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Old 01-05-2010, 10:32 AM   #31
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No door or curtain for the sink area Is that true of all the values?

Out of all of the mods, I love the set up of the new rooms at CSR. Queen beds, flat screen tvs, and sliding doors for the sink area.
This time was my first time at a value, but I think so. With a family that wakes up a different times, I can see it really being a bit of an issue.

I was hoping to try out a new Mod this trip, but POFQ is the only Mod that's an official resort for the Wine and Dine Marathon. I was hoping for CSR or CBR to try something new.
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Day 1 - Time to Celebrate with an Upgrade and a Parade

Rain was falling as we headed out to the bus stop, but it was really light and looked like it was going to stop. I decieded to live dangerously and leave the poncho in the room and just go with my light rain jacket. Our first day in the parks was Walt Disney's birthday so there was really only one option for a park.

The Magic Kingdom!

In hindsight another park may have been a better option, as that day had been a Christmas parade filming day. I knew that going in, but decided to go for it anyways. We had two non-park days scheduled, and if we didn't make it to the Magic Kingdom on day 1 we probably wouldn't get to see Wishes or Spectromagic.

We had barely waited more than a minute or two before the bus showed up. I have to say that I really like how AsSp has their bus stop. Having separate lines for each park with a maze keeps things well organized. Later in the week we had a bit of a mess at a deluxe resort over the buses. If only the values covered the bus areas it would be perfect. I can't imagine how hot it must be waiting in the middle of summer.

I always love that first moment at a park on my trips. The entire week still lies ahead filled with promise, and the trip can still be anything. It's a bit of a magical moment.

We made it through the gates, but before doing anything else I had to make a pitstop at town hall to do a bit of upgrading of my tickets. A printer jam, and a little bit of time later and I am now the proud owner of a Disney Annual Pass. Seriously, I was so happy I felt like doing a little banana dance. I also purchased a Tables in Wonderland card and we were ready to go!

We headed up Main St. doing a bit of window shopping. I was eyeing one of the new Dooney & Bourke Disney tassel bags, but reminded myself I was not going crazy with souveniers this trip and regretfully said goodbye to the cute bag. Main Street was crowded, but not overwhelmingly so. We went to head over to Adventureland, but got held up by a parade passing down Main St. I thought it was the Dream Come True Parade, but we saw that later in the week and it was different. I usually don't see the afternoon parades, but this one was a really quick, fun parade.











Enough was enough at this point. We were both itching to hit an attraction, but where would we go first?????
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I always love that first moment at a park on my trips. The entire week still lies ahead filled with promise, and the trip can still be anything. It's a bit of a magical moment.
I completely agree! Even the ride on ME seems magical at the beginning of a trip.

Congrats on your AP and TiW purchases
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Love your title, big Phineas and Ferb family... Can't wait to hear the rest!!
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Late to the party as usual, but I'm here and ALL caught up!! I have a feeling this is going to be a good story.....
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I am with you -- I love that the value bus stops are queued -- I do think it makes things so much more fair instead of everyone trying to push and shove their way onto the bus.
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AP and TIW sound wonderful!! I hope you get to use them a lot!

The parade you saw must be the Celebrate parade, it's not the normal afternoon parade. It looks like it's very festive.
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I completely agree! Even the ride on ME seems magical at the beginning of a trip.

Congrats on your AP and TiW purchases
The two times I've taken ME, I've completely missed most of the ride. My BFF lives in another state, so we are usually spending the entire ride getting caught up with each other.

I'm hoping I get lots of use out of them! Since I'm planning on taking another trip in the fall upgrading the 5 day/no expiration passes I had to the AP was the best deal since I was going to need to add the hopper on as well. I love that I'm all set for the next trip already!

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Love your title, big Phineas and Ferb family... Can't wait to hear the rest!!
I'm completely addicted to P&F! I think I've seen every episode, but still can't turn the show off when it's on. One of my co-workers and I both love Isabella. "Whatchadoin?" has become our little catch phrase at work when we need a break.

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Late to the party as usual, but I'm here and ALL caught up!! I have a feeling this is going to be a good story.....
It will be. I had a bit of a meltdown near the end of the week. Luckily nothing as crazy as the family meltdown on last years trip.

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I am with you -- I love that the value bus stops are queued -- I do think it makes things so much more fair instead of everyone trying to push and shove their way onto the bus.
Much more fair! The mess later on in the week at the Boardwalk was horrible, and people nearly got trampled - all for a bus. Crazy!

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AP and TIW sound wonderful!! I hope you get to use them a lot!

The parade you saw must be the Celebrate parade, it's not the normal afternoon parade. It looks like it's very festive.
The next trip is in the works for October, so I'll be using them then. I'm hoping to sneak in another trip before that if possible. I was planning on heading to Florida for a long weekend to visit my grandmother in March. My parents were planning on heading to Disney for a week before visiting my grandmother as well, so I may try to sneak out a few days earlier and tag along with them for a day.

If not I'd love to sneak in a long solo weekend before my passes expired on 12/5. Any Disser's up for a Disney weekend?
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Hi! We were totally there at the exact same time! Looking forward to reading your TR!
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The parade was the "Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It" Parade that they do a few times a day. We caught that too...it was actually much better than the daytime parade. It was as if the HSM crew made a parade. It stops around the hub, and the characters pull people from the audience to join in. We caught it right before the castle lighting ceremony, and it was a great way to spend a few hours.
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The parade was the "Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It" Parade that they do a few times a day. We caught that too...it was actually much better than the daytime parade. It was as if the HSM crew made a parade. It stops around the hub, and the characters pull people from the audience to join in. We caught it right before the castle lighting ceremony, and it was a great way to spend a few hours.
I was surprised how much we enjoyed it. I loved how they really pulled people into it.
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Day 1 - Pirates, Tiki's and Voodoo - Oh My!

Off we were headed to Adventureland, with every intention of making this our first stop -



Every good trip should start with a little bit of Jack right? On our way to Pirates though another attraction was just about to start so we just had to stop.



The picture came out lousy, but that's in the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room. (Sung of course!) I love the singing/dancing tikis on the totems. I will admit here a fondness for the Tiki birds attraction, more so the original version than the under new management version WDW runs now. Still, I have to stop once per trip to see the show, if only so I get a chance to sing the theme song. It's easily one of my favorite Disney songs, and once you hear it, just try to get it out of your head. You can all thank me later for putting it there.

Much as I enjoy the show, Disney really needs to do a bit of freshening up in here. Some of the birds are getting to look like well loved stuffed animals. I got my first glimpse of how busy the park was today, as the Tiki birds were playing to a nearly full house.

Once done with our visit to the aviary, we headed over to pirates to visit Jack. Sadly the pirate tutorial was just ending as we got there, and Jack was making a run for behind the scenes. The line for pirates was moving right along and we only had to wait about 15 minutes or so to ride.

By the time we got off, hunger was beginning to set in. It was getting close to 1:00 and I hadn't eaten anything more than a bag of cookies on the plane. I had really wanted to try Caseys or the Columbia Harbor House for lunch today. We didn't really want to head all the way back to Main Street in the crowds, and my friend didn't really want to go the Columbia Harbor House. We headed over to Pecos Bills. I love the burger bar with the mushroom so I wasn't too disappointed. I had the bacon cheeseburger with fries and a soda. Then I loaded it up with mushrooms. Yum!!!



Food porn!

Just a bit of a side note about the food porn. My first few days of the trip I didn't want to explain to my friend why I needed pictures of my meals, so I was snapping pics when she was away from the table. So sneaky! Which is why I'm missing a few meals. Finally I just admited to what I was doing, and let her get a good laugh out of it. She thought I was nuts, but by the end of the week she was artfully arranging my place settings and volunteering her plate up for photography. Seriously the DIS is a collective. You can't help but get sucked into it.

Now well fed and feeling a new burst of energy we set off to ride BTMR. On the way there the Tiana riverboat show was just starting, so we found a spot on the bridge in Adventureland and hung out to watch.







It's a shame that the show is ending (has ended?). It was a lot of fun, and everyone around us seemed to really be enjoying it. I haven't seen the movie yet, but the guy playing the bad guy was fantastic. Very creepy, but the overall show was upbeat and fun. The riverboat was the perfect setting.

After the show ended we headed over to BTMR for our first big ride.

Or not.
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I love the holiday themed soda cup!

I would imagine that there will be a Princess and the Frog show at some point in the future....it would be a shame not too!
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The burger looks so good.

I wish they'd keep the Tiana riverboat show. Hopefully, something else is in the works.
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