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Old 01-06-2010, 06:31 AM   #16
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Day 2 - continued..

After lunch, we went to Splash Mountain – which was a walk on! We both LOVE this attraction.. although Verity couldn't ride it the first time we went to WDW in 1993 … as she wasn't tall enough!

Thunder Mountain had a much longer wait (45mins I think) so we decided to leave it until another day, we had three more visits to MK planned for the trip!

We wandered back to Adventureland and did the Jungle Cruise, we had an older skipper which seemed unusual – but he was really funny, told some great jokes.



Next up was Aloha Isle to get Dole Whips... Verity's first one! They are so delicious – it was 3pm and we'd planned to attend a WDW Today podcast/AllEars.net meet – we could see a large group of people nearby... it was a little bit intimidating at first, everyone seemed to know each other already!
Verity was brave and joined in a conversation with a lady called Lori (BriarRosie on the DIS I believe!)– and we also met Beci Mahnken who is the owner of Mousefan Travel & is often a guest on Lou Mongello's podcast.. we found it funny to meet someone who's voice we know so well!



We stayed for about an hour, it's nice to speak to people to love Disney as much as we do! Beci gave us red lanyards that everyone else in the group was wearing.

We left MK at 4.20pm, and got the Yacht & Beach Club bus back – we walked through the YC (where I stayed in July with DF's family.. I wanted to smell the lobby again – I think it's the wax they use on the floors, it's amazing!) and we looked at the Christmas decorations.



Walked back around to the Boardwalk – there was a red carpet and film crews outside Atlantic Dance as the Home Depot College Football Awards were taking place there later.

Back at the room, I tried out the internet connection (free for DVC members) as I'd brought my laptop with me – spoke to DF briefly, oh.. and the Disney Florist had visited again! This time the surprise was for me, from Verity.. luckily we'd picked different gift baskets – I got a Peterpan themed gift..



Then we got showered and ready to go for dinner at Kouzzina on the Boardwalk.

We were given a buzzer at the restaurant – so we walked through to Seashore Sweets shop – but after 5 minutes are table was ready.
We were seated at the very far end of the restaurant, it was in a nice quiet area although it would have been nice to be able to see the open kitchen (will have to go again!)

To drink, I tried an Ouzo-tini (the server checked I had had Ouzo before before ordering!) and Verity had a Pomegranate Splash cocktail... both were very nice.

The food was delicious & our server was attentive without interrupting our meal too much.
To eat, I had Vongole and then Cinnamon chicken stew, Verity had Calamari followed by Fisherman's Stew (I think?!) - and we shared a side dish of Gigantes Beans.
The restaurant was very busy, I was surprised as it hadn't been open very long, but shows how popular it is already!
There was a LOT of food and when I go to Kouzzina again I will make sure I'm really really hungry before!



We had planned to go to Fantasia Gardens mini golf after dinner, but as it was quite cool and the jet lag was creeping up on us, we decided to have an early night as we had a full day planned tomorrow!

We stopped at Guest Relations in the lobby on the way back to the room to ask about booking a taxi to Animal Kingdom the next morning (we had an ADR before park opening so the buses wouldn't be running) – and the CM told us that there was no need to book, just visit bell services in the morning and there'd be a line of cabs waiting.

We also popped into the shop in the Boardwalk, I bought a BW 2009 Christmas pin – the CM was super friendly and told us that all BW pins were half price today! (I have only just got into pin trading this year but can already see how addictive collecting can get.)

Walking along our corridor, we noticed a guest had decorated their door with a christmas decoration ..



Verity thought it wasn't straight, so tried to adjust it.. and knocked it off!! we were giggling so much (jet lag does crazy things to you!) but she managed to put it back on the door and we ran back to our room... I stopped to take some photos of the new hallway carpets (With hidden mickeys!)



Back at the room, there was a problem with our toilet.. it just kept filling up with water and eventually flooded the bathroom! I phoned maintenance and a lady came within half an hour and fixed it.. she cleaned up the whole bathroom & gave us a huge pile of extra towels (great at DVC because you don't get daily housekeeping!) - I tried to give her a tip but she wouldn't take it, we were so grateful though!

We heard Illuminations from Epcot (yup we really were having an early night!) the extra Holiday tag at the end sounded like a war had started outside .

Coming up tomorrow... Tusker House, AK, The Wave, MVMCP.. then Jelly Rolls til 2am!

Emma x x
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I am loving your TR already! I have to say that I really dislike to fly. I am not totally terrified, but a little scared none the less. I am SO impressed that you can survive a 9 hour one!! I think that "Up" would help me out, though
Thank you for reading so far! ... 9 hours is a long time to fly but I try to fill the time up with watching movies (usually 2 hours each), the meal & drink services take up another hour.. read a book or some puzzles from a quiz book.. listen to ipod.. it soon flies by! The thing I don't like is turbulence .. it scares me so much, unlike Verity who used to work for an airline so she is great at flying now!

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I think reliving the vacation is the best part of trip reports. I was in Disney the same time as you. I love to compare trips and to see if my path crossed with a stranger I met on the internet. So far it hasn't. We were in HS on Wed. but had dinner on the Boardwalk.
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Hi Emma!! I found the link to your TR on Katie's PTR! I'm so excited about your TR b/c we're planning a trip this December!! I cannot WAIT to go to WDW at Christmastime!! Great updates so far!!
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I'm snowed in today so plenty of time to write up the TR!

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Old 01-06-2010, 06:49 AM   #18
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Some more Pics of our room..

Just uploaded some more photos of our BWV Studio & the view..



(some hidden mickeys in the carpet & furniture)

and.. THE Spreadsheet plan!




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WOW!! You are an updating machine!! YAY for the 20% off coupon!! Disney is the BEST place to go shopping!! Your resort is beautiful--thanks for all of the pics!
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Hey! Great start on your TR, I am looking forward to reading more! Our trips overlapped, I was there Dec. 5-12th! I'm going to start my TR....someday....when I can find my camera charger again....
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I think I was two steps behind or ahead of you on your every move. That is so bizarre. We were also at MK for opening, went straight to SP. Found it was closed but got a FP. We ended up doing Buzz and then the tea pots. I see Alice was doing her meet and great. She road with a couple of little girls when we went. We had to of just missed you. I think we then did Small World and headed to Main Street Bakery. I know that it started to rain when we road SP. I think we road stand by. We road TTA. It was pouring. We then had lunch at The Plaza. I think we went to The Hall of Presidents. You wil just have to read my TR. I haven't made it to this day yet.

Where is the pink/blue sleeping beauty dress? I have never seen it. That is the only part of that movie I like is when they change the dress color.
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Where is the pink/blue sleeping beauty dress? I have never seen it.
It is in the shop Tinkerbell's Treasures in Fantasyland, just behind Cinderella's Castle - I hadn't seen the SB dress before! We actually went in there because we'd heard a lucky guest is chosen each today to 'wake up tinkerbell' - we asked a CM but apparently we were too late - you have to go first thing in the morning!
While we were there we did see a CM give two guests 'pixie dust' in their hair, from a magic wand!

How strange we had such similar days at MK!

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I love the bakery! We discovered the Apple Turnovers and are dreaming of them now hehe

Did you guys buy anything at the Emporium?
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Great update. Can't wait to hear about Jelly Rolls. I love that place, we always have a great time there.
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First of all, I have NEVER had breakfast from the Main Street bakery and I'm just dying to do it! I feel like everytime I have an early morning in the MK, I have a Crystal Palace ADR. Definitely next time!

Secondly, I can't BELIEVE Splash was a walk on! Especially since BTMRR had such a long wait! I feel like Splash has one of the worst lines in WDW, definitely in MK!

Dinner sounded great and I"m all about an early night once in a while...especially so you can be ready to go bright and early! I'm pretty sure, though, that the buses DO run well before park opening. We always get the bus to MK for our early morning Crystal Palace breakfast at like 7:30 when the park doesn't open until 9. I'm almost positive while waiting for those buses, I've seen the ones for the other parks too.

Oh and I had NO idea that Beci Mankhen looked like that! I picture a blonde for some reason! That's fun that you got to meet them. I've always wanted to do one of those but felt weird, just like you said, about joining in with the crowd. There was a DIS meet on our cruise and I walked in and walked right out because I was scared of the huge crowd! Where was Mongello?!

Lastly, how do you pronounce your sister's name? It is so unique, I've never heard of that name before and as I'm reading, I want to make sure I'm saying it correctly in my head!

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Coming up tomorrow... Tusker House, AK, The Wave, MVMCP.. then Jelly Rolls til 2am!

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I can't wait for the next update. I have a feeling I sat next to you at The Wave. I know that we sat next to two young women with a british accent and we ate there on Fri night. I also remember them having their server take their photo. It had to be you.
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fantastic report! Glad to know there are other twenty-somethings that love Disney!
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I can't wait for the next update. I have a feeling I sat next to you at The Wave. I know that we sat next to two young women with a british accent and we ate there on Fri night. I also remember them having their server take their photo. It had to be you.
OMG no way!! Were you sitting along a wall, to the right from where you enter the restaurant?! .. there was a couple sat next to us... our ADR was at 5.30pm !!!!

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lol! Yes we adore all things Disney!

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First of all, I have NEVER had breakfast from the Main Street bakery and I'm just dying to do it! I feel like everytime I have an early morning in the MK, I have a Crystal Palace ADR. Definitely next time!

Yes definitely do it on your next trip.. everything looks, tastes and smells soo good!

Secondly, I can't BELIEVE Splash was a walk on! Especially since BTMRR had such a long wait! I feel like Splash has one of the worst lines in WDW, definitely in MK!

I know.. the only reason I can think it was such a short queue was because of the time of year? it was mid 70s which I guess is cool to some people?!

Dinner sounded great and I"m all about an early night once in a while...especially so you can be ready to go bright and early! I'm pretty sure, though, that the buses DO run well before park opening. We always get the bus to MK for our early morning Crystal Palace breakfast at like 7:30 when the park doesn't open until 9. I'm almost positive while waiting for those buses, I've seen the ones for the other parks too.

Thank you for the info.. we thought buses started one hour before park opening - but didn't want to risk missing our ADR! maybe next time I'd ask what time buses start before paying for cabs - it was very easy to do though

Oh and I had NO idea that Beci Mankhen looked like that! I picture a blonde for some reason! That's fun that you got to meet them. I've always wanted to do one of those but felt weird, just like you said, about joining in with the crowd. There was a DIS meet on our cruise and I walked in and walked right out because I was scared of the huge crowd! Where was Mongello?!

hehe.. Beci is kinda blonde, she is stood at the back, next to Verity.
Lou Mongello was meant to be there that weekend but had to cancel his meets due to family illness - I would love to meet him one day, his books & podcast are amazing!
That first 'meet' was the hardest, after that we found it much easier to talk to people - I think we stuck out as the 'two young English girls' though!


Lastly, how do you pronounce your sister's name? It is so unique, I've never heard of that name before and as I'm reading, I want to make sure I'm saying it correctly in my head!

It is a bit like the word "Verify" but with a "t" ... pronounced "Ve-ri-tee" it means Truth - its a lovely name, I forget it's unusual because it's my baby sister's name!
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Yup we spent about $200!! but saved $40.. so it was ok lol

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Hi my name is Ty, I have always wanted a sisters trip, every time my sister and I try it falls through, but I did get a tip with my BFF who I hadn't seen in 25 years because we had lost touch with eachother while our parent smoved us all over the world for the military.
We were at Epcot on Dec 9th celebrating my birthday and then we were at MK on the 10th eating at Pecos Bill roughly aroun the same time as you and your sister, I wonder if maybe we crossed paths,
I am enjoying your TR and looking forward to more updates.
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Day 3


Day 3 – Friday December 11th 2009

Animal Kingdom, The Wave, MVMCP.. then Jelly Rolls til 2am!

We left our room at 7.45am and got a taxi from the front of the Boardwalk – just as Guest Relations had said, there were several taxis waiting in front of the resort... although there were only two of us, we got a HUGE taxi – more like a mini bus!!

We got to Animal Kingdom just after 8am, the taxi cost $11 so I think we gave the driver $15.

We took some photos by the beautiful tree at the front of the park.. another guest took our picture together, he had a 'Happy Anniversary' pin on so I said congratulations to him!



We entered the park at a turnstile on the right hand side, a CM had a printed out list of Tusker House ADRs and checked us off the list... another CM noticed our English accents and asked when was a good time to visit the UK.. Verity said “well.. sometimes it's nice May to July – but we never really know!”

It was great to be able to walk through an almost empty park – apart from a few CM s who stood waving & wished us a great breakfast, at times we were completely alone in the park!







Neither of us had done a breakfast buffet before – but we really liked the idea of getting into the park early!



We checked in at Tusker House, and waited a few moments while each party had their pictures taken with the host.. Donald Duck!



The photographer took a picture with our camera, then ones for the photo package that you can buy during your meal – I think it was around $30 (including tax) for several copies in a souvenir folder (which we bought!)

A server showed us the buffet area and explained the set up to us – then we were seated in a small area off the side of the main dining area – we were given some 'jungle juice' (think it was orange, mango & guava?) and we ordered a pot of coffee too.

We had a little while before our first character arrived, so we went to explore the buffet! It was all delicious, we tried some authentic African breakfast items (beef bobote) and other more standard things.. got to have Mickey waffles in WDW!

And met Daisy, Mickey and Goofy..



At one point during breakfast, the servers encouraged all the children to get up at join Daisy Duck in a conga line around the restaurant, it was so cute!

We finished our meal and left just after 9am, perfect timing to head to Kilimanjaro – we were right by it! There was only a 5 minute wait – we had a great safari – lots of animals were out (today was our coolest day of the trip, mid 60s), and we were temporarily held up as a giraffe walked right along next to our jeep!



Next we crossed continents to Asia.. and rode Expedition Everest, again only a 5 minute wait.. and we got the front row!! (I really like sitting at the front on EE as you can see over the mountain at the top.. and watch the track rotate before you speed forward again!)



As we wandered towards Dinoland, we noticed a Nemo Musical show was just about to start.. we both love this show! It was really excellent, both got a upset in places, it's so emotional!

As we exited the show building, there was a steel drum band playing “Little Drummer Boy”.. it was so festive but still fitted well in AK!

Next to Dinosaur – we were looking out for hidden mickeys in the line (Verity had the book with her!) and the family behind started to join in with us!
The queue was less than 5 minutes again – and the ride was great, it still scares me even though I must have been on it a dozen times!



Verity wanted to do Primeval Whirl next – this was our longest line all day, but still only about 20 minutes.

Headed back to Discovery Island to do 'It's Tough to be a Bug' – I love the theming of this area and seeing the Tree of Life up close!



The show was great although there was no Hopper animatronic? He must have been out chasing ants...

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