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Old 03-08-2011, 09:05 PM   #91
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Yeah, they were horrible. I am a slacker and just got finished reading your TR from September. I had the exact same bus problems as you did. Not to be mean, but we were constantly waiting on scooters and wheelchairs. 3 or 4 buses would go before we got on. I don't know if it was because of FD or if it was because we were at POP. When I stayed at CBR in June/July 2006, we never had bus issues like that. It makes me wonder if perhaps CBR buses run more often than POP's. That's why I'm hoping if/when they announce FD for December that the Regular DP is free with moderates so we can upgrade to CBR or POFQ.

By the way, I loved your TR. It brought me back to Disney. It made me so glad I am in the process of planning a new trip.

Yes, not to be mean... but I agree. And, it wasn't just the chairs and scooters, but the families that loaded up with them. I kid you knot, I think one time there must have been a grand gathering that loaded up with the person in the chair/scooter. Again, not to be mean... I totally get needing to load them first... but their entire extended family? I felt frustration at this. We wait while several buses come and go and a family that size can walk right up and get on just because they have someone needing assistance? Again.. not to be mean. I have wondered though if it had to do with FD or Pop...so, it makes me leery of going during FD or staying at Pop.

People are starting to get a FD pin... so it probably is only a matter of time. The pin out right now has dates through August. QS is only offered though for mods and values. Maybe the public offer will be different.
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just found this- the title got me as my dh is also more along for the ride... looking forward to more!!
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:04 PM   #93
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Yes, not to be mean... but I agree. And, it wasn't just the chairs and scooters, but the families that loaded up with them. I kid you knot, I think one time there must have been a grand gathering that loaded up with the person in the chair/scooter. Again, not to be mean... I totally get needing to load them first... but their entire extended family? I felt frustration at this. We wait while several buses come and go and a family that size can walk right up and get on just because they have someone needing assistance? Again.. not to be mean. I have wondered though if it had to do with FD or Pop...so, it makes me leery of going during FD or staying at Pop.

People are starting to get a FD pin... so it probably is only a matter of time. The pin out right now has dates through August. QS is only offered though for mods and values. Maybe the public offer will be different.
I agree with you on being leery about going to POP or FD. I love POP but I just don't know I can deal with that bus situation again.

If they only do FD QS with the values and moderates, I will either stay at POP and upgrade to regular dining or possibly pay the extra money and stay at AKL which is one of our dream resorts.


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just found this- the title got me as my dh is also more along for the ride... looking forward to more!!
Thanks for reading along! Hopefully your DH will end up liking WDW as much as my DFi does.
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Day 4 - Our First Day at Epcot

I was really excited to get to Epcot. It is by far one of my favorite parks and I love spending as much time there as possible.

On this day, we got up at around 9 or 10 and ate poptarts for breakfast. We didn't want to eat too much since we had a lunch reservation for Le Cellier at 1:20pm.

Here are a few room shots with the girls first waking up (please ignore our mess ) :











I should mention that the night before DFi had noticed his feet swelling from all the walking and heat. We had hoped that after a good night's sleep that this would go away. It did go down a little but not enough for him to be comfortable wearing his tennis shoes so he ended up wearing my brown flip flops. This also ended up being a mistake but more about this later.

We arrived at Epcot around 11am and immediately went to get FPs for Soarin. Our FPs were for around 3:30pm which gave us plenty of time to explore before and after lunch. After getting the FPs, we decided to ride Living with the Land since it had such a short wait and none of us had done it before. We all really enjoyed this and it was very interesting. After that we made our way over to Nemo & Friends.

DFi and the girls checking out the ducks on the way:



















On the way, DFi wants to stop at a DSA to smoke. The girls and I tell him, we will meet him at Nemo & Friends. We also decide to find out when Crush's Turtle Talk closes. AJ wanted to see it then but we didn't think we would have enough time before our lunch ADR. So we get to Nemo & Friends and we don't see DFi anywhere so we decide to take some pics with the various character statues.













Once we were done taking pictures, we continued to wait for DFi. Finally after about 20 minutes, DFi comes wandering up. He had gone towards the Nemo & Friends ride after smoking and didn't see us. So he decided to try to go inside to look for us. As he was doing this, there was apparently no wait for the ride so a CM ushered him inside where he ended up riding the ride. He didn't realize going in that it was actually the line for the ride. Once he found us, we got in line to ride Nemo. After the ride, we made our way to Le Cellier for our lunch ADR.

Up Next...a YUMMY Lunch and the girls play dress up...
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Personal Update

I apologize for not posting updates as often as I should. I intend to improve that especially since I have so much going on and need to start my PTR for our upcoming trip in December. So please hang in there because I promise there are a lot more updates to come.
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No worries... I will be here. I love the updates, but totally understand life getting busy!!!

Yay for December!!!
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Enjoying all the updates and totally understand about life being crazy and busy.

Sorry to hear you had bad experiences with the busses at Pop. I guess we got lucky, we did'nt have to wait too often at all. Though my father said he did have a bit of a wait for a DTD bus his first night there. The rest of the week was not too bad, only about 5 mins. in the mornings. Usually coming back was pretty good, we got lucky one day at AK and the bus was getting ready to leave but saw us coming up and waited, which was great becuase we were all hot and beat. One afternoon at MK we did have to long wait though and watched quite a few buses come for other resorts multiple times. I think that was the only bad wait we had.

Loving the trip report and looking forward to you PTR. We don't have a trip planned til 2012 (hopefully) so I need to live vicariously through others.
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No worries... I will be here. I love the updates, but totally understand life getting busy!!!

Yay for December!!!
I can't wait for December! It's a dream come true for me and for the kids to get to see WDW at Christmas time.

Once I start my PTR, I'll explain why I've been so busy this year.


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Enjoying all the updates and totally understand about life being crazy and busy.

Sorry to hear you had bad experiences with the busses at Pop. I guess we got lucky, we did'nt have to wait too often at all. Though my father said he did have a bit of a wait for a DTD bus his first night there. The rest of the week was not too bad, only about 5 mins. in the mornings. Usually coming back was pretty good, we got lucky one day at AK and the bus was getting ready to leave but saw us coming up and waited, which was great becuase we were all hot and beat. One afternoon at MK we did have to long wait though and watched quite a few buses come for other resorts multiple times. I think that was the only bad wait we had.

Loving the trip report and looking forward to you PTR. We don't have a trip planned til 2012 (hopefully) so I need to live vicariously through others.
It's good to hear the buses aren't always bad at POP.

I completely understand needing to live vicariously through others. I did that all throughout 2006 to 2010. I feel like I go through Disney withdrawal between trips.
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Day 4 - Our First Day at Epcot Part 2

After Nemo & Friends, we made our way over to Le Cellier for our 1:20pm ADR. We arrived around 1:05pm and were seated not too long after that.


Haylee coloring the kids menu and DFi sticking his tongue out at me since he knows I'm taking a pic.

First we ordered our drinks. I got the pomegranate lemonade which was really yummy. Haylee ordered a strawberry milkshake which was also delicious. DFi and AJ ordered coke. AJ decided to order off the prefix menu so she got the cheese soup and the steak au jus sandwich. Her soup came out before our entrees. So much to her dismay, we dipped our pretzel bread in her soup. In the past I have not liked that soup but on this trip, it was very very good. For the rest of the entrees, Haylee got the Salmon and DFi & I both got the Mushroom Filet.


a pic of me taking before the entrees came out


Haylee coloring


Haylee's Salmon (very yummy)


Mushroom Filet (Just as wonderful as always )


AJ's Steak Sandwich (Very very good)




DFi giving Haylee moose ears


AJ making a silly face


AJ giving me bunny ears


my pomegranate lemonade


chocolate whiskey cake (my dessert, it was ok but not as good as the other desserts)


Chocolate Mousse Dessert (AJ's, this was ok, too)


Smores (Haylee's, this was good but Haylee complained the graham cracker cookie was a bit too hard to eat)


Blanc Semifreddo with chilled fruit soup (DFi's, this was by far the best dessert. We both loved it. )

After lunch we took a few pics at the Canadian Pavillion:





While we were taking pics, another asked if we would take a pic of them in front of the waterfall so we did. And then they took a pic of us:











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Day 4 - Epcot Part 2 (Cont)





Everyone really enjoyed their lunch at Le Cellier and we intend to make it a tradition on every WDW trip.

Up Next, WS and dress up time for the girls...
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What yummy pictures of the food from Le Cellier!!! I love the food there. I wish that they didn't change dinners to a 2 ts credit place. Maybe it will make it easier to get an ADR for dinner there now.


I love the family pic!
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What yummy pictures of the food from Le Cellier!!! I love the food there. I wish that they didn't change dinners to a 2 ts credit place. Maybe it will make it easier to get an ADR for dinner there now.


I love the family pic!
I love the food there, too, and now so does DFi. He says it's a must for our December trip. I also think the change might make it easier to get a dinner ADR but I think getting a lunch one will be impossible.

Thanks! I have that pic set as my desktop background on my computer.
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Day 4 - Epcot Part 3

After lunch, we decided to explore WS for a bit. At this point DFi's feet were really starting to swell and hurt. This meant we didn't know how much longer we could stay at Epcot without a hotel break. I was hoping we could make it through but it wasn't looking good. We at least wanted to stay long enough to use our Soarin' FPs. So first, we stopped at one of the kidcot stations so that the girls could make a mask.


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We stopped for a few minutes to watch these guys perform:







After that we continued through WS

















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This is one of my favorite parts of the trip. I love going in the perfume store in France. Alleyah agreed to go in while Haylee chose to stay outside with her dad. We went in and Alleyah picked up different bottles trying to see which one she liked best. This is when a CM comes over to her and offers her one of the perfume cards so she can spray the scent she likes on it. Then he asked her which one she liked the most and told her things about them. That was just one of the sweetest things to me. I guess because when you're not at Disney and go to a store like that, the sales assocs. may not be as nice to a young girl about such an expensive perfume. I know it's probably not such a big deal but it was just a really special moment for me and for Alleyah.


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Day 4 - Epcot Part 3 (Continued)

After our exploring, we stopped at the Japanese Pavilion to check out their store. While the kids and DFi explored the store, I went off on my own to check out the sake. I had wanted to get DFi a bottle since he is such a sake fan. However, they were all out of my price range. Just as I am about to go to another section, DFi walks up to me telling me he has been looking for me and that we need to hurry over to the clothing section. So I follow him over to where he was pointing and it turns out while I was sake shopping, a CM had asked the girls and DFi if it would be alright for the girls to try on kimonos. DFi explained that we couldn't buy any and they said it would still be ok for them to try them on. DFi was thrilled about this since he is a huge fan of Japanese culture. So yet again, another magical WDW pixiedust moment :


Alleyah (Haylee is in the back picking out a kimono with the CM)























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