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Old 05-26-2011, 06:27 PM   #316
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Cynthia, I kind of wish you had stayed at the Swolphin... their deals sound so tempting. I think December would be a great time to try out the Boardwalk, because the pool would much less of an issue and, yeah, well..that clown.
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:05 PM   #317
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Aren't those topiaries cool???

Did you guys see that on June 6th HGTV is going to have a show called My Disney Backyard or something like that? They turn the yard into Disney! It looks really fun.

Love the update the breakfasts look so yummy! I'll have to remember to go there if we ever get to stay at BWV!
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:48 AM   #318
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Mmmm those beignets looks so yummy - can't wait to try some!!

Lovely pics of the topiaries - I think Beauty and the Beast is awesome!!
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Did you guys see that on June 6th HGTV is going to have a show called My Disney Backyard or something like that? They turn the yard into Disney! It looks really fun.
Wonder how many of us crazy DISers have this date marked on the calendar???
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Aren't those topiaries cool???

Did you guys see that on June 6th HGTV is going to have a show called My Disney Backyard or something like that? They turn the yard into Disney! It looks really fun.

Love the update the breakfasts look so yummy! I'll have to remember to go there if we ever get to stay at BWV!
Really?! That sounds really cool!!!

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Old 05-27-2011, 07:36 AM   #321
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With my last update I left off with me going to WS to meet up with MaryEllen! Wooo hooooo!!

I was so excited to finally meet one of the girls! Truth be told I was starting to slightly lonely!

Once through the glorious, private entrance I stopped to take a few pictures!





Stopped to get myself a grey goose citron slushie, which was gone all too quickly, and moved on again!

Strolling and taking a few pictures and just taking in the fabulousness that is WS!!

















Soon I found myself in Mexico!! I ventured inside the pavilion in hopes of a rita from the ditch! But, the line was out the door!! So, I decided to wait and have my very first drink from the ditch with the other ladies!!

I went outside and got a frozen rita from the stand and then went over to the CS for nachos!

It being dinner time at this point, there was no place to sit in the area near the CS so I ended up deciding to move over to the outside of the pavilion and lean on the wall! As luck would have it, as soon as I climbed the stairs of the pavilion one of the few table up there opened up! Woo hoo!!!

I was very much looking forward to the nachos! I love Mexican and there is no good Mexican around my house! Only GROSS stuff that Iíll never eat again! Iíve had the nachos in mexico before and both times they were very good! This time, not so much! It was kind of like everything was kind of just plopped on the dish! It wasnít spread out or mixed up! So Iíd take a bite and get all of one thing, not a good combo! For awhile, while they were still warm, I tried do my best to pick stuff up on the chip in hand. But once they got cool it was too hard to do! Boo!

All the while I was texting Mary Ellen!! She was on her way! Wooooo hooooooo!!!

Once I knew she was nearing WS I quickly finished my rita! Knowing about Mary Ellenís medicine incident I felt bad consuming an adult beverage in her presence!

Soon Mary Ellen arrived!! It was so nice to finally meet her!!!! We chatted and hit it off right away!

Like Mary Ellen said, she got dinner from the Mexico CS as well and was just as happy with hers as I was with mine!

While we chatted my phone, as Mary Ellen mentioned, rang at least twice with several texts as well!! I believe I may have actually said something about throwing it in lake!!! DD was having some sort of crisis! I canít remember what exactly, but I believe it had something to do with trying to find something (either for religion class the next day or for the science project she was doing with a classmate over the weekend!) and for some reason she thought that from 800 miles away I could find it! UGH!!!

Soon it was nearing time for Illuminations to start!!! So we went off to find a spot! WS was not very crowded at all and we got a very good spot!





















After Illuminations we ventured back toward the International Gateway making a few stops along the way, including the shop in Japan, as Mary Ellen mentioned! Wow!! Iíve been in there numerous times but itís hard to really explore with 3 little ones in tow so this was an interesting experience!

We continued on, walking and chatting! It was truly lovely!!!

It was getting late and I think we were both getting tired so I took my walk back to the room and Mary Ellen headed toward the front of the park!

I took a few pictures along the way











and soon headed back to my room for a good nights sleep!!!
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Thanks for capturing those early morning shots...I purposefully get up early just to have those moments in the morning! I love morning in the World.

Great update! We loved Kouzzina when we went in September and I wish we had an ADR for our upcoming trip but we don't How nice to meet these ladies for the first time and feel like old friends! I have had similar Dis-meets and I couldn't agree more!!!
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:46 AM   #323
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Wow once again what stunning pictures Melissa!! Love the Illuminations shots!! I'm envious of both you and MEK's camera skills!!! Just plain AWESOME!!
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:51 AM   #324
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Wow once again what stunning pictures Melissa!! Love the Illuminations shots!! I'm envious of both you and MEK's camera skills!!! Just plain AWESOME!!
EXACTLY what I was going to say!!! Beautiful pictures!! Love the drummers...and any picture with that lovely blue sky!!

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Thanks for capturing those early morning shots...I purposefully get up early just to have those moments in the morning! I love morning in the World.

Great update! We loved Kouzzina when we went in September and I wish we had an ADR for our upcoming trip but we don't How nice to meet these ladies for the first time and feel like old friends! I have had similar Dis-meets and I couldn't agree more!!!

What meal did you have at Kouzzina? I'm definitely interested to try it again! It was a fabulous breakfast!!

I think we all just clicked so well that everything went off without a hitch!


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Wow once again what stunning pictures Melissa!! Love the Illuminations shots!! I'm envious of both you and MEK's camera skills!!! Just plain AWESOME!!
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EXACTLY what I was going to say!!! Beautiful pictures!! Love the drummers...and any picture with that lovely blue sky!!

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Thanks!! I love the drummers! That day was beautiful! It wasn't too hot, the skies were amazingly blue! It was awesome!!!
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:16 AM   #326
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This is much better...I only had two updates to read (better than the four or five I missed last time ).

Cynthia, you are a gal after my own heart with the coffee drinking. I am the same way--Venti's from Starbucks and then coffee here and there in the office in the a.m. DH still can't figure out how I can drink a Venti at night and sleep.

Those beignets look like something DH would really love. And how sweet of MaryEllen to have them for you, as well as coffee brewing.

Your photos of the Beauty & the Beast topiaries are wonderful.

Melissa, great update.

I keep hearing about this "Rita" and think I'll have to try one in September.

Your pictures are so "sharp" and "colorful". I especially like the Lion King ones and the ones of Illuminations.
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PEPE!!! I love my GPS...btw Darth is getting added this week!! I can't wait to choose between Pepe and Darth depending on my mood!!

OOOOH...I think one more next week I'm going to have to walk over to POFQ and get me some of those beignets...look so good!!!!

Hmmm...Kouzzina was so good that I booked another breakfast there!! I can't wait to try another great meal there!!!
YAY for Darth! I really need to look into the voice thing. Eat a beignet for me pretty please

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O I know that early morning, no coffee headache all too well!! It's not fun! I actually forgot coffee filters this trip too! I know for sure that with the kuerig I don't have any in the house! I bought them in the Screen Door General Store after I got my locker and realized there was none in there!

Cynthia, those benigets look insanely good!! Yummy! What a welcome!!
We bought some at BCM and I think Mary Ellen took them with her so she'd have for Dec but maybe we spaced and left them there? The beignets were insanely good!

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Cynthia, I kind of wish you had stayed at the Swolphin... their deals sound so tempting. I think December would be a great time to try out the Boardwalk, because the pool would much less of an issue and, yeah, well..that clown.
It was a tempting deal. That's what I'm thinking about BWV. It's either that, or a Treehouse. We will see.

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Love the update the breakfasts look so yummy! I'll have to remember to go there if we ever get to stay at BWV!
SUCH a yummy breakfast!

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Mmmm those beignets looks so yummy - can't wait to try some!!

Lovely pics of the topiaries - I think Beauty and the Beast is awesome!!
BAB and I'd love a beignet right now!!!

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Cynthia, you are a gal after my own heart with the coffee drinking. I am the same way--Venti's from Starbucks and then coffee here and there in the office in the a.m. DH still can't figure out how I can drink a Venti at night and sleep.

Those beignets look like something DH would really love. And how sweet of MaryEllen to have them for you, as well as coffee brewing.

Your photos of the Beauty & the Beast topiaries are wonderful.
Ok I can't do that at night anymore. I don't usually have caffeine past about 11. Mary Ellen is the bomb.
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You all take such lovely pictures! You should be photographers and open a cross-country business together! I am very ready to have my grey goose slushie in September! This TR is making me crave one! And I think I will have to get my booty over to POFQ for beignets too. How long was the walk from POR?
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East Meets West Girls Please Carry On. I am leaving for a soccer tournament in Gettysburg and won't be home until Sunday. I'm not taking my computer. I kept flip flopping back and forth as to whether I wanted to leave Brian alone, but decided to since most of he friends from the public schools have already graduated and are at the beach. Guess he can't get into too much trouble. Not!

Anyway - please carry on with the replies.

Love Everyone's Updates and Pictures.

The Picture of the Drummers is absolutely stunning and incredibly professional looking because of the depth of field it shows. That should be entered. It's great! All the others are good, too. But that is WOW!

So bye for now. Be Back Sunday!
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