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Old 01-09-2011, 11:03 PM   #31
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Magic Kingdom Recap

Here's the recap for our Magic Kingdom day. Missed attractions in red and unplanned attractions in green.

Jungle Cruise
Pirates of the Caribbean
Haunted Mansion
it's a small world
Philharmagic

Prince Charming Carousel
Tiki Room
Country Bears
Columbia Harbour House

Teacups
Dole Whip Float
Hall of Presidents
Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Space Mountain
Main St. Ice Cream
Buzz Lightyear
Carousel of Progress
Peoplemover
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
Castle Lighting
Holiday Wishes

As far as planning and productiveness go, this was our best day. We did things in the order we planned and got so much done. It was so much fun and also very tiring. That might me because I was the Fastpass runner, though.

Up next, pixie dust before rope drop at our next park!
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Subbing. I've enjoyed our TR so far and can't wait to read the rest. I am amazed at how much you have accomplished with a baby.
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Subbing. I've enjoyed our TR so far and can't wait to read the rest. I am amazed at how much you have accomplished with a baby.
Lucy made things really easy on us! That said, even with a very cooperative baby, I would say that it's a good idea to take a break in the afternoons. The couple of days where we pushed her to stay all day resulted in a fussy and irritable baby by the end of the day.
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Epcot Part 1 - How Did Getting Into the Park Early Put Us BEHIND Schedule?!?

After a much better night of sleep, we woke up, grabbed breakfast, and headed to the bus stop. We only had about a five minute wait. We had a little more company than we were used to on our morning bus, but the bus was still fairly empty. We got off the bus and made our way to the turnstiles.



Lucy took her pre-rope drop nap.



After ten minutes of waiting in line, a CM asked the crowd, "Is anyone here to ride Soarin'?" Cheering loudly was obviously the best reponse to such a question. She then asked, "How would you like to ride Soarin' now?" We all thought about it and decided that we would rather wait until rope drop? The CM walked away, obviously disappointed.




Just kidding. We were all very excited. They started letting people through the turnstiles and then guided us back toward Soarin'.



DW and Karen stayed with a sleeping Lucy while the rest of us went to ride. It was a lot fun, as always. This was a great piece of pixie dust. The cynics among us, including me, also recognized this as a brilliant crowd control strategy. By letting a big crowd in early to ride Soarin', Disney made room for more people to ride Soarin' at rope drop. We finished riding about five minutes before rope drop. I sent the rest of the group up to rejoin with DW and get a head start toward Test Track, which was the next stop on our touring plan. I waited around until they opened up the fastpass machines and grabbed fastpasses so that we could ride again later. As I exited the Land building, I discovered that our group hadn't made it as far as I hoped they would. Apparently, CM's were making people wait until after the rope drop crowd went by. I immediately realized the bump this would put in our touring plan.

When we could we made our way over to Test Track.




The standby line was was strung outside the building. The posted wait was 30 minutes. This put us significantly off schedule. Our group got in line, but DW, Lucy, and I stayed back. The original plan, which we stuck with was to have us wait so that the other six would have their own car. DW and I would ride later if we had time. If not, we'd experienced Test Track before and would be back to Disney soon enough.

As our group got in line, despite my efforts to go with the flow, I had a meltdown. If we had all day to experience Epcot, I think I would have been okay, but Andrea and I had to leave at 2:00 to get ready for our Anniversary dinner reservation. Sticking to the plan was more important today than any other day. I can sit back now and easily say that being 45 minutes off schedule is not the end of the world and I should not have overreacted like I did. At the time, though, I was tired and I had been herding eight other people through the crowds at Disney. I had reached my breaking point. DW decided it would be a good idea to sit down on a bench that was barely within sight of the Test Track entrance and nowhere near the exit. I stood there and stewed for a little while.



I walked off toward the exit of Test Track. I got to the area where you see your ride photo and waited....and waited...and waited. Again, in retrospect, the wait was probably pretty close to the posted 30 minutes. At the time, it felt like hours and the longer I waited the more frustrated I got. Finally, our family exited the ride. In my frustrated state, I wasn't thinking clearly and made a mistake that made things worse. We knew that only four of us would want to ride Mission Space. The plan was to grab four Space fastpasses and then grab Test Track fastpasses for the other four. I went to the Test Track machines and had seven fastpasses before I realized my mistake. Now, we had to wait two hours until I could get fastpasses for Mission Space. We were getting even more behind schedule.

I finally got it together and came up with a plan. The standby wait for Mission Space Green was only 10 minutes. We had someone in our group who has motion sickness issues so this was a good starting point. We enjoyed the ride, but I like the Orange side way more. After Space, we rode the Seas with Nemo and Friends and went over to watch Captain EO. Our family's reaction to this was as expected. They did appreciate how 80's the show was, but thought it was a little weird. It was a nice trip down memory lane for me, but it's not something I need to see again.

It was now time to grab lunch. We went to Sunshine Seasons. I had the seared tuna noodle salad and DW has some sort of sweet and sour chicken with rice and noodles.




The food was okay and was a good alternative to burgers and fries for a counter service meal. I should have realized, though, that ordering seared tuna from a counter service restaurant was probably not the best idea. I would recommend Sunshine Seasons for counter service at Epcot.

I left lunch early and grabbed Mission Space fastpasses. When I got back, we rode Living with the Land. Again, the Lines app proved its worth. The posted wait was 30 minutes but Lines said the estimated wait was 10 minutes. We were on a boat in 10 minutes. Everyone enjoyed the ride, especially Paul, who works in a greenhouse and was a horticulture major. Karen remarked as we were getting off that the Behind the Seeds tour might be fun. I smiled because I knew that we had the tour reserved for Friday. Since we already at the Land, we used our Soarin' fastpasses.

After Soarin', we made our way back toward Test Track. DW and Lucy fell behind a little for a diaper change. Since we had fastpasses, those remaining that did not want to ride Mission Space Orange went to ride Test Track. Three of us rode Mission Space Orange. It was way better than Green! After our ride, we met up with DW and went to ride Test Track while the others stayed with Lucy. After that, it was 2:00 and it was time for DW and I to head back to the buses. Karen was ready for a break too so she and Lucy went with us too. The rest stayed to tour World Showcase.

Here's a quick recap of our first Epcot day. Missed attractions are in red. Unplanned attractions are in green.

Soarin'
(2x)
Test Track (2x)
The Seas w/ Nemo and Friends
Spaceship Earth
Journey Through Imagination

Captain EO
Mission Space Green

Mission Space Orange
Living with the Land
Club Cool

We didn't do too badly, but you can see that we did miss a lot of planned attractions. Still, we were coming back to Epcot and our plan for that day was planned as a makeup day anyway. Like I said before, looking back we did very well.

Up next, the most amazing dinner ever!
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We made our way toward Fantasyland and found no wait for Small World either. My family did begin to wonder at this point if the majority of the rides at Magic Kingdom were boat rides. I really like Small World and surprisingly the song was stuck in our heads for that long after we rode. [/COLOR]
Is this a typo? You are surprised it got stuck in your head?
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Oops! Definitely a typo. It didn't get stuck in our heads despite my best efforts to sing the song every once in awhile throughout the day. I'll go back and change that.
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Seemed like an odd statement to say about IASW. I think they have taken people away in straight jackets who are singing the song.
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Great updates! I love the whole recap thing for each park day...I might have to steal that, if you don't mind...

I cracked up about Lucy controlling the car on Buzz! That is so cute! She wanted to play too!

That was so cool that you got to ride Soarin' early, even if it was just for crowd control. That's what I love about Disney- everything they do feels magical!

I'm sorry to hear about your frustration at Epcot, but I completely understand! Our Epcot day was very frustrating, as you will read about in my TR.

I am loving your TR so far! I'm so glad you are going back soon, because I want to read another one when you finish this one!
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Victoria & Albert's - How Did We Get So Full from Such Small Portions?!?

We left off as DW, DD, Karen, and I were leaving Epcot. We had a short wait for a bus, but the bus made a stop at Hollywood Studios before going back to our resort. We didn't pick up anyone there, but we stopped and waited for a few minutes.

We went back to the room and Karen watched Lucy while we got cleaned up and dressed for our anniversary dinner. After about an hour, the rest of our group showed up. Apparently, they did a very abbreviated tour of World Showcase and decided it was time for the pool and naps.

DW and I made our way to the bus stop and a bus came almost right away. In planning for the worst, I had alotted time for a long bus wait. As a result, we had some time to kill when we got to Magic Kingdom. We decided to do some shopping on Main St. before heading to our dinner. We were dressed very formally, but I don't think we got any weird looks, none that I saw anyway. We ended up buying a Minnie Mouse outfit and some socks for Lucy and then went back to catch the monorail. We had a little more time to kill so we rode a full circuit of the monorail before getting off at the Grand Floridian.

We found Victoria & Albert's easily and went in. At this point, I will say that we didn't take a lot of pictures. It was an effort to convince DW that we needed to take pictures of the food. On top of that, I didn't take a whole lot of notes on what we ate, and this was the kind of the place that required that if I was going to give you a great report. Also, some of our pictures are a little blurry. Still, I will give you the best report of our dinner and hope that you have a chance to experience dinner at Victoria & Albert's at some point because it is an amazing experience!

We walked in and were led to our table after the host wished us a Happy Anniversary! Our "Victoria" for the night came by and explained the menu and took drink orders. DW got an amaretto sour and I wasn't really in the mood for a cocktail so I just asked for water. A little while later a CM came by and with a stool for DW to put her purse on. She apologized that she wasn't there with the stool when we arrived at our table. Yes, that's how fancy this place is and the level of luxurious service they strive to provide. I want to include those kind of details to try and capture the whole experience.

Our "Albert" came by and took our food orders. V&A is a six course meal with a teaser course, called an Amuse-Bouche, at the beginning. A lot of the terms used throughout the night were terms I'd only heard from watching Top Chef and Hell's Kitchen. I've had to look up what they mean since.

The Amuse-Bouche was lobster four ways.



The upper-right was a delicious lobster bisque. It was our favorite of the four and we both wish they would have given us more. The lower-right was a lobster remoulade. I had thought a remoulade was a sauce, which I have since confirmed. Either we misheard the description or that was just describing the sauce. It was lobster inside of a pastry crust. The lower-left was poached lobster with caviar. The upper-left was a lobster pannacotta. It was a basically a creamy foam. It and the rest of this course was very tasty.

The next course was the cold appetizer. I got the Tuna and Octopus a la Plancha with Jamon Iberico. I will add here that I'm copying these names off of the menu that menu they gave us to bring home.



The tuna and octopus are in the middle. It came with leafy greens (left) and some sort of fresh tomato thing (right). All of it was delicious! Not surprisingly it was much better than the tuna I had for lunch at Sunshine Seasons. By the way, I think by the end of this I'm going to run out of words for delicious.

DW had the Applewood Smoked Buffalo "Waldorf."



I don't remember a whole lot about this one. I tried some of the buffalo and liked it. Being from South Dakota, buffalo wasn't a new thing for either of us. DW says this dish was outstanding.

The next course was a fish course. We both got the Vegetable Ash-crusted Halibut with Butter Clams and Corn Chowder.



This was really good! DW isn't really a big fish person and she loved it. The outside of the fish was crispy and the inside was moist and delicious. The fish was on top of a really flavorful corn chowder.

The next course was the hot appetizer. I had the Duck Three Ways.



From left to right, there was duck breast, duck sausage, and duck confit. It also came with a gooseberry jam. It was good, but my motivation for ordering it was that I haven't really eaten a lot of duck. I wish I had ordered the soup that DW ordered. After looking up what confit is, it doesn't sound nearly as appetizing. It refers to a cooking process that involves poaching the meat in it's own fat.

DW had the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Tortellini.



This was one of the best things we had all night. There's not a whole to describing it beyond its name.

Next was our main entree. I ordered the Blackmore Wagyu Strip Loin with Oxtail Jus.



I've eaten a lot of steak and this was by far the best piece of beef I have ever tasted. The Oxtail Jus was a sweet sauce to go with the beef. I don't usually put sauce on my steak, but I did enjoy this. I remember Albert saying something about it taking four days to make the Jus. The beef also came with a potato puree topped with barbeque pork and vegetables.

DW ordered the Australian "Kobe" Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Garlic-Potato Puree.



This is the second best piece of beef I have ever tasted. It also came with the oxtail jus, potatoes, and vegetables. I've forgetten to mention the bread. Three of our courses came with a bread specifically picked to go with that course. Each different bread had it's own type of butter to go with it. We enjoyed them all but I do not remember the details.

Our next couse was the cheese/gelato course. We both ordered the cheese and did not get a picture of this. It included Colston Bassett Stilton, Southern Belle Chevre, Gouda Reypenaer V.S.O.P., and Comte Saint Antoine. We enjoyed these. I wasn't a huge fan of one of them and I think it was the Belle Chevre.

Our final course was dessert. I ordered the Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle.



By the time we got a picture, it was starting to collapse. This is the first souffle I've ever had and it was so good!! It also came with a chocolate gelato.

DW ordered the Grand Mariner Souffle.



This was also amazing! It came with some sort of citrus-flavored gelato.

Though we were through our final course, there were still a few more bits of deliciousness to enjoy.

We ordered the coffee.



The coffee brewed at our table as we were eating dessert. The flame underneat causes the water to steam, causing a seal to open a little bit and let the steam into the top pot. From there, the steam turns back into water and go through the coffee grounds back into the bottom pot. It was very good coffee.

While we were waiting for our check, Victoria brought by a small tray of sweets. We got a picture after we'd eaten some. I don't remember the details but they were all good.



Finally, we were given a loaf of orange date banana bread (or something like that) to eat later. We ate it for breakfast the next morning and it was very good.

While taking all the pictures of the food, we did manage to get a few of us.



We did a little shopping at the Grand Floridian gift shop after we left and I bought a Mr. Potato Head shirt. We also got a photopass picture in front of the Christmas tree. I'm still waiting to get our photopass CD in the mail. When we were ready to go back to our resort, we hopped on the monorail to Magic Kingdom and took a bus from there.

As I said earlier, I would highly recommend eating at Victoria & Albert's at least once if you can ever manage it. We wish we could do it every trip now, but we can't really afford it. Plus, no children under 10 are allowed so we would need to find a sitter for Lucy and we're not quite ready for that. We will be back at some point, though. We left after dinner very full, but not stuffed. It was definitely a highlight of our trip!

Up next, we have one more park to visit!
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WOW! That dinner sounds amazing! I have never in my life been anywhere so fancy that they give you a seat for your purse! John and I ate at Artist Point on our trip for our "special" dinner, and that was really nice, but nothing like what you described! What a great experience!
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Seemed like an odd statement to say about IASW. I think they have taken people away in straight jackets who are singing the song.
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Great updates! I love the whole recap thing for each park day...I might have to steal that, if you don't mind...

I cracked up about Lucy controlling the car on Buzz! That is so cute! She wanted to play too!

That was so cool that you got to ride Soarin' early, even if it was just for crowd control. That's what I love about Disney- everything they do feels magical!

I'm sorry to hear about your frustration at Epcot, but I completely understand! Our Epcot day was very frustrating, as you will read about in my TR.

I am loving your TR so far! I'm so glad you are going back soon, because I want to read another one when you finish this one!
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WOW! That dinner sounds amazing! I have never in my life been anywhere so fancy that they give you a seat for your purse! John and I ate at Artist Point on our trip for our "special" dinner, and that was really nice, but nothing like what you described! What a great experience!
Steal away! I definitely stole it from someone else's trip report. I'm sorry you had a frustrating day at Epcot. Thank you for the encouragement! I would probably write a TR anyway if noone was reading but it's really nice to know people are enjoying reading it.

That was by far the fanciest dinner we've ever been at! It will probably always be one of our best Disney memories.
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Wow I feel like I got really far behind on this TR really quickly!

I LOVE Philharmagic, but we never seem to see it more than once each trip, I don't know why! I could watch it over and over!

Your day at Epcot looks like fun! I didn't know you could get in early to ride Soarin, I'll have to remember that for my next trip! The one time I attempted to get to rope drop for Epcot failed miserably, so hopefully I'll have better luck this October!

I hate how little things can totally throw off your plan for the day...I get annoyed really easily to if I get off schedule...and we don't even follow a touring plan, it's just the schedule I have in my mind! Luckily, I can't stay mad at Disney for very long!

Victoria and Albert's looks amazing! What a great place to celebrate an anniversary! I'd love to try it sometime, but it's just SO expensive! It looks like it would be worth it, though!
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I wondered why I hadn't been getting updates to your TR...I forgot to subscribe after I started reading it! OOPS! Oh well, I am all caught up now (and subscribed), so you can continue!

How cool that you guys got to ride Soarin before rope drop! I can't wait for Olivia to grow that last little bit so we can get on the 40 inch rides! I know what you mean about getting upset when you think you are way off schedule and then everything else will go downhill....I may or may not have done that during this trip...

WOW! Victoria and Albert's looks amazing! I would love to do that sometime. I would really have to talk my DH into that..he isn't much of a fancy food type of guy.

I can't wait to read more (and actually be able to read since I am subscribed now)!
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Dinner at Victoria & Albert's looked amazing! I was practically drooling over the roasted butternut squash soup with tortellini.

I can totally understand getting upset about scheduling. With something as nice as Victoria & Albert's on the line, I'd probably have been a little stressed too when things fell behind schedule.


I would also have to agree with you on Space Mountain. DBF and I did both the left and right versions, and the right side did seem to be a bit rougher.


I have to go on the Orange version of Mission Space, as well. I love the intensity of it, but I understand the need for both types.

Can't wait to hear about the other park day!
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Wow I feel like I got really far behind on this TR really quickly!

I LOVE Philharmagic, but we never seem to see it more than once each trip, I don't know why! I could watch it over and over!

Your day at Epcot looks like fun! I didn't know you could get in early to ride Soarin, I'll have to remember that for my next trip! The one time I attempted to get to rope drop for Epcot failed miserably, so hopefully I'll have better luck this October!

I hate how little things can totally throw off your plan for the day...I get annoyed really easily to if I get off schedule...and we don't even follow a touring plan, it's just the schedule I have in my mind! Luckily, I can't stay mad at Disney for very long!

Victoria and Albert's looks amazing! What a great place to celebrate an anniversary! I'd love to try it sometime, but it's just SO expensive! It looks like it would be worth it, though!
You weren't that far behind. I'm going on a trip for work at the end of next week and I wanted to finish before I left. I'd still like to, but I'm not if sure if I'm going to be able to or not.

We've been at rope drop at Epcot several times and that's the first time that's ever happened for us. I hope you make it in October and experience pixie dust too!

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How cool that you guys got to ride Soarin before rope drop! I can't wait for Olivia to grow that last little bit so we can get on the 40 inch rides! I know what you mean about getting upset when you think you are way off schedule and then everything else will go downhill....I may or may not have done that during this trip...

WOW! Victoria and Albert's looks amazing! I would love to do that sometime. I would really have to talk my DH into that..he isn't much of a fancy food type of guy.

I can't wait to read more (and actually be able to read since I am subscribed now)!
Welcome back! I've done that before too! I think that V&A could turn anyone into a fancy food type, but I could be wrong.

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Dinner at Victoria & Albert's looked amazing! I was practically drooling over the roasted butternut squash soup with tortellini.

I can totally understand getting upset about scheduling. With something as nice as Victoria & Albert's on the line, I'd probably have been a little stressed too when things fell behind schedule.


I would also have to agree with you on Space Mountain. DBF and I did both the left and right versions, and the right side did seem to be a bit rougher.


I have to go on the Orange version of Mission Space, as well. I love the intensity of it, but I understand the need for both types.

Can't wait to hear about the other park day!
That soup was amazing and I'm not usually a big fan of soup! The Green side is a good thing. One of DW's sisters that was with us rode Green and liked it, but she never would have been able to ride Orange. Another update coming up!
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