, so that was our plan. It was nice just sitting on the bench for a bit, watching the lights and watching the people. I really love Disney World, and I especially love the parks after dark.



I think Danny was thoroughly impressed with the expansion, although agreed it will obviously be so much better when the mine train is done. He also almost ran himself and his scooter through a rope that was marking off a queue. Yikes.


We saw Gaston out around his fountain. His handler kept telling people not to make a line. The handler would just call out to a group of people standing around and invite us to go meet Gaston. How weird was that? This Gaston was funny and all - Danny and Hannah thought he was hilarious - but he wasn't nearly as good as my Gaston from the day before. That guy was the best.


Again I was dazzled by the way the Magic Kingdom, and especially Fantasyland, lights up at night.




Up Next: Trapped! The bad part. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48497168&postcount=102)

05-25-2013, 09:53 AM
Ok, so here comes the bad part. It's not really bad. Nobody got hurt or lost anything important. We just got stuck on a bad ride for a long time which was kind of nightmarish in a creepy freak out kind of way. I've been putting off this trip report because I dread writing this part. I'm just not sure how to equally explain to you how freaky it was while understanding it was just getting stuck on a bad ride at Disney World. Because even this worst moment of the trip is better than a lot of days in real life, you know what I mean? So I am not moaning and complaining. I am just saying it was bad.

Which nightmare ride was it? Why it was the happiest cruise that ever sailed; It's A Small World.

It is not a favorite, and I often wonder why I ride it at all. But it just sees like one of those rides you have to ride for it to be a real Disney World trip, you know? So Danny and I decided to ride it. Hannah was much smarter. On our trip in 2010, Hannah and I had been stuck in the middle of it for a few minutes and she wasn't going to let that happen again. Clever girl. She went off to ride the Haunted Mansion after we picked a meet up place for after.

We should have known something was wrong as soon as we got in line. The line was a little long, and moving really slowly. And there was trash! which is normal but not something they usually let you see at Disney.


We did make Disney friends with a lady in line though. She was about to head off on a cruise and she was excited. She was fun.

This lady in the booth did not look like she was having fun. She was on and off several phones and looked haggard.


As usual, I tried to pass the time by taking lots of photos.


See this clock? It was almost 9 when we got off, and hardly any of that was waiting in line.


Eventually we loaded in to the back row of our boat and took off. For about 2 minutes. We stopped right as our boat started to make that first turn. Looking ahead:


Looking behind:



We waited there for a very long time. We made some more Disney friends with the family in front of us. One of my favorite parts of this trip was about to happen.

There was a family in front of us with a dad and 3 kids. We were sitting there for a while and the kids started talking to us about Disney World (of course). The younger girl, who was maybe 12 asked me how many times I've been to the World so I told her it was my 4th trip, but my very first trip wasn't until I was 30.

"Oh," she said. "I thought you were 30 now."

:flower3: :littleangel:

Since I am actually 46, I was instantly in love with this girl. "You are my favorite person I've ever met at Disney World." I told her. And she totally is.

Yeah. So we were on the ride. Not moving. And then we started going very slowly. No one was really sure if we were actually moving or the waves were just moving us naturally. Through the whole ride we moved very very slowly. With the lights on. It was beyond frustrating. That song was making me crazy.

I took a lot of pictures. These are probably my favorites.



Notice how the boats are touching. Do they always do that?















Hannah started texting me asking what was going on. She had been waiting for us for a long time. I let her know we were kind of stuck and she walked over to the ride to wait for us. She texted me through the rest of the ride, too, giving me updates from up front as they closed down the line and emptied the queue.

"They have launched a rescue.” was the best one. But it wasn't till later.

After an unbearably long time, we made it to the Adios room and could see the dock. And then the boats stopped. Seriously, so close you could taste it, but not close enough.

We were there for a long time. The music never stopped playing and the lights never came on. Guests were getting crazy. A couple people kept standing up and trying to climb off after a while, but then CMs would come and yell at them about it not being safe and not wanting them to get hurt. Personally I thought if they didn't want us to get hurt they would turn off the music so we did't lose our minds.

It got kind of ugly. I think the music in that last room is louder than the rest of the room. It was hard to hear what was going on, even though what was going on was just being told the ride would start again momentarily. There was an infant screaming in the boat behind us and nobody could blame it.

Eventually some guys in regular clothes came around to help us out. They were out front in the queueing area. There was a kind of mean CM standing in the Adios room yelling some stuff at people, and she couldn't see the rescue guys telling us to climb forward through the boats. So she started yelling a Lot. She wanted us to sit down and shut up without realizing the rescuers were giving us different directions. I tried to tell her but it was too loud to hear in that room and I was more concerned with getting Out.

We were in the mobility issue boat, so it took extra long to help everyone out. Danny did a great job of climbing out. The rescuers were kind of nervous about letting him climb across the water by himself, but he and I both knew he could do it so I just grabbed his arm and let him pull himself over.

We were the very last ones out of the ride.

Oh man, that sucked. I hate feeling trapped and man were we trapped.

So that was the bad part. Not so bad really, but I don't think I'll be getting on that cruise again for quite some time, thanks.

Up Next: Time for a breather! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48896946&postcount=112)

05-29-2013, 11:32 AM
Wow!!! Getting stuck in IASW would be enough to drive anyone insane. I like the ride (once and at normal speed). I too feel that it wouldn't really be a Disney Trip if I didn't ride it at least the one time. Plus my kids love it. In fact my favorite picture from the last time we were there is of my son (3 years old at the time) on the ride for the first time. His eyes are so wide and his mouth is hanging open. He was just in awe of everything he was seeing. I just love that picture. So totally illustrates why I love Disney so much. Just the magic of it all!!!

That last room the music is louder than the rest of the rooms. So I can totally imagine the screaming to be heard over it all. Glad you made it out!!! :goodvibes

05-29-2013, 12:36 PM
I loved your Small World story :rotfl: Didn't someone in a wheelchair just get a settlement for being stuck in Small World? It may have been Disneyland. That's just extreme torture!

06-05-2013, 09:35 AM
Wow!!! Getting stuck in IASW would be enough to drive anyone insane.

That last room the music is louder than the rest of the rooms. So I can totally imagine the screaming to be heard over it all. Glad you made it out!!! :goodvibes

It was freaky! And surreal.
The music certainly seemed louder. Glad to know it wasn't just my imagination!

I loved your Small World story :rotfl: Didn't someone in a wheelchair just get a settlement for being stuck in Small World? It may have been Disneyland. That's just extreme torture!

Thanks. It did seem like the kind of thing you might do to get the truth out of someone. Not quite as bad as waterboarding, but if you had to stay in that room for very long...

I hadn't heard anything about a settlement, but if it did happen, I'm sure they deserved whatever reward they got!

06-05-2013, 10:00 AM
Here ya go...


06-20-2013, 11:22 AM
Here ya go...


Wow. That's very interesting! Thanks so much for the link.

Too bad Danny doesn't have panic attacks (although he does have high blood pressure)! Just kidding, people. But 8k could make up for a lot of suffering -- and fund a couple more trips to Disney World.

"...stranding him for a half hour while the theme song played continuously."

Just like we felt, it was really the non-stop song that turned it into a bit of a nightmare. And as I said to the Disney CM we talked to later, they've got to know that song is a crazy maker. If you work at IaSW, the very first thing they should teach you is to Turn The Music Off when people get stuck. Hopefully they do now.

06-20-2013, 02:48 PM
Too bad Danny doesn't have panic attacks (although he does have high blood pressure)


06-22-2013, 06:22 PM
Hi neighbor!!
I am really close to you. I'm in Gardner, formerly Olathe!

I loved your best moment / favorite person story. That is really cute. And, you did get some nice Small World photos.
My husband actully DOES have panic attacks. He would not be able to walk at Disney either but he has yet to agree to a Disney trip anyway. I have family in Florida so I just go to the parks with them when I visit.
I loved your interaction with Gaston! It is extra fun when they really get into and enjoy their character.
I'm looking forward to reading more about your trip!

07-06-2013, 08:46 PM
Thanks so much for the AWESOME thread! I came across it today and couldn't stop reading through it!LOL! Totally appreciate your dedication and commitment to it.
We were last at DisneyWorld in August 2010. It was our little girls first time there (shse was 6). We had a blast and she loved it. Mine, my wifes AND my daughters birthdays fall in August, so we were having a group celebration thing! :D
This year-We're doing it again. In august, for 9 days. Can't wait! Exactly one month from today! WOOT!

I had to chuckle a little bit when I read that your daughter is "studying animation and loves video games" .
I was an animator for both feature films and tv for about 12 years before leaving california in 2002 to work in video games!!:goodvibes
Had the fun opportunity to work on a disney game called "Epic Mickey" (the first one). LOL!

Anyway! give my best to your daughter, and good luck to her in her studies! It's a fun (yet challenging) field to get into!

All the best and keep those posts coming!


07-08-2013, 02:16 PM
Hi neighbor!!
I am really close to you. I'm in Gardner, formerly Olathe!

I loved your best moment / favorite person story. That is really cute. And, you did get some nice Small World photos.

I loved your interaction with Gaston! It is extra fun when they really get into and enjoy their character.

Well howdy, neighbor! I've been to Gardner plenty of times :drive:!

Thanks so much about the photos.
Gaston was so great - certainly one of the trip's hilights for me!

Thanks so much for the AWESOME thread! I came across it today and couldn't stop reading through it!LOL! Totally appreciate your dedication and commitment to it.
We were last at DisneyWorld in August 2010. It was our little girls first time there (shse was 6). We had a blast and she loved it. Mine, my wifes AND my daughters birthdays fall in August, so we were having a group celebration thing! :D
This year-We're doing it again. In august, for 9 days. Can't wait! Exactly one month from today! WOOT!

I had to chuckle a little bit when I read that your daughter is "studying animation and loves video games" .
I was an animator for both feature films and tv for about 12 years before leaving california in 2002 to work in video games!!:goodvibes
Had the fun opportunity to work on a disney game called "Epic Mickey" (the first one). LOL!

Anyway! give my best to your daughter, and good luck to her in her studies! It's a fun (yet challenging) field to get into!

All the best and keep those posts coming!


Wow! Thanks so much for the compliment! I'm glad you're enjoying it.
I passed on your message to my daughter, and she was super impressed (of course we played Epic Mickey)!
I hope you'll continue to enjoy!

07-08-2013, 02:44 PM
Wow. I can not even believe how long ago my last update was. There is no excuse for that. Except maybe if I had been abducted by aliens. Yeah. That's the ticket! I was totally abducted by aliens. For a long time.

But now I'm back. My memory has been restored and I am so committed to getting this story told! Consistent updates from now until it's done. It's a long story, and I need to be done before my next Disney trip (which starts Nov 29th! PTR started here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3121801)).

As I'm sure you remember, we left off being rescued from a nightmare cruise through a small world. Later I wished I would have thought to take more pictures of the rescue and the behind the scenes, but all I got was this of Danny being helped out:


After that mess, the next hour or so was kind of fuzzy. We tried to find a place out of the crowd to talk, but there crowds were everywhere. We paused around Tiana’s meeting place to agree to just keep walking till we found empty space. Which ended up being the dining area of Tortuga Tavern. We all shared our side of the experience, and Danny decided he wanted to talk to someone from Guest Relations. He wasn't mad, but he was kind of upset about only being communicated with through the yelling CM, the fact that no one acknowledged or apologized and the fact that they wouldn’t turn the music off.

A guy named Mike came over to listen to what Danny had to say. He told us that wasn’t the way it was supposed to be handled and apologized. He asked what he could do to make it better and we were all like - shrug. That’s how I always feel when some place messes up and asks that question. I don’t really know. Not mess up in the first place? Don’t ever do that to anyone again? I asked what they normally do in those situations and he offered me the anytime fast pass. We said ok, thanks but I laughed and added I wasn’t sure I’d be riding anything else that night. He pointed out there were still several hours till the park closed and that he hoped I’d change my mind. He was pretty nice, I guess. There’s not really anything you can do to undo that experience, but it was nice to hear someone say they were wrong and they were sorry. Sorry is a little word, but it can somehow make things just seem better.


After I’d had enough deep breathing, we took off again around the circle. Just as we were heading into Frontierland, we stumbled across the end of the Main Street Electrical Parade. It was great timing, as it turns out. It helped us all refocus and remember we were meant to be having fun. And taking pictures is always a great distraction for me.





After the parade passed us by, we grabbed some treats from the carts and headed for “our spot”. I didn't think to snap a shot of my snack till it was almost gone.


We were still talking about the ride fiasco, and Hannah took a picture to sum up how I felt while we were stuck on the boat.


While we were eating, Wishes started. D and H watched from the “spot”, but I wanted to take more photos so I walked around and watched from across the lake. It wasn’t an ideal place for watching, but it wasn’t bad either.






After a parade, a snack and fireworks, we were all feeling better and decided to hop aboard Big Thunder Mountain. It was starting to rain a bit but we weren’t going to let that stop us. We rode once, and decided to go one more time.



That second time around, the Fireworks were going off. Talk about magic. We ended up cresting the hills and zooming through the turns just as they were exploding everywhere. It was incredible. Hannah brought it up again at dinner just the other night. Best ride. ever.

On our way out, we ran into MSEP again. The rain was getting a little more serious, so we stood under the covered walkway by the Hall of Presidents and watched one more time.











It was raining for real by the end of the parade. We were all worn out, and I was worried about my precious camera, so we called it a night and headed out of the park and back to our room for the night.

Up next: A beautiful new day. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48951125&postcount=115)

07-08-2013, 03:23 PM
Beautiful pictures!

07-13-2013, 10:28 AM
Beautiful pictures!

Thank you! As you can probably guess, taking pictures is one of my favorite things to do - at Disney World and everywhere. :thumbsup2

07-13-2013, 10:41 AM
Since we had made it to rope drop the first two mornings of our trip, and since we’d had a kind of rough night the night before, we unanimously decided to have a bit of a sleep in on the forth day of our trip. We didn’t have to be anywhere until our 11:30 lunch ADR, so I decided to live on the wild side and not even ask Mickey to call us in the am.

But we’re talking Disney sleep in, not at home sleep in. I don’t remember what time we woke up, but we were all bright, shiny and on the bus minutes after 10am!


We were headed for Epcot!
Once we got there, of course we stopped for some photos in front of our favorite giant golf ball.


This is one of my favorite pictures of us. It’s the cover of the giant photo book I made of this vacation.

We checked the big board and were thrilled the return time for Soarin’ FPs would time be perfect for an after lunch relaxing glide over the beauty of California.


We took our time and walked the long way to our lunch location (are you curious yet?).


I had one important stop to make first, however - I needed a frozen mango margarita! I had been dreaming of those things since my last one in 2010 and I thought I had waited long enough. Real life rules are invalid during a Disney vacation, so I didn’t even care that it was well before noon at that point. If Disney thought it was time to sell them, then I thought it was time to drink one.

We found the margarita stand and they were seriously just opening up. I even had to wait a couple minutes. Hannah told Danny we’d meet up with him and he took off to explore inside the pyramid. In a couple minutes I had my much anticipated frozen adult beverage and we headed in to look around.

[Side note: We love the world showcase version of a Mayan pyramid, but since we'd visited actual Mayan pyramids in Chichen Itza together, we did all stand there (well Danny sat there since he was on a scooter) and think it looked nothing like the real thing. The real thing is ancient though so it's not so much of a fair comparison, but I did like that it made us all remember another fantastic trip we took together.]

So, I had my drink and imagine my disappointment when it tasted like yuck. :eek: :confused3 It just tasted like -- nothing. Definitely nothing fruity or tropical or mangoish. I was sad :sad1:. H convinced me to take it back, pointing out I’d been waiting all that time and I should have a beverage I enjoyed. So I took it back to the cart lady and apologized, but said that I thought it did not taste right. She was nice and asked if I wanted to try a different flavor. I didn’t really, but realized since they’re all in the same big machine, just getting a fresh mango margarita wouldn’t really make a difference. I picked Strawberry, thanked the lady and headed back inside.


It wasn’t nearly as tasty as the mango was meant to be, but I was at Disney World drinking a fruity margarita before noon, so no one was mad.

Danny was riding the Gran Fiesta Tour so Hannah texted him about where we were waiting…


I have to say here, I used to love that ride when it was a quiet, beautiful tour through the glorious history of Mexico. But the current incarnation with the loud and obnoxious ducks is really not for me. I think Danny was a little disappointed, too. It used to be a great after dinner ride. We miss it.

Lunch, as you’ve probably guessed, was at San Angel Inn. It’s a favorite for all of us and we were so excited to enjoy it’s yumminess, we were a little early to our reservation. They didn’t mind though, and sent us right to our table - along the railing front and center of the pyramid! Excellent seating luck. We loved it.


We made our choices and watched the boats go by.





I remember nothing about our Sergio S, which I think means he wasn’t remarkably good or bad.


We devoured the chips but didn’t really love the salsa. We never do. It’s not bad, just not our favorite.


Ok, now I know it was still before noon, and I had just slurped down a frosty strawberry margarita - but it was vacation and I thought I really needed another, tastier margarita. I was still a little heartbroken that the mango one that morning was so lame, but there was a drink on the menu that looked like just the ticket. It was even mango-y!


Here’s how they described it (copied from the allears.net website): Wild Passion Fruit Margarita - El Mayor Premium Silver Tequila, ginger liqueur, passion fruit, mango nectar, fresh lemon juice, topped with mango foam, served on the rocks $12.50

It was pricey, but it was Amazing! Oh my goodness you guys, it was so delicious I could have drank it all day. If I were richer. And such a lightweight drinker. So good I have to show you another picture.


I thought I didn’t like foams, but this one really took the drink up a notch. And that spicy sugar around the rim was perfect.

But we weren’t here just to drink, we were here to eat! And soon our plates were being placed in front of us.

Danny went for Tacos de Carne: Tacos de Carne - Grilled New York strip on flour tortillas, topped with chipotle pepper sauce, scallions and avocado. served with rice and beans $21.00


He loved them and cleaned his plate, however he didn’t get a sticker like at 50’s PTC.

Hannah and I both ordered what we loved so much on our 2010 trip - Polo A Las Rajas - grilled chicken breast served over red peppers, onion strips, cream sauce, and fresh cheese $19.50


That dish is just divine. Seriously, so so good. Creamy. Red pepper and oniony. The chicken was moist and flavorful, the rice is a perfect match. Just a big fat 10 out of 10 from the both of us.


It is quite safe to say this restaurant is a big hit with all 3 of us, and we will try to eat there every time we can.

Up next: Hannah heads to a park by herself. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49103544&postcount=125)

07-13-2013, 12:56 PM
You have some awesome photos!

07-14-2013, 12:09 AM

"Lunch, as you’ve probably guessed, was at San Angel Inn. It’s a favorite for all of us...."


That is and has always been a favorite of mine and my families. Each time we've been to Epcot, we've made that one of our dinner spots in Epcot/WS. It's just soo pretty in that place. As soon as you enter the pyramid and step down those stairs, it just hits you with the actual size of the area. The shop/gift carts, the 'town' feel. And the restaurants with the pyramid, volcano and darkened sky! It's AWESOME!
We have another reservation for it on our upcoming August trip. I hope we get as lucky as you as far as our table seating.

07-14-2013, 12:48 AM
Whoo Hoo!! All caught up again. :cool1:

Just love your trip report and all the totally awesome pictures. I love all the pictures you have from the Electric parade, that one of Tink is great. Looks like you were right in front of her. :) Pete's Dragon is my absolute favorite part of that parade from the first time I saw him when I was 7 years old at Disneyland, to the last time I saw him in 2011. :love:

Your pictures from dinner look and sound so good that I am starving just thinking about all the excellent Disney food that I will be enjoying in 6 months. :goodvibes

Will be watching for your next update. ::yes::

07-14-2013, 02:40 AM
Whoo Hoo!! All caught up again. :cool1:

Just love your trip report and all the totally awesome pictures. I love all the pictures you have from the Electric parade, that one of Tink is great. Looks like you were right in front of her. :) Pete's Dragon is my absolute favorite part of that parade from the first time I saw him when I was 7 years old at Disneyland, to the last time I saw him in 2011. :love:

Your pictures from dinner look and sound so good that I am starving just thinking about all the excellent Disney food that I will be enjoying in 6 months. :goodvibes

Will be watching for your next update. ::yes::

I totally agree! Pete's Dragon is my favorite part of that parade too! I love when they make him "disappear" and then RE-appear in different segments. So awesome!
I also love the very beginning where the 'robotic' announcer comes on and welcomes everyone....then the lights go out to the escalating music! Gets my heart pumpin!

In the early 90's I bought a cd at DisneyLAND, with the entire music of both the "Main Street Electrical Parade" as well as "Fantasmic" (in it's entirety) ..and have had loads of fun playing it over and over for my little girl-getting us all super pumped for the Aug trip!!
Can't come soon enough!!

07-15-2013, 01:29 PM
You have some awesome photos!

Thank you brother! I told you I was a good photographer ;)

07-15-2013, 01:49 PM
That is and has always been a favorite of mine and my families. Each time we've been to Epcot, we've made that one of our dinner spots in Epcot/WS. It's just soo pretty in that place. As soon as you enter the pyramid and step down those stairs, it just hits you with the actual size of the area. The shop/gift carts, the 'town' feel. And the restaurants with the pyramid, volcano and darkened sky! It's AWESOME!
We have another reservation for it on our upcoming August trip. I hope we get as lucky as you as far as our table seating.

Yes! It is gorgeous as well as delicious. And it does feel like you've entered another world when you're in that area. More Disney Magic :thumbsup2.
I hope you do, too. We seemed to have really great seating luck on this trip. I was really grateful. pixiedust:

Just love your trip report and all the totally awesome pictures. I love all the pictures you have from the Electric parade, that one of Tink is great. Looks like you were right in front of her. :) Pete's Dragon is my absolute favorite part of that parade from the first time I saw him when I was 7 years old at Disneyland, to the last time I saw him in 2011. :love:

Your pictures from dinner look and sound so good that I am starving just thinking about all the excellent Disney food that I will be enjoying in 6 months. :goodvibes

Thank you so much. That's incredibly nice to hear. Seriously~ :flower3:

Tink was totally looking at me when I took that picture. Thank you Tinkerbell - I believe!

I have loved Pete's Dragon since I saw it in the theatre. I've read a couple times that he's been spotted in the parade without Pete. How sad is that? They were each other's only friend until Hele Reddy came along. I hope Disney is not planning to keep them apart permanently.

Me too (about the food)! The food is one of my favorite parts! popcorn::

I totally agree! Pete's Dragon is my favorite part of that parade too! I love when they make him "disappear" and then RE-appear in different segments. So awesome!
I also love the very beginning where the 'robotic' announcer comes on and welcomes everyone....then the lights go out to the escalating music! Gets my heart pumpin!

In the early 90's I bought a cd at DisneyLAND, with the entire music of both the "Main Street Electrical Parade" as well as "Fantasmic" (in it's entirety) ..and have had loads of fun playing it over and over for my little girl-getting us all super pumped for the Aug trip!!
Can't come soon enough!!

When I visited Disney World the first time in the mid 90s, part of our package was a CD called Music of the Parks. I loved that CD! But years ago I opened the case to find it empty. I haven't seen the actual CD for who knows how long. :confused3 I've seen used copies online, but not for a reasonable amount of money.

Don't I know it can't come soon enough! 137 days and counting!

07-15-2013, 01:50 PM
You have some awesome photos!

Thank you brother. When we're there next time, I'm going to spend a day just focusing on taking pictures. I'm making a list of things I want to capture and really looking forward to it.

07-20-2013, 11:07 PM
""Here’s how they described it (copied from the allears.net website): Wild Passion Fruit Margarita - El Mayor Premium Silver Tequila, ginger liqueur, passion fruit, mango nectar, fresh lemon juice, topped with mango foam, served on the rocks $12.50

It was pricey, but it was Amazing! Oh my goodness you guys, it was so delicious I could have drank it all day. If I were richer. And such a lightweight drinker. So good I have to show you another picture.""

Ok....I have a question about that drink. I'm a little hesitant to even GET an adult beverage at DW. Mainly because i'm afraid of having one of those experiences you had with your fruity drink. LOL!
To get jilted at a restaurant like chilis, when your drink is too sweet...well that's one thing. I mean it's only 6 bucks or so AND you can send it back. But spending 12.50 on up only to NOT like a drink...well that would drive me crazy!
Although I think I'm gonna try that "Passion Fruit Margarita"! If you say it was awesome, then that's good enough for me! One question though...How big a drink is it? I can't quite get a scale on it from the pics.

07-21-2013, 01:06 AM
Just have to chime in and let you know how much I'm enjoying this!! Your pictures are great and the more I read, the more excited for my trip in Sept! Thanks so much!! :thumbsup2

07-28-2013, 04:24 PM
After lunch, Hannah decided she wanted to bail on Epcot and head back to the Magic Kingdom. We were all fine with this. In fact, when we were planning the trip, Danny and I talked about how much easier this trip would be than when she was in the single digits. Back then we had to keep an eye on her every single second, so we were looking forward to just being able to say “See ya!”. I told her to make sure she was at MGM DHS by 7 and to have a good time.

Danny and I headed back to The Land and Soarin’. We found someone who seemed to be on their own to give H’s FP to, and headed down the elevator.


We headed in and down the FP queue, and then something happened that made me feel a little guilty. Hannah had just learned about the red cards CMs give people in line to keep track of the wait time, and she wanted one so badly. She was kind of obsessed. A couple times on our trip so far, someone just in front of us had been handed one and getting one had become her number one goal of the trip. So of course when we were in line without her - the CM handed me one.


Danny and I decided we’d not mention it to her.

This is the wheeled vehicle line.

Once again we weren’t in the front row, but once again we still loved every minute of it.


On the way back to the elevator, I took this picture of the Living with the Land mural. It reminded me of home.


This boat was almost exactly where we had been stuck the night of the party. I took a picture so we could always remember.


About then, a friend messaged me “We want to see you in Mickey ears!”. We happened to be walking right by a cart with sparkly Minnie ears at that point, so I tried a pair on and had Danny snap a picture. Not Mickey, but I’m a girl, so I posted this.


Danny had never been to Club Cool and it seemed like a good time to visit.


Of course I handed him a cup full of the Beverly! And of course he hated it. For some reason I felt like I needed to try it again, and I must have made a really bad Beverly face because another guest looked at me and said, “That bad, huh?” Why yes, yes it is.


I made these notes about the flavors:

China- Smart Watermelon = nice, refreshing, lovely
Israel - Kinley Lemon = way too tart and intense
Costa Rica - Fanta Kolita = yuck
Mexico - Mezzo Mix = fine
Italy - Beverly = how is this Italian?
Mozambique - Krest Ginger Ale = very tasty

I guess I missed Japan.

We took a turn on Space Ship Earth after that.

This is where they park the scooters.

And then the ride:


The computer lady/psychic medium made some predictions about our future.


Danny will buy Google Glasses,

and a fancy Jetson’s car,

But the wifi will still be slow and annoying.

We will become so frustrated with bad connections, we’ll return to reading paper newspapers

and grace the cover with our excellent surfing skills.

After that, Danny was feeling like taking a journey into his imagination, and luckily we knew just the spot.




I think it’s a sad imitation of its former glory, but Danny liked it just fine. We were both pretty disappointed with where you land after the ride though, and spent some time talking about all the fun things we did with Hannah here back in the day.

On our way to Innoventions, we ran into a couple adorable little rodents!

I LOVE the smile on Danny's face.

Surprise meet and greets are my favorite.

Just after that I got a text from Hannah that went a little something like this:

Mom, is this normal? There is a trash can that just started moving around and talking to a little girl.

Hooray! The surprise meet and greets continued and Hannah and just spotted Push! We talked about it a little while and she was seriously impressed.

Push video from Hannah. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49110036&postcount=127)

07-28-2013, 04:30 PM
Just have to chime in and let you know how much I'm enjoying this!! Your pictures are great and the more I read, the more excited for my trip in Sept! Thanks so much!! :thumbsup2

You are so welcome!! In fact, thank you so much for the compliments!
Sept. is just around the corner - I hope you have a fantastic trip!

07-29-2013, 09:20 AM
Just in case you'd like to see, I'm adding some links to Hannah's videos of push. Each one is just a couple minutes long. It's not great video, but Push is pretty funny.

Watch video 1 (http://youtu.be/wjx2n-0Cq9I).

Watch video 2 (http://youtu.be/LCyHapFUY2E).

Watch video 3 (http://youtu.be/mzWrWggO0HU).

Watch video 4 (http://youtu.be/lbIOPTsUabg).

Watch video 5 (http://youtu.be/R4orUmPJDA0).

Next up: Wrapping things up at Epcot.

07-29-2013, 10:31 AM
Those videos of PUSH are great. I've heard a lot about him but unfortunately never got to see him, until now. Thanks.

07-30-2013, 07:58 PM
It was a good idea to write down what you thought of the different soda flavors. I don't remember which ones I liked or hated.

I really enjoyed your spaceship earth predictions! I am sure that your future will be exactly like that as spaceship earth would never lie about important things like surfing skills or bad Wi-Fi connections.

Thanks for the update!

08-07-2013, 08:19 AM
It was a good idea to write down what you thought of the different soda flavors. I don't remember which ones I liked or hated.

I really enjoyed your spaceship earth predictions! I am sure that your future will be exactly like that as spaceship earth would never lie about important things like surfing skills or bad Wi-Fi connections.

Thanks for the update!

I wish I would have written down more stuff actually! I was keeping notes on on my phone, but quickly realized I didn't have nearly enough battery life to last all day. :headache: Next time we're taking a little device that can recharge our phones while we're in the park.

Definitely those predictions will come true. Disney can't be wrong, right? I never really thought I'd surf, but I do love the ocean and being outside. Plus it's super easy to believe WiFi will always be a problem.

I'm glad you're enjoying my (slow going) trip report, I hope you'll stick around!

08-13-2013, 05:06 PM
Yep, I will be here to enjoy your reporting! I love Disney trip reports.

I love going on, and planning my Disney World trips but I don't have any friends who are also obsessed. So I come here to get a dose of Dis!
It makes me happy to see other people who really enjoy leaving real life behind for a bit and staying in the "bubble" that is Disney Word.

09-06-2013, 03:04 PM
Yep, I will be here to enjoy your reporting! I love Disney trip reports.

I love going on, and planning my Disney World trips but I don't have any friends who are also obsessed. So I come here to get a dose of Dis!
It makes me happy to see other people who really enjoy leaving real life behind for a bit and staying in the "bubble" that is Disney Word.

I am a trip report junkie, I know what you mean.
My brother is about as Disney obsessed as I am, and I have an occasional friend who is a huge Disney fan and a Disney Travel lady, but that's why I come here too. Sometimes I don't get a chance to check in for a while, but I think about Disney pretty much every day, and am so grateful I can come here and geek out on it. Hooray for the Disboards!

09-06-2013, 03:15 PM
After chuckling at Hannah’s reactions to Push, we were ready to have some more fun ourselves. We were right by Innoventions West, so we decided to head in and check it out.


This place seemed super empty. Danny offered to zoom off on his scooter and check the place out while I sat on a bench and used my phone to check in the the real (non-magic) world. Danny was back soon to report he hadn’t found much. Remember when it used to have innovative stuff? That was great. This was more like a weak version of Science City or something. Some things were a little educational, I guess. For kids, I guess. But nothing like it was 15 years ago. We headed out.

We skipped the Nemo ride, but did stand around waiting for the birds to shriek “Mine! Mine! Mine!”


Dig how Disney magic can make their obnoxious behavior so adorable! I can’t help but love them. Silly seagulls.


We headed inside the aquarium part of The Living Seas pavillion. First we checked out a bunch of beautiful little fish in little aquariums.



The rest of my photos did not come out At All. I have a bad habit of just shooting away and never checking to see how the shots are coming out. This is especially problematic because sometimes I end up jostling the dial that selects the shooting mode, and making the camera shoot as if it’s a bright sunny day with lots of action when I’m actually inside a dark building shooting even darker aquatic animals inside of dark tanks. Which is what happened right here. So you’ll just have to take my word for it that the rest of this stuff is true.

We headed for the manatee area and watched a lady feed them a bunch of lettuce. Next we headed to the dolphin tank and had a fantastic time watching the dolphins do behaviors for their trainers from the underside of the water. What a unique point of view! I’ve seen dolphins from the outside of the water dozens of times, but never from the watery point of view. We loved it. Later we tried to find a spot to see the dolphins from the top side, but we failed. I don’t think it exists. Does it?

We wandered around the other tanks until it was time to head out. Except on the way out, we decided we needed one more communications lesson from Spaceship Earth.

After that, we hiked (well, I hiked and Danny scooted) out to the front of the park. It seems like the walk to the front of Epcot and then the walk to the bus stops is forEVER, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like the longest hike ever to get out of Epcot.

You know we had to stop for some PhotoPass Pictures on the way out!

With the ball,


And with Christmas Stitch.


The bus stop that takes you from Epcot to MGM Hollywood Studios is in the Way Way out in the crazy parking lot. Eventually we made it there and then waited around for what seemed like too long to hop a bus for our next park.


Eventually a bus came for us and we climbed aboard. Hannah texted us and she was on a bus to HS at the same time we were. Excellent timing. It was a fun bus ride for me because a guy with a camera started a conversation with me about cameras! “What are you shooting with?” he asked me. He was a Canon guy, and I’m a Nikon girl but we had a good time chatting about cameras and lenses and straps while being driven to the park. I loved it. Making Disney friends is awesome, especially when they’re friends who want to talk about cameras.

Up Next: Thanks for dropping by! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49493938&postcount=134)

09-06-2013, 03:57 PM
Hannah arrived at almost the same time we did, and we all met up in the area where the busses unload. That was fun! I was happy to see her. We headed inside and Hannah took my picture with everyones buddy, Bo!


Originally, I loved Bo because I was so addicted to Coke (the cola!) and he always had a frosty one ready for me. Now that I've kicked the habit, were just pals because hes so dang friendly.


We headed straight for the big rides. We got FPs for Tower of Terror



Not only do I love the ride, I love the way the ride looks. From right up close in the queue, and from far away.


Hannah decided to ride Rock N Rollercoaster in the single rider line, and Danny and I decided to sit by Farifax Fare and watch people til she was done. By the time she came back to meet us, it was time to use our ToT passes!

The line was short, and before we knew it we were back in the boiler room. We had the best cast member of the whole trip on this ride. Niko entertained us while we stood in line and gave us instructions for our experiencw. I didn't write down any of the funny things he said because I was positive they were so hilarious I would never, ever forget them. Note to self: you are old now, do not trust your memory. I only remember the way he peeked in as the door was closing and told us Thanks for dropping by.

We stopped for our ride picture afterwards, thanks to Photopass Plus. Before PP+, I had never purchased a ride photo. Because most of them look like this one. But for free, its a good deal and turns out Im happy to have these, dorky as they are.


It was dark afterwards and we didn't really have anything we for sure wanted to do before our dinner ADR. Lines were kind of non-existent, so H decided to ride RnR again. I decided to take another ride on my favorite elevator.

This time I didn't get Niko and the CMs I did get were pretty regular. It was some girl's last ride of her last night working at ToT, so they made an announcement and she rode along with us. I guess this is why they were distracted and didn't get involved with the kid who was continually screaming about how she didn't want to ride. I always thought that in those cases a CM got involved and wouldnt let the kid ride, but not in this case. The kid screamed through the whole ride and never changed her mind about riding like her mom had promised she would.

Its pretty easy to pick her out in my ride photo.


I left the ride with that amazing feeling you get after riding a favorite ride and went to find Danny. He told me H had texted she was going to do one more RnR ride, and since there was no line for ToT, I ran back into the queue for it again!! So much fun!

That time I didn't even see Niko, but I think the CM I got was a Niko trainee or something. He was pretty funny himself. After we loaded in the car, he wandered into view with the phone in his hand, muttering about how he didn't know what was wrong, but something wasn't working. He gave the car a kick and was in the middle of saying Im not sure thats going to help as the doors closed and we took off.


While I waited at the photo desk after this ride, the friendly CM there asked where I was from. When I told her Kansas City, she asked The real Kansas City? which is a common question from people who are familiar with the area. Theres Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri and then all the many suburbs (KC is serious about urban sprawl). And then there are people like me, who live 30 minutes away in a smaller town but just say Kansas City because people know where that is.

Well I grew up in KCK, I said, but now I live in Lawrence.
Turns out she was from a really tiny town near where my mom lives so I actually knew where it was. And her sister was going to my (college) town's biggest rival school in Missouri. So we had a friendly talk about that for a while and were both filled with the spirit of its a small world, after all.

D and H were waiting for me by the entrance, and since I was on a ToT high, I asked H to take a picture of me by the sign.




What I didn't realize that our beloved Niko was working the gate at that point and was creepily creeping into the photo with me!

We had to tell him how much he had entertained us earlier in the night, and he continued to crack us up until we really had to head towards the other side of the park for a date we'd made about 180 days earlier.

Next up: Yummy noms in the dark. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49518515&postcount=137)

09-07-2013, 10:07 PM
I didnt write down any of the funny things he said because I was positive they were so hilarious I would never forget them. Note to self: you are old now, do not trust your memory. I only remember the way he peeked in as the door was closing and told us Thanks for& dropping by.

Hurray!!! So happy you are back and so happy to read more of your trip and more importantly see all your pictures. :) I love what you said about not writing anything down. I felt the same way and always forgot everything. Now I have a little notebook that I carry with me everywhere to just write random things in as I think of them. Will plan to have that little book with me when I go to Disney again, so I can remember everything. :goodvibes

Love the pictures of Niko creeping up on you. At least you can remember what he looks like now. :)

09-08-2013, 03:21 PM
Thank you! I'm happy to be back writing it. It's a little like reliving it, and it's always good to relive your Disney vacation!

I am for sure going to take a little notepad this time. Last trip I thought I'd use my phone to jot down notes through the day, but turned out my phone's battery could not keep up while we were in the parks. I wrote a few things down after we got back to our hotel each night but by then I was too wiped out to write much.

09-09-2013, 01:45 PM
It was almost time for dinner, so we headed down Sunset Blvd and stopped in a couple stores. H loved the Nightmare store and kind of fell in love with a hat from there. Hats were apparently the big thing during that visit. Hats and fascinators, like from Kate and William's wedding. She didnt buy it then because she is, as she says, frugal.

We tried to head down Commisary Lane, but there were people blocking off the street. They were telling people to go around to some other entrance if they were going to Osborne lights. We told them we were heading to dinner and they let us through.


When we got to Sci Fi Dine In, they were really backed up. They told us wed get seated faster if we sat at a table car which I thought was fantastic but made H all crabby and cranky. When she started complaining about who knows what I had to just get up and walk away for a little while. She was kind of an emotional roller coaster that day and it was starting to make me a little crazy at this point in the trip. Its magical at Disney, but real life still has a way of sneaking in from time to time. I left D and H sitting together and wandered around a bit.


It really wasnt that long until our buzzer went off. We regrouped and a guy lead us through the weird hallway and out to our table. I thought we had a great set of seats.

I was hoping to try the fried pickle appetizers, but no one else was interested. They wanted the onion rings. Danny and I werent seriously hungry, but we both wanted a milkshake which is pretty filling. We decided to share a burger to make room for ice cream. It's important to have priorities, right?

Our milkshakes:


The view from our table:


Onion ring appetizers:


Fun sci-fi movie:


We were near the back and could look in at the kitchen:


My half of the burger:


Hannah got some wings:


The food here was plenty good, and the atmosphere cant be beat. We love this place and have reservations for our trip this December.

Up Next: Those lights are Magic.

09-09-2013, 04:49 PM
Yay! Glad you had time to update!
I like looking around The Seas also. I love ocean life and find it very relaxing to spend time watching sea creatures. I would like to have a sleepover in the seas area!
I am actually a fan of the Nemo ride. I know a lot of people think it isn't anything special, but I miss it when I don't ride for awhile.
I just saw a post that Disney will have light up mickey ears starting next month! So excited to see people wearing these at night in the parks.
Your pics are really nice as always. I got photopass+ this time too so I am excited to get the ride photos.
I tell people I am from K.C. too. :)

09-11-2013, 11:20 AM
Yay! Glad you had time to update!

Thank you! So am I. I hate that I let myself get so far behind! But hopefully I'm all done with that and will post with regular updates from here on out! This is the end of day 4, and we leave on day 8. I've got a lot of pictures and stories left.

I like looking around The Seas also. I love ocean life and find it very relaxing to spend time watching sea creatures. I would like to have a sleepover in the seas area!

It's a great little break from the weather and the noise in there. (Sadly, not an escape from the crowds :rolleyes2) Plus the colors are so cool and comforting. A sleepover there sounds outstanding! I'll see you there :goodvibes.

I am actually a fan of the Nemo ride. I know a lot of people think it isn't anything special, but I miss it when I don't ride for awhile.

I feel badly about not liking that ride. It's very cute and Nemo is a great story. The first time I rode it was with my Disney loving brother and he likes that ride so much. He was so excited for me to ride it with him - and then I was just like "Oh, huh." I don't hate it, it's just kind of long and boring to me. :confused: SORRY to all the Nemo lovers out there. Just my opinion.

Your pics are really nice as always. I got photopass+ this time too so I am excited to get the ride photos.

Thank you again! :worship: This next trip, I'm going to try to do some fun things in the ride photos. If I can remember. It's certainly fun to have them, however dorky or fun they turn out.

I tell people I am from K.C. too. :)

It's just so much easier! Sometimes people know where Lawrence is because of the university, but everybody knows where Kansas City is.

09-11-2013, 11:28 AM
After dinner we thought about heading through the Osborne lights, but when Hannah decided she needed to go back and buy the hat she wanted earlier we decided D and I would take a turn on Star Tours and meet her at the exit when we were done.

Here she is in her hat, looking proud.


We rode Star Tours again, all together and checked out the dump shop. I thought about buying a furry Chewbacca hat but didn’t -- and have regretted it since. I’ll probably buy it this time to make up for it, if it's still there.

We stopped in the bathroom which I only tell you because of this very funny sign by the sinks.


I was so grateful for it, or else how would i have even known what to do?

We headed into the Osborne lights. I always thought these were over rated. Maybe they are a little bit, but I enjoyed them way more than I ever thought I would.





The snow without the cold was incredible. I loved it. I hate cold so it was kinda magic to enjoy the snow and not be wishing I could rush inside somewhere.


The music, the lights, the snow, the … I don’t know but it really was awesome. So we wandered around taking it all in. H got some almonds and shared them with Danny. I'm allergic to cinnamon, so I had to pass.






I was actually in the Christmas spirit which doesn’t really happen very often. So hooray for the Orsobrne lights!

We walked past the Splash fountain and I snapped a picture because I love this movie. “Mr Mango on my shoulder…”


At this point we were kinda wiped out. We decided to do One Man’s Dream and then call it a night. We were too tired for the movie, so we just checked out the museum part.






On the way out, we took a last look at the best ride ever,


and posed for one last PhotoPass for the evening.


But before we exited the park, we had to make a stop at Guest Services to let them know how much we enjoyed Niko! I hope he get lots of them! I wonder if he’ll be there when we go back! Only about 80 days until I can find out! Woohoo :)

Next up: Early morning at the Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49555115&postcount=141).

09-13-2013, 11:49 AM
It was another rope drop morning for Day 5. We were headed into the Animal Kingdom just as they opened that morning.

It was pretty empty, which was great. I really love Disney early in the morning when it’s fresh and clean and clear. It’s quiet. It’s empty. Places are just opening up. Everyone’s only partly awake. There’s just something kinda magic about morning, especially a Disney morning.


We stopped for a family photo.

We took the time this morning to stop and look at some of the animals on the way to the safari (where we were headed). We’d been there for a while and we were ready to take our time and soak in as much as possible.


There was a CM standing there telling folks stuff about the anteater. When he told us how many bugs he ate a day, Hanna said she wanted one as a pet. AK guy said oh no you don’t and told us about it’s giant monster claws. Hannah was quick to offer a solution of oven mitts! In the end she agreed it would be a bad idea. It was a chilly morning and the anteater didn’t really move at all, but he still looked pretty cool.



When we passed this sign in front of Pizzafari, there was no stopping D & H from heading in! I didn’t mind too much. I had heard this restaurant was visually interesting and I kind of wanted to look around.


Danny and Hannah went for the Bounty Platter. I went for the kid’s platter, and we all very much enjoyed it.


By the way, that picture of our breakfasts is one of my most popular Flickr photos. Some Disney food blog used it in a post about good qs breakfasts. I can’t remember where it was, but I felt pretty excited when I saw it. (How did I not bookmark it? Let me know if you know where it was, please.) Disney food pictures are generally my most popular on Flickr these days. Here’s a link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dawnmichele/sets/72157625542676512/) in case you like looking at food. (fyi - I am hoping to make a dining report of this trip - if I can actually get this trip report finished before we leave for the next trip!)

I had read that you should look around that restaurant if you got a chance, so while the others were finishing up, I wandered around with my camera. It’s full of interesting.









So, remember when I was in Epcot and tried on the sparkly Minnie ears? Well I had kept thinking about how much I liked those ears and announced at breakfast that I was going to get some. We had been getting coupons on the bottom of our quick service receipts and I planned to use one. It was only good at a couple shops, so we headed for X and started looking around. I couldn’t find the ears so when the CM asked if I was looking for anything in particular, I told her. They were out, but she told me, but I could find them on a cart nearby. I explained about wanting to use the coupon and another CM who overheard us offered to go look in the back. Sure enough, she found some in an unopened box. Hooray for Disney CM, I had some sparkly Minnie ears.. I don’t remember her name, but we also mentioned her at Guest Relations as someone who went above and beyond.

We didn’t take a picture of me sporting them at this point, but don’t worry, there are plenty to come. But Hannah got a couple magic shots when we passed the PPP.



We left Pizzafari enjoying the walk to the Safari.



Next up: Way too many animal photos. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49582264&postcount=144)

09-14-2013, 09:05 PM
Thoroughly enjoying your TR!

09-16-2013, 03:17 PM
Thoroughly enjoying your TR!

Thank you so much! :hug:
Seriously, I love to hear that :rotfl:.

09-16-2013, 03:36 PM
We headed to the Safari, where the CM at the entrance was the first of many who complimented me on my ears. The safari was like most safari rides, down to the part about me taking way too many pictures!

Are you ready?


An okapi:


Strange, hairless animals trapped on a cliff:


Birds and hippos:





A closer look at the unusual animals in their natural habitat:






The giraffes were super frisky that morning. They were running about and chasing each other and kind of out of control. It was great.


This one darted right next to our seats. He was *thisclose*. I barely got a shot of it. Loved it.




Wildebeests. This is where I shocked Hannah by saying “There’s a stampede in the gorge!” She didn’t think it was funny. “How could you!?” is what she said.



More crazy giraffe action.


And then the poor lonely boy elephant. I call him Stampy. (That was a Simpsons reference.I hope you got it. It would probably be funnier if I hadn’t pointed that out.)


I see a baby!



Photo limit! More in the next post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49644374&postcount=153).

09-17-2013, 09:55 AM
Great update! :)

09-17-2013, 02:37 PM
Hurray for frisky giraffes. :)

Great update!!! :cool1:

09-18-2013, 07:15 PM
So many updates! lovely!
Haha... Mr. Mango on my shoulder!!! That is so funny, that is the part I remember the most!

I didn't know you could get breakfast at Pizzafari! And that is cool that your photo is famous! I will go and check out your other food photos too!
Pizzafari is very colorful and fun and very photogenic.

Those hairless animals from the safari are quite odd. I wonder why they group together like that. It must be a safety instinct. Herd mentality.

Stampy! I remember him. Do you remember the episode when they go to Epcot? I enjoy that episode. Homer said that Epcot is even boring to fly over when they are in the plane headed back to Springfield. Epcot is my favorite park but I still thought that was funny.

Wow, the giraffes were very frisky! Nice!

09-20-2013, 08:58 AM
Great update! :)

Thank you!

Hurray for frisky giraffes. :)

Great update!!! :cool1:

They were crazy! And it was awesome. Before that day I'd only seen giraffes run on teevee. And they looked like they were having so much fun! That was the best part.

So many updates! lovely!
Haha... Mr. Mango on my shoulder!!! That is so funny, that is the part I remember the most!

Thank you! I had no idea if anyone would even remember that part - it's kind of a throw away line - but it's my favorite. I don't know why but it seemed so hilarious at the time. Still does, even.

I didn't know you could get breakfast at Pizzafari! And that is cool that your photo is famous! I will go and check out your other food photos too!
Pizzafari is very colorful and fun and very photogenic.

Me either, but it was really yummy. It helped, I'm sure, that we were the first customers of the morning, but it was really, really good. And the great look of the place didn't hurt at all. It definitely feels like Disney (and the Animal Kingdom) in there!

Those hairless animals from the safari are quite odd. I wonder why they group together like that. It must be a safety instinct. Herd mentality.

Yeah, they were weird. And our guide didn't even mention them, so I have no idea what they were or why they stuck together so closely. Herd mentality is probably right.

Stampy! I remember him. Do you remember the episode when they go to Epcot? I enjoy that episode. Homer said that Epcot is even boring to fly over when they are in the plane headed back to Springfield. Epcot is my favorite park but I still thought that was funny.

Mr Mango and Stampy? You obviously have great taste in entertainment! Definitely remember that episode! While I love Epcot myself - I love all of Disney - I totally understand why people find it boring (why people find AK boring is what I don't understand) and found that super funny, as are most olden days Simpsons.

Thanks guys! So glad you're enjoying it. I'm off to spend the weekend with my family so there probably won't be any updates until Monday, but I'm still determined to plug away at this until I've told you all about our last trip.

One of the people I'll see this week is my baby niece Mady. She's almost 3 and she loves Disney. One night several months ago I was looking at Disney pictures on Instagram with her, and we were talking about different characters and what they might be like when you meet them. She sighed and said "I've gotta go there someday." !!! She is so right, and so brilliant. :love: We're planning a big family trip for 2015 when she'll be 5. I hope it works out - she's gotta go there, and I've got to be there when it happens.

09-20-2013, 09:32 AM
Have a wonderful time with your family!!! Sounds like a great plan to have a big family trip in 2015 and to be there when your niece sees it for the first time.

We always go in a big group. 12 of us this next trip my Dad being the oldest at 66 and my nephew the youngest at 19 months (he will be 23 months when we go). Technically this is his first trip to Disney, but he was with us in 2011 we just didn't know that my sister was pregnant at the time. Surprise!! :)

09-21-2013, 10:10 PM
Just wanted to say hi. Are you, your husband, and daughter going on another trip together this year? Is your husband's company paying for it again? I was just telling my husband that the company he works for should do the same thing :)

09-23-2013, 10:46 AM
Have a wonderful time with your family!!! Sounds like a great plan to have a big family trip in 2015 and to be there when your niece sees it for the first time.

Thanks! I did have a good time. I think my favorite quote from this trip came from baby niece #1. She had handed me a Snow White septre and asked me if I'd be the princess. Well - yeah! :woohoo: A little later she said "Thank you for being the princess for me, Shelly." princess: Anytime baby girl!!

We always go in a big group. 12 of us this next trip my Dad being the oldest at 66 and my nephew the youngest at 19 months (he will be 23 months when we go). Technically this is his first trip to Disney, but he was with us in 2011 we just didn't know that my sister was pregnant at the time. Surprise!! :)

Fantastic. I might be seeking your tips when we're getting ready! I'll be the oldest on that trip :eek: (I'll be 49) And baby niece #2 will be the youngest at 4 (unless the family grows any by then). If it all goes as planned there will be ten of us. I really hope it works out - I'm so excited for that trip!

Just wanted to say hi. Are you, your husband, and daughter going on another trip together this year? Is your husband's company paying for it again? I was just telling my husband that the company he works for should do the same thing :)

Hello! :yay: We are going again this year, but not with his company. I don't even remember where they're going this year because it's so boring! I have no idea why they didn't choose to go back to Disney this year, but am hoping they'll give it another go sometime. We'll take them up on it for sure!

The three of us are leaving Nov 29, then Danny and Hannah will be coming home on Dec 9th. After that, I'll be joining my brother and his girlfriend on their trip and won't come home until the 14th. That's 16 days for me - :cheer2: - needless to say I'm unbelievably excited.

And - not that it really matters, but just to be clear about the situation - Danny and aren't together anymore. We split up about 17 years ago, but have just always been committed to both being there for Hannah and giving her a sense of family. I can totally see how you'd miss that fact but if you've ever split up with someone, you probably know why I wanted to point that out. ;)::yes::

09-23-2013, 01:24 PM

09-23-2013, 01:33 PM
Even more Safari pictures. I can never seem to help myself!

More of my beloved elephants - especially because there’s a baby!




There was also a baby rhino! Why are baby animals so cute?



The cheetah was up, and moving around. All the animals in the park were frisky this day, I’m telling you.



Except the lions. They were just lying about.




I really like the addition of the zebras. I’m not sure if they’re still on the safari, but they are awesome to look at.



That last one wasn’t the wild animals, it was me and Hannah! I told you you’d get a glimpse at my sparkly ears soon enough.

Ok! Now we’re done with that and can move on!

Up next: We’ve got a planet to watch! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49654662&postcount=154)

09-24-2013, 01:55 PM
As we left the Safari we were discussing timing. We had stopped at the information board on the way in to the park that morning, and a friendly CM had checked what the vets at Rafikis Planet Watch were doing that morning. They would be doing a check up on a baby bird and that seemed interesting. We figured wed have enough time to see that, look around and get back in time for Hannah to head out. She is a college student and we had planned the trip around her finals - except an online final we figured she could take at Disney World just as easily as at home. She wanted to do it in the middle of the day before we headed to Magic Kingdom for the evening.

So thats what we did!

Danny was a little confused at the train station. He wasnt sure where he should go on his scooter even though there was this clear sign.


H and a CM had a talk about how you have to believe in the Magic while we waited for our.




The best part of the train ride is the behind the scenes glimpses at the animals.


We headed into Conservation Station and looked around. People were starting to crowd around a vet station window so H and I joined them while Danny continued to check the place out. There was a seriously obnoxious lady who loudly pushed her way in front of the front of everyone and talked loudly to her kids as if they were the only people there. I try to ignore other people in public places like Disney and mind my own business, but I remember this so well because it made Hannah really crabby. And she sometimes still talks about it.


This little bird had fallen from a nest inside of one of the parks a while back. When the CMs found it, they sent it over to the AK vets to see if it could be saved. In the real world that bird would have died but here at the AK they fixed it right up! Today they were taking another look to make sure everything had healed well and it had. Hooray little bird. The coolest part was seeing the xrays of this tiny tiny birds wings - first broken and then all back together.

I really dig this part of the Animal Kingdom. I tend to be really anti-zoo in most circumstances, but man, I love the way they care for the animals and their environment here at Animal Kingdom. Not that Im surprised Disney would do it up right, but the AK seriously rocks. Its never been a half day park for me - its a favorite!

(The first time I saw the Animal Kingdom was on our trip in 2010 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3121801) It was my favorite park. I would say it is now, but the truth is I cant even pick a favorite park anymore. They all have their unique charm - I love them all!)

Rafiki was out meeting guests, and his line was short so I jumped in. He didnt have a PPP so H was nice enough to take our picture.


After we left, Danny was wanting some caffeine, and since we were stopped and near the cart, Hannah and I figured it was the perfect time for a Mickey bar!


My opinion about Mickey bars? You can never have enough.

Then we were back on the train to the mainland.


Danny decided he was going to go back to the room with Hannah for a little rest while she took her test, so we said goodbye agreeing to meet back up at our spot in the MK at 4pm.

And then I was free and all alone in the Animal Kingdom!
Watch out Disney World, I am on the loose!

Next up: Unsupervised at Disney World (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49666304&postcount=156)

09-24-2013, 05:23 PM
Wow! A 16 day trip to Disney. That is enough time to really become one with the parks. I would love to stay that long!

Cute Rafiki photo.

09-25-2013, 04:44 PM
So there I was, alone and unsupervised at Disney World. This is the stuff dreams are made of, right? So what did I do? I headed straight to meet some characters. If theres no one around to remind me that real life exists, I am going to live in a magical world of make believe. You can bank on that.

I headed for Camp Minnie Mickey.

I love this spot and the lost forgotten plans for the magical beast part of the AK. I love that idea and still hold out a dream of a hope they might someday do it. Magical creatures? Yes please.



I waved hi to Daisy and the kids, ignored the Festival of the Lion King (am I the only one who doesnt love it?) and I was there.


First I got in line to visit with Baloo and King Louie. I am a long time Baloo fan. He was hilarious. He knows how to relax and have a good time, and thats what I like in a bear.


On my first trip to Disney had a blast goofing around with him. It was my first really fun character meet. Here are a couple pictures from the first time we met.



I headed to Minnies line next, since she was closest. There was a little girl in front of me in line who was seriously decked out in some Minnie Mouse gear. Minnie was impressed. They were adorable.

Im sure Ive made it clear I love character meets, and one of the many reasons I dig them is watching little kids overflow with happy when they meet a character they love.

Next I was up, and excited to meet the Queen of all Mice, myself!


Shes so charming.


After that I got in line to meet Pocahontas, even though she wasnt out at the time. The CMs were friendly and chatting with everyone and I noticed their pins.

Hannah and I had bought some pins to check out the whole pin trading experience, but to this point we had kind of forgotten them. There were some great pins of some of their lanyards and I really wished I had brought some of my traders. I scolded myself and made myself promise to take some the next time pins to trade the next day!


Anyway! Soon it was my turn to meet the princess, and man was she chatty! She asked about my village and what its like there. She asked if I thought she could get there in her boat, and how John Smiths boat was too big and couldnt get to a lot of places. She asked me about the weather there and when would be good to visit, and maybe if I wasnt too busy I could show her around.


Ok, I have to tell you here that this conversation with Pocahontas was one of the few times it was hard for me to remember about the difference between Disney World and the real world. When she mentioned John Smith I had to remind myself not to mention that he was kind of a pervy old man and she was going to be exploited and miserable if she stayed with him. But I stayed in character (as an old lady fangirl).

I caught a glimpse of the boys fishing on my way out. I doubt they caught much that day. For some reason they dont seem like very skilled fishermen.


I snapped a few shots of a couple Christmas trees on the way. I want to take better ones on my next trip.





I found myself heading back into Africa. There was a frozen adult beverage I had seen that I really wanted to try. I thought it came from the drink place next to Tusker House but the bartender there told me I needed to head to a window around the corner from Yak & Yeti quick service. Ok then.

On the way, I came across a lady made out of branches!





Up next: Is it weird that I'm drinking alcohol while I wait to meet my childhood idols (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49741980&postcount=163)?

09-26-2013, 12:09 AM
Yeah for the new update!!! :cool1:

I would totally be off looking to meet characters too if I had some free alone time. Considering that Animal Kingdom is really my favorite park it is amazing to meet that I have yet to visit the characters in Camp Minnie & Mickey and that I have never seen the statues of Daisy and the kids. :) Going to make sure that I remedy that this time when I go.

Looking forward to the next update. :)

09-26-2013, 10:53 PM
Wow! A 16 day trip to Disney. That is enough time to really become one with the parks. I would love to stay that long!

Cute Rafiki photo.

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world about staying 16 days! Becoming one with the parks sounds like nirvana!


09-28-2013, 12:42 PM
Yeah for the new update!!! :cool1:

I would totally be off looking to meet characters too if I had some free alone time. Considering that Animal Kingdom is really my favorite park it is amazing to meet that I have yet to visit the characters in Camp Minnie & Mickey and that I have never seen the statues of Daisy and the kids. :) Going to make sure that I remedy that this time when I go.

Looking forward to the next update. :)

That is crazy! I love the AK, but camp Minnie Mickey is one of the big reasons why (there are truly so many reasons!). Definitely check it out when you can. So. Much. Fun.

10-03-2013, 01:42 PM
Hello readers!

Now, I know you're out there because I can see that you've looked here, but aside from a few super nice disboarders, none of you are saying anything! I've been around the internets enough to know that's how it goes. Lurker to poster ratio is just like that. But still, I want to encourage you quiet readers to say hey! Ask questions. Make comments. Whatever! Getting feedback isn't the main reason to write a report, at least for me, but it is a reason. :rotfl: I'd love to hear from you!!

10-04-2013, 09:36 AM
Still Here!!! Looking forward to another update. :yay:

10-04-2013, 01:04 PM
Still Here!!! Looking forward to another update. :yay:

Aww, thanks! I always love it when you comment!

My next update should be up later today!

10-04-2013, 01:23 PM
I passed my favorite view of this gorgeous tree.



There was a PPP nearby and I stopped to see if hed take my picture.


He asked me about the Rapid Strap camera strap I was wearing and if I liked it. Disney provides the little harnesses they use at the park but he was thinking about getting one for his personal use. I had gotten the recommendation to try one from the photography board here, as a matter of fact, and people were right. Its awesome. Its a cross body strap that attaches to the camera via the tripod spot on the bottom. It rides along at your waist happily waiting until you feel like shooting something, and then the camera just sides around to wherever you want it. Mine has some floral decorations on the padded shoulder bit which I like. Im sure you can get a glimpse of it on many of the photos in this report.


This guy was outside of the Flights of Wonder theatre talking about the owl Tuesday, so named because she was found on a Tuesday. I had heard about her on a podcast somewhere, I think. It was an interesting story, but I didnt stop for too long.


This is my favorite structure in the AK, so I had to take some pictures of it on the way past.



I found the window I was looking for and ordered myself a Yak Attack.


Delicious!! And gorgeous. It is a mango daiquiri, some rum and wildberry flavors. With a cherry on top. It ranks right up there with the margarita I got at San Angel Inn.


I decided to enjoy it as I walked to meet some more make believe friends from the 100 Acre Wood. I knew I was close when I started to smell the BBQ. For many years of my life my dad owned a BBQ restaurant in Kansas City and that smell brings back lots of memories. I passed Flame Tree and headed down the big hill to the meet and greet.

I was wearing a fun (if old) shirt that day - its Tigger dressed up as Mickey. And apparently kids love it. I saw so many kids staring at my tshirt that day, and as I was standing in line for Pooh and friends, a little girl started talking to me about it. She thought it was hilarious. I felt kinda like a bad influence, sucking down a Yak Attack while talking to a little kid I didnt know, but then I remembered she didnt know what I was drinking, and it was Disney World so it was all good. I was worried about what Id do with my drink while I was hugging my Disney friends, but the line turned out long enough for me to finish in the queue.


First I met the cuddliest bear who ever lived, Winnie the Pooh himself.


And then the saddest donkey. Except he didnt seem very sad. He spun around in circles for me. Im not sure why, his handler said he was modeling for me.


And last, but so far from least, my bouncy friend Tigger. We bounced around a little, he enjoyed my shirt and then posed for some photographs.

I was headed back up the hill when I got the call.

Up next: This is when the party turned ugly (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49805151&postcount=164).

10-11-2013, 08:43 PM
So here we go - the undisputed low point of the trip&

Im heading out of the 100 Acre Wood meet and greet in the Animal Kingdom and I get a call. I think Hannah called first, but I ended up talking to both her and Danny several times over the next 30 minutes. Things had gone badly when Hannah tried to log on to take her test. We didnt know it then, but turned out that the schools computers were messed up that day and not letting anyone log on. Everyone who was still in town had to go in to campus and take the test there, but for Hannah that was obviously not an option and at the time, she had no idea what was going on. She was really upset because it was obviously not going to be for her grade in the class. And Danny, well he thought he was being helpful but he really just made things incredibly worse. Ill spare you all the details. When she explained she needed to just not talk for a while, he kept after her. To the point that she said she just needed to leave and he chased after her.


It was such a mess. And I was just like I cant believe I am at Disney World having to referee a fight between my grown daughter and her dad. Really people?

What the what?
We are at Disney World.

The less said about that mess, the better. I tried to help them see the others side, but in the end I said look, this is over and in the past. It was ridiculous and messed up, but lets please just leave it behind and get back to this vacation we are in the middle of!!

Enough ridiculousness.

And after that, I figured I needed another Yak Attack.

I headed back to the drink window and asked the same CM for another. I felt like I had to explain why I was back again so quickly for another drink and she gave me 2 cherries on top of my drink in sympathy. It was just as good and I slurped it down as I headed towards one of my favorite rides, Dinosaur! Because if you have to referee a flight between two grown ups on your vacation at Disney World, the best answer is to drink an adult beverage and then travel 65 thousand years through time to help some crazy scientist bring back a live dinosaur.



I did not even get a ride photo of this.

When I was done, it was about time to head for the MK. I checked for Dug and Russell at the Wilderness Explorers club, by they werent out. I stopped for a PPP near the exit and he took this crazy picture.

{{Where did this picture go? I will find it and I will add it in here}}

On the way to the bus stops, I got one more picture.


I asked the friendly CM near the bus stop signs the best way to get to the MK from there, and he showed me where to find a bus that would take me to the TTC. Thanks friendly CM!

Ok, heres another thing about Disney. Just like I can pretend I really hugged Winnie the Pooh that day, I can pretend that everyone at Disney World is my friend. At least the CM and probably everyone else. When a CM and I say hi to each other, its just like I when said hi to my friends in the hallways at school. The CM who made my Yak Attack, the CM at the bus stop board - you can see how Id think that, right?

I waited a little for the bus, and then I was off.

This update is a little short, I know, but since it's about the bad part I want to leave it on it's own and move on to the rest of the night...

Up next: I'm in my living room!


10-13-2013, 09:05 AM
Hannah texted me while I was waiting on the monorail. She was almost at the MK herself. I told her I was on the Tronorail and she saw me pull in.

But then when I got inside the park where I thought I was going to meet her, she was no where to be found. And she wasnt responding to my texts. I was super confused. I wasnt worried (as I often am) because cell phone reception is not great in Disney World, but I just didnt get it. I looked around for a long time. While I was looking I noticed there wasnt any wait to meet Mickey, so I texted H I was going to stop in to say hi to the mouse and to text me where she was.



Meeting Mickey was awesome, and I love his backstage dressing room.He kissed me and I know I blushed. That mouse is so charming.

I came out and went back to walking around the giant Christmas tree looking for that girl. My phone rang and I was so relieved. I answered the phone Where are you?? and was surprised to hear the answer "Im in my living room, where are you? Hah! I had accidentally pocket dialed my mom and she was calling me back. After we chatted a few minutes I was back to looking around. I still didnt see Hannah, but I saw Danny headed out of Guest Services.

He had been keeping his cards and his little bit of cash in a ziplock bag (!! I dont even know!!) and had lost it on some ride Ive now forgotten. He realized it as soon as he got off the ride and headed to GS. As he was explaining his situation to the CM behind the counter, another CM came in to turn in his baggie. Thank you Mickey Mouse and your magical kingdom! That was a potential bad scene that insted could hardly have been smoother.

And then two things happened at the same time. The Celebrate a Dream Come True parade came in to view, and H got all our texts at once and texted us back. She was at our spot waiting for us. Whoops. She was bored so she decided to brave the parade crowds and came to meet us. We stood there with hardly anyone around and watched the parade.

I love Disney parades!





















Next up: But its lunch time to me! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49826282&postcount=168)

10-13-2013, 10:40 PM
Love your reports, I am at CSR in 60 days with my DH after our first Disney Cruise! Will actually be there during your next trip.

On your Epcot day I loved the fact that my family has the same shirts as you and DX. I have the Millennium Falcon shirt and my DS(9) has the blue Mickey Shirt.

10-14-2013, 11:13 AM
Wow I got behind by 3 updates somehow. My email updates failed me. :sad2:

Anyway I am all caught up now.

So sorry to hear about the problems between H and Danny. Hopefully the issue with H's test got resolved. It was hardly her fault that she was many miles away and their computers failed. :headache: Glad you had 2 Yak Attacks to help you through that bit of drama. I have to say I am going to have to try one of those cause they look delicious!!

I love that you called your mom at home and she said she was in her living room. So funny. ;)

Great character pics with Pooh and the gang and Mickey.

What is that rock formation that you took a picture of. I have never seen that before. Looks like it has a clawed foot. I am really going to have to scour Animal Kingdom while I am there in a few months cause I have obviously missed a ton of stuff. :rolleyes1

Great updates. Looking forward to the next one. :yay:

10-14-2013, 04:18 PM
The three of us headed for our much anticipated ADR at Liberty Tree Tavern. Of all our meals on this trip, I was looking forward to this one most.

But first& I cant pass the castle without taking at least one picture of that gorgeous thing.


This time I got a shot of the wishing well, too.


We made it to LTT a tiny bit early. We checked in and were asked where we were from. We went to sit at a table with some coloring pages and crayons, but had barely started to color before they called our names. Our name and where we were from of course. We followed the CM to our table.


We were checking out the menus and I quickly realized this wasnt the menu I was expecting. It was he prix fixe dinner menu.

What the what?

But we were having lunch! I mean we hadnt eaten since breakfast so of course it was lunch right? We needed Freedom Pasta. We needed the Colony Salad. We needed Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake! Wed been dreaming about it for months. Ok, only I had, but&!

But no matter how excited we were or how long I had been looking forward to it, 4:20 is dinner time, not lunch time. What in the world had I been thinking? I guess I thought 4:20 was some kind of late lunch time, although if you ask me when restaurants switch to dinner Id say 4pm without thinking about it. I dont know. I have no excuse. I messed that one up.

When our waiter came over, I sheepishly told him about my mess up, and that we werent sure wed be staying. Wed have to talk it over. He wasnt very friendly and told us it was our choice. In fact he was kinda unfriendly. We annoyed him. Im sure the dinner is good there, but we had all already decided what we wanted and thats what we wanted. The dinner just didnt seem good - especially with the alternate dessert.

I wouldnt say this was a bad day - we were on vacation at Disney World - but it was a hard day. Wait, it wasn't hard either, compared to like yard work or whatever. But it wasn't a dream day, either. The fight, the miscommunication about meeting up, the lost zippie and the LTT disappointment. We werent sad or mad but we were ready to get back to having a good time.

I pulled out my phone to check what else might be available in the next few hours and found absolutely nothing. We decided to leave and get some quick service at Pinocchio's Village Haus. Danny and I were sure wed eaten there on one of the 90s trips and not liked it, but certainly the menu had changed since and thought it sounded like a try.

(I have reservations at LTT on my upcoming trip though. And this time its at 1:35 - definitely lunch time. I have learned.)

While we were deciding about dinner we also talked about what to do with the rest of our evening. We decided to check out New Fantasyland in the dark after dinner and sent H to get the FPs for The Journey of the Little Mermaid.


We all met up inside the restaurant and had some amazing timing. We were definitely grateful for that. It was empty when we ordered but by the time we left there were some crazy lines! We all enjoyed our dinner, although I did think it was a little pricey for a QS dinner. After all the things that had happened that day, I had to look over our receipt. But I think we just got a lot of stuff.


I had the flatbread with balsamic vinegar because I love that stuff. D & H got meatball subs. H had some fries and the grown ups had salad. I know it was a hit because Danny often mentions it when talking about where to eat at the MK.

No dreamy desserts, but not too bad! Things were looking up.

Next up: That Buzz is such a charmer.

10-14-2013, 05:55 PM
Great update! :thumbsup2

10-14-2013, 09:05 PM
Or maybe I should call it photos I forgot. Either way, here are some photos that should have gone with the "while I was alone at AK" part of this day. It kind of makes sense that there was a mess up with that part of my trip report. They're all from the bit just after "the low point."

A photo from my voyage back in time.


Me, just before leaving the park. You might be able to tell I had 2 Yak Attacks from this photo. Maybe.


Maybe that's why I spotted Stitch breaking through the concrete. He's such a rascal.


Up next: Back to the trip report. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49878246&postcount=171)

10-20-2013, 02:05 PM
We headed for New Fantasyland. Like so much of Disney, it is fabulous in the dark. So is Storybook Circus so we looked around there. Hannah was against both Dumbo and the Barnstormer even when I reminded her of how much she loved it when she was 4, so we just headed back to use our Little Mermaid fast passes.

The ride wasnt any more impressive than the other times wed ridden it. On the other hand its not a bad way to spend 10 minutes so no one was complaining. After that ride we split up for a little bit. Hannah wanted to ride Space Mountain and Danny wanted to ride the Carousel of Progress. I hadnt done CoP since the 90s so I decided to go with him.

We got confused with the wheelchair entrance for that ride and had to run around a bit before we found our way in. We sat in a mostly empty theatre and took a tour through time.


I love this dog!







We texted H when we were done. She was still in line, but said she was close. Buzz Lightyear was meeting in his spot nearby so we got in line. A dance party was going on, so we had a lot of fun, loud music to entertain us while we waited. There was a little bit of a line.

Buzz seemed like he was having a good time that night, and when I went up to meet him he took my hands and we started dancing!



After one of the most fun dances of my entire life (!!!), we stopped and posed for photos. Danny joined us.


TWEET: Just danced with buzz lightyear. That made everything better.

It really did! It was so, so fun. Before that dance, I was never that much of a Buzz fan, but now - well I will always have a special place in my heart for that spaceman. :cloud9:

Hannah had texted us by then and we agreed to meet up on Poohs wall, across from the teacups. No one wanted to go on Poohs ride, and Hannah was advocating hard for Haunted Mansion, so he started off in that direction.

As we were walking through line, Hannahs Disney dream came true!


She got a red card! Shed been hoping for so long, and come so close several times. I think she kind of freaked the CM when she told him how shed been hoping all week to get one. She was super excited.

We got to the place in line where wheelchairs split off and they told us only 2 could go. Hannah went on her own, but asked to wait at the loading spot until we came around, so we could ride next to each other. Shes such a sweet girl.

It was getting rainy after that, and it had been a long day. And we had a big secret to reveal that night! Hannah didnt know that for the last two nights of our trip we were going to stay in a Little Mermaid room at the brand new Art of Animation resort! Somehow we had managed to keep that secret from her for months. There were more than a couple times Danny and I were sure we blew it, but luckily she had that teenage daughter thing of sometimes not paying any attention to what we say. D and I had planned to head back early that night so we could break the news and pack our things, so we convinced H with the rain and the tiredness, we should just head back to the room.

We settled in and watched some Stacey. When H was changed into her pjs, I was all Hannah, can you come in here a minute? We need to talk to you. with my best serious voice. She came and sat down on her bed with that look of Oh, no. What did I do? on her face. She said later she was sure she was in trouble.

And then we broke the good news! She was thrilled. It was awesome to watch her happiness and excitement. We packed everything up, set a wake up call and hit the sheets.

Up next: A PS to the day. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49917730&postcount=174)

10-20-2013, 02:15 PM
Love the added photos. Yes you look like you are having a very good time in your photo in AK. :goodvibes I totally love that Stitch popping up through the concrete photo.

So glad you were able to keep the secret of staying at the Little Mermaid rooms and funny that she thought she was in trouble but then ended up getting great news. :thumbsup2

Sorry about the disappointment in getting to LTT at dinner time. It's funny though cause the dinner there is one of the meals my husband and I look forward to the most. I love that meal. Never had lunch there though so maybe that is the reason. :)

Glad H finally got the red card.

10-24-2013, 07:51 PM
So glad you were able to keep the secret of staying at the Little Mermaid rooms and funny that she thought she was in trouble but then ended up getting great news. :thumbsup2

There were a few times Danny and I let something slip and thought we might be busted, but apparently we played it off well enough each time. She always thinks she's in trouble when one of us tell her we want to talk to her. Guilty conscious? I don't think so because I think she's a really good girl -- but maybe that's why she has the guilty conscious.

Sorry about the disappointment in getting to LTT at dinner time. It's funny though cause the dinner there is one of the meals my husband and I look forward to the most. I love that meal. Never had lunch there though so maybe that is the reason.

Thanks:) It's not that it looked bad, it was just that thing of having our minds/tastebuds so ready for something else.

10-24-2013, 08:01 PM
Here’s a P.S. to the day.

Remember the night trapped on It’s A Small World? When I was writing the report, I couldn’t really figure out the timing of things that happened after. Eventually I just guessed when it was we had that super magic ride on BTMRR during Wishes.

When I was writing this day, I found this tweet:

Riding big thunder mntn (my fave coaster) during the fireworks more than makes up for any bad vacation bits.

Well that explains it. It didn’t fit in that night because it didn’t happen that night. D’oh. Sorry for that inaccuracy. I don’t really think there’s much of it. And i promise I will be taking better notes next time (36 days).

Up next: Check in at Art of Animation (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49922452&postcount=176)

10-25-2013, 08:02 AM
Love your reports, I am at CSR in 60 days with my DH after our first Disney Cruise! Will actually be there during your next trip.

Thank you so much! :flower3:
I hope your cruise is awesome! I've never done one of those but I know people love them so much. If you're at CSR while I'm at BLT, chances are we'll see eachother at some point. Are you taking a lime green Mickey head?

On your Epcot day I loved the fact that my family has the same shirts as you and DX. I have the Millennium Falcon shirt and my DS(9) has the blue Mickey Shirt.

That is awesome! You guys obviously have amazingly good taste in Disney clothing! :cool1:

Not many days now!

10-25-2013, 12:33 PM
As much as we had loved Coronado Springs (and it was very, very nice), we were super excited to go check out AoA!

The Little Mermaid rooms had only been open for about a month, and the whole thing was just still new and fresh. So that was exciting. Plus we are just the kind of family that lives for highly themes. When im at Disney World, I want to be IN a world of Disney every minute. I know not everyones like that and I get it, but that's how I like it. Danny, too. Hannah loves the highly themed (but I think she might like fancy better).


Heres Danny waiting on his scooter, and the groceries we were taking with us.


We called bell services and someone came around quickly to take care of us. He loaded our stuff on a cart and drove us to the lobby.

We got all checked out at the CSR tried to use gift cards but system slow so we only did one. our cm was training but pretty good. We tried to use some gift cards when we were checking out, but the system was slow so we decided to save them for other things. We walked to the front and a CM from bell services got us a taxi.

He had to whistle at the taxi guy a couple times and when he finally came over the Disney guy scolded him for not paying attention. He gave us a pleasant ride over to the AoA anyway and chatted with us about our stay. He said he had heard the AoA was very nice and we couldnt wait to check it out for ourselves.

I hope that you have seen photos of the Amazing wall of lights in that AoA lobby. Its like a wall made of glowing fruit stripe gum and it is awesome. I may have a picture from tomorrow, so for now just flashback to a picture youve already seen, ok?

Tweet: Checking in at aoa. We kept it a secret from the girl until last night! So fun.

At this point I was excited and overwhelmed by all the bright and shiny! We waited in a short line until we were called by a bright and shiny CM to her bright and shiny desk. She was earning her ears! We had done online check in for this resort so it was quick and painless. She got us checked in and made sure to use as many puns as possible. I loved it. Have an animated stay! Sketch you later! That one was my favorite.

Hannah, an animation student, took these pictures of the walls while I was doing the check in. Its seriously awesome and full of lots of fun concept art from the movies included at the resort.


Early concept art of Ursula. I think shes much scarier in this skinny version - maybe too scary!











These are a couple looking up in the food court.



And the food court. I am pretty sure we got something to eat here, but I have no idea what. Weird.


up next: Some of us stay and some of us go. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49930640&postcount=177)

10-26-2013, 04:50 PM
It was still early when we showed up to check in, so of course our room wasn’t ready. I wasn’t surprised. Hannah and I wanted to wander around and check out the resort, anyway so we were fine with that. Danny decided he’d rather head over to Epcot so he took off with plans for us to meet him there when we were done.

That place is awesome. I am definitely a can’t get enough Disney kind of girl which is exactly the kind of girl they’ve catered this resort for. If it were up to me, they’d have a wing like these all the big movies. I want to stay in the Mary Poppins room, the Aristocats room, the Notre Dame room, the Alice in Wonderland room, the Hundred Acre Wood room, the Toy Story room, and many others, including a room that was just dedicated to all the Disney dogs.

That’s my fantasy.
In reality we were about to stay in a Little Mermaid room which would defintely be on my list. I decided I wanted to save that section of the resort until we were headed to check out our room. There was plenty more to see however!

Straight out the back doors of the food court is the Big Blue Pool. We never got a chance to swim in it, but H and I did sit out by it one evening. It is super charming, as you can see for yourself.












Next we headed over to the dessert on our right.











up next: The Little Mermaid Section. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49944595&postcount=180)

10-27-2013, 11:01 AM
Awesome Pictures!!!

I would love to stay in the AOA rooms and hopefully on a future visit I will be able to. :)

We did put aside an entire day that is a no park day, the plan is shopping at DTD and I plan to go to AOA and just take tons of pictures of everything.

Can't wait to see the pictures of your room. :)

10-27-2013, 06:43 PM
... the plan is shopping at DTD and I plan to go to AOA and just take tons of pictures of everything.

Can't wait to see the pictures of your room. :)

Spoiler alert: We left the resort before our room was ready, so those pictures won't come until the end of the day :sad2: But there are lots, so that might make up for it.

I think you'll have fun visiting the resort. Giant characters are awesome in my book, and they are All Over. I'm really looking forward to going back there, and for staying more than two nights!

10-28-2013, 01:11 PM
In the last post I covered the Cars and Finding Nemo sections. To the left of those you ener the savannah of the Lion King.

Rafiki welcomes you.






No Climbing! No fun of any kind!!











Hannah didn't want to wait to check out the Little Mermaid section, so she went ventured in while I sat on a rock in the savannah and looked at things. Including my phone. I took some pictures with it.


Including a selfie with the lion, himself.


The only part I wasn’t loving was the music. We’d been there a while, and had heard the same few, very very bad, Christmas songs over and over again. Most of them were sung by children and unbelievably annoying; Angel in the Christmas Play and I’m gettin’ nuthin’ for Christmas for example. The ones who weren’t were songs like Grandma Got Run Over by A Reindeer.


TWEET: I have only been to disney in dec. The part I like the least is all the xmas music. I want to hear disney music at disney world.

Hannah came back and didn't want to tell me much about the LM area. She didn't think it was as good as the rest of the resort though (and when I saw it I agreed with her). We had seen most of the resort and were tired of the music, so we decided to go ahead and jump on the next bus to Epcot.


Turned out, once we were on the bus - before we even got out of the parking lot, we got our text that our room was ready!! Frustrating, and just as Hannah had predicted. We figured it was too late to get off. In retrospect we maybe should have, but oh well.

Tweet: The text that our room was ready came just as the bus was leaving the parking lot for epcot. H was very disappointed.

Once we got there, we headed to the benches between Innoventions and the Character Spot and texted Danny about where we were. He had a crazy time trying to find us, but eventually he did.

Sadly, I’m a little unclear about the details of this next part, but that’s partly because it was a big mess. That morning when we switched resorts, for some reason they couldn’t put the park tickets onto our new KTTW, so we had to carry around both cards. The old ones for the park tickets, and the new one for our room key and for charging. This caused a bit of confusion on these last couple days, and this was the first time.

While I was waiting for Danny to find me, Hannah headed to the Land to get us FPs for Soarin’. And of course I gave her the wrong card. Which she didn’t realize until after she’d already gotten hers. So she had to rush back to me (understandably frustrated), trade cards, and hope she made it back in time to get me a FP that overlapped with her time. (Those Soarin’ FPs move fast!) She did it though - we just barely overlapped, but barely counts.

The part I’m confused about is where Danny’s FP fits in to this. I think he had already gotten one and it was for just a little bit before Hannah’s. :confused3 I’m not sure, but I know we didn’t all three overlap.

Whatever happened, we finally all ended up on the same bench at the same time and each had a FP to ride one of our favorite rides. Here's mine.


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10-31-2013, 03:06 PM
We were going to buy our souvenirs this day. We knew Mouse Gear in Epcot was a big store and we figured we could find what we wanted in there. All week we had been getting coupons on the bottom of our QS receipts and we were planning to use that this day as well, but in the fuss of changing rooms, I had managed to forget the receipt with the coupon! We sent Hannah to a food card to get a snack and hopefully get another coupon on that receipt, but she didnt. We shopped anyway and chose what we wanted to buy. We were going to stop by on our last night and just grab those things. You know this was a bad idea, right? I dont know why we didnt realize this, but we did not even though we are old enough to know better. And spoiler alert: we never went back to Mouse Gear.

Theres a lot of good stuff in that store though. We spent a while looking around. And of course we all got lost from each other. It was one of the times I was so grateful for cell phones! Danny left the store first and texted us where to meet him.

After that we decided to head into the World Showcase, heading to the right since we always go left (because we are in a hurry to get to Mexico).

So it was heading into the afternoon. We had been up and around for a lot of hours, and I was starting to get really antsy that we hadnt ridden anything or done anything really at all. And by antsy I mean crabby. And then it started to rain. No problem, right? I had brought those 2 for a dollar rain ponchos at the Dollar Store, so I didnt have a care in the world.

Except those things are made out of something like saran wrap. And the hood part is not designed in any kind of way to cover your head. And the sides were wide open. And the humidity was about a thousand percent. And we were walking without any destination.

It didnt take long for all of us to realize it wasnt raining that hard, and wed all be happier without those things creating a hothouse effect. Luckily the rain tapered off and I had a baggie to keep my beloved camera safe in.

I was still kinda cranky though. So of course when we entered France and I saw the Grand Marnier slushie I had to get one.


Man it was tasty! I loved it! I plan on having that more than once on this next trip. It was fantastic. Danny must have been having a hard time this morning too because he kept talking about how it would be so nice to have a Diet Coke, but he never found one.

I took some some shots of the world around the lake:




At this point Hannah started feeling at the end of her rope as well. She was exhausted and didnt feel well. She decided she needed a monster, and I knew I had a note in my phone about where I could find one in the park. The World Traveler store. I asked around and no one seemed to know where it was -- and then I noticed it. Crazy - it was in view the whole time we were asking. I guess its tucked out of the way and easy to ignored.



We went back to the bench and just sat there for a while, relaxing and watching people walk by. We made friends with a super tame squirrel, watched people and waved at Mary Poppins as she was on her way out.

I think Ive already said how much I love to wave to a character on their way in or out. Like its something you see every day. Because at Disney, you do, and thats part of the magic.

By the time everyone felt like moving on, it was getting close to our ADR time. We headed that way. We thought maybe we could catch a view of the Canada movie, but we didnt quite have the time. Instead we headed here!


Hannah and I had eaten here on our 2010 trip and loved it. Hannah especially. So we were excited to see if Danny liked it as much as we did on this trip.

There was a really long wait, but we were entertained by the number of people who came in to see if they could get a table. I cant tell you how many times I heard Were booked through New Years day.

Tweet: Waiting to be seated at Le Cellier. Have I mentioned its kinda hot?

I took pictures while we waited:



Eventually we were headed to a table with this view:



Lunch was delicious.

It started with some bread.

Hannah and I had the fillet with mushroom risotto.

Danny got some kind of steak.


We all cleaned our plates. We didnt get any stickers here - I think because everyone here always does! We didn't get any dessert because I was planning to get something tasty at Karmell Kuche later that night!

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11-02-2013, 10:47 AM
We finished our delicious lunch, it was getting close to Danny’s fast pass time expiring. Of course Danny needed to make that, but he (we) wanted to see the Canada movie, too. Danny took off down the path toward the movie spot, while Hannah and I enjoyed the lovely scenery.

Danny came back right away to make sure he was looking in the right place because he couldn’t find the way. We pointed out the sign and he headed back while Hannah and I headed up the hill to wait.


It’s at this late point in the trip that Hannah and I finally discovered pin trading! We had brought a bag of pins and were looking forward to trying out trading, but we could never seem to remember to take them to the park! This morning we had remembered though! As we were waiting on Danny, we noticed a CM at a cart with a lanyard full of pins. We went over and each traded one - fun!

Danny came back and said the timing of the shows wouldn’t really work out, so we took off for the land pavillion. While Danny soared over California, Hannah and I were on the look out for more CMs to trade pins with. Just inside the front doors we found a really friendly CM who did a great job of giving us a Pin Trading 101 class. She was great. She also told us where to find other CMs with pins in the pavillion and we tracked them down. At the Lion King show, the CM with all the pins was missing, but the CMs at the desk by Soarin’ were fantastic. This is when I started to love pin trading. Sorry I don’t have any pictures or remember what I traded for - I’ll do better next time. By which I mean this time. Check in at AoA is in 27 days.

After that, we waited for Danny. And then waited for our overlapping FP time to tick up.




Hannah wanted to go back to the room and rest at this point (I don’t even know. We were at Disney World. There’s no resting at Disney!) On the other hand, Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel of course, but also one of her other favorites, Thumbelina) was the CP narrator that night. She decided to see Jodi Benson, but wasn’t sure when she should get in line and then decided she needed to be in line Right Then or she might die.

Which meant we race walked over to America to find out her timing was way off. The show was going on, so Hannah stood outside the theatre to watch. It was raining pretty seriously at this point. There wasn’t really anywhere to sit because everything was wet, and I didn’t have anywhere good to hide my camera and keep it dry. We ended up over the canopy at the American Adventure theatre (or whatever it’s called). I tried to sit on a little curb. When the show was over Hannah met came over and let us know she was going to head back to the room. She wanted to rest, but she also really wanted to check out our LM room!


It was just about time for the next show and it was still raining fairly seriously, so D and I decided to head in and see the show. Which was a horrible idea. First because it was FREEZING in there - especially since we were both a little damp. And second because that show was LONG and boring.

So I did what I usually do when I’m bored and I have my camera - I took too many pictures.













I’m usually a big history geek and all hooray for America, but this show was too slow and not interesting or informative. I will skip it next time, and every single time in the future.

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11-03-2013, 10:02 AM
I love your description of the aoa lights as glowing fruit stripe gum!!! I am gonna be thinking of that in a week when I am seeing it in person. (I am staying at Pop but plan to walk over and view all of the Art of Animation loveliness.
Your photos are such a delight. I want to meet Buzz Lightyear where you were dancing with him. I have never seen him in that location. I think I met him in front of Carousel of Progress once. I can't wait for character encounters!
I have never gone in and seen the show for the American Adventure. I sometimes think I would like to do all the things I have missed in the past but then I always decide to do my favorite "must do" things instead. I'm with you that this attraction is too time consuming and time is very valuable at Disney!
I'm glad you have another trip soon. Will you be doing another report? I would love to hear about your trip and see your photos!!

11-04-2013, 08:19 PM
I love your description of the aoa lights as glowing fruit stripe gum!!! I am gonna be thinking of that in a week when I am seeing it in person.

Thanks! And you so are! If you're of the age that you remember that gum, you can't help but think of it!

Your photos are such a delight.

Aww, thank you so, so much! I love to hear that:flower3:

I want to meet Buzz Lightyear where you were dancing with him. I have never seen him in that location. I think I met him in front of Carousel of Progress once. I can't wait for character encounters!

It was there! just outside of Carousel of Progress. Maybe it's new because I don't remember him meeting there before, but his background is on the wall so he must meet there frequently. [/QUOTE]

I have never gone in and seen the show for the American Adventure. I sometimes think I would like to do all the things I have missed in the past but then I always decide to do my favorite "must do" things instead. I'm with you that this attraction is too time consuming and time is very valuable at Disney!

I totally understand that at Disney, everyone has their favorites and one person's least favorite is another one's favorite - but that thing is just not worth it. Save yourself :).

I'm glad you have another trip soon. Will you be doing another report? I would love to hear about your trip and see your photos!!

Yes I will! And I promise #1 I will take better notes and #2 I will not take so long to get it done! I'd love it if you'd follow along and I'll be certain to link to it from here when it happens.

Thanks for saying hi!

11-08-2013, 09:37 AM
When we were finally able to escape from the American Adventure, it looked like the Candlelight Processional was just about to start, so I figured I’d hang around outside till I could get a picture of Jodi Benson for Hannah.

But it wasn’t really about to start, and it really wasn’t about time for Jodi to come out, there were just people in the theatre and crowds crowding around. The rain had removed all the tape indicating where people were and weren’t supposed to stand. This made the old lady CM really cranky and she kept being cross with people who were standing in the wrong spot. This was understandable, and I only mention she was an old lady because being half old myself, I have a very different reaction to cranks of different ages. Cranky people younger than me make me shrug and think “whatever, cranky”, but when the cranky people are older than I am I feel in trouble and it bothers me a little. Weird. But that’s me.

So anyway there were crazy crowds around the theatre, and the lady kept cranky, and the rain kept drizzling. The candle lights started to progress (if you’ve never seen it, all the singers walk single file to the stage holding a single candle) and that took forEver. Danny left for the restroom and I kept waiting. I turned at least as cranky as the CM, if not more.

{I really, really, can’t stress enough reallys, want to not let myself be so cranky on this next trip. Even for a minute. Why didn’t I just go sit down for a minute? I hope I’ve learned my lesson.}

Back at the resort, Hannah was having a little melt down of her own. She was texting me about how our was literally the furthest possible room from the front of the resort. Like the next room was the parking lot. And she did not like it. I was trying to text her back when she called (am I the only one who really hates that? If we're texting, we're texting. Don't call me). She was overly emotional so I was just like calm down, you’re at Disney World. It will be fine and I’ll call you back when I’m done trying to do you a favor.

{I wish I had someone to do this to me when I’m overly emotional since it’s really hard to do it for yourself. I need an app on my phone that will read my body chemistry or brain waves and send me a message to get a grip when I need it.}

Jodi Benson came out and then after another long while, she started to talk. And I took her picture.


We didn’t stay to hear the good part though. We decided to just head back and check out our resort. Danny hadn't seen it at all, and we were thinking we’d try dinner at the food court. I wanted out of the crowds and I wanted out fast, so I just kind of marched through, from the very back of the World Showcase, through Tomorrow World, the entrance, and the long walk to the bus stop, which was silly. Danny even reminded me at one point that I wanted some treat at Karamel Kuche but I was so cranky I didn’t even care about dessert, and that’s totally unreasonable.

As we waited for the bus, we decided if we ever stayed at Disney that long again (it was 8 days), we should definitely schedule in a break day. As we looked back over our day, we really didn't do many fun things. We decided if we were going to have a day where nothing really "happened", we'd rather pick it than let it pick us.

We had arrived at the bus stop just as an Art of Animation bus was pulling away. Like the bus driver held his hand up to us as we were walking to the door and told us there was a bus right behind him. A couple minutes later another bus pulled up. We loaded on and waited for the bus to fill up some. When the driver started out, there was a bad noise. Something was wrong with his brakes.

Big Groan.

We loaded off and there was some drama between the workers about what was going to happen next. After what seemed like Ever, a non Disney pulled up and drove us back to our hotation.

(I asked Danny to give me his best cranky look in this photo.)

Up Next: Landscape of Flavors and our Mermaid Room (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50029082&postcount=186)!!

11-08-2013, 10:44 AM
I had been texting with Hannah through the whole bus situation, and she decided to meet us at the food court for some dinner. We found her and wandered around a bit checking out all the options. It was loud and crazy and full of kids, but some of the food looked good.

Danny got a build your own burger which he Loved. I didn't get a picture.

Hannah got in line for some Mongolian Beef.


And I got in the build your own pasta line. It was kind of long and a CM came around with a little electronic gadget to take my order while I was still pretty far away from the counter. That sped things up a lot.

This chef was working hard.


My pasta was good,



But I thought Hannah's meal was better.


After dinner we checked out the gift shop. I liked that they had resort specific merchandise, but didnt buy anything for myself. I did get Hannah her bribe present from the day before - a Simba pillow pet. She was super grateful for it the whole time and loved it a lot, which I appreciated. She still loves it in fact. You can kind of see H and her Simba under the branch on the left side in this photo. (She wanted me to take her picture with it - so very rare! - but I only had my zoom lens).


In the very last room of the very last building of the Little Mermaid section at AoA. We could literally not be any further out. #decdis12

Hannah was right. it was the last room in building 8. Our view was the parking lot and the trees beyond the hotel. Oh well, somebodys got to stay there, right? And it was only for 2 nights.

And our room was awesome - check it out!



The octopus holds our jackets. Thanks octopus!


The vanity area.


The bathroom. Dig that shower. When youre in it, its really easy to pretend you are under the sea in Ariels treasure grotto.



The shower curtain, which can be yours for the right price in the gift shop.


The whole vanity/bathroom area kind of closes off for a little bit of privacy.


The dresser. The fridge is behind a door on the left side. Drawers are on the right. We cluttered the top up every single day. I loved the way its shaped, though.


Hannah loved this and claimed the Ariel sticker.


I apologize for the mess. It was the end of a long, long day. But its a table, and a couple of sea themed chairs. The table has some sheet music on it and is very charming. Also, please appreciate that awesome sea shell light/mirror above the table.


We spent some time relaxing and enjoying our Mermaid room before we hit the sack. The next day would be our last full day at Disney :sad:.

Up next: Under the Sea in the daylight (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50029948&postcount=187).

11-08-2013, 12:52 PM
So my next trip is in less than 3 weeks. When I was on about day 4 of this report I joked it would take me until our next trip to finish it. I was so close to right! But I will finish it and that’s something, right? And I will finish before we leave, so expect this day’s report to move right along.

I have hardly any notes on this day, so it's down to my camera and my memory.

It was dark when I got my first look at the Little Mermaid section of the resort. This morning I got a much better look around. It had already rained that morning but the time we headed out at 7am so things were a little wet, but that seemed fitting for the Mermaid section.

Our room number on a seashell.


We didn’t have Magic Bands, but we did have tap to enter which we used when Hannah remembered she forgot something.


Looking back at our room




At the end of the long sidewalk, you get a nice view of Ariel’s behind.




















Up Next: More AoA (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50030043&postcount=188)

11-08-2013, 01:09 PM
Here's a map of the whole resort.


You can see the corner where our room was just above the clamshell with the number 8 in this picture.


I love the over the top-ness of this resort. I couldnt walk through the Lion King savannah without taking a few more pictures.



The Lion King makes Hannah 6 again.



Danny was hoping to get a made to order omelet at the food court, but they didnt start serving warm food until 8 and we didnt want to miss extra magic hours, so we just got some pastries. I had a cream cheese danish, which is my go-to breakfast at DW. I dont even remember what D & H ate.

After that we checked out the lobby some before we headed for the bus stop.



I loved this light fixture, and especially this drawing of Ariel. The drawing of Simba laughing in the face of danger is pretty cute, too.






Hannah watched the animator draw young Simba.



After we were done with the lobby, we headed out to the bus stop.

Up next: The Next Morning! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50122812&postcount=195)

11-08-2013, 07:12 PM
Your mermaid room is cute! I know a family who is going for the first time in the spring and are going to stay in a mermaid room.
Very nice photos of all of art of animation. The snarfblatt and dinglehopper are so lifelike!
haha, I agree that being uninterested in a Disney dessert is not a good place to be while on vacation! But everyone gets tired and needs a break at some point.
I'm glad you are going back soon. It is so fun to have it to look forward to.
I am leaving for the airport very early tomorrow morning! I plan to stay at Magic Kingdom very late tomorrow night for extra magic hours!!! It doesn't seem real! I heard on the news that there is a chance for snow on Tuesday morning in KC and I am going to totally miss that and that makes me very happy. :)
I will look forward to more of your report for when I return!

11-14-2013, 02:08 PM
Your mermaid room is cute! I know a family who is going for the first time in the spring and are going to stay in a mermaid room.
Very nice photos of all of art of animation. The snarfblatt and dinglehopper are so lifelike!
haha, I agree that being uninterested in a Disney dessert is not a good place to be while on vacation! But everyone gets tired and needs a break at some point.
I'm glad you are going back soon. It is so fun to have it to look forward to.
I am leaving for the airport very early tomorrow morning! I plan to stay at Magic Kingdom very late tomorrow night for extra magic hours!!! It doesn't seem real! I heard on the news that there is a chance for snow on Tuesday morning in KC and I am going to totally miss that and that makes me very happy. :)
I will look forward to more of your report for when I return!

Thanks! I hope you're having a great time!! It's definitely too cold already here! Let me know how your trip went when you get back!

11-14-2013, 04:04 PM
What a fabulous trip report! I would love to get to meet Gaston!

11-14-2013, 09:15 PM
What a fabulous trip report! I would love to get to meet Gaston!

Thanks so much!
Gaston was SO great. Really. I think he's becoming a super popular character because he just has so many opportunities to be funny.

Of course I think "my" Gaston is the best and always get excited when I see pictures of him in trip reports.

What? :confused3 I mean there's only ONE Gaston. Ignore that last paragraph!

11-17-2013, 03:17 PM
Thanks! I hope you're having a great time!! It's definitely too cold already here! Let me know how your trip went when you get back!

I got back yesterday. I had a great time! But, I never did see Gaston.:(
But I did sit in his chair and admire the antlers.
I may do a report but I am going to wait until I get my photopass pics. Its gonna take me awhile to add borders and such to all of them.
We walked around Art of Animation two times and I really enjoyed seeing everything.:goodvibes

11-20-2013, 04:57 PM
I got back yesterday. I had a great time! But, I never did see Gaston.:(

Glad you had such a good time! But oh my goodness, I can't even imagine not meeting Gaston (now that I've done it - obviously I survived for plenty of years before)! I hadn't imagined such a possibility. I am going to have to stalk him to be sure I experience his handsomeness again![/QUOTE]

I may do a report but I am going to wait until I get my photopass pics. Its gonna take me awhile to add borders and such to all of them.

You're right about that! It seems like it took me forever last year, but I sure felt like I got my money's worth. This year I'll have even more days, and more photos since my brother and his girl will be with us. I have read some people have had some photos missing when they check online - hope all of yours were there waiting!

We walked around Art of Animation two times and I really enjoyed seeing everything.:goodvibes

[COLOR="DarkGreen"]It's certainly a lot to look at. I'm hoping I actually get to swim in the Nemo pool this time. I understand there's an underwater soundtrack in that pool and want to check it out for myself.

Were they already playing Christmas music when you visited? Their Christmas songs were my least favorite part of the resort!

11-20-2013, 08:49 PM
We were headed to AK on this last full day of our magical Disney trip. I know a lot of people are not big fans of this park, but I am not one of them. Hannah and I love it, and even though before he visited it for the first time Danny thought it sounded kind of lame, he loves it to. Since they were having extra magic hours that morning, thats where we headed.

We stopped outside the park for a couple PP+ pictures at the giant Christmas tree.


Oh yikes, its Stitch!

We stopped at two more PP+ just after we entered the park.




We were kind of wandering around without a plan. We were kind of headed toward Expedition Everest but mostly we were just enjoying the experience. Thats what makes AK so good. Everywhere you look its interesting.

You know I took some pictures.







Up Next: More pictures, of course (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50123155&postcount=196)!

11-20-2013, 09:49 PM
This area is maybe my favorite place to take photos in all of Disney World.










Danny decided he wanted to ride Expedition Everest with Hannah. I waited outside with the camera.









In addition to taking photos, I was on the lookout to trade some pins! When I saw a cast member with some pins I had to check it out. The best pin trade I had probably happened then - a few CMs with dress shirts and ties were walking by so I stopped them. One of them had a pin I loved so I asked him for it. He was talking about how much he liked that pin and so I told him I was sorry to take it from him. And he was in serious Disney mode when he said The only thing that would make me sad is if you didnt trade me for that pin.

I love that.

I also made Disney friends with a lady waiting for someone on EE as well. We talked about all the times wed been trapped somewhere at Disney! Luckily we were both laughing about it. We went on telling eacho other about what we had done and what we liked best. When Danny came back to sit on his scooter, he joined in and we talked with our new friend some more while Hannah rode EE one more time.

Up Next: On our way to brunch (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50125663&postcount=197).

11-21-2013, 09:59 AM
Whoops. These photos should have really gone with the last update, but theyre here instead.




From there, we headed to our favorite AK ride, Dinosaur! We all love that ride a lot.


We passed up this area. I have never even been in there! Im definitely going to wander through on this visit.





I wanted to get a photo of the pre ride movie, but its way more difficult than I thought.


We got a ride photo, but honestly I dont know if one of the 4 ride photos we got that day were from later or now. Im going to put them all together in a later post.

After Dinosaur!, we wandered around to the front of the park. I had an eye out for Russell and Dug, but they werent out. :sad: We checked out a couple stores. There was a jacket I had seen at Mouse Gear and I was on a hunt for it. It wasnt in either of the big stores at AK, so I asked a helpful CM if she knew where I could find it. She couldnt, but she really did above and beyond. She even gave me the sku number or whatever and a phone number to call to see which store I could find it in.

We didnt buy anything right then because Danny was worried about making our ADR at Tusker House. Turned out to be a silly decision because we showed up about 20 minutes early and had to wait a bit to be seated. We did got back right after our brunch though. I bought a pair of earrings I had been looking at. Danny bought a gift for one of our friends, and Hannah got something - Ive forgotten what.

Since we were leaving the next day, we couldnt have them send our purchases to our room, but we did have them send them to the front of the park. We were also able to stick our big photo from brunch in a bag as well which was great. Im half sure we would have banged that thing up as we walked around the park that day.

But back to our visit to Tusker House.


I really love this photo.



Their printer wasnt working so it was a little weird, but we were soon in line to have our picture with Donald and not long after they took us to a little room on the left.



The characters were on the way in, so we waited before we went up for some grub.





Danny took this shot of us with Goofy. H saw it a little later and had a little melt down about Goofys head being cut off. I calmed her down a little by promising wed find him before we left and get another one.


Up next: After brunch, we head to the Safari (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50126344&postcount=198).

11-21-2013, 11:25 AM
carby plate

mini mickey head waffle



The Goof never came back around, so when we were finished stuffing ourselves with food, we found his wrangler and got another picture.


Danny needed a stop after brunch.



We came across the street party. I like the idea and the music is always good, but it sucks for crowd navigation (especially the one in Asia).



We headed for the Safari. Its one of our favorites, and I had my zoom lens for this trip.




These birds were a little crazy that day. They were chasing each other - I couldn't really tell.







I think they hid something tasty in the tree stump.






Up next? More Safari photos, of course (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50126446&postcount=199)!

11-21-2013, 11:38 AM




Is it a big tease to put these where the lions can see them? Not really, because they dont go hungry. But still, it seems a little bit like a dirty trick to me.



Lions sleep a lot.



Not the ladies though, of course. They're busy cleaning.









Up next: Keeping an eye out for Tigers (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50156431&postcount=206).

11-24-2013, 11:53 AM
Well done so far! This is an AWESOME trip report.

I will seeya in WDW in just a couple of weeks!

11-25-2013, 09:03 AM
Well done so far! This is an AWESOME trip report.

I will seeya in WDW in just a couple of weeks!

We leave on Friday! After all the planning, I can not even believe it's so close!

See ya on the 7th!

11-25-2013, 07:30 PM
I loved your updates. Especially the Tusker meal and photos.
I have been sick now for going on 5 days! Boo!!!! I am trying to just be glad that at least I was healthy while on vacation. But I am ready to kick this stuff to the curb.
If I don't talk to you before then, Have a fantastic time on your nice long vacation!!!!!

11-25-2013, 11:15 PM
Oh my! I just read every entry in one setting. Just found this board as I am planning our trip. We leave in 8 days!!! When are you going? I hope to run across you!

11-26-2013, 06:39 AM
I loved your updates. Especially the Tusker meal and photos.
I have been sick now for going on 5 days! Boo!!!! I am trying to just be glad that at least I was healthy while on vacation. But I am ready to kick this stuff to the curb.
If I don't talk to you before then, Have a fantastic time on your nice long vacation!!!!!

Yikes! Sorry you're sick, but I agree at least it's back at home an not on your vacation. I know getting sick after a trip happens a lot. Too many germs from too many places. :eek:

Thank you! I was worried for a bit, but at this point I am confident it will be a fantastic couple of weeks!

11-26-2013, 06:42 AM
Oh my! I just read every entry in one setting. Just found this board as I am planning our trip. We leave in 8 days!!! When are you going? I hope to run across you!

Wow - Thank you!!
I'll be there from Friday the 29th until December 14th, which I'm hoping will feel like forever :cool1:. I'll be in the parks almost every day - feel free to private message me here or on Twitter (my name is dawnmichele there) if you'd like to try to meet up! Or of course if you think you see us - say Hi!

11-26-2013, 06:54 AM
Alright guys - today and tomorrow to finish this thing up!
Here comes the next part!

I didnt know how Dannys scooter would do on the Pangani trail, so we decided to venture through the Maharajah Jungle Trek, braving the warnings about tigers!

The Tree of Life some more, this time from my favorite view point. We sat down tried to point things out to Danny.





This thing is just gorgeous.



I took a picture of the Signs of Wonder sign to remind us of the times. Were not big on shows, but were really hoping to catch this one.





Well, that's what we're hoping for. Tigers are one of my favorite animals (although to be honest, there are not many animals I don't find fascinating).


I even like the bats!



The sign was right! I took too many pictures of this tiger because he was Gorgeous.










This turned out to just be a picture of the theming, but it was meant to be a picture of two giant birds that were chasing each other all around. It was awesome watching them, and obviously so distracting I forgot to take a picture until it was too late.


Up next: A lot more pictures of birds. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50156464&postcount=207)

11-26-2013, 07:00 AM
I love this bird garden. I dont know what its really called or if it even has a name, but thats what I call it. It is so full of gorgeous photos waiting to happen!









The colors on this bird are amazing.





Dig this momma sheltering her babies! I almost didnt notice until I was taking a picture and saw al the extra little feet!


Up next: More birds, but this time they're professionals. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50156524&postcount=208)

11-26-2013, 07:11 AM
By the time we finished with our trek through the wilds of the jungle, it was about time for a Flights of Wonder show.

I noticed a drink stand while we were waiting for the show to start. I got a frozen boozey drink that layered 3 flavors in one cup. D sat in the wheelchair section, but H and I moved down a little closer.


These two were quite funny.



This bird has a dollar in its beak. He took it from a guy in the audience.









I loved the jokes about rat problems at the AK while these guys ran amok.


This thing is gorgeous, and it flew over the crowd to this guy in the back.



The bird grazed Dannys head as it flew over. The show lady said Dont try to bend down, hell just fly lower.


Dig this giant Eagle. Majestic.



After that show, we decided to go binge on Dinosaur and then since it was the warmest day so far, go back to our hotation and check out the Nemo pool!

Danny wanted me to get this shot of stroller parking along the pathway.



We rode it three times. We rode twice all together, and the third time H loaded with the regular folks and I went with Danny.



We had a car to ourselves!



Up next: Back to the hotation (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50169641&postcount=210).

11-26-2013, 01:17 PM
Wow - Thank you!! I'll be there from Friday the 29th until December 14th, which I'm hoping will feel like forever :cool1:. I'll be in the parks almost every day - feel free to private message me here or on Twitter (my name is dawnmichele there) if you'd like to try to meet up! Or of course if you think you see us - say Hi!

We will be there at the same time, although my trip much shorter! Following you on twitter!

11-28-2013, 08:15 AM
After our rides on Dinosaur!, we were headed back to the resort. We stopped up front to pick up our purchases and chatted with a very friendly cast member while someone else gathered them up for us. Just as we were headed through the exit, it started POURING down rain. In buckets.

We were rushing for the cover of the bus stop, and for unknown reasons, Danny took off on his scooter - in the total wrong direction! He was quickly too far away to hear us shout to him, so H braved the rain to chase him down and send him back to the right spot.
It rained all the way back to the resort, so to kill some time and wait for the rain to pass we stopped in the AoA gift shop. There were a lot of adorable things in there. I bought a 2013 photo frame magnet, some post cards and a giant Mickey Mouse pen. Hannah bought a couple tshirts. By the time we were finished, so was the rain. We headed out to our room to change for the pool!

Except I was not paying enough attention to the time. By the time I finally made it to the pool, the sun was setting. Danny wanted to rest in the room, and Hannah said she’d be there in a minute so I was on my own. But I was fine with that. I stopped at the pool bar to get a Mango Margarita and then found a chair by the pool to relax in.

The chairs were all wet from the rain and I had also failed to realize we needed to bring our towels! Don’t forget that people. With the wet chair and the sun setting it was getting cold fast.

This is how dark it was by the time I settled down in a chair.


I texted Hannah to ask her to bring me some pants, and eventually she showed up. We sat around watching the people in the pool and chatting. Danny wanted to come meet us so we could get some dinner in the food court, but once he got there he had an impossible time figuring out where we were. It was almost funny. We could see him scooting all around the pool looking, and when he finally saw us, he couldn’t find the side gate. So we left the pool and met him at the door to the food court.

I wasn’t very hungry, so I made a very bad choice and tried to just have some naan with some chutney. But whichever chutney I choose (I’ve forgotten) was the Wrong Choice! They were out, so the CM had to go to the back - and it’s a giant kitchen. She disappeared somewhere off where I couldn’t see her anymore and I kind of thought maybe she clocked out and went home. Eventually she came back empty handed and found what she was looking for right under the counter. She put a tiny bit in this tiny cup and handed it to me to go with my cold and dried out bread.


By the time I made it to D & H at the table they were half done. D had the burger again and H had the Indian beef thing she had before. Both of theirs looked pretty yummy.

I did get a cupcake that was pretty good though. There wasn’t much choice, so I chose this Oreo cupcake.

I shared some with D and he said it tasted like a Twinkie. I don’t know if you remember but this was right about the time they went bankrupt and stopped making Twinkies for a while. It was kind of a big deal at that moment in history so it was funny to find the exact same taste right there at Disney!

We packed up and were in bed pretty early that night. It was our last sleep at Disney :(.

Next up: The last morning begins... (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=50719347#post50719347)

11-29-2013, 10:14 AM
Awesome pics! :)

12-07-2013, 01:33 PM
I'm thinking about all the fun you are having while I freeze here in Kansas!!
You still have half of your trip left to go! I wonder how sore your feet are at this point. I hope you are living it up!!!

02-14-2014, 03:31 PM
Ok, hands up if you thought I would never, ever come back and finish this.
I don’t blame you, but here I am to sum up the last day of our December 2012 Disney trip!

We got up super early and called bell services in the dark. We’ve all learned years ago to double checked the room one more time than you think you need to, and real soon after that the bell services guy showed up.

The sun wasn't all the way out and all the decorations on the way from the Little Mermaid section to the airline check in looked awesome and sparkly from the dew/sprinklers. The bell services guy was super nice and chatty. He told me about a family that had just spent over 30 days at Disney World, on split stays through all the values. They had just checked out the day before. I was jealous of those people.

We had never used the airline check in at the resort before. There was a tiny room with two stations set up just like we were at the airport. We were checked in. Our bags were tagged. We left the carry ons at luggage services and we were off to squeeze a few more hours of magic into our trip.

We went back into the Landscape of flavors to search for some breakfast.


Landscape of Flavors has some great wall art.



I am going to skip the very long story of how I didn’t have my park tickets this morning, and all the mess we went through to fix that. Or the seriously, unbelievably horrible CM named Debbie at Customer Service outside of the MK who cancelled D & H’s park ticket when she finally fixed mine. Or how I kind of lost my cool once we got inside and I tried to let customer service know about that whole mess. Or how much of our precious last morning was lost dealing with the whole big ugly mess. Just believe me it was bad and not a magical way to spend your last day at the Magic Kingdom.

Here’s Hannah trying to enter the park and finding out her tickets had been cancelled (eventually she and Danny both had to wait outside at CS to get the problem that lady created).


I kind of wanted to watch this show, but no one else did so we walked on by.


We were all so messed up after that we forgot that not all the park is open for XMH and we turned left at the castle. So we didn’t get into Adventureland early, but we did have some fun with Peter Pan.

He wrote a note to Cinderella for another guest to give to her. It said “You’re it. No tag backs.”


We started to pose for a photo and then he drug me over to Danny so we could all get in the photo together.




I love this picture of Peter and Hannah.


Every trip, we get a picture of H in this spot. It used to have a big sign that said Adventureland. I wish it still did.


Danny wanted to get in the picture this time.


We walked over to the bridge to Adventureland. There were some funny wenches out keeping everyone entertained.


These wenches were pretty funny.


Up next: Destination, Frontierland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50719753&postcount=214)

02-14-2014, 04:39 PM
There started to be a crowd of guys who seemed to be in charge standing on the other side of the rope as it got later. They had walky talkies and different costumes, and before too long they dropped the rope and lead us into Adventureland.

We kept straight on through to Frontierland for my favorite ride, Big Thunder Mountain, one last time before we headed home.

Except it was down!! Some very nice cast members told me it would up be after lunch, but I knew I’d be on the way home by then so I thank them and pouted my way through the rest of Frontierland.


Next time.


Let me just warn you people right now - this day was heavy on the eating. Food and Photopass All Day Long. You have been warned.

Danny stopped for some popcorn, which reminded Hannah she hadn’t had any funnel cake. If i had remembered that sleepy hollow was where you get nutella waffles i would have got some of those, but i didn’t. I just watched.

H offered me some of hers but … too goopy.


Watching her try to eat it with all that hair was amusing though. I enjoyed it.


When everyone was done with the eating, we headed for Hannah’s favorite, The Haunted Mansion. I knew it was all coming to an end, so I coped the way I do best - I took too many pictures.











Rapunzel’s tower was still being constructed, but we did get to see this bit of the top. Hannah and I were quite anxious to check the place out when it was finished.


Up Next: Food and Photos (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50742256&postcount=215)

02-17-2014, 05:27 PM
We walked along, from Frontierland to Fantasyland. We walked through the Circus and stopped in their very cute bathrooms. We were right next to the train station, and we hadn’t ridden the train for the whole trip. As we were headed in, a train CM told us that scooters couldn’t go on the train so we’d have to leave the scooter and take a round trip.

No thanks. We were bummed by that. We probably should have just taken the train around for some fun in retrospect. But instead we decided to keep walking the circle and maybe we’d finally find Toruga Tavern open.

It was just about to open so we hung around until the place opened and we were the first order of the day. I don’t know if it’s because we were first thing, or because it was the last day or because our expectations had grown large, but none of us were loving it. At all. :)




It was just about time to head back to catch the sad bus back to the airport.




I still hadn’t bought my “big” souvenir - I was still looking for *that one* hoodie and was going to give it one last chance inside the Emporium. And the place was INSANE. I mean it can get too crowded in there almost all the time, but it had gotten a little chilly that day and everyone was in the store looking for something warm to put on.

I can seriously not tell you how insane it was.

There was a whole line of varsity type clothes H and I were digging. She had bought a cardigan and I was really wanting this big letter sweater. Just an oversized dark blue sweater with a giant M and a little embroidered Mickey.

I passed it over for a different hoodie that I liked a lot, but I 100% regret getting it instead of the sweater. Not that I don’t like the hoodie, but it turned out I found that first hoodied I searched for for sale online and got it. So I have 2 hoodies, which isn’t bad. But dang I wish I had that big pull over sweater!


This is my attempt to show you how insanely long the line was.


We headed for Main Street Bakery, to get treats for the plane ride home. The line was long and there was a very crabby dad trying to convince his kids there was nothing there too eat except pastries. He was seriously cranky and they all ended up leaving. Which moves us up a little further in a line that was moving really slowly.

Danny decided to get a sandwich, and we all decided on a beverage. Here's a look. So sad none of them exist anymore :(





We spent the little time we had before we had to leave hunting down Photo Pass opportunities and trying for magic shots.






When the (very awesome) photographer told H to pucker up, she wanted to decline. “I can’t betray Tiana!” she said. And she stuck to her guns no matter how the photographer and I tried to convince her Tiana wouldn’t mind or maybe it’s not even Naveen in the picture anyway.

The photographer instructed H in a different pose, and told her she had something special from years ago that only photographers who worked there at that time could do. Turns out it was these fairy wings. Hannah LOVES them.








02-17-2014, 05:40 PM
The sad time had come. We had to leave the park.


We waited for last bus.




Back at AoA.












You know how the rest of it goes. Depressing trip to the airport on the Tragical Depress. Long boring flight home. Welcome back to winter in Kansas.

It didn't take long until we were planning our next trip, which turned out to be our longest yet! It's trip report is going to be called "You Can't Make Disney Your Permanent Residence". I'll link you when I start it!

03-02-2014, 01:49 PM
Glad I checked on this today! And I will look forward to the start of a new report from you.
I like your proposed title of the new report and it reminds me of a sticker someone has up at my place or employment. We reside in cubicles at my work and this particular cubicle has the sticker that says "Not to be used for housing" at the entrance.
I'm not really tempted to reside at work but living for 30 days or longer at Disney sounds like something I could be able to live with! Especially on this horribly cold March day.

I really enjoyed your report and photography! Thanks!!

03-06-2014, 03:08 PM
Glad I checked on this today! And I will look forward to the start of a new report from you.
I like your proposed title of the new report and it reminds me of a sticker someone has up at my place or employment. We reside in cubicles at my work and this particular cubicle has the sticker that says "Not to be used for housing" at the entrance.
I'm not really tempted to reside at work but living for 30 days or longer at Disney sounds like something I could be able to live with! Especially on this horribly cold March day.

I really enjoyed your report and photography! Thanks!!

Thank you so much Sue!!
I hear you about staying at Disney. Whenever I think of winning the lottery, I know I'd be spending so much time at Disney they'd think I lived there! ;)

And yeah, I know it gets miserably hot in FL, but struggling through this nasty winter it sure sounds good!

I'll be sure to post here when I start the new trip report. I really need to get busy. It took me over a year to write this report, for a trip that lasted 9 days. Now I'll be writing a report covering 16 days, and there are only 52 til I leave again. I need to get busy.

Thanks for reading along Sue, and especially thank you for all the kind words about my photos! I can't even tell you how special it makes me feel to hear it. :dance3:

03-06-2014, 03:56 PM
great pictures:thumbsup2

03-06-2014, 04:27 PM
great pictures:thumbsup2

Thank you so much! :flower3:
Taking pictures at Disney World is my favorite thing, so I always love to hear that! :flower3:

03-06-2014, 05:17 PM
Great report! Looking forward to reading the next one!