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Old 12-05-2010, 11:07 PM   #16
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Looking forward to this PTR and the trip report! DH and I lived in Newport News for a year before he got out of the Air Force and I worked in Norfolk, so I already feel a connection with you!

We are going to WDW in less than two weeks (YAY!) for our first Christmas-time visit! We are also doing the DDP for the first time (did the QSDP in May). We stayed at Pop in May in the 70s section on the 4th floor, in a corner back near the lake, and it was heaven! We are trying CSR this visit for a taste of moderate-living, but I know we'll be back at Pop soon! Have a great time on your trip!
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Jess, I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandma

Not sure if you have been reading my TR but I had great luck at Cali Grill getting a walk up. They start checking people in at 5:00 for ADR's starting at 5:30. I arrived about 5:10 or 5:15 and asked if I could get a seat at the counter (there is a bar and I think another counter closer to the open kitchen where 6 or 8 people can sit and they don't book them). I was offered a table and there were plenty open right at 5:30 even though there were NO ADR's available (I even had the concierge check right before I headed there). If you eat dinner there, you can keep your receipt and they will allow you to return for fireworks that same evening.

Give it some thought...the sushi was fantastic!

I bet if you take this same approach, arrive at opening time and see if you can get a table, you might have some good luck, especially at the resort restaurants. You might also try this tactic at Brown Derby or 50's primetime for lunch.
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:23 AM   #18
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I'm sorry about your Grandmother. That was really nice of Blake's family to come down and be with you though! I know your relationship is very rocky with them, so that was very nice.
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If you eat dinner there, you can keep your receipt and they will allow you to return for fireworks that same evening.

Give it some thought...the sushi was fantastic!
Really??? oooo, that's a fantastic thing to know
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:06 PM   #20
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Looking forward to this PTR and the trip report! DH and I lived in Newport News for a year before he got out of the Air Force and I worked in Norfolk, so I already feel a connection with you!

We are going to WDW in less than two weeks (YAY!) for our first Christmas-time visit! We are also doing the DDP for the first time (did the QSDP in May). We stayed at Pop in May in the 70s section on the 4th floor, in a corner back near the lake, and it was heaven! We are trying CSR this visit for a taste of moderate-living, but I know we'll be back at Pop soon! Have a great time on your trip!
aww thank you for your story! I love hearing similar stories! And boy, do we have alot in common!!
Totally looking forward to pop, obviously I'm biased since we were both born in the 80's so I'd love to get that one just for kicks, but it'll be so nice staying in something other than the All Star Resorts. We have stayed at Caribbean Beach before, but CSR looks SOO amazing! You'll have to let me know how you like it!!!

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Jess, I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandma

Not sure if you have been reading my TR but I had great luck at Cali Grill getting a walk up. They start checking people in at 5:00 for ADR's starting at 5:30. I arrived about 5:10 or 5:15 and asked if I could get a seat at the counter (there is a bar and I think another counter closer to the open kitchen where 6 or 8 people can sit and they don't book them). I was offered a table and there were plenty open right at 5:30 even though there were NO ADR's available (I even had the concierge check right before I headed there). If you eat dinner there, you can keep your receipt and they will allow you to return for fireworks that same evening.

Give it some thought...the sushi was fantastic!

I bet if you take this same approach, arrive at opening time and see if you can get a table, you might have some good luck, especially at the resort restaurants. You might also try this tactic at Brown Derby or 50's primetime for lunch.
Thanks Katie. Wow, what a great suggestion!! I got so lost on everyones TR's because it seemed like you all went and came back around the same time! Will definitely have to spend a night backtracking on yours!
But hmm..Cali Grill...will have to keep that in mind because Blake and I certainly do love some sushi, as well as Wishes

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I'm sorry about your Grandmother. That was really nice of Blake's family to come down and be with you though! I know your relationship is very rocky with them, so that was very nice.
Yeah it really was, espcially since Blake was out of town and my family is 4 1/2 hours away. It was nice having someone. I'm really trying to be nice all around..any luck with your in-laws?

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Katie is amazing isn't she??
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:33 PM   #21
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ADR's of Christmas Present:

Ok, so...you know how you think you have it all planned out? Yeah...that looks great. Then, it hits you. That bug. The changing plans bug. So, let me go ahead and throw out the ADR's that I have been able to successfully snag and then I'll go on my rant

Thursday December 17th (Epcot day):
Les Chefs de France 2:20pm
Via Napoli 4:30 pm

Friday December 18th (DHS day):
50's Prime Time 11:20am
Sci-Fi 3:15pm
50's Prime Time 3:15pm

Saturday December 19th (MK day):
Kona Cafe 8:40am
Grand Floridian Cafe 1:50pm
Kona Cafe 5:05pm
The Wave 5:05pm

Sunday December 20th (AK day):
Boma 9:10am


Why do I have duplicates you say? So here's the deal. Here's how the plans evolved. Magic Kingdom, due to the Christmas Party, is only showing the Electrical Parade and Wishes on Saturday (thursday, friday and sunday are all party nights) and we unfortunately missed this last year due to checking the schedule on this one. So, MK had to go saturday. AK is a nice short park as far as having not many things to ride, so we put that on sunday since we'll have to go to bed early for an early flight the next morning. We always go to DTD on our MGM night because we've seen most of the shows (Indiana Jones and Lights Motor) a few years in a row and don't really care to see them again, so after Osbourne lights, we'll skip out and head to DTD and we really wanted that as Blake and my day/night, sooo...Epcot was left with Ann on Thursday.

Ann, my friend that I always see every year we go to Disney moved to Orlando when we graduated high school, we kept in contact ever since then even with the move, so we have fun planning our day together each year. Last year she hung out at our resort, 2008 we went to Animal Kingdom, 2007 we went to Disney Quest and 2006 we hung out around Downtown Disney and went to the movies at AMC. Sooo..this year is Epcot!!

I'm trying to plan a dinner with her and having trouble with the country restaurants to please all of us. Via Napoli I realize is new, but they have brick oven pizza and that may be a fun chill dinner for all of us, and then I have France down because the menu looks pretty good, but harder for me because of my dairy allergy (versus pulling off cheese at a pizza restaurant because there are still meat toppings and pulling cheese off of mac and cheese or a ham and cheese sandwich at Chefs). So no clue on that one...really wanted to eat at Garden grill again...but no such luck!

Friday, our DHS, here's my dilemma on that one. We want to try 50's, we've eaten at Sci-Fi before and don't want to go to Brown Derby and spend 2 TS credits (even though I want to eat there)...so, we're left with these two. I hear 50's has good food, but big portions, so:

option 1) eat lunch at 11:20 at 50's, a big lunch, dessert and all....then eat again, but not as much, maybe just 1 dessert or a sandwich, something smaller at our 3:15pm ADR at Sci-Fi then go to DTD later, get something small at say Earl of Sandwich or an appetizer at Rainforest, because we know we are going to Rainforest and get drinks, it's been a tradition of ours since 2005 (we used to have a Rainforest back home in Baltimore and miss it dearly)
Option 2) Eat our 11:20am at 50's, fill up...then go to Sci-Fi, just get 1 burger and 1 dessert to split at 3:15, thus saving 1 TS credit for later in the week....then have an evening ADR at DTD at Raglan Road or Wolfgang Pucks (they're both available) and our drinks later at Rainforest...

Any ideas?!!? Have never eaten at RR or WP before.

Saturday...MK day. The original plan... was to get Tonga Toast at Kona and delicious Kona Coffee. That was it, we were set in stone. Then...I read that you are able to get Tonga Toast at Captain Cooks in the Poly as a counter service and save the TS credit for maybe doing a 2 credit somewhere...like BROWN DERBY maybe from the previous night at DHS?

Holy crap..think I just solved my own problem....
Are you following along?

So...if we skip Sci-Fi all together, that's 1 TS credit down, if we skip Kona and eat the Tonga Toast at Capt Cooks, thus making Rope Drop for the 1st time ever at MK, that's another 1 TS credit...making....2 TS credits...cha-ching! Enough for Brown Derby! What do you all think?!!?

Ok...I'm back...
So Saturday...Magic Kingdom..think I'm going to scratch GFC, we love it, but have been there before...so...if we do Cosmic Rays at a CS for lunch, then have 2 options as you can see for dinner, both the same time.
1) The Wave
2) Kona Cafe

I think I'm leaning more toward Kona as the menu looks more appealing to me..any thoughts?
Should have enough time to get from either one of these places to hit the parade at 6pm and wishes to shortly follow.

Then, I think we're still left with 1 TS credit somewhere...I want to do something for AK, especially since the possibility of kicking out our only breakfast TS credit (a MAJOR no-no for Blake), I have Boma listed. I've heard very good things about their buffet...plus we'll just be right around the corner from AK...jump on the bus and in a few, we're ready for our last park!

Well...that certainly turned out crazier than I imagined, but come on ladies, help me out! Any ideas?!

Next time...ADR's that made the final cut!
And tune in Wednesday for "Where will we be a week from today!"
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:47 PM   #22
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Update: Snagged an ADR for 4:25 at Brown Derby...just in case
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Jess, listen to your friend LL....

GO TO BROWN DERBY!

That is the plan to do. You and Blake will love it there, it is so nice and I highly recommend splurging on an appetizer of cobb salad.
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Hi! I never get on here enough anymore with my crazy drama-filled life, but looks like I popped in just in time!
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Jess, listen to your friend LL....

GO TO BROWN DERBY!

That is the plan to do. You and Blake will love it there, it is so nice and I highly recommend splurging on an appetizer of cobb salad.
I love your honesty LL..."here's what you are doing...thanks."
You know..I think I have made it a priority now

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Hi! I never get on here enough anymore with my crazy drama-filled life, but looks like I popped in just in time!
Hey Julia!!Just take it easy for now girl, you know I love ya, but I know you have a ton of things going on right now.
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This time next week!

Day 1: Wednesday, December 15th


It's time for where will we be, this time next week!


I'm working next wednesday, I start at 7:15am, I have the tanks from Kon-Lynn, Kon-GB, Tropical, Richardson, Oceana, BOC-Red Mill and South Beach to do. However, since Oceana, South Beach and Richardson I clean only once a week, while the other tanks are three times a week, the first three are flexible, so I'm moving them to Tuesday. That way, I'll only have 4 tanks to do on wednesday and that should put me finished around 12. On my way back from the oceanfront, I'm going to swing by and grab Riley (our dog) and take her to the vet for boarding before I finish up at work because the vet is right around the corner from my work and it doesn't make sense for me to go to work, drive back home, drive back to work, then drive back home. That'll save me about 40 minutes 'round trip. And probably save me some craziness with last minute planning, packing, you know the drill.


Then, the plan is to come back here, grab a shower, throw my shower stuff in the bag, which should be the last of everything. I'm not sure if Blake will be here or if he's even working at all that day. Then, either Blake's mom or Blake's friend David is going to drive us to Norfolk Int. and our flight leaves at 6:05pm. We're flying Southwest again, we love it, no fees, we pick our own seat. Awesome.

That puts us to Orlando...yay!! at 8:10pm. Now here's where the plan is up in the air. Depending on how long it takes us to get through


and arrive at



we're either going to take it easy and relax and unpack and maybe stroll the resort, or we're going to Epcot to catch Illuminations. The only problem, well I say problem, but this cold front we have coming through right now, puts Orlando at like 67 for the high and 39 for the low, holy crap, I mean compared to our current 32 for the HIGH, I'll take upper 60's any day. Just going to be weird not having 80 or 85 as our main temperature...hopefully it'll warm up some more!

I have a feeling we'll probably want to just relax that night and soak it all in because the next morning....we'll be headed to......


Stay tuned!!
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Tentative Final ADR's:

Yes, I say tentative..only because the day we're going to MK, they're calling for 60% chance of rain and I'd personally rather have it rain on our DHS day than our MK day especially because it's the only day of the week that wishes and the electrical parade are happening! But..here they are:

Friday December 17th
50's Prime Time Cafe 11:20am

Friday December 17th
Hollywood Brown Derby 4:25pm

Saturday December 18th
Kona Cafe 5:00pm

Sunday December 19th
Boma 9:10am


WELL!? How do they look?
4, count 'em FOUR new places. All new places! Should be exciting though!!

We did our online check in tonight!
And we got our Magical Express tickets in the mail!
They did mess up our resort since we had changed a little late, so hopefully our luggage ends up to the right spot! I called them and they're sending the right ones ASAP, but not sure if they'll get to us in time.

And, I checked on our flight price, just curious and we paid $406 nonstop for both of us, now, it's up to $650!!! We snagged a $89 flight down and now the cheapest is $205! Thank goodness!
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It warms my heart to see Brown Derby has made the list! It really is delicious and I hope you love it as much as I do. Since you are going before the dinner rush, I would ask for a booth, it is just such a neat feel to eat in a booth instead of a table.

Wow, I'm demanding, aren't I?
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It warms my heart to see Brown Derby has made the list! It really is delicious and I hope you love it as much as I do. Since you are going before the dinner rush, I would ask for a booth, it is just such a neat feel to eat in a booth instead of a table.

Wow, I'm demanding, aren't I?
You're not demanding, you just GIVE real suggestions! Love it!
Oh I hope we love it! We're still deciding what to do about when to get ready (before or after dinner because we're heading to DTD afterwards) but Blake seems to like the menu options!
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This time next week! (thursday)

Thursday December 16th:

This time next week we'll be in.....



EPCOT!!

The plan is to grab some of this

at our Pop century. Nothing in particular, probably just a Mickey waffle with strawberry sauce with sausage and some juice. But, I'm just sayin, nothing in particular

Then, we're going to head out and off to Epcot. My buddy Ann is meeting us here, not sure what time we'll get there, but should be decent as Blake and I are both used to getting up around 7:30 for work. I'd like to be at Epcot by 9:30 or so. Don't quote me on that though!

I had Blake circle all of his favorites and I added some of mine and thus compiled our list of must do's!

Ride Must do List

-Spaceship Earth


-The Land


-The Seas with Nemo and Friends


-Test Track


-Universe of Energy...I love Ellen
-Cool Club
And the must try this year/newbie, as I always chicken out every year because of the height factor
-Soarin'

I swear this is the year. Last year we got fastpasses for it, but didn't quite make it on.

The lunch plan
The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to drop our ADR this day. So I did. We really really enjoy Beaches and Cream, so I said to Blake last night, "why are we not going there again?"
Makes more sense as we have the dining plan and she doesn't. That way, it'll be a good chill spot with good chill food AND dairy free ice cream with peanut butter topping!

Then, it’ll be off to the countries!

My favorites are:
Japan (the Koi pond, and shops)
Germany (the Christmas decorations and clocks)
France (The fountain and stained glass of Beauty and the Beast)
Then, we’ll watch Illuminations

and check out the beautiful Epcot Christmas tree and lights. Last year they took a lot of their lights down from previous years, definitely will have to look into that.

But I’m really very excited to see Ann, take lots of pictures and make memories! Speaking of which, I definitely need to clear off all my memory cards. Making sure I take extra this year.

Up next…Day 3 plans!
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