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Old 10-11-2011, 10:41 PM   #1516
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Mary Ellen I like the fact that you do a wrap up.Your trip sounded like so much fun. The fact that your gruop could go their separate ways at times made it even better. One day I will get to do a trip like that, even better if I could do the F&W in 2012.

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I'm so sorry but I once again got way behind. I'm not up to date but need to hop over to your new report and try to get up to speed there.

I truly enjoyed this report. It has really made me want to take a girls only trip too. Thank y'all so much for sharing.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:11 AM   #1518
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I could totally see Jeff saying that!


Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one with a sarcastic husband, but it still made me feel bad because I was so excited over getting that shot!


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My top 10

10. My solo photo journey on the Liberty Belle
9. Seeing all the F&G Topiaries
8. Breakfast at Kouzzina
7. Single Rider Line!
6. Seeing Ratatouille at Les Chef's
5. Scrub and Rub (aka Balinese Body Polish and Massage at Mandara Spa
4. Lunch at the Brown Derby
3. Meeting Mary Ellen finally!
2. "Vacationing" solo. For real. Traveling solo and vacationing solo are two entirely different things!

And my number one is...a tie

1. Africa Trek
1. Pool time with no one saying "mom, mom mom!"
Great top 10 Cynthia! I forgot all about Remy! That really was fun! I agree that the BD lunch was also fab!

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Up next for me? Not really sure. I've just (well not just, it's been over a month already!) returned from an amazing DCL cruise to Alaska on the Wonder. We are currently booked 8/1 on the Dream but that might move when the 2013 itineraries come out. If we keep it we will be celebrating Kendall's 16th on a 4 day cruise on the Dream which would be pretty cool. (of course the Med in 2013 might be cooler, but that might also be my own personal pipe dream ) Either before or after the Dream, we will likely skip (I know, I know) WDW and instead do 4 days at the beach somewhere. Possibly Vero but the rates are pretty scary (even with renting points) at that time of year. Not the time of year I really want to go but we are definitely hamstrung by school and sports. Oh well.

My side of the family (about 20 of us) hope to do a group trip but the dates are very much in flux at present so who knows when that will happen. The fact that it likely WILL happen in the next 24 months is why we'd skip WDW this summer as Jeff won't go twice that close together. I'm hoping for New Years Eve 2012 for the giant family trip but it's more likely to be 2013 which sounds SO far away!


I'm hoping to room with Mary Ellen for Food and Wine 2012, that's the only "official" WDW trip I have planned in the next year. Very glad to at least know there is one I can count on even if we don't have exact dates quite yet.
I hope you are able to work out all your future plans. I know I've said this before, but it must be so hard to have to work out plans for SO many people. I don't envy you at all!

I am very excited for F&W next year. What do you think? 6 nights again? I think that was a good length without being too short or too long. I'm thinking (very tentative) 10/16 or 10/17 to 10/21 or 10/22.

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Great final thoughts! I still have yet to meet a Dis'er, I was hoping to on this trip, since so many were going when I went, but it just didn't work out! I think my best chance would be to do a solo trip when a bunch of Dis'ers are going and meet them then!
Food & Wine 1012 Jen!!!! Be There!!!!! Guaranteed DIS meets! I can't wait!

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I really want to do that African Trek after reading about yours, I saw the bridge you cross on the safari, and the little huts where you have lunch, and it made me think of your TR when I was there!
Whenever I see that bridge in the future I will always think about our African Trek. I probably won't ever do it again (although you never know), so it was such a special, unforgettable experience. If you ever get the just, go for it!

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There are some great pics in this TR, someday I'll get a real camera and learn how to use it and hopefully be able to take nice pictures too! I love the one of the drummers, amazing!
Wait! Didn't you just get a new camera???? I am sure your pictures will be fabulous and photoediting goes a long way (although time consuming). Melissa's drummers is a spectacular photo and I'm sure that has minimal or no edits. It's the beauty of the digital camera!

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I am so happy you all enjoyed yourselves so thoroughly! What a fantastic vacation! You really hit the nail on the head when you said JUST DO IT!!! I love my DISfriends, it's amazing that we have built these friendships all because of this website and our DISease in common!

DISease! Aint that the truth? It really is an affliction, but I can think of many much worse diseases to have!

Yeah - its been a blast meeting people through the DIS. I hope my HHI trip mates don't think its too weird when I start collecting TR fodder and taking pictures of their food. I know they don't quite get the DISease!

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You have also gotten me even MORE excited for my family trip in just 29 days- can't wait to go home to BCV, and I'll be eating at La Hacienda, Brown Derby, and Kouzzina (for breakfast) so thanks for all that food porn- YUM!!
I know you will love them all (not sure which ones you have already been to). Your family trip will be so much fun!!!! What a great time to visit!

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Great job, ladies...I hope our paths cross oneday...or again, depending on who you are!

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Food & Wine 2012 Ellen! Surely you can sneak in a little getaway!

DO IT!!!!!
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:45 AM   #1519
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I had SUCH an amazing time this trip it is hard to come up with a top ten list but I shall try and come up with some favorites:

Loved meeting everyone...some I had met briefly before and some were new. Totally clicked with my roommate C...we are so alike in so many ways and I don't know if that is always a good thing

So funny - because I completely forgot that this was your first time rooming with C. It just seems like you've been friends forever!

and - being alike - OF course its a good thing!!!!

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My favorite dinner was Blue Zoo. I absolutely LOVED the fish I had and can't wait for a repeat this Saturday I loved all of my meals with Tutto coming in last. I think it's still a mental thing because of Alfredo's. I need to stop living in the past

Wow - you really aren't wasting any time in getting back there! Very cool! We must put it on the list for next year, although I am somewhat curious to try Shulas. I agree - Tuttos was dead last for me!

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The Africa Trek was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and I highly recommend it to everyone. Can totally see myself doing it again someday

Agreed! Everyone who has an interest and loves the AK should give this a try. I'm really glad we did it!

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Loved all of the pool time...it was such a relaxing trip and was so nice to just sit back (on a lounge chair ) and take it all in. Each and every trip you take to Disney is different and I think is a reason we all keep going back. I really liked walking around by myself but then knowing that in a few hours time I would be meeting up with someone.

So true - every trip is so completely different. I think my December trip will definitely be more park commando and less relaxing, but it will still be a great trip. Every trip has its own flavor, its own feel.

I hope its warm enough in HH for me to practice my noodling, so I can be much better at it next year! Which won't be saying much!

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My next trip is coming up in just three days. I am taking my niece and we will be staying at the BC for 8 nights. F&W is my absolute favorite time of the year to visit and I am thrilled to be staying at BC for C's private entrance I don't write TR's but I do a lot of FB updating while I am there.....mostly pictures of my food and drinks


8 nights - that is so great!!!!!! I hope you have a fabulous time. What am I saying - of course you will. FB updates please!!!!!!

Did you have to waitlist for BCV or where you able to get it at 7 months? I want BWV for next year.

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Looking forward to seeing what F&W 2012 brings

Can't wait!!!!

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Thanks again ME for the TR Can't wait to read about your next adventures!!

Tracy

It was my pleasure. I have to update the final links and then I will feel like I am caught up.
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I did have a great time. My Balitmore delay turned out not to be much of one. I had enough time to walk around a bit and get McDonalds ( I really wanted Nathans but what can you do?) The McDonalds experience was interesting but I will save that.
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I really think Food and Wine is going to be a regular occurence for me. Make sure you have some middle of the week time since it gets real busy on the weekends.
I am definitely going to arrive middle of the week. I heard its crazy on the weekends. Can't wait to see it for myself. Sounds like so much fun!

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Mary Ellen I like the fact that you do a wrap up.Your trip sounded like so much fun. The fact that your gruop could go their separate ways at times made it even better. One day I will get to do a trip like that, even better if I could do the F&W in 2012.

Doris

I love doing final thoughts and a trip review and I like when other people do them as well. It really helps me pick up what I might have missed.

I think tracy said it really well when she said she like being by herself but knowing that in a few hours she would be meeting up with everyone. I felt the exact same way. Best of both worlds!

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I'm so sorry but I once again got way behind. I'm not up to date but need to hop over to your new report and try to get up to speed there.
No worries. It is so easy to get behind on TR's. It happens to me all the time.

I haven't written that much on my new TR yet, so you should be good.

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I truly enjoyed this report. It has really made me want to take a girls only trip too. Thank y'all so much for sharing.
Thanks. We are all so glad you liked it and you definitely should do a girls TR in the future. F&W 2012 is a thought????? I know I keep pushing it, but I think it would be great to have a giant DIS meet! A girl can dream, right?
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Wonderful, wonderful final thoughts! You all have me misty eyed.
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Oh NO! I can only imagine so many things going wrong at McDonalds? I hope I get a good laugh out of it! Glad your delay was minimal!
It really wasn't too terrible and it was more the way the typical young staff deal with somewhat frazzled travelers. Since I was third in line at that time, I got heads up and was able to adjust somewhat.



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You have to at least earmark one weekend night ( Fri or Sat) to people watch. That is entertainment on it's own but don't really plan on eating too much since the lines are crazy long.
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Wonderful, wonderful final thoughts! You all have me misty eyed.
Thanks so much Brook and thanks for reading!!!!

Remember - Food & Wine 2012!
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It really wasn't too terrible and it was more the way the typical young staff deal with somewhat frazzled travelers. Since I was third in line at that time, I got heads up and was able to adjust somewhat.
Yes - that sounds like a bad combo - teenager workers and frazzled travelers. Not good! But it's a pretty airport, isn't it? I love the bright, airy feel to it.

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You have to at least earmark one weekend night ( Fri or Sat) to people watch. That is entertainment on it's own but don't really plan on eating too much since the lines are crazy long.
Oh - No worries - I LOVE to people watch. It's a given. I'll eat before I get there or only try a few things. Plus, a few adult beverages will make the crowd shrink!
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So - Links are update and this is one final shout out to all the East Meets West Girls! I hope the four of you have a wonderful time during F&W. I know Jen is there and I think everyone else is leaving today!!!!! Have a fabulous time. Keep up with the virtual drinks for Cynthia and I!

Here's to F&W 2012 when I hope we all meet up again!!!!
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