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Old 09-13-2012, 02:08 AM   #91
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I just read your tr. I live near Disneyland and had bells palsy in college. I'm sure it seems endless right now, but normal is right around the corner. And no one else would ever know I had it. Please keep posting. And please feel free to include more comparisons to dlr since this will be our first trip to wdw. I also love all the cupcake finds. I'm looking forward to the cupcakes almost as much as anything.
Hi there! Thanks for joining in, and for the encouraging words on the palsy. It's definitely been a roller coaster in itself! I'm 3 months out and I'd say I'm about 90% recovered, just still working on the little muscles around the side of my upper lip and around my eye. It's getting better everyday, and I'm so incredibly thankful for it! What's crazier than anything is finding out how many people have been affected by it. I had no idea it was so common.

I will try to remember to post comparisons as I go along. I know a lot of people are very opinionated on either WDW or DL, we love them both. They're VERY different and offer much different experiences, even though some of the rides are technically the same. If you ever have any questions, feel free to reach out and I'll be happy to answer them.

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Your pictures are great! I love WDW decked out for the holidays.
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I love all your pictures. It really has me remembering my own trip. One of the first things we did in December was to go to the GF. I never did get any ginger bread... maybe glad now that I didn't. Although those cookies at the CR looked so pretty I wanted one just to look at. (but didn't buy one then either).

Like you... I never did get to see the geyser erupt.

Oh... the peppermint cupcake at Contempo... wasn't it just yummy!
Yes, you were definitely not missing anything with the gingerbread.
I'm thinking I might go ahead and buy one the ornament cookies at the Contemporary this time and just take my chances getting it home. They're just so pretty!

I'm convinced the geyser just doesn't erupt. Maybe it's a like a pot of water.

It WAS yummy!! Have you seen the new King Cupcake at Pop?! We're staying 2 nights at AoA during our December trip, so you can be sure we'll be making our way across the bridge to pick one up!
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Increasing echinacea b4 trip. Lol

Oh my goodness Chrysty, this is ME too! LOL I thought I was the only one. I suffer from ear fluid to begin with, so I know what you mean about the ear popping. Am enjoying your TR so far. Thanks!

[QUOTE=PryncessChrysty;44024186][B][SIZE="2"] A month before we leave, we increase our vitamin C intake and add Echinacea to our daily routine. Inevitably, a few days before we're set to leave, Iím certain that Iím getting a sore throat. DH just rolls his eyes because, luckily, Iíve been wrong every time. (Gees, I really sound nutty donít I? ) This time was different, though. This time I felt it coming and didnít say anything, hoping it would just pass and that I was wrong like I had been EVERY other time. When we got off the plane in Orlando, my ears were completely full of fluid and I couldnít even hear myself talk. But I'm sure they just needed to pop, right?
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For anyone who has been @ the WL:

We love going to the different Disney hotels, parking and walking around and eating at their restaurants. I have never done that at WL. Are non-guests allowed on the premises? Is there a time-limit? We enjoy sitting in the lobby, and again, having a meal, etc; Thanks in advance.

[QUOTE=PryncessChrysty;44877303][FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="3"][B]Happy Mother's Day, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful day.

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Day 3:

Today started with an early wake-up call, but after a little hustle-bustle in the morning the rest was set to be a fairly easy-breezy day. We had to get up & get packing cuz we were checking out of Old Key West and into Wilderness Lodge for the next 3 nights!

While we were getting ready, I went out onto the balcony to soak up the scenery for a bit because we really didnít get to spend much time enjoying the resort during our stay. After a minute or two I noticed this little guy:





Can you see him? I donít know why, but he cracked me up. He was just chilliní out there and I never saw any movements so he mustíve been out there the whole time. After a little while he ran down the tree, and it was time to get back my bee-hind back in gear.





This was our first stay at OKW and we really enjoyed the laid-back pace of the resort. The grounds were a lot more impressive in person than what I saw in pictures leading up to our stay there, and the whole place had a very calming feeling to it. Even for all of those great qualities, it seemed to be missing a spark for us. We would definitely stay here again, especially for the great value it can be when renting DVC points (which we did), but it wouldnít be our first choice. The subtle theming was a nice change of pace, but Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Boardwalk are still at the top of our list.
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Ok, I am now caught up!

Looking at all your pics just reaffirms two things: 1., I must stay at WL sometime! and 2., I must go to WDW during the holidays! The decorations are amazing!

And I can only imagine how delicious the GF must have smelled with all that gingerbread!
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Oh my goodness Chrysty, this is ME too! LOL I thought I was the only one. I suffer from ear fluid to begin with, so I know what you mean about the ear popping. Am enjoying your TR so far. Thanks!

Oh yes, the fluid in the ears is no fun at all!

Welcome to the TR & thanks for reading along!

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For anyone who has been @ the WL:

We love going to the different Disney hotels, parking and walking around and eating at their restaurants. I have never done that at WL. Are non-guests allowed on the premises? Is there a time-limit? We enjoy sitting in the lobby, and again, having a meal, etc; Thanks in advance.
Yes, guests that aren't staying at the hotel are allowed to meander around the property just the same as you can at any of the Disney resorts. The only thing you can't do if you're not staying at the hotel is take advantage of the pool.

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Ok, I am now caught up!

Looking at all your pics just reaffirms two things: 1., I must stay at WL sometime! and 2., I must go to WDW during the holidays! The decorations are amazing!

And I can only imagine how delicious the GF must have smelled with all that gingerbread!
LOL - Yes, you must! We had a great time there! The only thing that threw me off about the holiday decor were all of the antlers stuck in everything. I get it that it's the WILDNERNESS Lodge, it was just a little more barbaric....er rustic....then I would normally prefer.

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Night of 1,000 Desserts - Pt. 1

After our Magic Kingdom Resort tour, we chilled out for a bit in our room and took a not-quite-long-enough nap. If you've ever taken a nap on your WDW vacation, don't they always feel that way?! We freshened up, I applied a fresh coat of mascara, and off we went.

Our first stop of the night: Hollywood Studios


Wheres our red carpet?!


We had dinner reservations at Mama Melrose, a first for us. Leading up to the trip I was reading reviews that were either really good or really bad, so we decided to just try it for ourselves.

The bread was good. Warm, fresh & not too chewy or dry.



We each ordered a starter Caesar salad. I remember this was surprisingly good, but I wish I would've asked for more croutons. They were really good!



We each ordered an entree to share, first was Chicken Parmigiana alla Spaghetti


This was OK, just very standard and nothing special.*

We also had the Charred Strip Steak with five-cheese baked macaroni, aged balsamic-shallot butter, and sans Chianti Wine Reduction



The steak was alright, a little too fatty for me. The mac & cheese was good, though.

The best dish up to this point was our salad and after reading all of those so-so reviews we were feeling, well, so-so about it. The saving grace, however, was our server. He was attentive, personable, and kept our drinks full. Major plus.

When it was time for dessert I knew exactly what I wanted to order, I read about it on the Disney Parks Blog and couldn't wait to give it a try. When I ordered (sans menu), I seemed to catch the server a bit off guard. He said the item was actually on the kids menu and didn't get the love it deserved. I assumed DH & I would just share, but after hearing my conversation with the server he was intrigued and decided to order his own. Thank goodness.

What is this underdog dessert, you wonder? Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you the Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcake. Yes, this is a thing. A very, very good thing.


It's a chocolate cupcake, topped with vanilla buttercream spaghetti, a chocolate truffle meatball, strawberry marinara, and sprinkled with white chocolate parmesan. AH-MA-ZING. Our plates were CLEAN. This is easily one of the top 3 cupcakes in all of WDW, and there are a lots to choose from these days. All I can say is that we have reservations to go back this December, and its not for the entrees!

Another shot, because, well, why not?


Click here for the link to the post on the Parks Blog.

Leaving dinner, we saw they were herding the crowds for the Osbourne lights around the backside of the Streets of America towards Lights, Motor, Action. We hopped into the sea of people, then I looked up and this was my first glimpse at the lights, which immediately made me all misty-eyed.


Decorating for Christmas has always been a HUGE thing with both of my parents, with exterior lights being my dad's specialty. I mean, he's won awards from his Homeowners Association for his lavish holiday displays, so seeing the thousands of gorgeous twinkling lights, it was all just really overwhelming & nostalgic for me. I know my dad would just go crazy for this, especially the Santa & Mickey. My guilty daughter conscience kicked in since we were having this incredible experience while he was back at home in CA. Now I'm just all that much more excited to be able to go back with him on a future trip! That was my (super) sappy moment, now back to the lights...









It was seriously so very crowded. Thankfully I anticipated this going in so we were mentally prepared for the herds.



Mooooo......


We took a gazillion terrible self-shots with my phone on the Streets of America, case in point:





As we made our way through the streets we noticed the Youse Guys merchandise stand was selling some event specific items, so I stopped in to get the special Osborne Lights pin. I also got a SUPER cute necklace with really big Christmas lights (think C9s) that flashed at all sorts of speeds. I thought about buying one for hubby, too, but I didn't think he'd want to wear it. After I checked out, I found DH (he was leaning against a wall trying to keep away from the crowd while I shopped...lol) and we made our way out.

Even though it was crazy, we LOVED it! We were only able to stay for about 20 minutes so we didn't get to see much of the dancing aspect, but we had plans to come back with my mom & step-dad later in the trip.

See ya real soon, Osborne Lights!


We hitched a ride on a Friendship boat to make way for EPCOT. We were going to an Illuminations dessert party hosted by the travel agency we booked our WL room with. It may sound silly, but this was one of those things on my Disney bucket list that I've been dying to do, and we were getting to do it for FREE!

We arrived at Italy to check-in and hung out in the rotunda until they were ready to escort us over to the Isola. Remember when I said I was going to buy hubby a set of the Christmas lights but didn't think he'd wear it? Well:


That didn't take very long.

Our view from the Isola


We were still on a high from the spaghetti & meatball cupcakes from dinner so we didn't go crazy with the desserts here. What we tried was good, although nothing to write home about. There were a few specialty desserts, lemon bars, cupcakes, cookies, rice krispie treats, hot chocolate, lemonade, tea, coffee, etc.
Here's a very blurry picture just to give you an idea of the set up:


We mingled a bit and bumped into our friend Carrie, you may know her from the DIS as lurkyloo. We're both from southern CA, but we tend to bump into each other at WDW more than anywhere else. Kinda funny. Afterward, we found seats at a table, which was quite lucky cuz they were sparse. We sat with a mother & (adult) son who were visiting all the way from England! They've attended many of the same D23 events that we have, so we chatted a bit about our experiences until the show started.

We had a great view, despite whats shown in these photos.







Admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of Illuminations. There are elements that I really love about it, but the show as a whole is a little too slow for me. I suppose I just don't have the sentimental attachment to it that many folks do. I mean, we went to the World 3 times before we finally caught the show. The holiday tag, however, was spectacular!


After the show, we took our time leaving World Showcase since it was now closed - something we love to do whenever possible.


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Night of 1,000 Desserts - Pt. 2

We walked back over to the Beach Club from the International Gateway


With his green shirt and glowing lights, I decided that Daniel looked like a Christmas tree so I sent him up to blend in with the others. What a trooper.

Hey, where'd my hubby go?!


We poked around the holiday decorations and searched for all of the hidden Mickeys on the gingerbread display.








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After we had sufficiently searched out the hidden Mickey's, we drove back to our resort. Since it was late I took the opportunity to photograph every nook & cranny of the empty lobby.











Everyone says the Wilderness Lodge is *THE* place to stay for the holidays, and I can totally see why. Even still, I was a bit perplexed by the amount of antlers used in the decor. I mean, I get it - it is the WILDERNESS Lodge, but it was too much for me. While we loved the look & feel of the resort, it just never felt like we were "home". We would definitely stay here again, it just wouldn't be the first choice. Taking the boat around was pretty awesome, though.














Look at that sweet, patient, blurry man






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We crashed pretty quickly that night, thankfully weíd get to sleep in a bit the next morning.


NEXT UP: Feeling JOYFUL!
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Another great update! Love the pictures!!
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Loved all the pictures, especially the Osbourne Lights. They are amazing.

The spaghetti and meatball cupcake was adorable. I hadn't heard about that. Definitely will try it if I eat there in the future.
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Mama Melrose is a must for us each trip... although we never seem to get good service. We do it for the fantasmic dp. The chicken you had is actually really really REALLY good with a substitution of alfredo sauce rather than red.

I really would have liked to have seen/stayed longer for the Osbourne lights. The crowds were just way too much for my dh to handle. If I ever go again... I need to be better prepared for that crowd level (both there and everywhere in the parks)

WL is so pretty a Christmas. I am glad we stayed there... I don't think I would want to if it were not christmas though... just too much like home.
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The spaghetti and meatball cupcake was adorable. I hadn't heard about that. Definitely will try it if I eat there in the future.
Thank you so much for the kind thoughts on the photos.
Yes, you MUST try it! It's so yummy!!

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Mama Melrose is a must for us each trip... although we never seem to get good service. We do it for the fantasmic dp. The chicken you had is actually really really REALLY good with a substitution of alfredo sauce rather than red.

I really would have liked to have seen/stayed longer for the Osbourne lights. The crowds were just way too much for my dh to handle. If I ever go again... I need to be better prepared for that crowd level (both there and everywhere in the parks)

WL is so pretty a Christmas. I am glad we stayed there... I don't think I would want to if it were not christmas though... just too much like home.
Ooooh! I'm gonna have to try that with the chicken, thanks for the idea! What about the alfredo WITH the red sauce? Hmmmm..definitely something to consider!

When we went back to the see the Lights later in the trip, we had a MUCH more laid back experience. Night & day compared to the crazy crowds we had on this night. I'm trying to speed up my posts so I can get to that point of the TR faster.

That makes sense about WL, we really enjoyed our stay there, but I agree. I don't think we'd stay there outside of Christmas time. It could maybe just use a few less antlers in the holiday decor.
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What great pics and if we weren't going this year I would be so sad - treats, lights, Christmas trees (especially the Daniel one- LOL)!!
I agree about the Wilderness Lodge decor - I so which they would do it more like a mountain/ski lodge. I just have to say - you see EVERYTHING - so much of what you have taken pics of in this trip report so far - I never saw and I was right there with you. I am going to look harder this time. Love the firework photos, too.
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What great pics and if we weren't going this year I would be so sad - treats, lights, Christmas trees (especially the Daniel one- LOL)!!
I agree about the Wilderness Lodge decor - I so which they would do it more like a mountain/ski lodge. I just have to say - you see EVERYTHING - so much of what you have taken pics of in this trip report so far - I never saw and I was right there with you. I am going to look harder this time. Love the firework photos, too.
Me too! I'm SO excited to be going back this year!!

Yes! A ski lodge theme would be perfect! Aww, thanks for the kind words on the photos. You're so funny! This time, I'll make sure you get to see it all!
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