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Old 10-30-2010, 12:51 PM   #1
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"Follow the bouncing ears!" - Oct 2010 solo/Dismeet TR; UPDATE 11/26

The explanation for the TR title will come later

I just got back yesterday (around 9:30pm, thanks to a flight delay and how long Midway takes to handle luggage ), and I want to get this started now so I can start working on my next PTR!

Anyway, for those who don't know me, I'm Dana, I'm 26, born and bred in Chicago, but my heart's in Orlando. I'm a former MK CM and, not including working there, this was only my second trip and my first one staying on-site (not including the two days after my first CP when my parents and I were using comp tickets ). I have a trip to DLR planned for this coming June and another trip to WDW planned for next November (although we arrive on Halloween). I also have every intention of moving back to Orlando within the next two to three years.

My trip was from October 22-29, I stayed at Pop, and I was traveling alone, but meeting up with a bunch of Disers that I've gotten to know over the last several months. I had a fantastic time. The weather was better than Chicago (very hot, but no rain at all), I had a great time in the parks, and it was awesome meeting so many other Disers, including two in the line for the Dwarfs on the 28th!

So tug up on the yellow tab to make sure your seat belt's fastened, keep your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the vehicle at all times, and here we go!

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Chapter Links

Chapter One - 10/22, Arrival Day, Downtown Disney
Chapter Two - 10/23, MK Evening EMH, text only because Photobucket sucks Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7
Chapter Three - 10/24, Pop, MK MNSSHP, Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5
Chapter Four - 10/25, Epcot, Food and Wine Festival, Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
Chapter Five - 10/26, DHS, MK MNSSHP, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Chapter Six - 10/27, MK, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Chapter Seven - 10/28, MK MNSSHP, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Chapter Eight - 10/29, Pop, Airport, Chicago

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Friday, October 22, 2010 - Arrival Day

I had an early flight out of Midway, so guess what time I woke up?



Yes, that's right, 2:54am. I made a couple quick posts here on the Dis, got ready to go, and then had to wait about half an hour for my dad to get his stuff together and get ready to leave. He was leaving for Wisconsin that morning, so he drove me to Midway because it gave him an excuse to be out the door at 4am. We actually left at 4:15 because he was taking forever. He was just going to hunt. The truck was packed by 4, but he was lingering like always. I once missed a plane because of his lingering.

On the way down to the airport, we stopped for gas. This is me waiting for him to finish paying for it and get in the car so we can go.



We also stopped at a McDonalds drive-thru near the airport to grab breakfast. No pictures of that, but I got a sausage biscuit and hash brown with chocolate milk. My dad got the same, except his biscuit also had egg on it, and we split an extra hash brown. Those things are so bad for you, but they're so tasty!

At MDW, I waited about ten minutes to check in at the counter. I'm overweight and because of Southwest's policy toward overweight customers, I decided to go ahead and follow the rules because I was paranoid about being kicked off the plane. This means I bought two seats. When you do that, you can't check in online like everyone else, so I had to wait to check in at the counter. The lady who checked me in apparently didn't do that kind of ticket often, since she had to call for help to do it.

Of course, my gate was all the way at the end of the Southwest concourse. Oh well. Such is life. The funny thing is that I arrived at the same gate yesterday!

I stopped at the gate desk to get my blue sleeve to preboard, since with the Customer of Size ticket, you're allowed to preboard due to needing two seats together. After all, wouldn't it suck to have to ask someone to move because the only seats available were one in the front and one in the back?



I sat down at the gate around 5:30am and just read until they started boarding. I was the second passenger on the plane, after an elderly gentleman with a rollator. I sat on the right side of the plane in the very first row. As per Nermel9's request, I tried to sit with the armrest down, just to check, but that wasn't happening. I've gained quite a bit of weight since the last time I flew before this trip, so I'm definitely going to start working on that. The flight attendants on that segment of the flight were great.

I had a layover in Baltimore and the first flight had been delayed about 20 minutes due to frost on the wings. The second one was also delayed by about an hour, so I figured I'd go get something to drink. No sooner had I stepped into a line than they made an announcement that the flight was now boarding at a gate on another concourse due to an equipment change. I sat in the first row on the left side of the plane this time and, by the time everyone had boarded, I was sharing the row with another young woman traveling alone. We wound up spending the whole flight talking and exchanged Twitter information. Speaking of which, I forgot to add her.

The third flight segment (Jackson to Orlando) was completely packed, except for my fat seat. It was nice being comfy on a sold out flight It was expensive, but I do think it was worth it so that I wasn't uncomfortable or stressed about being asked to leave.

The flight was scheduled to land at 3, but because of the delays, we finally landed around 3:30 or 3:45. I headed straight for the DME counter and missed the Pop bus by about 30 seconds. The next came about 5 minutes later, so I got on that one.



It stopped at CBR first, then Pop. I'd done online check-in, so I only spend about 5-10 minutes at the desk before I had my packet. I was in the 70s, in 6314. The view was of a giant yo-yo and the lake, and was actually quite nice. It was also very close to Classic Hall and the buses. The room was ready when I got there, around 5pm, and I spend a little time unpacking my carry-on.















I left around 5:30 for Downtown Disney, having completely forgotten that it was Friday night. It was PACKED.







I spent about an hour walking around before I stopped at Guest Relations to upgrade my ticket and later stopped at Candy Cauldron. Except for airplane peanuts, I hadn't eaten in 12 hours. I got a chocolate covered strawberry and the CM asked what kind. I told her to pick, as I didn't care because it was strawberries and chocolate. She gave me the biggest berry in the case It was white chocolate drizzled with white and milk. The whole thing was half the size of my palm.







After another shop, I went to Raglan Road to wait for my reservation.





The service was excellent. My ADR was for 7:30, but I checked in at 7:10 and was sat almost immediately. The food was great and the atmosphere was so much fun. I was in and out in less than an hour. We're definitely hitting this place again in 2011 when I come back with my best friend and her husband.



Brown bread. I didn't get a picture of the oil.



Fish and chips. VERY good. I'd never had fish and chips before (fish sticks and fries don't count), and this was awesome.



Dunbrody kiss. This thing was amazing, omg.

I really can't say enough good things about my dinner at Raglan Road. The food was excellent, the service was good, and the atmosphere was fun. We're definitely going back.

After that, I bought a gift for a friend in their shop before I wandered around a little more and apparently stopped at Goofy's, because I have a picture of cupcakes!



I thought they were cute.

I realized I was crashing, so I got on the bus back to Pop. I bought a few things at the gift shop (mouse ears, a lanyard, and some pins, as well as a couple things I'd forgotten), and then went back to my room. My bag showed up while I was gone, so I unpacked it. It had been searched by the TSA, probably because I had glow sticks in it. I put on the TV for a while and then went to bed around 11:30pm.
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I'M HERE! Oh man, am I first?! WOO HOO!!

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Yup, you're first! I'm flattered that you've been waiting for this tr!
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Dang! I wanted to be first! Lol, ok, I am second!!!!

I liked your pic of the goofy fountains... brought back memories of Jack running through them!
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Yay you started!!! I've been waiting all week for this!
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how the heck are you on page 5 already and i didn't even know you started!?

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Well, had I known sooner you had a TR going, I would have hopped over sooner. I'm off to bed now, but I'm subscribed and will catch up in the a.m. Looking forward to it.
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Monday, October 25, 2010 - Epcot, Food and Wine Festival

This is about where I stopped really taking thorough notes like I had been earlier in the trip

I think I woke up somewhere around 9 and got up, got dressed, and headed over to Epcot to meet up with Sharon!





I'd texted her once I got on the bus and she said she was in Mouse Gears, so I headed over there, since she'd texted again to say she was still there. I couldn't find her at first, so I looked at snowglobes.



When we finally found each other, she gave me a little keychain Eeyore to hang out with Pooh for the rest of the trip!

After meeting up, we decided to go to Soarin'. I'd never been on it, so we hurried over there. I got a Fastpass and gave it to her in exchange for the one she already had (she'd done it earlier in the day and had gotten a FP to use with her DH later) and then went on it. Honestly, I loved it. It wasn't as amazing as people say it is, but I really did love it.

After Soarin', we wandered over to Figment and went on that, then found our way into Captain Eo. I think I'd wanted to do Figment and she wanted to do Captain Eo, because I remember that she wasn't very enthused by Figment and I thought Captain Eo was kind of stupid.

I was amused at them using the Star Wars miniatures, though.

Once we were out of the eight minute Michael Jackson video, we walked into the World Showcase and started our excursion through part of the Food and Wine Festival!

I was taking pictures of the herb plants for my mom.















Sharon decided that she wanted something from Greece, and I decided I wanted to try the cheese fondue.



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I didn't try the spanakopita (sp?) thing, but I remember her liking it. The cheese fondue was good, though. I'd never had fondue before! That sort of became the theme for the afternoon

Then we went to Canada.







The cheese soup was excellent, and I can see why everyone raves about it. I wish I'd had some bread, though



That was the maple glazed salmon. Even when I was in Alaska, I didn't try the salmon, but I did it to make Sharon stop picking at me. It was good, to be perfectly honest, but not something I'd get often.

After a stop at the bathroom, we went to Ireland to try two of franandaj's suggestions.









That little bitty cake? Did not last long. It was so good! I want another The fisherman's pie was good as well, but I think the real hit was the lava cake. Does anyone have a recipe? (Seriously, does anyone have a recipe?)

After Ireland (and calling my mom to tell her that I'd not only eaten fondue, but salmon, lobster, and scallops), we went into the UK pavilion to do a little bit of shopping.

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I have a friend who's obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, so I made Sharon hold the bear for a picture



And my dad is currently obsessed with the Beatles. I actually wound up calling him when I saw the coffee mugs they have there. I was supposed to buy him a Grumpy mug, but when I saw those, I called him and asked if he wanted a Beatles mug or a Grumpy mug. He told me to get the Beatles one. About ten minutes after we left the shop (I think we were in France by then), he called and told me to return it and get the Grumpy one. Well, I said I'd see what I could do, since I'd paid with a gift card. I later took Sharon's advice and just told him when I got home that I'd had them ship it to Pop and just never got around to getting back to Epcot to return it.

I did get him the Grumpy one, though, too. He loves it. See?



Anyway, then we wandered through the shops and eventually found ourselves in the tea/candy shop. I wanted a Mars Bar, but GASP! They didn't HAVE them!

I got a Ripple bar instead, which was actually very good and I want another

I had to take a picture of the girl at the register, though, because her name was Jade and so is my niece's.



We headed into France then.



Sharon decided to continue the "Dana's never tried this before, let me make her try it" thing and got in line in the France booth.





She emerged with creme brulee.



I thought it was all right, but she said it wasn't wonderful (I think that's the word she used). I'll probably try it again someday.

We met Marie and my pics are apparently on Photopass. Maybe on Sharon's camera as well, I don't know. At least, I think we did Marie before the creme brulee. If not, it was the other way round. Then we meandered through the rest of the the pavilion and into the Patisserie.



Yum. Didn't get one, but thought about it.

We did both get one of these:



And then sat at this table in the corner of that little area:



The slushies were non-alcoholic and were perfect, as it was really hot and sunny that day. After a little bit, this woman sat down at the empty chair at our table to make a phone call and then engaged us in a very strange conversation. I don't remember all of it, but I remember that her demeanor changed on the drop of a hat. It was very odd.

We got up to leave when our drinks were done and we saw a mom loaded down with food and kids looking for a table. They ended up at a table on the other side of the courtyard, but we for some reason took pictures of her food while we were guarding it when she went to get the kids.



We continued on through the showcase.

















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just finished up part of chapter 3 and I love your pics at Crystal Palace! Pooh and Mini Pooh are so cute!
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