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Old 12-31-2010, 02:35 AM   #46
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Hi and welcome to my TR!!! So sorry to hear about your morning sickness at Disney! I hope you were still able to have a good trip!
It was good! I just couldn't eat the things I had hoped for! Lots & lots of fruit that trip, & I managed to lose weight!
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:11 PM   #48
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Hi folks!

SO - last update we were headed back to Pangani. It was my last chance to see that baby gorilla. Oh please oh please let the pixie dust be on my side!



BUT - first some of our Photopass pics from the EE viewing spot. I THINK we got these on our way back to Africa after riding EE. But, there's a slight chance we got them right before?

Not much difference though. Again, we had lots of Photopass Magic and got TONS of pics.











(There were even more than that - maybe 4 or 5 more pics?)

And I got a special present in Asia - a new awesome dress that you will see on a later day of the TR! What a great gift! Andi said it was for using my points to take us all on the trip. And this trip was definitely worth every point!



But now, it's off to Pangani.



We headed straight through the trail.



We had one destination.



The gorilla area.



Would we see her?!?!?






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YES!!!!! We did!!!!!




However, momma gorilla had her pretty close at hand, as well as Daddy gorilla.

So she was a little hard to see. She was playing around with one of the plants with the big leaves, which kept her hidden pretty well.




There she is in the middle of the pic! This was the best we could get folks! But I was so happy to get to see her!

After leaving Pangani, we did a little bit of shopping then headed for Camp Minnie Mickey.



We were all over the chance to get some great character pics!

And we got some great photos! The lines were really short too!



















continued...........................

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............continued..............


After leaving Camp Minnie Mickey, we headed to Discovery Island to find a spot to watch the parade.

Another photopass pic....


I had never actually seen this parade before. Since I usually go in the intense heat of the summer, I'm hardly ever in a park during this time of day. I have to say, it was a real treat not to be sweating through all of my clothes!

The parade was very fun - I really enjoyed the animal character floats...








After the parade, we left immediately. Fortunately, AKV is nice and close to the park.

Back at our room, we got ready REALLY quickly. Super quickly!

We had an ADR scheduled for the new Via Napoli restaurant in Italy. I knew we'd have to give ourselves lots of time, since it's all the way at the back of the park AND it was the first weekend of Food and Wine Festival!

Up next - still two parks to visit tonight! Stay tuned!

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Day Two continues!

Hi all!

So....

we left AK and got ready SUPER fast back at our room.

I knew Epcot would be crowded for Food and Wine, but WOW!


World Showcase was PACKED!


It took us quite awhile to get all the way back to Italy. We ended up being about 10 minutes late to our ADR, but I don't think it would have mattered. The restaurant hadn't been open long and it was just as packed inside as it was outside.

They were taking "reservations only" - they had to keep telling people this who were walking up and asking about the wait. Of course that doesn't count for the *ahem* annoying person who pitched a fit and got his party of 7 seated within minutes of their walk up. Dude! What don't you get about reservations only? They claimed that guest services told them there would be room for walk ups.

Seriously - you're going to Epcot during the first weekend of Food and Wine and you think you're going to get a walk-up at the restaurant that just opened a month ago?!

But I guess if you pitch a fit enough, you get what you want. Sorry folks, just a pet peeve of mine...


Anyway, where was I?


The restaurant was really nice looking inside.







We decided to split a pitcher of Sangria, as that was a much cheaper option than each getting our own drinks. Yummy goodness!



Our waiter was very nice, but it was the busboy that caught the attention of Megan and Andi...

And he didn't seem to hide his flirting, especially with Andi.

The food was SO GOOD. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone. I have to admit, I was thinking it wouldn't be a highlight. I mean, here in eastern PA, you can get italian food more than anything else. Heck, in our tiny town, there's like 5 or 6 italian food places. So I didn't know if this would be anything special.

Well, I was wrong!


The food was done in a really authentic italian way and was so very very very good.

I had the lasagna verde. It was a lasagna with cheeses and spinach - no red sauce like we're used to here. Wow - even thinking about it makes my mouth water. The cheese in it was so creamy. Delicious...




Megan got the Chicken Parm. which came with a spaghetti torte.




And Andi got the Candele - which was baked pasta with cheese, sausage sauce and lamb.



We each tried eachother's food and I have to say everything was marvelous!

And dessert was just as good. We decided to split the Zapele (sp?) which are ricotta fritters with whipped cream and chocolate sauce, and the tiramisu. I'm not a HUGE tiramisu fan - I like it once in awhile - but this was different. Again - the authentic italian dish wins out over the americanized version! It was so light and not overly sweet.

Here are the desserts.....









Now we all know that one of the fun things at Disney is people watching and overhearing interesting things from other guests. Well, that was the case at dinner, because it seemed that the table next to us didn't know eachother. Was it so crowded that people were willing to sit with strangers? Oh - or was it a dismeet???? Who knows!

We got a pic of the ovens as we left from the ladies room...




And we got a nice final good bye from our lovely italian busboy....

We strolled our way leisurely out of Epcot and got some great shots along the way....





The outside of Via Napoli:




An awesome Photopass shot in World Showcase:




Along with more Photopass fun....








We made our way out to the monorail....

Why you ask?


Heck, we were going to Magic Kingdom to see the Main Street Electrical Parade!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





I couldn't wait!

What would the rest of the night hold? What can amuse a bunch of friends for a really long time?

You'll just have to check back to find out!
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Hi everyone!

I'm here for another update!!

But do I hear crickets chirping? Is anyone out there? I hope so!

Because the rest of our day was insanely fun! We really let our inner children come out!


Here's the details!

We got to MK around 8:45pm. We decided it was a good idea to just get curbseats for Wishes and MSEP.

Now, I'm checking my notes and can't remember what came first that night - the parade or Wishes. I just consulted the Travel Agent calendar from October, and see that there was a parade at 8pm, Wishes at 9pm and that's all that's listed. BUT, I'm pretty darn sure that there was a second parade that night, as we weren't in the park in time to see the 8pm one. So that's what I'm going on!

Here's some Wishes photos!












Then it was time to plant our butts down on the curb for a great seat for the parade. It was going to be a long wait, but there was lots of people watching to do, as the hordes were flowing out down Main Street towards the exit.





Andi was making new friends - she was sitting next to a woman from a small town in Illinois. The woman said she got a room at AKL for $100/night from Southwest!! Dude! I was floored! How did she do that? Being a new travel agent, I was all intrigued and stuff.

(Called the Disney TA line when I got home and the most likely scenario was that Southwest had pre-purchased rooms for packages and they weren't being used, so they sold them for an insanely low price when it started getting close to the dates. Guess I'll never truly know...)

Anyway, the parade was delayed due to some difficulties, and all the while, I was losing more and more of my sitting room as a group of ladies kept pushing closer and closer. I know Disney is crowded, but do you have to practically sit on my lap!? Sheesh!

I was getting really thirsty and needed some water, so I thought I'd run and try to find a cart, since it seemed there were a few minutes before the parade....

Now, you'd think that before a parade they'd have a snack/beverage cart out, right? No. There was not a single cart on Main Street.

I had to run up to Casey's to get a bottle of water. I was so worried about missing the beginning!

But there was no need to worry, it kept getting delayed.....



waiting....



waiting.....





Finally, it was time for the parade to start!



Okay, now just imagine the Baroque Hoedown music playing as you look at these pictures.....
























Oh yay! I just love this parade!!!!! I've said it before, and I'll say it again - it just takes me back to my childhood trips to Disney in the 80's. Such wonderful memories!!!!


Continued............
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..........continuing...........


After the parade, we kind of got our second wind. We headed into the gift shops on the opposite side of the street to look for something. (Can't remember what.)

But that's when we started getting silly. It was late and any alcohol we had at dinner was long gone. But it was just the time of night - and we were in MK!

We decided to have some photo fun with the stuff in the gift shops - mostly hats, but also other things....


"Hey Andi, try this hat on...."



Megan's turn...



Then Megan picked this one for me....



Total Halloween spirit - it is after all Megan's favorite holiday!



"This is Halloween. This is Halloween." (to the song from Nightmare Before Christmas...)



Now we're getting into it....






Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..... we be Disney dorks - I mean pirates.....




Fantasia!




Andi wanted to be a Pirate too....




I'm a Disney Princess, da--it!




Goin' back to the Halloween AND Pirate themes...




Andi could totally be Ariel!




I decided this Pooh was definitely coming home with me!




Matching tiaras!




So it's a topper for golf clubs, but at first I thought it was a puppet...





Our favorite monorail saying! Repeat with me....





So after our hat silliness, it was time to buy some stuff. I saw a super cute Tshirt and Andi liked it too. So Megan found her size as well. We got matching shirts and we were going to wear them the next day! 'Cause we're cool like that!

You'll see the matching shirts when I get to tomorrow's segment of the TR, but the three of us also got another matching item.....


Oh yeah.....


We got matching Disney undies!!!




(By the way, not only are they super cute, but they're really comfy too!)



It was time to get going. The park was closing and we were quite tired.


On our way back to AKV, the buses used a special backstage route through the Disney property, as certain roads were closed up for one of the marathons.

We got back and totally crashed!



Up next tomorrow - our DHS morning and Megan's wonderful special fastpasses!

Stay tuned!

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I love the monorail cap! Too bad I don't wear caps... Emporium was probably the ONLY store we didn't go in during our Oct trip. In fact, the only time we really spent at the MK was for MNSSHP. (I spent a few hours there on Columbus Day night, not realizing it was a holiday, & couldn't for the life of me figure out why on Earth it was so ridiculously crowded, so I just wanted to get out of there ASAP after riding a few rides.)
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My DW loves the monorail saying! She has it as a ring tone. I hope that hat is there when we go in May.
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I love the monorail cap! Too bad I don't wear caps... Emporium was probably the ONLY store we didn't go in during our Oct trip. In fact, the only time we really spent at the MK was for MNSSHP. (I spent a few hours there on Columbus Day night, not realizing it was a holiday, & couldn't for the life of me figure out why on Earth it was so ridiculously crowded, so I just wanted to get out of there ASAP after riding a few rides.)
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My DW loves the monorail saying! She has it as a ring tone. I hope that hat is there when we go in May.

Haha! Yes - as soon as I saw it, I knew I needed a picture!

But I'm not a cap-wearer, so it wasn't part of my purchase.


And I'm really having one of those times where I just REALLY wish I was at Disney!!! We knew several people down there recently because of the marathon and I had to stew in my jealousy!
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Have just found your TR and enjoyed reading all the updates in one go! Love the MNSSHP costumes and goofing around with hats is the best way to spend time in an MK shop!

We will be eating in Sanaa when we go on our trip
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Have just found your TR and enjoyed reading all the updates in one go! Love the MNSSHP costumes and goofing around with hats is the best way to spend time in an MK shop!

We will be eating in Sanaa when we go on our trip
Thanks so much for joining in!!!

We decided trying on interesting hats would continue throughout the trip after all this fun! So there's more to come -

And you will LOVE Sanaa!
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It's time! Time for Day Three!!!

Hey, I'm feeling pretty proud at how quickly I'm getting this TR done - not too shabby!

So Day Three was going to be our DHS day....



AND....





Matching T Shirt day!





Oh yeah!



So we slept in until 8am. Today we were going to use Megan's magic fastpasses.


Magic Fastpasses you say?

Well, when Megan was doing her DVC add on, they totally screwed it up and took out too much money from her bank account leaving her with no money for two weeks!

So they promised her the special DVC fast passes for her whole group on her next trip. And that was us! Basically, they get you 3 instant FP's per card. Which meant no rush to get FP's at Toy Story Mania for us!

We left our room that morning around 9:30am and went to Mara for breakfast.


Waiting for the bus.....







When we got to DHS, we first went to Tower of Terror to get regular Fast Passes to use later. Then we walked right over to Rockin' Roller Coaster and used Megan's special FP's! Oh yay!

In our car was a guy who had never been on RnRC before. We told him that waiting for the take-off was the most suspenseful thing, but that it wasn't so bad. We also asked him to join in our coordinated thumbs up for the picture. I think he was too taken by surprise to really join in...







We then walked over to TSM, and of course all the FP's were gone. But not for us. I gave the special FP's to the CM and she got us our instant fastpasses! We got right in line!





Trying to look cool...



Even the FP line was taking a long time....



I rode with Megan and I was ready to kick her butt! (I'm a tad bit competitive....)


The ride kept stopping, then having to restart. Not sure what that was all about. But we had a few minutes of sitting around inside TSM.




When we finally finished, I succeeded in my butt-kicking mission...



Next - we were off to use our Tower of Terror FP's. Before getting on, we grabbed some FP's to use later that night when we would come back after dinner.

This is one of my absolute favorite rides! I love that free-falling feeling.

Just so awesome!




We then got a ton of Photopass pics before leaving DHS.

















We also did some quick shopping to get out of the heat. They already had Christmas stuff out in the shops, so we took advantage of that. I got a new tree ornament and some Christmas cards.

Next up - off to Downtown Disney!
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I LOVE the MK shirts! Wish I had shopped at the Emporium now
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on being able to get special FPs for TSM...beats having to arrive early and join the mad dash! The guy with you on RnR Coaster looks like how I probably will on my first ride

Loving the PP pictures especially the one with stitch
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