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Old 08-29-2011, 08:42 AM   #31
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Our 14 yr old niece will be staying with us on our Oct trip, can you let me know the 'must do' things in your opinion!
Well, it depends on whether she likes Disney or not I guess. I love Disney, so I really enjoyed Wishes, the Magic, the Memories and You and Illuminations. To me they were more 'unforgettable experiences' than the rides were. But I also really enjoyed the thrill rides- Space Mountain, Expedition Everest, Test Track, Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain. Oh, she'll love Soarin'! Star Tours is a great ride too. If she's into eating and looking round places, a trip to the Grand Floridian and a meal at GFC would be awesome!
If she's never been to WDW before, I would say MK is the most important park to try. IMHO, it just 'feels' more Disney than the others, and has more rides and things to do.
(Oh- almost forgot- a character breakfast or meal with Mickey and Co., even my anti-Disney brother loved posing with Goofy! Meeting the characters is something that virtually everyone enjoys the first time, I think! )

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Old 08-29-2011, 03:30 PM   #33
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Epcot- Part 3 (Lunch at Tutto Italia)

So, welcome back everyone to my TR!

When I left off, we had just bought the boys shirts with the vouchers that Disney gave us, and were headed to Italy.
Rushing over to WS, we were terrified that we would not be let in because we had missed our ADR time. However, Tutto Italia was virtually empty! I was shocked, I thought pretty much all of the Disney restaurants were booked up and full, especially in August.

Lunch at Tutto Italia

We waited about five minutes in the lobby (don't really know why considering how quiet it was!) and then were called in. There were two or three other occupied tables... not many at all.

The decor is nice in here... although the paintings on the wall aren't really what they'd be like in Italy. It was one of the more upmarket places we ate at on our vacation.
(Sorry about the quality, our camera isn't very good at taking pictures in the dark!)



Here are Willum and Rory...



Rory enjoying himself...



Me, Daddy and Rory (Please ignore my face, I was yawning!)...



Me and dear old father...



Oh dear...



The food was good, and the service was really good. This is one of the only restaurants that we actually believed the staff deserved the tip we gave them. They really worked for it! I had the Minestrone Soup for my app, which I really liked. I would highly reccommend. I can't remember much more I'm afraid, we have lost all the photos, but I do remember my parents loving the platter full of meat.

Our Ratings for Tutto Italia-
(Sorry, I only had time to ask myself! Time for bed soon. )

Rating- 7/10
"I really liked the decor, food and service. The appetizers were better than the entrees and desserts IMHO. I would reccommend this place if you are on the DDP, but if you aren't... it's pretty expensive for one TS credit- and I'm not sure it would be worth the full amount that we paid."

That's it for now! Our evening at Epcot coming up soon, hope to update tomorrow!

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Old 08-30-2011, 03:54 PM   #34
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Epcot- Part 4 (Rose & Crown and Illuminations)

Welcome back to my Trip Report!

Now, where did we leave off?! Oh yes, we had just left Tutto Italia and had a good meal. We were exhausted, hot and sticky, and decided to go back to the hotel for a swim. Here are a few photos we took on our way back through WS!

Here's Mulan. We saw her numerous times in China and I was a little disappointed that I never got to meet her.



And some pictures of WS...









We loved this shop. It's where we bought the t-shirts for Rory and my dad that I mentioned in a previous post. It had so much stuff!





HOWEVER, when we got back to SSR, a torrential downpour started, and it was obvious that we weren't going to be swimming that afternoon. Rory was grumpy about it- a few weeks prior to the holiday he had learnt to swim under water and now loves swimming. So our little 'water baby' was a bit cross that we wouldn't make it.
I literally walked into the villa and went straight to my bed for a much needed nap. When I woke up, the rain was still going, but was merely a drizzle now. We noticed the time was getting dangerously late to get to EPCOT for our ADR at R&C on time. We tried to get ready as quickly as possible... but- our family is one of those families that take ages to just get out of the door and on their way! If you're a family, you'll probably know what I mean by this. We had to get ready, cream up, pack what we were taking with us, and of course, the major distraction for Willum and Rory was the television. So as me and my parents were rushing around trying to get to R&C on time, the boys lazed around in our room without a care in the world, let alone being worried about missing an ADR. It really enfuriates you sometimes, I'm sure some of you will know what I mean!

Well, eventually when we got out, we hurriedly drove to Epcot, we were going to be late though and we couldn't really do anything about it! Luckily, because we were late for our Tutto Italia ADR and they hadn't blinked an eyelid, we weren't as stressed that we were late this time round.

We were about 40 minutes late when we finally checked in for our meal. We had to wait for our buzzer to go off, so we decided to check out the shops in the UK while we were waiting. They didn't really represent Britain. Well, they did sell football (soccer) shirts... our country is football mad for some reason. The UK was the most boring country in Epcot IMHO, I guess that's just because I live there! The shops sold all the stereotypical British things.

The Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room!

Our buzzer went off after about 20 minutes. We were taken in and had a nice, friendly waitress from Ireland. I'm ever so sorry that we don't have any photos of this meal.

We were quite disappointed by the food, as we had heard good things about it. I had the vegetarian sheperds pie, which I didn't like at all- but I guess that is a matter of taste. My father had the sausage and mashed potato I believe, and the potatoes were so buttery, I really liked them. I didn't realize that there was bacon in it though... and when I did, I felt sick. There was bacon in pretty much all the mashed potatoes we ate in WDW, I don't really get why, it doesn't happen much in the UK. (Which is the restaurants theme!)
I seem to remember the rest of the food was just average from what the rest of my family told me. (The scotch chocolate cake was nice though, I really enjoyed that.)

What did we think of the Rose and Crown?

Me (Megan)- 5/10
"The food wasn't very nice, with the exception of the chocolate cake at the end. The atmosphere was nice though, because of it's size. It felt more personal.

Tracey (Mum)- 7/10
"I didn't think the food was that good- certainly wasn't English. We did have good seats for Illuminations though, which made up for it." (I will explain later)

Will (Dad)- Is out at drama club, so couldn't comment.

Willum- 3/10
"They gave me the wrong stake... was too chewy."

Rory- Is in bed sleeping... sorry....

Now... we had a reservation in the Preferred Fireworks Viewing Area in Morocco. However, we were going to be late for this, and our waitress said 'You can have a table in our outdoor seating area- because of the storm earlier it's been closed off.' It was virtually empty! We got a spot right in the middle of the deck and the best view ever. Illuminations was awesome. And we were viewing it from a virtually empty deck! There were two or three other families I think. I had heard it got really busy for the fireworks so it was awesome to have that unexpected surprise. The only picture we got from the show was this...



Our camera is rather tame in the dark. I really wish we'd have taken more pictures, or not as deleted as many!
Illuminations is really good and we all really enjoyed it. We haven't ever seen anything like it!
Here's some photos we took whilst leaving the park:









These things were really interesting...



Little Rorsie was in deep sleep!



What a great and magical day. And a great start to an amazing WDW trip!

Our ratings for EPCOT:

Me (Megan)
Rating- 7/10
Favourite ride- Soarin'

Will (Dad)
Rating- 6/10
Favourite ride- Soarin'

Tracey (Mum)
Rating- 7/10
Favourite ride- Soarin'

William
Rating- 5/10
Favourite ride- Test Track

Rory
Rating- 7/10
Favourite ride- Test Track

Thanks for reading! Coming up tomorrow- our day at Disney's Hollywood Studios! Bye bye!
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:41 PM   #35
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Great Report so far!
My first trip with my family as an adult was at SSR. I agree, its very pretty and great when it comes to having some space. Sounds like you got a pretty good deal on the trip! Don't worry about your brotehr sometimes not enjoying it- when he has a family of his own it will come full circle and mean that much more to him because he gets to share his childhood memories with his family.
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Great update! I've always wanted to try Tutto Italia. Glad to hear you had a good fireworks spot!
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Nice update! I'm actually on one of those walls.
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:45 PM   #39
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Great Report so far!
My first trip with my family as an adult was at SSR. I agree, its very pretty and great when it comes to having some space. Sounds like you got a pretty good deal on the trip! Don't worry about your brotehr sometimes not enjoying it- when he has a family of his own it will come full circle and mean that much more to him because he gets to share his childhood memories with his family.
looking forward to hearing more!
I'm glad someone else likes SSR. That sounds really sweet about my brother... if that happens I will be very glad! I'm sure he really does enjoy it but is too embarrassed to admit it! Thanks for joining in!

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Really? I was fascinated looking at them... and sad I couldn't have our family put on them! Some of them were empty But we heard it was for the Millenium celebration. Thanks for reading!

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Subscribing! I love your fresh view on the Disney vacation experience. Most of my friends, myself included, have been so many times that we forget how magical Disney truly is. Thanks for sharing your holiday with us
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Thanks for reading! And haha, thanks- I guess we've never been somewhere like WDW, where everything is well maintained, friendly and... magical! That is actually what makes it feel so 'out of this world'.
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Day 3- Hollywood Studios

Hallo again! Well, we left off at the end of our day at Epcot... exhausted but happy. Of course, we just had to go to bed near to midnight... knowing us... which made getting to DHS for EMHs in the morning very hard to do. Did we make it? In one word- no. We got there for 9am, standard opening time. I was annoyed... but I couldn't really get mad- after all it is a holiday!

So- as soon as we got through the turnstiles, I suggested we headed straight over to get a FP for TSM. I had read many trip reports saying how early the FPs run out. William and Rory moaned at this of course, because they were determined to try out Tower of Terror first. I had shown Rory the list of rides in WDW on the Disney website- and his two musts were Haunted Mansion and ToT. He loves the video for ToT... and how spooky it seems. However, my parents agreed that we should head over to TSM first, because a CM at SSR had told them that this ride is VERY popular. When Rory heard, he got annoyed and grouchy because Toy Story is stupid according to him (despite the fact he watches the movies and loves them ) but... we dragged him over anyway. Our FastPasses were for about 4pm! And we got to the machines at 9:10am... we were very surprised. So after getting FPs we headed over to ToT, and there was a 10 minute queue I think. So we all went in and joined the short queue. The theming in ToT is awesome, and it was so cute to see Rory's reaction to everything. When we got to the loading bit, my dad was thinking about getting off. He didn't like Mission:Space in Epcot the day before because the safety bar thing squashed him and he couldn't breathe properly. He got off when a CM came to check on him, and as I was scared too I leapt off with him. So William was left all on his own in the pod. (My mother and Rory were on the tamer version together.)
However, the CM at ToT said that it wasn't claustraphobic like Mission:Space and all you did was move forwards and to the side and then go up and down a few times. So my dad eventually did try it. We eventually got in the elevator, me sitting next to Mummy and Rory next to her. Willum and Daddy were behind us. It was magical- the beginning bit anyway. When we went up and down- I was TERRIFIED. This was the one ride in WDW I was too scared to go back on. My legs were shaking as we fell down the tower. And it didn't go down once, more like 10 times! You know that feeling you get when you go down a ride fast- like... your stomach jumps up? I had that- but ToT was so fast that it was just unpleasant for me.
Naturally, everyone else in my family loved it and went on again... while I had to wait in the gift shop. When they finally got off again, Rory wanted to buy a ToT keyring... and took forever to persuade my parents to get it for him. Eventually, we were done and we headed up towards Sci Fi Dine In, where we had an ADR for lunch. We made it up there and seeing as we still had a while to go until lunch, we hopped in the Star Tours line, only 20 minutes long. We all loved this ride, it was great! And very realistic. We were surprised it wasn't as popular as the other big rides in WDW. The waiting area is cool too.



When we got off, we got a FP to ride it again, which was around 1:30pm. Then we headed back over to Sci Fi Dine In. We had to wait for about 15 minutes after checking in... one of the longer waits in our holiday.
Unfortunately, we did have photos but they were deleted. Let's just say that the food was bad... to us anyway. The onion rings were the best part of the meal. Rory had a chocolate milkshake which was gross- you couldn't even drink it- it was like a lump of hardened jelly or something. We tried to let it soften but then it started overflowing and making a huge mess on the table. The food was average to bad. We didn't want desserts, so we just left. It was a disaster because we went in expecting average food but a good experience. We chose it because we thought Rory would enjoy it. However after seeing a clip from Frankenstein, he had nightmares for a while after eating there. It was for me probably one of the worst restaurants of our trip, next to the Rose and Crown in Epcot.

We went out and headed over to Star Tours for our second ride. Then we went over to Indiana Jones Stunt Show which was good. We went down to Rock n' Roller Coaster to try and get FPs but the return time was too late. (We were planning to leave and go swimming straight after dinner.) Here are some photographs of DHS I randomly took:







Me and my Mum went to see the Beauty and the Beast show and Willum, Rory and my Dad went to ride Tower of Terror again. The Beauty and the Beast show was really good- I wish it showed the whole story though. The boys rode ToT 6 times I believe, and they walked on each time with little to no queue. Good luck, eh?

Then it was time for Toy Story Mania, and we headed into the FP queue. We ended up waiting 20 minutes anyway. We got on the ride and while it was fun and a cute little ride, I didn't get why the queue was so terribly long or why the FPs run out so early. IMHO, rides like Soarin' and Star Tours were a little better. Rory loved TSM and got cross when we couldn't ride it again. He said 'Just get another FastPass! For goodnesses sake!'
We were unwilling to wait in the 70 minute queue though!

We headed over to Mama Melrose's for dinner. We got seated in about 10 minutes. Our waitress was nice and friendly and the food was good too. Rory lost his Stitch pin in the restrooms and was very upset. The waitress gave us one of her manager's ones. We were given a Fantasmic Dining Package Pass but we weren't going to use it so we ended up giving it to another family when we were leaving the park. Now, the suggested tip for Mama Melrose's was around $33 I believe, but my dad refused to give that amount. Towards the beginning of the vacation he found it hard giving the 18% gratuity, but he decided to just give in after the first few days.

Our waitress got really annoyed with us because we only gave her a $20 tip. I felt guilty, but I didn't think it was fair that she got upset because of it. In England we only give a tip when someone really deserves it, so it WAS difficult giving tips to people who didn't deserve them. In this case, she did, but probably in half the restaurants, the service wasn't nearly good enough to actually deserve a tip. I know that they receive less than the minimum wage... and are taxed in accordance to tips and all that... but I just don't get why you should reward someone when they haven't even tried.

So... we left the park and headed back to SSR for an evening swim. We headed to the Springs pool which had a lovely atmosphere at night. Rory, who was almost asleep when we got there, burst with energy when he started swimming. He loved swimming in Florida, in the heat. We never tried out the Paddocks Pool which was new, much to my disappointment! My parents couldn't be bothered to go and find it... they were tired.

That's it for now! I'm so sorry about the lack of pictures, there will be a lot more in the next update, I promise! Thanks for reading!
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Joining in - sounds like a great trip! I'm glad you liked the food at Mama Melrose's, we are eating there on our trip. Sorry the waitress was rude about the tip - that's pretty bad form
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Totally agreeing with you about TOT: that was the one ride I would not go on!
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Looking forward to the next instalment! Sorry to hear about the 'tip' thing. there is a lot of pressure to tip well and it seems to be expected regardless of the level of service in some cases!
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