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Old 11-22-2008, 09:15 PM   #1
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The story so far...

ok, I'm now officially 24 hours into my WDW trip. Here's some quickies...

1 - the dining plan....there's GOT to be an easier way!!! (I remember during my honeymoon in 1994, we had the "food and fun plan", which seemed MUCH easier to deal with. Why can't this current plan be as easy?

2 - crowds. Getting worse. Can't convince family of this fact, however. : (

3 - Pop Century. Still ok. We're staying in the 80's section this time. A bit cool to swim (tried today earlier...felt great IN the pool...but turned into a Dan-sicle when I got OUT of the pool). It's kinda cool becoming slightly disoriented by walking up and down the Rubik's cube staircases.

4 - Epcot was ok today, DTD was busy, mostly because it was saturday night. Looking forward to a good day tomorrow..

...more to come...
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:29 PM   #2
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Thanks for the live report! Which dining plan do you have and what problems are you having w/ it?? I'm undecided on getting the dining plan this time.
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Was the Food & Fun Plan the one where you prepaid $30 per person per day and they gave you $40 of food per day?
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:24 AM   #4
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1 - the dining plan....there's GOT to be an easier way!!! ... the "food and fun plan", which seemed MUCH easier to deal with. Why can't this current plan be as easy?
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2 - crowds. Getting worse.
Disney can't serve everyone dinner between 5 and 7 like they used to.
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:29 AM   #5
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Thanks for the update. What is the problem with the meal plan? We used it the last 2 trips and found it to be wonderful.
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:31 AM   #6
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I agree the dining plan does have its issues.But I found on my recent trip the issue stems from 1) people not having the first clue how it works or what is included 2) People not keeping track of their credit usage and not knowing which restaurants are worth which number of credits, and not making sure the correct number of credits are deducted. Most of the lines and waits were angry and upset people because of these 2 things.Occasionally, the server at the restaurant would also get confused because of a large party size or they were new.
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:45 AM   #7
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:19 PM   #8
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I LOVE live reports....thanks for thinking of us!!
Good luck with the crowds....
I hear ya about the staircase at POP. That is part of the reason we request a ground floor room!!!!
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:29 PM   #9
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Update...

The fam's napping, and I have a free moment for ya...

- my problems with the DDP (the standard plan) include:
*CM's who don't know what's included, or what to call a "dessert" or "snack"

*inconsistency with "adult/child" portions. Some restaurants enforce portion rules, some don't. This makes ordering a bit of a challenge sometimes.


Yes, the "Food and Fun Plan" was the one they had back in 1994, that let you have just about anything, anywhere. I'm absolutely sure WDW lost money on it. But, hey, at least it was easier for us to figure out..LOL


Today. MK so far...BUSY!!!!! Got there at rope drop, and LORD, was it crowded! (and the airline wouldn't let me bring my machete...AAAAGH!) But, lines aren't too bad, and are at the very least manageable. However, today, it seemed like I've run into a few particular park stereotypes..

- I've been hit, and almost run over, by an ECV! one lady going against the flow at the splash mountain exit who claimed she couldn't see me...

- my DD was almost knocked over by....what could possibly be..A BRAZILIAN TOUR GROUP (group of mid to late 20 yr olds..no flags or chants or anything, but thought DD(9) was a tackling dummy.

But, like I said, it's not bad so far. In Fantasyland, Dumbo could use a coat of paint, but at least it's up and running. We had a great CM at Splash Mountain, who let us ride a 2nd time with no wait, because the photo people deleted our picture. Probably because of my inlaws....

....ON THAT SUBJECT.....

we're with BIL, SIL, and nephew (5). They thought it would be ok if the nephew (their son) sat on their lap during the ride. Apparently, this is a safety violation, and I can certainly understand. But oh well...



My DD and DS, not to brag, are doing quite well on this trip. DS even got picked today for Jack Sparrow's pirate tutorial! I'll have Capn Jack pix up for the ladies on here later.

Tonight is EMH.....I REALLY HOPE crowds aren't bad. If they are, we'll divert after dinner. (ressies at LTT)

The POP folks are still as friendly and helpful as ever. So far, this place still gets my vote....ALTHOUGH there are drawbacks - mostly with your bus pick-up location proximity. POP's is the FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRTHEST from the park. My SIL did put it best....the first two letters of Pop Century are "PO"....and they keep us "po folks" in the back. LOL

oh well....almost time to rouse the fam before dinner tonight. As usual, I'll keep ya posted.
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Old 11-29-2008, 10:51 AM   #10
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ok, I'm now officially 24 hours into my WDW trip. Here's some quickies...

3 - Pop Century. Still ok. We're staying in the 80's section this time. A bit cool to swim (tried today earlier...felt great IN the pool...but turned into a Dan-sicle when I got OUT of the pool
Now come on Dan with information like this we REALLY need pictures!!!!!!


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Old 11-30-2008, 03:37 AM   #11
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Now come on Dan with information like this we REALLY need pictures!!!!!!


Wow....and me without anyplace to put my camera
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:11 AM   #12
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Sunday morning
508am, EST
Gate 33
Orlando International Airport
Way Tired.
Kids driving me nuts.
They're way tired too.

I'm torn....
In a way, I don't want to go home
In another way, I can't wait to actually sleep in my own bed, without a kid's knees in my back.

But, oh.....yesterday.....where are my manners.....
let's talk about yesterday's events......

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Yesterday started with me in the shower, ready for a split MK/Epcot day.

The family, however, had other plans.....and forgot to include me in them.

For some reason, the inlaws (remember them?) begged and pleaded for US to get a couple of the "build your own mr. potato head" sets for other family members. My first response to this, of course, is "you've had eight days, why couldn't YOU get them? We're kinda busy, ya know?" But, oh well.....

We actually get out to go to the buses for MK....AFTER rope drop (thanks to the inlaws.....the good news is that they left on DME shortly thereafter! YAAAAY!). On the way out, I noticed that while I did see many people departing and checking out this morning, there were more that stayed. And, it seemed that the entire existing population of the Pop Century went to Everything POP for breakfast.....I'd never seen it so crowded!

But, onto MK. With FastPasses, lines were manageable. Took the train around to the areas that we wanted to hit. For some reason, we ended up doing the Laugh Floor TWICE. Funny, of course.

For some reason, everyone else in my family thought "HEY, WE CAN GET THE POTATO HEADS AT PLACES OTHER THAN DTD AND AK!". So, their Quixotian quest began.....with me in tow, shaking my head, wondering why they don't just listen to me the first time........

....such is my life....

The best part about it, was that while I was trying to hide from the Clang-Clang Gang on Main St, DW had the nerve to come to me with surprise, saying "THEY DON'T HAVE IT HERE?!?!"

At this moment, the entirety of MK heard a huge SLAP. That was the result of my hand on my forehead.

By this point, it was lunchtime. I thought Cosmic Ray's would be a good idea, since we hadn't done it yet. While Ray's has a good layout for food selection, it makes for an awfully bad time when you're trying to find the rest of your party during a huge crowd, and trying to find a seat is next to impossible....

TIP: EAT AT RAY'S WAY LATE OR WAY EARLY DURING BUSY TIMES!

So....onto DTD? NO! Epcot? nope......DHS?!?!?! yessirree.....

By this time, the family is wanting to change our ressies from Le Cellier....
(insert another head smack)
At this point, I'm like "ok, fine, whatever". So, in keeping with the spirit of futility, I check DHS' TS restaurants for possible cancellations and availability....to no avail (just like I told them).

After a nice round in Star Tours (which quickly became DS' new favorite), we head for DTD......in yet another ADVENTURE IN GETTING FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER ON DISNEY PROPERTY!!! This time, just for a goof, we take the bus to OKW, then the boat to DTD. Slow? You bet! Nice? sure. Good for people in a rush? ......uuuuummmmmmmmmmm-NO.

SO, the rest of the fam goes off to fulfill our extended-family-tater-issues, while I go check us in....to Planet Hollywood.

Before I go any further, we did PH last year, and enjoyed it. The food was better than expected, the server was helpful, and the ambience was fun.

This year, not so much at all.

First, when I walked in, the music was WAAAAAAY too loud. You couldn't talk to the waiters, much less hear yourself think. Plus it really doesn't help when little kids are dining in a place where a DJ is playing Snoop Dogg. Yes, they had the DJ from hell. Now, those of you that know me know that I've done my share of spinning, both vinyl and cd. This guy..... his mix of music was terrible, way un-friendly for families with small children. I didn't know that PH had turned into the new place where PI's dance club refugees went.
The food was mediocre, and pretty much thrown at us by indifferent waiters.

It would seem that PH has done a complete 180. I hereby DO NOT recommend it anymore. Perhaps if the dance-club-turned-restaurant is what they want, tell PH to get out, and turn it into "Radio Disney Diner", or something. This way, I wouldn't have to worry about my 5 year old son singing "SEXY SEXY SEXY" with the music, or my 9 yr old daughter wanting to be just like the Pussycat Dolls.......

of course, that's just me.....

anyways, we pretty much RAN out of PH, and hit the bus back to POP with 2 tired kiddos. We hit the bus to look in the skies, and see the tail end of Illuminations.......a sort of strange way to end our trip, indeed...

SO, after about 3 hours of sleep, and the bus ride with DME to the airport, I find myself here, typing to you. Like every WDW trip, I've certainly enjoyed myself. Of course, when I get home, I'll take all of these posts. and create a much larger, official TRIP REPORT.

I would love it if all of you would read it. It will be much more fun, a little more detailed, and be more entertaining and meaningful.

It will also come after I've had a bit more sleep.

But, for now, it's time to board. See ya......and thanks again, Mickey!
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:46 AM   #13
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I really enjoyed your live report. I can't wait to read your extended trip report!
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I've been checking out your daily posts; so sorry it's over. Posting not done in vain; lots of Dissers entertained including myself.Sending pixie dust your way for no flight delays.
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Sunday morning
508am, EST
Gate 33
Orlando International Airport
Way Tired.
Kids driving me nuts.
They're way tired too.

I'm torn....
In a way, I don't want to go home
In another way, I can't wait to actually sleep in my own bed, without a kid's knees in my back.

But, oh.....yesterday.....where are my manners.....
let's talk about yesterday's events......

__________________________________________

Yesterday started with me in the shower, ready for a split MK/Epcot day.

The family, however, had other plans.....and forgot to include me in them.

For some reason, the inlaws (remember them?) begged and pleaded for US to get a couple of the "build your own mr. potato head" sets for other family members. My first response to this, of course, is "you've had eight days, why couldn't YOU get them? We're kinda busy, ya know?" But, oh well.....

We actually get out to go to the buses for MK....AFTER rope drop (thanks to the inlaws.....the good news is that they left on DME shortly thereafter! YAAAAY!). On the way out, I noticed that while I did see many people departing and checking out this morning, there were more that stayed. And, it seemed that the entire existing population of the Pop Century went to Everything POP for breakfast.....I'd never seen it so crowded!

But, onto MK. With FastPasses, lines were manageable. Took the train around to the areas that we wanted to hit. For some reason, we ended up doing the Laugh Floor TWICE. Funny, of course.

For some reason, everyone else in my family thought "HEY, WE CAN GET THE POTATO HEADS AT PLACES OTHER THAN DTD AND AK!". So, their Quixotian quest began.....with me in tow, shaking my head, wondering why they don't just listen to me the first time........

....such is my life....

The best part about it, was that while I was trying to hide from the Clang-Clang Gang on Main St, DW had the nerve to come to me with surprise, saying "THEY DON'T HAVE IT HERE?!?!"

At this moment, the entirety of MK heard a huge SLAP. That was the result of my hand on my forehead.

By this point, it was lunchtime. I thought Cosmic Ray's would be a good idea, since we hadn't done it yet. While Ray's has a good layout for food selection, it makes for an awfully bad time when you're trying to find the rest of your party during a huge crowd, and trying to find a seat is next to impossible....

TIP: EAT AT RAY'S WAY LATE OR WAY EARLY DURING BUSY TIMES!

So....onto DTD? NO! Epcot? nope......DHS?!?!?! yessirree.....

By this time, the family is wanting to change our ressies from Le Cellier....
(insert another head smack)
At this point, I'm like "ok, fine, whatever". So, in keeping with the spirit of futility, I check DHS' TS restaurants for possible cancellations and availability....to no avail (just like I told them).

After a nice round in Star Tours (which quickly became DS' new favorite), we head for DTD......in yet another ADVENTURE IN GETTING FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER ON DISNEY PROPERTY!!! This time, just for a goof, we take the bus to OKW, then the boat to DTD. Slow? You bet! Nice? sure. Good for people in a rush? ......uuuuummmmmmmmmmm-NO.

SO, the rest of the fam goes off to fulfill our extended-family-tater-issues, while I go check us in....to Planet Hollywood.

Before I go any further, we did PH last year, and enjoyed it. The food was better than expected, the server was helpful, and the ambience was fun.

This year, not so much at all.

First, when I walked in, the music was WAAAAAAY too loud. You couldn't talk to the waiters, much less hear yourself think. Plus it really doesn't help when little kids are dining in a place where a DJ is playing Snoop Dogg. Yes, they had the DJ from hell. Now, those of you that know me know that I've done my share of spinning, both vinyl and cd. This guy..... his mix of music was terrible, way un-friendly for families with small children. I didn't know that PH had turned into the new place where PI's dance club refugees went.
The food was mediocre, and pretty much thrown at us by indifferent waiters.

It would seem that PH has done a complete 180. I hereby DO NOT recommend it anymore. Perhaps if the dance-club-turned-restaurant is what they want, tell PH to get out, and turn it into "Radio Disney Diner", or something. This way, I wouldn't have to worry about my 5 year old son singing "SEXY SEXY SEXY" with the music, or my 9 yr old daughter wanting to be just like the Pussycat Dolls.......

of course, that's just me.....

anyways, we pretty much RAN out of PH, and hit the bus back to POP with 2 tired kiddos. We hit the bus to look in the skies, and see the tail end of Illuminations.......a sort of strange way to end our trip, indeed...

SO, after about 3 hours of sleep, and the bus ride with DME to the airport, I find myself here, typing to you. Like every WDW trip, I've certainly enjoyed myself. Of course, when I get home, I'll take all of these posts. and create a much larger, official TRIP REPORT.

I would love it if all of you would read it. It will be much more fun, a little more detailed, and be more entertaining and meaningful.

It will also come after I've had a bit more sleep.

But, for now, it's time to board. See ya......and thanks again, Mickey!
You can actually get the fill a box of mr.potato head parts at MouseGear in Epcot and you wouldn't have had to give up your coveted LeCellier reservation!
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