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Old 05-29-2010, 06:59 PM   #151
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And although I am supposed to have ceased shopping, I've managed to sneak in another dress for the lovely sunny florida weather...DBF won't lose me in this anyway!


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We have a framed Maurader's map! A company called "The Noble Collection" does movie props and it is awesome!! I also have Hermione's wand and a time turner!

I love how you are excited to go to TGI Fridays! Do they not have them in Ireland? There are 4 in driving distance of us! We eat there a lot. I like how you venture out of Disney. Once we land at MCO and get on that ME bus, it's Disney all the way for us! Not this trip, but next time we are definitely going to look into going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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Old 05-29-2010, 07:24 PM   #153
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We LOVE Chef Mickey's! When planning my ADR's for Sept, I was told by my DH and DD that we had to eat at Chef Mickey's and Crystal Palace. They didn't care where else we ate! I love the old pictures that you've posted. Isn't is fun to look back at previous Disney trips?

I've never been to Busch Gardens in Tampa, but I've been to the one in Virginia. They have some excellent roller coasters! In 2006, we stayed at a Marriott Vacation Club on International Drive right by SeaWorld. We drove by it everyday and we always would watch the people on Atlantis and one of the other coasters (not Manta...it wasn't built yet).
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Your plans look so awesome! If I were you, though, I'd get a FP for Toy Story and then ride, since by the time you get off the ride, there's a strong chance that the return time will be much, much later. That ride is absolutely insane when it comes to running out of fastpasses and crazy wait times. It's awesome, though
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:58 PM   #155
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Your plans are looking great, I love that dress. I"m always sneaking in some last minute purchases (even on the day of departure)

I"m excited to see Harry Potter Land as well..just trying to convince Dbf!

...i'm still here reading your PTR..
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:09 PM   #156
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Love your dress! The pattern is really pretty!

As for a snack for Fantasmic, I heard Starring Rolls Cafe is really good. They have all kinds of treats, including humongous cupcakes & muffins.
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Love the plans so far!

For Toy Story Midway Mania... DBF & I always do "(b)" - ride then get a FP - because we tend to spend most of a day at DHS so we know we'll still be there at 2/3pm if the FP is that late!
The queue for FPs is so big first thing after rope drop... I wonder if some people just join it because they think it's the queue for the actual ride?! but then time we've ridden it (usually less than 10 minute wait) the FP queue has disappeared lol
Either way will work though.. just definitely head over there first thing!


I went to Busch Gardens in 2008 (while staying in Bradenton with my parents ) and we did all the rollercoasters ... Sheikra is soo scary - it's like Oblivion in Alton Towers but much much better! and it really pauses right at the top of that vertical drop !

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ps - love the dress!
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:24 AM   #158
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For TSM, I'd say get FP's and then get in the stand-by line. You never know how much later the FP return time could go if you rode stand-by first before getting FP's. It might be during Fantasmic and you don't want that since you're watching the show!
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For a snack to bring into Fantasmic, I reccomend going to Starring Rolls and getting a cupcake-- yummy!
I love Seaworld!! Atlantis is so fun-- I also love the tunnel you walk through with all the fish around you. With a Disney or IOA/US vacation being a bit hurried, it's nice to take a day at Seaworld and relax!! Clyde and Seamore is my favorite show there, it's absolutely hysterical!
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:56 AM   #160
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All sound great

For TSM I would get an FP then ride it, thats what we are hoping to do this year. It most prob won't be that big a wait than if you did it the other way round.

I remember the Kraken, is an awesome ride, I remember DF having second thoughts walking up to it, bless him. But its over so quickly, so at least DF can relax a little knowing that
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Good Morning!!

All of your plans look so amazing!! I'm so excited for you!! And I love how me and my bathrobe got a shout out!! I can't wait to get that picture!!! Hmmm I would also agree with tinkgurl and say to fp first and then ride-especially because you can use the fp after the time frame but not before, so I think it'd be better to just be able to use it more "whenever" as opposed to having to wait all day!! Enjoy Sci-Fi too! I think it is the coolest idea for a restaurant EVER!! I love it so much I'm going back!! Yay!!

Also, you will LOVE Liberty Tree Tavern. That fried cheese was so good and so was the yummy delicious dessert Nikki posted!! For the actual entree, I think you can't go wrong either! I loved my burger, my dad really enjoyed his reuben sandwich, and my mom said the colony salad was the best salad she's ever had!! So I think you will love that meal!!

I can't wait to live vicariously through you visiting Sea World and Universal and Busch Gardens!! We didn't really have time for it this trip and can't make it any longer but I'm so there next April for my 21st...so let me know all the details and cool stuff like where to eat and all that jazz!
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Old 05-31-2010, 11:16 AM   #162
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We have a framed Maurader's map! A company called "The Noble Collection" does movie props and it is awesome!! I also have Hermione's wand and a time turner!

I love how you are excited to go to TGI Fridays! Do they not have them in Ireland? There are 4 in driving distance of us! We eat there a lot. I like how you venture out of Disney. Once we land at MCO and get on that ME bus, it's Disney all the way for us! Not this trip, but next time we are definitely going to look into going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Had a look at the site and Marauder's Map looks very cool, think that will be my first preference souveneir from HP land, but will be intersting to see prices for all the stuff! i've heard its going to be very dear!

We have one TGI Fri's in Northern Ireland and we do enjoy it but it is nowhere near as nice as the American version...they don't have my favourite dish here the chicken sandwich on garlic toast, the portions are smaller and they don't put the lovely seasoning on the fries! so...i will definitely be eating in TGI's 2-3 times on our trip...in 2003 we stayed in Orlando for 21 nights and had dinner at TGI Fris...17 of those nights! how shameful! but we enjoyed it each and every night and kids ate free so my mum and nana were loving it!

I would love to do a trip staying in Disney being able to use the Magical Express and DBF being able to enjoy a few drinks in the evenings with dinner...is definitely in our future plans! Reading your trip report made me realise how fun world showcase could be at night!

You should definitely plan in HP, and the crowds won't be as manic in a yr's time, I think this July will be crazeee!


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We LOVE Chef Mickey's! When planning my ADR's for Sept, I was told by my DH and DD that we had to eat at Chef Mickey's and Crystal Palace. They didn't care where else we ate! I love the old pictures that you've posted. Isn't is fun to look back at previous Disney trips?

I've never been to Busch Gardens in Tampa, but I've been to the one in Virginia. They have some excellent roller coasters! In 2006, we stayed at a Marriott Vacation Club on International Drive right by SeaWorld. We drove by it everyday and we always would watch the people on Atlantis and one of the other coasters (not Manta...it wasn't built yet).

Maybe Busch Gardens might be a good trip for future years, they do a lot of tours including one where you can feed the giraffes and get really close up, would Madison like that sort of thing?

Glad to hear DH enjoyed Chef Mickey's as well as Madison, I'm not sure if we'll feel weird as an adult couple in the middle of all families with kids, but I feel like I am still a big Kid, and am so excited to meet the characters without having to stand and queue in the heat of the parks! will be my first ever chaarcter meal!


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Your plans look so awesome! If I were you, though, I'd get a FP for Toy Story and then ride, since by the time you get off the ride, there's a strong chance that the return time will be much, much later. That ride is absolutely insane when it comes to running out of fastpasses and crazy wait times. It's awesome, though
I could easily go on this ride 10 times a day and not get bored, I'm nervous thinking of a huge crowd of stampeding TSM fans but hopefully will be a relatively civilised stampeded?!

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Your plans are looking great, I love that dress. I"m always sneaking in some last minute purchases (even on the day of departure)

I"m excited to see Harry Potter Land as well..just trying to convince Dbf!

...i'm still here reading your PTR..
Is DBF Not loving the idea of Harry Potter? Ray doesn't really like the films and wouldn't even read a page of the books and if he knew how big the lines are going to be for Forbidden Journey he'd probably be freaking out! But I think he'll like Hogsmeade? Might try and get him to watch at least a couple of the films with me before I go...the attention to detail is meant to be brilliant!

Glad you like the dress, purchases on the day of departure i'm working that day, and my office is very close to the shops, so i could be joining you!

I'm still looking out for your pre-trippie!


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Love your dress! The pattern is really pretty!

As for a snack for Fantasmic, I heard Starring Rolls Cafe is really good. They have all kinds of treats, including humongous cupcakes & muffins.
Will have a look on All-Ears for the menu, a big cupcake now I could deal with that!

The dress was only £8 and I thought would be nice and cool for during the day!


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Love the plans so far!

For Toy Story Midway Mania... DBF & I always do "(b)" - ride then get a FP - because we tend to spend most of a day at DHS so we know we'll still be there at 2/3pm if the FP is that late!
The queue for FPs is so big first thing after rope drop... I wonder if some people just join it because they think it's the queue for the actual ride?! but then time we've ridden it (usually less than 10 minute wait) the FP queue has disappeared lol
Either way will work though.. just definitely head over there first thing!


I went to Busch Gardens in 2008 (while staying in Bradenton with my parents ) and we did all the rollercoasters ... Sheikra is soo scary - it's like Oblivion in Alton Towers but much much better! and it really pauses right at the top of that vertical drop !

Emma x

ps - love the dress!
Hey, I've been on Sheikra once and that pause on the edge is definitely the most scary part for me, just drop us and get it over with!

I wonder did they anticipate TSM becoming as popular as it is?! appeals to every age and has so much rrepeat appeal! I had heard that before about people joining the fastpass queue thinking it was the proper line...maybe if we're there early enough and close to the front we'll just sort of see what the best option is...don't know! its a toughie! thanks for the help!

The Dress is From Asda! so cheap as chips! they have it in block colours too, saw purple and black!


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For TSM, I'd say get FP's and then get in the stand-by line. You never know how much later the FP return time could go if you rode stand-by first before getting FP's. It might be during Fantasmic and you don't want that since you're watching the show!
Oooooh thanks for the warning, during Fantasmic would be a real nightmare! because we have only this one chance really to see it! and it is probably my favourite night time show and i've never had good seats so looking forward to getting there early and really savouring it!

TSM definitely worth getting there before opening, I wonder what time crowds start to gather?


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For a snack to bring into Fantasmic, I reccomend going to Starring Rolls and getting a cupcake-- yummy!
I love Seaworld!! Atlantis is so fun-- I also love the tunnel you walk through with all the fish around you. With a Disney or IOA/US vacation being a bit hurried, it's nice to take a day at Seaworld and relax!! Clyde and Seamore is my favorite show there, it's absolutely hysterical!

Another vote for a cupcake from Starring Rolls, they must be good! gonna put it in my notebook of must do snacks!

Seaworld always does seem more relaxed, I love the tunnel (those moray/conger eels coming out of the walls are so creepy!) and clyde and seamore too! Will be interesting to see if DBF's favourites are similar to mine, I hope so!


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All sound great

For TSM I would get an FP then ride it, thats what we are hoping to do this year. It most prob won't be that big a wait than if you did it the other way round.

I remember the Kraken, is an awesome ride, I remember DF having second thoughts walking up to it, bless him. But its over so quickly, so at least DF can relax a little knowing that

I suppose it would mean that your next fastpass might be sooner too?!

Would love to have a go on the Wii game to get in a bit of practice but no time with revision and saving for dollars too!

That first big drop on Kraken to me gives the no.1 'heart in your mouth' feeling, so scary but so good at the same time!


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All of your plans look so amazing!! I'm so excited for you!! And I love how me and my bathrobe got a shout out!! I can't wait to get that picture!!! Hmmm I would also agree with tinkgurl and say to fp first and then ride-especially because you can use the fp after the time frame but not before, so I think it'd be better to just be able to use it more "whenever" as opposed to having to wait all day!! Enjoy Sci-Fi too! I think it is the coolest idea for a restaurant EVER!! I love it so much I'm going back!! Yay!!

Also, you will LOVE Liberty Tree Tavern. That fried cheese was so good and so was the yummy delicious dessert Nikki posted!! For the actual entree, I think you can't go wrong either! I loved my burger, my dad really enjoyed his reuben sandwich, and my mom said the colony salad was the best salad she's ever had!! So I think you will love that meal!!

I can't wait to live vicariously through you visiting Sea World and Universal and Busch Gardens!! We didn't really have time for it this trip and can't make it any longer but I'm so there next April for my 21st...so let me know all the details and cool stuff like where to eat and all that jazz!
Your bathrobe idea was too funny not to get a shout out!

Good reports on Sci Fi and LTT...I love it! really can't wait to visit either, Sci fi is such a cool idea, I told DBF about all the restaurants in HS and thats the one he picked out!

Ok I'm glad you want to hear abbout Sea World and Universal etc, I wasn't sure whether to just gloss over them *** we're on disboards but I love them almost as much as Disney! Your 21st will be here before you know it!
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Your bathrobe idea was too funny not to get a shout out!

Good reports on Sci Fi and LTT...I love it! really can't wait to visit either, Sci fi is such a cool idea, I told DBF about all the restaurants in HS and thats the one he picked out!

Ok I'm glad you want to hear abbout Sea World and Universal etc, I wasn't sure whether to just gloss over them *** we're on disboards but I love them almost as much as Disney! Your 21st will be here before you know it!
Thanks...I'm glad the bathrobe idea was shoutout worthy! Can't wait to actually live out the picture!!

I bet your DBF will LOVE Sci-Fi. Its so nice and cool in there so it'll be a nice break from the July FL sun!! Plus, I'm like 95% sure you can get milkshakes for your drink here!! (Someone can correct me if I'm wrong!) So if you guys like those, that's a plus!

Please don't gloss over Sea World and Universal, etc! I love to hear about them too. Especially Sea World...I just LOVE marine animals and killer whales were my favorite for the longest time! I've only been to the one in San Diego though and can't wait to hit up the Orlando one! Plus I'm a huge adrenaline junkie so I want to hear about all the sweet rides at the other places!!
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Thanks...I'm glad the bathrobe idea was shoutout worthy! Can't wait to actually live out the picture!!

I bet your DBF will LOVE Sci-Fi. Its so nice and cool in there so it'll be a nice break from the July FL sun!! Plus, I'm like 95% sure you can get milkshakes for your drink here!! (Someone can correct me if I'm wrong!) So if you guys like those, that's a plus!

Please don't gloss over Sea World and Universal, etc! I love to hear about them too. Especially Sea World...I just LOVE marine animals and killer whales were my favorite for the longest time! I've only been to the one in San Diego though and can't wait to hit up the Orlando one! Plus I'm a huge adrenaline junkie so I want to hear about all the sweet rides at the other places!!
DBF actually loves milkshakes, so he might get one, I love milk and icecream separately but just don't think I'd fancy a milkshake!

I'd love to visit the San Diego one, you'll love Sea World in Orlando, it has 3 great thrill rides although this will be the first time I get to try Manta, I was planning outfits today and love wearing dresses and shorts but Islands of Adventure and Sea World are definitely places to wear shorts to, don't want to scare people as i zip past them flashing my underwear or anything!
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Day 9: Epcot (Fri 9th July)

Another early morning to try and be at the park for opening...we will be heading straight away with a million other eager beavers towards...SOARIN! I have never done this ride and really can't wait, it gets suchglowing reviews, similar to TSM it will probably be a fastpass the ride or vice versa! again not sure which option is best!

would love to get front row for our very first ride!

next we will head over to Test Track and Mission Space (the 'manly' side ...I made a big mistake and told DBF about the couple of unfortunate deaths linked with this ride a few years ago (think its in the UG) and he swore he would'nt go on! but if he forgets that he said that then i won't be bringing it up! because I think he will really enjoy this ride, its so exciting having your role and feeling the sensations of liftoff etc!

Would love to also pick up a fastpass for test track for later if we can fit it in!
One of my favourite rides, I got my car road safety tested last week and I asked my tester man if he'd ever been on Test Track because there were some similar aspects, but he'd never been to Disney! he probably thought i was a bit weird!




We will most likely spend some time in Innoventions and riding ellen's energy adventure, spaceshoip earth, the seas and living with the land if we can fit all that in! DBF is a physics teacher and science buff so I hope he will really enjoy our day at Epcot.

we will probably have a light lunch, maybe at Electric Umbrella or Sunshine Seasons...the latter seems to get better reviews, but we will be saving our appetites for our 5.30 pm ADR at Le Cellier!




So steak for dinner most likely! although the moose looks lovely, I'm saving space for one of these for dessert!



The rest of the evening will be spent wandering around world Showcase, hopefully taking in the 2 boat rides in Mexico and Norway and browsing through the shops. I got a much better sense from some of the trip reports on here about how enjoyable World showcase can be, I don''t think we've ever given it sufficient attention! I would like to try a Gran Marnier or Grey Goose slushie, or at least some exotic beverage but DBF will be driving so might be better just to browse the shops and enjoy the scenery and hopefully find a good spot to watch illuminations!

Last time my family had a patio table at Rose & Crown! so where is a good spot around Worldshowcase?


Here's a few old school photos from previous visits to Epcot!







my mum bought us all croc's and jibbitz for our last trip...we all had different disney jibbitz and then everybody had a matching leprechaun one!
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