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Old 05-11-2008, 09:33 PM   #136
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Hi everyone!! I'd reply to each of you but it's just going to have to be a mass hello today.

We all had an amazing time! The weather was PERFECT from Wed - Friday and then Saturday for the wedding it was BRUTALLY hot! Luckily we weren't outside long. The wedding was AMAZING! We all had SO MUCH FUN. I can't wait to show you guys the pics of the wedding. Perfect Disney wedding!

The P&PP was an awesome time as well. Everyone loved the costumes! Dad didn't end up coming to the party but they also had a great time.

OK... I think I've over used the words great/amazing/awesome already so I'm going to start uploading my photos and hopefully start writing my trip report tomorrow!!

I can't believe I'm home though... Now time for the Disney withdrawl to kick in.
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:52 PM   #137
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Welcome home and I can not wait to hear all about it!
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:56 PM   #138
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Welcome Home...Im glad you had a blast....My granddaughter and first grandchild was born while you were at WDW. We drove up to Louisville Ky. to spend some quality bonding time with the little lady. They finally let me hold the baby and she went to sleep imeadiately and had a hour or more nap before it was time to go back home. It looks like our weekend play dates calender will be full for quite some time from now on...lol
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Old 05-12-2008, 06:12 AM   #139
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Welcome Home! Can't wait to hear about the entire trip but especially the wedding and the P&PP!

And you know the only way to fix the Disney blues is to find a way to plan another trip!
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I can't believe I'm home though... Now time for the Disney withdrawl to kick in.
Or........time to start planning the next Disney trip!

Welcome home and can't wait to read your report!
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Old 05-12-2008, 12:17 PM   #141
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Can't wait to see the photos - hasn't every girl dreamed of a disney wedding???!!!
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:25 PM   #142
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Welcome Home...Im glad you had a blast....My granddaughter and first grandchild was born while you were at WDW. We drove up to Louisville Ky. to spend some quality bonding time with the little lady. They finally let me hold the baby and she went to sleep imeadiately and had a hour or more nap before it was time to go back home. It looks like our weekend play dates calender will be full for quite some time from now on...lol
congrats bloodhound!!! Now you'll have to start brainwashing her to be a Disney freak like the rest of us!!
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:39 PM   #143
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Just found your report - can't wait to hear about your trip.
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:35 PM   #145
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Thanks everyone and welcome to all the new readers!! I'm started writing my report about the first day but my stomach is hungry so I'll finish up when I'm done eating!
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:43 PM   #146
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congrats bloodhound!!! Now you'll have to start brainwashing her to be a Disney freak like the rest of us!!
Yes , I have a plan...you hit the nail on the head
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:01 PM   #147
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Yea!!! I can't wait to read your report!!!
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Old 05-13-2008, 01:45 PM   #148
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Here is a pic of the new mommy and baby girl She was 4 hours old and she is one week old today...the plan is set in mothin...but first a group of guys and I are going to DLR
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:55 PM   #149
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Day 1 Part 1... we made it! A little bit of Epcot....

So let's get this trippie started!!! Just like last time... I'll try to keep the smileys to a minimum so that I can fit more pics in here. Wish me luck! I'm a smiley addict! Geez!


OK... so Tuesday night after work, I head to my dad's house so we'll be ready for our bright and early wake up call Wednesday morning. After my dad got home from work, we headed for a quick bite to eat at Houlihan's and then headed back to his house to go over menus for some of the dining reservations we made. Dad a-ok'd all the restaurants I picked (you'd think he would have looked at the menus sooner? haha!) so we were good to go. DDad (dad) and DSM (stepmom) went to bed while I checked the DISboards and said ttfn to all of you guys! Oh, that night for some reason my throat started to feel funny and I was getting paranoid that I was getting sick! DDad gave me some medicine that's supposed to help you NOT get sick so I crossed my fingers and prayed that it worked!

Fast forward to 4am Wednesday morning. I get woken up by my dad walking down the hallway trying to get all of his stuff ready. I quickly get washed up and dressed and sit around while the other two shuffle around. Oh..and my throat STILL hurt! BOO! Other than that I felt fine though so I kept on crossing those fingers!



We drove to the airport and quickly went through security without any problems. Grabbed a quick bite at my favorite place at the airport... Au Bon Pain and then headed to the gate to board. Unlike my trip to Disney last time... there was NO SNOW! yayyyyyy!



The flight was pretty uneventful...which means I slept for 1.5 out of the 2 hour flight. Glad I can sleep anywhere! We landed and quickly found our driver and then headed to baggage claim. (Dad had gotten a car service through Disney to bring us to the Poly. Apparently he's anti Magical Express...don't get it!). When we got outside the driver told us to wait by the curb while he pulled the car up. And what did he pull up in?!

A stretch limo!! SOOO not what my dad ordered but hey... it was the same price I guess and they ran out of the normal town cars... NOT COMPLAINING! haha!



So we enjoyed the ride and I crawled to the front of the car to take the standard 'welcome to disney' photo..



thats when I know we're finally HERE!!!!!!! yayyyy (insert dancing banana here please...lol)

We finally got to the Polynesian and there wasn't a wait at the front desk so we quickly found out our room wasn't ready yet. Dad asked to be close to the Great Ceremonial House and they told us that there was a room they were currently cleaning in Rarotonga. We got our Keys to the World cards and then decided to head upstairs to Kona for lunch. We got l'eid (hehehe) and then headed outside to drop our bags off. After a quick picture outside with the waterfall...we headed upstairs to Kona!



We weren't STARVING but we knew we had to have some food to hold us over until dinner at Chefs de France. DSM ordered the beef teriyaki salad, DDad ordered the burger, and I had the bbq'd pork lettuce wraps.

Sadly this trippie doesn't have nearly as many food pics as I would like! I honestly kept forgetting or didn't want to use flash in some restaurants!

So my bbq lettuce wraps were pretty tasty!! They were a tad salty but still really good! Dad liked his burger a lot and DSM really liked her salad too



We quickly ate and wanted to get started on Epcot. While DDad and DSM were freshening up by O'hana, I walked around and took some pics by O'hanas.







When they came back, we jumped on the monorail and in a few minutes, were heading into Epcot! So, my one request to DDad and DSM was that we use Photopass as much as possible. They were A-OK with that so we grabbed the first photographer that we saw in front of spaceship earth.



Oh, since it was the Flower and Garden festival at Epcot, there were gorgeous flowers EVERYWHERE! Topiaries around every corner too. So get ready to see some cool flower artwork!

I totally forgot at the moment that Spaceship Earth had been redone so we skipped it for now and headed over to grab fastpasses for Soarin. While we waited for our fastpass time to come up, we headed over to The Seas with Nemo so we can ride in our little clam-mobile. I finally figured out how to take a picture of the screens! YAY!



Chances are I'll never get as clear a picture though. I think the ride had stopped momentarily..haha!



When I had come in December, I had forgotten to take my mom upstairs to see the rest of the aquarium so we headed up there to see what I had missed. Sad to say it wasn't much and it's in great need of a little refurb! We did get to see the cute manatees though and learned that they eat about 100 heads of lettuce a day! Yikes!



When we got off the ride it dawned on me that Spaceship Earth was somewhat new so I dragged the fam over there to see it (we honestly probably haven't been on it in over 10 years just b/c we think it's one of the dullest things EVER!). Sad to say the main part of the ride is still just as dull for us, but the cool little interactive movie towards the end of the ride was hilarious! I saw them take our photo but didn't know what they were going to do with it! I was in the front seat with DSM so we had fun picking how we wanted to live in the future.



Our Soarin fastpass still had time to go so we quickly cut through Innoventions on our way through to Journey Into Imagaination. I saw the segway lessons were getting ready for another round but we didn't really want to wait that long for them to start. As we got to Journey Into Imagination we saw that Honey I Shrunk the Audience was about to start in a few mins so we ventured over there quickly to watch the show. I still think it's cute! I just make sure to cover the vent when the dog sneezes..hehe! I hate getting misted on!

After the 3-D movie we headed over and walked immediately onto Journey Into Imagination. I TOTALLY miss the original! Bring Dreamfinder back! booo! It was still cute to see Figment though!



We were ALMOST at our fastpass time for Soarin so we headed over to the Land. On the way we grabbed strawberry fruit bars...yummy! I tried the sugar free one just for the heck of it and it really wasn't that bad! Not as sweet as the normal ones but still hit the spot.

Once in the land, we STILL had about 10 minutes or so for Soarin so we jumped on the boat ride to tour the veggies. I still get a kick out of the pumpkins earning their ears..haha!



And when we got off the ride it was FINALLY time for Soarin! Yayyyy! Now I had NEVER understood the hoopla with Soarin. Yeah it was cool, but it never did it for me. Someone then mentioned that to really enjoy it, you have to sit in the front row so that you didn't have feet hanging above you. We finally asked for the very front...and they were right! It was MUCH better without feet hanging above you. Still not my FAVE ride...but much cooler!



After Soarin we started making our way towards the countries. There was a little Peter Pan topiary garden so we wandered through there for a bit and snapped some photos..









Ok..must continue in another post immediately following this one! Too many pics!
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Day 1 Part 2... Canada & Chefs de France

Our first stop was Canada to watch the 360 film. It's one of the ones we actually like now. I'm not usually a fan of Martin Short but he's pretty good in the movie.





We then decided to head right to France and see if we can check into Chefs de France a little early for our reservation. We didn't have a problem at all and were seated within 10 minutes max. Sadly I took NO photos of the meal! It might have been because I was too mesmerized with all the waiters?! Seriously, is it a requirement to be extremely attractive to be a waiter at Chefs de France? haha! Even my DSM commented a few times about the eye candy! DDad was a little upset that the waitresses weren't up to par with the waiters. haha! Oh, and if any of you see a waiter there that looks just like Sylar from Heroes... tell him I said hi!!! hahaha! I didn't get a chance to get his name sadly.

OK OK...I guess I should talk about the meal, right? DSM decided to order the French menu... Onion Soup, Roasted Chicken, and Creme Brulee. Dad ordered the Onion Soup and the filet mignon and subbed the au gratin potatoes with french fries (I could get the real names they used on the menu but I wouldn't be able to pronounce them anyways!). I ordered the Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart, plus the short ribs and subbed the pasta with the au gratin potatoes.

We all had wine (grr...can't remember which ones either!) and they were all very tasty. The onion soups came out perfect and we couldn't get enough of them. I also LOVED my goat cheese/tomato tart. I had it last time I was there so I knew it would be good. Definitely didn't disappoint! I was worried I wouldn't have room for my entree but when it came out, I found some extra space. The short ribs were very good for the 2nd time in a row, which made me happy. The au gratin potatoes were a little too creamy and not cheesy enough for me but still decent. There was too much food anyways so I was kind of glad they weren't AMAZING so I didnt stuff my self. DSM really enjoyed her chicken...the winner on her plate was the grilled tomatoes though! And DDad said his was just ok. He ordered his filet medium but it came out more on the well side. I told him to ask for a new one but he wasn't that hungry anymore and just picked at the middle of the filet where it was still somewhat pink.

So by the time we finished with our entrees, there was NOOO room for dessert, even though DSM's order came with creme brulee. Now that I think of it, we should have told the waitress to give the creme brulee to another table since we already paid for it, but oh well. Instead we asked for the bill and decided to call it an early night. I got one last glimpse of my favorite waiter (hehehe) and we headed out back into the park.

Since we had been up at 4am, we were exhausted and full so we took our time strolling to the exit. Snapped a few pics along the way!







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