|12-13-2007, 02:20 PM||#91|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Day 3 Part 1... running around Epcot and Chefs de France..mmmm!!!
Hello everyone!! I should definitely be working right now but there's a little snowstorm dumping a few inches outside so work let us go home before lunch. I should be working from home right now? But... I'm taking a break to instead continue my little trippie!!!
So let's continue!
Ok... so I last left off with Evan and I running around the MK for evening extra magic hours. Neither of us had a watch and Evan's phone battery had died, and my phone was on the outs so we had NO clue what time it was. We decided to head to fantasyland to check out all the kids rides expecting no one to be there. Well...we were right! Bad part was that it was EXACTLY 1am so everything was on it's last ride. BOO!!!! As we were walking past Dumbo though, from the corner of my eye I saw Donald Duck sitting in one of the elephants... WHAT?! Stopped and kept watching and yup! It was Donald! After the ride was over he made his way to the carrousel. As I look at the carrousel, I see Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto all on the carrousel too with a bunch of kids!! NO FAIRRRRRRR!!!! So does this happen every night? Do the characters come out to fantasyland to ride the rides at park closing? Cause I'm definitely going to make sure I'm there on time next time!!
When they were done they all joined hands and quickly headed backstage..
I have a very blurry icky pic of it so I'm not gonna bother posting it!
On our way out of MK...a few CMs were hanging out waving bye to everyone..
Oh wait! Can we run back to the castle and take some more shots?! PLEASEEEE?! Evan reluctantly agreed and we turned around and headed back. These didn't come out nearly as well as I wanted them too...boo!
So we headed back to the hotel and tried to sleep as much as possible b/c we were both going to Epcot the next day! yayyy!
Before heading out I snapped a shot of our lonely 2 towel animals that never got additional friends.. hmph!
Then we headed to the caf where mom fell in love with the waffles with strawberry topping and I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast pizza...yummmy! Again, I tried the normal coffee and bleh..ended up just drinking water!
We ate pretty quickly and then headed outside for the bus. Don't think we waited more than 5 mins and it had arrived! yayyy! So Epcot has definitely been growing on me as I've been getting older. I remember HATING it! But now its my favorite park!
We pull up and go through all that fun bag check and stuff and the first thing we see?
tada!! Spaceship Earth but not only just SE...but all the cute topiaries at the entrance of the characters all decked out for the holidays. So cute!
We decided to do the park in a somewhat counterclockwise fashion... head to Nemo and work our way up through future world. But then... jump on a boat across the lake, head to the American Adventure and work our way clockwise through that half of the countries. It kinda worked!
As we head to Nemo, I saw the character spot and there was already a line of about a half hour. Having a brain fart, I suggested coming back when the line is shorter..HA! Now that I think about it...a half hour wait to meet with Chip, Dale, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto was NOT bad! I'm surprised the cast member at the door didn't laugh at me when I said it either! hmph! So we left the character spot and went right to Nemo, which has NOOOO wait! Snapped a few pics before heading in though...
mine! mine! mine!
The ride I thought was CUTE! Although I felt that you had to have watched Nemo to know what was going on since there were fish jumping in and out of all the screens all the time! I loved how it seemed that the characters were in the tank with the real fish. Very cool! When we got out of our clam-mobiles we walked around to see all the fish in the small tanks. I wish they would actually tell you what fish were in there!!!
Next up with The Land! I forgot about fastpasses for Soarin and instead headed to the Circle of Life movie which my mom loved. It was definitely a beautiful movie! We then headed over to Soarin and I quickly got fast passes for an hour and a half later. There wasn't a wait for Living with the Land so we jumped on a boat and went on our little tour. I haven't been on this one in a long time either and i liked it! It was cool seeing how everything was being grown, esp the cinderella pumpkins!
Since we still had a lot of time to kill before my Soarin passes, we headed over to Journey Into Imagination so I can show my mom just how BAD the new Figment show is!! Ugh!! I miss the original so much! They ruined Figment!!! I miss Dreamfinder! At least they kept part of the song though!
So luckily the Land and Journey Into Imagination are close b/c I really think we walked back and forth a million times. We started getting hungry so we headed back over to Sunshine Seasons for a quick bite to eat. And I really wasn't that impressed. I got the chicken ceasar salad and I don't think it tasted like anything! My mom (after wandering around in there forever!) decided on the asian vegetable plate with rice, noodles, broccoli, and veggies. Neither of us were fans of it!
Now..I'm pretty sure this is where we went BACK to Honey I Shrunk the Audience since I still had some time on my fastpass for Soarin!!! Luckily a show was just about to start so we didnt have to wait that long to see the show! Sorry...no pics in our cool glasses..hehee!
After the 3-D movie I parked mom on a bench (she was tired of going back and forth and back and forth) and I ran over to Soarin since my time FINALLY arrived! woohoo!! Now... maybe I just never have great seats (I'm never in the front) but I really don't think this ride is all it's hyped up to be?! Yeah it's pretty..and its kinda cool... but I think the whole view of feet above me ruins the whole effect and stuff. I have to remember to request a very front row next time so I get no feet!
I picked up mom when I was done and we headed towards the boats for the world showcase. On the way you know we just had to stop and take a few pics with the golf ball and some of the Christmas decorations though, right?
We jumped on a boat right away and we were off to the world showcase! Got off at Morocco and headed towards the american pavillion. On the way we saw the Japanese drum performers, Matsuriza. They were great!
oh...and definitely needed a pic of spaceship earth from japan..
ok...going to continue this in a bit!
|12-13-2007, 05:10 PM||#92|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Day 3 Part 2... trip around half the world!
ok so let me continue... lol
after watching the drum show we didn't stick around too long because on the schedule it showed that the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and on the way there we heard them start up. We grabbed a spot in the front and enjoyed the show. They were great (I feel like I say this all week..lol) and you could see people watching just getting choked up with all of the patriotic songs. At the very end their last song was 'God Bless America' and they had everyone join in and sing with them. Here's a few pics..
When they were finished we headed inside the American Adventure to hear the Voices of Liberty.
Ever since I was little I've always LOVED them. I had never heard them during Christmas so I was excited! We found a seat in the rotunda and hung around a little bit. Off to the side was a lady giving the history of Haunnakah so we listened and then when she was finished it was time for the Voices of Liberty!
Wow. That's all I have to say. If you guys haven't seen them yet.. make it a point to go!! I had goosebumps the whole time and saw people holding back tears!
When the show was over we had a chance to say hi to some of the singers and then we headed into the theatre to see the american adventure show. The show isn't too bad... I've always liked it for the most part. My favorite part though is the very last song they do with the video montage. LOVE IT!! I didn't get great shots of the show either (stupid no flash rule!!).
hope you guys aren't sick of christmas trees yet...cause here's the one outside the american pavillion!
we headed into the liberty inn for a quick break and ran into a HUGE gingerbread house!! and in case you guys want to make one yourself... here's the ingredients..haha
for some reason I also felt a little hungry so I grabbed an apple cobbler from the counter and chowed down... mmmm! it would def have been better with a little vanilla ice cream but it was still tasty!
after finishing up we started on our clockwise trek across the globe..lol
We headed back to Japan and saw that the little show explaining the Japanese holiday traditions was in full swing already so we stopped and listened for a little bit.
Since we were going to eat there later on in the week we didn't really stick around and browse too much cause we knew we'd be back! Next up? Morocco! yet again, Mo Rockin' was performing already so we stopped by to have a quick listen and watch the belly dancer.
I also needed a little pick me up so we went into the cafe in the back and I ordered a moorish (I think that's what it was called!)...an espresso with cinnamon and nutmeg, which sounded awesome. Well...first off, she charged me for 2..which I didn't realize until after we left. But oh well. I wasn't going to go back for $3. Then she also put this clear liquid in which I wasn't sure what it was and... ehhh....I wasn't that big a fan!!! I think i saw the bottle in a store later on and it might have been orange water? or something like that. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't that great either!!
Next up on our tour was France!
Again, we didn't want to spend too much time here since we were going to be eating there that night so we quickly breezed through and then started heading out. But wait! Who's that over there? Princess Aurora? hurry up! there's NO LINE!!!
Continuing on to the UK we headed into a few of the stores and i took a quick glance at the pub stand to make sure they serve Guinness for later on in the week (hehehe...and they do!). And what's a trip to the UK without your corny typical picture of you in the phonebooth? Too bad I didn't have a Superman shirt with me!
Heading next to Canada I wanted to see the new 360 show that they had so we headed up the stairs and ran into a few bears!
We HONESTLY had NOOOOOO clue who they were!!! We found out the next day at MGM that they were the bears from Brother Bear. Honestly? Never saw it! hahahaha! They were still cute and funny though so loved the pic!
The new show at Canada I enjoyed! I'm not usually a fan of Martin Short and don't really watch anything that he's in so when I heard he was the 'host', I was a little reluctant! I'd recommend seeing it now though!
Since we hit the end of our half world tour, we decided to head back to France to see if they can take us a little earlier and the sun was just setting...
Also on our way we saw the French holiday presentation..
My friend Evan was also eating at Chefs de France with his mom but they had already started eating about an hour earlier. When we checked in, the hostess said it wasn't a problem we were early and it would probably only be a 10 minute wait..yayyy! I was starting to get hungry!! While we were waiting outside, Evan and his mom came outside when they were done and kept on raving about the food! YAYYY! I had honestly been a little scared to eat here b/c all of the reviews I read were completely mixed! Some people hated it, some people loved it, so Evan's review was a little bit of a relief.
We were seated pretty quickly right by a window facing the lake. It was definitely a little crowded in there but since we were by the window, it wasn't too bad. We saw the waiters trying to squeeze their way in between tables though and I would be a little annoyed if I had to keep trying to move my chair!
Our waiter was Sebastian (and he was cute, might I add.. lol) and he was funny and pretty good! I had also read that the service here was sub par but Sebastian def went out of his way to try to help us and was always making sure everything was ok with our meal. We ordered drinks and I was excited when I saw Orangina on the menu...mmmm!!! yayyy!!
We love love love onion soup so that was definitely one of the appetizers we ordered. Evan's mom suggested that we try the tomato and goat cheese flatbread so we got that as well.
Ready for some food pics everyone? hehehehehe
I present to you the AWESOME AMAZING onion soup...
no joke we loved it. it was perfect! We had asked to have the cheese more well done and burnt and it came out perfect. I couldnt get enough!
The flatbread was also REALLLY good..
It had great flavor and fresh crushed tomatoes and yummy goat cheese. The 'crust' was more of a pastry... flaky and stuff and was really light so it wasn't filling at all. yum!
For my entree I ordered the short ribs but asked for potatoes au gratin instead of the polenta.
sorry..not really in focus..
this had a lot of flavor too, although maybe a little salty. Still great flavor! And the potatoes were nice and cheesy too.
Mom had the vegetable lasagne thing and she said it was decent (there's that pickiness again!). I don't like eggplant at all or else I would have tried it for a real review...haha!
OK...and now for the best part...dessert!! woohooo!!! I ordered the sorbet trio (raspberry, kiwi, mango) with an elephant ear..
and mom got the Chocolate tart with banana and coconut, praline sauce with chocolate ice cream.
both of these were AWESOME!!! too bad i was wayyyyyy too full to really eat a lot of them! mmmmmm!!! chocolate and bananas is one of my favorite combos so the tart was perfect! top that off with a nice cappuccino and I was in heaven... lol
Ok...I think I ran out of room for pics... I'll be back in Part 3!!!
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|12-13-2007, 06:12 PM||#93|
A Christmas"y" tag for a Christmas Freak!
Talk to you Sharky People Later!!!
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: South Jersey
I liked your towel animals.....those Christmas stickers we cute.
Christmas at World Showcase looks like so fun fun.
I love all of your decoration shots.
Those Topiries with Santa hats are so cute!!!!
Soarin is awesome in the front row!!!
Definitely request it net time
Your mom'w waffle from the morning looked so delcious...YUMMY
Your dinner at France...OMG...Looked so good...I never thought to eat there..Now, I want to after seeing your pics
I love the pic of the cast memeber from the night before with the See Ya Real Soon Sign...That is great
On to read what's next, if you go the 3rd post done yet
|12-13-2007, 09:06 PM||#94|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Your pictures are amazing! What kind of camera are you using? Mine is shot and it died when we were in Disney in Nov.
I need something fool proof, since I am not very good with electronics
|12-13-2007, 09:49 PM||#95|
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Join Date: May 2007
Great pictures and a terrific update Disneygirl! Your pictures are awesome, what kind of camera did you use?
I loved the towel animals and I really loved all the food pics, lol
You and MOm looked great with the bears, really cute shot.
I can't wait for your next update!
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|12-14-2007, 07:01 AM||#96|
LOVES Sorcerer Mickey! Loves riding Spaceship Earth. Wants you to have a Zip A Dee Doo Dah, Zip A Dee Day....
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Waukesha, WI
I'm really enjoying your TR!! Your pics are excellent! You and your mom look like you are having such a great time.
I'm still amazed that we did not see you at EPCOT, the way your trip report reads we had to have been in some of the same areas at the same time!
We had that same snow dumping earlier this week that you just got. At least we will have a white Christmas. I have to say when we left there was absolutely no snow on the ground and when we arrived home there was approximately 6 inches, UGH! What a rude awakening after the beautiful weather we had at WDW!
Keep up the good working, looking forward to more of you pics!
|12-15-2007, 01:03 PM||#97|
Join Date: Nov 2007
And I'll DEFINITELY request the front row on Soarin next time! I won't give up on it just yet!
Ohh...we were skeptical of Chefs de France too! We usually don't like French food but omg it was soooo good!
3rd part should be posted sometime today! I've been slacking, I know!
ugh! make the snow go away! Its supposed to start again tonight into tomorrow! I hate it! blahhhhh!!!
|12-16-2007, 02:15 AM||#98|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Day 3 Part 3... wandering an abandoned construction site... fun!
OK! Back for the continuation of Day 3!!
So I left you guys at Chefs de France... hehe...
When we had met up with Evan and his mom, we had agreed that we'd meet up again my Mission Space and ride it together since both our moms don't go on it. As dinner was winding down I started texting Evan but never heard back so mom and I strolled over there, taking pics and photopass pics along the way.
So I still hadn't heard from Evan by the time we got to Mission Space and mom was getting tired and didn't really feel like waiting to see if he would show up so I jumped on by myself. They had said it was a 15 minute wait but I honestly was on the ride and done in 10 mins. yayyyy! I LOVE THE ORANGE LINE!
Oh...and did I mention how my friend Sarah and I (you'll meet her in Day 4's report) are HUGE space/NASA fans? Yeah...we are... lol...like space camp dorks and everything..
so seriously...how could I NOT take this pic..
Heading out we needed one more pic of the golf ball...
Oh and of course Evan texts me as I'm on Mission Space. We decide to meet up again back at the hotel when he's done with the ride and stuff and go on a little adventure.
Now... I had been reading and seen youtube videos of the unfinished Legendary Years at Pop for awhile now. I think the story goes that Disney started construction of the buildings but after Sept 11th, construction stopped due to the decrease of visitors. They're supposed to be starting up again maybe soon? So I had mentioned it to Evan who surprisingly had NEVER heard of it but really wanted to go see it. I've seen videos of people wandering the site so I knew it wasn't 100% illegal to do. Now... the BRIGHT and SMART thing to do would have been to do this during the day and sunlight, right? Well, apparently Evan and I weren't really thinking straight and decided to go snoop around a deserted unfinished abandoned construction site at 9:30pm. But hmm...how do we get there????? Looking at the maps I knew it was on the other side of the bridge and lake so we headed over that way..
oh wait! did I mention that it was like 2 degrees outside and there were still PEOPLE SWIMMING?! seriously guys.. it was COLD... even the lifeguards had SNOW PARKAS ON!!!
ok...back to the snooping around...
so we were at the generation gap bridge..
and after we crossed, the iron fence just wrapped around and wouldn't let you go any further. I was ready to call it a night but my fearless leader Evan was all about seeing the construction. After he poked his head and arms around the bushes that were on the other side of the fence he proclaims he sees something and it's clear after that one small row of bushes and trees.
ME: You want me to JUMP this fence and CLIMB through bushes and trees in the pitch black?!
Evan: Um...yeah? The moon is out so we can see where we're going
Me: wow... you owe me big (as I throw my leg over the fence)... lol
I also pointed out that if we got caught or if this was illegal in any way.. he was leaving the next morning so it didnt really matter. ME on the other hand still had 4 more days so if we got booted... I would have killed him.
After getting through the bushes we could see all the buildings laid out in front of us. Straight ahead was what would be the main building (with all the big numbers on it) and then off to the right was what looked like room buildings.
So I'm a scaredy cat when it comes to these things so I think I stuck to Evan like glue the whole entire time..... here's a few pics of the adventure.. (we had to keep taking pics b/c it was too dark sometimes and I needed flash to see where I was going!)
trekking through the unkept grass..
Oh....so we get to the front of the building and decide to walk around to the other side first. We get there (luckily for some reason it was easier to see over there) and there's this huge white structure sitting in the grass that kinda looked like a cement mixer from far away...which would have been expected, right? Well instead after closer inspection we realized it was a... submarine?!
yeah it was... and then we started getting freaked out..
We headed back to the front of the building and started walking towards the room construction
I really dont know why all these pics came out as bad as they did....
some unfinished rooms..
thank God the door was locked or he would have dragged me in there..
so after getting thoroughly freaked out I finally convinced him to head back to civilization and we could go back the next morning during the daylight. Deal. Whew! So we high tailed it out of there, back through the bushes, and over the fence. yay! we're alive!
did get a great view of the hotel though!
We parted ways at the Hippy Dippy Pool and called it a night and promised to try to wake up early to get back there before Evan had to leave for the airport... key word here was TRY..
yayy!! finished with day 3!! Day 4 pics are already all uploaded so hopefully I'll get the report out soon!
|12-16-2007, 04:42 AM||#99|
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Northern Virginia
I have to laugh at some of the stuff you do. Its so much like my family. We've been going to Disney forever too and you plan EXACTLY the same way I do so reading your posts makes me feel like I'm there. HOWEVER Im so jelous you had Sebastian at Chefs. HE IS OH SO YUMMY and so nice too! I can't wait for your next post!!!
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|12-16-2007, 07:20 AM||#100|
Join Date: Jun 2007
I just found your trip report and LOVE it!!! I'm a little confused...what are those pictures of above?...a new hotel construction?! Cool! I also LOVE the very first WDW photo...it looks like we were about the same age when we had our first trip to disney in 83...3?! This report makes me want to do a Christmas trip!
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|12-16-2007, 07:23 AM||#101|
I would love to hear all about these secrets!
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: New Hampshire
I loved that you guys went over to the Unfinished Pop! I'm with you though I would off been scared, specially if I had 4 days left and they caught me.
Glad you liked Chefs though. I went in July and thought it was fantastic. From the reviews I read on here it seems to be a hit or miss thing. Ohhh and I also had a wicked cute waiter too!
I love all your Christmas shots. Now I'm really trying for a mid Nov trip for next year to catch the decorations and MVMCP.
Can't wait to see if you wake up early enough to go exploring again!
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|12-16-2007, 08:06 AM||#102|
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Those are creepy pictures!
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|12-16-2007, 08:28 AM||#103|
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Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Waukesha, WI
You rebel girl you, sneaking around in the dark. I love the pics of the unfinished buildings & the submarine, how cool is that? It does seem eerie though, wish I could have been there!
|12-16-2007, 08:53 AM||#104|
Join Date: Jun 2006
omg loving ur trip report! i wonder why they don't just finish building the legandry (sp) years, i looks like they were quite a long way into it??
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|12-16-2007, 09:04 AM||#105|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Disneygirlinnj - Loving your trip report. You take great pictures. We were there Nov.24-30; seeing your pix helps me relive the magic all over again! I love how you took your mother. I'm divorced and my 11yr.old and I are VERY close. I'm surprising her with a quick trip in June when school gets out. Hope someday, she'll return the favor and surprise me!
You mention you're a Bergen County girl; I grew up in Hudson County. My ex grew up in Bergen- Cliffside Park. We moved to Mass. 15yrs.ago for his job and now we're divorced and I'm stuck here! I miss Jersey soooo much - the pizza, the bagels, the MALLS! Sigh!
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