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Old 01-04-2013, 03:47 PM   #151
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Stephanie, I'm sorry that your uncle is still having so much trouble. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers for the procedure tomorrow.

I have never been on Barnstormer but I plan on changing that in two months. The boss said yes so I will be heading back to Disney in 54 days! Guess I better get cracking on the planning.

I was so impressed by the themeing around the Little Mermaid Ride! You got some great pictures! The day we were there, the line was moving so fast I barely had any time to take pictures. Mom and I loved the whole ride too, especially the Under the Sea room.
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Stephanie, I'm sorry that your uncle is still having so much trouble. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers for the procedure tomorrow.

I have never been on Barnstormer but I plan on changing that in two months. The boss said yes so I will be heading back to Disney in 54 days! Guess I better get cracking on the planning.

I was so impressed by the themeing around the Little Mermaid Ride! You got some great pictures! The day we were there, the line was moving so fast I barely had any time to take pictures. Mom and I loved the whole ride too, especially the Under the Sea room.
His procedure was actually today, I posted about it late yesterday. I'll post an update on that in a minute!

on getting to go back soon!!!! Have you talked to your husband yet??

The Under the Sea Room was the best, and biggest, with so many details!
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UNCLE UPDATE:

Good news, bad news, and more good news time.

First, the good news. My uncle's procedure was this morning and all went fine. He came through it just fine and they got all the clots (they believe, they will double check with another test in a week to be double sure).

The bad news: his insurance decided since there's nothing that can be done for him and he is refusing rehab they wouldn't pay for him to stay in the hospital. So instead of being there until Sunday like he was supposed to be, they released him this evening and he is home.

Second good news: he is doing much better though. Talking clear (he was still slurring his speech and having trouble talking until yesterday), able to move more deliberately on his own, feeling a little stronger....all good signs and makes things a little easier on my aunt. He still needs help with everything, but can do at least part of the work now.

He still has a long way, but is definitely improving each day! Thanks again to all of you!


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Old 01-07-2013, 09:30 AM   #154
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His procedure was actually today, I posted about it late yesterday. I'll post an update on that in a minute!

on getting to go back soon!!!! Have you talked to your husband yet??

The Under the Sea Room was the best, and biggest, with so many details!
Whoops, guess I should really should look at the dates of posts before I reply! Glad everything went well for him.

Talked to the DH Friday night. It wasn't pretty but we've been married long enough that we can be a bit ugly and get over it quickly! He's fine with it now and I'm all booked. It did take him till Sunday to admit that he was most upset because I didn't invite him along. He had no desire to go and would have never said yes but he was hurt I didn't offer! Oh well, I'll know better next time.
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Whoops, guess I should really should look at the dates of posts before I reply! Glad everything went well for him.

Talked to the DH Friday night. It wasn't pretty but we've been married long enough that we can be a bit ugly and get over it quickly! He's fine with it now and I'm all booked. It did take him till Sunday to admit that he was most upset because I didn't invite him along. He had no desire to go and would have never said yes but he was hurt I didn't offer! Oh well, I'll know better next time.
Oops! Well, just be sure to invite him next time, so he can say no and you can pretend to be just "okay" with going alone . Glad he is fine with it now, and yay for your uncoming trip!
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DAY ONE, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH, PART SEVEN


After riding LM I headed back toward Belle, but the line was still over an hour long so I skipped it again, knowing I'd be back to MK two more days. As I walked out of FLE I got another shot of the Mine Train progress.







I headed over to Peter Pan, but the line was too long. I had a 6:55pm ADR for CRT, and wanted to catch the lighting ceremony beforehand, which would be around 6pm. It was already 5:20pm, so I needed a short line. So, as afwdwfan guessed, I headed to It's a Small World, since the posted wait was only 5 minutes.






It was probably more like 8 minutes, but that was mainly because they had 5 people in wheelchairs waiting to ride, so that took some extra time. But it was still short enough wait, though I did take some pictures while in line.












And I was soon on the happiest little cruise!































































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More IaSW pictures...


































Once I finished the tour of singing dolls (which I actually enjoy!) I headed around to the front of the castle to try to make the lighting show. I actually managed to find a spot among the TONS of people, and it was a great spot! In fact, I was directly in front of the castle and up close! The show started just a couple of minutes after I arrived. First, Mickey and the gang showed up, with the Fairy Godmother...






...then Cinderella and Prince Charming arrived too!






Once Cindy gave her Godmother permission to decorate her castle, The Fairy Godmother got to work!















The whole gang loved it!






and....that was the end. Since I still had about 25 minutes until I could check in for my ADR, I got a quick pic of the Partners statue with the castle (before they turned the lights back on!), and then got in line for a PP (along with everyone else!!!!).






I love that shot! After the 15-ish people in front of me got their pictures done, I got mine. First, here's the one with my camera...






And the PP one






I headed back around the Castle once again toward CRT. A couple castle shots from the side:









and the back:






I got a shot of Cinderella's fountain and the carousel as I walked around too.









CONTINUED IN THE NEXT POST (IF PHOTOBUCKET COOPERATES!!!!)




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Old 01-07-2013, 02:21 PM   #158
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Love all the pictures of Small World! That is usually one line you can count on to be short.

ETA - I posted at almost the same time as you posted the second part! Mom and I planned on making the Castle lighting show but didn't make it up front in time. It looks like we didn't miss too much.

Great photopass pictures and I can't wait to read about the CRT dinner. Someday I will eat in the castle!
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I walked up to the desk at CRT to try to check in at 6:40pm (with a 6:55pm ADR). I was told, somewhat rudely, by the CM to come back in 5 minutes as you could not check in any less than 10 minutes before your ADR. I walked to the side for a bit (and saw her tell several other families/couples the same thing). At about 6:47pm I checked in, and she was much nicer.

Now, I had originally made the reservation for 2 people, since that was the only one I could get one (they wouldn't allow a one person ADR for the last table they had). I had attempted to cancel it down to one person the previous day, but after being on hold for over an hour I gave up and just figured I'd lose the refund of the 2nd person. When I checked in I explained to the CM that it was only one, and she said that was fine and that they would let the waiter know when they assigned my table, so I got in the line to enter the picture-taking area.










It was only about 5 minutes before I went inside to wait for a bit more for my picture with Cinderella. So, I took pictures while I waited.









With about 3 people still in front of me I got my ticket saying my table was ready, so I could go up as soon as my picture session was done. If you noticed my shirt in any of the previous pictures, I wore it specifically knowing I was seeing Cindy that night. If you didn't, then it says "My Other Car is A..." and has a picture of her carriage. She loved it, as you can see in the pictures we took.















Once I finished talking to Cinderella I went upstairs to get my table. I snapped a few pictures on the walk up, of course!












I was led to my table immediately and found it all ready for me, and a second guest.






My server, Jay, came right over and after I explained that there was no second guest (and why!) he took away the extra plate and utensils, though he let me keep the wand and sword.

I have to say that I adored Jay!! He was extremely friendly and funny, was always around if I needed something (but didn't hover!) and spent a good amount of time talking to me. I have dined out alone before, at WDW and not, and been basically ignored and was so happy Jay did not do that at all. In fact I mentioned that to him and he was not surprised I've been ignored, but did say his favorite tables are the solo diners or just 2 people, as they tend to talk to him more since they aren't so busy with everyone else! I actually wound up giving him a nice gratuity on top of the 18% already included, and he was shocked and tried to give it back, though I made him keep it.

Anyway, the food! I got the Royal Tasting of Cheese for my appetizer. It was goat cheese on toast, bleu cheese and I cannot remember what the 3rd one was. It was similar to Brie, but not exactly brie. It was all good, but I couldn't eat it all. While I enjoy all 3 cheeses, too much sharp cheese starts to irritate my stomach. But if you like cheeses you will definitely enjoy it. I remembered to take a picture after only a couple bites.






For my entree I got the Roasted Beef Tenderloin, with Duchess potatoes and Asparagus.






It was DELICIOUS!!! I ate every bite of all three, and wound up quite full because of it. I am actually not a big beef eater, I prefer poultry, but it was wonderful. Perfectly cooked, extremely tender and in a very tasty Chasseur Sauce. The potatoes and asparagus were perfect too. I was one happy, and full, guest by the end.

While I was eating my appetizer the princesses started their rounds. I was near the end of the rotation, so the first one, Jasmine, didn't make it to me until my entree arrived. She was very nice, and we had a nice conversation about how I should get a Magic Carpet so my travel time will be less and I could come more often.

I will warn you that none of my pictures with the princesses came out great, and Jasmine was the worst. The gentleman at the table next to me was kind enough to offer to take the pictures, but didn't do a great job. They are all okay though, so I'll post them.






Aurora came by a few minutes later. While she was friendly, she didn't really talk much at all.






Snow White came around third, and she was pretty friendly too. When I told her I planned to see the Seven Dwarfs at MVMCP she told me that if I brought Grumpy a Red Rose he may even smile for the picture, since that's the only flower he likes.






Ariel was the last to come over, but definitely my favorite. When she noticed I was alone at my table she sat down in the other seat and talked to me for about 7-8 minutes about food, and desserts, and her favorite things to do in the park, all without breaking character. For the record, she adores the Dole Whips and they are also the only dessert that Eric likes too. And she loves that their castle is now open for the guests to see too now. She was a lot of fun, and was great with the little boy in the next table over too, who kept asking where her mermaid tail was.






Oh, and my picture package arrived sometime during the entree portion as well.

Once the princesses all came and went, and I finished my entree, Jay came over to ask about dessert. I was full, but wanted to try the newest dessert, which still isn't up on AllEars, which was Pumpkin Cheesecake with candied pecans and a cranberry topping in a graham cracker crust.






I'm very glad I got it, as it was also delicious. The crust was good, the filling incredible, the candied pecans were yummy and even the cranberry topping added to the flavor. I was so full though that I could only eat half. Jay offered to package the rest up for me, but since I was doing MVMCP right after I didn't think it would be good for that many hours in my bag. I gave Jay his gratuity and talked to him for a few more minutes before I left. He told me he was going to get them to refund me for the second guest I paid for, even though I didn't give 24 hours notice. They actually wound up getting refunded completely, and when I called them to tell them about the mistake they told me to enjoy the extra pixie dust and keep the full refund!
So, it was already worth it to me having paid for 2 people for just myself, so to get it all for free was amazing!


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Love all the pictures of Small World! That is usually one line you can count on to be short.

ETA - I posted at almost the same time as you posted the second part! Mom and I planned on making the Castle lighting show but didn't make it up front in time. It looks like we didn't miss too much.

Great photopass pictures and I can't wait to read about the CRT dinner. Someday I will eat in the castle!
It is usually a short line. Though later on in my trip it was a 45 minute wait!!! I didn't get on it then.

It wasn't much of a show, though it was cute. I was glad I saw it since I had missed it in 2010, but I won't stress about seeing it on a future trip now.

Thanks! I just posted the CRT meal. You should definitely eat there at some point, as I loved it all.
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First, I'm so glad your uncle is doing better. I just wish he'd agree to rehab.

What an awesome couple of updates. The "lighting of the castle" was the only thing we missed that I was most upset about. Truthfully, we forgot all about it. Next time for sure.

I'm glad you did't get "stuck" on the slow boat to China and miss your ADR at Cindy's Castle. What a wonderful server you had and how sweet of you to give him the extra gratuity. I didn't think the pictures of you and the Princesses turned out bad at all.

And what wonderful on your bill from your meal.
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First, I'm so glad your uncle is doing better. I just wish he'd agree to rehab.

What an awesome couple of updates. The "lighting of the castle" was the only thing we missed that I was most upset about. Truthfully, we forgot all about it. Next time for sure.

I'm glad you did't get "stuck" on the slow boat to China and miss your ADR at Cindy's Castle. What a wonderful server you had and how sweet of you to give him the extra gratuity. I didn't think the pictures of you and the Princesses turned out bad at all.

And what wonderful on your bill from your meal.
I'm glad too, and definitely wish he'd do rehab so he could improve faster.

The castle lighting was very nice. I'm glad I saw it, though as I said to Ariana it's not necessarily a must-do now that I've seen it once.

I really enjoyed CRT, and Jay was a great server. The pictures were just a bit blurry to me, but I was happy I got them at all. And I was thrilled with them telling me to keep the double refund for my meal!
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Oh my that food looks so good! Especially right now when it's so close to dinner time! I'm drooling on my keyboard! Definitely going to have to schedule that one in the future. I thought about eating there in March because there were actually some openings but Mom really wants to eat there too and I don't want to do it without her.

Oh and about the 45 minute wait for Small World! This March will be the first time in a while I've done weekend days so I'm wondering how the crowds will be. EasyWDW says 4-6 for the days I'm there so hopefully it won't be too bad.
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GREAT UPDATE! I loved all of the pictures you posted and your dessert looked quite scrumptious! I'm glad you got such a nice server as well! Sounds like your meal was full of pixie dust and i can't wait to hear about MVMCP!


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Oh my that food looks so good! Especially right now when it's so close to dinner time! I'm drooling on my keyboard! Definitely going to have to schedule that one in the future. I thought about eating there in March because there were actually some openings but Mom really wants to eat there too and I don't want to do it without her.

Oh and about the 45 minute wait for Small World! This March will be the first time in a while I've done weekend days so I'm wondering how the crowds will be. EasyWDW says 4-6 for the days I'm there so hopefully it won't be too bad.
You HAVE to eat there. I saw the food on other plates too and it all looked so yummy.

Yeah, the 45 minutes wait was scary, but I think there had to be another reason why, like maybe it broke down and just came back up?? Only because there weren't really long lines anywhere else.

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GREAT UPDATE! I loved all of the pictures you posted and your dessert looked quite scrumptious! I'm glad you got such a nice server as well! Sounds like your meal was full of pixie dust and i can't wait to hear about MVMCP!


It certainly was full of pixiedust! It was a great meal overall, food, characters, server and price!
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