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Old 01-12-2009, 06:05 PM   #151
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I never make ADRs for that first day either -- well, except last year when we made one for Boma for dinner -- but that was a fluke since we were driving down a day early. Normally, we head to a park and eat counter service and revel in just being there. So, to sum up my verbose post, your first day plans sound fabulous!
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Like I said, nothing wrong with a margarita! Am I read that right? Did you say DW? Do I have a male reader? WOW! I think you're the first. That deserves a special prize of some sort. Unfortunately, I'm used to offering up photos of Jack Sparrow as prizes, and that may not work for you.
Yup I am of the male species. I likee prizes too. don't care too much for Jack Sparrow, although I did kinda dress as a pirate last year. I'd settle for a princess.......say Jasmin maybe. just sayin' I know she might not be a princess but she is in the castle with the rest of the princesses.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:54 PM   #153
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Love your day one plans. Taking it nice and easy and going with the flow. And I HIGHLY recommend that margarita stand at Downtown Disney...
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I never make ADRs for that first day either -- well, except last year when we made one for Boma for dinner -- but that was a fluke since we were driving down a day early. Normally, we head to a park and eat counter service and revel in just being there. So, to sum up my verbose post, your first day plans sound fabulous!
Verbose is fine by me! You know I love the written word. We're very similar, I love getting to a park (Magic Kingdom), having counter service (hot dog from Casey's), and just soaking in the atmosphere (Main Street.)

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Yup I am of the male species. I likee prizes too. don't care too much for Jack Sparrow, although I did kinda dress as a pirate last year. I'd settle for a princess.......say Jasmin maybe. just sayin' I know she might not be a princess but she is in the castle with the rest of the princesses.
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Love your day one plans. Taking it nice and easy and going with the flow.
That's my idea of vacation, period.

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Speaking from personal experience, are we?
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:59 AM   #155
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And I HIGHLY recommend that margarita stand at Downtown Disney...
I 2nd, 3rd, & 4th that recommendation.

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So let's talk about the first day, shall we?

Just what do pirates eat?

Short answer? Whatever they want!

Long answer: Well, dearies, this list of ADRs was pretty much in my head ever since we got home from our trip in September. I knew what I wanted to repeat, what didn't need to be revisited, and also that there needed to be something new.

Now there are lots and lots of things I would love to fit into this trip. But it's six days. And for half the time, we're going to be a party of seven. So with that in mind, I tried to pick some favorites, and again, something new.

So let's just focus on the first day for now.

Which really isn't very exciting. Because basically, in good old TK fashion my plans are to get there.

That's pretty much it. Maybe we'll go to the Magic Kingdom and get my most favoritest hot dog in the World and the world. Maybe we'll go to Downtown and have :::shock, gasp::: ice cream for dinner again. It really just depends on my little nut. On the time of our flight, the time we weigh anchor at the Pop Century, whether or not the room is ready, all that good stuff.

But this is one of the things I put my foot down about.

We WILL NOT make a reservation for the first day.

I hate that. Abhor it. Detest it even. And although that's standard for Mom and Nana, I'm putting my foot down. We're not gonna do it, wouldn't be prudent. I loved in September when we got to our hotel. Checked in. Unpacked in a leisurely fashion and then decided what to do with ourselves. That was heaven. Pure, sweet heaven.

So that's day one folks.

I promise, the ADRs are coming.
You are so funny! I do believe you are so right, too...in fact, I will probably take your advice for our next trip!

But you basically. Wrote. About. Nothing.

First day....We are doing nothing.

And it so makes me laugh!
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:40 AM   #157
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I 2nd, 3rd, & 4th that recommendation.
You know, honestly, I've never had a margarita from that stand. Perhaps I'll have to take the hint and get one this time around!

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But you basically. Wrote. About. Nothing.

First day....We are doing nothing.

And it so makes me laugh!
DANG! They're on to me.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:31 AM   #158
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Weigh Anchor! Day Two

Alright, little minions...

ahem. I mean, pirates.

Before you all mutiny, hit unsubscribe, and leave me with absolutely no crew, I'm going to throw you a little bone. A nice juicy one. Like they try to offer the dog at the end of the POTC ride. You know? The little dog that shakes his head, holding the keys, "that dog is never going to move." That one.

I think you'd all like that at this point.

Now Day Two and Day Three happen to be sort of interchangeable. And actually related because I've been debating something of sorts in regard to this trip. See, being budget savvy and wanting to par down compared to last year, we all decided to stay at Pop. Decided to book within our means. The hordes are getting low, see?

But there's something that I've been thinking about tacking on to our package that would really just make me feel better. Give me peace of mind. Help me to know what I want when I look at the spinny compass that doesn't point north, eh?

And that's park hoppers. Right now we have a base ticket. I haven't called yet to upgrade, but I plan to, and mostly, because of Food and Wine Festival. I'm fairly certain that I could plan this trip without hoppers. I could easily stick to one park per day, as a matter of fact, I sort of enjoyed that last time. But last time, we were there for 8 days. This time, 6. Giving all the things that could possibly go wrong (weather, yadda, yadda) I think adding on the hoppers would behoove us.

Well, that and there's Food and Wine Festival.

I mean, you know I'm going to be running over to Epcot a lot, right? I mean there's food. And wine.

I'm a pirate. I'm sure there's rum somewhere too. That'll about do it.

ANYWAY!

Day two. I don't know where we'll start the morning. I'm sure you're all LOVIN' me right now. Since we're going to be hopping, we could really go anyway. I've got a couple of different scenarios in mind.

1. If we go to Downtown our arrival night, then this morning, head to the Magic Kingdom. If we're up early enough, try to hit Fantasyland, maybe have Casey's for lunch.

2. If we've gone to the Magic Kingdom on arrival night, either head to DHS or Epcot. Easy to hop back and forth between by taking the lovely boat...er ship... over by the International Gateway, savvy?

And what's for certain, dear friends, is that we'll end our evening at the...

Coral Reef.

Yup. Call me unreliable...call me irresponsible...

Well, I guess we should really change those lyrics, huh?

Call me predictable. Totally and utterly predictable. Because, yes, we did eat there for dinner on our first full day last September. And yes, we do love it there. I'm amenable to the mahi mahi, the yummy drinks, and the key lime tart. NOM! And DS does soooooooooo well here, because of the distraction of the aquariam. It's just a cool place to eat, and I'm looking forward to having a nice time there. Most likely at this point, it'll be myself, DH, DS, Mom and FIL. I think Dad and Nana will be arriving later, towards the weekend.

So there you go, min...I mean pirates. An ADR!!!

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I have been thinking of eating at Coral Reef too. My dd would love the fish tank. The aquarium is her favorite place at the zoo. I am torn between Coral Reef and Le Cellier. My dh was born raised in Montreal so I think he would love it there but is it really child friendly? What do you think?
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Great update TK!!! I'm loving the flexibility ( I wasn't that flexible this trip, I hope to change that with future endevarors LOL)

Hmmmm I love the idea of hotdogs....seafood...not so much LOL!!! I would dine at Coral Reef just because I love aquariums. I'm a Kansas born and raised girl who has been forced to live in places known for great seafood (Alaska now Florida) and I don't enjoy it!! Shrimp is about it....oh wait I'm totally rambling here and you might make me walk the plank or something like that LOL

I'm so excited that you will be able to enjoy your birthday at Disney!! No matter what age it is, you are going to have such a great time with Family!!! Now post more...I need more...of course if you posted more I actually in all honesty wouldn't get to read it until I returned from my trip...so maybe you wait (UhOh ...being a LIbra is kicking in...means I must say goodbye!!)
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Let me just say this about Food and Wine. Food and Wine and saving money do not go together.
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I have been thinking of eating at Coral Reef too. My dd would love the fish tank. The aquarium is her favorite place at the zoo. I am torn between Coral Reef and Le Cellier. My dh was born raised in Montreal so I think he would love it there but is it really child friendly? What do you think?
You know, I haven't eaten at Le Cellier in a few years. I know there were children there at the time, but I didn't have DS at the time. I know everyone loves Le Cellier for steak, but honestly, the wow factor of the aquarium is just priceless for your child. Are you able to do both?

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Hmmmm I love the idea of hotdogs....seafood...not so much LOL!!! I would dine at Coral Reef just because I love aquariums. I'm a Kansas born and raised girl who has been forced to live in places known for great seafood (Alaska now Florida) and I don't enjoy it!! Shrimp is about it....oh wait I'm totally rambling here and you might make me walk the plank or something like that LOL
No plank walking....yet.

Do you not enjoy seafood because you've had too much of it, or just don't care for it general? Now you've peaked my interest.

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Oh, totally aware of that. Totally, totally aware. But looking forward to it anyway.
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I love being flexable. We've always dont the hopper. Staying at BWV it's so easy to bounce around. After the other parks close you can always close out your day at Epcot and illuminations and maybe a nice relaxing drink.

Your plans are looking great. We loved the Coral Reef too last year and have ressies for our trip this year. Yes, the kids loved it. We had a booth looking at the aquarium, it was great.

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I love being flexable. We've always done the hopper. Staying at BWV it's so easy to bounce around. After the other parks close you can always close out your day at Epcot and illuminations and maybe a nice relaxing drink.
That sounds so nice right now. Looks like you're going to be doing this very soon, too!

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Isn't it great to eat at a place where you know your kid(s) will be entertained by the sheer atmosphere?

(Keep that in mind, it's a little hint for one of my upcoming ADRs.)
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You know, I haven't eaten at Le Cellier in a few years. I know there were children there at the time, but I didn't have DS at the time. I know everyone loves Le Cellier for steak, but honestly, the wow factor of the aquarium is just priceless for your child. Are you able to do both?



No plank walking....yet.

Do you not enjoy seafood because you've had too much of it, or just don't care for it general? Now you've peaked my interest.



Ha ha! You are so Libra, just like me.



Oh, totally aware of that. Totally, totally aware. But looking forward to it anyway.
It's more of a I grew up in Kansas so I am accustomed to COW and PIG. I did not grow up eating anything that came from the water and my dad who loves seafood refused to buy the stuff at the store...said it wasn't fresh!!

So its more that I never acquired a taste for it and in general I just don't care for it unless its been battered and fried and then slathered in tartar sauce and well....that sort of defeats the purpose LOL!!!
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