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Old 10-31-2010, 12:23 AM   #1
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UPDATE 1/20!! Bickering, Barfing, and Bug Bites

Welcome everyone!

We just returned from our WDW vacation and I don't want to wait too long to start my TR because I'll start to forget details!

I'll post chapter links in the 2nd post for anyone who wants to skip the chit-chat in between!

Here is a link to my PTR, in case you missed it and want to go back and read it:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post36754966

For those that haven't read it, here are the basics:

Main Characters:
Me, Ali. 27 years old - from CT.
I figured out two very important things on this trip:

1) When things aren't going exactly my way, I tend to get grumpy. I never really noticed this about myself before and I think it's actually a recent development. You'll see this happen at least once during our trip. I'm not talking an out and out tantrum, but just general grumpiness, I guess is the best way to describe it.

2) I should really stop making ADRs for breakfast. You'll find out why later on.

My DBF of 7 years (this Tuesday) is Lumar, age 26.
He figured out only one very important thing on this trip...the toilet paper holders in the hotel room will NOT support your body weight. More on that later! He may (or may not) pop in from time to time to chip in his 2 cents.

Supporting Cast:
Heather (HeatherBelle) and her DH, Brad
Dana (DisneyFirefly)

When:
Tuesday October 19 - Friday October 29, 2010

Where:
Disney's Coronado Springs

As I'm sure you can tell from the title, this was an interesting trip! We had a GREAT time, overall, and got lots of pixie dust but we hit a few speed bumps along the way. Just because you're in WDW, doesn't mean that "real life" ceases to exist. Just to keep us humble, there were some minor reality checks thrown in with our magical moments!

I'll post the first installment after I get some sleep!

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Old 10-31-2010, 12:41 AM   #3
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sounds interesting! where in CT r u from? ME too!

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I'm in! It was so nice to meet you guys!
Ditto! We had a great time hanging out!

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sounds interesting! where in CT r u from? ME too!

Im in!
We're in Naugatuck but I'm originally from Stratford and Lumar is originally from Bridgeport.


I'm trying really hard to work on my first chapter but I can't get any of the pics taken with Lumar's camera to upload! It's my computer, not the camera but it keeps freezing and it won't save any of the pics. I'm about to put his memory card in my camera since I had no trouble uploading my own pics. Ah...machines!
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Update 11/4 - Chapter 2: The Meltdown in Epcot

First, I forgot to mention something in my last post.

When we left CSR to go to DTD, we forgot to make note of our bus stop number. I knew (from practically memorizing Kathyís CSR thread) that the Ranchos was Stop 3.
So we get off at Stop 3 and start walkingÖ.and walkingÖ.and walking. We finally get to our building, and see Stop 4 is right there. So clearly, we used 4 to get to DTD.

Next, I want to apologize for the size of my pictures. I sat on my computer at home yesterday for 20 minutes and the internet refused to load, so I got mad and shut it off then went to bed. So Iím at work and I have to have Photobucket open on my phone because the work computer blocks it. But on the phone, you canít resize the pics. I had to copy all of the URLs into an email on my phone, then email them to myself so I could paste them into the TR which I was writing in Word. Itís a mess, and I promise I will resize them ASAP.

So for our first full day, I had wanted to get up at 7:30 and leave by 9am so we could get to Epcot around 9:30am. We were planning to eat breakfast at Seasons, then we had a lunch ADR at Rose & Crown for 1pm and dinner at San Angel Inn at 7:15pm. We were only off by 30 minutes...We got up at 8, I made Lumar some coffee in the room, and we left the resort at 9:30am.



We headed straight to The Land Pavilion to get FPs for Soariní and breakfast at Seasons. Our FP return time was for 12:30pm so we settled down for a nice relaxing breakfastÖ. 2 adult breakfast platters with French toast, breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs, and a biscuit.



Aside from the potatoes being cold and not thoroughly cooked (they were still hard in the middle), it was a good meal. Oh, and I somehow spilled water onto my plate but thankfully I was mostly done eating anyway.

So here we begin Alisonís Hissy Fit #1.

I asked Lumar if he wanted to go to the Character Spot for the special Visa meet & greet. I donít know how you guys feel about this, but his response was ďwhatever you want,Ē and to me that indicates that he doesnít really want to do that. So I ask him ďyou donít want to do it?Ē He says ďwell weíve already met all of those characters.Ē

Iím mad because my goal for this trip was to meet as many characters as possible, and I donít understand why us having met them before should stop us from doing it again. Especially considering that last year, we didnít do hardly any meet & greets at all. So now he is mad that Iím mad and we have our first round of bickering. Sitting at a table, in the semi-crowded cafeteria of Seasons. After a few minutes, I get over it and go back to eating my breakfast. Thatís usually how these things go. Iím mad (usually for no good reason) and I argue (again, for no good reason), and then Iím over it and I move on.

So now that weíre all smiles again, we start taking random pics of each other. Lumar gets me first as I was People Watching. I know I was looking at something that was horrific but I canít remember what it is now. Apparently, it was so traumatic, Iíve blocked it from my memory (i.e Iím extremely forgetful):



So I take the camera from him to make sure the picture is acceptable and sneak a picture of him:



He looks so primitive, doesnít he?

Since we still have about 2 hours to kill before Soariní, we decide to check out Captain EO so we had never seen it before, and probably wonít get the chance again. I have to say it was kinda cool. Iím a fan of MJís old stuff but I really had no idea what to expect going into this show. I actually really had fun watching it!

So next we head over to Figment and Lumar has a bright idea:



Not really, but itís a cute picture lol

And it will be the last one for a few minutes, but keep reading and youíll find out why.

At this point, we go back to The Land to go on Soariní but since weíre right there, we stop to use the restrooms first.

Alisonís Hissy Fit #2

Lumar decided to buy a Flip camera to take on this trip. I thought it was a great idea and helped him search for a good price and the whole bit. While I go to the bathroom, he is sitting on the bench recording himself talking about our trip so far. I come back from the bathroom and from what I hear, he is just repeating himself over and over. So I tell him heís rambling. He finally shuts off the camera and then decides he has to use the bathroom too. Now Iím annoyed because, in my opinion, he should have used the bathroom first. When he comes out, I pull on the backpack, hand him his water bobble (which we bought for this trip and are FANTASTIC investments!) and we head downstairs to Soariní, while we bicker some more about his video recording. Keep in mind, Iím still annoyed about the bathroom incident so in retrospect, I was really mean to him about the camera. I told him no one was going to watch his videos if he just keeps talking and only recording his face. More bickering ensues about why he even bought the camera in the first place.

We get to the front of the FP line for Soariní, and I stop the bickering to ask him where he put his P & S camera (the one weíve been using for pictures all morning). He says he doesnít have it. ďI said what do you mean you donít have it? I donít have it!Ē The only thing Iím picturing in my head at this point, is the backpack, my visor, and Lumarís camera on the bench upstairs next to the bathrooms. So out of the line we go, and run back upstairs to check to see if itís still on the bench.

Itís not.

I pull open all of the pockets on the backpack, take everything out but donít find it. I knew it wasnít in there because I didnít remember putting it in there. I specifically remember seeing it on the bench, and with my aggravation about the video recording and the bathroom, I just forgot to grab it.

I check with the CM who is right in front of the entrance to see if someone brought it to her. She said no, but to check with Lost & Found downstairs at the Soariní desk.

We go back downstairs, and the CM there says she doesnít have it either. She says to wait until the end of the day and check with the main Lost & Found at the front of the park.

So now, Iím crazy upset, Lumar is totally POíd, and I just sit down in a corner where the Soariní exit is and start crying. Itís only the first real day of our vacation, weíre already fighting, and now Iíve lost the camera.

At one point, I happen to glance over to the Soariní entrance and the clock above it says itís 1:24pm. Thatís canít be rightÖ

Can it??

Iím still crying (and trying desperately to hide it from the 9356 people in the Soariní lobby) but I ask Lumar frantically what time it is. He pulls out his cell phone and confirms that itís 25 after 1! I fly up off the floor and mumble incoherently as I start speed walking back upstairs and out of the building, that our ADR for Rose & Crown was at 1pm. We make it to World Showcase and to the restaurant in about 10 minutes. The CM at the check-in desk was Morgan and she was so sweet. I told her that Iím sorry weíre late and explained about the lost camera. She tells us itís no problem and she will get us seated as soon as possible.

So we get our pager and weíre waiting and I start crying again because I feel so horrible about the whole morning. I tell him Iím sorry for being so mean and we agree to try hard not to fight anymore because weíre in DISNEY WORLD and we should be HAPPY!

About 1 minute later, our pager goes off and another CM comes over to seat us. She asks us if we ever found the camera and we tell her no. She says she is sorry that happened to us, and hopes we find it. She seats us at a table outside on the patio facing the lagoon. We have a gorgeous view and a beautiful breeze. I start to calm down a little bit and decide to take out my notebook and make some notes for the TR. I reach down into one of the pockets for my pen and lo & beholdÖ..

THE CAMERA!

I hold it up and show Lumar and both of us stare at it in disbelief. He saw me take everything out of the backpack, and neither of us can believe that it was just sitting in there the whole time!

We both just start laughing because at that point, thatís all we could do.

Here is our view from our table:



I ordered a Magic Star Cocktail:



For an appetizer, the lactose-intolerant member of our party decides he wants the Cheese & Fruit PlateÖ..



It was OK but not really my cup of tea. Iím not a big fan of cheese to begin with but it wasnít terrible.

For his meal, Lumar ordered the Pub Burger which he said was really good:



For my meal, I had the Fish & Chips which was fantastic and exactly what I wanted:



For dessert, Lumar wanted the Lime Pie and I ordered the Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding. Both were delicious!





Weíve already decided that we are definitely going back to Rose & Crown in the future. It was such a good experience, in every aspect.

Next up: After getting to lunch late, will we make it to dinner at San Angel Inn? Stay tuned!
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Hey! Another person from the "great state" of CT here! Loving your report so far. Really glad you found the camera. I would have cried too, for sure! I, too, was curious as to why you chose to fly out of White Plains instead of Bradley. We always fly Southwest out of Bradley. I have never even considered White Plains. Should I? Can't wait for more.

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I'm sorry about the bickering. Disney is not the place for bickering (Mark and I usually wait until the last day ). Sometimes all the stress of planning, etc., just catches up with us.

I'm sorry you lost the camera. And I'm delighted you FOUND the camera.

Love the pics at Rose & Crown -- it is one of our favorite places.
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Oh how I can see my hubby and me in the same position as you 2. Even the most magical place on earth can't prevent the couple bickering incidents. We get emotional, especially when things aren't going right. I am SOOOOOOOOO glad to hear you found your camera, as funny as it is that it was there that whole time. Did you ever ride soarin? The food looked tasty, we've never eatin' there, might have to try sometime.
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We headed straight to The Land Pavilion to get FPs for Soariní and breakfast at Seasons. Our FP return time was for 12:30pm so we settled down for a nice relaxing breakfastÖ. 2 adult breakfast platters with French toast, breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs, and a biscuit.
Breakfast looks yummy!!
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Iím mad because my goal for this trip was to meet as many characters as possible, and I donít understand why us having met them before should stop us from doing it again.
It's okay to have a hissy fit! Besides, he has rode all the rides before, I bet he did that again. We are girls, we are entitled!

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I just love a happy ending!

I made it! I just love your trip reports, can't wait to hear the rest. Hopefully you throw me some potty break humor! Hee funny, Humor, Lumar! Pretty darn close.
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I'm so glad you guys found your camera! Hissy fits and bickering happen Sharon and I did too at one point
Seriously, it's usually a couple of days before it starts! I think I was just so gung-ho about making sure everything went perfectly that I was just on pins & needles and every little thing got under my skin.

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I'm sorry about the bickering. Disney is not the place for bickering (Mark and I usually wait until the last day ). Sometimes all the stress of planning, etc., just catches up with us.

I'm sorry you lost the camera. And I'm delighted you FOUND the camera.

Love the pics at Rose & Crown -- it is one of our favorite places.
It was quite a day! I can't wait to go back to R & C...I would love to go there for dinner tonight!

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Oh how I can see my hubby and me in the same position as you 2. Even the most magical place on earth can't prevent the couple bickering incidents. We get emotional, especially when things aren't going right. I am SOOOOOOOOO glad to hear you found your camera, as funny as it is that it was there that whole time. Did you ever ride soarin? The food looked tasty, we've never eatin' there, might have to try sometime.
I definitely recommend R & C! It was great and everyone was so nice! You'll have to keep reading to find out about Soarin'!

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Glad the camera was found!
Me too! I was so upset! And that thing is brand new! I just got it for him for Christmas last year to replace the one I broke!

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Hey! Another person from the "great state" of CT here! Loving your report so far. Really glad you found the camera. I would have cried too, for sure! I, too, was curious as to why you chose to fly out of White Plains instead of Bradley. We always fly Southwest out of Bradley. I have never even considered White Plains. Should I? Can't wait for more.

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We only used it because we were flying JetBlue (it was like $100 cheaper than Southwest) and JetBlue is just starting to fly out of Bradley this month. So that is the only reason we switched. Now that JetBlue uses Bradley, we'll be going back there. Westchester was too small for me, I just wasn't comfortable.

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Breakfast looks yummy!!

It's okay to have a hissy fit! Besides, he has rode all the rides before, I bet he did that again. We are girls, we are entitled!





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I just love a happy ending!

I made it! I just love your trip reports, can't wait to hear the rest. Hopefully you throw me some potty break humor! Hee funny, Humor, Lumar! Pretty darn close.
I should have said that to him about riding the rides, huh? Didn't even think of it! But you know what? I know he would have done the meet & greet without complaint if I said that's what I wanted to do. But for some reason, I took his response of "whatever you want to do" the wrong way, got offended by it, and made a big deal over it. It was totally my fault and I admit it.

I love those pics of him! Aren't they funny!?

So glad I found that camera! It was a like a miracle happened right before my eyes!

Glad you made it over! Don't worry, there is some potty humor...LOTS of potty humor, later in the report. Although what's funny about it, is that it's not really funny! If that makes any sense!
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