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Old 04-28-2012, 06:54 PM   #301
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It was instant relaxation and relief for someone who never calms down, never stops worrying, never stops stressing, never stops obsessing, never stops freaking out. It was peace, at last and all of a sudden. I just felt like collapsing onto the street, crying and kissing the pavement as if I had just landed on the shore after being lost at sea for 18 months.

I almost cried when I read this. People wonder why I love it so much but I, too am a worrier and this is my happy place. We are going in Sept. so I am reading trip reports to tide me over. I love yours so far!
Aww! Yeah, I'm a worrier now. That's weird. I used to not be but you know... life gets to you! Being at Disney and being able to just let go and let the magic take hold is so precious to me! I cherish every moment. So happy you're enjoying the report. Thanks for being here!

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Looks like your night at EPCOT ended off nicely after all! It's a shame though about what happened at the Candlelight Processional. :/ Oh well!

That's so cool you and Jess got to meet up! So jealous of you too, always wanted to go on a DISMeet (and yeah, people, DISERs, you MUST read Jess' TR), but I would be nervous too. It is possible that there could be a creeper DISer on here, though I'm a hundred percent sure one of them isn't Jess or Kristen (another person with a TR people should read). Anyways...

to making your return visit to EPCOT with a ride on SSE! Love that ride. It's a shame I never got to experience the Jeremy Irons version. Scar narrating the ride... oh, a dream come true! If they ever put it back in and you hear someone say "Life's not fair, is it?" or something to that effect (like belting out Be Prepared)... it's probably me.

Also, don't freak out by your lack of pictures, my TRs have been much much worse. Like three chapters without pictures, but we won't go into that :D Alright, so to riding Maelstrom (totally agree on the frumpiness of the ride) LOL @ your friend FLORIAN! The name I find normal, but I can only imagine how funny it was when the guy said his name with an accent and a high-pitched voice. Sorry to hear you didn't get a German Pretzel for free or that you are upset by Karamel Kuchel being in place now... another reason why I wish I had gone to Disney eons ago not a two years ago :P And I think they just put Tangled in Germany just because. I mean, some of the princesses are just in the most random places like Aurora who is from England I believe and she is in France. Disney just doesn't know how to spread them out well. Sorry you didn't find a Rapunzel dress in your size though :/

YAY! DISMeet time! So great to hear you guys got along well. I can only imagine you and Jess are just as sweet, cool, awesome, Disney crazy, Princess crazy, 90s crazy, etc. on here as you are in real life. And then you watched IllumiNations together! Wow, what a great spontaneous DISMeet you had there! A shame EPCOT had to (RUDELY) close in the middle of your conversations, but having been reading Jess' TR I know that this wasn't the end of a whole slew of conversations that are to come.

Love those buses with the random names on them! I'm pretty sure they are training buses. On my past two trips, they showed up as Belle and Rapunzel, interesting how they change them up. The moment it becomes Pascal though, I will be FREAKING OUT! lol

Okay, now onto the next update...

YAY! AK! Hey that rhymes... alright moving on... I love that AK Christmas Tree too! I've never been to Disney during Christmas time but all these pictures of trees are so beautiful and the AK one is just so unique, it tops all the others, love it! to riding EE first thing and with no wait. Such a fun ride! Another to Primeval Whirl, but don't you think that it is the ride where you are most likely to get hurt? I'm pretty sure I almost sustained several injuries on there. But it's fun nonetheless.

LOL @ your little photobooth mishap! Did you guys end up buying that picture? Well, either way I'm sure you got some great shots (Snape serious face lol When and where can we have our DISMeet? jk teehee)

Sorry you didn't get to meet Goofy and Donald decked out all Christmaslike, but alas you have a full trip ahead of you to see them. to riding DINOSAUR and the diseased Dinosaur mural (totally understand what you mean by how funny it is. I swear if Dinosaurs died like that, the idea of extinction wouldn't be as depressing. And I'm shocked to discover I'm the only person able to actually keep my eyes open during that part since I'm the wimpiest person alive...

to ITTBAB! Love that show, probably my favorite 3D show in Disney. Yeah, I did hear about the whole Tree of Life falling apart. I can't believe Disney is still pushing on forward with the whole Starbucks thing and not talking about the fact that a Disney LANDMARK is slowly turning into dust. Okay, maybe that's a bit dramatic, but I'm pretty sure that is a lot more important than a stupid coffee shop is being added to Disney parks. They need to get their priorities straight.

Love your pictures of the carvings and of the bug-ified theater posters. The fact that they get it so spot on to the real posters is just so cool. Another reason why Disney is amazing. And wow to the whole ECV crash, thank goodness nobody was hurt the way you describe what happened. I wonder why the guy went so ballistic though?

Can't wait to read more!
I love that you have managed to leave me replies even longer than the ones on my last TR. That is truly an accomplishment my friend! You are so sweet but I honestly would not know where to even begin to reply to all of it but just know that I read every word and love that you read every detail of my TR!!!

And yes, we did buy the picture at AK. It was one of those machines where you put the money in first and then take the picture and then they print it out right at the machine.

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In December 2010 it got pretty cold in the evenings for us too. But what is weird to me me is that I was at Disney literally DAYS later and it was super warm! I guess early December is colder than mid December in Florida because that's normal.

Wait, Glaz and Porcellan was a food place? Wow, I'm so baffled, I swore that those words were the English versions of glass and porcelain haha! Was I ever wrong! (I obviously never went there haha!)

Hahah I saw the Flynn Rider busses too! I also saw one that said Rapunzel. Who knows what those are about hahah but they made me happy!

The AK tree is my favorite too. Love those lion heads! HAHAHA that photobooth story is too funny!

WHAT the heck though?? I feel like they should thoroughly question people before they hand them over a huge piece of machinery like that, this is like the third time in a short while that I've heard a crazy story about a person on an ECV!

A Bug's Life SHOULD have a ride. I mean dang, they get a whole land in CA! Although I do love ITTBAB haha. HOORAY can't wait for more!
The weather was totally unpredictable! I'm just glad we packed for the hot days and the cold ones too, or else we'd have spent a fortune on Disney sweats.

Yeah, you're right. It was part candy shop and part glass & porcelain figurines and such. Kind of a random combo but I liked it!

Ahh I want to go to the CA parks so badly. Hopefully sometime in the next year that will happen. I can't even put into words how excited I would be to go. I've never been to Disneyland and I would probably pass out as soon as the plane landed.

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Aw that's so awesome you and Jess got along so well! As well as your mums!
High fives for shutting down Epcot

I love the Ak Christmas tree! I think it's my fav park tree in the holidays!

Um YUCK!! I don't think I could stomach massive spiders before my morning coffee... even if they are in glass cases. Interesting idea but ickk no thanks!

Ok ECVs can be downright dangerous! Some drivers just seem to think it works like a snow plow, that it's made for driving directly into people and/or intimate objects to get through. Seriously think they need to have some sort of testing center where people can get their ECV license before hitting the parks!

I love how much you and your mum laugh together! Sounds like such a great relationship you guys have

Gahhhh December at WDW is insane! It's tshirt and shorts one day and then thermals and uggs the next. Hooray for ALL the seasons at once

Um Tree of Life? What? Please don't fall apart!
It was wonderful! I was so happy that our moms got along well too. It all just worked out perfectly.

"Some drivers just seem to think it works like a snow plow" LOL seriously! That whole thing was so dangerous.

We do have a great relationship. I value it so much. I'm happy I have a mom I can joke around and have a good time with. I know a lot of people who don't like spending time with their moms so I feel really lucky!

Thanks for reading everyone!! Wooohooo!!
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Day 4, Part 2 In Which No Cupcake For You!


We headed out of the tree and onto my favorite section of the park: Africa!


View of the tree as you come out of the bottom of it. So cool!


On the way to Africa


Pretty tree in Harambe! (Without all the Malaria shots and stuff!)

This my favorite area of Animal Kingdom because of, obviously, the safari and Pangani trail. I also love the shops here and just the overall style and look of Harambe. I think it is exquisitely themed. However, there is one more reason: This is the only place in the world you can buy THE SAFARI CUPCAKE!

Isn't that pink smiley weird? It's called "biting lip" even though there's really no sign of lip biting. I'd prefer to call it "crazed grin" myself.



Anyway, that's what I looked like as I walked briskly to Kusafiri bakery so that I could get my beloved cupcake. I had not eaten breakfast so that I could FULLY enjoy this. It was my favorite cupcake in existence before I tried the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcake from Starring Rolls, and now I would say they are tied. It's hard to say because they are so different. The Safari Cupcake is the most perfect vanilla cake topped with the most delectable, light and fluffy vanilla buttercream. Stuck in the icing are several pieces of thick, delicious chocolate... which is the best, most divine and HEAVENLY part!!!

It would be worth getting Malaria for is what I'm saying.

I got in line and requested the cupcake.

"No. Not now. Not ready," the CM said.

I thought I had possibly not heard her correctly. "What?"

"The cupcakes are not ready yet. Try back in an hour."

My stomach growled loudly in protest, but alas, what could I do? Eat something else? NEVER!!!!

Well fine then. I would visit with my gorilla friends and THEN it would be Safari Cupcake time at last!!!!

Cupcakeless, we went on to the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.






Okapi! We love these guys!

In the building where they have the smaller creatures, we spotted these yittle guys all huddled together for warmth! Cutest things.



Can you spot the beetles? They're just a little bit darker than their surroundings... which happens to be dung. Dung beetles! Ick.


The Naked Mole Rats in their habitat... which looks like a disdainful face. LOL.


Flat Tortoise alert! Imagine how tiny and thin all their organs must be for them to be that flat! Crazy!


I love turtles. When I was growing up, we lived on a property with a big lake and so many of them would come out of it and be all over our lawn and driveway. So much so that we had to start checking thoroughly before pulling out in our car just in case. We started doing that because one day my dad was driving out of our driveway with me in the car and all of a sudden my mom starts SCREAMING for him to stop and thankfully he did before anything bad happened. There were a ton of TEENY little snapping turtles all over the top of the driveway! Newborn babies! We all carefully removed them and put them back on the grass before continuing on. They were so tiny and cute!


Bullfrog


Bird area. I didn't get many shots of them cause they weren't really cooperating. But when do they?




I thought these nests were so cool!




Meerkat time! Yay!!!


I asked if they had seen Hula Timon, but they didn't really feel like talking, I guess! It remains a mystery!




Hmm... I forget the exact name for these, but aren't they pretty?


Love all the colors on this bird.

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We finally arrived to the BEST part of the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail:

THE GORILLAS!!!!


This lady did not give a CRAP. I love it. Sound asleep.


This guy was ready for action, though! And by action, I mean he just wanted to eat.




I didn't hear him say YUM or WOW, but I think he was enjoying his meal.


Taking a little sniff before eating it... I do the same. If it doesn't smell good, it's not going down the hatch.


This dude was hiding. It was at this point I realized how much I am like a gorilla. Most of the time I just wanna be left the heck alone to eat. Yeah. Gorillas and me, we could easily bond.




Okay, there's a story that goes with this guy. He was pretty busy! He was like the one gorilla bothering to even move. He was moving all kinds of plants all over the place.




"Excuse me, can you stop staring? I'm busy! I don't come to your home and stare at you!"


Gorilla bootay! This dude had a whole other thing going. He was on a mission: I just didn't know what it was yet.




See that tree he's next to? HE WAS ABOUT TO CLIMB IT! I don't have any pictures of him actually climbing, since I took a video and my camera decided to eat it, but I did catch him at the top.


King of the castle, king of the castle... I loved it cause he was totally just chilling out and checking out the view.
He was like, "Yeah, I'm a gorilla. Atop a tree. And I rule. And this is an awesome place to live. And I love myself."


He was truly Livin It Up.
I mean, this dude knew how to have fun. We could have toured the parks together. Another time...


As you can see, this dude was still eating despite the gathering and tree climbing displayed by his buddies.
I wonder if they care at all what the other ones do, if they feel connected to them, or whatever. It's all very fascinating to me!

Up next: Safari and something that changed our day completely.. for better or for worse? You'll just have to wait and see!
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I'm sorry to hear you were denied a cupcake!!! Hopefully you got one later!

That gorilla climbing the tree is awesome! I've never seen them doing much beyond sleeping and meandering around.
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Oh no! Not cupcake denial! That's the worst.

I totally agree with you on the face this little guy is making. That's basically my "I'M SO EXCITED" face. No lip biting involved at all!

Gorillas are awesome. Maybe the go-getter gorilla in the tree was supposed to be the lookout? I have no idea, I'm basically making stuff up.
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I have never had the safari cupcake! Ooo I want to try it!

That is a FABULOUS picture of that Okapi! I love those animals because I always felt awesome when I would unlock them on Zoo Tycoon, since they're endangered and all. So yeah, basically I get very excited every time I see them on Kilimanjaro.

Oh the life of a gorilla at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Eating food, climbing trees, and sleeping. I don't think you can ask for anything better!
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NO CUPCAKE? Awww heck no.

That's such a cute story about the newborn turtles! I found it funny that you said, "They were so tiny and cute!" And then the next thing you see is a big old frog.

Love the chillin gorilla. The look on his face just says he could care less what SOCIETY thinks. And by society I mean his gorilla roommates.
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I'm sorry to hear you were denied a cupcake!!! Hopefully you got one later!

That gorilla climbing the tree is awesome! I've never seen them doing much beyond sleeping and meandering around.
I will leave you in suspense until the next update!

Yeah, everyone says that. For some reason I have freakishly good luck with animals at AK. They're always doing something awesome. I have an even better gorilla story for later on in the trip!

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Oh no! Not cupcake denial! That's the worst.

I totally agree with you on the face this little guy is making. That's basically my "I'M SO EXCITED" face. No lip biting involved at all!

Gorillas are awesome. Maybe the go-getter gorilla in the tree was supposed to be the lookout? I have no idea, I'm basically making stuff up.
I know, right? I need my Disney cupcakes!

haha it's so weird!

Who knows? I wish I could know more about how they really think. I know that they are the animals closest to humans so you could be right!

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I have never had the safari cupcake! Ooo I want to try it!

That is a FABULOUS picture of that Okapi! I love those animals because I always felt awesome when I would unlock them on Zoo Tycoon, since they're endangered and all. So yeah, basically I get very excited every time I see them on Kilimanjaro.

Oh the life of a gorilla at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Eating food, climbing trees, and sleeping. I don't think you can ask for anything better!
YOU MUST! They only have them at Kusafiri so make sure you try it if you're over there.

Aww, I didn't know they were endangered! Poor Okapi. Good thing I always donate to the Wildlife fund when they ask

Seriously! BTW are you losing it yet? I'd be running around screaming and crying if I was going to Disney in like a week LOL. Say hi to my beloved gorillas for me!

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NO CUPCAKE? Awww heck no.

That's such a cute story about the newborn turtles! I found it funny that you said, "They were so tiny and cute!" And then the next thing you see is a big old frog.

Love the chillin gorilla. The look on his face just says he could care less what SOCIETY thinks. And by society I mean his gorilla roommates.
hahaha I think the big frog is cute too!

LOL "society", I love it. I love how they never seem to care that we're watching or what the others are doing. They're just in their own little gorilla world!
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What, no cupcakes!!! That is just not right. (Haha, I love the smiley too, it doesn't look like a bite lip smiley to me, it looks like a creepy, uncomfortable smile!)

I have yet to explore the Pangani Trail. Isn't that sad? I'll have to fix that on my next trip (which is in 3 DAYS BTW! )it looks adorable! The meerkats are too cute. And the gorillas look like so much fun to watch! All of the animals at Animal Kingdom must be so freakin happy all the time...they get to live in this perfect little Disney recreation of their natural habitats!
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I would be miserable if someone denied me a cupcake! That's so so sad.

You are absolutely right....this is a crazed grin.


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I can't even deal with how hilarious this update was. Seriously, I have been laughing so hard my throat hurts. Your animal commentary kills me.

I love the biting lip smiley, but my favorite is the faint face. Sometimes I feel like that's the only one that can adequately represent my emotions.

I have never even HEARD of this cupcake, but it sounds fantastic! I must try it!

Sorry, my comments are totally random right now. I just have one more...the disdainful naked mole rat face made my life.

That is all. Thank you for bringing joy to my life through your perfect updates.
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What, no cupcakes!!! That is just not right. (Haha, I love the smiley too, it doesn't look like a bite lip smiley to me, it looks like a creepy, uncomfortable smile!)

I have yet to explore the Pangani Trail. Isn't that sad? I'll have to fix that on my next trip (which is in 3 DAYS BTW! )it looks adorable! The meerkats are too cute. And the gorillas look like so much fun to watch! All of the animals at Animal Kingdom must be so freakin happy all the time...they get to live in this perfect little Disney recreation of their natural habitats!
hahaha yeah it looks like a "I want to get out of this awkward situation" smiley!

OMG 3 days!! I can't believe you've never been on the trail. It's so amazing. You are really in for something special. You must not miss it this time. Have a magical trip!!!

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I would be miserable if someone denied me a cupcake! That's so so sad.

You are absolutely right....this is a crazed grin.


I agree! It was very un-Disneyish to be denied a cupcake!

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I can't even deal with how hilarious this update was. Seriously, I have been laughing so hard my throat hurts. Your animal commentary kills me.

I love the biting lip smiley, but my favorite is the faint face. Sometimes I feel like that's the only one that can adequately represent my emotions.

I have never even HEARD of this cupcake, but it sounds fantastic! I must try it!

Sorry, my comments are totally random right now. I just have one more...the disdainful naked mole rat face made my life.

That is all. Thank you for bringing joy to my life through your perfect updates.
Aww haha I'm glad you enjoyed it so much!

LOL that is too funny!

OMG the safari cupcake is like on the down low or something, oddly a lot of my disfriends haven't tried it. I hope to start a safari cupcake movement! Everyone must try it!

Don't apologize, I love your comments! And I love how much you love my TR!
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I would love to be here right now. It looks so peaceful. A really good spot to eat a cupcake.....
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I would love to be here right now. It looks so peaceful. A really good spot to eat a cupcake.....
I know, right? I love the calm little places in the parks you can just relax and reflect for a minute. Animal Kingdom can be especially serene!
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Day 4, Part 3 In Which NOW I'm Ready For Safari!



Looking flawless, Stacey. As usual.

I can't be the only person who constantly thinks of Stacey. Right? You guys all quote her on the regular even when the situation has nothing to do with Disney?

Sigh. What I wouldn't give to be curled up in bed at Pop after a long day at the parks, Tye Dye Cheesecake in hand, watching Stacey for the 934820398th time. Again...sigh.

Anyway! As you can probably infer... we were ready for safari!

I spotted these weird thingies hanging from a tree outside the safari:

"Weird thingies"TM is the official Disney name for them, FYI.

And then we were off on our two week expedition through Africa! Woooohooo!!! As you may recall, we have amAHzing luck with Kilimanjaro Safaris. Every time someone complains about not seeing enough animals on this ride I just feel bad because somehow the stars always align and we have the best luck. The main thing for me is that I always want a good view of both lions, I want the elephants to be at the waterhole and just generally around, and I want the giraffes to be super close to our vehicle. So what kind of luck did we have this time? Let's go and see!


This man was our guide. He was the BEST guide ever! He seemed so into it, like he was really just driving along on safari exploring with the rest of us.
He included even more facts about the animals than usual and you could tell he really loved them and his job in general. I love when that happens!


Okapi


Pretty deer like things who's name I can't remember... someone help!


If you read Jess + Kristen's TRs you are aware that this is the DEER FACE. Learn it, live it, love it.


Okay how AWESOME is it that the vultures had their wings spread?! Very ominous, like they were about to take off and do their creepy vulture bidding with Dracula or something.


Same old same old thing going on with these guys, just chillin.


Pretty savannah


Deer with horns...? Why can't I remember these names? This is a very high end TR, folks. You will learn a lot reading it.


Okay, apparently there was some kind of giraffe event going on because there were a LOT of them!


Giraffes everywhere! Must have been one of their bdays or somethin.


Baby!


ELEPHANTS!!!!!!! YESSSS!!!!


I was so happy cause I LOVE them and hate when they're not around.






They are just so amazing.


Rhino!


Rhino bootay! As you can see, the rhinos came awfully close to our vehicle! I was wondering if one was going to CHARGE or something, but they seemed calm.

Unfortunately, we did not have much luck with the lions or other animals. However, our great Animal Kingdom luck never fails us and we had a great safari later in the trip! So stay tuned.

Even more unfortunately, right at the end of the safari, my camera just stopped working. After close examination I realized it was, as Cher Horowitz would say, so not fixable. Long story short... I needed a new one.

Which meant we were going to have to LEAVE DISNEY PROPERTY!

Up Next: Finishing up at Animal Kingdom and heading out of the magic.
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