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Old 03-01-2011, 06:51 AM   #76
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Subscribing! It is awesome to see a family with older kids who enjoys Disney like I do! I'm glad your girls trip morphed into a coed one, too.

We are also going back earlier than planned because of free dining. So happy!
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:44 PM   #77
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Subscribing! It is awesome to see a family with older kids who enjoys Disney like I do! I'm glad your girls trip morphed into a coed one, too.

We are also going back earlier than planned because of free dining. So happy!
Welcome!! I feel lucky that my teens still enjoy doinf things with us! And I am glad I have someone to share my Disney enthusiasm with!!!
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:01 PM   #78
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I am enjoying your walk down memory lane.

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There were a lot of cheerleaders, dancers and senior trippers in our resort so it was loud and crowded…I did not mind missing out on the luxuries of the resort so much! Even the crowded parks were more relaxing than our pool area and the lobby/food court!!!!!!!!!!
had me . I can just imagine.

I love the "picture" of Keith at the Tree of Life.

You were just made to be a DISer - taking pictures of your lunch.

Nice giraffe picture. It must have been pretty close to the vehicle.
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:18 PM   #79
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A Girl's Trip Becomes So Much More! Spring Break 2009 Epcot

I hope to get this show on the road so I can begin talking plans!! I called Disney today to make a few minor adjustments (like taking Dad off the reservations and HDDR). The man I spoke with was so cheerful he fueled my excitement (like I needed more fuel for that fire!!!). And my Disney home page says I have 88 days today!!! I believe they may fly!!!

So continuing with Sunday afternoon...we were leaving Animal Kingdom, heading to Epcot and our first ADR.....

Epcot
We made several trips to Epcot. The first was on Sunday afternoon after Animal Kingdom and a walk around the Boardwalk Resort. We also visited Epcot on Tuesday morning and Friday (practically all day). This park has so much to offer and is easily one of my favorites!

We left Animal Kingdom on Sunday around 2:30 or 3pm and headed to the Boardwalk Resort’s bus stop. Probably mistake #1 of this trip! The bus took forever to get there!! After a 45 minute wait the bus finally arrived and whisked us off to the Boardwalk. What a fabulous resort! This is on my “to do list”!! It is fashioned after the early 1920’s resorts along the Atlantic Boardwalk. Very stylish and the boardwalk is fun. I had wanted to rent a surrey but alas time did not allow this!
A few pics at Boardwalk...



After looking around the resort a bit, we boarded a Friendship boat to Epcot. The Friendship boat takes you to the International Entrance between the UK and France. Upon entrance to Epcot we headed straight for France

since we had a little bit of time before our 6pm dinner reservations at the Restaurant Marrakesh. As we were looking at the gardens in France (a little maze actually) a Cast Member approached us and asked if we knew who was from France. Uhmmm…Belle? No, well she is but not what he was thinking! So, as we searched our brains for a character he told us to hold on a second and we would find out. Then Aurora, or Sleeping Beauty, appeared and we got our 1st Princess picture and autograph!



Then we wandered around France for awhile. This was one of our favorite countries on the trip but most of the shops are full of expensive perfumes and wine…not much for kids. We saw Impressions de France which is a 360 degree movie that takes you all over the France countryside.

Madison trying out the berets in France:



After leaving France we headed towards Morocco but chose to by-pass it and head to Italy since we would be back shortly for our dinner reservations. First we stopped to meet Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie!!



Italy is fabulous, of course! We took a few pictures and breezed through the stores with intentions of heading back here later in the week.


Continued in the next post.....
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:23 PM   #80
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Epcot continued...March 2009

Then it was time to head back to Morocco and our 1st ethnic meal of the week!

The Restaurant Marrakesh is a fun restaurant. While we ate, we had a Moroccan band play (right next to our table!) and a belly-dancer came out to make me feel guilty about eating….I mean to perform for us!! We ate chicken baklava and couscous among other Moroccan specialties and left very stuffed!

Our Entertainment:


And some food porn. I never would have ever taken pictures of my food if I had not read TRs prior to going! Keith thinks I am crazy for this!



After eating, we wandered around Morocco a bit



and then headed out across the English Channel. The United Kingdom is mostly made up of shops and gardens so we looked around here a little.



We also stopped and listed to the Beatles tribute band British Invasion play a few tunes.



Then it was off to Canada! Again, we mostly looked around. We did not get to see O’ Canada this trip on any of our visits, so maybe next time! As we were leaving one of the stores, we noticed people standing around staring into the sky. After asking what everyone was looking for, we found out (and saw!!) the Space Shuttle lifting off for the Space Station! It was pretty cool!!



Some shots in Canada:



After watching this, we decided to head out to Future World and we went to Spaceship Earth.



There was no wait so we jumped right on and went up, up, up into the big ball!! This was a pretty interesting little ride and it was nice to sit down for a while! Spaceship Earth features audio-animatronics scenes that depict the story of human connection and collaboration over 40,000 years—from the dawn of recorded time to the 21st century's internet age. You are able to see prehistoric man's first words the hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians, follow the advanced system of roads amidst Rome, and journey through the Industrial Revolution and the Age of Information. Our “time machines” were equipped with touch screens that ask questions about how you would like to live, work and play in the world of tomorrow.



Then our picture was taken and at the end we were able to have a glimpse of our potential future self at the end. I was able to capture mine and Chris’ “future” but they took Madison’s down too quickly.



We left Spaceship Earth and headed towards the gate. It was about 8pm or 8:30 by this time and our day had been very, very long! We made one quick stop at a souvenir store and tried on different hats before making our final exit.




And one last glimpse of Spaceship Earth:



The next day was devoted to Magic Kingdom and our wake-up call was going to come pretty early!!!
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:29 PM   #81
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I am enjoying your walk down memory lane.

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had me . I can just imagine.

I love the "picture" of Keith at the Tree of Life.

You were just made to be a DISer - taking pictures of your lunch.

Nice giraffe picture. It must have been pretty close to the vehicle.
I just wish I had been forwarned about the cheerleaders and all...I now know it is common knowledge but I didn't know that then! Chris got quite an eyeful at the pool!

I am glad you are enjoying it! I am having problems picking pictures and not overloading my readers! I took so many!! I commented above on the food pics! It definitely is a DISer "thing"!!

Keith did not know I was doing that so I took a picture and text it to him to show him he was "having a blast"!

I love giraffes!! It was very, very close and I was very excited!!
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:01 AM   #82
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I would have never guessed Aurora was from France. I'm not really sure where I thought she was from though.

Your dinner looks interesting. A little too different for us, but it does look like a cool place to have dinner. The belly dancer would have made me eat a bit lighter too.

I love all of your EPCOT pictures I can't wait to spend some time in WS this trip. We kind of rushed through last time and missed so much.

The Boardwalk looks so pretty. I have never seen it in person yet, but from the pictures I see it is on my short list of places to stay someday.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:19 AM   #83
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You are really getting me excited for June now--I can't wait to be at the Beach Club and at Epcot's back door! I love it!
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:30 PM   #84
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wow,love the pre trip report.My dh has never been and my parents have been going with us the past trips too.It works out great.My girls are older too,16,14,10.They love Disney too,just not as much as me,lol.Can't wait til May,maybe we will bump into you guys!
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:02 PM   #85
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I would have never guessed Aurora was from France. I'm not really sure where I thought she was from though.

Your dinner looks interesting. A little too different for us, but it does look like a cool place to have dinner. The belly dancer would have made me eat a bit lighter too.

I love all of your EPCOT pictures I can't wait to spend some time in WS this trip. We kind of rushed through last time and missed so much.

The Boardwalk looks so pretty. I have never seen it in person yet, but from the pictures I see it is on my short list of places to stay someday.
Marrakesh was a little different...Madison hardly touched her food. That was unusual since Madison wasn't the picky eater and Chris was but Chris loved this restaurant! They totally traded places for this trip as far as food tastes went!

I love WS! I do think to appreciate WS, though, you have to be willing to explore! I hope that you get the opportunity!!

One reason I am excited about Kouzzina is an excuse to return to visit Boardwalk!


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You are really getting me excited for June now--I can't wait to be at the Beach Club and at Epcot's back door! I love it!
I would be beyond excited if I was staying at Beach Club!!! I am glad to fuel that excitement!!

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wow,love the pre trip report.My dh has never been and my parents have been going with us the past trips too.It works out great.My girls are older too,16,14,10.They love Disney too,just not as much as me,lol.Can't wait til May,maybe we will bump into you guys!
Thanks and glad you are joining in! Maybe we will bump into you! It seems that the Meet and Greets people have been planning were in parks that we are not going to on the planned day. I haven't been back to those threads lately to see if any new plans have been made.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:33 PM   #86
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You have the best "stuble upon a princess" experiences. I think "Belle" is the obvious answer to "Which princess is from France?"

I love couscous, but your chicken dish has a few too many olives for my liking. I want to like Marakesh, it just hasn't won me over yet.

The flowers in England were VERY pretty!

The picture of Chris in the hat store made me laugh. I think you wore him out!
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You have the best "stuble upon a princess" experiences. I think "Belle" is the obvious answer to "Which princess is from France?"

I love couscous, but your chicken dish has a few too many olives for my liking. I want to like Marakesh, it just hasn't won me over yet.

The flowers in England were VERY pretty!

The picture of Chris in the hat store made me laugh. I think you wore him out!
The Princesses...Oh yeah...you know all about my Snow White story....

I think I didn't really know where Sleeping Beauty was from...I did know about Belle though!

Marrakkesh isn't necessarily one of my favorites but we did enjoy eating there and we will return one day. My food tastes can be a little eclectic and I like to try knew things. There are some things I don't like though...like liver!!

We were all dragging by this time. It was around 8:30pm and we had started the day by getting to AK at 8:15 am for rope drop. And no mid-day break We were definitely COMMANDO!!! But I "think"- from my memory-Chris was also acting like the Grumpy on top of his head.
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A Girl's Trip Becomes So Much More! May/June PTR MAGIC KINGDOM

So moving on to our 2nd full day...MAGIC KINGDOM!!!!

Magic Kingdom—Monday, March 16, 2009

On Monday morning, we ate breakfast at the hotel and headed to the bus stop. The gates were supposed to open at 9am and we wanted a good place in line. When we got to the Magic Kingdom, we snapped a few shots of the train station



and then we went to wait in line. We were on the front lines.

This was our view...


We got there at 8am and watched as the crowd built behind us.



By day’s end, there would be a record high set in the weather (92 degrees~~whew!) and over 40,000 people entered the Kingdom! Thankfully, while it was crowded, we somehow managed to accomplish so much this day (pretty much everything we wanted to see)!! So back to the front gates pre-opening. Since we were so early, there was a Cast Member standing at the gate and she “entertained” us with songs and bringing people up to play games. Then the open ceremony began to welcome everyone to the Magic Kingdom. Once that was over, they let us onto Main Street. We made our way down Main Street very quickly but first a quick picture of the castle:



Then we took a left by the Crystal Palace and came to a STOP! This is where the REAL rope drop is!! So we had to wait at the entrance to Adventureland and then walk behind the Cast Members (who strictly enforce the walking rule!!) over the bridge. Then it was another mad dash to the mountains! We got Fast Passes for Splash Mountain and then got in stand-by for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. What a wild ride!!! After we finished riding BTMR, we headed to Adventureland since the FP wasn’t ready for Splash Mountain.

Emptiness on our way back to Adventureland:



Our first adventure was Pirates of the Caribbean! We loaded up in our boat and headed off in search of unruly scoundrels and Jack Sparrow!!



I have always liked this ride! So much fun!! Then we set off on the Jungle Cruise adventure taking in the sights and sounds of the Nile and Amazon Rivers and hearing corny jokes by our guide.

Especially this one...



Finally we made the trek up the Swiss Family Robinson’s Tree house. I remember the first time ever going up the ladders and I was so scared! Nothing to it now!! The Tree House tops have some great views of the park and probably one of my favorites is looking over towards Tomorrowland!!



Chris and Madison on the way up:



Then it was time to cash in our FP for Splash Mountain!! Off to find Bre’r Rabbit and our “laughing place”!!

Splash Mountain is fun and warns that you may get wet! Which we did!!



We had fun tracking Bre’r Rabbit and following the antics of all of the characters. After going down the plunge with Bre’r Rabbit, singing Zip-Dee-Do-Dah and having a great time, we headed towards Libertyland and Columbia Harbour House for lunch. We went upstairs to eat which was nice and quiet and we were able to observe all the happenings on the streets below. We made our way back to the Train Station in Frontierland and rode to Toontown. We knew this would be closing since the new Fatasyland plans had just been announced. Luckily we did get one more chance to return in 2010. Then it was off to “It’s A Small World” (Madison’s favorite…well maybe not) and Mickey’s Philharmonic in Fantasyland. Then we decided to work our way down Main Street.

A few pictures of the mid-afternoon:



If you go back to the 1999 trip you will notice I have this same picture (as above) when Madison was 4....several of the Toontown pics this day were to do "then and Now".

Getting a little busier:




We went into the Emporium to do some shopping and while we were looking, the parade came down Main Street. I got to see most of this parade but Madison and Chris (I believe) were not able to see any of it.



We hung out a little longer on Main Street soaking up the ambience.



A couple of character Meet and Greets:



Then we looked at some of the other stores, got a snack and headed back to the resort to relax before coming back to the Contemporary Resort and Chef Mickey’s!
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And CHEF MICKEY'S....Monday concludes

hmmm...really thought all of these picture sizes had been adjusted....sorry!!

This was our one day to try the pool with a hundred dozen girls in barely there bikinis...I think we swam maybe 30 minutes. After resting and on our way to the bus stop we walked around the resort a bit:


Chef Mickey’s
Chef Mickey’s is located in the Contemporary Resort. After a little rest, we rode our bus back to Magic Kingdom and hopped on the monorail to the Contemporary.

I snapped a few pictures of on our way from MK to CR:



Our reservations were for 8:25pm and we had gotten here a little early so we decided to look around the resort some before checking in. This is a nice resort but its name fits the style!



Waiting for a table:



Dinner was delicious. It is a buffet and there are many options including prime rib and pastas. There were also a lot of deserts to choose from!!! There were even little Mickey Mouse head desserts! Plus we got to see Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck!! We hit the jack pot!! After supper, we walked back to the bus stop area at Magic Kingdom and headed back to the resort. Tuesday was going to be an early start since Epcot had Early Entry Hours and we planned to be there before 7:30am!!


I will leave you with our Chef Mickey photos!!



I almost forgot...we walked back to the bus stop at MK from CR so a few nighttime shots:

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Gosh, your pictures make me miss Magic Kingdom. And I think I need some Chef Mickey's reservations. We had dinner there last year. I wonder if we can get an ADR at this late date.

Great update!
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