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Old 03-06-2012, 04:52 PM   #1
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Celebrating the end of my 3rd decade Disney Style: March '12 TR (COMPLETE 6/5!)

We arrived in Disney late Saturday night (3/3) and we hit the ground running! There was no time to waste...we were getting the most out of this adults-only vacation! I'm here now watching the sights and listening to the sounds of the Boardwalk as I begin to put together this trip report...a work in progress since I'm here now! Any questions, I'll try to answer them!

Up next...Our very first RIDE...AKA The Flight!
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Mar 3: Our First Ride...AKA The Flight

We were packed and ready to go on Saturday. After dropping our kids off at their basketball end of season ceremony, we stuck around for a little while and then headed out to the airport. We left just before 5:30pm and by about ten minutes before 6pm we were sitting at the gate for our flight...LOVE being so close to the airport!

There was an airplane at the gate but it was not long before that plane...LEFT! We were scheduled for a 7pm flight. I LOVED this little table and chairs setup for the kids:



There was a woman that arrived not too long after we did and she had a stroller and three small kids...all age 6 and under I believe. The younger one kept wandering off, but the two older ones were sitting at the table. The woman had to go change the diaper of the youngest one and actually asked if we would keep an eye on her other two...to which I said sure. After all, we were leaving our own three kids at home for this trip! Besides if you can't trust a person with nails like this:


who can you trust?


Before long, the cattle lineup began for Southwest...which my husband Frank very much dislikes! It wasn't too horrible though, we ended up with a B27 number and got on the plane to find an empty row near the back and did not end up with anybody in the row with us. We probably had one of three empty seats on the whole plane in our row due to what Frank calls "the evil staredown". Soon I was looking at this view...before my husband said "put that away...we are about to takeoff".



With all the tornado storms on the east coast, we were told to expect a bumpy ride...and that is just what we got! They did serve us drinks and snacks but then the flight attendants were in their seats for about half of our 2 hour flight. We could even see the lightning storms off in the distance from our flight...which was pretty cool. We jumped up and down a lot despite our captain's attempt to go around the storms. We were a bit late at landing, but not by much.

Once we were on the ground, we rushed right off to the rental car agency to get our vehicle. It's been quite a while since I've done a vehicle rental...which was obvious when I had to RE-activate my frequent renter card a few weeks before the trip. Things have changed...we got to pick out whatever full-sized vehilce we wanted. I wanted to go for a nice reliable foreign car (since that's all I have ever owned) like the Nissans they had there, but Frank insisted on a Chevy Malibu. We finally escaped from the airport and we were on our way!

We arrived at the Boardwalk Resort close to 10:30pm, walked up to the desk, got our welcome packet (we had done online checkin) and soon we walked up to this:



And our room:








And of course the view to outside. We had a small balcony and we overlooked the central courtyard and looking to the left you could see the Boardwalk.



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It was still early though and there was no time time waste on vacation...we dropped our stuff and hit the Boardwalk. I was thinking for a Saturday evening the Boardwalk would be happening!

Well we got outside...and it was actually pretty quiet overall. We walked down toward Atlantic Dancehall and considered going into Jellyrolls...but just couldn't bring ourselves to pay the $12 cover charge...EACH!

Instead we went into Atlantic Dancehall (no cover) where Frank put down about $20 at the bar for two drinks. He ordered a beer for himself and "a girlie drink" and the bartender whipped something up for me that had some rum...and some fruit...and was blue. It was yummy!

It was so yummy the girl at the bar asked me what it was...but I didn't know and just told her that my husband had ordered something "girlie" so she asked the bartender to make her the same thing!

We drank our drink and mostly people watched, not brave enough to hit the dance floor with our one drink and it being kinda empty...plus the music just wasn't our style. They did show a video and play Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" which had everybody in the place (not that there were that many people) singing along...including ourselves.

There was just no real desire to stick around for too long, so we went back to our room and climbed into bed. We would be even more ready for the next day...our first REAL full day!






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Old 03-09-2012, 04:51 PM   #3
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Ok I'll pick up this report as soon as I can, but I've also started a dining report here:

Over a dozen visits & still new restaurants to try: 2 Adults March '12 Dining Review
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March 4: The Cold and Rain will not put a damper on my vacation!

We woke up somewhat early Sunday morning, ready to conquer the WORLD! I glanced outside and watched people jogging along the Boardwalk...the cold and rainy Boardwalk:



It was not going to ruin my vacation...so we threw on our jeans and fleece and headed out! Since we had no food in our room, we decided first order of business would be to find food and we stumbled upon and decided to try Kouzzina. Now I should say that during a visit a few years ago (when we stayed at Beach Club) we found Spoodles (Kouzzina's former tenant) one morning for breakfast and LOVED it! We were so hoping Kouzzina would measure up...and if you want you can read my review here: Kouzzina Breakfast

With breakfast out of the way, we headed to the dock (which you can see from our room) and decided to catch a boat to Hollywood Studios. We JUST missed a boat...but it was for EPCOT. So we waited...in the cold (no rain at least) and wind for our boat. Do we look warm here?


(Note my stylish Birthday Button....it was given to me the night before when we checked into our resort. I wore it EVERY SINGLE DAY of my trip and the Happy Birthday greetings never did get old!)

I took some pictures:





Finally the boat arrived and it was so nice to be in that nice and toasty inside of the boat. Now of course the Friendship boat is a whole 'nother experience in the warmer weather...back in June it was a long and hot ride as shown here:

Anyway...back to March! We arrived at Hollywood Studios just after park opening of 9am. I was not worried, as I had explained to Frank about the new rope drop procedures...but he didn't listen (go figure!) and he was still trying to rush us to TSM and the Fastpass machines. Of course, there was no real line there...so we walked over and secured a Fastpass for later and then rode the ride.

There was a slight snafu with the Fastpass machine though...as it turns out my ticket REFUSED to cooperate. I had an annual pass that of course I had not used since June...and the CM put it into the machine twice...no Fastpass...and then a third time and it ATE my ticket!! He got it out and then handed me a card...it was good for all day long for Fastpasses and only for that park for that day. So I would have to make it a point to get my pass fixed if I went to another park.

So we got in line for TSM which went pretty quickly. Before long, we were here:



and then here:


The game was ON and after each round Frank would glance down at our scores...and each round I was a little bit ahead of him so it was a close competition. Sure enough, the scores at the end showed the better player did win:



Yes, that would be my score on the left in blue! Needless to say, a rematch would be in order later!

However next up was Star Tours since we had yet to experience the new version. So off we were and the line was short...yippee! Before long we had some more shades:





And we were taking off and I was happy to find that I enjoyed the ride and I did not feel the slightest bit sick...at all! Yippee! Since we knew there were more scenes to discover, we exited the ride and went right back on again. And then again. Three times in a row and finally got a new first scene on our 3rd ride and a new final scene on our third ride and we had some different middle scenes throughout the rides. It was so cool...and best part was that I felt GREAT after all of them! I was feeling pretty hopeful that my intolerance for simulator rides was maybe not as bad any more!

After that, we headed over to Muppetvision 3D...where we would put on ANOTHER pair of glasses of course, and walk through here:



I loved this:


And I took this one for my son, who LOVES fish!


I was snapping a few more NON-FLASH photos like this:


When Frank told me to STOP! Ok, okay.

Muppets out of our system, we exited and we were now HUNGRY...but our Fastpass time for TSM was ready so we had one more ride there. So time to put on yet ANOTHER pair of glasses....and the score would be:



Yep that's me in blue on the left again! I proceeded to rub it IN of course!



And now we were STARVING and it was time for some food. We decided to try to walk into 50s Prime Time Cafe. Yes that's right...no ADRs that was how we were rolling for MOST of this trip!

Did we succeed??? Stay tuned (HA HA HA...slight 50s Prime Time reference).....



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March 4 Cont'd: I didn't know it could do THAT!

We headed off towards 50s Prime Time Cafe for lunch and panic hit me...I could NOT go in THERE with my birthday button on...that would just be ASKING for attention in a restaurant that already likes to call attention to people. I was going to remove it and Frank said "No Way...you need to get the FULL EXPERIENCE" and so I left it on. What would happen?

We arrived (without our ADR) and put our name on the list but only waited a few minutes before being seated. We did not get a tv table but we were next to one. Our waitress seemed nice...but she didn't even ask us to set up our table. Should have been my first clue that I was safe I guess. There were two other tables in our little room...and I really didn't hear her giving anybody a hard time at all. So much for that experience. I told Frank I thought we should share the sampler platter, figuring it would be more than enough food for both of us. He also ordered the chicken noodle soup and I got the wedge salad. You can find the full review here. I also ordered myself a rootbeer float...but saved it for after dinner.

Lunch was finished without any attention at all for the most part. The waitress was good and efficient...but that's about it. I was okay with that though. I was getting plenty of attention already with my birthday button in the parks!

Bellies nice and full, we exited the restaurant and ran into these guys performing:



We have seen them before...they are great! We stayed and watched for a while, giving our food a little more time to digest before our next stop: Tower of Terror!

We checked the Lines app to find out which ride had the longest wait between Tower and Rock N'Roller Coaster, and I believe Tower was the shorter wait so we got Fastpasses for Rock n'Roller Coaster and hit Tower. I think the outside showed 25 or 30 minutes...but we pretty much walked right up to the point just outside the lobby and we were in here soon:



It was one of the BEST rides yet...lots of ups and downs and pretty long...AWESOME!



There was not too much left here so we decided to go ahead and leave the park.

I made us pause and take photos like this one, looking like we were holding hands with Mickey:


We caught a boat over to EPCOT:


We walked around the World Showcase area and happened to stumble upon a crowd assembling near Japan when I realized it was Miyuki the Candy Lady. I have always wanted to see her...so we stopped and watched:



Her creations are so cool:






We continued around and found these guys near the American Pavillion:


And behind them we found him:


This is when I heard a woman proclaiming "Oh look...a big CARE BEAR" as she dragged her family over to view Lotso. Oh some people are just not Disney people I guess!

I think we continued to walk around for a bit and decided to hit Mexico since we knew we wanted to try La Cava del Tequila. Frank ordered the Jalapeno Margarita and I got the Pomegranite one. They were very good...and they definitely had some kick to them!



At some point we also wandered near Germany and came across Karamell-Kuche so we decided to grab a snack. I got in line and got us each a bottle of smart water and a caramel. We got one dark chocolate covered salted caramel and one milk chocolate salted caramel. I thought perhaps we'd save them for the room later...but instead we sat down on a bench and proceeded to devour them!

As we were sitting, we glanced over and notice that the bridge near Mexico in the World Showcase was up...we didn't even know it DID that??



They were bringing out the barges for Illuminations, so we sat and watched:


Again, something we've never even seen. We would later walk over that bridge and you can't even tell it is designed to lift like that...pretty cool!

It wasn't long before the long day on our feet, and the margaritas, were kicking in so we decided to hop back on the boat and head to our hotel for a while.

I loved driving by the Beach Club...definitely want to stay there again someday:


We got back to the room and decided a short nap would be in order. Our only plans would be late dining at Rose and Crown Pub so we had a few hours until our 7:50pm reservation!










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March 4 (cont'd): Sticky Toffee Pudding!!!

So when we last left off, we had returned to our room for a little afternoon siesta before heading back out for more park time. I think we actually stopped inside the little market shop right on Boardwalk first and bought some breakfast items for the next few days. I was HOPING for some hard boiled eggs as that has been my breakfast of choice as of late, but no such luck. We chose to just buy a package of eggs, some bacon, some english muffins, some butter and a small container of milk.

I think I got about 30 minutes or so of sleep and then I woke up feeling much more refreshed. Frank had decided not to sleep and I think he was just hanging out playing on his phone or his Nook Color. We were having a terrible time keeping it connected to the wireless network in our room...but we managed okay!

My poor brain does not recall what we did at EPCOT this evening. I seem to recall checking on Maelstrom...but it had a huge wait time. We didn't have to be at Rose & Crown Pub until 7:50pm.

We stopped and watched these guys for about ONE song:


Then my husband was getting a bit embarrased by my attempts at song and dance and moved us AWAY and back towards Rose & Crown Pub.

Anyway I do recall that my husband was regretting not taking that nap...and he ended up here:



It was pretty hopping on a chilly night like this night!

Then my husband decided we should something we have never done probably in about 15 years...see O' Canada! There was no line there for the ride and I honestly did not remember it at all. We had a short wait for the next show and then we were inside...where it was warm and toasty!

It was a cute show and yes, I admit, now I want to go to Canada as some of that scenery was breathtaking. I really DO want to go see Niagra Falls at some point since I've never been and I've read that it's better on the Canada side. Maybe someday!

After the show finished, we checked into Rose and Crown Pub and we TRIED calling some of the phone booths but we didn't have any success with that. Pretty soon we were being called to our table.

Now I will admit I made this reservation HOPING for an outside patio table to watch Illuminations...but on this night I was HAPPY that we were inside...next to a (not working) fireplace. I knew I wasn't terribly hungry so I got Frank to agree to split his meal with me!

We did order the scotch eggs as I was looking forward to that...but I thought there were more of them on the platter. It wasn't much more than a snack for us. DH got a beer that he had been wanting to have again since leaving England a few months ago...then complained because they served it the american way which was cold...when it should be served warm!

For our meal we split the fish and chips and we were pretty disappointed as it really was not a lot of food. I think we get more from the counter service outside of the Rose & Crown Pub...for half the price! I tried not to eat too much of his very small portion of fish and fill up with a few more fries.

Then came the whole REASON for this restaurant...DESSERT! Would the Sticky Toffee Pudding measure up to what Frank had had months ago???? Stay tuned....
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