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Old 05-20-2013, 06:33 AM   #76
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I'm not sure I've ever seen a picture of ToT with so many empty seats! Sounds like you guys got a lot accomplished despite the heat and the meltdowns.

Sometimes just that hour back at the resort and pool is enough to revive everyone. Look forward to hearing about BOG!
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Great PP pictures, love all the ride photos you got. We love midday rests back at the room, hope that helped the mood for the rest of the day. It helped us a ton on our last trip. Can't wait to see the Be Our Guest photos
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Glad Alex got over his meltdown and it didn't totally ruin the show. I know all to well about those.

It's so nice that both boys will ride the thrill rides. That is our biggest challenge at Disney and all theme parks. DS15 won't ride them and DS11 is all about them!!! DS15 usually just hangs out and waits for us. Now that he's older he'll usually go on another ride if possible.

Can't wait to hear about BOG. I had an ADR for April but needed to cancel now I can't get one for July!!
We'll make it there sometime either Oct. or Dec. yes you heard that right!! I used to be so jealous of everyone's multiple WDW trips. Not anymore
Both boys have gone through phases where they didn't like Tower of Terror but since they are almost the same height, they've pretty much always liked the same rides!

You'll love Be Our Guest!! Yay for multiple WDW trips!! I'm a huge fan.

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Ahh - the dreaded meltdown! I know all too well about those. My older son Brian was famous for meltdowns when he got beat. It was never pretty. I feel your pain.

Aside from that it looks like you had a really great morning and got all the main rides done before lunch.

Yum - I think you have the same look on your face as I do when I got on ToT. It's the stoic "I'm tough. I can handle this" look! Bravo for being first on!
Neither of my boys handle losses very well. It can get ugly!

We did get a lot done that morning, which was good because it was getting hot!

I love ride photos! Tim sometimes looks like he's going to lose his lunch!

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Love the photopass pics, Amy.

Sorry for the meltdown...we've all been there and a "break" at the resort is the perfect thing for that.

Can't wait to hear what you thought of Be Our Guest.
The break was just what we needed!

Loved Be Our Guest - can't wait to go back!

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Those faces are just not screaming 'favorite thrill ride' to me.

Lemonade slushies - yum!
It's so funny how scared they look becasue they both love it!

Slushies are good on a hot day!

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I'm not sure I've ever seen a picture of ToT with so many empty seats! Sounds like you guys got a lot accomplished despite the heat and the meltdowns.

Sometimes just that hour back at the resort and pool is enough to revive everyone. Look forward to hearing about BOG!
I'm not sure how we were on the first elevator... there were people in front of us??

It sometimes seems like a waste of time to go back to the resort for such a short time, but it was definitely worth it that day.

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Great PP pictures, love all the ride photos you got. We love midday rests back at the room, hope that helped the mood for the rest of the day. It helped us a ton on our last trip. Can't wait to see the Be Our Guest photos
I got the Photopass Plus for this trip, which is why we have all the ride photos.

I think the break helped all of the moods. Be Our Guest coming up!
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Dining with the Beast!

Day 3 – Friday, April 19th

After a short rest at the resort, we headed out to the TTA and took the monorail to Magic Kingdom.


We stopped for a few photopass pictures on Main Street.






First stop… Space Mountain!




When we came out of Space, it was raining! Zach had seen a slushie that he wanted at the Lunching Pad so we made a run for it & took our time getting Zach his drink. We didn’t have ponchos with us so we waited out the shower.


Once the rain slowed down, we headed toward Fantasyland. We had a 4:55 ADR at Be Our Guest but it was only about 4:20. Since we had a little time to kill we stopped for a ride on Pooh before heading to new Fantasyland. Only one picture because my hands were occupied… I was trying to hide Zach’s slushie in my purse on Winnie the Pooh. I really didn’t want the blue drink spilling inside my new Vera!


Finally… New Fantasyland!


I love that they added these peek holes to see inside the Mine Train construction.






















Be Our Guest:






We checked in at the podium (which is before going over the bridge toward the castle), then waited with our buzzer on the bridge.






Continued...
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:08 PM   #81
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We didn’t have to wait long before being escorted into the castle.


I loved that the CM handed us a candelabra as we walked in. I was bummed that she took it with her after we were seated. I thought it was so cool. It freaked Alex out because he thought it was going to burn me… but they were flickering light bulbs, they weren’t going to hurt me!


We were seated in the ballroom but were told we could go check out the West Wing. First, ballroom pictures…


Zach & I ventured in there for some photos.







I wish we'd taken some pictures closer up to the big windows in the back of the room. It was snowing out there!

At one point during our meal we saw the Beast walking through the dining room. I tried to get a picture but it didn’t come out very well…


I got a closer picture here… (though it’s just as bad)


The meal was Fantastic! I had a lovely glass of sparkling wine and Tim had a beer to start the meal, which is a nice treat at Magic Kingdom. They started us with delicious warm rolls. Tim & I both had the strip steak and LOVED it! Zach had the children’s fish of the day, which was Mahi Mahi. He loved it! The chef came out and talked with us about Alex’s meal. Due to his kidney condition, he is on a low sodium diet. And as you all know, he likes chicken, chicken and only chicken. Our options were the kids grilled chicken meal or the rotisserie Cornish hen from the regular menu. The chef told us that the kids grilled chicken would be a healthier option as far as sodium and offered to cook him a double portion with lemon as the only seasoning to satisfy his growing appetite. He also provided him with raw veggies (which is the only way he’ll eat them). Everyone LOVED the meal and declared it our new favorite! We will absolutely be back.

The dessert offerings:


I believe Tim & I each had the chocolate mousse cream puff & the boys each had the triple chocolate cupcake. It was nice to see that they offered a sugar free option and a gluten free option.

After dinner we got to meet the Beast. Here are the pictures from my camera:






And the photopass pictures:












After meeting the Beast, we walked out through the room with the suits of armor. They were talking to us!


Another picture on the way out:


Continued...
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After our fantastic meal at Be Our Guest, we checked in with Jeff & Karen. They had left right around 5pm and had about a 3 hour drive ahead of them. It was almost 6pm and we decided we could hit a ride or two before making our way out. We decided to ride the other two mountains before leaving. On our way to Frontierland we checked out the new Tangled themed area.









Up first, Big Thunder Mountain! It had been closed when we were there last year so the boys were excited to check it out. We’d also heard about the new interactive elements they had added to the queue and hoped to be able to see those. I think the rain had cleared out the park because there was a very short wait in the standby line. Here are pictures of the new queue.










I think Tim was afraid of the explosives!












It was fun pushing down the explosives & making the water shoot up!










One last ride for the night…


With that, we made our way out of the park. It was almost 7pm. We figured we had at least an hour to get back to meet Jeff & Karen. Once we got back to our car, we called them & discovered they were already there! They found the resort & went to a restaurant right next door. We stopped in for a minute, dropped off a room key (so they could get through the security gate) and headed to the villa to wait for them. I think I jumped in the shower. The kids were so excited to see them!

Funny story about that night… while Jeff unloaded the car, Karen gave each of the boys $20 and told them not to tell Jeff. Later that night, once they were in bed, Jeff went in & gave them each $20 and told them not to tell Karen. They set them up to see how long they could keep it a secret! It was so funny… Alex cracked the next morning! He stuck his foot in his mouth and tried to backpedal but he let the cat out of the bag!

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I was so disappointed we didn't get in to see Be Our Guest! It looks fantastic! I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal and that they were so accommodating for Alex.

Cool new interactive elements at BTMRR. We missed them since we used a FP. Looks like fun!

I could tell you were hot at the MK that day! Sometimes a dip in the pool is all it takes!
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I wish that I could get an ADR for BOG! I can't even get one for Oct.

Sounds like it was good.

We didn't get to see the interactive queue for BTMRR either b/c of FP. I'm sure we'll make it over there in July sometime.
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I am so glad you loved BE OUR GUEST. I can't wait to be back there in 2 weeks. The candelabra is new...they didn't have that when we visited in December. I loved the strip steak and plan on having it again. We sat in the West Wing and loved it there.

You got wonderful pictures of the whole area.

That is too funny about Jeff and Karen with the $20.
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First, very cute T-shirts on the boys! I want one! So cute!

BOG looks amazing and I am so glad everyone enjoyed their meals. I am really looking forward to eating there and carrying in the candelabra! I wonder if I can get Denny to pose for a picture with the beast.

Those desserts look amazing and its so cool that you can check out the other rooms.

Yeah for getting to ride all three mountains. I love the BTMMR queue. When did they do that? I didn't notice it in October. I hope it wasn't there or it will show how truly unobservant I am.

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Hi Amy! Alex & Zach are getting so big! What handsome boys! Love reading your TR so far! The new queue at BTMRR looks like a lot of fun! Be Our Guest looks fantastic! We are planning on dining there in February! Great pictures & review and I didn't know that you get to meet Beast!! Awesome!! I haven't seen any pics of the new Tangled area either, Disney did a great job!! Looking forward to reading more!!

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I was so disappointed we didn't get in to see Be Our Guest! It looks fantastic! I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal and that they were so accommodating for Alex.

Cool new interactive elements at BTMRR. We missed them since we used a FP. Looks like fun!

I could tell you were hot at the MK that day! Sometimes a dip in the pool is all it takes!
I guess you have some new things to look forward to for your next trip.

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I wish that I could get an ADR for BOG! I can't even get one for Oct.

Sounds like it was good.

We didn't get to see the interactive queue for BTMRR either b/c of FP. I'm sure we'll make it over there in July sometime.
I've been trying to get BoG for October too... Although I didn't start trying until 5 1/2 months out so I knew my chances were slim... but I keep checking every day.

The new BTMRR queue was fun.

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I am so glad you loved BE OUR GUEST. I can't wait to be back there in 2 weeks. The candelabra is new...they didn't have that when we visited in December. I loved the strip steak and plan on having it again. We sat in the West Wing and loved it there.

You got wonderful pictures of the whole area.

That is too funny about Jeff and Karen with the $20.
I hope to get to sit in the West Wing next time. The strip steak was soo good!!

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First, very cute T-shirts on the boys! I want one! So cute!

BOG looks amazing and I am so glad everyone enjoyed their meals. I am really looking forward to eating there and carrying in the candelabra! I wonder if I can get Denny to pose for a picture with the beast.

Those desserts look amazing and its so cool that you can check out the other rooms.

Yeah for getting to ride all three mountains. I love the BTMMR queue. When did they do that? I didn't notice it in October. I hope it wasn't there or it will show how truly unobservant I am.

Great update!
I'm going to have to eat at BoG for lunch sometime... maybe once the crowds settle down a bit. Only two of the three rooms are open during dinner so I'd like to see the third.

It didn't seem like we did much at MK that evening, but I guess we did get a fair amount done. I think the new queue was a fairly recent addition.

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Hi Amy! Alex & Zach are getting so big! What handsome boys! Love reading your TR so far! The new queue at BTMRR looks like a lot of fun! Be Our Guest looks fantastic! We are planning on dining there in February! Great pictures & review and I didn't know that you get to meet Beast!! Awesome!! I haven't seen any pics of the new Tangled area either, Disney did a great job!! Looking forward to reading more!!

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The Tangled area was cute - and it really opens up what used to be a crowded walkway area.
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Oops! I thought I'd read this update but I hadn't.


So glad you guys enjoyed your dinner at BOG! Sounds like a wonderful meal.

I had no idea there were interactive things in the queue for BTMR. We must have just zoomed on through. LOL

Too funny about the boys and the $40.
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What are your dates for October??

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