A Vacation From My Problems (A Sept. 2010 Trip Report) - COMPLETED 12/14
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
Not a whole heck of a lot happened. But fairly recently here on earth, my family and I went on an 8-day, 7-night Walt Disney World Adventure. If you're so inclined, join with me now as I recount every part of the trip in excruciating detail so I can both re-live the vacation (which went way too fast) and keep from acknowledging the fact that I actually had to return home and go back to work.
The Cast of Characters:
Me: Mark, age 35. As my shirt says, I'm from Delaware and have lived here my entire life. I'm a highway engineer, Philadelphia sports nut, and member of the ever-growing DIS Dads Club here on the boards (a group set up for Dads who aren't afraid to say they love Disney World). I absolutely love to travel, watch movies, and play golf. Future dreams include seeing Europe and Australia, making a hole-in-one and being named to the All-Madden Team. :rolleyes:
DW: Julie, age undisclosed. Full-time stay-at-home mom and part-time teacher. I can't praise this woman enough for all of the work she does for our family (she may beg to differ on that point). She also plays a mean bass (both electric and upright acoustic). Smells nice, too. :love:
DD: Sarah, age 8. Of our 3 kids, she's the biggest daredevil. Loves the outdoors, exploring new places, and watching movies. Loves to laugh, too. Accusations of being Daddy's Little Girl may be accurate.
DS: David, age 6. Of our 3 kids, he's the most cautious (usually). Hates the dark and loud noises (uh-oh). A budding Philadelphia sports nut like me who loves baseball and is starting to grow into football. Note: if you want someone to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you have to start early in life. No sane adult would choose to be an Eagles fan after seeing all the pain and suffering that comes along with it.
DS: Scotty, age 4: The biggest goofball in our family. Ok, fine, of our kids. Loves animals and somewhere along the line he developed a serious attachment to Chip and Dale. See the stuffed animals in his arms? He pulled the old "harass Mommy and Daddy in every single gift shop until they finally relent and buy these for me" trick to perfection.
We spent our week at Port Orleans Riverside, in the Alligator Bayou section, which was new to us, from Sept. 18 - 25. We got the Free Dining Plan promotion as well, so I'll include our thoughts on the places we ate during the trip. However, we are by no means gourmets and generally prefer simple comfort food, so it's pretty hard to disappoint us with food (unless you try to force me to eat my vegetables). I'll leave the judgment of presentation, wine reduction sauces, etc. to people who care more about that stuff than I do. :thumbsup2
If you're interested, I did a previous trip report on a 4-night Disney Cruise we took last November here.
One final note: being a movie nerd, I love to sprinkle movie and TV quotes into everyday conversation. After all, I've wasted massive amounts of brain cells on this, so I might as well use them once in a while. As a bonus game, feel free to call out movie quotes as you find them. One point will be awarded to the first person to correctly point out a quote as it appears. In the end, the person with the most points will be awarded the title of Supreme Movie Quote Spotter of the Universe.*
Got all that? Great. It's time to start. Please stand clear of the doors. (Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas.)
In our next installment: Can the kids actually wake up at 5:00 a.m. for our flight? And who spilled the beans about traveling to Disney World in September?
*(This title has no actual meaning or status.)
Trip Report Updates:
Day 1: Departing for Disney (Sept. 18, 2010)
Day 1 Continued: Downtown Disney, Ol' Man Island, and Chef Mickey's
Day 1 concludes: Chef Mickey's
Day 2: The Magic Kingdom
Day 2 continues: More of the Magic Kingdom
Day 2 concludes: Liberty Tree Tavern
Day 3: The Animal Kingdom
Day 3 concludes: Animal Kingdom and Kona Cafe
Day 4: Epcot Future World
Day 4 continues: Epcot Future World
Day 4 concludes: Whispering Canyon Cafe
BONUS POINTS CONTEST
My Experience on the Tower of Terror in 2006
Day 5: Hollywood Studios
Day 5 continued: Hollywood Studios
Day 5 concluded: 50's Prime Time Cafe
Beverly Slogan Contest Results
Beverly Slogan Contest Winner
Day 6: Epcot - The Best. Day. Ever.
Day 6 continued: The Best. Day. Ever. (Epcot + Le Cellier)
Day 6 continued: The Best. Day. Ever. (EPCOT World Showcase)
Day 6 concluded: The Best. Day. Ever. comes to an end.
Day 7: The Magic Kingdom (or, The Day We Can No Longer Avoid the Rides Everyone Tries Like Heck to Avoid.)
Day 7 continues: More Magic Kingdom
Day 7 concluded: Tony's Town Square Restaurant
Day 8: The Trail of Tears
Wrap-Up, Part 1: Random Lists and Rankings
Wrap-Up, Part 2: Riding Into The Sunset
Helpful (or not-so-helpful) Links:
My Nov. 2009 Disney Cruise Trip Report
The DIS Dads Club -- includes relevant Man Laws
Internet Movie Database -- helpful for looking up movie quotes... :rolleyes1
That's Nice 16
Wherem I Now 3
Mrs. Knowitall 2
Emma's Dad 1
Up-to-Date Comprehensive List of Movie and TV Quotes/References in this TR
What About Bob?
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
My Cousin Vinny
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Hunt for Red October
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This is Spinal Tap
Saturday Night Live
Kingdom of Heaven
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Oliver & Co.
Coming to America
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Dumb and Dumber
Good Morning Vietnam
The Shawshank Redemption
Field of Dreams
The Princess Bride
Random Cheez-It commercials
Remember the Titans
Back to the Future
The Lion King
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
Over The Top
The Bucket List
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
3:10 To Yuma
Dances With Wolves
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
As Good As It Gets
The Dark Knight
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
I Am Legend
Lilo & Stitch
L. A. Confidential
In The Line Of Fire
Lethal Weapon 2
When Harry Met Sally
It's a Wonderful Life
The Bourne Identity
The Price Is Right
A Christmas Story
The Ten Commandments
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Amazing Race
Beevis and Butthead
A Streetcar Named Desire
Silence of the Lambs
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
The Godfather, Part II
Home Alone 2
The Wizard of Oz
No Way Out
The Sixth Sense
The Usual Suspects
Cool Hand Luke
Great title and love that it has no meaning. Count me in! :thumbsup2
Smells nice- very sweet!
Great start! Can't wait to read some more!
I try to be a movie line nerd, so I may get a point or two.
I'll read for the next couple of days . . .
Oh - Star Wars! Do I get the first point?
popcorn:: I'm in!
...but that doesn't mean the title doesn't serve any purpose...
I'll just have to be jealous of you as I update. Anything you want to know before you leave?
That was an easy one...
Sounds like fun....count me in.
Looking forward to adding some colorful commentary.
Look forward to more. I'll have to pop in some DVD's to make sure all the memorable quotes are fresh in my mind.
Good luck! To narrow your choices, I'll give you a hint: no quotes will be used from Bette Midler movies. Way too many to choose from there. :rolleyes1
There's still an obscure one out there and up for grabs...
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