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Old 08-07-2011, 10:11 PM   #61
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Enchanted Tiki Room of Doom!

We departed Agrabah heading towards the Caribbean Plaza.
But on our way, I noticed something odd.
One of my favorite attractions, The Enchanted Tiki Room, was closed.
But that wasn’t the odd part.
I noticed something on the side I never noticed before.
Do these seem odd to you?


Skulls and shields adorn the walls of the Tiki Room.
And here I always thought this was an uplifting ride...

Meanwhile, J was snapping the Dream Builders signs:






But now, back to the story.
We arrived in the Caribbean and were immediately warned that “Dead Men Tell No Tales.”


However, we rounded the corner and noticed a sign I’ve never seen above the fort before.
“Wait Time – 35 Minutes.”
For Pirates?
Really?
I don’t think so.
So, there goes my color-coded, double-sided Excel spreadsheet.
Never fear, I ALWAYS have a back-up plan!

Author’s Note: We found out later that the ride had stopped earlier and that backed everything up.
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:20 PM   #62
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In Search of Pongo Pygmaeus

With the Pirates at bay, we turned around and decided to cruise the jungle.


But first, a look around the queue:








Complete with bad puns…


Then we boarded our boat and headed off into the magical jungle that connects 4 rivers from different continents…
First stop, Inspiration Falls


Then it was on the wild animals on safari.
From the zebras…


To the giraffes


And the king of the jungle


Don’t look now but I think we’re being watched…


Hey look – it’s an advertisement for “Lost!”


Around the corner and we’re being attacked.
Everybody now, “Ooo, Eee, Ooo Aah Ahh, Ting Tang, Walla Walla Bing Bang!”


And then, the Eighth Wonder of the World…
The Backside of Water (I still love that joke)


We pressed on deeper and deeper into the jungle until we approached a cave.
Should we go in?
There could be danger!
There could be adventure!
There could be… a gift shop!


Or Tigers…


And Snakes.
Why did it have to be snakes?


Who let the monkeys out?


Re-emerging into the light, we were greeted by a pool of elephants.


They were all here splashing, having fun, and taking a bath.
But don’t be embarrassed – they all have their trunks on!


But luck was with us today!
Beyond the elephants, we were introduced to Trader Sam.
And he was having a special today!
Two of his heads for one of ours!


Finally we arrived back at the “pair-o-docks” (paradox) and disembarked.
Apparently all the luggage was there waiting for us – no carousel or anything.


Except this one was a bit damaged.
Anyone see a Wild Orangutan run through here?


Oh, nevermind.
I found him…


And now that we were all regrouped back on shore, we were headed back… to the future!
But first, a quick stop for dinner.
Thoughts on what delicacies we should end our day with?
Here's a hint - it was shipped directly from Yew Nork, Yew Nork.
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:21 AM   #63
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Fun update! I love the Jungle Cruise and it's one of the MK rides we're most looking forward to sharing with our newbie

No idea where you're headed next
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:41 AM   #64
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Fun update! I love the Jungle Cruise and it's one of the MK rides we're most looking forward to sharing with our newbie

No idea where you're headed next
Really? I thought I made that one too easy.
As for Jungle Cruise, it is definitely a classic.
And now, we even love it at night with the lights on - it's like a whole new ride (and even borders on scary for the little ones).
I almost want to do it twice every trip now - once during the day and once at night.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:08 AM   #65
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I love the Jungle Cruise too! It's so fun! I especially enjoy it in the dark and since I haven't done it for the past few trips, I think I will add it to my December itinerary!!!! Thanks for the idea!
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I love the Jungle Cruise too! It's so fun! I especially enjoy it in the dark and since I haven't done it for the past few trips, I think I will add it to my December itinerary!!!! Thanks for the idea!
If you want a brand new experience, check it out at night.
It's a whole different attraction!!
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:38 AM   #67
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Hey gang.
Sorry it's been a while.
Work has been insane this week with lots of late nights.
But I'm back now and plan to post several updates this weekend.
So let's get right to it!
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:56 AM   #68
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Dinner at the Starlight

As we headed out of the land of Adventure, we thought about a quick snack.
And there is only one snack anyone on these boards should think of when they think Adventureland.
And this sign may give you a clue…


Alas, the lines were very long so we made a pact to come back for J’s 1st experience with the delectable Dole Whip.
Instead we headed back to the hub.
Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It was underway.
Is it me or does that ALWAYS seem to be underway?
Anyway, with everyone gathered to watch the parade/show, I decided to take advantage of the empty castle.
So I grabbed Mom and made her pose. Take it away Mom!




Apparently, J was busy with an artistic series of castle angles.
Which, in hindsight, makes me wonder where the kids were!!
Some babysitter he was…








We regrouped near the bridge to the Enchanted Grove and were given our assignments.
Mom took the kids to go grab seats, J began the ordering process, and I headed off to Buzz Lightyear to snag fastpasses for later.
For those who haven’t guessed yet, we were planning to dine with the greatest lounge singer Yew Nork, Yew Nork has to offer – Mr. Sonny Eclipse himself.
As luck would have it, he was appearing “today only” at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café!!


I joined J who was still figuring out our orders.
I grabbed a cheesesteak (I heard they were good here) with fries and a Coke.
And, of course, I loaded it with toppings from the bar. The best part is the cheese fries!!
It was okay, but I think I like Ray’s burgers better (and the cheesesteaks are better at the Plaza).
Mom opted for a veggie burger with apples.
She thought the flavor was fine but there was not much texture to it.
J made me drool with a Bacon Cheeseburger and rubbed it in when he said that the bacon was really good.
He also had fries and tried the sugar free brownie which he quickly trashed. Yuk!
Our princess also opted for the Bacon Cheeseburger but had hers with apples.
I love the fact that at Counter Service meals, you can order any entrée you want for kids on the Dining Plan – it’s a little known loophole that the kid’s meal is not mandatory.
DS had his standard hot dog and fries but longed for Casey’s.
X had a hot dog and grapes.
But the reason this is my favorite Counter Service in the Magic Kingdom is due to the “live” performances by Sonny himself.


He’s cheesy. He’s campy. But he’s a lot of fun and keeps the kids entertained while the adults can enjoy a decent meal.
And the free cheese sauce puts it over the top(ping).
Sorry – couldn’t resist.

After dinner, we packed up our desserts (little cheesecakes and some fruit) for later as we had a better idea for our next activity.
We circled around Cosmic Ray’s and headed over to the Tomorrowland Bridge.
However, before we reached it, we took a quick left towards the Tomorrowland Terrace.
It was time for Dessert Under the Stars…
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for an update.

So I now know why I had no clue where you were going...we've never eaten at Cosmic Ray's. We always do either ts, Casey's or CHH.

We love the dessert party. Hoping to hear that you all enjoyed it too!
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for an update.

So I now know why I had no clue where you were going...we've never eaten at Cosmic Ray's. We always do either ts, Casey's or CHH.

We love the dessert party. Hoping to hear that you all enjoyed it too!
BLASPHEMY!
And you call yourself a Disney fan.
You guys definitely should give it a shot next trip.
The campy lounge singer factor itself makes it worthwhile!
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Apparently, J was busy with an artistic series of castle angles.
Which, in hindsight, makes me wonder where the kids were!!
Hey! I could see them perfectly well as they were wandering about aimlessly on their own amid the huge throng of people swirling all about in dizzying patterns!

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J made me drool with a Bacon Cheeseburger and rubbed it in when he said that the bacon was really good.
Not my fault you decided to be silly and get a cheesesteak. This isn't Philly, after all.

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He also had fries and tried the sugar free brownie which he quickly trashed. Yuk!
Heck, there was nothing else that they had which was dessert oriented as far as I was concerned. Next time, I'll just get some extra apple slices for the kids.


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And the free cheese sauce puts it over the top(ping).
Sorry – couldn’t resist.
Yes, Mickeys and Minnies, that particular mouse is definitely the cheesey one.
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Wait - you can order a kid's CS meal from the adult menu on the meal plan? Did I just read that right? I better go look.

Ah - Sonny - always the entertainer.

Fun update, but you are making me hungry!
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Mom's 2 Cents!

Oh folks, I wish you were all here with me right now listening to DH and J try to sort through the thousands of pics from this trip! I's hysterical!

You see, there were 3 of us taking pictures on 3 cameras and we made the mistake of forgetting to sync the time stamps on the cameras before the trip. OOOPS!

Right now, DH is trying to put the pics in the correct order while also sorting through to find the best ones. What a pain in the <<BEEP>>!
Yesiree, he has been mumbling some very unDisneyish explatives!

Anyhow, I am so happy to have all of you following along with us! After reading the last few updates, I wanted to pipe in and clarify a couple of things:

1) Despite DH's claims, I am NOT afraid of the Aladdin Ride. I actually LOVE rides that spin but I am not a huge fan of heights.
So, the kiddos think it is great fun to make the carpet fly as high as it can & watch me get nervous.
I sat out the ride that day because I wanted everyone to be able to fit on one carpet an I wanted to try getting photos of the kids mid-flight.

2) Given my feelings about heights, I admit that I was not at all disappointed to miss out on Swiss Family Robinson while I waited for Ariel.
BTW- didn't she look beautiful in her ballgown & feet? The up close details of the tapestry on the dress were magnificent!
Also, I thought that prince Eric was odd looking but DD didn't seem to notice!

3) Cosmic Rays is OK but I DO NOT agree with DH about it being sooo wonderful! If you have never been there before, it can be neat to sit by Sonny Eclipse and hear his lounge act.
But- I WARN YOU- it is only about 15-20 minutes long and when you are hearing it for the 2nd or 2rd time through, it gets annoying very quickly.
Also, the room is very noisy and it's a pain to tread through the huge crowded restaurant when the kids need to go "potty!"

Oh- and one more thing- for all of you folks who have been faithful followers of our previous adventures, isn't it nice to read a trip report WITHOUT any of that annoying pirate jargon???
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Wait - you can order a kid's CS meal from the adult menu on the meal plan? Did I just read that right? I better go look.
Yup- that's right! Of course, it is not published anywhere official and the CM's at the CS restaurants aren't supposed to tell you... but Disney just keeps track of how many CS credits you have used without distinguishing between adult credits and kids credits. So, we almost always order adult CS meals for everybody. It's more food to go around and offers better choices for kids like DD who is a total foodie like her parents.
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Wait - you can order a kid's CS meal from the adult menu on the meal plan? Did I just read that right? I better go look.

Ah - Sonny - always the entertainer.

Fun update, but you are making me hungry!
Yeah - little known fact.
Credits come off the meal plan as just a credit.
There is no distinction between kids meal and adult meal.
So for a family of 6, you can get 6 adult meals at a counter service and it is 6 credits.
It makes no difference if it is a child or an adult.
A CM pointed this out to us when Princess wanted a Bacon Cheeseburger and there was none on the kid's menu.
She advised us to just order the regular meal and it worked.
We've been using the trick ever since!
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