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Old 01-19-2010, 02:36 PM   #76
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Just found your TR and caught up....sounds like you guys had a blast! looking forward to reading about your last day
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Loved reading along - particularly about the tour. I would love to do that but at the moment Amber is to young and I don't fancy doing it on my own. Can't wait to read about the last day. Must have been lovely to spend all that "sisterly" time together!
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:23 PM   #78
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Just found your TR and caught up....sounds like you guys had a blast! looking forward to reading about your last day
Thank you for reading so far! I see in your signature you have a trip planned for December 2010.. it's an amazing time of year to go to WDW!

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Loved reading along - particularly about the tour. I would love to do that but at the moment Amber is to young and I don't fancy doing it on my own. Can't wait to read about the last day. Must have been lovely to spend all that "sisterly" time together!
The tour was fantastic.. I think the minimum age is 16, but I can understand why, there's a chance when you're backstage of seeing characters with human heads?! lol

Thank you for reading so far! I'm almost putting off writing up the last day, I don't want it to end! .. will get it done soon though - and Verity has video to add too now, well done sis!

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I am always late to everyone's trip report. I've got a lot of catching up to do. I hear you talk abut Jelly Rolls. I've never been there? Is it a place for dancing? I must try that. I didn't have room in my schedule on our next trip to try Kouzina, especially since we're a party of 9 and have to please children too. We're going to do alot of walk up. I love Main Street Bakery for breakfast. Everything is so big. The muffins are huge the cinnamon rolls massive! I didn't know they had lattes. I'm getting one there in March for sure now.

btw: I think The Enchanted Tiki Hut has always been "under new management". Maybe that does refer to Disneyland. I've never been to land, but my first trip to World was around 1973 and I think it was like that.

I totally love the Dole Whip. I didn't get one in July if you can believe that. With all the tour groups, it was too crowded and my MIL was in a scooter, so some places we just didn't get to. I don't know WHAT I'm looking forward to more, the Dole whip.. or that Passionfruit Margarita in Mexico. I usually get Mango.

Glad to finally read your report. I'm going to have to stop for the night and pick up in the morning.
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I am always late to everyone's trip report. I've got a lot of catching up to do. I hear you talk abut Jelly Rolls. I've never been there? Is it a place for dancing? I must try that. I didn't have room in my schedule on our next trip to try Kouzina, especially since we're a party of 9 and have to please children too. We're going to do alot of walk up. I love Main Street Bakery for breakfast. Everything is so big. The muffins are huge the cinnamon rolls massive! I didn't know they had lattes. I'm getting one there in March for sure now.

btw: I think The Enchanted Tiki Hut has always been "under new management". Maybe that does refer to Disneyland. I've never been to land, but my first trip to World was around 1973 and I think it was like that.

I totally love the Dole Whip. I didn't get one in July if you can believe that. With all the tour groups, it was too crowded and my MIL was in a scooter, so some places we just didn't get to. I don't know WHAT I'm looking forward to more, the Dole whip.. or that Passionfruit Margarita in Mexico. I usually get Mango.

Glad to finally read your report. I'm going to have to stop for the night and pick up in the morning.
Glad you found us Mindy! Think you've already looked at our vacation photos on facebook lol

Definitely stop for a Dole Whip and a Passion Fruit Margerita on your next trip! That temporary counter-service place in Mexico should be there for quite a while.. Disney have completely knocked down the Cantina over the last few weeks to rebuild it!

Last day coming up...

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The last day... :(


Day 6 – the last day... just a few more hours of Disney magic to squeeze in before we head back to chilly England!

Monday 14th December 2009

We did most of our packing before going to bed the night before – so this morning, we got up at 7am – had showers & then called bell services to come collect our luggage & store it for us until our Magical Express coach came (at about 4pm).

We said goodbye to our room..



And headed to the conference centre – we had a present to post to a friend in the US.. it was nice to see another part of the Boardwalk resort!



It was just before 8am, time to get a taxi to.. The Grand Floridian! We had a breakfast ADR at 8.25am at 1900 Park Fare.

Neither of us had been to this resort before – it was beautiful! Particularly with the Christmas decorations up.



We checked in for our breakfast and walked straight up to have our photo taken for the souvenir photo package.
Unlike Tusker House, there was no character to have our picture with (I wonder if sometimes there is?) so it was just us with a Christmas tree – we decided not to buy the photo this time.

Then it was time for breakfast!
We both really enjoyed this meal – there was so much choice!
I was keen to try the strawberry soup that I'd heard was a speciality of the resort..



Another great thing about the meal was the mix of characters we got to meet!



Mary Poppins asked us if we'd “left the boys at home this morning?!”




… and when we told Alice we were from England, she said “oh my, you must have fallen down a very long rabbit hole to get here!”



The Mad Hatter was really good fun to meet, he asked us where our travels were taking us today – we said MK, and he said we had to ride his favourite, the teacups!
As he left our table he said “well, it was a pleasure to meet me!!”



We got to see Winnie the Pooh twice!



After a delicious breakfast, we did a little exploring around the hotel.



We walked up to the next floor to take a look at Victoria & Alberts and the shops.. then we headed out to the monorail – on our way to MK for the last time this trip!

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The last day... continued..

We arrived at the Magic Kingdom and headed to some of the attractions that we'd not done yet.. first up was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

We got Fast Passes for Winnie the Pooh – and we had a little more Disney magic..



The machine gave us two passes each! One for Pooh, and the other for Mickey's Philharmagic!

Next to Cinderella's Carousel (this was my first ever ride on this!)



We also saw an usual character... Scrooge McDuck!


We spent some time in Mickey's Toon Town Fair, before it is gone forever when Fantasyland expands!



We rode Goofy's Barnstormer for the first time ever too …



Then to Fantasyland to go to Philharmagic, we almost met Peter Pan but he had to go back to Never Never Land, just as we joined the line.. never mind!
Next we visited 100 acre wood with Pooh and friends.

Back around to Tomorrowland to do a new favourite... Monsters Inc Laugh Floor.

We stopped at the hub to get an essential Disney snack that we'd not eaten yet.. popcorn!



By then it was time to head over to Epcot, so we reluctantly left the Magic Kingdom.. I always get a little choked up when I leave MK for the last time of the vacation!

As we exited through the turnstiles, a CM was stood there waving with a Mickey glove on.. and he said to me “see you soon! … you work here, don't you?!” … I was so thrilled! (secretly hoping he'd mistaken me for a princess or tinkerbell!) .. I replied “no, but I wish I did!” .. he laughed and said that there was a CM who worked in MK that looked just like me! So apparently I have a Disney twin.

We hopped on the monorail (the new teal train!) and made our way to Epcot.



We had time to do about two attractions, so we picked one each... I wanted to find Nemo and then talk to a turtle – so first we headed to the Living Seas pavillion.

Verity wanted to go on Soarin' for her choice – unfortunately the queue time was well over an hour, so she opted for another family favourite – Ellen's Universe of Energy!



I hadn't done this for many trips so it was fun to do again.

We wandered around to World Showcase to do our last attraction of the vacation, and a classic favourite of our family... O Canada!
We both really enjoy the new film with Martin Short, and know all the words to the theme song at the end.. which we sang along to.



By now it was after 2pm and we knew we had to back at the BW by 3.20pm ready for our DME coach.

We decided to get some lunch in the bakery in France, I had a cheese & ham baguette, Verity had a toasted sandwich. We had a French beer each too (When in France.. !)

We wandered back to International Gateway, finished our drink – then exited the park.


Back at the BW, we asked bell services for our luggage, repacked our hand luggage.. and waited for the bus to arrive that was going to whisk us away to the airport..






The journey back to MCO was quite quick, again the driver was surprised by our personalised 'thank you' envelope for his tip!
We checked in for our flight, stopped for some last minute shopping at the Disney Earport store (I needed the P&tF soundtrack cd and some of the plates shaped like Minnie!)
Through security, then waited at our gate for our 7.50pm flight back to London.


So... that's all folks!!

I had an absolutely wonderful trip... we'd planned every detail for months & months, yet there were those little extra Disney things that happened that added to our magical vacation!

We did some attractions neither of us had done before, which amazed several of my friends at home who assume I must have done everything in WDW because I've been 'so many times'

All our ADR choices were great – every meal was excellent! I think I'd go back to all of them again.

It was fun to meet the podcasters, bloggers and writers that we have listened to/read for many years – everyone was so nice & welcoming!

And most of all.. thank you to Verity, it was fantastic to spend a vacation with you in our favourite place in the whole world!
Thank you for being a wonderful friend & the best little sister ever

Verity's next trip is May 2010 and mine is December.. so watch this space for future trip reports!

Luv & pixie dust

Emma x x

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The Madhatter looks like fun! I so want to meet him! hehe

I always am sad when I leave MK for the last time. It will always be my favorite park of all!
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I had never seen these posters! (Muppets) Did not even know that this line was there. Gotta go see it this year.
These posters are have changed. The ones you posted pictures of are spoofs of more current movies. I have photos of this area and posters from March 2005 and they're different. There was for instance, a poster of Miss Piggy as Princess Lea from Star Wars. The poster with Beaker had a beach scene. I'm glad they changed them. Gives me a reason to go back there again and look.
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Oh Emma, how sad! I hate the last day of a Disney trip!! Seeing that picture of the ME bus almost brought tears to my eyes!

You had such an awesome trip with your sister, something you will always treasure, especially now that you are getting older and on your way to starting families of your own.

Can't wait for you next trip! Keep me posted on your NYC plans! And good luck with all the wedding (and honeymoon!) planning!
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Awww! I hate to see your TR coming to an end, Emma!! But I have really enjoyed reading and getting to know you better!!
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We did the breakfast at 1900 Park Fare in Oct 2008. We never saw or were offered to take a souvenir photo package. Hmm?

I did not know that Fantasyland was expanding into Toontown and it was going away. I hope it is there in March when we visit. We'll have to say goodbye. Before that, it was Mickey's Birthdayland, and I have photo of it from that incarnation in 1990.

I clicked on the link for podcast 140. The page loaded, and the list of podcasts came up. I clicked on 140 and it said "buffering" for a very long time, then it said loaded, but wouldn't play. I could get any of the other weeks selections to play, but not that one. ??

People also think I must have done everything there is to do at DisneyWorld too, but not even close. I haven't even more than just walked through Canada. I've never ridden Space Mountain or Astro Orbiter (not sure I'm brave enough).

I like your description of the Tomorrowland motor speedway being on the wrong side of the road. I thought it was kind of in the middle.. but the driver is on the left. I can't imagine driving from the right.

Now I want to try Paradiso 37! I'd love to do KTK but Heidi is only 7, and unless someone is with us who can watch her... we'll have to wait.

Thank you for a lovely report. I enjoyed reading it and it makes me even more excited to not only for my trip, but to change some of my plans to do some things I didn't think of.
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Oops, almost forgot to ask.... these podcasts... how do I find them. I found the one you posted a link to. Although the selection with your voice on it wouldn't play. I don't have an ipod but I did listen to some of one of the others on my laptop. I assume I can listen to the other podcasts on my laptop too. How do I find the other ones?
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Oops, almost forgot to ask.... these podcasts... how do I find them. I found the one you posted a link to. Although the selection with your voice on it wouldn't play. I don't have an ipod but I did listen to some of one of the others on my laptop. I assume I can listen to the other podcasts on my laptop too. How do I find the other ones?
Hi Mindy!
Lol there was a problem with that podcast episode, the presenters had to post it again the next day..

I first found Disney podcasts on iTunes - just by typing in 'Disney' in the search box I think!!

Most of the podcasts are also available from their websites, just stream from the internet .. our favourites are..

All About the Mouse www.allaboutthemouse.com

WDW Radio www.wdwradio.com

Inside the Magic www.distantcreations.com/insidethemagic

and WDW Today www.wdwtoday.com

I listen to them on my way to work every day - much more fun than normal radio stations.. puts me in a good mood for the day at work!

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Oooh--thanks for the links to the Podcasts!!! I've just started listening to some and I'm hooked!!! Do you listen to the DIS podcast?!
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