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Old 08-25-2006, 09:08 AM   #31
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Looking forward to the trip report and to some news! We are TTC our third now, and for some reason, things aren't quite as easy this time! Oh well...

We are looking forward to our first Disney trip in November. If we aren't pg by then, I'll be hoping for a little "Disney magic" of my own!

Keep us posted!
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So glad you are back from the World!

*FINGERS CROSSED* for your new baby and I totally hope you have pictures of the adult woman in the Tinkerbell costume!
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Great job with the pre-trip - can't wait to hear the rest. As with some of the rest was in the TTC with help (Clomid) - it did the trick for me. Now, I must tell you, that my sister did the same thing (Clomid) and ended up with quads. Yep, million to one chance to have triplets and she has quads - and all boys at that.

Keeping my fingers crossed for good news!!
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Come ON!

LOL.. Im leaving in 27 days and I need DETAILS!
Im mad at my nephew. I planned his whole plan, all his PS seating, what parks, etc,
And he hasnt called me in a week!
He gets home tomorrow night, and I told his mom that Im mad at him.



I told her to have him write a trip report on the plane..

So I need someones trip report, and I doubt the 19 year old will write one, so come on and write! LOL

Good luck with TTC!
Let us know about that too..
Geeze Im asking alot of you.. and we havent even met..
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Great job with the pre-trip - can't wait to hear the rest. As with some of the rest was in the TTC with help (Clomid) - it did the trick for me. Now, I must tell you, that my sister did the same thing (Clomid) and ended up with quads. Yep, million to one chance to have triplets and she has quads - and all boys at that.

Keeping my fingers crossed for good news!!
Quads, wow, she must be a saint! lol We saw a couple in front of us in innoventions (waiting for the house of innovation tour) and they had 3 boys and a girl, close in age, the CM starts chatting with them and finds out they are 2 sets of twins, a year apart! wow! my DH was just like, no way!

well i plan to get some of the first day up later on today! hoping to sneak it in between doing some work. I mean who works on fridays anyways?

Melissa- i'll get to posting tonight- so stay tuned!
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Day 1, Part 1

DAY 1, PART 1
So it begins, in a galaxy far far away.....oh, wrong genre, sorry.

Just a refresher:

Me- Michelle, 32, marketing/PR mgr, former WDWCP, disney obsessed
DH- 34, real estate tycoon, not former WDWCP! not disney obsessed!

Married 5 years, together for 13, first trip together to WDW in 11 years. DH has only one other prior trip. I've had countless and did my time on the CP at Disney MGM studios in 96. So the saga for free dining begins. Bear iwth me, I am rather long winded....that comes from all the writing i do at work. Just a reminder, we just did artificial insemination before our trip. We are hoping it works. If it did work, I would just be becoming pregnant on this trip- basically week 1/2. The doctor cleared me to ride anything I wanted, but not drink. I still skipping 2 or 3 things anyways.

Friday, August 18th


Well the day started like usual, DH actually went in to work for a few hours, he simply can’t stand taking time off. However, I am the complete opposite! It’s not like our flight was in the afternoon, our plane was due to leave DFW airport at 11:30am! But yet, he still went into work for a few hours. I don’t get it! I was up early to visit the doctor for a quick blood work-up before my vacation. They wanted to make sure levels were right and that they didn’t need to up my dose of drugs I was on for the fertility stuff. So I was in the doctor by 8am and out by 8:30, complete with my new band aid and a little less blood.

By 9:30am, I am on the way to DH’s work, which is about 5 minutes away from DFW airport. My plan was to leave his work to head to the airport no later than 10am. Little did I know, he had other plans. How dare he have his own plans, doesn’t he know I am the consummate planned around here? That job belongs to me and me alone! So I get to his work and wait…..and wait some more….and wait…..and huff and puff and sigh and wait……finally about 10:15, he comes out and is ready. His coworker drives us in our truck and drops us off. He will leave our truck at work, so we can just take a cab from the airport to get it on our return home. At this point, I fear we will be late! I am going into panic mode. I travel a lot for work, at least once every 2 months for a week at a time for tradeshows and meetings (oh the joy of marketing!). I always like to get at the airport at least an hour before the boarding time, which is really an hour and a half before the flight. I’ve had no waits at all and I’ve waited in security lines in Vegas for hours, DC for a good hour and in Orlando for a good 45 minutes, so I don’t like cutting it close! You just never know.

Now throw in the whole ‘no liquid’s thing into the mix and we have a whopper! I was scared the line would be huge! We do the electronic check in at American (we always fly American!) and check out bags. My plan of carrying on everything went out the window with the new liquid thing…..oh well. We only have one carry on- a duffle bag that contains our backpack and some reading material. We get to security and the line is maybe 10 people long, not bad at all. We make it through in no time and neither of us is subjected to a cavity search. We also made it through safely without having ‘liquids’ confiscated. Wooh! What a relief. Luckily, DH and I learned our lesson on that one earlier in the week. I had a business trip to Alabama on that Tuesday and Wednesday and left a bottle of shampoo unknowingly in my carry on- into the trash it went at DFW. Talk about crazy schedules- DH also had to travel for work – he went to Philly on Wednesday night and came back late Thursday night, just in time for us to leave for Orlando on Friday am. He too, forgot about it- and had all his toiletries thrown in the trash….I had to do a special trip to Goodings in Orlando to buy him more deodorant later. In that heat and humidity, he could’t go without that. Although we ran into many other folks that apparently didn’t mind NOT wearing deodorant……funny thing is, we minded. Man, talk about some stinky folks!

So I digress, back to the airport- we make it through security, at least they didn’t take my blood too! We make it to our gate and hang out. Our flight finally starts boarding as they call first class. Dang those first classers……., of course I only say that when I am NOT sitting up there. When I am up there, well, first classers are great! But no upgrade this time- we booked our flights on American using my miles from business travel. Two free RT tickets on American- not to bad. We got our exact times we wanted too. But that meant we couldn’t upgrade since it was using miles for the flight to begin with. Oh well. We wait and wait after they call first class. Turns out they were waiting for a wheelchair for a lady. I kept inching up, so nervous and excited to get this trip going….DH is not amused and tells me to just stand still. He gets embarrassed by my impatience! Yeah right!

Well they finally call us. We are in group 1 since I am gold status (maybe one day I can reach platinum!) We do at least have exit row seats….DH on the aisle, me in the middle. The poor guy at the window has his legs cramped up, since the door right there sticks out and doesn’t give him much leg room. The flight is smooth and DH and I both read on the way down. I finish up Stephen King’s Wizard & the Glass, the 4th book of his famous drawn out Dark Tower series. Only a few more to go to finish the series! Poor DH though, it wasn't as smooth for him. We have a family behind us with a young boy, about 9 or 10 i guess. I don't think he speaks English, so he can't understand DH's pleas for him to STOP kicking his seat. This kid is kicking, putting the tray up and down, slamming it, putting his knees into the seat, playing the drums on the tray to his IPOD, of which we can feel every stroke. What a pain. We keep doing the look back, trying to be polite, but give the evil look. He didn't get it. I kept looking at his mom even, no give. It was so annoying. I even felt it. DH was about to blow his top.

So the flight is easy and smooth, no delays or weather. We leave DFW at about 11:45am and touch down just on time, at 3:08pm at MCO. We get off the plane first pretty much since we are towards the front, and make our way towards baggage claim. Isn’t it funny how you know this airport so well? Too many WDW trips I guess, plus I travel to MCO every April on business too. We are not using Disney’s not so magical express (J/K!), but are renting a car through National instead. I am one of those people, yeah, I prefer to rent a car and drive. Did you not read what I said earlier? Get with the program, I am impatient! No way I can stand there in the heat waiting for a bus. Especially with all the hopping I like to do and visits to DTD. I’ve heard the horror stories on here about DTD bus waits! So the rental car is a must for us on every trip. We make it safely to baggage claim and wait. And wait. And wait some more. And then we, you know wait. I swear it takes 30 minutes. This is why I wanted to carry on our bags. Stupid liquids and terrorist. I understand the security measures, but I also know if I terrorist wants to do something; they will find a way, no matter what security measures we might have in place. It doesn’t scare me, that’s life, crap happens that is out of our control. But it does annoy me that they end up having that control over us to change how we travel. Gripe overwith.


Okay, so the waiting is over with. Finally. I happily pick up our two bags with lime green bandanas and full of dangerous liquids and we head towards the parking garage. I am emerald aisle for National, so we don’t need to check in at the desk, this saves so much time. We pick our car, a charcoal color 4 door stratus or something like it. I didn’t pay too much attention, imagine that! That’s what the panic button is for, to find my car in the massive MK parking lot, I don’t need to know what it looks like, right? Lol
I was impatient, ready to go go go! The mouse is waiting for me guys, let’s get a move on.


So finally, bags loaded, keys in hand and quarters ready to go for the toll. I get the feeling this toll road is much like ours here in Dallas, it’s been paid for in full for years and years….yet for some reason they still charge us and in Dallas, they actually keep charging us more. What gives? Oh well, DH is impressed, I am prepared with the change in advance, told you I was a planner. So we hit the road and give the rental car the gas. We make it safely through both tolls, but are $1.50 poorer. It is about 4:15pm by this time.

Our first stop is the grocery store- we exit 535, near downtown Disney and head to Gooding’s. Nothing is really good about this place, talk about high prices….I guess that is what you get when you are near a tourist trap. I wave to my old apartments, Vista Way, on the other side of 535 as we pass by. I lived there 10 years ago when doing the college program. Ok, this part might get risqué, let’s just say the CP’ers had another name for Vista Way……let’s just say they changed the word Way to something else….like a brand of potato chips. The place was a constant party. For those of you with children in the College program, please just ignore what I just said! Lol….really it’s a great program and the best experience of my life, but it is the first time away from home for many of these youngsters, and well, they make sure they enjoy it. I was older, a senior, when I did the program, so I was past my partying prime. Okay, segway back to our story……..anyways……we wave to party central and head to Goodings. And so it begins…..the business calls. I had told my boss I would be available by phone, but she promised not to call. Heck it is the least she can do she said, since she had just returned from 3 months maternity leave while I covered her job. DH though, had other ideas. He was trying to help close a big purchase and loan for a building (he works for a real estate investment firm – REIT) and he just couldn’t stay away. So he stays in the car, on my cell phone, since the man refuses to carry his own. He doesn’t want folks getting a hold of him, so has never had a cell phone, yet here he is, on mine, on vacation? Ummm kay!? I go in and get a 12 pack of water, a few diet cokes and the ever important stink guard….deodorant which was carefully confiscated from him on his trip on Wednesday. I may not be able to control all the other stinky folks, but at least I can control DH’s stink, to some Degree anyways, no pun intended!

About $15 later, I am outta Gooding’s and graciously drop the 12 pack of water in the parking lot- brilliant huH? Nothing breaks. We finally make our way through the DTD area and head towards our home for the next 5 nights/6 days- Carribean Beach. I’ve visited here before when my sister and fiancé stayed here while I was on the CP. But I’ve never stayed here myself. Riverside is my favorite, but I decided to branch out and try another moderate. I’ve done Riverside and French Quarter.


We pull into the custom house and wait behind about 8 or 9 folks. It moves along quickly enough. We wait about 10 minutes or so. We get our keys to the world with our park hoppers (no plus), room key and free dining plan for 5 days. We finally get our paperwork and get checked in. We get my request for first floor. We requested Aruba or Jamaica and get Aruba building 52. It’s close enough to the bridge to get over to Port Royale. It’ll do. I am too tired to do any other pleading or begging for something better. So off we go to Aruba #52. We make the circle around to our pepto bismol pink building. DH loves that. He is asking why we couldn’t stay in the nice yellow/blue Jamaica instead. Too bad, too late, pepto it is! We have a room sorta in the middle, 5214. We wind our way around and finally find it. The room is okay, nothing spectacular. It is like I saw in the pictures. The redone bathrooms are nice, the tile is nicer and it isn’t bad. I just missed Riverside and that feel instead. But it’ll do. I really wanted to try and deluxe this time, but with having to pay for these fertility treatments out of pocket (insurance doesn’t cover), I figured I should save the money for that instead and just do a moderate. Maybe one day we can splurge for a deluxe. DH has seen the deluxes now (that was part of my evil plan) and I am sure he will want to stay there next time. He wasn’t all that impressed with the room, I guess he expected more. Since we travel on business a lot and stay in nice hotels, this just didn’t compare for him…..or for me either, but I knew what to expect, so it was fine. We were almost attacked by lizards getting to our room too- I swear I almost stepped on like 10 just getting to our room.






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Day 1, Part 2

DAY 1, PART 2

We unpack a little and look around and then head to Downtown Disney Marketplace. The plan is to have a look around for some pre-trip window shopping and dinner at Earle of Sandwich. I’ve definitely set this place up for DH. My family and I have gone on and on about Earle. WE love it! See my sweet dear niece from the last trip- she loved the tomato soup so much, she decided to take some home in her bib pocket!


My sister even went to the website to see if there were other locations and there were not, but it did apparently say it is a franchise, so I guess we could open our own? So DH knew what he was in for. He loved it. He had something with chicken, mushrooms and spinach. I had the Le Frenchy with turkey instead of ham. They have always used white meat turkey before, but not this time, it had tons of dark meat, which I hate. Ugh! Why the change? Oh well, still good and I love the tomato soup- it went up from 99cents to $1.25 now though. I swear it was 99cents in December. WE find a seat inside easily, many left, since it is not too crowded. DH is like, this isn’t crowded? I was like – you haven’t even seen crowded! I’ve seen the line out the door!

Earle and DTD weren’t even that crowded at all, must have been the time of day. I know in the evening, the place is a madhouse. We are on the free dining plan this trip, I’ve never used the dining plan before. So this was a treat. I know many folks figure out how to maximize their plan and get the most expensive things and make the most use out of the plan, but I was just okay with using our credits. DH wasn’t even sure we would use them all, I told him I had PLANNED everything so that we would! IN fact we used them all and paid OOP for a few snacks towards the end. I would rather do that than have some left on the last day. So not caring about ‘maximizing’ our plan, we used 2 counter service credits at Earle and paid OOP for my soup and his potato salad. No biggie. Probably not the best counter service value, but who cares. It’s still ‘free’. I get a brownie for dessert and DH has an oatmeal cookie- both of which go in the backpack for later consumption, since we are stuffed!

So sufficiently stuffed like Pooh bear, we then stroll DTD and check out the lego shop, I knew DH would like this place. Especially the Star Wars toys. We are both Sci-Fi nerds, and yes, I have an ADR for Sci Fi Dine In! So we check out some more shops, but only go through the new pirate section of World of Disney. WE laugh watching the kids getting sprayed by Stitch, on purpose, of course. We then get our free Ghiradelli chocolate at the chocolate shop. We finally stroll out of DTD happy and full by about 7:30pm or so.

We then drive over to Epcot. Actually, we go to the Boardwalk first. I wanted to explore it and let DH check it out, perhaps stop by the bakery. So we stroll the boardwalk and get a few pics. We then later take the INTL gateway into Epcot. It is EMH til midnight at Epcot tonight. I figured it’s worth a try. I know lots of folks avoid it, but it was our first night and they were open later. We went in knowing we wouldn’t get to do the top rides, that FPs would be gone and the lines would be long for the top attractions like Soarin, but we just wanted to soak up the atmosphere, maybe see Living seas, turtle talk etc. So DH has his first experience with the biometrics and finally gets it down.

We stop by Soarin just to see what the wait is. This is about 8pm on Friday night- 90 minutes. Like I thought. Oh well. We head towards Mission Space, surprisingly, very little line. We do the green or light/no spin version. I’ve done the full version twice and liked it and didn’t even realize I was spinning the first time. Don’t you love your face being pulled back? Lol I should mention now, DH gets motion sickness, he can’t usually do those motion simulator type rides. But he agreed to try this no spin version. It was fine, not rough at all, but you still got the overall feeling and experience. We both enjoyed it just fine. The wait was about 10 minutes. Not bad. Next, we did Spaceship Earth, one of my classic favorites. I love the entrance music. It had a 0 wait time. After our trip in the gigantic ‘golf ball’……we find a spot for Illuminations, it is almost 9pm. We just walk up behind the large crowd that is in the Future World side near the store there. We don’t have a perfect view, but we can still see the globe and all the fireworks. It was a good show. DH had to take yet another business call during it though. UGH!

After being illuminated, we headed to the Living Seas. I had done Turtle Talk during our December trip and thought it was too cute. I wanted to do it again, but knew the waits were horrible sometimes. But we got in line anyways. We only waited about 10 minutes for the next show (good timing) and got in. DH hasn’t seen many Disney movies, but I was watching Nemo one afternoon on TV and I caught him looking up from his book and watching it. We both enjoyed the show and the kids interaction. We then explored the Living Seas. It was great seeing the aquarium this late at night- it was empty- we got a clear view without crowds in there. After Living Seas, we strolled around a bit and finally decided to call it a night. It was close to 10:30pm. So we drove back to the CBR to call it a night. The first night was a success!

Highlights:
Great sandwich at Earle
Mission space less intense
Turtle Talk
Illuminations

Lowlights:
Kicking kid on plane!
Stupid tolls!
Pepto bismol pink?
DH on the phone!

Money spent- about $3 for soup/potato salad at Earle
Credits used- 2 counter service, 1 snack (bottle of water)
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Just love the report! I just got back yesterday (I've been doing laundry all day today!) from a short trip to WDW. Am enjoying hearing all the details from your trip and your pre-trip report etc. Keep it going!!
Also, cant wait to hear you are pregnant!!!
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We love Earl Of Sandwich too. There is a chicken salad that is just yummy.

The buses at DTD scare me. So we drive or ride the boat form POR. We keep saying we'll try to stay somewhere else. Maybe next time.

Happily waiting for Day 2.
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Thanks Michelle!

I needed that!

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Great Report So Far!!!
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Thanks for the details..awaiting more
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Michelle,

Your report is JUST what I needed!
My DH and I are leaving in 5 days for a weekend at WDW - without kids!

Looking forward to seeing what you did on your adult trip - and hoping that your next trips will be spent waiting in line to see Mickey!
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Day 2, Part 1

DAY 2, PART 1

Saturday, August 19th

Well we are now to Day 2, Saturday, August 19th. The itenerary calls for the MK this morning. So we are up at about 7am and take the beautiful walk to the Port Royale for the food court area. We decide to split an adult breakfast platter, using a counter service credit. I know breakfast is not the best 'spend' of credits, but like i said, we were just enjoying, not maximizing. I wasn't very hungry, so I just ate the biscuit, a few bites of eggs and drank the OJ. It was pretty good and lots of food, I saw lots of folks sharing this platter.



After a nice breakfast and stroll back to the room, we were out the door and headed to the MK in our rental car by 8:45am. Of course then you have to take the tram, then the monorail, but soon enough, we were having our bag checked and walking through the gates of the MK. I love it! I have always wanted those attraction posters in the tunnel, I decided this time I would buy one ($38 for the poster size). First we did some photopass pics







We decided to head straight to Space Mountain first. There was about a 10 minute wait. DH loved it! We had a 'blast'. We laughed at the 70s look of the scenes of the astronauts. After our launch into outer space, we hit up Buzz, it only had a 5 minute wait. I don't remember our scores, but I did beat DH and he was sure his gun wasn't working properly!

After defeating the evil Zurg, we headed towards Frontierland to conquer Splash Mountain. We decided to just a get a fastpass instead and ride Big Thunder. There was maybe a 10 minute wait. So far the waits were not bad, but it was still before 10am. At 10am, we headed to the boat dock to head over to Tom Sawyer island. This is something I wanted to do this trip- something that wouldn't normally fit in a commando type schedule. I knew about the paintbrushes, and told DH, so we made it our mission to find one. We were on the first boat over. Other folks on the boat knew about the paintbrushes as well. We looked and looked, scoured the island, the caves, Aunt Polly's, the brush, the fort and never found one. I did get a pic of DH on the barrel bridge.


We did have a good time just exploring. After a good 30 minutes or so, we gave up and it was HOT! We headed back to the boat, a lot of folks that were on the first boat over were returning with us, and apparently they didn't find any either. The CM felt bad for us and gave us all free FP for Big Thunder of Splash, good for that day only! So we all got the reward anyway! There was a honeymooning couple, but they walke away before she could give them something- she said she had something special for them. Oh well. So now, we've already ridden Big Thunder and have a FP for Splash from earlier. We exit Tom Sawyer and hit Splash using our original FP. We decided to hold the other FP special certificate for later.

We had a great ride on Splash and were in the second row. We got a little wet, but not soaked, just enough to enjoy the cooling off. We then headed to the Haunted Mansion to get in some AC! HM had no wait at all. We made our way through and saw the grim grinning ghosts. I pointed out some hidden mickeys to DH. He enjoyed this attraction. One thing I did not enjoy......was the guy reciting every line loudly next to me as we were in the first room. I know all the lines too, as I am sure some of you do, and I was repeating them in my head, but I knew DH wouldn't appreciate me saying them outloud. Well this guy covered it instead.....it was so annoying. Now I know I won't ever do that. I couldn't enjoy the scenery cuz he was so loud. He did get frustrated with me, since I would try and make our way to the side of the room that was near the door, so we could be the first to get in. That was the commando in me taking over i guess. I learned to let it go later in the trip and we often just stood back and let others load and went in last. What's another minute gonna hurt? Next we hit up Philharmagic, more AC. We timed this just right, which would be a great trend this trip. We would always walk up to shows just before they started! So we rarely ended up waiting for shows, we timed it just on! DH loved the show. I love watching the kids try to grab the jewels or save Donald!

By this time it was sprinkling just a bit, but not enough to cause us to don ponchos yet. We saw Peter Pan had a 30 minute wait. Those poor folks have no idea how long they are in for since that stupid line/que is so tricky. You don't realize it wraps around down near the bathrooms near Columbia Harbor House. Ugh! We knew better and got a FP instead. We then headed to lunch- it was after noon now. We went to Cosmic Ray's, since I knew we had better luck getting an indoor AC seat there. It was a madhouse in there. Everyone else apparently had the same idea! All 3 bays were open. I told DH that they had rotisserie chicken and ribs in the first bay. He likes to eat more healthy than me, so I figured that would suit him. He went over to get in line, key to the world in hand. Let me mention, we did carry a backpack this trip- well I carried it, complete with 2 ponchos, our large digital camera (it takes video and saves on a small cd), some emergency stuff (meds/band aids), a lightweight jacket (it gets cold in those sit down restaurants when you are wearing a tank top!) and a few other miscellaneous items, wipes, lotion etc. DH carried his wallet and our cards and my cash. So i get my card from him and get in the burger bay line. I get the bacon doublecheeseburger with fries, a coke and chocolate cake. DH gets the rib/chicken combo with mashed potatos, carrots, diet coke and brownie. We find a seat near the back of the restaurant, there were actually plenty open. We have a great meal. I only eat about half of my burger, imagine that. It was huge! I did love all the other fixin's! We enjoyed people watching while eating. And this is when we saw it.....the 40 something, fully grown woman, who appeared to be apparently normal, until I realized she was wearing a complete tinkerbell outfit. Now mind you, you saw I dressed as tinkerbell this past halloween (see first post)- but that was halloween. This is August. I realize we are in Disney and people don silly hats, mouse ears and shirts they normally wouldn't wear in public. But a full blown tink costume, complete with wings and wand on a 40 something woman on a hot August day? It was just too funny. But to each their own. DH would not have let me out of the room wearing that if it wasn't halloween.

We also just watched the CM's clean up and I told him what a hard job they have. I know, I did it. Cleaned up the crackers from the toddlers, the spilled drinks etc. One guy was about my dad's age or older and was working so hard. He was sweeping up every piece of trash the minute it hit the ground. I made sure to tell them thanks on the way out and I saw another guest thank him as well. After our yummy meal and run in with grown up tinkerbell, we headed to use our FP for Peter Pan. Man we got some looks from folks. Especially those standing behind the rope where they make the standby folks wait while the FP folks go by in front of them. DH didn't get why people didn't use FP. If the line was longer than 20 minutes on anything, we had decided we would get a FP or come back and do it another day. DH likes the PP ride, I do too, it is my favorite story as a child and I collect tinkerbell stuff. IN fact, my dog's name is tinkerbell. DH loves that. Lol I see the mural at the end and decided I want a pic of it, possible good ideas to use for a peter pan or tink themed nursery one day! I never got a good pic of it though. Guess I can use all the Peter Pan books I have though to find something good to paint.

So after visiting neverland, we are wiped out. We got a lot done though and didn't run from ride to ride. I walk very fast.....DH, is very slow. He had to tell me to slow down at least 2-3 times a day. I would just leave him in the dust and he got peeved. I learned to slow it down due to him. I wondered how my family of all 8 on our last trip managed to stay together and keep up with me and my fast walking sister. So back on the monorail, tram and to the rental car we go- and back to CBR for a break. We lay down a bit, shower and freshen up. DH reads some. We were back in the room by 2:30pm. our Mousekeeper left us our first towel animal. I was leaving her a tip in an envelope (decorated with disney stickers) each day.


Part 2 coming up next!
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We are out the door again by 5pm. This time, to Epcot. I like to park hop. We first make a stop for a photopass picture. DH HATES having his pic taken. He doesn't like to smile for them either. So any pic he is smiling in is gold. Since there was just the two of us, I made sure to get a photopass pic of us in the front of all 4 parks. Here is the one from Epcot:


The photopass guy then told us to put our arms out and be silly- this one turned out pretty cute afterall.


After our photo session- we stopped in Art of Disney. I was in no hurry, by now the FP for Soarin and TT were gone and the lines were huge. We just planned to take it easy, see less popular attractions etc. I saw some of the attraction posters I wanted there. Next we headed to Universe of Energy. My family missed this last trip, so I wanted to do it this trip. I can say, I realize how bored kids must be on this attraction. I know I used to be. The whole Ellen/Bill Nye thing improved it, but I think it still could use a face lift some day. Sure the dinosaurs are cool, but the overall attraction is rather lengthy and I saw many kids and adults napping! But the AC was great. And once again, we timed it just right, we walked in and the preshow began immediately. I made friends with a little girl that scooted over to make room for me on a bench. I just love seeing how much fun the kids are having at WDW, even on this ride.

After our trip back in time, we got a bottle of water, using 1 snack credit. We then noticed the sky darkening. We headed to Mexico and took cover, rode the boat ride and explored. By the time we exited, it was pouring. I decided to get DH a margarita though. So we stopped by that kiosk and got him one. I decided to pass, since we don't know if I am pregnant or not. But I didn't want that to take away from DH's fun! We had planned to 'drink around the world'. But he would be doing it solo this time!

So at this point, it is pouring. I see all the folks that hadn't read the DIS and were dishing out money for Disney ponchos. DH realizes how good it is to be prepared. It was funny. Mentioning the DIS....DH knows I surf and post here a lot. Anytime I didn't know the answer to a question or missed something, he would say "hey, i am going to tell the DIS you didn't know that and that you aren't an expert and that you suck!".......lol- only DH. I put on my poncho, but DH refused his, he said it would be too hot and stuffy. I had a cheap dollar store umbrella too, so he just used that. We then decided to just walk towards France in the pouring rain, without stopping, since we had reservations for dinner at Chefs De France for 7:30pm. We finally made it to France.


Lots of folks were wearing ponchos, but we saw tons just getting wet, they didn't seem to care. That's the magic of disney for you. Where else do you not care if you are completely soaked? It is still a good 30-45 minutes before our reservation, so we check out the movie in France. I love this music on the film, Impressions de France. My sister burned it on CD for me. I listen to it often. Did you notice part of that music was used in Oceans 11 too? We enjoyed the AC and the movie, even though it is outdated. The music was beautiful. We timed this one just right too- walked up just as they were loading the theatre! Our timing was impeccable this trip. After our visit to France, we checked in for dinner. There was quite a crowd there, people trying to get out of the rain for sure. We were seated almost immediately. We had a table near the window too which was nice. We dried off a bit and had our seat. Now, being the consummate planner, I had visited Deb's website to check out the menus. I knew I wanted a filet they had on the menu and chocolate mousse for dessert.......to my surprise, neither was on the menu now. How disappointing. This is when DH says he is going to tell on me for not knowing this fact per the DIS. Oh well, I find other things on the menu instead. I start off with a coke and the french onion soup. It was delicous and huge. I could have made a meal of that in itself. It really filled me up. DH had a diet coke and lobster bisque which he said was good. For dinner I had the flank steak which comes with fries, but I asked for mashed potatoes instead and they substituted with no problem. DH had the Cod with was over a bed of spinach with some lobster sauce. For dessert, I had the strawberry sorbet and DH had the mango mousse. Both delicious. I was stuffed and only ate half of my steak. The dining plan is great, but definitely way too much food. We would normally not order dessert and I might have just made the soup my entree, as it was more than enough for me. Our meal here would have been over $100. But we signed our receipt, left a few extra bucks for tip and made our way out. Man we were stuffed! The park didn't close until 9pm, but we were beat and had already seen Illuminations, plus it was raining some still. So we just headed towards the front of the park and out. We were laying in bed by 9:30, watching the news. The early mornings and heat were catching up with us. I knew we had to be at AK the next day by opening to follow the mobs to EE. So early to bed wasn't too bad of an idea. So our first full day is complete. Since it was pouring rain, we didn't get many pics this evening. oh well.

Highlights:
Tackled all 3 mountains first day
FP and little waits
Impeccable timing for shows
Yummy lunch and dinner on dining plan
Being prepared for the rain


Lowlights:
Guy narrating Haunted Mansion in his own words
Rain at Epcot- it was a tsnumai!
Changed menu at Chefs De France
No chocolate mousse? What, are you crazy?

Money spent:

1 snack on bottle of water at Epcot
2 counter service meals at Cosmic Ray's - would have been about $30!
2 sit down meals at Chefs De France- would have been over $100
1 counter service meal at CBR for breakfast- would have been about $10
$8 for one margarita in Epcot


and lastly, baby update.....there is none to update right now, other than my sister is having her second child in a week! I took a test on Thursday when we returned. It was negative. So I decided to wait and test again today. The doc told me to test on Saturday (yesterday). So today sometime I will test again. I still don't have my 'visitor', though, so who knows. keep your fingers crossed. Today is cycle day 30 for those of you that know all about TTC. TMI, right?
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