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Old 07-28-2009, 10:40 PM   #376
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We also love 'Ohana for breakfast! The food is great & it never seems as crazy & crowded as some of the other breakfasts. I think part of the appeal is that they bring the food to you instead of going up to the buffet. That will definitely come in handy for us this year with a baby along! LOL Can't wait to read more!
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Bryan and the boys enjoying their breakfast!




Matthew's face is cracking me up...he looks so disgusted with the fact that you took his picture!!!

Your day seemed like so much fun, I remember when you told me that night about the bus trip. So lucky......and I think I know what happens that evening. SPOILER ALERT!!!

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Old 07-28-2009, 11:51 PM   #378
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Great TR! I love seeing how others visit the world...
Can't wait to read more!
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Woo hoo!! Great bus mojo!! I can't wait to see the Hall of Presidents in September! We didn't get to see it on either of our trips so far!

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what a great morning!!
how cool to get some great transportation magic
Yes, that was a wonderful and unexpected treat!

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Wow! What a great way to start the day with an awesome bus driver!

Breakfast at Ohana is always yummy!

We were at Epcot for the first part of the day and then made it over to the MK to check out the Hall of Presidents for the Annual Passholder soft opening too! All the new changes are amazing!
The bus driver was awesome! How cool you got to see Hall of Presidents that ay too!

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What a great day!

Ohana's looked fabulous! We have never eaten there before but have it reserved before we fly home in September. It looks like it will be lots of fun!

The Hall of Presidents is on the top of our list this trip. DH has wanted to do it every trip and Jeremy and I steer him to another ride. It was closed in November so we are definitely going in September.

Did I see in one of your posts that your boys had on a t-shirt from the movie UP? If so, where did you buy it? If not, I apologize! Jeremy is dressing as Russell from the movie for the MNSSHP. I ordered a t-shirt that is a replica from the outfit he wore in the movie from Disney.com but I am now looking for the hat.

Look forward to your next post!

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Hi Erika! No, my boys didn't have an UP shirt on, if you read Lesley's report, her son Luke has one. You will enjoy the new HOP it really is a great tribute!

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We are going for 2 weeks next year so I very interested to see how you fared on such a long trip!
Thanks and WELCOME! We had a great trip, but 15 days was a long time!

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Wow, how nice of the bus driver to drive you straight to the Poly! Score!

Breakfast at Ohana looks fun. I've been trying to convince my DD's to go there but they aren't all that interested in Lilo and Stitch.
The bus driver was AWESOME! Ohana is alot of fun and the food is GREAT, maybe you could convince your DD's!

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How fun!
Ohana bfast and CHH are two of our favorite places! I love how you are now starting to kick back and take your time in no rush for things.

I am really enjoying your TR!
Thanks so much! It was so great to just take it easy and enjoy Disney in a whole new way!

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Hello, pal! I'm doing fine--incredibly busy lately is all and, sadly, my trip report reading has suffered because of it. I see I need to catch up with tinkgurl as well.

I'm so happy that the boys enjoyed the arcade card. You are very, very welcome. I was thinking of you all during June and was wondering if you were having a fabulous time. I see now that you were! I'm still catching up--LOVED the Princess breakfast installment and I'm finding it hilarious that Bryan has turned into such a rebel by scooting under the ropes all the time.

I'll be reading some more tomorrow!
Hi Amy, glad to hear all is well! Glad you are getting caught up too. Yes, Bryan was quite the rebel on this trip! The princess meal was a dream come true for sure!

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That was so nice of your bus driver to take you right to Polynesian

Curious to see the new Hall of Presidents. I think I will have to see that alone though, as I know my son would never sit through that


Can't wait to read what is next
Thanks kelly, I thought it was super nice of the bus driver to do that for us too! Definitely see the new HOP if you can, it is really very good!

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Great morning! Ohana's looks great for breakfast, I can't wait to try it in December!
You will love Ohana breakfast!

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Another wonderful day for you and your family in the world!! How nice of that bus driver, it's those little pieces of magic that make it, isn't it? I love when I hear things like that....makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and I can't help but grin

I think next trip for sure we need to replace dinner at O'Hana's with breakfast, the food looks delicious. I think sometimes it's nice to have breakfast instead of dinner, then you can stay around the pool if you have no dinner ressies....somedays I do love that
The bus driver door to door service was definitely MAGICAL! We really loved Ohana for both meals, but I agree that sometimes it is nice at the end of the day not to have to go anywhere!

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Don't you think having the bus to yourself is kind of like a limo ride? We had the same think happen to us at SSR this past trip too! We loved it...
Your breakfast pictures have me wanting breakfast for dinner. The food looks tasty!
You guys had a great morning! I can't wait to read about the mystery at the pool and your next great meal!
Too funny Anita, yes, it was like a limo ride! We did have a great morning!

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What a fabulous morning at MK, starting with a great surprise bus ride!!! Even if there had been others on the bus, I think it was so nice that the driver originally offered to drop you at the Poly after the MK stop !!!! A great looking breakfast, yes!, I love that you got in and over to MK just as they opened, and rode some great rides!!!! Looking forward to the evening and the pool surprise!!!
I agree, no matter what she was doing her part to spread the magic!! It was great arriving at the Mk and not waiting around in the heat!

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Wonderful start to your 8th day, Diane! How great that you were able to go straight to the Poly!!! We loved our Ohana's breakfast when we ate there in 2007 -- the food was sooo good! Sounds like you had a lovely morning at the Magic Kingdom! I had to laugh that you went shopping while the boys rode Indy -- I always go to Mousegears when the rest of the family heads to Mission Space.
Thanks Jackie! The bus ride definitely started the day off ona TERRIFIC note! Too funny about shopping while the family is riding. I just could not take another ride on those ridiculous cars!

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What a nice treat to not have the extra stops and bumps along the way to the Poly! I am so glad you got to see the new Hall of Presidents. DH and my dad really wanted to catch it and it would have been a great break from the heat!
Thanks Laura! Turned out that HOP was a break from the heat and the rain!!

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Love all the pics. I bypass the speedway too, let the kids ride with hubby. Last trip I secured a spot at toontown rope drop which worked nicely to get pics of them coming around the curve. Also got me and my daughter in to see Tink, 2nd in line

Beach club looks like a nice area, I'd like to try that sometime.
The anniversary sign on the boat cracked me up. Sound like something that would go on with us. I can hear him saying, No I really, really didn't.

Ohana's is my favorite breakfast. I could drink my weight in that guava juice.
Hi Julie! Glad you are all caught up now! How cool being 2nd in line for Tink! Yes, the boat story will go down as one of the funniest moments of the trip!
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We also love 'Ohana for breakfast! The food is great & it never seems as crazy & crowded as some of the other breakfasts. I think part of the appeal is that they bring the food to you instead of going up to the buffet. That will definitely come in handy for us this year with a baby along! LOL Can't wait to read more!
I agree, it was nice not to have to run up and get our own food, that is definitely appealing!

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Matthew's face is cracking me up...he looks so disgusted with the fact that you took his picture!!!

Your day seemed like so much fun, I remember when you told me that night about the bus trip. So lucky......and I think I know what happens that evening. SPOILER ALERT!!!

Tim
At least he wasn't giving me Eric's fist of fury! Door to door bus service now that's magical, Jealous? Yes, you do know what happens so BE QUIET!!!

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Woo hoo!! Great bus mojo!! I can't wait to see the Hall of Presidents in September! We didn't get to see it on either of our trips so far!

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Thanks Sunnie! The HOP is really great I hope you get to see it!
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Day 8 continued

We left the Magic Kingdom and went back to SSR for a nap! After about an hour, we got up and showered and ready for our dinner at Narcoosees! We were very excited about this because we had never been to the Grand Floridian before! We took a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then took the boat launch to the Grand Floridian! We were a little early, so we just checked in and took some pictures!





After about 10 minutes we were shown to our table! This restaurant is beautiful and has views of the lake and the Magic Kingdom and the decor is so pretty too!

The views...







The decor...





Bryan and Matthew at the table...



Eric and I...



I ordered a lemonade fusion to drink and it was delicious, so light and refreshing!



Bryan ordered the Prince Edward Island mussels for an appetizer...



I ordered the atrichoke salad and it was great!



The waiter, who was AWESOME by the way, brought the boys these cute straws to use,...



A happy Eric waiting for his dinner...



Bryan ordered the Surf and Turf...



I had the filet mignon....



Matthew digging in to his steak....



All of our meals were delicious!

The waiter took this shot of the whole family at the table!



then it was time for dessert, Bryan ordered the no sugar added mango sorbet with berries, it looked delicious...



I had the almond crusted cheesecake and it was AMAZING!!!



Eric ordered the make your own smores and that thing was as big as his face, too funny!



I got emotional as I sat there looking out over the lake and at the Magic Kingdom and felt SO LUCKY to be there in that beautiful restaurant with my family, creating lifelong memories! Of course I was teased by all the boys in my family as I often am!!!

After our amazing meal, we decided to walk the grounds of the Grand Floridian and go see the lobby!







CONTINUED IN THE NEXT POST!





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Day 8 continued

So we made our way into the lobby and it was beautiful!









Bryan checking out the goodies the GF had to offer!



After awhile, we ventured outside to catch a bus to DTD and took some pics. along the way!







My boys on the bus!



We got off at DTD and walked over to the West Side and walked back to SSR, taking these pics. along the way!



























We then decided to let the kids swim, they love swimming at night! So we went back to the room and they got their suits on and we went down to the Grandstand pool!

CONTINUED IN THE NEXT POST!


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Day 8 the end!

So we went down to the pool and I text Lesley to say we were at the pool. I knew they had transferred from AKL that day and were now at SSR and they decided to join us for a swim! The kids had a blast! I walked with Lesley down to Community hall to get lauren a lifevest because poor Tim's knee was shot! We had such a nice time chatting with them and it was nice that we were both at the same resort!





The kids started to get very silly, they were INSISTING that there was some kind of creature at the bottom of the pool, so they would all get out and report back about how it looked, "hairy, long tail, etc." too funny, but they were having fun and they spent a HUGE amount of time obsessed with this "creature"...









We had such a nice relaxing night! Lesley and I were talking and agreed that it was nice to have other kids to entertain our kids whenyou are on such a long vacation. I said to Lesley, "wouldn't it be nice to come back again and be here at the same time?" Sure enough she and Tim agreed and now we are both scheduled to be at the AKL next year at the same time!!! The kids are so EXCITED and cannot wait to see Luke and Lauren again, we all had such fun together!


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Sleeping in
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Another great update!

I know what you mean about getting emotional...I do that too! Mine usually happens the first fireworks or parade I see.
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What a nice evening. Isn't the Grand Floridian beautiful! Jeremy did the pirate cruise there last year on Thanksgiving Day. Tom and I enjoyed looking around the resort. If you are ever there over the holidays, check out the gingerbread house. Simply stunning!

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I am so hungry seeing your dinner pictures! Nothing in my house at the moment is going to cut it for lunch now! LOL! That looks like a lovely meal! And love the S'mores dessert! Yum!

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I am so torn for our trip in September. We are currently scheduled to eat dinner on Friday night at Artist Point at the WL (our goal was to try as many new places as possible). However, I love Narcossees and I keep thinking that I am doing myself an injustice not eating there.

Have you ever had dinner at Artist Point and if so if you could only choose one which would it be?

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Great Update

So cool that you guys are vacationing together next year.
I have to say the Mickey celebrate balloon on top the cone in your dessert was just the cutest thing!! Love all the extra touches they do.
Nice to bring the Mickey straws to the kids too.
GF is really pretty. The Christmas tree there for the holidays just took my breath away last year. Can't wait to go again. You guys are going to have to go for Christmas one year.

Where do they have the UP house and balloon at DTD? Too Cute.
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Great update Diane! I have never been to Narcoossee's either. But I think that is where we will have our Anniversary dinner. I was undecided about there or Cali grill but I think well try something new . the food pics look excellent, making me hungry. How long did you take you to walk back to SSR? We would have that one night we waited 45 minutes for a bus but it was pouring. Great night swimming with new friends. that your family and Lesley's will be at AKL at the same time next year.
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