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Old 06-09-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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A Mostly Captioned Picture Report updated 2/10x4 The End!

My daughter and I traveled to Disney last week for a belated birthday trip for her. She turned 13, and I wanted to travel with her before she decided she was too big for her mom.

Trip Specifics:
May 31-June 7
Deluxe Dining Plan
May 31-June 1--POP Century
June 1-6--Coronado Springs
June 6-7--Quality Suites Lake Buena Vista

And here we are:



There's me, Amanda, a 30 ish special education administrator, and Sweetie, a 13 year old rising 8th grader.

Our trip report will be mostly in pictures, captioned, of course, and you can ask questions along the way.

Here we go!

Day 1: May 31, 2012
POP! Goes the day!
Singing the Monorail Blues
I wanna stay in the toaster oven so I can walk to the Magic Kingdom

Day 2: June 1, 2012
The Coffee Walks are the Best
Just How is Breakfast in the Castle?
This is a STANDARD View?
New Dumbo and Wishes

Day 3: June 2, 2012
That Great Big Golf Ball in the Sky
I'm too Full

Day 4: June 3 2012
That's a BIG Mountain!
How Much for a Sweet Tea?!?
California Grill
No. . .Dancing

Day 5: June 4, 2012
Back to Animal Kingdom?
Safari
One Last Ride
A Relaxing Afternoon and Evening
A Surprise Call

Day 6: June 5, 2012
Hollywood Studios, Take 2
Falling Down. . .
Finishing Hollywood Studios. . .On to Lunch
Ending the Day with a BANG!

Day 7: June 6, 2012
Beginning our Last Day
Animal Kingdom and Epcot
See Ya Real Soon!
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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POP! Goes the Day!

After traveling 8 hours, we were so happy to get to POP Century that day. We got there to find that the barricades for the bridge from POP to AoA had been dropped!


Breakfast of Mice!


Best. Sign. Ever.


My, that's a big marquee you have!


We're there!


70's Building. Top floor. Corner. Real close to the main building


Obligatory room picture. Same old, same old


From the room. Very close to the main building


Anyone for yo-yo?


Crossing the bridge. Will they still call it Generation Gap?


We're on the EAC!


Dude!


Living in the anemone!


Back over to POP Century

We had a fun foray into Art of Animation, and we were looking forward to later in the night!
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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Your pictures are great! Can't wait to see the rest of your report.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:44 PM   #4
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I love pictures, thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:58 PM   #5
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:30 PM   #7
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I've loved your pictures and captions from previous reports, so I'm really looking forward to this!

AoA looks amazing!

So did the Mickey Pancakes.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:57 AM   #8
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California Grill

After going back to the room for rest, Sweetie and I got ready for our dinner reservations that night at California Grill. For those of you who have been there, you know it is a great experience. Several times over the years, I have reserved a meal there and then canceled it. I didn't this time.

We rode the bus over to MK and then walked to CG.


I was struck again with how close MK and the Contemporary are




They look they want to talk to each other.


I love the look of BLT


We did some shopping and got a cupcake because we were hungry. We had not really eaten since Boma that morning.


Sweetie at CG


That's a pretty view


As is that


Looking red there, Amanda


Looking into the restaurant


Again, our view


Holy receipts, Batman!

I am so glad we did not cancel this one. We enjoyed our meal there. We were not rushed, and when we left, we went back to the room to rest before evening EMH at Magic Kingdom
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No. . .Dancing?

After dinner, Sweetie and I went back to the room to get some much-needed sleep. By the time we got up and headed out, it was this dark:


We headed over to the Magic Kingdom for evening Extra Magic Hours and we were all ready to go since we had slept so well.


Am I the only one happy to see this promotion go away?


First stop. . .Pirates of the Caribbean




"We wants the redhead!"


"The fastest ride in the Wilderness!"


I guess dancing is simply not allowed anymore at Disney.


Which is not good, because this song, although annoying, makes me want to dance.












With all the spinning in the teacups, who could dance?


And I'm not drinking tea when a big mouse is in the pot!


We rode this one several times


Ha ha!


I've dropped a phone from the top of Dumbo. I would not reccommend dancing in here, either.


Seems Dumbo goes fast enough!


On our Dumbo


Yeah, we rode it!


And Sweetie looks all nonchalant in the middle


Sigh. How beautiful!


Time to leave.



This was an awesome day, beginning with morning at Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach. Dinner at California Grill. Evening EMH at Magic Kingdom.

Coming up. . .Boy am I tired!
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Looks like y'all had a really great day! We haven't done any of the water parks yet but I see them in the future. From what I've seen the theming at Blizzard Beach is really cute!

I really wanted to try California Grill on our last trip but could never get an ADR. One day.....
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Looks like y'all had a really great day! We haven't done any of the water parks yet but I see them in the future. From what I've seen the theming at Blizzard Beach is really cute!

I really wanted to try California Grill on our last trip but could never get an ADR. One day.....
The theming at both are really great. I like Blizzard beach because it is different, but I like Typhoon Lagoon because I love to be floating along listening to Jimmy Buffet!

California Grill is a great experience for anyone.

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Wow you've posted quite a few pictures since I last looked! You got a lot of great shots! CG looks beautiful, I really want to eat there some time - maybe next time! I love all of your "no dancing" photos and captions
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Wow you've posted quite a few pictures since I last looked! You got a lot of great shots! CG looks beautiful, I really want to eat there some time - maybe next time! I love all of your "no dancing" photos and captions
Aw, thanks. I was busy over Christmas, and I want to have this TR finished before I leave in February. Which means I only have 52 days!
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The theming at both are really great. I like Blizzard beach because it is different, but I like Typhoon Lagoon because I love to be floating along listening to Jimmy Buffet!
Ooohhh...if Typhoon Lagoon plays Jimmy then that may make me go there. Love Jimmy Buffet!
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Back to AK?

After taking some pictures on a coffee run, Sweetie and I left the room to get to EMH at Animal Kingdom. Before we left, though, I had to snap pictures of the lake and scenery I ran through that morning:









What a pretty sight!

We then went over to the bus stop and headed to our first area for the day. . .


Weren't we just here?


Ah, AK AM EMH, where have you been for the last year?!?


Hmmmmm. . .a bit crowded. Turn to the right through Dinoland!


So we can get to that!

We rode Everest 6 times (yes, 6) by 9 am. And before breakfast, we had grabbed all of these:


Those in the middle? They were return ones because EE went down while we were in line the day before.

We had to stop for breakfast. We discovered this place for breakfast the previous summer. . .


And no, no breakfast pizza


Yum, the breakfast of champions, aka, the Bounty Platter at every CS location on site.

So fast passes in hand, we were heading off for the safari!
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