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Old 09-29-2010, 12:23 PM   #1
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A Vacation From My Problems (A Sept. 2010 Trip Report) - COMPLETED 12/14

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

Not a whole heck of a lot happened. But fairly recently here on earth, my family and I went on an 8-day, 7-night Walt Disney World Adventure. If you're so inclined, join with me now as I recount every part of the trip in excruciating detail so I can both re-live the vacation (which went way too fast) and keep from acknowledging the fact that I actually had to return home and go back to work.

The Cast of Characters:



Me: Mark, age 35. As my shirt says, I'm from Delaware and have lived here my entire life. I'm a highway engineer, Philadelphia sports nut, and member of the ever-growing DIS Dads Club here on the boards (a group set up for Dads who aren't afraid to say they love Disney World). I absolutely love to travel, watch movies, and play golf. Future dreams include seeing Europe and Australia, making a hole-in-one and being named to the All-Madden Team.

DW: Julie, age undisclosed. Full-time stay-at-home mom and part-time teacher. I can't praise this woman enough for all of the work she does for our family (she may beg to differ on that point). She also plays a mean bass (both electric and upright acoustic). Smells nice, too.

DD: Sarah, age 8. Of our 3 kids, she's the biggest daredevil. Loves the outdoors, exploring new places, and watching movies. Loves to laugh, too. Accusations of being Daddy's Little Girl may be accurate.

DS: David, age 6. Of our 3 kids, he's the most cautious (usually). Hates the dark and loud noises (uh-oh). A budding Philadelphia sports nut like me who loves baseball and is starting to grow into football. Note: if you want someone to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you have to start early in life. No sane adult would choose to be an Eagles fan after seeing all the pain and suffering that comes along with it.

DS: Scotty, age 4: The biggest goofball in our family. Ok, fine, of our kids. Loves animals and somewhere along the line he developed a serious attachment to Chip and Dale. See the stuffed animals in his arms? He pulled the old "harass Mommy and Daddy in every single gift shop until they finally relent and buy these for me" trick to perfection.

We spent our week at Port Orleans Riverside, in the Alligator Bayou section, which was new to us, from Sept. 18 - 25. We got the Free Dining Plan promotion as well, so I'll include our thoughts on the places we ate during the trip. However, we are by no means gourmets and generally prefer simple comfort food, so it's pretty hard to disappoint us with food (unless you try to force me to eat my vegetables). I'll leave the judgment of presentation, wine reduction sauces, etc. to people who care more about that stuff than I do.

If you're interested, I did a previous trip report on a 4-night Disney Cruise we took last November here.

One final note: being a movie nerd, I love to sprinkle movie and TV quotes into everyday conversation. After all, I've wasted massive amounts of brain cells on this, so I might as well use them once in a while. As a bonus game, feel free to call out movie quotes as you find them. One point will be awarded to the first person to correctly point out a quote as it appears. In the end, the person with the most points will be awarded the title of Supreme Movie Quote Spotter of the Universe.*

Got all that? Great. It's time to start. Please stand clear of the doors. (Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas.)

In our next installment: Can the kids actually wake up at 5:00 a.m. for our flight? And who spilled the beans about traveling to Disney World in September?

*(This title has no actual meaning or status.)

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Trip Report Updates:
Day 1: Departing for Disney (Sept. 18, 2010)
Day 1 Continued: Downtown Disney, Ol' Man Island, and Chef Mickey's
Day 1 concludes: Chef Mickey's

Day 2: The Magic Kingdom
Day 2 continues: More of the Magic Kingdom
Day 2 concludes: Liberty Tree Tavern

Day 3: The Animal Kingdom
Day 3 concludes: Animal Kingdom and Kona Cafe

Day 4: Epcot Future World
Day 4 continues: Epcot Future World
Day 4 concludes: Whispering Canyon Cafe

BONUS POINTS CONTEST

My Experience on the Tower of Terror in 2006

Day 5: Hollywood Studios
Day 5 continued: Hollywood Studios
Day 5 concluded: 50's Prime Time Cafe

Beverly Slogan Contest Results
Beverly Slogan Contest Winner

Day 6: Epcot - The Best. Day. Ever.
Day 6 continued: The Best. Day. Ever. (Epcot + Le Cellier)
Day 6 continued: The Best. Day. Ever. (EPCOT World Showcase)
Day 6 concluded: The Best. Day. Ever. comes to an end.

Day 7: The Magic Kingdom (or, The Day We Can No Longer Avoid the Rides Everyone Tries Like Heck to Avoid.)
Day 7 continues: More Magic Kingdom
Day 7 concluded: Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Day 8: The Trail of Tears

Wrap-Up, Part 1: Random Lists and Rankings
Wrap-Up, Part 2: Riding Into The Sunset

Helpful (or not-so-helpful) Links:
My Nov. 2009 Disney Cruise Trip Report

The DIS Dads Club -- includes relevant Man Laws

Internet Movie Database -- helpful for looking up movie quotes...

FINAL STANDINGS

Glennbo123 55
FreezinRafiki 50.5
Trennr 33
Afwdwfan 30.5
That's Nice 16
Marvali 13
MissLiz 12
Mom3sonstt 10
Middlepat 6
Goofy+3 5
Melk 5
Wherem I Now 3
Flossbolna 3
Sonnyeclipse 3
jedijill 3
Mrs. Knowitall 2
Belle_princess 2
Pennylane1084 2
All7OfUs 2
LegoMan3 1
Emma's Dad 1
3timesmom 1
Dvczerfs 1
sara98629 1*

Up-to-Date Comprehensive List of Movie and TV Quotes/References in this TR

What About Bob?
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Spaceballs
My Cousin Vinny
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Fugitive
Jaws
Cars
The Hunt for Red October
WarGames
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Forrest Gump
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Airplane!
This is Spinal Tap
Saturday Night Live
Kingdom of Heaven
Rocky
Monsters, Inc.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Finding Nemo
The Simpsons
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Oliver & Co.
Coming to America
Get Smart
The Untouchables
Toy Story
Caddyshack
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Dumb and Dumber
Good Morning Vietnam
The Shawshank Redemption
Die Hard
Field of Dreams
Sky High
The Princess Bride
Braveheart
Seinfeld
Gladiator
Random Cheez-It commercials
Remember the Titans
Back to the Future
The Lion King
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
Over The Top
The Bucket List
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Tombstone
3:10 To Yuma
Dances With Wolves
Unforgiven
Billy Madison
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Super Troopers
As Good As It Gets
Apollo 13
The Dark Knight
The Matrix
Iron Man
Sunset Boulevard
The Godfather
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Inception
Star Trek
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Aliens
Casablanca
I Am Legend
Lilo & Stitch
L. A. Confidential
The Terminator
Goodfellas
In The Line Of Fire
Lethal Weapon 2
Lost
Rain Man
When Harry Met Sally
It's a Wonderful Life
Sahara
Mission: Impossible
Casino Royale
Alias
The Bourne Identity
The Price Is Right
True Lies
A Christmas Story
Wayne's World
Goldfinger
The Ten Commandments
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Office Space
Glory
Monster House
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Analyze This
The Amazing Race
Gran Torino
Gremlins
Pulp Fiction
Beevis and Butthead
Old School
Despicable Me
Ocean's 11
A Streetcar Named Desire
Wall-E
The Jerk
Silence of the Lambs
Jurassic Park
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Mulan
The Godfather, Part II
Home Alone 2
The Wizard of Oz
Citizen Kane
No Way Out
The Sixth Sense
The Usual Suspects
Psycho
Cool Hand Luke
Animal House

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Great start! Can't wait to read some more!

I try to be a movie line nerd, so I may get a point or two.

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That's a pretty lofty goal that will take years of dedication, training and practice to accomplish. Or 40 hours a week on the local muni course for the next few years.


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Great title and love that it has no meaning. Count me in!

Smells nice- very sweet!
Thanks for joining in! And yes, I wasn't running away from any particular problem...

...but that doesn't mean the title doesn't serve any purpose...

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You mean you won't be cutting your park days early to come back and read future installments? Sheesh.

I'll just have to be jealous of you as I update. Anything you want to know before you leave?

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That's a pretty lofty goal that will take years of dedication, training and practice to accomplish. Or 40 hours a week on the local muni course for the next few years.
Thanks for jumping in, Barry! Do mini-golf courses count?

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Look forward to more. I'll have to pop in some DVD's to make sure all the memorable quotes are fresh in my mind.
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At last! You can try out your Colorful Commentator-inator!

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Look forward to more. I'll have to pop in some DVD's to make sure all the memorable quotes are fresh in my mind.


Good luck! To narrow your choices, I'll give you a hint: no quotes will be used from Bette Midler movies. Way too many to choose from there.

There's still an obscure one out there and up for grabs...
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