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Old 02-03-2013, 09:50 PM   #211
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Cape May Dinner


After Emily left we took a bus to Hollywood Studios so we could take a boat to the Boardwalk area.

When we got of the bus what do we see but CHRISTMAS!!!! Yippee!! The first thing we saw was the big tree! I so wanted to go in to the park. It is such a tease to be right by a park but not be able to go in!



We went to the boat dock and saw the christmas wreath.


I took a little bit before the boat to get there but it wasn't too long, so I took some photos of the christmas tree.





We got off at the boardwalk stop because we wanted to walk around.



We went in the candy store and I found these pretty cookies. I can't imagine them tasting good though!



One day I would like to go to the ESPN club! It might not be the greatest food but Corey and I love watching football together, especially the packers.




They were filming some sort of radio sports show so we watched that for a couple of minutes.

We then headed to the Beach Club! I just love that hotel.



We were pretty early and she told us she wouldn't be able to seat us until our time which was like 30 minutes away. She made it seem as if it was a big deal I got there so early. Needless to say, they sat us 5 minutes later!

We had one of those nice two top booths that we had before.



I started off with butternut squash soup. It was good but a little too sweet.



Salad plate:



I loved the shrimp and cocktail sauce and the tomato/mozz salad. Everything else was just blah!

Next plate:



Everything was gross minus the red skinned potatoes. They were awesome! Cooked perfectly, hot, and nice amount of sea salt!

I went back up for more of my favorite things plus some pineapple.



Corey just a bunch of these legs!



They weren't the best crab legs, they were hard to peel and came out in chunks.

Time for dessert! They just recently got rid of their oreo bon bons so I have been in mourning.



Now they have cheesecake with blueberry topping, flourless cake with a cherry topping, boston cream pie, flan and strawberry shortcake.



The strawberry shortcake was very good!! It was light and fresh tasting and just really delicious if you like strawberry shortcake!



All in all it wasn't that great of a meal. Corey really likes it here so I would go back for him but I probably wouldn't go back without him! The entrees really stink! The desserts are fine but would be better if they had oreo bon bons!

I believe we took a cab back to our hotel! Cabs are the way to go now!

Since it was our last night on vacation I took some more pictures of the Art of Animation.

I love the artwork in there.











At first when I saw pictures I though the lobby was very underwhelming. But when you are in it it isn't. It is bright and colorful and classy!

We walked back to our room and i made Corey take a picture under the Lion King log.



There was a worker doing water art. Do they hire these people as artists or custodial workers???





When we got back Illuminations was on! At least I think it was? Maybe it was Fantasmic. I got excited to see that!



Next up: the best half day at Magic Kingdom!






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I just read through your whole report and I have to laugh at Emily painting her toes at the bus stop - that is ME!! As soon as I put nail polish on, I start chipping it off, so I always carry some in my purse. I definitely have had more than a couple of bus-waits where I hoped the bus would take a little longer just so I could finish
Lol that is funny that you paint your toe nails in line too! I didn't think anyone else would have done that!

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Hi Rachel I'm now caught up! Your photos of Illuminations are awesome! Actaully, all of your photos are so good. I have no clue what appeture or ISO mean so I just keep my Nikon on auto and shoot away. (I got Em a Canon 40D for her birthday since she's into photography now... hopefully she can teach me a thing or two!)

The Cars area at AoA is so wonderfully themed. I finally went on Radiator Springs Racers at Dis CA Adventure so now I can see how closely the theming at the resort matches the park. You have great photos of course!

So sad that you had to say good-bye to Emily but it sounds like your 6 months of planning paid off and she had a great time!

Now to go read your January TR!
OH wow thats such a nice bday present for her!! I now follow her on Instagram so I can see some of the pics! It definitely is hard to learn how to use the camera on non auto. Sometimes I still use auto too because there is less chance of me messing the picture up! I need to go to Disneyland!

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The fountain in Morroco IS beautiful! I have a nice pic of my kids with it. I am so tempted to create a trip report and post pics but a little leery of having the kids pics online. But then again, I only have about 1000 pics of them on my FB. LOL

PS- I'm going to check out your Jan report now. I love reading this~ makes me feel like 1.) I am in Disney and 2.) I know you. I really enjoy your take. It stinks that Emily had to leave a day early & that you were leaving the next day too. Disney is almost like Christmas for me. You plan and count down to the days and then when it arrives, it feels like it's over so fast. That's why it's nice to start planning another Disney trip right when you get home. With Christmas, after it's over, I then count down to the warmer months.. lol
I know how you feel about posting your pics online. I don't have any kids so it is just me and I let myself post pics of me lol but my boyfriend doesn't want his pictures online but I don't listen to him haha! I hope the DIS is safe but you never know!

Aw thanks for the kind words! Yes Disney islike christmas! I hate when its over. I seriously miss it so much when I am gone. I think I am going back in April I probably shouldn't but I get addicted.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:25 AM   #213
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We went in the candy store and I found these pretty cookies. I can't imagine them tasting good though!



Belle and Ariel are pretty (and I could never, ever eat them!), but that Cinderella on the right looks a little like Beavis!! I hope it's just the light reflection!
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I understand totally about the teasing before going in to a park. I took a quick three day shopping trip, no parks, with one of my sisters and a friend. I cried outside of MK because I wanted to go. We were taking a trip around the monorails. I then almost cried again at DHS because we were taking the boat to the Boardwalk! I always get hoppers when I do parks, so I've never had the experience of actually having park tickets but not being able to enter a park.
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Those grumpy hats are top funny! Do you think people actually buy them to wear?
I was pro at taking the AoA buses instead of the pop ones, I love that they are connected. Pop was definitely a really nice resort, I loved it!
I LOVE THE CARS SECTION! I love it so much that I'm pretty sure I will be staying there during my spring break trip.
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Hi, Rachel! I just came across your report and just finished reading the entire thing! What a great report and your pictures are awesome, too!

I'm having terrible Disney withdrawls, and your report helped a ton...I felt like I was right there with ya!

I loved seeing your pics of AoA, especially TLM rooms! My hubby and I checked it out back in September when we were there, and I wanted so badly to see inside a room!! We walked by some rooms that had the curtains open, but I was that someone might be inside so I didn't peek in!

I'm sorry that Emily had to go home. I can only imagine how much fun it was having her there and sharing all the fun with her.

I can't wait to read the rest! Thanks for taking the time to share your fun with us!
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read your DR and then just had to read your TR. I am loving it. we will be at Epcot during F&W and I can't wait. Looking forward to your next report!!!
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Last Morning at Disney World


This morning was our last morning at Disney World We were spending the morning at MK and had to be back at our hotel at 1pm for our bus.

We finished packing this morning and lugged our stuff out. I had to stop and take pictures though because I haven't taken pictures of the Lion King section yet!

I had to take pics of the shower curtain and the window curtain!





The little cup thing in the LM section



The pipe!



Dingelhopper!!!! This was my favorite prop!



Bye beautiful new hotel!



We were so anxious to get a move on this entire trip that I didn't take any pictures of the other sections. So here is Lion King, one of my favorite movies of all time!

Zazu! Zasu? However you spell it!



Scar. What a meanie!





Next up was the graveyard. The floor in this playground was foam and when you walked on it it felt so good! It was so bouncy and light. It just felt good on sore feet.

This area stunk though. It smelled like a bad rubber. I think it was from the squishy ground. It was really weird.



Now time for my favorite feature in all of Art of Animation! The huge log with Simba, Timon, and Pumba on it!



I think I love this so much because it is so massive an huge and larger than life. I loved walking under it!







The log was very realistic looking too! The characters not so realistic looking lol but the log was awesome!



Pride Rock!



Now Rafiki- one of my favorite disney characters of all time! I have good memories of him! When I was in 7th grade my family went to Disney World and I am pretty sure we were eating at the Swan character meal and Rafiki was there and Rafiki had the hugest crush on me! Lol. He proposed to me and then I ran into the bathroom because he was creeping me out. Then he waited for me outside of the bathroom until I finally came out. My parents had to come get me out! He was like giving me flowers and everything!





I finally made it to the check out area.



We checked out and then dropped of my luggage.

While dropping off my luggage I noticed this woman that looked very familar! I then realized she is from the Nov Dis'ers FB group and she was leading our photopass share! I posted on the FB group to see if anyone was interested in a Photopass share and she was so she coordinated the entire share. It was a really good experience and she is a nice person! We took a picture together and it was nice to see her and meet her after talking to her for months!

After the Dis meet we got on the bus to MK and were in for a surprise!


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Belle and Ariel are pretty (and I could never, ever eat them!), but that Cinderella on the right looks a little like Beavis!! I hope it's just the light reflection!
Haha thats hilarious! I can kind of see what you mean! Her head looks very thin and tall!

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I understand totally about the teasing before going in to a park. I took a quick three day shopping trip, no parks, with one of my sisters and a friend. I cried outside of MK because I wanted to go. We were taking a trip around the monorails. I then almost cried again at DHS because we were taking the boat to the Boardwalk! I always get hoppers when I do parks, so I've never had the experience of actually having park tickets but not being able to enter a park.
Haha yes it is horrible! We never get the hopper anymore so we are stuck in the park we choose. It is nice to save that extra money but I do miss the ability to hop.
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Those grumpy hats are top funny! Do you think people actually buy them to wear?
I was pro at taking the AoA buses instead of the pop ones, I love that they are connected. Pop was definitely a really nice resort, I loved it!
I LOVE THE CARS SECTION! I love it so much that I'm pretty sure I will be staying there during my spring break trip.
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I know aren't they funny!! I can picture some silly boys wearing them and buying them. I wouldn't though! Thats awesome that you are staying there! I am jealous!

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Hi, Rachel! I just came across your report and just finished reading the entire thing! What a great report and your pictures are awesome, too!

I'm having terrible Disney withdrawls, and your report helped a ton...I felt like I was right there with ya!

I loved seeing your pics of AoA, especially TLM rooms! My hubby and I checked it out back in September when we were there, and I wanted so badly to see inside a room!! We walked by some rooms that had the curtains open, but I was that someone might be inside so I didn't peek in!

I'm sorry that Emily had to go home. I can only imagine how much fun it was having her there and sharing all the fun with her.

I can't wait to read the rest! Thanks for taking the time to share your fun with us!
Hi!!! Thanks for reading!! I am having withdrawals too! Oopsie! that is why I am going back in April!

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read your DR and then just had to read your TR. I am loving it. we will be at Epcot during F&W and I can't wait. Looking forward to your next report!!!
Thanks soo much for reading!!! I have another trip report out there. The title says something about vinylmations! I will be going back in May too!
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Sorry to see your fun trip come to a close.

Also - sorry that your CMC meal was a bust. I have only had dinner there once and it was so long ago that i barely remember it. I will say - they do have a great breakfast and the characters are awesome.

I have really enjoyed all your AoA pictures. I know I belong to DVC, but I still hope I get a chance to stay there at some point in my WDW travels - if for no other reason then I have to see that shower curtain in person.

Glad you had a good experience with your PP share! Ours turned out to be massive and the DISer who coordinated it did a fabulous job.
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Where is Everybody?


We got off of the bus and we walked up to MK and saw a huge surprise! Christmas decorations!!!!



Wow! It was so amazing to see this! I had a feeling we would see Christmas decorations but I wasn't sure. It was just such a neat experience to see Halloween and Christmas decorations in one trip. I wish Emily could have seen them though!

It was starting to rain a bit. I knew it was supposed to so I was worried about our half day being a bust.





You can see the raindrops on my lens. It was starting to rain a little bit heavier during our way on Main Street.



Corey and I wore our matching shirts so we had to stop for pictures while the streets were empty!



I am in love with these photos!





We went into the Main Street Bakery to get a cinnamon roll since Corey made me cancel Crystal Palace.





It was incredibly hard and too crusty.

When we got out of MSB it was still lightly raining.





I just love the wreaths on Main Street.



Since POTC was closed our previous day all day we headed there first! This park was sooooo amazing this morning. There was no ONE Here!!





We were making a mad dash to get in line!



There was absolutely no one in line. Both boats were waiting for people to get on. We actually had two other people on our boat though that walked in at the same time.






After POTC I wanted to buy a poncho because I didn't want my backpack to get wet! This thing was expensive! It was like almost 10 dollars.





I threw it away right when I got home!



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Sorry to see your fun trip come to a close.

Also - sorry that your CMC meal was a bust. I have only had dinner there once and it was so long ago that i barely remember it. I will say - they do have a great breakfast and the characters are awesome.

I have really enjoyed all your AoA pictures. I know I belong to DVC, but I still hope I get a chance to stay there at some point in my WDW travels - if for no other reason then I have to see that shower curtain in person.

Glad you had a good experience with your PP share! Ours turned out to be massive and the DISer who coordinated it did a fabulous job.
I would definitely like to have breakfast at Cap May one day!

Haha you can stay there if you are ever short on points, or on a weekend when points are more expensive.

The person who coordinated ours did a great job too!! She was awesome. There was 6 of us and it was so confusing because all of the pictures overlapped..

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After POTC I wanted to buy a poncho because I didn't want my backpack to get wet! This thing was expensive! It was like almost 10 dollars.





I threw it away right when I got home!



That's funny about throwing the poncho away as the last time I was down there I did the same thing The free one I got on the Disney Cruise Line I still have it and keep it in a bag I use when going on trips.
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OMG Cape May looks so good (at least to me, lol)!

Can't beat an empty Magic Kingdom, even if it was a little rainy
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Hahaha! I keep my ponchos. I think I have two, but then one got ripped after a few trips, so I threw it out.

A trip report coming to an end is almost as bad as my own trip coming to an end!
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