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Old 04-01-2012, 12:23 PM   #271
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I just have to comment on your package experience b/c we were totally disappointed in our F! dinner package a couple years ago. We had an early dinner at MM which was fine. We got our ticket from our server who told us to show up 45 minutes prior to show time. What he didn't tell me was that the entrance for the package was no longer the alternate entrance and package guests had to go to the regular entrance. Luckily we figured it out and we did get to the main entrance 45 minutes prior...only to find they had already filled the theater to capacity. When I showed the CM my dinner package ticket, he said they had already filled the empty sets in the priority section with regular people waiting in line. WTH???? What is the freaking point of the package then if you aren't going to hold my seats? My kids were SO upset that we didnt get to see the show. Epic FAIL Disney.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:23 PM   #272
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I love how you talked about being blond and fair, and still being Italian. I find it hilarious that people mistakenly think that Italians are all tanned and dark. Um, not so much the case. I know a lot of fair Italians! Much of it depends on region peeps!

I'm so sorry that the CP didn't live up to the expectations. That really stinks about the seating! You're totally right, your seats should have been covered. If you paid that money, you should have had covering. Period.
Yeah seriously! It's so annoying b/c I'm proud of my heritage, but instead of people talking about that, they'll like try to figure out WHY I'm so fair skinned. Like, "Oh, are you mostly Irish?" Um, no, I'm mostly Italian. Learn about the world please.

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I can't believe they charge you the whole price if you cancel the CP dinner package! I don't even like the new rules they have where if you cancel some ADR's now they charge you $10 per person! Ugh.

That is so weird they first said that Tutto was closed, when you had an ADR there! I'm glad your "Magical Thinking" worked and you summoned all of the hot Italian waiters to your table! See, if that was me, I would have been doing the opposite, I would want them to stay away from my table, I don't do well with attractive foreign men! (Although, it's difficult when your husband is sitting across from you, you know? Kind of have to keep your composure, which is why I would have tried to will them away! I'd much rather admire them from afar! )

$130 for lunch is pretty crazy! I think when we did the CP package, I was kind of surprised by the bill too, because we did lunch at Rose and Crown, and it was really expensive!

I was kind of disappointed in our seats too, only because it was raining, like it was for you! I mean, if you're saying to people that buy the package that they get priority seating, make sure they get a seat under the roof, you know? Maybe don't sell so many packages. I had pretty much the same experience as you, I loved the CP, but I was annoyed because we were wet, by the end, I was ready for it to be over! It was beautiful and moving, but I know I would have enjoyed it more if it was DRY!

You and your mom have such a great attitude, I'm glad you guys didn't let your CP experience ruin your evening and the Livin' It Upcontinued!!
OMG I didn't even know about that! That's crazy. Things happen. I can understand a penalty for something like Cinderella's Royal Table or Victoria & Alberts, and even for the packages, but not the FULL PRICE. It's way too much.

hahaha I don't know if I should ever get married for that reason. I mean, I'm not the type to cheat on someone, but flirting? Sue me but I don't think I will ever be able to stop doing that.

Ack I know, $130 is totally too much. However, if the food had blown me away and we had good CP seats as promised, the price wouldn't have bothered me. Sigh. I'm so sorry you had the same crappy experience! I couldn't believe they weren't better prepared for the rain situation. They should have made sure there were enough covered seats for the CP guests and then if those people didn't show up they could fill it in with non paying guests.

Yes, nothing can ever stop the Livin It Up!!!!!!! Someone could punch me in the face and I would still continue Livin It Up. Disney just does that to us... nothing can bring you down while in your happy place!
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:41 PM   #273
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Your whole dinner looks just delicious!!!
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:15 PM   #274
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I just have to comment on your package experience b/c we were totally disappointed in our F! dinner package a couple years ago. We had an early dinner at MM which was fine. We got our ticket from our server who told us to show up 45 minutes prior to show time. What he didn't tell me was that the entrance for the package was no longer the alternate entrance and package guests had to go to the regular entrance. Luckily we figured it out and we did get to the main entrance 45 minutes prior...only to find they had already filled the theater to capacity. When I showed the CM my dinner package ticket, he said they had already filled the empty sets in the priority section with regular people waiting in line. WTH???? What is the freaking point of the package then if you aren't going to hold my seats? My kids were SO upset that we didnt get to see the show. Epic FAIL Disney.
WHAT ON EARTH? That is totally insane. I would have freaked out. I mean, yeah we got rained on, but at least there WERE seats. Seriously, what are they thinking with these packages? It's not like you showed up 5 minutes before showtime or something. It's so odd, Disney is usually so great at this stuff and they somehow missed the boat on these dining packages. I don't get it.

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It was yummy! I would definitely go back there... just not on a dining package.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #275
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Okay so remind me to at least peek into the windows of Tutto on my summer trip hahah. I must see some of the god-like men in person.

Um, I think we should let the Tutto management know that having a hostess tell people that the restaurant is closed may not be the best for business... How weird!

I'm sorry you didn't feel like your package was worth it. I have to say I would probably have felt the exact same way. I'm glad yall didn't let it ruin your evening though!
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:13 PM   #276
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I'm sorry to hear of your not so great time.
I guess it's bound to happen every now and then, right?
I'm guessing more fun is right around the corner!
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:48 PM   #277
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Okay so remind me to at least peek into the windows of Tutto on my summer trip hahah. I must see some of the god-like men in person.

Um, I think we should let the Tutto management know that having a hostess tell people that the restaurant is closed may not be the best for business... How weird!

I'm sorry you didn't feel like your package was worth it. I have to say I would probably have felt the exact same way. I'm glad yall didn't let it ruin your evening though!
GIRL you should do more than peek. If you don't want to make an ADR, go inside and ask one of them for directions. Whenever I don't know what to say around a smoking hot guy, the directions thing never fails. Hahahaha oh how I miss those Italians

I know, right? That was so bizarre!

Yeah, it was pretty bad, but nothing could ever truly stop the Livin It Up!


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I guess it's bound to happen every now and then, right?
I'm guessing more fun is right around the corner!
Yep, exactly. It can't always be perfect... even at Disney!!

You're definitely right about that!
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Kara's Random Thoughts on a Bunch of Things (Because she is THE WORST at keeping up with trip reports and will totally get distracted a billion times while trying to comment...Also, why are black jelly beans a thing and why are there so many in the bag I bought? Yuck):

Our frogfish friend will probably never have an actual name because, let's face it, he's way cooler than any name we could think to give him. I laughed so hard at Ringo Frogfish, though. I don't even remember seeing him in the tank. I guess that's fitting. Maybe I should take a little drum set for him in July...

God, I love people who get really into things and joke around at Disney. It makes it that much more fun.

You're lucky you weren't at Disney with me because I ABSOLUTELY would've done the beatboxing part of "Pop". And I can't beatbox to save my life, so really, you just would've gotten spit on.

Ahhh the Mad Dash. I'm kinda bummed about this new rope drop procedure. Like, I'm sure it's less stressful and all that, but I'm going to miss the hilarity that is a giant pack of people rushing to TSM. Any time a bunch of people do something in unison, I laugh hysterically.

It's the biggest Disney store in the world and I can't be trusted there. When I go in, it's as if I enter a black hole. I black out and wake up hours later with bruises and 17 cents to my name.

The plot of Hangover 3, perhaps?

Mmmmm Hot Italian Men bringing you Italian food...What could be better? I think we're going to try Via Napoli this year, but Tutto looks really yummy too.

I'm sorry that your priority seating wasn't quite so priority. That's really lame of Disney. Then again, where else in the world can you pay $50 a person to sit far from the stage AND get wet AND have it be called priority, right? It's Disney magic.
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That's so weird that the CM said they were closed. That's odd. Your lunch looked good! Especially with the hot waiters.

We did the CP too but with Neil Patrick Harris. We ate at San Angel Inn. I'm sorry your experience wasn't that great. We loved it, and we definitely needed the package because it was so busy! We saw people waiting in the standby line at noon!
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Kara's Random Thoughts on a Bunch of Things (Because she is THE WORST at keeping up with trip reports and will totally get distracted a billion times while trying to comment...Also, why are black jelly beans a thing and why are there so many in the bag I bought? Yuck):

Our frogfish friend will probably never have an actual name because, let's face it, he's way cooler than any name we could think to give him. I laughed so hard at Ringo Frogfish, though. I don't even remember seeing him in the tank. I guess that's fitting. Maybe I should take a little drum set for him in July...

God, I love people who get really into things and joke around at Disney. It makes it that much more fun.

You're lucky you weren't at Disney with me because I ABSOLUTELY would've done the beatboxing part of "Pop". And I can't beatbox to save my life, so really, you just would've gotten spit on.

Ahhh the Mad Dash. I'm kinda bummed about this new rope drop procedure. Like, I'm sure it's less stressful and all that, but I'm going to miss the hilarity that is a giant pack of people rushing to TSM. Any time a bunch of people do something in unison, I laugh hysterically.

It's the biggest Disney store in the world and I can't be trusted there. When I go in, it's as if I enter a black hole. I black out and wake up hours later with bruises and 17 cents to my name.

The plot of Hangover 3, perhaps?

Mmmmm Hot Italian Men bringing you Italian food...What could be better? I think we're going to try Via Napoli this year, but Tutto looks really yummy too.

I'm sorry that your priority seating wasn't quite so priority. That's really lame of Disney. Then again, where else in the world can you pay $50 a person to sit far from the stage AND get wet AND have it be called priority, right? It's Disney magic.
Ahhh you're hereeeee! Yay!

It's so funny you said that b/c I told my mom the other day that he probably would never have an official name too. He's just so amazing that he defies all names. His TITLE is Our Frogfish Friend. and YES PLEASE DO BRING RINGO SOME DRUMS! What a genius idea!

I know you would have. This is why we NEED to be in Disney together someday. We can sing every *NSYNC song in chronological order complete with beatboxing and melodies. The parks will be more crowded than on Christmas when people start noticing us. We'll be hired and brought in yearly for a big event.

I have a feeling the new rope drop thing is going to be just as stressful if not more. People are going to catch on and the exact same thing is going to happen, it's just going to happen earlier. Mobs of fans will find their way no matter what. Trust me, as a completely nuts Hanson fan, I know this. Like the time we were told we couldn't line up for a show before noon and all the fans got together and paid off the owner of the VFW across from the venue so we could park, line up, and use the bathroom there... and then we promptly RAN across the highway at 11:59. Mobs will find a way!

I know I already called you a genius in this post, but it's necessary that I use that word again because THAT IS THE PERFECT HANGOVER 3 PLOT.

I want to try Via Napoli but what is this $30 for a pizza thing they have going? Like are you actually being serious? And then people on the Restaurant board say, well if you have 3 people, that's only $10 a person, you're getting off cheap. Uh, do you have any idea how much pizza I can eat? I don't want to share. And don't get me started on the smaller, personal pizzas. If I wanted a small pizza I would... well, I don't even know what I would do because I can't ever imagine wanting a small pizza. Pizza should always be served in abundance. They should have a pizza version of 'Ohana so that it can be consumed in unlimited quantities. I realize that when you replied to my TR you probably didn't want me commenting endlessly back to you but I just have a lot of feelings. Anyway, I'm sure you will enjoy your ADR at Via Napoli, even if you don't stuff yourself with pizza. The waiters are worth the price.

Your last comment about the CP really made me laugh b/c again... you are so right. Only at Disney!

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That's so weird that the CM said they were closed. That's odd. Your lunch looked good! Especially with the hot waiters.

We did the CP too but with Neil Patrick Harris. We ate at San Angel Inn. I'm sorry your experience wasn't that great. We loved it, and we definitely needed the package because it was so busy! We saw people waiting in the standby line at noon!
Yeah, I have no idea what happened there!

It's nice (and refreshing!) to hear that at least one person had a positive CP experience. All hope is not lost! I've really been wanting to try San Angel Inn lately, too.
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Regarding Tower of Terror: I bet it's mostly people who are obsessed with the show. Like I said, I would totally recognize anything from Friends, so I can understand someone who has seen every Twilight Zone episode several times pointing out stuff right away!

I agree... I like our ToT story much better, the same goes for our Rock N Roller Coaster VS the one in Paris. Kinda lame!

Well.. the first Good Wife episode I did was back in Sept of 2010, Miranda Cosgrove was in it. I think I did like 5 more over the next year. I've never watched the show but I'm pretty sure I've worked with the whole main cast. I really like working there, it's a lot of fun and the wardrobe people are cool which is SO IMPORTANT because I hate when they make me wear something I don't feel comfortable in like I'm actually going to be noticed or even shown on camera. And the food is really good. They have the best catering I've had besides Boardwalk Empire.

It is SO WEIRD that you just brought this up because I literally just saw those soda machines yesterday at the Regal Cinemas on 42nd & 8th and was freaking out because I'm trying not to drink soda and be super healthy so I didn't get any. But I am totally going back because it was the coolest thing EVER and I agree it is very very important!!!

Yeah, I don't get the point of big drinks. Why would you drink a huge alcoholic drink? If you're drinking just to enjoy something tasty and refreshing why not get something non-alcoholic? And if you're drinking to get drunk/tipsy, why not just do a couple shots and get it over with? LOL. I just don't enjoy alcohol. Thank God for wine or i'd be screwed.

Ahhh I want a meet cute to happen to me. I don't know where John Cusack is right now but I'm upset that we're not stumbling over each other in Central Park or something. A girl can dream.
The Miranda Cosgrove episode actually was pretty good (for something revolving around stunt casting). I love lawyer-y shows (what up, L&O: SVU) and I love politi-dramas so I think the Good Wife is awesome. I'm glad to hear the food is good! It makes me irrationally sad when there's bad behind-the-scenes stuff (not like actors' personality, but more the mood of the set) about things I love.

Seriously, those machines are amazing. Lemonade is fruit juice so it's TOTALLY healthy. They have the light/fat-free/I forget what it's called to be healthier lemonade version too!

There are some cocktails I like to drink for the taste - long islands (yummm), mimosas (I can't drink orange juice plain, but I like it as a mixer!), and alcoholic Arnold Palmers are the ones that come to mind first, but I still wouldn't want a MASSIVE one. I like that most of the bars out here are breweries and thus also have craft sodas and nothing can beat the taste of a fresh-brewed root beer.

Favorite (neglected) Beatle has to be Pete Best. Poor guy. It has to be really hard to be the Ringo Starr of Ringo Starr.

I love the value food courts. Seriously some of my favorite food on property - probably because it's SO fresh due to the sheer number of people that come through there. Can't convince my boyfriend to try out the values so I am food-court-less for the foreseeable future.

We got one of those wrapped Mickey/Minnie cookies and ours wasn't that great? Not a fan of the black icing and there's so much of it. I was eating one of the bear paw brownies (Animal Kingdom has some of the best snacks EVER) at the same time, so maybe it was a comparison issue.

Old Key West looks really fun - Olivia's is on my list of must-try restaurants. Both OKW and Saratoga look nice and laid back, probably since it's mostly DVC people that go there (versus tour groups, first timers, etc. It's ~hardcore Disney people~ central!). Also treehouses! And Downtown Disney boats (so help me, I will never have to bus my way to or from Downtown Disney).

Heh, we ended up giving up on our Christmas Processional package because we were just Christmassed out. idk, it's nice in theory but I didn't want to stand in line for ages when I could be exploring World Showcase. We were even around the United States pavilion so we could hear it as we wandered.

And I like the Hanukkah story better. I wish they had different stories to rotate through the CP, because there are so many good ones associated with winter holidays, but I'm like 1000% positive that it will never happen.

Our meal (at San Angel) was quite excellent too. I'd definitely recommend it (plus we got to do the boat ride while waiting to be called. Best queue ever)!

I have many thoughts on package/reservation fees, very few of them positive. At least the 48 hour cancellation thing is ~standard (well, Disney standard, meaning it will vary from cast member to cast member still) now (while still be awful).
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The Miranda Cosgrove episode actually was pretty good (for something revolving around stunt casting). I love lawyer-y shows (what up, L&O: SVU) and I love politi-dramas so I think the Good Wife is awesome. I'm glad to hear the food is good! It makes me irrationally sad when there's bad behind-the-scenes stuff (not like actors' personality, but more the mood of the set) about things I love.

Seriously, those machines are amazing. Lemonade is fruit juice so it's TOTALLY healthy. They have the light/fat-free/I forget what it's called to be healthier lemonade version too!

There are some cocktails I like to drink for the taste - long islands (yummm), mimosas (I can't drink orange juice plain, but I like it as a mixer!), and alcoholic Arnold Palmers are the ones that come to mind first, but I still wouldn't want a MASSIVE one. I like that most of the bars out here are breweries and thus also have craft sodas and nothing can beat the taste of a fresh-brewed root beer.

Favorite (neglected) Beatle has to be Pete Best. Poor guy. It has to be really hard to be the Ringo Starr of Ringo Starr.

I love the value food courts. Seriously some of my favorite food on property - probably because it's SO fresh due to the sheer number of people that come through there. Can't convince my boyfriend to try out the values so I am food-court-less for the foreseeable future.

We got one of those wrapped Mickey/Minnie cookies and ours wasn't that great? Not a fan of the black icing and there's so much of it. I was eating one of the bear paw brownies (Animal Kingdom has some of the best snacks EVER) at the same time, so maybe it was a comparison issue.

Old Key West looks really fun - Olivia's is on my list of must-try restaurants. Both OKW and Saratoga look nice and laid back, probably since it's mostly DVC people that go there (versus tour groups, first timers, etc. It's ~hardcore Disney people~ central!). Also treehouses! And Downtown Disney boats (so help me, I will never have to bus my way to or from Downtown Disney).

Heh, we ended up giving up on our Christmas Processional package because we were just Christmassed out. idk, it's nice in theory but I didn't want to stand in line for ages when I could be exploring World Showcase. We were even around the United States pavilion so we could hear it as we wandered.

And I like the Hanukkah story better. I wish they had different stories to rotate through the CP, because there are so many good ones associated with winter holidays, but I'm like 1000% positive that it will never happen.

Our meal (at San Angel) was quite excellent too. I'd definitely recommend it (plus we got to do the boat ride while waiting to be called. Best queue ever)!

I have many thoughts on package/reservation fees, very few of them positive. At least the 48 hour cancellation thing is ~standard (well, Disney standard, meaning it will vary from cast member to cast member still) now (while still be awful).
I love SVU but I miss Chris Meloni. MY HEART ACHES FOR YOU, STABLER.

I drank something called a "Purple Haze" this weekend which was blue raspberryish and it was probably the best cocktail I've ever had. Plus, it was named after Jimi Hendrix so it had to be good. I need to try more of them but I hate spending $10 on a drink I may not even like.

"It has to be really hard to be the Ringo Starr of Ringo Starr." Oh man, that was a good one. So true!

You should just drag your boyfriend to Everything Pop against his will or ditch him. Especially b/c I hear Pop now has a burrito bar where you can choose the exact ingredients that go into it, like at Chipotle. Sigh. I love you Disney.

I've heard Olivia's is wonderful and I want to stay in a treehouse SO bad!

You should definitely see the CP one day, it's so beautiful. It would definitely be worth waiting in line. Disney does an incredible job with the show, just not so much the package. Sigh... You're right though, it would be cool if they rotated the stories.
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Oh, hey! OMG, I haven't updated since March 30. I can not believe it has been that long. LIFE HAS BEEN CRAZY! Good crazy, for the most part. Some pretty awesome things have been happening and I only see more awesomeness on the horizon so I'm quite excited about that... for now I am choosing to be vague.

Anyway, since it's been so long and I know you are all probably waiting on the edge of your seats, I am going to post two updates. Why not, right?

When we last left off, my mom and I were less than thrilled with our CP package experience, but got over it pretty quickly due to our ability to Live It Up constantly, regardless of the circumstance! Okay, on with the rest of the report!

As soon as the Candlelight Processional ended, my mom and I headed for the exit. You know how sometimes you get to that point in Disney where (for whatever reason) you are just done? Whether it be fatigue or the weather or whatever, it all becomes too much and you just need to breathe for a hot second. That was us.

The rain had stopped, but the wind picked up and it was FREEZING out. I mean, we were cold and wet to begin with, but throw the wind onto that and you had two very unhappy girls! We wanted to get back to Pop, change into warm, DRY clothing and get back to Epcot as soon as possible. There was no time to lose!

I had shut my phone off during the Candlelight Processional, and when I started it up again I saw that Jess (Disneyfreak508) had sent me a few messages. You know her as one of the ultra fabulous and frumptastic trip reporters here on the DIS! Her current TR is here, if for some crazy reason you are not reading it!!!

I was surprised when I read her messages because SHE SAID SHE WAS IN DISNEY TOO! I had NO idea she was going to be there at the same time as me. Her and her mom took a quick trip down as a celebration for her mom's birthday, and also so Jess could go to a character lookalike audition. She wanted to know if I wanted to meet up, and I remember her saying that she hoped I didn't think she was a creepy stalker or something LOL. I didn't think that at all, but I've never met someone from the DIS before so I was little nervous. I mean, you never know how you'll get along with someone in real life. However, she had left such nice comments on my TR and I knew we had tons in common so I figured we would have a good time. Eventually, we decided we would meet up for Illuminations and watch together.

Back at Pop, I dressed like it was fall/winter at home. I wore a tank top with a sweater over it and a leather jacket over that, black skinny jeans, socks, and ugg boots! Before putting them on, though, I soaked my feet in the hot water of the tub to warm me up and so did my mom. It worked well, but once we got back to the park we were still pretty cold. The wind was CRAZY. I never thought I'd be that cold at Disney World. I'm so happy we packed for cold weather just in case!

We were back at Epcot shortly. Despite the disappointing CP package experience & crazy weather, the Livin it Up had to continue! So we decided to hit one of our Future World faves, Spaceship Earth, before heading over to the World Showcase.

I still miss the old version of this ride (Jeremy Irons!) but I love the new additions too. As usual, we cracked up when they showed our future on the screens.

We decided to head over to the WS to do some wandering around before Illuminations. We were being really silly and carrying on like children, and I took no pictures, but here is what I remember about that:

-We spent a lot of time with our troll friend in Norway, and doused ourselves with Laila, as usual.

-We fought the massive hoards of people trying to get on Maelstrom and were able to ride after the 100 minute wait. WHEW. FRUMPIEST RIDE EVER.

-We spent a LOT of time with German hotties. As usual.

-Okay, I can't remember if this happened in Norway or Germany. But it was so hilarious. There was a CM named FLORIAN. Which, to me aka an American, is a hilarious name. But another CM with a really thick accent said in a very high pitched tone "This is my friend, FLORRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIAN!" and I almost choked. It was the most ridiculously hilarious moment. I was so mad my mom wasn't right there at that moment, but as soon as I told her about it she was cracking up and we kept talking about OUR FRIEND FLORIAN the entire trip. We kept looking for him later on, too. LOL!

-I got my first German pretzel of the trip, this time not for free unfortunately (you'll remember that story if you read my last TR)!

-I liked Glaz und Porcellan, the former shop in Germany that had candy, more than Karmel Kuche. I'm not a huge fan of caramel and the old shop had so many different choices as opposed to having everything involve that one ingredient. Some of the stuff did look yummy, but I still stuck with my little mozart chocolates.

-I had no idea Tangled was supposed to be set in Germany, but apparently it is! I discovered an entire Tangled section in one of the German shops! They actually did have a few new items that I had not seen in other places. I was happy, but there wasn't anything I really wanted. I had my eye out for a Pascal pin or stuffed toy, and nothing!

-While looking at the Rapunzel dresses, I looked at the biggest child size because sometimes a large child size fits a small adult. Unfortunately it was tiny and I said something about how it was totally unfair and a woman smiled and said, "You're right. You're never too old to be a princess!"

It was nearing showtime, but mom got caught up shopping & in conversation with a CM and so I told her I was gonna go ahead to France (my favorite country to watch Illuminations in) to meet up with Jess. She said she would be right behind me.

Like I said, I was kind of nervous to meet Jess since we had never met in person before. I was afraid it would be awkward. Well, it turns out there was no need at ALL to be nervous b/c we ended up getting along perfectly! As soon as I walked up to Jess she gave me a big hug and introduced me to her mom, who is also a huge Disney fan. Actually, one of the first things she said to me was, "I think I have a bit of a Disney addiction." LOL. Anyone who says that to me, I'm friends with immediately. Also, while Jess and I were talking about how we wanted to be princesses, her mom said I would make a good Aurora. A few minutes later, my mom came and we all started talking a mile a minute about how perfect Disney is and how much we all love it. It was so much fun!

Illuminations began and we watched in awe. I love the normal version of this show, but I knew the big Holiday ending was coming and that was so exciting! I've seen Illuminations like ten times, and it never gets old, but seeing a special addition onto the show was like a great breath of fresh air. Let me tell you, it exceeded my expectations and then some. I can't even explain it except to say it was BREATHTAKING beyond my wildest imagination. If you come during the holidays, missing this is not an option. We were just standing there speechless and in awe.

But not for long! LOL. When you have 4 girls who love Disney all together at Epcot, expect a lot of chatter. We stood in that same spot, right next to the crepe stand, for a long time just talking and talking and talking and talking as Epcot emptied out.

At one point, I looked around and realized there was literally no other person anywhere near us. EPCOT HAD CLOSED!!! Excuse me, Disney, how rude. We were in the middle of a very important Dismeet!!! I then saw a lone CM rolling a trash bin by and realized we should probably go. LOL.

While we walked out of Epcot, Jess and I were walking together and my mom and her mom were walking together. It was so awesome that our moms got along as well as we did! I loved it! My mom was kind of wary of the whole thing at first since she had no idea who they were and I suddenly just sprang on her that we were gonna meet up with people, but just like me as soon as she started chatting with them everything was fine! It was such a fun time, us being some of the last people at Epcot, chatting away about our favorite Disney things. I loved it!

Once we got to the front of the park, Jess and her mom went to the parking lot since they rented a car and my mom and I went to the busses, and even as we were walking away from each other, we were still talking! LOL. It was such a fun night and totally lifted our spirits from the less than stellar Candlelight Processional experience. I love when something happens at Disney that you never expected and ends up being amazing. Such fun!

I posted on Twitter:
Park closed at 9:30 and we're still here haha kinda lingered for awhile I love it! We're the people who never wanna leaaaave.

As my mom and I waited for the bus back to Pop, I saw this bus:

Ahh! It was not the first time I had seen a bus marked FLYNN RIDER, but I finally was able to catch it for a pic. Over and over we saw these Flynn Rider busses, and had no idea what they were for. Maybe training? So funny!

While on the bus ride home I posted:
They have played the Laverne and Shirley theme song on the Pop bus all three nights we've been here LOL

Dontcha just love the Pop Century theme music?! So many classics! Love that nostalgia.

Up next: I'm about to get my riiiiiiiiiiide on - AT DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM!!! Sorry Mickey Sorry Mickey Sorry Mickey!!!!

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Day 4, Part 1 In Which We (Almost) Sustain Several Injuries


I remember getting up and opening the door on this morning so that I could make sure it was warm out again after the frozen tundra experience we had the night before.

WHOA.

I was hit with a gust of wind! Jack Frost had whistled up a winter for us on that lovely Disney morning. It was just as cold as it had been the night before and it remained that way all day.

I was really happy that I had planned for us to spend all day at Animal Kingdom, since that park is always quite literally AFRICA HOT. It would be interesting and nice to experience it under a colder temp, and hopefully, the animals would be out to enjoy it as well!

I posted on Twitter:
Never thought I'd be wearing a leather jacket and uggs to the parks! The high today is 67 which is a nice break from the heat.

I know 67 doesn't sound that cold, but the wind was alive and kicking and made it seem freezing!

My mom was totally into early morning park touring today, and so we were off to AK!




This is my favorite Christmas Tree in all of Disney. Oh my God, all the ornaments are so incredible! Just look at that meticulous detail! I remember seeing a pic of this in a TR AGES ago, like in probably 2005, and ever since then I wanted to see it in person. It did not disappoint!

When we walked through the turnstiles, we were greeted by this:


I can hardly even look at it. I wanted to keep walking. I have a thing about spiders. In that I hate them. HATE THEM. I've always had pretty bad arachnophobia but of course, my mom is fascinated by them and so we had to stop and listen to this CM's spiel about how they shed their skin. It was actually interesting but ahhhh even the dead skin of a tarantula skeeves me out. There were at least 3 other CMs holding bugs in frames and telling people about them, which I had never seen done before. Interesting!



I told my mom we should go straight to Anandapur so that we could get on Expedition: Everest before the lines got too long, and she agreed, so onward to the Forbidden Mountain we headed!



We stopped along the way at Anandapur Tea Company because we really needed some warming up. My mom got a regular coffee, and I had a jasmine tea which I loved! Delicious. Definitely want to go back there and try more of their teas.





The wait at EE was only 10 minutes and almost no one was around. How empty Disney is during the beginning of December never stops being funny. You keep expecting to see crowds but then you turn a corner and see like 5 people near the park's most popular attraction and you have to laugh. We sat on a bench just enjoying our drinks and relaxing for awhile before getting on the ride.

I actually got to see the famous queue for the first time! I had only ever been in the Fastpass and Single Rider lines. It was awesome to check out all the amazing details!




Those Yeti photos are pics that they recovered from a shattered camera... the people who took the photos were not so lucky!

We went on twice before heading over the bridge to Dinoland. I hadn't been inside Chester & Hester's Din-O-Rama since about 2006, so I wanted to explore over there!



We went on Primeval Whirl, my first time since 2006 and my mom's first time ever. Of course, there was no wait.







This is such a cute ride. People say it's just the Wild Mouse, but it's not: it's the Wild Mouse with Disney theming, which is what makes it so fun. I love all the crazy dinosaurs and signs.

After we disembarked, I spotted one of those fun photo strip machines where they take 4 pics of you and you get them instantly. It was $5 which is really high for one of those, but whatever, it was 100% worth it.

Our 4 different poses were happy and smiley, serious Snape face, completely goofy crazy faces, and then like a loving mother/daughter hug pic. Ok, so when we did the crazy faces, I accidentally hit my mom in the face with my hand. She was all "OW!!!" but then we laughed about it and quickly recovered so we wouldn't miss them taking the next photo. What we didn't know is that they FILM you the entire time you pose, they don't just take the still photos. Then they give you an instant replay of all your poses. So basically they played back to us our happy faces... and serious faces... then we get to the crazy one and WE SAW ME HIT MY MOM IN THE FACE! It was the most hilarious and unexpected moment. We laughed so hard for the longest time, on and on and on. We could not breathe. I wished we could get the video instead of the pictures. It was too much. It was like America's Funniest Home Videos or something. We got out of the booth and took our photo strip and continued laughing up a storm on our way out of Chester & Hester's and on toward Dinosaur.






Mr. Imagination! Near this statue we saw Goofy and Donald in their Christmas outfits (Goofy was Santa! GAWRSH) so we got in line, but then they left for a break so we just continued on. Oh and btw, we saw a bird eating out of a stroller and that did not help our giggle fits to die down at all.

Dinosaur had about a 5 minute wait so we hopped right on. As soon as you walk in the building you need to look to your left at the diseased dinosaur mural. I didn't stop to take a pic but you know what I'm talking about if you read Kara's (MarieTheCat24) TR. It shouldn't be funny but... it is.

Anyway, I love this ride so much. It never gets old or less exciting. My goal this time was to be able to look the Carnataurus right in the eye as it roars in your face but alas, I just couldn't do it!

After getting off Dinosaur, we looked around in the shop for awhile. This is a great place to look for an original souvenir for a young boy or even an adult who is really into Dinosaurs and other creatures. It reminds me of the gift shop at the Museum of Natural History in NYC. Actually, now that I think of it, most of the shops in AK tend to have original and cool merchandise.

Walking through Dinoland brought us back to Discovery Island, where we discovered that the island was pretty much deserted.





We decided to venture on into the Tree of Life to see Flik and the gang! I've never been a huge fan of It's Tough To Be A Bug even though I love A Bug's Life. It's still so cool to go through the long queue and see all the animals carved into the tree, though. BTW... did you guys hear a PART OF THE TREE OF LIFE FELL OFF LAST NIGHT? Yeah. This piece of news seems to be overshadowed by the news of the Starbucks partnership (I love Starbucks but I really don't care/see what the fuss is all about), and I'm like, HELLO. We can't have Disney icons just falling apart. Sheesh. ITTBAB is closed as are some of the trails around the tree, just as a precaution. You know, just in case ANOTHER PART OF THE TREE FALLS OFF. This is bothering me. I mean, I know Disney isn't perfect but LAWD! This is cray.







Okay, so the craziest thing happened as we were entering the tree. This crazy person on an ECV sped up really fast behind us, passed us, lost control and drove into a garbage can, knocking it over. It was MAD. Everyone was pretty appalled, but relieved that no one got hurt. There so easily could have been a child standing there or something. It was totally nuts.

Once safely inside, we waited by the theatre entrance for the previous show to end. It must have just started because we waited awhile, but totally didn't mind since it was nice to be inside away from the cold (never thought I'd write that sentence in a Disney TR!).

I love the bug-ified versions of classic musicals:





I have to say, I actually liked the show a lot more this time than I ever have before. I still think it's too scary for little kids, though. Also, A Bug's Life should have a ride, in my opinion.

Up next: The land of two of my favorite things: gorillas and safari cupcakes.
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you didn't crack up when the ecv driver hit the garbage can?? I would have! I'm laughing at it right now!
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