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Old 01-09-2011, 02:09 PM   #46
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We found a nice bench & sat to enjoy our drinks, and the sunset!






We continued our stroll around the lagoon, stopping in a few pavilions to look in the shops –

(the new Via Napoli in Italy)


and at Japan to have dinner, Yakitori House.. one of my favourites! I had chicken teriyaki & Steve had the shogun mixed platter.



We sat outside in the gardens, it was such a nice evening.



After eating, we looked in the Mitsukoshi store and at the ‘Spirited Beasts’ exhibit – found it quite interesting.



Carried on walking around, spent quite a bit of time exploring Morocco



Then back to the American Adventure pavilion to see the gingerbread house – and buy a snack!





The candlelight processional was on & we could hear the singing & music, really nice atmosphere (Whoopi Goldberg was the narrator) – like last year, I’m amazed by the lines that form around the lagoon for these shows… so popular!

We did the ‘Impressions de France’ show in the French pavilion (really like this, despite it being quite dated now!),



then to the UK – we could hear the British Invasion band were playing, so we went around to the gardens to watch them perform their final song of the set… so lovely to see people singing & dancing along!

We walked right around the lagoon, back to Test Track – but there was a 60 minute wait still so we decided that was too long to wait, plus we’d be back here in a few days time.

The beautiful Christmas tree…




We stopped in Canada and sat on a bench for a while, taking in the atmosphere.. there was CM stood by the steps to ‘O Canada’, directing people to the other entrance.. they were just tidying up from an event, apparently… I wondered if it had been a wedding!



It was about 8.45pm by this time, time to start looking for an Illuminations spot!
We got a drink at the champagne cart (white wine for me, beer for steve)

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Old 01-09-2011, 02:12 PM   #47
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We found a really good spot, right up against a wall..


I liked this painter’s box next to me!



And got ready for the fireworks!



(I tried the ‘fireworks’ setting on my camera this time – I wasn’t very keen on it though, actually got better pictures when I used ‘auto’ next time we saw Illuminations!)

I love this show so much… and couldn’t wait to see Steve’s reaction to the extra ‘holiday tag’ at the end!

After the amazing fireworks, we walked back to the Boardwalk.



While we’d been out.. the Disney Florist had left a surprise in our room!



I’d ordered Steve a ‘stocking of surprises’, they’d placed it on our bed, between the big cushions.. and he didn’t see it for ages! He was really pleased with it though.. I think he appreciates these little Disney surprises I think of.

And then it was bed time… ready for our next day of Magic tomorrow!!!
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:22 PM   #48
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The wedding comment at the airport cracked me up!

Your view at the Boardwalk is so pretty! I can't wait to check out that area on the honeymoon - I've never been there before!
hehe, I honestly thought he was talking about our wedding, not the royal one!

I love the Boardwalk area.. I guess because it's where I've stayed the most, I forget that most people don't visit it! Hope you and Miguel like it when you go there

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Decided it was time to celebrate being in Disney World! We went to the Margerita stand, I got a fiesta margarita & Steve got a beer.



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I had the fiesta Margerita on my trip, YUM!
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Lol on the wedding comment

Great view of boardwalk and hooray on getting through quite a few countries and watching illuminations on your first day/night at Disney World

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Old 01-09-2011, 03:58 PM   #51
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It sounds like you ahd a great time in NYC! I would be thrilled if they started posting calories everywhere! It would make me think twice!

I REALLY want to stay at the Boardwalk sometime. I would love to be able to just walk over to Epcot. Seems like you guys got a lot done on your first evening!

Oh and they have those creepy characters in LA too. I took Jack to DLR when he was 4 weeks old and then we swung by Mann's Chinese Theater, and there was a Capt. Jack Sparrow there, so I got a picture of him holding Jack. The other ones were pretty bad though,
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Very soon, we were at the airport! A Continental airlines member of staff greeted us & we did curb-side check in (we don’t have this in England and Steve was a bit confused why someone was taking away our luggage when we weren’t even in the airport!)
I also had a rather blonde moment.. the guy noticed we had UK passports, and said “Oh, you have a big wedding next year, don’t you?” … I was thinking “WOW .. how does he know we’re getting married, just by looking at our passports?!” …. Then realised, he was talking about Prince William & Kate Middleton … not our wedding …. Hehe!!!

We headed to the lifts, up to the fourth floor… and along the corridor to our wonderful, Boardwalk-view studio!

The view…


I really like the shot you took of Manhattan on your way to the airport!

And I was reading your story of the curbside check in!

And the CM at check-in at the Boardwalk wasn't kidding - you really DID have a nice view!

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We found a nice bench & sat to enjoy our drinks, and the sunset!


Carried on walking around, spent quite a bit of time exploring Morocco

I really like these pictures too!

That was very sweet of you to surprise your fiancee with a gift from the Disney florist! What did the "stocking of surprises" include?
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You made me laugh out loud with the wedding comment I would have thought the exact same thing.
I bet we crossed each other's path this trip we were at the Dolphin when you were at The Boardwalk.
Luv the French film too, my dh is from France. When we watch the film we think how many of the sites we have now seen in person after viewing the movie years ago for the first time. We even have a dog that looks just like the hunting dogs in the film.
Thanks so much for posting and all the great pictures.
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LOVED the blonde moment. Don't worry, I have tons of those and I'm brunette. In fact, this describes me perfectly..



That margarita looks amazing. I've yet to have a margarita in Epcot. I intend to do it in June.

Can't wait to read more!!
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Loved all your amazing photos!

and LOL at the blonde moment with the wedding- that is too darn funny. I mean, the only wedding you have top of mind is yours, so it makes sense you would think of that. i have lots of those moments too!

you guys got so much done your first day. love, love, love your boardwalk view room. did it get noisy at all? could you see Illuminations from there?

We tried Hacienda this trip and enjoyed it. It wasn't fabulous, but not horrible either. We'll go back someday, but it isn't a favorite or top of the list for us. We did however enjoy the great fireworks view for Illuminations, especially since it was cold outside that night and we were nice and warm at our table!
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That's quite a different wardrobe than in NYC! I bet it felt so nice to not have to be bundled up so much!

I love all of your WS pics! Epcot is so lovely at night. I wish I was there right now!
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I really like the shot you took of Manhattan on your way to the airport!

And I was reading your story of the curbside check in!

And the CM at check-in at the Boardwalk wasn't kidding - you really DID have a nice view!

I really like these pictures too!

That was very sweet of you to surprise your fiancee with a gift from the Disney florist! What did the "stocking of surprises" include?
Thank you! DF & I both got new cameras before this trip (he now has a DSLR one, I got a (pink) 14 megapixel Canon camera... both take really good pictures!

The Stocking of Surprises was a big red stocking, filled with: pretzels, cookies, lollipops, large gold coins, rice crispy treats & goofy candy.. oh and a light up pendant that said 'Merry Christmas' (shaped like mickey head).. it was worn at MVMCP later on in the trip!
I think it was about $50 - and you could have a name embroidered on to the stocking for $8 more.


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LOVED the blonde moment. Don't worry, I have tons of those and I'm brunette. In fact, this describes me perfectly..



That margarita looks amazing. I've yet to have a margarita in Epcot. I intend to do it in June.

Can't wait to read more!!
love that picture! .. usually I don't like tequila, but in a margerita from the Mexico pavilion it is fine!

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Loved all your amazing photos!

and LOL at the blonde moment with the wedding- that is too darn funny. I mean, the only wedding you have top of mind is yours, so it makes sense you would think of that. i have lots of those moments too!

you guys got so much done your first day. love, love, love your boardwalk view room. did it get noisy at all? could you see Illuminations from there?

We tried Hacienda this trip and enjoyed it. It wasn't fabulous, but not horrible either. We'll go back someday, but it isn't a favorite or top of the list for us. We did however enjoy the great fireworks view for Illuminations, especially since it was cold outside that night and we were nice and warm at our table!
Thanks for the info on La Hacienda.. I bet the views are fantastic from there for the fireworks!

Yes we could see Illuminations (and Wishes!) from our balcony.. I'll get to some photos in the next day's update!

That was the only slight problem with the BW view room... it was a bit noisy at night... it was only one night where we noticed it, but we both woke up just after 2am, when Jelly Rolls & Atlantic Dancehall close - and I guess a lot of people are walking around the Boardwalk back to the hotel lobby to go to their cars/get taxis. That's one problem with the Boardwalk, it's so well designed, I bet some people don't even realise there's hotel rooms up above the shops/restaurants.. with sleeping people in them! lol
My favourite category room at the BW is probably water-view.. that way you are looking at the pools and/or canal that leads to the Studios, bit quieter on that side of the resort


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That's quite a different wardrobe than in NYC! I bet it felt so nice to not have to be bundled up so much!

I love all of your WS pics! Epcot is so lovely at night. I wish I was there right now!
Hehe .. I was so excited to put on cropped jeans & flipflops when we got to Disney! (although, you'll notice as the days go by, we're wearing more & more layers.. then back to shorts again by the last day!)
I love WS too, it's so relaxing to stroll around - don't even have to do any attractions, just take in the music & atmosphere!

I'm glad some of you agreed that the wedding comment at the airport was easy to misunderstand! I mean, William & Kate did kinda copy us by getting married in 2011 lol - one of my friends is actually getting married (in Windsor) on April 30th this year, so she is a bit annoyed that the royal wedding will be stealing her thunder a little that weekend!


Hope everyone's having a good Monday!


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I loved your NYC TR, makes me feel like we defo have to go one day

Yay you've arrived at Disney and had a good first day. Glad Steve loved the surprises from Disney Florist
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Glad you loved your stay in NYC!! And yes-- going through an airport is MUCH nicer when you don't have to go through customs! LOL-- at the wedding comment! I definitely would have thought the same thing you had! The energy in England must be crazy now because of the royal wedding! I love that the country gets a holiday day off from work/school.
The Boardwalk is the DVC resort I'm most interested in-- never really been in that area, always wanted to. Jellyrolls seems like a lot of fun! Your view was great!
Your picture of the Epcot Christmas tree is great-- so beautiful!
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Loving the pictures so far. You guys are real troopers and got a lot done in NYC especially with how cold it was. What was your favorite thing in NY? Aren't those Mickey and Minnie's freaky? They stand by my job in the summer and I always get creeped out. There was a whole thing about them on the news a few weeks ago that they are not from an agency just immigrants trying to make money. How is Jenny? I have not head from her in a while. If you speak to her tell her hi and congrats on the baby!!! That is so exciting. That wedding comment was hilarious! I would had done the same thing. Looks like Disney was a lot of fun. I went to the Boardwalk for the first time this past trip and it is really nice. I never realized how close it is to Epcot. Looking forward to reading more.

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