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Old 07-17-2009, 10:00 PM   #676
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Enjoy your vacation but when you come home more trippie please- (I kinda got addicted to your TR...

Also so sorry I realized I called poor Nobby-Noddy...bad me...
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:14 PM   #677
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Hey Jen, is this thing on hiatus? I know you've been working on the Chat room PTR, but I need to know how this trip ended! I need more Nobby!!
(That sounded somewhat naughty and odd).
Good luck with the new school year by the way. Our kids don't start until the day after Labor Day (State law) and it's SO late this year. I wish they started the week before this year. I'm ready for them to go back! LOL.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:12 AM   #678
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Jen I believe is fairly busy with 2 trips in the works and the start of school just around the corner but I can give you a little Nobby!! He is currently visiting my house and mostly keeping out of trouble



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Old 08-17-2009, 10:59 AM   #679
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Thank you for my Nobby fix!
I have been following Jen on her PTR for her next trip, so I know she's working on that plus getting ready for school to start, so I know she's juggling a lot. I just want to know how the rest of this trip went!
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I agree... Hey jen!! this TR was supposed to be done by now!!!


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Old 08-29-2009, 09:36 AM   #681
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Chapter 19

Chapter 19: Doing DHS…Hollywood Style (My last full day at Disney)!!!

Okay yes this should have been finished a long time ago and I feel like I have failed as a TR writer for my first TR, somehow I always keep on top of my PTRs and then let the TR go LOL!! Well that is going to change on the next trip, because I’m going to have Paula hounding me to get it done LOL!!! However I am happy that I’m finishing this before I go on my next trip that’s always a good thing LOL!!! So let’s continue where we left off and let me tell you the tale of my last full day at Disney!!

Tuesday morning was my last full day at Disney, Nobby and I were headed back to DHS to meet up once again with Steph and spend the day together. Nobby and I arrived about a half hour before rope drop and we were first in line at our turnstile. One thing I remember about this day was the fact that it was FREEZING, I don’t mean cold, I mean FREEZING. Everywhere you looked CMs were bundled up and most of them had on gloves, so did I LOL!!!! I made a quick call to Steph to find out what time she thought she and her family would be arriving and she told me they were running a bit behind so we made plans to meet up at the TSM Fastpass machines and get FPs for later in the day. Finally the park opened and the mass of people headed straight towards the hat to watch the opening show and then make the “run” for TSM (and I thought Soarin was bad it has nothing on TSM).



The opening show was very cute I really enjoyed it. The director and his assistant were quite funny!!





Then the rope dropped I walked, dodging the mob, attempted to not get ran over on my way over to TSM. I hopped into the FP line got my FP and then went into the Standby line. TSM has to be one of the most amazingly designed queues in all of Disney, and that’s saying a lot considering my love of all things Haunted Mansion, but the Imagineers get three thumbs up on this one. I leisurely walked through the line, taking some photos, you will notice there were not a lot of people in front of me, this made for easy picture taking!!



In my opinion the best light fixture in all of Disney!! I would love to have one of these in my child’s room someday!!









I just loved the interaction with Mr. Potato Head! I could have stood there for a while just conversing with him, however I could hear the people coming behind so it was time to move on and enjoy the ride!! Oh and enjoy the ride I did!!!!! Look I even beat my opponent…LOL



I made it my goal when I rode with Steph to do better, because she’s a teenager actually thinking I might beat a teenager at a video game didn’t seem like that good of a goal to make LOL!!!

After TSM I called Steph and she was right outside Pixar Place so she had grabbed her Fast pass and was waiting for me. Nobby and I were excited and hurried to join up!! Of course once again I gave Steph the lead, I wanted to do whatever she wanted to do and like any thrill junkie teen she wanted to ride ToT so off we went. Once again while I love this ride, Nobby gets a bit nervous, so we had to say a quick prayer because Nobby insists the two ways he doesn’t want to meet his demise is on an airplane or on ToT, where does he get these weird thoughts from, silly gnome LOL! The standby line for ToT was only 10 minutes so off we went, and there was no way our short walk was 10 minutes because 2 minutes later we were in the lobby.





We all know who I took that picture for!!!

ToT was awesome!! I screamed, Steph didn’t instead she kind of laughed at me but in a Mrs. O you are too cool kind of way!!! Then it was off to RnRC single rider line! The wait here was also very short and soon we were zooming through the streets, going upside down, and turning this way and turning that way!! Another success according to the Steph! Now Steph insisted I choose what we do next and I made a “tamer” choice and said I would like to see the Little Mermaid show!





LOVED IT!!!! Steph and I might have sang along at certain parts, we’re not ashamed to admit it!!!

After the show it was getting close to our ADR at 50’s Prime Time Café, so we started to walk that way! Once again I insisted that Steph let me treat her and I had no problem getting her added to my ADR for that day. I was very glad Steph had joined me because I was little worried about dealing with the antics here all by myself so now the waiter/waitress would have someone else to pick on LOL!!!



We didn’t have long to wait at all and we were being seated at a very nice table right next to a tv! YAY the clips were one of the main reasons I wanted to try here…I love older tv shows.



Nobby insisted that he be able to sit with some companions as he was tired of chit chatting with Steph and I and wanted to make new friends so we let him.



Here is a picture Steph took of me, I really like this picture because it shows how happy I am to be where I am right at that moment!



Well our Uncle came by and took note that I was on the DxDP and that we would be paying for Steph OOP and then took our drink order! Thanks to the DIS I knew I could get a milkshake so I ordered a chocolate one and then shared some with Steph. It was amazing!!



For my appetizer I had the shrimp cocktail, it was like regular shrimp cocktail nothing special so I didn’t take a picture of it!! It was fresh and yummy and I enjoyed it!!!

For our entrees, Steph ordered the Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, and greens.



I ordered the meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans



Everything was really yummy although I did like Steph’s chicken a little better than my meatloaf and the greens looked to die for!!!

For dessert I had the smores and I’m so ashamed to admit I didn’t even think twice I dived right in and it wasn’t until I was licking the last morsels off my fingers that I realized I hadn’t taken a picture. However, trust me on this one people, the smores at 50’s PTC are AMAZING!!!!

While we were dining Uncle had to remind me several times to keep my elbows off the table and insisted that Steph (my younger sister) had much better table manners than me LOL!! Steph’s parents also had lunch here and were a few tables away and came over to say hi and mess with us a bit before they headed back out to the park! 50’s PTC was a lot of fun for us!!! We loved it!!

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Old 08-29-2009, 09:38 AM   #682
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After lunch Steph, who is a huge Star Wars fan and I mean huge I think she has all the movies memorized like line by line memorized was ready to ride Star Tours. We got delayed a few moments because the Jedi Academy was going on so we watched the little jedis fight off the evil Darth Vader.





Then we were off to ride Star Tours!! I do enjoy this ride, but right after eating and all the throwing of me around made me a little uncomfortable but we survived and it was off to play in the gift shop LOL!!! Once again Steph insisted that we take hat pictures LOL





We then tried to pass off Nobby as an Ewok….can you find him???



I have to tell you this day at DHS holds some of the funniest memories for me! It was while we were in the Star Tours gift shop (I can’t remember what it is called…something Outfitters right??) that a CM noticed us having a blast with Nobby. He then asked if he could borrow Nobby for a minute, I wasn’t too sure what he meant by borrow, but Nobby seemed all up for an adventure so I handed him over. Well the CM took him over to that place where you can have your photo taken and then digitally placed inside a poster…Holy cow I think Steph and I laughed until we had tears running down our cheeks. Up on the screen was Nobby as an Alliance starfighter pilot and it was the funniest thing I have ever seen. Oh I wish I had a picture but the CM said that was a no no and I wasn’t about to break rules and ruin the moment…but I’m going to see if in the fall if P doesn’t mind getting Nobby’s picture taken again and I just might splurge and buy the poster because it was THAT funny.

After that Steph asked if I had seen the Lights, Motor, Action show and I informed her I hadn’t seen it before and she said it was definitely a must do so we headed that way. Along the way we found this…



Then it was off to the show!!!









This was a great show and really exciting!! It can get a bit loud so if you have young children it might scare them, but it was definitely a lot of fun and I wouldn’t hesitate to see it again!!! By this time our Fastpass window had opened so it was back to TSM!!! We had fun in the FP queue and we had even more fun riding the ride. Well did I make my goal of improving my score…



(I’m the blue score) YUP YUP!! I sure did, did I beat Steph….LOL like I said I wasn’t beating a teenage girl who loves video games just wasn’t going to happen!!!

After TSM we decided we would like to see Beauty and the Beast however the next showing was a little bit away so we decided to walk through One Man’s Dream!! We had a lot of fun looking at the posters and Walt’s desk and the little prototype models.







We then stopped to watch the movie…oh I just love me some Julie Andrews!!! It was a great movie and very moving, I can’t wait to see it again!!! Then it was off to Beauty and the Beast!!! Steph and I are both big fans so we really loved this and enjoyed singing along. This is one show they really go all out for!!!





By this time our day was coming to an end…I had another DISmeet with Kim and her family! They had a few rides they wanted to do after their dinner at Chef Mickeys and we were going to ride something together and just chit chat!! So I told Steph to pick one more thing she would like to do…and oh would this choice be good. Steph decided she would like to try and meet Prince Caspian so we headed that way. There was no line so that boded well for our chances since it was near the end of his meet! Nobby a big fan of the movie was excited to meet him too. So we were ushered in…and here comes Magical Disney moment #2 of this day…Prince Caspian meet Nobby!



Prince Caspian was enthralled with Nobby!! He was like who is this little creature so of course we had to introduce them. Then he asked how we came to have a Guh-nome (yes he said it that way) so I had to tell Nobby’s story. Then Prince Caspian insisted on inspecting Nobby.



He found Nobby’s special Travelocity sticker on the bottom of his boots and then asked us what is this Travelocity?? So we had to tell him that’s where the gnomes lived and he insisted he had never heard of this before and rode his horse to go from one place to another.



He was quite inquisitive and informed us that there were no gnomes in Narnia because they do not have the Gn- sound in Narnia however he thought they might have some dwarves!!! Prince Caspian spent a good deal of time with us and took quite a few pictures, the one of us and him is another one that I just love because of the great memories of that meet associated with it! Steph was just beaming and we were laughing and Nobby loved all the attention!! It was a great final choice, way to go Steph!!!

Then we met back up with Steph’s parents and I was off to MK to meet up with Kim!! Kim’s family was a bit delayed coming back from their dinner, but we did run into each other on Main Street and Ken took the girls to ride a couple of rides and Kim and I headed to Fantasyland to ride Nobby’s favorite ride one more time. Kim liked Nobby a lot and was willing to accommodate him!! We enjoyed the ride and the chance to chat, met back up with the rest of her family, said our goodbyes and at that point I was exhausted. I was ready for sleep!! On my way out I stopped to get a few photopass pictures of me and a lit up castle!





Then it was back to POP to rest!! I had an early date with Pooh and the gang at CP and a before park opening MK to explore!!!!
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Old 08-29-2009, 10:13 AM   #683
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YAY!!! I've been waiting and waiting and wondering how the rest of your trip went!!
How fun that you and Steph got to spend more quality time together. You done good!!!
I so enjoy reading your reports, Jen - it's hard to believe you teach science and not writing! Keep 'em coming!
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What a fun day! I especially loved the Prince Caspian meet. We met him too and found him quite charming Both me and my DD were crushing a bit I'm glad you're finishing up the report
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Jen-your photos are stunning......(do you do a lot of photography/have you taken a class or are you self taught?) Also what camera are you using...Can you tell I have photo-envy?....

We had the same experience of the TSM rope drop mayhem-I've never seen anything like it-I agree not for Soarin or any other ride...(It was a teeny bit scary with the kids-DH ran ahead and I tried to actually carry David for part of it-I was nervous he could get run into or separated...

BUT the ride itself is soo much fun...and as you said amazingly themed...

I didn't get to ToT this time-logistical issues...I so want to especially due to the theming...It's the only ride I'm actually terrified of riding-I'm a little w/Nobby on that...I'm going to work on getting my grove up to ride it next near (hopefully...)

Great review of Prime Time-makes me want to try it again...I'm glad that Nobby hit it off so well with Prince Caspian-we had fun with him too...except in my case Emily was blushing down to her toes...

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Yay! A Jen and Nobby update! It's so odd to me to see you all bundled up in sweaters and gloves while in WDW. Nobby did a great job of hiding wth the Ewoks, I almost missed him!

We have a picture of Demetri from the Star Wars shop as a young Jedi and we get a hoot looking at it, they do such a great job. I can only imagine how funny Nobby's picture must have been! Those are some great pics of the stunt show and the Prince Caspian meet sounded fun!

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What a fun day Jen, you know I had thought this TR was over glad you still have more to tell.

All your pictures have me so excited for our trip. I didn't know they had little star wars mickeys and things. fun fun fun
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What a great day at DHS (and at MK for a little bit)!

I agree that the theming of TSM is just too much fun! I always feel like I am reliving my childhood walking through that queue!

ToT and RnRC right after the other? You go, girl!

My great-grandmother had ceramic pink poodles just like that so I am glad Nobby wanted to make friends with them!

I so want to eat at Prime Time someday!
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YAY!!! I've been waiting and waiting and wondering how the rest of your trip went!!
How fun that you and Steph got to spend more quality time together. You done good!!!
I so enjoy reading your reports, Jen - it's hard to believe you teach science and not writing! Keep 'em coming!
Awww shucks...thanks for the sweet compliment! I only have one more day and then wrap up. I hope to download pictures this afternoon and finish up this week!!! Thanks for sticking with me!!!

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What a fun day! I especially loved the Prince Caspian meet. We met him too and found him quite charming Both me and my DD were crushing a bit I'm glad you're finishing up the report
Well yes he was quite easy on the eyes LOL...however his interaction with Nobby is what stole the show for us!! I would definitely wait to meet up with him again though LOL

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Jen-your photos are stunning......(do you do a lot of photography/have you taken a class or are you self taught?) Also what camera are you using...Can you tell I have photo-envy?....

We had the same experience of the TSM rope drop mayhem-I've never seen anything like it-I agree not for Soarin or any other ride...(It was a teeny bit scary with the kids-DH ran ahead and I tried to actually carry David for part of it-I was nervous he could get run into or separated...

BUT the ride itself is soo much fun...and as you said amazingly themed...

I didn't get to ToT this time-logistical issues...I so want to especially due to the theming...It's the only ride I'm actually terrified of riding-I'm a little w/Nobby on that...I'm going to work on getting my grove up to ride it next near (hopefully...)

Great review of Prime Time-makes me want to try it again...I'm glad that Nobby hit it off so well with Prince Caspian-we had fun with him too...except in my case Emily was blushing down to her toes...

FAB Update...
Okay...my camera is a Fugi Fine Pix S2000 HD and I love it...I have been contemplating getting a new one but we'll just have to wait and see. I'm also trying to find some books on photography so I can learn up on how to take better pictures at night!

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Yay! A Jen and Nobby update! It's so odd to me to see you all bundled up in sweaters and gloves while in WDW. Nobby did a great job of hiding wth the Ewoks, I almost missed him!

We have a picture of Demetri from the Star Wars shop as a young Jedi and we get a hoot looking at it, they do such a great job. I can only imagine how funny Nobby's picture must have been! Those are some great pics of the stunt show and the Prince Caspian meet sounded fun!
I'm going to fork over the money and get one...maybe I'll do one of me and Nobby together...wouldn't that be a hoot!!!! I would love to do something like that!

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What a fun day Jen, you know I had thought this TR was over glad you still have more to tell.

All your pictures have me so excited for our trip. I didn't know they had little star wars mickeys and things. fun fun fun
I almost thought this TR was over too...but I'm not going to give up! I'm going to finish it and make it my goal to be more on top of things for the next TR!!!!

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What a great day at DHS (and at MK for a little bit)!

I agree that the theming of TSM is just too much fun! I always feel like I am reliving my childhood walking through that queue!

ToT and RnRC right after the other? You go, girl!

My great-grandmother had ceramic pink poodles just like that so I am glad Nobby wanted to make friends with them!

I so want to eat at Prime Time someday!
Isn't TSM so wonderful!! I think Connor and Chelsea would love the antics at Prime Time and the milkshakes are amazing..you really should fit it in sometime!!!
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Yay, Jen, great update! Your updates are always worth waiting for

Great job improving your TSM score!!

Nobby sure looks like he was having fun - and how nice that he got to meet some friends his own size! i love that the CMs and characters were getting such a big kick out of Nobby - i would imagine that's one of the highlights of working at Disney, meeting people who do fun things like carry a gnome around. i mean you can only deal with so many rude, obnoxious, (or just plain dumb!) people before even the shine of Disney must wear off after a few dozen shifts, you know? So people like you who bring along a gnome must really make their day
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