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Old 01-15-2013, 09:59 PM   #31
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I'm sill here too! I'll be here as long as you keep writing... The notifications sit in my inbox for quite a while sometimes, but I always go back and read before deleting. It's nice to be past the holidays, but as a bookkeeper, January is just as busy!

What was that entree that you had at Raglan Road? It looks yummy!
I can only imagine! Earning money for Disney is always nice, though!

That was Greg's entree. It was a special. I don't remember exactly what it was but I know it was pork, though.

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Has anyone been seeing the new Disney World commercials on TV? Oh boy, tug on my heart strings! I still donít think weíll go this year. Moneyís especially tight and if we do end up having money to do a trip, I think weíre going to do a cruise, hopefully to Alaska. Plus, I think that itíll be nice to take just a little break from Disney. That way, when we go back, weíll have so much more nostalgia towards it and enjoy it that much more.

Sunday, November 4

Guess what we got to do this day? Tour the NEW FANTASYLAND!

But first-we had plans to see Gregís aunt, uncle, cousin, and his wife for brunch. I made reservations for us at Captainís Grille over at the Yacht Club. So, I apologize that this update wonít be that exciting. We do visit two parks this day so just stick with me!

We decided to take a bus to DHS since it wasnít far from Pop. It must not have been eventful because I didnít complain about the bus in my notes. Ha ha!

As soon as we stepped off the bus, I saw it. More Christmas!







Of course, we stopped to take a picture with the PPass photographer.

After pretty much skipping my way to the boat launch (no joke), we had a short ride over to the Yacht Club.





Side note: Does anyone else feel so swanky when they are at the Yacht Club (or even the Beach Club)? I like to imagine myself ten-fifteen years from now enjoying a trip with our children and staying at this resort. I say ten-fifteen years because I have these lovely things called student loans that we pay hundreds of dollars towards paying off every month. (Did I tell you guys I just started graduate school last week? More loans!) In the mean time, Iíll just enjoy sitting in the lobby and dining at the restaurants.

We were a little early so we went over to the small cafť area and ordered two coffees. Another Side Note: Although the CM wasnít rude to us, she was one of the most unhappy CMs I have encountered. She didnít smile, her answers were short and she talked as though she didnít want to be bothered. There was a couple with a language barrier and she didnít even try to understand what they were trying to say in English. It was frustrating. I work in customer service as well and I believe that a smile and willingness to help speaks volumes. No matter, it didnít really damper our spirits. We were having a great day so far.

We drank our coffee while sitting in the lobby and people watched.



Shortly, Gregís family arrived and there were cheerful hellos and we checked in. We did have a 20 minute or so wait so we went out onto the porch area and spent time together.

Once we were sat, we all decided on the buffet. Everyone agreed that it was delicious! I was definitely pleased and I hope to return. The offerings were simple, but everything was prepared really well. You could order omelettes with your server as well as eggs cooked to order. There were also scrambled eggs, frittatas, pancakes, French toast, breakfast meats, and many other goodies at the actual buffet.

Once everyone was full, we decided to take a walk over to the boardwalk and back. It was nice, but quite warm and very sunny and Gregís cousin didnít have sunglasses! Thank goodness I had mine! I really enjoyed spending time with Gregís family. It was a nice way to slow down and enjoy Disney how I like to most, just soaking up the atmosphere. Plus, itís always nice to spend time with your loved ones in the happiest place on earth.

Once we said our goodbyes, Greg and I decided to head over to Animal Kingdom. There were some things we wanted to do and we had the entire afternoon before we had to be at Magic Kingdom for our tour.

Up next: A hitchhiking giraffe?
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:45 AM   #33
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Glad you were able to have a nice visit with Greg's family. I had breakfast at Captain's Grille in October for the first time & really enjoyed it. Sounds like the grumpy CM needs a vacation herself! Or a transfer to a job at the Haunted Mansion!
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Great trip report :D I only got back from disney myself a few days ago and reading this report is helping to keep away the post disney blues! I also love that you are including a bit about pin trading in your report as well. I'm absolutely addicted to pin trading and my partner is now as well thanks to me haha . keep posting please cause i'd love to kepp reading
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Just saw this update! YAY for yummy breakfast! I am excited for you New Fantasy Land info, I fear the unknown, and we will be seeing it for the first time on our April trip which worries me
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Glad you were able to have a nice visit with Greg's family. I had breakfast at Captain's Grille in October for the first time & really enjoyed it. Sounds like the grumpy CM needs a vacation herself! Or a transfer to a job at the Haunted Mansion!
Haha! That's a positive way of thinking about it!
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Great trip report :D I only got back from disney myself a few days ago and reading this report is helping to keep away the post disney blues! I also love that you are including a bit about pin trading in your report as well. I'm absolutely addicted to pin trading and my partner is now as well thanks to me haha . keep posting please cause i'd love to kepp reading
Aww, I'm glad I could help. I'll admit that I have the Disney blues, too. Not as bad as after the past few trips, though.

My husband loves it and I like the collect the ones that appeal to me. He is obsessed with completing a collection.

Are you going to do a trip report?
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Just saw this update! YAY for yummy breakfast! I am excited for you New Fantasy Land info, I fear the unknown, and we will be seeing it for the first time on our April trip which worries me
I lovvvvve breakfast food!

The New Fantasyland is amazing! Don't you worry!!!!
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Sunday, November 4 (cont.):

I should have reminded myself this day of two things:

1. This was a short(er) trip than we usually take to WDW.
2. Therefore, my plan was NOT to try to do everything on our list but to just enjoy being in WDW.

All I can remember thinking about at that moment when we made the decision to go to AK was that we had the least amount of time planned to spend in AK and there were things that I wanted to do that I know we couldnít do in what time we did have planned. I also recall the temperature not being particularly warm enough to lay by the pool without being chilly (but then didnít I say that Gregís cousin was feeling very warm in the sun?)-who knows???

We got to AK and grabbed us some Safari FPs because the wait mustíve been more than 30 minutes, either that or we had too short of time before the next FOTLK show, because thatís what we did next.



I love, love, love that show-itís the best live performance show in Disney, hands down (IMO). This performance, however, left something to be desired. It just wasnít as flawless as I remember. Now, now, donít get all judgemental and think, ĎHow could she say that about FOTLK?! I think itís absolutely, positively, 100% perfect!í (Iím exaggerating here, people.) Iíve seen better performances. Maybe it was a newer cast or maybe it was just an off-day. I still enjoyed it, nonetheless.

(I always try to snap some amazing photos but even with my kind-of (barely) DSLR they donít turn out great.)





After FOTLK, it was time for EE. We saw Divine (or is it Devine?) along the way and she scared the poop out of this one guy. Ca-lassic. (Stacy, anyone?)

I love viewing the TOL from this viewing area. It looks so far away and magical.



This is just me trying to pretend Iím a photographer:



EE is not a must-do for Greg-he doesnít like that it goes backwards but I love it! (He even told his parents that it goes backwards for half the ride, which I think is an exaggeration.) I have to say that riding it more than once in a row does leave me feeling woozy. Anywho, because we didnít want to get FPs (the return time was later than we planned on staying in the park) and didnít want to wait in the, I believe, 40+ minute stand-by line, we hopped into the single rider line. I was sat next to a very friendly man who was riding by himself and didnít go in the single-rider line. As soon as he found out there was one, he said that we wasnít going to tell his wife because she was hungry. LOL. Poor guy!

I heard his wife speaking to him as soon as he got off the ride saying something along the lines of, ĎThereís a single-rider line.í I hope his wife wasnít angry!

After riding EE, it was time to use our FPs for the Safari so we headed to Africa. You know those people that just stop right in the middle of the walkway, causing a traffic disturbance? Well, not only does it remind me of being in a high school hallway trying to get to class while fellow students chatted, it makes me frustrated when traffic becomes so congested from that one family that we nearly slam into the people in front of us. That happened on our way to Africa. What were people stopping for do you ask?

MONKEYS!!!

They were very active. Yes, I stopped, too. I was one of Ďthoseí people. *Shutters*



Anyway, after snapping a picture or two, we were back en-route.

It definitely is weird to ride the Safari without the back story but I donít necessarily miss it. Our guide was pretty knowledgeable.



Elephant:



My favorite part of the Safari was the giraffes. At first, I didnít think we were going to see them very well but then this little guy appeared:



And he didnít go away. In fact, he followed us.



Then his friend decided to hang out on the path and we were stopped momentarily. Just as our guide was about to call for assistance, his friend moved.

Our follower was still following. He (or she) was cute!



After our Safari ride in Africa, it was time to leave AK and head off to our next adventure: The New Fantasyland. Stay tuned!
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Aww, I'm glad I could help. I'll admit that I have the Disney blues, too. Not as bad as after the past few trips, though.

My husband loves it and I like the collect the ones that appeal to me. He is obsessed with completing a collection.

Are you going to do a trip report?
My disney blues are definitely going now after reading a lot of reports and stuff yeah I stared my trip report yesterday, link is in my signature
I've caught up with your trip report, nice safari pics :D hope to see an update some x
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I'm slow... but I'm still here reading along!
I'm apparently slow to get an update posted, too.

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I've caught up with your trip report, nice safari pics :D hope to see an update some x
I'll have to check yours out this evening! I'm about to work on an update now. Should be up this evening. Yay!


Thank you ladies for sticking with me. I still plan on finishing this TR. I've not had as much DIS time as I'd like, I've been reading (well, lurking) on TRs and the like but with grad school, work, and still trying to sell our house, things are hectic. That's life, though.
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Sunday, November 4 Cont:

Its time, the moment youve all been waiting for: The New Fantasyland tour!

It was a bit of a conundrum to check in for our tour because the representatives that were supposed to be registering us werent where they said they would be at the time they said they would be so after waiting around for nearly 30 minutes, a couple of cast members agreed to process the guests signed up at the town hall. We were quickly on our way and still ahead of schedule.







There were cast members at the entrance to the New Fantasyland and we showed our wristbands and were on our way in. We were sooo excited and I took SO MANY pictures. Ill let the pictures do most of the talking&

This first thing we did was get in line to meet Gaston! He was so in character it was a great experience.



We then headed straight over to Be Our Guest. I reallllly went picture happy in here.



























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Up next? Why, Gastonís Tavern, of course!







(Love the tribute to the fountain, BTW!)



Letís have a peek in the gift shop, shall we?







Then we were ready to ride the Under the Sea Adventure!













Iím pretty sure we could have done Enchanted Tales with Belle as there were people in line for Arielís Grotto that had different colored wristbands than us but we were starving by the time we were done with Arielís Grotto, so we decided to skip it. *Gasp!* I know but itís something new we can do next trip.
Overall, I was over the moon excited with the New Fantasyland, especially with the Beauty and the Beast related things. I have loved that movie ever since I was young and I was so excited to see Ďcome aliveí in Disney World. My personal favorite was Be Our Guest and I am definitely looking forward to dining there on our next trip.

Coming up next: An evening in Magic Kingdom and an unwelcomed guest makes a return.
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