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Old 05-04-2013, 05:23 AM   #151
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Have a fantastic trip!!!

Just got caught up on your last chapter from HS- yummy meal and great waitress at 50's- hooray! You are totally right about the portions there.

Except for the onion rings. Maybe they put them in the fry basket to distract you from noticing there are only 4 for around $6 so they are $1.50 per ring! That totally drives me bonkers at Sci Fi (but we still have to get them)

When I saw the picture with the caption "Ugh. How dare that one cloud blemish an otherwise beautiful sky?" at first I thought you meant the Tower!!!
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:12 AM   #152
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Have fun, Missy & Franklin! I'll be following your trip on FB, of course.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:11 AM   #153
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Have a great trip! Just sent you a friend request. Hope to follow your trip adventures soon
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:30 PM   #154
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Enjoying the Epcot Resort Area Part 1

Wow, so it's been about a month since our last TR update. But it's been a very busy month. Lots of fun wedding planning stuff (cake tasting!) and, of course, another wonderful trip to Disney. If you want to read all about that trip, head on over to our brand new TR, "Food, Friendship, Flowers and a Touch of the Force." Yep, this means I have three TRs going at once. I really must not value free time. In the meantime, on with the January show!

We last left off with an inch-by-inch photo tour of Tower of Terror. Franklin and I had gotten a lot done in our DHS morning, so we felt pretty good about heading back to the resort. There was a pool calling us.



Now, I know some of you have been waiting for the big comparison, exactly how does Luna Park Pool stack up against Stormalong Bay across the late at Beach Club/Yacht Club. Yes, SAB is a more dynamic pool with lots of different features (lazy river, sinking sands, etc.) but, pound for pound, I love the scenery at Luna Park more. Everything is so colorful and so well themed.









I love, love, LOVE the colorful posters that surround the pool. It lends the theme real authenticity.









It was warm, but not hot by any means. Yet the pool was pretty busy. I had come out thinking we’d hop in the pool. But standing there in a swimsuit, it was a tad chilly. So we headed for the hot tub instead. Well, I did and Franklin finished taking pictures. No sooner had I climbed into an empty hot tub, then a half-dozen kids come running into the hot tub. Now I’m not someone who complains about kids at Disney. It’s Disney World, I know it’s a family setting and kids come with the territory, but once they started doing flips in the hot tub, I did get a smidge perturbed. Where were their parents? Oh right, yelling over from the pool bar.

Thankfully the families had an ADR to get to and the kids cleared out so I could relax. A few other adults climbed in and joked with me about surviving the invasion. Franklin also arrived at the hot tub and we enjoyed a nice bit of relaxation.

Soon enough though, it was time to head upstairs to shower. It was another gorgeous afternoon in the Epcot resort area.






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Old 05-18-2013, 01:31 PM   #155
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Enjoying the Epcot Resort Area Part 2

We didn’t have far to go for our evening plans. We were heading for Epcot. And man, was the commute long!











We strolled pretty quickly through the World Showcase. But don’t worry, we’d be back shortly. We just had a date with Future World.







I love this park at night. The fountains and the different buildings are just so beautiful all lit up!

It was time for Franklin and I to do something we’d both been dying to do... ride the redesigned Test Track.





The difference in the queue between the last version of the attraction and this one was striking. Gone was the 90s-style crash test dummies and garage tools and in their place a futuristic car design studio.











Gah! They moved the camera! We did our funny pose as we crashed through the door. But we found out afterward that the camera is now outside. Foiled!



Here’s my take on the new Test Track. I’m not someone who was wedded to the “story” from the old attraction. Yes, the video was kind of kitchy and cute but it wasn’t the be all and end all of Disney attractions for me. But the story fit the ride.

I guess I don’t understand where they were trying to go with the overhaul. Obviously, they wanted to make the attraction look like Tron on the inside, which they totally accomplished. But it seems like they didn’t put much thought into the ride beyond that. The design-a-car aspect was just okay and a couple of people in our car said the cars they’d designed weren’t showing up as we went through the ride. I don’t know, the overhaul just didn’t click for me.

But I still love the outdoor part of the ride (especially at night!). So I’ll continue to go back.

Next, we took off for Mars.



You’d think they figure out how to land without crashing eventually. Haha.



We had one last task to complete in Future World before heading back to World Showcase for Illuminations and dinner. We’d gotten an email from my best friend saying that for her fiance’s birthday, she wanted to replace all the photos in their apartment with pictures of all their friends holding signs that said “Happy Birthday Dan.”



Mission accomplished. We’ll leave off there, but we have spectacular fireworks photos coming up and a yummy dinner at a new restaurant for us. In the meantime, what did the rest of you think about the Test Track redesign? Do you love it? Hate it? Kind of indifferent like me?
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:14 PM   #156
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I can't comment on the new Test Track because it was still being closed down when I went last year but thanks for the update! It does look Tron-like and more futurist now. Does it still take on the same "course" in the old one? With testing indoors then the loop outside or did they change everything?

Also I love the pictures of the Luna pool! It is more colorful and fun looking than Stormalong Bay but that clown is CREEEEPYYY!
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:05 AM   #157
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I also made a panoramic photo of Luna Park Pool. It's made from 18 photos stitched together. The full resolution is 110 megapixels!
Here is the link to the photo on Gigapan, if you want to explore and zoom around.
http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/126433


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Old 05-19-2013, 04:00 PM   #158
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Loving your TR and Franklin's photos!! Gorgeous engagement photos, as well!!!
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:58 AM   #159
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:29 AM   #160
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OMG that pool looks sooooo wonderful. I wish I could afford to stay deluxe.. Maybe one of these days! )

Love your pictures too, just beautiful. Especially the ones of Epcot!
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:37 PM   #161
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I love this park at night. The fountains and the different buildings are just so beautiful all lit up!

I totally agree!!!

The colors in these two pictures are just stunning!

Love the beautiful pictures of the Luna park pool. Especially the panoramic photo. It does look like a fun, pretty pool.

Once again, blown away by that beautiful view from your room!

Thanks for your review on Test Track. We haven't been on TT since 2010- WOW- so we can't wait to check out the ride in July. I don't think we have ever been on at night!!! Must try that.

Cute birthday picture and really cute idea!
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:03 AM   #162
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Gorgeous photos!!!
I was looking forward to checking out the new Test Track with the boys in July, but it doesn't seem to be getting rave reviews on the boards. Hopefully they will still enjoy it.
When there with the boys, we are staying at POP for 5 days and then transferring over to YC for the last 2 nights of our stay. DS really wanted his cousin to have the opportunity to enjoy SAB. Tried for BC, but AP discounts were gone. So trying another new resort.
But I have to say that your photo of the Clown Pool really makes it look like fun. My kids have both always thought it was creepy! They didn't want to be "spit out" of a clown's mouth.
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Love this TR! Your pictures are gorgeous!!
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:30 PM   #164
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I can't comment on the new Test Track because it was still being closed down when I went last year but thanks for the update! It does look Tron-like and more futurist now. Does it still take on the same "course" in the old one? With testing indoors then the loop outside or did they change everything?

Also I love the pictures of the Luna pool! It is more colorful and fun looking than Stormalong Bay but that clown is CREEEEPYYY!
The "course" of Test Track is the same. Though the "tests" they run on the car is different. The loop outside didn't change a bit.

I loved Luna Park Pool, it was so much fun! And the clown wasn't all that creepy in person.


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OMG that pool looks sooooo wonderful. I wish I could afford to stay deluxe.. Maybe one of these days! )

Love your pictures too, just beautiful. Especially the ones of Epcot!
Look into renting points! We rented for our AKV stay (before we bought our first DVC contract) and it cost less than half of what a stay at AKL would have cost WITH an AP discount. It makes deluxe resorts MUCH more accessible.

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I totally agree!!!

The colors in these two pictures are just stunning!

Love the beautiful pictures of the Luna park pool. Especially the panoramic photo. It does look like a fun, pretty pool.

Once again, blown away by that beautiful view from your room!

Thanks for your review on Test Track. We haven't been on TT since 2010- WOW- so we can't wait to check out the ride in July. I don't think we have ever been on at night!!! Must try that.

Cute birthday picture and really cute idea!
Here's the thing about Epcot. None of the attractions are really my faves, but Epcot is (by far) my favorite park. I could spend the day just wandering around. I love the sights, the sounds, the fountains, just everything!

The views in the Epcot resort area are great because it doesn't matter which side of the lake you're on, you're looking at a beautiful resort!

Yes, your boys would LOVE Test Track at night, make it a must-do by Missy (instead of Stacy).


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Gorgeous photos!!!
I was looking forward to checking out the new Test Track with the boys in July, but it doesn't seem to be getting rave reviews on the boards. Hopefully they will still enjoy it.
When there with the boys, we are staying at POP for 5 days and then transferring over to YC for the last 2 nights of our stay. DS really wanted his cousin to have the opportunity to enjoy SAB. Tried for BC, but AP discounts were gone. So trying another new resort.
But I have to say that your photo of the Clown Pool really makes it look like fun. My kids have both always thought it was creepy! They didn't want to be "spit out" of a clown's mouth.
Can't wait to hear what you think of Yacht Club, that's where we're staying for our honeymoon!

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That pool area is absolutely awesome! I love the bright colours!
Glad your annoying hot tub companions didn't stay too long. Gotta love those high level supervision moments.
Oh I love Epcot at night too! New Test Track looks pretty cool. I can't wait to see it, I'm so glad the outside part hasn't changed, that's what worried me!
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