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Old 12-12-2013, 01:26 PM   #91
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Just read your article- it was really interesting! You must be happy that you got to spend some time writing again. Let us know if you do more, especially anything football-related.
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:17 PM   #92
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Our original dates were October 6-11, but my husband is in one our best friends weddings in April. They are only 1 1/2 hours from Disney so we thought it made more since to go then. So as of right now the dates are April 20-25. I think I'm going to rent DVC points this time and stay at one of the villas at animal kingdom lodge. What are your suggestions? It's just my husband, son (he will be 4 in May), and myself going. This is only my 4th trip ever at Disney World so I have a lot to learn. Thanks for all your help!
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I'm joining in. Loving your story and all the beautiful pictures!
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:27 AM   #94
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Holy hell that FP line is INSANE!!! We didn't even attempt FP for TT on our trip, just did Single Rider.

I'm glad you didn't have any trouble getting your DAS. I see they gave it to you for a few days though, which is different than what was originally posted when this was being rolled out about having to go to GS each day to get a new one. So much better that you are able to get one for your whole trip, it looks like! I don't need one, but that really seems like such a hassle for those who do need one.

Oh my goodness. I LOVE ALL YOUR CHARACTER SPOT PICTURES!!! Mickey holding out your rings, Goofy covering his eyes, Minnie needing to get hitched...they all came out so great!!!

The demo looks like a lot of fun. Holy cow, a 4 page recipe!? That's insane!!! But the finished product looks really good.
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:37 PM   #95
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Following along We did a Disneymoon 4 years ago, and it was great!!
Thanks! I see you're going to Disney in early May, we were there around that time last year and it was an amazing time to be there.

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Bummer about the Test Track FP line! Not cool!

But it sounds like the rest of your time was fun and productive.
There is something fishy going on with TT. My cynical take? Disney knows it has a capacity problem at Epcot. There are basically two rides that everyone wants to ride: Soarin and TT. The problem is neither is a particularly quick loader, so capacity has always been an issue. I really think they've bumped up the number of FP+ reservations they're taking for TT. And between that increase and the clogging at the design-a-car kiosks, the queue movement has become a disaster.

But luckily for us, this trip wasn't really about the rides. So surprisingly enough, we were satisfied with our SE ride and were good for the day.


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The Spaceship Earth pictures perfectly demonstrate one of the things I love about Franklin's pictures. As many times as I have been on this attraction, I have never noticed all of the details that are in the photos you posted. There is so much incredible theming, but it is impossible to take it all in just riding.

Very, very cute character pictures, ESPECIALLY the Goofy one. And you can't go wrong with the ring closeups
There are so many details in SE that you could ride it for years and not notice everything. I always tease Franklin about the number of pictures he takes on that ride, but they are all so interesting!

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4 page recipe??? I love to cook, but "Ain't nobody got time for that kind of foolishness!" It does sound delish, though.
My thoughts exactly!

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Just read your article- it was really interesting! You must be happy that you got to spend some time writing again. Let us know if you do more, especially anything football-related.
Thanks, if there's one thing we have plenty of, it's NFL writers. So I don't think I'll be dipping my toe in that pool anytime soon.

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Our original dates were October 6-11, but my husband is in one our best friends weddings in April. They are only 1 1/2 hours from Disney so we thought it made more since to go then. So as of right now the dates are April 20-25. I think I'm going to rent DVC points this time and stay at one of the villas at animal kingdom lodge. What are your suggestions? It's just my husband, son (he will be 4 in May), and myself going. This is only my 4th trip ever at Disney World so I have a lot to learn. Thanks for all your help!
You get to go to Disney sooner, that is always good. It will be busy with Easter visitors and spring breakers, but you'll still be able to get plenty done. And you will LOVE AKV. I rented points before I bought into DVC, so let me know if you have any questions. AKV is one of the bigger DVC resorts, so it doesn't sell out as quickly as the others. But with it being a holiday weekend, don't wait too long to rent the points.

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Thanks! I need to go back and read your solo TRs. I'm going to Disney solo for the first time May, got any good starter tips?

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Holy hell that FP line is INSANE!!! We didn't even attempt FP for TT on our trip, just did Single Rider.

I'm glad you didn't have any trouble getting your DAS. I see they gave it to you for a few days though, which is different than what was originally posted when this was being rolled out about having to go to GS each day to get a new one. So much better that you are able to get one for your whole trip, it looks like! I don't need one, but that really seems like such a hassle for those who do need one.

It was an insane line, I felt bad for the people who stayed in it.

Things went much smoother than I imagined they would with the DAS. I had none of the issues that others reported having when getting it. And the nice thing is, on future trips, they'll just scan the barcode and print out a new one for me.


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Oh my goodness. I LOVE ALL YOUR CHARACTER SPOT PICTURES!!! Mickey holding out your rings, Goofy covering his eyes, Minnie needing to get hitched...they all came out so great!!!

The demo looks like a lot of fun. Holy cow, a 4 page recipe!? That's insane!!! But the finished product looks really good.
The Character Spot was really fun this time, GREAT character interaction! The demo was also really fun, but yeah, no chance I ever cook that recipe. We did learn the key to creamy, French-style mashed potatoes is to use one third potatoes, one third cream and one third butter. Yum!
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:39 PM   #96
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As Missy mentioned, we parted ways after the Test Track queue. Off I went to work on a photo project. I decided to try something new for this trip. Actually, I never really tried this technique before. So, it will be fun to try and learn something new, from scratch. What was I doing?

Cinemagraphs

These are still photos with a minor moving element. If you look away too quick, you'll miss it!

For my first attempt, Mission Space.


How about the Monorail.



See what I did there? I hope you guys enjoy these.


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Old 12-14-2013, 01:03 PM   #97
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Wow, what an insane FP line! Test Track always seems to be the worst with that in my opinion. They are such a low capacity ride and that tends to wreak havoc on it I think.

OMG, I love that Goofy picture! That's so cute.

Wow Franklin, I LOVE the Cinemagraphs!
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That's sad about Test Track. Its one of my favorite rides.

Spaceship Earth is a good ride. Its very relaxing.
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:03 PM   #99
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Aweome cinemagraphs! BTW- i do see them on my Ipad
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:16 PM   #100
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Franklin loves the mussels at Belgium? Aww, there were none this year. Only Belgian waffles. I agree with him - the mussels in Brussels are to die for....served with some amazing sauces!!

We did a culinary demonstration as well - it was a great beef dish with a pinot noir from Monterey Coast. Very good and very entertaining. The chef from Raglan Road was there one of the days we were in the Festival Center. He was making trout, which looked delicious, and he was quite funny, telling stories from Ireland all the while. We want to sign up for his demo next year.

Franklin, your cinemagraphs are incredible!

Thanks again for all these amazing trip reports!
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I finally caught up on your trip report. Your wedding seems to have gone off without a hitch. You really packed a lot into 24 hours. That is really nice to have all the planning pay off and so many wonderful memories to have of that special, once in a life time, day.

The decor of the California Grill surprised me. Your pictures are the first that I've seen of the new rehab and it seems like it is a lot less "classy" then I think a signature restaurant on top of the CR should be. Was it really that bright in there?

I love the fireworks pictures. We were at WL the first week of Dec and were able to catch the MVMCP fireworks from the beach. They were beautiful and I can see why people go to these parties for the fireworks.

How great that was to meet Wanya. I'll be disappointed if he didn't play your song at the concert.

We are going to the Flower and Garden Show in March and are looking forward to the food booths. We have similar food booths at Taste of Chicago. We'll be at the Beach Club and plan to eat our way around the world. The Epcot resorts are perfect for that.

We didn't ride very many rides on our last trip, and we ended up having a great time. I guess once you ride something a couple of dozen times over multiple years, it just isn't that important to ride it again. We loved being able to schedule our fp+ times for the few rides we went on. I had fun playing with the app, changing fp+ times on the fly and making ADR's while on the bus. It worked well for us but I can see where not everyone would feel the same way, especially if they haven't been to Disney as often as we have.


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As Missy mentioned, we parted ways after the Test Track queue. Off I went to work on a photo project. I decided to try something new for this trip. Actually, I never really tried this technique before. So, it will be fun to try and learn something new, from scratch. What was I doing?

Cinemagraphs

These are still photos with a minor moving element. If you look away too quick, you'll miss it!

For my first attempt, Mission Space.

How about the Monorail.

See what I did there? I hope you guys enjoy these.
That is a really cool project. I love looking at all your work.
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I have never even heard of cinemagraphs. SO cool!! Love them!!!!!

We ran into crazy long FP+ lines for both TT and the safari. Thankfully the TT one moved fairly quickly. We didnt even try the safari...the line curved all the way down the street!! There are definitely still some kinks to be worked out.
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Those cinemagraphs are freaking awesome, Franklin! Love the monorail one!
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Hi fellow DC-er! Those pics flighting out of DCA are great!!

Congrats on your wedding!

We managed to get to Epcot on the last day of F&W, and really enjoyed the kimchi dog, as well as the steamed bun in China (and I'm going to try to recreate both for NYE dinner- along with grand marnie slushies!)
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The cinemagraphs turned out awesome. Love the monorail and how you were able to have it moving along the track and have the reflection following along in the water as well.

Looks like a lot of work but well worth it. Hope you were able to get the monorail shot in one pass and not have to wait for it to come back around again.
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